guenter wendt

Apollo 13 Facts #14

Jim Lovell’s line “I vonder vere Guenter vent” was made popular by the crew of Apollo 7. Guenter Wendt was NASA’s “pad leader” during the Apollo program and was the last man seen by crews before liftoff. After Wendt closed Apollo 7’s hatch and his face disappeared from the window, CM pilot Donn Eisele said, “I wonder where Guenter went.” Commander Wally Schirra claims to have stolen the line and made it famous among astronaut crews.