This Apollo 13 commemorative medal was struck by the Lincoln Mint in the United States. The Apollo 13 mission in April 1970 was intended to be the third to land humans on the Moon. James Lovell, Jr., Fred Haise, Jr., and John Swigert, Jr. were the astronauts. Over 200,000 miles from the earth equipment malfunctions forced the cancellation of the mission, but the astronauts were able to return safely.
Space medal collector Thomas Becker donated this medal to the National Collection in 1972.
Gift of Thomas Becker