Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. We will do that. When you get in the PTC attitude, we will let you know when we take the command on the antenna switching.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Just be careful what you do with the tape recorder. Bill's a little sensitive about that.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. We were listening to the tape dumps, and it looks like Bill gets a happy new year after all.

Frank Borman (CDR)

A happy new year? How come, Jack—an, in a joke?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

No, we got that off of his tape dump; he and Jim were discussing that one.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Oh, yes. That's right.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, are you getting all this data from P23?

Frank Borman (CDR)

I wanted to know if you're getting the data from P23?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Ken, we've about run out of gas here on this next set of stars. Would you ask your people to be especially alert there watching the systems tonight?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. It's maneuver to pitch 10 and yaw 45.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. I have—let's see, we've got a hydrogen purge line here that ought to come on about 91:40 and an oxygen-hydrogen fuel cell purge for 92 hours.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Will you call us about those, please?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

I sure will. And, let's see, we just wanted to let you know we've got a real good battery charge going here this time. Looks like—it looks just like the ones in the book, and I'd like to get a battery C voltage before you shut down, and a sleep report on what you did in —

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

— lunar orbit and your plans for the next couple of hours.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Thirty-seven volts on battery C.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. Thirty-seven volts.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We all only got about 2 hours sleep today MAX, Ken. We're going now—Bill's going to stay up awhile, and Jim and I are going to sack out, and we're going to try to rotate short sleep cycles till we can get back to the normal one.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger, sounds like a good idea. And EECOM on the ground tells us that the flying EECOM is to go ahead and put his hydrogen purge line heater on, and we'll get ready for a fuel cell.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Thank you. He can't turn on his radio. There he goes.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I hope it won't disappoint anybody too much if we knock off those last two stars, but Jim is just in a daze, and so am I.

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Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8. One of the things we'd like to have before you shut down also is VERB 64 so we can watch the pointing angles.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Hey, Frank, you might be interested; they are having some trouble with the medics' P-2.

Bill Anders (LMP)

The medics can't clean out their P-2.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Oh, is that right? It's been so busy.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Oh, yeah. It's worn the thing out at the bearings. (Laughter)

Frank Borman (CDR)

Hey, Ken, tell the people if you see anything getting close to the gimbal lock to be sure and whistle, too, will you?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

We sure will, Frank. You will want to make sure one of you keeps your COMM carrier on.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We'll keep one man with a headset on.

Frank Borman (CDR)

That's right. We'll keep one man with a COMM carrier on.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8. You have got some big yaw angle there.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8, Houston.