The movie “Apollo 13” details thelunar mission Apollo 13 but with a little more dramatic detail than whatactually occurred on the mission. The movie describes the events that unfoldwhen the astronauts leave Earth and go to land on the moon. However, an oxygentank on their carrier explodes which derails their mission so they aren’t ableto land on the moon.
After that tensions arise between the crew members and themovie describes these tensions and how the crew works through them. The spacerace during this time was an important part of history because Russia and theUnited States both prompted technological advancements of space equiptment,rockets, and sparked interest in space as a whole with the general public. Themovie “Apollo 13” accurately depicts the event Apollo 13 in context withhistory with some dramatics added in for the movie. Apollo 13 had a huge impacton the world as a whole; therefore, it is important to know how Apollo 13connects with history on a larger scale. The history in Apollo 13 is paramount.It describes the struggles that the crew on Apollo 13 went through after theoxygen tank exploded in space. They faced immense hardships during the six daysthat they were in space. Food was limited, they had limited power, heat, andeven water.
Thus, Apollo 13 showed the world all of the different aspects ofspace travel that could go wrong. The film Apollo 13shows the audience the exact events, with some dramatism, that occurred on themission. For someone who may not understand the ramifications of Apollo13 and the effects this had on the United States, it is a great movie to brushup on some history and understand how Apollo 13 impacted history. Again, theevents that unfolded in the movie were highly dramatized from what actuallyoccurred on the mission, however, still had historical and a significant basis. The text describes Apollo 13 as amanned mission to see more of the moon and uncover more information about themoon. They describe the faults of the mechanisms that were on the ship and thevarious details about the issues that the ship had.
However, the textbook alsodiscusses the bigger picture of Apollo 13 and the societal consequences of thepublic knowing that those on Apollo 13 were stranded in space for six days withdwindling supplies. It started a negative connotation with space explorationand prompted the fall of the space race. This can be seen by in recent years,there haven’t been as many space projects announced as there were during thespace race with Russia. The textbook asserts that in order to prompt anotherspace race and more technological innovations revolving around space, theUnited States needs to compete with another country similarly to the space racewith Russia. When competing to advance technology the United States neededsomeone to compete against so they would be motivated to continue creating thetechnology. This technology creation is evidentin the movie Apollo 13.
The movie essentially had all of the right informationencompassed into it. For example, it accurately described how there weretensions between the staff on Apollo 13 and how there were shortages in manysupplies on the ship. For example, there was a limited power supply on theship. This limited supply had many still in the United States worried for thecrew on the ship.
Despite this, obviously the movie is going to be slightlybiased because they are dramatizing the entire process that happened on Apollo13 to sell more tickets and get more views. However, the historicalrepresentation of what actually happened on the ship is accurate just moredramatized. Ultimately, the movie did a great job at capturing the ideas andpremise of Apollo 13 and the space race as a whole.