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From: Titusville, FL USA
Registered: Feb 2005

posted 01-16-2018 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Columbia — "Their Mission Became Our Mission"

On Feb. 1, 2003 the space shuttle Columbia was due to land at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), completing the STS-107 mission. It didn't.

This patch was inspired by the book: "Bringing Columbia Home" by Michael Leinbach and Jonathan Ward. The graphic art attempts to illustrate the valiant effort to recover the crew and orbiter by the thousands of volunteers, federal, state and local officials who assembled to get that job done. It is because of those American heroes that the astronauts were returned to their families and the cause of the tragedy was discovered.

This commemorative depicts the STS-107 patch gliding to a landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility runway escorted by NASA T-38 jet aircraft performing the "Missing Man" tribute. The seven large five-pointed stars represent the seven states Columbia flew over (and were searched) on its flight home. Above them shining in the sky are the seven stars of the constellation "Columba" ("The Dove") to honor the crew. The two other stars pay tribute to Charles Krenek and Jules Mier, Jr. who were killed in a helicopter crash during the search efforts.

The patch is 100% embroidered with 16 thread colors, five inches in diameter with a metallic gold overlock border and iron-on backing.

Order Now: This patch is only available from:

Patricia Huffman Smith Remembering Columbia Museum
375 Sabine St. Unit B
Hemphill, Texas 75948

Tel: 409-787-4827

Please allow four weeks for delivery as they are busy preparing for the Columbia Anniversary event on Feb. 1, 2018.


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From: Greensboro, NC USA
Registered: Aug 2012

posted 01-16-2018 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never bought nor ordered a patch. I don't tend to collect patches.

I want this.

Unfortunately the Columbia Museum website's online store isn't working yet (you can leave email for update) — I'll post price and shipping information when they've replied.

1/21 PM update - no reply yet.


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From: Honolulu, HI
Registered: Sep 2010

posted 01-16-2018 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice, and very tasteful. Great work, Tim and Jorge.


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From: United States
Registered: May 2012

posted 02-13-2018 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received a call from the museum today. The patches are in and "they are beautiful". I ordered mine!

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