Apollo 13 (film)

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Apollo 13 film director Ron Howard with actor Tom Hanks at Kennedy Space Center in 1994.

Apollo 13 is a 1995 film about the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission, in which NASA must devise a strategy to return the spacecraft to Earth safely after it undergoes massive internal damage, putting the lives of the three astronauts on-board in jeopardy.

Directed by Ron Howard. Written by William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert, based on the book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.
Houston, we have a problem.

Jim Lovell

  • From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. And it's not a miracle, we just decided to go. On Apollo 8, we were so close. Just 60 nautical miles down, and it was as if I could just step out, and walk on the face of it.

Listen to an original recording of this quote:

In real life, the quote was "Houston, we've had a problem." Apollo Expeditions to the Moon, ch. 13.1, by James A. Lovell. The original phrase pronounced by Jack Swigert, "Houston, we've had a problem here" and then repeated by Lovell, "Houston, we've had a problem", was altered to a present-tense in the film script.

  • Houston, we are venting something out into space. I can see it outside window 1 right now. It's definitely, uh, a gas of some sort. It's got to be the oxygen.
  • Gentlemen, it's been a privilege flying with you.
  • Hello, Houston, this is Odyssey. It's good to see you again.
  • [narrating] 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 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 on to other things, but some are still there. 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?

Jack Swigert

  • If this doesn't work, we're not gonna have enough power left to get home.
  • [As Apollo 13 goes to behind the moon, breaking off communication with Houston] So long, Earth. Catch you on the flip side.
  • [on TV] When you go into the shadow of the moon and and the moon is between you and the sun, you see stars that are more brilliant than anything you've ever seen on the clearest nights here on Earth. And then you pass into the lunar sunrise over the lunar surface. It must be an awe-inspiring sight. I can't wait to see it myself.
  • [While flipping an electric switch on a panel full of condensation] It's like trying to drive a toaster through a car wash.

Gene Kranz

  • OK, guys, we're going to the moon.
  • EECOM, GNC, these guys are talking about bangs and shimmies up there; doesn't sound like instrumentation to me.
  • Tell me this is not a government operation.
  • Let's work the problem, people. Let's not make things any worse by guessing.
  • The Lunar Module just became a lifeboat.
  • I don't care what anything was designed to do. I care about what it can do.
  • I want this mark all the way back to Earth with time to spare. We've never lost an American in space, we're sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch. Failure is not an option!
  • [to Deke and other simulation operators] GODDAMMIT! I don't want another estimate. I want the procedures, NOW!

Ken Mattingly

  • [after finding out he's being grounded by exposure to the measles] Medical guys. I had a feeling once they started doing all the blood tests... I know it's their ass if I get sick up there, but I mean, Jesus!
  • Look, I don't have the measles. I'm not gonna get the measles.

Fred Haise

  • I could eat the ass off a dead rhinoceros.
  • We're not gonna have power much longer...the ship's bleeding to death.
  • [passing over the moon after the lost landing] Got to tell you, I had an itch to take this baby down though. Do some prospecting. Damn, we were close.


[Jim stands in his backyard, looking up at the moon, covering and uncovering it with his thumb. Marilyn comes walking out with a trash bag, notices him]
Marilyn Lovell: You're drunk, Lovell.
Jim Lovell: Yup, I'm not used to the champagne.
Marilyn Lovell: Me neither. [Picks at some random glasses and dishes on the patio table, then drops the trash bag she's holding] I can't deal with cleaning up. Let's sell the house.
Jim Lovell: Alright, we'll sell the house. [Still looking at the moon] They're back inside now, looking up at us. Isn't that something?
Marilyn Lovell: [Settles into a lawn chair] I'll bet Jenny Armstrong doesn't get a wink of sleep tonight. When you were on the far side on 8, I didn't sleep at all. I just vacuumed over and over again.

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 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. Now, this is the actual launch vehicle that will be taking Alan Shepard and his crew on the first leg of the Apollo 13 mission.
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 are asking why we're continuing to fund this program now that we've beaten the Russians to the moon.
Jim Lovell: Well, imagine if Christopher Columbus came back from the New World, and no one returned in his footsteps.

