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ddrwilli
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From: Pataskala, Ohio
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posted 02-23-2012 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddrwilli   Click Here to Email ddrwilli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I noticed that the Apollo 16 patch artist apparently hid her initials, "bam", in the patch artwork. I'm curious, was it common practice for the mission patch artists to sign their work like this?

If yes, then it's going to be fun hunting for hidden signatures!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-23-2012 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 16 patch was designed by NASA artist Barbara Matelski (presumably her middle initial was 'A'). She was also responsible for the Skylab 3 emblem.

For another example of the artist inserting initials into the insignia, see this earlier discussion of the Apollo 15 crew patch.

edorr
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posted 10-29-2013 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edorr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm. No activity on this for a good long while. Let's just say that I don't know of any artist initials prior to Apollo 13...

hoorenz
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posted 10-29-2013 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In our embroidered Soyuz TMA-14 patch, we did hide the initials of designer Anna Chibiskova (in the Earth).

In the Mir Expedition 24 patch (the one with rocket and wrench), Luc hid his entire given name upside down in the clouds.

In the Mir Expedition 20 patch, the initials MT are hidden in the clouds for Jaap Terweij's daughter Misha, who was fatally shot in Amsterdam in 1995.

And in one recent Soyuz patch, I did hide the initials of someone close to me...

KAPTEC
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posted 10-31-2013 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In STS-133, Tim and I also hid our initials.

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