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Day 4: Lunar Orbit Insertion

Corrected Transcript and Commentary Copyright © 2004-2009 by W. David Woods and Lennox J. Waugh. All rights reserved.
Last updated 2017-02-10

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control 70 hours, 08 minutes Ground Elapsed Time. Distance now of Apollo 12 from the Moon 30,385 nautical miles, velocity toward the moon 3,558 feet per second. To summarize the last 8 hours of the Apollo 12 mission, which the Green team of Flight Controllers under Flight Director Cliff Charlesworth are here in the Control Center, the crew of Apollo 12 went into the LM for the LM familiarization and housekeeping chores somewhat early. Also, the television pass, which had been scheduled to start at 63 hours, 30 minutes actually began at 62 hours, 52 minutes, about 38 minutes early. TV ran 56 minutes total time. During the TV pass the crew of Apollo 12 took the viewers on a tour of the lunar module and how they stowed the equipment in various stowage areas, a description of some of the pilot devices such as the Landing Point Designator, and they closed out with a view of the Earth and the Moon out the Command Module windows after the hatch's probe and drogue had been restowed in the tunnel. They continued on with their eat period and the presleep checklist had a negative crew status report. They have taken no medications. They are back on the timeline for the beginning of the rest period at 68 hours and since Midcourse Correction number 4 likely will not be made, the sleep period will be extended for a total of 10 hours to end some 7 hours, 48 minutes from now. Apollo 12 entered the Moon's sphere of influence or equigravisphere at 68 hours, 30 minutes 22 seconds. Handover is taking place now. The day shift, headed up by Flight Director Jerry Griffin, and here in Mission Control the new team of Flight Controllers, who likely were asleep at the time of the TV pass, are watching a replay on the large television projection screen and on individual monitors. At 70 hours, 11 minutes Ground Elapsed Time, this is Apollo Control."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 71 hours, 18 minutes. Apollo 12 is 27,953 nautical miles from the Moon traveling at a velocity of 3,582 feet per second, that is Lunar referenced. Total weight of the vehicle, 96,117 pounds. Six hours, 41 minutes remaining in this sleep period. Systems performance on Apollo 12 continues normal. This is Mission Control, Houston at 71 hours, 18 minutes."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control. It's 71 hours, 48 minutes. At this time we will replay the tape of the television transmission of early this morning. We'll play the video and audio back to the news center in building 1 at the Manned Spacecraft Center. Go to utilize the release line for the audio portion of this tape We'll play the tape now. Roll the tape."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 72 hours, 44 minutes. All still going well with Apollo 12. 5 hours, 15 minutes remaining in the sleep period. Apollo 12 is 24,880 nautical miles from the Moon, approaching it at a velocity of 3,618 feet per second. This is Mission Control Houston at 72 hours, 45 minutes."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control. It's 73 hours, 18 minutes. All still going well with Apollo 12. 4 hours and 41 minutes remaining in the sleep period. The only crewmen being monitored at the present time is the Command Module Pilot Dick Gordon. His heart rate is running around 65 which is his normal sleep heart rate, the flight surgeon reports. Apollo 12 is 23,681 nautical miles from the Moon, approaching at a velocity of 3,634 feet per second. This is Mission Control, Houston at 73 hours, 18 minutes."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 74 hours, 18 minutes. Apollo 12 is 21,544 nautical miles away from the Moon. Velocity has increased to 3,666 feet per second. Systems performance still normal. We have 3 hours, 41 minutes remaining before we put in a call to awaken the crew. If they awake on their own before that time, we may expect to hear from them. At 74 hours, 18 minutes, this is Mission Control Houston."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 75 hours, 18 minutes. Apollo 12 is 19,371 nautical miles from the Moon, velocity 3,705 feet per second. All continuing to go well, and we are 2 hours, 41 minutes away from crew wakeup time. This is Mission Control Houston at 75 hours, 18 minutes."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 76 hours, 18 minutes. Apollo 12 is approaching the Moon at a velocity of 3,751 feet per second, distance from the Moon now, 17,180 nautical miles. We plan to put in a wake up call to the crew 1 hour, 41 minutes from this time. This is Mission Control Houston at 76 hours, 18 minutes."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 76 hours, 46 minutes. The Flight Dynamics officer has just informed Flight Director Jerry Griffin that based on his latest update, he confirms positively now that no Midcourse Correction number 4 will be required. The magnitude of that maneuver is only 2 feet per second. We have been operating for the past number of hours on the assumption that it would not be performed and on that basis, had extended the sleep period 2 hours, shortly after it began. We are now 1 hour, 13 minutes from the wake up period of the extended sleep period; 10 hours instead of 8 hours. The Midcourse Correction number 4 will be incorporated into the Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver number 1, and flight dynamics reports that burn will be targeted to produce a Lunar Orbit, of 62 by 169.3 nautical miles. His latest update shows that the closest approach to the Moon without the Lunar Orbit Insertion burn will be 64.73 nautical miles. That would occur at an elapsed time of 83 hours, 28 minutes, 32 seconds, and the velocity at closest approach would be 8,239 feet per second. At 76 hours, 48 minutes this is Mission Control Houston."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 77 hours, 18 minutes. Apollo 12 is 14,967 nautical miles from the Moon. Its velocity, 3,811 feet per second. We're 41 minutes away from wake-up time. This is Mission Control, Houston."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 77 hours, 45 minutes Fourteen minutes remains in this sleep period but we have indications that the crew is awake. Communications officer reports that he can see through telemetry that they have configured their communications equipment for voice transmission, so we may be hearing from the crew prior to the official wake up time. We'll keep this circuit up live for any communication we may get from the crew."

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Public Affairs Office - "Still no word from the crew and we're 5 minutes away from the time that we'll initiate a call to them. Apollo 12 is 13,615 nautical miles from the Moon, their velocity 3,856 feet per second. Reveille being played."

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077:57:58 Gibson: ["Reveille" played on bugle].

Public Affairs Office - "We don't think the crew heard that because there was an antenna switch right at the start of that bugle call. If we don't hear from them shortly, we're liable to play it again."

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078:00:51 Gibson: One more time. ["Reveille" played on bugle].

078:01:17 Gordon: Apollo 12, all present and accounted for, sir.

078:01:21 Gibson: Roger, 12. [Long pause.]

Public Affairs Office - "That was Dick Gordon responding."

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078:01:59 Gordon: Houston, 12. Can you give me a roll angle to stop PTC to do the rest of that alignment?

078:02:09 Gibson: Sure will, 12. Stand by. [Long pause.]

078:02:26 Gibson: 12, Houston. You can continue to do PTC during the alignment as you have before. If you want stop, go to 270.

078:02:42 Gordon: We'll keep doing PTC to save some gas.

078:02:46 Gibson: Roger. [Long pause.]

078:03:05 Gibson: ["Sweepers, Man Your Brooms" played on Boatswain whistle].

078:03:22 Gibson: The next ...

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Public Affairs Office - "And that was 'Sweepers Man Your Brooms' on the boatswain pipe that we just played up for the crew."

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078:04:38 Conrad: Houston, 12.

078:04:40 Gibson: Morning, 12; Houston. Go ahead.

078:04:45 Conrad: Okay. On the crew status report, the CDR slept 9; the CMP, 8; the LMP, 8. The PRD's: CDR, 11013; CMP, 11013; the LMP, 04014. We cycled the fan, and we're back to the normal lunar comm mode.

078:05:11 Gibson: Roger, 12. We copy. When you cycle the fans, could you do that for 3 minutes this time rather than the usual one, so we can get a little better hack on the readouts?

078:05:25 Conrad: Okay. We'll go back and do it for 3. We just completed it for 2. We'll go back and do it for 3.

078:05:31 Gibson: Roger.

078:06:05 SC: Houston, 12. Can we start battery charge on Batt A now?

078:06:11 Gibson: That's affirmative, 12. Go ahead. We also have a Flight Plan update, when you're ready.

078:06:16 Conrad: Okay.

078:06:24 Conrad: Okay. We're ready to copy.

078:06:26 Gibson: Okay. First is, seeing we have no MCC4, replace the flight plan timeline pages from GET 78 to 82 with the pages you'll find in the back - that's 6-7 to 6-9. And then you'll be picking it up again at page 3-58. At 78:00, for no MCC 4, delete stop PTC and continue PTC until 80 plus 50. This is optional. Insert - Then, at 80 plus 50, insert stop PTC at roll 300, and that's the Moon view attitude in roll. And at 79:45, would you perform a rendezvous radar transponder self-test to see if there was any effect on it during launch?

078:07:44 Conrad: Okay. We got 80:50 stop PTC at 300; 79:45 rendezvous radar transponder self-test, and we have the proper pages out of the Flight Plan.

078:07:58 Gibson: Roger, 12.

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078:16:21 Gibson: Apollo 12, Houston.

078:16:26 Conrad: Go ahead, Houston.

078:16:28 Gibson: 12, we have your consumables update and some comments on the - your P23's, as well as an alteration to your LOI abort card when you're ready to copy.

078:16:45 Conrad: Okay. Let's have the consumables update and all that stuff, in, that order.

078:16:52 Gibson: Okay, 12. Consumables at 78 plus 15: RCS total, 79.8; and Alfa up through Delta, in that order, 77.5, 83.4, 77.3, 81.2; and that gives you about 92 below the predicted. H2 total, 71.2, 69.9. H2 total, 70 - I'm sorry, that's O2 total, 70.9, 72.5.

078:17:39 Conrad: Okay.

078:17:46 Gibson: And, 12, for the P23, no Comm procedures. Dick, your first sighting exercises showed an excellent performance although the use of two different horizon locators resulted in quite different apparent horizons. The CMC horizon should be updated to 19 kilometers rather than the 24 for the no Comm contingency. Change the erasable address 1351 from its present value of 27340 to 22434. Your second set of P23's done at about 15:30 were excellent. Therefore, use the same locator as in this set. As you expected, the best results are obtained when the star is positioned precisely on the substellar point when you're using only the center two-thirds of the sextant field of view and you center the star on the locator.

078:18:50 Gibson: 12, do you have those values for the erasable?

078:18:53 Gordon: Okay. We've got all of them.

078:18:57 Gordon: Say again?

078:19:01 Gibson: 12, confirm do you have the valuable - value for the erasable.

078:19:14 Conrad: Okay, Houston. The address was 1351 and change it to 22434. Is that correct?

078:19:20 Gibson: That's correct. 12, on the LOI abort card which you have in the checklist F-13-2, your hybrid trajectory is a little different than nominal; your TLI was slightly off nominal, and your curve for the LOI abort is very sensitive to the dispersions in your TLI.

078:19:43 Conrad: Hold it, Houston, until you get a good antenna.

078:19:45 Gibson: Okay. [Long pause.]

078:20:18 Conrad: Hello, Houston. How do you read?

078:20:23 Gibson: 12, we read you with a fair amount of static in the background. Let's wait until we clear it up before we proceed. [Long pause.]

078:21:05 Conrad: Hello, Houston; 12. How do you read?

078:21:09 Gibson: 12, we read you now. I think the static is dropping off. We're ready to proceed. [Long pause.]

078:21:49 Gibson: Apollo 12, Houston.

078:21:56 Conrad: Go ahead, Houston.

078:21:57 Gibson: 12, a reminder, it would help if you turned the uplink squelch off.

078:22:06 Conrad: Okay. Uplink squelch going off.

078:22:11 Gibson: Pete, we have a discussion of the LOI abort card when you're ready. That's in your checklist F13-2.

078:22:25 Gordon: Hang on a second, Houston. Do you have the DSKY or torquing angles?

078:22:31 Gibson: Stand by, Dick. Dick, we have them. Go ahead. [Pause.]

078:23:07 Conrad: Okay, Houston. Give me the page again in the checklist you were talking about.

078:23:13 Gibson: Okay, Pete. That's your LOI abort card on F13-2.

078:23:24 Conrad: Okay. And we lost you there. All I heard you say - something about the trajectory, and you faded out.

078:23:32 Gibson: Roger, Pete. There's a change necessitated here because your hybrid trajectory is different than nominal. Your TLI was slightly off nominal, and the abort curve is very sensitive to dispersions in the TLI. The curve itself should be lowered slightly, and we can give you the co-ordinates for four different points, and you'll be able to plot that curve yourself. Are you ready to copy?

078:24:02 Conrad: Yes. Go ahead.

078:24:04 Gibson: Okay. The four points under LOI Delta-VM: 400, 290, 135, and 60. Your correspon - corresponding abort Delta-V's: 2240, 2065, 1865, 1800. You copy?

078:24:51 Conrad: Okay. Let's see, we had four points: 400, 290, 135, and 600, and they correspond to 2240, 2065, 1865, and 1800. Is that correct?

078:25:10 Gibson: Pete, on - one correction - on your LOI Delta-VM. Your last one is 60 - That's 60, rather than 600.

078:25:24 Conrad: Okay.

078:25:27 Gibson: Your CSM gimbal angles, which you'll see down in the lower right, are roll, 295; pitch, 271; yaw 332.

078:25:48 Conrad: Okay. 295, 271, and 332.

078:25:52 Gibson: That's correct. When you plot the curve over, you'll see that your crossover point for mode 1 occurs at 320 - 320 rather than 290 as shown. This would have to be changed then in three places. First of all, the table, which you have on the card, your first value - first range goes from 290 to 650; that would now go from 320 to 650. On your Flight Plan, the value 290 is found also on page 3-59. That would have to be changed to 320. Also, the LMP cue card should be changed, 390 to 320. All of the other limits are unchanged.

078:26:55 Conrad: Okay. We got that.

078:27:00 Gibson: Okay, Pete. That's it.

078:27:07 Conrad: Roger.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control, at 78 hours, 30 minutes. The Change Of Shift news conference in the Houston News Center will begin at 5:30 PM, Central Standard Time. 5:30 PM for the Change Of Shift news conference."

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078:38:05 Gibson: 12, Houston.

078:38:10 Conrad: Go ahead.

078:38:11 Gibson: 12, for your information, after 68:30, a little over 10 hours ago, you started accelerating back towards the Moon. And you now are around 12,192 nautical miles out, and your velocity is building. You're presently going 3,911 feet per second. We have some morning news for you. The news of the flight of Apollo 12 continues to maintain world-wide interest, and your television broadcasts are getting priority preference on the local and network newscasts. There's a lot of foreign press here at Houston Press Center, and it is expected to intensify as you get closer to the lunar landing. Incidentally, there's a new baby boy born to a Baltimore, Maryland, mother at the precise time of your lift-off. Her name - or his name is Charles Richard Alan. Wilson is their last name.

[A journal reader from Russia, Alexandr, used a spreadsheet to plot the distance and velocity figures quoted by the PAO announcer as well as this one by Gibson. The graphs show that although the PAO figures plot a smooth curve, Gibson's is slightly out. We currently have no explanation for why there is this small discepancy but could speculate that maybe Gibson had written down a figure before quoting it or perhaps he simply misread a display.]
078:39:11 Gibson: We have some sport news, and one of the leading items is ...

078:39:15 Conrad: Who did you say was first?

078:39:16 Gibson: Say again. Say again, 12.

078:39:22 Conrad: Who did - Who did you say was first?

078:39:25 Gibson: First name turned out to be Charles, Charles Richard Alan. Al, I guess you just snuck in there. [Long pause.]

078:39:46 Gibson: We'll be back to you within a minute with the sports news as soon as we get a better antenna.

078:39:53 Conrad: Okay.

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078:44:19 Gibson: 12, Houston. We'll continue with the sports news when you're squared away.

078:44:25 Conrad: Okay. Go ahead.

078:44:29 Gibson: News reports say that Notre Dame may be about to accept a bowl invitation. This would be for the first time since 1925. If it turns out to be the Cotton Bowl, they will undoubtedly play the winner of the Texas-Arkansas Southwest Conference Championship in Fayette on December 6. Notre Dame has a 7-1-1 record, losing only to Purdue at the beginning of its season. Bobby Roseburg took an early lead and held on Sunday to defeat Jimmy Wright by one stroke in the $50,000 PGA Club Championship at the Road Runner Golf resort in Scotsdale. Results of yesterday's ball games: first, in the National League, Los Angeles took Philadelphia, 23 to 17; it was Dallas over Washington, 41 to 28; Minnesota, 9 and Green Bay, 7; Cleveland was over Pittsburgh, 24 to 3; San Francisco, 20 and Baltimore, 17; in a close one, New Orleans, 25, New York, 24; Atlanta took Chicago 48 to 31; and Detroit over St. Louis, 20 to 0. In the American League: Kansas City, 34 and New York, 16; Oakland, 21 and San Diego, 16; Buffalo over Miami, 28 to S; and Boston took Cincinnati, 25 to 14; Houston and Denver played to a 20-20 tie. However, in the - Houston really made a classic comeback in the last 11 minutes. They put 17 points on when they were down 3 to 20 inside of 11 minutes. First of all, right tackle Domres scampered into the end zone after picking up a yun - fumble and running 35 yards. Beathard then got one long bomb to Jerry Levias which was over 80 yards, and in the last - or at the last 3 seconds left, Gerela kicked one field goal. Pete Beathard looked pretty good, and - especially in the last quarter and especially on that one last long bomb. He laid it right into the hands of Levias.

078:46:58 Gibson: And, Pete, one last - one last item - Al Onser won the Phoenix 200 race.

078:47:09 Conrad: Roger. Thank you.

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[Change of Shift.]
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Public Affairs Office - "Apollo 12's present distance from the Moon at 78 hours, 48 minutes is 11,546 nautical miles. Velocity, 3,940 feet per second. Flight director, Glynn Lunney and his black team is in the process of taking over from Flight Director, Jerry Griffin and the Gold team. The CapCom on the oncoming shift will be Astronaut Paul Weitz."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at the present time, the crew is scheduled to be eating breakfast. We don't anticipate a great deal of conversation from them. The change of shift press conference is scheduled to begin shortly in the Houston news center. We will be taping any conversation from Mission Control to the crew during the press conference, playing it back immediately following. At 79 hours, 2 minutes into the flight, Apollo 12 is at an altitude of 11,058 nautical miles from the Moon, traveling at a speed of 3,964 feet per second. This is Apollo Control, Houston."

079:03:22 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. We have a state vector and a clock update for you, if you'll give us P00 and Accept, please.

079:03:30 Conrad: Roger-Roger. P00 and Accept. [Pause.]

079:03:44 Conrad: Boy, that Moon looks big today, Houston. Thing's about the size of a baseball held at arm's length. And you can see all the mountains and craters. It's really a beautiful sight. We're starting to move on the far side of the Sun from it, so we only see about an eighth of it. But that eighth of it is really stark. You can see - particularly up near the poles - On the LM, you can start to see that it's not a nice smooth ball anymore. It's got some little ridges and bumps that would be mountains or craters if you could see them right head on. It's a beautiful sight.

079:04:28 Weitz: Roger. Understand, 12. That's a good sign if it's getting be - look bigger.

079:04:34 Conrad: On the other hand, the Earth - Yes - On the other hand, the Earth looks like about the size of a quarter held at arm's length, which is pretty small.

079:04:46 Weitz: Roger.

