Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

On the P33, just like to verify that you changed the NOUN 88 values for this last star. It looks like they haven't been changed. Over.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

That's better. Let's read you what we—what we have. We have what they had in the flight plan, and if it's been changed from the flight plan, we don't have it.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

We think you're right, Vance. It looks like they used the same set of NOUN 88 for both stars by mistake.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Vance. That ought to complete the P23s, right?

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

We have some results on your—your first star, if you'd like to hear them. The rest of the stars we'll—we'll have to give you in a couple of hours. Over.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay, the first star: the corrected altitude, 15 kilometers plus or minus 4; effective altitude, 12 kilometers plus or minus 7. As far as the substellar point, the value is arc-minutes—2 arc-minutes, and that's very good. And, like I said, we'll get back with you in a couple of hours for the rest.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. We have several items, here. First, is a reminder on the PTC that R1 should be 375—0.375 degrees as last night, to get 0.3-degree rotation rate. The second one —

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. The second one, at 32 hours looking at Bennett's Comet—we want the pictures taken when the spacecraft is as stable as it's going to be before starting PTC. The stability requirement is very high. We weren't sure if you understood that from what we passed up. In addition, the photographs might not show as much as the eye can see of the comet, so if you see anything interesting about the structure of the comet, why, sketching it is in order and is encouraged. Over.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Vance. What we'll do is, when we get to attitude, we'll disable the quads and do like we did last night; we'll let GUIDO and you people down there tell us when you think we are stable enough; then we'll do all this work with the DAC on the sextant, first; and then when we get that done, we'll go back and put the sextant eyepiece back on and see what we can observe visually.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. That sounds good. Also, while you are waiting for the vehicle to stabilize, it might be interesting to have the eyepiece on and be looking at it visually. Okay. Next item: your SPS burn had no anomalies whatsoever. It was a very good burn.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Next item: request hydrogen tank 1 HEATER OFF for balancing purposes.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

And Apollo 13, another item: something that we have observed and you might be seeing is a slight TCE fluctuation on fuel cell 3. This fluctuation has been going from about 152 to 160 over a 37-second period. It has been seen on other flights in the past. No one is worried about it, but the usual fluctuation is about 1-1/2 degrees instead of 7 seconds, so I thought you should be aware of it.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Vance. And one other slight distinction we've noted is the flow of hydrogen versus the oxygen is not exactly matched on fuel cell 3 either.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. We copy. And the last item: we'd like to send you an IRIG update, so at your convenience, request P00 and ACCEPT.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. We are in P00 and ACCEPT, Vance.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Quad C and D are disabled, Vance.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Roger. Disabled. And down here, we see that your hydrogen and oxygen on the fuel cell are exactly matched, so we suspect it's purely a spacecraft read-out problem.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Vance, let us know when you're through with the DSKY so we can load NOUN 88?

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Roger. We'll let you know, Jack.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Apollo 13, Houston. The computer's yours, again.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. You're go for the pictures.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Vance. We tried our AUTO OPTICS and couldn't pick it up there. We're pointing pretty much right into the Sun, and things are pretty well washed out. And I've gone to MANUAL OPTICS and I'm trying to get 0.8, 12.5 on the shaft and trunnion, and I still can't pick it up. So—it's very light in the sextant, so I kind of think maybe we're too near the Sun to see it.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

That's right, Vance. The sextant is all—it's—it's all milky and it—any comet that could be seen through there is just going to be missed in the background.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay, we copy that. We got some discussion. Stand by.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Vance, it isn't—we're not looking into the Sun—what we are getting is a large reflection from the Sun behind us off the LM; and it is—it is coming on that quad 1 there, and that quad is reflecting back into the sextant.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay, Jack. Understand. Just a question: if you look through the telescope, can you see the comet at all? Over.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

No, I can't, Vance. It's—it's still too light.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Are the flowers blooming yet?

