Apollo 13 Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Apollo 13 Script

 Flight, we have the crew

crossing gantry for     

capsule Ingress.        


-Roger that.         

- 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,             

- We got a short.            


- and after that sudden  

  and horrible fire      

  on the launch pad...   

- Fire in the spacecraft.


during a routine test that   

killed American astronauts...


Gus Grissom, Ed White

and Roger Chaffee,   


- Get us out of here!           

- there were serious doubts that

  we could beat the Russians    

  to the moon.                  


But tonight, a mere 18 months 

after the tragedy ofApollo 1,


the entire world watched in awe

as Neil Armstrong              

and Buzz Aldrin...             


landed on the moon.


The big, uh, 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:


9:00 p.m.             

Eastern Daylight Time.


Now 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.           


- All right. Uh-huh.       

- In the LEM. This thing   

  sticks out here in front,

  that's called the probe. 


- Is that true?

- Absolutely.  


A-A-And, Tracey, I'll tell ya,

when you feel that thing slide

in, everything's clickin',    


it's like no other   

feeling in the world.


- Little liquid propulsion.

- What's the big occasion? 


Hey, how's it goin'           

over there in Mission Control?


Oh, it's a nervous time.

They're pacin' around,  

smokin' like chimneys.  


Gene Kranz is gonna have

puppies. Jim Lovell.    


- Hi.                   

- This is Tracey.       

- How do you do, Tracey?

- This. This is the man.


-Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8.

- Stop it, Swigert.             


They were the first ones around 

the moon. This guy did ten laps.


Yeah, with one hand on the     

wheel. You guys make yourselves

at home. Hey, Marilyn.         


- Jim, where have you been? 

- This is the last champagne

  in the city of Houston.   


- Very good, very good.     

- Right here.               

  Everything else all right?


- Everything's on course.       

- Looks okay. Hey! Cadet Lovell.

- Hey, Dad.                     


Put this on ice in the back

with the rest              

and make sure it gets cold.


- You gonna get a haircut

  this summer?           

- I'm on vacation.       


Oh, get a haircut.


- Well, hello there.   

- I wouldn't mind bein'

  up there tonight.    


God, who wouldn't.            

Don't worry. Our day's comin'.


They're not gonna cut        

the program before number 14.


- You know my cousin called.

- Uh-huh.                   


- Asked who we bribed         

  to get on Jim Lovell's crew.

- Yeah.                       


I just told him, uh, they wanted

to make sure he got the best.   


Well, they got that right.


- What network do we want?

- Come on, Walter. Look-- 

  Hey, Walter. Walter.    


- Do a program.          

- Come on. Come on.      

  Turn it up. Turn it up.


...has, uh, completed, uh, 

putting on their spacesuits

and their boots,           


- Everybody!              

-uh, helmets, and they're

 now donning their--     


I really appreciate you all    

coming to this dress rehearsal 

party for myApollo 12 landing.


- Oh, sit down, Conrad.      

- No, but I-I think we should

  all take a moment...       


to, to recognize

the exemplary-- 


hell, damn near heroic



displayed by Neil Armstrong's

backup for this historic     

moon walk.                   


And, of course, his crew.

Let's hear it for--      


- Let's hear it for Jim Lovell,

  Ken Mattingly and Fred Haise.

- Let me tell you something.   


Come here, Fred.


Oh, there he is. There he is.

Everybody, quiet down.       

There he is. There he is.    


- Hey, kids!                    

- Well, we had a good touchdown.


Okay, we can verify the position

of the, uh, opening...          


I ought to have

on the camera. 



- Jim, you think it's too

  late for him to abort? 


No, no, he-he still has time   

to get out of there. Just needs

somebody to wave him off.      


-There he is. There's his foot--

-Pull up, Neil!                 

-Pull up, pull up.              


Okay, Neil, we can see you 

coming down the ladder now.



-Boy, look at those

 pictures. Wow.    


I'm, uh, at the foot

of the ladder.      


The LEM foot pads

are only, uh,    


depressed in the surface     

about, uh, one or two inches.


-It's almost like a powder.

-Armstrong is on the moon. 


-Neil Armstrong.          

-Okay, I'm gonna step off 

 the LEM now.             


38-year-old American standing

on the surface of the moon.  


On this July 20, 1969.


That's one small step

for man,             


one giant leap

for mankind.  


-His quote was...  

-I only go in, uh--


"That's one small step for man,

one giant leap for mankind."   


- You're drunk, Lovell.

- Yep. I'm not used to 

  the champagne.       


Me neither.


I can't deal with cleaning up.

Let's sell the house.         


All right, let's

sell the house. 


They're back inside now,

lookin' up at us.       


Isn't that somethin'?


I bet Jannie 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.


Christopher Columbus and Charles

Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong.   


Neil Armstrong.


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.


OnApollo 8,     

we were so close.


Just 60 nautical miles

down, and--           


And it was like

I could just...


step out and walk 

on the face of it.


I wanna go back there.


Where's my mountain?


Well, it--

Up there. 


It's, uh, right up by the s--

Okay, you see the, the--     


where the shadow crosses  

the, the white area there?


That's the Sea of Tranquillity,

and your mountain's right there

on the edge of that.           


That's your mountain.  

Your mountain, Marilyn.

Mount Marilyn.         


I don't see it.


Well, you gotta

look harder.   


You, you, you

look harder. 


- While I--

- Oh, Jim. 


The astronaut is only  

the most visible member

of a very large team,  


and all of us, right down to    

the, the guy 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: the belief

that anything is possible.


Things like a computer that can

fit into a single room...      


and, and hold millions   

of pieces of information.


Or theSaturn 5 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.


When are you going

up again, Jim?    


I'm slated to be          

the commander of Apollo 14

sometime late next year.  


If there is  

anApollo 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.


Imagine if, if Christopher

Columbus had come back    

from the New World...     


and no one returned

in his footsteps.  


Attention, all personnel.

Clear level three.       


-Clear level three.            

- Are there any other questions?


H-How do you go to    

the bathroom in space?


Well, I tell you, it's       

a highly technical process...


of, uh, cranking down the window

and looking for a gas station,  

which, uh--                     


Oh, here'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?   

- Uh, Jim, can I have a minute?

  Something's come up.         


Sure, you be--

Uh, Henry?    




- Anybody home?   

- Definitely not--


I'm not being a cheerleader,

Mom. You don't understand.  

I worked so hard on this!   


Barbara, maybe     

I don't understand,


but you are not wearing that

out in this neighborhood.   


- That's the end of it. I don't

  want to hear any more.       

- She's not even wearing a bra.


- You can see everything.

- Shut up!               

- Susan!                 


- Hey, everybody.         

- Jim!                    

- Marilyn, trick or treat.


You know that Easter vacation

trip we had planned          

for Acapulco?                


- Uh-oh.                        

- Well, I was thinking, uh,     

  there might be a slight change

  in destination.               




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.    


Six months? You're   

moving up six months?


- Dad, can I please wear this?

- Sure.                       


- Jim.                   

- No! No, absolutely not.


This stinks.


They're not rushing things,  

are they? I mean, y-you're   

gonna be ready in six months?


We'll be ready. Boy,      

I wouldn't want to be     

around Al Shepard tonight.


I gotta get over there.

We're gonna have to get

up to speed on this.   


- Go, go.              

- I'm gonna walk       

  on the moon, Marilyn.


I know.          

Can't believe it.


Naturally it's 13.

Why 13?           


It comes after 12, hon.


 Apollo 13,you are go    

for pyro arm and docking.


All systems are nominal

and on the line.       


Okay, S4B is stable.


SLA panels are drifting free.

The drogue is clear.         


The docking target

is clear.         


Okay, I'm comin' up         

on that now. Two, one, mark.


Seventy-five feet.         

We're comin' up on docking.


Let's shut down                

some thrusters on 'em.         

See what he does with this one.


Whoa. Wait a minute.      

Uh, I lost something here.


- I can't translate up.   

- Houston, we are drifting

  down and away.          


- Can we just back off and   

  take another run at this?  

- No, no, I got it. I got it.


Let me, uh-- Let me just try

and get it stable here.     


- Houston, I'm gonna  

  reset the high gain.

- I've got the target 

  back in the reticle.


Okay, we're stable. Go ahead

and recycle the valves.     


- Forty feet.      

- They're all gray.




- Easy.    

- Ten feet.


- Capture.  

- That's it.


- Ha! That's it.        

- Whoo! Sweet move, Ken.

  Beautiful, beautiful. 


- Gentlemen, that is       

  the way we do that.      

- Oh, man, that woke me up.


 Apollo 13backup crew,     

you're up in the simulator.


- Nice job, Jim.    

- That's three hours

  of boredom...     


followed by seven seconds

of sheer terror.         


Good job, guys. You just 

won the Christmas turkey.


Nice try, Frank.


- You really outfoxed 'em,    


- Yeah, but it wasn't perfect.


- Used up too much fuel.     

- Ah, you're above the curve.


Not by much. Listen, guys,

I-I wanna work it again.  


Hey, we gotta be up with  

the dawn patrol headed for

Beth Page, what, 0700?    


- Wheels up at 0700.      

- Yeah, I know, but       

  my rate of turn is still

  a little too slow there.


I really think          

we should work it again.


- Well, let's get it right.    

- Okay. Set it up again, Frank.


Okay, 13 backup crew,

it'll have to wait.  


Prime crew's up 

for another run.


Yeah, baby.


Apollo 13,we show S4B shutdown,

and all systems are nominal.    


Fred, set the S-ban omni to "B,"

and when you get in the LEM,    

two forward.                    


In good shape over here.


- Hey, we got a problem.

- 02 flow high.         

- Cabin depress. Repeat:

  Cabin depress.        


- I got no suit pressure. 

- Ken, get your helmet on!


- I can't get it locked!  

- Houston, we got         

  a master alarm that just

  ripped a big hole in us!


- Help me! Help!       

- We got rapid depress!


Oh, God!




See now, I thought that if you 

fired a rocket up into the sky,

something bad would happen.    


Stars would fall down

on you or something. 


That's silly.          

Stars can't fall on us.


Well, you're a smarter kid

than I was.               


How long will it take you

to get to the moon?      


Four days.


But that's pretty fast. See,   

this is theSaturn 4 B-booster,


and it shoots us      

away from the earth...


as fast as a bullet

from a gun...      


until the moon's gravity

actually grabs us...    


and, and pulls us into...


a circle around the moon.


Which is called

an orbit.      


