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First… there was The Coin Toss…

A lesson learned and practiced for Super Bowl XXVI aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-42: since a tossed coin would flip and float endlessly through Spacelab, a coin was given to Dr. Roberta Bondar… who held onto the coin… while Commander Grabe, Pilot Oswald, and Mission Specialist Thagard tossed Dr. Bondar in a tight circle!

NOW… there is a Silver Coin to commemorate and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dr. Bondar’s historic mission in the First International Microgravity Laboratory [IML-1] that became a template for cooperative Life and Physical science investigations aboard the International Space Station [ISS]

Launch Day photos and related memories

Invitation to Bondar Coin launch
The Royal Canadian Mint invitation to the commemorative coin unveiling
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The Place! Sault College, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Multiple angles of the Bondar Coin
View-from-Space 3 views
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(L-R) MP Terry Sheehan, Sandra Hanington – President and CEO, Royal Canadian Mint, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Christian Provenzano and Oliver Karbonik – Aviation Technology student, Sault College seen during the unveiling of a Royal Canadian Mint commemorative coin named ‘A View of Canada from Space’ Nov. 01, 2016 at the Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kenneth Armstrong
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Sault Ste Marie Mayor Christian Provenzano welcomes gathering to the day’s event
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Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie Terry Sheehan delivers his greetings
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President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, Sandra Hanington, describes the soon-to-be-unveilled coin’s commemoration of Dr. Bondar Historic Space Shuttle mission
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Third-Year Aviation program student, Oliver Karbonik, introduces Dr. Bondar
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Dr. Roberta Bondar expresses her honour in being coined
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Attendees enjoy the moment
Two images of Roberta Bondar receiving her Royal Canadian Mint coin
Sandra Hanington and Dr. Bondar unveil the BondarCoin launch
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Audience delight and surprise
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Provenzano, Hanington, Bondar, Karbonik, Sheehan
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Media move in!
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Beaming RBF Board members Elaine Paterson, Bonnie Patterson, Dr. Bondar
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Lisa, Aldona, Arthur Bondar with Roberta
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Elaine, Bonnie, Roberta, and Christine Yankou
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Noel and Aldene Carter
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Flowers in SJD colours!
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Mario and Susan Turco
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Susan Chow, Jane Forth
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Wendy Beilhartz, former insect research lab pal
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Catherine Hugill
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Ardys and John Fleming
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Christine Aquino, Terry Sheehan, Dr. Bondar, and Sandra Hanington
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Terry Sheehan, MP, with Dr. Bondar
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Dr. Bondar with Coin
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Dr. Lloyd Sippell, insect research laboratory mentor with his protege, Dr. Roberta Bondar
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Family friends, Bill and Joan Hall
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Media scrum
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Joan & Bill Hall, Susan & John Nicolson
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Meanwhile… in a display case in the Sault Ste Marie City Hall…
Screenshot of Sault Star front page with article about Bondar Coin
Sault Star Front Page
Multiple angles of the Bondar Coin
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