Apollo 13: ‘Houston, We’ve Had a Problem’

“Houston, we’ve had a problem” is the now famous phrase radioed from Apollo 13 to Mission Control upon the catastrophic explosion that dramatically changed the mission.
On the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, we recognize the triumph of the mission control team and the astronauts, and look at the lessons learned. The Apollo 13 mission has become known as “a successful failure” that saw the safe return of its crew Commander James (Jim) Lovell Jr., Command Module Pilot John Swigert Jr. and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise Jr.

Thanks to Stephen Slater and Ben Feist/Apollo in Real Time (apolloinrealtime.org/13) for providing additional footage and audio. Thanks for Andy Saunders for providing additional enhanced images.

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Producer/Editor: Amy Leniart

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  1. Considering they were drifting in the huge emptiness of Space with damaged equipment and losing power and still managed to get back to Earth shows the inmense and amazing work everyone put to bring them back and the titanic amount of Divine Intervention on that mission .

  2. I saw Fred Haise Last night at Space Center Houston. He was Fantastic and extremely bright Even at 88 years of age.
    I would trust him to pilot me and my family.
    I remember the flight of Apollo13 Even though I was only 6 years old.
    It was a great Honor to meet Captain Haise.
    Great respect.

  3. As one of the chaps said in the film, it was NASA’s greatest moments. They rewrote the mission as they went along instead of months or years earlier.

  4. Just watched the movie Apollo 13 and now realised it was actually a real event. Guess I’m very late to the party, but fascinating stuff. Why don’t we do such inspirational stuff these days.

  5. Wow, Gene Krantz is really looking unwell. I wish this icon of NASA all the best…..while Krantz gets a lot of credit the late Glynn Lunney also played a massive role.

  6. Anyone who doubts the invasive nature of our hand-held devices need only consider the 4 reasons I'm typing in this thread:
    1) 'Rollerball' (original film)
    2) 'Best of the Best' 1 & 2
    3) The binding factor between those movies and this clip.
    4) My vocal emphasis of, "HOUSTON!" prior to this clip's appearance in my "feed".
    "Open the pod bay doors HAL!"
    Who is it?
    "It's Dave!!"
    I'm sorry Dave…Dave's not here.

  7. Lovell was expected to command the Apollo 14 mission with Haise and mattingly. But Al Shepherd had an ear infection and that bumped Lovell Haise and mattingly to the 13 mission. Then replaced mattingly with swigert because NASA feared mattingly would get the measles the rest is history.

  8. Seeing a large amount of conspiracy theorists here who seem to be making bold statements and providing no evidence as to why they believe this was faked, when it required an insane amount of scientific ingenuity to pull off one of the greatest rescues in the history of mankind. Shame how so many people doubt this actually happened

  9. After I watched Ron Howard's Apollo 13 I thought No Astronaut else would have been this unlucky. But think again, at least they survived. What about Challenger's and Columbia's victims ?

  10. I remember when the movie was released they interviewed Jim Lovell and he said he spent the whole movie gripping the arm rests – it was probably scarier watching than living it!

  11. Amazing video, no information on the cause of an issue, no information on people in the video, no information on how it was solved both from the earth and apollo side, a truly no effort content

  12. Remember kids, acting school is essential for these kind of jobs. You must always follow the script you are given and never, ever deviate from it, for it is not just ur life in the balance, but ur entire family.

  13. I have that movie with Tom Hanks I have also seen the actual footage I remember the mission of Apollo 13 actually I remember the astronauts were in trouble I also remember hearing the name Jim Lovell

  14. Incorrect. In the book, Lost Moon, the motor for the tank stirrer was changed with one of a different, and, lower voltage. When turned on, it was overloaded, causing the explosion. Come on J.L.

  15. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from The Martian, “I ask myself what the Apollo boys would do. Well they’d probably drink three whiskey sours for breakfast before hopping in their corvette and driving down to the launchpad to fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my rover. Man those guys were cool!”

  16. They succeeded because they had all the diverse skills on board to solve a complicated problem.

    They didn’t fall on their knees crying and gave up because they didn’t have enough women, PoCs, and trans-gender folks in the center.

    Better times.

  17. No EARTHLINGS HAVE BEEN SO FAR FROM HOME AND IN SO MUCH TROUBLE. Everyone worked together for a common goal, to get those Astronauts back to Earth, safely. I was in 5th grade at St Paul's and WE ALL prayed very hard, We students and the Sisters every day for their safe return. So exciting when they did return. God Bless Them 🙏

  18. "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17

    "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matthew 5:38-39-

  19. What they wont tell you is if that had happened after or while they were on the moon , they would all have died in the worst way too. Bet that was a sweet moment when they got back.

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