Space industry insiders have a love-hate relationship with Ron Howard’s 1995 film Apollo 13. On one hand, the movie depicted many aspects of NASA’s Apollo program with an extremely high degree of accuracy, and it did so in a positive light. The film also helped elevate the Apollo 13 mission and the tremendous engineering work that occurred during its seven days to near-mythical status.
On the other hand, Apollo 13 the film is rife with Hollywood-isms—mostly focused around “amping up” the interpersonal relations between characters. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise never raised their voices or yelled at each other on the far side of the moon; no one was ever worried about Swigert’s piloting abilities; and grounded astronaut Ken Mattingly didn’t actually lock himself in a simulator and personally devise a solution for the spacecraft’s power issues. [Read more…]
Lucas has decided to bankroll the project himself. “George Lucas said, ‘If I’m not going to do what I wanted to do there, what can I do that would be really beneficial to this community?’” Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey told KCBS.
Quadruple Rainbow – Fast Company updates us on the science behind “quadruple rainbows” and explains that this viral tweet from Tuesday isn’t one of those, but it’s a cool shot nonetheless: