DescriptionApollo-Soyuz Test Project Unflown Silver Robbins Medallion from the Personal Collection of Astronaut John Young, Serial Number 215. This 35mm sterling silver medal is in the original issue plastic box with sticker numbered "215" on the bottom. This medallion, though not flown, was made to commemorate the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first international manned space effort. During July 17-19, 1975, following three years of preparations, three U.S. astronauts (Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand, and Deke Slayton) and two Soviet cosmonauts (Alexei Leonov and Valery Kubasov) linked an Apollo spacecraft and a Soyuz capsule in Earth orbit. While docked for forty-four hours, the two crews visited each other's ships and conducted joint scientific experiments. The design shows the docking maneuver above the Earth, and the names of the mission and crew members. The reverse includes the title "First Joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. Space Flight" and the engraved dates. This mission took place during John Young's tenure as Chief of the Astronaut Office where he had responsibility for the coordination, scheduling, and control of activities of the astronauts. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a letter of authenticity signed "John W. Young" on his personal letterhead, stating: "I hereby certify that the Apollo-Soyuz silver Robbins Medallion, serial number 215, although unflown, is an original Robbins Medallion that I acquired from the Astronaut Office. This medallion has been a part of my personal collection since receiving it shortly after the mission."
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