[Jim has hurried back home]
Jim Lovell: Hey! Anybody home?
Barbara Lovell: [wearing a hippy costume] 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're not wearing that out in this neighborhood. That's the end of it!
Susan Lovell: She's not even wearing a bra! You can see everything–
Barbara Lovell: Shut up!
Marilyn Lovell: Susan!
Jim Lovell: [Shows up] Hi.
Marilyn Lovell: [Surprised] Jim.
Jim Lovell: Hon, trick-or-treat. Remember those Easter vacation trips we had planned for Acapulco?
Marilyn Lovell: Uh oh.
Jim Lovell: Well, I was thinking there might be a slight change in destination.
Marilyn Lovell: Really?
Jim Lovell: Maybe, say...the moon.
[Marilyn gasps in realization and hugs Jim]
Jim Lovell: Al Shepard's ear infection has flared up. We've all been bumped up to the prime crew of Apollo 13. Straight to the front line, to the Fra Mauro highlands.
Marilyn Lovell: Six months? You're moving up six months?
Barbara Lovell: [Shows Jim her costume] Dad, can I please wear this?
Jim Lovell: ...Sure.
Marilyn Lovell: Jim.
Jim Lovell: [Promptly] No! No, absolutely not.
Barbara Lovell: This stinks! [Closes her bedroom door]
Marilyn Lovell: They're not rushing things, are they? I mean, are you going to be ready in six months?
Jim Lovell: We'll be ready. Oh, but I wouldn't wanna be around Al Shepard tonight. I gotta get over there, we gotta get up to speed on this.
Marilyn Lovell: Go, go.
Jim Lovell: I'm gonna walk on the moon, Marilyn.
Marilyn Lovell: I know, I can't believe it. Naturally, it's 13. Why 13?
Jim Lovell: It comes after 12, hon.

Jeffrey Lovell: Dad, did you know the astronauts in the fire?
Jim Lovell: Yeah, I knew the astronauts in the fire. All of them.
Jeffrey Lovell: Could that happen again?
Jim Lovell: Well, I'll tell you something about that fire. A lot of things went wrong. The, uh, the door, it's called the hatch. They couldn't get it open when they needed to get out, that was one thing. And, uh... 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.

Reporter 1: So, the number 13 doesn't bother you?
Fred Haise: Only if it's a Friday, Phil.
Reporter: Apollo 13, lifting of at thirteen hundred hours and thirteen minutes, and entering the moon's gravity on April 13th.
Jim Lovell: Ken Mattingly's been doing some scientific research regarding that very phenomenon, haven't you, Ken?
Ken Mattingly: 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: We're also considering a letter from a fella who said we oughta take a pig up with us for good luck.
Reporter 1: 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, uh… I think that an astronaut's last mission, his final flight, that's always going to be very special.
Reporter 2: 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 400 degrees difference between sunlight and shadow. I can't imagine, uh, ever topping that.

Deke Slayton: [He and Dr. Chuck find Lovell observing the rocket and launch pad being transported] Jim, we've got a problem.
Dr. Chuck: I just got some blood work back from the lab. Charlie Duke has the measles.
Jim Lovell: [Unconcerned] So, we need a new backup.
Dr. Chuck: You've all been exposed to it.
Jim Lovell: Oh, I've had the measles.
Deke Slayton: Ken Mattingly hasn't.
[Scene cuts to Kraft's office, with Lovell, Dr. Chuck, and Slayton]
Jim Lovell: You want to break up my crew two days before the launch; when we can predict each others' moves, we can read the tone of each others' voices?
Dr. Chuck: 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: All right, now look, Jack Swigert has been out of the loop for weeks.
Chris Kraft: He's fully qualified to fly this mission.
Jim Lovell: He's a fine pilot, but when was the last time he was in a simulator?
Chris Kraft: I'm sorry, Jim, I understand how you feel. Now we can do one of two things here. We can either scrub Mattingly and go with 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. It's your decision.

