FLOWN APOLLO 13 OPS FLAP AND NAME TAG.
Lot 238
FLOWN APOLLO 13 OPS FLAP AND NAME TAG.
Sold for US$ 4,880 inc. premium

The Space Sale

16 Jul 2009, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
FLOWN APOLLO 13 OPS FLAP AND NAME TAG.
Flap segment from the Oxygen Purge System's (OPS) thermal jacket cover, Teflon-coated filament Beta cloth, 12 by 10 inches. Irregularly-shaped, with six identification and instruction Beta tags sewn on, which read "ON," "O2 ACTUATOR," "OFF," "LOCK PIN [with arrow]," "SOURCE PRESSURE [upside down]," and "F. HAISE." 3 metal snap-buttons are along the outer edges. The interior has 7 layers of perforated aluminized mylar and 6 layers of non-woven dacron, all to provide thermal and micrometeoroid protection.

Accompanied by a Typed Letter Signed by Fred Haise, which begins similarly to that in the preceding lot, and continues: "During the EVAs we would wear our space suits with the Portable Life Support Systems (PLSS) and Oxygen Purge Systems (OPS) strapped onto our backs. The OPS was designed to provide an emergency supply of oxygen in case a failure occurred with our PLSS unit. That was comforting to know since we would be at least 30 minutes away from the LM while at the edge of Cone Crater." He discusses the explosion that prevented the lunar landing, and explains: "Prior to jettison, I cut this flap segment off my OPS cover that had my name and instruction tags. I have kept it in my personal collection as a reminder of the lost once in a life time opportunity."
The OPS was mounted on top of the PLSS and both were worn on the back of each astronaut's Pressure Garment Assembly (PGA) by means of straps. The OPS was designed to supply the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (or EMU, which was the entire PGA, PLSS, and associated equipment) with an oxygen purge flow during possible failures of the EMU. It also prevented excessive carbon dioxide and provided limited cooling for the astronaut.
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