At first, we meet Jim Lowell when he hosts a party for other astronauts and their families, who watch on television as Neil Armstrong walks for the first time on the Moon. Then, slowly after, we meet the rest of the crew, Fred Haise and Ken Mattingly when they are told they will be flying on Apollo 13 instead of Apollo 14.
* Rising actions:
1. Lovell is informed that he and his crew will fly the Apollo 13 mission instead of Apollo 14. 2. Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Ken Mattingly begin training for their new mission. 3. Ken Mattingly, who was exposed to measles, is replaced by backup Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert. 4. On April 11, 1970, Lovell, Haise and Swigert are suited up, secured inside the spacecraft. 5. Apollo 13 flight director Gene Kranz in Houston's Mission Control Center gives the go-ahead for launch and Apollo 13 takes off.
Three days into the mission, Swigert flips a switch to stir up the two liquid oxygen tanks in the Service Module, which unexpectedly causes one of them to explode.
* Falling action:
1. Abort the Moon landing
2. Force the shutdown of Odyssey and power up Aquarius, so it can keep the astronauts alive for the return home. 3. On Earth, Ken Mattingly is recruited to help prepare procedures to restart Odyssey once the crew nears Earth. 4. The crew shuts down Aquarius to conserve power, which makes the temperature drop. 5. The amount of carbon dioxide in the Command Module is building up, so they have to find a way to adapt the square air cleaner to a round entrance.
The ending, when Apollo 13 finally lands on Earth as planned. Conflicts:
1. They are afraid, not sure if they’ll make it back to earth. 2. The doubt of whether they are capable of stirring the ship to ensure their safe return.
1. The explosion
2. The amount of carbon dioxide was exceeding the limit in the...