Lot #8258
Gene Kranz's Apollo 13 MCC Badge

Mission Control access badge for an Apollo 13 hero—famed flight director Gene Kranz
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Estimate: $10000+

Description

Mission Control access badge for an Apollo 13 hero—famed flight director Gene Kranz

Gene Kranz's green laminated NASA Mission Control Center access badge, 2.5 x 3.75, issued to "Eugene F. Kranz" for the Apollo 13 mission and stamped "AV." In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Kranz, which reads, in full: "The Apollo 13 MCC badge issued in my name that accompanies this letter is from my personal collection of space memorabilia. Since its acquisition and prior to being offered for sale through Farthest Reaches Inc., it has remained continuously in my possession. I entrust you to preserve this authentic piece of manned space program history and hope that you and others will enjoy it for years to come. It should serve as a constant reminder of not only our accomplishments during this period but of the personal sacrifice that allowed us to forge a path from the Earth to the Moon and beyond." After serving as a flight director for each of the Gemini missions, Kranz was selected as division chief for Flight Control in 1968, working in the same capacity for all odd-numbered Apollo missions, including both Apollo 11 and Apollo 13. As the leader of the ‘Tiger Team’ of flight directors, Kranz showed incredible resilience and ingenuity when confronted with the task of bringing the crew of Apollo 13 safely back to Earth.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: #581 - Ended April 16, 2020