FLOWN Apollo 14 Cloth BEEP-BEEP Emblem (Cooper Collection)
Lot 278
EMBLEM CARRIED ON APOLLO 14–"BEEP BEEP YOUR ASS!"
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The Space Sale New York
16 Jul 2009 13:00 EDT

Auction 17402
Lot Details
EMBLEM CARRIED ON APOLLO 14–"BEEP BEEP YOUR ASS!"
Flown on Apollo 14, an oval back-up crew emblem, 4 inches across. Features cartoon characters, with the back-up crew members' names (Cernan, Evans, and Engle) around the border. Mounted onto a Typed Letter Signed by Gordon Cooper.

Cooper's letter reads: "The cloth patch displayed below was carried on the flight of Apollo 14, the third manned lunar landing. The launch was on January 31 and the crew returned to earth on February 9, 1971. This patch illustrates the good-natured 'rivalry' between the prime and back-up crews. As cartoon character Wile E. Coyote rockets up from earth representing Shepard, Roosa, and Mitchell; he finds that the Road Runner is already on the moon with a U.S. flag and a '1st Team' banner. The '1st Team' was the back-up crew's nickname.
The back-up crew made sure this and a few more identical patches were hidden in compartments or manuals which began to float free during the flight. Al Shepard responded to this 'gotcha' during the flight saying -
'Tell Cernan, Beep Beep Your Ass!' via a private communications loop."
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