Right? Fred and I float down

the tunnel into this guy--  


the lunar module,       

the spidery-lookin' guy.


Only holds two people, and it's

just for landin' on the moon.  


And I take the controls,

and I steer it around...


and I fly it down, adjustin' it

here, the attitude there,      


pitch, roll, for a nice, 

soft landing on the moon.


Better than Neil Armstrong. 

Way better than Pete Conrad.


Dad? Did you know          

the astronauts in the fire?


Yeah. Yeah, I did. I knew  

the astronauts in the fire.

All of them.               


Could that happen again?


Well, I'll tell you somethin'

about that fire.             


Um, 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.       


Did they fix it?


Oh, yes. Absolutely.

We fixed it.        


It's not a problem anymore.


I can't believe they still have

you doing public appearances.  


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Well, Henry Hurt was

all over me.        


- I know, Jim, but with the    

  training schedule this tight,

- I couldn't get away from it. 


- they shouldn't be asking you.

- Well, it's, you know-- It's  

  for the program, Marilyn.    


- It's, you know-- It's NASA. 

- Hey! Hey, you're Jim Lovell,

  aren't ya?                  


Hey, lucky 13!

Right on!     


That's the second time

it's done that.       


So I was looking at the kids'

school schedule coming up.   


- Yeah?                 

- It's a very busy week.


- Well, yeah.           

- I'm thinking about not

  going to the launch.  




The kids need me

at home, honey. 


Marilyn, we've had these kids

for a while now.             


- They've never kept you from  

  coming to the other launches.

- Yes, but now we have         

  your mother.                 


- She's just had this stroke.

  We don't--                 

- Oh, Mom's fine.            


Honey, it's not like I've never

been to a launch before.       


The other wives     

have not done three.


Just-- I just don't think 

I can go through all that.


I'll just be glad    

when this one's over.


Well, you're gonna miss

a helluva show.        


- Jim. See ya. Take care.

- Hey, guys. See you     

  in a few weeks.        


Bring us back

a moon rock. 


So, the number 13  

doesn't bother you.


Only if it's   

a Friday, Phil.


Apollo 13,liftin' off         

at 1300 hours and 13 minutes...


and entering the moon's

gravity on April 13.   


Uh, Ken Mattingly here

has been doing...     


some scientific experiments

regarding that very        

phenomenon, haven't you?   


Uh, uh, yes. Well, I,

uh, had a black cat, 


uh, walk over a broken mirror 

under the lunar module ladder.


-It didn't seem to be a problem.

-Yeah, we're also considerin'   

 a real helpful letter we got...


from a fella said we ought

to take a pig up with us  

for good luck.            


Does it bother you     

that the public regards

this flight as routine?


There's nothin' routine  

about flyin' to the moon.

I can vouch for that.    


And, uh,


I think that an astronaut's    

last mission, his final flight,


well, that's, that's always

going to be very special.  


Why is this    

your last, Jim?


I'm in command of the, 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     



between sunlight

and shadow.     


I can't imagine, uh,

ever topping that.  


So we have that scheduled      

for you at 0900 hours tomorrow.


- Uh, that's not     

  gonna work, Walter.

- Why?               


Freddo and I are gonna be   

goin' over the lunar surface

experiments tomorrow,       


and Ken's gonna be    

back in the simulator.


We're gonna be goin' over       

the flight plan tonight as well.


I'm gonna pay a visit to

this beautiful machine  

after you're hard down. 


- Thanks.                  

- Jim. We've got a problem.


I just got some blood work

back from the lab.        


Charley Duke    

has the measles.


- So we need a new backup.      

- You've all been exposed to it.


- Well, I've had the measles.

- Ken Mattingly hasn't.      


You, You wanna break up my crew

two days before the launch.    


When we can predict each other's

moves. We can read the-- read   

the tone of each other's voices.


Ken Mattingly will be getting

seriously ill...             


precisely when you and Haise    

will be ascending from the lunar

surface to rendezvous with him. 


- Jim, that's a lousy time

  for a fever.            

- All right, now look.    


- Jack Swigert has been     

  out of the loop for weeks.

- He's fully qualified      

  to fly this mission.      


He's a fine pilot, but

when was the last time

he was in a simulator?


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.


I've trained for        

the Fra Mauro Highlands,


and this is flight surgeon

horseshit, Deke!          


Jim, if you hold out for Ken,

you will not be on Apollo 13.


It's your decision.


Oh. Let it ring.


No, I gotta--     

I gotta take that.


- Oh, why?        

- Because I'm on  

  the backup crew.


The backup crew has to       

set up the guest list and    

book the hotel room. Swigert.




Yes. Yes, sir.


Uh, I understand.

Thank you, sir.  


Well, I, uh--




Medical guys.


I had a feeling when      

they started doing all    

the blood tests that, uh--


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, uh--  


He's strong.


It'll be a hell of a mission.

One for the books.           


You sure about this, Jim?      

I mean, why don't I go upstairs

and talk to Deke?              


I'm sure we can

work this out. 


This was my call.


Must've been

a tough one.


Look, I don't have

the measles.      


I'm not gonna get

the measles.     


Ken, wait up.


Trajectory's holding steady.

We're right on the line.    


Okay, we're into

program 64.     


We're at 05-G, so we're  

feelin' that gravity now.


Uh, Houston, we are at 400,000

feet, passing entry interface.


-About to lose signal.    

-Re-entry data is nominal,


and we have    

radio blackout.


What's the story here?


I got a corridor light.     

We're comin' in too shallow.


I'm goin' to manual.


- Houston, switching to S.C.S.

- Roger, 13.                  


Okay, we're at three G's.


Five G's.


We're comin' in

too steep.     


I'm gonna stay in this roll,   

see if I can pull us out of it.


We're at eight G's.


Nine... ten.


- We're at 12 G's.         

- 12 G's. We're burnin' up.


-Damn it!                       

-I gave 'em a false indicator   

 light right at entry interface.


Even Mattingly didn't get it

the first time.             


How you feelin', Freddo?




- So what happened?    

- We came in too steep.

  We're dead.          


- No shit.                

- Yeah, yeah, we were into

  program 67 there, so--  


Okay, guys, we're gonna  

do this again, obviously,


but, uh, give us a minute to get

our switches reset in here.     


Jim, could we have a word?


Oh, sure, Deke.


We're going to drop off-line    

and debrief this one on our own.


- So?                        

- 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.        


Let's do it again.


Do it again.


- Mom, there he is.            

- Oh, Margaret. Get down, Fred!

  Steven, come here!           


- Daddy! Daddy!   

- I tell you-- Oh!


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?       


- Hey, boys. 

- Hey, Daddy!

- Hi, Daddy! 


- Not givin' your mama 

  a hard time, are you?

- No, sir.             



you look beautiful.




Well, hey, that looks like

Marilyn Lovell.           


But it can't be. She's not

coming to the launch.     


- I heard it was gonna be

  a helluva show.        

- Now who told you that? 


Some guy I know.


You can't live without me.


- Okay, folks,         

  let's say good night.

- Good night.          


- We got a big day tomorrow  

  for these guys. Good night.

- We gotta go home now.      

  Good night.                


You hear about Ken?




One, two.


Stand back, please.

Stand back.        


Ah, Guenther Vendt!


- I vonder vere Guenther vent.

- Jim!                        


- You walk on the moon, huh?

- Ja, ja, we walk and--     


and we talk on ze moon.


- All right, you seem 

  to be in good shape.

- Good.               


We need a ventilator check-out

over here. How you feelin'?   

Pretty good?                  


Good. Might be a little

warmer in here, huh?   


- How are you today? Ready?

- Good. Yeah.              


Oh, geez. Oh!


Oh, God, no!


Oh, no.


- Okay, I want to run a check

  on this when he's suited.  

- Roger.                     


- Okay, we have          

  the oxygen burn system?

- Check.                 


- We have the helmet

  restraint ring?   

- Check.            


- Okay.               

- You check all       

  the pressure gauges?


Communication umbilical.

Then, of course,        

the ventilation is good.


- Fred?     

- What?     

- Gum.      

- Oh, sorry.




I'm gonna give these guys

a beautiful ride.        


I'm sure you will, Jack.


You need more air?


You want some apple?


- Marilyn, hey.

- Mary.        


- Oh, I hate this already.

- You're not just about   

  to pop, are you?        


No, I got 30 days   

'til this blast-off.


This is for Gene.


Mrs. Kranz has pulled out       

the old needle and thread again.


The last one looked like 

he bought it off a Gypsy.


Well, you can't argue

with tradition.      


- Copy that.                   

- This is from your wife, Gene.


Oh, thank you, Tom.


I was starting 

to get worried.


There we go.


- I like it.            

  I like that one, Gene.

- Sharp, Gene.          


Jim, you're all set.


Very sharp.


Hey, Gene, I guess

we can go now.    


Save it for      

splashdown, guys.


Apollo 13 flight controllers,

listen up.                   


- Give me a go no/go  

  for launch. Booster.

- Go.                 


- Retro.

- Go.   

- Fido. 


- We're go, Flight.

- Guidance.        

- Guidance go.     

- Surgeon.         


- Go, Flight.      

- EECOM.           

- We're go, Flight.


- G.N.C.   

- We're go.

- TELMU.   

- Go.      


- Control.   

- Go, Flight.

- Procedures.

- Go.        


- INCO. 


- F.A.O.


- We are go.

- Network.  

- Go.       

- Recovery. 


- Go!              

- Capcom.          

- We're go, Flight.


Launch control, this is Houston.

We are go for launch.           


Roger that, Houston.


Pad leader,        

what's your status?


We are go for launch.


T minus 60 seconds

and counting.     


- Fuel pumps.

- This is it.


A few bumps and we're

haulin' the mail.    


Control, this is Guidance.


We are go for launch.


- T minus--

-15, 14,  


13, 12, 11,


10, 9, 8,


7, 6.


Ignition sequence starts.


3, 2, 1.




The clock is running!


We have liftoff!


Houston, we have cleared

the tower in 13:13.     


Okay, guys, we got it.


Come on, baby.

Come on.      



It's on the line.



right on the line.


Roll complete.  

We are pitching.


Thirteen, stand by 

for code one Bravo.


Fido, how we lookin'?


Looks good, Flight.   

Right down the middle.


We see your B.P.C.

is clear, 13.     


Uh, roger.       

E.D.S. to manual.


Inboard. Get ready for

a little jolt, fellas.


That was some little jolt.


Tower jet.


Houston, this is 13. We've got

a center engine cutoff.       

