Vintage color semi–glossy 10 x 8 photo of the original Apollo 13 crew posing in their white spacesuits, signed and inscribed in black felt tip, “To Al Bishop—thanks for keeping the faith and providing the patches. Say ‘hello’ to Howard—James Lovell,” “Ken Mattingly,” and “Fred W. Haise.” Affixed to a slightly larger cardstock mount. In fine condition. Al Bishop was an aerospace public relations specialist at NASA whose specially designed cachet of ‘Bishop’ insurance covers, printed specifically for the crew, their families and friends, have become prized collectables amongst the space and philatelic communities. Due to the risk of a rubella scare, Mattingly was grounded by the flight surgeon and replaced by backup CMP Jack Swigert only three days before the launch. A vibrant image of the original crew that’s enhanced by the presence of Mattingly, an astronaut who would fly to the moon two years later aboard Apollo 16’s Casper. From the collection of aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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