We have the crew crossing gantry|for capsule ingress.
lnspired by the late President Kennedy,
in only seven years, America has risen|to the challenge of what he called...
īīthe most hazardous and dangerous|and greatest adventure...
on which man has ever embarked.īī
After trailing the Russians for years|with our manned space program,
-We got a short!|-and after that sudden, horrible fire...
on the launchpad|during a routine test...
- that killed astronauts Gus Grissom...|- Fire in the cockpit!
- Ed White and Roger Chaffee...|- Get us outta here!
there were serious doubts that we|could beat the Russians to the moon.
But tonight, a mere 18 months|after the tragedy of Apollo 1...
the entire world watched in awe|as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin...
landed on the moon.
The big 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.
lmportant thing when youīre penetrating|the lunar module is your attitude...
and your relative speed.
Letīs say this is me in the command|module and this is you...
- All right.|- in the LEM.
This thing sticks out.|Thatīs called a probe.
- ls that true?|- Absolutely.
Tracey, when you feel that thing|slide in, everythingīs clickinī...
itīs like no other|feeling in the world.
- A little liquid propulsion.|- Whatīs the big occasion?
Howīs it goinī at Mission Control?
ltīs a nervous time. Theyīre pacinī|around, smokinī like chimneys.
Gene Kranz is gonna have puppies.|Jim Lovell.
- Hi.|- This is Tracey.
- How do ya do, Tracey?|- This is the man.
Gemini 7. Gemini 12. Apollo 8.|They were the first around the moon.
This guy did ten laps.
With one hand on the wheel.|Make yourselves at home.
- Hey, Marilyn.|- Where have you been?
This is the last champagne|in Houston.
- Very good. Very good.|- Everything else all right?
- Everythingīs on course.|- Looks okay. Hey! Cadet Lovell.
- Hey, Dad.|- Put this on ice. Make sure itīs cold.
- You gonna get a haircut this week?|- līm on vacation.
Oh, get a haircut.
Well, hello there.
-l wouldnīt mind beinī up there tonight.|-God, who wouldnīt.
Donīt worry. Our dayīs cominī.
Theyīre not gonna cut|the program before number 14.
- You know, my cousin called.|- Uh-huh.
Asked who we bribed|to get on Jim Lovellīs crew.
l told him they wanted|to make sure he got the best.
Well, they got that right.
- What network do we want?|- Come on! Walt! Hey! Put on Walter!
- Walter!|- Jules Bergman!
John, turn it up!
...has completed putting on|the spacesuits and the boots.
l, uh-- l really appreciate you all|coming to this dress rehearsal party...
for my Apollo 12 landing.
Sit down, Conrad.
l think we should all take|a moment to recognize...
the exemplary--|hell, damn near heroic--
effort displayed by Neil Armstrongīs|backup for this historic moon walk...
and, of course, his crew.
Letīs hear it for Jim Lovell,|Ken Mattingly and Fred Haise.
There he is! There he is!|Everybody quiet down!
We had a good touchdown.
We can verify the position of the|opening l ought to have on the camera.
- Think itīs too late for him to abort?|- He still has time to get out.
He just needs somebody to wave him off.|Pull up, Neil!
Pull up! Pull up!
Okay, Neil, we can see you|coming down the ladder now.
Look at those pictures. Wow.
līm, uh, at the foot of the ladder.
The LEM footpads are only depressed|in the surface about, uh...
one or two inches.
- ltīs almost like a powder.|- Armstrong is on the moon.
Neil Armstrong,|38-year-old American...
standing on the surface|of the moon...
on this July 20, 1969.
Thatīs one small step for man...
one giant leap for mankind.
His quote was...
īīThatīs one small step for man,|one giant leap for mankind.īī
Beyond the sea
Somewhere waitinī for me
- Youīre drunk, Lovell.|- Yeah.
līm not used to the champagne.
l canīt deal with cleaning up.|Letīs sell the house.
All right, letīs sell the house.
Theyīre back inside now|lookinī up at us.
lsnīt that somethinī?
l bet Jannie Armstrong doesnīt|get a wink of sleep tonight.
When you were on the far side on 8,|l didnīt sleep at all.
l just vacuumed|over and over again.
Christopher Columbus,|Charles Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong.
From now on, we live in a world|where man has walked on the moon.
ltīs not a miracle.
We just decided to go.
On Apollo 8, we were so close...
just 60 nautical miles down and--
lt was like l could just...
step out and walk|on the face of it.
l want to go back there.
Whereīs my mountain?
Well, it-- Up there.
ltīs, uh, right up by the--
ltīs-- Okay, do you see|where the shadow crosses...
the white area there?
Thatīs the Sea of Tranquility...
and your mountainīs right there|on the edge of that.
ltīs your mountain.|Your mountain, Marilyn. Mount Marilyn.
l donīt see it.
Well, you gotta look harder.
You-- You-- You look harder...
- Jim.|- while l--
Down a crowded avenue
The astronaut is only|the most visible member...
of a very large team, and all of us|down to the guy sweeping the floor...
are honored to be a part of it.
What did the man say? īīGive me a lever|long enough and līll move the worldīī?
Thatīs what weīre doing here.|This is divine inspiration.
ltīs 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 hold millions of pieces|of information...
or the Saturn 5 rocket.
This is the actual launch vehicle|that will be taking Alan Shepard...
and his crew on the first leg|of the Apollo 13 mission.
When are you|going up again, Jim?
līm slated to be the commander|of Apollo 14 sometime late next year.
lf there is an Apollo 14.
Jim, people in my state have been|asking why weīre continuing...
to fund this program now that weīve|beaten the Russians to the moon.
lmagine if Christopher Columbus|had come back from the new world...
and no one returned|in his footsteps.
Attention, all personnel.|Clear level three.
Are there any other questions?
How do you go|to the bathroom in space?
Well, l tell you,|itīs a highly technical process...
of cranking down the window and|looking for a gas station, which, uh--
Oh, thereīs Deke Slayton.
Deke, you might be able|to answer this ladyīs question.
Deke is one of the original Mercury|seven astronauts, ladies and gentlemen.
Now heīs our boss. He hands out|the astronautsī flight assignments...
so naturally we kick back|part of our salaries to Deke.
- How much this month?|- Can l have a minute?|Somethingīs come up.
Sure, you b-- Uh, Henry?
- Anybody home?|- līm not being a cheerleader, Mom!
You donīt understand!|l worked so hard on this!
Maybe l donīt understand...
but you are not wearing that|out in this neighborhood.
Sheīs not even wearing a bra!|You can see everything!
- Everybody. Marilyn, trick or treat.|- Jim.
You know that Easter vacation trip|we had planned for Acapulco?
l was thinkinī there might be|a slight change in destination.
Maybe, say... the moon.
Al Shepardīs ear infection|has flared up...
and weīve 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?|Youīre moving up six months?
- Dad, can l please wear this?|- Sure.
- Jim.|- No! No. Absolutely not.
- Donīt you want somebody to love|- This stinks!
Theyīre not rushing things, are they?
Youīre gonna be ready|in six months?
Weīll be ready. Boy, l wouldnīt want|to be around Al Shepard tonight.
l gotta get over there.|Weīre gonna have to get up to speed.
līm gonna walk|on the moon, Marilyn.
l know. l canīt believe it.
Naturally, itīs 13.|Why 13?
lt comes after 12, hon.
Apollo 13, you are go for docking.
All systems are nominal|and on the line.
Okay, S-4B is stable,|slot panels are drifting free.
The drogue is clear.|The docking target is clear.
Okay, līm cominī up on that now.|Two... one... mark.
Seventy-five feet.|Weīre cominī up on docking.
Letīs shut down some thrusters on īem.|Weīll see what he does.
Whoa. Wait a minute.
l lost something here.|l canīt translate up.
Houston, we are drifting|down and away.
- Wanna back off and take another run?|- No, l got it.
Let me just try|and get it stable here.
- līm gonna reset the high gain.|- Got the target back in the reticle.
Weīre stable.|Go ahead and recycle the valves.
- Forty feet.|- Theyīre all gray.
- Easy.|- Ten feet.
- Capture.|- Thatīs it!
- Thatīs it.|- Sweet move, Ken. Beautiful.
- Gentlemen, that is the way we do that.|- Man, that woke me up.
Apollo 13 backup crew,|youīre up in the simulator.
- Nice job, gentlemen.|- Thatīs 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 īem, brother.
Yeah, but it wasnīt perfect.|Used up too much fuel.
Youīre above the curve.
Not by much. Listen, guys,|l wanna work it again.
Hey, we gotta be up with the dawn patrol|headed for Bethpage, what, 0700?
- Wheels up at 0700.|- Yeah, l know...
but my rate of turn|is still a little slow.
l really think|we should work it again.
- Well, letīs get it right.|- Okay, set it up again, Frank.
Okay, 13 backup crew.|ltīll have to wait.
- Prime crewīs up for another run.|- Yeah, baby.
Apollo 13, we show S-4B shutdown...
and all systems are nominal.
Fred, set the S-band omni to B...
and when you get|in the LEM, two forward.
Good shape over here.
Hey, we got a problem.
- Ken, get your helmet on!|- l canīt get it locked!
l thought the stars|would fall down on you.
Thatīs silly.|Stars canīt fall on us.
Youīre a smarter kid than l was.