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079:06:16 Weitz: 12, Houston. We're waiting to get High Bit Rate before we send up that load is the reason for the delay.

079:06:24 Conrad: Okay.

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079:11:17 Weitz: 12, Houston. Computer's yours.

079:11:23 Conrad: Roger.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 79 hours, 25 minutes. During the Change of Shift Briefing we had one brief conversation with the spacecraft. Commander Pete Conrad came on to describe the Moon for us. The spacecraft, at the present time, is about 10,113 nautical miles from the Moon traveling at a speed of 4,015 feet per second. We'll play back that tape for you and then continue to stand by live."

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079:36:33 Conrad: Houston, 12.

079:36:36 Weitz: Go, 12.

079:36:41 Conrad: Roger. You want to watch this rendezvous radar transponder self-test? We're about ready to do that any time you are.

079:36:51 Weitz: Okay, stand by.

079:36:58 Weitz: 12, Houston. There's nothing meaningful we can monitor on that, Pete. Just go ahead with it.

079:37:03 Conrad: Okay. It's in work.

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079:39:27 Conrad: Houston, 12.

079:39:29 Weitz: Go, 12.

079:39:33 Conrad: Best we could determine, it's a good transponder. System test in A gave us 4.2; system test B gave us 2.0. With it in Operate on D, it gave us zero; and system test indicator in C Unlock gave us 0.4.

079:40:01 Weitz: Roger. Copy, 12. Understand. Thank you.

079:40:03 Conrad: Anything else you need?

079:40:05 Weitz: If you're finished eating, I've got a pericynthion plus 2 abort PAD for you.

079:40:14 Conrad: Okay. Al is ready to copy.

079:40:19 Weitz: Okay. Pericynthion plus 2. SPS/G&N: 62491, plus 0.90, minus 0.17, 085:25:17.92, plus 1601.0 plus 1561.9, minus 3498.1. The roll angle is NA is unconstrained. The pitch angle is 031. The remainder of the PAD is NA. And that's no ullage and, of course, it will be a docked burn. Over.

079:41:38 Bean: Okay, Houston. That's pericynthion plus 2. SPS/G&N: 62491, plus 0.90, minus 0.17, 085:25:17.92, plus 1601.0, plus 1561.9, minus 3498.1, NA, 031; the rest of the PAD is NA; no ullage; dock burn.

079:42:13 Weitz: That's for Charlie, Al.

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079:47:25 Weitz: Apollo 12, Houston. I have some checklist changes and updates for you if you want to break out your LM contingency checklist and the LM time line book, please.

079:47:39 Conrad: Okay. Be with you in just a second. They are buried up here in R-3. We're going after them.

079:47:50 Weitz: Okay. [Long pause.]

079:48:35 Conrad: Okay. I've got the time line out. Let's go over those changes first, please.

079:48:41 Weitz: Okay. On the LM time line book, page 6.

079:48:54 Bean: Okay. Go ahead.

079:48:56 Weitz: Okay, that's Touchdown plus 3 through T-2 abort. At top left-hand part on about the eighth or ninth step down, there's descent vent fire. You got that?

079:49:12 Bean: Yes.

079:49:13 Weitz: Okay. Insert after that, if the SHe pressure drops 15 psi, then close both vents.

079:49:29 Conrad: We got it.

079:49:30 Weitz: Okay. As Spence said he briefed you on, before launch, then we vent the oxidizer per the checklist and vent the fuel at 8 psi.

079:49:42 Bean: Roger. I have [garble] we

079:49:46 Weitz: Okay. Now, we go to the contingency book.

079:49:51 Bean: We don't have that book aboard. It's in the LM right now, but we'll take a note on the Flight Plan and move it over there.

079:50:00 Weitz: Okay. Page Delta/Alfa-6, step 1. After the step which says Guidance Control to PGNCS, add - on the Commander's PTCA Throttle, Min. The reason for that is if the engine is on longer than 2 minutes, as it may be, when you run through the rest of this check, if it is on longer than 2 minutes without the PTCA in Throttle in 10 percent, you may damage the throttle actuator.

079:50:50 Bean: I understand.

079:50:52 Weitz: Okay. On page D/A-7, after step 1, we want you to set the lunar-centered bit. You do that with a Verb 25, Noun 07, Enter, 104, Enter, 06000, Enter, 1, Enter. Over.

079:51:29 Bean: Roger. That's Verb 25, Noun 07, Enter, 104, Enter, 06000, Enter, 1, Enter.

079:51:36 Weitz: That's affirm, Al.

079:51:41 Bean: That's interesting that we have to set it then, and we never have to set it during normal operations.

079:51:49 Weitz: Okay. Let me see if I can get an answer for you on that.

079:51:54 Bean: Also, the first one you sent up, we made the change in our Activation Checklist - correction -lunar surface checklist, first page, to reflect also the new vent pressures.

079:52:07 Weitz: Roger.

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079:53:24 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. The reason for this, Al, is that in the normal activation sequence - that setting the lunar-centered bit that you asked about - in the normal activation sequence, the ground uplinks the vector and in the other stuff that they send up with that vector, they set this lunar-centered bit. However, the page we're talking about is the contingency for a docked DPS burn, that vector is not set up - sent up, and you will have to set this bit on board.

079:54:00 Bean: Roger. Understand now.

[Very long comm break.]
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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 80 hours, 3 minutes. Apollo 12 is 8,642 nautical miles from the Moon. Traveling at a speed of 4,114 feet per second. The data transmitted to the ground from the Apollo 12 crew following the rendezvous radar transponder soft test indicated that there is no problem with that piece of equipment on the Command Module. The crew at the present time is running through some of the Lunar Orbit Insertion checklists and checks for the maneuver, scheduled to occur at some 83 hours, 25 minutes into the mission. We have a TV transmission scheduled at 81 hours, 30 minutes which will be about 7:52 p.m. Central Standard Time."

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080:13:52 Bean: Houston, Apollo 12.

080:13:54 Weitz: Go ahead, 12.

080:13:58 Bean: Roger. LiOH canister change number 7 is complete, and we are getting ready to pressurize the CSM and then the LM.

080:14:07 Weitz: Roger. Understand, and you verify the position the oxidizer flow valve for me, please.

080:14:22 Gordon: It's at Increase.

080:14:23 Weitz: Thank you.

080:14:24 Bean: It's at Full Increase right now, and it shows Max in the window. It was at Normal when we started the burn for the midcourse; and, then the minute it started, I moved it to Increase, and it finally made Max by the time we shut down. So, we are planning to burn at Full Increase.

080:14:40 Weitz: Okay. Thank you, Al.

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080:15:57 Bean: Boy, the Moon is still getting big out there, Houston. It's about the size of a large grapefruit when you hold it about half-arm's length. It's a monster.

080:16:04 Weitz: Yes, that's a good sign, Al, and Pete wanted a reminder on breaking out the monocular if you are getting in close to the Moon there.

080:16:14 Bean: Okay. We have been using it pretty regularly; we didn't know we were going to use it so much on translunar, but it turned out to be pretty I good even at great distances, and using it up close like this, the features are very, very stark, and I never really realized how high the edges of these craters are. These large craters are steep, and it is a pretty rough looking satellite.

080:16:41 Weitz: Roger. Understand.

080:16:50 Bean: Say again, Houston.

080:16:53 Weitz: Just rogered for your transmission.

080:17:00 Conrad: Houston, Apollo 12. The LM is pressurized.

080:17:04 Weitz: Roger, 12.

080:17:26 Conrad: And, Houston. The LM's pressurized.

080:17:29 Weitz: Roger, 12.

[Long comm break.]
Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control. That was Al Bean giving us the report on the moon. Commander Pete Conrad reporting the LM pressurized."

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080:21:01 Conrad: Houston, we are going to do our pre-LOI secondary ECS loop check right now.

080:21:07 Weitz: Roger, 12.

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080:24:56 Gordon: Houston, 12.

080:24:58 Weitz: Go, 12.

080:25:01 Gordon: Roger. Secondary loop looks okay to us. Glycol Evap temperature's coming down, and the Quantity dropped just a little bit when the temperature's coming down, and also the radiator's being filled up with that stuff for the first time. What do you think? It looks pretty stable to us right now.

080:25:19 Weitz: Roger. It looks good here on the ground, Dick.

080:25:21 Gordon: Dropped to a quantity of about - yes. Dropped on an indicated quantity of about ...

080:25:25 Conrad: ...Okay, we are going to go ahead and secure it.

080:25:29 Weitz: Roger.

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080:27:14 Bean: The Moon is about the size of a volleyball now – at arm's length.

080:27:21 Weitz: Roger. You guys must really be closing in on it, huh?

080:27:31 Bean: This is the first time we have been able to look at it, and in the mare area - up to now - it looked very, very smooth; but now when you look at the mare area, you can see there's a, quite a number of long ridges, and what have you, that mar the maria a little bit.

080:27:50 Weitz: Roger. Understand.

080:28:02 Weitz: 12, Houston. You can terminate charge on Bat A. [Long pause.]

080:29:09 Bean: Roger. Terminate the charge on Bat A.

080:29:28 Bean: Yes, Houston, we're closing to the Moon fast enough now that every time we do a 360, you pick it back up in the windows again. You can see it grow quite considerably.

080:29:40 Weitz: Roger, 12.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 80 hours, 32 minutes. Flight Director Glynn Lunney has just gone around the room getting a status from all of the Flight Controllers for Lunar Orbit Insertion 1. Our report from each is that we are on the Flight Plan. Everything normal. Apollo 12 is presently 7,488 nautical miles from the Moon, as we continue to see a rapid decrease in the altitude and a correspondingly rapid increase in the velocity. In the next 3 hours prior to Lunar Orbit Insertion, the velocity will just about double, going from the current 4,213 feet per second to something on the order of 8,000 feet per second."

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080:38:20 Conrad: Okay, Houston. The next trip past 300, we'll go ahead and stop PTC. We're just out of about 50 degrees roll now, coming around, and we'll stop PTC at 300.

080:38:34 Weitz: Roger, 12.

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080:45:48 Weitz: Hello, Apollo 12; Houston. If you'll give us P00 and Accept, we'll send up your target load and your REFSMMAT; and your last state vector is still good. We will not be sending up a new state vector.

080:46:01 Conrad: Okay. You've got it. P00 and Accept.

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080:48:27 Bean: Houston, Apollo 12.

080:48:29 Weitz: Go ahead, 12.

080:48:39 Bean: Hey, another interesting thing is you look out on the mare, it didn't show so much from your maps that I've seen on Earth from the photos, there's isolated large mountains - hills, or something - right scattered throughout the Mare. And in this low Sun-angle that we've got on the Moon right now, which is about, little less than an eighth, maybe a tenth of the Moon; they almost look like cumulus clouds at first glance because they're very bright on top, and they're significantly higher than the mare. And then when you look at them closer in the monocular, you can see that they're just very high hills.

080:49:24 Weitz: Roger, 12. Understand. [Long pause.]

080:49:43 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston [garble] ...

080:49:45 Conrad: ... He's really working on that doctoring.

080:49:51 Weitz: Say again what you're working on, Pete.

080:49:57 Conrad: Never mind.

080:50:01 Weitz: Oh, Roger. Understand. Yes.

080:50:10 Weitz: He started a little early this time.

080:50:14 Conrad: He won't - he won't let either one of us look.

080:50:18 Weitz: Understand. Hey, Jack Schmitt's here. He wants to know how Al spells mare. It's a pop quiz.

080:50:29 Conrad: Is that that geology pop quiz you were going to give us the other day?

080:50:34 Weitz: That's the first question [laughter].

080:50:36 Conrad: He refuses to take it. He won't take it today.

080:50:43 Weitz: Okay. If Al wants to do something worthwhile, I've got a PAD for him.

080:50:50 Conrad: Thank you [garble]; now we can look.

080:50:52 Bean: Go.

080:50:55 Weitz: Okay. LOI-1 SPS/G&N: 62491, plus 0.90, minus 0.17, 083:25:18.51, minus 2821.3, plus 0603.6, plus 0112.4, 002, 263, 018, HA and HP are NA, 2887.3, 5:58, 2880.4, sextant star is 02, 254.0, 38.0. The rest of the pad is NA. Your GDC stars are Sirius, 15 - that's your Z-axis star - and Rigel, 12. The angles are 134, 230, and 357. The LM weight is 33585. Over.

080:52:57 Bean: LOI-1, SPS/G&N: 62491, plus 0.90, minus 0.17, 083:25:18.51, minus 2821.3, plus 0603.6, plus 0112.4, 002, 263, 018, NA, NA, 2887.3, 5:58, 2880.4, 02, 254.0 38.0; Sirius, 15, is the Z-axis star; Rigel, 12; 134, 230, 357; and the LM is 33585.

080:53:57 Weitz: That's affirmative, Al, and if you'll get out two more PADs, I've got TEI-1 and 4 for you.

080:54:12 Bean: Go ahead. Ready to copy.

080:54:14 Weitz: TEI-1, SPS/G&N: 38641, minus 0.59, plus 0.64, 085:32:39.16, plus 3207.1, plus 0813.0, minus 0310.9; NA for roll; pitch is 093; the rest of the pad is NA. Your ullage is four jets for 11 seconds; burn undocked. Over.

080:55:26 Bean: Okay, Houston. TEI-1 SPS/G&N: 38641, minus 0.59, plus 0.64, 085:32:39.16, plus 3207.1, plus 0813.0, minus 0310.9, NA, 093. The rest is NA. Ullage is four jets for 11 seconds; burn undocked.

080:55:59 Weitz: That's affirmative, and you are ready for TEI-4?

080:56:05 Bean: Go.

080:56:08 Weitz: Okay. This also is SPS/G&N: NA, NA, NA down to time, the time 092:00:46.70, plus 3519.6, plus 0967.2, minus 0177.4, NA, 084; remainder is NA; same ullage; undocked, assumes no LOI-2. Over.

080:57:11 Bean: Roger. SPS/G&N again: NA, NA, NA, 092:00:46.70, plus 3519.6, plus 0967.2, minus 0177.4, NA, 084 NA, rest NA; ullage the same as previous; undocked, and this assumes no LOI-2.

080:57:38 Weitz: That's affirmative.

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081:02:37 Gordon: Hello, Houston; Apollo 12.

081:02:39 Weitz: Go, Dick.

081:02:44 Gordon: We're set up in the attitude for looking at the Moon. We can see it pretty good. We're worried about the Sun angle on it for television. We'll take a look at it, and while we're doing that, I'll go ahead and do the landing site REFSMMAT orientation. Okay?

081:02:59 Weitz: That'll be fine. And if you are getting sunlight in the camera, about the only - that's expected - would help is to point as far away from the Sun as you can, toward the points of the crescent.

081:03:15 Conrad: No, that's not our problem. Our problem is the Sun is shining on the center hatch window, and the hatch window's got so much gunk on it that it's just so shiny that I'm afraid the TV wouldn't look through it. The Sun is not directly in the window yet. But we'll - We'll look at it, as we close it. Of course, we're going to drop behind anyhow and eclipse the Sun here in a minute.

081:03:42 Weitz: Roger. [Long pause.]

081:04:38 Weitz: 12, Houston. You might consider if that hatch window is really clobbered, Pete, looking out one of the side windows. We've got some angles here if you want to use window number 1, and we can work some up for window number 5, if that's a better window.

081:04:57 Conrad: Five is absolutely the best window. It's the only one that we're ever going to get any pictures out of. The rest of them are so clobbered that we're not going to get much out of any of them.

081:05:05 Weitz: Okay. We'll have to run that through and cheek and make sure we ...

081:05:07 Conrad: ...we need an angle for window 5.

081:05:09 Weitz: Okay. We'll have to run it through and make sure we can get high gain and the window at the Moon.

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081:06:44 Bean: Okay, Houston, you looking at our torquing angle?

081:06:53 Weitz: We got it, 12.

081:06:59 Bean: Okay.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 81 hours, 10 minutes. We're now about 20 minutes from the start of the scheduled TV transmission from the spacecraft as Apollo 12 nears the Moon. The spacecraft presently some 5,900 nautical miles from the Moon, traveling at a speed of 4,391 feet per second."

081:09:58 Conrad: Houston, 12. Shall we give you the high gain now?

081:10:05 Weitz: That's affirmative.

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081:13:17 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. Looking out window number 5, Pete, does not give us satisfactory high gain angle. So looks like we got our choice of the hatch window or window number 1. Also on previous flights it is indicated that even though the windows looked pretty grungy to the people on board, with the TV camera focus set at infinity, you kind of look through some of that stuff on the window and it's not as bad to us as it is to you.

081:13:48 Conrad: Okay. Let us give it a try here for a minute out this center window and see what happens.

081:13:53 Weitz: Okay. Now if you'd rather use window number 1, we've got some - we've got some angles for you, or you can go ahead and Use the hatch window.

081:14:05 Conrad: I think we're better off with the center window in this case, and we'll - We'll give her a try here. Let's see what happens.

081:14:13 Weitz: Roger.

081:14:22 Conrad: We're not going to send you any TV. We're just going to experiment with it for a while in here and see what we get.

081:14:27 Weitz: Understand.

081:14:29 Conrad: If it doesn't turn out right, we'd just as soon not send it.

081:14:35 Weitz: Okay. [Long pause.]

081:15:16 Weitz: 12, Houston. To minimize perturbations to your trajectory now, we're requesting that you go out of single jet attitude control vector couples. Over.

081:15:33 Conrad: Roger. In work.

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081:19:26 Conrad: Houston, 12.

081:19:29 Weitz: Go ahead, 12.

081:19:35 Conrad: All the TV is doing is an excellent job of picking up all the droplets and glare and rivulets on the window. It's pretty - pretty hopeless.

081:19:45 Weitz: Okay. One suggestion is to try to fake it out a little bit by putting your ALC switch to the inside position and see if that makes any difference.

081:20:00 Conrad: Okay. We - We tried both.

081:20:07 Weitz: Roger. [Long pause.]

081:20:47 Conrad: Houston, how long are you going to have Goldstone? It could be that when we slip behind the Moon, we - the Sun gets behind there - We may be able to give you some then.

081:21:02 Weitz: Okay. Stand by. [Long pause.]

081:21:21 Weitz: 12, Houston. We can - We have Goldstone scheduled for 20 minutes. We can keep it as long as we need it.

081:21:41 Conrad: Okay, Houston. Why don't you hang on to him for a little while, and we'll see if we can pick anything else up out this window for you?

081:21:51 Weitz: Okay. Thank you.

081:21:57 Conrad: Roger. Looks like it's about 10 or 15 degrees between the lighted limb of the Moon and the Sun right now, and it's just making our glass glare so much that there's no possibility of showing you what we see. We have to sort of get over near the edge where we can block the Sun with the window frame before we cau see it ourself. Maybe when we go behind it, we can open up the aperture and you can see some from earthshine. I don't know if that's possible or not.

081:22:25 Weitz: Okay. The solar - solar corona will probably look great if you can get that coming by. That's supposed to be a pretty good camera for picking that up.

081:22:39 Conrad: We'll give it a go.

081:22:40 Weitz: Okay. Pick up a few credits in electives there.

