Iconic Hollywood actor Tom Hanks visits Artemis 2 moon astronauts and NASA Mission Control. Tom once played a moon astronaut in the film “Apollo 13”. Now he has met with four real-life astronauts who are about to explore the lunar worlds.
Apollo 13 is a movie about astronauts who go on the moon mission and find themselves stuck as their spacecraft gets damaged. So, NASA tries to rescue them before it gets too late.
Four astronauts posed with Tom Hanks in front of a mockup of the Orion spacecraft while practicing for their round-the-moon mission in 2024.
Role of Tom Hanks in the film “Apollo 13”
Tom is best known in space circles for his role as NASA astronaut Jim Lovell. Jim is the real-life commander of Apollo 13 in the 1995 Hollywood film “Apollo 13”. The film showed how NASA Mission Control, the families of astronauts, and the crew worked together to overcome a problem on the way to the moon.
Tom not only spoke with the Artemis 2 crew. But he also visited two sections of Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). JSC is the newly updated Apollo program mission control center where Apollo 13 and other missions went to the moon.
As well as he visited the Mission Control of the International Space Station (ISS) and talked with some of the Expedition 70 astronauts on the board.
NASA has restarted human moon exploration with four astronauts who will circle the moon. Among them are Reid Wiseman, Victor Glove, Christina Koach, and Jeremy Hansen of the Canadian Space Agency.
Under the Artemis Accords, NASA is leading a rapidly expanding coalition of foreign partners to lunar realms. It also served as a foundation for peaceful space exploration principles.
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