Jim Lovell (CMP)

There is a crater Taruntius, I believe, over there.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

We will try to get TV on this at a later time, when we are not getting ready for a burn.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

I can see the old second bishop right now, Mount Marilyn.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Houston, at these sun angles, everything is quite distinct; shadows are good; the ground doesn't have any sunlight returned. It appears very good visibility at these sun angles.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

As a matter of fact, Bill just mentioned that the visibility seems to be excellent just about up to the terminator. It's something which I didn't expect. I thought there would be a little bit more gradual shift to darkness, but it's very sharp and distinct.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Of course, we are in a very high phase angle now.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. All of your updates are in; the computer is yours. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Break. Apollo 8, Houston. Your TEI 2 PAD is good; stand by to copy your TEI 3. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. TEI 3. SPS/G&N 46427, minus 053, plus 141 075:31:29.95, plus 28960, minus 00456, plus 00720. Copy?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. 180 021 002, not applicable, plus 00188 28972 251 28793 40 2769 396. Copy?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. 033 0000, left 17, plus 0883, minus 16500 12955 36185 146:35:07; Sirius, Rigel 129, 155 010, ullage two jets, 20 seconds, quads Bravo and Delta. Horizon on the 24 degree line at ignition minus 3 minutes, assumes no LOI 2. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. SPS/G&N—this is for TEI 3—46427, minus 053, plus 141 075:31:29.95, plus 28960, minus 00456, plus 00720 180 021 002, NA, plus 00188 28972 251 28793 40 2769 396 033 0000, left 17, plus 00883, minus 16500 12955 36185 146:35:07; Sirius, Rigel 129, 155, 01, two jet, 20 seconds, B and D, horizon 2 degrees at ignition minus 3 minutes, assumes no LOI 2.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Readback is correct.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston with a TEI 3—with an LOI 2. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. TEI 3: SPS/G&N 45810, minus 053, plus 141 075:21:28.46, plus 30128, minus 00540, plus 01911. 180 019 001. Copy?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Not applicable, plus 00188 30193 255 30008 40 2742 396 033, down 021, left 18. Copy?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Plus 0888, minus 16500 12955 36185 146:34:50 GDC, align no change, ullage no change, horizon 1 degree at ignition minus three. Assumes LOI 2. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead—or Houston, this is Apollo 8. TEI 3 with LOI 2. SPS/G&N 45810, minus 053, plus 141 075:21:28.46, plus 30128, minus 00540, plus 01911 180 019 001, NA plus 00188 30193 255 30008 40 2742 396 033, down 021, left 18, plus 0888, minus 16500 12955 36185 146:34:50; no change, no change 1 degree in the rise of ignition minus three, assumes LOI 2.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Roger. I made one mistake; horizon window is minus 1 degree. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Readback is correct.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. You are GO across the board for LOI 2. Would like to take the DSE for a dump. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. You got it. I understand we are GO for LOI 2.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Before you take the DSE for a dump, let me give you a quick—let me give you a quick rundown on the DSE before you dump it, if you will.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay, Houston. You've got the tape.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Roger.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Would you believe that Taurus, Aida is Pleaides? Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Have you got that tape dumped, Houston? We're about to lose the high gainer.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We're dumping now—looks like we'll be 5 or 10 more minutes.

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Bill Anders (LMP)

Try to get it dumped, and I'll play it, rewind it if necessary -

Bill Anders (LMP)

We are about to lose it, Houston. How far are you on the tape dump?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. It looks like we have lost it. They weren't quite done. We are standing by for a countdown to BIOMED switch left. Over.