FLOWN ITEMS

These items either have been flown in space
or contain materials that have flown in space.

OFFICIAL NASA FLOWN MEDALS AND PRESENTATIONS
MANNED FLIGHT AWARENESS AND SPACE FLIGHT AWARENESS

Apollo 8: Manned Flight Awareness Medal for Apollo 8 with in original presentation certificate. For further presentation materials such as original 25-July-1969 info page from VIP, 4-August-1969 distribution papers to General Electric management for their employees and information pages, please refer to the Presentations page.

This was the first Manned Flight Awareness medal made and contains metal flown on board the Apollo 8 mission to the moon and back. Minted by Barco Mint of New Orleans, production was limited to 200,000 medals.

Apollo 11 MFA medal: Limited edition (200,000 minted by Barco Mint of New Orleans) "Flown Metal" Manned Flight Awareness (MFA) medal commemorating Apollo 11 Moon landing. Also included is the named Manned Flight Awareness presentation certificate for the medal along with a very rare gold version (encased). I am unaware of the mintage of the gold version.

For further presentation materials and information pages, please refer to the Presentations page.

"This medallion contains metal from spacecrafts Columbia and Eagle that took Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins on their historic Apollo 11 mission that resulted in the first landing of man on the moon."

The medal is made from metals flown on board Skylab and having travelled over 111 Million miles as it orbited the Earth for around 4100 times, over the duration of 270 days. Only 100,000 of the MFA medals were made.

Both these Manned Flight Awareness and Skylab Achievement Award named presentations were presented to Ruth M Elder who, with her husband, worked at NASA in the 1970s.

For further presentation materials and information pages, please refer to the Presentations page.

This is an example of the limited edition Manned Flight Awareness medal mounted on a named presentation page commemorating the Apollo Soyuz mission.

"This medallion contains metal from both Apollo and Soyuz that joined together in the first International manned space mission on July 15-24, 1975"

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 rare limited edition medal was minted using metal removed from the Space Shuttle Columbia following its historic maiden voyage.

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.
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.

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-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.

OTHER FLOWN MEDALS

Explorer 1 50th anniversary: Issued in 2008 for the 50th anniversary of the launch of Explorer-1, this set of three medals feature metals from the Pad A launch complex that Explorer-1 used. One medal appears to be made from bronze, whilst the other two are aluminium.
Project Mercury 40th anniversary: This official NASA medal is the very limited edition Mercury 40th anniversary medal. Only 2500 of these medals were struck and it contains metal from the launch pad used in the Mercury missions.
Apollo 11: This very rare large flat medallion features dies that were taken to the moon and back one the Apollo 11 flight July-1969. It is believed that only about 1000 of these medals were minted.
Project Apollo - Mans Greatest Adventure coin set: This set of 20 Sterling Silver medals were released by Franklin Mint for NASA in 1972. Mintage was limited to just 4,967 sets and they were not offered for sale to the public. They contain metal flown onboard the Apollo 13 space craft on its voyage around the moon.
Apollo 14 flown metal minicoin: Franklin Mint "Flown Metal" Medal commemorating the Apollo 14 mission to the moon. Mintage 129,449.

This limited edition minicoin contains 10,000 grains of silver that was carried aboard Apollo 14 on its voyage around the moon.

