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The astronauts faith: Small Apollo 13 Bible on the auction

The miniature microform (Nate D. Sanders Auctions). The crew of the Apollo 13 mission, step aboard the recovery ship USS Iwo Jima – from left to right: Lunar Module Pilot Fred W. Haise Jr.; Commander James A. Lovell, Jr.; and Command Module Pilot John L. Swigert, Jr. (NASA).

A small King James Bible, that went to space on the famous Apollo 13 mission is up for auction this week.

The mission was famously depicted in the successful 1995 film “Apollo 13” starring Tom Hanks.

The Bible will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on Dec. 14.

The microform Bible, which was issued by the Apollo Prayer League, the crew who started the legendary mission. Apollo 13 launched on April 11, 1970, Commander Jim Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise aboard. The explosion of an oxygen tank, however, placed the crew in intense danger and they are forced to scrub their planned moon landing.

A close-up of the miniature microform, who flew on the Apollo 13 mission (Nate D. Sanders Auctions)

APOLLO 13: LIFE WITH THE LOVELLS DURING NASA’S FINEST HOUR

As the world watched anxiously, the astronauts worked closely with Mission Control in Houston and founded their lunar module into a “lifeboat.” They even come with an adapter, which ensure that a command module “air scrubber” would work in the lunar module. This caused a dangerous build-up of carbon dioxide.

The crew successfully splashed down on April 17, 1970.

The Apollo Prayer League was founded in 1968 by ds. John M. Stout, a NASA information scientist, a year after astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White II and Roger Chaffee were killed in the tragic Apollo 1 fire. Stout was a good friend of White’s, and often they prayed together. The League’s mission was to pray for the safety of the astronauts and aid in humanitarian causes all over the world.

Apollo 13 crew portrait from left to right: Lovell, Swigert, Haise. (NASA)

BAG OF NASA MOON DUST SELLS FOR $1.8 M AT AUCTION

The Bible comes with two certificates of authenticity, one of which is a letter signed by the Apollo 13 crew confirm that it flew on their mission. A second letter from the Apollo Prayer League has been signed by Lovell and Stout.

The registration for the Bible begins at $50,000.

Earlier this year, an Apollo 13 Flight Plan, with handwritten notes from the crew was sold at auction for $275,000, well above the pre-sale estimate of $40,000.

The Apollo 11 American flag (Nate D. Sanders Auctions)

TRUMP WANTS TO SEE NASA BOOTS ON THE MOON

Nate D. Sanders Auctions is also auctioning the American flag flown on the Apollo 11 mission on Dec. 14. The flag comes with a certificate of authenticity that is signed by the Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

The registration for the flag starts at € 42,500.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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