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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-06-2009 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Winco International, in collaboration with NASA, has announced the space agency's official Apollo 40th anniversary medallion.

The medallion is minted in part from command module "metal flown to the Moon on Apollo missions." As it was produced to honor all the Apollo missions, NASA has said that the spacecraft from which the metal was taken for the medallion will not be disclosed.

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posted 07-07-2009 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DSeuss5490   Click Here to Email DSeuss5490     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a nice medallion, but it implies the 40th anniversary of Apollo when it is actually the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. Perhaps I have missed something here?

I guess without an actual date on the medallion it could commemorate either event.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-07-2009 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like the NASA Apollo 40 Years insignia that is part of its design, the medallion was created to honor all Apollo missions' 40th anniversaries, not any one specific mission. That it is being released now, nearest the Apollo 11 anniversary is partly because NASA chose to combine its official celebration of all the Apollo missions into one event: the "Celebrate Apollo" gala on July 20 (closed to the public but to be broadcast live on NASA TV).

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posted 07-09-2009 03:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! That was quick, there's a medallion on eBay...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-09-2009 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The medallions are (or will be soon) for sale at NASA visitor centers and gift shops, as well as retail shops as The Space Store, so seeing one or more on eBay should not be surprising.

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posted 07-11-2009 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Flying Dutchman   Click Here to Email Flying Dutchman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a question: one says that to the moon flown Apollo metal is used to fabricate the coins and medallions. Can some tell me more about that? What metal and from what hardware or flights?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-11-2009 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only detail that NASA is sharing about the metal is that it was from a command module. Otherwise, the specific mission and component(s) are not being disclosed.

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posted 07-15-2009 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got one yesterday from a friend who purchased it at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex last week. The detail is excellent and even the 'antique pewter' color looks great. It makes a good 'companion' to the NASA 50th anniversary coin that Winco also made.

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posted 08-12-2009 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA HQ gift shop in Washington DC did NOT get any of these, nor does it plan to be getting any.

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posted 08-12-2009 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up a couple at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville July 11. When I took them to the counter to pay those folks did not even know they were selling them and I had to shown them where they were displayed, which was on a little shelf out of the main traffic area so you may want to ask/look again.

GACspaceguy
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posted 08-13-2009 05:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website states they have them in stock.

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posted 08-21-2009 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My shipment arrived yesterday. They look nice.

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posted 08-21-2009 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BEFreeman   Click Here to Email BEFreeman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My coins arrived today and look so much better "in person" than I could have imagined... my thanks to the folks at Winco International.

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Mine arrived today and they are great to look at. Also, it seemed to me they are a bit heavier than the recent 50th anniversary medallion, but I might be crazy.

I'm so glad to have them in my collection!

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posted 08-24-2009 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeffbassett   Click Here to Email jeffbassett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received mine as well and indeed they do feel a bit more weighty than the shuttle coin. They turned out very nice.

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posted 08-26-2009 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived in New Zealand today - great item!

So perhaps only semantics but... the text on the coin states "...contains metal flown to the moon on Apollo missions." Does the use of the plural "missions" suggest more than one flown metal source, or perhaps a component that flew more than once?

I guess we'll never know but it sure makes for an interesting mystery.

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posted 08-31-2009 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well they made it to Kansas. They arrived today. The medallion looks great, better than the 50th.

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posted 09-24-2009 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space-coins   Click Here to Email space-coins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, do you know how many of those medals were minted?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-24-2009 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As was done with the 50th anniversary medal, Winco will share the total mintage of the Apollo 40th medal when NASA's production orders cease. As this medal is intended to honor all the Apollo anniversaries, it may still be in NASA's interest to continue the issue through the other missions' milestone dates.

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posted 05-12-2010 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is the first I've seen of this!! I don't know how I've missed it all? Guess it's too late now for the Apollo 40th coin?

teopze
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posted 05-13-2010 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw it while I was on a trip to Kennedy Space Center. I was also shocked I missed it.

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I too picked up one of these medallions at The Space Shop at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in May for about $13.

I was surprised that something like this was so reasonable, considering it has some flown Apollo metal.

So it got me thinking: just what part(s) on any one of these historical treasures is expendable enough to melt-down for you and I? And on top of that what small fraction of my medallion is Command Module metal?

Robert Pearlman
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As with all of NASA's flown-metal minted medals, the fraction of actual flown material in any given medal is tiny, practically immeasurable (it's the thought that counts).

As for what spacecraft part(s) was used, NASA hasn't said, let alone from what mission(s) it/they originated. But all of the command modules were taken apart post-flight and then reassembled for museum display, often times with interior parts purposely omitted. The preservation standards we expect today simply weren't the case back then.

I think its fairly safe to say that no museum took a hacksaw to one of the capsules, but rather one or more of these 'spare' small components were re-purposed for this commemoration.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-17-2010 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By way of an update:

Winco has introduced several new NASA flown-metal medals commemorating the 40th anniversaries of Apollo 11, Apollo 12, Apollo 13 and Apollo 17.

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posted 11-05-2010 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bthumble   Click Here to Email bthumble     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At nasagiftshop.com, they have the Apollo 11 and 13 coins, but unfortunately not the Apollo 12 and 17. Price was $12.99. It took about a week for me to get them.

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posted 11-09-2010 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With regards to nasagiftshop.com, they're either flooded with emails, or overseas orders are definitively no-go...

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So I do not understand how obviously some people always get these medals and selling them quite expensive in the net in huge quantities.

Robert Pearlman
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Some of these medals have been distributed for free in large quantities at NASA events and some of these medals have been for sale through NASA exchange stores -- and even through NASA visitor center gift shops.

You'd expect NASA to receive the first shipments because these medals were created on the request of and for NASA.

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quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
As for nasagiftshop.com, they're either flooded with emails, or overseas orders are definitively no-go...
It's a no-go. nasagiftshop.com does not ship overseas...

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posted 11-19-2010 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only some - I've had goods shipped internationally from the gift store at JSC in the past - great service!

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KSC and JSC stores do ship overseas. It makes you wonder why Glenn doesn't...

Robert Pearlman
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The five (Apollo 40th Anniversary, Apollo 11, Apollo 12, Apollo 13 and Apollo 17) medals can now be ordered through buySPACE via The Space Store as a set for $59.95 (regularly $74.95) or individually for $14.95 (regularly $19.95).

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posted 11-28-2010 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space-coins   Click Here to Email space-coins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if at any point there will also be an Apollo 14, 15 and 16 medal to complete the series?

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From an email dating back to last May, Winco told me that there would medallions for the remaining missions.

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Do you know if that means remaining missions 7-17 or 11-17?

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No, I don't. The email was not that specific although if I were to guess, the "remaining missions" would be Apollo 14, 15 and 16.

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spaceboosters.co.uk also offers these coins for the european market. Allthough they are a little bit more expensive. Got mine today and they are fantastic!

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I received mine today in record time. I ordered them late last week. They are beautiful.

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Have not heard anything on these for awhile and decided to make the leap on the Apollo 11, 12, 13 and 17 medals while they were still available.

I am hoping they finish the series with Apollo 14, 15 and 16.

Robert Pearlman
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Winco is now working on completing the Apollo series of 40th anniversary medals, with Apollo 16 now available.

These medals, like the others in the series, are/will be available through Winco's retailers.


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