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Houston We Have a Problem

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the oh-tom-hanks dept.

NASA 116

thanosk writes "NASA has started releasing the transcripts from the early NASA missions and started with releasing the transcripts of the Apollo 13 mission and the famous 'Houston we have a problem' quote."

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Misquoted (5, Informative)

Sacro (1138603) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764320)

The actual quote was "Houston we've had a problem".

Re:Misquoted (2)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764402)

I wonder are there any parallel transcripts from the early days of Russian launches?

Re:Misquoted (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764434)

Vladimir Komarov supposedly had a few choice words for the Russian space agency just before his crash.

Re:Misquoted (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764944)

Nyet.

Re:Misquoted (5, Informative)

spectro (80839) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764692)

Looking for the exact quote? Here you go [spacelog.org]

Re:Misquoted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34765080)

He already had an exact quote. It was the second entry below the 2 entries your link highlights.

Re:Misquoted (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765944)

Why does he keep calling Fred Haise 'Roger'?

I appreciate the historical and scientific significance, but it reads like an Airplane! script.

Re:Misquoted (2)

orgelspieler (865795) | more than 3 years ago | (#34767192)

Jim Lovell: We're fried, Fred.

Jack Swigert: We're in a jam, Jim.

Fred Haise: We're totally jacked, Jack.

Re:Misquoted (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 3 years ago | (#34766604)

A couple quotes down from what you linked (stupid copy/paste bug...) is a quote that specifically says Houston, we've had a problem.

Re:Misquoted (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765030)

I'd swear that quote is actually from the "American pie" movie

Re:Misquoted (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 3 years ago | (#34766394)

A review of Arthur C. Clarke's book, "2001 A Space Odyssey" would show the phrase used there. I think the book was published in 1968? The origin of the phrase was from Mr. Clarke's researching material for the '2001 book at NASA. He interviewed several people there and asked them what was the protocol for a space problem. Ironically, it was the same protocol used by Apollo 13.

That's one small step for ? (1)

AB3A (192265) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764328)

I really want to know what people are going to write for the statement that Neil Armstrong made when he stepped off the LEM ladder.

Re:That's one small step for ? (5, Funny)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764386)

I really want to know what people are going to write for the statement that Neil Armstrong made when he stepped off the LEM ladder.

"Can we do a retake?"

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

boxxa (925862) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764620)

How entertaining would it have been if he fell off the ladder or something. A slightly weightless tumble down a ladder on international tv.

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764826)

Or found a crashed ship full of dead giant alien transforming robots.

Re:That's one small step for ? (3, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765332)

Or if the boom operator accidentally lowered the microphone into the scene for a moment.

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

noelhenson (691861) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765542)

Knowledge = Power
P= W/t
t=Money
Money = Work/Knowledge

Wouldn't that be:
Money = W/K = W/(W/t) = W*(t/W) = t

So, either Money = time (and vice-versa) or time = time. Or did I miss something?

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 3 years ago | (#34766156)

Knowledge = Power P= W/t t=Money Money = Work/Knowledge

Wouldn't that be: Money = W/K = W/(W/t) = W*(t/W) = t

So, either Money = time (and vice-versa) or time = time. Or did I miss something?

Yes time is money (t=Money) and yes time=time.
Money = time = W/P = W/Knowledge
I've been using my sig for 3 or 4 years now and it has yet to be disproven it may even be a law of science now.

Re:That's one small step for ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34767062)

Power equaling Work divided by Time doesn't make a lick of sense.

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 3 years ago | (#34769474)

That's the definition of Power, in physics. See, they're making a joke by taking two common sayings about knowledge and money, and then relating them via a physics equation to create a new and humorous observation. But of course the "power" in "knowledge is power" isn't talking about "power" in the physics sense, and you can't actually do math on colloquialisms, which is also part of the joke.

And I'm sure now that it's been explained to you, you're hyperventilating with uncontrollable laughter.

Re:That's one small step for ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764534)

> ...stepped off the LEM ladder."

Speaking of changing things--- It was (and is) Lunar Module (LM), not Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Lunar_Module

Re:That's one small step for ? (3, Informative)

eln (21727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764704)

They called it the LEM before they changed the name to LM. IIRC, the name was changed because it was thought the word "excursion" in there made the whole thing seem too fanciful. It's still popularly called LEM though, probably because LEM is easy to pronounce as a one-syllable word, while LM can only really be pronounced "ell em", and doesn't roll off the tongue nearly as nicely. In fact, the page you link to calls it the LEM in several places.

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

zoomshorts (137587) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764830)

Ewwww I think I stepped in dog poop. Rover???

