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    NASA Mission Control Emblem Color Photo Signed by Eight Controllers. A professional quality 8" x 10" silk finish color photo of the Robert McCall-designed insignia for the Mission Control team. Boldly signed in various felt tips by eight of the most legendary members of the group: "Gene Kranz", "Glynn Lunney", "John D Hodge", "Milton Windler", "Chris Kraft", "Jerry Bostick", "Gerry Griffin", and "Sy Liebergot". These were men who directed America's manned space missions leading to and including six successful moon landings. The Latin along the top of the emblem, "Res Gesta Par Excellentiam," translates to "Achievement Through Excellence". A scarce grouping of important signatures. Excellent.

    Interestingly, Gene Kranz was chiefly responsible for the creation of this handsome insignia. He discusses it in his book: "Bob McCall, in my belief the premier artist of space, had been sitting on the step to the right of the flight director console, sketching during the final Apollo EVAs. He had designed the Apollo 17 crew patch. When Bob took a break for a cup of coffee, I joined him in the cafeteria... I don't think Bob was surprised when I asked him to design an emblem for the Mission Control team. I spoke emotionally, from my heart and gut, about the control teams and crews, and our life in Mission Control. 'We fought and won the race in space and listened to the cries of the Apollo 1 crew. With great resolve and personal anger, we picked up the pieces, pounded them together, and went on the attack again. We were the ones in the trenches of space and with only the tools of leadership, trust, and teamwork, we contained the risks and made the conquest of space possible.' Over the next six months, McCall developed the emblem worn proudly by every subsequent generation of mission controller." (Failure is Not an Option, page 376).


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