Bill Anders (LMP)

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

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?

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Spoken on Dec. 26, 1968, 2:50 a.m. UTC (49 years, 12 months ago). Link to this transcript range is: Tweet

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Did you call?