Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Commemorative Patch Set
Item #: PATCH-COMMEM-3SET
Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Commemorative Patch Set Save over 10% when you purchase Artist Tim Gagnon's Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Commemorative Patches. These three patches are outstanding commemorative designs and encompass these three major space programs.
- Mercury Commemorative 8" Patch: The central themes of the design are the emblems that were painted onto the side of the Mercury spacecraft. These emblems were chosen by the astronauts who flew to illustrate their feelings about the program. You will note that “Freedom 7” and “Liberty Bell 7” are below the horizon. This illustrates that these two missions were sub-orbital. The other four missions rise above the Earth’s horizon into orbit. The Sun, just beginning to rise highlights the fact that these missions were our first forays into space. The Greek Symbol of the Planet Mercury with the number “7” inside was adopted as the astronaut’s symbol for their group. The surnames of the astronauts who flew the missions surround the patch in the border. Donald Slayton’s name is in gold to signify his appointment as Chief Astronaut in charge of crew assignments.
- Project Gemini Commemorative 8" Patch: The design celebrates every manned mission in the Gemini Program. The central focus is the Project Gemini symbol, a Roman Numeral II with two stars of the Gemini Constellation indicationg the two man crew. The Gemini symbol rises above Earth and points the way to the Moon. The main theme of each crew's mission emblem surrounds the perimeter of this patch. Each crew member's surname is paired in the order in which they first flew. The surname's of the final prime crew pilots are placed together as their commander had already flown. The four smaller stars in the center honor Ted Freeman, Ed Givens, Elliott See and Charlie Bassett who were killed before they could fly in space.
- Apollo Commemorative 12” Patch The main design elements of each mission patch surround this scene. The surnames of every astronaut who flew during the program is listed in alphabetical order. This was done to show that each and every one of them played an important role. The astronauts who lost their lives in our quest to reach the Moon are honored in this design. The names of the men who were to be the first manned crew (Grissom, White and Chaffee) are in gold. The four white stars at the bottom honor Ted Freeman, CC Williams, Elliott See and Charles Bassett who were killed before they could fly in space. The patch is 12” in diameter with a merrowed border. It is not fully embroidered as the area of “space” is black twill. This allows the astronauts artwork to be highlighted in a 3 dimensional effect.