The Apollo 13 mission was doomed to fail. After Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon and beat the Russians to it America lost interest in N.A.S.A. What could they possibly do to top landing on the moon? N.A.S.A was hemorrhaging money that was the start of the problems. Then the first crew becomes unable to fly and the crews for the Apollo 14 were bumped up to the Apollo 13 program. Two days before the flight the results of the blood work that was done showed that the crew’s pilot Ken Mattingly may have contracted the measles and couldn’t fly because it would be a danger to the crew and the mission. So Jack Swigert the backup pilot has to take over. They take off with no difficulty. But Swigert goes to stir the oxygen tank and the rest is history.
This movie plays on the public’s fascination with space and the word “astronaut”. In our society astronauts are idolized, they are seen as heroes. They are even one of the idealistic jobs of the youth. This movie allows the public to see not only the hardships of space travel , but how the families of astronauts must struggle to hold it together and act like they’ll see their loved ones again when they know there is a very good chance they might not.
Apollo 13 gave the public a real life view of what it takes to survive in space. Every person has wondered at least once what it would be like to fly in space. Apollo 13 showed us that space is not as peaceful and tranquil as we are led to believe. Once you leave the atmosphere you are on your own out there. The only exception to that is mission control. But, remember mission control does play an important role but they can only tell you what to do. In the end it is all up to the people in the shuttle to survive. The crew kept calm even as the world seemed to be trying to kill them. They stood together and got home safely to their fairy tale ending. That notion of doing anything to survive and get home speaks to a lot of people.
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