Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Confirm that battery B is a little bit lower, and this is attributed to the parasitic loads that are on there.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay. I just didn't see the same kind of drop for A. So if you think it's okay, it's fine.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

That's affirm. You don't have the same parasitic loads on that; B is actually drawing some.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay. I guess that's the radiators, huh?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We've seen enough of the secondary evaporator. We would like for you to wait about 2 minutes between the time you go to RESET and the time you turn the pump off.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I agree; good idea. And we plan to leave the water control in AUTO.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. Looking over the—our redundant component check, it appears we have not yet checked the integrity of the secondary loop radiators; and if you haven't done that, sometime we would like to open up the secondary radiators but not flow through them and just measure the accumulator pressure.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, we don't show that in our pre-LOI check, but we're willing to go ahead and do it if you want to.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. We just noticed that it isn't there, and, yes, we would like to. You understand that we are not proposing that you flow, but merely we check for any pressure decay.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Wait till I get my trusty assistant here to help me.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay, Houston. We're going to blow the secondary, I mean, open the secondary RAD for 30 seconds now.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. They're closed now.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. Thank you. Looks good.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. No meteoroids yet.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. You take your tape recorder to stop, and we'll reset it then and give it back to you.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. We still need to talk about the REV 2 attitudes we're going to use here to work around the fact that you have a fogged center window. Whenever that's convenient, we'd like to go over what your thoughts are on the subject so we can make sure we can get our flight plan squared away.

Bill Anders (LMP)

My thoughts are to make—to do with the best with what we have. We are not interested in changing a lot of things right now.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. The one proposal that sounds like it has some advantage to it: if we let Jim do his evaluation through the telescope, you do everything exactly the same except you turn and roll over 180 degrees so that your head's up, and let Jim do his tracking through the telescope and you'll still be a yaw right when you go to pick up your TV and that type of thing. It looks like that probably will cover everything. We can do that or we can just go as is and just have to let some of that tracking evaluation go by. Another alternate would be to have Jim look out the right-hand rendezvous window, and you may have to change your attitude in order to get the same picture there also.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I think we'll try to do that, but I don't—this is one of the things that we'll work out when we get there.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. The reason we were looking into it in the flight plan is, if you do want to try rolling over and flying heads up or something of that nature, we can help Bill get a little more out of his photography by giving him some new film settings and that type of thing. We'll have something like that available; in case you do fly heads up, why, we'll have some numbers, we can call up for film settings.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. We are going to have to dump more urine here shortly. Will this bother your tracking?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, we're checking on that with the tracking people now.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, just give us the time when we can start on it, and we'll hold off until you say so.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay, and you can anticipate a handover between stations here on the hour, and you might get a slight glitch as we go through. I'll give you a call when we get back.

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Frank Borman (CDR)

Thank you, Ken. What station are we going to be going to, Ken?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. We'll be going to Honeysuckle.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. You're cleared for a dump at this time, and I understand this is the last gas station for a long time.

Frank Borman (CDR)

You mean you don't want us to dump after this for a while?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

That's affirm. Due to the tracking as you approach the LOI, they would like to minimize any of these type of perturbations.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston through Honeysuckle.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. Houston through Honeysuckle. We read you loud and clear.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Thought you went to sleep.

Bill Anders (LMP)

You got over to Australia pretty fast.