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13/ Apollo 13

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13/ Apollo 13


MAN'S VOICE (on comm) - Flight. We have the crew crossing gantry for capsule ingress.

2ND MAN'S VOICE (on comm) - Roger that.

WALTER CRONKITE (voice over) - Inspired by the late President Kennedy, in only seven years America has risen to the challenge of what he called the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked. After trailing the Russians for years with our manned space program...

[CRONKITE continues over ASTRONAUT]

ASTRONAUT - We got a short.

ASTRONAUT - Fire in the spacecraft.

SATURN TEST CONDUCTOR (STC) (garbled - lost under CRONKITE) - ...fire...

ASTRONAUT - Get us outta here!

WALTER CRONKITE (voice over) ...and after that sudden horrible fire on the launch pad during a routine test that killed American astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee, there were serious doubts that we could beat the Russians to the Moon. But tonight a mere eighteen months after the tragedy of Apollo 1, the entire world watched in awe as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the Moon.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The fatal launch pad fire occurred on January 27, 1967, and the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. Both dates are displayed correctly onscreen, yet Walter Cronkite's opening narration says only 18 months elapsed between them.]


JIM LOVELL is driving his red Corvette next to him in the front seat sits a box.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: Jim Lovell's Corvette was actually blue.]


WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - A big good news came just a moment ago. Mission Control gave the spacecraft permission to go for the extravehicular activity, that is for the walk on the Moon far earlier than anticipated - 9 p.m. Eastern daylight time...


An Apollo-11 moon landing party is going on inside the Lovell home.

JACK SWIGERT - ...and the important thing when you're penetrating the lunar module is your attitude and your relative speed. Now let's say this is me here in the command module and this is you...

TRACEY - All right.

JACK SWIGERT - ...in the LM. This thing sticks out here in front; that's called a probe.

TRACEY - Is that true?

JACK SWIGERT - Absolutely. And, Tracey, I'll tell you, when you feel that thing slide in, everything's clickin'. It's like no other feeling in the world.

The entrance door opens and PETE CONRAD and JIM LOVELL step in, JIM LOVELL is carrying a carton of Champagne under one arm.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise were all in the MOCR during the Apollo 11 moon landing.]

PETE CONRAD - A little liquid propulsion!

JIM LOVELL - What's the big occasion?!

JACK SWIGERT - Hey, How's it going over there at Mission Control?

JIM LOVELL - It's a nervous time, they're pacing around, smoking like chimneys, Gene Kranz is gonna have puppies. (turning to Tracey) Jim Lovell.


JACK SWIGERT - This is Tracey.

JIM LOVELL - How do you do, Tracey?

JACK SWIGERT - This... This is the man. Gemini 7. Gemini 12. Apollo 8. They...

JIM LOVELL - Stop it, Swigert.

JACK SWIGERT - ... were the first ones around the Moon. This guy did 10 laps.

JIM LOVELL - With one hand on the wheel. You, guys, make yourselves at home. Hey, Marilyn!

JIM LOVELL makes his way through the guests and to the kitchen.

MARILYN LOVELL - Jim, where have you been?

JIM LOVELL - This is the last Champagne in the city of Houston!

MARILYN LOVELL - Very good. Good, good.

JIM LOVELL - Everything else all right?

MARILYN LOVELL - Everything's on course!

JIM LOVELL - Looks okay... Hey, Cadet Lovell!

JAY LOVELL - Hey, Dad!

JIM LOVELL - Put this on ice in the back with the rest and make sure it gets cold. You gonna get a haircut this summer?

JAY LOVELL - I'm on vacation.

JIM LOVELL - Oooh, get a haircut.

["NIGHT TRAIN" performed by James Brown plays in the background]

WOMAN (in background) - Well, hello there.


KEN MATTINGLY and FRED HAISE are looking at a number of awards and pictures hung on the walls of the den of Apollo-8's mission.

KEN MATTINGLY - I wouldn't mind being up there tonight.

FRED HAISE - God, who wouldn't? Don't worry. Our day's coming. They're not gonna cut the program before number fourteen.

KEN MATTINGLY - You know, my cousin called...


KEN MATTINGLY - ... asked who we'd bribed to get on Jim Lovell's crew.


KEN MATTINGLY - I just told him: "They wanted to make sure he got the best!"

FRED HAISE - Well, they got that right.


The guests begin to gather around the color television in the living room.

JOHN YOUNG - What network do we want?

EVERYBODY - Walter! Come on, put on Walter! Jules Bergman! John. John, turn it up! Turn it up

WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - ...has completed putting on their spacesuits and the boots, and they're now donning their...

Everybody has turned their attention to the news telecast, except PETE CONRAD who stands up in front of the TV and begins to address the partygoers.

PETE CONRAD - Everybody! I... I really appreciate you all coming to this dress rehearsal party for my Apollo 12 landing!

JIM LOVELL - Sit down, Conrad!

PETE CONRAD - Ah, I think we should all take a moment to... to recognize the exemplary... hell...damn near, heroic effort displayed by Neil Armstrong's back-up for this historic moon walk, and, of course, his crew... Let's hear for... let's hear for Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly and Fred Haise!

The room fills with cheers and applause.

MARILYN LOVELL - There he is! There he is! Everybody quiet down! There he is! There he is!

JIM LOVELL - Hey! Kids!

The room quites down as everybody is focused on the fuzzy black-and-white TV image of the LM's ladder.

BUZZ ALDRIN (on TV) - You got a good picture, huh?

BUZZ ALDRIN (on TV) - Okay. Will you verify the position - the opening - I ought to have on the camera?


CONRAD tries to break the tension.

PETE CONRAD - Jim, do you think it's too late for him to abort?

JIM LOVELL - No, no. He still has time to get out. He just needs somebody to wave him off.

JIM LOVELL and PETE CONRAD - Pull up now Neil! Pull up now! Pull up!


The room quiets down as their attention is once again focused on the TV images. JIM LOVELL is watching intensely as he imagines what it must be like to step on the lunar surface. The only sound that can be heard is that which is coming from the television.

BRUCE McCANDLESS (CAPCOM for APOLLO 11) (on TV) - Okay, Neil, we can see you coming down the ladder now.


WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - Boy, look at those pictures. Wow!

NEIL ARMSTRONG (on TV) - I'm at the foot of the ladder. The LM footpads are only depressed in the surface about one or two inches. It's almost like a powder.

WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - Armstrong is on the Moon. Neil Armstrong...

NEIL ARMSTRONG (on TV) - ...I'm gonna step off the LM now...

WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - ... 38 year-old American, standing on the surface of the Moon, on this July 20th, nineteen-hundred and sixty-nine.

NEIL ARMSTRONG (on TV) - That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - His quote was:...

NEIL ARMSTRONG (on TV) - I only go in a small fraction of an inch, maybe an eighth of an inch, but I can see...

WALTER CRONKITE (over ARMSTRONG on TV) - ..."That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!"


Looking up at the Moon, JIM LOVELL tries blocking the Moon with his thumb, which entirely covers the Moon.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The night of the Apollo 11 landing the moon was actually a waning crescent. And the moon set at 11:54 pm CDT Houston time, before the moonwalk was completed. So Lovell's scene where he holds his thumb up had to happen well before the moonwalk.]

["BEYOND THE SEA'" performed by Bobby Darin plays in the background]

MARILYN LOVELL state's the obvious.

MARILYN LOVELL - You're drunk, Lovell.

JIM LOVELL - Yeah, I'm not used to the Champagne.

MARILYN LOVELL - Me neither. I can't deal with cleaning up. Let's sell the house.

JIM LOVELL - All right. Let's sell the house. They're back inside now, looking up at us. Ain't that something?

MARILYN LOVELL - I bet Jenny Armstrong doesn't get a wink of sleep tonight. Ah, when you were on the far side on Eight, I didn't sleep at all. I just vacuumed over and over again.

JIM LOVELL - Christopher Columbus, Charles Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong. From now on we'll live in the world when man has walked on the Moon. It's not a miracle. We just decided to go. Apollo 8 - we were so close. Just sixty nautical miles down and... Mmm. It was like just step out, and walk on the face of it. I wanna go back there.

MARILYN LOVELL - Where's my mountain?

["GROOVIN'" performed by The Young Rascals plays in the background]

JIM LOVELL - Well, it... It's right up by the... you see, okay... you see the... where the shadow crosses the white area there? That's the Sea Tranquillity. And your mountain's right there on the edge of that. Your mountain. Your mountain, Marilyn. Mountain Marilyn.

MARILYN LOVELL - I don't see it.

JIM LOVELL - Well, you gotta look harder... you look... While, I...

MARILYN LOVELL is sitting in a lounge as JIM LOVELL starts to kiss her on her neck.

MARILYN LOVELL - Jim... Jim...


The camera flies over the top of the VAB and stops on the open hangar door with a partially stacked Saturn booster sitting on the MLP.


[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The VAB was known as the Vertical Assembly Building until the Space Shuttle era when it became the Vehicle Assembly Building.]

JIM LOVELL - The astronaut is only the most visible member of a very large team. And all of us, right down to the guys sweeping the floor are honored to be a part of it. What did the man say? - "Give me a lever long enough, and I'll move the world". Well, that's exactly what we're doing here. This is divine inspiration, folks. It's the best part of each one of us to believe that anything is possible. Things like a computer that can fit into a single room and hold millions of pieces of information. Or the Saturn V rocket. This is the actual launch vehicle that will be taking Alan Shepard and his crew on the first leg of the Apollo 13 mission.


Standing on a cat walk at the SLA level, JIM LOVELL is conducting a tour of the VAB for a group of assorted VIPs.

CONGRESSMAN - When are you going up again, Jim?

JIM LOVELL - I'm slated to be the commander of Apollo 14 sometime late next year.

CONGRESSMAN - If there is an Apollo 14... Now, Jim, people in my state have been asking why we're continuing to fund this program - now that we've beaten the Russians to the Moon.

JIM LOVELL - Imagine if Christopher Columbus had come back from the new world and no one returned in his footsteps.

VOICE ON PA SYSTEM - Attention, all personnel! Clear level three. Clear level three.

A part of the CSM is lowered into position on top of the SLA as the Saturn-V is being stacked in the VAB as the tour watches.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The mating of the Saturn stages in the VAB happens much too fast.]

JIM LOVELL - Are there any other questions?

WOMEN ON TOUR - How do you go to the bathroom in space?

JIM LOVELL - Well, I'll tell you. It's a highly technical process of cranking down the window and looking for a gas station which is... Oh, there's Deke Slayton. Deke, you might be able to answer this lady's question better than I. Deke is one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, Ladies and Gentlemen. And now he's our boss. He hands out the astronauts' flight assignments, so naturally we kick back part of our salaries to Deke every month. How much this month, Deke?

DEKE SLAYTON - Jim, can I have a minute? Something's come up.

JIM LOVELL - Sure, you bet... Henry.


The front door swings open as an excited JIM LOVELL searches the house for someone to share the good news with.

JIM LOVELL - Hey! Anybody home?!

["SOMEBODY TO LOVE" performed by Jefferson Airplane plays from the stereo in Barbara's room]

A discussion is going on in BARBARA's room between MARILYN and BARBARA LOVELL over holloween costumes.

MARILYN LOVELL (off camera) - Definitely not!

BARBARA LOVELL - I'm not being a cheerleader, mom!. You don't understand, I worked so hard on this!

MARILYN LOVELL - Barbara! Maybe, I don't understand, but you are not wearing that out in this neighborhood! That's the end of this. I don't wanna hear it!

Now SUSAN LOVELL decides to join the discussion.

SUSAN LOVELL - She's not even wearing a bra. You can see everything!



JIM LOVELL - Hey, everybody!


JIM LOVELL - Marilyn. Trick or treat. You know that Easter vacation trip we had planned for Acapulco?


JIM LOVELL - I was thinking, there might be a slight change in destination.


JIM LOVELL - Maybe, say... the Moon... Al Shepard's ear infection has flared up. And we've all been bumped up to the prime crew of Apollo 13. Straight to the head of the line and the Fra Mauro highlands.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The actual reason for assigning Al Shephard to Apollo 14 instead of Apollo 13 was not his inner ear, but his lack of training, combined with the relatively short time until launch. Flying Shephard on a later flight would give his crew more time to train.]

MARILYN LOVELL - Six months. You're moving up six months?

BARBARA LOVELL - Dad! Can I please wear this?



JIM LOVELL - No! No! Absolutely not!

BARBARA LOVELL - This stinks!

MARILYN LOVELL - They are not rushing things, are they? I mean, you're gonna be ready in six months?

JIM LOVELL - We'll be ready. Oh, hell, I wouldn't want to be around Al Shepard tonight. I gotta get over there. We're gonna have to get up the speed on this.


JIM LOVELL - I'm gonna walk on the Moon, Marilyn.

MARILYN LOVELL - I know. I can't believe it. And, naturally, it's thirteen. Why thirteen?

JIM LOVELL - It comes after twelve, Hon.



TECHNICIAN - Apollo 13, you are go for pyro arm and docking. All systems are nominal and on the line.

JIM, KEN and FRED are in the CM simulator working on the LM docking procedures.

FRED HAISE - Okay. S-IVB is stable. SLA (SM/LM Adapter) panels are drifting free. The drogue is clear. The docking target is clear.

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay, I'm coming up on that now. Two, one, mark.

FRED HAISE - Seventy-five feet. We're coming up on docking.

Out at the sim console technicians are providing some problems for the crew to work.

TECHNICIAN - Let's shut down some thruster on 'em.

TECHNICIAN 2 - Let's see what he does with this one.

Back inside the CM simulator KEN notices something is wrong.

KEN MATTINGLY - Whoa. Wait a minute. I lost something here. I can't translate up.

FRED HAISE - Houston. We are drifting down and away.

TECHNICIAN - Roger that.

JIM LOVELL - Wanna just back off and make another run at this.

KEN MATTINGLY - No. I got it. I got it. Let me... I'm just trying to get it stable here.

FRED HAISE - Houston. I'm gonna reset the high gain. (high-gain antenna)

KEN MATTINGLY - I've got the target back in the reticle. Okay. We're stable. Go ahead and recycle the valves.