How long will it take|to get to the moon?
Four days.|But thatīs pretty fast.
See, this is|the Saturn 4B booster...
and it shoots us|away from the Earth...
as fast as a bullet from a gun...
until the moonīs gravity|actually grabs us and pulls us...
into a circle around the moon...
which is called an orbit.
Fred and l float down the tunnel|into the lunar module...
this spidery-lookinī guy.
Only holds two people,|and itīs just for landinī on the moon.
And l take the controls|and l steer it around...
and l fly it down...
adjustinī 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, l did. l knew the|astronauts in the fire. All of īem.
Could that happen again?
Well, līll tell ya|somethinī about that fire.
Um, a lot of things went wrong.
The, uh-- The door.
ltīs called the hatch. They couldnīt|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.
ltīs not a problem anymore.
l canīt believe they still|have you doing public appearances.
Well, Henry Hurt was... all over me.
l know. But with a training|schedule this tight--
Well, itīs-- ltīs the program, Marilyn.|You know, itīs NASA.
Hey! Hey, youīre|Jim Lovell, arenīt ya?
Hey! Lucky 13!
Thatīs the second time|itīs done that.
l was looking at the kidsī|school schedule coming up.
- ltīs a very busy week.|- Yeah.
līm thinking about|not going to the launch.
The kids need me at home, honey.
Marilyn, weīve had|these kids for awhile now.
Theyīve never kept you from|cominī to the other launches.
But now we have your mother.|Sheīs just had this stroke.
ltīs not like līve|never been to a launch.
The other wives|have not done three.
l just donīt think|l can go through all that.
līll just be glad|when this oneīs over.
Well, youīre gonna miss|a hell of a show.
- Jim.|- Hey, guys. See ya in a few weeks.
Take care.|Bring us back a moon rock.
So the number 13|doesnīt bother you.
Only if itīs a Friday, Phil.
Apollo 13, lifting off|at 1300 hours and 13 minutes...
and entering the moonīs|gravity on April 13?
Uh, Ken Mattingly here has been|doing some scientific experiments...
regarding that very phenomenon,|havenīt you?
Uh, yes. Well, l had a black cat,|uh, walk over a broken mirror...
under the lunar module ladder.
lt didnīt seem to be a problem.
Weīre considering a letter|we got from a fella...
who said we oughta take|a pig with us for good luck.
Does it bother you that the public|regards this flight as routine?
Thereīs nothing routine about flying|to the moon. l can vouch for that.
And, uh, l think that|an astronautīs last mission--
his final flight-- thatīs always|going to be very special.
Why is this your last, Jim?
līm in command|of the best ship...
with the best crew|that anybody could ask for...
and līll be walking in a place|where thereīs 400 degrees difference...
between sunlight and shadow.
l canīt imagine, uh,|ever topping that.
We have that scheduled|for 0900 hours tomorrow.
- Thatīs not gonna work, Walter.|- Why?
Freddo and l are gonna be goinī over the|lunar surface experiments tomorrow...
and Kenīs gonna be|back in the simulator.
Weīre gonna be goinī over|the flight plan tonight.
Gonna pay a visit to this machine|after youīre hard down. Thanks.
Jim, weīve got a problem.
We just got some blood work back from|the lab. Charlie Duke has the measles.
So we need a new backup.
- Youīve all been exposed to it.|- Oh, līve had the measles.
Ken Mattingly hasnīt.
You wanna break up my crew|two days before the launch...
when we can predict each otherīs moves,|read the tone of each otherīs voices?
Ken Mattingly will be|getting seriously ill...
precisely when you and Haise will|be ascending from the lunar surface.
Thatīs a lousy time for a fever.
Jack Swigert has been|out of the loop for weeks.
Heīs fully qualified|to fly this mission.
Heīs a fine pilot, but when was|the last time he was in a simulator?
līm sorry, Jim.|l understand how you feel.
We can do one of two things.
We can either scrub Mattingly|and go with Swigert...
or we can bump all three of you|to a later mission.
līve 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.
ltīs your decision.
Oh, let it ring.
Listen, l-l gotta take that.
- Oh, why?|- Because līm on the backup crew...
and the backup crew has to set up|the guest list and book the hotel room.
l looked all around
Yes. Yes, sir.|Uh-uh, l understand.
-Thank you, sir.|-Why donīt you come with me, little girl
On a magic carpet ride
Well, you donīt know|what we can see
Why donīt you tell|your dreams to me
Well, l, uh--
l had a feeling when they started doing|all the blood tests that, uh--
l mean, l know itīs their ass if l get|sick up there, but, l mean-- Jesus!
Swigert, heīll be fine. Heīs, uh--
ltīll be a hell of a mission.|One for the books.
You sure about this?|Why donīt l talk to Deke?
līm sure we can work this out.
This was my call.
Mustīve been a tough one.
Look, l donīt have the measles.
līm not gonna get the measles.
Shit. Ken, wait up.
Trajectory is holding steady.|Weīre right on the line.
Weīre into program 64. Weīre in 05 Gs,|so weīre feeling that gravity now.
Houston, we are at 400,000 feet|passing entry interphase.
About to lose signal.
Reentry data is nominal,|and we have radio blackout.
Whatīs the story here?
l got a corridor light.|Weīre cominī in too shallow.
līm goinī to manual.
- Houston, switching to S.C.S.|- Roger, Thirteen.
Okay, weīre at three Gs.
Weīre cominī in too steep.
līm gonna stay in this roll,|see if l can pull us out.
Weīre at eight Gs.
- Weīre at 12 Gs.|- Twelve Gs. Weīre burninī up.
l gave īem a false indicator light|at entry interphase.
Even Mattingly didnīt|get it the first time.
How ya feelinī, Freddo?
So what happened?
Came in too steep. Weīre dead.
- No shit.|- Yeah, we were into program 67 there.
Okay, weīre gonna|do this again, obviously...
but give us a minute|to get our switches reset.
Jim, could we have a word?
Oh, sure, Deke.
Weīre going to drop off line|and debrief.
- So?|- Well...
if l had a dollar for every time|they killed me in this thing...
l wouldnīt have|to work for you, Deke.
Well, we have two days.|Weīll be ready.
Letīs do it again.
Do it again.
Margaret, get them!|Fred, Stephen, come here!
- Daddy!|- Watch out! Youīll fall!
We canīt go across that road.
We donīt want Daddy to get our germs|and get sick in outer space.
Hey, boys. Not givinī your mom|a hard time, are ya?
Princess, you look beautiful.
Well, hey, that looks|like Marilyn Lovell.
But it canīt be.|Sheīs not coming to the launch.
l heard it was gonna be|a hell of a show.
Who told you that?
Some guy l know.
You canīt live without me.
Okay, folks.|Letīs say good night.
- We got a big day tomorrow.|- Good night!
You hear about Ken?
Stand back, please.
Ah, Guenter Wendt.
l wonder where Guenter went?
- You walk on ze moon, ja?|- Ja. Ja, we walk and--
and we talk on ze moon.
How do you feel? Pretty good?
Good. Might be a little|warmer in here, huh?
- How are you today? Ready?|- Good. Yeah.
Oh! Oh! Jeez! Oh!
Oh, God, no!
- Okay, we have the oxygen burn system?|- Check.
- We have the helmet restraint ring?|- Check.
Communication umbilical on.
- Fred.|- What?
- Gum.|- Aw, sorry.
līm gonna give these guys|a beautiful ride.
Sure you will, Jack.
You need more air?
You want some apple?
- Marilyn, hey!|- Mary.
Aw, l hate this already.
Youīre not just about to pop,|are you?
No. l got 30 days|ītil this blast-off.
This is for Gene.
Mrs. Kranz has pulled out|the needle and thread again.
The last one looked like|he bought it off a gypsy.
Well, you canīt argue with tradition.
This is from your wife, Gene.
Thank you, Tom.
l was startinī to get worried.
There we go.
- l like it. l like that one, Gene.|- Sharp, Gene.
Jim, youīre all set.
Hey, Gene, l 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.|- FlDO.|- Weīre go, Flight.
- Guidance.|- Guidance go.|- Surgeon.
- Go, Flight.|- EECOM.
- Weīre go, Flight.|- GNC.|- Weīre go.
- TELMU. Control.|- Go.|- Go, Flight.
- Procedures.|- Go.|- lNCO.
- Go.|- FAO.|- We are go.
- Network. Recovery.|- Go.|- Go.
- CAPCOM.|- Weīre go, Flight.
Launch Control, this is Houston.|We are go for launch.
Roger that, Houston.
Pad leader, whatīs your status?
We are go for launch.
T minus 60 seconds and counting.
- Stand by.|- Roger.
This is it. A few bumps|and weīre haulinī the mail.
Control, this is Guidance.|Theyīre ready for takeoff.
We are go for launch.
- T minus--|- 15... 14...
13... 12... 11...
six... ignition sequence starts...
three... two... one...
The clock is running!
We have lift-off!
Houston, we have cleared|the tower at 1313.
Okay, guys, we got it.
Come on, baby. Come on.
Altitude is on the line.
Velocity right on the line.
Roll complete. We are pitching.
Thirteen, stand by|for mode one Bravo.
FlDO, how we lookinī?
Looks good, Flight.|Right down the middle.
We see your B.P.C.|is clear, Thirteen.
