Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. We'd like high bit rate. We have dumped your DSE, and we'd like to stick with high bit rate for a while.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Well, we're just about over Maskelyne B (Marsh Of Sleep) now, and our target is just directly below us.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. If you want the recorder now, it's yours.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. MSFN tracking is comparing very well with your onboard NAV.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, for your information, we lost radio contact at the exact second you predicted.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Are you sure you didn't turn off the transmitters at that time?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Honest Injun, we didn't.

Frank Borman (CDR)

While these other guys are looking at the moon, I want to make sure we have a good SPS. How about giving me that report when you can?

Frank Borman (CDR)

We want a GO for every REV please; otherwise, we'll burn in TEI 1 at your direction.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. Are you eating?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. Are you eating dinner?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Negative. We'll have breakfast in a little while here.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. When you go into the dark in about 7 or 8 minutes, I have some words for you on the filters for the wide-angle lens, for your TV camera. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We are in the dark now.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Let me know when you are ready to copy.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Any words on earthshine? Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Earthshine is about as expected, Houston. Not as much detail, of course, as in the sunlight, but you can see the large craters quite distinctly, and you can see the albedo contacts quite distinctly. And, also, the—there's a good three-dimensional view of the rims of the larger craters.

Bill Anders (LMP)

I think our high-speed film will be able to pick some of this stuff up quite well.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Go ahead with your information on the filter, Houston.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Roger. We recommend you use a wide-angle lens on this particular TV run. You can use a telephoto lens with the same setup as yesterday's TV show. However, we recommend a wide-angle lens. Step number 1, tape the single red filter to the red filter on the red/blue 0 filter holder; do it so that the filter slide still functions. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Step number 2, attach the filter holder to the lens with the tape on the top and bottom; do this with the slide forward. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Then at the end of your second REV TV pass, or on request from here, we would like you to remove that red filter from the holder and transmit briefly with it that way, then slide it over the blue side for your final transmission. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 8. Standing by to record TEI 1 and TEI 2.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. Your TEI 1 and TEI 2 PAD's you received last pass are still good. Using these PAD's, your next midcourse will be less than 20 feet per second. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We have all the SPS experts looking at your data now. The preliminary look is very good, and we will give you some final words later.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. We could feel the chug when we threw in BANK B, not a chug, but we could feel additional thrust.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, be advised on this red/blue filter technique on the TV. You cannot slide the two filters out of the way with them taped onto the TV camera; so I suggest we do red, blue, and then take them off.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. We concur, but make sure the little red filter is taped over the big one. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Alright, you don't want the red fil—you want the blue by itself. Is that correct?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

That's affirmative, Bill.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Bill, we'd like you to use the double red filter for the first transmission. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. If you should decide that you want to roll heads up on REV 2, one thing to remember, be sure you yaw 45 degrees right in order to maintain your high-gain antenna COMM. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We will not do that; we're going to stick with the flight plan, and make the best we can here.

Frank Borman (CDR)

As usual, in the real world, the flight plan looks a lot fuller than it did in Florida.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We need an O2 purge now.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. And we're standing by for a map update.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Houston, Apollo 8. Just for your information, after we completed P52, I acquired the earth in the sextant. Quite a sight from here.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Row are the systems experts on the SPS coming, Jerry?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

They are still working, Frank; another 5 or 10 minutes.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Your SPS data looks real good. It is just a matter of getting it all in from the site and getting it looked at.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

So far, everything looks copacetic.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We would like to take about 5 minutes of high bit rate. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Five minutes of high bit rate coming on.

Frank Borman (CDR)

You've got it.

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Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston with a map update.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead with the map update.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger, Frank. Map update: REV 1/2, no change; the REV 2/3 follows: 73:04:57, 73:09:37, 73:19:01, 73:48:53, 74:24:23; remarks: Bravo 1 [03:02:16:24|74:16:24]. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. We show you 23 minutes to LOS.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. Are you going to dump the tape?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. You are GO for REV 2; all systems are GO. SPS evaluation is still underway and looking good. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Understand; GO for REV 2. Thank you.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger, Apollo 8. We're still using the tape recorder. We will dump it in a little bit.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. The recorder is yours. You can go to low bit rate.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Request BIOMED switch center.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Put your TELEMETRY INPUT switch to LOW. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 8. We're in the process of preparing meal 4, day—correction: day 4, meal A.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, Apollo 8. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Are you going to be able to dump that tape prior to LOS?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Bill, they say they have already dumped the tape, and it's almost totally clean.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

That means you have got about 2 minutes of low bit rate on there, but the rest is clean. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

The high bit rate of the burn wasn't on there?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Negative. We've already dumped and got that.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay. Let me know when you're going to dump it next time, Jerry. I understand we are GO now on the DSE. Have you got any voice off of it?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

That's affirmative. We did.