081:22:53 Conrad: Yes, if that's okay.

081:22:57 Gordon: If you're going to do that, you'd better do something about that maneuver schedule for 81:55.

081:23:01 Weitz: Okay.

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081:27:08 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. We're going to keep Goldstone standing by, but as far as going to burn attitude 81:55, we'll do that; we'll press on with the flight plan as advertised.

081:27:24 Conrad: Roger-Roger. We concur. [Long pause.]

081:27:51 Conrad: It's a shame that we don't have a shade of some kind that we could shade that window with because this is really quite a sight. Our motion to the left is not as apparent as our motion towards the Moon, and therefore, we have the decided impression that we're going right into the center of that baby right now.

081:28:12 Weitz: Okay. We'll check it out for you.

081:28:18 Conrad: [Laughter]. No, I trust you. I trust you.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 81 hours, 29 minutes. We'd like to re-summarize at this point what we know about the television transmission scheduled to begin at 81 hours, 30 minutes. Pete Conrad advised that the Sun glare through the window, which is apparently the only window available to us for getting a shot of the lunar surface, with the High Gain antenna at the same time pointing toward Earth, is not acceptable. Apparently would not give us a usable picture of the lunar surface from the spacecraft because of Sun glare. We intend to stick with the Flight Plan as far as maneuvering the spacecraft to the burn attitude, the attitude for the LOI insertion burn. Now that maneuver to attitude is scheduled to occur at 81 hours, 55 minutes. And going to the burn attitude, the windows would not be in a position also for a television picture of the lunar surface. We do not at this time, I don't know whether the crew intends to transmit a picture from inside the spacecraft and we'll continue to standby."

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081:32:17 Conrad: Houston, 12. It's really a shame we can't show you this sight because we're dropping behind it in a hurry, with respect to the Sun, and we've only got about 2 degrees of a crescent Moon right now, and the rest of it, of course, is all in the black, but we're dropping behind it fast enough that we can just sit here over a few minutes period of time and see it get smaller and smaller, the illuminated portion. Also, of course, it's filling more and more of the window all the time because we're - we're really smoking in there.

081:32:56 Weitz: Roger, 12.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control based on that last comment from Pete Conrad, we do not expect a television transmission from the spacecraft as scheduled at this time. To recap, Conrad advised that the Sun glare through the window with the deposits on the window had made a usable television picture impossible. There was some thought to waiting until the spacecraft passed into the shadow of the Moon at which the time the window would be shielded from the glare and possibly get a picture of the Solar Corona however, this would interfere with the maneuver to the burn attitudes scheduled at 81 hours, 55 minutes. We do not expect a television transmission. At the present time, Apollo 12 is 4,886 nautical miles from the lunar surface traveling at a speed of 4,559 feet per second. This is Apollo Control at 81 hours, 49 minutes continuing to standby."

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081:46:44 Bean: Houston, Apollo 12.

081:46:46 Weitz: Go ahead, 12.

081:46:50 Bean: Could you give us your estimation of the fuel quantity and the helium pressure, SPS helium pressure, after the burn's complete? Your latest guess.

081:47:01 Weitz: Will do. Stand by.

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081:51:12 Bean: Okay, Houston. We are maneuvering to the burn attitude.

081:51:15 Weitz: Roger. We copied that, 12.

081:51:57 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. After the burn, Al, your fuel quantity should show 39 percent remaining; your SPS helium pressure should be 1500 psi.

081:52:16 Bean: Thank you.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 81 hours, 53 minutes. The spacecraft now traveling at a speed of 4,726 feet per second and about 4,000 nautical miles from the lunar surface. We have the preliminary figures on the Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver, the first of two maneuvers to place the spacecraft in a more or less circular orbit about the Moon. The ignition for LOI-1 ignition time will be 83 hours, 25 minutes, 19 seconds. A burn duration will be 5 minutes, 58 seconds, and we’ll subtract about 2,880 feet per second from the spacecraft velocity with that maneuver. In performing that 5 minute, 58 second burn, the Service Propulsion System engine will consume about 33,500 pounds of propellant or about 60 percent - 61 percent of the propellant carried. The spacecraft currently weighs 96,076 pounds. We estimate after the Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver, the weight will be about 62,491 pounds - the difference in weight, of course, being accounted for in the propellant consumed in the burn. The television transmission scheduled at 81 hours, 30 minutes, was scrubbed after the crew reported the center hatch window which they had intended to use for transmitting the picture of the lunar surface was not useable due to a combination of deposits on the window and very bright Sun glare. Pete Conrad reported at the time that the number 5 window, which is the window adjacent to the Lunar Module pilot's couch, to the right of the cockpit, was quite a bit better and would have been useable. However, it was not possible to point the number 5 window at the lunar surface and at the same time point the High Gain antenna, which is needed to transmit the television signal back to Earth - in the direction of Earth - and it was therefore necessary to scrub the television transmission. We do not expect that the glare on the window will be a significant problem for the television transmission scheduled at 84 hours. At this time the spacecraft would be pointed at the lunar surface and the glare from the sun should be greatly reduced. The Apollo 12 crew advised a short while ago that they were maneuvering to the burn attitude. They will continue making checks of all of their spacecraft's systems prior to the maneuver. That will be consuming the majority of their time between now and ignition for Lunar Orbit Insertion, which is scheduled to occur at 83 hours, 25 minutes, 19 seconds. At 81 hours, 56 minutes, this is Apollo Control."

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082:11:46 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. You give us P00 and Accept, we'll send up your state vector and target load.

082:11:54 Conrad: Right, sir.

082:11:56 Weitz: Got a map update for you.

082:11:57 Conrad: P00 and Accept.

082:12:01 Bean: Go.

082:12:03 Weitz: Okay. Map update for Rev 1: 83:11:46, 83:24:35, 83:43:57, 83:36:36. Over.

082:12:32 Bean: Roger. 83:11:46, 83:24:35, 83:43:57, 83:36:36.

082:12:42 Weitz: That's affirmative. [Long pause.]

082:13:46 Conrad: Houston, Apollo 12.

082:13:49 Weitz: Go, 12.

082:13:53 Conrad: Roger. The pre-LOI-1 systems checks are complete.

082:13:57 Weitz: Roger. Thank you, 12.

082:15:03 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. I have update to your LOI-1 PAD.

082:15:11 Bean: Okay. Wait 1.

082:15:18 Bean: Go ahead, Houston.

082:15:20 Weitz: All right. Al, now the seconds for your burn time will change. It is now 22.68. The Noun 81: your Delta-Vy is now +0607.0; Delta-Vz is now plus 0142.0; dropping down to Delta-Vt, that value is now 2889.3; Delta-Vc is 2882.4. Remainder of the PAD is unchanged.

082:16:14 Bean: Okay. In Noun 33, the seconds register should be 22.68; Noun 81, Delta-Vy plus 0607.0; Delta-Vz plus 0142.O; Delta-Vt 2889.3; Delta-Vc 2882.4.

082:16:38 Weitz: That's affirmative, 12. [Long pause.]

082:17:12 Weitz: 12, Houston. The computer's yours.

082:17:17 Bean: Roger, Houston.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 82 hours, 19 minutes. Apollo 12 now 2,914 nautical miles from the Moon. A velocity up to 5,078 feet per second. We just passed up to the crew some updates to the information they'll need to perform the Lunar Orbit Insertion No. 1 maneuver. The ignition time has been changed slightly and the new ignition time is 83 hours, 25 minutes 23 seconds. They've also made a slight upward increase in the total Delta-V to be gained from the maneuver - increase in the Delta-V by about 2 feet per second. The current figure is 2,889.3 feet per second. We also have a correction to a figure we gave you earlier on the amount of propellant to be consumed in that maneuver. The previous figure given was about 33,500 pounds of propellant. This is incorrect. The figure should have been 23,700 pounds of propellant. A Service Propulsion System engine consumes propellant at the rate of about 66.4 pounds per second. The burn duration is about 358 seconds. The crew advised that they had completed the pre-LOI-1 systems checks and they reported that at about 82 hours, 14 minutes, which would mean that they’re running about 30 minutes ahead of the Flight Plan, and getting ready for that burn. Here in Mission Control it bas been rather quiet up to this time - Flight Controllers are checking and rechecking the burn figures. The room is now starting to fill up. Now we're getting additional people here in the back row of consoles. Chris Kraft, George Low and Jim McDivitt are now in the Control Center. Also at the CapCom console we see Director of Flight Crew Operations, Deke Slayton, as well as astronaut Dave Scott and Jim Irwin. Roco Petrone, Director of the Apollo Program is also here in Mission Control as we continue to prepare for this Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver. At 82 hours, 22 minutes, this is Apollo Control Houston."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 82 hours, 37 minutes. One of the clocks on our front display board here at Mission Control shows that we bare 34 minutes, 38 seconds until Loss Of Signal as the spacecraft goes behind the moon at prior to the Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver. That maneuver is scheduled to be performed in 47 minutes, 56 seconds. LOI-1 ignition time is 83 hours, 25 minutes, 23 seconds. The burn duration is currently planned for 5 minutes, 58 seconds reducing the spacecraft velocity by 2,889 feet per second. The spacecraft weight combined CSM/LM weight prior to the burn will be 96,076 pounds. Following the burn we estimate the weight will be 72,225 pounds. The Lunar Orbit Insertion 1 maneuver is targeted for 62 by 169.3 nautical mile orbit. Lunar orbit insertion No. 2 is targeted for a 54 by 66 nautical mile orbit. That burn is scheduled to occur at 87 hours, 48 minutes, 33 seconds with a total Delta-V of 161.6 feet per second. Apollo 12 is now nearing the 2,000 nautical mile mark altitude above the lunar surface. That altitude continuing to decrease ever more rapidly and the velocity building up at an increasing rate, now reading 5,511 feet or 5,511 feet per second. Flight Director Glynn Lunney is periodically going around the room checking on status for the maneuver. A short while ago he advised Flight Controllers that we are moving along well according to the Flight Plan and have completed all scheduled activities listed by the Flight Plan at this time in preparation for the maneuver. The next scheduled activities on the Flight Plan are rolling to burn attitude verifying the burn attitude with a star check through the spacecraft sextant and aligning the gyro display coupler to the inertial measurement unit. At 82 hours, 40 minutes this is Mission Control, Houston."

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082:44:10 Conrad: Houston, 12. We're beginning to go into darkness at this time.

082:44:16 Weitz: Roger, 12.

082:44:17 Conrad: As a matter of fact, we're there.

082:44:19 Weitz: Roger.

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082:47:03 Gordon: Hello, Houston. P40's up. How's it look?

082:47:07 Weitz: We're checking now, Dick.

082:47:12 Gordon: Okay.

082:47:28 Weitz: Apollo 12, Houston. Looks real good.

082:47:34 Gordon: Okay. If you're happy, we'll go ahead and roll to 2 degrees.

082:47:38 Weitz: Okay. Go ahead.

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082:50:01 Gordon: And, Houston, we're going Omni B now.

082:50:03 Weitz: Roger, 12.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 82 hours, 54 minutes. We're now 18 minutes from Loss Of Signal as the spacecraft goes behind the Moon. The Loss Of Signal is scheduled to occur at 83 hours, 11 minutes 46 seconds. If the burn is performed as scheduled, we'll reacquire this signal at 83 hours, 43 minutes 57 seconds. Without the Lunar Orbit Insertion burn, we would acquire the spacecraft at 83 hours, 36 minutes 36 seconds. Apollo 12 now 1,297 nautical miles from the Moon's surface. Velocity is up to 6,050 feet per second. A short while ago, the crew placed their spacecraft computer in the proper program for performing the Service Propulsion System burn to put them into Lunar Orbit. All that remains at this point is to roll into the final burn attitude, to check that attitude by sighting on a star through the spacecraft sextant. We're now 17 minutes to Loss Of Signal. Our Guidance Officer has just advised that the spacecraft is in the proper burn attitude."

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083:00:04 Gordon: Houston, 12.

083:00:06 Weitz: Go, 12.

083:00:10 Gordon: Roger. Sextant star check okay.

083:00:14 Weitz: Roger. Thank you.

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083:02:58 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. You're Go for LOI.

083:03:04 Conrad: Roger, Houston. Go for LOI. Burn checklist is complete to minus 6 minutes, and we're holding at that point.

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083:03:11 Weitz: Roger.

083:03:12 Conrad: [Garble] the other side.

083:03:13 Weitz: Okay, Pete. We'll see you at 43:57.

083:03:20 Conrad: Roger-Roger.

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Public Affairs Office - "We're coming up on 8 minutes now until Loss Of Signal. Our displays show the spacecraft at an altitude of 848 nautical miles from the Moon. Velocity, 6,550 feet per second. Flight Director Glynn Lunney having just completed going around the room for the Go-No-Go decision, and as indicated by the word passed up to the crew by CapCom, Paul Weitz, we are Go for Lunar Orbit Insertion."

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control 83 hours, 8 minutes. We're coming up now on 3 minutes, 50 seconds until Loss Of Signal as Apollo 12 goes behind the Moon in preparation for inserting the spacecraft into Lunar Orbit. We'll continue to standby for any parting remarks from the crew before we lose contact with them. We should be out of contact for about 32 minutes, 11 seconds. Assuming the burn is performed as scheduled. Without performing the Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver, we would reacquire the spacecraft about 24 minutes, 50 seconds after Loss Of Signal. And the spacecraft without performing that maneuver would pass within about 65 miles of the Moon's surface, at its closest point. We're now 3 minutes, 6 seconds from Loss Of Signal. Apollo 12,624 nautical miles from the Moon's surface traveling at 6,900 feet per second."

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083:09:44 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. Two minutes to LOS; be seeing you shortly.

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083:09:52 Conrad: Roger, Houston.

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Public Affairs Office - "We're coming up now on 36 seconds until Loss Of Signal. All flight controllers here in Mission Control getting one last look at their data before the spacecraft goes behind the Moon. All systems looking very good, prior to this Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver. And our Network Controller reports we have Loss Of Signal right on schedule. We should reacquire Apollo 12 in about 32 minutes. Without the burn, the reacquisition time would be 24 minutes, 40 seconds from now. At last look, just before we lost data, the spacecraft was at an altitude of 471.9 nautical miles velocity at 7,188 feet per second. At 83 hours, 13 minutes into the flight of Apollo 12, this is Mission Control Houston."

083:10:38 SC (onboard): [Garble].

083:10:42 Gordon (onboard): We will be in a minute. There we go. Yes, it looks like it.

083:10:49 Conrad (onboard): [Garble].

083:10:52 Bean (onboard): We'll get it. Things are under control.

083:10:59 Conrad (onboard): Okay, this little thing is snapped in.

083:11:01 Gordon (onboard): You're on the tape recorder.

083:11:05 Bean (onboard): [Garble].

083:11:07 Conrad (onboard): Do, do, do, do, do, do, do.

083:11:09 Gordon (onboard): Okay, I'm going to close this vent now and turn it off so we won't get a Master Alarm.

083:11:12 Conrad (onboard): Okay.

083:11:13 Gordon (onboard): [Laughter] Yes. The dump is off; so if we get one, it'll be soon. Now, let - is there anything you want me to check down here? Let me look around one last time. See if you see anything floating around.

083:11:16 Bean (onboard): I don't see anything.

083:11:20 Gordon (onboard): TV camera's in good shape. It'll jump a little hit whenever we start the burn.

083:11:25 Bean (onboard): Okay.

083:11:26 Gordon (onboard): That engine's smooth.[Long pause.]

083:11:39 Bean (onboard): These okay?

083:11:41 Gordon (onboard): All these hoses.

083:11:43 Bean (onboard): Something else? [Garble] tight enough?

083:11:46 Conrad (onboard): That's it. By-by

083:11:52 Gordon (onboard): There it goes to Reacq.

083:11:53 Bean (onboard): Yes.

083:11:54 Gordon (onboard): You caught it because it ...

083:11:55 Conrad (onboard): Yes.

083:11:56 Gordon (onboard): ...the angles aren't too great.

083:11:57 Bean (onboard): Yes. Now, check your tape motion.

083:12:00 Gordon (onboard): It's in motion.

083:12:01 Conrad (onboard): It's in motion.

083:12:04 Bean (onboard): Okay, we is behind the Moon.[Pause.]

083:12:30 Bean (onboard): You want your [garble] yet?

083:12:32 Conrad (onboard): Not for a minute [garble] down [Long pause.]

083:13:03 Conrad (onboard): I've about worn out this piece of gum; I could go for another one.

083:13:08 Gordon (onboard): I got one I can give you, Pete. Right here, babe.

083:13:10 Conrad (onboard): Freshen her up [garble] a little guy ...

083:13:14 Bean (onboard): [Garble] it's just that [garble] keep going ...

083:13:16 Conrad (onboard): You nervous?

083:13:19 Bean (onboard): Not any more than [garble].

083:13:22 Conrad (onboard): That I believe.

083:13:29 Bean (onboard): Well, I'm going to come up on the lights, here. We just won't look out any more.

083:13:38 Gordon (onboard): Put that in the TSB.

083:13:40 Bean (onboard): I think everything's been put up, Here are these scissors; they could fall out. No sense in letting them fall out in the middle of a burn; I'll put them in my bag. Everybody's happy with their gear, huh? No pens on the overhead?

083:13:57 Conrad (onboard): There's your checklist right there, troop.

083:14:00 Bean (onboard): [Garble] locked in. Okay.

083:14:03 Conrad (onboard): What did you do with the scissors?

083:14:05 Bean (onboard): Put them in my TSB.

083:14:12 Conrad (onboard): You had your hat on for the burn. Probably ought to do that.

083:14:18 Bean (onboard): I owe it to myself.

083:14:22 Conrad (onboard): Keep the sunlight out of your eyes when it pops in here.

083:14:25 Bean (onboard): Not a bad idea either. Could be reflecting off that LM. I just put ...

083:14:30 Conrad (onboard): Good idea. GDC's [garble] in there; we're down to 6 minutes, huh?

083:14:36 Conrad (onboard): Yes. We're down to - we're a little over 10 minutes to the burn. My [garble] a time. Let me see, to get the burn time, I need my checklist.

083:14:53 Bean (onboard): Get on that checklist 1 minute early, I think.

083:14:56 Conrad (onboard): Really? Is that my pen?

083:14:57 Bean (onboard): Or is that your pen?

083:14:58 Conrad (onboard): Sure, that's my pen.

083:15:01 Bean (onboard): Well, where the hell did mine go?

083:15:04 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] pocket.

083:15:05 Bean (onboard): Got it in my pocket ...

083:15:06 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] up there for?

083:15:08 Bean (onboard): Yes. Not any more than you, as they say.

083:15:10 Conrad (onboard): It's not, huh?

083:15:11 Gordon (onboard): No.

083:15:12 Conrad (onboard): I don't like that answer. It's in my pocket. I'm just worried about you settling down and [garble].

083:15:20 Bean (onboard): I'm in, babe.

083:15:23 Conrad (onboard): Ten minutes.

083:15:25 Bean (onboard): Okay [Long pause.]

083:15:53 Bean (onboard): Okay. Watch your head. Right behind - Pete, you know.

