There are certain events in our lifetime that change who we are as a person and how we view life. During the movie Apollo 13, Jim Love has a dream that he will walk on the moon. His dream becomes a reality when is promoted to commander of the Apollo 13 mission to the moon. After a series of dangerous events, the crew finds themselves in a struggle to stay alive. Jim and Houston control works around the clock to find a solution to the problem. In the mist of all the chaos, leaders emerge from the struggle and find a way to stay alive and beat the odds.
According to Dictionary. Com, leadership is defined as “the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group. ” In the movie, there are two main leaders’ day display leadership roles. The first is space commander Jim Love and Houston Command Control Center commander Gene Crane. Each of them will face enormous challenges and will have to work through them. Throughout the movie, leadership can be found in several forms. For example, the crew of Apollo 13 and Houston command center use “strategic planning” escape a bad situation.
During the exhibition, the space ship Odyssey experiences an explosion in the oxygen tanks causing the crew to abandon the mission to the moon. A plan needed to be thought of to safely return the crew to earth. The team needs motivation to get the job done. I heard one of the best quotes I have ever heard in a movie or even life. During the chaos, Gene tells the crew “Failure is not an option. ” No matter how long or toke, they were going to bring the crew home safely. There are many reasons why students should study Apollo 13. For example it teaches students to work out problems and use marker to achieve a certain goal.
Students should watch this movie and learn about life lessons that each of us will have to deal with in life. There will be situations in life in which we will all be put under pressure and have our character tested. How we handle those situations determines our character. The question we ask ourselves is “are we going to give up and die, or are we going to find a solution to the problem? ” On July 20, 1969, veteran astronaut Jim Love hosts a party for other astronauts and their families, who watch on television as their colleague Neil Armstrong sakes his first steps on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
Love had been a pilot on another Apollo mission and he told his wife that he had planned on going up in space again and hoped to walk on the moon. A while later Love is informed that he and his crew will be launching a new Apollo 13 mission and Love will be the commander. Before Apollo ass’s liftoff, fellow astronaut Ken Animating is dismissed from the mission because of a case of mussels. The launch is successful and the Apollo 13 mission is underway with the moon set as its destination. As part of a routine maintenance procedure, the crew is given orders to stir up the oxygen tanks.
While the procedure was taking place, an explosion occurs causing one oxygen tank to explode and the other to leak. With no adequate supply of oxygen, Houston Control is forced to abort the mission to the moon. The crew shuts down the Odyssey ship and powered up lunar module Aquarius so it can keep them alive for the return to home. Houston Command quickly needs to find a procedure that can safely return the crew to home while still conserving power. Gene orders a meeting with all of the scientist ND orders them to find a solution to the problem.
Ken Animating is recruited by Houston Command to help find a power up procedure. With very few supplies to work with, Houston Command needs to find a solution to the Carbon Dioxide problem. The Command Center quickly develops a filter that the crew can use to filter out the Carbon Dioxide in the module. The filter consists of household items including paper, duct tape and other items. The crew is given instructions on how to develop the new filter. The filter is developed and luckily it works and the carbon dioxide levels return to normal.
Though the carbon dioxide problem is solved, the crew is still faced with other problems. Since the crew has been working non-stop for the last 5 days and they have not slept. There is also no power in Aquarius, which is causing the cab to be extremely cold due to lack of heat. The conditions are miserable and the crew is becoming to be less hopeful of a return to earth. However, Love keeps the crew in check and motivates them to work through the problems and acknowledges they will return safely to home, thus boosting their morale.
The crew is getting repaper for a re entry to earth even though a plan has not been developed for the power up of the Odyssey. Jim directs the crew into manually flying the Odyssey back into the atmosphere. Even though it has been years since they have had to manually fly the space shuttle, the crew manages to safely fly the ship into the atmosphere. Meanwhile back on earth, Ken and John Aaron struggle to find a power up procedure with limited resources. Without ever taking a break the two develop a power up procedure that uses less than the required twenty amps.
With a plan dead the crew fires up the new procedure and begins their re entry into earth. There are a couple of problems that the crew is faced with in its return to earth. One is there is a typhoon warning in the designated landing zone in the Pacific Ocean. The other problem that arises is whether the heat shield will be able to withstand the re entry to earth. The crew is uncertain of the condition of the heat shield and can only hope that it is in good enough condition to safely return the crew home. The crew begins to re enter the earth. Gene calls this the teams “Finest Hour.
Thankfully the heat shield holds and the crew crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Though Love doesn’t fulfill his dream of walking moon, he is glad to return to earth and see his family. During the movie the leadership skill Strategic Planning is used several times. The first example is when Houston Command must find a way to power up the service module without going over the amp limit. He calls a team meeting and orders the team to find a solution to the problem. Gene knows his team faces huge risks and that the outcome is uncertain, but he refuses to give up on the AOL.
He doesn’t say, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could save the astronauts? ” or, “Let’s try to save two out of three. ” He says from the start that failure is not an option, and he deals with every situation assuming his team can overcome every obstacle. He won’t allow anyone to think otherwise. Another great lesson in Strategic Planning from Apollo 13 is how the engineers dove into the details to develop and implement solutions. When the carbon dioxide problem arose, Gene orders the scientist to develop a solution to the problem.
They don’t waste mime discussing it theoretically, they simply gather up everything that they know is available to the astronauts in the spacecraft, and they build a prototype solution. They hand-write detailed instructions about how to use a sock and some duct tape to solve the problem. This is also an example of the leadership skill Resourcefulness. Then they radio the instructions to the astronauts who implement the solution. Also in the movie there forms of Inspiring Commitment. Both Love and Gene use this leadership technique.
When it seams that all hope is gone both commanders find a solution to return the crew back to earth. When the crew is faced with the reality that they will need to develop a new power up procedure to return the Odyssey to earth, Gene calls in a conference to inform the engineers of the problem and he inspires them to work hard and find a solution. He say’s “Failure is not an option. ” During the time in the space shuttle when the shuttle was without power, the temperatures dropped along with morale. The crew began to get off task and it was up to the commander to get them focused.
With very little sleep and some even fighting off sickness, Love manages to inspire he crew to get the correct calculations so they can have a chance of returning to earth. Managing Change is something that all of us will have to deal with in life. In the movie, the Love is faced with the reality that he won’t walk on the moon. The mission as a whole changed. It went from routine to chaos. How Gene and Love managed the changed was incredible. Gene was under great stress in knowing he was responsible for three lives and Love felt pressured knowing he needed to return his crew back to earth.
Under enormous pressure, both succeeded and achieved their goal of returning to earth. There are multiple lessons that can be learned from watching Apollo 13. One lesson is teaching us to work out a problem. With the proper mindset and motivation anything can be achieved. The crew did not manage to work out a portion of the problems, the made sure all the problems were solved and done correctly. Another important aspect that we can learn is staying calm under pressure. In the movie, multiple people write down coordinates, and calculations then check them and report results to Gene. They remain calm despite the life-and-death situation.
If they can remain calm ender those circumstances, anyone should be capable of it. The most important lesson I feel the movie teaches us is to never give up. Do whatever it takes to get the job done. Life throws us many obstacles and how we handle those obstacles shows us our true leadership and character.