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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In the Book In the Movie
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 book has much more detail on the Apollo 1 fire and the Apollo 8 flight such as the reading from the book of Genesis and Lovell's naming of Mount Marilyn (later named Montes Secchi by the IAU). The movie barely touches upon Apollo 8.
   The tank explosion that crippled the command module happened about 1.5 minutes after the tank stir The explosion occurs right after the tank is stirred.
   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."
   James Lovell's mother knows who Armstrong was. Mrs. Lovell (James' mother) is depicted as not recognizing Neal Armstrong.
   This was not a tradition until the Shuttle missions. A scene shows the astronauts greeting their families from across a road prior to the mission. This was done to prevent contact and infection.
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