Transcript: Apollo 13: "Houston, We've Got a Problem" | Jun 01, 1999

An astronaut says HOUSTON, WE'VE HAD A PROBLEM.
WE HIT A PRETTY LARGE BANK.
WE MAY HAVE HAD AN
INSTRUMENTATION PROBLEM...

Mission control says OKAY NOW, LET'S EVERYBODY
KEEP COOL, WE'VE GOT THE LID
STILL ATTACHED, WE'VE GOT THE
COMMAND MODULE SYSTEM, SO WE'RE
IN GOOD SHAPE IF WE NEED TO GET
HOME, LET'S SOLVE THE PROBLEM,
BUT LET'S NOT MAKE IT ANY WORSE
BY GUESSING.

An opening slate reads "The Apollo Years."

A male announcer says ... APOLLO CONTROL AT 52
HOURS, 56 MINUTES, CAPCOM PAUL
WEISS IS GETTING READY TO PUT IN
A CALL TO THE CREW NOW.
(Playing "Reveille")

The title fades and another appears that reads "Apollo 13."

Another male announcer says APOLLO 12 ALL PRESENT AND
ACCOUNTED FOR, SIR.
(Rocket roaring)
(music plays)

A huge white rocket sits on a launch pad and begins the camera travels up the
full length of the impressive rocket. Clouds of smoke and flame rise as the
support gear is moved to one side. A period clip shows the rocket, conspicuously marked "U.S.A." rising on a pillar of fire and slowly gathering momentum. Observation post and Control Room scientists watch the launch and follow the rocket with binoculars.

A male announcer says WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON
IN THIS DECADE AND DO THE OTHER
THINGS, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE
EASY, BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD.
Once in dark blue space, an onboard camera shows the separation of the launch section. The Earth appears at a distance. A clip shows the widely publicized shots of the Earth rising over the horizon of the Moon and the Lander being launched.

Mission control says WELCOME TO THE MOON.

A man says THANK YOU.
(Astronauts speaking)

An astronaut says 10 percent FUEL.
(Astronauts speaking)

Mission control says 30 SECONDS.
(Astronauts speaking)

An astronaut says HOUSTON, TRANQUILLITY BASE
HERE.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED.
(music plays)
The shots show Armstrong setting foot on the Moon, the footprints on the dusty surface.

Next to the footprint, the title reads "The Apollo Years."

Now Marc Garneau appears on screen standing in a space museum. Marc is in his forties, has short, dark gray hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a blue polo shirt, and khaki pants.

Marc says ONE SMALL STEP
FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR
MANKIND.
ARGUABLY THE MOST FAMOUS PHRASE
UTTERED IN SPACE EXPLORATION.
THE FLIP SIDE, "HOUSTON, WE'VE
GOT A PROBLEM."
I'M MARC GARNEAU AND WELCOME TO
THE APOLLO YEARS.
JIM LOVELL, JOHN SWIGERT AND
FRED HAISE WERE LOOKING FORWARD
TO A SCIENCE MISSION MUCH THE
SAME AS THEIR PREDECESSORS ON
APOLLO 12.
BUT 2 AND A HALF DAYS INTO THEIR FLIGHT TO
THE MOON, A LIQUID OXYGEN TANK
EXPLODED AND CRIPPLED THEIR
SERVICE MODULE.
NASA SCRUBBED THE LUNAR LANDING
AND CONCENTRATED ON GETTING THE
THREE MEN BACK ALIVE.
DANGEROUSLY LOW ON WATER,
ELECTRICITY AND OXYGEN, THE
ASTRONAUTS LEFT THE COMMAND
MODULE AND TOOK REFUGE IN THE
LUNAR EXCURSION MODULE.
"APOLLO 13: HOUSTON, WE'VE GOT A
PROBLEM" PORTRAYS THIS DRAMA
VERY MUCH FROM THE EARTH UP.
WE SEE PRESS CONFERENCES, TENSE
GLANCES IN MISSION CONTROL, EVEN
A SHOT OF ENTERTAINER MILTON
BERLE CALLING FOR PRAYER IN A
SPORTS STADIUM.
THE WHOLE WORLD WAS WATCHING AND
WAITING.
A SIMPLE SCIENCE MISSION HAD
BECOME ONE OF THE MOST HARROWING
PUBLIC RESCUES IN HISTORY.

A clip of mission control appears on screen and an astronaut says THIS LITTLE TAPE RECORDER HAS
BEEN A BIG BENEFIT TO US IN
PASSING THROUGH THE TIME AWAY ON
OUR TRANSIT OUT TO THE MOON.
AND IT'S RATHER ODD TO SEE IT
FLOATING LIKE THIS IN THE, IN
ODYSSEY WHILE IT'S PLAYING THE,
THE THEME FROM
2001.

The announcer says APRIL 13th,
1970.
THE MOOD COULD ONLY BE
DESCRIBED AS RELAXED.
APOLLO 13, MAN'S FIFTH LUNAR
MISSION.
THE THIRD SCHEDULED TO LAND
ON THE MOON CONTINUED ITS
TRANQUIL COAST.

The crew says THIS IS THE CREW OF APOLLO
13.
WISH EVERYBODY THERE A NICE
EVENING AND, UH, WE'RE JUST
ABOUT TO CLOSE OUT OUR
INSPECTION OF AQUARIUS AND GET
BACK TO A PLEASANT EVENING IN
ODYSSEY.
GOODNIGHT.

Mission control says 13, WE'VE GOT ONE MORE ITEM
FOR YOU WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE.
WE'D LIKE YOU TO, UH, STIR UP
YOUR CRYO TANKS.
IN ADDITION, UH, HAVE A SHAFT
AND TRUNNION...

