Flown on the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle.Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Serial Number 9F. This 39mm diameter sterling silver medal is in its original plastic case with the "9 Silver" sticker on the bottom. It was one of only 111 flown (of 359 minted) aboard Columbia, the first manned, reusable spacecraft, on the first orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle. The obverse features the mission insignia, the shuttle, and its orbit around the Earth with the ship's name "Columbia" and the surnames of the crew. The reverse includes the names of the crewmembers, "John W. Young" and "Robert L. Crippen", and the engraved dates, "April 12, 1981" and "April 14, 1981 / RW23 Edwards AFB". The serial number is on the rim along with the sterling and Robbins hallmarks. This was a very important and high-risk "shakedown" cruise for the shuttle program and this medal is from the personal collection of its commander. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a Letter of Certification signed "John W. Young" on his personal stationery, stating: "I hereby certify that STS 1 silver Robbins Medal, serial number 9F, was flown with me aboard the maiden voyage of the orbiter Columbia April 12-14, 1981, which also began the era of the space shuttle program. It has been part of my personal collection since the mission."
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