Apollo 13

Apollo 13 quotes

65 total quotes (ID: 45)

Gene Kranz
Jack Swigert
Jim Lovell
Marilyn Lovell
Multiple Characters


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


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: 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.

[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.

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?

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).

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!

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.

If a Flight Surgeon had to okay me for this mission, I'd be grounded.

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]

[As everyone is madly trying to identify the problem from instrument readings]
Jim Lovell: Houston, we are venting something out into space. I can see it outside window one right now. It's definitely a... a gas of some sort.
[pause]
Jim Lovell: It's got to be the oxygen.

We just lost the moon.