Phase 3: To the moon

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. The DELTA-TIG looked like it was right on. Burn time appeared to us to be about 2 seconds longer, 517. VGX was reading 95485 when we got it. The attitude was nominal. VI was reading 35452 at cut-off, H-dot 04552, and H is 01791. DELTA-VC on the EMS was minus 20.6.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. We copy that, Jim, and I've got some times here for you.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Booster begins maneuver to SEP attitude at 03:10:55. Takes 5 minutes, so it arrives at 03:15:55, and SEP time, 03:20:55. Your SEP attitude, the gimbal angles on the PAD remain good.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. I have those times. The SEP time will be 03:20:55.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, Apollo 8. Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Go ahead.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. Going to start charging battery B.

Bill Anders (LMP)

And would you keep a special eye on the purge tank and cryo O2 tank 1 DELTA-V for us since our flowmeter is pegged out, we got no warning on O2 high flow.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Bill. We'll do that for you.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Maneuvers started to separation attitude.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 8. How do you read?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Yes, reading you loud and clear, Frank. Understand you've started the maneuver to SEP attitude.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Are you reading us alright?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. Coming up on 3 hours and 15 minutes as per flight plan; we have you GO.

Frank Borman (CDR)

You got any reading on that O2 flow?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We're reading about the same as we were before on that oxygen flow. The reason it's that high is due to the cabin gas changeover. According to Apollo 7, if your data repeats theirs, you can expect it to be high for another few hours.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

You can expect that the S-IVB will be 10 degrees off in pitch at SEP attitude; however, that is GO. There is no problem involved.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. We have you about 30 seconds prior to separation, and everything's looking good.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger.

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Bill Anders (LMP)

We've SEP'd Houston. We got the IVB, right?

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, do you read Apollo 8?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

This is Apollo 8 on VHF and S-band. How do you read?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Hear loud and clear, Bill. How me?

Bill Anders (LMP)

Read you loud and clear. We have SEP and looking good.