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From: Warsaw, Poland
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posted 05-11-2009 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today, after leaving the lab and on my way home, I started to wonder what will happen to the tradition of making the Robbins Medallions for each manned flight, after the STS program is retired.

Now, If I understand it correctly, right now there is one medallion struck for each STS mission, and one for each ISS crew. Assuming that there are no more orbiters to fly US astronauts to space there won't be more STS Medallions (that part is quite obvious, isn't it), but what will happen to the ISS-crew medallions? Will they still be made even though America won't have it's own means of space transportation?

I was also wondering on whether the style of new Orion-class medallions will be somewhat different as compared to STS-class. There is a rather clear difference between the Apollo and STS-era medallions.

Just some of my after-work thoughts.

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