The astronauts say OKAY.

Mission control says... FOR A LOOK AT THE COMET...
IF YOU NEED IT.

The astronaut says OKAY, STAND BY.
(Static)
OKAY HOUSTON, WE'VE HAD A
PROBLEM HERE.

Mission control says THIS IS HOUSTON, SAY AGAIN
PLEASE.

The astronaut says AHH, HOUSTON, WE'VE HAD A
PROBLEM.
WE'VE HAD A MAIN B BUS
UNDERVOLT.

Mission control says ROGER, MAIN B UNDERVOLT.
OKAY, STAND BY, 13, WE'RE
LOOKING AT IT.

The episode title reads "Apollo 13, ‘Houston, we’ve got a problem.'"

The astronaut says AND WE HAD A PRETTY LARGE
BANG ASSOCIATED WITH THE, UH,
CAUTION AND WARNING THERE.
AND AS I RECALL, MAIN B WAS THE
ONE THAT, UH, HAD AN AMP SPIKE
ON IT, UH, ONCE BEFORE.
AND IN OUR MIRROR, UH, WE'RE
STARTING TO, UH, GO AHEAD AND
BUTTON UP THE TUNNEL AGAIN.

The announcer says APRIL 11, 1970.
LAUNCH DAY.
THE CREW OF APOLLO 13.
JIM LOVELL, COMMANDER AND
VETERAN OF THREE PREVIOUS
MISSIONS.

A man with a white space suit appears on screen and the announcer says HE HAD ORBITED THE MOON
CHRISTMAS 1968 ON APOLLO 8.

Another man with a white space suit appears on screen and the announcer says FRED HAISE, HIS FIRST TIME
UP, LUNAR MODULE PILOT.

Another man with a white space suit appears on screen and the announcer says JACK SWIGERT, COMMAND MODULE
PILOT.
THREE DAYS AGO HE WAS ON THE
BACKUP CREW.
NOW HE REPLACED KEN
MATTINGLY.
MATTINGLY HAD BEEN DROPPED
FROM THE MISSION BECAUSE HE
HAD BEEN EXPOSED TO GERMAN
MEASLES.
HE WOULD WATCH THE LAUNCH
FROM HOUSTON'S MISSION
CONTROL.

Mission Control says AUTO SEQUENCE INITIATED
FLIGHT.

The astronaut says ROGER.

Mission Control says FLIGHT BOOSTER.

The astronaut says GO.

Mission Control says S-IVB PRE-PRESS COMPLETE.

The astronaut says ROG.

Mission Control says FLIGHT BOOSTER.
S1C PRE-PRESS COMPLETE, AND
WE'RE ON INTERNAL POWER AND
WE'RE GO.

The astronaut says ROGER.
HOW'S IT LOOK, EECOM?
YOU GOT YOUR SPACECRAFT...

Mission Control says LOOKS GOOD, FLIGHT.

The astronaut says OKAY.

Mission Control says M.C.C. RECORDER TO FLIGHT
SPEED.

The astronaut says IGNITION, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says ROGER.
(Vibrating)

The astronaut says CLOCK START, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says ROGER.

The astronaut says THAT'S IT, GO ALL ENGINES.

Mission Control says ROG.

The astronaut says OKAY, FIDO, HOW DOES IT LOOK?

Mission Control says LOOKS GOOD HERE, FLIGHT.
GOOD AGREEMENT.

The astronaut says OKAY, BOOSTER, HOW DO YOU
LOOK?

Mission Control says S1C LOOKS GOOD, FLIGHT.

The astronaut says OKAY, CAPCOM, WE'RE GO HERE
ON THE GROUND.
OKAY, WE'RE GO AT ONE, CAPCOM.

Mission Control says CABIN RELIEVING FLIGHT.

The astronaut says ROGER.
(Roaring)

The space shuttle takes off.

Mission Control says BOOSTER, HOW DO YOU LOOK?

The astronaut says WE LOOK GOOD, FLIGHT.
WE'RE GO.

Mission Control says OKAY, FIDO?

The astronaut says WE'RE GO, FLIGHT, LOOKS GOOD
HERE.

Mission Control says GUIDANCE, HOW DOES IT LOOK?

The astronaut says GOOD, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says OKAY, EECOM, G.N.C.?

The astronaut says LOOKS GOOD, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says LOOKS GOOD, FLIGHT.

The astronaut says OKAY, SURGEON?

Mission Control says LOOKS FINE.

The astronaut says THROUGH MAX Q, AND WE'RE GO,
FLIGHT.

Mission Control says ROGER, BOOSTER.

The astronaut says GO FOR STAGING, CAPCOM.

Mission Control says CONFIRM INBOARD OUT, FLIGHT.

The astronaut says ROGER.

Mission Control says STAGING, FLIGHT.

The astronaut says ROGER.

Mission Control says FLIGHT, FIDO.
TRAJECTORY CONFIRMS STAGING.

The astronaut says ROGER.

Mission Control says FLIGHT, BOOSTER.
THAT INBOARD OUT WAS WAY EARLY.

The astronaut says OKAY.

Mission Control says FLIGHT.
CONFIRM.
NUMBER FIVE ENGINE DOWN.

The astronaut says ROG.

Mission Control says BOOSTER, YOU DON'T SEE ANY
PROBLEM WITH THAT THOUGH, DO
YOU?

The astronaut says AHH, NEGATIVE.
NOT RIGHT NOW, FLIGHT.
ALL THE OTHER ENGINES ARE GO.

