075:46:06 Lovell (onboard): What time are you supposed to be pitching up?
075:46:09 Anders (onboard): I don't pitch up until [garble].
075:46:10 Lovell (onboard): Okay.
075:46:27 Borman (onboard): Alright, we're going to roll.
075:46:33 Borman (onboard): Ready? Set.
Composite of AS08-12-2136 to AS08-12-2149. The image runs between the lines of longitude 122°E on the right and 105°E on the left.
AS08-12-2138 - Crater Sherrington on lower right
AS08-12-2139 - Crater Meitner J at top of frame with Meitner H to its lower right.
AS08-12-2140 - Craters Meitner J and H at bottom of frame. Eastern rim of Meitner at upper left of frame.
AS08-12-2141 - Crater Meitner C at top of frame, Meitner dominates the upper left of the frame.
AS08-12-2142 - Floor of Meitner. Meitner C at top right of frame
AS08-12-2143 - Western rim of Meitner crater. Floor of crater is on the right.
AS08-12-2144 - Western rim of Meitner crater on right. Meitner R at bottom of frame.
AS08-12-2145 - Meitner R cut off at bottom of frame. Pasteur D cut off at top left of frame.
AS08-12-2146 - Meitner R cut off at bottom right of frame. Pasteur D cut off at top left of frame.
AS08-12-2148 - Crater Pasteur G at bottom left of frame.
AS08-12-2149 - Crater Pasteur G at bottom of frame.
This is Apollo Control, Houston. 75 hours, 47 minutes and we are due to acquire just any second. A whole host of stations; Ascension, Bermuda, MILA [Merrit Island Launch Area], Grand Bahama and Madrid and, well, and the Canaries. This is the fourth revolution around the Moon by a manned spacecraft. Our orbit is 60.4 nautical miles by 61.7 [111.9 by 114.3 km]. We've had no attempted comm yet. You can hear a little keying going on the background, but just any moment we should get an establishing call. A period of acquisition - this time is estimated at an hour and 11 minutes. Let's see if we can get charge C [?] of a receiving telemetry yet. It is on this pass where - in which Bill Anders will do an extensive four-rev tracking task. He will do a vertical stereo photography, and in considerable detail, to chart all the approaches to several landing sites in - near the center line - in the center of 20 degrees - I'm sorry - on the face of the Moon, front face. And here goes up the first call from Mike Collins. Let's see what we can catch.
075:46:47 Anders (onboard): The impact crater was at - just prior to subsolar point on the south side, in the floor of it, [garble] - There is one dark hole, and I couldn't get a quick enough look at it to see if it might be anything volcanic.
075:47:30 Anders (onboard): Oh, my God! Look at that picture over there! Here's the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!
075:47:37 Borman (onboard): Hey, don't take that, it's not scheduled. (Chuckle.)
AS08-13-2329 - The first photograph taken of Earthrise taken by a human.
AS08-13-2329 - The first image of Earthrise taken by a human, with north at the top.
Computer rendering of Earth at the moment of Anders' Earthrise photos. (Courtesy of Syd Buxton.)
075:47:39 Anders (onboard): [Laughter.] You got a color film, Jim?
075:47:46 Anders (onboard): Hand me that roll of color quick, will you...
075:47:48 Lovell (onboard): Oh man, that's great!
075:47:50 Anders (onboard): ...Hurry. Quick.
075:47:54 Borman (onboard): Gee.
075:47:55 Lovell (onboard): It's down here?
075:47:56 Anders (onboard): Just grab me a color. That color exterior.
075:48:00 Lovell (onboard): [Garble].
075:48:01 Anders (onboard): Hurry up!
075:48:06 Borman (onboard): Got one?
075:48:08 Anders (onboard): Yeah, I'm looking for one.
075:48:10 Lovell (onboard): C 368.
075:48:11 Anders (onboard): Anything, quick.
075:48:13 Lovell (onboard): Here.
075:48:17 Anders (onboard): Well, I think we missed it.
075:48:31 Lovell (onboard): Hey, I got it right here! [In the hatch window.]
075:48:33 Anders (onboard): Let - let me get it out this window. It's a lot clearer.
075:48:37 Lovell (onboard): Bill, I got it framed; it's very clear right here.
AS08-14-2383 - Anders's first colour image of Earthrise over the Moon.
075:48:40 Lovell (onboard): You got it?
075:48:41 Anders (onboard): Yep.