FRED HAISE - Forty feet...

JIM LOVELL - They're all gray.

FRED HAISE - ... Twenty...


FRED HAISE - Ten feet...


JIM LOVELL - That's it... Ha! That's it.

FRED HAISE - Wooo! Sweet move, Ken. Beautiful. Beautiful.

JIM LOVELL - Gentlemen that was the way we do that.

FRED HAISE - Oh, man. That woke me up.

13's primary crew is making their way down the steps from the CM simulator as 13's back-up crew, consisting of JOHN YOUNG, KEN MATTINGLY, and CHARLIE DUKE, wait to enter the CM simulator.

TECHNICIAN - Apollo 13 back-up crew. You're up in the simulator.

JACK SWIGERT - Nice job, Jim.

JIM LOVELL - That's 3 hours of boredom followed by seven seconds of sheer terror.

NASA DIRECTOR - Good job, guys. You just won the Christmas turkey.

FRED HAISE (to SIM TECH) - Nice try, Frank. You really outfoxed them, brother.

KEN MATTINGLY - Yeah, but it wasn't perfect. Used up too much fuel.

FRED HAISE - Aw, you're above the curve.

KEN MATTINGLY - Not by much. Listen, guys. I wanna work it again.

FRED HAISE - Hey, we gotta be up with the dawn patrol headed for Bethpage, what, 07:00.

JIM LOVELL - Wheels up at 07:00.

KEN MATTINGLY - Yeah, I know. But my rate of turn is still a little too slow there, I really think we should work it again.

JIM LOVELL - Well, let's get it right.

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay. Set it up again, Frank.

TECHNICIAN - Okay, thirteen back-up crew. It'll have to wait. Prime crew's up for another run.

FRED HAISE - Yeah, baby.


The crew in their space suits are in their couches checking out the CM systems.

CAPCOM - Apollo 13 we show S-IVB shut down, and all systems are nominal. Fred, set the S-band (a frequency band used in radar) Omni (omni directional antenna) to B and when you get in the LM to forward.

FRED HAISE - Good shape over here.

[Caution and Warning Alarm Sounds]

JIM LOVELL - Hey, we got a problem. O2 (Oxygen) flow high, cabin pressure, high.

KEN MATTINGLY - I've got no suit pressure.

JIM LOVELL - Ken, get your helmet on!

KEN begins to struggle with his helmet.

KEN MATTINGLY - I can't get it locked.

JIM LOVELL - Okay, we got a master alarm!

The glass on the indicators begin to break and float in the CM.

KEN MATTINGLY - Oh, God!... Help!

The CM's hatch is forced opened by the increased pressure build-up in the cabin. Paper and other debris rush out through the open hatchway. A blue hose connected to one of the astronaut's space suits comes undone. JIM LOVELL is hanging from the hand hold in the open hatch as oxygen continues to rush past him and out into the vacuum of space. Suddenly a support inside the CM breaks loose and flies through the hatch knocking JIM LOVELL out into space. JIM is tumbling helplessly end over end as he is separating from the CM at a very high rate.



MARILYN LOVELL [wakes from dream]


As JIM LOVELL sits at the kitchen table across from JEFFERY, MARILYN watches and listens from the doorway as JIM tries to explain his upcoming mission and the Apollo-1 fire to JEFFERY.


JIM LOVELL - ... Something bad might happen. Stars will fall down on you or something.

JEFFREY LOVELL - That's silly. Stars can't fall on us.

JIM LOVELL - Oh, you are a smarter kid than I was.

JEFFREY LOVELL - How long will it take you to get to the Moon?

JIM LOVELL - Four days... But that's pretty fast, you see. This is the Saturn IVB booster, and it shoots us away from the Earth - pshhh... It's fast, as a bullet from a gun. Until the Moon's gravity actually grabs us and pulls us into a circle around the Moon, which is called an orbit. All right? Fred and I float down the tunnel into this guy - the lunar module. This is a spidery-looking guy. Only holds two people. And it's just for landing on the Moon. And I take the controls, and I steer it around, and I fly it down, adjusting it here, the attitude there, pitch, roll, for a nice soft landing on the Moon. Better than Neil Armstrong. Way better than Pete Conrad.

JEFFREY LOVELL - Dad... Did you know the astronauts in the fire?

JIM LOVELL - Yeah, yeah I did. I knew the astronauts in the fire, all of 'em.

JEFFREY LOVELL - Could that happen again?

JIM LOVELL - Well, I'll tell something about that fire. Um... A lota things went wrong...The door; it's called a hatch. They couldn't get it open when they needed to get out. That was one thing... And a... Well, a lot of things went wrong in that fire.

JEFFREY LOVELL - Did they fix it?

JIM LOVELL - Oh, yes. Absolutely. We fixed it. It's not a problem anymore.


JIM and MARILYN are on their way to one of the many "press-the-flesh" functions that all the astronauts do from time to time.

MARILYN LOVELL - I can't believe they still have you doing public appearances.

JIM LOVELL - Well, Henry Hurt was all over me.

MARILYN LOVELL - I know, but...

JIM LOVELL - I couldn't get away.

MARILYN LOVELL (cont'd) - ... with the training schedule this tight. They shouldn't be asking you.

JIM LOVELL - It's the program, Marilyn. It's... you know, it's NASA.

[They stop at a red traffic light and a car pulls up along side.]

["I CAN SEE FOR MILES" performed by The Who plays from radio in adjacent car]

GUY IN CAR - Hey! Hey, you're Jim Lovell, aren't you? Ha, ha! Hey, lucky thirteen! Right on!

JIM acknowledges the driver with a smile. As the light turns green the adjacent car revs it's engine and peels out. Just as JIM is accelerating from the stop his car knocks and stalls.]

JIM LOVELL - Second time it's done that.

[restarts car]

MARILYN LOVELL - So I was looking at the kids' school schedule coming up.


MARILYN LOVELL - It's a very busy week. I'm thinking about not going to the launch.


MARILYN LOVELL - The kids need me at home, honey.

JIM LOVELL - Marilyn. We've had these kids for a while now. They've never kept you from coming to the other launches.

MARILYN LOVELL - Yes, but now we have your mother. She's just had this stroke, and doing...

JIM LOVELL - Oh, Mom's fine.

MARILYN LOVELL - Honey, it's not like I've never been to a launch before. The other wives' have not done three. I just don't think I can go through all that... I'll just be glad when this one is over.

JIM LOVELL - Well, you're gonna miss a hell of a show.


JIM is walking out of the hangar towards his plane that he will fly to KSC for the launch.

PILOT - Jim!

JIM LOVELL - Hey, guys.

PILOT - Take care.

JIM LOVELL - See ya in a few weeks.

PILOT - Bring us back a moonrock.


MARILYN getting ready to do some gardening in the yard as she hears a jet plane approaching and looks up to see it fly overhead.



JIM, KEN, and FRED are in their space suits having their photo taken. They are standing in front of a large group of reporters trying to answer some questions about the upcoming mission.

REPORTER - So the number thirteen doesn't bother you?

FRED HAISE - Only if it's a Friday, Phil.

REPORTER - Apollo Thirteen, lifting off at thirteen hundred hours and thirteen minutes and entering the Moon's gravity on April thirteen.

JIM LOVELL - Uh... Ken Mattingly has been doing some scientific experiments regarding that very phenomenon, haven't you?

KEN MATTINGLY - Huh, Uh yes. Well I had a black cat walk over a broken mirror under the lunar module ladder, it didn't seem to be a problem.

FRED HAISE - And we'd also considered a really helpful letter we got from a fellow that said we oughta take a pig up with us for good luck.

REPORTER 2 - Does it bother you that the public regards this flight as routine?

JIM LOVELL - There's nothing routine about flying to the Moon. I can vouch for that. And I think that an astronaut's last mission, his final flight... well, that's... that's always gonna be very special.

REPORTER 3 - Why is this your last, Jim?

JIM LOVELL - I'm in command of the best ship with the best crew that anybody could ask for. And I'll be walking in a place where there's four hundred degrees difference between sunlight and shadow. I can't imagine ever topping that.



JIM and WALTER are walking along side the crawler that is transporting the Saturn-V to the launch pad.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The crawler transporter which carries a Saturn V out to the launch pad is very noisy - it's rather difficult to even think about having a conversation while it's going by. More important the Saturn V is rolled out to the launch pad a couple of months in advance, not two days before launch.]

WALTER - We have that scheduled for 09:00 hours tomorrow.

JIM LOVELL - That's not gonna work, Walter.


JIM LOVELL - Freddo and I are gonna be going over the lunar surface experiments tomorrow and Ken's gonna be back in the simulator. We're gonna be going over the flight plan tonight as well. (to crawler worker) I'm gonna pay a visit to this beautiful machine after you hard down.


JIM LOVELL - Thanks.

A car pulls up along side the crawler. DEKE SLAYTON and DR. CHUCK get out of the car and approach JIM.

DEKE SLAYTON - Jim! We've got a problem!

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - We just got some blood work back in the lab. Charlie Duke has the measles.

JIM LOVELL - So we need a new back-up.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - You've all been exposed to it.

JIM LOVELL - Well, I've had the measles.

DEKE SLAYTON - Ken Mattingly hasn't.


JIM is pleading his case before everyone in the office and he isn't winning anyone over to his side.

JIM LOVELL - You wanna break up my crew two days before the launch. When we can predict each other's moves, we can read the tone of each other's voices.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - Ken Mattingly will be getting seriously ill precisely when you and Haise will be ascending from the lunar surface to rendezvous with him.

DEKE SLAYTON - Jim, that's a lousy time for a fever!

JIM LOVELL - Now. Now look! Jack Swigert has been out of the loop for weeks!

NASA DIRECTOR - He's fully qualified to fly this mission.

JIM LOVELL - He's a fine pilot! But when was the last time he was in the simulator?!

NASA DIRECTOR - I'm sorry, Jim. I understand how you feel. Now we can do one of two things here. We can either scrub Mattingly, go Swigert. Or we can bump all three of you to a later mission.

JIM LOVELL - I've trained for the Fra Mauro highlands... and this is Flight Surgeon horseshit, Deke!

DEKE SLAYTON - Jim, if you hold out for Ken, you will not be on Apollo 13. Your decision.


The water is running in the shower as JACK and his GUEST are uh, "showering".

[telephone rings]

["MAGIC CARPET RIDE" performed by Steppenwolf plays in the background]

TRACEY - Oh, let it ring.

JACK SWIGERT - I gotta take that.

TRACEY - Oh why?

JACK SWIGERT - Because I'm on the back-up crew. The back-up crew has to set up the guest list and book the hotel room... (into telephone handset) Swigert... Yeah... Yes... Yes, Sir... I... I understand... Thank you, Sir... (hangs up telephone) (brief pause) AAAAY-HOOO!


JIM, KEN, and FRED sit on folding chairs in the simulator white room and JIM tries to explain the situation to KEN.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The NASA worm logo appears on a door - six years before it was designed.]

KEN MATTINGLY - Well, I a... Damn. Medical guys. I had the feeling when they started doing all the blood tests that... I mean, I know it's their ass if I get sick up there but I mean... Jesus!... Oh, boy... Swigert., he'll... he'll be fine. He's... he's strong... It'll be a hell of a mission. One for the books... You're sure about this, Jim? I mean, why don't I go upstairs and talk to Deke? I'm sure we can work this out.

JIM LOVELL - This was my call.

KEN MATTINGLY - Must've been a tough one... Look, I don't have the measles. I'm not gonna get the measles.

[KEN MATTINGLY storms out of the room]

FRED HAISE - Ken, Wait up!


JIM, JACK, and FRED are lying in their couches in the CM simulator as they run though the procedure for entry.

JACK SWIGERT - Trajectory's holding steady. We're right on the line.

JIM LOVELL - Okay, we're into program-64 (Approach Phase program, P-64). We're at 05 G's. So we're feeling that gravity now.

FRED HAISE - Houston, we are at four hundred thousand feet passing entry interface.

PA ANNOUNCER - About to loose signal. Re-entry data are nominal and we have radio blackout.

JACK SWIGERT - Okay... What's the story here?... I got a corridor light, we're coming in too shallow. I'm going manual...

FRED HAISE - Houston, switching to SCS (Stabilization and Control System).

SIM TECHNICIAN - Roger, Thirteen.

JACK SWIGERT - Ok, we're three G's... Five G's... We're coming in too steep. I'm gonna stay in this roll, see if I can pull us out of it. We're eight G's... Nine... Ten... We're at twelve G's.

JIM LOVELL - Twelve G's. We're burning up.


SIM TECHNICIAN - I gave him a false indicator light right at entry interface. Even Mattingly didn't get it the first time.

JIM LOVELL - How ya feelin', Freddo?

FRED HAISE - Charbroiled.

JIM LOVELL - So what happened?

JACK SWIGERT - Came in too steep. We're dead.

FRED HAISE - No shit.

JIM LOVELL - Yeah, yeah. We were into program-67 there, so... Okay, guys, we're gonna do this again obviously but give us a minute to get our switches reset in here.

DEKE SLAYTON - Jim, could we have a word?

JIM LOVELL - Sure, Deke.

PA ANNOUNCER - We're gonna drop off line and debrief with one of our...


JIM LOVELL - Well... If I had a dollar for every time they killed me in this thing I... I wouldn't have to work for you, Deke... Well, we have two days. We'll be ready. (to SIM TECH) Let's do it again.

DEKE SLAYTON (to SIM TECH) - Do it again.



This is the last chance the astronauts will have to talk to their families before launch, it takes place on the road leading to PAD-39a with the astronauts and NASA technicians on one side of the road and their families on the other side.

FRED JR, and STEPHEN HAISE - Mom, there he is!

FRED JR and STEPHEN make a mad dash towards their father.

MARY HAISE - Oh, Margaret get them! Fred, Stephen, come here.


One of the NASA technicians catches them and keeps them from getting across the road.

MARY HAISE - We can't go across that road! We don't want Daddy to get any of our germs and get sick in outer space, right?

FRED HAISE - Hey, boys!

FRED JR, and STEPHEN HAISE - Hey, Daddy!

