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APOLIO 7 



2-3 



TABLE 2-1.- SEQUENCE OF EVENTS 



Event 


Time 




:min : 


sec 




Planned 


a 


Actual 


Launch Phase 


Range zero (15:02:1*5 G.m.t.) 










Lift-off (15:02:1*5-36 G.m.t.) 


00:00:00 


.2 


00 


:00:00.4 


Maximum dynamic pressure 


00:01:15 


.6 


00 


:01:18.5 


S-IB inboard engine cutoff 


00:02:20 


• 3 


00 


:02:20.7 


S-IB outboard engine cutoff 


00 :02:23 


.3 


00 


:02:24.3 


S-IB/S-IVB separation 


00:02:21* 


.6 


00 


:02:25.6 


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.0 


00 


:02 :27.0 


Escape tower jettison 


00:02:43 


.3 


00 


:02:46.5 


S-IVB engine cutoff 


00:10:14 


.8 


00 


: 10:16.8 


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Orbital insertion 


00:10:24 


8 


00 


:10:26.8 


S-IVB safing start 

S— IVB safina terminate 


01:34:27 


0 
u 


01 
Ul 


: 34: 29.0 
: 4b : 30 . 0 


S-IVB takeover 


02:29:55 




02 


: 30 : 49 . 1 


Space csa ft /S-IVB separation 


02:54:55. 


2 


02 


55:02 


First phasing maneuver start 
First phasing maneuver cutoff 


03:20:00 
03:20:16. 


3 


03 
03 


20:09-9 
20:26.7 


Second phasing maneuver start 
Second phasing maneuver cutoff 


15:52:00 
15:52:18. 


5 


15 
15 


52:00.9 
52:18.5 


First service propulsion ignition 
First service propulsion cutoff 


26:24:55. 
26:25:04. 


2 
7 


26 
26 


24:55.7 
25:05-7 


Second service propulsion ignition 
Second service propulsion cutoff 


28:00:56. 
28:01:03. 


0 
8 


28: 
28: 


00:56.5 
01 :'0,U . 3 


Terminal phase initiate start 


29:18:34. 


0 


29: 


16:33 



*P1 anned times for the launch phase 
the mission; planned times after orbital 
time prior to the event. 



are those 
insertion 



calculated prior to 
are the last updated 



2-U 

APOLLO 7 

TABLE 2-1. - SEQUENCE OF EVENTS - Concluded 





Time, hr: 




min :sec 


Event 


a 

Planned 


Actual 


Orbital Phase - Concluded 


Begin braking 

End braking, begin station-keeping 


29 A3: 3^ 


29: 43:55 

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Separation maneuver start 

QA-nsi T*a"t" "1 nn TtlPmPUVPT* Cutoff 


30:20:00 
30: 20: 05.4 


30:20:00 
30:20:05-4 


Third service propulsion ignition 
Third service propulsion cutoff 


75:^7:58.6 
75:^8:07.8 


75:48:00.3 
75 ."^8:09.3 


Fourth service propulsion ignition 
Fourth service propulsion cutoff 


120 : k3 : 00 
120:1+3:00.4 


120:1+3:00.5 
120:1+3:00.9 


Fifth service propulsion ignition 
Fifth service propulsion cutoff 


165:00:00 
165:01:05-9 


165 :00:00.5 
165:01:07.6 


Sixth service propulsion ignition 
Sixth service propulsion cutoff 


210:08:00 
210:08:00.1+ 


210:08:00.5 
210:08:01.0- 


Seventh service propulsion ignition 
Seventh service propulsion cutoff 


239:06:11 
239:06:18.8 


239:06:12.0 
239:06:19-7 


Eighth service propulsion ignition 
Eighth service propulsion cutoff 


259:39:15-9 
259:39:27-9 


259:39:16.3 
259:39:28.2 


Entry Phase 

♦ 


Command module /service module separation 


259^3:33.8 


259:^3:33.8 


Entry interface ( 1+00 000 feet) 


259:53:26 


259:53:27 


Enter blackout 
Leave blackout 


259:56:17 
259:59:11+ 


259:5^:58 
259:59^6 


Drogue deployment 


260:03:17 


260:03:23 


Main parachute deployment 


260:04:14 


260:04:13 


Landing 


260:08:58 


260:09; 03 
- 1 r 1 



Planned times for the launch phase are those calculated prior to 
the mission; planned times after orbital insertion are the last updated 
time prior to the event. 



