DescriptionApollo 13 Flown American Flag and Flown Embroidered Mission Insignia Patch with Crew-Signed Photo in Framed Display, with Mission Abort Cover. A 5.75" x 4" cloth U.S. flag and a 4" diameter patch by AB Emblem mounted on a 10.75" x 13.75" (sight size) matboard with a 9.25" x 7.25" color crew photo signed: "James Lovell", "Jack Swigert", and "Fred W Haise". This was presented to Dr. William B. Rich as noted beneath the photo: "Flown on Apollo XIII Mission Presented by Fred Haise to William B. Rich". Rich was a publicist and National Education Director for NASA during the period. Framed to an overall 12.5" x 15.5". Included is a signed letter from his son, William A. Rich, attesting to the provenance. Flag has a couple of small areas of glue bleedthrough, the photo and signatures are somewhat faded, overall very good.
Also included in this lot is an Apollo 13 Mission Abort Cover featuring a NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club cachet, postmarked April 14, 1970, at Houston over a 10¢ "First Man on the Moon" stamp. Text has been printed: "Moon Landing Mission Aborted 4-14-70. LM Engine Fired 2:43 A.M. Houston Time for Emergency Return Flight Trajectory". It is signed authentically by "James Lovell" and "Fred Haise" and bears an autopen signature of Jack Swigert. Excellent.
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