FRED HAISE - Not givin' your mom a hard time, are ya?


FRED HAISE - (to MARY) Princess, you look beautiful!

WOMAN (off camera) - Jack!

JIM LOVELL - Well, hey, that looks like Marilyn Lovell. But it can't be. She's not coming to the launch.

MARILYN LOVELL - I heard there was gonna be a hell of a show.

JIM LOVELL - Who told you that?

MARILYN LOVELL - Some guy I know.

JIM LOVELL - You can't live without me.

PAD TECHNICIAN - Okay, folks. Let's say good night.

VOICES - Good night!

PAD TECHNICIAN - We got a big day tomorrow for these guys.

VOICES - Good night!

JIM LOVELL - You heard about Ken?

MARILYN LOVELL - Yeah. JIM blows MARILYN a kiss from across the road.


The big day has finally arrived. JIM, JACK, and FRED are getting suited up in the white room.

WHITE ROOM TECH - One, Two. Stand back, please.

JIM LOVELL - Ah, Guenter Wendt! [with heavy German accent] I wonder where Guenter went!

GUENTER WENDT - Jim... Ha, ha... You walk on ze Moon eh?.

JIM LOVELL - Ja, ja. We'll walk, and we talk on ze Moon.

WHITE ROOM TECH - How do you feel? Pretty good?

JACK SWIGERT - Good. Might be a little warmer in here, huh?

WHITE ROOM TECH - How are you today?





MARILYN LOVELL (in shower) - Oh, oh, oh. Jeez!, Oh. [as ring goes down drain] Oh, God! No!

Back in the white room with the astronauts everything seems to be going as advertised.

WHITE ROOM TECH - ...I'm gonna check off this list..

WHITE ROOM TECH 2 - Okay, Roger.

WHITE ROOM TECH - Okay, we have the oxygen purge system.


WHITE ROOM TECH - We have the helmet restraint ring.


WHITE ROOM TECH - Okay. ...activated.


WHITE ROOM TECH - Communication umbilical on. Okay.




FRED HAISE - Aw, sorry. [spits gum in tech's hand] Thanks.

JACK SWIGERT - I'm gonna give these guys a beautiful ride.

WHITE ROOM TECH - Sure you will, Jack.

WHITE ROOM TECH - You need more air?


MARILYN LOVELL - You want some apple?

MARY HAISE - Marilyn, hey!


MARY HAISE - I hate this already.

MARILYN comments on the fact that MARY is *very* pregnant.

MARILYN LOVELL - You're not just about to pop, are you?

MARY HAISE - No, I got thirty days till this blast-off.


MOCR OFFICER (with package) - This is for Gene.

JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - Mrs. Kranz has pulled out the old needle and thread again.

GUIDANCE - WHITE - Last one looked like he bought it off a Gypsy.

JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - Well you can't argue with tradition.


MOCR OFFICER - This is from your wife, Gene.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Thank you, Tom. I was startin' to get worried. (opens the box and looks at the contents) There we go.

GENE removes a white vest from the box.

MOCR OFFICER (off camera) - I like it.

MOCR OFFICER (off camera) - I like that one, Gene.

MOCR OFFICER (off camera) - Sharp, Gene.


GUENTER WENDT - Jim, you're all set.


GENE KRANTZ dons white vest and buttons it up.

[Applause and whistles from everyone in the MOCR.]

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Very Sharp.


MOCR OFFICER (off camera) - Hey, Gene! I guess we can go now!

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Save it for splashdown guys.

FD LOOP - EECOM, you got everything you need? - Okay.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Apollo 13 Flight Controllers. Listen up! Give me a go/no-go for launch... Booster!





JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - We're go, Flight!


GUIDANCE - WHITE - Guidance go!


SURGEON - WHITE - Go, Flight.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - EECOM! (Command Service Module Electrical and Environmental Engineer)

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - We're go, Flight!

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - GNC! (Guidance, Navigation & Control)

GNC - WHITE - We're go!



GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Control! (EECOM's counterpart for Lunar Module systems)

CONTROL - WHITE - Go, Flight!



GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - INCO! (Instrumentation and Communications Officer)


GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - FAO! (Flight Activities Officer)

FAO - WHITE - We are go!






ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We're go, Flight!

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Launch Control, this is Houston. We are go for launch!


LAUNCH CONTROLER - Roger that, Houston! Pad Leader. What's your status?

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The Saturn V is painted to match the early test configurations, not the actual Apollo 13 vehicle. The early Saturn V first stage had a large black band which made the interior unbearably hot for technicians working inside. So later versions don't have that band.]

KSC PAO (heard at VIP viewing area) - We are go for launch. T-Minus sixty seconds and counting.

FD LOOP - Stand by. - Roger that.

JIM LOVELL - Fuel pumps. This is it. A few bumps and we're haulin' the mail.

GUIDO - WHITE - Control, this is guidance. We're ready for takeoff.

LAUNCH CONTROLER - We are go for launch. T-minus.

KSC PAO - 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6. Ignition sequence starts. 3, 2, 1. Ignition.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The launch of the Saturn V is a wonderfully artistic depiction, but has many mistakes. The Saturn V's engines actually ignite several seconds before zero. The build-up permits them to be checked out and if there's a problem the engines can be shut off. The gantry arms which include electrical umbilicals and propellant lines all separate at the same time on the actual vehicle.]

JIM LOVELL - The clock is running!

KSC PAO - We have lift-off!

LAUNCH CONTROLER - Houston, we have cleared the tower at 13:13.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Okay, guys! We got it!

KEN MATTINGLY - Come on, baby. Come on.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: Ken Mattingly's view of the Saturn V on the pad shows the wrong side of the rocket, from his location. And he'd be fried crispy, or at least have serious hearing damage if he was that close to the launch! Actually Ken Mattingly was back in Houston as part of the mission support team by the time the Apollo 13 launch took place.]

JACK SWIGERT - Altitude is on the line! Velocity right on the line!

JIM LOVELL - Roll complete. We are pitching!

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Thirteen. Stand by for (abort) mode 1 bravo.


JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - Looks good, Flight, right down in the middle.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We see your BPC (Boost Protective Cover) is cleared, Thirteen.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: Houston confirms that the BPC (Boost Protective Cover) is cleared before it is shown being jettisoned by Lovell.]

JIM LOVELL - Roger. EDS (Emergency Detection System) to 'manual'. Inboard. (staging) Get ready for a little jolt, fellas.

JACK SWIGERT - That was some little jolt?

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The slam-bang impact at the end of the first stage burn was completely unexpected, not routine as portrayed. Small retrorockets atop the first stage should have fired immediately after separation to slow the spent stage down. Instead they fired one second before separation.]

JIM LOVELL - Tower jett!

JIM LOVELL - Houston, this is Thirteen. We got a center engine cut off, go on the other four!

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: When the center engine cuts out the number 5 engine light flashes. These lights do not flash. They are on or off.]

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger that, Thirteen. We show the same.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Booster, can you confirm that center engine cut off?

BOOSTER - WHITE - Roger that, Flight. Looks like we've lost it.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - FIDO, what's that gonna do to us?

JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - Stand by, Flight.

GUIDANCE - WHITE - I need to know if the IU's (Instrument Unit) correcting for the number five shut down.

JIM LOVELL - Houston, what's the story on Engine 5?

FD LOOP - Guidance is good.

JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - Looks good, we're still go! We'll be all right as long as we don't lose another one.


ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Thirteen, we're not sure why the inboard was out early, but the other engines are go, so we're just gonna burn those remaining engines for a little bit longer.

JIM LOVELL - Roger that.

JIM LOVELL - Our gimbals are good. Our trim is good. (to CREW) Look's like we just had our glitch for this mission.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Thirteen, stand by for staging.

JIM LOVELL - Roger that.

INCO - WHITE (off camera) - S-II shut down. Ignition. Thrust looks good, Flight.

INCO - WHITE - Flight. S-IVB cut off in ten seconds.

CAPCOM - WHITE - Thirteen, this is Houston. The predicted cut-off is twelve plus three four. Over.

JIM LOVELL - Coming up on twelve minutes thirty four. And...

FRED HAISE - SECO! (Sustainer Engine Cutoff)

JIM LOVELL - Shut down.

JIM LOVELL - And that, gentlemen, is how we do that!

MARY HAISE - Oh, boy. I hope I can sleep.

MARGARET HAISE - Mom, that was loud!

MARY HAISE - Here, hold my hand.

MARY HAISE - I can't believe you did this four times.

MARILYN LOVELL - The worst part is over.


MARILYN LOVELL - Listen. This doesn't stop for me until he lands on that aircraft carrier.

MARY HAISE - You just look so calm about it.

MARILYN LOVELL - Well if the flight surgeon had to okay me for this mission I'd be grounded.

REPORTERS - Mrs. Lovell! Mrs. Haise! Please, wait a minute! Can we just have a word with you, please?! Can I take a photograph?

MARILYN LOVELL (confidentially to MARY) - Remember? You're proud, happy and thrilled.

REPORTER - How are you feeling?

MARY HAISE - We're very proud, and very happy, and we're thrilled.

FD LOOP - Flight, Booster, I show S-IVB shutdown.

JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - TLI (Translunar Injection) is on the money. Looks good, Flight.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Roger, FIDO... Okay, guys. We're going to the Moon.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: A rocket firing its engine to go to the moon is actually on the opposite side of the Earth and parallel to the Earth's surface - not pointed towards the moon as shown in the movie.]

FD LOOP - Flight, we have re-acquisition of signal at Hawaii. - Flight, everything looks good - Can't ask for much better than that.

JACK SWIGERT - Okay, Houston. CMP here. I've exchanged the couches with Jim. I'm in the pilot seat. And I'm gonna go ahead and get set for transposition and docking.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger that, Jack.

[HAISE begins to vomits]

JIM LOVELL - Fred, are you okay?

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Okay, everybody. Let's get turned around and pick up the lunar module.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Odyssey, you are go for pryo arm and docking. Repeat. Go for docking. We recommend you secure cabin pressurization.

JACK SWIGERT (off camera) - Roger that.

JACK SWIGERT - Okay, we're ready for CSM separation.

JIM LOVELL - Okay, SM RCS ISOL valves are all gray. (RCS - Reaction Control System, the steering jet).

JIM LOVELL - Okay, Swigert, Command Module Pilot. She's all yours.

FRED HAISE - Houston, we've got good separation.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Odyssey, the S-IVB is stable.

FRED HAISE - Translation looks good.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We confirm that, Thirteen.

FRED HAISE - Okay, we're gonna start to pitch around to align up with the LM.

JIM LOVELL - You know Freddo, Frank Borman was up chucking (vomiting) most of the way to the moon on Apollo 8.

FRED HAISE - I'm all right. Just ate too much breakfast. Let's go to work.

JACK SWIGERT - And pitching up. Pitch rate - 2.5 degrees per second.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger Jack. We see you pitching around.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Keep an eye on their telemetry.

FD LOOP - Roger that.

DEKE SLAYTON - Swigert can't dock this thing - we don't have a mission.

JIM LOVELL - How's the alignment?

JACK SWIGERT - GDC (Gyro Display Coupler) align... Thrusting forward.

FRED HAISE - One hundred feet.

JIM LOVELL - Watch the alignment now.

JACK SWIGERT - Hey, don't worry, guys. I'm on top of it.

FD LOOP - Fido, let me know when you're ready. - Okay, let's uplink that.

JIM LOVELL - How we looking, Freddo?

FRED HAISE - We're not there yet.

FRED HAISE - Forty feet... Twenty...

DEKE SLAYTON - Come on, Rookie. Park that thing.

FRED HAISE - Ten feet...

JACK SWIGERT - Captured.

JIM LOVELL - That's it. Talk back is barber poled

JACK SWIGERT - Go ahead and retract.

JACK SWIGERT - Houston. We have hard dock.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger. Understand. Good deal, Jack.

FD LOOP - Let's start back up with procedure 17.

FRED HAISE - Okay, Houston, we have LM extraction.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We copy that, Thirteen. Now you're off to the Fra Mauro highlands.

JACK SWIGERT - I gotta get out of this suit.

JIM LOVELL - Houston, we are ready for the beginning of the PTC (Passive Thermal Control) and I think once we're in that Barbecue roll, Jack and I will eat.

FRED HAISE - Hey, I'm hungry.

JIM LOVELL - Are you sure?

FRED HAISE - I could eat the ass out of a dead rhinoceros. [handover taking place in the MOCR]

EECOM - GOLD - We got a smooth one, huh?

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - By the numbers so far? We just ran a minimum load test on the cooling system. Let me clean this up for you.

MOCR OFFICER (off camera) - See ya tomorrow.

MOCR OFFICER (off camera) - Take care.


JIM LOVELL - Oh, it's too bad we can't demonstrate this on TV.

[JIM LOVELL urinates]

FRED HAISE - What a shame!

JIM LOVELL - Okay, overboard dump coming up.

[as the urine is vented into the vacum of space it freezes instantly and creates a snow storm]

FRED HAISE - Here it comes. The Constellation Urion.

FRED HAISE - Now, that's a beautiful sight.

["PURPLE HAZE" performed by Jimi Hendrix plays from Barbara's room]

MARILYN LOVELL - Barbara! Barbara! We are going to your father's broadcast.

BARBARA LOVELL - No! I'm never coming out! I hate Paul! No one else can ever play another one of their records again.

SUSAN LOVELL - She's still going on about the stupid Beatles breaking up.

BARBARA LOVELL - They're not stupid. You're stupid!

MARILYN LOVELL - Barbara! I know you're worried but...

BARBARA LOVELL - I'm not going, Mom! Dad won't even know we're there.

MARILYN LOVELL - The whole world is gonna be watching this broadcast, young lady. And so are we.

JIM LOVELL - Okay, good evening, America! And welcome aboard Apollo 13! I'm Jim Lovell and we're broadcasting to you tonight from an altitude of almost two hundred thousand miles away from the face of the Earth. And we have a pretty good show in store for you tonight. We are going to show you just what our life is like for the three of us...

MARILYN LOVELL - Susan, Barbara.

JIM LOVELL - ... here in the vast expanse of outer space. Okay, one of the first things we'd like to do is provide you with the appropriate background music. So uh, hit it there, Freddo!

