DescriptionSkylab III (SL-4) Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Jack Lousma, Serial Number 40F, with Signed LOA. This 37mm x 35mm sterling silver medal with three rounded sides was one of only seventy flown (of 190 minted) on this record-breaking mission with crewmembers Gerald Carr, William Pogue, and Ed Gibson that lasted an incredible eighty-four days, from November 17, 1973 to February 8, 1974. The obverse features a large number "3", the astronaut surnames, and three circular icons symbolizing the three major areas of investigation in the mission: a tree representing man's natural environment; a hydrogen atom representing man's exploration of the physical world; and a human silhouette representing mankind. The reverse depicts the Comet Kohoutek with engraved mission dates. The serial number is on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. Excellent condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.
Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Authenticity on Lousma's letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that silver Skylab III (SL-4) Robbins Medal, serial number 40F, is one that was flown aboard the mission during November 17, 1973 - February 8, 1974, thereby setting a new endurance record of 84 days in space. It traveled 34.5 million miles during 1214 Earth orbits at an altitude of 275 miles. I purchased this flown medal for the Skylab III mission. It is from my personal collection and has been in my possession since receiving it shortly after the mission."
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