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Apollo 13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Ned C., Cambridge, MA

   Blast off! That's how you'll feel after seeing Apollo 13, the Ron Howard film about the three American astronauts stranded in space 25 years ago.

Set in Houston and outer space in 1970, Apollo 13 begins with some footage of the historic first landing on the moon in 1969 (You know the line: "This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.") set at a party at astronaut Jim Lovell's home. Tom Hanks stars as Lovell, the astronaut longing to follow in Neil Armstrong's footsteps. As usual, Hanks gives a great performance, but his chances of grabbing a record third Oscar are slim because the movie is really about everyone involved in the space mission. Introduced as Lovell's flying partners are Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise). Soon the plot fast-forwards to a couple of days before the launch.

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