Advertising ➔ Promotional Button, Pioneering The Rings
A promotional button (badge or pin) that has an image of the planet Saturn in the center against a cream background. A bright green circle surrounds the center image and there is a dark green swath across the top. The words "Pioneering the Rings" are printed in the center above the planet. At the very top the trademark "NASA/Bendix" is printed and at the bottom the words "Pioneer 11 - first to Saturn" are printed.;This collection of space-related buttons provides the Museum with concrete examples of souvenirs used to commemorate many of the space program's milestones of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The collection was put together by the donor's husband who worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) during those years. These types of buttons would have been given out to members of JPL project teams, but some were also available to general public, demonstrating the wide appeal of the space program. There are observable differences in the buttons that were clearly designed for more of a mass market, versus those designed to be souvenirs for JPL project team members.;Pioneer 10 was launched toward Jupiter in 1972. This spacecraft was the first one to fly to Jupiter, Saturn, the Milky Way Galaxy and stars. After Pioneer 10 emerged through the asteroid belt, Pioneer 11 was launched on a similar trajectory on April 5, 1973, like Pioneer 10.
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Pasadena, California Edward A. Batka Who Worked For 36 Years At Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(October 1 2013 – March 1 2015)Rotating display of recently accessioned artifacts.
(donor) Andrea Melvin