Jim Lovell (CMP)

This is an 8-power instrument I have.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Right. Well, we are seeing the entire earth now including the terminator. Course we can't see anything past the terminator at all. Are you able with your binoculars to see the dark horizon? Anything past the terminator?

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Negative, Mike. We can't see anything past the terminator with the binoculars or without them. This earth is just too bright, and it cuts down the night adaptation to see anything on the dark side.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Since this is winter—since this is winter time in the northern hemisphere, we can see all of the South Pole and the southern ice cap, and not too much of the North Pole.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Hey, you and Jim better get together. Jim just said he saw the North Pole.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

He is looking out a different window.

Bill Anders (LMP)

That is what makes it different.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Do you still have the —

Bill Anders (LMP)

He has the monocular upside down.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Do you still have the polarizing filter in front of the camera?

Bill Anders (LMP)

Negative?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Try putting it back in front of the camera one more time.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

And once again, we need a small attitude correction. Our earth is disappearing up and to the right. Our earth and your earth. The wrong way, wrong way. A little bit more. Okay. That is fine if you can hold it right there. Oops! Now it's slipping back off again. Okay. Keep coming a little bit more, a little bit more. Okay. Ninety degrees to that direction; that is the wrong 90, the other way. There we go. A little bit more. Nope, wrong way, wrong way; I am sorry. Keep coming in that direction. No, it is gone up at our 12 o'clock. There we go, it is coming back down. There we go, it's coming back down, it's coming back down. Bring it down a little bit more. Okay. Stop. Now we need 90 degrees to that direction again.

Bill Anders (LMP)

I hope that the next camera has a sight on it.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Well, that has disappeared, just practically. We were wondering if there was any chance of your looking out one of the other windows and seeing the moon? Hey, it is coming back in, Bill. Okay. Hold it right there. That is just fine for the earth right where you are. That is extremely good on the earth if you can just hold that.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I don't think we have—It has the polarizing filter in front of it now, Mike.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Thank you, and it is centered very well. We get a very slight improvement with this, but in general, it is very good considering the distance. How about the moon, Frank? Is it visible through one of your other windows? Could you get it visible with a small maneuver?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Negative. I think we will have to save the moon for another time.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. I understand. You are still very well centered with your picture. We noticed a couple of jumps in the apparent intensity. Did you make some filter changes?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. We tried to put that other red filter in front of it, but it didn't seem to fit.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We would—On a final test when you get down to the end of your allotted time here, we would like you to remove all filters and let us see how it looks with all filters removed, and then we would like to get several spotmeter readings at the very end after the test.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. We will be removing the red filter now.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Do you still have us, Mike? The lens is off now.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. We have it, and if you could maneuver it toward the terminator slightly, you would again center our picture.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Stand by. How's that? Is that the right direction?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

That is the right direction. Keep coming. Now that is the wrong direction, Frank. Did you —

Frank Borman (CDR)

How is it now, Houston?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Well, negative. I need another maneuver toward the terminator. It is drifting off the screen to our 11 o'clock. We appear to need a maneuver toward the terminator, Frank.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

No, that is apparently the wrong way, Frank. We are starting to lose the picture. There you go. That is the correct way.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay, Houston. How's that for today?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

That is just fine, Frank. That's great. We would like to, at the conclusion here, take three spotmeter readings. You can do that at any time at your convenience. We would just like to get some after-the-fact readings on the earth intensity.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Jim has got the spotmeter on now.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Is it centered now, Houston?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

That's good right there. Hold that right there. That's good. That's perfect.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay, earth. This is Apollo 8 signing off for today.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Good show, Apollo 8. We appreciate it. See you manana.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We have Haney down here following your trajectory, so all is well. He says you're 10 minutes from the moon's sphere of influence.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 8. Returning to the PTC mode.

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Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Understand; returning to PTC. Thank you.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

You can tell Jim he is getting pretty ham-handed with that P21; he got a perilune altitude three-tenths of a mile off what we are predicting down here.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Apparently, he got 69.7 and the RTC says 70.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Are we going to leave it at that, or are we going to correct it to make it lower?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We are talking about it, Frank.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We have got a lumen reading of about between 1 and 1.25 thousand—1.25 K.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand; between 1 and 1.25 K. Thank you.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. If you put your CM TLM to ACCEPT, we will send you our state vector.

Frank Borman (CDR)

How does everything look, Mike, all our systems and everything? See any switches out of place?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Negative. I'll take a check around here, but it is looking good. Just a second.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We are all over the cabin, Mike, like monkeys, and I wanted to make sure we didn't hit anything.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Everything is looking good down here. All switches and systems are GO.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 8. How are you reading on OMNI D?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We are reading you loud and clear, Frank.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. We are reading you like that, also. Thank you.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We are having a playback of your TV shows and are all enjoying it down here. It was better than yesterday because it didn't preempt the football game.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Thank you. Don't tell me they cut off a football game; didn't they learn from Heidi?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Well, you and Heidi are running neck and neck in the telephone call department.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Hey, Jerry, how much water does this—the water dispenser in the lower equipment bay, the one that puts out hot and cold water—how much comes out of that with each shot?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Stand by. I'll take a check on that. And, by the way, welcome to the moon's sphere.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

The moon's sphere—you're in the influence.

Frank Borman (CDR)

That's better than being under the influence.

Frank Borman (CDR)

My handy LMP had his schematics out at the drop of a hat and informs me that it's 1 ounce per cycle.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, looks like the flying EECOM the ground EECOM came to a dead heat on that one.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. We got the same answer at the same time.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I'll have Bill put it on the tape recorder and send it down to you.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay, 8. We want to run a little exercise on the ground here to make are that we're able to dump the tape and bring the voice portion back to Houston in a timely manner. So we plan to dump your tape, and we're going to exercise the procedure on the ground to get it back here and take a listen to it. We believe that we have something on the tape already unless you have recorded over it after the last dump. Just to make sure, we'd like to have you just say a few words, give us a short count or something on the tape and anything else that you might want to put on there. And we're going to do this in the next 5 minutes before we get away from Madrid. That's the site we want to exercise, so we'll go ahead and do that, and we'll tell you before we make the dump.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, Houston, this is Apollo 8. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay. Ken, we put a few comments on the last of the tape after we heard from you, and it's being rewound now, and you can have it as soon as we get it back to the beginning.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. We'll have to wait. It looks like you are going out of the attitude to use high gain. We'll catch it next time around and then dump it.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay. I know this would be better in high bit rate, so it will probably take quite awhile.