One of only forty-six flownSpace Shuttle Challenger (STS-41-C) Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 26F, with Presentation Letter Signed by Mission Commander Robert Crippen. This 1.5" diameter slightly odd-shaped sterling silver medal was one of only forty-six flown (of 155 minted) aboard the fifth mission of Space Shuttle Challenger (eleventh Shuttle mission overall) with crewmembers Robert Crippen, Dick Scobee, Terry Hart, James van Hoften, and George Nelson. This mission captured and repaired the "Solar Max" satellite and deployed the LDEF (Long Duration Exposure Facility) apparatus. The obverse features a helmet visor of an astronaut on EVA picturing the Sun's rays, the Challenger deploying the LDEF and another astronaut on EVA repairing the "Solar Max"; the crew's surnames are around the edge. The reverse also includes the crew's surnames along with the engraved information, Launched "April 6, 1984" and Landed "April 13, 1984 / RW17 Edwards AFB CA". The serial number is on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. The original Robbins plastic case is included (broken). A rare medal; the first we've offered. Excellent.
Included with this lot is a letter on NASA letterhead dated November 7, 1984, reading, in full: "Mission 41-C was a success due to the team effort, and we were proud to have the privilege to work with such a group. You, in particular, were an invaluable member of that team. As a token of our appreciation for all of your efforts which were key to the mission's success, we flew the enclosed silver medallion aboard the Challenger on mission 41-C for you. Thank you for an outstanding job." It is signed at the close in black ink: "Bob Crippen".
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