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Jim_Voce
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posted 10-14-2018 05:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim_Voce   Click Here to Email Jim_Voce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know when the Apollo 1 crew patch was first designed and approved?

oly
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posted 10-14-2018 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This news clip describes how the mission designation came about and also the design of the Apollo 1 patch.

Go4Launch
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posted 10-14-2018 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The artwork (and by association, the patch) was approved by George Mueller in June 1966. Just one week before the fire, however, George Low wrote to Deke Slayton that:
...since then, it has been decided that the mission will most likely not be called Apollo 1. The approval of the patch is therefore temporarily withdrawn, and it may have to be changed after a firm designation for the mission is obtained. This is expected to occur next week at the earliest. No further release showing this patch should be made.

Liembo
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posted 10-14-2018 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does that mean they were wearing the artwork before approval or were all of the photos of the crew wearing the patch taken in that one week?

Go4Launch
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posted 10-14-2018 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No. The patches were manufactured in August 1966, and had been used for the crew's pressure suits since. Low's memo just kept the door open if the "Apollo 1" would need to be altered (revised patches would have been made).

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