Re:That's one small step for ? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34765000)

Why, is Google broken?

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34765632)

Armstrong: "That's one small step for... holy cow, it really *is* made of cheese!"

Re:That's one small step for ? (4, Informative)

Virtex (2914) | more than 3 years ago | (#34766072)

My understanding is that what he meant to say was "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind". That one little extra word makes the phrase make a lot more sense.

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

igaborf (69869) | more than 3 years ago | (#34766280)

I really want to know what people are going to write for the statement that Neil Armstrong made when he stepped off the LEM ladder.

"Hey, Houston! I just cut the cheese!"

This is a small step foramen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34766318)

I think it was:

  "This is a small step foramen" (apparently one of the rungs of his ladder was missing)

  "And a great leap of a manque kind" (the last hop onto the moon was actually quite small)

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 3 years ago | (#34767168)

"I claim this land for Texas."

Re:That's one small step for ? (1)

darth dickinson (169021) | more than 3 years ago | (#34768176)

Everyone knows all good astronauts are from Ohio.

actual quote (0, Redundant)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764332)

These transcripts should reveal that the sentence "Houston we have a problem" was never actually spoken during Apollo 13. Swigert's actual words were "Houston, we've had a problem."

To translate into newspeak for you youngsters... (5, Funny)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764348)

...that would be "Houston we have an issue".

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (5, Funny)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764368)

"Houston, this is so unfair!"

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764446)

LOL. Who is 'Houston'?

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764662)

LOL Whitney Houston [newsone.com] you idiot! Put down the crack pipe, and pick up a magazine once in a while! You know, those things that teach us things? Like who Lindsey is going out with? Remember?

Didn't you learn anything in skool?

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 3 years ago | (#34766198)

Houston, we've had a quality challenge.

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764456)

"Houston, epic fail"

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (2)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764518)

"Houston...fuck."

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

Erbo (384) | more than 3 years ago | (#34769144)

More like "Houston...FUUUUUUUUUUU-"

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764522)

Houston I can has a problem.

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764808)

If you're going to use lolspeak it probably would have been "We has a problem. Do not want."

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34765954)

Neel Armstrong sez "Huston, Eagle is on ur lunar surface, is landed, kthxbye."

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

Somewhat Delirious (938752) | more than 3 years ago | (#34768116)

Lulz!! This is truly a monentous occasion! The appearance of the first LOLspeak grammar nazi!

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

Somewhat Delirious (938752) | more than 3 years ago | (#34768722)

Apollo 13: Huston ur rocket is doing it wrong.
Mission Control: lulz, kthxbye

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (4, Funny)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764874)

Apollo: hustun we has teh prob. LOL
Houston: n00bs...

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (3, Funny)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 3 years ago | (#34768198)

Apollo 13: srsly HALP!!!11!!

Houston: RTFM!!

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34768746)

Lulz. Fix ur air w toobs! :P

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764894)

promptly followed by "We copy you Apollo 13, but we'll have to wait for the press office to work out how to release this in the next news cycle before we know what to do..."

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

KingAlanI (1270538) | more than 3 years ago | (#34767130)

+1 sadly informative, I'm afraid.

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

tris203 (1768578) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764922)

to convert into managment speak Housten have a challenge

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764950)

...that would be "Houston we have an issue".

No it's .... houston, we have an opportunity

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 3 years ago | (#34767232)

...that would be "Houston we have an issue".

No it's .... houston, we have an opportunity

Appropriate management speak rules dictate that you cannot call it an opportunity until you correct someone else who calls it a challenge. So in a sense, you are both right..... Synergy!

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

Dolphinzilla (199489) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765058)

"Houston, we have a situation"

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

Bassman59 (519820) | more than 3 years ago | (#34766874)

"Houston, we have a situation"

Surely the must be a way to launch The Situation to the moon. Sans space suit.

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (0)

BradleyUffner (103496) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765336)

...that would be "Houston we have an issue".

Or, as my current boss would say "Houston, we have a challenge".

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1)

Somewhat Delirious (938752) | more than 3 years ago | (#34768348)

Cartman: This sucks ass Houston!
Kyle: Shut the fuck up Cartman!
Stan: OMG they've killed Kenny!
Mission Control: M'kay Apollo 13....
Cartman: We're all gonna die you stupid hippies!
Kyle: Shut the fuck up Cartman!
Cartman: I'm trying to make the best out of a bad situation. I don't need to hear crap from a bunch of hippie freaks living in denial! Screw you guys, I'm going home!

