| Apollo 10
"The Apollo 10 patch was based more on the mechanics and goals
of the mission than the philosophy of the space program or the astronauts
flying this mission... The patch was basically designed by the crew,
primarily Young and Cernan, with a great deal of help from the artists
at North American Rockwell. North American and Grumman eventually
were the producers and primary suppliers of the patch".
--Gene Cernan, from All We
Did Was Fly to the Moon
Stafford and Cernan flew together on Gemini
9A, and the patch for that flight is strikingly similar to this
one. Both patches are in the shape of a shield, and the dominent
design elements are the spacecraft and the mission objectives, with
the mission number of the flight represented as a large Roman numeral
in the middle of the design. In the case of the Apollo 10 patch,
the word "Apollo" and the crew names were added; except
for that, the verbal description applies to both patches.
The creator of this patch was unknown until May 2008, when Ed Hengeveld and Noah Bradley identified Allen Stevens of North American Rockwell as the artist.
NASA photo S69-34385
Portrait of the Apollo 10 crew.
This detail of the crew photo above
shows that, like the Apollo 9 crew, the Apollo 10 crew wore
embroidered patches (almost certainly ap10-em1) for their
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