Lot 5068: Flown 7.5 x 7.5 swatch of Beta cloth bearing a 3.5? diameter Apollo 13 mission emblem in the center, signed and flight-certified in blue ballpoint, "Flown to the moon on Apollo 13, Fred Haise, Apollo 13 LMP." Also includes a signed letter of provenance from Haise, in part: "Accompanying this letter is a Beta cloth crew emblem that was carried around the moon on the flight of Apollo 13 during April 11 to 17, 1970…It is identical to and from the same production run of the Beta cloth crew emblem worn on our space suits during the mission...Just a few days before our launch, Command Module Pilot Thomas K. (Ken) Mattingly had to be replaced by Jack Swigert due to a potential illness...Instead of our names it was decided to put the Latin phrase Ex Luna, Scientia or translated From the Moon, Knowledge." Both items are handsomely double-matted and framed to an overall size of 23.75 x 14. In fine condition. Elevated by its storied journey to the moon and Haise's detailed history of the emblem's design, this flown Apollo 13 patch is an absolutely flawless and regally presented example.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $2000 - 3000
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