075:48:42 Borman (onboard): Well, take several of them.
075:48:43 Lovell (onboard): Take several of them! Here, give it to me.
075:48:44 Anders (onboard): Wait a minute, let's get the right setting, here now; just calm down. Calm down, Lovell.
075:48:49 Lovell (onboard): Well, I got it ri - Oh, that's a beautiful shot.
075:48:54 Lovell (onboard): 250 at f/11.
AS08-14-2384 - A second colour image of Earthrise over the Moon.
075:49:07 Anders (onboard): Okay.
075:49:08 Lovell (onboard): Now vary the - vary the exposure a little bit.
075:49:09 Anders (onboard): I did. I took two of them.
075:49:11 Lovell (onboard): You sure we got it now?
075:49:12 Anders (onboard): Yes, we'll get - we'll - It'll come up again, I think.
075:49:17 Lovell (onboard): Just take another one, Bill.
Composite of AS08-12-2150 to AS08-12-2163 including crater Hansky. The image runs between the lines of longitude 106°E on the right and 94°E on the left.
AS08-12-2150 - Crater Pasteur G cut off at bottom of frame.
AS08-12-2153 - Crater Pasteur Y cut off at top of frame.
AS08-12-2154 - Crater Pasteur Y cut off at top right of frame. Pasteur U cut off at lower left of frame.
AS08-12-2155 - Crater Pasteur U dominates lower left of frame.
AS08-12-2156 - Crater Pasteur V in centre-left of frame.
AS08-12-2157 - Crater Pasteur V in centre-right of frame.
AS08-12-2158 - Crater Pasteur V on right of frame. Hansky F is cut off on left.
AS08-12-2159 - Crater Hansky F at lower left of frame.
AS08-12-2160 - Crater Hansky F at lower right of frame. Hansky is cut off at bottom left corner.
AS08-12-2161 - Crater Hansky cut off at bottom of frame.
AS08-12-2162 - Crater Hansky is cut off at bottom right corner. Hirayama K is cut off at left of frame.
AS08-12-2163 - Crater Hirayama K is at upper left of frame.
075:49:30 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over. [No answer.]
075:50:08 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over. [No answer.]
And we are advised that we are having antenna problems at our prime site. We have handed it to another site, Goldstone, I believe. You will notice, on some of these transmissions, a lot of background noise, that is being done on the smaller-powered antennas from the spacecraft. Around the High Gain Antenna - the one which transmits the television pictures and other data, the reception is much clearer. Another call has gone out, here is the conversation."
075:50:26 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over
075:50:33 Borman: Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8 here.
075:50:36 Collins: Roger. We have been having a little antenna problem on the ground here. We are reading you now with a lot of noise in the background. How me?
075:50:46 Borman: Loud and clear, Michael.
075:50:59 Collins: Roger. Frank, we are still trying to get a little bit better comm here. Stand by; you're unreadable.
075:52:26 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over.
075:52:30 Borman: Loud and clear, Houston. Apollo 8
075:52:32 Collins: I understand you are reading us loud and clear; we are barely reading you. Would you go to P00 and Accept, please? We are going to send you a P27 update.
075:52:45 Borman: Roger. Going to P00 and to Accept, Houston. [Long pause.]
075:53:47 Borman: We are in P00 and Accept.
075:53:51 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston. You are not readable. We are going to delay the P27 until we get a little bit better lock on you. [Long pause.]
This is Apollo Control, Houston. We are having antenna difficulties. We are going to try some more. Stand by. Let's continue to monitor.
Composite of AS08-12-2164 to AS08-12-2177 from 96°E to 82°E. This pan reaches the southern limits of Mare Smythii with flooded craters Helmert and Kiess.
AS08-12-2164 - Crater Hirayama K is upper right of centre, Hirayama M on the lower left.
AS08-12-2165 - Crater Hirayama K is cut off on the right, Hirayama M is bottom of frame.
AS08-12-2166 - Crater Hirayama M is cut off at lower right, Hirayama Q is cut off at upper left.
AS08-12-2167 - Crater Hirayama Q is at upper left.
AS08-12-2168 - Crater Hirayama Q is at upper right.
AS08-12-2171 - Flooded crater Helmert is on the upper left.
AS08-12-2172 - Flooded crater Helmert is on the upper centre.
AS08-12-2173 - Flooded crater Helmert is on the upper right.
AS08-12-2175 - Large, flooded crater Kiess is cut off at the upper left.
