Minute 132: This is Apollo 13, Signing Off

August 11, 2020

A Navy frogman knocks on the hatch of Odyssey.

Jim Lovell gives the frogman a thumbs-up sign, then unstraps Fred Haise from his couch. Haise shakes his hand. Swigert and Lovell then shake hands.

“Houston. We’re at Stable One,” radios Lovell. “The ship is secure. This is Apollo 13, signing off.”

In Mission Control, Gene Kranz gives two thumbs-up.

Helicopter 66 lifts a Billy Pugh net carrying Jack Swigert up to the door. Haise is already onboard the helicopter. Lovell stands up in the hatch, blinking in the sunshine. He tumbles into the life raft. while a Navy frogman holds onto him.


Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

Bill Paxton as Fred Haise

Kevin Bacon as Jack Swigert

Ed Harris as Gene Kranz


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