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    U.S. Flag & Patch Carried on Apollo 13! Affixed to a 12" x 14" wooden shield plaque is a 5.5" x 4" U.S. flag and the Apollo 13 patch, covered in clear plastic. The 5.5" x 3" metallic plaque affixed certifies that "This Flag & Patch traveled on/ Apolo 13/ April 11-17 1970/ Presented to Joe D. Garino Jr./ By/Jim Lovell Jack Swigert Fred Haise." After the rupture of the service module oxygen tank on board on April 13th, the Command Module's normal supply of electricity, light, and water was lost. Apollo 13 was about 200,000 miles from Earth. Jack Swigert saw a warning light that accompanied the explosion, and said, "Houston, we've had a problem here." The moon-landing mission was aborted and, after circling the moon with this flag and patch aboard, Apollo 13 returned safely to Earth. The mission was deemed a "successful failure" because of the experience in rescuing a crew. Ironically, there was a problem with this plaque as well. "Apollo" is misspelled! Accompanied by a one page, 8" x 10.5", August 29, 1972, Typed Letter Signed "Jack Swigert," to Joe Garino, stating "This flag and patch traveled aboard Apollo XIII..." From the collection of renowned former physical trainer of the astronauts Joe Garino. This lot is accompanied by a signed certificate of authentication from Garino verifying its provenance.

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    September, 2007
    20th Thursday
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