["SPIRIT IN THE SKY" performed by Norman Greenbaum plays on tape recorder]

FRED HAISE - Hello World!

JIM LOVELL - That was supposed to be the theme to 2001 in honor of our Command Module Odyssey, but there seems to have been a last minute change in the program.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: Lovell's cassette player did actually play the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme "Also Sprach Zarathustra", not "Spirit in the Sky".]

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - When I go up there on Nineteen, I'm gonna take my entire collection of Johnny Cash along.

HENRY HURT - Hey, Marilyn.

MARILYN LOVELL - Where's their broadcast?

HENRY HURT - All the networks dumped us. One of them said we made going to the Moon about as exciting as taking a trip to Pittsburgh.

BLANCH LOVELL - My son's supposed to be on. He's in outer space.

ORDERLY - These are all the channels we get, Mrs. Lovell.

BLANCH LOVELL - It's that damn TV guide again.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: TV Guide actually listed normal programming for that day, though with a warning that it might be preempted.]

ANNOUNCER (on TV commercial) - Ruthless porters. Savage baggage masters...

["LEMONTREE" performed by Trini Lopez plays from CM]

JIM LOVELL - Jack Swigert, our command module pilot has requested ...

MARILYN LOVELL - Do they know they're not on the air?

HENRY HURT - We'll tell them when they get back.

JIM LOVELL - ...don't ya Jack?

JACK SWIGERT - Well uh, if anyone from the IRS is watching, I forgot to file my 1040 return and I meant to do it today but...

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - That's no joke! They'll jump on him!

FRED HAISE - Well, folks, let's head on down to the lunar excursion module. Follow me.

JIM LOVELL - Now when we get ready to land on the Moon, Fred Haise and I will float through this access tunnel into the lunar module leaving...

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - EECOM. That... that stir's gonna be on both H2 and both O2 tanks, is that correct?

JIM LOVELL (continues off camera, under KRANTZ) - ... Jack Swigert to pilot the command module, but until that time comes both ...

JIM LOVELL - ... spacecraft will remain connected. Well, folks, as you can probably tell the Aquarius isn't much bigger than a couple of telephone booths. The skin of the LM in some places is only as thick as a couple of layers of tinfoil and that's all what protects us from the vacuum of space. We can get away with this because the LM is designed only for flight in outer space... Fred Haise; Renaissance man. Okay, we'll head back up the tunnel now, and back into the Odyssey... All right, we've returned to the command... [loud BANG in spacecraft] Stand by one, Houston.

FRED HAISE - Gotcha! Ha, ha!

JIM LOVELL - Houston. The bang you heard was Fred Haise on the cabin repress (re-pressurization) valve. He really gets our hearts going every time with that one... Okay, we're... we're about ready to close out the Aquarius and return to the Odyssey. Our next broadcast will be from Fra Mauro on the surface of the Moon... So, this is the crew of the Apollo 13 wishing everyone back on Earth a... a pleasant evening.


FRED HAISE, JR - Daddy was funny.

HENRY HURT - They might air a few minutes of it on the news tonight.

MARILYN LOVELL - You'd think so.



JIM LOVELL - Well, between Jack's back taxes and the Fred Haise show, I'd say that was a pretty successful broadcast.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - That was an excellent show, Odyssey.

JACK SWIGERT - Thank you very much, Houston.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We'd got a couple of housekeeping procedures for you, we'd like you to roll right to zero six zero and null your rates.

JACK SWIGERT - Roger that. Rolling right, zero six zero.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - And if you could give your oxygen tanks a stir.

JACK SWIGERT - Roger that.


JACK SWIGERT - Hey, we've got a problem here.

JIM LOVELL - What did you do?

JACK SWIGERT - Nothing. I stirred the tanks.


ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - This is Houston. Say again, please.

JIM LOVELL - Houston, we have a problem. We have a main bus B undervolt. We've got a lot of thruster activity here, Houston.

JACK SWIGERT - What's the story with the computer now?

JIM LOVELL (answers SWIGERT) - It just went off line.

JIM LOVELL (to HOUSTON) - Uh, there's another master alarm, Houston!

JACK SWIGERT - I'm checking the quads!

FRED HAISE - Christ, that was no repress valve!

JACK SWIGERT - Maybe, it's in Quad C.

JIM LOVELL - We've got a computer restart!

JACK SWIGERT - I'm gonna re-configure the RCS!

JIM LOVELL - We've got a ping light.

JACK SWIGERT - The way these things are firing it just doesn't make any sense.

JIM LOVELL - We've got multiple caution and warning, Houston... We've got to reset and restart.

JACK SWIGERT - All right, I'm going SCS...

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - Jesus. Flight, their heart rates are skyrocketing.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - EECOM. What's your data telling you?

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - O2 tank 2 not reading at all, tank 1 is at 725 psi and falling. Fuel cells 1 and 3 are... Oh, boy. What's going on here? Flight, let me get back to you.

GNC - WHITE - Flight, GNC.


GNC - WHITE - Flight. They're all over the place. They keep going close to gimbal lock.

TELMU - WHITE - I keep losing radio signal, Flight, their antennae must be flipped around.

GNC - WHITE - ... do it manually, if they can do it at all.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - One at a time, people! One at a time! One at a time! EECOM, is this an instrumentation problem or are we looking at real power loss here?

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - It's reading a quadruple failure. That can't happen. It's gotta be instrumentation.

JIM LOVELL - Let's get that hatch buttoned. The LM might have been hit by a meteor.


FRED HAISE (to LOVELL) - The tunnel's really torquing with all this movement.

FRED HAISE - Houston, we had a pretty large bang there associated with the master alarm.

FRED HAISE (to LOVELL) - Shit, it's main bus A!

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - ... main bus A undervolt?

FRED HAISE - Houston, we have a main bus A undervolt now, too... It's reading 25 and a half. Main bus B is reading zip right now... We got a wicked shimmy up here.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) (under KRANTZ) - Stand by one.

FRED HAISE (under KRANTZ) - (intermittent voice with static)

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - EECOM, GNC. These guys are talking about bangs and shimmies up there, don't sound like instrumentation to me.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - You are breaking up, Thirteen?

JACK SWIGERT - Can't get this hatch seal!

JIM LOVELL - Just...

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We need you to switch to Omni...

JIM LOVELL - Just stow it. If we'd been hit by a meteor, we'd be dead by now.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - ... Bravo.

JIM LOVELL - I'm gonna try to get us out of this lurch.

FRED HAISE - Houston, you're in the mud. Did you say switch to Omni Bravo?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger that, Thirteen.

FRED HAISE - Roger. And the signal strength on the high gain went way down.

JIM LOVELL - It's fighting me. What's the story here, Jack? We keep flirting with gimbal lock!

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Odyssey, we need confirmation, what systems do you have down?

JACK SWIGERT - Okay, Jim. SM RCS helium 1 - A and C are barber poled.

FRED HAISE - I'm having a hard time reading you there. Did you say switch to Omni Charlie?

JIM LOVELL - Houston, I'm switching over Quad C to Main A.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger that, Thirteen.

JACK SWIGERT - Okay, Houston. Fuel cell 1. Fuel cell 3. We got a main bus B undervolt, cryo pressure, suit compressor. What don't we have? AC bus 1, AC bus 2, Command Module computer, and 02 flow high. I... I don't know. Maybe, this is a caution and warning failure.

JIM LOVELL - Houston... We are venting something out into space... I can see it outside of Window 1 right now... It's definitely a... a gas of some sort.

JIM LOVELL (to CREW) - It's got to be the oxygen.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger, Odyssey. We copy your venting.

MOCR ENGINEER - Give me an alignment

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Okay let's everybody think of the kind of things we'd be venting.

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - Okay now, let's start right back at the beginning.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Anything look abnormal on your system?


GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) (to room at large) - Okay, listen up... Quiet down, people... Quiet down! Quiet down! Let's stay cool, people. Procedures, I need another computer up in the RTCC. (Real Time Computer Complex). I want everybody to alert your support teams. Wake up anybody you need. Get them in here... Let's work the problem, people. Let's not make things worse by guessing.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Thirteen, this is Houston. We are going around the room now. We're gonna get you some answers.

JACK SWIGERT - I'll tell you. We keep venting like this, we're gonna keep hitting the edge of that dead band.

FRED HAISE (to LOVELL) - Hey, take a look at the O2 on number 1... 200 pounds and falling.

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - O2 tank 2 still zero. Tank 1; 218 psi and falling.

JIM LOVELL - Is that what you get? Confirm.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We're seeing the same, Thirteen.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Can we review our status here, Sy, let's look at these things from a... from a standpoint of status. What have we got on that spacecraft that's good?

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - I'll get back to you, Gene.

FRED HAISE - We're not gonna have power much longer. This ship's bleeding to death.



SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - Uhm... Flight, I recommend we shut down the reactant valves of the fuel cells.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - What the hell good is that gonna do?

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - If that's where the leak is, we can isolate it. We can isolate it there, we can save what's left in the tanks and we can run on the good cell.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - You close 'em, you can't open them again. You can't land on the Moon with one healthy fuel cell.

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - Gene, the Odyssey is dying. From my chair here, this is the last option.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay, Sy... CAPCOM, let's have them close the reactant valves.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Thirteen, this is Houston. We want you to close reac valves on cells 1 and 3. Do you copy?

JIM LOVELL - Are you saying you want the whole smash? Closing down the reac valves for the fuel cells' shut down? Shutting down the fuel cells. Did I hear you right?

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Yeah, they heard me right... Tell them we think that's the only way they can stop the leak.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Yeah, Jim... We think that closing the reac valves may stop the leak.


ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Do you copy, Jim?

JIM LOVELL - Yes, Houston, we copy.

JIM LOVELL (to CREW) - We just lost the Moon... Okay, Freddo, shut those down.

FRED HAISE - Let's see what this does.

JACK SWIGERT - If this doesn't work. We're not gonna have enough power left to get home.


SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - God, damn it.

FRED HAISE - Ah, Houston. O2 on 1 is still falling.

JIM LOVELL - Freddo, how long does it take to power up the LM?

FRED HAISE - Three hours by the checklist.

JIM LOVELL - We don't have that much time.


JIM LOVELL - Okay, now, Jack. Before the batteries completely die on us in here, let's... let's power down everything so we can save as much as we can for re-entry.

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - Fifteen minutes oxygen and that's it. The Command Module will be dead.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Okay. Okay, guys! Listen up! Here's the drill! We're moving the astronauts over to the LM, we gotta get some oxygen up there.


GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - TELMU, Control, I want an emergency power procedure, the essential hardware only!... GNC, EECOM! When we're shutting down the Command Module at the same time they have to transfer the guidance system from one computer to the other, so I want those numbers up and ready when our guys are in position.

GNC - WHITE - Roger that.

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - Okay, we gotta transfer all control data over to the LM computer before the Command Module dies.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) (to NASA DIRECTOR) - The Lunar Module's just become a lifeboat.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE)) - Odyssey, this is Houston. We need you to power down immediately, you're gonna have to power up the LM at the same time so you better get somebody over there.

JIM LOVELL - We already have Freddo in the LM, Houston.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We've got serious time pressure here, Jim. You've gotta get the guidance program transferred, you gotta do it before you're out of power in the Command Module. Or you are not gonna be able to navigate up there.

JIM LOVELL - How much time? Can you give me a number?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Well, we're looking at less than fifteen minutes of life support in the Odyssey.

JIM LOVELL - We've got fifteen minutes, Freddo, it's worse than I thought!

JIM LOVELL - Houston, beware I've moved from the Command Module into the LM.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Now, if Jack can't get that guidance computer data transferred before they go dead in there...

GLYNN LUNNEY (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - GOLD) - They won't even know which way they're pointed.


GLYNN LUNNEY (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - GOLD) - That's a bad way to fly.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - I'll be in (room) 210 if you need me.


JACK SWIGERT - Houston, this is Thirteen. Are you... are you back with me now?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Aquarius, this is Houston. You now have about twelve minutes to power up.

FRED HAISE - I can't see any stars. Man, there's a lot of debris floating around out there.

JACK SWIGERT - Okay, Houston. I've completed the steps on page 15. Now I'm ready to power down the computer!

JIM LOVELL - I'm gonna need your gimbal angles, Jack! Before you shut down the computer!


GNC - WHITE (to CAPCOM) - They read this back to me before they power down.

SY LIEBERGOT (EECOM - WHITE) - Those number are...

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - All right, all right. I got it, I got it. Hold on.

FRED HAISE - Houston, our computer is up.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger that. Stand by for a minute. Now, Jack. We need to proceed from step 12 to 17 quickly... your down to about 8 minutes remaining.

JACK SWIGERT - Fuel cell pumps off, O2 fans, tank 2 off.

JIM LOVELL - Okay, Houston. Check me. I have completed these gimbal conversions but...I need a double check of the arithmetic.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Yeah, you can go, Jim.

JIM LOVELL - Okay, the roll CAL (calibration) angle is minus 2. Lunar Module roll is 355.57. Pitch 1678. Correction, pitch 167.78. Yaw is 351.87.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Stand by, we're checking it.

JIM LOVELL - We've got negative visibility in our star field, but if this paperwork isn't right, who knows where we'll... we'll end up out here.

TELMU - WHITE - Looks good, Flight.

CONTROL - WHITE - All right.

INCO - WHITE - Good here.

GNC - WHITE - He's good, Andy.

GLYNN LUNNEY (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - GOLD) - Okay, we're go on those numbers.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - You're good, Jim.

JIM LOVELL - Log 'em in, Freddo.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Jack, turn off the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit). Switch to SCS. Stand by. Thruster ... (Ratty Comm) ... Over.

DICK CAVETT (on TV) - It's a great day in New York, isn't it? It's girl watchers' weather.

CAVETT'S SIDEKICK (on TV) - Oh, yes.

DICK CAVETT (on TV) - I like those ingenious girl watchers who put on Con Edison helmets and dig trenches in the street... for a better view, but I... Hey, speaking of girl watching, did you know that our first bachelor astronaut is on his way to the moon. Is it Swigert?


