Apollo 18, the fictitious moon mission that failed, was the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (NASA's rendezvous with a Russian Soyuz spacecraft) nickname in later years since it used the Apollo era spacecraft. See more »
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Very close to history, with a good tangential ending.
My thoughts are essentially in agreement with the previous commentators. If you've read the book you'll know what to expect: an "epic" in the true sense of the word. The Mercury, Gemini and early Apollo astronauts are depicted pretty well as history shows them; in fact it seems difficult to separate the fictional from the might-be-real-but-not-well-known.
The version I saw in Australia has a final section covering the destruction of the "Challenger". This is done is a somewhat different style to the rest of the movie (a bit too "soft focus" and "tearjerker" for my liking), and is not in the book, either.
In style and approach, I would rate this as a little closer to "Right Stuff" than to "Apollo 13".
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