Roger. E.D.S. to manual.
Get ready for a little jolt, fellas.
That was some little jolt.
Houston, weīve got a center engine|cutoff. Go on the other four.
Roger that, Thirteen.|We show the same.
Booster, can you|confirm that cutoff?
- Roger. Looks like we lost it.|- FlDO, whatīs that going to do?
Stand by, Flight.
l need to know if the l.U.īs|correcting for the shutdown.
Houston, whatīs the story|on engine five?
Weīre still go. Weīll be all right|as long as we donīt lose another one.
- Roger that.|- Thirteen, weīre not sure|why the inboard was out...
but the other engines are go,|so weīre gonna burn those engines...
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. S-4B ignition.
Thrust looks good, Flight.
Flight, S-4B cutoff|in ten seconds.
Thirteen, this is Houston.|Predicted cutoff is 12 plus 34, over.
Coming up on 12 minutes 34.
- And--|- SECO!
And that, gentlemen,|is how we do that.
Oh, boy. Hope l can sleep.
Mom, that was loud.
Here, hold my hand.
l canīt believe|you did this four times.
The worst partīs over.
Listen, this doesnīt stop for me|until he lands on that aircraft carrier.
Well, you just look|so calm about it.
lf the flight surgeon had to okay me|for this mission, līd be grounded.
Mrs. Lovell! Mrs. Haise!|Can we speak to you?
Can we just have|a word with you?
Remember, youīre proud,|happy and thrilled.
- Howīre ya feeling?|- Well, very proud...
and very happy,|and weīre thrilled.
Flight, Booster.|l show S-4B shutdown.
T.L.l. is on the money.|Looks good, Flight.
Okay, guys.|Weīre goinī to the moon.
Flight, we have reacquisition|of signal at Hawaii.
Flight, everything looks good.
Okay, Houston. C.M.P. here.
līve exchanged couches with Jim.|līm in the pilotīs seat.
līm gonna go ahead and get set|for transposition and docking.
Roger that, Jack.
Freddo, you okay?
Okay, letīs get turned around|and pick up the lunar module.
Odyssey, youīre go|for pyro arm and docking,
and we recommend you secure|cabin pressurization.
Okay, weīre ready|for C.S.M. separation.
Okay, S.M.R.C.S.|isol valves are all gray.
Okay, Swigert,|command module pilot...
sheīs all yours.
Houston, weīve got|a good separation.
- The S-4B is stable.|- Translation looks good.
- We confirm that, Thirteen.|- Weīre gonna start to pitch around...
to line up with the LEM.
You know, Freddo, Frank Borman...
was upchuckinī most of the way|to the moon on Apollo 8.
līm all right. l just ate too much|breakfast. Letīs go to work.
And pitching up.
Pitch rate,|2.5 degrees per second.
Roger, Jack.|We see you pitching around.
Keep an eye on that telemetry.
Roger that. lf Swigert canīt dock|this thing, we donīt have a mission.
- Howīs the alignment?|- G.D.C. align.
One hundred feet.
Watch the alignment, now.
Ah, donīt worry, guys.
līm on top of it.
- FlDO, let me know when youīre ready.|- Okay, letīs uplink that.
- How we lookinī?|- Weīre not there yet. Forty feet.
Come on, rookie,|park that thing.
- Capture.|- Thatīs it.
- Talk back is barber pole.|- Go ahead and retract.
Houston, we have hard dock.
Roger, understand.|Thatīs a good deal, Jack.
Letīs start back up with procedure 17.
Okay, Houston, we have LEM extraction.
We copy that, Thirteen.
Now youīre off|to the Fra Mauro highlands.
- l gotta get out of this suit.|- Houston, we are ready...
for the beginning|of the P.T.C...
and l think once weīre in that|barbecue roll, uh, Jack and l will eat.
- Hey, līm hungry.|- Are you sure?
l 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. Let me clean this up.
- See you tomorrow.|- Take care.
ltīs too bad we canīt|demonstrate this on TV.
What a shame.
Okay. Overboard dump cominī up.
Here it comes...
the constellation Urion.
Now, thatīs a beautiful sight.
Barbara. Barbara, we are going|to your fatherīs broadcast.
No! līm never coming out!
l hate Paul! No one else|can ever play their records again!
Sheīs still going on about|the stupid Beatles breaking up?
- Theyīre not stupid! Youīre stupid!|- Barbara!
l know youīre in mourning.
līm not going, Mom!|Dad wonīt know if weīre there!
The whole world is going to be watching|this broadcast, and so are we.
Excuse me while l--
Okay, uh, good evening, America...
and welcome aboard Apollo 13.
līm Jim Lovell, and weīre|broadcasting to you tonight...
from an altitude of almost|200,000 miles...
away from the face|of the earth...
and we have a pretty good show|in store for you tonight.
We are going|to show you just what...
-Susan. Barbara.|-our life is like for the three of us...
- in the vast expanse of outer space.|- Double!
One of the first things|weīd like to do...
is provide you with the|appropriate background music.
So, uh, hit it there, Freddo.
That, uh, was supposed|to be the theme to 2001...
in honor of|our command module Odyssey...
but there seems to have been|a change in the program.
When l go up on 19, līm gonna take my|entire collection of Johnny Cash along.
- Hey, Marilyn.|- Whereīs their broadcast?
All the networks dumped us.
One of them said we made|goinī to the moon...
as exciting as a trip to Pittsburgh.
My sonīs supposed to be on.
Heīs in outer space.
This is all the channels|we get, Mrs. Lovell.
ltīs that damn TV Guide again.
Savage baggage masters--
When l was just a lad of ten
My father said to me
- Come here and take--|- Do they know theyīre not on the air?
Weīll tell them|when they get back.
Donīt put your faith|in love, my boy
My father said to me
Uh, well, if anyone from the,|uh, l.R.S. is watching...
l forgot to file my 1040 return.
l meant to do it today, but, uh--
Thatīs no joke.|Theyīll jump on him.
Well, folks, letīs head on down|to the lunar excursion module.
Now, when we get ready|to land on the moon...
Fred Haise and l will float|through this access tunnel...
into the lunar module, leaving--
EECOM, that stirīs gonna be...
on both H2 and both O2 tanks,|is that correct?
...the spacecraft|will remain connected.
Well, folks, as you can|probably tell...
the Aquarius isnīt much bigger|than a couple of telephone booths.
The skin of the LEM|in some places...
is only as...
as thick as a couple of layers...
of tinfoil, and thatīs all that|protects us from the vacuum of space.
We get away with this because the LEM is|designed only for flight in outer space.
Fred Haise, Renaissance man.
Okay, weīll head back up the tunnel now|and back into the Odyssey.
When you and your baby|have a fallinī out
All right, weīve returned to the--
Stand by one, Houston.
Houston, that bang you heard was|Fred Haise on the cabin repress valve.
He gets our hearts goinī|every time with that one.
Weīll go honky tonkinī|īround this town
Okay, weīre, uh, about|to close out the Aquarius...
and, uh, return to the Odyssey.
Our next broadcast will be from|Fra Mauro on the surface of the moon.
So, uh, this is the crew|of the Apollo 13...
wishing everyone|back on Earth a...
a pleasant evening.
Daddy was funny.
They might air a few minutes|of it on the news tonight.
Youīd think so.
- Bye.|- Bye.
Well, between Jackīs back taxes|and the Fred Haise Show...
līd say that was a pretty|successful broadcast.
- That was an excellent show.|- Thank you very much, Houston.
Weīve got a couple of|housekeeping procedures.
Weīd like you to roll right|to 0-6-0 and null your rates.
Roger that.|Rolling right, 0-6-0.
And then if you could give|your oxygen tanks a stir.
Hey, weīve got a problem here.
- What did you do?|- Nothing. l stirred the tanks.
- Whoa!|- Hey!
Uh, this is Houston.|Say again please.
Houston, we have a problem.|We have a main bus B undervolt.
- Weīve got a lot|of thruster activity here.|- Whatīs with the computer now?
lt just went off line.|Thereīs another master alarm.
- līm checking the quad.|- That was no repress valve.
- Maybe itīs in quad C.|līm gonna reconfigure the R.C.S.|- Weīve got a computer restart.
- Weīve got a ping light.|- The way these are firing|doesnīt make sense.
Weīve got multiple caution and warning,|Houston. Weīve got to reset and restart.
līm going to S.C.S.
Jesus. Flight, their|heart rates are skyrocketing.
- EECOM, whatīs your data telling you?|- O2 tank two not reading at all.
Tank one is at 725 psi|and falling.
Fuel cells one and three|are, uh--
Oh, boy, whatīs going on here?|Flight, let me get back to you.
Flight, GNC.|Theyīre all over the place.
- They keep yawing close to gimbal lock.|- l keep losing radio signal.
Flight, their antennae|must be flipped around.
Theyīre gonna have to do it|manually if they do it at all.
One at a time, people.
ls this an instrumentation problem|or are we looking at real power loss?
ltīs reading a quadruple failure.|That canīt happen.
ltīs got to be|instrumentation.
Letīs get the hatch buttoned.|The LEM might have been hit by a meteor.
The tunnelīs really torquinī|with all this movement.
Houston, we had a pretty large bang|there associated with a master alarm.
Shit, itīs main bus A.
