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Couch Backing Restraint Fabric

Mission: Apollo 13
CM: Odyssey
LM: Aquarius
  Crew: James A. Lovell
Fred W. Haise, Jr.
John L. Swigert, Jr.
Launch: April 11, 1970  
Landing: April 17, 1970  
Duration: 5 Days, 22 hours  
Comment: "Houston, we've had a problem here."

This segment of backing restraint material was removed from mission commander James Lovell's spacecraft couch during Odyssey's restoration at the Kansas Cosmosphere. As with all the Apollo Command Modules, inside the crew compartment of the Odyssey were three couches, installed so that the astronauts would always face forward (towards the top of the cone and the instrument panel). These were used during launch and landing, and had the mission gone as planned, would have been the primary location for the crew when not on the lunar surface. This piece was among 25 similarly-sized swatches that were presented to the key crew members of Universal Studio's film "Apollo 13" as "a tribute to their participation in recreating one of the greatest human dramas ever to unfold in space."

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