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Why Award-Winning Film Apollo 13 Almost Didn't Premiere

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Apollo 13 was nominated for nine Academy Awards, but for director Ron Howard, the real test was showing the film to the astronauts themselves.

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No one would believe the story if it hadn't actually happened. The 1970 rescue of Apollo 13 captivated the nation and the film adaptation went on to win two Oscars(r). But how close to the truth was the film? Was "Houston, we have a problem," or "Failure is not an option," ever actually said? Did hostilities between the astronauts really exist? To reveal the truth, we put the big movie moments to the test. Firsthand accounts from astronauts and Mission Control staff involved in the rescue, as well as an interview with filmmaker Ron Howard, reveal the full story.

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