083:15:59 Gordon (onboard): Go by that and you've messed up.

083:16:03 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] want to do, Dick, there'll be a GDC Align here in a minute.

083:16:08 Bean (onboard): It's not doing too bad when you're not moving around.

083:16:18 Gordon (onboard): Pete, you're doing okay right now.

083:16:31 Conrad (onboard): After that, you'll be on for sun visors.

083:16:34 Bean (onboard): I'm thinking about it [Long pause.]

083:17:00 Gordon (onboard): There's sunshine.

083:17:02 Bean (onboard): Goody.

083:17:03 Conrad (onboard): Yes. On the LM.

083:17:06 Gordon (onboard): Quick one- think we've missed it. That's good.

083:17:12 Gordon (onboard): Yes. Sure is.

083:17:15 Conrad (onboard): Okay. Dick, why don't you move to [garble]?

083:17:21 Gordon (onboard): Move into view fast.

083:17:22 Conrad (onboard): [Garble].

083:17:27 Bean (onboard): I think this hat idea is a good one. Keeps us from being distracted when the Moon comes into view. Damn good idea.

083:17:32 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] align.

083:17:35 Bean (onboard): Yes.

083:17:37 Conrad (onboard): He's still looking out the window. He's got 90 hours [garble].

083:17:40 Bean (onboard): [Garble] looking out.

083:17:45 Conrad (onboard): Tight is 160; loose is 115. You're going to have to watch your Delta ...

083:17:51 Bean (onboard): Yes, I got it,[garble].

083:17:54 Conrad (onboard): And Dick Gordon has got to watch his PC.

083:17:58 Bean (onboard): They're awful tight. And we're going to stay loose at about 224. Give me a mark at 1 minute, please. We're not even there yet.

083:18:11 Conrad (onboard): No, it's not right, Al. You're loose - you're tight after about 1 - 130.

083:18:19 Bean (onboard): 130 - okay.

083:18:22 Conrad (onboard): Okay. Bus Ties.

083:18:26 Bean (onboard): Never mind.

083:18:27 Conrad (onboard): Okay, Bus Ties, Batt B.

083:18:28 Gordon (onboard): It's on.

083:18:29 Conrad (onboard): Got both of them?

083:18:30 Gordon (onboard): They're both on.

083:18:31 Conrad (onboard): Okay, Dick, TVC Servo Power - AC 1/Main A.

083:18:34 Gordon (onboard): AC 1/Main A.

083:18:36 Conrad (onboard): TVC Servo Power 2, AC 2/Main B.

083:18:38 Gordon (onboard): 2, AC 2/Main B.

083:18:39 Conrad (onboard): Rot Control Power Normal, two to AC.

083:18:42 Gordon (onboard): Two to AC.

083:18:43 Conrad (onboard): Rot Control Power Direct, two, Off.

083:18:45 Gordon (onboard): Off.

083:18:47 Conrad (onboard): BMAG Mode, three, Att 1/Rate 2.

083:18:48 Gordon (onboard): Att 1/Rate 2.

083:18:49 Conrad (onboard): Spacecraft Control to SCS.

083:18:51 Gordon (onboard): SCS.

083:18:52 Conrad (onboard): RHC 2, armed.

083:18:54 Gordon (onboard): Armed.

083:18:58 Conrad (onboard): Okay. Ready for the Gimbal Motors, Al?

083:19:00 Bean (onboard): I'm ready. Go.

083:19:01 Gordon (onboard): 1.

083:19:02 Conrad (onboard): Okay, Pitch 1.

083:19:03 Gordon (onboard): Mark.

083:19:04 Bean (onboard): On.

083:19:05 Gordon (onboard): Yaw 1.

083:19:06 Gordon (onboard): Mark.

083:19:07 Bean (onboard): On. Boy. You can feel them go on.

083:19:10 Conrad (onboard): Verify trim control and set.

083:19:11 Gordon (onboard): Trim and set.

083:19:14 Bean (onboard): Okay.

083:19:15 Conrad (onboard): Verify MTVC.

083:19:21 Gordon (onboard): MTVC.

083:19:22 Conrad (onboard): Okay. Spacecraft Control to CMC.

083:19:25 Gordon (onboard): CMP CMC return to zero.

083:19:27 Conrad (onboard): Okay. Translation Hand Controller, clockwise.

083:19:29 Gordon (onboard): Clockwise.

083:19:30 Conrad (onboard): Verify no MTVC.

083:19:31 Gordon (onboard): No MTVC.

083:19:33 Conrad (onboard): Gimbal Motors number 2. Ready?

083:19:34 Bean (onboard): Ready.

083:19:35 Gordon (onboard): PITCH...

083:19:36 Gordon (onboard): Mark.

083:19:37 Bean (onboard): On.

083:19:38 Gordon (onboard): Yaw ...

083:19:39 Gordon (onboard): Mark.

083:19:40 Bean (onboard): On.

083:19:41 Conrad (onboard): Okay. Set GPI at trim.

083:19:43 Gordon (onboard): Trim.

083:19:49 Gordon (onboard): Trim's set.

083:19:51 Conrad (onboard): Boy, it really shakes the spacecraft. Verify MTVC.

083:19:54 Gordon (onboard): MTVC.

083:19:55 Conrad (onboard): Translation Hand Controller in Neutral.

083:19:59 Gordon (onboard): Neutral.

083:20:00 Conrad (onboard): No MTVC.

083:20:01 Gordon (onboard): No MTVC.

083:20:02 Conrad (onboard): Verify GPI returns to zero.

083:20:03 Gordon (onboard): Zero.

083:20:04 Conrad (onboard): Rot Control Power, two of them, AC/DC.

083:20:08 Gordon (onboard): AC/DC.

083:20:09 Conrad (onboard): Rot Control Power Direct, two, Main A/Main B.

083:20:11 Gordon (onboard): Main A/Main B.

083:20:12 Conrad (onboard): BMAG Mode, Rate 2.

083:20:14 Gordon (onboard): Rate 2.

083:20:16 Conrad (onboard): Okay. Pro.

083:20:19 Gordon (onboard): Trim. Trim.

083:20:25 Conrad (onboard): Okay. BMAG Mode three, Att 1/Rate 2.

083:20:28 Gordon (onboard): Att 1/Rate 2.

083:20:30 Conrad (onboard): Enter.

083:20:31 Gordon (onboard): Enter.

083:20:32 Conrad (onboard): Gimbal drive test.

083:20:33 Gordon (onboard): Here we go. Up 2, down 2.

083:20:36 Conrad (onboard): Man, that rattles the spacecraft.

083:20:37 Gordon (onboard): Zero.

083:20:39 Conrad (onboard): What do you suppose it does when the last thruster's [garble]?

083:20:42 Bean (onboard): Naturally.

083:20:43 Conrad (onboard): Yes.

083:20:44 Gordon (onboard): Zero.

083:20:47 Bean (onboard): It looks like an olive branch over there.

083:20:49 Gordon (onboard): Trim is set.

083:20:51 Conrad (onboard): Okay. The trim is set. Should be - and we're there. TFI, VG, and Delta-VM. FDAI Scale, 5/5.

083:21:01 Gordon (onboard): 5/5.

083:21:03 Conrad (onboard): Limit Cycle, Off.

083:21:04 Gordon (onboard): Limit Cycle's Off.

083:21:05 Conrad (onboard): Rate, High.

083:21:06 Gordon (onboard): Rate, High.

083:21:07 Conrad (onboard): Update the Det.

083:21:08 Bean (onboard): Looks like it's right on.

083:21:11 Conrad (onboard): Okay, standing by for 2 minutes.

083:21:17 Bean (onboard): This thing looks like an olive branch though; you can't see it. When it was in close, it's ...

083:21:21 Gordon (onboard): Big circular pieces here.

083:21:24 Bean (onboard): Suit?

083:21:26 Gordon (onboard): Wonder where it came from.

083:21:27 Bean (onboard): I don't know. It looks about like this; it looks about this big.

083:21:31 Conrad (onboard): Okay. Let's not worry about it right now. [Pause.]

083:21:52 Conrad (onboard): Sun looks the same on this side of the Moon as the other side. Sure weren't back there very long. Because we're going fast, I guess, no? Don't know why it was. Yes, because we're going by it; that's why, we're not orbiting it. It's a lot faster than - yes, 2,800 feet per second more - What do you want?

083:22:16 Gordon (onboard): Look at the time.

083:22:17 Conrad (onboard): Okay. I've got 3 minutes, and we're going to pick up the checklist at the 2-minute mark. Okay. What are you going to start on, bank A?

083:22:24 Gordon (onboard): Yes.

083:22:25 Conrad (onboard): Okay.

083:22:26 Gordon (onboard): Okay. I'll be watching bank A.

083:22:29 Bean (onboard): Say a little word about this thing.

083:22:34 Conrad (onboard): Well, I - I thought that we were told that as long as it did what it was supposed to do, everything was okay; but if it went to full decrease or something like that ...

083:22:44 Bean (onboard): Yes. That's right. That's always true.

083:22:47 Gordon (onboard): If it jumps, it's going ...

083:22:49 Conrad (onboard): It's going to jump to decrease whenever we pull crossover ...

083:22:52 Bean (onboard): Yes.

083:22:53 Conrad (onboard): ...but we'll already be in increase.

083:22:54 Bean (onboard): Yes.

083:22:55 Conrad (onboard): You're right. It's not going to stay at zero.

083:22:56 Bean (onboard): All right.

083:22:57 Conrad (onboard): If it goes wild, we'll fix it; but, otherwise, it stays right there.

083:22:59 Bean (onboard): Yes.

083:23:06 Conrad (onboard): All right, 2-minute check. Delta-V Thrust A switch ...

083:23:16 Gordon (onboard): Thrust A.

083:23:17 Conrad (onboard): ...Normal.

083:23:18 Gordon (onboard): Normal.

083:23:19 Conrad (onboard): Translational Hand Controller, armed.

083:23:21 Gordon (onboard): Armed.

083:23:22 Conrad (onboard): Rotation Hand Controller, two of them, armed.

083:23:23 Gordon (onboard): Armed.

083:23:24 Conrad (onboard): Now, don't hit it, Al.

083:23:25 Bean (onboard): Okay.

083:23:26 Conrad (onboard): SPS Helium valves, two of them, to Auto.

083:23:28 Bean (onboard): They're Auto.

083:23:29 Conrad (onboard): Tape Recorder, High Bit Rate, Record, Forward ...

083:23:31 Gordon (onboard): High.

083:23:33 Conrad (onboard): Reset. Forward and Command ...

083:23:47 Conrad (onboard): One minute and 30 seconds coming up.

083:24:09 Conrad (onboard): Forget it.

083:24:23 Conrad (onboard): Okay, 1 minute.

083:24:24 Bean (onboard): Okay.

083:24:25 Gordon (onboard): The clock's started here. DSKY's blank; everybody's ready.

083:24:31 Bean (onboard): Okay, it's going to be ball valve A.

083:24:48 Conrad (onboard): DSKY's blank. Average g and hit the EMS to Normal.

083:24:56 Gordon (onboard): Normal.

083:24:58 Conrad (onboard): Okay.

083:24:59 Gordon (onboard): [Garble].

083:25:01 Conrad (onboard): It's such a long burn, it isn't going to make much difference. Go ahead, get Normal. There you go.

083:25:08 Conrad (onboard): 15 seconds.

083:25:13 Conrad (onboard): 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

083:25:23 Conrad (onboard): Ignition.

083:25:24 Bean (onboard): Thrust On.

083:25:25 Conrad (onboard): You got ball valve A. Get B.

083:25:26 Gordon (onboard): There's B.

083:25:27 Conrad (onboard): You got B.

083:25:28 Bean (onboard): [Garble].

083:25:29 Conrad (onboard): Okay.

083:25:31 Bean (onboard): [Garble] pressures looking fine.

083:25:32 Conrad (onboard): All the pressures here look good.

083:25:34 Gordon (onboard): All right.

083:25:35 Bean (onboard): [Garble] looking good [garble].

083:25:39 Conrad (onboard): Nice and smooth.

083:25:42 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] 1.

083:25:43 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] balance indicator's good.

083:25:44 Bean (onboard): Twenty seconds. You're right on the money.

083:25:48 Conrad (onboard): Everything looks good over here.

083:25:50 Gordon (onboard): Power is off. Roll's good here.

083:25:54 Bean (onboard): Oh, don't worry about roll.

083:25:56 Conrad (onboard): Everything looks good.

083:26:11 Conrad (onboard): Okay, gang, we're out of mode 1 [garble]; we're into mode 1-A.

083:26:16 Bean (onboard): Looks good. Fuel pressure [garble].

083:26:19 Conrad (onboard): We're still in [garble].

083:26:20 Gordon (onboard): Pressures look good.

083:26:22 Conrad (onboard): How's the timing [garble].

083:26:25 Gordon (onboard): That's okay [garble] here. Everything's good.

083:26:39 Bean (onboard): [Garble] pressure's 98. Gimbals are working.

083:26:48 Gordon (onboard): Everything looks good here.

083:26:51 Conrad (onboard): We're coming up on...

083:26:54 Conrad (onboard): Mark.

083:26:55 Conrad (onboard): You're mode 2.

083:26:57 Gordon (onboard): Loose rules now?

083:26:58 Bean (onboard): Loose rules.

083:26:59 Gordon (onboard): Okay.

083:27:00 Bean (onboard): Hey, I'm not watching the clock at all [garble] going on Delta-P now?

083:27:04 Bean (onboard): Okay.

083:27:05 Gordon (onboard): Watching the loose ones now [Pause.]

083:27:15 Gordon (onboard): Watching those loose ones.

083:27:19 Bean (onboard): [Garble] pressure is falling under 1 [garble] 99.

083:27:23 Gordon (onboard): Way it ought to be, babe.

083:27:26 Bean (onboard): It's riding in from here. See some little ones back there, maybe fuel flash [Pause.]

083:27:43 Bean (onboard): [Garble] fuel [garble].

083:27:45 Gordon (onboard): We've got plenty. 74.

083:27:47 Conrad (onboard): Okay. We're [garble] mode 2. We're at [garble] release again.

083:27:51 Gordon (onboard): Okay. Looking real good.

083:28:00 Bean (onboard): Good here.

083:28:01 Gordon (onboard): Helium's come down to about half, which is normal.

083:28:04 Bean (onboard): Looks good.

083:28:07 Gordon (onboard): What kind of g's we pulling?

083:28:08 Conrad (onboard): Oh, enough. Twelve seconds; we're in mode 3; we're still in the loose rules.

083:28:16 Gordon (onboard): Okay. That was just me moving my head just a little. Let me move it again. Sorry I didn't mention it. I didn't know it was going to make any noise.

083:28:28 Conrad (onboard): It's okay. Okay, it's 3 minutes into the burn. We're coming up on tight rules very shortly.

083:28:35 Gordon (onboard): Everything's solid; and everything looks good here. We're down to 65 percent.

083:28:40 Conrad (onboard): Okay. We're over 2. There you go. We're coming in [garble] Wow!

083:28:47 Bean (onboard): Put your hat back on.

083:28:48 Conrad (onboard): Supposed to do that.

083:28:49 Bean (onboard): I know. Got to do it.

083:28:52 Conrad (onboard): Okay, gang...

083:28:53 Conrad (onboard): Mark.

083:28:54 Conrad (onboard): Mode 3. Tight rules.

083:28:56 Bean (onboard): Okay.

083:28:57 Conrad (onboard): Now I'm going to monitor for shutdown.

083:29:00 Bean (onboard): That balance looks good. Staying right in the center.

083:29:03 Gordon (onboard): Gimbal motors are straight.

083:29:12 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] give us the mode [garble] data.

083:29:17 Gordon (onboard): Solid as a rock, boy. That thing hasn't even moved.

083:29:21 Bean (onboard): Check the nitrogen; looks good. Not a thing.

083:29:24 Conrad (onboard): Okay. It looks to me like we got a hot engine, and we're going to shut down early.

083:29:29 Gordon (onboard): Okay.

083:29:30 Conrad (onboard): About 5 seconds early.

083:29:31 Gordon (onboard): Okay.

083:29:34 Conrad (onboard): I'll keep watching her.

083:29:37 Conrad (onboard): Did you get crossover yet, Al?

083:29:38 Bean (onboard): No. No ...

083:29:39 Conrad (onboard): 55; we're just about finished.

083:29:41 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] that chamber pressure; everybody is going to [garble].

083:29:53 Conrad (onboard): [Garble].

083:29:56 Conrad (onboard): Boy, this engine is really running hot; looks like it's going to shut down quite early.

083:30:08 Gordon (onboard): 100-percent chamber pressure.

083:30:10 Bean (onboard): Yes. I couldn't tell crossover here.

083:30:16 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] going to shut down at 5:52.

083:30:18 Conrad (onboard): It's going to shut down 6 seconds early.

083:30:29 Bean (onboard): Yes. It's perfect.

083:30:31 Gordon (onboard): 100-percent chamber pressure.

083:30:33 Bean (onboard): It's up high in the increase range, and it's still there [Pause.]

083:30:45 Conrad (onboard): Six seconds until shutdown; it's going to shut down at 52. Going to shut down 6 seconds early.

083:30:56 Gordon (onboard): Twenty seconds.

083:31:05 Gordon (onboard): Ten - 5:52.

083:31:08 Conrad (onboard): Yes. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

083:31:15 Conrad (onboard): Shutdown.

083:31:16 Gordon (onboard): Shutdown.

083:31:17 Bean (onboard): Shutdown.

083:31:18 Conrad (onboard): All balls valves are off.

083:31:19 Gordon (onboard): Okay.

083:31:20 Gordon (onboard): Gimbal Motors.

083:31:21 Bean (onboard): I'm standing by.

083:31:22 Gordon (onboard): 2 Yaw.

083:31:24 Bean (onboard): 2 is off, I think.

083:31:25 Gordon (onboard): Pitch 2.

083:31:27 Bean (onboard): Off.

083:31:28 Gordon (onboard): Yaw 1.

083:31:29 Bean (onboard): It's off.

083:31:30 Gordon (onboard): Pitch 1.

083:31:31 Bean (onboard): It's off.

083:31:32 Gordon (onboard): Okay.

083:31:33 Bean (onboard): Over [garble].

083:31:34 Conrad (onboard): All right. Let's check all those SPS Injector valves and close the Helium valves...

083:31:39 Bean (onboard): Wait a minute. Let me get the residuals.

083:31:41 Conrad (onboard): Ooh! God damn it; [garble] plus l, plus 1.

083:31:47 Conrad (onboard): Okay, minus 1.

083:31:49 Gordon (onboard): Plus l, plus 1.

083:31:50 Conrad (onboard): Minus 1, plus 1, plus 1. Okay.

083:31:56 Bean (onboard): Look at that Moon.

083:31:58 Conrad (onboard): Son of a gun. Look at that place.

083:32:08 Bean (onboard): Gosh! Look at the size of some of those craters.

083:32:13 Bean (onboard): Verb 66, Pete.

083:32:15 Conrad (onboard): Okay.

083:32:16 Bean (onboard): The [garble] is cleaned up, and the Delta-VM is [garble].

