FLOWN APOLLO 13 PLSS NASA Emblem and Name Tag
Lot 237
FLOWN APOLLO 13 NASA EMBLEM AND NAME TAG.
Sold for US$ 10,370 inc. premium
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The Space Sale New York
16 Jul 2009 13:00 EDT

Auction 17402
Lot Details
FLOWN APOLLO 13 NASA EMBLEM AND NAME TAG.
NASA emblem and name tag, Beta cloth, the emblem 4 by 4 inches, the "F. HAISE" name tag 2½ inches long. Sewn onto a segment of the Portable Life Support System's (PLSS) thermal jacket cover made of Teflon-coated filament Beta cloth.

Planned to be part of lunar surface explorations - Fred Haise's identification tags removed from his space suit "backpack" prior to jettison of the Lunar Module during the flight of Apollo 13.
Accompanied by a Typed Letter Signed by Haise, which reads in part: "Our flight was scheduled to land at the Fra Mauro region of the moon. Jim Lovell and I planned to take Lunar Module "Aquarius" down to the lunar surface for about 33 hours. During that period we would venture outside the LM wearing our space suits for two lunar surface EVAs lasting about 4 hours each. We of course needed oxygen to breathe and water for cooling during those EVAs. We each carried our own personal PLSS on our backs which supplied us those needs. They were identified by means of name tags sewn on the outer cover of their thermal jackets.
Since the oxygen tank explosion forced cancellation of the lunar landing, our PLSS units were not used on the moon. After almost 4 days of emergency operations to enable our return to earth, we were at the point to jettison Aquarius before our re-entry in our Command Module "Odyssey." Prior to jettison, I cut this emblem and name tag from my PLSS cover as a reminder of what might have been."

The PLSS was secured to the back of each astronaut's Pressure Garment Assembly (PGA, commonly called the space suit) by means of straps and had hose connector assemblies to carry oxygen for breathing and water for cooling. The PLSS also removed exhaled gases and moisture from the PGA. The thermal jacket from where this NASA emblem and name tag were removed was designed to provide protection from thermal and micrometeoroid hazards encountered in the vacuum on the lunar surface.
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