James Lovell’s flown double-sided landing site chart of the Fra Mauro region carried into lunar orbit during the Apollo 13 mission, 10.5 x 8, signed in black felt tip by Lovell. The photographic map, scale 1:25,000, dated April 11, 1970, depicts the Fra Mauro landing site where the Lunar Module Aquarius had planned to touch down had the mission not been aborted when an oxygen tank exploded in the service module. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Lovell, which reads: “I hereby certify that this photo of the Fra Mauro Landing Site was on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft. Notice the ellipse on both sides surrounding the landing area. In the close-up photo Cone Crater is the large crater at the edge of the ellipse. Apollo 13 perilous flight took off on April 11 and returned safely on April 17, 1970. The photo was from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission.” Deriving from the personal collection of the mission commander, this impressive flown keepsake serves as a poignant visual reminder of the Apollo 13 crew’s proximity to both tragedy and success.
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