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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   Several engine burns for course corrections and a more rapid return were required prior to and after the helium disk burst. The last course correction was with the attitude thrusters. Only two are shown and none after the disk burst.
   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.
   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.
   This did not happen. Tempers flare between Haise and Swigert about the tank explosion; they yell at each other.
   The book ends with the astronaut's interviews and Lovell's memories of the events years later. Ends with the astronauts arriving on the carrier and Lovell's voice over of the mission.
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