After watching Apollo 13, write a minimum four paragraph argumentative
essay regarding our essential question—whether extreme exploration is
worth the cost.
Include evidence from the movie. Respond to the patriotism and pride the
astronauts felt for their mission. Discuss that most captivating moment
when Houston and the astronauts realized that they were losing oxygen
and electrical power, when the astronauts realized that they were “losing
the moon,” and when the worry set in that they wouldn’t make it back to
Earth. Also, of course, your evidence should include spoilers regarding
what happened at the end of the movie.
Should the people at NASA have been deterred by the failure of Apollo 13?
Do you think it's important that we continue to explore space using manned
Conclude your essay by answering these questions: Would you want to be
an astronaut? If so, why? If not, why not? Would the tedium of all the hours
of training be worth it?
2 pages / 550 words
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