The announcer says THE NEXT STEP
IN THE ROUTINE OF LUNAR
FLIGHT WAS TO BURN OUT OF
EARTH ORBIT TOWARD THE MOON.
THEN, PULL FREE OF THE THIRD
STAGE AND DOCK WITH THE
LUNAR MODULE AQUARIUS.
AT THE CONTROLS OF THE
COMMAND MODULE ODYSSEY, JACK
SWIGERT.

The astronaut says WE'RE HARD DOCKED, HOUSTON.

Mission Control says ROGER, UNDERSTAND, HARD DOCK.
GOOD DEAL.

The announcer says THEY PULLED
AQUARIUS AWAY FROM THE
SATURN THIRD STAGE, THE
S-IVB.

The astronaut says OKAY, I CAN, I CAN SEE THE
S-IVB NOW OUT THE HATCH WINDOW.

The announcer says ODYSSEY AND
AQUARIUS MOVED AWAY FROM
EARTH TOWARD THE MOON.
(music plays)

The astronaut says OKAY HOUSTON, WE'VE HAD A
PROBLEM HERE.

Mission Control says FLIGHT, GUIDANCE.

The astronaut says GO, GUIDANCE.

Mission Control says WE'VE HAD A HARDWARE RESTART.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS.

Mission Control says YEAH.

The astronaut says AHH, HOUSTON, WE'VE HAD A
PROBLEM.
WE'VE HAD A MAIN B BUS
UNDERVOLT.

Mission Control says YOU SEE AN A.C. BUS UNDERVOLT
THERE GUIDANCE?
UH, EECOM?

The astronaut says NEGATIVE, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says I BELIEVE THE CREW REPORTED
IT.

The astronaut says WE GOT A MAIN B UNDERVOLT.

Mission Control says WE MAY HAVE HAD AN
INSTRUMENTATION PROBLEM, FLIGHT.

The astronaut says ROG.
AND WE HAD A PRETTY LARGE
BANG ASSOCIATED WITH THE CAUTION
AND WARNING THERE.

Mission control appears on screen and a caption reads "Voice of Astronaut Jack Swigert."

Jack Swigert says THE SENSATION I
HAD, UH, THAT I HAD FELT A
VIBRATION ACCOMPANYING THE BANG,
UH, NOT A LARGE VIBRATION OR
SHUDDER.

Mission Control says IS THERE ANY, UH, KIND OF
LEADS WE CAN GIVE THEM, ARE WE
LOOKING AT INSTRUMENTATION?
WE GOT A REAL PROBLEM OR WHAT?

The astronaut says WE'RE READING, UH, ZERO IN
TWO PRESSURE IN FUEL CELL ONE
AND 13 P.S.I. ON, UH, FUEL CELL
302 PRESSURE.

Mission Control says OKAY, WHAT DO YOU WANNA DO?
OPEN CIRCUIT FUEL CELL ONE AND
TWO?

The astronaut says THAT'S RIGHT, FLIGHT.

A caption reads "Voice of Astronaut Fred Haise."

Fred Haise says I SHUT DOWN THE
REACTANTS VALVE AND I ASKED FOR
A RECONFIRMATION, SINCE WHEN YOU
DO THAT IT'S SORT OF
IRREVERSIBLE, YOU SHUT ONE OF
THESE THINGS DOWN, THEY ONLY CAN
BE RESTARTED FROM GROUND SUPPORT
EQUIPMENT.

The astronaut says YOU KNOW, THAT'S, THAT'S A
SIGNIFICANT G and C.
IT LOOKS TO ME LOOKING OUT THE,
UH, HATCH THAT WE ARE VENTING
SOMETHING.
WE ARE, WE ARE VENTING SOMETHING
OUT THE, INTO THE, UH, INTO
SPACE.

Mission Control says OKAY, LET'S EVERYBODY THINK
OF THE KIND OF THINGS WE'D BE
VENTING.
G and C, YOU GOT ANYTHING THAT LOOKS
ABNORMAL ON YOUR SYSTEM?

The astronaut says NEGATIVE, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says HOW ABOUT YOU, EECOM?
SEE ANYTHING, UH, WITH THE
INSTRUMENTATION YOU GOT THAT
COULD BE VENTING?

EECOM says THAT'S AFFIRM, FLIGHT.
LEMME LOOK AT THE SYSTEM FLIGHT
AS FAR AS VENTING IS CONCERNED.

Mission Control says OKAY, LET'S START SCANNING.

Reporter says HERE IS A BULLETIN
FROM ABC NEWS.
THE APOLLO 13 SPACECRAFT HAS HAD
A SERIOUS POWER SUPPLY
MALFUNCTION THAT COULD CAUSE THE
LUNAR LANDING MISSION TO BE
TERMINATED EARLY.

Mission Control says I ASSUME YOU CALLED IN YOUR
BACKUP EECOMS?

The astronaut says FLIGHT, SAY AGAIN.

Mission Control says YOU CALLED IN YOUR BACKUP
EECOMS NOW, SEE IF WE CAN GET
SOME MORE BRAIN POWER ON THIS
THING.

The astronaut says WE GOT ONE HERE.

Mission Control says ROG.

Reporter says AT THE MOMENT THE
ASTRONAUTS ARE CONTINUING TO TRY
TO ISOLATE THEIR TROUBLE.
A LATE REPORT SAYS THE
SPACECRAFT NOW IS OPERATING ON
BATTERY POWER ALONE, ALL
UNNECESSARY EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN
TURNED OFF.

