Jim Lovell (CMP)

There is a crater Taruntius, I believe, over there.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

We will try to get TV on this at a later time, when we are not getting ready for a burn.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

I can see the old second bishop right now, Mount Marilyn.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Houston, at these sun angles, everything is quite distinct; shadows are good; the ground doesn't have any sunlight returned. It appears very good visibility at these sun angles.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

As a matter of fact, Bill just mentioned that the visibility seems to be excellent just about up to the terminator. It's something which I didn't expect. I thought there would be a little bit more gradual shift to darkness, but it's very sharp and distinct.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Of course, we are in a very high phase angle now.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. All of your updates are in; the computer is yours. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Break. Apollo 8, Houston. Your TEI 2 PAD is good; stand by to copy your TEI 3. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. TEI 3. SPS/G&N 46427, minus 053, plus 141 075:31:29.95, plus 28960, minus 00456, plus 00720. Copy?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. 180 021 002, not applicable, plus 00188 28972 251 28793 40 2769 396. Copy?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. 033 0000, left 17, plus 0883, minus 16500 12955 36185 146:35:07; Sirius, Rigel 129, 155 010, ullage two jets, 20 seconds, quads Bravo and Delta. Horizon on the 24 degree line at ignition minus 3 minutes, assumes no LOI 2. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. SPS/G&N—this is for TEI 3—46427, minus 053, plus 141 075:31:29.95, plus 28960, minus 00456, plus 00720 180 021 002, NA, plus 00188 28972 251 28793 40 2769 396 033 0000, left 17, plus 00883, minus 16500 12955 36185 146:35:07; Sirius, Rigel 129, 155, 01, two jet, 20 seconds, B and D, horizon 2 degrees at ignition minus 3 minutes, assumes no LOI 2.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Readback is correct.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston with a TEI 3—with an LOI 2. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. TEI 3: SPS/G&N 45810, minus 053, plus 141 075:21:28.46, plus 30128, minus 00540, plus 01911. 180 019 001. Copy?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Not applicable, plus 00188 30193 255 30008 40 2742 396 033, down 021, left 18. Copy?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Plus 0888, minus 16500 12955 36185 146:34:50 GDC, align no change, ullage no change, horizon 1 degree at ignition minus three. Assumes LOI 2. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Go ahead—or Houston, this is Apollo 8. TEI 3 with LOI 2. SPS/G&N 45810, minus 053, plus 141 075:21:28.46, plus 30128, minus 00540, plus 01911 180 019 001, NA plus 00188 30193 255 30008 40 2742 396 033, down 021, left 18, plus 0888, minus 16500 12955 36185 146:34:50; no change, no change 1 degree in the rise of ignition minus three, assumes LOI 2.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Roger. I made one mistake; horizon window is minus 1 degree. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Readback is correct.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. You are GO across the board for LOI 2. Would like to take the DSE for a dump. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. You got it. I understand we are GO for LOI 2.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Before you take the DSE for a dump, let me give you a quick—let me give you a quick rundown on the DSE before you dump it, if you will.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay, Houston. You've got the tape.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Roger.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Would you believe that Taurus, Aida is Pleaides? Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Have you got that tape dumped, Houston? We're about to lose the high gainer.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We're dumping now—looks like we'll be 5 or 10 more minutes.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Try to get it dumped, and I'll play it, rewind it if necessary -

Bill Anders (LMP)

We are about to lose it, Houston. How far are you on the tape dump?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. It looks like we have lost it. They weren't quite done. We are standing by for a countdown to BIOMED switch left. Over.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Look, we would like to get it dumped if we could. Standby a second.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Did you get it stopped?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Bill, you can go ahead and turn it off.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay. We are not going to have a high gain now until the next time around. Can you give me some idea of how much of that pass you got.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8. this is Houston. We—negative. We can't tell. You can go ahead and turn it off.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Well, how long did you—did you dump it?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. stand by; they are checking.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston reading you with a great deal of noise in the background. Go ahead and rewind your tape and start it in low bit rate, and we will try to catch that dump at the end of the next rev.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Roger. I would like to have an idea on how much you dumped. So I know whether … all these things or whether we have better setting in.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Stand by.

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Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We are working on that time. We should be able to tell you before LOS. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Did you read my last?

Bill Anders (LMP)

That is affirmative. You will give us a run-down when you figure out how much tape you dumped.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. They feel reasonably sure, however, that if you rewind and start low bit rate, we'll be able to get all of the burn and still not run into what needs to be down linked yet.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. What REFSMMAT are we using for this LOI 2 burn?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Stand by, Frank. We're talking.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. I notice an LOI 2 REFSMMAT. If it is, I don't understand why the pitch is 175.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. You are right; the REFSMMAT is LOI 2. The REFSMMAT was determined out there before the last midcourse correction, and since that time, there has been a slight change of trajectory, and the point at which you are burning LOI 2 now is just a shade different than where it was originally planned. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Go ahead, Houston. Apollo 8.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. DSE is rewound, and it's yours—available for use is about 1 hour of low bit rate and 2 minutes of high bit rate for your burn, without running over your good data. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Do you read us now, Houston?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Reading you loud and clear now.

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo. 8, this is Houston. You are GO for LOI 2 on the next rev. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I can understand GO for LOI 2 on the next rev.

Frank Borman (CDR)

How do you read, Houston?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, this is Houston. Reading you loud and clear. How me?

Jerry Carr (CAPCOM)

Roger. Frank, did you get my message on the DSE?