MastroNet August 2005
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Public interest in manned space flight was beginning to wane by 1970. The United States had already sent men to the moon—twice—and it seemed that in the eyes of the citizenry, the stars were losing their luster. Then came the words that have become part of our lexicon: "Houston, we have a problem." An explosion in the Apollo 13 service module resulted in a loss of electrical power and oxygen. Astronauts James A. Lovell, Jr., Fred W. Haise, Jr. and John L. Swigert, Jr. (1931-1982), survived in the lunar module "Aquarius" while they circled the moon and returned to Earth on April 17, 1970. It was a harrowing experience, and one that reinforced the message that space travel was still a dangerous business. Here presented is an Apollo 13 crew patch flown aboard the command module Odyssey during its perilous journey around the moon. The patch is silk-screened on fireproof Beta cloth and is identical to those sewn on the crew’s spacesuits. During the mission, Lovell carried 450 of these patches with him in his "Personal Preference Kit." This patch has been matted to 9" x 9" with a 5-1/2"-diameter circle cut out in the center to spotlight the patch design. The matteboard has been signed, "Flown to the Moon James Lovell CDR" ("10"). The reverse includes a COA inscribed "To Noah" and signed "James Lovell" ("10"). The COA explains the patch's history in space. This patch serves as extraordinary reminder of the heroism of the three astronauts who brought their crippled spacecraft safely back home. LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
Apollo 13 Space Flown Patch
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