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Apollo 13


This screening will take place outdoors at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745. Please bring your own seating. Tickets are sold out.

This Science on Screen presentation is made possible by a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theater Foundation with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Co-Presented by Spacefest IX!

Featuring a pre-show Q&A with Astronaut Fred Haise (played by Bill Paxton in the movie), Apollo 13 Flight Director Gerry Griffin, and Flight Controllers Jerry Bostick and Sy Liebergot (played by Clint Howard)! The Q&A is from 7:00pm to 7:30pm, in Salons A – C  in the Tucson Ballroom. Film begins outside at 7:45pm. Drinks and snacks will be available.

“Even if you know how it all turned out, this amazing journey is harrowing and exhilarating.” – Joe Brown, Washington Post

Join us for a special under-the-stars presentation of the Oscar-winning 1995 hit Apollo 13 at Spacefest IX, Tucson’s yearly celebration of all things space! Based on the gripping true story of heroic astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton), and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and their ill-fated lunar mission, Apollo 13 captures the tension and uncertainty of one of the most widely watched disasters in American History. What was intended to be a routine mission turned disastrous after an oxygen tank explosion threatens both the astronauts’ survival and their safe return to Earth. After hearing, “Houston, we have a problem”, astronaut Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise), Flight Director Gene Kranz (Ed Harris), and a heroic ground crew race against the clock to bring the crew home.  Also starring Oscar-nominated Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell. (Dir. by Ron Howard, 1995, USA, 140min., Rated PG)

Science on Screen creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences.