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Apollo 13 -movie analysis( decision making)

The director Ron Howard in his epic recreation of “Apollo 13” brilliantly captures the suspense, the fear, and the excitement during the strenuous days of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis, back in 1970. At the beginning all goes smoothly when the three astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise played by Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton respectfully, were half way through their mission when the Apollo 13 mission suffered a terrible electrical malfunction which threatens the crew's oxygen and power supplies and therefore forced them to make an emergency return. While the three heroic astronauts face the dilemma of either overpowering or freezing to death, the Mission Control leader Gene Kranz, played amazingly by Ed Harris, struggle to find a way to bring the crew back home, while knowing that a probable death expecting them once the damaged ship reenters the Earth's atmosphere. In this essay, I will make an analysis of the decision making that was performed by some of the main individuals, which eventually helped to bring the crew back home safely. One example for a decision that was made rationally occurred in the beginning of the movie when after a last serious of blood tests were taken from the original mission of Apollo 13, it was found out that the commander of that mission Ken Mattingly played by Gary Sinise, was possibly exposed to measles. When Jim Lovell was told just days before launch that he had to make a decision to replace Ken Mattingly with John Swigert or the whole team would have to be replaced and will have to wait to another mission created a huge problem for Jim Lovell. His decision to replace the crew member or bench the entire team was a tough decision because of the amount of time that had been put into building the team’s ability to perform well together. Then again, the team could not afford to have a sick crew member because this would cancel out any chance for a...
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