Day 1: Transposition, Docking and Extraction
Corrected Transcript and Commentary Copyright © 2017 by W. David Woods and Ben Feist. All rights reserved.
Last updated 2017-03-03
003:20:04 - And, we're still getting communications through the Apollo Range Instrumented Aircraft. We'll be picking up through Ascension shortly, at which time we'd expect the communications to improve, the noise to drop off. From Gene Cernan's report, also from the reports from Ron Evans, it appeared that that Translunar Injection was extremely close to nominal. The crew read a cut-off time of 5 minutes, 52 seconds. The premaneuver prediction was 5 minutes, 51 seconds. And the cut-off velocity appeared to be very, very close to the planned normal. Booster engineer Frank Van Rosilier reports the booster cut-off appeared to be exactly normal.
003:21:43 - And booster engineer now predicting that the maneuver to separation attitude will begin in about 3 hours, 33 minutes, 27 seconds.
003:22:56 Schmitt: Okay, Houston, how do you read?
003:23:02 Overmyer: 17, Houston. We'd like Omni Delta.
003:23:06 Schmitt: Okay. I picked it up a little bit. How do you read now?
003:23:09 Overmyer: Read you loud and clear.
003:23:11 Schmitt: Okay. I hope you got all that. It was a beautiful burn, right through sunrise. Did you get the numbers?
003:23:17 Overmyer: Yes, we copied your VI and your EMS numbers, and we've got a number for you. Maneuver start time will be at 3 plus 33 plus 27...
003:23:49 Schmitt: Okay, we got you. Maneuver at 03:33:27.
003:23:57 Overmyer: That's affirmative, Jack.
003:24:02 Schmitt: You guys didn't tell us we couldn't see anything going through the sunrise.
003:24:09 Overmyer: [Laughter.] Roger.
003:25:08 Overmyer: 17, Houston. We're making plans here for a spacecraft Sep time of 03 plus 43.
003:25:22 Schmitt: 03 plus 43. Roger.
003:27:36 Overmyer: 17, Houston. We're copying cabin press of 5.9 this time.
003:27:42 Schmitt: Roger. We - we just got it, Bob.
003:27:45 Overmyer: Okay.
003:27:46 Schmitt: Thank you.
003:29:42 - This is Apollo Control at 3 hours, 30 minutes. The Flight Dynamics Officer has just reported that initial tracking, following the Translunar Injection burn, shows the spacecraft to be on a very nominal trajectory, and a relatively small midcourse correction indicated at this time. The pre-burn prediction on that first midcourse correction was around 5 feet per second and we expect that that will be updated as we get additional tracking following the burn.
003:30:28 - In about 3 minutes the spacecraft should - the launch vehicle should be - begin maneuvering to the proper attitude for separation and we're predicting separation to occur at about 3 hours, 43 minutes - or about 13 minutes from now.
003:32:04 Schmitt: Frame 65 for the LMPs mag November November.
003:33:28 - About 10 seconds now until the Saturn third stage begins maneuvering into the proper separation attitude.
003:33:58 - And Booster engineer reports from telemetry data that the booster has begun maneuvering into the proper attitude for spacecraft separation.
003:34:21 Cernan: Okay. We - we are maneuvering, Houston.
003:34:25 Overmyer: Roger. We're watching it.
003:34:52 Schmitt: Now we've got a few very bright particles or fragments or something that go drifting by as we maneuver.
003:35:02 Overmyer: Roger. Understand.
003:35:07 Evans: There's a whole bunce of big ones on my window down there - just bright.
003:35:10 Schmitt: It looks like the Fourth of July out of Ron's window.
AS17-148-22672 - Debris particles - JSC scan
003:35:17 Schmitt: Yes. Now you can see some of them in shape. They're very jagged, angular fragments that are tumbling.
003:35:25 Overmyer: Roger. They look like fluid of some sort?
003:35:28 Schmitt: Not to me. They look like pieces of something.
003:35:33 Overmyer: Roger.
003:35:34 Schmitt: They're very bright.
003:35:36 Overmyer: Jack, we'd like Omni Charlie.
AS17-148-22673 - Debris particles - JSC scan
AS17-148-22674 - Debris particles - JSC scan
AS17-148-22675 - Debris particles - JSC scan
AS17-148-22676 - Debris particles - JSC scan
AS17-148-22677 - Debris particles - JSC scan
AS17-148-22678 - Debris particles - JSC scan
003:37:04 Schmitt: Bob, for the most part, these fragments are not - or are tumbling at a very slow rate. I tried a couple pictures of them - different settings. You may get an idea of what, at least, the patterns look like.
003:37:20 Overmyer: Roger. I've got you. We're all ears on these fragments if you think you can figure out what they might be.
003:37:25 Schmitt: Well, you know I - I don't know. There are a number of possibilities. If you had some kind of a - I got the impression maybe they were curved a little bit, as if they might be - off the side of the S-IVB. And that's a wild guess...
003:37:40 Evans: Okay. RCS Logic is [garble]...
003:37:43 Schmitt: ...ice chunks, possibly. Or maybe there's paint coming off of it.
003:37:46 Overmyer: Roger. I noticed on one trip up the elevator last week near one of the flags. I thought it was on the S-II, but it might have been on the S-IVB. Looked like it was peeling. Maybe that's what you've got.
003:37:57 Overmyer: And the S-IVB maneuver is complete.
003:37:58 Evans: [Garble] on Main A.
003:38:03 Evans: Okay. We'll set the old clock.
003:38:04 Schmitt: Okay. And the - with the maneuver complete, the fragment field is essentially static, except for very slight tumbling within the fragments.
003:38:13 Overmyer: Roger. Copy that.
003:38:15 Schmitt: Every once in a while, a fragment of considerably higher velocity than the others goes across my window. But that's very rare.
003:38:23 Overmyer: Roger.
003:38:34 Evans: Hey, that's that field of view I saw out my window, Jack, do you see it now?