Go on the other four.         


Roger that, 13.  

We show the same.


- Booster, can you confirm  

  that center engine cutoff?

- Roger that, Flight.       

  Looks like we lost it.    


- Fido, what's that

  gonna do to us?  

- Stand by, Flight.


I need to know if        

the I.U.'s correcting for

the number five shutdown.


Houston, what's the story

on engine five?          


It looks good. 

We're still go.


We'll be all right as long as

we don't lose another one.   


- Roger that.                   

- Uh, 13, uh, 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.


-Roger that.          

- Our gimbals are good.


Our trim is good.


Looks like we just had      

our glitch for this mission.


-13, stand by for staging.

- Roger that.              


S-2 shutdown.



Thrust looks good,



Flight, S4B cutoff

in ten seconds.   


13, this is Houston.

Uh, predicted cutoff

is 12 plus 34. Over.


Coming up on   

12 minutes, 34.


- And--

- Ceco!


- Shutdown!           

- And that, gentlemen,

  is how we do that.  


Oh, boy.         

Hope I can sleep.


- Mom, that was loud.

- Here, hold my hand.


I can't believe         

you did this four times.


- The worst part's over.

- It is?                


Listen, this doesn't stop

for me until he lands    

on that aircraft carrier.


Oh, well, you just look

so calm about it.      


Well, if the flight surgeon     

had to okay me for this mission,

I'd be grounded.                


- Mrs. Lovell! Mrs. Haise!   

- Please, can we speak to you

  a minute?                  


- Can we just have a word?

- Can we get a photograph?


- Remember, you're proud, 

  happy and thrilled.     

- And thrilled. All right.


- W-Well, how you feeling?  

- We're very proud and very 

  happy, and we're thrilled.


Flight, Booster.    

I show S4B shutdown.


T.L.I. is on the money.

Looks good, Flight.    


Roger, Fido.


Okay, guys.             

We're goin' to the moon.


- Flight, we have reacquisition

  of signal at Hawaii.         

- Yeah, Flight, everything     

  looks good.                  


-You can't ask for              

 much better than that.         

-Okay, uh, Houston, C.N.P. here.


I've exchanged couches with Jim.

I'm in the pilot seat.          


I'm, uh, gonna go ahead      

and get set for transposition

and docking.                 


Roger that, Jack.


Freddo, you okay?


Okay, everybody, let's get

turned around and pick up 

the lunar module.         


Odyssey, you're go for

 pyro arm and docking. 


Repeat: Go for docking.

We recommend you secure

cabin pressurization.  


 Roger that.


Okay. We're ready     

for C.S.M. separation.


Okay, S.M.R.C.S. isol valves

are all gray.               


Okay, Swigert,       

command module pilot.


She's all yours.


- Houston, we've got         

  a good separation.         

- Odyssey,the S4B is stable.


- Translation looks good.

- Reconfirm then, 13.    


Okay, we're gonna       

start to pitch around   

to line up with the LEM.


You know, Freddo,

Frank Borman...  


was upchuckin' most of the way

to the moon onApollo 8.      


I'm all right.                

I just ate too much breakfast.

Let's go to work.             


And pitching up.


Pitch rate 2.5 degrees

per second.           


Roger, Jack, uh,           

we see you pitching around.


- Keep an eye on that telemetry.

- Roger that.                   


Swigert can't dock this thing,

we don't have a mission.      


- How's the alignment?

- G.D.C. Align.       


Thrusting forward.


One hundred feet.


Watch the alignment now.


Hey, don't worry, guys.

I'm on top of it.      


-Fido, let me know       

 when you're ready.      

-Okay, let's uplink that.


- How we lookin' Fred?

- We're not there yet.

  Forty feet.         




Come on, rookie.

Park that thing.


Ten feet.


- Capture.  

- That's it.


- Talk back is barber pole.

- Go ahead and retract.    


Houston, we have hard dock.


Roger. Understand.

Good deal, Jack.  


Let's start back up

with procedure 17. 


Okay, Houston,         

we have LEM extraction.


Uh, we copy that, 13.    

Now you're off to        

the Frau Mauro Highlands.


- I gotta get out of this suit.

- Uh, Houston, uh, we are, uh, 

  ready for the, uh,           


beginning of the P.T.C.,

and I think once we're  

in that barbecue roll,  


uh, Jack and I will eat.


- Hey, I'm hungry.

- Are you sure?   


Ah, I could eat the ass  

out of a dead rhinoceros.


- We got a smooth one, huh?

- By the numbers so far.   


We just ran a minimum load test

on the cooling system.         


Everything-- Oh, let me

clean this up first.   


See you tomorrow.


Oh, it's too bad we can't

demonstrate this on TV.  


What a shame.


Okay. Overboard dump

comin' up.          


Here it comes,          

the constellation Urion.


Now that's        

a beautiful sight.


- Barbara. Barbara, we are going

  to your father's broadcast.   

- No!                           


I'm never coming out!

I hate Paul!         


And no one else can    

ever play another one  

of their records again.


She's still going on about     

the stupid Beatles breaking up?


- They're not stupid.

  You're stupid.     

- Barbara. Barbara!  


- I know you're in mourning.

- I'm not going, Mom.       


- The whole--        

  The whole world... 

- Dad won't even know

  if we're there.    


is going to be watching    

this broadcast, young lady,

and so are we.             


Okay, uh, good evening,

uh, America.           


And welcome aboard

 Apollo 13.        


I'm Jim Lovell, and we're     

broadcasting to you tonight...


from an altitude of    

almost 200,000 miles...


away from the,        

the face of the earth,


and we have a pretty good show

in store for you tonight.     


- We're, uh, going to show you  

  just what, uh, life is like...

- Come on, Susan.               


-for the three of us 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,



Hello, world!


That, uh, 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.             


When I go up there on 19, I'm  

gonna take my entire collection

of Johnny Cash along.          


- Hey, Marilyn.           

- Where's their broadcast?


All the networks

dumped us.      


One of them said we made going  

to the moon about as exciting as

taking a trip to Pittsburgh.    


My son's supposed

to be on.        


He's in outer space.


This is all the channels

we get, Mrs. Lovell.    


 It's that damn 

 TV Guide again.


 Ruthless porters,       

savage baggage masters--


When I was just

a lad of ten   


My father said to me


Come here and take

a lesson--        


Do they know           

they're not on the air?


We'll tell them    

when they get back.


Uh, well, if anyone from the,

uh, from the IRS is watching,


I forgot to file my,

my, my 1040 return, 


and I meant to do it

today, but, uh--    


That's no joke.     

They'll jump on him.


Well, folks, let's head on down

to the lunar excursion module. 

Follow me.                     


Now when we get ready

to land on the moon, 


Fred Haise and I will float  

through this access tunnel...


into the lunar module,



EECOM, that, that stir's

gonna be on, uh,        


both H2 and both O2 

tanks, that correct?


...the spacecraft     

will remain connected.


Well, folks, as, uh,  

you can probably tell,



isn't much bigger than       

a couple of telephone booths.


The, uh, skin of the LEM  

in some places is only as,


as thick as a couple of,

uh, layers of tinfoil,  


and that's all that protects

us from the vacuum of space.


We can get away with this      

because the LEM is designed    

only for flight in outer space.


Fred Haise.     

Renaissance man.


Okay, uh, we'll head       

back up the, uh, tunnel now

and back into theOdyssey. 


All right, uh, we've     

returned to the command--


Stand by one, Houston.




Uh, Houston, that bang you heard

was Fred Haise on the cabin     

repress valve.                  


He really gets our hearts goin'

every time with that one.      


Okay, we're, uh, we're about

to close out theAquarius...


and, uh, return

to theOdyssey.


Our next broadcast will be

from Frau Mauro...        


on the surface

of the moon.  


So, uh, this is the crew

of the Apollo 13...     


 wishing everyone  

back on earth, uh,


a pleasant evening.


All right.


- Good night.    

- Daddy is funny.


You know they might air

a few minutes of it    

on the news tonight.   


You'd think so.

Come on.       


- Bye.                      

- I thought he looked great.

- Bye.                      


Well, between Jack's back taxes

andThe Fred Haise Show,       


I'd say that was a pretty

successful broadcast.    


-That was an excellent        


- Thank you very much, Houston.


Uh, we got a couple of         

housekeeping procedures for ya.


We'd like you to roll right

to 060 and null your rates.


Roger that.        

Rolling right. 060.


And then if you could, uh,    

give your oxygen tanks a stir.


Roger that.


Hey, we've got 

a problem here.


- What did you do?             

- Nothin'. I stirred the tanks.


Whoa! Hey.


Uh, this is Houston.  

Uh, say again, please?


Houston, we have a problem.


We have a main  

bus B undervolt.


- We've got a lot of thruster

  activity here, Houston.    

- What's the story with      

  the computer now?          


It just went off line.

Oh, there's another   

master alarm, Houston.


- I'm checkin' the Quad.

- Christ, that was no   

  repress valve.        


- Maybe it's in Quad C.         

- We've got a computer restart. 

- I'm gonna reconfigure the RCS.


- We've got a ping light.   

- The way these things fire,

  it doesn't make any sense.


We got multiple               

caution and warning, Houston. 

We've gotta reset and restart.


All right,         

I'm goin' to S.C.S.


Jesus! Flight, their heart rates

are skyrocketing.               


- EECOM, what's your 

  data tellin' you?  

- Uh, O2 tank two    

  not reading at all.


Tank one is at, uh, 

725 PSI and falling.


Fuel cells one and three

are, uh--               


Oh, boy. What's goin' on here? 

Flight, let me get back to you.


- Flight, G.N.C.     

- Go, G.N.C.         

- Flight, they're    

  all over the place.


- They keep yawing     

  close to gimbal lock.

- I-I keep losin' radio

  signal, Flight.      


- Their, their antennae        

  must be flippin' around.     

- All right, now they're at 22.


- They're gonna have to do it   

  manually if they do it at all.

- One at a time, people.        


One at a time.

One at a time.


EECOM, is this an      

instrumentation problem

or are we lookin' at   

real power loss here?  


It's-- It's reading 

a quadruple failure.


That can't happen. It's--     

It's gotta be instrumentation.


Let's get that hatch buttoned.

The LEM might have been hit   

by a meteor.                  


- Yep.                        

- The tunnel's really torquin'

  with all this movement.     


Uh, Houston, we had a pretty

large bang there associated 

with a master alarm.        


- Shit, it's main bus A.

- Main bus A undervolt? 


