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Houston, we have a problem.

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Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert’s “Houston, we've had a problem" rivals in dramatic power premiere moon-lander Neil Armstrong’s "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," which proclaimed not only the success of the Apollo 11 mission but the climax of the entire decade-long United States space project. Ron Howard’s award-winning film follows Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Swigert on their mission to reignite the nation’s fervor in space exploration and become the third mission to walk on the Moon, this time in the uncharted Fra Mauro highlands. While the initial launch of Apollo 13 was not even aired on television, the disaster and danger that ensued from an explosion only fifty-five hours into the flight drew international attention, bringing the world to a standstill. Within minutes the dream of these men and the goal of the mission changes from a lunar landing to a mere safe return home. The film chronicles the desperation of these astronauts, having to abandon their main ship and make the almost six-day journey home in a lunar module meant to keep two men alive for two days. We join Mission Control, families, friends, and empathetic onlookers who watched with bated breath as the fate of these three men unfolded. The brightest minds of the time did not sleep or consider failure an option but worked with unbelievable persistence to bring these men home. You find yourself biting your nails and rooting for every small victory on the more than 200,000 mile journey home, made with less power than what it would take to run a vacuum cleaner. What came to be hailed as NASA’s finest hour will reenergize your patriotism, sense of faith in human ingenuity, and classic adventure.