A flown 5.5 x 5.5 Beta cloth swatch, with a 3.25″ mission insignia printed in the center, signed along the bottom in black ink, “Flown on ASTP 15-24 July 1975, Tom Stafford,” and signed around the insignia in black ink by Stafford, Deke Slayton, Vance Brand, Alexei Leonov, and Valeri Kubasov. Accompanied by a 2008 signed letter of authenticity from Thomas Stafford stating, in part: “The accompanying Apollo/Soyuz Test Project Beta Cloth Patch bearing the signatures of the American and Soviet crew was carried, by me, aboard our spacecraft during the first flight of international cooperation…The ASTP Beta cloth patch bearing the American and Soviet crew signatures and inscribed by me as flown on the mission has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection for over thirty years, ever since NASA presented it to me back in 1975.” In fine condition. A scarce example of an astronaut flight-certified piece from the first international joint manned space mission. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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