Eastern Airlines 50th anniversary: This large heavy oval 1968 medal was struck using metal from most of the aircraft flown by Eastern Airlines since 1928. It also contains metal flown onboard Apollo 8's mission around the moon.
Apollo Soyuz Soviet medal set: This set of six Soviet medals contain flown metal for a 1975 mission (not sure if its from the actual ASTP mission). The five Cosmonauts / Astronauts each have a medal and the sixth medal being Leonov`s artwork `Handshakes in space`.
This custom minted, 60mm diameter medal containing flown metal was issued by Soviet Spaceflight Control Center in Kaliningrad (now Korolev city outside Moscow) to those involved in mission control, VIPs and dignitaries to the Soyuz/Salyut-6 Intercosmos program. This example was presented to Paul Weitz on his visit to the Soviet Union.
Viking metal medal: Created in limited numbers, this medal contains metal from the Viking spacecraft which landed on the surface of Mars 20-July-1976.
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.
Featuring metals flown in space, this medal was issued to commemorate the 15-May-1987 flight of the Energia rocket. It is smaller than the typical medal's from the Soviet Union. Mintage 800.
This is an example of the very limited edition medal for the Buran's maiden flight. The medal commemorates the first and only orbital flight of the Soviet Space Shuttle Buran and minted entirely from materials that were used to construct Buran. Only 1000 of these limited edition medals were produced by 'Space-Earth' in Gorky Park, Moscow 1988.
PHOBOS: As with many medals from the late Soviet era, this large medal is made from aluminum flown in space. It features an image of the Phobos Mars probe on one side.
This is a 30th Anniversary "Gagarin First Man in Space", thick aluminum medal. Mintage of the aluminum version was 160,000 with 35,000 silvers made. They were made from metals flown on board from a Soyuz TM space craft. Issued on 12-April-1991 Baikonur Cosmodrome, this example comes in its original Fleetwood presentation card. Curiously a second example also has a COA, but it states the metal used, came from the Vostok 1 space craft. Also pictured is the silver proof 3 rubal Gagarin coin in a presentation box.
Gagarin 40th anniversary: 12,000 of these aluminum medals were issued to celebrate 40 years since Gagarin became the first man in Space. "The First Man in Space 40th Anniversary Medal is minted from the metal of a Russian spacecraft actually flown into space. The Medal is officially issued by the Space Federation of Russia. It was issued April 12, 2001, the exact 40th Anniversary of his flight aboard Vostok 1."
This large heave bronze made in the traditional Soviet style was designed by A.Baklanov of the Leningrad Mint for the Federation of Cosmonautics in 1992 and features metal flown on board the 'Zvezda Kolumba' (Columbus Star) space craft which flew from the Plesetzk Cosmodrome to Seattle on 15-November-1992. The satellite carried a descent module containing greetings to the American people on the 500th anniversary of Columbus's landing.
This is one of three medals released by Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in 1994 featuring metal flown in space. This example is to commemorate the flight of Yuri Gagarin (the first man in space) onboard Vostok 1. Mintage 1000.
Here is the second of three medals released by Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in 1994 featuring metal flown in space. This example is to commemorate the Mir space station. Mintage 1000.
And this is the final of three medals released by Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in 1994 featuring metal flown in space. This one being for the Buran. Mintage 1000.
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-89 / MIR - This medal contains metal flown onboard Endeavour's STS-89 mission to the Mir space station on 22nd January - 31st January 1998.
Project Apollo 30th anniversary medal: Medal commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Apollo program.

It contains metals from the Saturn V launch tower. Made by Galaxy Medals Inc 1999, this Aluminum medal was limited to a mintage of 101,000, Bronze to 10,775 and Silver to just 750.

Apollo 11 30th anniversary medal: Flown metal medal commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Metal from the Eagle Apollo 11 landing module was used in the processing of this medallion. Buzz Aldrin filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers concerning the use of his image on the coin.

I also have been fortunate enough to acquire a very limited edition gold version of this medal. The mintage of the gold version was just 200.

SPUTNIK 2: This light weight aluminum medal was issued in 2007 for the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik 2 that carried the dog "Laika". The medal was issued by the Samara Industrial Complex, which makes the Russian Soyuz space craft. The medal was made from metal which has flown in space.
SPUTNIK 5: This aluminum medal was issued in 2005 for the 45th Anniversary of Sputnik 5 that carried the dogs "Belka and Strelka". It too was issued by the Samara Industrial Complex, which makes the Russian Soyuz space craft. The medal was made from metal which has flown in space.
SPUTNIK 9: Here is another aluminum medal, this time issued in 2006 for the 45th Anniversary of Sputnik 9 that carried the dog "Chernushka". As with the medals above, it was issued by the Samara Industrial Complex, which makes the Russian Soyuz space craft. The medal was made from metal which has flown in space.
Apollo 7 40 years: This is a very limited edition (just 500 made) individually serialised medal made from metals flown on the Apollo 7 flight (specifically fragments from Kapton polymide tape and 16mm data acquisition cable). It was issued for the Kansas Frontiers of flight museum exhibition in Dallas 2008.