Mission Control says OKAY, NOW LET'S EVERYBODY
KEEP COOL.
WE GOT LM STILL ATTACHED.
LM SPACECRAFT'S GOOD, SO IF WE
NEED, UH, TO GET BACK HOME, WE
GOT A LM TO DO A GOOD PORTION OF
IT WITH.
OKAY, LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE
DON'T DO ANYTHING THAT'S GOING
TO BLOW OUR C.S.M. ELECTRICAL
POWER WITH THE BATTERIES OR THAT
WILL CAUSE US TO LOSE THE MAIN,
OR THE FUEL CELL NUMBER TWO.
OKAY, WE WANNA KEEP THE O2 AND
THAT KIND OF STUFF WORKING, WE'D
LIKE TO HAVE R.C.S., BUT WE GOT
THE COMMAND MODULE SYSTEM, SO
WE'RE IN GOOD SHAPE IF WE NEED
TO GET HOME.
LET'S SOLVE THE PROBLEM, BUT
LET'S NOT MAKE IT ANY WORSE BY
GUESSING.

A caption reads "Voice of Jim Lovell."

Jim Lovell says MY CONCERN WAS
INCREASING ALL THE TIME.
IT WENT FROM "I WONDER WHAT THIS
IS GONNA TO DO TO THE LANDING,"
TO "I WONDER IF WE CAN GET BACK
HOME AGAIN."

Mission Control says OKAY, COMING, COMING BACK TO
YOU.

The astronaut says FLIGHT, GO AHEAD.

Mission Control says I THINK THE BEST THING WE CAN
DO RIGHT NOW IS SHUT THE POWER
DOWN.

The astronaut says RIGHT ABOUT THEN IT, UH, IT
WAS QUITE APPARENT TO ME THAT IT
WAS JUST A QUESTION OF TIME THAT
THE COMMAND MODULE WAS GONNA BE
DEAD.

Mission Control says YOU DON'T WANNA GET FUEL CELL
PUMPS OFF, DO YOU?

The astronaut says WE CAN DO THAT ON FUEL CELL
NUMBER ONE, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says OKAY, WELL LET'S MAKE SURE WE
DON'T BLOW THE WHOLE MISSION.

The astronaut says THE THING THAT CONCERNS ME IS
STARTING TO STOW EQUIPMENT.
WE, WE HAD A PROBLEM, WE DON'T
KNOW THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM.

Mission Control says FLIGHT, I HAVE GOT A FEELING
WE'VE LOST TWO FUEL CELLS.
I HATE TO PUT IT THAT WAY, BUT,
UH, I DON'T KNOW WHY WE LOST
THEM.
IT DOESN'T ALL TAG UP.
NETWORK FROM FLIGHT.
FLIGHT, NETWORK.
BRING ME UP ANOTHER COMPUTER
IN THE R.T.C.C., WILL YOU?
WE GOT, UH, ONE MACHINE ON
THE R.T.C.C. AND WE GOT DUAL
SAFETY DOWNSTAIRS.
OKAY, I WANT ANOTHER MACHINE
UP IN THE R.T.C.C. AND I WANT A
BUNCH OF GUYS CAPABLE OF RUNNING
D LOGS DOWN THERE.
ROGER THAT.

Reporter says WHAT ALL THIS MEANS
IS ONLY SPECULATION AT THIS
POINT.
FIRST, THOUGH THERE HAS BEEN
SOME TUMBLING OR ROTATION OF THE
SPACECRAFT, THE ASTRONAUTS DO
NOT APPEAR TO BE IN ANY
IMMEDIATE DANGER.

Mission Control says I'LL TELL YOU WHAT.
G and C, CAN YOU GET SOMEBODY IN THE
BACK ROOM TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT
WHAT THE EQUIVALENT DELTA-V IS
WE'RE GETTING, SO THAT WE CAN
SEE IF WE CAN BACKTRACK TO SEE
IF WE CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT'S
VENTING.

The astronaut says ROG.
WE'LL GIVE IT A TRY, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says OKAY.

Jim Lovell says WHEN I LOOKED UP
AND SAW BOTH OXYGEN PRESSURES,
ONE ABSOLUTELY ZERO, THE OTHER
ONE GOING DOWN, UH, IT, IT
DAWNED ON ME AND I'M SURE JACK
AND FRED ABOUT THE SAME TIME,
THAT WE WERE INDEED IN SERIOUS
TROUBLE.
THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE THE
SITUATION WAS TO TRANSFER TO THE
LM.

The astronaut says FLIGHT, EECOM.

Mission Control says GO AHEAD, EECOM.

The astronaut says THE PRESSURE IN O2 TANK ONE
IS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 297.
YOU BETTER THINK ABOUT GETTING
IN THE LM, OR USING THE LM
SYSTEMS.

Christopher Kraft appears on screen with a caption that reads "Christopher Kraft, Deputy Director, Manned Spacecraft Center." He is in his forties, has short, slicked back, dark brown hair, and wears a gray suit, white shirt, and a gold tie.

Christopher Kraft says I'D SAY
THIS IS AS SERIOUS, UH,
SITUATION AS WE EVER HAD IN
MANNED SPACE FLIGHT.

The caption changes to "Christopher Kraft, April 13, 1970."

Christopher Kraft says WE'VE
ALWAYS CALLED THE LM A GOOD
LIFEBOAT UNDER THOSE
CIRCUMSTANCES.
IF AT ANY TIME IN THE MISSION,
HOWEVER, THE LM HAD SEPARATED,
AND WE WOULD GOTTEN OURSELVES
INTO A RENDEZVOUS SITUATION, OR,
UH, THE, THE COMMAND MODULE
BEING AROUND THE MOON, THEN WHAT
YOU STATE IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE.
IT WOULD, IT WOULD BE A FATAL
SITUATION.

Mission Control says TELEMETRY FROM FLIGHT.

