The phrase “Tough and Competent” was created by NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz and became the rallying cry of NASA and the Mission Control crew after the Apollo 1 disaster.
“Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, ‘Dammit, stop!’ I don’t know what Thompson’s committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: 'Tough’ and 'Competent.’ Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write 'Tough and Competent’ on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control.”- The Kranz Dictum
Gene Kranz served as Flight Director for a number of NASA milestones, including Apollo 11, the “successful failure” of Apollo 13, and the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994. Please be sure to checkout another great video from our friend Mike Dawson and his Assignment Universe project.
This miniature was used at the conclusion of Apollo 13 re-entered earth’s atmosphere and then splashed down in the sea. Before the development of realistic digital effects, scale miniatures like this one were often used to film action that could not be accomplished practically. Although they have largely been replaced by CGI, they are sometimes still used for visual effects work.
On April 13, 1970 when performing a routine procedure of “stirring the tanks’ oxygen tank no. 2 exploded. Astronauts Jim Lovel, John Swigert, and Bill Haise and just left Earth two days prior and headed for Fra Mauro highlands of the Moon. Instead their attention turned to simply to make it home.
New mug. New rum. And watching “From the Earth to the Moon” for the first time. Mary and I have been in a total Nasa kick as of late. Drink tonight: Mai Tai with Captain Morgan spiced rum and Malibu Pineapple Rum #nasa #animalkingdom #space #astronaut #apollo13 #rum #cocktail #tikitime #tiki #drink #disney #DAYOFF
i would just like to say to all my fellow Chic mates
i’m so happy that i’m in a lovely group with a bunch of lovely people
you all mean so much to me and our group is seriously more than just promos. it’s about family, love, trust and friendship. When I get married you’re all coming and then we’re all gonna go meetup at Mexico when we’re all legal and go party. You guys have helped me overcome SO many hard points of my life, we all share details we would never share with anyone else, not even our parents. You are all my life and I love you all so much I’m like , sobbing while writing this ! You are all amazing