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David Carey

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posted 01-18-2013 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been looking at the details of some of the flight labels from a Jim Lovell backup crew presentation and comparing them with those from the Apollo 13 hatch at the Cosmosphere (which I believe to be intact/original).

The two flown hatch stickers match their presentation counterparts with the exception of a swapped line sequence on one and a change to last-line wording on the other. Perhaps these differences reflect errors caught after printing, and are the reason these stickers were available for the presentation piece. Certainly it shows that the hatch labels in the group were not among the 'couple of flown stickers' indicated by Jim Lovell.

Somewhat to my surprise the plaques of the Apollo 11 hatch at the National Air and Space Museum differ altogether, covering cabin pressurization and de-pressurization. The only other "stickered" hatch photo I found was for A17. Wasn't enough resolution to read the details but it was also clearly a different label versus Apollo 11/A13.

The "Decal Kid" moniker of the presentation suggests a notable hand by the commander in spacecraft labeling.

Thanks for any information on whether the CM/LM labeling choices were the prerogative of the crew for each mission or if they simply evolved with the program (or both).


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posted 01-18-2013 09:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The flown Apollo 13 hatch had been refurbished by NASA for possible re-use on a later Apollo mission. It is very likely that the original instruction decals were removed in the process and replaced with the latest revised versions. I'm not sure if the decals could have been removed without significant damage.

John Fongheiser
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David Carey

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posted 01-19-2013 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you John. I didn't know of the A13 hatch refurb for a potential future flight. Makes sense that the labels could have been updated.

Even if the labels in the A13 hatch image are not those from the flight, your point about removal combined with the like-new condition of the highlighted presentation stickers suggests unflown. Perhaps just a couple of the 'smalls' that look less pristine would be the suspects.

Still curious about crew role in labeling for each mission; facts or theories welcomed. Would also appreciate any images of known-flown hatch labeling (other than A11) to track the evolution of changes made.

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