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (1, Insightful)

Somewhat Delirious (938752) | more than 3 years ago | (#34768466)

Apollo 13: "Houston we have a problem"
Houston: "We're assembling all our top pr consultants. Don't worry we'll have this sorted"

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (0)

KnownIssues (1612961) | more than 3 years ago | (#34769226)

I think it would be, "Houston, we have an opportunity."

Re:To translate into newspeak for you youngsters.. (2)

Frank Fry (1483231) | more than 3 years ago | (#34769846)

"Houston we have an issue"

Houston: "Have you tried to reboot?"

Quote correction (-1, Redundant)

Lousifer (979651) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764472)

Isn't the quote actually "Houston, we've had a problem?"

I know Tom Hanks said it the other way but c'mon submitter.

Starting to release? (4, Informative)

HonIsCool (720634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764488)

The transcripts of the Apollo missions have been available online for a long time. Apparently these are new "multimedia" transcripts, or at least transcripts with hyperlinks or whatnot, but the actual text in the transcripts have been available. I know because I read a fair few of them before...

Re:Starting to release? (5, Informative)

RussGarrett (90459) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765038)

Yep. We built Spacelog to make the transcripts in NASA PDFs more accessible and searchable. For some reason everyone thinks we're NASA and this content is new. (We're not related to NASA.)

What is news is that NASA has recently started to release the full mission audio for Apollo/Gemini/Mercury missions on archive.org. Hopefully we'll be able to do something fun with that.

Re:Starting to release? (1)

ezzzD55J (697465) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765232)

Aha, I was surprised at NASA's use of "Now open to the public in a searchable, linkable format." - I thought, well, that's mighty brilliant of you to realise how good that is, and why didn't you do it in the first place ;-).

It would be wonderful to be able to hear the audio linked with the quote / range of time on spacelog.org. Actually that's what I hoped this was.

Congratulations on a great project.

Re:Starting to release? (1)

queazocotal (915608) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765400)

I seem to recall a long time ago - ~2000 - a nice website, with full transcripts of all the apollo missions, including commentary, in a nice text searchable format - not PDF.

I've forgotten the name though.
I don't think it was a NASA project.

Re:Starting to release? (4, Informative)

RussGarrett (90459) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765872)

I suspect you mean the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal [nasa.gov] and the Apollo Flight Journal [nasa.gov] , and they are semi-official NASA projects. (To tell the truth, I didn't know about the latter until after we built Spacelog.)

Although some of the commentary and analysis interspersed into them is awesome, we're not a huge fan of the ALSJ and the AFJ because:

  • The weird split between Flight and Lunar Surface is a bit arbitrary
  • They're a bit ugly (ugh, frames), whereas Spacelog is pretty (photos are inline, for example)
  • It's difficult to link directly to a quote
  • The commentary is on the technical side, while we want Spacelog to be fairly accessible
  • Their transcripts only cover certain Apollo missions (notably not 13). We want to cover Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and more (NASA just released some Shuttle transcripts)
  • They claim copyright on their corrected version of the transcript. All of Spacelog (both the corrected transcript and the code) is public domain like the original transcripts

Re:Starting to release? (3, Insightful)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34766088)

The transcripts of the Apollo missions have been available online for a long time.

And in a much more useful format (with illustrations, technical notes, etc...) at the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal [nasa.gov] . This 'new' version is nothing but the transcripts run through a bot that adds pretty pictures and stupid 'tweet this' links.

Re:Starting to release? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34767290)

started with releasing the transcripts of the Apollo 13 mission

I bought one of these transcripts a few years ago at auction. Just a fun piece of memorabilia. It's on paper, looks like a copy (not a photo-copy but not an original typing machine) with the official NASA logo on it.

So these where released years ago.

TODAY, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN "HAVE AN ISSUE" !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764492)

Stupid people call problems, issues. Stupid, stupid, stupid people. Hey, like YOU !! Yes, YOU !!

They were true polite gentlemen ... (1, Insightful)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764554)

My first message would have been "Houston, we are like totally fucked. This space ship? This fucking fucker is fucking fucked!"

Houston would have replied: "M'kay . . . what exactly is the problem?"

I guess with my sewer-mouth, I won't need to apply for an astronaut post anywhere.

Apollo 13's reply would've been... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764670)

Houston would have replied: "M'kay . . . what exactly is the problem?"

Apollo 13: "Sumthin' done blowed up real bad".

Re:They were true polite gentlemen ... (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764746)

I always figured that there was an element of superstition that made them expect something bad would happen, maybe they just weren't surprised when it did. On the other hand, the first moon landing was less than a year before so it could just have been that their nerves were already shot from navigating relatively uncharted territory.

