APOLLO 13 JAMES LOVELL signed NASA "Houston We Have A problem" Rare
This is an OFFICIAL NASA signed Lithograph. VERY HARD TO FIND ! , and highly sought after.
Signed by James Lovell, crew member of Apollo 13 (with Haise and Swigert).
James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr. (born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy,
most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon
but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control.
Lovell was also the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit.
He is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice,
and the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing. Lovell was also the first person to fly in space four times.
Lovell was backup commander of Apollo 11 and was scheduled to command Apollo 14, but he and his crew swapped missions with the crew of Apollo 13,
as it was felt the commander of the other crew, Alan Shepard, needed more time to train after having been grounded for a long period.
Lovell lifted off aboard Apollo 13 on April 11, 1970 with CM Pilot Jack Swigert and LM Pilot Fred Haise. He and Haise were to land on the Moon.
During a routine cryogenic oxygen tank stir in transit to the Moon, damaged electrical insulation on wiring created a spark and started a fire inside the tank.
Liquid oxygen rapidly turned into a high-pressure gas, which burst the tank and caused the leak of a second oxygen tank.
In just over two hours, all on-board oxygen was lost, disabling the hydrogen fuel cells that provided electrical power to the Command/Service Module Odyssey.
This required an immediate abort of the Moon landing mission; the sole objective now was to safely return the crew to Earth.
Using the LM as a "life boat" providing battery power, oxygen, and propulsion, Lovell and his crew re-established the free return trajectory that they had left,
and swung around the Moon to return home. Based on the flight controllers' calculations made on Earth,
Lovell had to adjust the course two times by manually controlling the Lunar Module's thrusters and engine, using his watch for timing.
Apollo 13 returned safely to Earth on April 17. Lovell is one of only three men to travel to the Moon twice,
but unlike John Young and Eugene Cernan, he never walked on it.
Apollo 13's flight trajectory gives Lovell, Haise, and Swigert the record for the farthest distance that humans have ever travelled from Earth.
This official NASA Lithograph is in fine condition. You will not find a finer example !
James Lovell - "Adds Gemini 9 and 12, Apollo 8 and 13". (Gemini 9 was with Buzz Aldrin)
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