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Minute-by-Minute analysis of the 1995 Ron Howard-directed feature, Apollo 13

Apollo 13 Minute Podcast Apollo 13 Minute

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Minute-by-Minute analysis of the 1995 Ron Howard-directed feature, Apollo 13

    Minute 124: If They’re Not Back in Four

    Minute 124: If They’re Not Back in Four

    PAO Henry Hurt is telling a reporter everything that could go wrong with the landing.

    “Heatshield could be cracked,” says Henry, “and their parachutes might be three blocks of ice. Clearly we have got some obstacles to overcome.”

    “Yeah, Okay,” says the reporter, “But now I’m asking you: when will we know?”

    “Blackout lasts for three minutes,” says Henry. “If they’re not back in four, we’ll know.”

    In Mission Control, INCO has a report.

    “Velocity now reading thrity four thousand, eight hundred two feet per second, range to go

    twenty six hundred twenty five nautical miles,” says INCO.

    “Copy that,” says Kranz.

    In Odyssey, Swigert is in the left seat.

    “Okay, Ken,” says Swigert, “We are aligned for re-entry. Jim, we’re gonna need that computer re-entry program. Fred, how are the batteries looking?”

    “Okay,” says Haise, “Batt A looks good.”

    “Re-entry interface in one minute and thirty seconds,” radios Mattingly.

    “Batt B, no volts, amps are okay. Batt C, sh-t. No volts, only two amps. They may die before the main chutes open,” says Haise.

    “Roger,” says Lovell. “Let’s tie all the batteries onto main A and main B.”

    Back in Mission Control, RETRO has a question for the Flight Director.

    “Flight, they’re still shallowing a bit up there. Do you want to tell ’em?” asks RETRO.

    “Anything we can do about it?” says Kranz.

    “Not now, Flight,” replies RETRO.

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

    Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

    Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

    Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

    Tracy Reiner as Mary Haise

    Xander Berkeley as Henry Hurt

    Herb Jefferson, Jr as Reporter

    Ben Bode as INCO

    Patrick Mickler as RETRO

    Minute 123: Farewell, Aquarius, and We Thank You

    Minute 123: Farewell, Aquarius, and We Thank You

    Aquarius drifts away from the Command Module.

    “She sure was a good ship,” says Haise, looking out the window.

    “Farewell, Aquarius. And we thank you,” says Mattingly. Aquarius tilts away from the CM windows.

    Back on Earth, a woman walks down the hallway of a suburban home, and knocks on a bedroom door. Mary Haise is sitting on a bed.

    “Mary,” says the woman. “It’s almost time, honey.”

    Meanwhile, Helicopter 66 takes off from the USS IWO JIMA.

    On the bridge, a radio operator calls “Flight 966, 406” a two helicopters leave the flight deck.

    TITLE:USS IWO JIMA, SOUTH PACIFIC – APRIL 17, 1970

    Back in Houston, NASA PAO Henry Hurt is talking to a reporter.

    “Let me put it this way,” says Henry Hurt, “The trajectory may be off, their thrusters may be frozen, their guidance system might be malfunctioning, their heatshield -”

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

    Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

    Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

    Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

    Tracy Reiner as Mary Haise

    Xander Berkeley as Henry Hurt

    Herb Jefferson, Jr as Reporter

     

    Minute 122: That’s Good Thinking

    Minute 122: That’s Good Thinking

    Jack Swigert drifts to the center seat of the CM to look at the battery gauges.

    “Okay, pyro batts look good,” says Swigert. “I don’t think we have to tie the other batteries.”

    Jim Lovell floats to the left seat and looks at the pilot gauges. Swigert pauses, unable to return to the pilot-in-command seat. It takes a moment for Lovell to catch on that he’s in the wrong seat.

    “Sorry, Jack,” says Lovell. “This is an old habit. I’m kinda used to pilot’s seat. She’s yours to fly.” Swigert smiles and they switch places.

    “Okay, Odyssey” radios Mattingly, “I wanna double check some re-entry procedures right after we jettison the LM which is coming up in thirty seconds.”

    “What is that?” Lovell asks Swigert, pointing at a piece of paper that says “NO” taped over some switches.

    “Oh,” says Swigert, “I was getting a little punchy and I — I didn’t wanna cut the LM loose with you guys still in it.”

    Lovell ponders that idea for a moment.

    “That’s good thinking,” says Lovell.

    “Stand by, Houston,” says Swigert. He presses the two switches that were covered by the paper. There’s a thudding sound.

    “We have Lunar Module jettison,” says Swigert.

