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Hoonin
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From: Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.
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posted 07-08-2019 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hoonin   Click Here to Email Hoonin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently acquired some space shuttle and International Space Station patches that are silk screened/sewn onto what appears to be Nomex cloth. The patches consist of the following:
  • Expedition 33 EMU (Embroidered)
  • STS-113 Mission (Silk Screened)
  • Expedition 3 EMU (Silk Screened)
  • STS-119 EMU (Embroidered)
These appear to be highly unusual and my research of the patches has returned nothing. If anyone can provide any info as to what these are, it would be greatly appreciated. They came directly from Space Center Houston (and not from the gift shop).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-08-2019 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am guessing by Space Center Houston, you mean Johnson Space Center and by directly, you mean through GSA surplus auction. (Space Center Houston is the official visitor complex for JSC, but is owned and operated by an independent, not-for-profit foundation.)

As for the patches, these are of the style made for use on the outside of extravehicular mobility suit (EMU) spacesuits. Through most of the space shuttle program and early in the space station program, the insignias were silkscreened onto Ortho-Fabric (a blend of GORE-TEX, Kevlar and Nomex). Later, towards the end of the shuttle program and through the current ISS program, NASA switched to embroidered patches, sourcing them through AB Emblem.

These patches are uncut. For flight, they are cut down into small squares and sewn to a Velcro-backed blank or slave patch.

thisismills
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posted 07-08-2019 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to cS from one Michigan resident to another. Thanks for sharing those images, here are a few photos showing similar patches in use during EVAs and their locations on the EMU.

Examples from STS-121 and Expedition 13 below.

Left Shoulder: Flag patch, nationality of astronaut.
Right Shoulder: EVA patch, 'Vitruvian Spaceman'.
Chest: Crew patch, Space Shuttle Mission or ISS Expedition.

Hoonin
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From: Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S.
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posted 07-09-2019 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hoonin   Click Here to Email Hoonin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I am guessing by Space Center Houston, you mean Johnson Space Center...
Robert, you are absolutely correct! I made a mistake yesterday when I wrote the initial post and meant to write Johnson Space Center (it was a long day at work). Thank you for the info, I've had these for quite some time now and have been researching them on and off.

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