Mary Haise: Oh boy, hope I can sleep.
Fred Haise, Jr.: Mom, that was loud!
Mary Haise: Here, hold my hand. [to Marilyn] I can't believe you did this four times.
Marilyn Lovell: The worst part's over.
Mary Haise: It is?
Marilyn Lovell: Listen, this doesn't stop for me until he lands on that aircraft carrier.
Mary Haise: Oh, 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.
Reporter 1: Mrs. Lovell! Mrs. Haise!
Reporter 2: Can we speak to you? Can we just have a word with you, please?
Marilyn Lovell: Remember, you're proud, happy, and thrilled.
Reporter 1: How are you feeling?
Mary Haise: Well, we're very proud, very happy, and we're thrilled.

Jim Lovell: Well, between Jack's back taxes and the Fred Haise Show, I'd say that was a pretty successful broadcast.
CAPCOM: That was an excellent show, Odyssey.
Jack Swigert: Thank you very much, Houston.
CAPCOM: We've a couple of housekeeping procedures for you. We'd like you to roll right to 0-6-0 and null your rates.
Jack Swigert: Roger that. Rolling right, 0-6-0. [presses the buttons. The craft begins rolling right]
CAPCOM: And if you could give your oxygen tanks a stir.
Jack Swigert: Roger that. [flips the switches to activate the tank fans. Suddenly, one tank explodes and the alarm begins buzzing] Hey, we've got a problem here.
Jim Lovell: What did you do?
Jack Swigert: Nothing. I stirred the tanks.
CAPCOM: Uh, this is Houston. Say again, please?
Jim Lovell: Houston, we have a problem.

Seymour Liebergot: Flight?
Gene Kranz: Yeah, go, EECOM.
Seymour Liebergot: Um, Flight, I recommend we, uh, shut down the reactant valves of the fuel cells.
Gene Kranz: What the hell good is that gonna do?
Seymour: If that's where the leak is, we can isolate it. We can isolate it there and we can save what's left in the tanks and we can run on the good cell.
Gene Kranz: You close them, you can't open them again. You can't land on the moon with one healthy fuel cell.
Seymour Liebergot: Gene, the Odyssey is dying. From my chair here, this is the last option.
Gene Kranz: Yeah, yeah, yeah, okay, Sey. CAPCOM, let's have them close the reactant valves.
CAPCOM: Thirteen, this is Houston. Uh, we want you to close react valves on cells one and three. Do you copy?
Jim Lovell: Are you saying you want the whole smash? Closing down the react valves for fuel cells shutdown? Shutting down the fuel cells, did I hear you right?
Gene Kranz: Yeah, they heard me right. Tell them we think that's the only way they can stop the leak.
CAPCOM: Yeah, Jim, we think that closing the react valves may stop the leak.
[There's a long pause as the crew comprehends what's just been said]
Gene Kranz: Did he copy that?
CAPCOM: Do you copy, Jim?
Jim Lovell: Yes, Houston, we copy... [to Haise and Swigert] We just lost the moon.

Jim Lovell: Freddo, how long does it take to power up the LEM?
Fred Haise: Three hours by the checklist.
Jim Lovell: We don't have that much time.

Jeffrey Lovell: Why are there 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 moon rock.
Marilyn Lovell: Right. Well...something broke on your daddy's spaceship, and he's going to turn around before he even gets to the the moon.
Jeffrey Lovell: [meekly] Was it the door?

