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I found this article in the November 25, 1969 issue of the Milwaukee Journal. Imagine if this continued to be the official policy of NASA? It's evident that, by the large number of reproductions from that era, the policy was changed. By the same token, it could also explain the rarity of Apollo 11 and 12 crew-worn patches and contractor (Grumman) issues. 

 

USS Voyager patch

I am not sure what the origin of this patch is. It is unique in that it depicts the Voyager probe with a distinct nautical artwork.

 

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Saturn S-II Test Team - Launch Operations patches

Very hard to find, nicely designed Saturn S-II team patches. 

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Apollo 4 Concept patch

Apollo 4 was the first test flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the workhorse of the Apollo program. This launch was a complete, "All Up" test of all of the major components of the Saturn V rather than a staggered iteration of various components separately. This was the first time the S-IC first stage and S-II second stage flew as well. The launch occured on November 9, 1967 and lasted 9 hours, culminating in a splash down in the Pacific Ocean near Midway Island.

The mission tested nearly all aspects of a Lunar mission including achieving parking orbit of the S-IVB and CSM, reignition of the S-IVB, simulation of a lunar return by the CSM and a CM splashdown.

This patch is a commemorative patch and was limited to 50 patches. The patch displays the identifications of the service, command and lunar modules as used on the mission. The separated S-IC second stage is visible and shows the S-IVB jetissoning the S-II stage. Three large stars are in memorial of astronauts Virgil Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, the three smaller stars symbolize the 3 orbits of the Apollo 4 mission. Artlist: Liem Bahneman

 

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Project Vanguard - Explorer 1 - Dated Commemorative

 

Part of a set of 3" souvenir patches that are embroidered with the date of the milestone. 

Cheesecloth back, unknown maker.

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Shuttle Carriers of America - cut edge

This patch varies from the common version as it has a more fit, cut-edge. The common version features a marrowed edge.

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Shuttle Entry Air Data Systems (SEADS)

The SEADS nosecap on the orbiter Columbia contains 14 penetration assemblies, each containing a small hole through which the nosecap surface air pressure is sensed. Measurement of the pressure levels and distribution allows post-flight determination of vehicle attitude and atmospheric density during entry. SEADS, which has flown on four previous flights of Columbia, operates in an altitude range of 300,000 feet to landing. Paul M. Siemers III, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., is the principal investigator.

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Colloidal Disorder-Order Transition (CDOT)

The Colloidal Disorder-Order Transition (CDOT) experiment will test fundamental theories that model atomic interactions. CDOT is part of the Second United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-2) that will fly aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. STS-95

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Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE)

The Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) is a satellite that observes the time structure of astronomical X-ray sources, named after Bruno Rossi. The RXTE has three instruments—the Proportional Counter Array, the High-Energy X-ray Timing Experiment (HEXTE), and the All Sky Monitor. The RXTE observes X-rays from black holes, neutron stars, X-ray pulsars and X-ray bursts. It was funded as part of the Explorer program, and is sometimes also called Explorer 69.
RXTE was launched from Cape Canaveral on 30 December 1995 on a Delta rocket, has an International Designator of 1995-074A and a mass of 3200 kg.

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Ocean-going Transportable Test and Evaluation Resource (OTTR)

A payload on the Aqua vehicle. 
Aqua (EOS PM-1) is a multi-national NASA scientific research satellite in orbit around the Earth, studying the precipitation, evaporation, and cycling of water. It is the second major component of the Earth Observing System (EOS) preceded by Terra (launched 1999) and followed by Aura (launched 2004).

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Microwave Anisotropy Probe

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) – also known as the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP), and Explorer 80 – is a spacecraft which measures differences in the temperature of the Big Bang's remnant radiant heat – the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation – across the full sky.  Headed by Professor Charles L. Bennett, Johns Hopkins University, the mission was developed in a joint partnership between the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Princeton University.

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Special Payloads Division

Goddard Space Flight Center's Special Payloads Division. Responsible for such payloads as SPARTAN 204

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Johnson Space Center

The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's center for human spaceflight training, research, and flight control. The center consists of a complex of one hundred buildings constructed on 1,620 acres (656 ha) in Houston, Texas. Johnson Space Center is home to the United States astronaut corps and is responsible for training astronauts from both the U.S. and its international partners. It is often popularly referred to by its central function during missions, Mission Control

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Manned Flight Awareness

In the quest for high performance, reliability, and quality control, incentive contracts constituted only one of a number of blandishments. Several techniques were employed by MSFC, including cash awards and special recognition for quality control, cost reduction, and other activities. At MSFC, the Saturn V Program Office cooperated with the Manned Flight Awareness Office in a program to inform and remind all workers in the Apollo-Saturn program about the importance of their work and the need for individual efforts. By means of awards and recognition programs, the Manned Flight Awareness concept became an effective incentive technique. The prime contractors also conducted special incentive programs, in collaboration with the project managers and RMO personnel. North American's program was known as PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Daily Effort), and Douglas had its "V.I.P." campaign (Value in Performance). MSFC's Manned Flight Awareness personnel and the contractors also participated in a program to make sure that vendors and subcontractors shipped critical spare hardware in special containers and boxes. These boxes were marked with stickers and placards imprinted with reminders to handle with particular care, because the hardware was important to the astronauts whose lives depended on the integrity of the hardware.

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Spacelab Logistics Pallet (SLP) ISS 3A - STS-92

Spacelab Logistics Pallet (SLP) ISS 3A - STS-92

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Genesis Sample Return Spacecraft

Genesis was a NASA sample return probe which collected a sample of solar wind and returned it to Earth for analysis. It was the first NASA sample return mission to return material since the Apollo Program, and the first to return material from beyond the orbit of the Moon. Genesis was launched on August 8, 2001, and crash-landed in Utah on September 8, 2004, after a design flaw prevented the deployment of its drogue parachute. The crash contaminated many of the sample collectors, and although most were damaged, many of the collectors were successfully recovered.

