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Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13

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April 1970. The glory days of the Apollo space program. NASA send Commander Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon.

Only fifty-five hours into the flight, disaster strikes. A mysterious explosion rocks the ship. Its oxygen and power begin draining away. Lovell and his crew watch as the cockpit grows darker, the air grows thinner, and the
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published September 6th 1994 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1994)
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"Houston we've had a problem."

On April 11, 1970, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigart blasted off from Earth on a journey to the moon. Three days later there was an explosion that ended the mission and almost ended their lives. For four days they barely slept and did their best to limp home on limited power and oxygen. This story describes in detail the actions of the crew and Mission Control to save Apollo 13 from an uncertain fate.

I liked the various perspectives presented from the Apollo 1
Cristina Plaza
Some might think that this story is over told or over dramatized. If you are one of these people then you need to read this retelling of the story. Co-authored by Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, the book gives authenticity, weight, and just a down right "first hand" feel to the tale. After the prime of the moon-landing days which NASA was emerging from, Apollo 13 seemed to be a "routine" mission into outer space (as if there could be such a thing.) However, a mechanical failure and explosion ...more
I read this book some time ago, but it was such a good read I thought I'd review it just in time for the holidays....I think it would make a good gift for nonfiction buffs. I don't know if its age makes it hard to find, but it almost guarantees that it may not be familiar to a lot of readers.

This book is a telling of the Apollo 13 saga, as seen by the commander of the mission, Jim Lovell. If you saw the movie "Apollo 13," you will recognize a lot of details, right down to exact quotes. It also h
I have always been in awe of the space program and what NASA has accomplished. This book really delves into the Apollo 13 mission in such detail, it almost reads like a thriller. The astronauts handled the unbelievable "problem" on the spacecraft so courageously and with such level heads. The entire army of engineers and personnel back at mission control in Houston were just geniuses and worked so tirelessly to figure out how to get these men home. I can't imagine how electrifying it must have b ...more

This dialog (taken from the official Apollo 13 technical Air-to-Ground Voice Transcription and reproduced here without permission) between the Mission Control Center and the men aboard Apollo 13 is basically the reason, why this book has been written.

The story of NASA's "successful failure" is a very engaging read, even if you already know the Hollywood movie. There's a lot more information given in this book, the "techno babble" is explained and intelligible to all, and the movie's inaccuracie
Robert Nagle
This book (upon which the film Apollo 13 is based) provides a lot more details and background information about the accident. I’m guessing that science journalist Jeffrey Kluger had a major role in shaping the narrative (which was expertly told and whose chapters alternated between flashbacks and current dramas). The book highlights things missed in the movie: the vast amount of flight experience Lovell already had (having flown twice around the moon), the personal connection Lovell had with ill ...more
I absolutely devoured this book. Like many of the other reviewers, I had seen the movie and enjoyed it as a nice piece of cinema. But over time, I began to wonder more and more what had really happened. A Goodreads recommendation led me to this book, and I was hooked from page 1. Even though I knew how it all turned out, I was chewing my fingernails!

The story itself is well-known : an explosion rocked Apollo 13, the intended moon landing was aborted, the astronauts found shelter in the cramped
Colby K
This literary depiction of the events of Apollo 13 succeed in communicating the technical aspects of the missions failure in an easy to understand way. The author presents the events in a way that breaks down the decision making process of everyone involved, creating a kind of connection with the characters that is difficult to achieve with fictional people. The authors vivid language, combined with the other discussed aspects of the book, plant us firmly inside the command module with the astro ...more
This is one of those books where the story is more interesting than the writing. In my opinion, the book was more technical than the lay man could understand in some parts, particularly in discussing what went wrong (or what they think went wrong). At the same time, I didn't really feel the emotion of the individuals during the plight from this book. I KNEW they must have been crapping their pants, because that's what I would have been doing, but the book somehow is very detached to the emotions ...more
So this is sort of a weird book on a couple of levels. The biggest "weird" factor is the narrative voice. It's third person, but Jim Lovell is the co-author. This is a practical approach, because the story shifts perspectives so often between Lovell, Mission Control, his wife, flashbacks, etc., so it makes sense not to anchor the audience too deeply to any one narrator. But it makes for a weird tone, because Lovell will talk about himself and his heroic acts of bravery in a removed voice, which ...more
Bret Bartlett
Lost moon follows Apollo 13, from the very beginning of its conception, to splash down. Written following mostly astronaut Jim Lovell, Lost moon also pulls across a multitude of perspectives to give a complete picture. From a technical but not too technical explanation of what was happening in space, to a surprisingly heartfelt and touching account of the wives and families on the ground, Lost Moon had an unexpected and welcome depth to it. Many times books like these can become encumbered by tw ...more
Lisa Stephenson
Terrific book co-written by Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell with Jeffrey Kluger. This details Lovell's early years and fascination with rockets even as a child, and also tells us about the three trips into space he had made prior to the ill-fated Apollo 13 voyage.

