Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Going to ZERO OPTICS.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Are you through with the computer now, Mike?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

It's your computer; P27 LM state vector in and verified.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger. We're going to put it in the CSM slot.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. That's affirmative.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. TEI 8, SPS/G&N: 45701, minus 040, plus 157 085:18:19.04, plus 33195, minus 01267, plus 04716 179 008 001, NA, plus 00187 33552 311 33355 42 09090 252, Dzuba down 060, left 4.2, plus 0773, minus 16500 12982 36256 146:46:18; Sirius, Rigel, 1.29 155 010, four-quad, 15 seconds, horizon 4 degrees at TIG.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

You keep good books; that's all correct.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. Some time back, we noted evidence of a restart in the computer and wondered if you had any remarks about it. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

I know it. Jim got screwed up on one of those programs. He's getting kind of tired here, and we got a RESTART and a couple of PROGRAM ALARMS. I don't know what he did.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Frank. The main point is the computer is looking fine to us, now.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Houston, don't believe all you hear up here.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

No, we have a filter, Jim, for that.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger. In some of Jim's previous comments about the limb brightness as the sun was about to come up has sparked a lot of interest down here. And we'd like to ask him if he gets a chance to notice again or perhaps he can recall, whether there were any changes in the appearance of the stars. Such as, did he notice any twinkling while this was taking place, and did he notice any narrow limb brightening within 10 to 20 seconds prior to the sun's rising? Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

He'll be with you—he's doing a P52 now.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Houston, my comments concerning the sunrise was the comments above the terrain. There appeared what might be called diagonal light or light due to the haze or something like that. As the sun came above or before the sun came above the limb, definite rays could be seen coming from the other side. It was a uniform haze emanating from the center spot where the sun was going to rise, and this was something which I didn't expect.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, Jim. Understand. We copied that and just curious, and if you see it again whether you notice any stars twinkling or any additional information.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Will do. Won't have a chance until control point 1.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Actually, he doesn't want to pass out too much of that information. He wants to save it and write a paper when he gets back, Mike.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Right. In German, probably, huh?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. What time is that TV, Mike, 85:37?

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

85:37 to terminator, which is probably like 86:14.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Well, I don't know if we can go that long with it, and I'm going to scrub all the other experiments, the converging stereo or other photography, and we are a little bit tired; I want to use that last bit to really make sure we're right for TEI.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Roger, I understand, Frank.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

A couple of miscellaneous items for you: we'd like for you to discontinue charging battery B at this time; we'd also like to get a cryo stir, 2 minutes on all four; and your UP TELEMETRY IU switch, put to BLOCK, please, and you are GO for the next lunar orbit.

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Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Go ahead, Frank.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. I want to scrub these control point sightings on this next REV, too, and let Jim take a rest.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

I understand you want to scrub control points 1, 2, and 3 on the next REV and the converging stereo on the following REV.

Frank Borman (CDR)

That's right. We're getting too tired.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

This REV coming up we would like to clarify whether you intend to scrub control points 1, 2, and 3, only, and do the pseudo landing site; or whether you also intend to scrub the pseudo landing site marks. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

We're scrubbing everything. I'll stay up and try and keep the spacecraft vertical and take some automatic pictures, but I want Jim and Bill to get some rest.

Mike Collins (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Four minutes to LOS. You have control of the DSE now, and all your systems are looking good.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Thank you very much, Mike.