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spaceman
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posted 02-10-2013 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know the type/number of flown items on the Ares I-X flight in 2009 please?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-10-2013 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Jon Cowart, who was the Ares I-X deputy mission manager, there were two types of commemorative items on board:
  • 3,500 miniature banners packed below the parachutes in the rocket's first-stage fifth-segment simulator; and

  • Three DVDs with videos that were collected through NASA's website. The short films each feature members of the public completing the phrase, "Space exploration is important because..."
The flags and DVDs were packaged inside three shoebox-size containers affixed inside the fifth segment.

Courtesy ATK, here is what an example of the flown banners:

NASA later had flown metal from the recovered first stage segmented and embedded in commemorative medals:

spaceman
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posted 02-10-2013 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Robert. Picked up a flown flag/banner on eBay last night, it stated it was one of 3500 and is presented on a certificate.

I'm on the look out for the medallion...

Tom
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posted 02-10-2013 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, this medal which contains metal flown on both Ares I-X and Orion PA-1 test.

Jay Chladek
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posted 02-10-2013 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to get my hands on one of those recovered metal medallions since I was at the press site for the launch (probably the most unique of my four launch experiences). That was a LONG wait to see it fly, but well worth the wait in the end.

So where can somebody get one?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-10-2013 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The one that Tom posted was produced by Winco and is, I believe, still for sale at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex gift shop.

The earlier medal I pictured was never offered for sale. It was distributed to NASA and contractor employees who worked on the program. You will need to keep your eyes on eBay or other auctions for secondary sales.

tnperri
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posted 02-10-2013 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't seen one like the one Robert posted, on eBay or anywhere else. I guess I have to add it to my wish list.

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posted 07-02-2016 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Winco   Click Here to Email Winco     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Winco produced both the Ares I-X and Constellation medallions. We still offer the Constellation medallions to our retailers (almost gone), but as Robert said, the Ares I-X medallion has never been sold at retail (per NASA's strict requirements) and, only flown metal "chips" were supplied by NASA for the medallions to be made for the Ares folks.

A very small number of the Ares I-X medallions were produced. Without checking, I'm sure, less than 1,000. There were also three initial prototypes made of the Ares I-X medallion. The prototype differences -

  1. On the front color side, the blue background is noticeably lighter than the production pieces.

  2. Instead of only the flown metal "chip" being embedded in epoxy (as is the case on the production pieces), this entire side is covered in epoxy. There is no epoxy on the front color side of the prototypes and production pieces.
Currently, a collector has one of the three prototypes and I have the other two in my collection.

JBoe
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posted 07-02-2016 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How many different types of medallions are there? Two medallions have metal either embedded or melted (Ares I-X and Constellation), but this Ares I-X medallion contains metal from Apollo 11 (Columbia and Eagle) and the launch tower where both Apollo 11 and Ares were launched from. Does anyone have any additional information about this one?

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posted 07-02-2016 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is one of two medals that were produced by "measurablesuccess."

See this link for more info. I think the original site is no longer available.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-02-2016 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JBoe:
Does anyone have any additional information about this one?
A commercial production with no connection to the program (i.e. neither produced for NASA or the contractors) that was made by melting down NASA Manned Flight Awareness Apollo 11 and Winco-produced medallions (or so I was told).

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