- "ISS, this is Houston. Explorer, this is Houston. Mission abort. Repeat, mission abort. Initiate emergency disconnect from Hubble. Begin reentry procedure, ISS initiate emergency evacuation."
- ―Mission Control signaling for all personnel to be retrieved and evacuated to Earth}
|Age||50s or 60s|
|Portrayed by||Ed Harris|
Not long into the movie, veteran space shuttle commander Matt Kowalski calls down to Earth with the ominous warning, "Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission." This is the film's take on Tom Hanks' famous Apollo 13 movie line, "Houston, we have a problem."
But who is that answering Kowalski's call from Mission Control? Though never seen on screen, the voice belongs to none other than Ed Harris, who portrayed flight director Gene Kranz in the 1995 film Apollo 13. This is a nod to that film, but Harris also appeared in The Right Stuff as astronaut John Glenn.
- Warner Bros. wanted Mission Control to be seen or possibly even have a romantic interest in Dr. Ryan Stone, but ultimately Alfonso Cuarón refused to make such drastic changes.