SpaceCom: Lights! Camera! Science! Why Hollywood Should Focus on Real Space Stories

Carie Lemack

Memo to Hollywood: Science is not boring.

Producers and directors may think that science is only exciting when it is science fiction, but the truth is almost always stranger (and more interesting) than fiction.

Indeed, Hollywood has the men and the movie to prove this claim, as well as the box-office receipts to confirm this assertion.

Look no further than the 1995 docudrama “Apollo 13,”directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and the late Bill Paxton. A film as dramatic as it is dependent on science, and which is based on a real-life story in which science is the critical factor between life and death, “Apollo 13” is a tale about — what?

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