003:38:39 Schmitt: Yes.
003:38:43 Schmitt: And, Bob. At least, there - there's no apparent relative motion between fragments.
003:38:51 Overmyer: Roger. Understand.
003:38:54 Schmitt: I'll take two pictures about a minute apart if I can. And it'll be Frame 70.
003:39:05 Overmyer: Okay. Frame 70.
003:39:07 Cernan: And, Bob. This is Geno. My impression is that they are - flat, flake-like particles. Some may be 6 inches across. And, although there's no relative motion between the two, most of them seem to be twinkling. And I think, for the most part, they're all moving away from us.
003:39:31 Overmyer: Roger, Gene. Thank you.
003:39:48 Evans: Okay. We've got 0180 and 0 on the old thumbwheels.
003:39:53 Schmitt: Okay.
003:39:56 Overmyer: Roger, Ron.
003:40:06 Evans: Okay. Trans Control is Armed.
003:40:07 Schmitt: [Garble] two Armed.
003:40:09 Evans: Controller number 2 is Armed.
003:40:11 Schmitt: [Garble] SECS Logic [garble].
003:40:14 Evans: Okay. SECS Logic is Closed; SECS Arm are Closed; Logic Power is On.
003:40:20 Schmitt: Okay.
003:40:25 Overmyer: 17, Houston. You have a Go for T&D.
003:40:30 Cernan: Okay. A Go for T&D.
003:40:51 Evans: Okay. We'll Arm the Pyros. And we'll hit the GDC Align.
003:41:13 Evans: And maneuver's complete. Okay 0180 and 0, on the GDC. No. It's just [garble] it's kind of diddling.
003:41:31 Evans: Okay. Delta-V in Normal.
003:41:55 Evans: S-IVB, okay. Okay, switches are all set.
003:42:06 Schmitt: Okay; 59:30.
003:42:09 Evans: Okay. Let's start the DET.
003:42:12 Evans: Tickity-tick-tickity.
003:42:13 Cernan: Houston. We're running at 59:30.
003:42:15 Overmyer: Roger.
003:42:19 Evans: Okay.
003:42:25 Evans: Okay. That's Launch Vehicle Sep, push button.
003:42:28 Schmitt: Okay.
003:42:32 Evans: MC in Auto.
003:42:40 Evans: Next?
003:42:43 Cernan: Separation, Houston.
003:42:44 Evans: Okay, check the covers. Okay. And check the other ones off.
003:42:52 Schmitt: They're all...
AS17-148-22679 - South West Africa, South Atlantic Ocean - JSC scan
003:42:53 Evans: Okay, I'm going to start the - My gosh, look at the junk! Okay; there's 15 seconds. Pitch her up. Okay, we'll Proceed on the...
003:43:23 Evans: Okay, we've checked her out.
003:43:26 Cernan: Houston, we're right in the middle of a snowstorm [laughter].
003:43:29 Overmyer: Roger. And we'd like Omni Delta.
003:43:33 Evans: Hey, look at that burst. It's going to be bright as all get out.
003:43:35 Cernan: And there goes one of the SLA panels.
Crops taken from AS17-148-22680
show a panel from the SLA tumbling as it and the spacecraft depart Earth vicinity.
003:43:42 Evans: Yes.
003:43:51 Evans: We're not there yet. Long ways to go yet. It's on the other side of the Earth, if the simulator's any good.
003:44:07 - Apollo 17 now in the process of turning around after having separated, blown the pyrotechnic charges that separates the spacecraft from the Saturn third stage.
003:44:08 Evans: Oh, man!
003:44:09 Cernan: There goes another SLA panel, Houston, going the other way.
003:44:10 Evans: Yes.
AS17-148-22680 - SLA panel, Africa - JSC scan
003:43:03 Schmitt: [Garble] normal [garble].
AS17-148-22681 - SLA panel, Africa - JSC scan
003:43:11 Evans: Okay, we've already Proceeded, Jack.
AS17-148-22682 - SLA panel, Africa - JSC scan
003:44:11 Cernan: I've...
003:44:12 Schmitt: Hey, there's the booster!
003:44:19 Overmyer: Roger. Bet you never saw the SLA panels on the simulator.
003:44:24 Cernan: No, but we've got the booster and is she pretty. Challenger's just sitting in her nest.
003:44:29 Overmyer: Roger. We'd like Omni Bravo, now, Jack.
003:44:38 Evans: Okay, we'll plus-X it. We'll see the - oh, you can't see [garble] Okay. Oh, I can't see my COAS.
003:44:53 Schmitt: And, Houston, some of the particles going by the window...
003:44:56 Evans: Okay, did you change the DAC?
003:44:59 Cernan: ...were obvious enough - fairly obvious to me - paint.
003:45:00 Overmyer: Okay. We'll buy that.
AS17-148-22683 - Debris - JSC scan
003:45:10 Evans: Okay. There it is. Okay, did you change the PAC? Got Att 1/Rate 2?
AS17-148-22684 - LM adapter panel and debris - JSC scan
AS17-148-22685 - Earth. Indian Ocean, Southeast Africa and Madagascar - JSC scan
003:45:32 Schmitt: Okay, Houston, you want the High Gain?
003:45:40 Overmyer: Roger. We're standing by for it, and the angles as published on L/3-3 should be good.
AS17-148-22686 - Northeast Africa looking towards the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden - JSC scan
003:45:47 Schmitt: Okay.
003:46:16 Evans: Okay, it's flying pretty good.
AS17-148-22687 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre. The debris was shed by the S-IVB upon the operation of the pyrotechnic devices that separated the spacecraft. JSC scan
AS17-148-22688 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre. The debris was shed by the S-IVB upon the operation of the pyrotechnic devices that separated the spacecraft. JSC scan
003:46:37 Evans: Okay, we're in Reacq here.
AS17-148-22689 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. JSC scan
003:46:57 Schmitt: Houston, how do you read? We don't have a very good knock - lock on here in Reacq.