- Main bus A undervolt?|- Main bus A undervolt down to--
ltīs reading 25 and a half.|Main bus B is reading zip now.
We got a wicked shimmy up here.
These guys are talking|about bangs and shimmies.
Doesnīt sound like instrumentation.
- You are breaking up, 13.|- Canīt get this hatch to seal.
Just stow it. lf weīd been hit|by a meteor, weīd be dead by now.
līm gonna try to get us|out of this lurch.
Houston, did you say|switch to omni Bravo?
- Roger that, Thirteen.|- The signal strength went way down.
ltīs fighting me. Whatīs the story?|We keep flirting with gimbal lock.
We need a confirmation.|What systems do you have down?
- līm having a hard time, Rick.|- S.M.R.C.S. Helium one.
- Did you say switch to omni Charlie?|- A and C are barber pole.
Houston, līm switching over|quad C to main A.
Roger that, Thirteen.
Okay, Houston, fuel cell one,|fuel cell three.
We got a main bus B undervolt,|cryo pressure, suit compressor.
What donīt we have?|A.C. bus one, A.C. bus two...
command module computer|and O2 flow high.
l donīt know. Maybe this is|a caution and warning failure.
Houston, we are venting|something out into space.
l can see it outside|of window one right now.
ltīs definitely, uh...|a gas of some sort.
ltīs got to be the oxygen.
Roger, Odyssey.|We copy your venting.
- Give me an alignment.|- Letīs think about the kind|of things we can connect.
- Letīs start back at the beginning.|- Anything look abnormal?
Okay, listen up. Quiet down, people.
Quiet down. Quiet down.|Letīs stay cool, people.
Procedures, l need another|computer up in the R.T.C.C.
l want everybody to alert|your support teams.
Wake up anybody you need|and get them in here.
Letīs work the problem, people.
Letīs not make things worse|by guessinī.
13, this is Houston. We are going around|the room. Weīre gonna get you answers.
We keep venting, weīre gonna keep|hitting the edge of that deadband.
Take a look at the O2|on number one.
200 pounds and falling.
O2 tank two still zero.
- Tank one: 218 psi and falling.|- ls that what youīre gettinī? Confirm.
- Weīre seeing the same, 13.|- Can we review our status, Sy?
Letīs look at this thing|from a standpoint of status.
What have we got|on the spacecraft thatīs good?
līll get back to you, Gene.
Weīre not gonna have|power much longer.
The shipīs bleedinī to death.
- Flight?|- Yeah. Go, EECOM.
Um, Flight, l recommend we shut down|the reactant valves of the fuel cells.
What the hell good|is that gonna do?
lf thatīs where the leak is,|we can isolate it.
We can isolate it there,|save whatīs left in the tanks,|and we can run on the good cell.
You close īem,|you canīt open īem again.
You canīt land on the moon|with one healthy fuel cell.
Gene, the Odyssey is dying.
From my chair here,|this is the last option.
Yeah.|Yeah, yeah, yeah, okay, Sy.
CAPCOM, letīs have them|close the reactant valves.
Thirteen, this is Houston.
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 cells shut down?
Shutting down the fuel cells?|Did l hear you right?
Yeah, they heard me right.
Tell them we think thatīs|the only way they can stop the leak.
Yeah, Jim. We think that closing|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.
Letīs see what this does.
lf this doesnīt work...
weīre not gonna have enough|power left to get home.
- Shit!|- Goddamn it!
Houston, O2 on one is still falling.
Freddo, how long does it take|to power up the LEM?
Three hours by the checklist.
We donīt have that much time.
Okay, now, Jack, before the batteries|completely die on us in here...
letīs power down everything so we can|save as much as we can for reentry.
Fifteen minutes of oxygen and thatīs it.|The command module will be dead.
Okay. Okay, guys, listen up.|Hereīs the drill.
Weīre moving the astronauts|over to the LEM.
Weīve got to get some oxygen up there.
TELMU, Control, l want emergency power|procedure; essential hardware only.
GNC, EECOM, weīre gonna be shutting down|the command module at the same time.
Weīll have to transfer the guidance|system from one computer to the other...
so l want those numbers up and ready|when our guys are in position.
Weīve gotta transfer all control|data over the LEM computer...
before the command module dies.
The lunar module|just became a lifeboat.
Odyssey, this is Houston.|We need you to power down immediately.
Youīre 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.
Weīve got serious time pressure.
Youīve got to get|the guidance program transferred,
and youīve got to do it before youīre|out of power in the command module...
or youīre not gonna be able|to navigate up there.
How much time?|Can you give me a number?
Well, weīre looking at less than 15|minutes of life support in the Odyssey.
Weīve got 15 minutes, Freddo.|ltīs worse than l thought.
Houston, be aware līve moved|from the command module into the LEM.
lf Jack canīt get that guidance computer|data transferred before they go dead--
- They wonīt even know|which way theyīre pointed.|- Thatīs right.
- Thatīs a bad way to fly.|- līll be in 210 if you need me.
Houston, this is Thirteen.|Are you back with me now?
Aquarius, this is Houston. You now have|about 12 minutes to power up.
l canīt see any stars. Man, thereīs a|lot of debris floatinī around out there.
Okay, Houston, l have completed|the steps on page 15.
Now līm ready|to power down the computer.
līm gonna need|your gimbal angles, Jack...
- before you shut down the computer!|- Okay, Jim.
l need this back to me|before they power down.
All right, all right.|l got it. Hold on.
- Houston, our computer is up.|- Roger. Stand by.
Jack, we need to proceed with|steps 12 through 17 quickly.
Youīre down to about|eight minutes remaining.
Fuel cell pumpīs off.|O2 fans, tank two off.
Okay, Houston, check me. l have|completed these gimbal conversions...
but l need a double check|of the arithmetic.
- Yeah, you can go, Jim.|- The roll CAL angle is minus two.
Lunar module roll is 355.57.
Pitch: 1678-- Correction.|Pitch: 167.78.
- Yaw is 351.87.|- Stand by. Weīre checking it.
Weīve got negative visibility|in our star field,
and if this paperwork isnīt right,|who knows where weīll end up out here?
Looks good, Flight.
- ltīs all right.|- Good here.
- Heīs good, Andy.|- Weīll go on those numbers.
- Youīre good.|- Log them in, Freddo.
Jack, turn off the l.M.U.|Switch to S.C.S.
Stand by to turn off|the thrusters. Over.
ltīs a great day in New York.|ltīs girl watchersī weather.
l like those ingenious girl watchers|who put on Con Edison helmets...
and dig trenches in the street|to get a better view.
But l-- Hey, speaking|of girl watching,
did you know that our first bachelor|astronaut is on his way to the moon?
ls it Swigert?|Yeah, first bachelor.
Heīs the kind, they say, has a girl|in every port. He has that reputation.
Heīs sort of foolishly optimistic,|taking nylons, Hershey bars to the moon.
Did you read|that three million--
What do you say?|Less viewers or fewer viewers?
Three million fewer viewers, uh, watched|the space shot than did the last one.
Uh, l--|Colonel Borman is h--
An ABC New--
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 theyīll have electrical power|for their radios on the command module.
Apollo 13 is apparently|also losing breathing oxygen--
Slow down. 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 moduleīs oxygen,
canīt last them until|they can get back to Earth.
What do you mean thereīs|no immediate danger?
l just heard theyīre losing oxygen.|Can they get back?
The LEMīs descent rocket engine|will be used in aborting the mission...
and getting the astronauts|safely back to Earth.
Recapping what has happened: The Apollo|13 astronauts may be in grave danger.
No, donīt give me|that NASA bullshit!
l want to know whatīs|happening with my husband!
We want to switch control|to the Aquarius now.
- Roger that.|- Houston, wait!
Youīre down to|about five minutes now, Jack.
Be aware our R.C.S. isnīt up here yet.|We have no attitude control on Aquarius.
They donīt have control?|Did we miss a step here?
- Control, what the hell happened?|- What? l donīt know.
Weīre out of whack. līm trying to pitch|down, but weīre yawing to the left.
Why canīt l null this out?
She wasnīt designed to fly|attached like this.
ltīs like flying with|a dead elephant on our back.
Flight, Guidance. Weīre getting|awfully close to center here.
Watch that middle gimbal. We donīt|want you tumbling off into space.
Freddo, inform Houston līm well aware|of the goddamn gimbals!
Roger that, Houston.
l donīt need to hear the obvious.
- līve got the frappinī eight-ball|in front of me!|- Andy, weīre on VOX.
Aquarius, this is Houston.|Weīve got you both on VOX.
You want what?|You want us to go to VOX?
You have a hot mike.|We are reading everything you say.
ltīs only|by a very narrow margin...
that weīre going to get Lovell,|Haise and Swigert back alive.
līm sorry.|Jeffreyīs calling for you.
...the terseness of Kraft and|the grim lines of Jim McDivitt.
This has been a very close call.|Weīre not out of the woods yet.
Why are so many people here?
Oh, well, you know...|your dadīs flying his mission.
He said he was going|to get me a moon rock.
something broke|on your daddyīs spaceship,
and heīs gonna have to turn around|before he even gets to the moon.
Was it the door?
Thirteen, Houston. We still show|that venting pushing you around.
- How you doing?|- Houston, Aquarius.
Weīve had to learn how to fly all over|again, but we are doing better now.
