Bill Anders (LMP)

Pitch 242, yaw 020. Copy.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, Apollo 8. Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Go ahead.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. We'll hold up on the high-gain check until we get out of P23.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

You may have to delay your lunch a little bit. Are you hungry?

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Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

First time I ever heard you say that.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. It looks to us like the S-IVB is behaving completely normally in regard to all the blowdowns and other sequential events that take place. It looks good.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. How far away is it from us now?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We were going to ask you.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Let's make that 80 kilometers, since there are some international aspects to this flight.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Okay, Houston. We did an optics calibration; we get zeros all the time.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand; optics calibration and zeros all the time. Good.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

It takes a lot longer to do it, though. I had to go to a star like Sirius to finally see it.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand. We are real glad you got that so we can get a horizon calibration to put in the computer.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Looks like the number 5 window is starting to fog up, Houston.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Houston. Understand it's the number 5 that is fogging up.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Houston, P23 coming through with Sirius.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

A little better, these numbers are a little better.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, how do you read? Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Go ahead.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Have you been getting the downlink on the P23?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Now how much longer do you want us to hold off going to PTC?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. Are you recording all of the data from 23, or do you want some read down to you?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Stand by, Jim. We think we are getting it all. We are confirming now. That is affirmative, Jim. We are getting all that is coming down. How is it going?

Jim Lovell (CMP)

It's working very nicely. I finished—one set was Sirius, three stars, and one set with Procyon, or two sightings; three sightings with Sirius and two with Procyon.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay, Houston. This is Apollo 8. We are ready to go to the PTC attitude.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Frank. Understand. And we understand you've completed all sets, three on one and two on another in P23. Is that right?

Frank Borman (CDR)

That's affirmative. But we've finished the five sightings, three on 15 and two on 16.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Frank. What we are doing down here is this. We'd really like the horizon calibration. We would like a total of 15 marks; you know, three sets on one star, two on the other. On the other hand, we are balancing that with the need to go to PTC, and we are not losing sight of the fact that you want to go to PTC right away. So if you will bear with us another couple of minutes, we are trying to decide whether to ask you to go back and do some more of P23 or whether to clear you at this time to go to PTC. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. We started maneuvering to PTC. We are getting kind of far behind, and what I am concerned about, Mike, Jim is now taking off his pressure suit.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand. How about you and Bill?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Well, we are standing by till he gets through.