DICK CAVETT (on TV) - Yeah, first bachelor. He's the kind, they say, has a girl in every port. He has that reputation. I think he's sort of foolishly optimistic though, taking nylons and Hersey bars to the moon. Did you read that 3 million... What do you say, less viewers or fewer viewers. 3 million fewer viewers... 3 million fewer viewers watch the space shot then did the last one. I ...uh. Colonel Borman is...

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: Ken Mattingly is shown drinking Budweiser from 16-ounce aluminium cans, which weren't available in 1970.]

ANNOUNCER (on TV) - An ABC news...

[MATTINGLY turns off TV]

ANNOUNCER (on TV) - ...here is ABC science editor, Jules Bergman.

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - The Apollo 13 spacecraft has lost all electrical power. And astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert are making their way through the tunnels of the Lunar Module using it as a lifeboat, so they'll have electrical power for their radios on the Command Module. Apollo 13 is apparently also losing breathing oxygen...

MARILYN LOVELL - Slow down. An electrical failure...

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - ...and the astronauts may have to use the LM oxygen supply.

MARILYN LOVELL - ...what exactly does that mean?

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - ...The emergency has ruled out any chance of a lunar landing and could endanger the lives of the astronauts themselves. If the LM's oxygen supply plus whatever is left of the Command Module's oxygen can't last them until they can get back to Earth.

MARILYN LOVELL - What do you mean there's no immediate danger. I just heard they're losing oxygen. Can they get back?

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - The LM descent rocket engine will be used in aborting the mission and getting the astronauts safely back to Earth. Recapping what has happened now. The Apollo 13 astronauts may be in grave danger...

MARILYN LOVELL - No, don't give me that NASA bullshit! I wanna know what's happening with my husband!

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - (continues under MARILYN)

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - ... we wanna switch control to the Aquarius now.

JACK SWIGERT - Roger that!

JIM LOVELL - Houston, wait!

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - And your down to about 5 minutes now, Jack.

FRED HAISE - Whoa! The RCS isn't up yet!

JIM LOVELL - Houston, beware! Our RCS isn't up here yet! We have no attitude control on Aquarius!

GLYNN LUNNEY (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - GOLD) - They don't have control? Did we miss a step here? Control, what the hell happened?

CONTROL - WHITE - What? I don't know.

JIM LOVELL - We're all out of whack. I'm trying to pitch down, but we're yawing to the left. Why can't I null this out.

FRED HAISE - She wasn't designed to fly attached like this, our center of gravity with the Command Module.

JIM LOVELL - It's like flying with a dead elephant on our back.

GUIDANCE - WHITE - Flight, Guidance. We're getting awfully close to center (gimbal lock) here.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Aquarius, watch that middle gimbal. We don't want you tumbling off into space.

JIM LOVELL - Freddo, inform Houston I'm well aware of goddamn gimbals.

FRED HAISE - Roger that, Houston.

JIM LOVELL - I don't need to hear the obvious...

GLYNN LUNNEY (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - GOLD) - Andy, we're on VOX (Voice Activated Comm).

JIM LOVELL (cont'd) - ...I got the frappin' eight-ball right in front of me.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Aquarius, this is Houston. We've got you both on VOX.

FRED HAISE - You are what? You want us to go to VOX, Andy?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - You have a hot mike, we're reading everything you say.

FRED HAISE - Sorry, Jim.

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - ... it's only by a very narrow margin that we're going to get Lovell, Haise and Swigert back alive...

JANE CONRAD - Marilyn... I'm sorry, Jeffrey's calling for you.

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - ... anyway this has been very close - not so much delineated by the words in the news conference, but I think by the terseness of (Chris) Kraft and the grim lines of Jim McDivit. This has been a very close call, and we're not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot.


JEFFREY LOVELL - Why are so many people here?

MARILYN LOVELL - Oh, well, you know, your Dad's flying his mission.

JEFFREY LOVELL - He said he was going to get me a moonrock.

MARILYN LOVELL - Right... Well... Something broke in your Daddy's spaceship. And he's gonna have to turn around before he even gets to the Moon.

JEFFREY LOVELL - Was it the door?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Thirteen, Houston. We still show that venting pushing you around. How're you doing?

JIM LOVELL - Houston, Aquarius... We've had to learn how to fly all over again but we are doing better up here now.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger that, Aquarius.

GLYNN LUNNEY (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - GOLD) - Have 'em, close it out.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Jack, we can close out your procedure now.

JACK SWIGERT - Now... Do we know for sure that we can power this thing back up?... It's going to get awfully cold in here.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Copy that, Jack. We'll just have to deal with that later.

INCO - WHITE - Computer off.

TELMU - WHITE - We're clear.

CONTROL - WHITE - We're go on the LM.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We confirm shutdown, Jack. Lunar Module now in control.

JACK SWIGERT - Roger that, Houston. This is Odyssey. Signing off.

JIM LOVELL - Freddo, we're gonna have to execute some sort of a burn here, it's just a matter of when.

JIM LOVELL (to SWIGERT) - Did they shut us all down in there?


FRED HAISE (to CREW) - Didn't think we'd be back in here so soon.

FRED HAISE - Ah, Houston. How far off course do you project we are? Over.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Okay, people! Listen up! I want you all to forget the flight plan! From this moment on we are improvising a new mission...

[KRANTZ turns on overhead projector and projector bulb burns out]

MOCR ENGINEER (off camera) - Oh, come on! Sorry about that... we'll get somebody to look at that, there's got to be a bulb around here somewhere.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - How do we get our people home... (drawing with chalk on blackboard) They are here. We turn around, straight back...

RETRO - WHITE - Yes! Gene...


MOCR ENGINEER - No...We can't do that...

JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - No, Sir, no, Sir, no, Sir. We get them on a free return's trajectory. It's the option with the fewest question marks for safety.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - I agree with Jerry. We use the moon's gravity, slingshot them around.

RETRO - WHITE - No, the LM will not support three guys for that amount of time.

CONTROL - WHITE - It barely holds two.

RETRO - WHITE - I mean we've got to do a direct abort. We do it about face. We bring the guys right home right now.

CONTROL - WHITE - Get them back soon, absolutely.

JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - We don't even know if the Odyssey's engines even working and if there's been serious damage to this spacecraft.

GUIDO - WHITE - They blow up and they die.

RETRO - WHITE - That is not the argument! We're talking about time! Not whether or not these guys ...

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Hey, hold it. Let's hold it down. Let's hold it down, people. The only engine we've got with enough power for direct abort is the SPS (Service Propulsion System) on the Service Module. What, Lovell has told us it could've been damaged in an explosion, so let's consider that engine dead. We light that thing up, it can blow the whole works. It's just too risky. We're not gonna take that chance. And the only thing the Command Module is good for is the re-entry, so that leaves us with the LM... which means free return trajectory. Once we get the guys around the Moon, we'll fire up the LM's engine, make a long burn, pick up some speed, and get them home as quick as we can.

RETRO - WHITE - Gene, I'm wondering what the Grumman guys think about this.

GRUMMAN REP - We can't make any guarantees. We designed the LM to land on the Moon, not fire the engine out there for course correction.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Well, unfortunately, we're not landing on the Moon, are we? I don't care what anything was designed to do, I care about what it can do. So, let's get to work. Let's lay it out, okay?



MOCR ENGINEER - Capcom, Flight, he says it'll be ready in time.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) (to CAPCOM) - After this burn, we've gotta build some time in the flight plan for them to get some sleep.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Run it by the FAO.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - I've run it by the FAO.

MOCR ENGINEER - Do we know how long we're gonna fire that PC burn?

NASA DIRECTOR (talking to SLAYTON & LUNNEY) - He specifically wanted a quote from the Flight Director.


DEKE SLAYTON - The President.



GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - We're not losing the crew.

NASA DIRECTOR - Gene, I gotta give him odds. Five to one against. Three to one.

GLYNN LUNNEY (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - GOLD) - I don't think there that good.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - We are not losing those men!

GLYNN LUNNEY (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - GOLD) - Control, how long are they gonna have to burn the engine at PC+2?

DEKE SLAYTON (confidentally to NASA DIRECTOR) - Look, tell him. Three to one.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Expect loss of signal in less than one minute. When we pick you back up, we will have your PC+2 burn data.

FRED HAISE - Okay, roger that, Houston. We'll hear from you again at acquisition of signal.

JIM LOVELL - You wanna look?

FRED HAISE - Oh, look at that.


CAPCOM - GOLD - Aquarius, that's 30 seconds until loss of signal.

FRED HAISE - Mare Tranquillitatis. Neil and Buzz's old neighborhood. Coming up on Mountain Marilyn. Jim, you gotta take a look at this.

JIM LOVELL - I've seen it.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Aquarius, this is Houston. Expect loss of signal in approximately ten seconds.

JACK SWIGERT - So long Earth. Catch you on the flip side.

JACK SWIGERT (on TV pre-flight interview) - When you go into the shadow of the Moon and the Moon is between you and the Sun, there you see stars that are more brilliant than anything you have seen on the clearest nights here on Earth. And then you pass into the lunar sunrise over the lunar surface and... it must an awe-inspiring sight. I can't wait to see it myself.

NEWS ANCHOR (on TV) - The problem now is not there's so much question of adequate oxygen supply but it is the rate of consumption of water which is vitally needed for the cooling operations to maintain the electronic systems and so forth.

FRED HAISE - Look, it's Fra Mauro. I can see our landing site.

JACK SWIGERT - Wow. Look at the Tsiolkovsky crater. I can't believe how bright the ejecta blanket is.

FRED HAISE - It's like snow... It's beautiful... That's Mare Imbrium to the north.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The Sea of Tranquility, their landing site, and other features are all on the near side, but they point out these features while they're rounding the far side of the moon.]

CAPCOM - GOLD - Thirteen, this is Houston. We're reading your telemetry. It's good to see you again.

FRED HAISE - Good to see you too, Houston.

CAPCOM - GOLD - We're picking you up at a velocity of 7'062 feet per second, at a distance from the Moon of 56 nautical miles. Stand by for your PC+2 burn data.

FRED HAISE - Gotta tell you, I had an itch to take this baby down though, and do some prospecting. Damn we were close.

JIM LOVELL - Gentlemen, what are your intentions?... I'd like to go home. We got a burn coming up. We're gonna need a contingency if we lose comm with Houston. Freddo, let's... let's get an idea where we stand on the consumables. Jack, get into the Odyssey and bag up all the water you can before it freezes in there... Let's go home.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Aquarius, we've got some PC+2 burn data for you, fellows.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - So you're telling me you can only give our guys 45 hours. It brings them to about there... Gentlemen, that's not acceptable.

MOCR ENGINEER - Gene, Gene. We gotta talk about power here...

CONTROL - WHITE - Whoa, whoa, guys! The power's everything. Power is everything.


CONTROL - WHITE - Without it they don't talk to us, they don't correct their trajectory, they don't turn the heatshield around... we gotta turn everything off. Now. They're not gonna make it to re-entry.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - What do you mean everything?

CONTROL - WHITE - With everything on the LM draws 60 amps. At that rate in sixteen hours the batteries are dead, not 45. And so is the crew. We gotta get them down to 12 amps.

MOCR ENGINEER - Whoa. 12 amps! - How many? - You can't run a vacuum cleaner on 12 amps, John.

CONTROL - WHITE - We have to turn off the radars, cabin heater, instrument displays, the guidance computer, the whole smash.

JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - Whoa. Guidance computer. What... what if they need to do another burn? Gene, they won't even know which way they're pointed . CONTROL - WHITE - The more time we talk down here, the more juice they waste up there. I've been looking at the data for the past hour.


CONTROL - WHITE - That's the deal.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Okay, John. The minute we finish the burn, we'll power down the LM.

CONTROL - WHITE - All right.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Now, in the meantime... we're gonna have a frozen command module up there. In a couple of days we're gonna have to power it up using nothing but the re-entry batteries.

MOCR ENGINEER - Never been tried before. - Hell, we've never even simulated it before, Gene.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Well, we're gonna have to figure it out. I want people in our simulators working re-entry scenarios. I want you guys to find every engineer who designed, every switch, every circuit, every transistor and every light bulb that's up there. Then I want you to talk to the guy in the assembly line who had actually built the thing. Find out how to squeeze every amp out of both of these goddamn machines. I want this mark all the way back to Earth with time to spare. We never lost an American in space. We're sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch!. Failure is not an option!

JOHN YOUNG - Ken... Ken...

KEN MATTINGLY (waking from sleep) - What? Uh?

JOHN YOUNG - Good you're not dead. I've been trying to get in touch with you for forty five minutes.

KEN MATTINGLY - John? Jesus, John. What're you doing here?

JOHN YOUNG - I gotta get you in the simulators. We got a ship to land.


JOHN YOUNG - There's been an explosion, oxygen tanks're gone, two fuel cells're gone, command module's shut down.

KEN MATTINGLY - What about the crew?

JOHN YOUNG - Crew's fine so far, trying to keep 'em alive in the LM. We're gonna have to shut that down pretty soon too. We got a lota people working on numbers on this one, Ken. Nobody's too sure how much power we're gonna have to hit re-entry. The command module's gonna be frozen up pretty good by then.

CONTROL - WHITE - You see, this ammeter rise over twenty at any point. Power-up is no good. You see it spikes; that's sayonara for the guidance computer, our guys can't re-enter, okay?

SIM TECH - How much power do we have to play with?

CONTROL - WHITE - Barely enough to run this (points to an original MR. COFFEE) coffeepot for 9 hours.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: Mr. Coffee drip coffee makers didn't exist in 1970.]

SIM TECH 2 (on headset) - John.


SIM TECH 2 (on headset) - Yeah. Ken Mattingly just got here.

CONTROL - WHITE - Copy. (to SIM TECH) He's here.

JOHN YOUNG - They've been losing heat since the accident. They're gonna start getting a lot of water condensation on the control panels.

CONTROL - WHITE - Ken... Glad you're here. You know what's going on?

KEN MATTINGLY - Ah, John's brought me up speed. What do we have left in the batteries?

CONTROL - WHITE - We don't really know.

KEN MATTINGLY - We gotta get started on some short cuts for power-up.

