Minute 112: Are the Flowers Blooming?

June 23, 2020

Ken Mattingly, John Young, and John Aaron are walking into the entrance of Mission Control.

“My notes are clear on that last sequence, right?” asks Mattingly.

“Yeah!” replies Aaron.

“You’re from Building Five, right?” asks the guard.

“Excuse me, Gentlemen!” shouts John Young, and they walk through a crowd of people.

The team enters the MCC, where all shifts are on duty.

“I was getting a little blurry there,” says Ken Mattingly.

“Here’s Ken,” says Glynn Lunney to Gene Kranz. “Here’s John.”

“Good to see you, Ken,” says Kranz.

“This is the sequence,” says Aaron to Kranz, handing Gene a procedure guide.

“Was it tried on the hardware yet?” asks Kranz.

“We didn’t have time,” replies Aaron.

Mattingly puts on a headset.

“Aquarius, Houston. Do you read?” says Mattingly.

“Yeah, we read you, Ken,” says Jim Lovell. “Are the flowers blooming in Houston?”

“Uh, that’s a negative, Jim,” replies Mattingly. “I don’t have the measles.” Mattingly looks at the Flight Surgeon who grounded him.

“Jim,” says Mattingly. “Is Jack in there with you?”

“Yeah,” says Lovell. “Stand by one, we gotta get him on comm.”

At the Lovell home, many astronaut wives are preparing food in the kitchen.

“Put those on the table,” says a woman, handing Jane Conrad a bowl of lettuce. Jane drops it.

“Oh, damn it!” says Jane. Another woman helps her clean up the mess. “Thanks, Jackie.” says Jane.

Marilyn is leading a man into the Lovell den, where Blanch Lovell is sitting next to another man.

“I think it would really help if you could just distract her when the heavy predictions come in,” says Marilyn.

“Yeah, yeah,” says the man. “We’ll give it a shot.”

“Thanks,” replies Marilyn. Marilyn turns to her mother-in-law. “Blanch,” she begins.


Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

Brett Cullen as CAPCOM

Chris Ellis as Deke Slayton

Loren Dean as John Aaron

Ben Marley as John Young

Todd Louiso as FAO – White Team

Joe Spano as NASA Director

Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

Marc McClure as Glynn Lunney

Clint Howard as Sy Liebergot

Googy Gress as RETRO White

Christian Clemenson as Flight Surgeon Dr. Chuck

Ned Vaughn as CAPCOM 2

Max Grodénchik as FIDO Gold

Walter von Huene as Technician

Kenneth White as Grumman Rep

Jean Speegle Howard as Blanch Lovell

Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell

Mark Wheeler as Neil Armstrong

Larry Williams as Buzz Aldrin

Michele Little as Jane Conrad


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