083:32:18 Conrad (onboard): Now, let me just make sure here.

083:32:19 Bean (onboard): Did you get this, Pete?

083:32:21 Conrad (onboard): 1.1.

083:32:23 Gordon (onboard): 1.0.

083:32:26 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] 1.0.

083:32:28 Bean (onboard): Yes. Plus [garble] right [garble].

083:32:31 Conrad (onboard): SPS Injector valves, Gimbal Motors, TVC ...

083:32:33 Gordon (onboard): They're okay.

083:32:34 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] Servo Power, Main Bus Ties...

083:32:35 Gordon (onboard): Check out the Bus Ties.

083:32:37 Bean (onboard): Okay.

083:32:38 Conrad (onboard): Null residuals; we're getting EMS Function, Off: EMS Mode to Standby.

083:32:40 Bean (onboard): Okay.

083:32:41 Conrad (onboard): Limit Cycle, On?

083:32:42 Bean (onboard): Limit Cycle's On.

083:32:43 Gordon (onboard): Okay.

083:32:44 Conrad (onboard): Att Deadband, Max.

083:32:45 Bean (onboard): Max.

083:32:46 Conrad (onboard): Trans Control Power, Off.

083:32:47 Bean (onboard): Off.

083:32:48 Conrad (onboard): Rot Control Power, two, Off.

083:32:49 Bean (onboard): Two, Off.

083:32:50 Conrad (onboard): BMAG Modes, three of them, to Rate 2.

083:32:52 Bean (onboard): Rot Control Power Direct...

083:32:54 Conrad (onboard): Rot Control...

083:32:56 Conrad (onboard): PCM Bit Rate, Low.

083:32:57 Bean (onboard): It's low.

083:32:59 Conrad (onboard): Do a Verb 82, if you want to.

083:33:02 Bean (onboard): Got it - Man! Look, at that place. Outstanding effort there, Dick Gordon. Flash Gordon pilots again!

083:33:12 Conrad (onboard): 170 by 61.8.

083:33:14 Bean (onboard): That is absolutely [garble].

083:33:18 Gordon (onboard): Got it?

083:33:19 Bean (onboard): Yes. We're circling around [garble] place...

083:33:21 Conrad (onboard): Let me see your fuel and oxidizer.

083:33:24 Bean (onboard): Okay, the fuel is 34. - correction, 38.4; oxidizer is...

083:33:29 Conrad (onboard): Fuel - wait a minute. Oh, here it is. I see; 38.4 ...

083:33:33 Bean (onboard): ...and 38.7, and unbalance is about 80 pounds increase.

083:33:44 Conrad (onboard): Okay.

083:33:48 Bean (onboard): Look at that Moon, bugger! I'll tell you, I may be colorblind, but that looks gray as hell to me.

083:33:58 Conrad (onboard): What are you doing? Oh, you're rolling.

083:33:59 Gordon (onboard): I'm rolling, for attitude, Pete, for attitude. I'm working.

083:34:02 Conrad (onboard): Save that gas, babe! Save it!

083:34:04 Gordon (onboard): I'm saving it.

083:34:05 Conrad (onboard): Good Godfrey! That's a God-forsaken place; but it's beautiful, isn't it?

083:34:10 Gordon (onboard): That old turtleback dome hanging there - look at it.

083:34:13 Conrad (onboard): Look - look how black the sky is ...

083:34:15 Bean (onboard): That's gray and something else.

083:34:17 Conrad (onboard): Chalky white - Those craters have been there for...

083:34:20 Bean (onboard): A few days.

083:34:21 Conrad (onboard): Yes.

083:34:26 Gordon (onboard): Man, this is good to be here is all I can say.

083:34:29 Conrad (onboard): Has quite a horizon to it, doesn't it?

083:34:31 Bean (onboard): Yes.

083:34:32 Conrad (onboard): It is smaller - and it's got a nice arch to it.

083:34:39 Bean (onboard): Okay.

083:34:41 Conrad (onboard): Okay, now - Dick, you're going to roll 180 ...

083:34:47 Gordon (onboard): Pitch 302.

083:34:48 Conrad (onboard): ...pitch 302...

083:34:49 Gordon (onboard): Yaw zero.

083:34:50 Conrad (onboard): ...yaw zero.

083:34:51 Gordon (onboard): You've got the High Gain angles right there [garble] ; there you go!

083:34:52 Conrad (onboard): Yes, we're minus 68 and sitting here at 39 Reacq.

083:35:00 Gordon (onboard): Yes, if you want. There you go. That ought to do it. Okay.

083:35:06 Conrad (onboard): That's it.

083:35:08 Gordon (onboard): Lunar surface attitude: hatch window, heads down; go Orb Rate by 84 hours. Give me that update for time, that first lunar Rev ...

083:35:16 Conrad (onboard): It's right there.

083:35:19 Gordon (onboard): Oh.

083:35:20 Bean (onboard): Orb Rate?

083:35:21 Gordon (onboard): What was the First orbit update PAD?

083:35:26 Conrad (onboard): The map update?

083:35:27 Gordon (onboard): Yes.

083:35:32 Conrad (onboard): 83:24:35 over the 180-degree burn angle.

083:35:37 Gordon (onboard): How about 83:25?

083:35:39 Conrad (onboard): Sounds good. Okay. We'll get AOS here at 83:43:57.

083:35:44 Bean (onboard): Do you want the TV camera out?

083:35:48 Conrad (onboard): No. We don't need it yet.

083:35:50 Bean (onboard): We ought to be getting it out ...

083:35:51 Conrad (onboard): Well, get it out, then - find a spot.

083:35:55 Gordon (onboard): Where are we; does anybody know?

083:35:56 Conrad (onboard): Yes, 83, we're 10 minutes out; I'll show you right where we are.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 83 hours, 36 minutes. We are now less than 1 minute at the earliest time at which we could reacquire Apollo 12. That would be the time of acquisition assuming the Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver had not been performed as scheduled. We'll continue to leave the circuits up for the intervening 7 minutes during which we could reacquire the spacecraft. Acquisition is scheduled to occur assuming a normal burn in 7 hours, 7 minutes, 30 seconds from now."

083:36:00 Bean (onboard): 10 minutes [garble] time.

083:36:02 Conrad (onboard): We're right over at this spot, right here. I don't know; we're upside down, so I guess that would be out...

083:36:09 Bean (onboard): No, we're right-side-up now.

083:36:11 Gordon (onboard): Yes.

083:36:12 Bean (onboard): I saw that turtleback crater; it's right in here.

083:36:14 Conrad (onboard): At 10 minutes; that's - we went by here at 25.

083:36:20 Gordon (onboard): Go get the TV camera.

083:36:23 Conrad (onboard): When I think you need it, I'll set it right here [Pause.]

083:36:50 Gordon (onboard): "A" stopped the roll, huh?[Pause.]

083:37:07 Bean (onboard): Says you're going to be doing this - coming around in here.

083:37:11 Conrad (onboard): Oh, gosh, what a sight!

083:37:13 Gordon (onboard): What'd you see?

083:37:14 Conrad (onboard): [Laughter] It's right-side-up in my window now; it looks fantastic. Of course, we're getting higher Sun angles - Look at that!

083:37:22 Gordon (onboard): Yes. This [garble] sure enough it's leaking.

083:37:29 Bean (onboard): Everything's staying just like it was when we shut down, which is a swell idea, I think.

083:37:36 Conrad (onboard): Boy, you'd never guess; it doesn't look like we're 60 miles, does it?

083:37:41 Bean (onboard): That's because everything is so much bigger; the craters are so much bigger - than anything you've ever seen, and I think that's why.

083:37:47 Conrad (onboard): Guess you're right.

083:37:49 Bean (onboard): I was looking at them, you know, as we came in, and they're just huge.

083:38:02 Gordon (onboard): I marked this so we'd know where we were. Who's got a dry cloth? Hand me your...

083:38:11 Conrad (onboard): We're 5 minutes to AOS.

083:38:12 Gordon (onboard): ...hand me your cloth, please, Pete.

083:38:18 Bean (onboard): Thruster's going.

083:38:21 Conrad (onboard): Man, that's got to be spectacular.

083:38:25 Bean (onboard): Okay. Looks good, Dick [Pause.]

083:38:34 Conrad (onboard): Boy, that's good right there. There you go [Pause.]

083:38:49 Bean (onboard): There you go.

083:38:50 Gordon (onboard): Here's your thing back, Pete. Got it all done.

083:38:55 Bean (onboard): Yes. You've got me all discobooberated, perspective wise, now that we're in orbit. You feel the same way?

083:39:03 Gordon (onboard): Hey, who's that big guy?

083:39:08 Conrad (onboard): We're going to have to learn which way on that map, whether we're going backwards or forwards - what we' re doing. For example, we' re right now at 25 ...

083:39:18 Gordon (onboard): We're right in at 25?

083:39:20 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] PH, 39; so it's 14 minutes. Fourteen minutes - here's 20; we're right around in here. Now - we're looking backwards. We ought to turn this map around the way we're going, see.

083:39:34 Bean (onboard): Hey, I see - I see the crater [garble].

083:39:36 Conrad (onboard): Here's the thing; you put our map around the way we're going - see, and out your side you ought to see a huge old one.

083:39:43 Bean (onboard): Where?

083:39:44 Conrad (onboard): Right out there.

083:39:45 Bean (onboard): I do - a monster [garble].

083:39:47 Gordon (onboard): Right here, there's about three or four right in the middle of ...

083:39:49 Bean (onboard): There's one that's got a whole bunch of craters in the bottom of it, where's [garble]?

083:39:52 Gordon (onboard): That's this one - great big thing.

083:39:55 Bean (onboard): No, it's not the same one.

083:39:58 Conrad (onboard): I'll tell you what; you could use this other map - it's a 1:1. It may be a better one. Take a look at this one, Dick. Try this one for size. Look at about - 15 minutes. The secret is to point the map down towards the LEB.

083:40:27 Bean (onboard): Is it firing?

083:40:29 Gordon (onboard): Yes.

083:40:30 Bean (onboard): Why?

083:40:31 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] set to hold.

083:40:36 Bean (onboard): Man, it was firing. Everybody complains, though.

083:40:43 Bean (onboard): [Garble] the firing...

083:40:44 Gordon (onboard): There's a huge monster with a central peak. Look at that !

083:40:48 Conrad\Bean (onboard): Where?

083:40:49 Gordon (onboard): Out my window; take a look.

083:40:51 Conrad (onboard): Oh, yes. Right out there; that's - that's - that's the one...

083:40:55 Bean (onboard): That's the one you said was called Tsi - Tsi - Oh, yes. Tsiolkovsky - Tsiolkovsky?

083:41:03 Gordon (onboard): Is that the way we're going?

083:41:04 Bean (onboard): Tsiolkovsky - yes. See, put this like this, where this points at the LEB and then ...

083:41:08 Gordon (onboard): Is it a double crater, Al?

083:41:10 Bean (onboard): Well, hold it like this; this is the way we're going; that's your side ...

083:41:13 Gordon (onboard): Yes, but this - That's not a double crater. This is a double crater; this is the big crater...

083:41:18 Bean (onboard): That one right there with the central peak in it, is that the one you're talking about?

083:41:20 Gordon (onboard): No. Way out here! Look at this...

083:41:22 Bean (onboard): Oh - oh [laughter]. Goodness, you're right! Wow!

083:41:26 Gordon (onboard): It's got a mare with it.

083:41:27 Bean (onboard): There it is. Yes. Look at that.

083:41:29 Gordon (onboard): Just go ahead and slide across.

083:41:34 Conrad (onboard): Which one are you looking at, Al?

083:41:35 Bean (onboard): Right there.

083:41:36 Conrad (onboard): Oh, yes. Isn't that pretty?

083:41:40 Bean (onboard): [Garble] hold this TV or something; I shouldn't have got it out, because I can take pictures.

083:41:43 Gordon (onboard): I'll be waiting.

083:41:44 Conrad (onboard): We'll be back here again...

083:41:46 Gordon (onboard): What's the big hurry, Bean-o?

083:41:47 Bean (onboard): Take pictures.

083:41:48 Conrad (onboard): Take pictures next Rev.

083:41:49 Bean (onboard): Oh, yes. We're almost gone.

083:41:52 Gordon (onboard): Let's see. What's the trouble with...

083:41:54 Bean (onboard): I just had your strap, Dick.

083:41:56 Gordon (onboard): Oh, you had. Just a minute, and I'll get mine out of the way. Clean up the...

083:42:00 Bean (onboard): Here's your strap.

083:42:03 Conrad (onboard): We're going to have acquisition here in about another 2 minutes.

083:42:05 Bean (onboard): We do; will check it on our high gain.

083:42:08 Conrad (onboard): Boy, that does have mare in it, doesn't it?

083:42:11 Gordon (onboard): Yes.

083:42:12 Conrad (onboard): What did we end up percent on fuel?

083:42:14 Bean (onboard): Good God; 38.4 for fuel and 38.7 for oxidizer.

083:42:19 Gordon (onboard): I hope we burned enough. Did the EMS say we did?

083:42:23 Bean (onboard): No - shut down early.

083:42:24 Conrad (onboard): Huh? Oh, yes [garble] degrees.

083:42:26 Gordon (onboard): Oh, okay. I couldn't tell.

083:42:28 Bean (onboard): EMS has 1.0.

083:42:30 Gordon (onboard): All right.

083:42:33 Bean (onboard): Unbelievable! Just think, just the little bittiest ones down there we can see are going to be our crater. Hey, there's one with collapsed sides over there. See it?

083:42:44 Conrad (onboard): Where?

083:42:45 Bean (onboard): Out your side - straight ahead, sort of.

083:42:47 Conrad (onboard): Oh, yes. All clumped...

083:42:49 Bean (onboard): I wonder if we ought to have sunglasses for this - it's white down in here, you notice?

083:42:56 Conrad (onboard): Where I'm looking is a - a higher - higher Sun angle. Yes, we are climbing.

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083:43:01 Gordon (onboard): You can tell?

083:43:02 Conrad (onboard): Boy, look at that black horizon; that's black.

083:43:05 Gordon (onboard): It's the white and black - it's...

083:43:08 Conrad (onboard): I don't think - I don't want sunglasses.

083:43:15 Bean (onboard): It does something, all right. It doesn't seem to have - Well, let's don't use them for a while. We may get - eyes may hurt later.

083:43:22 Gordon (onboard): Look at those craters. Man, there's been a lot of action down there.

083:43:32 SC (onboard): Pretty out.

083:43:44 Gordon (onboard): Eighteen minutes.

083:43:46 Bean (onboard): [Garble]

083:43:47 Gordon (onboard): 25 - Noun 43[garble].

083:43:50 Bean (onboard): It's 18 minutes.

083:43:54 Gordon (onboard): Go Orb Rate at what time - 84, right?

083:43:58 Conrad (onboard): By 84 ...

083:43:59 Bean (onboard): Right here.

083:44:00 Conrad (onboard): ...We got to get Hous - There he comes; he's just coming in.

083:44:04 Bean (onboard): Huh? There you go - How'd you know, [garble]?

083:44:09 Gordon (onboard): Al Bean, you keep forgetting about that gain.

083:44:11 Conrad (onboard): He thought it was zero when we looked at it. Wait until I tell them the good news, y'all - they don't know that's the reason they got us, but...

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083:44:19 Weitz: Apollo 12, Houston.

083:44:23 Conrad: Hello, Houston. Yankee Clipper with Intrepid in tow has arrived on time. Are you ready for the burn status report?

083:44:31 Weitz: That's affirmative. Go ahead, Clipper.

083:44:36 Conrad: Okay. The burn was on time. The burn time was 5 plus 52. The residuals were minus 0.1, plus 0.1, plus 0.1; Delta-Vcwas plus 1.0; the fuel, 38.4; the oxidizer, 38.7; the unbalance was increase 80 pounds. Over.

083:45:08 Weitz: Roger, 12. Copy.

083:45:13 Conrad: Computer says we're in a 170 by 61.8.

083:45:23 Weitz: Roger, 12.

083:45:33 Conrad: I guess like everybody else that just arrived, we're - All three of us are plastered to the windows looking.

083:45:40 Weitz: Roger. Understand.

083:45:45 Bean: Yes, but to Navy troops - It doesn't look like a very good place to pull liberty, though.

083:45:51 Weitz: Okay. We'll give you an okay three wire on that one.

083:45:57 Bean: Very good. I hope we can say the same thing tomorrow. Save those for tomorrow.

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083:49:05 Conrad: Hey, Houston; Apollo 12.

083:49:07 Weitz: Go, 12.

083:49:11 Conrad: That was an excellent long-range rifle shot you guys gave us.

083:49:15 Weitz: Roger. Understand. We'll pass it on.

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083:52:17 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. Any words on your observations?

083:52:24 Conrad: Well, Houston, I was just looking at one very, very, odd, and it looks like a very fresh impact crater that is sort of collapsed on one side -that we've been looking at and discussing a little bit. It's got some fairly high raised sides on it, and we haven't quite got ourselves oriented to the proper size yet. I think these craters are much bigger than anything we've ever seen on Earth, so we're - We're just sitting here discussing various sizes and getting ourselves oriented on the map. I just broke out the monocular, and we're starting to look with it.

083:53:13 Weitz: Okay. [Long pause.]

083:53:40 Bean: One interesting thing, Paul, was that in some of these large craters - the old ones, it looks like - as you look towards the distance, you can see that they - at least from here - appear darker, and it looks very flat like the mare looked from Earth, but the same size ones that you pass right over, they don't look a bit darker than any other of the terrain. So I guess it must have something to do with the way the Sun refracts off the - the surface. We're passing a beautiful impact crater here on our right side now. It's got many, many long rays; it's a beauty.

083:54:29 Weitz: Roger, 12. [Long pause.]

Public Affairs Office - "That was Al Bean commenting on the lunar surface below them. The spacecraft currently 87.1 nautical miles above the lunar surface."

083:55:25 Bean: It's - This impact crater that we're going over right now, which has such a fantastic ejecta pattern that we can see it so well, the ejecta pattern's got to go out 50 or 60 crater diameters, very easily discernible with the eye. And you can almost – You can pretty well tell the direction of the impact from looking at the ejecta blanket, but it - it's rea1ly spectacular.

083:55:57 Weitz: Roger, 12.

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083:58:16 Conrad: Okay, Houston. We'll be coming up with the TV in just a few minutes.

083:58:21 Weitz: Okay, 12. Can you see Langrenus yet?

083:58:27 Conrad: No. We can't quite see that yet, but we've been looking over at Humboldt and looking at all the great fracture marks in it and everything. Actually, it looks to me like some criss-cross roads down there in the desert or something. Very interesting.

083:58:44 Weitz: Roger.

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084:00:01 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. We're starting to get a picture now. [Pause.]

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084:00:28 Weitz: 12, Houston. For information, you should be crossing 60-degrees east at 84:02:08.

084:00:39 Conrad: We agree. [Pause.]

084:00:52 Conrad: What do you see on the tube, Houston? I can't tell too much from the monitor.

084:01:00 Weitz: Okay. We're getting the - the lunar surface. It appears that we can see the subsolar point, or could at one time there. We can see numerous small light-colored craters. Okay ...