003:47:01 Overmyer: Roger, Jack. We're reading you pretty good - voice.
003:47:14 Schmitt: Okay. It looks like it's improving. It dropped off - signal strength dropped off, and now it's picking up again.
003:47:20 Overmyer: Roger.
003:47:24 Overmyer: We're getting good signal now, Jack.
AS17-148-22690 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. JSC scan
003:47:32 Overmyer: Jack, the High Gain is looking good.
003:47:33 Schmitt: Oh, okay.
003:47:38 Evans: I'm guessing. I don't know - about a hundred [garble]...
003:47:40 Schmitt: That's good news. It seemed to smoo - slew very smoothly, so it looks all right.
003:47:53 Overmyer: Roger, Jack.
003:47:54 Evans: Att 1/Rate 2?
003:48:25 Cernan: I can't tell you too much, Bob, from the center seat other than Captain America is very intent on getting Challenger at the moment.
003:48:33 Overmyer: Roger. I can believe that.
003:48:41 Evans: Yes, I'm coming in a little slow, but we've got plenty of time.
003:49:05 - Ron Evans now at the controls of America. Now moving in for the docking with Lunar Module Challenger.
003:49:13 Schmitt: Okay, Houston. While we're moving in here, I can see a few chunks of that platy material, possibly paint, down in the SLA sort of bouncing around between the S-IVB and the LM.
003:49:32 Overmyer: Roger.
003:49:38 Schmitt: But, so far, LM looks very clean. Can't see anything abnormal from this view yet.
003:49:48 Overmyer: Okay.
003:49:59 Evans: Isn't it, though? That thing is really stable out there.
AS17-148-22691 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre and surrounded by debris. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. JSC scan
003:50:31 Schmitt: Yes. Can you see it at all, Gene?
003:51:36 Schmitt: Got one little chunk coming out - it just came out of the SLA, and it's spinning along the long axis, and it looks very stable.
003:51:46 Overmyer: Roger.
003:51:48 Schmitt: Every once in a while, a small particle flies off of it though.
003:51:53 Overmyer: How big of a chunk are you talking about, Jack?
003:51:57 Schmitt: Say again?
003:51:59 Overmyer: How big an item are you talking about?
AS17-148-22692 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre and surrounded by debris. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. JSC scan
003:52:06 Schmitt: Oh, I - reference to the thrusters, about the same diameter as the thruster on the LM.
003:52:13 Overmyer: Oh, Roger.
003:52:16 Schmitt: That's how long it was, and about - oh, a fifth that thick or that wide.
003:52:23 Overmyer: Roger.
003:52:24 Schmitt: And I don't think - I don't think it's more than a quarter of an inch or maybe even less thick.
AS17-148-22693 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre and surrounded by debris. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. JSC scan
003:52:36 Cernan: That same particle, Bob, came by and as it went spinning, it was throwing off pieces of itself - radially out.
003:52:44 Overmyer: Roger. We copy.
AS17-148-22694 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre. The debris that has surrounded is dispersing as the spacecraft continues to approach. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. JSC scan
003:52:48 Cernan: There's a small one come floating by and it looked like flakes. And I think I caught three of the four SLA panels going as we were maneuvering. I've got one out the hatch window now. It's quite a ways out.
AS17-148-22695 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. JSC scan
003:53:10 Overmyer: Roger.
003:53:11 Cernan: It's tumbling in all three axes.
003:53:16 Schmitt: And I saw the fourth one out my side, so we saw them all.
AS17-148-22696 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage as the CSM gets closer during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. JSC scan
AS17-148-22697 - Lunar Module Challenger mounted on top of the S-IVB stage as the CSM gets closer during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. JSC scan
003:53:32 Schmitt: Area around the two spacecraft is cleaned up pretty well by now. There are just a few fragments moving around.
003:54:07 Evans: Now she's coming in.
003:54:23 - The crew of Apollo 17 describing what appear to be paint or possibly ice flaking off the Saturn 3rd stage. But somewhat puzzling at this point is just exactly what the flakes or particles that they're describing might be. And Apollo 17 in the process of docking with the Lunar Module, preparatory to extracting the LM from the Saturn third stage. This occuring at some 5,300 nautical miles [9,800 km] from Earth. And we're watching the spacecraft velocity drop off rapidly as that altitude increases rapidly. The velocity which at the Translunar Injection cut-off was around 35,000 feet per second [10,600 m/s], down to about 22,000 [6,700 m/s].
AS17-148-22698 - The forward roof of Lunar Module Challenger seconds before CSM America docks with it during the Transposition and Docking manoeuvre. The edge of the CM rendezvous window is visible. The chassis of the Lunar Rover is visible beyond the LM's upper thruster quad. Beyond that is visible the gold-coloured Mylar foil that acts as part of teh thermal insulation for the systems in the JSC scan
003:54:58 Schmitt: Rover looks in good shape, so far.
003:55:26 Overmyer: Roger, Jack. Can you see down on that quad? Is that what you're looking at?
003:55:32 Schmitt: Yes, I'm looking right at it. And I got a good view of the MESA top anyway. It's pretty well covered, but it looks all right also.
003:55:46 Overmyer: Roger.
003:55:49 Schmitt: All the antennas look good; thruster quads all look great. I could see all four of them a minute ago.
003:55:57 Evans: Okay, about 10 feet there, Gene. Stand by for a [garble] on the barber pole.
At the top left of Panel 2 are the docking switches and indicators, seen here in Apollo 13's Odyssey. Image courtesy of Bruce M. Yarbro and The Smithsonian Institute.
An example of Odyssey's propellant indicators to show the barber pole indication partially on view on the right-hand side. Image courtesy of Bruce M. Yarbro and The Smithsonian Institute.
003:56:14 Cernan: Okay.
003:56:41 Evans: All right; in good shape.
003:56:52 Evans: About now.
