Lot #8320
Edgar Mitchell and James Lovell Flown Signed Bible Fragment

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Estimate: $500+

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Precious two-page segment of a microfilmed Bible carried to the lunar surface in the space suit of Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell. The bible was produced by the Apollo Prayer League, a group of NASA engineers, scientists, administrators, and astronauts. The project was headed by Rev. John Stout, who worked closely with the astronauts and NASA personnel. The microfilm segment contains two pages of the King James Bible, which can easily be read under a microscope and represents the first and still only Bible that ever flew to the lunar surface. The microfilmed section is presented on a serial numbered 3.75 x 5 informational sheet presented to Larry McGlynn by Jim Stout, and signed in black ballpoint, “James Lovell, Apollo 13,” and “Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14.” Sheet bears the microfilm serial number of "C3H25." In fine condition. Accompanied by photos of the two astronauts taken at the time of each signing. The Bible was originally slated to fly to the moon on Apollo 12, but a mistake on the lunar landing checklist resulted in the Bible orbiting the moon in the Command Module. It was then placed on board Apollo 13, but was again unable to reach its destination. The Bibles were then given to Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, who stowed them in his PPK bag and landed them safely on the lunar surface aboard the LM Antares on February 5, 1971.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space and Aviation Auction
  • Dates: April 13 - April 20

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