Gene Kranz: Okay, people! Listen up! I want you all to forget the flight plan. From this moment on, we are improvising a new mission. [Kranz turns on an overheard projector and the bulb burns out] How do we get our people home? [drawing with chalk on blackboard] They are here. We turn them around? Straight back? Direct abort?
Bobby Spencer: Yes! Gene...
MOCR Engineer: No, we can't do that...
Jerry Bostick: No, sir. No, sir! We get them on a free–return trajectory. It's the option with the fewest question marks for safety.
Gene Kranz: I agree with Jerry. We use the moon's gravity to slingshot them around.
Bobby Spencer: No! The L.E.M. will not support three guys for that amount of time!
Larry Strimple: It barely holds two.
Bobby Spencer: I mean, we have got to do a direct abort. We do an about face, we bring the guys right home right now.
Larry Strimple: Get them back soon, absolutely.
Jerry Bostick: We don't even know if the Odyssey's engine's even working, and if there's been serious damage to this spacecraft...
Ray Teague: They blow up and they die.
Bobby Spencer: That is not the argument! We are talking about time, not–!
Ray Teague: Oh, come on! I'm not going to sugarcoat this for you!
Gene Kranz: Let's hold it. Let's hold it down. Let's hold it down, people. The only engine we've got with enough power for a direct abort is the S.P.S. on the service module. From what Lovell has told us, it could have been damaged in an explosion, so let's consider that engine dead. We light that thing up; it could blow the whole works. It's just too risky. We're not gonna take that chance. Now the only thing the command module is good for is re-entry, so that leaves us with the L.E.M., which means free–return trajectory. Once we get the guys around the moon, we'll fire up the L.E.M. engine, make a long burn, pick up some speed, get them back as soon as we can.
Alan Glines: Gene, I'm wondering what the Grumman guys think about this.
Grumman Rep: We can't make any guarantees. We designed the L.E.M. to land on the moon, not fire the engine out there for course correction.
Gene Kranz: 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?

NASA Director: He specifically wanted a quote from a flight director.
Gene Kranz: Who wanted a quote?
Glynn Lunney: The President.
Gene Kranz: The President?
Deke Slayton: Nixon. He wants odds.
Gene Kranz: We are not losing the crew.
NASA Director: Gene, I gotta give him odds. Five to one against? Three to one?
Glynn Lunney: I don't think they're that good.
Gene Kranz: We are not losing those men!
Deke Slayton: [to Kraft] Look, tell him three to one.

CAPCOM: 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: We are 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 Hasie: Got to tell you, I had an itch to take this baby down though. Do some prospecting. Damn, we were close.
Jim Lovell: Gentlemen... what are your intentions? [Haise and Swigert look over at him] I'd like to go home. We've got a burn coming up. We're gonna need a contingency if we lose comm with Houston. Freddo, let's get an idea where we stand on the consumables. Jack, get up into the Odyssey and bag up all the water you can before it freezes in there. Let's go home.

Gene Kranz: So you're telling me you can only give our guys 45 hours? [Kranz draws a line on the blackboard halfway between the moon and the Earth] That brings them to about there. Gentlemen, that's not acceptable.
'[the controllers all begin talking at once]
John Aaron: Whoa, whoa, guys! Power is everything! Power is everything.
Gene Kranz: What do you mean?
John Aaron: Without it, they don't talk to us, they don't correct their trajectory, they don't turn the heat shield around... We gotta turn everything off. Now. They're not gonna make it to re-entry.
Gene Kranz: What do you mean everything?
John Aaron: With everything on, the L.E.M. draws 60 amps. At that rate, in 16 hours the batteries are dead, not 45. And so is the crew. We gotta get them down to 12 amps.
Ray Teague: Whoa! 12 amps? How many?
MOCR Engineer: You can't run a vacuum cleaner on 12 amps, John!
John Aaron: We have to turn off the radars, cabin heater, instrument displays, the guidance computer, the whole smash.
Jerry Bostick: Whoa! Guidance computer? What... what if they need to do another burn? Gene, they won't even know which way they're pointed.
John Aaron: 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.
Gene Kranz: That's the deal?
John Aaron: That's the deal.
Gene Kranz: Okay, John. The minute we finish the burn, we'll power down the L.E.M.
John Aaron: All right. [he leaves the room]
Gene Kranz: 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.
Glynn Lunney: It's never been tried before.
Bobby Strimple: Hell, we've never even simulated it before, Gene.
Gene Kranz: 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 [draws dotted line from halfway mark to Earth] all the way back to Earth with time to spare. We've 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: [enters Ken Mattingly's hotel room] Ken? Ken.
Ken Mattingly: What? Huh?
John Young: Good, you're not dead. I've been trying to get in touch with you for 45 minutes.
Ken Mattingly: Jesus, John. What're you doing here?
John Young: I gotta get you in the simulators. We got a ship to land.
Ken Mattingly: What?
John Young: There's been an explosion. Oxygen tanks are gone, two fuel cells 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 L.E.M. We're gonna have to shut that down pretty soon too. We got a lot of people working on numbers on this one, Ken, and nobody's too sure how much power we're gonna have when we hit re-entry. The command module's gonna be frozen up pretty good by then.

