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    "...in recognition of his many hours spent as the Manager of this document..."

    Apollo 13 Flown and Crew-Signed NASA CSM Launch Checklist Book Directly from the Personal Collection of the Book's Preparer Dennis Bentley, with Signed LOA from Fred Haise. A 6" x 9" book of approximately 130 pages (65 leaves) on cardstock, three-hole punched and held together with three loose-leaf binder rings. The NASA Part Number is "SKB32100082-309" and the Serial Number is "1001". The title page lists Dennis L. Bentley as Preparer and Book Manager and the crew presented this to him after the mission, signing on the cover as follows: "To Dennis-/ This document flown to the moon/ on Odessey [sic] 11-17 April 1970. Thanks/ from the Apollo 13 crew-/ Fred Haise", "James Lovell", and "Jack Swigert". This Checklist was used from Liftoff through Translunar Injection (TLI) and Lunar Module Extraction at ~4 hours and 30 minutes. It includes the following procedures: Boost Preparation, Boost Monitoring, Insertion and Systems Checks, TLI Preparation, Nominal TLI, Manual TLI, SC/Booster Separation, Docking with the Lunar Module and Lunar Module Extraction. The crew was trained to fly the Saturn V to orbit or to fly the TLI if the Saturn's stable member platform failed. The checklist also contains Launch Abort procedures, Emergency procedures for various failures, and Earth Orbit Deorbit and Entry procedures if the TLI is No Go.

    Late changes to the checklist were "pen and ink" and those were made with a fine tip black pen. The red notes were made by Ken Mattingly about a week before the flight. Due to his exposure to Measles, backup CMP Jack Swigert took his place at the last minute. The TLI Burn data and the LI + 90 minute abort data was read up to the crew and it was recorded in pencil. The TLI + 90 minute abort was provided in case there was a CSM failure that required a return to earth using the SPS engine.

    This Checklist was used again in the Command Module power up procedures. Approximately 400 switches and circuit breakers had to be set for the start of the new power up procedures and instead of reading up all of them, only about 100 switches and circuit breakers that were different than the Liftoff Configuration were read up to Jack Swigert. An important and unique piece of history used not only at the successful start of the mission but also in their harrowing journey home. Shows light wear and soiling. Fine.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity from Mission Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise stating, in full: "The Apollo 13 CSM Launch Checklist was carried around the moon on the April 11-17, 1970 flight of Apollo 13. At just under 56 hours into the mission, an oxygen tank explosion resulted in a major loss of electrical power to the Command and Service Module. This event caused a scrub of the lunar landing and forced us to move into the Lunar Module in order to survive a four day journey around the moon and return back to earth. The Mission stands out an epic example of training and teamwork overcoming a great challenge. Many individuals from NASA and our contractor team worked around the clock to ensure our safe return. This drama was captured in the Hollywood Movie Apollo 13. This checklist was awarded to Dennis Bentley after the flight in recognition of his many hours spent as the Manager of this document that helped us get off to a good start on the Mission. Dennis was the Manager of the Apollo 13 Launch and Entry Checklists. The checklist had been in my personal artifact collection until awarded to Dennis."

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