Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, we need FORWARD OMNI.

Fred Haise (LMP)

I am. Okay, Houston. If that call was an OMNI switch, I'm in FORWARD now.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, Fred-o, how do I get the mission timer up? I got the mission timer cranked in.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

I got the mission timer circuit breaker in.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. We're going to probably need NUMERICS LIGHTING. There you go. You got it.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. I think we've got a better way of getting your mission time up.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay. We can do a VERB 55, ENTER, and then put an R1, minus 00088. In R2, minus 00059; R3 minus 03274.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Watch the crapping attitude.

Jack Swigert (CMP)

God damn. I wish you'd get to something I know.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Well, as soon as we get over here, we'll stop it with the TTCA.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

And, Aquarius; Houston. We've got you both on VOX.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

You want us on VOX, Jack?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

We have you on VOX. We're reading you loud and clear and the clock took good.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. Looks like we're on the FDA route there, Jack.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, Jack. How do you read me on NORMAL VOICE now?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Reading you 5 square, Fred.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

And, Aquarius, we're ready for a VERB 74 when you can give it to us.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay. And one other thing we noticed. When you pressurized the RCS, we got an increase in pressure in the ascent tanks, and so we want to have you verify that the ascent feeds are closed. In order to do that, on panel 11, close the ASCENT FEED 1 and 2 circuit breakers on—and cycle the Parker valves, and then open the ASCENT FEED circuit breakers on panel 11.

Fred Haise (LMP)

And, Jack, Aquarius. What kind of return time is this maneuver given?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

That puts you back in the water at 133 hours.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

And that's an Atlantic landing site.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Affirmative. That's the pad that we've given you, but we may change our mind later on. We want you to have this info for now. And that's a minimum —

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

— minimum time return.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. We've got to change the REFSMMAT to the one to which you're alined. So we'd like to have P00 and DATA and we'll ship that up to you.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, you got it, Jack.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, could you give us DATA please?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, Jack, you got it.

Fred Haise (LMP)

— the updata link, the DUA breaker may not be in, Jack.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Fred, and close the DUA breaker.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Jim, and it's coming up now. Thank you.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. We're finished with the uplink. The computer's yours. We'd like to power down the DUA, so pull the DUA circuit breaker please.

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Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. Updata link breaker's coming OPEN.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. We'd like to have AFT OMNI, and we're going to lose contact with you for about a minute here while we try to establish tracking. And our latest data shows that your closest approach to the Moon is going to be 60 miles perigee. Over.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. Closest approach, 60 miles, and I'm sitting on AFT OMNI now.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Roger. We'll probably be going off the air here in about a minute.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Houston, Aquarius. Over.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. We're thinking about rigging up the urine dump to the side hatch. We're thinking about rigging up the urine dump to the side hatch and save urine heater power. What do you think?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Better still so we won't freeze up our urine dump.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Roger. That sounds like a good plan, Jim. Why don't you go ahead with that one?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Aquarius. And down here we're getting regrouped, trying to work on your control modes and trying to set up something for PTC and taking a look at consumables as opposed to flight plan, and so forth, and as soon as we get all that information, we'll pass it up to you. We also have the 14 backup crew over in the simulators looking at dock burns and also trying to see what kind of alinement procedures they can come up with for looking at stars out the window. So if you ever are able to see any stars out there and think you can do an alinement out the window, why let us know.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. Jack, right now we're not able to. The sunlight's reflecting off the thrusters and whatever debris came away at the time of the mishap is still with us, such that the stars are hard to find, and why—what respect do you want us to do the stars out the window—just to check the LMS run, is that correct?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

That's affirmative. We'd like to correlate the information we get with your's, so that if we can use it to update the platform, we can. What we're really trying to do, Jim, is see if we can do a COAS aline so we can power down the platform.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

That is Aquarius. We're getting an awful lot of static on the uplink now, and we're not reading you at all.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

I have good signal strength and I'm on AFT OMNI.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

How do you read now, Aquarius?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Hey, Jim, do you suppose that you could orient the LM so that the service module would be between you and the Sun? I believe you could see—recognize constellations out your front windows then.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. Radio check.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, Jack. How do you read now?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay. Hearing you 5 square now, Jim. And the question we have, is there some way you can orient the spacecraft so that the service module is between the LM and the Sun so you can recognize constellations out the window? And secondly, can you see anything out the AOT?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. How do you read?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, how do you read me now?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. How do you read?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, request FORWARD OMNI, please.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. Request FORWARD OMNI. How do you read?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, Houston; Aquarius. How do you read?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Hello there, Aquarius. Loud and clear. How do you read me?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

There's an awful lot of background —

Fred Haise (LMP)

We get a lot of background static, Jack. You're down in the mud. You having a ground problem?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

What we tried to do was to get the IU frequency shifted off a little bit so that we'd have less interference. I think it'll come up—What we want you to do is turn on your descent oxygen and turn off your ascent oxygen. Over. And request FORWARD OMNI.

Fred Haise (LMP)

You're unreadable, Jack. We've got our signal strength meter—right now it keeps wavering up and down, and the best I'm getting is about 2.4 AGC.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Roger. Request FORWARD OMNI.

