Jim Lovell (CMP)

Okay. Go ahead with the entry PAD, Houston.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. We are still going to the mid-Pacific, 357 152 359 146:29:13 267, plus 0813, minus 16503 066 36221 647 12166 36301 146:46:13 0028, the next block is November Alfa, V0 400 0210 0025 0335 0816 160590 312; Zeta Persei, up 165, right 34, up nonexit EMS pattern; Sirius and Rigel, roll 308, pitch 209, yaw 357, no P65 involved. Over.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger, Houston. Entry PAD as follows: mid-Pacific, 357 152 359 146:29:13 267, plus 0813, minus 16503 066 36221 647 12166 36301 146:46:13 0028, NA, 400 0210 0025 0335 0816 160590 312, Zeta Persei, up 165, right 34, up. Use nonexit EMS pattern; Sirius, Rigel, 308, 209, 357, no P65.

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Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

That's correct, Apollo 8.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. You are clear to initiate cabin coldsoak at your discretion. Over.

Jim Lovell (CMP)

Roger, Houston. We're starting that now.

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Frank Borman (CDR)

You have a hot mike, Houston.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Houston, Apollo 8. Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Okay. It doesn't appear that we are going to be able to trigger the primary evaps, so I'm going to go ahead and start up the secondary loop.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay, Apollo 8. We concur.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8, go ahead.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. Since we're going as smoothly as we are here—we've got good COMM—let's start this pyro circuit check about 10 minutes early. What do you say?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8. We can conduct the pyro check just any time.

Frank Borman (CDR)

All right. Why don't we do it here just momentarily then?

Frank Borman (CDR)

We'll give you a call when we're ready.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, we are ready to proceed with the pyro circuit check.

Frank Borman (CDR)

MSFN, are you monitoring the sequential test now?

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8. That's affirmative.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Hello, Houston. Apollo 8.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8. Loud and clear. Affirmative we are monitoring.

Bill Anders (LMP)

Standing by for GO and PYRO ARM.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Apollo 8. You have a GO.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Houston, this is Apollo 8; How is your tracking looking?

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. Everything went fine with the check. We are all armed and ready to go here.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. If you have done everything else, how about let's make a VHF check.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Okay. I'll turn off my S-band; the other two will be on S-band.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Roger. I'll give you a count in just a second.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Simultaneous VHF and S-band. Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Roger. I'm not reading you on VHF.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. Simultaneous VHF and S-band. Do you verify that you are on the left hand VHF antenna? Over.

Bill Anders (LMP)

We can verify the antenna, but we can't verify reading you on S-band or on VHF.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. We are receiving some downlink, although it is considered to be poor quality.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Apollo 8, Houston. We'd like to try the right VHF antenna, if you have time.

Bill Anders (LMP)

We're—we're on right, Ken.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Okay. This is a simultaneous VHF and S-band transmission: one, two, three, four, five. How do you read on VHF? Over.

Frank Borman (CDR)

Read you loud and clear.

Ken Mattingly (CAPCOM)

Understand that's on VHF. Is that affirm?