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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-05-2009 01:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
BBC News: Honour given to 'UK astronauts'
The five UK-born individuals who have flown in space are being honoured with a commemorative pin.

The British Interplanetary Society is making the award to recognise the astronauts' achievements but also to further the case for human spaceflight.

...the first recipients of the pin - Helen Sharman and Richard Garriott - had private funds backing their missions.

The other three - Michael Foale, Nicholas Patrick and Piers Sellers - all became US citizens to fly with the American space agency (NASA).

Mr. Garriott and Dr. Sharman were given their pins in a ceremony at the BIS headquarters in London.


Photo credit: BIS/Richard Garriott/Bigbury Mint

Philip
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posted 07-05-2009 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a wonderful pin!

butch wilks
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posted 07-05-2009 05:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I`d like to add my congratulation to the UK-born astronauts on getting this award and a big thank you to the BIS for making this pin.

Well done.

KSCartist
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posted 07-05-2009 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shouldn't they have given Sharman, Garriott, Foale, Patrick and Sellers gold pins?

Just a thought. Beautiful pin though.

butch wilks
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posted 07-05-2009 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think a gold pin is going to be too close to the NASA astronauts pin, but this one with the flag on it is as good.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 11-21-2011 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA astronaut Dr. Nick Patrick was in London today to receive his British Astronaut pin.

The pin was the idea of space flight participant and philanthropist/entrepreneur Richard Garriott, and is being presented to all those who have "orbited" the Earth but who were originally born in the UK.

The ceremony was witnessed by around 20 specially invited guests.

Mike Foale and Greg Johnson are due to receive their pins sometime soon.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-21-2011 06:29 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 Rick Mulheirn:
...all the others thus far have been awarded theirs.
BBC News reports that Patrick was the fourth to receive his pin.
The British Interplanetary Society has commissioned 10 silver pins, and Dr. Patrick is the fourth person to receive one after Helen Sharman, Richard Garriott and Piers Sellers.

The pins are awarded to both recognise the achievements of some extraordinary people, but also to promote human spaceflight in the UK.

The next recipient of the BIS pin is most likely to be NASA's Michael Foale, one of the most experienced astronauts in the history. Dr. Foale, who was born in Louth, Lincolnshire, has logged over 374 days in orbit.

KSCartist
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posted 11-21-2011 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool pin, great design!

spaceman
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posted 11-25-2011 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a gripe but with a such a large society who were the twenty specially invited guests and why?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 11-25-2011 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For what it's worth, I was NOT one of the specially invited guests.

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