Houston, we have a main bus A

undervolt now too.           

Uh, it's reading 25 .        


Main bus B is reading zip

right now. Uh, we got    

a wicked shimmy up here. 


EECOM, G.N.C.,              

these guys are talkin' about

bangs and shimmies up there.


It doesn't sound like 

instrumentation to me.


-You are breaking up, 13.     

  We need you to switch...     

- Can't get this hatch to seal.


-to Omni Charlie.             

- Just, just stow it.          

  If we'd been hit by a meteor,

  we'd be dead by now.         


-I'm gonna try to get us        

 out of this lurch.             

-Uh, Houston, you're in the mud.


- Did you say switch

  to Omni Bravo?    

-Roger that, 13.   


- Uh, roger. And the signal

  strength on the high gain

  went way down.           

- Hey, it's fighting me.   


What's the story here, Jack? We

keep flirting with gimbal lock.


Odyssey,we need a confirmation.

What systems do you have down?  


- Okay, Jim. S.M.R.C.S.        

  Helium one.                  

- I'm having a hard time, Rick.

  Did you say, uh,             


- uh, switch to Omni Charlie?

- A and C are barber pole.   


Houston, I'm switching over

Quad C to Main A.          


-Roger that, 13.              

- Okay, Houston. Fuel cell one.

  Fuel cell three.             


We got a main bus B undervolt, 

cryo pressure, suit compressor.


What don't we have?        

A.C. bus one, A.C. bus two,


command module computer

and O2 flow high.      


Uh, I don't-- I don't know.

Maybe this is a caution    

and warning failure.       


Houston? We are venting  

something out into space.


I can see it outside    

of window one right now.


It's definitely a, 

a gas of some sort.


It's gotta be the oxygen.



We copy you're venting.


- Give me an alignment. 

- Okay, let's everybody 

  think of the kind of  

  things we can connect.


- Okay now, let's start         

  right back on the beginning.  

-Any of you got anything that  

  looks abnormal on your screen?


- Okay, listen up.    

- Retro, where are we?

- Quiet down, people. 


Quiet down. Quiet down! 

Let's stay cool, people.


Procedures, I need another 

computer up in the R.T.C.C.


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.                   


Thirteen, this is Houston. We 

are goin' around the room now.


-We're gonna get you

 some answers.      

-I tell you, we keep

 spinning like this,


we're gonna keep hittin'   

the edge of that dead band.


Hey, take a look        

at the O2 on number one.


Two hundred pounds

and falling.      


O2 tank two still zero.      

Tank one 218 PSI and falling.


-Is that what                  

  you're gettin'? Confirm.      

-Uh, we're seein' the same, 13.


Can we review our status here,

Cy? Let's look at this thing  

from a, uh,                   


from a, uh, standpoint

of status.            




what have we got on        

the spacecraft that's good?


I'll get back to you, Gene.


We're not gonna have

power much longer.  


The ship's bleedin'

to death.          


- Flight?         

-Yeah, go, EECOM.


Um, Flight, I recommend       

we, uh, shut down the reactant

valves of the fuel cells.     


What the hell good

is that gonna do? 


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.


You close 'em, you can't open   

'em again. You can't land on the

moon with one healthy fuel cell.


Gene, theOdyssey

is dying.        


From my chair here,     

this is the last option.


Yeah. Yeah, yeah,

yeah, okay, Cy.  


CAPCOM, let's have them   

close the reactant valves.


Thirteen, this is Houston.

Uh, we want you to close  

react valves...           


on cells one and three.


Do you copy?


Are you saying you want

the whole smash?       


Closing down the react valves

for fuel cell shutdown?      


Shutting down the fuel cells.

Did I hear you right?        


Yeah, they heard me right.


Tell them we think that's the   

only way they can stop the leak.


Yeah, Jim, uh,


we think that closin' the react

valves may stop the leak.      


- Did he copy that?

- Do you copy, Jim?


Yes, Houston, we copy.


We just lost the moon.


Okay, Freddo,   

shut those down.


Let's see what this does.


If this doesn't work, we're not

gonna have enough power left   

to get home.                   


- Shit.      

- Goddamn it.


Uh, Houston, uh, O2     

on one is still falling.


Freddo, how long does it take

to power up the LEM?         


Three hours      

by the checklist.


We don't have  

that much time.




Okay. Now, Jack, before 

the batteries completely

die on us in here,      


let's uh, let's         

power down everything...


so we can save as much

as we can for reentry.


We have 15 minutes of oxygen,

and that's it. The command   

module will be dead.         


Okay. Okay, guys, listen up.

Here's the drill.           


We're movin' the astronauts 

over to the LEM. We've gotta

get some oxygen up there.   


- All right, Ed.               

- TELMU Control, I want        

  an emergency power procedure.


The essential hardware only.

G.N.C., EECOM.              


We're gonna be shutting down the

command module at the same time.


We'll 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.

-Uh, roger that.          


Okay, we gotta transfer

all control data...    


over to the LEM computer       

before the command module dies.


Lunar module just became

a lifeboat.             


Odyssey, uh, this is Houston.

Uh, we need you to power down



You're gonna have to power up   

the LEM at the same time, so you

better get somebody over there. 


We already have Freddo

in the LEM, Houston.  


 We've got serious       

time pressure here, Jim.


You've gotta get the guidance

program transferred,         


and you've gotta do it    

before you're out of power

in the command module...  


or you're not gonna be able

to navigate up there.      


- How much time?           

  Can you give me a number?

- Well, we're lookin' at...


less than 15 minutes of     

life support in theOdyssey.


We got 15 minutes, Freddo.

It's worse than I thought.


Uh, Houston, be aware I've moved

from the command module         

into the LEM.                   


Now if Jack can't get      

that guidance computer data

transferred before         

they go dead in there--    


- He won't even know        

  which way they're pointed.

- That's right.             


- It's a bad way to fly.        

- I'll be in 210 if you need me.

- Okay.                         


Houston, this is 13. 

Are you, uh-- Are you

back with me now?    


 Aquarius,this is Houston.

You now have about        

12 minutes to power up.   


I can't see any stars.


Man, there's a lot of debris

floatin' around out there.  


Okay, Houston, I've completed

the steps on page 15.        


Now I'm ready to power down

the computer.              


I'm gonna need your gimbal

angles, Jack, before you  

shut down the computer.   


- Okay, Jim.                

- I need this back to me    

  before they power down.   

- Those numbers are really--


All right, all right,       

I got it, I got it. Hold on.


- Houston, our computer is up.

-Roger that. Stand by, Fred. 


Now, Jack, we need to proceed

with steps 12 through 17.    


Quickly. You're down to, uh,  

about eight minutes remaining.


Okay. Fuel cell pump's off.

O2 fans, tank two off.     


Okay, uh, Houston, check me.

I have, uh, completed these 

gimbal conversions,         


but, uh, I need a double-check

of the arithmetic.            


- Uh, yeah, you can go, Jim.

- Okay, the roll CAL angle  

  is minus two.             


Lunar module roll

is 355.57.       


Pitch: 1678.



Pitch: 167.78.


-Yaw is 351.87.              

- Stand by. We're checkin' it.


We've got negative visibility

in our star field,           


and if this paperwork        

isn't right, who knows where 

we'll, we'll end up out here.


- Looks good, Flight.

- It's all right.    

- Good here.         


- He's good, Andy. 

- Okay, we'll go on

  those numbers.   


-You're good, Jack.       

 Jack, turn off the I.N.U.

- Log 'em in, Freddo.      


Switch to S.C.S.

Stand by--      


It's a great day           

in New York, isn't it?     

It's girl watchers weather.


-Oh, yes.              

-I like those ingenuous

 girl watchers...      


who put on Con Edison helmets 

and dig trenches in the street

to get a, 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?

- Yeah.         

- 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              

Hershey bars to the moon, any--


Did you read that three million

le-- What do you say: less     

viewers or fewer viewers?      


Three million      

fewer viewers, uh--


Three million fewer viewers

watched the, uh, space shot

than did the last one.     


Uh, I ta-- Uh, um, Colonel,

uh, Borman is here this--  


An ABC News--


Here is ABC science editor

Jules Bergman.            


The Apollo 13 spacecraft      

has lost all electrical power,


and astronauts Jim Lovell,    

Fred Haise and Jack Swigert...


are making their way through   

the tunnel to the lunar module,

using it as a lifeboat...      


so they'll have electrical power

for their radios                

on the command module.          


- Apollo 13is apparently      

  also losing breathing oxygen,

- Slow down.                   


-and the astronauts may have to

  use the LEM oxygen supply.    

- An electrical failure.        

  What exactly does that mean?  


The emergency has ruled out     

any chance of a lunar landing...


and could endanger the lives   

of the astronauts themselves...


if the LEM oxygen supply,   

plus whatever is left of    

the command module's oxygen,


can't last them until      

they can get back to earth.


What do you mean there's no 

immediate danger? I-I just  

heard they're losing oxygen.


- Can they get back?            

-...has declared that the LEM's

  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.         


No, don't give me that NASA  

bullshit. I wanna know what's

happening with my husband!   


-We wanna switch control

 to the Aquarius now.   

- Roger that.            


- Houston, wait.          

-And you're down to about

 five minutes now, Jack. 


- Whoa. The R.C.S. isn't up yet.

- Houston, be aware: Our R.C.S. 

  isn't up here yet.            


We have no attitude control

on Aquarius.               


They don't have control? Did we

miss a step here? Control,     

what the hell happened?        


- I don't know. We just went--

- We gotta get serious        

  about this, guys.           


- Hey, we're all out of whack. 

- We're tryin' to pitch down,  

  but we're yawin' to the left.


- Why can't I null this out?

-She wasn't designed to fly

  attached like this.       


Our center of gravity 

is the command module.


It's like flying with       

a dead elephant on our back.


Flight, Guidance, we're getting

awfully close to center here.  


Aquarius, watch that middle

 gimbal. We don't want you  

 tumblin' off into space.   


Freddo, inform Houston I'm well

aware of the goddamn gimbals!  


- Roger that, Houston.

- I don't need to hear

 the obvious.        


- I got the frappin' eight ball

  right in front of me.        

- Andy, we're on VOX.          


Uh,Aquarius, uh, this is       

Houston. We got you both on VOX.


 You want what? You want us

to go to VOX, Andy?       


You have a hot mike. We're 

readin' everything you say.


Sorry, Jim.


And it's only by          

a very narrow margin      

that we're going to get...


Lovell, Haise and Swigert

back alive.              


