A new offer for an astronaut-inspired space patch capable of “dumping” Native American girls to space camps.
“Business Commander Signature Edition Fred W. Haise, Jr.” The patch was created and made available on Facebook by the Space Hipsters group, which has nearly 35,000 members, to commemorate the first astronaut test-drive of the space shuttle into orbit. The limited edition embroidered logo, signed by Haise (copy) stitched into the design, goes on sale Monday, November 28. All proceeds will benefit Occupy Space, a nonprofit that provides a 36-week program and guarantees trips to middle-aged Native American girls attending Space Camp.
“Since this is the Space Hipsters project, we decided that instead of focusing on Haise’s famous role in the Apollo 13 mission, we would instead celebrate his pivotal role in the missions. the shuttle’s approach and landing test, and will include a nod to the strong Star Trek influence that led to the space shuttle being named Enterprise,” writes Chris Spain, artist of the patch.
Seven years after returning safely home as Apollo 13’s lunar module pilot, Haise takes the command seat aboard OV-101, NASA’s prototype winged orbiter, ready to go. something no one has ever done before – land a space shuttle launched on “free flight,” ” on the back of a Boeing 747 transport plane. The patch captures that moment, using NASA photos taken from the first flight without a space shuttle on August 12, 1977, when Haise and Gordon Fullerton is in control.
The shuttle front “Swoosh” was inspired by NASA’s classic “meatball” insignia, which itself was later adapted by “Star Trek” to the Starfleet insignia made popular by television shows and franchise movies.
While the patch celebrates Haise’s role in the Approach and Landing Test (ALT) program, when viewed, Haise emphasizes that the entire project is a team effort. Finally, the stars along the outline of the icon represent eight crewed ALT flights – three in active captivity with the shuttle still attached to the 747 and five free flights – with light gray stars representing Crew 1 (Haise and Fullerton) and dark gray stars for Crew 2 (Joe Engle and Dick Truly).
“Here I brought the Star Trek influence that led to OV-101 being dubbed the full circle ‘Enterprise’, with a design somewhere between the original NASA sign and the Starfleet shield,” West said. Spain writes.
“Incorporated here is the NASA astronaut emblem, representing ALT’s key role in preparing the space shuttle program to return NASA astronauts to space.”
The patches, manufactured by official NASA supplier A-B Emblem and donated by Spain for this purpose, are available in three versions: A limited edition of 50 “gold” patches featuring Haise’s fax signature, crochet accents and embroidery in metallic gold thread, and mounted on individually numbered display cards, each signed by Mr. Haise.
Additionally, there is an open edition patch that doesn’t have metallic thread and doesn’t have a display card. White embroidery bears Haise’s signature. Each gold edition of the patches costs $75, the silver edition costs $50, and the open edition costs $12. One gold patch and two silver patches are the maximum allowed per person. Around 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) on Monday, instructions on how to place an order will be posted to the Space Hipsters Facebook group.
The second installment in the Space Hipsters’ “Signature Edition” series is the Haise patch. The team previously created an emblem honoring STS-27 mission commander and shuttle astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson.
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