Minute 050: A Pleasant Evening

September 21, 2018



Jim Lovell is completing the narration of the Apollo XIII TV broadcast.

“-Aquarius, and return to the Odyssey,” says Lovell, ” our next broadcast will be from Fra Mauro, on the surface of the Moon. So, this is the crew of the Apollo Thirteen, wishing everyone back on Earth  a – – a pleasant evening.”

The screen goes dark.

“Alright,” says Marilyn Lovell, standing up and motioning to her children to leave.

“Daddy was funny!” says Fred Haise, Jr.

NASA PAO Henry Hurt stops Marilyn Lovell. “You know,” he says, “they might air a few minutes on the news tonight.”

“You’d think so,” says Marilyn.  She and the children walk toward the exit, Henry saying “Bye,”  to Barbara Lovell.

“Well,” says Lovell, stowing an oxygen hose in the Lower Equipment Bay of Odyssey, “Between Jack’s back taxes and the Fred Haise Show, I’d say that was a pretty successful broadcast!”

“That was an excellent show, Odyssey,” says CAPCOM.

“Thank you very much, Houston,” says Jack Swigert.

“Uh, we got a couple of housekeeping procedures for you,” says CAPCOM, “We’d like you to roll right to zero-six-zero and null your rates.”

“Roger that,” says Swigert, “Rolling right, zero-six-zero.” Swigert punches numbers into Odyssey’s DSKY computer interface.


Jim Lovell: Tom Hanks
Jack Swigert: Kevin Bacon
Fred Haise: Bill Paxton
Marilyn Lovell:  Kathleen Quinlan
Barbara Lovell: Mary Kate Schellhardt
Susan Lovell: Emily Ann Lloyd
Henry Hurt: Xander Berkeley
Fred Haise, Jr.: Taylor Caldwell
CAPCOM: Brett Cullen

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