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This incredible piece of stowage assembly beta cloth came directly from the Apollo 13 Lunar Module 'Aquarius'. The Apollo 13 crew had plans spelled out in a checklist for ''salvaging'' a number of pieces of hardware from Aquarius, including hand controllers, netting, beta and more. This was suppose to be done when the crew had some leisure time following the rendezvous with and docking with the Command Module 'Odyssey' following the lunar surface excursion, but due to the explosion of an oxygen tank the Lunar Module had to be utilised up until just before entry to provide attitude control, communication, and so on. faced with this situation, Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise did the best he could in a short space of time to salvage items that were easily removable, i.e. spot lights, hand controller arm rests (one being removed while Commander Jim Lovell was using it), etc.
The segment of beta material pictured above came from the material handed over to Grumman, builders of the Lunar Module, after the Apollo 13 mission. The material in question was cut up and attached to ''thank you cards'' intended for Grumman employees and were then signed by the crew. The material in this presentation is from the leftover material after the Grumman awards were made.
The Apollo 13 LM flown beta measures approx 1'', ready for framing, and comes with a copy of a letter from Fred Haise, detailing how the material came to be here on Earth, as well as a COA booklet.
This image shows the Apollo 13 LM Flown Stowage Assembly netting surrounding the Aft bulkhead, RCU units in the bottom compartment and food stowage at the top, an example of material removed prior to the crew abandoning the LM.