Flown to the moon on Apollo 15.

    Apollo 15 Flown Embroidered Mission Insignia Patch Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Dave Scott. A 4" patch depicting three stylized red, white, and blue bird images flying over the moon's surface with silver thread on craters to the right forming the Roman numerals "XV". The basic design of the mission insignia was created by Italian fashion designer Emilio Pucci. This patch flew with crewmembers Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin on this fourth successful moon landing mission, July 26 - August 7, 1971. Excellent condition.

    Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from Scott stating: I hereby certify that the accompanying Apollo 15 'XV' Patch was carried onboard the spacecraft 'Endeavor' during the Apollo 15 mission to the Hadley Apennine region of the Moon, July 26 - Aug 7, 1971. During the Apollo Program, astronauts were permitted to carry a few personal effects with them on their spaceflights and I, accordingly, carried the above noted mission patch in the Command and Service Module 'Endeavor' during our 12-day Apollo 15 mission to the mountains of the Moon. To identify Apollo 15, the first 'J' extended scientific exploration of the Moon, this patch was especially designed by Emilio Pucci in support the expedition and as a friendly gesture from one fighter pilot to another (his initials, EP, appear on the patch). Within the center of the patch, the surface area of the landing site is reproduced with an overlay of the Roman numeral 'XV' in embroidered silver thread. Only a very limited number of these special patches were produced. During the Apollo program, it was NASA's policy to allow astronauts to keep both personal effects, and deposable equipment from their missions, as personal mementos to do with as they wish. As such, I retained this special Apollo 15 mission patch for my personal space collection, where it has remained since we returned from the Moon in August 1971. This XV silver embroidered Apollo 15 patch remains one of the few Apollo mission flown artifacts to be personally flight-certified by the astronaut who actually carried it on the mission."

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