Worn by the commander on the first flight of Space Shuttle Challenger.STS-6 Challenger Flown Mission Patch Worn by Mission Commander Paul Weitz, Directly from his Personal Collection, Certified and Signed. STS-6 was the sixth overall flight in the Space Shuttle program and the first of ten flights for the Challenger. Commander Weitz's crew consisted of Pilot Karol J. Bobko and two Mission Specialists- Donald H. Peterson and F. Story Musgrave on the Earth orbital mission, April 4-9, 1983. This six-sided embroidered mission insignia patch, 4.5" x 4" overall, is mounted to a printed sheet with the text: "Man-Systems Division Presents to: PAUL WEITZ COMMANDER" above, and "This original patch worn during your STS-6 Mission" below. This sheet is matted and framed to 14" x 12". Excellent condition overall; the patch itself is very lightly stained in a couple of locations.
Weitz has certified this on the back of the frame: "This is my mission patch that was/ worn and flown on STS-6./ From my personal collection/ Paul Weitz/ Commander".
Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Certification from Paul Weitz on his personal letterhead, stating: "To whom it may concern- This flown patch was mounted and presented to me by the JSC Man-Systems Division Division after our STS-6 mission. It has been in my possession ever since and is from my collection of artifacts from the mission."
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