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TRS
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From: Wellington, New Zealand
Registered: Mar 2003

posted 01-29-2007 02:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking for some advice on the background to the surround variants that exist for NASA's Apollo 11 Manned Flight Awareness (MFA) medallions.

I have three variants:

  • Gold coloured MFA in blue surround with white text.

    Surround front reads "Apollo 11 Medallion for your contribution to the united states space program" Reverse reads ..."one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind"...

  • Regular coloured MFA in white surround with blue text

    Surround Front reads "Apollo 11 Medallion for your contribution to the united states space program" Reverse reads ..."one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind"...

  • Regular coloured MFA in blue surround with grey text

    Surround front reads "Apollo 11 Medallion for your contribution to the united states space program" Reverse reads "Second anniversary of the First Manned Lunar Landing July 20, 1971 Manned flight awareness."

Now my guess is that the first two examples are different 'classes' of medallion presented to people, while the third is a broader variant more widely distributed - but it is only a guess - does anyone know the stories for sure? And are there other variants lurking out there?

Cheers
Craig

jutrased
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From: North Smithfield, RI USA
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 02-06-2008 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jutrased   Click Here to Email jutrased     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a couple of variants you did not mention. The first is a clear square plexiglas case which has a dark blue plexiglas inside with a silver color Apollo 11 MFA mounted in a circular cutout. It is labeled:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
2nd ANNIVERSARY
1st MANNED LUNAR LANDING

I have had this for many years.

The second is a white padded folder. The cover has a gold embossed footprint of a moon boot with the words '...one small step...' below. The inside cover is a photo of the LM on the surface. The next page reads in part:

quote:
Presented to: Willis L. Parks in recognition of your role as an active participant on the team that engineered, designed, impleted, and operated the Manned Space Flight and NASCOM Networks...
The signature is of Ozro M. Covington, Director of Networks. Mounted to the side in a light blue field is a silver Apollo 11 MFA. The back of this page explains where the components used in the medallions came from on the Eagle and Columbia.

The inside back page has a photo of the Earth from low orbit with the moon in the background. The back cover has a gold Apollo 11 patch. All inside pages are sealed in heavy clear plastic.

This one was recently purchased on eBay with a matching framed 17x21 certificate also made out to Willis L. Parks.

If anyone is interested in photos, I can take some and post them.

Ed Jutras

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