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    Signed Skylab 1 Patch Designed by the "Dean of Science Fiction Artists," Frank Kelly Freas.

    Skylab 1 (SL-2) Crew-Signed Beta Cloth Patch from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Paul Weitz. The three crewmembers, "Charles Conrad Jr.", "Joe Kerwin", and "Paul Weitz" have all signed in black ink around the lower half of the mission insignia in the middle of a 8.5" x 9" piece of beta cloth. Beneath the signatures, Paul Weitz has written, "From my personal collection. Paul Weitz PLT". This striking mission insignia was designed by legendary science fiction artist Kelly Freas whose name was suggested to NASA by author Ben Bova. In an article appearing in Analog magazine, Freas said of the process, "Among the suggestions the astronauts had made was the idea of a solar eclipse as seen from Skylab. It soon became clear that this idea would solve several problems at once: it pointed up the solar study function of Skylab, it would give me the large circular shape of the Earth as counterpoint to the angularity of the cluster, and it would establish firmly the connection of Skylab to the Earth. In addition, it would give a chance to get the necessary high contrast for good visibility of the tiny finished patch. ... I made several studies of cloud patterns on the planet, reducing them finally to very conventionalized swirls. The Skylab cluster was simplified and simplified again, till it became simply a black form with a white edgelight to set it off."

    Included with this signed patch is a signed, handwritten Letter of Authenticity from Weitz on his personal letterhead stating that, "...It is from my personal collection and has been in my possession ever since our mission." Excellent condition.


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