This patch is one of a set of three that represent the different missions to Skylab, a U.S. space station, in 1973-1974. The second crew to live and work aboard Skylab were commander Alan Bean, science pilot Owen Garriott, and pilot Jack Lousma. The symbolism chosen by the astronauts for this patch reflects the primary purposes of Skylab: to study human adaptation to spaceflight and to study the earth and sun from space. It shows an image based on Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man superimposed on a globe that is half Earth and half Sun.
Mance Clayton gave this commercial replica of the mission patch to the National Collection in 1982.
Gift of Mance Clayton