Apollo 13

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The crewmen of Apollo 13, Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise, had practiced situations to handle in almost any dilemma, and routines to complete the adventure of stepping onto the moon. They went over controls and dangerous situations to the point of knowing it in their sleep. They had to be more than ready, even after having to change a crewmember due to the lack immunization shots. Attitudes of each crewmember as well as other vital characters, be they positive or negative, reflected their decisions and actions creating the final result in the mission's return after a near disaster.

Jim Lovell, one astronaut who had already accomplished the feat of flying the galaxy and being a part of a crew that stepped foot onto the moon, seemed more than confident just nearly a week before lift off. When asked questions of disasters, he simply shrugged them away, confident that whatever may come about could be fixed as a result of the redundant training.

This confidence in a successful trip and safe return soon faded once the spacecraft was hit by what may have been a meteorite. His once completely optimistic attitude changed to a fearful pessimistic one. When the ship was hit, he was incredibly disappointed because he knew then that the landing would be off. Fear set in. At first he wanted to think nothing of the leak the ship just received, doing his best: "to play it down; keep it casual" (112). Further into the procedure of attempting to return home, now in the Aquarius, Lovell was not confident in his configurations to pilot the ship and needed Haise to lift his spirits: "I don't have all the confidence in the world in this, "¦" "We'll get it", said Haise, "Don't be so sure.