I LOVE space movies. ‘[amazon_link id=”B0006Z2LP6″ target=”_blank” ]Apollo13[/amazon_link],’ starring Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell, is one of my all-time favorite movies. The scene near the end of the movie where communications are cut off and then you finally hear the shuttle crew and the whole room at Houston NASA erupts in applause? One of the best scenes in movie history. Ever!

apollo-18-poster I loved ‘[amazon_link id=”B003AWRMBA” target=”_blank” ]Space Cowboys[/amazon_link],’ with Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones and James Garner playing retired astronauts called back into service. Other favorites are the recent ‘Moon,’ director Duncan Jones’s sci-fi thriller starring Sam Rockwell, ‘The Fifth Element,’ ‘Serenity’ (the follow-up film to ‘Firefly’), and of course, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (“You’re getting upset, Dave”).

‘[amazon_link id=”B001EOQWFI” target=”_blank” ]Wall-E[/amazon_link]’ is one of my favorite family movies, not to mention ‘Avatar’ and ‘Dune.’ And, of course, all the ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Alien’ films. There’s just something about that unexplored territory that’s completely fascinating to me.

So to say I’m looking forward to ‘Apollo 18’ is a serious understatement. Directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, it tells the story of Apollo 18, which, if you follow space history at all, know never happened.

Or … did it? Some “newly discovered” footage which NASA has been keeping under wraps since the 1970s may explain the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon. Check out the trailer below and see what you think. Look for the movie in theaters April 22, 2011. No rating yet, but I’m guessing PG-13 or possibly R.

Got a favorite space movie? Tell me in the comments.

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