084:01:21 Conrad: I'm going to hand it over to Dick. He's got Langrenus out the window.

084:01:25 Weitz: Okay. Very good.

084:01:30 Bean: We're coming up on Vox to you, Houston.

084:01:33 Weitz: All right.

084:01:37 Bean: Dick's got the camera. He's pointing it over toward Langrenus now. This Petavius over here is a beautiful thing. Whenever you get finished, I'll see if I can shoot it.

084:01:55 Gordon: Okay.

084:01:56 Bean: It's got high peaks in the middle.

084:01:58 Conrad: What happened to the monocular?

084:02:00 Bean: Here it is. [Long pause.]

084:02:36 Gordon: [Garble] there's the central peaks right in Langrenus right there ...

084:02:41 Weitz: Okay.

084:02:42 Gordon: I can see those pretty well.

084:02:43 Weitz: Roger. We're picking it up. On the screen, the colors appear to be green to brown. Can you describe the colors in the scene that you're seeing there now?

084:02:54 Conrad: That'll do for now. The - mountain that's sort of [garble] sort of in the center of Langrenus I'm looking at through the monocular, and apparently, they look very smooth with the naked eye, but by looking through the monocular, I can pick up these black dots. They're very black, and I - they're obviously very large boulders sitting that are around on it.

084:03:27 Weitz: Roger. The picture on the TV screen ...

084:03:30 Conrad: Okay.

084:03:31 Weitz: ...of the central peak - it looked kind of -it appeared to be rather rounded.

084:03:39 Conrad: Yes. It appears to be rounded, but it's got a lot of big boulders sitting on it. I'll hand the camera over to Al, now. He's got some stuff out his window.

084:03:49 Weitz: Okay.

084:03:51 Conrad: Oops, that's one for the geologists, the materials out his window he wants to shine it down on.

084:04:02 Weitz: I see ...

084:04:03 Bean: I [garble] myself. [Pause.]

084:04:15 Bean: You were asking what color it looks like from here. It's changed slightly as we went around it. At first, it had a very, very light gray-white concrete appearance. Now, it has more of a - it's still a light-gray concrete, but it has a little - just a touch of brown in it. At least, that's the way it appears to me. That's the - the Moon that's directly below us. Of course, there's several places that are very, very white, and I'll point the camera at one of them now. It's a small crater, and it's very symmetrical. It just looks like a cone with a flat bottom.

084:05:00 Weitz: Roger.

084:05:01 Bean: If you can see that.

084:05:02 Weitz: Okay. It's going out the top of the screen. Can you move up and pick it up just a little? There, that's good.

084:05:11 Conrad: There you go.

084:05:19 Weitz: I understand that ...

084:05:20 Conrad: We're going over Theophilus.

084:05:23 Gordon: Yes, Pete.

084:05:25 Conrad: Fifty minutes.

084:05:26 Weitz: Okay. Understand that this ...

084:05:27 Gordon: There goes the color again.

084:05:28 Conrad: Tweak! Tweak!

084:05:29 Weitz: ...crater appears to be white down inside, Al. Is that right?

084:05:36 Bean: Well, it's pretty bright. It's white, and then it's got some radial streaks of a more darker material. It's rolling down, or at least runs from the rim down to the center - down to the flat bottom. I think you can see those on the TV. Let me show you a real bright crater that's more towards the horizon, but it's one of the very, very bright ones. Can you see that? I'll try to put it right in the center.

084:06:05 Weitz: Okay. I can see one that's just a little bit above the edge of the window there.

084:06:07 Bean: Row's that now?

084:06:09 Conrad: Right. Another interesting thing is - This white or gray-white Moon, it contrasts very starkly with the black sky just like everyone's reported. And maybe even so on the TV down there. But the black is about as black as you've ever seen in your life. It's just - doesn't have any - any hues or anything to it. It's just solid straight dull black, and then the Moon is just sort of very light concrete color. In fact, if I wanted to look at something that I thought was about the same color as the Moon, I'd go out and look at my driveway.

084:06:52 Weitz: Okay. We'll send ...

084:06:53 Conrad: Not near as - even Earth orbit - Even Earth orbit at night or the daytime, the sky was never as black as it is here. This is the blackest black I ever saw. Al described it as dull, and it doesn't even seem like a dull black when you look at it on the horizon, to me. It's like an ebony black. It's as coal black as I've ever seen.

084:07:20 Bean: Okay. I'm going to pass the TV over to Dick now.

084:07:22 Conrad: Show you - There's a very interesting crater that Dick's got down there. There's another one that I'm looking into; it's the first one I've seen with the fractures in the bottom of it that we've flown right directly over. And there's a fracture pattern that runs right through the middle of the crater including the rim of it, perpendicular to it, crosses all the way across the crater, so it gives me the feeling that - that the fracture pattern - that particular fracture doesn't have anything to do with the crater.

084:07:59 Weitz: Roger.

084:08:12 Weitz: Okay. What are looking at there now, 12? Is that the bottom of the crater or a Mare area?

084:08:20 Gordon: That's at the bottom of a crater, a large Mare area actually, Paul. And in the crater, there are two - in the Maria, there are two brand new craters that have fairly detailed ray patterns I going out from them. They're quite start - quite I startling when you see them, because they are I perfect radial patterns from two of them, right next to each other.

084:08:50 Conrad: The edge is pretty interesting. As a matter of fact, that one ray pattern looks like it's only one direction. It look that way to you, Dick?

084:09:00 Gordon: Yes. It looks like it's pointing towards us.

084:09:02 Conrad: Yes.

084:09:03 Gordon: That double-ray pattern is just a single one.

084:09:07 Weitz: Roger, 12.

084:09:12 Conrad: Oh! That is a beautiful crater over here to the right. It's not particularly spectacular, but it's pretty symmetrical, and it's got some interesting sloping in on the sides. It looks like an old, old one. We're getting ready to pass over the Sea of Fertility right now. I guess we are over it. There's a lot of rilles and some cracks in here we ought to be able to pick up on the TV. [Pause.]

084:09:59 Conrad: We're passing over the Sea of Fertility now, and it is a little bit darker than the terra that we've been over, but not so much. It's more of a - just a slightly darker gray.

084:10:13 Weitz: Roger, 12.

084:10:21 Conrad: Looks like the beach sand down at Galveston when-ever it's wet.

084:10:31 Weitz: Okay. We had a team of geologists checking your driveway. We'll send them to Galveston now.

084:10:37 Conrad: [Laughter]. Okay.

084:10:53 Conrad: Looking down into a real fresh impact crater in the Sea of Fertility; and, with the monocular, I can see some pretty large boulders. So I guess, as high as we are, if I can see those boulders, they must be pretty darn big.

084:11:05 Weitz: Roger. We can see that crater in the lower left part of the screen right now.

084:11:22 Gordon: Yes, let me show this impact crater or you got something you want to show them, Pete? Hey, let me show you ...

084:11:30 Conrad: One is fairly bright.

084:11:37 Bean: You can sure see the direction that one came in from, can't you, Pete? There's hardly any ejecta to our right, which would be - to the south, I guess.

084:11:49 Conrad: That one you're looking into now, Houston, that's the one I was saying. It's really got some big boulders in the bottom of it.

084:11:56 Weitz: Roger. You're breaking up a little on Vox, Pete.

084:12:02 Conrad: Sorry.

084:12:03 Weitz: Okay. We see that crater there which has a ray pattern through about everything but about a 110-120- degrees of it off to the right. Is that the one to which you're referring?

084:12:16 Conrad: That's - yes, that's right. That's correct.

084:12:20 Weitz: Understand that you can see larger boulders in the bottom of the crater?

084:12:26 Conrad: Yes, and also along the sides of it. [Pause.]

084:12:42 Weitz: Hey, there's a big one we have right there now.

084:12:50 Conrad: Yes, that one just came into view. I guess that's still in the Sea of Fertility. Yes, it's still in.

084:12:58 Gordon: And there's this big one ...

084:12:59 Bean: We're getting ready to pass over Theophilus here, Pete. It's going to be right down at your lower 1 o'clock. That's a good picture, too.

084:13:07 Gordon: Lower 7 o'clock.

084:13:08 Bean: Yes, you - That's a beauty.

084:13:09 Conrad: Oh, there it is.

084:13:10 Bean: See it?

084:13:11 Conrad: Yes.

084:13:12 Gordon: There's Theophilus.

084:13:13 Conrad: That one we were showing you a moment ago doesn't have a name, and it's - it's interesting just to the - behind that small one you were showing is sort of a whole streak of light-colored material that runs for hundreds of miles there and it's a different shape. Maybe it's just the elevation in that area; I don't know. It's near the central peak, so I'll use the monocular on it.

084:13:37 Weitz: Okay, and ...

084:13:38 Conrad: [Garble] the central peaks in Theophilus.

084:13:40 Weitz: Roger. We got them good in the screen, and we saw that large white ray as you switched windows there. The peaks of Theophilus [Pause.]

084:13:51 Conrad: It's kind of interesting if you look right on - one thing about the peaks, I'm looking at them through the monocular; and, on the top of the peaks, you can see a great number of what appear to be boulders, and they must be huge to be visible from the altitude we're at right now.

084:14:11 Weitz: Okay. Understand there are boulders on the tops of the peaks, and they look like some fairly well defined ridge lines in that central peak. Is that how they look through the monocular?

084:14:23 Conrad: That's right. That's right. That TV must be coming through real well, because from here it looks like very sharp ridge lines; and, if you look at either side of the ridge line, you can see sort of a terracing, a mild terracing effect that's parallel to the ridge line. It could be some form of something or - in fact, some sort of transportational mechanism there, I don't know what it is. Probably gravity. Obviously, you can see some - what would be termed rilles and [garble] running down from the ridge line. They're running perpendicular to it, more or less.

084:15:09 Weitz: Roger. We're looking at [Pause.]

084:15:18 Conrad: You ought to be able to look over to your side real far over there ...

084:15:23 Weitz: And them.

084:15:24 Conrad: ...and see the Sea of Serenity and some of those craters over in there. They ought to be pretty good contrast where that dark bar is. There any over there?

084:15:31 Bean: There're plenty of them.

084:15:32 Conrad: Yes, that ought - that might be interesting. Hey, there's some pretty good cracks over there.

084:15:34 Bean: Hey, look at that rille over there, Dick. Get -get that.

084:15:36 Conrad: We're going to change windows here. There's some beautiful rilles over in the other side, north side.

084:15:41 Bean: I don't know, maybe we ought to try this one. Let me see. Can you see them out of that one better?

084:15:46 Gordon: Boy, that is beautiful. Oh!

084:15:53 Bean: [Garble] TV camera, I don't know. Where'd it go?

084:15:55 Gordon: There's some grabens over here, big long ones that come down the [Pause.]

084:16:01 Conrad: [Whisper] Don't [garble] that.

084:16:04 Weitz: There's a very sharp crater you can see in the top left part of the screen right now. [Pause.]

084:16:32 Weitz: In the view, we can see now, there appear to be a dark line running from the lower left up toward the top center. Can you make anything out of that?

084:16:44 Conrad: Yes. That's what I'm trying to show you.

084:16:46 Weitz: Okay. We're ...

084:16:48 Bean: Looks like some fair looks like some fairly deep rilles and droppings over there, particularly the ones that you ask about. They're very, very deep. There's a nice wide one over there, Pete. Can you see it? Over by that fresh impact with the raised rim?

084:17:08 Conrad: Maybe you'd better take the camera in the other window.

084:17:11 Gordon: Over here?

084:17:12 Bean: Yes. Put if over there with Dick.

084:17:14 Weitz: 12, Houston. In that scene you just shifted from, there appeared to be two parallel rilles. You confirm that?

084:17:25 Conrad: That's - that's correct. As a matter of fact, in looking at it, there are two parallel rilles and then they actually pick up, well not quite a third one. It's like one ends on one side, and the middle one goes all the way through, and then one picks up on the right-hand side.

084:17:47 Weitz: Roger. Understand. The picture's ...

084:17:48 Gordon: Well, there's two parallel grabens in this sea.

084:17:50 Conrad: Also - also on that - that rille - one of the last things we saw and, Hous- or at the Cape when we talked with the geologist was the little experiment that the guy did blowing air through the sand, gases that - Sure enough I've got some examples of that right here in those trench-like structures. There's some crater chains running through them and alongside of them, just like we talked about ...

084:18:29 Gordon: We've got some examples. There's a big giant up here just blowing sand all over the place.

084:18:34 Weitz: Okay, understand. Now, we can see - just a minute ago a - furrow or trench coming from the lower left side of the screen up toward the center and kind of ending in a string of rather poorly defined craters.

084:18:49 Gordon: Roger. There's one up here that's actually a double - double graben; it's not offset. There are two of them running parallel to each other.

084:18:56 Conrad: Hey, Dick. You see the double craters right there? Do you see the grabens running alongside of them? And you. see the little string? It looks like a string of craters. Two sets of them. Can you give them that on the TV? I may get it out of this window. Wait a minute. Let me try the center window.

084:19:25 Weitz: 12, Houston. While you are setting up, how - how's the view out of your windows now?

084:19:34 Conrad: Pretty much the same, Houston. Window number 5 is a good one, window number 4 is poor, window number 3, which is the hatch window, it's not -it's bad - it's still the same condition it was at launch. All of them are. But, because we've got a bright background instead of the dark background we had before, the marks on them aren't quite as noticeable.

084:20:01 Weitz: Okay. We're getting very good pictures here.

084:20:02 Conrad: Number 1 is by far the worst window. Number 2 ...

084:20:07 Gordon: Okay. This is up north. What you're seeing is - a rille here with a whole bunch of - looks like vent holes running along these rilles. Can you see those from the ground, Paul?

084:20:27 Weitz: That's affirm. We could see them before - You just moved off of what appears to be a rill moving to the right now. And we could see the ...

084:20:37 Conrad: [Garble] over on your side there, Dick. Yes. There's the - there's several - there's a whole bunch of areas in here, just looking out the window generally, that give you the feeling that, as we've talked about with the geologists, that some of this is volcanic action in here.

084:20:59 Weitz: Okay. Now, we can see a crater just to the left of the screen there that's rather poorly defined and appears to be a good-sized rille or fracture running across the floor.

084:21:22 Bean: Hey, we've got the straight wall coming up on this side, Houston. When it gets a little bit closer, I'll show it to you. it's a beautiful straight line.

084:21:30 Weitz: Very good.

084:21:32 Bean: Also, we've got a couple - here; let me borrow that thing, Dick, a minute.

084:21:43 Gordon: Okay.

084:21:53 Conrad: Kind of ridiculous not to be taking pictures. [Pause.]

084:21:56 Gordon: Is the camera over there, Al?

084:21:58 Bean: Yes. Wait a minute. I'll get it for you. Now, I don't know where he put it. Where'd you put the Hasselblad?

084:22:07 Conrad: Can you see the straight wall now, Houston?

084:22:09 Weitz: Yes, sir. We can see it very good. Just beyond that large crater was another smaller crater and its rim, and we can see the wall on beyond it.

084:22:23 Bean: ...picture that. Does anybody know?

084:22:27 Gordon: You got this little chart right here. We've been - since the update, we've been here 56 minutes, so leave it 56 minutes, Data.

084:22:46 Bean: I'm going to move off the straight wall, now, Houston, and look down at a crater. I don't have my chart here, so I don't know the name of it, but it's got extremely well defined terraced walls. It's got a nice central peak in the middle. And let me see if I can get it better for you. There it is.

084:23:06 Weitz: Oh. Roger. We have a good one there, Al.

084:23:07 Bean: And it also has a nice crack right down at the bottom.

084:23:11 Weitz: Roger. We see that.

084:23:12 Bean: That's a pretty impressive looking crater. We're in the terra now, and you can tell that the ground is much more hummocky and quite a bit rougher than the Mare which we're getting ready to approach in a few moments.

084:23:38 Gordon: Here's another one with a good central peak. In fact, this is one of the highest central peaks that - that's a hard one to show because the radar antenna of the LM partially eclipsing it. Can you see that central peak there?

084:24:02 Weitz: That's affirm. We're ...

084:24:03 Bean: [Garble] high [garble].

084:24:04 Weitz: We're getting a good ...

084:24:05 Bean: It's almost as high as the rim itself. Okay. [Pause.]

084:24:22 Bean: Sun's getting a lot lower now, as we approach the terminator ...

084:24:26 Conrad: I can see the terminator.

084:24:27 Bean: ...things are much more in relief. Let me point the camera back past the straight wall again. Let me give you another view of that, because it's coming into even greater relief from this angle. Then, I'll go back and give you the horizon, because that's one of the most impressive things right here. Take a look at those mountains.

084:24:46 Weitz: We have them. [Pause.]

084:25:00 Bean: I'll move a little bit around and see if I can - here's some of those mountains we talked about earlier that look like, from the distance, like little clouds over the Mare. You can see how bright they are relative to the Mare surface; and, maybe even on the TV, they look like puffy clouds. However, they're not. They look like hard rock down there.

084:25:20 Weitz: Roger. Understand they are not clouds.

084:25:25 Bean: [Laughter].

084:25:36 Bean: Got something out your window, Pete?

084:25:41 Conrad: Too dark.

084:25:42 Bean: It's getting dark. Boy. There's a high mountain right there on the horizon. I bet you - do you see that very high mountain on the horizon, Houston? It's about the center of the screen now. All you can see is reflected light.

084:25:58 Weitz: Affirmative. We have it. 12, Houston. Can you open your f-stops any - get in this dim light?

084:26:12 Bean: That will happen. We'll try it. [Pause.]

084:26:49 Bean: How's that look, Houston?

084:26:50 Weitz: That's better.

084:26:54 Bean: Sure looks better here. Here's an interesting feature down there that you're looking at near that large crater. The hole is - seems to be a general trending of ridges in this area, all in the same direction. They'd be running, I guess, on your camera from the top right-hand corner to the lower left. And it's particularly evident down there by the large crater that's in your picture.

084:27:32 Weitz: Roger. We see that.

084:27:38 Bean: There it is right - you see it?

084:27:38 Weitz: That's affirm.

084:27:39 Bean: Interesting. There's - I guess it's probably parallel to - let me show you some more of these clouds. I think you'll like them. They just seem to be large bumps on top of the Mare.

084:27:54 Gordon: Hey, let me show them Mosting over here, Al.

084:27:56 Bean: Okay. Here you go.

084:27:58 Gordon: Mosting is coming into view.

084:28:00 Bean: Yes.

084:28:01 Gordon: Schroter's Valley's up to the north.

084:28:03 Conrad: [Garble] temperature down.

084:28:05 Gordon: All right. Down.

084:28:06 Bean: You can open it again, if you want it. It's the close one in. Boy, it's beautiful right in - look at that crater. Wowee.

084:28:20 Gordon: Straight wall pretty impressive in this light.

084:28:34 Gordon: Yes, that's a ...

084:28:35 Gordon: There you go, Houston.

084:28:37 Weitz: Yes. We got it.

084:28:41 Gordon: I believe that's Mosting.

084:28:45 Weitz: Roger.

084:28:47 Gordon: Mosting.

