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Tiny copy of the Bible which was on board Apollo 13 sells at auction

The microform Bible, which measures just 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches, sold for $75,000.

The Bible
The Bible

A TINY COPY of the Bible which travelled to the moon with the ill-fated Apollo 13 space mission has sold at auction for $75,000 (€55,000).

The microform Bible, which is one of only twelve of its kind and measures just 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches, contains all 1,245 pages of the King James Bible, including both the Old and New Testament. It can be read with a microscope.

The Bible travelled around the moon with the Apollo 13 crew and landed on the moon’s surface with Apollo 14. It was rescued from the Pacific Ocean after the Apollo 13 crew splashed down upon re-entry from the trip on 17 April 1970.

The Bibles were produced by the Apollo Prayer League, a group started by NASA employees and spread globally with the idea of using man’s first trip to the moon to carry the words of God, auction house Heritage said.

The Bibles were designed to be small and light enough to accompany an astronaut’s personal effects during the journey to the moon. The version which sold at auction in Texas yesterday, is held within a solid gold frame.

A companion copy of the Bible is currently on display at the Vatican.

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