John Aaron: You see this ammeter rise over twenty at any point, power-up is no good. We see it spike, 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?
John Aaron: Barely enough to run this coffeepot for 9 hours.
Sim Tech 2: [over headset] John?
John Aaron: Go.
Sim Tech 2: Yeah, Ken Mattingly just got here.
John Aaron: Copy. 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.
John Aaron: Ken. Glad you're here. You know what's going on?
Ken Mattingly: Uh, John's brought me up speed. What do we have left in the batteries?
John Aaron: We don't really know.
Ken Mattingly: We gotta get started on some short cuts for the power-up.
John Aaron: Yeah. You know how short?
Ken Mattingly: Well, it's all in the sequencing, John. If we can skip whatever we don't absolutely need, and turn things on in the right order, maybe...
John Aaron: I agree.
Ken Mattingly: You started on a procedure?
John Aaron: 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 cold and dark. Give me the exact same conditions they've got in there now and I need the present status of every instrument.
Frank: You got it.
Ken Mattingly: I need a flashlight. [Frank hands him a regular flashlight] That's not what they have up there. Don't give me anything they don't have onboard.
John Young: Let's get this show on the road. Put him in space, fellas.

Jim Lovell: Okay, Houston, the quad-heater circuit breakers are open.
CAPCOM: Copy that.
Fred Haise: We'll use the forward omni when the Earth's in the window, and we're switching to aft omni when we see the moon.
CAPCOM: We copy that, Thirteen. Aquarius, we don't want you to make any more waste dumps. The venting may push you off course.
Fred Haise: Oh, 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. Okay, Houston, that leaves us with just the computer, which I'm shutting down now. [shuts off L.E.M. computer] And that's it. We just put Sir Isaac Newton in the driver's seat.

Clint Burton: Gene, we have a situation brewing with the carbon dioxide.
Bill Peters: We have a CO2 filter problem in the Lunar Module.
Clint Burton: Five filters on the L.E.M.
Bill Peters: Which were meant for two guys for a day and a half.
Clint Peters: That's what I told the Doc.
Dr. Chuck: They're already up to eight on the gauges. Anything over fifteen, and you get impaired judgement, blackouts, the beginnings of brain asphyxia.
Gene Kranz: What about the scrubbers on the command module?
Clint Burton: They take square cartridges.
Bill Peters: The ones on the L.E.M. are round.
Gene Kranz: [sighs in irritation] Tell me this isn't a government operation.
Clint Burton: This just isn't a contingency we've remotely looked at.
Dr. Chuck: Those CO2 levels are going to be getting toxic.
Gene Kranz: Well, I suggest you gentlemen invent a way to put a square peg in a round hole. Rapidly.

[the news media are camping out at the Lovell residence]
Henry Hurt: I, uh, I have a request from the news people.
Marilyn: Uh-huh?
Henry Hurt: They're out front here. They want to put a transmitter up on the lawn.
Marilyn Lovell: Transmitter?
Henry Hurt: 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: Well, it's more dramatic now. Suddenly people are...
Marilyn Lovell: Landing on the moon wasn't dramatic enough for them - why should not landing on it be?
Henry Hurt: Look, I, um, I realize how hard this is, Marilyn, but the whole world is caught up in this, it's historic—
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!