The astronaut says GO AHEAD, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says I WANT YOU TO GET SOME GUYS
FIGURING OUT MINIMUM POWER IN
THE LM TO SUSTAIN LIFE.

The announcer says THE ACCIDENT
HAD OCCURRED 200,000 MILES
FROM EARTH.
LOVELL, SWIGERT, AND HAISE
RODE ON THE LUNAR MODULE,
ATTACHED TO A LIFELESS
COMMAND MODULE.
APOLLO 13 HAD STARTED AS A
MISSION OF SCIENTIFIC
EXPLORATION.
IT WAS NOW A MATTER OF
SURVIVAL.
SINCE THE COMMAND MODULE WAS
DEAD, EXCEPT FOR THE OXYGEN
AND POWER HOARDED FOR RE-
ENTRY, THE GUIDANCE PLATFORM
OF AQUARIUS, DESIGNED TO
LAND ON AND TAKE OFF FROM
THE MOON, WOULD HAVE TO BE
USED.

Sigurd A. Sjoberg sits at a press conference with a caption that reads "Sigurd A. Sjoberg, Director of Flight Operations." He is in his forties, has short, gray hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a black suit, white shirt, and dark tie.

Sigurd says THE
POSITION WE ARE IN NOW IN THE
EARTH-MOON PLANE, WE HAVE TO GO
AROUND THE, THE, UH, THE MOON TO
GET BACK, IF WE ARE GOING TO USE
THE DESCENT ENGINE.

Sigurd A. Sjoberg says YOU, YOU
WOULD HAVE HAD ENOUGH CAPABILITY
WITH THE S.P.S. ENGINE, BUT OF
COURSE WE DON'T DARE USE THAT
NOW.
SO WE HAVE TO GO TO THE BACK
SIDE OF THE MOON AND COME BACK.

Back at Mission Control, the announcer says TO GET INTO THE
CORRECT ORBIT AROUND THE
MOON, THE CREW HAD BURNED
OUT OF A TRAJECTORY THAT
WOULD AUTOMATICALLY BRING
THEM BACK TO EARTH.
THEY WOULD HAVE TO GET BACK
ONTO A SAFE COURSE TOWARD
EARTH.

Mission Control says YOU NEED TO PUT IT THROUGH A
THROTTLE TO MIN ALSO, FLIGHT.

The astronaut says THROTTLE TO MIN?

Mission Control says YES, SHE'S 29 percent NOW ROUGHLY.

Jim Lovell says THIS MANOEUVRE
AGAIN WAS COMPLETED ON TIME AND
BECAUSE IT WAS A MANUAL BURN, WE
HAD A THREE-MAN OPERATION.
JACK WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE
TIME, HE'D TELL US WHEN TO
LIGHT-OFF THE ENGINE, WHEN TO
STOP IT.
FRED HANDLED PITCH MANOEUVRE, I
HANDLED THE ROLL, ROLL
MANOEUVRE, AND I PUSHED THE
BUTTONS TO START AND STOP THE
ENGINES.

Mission Control says AQUARIUS, YOU'RE GO FOR THE
BURN.

The astronaut says 40 percent.

Mission Control says OKAY, AQUARIUS, YOU'RE
LOOKING GOOD.

The astronaut says AUTO SHUT DOWN.

The announcer says THE FIRST
PROBLEM WAS SOLVED, THEY
WERE BACK ON THE PATH TO
EARTH.
BUT THERE WERE MANY OTHER
PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED.
FROM A BUILDING AT HOUSTON'S
MANNED SPACECRAFT CENTRE,
SYSTEMS EXPERTS CO-ORDINATED
THE COAST-TO-COAST EFFORT TO
GET THE CREW BACK.
ONE OF THE BIG PROBLEMS WAS
CONSUMABLES.
THERE WOULD BE ENOUGH TO EAT
AND DRINK, BUT IN SPACE
THERE ARE OTHER FACTORS,
OXYGEN TO BREATHE,
ELECTRICAL POWER TO KEEP THE
SPACECRAFT ALIVE, WATER TO
COOL THE EQUIPMENT AND KEEP
IT OPERATING.

Back in the conference, Christopher Kraft says WHAT WE'LL
BE DOING TILL WE GET THEM BACK
ON THE WATER IS CONCENTRATING ON
EVERYTHING THAT IS... THEIR,
THEIR LIVES ARE DEPENDENT UPON
AT THE MOMENT, RATHER THAN
WORRYING ABOUT THE ACCIDENT,
'CAUSE THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO
ABOUT THAT NOW.
IT APPEARS AT THE PRESENT TIME
THAT EVERYTHING IS UNDER
CONTROL, AND THAT WE HAVE A SAFE
SITUATION AT THE MOMENT.

The astronaut says HEY, I WANNA SAY YOU GUYS ARE
DOING REAL GOOD WORK.

Mission Control says SO ARE YOU GUYS, JACK.

Glynn Lunney sits at a press conference. He is in his forties, has short, side-parted black hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a tan blazer, white shirt, and a dark tie.

Glynn Lunney says WE ARE ABOUT 70
HOURS FROM HOME AND WE THINK WE
HAVE THE SITUATION IN CONTROL.

Glynn Lunney says WE PROJECTED
THE CONSUMABLES AS I'VE
DESCRIBED AND WE HAVE A PLAN FOR
CARRYING OUT THE REST OF THE
MISSION, BUT THERE'S GONNA TO BE
NO RELAXATION AT ALL AS FAR AS
THAT GOES, FROM NOW UNTIL
SPLASH.

