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    The most-provenanced Lunar Bible available

    Apollo 13 Flown Complete Microform Bible, Serial Number 13-001, with Crew-Signed Certificate, Originally from the Personal Collection of Apollo Prayer League Founder John M. Stout with His Signed Certificate, Beautifully Presented, with Extensive History and Provenance. There is an amazing and inspiring story behind this flown relic of the dramatic Apollo 13 mission to the moon in 1970. The complete 1245 pages of the King James Version of the Bible was miniaturized by NCR down to a single piece of microfilm just 1.5" square. This example was aboard Apollo 13 with the intent of being carried to the lunar surface in the Lunar Module Aquarius. The onboard explosion canceled the lunar landing but the craft did make it safely back to earth. This Bible was aboard that mission and included with the lot is an 8"x 10.5" certificate on NASA letterhead reading: "No. 13-001. This bible was flown to the moon April 11-17, 1970 on Apollo 13 spacecraft." It is signed in black felt tips "James Lovell", "Jack Swigert", and "Fred W. Haise".

    The microform itself has been inserted into a gorgeous 4.75" x 5.75" golden mount with a cross at top and pearl and garnet accents against a royal purple velvet background, framed to an overall 10.5"x 11.25". The text on the crown and ribands reads: "APL/ Apollo 13/ 1970 A.D./ Odyssey/ Aquarius". This is ready for the wall of a collector, minister, library, or church. What a great gift this would make to an individual or an institution!

    The complete background story of this Apollo Prayer League Bible is contained in two accompanying documents. One is a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the founder, "John M. Stout", and dated August 13, 2010. It reads, in full:

    "I Certify that this HOLY BIBLE denoted as Serial Number 13-001 Was flown to the moon by Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell on April 11, 1970, on behalf of Reverend John M. Stout, Director of the Apollo Prayer.

    "It was presented to the Apollo 13 crew of Commander James Lovell, Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise, and Command Module Pilot T.K. (Ken) Mattingly in 1970 by George H. W. Bush, in conjunction with Reverend John M. Stout, for the purpose of landing it on the surface of the moon on board the lunar module Aquarius.

    "In 1968 a group of individuals associated with NASA program formed The Apollo Prayer League, an organization dedicated to the prayerful support of NASA employees and the Apollo astronauts. A primary goal of the group was to land a Bible on the moon in memory of astronaut Edward White Jr., who wanted to carry a Bible to the moon but died January 27, 1967 in the Apollo 1 fire.

    "Members of The Apollo Prayer League acquired multiple microfilm copies the King James Version, of which 512 were stowed on board Apollo 13. However due to an on board explosion, Apollo 13 orbited the moon and did not descend to the lunar surface. This Lunar Bible was later returned to Reverend Stout, where it remained in the Apollo Prayer League lunar Bible archives until its release... with permission from Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell.

    "ATTESTED: John M. Stout, August 13, 2010 / James Lovell"

    A 5" x 7" color snapshot of James Lovell at the time of his signing is included. The other document is a copy of a signed and notarized affidavit from Reverend Stout summarizing the complete history of the League and these Bibles. Please visit our website to read a complete transcription.

    Additional History and Provenance Included: Material related to a flown Apollo 13 Lunar Bible, which United States Ambassador George Bush presented to Apollo 11's Michael Collins on June 29, 1971; Collins accepted the Lunar Bible on behalf of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum of which he was director. Also: copies of a Smithsonian accession worksheet for the Collins Lunar Bible, correspondence between Stout, Collins, and Bush, a typescript interview between Stout and the CBS Radio Network, and articles related to the flights of the Apollo Lunar Bible. Included is a framed glossy photo of Collins being handed the Lunar Bible by George Bush, signed in black felt tip by Bush with a printed Collins signature as part of the photo. This additional documentation is housed within an embossed black leather presentation portfolio.


