Apollo 11 patch



2015-06-26 11:18:40

Apollo 11 patch is a badge depicting the Apollo 11 insignia. 

Apollo 11 crew member Michael Collins said that the Apollo 11 crew wished to keep their names off the insignia as they wished the badge to represent everyone who worked towards the lunar landing, of whom there were thousands. The crew wanted the logo to be simple and symbolic which signified the lunar landing by the United States.

The idea of an American eagle was introduced by astronaut James Lovell who was Neil Armstrong’s backup for this mission. This fitted the bill perfectly as the strong bird was a strong reference to both America and to a steady, stable landing.

Tom Wilson, computer expert and simulator instructor for the mission suggested having the bird hold an olive branch in its beak to symbolise peace. However, the design was returned from Washington disapproved as they felt the birds long, sharp talons were too representative of violence. Therefore, the finished design featured the eagle holding the olive branch in its claws.

The artwork was done by an illustrator as MSC, James, R. Cooper.

Notable sale

Michael Collins’ Apollo 11 patch, signed Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the astronauts aboard the mission, sold for $85,400 – more than double the $40,000 guide price at an auction held by Bonhams in April 2010.

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