Quotes from the news wire:
Our job was to arrive at 5 a.m., we brought up the machines and checked out the software to do a dry run of the launch without involving the flight controllers. Later, we brought up the prime computer we used and before you knew it, it was liftoff. I typed in one of the first things that we entered into the computer, the time of liftoff 8 : [ 32 a.m. EST ]. I made a whole bunch of commands after that, but it was really sort of weird.
In Gene Kranz demanding, commanding and very monotone voice, [ Kranz ] said, We have just locked the doors and we are locked in this room together. We will leave this room together when one of three things happen we land, abort or crash. After Gene Kranz said that, if you didnt know this was important before, you knew it then.