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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-05-2013 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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NASA medallion commemorates Curiosity rover's first year on Mars

NASA is marking the Curiosity rover's first year on Mars with a commemorative medallion minted from metal used in the engineering of the robotic explorer.

...inscribed along an inner border are "Mars Exploration" and "NASA Official Commemorative." An inscription along the outer border reads: "This Medallion Was Minted With Test Metal Used During The Engineering Of Curiosity."

Added to the antique copper used to mint the thousands of medallions was the metal from an engineering test unit for Curiosity's lower environmental control system (LECS) tee-duct. The LECS was designed for the MSL to cool the Multi-Mission Radio-Thermal Generator (MMRTG), which serves as Curiosity's nuclear power source.

GACspaceguy
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posted 08-05-2013 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up this medallion (thanks Andy). We have added it to our Mars exploration items.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-05-2013 12:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Individual medallions are not available directly from Winco. The Space Store is taking orders for the medal.

cspg
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posted 08-05-2013 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Individual medallions are not available directly from Winco.

No framed "Celebrate Mars Exploration" set from Winco, with Viking, Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix and Curiosity patches, pins and medallions? No?

cspg
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posted 08-05-2013 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Store has changed its shipping policy ($9 instead of $25 for the medallion). Now it's more in tune with what other vendors offer.

On a sidenote, does The Space Store have an exclusive deal with Winco?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-05-2013 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, The Space Store does not have an exclusive with Winco , though it is the only retailer (at the moment) listing the medal for sale.

tnperri
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posted 08-05-2013 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These are showing up on eBay already.

This guy has a lot of Winco stuff and does ship overseas.

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The Space Store currently shows these out of stock and they're taking email addresses for notification of when they have more.

Interesting that we actually saw a photo released of the part that incorporated into the medal. I believe that's a first.

cspg
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posted 08-06-2013 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 328KF:
The Space Store currently shows these out of stock and they're taking email addresses for notification of when they have more.

They're in stock.

JBoe
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posted 08-17-2013 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who live in the DC area or on vacation in the DC area, GSFC Visitor Center and Gift Shop has several medallions available for $9.95.

MichaelD
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posted 08-22-2013 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MichaelD   Click Here to Email MichaelD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Linda at Dryden Flight Research Center just notified me they have the new Mars Curiosity Coins. I ordered two!

space-E
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posted 08-22-2013 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space-E     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kennedy Space Center also has them and has already put a few in the mail to me.

Winco told me that they sold out so they were going to do a second minting. I asked about the metal and the response was:

The same Curiosity metal will be used. The new production run will improve on the dimensional work (may or may not be noticeable). Although the detail and dimension is exceptional on the first run (per EVERYONE who has seen it), the second run should be an improvement and then any future runs (until the Curiosity metal is gone) will be the same as the second run. Also, the plating from each production run typically varies a bit. Our goal will be to match, but this most likely wont happen perfectly.
So more stock will be out in a few months. I asked, but didn't get an answer yet, regarding what the total mintage might be.

cspg
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posted 09-01-2013 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The JPL store has it.

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