DescriptionApollo 13 Flown Beta Cloth Mission Insignia Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. A 7.75" square piece of Beta cloth bearing the dramatic and colorful mission insignia depicting three horses flying across space with the Latin slogan "Ex Luna, Scientia" (from the moon, knowledge). Lovell has signed beneath: "This patch was carried on board the/ Apollo 13 spaceship on it flight around/ the Moon 11-17 April 1970/ James Lovell". A wonderful flown relic of this flight often called a "successful failure". Excellent.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Lovell on his company letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that Beta Cloth Patch was on board Apollo 13 spacecraft. Apollo 13 perilous flight took off on April 11 and returned safely on April 17, 1970. This patch was from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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