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

    Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

    Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

    Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

     

    Minute 121: Coming up on LM Jettison

    Minute 121: Coming up on LM Jettison

    Fred Haise returns to the Command Module. Swigert helps him into the rightmost seat.

    “Roger that,” says Lovell in the LM.

    “Here, let me give you a hand there, Freddo,” says Swigert, strapping Haise in.

    Jim Lovell wipes the frost off the left LM window. He looks out at a pre-dawn Earth, looming closer.

    Back in Timber Cover, Marilyn Lovell looks up at the sky through her kitchen window.

    Jim Lovell wipes the LM window again.

    “We’re coming up on LM jettison,” reports Swigert.

    “Is everyone strapped in, Ken?” says Gene Kranz in Mission Control. The Grumman Rep, the NASA director, and another man watch the procedings at the back of the MCC. “We’re getting real close.”

    “Copy that, Flight,” says Mattingly. “Thirteen, Houston. We’re coming up on LM jettison.”

    “Stand by,” says Swigert. The docking hatch is closed for the final time.

    “Have you got everybody in the Odyssey?” asks Mattingly. Lovell seals the hatch.

    “Yeah, Ken,” replies Swigert. “I’m gonna check those pyro batteries one more-”

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

    Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

    Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

    Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

    Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell

    Kenneth White as Grumman Rep

    Joe Spano as NASA Director

    Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

    Marc McClure as Glynn Lunney

    Minute 120: It’s Eighty Degrees Out There

    Minute 120: It’s Eighty Degrees Out There

    GUEST: AEROSPACE CAMERMAN ADAM WHITE
    “Freddo? You okay?” asks Jim Lovell, as they prepare to exit the Lunar Module for the last time.

    “I’m, uh, I’m freezing,” replies Haise.

    “Can you hold out just a little longer?” says Lovell.

    “As long as I have to,” says Haise.

    “Aw, come on,” says Lovell, hugging Haise.

    “Damn,” says Haise.

    “It won’t be long. Just a little while longer, Freddo,” says Lovell.

    “Yeah,” replies Haise.

    “Just a little while longer. We’re gonna hit that water in the South Pacific, open up that hatch. It’s eighty degrees out there,” says Lovell.

    “Eighty degrees,” repeats Haise, shivering.

    “You are a mess,” says Lovell.

    “Yeah,” says Haise. And they leave the Lunar Module.

    On the radio, Ken Mattingly is calling.

    “Odyssey, Houston,” says Mattingly. “How we doing, guys? We’re closing in on Lunar Module jettison. As you know, that is time-critical. We should be making our move into the Command Module. Let’s get the hatch buttoned up. And, when you get a chance, let us know how you’re doing.”

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

    Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

    Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

    Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

    Minute 119: Time to Bail Out

    Minute 119: Time to Bail Out

    Neil Armstrong asks Blanch Lovell if Jim ever made Eagle Scout.

    “Yes, he did,” says Blanch.

    “He did?” says Neil.

    In the Lovell living room, Marilyn sits with family and friends and her pastor.

    “If the heatshield is even slightly cracked,” says a news anchor on TV, “the extreme cold could split it wide open. Worst of all, if the pyrotechnics for controlling the parachutes have been damaged, the chutes may not open at all causing the spacecraft to hit the water not at a gentle twenty miles per hour but at a suicidal three hundred.”

    Walter Cronkite narrates stock footage on telvision, saying, “Perhaps never in human history has the entire world been united by such a global drama. In New York city, thousands of people have gathered to watch updates to the mission in Times Square.”

    NBC’s Chet Huntley continued with the news, saying, “Many countries offered help. And the State Department said it would ask for it, if it were needed. The House and Senate passed resolutions calling on the American people to pray tonight for the astronauts.”

    “In Rome, Pope Paul led fifty thousand people in prayers for the safe return of the astronauts,” continued Cronkite. “In Jerusalem, prayers at the Wailing Wall – ”

    Back in Aquarius, Lovell talks to a shivering Fred Haise.

    “It’s about time to bail out of this ship, Freddo,” says Lovell.

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Jean Speegle Howard as Blanch Lovell

    Mark Wheeler as Neil Armstrong

    Larry Williams as Buzz Aldrin

    Rance Howard as Priest

    Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell

    Max Elliott Slade as Jay Lovell

    Chet Huntley as Himself

    Walter Cronkite as Himself

    Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

    Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

    Bruce Wright as Anchor

    Ivan Allen as Anchor

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Outstanding

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Great podcast

I just recently discovered this podcast and am enjoying it so far. I’m a NASA engineer and space buff so can appreciate the minute by minute dissection of the technical aspects of Apollo 13 but also find the behind the scenes and moviemaking stuff very interesting. Can’t wait to make it thru to splashdown!

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