The flight of Aquarius and the men who built it.Apollo 13: Copy of Grumman Lunar Module Mission Log with Signed Book Release Forms from Fred Haise, Tom Kelly, and Numerous Others. An amazing assemblage of "inside" material regarding the Grumman staff that designed and built Apollo 13's LM-7. This archive was assembled by Charles Pellegrino and Joshua Stoff while writing the book Chariots for Apollo on which the "Spider" episode of HBO's series From the Earth to the Moon was based. All sheets are 8.5" x 11", contained in a binder, with many annotations by Pellegrino. The first section comprises signed release forms by the people who contributed interviews and information to the book. A few highlights:
Fred Haise- Apollo 13 LM-7. Typed letter signed on Grumman Aerospace Corporation letterhead, dated August 11, 1983, signed: "Fred W. Haise".
John Strakosch- LM engineering director and keeper of the Apollo 13 mission log. Typed letter signed on Grumman letterhead, dated July 22, 1983.
Arnold Whitaker- Rendezvous & docking specialist, keeper of the Apollo 13 mission log. Release signed with handwritten notes.
Tom Kelly- "Father of the LM." Typed letter signed on Grumman letterhead, dated July 21, 1983, signed: "Thomas J. Kelly".
There are numerous other hand-signed release forms, as follows: Robert Kress and John Hussey (flight simulator engineers); Al Munier (Advanced Preliminary Design, Project Apollo, one of the LM program's originators); Test Pilot Tom Attridge (Grumman-astronaut liaison); Tom Gwynne (consulting test pilot, LM); Al Beauregard (LM-5 [Apollo 11] Supervisor, called in for LM-7 [Apollo 13] rescue operation because each ship was hand-made and he knew the slight differences between LM-5 and LM-7); Robert Ekinsterna (Supervisor, descent stage construction), Milt Radimer (Ekinsterna's manager and a good friend of Roger Chaffee [killed in the Apollo 1 fire]; "Ecky" said at the start of the Apollo 13 crisis that he wasn't going to see a crew lost again); John Dickenson (rocket scientist, Project Apollo, LM); Martice Holland (LM electrician; one of the first women permanently hired by Grumman); Artie Falbush, John Logalbo, and Paul Dent (familiar with all the fuel lines in the LM, because they had assembled and brazed them); John Coursen (assistant project engineer for LM ground support equipment); Production Supervisor Frank Messina; Joel Taft and Harry Walther (quality control); Grumman Senior Vice President George Titterton (famous for moving his office into the LM Clean Room at the very beginning of the program and saying, "Let's do it."); Ralph "Doc" Tripp (LM Program Manager); rocket scientist Bill Voorhest (LM and Saturn V); and Ozzie Williams (rocket scientist in charge of LM attitude control system; his story is all the more interesting because he was of African-American ancestry and Leroy Grumman was notoriously prejudiced in his hiring - so the LM engineers had to keep Williams hidden from their boss, even while he worked to save the crew of Apollo 13). This is literally a "Who's Who" of the crew of people that built this spacecraft (the Apollo 13 lifeboat and tugboat). The last signature page is the actual publisher's print of the legendary Apollo 13 towing bill, with the editor's instructions on the back.
Many of the people on these signature pages are specifically mentioned in this copy of the Apollo 13 Mission Log, which details rescue operations as experienced on the ground, from the first hour of launch through a harbinger of disaster 30 hours, 55 minutes into the flight ("Noticed oscillation in fuel cell #3 after Service Module Propulsion System burn. Bubble in loop? Asking for engineering reports on possible corrective action"), through the beginning of the disaster: "Fred Haise has entered LM... Crew says they're venting something," to the last faint signal received after the abandoned lifeboat-tugboat, LM-7, began to burn up in the atmosphere: 141hours, 30 minutes into mission - "LM jettison! No change in cabin pressure. No change in attitude. Rock solid all the way!" 142:28 - lost data on LM (loss of signal)." 142:31 - "LM data back - still looks good!" 142:35 - "Lost LM data again." 142:36 - "LM data back but spotty (comes and goes)." The file also includes such obscure historical details as glimpses into the war between Tom Kelly and Grumman-astronaut liaison/test pilot Tommy "Outrage" Attridge, each of whom at one point refused to sign Chariots for Apollo releases if the other person were included in the book (both eventually relented). Other miscellaneous notes about the LM include pages annotated in pencil by Pellegrino including transcription error 87:30 hours into the description of the Apollo 13 mission.
This archive includes a first generation slide of the famous jerry-rigged life support rebuild, made directly from the actual 70mm color negative that flew the Apollo 13 mission. It is in its original holder with original Johnson Space Center hand-numbering.
Other interesting material contained herein includes a copy of bizarre and fascinating correspondence about the first samples of hardware from the unfinished Apollo 20 LM, sent to the National Observatory of New Zealand, just before the Reagan Administration declared New Zealand "no longer an ally of the United States" and all remaining Apollo 20 materials along with most LM paperwork including construction logs were ordered (instead of being sent to New Zealand), to be buried in the Oceanside landfill. The last page is a copy of the Lunar Module "good luck mascot" (a picture of a Playboy model climbing down the ladder of the first full size plywood LM mock-up) - which hung in Ascent Stage Supervisor Chet Senig's office throughout the Apollo program. From the collection of scientist and author Charles Pellegrino.
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