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NEWS CENTER 
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APOLLO NEWS CENTER 
HOUSTON, TEXAS 




APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY 
October 11, 1968 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, T-2 Hours 



1/1 



KING This is Apollo/Saturn launch control 

at T-2 hours and counting, T-2 hours countdown proceeding 
satisfactorily. The Apollo 7 prime crew aboard the space- 
craft, going through some checks, primarily of their suit 
loop, the environmental control system that they have been 
tied into now aboard the Apollo 7. The spacecraft hatch 
remains open. It is due to be closed according to count- 
down about 10 minutes from this time. A short while after 
the hatch is closed and the cabin itself pressurized with 
a combination of 60 percent oxygen and 40 percent nitrogen, 
used for on the ground, we will go through some leak checks 
and then the commander will proceed into the support ad- 
visory system check. In the meantime, we are in the block 
house, although the elements of the mission are going as 
well as the crew is doing aboard the spacecraft at this 
time. We spent some 2 and 1/2 hours bringing the propel- 
lants aboard the Saturn IB launch vehicle earlier this 
morning, starting at 5 am when we resumed our countdown at 
T-6 hours. We brought the liquid oxygen aboard both stages 
and then the liquid hydrogen, some 67,000 gallons of liquid 
hydrogen will go out of the second stage a little later in 
the count. Following the propellant loading, the closeout 
crew attend that into the spacecraft area and command 
module pilot, backup command module pilot John Young, still 
aboard the spacecraft to perform some final checks. The 
prime crew arrived on time and are now aboard. All our 
checks of the mission still going well and no further 
reports on our wind conditions, they remain the same as 
forecast earlier and we will continue to take a hard look 
at the wind situation, the one questionable factor in the 
countdown at this time. T - 1 hour 58 minutes and count- 
ing, this is launch control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, CDT : 0810 2/1 

KIN G This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control 

T minus 1 hours 49 minutes 58 seconds and counting. We are 
continuing at this time, the three pilots are in the Apollo 
spacecraft now checking out some major .systems of the space- 
craft with the spacecraft test conductor. Now that they 
are aboard and restrained into their seats we have brought 
some final checks of the suit loop into play. We have been 
checking the flow of the oxygen to the space suits on the 
three pilots and they appear to be satisfactory at this 
time. In addition to this, the command module pilot Donn 
Eisele made some preliminary checks with the spacecraft 
test conductor and his team are concerned with the guidance 
and navigation system, and just a matter of seconds ago the 
commander, Wally Schirra, began a series of checks of the 
abort advisory system. These are the cues that he receives 
in the spacecraft, a series of lights on panels indicating 
malfunctions. He will make a judgement based on these 
readouts plus cues he receives from the ground to make a 
decision on whether an abort would be required, and he 
would take the action if necessary. AT this time, the 
launch operation manager, Paul Donnelly, here in the block 
house, is sending a series of cues to the spacecraft in a 
test of the system. The commander, Walter Schirra, is 
responding to these abort cues by confirming lights going 
ON and OFF in the console to his left front. Our checkout 
continuing, in the meantime with the launch vehicle, the 
propellants are still relatively stable. We are running a 
few computer program runs with the instrument unit above 
the two stages of the launch vehicle. These computer tests, 
using the automation system we have at the pad, continue 
throughout most of the countdown. All proceeding satisfac- 
torily at this time, weather conditions are still the same 
with the forcast of surface winds 11 to 16 knots in the 
launch area at launch time, which is planned for 11:00 a.m. 
Eastern Daylight Time. The winds appear to be marginal. 
We'll be keeping a close eye on them as we continue down 
in the count. The launch director is receiving reports on 
wind profiles from Houston Flight at the Manned Spacecraft 
Center, the Control Center in Houston. So we'll be keeping 
a close eye on this. Other aspects of weather appear to be 
great. The checkout continuing at T minus 1 hours 47 
minutes 25 seconds and counting. This is Launch Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, 0815 CUT 



