Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston standing by.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I said is Rod Rose around?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Stand by one, Frank; we'll look for him, and while we're doing that, for Bill the DSE voice quality on high bit rate is very good, so if he wants to use the DSE in high bit rate for a limited amount of time to record important things, we suggest that he do that. We would like him to wait 20 seconds after turning it on prior to talking. Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Rod Rose is sitting up in the viewing room; he can hear what you say.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I wonder if he is ready for experiment P1?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

He says thumbs up on P1.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, with reference to the DSE on high bit rate, what I would like to do this is—if you got the last pass—I'd like to play it—run it back and start at AOS on low bit rate and then go to high when we need it. How would that be?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay, Mike. This is Frank again.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Rod and I got together, and I was going to record a little—say a little prayer for our church service tonight. And I wonder—I guess that's what we are ready on?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 8. Are you still there?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

You're still loud and clear, Frank.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Go ahead, Frank, with your message.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. This is to Rod Rose and the people at St. Christopher's, actually to people everywhere. Give us, O God, the vision which can see thy love in the world, in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust the goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts, and show us what each one of us can do to set forth the coming of the day of universal PEACE. Amen.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I was supposed to lay-read tonight, and I couldn't quite make it.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. I think they understand.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, how do you read? Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Frank, we'd like to know about the water chlorination. Have you—when was the last time you chlorinated the water? Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

About an hour and a half ago; we've already done it.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. We copy you an hour and a half ago. Affirmative?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. You know we wouldn't forget that.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Jim spilled a little, and it smelled like a bucket of Clorox about an hour ago.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Say again.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I said Jim inadvertently spilled some of that chlorine, and it smelled like a bucket of Clorox in here for a little while.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. We have two and a half minutes to LOS, and all systems are looking good. Everything is looking just fine down here, Frank.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We'll have some more information on the TV on the next rev. We're not planning any big change in the time, just to extend them a little bit, I think, closer to the terminator.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Just give us the time, will you, because we just want to know when it is. I'd like to get the terminator if we could, and we've got a little message, and that's it.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. We'll do that the next time you come around.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Thank you. Okay. And have the EECOM guys keep a sharp watch on our systems. Old Anders is so busy fooling around with these pictures that—not much else is getting done.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. The EECOM is doing that.

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Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. Over.