DescriptionApollo 13 Flown American Flag on a Crew-Signed Certificate, Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. This 5.875" x 3.875" cloth U.S. flag has been lightly mounted to a heavy 10" x 12" certificate with the following printed 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", and "Fred Haise" just above the mission insignia. 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. This absolute altitude record for a manned spacecraft has never been broken, so you will not find an American flag that has flown farther from the earth than this one. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity from Lovell on his company letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that this American Flag was on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft. Apollo 13 perilous flight took off on April 11 and returned safely on April 17, 1970. This flag was from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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