Lot #8257
Gene Kranz's Apollo 13 Certificate of Commendation

"Certificate of Commendation" presented to the famed flight director of Apollo 13
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Estimate: $3000+

Description

"Certificate of Commendation" presented to the famed flight director of Apollo 13

Amazing NASA-Manned Spacecraft Center "Certificate of Commendation" presented to lead flight director "Eugene F. Kranz," 14 x 11, with printed text reading: "For his outstanding leadership as Flight Director during the flight of Apollo 13. He and his Flight Control Team were on duty in the Mission Control Center when the astronauts first reported equipment failure on the spacecraft at 55 hours into the mission. Within seconds he and his team identified the seriousness of the failure, and during the next 20 minutes made critical decisions which led to the successful rescue of the astronauts. He continued to display this exceptional leadership and ingenuity while participating in the planning and direction of the flight until the astronauts circled the moon returned safely to earth." Lower portion bears a gold foil NASA seal and a preprinted signature of Robert R. Gilruth, the first director of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center. In very good to fine condition, with overall mottling, heavier to the edges, and trivial chipping to bottom edge.

Auction Info

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