Minute 121: Coming up on LM Jettison

July 06, 2020

Fred Haise returns to the Command Module. Swigert helps him into the rightmost seat.

“Roger that,” says Lovell in the LM.

“Here, let me give you a hand there, Freddo,” says Swigert, strapping Haise in.

Jim Lovell wipes the frost off the left LM window. He looks out at a pre-dawn Earth, looming closer.

Back in Timber Cover, Marilyn Lovell looks up at the sky through her kitchen window.

Jim Lovell wipes the LM window again.

“We’re coming up on LM jettison,” reports Swigert.

“Is everyone strapped in, Ken?” says Gene Kranz in Mission Control. The Grumman Rep, the NASA director, and another man watch the procedings at the back of the MCC. “We’re getting real close.”

“Copy that, Flight,” says Mattingly. “Thirteen, Houston. We’re coming up on LM jettison.”

“Stand by,” says Swigert. The docking hatch is closed for the final time.

“Have you got everybody in the Odyssey?” asks Mattingly. Lovell seals the hatch.

“Yeah, Ken,” replies Swigert. “I’m gonna check those pyro batteries one more-”


Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

Gary Sinese as Ken Mattingly

Kathleen Quinlan as Marilyn Lovell

Kenneth White as Grumman Rep

Joe Spano as NASA Director

Ed Harris as Gene Kranz

Marc McClure as Glynn Lunney

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