Phase 3: To the Moon

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Houston. Copy. Engine off.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. We'll have you through Hawaii in 3 minutes.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Roger. Through Hawaii in 3 minutes.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Apollo 13, Houston through Hawaii. Over.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

13 through Hawaii. How do you read?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. You're weak but clear; it will probably get better in a second. We're standing by for the burn report.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. The booster reports that everything looks good with the S-IV.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Sounds good, Houston. The ride was very nominal. We a little vibration, though, during most of the run.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. We copied your call on that, Jim.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, Joe. the DSKY read 35560, plus 04445, plus 01769, and DELTA-VC was minus 3.0.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Roger. You can't ask for much better than that. How about the burn time? Did you notice?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. On my trusty watch, I had about 3-3/4 seconds long.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Roger, Houston; 13 here.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. We have the S-IVB maneuver to SEP attitude commencing at 2 plus 56 plus 37. Duration of the maneuver: 4 minutes. SEP time, 3 plus 06 plus 37. Over.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. If I heard those right, Joe, the S-IVB maneuver was 2 plus 56 plus 57. SEP time is 3 plus 06 plus 27.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Correction on the second; 2 plus 56 plus 37, and 3 plus 06 plus 37.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. 2 plus 56 plus 37, with the maneuver time and the SEP time, 3 plus 06 plus 27?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

That's plus 37, too. Exactly 10 minutes later, Fred.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

We see the booster doing all the right things, and FIDO says your trajectory looks good, and it looks like we'll stick with a pretty close to nominal midcourse, too. We'll have some numbers for you later.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. And we concur. The S-IVB is maneuvering at this time.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

And, Apollo 13, Houston. We'd like OMNI Alfa. Over.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. Now request OMNI Charlie.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

And, 13, we'll be doing a handover, now.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Apollo 13, Houston. You are GO for T&D.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, Joe. Thank you.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

And, 13, Houston. Check your NOUN 17 for extraction pitch attitude. It should be 319 degrees. Over.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. We'll look at it.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Houston; 13. Do we have a GO for pyro arm?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. Affirmative. You're GO for pyro arm, and recommend you secure the cabin pressurization.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

We did. We closed the waste management vent valve, there. Or waste stowage valves —

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. We're reading 6 psi on the cabin, Jack.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Roger, Joe. Thank you very much.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Yes, that's quite a bang, Joe. We've separated, and we've pitched around about 60 degrees now.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Roger, Jack. We see you pitching.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. We got the SLA panels—one of them is out front now.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Got the S-IVB. I guess we're about 80 feet.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. I'm going to come on with the TV now, Joe.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, Fred. We're waiting for it.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. We've got a groovy TV picture.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Is the focus good enough, Joe, that you can see all the glittering debris?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

We've seen some debris, Fred. The booster itself is a little bit bright. What's your f-stop?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Why don't you go up a click and let us have a look at that.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. You're at 44 now.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. Let's stay there for now and I assume you're in peak.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. Recommend RATE 2 on the BMAGs.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

As you might know, Joe, I've got the center seat, again and I can't see a thing.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

I gave him the TV monitor.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, I'm going to be moving the TV directly. I'm going to pull it out of this bracket, Jim.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. Did you call?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Roger. I'm going to be moving the TV to get a better shot here—moving it out of this bracket.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, Fred. It's just beginning to cut off at the bottom, but it's still a very good picture.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

That's a good picture, Fred.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes, we are just about there. About 10 more feet now.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Everything looks pretty good down in the S-IVB, too. The shroud still looks intact down there.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Good deal. There is really quite a bit of detail on this picture.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. We've got two—two barber poles.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. You should be able to see down into the portion of the IU right now, Joe.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Fred, Houston. We'd like to try going to AVERAGE on the TV for a minute or so.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. You've got AVERAGE, and a little yellow dust cap just floated by in front of us.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Yes. We see it at the top of the screen.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Fred, after a few minutes of this, at your convenience, we could use some interior shots if you get the time and if the lighting is good.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

And, 13, Houston. The S-IVB vent times are nominal as in the flight plan within a few seconds.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

We're hard docked, Houston.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Roger. Understand. Good deal. Fred, one more thing on the TV. If you could come to f:22 again —

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. You've got f:22 again.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

And, Houston, Fred will handle the camera as we go through the postdocking checklist.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, Joe. I am pointing it over toward Jack, and it's pretty bright with the Earth out that window. Is that sort of washing out the picture here?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

No, Fred, it's not. We've got a bright spot where the window is. The rest of you are semi-silhouetted. It's a pretty impressive picture.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

For Fred. The IOS [?] has caught you with the fuel cell reactant values in latch again.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

And we have word that the propellant usage for T&D was nominal.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, what is nominal, please?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Well, I didn't ask that yet, Jack; stand by one.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Fred, this is Houston. Over.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. With the direct sunlight from the window, out of the TV camera field as it is now, we'd like you to open it up an f-stop or so and, if convenient, try to keep that bright spot out of the window.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. I guess we could stand one more twick down on the f-stop.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Joe. He's going to do it.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

That is, we want you to open it up. Looks like a very interesting book you're reading.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Hey, that's pretty, Fred.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. I hope you got more detail than I have on the monitor here.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

No. We probably don't, but it's kind of a neat picture anyway.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Houston, we are now going to finish repressurizing the tunnel.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Houston; Roger.

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Fred Haise (LMP)

… probably hear, Joe, we're just finishing pumping up Aquarius here.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. About all we see on this picture, Fred, are the bright spots with the lights around the tunnel area. The hatch itself is pretty dark.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. By the way, we'd like to know how the high gain antenna lockup worked. Our signal strength is a little bit lower than we thought it would be.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

It looked just the way I expected it to, Joe. I had her sitting there in REACQ with the numbers cranked in and soon as we got pretty much through the rotation, I just threw it down to HIGH GAIN and it appeared to lock right up.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. Good deal. See that flashlight beam wandering around in there.

Fred Haise (LMP)

We'd kind of like to hold off on the—start the venting again until we get the things—pumped back up inside here. Wonder if you might give us a call to remind us when to initiate that.

Fred Haise (LMP)

And we'll try to shift her up to look up into the tunnel here.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, 13; Houston. I think we could use an f-stop lower. What f-stop are you in now?

Fred Haise (LMP)

I'm about as low as you can go, Joe. I'm sitting on 4.4.

Fred Haise (LMP)

What you're looking at, Joe, is the commander has removed the hatch and is proceeding to stow it.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, 13. That's a pretty good picture there.

Fred Haise (LMP)

The CDR is verifying the docking latches now.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Hey, Joe. Jim reports that there's a slight, you know, burn smell up in the tunnel area, as been reported on previous flights.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. The commander reports all docking latches latched.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. For your information, the S-IVB vent is proceeding on schedule.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes, Joe. That's—That's concurring with all the thousands of particles that I see going by outside here.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Yes. I guess I didn't need to tell you.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, it looks like Jim is connecting the umbilical at this time. Is that right?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes, that's affirm—affirm, Joe. Do you have any detail up in there at all? On the monitor it looks like I can—I can make out the drogue—the drogue a little bit, but not much else.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

We can see the probe pretty well, and we can see his hands quite well there.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. We're powering the LM now, Joe.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

And the voltage looks good there, 13.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. We're going to take an outside view now, out the left side, Joe.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. You making out the picture there, Joe?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Yes. Is that the world?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, Fred. That's pretty nice looking picture. We'd like to know what settings you used to get that.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. I think Jim is holding it now and—it—Okay, it should be in about f:22, infinity, and I think the 50-millimeter. And Jim says he thinks he hit Baja in the picture now.