003:57:03 Cernan: Capture, Houston.
003:57:04 Overmyer: Roger. We copy.
Exploded diagram of the docking equipment.
(Click image for a larger version.)
003:57:05 Evans: Okay, we're Free; rates look pretty good. Let's lock it together.
003:57:14 Schmitt: Okay. You ready?
003:57:15 Evans: Ready. She's lined up not bad.
003:57:18 Cernan: Okay.
003:57:20 Evans: Prime 1.
003:57:21 Cernan: Mark it. Stand by.
003:57:22 Evans: Here she comes.
003:57:28 Evans: Ka-chunk. My gosh!
003:57:31 Cernan: Okay, Houston, ripple fire; but we still have number A barber pole.
003:57:37 Overmyer: Roger. We copy.
003:57:38 Cernan: And we have a Master - and a Master Alarm.
003:57:40 Overmyer: Roger.
003:57:41 Cernan: We got - we got the most of the latches, but A is barber pole, and B is gray.
003:57:47 Evans: Okay, check both circuit breakers; they're In. Yes, Okay.
003:57:57 Schmitt: We had one clear fire, maybe one or two latches and then a ripple fire on the rest.
003:58:07 Overmyer: Roger.
003:58:10 Schmitt: And, by the way, I had a good view into the AOT, and I can still look in there, and it's very clean.
003:58:16 Overmyer: Roger.
003:58:29 Schmitt: In fact...
003:58:29 Overmyer: Ron and Gene, we saw your Master Alarm. Did you have any - anything on the matrix light up?
003:58:37 Cernan: No, not a thing. I looked.
003:58:38 Overmyer: Roger.
003:58:47 - That appeared to be a repeat of the Master Alarm that has been reported several times previously by the crew. They get the alarm light and tone, but when they look for the exact location of precise indication of what's wrong, it's not there, indicating some sort of a spurious response by the Master Alarm to a problem that doesn't exist.
003:59:38 Cernan: Okay, Bob, we're going to go ahead and take a look at that docking malfunction before we press on here further and check this barber pole out.
003:59:48 Overmyer: Roger, We're working some words up here. We'll be back with you in a second on that, Gene.
003:59:53 Cernan: Okay. We're down on the checklist through the EDS Power breakers, Open.
003:59:59 Overmyer: Understand.
004:00:57 Evans: And, Houston, in case we didn't tell you, it's talkback A that's barber pole.
004:01:02 Overmyer: Understand. We have it.
004:01:14 Overmyer: Say - say, Gene, we don't think it's a problem. We'll find out what it is when you get in. We think we should just press right on with the Flight Plan checklist and keep going.
004:01:27 Evans: Okay, we concur with that. Okay, we'll press on, Bob.
004:01:58 Cernan: Okay, Bob. We just got a Master Alarm when I went to the Retract Prime, from 1 to Off.
004:02:07 Overmyer: Roger. We copy that. Looks like panel 2 is jinxed up there, huh?
004:03:29 Evans: Okay, O2 Heater number 3 went to Auto.
004:03:35 Overmyer: Roger. We copy that.
004:08:08 Cernan: Okay, Bob. We're reading a Delta-P of greater than 4, and I'm going to open the Pressure Equalization Valve now.
004:08:18 Overmyer: Roger, 17. We copy that.
004:09:05 Cernan: Okay, the Delta-P is coming down, Bob.
004:09:09 Overmyer: Roger.
004:09:44 Overmyer: Gene, while you're watching that, I just thought you'd be interested. We talked to some of our friends down at the Cape who watched the launch, and they said you were aglow all the way until you faded into - you couldn't tell you from a star. They saw staging, and they could just see you as a star way off in the distance until you faded out. Not a cloud in the way at all.
004:09:53 Cernan: Beautiful. Okay, we're at - we're at 2, and we're monitoring it for 3 minutes.
004:09:59 Overmyer: Okay.
004:10:08 Evans: And, Houston. While we're checking the integrity here, on mag Alpha Alpha, there's about 50 percent.
004:10:18 Overmyer: Mag Alpha Alpha, 50 percent. Roger.
004:11:59 - This is Apollo Control at 4 hours, 12 minutes. The crew aboard Apollo 17 at this time pressing ahead with their preparations for separating the Lunar Module and Command Module, now docked together, from the Saturn third stage. You heard some conversation earlier about an indication that all of the docking latches have not locked up. Now there are 12 of these latches in the docking mechanism, 6 of which are instrumented, and of the 6 that are instrumented, there was an indication that one of those may not have latched. However, we are confident that more than enough latches have locked up to assure a good solid dock, and for that reason the crew is pressing ahead with their preparations for separation.
004:12:54 Cernan: Okay, Bob. That's 3 minutes. It's - Delta-P change is less than 0.1.
004:12:59 Overmyer: Three minutes and less than 0.1.
004:13:03 Cernan: We are pressing on.
004:13:08 Overmyer: Roger; press.
004:13:11 - That report from Gene Cernan indicating that they have a good seal at the docking interface. Once the hatch is removed between the two vehicles, the crew will get a good look at all of those docking latches and they will be able to tell how many - if any of them didn't latch up. We're pushing ahead now for - for extracting the Lunar Module separating from the Saturn third stage at Ground Elapsed Time of 4 hours 39 minutes.
004:14:41 Evans: Okay, you want cabin's at 4.8 now; Repress is about empty. Okay. No, not yet, it's still getting a little bit.
004:15:04 Evans: That Repress Package Valve is kind of noisy.
004:15:19 Evans: That's all the Repress O2. We'll turn that Off.
004:15:24 Cernan: Okay, Houston, the Repress Package is empty now, and we're down to a Delta-P of 0.2.
004:15:30 Overmyer: Roger. We copy that.
004:15:40 Overmyer: And, 17. Just be advised, you're going to have an S-IVB non-propulsive vent start 04:18:27- You've got about 3 minutes on that.
