The Apollo 13 Disaster That Was Not A Tragedy

It also turned out to be a great movie.

Many of us remember the movie Apollo 13. It was a great movie staring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris, and Gary Sinise. The movie of course is based off of the true story of the Apollo 13. The Apollo 13 was a disaster in that the mission had to be orbited because of a ruptured oxygen tank. However, the Apollo 13 was certainly not a tragedy because there was no loss of life as all 3 crew members made it back to earth alive.

Since man had already been on the moon - the Apollo 13 was a mission that received little fan fare. Of course the families and friends of the crew were very excited and nervous for the expedition, the country as a whole had moved on to other interests. However, as the drama and seriousness of the situation played out on live television, the country quickly took interest.

So while this mission initially was uneventful, it turned out to be one of the most talked about events of 1970. The crew, which comprised of James "Jim" Arthur Lovell, Jr., John Leonard 'Jack' Swigert, Jr, and Fred Wallace Haise, Jr. was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.





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