Apollo 13

Apollo 13 quotes

65 total quotes (ID: 45)

Gene Kranz
Jack Swigert
Jim Lovell
Marilyn Lovell
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We have to find a way to make This (square LiOH canisters from the command module for scrubbing carbon dioxide ) fit into the hole for This (cylindrical LiOH canisters for the lunar module), using nothing but that (various odd materials on board the Aquarius).


There's nothing routine about flying to the moon, I can vouch for that.

Jim Lovell: Just a little while longer Freddo. Just a little while longer, we're gonna hit that water in the South Pacific. Open up that hatch. It's 80 degrees out there.
Fred Haise, Sr.: 80 degrees.

Lunar module has just become a lifeboat.

Reporter: So the number 13 doesn't bother you?
Fred Haise: Only if it's a Friday.
Reporter: Apollo 13, lifting off at 13:13, and entering the moon's gravity on April 13th?
Jim Lovell: Well, uh, as a matter of fact, our own Ken Mattingly has done some... research on that particular phenomenon. Ken?
Ken Mattingly: Well, I uh, had a black cat walk over a broken mirror under the lunar module ladder, didn't seem to be a problem.

Gentlemen, what are your intentions? I'd like to go home.

Jim Lovell: I've trained for the Fra Mauro highlands... and this is FLIGHT SURGEON HORSESHIT, Deke!
Deke Slayton: Jim, if you hold out for Ken, you will not be on Apollo 13. It's your decision.

[Ken Mattingly is in the simulator trying to figure out Apollo 13's reentry procedure] Technician: Need a break, Ken?
Ken Mattingly: If they don't get one, I don't get one.

Marilyn Lovell: Blanche, Blanche, these nice young men are going to watch the television with you. This is Neil Armstrong, and this is Buzz... Aldrin.
Neil Armstrong: Hi.
Blanche Lovell: Are you boys in the space program too?

Listen to a recording of the original performance of this quote: Houston, we have a problem. Note: ranked #50 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. In real life, the quote was "Houston, we've had a problem." Apollo Expeditions to the Moon, ch. 13.1, by James A. Lovell. The original phrase pronounced by Jack Swigert, "Houston, we've had a problem here" and then repeated by Lovell, "Houston, we've had a problem", was altered to a present-tense in the film script.

Ken Mattingly: 13, this is Houston, do you read?
Jim Lovell: Roger that, Ken. Are the flowers blooming in Houston?
Ken Mattingly: That's a negative, Jim. I do not have the measles.
[glares pointedly at the flight surgeon]

[explaining why he put a "NO" sign on the instrument panel] I was getting a little punchy and I didn't want to cut the LEM loose with you guys still in it.

Politician: Jim, people in my state are asking why we're continuing to fund this program now that we've beaten the Russians to the moon.
Jim Lovell: Imagine if Christopher Columbus came back from the New World, and no one returned in his footsteps.

[On the night of the Apollo 11 landing] Christopher Columbus, Charles Lindbergh, and Neil Armstrong. Ha, ha, ha. Neil Armstrong!

We just lost the moon.