CONTROL - WHITE - Yeah. You know how short?

KEN MATTINGLY - Well, that's all in the sequences, John. If we can skip whatever we don't absolutely need, and turn things on in the right order, maybe...

CONTROL - WHITE - I agree.

KEN MATTINGLY - You start on a procedure?

CONTROL - WHITE - Well, the engineers have tried but, I mean... it's your ship, we gotta get you in there.

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay. Frank. I need the sim(ulator) cold and dark. Give me the exact same conditions they've got in there now and I need the present status of every instrument.

SIM TECH - You've got it.

KEN MATTINGLY - I need a flashlight. That's not what they have up there. Don't give me anything they don't have onboard.

SIM TECH - Let's get the show on the road. Put him in space, fellas.

JIM LOVELL - Okay, Houston. The Quad heater circuit breakers are open.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Copy that.

FRED HAISE - We're using the forward Omni when the earth's in the window, and we're switching to aft Omni when we see the moon.

CAPCOM - GOLD - We copy that, Thirteen. Aquarius, we don't want you do make any more waste dumps, the venting may pushing you off course.

FRED HAISE - Christ.

JACK SWIGERT - What's up?

JIM LOVELL - No more waste dumps. We're just gonna have to store it. Jack, we're gonna need some more urine bags.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The real reason for the crew to stop urine dumps was to avoid a cloud of droplets around the vehicle which would have confused radar tracking from the ground. However the ground forgot to tell the crew that it was okay to continue urine dumps after the tracking was finished.]

JIM LOVELL - Okay, Houston. It leaves us with just the computer which I'm shutting down now... And that's it... (to CREW) We just put Sir Isaac Newton in the driver's seat.

MOCR ENGINEER - Is it A.M. or P.M.?

GUIDO - WHITE - A.M... very, very A.M.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - Haise is running a temperature and none of them have slept since the explosion.

DEKE SLAYTON - I can't order these guys to go to sleep... could you sleep up there?

MOCR ENGINEER - It's gonna get awfully cold in there for those guys.

EECOM - GOLD - Gene. We have a situation brewing with the carbon dioxide.

TELMU - GOLD - We have a CO2 filter problem in the Lunar Module.

EECOM - GOLD - Five filters on the LM.

TELMU - GOLD - Which were meant for two guys for a day and a half.

EECOM - GOLD - That's what I told the Doc.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - They're already up to eight on the gauges, anything over 15 and you get impaired judgment, blackouts, the beginnings of brain asphyxia.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - What about the scrubbers on the command module?

EECOM - GOLD - They take square cartridges.

TELMU - GOLD - The ones on the LM are round.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) (to LUNNEY) - Tell me this isn't a government operation.

EECOM - GOLD - This isn't a contingency we're remotely looked at.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - Those CO2 levels are gonna be getting toxic.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Well, I suggest you, gentlemen, invent a way to put a square peg in a round hole. Rapidly.

TECHNICIAN - Okay, people. Listen up. The people upstairs handed us this one and we gotta come through. We gotta find a way to make this... fit into the hole for this... using nothing but that.

TECHNICIAN 2 - Let's get it organized.

TECHNICIAN 3 - Okay, okay. Let's build a filter.

TECHNICIAN - Better get some coffee going too, someone.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: Ed Smylie had already designed the basic concept in his head when he arrived at Mission Control.]

NEWS ANCHOR (on TV) - Haise's family lives in El Lago, Texas. His wife, Mary, is from Biloxi, Mississippi. When Fred Haise was growing up in Biloxi, he may have looked ahead to a fine family but he never dreamt of flying.

FRED HASIE (on TV pre-flight interview) - I'd never flown really before I went into service and I only went into the flying business as a means to getting a commission.

HENRY HURT - Good morning.

MARILYN LOVELL - Henry! Don't you ever sleep?

HENRY HURT - I... I have a request from the news people.


HENRY HURT - They're out front here. They wanna put a transmitter up on the lawn.

MARILYN LOVELL - A transmitter?

HENRY HURT - It's a kind of a tower for live broadcast.

MARILYN LOVELL - I thought they didn't care about this mission. They didn't even run Jim's show.

HENRY HURT - Well, it's more dramatic now. Suddenly people are...

MARILYN LOVELL - Well if landing on the moon wasn't dramatic enough for them, why should not landing on it be?

HENRY HURT - Look. I... I realize how hard this is, Marilyn, but the whole world is caught up in it and it's... the biggest story since...

MARILYN LOVELL - No, Henry. Those people don't put one piece of equipment on my lawn. If they have a problem with that, they can take it up with my husband. He'll be home... on Friday.


["HONKY TONKIN'" performed by Hank Williams plays on tape recorder in LM]

JIM LOVELL - Hey, Fred. It's too cold in there... (sees photo) It's a nice one of Mary... (notices HAISE) You don't look too good, Freddo.

FRED HAISE - I'll survive.

JIM LOVELL - There's some aspirin in the medical kit.

FRED HAISE - I took some. Jim, I'm all right... It was an accident, Mary gettin' pregnant. You should have seen the look on my face when she told me.

JIM LOVELL - Well, that has a tendency to happen.

FRED HAISE - Yeah... I wonder if it's a boy or a girl.

JIM LOVELL - You're gonna find out soon enough.

FRED HAISE - Sure... I never dreamed that I'd ever get to this something like this - come up here on a real mission. Most of the guys I graduated high school with never even left home... and here I am.

JIM LOVELL - Oh, yeah... Here you are...

FRED HAISE - It hurts when I urinate.

JIM LOVELL - Well, you're not getting enough water.

FRED HAISE - I'm drinking my ration, same as you. I think old Swigert gave me the clap. He's been pissin' in my relief tube.

JIM LOVELL - Well... That'll be a hot one at the debriefing for the flight surgeon. That's another first for America's space program.

FRED HAISE - Listen... Uhm... I've been going over some stuff and I'm a little worried about this cold affecting our battery efficiency. See we quit heating the glycol to save water and power, so that's not helping us any.

JIM LOVELL - So it could cost us amp hours on the back end?

FRED HAISE - It's a possibility.

JACK SWIGERT (interupting HAISE & LOVELL) - I've been going over the numbers again. Have they called up with a re-entry plan yet? Because we're coming in too shallow.

JIM LOVELL - We're working on something, Jack. Just hold on.

JACK SWIGERT - All right, all right.

FRED HAISE - I can't remember the ratio to temperature. We've got no references on board.

JIM LOVELL - Well, let's see if Houston can pull up the mill specs (Millitary Specifications) on it and we'll...

JACK SWIGERT (interupting LOVELL) - Listen. Listen. Listen. They gave us too much Delta-V. They had us burn too long. At this rate we're gonna skip right out of the atmosphere, and we're never gonna get back.

FRED HAISE - What're you talking about? How did you figure that?

JACK SWIGERT - I can add.

JIM LOVELL - Jack, they've got half of the PH.D's on the planet working on this stuff.

FRED HAISE - Houston says we're right on the money.

JACK SWIGERT - What if they had made a mistake, all right, and there was no way to reverse it . You think they would tell us? There's no reason for them to tell us.

FRED HAISE - What you mean they're not gonna tell us. That's bullshit!

JIM LOVELL - All right! There are thousand things that have to happen in order we are on number 8, you're talking about number 692.

JACK SWIGERT - And in the meantime, I'm trying to tell you we're coming in too fast. I think they know it, and I think that's why we don't have a goddamn re-entry plan.

JIM LOVELL - That's duly noted. Thank you, Jack.

[SWIGERT bangs his head on tunnel access]

JACK SWIGERT - Ow! God! Damn this piece of shit!

FRED HAISE - Hey! This piece of shit's gonna get you home

JIM LOVELL - All right.

FRED HAISE - That's because it's the only thing we've got left, Jack!

JACK SWIGERT - What're you saying, Fred?

FRED HAISE - Well, I think you know what I'm saying.

JACK SWIGERT - Now wait a minute. All I did was stir those tanks.

FRED HAISE - What was that gauge reading before you hit the switch.

JACK SWIGERT - Hey, don't tell me how to fly the damn CM, all right!

FRED HAISE - You don't even know, do you?!

JACK SWIGERT - They brought me in here to do a job, they asked me to stir the damn tanks and I stirred the tanks!

JIM LOVELL - Jack, stop kicking yourself in the ass.

JACK SWIGERT - This is not my fault!

JIM LOVELL - No one is saying it is. If I'm in the left-hand seat when the call comes up, I stir the tanks.

JACK SWIGERT - Yeah, Well tell him that.

FRED HAISE - I just asked you what the gauge was reading.

JIM LOVELL - All right...

FRED HAISE - And you don't know!

JIM LOVELL - All right, we're not doing this, Gentlemen. We're not gonna do this. We're not gonna go bouncing off the walls for ten minutes. 'Cause we're just gonna end up right back here with the same problems. Try to figure out how to stay alive!

CAPCOM - GOLD - Aquarius, this is Houston.

JIM LOVELL (shouts) - Are we on VOX!

FRED HAISE - No, we're not on VOX!

JIM LOVELL (calmly) - Yeah, Houston, this is Aquarius. Go ahead.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Ah, yeah, Jim. Could you check your CO2 gauge for us?

JIM LOVELL - Yeah, Houston. We were just looking at that. Our CO2 measurement has jumped four notches in the last hour.

FRED HAISE - That can't be right. I went over those numbers three times.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Jim, that sounds about right. We were expecting that.

JIM LOVELL - Well, that's very comforting to know, Houston. What do we do about it?

CAPCOM - GOLD - Jim, we're working on a procedure down here for you... Do you copy?

FRED HAISE - Oh, Christ.

JIM LOVELL - All right, Houston. We're standing by for those procedures.

FRED HAISE - Christ, I know why my numbers are wrong. I only figured it for two people.

JACK SWIGERT - Maybe I should just hold my breath.

NEW ANCHOR (on TV) - ... the deadly CO2 gas is literally poisoning the astronauts with every breath...

TECHNICIAN - Heads up. Heads up.

TECHNICIAN 2 - Oh, Go, Go, Go.

TECHNICIAN - Someone get that.

TECHNICIAN - Heads up, people. Look out now.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - What's this?

TECHNICIAN - That's what they gotta make.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Well I hope you got the procedures for me.

TECHNICIAN - Right here.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - That's it?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - All right, Aquarius, this is Houston. do you have the flight plan up there?

FRED HAISE - Affirmative, Andy. Jack's got one right here.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Okay, we have a... an unusual procedure for you here. We need you to rip the cover off.

FRED HAISE - He wants you to rip the cover off the flight plan.

JACK SWIGERT - With pleasure.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - All right, now the other materials you're gonna need there are a lithium hydroxide canister... two lithium hydroxide canisters, I'm sorry. A roll of gray tape.

TECHNICIAN (correcting CAPCOM) - Duct tape.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - The duct tape. You need an LCG (Liquid-Cooled Garment) bag, two LCG bags, red suit hoses and you've got the flight plan cover.

REPORTER - Excuse me, can you give me a timetable?

REPORTER - What about their level of carbon dioxide?

HENRY HURT - It's... uh, climbing.

REPORTER - You're saying that they're almost out of breathable air?

NASA DIRECTOR - No, wait a second. Wait a second. That's... that's not what he said. He said we're working on it.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - You wanna cut the duct tape three feet long.

TECHNICIAN - Tell him to use his arm.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Just use your arm. It's a good arms length.

FRED HAISE - Okay. Houston, I see what you're getting at, hold on. Okay, Jack. Tear that piece of tape down the middle lengthwise.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Alright?

FRED HAISE - Hold on, Houston.

NEWS ANCHOR (on TV) - Well, the astronauts appear to have enough oxygen to keep them alive. One thing they have too much of is carbon dioxide. With each breath that three men exhale more of the poisonous gas into the lunar module cockpit and the scrubbers intended to keep the atmosphere breathable are quickly becoming saturated.

FRED HAISE - Shit, I tore it.


FRED HAISE - Houston, what do we do if we rip the bag? can we tape it?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - They just tore the bag.


ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - All right, stand by.

ANDY (CAPCOM-WHITE) (to TECHNICIAN) - What should I tell them to do?

TECHNICIAN - They should have one more bag.

WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) (with WALLY SCHIRRA) - Well, they still got a long way to come and they are now working on their back-up facilities, their emergency facilities and the problem is if anything more goes wrong, they're in real trouble.

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - ... as most of you are aware there is no rescue possible in space flight, any rescue system the space agency has long since calculated, any since... any rescue system the space agency calculated...

JIM LOVELL - One sock. Work it in.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Once you have the sock in place. We're gonna want you to bungee the entire filter assembly to the bulkhead, right above the LM canister.

JACK SWIGERT - We getting close to 15.

REPORTER - So how does this flight compare to other emergency situations you faced?

NASA DIRECTOR - Well, I have to say that this is the most serious situation we've ever encountered in manned space flight.

FRED HAISE - Houston, filters in place.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger, Thirteen.

FRED HAISE - Cabin gas return to egress, suit circuit relief to close, CO2 canister select to secondary. All right, here it goes.

JACK SWIGERT - I can hear air moving

JIM LOVELL - Just breathe normal, fellas.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Aquarius, please advise on CO2 status.

JIM LOVELL - Yeah, Houston. We're taking a look at those numbers right now... We're still holding close to 15, Houston.

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Roger that. Standing by.

JIM LOVELL - Houston. The CO2 level has dropped to 9... and it is still falling.



ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - It is good to hear, Aquarius.

ANDY (CAPCOM-WHITE) (to TECHNICIAN) - And you, sir, are a steely-eyed missile man.

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay, spacecraft control to computer.


KEN MATTINGLY - Damn... We overloaded. We used way too much power and there must be a sneak circuit some place between steps 7 and 10.

CONTROL - WHITE - All right. Which one has the leak?

KEN MATTINGLY - No, not yet, John. It... The sequence was wrong. We just have to go back and try 'em one at a time.

JOHN YOUNG - You need a break, Ken?

KEN MATTINGLY - If they don't get one, I don't get one.

BLANCH LOVELL - Well, if it won't work, get me another one. My son's supposed to be on.

