Minute 033: Gimme a Go / No Go for Launch

August 15, 2018

Guenter Wendt shakes hands with Jim Lovell, as Guenter prepares to close out the White Room before launch.

Back in Houston, Gene Kranz has donned his new vest for the flight. The other controllers applaud.

“Hey, Gene!” says a controller, “I guess we can go now!”

“Save it for splashdown, guys,” replies Kranz.

Guenter closes the Command Module hatch, locking it with a single turn on the handle.

Lovell glances at the crew, smiles, and turns toward the instrument panel.

In Houston, Gene takes a deep draw of his Camel cigarette, then takes a gulp of coffee.

“Apollo Thirteen flight controllers, listen up,” says Kranz. “Give me a Go / No-Go for launch. Booster?”

“Go,” says Booster.

“RETRO?” says Kranz.

“Go,” says RETRO.

“FIDO?” says Kranz.

“We’re go, Flight!” says FIDO.

“Guidance?” asks Kranz.

“Guidance,  go,” says GUIDO.

“Surgeon?” asks Kranz.

“Go, Flight, ” replies the Flight Surgeon, while smoking a cigarette.

“EECOM?” asks Kranz.

“We’re go, Flight,” replies EECOM.

“GNC?” asks Kranz.

“We’re go, ” replies GNC.

“TELMU?” asks Kranz.

“Go,” replies TELMU.

“Control?” asks Kranz.

“Go, Flight” replies Control.

“Procedures?” asks Kranz.

“Go!” replies Procedures.

“INCO?” asks Kranz.

“Go!” replies INCO.

“FAO?” asks Kranz.

“We are go” replies FAO.

“Network?” asks Kranz.

“Go!” replies Network.


Jim Lovell: Tom Hanks
Jack Swigert: Kevin Bacon
Fred Haise: Bill Paxton
MSC Controller, Tom: Rory Aylward
FIDO White Team Jerry Bostick: Ray McKinnon
GUIDO White Team: Andy Milder
RETRO White Team: Googy Gress
EECOM White Team: Clint Howard
Flight Surgeon: Christian Clemonson
TELMU White Team: Jim Meskimen
INCO White Team: John Short
FAO White Team: Todd Louiso
GNC White Team: Gabriel Jarret
Gene Kranz: Ed Harris
Marilyn Lovell: Kathleen Quinlan
Mary Haise: Tracy Reiner
Guenter Wendt: Endre Hules

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