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    One of only ninety-three flown on the mission that ended the space race.

    Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut William Pogue, Serial Number 79F, with Signed LOA. This 35mm sterling silver medal is one of only ninety-three flown aboard the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first international manned space effort, July 17-19, 1975, with U.S. crewmembers Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand, & Deke Slayton and Soviet crewmembers Alexei Leonov & Valery Kubasov. There were a total of 285 minted for this flight. The obverse features the mission insignia depicting the docking maneuver above the Earth and the names of the mission and crewmembers. The reverse features the title "First Joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. Space Flight" and the engraved dates. The serial number is on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. Original case with pad and numbered sticker on the bottom included. Excellent condition.

    Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed letter from Pogue recalling an amusing Apollo-Soyuz anecdote. It was received too late to be included in the printed catalog. The content is transcribed below (see last image):

    "In the mid-1970's I was in Florida representing a major Aerospace Company and was invited to a luncheon hosted by a U.S. Congressman from Florida. It was several months after the 'Handshake in Space,' the joint mission flown by the US & USSR. The crews had been selected five years before the flight to allow time for the crews to learn the other language.

    "It so happened that the Russian crew was on a good-will tour of the U.S. and they were invited to the luncheon also, so the Congressman introduced them to the audience. To add a personal note the Congressman asked Alexie Leonov, Soyuz Commander, 'How does it feel to be bilingual?' Alexie said 'I'm not bilingual I'm trilingual.' The Congressman observed, 'I know you speak Russian and English, what is your third language?' Alexie, who had encountered difficulty understanding Tom Stafford's Western Oklahoma accent blurted out, 'My third language is OKLAHOMSKI.'

    "The audience roared. The exchange was a real 'icebreaker' and the luncheon was a great success.

    "Bill Pogue Pilot, Skylab 4/ 10/8/12"

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