Re:They were true polite gentlemen ... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765642)

I always figured that there was an element of superstition that made them expect something bad would happen, maybe they just weren't surprised when it did. On the other hand, the first moon landing was less than a year before so it could just have been that their nerves were already shot from navigating relatively uncharted territory.

I think it was probably a little of both. Apollo 13, taking off on April 13... I haven't read Lost Moon but the superstition was stressed strongly in the movie.

Re:They were true polite gentlemen ... (1)

cje (33931) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765042)

I guess with my sewer-mouth, I won't need to apply for an astronaut post anywhere.

Well, you could have always flown with Pete Conrad.

Re:They were true polite gentlemen ... (1)

Vectormatic (1759674) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765566)

AFAIK they didnt know the full extent of the problem right away, if you check the com-logs, the first thing after "we've had a problem" is about a main bus undervolt, not exactly anything to prompt thought about being "fucking fucked", more along on the lines of "those fucking electrical engineers fucked up the fucking main bus wiring, fucking fuckers"

Re:They were true polite gentlemen ... (1)

MarcQuadra (129430) | more than 3 years ago | (#34768138)

Houston, I am sick of these MOTHERFUCKING PROBLEMS on this MOTHERFUCKING SPACESHIP!

Pottymouth astronauts... (1)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 3 years ago | (#34768434)

There were a few incidents of "frank language" during the Apollo program. On Apollo 10, Gene Cernan let fly with a "Son of a Bitch" and a few other expletives when the lunar module veered out of control for a few moments due to an improper guidance system setting. This caused a minor stir back on earth, with religious conservatives and other prudes taking NASA and Cernan to task for allowing such vulgarity to be broadcast into their living rooms.

On Apollo 16, John Young was caught on VOX while dropping a few F-bombs and complaining to his crewmates about flatulence caused by the space food. He didn't know the mike was live...

And Pete Conrad was well known for his "colorful use of language", as well.

Beatles in Space (5, Interesting)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764576)

01 00 16 12
Jim Lovell (CDR)
Gosh, we had forgotten, but we'd like to hear what the news is.
01 00 16 15
Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)
Okay. There's not a whole lot to it. Well, let's see, we'll start with the—Let's start with sports, what the heck. The Astros survived 8 to 7, the Braves got five or six runs in the—five runs in the ninth inning, but they just made it; and in the other important game of the day, the Cubs were rained out. I have all the rest of the scores, you can tell me if you want any of them. They had earthquakes in Manila and other areas of the island of Luzon. There were three tremors and they kept the buildings shaking for about a half an hour or so, and it was about a 5 on the Richter scale.
Okay, let's see. The Beatles have announced they will no longer perform as a group. The quartet is reported to have made in excess of a half billion dollars during their short musical career. However, rumors that they will use this money to start their own space program are false. 01 00 17 24
Jim Lovell (CDR)
Maybe we could borrow some.
01 00 17 26
Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

(Laughter) Okay. Okay.

shortcut to the famous quote (5, Informative)

martyb (196687) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764654)

Okay, so the summary points to the root of the web site. If you'd rather not navigate through the different missions and multimedia items to find it, here's a direct link to the "Houston, we've had a problem" [spacelog.org] quote:

02 07 55 19 Fred Haise (LMP)
Okay, Houston --

02 07 55 20 Jack Swigert (CMP)
I believe we've had a problem here.

02 07 55 28 Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)
This is Houston. Say again, please.

02 07 55 35 Jim Lovell (CDR)
Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a MAIN B BUS UNDERVOLT.

Re:shortcut to the famous quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34765186)

Now why isn't MAIN BUS B UNDERVOLT a meme yet?!

you suck at telephone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34765502)

B BUS not BUS B....it was right there while you were typing.....

Re:shortcut to the famous quote (1)

Waste55 (1003084) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765616)

Just reading that gives me goosebumps.

Re:shortcut to the famous quote (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765994)

he had a problem.
It should be:
VOLT
B BUS

Re:shortcut to the famous quote (1)

tokul (682258) | more than 3 years ago | (#34767364)

Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a MAIN B BUS UNDERVOLT.

Can we hear uncensored version? :) People under stress don't shout "MAIN B BUS UNDERVOLT", they say something that starts with f.

Forget famous (3, Interesting)

MBlueD (1464095) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764714)

This is the quote that sent a shiver down my spine (Mercury 6, John Glenn): http://mercury6.spacelog.org/00:00:05:18/#log-line-318 [spacelog.org]

Re:Forget famous (1)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765292)

Indeed. Thanks for that link. I can't just imagine what this moment must have been for him. Amongst all the professional status reports, this short, casual, "Oh, that view is tremendous". THAT is why we go to space, folks.

