Apollo 13 Movie
...Houston we've had a problem!

APOLLO 13 COMMANDER JAMES LOVELL, 13 APRIL 1970


DID YOU KNOW ?

Apollo 13's free return circumlunar trajectory ensured that at apocynthion it set the Guinness World Record for the farthest distance from Earth reached by human spaceflight The world record of 248,655 miles has held to this day.

    Guinness World Records

DID YOU KNOW ?

The Moon orbits the Earth at 2,287 mph - a speed faster than a M-16 rifle bullet. To get to the Moon 238,855 miles from Earth, astronauts flew at ~24,565 mph. Apollo 15 CMP Al Worden described a lunar mission thus:

Apollo Moon Shot  was like firing two bullets, wanting them not to hit each other but barely miss.

APOLLO 13 - MOVIE SUMMARY

OVERVIEW

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 as NASA's finest hour.

MISSION

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.

MOVIE BACKGROUND

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.