This summer marked the 50th Anniversary of the first landing on the moon.
With all the hoopla over this space anniversary, I decided the best way to celebrate was to watch a movie. Apollo 13 seemed the obvious choice. I requested a copy from my library. Unfortunately so did many others. I’m still waiting my turn to view it.
“What?” you ask. “Why don’t you just buy your own copy? Or download it?”
No thank you. It’s more fun to wait my turn. You never know what opportunities will occur in the waiting room.
While I waited I checked out The Real Story, Apollo 13 a documentary by the Smithsonian Channel. The documentary intrigued me. Did the movie get it right? What was reality? What was Hollywood?
The documentary proposed and answered several of the questions I had. I won’t spoil all of them. Hopefully you’ll view it yourself.
But there were two questions that intrigued me more than others—probably because if it was true—the lives of the astronauts hung on the answers: Did they really adapt an air filter with duct tape? And did that contraption really save their lives?
The documentary explained they basically had to make a square peg fit into a round hole. They did indeed make that filter out of items onboard the spacecraft: a plastic bag, cardboard, and tape. The item is demonstrated for the camera. Without the adaptation the astronauts would have run out of safe oxygen.
The story of Apollo 13—the story of rescue and survival—is the story of three guys who didn’t get to realize their dream. So why is it so intriguing to many of us?
Even though I’ve seen the Hollywood version of the story previously (Apollo 13, the movie), there’s just something about seeing it again. Maybe it’s the rescue. Maybe it’s the survival. Maybe it’s what might have been.
I just checked my account on the library’s website. It seems my turn to view the Apollo 13 DVD has finally arrived. But I do not regret waiting my turn. My time was well spent.
Utilize your local library. Don’t be too upset if you have to wait a little while for an item.
You might find a surprising gem in the meantime.
• Space Travel
Not surprisingly, I don’t have many travel tips for this one. I do not anticipate traveling in a spacecraft any time soon, to the moon or otherwise.
However, here is one thought . . .
If future travel plans don’t work out—for you or for us—maybe we should all keep it in perspective.
No matter how disastrous our travel plans have been, we’ve never had our mission to the moon aborted.
Until next time . . . Travel Light,
© 2019 SuZan Klassen