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mensax
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posted 04-17-2005 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Russ Still's book "Relics of the Space Race," Frank Borman carried a half inch diameter sphere of an aluminum alloy in his PPK during the flight of Apollo 8. After the mission, for fear of loss, the sphere was cut in half. One of the halves was sent to be added to a much larger molten batch of aluminum, which resulted in 200,000 medallions being produced. Whew! Not a lot of flown molecules in this medallion either.

So, here's my questions. Any answers or suggestions to where to try to get answers will be greatly appreciated...

  1. Are there any photos of this tiny sphere? Either of it alone, or being shown, or cut, or thrown into the cauldron?

  2. What happened to the other half of the sphere? I have heard rumor that it was broken up and that the pieces were given to prominent individuals... any truth to that? Has anyone ever seen or heard of one of these for sale?

kosmo
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posted 06-28-2007 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm interested in the Apollo 8 Manned Flight Awareness medallion presentations. Does anyone know how many different ones there are? I know of two.

Editor's note: Threads merged.

JTarpley
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From: Dickinson, Texas, U.S.
Registered: Aug 2011

posted 08-21-2011 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JTarpley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apollo 8 letter and medallion from my mother's collection.

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