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    Material from James A. Lovell's Apollo 13 Command Module Couch. This piece of backing restraint material from the couch of mission commander James Lovell was removed from the Apollo 13 command module Odyssey, which flew April 11-17, 1970. Two days after the launch, the Apollo spacecraft was crippled by an explosion, caused by a fault in the oxygen tank. The explosion damaged the Service Module, resulting in a loss of oxygen and electrical power, forcing the crew to use the Lunar Module as a "lifeboat" in space. Command module systems remained functional, but were deactivated to preserve the vehicle's capability to reenter Earth's atmosphere. Despite great hardship caused by severe constraints on power, cabin heat, and potable water, the crew successfully returned to Earth. The 1 x 1.5" piece of tan fabric is encased in a Lucite paperweight (2.25" diameter, 4" tall) which bears the Apollo 13 logo at the base. In very fine condition.


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    March, 2008
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