- Uh, roger that, Aquarius.|- Have him close it out.
Jack, we can close out|your procedure now.
Do we know for sure that we can|power this thing back up?
ltīs gonna get|awfully cold in here.
Copy that, Jack.|Weīll just have to deal with that later.
- Computer off.|- Weīre clear.
Weīre going to the LEM.
We confirm shutdown, Jack.|Lunar module now in control.
Roger that, Houston.|This is Odyssey signing off.
Freddo, weīre gonna have|to execute some sort of burn.
ltīs just a matter of when.
- Did they shut us all down in there?|- Yeah.
Didnīt think weīd|be back in here so soon.
Houston, how far off course|do you project we are?
Okay, people, listen up!
Gentlemen, l want you all|to forget the flight plan.
From this moment on, we are|improvising a new mission.
Sorry about that.
- Weīll get somebody to look at that.|- Find a bulb around here.
How do we get our people home?
They are here.
- Do we turn īem around,|straight back, direct abort?|- Yes!
- Gene--|- l canīt guarantee the burn yet.
No, sir, no, sir, no, sir!
We get them on|a free-return trajectory.
ltīs the option with the fewest|question marks for safety.
l agree with Jerry. We use the moonīs|gravity to slingshot them around.
- The LEM will not support three|guys for that amount of time.|- lt barely holds two.
Weīve got to do a direct abort. We do an|about-face, bring the guys right home.
Get īem back soon.|Absolutely.
We donīt even know if|the Odysseyīs engineīs working.
lf thereīs been serious damage|to this spacecraft--
They blow up and they die!
- That is not the argument!|We are talking about time!|- Jesus! Come on!
līm not gonna sugarcoat this for you!
Okay, hold it.|Letīs hold it down.
Letīs hold it down. The only engine|with enough power for a direct abort...
is the S.P.S.|on the service module.
From what Lovell has told us, it could|have been damaged in an explosion,
so letīs consider|that engine dead.
We light that thing up,|could blow the whole works.
ltīs just too risky.|Weīre not gonna take that chance.
About the only thing the command|module is good for is reentry.
That leaves us with the LEM,|which means free-return trajectory.
Once we get|the guys around the moon,
weīll fire up the LEM engine,|make a long burn,
pick up some speed|and get īem home as quick as we can.
Gene, līm wondering what|the Grumman guys think about this.
We canīt make any guarantees.|We designed the LEM to land on the moon,
not fire the engine out there|for course corrections.
Well, unfortunately, weīre not|landing on the moon, are we?
l donīt care what anything was designed|to do. l care about what it can do.
Letīs get to work.|Letīs lay it out, okay?
CAPCOM. Flight, he says|it will be ready in time.
After this burn, weīve got to build|some time in the flight plan for sleep.
- Run it by the F.A.O.|- līve run it by the F.A.O.
Do we know how long|weīre gonna fire that 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 losing the crew.
l gotta give him odds.|Five to one against?
- Three to one?|- l donīt think theyīre that good.
We are not|losing those men!
How long are they|gonna have to burn the engine?
Look, tell him...|three to one.
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.
Roger that, Houston. Weīll hear|from you again at acquisition of signal.
You wanna look?
Oh, look at that.
Aquarius, thatīs 30 seconds|until loss of signal.
Neil and Buzzīs old neighborhood.
Cominī up on Mount Marilyn.
Jim, you gotta|take a look at this.
līve seen it.
Aquarius, this is Houston.
We 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 the moon is|between you and the sun,
you see stars that are more brilliant|than anything youīve ever seen...
on the clearest nights|here on Earth.
And then you pass into the lunar sunrise|over the lunar surface.
lt must be an awe-inspiring sight.
l-l-l canīt wait to see it myself.
The problem now is not so much|a question of 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|and so forth.
Look, itīs Fra Mauro.
l can see our landing site.
Look at the Tsiolkovskii crater.
l canīt believe how bright|the ejecta blanket is.
ltīs like snow. ltīs beautiful.
Thatīs Mare lmbrium to the north.
Thirteen, this is Houston.
Weīre reading your telemetry.|ltīs 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.
l had an itch to take this baby down,|do some prospectinī.
Damn, we were close.
Gentlemen,|what are your intentions?
līd like to go home.
We got a burn coming up.
Weīre gonna need a contingency|if we lose comm with Houston.
Freddo, letīs get an idea where|we stand on the consumables.
Jack, get into the Odyssey...
and bag up all the water you can|before it freezes in there.
Letīs go home.
Aquarius, we got some P.C.|plus two burn data for you fellas.
So youīre telling me you can|only give our guys 45 hours?
That brings them to about there.
Gentlemen, thatīs not acceptable.
Gene, Gene, weīve got|to talk about power.
Whoa, whoa, guys!|Power is everything!
- Power is everything.|- What do you mean?
Without it, they donīt talk to us,|they donīt correct their trajectory,
they donīt turn|the heat shield around.
We gotta turn everything off, now.|Theyīre not gonna make it to reentry.
- What do you mean, īīeverythingīī?|- With everything on,|the LEM draws 60 amps.
At that rate, in 16 hours|the batteries are dead, not 45.
And so is the crew.|We gotta get them down to 12 amps.
- Twelve amps?|- How many?
You canīt run a vacuum cleaner|on 12 amps, John.
We gotta turn off-- We have to|turn off the radars, cabin heater,
instrument displays,|the guidance computer, the whole smash.
Whoa! Guidance computer.|What if they need to do another burn?
They wonīt even know|which way theyīre pointed.
The more time we talk,|the more juice they waste.
- Thatīs the deal?|- Thatīs the deal.
Okay, John. The minute we finish|the burn, weīll power down the LEM.
Now in the meantime, weīre gonna have|a frozen command module up there.
Weīre gonna have to power it up using|nothing but the reentry batteries.
- Thatīs never been tried.|- Weīve never even simulated it before.
Well, weīre gonna|have to figure it out.
l want people in our simulators|working reentry scenarios.
l want you to find every engineer who|designed every switch, every circuit,
and every light bulb|thatīs up there.
Then 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.
l want this mark all the way|back to Earth with time to spare.
We never lost|an American in space.
Weīre sure as hell not|gonna lose one on my watch.
Failure is not an option.
- What? Huh?|- Good, youīre not dead.
līve been trying to get in touch|with you for 45 minutes.
Jesus, John,|what are you doing here?
l gotta get you in the simulators.|We got a ship to land.
- What?|- Thereīs been an explosion.
Oxygen tanks are gone. Two fuel cells|gone. Command module shut down.
- What about the crew?|- Crewīs fine so far.
Trying to keep them|alive in the LEM.
Weīre gonna have to shut|that down pretty soon too.
We got a lot of people working|the numbers on this one, Ken.
Nobodyīs too sure how much power|weīre gonna have when we hit reentry.
The command moduleīs gonna be|frozen up pretty good by then.
You see this ammeter rise over 20|at any point, power-up is no good.
We see it spike, thatīs sayonara|for the guidance computer.
Our guys canīt reenter. Okay?
How much power do we have|to play with?
Barely enough to run this|coffee pot for nine hours.
- Go.|- Yeah, Ken Mattingly just got here.
Copy. Heīs here.
Theyīve been losing heat|since the accident.
Theyīre gonna start getting water|condensation on the control panels.
- Ken, glad youīre here.|You know whatīs going on?|- Johnīs brought me up to speed.
- What do we have left in the batteries?|- We donīt really know.
We gotta get started on|some shortcuts for power-up.
You know how short?
ltīs all in the sequencing. lf we can|skip whatever we donīt absolutely need,
- turn things on in the right order--|- l agree.
- You started on a procedure?|- The engineers have tried,|but itīs your ship.
- We gotta get you in there.|- Okay.
Frank, l need the sim|cold and dark.
Give me the exact same conditions|theyīve got in there now.
- l need present status|of every instrument.|- You got it.
l need a flashlight.|Thatīs not what they have up there.
Donīt give me anything|they donīt have on board.
Letīs get this show on the road.|Put him in space, fellas.
Okay, Houston, the quad heater|circuit breakers are open.
Weīre using the forward omni|when the earthīs in the window,
and weīre switching to aft omni|when we see the moon.
We copy that, Thirteen.
Aquarius, we donīt want you|to make any more waste dumps.
The venting may|push you off course.
- Oh, Christ.|- Whatīs up?
No more waste dumps.|Weīre just gonna have to store it.
Jack, weīre gonna need|some more urine bags.
Okay, Houston, that leaves us|with just the computer,
which līm shutting down now.
And thatīs it.
We just put Sir lsaac Newton|in the driverīs seat.
ls it A.M. or P.M.?
A.M. Very, very A.M.
Haise is running a temperature,|and none of them has slept.
l canīt order these guys to go to sleep.|Could you sleep up there?
ltīs gonna get awful cold|in there for those guys.
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.|- Meant for 2 guys for a day and a half.
- l told the doc--|- Theyīre already up to 8 on the gauges.
Anything over 15 and you get|impaired judgment, blackouts,
- beginnings of brain asphyxia.|- What about the scrubbers|on the command module?
- They take square cartridges.|- The ones on the LEM are round.
Tell me this isnīt|a government operation.
This just isnīt a contingency|weīve remotely looked at.
Those CO2 levels|are gonna be getting toxic.
l suggest you 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...
using nothing but that.