The announcer says THERE WAS A KEY
DECISION TO BE MADE BEFORE
APOLLO 13 WENT BEHIND THE
MOON.
WHERE TO BRING THEM DOWN.
THEIR PRESENT COURSE WOULD
TAKE THEM TO THE INDIAN
OCEAN, WHERE RECOVERY WOULD
BE DIFFICULT.
A BURN TO BRING THEM HOME
QUICKER WOULD TAKE THEM TO
THE PACIFIC OCEAN NEAR THE
RECOVERY FORCES.
BRINGING THEM HOME EVEN
FASTER WOULD PLACE THEM IN
THE SOUTH ATLANTIC, AGAIN
AWAY FROM RECOVERY FORCES.
IT WAS DECIDED TO TAKE THEM
TO THE PACIFIC.

Gerald Griffin sits at a conference and a caption reads "Gerald Griffin, Flight Director." He is in his forties, has short, side-parted, dark hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a plaid blazer, white shirt, and a dark tie.

Gerald Griffin says WE'VE TRIED
TO SIMULATE VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING
THAT WE'VE HAD THE CREW DO THAT,
UH, THAT IS NON-NORMAL, THAT
THEY'VE DONE, AND, UH, WE'VE
PROVEN MOST EVERYTHING THAT WE,
UH, BEEN ABLE, UH, TO RUN ON THE
SIMULATOR PRIOR TO PASSING IT UP
TO THEM, THERE MAY BE SOME
DETAILS WE HAVEN'T DONE, BUT AT
LEAST WE'VE CHECKED THE
FEASIBILITY OF EVERYTHING WE'VE
DONE AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO
THAT.

The announcer says THEY PASSED 137
MILES FROM THE MOON.
FOR LOVELL IT WAS THE SECOND
TIME THAT HE HAD SEEN THE
MOON SO NEAR, BUT THERE WAS
NO TIME FOR CONTEMPLATION,
THERE WAS ANOTHER CRITICAL
BURN COMING.

Mission Control says OKAY, LET'S GET THE, LET'S
GET THE CAMERAS PUT AWAY.
CUT-OFF CONFIRMED...

The announcer says AND IN HOUSTON,
THE NEWSMEN POURED IN TO
TELL AN ANXIOUS WORLD THE
STORY.

A female reporter says WELL, THAT WAS GOING ALONG
WITH THE IGNITION SLIDE, THEN I
THOUGHT THAT...

Mission Control says BY THE WAY, AQUARIUS, WE SEE
THE RESULTS NOW FROM, UH, 12'S
SEISMOMETER.
LOOKS LIKE YOUR BOOSTER JUST HIT
THE MOON AND IT'S, UH, ROCKIN'
IT A LITTLE BIT, OVER.

The astronaut says WELL, AT LEAST SOMETHING
WORKED ON THIS FLIGHT.
I'M SURE GLAD WE DIDN'T HAVE
A LM IMPACT, TOO.

Mission Control says JIM, YOU ARE GO FOR THE BURN,
GO FOR THE BURN.

The astronaut says RIGHT, UNDERSTAND, GO FOR THE
BURN.

Mission Control says GUIDANCE OKAY?

The astronaut says WE'RE GOOD, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says CONTROL OKAY?

The astronaut says WE'RE OKAY, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says TELEMETRY?

The astronaut says WE'RE GO, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says INCO OKAY?

The astronaut says WE'RE GOOD, FLIGHT.

Mission Control says GROUND CONFIRMS IGNITION.

The astronaut says GO BURN, 40 percent.

Mission Control says AQUARIUS, HOUSTON.
YOU'RE LOOKING GOOD.

The astronaut says ROGER.
SHUTDOWN.

Mission Control says ROGER, SHUTDOWN.
I SAY, THAT WAS A GOOD BURN.

The astronaut says AQUARIUS, ANOTHER ONE TO
POWER DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Mission Control says UNDERSTAND.

The announcer says TO CONSERVE THE
ELECTRIC POWER AND COOLING
WATER, THE CREW SHUT DOWN
ALL BUT THE VITAL, LIFE-
SUSTAINING SYSTEMS OF THE
LM.

Eugene Kranz speaks at a conference with a caption that reads "Eugene Kranz, Flight Director." He is in his forties, has short buzzed brown hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a black suit, white shirt, and a black tie.

Eugene Kranz says I THINK THE LM
SPACECRAFT IS IN EXCELLENT SHAPE
AND ITS FULLY CAPABLE OF, UH,
GETTING THE CREW BACK.
I THINK, AS WE'VE FOUND BEFORE,
EVERY TIME WE'VE PUT THE LM
SPACECRAFT TO A TEST, IT'S
ALWAYS DONE MUCH MORE THAN IT
WAS GUARANTEED TO DO, AND I
THINK THIS IS A GOOD CASE IN
POINT.

The announcer says CONSERVE THE
CONSUMABLES, COOLING WATER,
ELECTRIC POWER.

Mission Control says THE LM WATER GUN WAS LEAKING
AND, UH, WE SHUT THAT OFF.
I GUESS IT LEAKED ABOUT A QUART
OF WATER OUT OF IT, I WOULD
ESTIMATE.
BUT IT TOOK ME ABOUT TWO DAYS TO
GET MY FEET DRY AND OF COURSE
IT'S... I THINK YOU ALL WERE
AWARE THAT THE TEMPERATURES WERE
GOING DOWN IN BOTH VEHICLES AND
MADE FOR VERY CHILLY FEET FOR A
COUPLE OF DAYS.