    More Information: STATE OF TEXAS
    COUNTY OF CHAMBERS
    AFFIDAVIT
    BEFORE ME, the undersigned authority did personally come and appear:
    JOHN M. STOUT
    and certify the following to be a true and accurate statement:

    1. I certify that I, along with my wife Helen Stout, at the request of a private prayer group, founded the Apollo Prayer League in 1968 prior to the launch of Apollo 7.
    2. From 1965 to 1972 I was employed at the NASA as a Senior Information Scientist and Sr. Document Engineer, working for a subcontractor on the Apollo program at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. As a condition of my employment, I also served as an industrial chaplain to NASA employees, their families, and the astronauts.
    3. I served as Director of the Apollo Prayer League from its inception in 1968 and have continued to act as director and custodian of Apollo Prayer League archives and records to the present day.
    4. The Apollo Prayer League also provided a forum for the uniform administration of activities of the Aerospace Ministries program comprised of some thirteen pastors employed at NASA. The primary purpose of the Aerospace Ministries was to engage NASA employees in community and national outreach programs as a means providing as a balance to employees' day-to-day activities within NASA.
    5. In addition, the Apollo Prayer League acted as an intermediary for NASA with outside organizations and individuals in matters of a religious nature, including handling of matters relating to atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair in her attempt to halt the practice of prayer in space by the Apollo astronauts.
    6. In memory of Astronaut Edward White II, who had wanted to carry a Bible to the moon but was killed in the Apollo 1 fire, the Apollo Prayer League undertook the development of a microfilm Bible small enough and light enough to be carried in the astronauts' Personal Preference Kit (PPK) to the surface of the Moon.
    7. An early prototype of a microfilm version of the entire King James Bible developed by NCR was given by me for the Apollo 12 Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean to carry to the surface of the Moon; but due to an error in the manifest, this Bible was stowed in the command module and orbited the Moon but did not descend to the surface. Alan Bean retained these Bibles.
    Alan Bean also carried for Rev. Stout a complete tissue thin hard copy of the Bible.
    8. A group of 512 microfilm Bibles were presented to the crew of Apollo 13 Astronaut James Lovell and his crew, Fred Haise and T.K. Mattingly, by then-Congressman George H.W. Bush, accompanied by me. Mattingly was replaced by Jack Swiggert before the flight. But due to an onboard explosion, Apollo 13 orbited the Moon and did not descend to the surface. Had they decented, following the recommendation of Norman Vincent Peal, they would have replicated the landing of Noah Arc in building an altar of three rocks on the moon.
    9. A separate group of 300 Bibles was then given to Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Edgar D. Mitchell, 200 of which were stowed onboard the command module and 100 onboard the lunar module.
    10. In addition to these Bibles, a separate multi-focus Bible, known as the "First Lunar Bible," was developed by a group of employees working at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. This unique Bible was comprised of two microfilm versions of the Bible: the King James Version (KJV) and the Revised Standard Version (RSV) believed to be used by Ed White II. These were mounted together and separated by a thin piece of glass so that the text on the two versions could be read at different focal levels. The United Bible Societies, with members in 57 countries furnished portions of Scriptures used in making the King James Version. The Revised Standard Version was furnished to me by Ed White II's widow, Pat White. This unique First Lunar Bible was packaged with the lunar module bibles so they could be transferred to the pocket of Mitchell's space suite and placed in a special packet there.. It was edged with 24kt gold.
    11. Included in each of the lunar module packets was a microfilm honor role listing individuals and organizations involved in placing the Bible on the Moon along with the names of others designated by them. A small folded plaque containing the first verse of Genesis in sixteen languages was also included.
    12. The 101 Apollo 14 lunar Bibles succeeded in making lunar landfall on February 5, 1971, when Apollo 14 lunar module Antares touched down on the moon. Astronaut Mitchell exercised an option not to leave the First Lunar Bible on the Moon, and it remained sealed in a separate pouch with the 100 lunar module Bibles. These Bibles later became known collectively as the "First Lunar Bibles."
    13. After the lunar module packet was released from quarantine, astronaut Mitchell returned it to me in my office. The local newspaper was running a front page story and had already contacted me to open the packet in their office. After they made their photographs and wrote their story, I took the bibles to the APL secretary to verify the count. I took the bibles home and indexed the packet on the yellow kitchen table, using a special engraving tool for this. Some people received the preflight presentation format. Later a postflight format was used.
    14. All serial numbers were recorded in the official Apollo Prayer League Lunar Bible Registry, which has since been continuously maintained by me, along with the names of the recipients. Several Bibles were cut into 50-page segments and distributed to friends and family. Bibles not distributed were retained by me in the Apollo Prayer League lunar Bible archives..
    15. My wife and I are the exclusive ownership of the lunar Bibles that have not been distributed. Through her they were transferred to a foundation.

    I certify that foregoing is a true and accurate account of events and serves as the sole and complete provenance of the First Lunar Bibles as of the date recorded below.


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