What's the Difference between Lost Moon the Book and Apollo 13 the Movie?


Lost Moon

Released: 1994
Author: James Lovell

Apollo 13

Released: 1995
Director: Ron Howard
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James Lovell
James Lovell
Portrayed by: Tom Hanks
Jack Swigert
Jack Swigert
Portrayed by: Kevin Bacon
Fred Haise
Fred Haise
Portrayed by: Bill Paxton
Ken Mattingly
Ken Mattingly
Portrayed by: Gary Sinise
Gene Krantz
Gene Krantz
Portrayed by: Ed Harris
Apollo 13 Book vs Movie
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   The CM entered the atmosphere very shallow due to the LEM venting during the flight home which was not planned for due to its use as a lifeboat. The shallow path was depicted as possibly due to a lighter LM than was planned as there was no lunar rocks/samples on board.
   The actual words to Houston after the explosion were; Jack Swigert "I believe we've had a problem here" with Jim Lovell repeating, "Houston, we've had a problem." Swigert says "We've got a problem here." Lovell says "Houston we have a problem."
   The launch gantry's service arms swing back all together after launch. They are shown swinging back in sequence after ignition.
   The oxygen tank in the CM exploded due to a damaged heater and insulation inside the tank. The cause is depicted as electrical arcing outside of the tank.
   Lovell fights to keep Mattingly on the crew, but the flight surgeon removes him. Lovell is told he will lose the mission if he wants to keep the crew together. He opts to replace Mattingly.
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