Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, we made the burn at 7.7 plus X plus 00001 Y; and Z's are all zeros. Gimbal angles, roll 180, pitch 310, and yaw 020.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. I copy plus X 7.7. Y 0.1; and roll, pitch, and yaw 180, 310, and 20.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Did you get that information, Houston?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. How are you reading?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Read you loud and clear. Did you get the information?

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Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

That's affirmative. I say again, we copied plus X 7.7, one-tenth in Y, no Z; roll, pitch, and yaw, 180, 310, and 020.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. The burn was made at—initiated at 04:45.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Do you want us to transfer that to the CS—to the LM state vector or just leave it alone? You —

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Affirmative, Frank. We would like you to transfer from the CSM to the LM state vector.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

How is that booster looking now? Is it drifting away rapidly, or how does it look?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Bill is the only one that can see it. Just a minute

Bill Anders (LMP)

We're 90 degrees from its X-axis, and we must be out 1000 feet and moving out.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand; 90 degrees from its X-axis and about 1000 feet and separating.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Plus or minus a couple of thousand.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, this is Apollo 8. I think we've got clearance now; we got a little behind on our P23's, but I suggest we go ahead and start those now.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We're well clear of the S-IVB now, Houston.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Bill. Thank you, and at your convenience, could you give us the PRD reading? And as far as the P23 goes, that's just fine to get started with it. It looks like your first star, which is number 14, should be good until about 05:15 GET. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. We'll start P23.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, Apollo 8 with a PRD reading.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. At 4 hours 4 minutes, Commander is 0, CMP 0.64, LMP 0.02.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Got that. Copy left to right: 0, 0.64, and 0.02 at 4 hours and 4 minutes. Thank you.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. At 04:53, it was 0.01, 0.64, 0.03, and negligible on the survey meter.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I have a beautiful view of the S-IVB and the earth here on one. I'll try and get a picture for you.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We've got you about a minute away from the continuous vent open and 14 minutes away from the big dump, and we would like an estimate on your distance now if you can give it.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Stand by. Our distance is about 3000 feet we would estimate.

Frank Borman (CDR)

And we can see the vent.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8. Houston. Say again.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Boy, it's really hard to describe what this earth looks like. I'm looking out my center window, which is a round window, and the window is bigger than the earth is right now. I can clearly see the terminator. I can see most of South America, all the way up to Central America, Yucatan, and the peninsula of Florida. There is a big swirling motion just off the east coast, and then going on over toward the east, I can still see West Africa, which has a few clouds right now. We can see all the way down to Cape Horn in South America.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Good grief, that must be quite a view.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Yes. Tell the people in Tierra Del Fuego to put on their raincoats; looks like a storm is out there.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Will do. Do you care to give them a 24-hour forecast?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Probably as good as any other.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Go ahead.