Coin World reported that two Apollo 11 half dollars have been sent on a trip to space. -Editor
Mint Director David J. Ryder lived up to a promise he made Dec. 13 during a first strike ceremony at the Philadelphia Mint for the Apollo 11 50th
Anniversary commemorative coin program - to actually put examples of the coins into space.
Two Proof 2019-S Apollo 11 50th Anniversary copper-nickel clad half dollars were launched into space at 3:14 p.m. Eastern Time on Pi Day, March 14, as part
of the payload aboard the Soyuz MS-12 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.
I always wanted to find a way to work "Baikonur Cosmodrome" into The E-Sylum. Earlier this week my son Chris and I saw the documentary film
Apollo 11, and I'd recommend it, especially for the younger generation born long after the event. The Hollywood-quality color film documents every
aspect of the mission in an understated, low-key matter-of-fact manner that only a government agency can provide. Yet the scale and scope of the endevour are
breathtaking, underscoring an accomplishment that could only be undertaken with the resources and backing of a nation-state. At the age of 10 I was unimpressed
by what I saw on our little black and white television. This footage is amazing.
When the coins return from their trip they will be displayed in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Mint
To read the complete article, see:
NASA sends two Proof 2019-S Apollo 11
50th Anniversary half dollars into space (https://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/2019/03/apollo-11-coins-head-to-international-space-station.all.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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