A Sociological Analysis of Ron Howards Apollo 13 Essay

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     Ron Howard’s re-creation of the happenings aboard NASA’s Apollo 13 flight combined some of the biggest talent in Hollywood to produce a masterful film. Apollo 13 takes us back in time, to the late 1960’s and early 70’s, when America’s NASA space program was thriving and the world stood aside to see who would reach the moon first. The impacts of space program are still evident to this day. It is even said that by beating the Russians to the moon, we established ourselves are the top power in the world and propelled ourselves to the status we hold today. While today our space program flounders in the public eye, this movie illustrates a time when NASA’s successes and failures held a huge sociological impact on…show more content…
A major sign of the public’s opinion of the space program by the time Apollo 13 had launched could be found in the cancellation of their live broadcast. This cancellation helped to show that the media and public no longer put as much relevance on the American space program once they had already reached the moon. The media figured that we had already beat the Russians, why waste the resources and risk the lives to do anything more. The space program lost its luster in the public eye and its symbolic influence on American life was diminishing. Importance and attention was placed upon the space program and the Apollo 13 mission once again only because there was an explosion on board and lives were at risk. In the late 60’s and early 70’s, the space program was the center of attention in America, Russia, and much of the world. The race to the moon was like an epic blockbuster that the entire world was watching at once. By now, the American space program has lost much of its relevance in our lives and its status seems to continuously tarnish. Since the tragic events aboard the Challenger and Columbia missions, Americans are now reluctant to support an expanding space program. Our society no longer thinks the risk of lives to further our space programs is as relevant as it was in the 60’s and 70’s. In light of the tragedies, society largely believes that our country can function as a whole without NASA as a

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