- Marilyn?             

-...very close, not   

 so much delineated...


- by the words we're hearing, 

  but, I think, by...         

- I'm sorry. Jeffrey's calling

  for you.                    


the terseness of Craft and     

the grim lines of Jim McDivitt.


This has been a very close call,

and we're not out of the woods  

yet, not by a long shot.        




Why are so many

people here?   


Oh. Well, you know, your, your

dad's flying this mission.    


He said he was going  

to get me a moon rock.






Something broke on     

your daddy's spaceship,


and he's gonna have to

turn around before he 

even gets to the moon.


Was it the door?


13, Houston. Uh, we    

still show that venting

pushing you around.    


- How you doin'?        

- Houston, Aquarius. Uh,


we've had to learn how to fly

all over again, but, uh, we  

are doin' better up here now.


Uh, roger that,Aquarius.


- Have 'em close it out.    

-Jack, uh, we can close out

 your procedure now.       


Now, do we know for sure

that we can power this  

thing back up? Uh,      


it's going to get  

awful cold in here.


Copy that, Jack. Uh, we'll just

have to deal with that later.  


- Computer off.

- We're clear. 


- We're goin' the LEM.      

- We confirm shutdown, Jack.


Lunar module   

now in control.


Roger that, Houston.

This isOdyssey...  


signing off.


Freddo, we're gonna have to 

execute some sort of a burn 

here. Just a matter of when.


- Did they shut us  

  all down in there?

- Yeah.             


Didn't think we'd be 

back in here so soon.


Uh, Houston, how far off course

do you project we are? Over.   


Okay, people, listen up.



I want you all            

to forget the flight plan.


From this moment on, we are

improvising a new mission. 


- Oh, come on.         

- Sorry about that.    

- We-We'll get somebody

  to look at that.     


- Gotta get a bulb              

  around here somewhere.        

- How do we get our people home?


- They are here. We turn 'em

  around? Straight back?    

  Direct abort?             

- Yes!                      


- No!              

- I can't guarantee

  the burn yet.    


No, sir, no, sir, no, sir.

We get them on            

a free-return trajectory. 


It's the option with the fewest

question marks for safety.     


I agree with Jerry.      

We use the moon's gravity

to slingshot them around.


No! The LEM will not    

support three guys      

for that amount of time.


- It barely holds two.

- I mean we've got to 

  do a direct abort.  


We do an about face. We bring 

the guys right home right now.


-Get 'em back soon. Absolutely. 

-No. We-We don't even know if   

theOdyssey's engines even work,


and if there's been serious

damage to this spacecraft--


- They blow up, and they die.

- That is not the argument.  


We're talkin' about time,      

not whether or not these guys--


- I'm not gonna sugarcoat

  this for you.          

- Okay, 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 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.


Just too risky. We're not

gonna take that chance.  


About the only thing the command

module's good for is reentry, so

that leaves us with the LEM.    


Which means            

free-return trajectory.


Once we get the guys

around the moon,    


we'll fire up the LEM engine,

make a long burn,            


pick up some speed and get 'em

home as quick as we can.      


Uh, Gene, I-I'm wonderin' 

what the, what the Grumman

guys think about this.    


We can't make any guarantees.

We designed the LEM          

to land on the moon,         


not fire the engine out there

for course correction.       


Well, unfortunately we're not

landin' 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?


Capcom? Uh, Flight, he says

it'll be ready in time.    


After this burn, we've gotta    

build some time in the flight   

plan for them to get some sleep.


- Run it by the F.A.O.     

- I've run it by the F.A.O.


- Do we know how long we're     

  gonna fire that P.C. burn?    

- He specifically wanted a quote

  from a flight director.       


- Who wanted a quote?

- The President.     


- The President?       

- Nixon. He wants odds.


We are not losin' the crew.


Gene, I gotta give him odds.

5 to 1 against? 3 to 1?     


- I don't think               

  they're that good.          

- We are not losin' those men.


Control, how long are they gonna

have to burn the engine         

at P.C. plus two?               


Look, tell him 3 to 1.


 Expect loss of signal   

in less than one minute.


When we pick you back up,

we will have your        

P.C. plus two burn data. 


Okay, roger that, Houston.

We'll hear from you again 

at acquisition of signal. 


You wanna look?


Oh, look at that.




 Aquarius,that's 30 seconds

'til loss of signal.       


Mare Tranquillitatis.


Neil and Buzz's  

old neighborhood.


Comin' up on  

Mount Marilyn.


Jim, you gotta      

take a look at this.


I've seen it.


Aquarius,this is Houston.   

Expect loss of signal        

in approximately ten seconds.


So long, earth.            

Catch you on the flip side.


When you go into the shadow

of the moon, and, and, um, 


the moon is between

you and the sun,   


then you see stars that are 

more brilliant than anything

you've ever seen...         


on the clearest nights

here on earth.        


And then, uh, you pass   

into the lunar sunrise...


over the lunar surface 

and, uh, it must be    

an awe-inspiring sight.


I-I-I can't wait 

to see it myself.


The problem now is not,       

uh, so much a question of,    

uh, an 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.


Look. It's Fra Mauro.


I can see        

our landing site.




Look at the Tsiolkovskii crater.


I can't believe how bright

the ejector blanket is.   


It's like snow.

It's beautiful.


That's Mare Imbrium

to the north.      


Thirteen, this is Houston.   

We're reading your telemetry.


-It's good                     

  to see you again.             

- Good to see you, too, Houston.


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       

P.C. plus two burn data.


Gotta tell ya: I had an itch  

to take this baby down though.


Do some prospectin'.


Damn, we were close.


Gentlemen, what are

your intentions?   


I'd like to go home.


We got a burn comin' 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 theOdyssey      

and bag up all the water you can

before it freezes in there.     


- Let's go home.            

- Aquarius,we got some, uh,

 P.C. plus two burn data   

 for you fellas.           


So you're tellin' me you can

only give our guys 45 hours?


That brings 'em

to about there.


- Gentlemen, that's         

  not acceptable.           

- Well, that's all there is.


- Gene! Gene! We gotta talk

  about power here, Gene.  

- Whoa, whoa, guys!        


Power is everything.    

Uh, power is everything.


- What do you mean?

- Without it, they 

  don't talk to us;


they don't correct their   

trajectory; they don't turn

the heat shield around.    


I-- We gotta turn

everything off.  


Now. They're not gonna

make it to reentry.   


- What do you mean "everything"?

- With everything on, the LEM   

  draws 60 amps.                


At that rate, in 16 hours       

the batteries are dead-- not 45.


And so's the crew. We gotta

get them down to 12 amps.  


- Twelve amps!        

- How many? You can't 

  run a vacuum cleaner

  on 12 amps, John.   


We gotta turn off-- We have--  

We have to turn off the radars,


cabin heater, instrument        

displays, the guidance computer,

the whole smash.                


Whoa. Guidance computer? Wh-What

if they need to do another burn?

Gene, they won't even know      

which way they're pointed.      


The more time we talk down here,

the more juice they waste       

up there.                       


- I've been lookin' at the data

  for the past hour.           

- That's the deal?             


That's the deal.


Okay, John. The minute   

we finish the burn,      

we'll power down the LEM.


All right.


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 usin' nothin' 

but the reentry batteries.


- Never been tried before.  

- Hell, we've never even    

  simulated it before, Gene.


Well, we're gonna     

have to figure it out.


I want people in our simulators

workin' reentry 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 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.


Ken? Ken?


- What? Huh?            

- Good. You're not dead.


I've been tryin' to get in touch

with you for 45 minutes.        


John. Jesus, John,      

what are you doin' here?


Gotta get you in the simulators.

We got a ship to land.          


- What?                     

- There's been an explosion.


Oxygen tanks are gone.   

Two fuel cells gone.     

Command module shut down.


- What about the crew?          

- The crew's fine so far. Tryin'

  to keep 'em alive in the LEM. 


We're gonna have to shut  

that down pretty soon too.


We got a lot of people workin'

the numbers on this one, Ken, 


and nobody's too sure          

how much power we're gonna have

when we hit reentry.           


The command module's gonna be 

frozen up pretty good by then.


We see the sound meter    

rise over 20 at any point,

power-up is no good.      


We see it spike, that'ssayonara

for the guidance computer.      

Our guys can't reenter, okay?   


How much power          

do we have to play with?


- Barely enough to run this 

  coffee pot for nine hours.


- Go.                       


-Yeah, uh, Ken Mattingly

 just got here.         

- Copy.                  


- He's here.           

- They been losin' heat

  since the accident.  


They're gonna start gettin'

a lot of water condensation

on the control panels.     


Ken. Glad you're here.   

You know what's goin' on?


Uh, John's brought me up to

speed. What do we have left

on the batteries?          


- We don't really know.       

- Then we gotta get started on

  some shortcuts for power-up.


- Yeah. You know how short?

- 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--  


- I agree.                   

- You started on a procedure?


Well, the engineers have tried,

but, I mean, it's your ship.   

We gotta get you in there.     


Okay. Frank. I need   

the SIM cold and dark.


Give me the exact same

conditions they've got

in there now,         


and I need, uh, present    

status of every instrument.


- You got it.         

- I need a flashlight.


That's not what they have       

up there. Don't give me anything

they don't have on board.       


Let's get this show on the road.

Put him in space, fellas.       


- Okay, Houston, the quad heater

  circuit breakers are open.    

-Copy that.                    


One, we're usin'          

the forward omni when     

the earth's in the window,


and we're switchin' to aft omni

when we see the moon.          


- We copy that, 13.            

- Aquarius,we don't want you  

  to make any more waste dumps.


The venting may     

push you off course.


- Oh, Christ.

- What's up? 


No more waste dumps. We're  

just gonna have to store it.


Jack, we're gonna need

some more urine bags. 


Okay, uh, Houston, that leaves

us with just the computer,    


which I'm shutting down now.


And that's it. We just

put Sir Isaac Newton  

in the driver's seat. 


Is it a.m. or p.m.?


A.M. Very, very a.m.


Haise is running         

a temperature, and none  

of them has slept since--


I can't order these guys

to go to sleep.         


- Could you sleep up there?

- It's gonna get awful cold

  in there for those guys. 


Oh, Gene? We have a situation   

brewing with the carbon dioxide.


- We got a CO2 filter problem

  on the lunar module.       

- Five filters on the LEM.   


Which are meant for two guys

for a day and a half.       