It is inscribed "This medallion contains metal from the Apollo 7 spacecraft flown by Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walt Cunningham. October 11-22, 1968."

NASA 50 years: These limited edition official NASA commemoratives were manufactured by Winco International. They contains metal flown aboard an undisclosed space shuttle mission.
Moon Landing 40 years: These official NASA commemoratives were manufactured by Winco International. They contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Released 2009, it is in a very similar style to the NASA 50th medal above and the STS-114 medals also made by Winco.
Apollo 11 40 years: Eventually Winco released 5 different medals for the 40th anniversary. This one being for Apollo 11. Apollo 12, 13 and 17 are below along with the Moon landing one earlier. This one also contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2010, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 12 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. This one for Apollo 12 also contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2010, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 13 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. This Apollo 13 medal also contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2010, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 14 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. Here is the Apollo 14 medal which, like the others from the series, contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2012, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 15 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. Here is the Apollo 15 medal which again contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2013, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 16 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. Again this Apollo 16 medal also contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2012, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 17 40 years: This is another of the official NASA commemoratives manufactured by Winco International. Like the others, this Apollo 17 medal contains metal flown to the moon on the Apollo missions. Date of issue 2010, Mintage unknown.
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.
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.
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.
ARES I-X - Flown metal medal commemorating the first Ares rocket launch 28-October 2009. This coin contains flown metal from th Apollo 11 spacecraft Columbia and Eagle and also contains metal from the Saturn V launch pad from which Ares was launched. Mintage 500.
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.
X1 Dryden Flight Research Center: A series of medals commissioned by NASA's Dryden Flight research center in 2012, this medallion contain metal taken from an actual Bell X-1 rocket plane.
X15 Dryden Flight Research Center: From the same series as above is this medallion contain metal flown on a North American X-15 rocket plane.
Enterprise Dryden Flight Research Center: Also from the same series is this medallion that contains metal flown on the shuttle orbiter Enterprise.
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Dryden Flight Research Center: And finally we have this medal from the Dryden Research Centre flown medal series issued in 2012. This medallion contain metal from both of the two special 747 Shuttle carrier aircraft.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Space Centre, this medal contains metals flown on the Apollo and Shuttle missions. Date of issue 2012, Mintage unknown.
Mars Rover Curiosity: This medal cointains metals used in the engineering of the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. The medal was issued in 2013, Mintage unknown.
Apollo 17: Issued in 2013, this medal contains metals flown to the lunar surface.

FLOWN COVERS AND ITEMS

Mercury Space Suit Material Sample: This presentation contains a piece of material from one of a spacesuit made for the Mercury missions.
Kapton Foil from each of the Manned Apollo Missions: This presentation contains a small piece of Kapton insulation foil from each of the Apollo mission's Command modules. Some have been to the moon and back.
APOLLO 12 Kapton Foil: This is a small piece of the actual Kapton insulation foil which was trimmed from the Apollo 12 Lunar Module "Intrepid" in preparation for launch from the Kennedy Space Center.
Pictured here is a fragment of the Skylab space station (with official NASA COA) that returned to Earth on 11-July-1979 and retrieved from Western Australia.

This is an actual piece of one of the six oxygen supply tanks carried on board Skylab. Measuring approximately 1" long and 0.5" wide, it has been professionally mounted and protected on a colour card illustrating one of the last pictures of Skylab ever taken. It has travelled some 890 million miles as the space station orbited the Earth for over 6 years.

