DescriptionApollo 13 Flown Large Heat Shield Fragment Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Signed and Certified. A 2" x 2" x 1.75" fragment of the Apollo 13 command module heat shield. This flight, with Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise aboard, was intended to be a lunar landing mission but an onboard explosion aborted that plan. As an anxious world watched, the three crewmen made it back to Earth safely after having flown farther from Earth than any other manned spacecraft. Lovell has signed this fragment "James Lovell" (fair contrast) beneath "HEAT SHIELD/ APOLLO 13" in capital letters, possibly also in his hand. The plastic bag that this was stored in is also signed by Lovell: "Piece of Heat/ Shield from/ Apollo 13/ James Lovell". Rarely seen in this format and large size. A fabulous relic from this well-known mission, suitable for any collection. Very fine condition with the expected scorching from reentry.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Lovell on his company letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that the cube-shaped heat shield fragment that accompanies this letter was flown as a part of the Apollo 13 spacecraft April 11-17, 1970. It was removed after the flight for analysis and has been a part of my personal collection of space artifacts since receiving it after the mission.
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