- Tom Hanks starred in the 1995 film ‘Apollo 13’
- He shared a film still in tribute to the mission
- April 11 marked the 50th anniversary of the aborted mission
New Delhi: Actor Tom Hanks, who starred in the 1995 film Apollo 13, a documentary drama based on NASA’s Apollo 13 mission to the Moon in 1970, paid tribute to the astronauts on the lunar mission. April 11 marked the 50th anniversary of the aborted mission. Tom Hanks, who starred as astronaut Jim Lovell, the commander of Apollo 13, shared a black and white photo of the docu-drama, in which he and his co-stars can be seen emerging from the spacecraft after landing on Earth. Apollo 13, which was the third NASA mission attempting to land on the moon, was abandoned due to complications in the spacecraft. Astronauts Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, whose characters were played by Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton, joined Jim Lovell respectively in the mission. Apollo 13 movie. It was directed by Ron Howard and was critically acclaimed.
Remembering the team behind Apollo 13 and their efforts, Tom Hanks wrote: “50 years ago. 1. Send men to the moon. 2. Return them safely to Earth. Not easy. Apollo 13. Hanx. Take a look at Tom Hanks’ post here:
50 years ago. 1. Send men to the moon. 2. Put them back safely on Earth. Not easy. Apollo 13. Hanx pic.twitter.com/oyGVo8gD2V
– Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 13, 2020
NASA responded to Tom Hanks’ tweet with a dialog from the film, originally spoken by flight director Gene Kranz (played by Ed Harris in the film): “And as we learned from flight director Gene Kranz, l failure was not an option. “
And as we learned from flight director Gene Kranz, failure was not an option.
– Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) April 13, 2020
Here’s a better look at Tom Hanks and his co-stars from Apollo 13 in a tweet back on NASA history.
Directed by @RealRonHoward, the successful film “Apollo 13” premiered in Beverly Hills, California #OTD in 1995 with Bill Paxton (left), @tomhanks (center) and Kevin Bacon (right) as crew members Fred Haise, Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert on their famous Apollo mission. pic.twitter.com/1B7RvgJLGi
– NASA History Bureau (@NASAhistory) June 22, 2018
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson recently returned to the United States after being quarantined in Australia for testing for positive coronavirus. The actor, who continues to quarantine himself, recently appeared on Saturday Night Liveand joked that he had been wearing pajamas since he was diagnosed with COVID-19.