Ask a child to draw an astronaut, and you can bet he or she will add a couple of patches, or at least an American flag to one of the shoulders of the spacesuit. It is hard to imagine, but the Mercury astronauts and the first Gemini crew did only wear a nametag and the NASA-meatball, not an American flag. It was the crew of Gemini-4 who started that tradition. Next came the "Cooper" patches - NASA upper level terminology for the mission related crew patches introduced during Gemini-5. Even though the Soviets were experimenting with patch-like patterns as early as Valentina Tereschkova's flight, it is fair to say that the Spacepatch was born during the Gemini program.