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
   Prior to the CM re-entry, a Grumman Aircraft (LEM contractor) invoice for battery charging, oxygen, personal accommodation and towing was passed around mission control with the intention of presenting it to McDonnell Douglas (the CM contractor) as a joke after the safe arrival of Apollo 13. The bill came to about $417,000. See it here; http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-centers/kennedy-space-center/the-apollo-13-invoice/ This does not happen.
   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 launch gantry's service arms swing back all together after launch. They are shown swinging back in sequence after ignition.
   He does not. Fred Haise vomits shortly after Translunar injection.
   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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