ORDERLY - I know, Mrs. Lovell.


BLANCH LOVELL - They can't fix a damn thing in this place.

MARILYN LOVELL - Blanch. It's Marilyn.


BLANCH LOVELL - I was gonna see Jimmy.

MARILYN LOVELL - I know. I know. We came to tell you something. There's been an accident. Jimmy's okay. He's all right... But he's not gonna get to walk on the moon.

BLANCH LOVELL - Well, they said he was.

MARILYN LOVELL - I know. I know, uhm... That was before. Now there's been an explosion. And... they're all okay, they're all right. But now they're just going to... try to figure out a way to get them home. And... and it's a little bit dangerous. (to SUSAN) Oh, sweetie.

BLANCH LOVELL (to SUSAN) - Are you scared? Well, don't you worry, honey. If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it.

["BLUE MOON" performed by The Mavericks plays on tape recorder]

CAPCOM - GOLD - Jack. You'll be happy to hear that we contacted President Nixon, and he's gonna grant you an extension on your income taxes since you are most decidedly out of the country.

JACK SWIGERT - Roger that, Houston. That's wonderful news.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - Tell them they have to sleep. Haise is running a fever of a 104.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Thirteen. Listen, we've had another request from Flight Surgeon that you fellas get some more sleep. He doesn't like his readings down here.

JIM LOVELL - Let's see how he feels about this. I'm sick and tired of the entire Western world knowing how my kidneys are functioning.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - Flight. I just lost Lovell!

CAPCOM - GOLD - Uh, Thirteen. This is Houston. Jim, we just had a drop out on your biomed sensors?

JIM LOVELL - I'm not wearing my biomed sensors, Houston.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Okay, Jim. Copy that.

DR. CHUCK (FLIGHT SURGEON) - Flight. Now I'm losing all three of them!

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - It's just a little medical mutiny, Doc I'm sure the guys are still with us. Let's cut 'em some slack, okay?


GNC - WHITE - Gene, it's not the velocity, it's the angle. I mean maybe, they're still venting something and that's throwing off the trajectory, but we are definitely shallow again. We're up to a 5.9.


RETRO - WHITE - At this rate they nick the Earth's atmosphere and bounce off into space, we'll never get them back.

RETRO - WHITE - We need another burn to get them back in the entry corridor.

GNC - WHITE - Definitely another burn.


RETRO - WHITE - Fire the engines and get them on course.


CAPCOM - GOLD - Aquarius, this is Houston.

JIM LOVELL - Houston, Aquarius.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Jim, we've got another course correction for you.

JACK SWIGERT - What's up?

FRED HAISE - Something about another course correction.

JIM LOVELL - We copy, Houston. Be advised it's gonna take Freddo and I awhile to power up the computer for the alignment platform if we have to fire the engine.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Negative on that, Jim. We can't spare power for the computer.

FRED HAISE - We gotta do this blind?

JIM LOVELL - Houston, without the computer, what do we use for orientation?

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Now, come on. We gotta be able to give these guys something up there.

GUIDO - WHITE - Without power, we can't give them a read.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - I'm not talking about power, I'm talking about reference.

GNC - WHITE - No, no. There's no references. We have a bunch of debris up there.

JIM LOVELL - Houston. What's the story with this burn?

CAPCOM - GOLD - We're trying to hash something out down here, Aquarius. Stand by.

JIM LOVELL - Well. Now look, Houston. All we need to hold attitude is one fixed point in space. Is that not correct?

CAPCOM - GOLD - Yeah, roger that, Jim.

JIM LOVELL - Well, Houston, we've got one! If we can keep the Earth in the window, fly manually, the co-ax crosshairs right on its terminator. All I have to know is how long do we need to burn the engine... (to CREW) The shorter, the better.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Roger that, Jim.

GNC - WHITE - Can they fly it manually? And still shut it down on time without the computer?

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - I guess, that's the best we can do, Glynn. We're out of time.

NEWS ANCHOR (on TV) - In order to enter the atmosphere safely, the crew must aim for a corridor just two and a half degrees wide. If they're too steep, they will incinerate in the steadily thickening air, if they're too shallow, they'll ricochet off the atmosphere like a rock skipping off a pond. The re-entry corridor is in fact so narrow, that if this basketball were the earth, and this softball were the moon, and the two were placed fourteen feet apart, the crew would have to hit a target no thicker than this piece of paper.

GLYNN LUNNEY (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - GOLD) - Okay, people. On your toes. We're doing this one blind.

GRUMMAN REP - Gene, I want you to understand we've never tried this before, burn, cold soak, burn, cold soak, burn, manual control.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Look, it will ignite, will it not?

GRUMMAN REP - I just want you to know the engines never been tried like this. That's all I'm trying to tell you.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Look, I know what you're trying to do, I guarantee you I won't hold you personally responsible. If it lights, it lights. Let Lovell do the rest.


NEWS ANCHOR (on TV) - They're gonna burn the engines and steer it manually, attempting to keep the earth in the window...

JIM LOVELL -Okay, this gonna take all three of us. Freddo, you handle the pitch. But on the translation controllers all backwards so if the... the Earth starts drifting down you need to thrust 'aft' not 'forward'. I'll do the same on mine with everything else. We're gonna burn at 10 percent thrust for thirty-nine seconds, Jack, you time us.


JIM LOVELL (to SWIGERT) - Give us a count of the last ten seconds up to thirty-nine. Let's not miss this.

JIM LOVELL (to HAISE) - You up to this, Freddo?

FRED HAISE - I'm with you.

JIM LOVELL (to HOUSTON) - Standing by for corridor control burn.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Okay, Jim. You can fire when ready. You are go for the manual burn.

JIM LOVELL - Okay, X plus button at 10 seconds. Mark.

FRED HAISE - Come on, baby. One more burn.

JACK SWIGERT - 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4...

FRED HAISE - Ullage is go.

JACK SWIGERT - ...3, 2, 1.

JIM LOVELL - Ignition.

FRED HAISE - She's burning!

JIM LOVELL - Oh yeah.

JACK SWIGERT - Master arm off.

FRED HAISE - Okay, here we go!

JIM LOVELL - Helium regulator on.

JACK SWIGERT - RCS is go, 10 percent thrust.

JIM LOVELL - Bring her around, Freddo.

FRED HAISE - I'm trying, but it's draggin'

JACK SWIGERT - 10 seconds.

JIM LOVELL - All right. Drop it down, Freddo.

JIM LOVELL - We're drifting! No hold what you've got. I'll roll it. Back off.

FRED HAISE - I can't get it stable.

FRED HAISE - She's dancing all over the place!

JIM LOVELL - Come to the right a little bit.

JACK SWIGERT - 15 seconds.

FRED HAISE - She's drifting, I'm losing attitude.

JIM LOVELL - Okay. Hold it up there. Back No Freddo! Back!

FRED HAISE - Shit. I'm losing it!

JACK SWIGERT - 20 seconds.

FRED HAISE - Bring the earth up.

JACK SWIGERT - Forward, Fred, come on. Forward.

FRED HAISE - Shit, Shit. I lost it!

JIM LOVELL - Where is it? Where is it?!

JIM LOVELL - 7:00 helium regulator's closed.

JIM LOVELL - Bring it down, Freddo. Just nose it down

FRED HAISE - Uh Okay, I... I got it!

JACK SWIGERT - 30 seconds.

FRED HAISE - Okay, she's coming in.

JIM LOVELL - Little farther, ease your touch. Damn it! Damn it, that's mine. That's me around

FRED HAISE - A little more. Come on, baby.

JIM LOVELL - Come on. That's it. Hold it. Damn it.

JACK SWIGERT - 5, 6, 7...

JIM LOVELL - Back, back! That's it. Hold it. Steady.


JIM LOVELL - Steady.


JIM LOVELL - Shut down!... Houston, we have shutdown.

CAPCOM - GOLD - That's close enough, Jim. Good work.

GRUMMAN REP - I knew it! I knew it! How 'bout that LM, huh? How 'bout it?

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - I guess you can keep your job.

GRUMMAN REP - You betcha.

CAPCOM - GOLD - Thirteen, stand by. We're evaluating our power usage on that burn.

JIM LOVELL (to CREW) - Well let's hope we don't have to do that again.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Gentlemen. You've given our guys enough to survive till re-entry. Well done... Now we gotta get them in. Tell me about the power procedures.

KEN MATTINGLY - Here's the order of what I want to do. I want to power up guidance, ECS, communications, warm up the pyros for the parachute and the command module thrusters.

CONTROL - WHITE - The thrusters are gonna put you overbudget on amps, Ken.

KEN MATTINGLY - Well, they've been sitting at 200 hundred below for four days, John, they gotta be heated.

CONTROL - WHITE - Fine, then trade off the parachutes. Something.

KEN MATTINGLY - Well, if the chutes don't open, what's the point?

CONTROL - WHITE - Ken, you're telling me what you need, I'm telling you what we have to work with at this point. I'm not making this stuff up.

KEN MATTINGLY - They're gonna need all these systems, John.

CONTROL - WHITE - We do not have the power, Ken! We just don't have it.

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay, I'm gonna go back and reorganize the sequencing again and find more power. Let's start from scratch. Clear the board.

CONTROL - WHITE - I don't know where the hell we're gonna find it.

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell has more time in space, almost 24 days already, than any other man. And I asked him recently, if he ever was scared.

JIM LOVELL (on TV pre-flight) - Oh well, I've had an engine flame out a few times in an aircraft, and I was kind of curious as to whether it was gonna light up again, things of that nature, but uh, they seemed to work out...

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - Is there a specific instance in an airplane emergency when you can recall fear?

JIM LOVELL (on TV pre-flight) - Oh, well, I'll tell you, I remember this one time. I'm... I'm in a (McDonnell F2H) Banshee at night in combat conditions, so there's no running lights on the carrier. It was the Shangri-La and we were in the Sea of Japan, and my... my radar had jammed, and my homing signal was gone because somebody in Japan was actually using the same frequency and so it was... was leading me away from where I was supposed to be. And I'm looking down at that big black ocean. So... I flip on my map light. And then suddenly zap everything shorts out right there in my cockpit, all my instruments are gone, my lights are gone, I can't even tell now what my altitude is. I know I'm running out of fuel, so I'm thinking about... about ditching in the ocean and I... I look down there and then... in... in the darkness there's this... there's this green trail, it's like a long carpet that just laid out right beneath me, and it was the algae, right. It was that phosphorescent stuff that gets turned up in the wake of a big ship and it was... it was... it was just leading me home. And... if my cockpit lights hadn't shorted out, there's no way I had ever been able to see that. So a... you a... you never know what... what events are gonna transpire to get you home.

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - Okay. Spacecraft Commander Jim Lovell, no stranger to emergency is he.

JACK SWIGERT - How's it going, Fred.

FRED HAISE - I'm okay.


JACK SWIGERT - What the hell was that?

JIM LOVELL - Let's hope it was just the (helium) burst disk.

JIM LOVELL - Houston, can you confirm a burst helium disk?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - We confirm that, Jim.

JIM LOVELL - Houston, is that gonna affect our entry angle at all?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Negative. Your entry angle is holding at 6.24, Aquarius.

JIM LOVELL - Houston, uh... we sure could use the re-entry procedure up here. When can we expect that?

ANDY (CAPCOM - WHITE) - Uh, that's coming real soon, Aquarius.

JIM LOVELL - Houston... We... We just can't throw this together at the last minute. So, here's what you're gonna do. You're gonna get the procedure up to us whatever it is. And we're gonna go over it step by step so there's no foul-ups. I don't have to tell you we're all little tired up here. The world's getting awfully big in the window.

DEKE SLAYTON - Jim, this is Deke.

FRED HAISE (to SWIGERT) - It's Deke.

JACK SWIGERT - They don't know how to do it.

FRED HAISE (to LOVELL) - Maybe, Jack's right.

JIM LOVELL - Hello there, Deke, what's the story?

DEKE SLAYTON - Jim, we're gonna get that power procedure to you, we're gonna get it as soon as we possibly can. Ken Mattingly's in the simulator right now.

JIM LOVELL (to SWIGERT) - Ken's working on it.

KEN MATTINGLY - Look. I know this sequence works, John.

CONTROL - WHITE - The sequence looks good, we're just overbudget on the amperage.

KEN MATTINGLY - By, how much?

CONTROL - WHITE - 3 or 4 amps.

KEN MATTINGLY - God, damn it, John. Is it 3 or 4?



KEN MATTINGLY - 4 more amps... We know they have some power left in the LM batteries, right?


KEN MATTINGLY - We have an umbilical that provides power from the command module to the LM.

JOHN YOUNG - Right. It's back-up for the LM power supply.

CONTROL - WHITE - I'm listening.

KEN MATTINGLY - So... Reverse it. Reverse the flow and see if we can draw these 4 amps from the LM batteries before we cut it loose. Why can't we do that?

CONTROL - WHITE - We don't have the procedure for that, do we?

JOHN YOUNG - You're gonna lose a lot in the transfer, Ken.

KEN MATTINGLY - Yeah, yeah. But all we're talking about here is 4 amps.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - I want whatever you guys got on these power procedures.

DEKE SLAYTON - Gene. They're already...

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - I don't want the whole damn bible. Just gimme a couple chapters. We gotta get something up to these guys.

DEKE SLAYTON - They're working on it now.

FAO - WHITE - I'll call over at the simulator and get an estimate...

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - God, damn it! I don't want another estimate! I want the procedures! Now!

KEN MATTINGLY - IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) is up. How am I reading?

CONTROL - WHITE - Fine so far.

KEN MATTINGLY - Say again.

CONTROL - WHITE - You're under the limit. Keep going.

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay. Floodlights to fixed. Okay. I'm bringing up the guidance... Here we go... CMC (Command Module Computer) attitude IMU, CMC source, CMC mode auto, and we're on the computer.



CONTROL - WHITE - Is your computer on now?

KEN MATTINGLY - Up and running. How do we look? (no response) John...

CONTROL - WHITE - I think we've got it, buddy.

KEN MATTINGLY - Arthur, my notes are clear on that last sequence, right?


GUARD - Your from building 5 right?

