"Created by the hand of man to glorify God on another world"Apollo 13 Flown and Apollo 14 Lunar Module Flown Lunar Bible Text Fragment, with Certificate of Authenticity Signed by Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Ed Mitchell and Apollo Prayer League Representative James W. Stout . A 0.25" x 0.25" fifty-page section of a 1245 page Microform Bible contained in a beautiful 3.375" tall Fabergé Egg housed in a deluxe deep blue suede box with an engraved plate: "APOLLO 14/ Lunar Surface Bible Text Fragment/ 50 Pages". This is one of only thirty-two astronaut flight-certified fragments in existence of one of the Microform Bibles that was carried to the surface of the moon by Mitchell during Apollo 14's mission. It had previously been flown on the aborted Apollo 13 mission around the moon by James Lovell. Incredibly rare and desirable as: an item that flew to the surface of the moon, an item that actually flew to the moon twice, and an item with religious significance to millions of people. This should appeal to Space and Rare Book collectors as well. Includes a leather portfolio with a Certificate of Authenticity on Mitchell's letterhead and an illustrated sheet that tell the complete story of this Bible fragment. We note that this particular fragment is unique in that it contains the first fifty pages of the Old Testament of the Bible which includes Genesis 1:16, the verse where God creates the Moon! An incredible opportunity. A full transcription of the certificate is found below. Excellent.
"I CERTIFY that the accompanying LUNAR BIBLE TEXT FRAGMENT,
containing 50 Complete Pages of Scripture from the King James Bible,
"Is A Portion Of One Of The First Bibles Ever Carried By Mankind To The Surface Of The Moon!
"In 1967, Reverend John M. Stout formed The Apollo Prayer League, dedicated to landing the first Bibles on the Moon. Due to NASA's size and weight constraints, the only printing format of the Bible capable of accompanying an astronaut's personal effects to the Moon's surface were complete 1245-page Microform Bibles, which John Stout designed accordingly.
"A total of 512 Microform Bibles were then submitted for flight. Astronaut Jim Lovell carried all 512 Bibles aboard Apollo 13, which aborted and failed to land. Some of the Apollo 13 flown Bibles were then distributed to dignitaries upon their return.
"I received 300 copies of the previously-flown Apollo 13 Bibles to take with me on Apollo 14, the next lunar-landing attempt. Of those, 100 copies would accompany me to the Moon's surface, with the extra 200 copies remaining behind in lunar orbit.
"The 100 Lunar Surface Bibles were stowed in my "PPK" Bag aboard our Lunar Module Antares. On February 5, 1971, they made their historic landfall with Alan Shepard and me on the Moon at Fra Mauro, where they remained for 34 hours. Fours days later, they returned to Earth within a 25,000 mph fireball, and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.
"After the flight, some of the Lunar Surface Bibles were cut-up into 50-page Text-Fragments, for presentation to dignitaries. Of those, this Fragment is one of only 32 examples to date that have been located, encased within customized Faberge' Eggs, and officially flight-certified by me. Likewise, only 12 complete Lunar Surface Bibles have been flight-certified by me to date.
"This Copy thus remains one of only 32 Astronaut Flight-Certified Lunar Bible Text-Fragments in existence.
"As this Text-Fragment originated from a complete Lunar Surface Bible, it also bears the distinction of being a portion of one of the first 100 astronaut flight-certified books ever carried to the surface of another world.
Finally, this 50-page portion of Scripture also remains one of the few objects on Earth ever flown twice to the Moon, having circled it once on Apollo 13, and then landing on it during Apollo 14.
"Dated the 2nd day of June, A.D. 2001
[Signed] James W. Stout/ Apollo Prayer League Committee
[Signed] Edgar D. Mitchell/ Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot"
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