If someone asks you if you want to take a trip to the Fra Mauro Highlands, you better think about it unless you don't mind a visit to the moon. That's where the astronauts of the Apollo 14 mission went.
The Fra Mauro Highlands is a formation on the near side of Earth's Moon that served as the landing site for the American Apollo 14 mission in 1971. It's named after the crater Fra Mauro, located within it. The formation, as well as Fra Mauro crater, take their names from a 15th-century Italian monk and mapmaker of the same name. Apollo 13 was originally scheduled to land in the Fra Mauro highlands, but was unable due to an in-flight technical failure. But the Apollo 14 crew members got it done. They sampled ejecta from Cone crater, close to the immediate landing site of the mission, which provided insight into the composition of material deep inside the formation. Data from the mission helped to determine the approximate age of Mare Imbrium, suggesting that it is no more than about 4.25 billion years old (a mere baby among Imbriums).
This 1971 solid bronze medallion by the Medallic Art Co. of New York honors the mission with the astronauts faces in relief. The space heroes are Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Stuart A. Roosa, and Edgar D. Mitchell.
Medal is marked Ralph J. Menconi 1971. Measures 2 1/2 inches across. Smooth edge is stamped MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE. The verso shows the moon - Fra Mauro - and the Apollo Mission Control center.
The high relief medal comes in original box which shows some wear/tear around the cardboard edges. Medal is near-mint, uncirculated.
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1971 APOLLO 14 Bronze Medal Medallion - Space Moon Trip