3/1 



This is Apollo Saturn launch control at 
T minus 1 hour, 44 minutes in counting. Just about a minute 
ago the hatch was closed on the Apollo 7 spacecraft. We have 
it logged at 15 minutes and 30 seconds after the hour; the 
hatch was closed and secured on the Apollo 7 spacecraft. The 
support crew is still in the White Room at the 220 foot level 
They'll be standing by as we pressurize the spacecraft to kee 
an eye on the progress of pressurization using that 60-40 
atmosphere, that is 60 percent oxygen and 40 percent nitrogen 
in the spacecraft cabin on the ground. The astronauts of 
course in their suit loop are checking oxygen directly into 
their pressurized suits. The countdown is continuing to go 
satisfactorily at T minus 1 hour, 43 minutes, 8 seconds and 
counting. 

END OF TAPE 



UZ:J.:.- : MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, CDT : 08:21 4/] 

•;ii-vG This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control at 

■I hour, 39 minutes and counting. One hour, 39 minutes 

counting and we are continuing with the Apollo Saturn 
< v>--t at this time. The astronauts are s.board the Space- 
craft, with the hatch closed and we : re starting the pres- 
ourization of the cabin with the 60/40 combination atmos- 
phere that is 60 percent oxygen and 40 percent nitrogen. 
The astronauts in their spacesuits receiving oxygen direct^ 
through the suit circuit at this time with the helmets 
down.° Our weather conditions remain the same as earlier 
forecast. The forecast for the Cape Kennedy area at launch 
rime, 1100 am EDT here at the Cape calls for partly cloudy 
to occasionally cloudy in showers, these are the conditions 
The winds are forecast as surface winds, east northeast 
some S to 16 knots. This gets close to our parameters ana 
we are going to keep a close eye on wind conditions 
fhvou"hout the remainder of the count. Temperatures 
expected to be 82 degrees and we will have several cloud 
layers in the area, some scattered middle clouds 10 to 
14,000 feet and some high cirrus clouds 30,000 feet. If 

• . . '• --'in comes in, of course, we will get some low clouds 
in the area of 2800 feet. Around the rest of the world 

• : r;.r ! the weather conditions are satisfactory for launch, 
nartieularly in the main contingency recovery areas. In ^ 

* tu,- d Pacific, we expect partly cloudy conditions, winds 

!?> lucres . sea state of 4 feet. Western Pacific, partly 
: ' , winds from the east at 12 knots, sea state of 

< Conditions are about the same in the Western and 
- ^ f: ri i Atlantic. The one weather condition the Astronauts 
. ,i rrhr. be able to observe on their first pass, following a 
s<> He ,sfui launch, would be as they approach the Unite-c 
St* to 3 coast on the first pass as they go over Baja, Cc...ifo 
,,i d off the west coast. They might be able to observe a 
:.;. : ,ui.l tropical storm, tropical storm Rebecca, whicn is a 
small storm sitting over the Pacific, just off Central 
a;..irfvi-;.a; otherwise, the weather is generally good, cloudy 
"-'ili " ions in the three major oceans, but that is the en? 
Mil or weather condition that they would be able to notics. 
The check out continuing in the Spacecraft, as well as _ 
v. i t h -he crew here in the Blockhouse and all aspec ts oi the 
mission are still going well at T-lhour, 36 minutes, 
15 seconds and counting. This is Launch Control. 

