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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-20-2011 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA's Space Shuttle Program Medallions

NASA has commissioned two commemorative medals, each minted using flown-in-space metal, to recognize the end of its 30-year space shuttle program.

The two medallions, both to be produced by Winco International, NASA's supplier of mission insignia lapel pins throughout the course of the shuttle program, feature in full color the space agency's Space Shuttle Commemorative Emblem as designed by Blake Dumesnil but otherwise differ in design and inscription.

The NASA Award Medallion (1.75" diameter) is "in recognition of all who played a vital role in supporting the shuttle program." In addition, this limited edition medallion celebrates the program's 135 missions during 30 years of innovation and service.


NASA Award Medallion. Click on image to enlarge.

Metal ingots produced for this program were flown on a space shuttle mission and then included in production so each medallion would contain flown material.

On the reverse, a space shuttle launch is rendered dimensionally in antique silver. The award medallion was designed by NASA artist Sean Collins.

Th Mission Complete Medallion (1.75" diameter) "commemorates the completion of NASA's shuttle program." In addition, this limited edition medallion celebrates the exceptional accomplishments and missions of the first winged orbital spacecraft.


NASA Mission Complete Medallion. Click on image to enlarge.

Minted with the same shuttle-flown ingots included in the NASA Award Medallions, this medallion features a dimensionally rendered reverse showing the space shuttle at work through a launch, on-orbit operations and landing.

These medallions, designed by Andy Boston of Winco with additional artwork provided by Dumesnil, will be plated in antique bronze.

Both medallions will be distributed by NASA and its contractors to employees as well as will eventually be available to the public. (A special version of the NASA Award Medallion will be limited to agency presentation only.)

328KF
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posted 08-07-2011 09:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found the bronze version in the Kennedy Space Center gift shop while down at the STS-135 launch for about $12. I did not see the silver version, but definitely would not advise paying the $40-50 some are asking on eBay.

bthumble
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posted 08-07-2011 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bthumble   Click Here to Email bthumble     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Store has them for sale. I purchased two of each and received them in about 3-4 days. Only $13 each plus shipping. A bargain compared to eBay.

cspg
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posted 08-11-2011 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The medals are really, really neat.

bobslittlebro
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posted 08-27-2011 06:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bobslittlebro   Click Here to Email bobslittlebro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know what percentage of flown metal is in each medal?

crash
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posted 08-27-2011 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for crash   Click Here to Email crash     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would think that the % is tiny. However, the claim still stands.

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posted 08-27-2011 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine today... really nice ones... An adequate presentation for these medals is already done.

Tykeanaut
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posted 08-27-2011 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And for those of you in the UK can I suggest Spaceboosters. £15.99 each + postage.

cfreeze79
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posted 08-28-2011 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cfreeze79   Click Here to Email cfreeze79     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Someone please refresh my memory: why is NASA and Winco keeping the information on what material / what mission the flown material for these medallions were carried on?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-28-2011 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA has said that because the medals are meant to honor all shuttle missions and not just one, the mission(s) the metal was flown on is not being specified.

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posted 08-28-2011 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How many of these medals will be made?

p51
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posted 09-16-2011 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up one of these on my epic buying spree at the Kennedy Space Center visitor center gift shop last week (hey, hadn't been there in years, it was worth my wife's wrath when she later saw the total on the receipt).

It says flown metal. I was curious about that, what did they melt down to make these? It's a neat coin and I love it, just wondering if it's bona fide or not and if it actually was cast from flown metal, where they found it.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-16-2011 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Metal ingots were flown on a space shuttle mission for the purpose of creating these and other official NASA medals. NASA is not making public on what mission the ingots was flown as the medals are intended to honor all missions.

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posted 09-20-2011 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JPL is the cheapest place I've seen them yet, less than 9 bucks postpaid! I ordered two of the bronze ones as I had the other type already, they arrived in less than 4 days from ordering, as well!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-19-2011 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These medallions are now available directly from Winco as part of their latest offer to collectSPACE readers.

Fezman92
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posted 01-02-2012 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How long will the offer last?

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posted 01-14-2012 08:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space-coins   Click Here to Email space-coins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did anyone of the international buyers receive a quote on shipping costs to Europe?

Tykeanaut
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posted 01-14-2012 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why not try Spaceboosters here in the UK? They may be a little more expensive, £15.99 each I believe but the shipping costs to Europe would probably be a lot less if you asked for them to be sent direct.

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