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Ex. Jack Swigert
Apollo 13 Flown American Flag on a Crew-Signed Certificate,
Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module
Pilot Jack Swigert, with Letter of Authenticity Signed by His
Niece. This 5.75" x 4" 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". The 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.
Light wear and soiling to certificate, flag exhibits only minor
glue bleedthrough. Very fine.
Included with this lot is a Letter of Authenticity signed by Jeaneen Spinelli on Nate D. Sanders Auctions letterhead stating, in part: "I certify that this United States flag affixed to a NASA certificate and signed by all three astronauts was flown aboard the Apollo 13 mission..."
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