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justin13
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From: Richmond, VA, U.S.A.
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posted 03-12-2018 12:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for justin13   Click Here to Email justin13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I come across this image from time to time, and I'm rather curious.

NASA calls it the Pioneer 10/11 mission patch in the NSSDCA, and the image is borrowed on sites like Wikipedia, but I don't see it anywhere else. It appears physical patches were made at one point, but I wonder how many, and how long ago the supply dried up. Has anyone seen one in person?

Philip
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posted 03-12-2018 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have other Pioneer 10/11 patches...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-12-2018 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though clearly a different run, Duane King (who ran the successful Kickstarter for the replica Pioneer plaque) has reproductions of this patch and another for sale.

justin13
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posted 03-12-2018 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for justin13   Click Here to Email justin13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good to know there's a nice reproduction out there!

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 09-07-2022 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AB Emblem has just released and listed on its website a 4" replica/recreation of the original Pioneer 10/11 patch. This replica patch has the SKU patch design number 446655. This patch is made in China.

The date code used is confirmed as;

  • 446655 A-B Emblem Made In China 09/22 01

Liembo
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posted 09-07-2022 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yikes, it looks like A-B Emblem worked off of the Duane King version instead of the original because it's a pale comparison to the original in accuracy and detail.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 09-07-2022 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have this original and large patch that I will try to locate as Pioneer 10/11 are at the top of my favorite all-time deep space probes. The program patch I have is vintage (not a reproduction of any kind) from the early 1970's. It had been gifted to me by a Pioneer launch team member from Launch Complex 36. Just from a quick glance, the fabric used on that first patch depiction in my opinion looks exactly like the original I have.

J Blackburn
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posted 09-08-2022 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know what the original size was of this patch, 3 inch, 4 inch, or somewhere in between? After looking at both replicas from above one is a 3 inch diameter and the other is a 4 inch diameter. In my opinion a replica should be true to size of the original and will help with determining which one I purchase.

Liembo
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posted 09-08-2022 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like there's another vintage version out there and based on the way Jupiter was detailed, this might be the one that A-B Emblem emulated, though there are still differences in the probe itself. This is a 4" patch with a cheesecloth back.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 09-08-2022 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's hard not having the patch referred to in front of my eyes, but mine was at least 6" diameter (it was a large issue) and may had been used on the back of a launch team member's jacket.

J Blackburn
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posted 09-08-2022 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Liem and Ken for the diameter info.

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