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Gee, I sure haven't seen any.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Hey, we've—we've got quite a discussion down here on your trying to observe the comet, and this reflection is not unexpected. And give us another minute, and we'll be back with you on something on that.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. I doubt very seriously though, if we take any photographs with high-speed black and white with the light coming into the sextant that you're going to get anything out of it.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. Unanimous opinion is that you're right, and we'll scratch all of this Bennett Comet stuff on the way out, with the hope that conditions will be more favorable after TEI. Over.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Sounds good. Without the LM, we may have a better chance.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

And Apollo 13, you're GO for PTC. Your rates are very low according to what we can read.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. Are you going to give a call on OMNI B, Vance?

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Roger. Go ahead. Request OMNI B, Fred, and secure the high-gain antenna.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay.

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Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Just something to think about. In about 30 minutes, we can generate the pads that we have yet to send up before the sleep period, so we could support an earlier sleep period if you so desired. And—but, it will take us 30 minutes to get that stuff. The other thing is any time you're ready to copy, I can read up the solo book changes. Over—And, also, two pages in the flight plan.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, Vance. We're about ready to copy the solo book changes and the flight plan changes, and whenever your pads are ready, we'll take those. And as far as moving up the sleep period, that's fine, but we'll—if we don't go to sleep right away, we'll use it to get out some of our lunar maps and study them.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. And we'll get busy getting those pads for you as soon as possible then, and I'll stand by on the copying bit.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, Vance, I'm ready to copy the solo book changes there.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. First, turn to page 12. On the right-hand side of the page, starting from the middle of the page down, everything under “Cycle 5 frames, Replace dark side or dark slide” should be deleted until you get to the very bottom of the page where you have “Acquisition MSFN OMNI D” and that should remain in. Also, leave in “Remove window shades,” which is about the third line down from where you start.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. Okay. Then from “Cycle 5 frames, Replace dark slide,” from there on down, delete.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

That's everything from there on down, with the exception of “Remove window shades” and at the bottom “Acquisition MSFN OMNI D.”

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

And that includes in the margin to the left, the “DAP load” that's at the very start there and the “0.0507” and “plus 0500,” farther down.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay, in the left margin, just below 105 hours GET, cross out the “0507” and the “plus 0500,” and below that, add in “DAP load” as follows: “10111 and 11111.”

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. Now, next, at about 105:05, there's a “VERB 48.” That should be moved up to 105, and below that, the “VERB 49 maneuver” should be moved up, too.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. That “VERB 48” should be moved up to 105:05 and also the “VERB 49.”

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

That should be moved up to 105:00. I'm sorry. Both.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

And what that does is give you more time to maneuver.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Page 14, right-hand side, near the bottom under “Orbital Science,” scratch out “Verify DSE ON,” and also delete “Visual target 3 on track 180 plus 19,” and cross out the penned-in “D5.”

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Next, page 15, left-hand column, or left-hand side, rather, near the bottom, where it says “Configure cameras and tape” and goes down through “Replace dark slide.” Just make the comment there, “Solar corona is optional.” Over.

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay, next page, 16. This is a continuation of the same solar-corona thing. On the right-hand side of the page, starting just above 107:40 with “VERB 49, maneuver to solar-corona attitude,” from there on down to 107:55 just beneath “Replace dark slide,” all of this is in an optional category. So you just might line off —

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

— that and put “Optional, solar corona.” Okay, next, page 17 —

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

— starting at 108:00 on the left-hand side, line out “Stop ORB rate at ORB science attitude.” At—Line out in the left-hand column the DAP load of “10101” and “11111.” Going down to 108:10, add in the following: “Stop ORB rate at track attitude,” and, in parentheses, “0, 353, 0.” In the left-hand —

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay, in the left-hand column under 108:10, put in a DAP load in parentheses of “10101” and, under that, “11111.”

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Beneath that, scratch out “Spacecraft control dash CMC AUTO verify.” Scratch out the “VERB 79” and all in parentheses after that, like the “Minus 00507,” et cetera. And beneath that, scratch out “PRO to start pitch rate.” In parentheses, “0, 230 slash 018, 0.”

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

Okay. Looking to the right, the LM attitude or rather the CSM attitude will be incorrect, so you can cross that off. And beneath the picture of the moon, cross out the—in parentheses, “108.19” and the “0 230/018, 0”

Vance Brand (CAPCOM)

On the right-hand half of the page, cross out the “Orbital science block,” and under that “Visual target 1 south of track TR.” And under that, the penned-in “D2/3/4.”