END Or TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, 8:30 CDT 



5/1 



This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control at 
30 minutes past the hour and T minus 1 hour, 30 minutes and 
counting. The crew aboard the Apollo 7 spacecraft is still 
making the various checkouts of their consoles as we purge 
the cabin with an atmosphere of 60 percent oxygen and 40 per- 
cent nitrogen. Once the cabin is purged and pressurized, 
- the standby crew, the support crew, will be ready to depart 
the area. However, we expect they will be in there for at 
least another hour standing by as required. The standby 
crew must depart from the area by the T minus 40 minute mark 
in the count when we're in our terminal countdown. They will 
stand by in the White Room for quite awhile yet to rechecks 
of the spacecraft and to assure that everything is GO as far 
as Apollo 7 is concerned from the 220 foot level. Here in 
the blockhouse the crew continuing to monitor the status of 
the various propellants aboard the Saturn IB launch vehicle, 
liquid oxygen and the RP1 fuel in the first stage and the 
liquid oxygen and hydrogen fuel in the second stage of the IB. 
We get continuing status reports here from the propellant 
monitors and all indications are that the propellants are in 
a very stable condition and are GO at this time. Of course 
throughout the whole remainder of the countdown we will be 
replenishing the supply of the liquid oxygen and liquid 
hydrogen since they are cryogenic propellants, and must be 
maintained at an extremely low temperature as a result the 
supply does boil off and we need to replenish it to assure 
that we have a hundred percent load on when we're ready to 
fly and those engines ignite at the 3 second mark in the 
countdown. The next major milestone coming up in about 10 
minutes will be some checks of the emergency detection sys- 
tem. These are checks between the crew here in the block- 
house, the spacecraft crew in the manned spacecraft operation 
building back at the Kennedy Space Center, and the Apollo 
7 spacecraft. The spacecraft commander Walter Schirra will 
be conducting most of the operations as far as EDS or the 
Emergency Detection System, is concerned from the spacecraft 
end of the test. We're now at T minus 1 hour, 27 minutes, 
33 seconds and counting. This is Launch Control. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, CDT : 0840 



6/1 



KING This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control 

at T minus 1 hour 20 minutes and counting, and we are 
proceeding still aiming toward our planned liftoff time 
of 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time here at the Cape. 
Launch vehicle here at Pad 34 still going very well at 
the time as the crew continues to monitor its over all 
status using two large computers, one here in the block 
house and one beneath the launch vehicle on the pad to 
keep checks on the thousands of parameters and feedbacks 
that we get from the vehicle over these last several hours 
of the count. At the 220 foot level atop the pad, the 
prime crew for the mission, Astronauts Walter Schirra, 
Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham, aboard their Apollo 7 
spacecraft with the hatch closed, and we have just completed 
a purge of the cabin. That is, bringing in the 60 percent 
oxygen and 40 percent nitrogen atmosphere into the cabin. 
In the meantime, however, the crew members themselves are 
on the suit circuits, that is, taking in 100 percent oxygen 
through their space suits. We've completed the purge and 
the crew will now make a sample of the atmosphere inside 
the cabin and report back on the aspects of the sampling. 
The count down continuing, weather conditions still the 
same, still keeping a close eye on the surface winds in 
the area, which are forcast to be some 11 to 16 knots 
from the East Northeast at launch time. Now at T minus 
1 hour 18 minutes 27 seconds and counting, this is Launch 
Control . 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY „ 10/11/68, 



V/1 



This is Apollo Saturn fauoeh Control , T 
minus 1 hour, 9 minutes and counting and v f , ore ~_ . . . ., 

with the Apollo 7 mission count. At this t i iue in the count 
Astronaut Wally Schirra is still working en sever v. \ t -ts 
with the ground control people both here in the b 1. c ckVjuse 
and at. the control center back at the main space o\c : t opera- 
tions building at KSC . The commander gave us another report 
a short time ago as he looked out , lie reported, ' onom what I 
can see, it's blue as a bluebird out there." The checkout 
is continuing; we have completed the cabin purge cf the 
Apollo 7 spacecraft and Schirra also completed about 5 minutes 
ago a series of rather extensive final checks of the Emergency 
Detection System. This is the system that would send cues 
to the spacecraft atop the launch vehicle in the event of 
any type of malfunction. We ran through a series of tests 
lasting .-. 15 to 20 minutes villi the commander in the 
spacecraft participating with the crew here in the blockhouse 
and at the spacecraft control center. We are now in the 
process of calibrating the cue ball which is a smai3 device 
atop the launch escape tower , right at the top of the bird 
i ,.self . The cue ball is an angle of attack meter that reads 
pressures and can give inputs as far as the attitude of the 
ertiie space vehicle is concerned during the early portions 
of fli ght . This calibration is going on at this time, we ' re 
also getting some readouts and checks of the tracking beacons 
lr r\ o icotruioon? nr. it of oho Saturn IB Launch • eh j .:[••-. The 
io,.- oooo •• hero at the cype has been sending signals 