So I told the doc, and he-- 


They're already up to eight    

on the gauges. Anything over 15

and you get impaired judgment, 


blackouts, the beginnings

of brain asphyxia.       


- What about the scrubbers    

  on the command module?      

- They take square cartridges.


And the ones on the LEM

are round.             


Tell me this isn't     

a government operation.


This just isn't a contingency

we've remotely looked at.    


Those CO2 levels are   

gonna be getting toxic.


Well, I suggest you gentlemen   

invent a way to put a square peg

in a round hole. Rapidly.       


Okay, people, listen up.


The people upstairs     

have handed us this one,


and we gotta 

come through.


We gotta find a way

to make this...    


fit into the hole

for this...      


usin' nothin' but that.


- Let's get it organized.

- Okay. Okay, let's build

  a filter.              


Better get some coffee

goin', too, someone.  


The Haise family lives

in El Lago, Texas.    


His, uh, 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, uh, flying.


I'd never flown, really,       

before I went into the service,


and, uh, I only went into     

the flying business as a means

to getting a commission.      


- Good morning.               

- Henry. Don't you ever sleep?


- I, uh, I have a request

  from the news people.  

- Uh-huh.                


They're out front here, and 

they wanna put a transmitter

up on the lawn.             


- Transmitter?        

- It's kind of a tower

  for live broadcast. 


I thought they didn't care

about this mission.       


They didn't even run

Jim's show.         


It's more dramatic now.

Suddenly people are--  


Well, if landing on the moon    

wasn't dramatic enough for them,

why should not landing on it be?


Look, I, um, I realize    

how hard this is, Marilyn,


but the whole world

is caught up in it.


- It's the biggest story since--

- 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.


When you are    

tired and lonely


And have no place to go


Come to see me

baby, and--   


And we'll go 

honky tonkin'


Honky tonkin'

honey, baby  


We'll go honky tonkin'


Round this town


Hey, Fred.             

It's too cold in there.




That's a nice one

of Mary.         


- You don't look   

  too good, Freddo.

- I'll survive.    


- There's some aspirin    

  in the medicine cabinet.

- I took some.            


Jim, I'm all right.


It was an accident,   

Mary gettin' pregnant.


Should have seen the look   

on my face when she told me.


Well, that has a tendency

to happen.               




Wonder if it's  

a boy or a girl.


You're gonna find out

soon enough.         




I never dreamed I'd ever      

get to do somethin' 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.   




Here you are.


It hurts when I urinate.


- Well, you're not gettin'

  enough water.           

- I'm drinkin' my ration, 

  same as you.            


I think old Swigert

gave me the clap.  


He's been pissin' 

in my relief tube.


Well, that'll be a hot one

at the debriefing         

for the flight surgeon.   


That's another first for

America's space program.


Listen, um,


I've been goin' over

some stuff,         


and I'm a little worried about

this cold affecting our...    


our battery efficiency.


You know, we quit heatin' the  

glycol to save water and power,

so that's not helpin' us any.  


- So it could cost us amp hours

  on the back end?             

- It's a possibility.          


I've been goin' over

the numbers again.  


Have they called up with    

a reentry plan yet? 'Cause  

we're comin' in too shallow.


We're workin' on somethin',

Jack. Just hold on.        


I can't remember the ratio

to temperature. Uh, we got

no references on board.   


- Well, let's see if Houston

  can pull up the mill specs

  on it and go over 'em.    

- L-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.


What are you talkin' about?

How'd you figure that?     


- I can add.                 

- Jack, they've got half     

  the Ph.D.s on the planet...


- workin' on this thing.

- Houston says we're    

  right on the money.   


And what if they had made      

a mistake, all right? And      

there was no way to reverse it?


Do you think they would tell us?

There's no reason               

for them to tell us.            


What do you mean they're not   

gonna tell us? That's bullshit!


All right, there's a thousand 

things that have to happen, in

order. We are on number eight.


You're talkin' about

number 692.         


And in the meantime, I'm tryin'

to tell you we're comin' in    

too fast. I think they know it,


and I think that's why we don't

have a goddamn reentry plan.   


That's, that's duly noted.

Thank you, Jack.          


-Ow! Goddamn this piece of shit!

-Hey! This piece of shit's gonna

 get you home.                  


- All right.                   

- That's 'cause that's the only

  thing we got left, Jack!     


- What are you sayin', Fred?

- I think you know          

  what I'm sayin'.          


Now wait a minute. All I did

was stir those tanks.       


- What was that gauge readin'  

  before you hit the switch?   

- Hey, don't tell me how to fly

  the damn C.M., all right?    


- You don't even know, do you?

- They brought me in here     

  to do a job.                


They asked me to stir the damn 

tanks, and I stirred the tanks!


- Jack, stop kickin' yourself

  in the ass.                

- This is not my fault!      


No one is sayin' it is.


If I'm in the left-hand seat

when the call comes up,     

I stir the tanks.           


- Yeah, well, tell him that.

- I just asked you what     

  the gauge was readin'.    


- All right, we're not gonna--

- And you don't know!         

- All right, look. We're not  

  doin' this, gentlemen.      


We are 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--


tryin' to figure out

how to stay alive!  


- Aquarius,this is Houston.

- Are we on VOX?            


- No, we're not on VOX. 

- Yeah, Houston, this is

 Aquarius. Go ahead.   


Uh, yeah, Jim, uh, could you

check your CO2 gauge for us?


Uh, yeah, Houston, we were

just lookin' at that.     

Our CO2 measurement...    


has jumped four notches

in the last hour.      


That can't be right. I went over

those numbers three times.      


Jim, that sounds about right.

We were expecting that.      


Well, that's very comforting

to know, Houston. Uh, what  

do we do about it?          


Jim, we're working on         

a procedure down here for you.


- Do you copy?       

- Oh, Christ.        

- All right, Houston.


- We're standing by    

  for those procedures.

- Christ, I know why   

  my numbers are wrong.


I only figured it

for two people.  


Maybe I should just

hold my breath.    


The deadly CO2 gas is literally

poisoning the astronauts       

with every breath in and out.  


- Heads up. Heads up.

-NASA spokespeople  

 will not comment-- 


Oh. Go, go, go,

go, go, go.    


Heads up, people.

Look out now.    


- What's this?                

- That's what they gotta make.


- Well, I hope you got  

  the procedures for me.

- Right here.           


That's it?


All right, Aquarius,

 this is Houston.    


Uh, do you have        

a flight plan up there?


Affirmative, Andy. Uh,    

Jack's got one right here.


Okay, we have a, uh, an unusual

procedure for you here.        


We need you to rip

the cover off.    


They want you to rip the cover

off the flight plan.          


- With pleasure.          

-All right now, the other

 materials you're gonna  

 need here...            


are, uh, a lithium  

hydroxide canister--


- Two, two.            

- Two lithium hydroxide

  canisters. I'm sorry.


- A roll of gray tape.

- Duct tape.          


The duct tape. You need

an L.C.G. bag.         


Two L.C.G. bags. Uh,

the red suit hoses. 


And you've got        

the flight plan cover.


What about their level

of carbon dioxide?    


It's, uh, climbing.


You're saying that they're   

almost out of breathable air.


No, wait a second.      

Wait a second. That's,  

that's not what he said.


He said we're 

workin' on it.


You wanna cut the duct tape

three feet long.           


- Uh, that's--            

- Tell him to use his arm.

- Just use your arm.      


- It's a good arm length.    

- O-Okay, Houston, I see what

  you're gettin' at. Hold on.


Okay, Jack, tear that piece of  

tape down the middle lengthwise.


-All right?       

- Hold on, Houston.


While the astronauts        

appear to have enough oxygen

to keep them alive,         


one thing they have too much of

is carbon dioxide.             


With each breath, the three men

expel more of the poisonous gas

into the lunar module cockpit, 


and the scrubbers intended to  

keep the atmosphere breathable 

are quickly becoming saturated.


Shit, I tore it.




Uh, Houston, uh, what do we do

if we, uh, rip the bag?       

Can we tape it?               


- They just tore the bag.

- Oh, no.                


Uh, stand by. What      

should I tell 'em to do?


- Well, they, they should   

  have one more bag left.   

-But they've still got, uh,


a long way to come, and 

they are now working on 

their backup facilities,


their emergency facilities,

and the problem is, if     

anything more goes wrong,  


they're in real trouble.


And, 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--                  

Uh, any rescue system        

the space agency calculated--


- One sock.         

-Once you have     

 the sock in place,


-we're gonna want you to, uh,

- Work it in.                 


bungee the entire filter     

assembly to the bulkhead,    

right above the LEM canister.


We're getting close to 15.


So how does this flight compare

to other emergency situations  

you've faced?                  


Well, I'd have to say that this 

is the most serious situation...


we've ever encountered   

in a manned space flight.


- Houston, filters in place. 

-Roger, 13.                 

- Cabin gas return to egress.


Suit circuit relief

to close.          


- CO2 canister        

  select to secondary.

- All right.          


Here goes.


I can hear air moving.


Just breathe   

normal, fellas.


 Aquarius,uh, please 

advise on CO2 status.


Uh, yeah, Houston.      

We're takin' a look at  

those numbers right now.


Uh, we're still holding

close to 15, Houston.  


Roger that. 

Standing by.


Houston, the CO2 level

has dropped to nine.  


And it is still falling.


- Yes!               

- Good job, you guys.


That is good to hear,Aquarius.

And you, sir, are a steely-eyed

missile man.                   


Okay, spacecraft control

to computer.            






We overloaded.


Used way too much power there.  

There must be a sneak circuit...


someplace between  

step seven and ten.


All right, which one

has the leak?       


Don't know that yet, John.      

We jus-- The sequence was wrong.


We just have to go back   

and try 'em one at a time.


You need a break, Ken?


If they don't get one,

I don't get one.      


Well, if it won't work,

get me another one.    


- My son's supposed to be on.

- I know, Mrs. Lovell.       


- Hi, Blanche.               

- They can't fix a damn thing

  in this place.             


Blanche, it's Marilyn.


Hi, Grandma.


I was gonna see Jimmy.


I know, I know. Um--


We came to tell you



There's been an accident.    

Jimmy's okay. He's all right.


Uh, but he's not gonna get

to walk on the moon.      


Well, they said he was.


I know. I know. Um--


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 it's a little bit



Oh, sweetie.


Are you scared?


Well, don't you

worry, honey.  


If they could get        

a washing machine to fly,


my Jimmy could land it.


Uh, 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.         


Roger that, Houston.  

That's wonderful news.


