Minute 055: Let’s Work the Problem, People

December 21, 2018

“Roger, Odyssey – – we copy you’re venting,” says CAPCOM.

All the flight controllers start talking over each other. It rapidly becomes a cacophony of voices.

“Okay, listen up!” says Kranz. “Quiet down. Quiet down!  Let’s stay cool, people. Procedures, I need another computer up in the RTCC. I want everybody to alert your support teams! Wake up anybody you need, get them in here! Let’s work the problem, people. Let’s not make things worse by guessing.”

“Thirteen, this is Houston,” says CAPCOM. “We are going around the room, now.  We’re going to get you some answers.”  The space craft tumble toward the Moon, spewing a silver mist.

“I tell you, we keep venting like this, ” says Swigert, “We’re going to keep hitting the edge of that dead band!”

“Hey,” says Haise, “Take a look at the Oh- Two on Number One. ”

Lovell leans over in his couch, and looks at the dials. The Number One tank pressure is dropping.


Jim Lovell: Tom Hanks
Jack Swigert: Kevin Bacon
Fred Haise: Bill Paxton
Gene Kranz: Ed Harris
EECOM White Team: Clint Howard
TELMU White Team: Jim Meskimen
CAPCOM: Brett Cullen
Flight Surgeon: Christian Clemenson

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