Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, this is Apollo 8. I answered your call on VHF. Did you receive?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. It's not piped back here. MOKR'll have to check and see if they have it on the ground station.

Frank Borman (CDR)

You were loud and clear, Ken.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay, Apollo 8. We receive you loud and clear on VHF through Carnarvon.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Stand by for handover from Carnarvon to Guam on the hour. We should have continuous contact except for the blackout period beginning at 146:51.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger.

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Jim Lovell (CMP)

Houston, Apollo 8. Confirm GO for PYRO ARM.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8, Houston. You are GO for PYRO ARM.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8. You are GO for PYRO ARM. Everything is looking good.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. Everything is looking good here, Ken.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8. It appears that your primary evaporator may have dried out. If you get a chance, go ahead and give it a try to reservice. Over.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8. Ground data indicates the primary evaporator may have dried out. If you have a chance, you might try reservicing. Over.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8. Your secondary loop looks good.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Looking good; both primary and secondary loops look good.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, through the Redstone. You're looking good; both primary and secondary loops are holding good.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8, through Redstone. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Go ahead, Houston. This is Apollo 8.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. Read you loud and clear. You're looking good.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. One minute to RRT.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Radio check.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston through Huntsville. Over.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8, this is Houston through ARIA. Say again, 8.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 8. Over.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Go ahead, Apollo 8. Read you broken and loud.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We've got a real fireball. It's looking good.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We are in real good shape, Houston.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Yorktown has radar on you.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

If you get a chance, we'd like to have your DSKY readings before drogues.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. DSKY reading plus four balls 7, plus two balls 812, minus 16522.

Frank Borman (CDR)

… This is Apollo 8. Over.

Recovery helicopter

The spacecraft is down to 1000.

USS Yorktown

Be ready for code 3.

Recovery helicopter

Yorktown, Rec 3. At this time, the command module is in the water. Over.

USS Yorktown

Roger.

USS Yorktown

Recovery 3 reports splashdown time was 51 and 50 seconds, and rescue is underway.