This is a commercial copy of the Apollo 11 mission patch. Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969, and returned after a little over eight days carrying Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins. It was the fifth human spaceflight and the first piloted lunar landing in the Apollo program. Over 500 million people around the world watched Neil Armstrong's televised image and heard his voice as he took his first step on the Moon on July 20.
The symbolism of this patch depicts an American bald eagle, holding olive branches representing peace, landing on the lunar surface, with the Earth above in the background. The lunar module carrying Armstrong and Aldrin was named "Eagle."
This replica was made for commercial sale. Mance Clayton donated it to the National Collection in 1982.
Gift of Mance Clayton