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Apollo 13 Fun Features

This is the section for all our "FUN" Apollo 13 information - please enjoy!

Did You Know?

... That after we see a movie based on the lives of real people the first thing we like to do is find pictures of the real people.

Here is the original Apollo 13 crew.

And here is the crew that flew the mission.

The real Gene Kranz in his white vest.

Jim and Marilyn Lovell with their children.

… that director Ron Howard always give his brother Clint Howard a part in every one of his movies. This time he plays one of the NASA control room scientists. QuickClip

… that real life astronaut Jim Lovell has a cameo in the movie. He plays the commander of the ship that picks up the astronauts from the ocean. QuickClip

… that in order to achieve the look of weightlessness, the actors were filmed in a KC-135 NASA plane which shot up and then plummeted, giving the director 15 seconds of zero gravity each time the plane plunged. However, the wild ride caused the actors to be sick and the plane became known as the "vomit comet." In the course of shooting, the actors were sent up 600 different times.

… that Jim Lovell actually said, "Houston, we've HAD a problem" which he refers to in his memoir Lost Moon. Here's something fascinating for you. You can to read the actual air to ground voice transcription of the entire Apollo 13 flight. Go to page 167 and on day 2 hour 7 you will read these words: "Okay Houston- - I believe we've had a problem here. This is Houston. Say again, please. Houston, we've had a problem We've had a MAIN B BUS UNDERVOLT. Roger, MAIN B BUS UNDERVOLT, Okay, stand by, 13. We're looking at it."

.. that in the movie Mattingly and Haise are seen looking at the Time magazine Men of the Year cover from 1969 featuring the Apollo 8 astronauts. Tom Hanks' face appears instead of Lovell.

... This is the Apollo 13 mission patch.

... That we certainly recommend a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to learn all about the space program but to see the actual Odyssey Apollo 13 command module you will have to travel to Kansas! The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center to be exact.

... that no movie is ever a completely accurate depiction of real life events (because then it would be a documentary!) but Apollo 13 the movie held very close to all the actual events. You can read the official NASA account of the 5 day 22 hr 54 min flight here. You will learn that Jim Lovell lost 14 pounds during the ordeal and the temperature in the spacecraft dropped to 38F.

... You can read the Apollo 13 screenplay online.

... That you can read the books written by the men who were a part of Apollo 13. Jim Lovell wrote Apollo 13 and Gene Kranz used that famous expression Failure is not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond for the name of his book.

... That you can see the real life news bulletins about Apollo 13

... We can't help ourselves. It isn't even funny but don't you want to see a chimp wearing a white vest like Ed Harris.

... this high school orchestra does a great job of playing the beautiful Apollo 13 theme music by James Horner.

Apollo 13 On Location

Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Tom Hanks is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.

Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Tom Hanks' star:

Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

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Apollo 13

Jim Lovell ( Tom Hanks ):

"Okay guys. We're going to the moon."

What music do the astronauts play during their TV broadcast back to earth?