CSI: NY

Season 4 Episode 14

Playing with Matches

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 2008 on CBS

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    • The mission patch the first victim has in his hand is from Alan Shepard's Mercury 3 flight, named Freedom 7. This was a 15-minute sub-orbital flight that took place on May 5, 1961. Shepard was the first American in space. He was also the only Mercury astronaut to walk on the moon (as commander of Apollo 14).

      However, the Project Mercury missions did not have official mission patches at the time they were flown. The astronauts' suits had only simple square black patches embroidered with the name of the space capsule. In Shepard's case, it read "Freedom 7" in simple block lettering. Unlike on the rectangular patch shown in this episode, Shepard's name was not included.

      Multicolored patches with designs representing each mission's objective became the norm for the Gemini flights, which began in 1965. Similar retrospective designs for the Mercury missions were then created as souvenirs.

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