The typed letter reads: "The Texas state flag displayed below was flown to the moon in the Apollo 14 Command Module Kittyhawk between January 31 to February 9, 1971. It was stowed in my Personal Preference Kit (PPK) and made 34 orbits of the moon, traveling nearly a quarter million miles from earth. Apollo 14 was commanded by Alan Shepard, the first American to fly in space, with Stuart Roosa serving as Command Module Pilot. I was the Lunar Module Pilot and made the third manned lunar landing of the Apollo Program with Alan Shepard on February 5. We spent just over 33 hours on the moon. During that time, Al and I made two lunar surface explorations, each lasting over 4 hours. We traveled over ½ mile from our lunar lander during our second surface exploration, the longest distance covered by foot during the Apollo Program.
I was born on September 17, 1930 in Hereford, Texas. My family soon moved to New Mexico, near Roswell. During my early childhood, I actually walked by the home of Dr. Robert Goddard on my way to school. He was building and flying his early rockets out in the open unpopulated plains near Roswell. At that time I did not realize that his rocketry efforts would help shape my future. Dr. Goddard's work established the basis for technology utilized by the Germans during World War II, which in turn led to the eventual development of the Saturn rockets. Those large rockets, and in particular the Saturn V, enabled my Apollo 14 flight to the moon.
I have inscribed and signed this flag with: 'Flown to the moon on Apollo 14, Edgar Mitchell' on the lower red bar."
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