Monday, June 01, 2020

KEEP CALM and SET SCE TO AUX T-Shirt design

I made another T-Shirt design, this one inspired by the time Apollo 12 was hit by lightening, all the telemetry data went haywire - and one "steely eyed missile man" John Aaron knew that "Set SCE to AUX" would fix the problem.

You can grab a T-Shirt on Teespring or Redbubble here:

I'm releasing the files with a creative commons license here:

Note, the technically that command from John Aaron was during lift off (thanks Aryeh) which is presumably why other shirts include the whole Saturn V rocket in the graphic, but personally I like the lunar module since it is has more similar proportions to the crown, and also looks more awesome and interesting than the command module.

To hear the whole story watch this video from Scott Manley - who incidentally is my favorite of the space vloggers.

The image of the lunar module was vectorized from scan of an this Apollo 11 media kit:

I am using this font (which you will need if you open the SVG). Love that capital "M".

There have been many other SET SCE TO AUX shirts before this one, but I found them all quite lacking. The image of the Saturn V rocket kind of ruins the similarity with the original crown. The nasa logo makes sense, but looks totally boring and not awesome enough in this context.

Some used diagrams of the actual switch, which seems super weird to me. Picking the most absolutely boring part of the whole system to include in the graphic.

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