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

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Lost Moon

51%
Released: 1994
Author: James Lovell

Apollo 13

49%
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
   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.
   James Lovell's mother knows who Armstrong was. Mrs. Lovell (James' mother) is depicted as not recognizing Neal Armstrong.
   He does not. Fred Haise vomits shortly after Translunar injection.
   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.
   Lovell's remark to his wife about an alternate destination for Christmas (the moon instead of travel abroad) was in reference to Apollo 8's change in mission from an Earth orbit mission to a Lunar orbit mission. Apollo 8 was in lunar orbit during Christmas 1968. Lovell implies he will be going to the moon for Christmas instead of on vacation. Apollo 13 took place April 1970
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