[Watching the Apollo 11 landing on TV.]
Pete Conrad: Jim, you think it's too late for him to abort?
Jim Lovell: No, he still has time to get outta there, he just needs someone to wave him off.
Andy: When I go up there on 19, I'm gonna take my entire collection of Johnny Cash along!
[Jim's daughter wants to go trick-or-treating as a hippie]
Barbara Lovell: Dad, can I please wear this?
Jim Lovell: Sure.
Marilyn Lovell: Jim!
Jim Lovell: No! No, absolutely not.
Marilyn Lovell: Naturally, it's 13. Why 13?
Jim Lovell: It comes after 12, hon.
Jim Lovell: Just a little while longer Freddo. Just a little while longer, we're gonna hit that water in the South Pacific. Open up that hatch. It's 80 degrees out there.
Fred Haise: 80 degrees.
Jack Swigert: So long, Earth. Catch you on the flip side.
Marilyn Lovell: Blanche, Blanche, these nice young men are going to watch the television with you. This is Neil Armstrong, and this is Buzz... Aldrin.
Neil Armstrong: Hi.
Blanche Lovell: Are you boys in the space program too?
Chris Kraft: This could be the worst disaster NASA's ever faced.
Gene Kranz: With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour.
Gene Kranz: Let's look at this thing from a... um, from a standpoint of status. What do we got on the spacecraft that's good?
Henry Hurt: I, uh, I have a request from the news people.
Marilyn Lovell: Uh-huh?
Henry Hurt: They're out front here. They want to put a transmitter up on the lawn.
Marilyn Lovell: Transmitter?
Henry Hurt: Kind of a tower, for live broadcast.
Marilyn Lovell: I thought they didn't care about this mission. They didn't even run Jim's show.
Henry Hurt: Well, it's more dramatic now. Suddenly people are...
Marilyn Lovell: Landing on the moon wasn't dramatic enough for them -- why should NOT landing on it be?
Henry Hurt: Look, I, um, I realize how hard this is, Marilyn, but the whole world is caught up in this, it's historic---
Marilyn Lovell: No, Henry! Those people don't put one piece of equipment on my lawn. If they have a problem with that, they can take it up with my husband. He'll be HOME... on FRIDAY!
[On the night of the Apollo 11 landing.]
Jim Lovell: Christopher Columbus, Charles Lindbergh, and Neil Armstrong. Ha, ha, ha. Neil Armstrong!
Jim Lovell: From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. And it's not a miracle, we just decided to go.
Marilyn Lovell: I can't deal with cleaning up. Let's sell the house.
Jim Lovell: Houston, we have a problem.
[As everyone is madly trying to identify the problem from instrument readings.]
Jim Lovell: Houston, we are venting something out into space. I can see it outside window one right now. It's definitely a... a gas of some sort. [pause] It's got to be the oxygen.
Jim Lovell: We just put Sir Isaac Newton in the driver's seat.
Gene Kranz: EECOM, is this an instrumentation problem, or are we looking at real power loss here?
EECOM White: It's, it's reading a quadruple failure -- that can't happen! It's, it's got to be instrumentation.
Gene Kranz: We've never lost an American in space, we're sure as hell not going to lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.
[US income tax returns are due in 2 days, but Swigert is 200,000 miles away.]
Jack Swigert: Uh, well, if anyone from the, uh, from the IRS is watching, I... forgot to file my, my, my 1040 return. Um, I meant to do it today, but, uh...
[As they pass over the lunar surface.]
Fred Haise: Mare Tranquilitatis -- Neil and Buzz's old neighborhood. Coming up on Mount Marilyn. Jim, you've got to take a look at this.
Jim Lovell: I've seen it.
Gene Kranz: Let's work the problem people. Let's not make things worse by guessing.
Blanche Lovell: If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it.
Gene Kranz: I don't care about what anything was DESIGNED to do, I care about what it CAN do.
[Last line, voiceover.]
Jim Lovell: I sometimes catch myself looking up at the moon, remembering the changes of fortune in our long voyage, thinking of the thousands of people who worked to bring the three of us home. I look up at the moon, and wonder: When will we be going back? And who will that be?
Controller #1: Is it A.M. or P.M.?
Controller #2: A.M. Very, very A.M.
Jim Lovell: Ah, Guenter Wendt! I wonder where Guenter Wendt?
[Jim Lovell is told that Ken Mattingly will be too sick to fly.]
Jim Lovell: I've trained for the Fra Mauro highlands... and this is FLIGHT SURGEON HORSESHIT, Deke!
Deke Slayton: Jim, if you hold out for Ken, you will not be on Apollo 13. It's your decision.
Sy Liebergot: Flight... I recommend we shut down reactant valves to the fuel cells.
Gene Kranz: What the hell good is that gonna do?
Sy Liebergot: If that's where the leak is, we can isolate it. We can save what's left in the tanks and we can run on the good cell.
Gene Kranz: You close 'em, you can't open 'em again! You can't land on the moon with one healthy fuel cell!
Sy Liebergot: Gene, the Odyssey is *dying*. From my chair here, this is the last option.
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