vo ; :1 oso beacons on the inst vuir-ent unit and verifying that 
of.- v are operating satisfactorily, We are still GO at this 
-'.I-. .'.'>. keeping an eye on the surface wind conditions, 
but oo countdown is continuing. T minus 1 hour, 6 minutes, 
, soue-ods and couoo-ing; this n haunch Control. 



r o/ ; • ■ . :'• :• 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, T-5950 



8/1 



KING This is Apollo/Saturn launch control, 

T-60 minutes and counting, T-60 and we are still proceeding 
--with the Apollo 7 count at this time. The spacecraft 
test conductor, Skip Chilton, still making checks with 
spacecraft commander Walter Schirra in the Apollo 7 space- 
craft at a 220 foot level here at launch complex 34. Our 
countdown still progressing satisfactorily. We will be 
starting the terminal count in about 9 *and 1/2 minutes from 
this time. A short while ago Houston Flight made final 
status check to see if all elements were ready to pick up 
the terminal count and all reported go. We will make our 
checks here shortly at the Cape, both spacecraft and launch 
vehicle -wise to assure all is in readiness for the terminal 
countdown, which we will start at 50. We are now starting 
to break up the White Room at the 220 -foot level. We have 
actually pulled some of the openings, although the White 
Room is still attached to the hatch, some of the openings 
are now being pulled away in preparation for removing the 
Apollo access arm which will come about 20 minutes from 
this time. Checkout is going quite well. Wally Schirra 
just informed the spacecraft test conductor that we are a 
little bit ahead on the count in the spacecraft checkout 
at this time. All aspects still looking good, the one 
question still remains, surface winds in the Cape Kennedy 
area. They are close to our marginal limits and we will 
be keeping a close eye on them as we go further down. Once 
again, the reported weather conditions, the forecast was 
for-. surface winds 11 to 16 knots from the east northeast 
in the Cape Kennedy area. We are now T-58 minutes 19 sec- 
onds in counting, this is launch control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, CDT: 0910 9/1 



KING This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control at 

T-SO minutes and counting. Fifty minutes and counting, we 
have started our terminal countdown here at the 50 minute 
mark and the countdown is a GO for the Apollo 7 mission. 
At this point in the count, the Capsule Communicator here 
in the Blockhouse, Astronaut Stu Roosa going through some 
communications, checks with the crew aboard Apollo 7 located 
some 2 20 feet above the pad here at complex 34. In the 
meantime checks with the launch vehicle still continuing 
to go satisfactorily. As we come into our terminal count- 
down, we will have some major events coming up in some 
10 or IS minutes or so. As the support crew clears away 
from the White Room, we will be ready to pull back that 
Apollo Access Arm to a standby position some 3 feet away 
from the Spacecraft. Countdown still proceeding satis- 
factorily at 49 minutes, 4 seconds and counting. This is 
Launch Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, CDT : 0915 