Clips of people watching the news being displayed in newspapers and on message boards appear on screen.
(Horn honking)
(Bus engine)
(Typing)
(People talking)
(music plays)
(Telephones ringing)

A man with a brown fedora and a brown jacket appears on screen in front of a microphone in front of a stadium and says IF I MAY BE SERIOUS FOR ONE
MOMENT AND ASK THE ENTIRE
AUDIENCE FOR A MOMENT OF PRAYER
FOR THE CREWMEN OF THE APOLLO
13, WE'LL HOLD SILENCE FOR A
MOMENT, PLEASE.

Mission Control says RCS A STANDS AT 6 percent AND B AT
6-2 percent.

The astronaut says I SAY WE'VE GONE A HELL OF A
LONG TIME WITHOUT ANY SLEEP.
WE OUGHT TO START THINKING ABOUT
GETTING US BACK TO SLEEP AGAIN
BECAUSE, UH, I, UH, I DIDN'T GET
ANY SLEEP LAST NIGHT AT ALL.

Mission Control says COMMAND MODULE JUST SLOWLY
KEPT GOING DOWN IN TEMPERATURE
UNTIL I THINK, UH, JUST PRIOR TO
RE-ENTRY, UH, IT WAS DOWN TO
ABOUT 38 DEGREES.
AND ALONG WITH THAT THERE WAS A,
A SORT OF A CHILLING, UH,
COLDNESS, THE WALLS WERE
PERSPIRING, THE WINDOWS WERE
COMPLETELY WET, AND IT, UH, IT
WASN'T TOO HEALTHY.
I RECALL THAT WE WENT IN THERE
TO GET SOME HOT DOGS ONE DAY AND
IT WAS LIKE REACHING INTO THE
FREEZER FOR THEM, FOR THE FOOD.
(Quiet music)

Donald K. Slayton says IF YOU
WANT MY OPINION HOW THEY HANDLED
THE SITUATION WHEN IT HAPPENED,
THEY HANDLED IT EXACTLY LIKED WE
EXPECTED THEM TO.
THEY, THEY WERE ABOUT AS WELL ON
TOP OF IT AS ANYBODY COULD BE,
WITH KNOWING WHAT WE KNEW, WHICH
ISN'T VERY MUCH, I'LL HAVE TO
ADMIT.

Donald K. Slayton appears on screen with a caption that reads "Donald K. Slayton, Director of Flight Crew Operations." He is in his fifties, has short, shaved brownish gray hair, is clean-shaven, and wears a black suit, white shirt, and a dark tie.

Donald K. Slayton says BUT I
THINK THEY DID EVERYTHING RIGHT
WITHIN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WAS
AVAILABLE TO US AND, UH, IN A
TIMELY FASHION, WHICH IS WHAT,
UH, ALL WE EXPECT OF THEM.
THEY DID A BEAUTIFUL JOB OF IT.

The astronaut says WE ACTUALLY HAD A THIRD
LITTLE SLEEP RESTRAINT WHICH
FRED THEN PUT ON AND BUTTONED UP
AND KEPT A LITTLE BIT WARM.

The announcer says THE ASTRONAUTS
FACED ANOTHER PROBLEM, THEIR
OWN EXHALED BREATH.
THE LITHIUM HYDROXIDE
CHEMICAL TO TAKE CARBON
DIOXIDE OUT OF THE AIR WAS
NOT SUFFICIENT IN THE LUNAR
MODULE.
THEY WOULD HAVE TO ADAPT THE
CANISTERS FROM THE COMMAND
MODULE TO FIT THE HOSES IN
THE LM.
ON THE GROUND, AN ADAPTER
WAS FASHIONED FROM MATERIALS
THE CREW HAD AVAILABLE IN
THE LM.
CARDBOARD FROM A CHECKLIST,
PLASTIC BAGS, AND TAPE.
AFTER CHECKOUT IN AN
ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMBER, THE
DIRECTIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION
WERE SENT UP TO AQUARIUS.

The astronaut says AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I
THINK THE PARTIAL PRESSURE OF
CARBON DIOXIDE WAS, UH, READING
ABOUT 15 MILLIMETRES, AND WE
CONSTRUCTED TWO OF THESE THINGS
AND PUT THEM ON LINE AND I THINK
WITHIN AN HOUR THE, UH, PARTIAL
PRESSURE OF CO2 WAS DOWN TO TWO-
TENTHS.

Another astronaut says WELL, YOU SEE THAT, UH,
SURVIVAL, UH, NOW BECAME ONE OF,
UH, INITIATIVE AND INGENUITY
AND, AND IT WAS ONE WHICH THE
GROUND CONTINUALLY HELPED US,
UH, GO ON.
WE HAD ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE ON
THE GROUND TRYING TO THINK UP
WAYS OF, OF EXTENDING OUR
LIFETIME.

The announcer says THERE WOULD BE
STILL ANOTHER BURN, A MID-
COURSE CORRECTION TO GET
APOLLO 13 INTO THE NARROW
CORRIDOR THROUGH THE
ATMOSPHERE FOR A SAFE RETURN
TO EARTH.

The astronaut says WE'RE AT BURN ATTITUDE,
FLIGHT.

Mission Control says ACKNOWLEDGE.

The astronaut says IGNITION.
THRUST LOOKS GOOD.
GOOD SHUTDOWN.

Mission Control says HANG IN THERE.
WON'T BE LONG.

The astronaut says THERE WERE MOMENTS WHEN I
DIDN'T KNOW HOW MUCH CONSUMABLES
WE HAD.
WHETHER WE COULD MAKE IT BACK OR
NOT, BUT, UH, IN A SITUATION
LIKE THAT, THERE IS ONLY ONE
THING YOU CAN DO.
YOU JUST KEEP GOING AND, UH, YOU
JUST KEEP THINKING UP WHERE YOU
CAN GET MORE CONSUMABLES AND,
UH, SO THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE
DID.