004:15:51 Evans: [Laughter.] Okay. Thank you.
004:17:03 Schmitt: Can you reach [garble] there?
004:17:05 Evans: Yes, I'll get them.
004:17:07 Cernan: Okay, Bob. We seem to be holding Delta-P at about 0.2. I suspect that's probably zero.
004:17:18 Overmyer: Roger. We copy that.
004:17:24 Schmitt: And the cabin pressure's about 4.5. You want us to wait until 5 psi for the Emergency Cabin Pressure Selects?
004:17:42 Overmyer: Negative on that. Let's just go ahead and let's press on.
004:17:46 Schmitt: Okay. They should be Both.
004:17:57 Evans: Okay, Emergency register working.
004:18:09 Evans: Coming down though, Gene. Let's wait until it gets down a little ways.
004:18:28 Evans: Yes.
004:18:51 Evans: Yes. Straight up and down as well.
004:19:03 Evans: Up one one. Must be the non-propulsive vent that's banging. [Laughter.] Here comes all the - look at all the stuff going again. It's really glowing.
004:19:14 Schmitt: Your non-propulsive vent gives quite a glow.
004:19:18 Overmyer: Roger, Jack.
004:19:24 Evans: It looks like a rainbow. Dark one.
004:19:40 Evans: Okay. Repress Package to Fill.
004:19:47 Evans: That ought to take the surge tank down a little bit [garble] about at what? About 400?
004:20:03 Evans: 500 on the surge. No, they ought to be closed off by now, I think. Yes.
004:20:16 Overmyer: 17, Houston.
004:20:18 Evans: Go ahead.
004:20:20 Overmyer: Roger. Be advised, you don't have to wait until 5 psi cabin to go ahead and open the hatch.
004:20:26 Cernan: Okay, we're not, Bob. We're pressing on with it now.
004:20:27 Overmyer: Roger.
004:20:30 Evans: Okay, it looks like we're going to maintain about 400 on the surge.
004:21:04 Evans: Okay?
004:21:18 Cernan: Okay, Houston. The hatch is coming out.
004:21:21 Overmyer: Roger.
004:21:26 Evans: [Laughter.] I don't know what you're going to do with it.
004:21:39 Evans: Put it up here in the - in the - on the couch.
004:21:57 Evans: There we go.
004:21:58 Evans: Hey, that's a lot lighter than it used to be. [Laughter.]
004:22:04 Cernan: There's going to be a lot of happy people down there, Bob. I haven't checked them all, but visually, they're all locked.
004:22:10 Overmyer: Understand, Gene. All of them are locked.
004:22:13 Cernan: Let me give them a good check.
004:22:15 Evans: Yes. You'd better check them, because we got a barber pole on that one.
004:22:21 Cernan: Okay, here's one that didn't come over.
004:22:25 Evans: What is the position of it?
004:22:27 Cernan: 7...
004:22:45 Evans: 7 and 9?
004:23:02 Cernan: Okay, Bob. Maybe we aren't all going to be so happy.
004:23:04 Overmyer: Go ahead.
004:23:05 Cernan: Okay, 7, 9, and 10 - the handle is flush; the bungee is vertical, but the handle is not locked down, and the - and the red button is showing. And I can pull each one of them back slowly. I haven't done anything with them. That's 7, 9, and 10.
004:23:35 Overmyer: Roger. We copy that. The handle is flush; the bungees are vertical, but the handle is not locked down, and the red button is showing on 7, 9, and 10.
004:23:45 Cernan: That's affirm.
004:24:23 Cernan: Okay, Bob. Bob, I just pushed the handle on 10 home a little bit and it did lock. And the red button is flush. So that leaves me 9 and 7.
004:24:36 Overmyer: Roger; understand.
004:24:47 Overmyer: Geno, go ahead and try the handle on 9 and 7; and, if that doesn't work, cock them and refire them starting with 9, please.
004:24:58 Cernan: Okay; the handle doesn't work. I'll have to recock them.
004:25:02 Overmyer: Okay.
004:25:16 Evans: When you trip it with your - did you cock it twice?
004:25:20 Cernan: Yes.
004:25:21 Evans: And it took two cocks to make it go?
004:25:24 Cernan: Yes.
004:25:25 Evans: Okay.
004:25:30 Cernan: Okay, 9 cocked twice; it tripped. It is overcenter and locked.
004:25:34 Overmyer: Roger. How about the barber pole now?
004:25:38 Evans: Okay. Wait a minute, I've got - Docking Probe Main A circuit breaker's In and gone to Retract, and it's gray.
004:25:44 Overmyer: Okay...
004:25:44 Evans: Aha! That did it.
004:25:46 Overmyer: Roger.
004:26:13 Cernan: Okay, Bob. Cocked 7 twice and tripped it, and it's overcenter and locked.
004:26:18 Overmyer: Roger.
004:26:20 Cernan: I think that takes care of them all.
004:26:25 Overmyer: Good show.
004:26:56 Evans: Okay, Docking Probe circuit breakers are Out and Extend/Retract is Off.
004:27:14 Evans: Because it belongs on the probe. [Garble] it's painted yellow, it belongs on the probe.
004:28:34 Cernan: Okay, Bob. The umbilicals are connected.
004:28:39 Overmyer: Roger.
004:29:33 Cernan: Okay, Houston, 7 Delta on the test meter is now reading 1.0, it jumped up to 2.6, and is now back to 1.0.
004:29:43 Overmyer: Roger. We copy. That's good.