10/1 



KING This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control 

at T minus 45 minutes and counting, T minus 45, the count 
down proceeding satisfactorily. - We've been in our final 
count down for Apollo 7 now for some 19 hours since it 
picked up yesterday afternoon, and all aspects of the mission 
are still GO. We're still keeping a close look on weather 
conditions, particularly the surface winds in the Cape 
Kennedy area. Following is a recount of the activities 
since we picked up the count down early this morning. We 
came out of a built in HOLD at 5:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight 
Time with the count down at T minus 6 hours . We then 
proceeded to load the cryogenic propellants, the liquid 
oxygen and liquid nitrogen, aboard the two stages of the 
Saturn IB launch vehicle. In total, we loaded close to 
100 thousand gallons of liquid oxygen in total between the 
two stages, and then proceeded to load some 64 thousand 
gallons of hydrogen aboard the second stage. Following 
that operation, we were able to bring our close out crew 
back in to prepare for the astronaut's arrival. The 
prime crew, Astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and 
Walter Cunningham, were awakened per the astronaut count 
down at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time this morning. They 
were av/akened at their quarters at the Manned Spacecraft 
Operations Building at the Kennedy Space Center, some 7 miles 
from the launch pad. They then went down the hall to a 
medical examining room where they took a brief physical 
examination, given by Doctors Jerry Joyner and John Teegan. 
Following the physical, Dr. Joyner said the astronaut's 
physical exams were within normal limits, and that they 
are ready to go. The crew then sat down for breakfast. 
The menu was steak and eggs, orange juice, toast and coffee. 
They had a number of guests at breakfast this morning, and 
these guests included Mr. James Webb, the former administrator 
of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mr. 
John Healy from North American Rockwell, Mr. Fred Peters, 
who has been NASA representative at North American on the 
west coast, Mr. Ken Kleinknecht , who is deputy at the Manned 
Spacecraft Center in Houston, deputy for command service 
module operations under the Apollo Program Office. Two of 
the support crew astronauts who have been working so close 
with the Apollo 7 crew for these many months also were at 
breakfast with the prime crew. These were Astronauts Ron 
Evans and Bill Pogue. Deke Slayton, Director of Flight 
Crew Operations, also joining the crew for breakfast. 
Following breakfast the crew put on their space suits and 
were called to the pad at the key time in the count down. 
Just as the count down called for Astronaut Walter Schirra 
came aboard the Apollo Spacecraft at the 2 hour and 25 minute 
mark in the count. At 10 minute intervals thereafter he was 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, CDT : 0915 



10/2 



KING followed in by first the Lunar Module 

Pilot Cunningham, and finally by Donn Eisele, the man who 
has the middle seat in the spacecraft who came aboard 10 
minutes later. The hatch on the spacecraft was closed at 
9:15 a.m. this morning and the count has been continuing 
satisfactorily since that time. The latest weather report 
we have for the Cape Kennedy area at this time calls for 
scattered clouds at launch time, winds from the east IS to 
18 knots with gusts to 22 knots. The temperature in the 
launch area expected at 82 degrees. For a status report 
we now switch you to the Mission Control Center in Houston. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control in Houston. It's 

a typically beautiful Texas day out here, blue skies and 
almost no wind. I know you people in Florida will appreciate 
that. Around the world it's pretty much the same. There is 
some weather out in the Pacific, a typhoon out near Japan, 
which we won't see for a few revs, and a new tropical storm 
kicking up off Baja, California. Our world range of stations 
is in excellent condition, only the most minor problems 
being reported from the 17 high speed data stations around the 
world. The Launch Control - Flight Control team that will 
manage the early revolutions of the flight has been on duty 
here in Houston now about 2 hours, and all in all we look 
pretty good. Wally Schirra, while Jack King was talking, I heard 
him observe as we evacuated the flight room, he is still 
Wally Schirra. He noted the departure of Gunter Wendt, the 
pad room - the white room pad leader, by reporting to the 
crew that Gunter went. And he also suggested that Gunter 
have a good trip down on the elevator. All in all at 
39 minutes before launch we look good here in Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, 0920 CDT 



