Apollo 13 movie to be re-released as Nasa celebrates the mission’s 50th anniversary

As NASA prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the incredible Apollo 13 mission, the hollywood block buster of the same title will re-release in select theaters this April. The movie showcases  the real-life emergency the Apollo 13 crew had faced during their failed moon mission.

The  Apollo 13 mission lifted off on April 11, 1970 as a third human attempt to land on the moon. The landing target was the moon’s Fra Mauro highlands.  An explosion on the spacecraft two days after the launch derailed the mission, causing the crew to implement an emergency plan to return home.

The new emergency mission plan had the crew take a quick loop around the moon and produce sequenced engine burns to put the spaceship on the right trajectory for Earth. The mission was incredibly challenging as the explosion had damaged the spacecraft and its main command module. The astronauts relied on the lunar lander to get back to Earth while shutting down most systems to fully optimally utilise the resources they were left with.

The crew made up of commander Jim Lovell, lunar module pilot Fred Haise and command module pilot Jack Swigert made a safe landing in the Pacific Ocean on April 17, 1970. Further investigation on the explosion helped NASA change their systems paving way for Apollo 14 and other future missions.

The movie was directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer. Key actors in the movie were Tom Hanks (Jim Lovell), Kevin Bacon (Swigert), Bill Paxton (Haise), Gary Sinise (Ken Mattingly), Ed Harris (mission control flight director Gene Kranz) and Kathleen Quinlan (Marilyn Lovell). The re-release will be a golden opportunity for all those who missed seeing this iconic film on theatres when it was first released on June 30, 1995. 

The tickets will be available starting today (Feb. 12) for screenings at more than 600 movie theaters across the U.S. The special showings will take place on April 5, 6 and 8, cinema distributor Fathom Events said.


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