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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 4, January 24, 2010, Article 20

SUPER BOWL COIN TOSS TO USE NASA SPACE VETERAN MEDAL

According to a NASA press release, the Super Bowl kickoff in two weeks will be decided by the flip of a silver "medallion" presented to the NFL by the crew of the latest space shuttle mission. The headline of the press release calls the medallion a "Special 'Space Veteran' Super Bowl Coin". My web search for a 'Space Veteran' medal came up empty - is this something new? Has anyone heard of this before? Perhaps over the next few weeks we'll see a new press release or news story with a picture of the medal. -Editor

The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission will deliver a specially minted silver medallion to National Football League officials at 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The medallion will be used for the official coin toss prior to the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Shuttle commander Charlie Hobaugh, a graduate of North Ridgeville High School near Cleveland, Pilot Barry Wilmore, Mission Specialists Leland Melvin, Randy Bresnik, Bobby Satcher and Mike Foreman, from Wadsworth, Ohio, returned from their 11-day space mission to the International Space Station on Nov. 27.

To read the complete NASA press release, see: NASA Astronauts Presenting Special 'Space Veteran' Super Bowl Coin (http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/jan/HQ_M10-013_Super_Bowl_Coin.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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