Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

And your manual attitude switches in RATE COMMAND.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

One minute to ignition. Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Twenty seconds to ignition.

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Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. We burned on time, 14 seconds, attitude nominal. Our residuals were plus 2 in VGX, minus 1 in VGY nothing in VGZ. Our EMS stopped about 6.2 and continued counting after the burn.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand 14 seconds, burn on time, nominal attitude, two-tenths X, one-tenth Y, and nothing—minus one-tenth Y, and nothing Z; and you put 6.2 on the EMS, and it continued to count after the burn. Is that affirmative?

Jim Lovell (CMP)

No. We put the burn—we put the burn DELTA-V in the EMS, and after the burn, it was still counting.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Okay, Houston. We transferred the state vector to the LM slot.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Jim. Thank you, and I still don't understand you on this EMS. Counted down from 5 to zero normally and then continued through zero in a negative way, and now it's reading minus 6.2? Is that affirmative?

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. That's right. It was counting up when we shut it off. Last time I saw it, it was 6.9. Now Frank just put it on AUTO again with the DELTA-V function switch in DELTA-V, and it jumped six-tenths. Then he tried the second time, and it stayed at zero so we really don't know what the story is.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, this is Apollo 8.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I guess you want us to resume PTC, right?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We'd like you to resume the PTC attitude, pitch 010, yaw 045; and then come out of it again for your P23 that you're scheduled for about another hour and 10 minutes, in another hour and 10 minutes.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Mike, this is Frank. Is this TV still scheduled for 104:50?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

That's affirmative, Frank, if you can manage it.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

How's it going with the TV, Frank? Are we—can the networks count on having it on schedule? Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Yes, we can have it on schedule. We don't have much to do, but we'll perform for you.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. We have a bunch of filter experts standing by if you need any advice.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Well, we're just going to have to just do it inside today because there are no good shots of the moon or the earth; the sun's too darn bright.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

I think it's raining out there.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Yes, that's what we thought.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Go ahead.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. On this EMS, when I put it in DELTA-V, it was reading zero; then I switched to AUTO. Sometimes it will count to 19 or 20 feet per second. I guess that is what happened.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand when you put it to AUTO, it maybe will keep counting up to as much as 19 to 20 feet per second.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Just when you put it to AUTO; it will start counting on some occasion, by itself.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Mike, we're ready when you are.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Yes, we're ready, Frank. We're all squared away and eagerly standing by.