Tell them they have to 

sleep. Haise is runnin'

a fever of 104.        


Uh, 13, listen,           

we've had another request 

from the flight surgeon...


that, uh, you fellas

get some more sleep.


He doesn't like        

his readings down here.


Let's see how he feels

about this.           


I am sick and tired of     

the entire Western world...


knowing how my kidneys

are functioning.      


Flight, I just lost Lovell.


Uh, 13, this is Houston.


 Uh, Jim, we've just had a      

 dropout on your biomed sensors.


I'm not wearing my biomed

sensors, Houston.        


Okay, Jim, copy that.


Flight, now I'm losin'

all three of 'em!     


It's just a little medical 

mutiny, doc. I'm sure      

the guys are still with us.


Let's cut 'em some slack,



Gene, it-it's not the    

velocity. It's the angle.


I mean, maybe they're, they're

still venting something,      


and that's throwing out     

the trajectory, but we are  

definitely shallowing again.


- We are up to a 5.9.

- Damn it.           


At this rate, they nick   

the Earth's atmosphere and

bounce off into space.    


We'll never get them back.

We need another burn to   

get 'em back in the, uh-- 


- Definitely need another burn.

- Another burn.                


- Fire the engines and

  get 'em on course.  

- Copy that.          


Aquarius,this is Houston.




Uh, Jim, we've got another

course correction for ya. 


What's up?


Somethin' about           

another course correction.


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.


- We have to fire the engine.

-Uh, negative on that, Jim. 


Can't, uh, spare power

for the computer.     


- We gotta do this blind?

- Uh, Houston,           


without the computer,          

what do we use for orientation?


Sid, come on. We gotta    

be able to give these guys

somethin' up there.       


Without the power,           

we can't give them a reading.


We're not talkin' about power. 

We're talkin' about references.


No, no. There's            

no references. We have     

a bunch of debris up there.


Houston, what's          

the story with this burn?


We're trying to hash something

out down here, Aquarius.      

Stand by.                     


Well, now look, Houston,    

all we need to hold attitude

is one fixed point in space.


- Is that not correct? 

-Yeah. Roger that, Jim.


Well, Houston, we've got one.


If we can keep the Earth in 

the window, flying manually,


the coace crosshairs right

on its terminator.        


All I have to know is how long

do we need to burn the engine?


The shorter the better.


Roger that, Jim.         

Can they fly it manually?


And still shut it down on time

without the computer?         


I guess that's the best we      

can do, Glynn. We're outta time.


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'll 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 reentry corridor is,

in fact, so narrow...   


that if this basketball were

the Earth and this softball 

were the moon...            


and the two were     

placed 14 feet apart,


the crew would have to hit

a target no thicker than  

this piece of paper.      


Okay, people, on your toes.

We're doin' this one blind.


Gene, I want you to understand

we've never tried this before.


Burn and cold soap.  

Burn, cold soap.     

Burn, manual control.


Look, it will ignite,

will it not?         


I just want you to know

the engine's never     

been tried like this.  


That's all I'm tryin' to

tell ya.                


Look, I know what you're tryin' 

to do. I guarantee you I won't  

hold you personally responsible.


If it lights, it lights.

Let Lovell do the rest. 


- Okay.                        

-They're gonna burn the        

  engines and steer it manually,


attempting to keep the Earth

in the window.              


Okay, this is gonna take

all three of us.        




You handle the pitch. Put on

the translation controllers,


all backwards, so if the Earth

starts driftin' down,         


you need to thrust aft,

not forward.           


I'll do the same--           

in line with everything else.


We're gonna burn at ten percent

thrust for 39 seconds. Jack,   

you time us.                   


- Got it.                    

- Give us a count of the last

  ten seconds up to 39.      


Let's not miss this.


You up to this, Freddo?


I'm with ya.


Standing by for corridor

control burn.           


Okay, Jim, you can fire

when ready.            


You are go for  

the manual burn.


Connect the plus-- button

at ten seconds. Mark.    


- Come on, baby. One more burn.

- Nine, eight,                 


seven, six, five, four,


- All engines go. 

- three, two, one.




- She's burnin'. 

- Oh, yeah.      

- Master arm off.


- Okay, here we go.        

- Human rate-weighter gone.


RCS is go.         

Ten percent thrust.


- Turn around, Freddo.          

- I'm tryin', but it's draggin'.


- Ten seconds.                

-You're droppin' down, Freddo.


- Driftin'. We're driftin'. 

- No, you hold what you got.

  I'll roll it.             


God, I can't get it stable.

Shit, she's dancin'        

all over the place.        


- Come near the right 

  a little bit. A bit.

- Fifteen seconds.    


She's driftin'. I'm   

losin' attitude. Okay.


- Hold it right there. That's

  it. Back! No, Freddo! Back!

- Shit, I'm losin' it!       


- Twenty seconds. Forward,

  Fred. Come on. Forward. 

- Bring the Earth up.     


Shit. Shit, I lost it.


- Where is it? Where is it?

- 7:00.                    


Bring it down, Freddo.

Just nose it down.    


- Okay. Okay, I got it.       

- Little farther. Little more.

  Make it tight.              


Damn it. Damn it.

That's mine.     


That's me. Look around.


- Little more. Come on, baby. 

- Come on. That's it. Hold it.

  Pull high.                  


Damn it. Back. That's it.

Hold it. Steady. Steady. 


- Nine.    

- Shutdown.


- Houston, we have shutdown.

-That's close enough, Jim. 

  Good work.                


I knew it! I knew it.   

How 'bout that LEM, huh?


How 'bout it? Eh?


- I guess you can

  keep your job. 

- You betcha.    


13, stand by. We're evaluating

our power usage on that burn. 


Well, let's hope we don't have

to do that again.             


Gentlemen, we've given our guys

enough to survive 'til reentry.


Well done.


Now we gotta get 'em in. Tell me

about the power up procedures.  


Here's the order   

of what I wanna do.


I wanna power up guidance,

ECS, communications.      


Warm up the, uh, pyranose 

for the parachutes and the

command module thrusters. 


The thrusters are gonna put you

over budget on amps, Ken.      


Well, they've been sitting at 

200 below for four days, John.

They gotta be heated.         


Fine. Then trade off      

the parachutes. Something.


Well, if the chutes don't

open, what's the point?  


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.

- They're gonna need all these 

  systems, John.               


We do not have the power, Ken!

We just don't have it.        


Okay, I'm gonna go back and    

reorganize the sequencing again

and find more power.           


Let's start from scratch.

Clear the board.         


I don't know where the   

hell we're gonna find it.


 Apollo 13Commander

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.  


Oh, well, I've had an engine

flame out a few times       

in an aircraft...           


and was kind of curious as to   

whether it was goin' to light up

again-- things of that nature-- 


but, uh, th-they seem

to work out.         


Is there a specific instance

in an airplane emergency    

when you can recall fear?   


Uh, well, I tell ya,      

I remember this one time--


I'm, uh, I'm in a Banshee     

at night in combat conditions,


so there's no running lights

on the carrier.             


Uh, 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-- it was    

leading me away from where

I was supposed to be.     


And I'm lookin' down at a big,

black ocean, so, uh,          


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.


Uh, uh, I know I'm running out  

of fuel, so I'm thinking about, 

uh, about ditching in the ocean.


And I, I look down there,     

and then, in, 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 just leading me home.


You know? If my cockpit lights

hadn't shorted out,           


there's no way I'd have ever

been able to see that.      


So, uh, you, uh, 

you never know...


what... what events are going

to transpire to get you home.


Okay. Spacecraft Commander

Jim Lovell. No stranger   

to emergency is he.       


- How's it goin', Fred?

- I'm okay.            


What the hell was that?


Let's hope it was just

a burst disk.         


- Uh, Houston, can you confirm

  a burst helium disk?        

-We confirm that, Jim.       


Uh, Houston, is that gonna    

affect our entry angle at all?


Uh, negative. Your entry angle

is holding at 6.24, Aquarius. 


Houston, uh,


we, we sure could use         

the reentry procedure up here.


When can we expect that?


Uh, that's comin'   

real soon,Aquarius.


Uh, Houston, uh, we, 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 ya we're

all a little tired up here.  


The world's gettin'       

awfully big in the window.


- Jim, this is Deke.

- It's Deke.        


They don't know how

to do it.          


Maybe Jack's right.


- Hello there, Deke.        

  What's the story?         

- Jim, we're gonna get that 

  power-up procedure to you.


We're gonna get it as soon as   

we possibly can. Ken Mattingly's

in the simulator right now.     


Ken's working on it.


Look, I know this sequence

works, John.              


The sequence looks good.

We're just over budget  

on the amperage.        


-By how much?       

- Three or four amps.


Goddamn it, John.   

Is it three or four?


- Four.

- Four.


Four more amps.


We know they have     

some power left in the

LEM batteries, right? 




We have an umbilical that 

provides power from the   

command module to the LEM.


- Right, it's backup for

  the LEM power supply. 

- I'm listening.        


So, reverse it. Reverse the   

flow and see if we can draw...


these four amps        

from the LEM batteries 

before we cut it loose.


Why can't  

we do that?


- We don't have a procedure

  for that, do we?         

- You're gonna lose a lot  

  in the transfer, Ken.    


Yeah, yeah, but all we're       

talkin' about here is four amps.


-Well, what's the latest we got?

-I want whatever you guys got   

 on these power-up procedures.  


- Gene, they're already--

- No, I don't want       

  the whole damn Bible.  


Just gimme a couple chapters.

We gotta get somethin' up    

to these guys.               


- They're workin' on it now.    

- I'll call over to the         

  simulator and get an estimate.


Goddamn it! I don't want

another estimate. I want

the procedures. Now!    


IMU is up.


-How am I reading?

- Fine so far.     


-Say again?        

- You're under the  

  limit. Keep goin'.


Okay. Floodlights to fixed.


 Okay, bring up

the guidance. 


Here we go.


CMC attitude IMU.


CMC to auto.         

Turn on the computer.




-Go ahead.               

- Is your computer on now?


Up and running.


How do we look?




I think we got it, buddy.


- Arthur, uh, my notes are clear

  on that last sequence, right? 

- Yeah.                         


-We're clear from building five.

-Excuse me, gentlemen.          

-...a little blurry there.      


I do. I-I'll let you know.

Just stand by.            


Here's Ken. Here's John.


It's good to see ya, Ken.


- This is the sequence.

- Has he tried it on   

  the hardware yet?    


We didn't have time.


 Aquarius, Houston.

 Do you read?      


