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Apollo 13 checklist sold at auction for $390,000

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A booklet used by NASA to help Apollo 13 astronauts figure out their position and return to Earth sells at an auction in Texas for $390,000.

Apollo 13 booklet
Apollo 13 booklet

At an auction house in Texas, a relic of one of the most famous NASA missions of ever was sold for an incredibly high price. The item was a so-called Lunar Module Systems Activation Checklist, a small booklet which contained Commander James Lovell's pre-launch calculations at NASA, and was used to help the troubled mission from the ground. The booklet has been sold by Texas-based auction house Heritage Auctions for $390,000.

The Apollo 13 mission to the moon launched April 11, 1970 from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida and suffered an oxygen tank explosion two days later. All of the crew safely returned to earth via a splashdown in the South Pacific and rescue by the USS Iwo Jima. The artifact fetched the highest price for a piece of Apollo Space Program history to have not hit the moon's surafce. The item was sold to a private buyer in the East Coast of the United States.