Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Understand. And you are maneuvering to PTC. That's fine.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Well, I would prefer to do that, but we will —

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. Stand by just one.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. We would like to hold off on the passive thermal control until 7 hours GET and, in the meantime, to get as many more P23 marks as we can, starting with the first star and doing two sets of three marks each, and then going to the second star we gave you. And concurrent with that, if possible, we would like Bill to run this high-gain antenna checkout if Lovell's attitude is compatible with that.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. But they have not been to date. We are almost to the passive thermal control attitude now, and Jim is just halfway through taking his suit off.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We'll have to hold off for a minute here.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Frank. And the reason for this is the horizon calibration requires a number of points to give you good data for the onboard NAV coming on.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. We understand. We will be right back with you; just have to wait a minute here.

Frank Borman (CDR)

That failing to separate from the S-IVB kind of fouled us up a little.

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Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 8. How do you read?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. We are standing by. Are you about ready for the high-gain antenna trial?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. Just a second; we will check on that. Then are you in a position where you can go back to the star sightings?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Well, we will be, but we can't until Jim gets ready.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Okay. We will stand, and you give us a mark on that. In just a second, I will check on the antenna. Okay. It looks like we are ready to go on the high-gain antenna check. And we can either go with commands called out from the ground, and you can monitor it, or you can be talked through it, whichever you prefer.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Well, stand by. I guess we are not quite in a proper attitude yet.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We are slowly getting it.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Did you call?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. There is the high-gain antenna on wide auto.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Are you getting the results you want from our high-gain antenna?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Affirmative. We are getting your data, and we may have a beam width change, but stand by on that.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Alright. We're standing by. Jim's about ready to go back to the P23.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. We have a GO until 7 hours on the start of the PTC.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We're on the PTC mode now waiting for Jim, and I noticed that out my window now I can see Orion very clearly, even though the sun is bright in the other window.

Frank Borman (CDR)

It almost pained me to say that, but it's true.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Speaking of the windows, the number 5 window is getting pretty well obscured and the number 3 window is unusable.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand; number 3 is unusable and number 5 is obscured. Can you make out any definition at all, or do you have a target to look at?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Well, I can see the sun. Wait till it comes around the earth, and I'll give you a better hack on that.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We're going to go ahead and try to dump your tape right now. Circuit margins aren't too good at our present configuration. We're going to take a look at it. If it doesn't work, we may have to dump it again at a later configuration.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 8. We're maneuvering back now to do another P23.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Houston, this is Apollo 8. I'll do two more sets on 15, and then we'll do one set on 16.