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Item 399 - James Lovell and Edgar Mitchell Catalog 386 (May 2012)

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A two-page segment of a microfilmed bible carried to the lunar surface in the space suit of Lunar Module Pilot Ed 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 4.25 x 6 informational sheet, signed in black ballpoint, “James Lovell, Apollo 13,” and “Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14.” Sheet also bears a presentation most likely written by Stout. In fine condition. 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 due to a near-catastrophic explosion, the crew did not reach the moon, and instead returned to Earth. The bibles were then given to Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell who stowed the Bibles in his PPK bag and landed them safely on the moon February 5, 1971, on board lunar module Antares. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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