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MrSpace86
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posted 08-17-2011 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We all know Apollo 13 is the most famous Apollo mission after Apollo 11. I thoroughly enjoyed the thread to commemorate Apollo 11's 40th anniversary so I decided to follow up with a similar thread for Apollo 13.

David Carey
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posted 08-17-2011 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A favorite collecting focus for me. These repeat some previous posts so sorry for the duplication, but to aggregate and put them in a targeted thread for the record -

Top Photo:
  • Ex-Fred Haise A13 flown cocoa pack and certification letter
  • Ex-NASM large A13 flown storage pouch and in-situ NASA photo of same from A13 closeout.
  • Ex-Deke Slayton A13 flown heatshield plug
  • Ex-Ed Gibson A13 crew-signed cover postmarked 4/11/70
  • Ex-Frank Bryan Aquarius A13 crew-signed flown Netting Presentation
Bottom Photo:
  • Ex-Jim Lovell A13 backup crew presentation; mostly spare/unflown foil decals from the CM/LM but a couple flown labels in there too.
    To Capt. James A. Lovell / 'The Decal Kid' / From the Old Backup Crew, with Admiration, Mixed with Confusion / Apollo 13 / April 11-17

413 is in
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posted 08-17-2011 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great thread! Here's a few items from my collection:
Deke Slayton's MOCR badge

Sy Liebergot's splashdown flag from his EECOM console

Ex Karl Henize crew signed cover

Moonmichael
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posted 08-17-2011 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonmichael   Click Here to Email Moonmichael     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the great Apollo 13 ASF acrylic too, an Apollo 13 training LM cue card from Fred Haise and James McDivitt's Apollo 13 MOCR badge.

Charlie16
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posted 08-17-2011 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some small pieces in Italy. I have:
  • Apollo 13 Flown Netting (LM Aquarius) acrylic COA from Freddo.
  • Apollo 13 Flown Shim.
  • Apollo 13 Flown Utility Light Cord acrylic.

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posted 08-24-2011 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's Begin at the Beginning.

SkyMan1958
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posted 08-24-2011 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

ilbasso
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posted 08-24-2011 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Flight Readiness Review badge:

Radiation Control Center badge:

Post-Launch System Safing parking permits:

Lunar Receiving Lab badge:

Planned EVA traverses: Lovell has signed, "We would have found Cone Crater!" Haise adds: "Wish we would have got a second chance."

David Carey
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posted 08-29-2011 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, this one is just for amusement mostly. Historical significance is certainly open for debate.

In cleaning up today, I found a forgotten RCA News Apollo 13 PR piece; not so interesting in itself but I then started reading all the notes made on the back. Seems this copy belonged to whoever was responsible for an A13 luncheon, with lots of notes about organizing logistics for an army of sandwiches.

The image shows the back cover - with the front cover as a small inset - and in red I've highlighted the crew's seeming preference for Ham & Cheese Loaf on Rye (Lovell and Swigert) with Haise making a bold turn from his shipmates with Smoked Turkey. We also learn of the mission-critical choice of Oscar Mayer meats (2400 slices!) and Imperial Margerine (sic) with Cheddar Cheese.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 08-30-2011 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

FFrench
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posted 09-03-2011 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by David Carey:
We also learn of the mission-critical choice of Oscar Mayer meats (2400 slices!) and Imperial Margerine (sic) with Cheddar Cheese.

Apparently Feta was Not an Option.

joe bruce
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posted 09-05-2011 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe bruce   Click Here to Email joe bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a photo of my Apollo 13 flight plan signed by Kranz, Lovell and initialed by Phil Dasch. Inside are pencil notations made by Phil Dasch. When I showed this piece to Gene his comment was, "A lot of good memories with Phil."

atpowell
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posted 09-05-2011 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for atpowell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My favorite flown item – a piece of Cdr Lovell's PLSS backpack he inscribed "Piece of Apollo 13 PLS backpack – for use on the lunar surface". Different from many flown artifacts, this one has such a story - I could only imagine the emotions he felt as they were closing out the LM, seeing his PLSS and making the conscious decision to cut off a piece to take home.

