Houston, we have a problem
|Origin/etymology||Apollo 13 mission|
|Original form||"Uh, Houston, we've had a problem"|
|Coined by||Jack Swigert|
"Houston, we have a problem" is a popular but erroneous quotation from the radio communications between the Apollo 13 astronaut John ("Jack") Swigert and the NASA Mission Control Center ("Houston") during the Apollo 13 spaceflight, as the astronauts communicated their discovery of the explosion that crippled their spacecraft.
The words actually spoken, initially by Jack Swigert, were "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here" (emphasis added). After being prompted to repeat the transmission by CAPCOM Jack R. Lousma, Jim Lovell responded, "Uh, Houston, we've had a problem."
The official NASA "Technical Air-to-ground Voice Transcription" has the following dialog listed:
02 07 55 19 Haise: Okay, Houston (interrupted by Lovell)
02 07 55 20 Lovell: I believe we've had a problem here. (interrupting Haise)
02 07 55 28 Lousma: This is Houston. Say again, please.
02 07 55 35 Lovell: Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a main B bus undervolt.
Contrary to the printed text, the transcription includes a handwritten note in the margin that states, "Swigert reported trouble," and attributes the first transmission about a problem to Swigert, and the second to Lovell. The above NASA transcription also differs from Jim Lovell's own recollections that he provided in Chapter 13 of Apollo Expeditions to the Moon (1975), where he writes, "Jack Swigert saw a warning light that accompanied the bang, and said, "Houston, we've had a problem here." I came on and told the ground that it was a main B bus undervolt. The time was 2108 hours on April 13.".
- "Houston, We've Had a Problem". Retrieved June 29, 2016.
- "¿Por qué la frase: Houston, tenemos un problema?" [Why the phrase: Houston, we have a problem?]. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
- ""Houston, tenemos un problema" – Jack Swigert" ["Houston, we have a problem" – Jack Swigert] (in Spanish). Retrieved June 29, 2016.
- "Apollo 13 Technical Air-to-Ground Voice Transcription" (PDF). Retrieved November 7, 2018.
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- James A. Lovell. "Apollo Expeditions to the Moon: Chapter 13". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- "¿Cuándo se pronunció la famosa frase "Houston, tenemos un problema"?" [When was the famous phrase "Houston, we have a problem" uttered?] (in Spanish).
- "Spacelog Apollo 13".