The announcer says ON APRIL 17th,
THEY PREPARED FOR RE-ENTRY.
AFTER A SMALL COURSE
CORRECTION BURN, THEY
JETTISONED THE DAMAGED
SERVICE MODULE.

The astronaut says AND THAT'S SEP.

Mission Control says COPY THAT.

The astronaut says AND THERE'S ONE WHOLE SIDE OF
THAT SPACECRAFT MISSIN'.

Mission Control says IS THAT RIGHT?

The astronaut says A WHOLE PANEL HAS BLOWN OUT.
ALMOST FROM THE, UH, BASE TO
THE, UH, ENGINE.

Mission Control says IT'S REALLY A MESS.
MAN, THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

The announcer says NEXT, THEY GOT
BACK INTO ODYSSEY, TO
JETTISON AQUARIUS PRIOR TO
ENTRY INTO THE ATMOSPHERE.

The astronaut says LM SEP.

Mission Control says OKAY, COPY THAT.
FAREWELL, AQUARIUS AND WE THANK
YOU.
OKAY, L.O.S. IN A MINUTE, OR
A MINUTE AND A HALF.
AT ENTRY ATTITUDE WE'D LIKE OMNI
CHARLIE AND WELCOME HOME.

The astronaut says THANK YOU.
(Roaring)

Mission Control says ODYSSEY, HOUSTON STANDING BY,
OVER.

The astronaut says OKAY, WE'RE HOME.
[Applause]

Mission Control says ODYSSEY, HOUSTON.
WE SHOW YOU ON THE MAINS.
IT REALLY LOOKS GREAT.
(Unclear)
APOLLO 13, APOLLO 13.
THIS IS RECOVERY, OVER.

The astronauts lands in the Indian Ocean.

Mission Control says RECOVERY, WE'RE GOING THROUGH
5000.

The astronaut says WONDERFUL, 13.
THIS IS RECOVERY AND YOUR CHUTES
LOOK GOOD.

Mission Control says APOLLO 13.
THIS IS RECOVERY.
WE OBSERVED YOUR R.C.S. BURN,
OVER.

The astronaut says RECOVERY, APOLLO 13 IS
DESCENDING.

Mission Control says HOUSTON, ROGER THAT.

The astronaut says APOLLO 13.
THIS IS RECOVERY, OVER.

Mission Control says OVER ONE SPLASHDOWN AT THIS
TIME.
THE PARACHUTES ARE... IN THE
WATER.

The astronaut says R ZERO CAN READ MAGNETIC
FREEDOM ONE HALF MILES.
YOU WON'T GIVE UP.

Mission Control says YOU ARE ZERO, ROGER

The astronaut says THIS IS 401.
THE COMMAND MODULE IS STABLE ONE
AT THIS TIME.
RIDING COMFORTABLY.

Mission Control says THE VERTICAL AXIS ARE
APPROXIMATELY 15 DEGREES.

The astronaut says 401, YOU ARE CLEARED TO
POSITION FOR TRAINING IN THE
ELOCUTION.

Mission Control says WHITE WATER, ROGER.

The astronaut says OKAY, CAPACITY 19270
(Static)
(Typing)
(Calypso music)
[Cheers and Applause]
(Calypso music)
[Applause]

The astronauts walk out of the recovery ship and everyone cheers.

Now Richard Nixon appears on screen giving a speech with the three astronauts.

Nixon says FROM THE START, THE
EXPLORATION OF SPACE HAS BEEN
HAZARDOUS ADVENTURE.
THE VOYAGE OF APOLLO 13
DRAMATISED ITS RISKS.
THE MEN OF APOLLO 13, BY THEIR
POISE AND SKILL, UNDER THE MOST
INTENSE KIND OF PRESSURE,
EPITOMISE THE CHARACTER THAT
ACCEPTS DANGER AND SURMOUNTS IT.
THEIRS IS THE SPIRIT THAT BUILT
AMERICA.

Mission Control says G.N.C.?

The astronaut says GO.

Mission Control says CIRCUITS?

The astronaut says GO.

Mission Control says PROCEDURES?

The astronaut says GO.
A.F.D.?

Mission Control says GO.

The astronaut says NETWORK?

Mission Control says GO.

The astronaut says COMPUTER SUITE?

Mission Control says GO.

The astronaut says ROG.
NETWORK, GIVE ME AN EVER.
R.T.C., YOU ON A.F.D.
CONFERENCE?

Mission Control says R.T.C.'S ON A.F.D.
CONFERENCE.

The astronaut says OKAY, ALL FLIGHT CONTROLLERS,
LET'S PLAY IT COOL.
(Calypso music)
(Unclear)

An end credit reads "Writer slash producer, Don Wiseman.

Editor, Richard L. Atwell.

An ending slate appears and reads "Produced for National Aeronautics and Space Administration by AV Corporation, Houston, Texas."

A black slide appears with a caption that reads "Next time, the apollo years."

Mission Control says ... YOU'RE NOT GONNA BELIEVE
THIS, IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE...

The caption changes to "Apollo 14."

The astronaut says INCREDIBLE.
(music plays)

The end credits roll.

Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.

Producer, Murray Battle.

Editor, Michael Morningstar.

In collaboration with NASA, CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY and YORK UNIVERSITY.

A Production of TV Ontario. 1998.

An astronaut says WE LEAVE AS WE CAME AND, GOD
WILLING, AS WE SHALL RETURN,
WITH
PEACE AND HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND.
GOD SPEED THE CREW OF APOLLO 17.

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