And Mission Control Rejoiced

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"Roger, Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again."
—What Mission Control said right after "The Eagle has landed."

Mission Control has a situation. Everyone is looking intently at The Big Board, waiting for disaster to strike. But then, the hero(es) arrive(s) to save the day! Mission Control explodes in cheering after sitting in suspense ("He/She/They did it!"). May include ecstatic crying, sudden hugging and a resolution to earlier conflicts in Mission Control.

Usually used to show that the hero/heroine is able to solve situations that no one thought could be solved any more. A Genre Savvy viewer may not get out of his chair so quickly, as this trope is also commonly used just before an Oh Crap! moment for Mood Whiplash.

Subtrope of Mission Control. Contrast Missing Mission Control.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: When battleship Libra is falling to earth, all the characters come to destroy it before the impact. Heero arrives but is without his most powerful weapon because he lost it in a recent battle. All of a sudden Wufei finds it and brings it to him and informs mission control. "I've given Heero his Buster Rifle!" Mission Control erupts in cheers—and he hasn't even used it yet.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice And Trust: In chapter 7 Zeruel has ignored or blasted into oblivion all defenses surrounding Tokyo-3, has easily maimed Unit 00 and 02, has smashed Unit 01, has invaded the Geofront and nothing Nerv throws at it works. Right when it is about to blast everybody Shinji and Asuka come along riding Unit 03. Everyone in The Bridge cheered.
    "YES! WAY TO GO, KIDS!" Misato shouted in joy.
    The mood on Central Dogma's command deck had suddenly swung from mounting despair to shouts of relief and cheer. Shinji and Asuka, the Pilots who'd won victory after victory had appeared once again to save the day.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Misato starts cheering alongside the bridge crew after Superman a.k.a., Shinji manages to quickly resolve the Jet Alone incident.
  • Once More with Feeling: In chapter 17, when Asuka kills Sandalphon and Rei manages to pull her out of the volcano, the whole command centre celebrated the pilots' victory and survival.
    "Shinji" a voice called out from above, and he turned, glancing at the highest tier in the command centre as the raucous celebrations continued unabated at the certain loss of two Evangelion's and their pilots turned around in less than a minute to the recovery of both alive

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the end of Air Force One, sparked by a C-130's announcement of the successful rescue of the president from the stricken Air Force One.
  • Happens in Argo when Tony Mendez and the six American hostages successfully clear Iranian airspace.
  • Happens in Armageddon after Harry Stamper's team defeats the asteroid — with one notable exception.
  • Happens at the end of Apollo 13, when the crew responds after entering the atmosphere.
  • In The Cabin in the Woods, the control room staff celebrate and break out the champagne when the ritual finally seems to have succeeded in pleasing the Elder Gods for another year.
  • Independence Day. After Russell Case flies his jet into the alien ship's primary weapon and destroys it, the mission control personnel in Area 51 start cheering.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man, after Tony saves the fighter pilot by punching his parachute.
    • In The Avengers, the controllers on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier cheer when Tony Stark captures the nuke bound for New York and instead sends it through the portal. Oddly, there is no cheering when said nuke actually detonates wiping out the Chitauri, but then they might not have know that's what happened.
  • Star Wars: After the destruction of the original Death Star in A New Hope and the new one in Return of the Jedi.
  • WarGames. When David Lightman manages to convince the JOSHUA AI inhabiting the W.O.P.R. computer to not launch all of the U.S.'s missiles at the Soviet Union and start World War III, the NORAD command staff begins to cheer.
  • In Without Warning (1994), Mission Control celebrates as meteors headed for Washington, Moscow, and Beijing are destroyed. Cue a rather silent Mass "Oh, Crap!" moments later, when hundreds of new meteors are detected hurtling down, dooming all life on Earth.
  • In Pacific Rim, the Shatterdome staff celebrate mankind's victory by stopping the war clock that counted down the time until the next Kaiju attack.
  • Everest: In the trailer there's a scene where they announce they've made it to the summit to cheering back at base camp. Proves to be premature as the blizzard moves in not long after.
  • In The Martian there are two such scenes. See the Literature section.
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: After the whale probe stops destroying Earth and returns to where it came from.

    Literature 
  • The Martian:
    • Everyone cheers as Pathfinder's signal arrives, letting them know Mark successfully revived it. In this case, "Mission Control" is a conference room crowded with people and computers, because the old Pathfinder mission center has long since been repurposed.
    • Again at the end, when Lewis reports, "Houston, this is Hermes Actual. Six crew safely aboard."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Stargate Command has erupted in cheers on quite a few occasions. But then, on quite a few occasions, the Earth has come thisclose to ending.
    • In the episode "Tangent" Teal'c and Jack are trapped in a modified death glider on a ballistic course out of the solar system. After Sam, Daniel, and Jacob Carter get there and beam them off, the SGC control room erupts in cheers upon receiving their radio message.
  • In 24, CTU headquarters usually doesn't cheer, but there is a notable sense of relief when the day's threat has been neutralized.
  • In the Castle episode "Still", Beckett is trapped on a pressure-plate triggered bomb that's set to go off in thirty minutes or if she steps off the pressure plate, whichever comes first. At the end of the episode when they manage to disarm the bomb and Castle informs Esposito and Ryan that Beckett is safe, everyone in the precinct starts cheering and hugging each other.
  • From the Earth to the Moon has numerous examples of this. Since almost every mission is the first time they've done something with a human being sitting at the top of the rocket, there's a lot of pressure and immense relief when it goes right. Notable examples include Alan Shepard's flight in Mercury 7 and the landing of Apollo 11... and then there's Apollo 15, where the lunar geologists rejoice over the astronauts finding the anorthite that would be dubbed the Genesis Rock.

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    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: The Griffin family accidentally launch themselves in the space shuttle. After they successfully land, mission control erupts in cheers except one guy.

    Real Life 

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