APOLLO 13 - MOVIE SUMMARY
Apollo 13 tells the incredible true story of NASA's perilous 1970 lunar voyage. The heroic actions of the crew and mission controllers to save the crippled spacecraft and the astronauts' lives would lead to Apollo 13 being described asNASA's finest hour.
Apollo 13, a Type H mission to the Moon's Fra Mauro region, is to be NASA's third lunar landing attempt of Project Apollo -mankind's greatest adventure. The prime crew is intended to be CDR Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), CMP Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise), and LMP Fred Haise (Bill Paxton). But prior to launch Ken Mattingly is exposed to German Measles and is replaced two days before launch by BUCMP Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon). On 13th April 1970, 205,000 miles from Earth in deep space a routine stir of the SM cryo tanks causes an explosion in Oxygen Tank No. 2. Faced with a crippled dying spacecraft, the crew must abandon the CM 'Odyssey' and use the LM 'Aquarius' as a lunar lifeboat to get home. Battling time, distance, gravity, unknown damage, limited power and oxygen, carbon dioxide, intense cold and heat, fatigue, infection, and a tropical cyclone, the crew and mission controllers in MOCR MCC Houston led by FD Glynn Lunney and FD Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) fight to bring Apollo 13 home safe as the world waits, watches, and prays.
Directed by Ron Howard and released in the United States on 30th June 1995, Apollo 13 was nominated for 9 AMPAS® Academy Awards including Best Picture and won 2 Awards for Best Film Editing and Best Sound.