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posted 07-03-2012 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone tell me anything about these two Shuttle patches which apparently depict "Discovery"?

mach3valkyrie
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posted 07-03-2012 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only thing I know about them is that they are connected with the STS-42 mission. In what capacity or by whom they were designed, I don't know.

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 07-04-2012 03:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Donnis Willis of Lunar Legacies sold an example of the bottom version of this patch on eBay on 21st October 2007 (lot No. 150172055877 which sold for $102.50 with 10 bids from 5 bidders). His description for that auction sale was:
A very uncommon STS-42 alternative crew patch. The only time I have ever seen this patch was on a display as being flown on STS-42.
Hence it's association with STS-42.

At the moment I can only find one other sale of this patch (bottom version) on eBay, lot No. 180785261448 on 1st January 2012 when it sold for $48 with 3 bids from 3 bidders. There may of been another in a lot of four or five other patches sold on eBay a few years ago, but at the moment I can't find it.

This is the first time I've seen an example of the top version of this patch.

Harald Kraenzel
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posted 07-04-2012 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harald Kraenzel   Click Here to Email Harald Kraenzel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the same information regarding the bottom patch. This is the first time I see the top patch.

Bill Hunt
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posted 07-04-2012 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've always suspected that it was some kind of private commemoration of "Sonny" Carter's original involvement with the mission. I believe he was a U.S. Navy officer, wasn't he? Could explain some of the patriotic symbolism. Conversely, it could be payload related.

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posted 07-05-2012 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe Al Bishop was the creator of this patch since he seems to have had a significant stack of the lower design. The fact that he also had a single example of the top design makes it look like that might have been a pre-production sample based on alternative artwork.

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