084:28:53 Conrad: Now, it's starting to get a little dark outside.

084:28:55 Bean: Okay, whenever you get finished - whenever you get finished, there's a beauty over here, Dick. Whenever you get finished, there's a beauty over here. We're getting to where we get that low Sun angle; we can see those little craters within the big ones. I don't - I think they're probably in all of them; we just can't see them. There's the Sun in this one. It looks like it's somebody hit it with a bunch of buckshot right ...

084:29:16 Conrad: I wonder which - I wonder which one of those shadows down there is a 5-degree Sun Angle?

084:29:26 Bean: I don't know. Go 5-degrees from the terminator.

084:29:29 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. You just passed over 5-degree Sun angle on the surface.

084:29:35 Bean: Okay, that's what I was just trying to look at here and see what I could see.

084:29:40 Gordon: Boy, there's ...

084:29:43 Bean: Yes, there's some beauties over here. [Long pause.]

084:30:00 Bean: We got a beauty for you, Houston. Right in the terminator. See if I can run up the f-stop for you.

084:30:07 Weitz: Okay, that's coming in good, Al.

084:30:12 Conrad: Take a look at - down in that crater, the number of other small craters.

084:30:16 Weitz: Roger. We see them.

084:30:20 Bean: That's fantastic. Let me - soon as you look at that one, I'll show you the horizon; and near the terminator on the hori - distant horizon, you can easily see the curvature of the Moon, and you can also see the stark contrast between the horizon and the bright rocks and the dark crater. I'm moving over there now. There's the straight wall again.

084:31:04 Gordon: Hey Paul, all I can say, it's another fighter pilot's life: Hours and hours.

084:31:10 Weitz: [Laughter] Roger.

084:31:12 Bean: How's that look, Houston?

084:31:14 Weitz: That's looking good, Al.

084:31:21 Bean: That crater's a beauty out there. The rim is illuminated by the low Sun while, down inside the crater it's dark. And you can see the ray patterns from here, and you can see the mare surface. It almost looks like somebody took a - some cake icing and spread it with a big knife, laid it all around out there, and then somebody shot some BB's in it. It really is beautiful. It's got that layering all over it.

084:31:50 Conrad: Mosting, and that [garble] up Schroter's Valley.

084:31:58 Bean: Got something over there? Let me hand it back to you. Okay. Now the [garble] down in the terminator. You ought to have Copernicus out there somewhere.

084:32:20 Conrad: You should see all that stuff that's on the window. That's why that window isn't any good for photography out of it. The Sun's really shining right on it now.

084:32:30 Weitz: Roger. We can see all that stuff, Pete. However, we're getting a good picture through it in the open spaces.

084:32:39 Bean: I guess Copernicus is too far out there to see, isn't it, Dick? Or can you see it?

084:32:44 Gordon: It's on the horizon. You can't even - yes. Guess we passed it a minute ago.

084:32:59 Conrad: That silly thing floating outside the window.

084:33:03 Bean: Where'd the Moon go?

084:33:04 Gordon: There it is over there.

084:33:06 Bean: Oh.

084:33:07 Conrad: Are we maneuvering some way? Now where'd that little piece of blue and gold stuff - whatever it is.

084:33:13 Gordon: Must be Mylar. No.

084:33:15 Conrad: Well, Houston, that looks like that's about it for this pass.

084:33:18 Weitz: Roger, 12. Very good show.

084:33:25 Bean: Boy, I'll tell you. You sure can't see anything on the other side of the terminator. That's black, too.

084:33:35 Gordon: Let's go off Vox now. [Long pause.]

084:34:31 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. For information, all spacecraft systems are in excellent shape.

084:34:41 Conrad: 12. Roger. Thank you.

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084:35:43 Weitz: 12, Houston. Map update when you're ready.

084:35:53 Bean: Just a second, Houston. Go ahead.

084:35:58 Weitz: Okay, LOS 85:08:42, 85:31:16, 85:52:27.

084:36:23 Bean: Roger. LOS 85:08:42, 85:31:36, 85:52:27.

084:36:30 Weitz: Okay, the time at 180-degrees was 85:31:16.

084:36:40 Bean: Okay, got it.

084:36:41 Weitz: Roger. [Long pause.]

084:37:31 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. On the ground, we're seeing some changes in signal strength, both up and down. Have you changed any of your communications modes recently?

084:37:44 Conrad: No.

084:37:47 Weitz: Okay.

084:37:51 Conrad: You mean over the last few minutes or what?

084:37:57 Weitz: Yes, 12. Just in the last 5-10 minutes.

084:38:04 Conrad: The only thing we’ve done is turn the TV off. Let me double cheek.

084:38:20 Conrad: All the other Comm switches appear to be in the normal position, and the only thing we did was turn TV off.

084:38:27 Weitz: Okay, thank you.

084:38:33 Conrad: Your Comm to us has been super.

084:38:37 Weitz: Roger. Same here.

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085:03:39 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. Five minutes to LOS; we'll see you in 49 minutes.

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085:03:46 Conrad: Roger-Roger. We're settled down to a nice meal, and we're allowing ourselves a little music on the tape recorder. And we'll see you on the other side.

085:03:56 Weitz: Okay, who won the vote on what you're playing on the tape recorder?

085:04:03 Conrad: We've been very democratic. We play a little bit of Al's, and a little bit of Dick's, and a little bit of mine.

085:04:08 Weitz: That's nice.

085:04:11 Gordon: Generally not in that order.

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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 85 hours, 7 minutes. Flight Director Glynn Lunney, now going around the room getting a final status before Loss Of Signal. We will be loosing contact with Apollo 12 in 1 minute, 40 seconds, reacquiring again at 85 hours, 52 minutes, 26 seconds. We are now 1 minute from Loss Of Signal, everything looking good as the spacecraft goes around the corner, we will be reacquiring in little less than 44 minutes. We have had Loss Of Signal now, acquisition to occur in 43 minutes, 24 seconds. Apollo 12 currently in an orbit 168.7 by 62.5. The orbital period is 2 hours, 8 minutes, 48 seconds. We are reading an orbital weight of 71,983 pounds at the present time. As we lost acquisition with the spacecraft, all systems looking very good. At 85 hours, 10 minutes, this is Apollo Control, Houston."

[LOS Rev 1]
085:07:39 Conrad (onboard): That and, man, if they were hot, wouldn't that be something?

085:07:43 Bean (onboard): [Garble] control [garble] freezing your ass off. [Long pause.]

085:08:45 Bean (onboard): Want some?

085:08:47 Conrad (onboard): Yes.

085:08:49 Bean (onboard): Is it a super-do like the good one?

085:08:53 Conrad (onboard): Say - you're the only guy that knows.

085:09:07 Gordon (onboard): What? [Long pause.]

085:09:43 Conrad (onboard): Hey, there's a good one. [Singing].

085:09:50 Bean (onboard): [Garble].

085:09:52 Conrad (onboard): Back in there somewhere. Get out a couple for me, would you?

085:10:00 Conrad (onboard): [Singing] Hey, Dixie, steady as you rove - through the Gulf of Mexico...

085:10:24 Bean (onboard): Oh, boy! Look at that.

085:10:37 Gordon (onboard): Somebody got in the shit-locker, I guess.

085:10:40 Bean (onboard): Huh?

085:10:41 Gordon (onboard): Somebody got into the shit-locker.

085:10:42 Conrad (onboard): [Laughter]

085:10:44 Bean (onboard): Why? Did some come out?

085:10:46 Gordon (onboard): Here - in my spoon.

085:10:48 Conrad (onboard): [Laughter].

085:10:49 Bean (onboard): It's not floating; must be Pete's.

085:10:53 Conrad (onboard): [Singing] Steady as she goes...

085:10:54 Bean (onboard): [Singing] On her way down - to the Gulf of Mexico.

085:10:55 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] that tape, you know.

085:10:59 Bean (onboard): So what?

085:11:01 Conrad (onboard): [Laughter].

085:11:03 Bean (onboard): So what! Life in the spacecraft.

085:11:08 Conrad (onboard): I knew his attitude would change once they got him here.

085:11:11 Bean (onboard): [Laughter].

085:11:14 Conrad (onboard): We can always start talking about [garble].

085:11:22 Gordon (onboard): Sorry, I'm not too familiar with those.

085:11:23 Conrad (onboard): [Laughter] [Long pause.]

085:11:38 Gordon (onboard): Sing Al's song.

085:11:42 Conrad (onboard): [Singing] Hey, Dixie, steady as you rove...[garble].

085:11:54 Conrad (onboard): Thank you, Richard; this looks delicious.

085:12:08 Bean (onboard): [Garble] all red.

085:12:09 Gordon (onboard): These puddings are [garble] with milk.

085:12:16 Conrad (onboard): I've eaten worse food in the last 3 days than I've eaten in my [garble] [Long pause.]

085:12:49 Conrad (onboard): Got to start watching this baby here - see what happens [Pause.]

085:13:12 Conrad (onboard): That waste water dump is [garble], too.

085:13:32 Conrad (onboard): Hey, we're supposed to do this fuel cell purge and waste water dump at 85:30.

085:13:39 Bean (onboard): Wonder what they want us to dump it to; they never did say.

085:13:42 Gordon (onboard): Dump it to the nominal 25.

085:13:48 Bean (onboard): Just to normal?

085:13:50 Conrad (onboard): Why don't we dump it to 10, just to be safe.

085:13:57 Gordon (onboard): There it is. Won't hurt a thing.

085:14:19 Conrad (onboard): [Laughter] [Long pause.].

085:14:41 Conrad (onboard): Hey, Dick, where are you going to sleep at night when you're by yourself?

085:14:45 Gordon (onboard): I'm going to sleep underneath the couches like you.

085:15:11 Gordon (onboard): Oh, it's only one night, Pete,[garble] worried about it.

085:15:13 Conrad (onboard): [Garble].

085:15:20 Gordon (onboard): That's right; I keep thinking that...

085:15:23 Conrad (onboard): Say, it isn't only one night.

085:15:24 Gordon (onboard): ...Yes, I keep thinking it's tonight.

085:15:29 Bean (onboard): Tomorrow we do the landing [garble] EVA [garble]; that's kind of a...[garble].

085:16:08 Conrad (onboard): Hey, this tastes good.

085:16:10 Bean (onboard): What's that?

085:16:14 Conrad (onboard): Apricot. You want one?

085:16:18 Gordon (onboard): No, thank you.

085:16:20 Conrad (onboard): Al?

085:16:21 Bean (onboard): No, thank you, Pete; I'll [garble] [Long pause.].

085:16:36 Gordon (onboard): So long as you like it, Pete, it's a good deal.

085:16:40 Bean (onboard): What's your new logic?

085:16:43 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] I like to eat on Earth [garble].

085:16:51 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] ate what they gave me or what I could stuff down. There's a couple of times I stuffed down a whole lot more than I ever ate on Earth. This [garble] feels good.

085:17:06 Bean (onboard): Feels great to me. And I didn't eat all my chow yesterday.[Long pause.]

085:18:17 Bean (onboard): Well, I hope we gave what they wanted on that - TV show.

085:18:25 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] thing they haven't had before.

085:18:27 Gordon (onboard): That right?

085:18:30 Conrad (onboard): We didn't give them anything they hadn't seen before.

085:18:36 Gordon (onboard): Unfortunately, a lot of the public didn't watch it all on the [garble].

085:18:41 Conrad (onboard): Kind of like [garble] , I guess [Long pause.]

085:19:14 Bean (onboard): Anybody want a grape...

`085:19:15 Gordon (onboard): Did anybody tape those up yet?

085:19:23 Conrad (onboard): Watch your fingers [garble].

085:19:30 Gordon (onboard): All right. Clean out this TSB one more time, too...

085:19:35 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] nicely ...

085:19:36 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] before you guys go [garble].

085:19:37 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] leave you a clean spacecraft.

085:19:38 Gordon (onboard): ...so I can - keep it up [garble].

085:19:39 Bean (onboard): Yes [Long pause.]

085:20:02 Conrad (onboard): There goes the O2 Flow High - I'd say the water's [garble].

085:20:13 Conrad (onboard): That's exactly what it was.

085:21:36 Gordon (onboard): Are you going to help me [garble]?

085:21:38 Bean (onboard): Yes.

085:21:39 Conrad (onboard): Huh?

085:21:41 Bean (onboard): That's right.

085:21:42 Conrad (onboard): We're going to go through that data and make sure we got every single one Go [Pause.]

085:22:00 Gordon (onboard): Here's number 2.

085:23:39 Conrad (onboard): Twenty-four hours from now, you'll know we're on our way down, Al. That's when I get nervous. Find that little mother - and I'll land it right-side-up.

085:23:59 Gordon (onboard): You got to stop it if you're going to land it right-side-up [garble].

085:24:02 Conrad (onboard): All right.

085:24:33 Conrad (onboard): What you looking for, Dicky-Dick?

085:24:41 Bean (onboard): Yes. That lunar landmark; you knew you had to get that out sooner or later.

085:24:47 Gordon (onboard): [Garble].

085:24:55 Bean (onboard): That food package is exactly the same size, if not just a little bit bigger, than the one I set out.

085:25:03 Gordon (onboard): That means you didn't eat much.

085:25:04 Bean (onboard): What are you trying to tell me?

085:25:06 Gordon (onboard): I'm trying to tell you, you didn't eat.

085:25:09 Bean (onboard): No, it's just that they don't - they don't fold up any smaller than they come.

085:25:15 Conrad (onboard): H-1; where are you, H-1 - there it is, H-1.

085:25:28 Conrad (onboard): Boy, the Sun moves pretty fast, doesn't it? Moltke was in the damn - was Moltke in the terminator?

085:25:34 Gordon (onboard): Right at the terminator. Right at it [Pause.]

085:25:49 Conrad (onboard): We're trying to track what? This little fellow right there - is it this one right here?

085:25:58 Gordon (onboard): Good luck. Hope you see the [garble].

085:26:01 Conrad (onboard): [Laughter].

085:26:17 Conrad (onboard): Gad, there's stars out there; can't believe it.

085:26:20 Bean (onboard): Not much difference [garble] simulator [Long pause.]

085:27:00 Conrad (onboard): Which stars should we be looking at?

085:27:04 Gordon (onboard): We're at 245 pitch, and we ought to be looking at - I get Enif.

085:27:15 Gordon (onboard): Right in here?

085:27:23 Bean (onboard): Hey, I can see the Pleiadesl [seven sisters].

085:27:25 Gordon (onboard): There you go.

085:27:29 Bean (onboard): Eureka! Hey, that's pretty damn good for this little fellow!

085:27:33 Gordon (onboard): Which fellow?

085:27:34 Bean (onboard): The goddamned tele - telescope, right?

085:27:38 MS (onboard): [Garble] the sun's shining in there [garble][Pause.].

085:27:53 Bean (onboard): What else is out there? There's all kinds of stars, but I don't recognize any.

085:28:03 Bean (onboard): Hey, you know one of the [garble], Dick?

085:28:06 Gordon (onboard): Huh?

085:28:07 Bean (onboard): How could this goddamn...

085:28:09 Gordon (onboard): Yes.

085:28:14 Conrad (onboard): Hey, there's all kinds of stars out there now.

085:28:20 Bean (onboard): I ought to recognize something, but I don't. What's around the Pleiades? Name some things.

085:28:28 Gordon (onboard): Aldebaran.

085:28:30 Bean (onboard): What's he in?

085:28:31 Conrad (onboard): [Garble].

085:28:32 Gordon (onboard): He's in [garble] Menkar [garble].

085:28:38 Conrad (onboard): Whoops! Whoops! That did it.

085:28:40 Gordon (onboard): Came up.

085:28:41 Conrad (onboard): That did it; the Sun came up. Zap! [garble] the quads and everything else [garble].

085:28:49 Bean (onboard): There they are; that blew it, right there. I need a schedule; what time is it? That's the real time.

085:28:56 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] 30 - we're here.

085:28:58 Bean (onboard): Okay, is our inlet temperature of the radiator - and the outlet, ... flight plan?

085:29:05 Conrad (onboard): Let me have - Al, you want to start on the H2 O2 purge? And if you'll give me the tool...

085:29:14 Bean (onboard): I'll get it.

085:29:15 Conrad (onboard): ...tool E, I'll go start the water dump.

085:29:17 Gordon (onboard): All right. Turn it off; I'm watching the waste right now.

085:29:22 Bean (onboard): Turn off. Potable...

085:29:25 Gordon (onboard): Now, I'll dump the potable - potable, too.

085:29:31 Conrad (onboard): Dump A potable, closed.

085:29:35 Gordon (onboard): Hold on.

085:29:36 Conrad (onboard): Whoo, man! Is it dumping! Whee!

085:29:39 Gordon (onboard): Purge the fuel cells.

085:29:42 Bean (onboard): There's bound to be some somewhere - in the flight plan [garble].

085:29:47 Conrad (onboard): Look at that thing spray out of the side of the spacecraft; I never saw - look at that! That is propulsive, too.

085:29:55 Gordon (onboard): You better believe it.

085:29:58 Conrad (onboard): Sure it is.

085:29:59 Bean (onboard): Gum, anyone?

085:30:00 Conrad (onboard): Yes, please.

085:30:02 Gordon (onboard): I'm sure this book's from somewhere - probably up there.

085:30:05 Bean (onboard): How come you don't [garble]?

085:30:12 Conrad (onboard): You ought to [garble] some faster than that, you sleeping?

085:30:20 Bean (onboard): [Garble].

085:30:22 Gordon (onboard): Your O2 purge?

085:30:24 Bean (onboard): Huh? What O2 purge?

085:30:31 Gordon (onboard): Why did the flow go high?

085:30:32 Conrad (onboard): [garble].

085:30:33 Bean (onboard): I ain't through.

085:30:34 Gordon (onboard): Huh?

085:30:35 Conrad (onboard): It's not down there.

085:30:37 Bean (onboard): That's closed.

085:30:41 Conrad (onboard): Had a water [garble].

085:30:42 Bean (onboard): Yes.

085:30:43 Conrad (onboard): Well, why would that make it go high?

085:30:46 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] switches momentarily.

085:30:48 Bean (onboard): Cabin pressure's okay.

085:30:50 Gordon (onboard): Can't give any reason for that [garble] are pretty shook up, too.

085:30:55 Conrad (onboard): Well, why is it high right now? I know; water dump. I bet you.

085:31:04 Bean (onboard): You got to push it to oxygen to pressurize [garble].

085:31:12 Gordon (onboard): No, afterwards. Prepare the ship for us.

085:31:15 Conrad (onboard): No, they say your [garble]...

085:31:17 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] told me [garble].

085:31:19 Conrad (onboard): You got to keep the [garble] in condition.

085:31:22 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] for your return trip home, you see.

085:31:26 Bean (onboard): What good would it do if I had a stopped-up nose? None.

085:31:30 Gordon (onboard): Where the hell is my...

085:31:31 Conrad (onboard): Boy, that thing is propulsive.

085:31:34 Gordon (onboard): Which way's it going - it's going out...

085:31:36 Conrad (onboard): Right out that way; right out that way.

085:31:38 Gordon (onboard): [Garble].

