The Journey continues! After honoring the 5 space shuttles, we will move on to the great accomplishments in human space exploration. Scroll down to view the Finisher and Challenge Medal designs (actual medal photos coming soon)!
2018 Project Mercury
Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States from 1958-1963. The goal was to put a human in orbit around the Earth. The Mercury-Atlas 6 flight was the first Mercury flight to achieve this goal on February 20, 1962.
2019 Project Gemini (this medal stands)
Project Gemini was the second human spaceflight program of NASA. The objective was to develop techniques for advanced space travel. Gemini missions included the first American extravehicular activity and the new orbital maneuvers including rendezvous and docking.
2020 Project Apollo (this medal stands)
The Apollo Program was a program undertaken by NASA during 1961-1975 with the goal of conducting manned moon landing missions. It was accomplished on July 20, 1969 by the landing of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, with Michael Collins orbiting above during the Apollo 11 Mission.
2021 Space Shuttle Program
The Space Shuttle was the most recent manned launch vehicle during the years 1972-2011. The shuttle can independently move itself out of orbit and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. It is the only winged manned spacecraft to achieve orbit and land, and the only reusable space vehicle that has ever made multiple flights into orbit.
3-Year Moonwalk Challenge (complete 3 out of 4 years)
The Lunar Module was the lander portion of the Apollo spacecraft built for the US Apollo program to carry crew of two from lunar orbit to the surface and back.
4-Year Astronaut Hall of Fame Challenge (complete all 4 years)
We hope you’re able to join us for all 4 missions and receive this challenge medal with a sculpted astronaut! “We do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” -John F. Kennedy (1962)