Limited edition mission insignia flown to the moon on Apollo 14.Apollo 14 Flown Special Edition "Earth Our Cradle" Beta Cloth Mission Insignia Patch Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, Signed and Certified. Silk-screened onto this limited edition 9" x 8.75" mission insignia is the following statement from Mitchell: "This Apollo 14 Mission Emblem, printed on fireproof 'Beta Cloth' and originating from my personal space collection, flew to the Moon aboard Apollo 14 Command Module 'Kitty Hawk'. Launched on January 29, 1971 at 4:03 PM, it was then accelerated into deep space at 25,000 miles per hour. Three days later, this emblem arrived at the Moon, which it then orbited 34 times over three days. On February 9th, it returned to Earth and splashed-down in the Pacific." He has signed "Edgar Mitchell Moonwalker" beneath. To the left of the insignia is his red "Lunar Receiving Laboratory" stamp which he has initialed, and to the right has written "8/50" signifying the limited edition. Above is a quote from his book The Way of the Explorer that includes the statement:"I slowly realize that this is Earth our cradle, not our home or our ultimate destiny..." Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed, illustrated letter of authenticity showing Dr. Mitchell with these limited edition "Earth Our Cradle" emblems and explaining their history in detail.
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