004:30:06 - This is Apollo Control at 4 hours, 30 minutes. About 9 minutes from now the crew will be firing the pyrotechnic charges that separate the Lunar Module docked to the Command Module from the Saturn third stage, and springs will push the LM/CSM back away from the launch vehicle at a rate of about 1 foot per second. And at Ground Elapsed Time of 4 hours, 52 minutes the launch vehicle will yaw to the proper attitude for an evasive manuever of about 10 feet per second to be performed at a Ground Elapsed Time of about 5 hours, 3 minutes. This will increase the separation difference to assure no chance of recontact between the booster and the spacecraft on route to the Moon. On removing the hatch between the LM, the CSM, allowing the crew to get a look inside the docking tunnel, they found that 3 of the 12 latches had not locked up, but on manually recocking them and activating them, they latched up properly, which indicates that there's nothing physically wrong with the system. And we would expect that the next time the two vehicles come together to dock that the latches will function properly.
004:30:31 Schmitt: There we go. Okay. There, we're going up in the tunnel.
004:31:50 Evans: Pretty good ham sandwich.
004:32:30 Cernan: Okay, Bob, the hatch is back in.
004:32:36 Overmyer: Roger, Gene.
004:34:24 Overmyer: 17, Houston.
004:34:27 Schmitt: Go ahead, Houston.
004:34:28 Overmyer: Roger. We've got some new - new angles here for you.
004:34:43 Schmitt: Stand by a minute, and let me find a place to copy them.
004:34:49 Evans: What - what kind of angles are they, Bob?
004:34:52 Overmyer: They're your Noun 22 attitude maneuver for APS burn out of the hatch window. They're in the middle of the page L/3-5.
004:35:03 Evans: Oh, okay.
004:35:06 Overmyer: Instead of 270, we want 274.
004:35:11 Evans: Wait 1. We're not quite with you.
004:35:12 Overmyer: Okay.
004:35:42 Schmitt: Okay. I think I'm with you at 3-7; go.
004:35:48 Overmyer: It's on 3-5, Jack, middle of the page there. Those Noun 22s.
004:35:56 Schmitt: Okay, I take it back; 3-5, middle of the page.
004:36:01 Overmyer: Okay. You notice there's three angles there - 270, make that 274.
004:36:13 Schmitt: Okay. That the only change?
004:36:14 Overmyer: And the - no, the next one, the 129-8, change that to 164. And 4.3 on the yaw, change that to zero. It's close enough; zero on the yaw.
004:36:33 Schmitt: Okay. We got them 274, 164, 00.
004:36:36 Overmyer: Roger, and the High Gain angles that you've got on the Flight Plan are close enough and should do it.
004:36:45 Schmitt: Very good.
004:39:13 - Telemetry data now shows the crew loading the information into the spacecraft Digital AutoPilot in preparation for separation from the Saturn third stage. That should be occurring in the next minute or so.
004:39:53 Evans: Okay. We're 6 frames a second. Okay, what - what did [garble]. Range [garble].
004:40:09 Evans: Okay, I'll - I'll leave it at 10 feet and about an f - f/8. Okay, [garble] at set. Because I had that one to 0180 to 0.
004:41:01 Cernan: Okay, Bob. We're aligning our GDC, and the next thing we'll pick up will be SECS Arm circuit breakers. And we'll give you a call on the Logic.
004:41:12 Overmyer: Roger, Gene.
004:41:26 Schmitt: Okay, Bob. While we're waiting, does the balance on the...
004:41:30 Evans: I see what you mean [laughter].
004:41:31 Schmitt: ...H2 and O2 flow in fuel cell 3 - well, actually, in all three fuel cells, look pretty good to you?
004:41:51 Overmyer: Jack, the flows look just right for the current.
004:41:58 Schmitt: Okay. Used to seeing them more or less lined up, and I hadn't calculated any further than that.
004:42:04 Overmyer: Roger.
004:42:05 Schmitt: O2 - O2 seems a little higher H2, relatively speaking. [Laughter.]
004:42:26 Evans: Okay. That's pretty close. Verified: SECS Arm breakers are Closed.
004:42:33 Cernan: Okay, Houston. We're ready to come up with the Logic.
004:42:42 Evans: Okay, Houston, Logic 1 is coming on now and Logic 2.
004:42:48 Overmyer: Roger.
004:43:13 Evans: And, Houston, just to keep track of EMS null bias check that time, was - went from 100 to 100.7 in 100 seconds.
004:43:34 Overmyer: 17, we'd like to just verify on that top line S-IVB/LM Sep circuit breakers - both of them are Closed?
004:43:45 Cernan: Okay, we'll verify them again. We doublechecked them.
004:43:49 Overmyer: Okay, we just didn't hear your call and we want to make sure of that. Didn't want to miss anything here.
004:43:53 Cernan: Okay. They are - they are verified Closed, and Jack just checked them again.
004:43:57 Overmyer: Okay. You are Go for Pyro Arm and Go for extraction.
004:44:01 Cernan: Okay, Go for Pyro Arm; Go for Pyro extraction - or LM extraction [laughter].
004:44:09 Schmitt: Okay, Pyro Arm.
004:44:10 Evans: Okay, we'll Arm the old Pyros. There's Pyro A; Pyro B.
004:44:17 Schmitt: Servo Power number 1 [garble].
004:44:19 Evans: TVC Servo Power, AC 1.
004:44:21 Schmitt: Trans Control Power, up and On.
004:44:24 Evans: Trans Control Power is On.
004:44:29 Evans: Okay, Rot Controllers are Armed. Okay, I'll wait just a little bit on that - EMS to Normal. Get Delta-V [garble]
004:44:58 Evans: Okay, EMS to Normal? Push right there. Yes.
004:45:06 Cernan: Okay; on my mark, the S-IVB/LM Sep will come on.
004:45:09 Evans: Okay, and then I'll back it off to - Okay?
004:45:23 Cernan: Okay, on my mark, S-IVB/LM Sep: 3, 2, 1...
004:45:32 Cernan: Mark it. Okay, we got it.
004:45:35 Evans: Oh, ho! Man, did we! There she goes. Yes; LM came with us.
004:45:43 Evans: Okay, we're CMC, Auto. All right. We've got 0.6. It's all right. Okay, whoopee-dee-doo!
004:45:58 Evans: Safe the Pyros. Okay, Logic'S Off.
