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Happy May 1st! How would you like to watch one of these 5 must-see space movies to celebrate Space Day.
According to Holiday Insights, Space Day was “originally started to get America’s youth interested in math and science, Space Day focuses upon creating interest and awareness of all kinds of topics and issues related to space. This holiday caught on quickly, and became wildly popular.”
And, National Moon Day on July 20th commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969.
5 Space Movies to Celebrate Space Day + Moon Day
#1. Apollo 13
The movie is an adaptation of the 1994 book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.
Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris
Gary Sinise was invited by Ron Howard to read for any of the characters.
The tagline “Failure is not an option” was not taken from the historical transcripts.
The famous quote “Houston, we have a problem” was a misquote of “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here“.
The movie is an adaptation of the 1985 science fiction novel by Carl Sagan about extraterrestrial life.
Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods
During the development of the movie, the production crew watched Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) for inspiration.
#3. Hidden Figures
The movie is LOOSELY based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly about black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race.
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Kevin Costner
Oprah Winfrey was considered for a leading role.
Katherine was originally unaware that the East Side bathrooms were segregated, and used the unlabeled “whites-only” bathrooms for years before anyone complained.
Katherine had several days before the launch date to verify the IBM calculations.
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#4. Ian Fleming’s Moonraker
The movie is an adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novel by the same name about James Bond’s investigation into the theft of a space shuttle.
Roger Moore, Michael Lonsdale, and Lois Chiles
James Mason was originally cast as bad guy Hugo Drax until it was decided the movie would be an Anglo-French production requiring a French actor.
Director Lewis Gilbert stated on the DVD documentary that he received so much fan mail from small children saying “Why can’t Jaws be a goodie, not a baddie“, that as a result he was persuaded to gradually transform Jaws into Bond’s ally by the end of the film.
Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, and Kate Bush were offered the theme song before Shirley Bassey.
#5. Salyut 7 [English subtitles]
The movie was heavily dependant upon the diaries of Viktor Savinykh, who flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz T-4, Soyuz T-13 and Soyuz TM-5.
Vladimir Vdovichenkov and Pavel Derevyanko
The names of the main protagonists have been changed.
Film consultants were cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Aleksandr Lazutkin and specialists from the SP Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (corporation).
The movie was awarded the 2018 “Golden Eagle” award for Best Film.
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