The book was written about a year or so before Ron Howard started filming "Apollo 13" which was released in 1995, and the movie follows this account fairly closely. (In fact, the DVD of the film has not only an audio commentary by Ron H
Tyson Call
For those who aren't familiar: Apollo 13 was supposed to be the third manned spacecraft to land on the moon. After a disastrous equipment malfunction, the crew was left with a crippled vessel hurtling away from Earth shortly after the mission began. This is a true account of the efforts taken by mission control back in Houston, TX, as well as the astronauts themselves to return the crew safely to Earth with limited resources. The mission was simultaneously one of NASA's greatest failures and tri ...more
Ricki Ward
Wow. The sheer awesomeness of this book has rendered me speechless. Forget boy bands and pop stars, troubled movie stars, and overpaid athletes. Men like Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, Fred Haise, and the scientists and engineers at Mission Control are the ones who kids (and adults!) should admire and aspire to become. Just wow.
This was SUCH a good book! I'd imagine almost every one knows the story of Apollo 13 -- if you weren't alive for it, you know of the Tom Hanks, "Houston, we have a problem" movie. Even if you didn't see the movie, they've got a problem! You know they're in a spaceship, far, far from home, and they've got a problem! You know the story. And most likely, you've seen the movie, too, so you know what a harrowing experience it was, and all of the man hours, from the crew in the ship to the rooms of pe ...more
Aug 14, 2015 F.P. marked it as to-read
Shelves: nonfiction
Apollo 13 is one of my (and my husband's) favorite movies, so when I saw a copy of this, I snapped it up, even though I've read about the events in other resources.

But there are a few things and inconsistencies in the movie that I'm particularly curious about. Maybe this book will clear up that stuff.

I also wonder if reading this will make me feel like I'm back in college studying space science. I shall see! Actually, I wish my husband would read it too; that way we could bullshit about it lots.
Terri (Reading By Starlight)
Since posting about my non-fiction goal many months ago, I kind of let it go by the wayside, and then I got to March and realized that I had only read one book off my list. So I put a bunch of stuff on hold at the library and now I have 3 space memoirs to read at once. It's important to know going into this review that my other two space reads were about the Mir space station and the "you can do anything if your attitude is right" memoir by Chris Hadfield. Both were excellent, and I was expectin ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Art marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, science
"Houston, we have a problem" entered our lexicon forty-five years ago. A five-minute piece on All Things Considered this evening about NASA's most successful failure:

Before seeing the film again, I'll read the book, written by Jim Lovell. Milwaukee renamed several blocks of a downtown street to honor him. Born in Cleveland, his family moved to Milwaukee, where he graduated from high school. He remembers walking from his home on 35th Street to the public
Justin Krizenesky
Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger have done something amazing: They have recapped the flight of Apollo 13, its flaws, triumphs, and mysteries,all in one book. They take you inside the command module and the LEM, to experience what the astronauts felt and how they reacted. They also take you on a rare trip through Mission Control, to go through each operators seat, to see what they had to deal with, and how they each solved their individual problems. The 1970's was a strange time. Civil rights, Gover ...more
Lost Moon is the story of the Apollo 13 moon mission as told by Jim Lovell, the commander of the mission. I listened to this book on audio, and the added takes from actual radio communication added some realism to the story. They were weaved into narration from Lovell and the book's narrator very well. The book starts by giving a background of the NASA Space program which at that time had very little background. It talks about the Apollo 1 test mission that ended in three crew members being burn ...more
Fantastic book. Granted, I'm a Cold War space program nerd, but it's still a great, great book. It's an incredible story of unlikely survival, but it's also a clear snapshot of America and the already waning space program in the early 70's. Even though it was only the 3rd mission to the moon, it took this disaster to recapture the public interest in space travel. After Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11, apparently the country saw something shiny and lost interest. How's that for limited attention spa ...more
George Bradford
Jim Lovell is one cool cat. He's also resilient. Nothing throws this guy off balance or keeps him down for long. And he's passed the tests to prove it.

