All three astronauts move into the Command Module of the Odyssey in order to jettison the Service Module. Upon its jettison, they are finally able to see the extent of the damage and wonder whether the Odyssey's heat shields are intact, necessary to keep them from burning up on re-entry. Swigert successfully gets the Odyssey started up by transmitting extra power from the Aquarius, which they also jettison just before re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. As everyone on the ground anxiously waits, praying that the heat shield will hold through the inferno of re-entry, the Odyssey goes into communications blackout (a period of radio silence due to ionization interference). When the blackout time goes beyond the expected three minutes, the command center goes into complete silence. Only Mattingly's voice can be heard asking, "Odyssey, this is Houston. Do you read me?" Suddenly, the Odyssey emerges from the clouds with all three of its parachutes open. Lovell's voice is heard, saying, "Hello, Houston. This is Odyssey. It's good to see you again." Everyone breaks into cheers and applause, Kranz collapses in his chair, and the module lands safely in the South Pacific where they are rescued by divers and taken by helicopter to the USS Iwo Jima on April 17th, seven days after being launched into space. In the final scene, Lovell, Haise, and Swigert emerge from their helicopter on the deck of the Iwo Jima to the cheers of a hero's welcome. In a voiceover, Lovell tells what caused the explosion and what the future holds for Haise, Swigert, Mattingly, and Kranz.