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These are some concept sticker/patch artwork I concieved for SOHO's (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) 3000th comet discovery milestone

I wanted to highlight the imagery usually used to make the discoveries and call out SOHO's ongoing extended mission with "...and counting".

 

Ham the Astro Chimp was launched on a sub-orbital flight on January 31, 1961 atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket as part of Project Mercury. The name “Ham” was given to the chimpanzee only after his successful mission. NASA was concerned with the potential of bad publicity surrounding the possibility of a failed mission with a named chimp on board, so until after his mission, Ham was known as “No. 65” and among his handlers, he was known as “Chop Chop Chang”.

The Apollo-Saturn 201 (AS-201) mission was an unmanned suborbital flight to test the Saturn IB launch vehicle and the Apollo Command and Service Modules. It was the first flight of the two-stage Saturn IB. The objectives of the flight were to verify the structural integrity, launch loads, stage separation, and operation of subsystems of the Saturn 1B, and evaluate the Apollo spacecraft subsystems, heatshield, and mission support facilities. The patch depicts the Saturn IB rising atop a column of fire and smoke and the Command Module re-entering the atmosphere.

The Pegasus satellite program was a series of three American satellites launched in 1965 to study the frequency of micrometeorite impacts on spacecraft. All three Pegasus satellites were launched by Saturn I rockets, and remained connected with their upper stages.
 
The Pegasus satellite was named for the winged horse of Greek mythology and was first lofted into space by a NASA Saturn I rocket on February 16, 1965. Like its namesake, the Pegasus satellite was notable for its "wings", a pair of 96-foot (29 m)-long, 14-foot (4.3 m)-wide arrays of 104 panels fitted with sensors to detect punctures by micrometeoroids at high altitudes, in support of the Apollo Program to send manned lunar landing missions starting by 1970. The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center was responsible for the design, production and operation of the three Pegasus satellites which were launched by Saturn I rocket test flights in 1965. The satellites were built by Fairchild Hiller.
 
 
These commemorative patches were produced in 2015 and were limited to a production run of 50 patches each.
In November of 1965, Elliot See, Jr. and Charles Bassett II were selected as the prime crew of Gemini IX. Bassett and See were killed on February 28, 1966, when their T-38 trainer jet crashed. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of their selection as the prime crew. The patch celebrates their selection and remembers their contribution to the US space program.
Patch design depicts one of the astronauts on an EVA with their capsule in the foreground and Earth below. The astronaut is reaching toward the moon, the ultimate goal of the space program at the time. 
 

 

The Retrorocket Emblems is proud to announce the sale of the Apollo 4 concept patch, the first of at least three concept patches in a series. 

 

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