DescriptionApollo 13 Flown American Flag on a Crew-Signed Certificate, Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Signed and Certified. This 6.25" x 3.875" cloth U.S. flag has been lightly mounted to a heavy 10" x 12" certificate with the following statement: "This flag was on board Apollo XIII during its flight and emergency return to Earth/ APOLLO XIII/ April 11-17, 1970/ Lowell - Swigert - Haise". Lovell has signed this flag: "On board Apollo 13 Spacecraft/ James Lovell". This certificate bears the signatures of all three crewmembers- "James Lovell", "Jack Swigert" (1931-1982), and "Fred Haise" just above the mission insignia. Excellent condition save for an area of minor light staining on the flag.
Because Apollo 13 followed a free-return trajectory, its altitude over the far side of the moon was about sixty miles higher than any other Apollo mission. Therefore, at one point on April 15, 1970, Apollo 13 was farther from the Earth than any other humans had ever been- 248,655 miles! This absolute altitude record for a manned spacecraft has never been broken. You will not find an American flag that has flown farther from the earth than this one.
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