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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-07-2016 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As part of Space Center Houston's new Independence Plaza, there is a new exhibit of a complete set of 135 space shuttle mission patches all flown on STS-135, the final flight of the program.

The patches are divided into three large framed displays, which are hung along the vestibule leading out to the plaza. In a recent post on Facebook, Blake Dumesnil (cS: IconDesign29) described creating the displays:

I designed each frame to represent an "era" from the Shuttle Program — the Early era, the Shuttle-Mir era, and the ISS era. This set of patches is the only one of its kind to be on public display and you can only see them at Space Center Houston as part of the Independence Plaza exhibit.
It is easy to walk by these frames and miss that the patches are all flown (especially if you are on your first visit and have the 747-shuttle waiting for you just outside the doors), so be on the lookout for them when you visit...

Gilbert
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posted 02-07-2016 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic display. I would love to see it in person.

Ronpur
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posted 02-07-2016 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful! Those would make great posters, just to show off every patch!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-07-2016 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Be interesting to find out just what these patches are — by that, are they vintage to the respective flight (e.g., was the STS-1 obtained around the time of that flight?); were they AB patches (or other manufacturer) available at the time of STS-135; were these flown before and not distributed; and in the case of at least STS-1, 3 and 4, were these the crew version patches or the ones available to the public?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-07-2016 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All of the patches are AB Emblem manufacturer. Some are vintage to the time of their missions, some were of the type available in 2011.

On my next visit, I will take a closer look at the early mission patches.

johntosullivan
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posted 02-08-2016 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johntosullivan   Click Here to Email johntosullivan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine aren't flown, but here's my shuttle patch collection. Top row of five frames and the two outer frames in second row.

garymilgrom
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posted 02-08-2016 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful displays in Houston, and a lovely "patch room" in Ireland too!

BMckay
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posted 01-12-2018 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have created a display showing flown patches from astronauts who have helped build the U.S. space program as well as help One Giant Leap. I ran out of room but have a great selection of shuttle and expedition patches.

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