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Item 8288 - Apollo 13 Flown Lunar Module Netting Catalog 581 (Apr 2020)

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Very desirable flown 1.5″ x 2.25″ swatch of netting from the inner wall of the Apollo 13 Lunar Module Aquarius, affixed to an 8″ x 10″ presentation card with a silkscreen insignia patch on Beta cloth, signed in black ink by the crew, "James Lovell," "Jack Swigert," and "Fred Haise," with the latter signing again after a handwritten provenance statement: “This small segment of webbing was a portion of the inner wall of Aquarius LM-7. With weight constraints a solid inner wall would have been too heavy! We didn’t have much time but I managed to strip all of this material that was held by snaps. Fred Haise, Apollo 13 LMP.” In very fine condition.

Accompanied by a copy of a letter of authenticity from Haise, detailing the history of the LM netting, in part: “We had plans spelled out in a checklist for ‘salvaging’ a number of pieces of hardware from our Lunar Module LM-7 or Aquarius. We even had some tools that would be needed to remove the hand controllers. This task was to be done when we had some leisure time following the rendezvous and docking with Odyssey following our lunar surface excursion…I did the best I could in a short time to retrieve the items that were easily removable. For example the overhead spot lights, hand controller arm rests…storage bags, PLSS name tags, food bags, etc. and all the inner wall netting material…Most of the netting material was used in preparing plaques for us to sign in rewarding the workers who helped us overcome challenges to get us home.”

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