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    Infamous Apollo 14 "Beep Beep" Mission Patch Flown to the Moon's Surface.

    Apollo 14 Lunar Module Flown "Beep Beep" Embroidered Backup Crew Mission Patch Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Backup Command Module Pilot Ron Evans. This 4.125" x 3.875" patch is mounted under Plexiglas on a shield-shaped wooden plaque of 7.25" x 8" with a hanging engraved plate that reads "This Patch Landed on the Moon/ Apollo 14 February 4, 1971". This patch spent thirty-three+ hours on the lunar surface with Alan Shepard and Ed Mitchell. Excellent condition.

    The official insignia for this flight showed a gold astronaut pin traveling from the Earth to the moon with "Apollo 14" above and "Shepard - Roosa - Mitchell" below. The backup crew spoofed the patch with its own revised version; its artwork showed the Road Runner cartoon character on the moon holding a U.S. flag and a flag labeled "1st Team," as a gray-bearded (for Shepard, who was 47), pot bellied (for Mitchell who was pudgy), red furred (for Roosa's red hair) Wile E. Coyote flies from Earth. "BEEP BEEP" replaces the flight name above and the names "Cernan - Evans - Engle" are below. Before the launch, the backup crew had complete access to the spacecraft. While setting switches and checking gauges, they stuffed every available nook and cranny with these "gotcha" patches. As Gene Cernan wrote in his book, The Last Man on the Moon, "...All the way to the moon and back, even on the lunar surface, whenever the crew opened a box, bag, or locker, out would float a First Team mission patch... Perhaps the most repeated phrase on the private radio loop during the flight of Apollo 14 was Shepard's annoyance when still another patch would suddenly appear. 'Tell Cernan,' he growled, 'Beep-Beep, his ass'..." A great opportunity to own one of these (in)famous Apollo 14 flown patches.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Jan Evans (Mrs. Ron Evans) stating, in part: "I certify that this lunar module flown Apollo 14 'BEEP BEEP' backup patch was presented to my husband Ron Evans by the crew of Apollo 14 and has been with our family since that time... After the flight NASA prudently declared 'BEEP BEEP' to be not only the first, but the last backup crew patch!"


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