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    Apollo 13 "Flown" Robbins Silver Medallion, Serial Number 324 from the collection of astronaut Charles M. Duke, Jr. 30mm, with the mission dates engraved on the reverse. Apollo 13 was intended as the third manned lunar landing, with crewmembers James A. Lovell, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr., and Fred W. Haise, Jr., during April 11-17, 1970. Charles Duke served as backup Lunar Module pilot, but when he took ill with measles, Ken Mattingly, who may have been exposed, was replaced by Jack Swigert as Command Module pilot. After the oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 exploded, Duke, Mattingly, and John Young rushed to Mission Control, where they spent 35 hours helping to recover the endangered crew.

    Due to the last-minute crew change and problems with the mission, all the medallions actually flown on Apollo 13 were returned to the Robbins Company who had them melted down. This raw flown metal was then used to strike 404 Apollo 13 medallions with a newly designed reverse. This is one of those medallions struck from the flown metal. None of the original flown medallions are in existence- all were melted.

    The design includes the name of the mission, three of Apollo's chariot horses flying toward the Moon, and the slogan "Ex Luna, scientia" ("From the Moon, knowledge"). The reverse features the names of the crewmembers, the modules, Aquarius (lunar) and Odyssey (command), and the engraved dates. From the collection of Charles M. Duke, Jr., who has included a handwritten and signed Letter of Certification verifying its provenance.


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