Re:Forget famous (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 3 years ago | (#34765770)

I had a 45 (an actual record, for you yutes) of that mission audio [wikipedia.org] when I was a kid. I thought it was the coolest thing. The record, IIRC, was orange in color.

Re:Forget famous (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 3 years ago | (#34767260)

I had that record too; It came with my "Mercury Joe" capsule. I loved playing with it, even though it got me labeled as "a guy who played with dolls at age 6."

Is this news? (4, Informative)

xded (1046894) | more than 3 years ago | (#34764716)

Transcripts and audio files have been available forever at http://history.nasa.gov/afj/ [nasa.gov] (even if they actually miss Apollo 13).

Also, probably not everyone knows that in that speech Houston is not the city in Texas hosting the JSC, but the CAPCOM (no, not the company [wikipedia.org] ) callsign.

Re:Is this news? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34765644)

It's the callsign because it *is* the city in Texas hosting the JSC... That's like saying "when the news talks about Washington doing something, they don't mean the city where most of the US government is located itself did something, that's just the informal name we sometimes call the government." We get it...thanks for assuming we have athe intelligence of a 3rd grader and were introduced to NASA spaceflight by the summary by above.

Not directly from NASA (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764814)

Mission transcripts have been available from NASA for years as PDFs with very poor OCR. This project is an independent effort to turn them into a computer-friendly format. You can help too (see the bottom of the front page).

Mission popularity on twitter/facebook/wikipedia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34765244)

Seems like the most mentioned of the 5 missions listed would be, in order: Apollo 11, Apollo 13, Apollo 8, Gemini 7, Mercury 6.

See http://bingmatrix.cloudapp.net/go.aspx?t=NASA+Featured+Missions&a=%2BNASA&k=Apollo+13%3BMercury+6%3BApollo+11%3BApollo+8%3BGemini+7&s=twitter.com%3Bfacebook.com%3Bwikipedia.org%3Bnasa.gov [cloudapp.net]

Re:Mission popularity on twitter/facebook/wikipedi (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34765520)

"Wye-aye Apollo Thorteen, this is Mission Control, Whitley Bay. Tell us what yer problem is lad."

"THE ROCKET'S BROKEN!! THE ROCKET'S BROKEN!! THE FUCKING ROCKET IS BROKEN!!!"

"All reet lad, calm doon!"

"Calm down? Calm down? FUCK CALM! YOU'RE NOT THE ONE SITTING IN A BROKEN FUCKING ROCKET, PAL!"

(with apologies to Mr Jupitus. And Geordies)

"NOUN 37" / "VERB 12" - not redactions (3, Informative)

thatseattleguy (897282) | more than 3 years ago | (#34766354)

Just an FYI: reading through the transcript I kept seeing things like "NOUN 37" and "VERB 12" - I thought these might be redactions for national security or censorship of Very Bad Words (ala the Nixon White House tapes and "expletive deleted" - but I'm dating myself to know about that). But they actually seem to be the way the internal shipboard guidance computer was controlled, with two part commands, one being an action (not surprisingly, "VERB yy") and one being an object to be acted upon ("NOUN xx"). Details here:

http://history.nasa.gov/afj/compessay.htm [nasa.gov]

Interestingly, this is not at all unlike how the original Fortran code for ADVENT (the seminal "Collossal Cave Adventure") was architected, even down to the terminology used.

Re:"NOUN 37" / "VERB 12" - not redactions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34767366)

If you want to learn more about the guidance computer, you may find the AGC emulator [ibiblio.org] interesting.

Re:"NOUN 37" / "VERB 12" - not redactions (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34769032)

AIUI, that was pretty common back then - the contemporary Polaris A3 (MK80/3) and Poseidon C3 (MK88/1) missile fire control systems used the same command architecture for manual inputs.

I prefer these mission transcripts: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34767852)

Check out these mission transcripts from the Gemini and Apollo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qM3xOu9HRU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnTzdwMT0g4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAp2Ni9frJE

Just a rebranded site for already available stuff (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34768990)

This is a non story really - okay - so it's searchable, but the OP makes it sound as though this is the first time these docs are available when that isn't accurate. This project does not seem to have any official relation to NASA (I didn't dox the site or creators so take that with a grain of salt). Anyway - you can find almost all of the transcripts already through NASA.

I've had Apollo 8 and 13 on my Kindle for months now and requested Apollo 13 in 1999 via FOIA. Received it in a two huge binders.

NASA Transcripts Home [nasa.gov]

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