DescriptionApollo 13 "Flown" Robbins Silver Medallion, Serial Number 385, obtained by Astronaut Joseph P. Kerwin as a member of the Astronaut Flight Office. 30mm, with the mission dates engraved on the reverse, "April 11, 1970" and "April 17, 1970", in plastic case with sticker numbered "385" on reverse. This medallion was flown aboard Apollo 13, which was intended as the third manned lunar landing, with crew members James A. Lovell, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr., and Fred W. Haise, Jr., during April 11-17, 1970. After the oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 exploded, Charles Duke, Ken 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 crew members, the modules, "Aquarius" (lunar) and "Odyssey" (command), and the engraved dates. From the collection of Joseph P. Kerwin, M.D., who has included a signed Letter of Certification verifying its provenance.
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