JOHN YOUNG - Excuse me, Gentlemen!

KEN MATTINGLY - I was getting a little blurry there.



CONTROL - WHITE - This is the sequence.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Was it try on the hardware yet?

CONTROL - WHITE - We didn't have time.

KEN MATTINGLY - Aquarius, Houston. Do you read?

JIM LOVELL - Yeah, we read you, Ken. Are the flowers blooming in Houston?

KEN MATTINGLY - Uh, that's a negative, Jim. I don't have the measles... Jim, is Jack in there with you?

JIM LOVELL - Yeah, stand by one, we gotta get him on comm.

WOMAN - Put those on the table.

JANE CONRAD - Oh, damn it! Thanks Jackie.

MARILYN LOVELL (to ARMSTRONG) - I think it would really help if you could just distract her when the heavy predictions come in.

NEIL ARMSTRONG - Yeah, yeah. We'll give it a shot.

MARILYN LOVELL - Thanks... Blanch. Blanch, these nice young men are gonna watch the television with you. This is Neil Armstrong and this is Buzz Aldrin.

NEIL ARMSTRONG - Nice to meet you.


BLANCH LOVELL - Are you boys in the space program too?

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay, Jack. Give me a read back on that last procedure.

JACK SWIGERT - Stand by, Ken... Ken, I'm a... Well, I'm having trouble reading my own writing. I guess, I'm a little more tired than I thought.

KEN MATTINGLY - Don't worry, Jack. I'll talk to you through it. Okay, find the main bus breakers on panel 11.

JACK SWIGERT - Yeah, main bus breakers. Got it.

KEN MATTINGLY - Close main bus B.

JACK SWIGERT - Uh, Ken, there's an awful lot of condensation on these panels What's the word on these things shorting out.

KEN MATTINGLY - We'll just take that one at a time, Jack.

JACK SWIGERT - It's like trying to drive a toaster through a car wash.

JACK SWIGERT - Main bus B is closed.

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay, Thirteen. We're coming up on entry interface.

JERRY (FIDO - WHITE) - Flight. We're still shallowing up a bit in the re-entry corridor. It's almost like they're under weight.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Now how could they be under weight?

RETRO - WHITE - We didn't land on the Moon.


RETRO - WHITE - That's affirm.

KEN MATTINGLY - One more thing, Jim. While Jack's working on the power-up, we'd like you and Freddo to transfer some ballast over to the command module.

JIM LOVELL - Say again, Houston. Ballast?

KEN MATTINGLY - That's affirm... We gotta get the weight right. We were expecting you to be toting a couple of hundred pounds of moonrocks.

JIM LOVELL - Right, Houston.

[Here is how the movie departs from the actual mission: The real reason for transferring transferring ballast from the Lunar Module to the command module was to keep the command module properly balanced (correct center of gravity) after they jettisoned the Lunar Module and Service Module.]


JACK SWIGERT - Yeah, go ahead, Ken.

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay, now... Panel 5. Circuit breakers 'caution and warning', main B closed.

JACK SWIGERT - Main B closed... Master alarm off...

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay, Jack. On panel 7, B mag (magazine) number 2, power to warm up.

JACK SWIGERT - B mag number 2. Power to warm up. Done.

KEN MATTINGLY - Sequential logic1 and 2 on.

JACK SWIGERT - Sequential logic... 2 on.

KEN MATTINGLY - CM RCS pressure on.

JACK SWIGERT - CM RCS pressurization.


REPORTER - As her husband prepares to jettison his lunar module lifeboat, Marilyn Lovell waits with her children, her neighbors, and we are told, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Only the Lovell's eldest son, Jay, is absent as he holds vigil with his classmates at the St. Johns military academy in Wisconsin.

ANNOUNCER (on TV) - ABC news science editor, Jules Bergman.

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - With a crippled command module and surviving by using the LM's systems, there can be no easy maneuver. And their LM lifeboat is doing things and working longer then it was ever intended to. It's a race against time until splashdown...

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay, Jack. We're ready to see if the computer will accept uplink of the re-entry data now.

JACK SWIGERT - Okay. The IMU's up. We got our eight-balls back.

KEN MATTINGLY - Copy that.

JACK SWIGERT - Okay, Ken... Uplink telemetry, command module to accept, right?

KEN MATTINGLY - That's affirm. Go ahead and try it.


JACK SWIGERT - Uplink completed.

CONTROL - WHITE - Yeah. That's more like it!


KEN MATTINGLY - Take a look at your amps. How we doing?

JACK SWIGERT - You got her back up, Ken. Boy, I wish you were here to see it.

KEN MATTINGLY - I bet you do.

FRED HAISE - Way to go, Jack.

RETRO - WHITE - Flight, this is RETRO.


RETRO - WHITE - Flight. We are looking at a typhoon warning at the edge of the prime recovery zone.


RETRO - WHITE - Flight. We are looking at a typhoon warning on the edge of the prime recovery area, now this is just a warning, Flight, it could miss them.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Only if their luck changes.

JACK SWIGERT - Jim, we're ready for SM jettison!

JIM LOVELL - All right, Jack. On 3... 1, 2. Upward thrust!

JACK SWIGERT - We're loose!

JIM LOVELL - Reverse thrust!

JACK SWIGERT - We have service module jettison.

JIM LOVELL - Okay, Houston, our Service Module is free. We're gonna take a look at what we have here.

KEN MATTINGLY - Copy that.

FRED HAISE - There it is. I see it.

JIM LOVELL - Oh. Houston. We're getting our first look at the Service module now. One whole side of the spacecraft is missing. Right by the high gain antenna the whole panel is blown out. Right up... Right up to our heatshield.

KEN MATTINGLY - Uh, copy that, Aquarius.

FRED HAISE - It looked like it got the engine bell, too. Can you see that?

JACK SWIGERT - Oh, man. That's incredible.

DEKE SLAYTON - The heatshield.

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - The heat will build up to as much as three or four thousand degrees Fahrenheit. On a lunar re-entry flight the heat approaches four thousand degrees.

NEIL ARMSTRONG - So Blanch. Blanch, did... did Jim make Eagle Scout or not?

BLANCH LOVELL - Yes, he did.


NEWS ANCHOR (on TV) - If the heatshield is even slightly cracked, the extreme cold could split it wide open. Worst of all, if the pyrotechnics for controlling the parachutes have been damaged, the chutes may not open at all causing the spacecraft to hit the water not at a gentle 20 miles per hour but at a suicidal 300.

WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - Perhaps never in human history has the entire world been united by such a global drama. In New York city, thousands of people have gathered to watch updates to the mission in Time Square.

NEWS ANCHOR (on TV) - Many countries offered help. And the State Department said it would ask for it, if it were needed. The House and Senate passed resolutions calling on the American people to pray tonight for the astronauts.

WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - In Rome pope Paul led fifty thousand people in prayers for the safe return of the astronauts. In Jerusalem, prayers at the Wailing Wall...

JIM LOVELL - It's about time to bail out of this ship, Freddo. Freddo? You okay?

FRED HAISE - I'm, uh, I'm freezing.

JIM LOVELL - Can you old out just a little longer?

FRED HAISE - As long as I have to.

JIM LOVELL - Aw, come on.


JIM LOVELL - It won't be long. Just a little while longer, Freddo...


JIM LOVELL - Just a little while longer. We're gonna hit that water in the South Pacific, open up that hatch. It's 80 degrees out there.

FRED HAISE - 80 degrees.

JIM LOVELL - You are a mess.


KEN MATTINGLY - Odyssey, Houston. How we doing, guys? We're closing in on lunar module jettison. As you know, that is time critical. We should be making our move into the command module. Let's get the hatch buttoned up. And... when you get a chance let us know how you're doing.

JIM LOVELL - Roger that.

JACK SWIGERT - Here, let me give you a hand there, Freddo.

JACK SWIGERT - We're coming up on LM jettison.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Is everyone strapped in, Ken. We're getting real close.

KEN MATTINGLY - Copy that, Flight. Thirteen, Houston. We're coming up on LM jettison.

JACK SWIGERT - Stand by.

KEN MATTINGLY - Have you got everybody in the Odyssey?

JACK SWIGERT - Yeah, Ken. I wanna check those pyro batteries one more time... Okay, pyro batts look good. I don't think we have to tie the other batteries.

JIM LOVELL - Sorry, Jack. This is an old habit. I'm kinda used to pilot's seat. She's yours to fly.

KEN MATTINGLY - Okay. Odyssey. I wanna double check some re-entry procedures right after we jettison the LM which is coming up in thirty seconds.

JIM LOVELL - What is that?

JACK SWIGERT - Oh... I was getting a little punchy and I... I didn't wanna cut the LM loose with you guys still in it.

JIM LOVELL - That's good thinking.

JACK SWIGERT - Stand by, Houston... We have Lunar Module jettison.

FRED HAISE - She sure was a good ship.

JACK SWIGERT - Farewell, Aquarius. And we thank you.

WOMEN - Mary... It's almost time, honey.

RECOVER CREWMAN - Flight 966, 406...


HENRY HURT - Let me put it this way. The trajectory may be off, their thrusters may be frozen, their guidance system might be malfunctioning, their heatshield could be cracked, and their parachutes might be three blocks of ice. Clearly we have got some obstacles to overcome.

REPORTER - Yeah, Okay. But now I'm asking you. When will we know?

HENRY HURT - Blackout lasts for three minutes. If they're not back in four, we'll know.

INCO - WHITE - Velocity now reading 34'802 feet per second, range to go 2'625 nautical miles.


JACK SWIGERT - Okay, Ken. We are aligned for re-entry. Jim, we're gonna need that computer re-entry program. Fred, how are the batteries looking?

FRED HAISE - Okay. Batt A looks good.

KEN MATTINGLY - Re-entry interface in one minute and thirty seconds.

FRED HAISE - Batt B, no volts, amps are okay. Batt C, shit. No volts, only two amps. They may die before the main chutes open.

JIM LOVELL - Roger. Let's tie all the batteries onto main A and main B.

RETRO - WHITE - Flight, they're still shallowing a bit up there. Do you want to tell 'em?


RETRO - WHITE - Not now, Flight.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - Then they don't need to know, do they?

RETRO - WHITE - Copy that.

HENRY HURT - RETRO says the typhoon is still a presence in the splash down area?


HENRY HURT - Whata we got? the parachute situation, the heatshield, the angle of trajectory and the typhoon, there's just so many variables. I'm a little at a loss...

NASA DIRECTOR - I know what the problems are, Henry. This could be the worst disaster NASA's ever experienced.

GENE KRANTZ (FLIGHT DIRECTOR - WHITE) - With all due respect, sir. I believe this is gonna be our finest hour.

NASA DIRECTOR (whispers) - Okay.

KEN MATTINGLY - Expect entry interface in 45 seconds. And on my mark your velocity will be 35'245 feet per second. Mark. 35 seconds to entry interface.

JIM LOVELL - Gentlemen. It's been a privilege flying with you.

KEN MATTINGLY - Flight. We have loss of radio contact.


INCO - WHITE - Expect to regain signal in three minutes.

MOCR ENGINEER - It all depends on the heatshield.

JULES BERGMAN (on TV) - Back to the Iwo Jima and our live cameras there. The Navy recovery and rescue helicopters already airborne, circling, waiting for first radar contact.

REPORTER (on TV) - Coming up now on three minutes until time of drogue (chutes) deployment... Standing by for any reports of acquisition.

INCO - WHITE - 1 minute and 30 seconds to end of blackout.

WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - No re-entering ship has ever taken longer than 3 minutes to emerge from blackout. This is the critical moment. Will the heat shield hold? Will the command module survive the intense heat of re-entry. If it doesn't there will only be silence.

JEFFREY LOVELL - Mommy, you're squishing me.

MARILYN LOVELL - Sorry, sorry, Jeffrey.

INCO - WHITE - Okay, Flight. That's three minutes. We are standing by for acquisition.


KEN MATTINGLY - Odyssey, Houston. Do you read me? Odyssey, this is Houston, do you read?

WALTER CRONKITE (on TV) - Expected time of re-acquisition, the time when the astronauts were expected to come out of blackout, has come and gone. About all any of us can do now is just listen and hope. We're about to learn whether or not that heatshield which was damaged, if you remember, by the explosion three days ago has withstood the infernal of re-entry.

KEN MATTINGLY - Odyssey, this is Houston. Do you read me? Odyssey, Houston. Do you read me?

INCO - WHITE - Three minutes 30 seconds. Standing by.

KEN MATTINGLY - Odyssey, Houston. Do you read me?... Odyssey, this is Houston, do you read me?

INCO - WHITE - That's 4 minutes. Standing by.

KEN MATTINGLY - Odyssey, Houston. Do you read?

JIM LOVELL - Hello, Houston. This is Odyssey. It's good to see you again.

KEN MATTINGLY - Odyssey, Houston. Welcome home. We're glad to see you.

WOMEN - They made it, they made it!


JIM LOVELL - Houston. We're at stable one. The ship is secure. This is Apollo 13 signing off.


JIM LOVELL - Our mission was called a successful failure. In that we returned safely, but never made it to the Moon. In the following months, it was determined that a damaged coil built inside the oxygen tank sparked during our cryo stir and caused the explosion that crippled the Odyssey. It was a minor defect that occurred two years before I was even named the flight's commander. Fred Haise was going back to the Moon on Apollo 18, but his mission was canceled because of the budget cuts, he never flew in space again. Nor did Jack Swigert. Who left the astronaut corps and was elected to Congress from the state of Colorado, but he died of cancer before he was able to take office. Ken Mattingly orbited the Moon as Command Module Pilot of Apollo 16, and flew the space shuttle, having never gotten the measles. Gene Kranz retired as director of flight operations just not long ago. And many other members of Mission Control have gone onto other things, but some are still there. And as for me, the seven extraordinary days of Apollo 13 were my last in space. I watched other men walk on the Moon and return safely, all from the confines of Mission Control and our house in Houston. I sometimes catch myself looking up at the Moon, remembering the changes of fortune in our long voyage, thinking of the thousands of people who worked to bring the three of us home. I look up at the Moon, and wonder when will we be going back and who will that be.




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