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Reduced Gravity Flight Program

NASA has flown zero gravity flights on various aircraft for many years. In 1959, Project Mercury astronauts trained in a C-131 Samaritan aircraft, which was dubbed the "Vomit Comet".
Twin KC-135 Stratotankers were used until December 2004 but have since been retired. One, a KC-135A known as NASA 930, was also used by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment for filming scenes involving weightlessness in the movie Apollo 13; that aircraft was retired in 2000 and is now on display at Ellington Field, near the Johnson Space Center. The KC-135A is estimated to have flown over 58,000 parabolas. The other (N931NA or NASA 931) made its final flight on October 29, 2004, and is permanently stored in the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

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NASA - Kennedy Space Center

NASA - Kennedy Space Center

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Team NASA - JSC

Team NASA - Johnson Space Center

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Galileo Mission

Galileo was an unmanned NASA spacecraft which studied the planet Jupiter and its moons, as well as several other solar system bodies. Named after Renaissance astronomer Galileo Galilei, it consisted of an orbiter and entry probe. It was launched on October 18, 1989, carried by Space Shuttle Atlantis on the STS-34 mission. Galileo arrived at Jupiter on December 7, 1995, after gravitational assist flybys of Venus and Earth, and became the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter. It launched the first probe into Jupiter, directly measuring its atmosphere.  Despite suffering major antenna problems, Galileo achieved the first asteroid flyby, of 951 Gaspra, and discovered the first asteroid moon, Dactyl, around 243 Ida.

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Shuttle/Mir - NASA/PKA

The official NASA patch for the Shuttle-Mir Program, showing a Space Shuttle Orbiter docked to the Russian Space Station Mir, flying above a stylised Earth. The patch is bordered by the colours of the flags of Russia and the USA

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Palmdale Assembly and Test - X-37

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EVA Development Flight Test 02 - EDFT

The tests are designed to evaluate equipment and techniques and buildexperience among astronauts and ground controllers in preparation for assembly of the International Space Station. Past EDFT spacewalks have evaluated equipment ranging from the labeling to be used on the exterior of the stationto the nuts and bolts to be used as connectors.

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NASA Tracking Station - Coopers Island Bermuda

Bermuda has been a long-time partner of NASA in supporting space exploration. The British territory hosted a radar tracking station from the Mercury Project in the early 1960s through most of the Space Shuttle Program. Recently re-opened with a temporary tracking station in 2012.

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Space Test Integration Contract - USAF - Rockwell

STIC

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Telescience Support Center - Glenn Research Center

NASA Glenn Research Center’s Telescience Support Center (TSC) allows researchers on Earth to operate experiments onboard the International Space Station (ISS) and the space shuttles. NASA’s continuing investment in the required software, systems, and networks provides distributed ISS ground operations that enable payload developers and scientists to monitor and control their experiments from the Glenn TSC. The quality of scientific and engineering data is enhanced while the long-term operational costs of experiments are reduced because principal investigators and engineering teams can operate their payloads from their home institutions.

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Energy Systems Division - NASA/JSC

The Energy Systems Division is responsible for providing engineering expertise for human and human supported spacecraft in the areas of propulsion systems, fluid systems, pyrotechnics, power generation, and power distribution and control systems. Additionally, the division operates and maintains facilities for testing of hardware within these areas of expertise. The division provides conceptual design, feasibility studies, analysis, development, qualification testing, flight certification, operations, and sustaining engineering. The division also pursues technology and development of new concepts for implementation in these areas of expertise.

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Delta Clipper Experimental Advanced (DCXA) - Flight Team

The DC-X, short for Delta Clipper or Delta Clipper Experimental, was an unmanned prototype of a reusable single stage to orbit launch vehicle built by McDonnell Douglas in conjunction with the United States Department of Defense's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) from 1991 to 1993. Starting 1994 until 1995, testing continued through funding of the US civil space agency NASA. In 1996, the DC-X technology was completely transferred to NASA, which upgraded the design for improved performance to create the DC-XA

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Team Nasa - Stennis Space Center

Team Nasa - Stennis Space Center

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SeaWinds on QuikSCAT

The SeaWinds on QuikSCAT mission is a "quick recovery" mission to fill the gap created by the loss of data from the NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT), when the satellite it was flying on lost power in June 1997. 
The QuikSCAT (Quick Scatterometer) is an earth-observing satellite that provided estimates of wind speed and direction over the oceans to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others. This "quick recovery" mission intended to replace the NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT), which failed in June 1997. The satellite launched on 19 June 1999 with an intended mission of two or three years. QuikSCAT, however, continued to operate for a decade and stopped working circa 23 November 2009, when the bearings in the motor of the spinning antenna failed.

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NOAA I

NOAA-I continues the third-generation operational, polar orbiting, meteorological satellite series operated by the National Environmental Satellite Service (NESS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA-I continues the series of Advanced TIROS-N (ATN) spacecraft begun with the launch of NOAA-8 (NOAA-E) in 1983. NOAA-I will be in an afternoon equator-crossing orbit and is intended to replace the NOAA-11 (NOAA-H) as the prime afternoon spacecraft. The goal of the NOAA/NESS polar orbiting program is to provide output products used in meteorological prediction and warning, oceanographic and hydrologic services, and space environment monitoring. The polar orbiting system complements the NOAA/NESS geostationary meteorological satellite program (GOES). The NOAA-I Advanced TIROS-N spacecraft is based on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Block 5D spacecraft and is modified version of the TIROS-N spacecraft (NOAA1-5). 

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NASA Microgravity

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