And Mission Control Rejoiced

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.


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    Anime and 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.

  • 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 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.
  • Iron Man, after Tony saves the fighter pilot by punching his parachute.
  • 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 The Avengers the controllers on the SHIELD 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 
  • In the Stargate SG-1 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.
    • 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 24, CTU headquarters usually doesn't cheer, but there is a notable sense of relief when the day's threat has been neutralized.

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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 
  • Mars rover Curiosity's successful landing and the subsequent celebration at NASA (pictured above) is the iconic real life example from The New Tens.