Jim Lovell (CDR)

Jack's dosimeter—Jack's dosimeter is reading 02026.

CapCom

Okay. We got it.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

It might be interesting that just after we went to sleep last night we had a MASTER ALARM and it really scared us. And we were all over the cockpit like a wet noodle.

CapCom

(Laughter) Sorry it wasn't something more significant. I've also got a procedure for you on that H2 tank; simple thing after you get done stirring up the cryos.

Unidentified crew member

(Music—With Their Eyes on the Stars)

CapCom

That was beautiful. What was it?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

A little of “With Their Eyes on the Stars” to wake up to.

CapCom

Sounds like all the comforts of home. Have you guys got a flower on your breakfast table?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 13. Over.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, this is Houston. Go.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Roger, Joe. We're standing by for that P37 block data if you have it for us.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. Got it right here, Jim, and it follows. This is the P37 pad for lift-off plus 60. The reason for the update is for weather avoidance in the MPL at 119 hours. It's the same one we passed you yesterday, and it's the same weather, but we still don't expect a problem at the end of the mission. GETI is 060:00, DELTA-VT 6079, longitude minus 153, GET 400K 118:04. Over.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

GETI of 060:00, 6079, minus 153, 118:04.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Roger. That's correct. I've got a consumables update for you, Jim, if you're ready for that.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. As of 47 hours, RCS total 1096, quad Alfa 270, Bravo 278, Charlie 270, Delta 278, and the H2 — They gave me the H2s in percent, 76 percent; and on the O2 we have 81 percent. However, we show the O2 tank 2 reading off-scale high now. We're quite sure it's a sensor failure. We'd like you to verify it with your onboard reading.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Joe, we confirm. Our gage reading is—on the number 2 O2 tank is reading off-scale high now, but Jack just tells me that it was okay when we first looked at it this morning.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

We verify that. At 46:45 we had 82 percent and apparently when he stirred the, the cryos, the sensor broke.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

So it's no problem. You're above nominal on all your consumables. On the H2 tank problem, we have a procedure that we'd like you to carry out which is simply turning the H2 tank 2 heaters to OFF at this time, and we want to see whether that won't solve the problem of the tank pressure setting off caution and warning. We want to look at it that way for a few hours.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. You want both H2 tank 2 heaters to OFF. Is that correct?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

That's negative; just tank 2. We want tank 1 to stay in AUTO.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. Tank 2 heaters off at this time.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. Good deal. That's been the high tank and apparently while waiting for that pressure switch to close, to start the heater cycle, the tank 1 pressure has been dropping even a little bit lower and just setting off caution and warning, so we feel if we turn off the tank 2 heater and let tank 1 activate the heater cycle, we won't get into the caution and warning range.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, Jim. At your convenience we'd like P00 and ACCEPT. We're ready for—to uplink your state vector now since we will not do midcourse 3. Over.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Roger. You're in P00 and ACCEPT, no midcourse 3, and we're all set for a state vector update and I'm giving you the LM/CM DELTA-P here shortly.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. Good deal. And I have flight plan updates for you later, at your convenience.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 13. The LM/CM DELTA-P is 1.0 psi.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Houston, Apollo 13. I'm about ready for any flight plan updates that you have.

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Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, 13. To start off with, got a minor procedural change for Jack on his next P52, if he's ready to listen to that.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. Jack's still off COMM. We'll hold off on that a little bit and then we'll pick it up when he gets on COMM.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay; fine. I've got two updates for you, Jim. One is a procedure for looking for Comet Bennett at about 49:45, and I'll wait till Jack gets up before passing you the details on that. The other update is concerned with going into the LM 3 hours early, and I think Vance mentioned to you last night that this was a possibility, that we'd like to look at the SHe tank pressure early. And since we're not going to do midcourse 3, we'd like LM entry at 55 hours. Is that okay with you?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. Right, that's fine with us. We'll move up LM entry to 55 hours.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. I've got some details on the flight plan for you as follows. Of course, since there's no MCC-3 you'll be deleting all the midcourse 3 stuff including the—the P52, which is called out at about 54-1/2, and we'll be slipping that until later, which I'll—which I'll tell—which I'll tell—which I'll tell you in a minute. Okay. Then you—we want to move the battery charge up 3 hours to about 52:30. And we want to move the—moving the LM tunnel vent valve to LM/CM DELTA-P up 3 hours to 52:45, and at that point you can simply go to the 57-hour point in the flight plan and change your number from 57 hours to 54 hours and start through that. In the remarks section at about 57:50 it says, “O2 fuel cell purge and waste water dump,” here. If not performed earlier, we want you to do that at 54 hours and 50 minutes. The TV pass then, will be at 55 hours to 55:30. You'll go right through the LM Activation checklist stuff. I'm losing you; let's wait a minute.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. How do you read me?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

13, Houston. You back with us?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Apollo 13, Houston. Are you back with us?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. I've gone through the battery charge, the LM vent valve, the fuel cell purge, and then stop PTC at 55 hours, and your roll attitude there will be 285 degrees, which is per the flight plan. The high gain antenna angles are slightly different, pitch 23 and yaw 267 degrees. The TV pass till 55:30, the standard LM activation except for some special steps we'll give you to take a look at SHe tank pressure, which I don't have yet. Restart PTC at about 56:30 or whenever you're through with the LM activities, and after that, at your convenience, we'd like you to—to do the P52 option 3 that we cancelled at 54-1/2 hours. Over.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. That last comment was that we'll do the P52 after we start PTC at about 56:30.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

