SPACE SHUTTLE MEDALS
The goal of the space shuttle was to decrease the cost of the space program by reusing as much of the hardware as possible.
The space shuttle fleet was retired in 2012 with the surviving orbiter fleet being placed on display at the following museums:
MEDALS AND PRESENTATIONS
|ALT - Approach and Landing Test program's flown metal medal and presentation from the prototype shuttle Enterprise. This medal contains metal flown on this mission.
STS-1 - This Space Flight Awareness flown metal medal and named presentation is from the Space shuttle Columbia's first manned flight STS-1.
This limited edition medal was minted using metal removed from the Space Shuttle Columbia following its historic maiden voyage.
|STS-1 - Here we have three limited edition PNCs in presentation wallets, with either a solid silver, 24k gold plated silver or 10k solid gold medal.
|STS-1 - This large bronze is for the Columbia's maiden flight STS-1. It features President Nixon's 5 January 1972 reliability, reusability and low cost space shuttle programme speach.
|STS-3 - This is the Space Flight Awareness flown metal medal from the Columbia's third flight STS-3. This very rare limited edition medal was struck using metal removed from the shuttle and presented to NASA ground crew in appreciation of their work after the mission.
|STS-5 - This is the Space Flight Awareness flown metal medal from the Columbia's fifth flight STS-5. This rare limited edition medal was struck using metal removed from the shuttle and presented to NASA ground crew. It also coincides with the NASA 25th anniversary and therefore commemorates this event too.
|SPACELAB1 - Issued to commemorate the launch of the first NASA/ESA Spacelab mission in 1983, some of these medals were flown is space. Identical unflown medals also exist.
STS-71 / Mir - This is the Space Flight Awareness flown metal medal from the STS-71 shuttle mission Mir space station docking and presentation leaflet. It was made to commemorate the first docking of the US Space Shuttle to the Russian Space Station Mir.
This limited edition medal was minted using metal removed from the Space Shuttle Atlantis following this historic first docking and also from the Mir Space Station.
|Apollo-Soyuz 20th anniversary/Atlantis-Mir medal: This very rare medal was issued for the 20th anniversary of the Apollo Soyuz mission in 1975. It contains metal flown from the space shuttle Atlantis (STS-71 mission) which commemorated this occassion by linking up to the Mir Space Station.
|STS-71 / Mir - The link up of the two space craft, with a combined weight of 223 tons, the Shuttle/Mir complex was, as at 1995, the heaviest man made structure to orbit the Earth.
Issued in 1995 by the Republic of the Marshall Islands this limited edition coin set features a $50 silver proof and a $5 CuproNickel coin commemorating the Space Shuttle and Mir missions.
|STS-71 / Mir - Another solid silver medal minted to commemorate the cooperation of the Russian and American space agencies as they work together is space.
|STS-71 / Mir - A Galaxy mint bronze medal issued to commemorate the space shuttle Atlantis' flight, STS-71 to the MIR space station and the 100th manned US space mission.
|STS-88 / ISS - This is the Space Flight Awareness flown metal medal from the STS-88 first shuttle to dock with the International Space Station in 1998. This rare limited edition medal (only 60,000 struck) was minted using metal removed from the Space Shuttle following the mission for NASA ground crew. Also pictured is the extremely rare silver version of the same coin in a velvet galaxy mint case and COA.
|STS-88 / ISS - Here is a special named presentation featuring a gold seal foil that was flown onboard the space shuttle Endeavour for the STS-88 mission to the ISS.
|STS-89 / MIR - This medal contains metal flown onboard Endeavour's STS-89 mission to the Mir space station on 22nd January - 31st January 1998.
STS-98 / ISS - Another space flight awareness medal, this time from the shuttle mission STS-98 and International Space Station 1991.
"This coin, containing metal from the U.S. Laboratory module flown on mission STS-98, commemorates the deployment of another element in building the International Space Station. February 2001". Again also pictured is the extremely rare silver version of the same coin in a velvet galaxy mint case and COA.
STS-114 Team Award - The most recent and currently one of the rarest, is this Space Flight Awareness Team Award featuring metal flown onboard the Space shuttle Discovery's flight STS-114 in 26/July - 9/August 2005.
The medal was produced by Winco in limited numbers, with 995 being presented to members of the launch and assessment teams at NASA, who were involved in the mission. These medals were not made available to the general public.
|Port Canaveral - This is the complete set of seven Port Canaveral Maiden flight series flown metals medals. Made from metals from the respective mission's booster rockets.
|STS-1 - This is the limited edition solid bronze and silver Eye witness medal, made by Franklin Mint to commemorate the space shuttle Columbia's maiden flight.
|STS-41B - This is a limited edition solid bronze proof like Eye witness medal, made by Franklin Mint to commemorate the first untethered space walk performed by Capt Bruce McCandless 2nd on the 7-February-1984. STS-41B was the first flight to have the new naming designation after the previous two flights were cancelled. It was the 10th shuttle flight and the 4th for Challenger.
|Return to Space Eye witness medal - Franklin Mint commemorated America's return to manned space flights after the Challenger disaster with these limited edition solid sterling silver and bronze eye witness medals. STS-26 was launched 29-September-1988, just under three years since the loss of the Challenger and its crew.