AS08-12-2176 - Large, flooded crater Kiess is cut off at top of frame.
AS08-12-2177 - Large, flooded crater Kiess is cut off to the upper right.
075:54:11 Collins: As long as you are reading me okay, Frank, I'll bring you up to date on a couple of things. The P27 which we will be sending you is a state vector update going to the LM slot, and we'd like to - as per plan - to transfer that to the CSM slot by a Verb 47, Enter, and we would like to just remind you that prior to doing your Verb 47, Enter, manually select P00 and wait for the computer activity light to go out. Did you copy? Over.
075:54:49 Borman: Roger. Roger. We copy.
075:54:47 Collins: Okay, Frank. Are you still reading me loud and clear? Over.
075:55:03 Borman: Roger. Loud and clear.
075:55:05 Collins: All right. I'll go ahead with a map update when you're ready to copy.
075:55:17 Borman: Okay. Can you hold off a minute? [Long pause.]
075:56:17 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston. How are you reading now?
075:56:34 Borman: Go ahead, Houston. This is Apollo 8. [Long pause.]
075:57:04 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston with a map update. Are you ready to copy?
075:57:12 Borman: Just a minute, Mike.
075:57:20 Collins: Roger. Apollo 8, Houston. Your map update for rev 4 to 5: LOS, 76:59:59; sunrise, 77:09:06; prime meridian, 77:15:47; AOS, 77:45:50; sunset, 78:22:03; IP-1 position time for control point 2, 77:29:42; IP-1 time closest approach for target B1, 78:10:25. Over.
075:58:23 Borman: We'll have to get that data later on.
075:58:31 Collins: We'll try it again later, Frank.
075:58:38 Borman: Thank you.
Animated GIF file of frames AS08-12-2178 to 2186.
Apollo Control here. I want to correct something I apparently said; Frank Borman dedicated that prayer to St. John's Episcopal church. He is a member of St. Christopher's. The confusion is due to the fact that Jim Lovell is a member of St. John's, so we have two Episcopalians going to two different churches. I apologize. The correct name of the church is St. Christopher. We have the correct town. Now let's get back and monitor. We will take the line down due to the noise [and bring it] back up to you with anything significant. At 76 hours into the flight, this is Apollo Control, Houston."
076:03:14 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over.
076:03:23 Anders: Do you want to take this nav sighting?
076:06:12 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over.
076:06:17 Anders: Roger, Houston. How do you read?
076:06:19 Collins: Reading you a lot better, Bill. How are you reading me?
076:06:25 Anders: I'm reading you five - loud and clear, and [are] you copying our low bit data to record these tracking passes? Over.
076:06:35 Collins: That is affirmative. We are getting low bit data now.
076:06:41 Anders: Okay. I've played - run the tape recorder back to the beginning. We have quite a bit of high bit, so all you'll have to do is start recording when you are ready.
076:06:55 Collins: Roger. Stand by one, Bill. [Long pause.]
076:07:27 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston. Stand by one on the tape recorder dump. We would like you to look at your steam pressure. We think that the primary evaporator may have dried out, and if the steam pressure shows off-scale low, would you please close the back pressure valve and reservice the evaporator? Over.
076:07:50 Borman: Roger.
076:08:49 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston. We are ready to send you the P27 LM state vector update when you are ready. Over.
076:08:58 Borman: You will have to wait until this tracking exercise is over with, Mike.
076:09:02 Collins: Roger. Thank you.
Apollo Control here. 76 hours, 09 minutes into the flight. In the past few minutes, we've established a much cleaner communication with Apollo 8. ..."
Apollo Control, Houston here. 76 hours, 24 minutes. Communication much improved now as we move out on the front side of the Moon. Here is how it is going."
076:18:09 Anders: Apollo 8.
076:18:14 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston. Were you calling? Over.
076:18:19 Anders: Roger. You can go ahead now and give the computer the updates, and let's get going on the PAD messages.
076:18:26 Collins: Roger. [Pause.]
076:18:36 Anders: It is in P00 and Accept. [Pause.]
076:18:44 Anders: Okay, Houston. Are you ready to talk about the water boiler problem?
076:18:49 Collins: Roger. We copy you in P00 and Accept, and we are sending you a P27 LM state vector. On the water boiler, it looks to us like the evaporator has been reserviced. How does it look to you? Over.