Jack Swigert: I've been going over the numbers again. Have they called up with a re-entry plan yet? 'Cause we're coming in too shallow.
Jim Lovell: We're working on something, Jack. Just hold on.
Fred Haise: I can't remember the ratio temperature; we got no references on board.
Jim Lovell: Well, let's see if Houston can pull up the MIL-SPECs.
Jack Swigert: Listen, listen, listen! They gave us too much Delta V, had us burn too long. At this rate, we're gonna skip right off of the atmosphere, and we're never gonna get back!
Fred Haise: What are you talking about? How'd you figure that?
Jack Swigert: I can add.
Jim Lovell: Jack, they've got half the Ph.Ds on the planet working on this.
Fred Haise: Houston says we're right on the money.
Jack Swigert: And what if they have 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 do you mean they're not gonna tell us? That's bullshit!
Jim Lovell: All right, there's 1,000 things that have to happen in order, we are on #8. You're taking about #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. We agree with that.
Jack Swigert: [hits his head on the L.E.M. ceiling] OW! God damn this piece of shit!
Fred Haise: Hey! This piece of shit's gonna get you home. That's 'cause that's the only thing we got left, Jack!
Jack Swigert: Now what are 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 C.M.–
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, all right?
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. [points to Haise]
Fred Haise: I just asked you what the gauge was reading, and you don't know!
Jim Lovell: All right, look, we're not doing this, gentlemen, we're not gonna do this. We're not gonna go bouncing off the walls for ten minutes, because we're just gonna end up right back here with the same problems! Try to figure out how to stay alive!
CAPCOM: Aquarius, this is Houston.
Jim Lovell: Are we on VOX?!
Fred Haise: No, we're not on VOX.
Jim Lovell: [Turns on switch to transmit; calmly] Yeah, Houston, this is Aquarius, go ahead.
CAPCOM: Yeah, Jim, could you check you check your CO2 gauge for us? [the CO2 warning light blinks on right at that moment]
Jim Lovell: Yeah, Houston, we were just looking at that. Our CO2 measurement has jumped 4 notches in the last hour.
Fred: That can't be right. I went over those numbers three times.
CAPCOM: 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: 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.
[Lovell and Haise look over at Swigert]
Jack Swigert: Maybe I should just hold my breath.

Marilyn Lovell: 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.
Blanche Lovell: Well, they said he was.
Marilyn Lovell: I know. I know. 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 how to get them home. And it's a little bit dangerous. [to Susan Lovell, who has started to cry] Oh, sweetie.
Blanche Lovell: [to Susan Lovell] Are you scared? [Susan Lovell nods] Well, don't you worry, honey. If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it.

CAPCOM: 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: Tell them they have to sleep. Haise is running a fever of 104.
CAPCOM: Uh, Thirteen. Listen, we've had another request from the Flight Surgeon that you fellas get some more sleep. He doesn't like his readings down here.
Jim Lovell: [rips off his bio-med sensors] 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: [Lovell's readings flatline] Flight, I just lost Lovell.
CAPCOM: Uh, Thirteen. This is Houston. Jim, we just had a drop out on your bio-med sensors.
Jim Lovell: I'm not wearing my bio-med sensors, Houston.
[Kranz smirks and silently laughs to himself. CAPCOM glances at Kranz, who waves him off, unconcerned]
CAPCOM: ...Okay, Jim. Copy that.
[Lovell looks over at Haise and Swigert, who proceed in turn to remove their bio-med sensors as well]
Dr. Chuck: Flight! Now I'm losing all three of them!
Gene Kranz: It's just a little medical mutiny, Doc. I'm sure the guys are still with us. Let's cut 'em some slack, okay?

