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Museum explores movie fact, fantasy

March 5, 2014

The Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum hosted a ‘Museum at the Movies’ tour Tuesday to dispel misconceptions between the realities of space travel and movie magic. (Staff photo/Michelle Meunier)

“Houston, we have a problem,” is one of, if not the most misquoted historical quote of all time, and some of that is probably attributed to Tom Hanks’ performance as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13.

Executive director of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Chris Burton, explained the historically accurate quote is, “Houston, we’ve had a problem,” at the museum on Tuesday night while giving the Museum at the Movies tour.

Trying to coincide with the Academy Awards, Burton and museum educator Emily Richard wanted to inform movie and space fans alike about what is factual and where some of the misconceptions come in.

“We try not to be too nitpicky with ones like Apollo 13 and Gravity because compared to a lot of others they are pretty accurate,” Burton said. “Then there are some other movies where that [space] is just the backdrop and it’s just a pretend movie.”

While on the tour Burton and Richard discussed a handful of movies ranging from Disney and Pixar’s Wall-E to Armageddon, with many others in between including The Right Stuff, Apollo 18, 2001: A Space Odyssey and even Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Burton said it is important for movie fans to remember that everything you see on the silver screen is not always accurate.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March 5 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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