Houston, we have a problem

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The origin can be traced to the phrase in past tense ("Houston, we've had a problem here" [1]) that was used by the crew of the Apollo 13 moon flight, to report a major technical problem back to their Houston base. The phrase is normally misquoted as "Houston, we have a problem" as in the movie Apollo 13: "Houston, we have a problem". See Houston, We've Had a Problem (NASA).

Phrase[edit]

Houston, we have a problem

  1. (cliché) A phrase used to indicate a major problem; often humorously used for reporting any kind of problem.
    2002 Dan Ramsey, Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home By Dan Ramsey (ISBN 0028643933) page xvii [2]
    Introduction
    Houston, we have a problem.
    We're running out of oil! The petroleum that fuels our daily lives is getting harder to find.