In celebration and honor of the milestone Apollo 13 mission 45 years ago, Heritage Auctions will feature a variety of rare Apollo 13 artifacts as the centerpiece of its May 22, 2015 Space Exploration Signature® Auction, a sale consisting of the finest flown, signed or astronaut-owned articles of Space history, as well as related books, manuals, photos and hardware relating to the entire Space program. Could it really be 45 years ago? It was April 17, 1970, when the world was finally able to breathe a collective sigh of relief: Apollo 13, the seventh manned Apollo mission – and the intended third moon landing — had launched on April 11— Two days later, on April 13, the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded, crippling the Service Module. For the crew, Commander James Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise,

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