Excelsior! is an exclamation representing the exuberance of reaching outward, beyond, to lofty locales – qualities that help to define those on board as well as the goals of the mission.
Excelsior was Marvel creator Stan Lee's famous catchphrase - a Latin word meaning “ever upward.” What began as a clever sign off for Lee's comics became his life motto.
For Excelsior, Celestis returns to the birthplace of the company’s very first missions – Vandenberg Air Force Base (now Vandenberg Space Force Base) on California’s Central Coast. The scenic and historic location overlooking the Pacific is an excellent venue for celebrating lives well lived.
The Excelsior Flight, launched from Vandenberg, California, is the 23rd Celestis mission, the 10th to Earth orbit.
This is a Cloisonne lapel pin of exceptional quality. This type of lapel pin takes two bronze die-cut molds, one of the outline of the pin and a second of any cutouts, to create a product rich in style and detail. Each color is individually hand-filled with a powdered, glass-like substance and fired at 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. This process helps the colors to hold fast and prevents them from bleeding or smudging. Size: 1.25 inches, secured with a butterfly/military clutch.