That's right. Any time after that; it's not time critical.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. Let's see if I have some of this, Joe. Around 52:30 we're to do the battery charge on BAT—battery B.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

And then about 52:40 we're going to do the LM tunnel vent valve, and the LM/CM DELTA-P which has been written up at 55:40.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

We're deleting midcourse-3 and we've moved up the LM entry to 55 hours. So we'll merely follow all the—We'll follow all the procedures that leads up to LM entry that was originally scheduled for 58.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

That's correct. You can start at 57 in the flight plan; call it 54 hours and press right on.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. Then whenever we're finished with the LM, which we anticipate around 56:30, we'll commence PTC and sometime after that we'll do a P52.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

That's affirmative. And did you copy the new high gain angles for 55 hours? The ones we had —

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. We're going to stop the PTC for LM entry at roll 285, and high gain angles are pitch 23 and yaw 267.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

That's correct, Jim. And, 13, Houston. The computer is yours.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

The computer is ours. We're in BLOCK, and exactly when do you want the TV to be cranked up?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

You can crank it up sometime prior to 55 hours at your convenience just to set it up. We'll be expecting transmission at 55 hours.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

And, Houston, Apollo 13. One thing I missed about the O2 fuel cell purge and waste and water dump.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Roger. We'd like the the O2 fuel cell purge and waste water dump at 54:50.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Roger. We'll pick up those items at 54:50.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

All right, Jack. One thing we'd like to have done sometime soon is to have you cycle the cryo fans in O2 tank 2 one more time. We'd like to see if we can get that sensor back.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. O2 tank 2 fan on now.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

We—We have just one question, the LM tunnel vent valve. We're questioning why we're venting until the DELTA-V is greater than 1.7 if we are going to open up the tunnel, then pressurize the LM usually.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Right. Stand by on that.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Roger. The word on that, Jim, is that they want to insure the proper O2 concentration in the LM when you get to the surface, and this is a method of doing that by bleeding out additional nitrogen.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

And, 13, Houston. If Jack is up, I'd like to talk to him about the P52, briefly.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, Jack. What they'd like you to do on this P52 at 49 hours, they've been observing a slight jitter in the optics shaft angle of about 0.2 of a degree plus or minus. Before you come out of the OPTICS ZERO position, at the start of this P52, they'd like you to just observe the shaft readout, and see if the jitter occurs on your direct readout there, and also they'd like you to briefly call up a VERB 16, NOUN 91 so we can look at the shaft and trunnion angles.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. Let's see if I got it right. On the P52 at 49 hours, before coming out of ZERO on the OPTICS, observe the shaft and also call up 16, 91 and let you look at the shaft and trunnion angles to observe a possible jitter. See whether it occurs in the ZERO position as well as out of ZERO.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Roger, Jack. That's correct; and if you have time, now, I've got a flight plan update for you on looking for the Comet Bennett.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. Stand by 1, Joe. And the commander's going off the air briefly.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Joe. I'm ready to copy the … now.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, Jack. I'm going to read it to you, and then add some comments and we'll talk about it a little. This should occur sometime after 49:30. After the P52 realine at 49 hours, if time permits we would like the crew to investigate while in PTC if there is a roll angle in which the comet can be observed for photos. If there is, record the optimum roll angle for possible photography, prior to reinitiating PTC at 56:30 or so, whenever the guys are done in the LM, use P52 planet option, and the following half-unit vectors for tracking Comet Bennett at about 49:46. Are you ready to copy half-unit vectors? Over.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. R1 plus 0.34202, R2 minus 0.07374, R3 plus 0.35719. Read back.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. Copy R1 plus 0.34202, R2 minus 0.07374, R3 plus 0.35719.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. That's correct and the last sentence on the update is that you can expect AOS of the comet at a roll of 45 degrees and LOS at a roll of 155 degrees. Now, the deal here, Jack, according to the plots they showed me is, the comet appears to be about 10 degrees away from the Sun, and due to the geometry of the LM there shadowing the Sun, it would appear that you will be able to see the comet through the sextant without getting Sun shafting between roll angles of about 45 degrees and 75 degrees. It appears that as your roll gets higher than 75 degrees, although the comet is still in the field of view, the Sun is also in the field of view, and you probably will not have any success between 75 and 155 if you haven't got it from 45 to 75. If you do find that you can see the comet somewhere between 45 and 75 or 80 degrees, just note that roll angle and then if it's feasible we'd like you to photograph it after the LM entry part of the checklist. Over.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay, Joe. Let me give it back to you and see if I've got it here. After the P52, during our PTC you want us to use P52 and observe Bennett's Comet through the sextant; note a roll angle if we can find it visible. It would be visible somewhere between—ideally between 45 and 75 degrees, and we should lose it about 155 roll, and if we do see it, make an observation of whether it is photographable, note the roll angle for photographs to be taken after or prior to initiation of PTC at 56:30.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

That's exactly right, Jack.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

We're ready to have to O2 tank 2 fan off, and thank you.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

Okay. Doesn't look like we got it back, huh?

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

No, it doesn't, Jack.

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Spoken on April 13, 1970, 6:57 p.m. UTC (51 years, 7 months ago). Link to this transcript range is: Tweet