Fred Haise (LMP)

I am on FORWARD OMNI. I've been on FORWARD OMNI.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. How do you read, Jack?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

I'm hearing you 5 square, Fred. How me?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. How do you read?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. We're up to about 2.6 AGC now.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. Radio check.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. Every time you transmit, Jack, the AGC starts to drop off and the static level turns up.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Fred. You're loud and clear.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Hello, Houston; Aquarius.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Hello there, Aquarius. How do you read me now?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Hello, Houston. Aquarius.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. That's the first clear word we heard from you, Jack. Do you think it could be my pitch attitude that's breaking up your incoming? I guess you've been hearing us.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

We have been hearing you, and the problem is on the ground. I hope we have it corrected now.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. That sounds good.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

We're considering powering down the PGNS but we want to know what capability you have to do a coarse and fine aline. We read your conversation about being unable to see out the window very good. How about out the AOT?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay. And the other thing we thought you might try is to put the service module between you and the Sun and then to see if you can see anything out the window in that attitude.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

The reason that we think that that would work is that it worked on Apollo 10. It made the constellations all recognizable when we put the the service module—in our case a LM, between us and the Sun.

Fred Haise (LMP)

You're down in the mud again, Jack. It appears that some other circuit is feeding through on there with you.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. You're down in the mud again, Jack. Lots of background static.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, Houston; Aquarius. How do you read?

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Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. How do you read?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Hello, Houston; Aquarius. How do you read?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Hello, there, Aquarius. Loud and clear. How me, now?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, we're reading you loud and clear, Jack. I hope it stays this time.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay. We'd like to brief you on what our plan is. We're, at this time, water critical in the LM. So we'd like to use as little as possible. To do this, we're going to plan to make a free-return maneuver of 16 feet per second at 61 hours, which is 37 minutes from now. Then we're going to power down the PGNS, and then we'll—at 79 hours, we'll go ahead and make another abort maneuver to kick what we got. But we'd like to get that PGNS powered down as soon as possible. That would be after the midcourse and—so how do you feel about making a 16-foot-per-second burn in 37 minutes?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Well, we'll give it a try, Jack, if that's all we've got. That's a 16-foot-per-second DPS burn in 37 minutes?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Roger. We're working up a pad for it, but we'd want to know what you think about doing it at that time.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Well, we'll do it. Could you give us a little bit more time?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Jim. We'd like to get a suggested time from you. We can figure out a free-return maneuver for any time you want to give us, so if you'll give us the time you'd like to shoot for, we'll figure out a pad.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, that sounds good. I think if we have a little bit more time; we want to do it right. Stand by 1.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Let's shoot for an hour if we can, Jack. How's that.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Jim. How about 61 hours and 30 minutes? That's an hour and 5 from now.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay. We'll do it and we want to be sure we talk back and forth now to make sure we get this burn off right.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, in the interim, Jack, I looked around again and I saw that we have a radar and a landing-radar heater breaker in. Can I pull those out?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Affirmative. Pull them both out.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

And now we want to ask you a question about alinements, and so forth. We wanted to know if you can see any stars out of the AOT. We also wanted to know if you could use the service module to cast a shadow on the LM windows and then look out the windows to see stars for a PS1 COAS alinement.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, in this attitude, Jack, that we're pitching around, I cannot use the AOT to see stars. We—we're just not able to see them at all. Now we may be able to maneuver off in yaw or—and/or roll and see stars. Right now, we haven't been able to. The AOT is useless. The command module structure is just radiating too much light into the—into the telescope.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, and how about using the service module to cast a shadow on the commander's window? If you do that, can you see stars for a COAS alinement?

Jim Lovell (CDR)

We could give that a try, Jack, although I don't know how successful it will be. We tried to do it—The light shines off our quads which makes it difficult to see stars. We do have the Earth and the Moon, if that can be of assistance.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Another problem—Right now, Jack, I'm looking out the right window and it's pretty dark out that window but there are about a thousand or so false stars out here from—left over from some of the debris. It's hard to discern what's real and not real.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay. That's good information and during the time that we see you're continuing to pitch, if you ever get in a position where you think the AOT might be of some use, we'd like you to periodically look out of it and see if you can see some stars that would enable us to get a P52.

Jim Lovell (CDR)

Okay, will do. And also, let me ask you a question. In this configuration, docked, we have to use the TTCA to control pitch and roll. And, just how much can we use that without really changing our trajectory? We only have 60 miles to play with.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Roger, we'll put that to them.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, Jack, are you ready to go to work with me on the 2-hour DPS activation and contingency book, page 1?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Roger, we're ready to go.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. Item one, we can—one through five, we can scratch off, as done. Is that correct?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Fred, let's go ahead. Step 1, page 1. Everybody's listening.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, I've looked around, and I've essentially done steps 1 through 5 with the exception of floodlights and utility lights and I think we'll just do without those.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, on EPS activation, we're through step—we're through that—bottom of that page. That's all done.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, in essence, we've circumvented step 4, and we're not sitting with all 4 aps—descent BATs on high-voltage taps, so I'll scratch off step 4.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Roger, and in step 5, we want to leave INVERTER 1 circuit breaker OPEN.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Roger. In step 5, we'll leave INVERTER 1 CB OPEN.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, for the time being, our mission timer is the computer so, mission timer activation scratch off.