Medal, Bronze, Buran

Medal, Bronze, Buran

     

Commemorative and medals are one way in which Russian and Soviet leaders have recognized accomplishments and individuals in the space program. Initially limited groups of people within the space program received medals. As the space programs grew in prestige and publicity, the medals increased in numbers and played an increasing role in celebrating the accomplishments of the space program. Ultimately, medals became the currency of diplomatic gifts from the Soviet Union. High government or industry officials would give these medals as gifts to their counterparts abroad, including the United States. The typical medals had the main, commemorative theme on the front and supporting statement on the reverse.

These two medals, each side shown, celebrate the launch of the Soviet space shuttle, Buran. The front depicts the Buran landing. The reverse displays a stylized illustration of the orbit that the spacecraft took in 1988.

Gift of Vladimir Dzhanibekov

Gift of Vladimir Dzhanibekov

Country of Origin
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
AWARDS-Medals & Ribbons

Materials
Metal, bronze?
Dimensions
3-D: 0.6 x 6cm (1/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

Commemorative and medals are one way in which Russian and Soviet leaders have recognized accomplishments and individuals in the space program. Initially limited groups of people within the space program received medals. As the space programs grew in prestige and publicity, the medals increased in numbers and played an increasing role in celebrating the accomplishments of the space program. Ultimately, medals became the currency of diplomatic gifts from the Soviet Union. High government or industry officials would give these medals as gifts to their counterparts abroad, including the United States. The typical medals had the main, commemorative theme on the front and supporting statement on the reverse.

These two medals, each side shown, celebrate the launch of the Soviet space shuttle, Buran. The front depicts the Buran landing. The reverse displays a stylized illustration of the orbit that the spacecraft took in 1988.

Gift of Vladimir Dzhanibekov

Gift of Vladimir Dzhanibekov

Country of Origin
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
AWARDS-Medals & Ribbons

Materials
Metal, bronze?
Dimensions
3-D: 0.6 x 6cm (1/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

ID: A19910088000