Kennywood Token To Soon Call The Moon Home

Token Voted to represent Pittsburgh on Moon in History Center's #MoonBox campaign

Andrew Limberg
February 15, 2019 - 9:33 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A piece of Pittsburgh’s history will soon call the Moon home.

After more than 20,000 votes in the Heinz History Center’s #MoonBox campaign, a token from Kennywood Park has been selected to be sent to the Moon.

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The token will travel to the moon as part of Strip District-based company Astrobotic’s first commercial Moon landing in 2021.

The token garnered a total of 51 percent of the vote, beating out 7 other contenders.

A micro SD card with the theme song to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on it came in second with 14 percent and a write-in campaign for a teeny tiny Smiley Cookie finished with 9 percent.

Other items on the list were a Heinz pickle pin, soil from Moon Park in Moon Township, a piece of a Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel, a photo of Toni Haggerty of Primanti Bros., and a City of Pittsburgh flag pin.

“We’re over the Moon about the opportunity to represent Pittsburgh in outer space, and we thank the History Center and Astrobotic for making this happen!” said Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “This Kennywood token doesn’t have an expiration date, so if it ever makes its way back to Earth, it can be used to buy some of our world-famous Potato Patch fries!”

The #MoonBox campaign celebrates the final weekend of Destination Moon: The Apollo Mission exhibition. It ends on President’s Day, February 18.

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