HAISE'S POTATO SOUP CARRIED ON APOLLO 13
Flown packet of dehydrated potato soup, 7 x 8 inches. An attached identification label reads: "POTATO SOUP, 5 oz. hot water, 5 15 minutes, 058" with an inspection stamp. On the reverse side an additional tag reads: "SERIAL NO. FAU 473." Included is a Typed Letter Signed by FRED HAISE.
Potato Soup carried on the Apollo 13 flight but not consumed. With FRED HAISE'S April 11, 2005 signed provenance letter which reads in part: "Accompanying this letter is a Potato Soup food packet that was carried around the moon on the flight of Apollo 13 during April 11 to 17, 1970.... The small blue Velcro squares on each side of the packet indicates that this food was originally assigned to myself, the Lunar Module Pilot....
Several food items were never eaten during the flight due to an oxygen tank explosion in Service Module which, among other things, caused an electrical power loss to the Command Module. That power loss eliminated the ability to supply and heat water for food rehydration. James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and myself mainly consumed the 'wet pack' type of foods during the Apollo 13 mission. Those foods did not require rehydration to eat.
This food packet has been in my personal space artifact collection since 1970 which is now 35 years after the dramatic flight of Apollo 13. The flight was scheduled to be the third manned lunar landing mission, but those plans were aborted due to the above mentioned 'problem.' I have written "Flown around the moon on Apollo 13, Fred Haise, LMP" on the front side of this packet below the 'Potato Soup' label."