Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Apollo 13 / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Today's One Cup of Java Challenge, as heard on Your Morning Brew at 8:20am:

On this date in 1970, the Apollo 13 mission was launched. Two days later, the spacecraft was crippled by an oxygen tank explosion. In what was later described as a “successful failure,” the three astronauts – James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise – made it back to Earth. All of this was of course later dramatized in Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 movie. Your One Cup question this morning – name the three actors who played the astronauts in the film.

One Cup answer: Lovell was played by Tom Hanks; Swigert by Kevin Bacon; and Haise by Bill Paxton.

Bonus Blog Trivia: The film immortalized the line, "Houston, we have a problem." That's a misquote of Swigert's first statement ("Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here.") which was followed by Lovell's "Houston, we've had a problem."

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: While none of the three ever blasted off again, original pilot Ken Mattingly, who was grounded out of fear he had contracted the measles, would go on to fly the Apollo 16 mission as well as several Space Shuttle flights.

Bonus Blog Trivia #3: Lovell was once sued for libel after describing Moon landing hoax proponent Bill Kaysing as "wacky." The case was later thrown out of court.

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