Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

When you have a few minutes, we would like to hear the detailed crew status report from you.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Well, like we would like to know, in the last 24 hours, has anybody had any symptoms similar to Frank's. We would also like to know—You know, we told you the other day to take Marezine as you like—we would like to know if anybody had taken any drugs, and then we would like to talk over there about sweet breads and water and such.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Nobody has taken any other drugs; nobody took any Marezine; nobody is sick. Bill took one of those pills, a sleep Seconal pill, last night. Everybody had breakfast this morning and ate most of a meal—1 day 3—meal A day 3. What else do you want?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We would like to tell you to drink plenty of water. We think that your water intake may be down. We copied your dosimeter readings. The only other thing is we just were wondering how in general you feel. We show you to have about 15 hours sleep total—Frank or Bill about 10, and Jim about the same, and we were wondering just how you are feeling in general.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We all feel fine; we are going to fix it now so that we all have one more rest period before the LOI.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Happiness is bacon squares for breakfast.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

If you don't eat them all, bring them back, and we'll polish them off here.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay, Houston. Apollo 8 here. I stand corrected, William had one Marezine. He didn't tell me about it; he snuck it.

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Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand Lovell took the Marezine. Understand.

Frank Borman (CDR)

That's Bill Anders, and he took one when he took the—with the Lomotil, when the doctors told him to.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. We copy that. Thank you.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. We are back on the bar-b-que attitude, starting PTC.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Apollo 8. Thank you.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Mike, we ran the latest state vector we have through the P21, and it showed the pericynthian at 69.7 miles.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Yes, we were all having big talks about that down here. It looks like you are giving us a real good comparison on our system. Looking—looking extremely good.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We've got the navigator par excellence.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. What was the time you used on that P21?

Frank Borman (CDR)

6910 there, Mr. Slide Rule.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Mike, I wonder if Buzz wants us to change the time?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Are you going to give us an update for a maneuver PC plus 2 that does not assume a flyby maneuver?

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8 here.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Here is a rather brief summary of the updates that you will be getting. The one that you have now for PC plus 2 following an LOI minus 8 flyby maneuver is still good. That will not be updated. The next update you will get will be MCC 4. After that, you will get two PC plus 2 maneuvers, that assume MCC 4 completed. One will be a minimum DELTA-V, and the other will be a fast return. Do you copy?

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. Understand, and also I take it for MCC 4 you are going to give us a new alignment. Is that correct?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Frank. I've got a lot of talking to do regarding TV cameras and brackets and whatnot. I would like to start in on it whenever you are ready to talk about it.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Let me get a piece of paper out.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. First a question. Are you planning to show us TV pictures of the earth today?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Well, that is what we wanted to do. It seems that would be the most interesting thing we can show you, but we—you know, we had trouble with the lens.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Well, okay, that's good. All this procedure that I am going to give to you here is relative to what we hope are fixes to the lens and for looking out your rendezvous window at the earth, and all the gimbal angles and all that good stuff is based toward looking out the window at the earth rather than at the moon. Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. First, unstow the red filter, the polarizing filter, the red and blue filter holder, and some tape. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Let me write this down.