Lovell's life story is remarkable. He overcomes several set backs, disappointments and out right disasters. As a young navy aviator he had his share of equipment failures. But nothing quite like the one he encountered as the commander of Apollo 13 on the way to the moon.

Lovell’s account of this disaster is beyond intense. When you reach this part
Tom Gase
A great book by Jim Lovell, the main commander of Apollo 13 on Apollo 13's flight in 1970.
It's hard to believe this actually happened and isn't a sci-fi adventure story. I like how the book has a little history on what happened before the flight in 1970 such as the the first people in space and the three astronauts that sadly died in a fire in 1967. I didn't know that one of those astronauts that died was one of the pilots who dangerously flew over Cuba to get pictures during the Cuban Missile C
I am surprised that I did not own or read this book until very recently. Having seen the movie APOLLO 13, I suppose that I was worried that there was little this book could add. I was very wrong. This is an excellent account of the Apollo 13 mission and I learned quite a lot - even though I have been interested in NASA missions and history for a long time.

The writing gets to be a little much at times, and the beginning was particularly purple. But the Mr Kluger settles down after a while and wh
The book i have chosen is "Apollo 13" I didnt understand it that much it was very slow to get in to but it had a good story line and like that it was a true story that was way cool.

the main issue in this book is: The Excision, there trapped in a space ship and a bunch of things are going bad.

the story could not take place in a different setting, Because it was in space in a space ship.

the main characters in the book are: The 3 Astronauts Jim Lovell Fred Haise , and Jack swigert.

Story Summary: It
This book had me fooled. I was expecting a boring twenty chapter leaving me lost around the fifth, because of the painful development into the story, but boy...was I wrong.

Sure, it took a while to really get into it, but nearly falling asleep through it, the narrative was really grabbing me. I felt for the characters, part of it was because it actually did happen, which would scare the living piss out of me, but they were made into such detail that you genuinely cared fir them, cared for their f
Madi Dulac
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January 5, 2012

Apollo 13 is about the 5th mission to the moon. It had been less than a year since man first walked on the moon, but as far as the American Public was concerned, Apollo 13 was just another "routine" spaceflight until these 5 words were spoken: "Houston we have a problem." Jim Lovell commander of Apollo 13, Jack Swigert command module pilot, and Fred Haise lunar module pilot were stranded 205,000 miles from the earth in a crippled spacecr
Apollo 13
by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger

I’ll admit that I didn’t want to read this book on my own. I was lead to believe it was an amazing book. But I guess that my attitude wasn’t the greatest while I was reading it. So I am sure that it probably was amazing I just really did not want to read it. But in my opinion it wasn’t the best. During the book I soon realized that this book wasn’t going to the fantasy book where a spy gets caught in the middle of all of china’s humungous army and has to
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Just think about going about 238,000 from everything that you know and love. With out the reassurance that you would be getting a safe ride home, or even if you where going to make it home. You also have to be ready to face the many things that could go wrong on your flight to your destination, everything has to go nearly perfect to be able to land and continue with mission. This is well what every astronaut has to face if they want to travel and set foot on the moon.

This book was very interes
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James "Jim" Arthur Lovell, Jr., (born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control. Lovell was also the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo miss ...more
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“Remember where you're standing when the spotlight goes off," Lovell warned me once, when our book was a best-seller and the movie it spawned was in theatres. "You'll have to find your own way off the stage.” 1 likes
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