NASA Puts Sale of Apollo 13 Checklist on Hold

Astronaut Lovell sold it for $388K, but he may not own it
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2012 8:25 AM CST
A file photo released by Heritage Auctions shows a a key page from the Apollo 13 Lunar Module Checklist with handwriting by Commander James Lovell.   (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions,File)
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(Newser) – Astronaut James Lovell may not have made a small fortune after all by selling his checklist and notes from the almost-disastrous Apollo 13 mission (the one made famous in the Tom Hanks movie of the same name). The list, along with handwritten calculations by Lovell, fetched $388,000 at auction in November. Now NASA is saying not so fast, reports AP. It's not so sure that Lovell actually owned the list in the first place, and Heritage Auctions has put the sale on hold while the matter gets settled. (Read more astronauts stories.)

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