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posted 09-06-2011 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The piece de resistance of my collection: the Rescue decal from the door of the Apollo 13 CM. Approx 10 inches by 3 inches.

And overlaid onto a photo of the CM:

David Carey
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posted 09-18-2011 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred Haise's training-used CSM Systems Handbook from Apollo 13, a massive set of schematic foldouts covering virtually all aspects of CSM design.

Inset shows the detail of O2 Tank 2 and the Heater Thermostats therein (the hook-shaped devices) which failed. Note the 28V rating on the diagram; the un-documented change to 65V for the heaters was found to have welded shut the older 28V thermostats still in place, causing massive O2 tank overheating and eventually the mission-ending explosion.

stsmithva
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posted 09-18-2011 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's been interesting and fun to see the variety of great items from this specific mission in cS members' collections. Please keep them coming!

Sy Liebergot
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posted 03-20-2014 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the tank notation of 114 watts @ 28 vdc is the heater rating. There is no thermostat rating labeled. We would be interested in the current draw of the heaters when activated, not the static value of the thermostat (P=VI;I = P/V; I=114w/28vdc= 4.1 amps)

rgarner
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posted 09-29-2015 04:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd love to see some additions to this post!

David Carey
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posted 09-29-2015 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since you asked.

All are Apollo 13-relevant but only the Robert Heselmeyer badge was mission-used of course.

Heselmeyer was TELMU in Mission Control when the O2 tank exploded, two stations from EECOM Sy Liebergot (Sy - thanks for the correction above).

The LM Partial Pressure meter is a flight spare but identical to that used by the crew to monitor rising CO2 levels in Aquarius. The instrument cover has been signed by Fred Haise with his first words back to Houston ("Boy, that is great") after CO2 levels were confirmed under control.

The unflown LiOH filter canister shown was like that used to for the improvised CO2 scrubber in the LM and retains the original factory wrapper.

thisismills
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posted 09-29-2015 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Four heatshield plugs, LM-7 presentation to Jim McDivitt, and CM mylar.

Jeff
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posted 09-29-2015 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would love to be able to buy one of those Apollo 13 plugs.

rgarner
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posted 09-30-2015 03:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing. Those plugs are fantastic too, I've not seen them before. I'm quite partial to an acrylic I must say. I'm currently getting my Apollo 13 pieces framed, then I'll post them.

fredtrav
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The plugs are great. If I had one, I would prefer it not be encased in lucite. I would prefer being able to pick it up and get up close and personal with it so to speak. But if that is the only way to have one, then in lucite it is.

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posted 09-30-2015 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by fredtrav:
If I had one, I would prefer it not be encased in lucite.
Yes, there are pros and cons of encapsulation, a couple good posts about that here on cS. I prefer the lucite as it helps to preserve the artifact in addition to making it feel like a substantial, special presentation at the compromise of not being able to touch it directly. Either way, they are a fantastic piece from the mission.

A side note, the plugs have numbers etched on the bottom presumably corresponding to their location in the heatshield. Does anyone have a reference diagram matching locations to a plug number?

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posted 09-30-2015 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice lineup there!

Probably a hopeless cause but I'd also appreciate any position references for the etched number(s) and/or number of plugs of this type on each CM. The plug mentioned in my original post at top has a '27' on the metal back plate. For reference an ex-Swigert plug has a '37' engraved.

I also like the lucite form heat shield for its visual and physical mass but the fogging that often plagues these is unfortunate.

From the construction I've been assuming;
a) these were threaded-in assemblies for covering larger bolt and screw heads or other access points
b) the metal plate and O-Ring were integral to the original heat shield thread-in plug
c) the damage/obliteration of some of the thread was caused when coring the plug assembly out of the spacecraft.

Sound correct?

rgarner
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posted 09-30-2015 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cloudy or not, I think they have a nice charm to them. Looks like cloud vapour.

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