For my third and final quote ~ Gene Krantz
“Let’s work the problem, people. Let’s not make things worse by guessing.” ~ Gene Kranz, Mission Control Director ~ Apollo 13
Although he has many wonderful quotes, this particular one has always resonated with me.
Gene Kranz was the NASA Flight Director for the Apollo and Gemini programs. He wore flat-top haircuts and vests made by his wife Marta but his steely nerves, ingenuity and perseverance are what he will always be remembered for.
On April 11, 1970 at 2:13pm ET, the spaceship Apollo 13 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida ~ destination Moon.
The crew was James A. Lovell, Jr. Commander, John L. Swigert, Jr., Command Module Pilot and Fred W. Haise, Jr. Lunar Module Pilot.
But on April 13, the mission suffered a crippling explosion that would nearly doom the spaceflight and its crew.The near-disaster of Apollo 13 was a stunning reminder of the perils of human spaceflight and how NASA managed to overcome the incident and save the mission’s three-man crew.
It began with these now famous words five scrambled words spoken by Capt.James A. Lovell Jr.:
From that moment on, Mission Control. led by Kranz, worked round the clock over the next four days to bring the crew of the Apollo 13 home. His leadership and faith in his team both united and filled them with a sense of intense drive and great purpose. They all knew that under his watch, failure was not an option. And home they came because Gene Kranz “listened to his gut.”
With the explosion and the “hacks” devised to fix the problem, the duration of the mission was 142 hours 54 minutes and 41 seconds. Apollo 13 returned to Earth on April 17, 1970, landing in the Pacific Ocean. The retrieval ship was the U.S.S. Iwo Jima.
After his retirement, Gene Kranz became a much sought after speaker as well as an accomplished author.
**Cover photo is view of the Earth from Apollo 13
*Use this link ” Mission Control. led by Kranz, worked round ” to watch some fascinating videos like Poison Pills and Apollo 13 ~ wow!