Phase 1: Launch

Frank Borman (CDR)

Lift off. The clock is running.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roll and pitch program.

Frank Borman (CDR)

How do you hear me, Houston?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Mark Mode 1 Bravo, Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, you're looking good.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Mark Mode 1 Charlie, Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. You are GO for staging. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, how do you read? Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We hear you loud and clear, Apollo 8.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. The first stage was very smooth, and this one is smoother.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Understand; smooth and smoother; Looks good here.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Your trajectory and guidance are GO. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Thank you, Houston. Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Your trajectory and guidance are GO. Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Yes, you're looking real good, Frank.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Trajectory and guidance are GO.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

You have S-IVB to orbit capability. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Thank you. S-IVB to orbit.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Your trajectory and guidance are GO. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Onboard chart confirmed.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Just tried to PU shift, I believe.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Thatch the correct time for it.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Your trajectory and guidance are GO.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. We're picking up a slight POGO at this point.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Understand; slight POGO. Thank you.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. You have level SENS time. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

The POGO's damping out.

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Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Understand; POGO damping out.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. You look good for staging.