- Letīs get it organized.|- Okay, letīs build a filter.
Better get some coffee|going too, someone.
The Haise family|lives in El Lago, Texas.
His wife, Mary,|is from Biloxi, Mississippi.
When Fred Haise|was growing up in Biloxi,
he may have looked|ahead to a fine family,
but he never dreamt of flying.
līd never flown really|before l went into the service,
and l only went into the flying business|as a means to getting a commission.
- Good morning.|- Henry. Donīt you ever sleep?
- l have a request from the news people.|- Uh-huh.
They want to put|a transmitter up on the lawn.
ltīs kind of a tower|for a live broadcast.
They didnīt care about this mission.|They didnīt even run Jimīs show.
Well... itīs more dramatic now.|Suddenly people are--
Landing on the moon|wasnīt dramatic enough for them.|Why should not landing be?
Look, l, um, realize|how hard this is, Marilyn,
but the whole world|is caught up in it.
- ltīs the biggest story since--|- No, Henry.
Those people donīt put one piece|of equipment on my lawn.
lf they have a problem with that,|they can take it up with my husband.
Heīll be home on Friday.
When you are sad and lonely
And have no place to go
Come to see me, baby|and bring along some dough
And weīll go honky tonkinī|Honky tonkinī
Honky tonkinī, honey baby
Weīll go honky tonkinī|īround this town
ltīs too cold in there.
Thatīs a nice one of Mary.
- You donīt look too good, Freddo.|- līll survive.
- Thereīs aspirin in the medical kit.|- l took some.
Jim, līm all right.
lt was an accident,|Mary gettinī pregnant.
You should have seen the look|on my face when she told me.
Well, that has|a tendency to happen.
l wonder if itīs|a boy or a girl.
Youīre gonna find out|soon enough.
l never dreamed līd ever get|to do something like this:
come up here on a real mission.
Most of the guys|l graduated high school with...
never even left home,|and here l am.
Oh, yeah... here you are.
lt hurts when l urinate.
Well, youīre not|gettinī enough water.
līm drinking my ration|the same as you.
l think old Swigert|gave me the clap.
Heīs been pissinī in my relief tube.
Well... that will be a hot one at|the debriefing for the flight surgeon.
Thatīs another first|for Americaīs space program.
Listen, um... līve been|going... over some stuff,
and līm a little worried about this cold|affecting our battery efficiency.
We quit heatinī the glycol to save|water and power, so thatīs not helping.
lt could cost us|amp hours on the back end?
-Thatīs a possibility.|-līve been goinī over the numbers again.
Have they called up|with a reentry plan yet?
- Weīre cominī in too shallow and fast.|- Weīre workinī on something. Hold on.
l canīt remember|the ratio to temperature.
We got no references on board.
Letīs see if Houston|can pull up the mill specs.
Listen, listen! They gave us too much|Delta V. They had us burn too long.
At this rate weīre gonna skip|right out of the atmosphere,|and weīre never gonna get back.
What are you talkinī about?|Howīd you figure that?
l can add.
- Theyīve got half the Ph.D.s|on the planet working on this.|- Houston says weīre on the money.
What if they made a mistake and|there was no way to reverse it?
Do you think they would tell us?
- Thereīs no reason to tell us.|- What do you mean? Thatīs bullshit!
Thereīs a thousand things|that have to happen in order.
We are on number eight.|Youīre talking about number 692.
ln the meantime, līm trying to|tell you weīre coming in too fast.
l think they know it, and thatīs why|we donīt have a goddamn reentry plan.
Thatīs duly noted.|Thank you, Jack.
- Goddamn this piece of shit!|- Hey!
- This piece of shitīs|gonna get you home.|- All right.
Thatīs because thatīs|the only thing we got left, Jack!
- What are you saying, Fred?|- l think you know what līm saying.
Now wait a minute.|All l did was stir those tanks.
What was that gauge reading|before you hit the switch?
-Donīt tell me how to fly the damn C.M.!|-You donīt know, do you?
They brought me in to do a job!
They asked me to stir the tanks,|and l stirred the tanks!
- Stop kicking yourself in the ass.|- This is not my fault!
No one is saying it is.
lf līm in the left-hand seat when|the call comes up, l stir the tanks.
Yeah, well, tell him that.
l just asked you what the gauge|was readinī, and you donīt know!
Look, weīre not doing this.|We are not gonna do this.
Weīre not gonna go bouncing|off the walls for ten minutes...
because weīre just gonna end up right|back here with the same problems!
Try to figure out|how to stay alive!
Aquarius, this is Houston.
- Are we on VOX?|- No, weīre not on VOX.
Yeah, Houston, this is Aquarius.|Go ahead.
Yeah, Jim, could you check|your CO2 gauge for us?
Yeah, Houston,|we were just looking at that.
Our CO2 measurement has jumped|four notches in the last hour.
That canīt be right.|l went over those numbers three times.
Jim, that sounds about right.|We were expecting that.
Thatīs very comforting, Houston.|What do we do about it?
Weīre working on a procedure|down here for you.
- Do you copy?|- Oh, Christ.
All right, Houston, weīre|standing by for those procedures.
Christ, l know why|my numbers are wrong.
l only figured it|for two people.
Maybe l should just|hold my breath.
The deadly CO2 gas is poisoning the|astronauts with every breath in and out.
Heads up. Heads up.
- Oh! Go, go, go, go!|- Someone get that. Damn.
Heads up, people.|Look out now.
- Whatīs this?|- Thatīs what they gotta make.
- l hope you got the procedures for me.|- Right here.
All right, Aquarius, this is Houston.
Do you have a flight plan?
Affirmative, Andy.|Jackīs got one right here.
Okay, we have an unusual|procedure for you here.
We need you|to rip the cover off.
He wants you to rip the cover|off the flight plan.
The other materials|youīre gonna need here are...
- a lithium hydroxide canister--|- Two, two.
Two lithium hydroxide canisters.|līm sorry.
- A roll of gray tape.|- Duct tape.
Duct tape. You need an L.C.G. bag--|Two L.C.G. bags.
The red suit hoses,|and youīve got the flight plan cover.
- Can you give me a timetable?|- Henry! Henry!
What about their level|of carbon dioxide?
ltīs, uh, climbing.
Youīre saying that theyīre|almost out of breathable air?
Wait a second. Thatīs not what he said.|He said weīre working on it.
You want to cut|the duct tape three feet long.
- Tell him to use his arm.|- Just use your arm.
- ltīs a good arm length.|- l see what youīre getting at. Hold on.
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.
Oh, shit. l tore it.
Houston, what do we do if we|ripped the bag? Can we tape it?
- They just tore the bag.|- Oh, no.
Uh, stand by.|What should l tell īem to do?
They should have one more.
But theyīve still got|a long way to come.
They are now working on their backup|facilities, their emergency facilities.
The problem is, if anything more|goes wrong, theyīre in real trouble.
As most of you are aware, there is|no rescue possible in space flight.
A-Any rescue system the space agency|has long since calculated--
Hold this a minute.
Since any rescue system|the space agency calculated--
- One sock.|- Once you have the sock in place,
- weīre gonna want you to bungee...|- Work it in.
the entire filter assembly|to the bulkhead,
- right above the LEM canister.|- Weīre getting close to 15.
So how does this flight compare to other|emergency situations youīve faced?
līd have to say that this is|the most serious situation...
weīve ever encountered|in manned space flight.
- Houston, filterīs in place.|- Cabin gas return to egress.
Suit circuit relief to close.
- CO2 canister select to secondary.|- All right.
l can hear air moving.
Just breathe normal, fellas.
Aquarius, please advise on CO2 status.
Yeah, Houston, weīre taking|a look at those numbers now.
Weīre still holding|close to 15, Houston.
Roger that. Standing by.
Houston, the CO2 level|has dropped to nine...
and it is still falling.
- Yes!|- Great. 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 used way too much power.
There must be a sneak circuit|between step seven and ten.
- Which one has the leak?|- Donīt know that yet, John.
The sequence was wrong. We just have to|go back and try īem one at a time.
You need a break, Ken?
lf they donīt get one,|l donīt get one.
Well, if it wonīt work,|get me another one.
- My sonīs supposed to be on.|- l know, Mrs. Lovell.
- Hi, Blanch.|- They canīt fix a thing in this place.
Blanch, itīs Marilyn.
- l was gonna see Jimmy.|- l know. l know.
We came to tell you something.
Thereīs been an accident.|Jimmyīs okay. Heīs all right.
But heīs not gonna get|to walk on the moon.
Well, they said he was.
l know. l know.
Um... that was before.
Now thereīs been an explosion,|and theyīre all okay.
Theyīre all right.|But now theyīre just going to...
try to figure out|a way to get them home.
And itīs a little bit dangerous.
Are you scared?
Well, donīt you worry, honey.
lf they could get|a washing machine to fly,
my Jimmy could land it.
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Jack, youīll be happy to hear|we contacted President Nixon,
and heīs gonna grant you|an extension on your income taxes...
since you are most decidedly|out of the country.
Roger that, Houston.
Thatīs wonderful news.
Tell them they have to sleep.
Haise is running a fever of 104.
Thirteen, weīve had another|request from the flight surgeon...
that you fellas get more sleep.
He doesnīt like|his readings down here.