076:19:06 Anders: Roger. I reserviced it, put it to Auto, H2O flow to Auto; and the steam pressure went to zero again. So I tried reservicing it the second time for 1 minute, and again no results. I'm in the present process of closing the back-pressure valve manually. Over.
076:19:25 Collins: Roger. Understand you tried to reservice it twice, both times steam pressure has gone to zero, and now you are closing the back-pressure valve manually.
076:19:36 Anders: Roger. Each time I have reserviced it, the steam pressure came up to about 0.07 to 0.1; but as soon as the steam and water were put to Auto, the steam pressure went right back down again.
076:20:01 Collins: Roger. We copy, and we are reading you loud and clear now, Bill. On your map update, did you copy that that I gave you previously?
076:20:13 Lovell: Negative. We have not copied it yet.
076:20:14 Anders: Negative.
076:20:17 Collins: Okay. I have it for you again when you are ready to copy.
076:20:24 Lovell: Ready to copy.
076:20:26 Collins: This is a map update for revs 4/5: LOS, 76:59:59; sunrise, 77:09:06; prime meridian, 77:15:47; AOS, 77:45:50; sunset, 78:22:03. Remarks: IP-1, acquisition time for CP2 is 77:29:42; IP-1 time closest approach for target B1, 78:10:25. Over.
076:21:52 Collins: That's right, and the prime meridian time is 77:15:47, and you got your computer back. We've got a good P27 update.
076:22:04 Borman: Okay. We will go to P00 and Transfer.
076:22:07 Collins: Roger. [Long pause.]
076:22:45 Borman: Houston, do you have a TEI-5 for us?
076:22:48 Collins: We are working on it now, Frank. [We will] have it for you momentarily.
076:22:56 Borman: Roger. [Long pause.]
076:23:27 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston.
076:23:32 Anders: Go.
076:23:33 Collins: Roger. On your back-pressure valve, we would like to know how long after you closed the back-pressure valve the first time - how long was it from the time you closed it until the time you started the reservicing. We would like for you to wait about 15 minutes to prevent any ice from forming due to flash freezing. Over.
076:23:59 Anders: Okay. I started immediately to reservice it. [Long pause.]
076:24:17 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston. We showed that you closed it this last time about 4 minutes ago, so we would like you to wait another 15 minutes and then try to reservice it again at that time and then go to Auto. Over.
076:24:41 Anders: Roger.
076:24:43 Collins: Roger. Thank you. The TEI-4 PAD which you have is still valid. We will have a TEI-5 PAD for you shortly.
076:24:55 Anders: Roger. Be advised we are presently in steam pressure, Manual, and we're in H2O flow, Auto; and are now in H2O flow, Off, as of about 5 seconds ago.
076:25:15 Collins: Roger. We copy that, Bill. And we confirm that's a good configuration.
076:25:28 Anders: Right now, I've got the H2O flow, Off. Do we stay that way?
076:25:32 Collins: Affirmative. [Long pause.]
076:25:45 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston. On your television update, we propose that you start the TV at the Flight Plan time of 85 hours, 37 minutes and simply extend the stop time a few minutes. You're currently scheduled to stop at 86 hours, and we would like to keep it going until the terminator, which should be approximately 86:14. Over.
076:26:13 Borman: Roger. [Long pause.]
076:26:27 Collins: Frank, I know you are busy up there. We've got the daily news for you whenever and if ever you'd like to hear it.
076:26:38 Borman: I'll give you a call.
076:27:46 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston.
076:27:51 Borman: Go ahead.
076:27:53 Collins: I have the TEI-5 PAD for you whenever you are ready to copy.
076:28:05 Borman: Okay. Go ahead.
076:28:07 Collins: Okay. TEI-5; SPS/G&N; 47 - correction - 45701; minus 0.43, plus 1.16; 079:21:26.03. Are you with me so far?
076:28:41 Borman: Roger.
076:28:43 Collins: Plus 3117.1, minus 0076.7, minus 0021.4; 180, 017, 001; not applicable, plus 0018.8; 3118.1, 2:59, 3100.3. Are you with me? Over.
076:29:44 Borman: Roger.
076:29:47 Collins: Roger. 40, 271.1 39.8; 033, down 04.3, left 2.3; plus 08.32, minus 165.00; 1295.6, 36208, 146:39:44; north set of stars remain Sirius and Rigel; roll, pitch, and yaw remain same angles, 129,155, 010; ullage remains 2 quads for 20 seconds, quads B and D. Horizon on 4 degree line at TIG minus 3 minutes. Over.
