Lost Moon : The Perilous Voyage Of Apollo 13 Essay

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Lost moon : the perilous voyage of Apollo 13 was written by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger. It was published by Houghton Mifflin, in 1994 and tells the story of the Apollo 13 mission that almost resulted in a catastrophe. In April of 1970, Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts were sent by NASA on America 's fifth mission to the moon. Fifty-five hours into the flight of Apollo 13 due to an electrical fault, one of the oxygen tanks exploded, causing its oxygen and power to begin to drain away. Minutes after the explosion, Commander Lovell, and his crew were forced to abandon the main ship for the lunar module, which was a tiny craft designed to keep only two men alive for just two days. But there were three men aboard, and they were four days from home. The narrative through the book shifted from the spacecraft to Mission Control and the engineers searching desperately for solutions, to even Lovell 's wife and children who were praying for his safe return.
The Apollo 13 mission was a true story and was co-written by Lovell, giving credibility and detail from a first-hand account. In order to support the large themes present, Lovell uses his personal experience, and the first account of mission control to support these themes. Although the book is written in the third person, this is done to give the audience a different feel towards the book. If it was written in the first person, and only from his point of view, it would have only told his side of the story.

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