Black and white 46 x 150 cm NASA photo of the Apollo 13 crew arriving aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima. Signed by Fred Haise and Jim Lovell in black felt tip pen. Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 CST from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the service module upon which the Command Module depended. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17.
Photo is accompanied by two colour photos of Fred Haise and Jim Lovell at the signing.