CAPCOM: Aquarius, this is Houston.
Jim Lovell: Houston, Aquarius.
CAPCOM: Uh, Jim, we've got another course correction for you.
Jack Swigert: What's up?
Fred Haise: Something about another course correction.
Jim Lovell: Uh, We copy, uh, Houston. Be advised, it's gonna take Freddo and I awhile to power up the computer for the, uh, alignment platform if we have to fire the engine.
CAPCOM: Uh, 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 Kranz: Come on, we gotta be able to give these guys something up there.
Bill Fenner: Without power, we can't give them a reading.
Gene Kranz: I'm not talking about power, I'm talking about reference.
Bill Strable: 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: 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: Yeah, roger that, Jim.
Jim Lovell: Well, Houston, we've got one. If we can keep the Earth in the window, flying manually, the co-ax crosshairs right on its terminator, all I have to know is how long do we need to burn the engine. [under his breath] The shorter the better.
CAPCOM: Roger that, Jim.
Glynn Lunney: Can they fly it manually? And still shut it down on time without the computer?
Gene Kranz: I guess that's the best we can do, Glynn. We're out of time.

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.
John Aaron: 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.
John Aaron: Fine, then trade off the parachutes. Something.
Ken Mattingly: Well, if the chutes don't open, what's the point?
John Aaron: 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.
John Aaron: 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.
John Aaron: [turns to John Young] I don't know where the hell we're gonna find it.

Jules Bergman: Apollo 13 commander, Jim Lovell, has more time in space, almost twenty-four days already, than any other man, and I asked him recently if he was ever scared.
Jim Lovell: Oh, well, I've had an engine flame out a few times in an aircraft, and was kind of curious as to wether or not it was going to light up again, things of that nature, but, uh, they seem to work out.
Jules Bergman: Is there a specific instance in an airplane emergency when you can recall fear?
Jim Lovell: Uh, well, I'll tell ya, I remember this one time, I'm in a 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 radar had jammed, and my homing signal was gone because somebody in Japan was actually using the same frequency, and so it was – it was leading me away from where I was supposed to be. And I'm lookin' down at a 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, and I can't even tell now what my altitude is. I know I'm running out of fuel, so I'm thinking about ditching in the ocean. And I, I look down there, and then in the darkness there's this, uh… there's this green trail. It's like a long carpet that's just laid out right beneath me, and it was the algae, right? It was that phosphorescent stuff that gets churned up in the wake of a big ship. And it was, it was, it was leading me home. You know, if my cockpit lights hadn't shorted out, there's no way I'd ever been able to see that. So uh, you, uh, never know... what... what events are to transpire to get you home.

Ken Mattingly: Look, I know this sequence works, John.
John Aaron: The sequence looks good, we're just overbudget on the amperage.
Ken Mattingly: By how much?
John Aaron: Three or four amps?
Ken Mattingly: Goddammit, John! Is is three or four?
John Young: Four.
John Aaron: Four!
Ken Mattingly: Four more amps... [thinking] We know they have some power left in the L.E.M. batteries, right?
John Aaron: Yeah.
Ken Mattingly: We have an umbilical that provides power from the command module to the L.E.M.
John Young: Right, it's back-up for the L.E.M. power supply.
John Aaron: I'm listening.
Ken Mattingly: So... reverse it. Reverse the flow and see if we can draw these four amps from the L.E.M. batteries before we cut it loose. Why can't we do that?
John Aaron: We don't have a 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 four amps.

Bobby Spencer: Flight, this is RETRO.
Gene Kranz: Go, RETRO.
Bobby Spencer: Flight, we're looking at a Typhoon Warning at the edge of the prime recovery area.
Gene Kranz: Say again, RETRO?
Bobby Spencer: Flight, we're looking at a Typhoon Warning at the edge of the prime recovery area. Now, this is just a warning, Flight. It could miss them.
Gene Kranz: [More so to himself] Yeah, only if their luck changes.

Jerry Bostick: Flight, they're still shallowing up a little bit in the reentry corridor. Almost like they're underweight.
Gene Kranz: Now, how the hell can they be underweight?
Bobby Spencer: We didn't land on the moon.
Gene Kranz: Rocks?
Bobby Spencer: That's affirm.

Henry Hurt: We've got the parachute situation, the heat shield, angle of the trajectory and the typhoon. There's just so many variables, I'm at a loss–
NASA Director: I know what the problems are, Henry. This could be the worst disaster NASA's ever experienced.
Gene Kranz: With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour.


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