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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-18-2019 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Center Houston release
Apollo 11 anniversary patch design announced

Space Center Houston partnered with VisitHouston to develop a patch commemorating the anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

Houston-area artists competed to create a design inspired by the original Apollo 11 mission patch.

The winning patch was designed by Doug Litteken. Denise and Michael Okuda assisted Litteken in the final design. The Okudas worked as designers for the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek and have published multiple novels about the show. Michael has also designed several NASA patches and emblems.

About the patch

The winning patch highlights the moon landing as well as Houston’s role in the historic mission.

As the home to Mission Control, “Houston” was the first word spoken on the moon. When the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, named Eagle, landed on the surface of the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong said, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

The Lunar Module is also visible in the background of the patch along the horizon of the moon. NASA uses metals, especially gold to protect equipment and astronauts from heat or thermal radiation, hence the gold lunar lander and gold helmet visor in the patch design.

In space, heat is transmitted from the Sun in the form of infrared radiation (IR). The gold helps to block or reflect the IR to keep objects from getting very hot. The gold on face shields protect the astronauts from the intense IR of sunlight. The gold on an astronaut’s visor reflects almost all IR, but allows about 60% of light to pass through. Other metals like aluminum and silver work well too, but they can corrode whereas gold does not.

The astronaut in the foreground of the patch resembles the extraordinary photos Armstrong took of fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface.

robtheblue
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posted 05-08-2019 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robtheblue   Click Here to Email robtheblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have these appeared on sale anywhere yet?

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 05-08-2019 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They have not been listed on the ShopNASA website JSC, Houston. But that doesn't mean they are not for sale in the gift center shop. They don't list everything on their website. (They received their patch order in from AB Emblem, this patch was not on the list of patches received.)

This patch may be on sale at the JSC Houston, Space Traders gift shop?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-11-2019 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have not seen an embroidered patch, but the guests at Space Center Houston's Galaxy Gala each received a lapel pin.

lucspace
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posted 05-11-2019 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems to be available online.
Own a piece of history with this one-time-only run.

robtheblue
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posted 05-12-2019 01:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robtheblue   Click Here to Email robtheblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the link Luc, I'll be ordering one of those to go alongside your own design.

Liembo
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posted 05-12-2019 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like a 2 1/2" or 3" patch? It's too bad it's not 4" they might have been able to use bolder embroidery for the "The Eagle Has Landed" text.

robtheblue
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posted 05-16-2019 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robtheblue   Click Here to Email robtheblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I decided against buying one of these. The poor detail and the likelihood that it's a 3" patch were disappointing, but the shipping fee of $20 to the UK really put me off.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-17-2019 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The patch is 2.5 inches diameter and comes with a Velcro backing. It is of solid construction but, as pointed out, the small size does affect the clarity of the text.

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