DescriptionApollo 13 Flown Embroidered Mission Insignia Patch Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. This handsome 4" diameter patch, with the mission slogan "Ex Luna, Scientia" (from the moon, knowledge), flew on the almost-disastrous Apollo 13 mission to the moon and back. Lovell has signed the patch on the verso: "Flown on Apollo 13/ James Lovell/ Commander" with excellent contrast. The dramatic flight was the basis for a major motion picture in 1995, where Tom Hanks portrayed Commander Lovell. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from Lovell on his company letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that this embroidered patch was on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft. Apollo 13 perilous flight took off on April 11 and returned safely on April 17, 1970. This patch was from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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