We’ve got a problem

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apollo-13In the GIF playing above from Apollo 13 Jack Swigert moves forward to flip the switch that stirs the oxygen 2 tank leading to the explosion. Only moments later Swigert gets on the com and lets Houston know about the problem. This moment is the most famous moment in the entire Apollo 13 mission from a cultural standpoint. This is the moment where “Houston- we got a problem” came from.1 In fact the history of that line is not as clear as the cultural notion of it.

 

 

 

 

In the video clip below I discuss the situation behind the famous line.

1 Hamish Lindsay. “Apollo 13.” Accessed November 13, 2016. http://www.honeysucklecreek.net/msfn_missions/Apollo_13_mission/index.html.