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alexbaja
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posted 07-09-2012 05:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This photo of the Apollo 13 astronauts' visit to Malta was taken while entering Republic Street Valletta in an open top Rolls Royce. They were on a State visit to Malta between the 10th and the 13th October 1970. They were greeted by large crowds just six months after their safe return form their perilous journey to the moon.

This photo is a scan from the papers, it is the only copy I could get hold of. It was taken by a Malta Times photographer, unfortunately their archives was burned down in an arson attack in the late 80's so the originals were all destroyed.

alexbaja
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posted 07-09-2012 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If there is anybody out there that can remember this event or has any photos I would be very happy if you can share.

YankeeClipper
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posted 04-23-2013 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps it may help jog memories if some of the Apollo XIII European Goodwill Tour 1970 timeline is filled in.

Iceland
? October 1970

Switzerland
? Thursday 8 October 1970

The crew were present at the 21st Congress International Astronautical Federation at Konstanz, Lake Constance as reported here aswell as Lucerne.

Greece
? October 1970

Malta
Saturday 10th - Tuesday 13th October 1970

Ireland
Wednesday 14th - Thursday 15th October 1970

Based on this Limerick Leader Newspaper itinerary, the crew arrived at Shannon Airport on the Wednesday and stayed overnight at Dromoland Castle. On the Thursday they had a motorcade and civic reception in Limerick City, before travelling on to Bunratty Castle and Shannon Airport before flying back to Houston. The Limerick Leader had a report on the visit here.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 04-23-2013 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They visited the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne on Oct 7, 1970.

alexbaja
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posted 04-24-2013 03:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This thread might help recover some more of these Apollo 13 Goodwill certificates which were given to the people who took part in this tour.

YankeeClipper
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posted 02-21-2014 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After commanding Apollo 13, Jim Lovell experimented with alternative career options as can be seen here at Bunratty Castle.

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posted 02-22-2014 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From reading the Limerick newspaper it appears the Apollo 13 astronauts were being taken on a tour of small "neutral" nations by President Nixon. How ironic considering he canceled the project.

Also, mention of the astronauts having to be protected from enthusiastic young autograph hunters made me smile - some things don't change!

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