076:31:14 Borman: Roger. Here we go. TEI-5; SPS/G&N; 45701; minus 0.43, plus 1.16; 079:21:26.03; plus 3117.1, minus 0076.7, minus 00214; 180, 017, 001; N/A, plus 0018.8; 3118.1, 2:59, 3100.3; 40, 271.1, 39.8; 033, down 04.3, left 2.3; plus 08.32, minus 165.00; plus 1295.6, 36208, 146:39:44. Set stars are the same; ullage - we'd like - do you have any objection to using four quads for 15 seconds?
076:32:23 Collins: No objection to four-quad ullage, Apollo 8.
076:32:28 Borman: Okay. We'd like to just go ahead and use four quads all times, unless we get a lot shorter on fuel than we are now.
076:32:34 Collins: Understand. [Pause.]
076:32:39 Borman: And is that 15 seconds?
076:32:42 Collins: Affirmative: 15 seconds, four quads.
076:32:49 Collins: Apollo 8...
076:32:50 Borman: Thank you, and horizon is 4 degrees at minus...
076:32:54 Collins: That readback is correct, Frank, and we'd like to advise that the voice quality on that high bit rate is excellent. Over.
076:33:04 Borman: Thank you. Mike, it's 4 quads for 15 seconds. Is that right?
076:33:12 Collins: That is affirmative, Apollo 8: 4 quads for 15 seconds.
076:33:18 Borman: Thank you.
This is Apollo Control, Houston, here with 24 minutes left to run in this period of acquisition. We might make note of our velocity in this revolution; it is approximately 3,560 statute miles per hour. And here goes another call from Mike Collins."
076:35:45 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston.
076:35:50 Borman: Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.
076:35:53 Collins: Roger for Bill. He can go ahead and do his standard reservice on the water now. It's looking good.
076:36:05 Borman: Okay. You want us to reservice it now?
076:36:07 Collins: That's affirmative, and on completion, go back to Auto.
076:36:19 Anders: Roger.
During this - Apollo Control here - during this lull we have been looking at the biomedical data and the harness is switched over to Bill Anders. We're looking at a mean heart rate of 68. His high, during this particular reporting period, is 69; a low of 67. Mean respiration rate, 10; activity mode is listed as normal. Cabin pressure, 4.9 [psi, 33.8 kPa]; cabin temperature, 79 [degrees Fahrenheit, 26.1°C], that's a 2-degree rise from what we saw about an hour or so ago - 77 [°F, 25°C]. A little more than 21 minutes before Loss Of Signal. We'll just leave the line open."
This is Apollo Control, Houston. Our time 76 hours and 40 minutes, and I think Mike Collins is about to advise the crew that they have a Go for rev 5. Stand by."
076:40:21 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston.
076:40:27 Borman: Go ahead, Houston.
076:40:28 Collins: Roger. We are still dumping your tapes. The voice quality on high bit is coming through superb, and you are Go for next rev. And we would like to get a brief status report on your rest between 60 hours and LOI-1, just to fill in some information for us.
076:40:56 Borman: We only got a couple of hours rest.
076:40:58 Collins: Okay. [Pause.]
076:41:06 Borman: We're tired right now, but we will have to wait until TEI before we get back to the regular cycle.
076:41:12 Collins: All right. I suspect you're right.
076:41:17 Anders: Okay, Houston. The water boiler has been reserviced. Back-pressure valve closed for 1 minute; water, On, for 2; and it's now steam pressure, Auto; H2O flow, Auto.
076:41:30 Collins: Roger. We copy, Bill. [Long pause.]
076:41:56 Anders: If we have a problem, a similar problem, again on the back side in the sunlight, might be a good idea to crank the secondary loop until we have AOS. What do you think about that?
076:42:11 Collins: Stand by one, Bill.
076:43:17 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston. [Pause.]
076:43:23 Lovell: Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.
076:43:25 Collins: Roger, Jim. In regard to your evaporator, we feel that if you do have a similar problem next time on the back side in the sunlight, check the evaporator outlet temperature, and if it gets above 60, we concur that it would be a good idea to bring up the secondary loop. Over.
076:43:47 Lovell: Roger. [Long pause.]
076:44:17 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston. When we say bring up the secondary loop, we mean bring up the evaporator only on the secondary loop. Copy?
076:44:28 Borman: Roger.
076:44:29 Lovell: Roger.
