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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 130: Welcome Home

    Minute 130: Welcome Home

    GUESTS: ROBIN PERTZ & JOHN OLDHAM, NASA GLENN RESEARCH CENTER
    Jay Lovell looks at the classroom clock. It’s 11:56 AM.

    “Odyssey, Houston,” says Mattingly, “Do you read?”

    Suddenly on the monitor, three large parachutes appear, with the Command Module swaying in the sky.

    “Hello, Houston,” says Lovell. “This is Odyssey. It’s good to see you again.”

    Mission Control erupts in applause. The Lovell family smiles and hugs each other.

    “Odyssey, Houston,” says Mattingly. “Welcome home. We’re glad to see you.”

    Gene Kranz sits at his station and rubs his face.

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Chris Ellis as Deke Slayton

    Loren Dean as John Aaron

    Ben Marley as John Young

    Todd Louiso as FAO – White Team

    Joe Spano as NASA Director

    Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

    Marc McClure as Glynn Lunney

    Clint Howard as Sy Liebergot

    Googy Gress as RETRO White

    Christian Clemenson as Flight Surgeon Dr. Chuck

    Ned Vaughn as CAPCOM 2

    Max Grodénchik as FIDO Gold

    Walter von Huene as Technician

    Kenneth White as Grumman Rep

    Jean Speegle Howard as Blanch Lovell

    Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell

    Mark Wheeler as Neil Armstrong

    Walter Cronkite as Himself

    Tracy Reiner as Mary Haise

    Miko Hughes as Jeffrey Lovell

    Rance Howard as Priest

    Emily Ann Lloyd as Susan Lovell

    Mary Kate Schelhardt as Barbara Lovell

    Max Elliott Slade as Jay Lovell

    Minute 129: Standing By

    Minute 129: Standing By

    GUEST: ACTOR BRETT CULLEN
    Blanche Lovell watches the television coverage of her son, with Neil Armstrong.

    Mary Haise sits on a couch and watches the coverage with her son.

    “We’re about to learn whether or not that heatshield which was damaged, if you remember, by the explosion three days ago has withstood the inferno of re-entry,” says Walter Cronkite.

    On board the USS Iwo Jima, the bridge scans the horizon.

    A packed Mission Control awaits any word from the spacecraft.

    “Odyssey, this is Houston,” says Mattingly.”Do you read me? Odyssey, Houston. Do you read me?”

    “Three minutes, thirty seconds,” says INCO. “Standing by.”

    Static-filled images from the Pacific are projected on the MOCR screen.

    “Odyssey, Houston,” says Mattingly. “Do you read me? Odyssey, this is Houston, do you read me?”

    “That’s four minutes,” says INCO. “Standing by.”

    The Lovell family holds back tears as they sit in front of their television.

    Jay Lovell looks at his classroom clock. It’s 11:56 AM.

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Chris Ellis as Deke Slayton

    Loren Dean as John Aaron

    Ben Marley as John Young

    Todd Louiso as FAO – White Team

    Joe Spano as NASA Director

    Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

    Marc McClure as Glynn Lunney

    Clint Howard as Sy Liebergot

    Googy Gress as RETRO White

    Christian Clemenson as Flight Surgeon Dr. Chuck

    Ned Vaughn as CAPCOM 2

    Max Grodénchik as FIDO Gold

    Walter von Huene as Technician

    Kenneth White as Grumman Rep

    Jean Speegle Howard as Blanch Lovell

    Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell

    Mark Wheeler as Neil Armstrong

    Walter Cronkite as Himself

    Tracy Reiner as Mary Haise

    Miko Hughes as Jeffrey Lovell

    Rance Howard as Priest

    Emily Ann Lloyd as Susan Lovell

    Mary Kate Schelhardt as Barbara Lovell

    Max Elliott Slade as Jay Lovell

    Minute 128: Do You Read Me?

    Minute 128: Do You Read Me?

    GUEST: DR. JOHN DULEMBA, MD, FACOG
    The Lovell family in Houston, and son Jay Lovell in Wisconsin, continue to follow the coverage of reentry on television.

    “This is the critical moment,” says Walter Cronkite on television. “Will the heat shield hold? Will the Command module survive the intense heat of re-entry? If it doesn’t, there will only be silence.”

    “Mommy, you’re squishing me,” says Jeffrey Lovell.

    “Sorry, sorry, Sweetie,” says Marilyn. A priest pats Jeffrey’s head.

    Reporters are packed in the NASA press room, watching coverage.

    Monitors in the Mission Control Center show video of circling Navy helicopters.

    The countdown clock moves to 00:00:00.

    “Okay, Flight,” says INCO. “That’s three minutes. We are standing by for acquisition.”

    “Copy that,” says Gene Kranz.

    “Odyssey, Houston. Do you read me?” says Ken Mattingly. “Odyssey, this is Houston, do you read?”

    “Expected time of re-acquisition, the time when the astronauts were expected to come out of blackout, has come and gone,” says Walter Cronkite. “About all any of us can do now is just listen and hope.”

    Pete Conrad watches the television intently.

