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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In the Book In the Movie
   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.
   The crew and management were not concerned about Swigert's flying ability. A NASA official is shown being concerned about Swigert's ability to dock the LM with the CM after leaving Earth orbit.
   This did not happen. Tempers flare between Haise and Swigert about the tank explosion; they yell at each other.
   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.
   Mattingly is shown working on the power problem for CM startup. This was actually done by Charlie Duke, the astronaut who was sick with German measles and possibly infected Mattingly.
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