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Robert Pearlman

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From the Palm Beach Post:
Athletes spend their lives in competition running around a track, jumping over a hurdle or defying gravity on the ice in pursuit of a shiny piece of gold.

So what kind of reward should you get when just doing your day job is literally out of this world?

A gold medal still sounds pretty good.

That's what revered astronaut Robert Crippen thought as he beheld his new gold medallion on Saturday.

He commissioned the medallion to replicate a patch he wore when he made history on April 12, 1981, as the pilot of the test flight for the shuttle Columbia, the first shuttle NASA launched into Earth's orbit. He was part of a two-man team with astronaut John Young.

Crippen plans to give the medallion to his wife, Pandora Lee Crippen, as a present before they embark on a six-week tour to mark the 25th anniversary of that flight.

Read the full article here.

Note to those accessing this story from the front page of collectSPACE or update archives: The inset image is of a gold STS-1 Robbins medallion and not the specific medallion commissioned by the Crippens for the 25th anniversary.

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