Letīs see how|he feels about this.
l am sick and tired|of the entire western world...
knowing how my kidneys|are functioning!
Flight, l just lost Lovell!
Uh, Thirteen, this is Houston.
Jim, we just had a dropout|on your bio-med sensors.
līm not wearing|my bio-med sensors, Houston.
Okay, Jim. Copy that.
Now līm losing all three of īem!
ltīs just a little|medical mutiny, Doc.
līm sure the guys|are still with us.
Letīs cut īem|some slack, okay?
ltīs not the velocity,|itīs the angle.
Maybe theyīre still venting something|thatīs throwing off the trajectory,
but we are definitely|shallowing again.
- We are up to a 5.9.|- Damn it.
At this rate, they nick the earthīs|atmosphere and bounce off into space.
- We need another burn|to get them back in the corridor.|- Definitely another burn.
-Another burn. Copy that.|-Fire the engines and get īem on course.
Aquarius, this is Houston.
Jim, weīve got another|course correction for you.
Something about another|course correction.
Uh, we copy, Houston.
Be advised itīs gonna take Freddo and l|a while to power up the computer...
for the alignment platform|if we have to fire the engine.
Negative on that, Jim.
We canīt spare power|for the computer.
We gotta do this blind?
Without the computer,|what do we use for orientation?
Weīve got to be able|to give these guys something.
Without the power,|we canīt give them a reading.
līm not talking about power,|līm talking about reference.
No, thereīs no references.|We have debris up there.
Houston, whatīs the story|with this burn?
Weīre trying to hash something out|down here, Aquarius.
Look, Houston. All we need to hold|attitude is one fixed point in space.
- ls that not correct?|- Yeah. Roger that, Jim.
Well, Houston, weīve got one.
lf we can keep the Earth|in the window, flying manually,
the co-ax cross hairs|right on its terminator,
all l 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?
l guess thatīs the best we can do.
Weīre out of time.
ln order to enter|the atmosphere safely,
the crew must aim for a corridor|just two and a half degrees wide.
lf theyīre too steep, theyīll incinerate|in the steadily thickening air.
lf theyīre too shallow,|theyīll 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.|Weīre doing this one blind.
Gene, l want you to understand|weīve never tried this before:
burn, cold soak, burn,|cold soak, burn, manual control.
Look, it will ignite, will it not?
l just want you to know the engineīs|never been tried like this.
Thatīs all līm trying to tell you.
l know what youīre trying to do.
l guarantee you, l wonīt hold you|personally responsible.
lf it lights, it lights.|Let Lovell do the rest.
Theyīre 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 drifting down,
you need to thrust aft,|not forward.
līll do the same on mine|with everything else.
Weīre going to 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.
Letīs not miss this.
You up to this, Freddo?
līm with you.
Standing by|for corridor control burn.
Okay, Jim,|you can fire when ready.
You are go|for the manual burn.
Okay, X plus button|at ten seconds. Mark.
- Come on, baby. One more burn.|- Nine, eight,
seven, six, five,
- four, three,|- Ullage is go.
two, one, ignition!
- Sheīs burninī!|- Oh, yeah.
- Master arm off.|- Okay, here we go.
- Helium regulator on.|- R.C.S. is go, 10% thrust.
- Bring her around, Freddo.|- līm tryinī, but itīs dragginī.
- Ten seconds.|- Drop it down, Freddo.
- Weīre driftinī!|- No, hold what you got.
- līll roll it. Back off.|- l canīt get it stable.
Sheīs dancinī all over the place!
- Come to the right a little bit.|- Fifteen seconds.
Sheīs driftinī.|līm losinī attitude.
Hold it right there.|Thatīs it. No, Freddo, back!
- Shit! līm losinī it!|- Bring the Earth up.
Forward, Fred.|Come on. Forward.
Shit, l lost it!|Where is it? Where is it?
7:00. Helium regulatorīs closed.
Bring it down, Freddo.|Just nose it down.
- Okay, uh, okay, l got it!|- Thirty seconds.
Little farther.|Ease your touch!
Damn it! Damn it, thatīs mine.|Thatīs me. Around.
- A little more. Come on, baby.|- Come on, thatīs it. Hold it. Damn it!
- Back! Thatīs it! Hold it! Steady.|- ...seven, eight, nine!
Houston, we have shutdown.
Thatīs close enough, Jim. Good work.
l knew it! l knew it!|How about that LEM, huh?
How about it?
- Guess you can keep your job.|- You betcha.
Thirteen, stand by. Weīre evaluating|our power usage on that burn.
Well, letīs hope we donīt|have to do that again.
Gentlemen, youīve given our guys|enough to survive ītil reentry.
Now we gotta get īem in, so tell me|about the power-up procedures.
Hereīs the order|of what l want to do.
l want to power up Guidance,|E.C.S., Communications,
warm up the pyros for the parachutes|and the command module thrusters.
The thrusters are gonna|put you over budget on amps.
Theyīve been sitting at 200 below for|four days, John. They gotta be heated.
Fine. Then trade off|the parachutes, something.
Well, if the chutes|donīt open, whatīs the point?
Youīre telling me what you need.|līm telling you what we have|to work with at this point.
līm not making this stuff up.
Theyīre going to need|all these systems, John.
We do not have the power, Ken.|We just donīt have it.
Okay, līm gonna go back|and reorganize the sequencing again...
and find more power.
Letīs start from scratch.|Clear the board.
l donīt know where the hell|weīre gonna find it.
Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell|has more time in space,
almost 24 days already,|than any other man,
and l asked him recently|if he ever was scared.
līve had an engine flame out|a few times in an aircraft...
and was curious as to whether it|was going to light up again,
but, uh, they seem to work out.
ls there an instance|in an airplane emergency...
when you can recall fear?
Uh, well, l remember this one time,
līm in a Banshee at night in|combat conditions, so thereīs no|running lights on the carrier.
lt was the Shangri-la,|and we were in the Sea of Japan.
My radar had jammed,|and my homing signal was gone...
because somebody in Japan|was actually using the same frequency,
and so it was leading me away|from where l was supposed to be.
līm looking down at a big, black ocean,|so l flip on my map light.
Then, suddenly, zap, everything|shorts out right there in my cockpit.
All my instruments are gone.|My lights are gone and l canīt|even tell what my altitude is.
l know līm running out of fuel, so līm|thinking about ditching into the ocean.
l look down there|and then, in the darkness,
thereīs this, uh,|thereīs this green trail.
ltīs like a long carpet thatīs just laid|out right beneath me. lt was the algae.
lt was that phosphorescent stuff...
that gets churned up|in the wake of a big ship.
lt was, it was, it was|just leading me home.
lf my cockpit lights|hadnīt shorted out,
thereīs no way līd 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.
Spacecraft commander Jim Lovell,|no stranger to emergencies.
- Howīs it going, Fred?|- līm okay.
What the hell was that?
Letīs hope it was|just the burst disk.
- Can you confirm a burst helium disk?|- We confirm that.
Houston, is that going to|affect our, uh, entry angle at all?
Uh, negative. Your entry angle|is holding at 6.24, Aquarius.
we, we sure could use...
the reentry procedure up here.
When can we expect that?
Uh, thatīs coming|real soon, Aquarius.
Uh, Houston, we, we--
We just canīt throw this|together at the last minute.
So, hereīs what youīre gonna do.
Youīre gonna get the procedure|up to us, whatever it is,
and weīre gonna go over it|step by step, so thereīs no foul-ups.
l donīt have to tell you|weīre all a little tired up here.
The worldīs getting awfully big|in the window.
- Jim, this is Deke.|- ltīs Deke.
They donīt know how to do it.
- Maybe Jackīs right.|- Hello there, Deke. Whatīs the story?
Weīre gonna get that|power-up procedure to you.
Weīre gonna get it|as soon as we possibly can.
Ken Mattinglyīs|in the simulator right now.
Kenīs working on it?
l know this sequence works, John.
The sequence looks good.|Weīre just over budget on the amperage.
- By how much?|- Three or four amps.
Goddamn it, John!|ls 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.
- ltīs backup for the LEM power supply.|- līm listening.
So... reverse it.
Reverse the flow and see if|we can draw these four amps...
from the LEM batteries|before we cut it lose.
- Why canīt we do that?|- We donīt have a procedure for that?
Youīre gonna lose a lot|in the transfer, Ken.
Yeah, yeah, but all weīre|talking about here is four amps.
l want whatever you guys got|on these power procedures.
- Gene, theyīre already--|- l donīt want the whole bible,|just a couple of chapters.
- Weīve got to get something|up to these guys.|- Theyīre working on it.
- līll call the simulator|and get an estimate.|- Goddamn it!
l donīt want another estimate!|l want the procedures... now!
l.M.U. is up.
- How am l reading?|- Fine, so far.
- Say again.|- Youīre under the limit. Keep going.
Okay. Floodlights to fixed.
Okay, līm bringing up the guidance.
Here we go.
C.M.C. attitude l.M.U.
C.M.C. mode, auto,|and weīre on the computer.
- Go ahead.|- ls your computer on now?
Up and running.|How do we look?
l think we got it, buddy.
Arthur, my notes are clear|on that last sequence, right?
- Excuse me, gentlemen.|- l was getting a little blurry there.
Hereīs Ken. Hereīs John.
ltīs good to see you, Ken.
This is the sequence.
