Fred Haise’s used Apollo 13 CSM Systems Data manual, 8.5 x 10.5, dated March 9, 1970. At over 46 pages in length, manual contains numerous tabbed folding diagrams and schematics, and is bound with three metal rings. Accompanied by a 2009 letter of authenticity from Fred Haise stating, in part: “This Apollo 13 CSM Systems Data book with thirty-nine pages of schematics and diagrams describing the operation of the Command/Service Module (CSM) was provided to me as a training reference prior to the liftoff of Apollo 13 to the Moon. A CSM Systems Data book has schematics that describe the inner workings of the spacecraft in the event of a system failure such as the many we endured during our mission. During the Apollo Program, NASA’s policy allowed astronauts to keep training manuals and equipment from their mission preparation as personal mementos, and I accordingly chose to include the CSM Systems Data book among mine. This CSM Systems DATA book has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection for forty years.”
Signed on the front cover: “Used in training for Apollo 13-Fred Haise, Apollo 13 LMP.” In 1970, Haise wrote his last name in block capitals in the upper right corner of front cover. Additionally, the manual is signed again by Haise on the pull-out schematic of the CSM–LM Electrical Interface, “We were 200,000 miles out and boom! Fred Haise, Apollo 13 LMP.” The manual also is a treasure trove of signatures and direct quotes from the key individuals involved in the rescue of the Apollo 13 crew. Other signatures include: on page 1 of the Flight Data File, “We didn’t have a mission rule for this situation, but we made it back anyway! Gerry Griffin, ‘Gold Flight’”; on the reverse of the same page, “‘Failure is not an option!’ Gene Kranz, Flight Director–Apollo XIII.”; on a further functions page by Communications Director Ed Fendell, “I think the biggest thing I saw coming out of Apollo 13 was really learning how to follow the test data.”; on a pull-out schematic of Sequential Power Distribution, “Milton Windler, Maroon Flight ‘Capcom, Tell him to turn off the lights’”; on the Power Distribution schematic “The right console instruments and system monitoring was my CSM job. Edgar Mitchell Apollo 14”; “I think we’ve had an instrumentation problem, Flight. (NOT!) Sy Liebergot, Apollo 13 EECOM”; “Did I hear you correctly? You want the full smash! James Lovell, Apollo 13”; “’Ok 13, we’ve got lots and lots of people working on this, we’ll give you some dope as soon as we have it, and you’ll be the first to know…’ Jack Lousma, Apollo 13 CAPCOM, 13 April 1970”; “Obviously there was a lot of concern. The Apollo 13 mission was a week of intense activity in mission control. I remember we worked hard on the LM burns and entry prep on my shifts. Vance Brand, Apollo 13 CAPCOM, ASTP PLT, STS-5, 41B & 35 CDR”; “’Ah, Houston we’ve had a problem!’ James Lovell, Apollo 13 Commander”; “Jerry Bostick, Flight Dynamic Officer—FDO, We were the ground pilots!”; “Odyssey, Houston, standing by...Joe Kerwin, Apollo XIII CAPCOM”; In fine condition, with expected handling wear and scattered soiling and foxing to front cover. Interesting enough as Haise’s used training manual, the additions of extra signatures and insight from others involved in the successful return of Apollo 13 elevate this item to a level of high desirability. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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