@Houston, We Have a Problem

Via The Atlantic, I’ve discovered this awesome website which is indexing the transcripts of all of NASA’s space missions, in a rather Twitter-like manner (side note: I’ve stopped Twittering again. It’s just not sufficiently different from updating my Facebook status).

Anyway, at the moment, they only have the Apollo 13 mission and the Mercury 6 (first American orbit of the Earth) available, but they’re fascinating. And because they’re searchable and labeled for “key moments” and such things, they’re easy to peruse without any particular a priori familiarity with the details of the missions.

Here’s a taste, but do have a look yourself. You’ll notice, by the way, that as is so often the case, the catchphrase we’ve come to associate with Apollo 13 (“Houston, we have a problem”) was never exactly said, only something close. Other catchphrases in this category include “Beam me up, Scotty!”  and “Elementary, my dear Watson.” But I digress.


About Colin West
Colin West is a graduate student in quantum information theory, working at the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. Originally from Colorado (where he attended college), his interests outside of physics include politics, paper-folding, puzzles, playing-cards, and apparently, plosives.

One Response to @Houston, We Have a Problem

  1. Moominmamma says:

    No one on Star Trek ever actually said, “Beam me up, Scotty” ? Really? Are you sure??


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