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Mark Brown United States Space Shuttle Patches collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 274

Scope and Contents

The Mark Brown United States Space Shuttle Patches collection consists of two Space Shuttle patches with certificates of authenticity, signed by Purdue alum and Mission Specialist, Colonel Mark N. Brown. The patches include: Thirtieth Flight of the Space Shuttle (STS-28), Columbia, August 8 - 13, 1989 and Forty-third Flight of the Space Shuttle (STS-48), Discovery, September 12 - 18, 1991.  Also included is a copy of a letter from the donor, Curtis Haley to Ms. Flanary.


  • 1989 - 2009


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as noted by archivist in collection file.

Historical Information

STS-28 was the fourth mission dedicated to the Department of Defense aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. The crew consisted of Commander Brewster H. Shaw Jr., Pilot, Richard N. Richards, Mission Specialists, James C. Adamson, David C. Leestma, and Mark N. Brown.

STS-48 was the thirteenth Discovery flight. The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) was the primary payload, with the goal of studying physical processes acting within and upon the atmosphere, mesosphere, and lower thermosphere. The secondary payloads were: Ascent Particle Monitor (APM); Middeck 0-Gravity Dynamics Experiment (MODE); Shuttle Activation Monitor (SAM); Cosmic Ray Effects and Activation Monitor (CREAM); Physiological and Anatomical Rodent Experiment (PARE); Protein Crystal Growth II-2 (PCG II-2); Investigations into Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP); and the Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) experiment. The flight was the first to test an electronic still camera in space, a modified Nikon F4. The STS-48 crew members were, Commander, John O. Creighton, Pilot, Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr., Mission Specialists, Mark N. Brown, Charles D. Gemar and James F. Buchli.


0.226 Cubic Feet (One legal-size half-width manuscript box)

Custodial History

Collection materials received by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics from Curtis Haley, November 16, 2009.

Acquisition Information

Colleciton materials were transferred to Purdue University Archives and Special Collections by Aeronautics Development Director, Rita Baines on October 8, 2012.

Processing Information

The patches have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and an acid-free box.
Mark Brown United States Space Shuttle Patches collection
Mary A. Sego
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Second edition. Collection description first completed 2012-12-20.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-06-02: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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