Apollo 13 - Movie Synopsis & Plot
The Apollo 13 mission was not supposed to be historic. Three astronauts, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert were supposed to go to the moon, a destination that people seemingly were no longer interested in. In fact, their broadcasts from space didn't even make the news. And then the words came: "Houston...we've got a problem."
On Earth, the astronauts' families wait in horror as the reports continue to flow in. Bad reports. Gene Kranz, the flight director in Houston, works around the clock, hoping, just hoping, that something will actually go right. And Ken Mattingly, who, two days before the launch, was stripped of his chance to go into space due to the measles, attempts to figure out a way to get his friends back home. And suddenly, the news media becomes attentive as the whole world watches, praying for the safe return of three brave astronauts.
205, 000 miles from home, the three astronauts watch as their crippled craft jettisons oxygen into space and carbon dioxide levels rise to brain damaging levels. They watch as the temperature drops past freezing, icing the windows and numbing their bodies. And they watch as their spaceship gets farther and farther from Earth, realizing that they may never see home again.