After the tragic fire that killed all three crew members of the Apollo I mission in 1967, Reverend John M. Stout, who had joined NASA in 1962, along with his family established the Apollo Prayer League. The group’s primary purpose was to pray for the safety of the astronauts, and membership rapidly grew to embrace over 40,000 NASA employees. Its goals, among others, were to provide humanitarian relief worldwide and to land the Bible on the Moon. Size and weight restrictions mandated by NASA meant that the only printing format of the Bible that could be taken was in Microform. Hundreds of Bibles were taken along on the aborted Apollo 13 mission of April 1970, many of which were reissued following the spacecraft's miraculous return.
This Microform bible is mounted on an affidavit signed by the crew of Apollo 13, which states: "This bible was flown to the moon April 11-17, 1970 on Apollo 13 spacecraft."