Minute 039: Our Glitch for This Mission

August 23, 2018

Despite the early center engine cutoff on the S-II stage, Apollo 13 continues into orbit.

“Looks like we just had our glitch for this mission,” says Lovell.

Back on Earth, Ken Mattingly looks at the empty launch pad, then slowly turns to get back in his Corvette.

“Thirteen, stand by for staging,” says CAPCOM.

“Roger that,” replies Lovell.

“S-II shutdown,” says CAPCOM.

Over the Atlantic, the S-II is jettisoned as the S-IV-B fires up.

“Thrust looks good, Flight,” says Booster, followed by a Quindar tone.

“Flight, S-IV-B cutoff in ten seconds,” continues Booster.

“Thirteen, this is Houston,” says CAPCOM, “Predicted cutoff is Twelve plus Three-Four, Over?”

“Coming up on twelve minutes thirty four,” says Lovell. “And…”  the MET display shows 12:34.

“SECO!” says Fred Haise.

“Shutdown!” says Lovell. “And that, gentlemen, is how we do that.” The S-IV-B shuts down. Apollo 13 is in Earth orbit.

Lovell unlocks his helmet fastener, then removes his helmet. It floats free in zero gravity. Soon, the cabin is filled with floating helmets and gloves.


Jim Lovell: Tom Hanks
Jack Swigert: Kevin Bacon
Fred Haise: Bill Paxton
Gene Kranz: Ed Harris
CAPCOM: Brett Cullen
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

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