Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

The Browns took Dallas apart yesterday 31 to 20. We're sort of curious, who do you like today, Baltimore or Minnesota? Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

How many points are you giving?

Bill Anders (LMP)

(Laughter) He's not making many points at home with that comment.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand. Oh, I've got another score for you when you are ready to copy. Are you ready to copy?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Navy 14, Army 21. Would you like for me to repeat that? Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

You are very garbled; Houston; I'm unable to read. Will call you back in another year.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. We also notice the University of Houston lost their first home basketball game in 3-1/2 years last night. Illinois edged them out 97 to 84. And some really big news: the State Department announced only a few minutes ago that the Pueblo crew will be released at 9 p.m. tonight.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Sounds good. Outboard calculations indicate that Apollo 8 at 25 hours is 104 000 miles from home.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Yes. Our plot board shows a similar number.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Mighty nice view from here.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We're showing about 104 800 miles, and we're guessing another 8 to 10 hours on your battery charge.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Frank, say again about the view. You were blocked, I think.

Frank Borman (CDR)

This is a mighty nice view we have down there today. A little bit more than a half earth. Looks like Africa and the Red Sea is visible; we're not quite sure as there is quite a bit of cloud cover; but even through the hazy windows, it's mighty nice.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

How are your windows? Do you have a couple left that are real clear?

Frank Borman (CDR)

The rendezvous windows are good. The others are all about the same as they were when we last reported. One and five have a slight haze and a little fog on the inside.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Just as a matter of curiosity for Bill, we can say a few words about the heaters for the cryo tanks, and also for the fans. We've noticed that the heaters are doing their thing normally, cycling on and off; and as time goes by, this cycle rate increases, indicating a little bit of stratification in the tanks. And then when we've been turning the fans on every 4 hours for a couple of minutes, this stirs things up and the heaters then cycling on and off again more slowly for awhile, until again a little bit of stratification occurs, and the cycling becomes slightly more rapid. This is, of course, normal; we just point it out as a curiosity to you. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. I haven't really been following it that close. One thing I have noticed is when you turn the fans on you get a glitch in the quantity, which might correspond to a glitch in AC. Maybe the next time we'll look at the AC volts and see what happens.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Our experts say that's not the reason for the glitch. They say the stratification fakes out the capacitance sensor there for a second.

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Bill Anders (LMP)

I knew they would have some big deal answer for me.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Any other information you want us to send up to you?

Bill Anders (LMP)

No, we're going to zap you with the high gain here shortly.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, this is Apollo 8. How do you read on the high gain?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Reading you loud and clear, Bill. How me?

Bill Anders (LMP)

I'm reading you loud and clear. I'll go ahead and dump this. You might want to listen to it in real time to evaluate the voice.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. We'll do that as soon as we can.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Give me a call when you are ready.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Do you want to dump it by your command, or would you like us to command the dump on it? Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Oh, you can go ahead and command whenever you are ready.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. we are starting now; thank you.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. I've already rewound.

Bill Anders (LMP)

There is only about 5 minutes worth on the tape, Houston.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand, Bill. You promised me you would wait 3 days before you started doing this, Bill.

Bill Anders (LMP)

It has been a long trip.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Bill. We've got your dump, and the voice quality is very good. We we going to take about 20 minutes or so to get it back to Houston to play it.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. Where are you taking it through, Houston?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

It comes through Madrid and then Ascension, Bill.