Houston, we have a problem

Previous Page

Houston, we have a problem : Phrases


Originally a genuine report of a life-threatening fault. Now used humorously to report any kind of problem.



John Swigert, Jr. and James Lovell who, with Fred Haise Jr., made up the crew of the US's Apollo 13 moon flight used (almost) this phrase to report a major technical problem back to their Houston base.

Swigert: 'Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here.'

Duke: 'This is Houston. Say again please.'

Lovell: 'Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a main B bus undervolt.'

The phrase was later used as the tagline for the 1995 film - Apollo 13.

Phrases Index

From Houston to HOME PAGE

privacy policy