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    Apollo 13 Flown "Entry" Cue Card Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Signed, with Signed LOA. A 6" x 8" heavyweight printed placard with one 2" x 1" hole (for fitting into a specific location), titled "ENTRY" at top and dated March 16, 1970, at bottom. The verso bears seven strips of Velcro for mounting to the spacecraft control panel as well as a printed graph chart titled "Pre-entry attitude timeline". There are two columns on the front of the card. The left column has numerous notations made during the flight both in pencil and black ink. This is where it is signed: "James Lovell". The right column refers to seven computer programs, P61 through P67, which would have been utilized had the mission fulfilled its plan for the LM to separate and land on the moon. Offered here is an incredibly rare and desirable relic from this historic mission. Don't miss out on this one. Just slightly warped, otherwise very fine.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Lovell on his company letterhead stating, in full: "I certify that this Apollo 13 entry placard was on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft. It was used to copy mission control information on entry. It was velcroed to the instrument panel for spacecraft landing. Apollo 13 perilous flight took off on April 11 and returned safely on April 17, 1970. This placard is from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."

    Cue cards were made to fit in a specific location on the panels and provide a quick source of information for the crew during various problems and procedures. On the Apollo 13 mission, a cue card literally aided in bringing the crew home safely. Everyone knows the story about Mission Control formulating a plan on how to adapt the use of the Command Module lithium hydroxide air scrubber canisters for use in the non-compatible Lunar Module Environmental Control System. If one examines the transcript for the Apollo 13 mission, starting at 90:09:17, it will be seen that part of the workaround involved not only the canisters, duct tape, and Liquid Cooled Garments but also one of the cue cards that they were not going to be using. Excerpts:
    090:09:17 CapCom
    Okay. I think the equipment you'll need will be two command module lithium hydroxide canisters, a roll of the gray tape, the two LCGs, because we're going to use the bags from the LCGs, and one - one LM cue card - one of those cardboard cue cards which you will cut off about an inch and a half out from the ring. Now, I think that's all we'll need. Over.
    090:10:28 Lovell
    Okay. That's two lithium hydroxide canisters, one roll of that special gray tape, two LCGs which we're going to use the bags from, one LM cue card and ...
    090:10:53 CapCom
    Okay. That's affirmative, Jim. If you'll just cut the cue card, which is a handy piece of stiff paper the right size, about an inch and a half from the rings. Just cut off the ring holes, in other words, and you'll have a card about 11 inches long and probably 6 inches wide, something like that.

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    November, 2015
    6th Friday
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