Dallas-based Heritage Auctions has attracted enough interest to sell a checklist used by Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell bearing calculations, which helped save the lives of the crew in 1970, for a gaudy price of $388,375. A spokesperson for the auction house considered this piece of documented history might sell for just $25,000. The artifact was part of a Space Signature auction set up by Heritage.
An onboard oxygen tank exploded as the spacecraft was near its destination, but the crew was forced to scrap its mission to the moon and focus on returning to Earth. It’s safe to surmise that without the checklist, the Apollo 13 crew – Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert - could not have figured out their position in space, and probably have faced certain death.
Imagine Entertainment chronicled this lunar mission in a 1995 movie. Directed by Ron Howard, the motion picture received critical acclaim for its technical accuracy surrounding this famed NASA rescue. The astronauts were portrayed by Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Pullman. Apollo 13 was a film adaptation of Lost Moon, a 1994 book by Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.
The handwritten document captured the imagination of potential buyers, which might be the lasting legacy of this heroic effort made by intelligent (if ordinary) men, who performed an extraordinary miracle back in 1970.
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