085:31:41 Conrad (onboard): It's radial - it's radial for that; it's perpendicular to the X-axis, but it's going out about 45 degrees here.

085:31:51 Bean (onboard): Here, Dick.

085:31:53 Gordon (onboard): [Garble].

085:32:03 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] can see it better from this window, Dick. Take a peak out of that there.

085:32:58 Bean (onboard): [Garble].

085:32:51 Bean (onboard): What's waste water?

085:34:25 Conrad (onboard): H2 coming on.

085:34:27 Bean (onboard): Okay.

085:34:42 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] through the supply valve.

085:34:45 Bean (onboard): Okay, yes.

085:34:47 Conrad (onboard): Knew there was something I hadn't done [Long pause.]

085:35:19 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] when you get this shit in here.

085:35:24 Bean (onboard): It's hard to work in a [garble] with all that other stuff [Long pause.]

085:36:20 Bean (onboard): Have we picked up the Moon, yet?

085:36:23 Gordon (onboard): No.

085:36:24 Conrad (onboard): I thought it was the Moon [garble] possible [garble] radar. Okay, H2 off.

085:36:33 Gordon (onboard): Fuel cell 1 has been purged - are you going to go for 2?

085:36:37 Bean (onboard): Yes, I think I'll go to 2 [garble].

085:37:59 Conrad (onboard): That's the first time I could notice chlorine in the water.

085:38:02 Bean (onboard): I never did.

085:38:03 Gordon (onboard): I haven't either.

085:38:04 Conrad (onboard): Boy, I can right .now - I can right now.

085:38:07 Bean (onboard): Wonder why.

085:38:10 Gordon (onboard): [Garble] little [garble] purge...

085:38:15 Conrad (onboard): Probably getting ahead of the chlorination.

085:38:17 Bean (onboard): Yes.

085:38:18 Conrad (onboard): Like building up a chlorine content.

085:38:26 Conrad (onboard): Might - you get that one side...

085:38:32 Bean (onboard): You know it's over [garble] [Long pause.]

085:39:16 Conrad (onboard): [Singing].

085:39:26 Conrad (onboard): [Garble].

085:39:27 Bean (onboard): No. It's not [garble] now. He opened that last little vent like a bunny.

085:39:33 Gordon (onboard): Sure does.

085:39:34 Bean (onboard): Potable open? Potable's open?

085:39:43 Conrad (onboard): [Garble] that's never going to stay there, Dick.

085:39:45 Gordon (onboard): Okay. Another [garble] [Long pause.]

085:40:45 Gordon (onboard): [Garble].

085:40:48 Conrad (onboard): Gosh, isn't that nice? Oh, God damn, there it is - the Moon!

085:41:15 Gordon (onboard): Funny.

085:41:18 Bean (onboard): Wait until you see it out of our window.

085:41:22 Conrad (onboard): What'd you do? Right there.

[Music: Freight Train.]
085:41:50 Bean (onboard): Okay. Goldstone 2 [garble].

085:41:52 Conrad (onboard): Number 3.

085:41:54 Bean (onboard): H2 Master Alarm.

085:42:09 Conrad (onboard): You really think that Moon's all the same color, huh?

085:42:12 Bean (onboard): I don't know, but it looks it to me.

085:42:19 Gordon (onboard): No, there's some ... white - Look at some – look at some of the slopes; see if they don't look a [garble] gray as the others do.

085:42:24 Conrad (onboard): It looks a whole lot whiter over here. Even in the shadow; look at that shadow down there. Would you look in the shadows! They're something!

085:42:47 Gordon (onboard): There's some mighty healthy craters down there.

085:42:49 Bean (onboard): Wow, you [garble].

085:42:53 Gordon (onboard): Very big - very big ones.

085:43:04 Bean (onboard): Christ, we're low over here again.

085:43:08 Conrad (onboard): Matter of fact, there we are, right? We're - no, we're not at our low point; we're exactly 180 degrees from the - from the - the landing site.

085:43:34 Conrad (onboard): Look at those mountains, Dick. Goddamn!

085:43:39 Gordon (onboard): Yes.

085:43:44 Bean (onboard): 58 - I wonder if that [garble] degrees is right in my LOI [garble].

085:44:01 Conrad (onboard): Wow, look at those mountains!

085:44:05 Gordon (onboard): Look at that row of craters right there.

085:44:09 Conrad (onboard): Yes, but that's not craters. You know what that is?

085:44:12 Gordon (onboard): Those are vent tubes.

085:44:13 Conrad (onboard): Yes.

085:44:14 Bean (onboard): Vent holes.

085:44:15 Conrad (onboard): Yes.

085:44:20 Conrad (onboard): Hey, we ought to get a picture of that; I haven't seen anything like that before.

085:44:24 Gordon (onboard): Give me the camera - the camera.

085:44:28 Conrad (onboard): Hey, what's the right setting here?

085:44:29 Gordon (onboard): What was our time?

085:44:31 Bean (onboard): What time were we supposed to do that? Tell me what time it was, and I'll write it down up here.

085:44:36 Gordon (onboard): Hurry up, Pete, or I'll miss it.

085:44:38 Conrad (onboard): Okay. 180 degrees - 180-degree point at 85:31;13 [garble]...

085:44:47 Gordon (onboard): Give me the setting, Al.

085:44:52 Bean (onboard): f:4.

085:44:54 Gordon (onboard): At what, 1/250th?

085:44:55 Bean (onboard): Always, yes.

085:44:58 Conrad (onboard): Can you get that string of vent tubes - get all of that stuff if you can.

085:45:02 Gordon (onboard): Whatever happened to that - here it is.

085:45:19 Gordon (onboard): Pete, if you'll write the time down over here for each Rev, then we'll have it out and we won't have to look back. Tell him to [garble] it here.

085:45:31 Conrad (onboard): 85:31:16. AOS is 52 - 7 minutes. You still watching the fuel cell purge?

085:45:50 Bean (onboard): Yes. They're getting a little thicker here.

085:45:57 Conrad (onboard): We've got to get TEI 5 block data, map update, and then that right there, Dick, does it. P52. Man, that's not bad! I never saw pictures like that from the Moon.

085:46:20 Bean (onboard): They're all purged and they all look good. They're all balanced...

085:46:26 Gordon (onboard): Can you come up a little, Al?

085:46:30 Bean (onboard): Can it pick them up any?

085:46:32 Conrad (onboard): I swear it's a different color over here, Dick. I don't think the fact that you're looking at it this way - makes any difference.

085:46:41 Gordon (onboard): It looks lighter to me.

085:46:43 Conrad (onboard): Sure as hell does.

085:46:57 Conrad (onboard): There's a lot of slumping in that crater.

085:47:05 Conrad (onboard): Well, I had just decided [garble] when we were looking straight down, we were going so goddamned slow, I just figured we were going to fall into the Moon.

085:47:21 Conrad (onboard): Old, you know that has got to be old, old, old, old!

085:47:28 Gordon (onboard): It looks just like it was when it was made, too.

085:47:38 Conrad (onboard): [Singing].

085:47:48 Conrad (onboard): I [garble] physically, you'd really want to land on the back side. Look at either that - either a crater or mountain sticking up; I don't know whether it's a crater or rim or what, right on the horizon.

085:48:00 Gordon (onboard): Probably a crater rim, I would guess.

085:48:04 Conrad (onboard): What do you see down there, Al?

085:48:09 Bean (onboard): You look through this one - it looks like the optics are going like this.

[Music: Those Were the Days.]
085:49:31 Conrad (onboard): Damn, it's bright down there. Give me a camera, Al, and tell me the settings.

085:49:44 Bean (onboard): Okay.

085:49:48 Conrad (onboard): Is it on the right settings?

085:49:49 Bean (onboard): I can't tell - there you go.

085:50:30 Conrad (onboard): It's 250 millimeters. Same settings?

085:50:37 Bean (onboard): You can go to f:8 if you want; it was right on the borderline a while ago [Long pause.]

085:51:41 Conrad (onboard): Gee, but this is spectacular back here. I was photographing that new crater that's got a mountain in the middle of it. See it?

085:51:45 Bean (onboard): Yes, I see. I don't know which one it is [garble].

085:51:59 Conrad (onboard): How's the tracking coming, Dick?

085:52:00 Gordon (onboard): Good.

085:52:02 Conrad (onboard): Good.

085:52:03 Gordon (onboard): Easy.

085:52:04 Conrad (onboard): Is it really?

085:52:05 Gordon (onboard): Yes.

085:52:06 Conrad (onboard): Is it easy to find the one you want?

085:52:08 Gordon (onboard): That's the trick. That's the trick.

085:52:26 Conrad (onboard): Damn windows really make me mad.

085:52:29 Gordon (onboard): Isn't it the truth? Sickening.

085:52:41 Gordon (onboard): It's really sickening.

085:52:51 Conrad (onboard): Got AOS.

[AOS Rev 2]
085:52:54 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston.

085:52:58 Conrad: Hello, Houston; Apollo 12. Loud and clear.

085:53:02 Weitz: Roger. Same. In an attempt to troubleshoot this variation in signal strength which we experienced for a little bit after the TV pass, will you verify the position that you had the High-Gain Antenna Track switch in at that time, please?

085:53:2X Gordon: It was in Narrow.

085:53:26 Weitz: Ok- okay. How about the Track switch?

085:53:29 Gordon: We had it Reacq.

085:53:32 Weitz: Roger. Reacq.

085:53:34 Gordon: It was in Reacq.

085:53:35 Weitz: Roger. Thank you and ...

085:53:37 Gordon: Roger; and it's still in Reacq, Narrow.

085:53:39 Weitz: Okay, understand, and I've got an update to your CSM alternate and contingency checklist, if you want to break it out.

085:53:52 Gordon: Okay, give you a call in a second. Go ahead.

085:54:00 Weitz: Okay. On page 1-32, Dick.

085:54:10 Gordon: Okay. Go ahead.

085:54:13 Weitz: Okay, in column Charlie ...

085:54:14 Gordon: Are you going to give me [garble]?

085:54:17 Weitz: Say again.

085:54:21 Gordon: Go ahead.

085:54:23 Weitz: Okay, in column Charlie, line 7, the number was formerly 27340; change that to read 22434. This puts in the new Delta-H from your P23's

085:54:45 Gordon: Okay. We've all ready got it in.

085:54:49 Weitz: Roger.

085:55:08 Conrad: Okay, Houston. Be advised we dumped waste water to 10 percent and purged the fuel cells.

085:55:13 Weitz: Understand, 12. [Long pause.]

085:55:31 Weitz: And, 12; Houston. I've got your map update for Rev 3.

085:55:40 Gordon: Okay. Go ahead.

085:55:42 Weitz: Okay. The numbers are 87:17:09, 87:39:40, 88:01:22. Over.

085:56:03 Gordon: Roger. Copy 87:17:09, 87:39:40, 88:01:22.

085:56:11 Weitz: That's affirm.

[Long comm break.]
085:59:43 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. If you'll give us P00 and Accept, we'll give you a state vector and a target load.

085:59:52 Gordon: It's all yours.

085:59:54 Weitz: Thank you.

086:06:08 Weitz: Apollo 12, Houston. The computer's yours.

086:06:12 Conrad: Okay, Houston. Thank you.

[Long comm break.]
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Public Affairs Office - " This is Apollo Control at 86 hours, 12 minutes. During the replay of the vidio tapes from the television transmission we reacquired Apollo 12 on schedule. We've been in contact with the spacecraft now for about 19 minutes. We'll pick up the tape recording we have of the conversation about 3 minutes up to now and then continue to standby for live conversations."

086:11:40 Weitz: Hello, Apollo 12; Houston. I have two PADs for you when you're ready to copy.

086:12:03 Conrad: Roger, Houston. Go ahead. We're ready to copy.

086:12:07 Weitz: Okay. First PAD is LOI-2. That's an SPS/G&N: 38627; plus 1.45, minus 0.66; 0.87:48:47.39; minus 0139.2, plus 0000.1, minus 0089.5; 360, 220, 360; 0066.2, plus 0054.1; 0165.5, 0:17, 0159.4. Your sextant star is Fomalhaut 45, 296.6, 27.3. Your ullage will be two jets for 19 seconds. Your sextant star will be occulted by the Moon until 87 hours. Over.

086:14:03 Conrad: Roger. Would you just give me the Noun 47 again?

086:14:14 Weitz: Roger. That's 38627.

086:14:25 Conrad: Okay. LOI-2 SPS/G&N: 38627; plus 1.45, minus 0.66; 087:48:47.39; minus 0139.2, plus 0000.1, minus 0089.5; 360, 220, 360; 0066.2, plus 0054.1; 0165.5, 0:17, 0159.4; Fomalhaut, 45, 296.6, 27.3; two jets' ullage, 19 seconds; and the sextant star is occulted until 87:00.

086:15:38 Weitz: That's affirmative, and I have a TEl-5 PAD when you're ready. [Pause.]

086:16:29 Conrad: Okay, we're ready to copy.

086:16:33 Weitz: All right. TEl-5 SPS/G&N: 37452; minus 0.64, plus 0.50; 093:40:32.35; plus 3745.1, plus 1006.8, minus 0275.7; NA, 081. The rest of the PAD is NA. Your ullage is four jets for ll seconds; that 's an undocked burn and assumes LOI-2. Over.

086:17:38 Conrad: Okay. TEI-5 SPS/G&N: 37452; minus 0.64, plus 0.55; 093:40:32.35; plus 3745.1, plus 1006.8, minus 0275.7; NA, 081. Rest of PAD is NA. I believe you said four jets, 11 seconds, assumes LOI-2.

086:18:11 Weitz: That's affirmative and that's an undocked burn, and your yaw trim for Noun 48 is plus 050. Over.

086:18:27 Conrad: Okay. Yaw trim plus 050, and it's undocked.

086:18:31 Weitz: Roger.

[Very long comm break.]
Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control. We'll continue to standby live now for the rest of this front side pass. Currently our displays here in Mission Control show the spacecraft at an altitude of 130.8 nautical miles. Our current orbital figures are 169.5 by 61.6 and we show a combined weight of the CSM, LM in orbit of 72,212 pounds. Included in the series of numbers read up to the crew were the numbers that they will use for the Lunar Orbit Insertion 2 maneuver, the burn which essentially circularizes the orbit changing the orbit from a 169.5 by 61.6 to a 54 by 66 nautical mile orbit and this orbit is targeted so that by the time the LM is ready to lift-off from the Moon and complete the rendezvous sequence with the orbiting Command Module it should be essentially circular at about 60 nautical miles. The LOI-2 ignition is set for 87 hours, 48 minutes 47 seconds. The total Delta-V will be 161.6 feet per second, if total burn time of 17.07 seconds."

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086:28:42 Weitz: Apollo 12, Houston.

086:28:50 Conrad: Go ahead, Houston.

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086:28:52 Weitz: Okay, Pete, throughout the flight, your oxygen consumption has been slightly higher than previous flights, by approximately 10 percent. This is no problem, as extrapolating that to end of mission still gives us plenty of oxygen available. In an attempt to try to figure out why, though, we have a couple of questions, primarily with respect to your use of the URA. Approximately how long after use do you leave the cover valve in Vent before you close it? Over.

086:29:34 Conrad: We usually keep it on until the O2 High light comes on, which is a couple of minutes worth of venting.

086:29:44 Weitz: Okay, and what position do you - do you leave the cover valve and the waste management over-board drain valve when you're not using the URA?

086:29:58 Conrad: Usually shut the dump valve, Off. Leave the cover in Vent.

086:30:07 Weitz: Roger, we got that. We will massage that, thank you.

086:30:14 Conrad: Okay, we probably have used a little more oxygen through that, and we noticed on our plot that we were running a little low on oxygen, also.

086:30:27 Weitz: Roger.

[Very long comm break.]
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086:44:58 Gordon: Houston, 12. Are you looking at the DSKY?

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086:45:03 Weitz: Okay. We're looking at it. Stand by.

086:45:08 Weitz: Okay. We've got it, 12. Thank you.

086:45:14 Gordon: Okay. We're torquing.

086:45:16 Weitz: Roger.

[Long comm break.]
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086:50:51 Weitz: Hello, Apollo 12; Houston. You're rolling into the High Gain limits. Give me Omni Charlie, please.

086:51:03 Gordon: Roger.

[Comm break.]
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086:53:08 Weitz: Hello, 12; Houston. Give us Omni Delta, please.

[Long comm break.]
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086:58:56 Conrad: Houston, Apollo 12.

086:58:59 Weitz: Go ahead, 12.

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086:59:03 Conrad: Roger. You can see quite well in Earth's shine, up here. The LM is illuminated very brightly because it's fairly reflective, but the Moon itself is fairly easy to see in earthshine; it's quite beautiful, real soft, and sort of gives it a greenish tinge, gray-green.

086:59:26 Weitz: Roger. Understand. And do you say that the LM is illuminated by earthshine?

086:59:35 Conrad: Yes. Real well. It's very reflective itself, and so it looks almost like the soft sunlight if there is such a thing. But you can, for example, look out and read the marks on the Commander's overhead window; you can see all the Quads, the struts. And real pretty up here in earthshine. Kind of gives it sort of a gray-green cast, though.

087:00:03 Weitz: Roger. Understand.

[Very long comm break.]
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Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control at 87 hours, 9 minutes. We're now 8 minutes away from Loss Of Signal. Here in Mission Control presently changing shifts. Flight director Pete Frank will be replacing flight director Glynn Lunney. The Capsule Communicator on this shift will continue to be astronaut Paul Weitz for the first part of the shift. Don Lind taking over at about 4:30 this morning. The Lunar Orbit Insertion number 2 maneuver scheduled to occur 39 minutes from now. That burn is targeted for an Orbit of 54 by 66 nautical miles. Time Of Ignition is tentatively set at 87 hours, 48 minutes, 47 seconds with a burn time of 17.07 seconds and a total Delta-V of 165.5 feet per second. As we near the end of this front side pass all systems on the CSM continuing to look very good. Flight director Glynn Lunney will be getting a final status from his flight controllers prior to Loss Of Signal and we expect passing along a goal for the Lunar Orbit Insertion number 2 maneuver. At 87 hours, 11 minutes, this is Apollo Control, Houston."

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087:12:10 Weitz: 12, Houston. Five minutes to LOS.

087:12:16 Bean: 12. Roger.

[Comm break.]
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087:13:24 Conrad: Okay, Houston. We just called up P40 for you to take a look at it before we disappear.

087:13:30 Weitz: Roger, 12. [Long pause.]

087:14:11 Weitz: Hello, Apollo 12; Houston. You're Go for LOI-2, and your PIPA's look real good.

087:14:19 Conrad: Roger, Houston. Go for LI - LOI-2.

087:14:26 Weitz: Yes, it's been a long night here, too.

087:14:34 Conrad: No, it wasn't that; I had the water gun half in and half out, and I was trying to talk and drink at the same time. Actually, we're - it's kind of interesting - Dick and Al and I have really switched over to this time schedule, and we're quite happy on it. We - we're not really aware of the fact that it's the middle of the night back there.

087:14:56 Weitz: Roger.

[LOS Rev 2.]
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