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Kevin T. Randall
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posted 05-05-2011 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just seen this patch listed on eBay (No. 110683423311). I've been told by the seller that it is 4 1/2" across, which is slightly smaller than the official AB Emblem STS-134 patch at 4 3/4" across.

I don't know how many have been made.

garymilgrom
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posted 05-05-2011 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A fun idea but it doesn't go far enough. The atomic nucleus, measurement experiement and ISS should be replaced by items germane to the wives' lives or activities during the mission.

328KF
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posted 05-05-2011 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The question is was this design produced/approved by the crew members?

hoorenz
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posted 05-05-2011 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AB Emblem confirms they did not make these for the crew.

J.L
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posted 05-05-2011 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am pretty confident they were produced by Tom Foley.

spaced out
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posted 05-08-2011 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't really see how this patch can be seem as historically significant unless it was created by/for the crew themselves.

Otherwise it's just someone stealing the artwork created for the original patch, changing the names and having a patch produced.

Leaving aside the moral/legal issue of stealing someone else's artwork, anyone could do this at any time for any mission and produce anything from 50 to 500 hundred examples for a few dollars a patch.

If you like the idea you can obviously buy one but the patch has no association with NASA, the crew, or their wives. It's not a 'significant' collectible, just a 'fantasy' patch like any other.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-11-2011 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To confirm, this patch was indeed the original idea of Tom Foley of Space World USA.

Unlike the earlier Skylab 2 or Soyuz TMA-13 wives patches, it was created as a souvenir for the public, without the knowledge or involvement of the STS-134 crew (or their wives).

According to his wife, Foley saw the public's interest in the commander's spouse and felt that there should be a patch for all the crew's wives.

As of earlier today (May 11), the patch was available through the Foleys' Merritt Island store.

Tom
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posted 05-16-2011 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Florida Today reports about the "wives" patch.
There's an official mission patch for each space shuttle flight. But, for Endeavour's final launch, there will be an unofficial shuttle patch honoring the wives of the six-man crew.

The patch, developed by Tom and Jo Foley of Spaceworld-USA on Merritt Island, is virtually identical to the official NASA patch, except that, instead of including the astronauts' last name, it has their wives' first names...

Among the locations selling the 4-inch patch are Spaceworld-USA at 3700 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, and the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum at 4 Main St. in downtown Titusville.

U.S. Space Walk of Fame Chief of Staff Karan Conklin said, at a price of less than $6 apiece (or less than $11 packaged with the official mission patch), the wives' patch is a relatively inexpensive piece of memorabilia that has the potential to become a collectible.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-16-2011 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
(or less than $11 packaged with the official mission patch)
Note, per the Florida Today photo, the "official mission patch" is not the official patch as produced by AB Emblem for NASA but the Foleys' replica.

mooncollector
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posted 06-02-2011 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mooncollector   Click Here to Email mooncollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine today and I was surprised that it is ever-so-slightly bigger (maybe a millimeter or two) than the A-B "official" crew version which I have, and that it is definitely better in eye appeal and craftsmanship. The colors look brighter and clearer. Whoever made this did a good job.

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