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    Apollo Astronauts Get FAI Awards

    From JSC Press Release 73-112, 8-31-73

    Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and John W. Young have received the two highest awards of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. The Apollo 16 crew also was honored.

    The FAI Gold Space Medal for 1972 was presented to Cernan for "outstanding performance as commander of Apollo 17." It is the Federation's highest award for space flight.

    Young, Apollo 16 commander, received the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal for 1972, the second highest award. In addition, he represented fellow crewmen Charles M. Duke, Jr., and Thomas K. Mattingly II, in accepting the V. M. Komarov Diploma, the only FAI space award which recognizes achievement by a crew rather than an individual.

    The FAI is a worldwide federation dedicated to progress in aviation and space flight and is the official keeper of records in those fields. The awards were announced September 3 at FAI's 66th annual general conference in Dublin, Ireland.

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