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NASA Marks 50 Space Station Expeditions With Flown Metal Mementos

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 0:00
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Two new commemoratives produced by a NASA space pin supplier mark the milestone of 50 crews to live on the International Space Station.

Winco International of California designed the new “official NASA-issue” lapel pin and medallionto feature a blend of metal that was flown on the International Space Station to celebrate the orbiting laboratory’s first 50 expeditions since November 2000. Both the pin and the medal share similar artwork.

“The International Space Station that is featured on these commemoratives is reproduced from the most current ISS configuration,” wrote Winco, describing the mementos. “To represent the five international partners, five stars are also prominently featured within the designs.” [The International Space Station: Inside and Out (Infographic)]

The International Space Station is a collaboration between NASA, Russia’s federal space corporation Roscosmos, the 22 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Canadian Space Agency. Crewed for more than 16 years, the orbiting outpost has been home to 230 astronauts and cosmonauts from the United States, Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Canada, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Expedition 50 began aboard the space station on Oct. 29, 2016, under the command of astronaut Shane Kimbrough of NASA with flight engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko of Roscosmos. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA joined the crew upon their arrival at the complex three weeks later on Nov. 19.

Courtesy: Space

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