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

    Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

    Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell

    Miko Hughes as Jeffrey Lovell

    Rance Howard as Priest

    Emily Ann Lloyd as Susan Lovell

    Mary Kate Schelhardt as Barbara Lovell

    Max Elliott Slade as Jay Lovell

    Jules Bergman as Himself

    Walter Cronkite as Himself

    Rance Howard as Priest

    Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

    Ben Bode as INCO

    David Andrews as Pete Conrad

     

    Minute 127: Standing By for Any Reports

    Minute 127: Standing By for Any Reports

    GUEST: FR. DAVID MOWRY
    The radio blackout continues through Odyssey’s reentry.  The crew experiences rising G-forces, as Apollo 13 leaves a blazing trail across the pre-dawn sky.

    On patrol, two Navy helicopters fly low over the Pacific.

    In the Lovell household, Marilyn Lovell is seated behind her son, Jeffrey. Daughter Susan sits next to Marilyn, and daughter Barbara sits nearby.

    Jules Bergman narrates the scene on the USS Iwo Jima.

    “Back to the Iwo Jima and our live cameras there. The Navy recovery and rescue helicopters already airborne, circling, waiting for first radar contact,” says Bergman.

    Barbara begins to cry, and moves next to her mother.

    Outside the Lovell home, crowds of reporters fill the street, with broadcast trucks parked everywhere.

    “Coming up now on three minutes until time of drogue (chutes) deployment,” says a NASA PAO. “Standing by for any reports of acquisition.”

    Two news men stand atop a broadcast truck, listening to a portable radio.

    “One minute and thirty seconds to end of blackout,” says an announcement in Mission Control. All the controllers wait and stare at the large monitor.

    In Wisconsin, Jay Lovell continues to watch the news coverage in his school classroom.

    “No re-entering ship has ever taken longer than three minutes to-,” begins Walter Cronkite.

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

    Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

    Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

    Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

    Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

    Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell

    Miko Hughes as Jeffrey Lovell

    Rance Howard as Priest

    Emily Ann Lloyd as Susan Lovell

    Mary Kate Schelhardt as Barbara Lovell

    Max Elliott Slade as Jay Lovell

    Jules Bergman as Himself

    Walter Cronkite as Himself

    Minute 126: Expect to Regain Signal in Three Minutes

    Minute 126: Expect to Regain Signal in Three Minutes

    GUEST: NASA’S “IRON FLIGHT” DIRECTOR PAUL DYE
    Swigert, Haise, and Lovell ponder many thoughts as Odyssey falls into the re-entry corridor over the South Pacific.

    The heat shield begins to ionize, then blaze as the CM decelerates.

    Ionized gasses illuminate outside  the left window of the Command Module. Water rains from the control panel.

    “Flight, we have loss of radio contact,” says CAPCOM Mattingly.

    “Roger that,” replies Gene Kranz.

    “Expect to regain signal in three minutes,” says INCO.

    A countdown clock shows 000: 02: 59

    “All depends on the heat shield,” says an engineer.

    The ionization is an incandescent white now. Water is leaking from the control panel.

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

    Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

    Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

    Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

    Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

    Ben Bode as INCO

    Minute 125: Our Finest Hour

    Minute 125: Our Finest Hour

    RETRO has informed Gene Kranz that the Command Module’s re-entry path may be shallowing out, but there’s nothing that can be done to change the trajectory.

    “Then, they don’t need to know, do they?” asks Kranz, re-tying his tie.

    “Copy that,” replies RETRO.

    “RETRO says the typhoon is still a presence in the splash down area?” says Henry Hurt, the Public Affairs Officer.

    “Yeah,” replies the NASA Director.

    “What’a we got?” says Henry. “The parachute situation, the heat shield, the angle of trajectory and the typhoon, there’s just so many variables. I’m a little at a loss-”

    “I know what the problems are, Henry,” interrupts the NASA Director. “This could be the worst disaster NASA’s ever experienced.”

    Gene Kranz, overhearing the conversation, leans in.

    “With all due respect, sir,” says Kranz, “I believe this is gonna be our finest hour.”

    “Okay,” replies the NASA Director, quietly Ken Mattingly is CAPCOM.

    “Expect entry interface in 45 seconds,” says Mattingly, “and on my mark, your velocity will be 35,245 feet per second. Mark. 35 seconds to entry interface.”

    The tropical cyclone over Fiji shows lightning rippling through the clouds as the Command Module heads toward the Pacific Ocean.

    Inside the Command Module, the crew looks at the instrument panel in front of them.

    “Gentlemen,” says Jim Lovell, “It’s been a privilege flying with you.”

    Jack Swigert looks to his right.

    IN THIS MINUTE:

    Mark McClure as Glynn Lunney

    Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

    Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

    Googy Gress as RETRO – White

    Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

    Xander Berkeley as PAO Henry Hurt

    Joe Spano as NASA Director

    Loren Dean as John Aaron

    Brent Cullen as CAPCOM

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

thatTravisBow ,

Outstanding

I listen to a lot of Movies by Minutes podcasts. I love the format. Apollo 13 Minute is sort of unique in focusing on the real story and the people who lived it. Of course they also discuss the filmmaking but it’s a real treat to hear the stories of this incredible event.

Burnsbe3 ,

Fantastic !!

I’m a podcast buff & it doesn’t get better than this!
Love the show!!

BobF13 ,

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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