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This flown strap was taken from the stowage assembly which flew aboard the Apollo 13 Lunar Module ''Aquarius'' during the famous flight. It was part of the material given to Grumman, builders of the Lunar Module, most of which was cut into pieces in order to make the Grumman Employee Awards, which themselves were then signed by the crew.
ABOUT THIS APOLLO 13 FLOWN STRAP DISPLAY:
The material in question was acquired from William ''Bill'' Looney, whom received it from Ted Mormon (his boss at the time). Bill worked at Grumman for 35 years, and was the Lunar Module spacecraft test manager at Kennedy Space Center for Apollo's 10, 13, and 15, and supported Apollo 5 (the first LM to fly) and Apollo 11.
Bill worked on numerous programs at Grumman—the OV-1 Mohawk, F-14 Tomcat, and the RHIC (relativistic heavy ion collider)—but he was most proud of his work on the Apollo Lunar Modules. He worked on the Grumman proposal team for the Lunar Excursion Module (later the LM), which won the contract from NASA, and helped develop the plans for testing all the Apollo spacecraft, program wide. Working on the space program exceeded all the dreams he had of flight as a child. He retired from Grumman in 1994.