004:46:08 Evans: SECS - SECS Arm breakers are Open.
004:46:17 - This is Apollo Control. America and Challenger are on their own. LM ejection occured at 4 hours, 45 minutes Ground Elapsed Time; at an altitude of 13,000 nautical miles [24,000 km] from Earth.
004:46:41 Evans: Now I think we ought to go to the maneuver pretty quick. Otherwise, the S-IVB will be so far away you can't see it. Okay, you ready to maneuver?
004:46:56 Evans: Okay, CMC in Auto, caged. Away we go. That - that [garble] wasn't as bad as the original Sep.
004:47:12 Evans: Yes.
004:47:17 Evans: Came right out, though.
004:47:19 Schmitt: Mapping Camera and Pan Camera are Off.
004:47:29 Evans: Okay. Power'S Off. Hey, Jack. Hand me the Hasselblad. I think we're bowing the right direction. Yes, the Moon is there. The Earth is - that's the Earth.
AS17-148-22699 - Africa, Arabia, Red Sea - JSC scan
AS17-148-22700 - Africa, Arabia, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden - JSC scan
AS17-148-22701 - Africa, Arabia, Madagascar - JSC scan
AS17-148-22702 - Africa, Arabia, Madagascar - JSC scan
004:47:52 Evans: Servo Power's Off, yes.
004:47:56 Evans: The Earth just fills up window 5. Okay, f, infinity, about a 250th.
004:48:15 Evans: What - what do you have? A zero in there? Hey, I lost my watch. Turn the AC Off. Yes, AC is Off. Whoops, what a beauty! What a beauty! Yes, the Earth. I can see the S-IVB. It's going [garble].
004:48:45 Evans: Look at that.
004:48:48 Evans: Yes, Madagascar and Africa. Got to be.
004:49:00 Evans: [Garble] see it.
004:49:02 Evans: Got to be.
004:49:05 Evans: Yes, as soon as I find the S-IVB, we'll...
004:49:21 Evans: Hey, there's Antarctica. It's all full of snow. Okay. You want to look?
004:49:35 Evans: Yeah.
004:49:42 Evans: Yes. Oh, there it goes, there. Looks kind of empty down there without the LM...
004:49:53 Cernan: Okay, Bob, we're looking right up the dome of the S-IVB.
004:49:59 Overmyer: Roger. We copy that. We're standing by for your Go for yaw maneuver.
004:50:19 Evans: We can give them a Go for yaw, can't we? We can see it now.
004:50:24 Cernan: Yes, we can see it. You've got the Go for the yaw.
AS17-148-22703 - end-on view of the S-IVB, LM in foreground - JSC scan
AS17-148-22704 - end-on view of the S-IVB. LM thrusters and VHF antenna in foreground - JSC scan
004:50:31 Overmyer: Roger. Thank you, 17.
AS17-148-22705 - end-on view of the S-IVB. LM thrusters and VHF antenna in foreground - JSC scan
AS17-148-22706 - end-on view of the S-IVB. LM thrusters and VHF antenna in foreground - JSC scan
004:50:42 Cernan: Looks like she came out of there clean as a whistle.
AS17-148-22707 - end-on view of the S-IVB. LM thrusters and VHF antenna in foreground - JSC scan
AS17-148-22708 - end-on view of the S-IVB. LM thrusters and VHF antenna in foreground - JSC scan
004:50:48 Overmyer: 17, Houston. The yaw maneuver will be starting in about 4 plus 52, a little less than 2 minutes from now.
004:50:55 Cernan: Okay.
004:51:16 Overmyer: Sounds like you are taking a picture of that old dome out there, huh?
004:51:22 Evans: Oh, we're at the end. [Laughter.] We're at the end - you know.
004:52:21 Evans: [Garble] in there.
004:52:35 Evans: Hey, there it goes. Look at the aft fire of the thing.
004:52:38 Cernan: Yes, we can see it fire now.
004:52:46 Overmyer: Roger, 17. Yaw maneuver started.
004:52:54 - The Saturn third stage now maneuvering into attitude for the APS evasive maneuver, a 10-foot-per-second burn using the Auxiliary Propulsion System that will assure...
004:53:06 Schmitt: The old S-IVB had a flare for the dramatic, but it certainly did its job for us.
004:53:10 Overmyer: Roger, Jack. Preliminary data indicate that you are about as nominal as you can be.
004:53:26 Cernan: That's the way we'd like to keep it, Bob.
004:53:28 Overmyer: You'd better believe it.
004:53:31 Cernan: Okay. She's - as we're looking at it, she's pitching up. She was looking right at us - we were looking right at the dome - and now she's pitching up. The shroud around the IU seems to be totally intact. It - it looked like a super clean separation. I can't really see where there's any paint or anything externally chipped off the - the booster from here. We're beginning to - to pick up the bell. It's really a shame you don't have this - this whole thing on TV; it's really quite a sight.
AS17-148-22709 - S-IVB performing yaw manoeuvre. LM thrusters and VHF antenna in foreground - JSC scan
AS17-148-22710 - S-IVB performing yaw manoeuvre. LM thrusters and VHF antenna in foreground - JSC scan
AS17-148-22711 - S-IVB performing yaw manoeuvre. LM thrusters and VHF antenna in foreground - JSC scan
004:54:12 Overmyer: Roger. We concur with that.
004:54:25 Cernan: The Mylar and the gold coating on the inside of the shroud that's now visible is also intact. It looks like you could use it again if you could get it back.
004:54:43 Overmyer: Well, it's got a job to do when it hits the Moon yet.
004:55:15 Cernan: Okay, Bob. We've - we're almost looking at it broadside now.
004:55:20 Overmyer: Roger.
004:56:01 Cernan: Okay. She's spitting a little; looks like the yaw maneuver may be complete.
