11/14/81: “This spectacular shot of the underside of the Space Shuttle Columbia was taken from the primary photo chase plane by astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. Astronaut Robert Gibson, lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, piloted the T-38…Note the trailing wingtip cortex off each wingtip.”
When I was younger, this patch here was my favorite possession for a while. He gave it to me during a rare visit, and I got to meet one of his fellow mission crew members. In between when this patch was given to me and when STS-113 actually took off, my godfather got in a motorcycle accident and broke his back. He’s recovered now, but it meant he couldn’t go on the mission.
What this leaves me with is an Alternate History Space Mission Patch.
The STS-113 That Could Have Been.
For reference, here is what the official patch looks like: