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Apollo 13

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The 1970 moon mission that went belly-up in nail-biting fashion

Failure isn’t usually a story option for Hollywood execs, but they were right to take a punt on the 1970 moon mission that went belly-up in nail-biting fashion.

While Tom Hanks and his crew play the waiting game in orbit, director Ron Howard salutes the quiet heroism of the NASA nerds on the ground improvising a yoghurt-pots-and- string solution.

The can-do sentiment and unflinching patriotism jar a little, but it earns its air-punching ending. Old extras are boosted by app-powered ‘augmented reality’ content.

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