004:56:13 Cernan: We got a - full view of the - entire J-2 from here; and no kidding, Bob, the whole bird, the shroud at the top by the IU, the separation plane down by the S-II, from here all looks as clean as a whistle, all the way.
004:56:32 Overmyer: Roger, Gene. If you're happy, we'd like a Go from you for the evasive burn.
004:56:40 Cernan: Okay. You're going to burn on the booster's plus X-axis, is that right?
004:56:45 Overmyer: That's affirmative.
004:56:48 Cernan: Let's get a picture or two here yet, and we'll give you a Go.
004:56:58 Overmyer: And, Gene, it'll be about 7 minutes until the evasive burn; 5 plus 03.
004:57:03 Cernan: Okay. You have a Go.
004:57:10 Schmitt: And for your reference, at frame 105 I started a few 250-millimeter pictures of the S-IVB.
AS17-148-22712 - The S-IVB almost broadside to the spacecraft. The outer surface of its hydrogen tank seems to show ice still adhering to it - JSC scan
AS17-148-22713 - The S-IVB almost broadside to the spacecraft - JSC scan
AS17-148-22714 - The S-IVB almost broadside to the spacecraft. Its fate is to impact the Moon's surface in about three days time - JSC scan
004:57:24 Overmyer: Roger, Jack.
AS17-148-22715 - S-IVB partially out of frame - JSC scan
AS17-148-22716 - S-IVB partially out of frame - JSC scan
AS17-148-22717 - Southern Africa and Madagascar - JSC scan
AS17-148-22718 - Northeast Africa, Arabia and India - JSC scan
AS17-148-22719 - Africa and the Atlantic Ocean - JSC scan
AS17-148-22720 - Southern Africa and the South Atlantic Ocean - JSC scan
AS17-148-22721 - Southern Africa, the South Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica - JSC scan
004:58:21 Cernan: And, Bob, the entire sky, as far as I can make it out through the hatch window, is completely filled with our twinkling flakes.
AS17-148-22722 - North Africa and the Sahara Desert, Arabia and the Red Sea - JSC scan
004:58:47 Overmyer: Roger. We copy that.
S-IVB - JSC scan
004:58:57 Schmitt: I saw a couple particles go by the window awhile back, and it looked a little bit like insulation in this - these particular case - styrofoam insulation, but in flat flakes.
004:59:19 Overmyer: Roger that.
004:59:22 Schmitt: That was right after we separated from the S-IVB.
004:59:28 Overmyer: Roger.
004:59:29 Schmitt: CSM Sep - CSM Sep, Bob.
004:59:33 Overmyer: Roger. Understand.
004:59:37 Cernan: Bob, I know - I know we're not the first to discover this, but we'd like to confirm, from the crew of America, that the world is round.
004:59:52 Overmyer: Roger. That's a good data point. Have you gotten a good look at any of that weather down there on the Antarctic?
005:00:02 Cernan: Well, on Ron's window number 1 - maybe he can tell you a little about it.
005:00:09 Evans: You know, it's real funny there in Antarctica the - You can see the snow, but there isn't any weather at all in it. All of the weather's around it in the water.
005:00:18 Overmyer: Roger.
005:00:20 Schmitt: That's where the moisture is.
005:00:26 Evans: I don't know what to take a picture of.
005:01:12 Evans: I can't see the U.S. at all.
005:01:14 Overmyer: 17, Houston.
005:01:16 Cernan: Go ahead.
005:01:17 Overmyer: Look's like you've got a superconservative CMP up there. We've run off some numbers - Looks like you used about 40 pounds of RCS on the T&D, and you've used about a total of 42 pounds RCS total; so we're hanging right in there. Beautiful.
005:01:34 Cernan: Very fine; glad to hear that.
005:01:37 Schmitt: [Garble] velvet touch.
005:01:40 Evans: Still a little bit too much, but that's not bad.
005:01:42 Cernan: We'll be glad to leave all that extra, I hope, in the Service Module when we get home.
005:02:47 Evans: It's in the Volkswagen pouch down there.
005:03:10 Evans: Oh, I'll change the lens now.
005:03:11 Overmyer: 17, Houston. It's about 30 seconds from the evasive maneuver burn.
005:03:17 Cernan: Okay.
005:03:19 Evans: Here, Jack, can you see him good? Check the settings there. I took an f/22 stop.
005:03:51 Cernan: There it goes, Bob.
005:03:52 Evans: There it goes; finally.
005:03:54 Overmyer: Roger.
005:05:11 - This is Apollo Control at 5 hours, 5 minutes.
005:05:12 Overmyer: 17, Houston. The evasive burn is complete, and the LOX dump will be at 5 plus 24 plus 20.
005:05:23 Cernan: Okay; 5 plus 24 plus 20.
005:05:25 Overmyer: Roger.
005:05:26 Evans: It's going to be gone, I think, before we see it.
005:05:41 Cernan: And, Bob, you can tell Frank to forget the - returning that phone call I made to him a couple days ago.
005:05:50 Overmyer: Roger. Understand.
005:05:54 Cernan: All my questions are answered.
005:05:56 Overmyer: Think you've had enough booster briefings, huh?
005:05:59 Cernan: Yes. I figure this is probably the best one of all.
005:06:04 Overmyer: Frank said he'd guarantee all those S-IVBs would be just as good as this one.
005:06:08 Cernan: Okay. That's - fair enough.
005:06:21 Cernan: The S-IC and the S-II didn't put on a bad show either.
005:06:24 Overmyer: That's right.
AS17-148-22725, one of the Blue Marble series of photos - JSC scan
AS17-148-22726, one of the Blue Marble series of photos - JSC scan
AS17-148-22727, one of the Blue Marble series of photos - JSC scan
AS17-148-22728, one of the Blue Marble series of photos, although on this image, the southern limb of Earth is out of frame - JSC scan
005:08:38 Evans: Houston, magazine November November is on about 123 right now.
005:08:46 Overmyer: Okay, Ron. Magazine November November is on 123.