Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. This is—we would like him to do them, as I say, whenever he is through the series he is on now, and they are the same ones that are printed on your flight plan page 2-86. The first one we'd like to increase to two sets; the second one we'd like to increase to two sets, making a total of five sets on those stars on page 2-86. Do you copy?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. The other change is on an elapsed time of 120—a hundred and twenty hours: we'd like to increase that P23 work, the first star change, from one set to two sets. The second star from one to two —

Bill Anders (LMP)

Wait a minute, wait a minute.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay. Looking for the page; I got it now.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. The first star, make two sets; second star, two sets; for a total of five sets.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

And if you're in a copying mood, I have—would you believe—a couple of changes to your entry checklist which I'd like to read up to you sometime today or tomorrow.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay. Why don't we get them here after this one set of stars.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Bill. I was just given a new one here. While you've got your flight plan out, this would be 130 hours GET. Have you got that page?

Bill Anders (LMP)

I just put it away, but I'll get it out again.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. At 130 hours GET, star 02: Where it is printed two sets, we'd like to make that only one set; and then we would like to add star 11 (star one—one) lunar far horizon, two sets. Over.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Hey, Mike. Is MIT slipping in the back door?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Not really, Jim. It has to do with this W-matrix. You remember that we reinitialized it in lunar orbit, and then we worked on it as you came back on the previous sightings you made, and now we've gone and reinitialized it again at this point. And we'd like to restore it to its former size and shape and whatnot.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Mike, I have got the entry checklist right now. You want to give me an update?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay, Bill. Thank you. The first one is on page E-7.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay, Mike. Ready to go. Now I know why Neil was over there.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

No. You can't blame it on him. Page E-7 under CM RCS preheat, halfway down where it says “UP TELEMETRY BLOCK”—Are you with me?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. After UP TELEMETRY BLOCK, insert “RCS CM heaters circuit breakers to CLOSE.”

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

All they are doing there is just making sure you get your heater circuit breakers closed. The next one is on page E-9.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. On E-9 up near the top under “terminate CM RCS preheat” and the middle there, after “CM RCS heaters OFF, LMP confirm,” insert “RCS CM heaters circuit breakers to OPEN.” That's just opening those two breakers back up.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

And the last change is on page 14.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Yes. This one should be a favorite of yours. Near the top where it says “tape recorder, RECORD FORWARD”- Are you with me?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Insert between “tape recorder” and “RECORD FORWARD,” insert “COMMAND RESET high bit rate.” Over.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Thank you, Bill. That's all.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

How is it going? Do you want any systems dope?

Bill Anders (LMP)

Yes, they are hanging together. I haven't even looked at them for the last half hour. I have been over here in the sun.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Yes, they sure are, Bill. They can get you any specific numbers, whatnot, if you're interested.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Well, I hate to say I wasn't interested, but I don't need any specific numbers right now.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. Very good. We concur.

Bill Anders (LMP)

On second thought, how's the evaporator outlet TEMP doing?

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Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Forty-six degrees, Bill.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Cancel that outer space first.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

How's Magellan coming along?

Jim Lovell (CMP)

I am getting a crossed eye looking at this thing. Hey, Mike, just as a matter of interest, I have been just looking at the earth the last hour and a half and there are two tremendous storms down there. I am not sure just where they are, but the vortices are huge.

Bill Anders (LMP)

That's your first space weather report at the manned weather forecast from space, and he's not so sure where it's raining, but it is raining somewhere.

Bill Anders (LMP)

I'd also like to point out that Magellan is not a good analogy. I would also like to point out that Magellan is not a good analogy. I don't think he made it around.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

How about Alford Chitister?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

I don't know how much detail you can see, Jim, but your subspacecraft point is out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about halfway between Australia and South America.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. The next time I take a look, I'll see what I—we are maneuver to the moon now. We'll see if we can see our shadow.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Seriously, has anyone been able to see the spacecraft from earth? Optically?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

We don't think so, Bill. We haven't been able to confirm that they have.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

You are coming right down the center line of the airways. If you see the airliners going the other way, you better move over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

That's the first time old Lovell's been on track for a long time.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Mike, an interesting viewpoint of the NAV sightings: maneuvering with the minimum impulse controller on the way home is a lot more difficult than going out because of all the fuel we don't have now. Every little pulse really moves the spacecraft around.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand. You have too much control for you.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Howdy, Jim. Dick Underwood is over here. They're getting their film processing all prepared for your film when you get back and tentatively, can you give us some idea of how much you exposed?

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Let me — let me introduce you to the great film man. He will tell you all about it.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Tell him I hope he can account for haze through the windows. We—on our departure from the moon, we tried to burn up as much as—much of what we had left over, which was quite a bit, and tell him I hope he can develop the high-speed film taken at normal film settings.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand you used just about everything and a lot of the high speed; you used it to normal setting.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. We got it in the wrong bucket there a couple of times.

Bill Anders (LMP)

We never did have a chance to do any night earthshine stuff.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Say again about the earthshine, Bill.

Bill Anders (LMP)

We never did have a chance to do any earthshine photography.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. How are you coming along with your P23 marks?

Jim Lovell (CMP)

My eyeballs are getting square. That's what we have been doing most of the day, Ken. Are you receiving the data down below?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. Looks like you are getting some pretty good marks. We have a pretty good hack on the vector and the matrix, and looks like if you wanted to terminate at this point, that we do have good data.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Sounds good. I'll terminate after this —

Jim Lovell (CMP)

— trying to do star 01 again.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Ken, did you have a nice Christmas?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Did you call?