Maiden flight series bronzes presentation for each of the five space shuttles Columbia (STS-1), Challenger (STS-6), Discovery (STS-41D), Atlantis (STS-51J) and Endeavour (STS-49).
They feature the mission logo on one side and orbiter's logo on the other, more like the aluminum astronaut presentation medals. These both differ from the regular mission bronzes that feature mission related backs, as seen on the following medals below.
To match the Maiden flight series presentation above, these are the bronzes for each of the five space shuttles final missions.
Columbia (STS-107), Challenger (STS-51L), Discovery (STS-133), Atlantis (STS-135) and Endeavour (STS-134).
|Columbia launch bronze (STS-1)
|This is a bronze commemorating the 20th anniversary of the launch of the space shuttle Columbia.
|Issued for the Young Astronaughts programme, this Liberty medal was released in 1988.
|John Glenn return to space serialized bronze issued for his flight on board STS-95 and in honour of his Mercury Atlas 6 (Friendship 7) flight. John Glenn became the oldest man in space in 1998 when he flew with STS-95.
|This is another limited edition Silver medal made by Galaxy medals inc, this one for the 100th shuttle mission (STS-92 Discovery launched 11-October-2000).
|Challenger disaster 1986 bronze (STS-51L)
|Another STS-51L Challenger disaster silver commemorative medal, this one from the American Pacific Mint includes a COA.
|STS-107 - Issued to commemorate Col Ilan Ramon, Isreal's first astronaut and crew member lost on the Columbia disaster, this bronze proof and is also available in silver.
|STS-107 - A second commemorative bronze medal issued to commemorate the lost of the Columbia 2003. This is a Space Flight Awareness "Heros of the Columbia" medal.
|Columbia disaster 2003 Galaxy mint bronze (STS-107)
|A Liberian coin issued to commemorate the shuttle Columbia after its loss in 2003
|This is a National Air and Space Museum coin celebrating the achievements of the space shuttle Columbia.
|Launched 24-February-2011, STS-133 was the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery before being retired on its return, 9th-March-2011.
|Launched 16-May-2011, STS-134 was the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour before being retired on its return, 1st-June-2011.
|Launched 8-July-2011, STS-135 was the final flight of the space shuttle Atlantis before being retired on its return, 21st-July-2011.
|Issued at the time of the shuttle fleet retirement, this medal commemorates the prototype orbiter Enterprise.
|One of the rarest coins ever produced by the Cook Islands, this 2012 silver plated, CU coin was limited to just 981 items. The result of an exclusive project by www.space-coins.com and the Cook Islands, this coin commemorates the service of the space shuttle.
|Each shuttle space mission NASA releases aluminum rounds. These are the final rounds for four of the five shuttle missions.
|Here is an interesting medal struck using parts (the flow control valve from the main propulsion system) flown on board a space shuttle. These were given to NASA work crews in appreciation of their efforts towards the space shuttle programme.
|Originally designed back when the shuttle programme was intended to end in 2010, this commemorative medallion featured our first look at the shuttle programme commemorative logo. Future items featuring this logo were amended with the year 2011.
|Now featuring the corrected year, this is a Galacxy mint commemorative shuttle programme medal.
|Made by Winco, this is one of two official NASA medals commemorating the space shuttle programme to feature metals flown in space on board a space shuttle.
|This bronze was the second offical NASA medal made by Winco, issued using metals flown in space on board a shuttle flight.
|From the same maker as the Constellation Ares medallion below, this commemorative Shuttle programme medallion contains metals flown in space from the Shuttle Columbia's maiden flight, STS-1.
|A fitting send off to the Space Shuttle programme is this incredible medallion from www.space-coins.com contains a piece flown in space from each of the six shuttle orbiters. As with the other medal issued with space-coins.com, only 981 of these medals were minted.
|ARES I-X - Flown metal medal commemorating the first Ares rocket launch 28-October 2009. This coin contains flown metal from the Apollo 11 spacecraft Columbia and Eagle and also contains metal from the Saturn V launch pad from which Ares was launched. Mintage was limited to just 500.
|ARES I-X - This aluminium medal features the logos for the 'New generation of spacecraft' being developed for project Constellation - Ares (launch vehicle), Orion (Command module), Altair (lunar lander) and Constellation itself.
|CONSTELLATION - Minted by Winco, this medal features flown rocket metals from the Oct. 28, 2009 Ares I-X and May 6, 2010 Orion Pad Abort-1 test flights.