Yeah, we read you, Ken.


Are the flowers blooming

in Houston?             


Uh, that's a negative, Jim.

I don't have the measles.  


 Jim, is, uh, Jack 

in there with you?


Uh, yeah. Stand by one. 

We gotta get him on com.


- Can we get this on the table--

- Oh, damn it.                  


- Thanks, Jackie.        

- I think it would really

  help if you could, uh, 


just distract her when the

heavy predictions come in.


- Yeah. Yeah,          

  we'll give it a shot.

- Thanks.              


Um, Blanche. Blanche,   

these nice, young men...


are gonna watch         

the television with you.


- This is Neil Armstrong, 

  and this is Buzz Aldrin.

- Nice to meet you.       


- Hi.                

- Are you boys in the

  space program too? 


Okay, uh, Jack,        

uh, give me a read-back

on that last procedure.


Uh, stand by, Ken.


Ken, I'm, uh--


Well, I'm havin' trouble 

readin' my own writing.  

I guess I was a little   

more tired than I thought.


Uh, don't worry, Jack.   

I'll talk you through it.


Okay, uh, find the main  

bus breakers on panel 11.


- Yeah, main bus   

  breakers. Got it.

-Close main bus B.


Uh, Ken, there's an awful lot of

condensation on these panels.   


What's the word on these

things shorting out?    


Uh, we'll just, uh, take 

that one at a time, Jack.


It's like tryin' to drive    

a toaster through a car wash.


-Main bus B is closed.        

-Okay, 13, we're, uh,         

 comin' up on entry interface.


Flack, we're still shellin' up

a bit in the reentry corridor.


It's almost like    

they're underweight.


- Now how could              

  they be underweight?       

- We didn't land on the moon.


- Rocks?          

- That's affirmed.


Uh, one more thing, Jim.

While Jack's workin'    

on the power-up...      


we'd like you and Freddo

to transfer some ballast

over the command module.


Uh, say again, Houston.



Uh, that's affirm. Uh, we  

gotta get the weight right.


We were expecting you to  

be toting a couple hundred

pounds of moon rocks.     


- Right, Houston.

-Now, Jack.     


- Yeah, go ahead, Ken.     

-Okay, now, uh, panel five.


Circuit breaker-- caution    

and warning-- main B, closed.


Main B, closed.


The master alarm, off.


Okay, Jack, uh, on       

panel seven, B mag number

two, power to warm-up.   


B mag number two,      

power to warm-up. Done.


Sequential logic,

one and two on.  


Sequential logic,

two on.          


-CMRCS pressure, on.  

- CMRCS pressurization.


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 Lovells' eldest son,

Jay, is absent, as he holds  

vigil with his classmates... 


at the St. John's Military

Academy in Wisconsin.     


ABC news science editor,

Jules Bergman.          


With a crippled command 

module and surviving by 

using the LEM's systems,


there can be     

no easy maneuver.


And their LEM lifeboat is doing

things and working longer than 

it was ever intended to.       


It's a race against time

until splashdown.       


Okay, Jack, we're ready to     

see if the computer will accept

uplink of the reentry data now.


Okay, the IMU is up. We  

got our eight balls back.


-Copy that.    

- Okay, Ken, uh,


uplink telemetry, command

module to accept, right? 


Uh, that's affirm.  

Go ahead and try it.


Uplink completed.


- Yeah. That's more like it.

- Back in business.         

- Okay, let's go.           


- Take a look at your amps.

  How're we doin'?         

- Let's go. All right.     


We got her back up, Ken. Boy,  

I wish you were here to see it.


I'll bet you do.


Way to go, Jack.


- Flight, this is Retro.

- Go, retro.            


Flight, we are looking          

at a typhoon warning on the     

edge of the prime recovery zone.


- Say again, Retro.      

-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.


Only if their luck changes.


Jim, we're ready

for SM jettison.


All right, Jack. On three.


One, two-- Upward thrust.


- We're loose.   

- Reverse thrust.


We have service module



Okay, Houston, uh,     

service module is free.


We're gonna take a look

at what we have here.  


Copy that.


There it is. I see it.




Houston, we're getting our

first look at the service 

module now.               


One whole side of         

the spacecraft is missing.


Right by the high-gate 

antenna the whole panel

is blown out...        


right up-- right up to

our heat shield.      


- Uh, copy that,Aquarius.

- It looks like it got    

  the engine belt too.    

  Can you see that?       


Oh, man, that's incredible.


- The heat shield.        

-The heat will build up...


to as much as three or

four thousand degrees 



-On a lunar reentry flight, the

 heat approaches 4,000 degrees.

- So, uh, Blanche.              


Blanche? Did-- Did Jim, uh,

make Eagle Scout or not?   


- Yes, he did.        

- He did?             

-If the heat shield...


is even slightly cracked,

the extreme cold could've

split it wide open.      


Worst of all, if the         

pyrotechnics that control 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.    


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 of the 

mission in Times Square.


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.


In Rome, Pope Paul led     

50,000 people in prayers...


for the safe return

of the astronauts. 


In Jerusalem, prayers

at the Wailing Wall. 


It's about time to bail 

outta this ship, Freddo.




You okay?


I'm-- I'm freezing.


Can you hold out just

a little longer?     


- As long as I have to.

- Oh, damn.            


Come on. Just a little

while longer, Freddo. 


Little while longer. We're

gonna hit that water...   


in the South Pacific,

open up that hatch.  


- It's 80 degrees out there.

- Eighty degrees.           


You are a mess.


Thank you.


Odyssey, Houston. Uh, how we 

doin', guys? We're closing in

on lunar module jettison.    


As you know, that is

time critical.      


Uh, we should be makin' our  

move into the command module.


Let's get that hatch

buttoned up and, uh,


when you get a chance, let

us know how you're doin'. 


Roger that.


Here, lemme give you 

a hand there, Freddo.


We're comin' up 

on LEM jettison.


Everyone strapped in, Ken?

We're gettin' real close. 


Uh, copy that, Flight.    

Uh, 13, Houston. Uh, we're

coming up on LEM jettison.


Stand by.


 Have you got everybody

in the Odyssey?       


Yeah, Ken. I'm gonna check those

pyro batteries one more time.   


Okay, pyro batts look good.   

I don't think we're gonna have

to tie the other batteries.   


Sorry, Jack,      

it's an old habit.


I'm kinda used to the pilot's

seat. She's yours to fly.    


Okay, Odyssey, I wanna double   

check some reentry procedures...


right after we             

jettison the LEM, which    

is coming up in 30 seconds.


- What is that?

- Oh.          


I was gettin' a little punchy,  

and I didn't wanna cut the LEM  

loose with you guys still in it.


That's good thinking.


Stand by, Houston.


We have lunar module



She sure was a good ship.



and we thank you.  




It's almost time, honey.


Flight 966-406.


Lemme put it this way:

trajectory may be off,


their thrusters may be       

frozen, their guidance system

may be malfunctioning,       


their heat shield could        

be cracked and their parachutes

might be three blocks of ice.  


- Clearly, we have some 

  obstacles to overcome.

- Yeah, okay,           


but now I'm asking you,

when will we know?     


Well, blackout lasts for     

three minutes. If they're    

not back in four, we'll know.


Velocity now reading   

34,802 feet per second.


Range to go:         

2,625 nautical miles.


- Copy that.          

- Okay, Ken, we are   

  aligned for reentry.


Jim, we're gonna need that     

computer reentry program. Fred,

how are the batteries lookin'? 


Okay. Batt A looks good.


-Reentry interface in      

 one minute and 30 seconds.

- Batt B, no volts;         


the amps are okay.


Batt C--


Shit, no volts;

only two amps. 


It may die before    

the main chutes open.


Roger. Let's tie all

the batteries onto  

main A and main B.  


Flight, they're still     

shallowing a bit up there.

Do you want to tell 'em?  


- Is there anything  

  we can do about it?

-Not now, Flight.   


- Then they don't need

  to know, do they?   

-Copy that.          


Retro says the typhoon 

is still a presence    

in the splashdown area?


- Yeah.                

- Well, we got the, uh,


parachute situation, the     

heat shield, the angle of the

trajectory and the typhoon.  


- There's just so many     

  variables, I'm a little--

- I know what the problems 

  are, Henry.              


This could be the worst disaster

NASA's ever experienced.        


With all due respect, sir,

I believe this is going to

be our finest hour.       


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.




it's been a privilege

flying with you.     


Flight, we have loss

of radio contact.   


- Roger that.            

- Expect to regain signal

  in three minutes.      


It all depends on

the heat shield. 


Back to the Iwo Jima       

and our live cameras there.


The Navy recovery and rescue  

helicopters already airborne, 

circling, waiting for first-- 


Coming down to three 

minutes until time   

of drogue deployment.


Standing by for any    

reports of acquisition.


One minute and 30 seconds

to end of blackout.      


No reentering ship has ever    

taken longer than three minutes

to emerge from blackout.       


This is the critical moment.

Will the heat shield hold?  


Will the command module 

survive the intense heat

of reentry?             


If it doesn't,           

there'll only be silence.


- Mommy, you're squishing me.

- Oops, sorry, sweetie.      


It's okay.


Okay, Flight, that's        

three minutes. We are       

standing by for acquisition.


Copy that.


Odyssey, Houston.

 Do you read me?  


 Odyssey, this is Houston.

 Do you read?             


Expected time of reacquisition,

the time when the astronauts...


 were expected to     

come out of blackout,


has come and gone.


But all any of us can do now

is just listen and hope.    


We're about to learn whether

or not that heat shield,    


which was damaged, as you 

remember, by the explosion

three days ago,           


has withstood the inferno

of reentry.              


 Odyssey,this is Houston.

Do you read me?          



Do you read me?  


Three minutes, 30 seconds.

Standing by.              



Do you read?     


 Odyssey,this is Houston.

Do you read me?          


That's four minutes,

and standing by.    


Odyssey, uh, Houston.

 Do you read?         


Hello, Houston. This isOdyssey.

It's good to see ya again.      


Odyssey,Houston. Welcome  

home. We're glad to see ya.


Good job, Ken. Good job.


Houston, uh, we're at          

stable one. The ship is secure.


This isApollo 13

signing off.     


Good job.


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 theOdyssey.


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 onApollo 18,


but his mission was cancelled

because of budget cuts.      


He never flew  

in space again.


Nor did Jack Swigert, who 

left the astronaut core...


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 ofApollo 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.


And as for me, the  

seven extraordinary 

days ofApollo 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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