DescriptionApollo 7 Flown Embroidered Mission Insignia Patch Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Walt Cunningham, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. This 4.25" x 3.25" patch depicts a command service module, engine firing with the trail from that fire encircling a globe and extending out, symbolizing the Earth-orbital nature of the mission. The Roman numeral "VII" appears in the South Pacific Ocean and the crew's surnames appears on a wide arc at the bottom. It is signed on the verso: "Flown with me/ on Apollo 7/ Walt Cunningham". Also in this lot is a personal #10 envelope from Cunningham and a note stating: "Signed with a/ Fisher Space Pen-/ Walt". Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is an informative signed Letter of Authenticity on Cunningham's letterhead stating, in full: "This Apollo 7 Crew Patch is from My Personal Memorabilia. It flew 4,500,000 Miles with Me on the First Manned Apollo Mission, October 11-22, 1968. The original concept for our Apollo 7 mission patch was to depict a rocket rising from a ball of flame and to call it the Phoenix - Apollo rising from the ashes of the disastrous Apollo 1 fire. When NASA would not approve such a grim reminder of a critical failure, I sat down and sketched the version that NASA finally accepted. This design emphasized the earth orbital nature of the first manned Apollo mission. The circle represents the earth. The ellipse is the shape of all earth orbital paths. The ellipse was placed at an angle for aesthetic reasons but it has become a fairly reliable indicator of original patch design."
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