This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
Collection Item Summary:
This Alan Shepard commemorative medal was designed by the Italian sculptor, Constantino Affer. As part of the Project Mercury program, Alan Shepard was the first American to fly in space on May 25, 1961. His suborbital flight in the Freedom 7 capsule lasted just over 15 minutes.
Space medal collector Thomas Becker donated this medal to the National Collection in 1972.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Gift of Thomas Becker
Bronze with silver coating.
3-D: 4.4cm (1 3/4 in.)
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