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
   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.
   The helium burst disk was expected to burst. A battery explosion also happened. The helium disk is shown bursting unexpectedly, the battery explosion is not shown.
   The Grumman Company (maker of the Lunar Module) and their employees were extremely eager provide any assistance to Houston while the Command Module was powered down and the LM was used as a lifeboat. An unnamed Grumman engineer is shown as pessimistic and reluctant to help.
   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
   There is much detail on how the oxygen tank was damaged prior to the flight and how the crew and NASA decided to risk flying with a damaged tank. The tank was actually much more badly damaged then they knew prior to the explosion. No details are shown on the decision to fly with a damaged oxygen tank.
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