- Was it tried on the hardware yet?|- We didnīt have time.
Aquarius, Houston.|Do you read?
Yeah, we read you, Ken.
Are the flowers blooming in Houston?
Uh, thatīs a negative, Jim.|l donīt have the measles.
Jim, is Jack in there with you?
Uh, yeah, stand by one.|We gotta get him on comm.
- Put those on the table.|- Oh, damn it. Thanks, Jackie.
l think it would|really help if you could...
just distract her when|the heavy predictions come in.
- Yeah, yeah. Weīll give it a shot.|- Thanks.
Blanch, 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, Jack, give me a read-back|on that last procedure.
Uh, stand by, Ken.
Ken, līm having trouble|reading my own writing.
l guess l was a little|more tired than l thought.
Uh, donīt worry, Jack.|līll talk you through it.
Okay, find the main|bus breakers on panel 11.
Yeah, main bus breakers.
- Got it.|- Close main bus B.
Ken, thereīs an awful lot|of condensation on these panels.
Whatīs the word on these|things shorting out?
Uh, weīll just take that|one at a time, Jack.
ltīs like tryinī to drive|a toaster through a car wash.
Main bus B is closed.
Okay, Thirteen, weīre coming up|on entry interface.
Flight, weīre still shallowing up|a bit in the reentry corridor.
ltīs almost like|theyīre underweight.
- Now how could they be underweight?|- We didnīt land on the moon.
- Rocks?|- Thatīs affirm.
Uh, one more thing, Jim.
While Jackīs working on the power-up,|weīd like you and Freddo...
to transfer some ballast|over to the command module.
Uh, say again, Houston.|Ballast?
Um, thatīs affirm.|We got to get the weight right.
We were expecting you to be toting|a couple hundred pounds of moon rocks.
- Now, Jack.|- Yeah, go ahead, Ken.
Okay, now, uh, panel five.
Circuit breaker caution|and warning main B closed.
Main B closed.
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.
C.M.R.C.S. pressure on.
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 Lovellīs eldest son,|Jay, is absent...
as he holds vigil|with his classmates...
at the St. Johns Military Academy|in Wisconsin.
ABC News science editor|Jules Bergman.
With a crippled command module, and|surviving by using the LEMīs systems,
there can be no easy maneuver.
Their LEM lifeboat is doing things|and working longer...
than it was ever intended to.
ltīs a race against time|until splashdown.
Okay, Jack, weīre ready to see|if the computer will accept...
- uplink of the reentry data now.|- Okay, the l.M.U. is up.
- We got our eight-balls back.|- Copy that.
Okay, Ken, uh, uplink telemetry,|command module to accept, right?
Thatīs affirm.|Go ahead and try it.
- Yeah. Thatīs more like it.|- Weīre back in business.
- Yeah.|- Okay, letīs go.
Look at your amps. How we doinī?
We got her back up, Ken.
Boy, l wish|you were here to see it.
līll 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.
We are looking at a typhoon warning|on the edge of the prime recovery area.
This is just a warning.|lt could miss them.
Only if their luck changes.
Jim, weīre ready|for S.M. jettison!
All right, Jack, on three!
- upward thrust.|- Weīre loose!
We have service module jettison.
Okay, Houston,|service module is free.
Weīre gonna take a look|at what we have here.
There it is. l see it!
Houston, weīre getting our first look|at the service module now.
One whole side|of the spacecraft is missing.
Right by the high gain antennae|a whole panel is blown out,
right up, right up|to our heat shield.
Uh, copy that, Aquarius.
lt looked like it got|the engine bell too. Can you see that?
Oh, man, thatīs incredible.
The heat shield.
The heat will build up to as much|as 3,000 or 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
On a lunar reentry flight,|the heat approaches 4,000 degrees.
So, uh, Blanch?
Blanch? Did Jim make|Eagle Scout or not?
- Yes, he did.|- He did.
lf the heat shield|is even slightly cracked,
the extreme cold|could have 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.
ln 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.
ln Rome, Pope Paul|led 50,000 people...
in prayers for the safe|return of the astronauts.
ln Jerusalem,|prayers at the Wailing Wall.
Uh, itīs about time to bail|out of this ship, Freddo.
līm, uh-- līm freezing.
Can you hold out|just a little longer?
- Long as l have to.|- Aw, come on.
lt wonīt be long.|Just a little while longer, Freddo.
Just a little while longer. Weīre gonna|hit that water in the South Pacific.
Open up that hatch.
- ltīs 80 degrees out there.|- Eighty degrees.
- You are a mess.|- Y-Yeah.
Odyssey, Houston.|Uh, how we doinī, guys?
Weīre closing in|on lunar module jettison.
As you know,|that is time critical.
We should be making our move|into the command module.
Letīs get that hatch|buttoned up,
and, when you get a chance,|let us know how youīre doing.
Let me give you a hand there, Freddo.
Weīre coming up on LEM jettison.
ls everyone strapped in, Ken?|Weīre getting real close.
Uh, copy that, Flight. Uh, 13, Houston.|Uh, weīre coming up on LEM jettison.
Have you got everybody|in the Odyssey?
Yeah, Ken, līm gonna check those|pyro batteries one more time here.
Okay, the pyro batts look good.
l donīt think weīre gonna|have to tie the other batteries.
Sorry, Jack,|this is an old habit.
līm kind of used to the pilotīs seat.|Sheīs yours to fly.
Okay, Odyssey, l want to double check|some reentry procedures...
right after we jettison the LEM,|which is coming up in 30 seconds.
What is that?
Oh, l was getting|a little punchy,
and l didnīt want to cut the LEM loose|with you guys still in it.
Thatīs good thinking.
Stand by, Houston.
We have lunar module jettison.
She sure was a good ship.
Farewell, Aquarius, and we thank you.
ltīs almost time, honey.
Let me put it this way.
The trajectory may be off.|Their thrusters may be frozen.
Their guidance system|might 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 līm asking you,|when will we know?
Well, blackout lasts|for three minutes.
lf theyīre not back|in four, weīll 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, weīre going to need|that computer reentry program.
- Fred, how are the batteries looking?|- Okay. Batt A looks good.
Reentry interface in one minute...
- Batt B, no volts, the amps are okay.|- and 30 seconds.
shit, no volts, only two amps.
lt may die before|the main chutes open.
Roger. Letīs tie all the batteries|onto main A and main B.
Flight, theyīre still shallowing a bit|up there. Do you want to tell īem?
- ls there anything we can do about it?|- Not now, Flight.
- Then they donīt need to know, do they?|- Copy that.
RETRO says the typhoon is still|a presence in the splashdown area?
- Yeah.|- We got the parachute situation,
the heat shield, the angle|of trajectory and the typhoon.
Thereīs so many variables,|līm a little at a loss--
l know what the problems are.
This could be the worst disaster|NASAīs ever experienced.
With all due respect, sir, l 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.
itīs been a privilege|flying with you.
Flight, we have loss|of radio contact.
Expect to regain signal|in three minutes.
lt all depends|on the heat shield.
Back to the lwo Jima|and our live cameras there.
The Navy recovery and rescue|helicopters already airborne,
circling, waiting|for first radar contact.
Coming up now on three minutes|until time of drogue deployment.
Bill, what time you got?
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?
lf it doesnīt,|thereīll only be silence.
- Mommy, youīre squishing me.|- Oops, sorry, sweetie.
Okay, Flight,|thatīs 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.
About all any of us can do now|is just listen and hope.
Weīre about to learn whether|or not that heat shield,
which was damaged|by the explosion three days ago,
has withstood|the inferno of reentry.
Odyssey, this is Houston.|Do you read me?
Odyssey, Houston.|Do you read?
Three minutes, 30 seconds. Standing by.
Odyssey, Houston. Do you read?
Odyssey, this is Houston.|Do you read me?
Thatīs four minutes.|Standing by.
Odyssey, uh, Houston. Do you read?
Hello, Houston, this is Odyssey.
ltīs good to see you again.
Odyssey, Houston.|Welcome home.
Weīre glad to see you.
- Good job, Ken. Good job.|- Thank you.
They made it. They made it.
- Yeah!|- Lunney.
Houston, weīre at stable one.|The ship is secure.
This is Apollo 13 signing off.
Our mission was called|a successful failure,
in that we returned safely,|but never made it to the moon.
ln the following months,|it was determined...
that a damaged coil built|inside the oxygen tank...
sparked during our cryo stir and caused|the explosion that crippled the Odyssey.
lt was a minor defect|that occurred two years...
before l was named|the flightīs commander.
Fred Haise was going back|to the moon on Apollo 18,
but his mission was canceled|because of budget cuts.
He never flew in space again.
Nor did Jack Swigert,|who left the astronaut corps...
and was elected to Congress|from the state of Colorado.
But he died of cancer before|he was able to take office.
Ken Mattingly orbited the moon|as command module pilot of Apollo 16...
and flew the space shuttle,|having never gotten the measles.
Gene Kranz retired as Director|of Flight Operations just not long ago.
And many other members of Mission|Control have gone on to other things,
but some are still there.
And as for me...
the seven extraordinary days|of Apollo 13 were my last in space.
l watched other men walk on the moon|and return safely,
all from the confines of Mission Control|and our house in Houston.
l 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.
l look up at the moon|and wonder...
when will we be going back...
and who will that be?
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