Posted by: maboulette | November 23, 2011


Apollo13 - view of the crippled Service Module...

A notebook enclosing Apollo 13 commander James Lovell‘s handwritten calculations to guide the damaged spacecraft back to Earth is being auctioned along with other objects from that 1970 mission.

Dallas, Texas’s Heritage Auctions stated that the notes came many hours after the famous “Houston, we have a problem” transmitted from Lovell.

Lunar Module Systems Activation Checklist, which the notebook was known as is believed will bring $25,000 when auctioned on November 30th.

“There are few space artifacts as evocative or important as this little booklet”, stated Michael Riley, the historian at Heritage Auctions.

Lovell “has held this checklist book in his personal collection for 41 years and now feels it’s time to turn over its stewardship to another person, said Riley.

 “Without these successful calculations and the fast transfer of the information from one computer to the other, the Apollo 13 crew would not have known their position in space, possibly causing the outcome of the already ill-fated mission to be quite different.”

The trip of Apollo 13 captured the world’s attention in April of 1970 as it accomplished a safe return after the explosion of an oxygen tank that made it necessary for the crew to rig a new carbon dioxide removal system.  This flight was the subject of a blockbuster movie of the same title.

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