One of the centre pieces of my Apollo Soyuz mission collectables includes this presentation featuring a piece of flown kapton foil from the command module of the American Apollo 18 space craft used in the ASTP mission.
Space Shuttle Orbiter Flown Foil samples: These two presentations (above and below) both contain pieces of flown Kapton foil or insulation blanket flown on selected mission from each of the Space shuttle orbiter fleet.
Space Shuttle Columbia Flown Fragment (STS-5 mission):

This is a limited edition presentation (one of just 200) containing an actual piece of the Space Shuttle Columbia that flew 1.8 million miles in orbit around the Earth on its first operational mission (STS-5).
Space Shuttle Columbia Flown Payload bay lining (STS-5 mission):

Another limited edition presentation containing an actual piece of the Space Shuttle Columbia's Payload bay lining flown on the first operational shuttle mission STS-5.
NASA 25 years: To commemorate NASA's 25th Anniversary on 14-August-1983 the shuttle flight STS-8 was to take 500,000 serialised first day covers into space. Only 259,377 covers were available after the flight and those that were left behind or were damaged, were destroyed.
Space Shuttle Atlantis Flown Payload bay lining (STS-71 mission):

Another limited edition presentation containing an actual piece of the Space Shuttle Atlantis' Payload bay lining flown on the first docking with the Russian Mir Space station (STS-71 on June-July 1995).
25 years Moon Landing: This limited edition serialised presentations were issued to commemorate 25 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing. They feature one of the 500,000 $9.95 stamps flown on board the space shuttle Endaevour's flight STS-68 and is cancelled for the launch on 30-September-1994.
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.
This is a flown 1" fragment from a Soyuz T-11 space craft that was docked with the Salyut-7 space station 4th April to 2nd October 1984. This is an official Soviet production, with COA issued by the All Union Youth Aerospace Society.

The Soyuz T-11 craft was powered down for 6 months during its docking and restarted successfully for the return. Of note the crew of Soyuz T-11 included India's first man in space R. Sharma.
This is a piece of thermal insulation blanket as used on the Soyuz TM craft. This actual piece though has not been flown in space.
This third flown item from a Soyuz craft is a piece of parachute, used by the Soyuz TMA-3 craft in 2004.

TOPPS HEROES OF SPACEFLIGHT

From the set of 38 limited edition presentations featuring flown pieces of payload bay liner, or thermal blanket from various Space flights.

Skylab (wire)
Atlantis (ssa1)
Atlantis (ssa2)
Atlantis (ssa3)
Atlantis (ssa4)
Atlantis (ssa5)
Atlantis (ssa6)
Atlantis (ssa7)
Discovery (ssd)
Discovery (ssd1)
Discovery (ssd2)
Discovery (ssd3)
Discovery (ssd4)
Discovery (ssd5)
Discovery (ssd6)
Discovery (ssd7)
Discovery (ssd8)
Columbia (ssc1)
Columbia (ssc2)
Columbia (ssc3)
Columbia (ssc4)
Columbia (ssc5)
Columbia (ssc6)
Columbia (ssc7)
Endeavour (sse1)
Endeavour (sse2)
Endeavour (sse3)
Endeavour (sse5)
Endeavour (sse6)
Endeavour (sse7)
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PHILATELIC NUMISMATIC COVERS
Featuring medals containing flown metals from an undisclosed
space flight (not necessarily the flight depicted on the cover).
Limited to 3000 individually serialised covers
except * where 2000 were produced.

Vanguard 30th anniversary
Explorer 1 30th anniversary*
Liberty Bell 25th anniversary*
Gemini 12 20th anniversary*
Apollo 7 20th anniversary*
Apollo 8 20th anniversary*
Apollo 11*
Apollo 11 20th anniversary*
Apollo 15 15th anniversary*
SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHTS
ALT 1 10th anniversary
STS 2
STS 9
STS 26
STS 29
STS 41-G
STS 51-L
STS 61-A
STS 61-C
UNMANNED FLIGHTS
Halley's Comet Giotto Probe
FRENCH SATELLITE LAUNCHES
Ariane V18
Ariane V19
Ariane V20
Ariane V22
Ariane V25
Ariane V26
Ariane V27
Ariane V28
Ariane V29
Ariane V30


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