Retired United States Marine Corps Major General (born 1946) and a former astronaut who flew on four Space Shuttle missions. In 2009, he became the first African American to serve as NASA administrator on a permanent basis. International Astronautical Federation (IAF) World Space Award presented to NASA astronaut Charles Bolden in 2017. The gold-tone medal measures 4.75″ in diameter and features a raised design of the IAF emblem, with lower portion engraved: “IAF World Space Award 2017, Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr.” The medal is permanently housed in a handsome wooden folding case. Included with the award: Bolden’s personal United States Marine Corps leather chest badge with Velcro backing; Bolden’s personal NASA / JSC credential card; and an HID Corporation identification card issued to Bolden. In overall fine condition. Accompanied by a photo showing Bolden accepting the award at the IAF ceremony. Provenance: Elwoods Auction: Charles Bolden Estate Auction. The IAF World Space Award is presented for an outstanding contribution or contributions in space science, space technology, space medicine, space law, or space management of exceptional impact to the world’s progress in astronautics.
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