"Apollo 13," directed by Ron Howard, tells the story of the ill-fated 1970 moon mission.

Two days after the spacecraft was launched on April 11, 1970, an oxygen tank blew, knocking out the electrical system and stranding the three-man crew somewhere between the moon and Earth. With the help of an ingenious ground crew and the astronauts' own resourcefulness, they made it back alive.Tom Hanks stars with Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon. In a recent interview with Hanks, he talked about the Universal Pictures movie, released Friday:

Question: Did you follow Apollo 13 at the time?

Answer: I always thought it was a great story. . . . I thought that it was kind of forgotten and very epic. I remember rushing home from school to see what was going to happen, waiting for (ABC-TV science reporter) Jules Bergman to explain what was going on in the spacecraft.

It always hung in with me at the time, the concept of these three guys slowly drifting back to Earth. I had spoken to a number of people over the course of years and asked, `You ever want to write anything about Apollo 13?' And then Jim Lovell was putting together the book that Ron's company snatched up the rights to, and I didn't even know a script was being written until I got a call from my agent.

Question: You filmed the capsule segments flying in a NASA KC-135 jet, a weightless simulator. Did you lose your cookies?

Answer: There was one time I really, really wanted to because I felt absolutely horrible. We had gone down to experience it and we had taken our tests, and then when they decided we actually were going to shoot on the plane, we went down a day early. . . . So I thought I'd try it without the motion-sickness drugs. I wanted to see if I could handle it because people who do this all the time don't use the drugs. . . . Well, my landy. Oh, it was bad. I'll tell you, I've never felt that sick. I have never felt that bad.

We all thought we were going to get nauseous. We all thought we were going to be little limp rag dolls floating around.

Question: Any other hardships filming "Apollo 13"?

Answer: It wasn't a huge soundstage, but it was a soundstage refrigerated. We had to climb into this thing (space capsule) and position ourselves. The camera moved more than we did.