076:49:51 Anders: Houston, Apollo 8. We got time for a little news.
076:49:56 Collins: Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over.
076:50:02 Anders: I say how about a little bit of that news you promised?
076:50:05 Collins: Roger. We got the Interstellar Times here, the December 24 edition. Your TV program was a big success. It was viewed this morning by most of the nations of your neighboring planet, the Earth. It was carried live all over Europe, including even Moscow and East Berlin. Also in Japan and all of North and Central America, and parts of South America. We don't know yet how extensive the coverage was in Africa. Are you copying me all right? Over.
076:50:38 Borman: You are loud and clear.
076:50:40 Collins: Good. San Diego welcomed home today the Pueblo crew in a big ceremony. They had a pretty rough time of it in the Korean prison. Christmas cease-fire is in effect in Vietnam, with only sporadic outbreaks of fighting. And if you haven't done your Christmas shopping by now, you better forget it.
076:51:02 Anders: Thank you.
076:51:04 Collins: A couple of [Houston] Oilers made the All Star team, Webster and Farr.
076:51:14 Anders: Roger. [Pause.]
076:51:22 Collins: And that's about all our news. How about your news?
076:51:28 Borman: Well, we'll be looking forward to a big burn here shortly.
076:51:34 Collins: Roger.
076:51:39 Lovell: Mike, I think I can say it without contradiction, it's been a mighty long dry spell up here.
076:51:48 Collins: I guess you can say anything you like without contradiction.
076:51:56 Borman: When do we dump water, Houston?
076:52:00 Collins: Say again, Frank.
076:52:04 Borman: When can we dump water?
076:52:06 Collins: Stand by.
076:53:32 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston.
076:53:38 Borman: Go, Houston.
076:53:39 Collins: We will get you the number after a while on your water dump. It looks like the quantity isn't increasing very slightly, and we're considering not only the quantity in regard to the dump, but also its effects on the trajectory relative to TEI and so forth, but we will have a good answer for you shortly.
076:54:00 Borman: We are not just thinking about the waste water tank: we're thinking about some other kind of water that has to get dumped out of the spacecraft, slightly used water.
076:54:11 Collins: Roger. We understand.
076:56:30 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston.
076:56:35 Borman: Go ahead.
076:56:36 Collins: Roger. We have about three and a half minutes to LOS. We'll give you back the DSE under your control, and in regard to your water dump, we are tentatively predicting a waste water tank dump at about 80 hours GET and any other dumps are your discretion, any time you would like to make them.
076:57:00 Borman: Thank you. [Pause.]
076:57:08 Collins: People listening to the high bit rate down here say it's like sitting in your living room listening to a good hi-fi.
076:57:21 Borman: Sounds like a good idea. [Long pause.]
076:58:03 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston. Coming up on two minutes to LOS. We got a good reservice on the primary evaporator, and everything is still looking very good down here.
076:58:16 Borman: Okay. Thank you. [Long pause.]
This is Apollo Control, Houston. 76 hours, 58 minutes. The spacecraft will lose lock with Earth in about one minute and start its fifth - actually its sixth trip behind the Moon - and it will be the start of its sixth rev and when it gets to zero."
076:59:12 Collins: Apollo 8, Houston. One minute to LOS. Are you still reading us loud and clear?
076:59:18 Borman: Loud and clear. Loud and clear.
076:59:20 Collins: Okay, fine. We've been noticing a little bit of increase in our background noise as you approach back-side.
076:59:30 Borman: Roger. We had to go off the High Gain. That's why.
076:59:35 Collins: Roger. [Pause.]
076:59:44 Collins: Have a good back-side; we'll see you next time around.
076:59:49 Borman: Okay, Mike.
Mike Collins has reminded the crew one minute to LOS and Frank says, "Loud and clear. Loud and clear". They will say their goodbyes on, you heard nothing much from Bill Anders on this pass and you are not likely to for several more. He is an extremely busy photographer. His column in the Flight Plan is almost solid with instructions. He is moving from one couch to another. He is using several kinds of cameras, changing lens, and he is as busy as one man - one astronaut could be. Jim Lovell is working down at the G&N station, getting pointing data. And the Command Pilot in addition to flying the spacecraft, having lunch, is been carrying on a running conversation with his compatriot, Mike Collins, down here on the Earth. We have lost lock, we should be back with the crew in 44 minutes. This is Apollo Control at 77 hours into the flight.