11/1 



This is Apollo Launch Control at T minus 
39 ninutes and counting. T minus 39 and we are proceeding. 
Coming up in a few minutes will be another milestone in the 
countdown as we retrack the Apollo access arm from the space- 
craft. Up to this time the access arm has been attached evjen 
though the spacecraft hatch has been closed. The countdown 
in the blockhouse calls for the access arm to be pulled back 
at the 33 minute mark in the count. However, when this does 
occur, we will pull the access arm some 3 -feet away from the 
spacecraft, 12 degrees to be exact, and this will be a stand- 
by position in the event it was necessary to bring it back to 
the spacecraft rapidly. The access arm will not be fully re- 
tracted to its fall back position on the umbilical tower until 
the 5 minute mark in the count. Countdown still proceeding 
and weather conditions still the same, and we are still keep- 
ing a close eye on the surface winds as we come up on 38 minutes 
and counting. This is Launch Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, CDT: 0927 



12/1 



KING This is Apollo/Saturn launch control 

at T-33 minutes 30 seconds and counting. However, we 
appear to have encountered difficulty, perhaps the first 
difficulty in our countdown today. It is concerned with 
the elevator at the launch pad. This is the high speed 
elevator that travels from the base of the pad to the 220 
foot level and of course, carries the crew and other sup- 
port people up and down from the spacecraft location. The 
elevator appears to have malfunctioned at this time. We 
plan to hold 3 minutes from now, the 30 minute mark in the 
count and send several technicians in to take a look. In 
the meantime, the access arm remains attached to the Apollo 
and of course, directed toward the hatch. In the event 
of an emergency condition, we have the slide wire available 
right there *on the umbilical tower for escape if necessary. 
We are going to hold at the 30 minute mark in the count 
and take a look at the elevator. We are now at T-32 min- 
utes 26 seconds in counting, this is launch control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, 0930 CDT 



13/1 



This is Launch Control, T minus 30 minutes 
however we are counting. T minus 30 minutes and counting. 
We have discussed the problem; it appears the difficulty with 
the elevator now is okay and the countdown is continuing. 
In the meantime we have completed Apollo transfer with the 
Saturn IB launch vehicle, that is going from an external power 
source to the flight batteries aboard the vehicle and then 
returning to the external power. We will not go to internal 
power finally until the 28 second mark in the count . The 
elevator appears to be okay at this time and the countdown 
is continuing. We are standing by at T minus 29 minutes, 20 
seconds and counting. This is Launch Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, 



CDT: 



0932 



14/1 



KING This is Apollo/Saturn launch control, 

T-28 minutes 14 seconds and counting and we are proceeding. 
Just a matter of seconds ago, the Apollo access arm, which 
had been connected to the spacecraft at the 220 foot level 
was retracted to a standby position. This is a location 
some 3 feet away from the spacecraft. Later on in the 
count, actually at T-5 minute mark, the access arm will be 
fully retracted. The removal of the access arm at this 
time, the launch escape tower, about 155,000 pound thrust, 
launch escape tower atop the command module now has been 
armed. It is now activated and can be used if required. 
Our status with the elevator is as follows: we understand 
that the elevator is at the bottom level of the pad. Dis- 
cussions during the period indicated that this would not be 
a hazardous condition, since we have the escape system 
operating on the spacecraft itself and in the event of 
bringing the access arm back for any difficulty we would 
have the slide wire and all probability, a capability of 
bringing the elevator up to the 220 foot level. So we are 
proceeding and that is our status as we come up on 27 min- 
utes and counting. Mark T-27 minutes and counting. This 
is launch control. 



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This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control at 
T minus 25 minutes and counting. T minus 25. We are standing 
by for another milestone event here at the pad at this time. 
Coming up shortly will be a check of the reaction control system 
thrusters on the Apollo 7 spacecraft. The spacecraft comman- 
der Wally Schirra in a few minutes will in fact static fire 
some of these modules in order to assure that they will be 
operating properly. The crew aboard the spacecraft now 
pressurizing the reaction control system in readiness before 
the test of the thrusters that will be coming up shortly. 
All, still all aspects going well with the launch vehicle; 
we completed a key power transfer test and the count is still 
going well on the launch vehicle side. Now at T minus 24 
minutes, 12 seconds and counting, this is Launch Control. 



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KING This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control 

at T-21 minutes and counting. T-21, at this time the 
commander of the Apollo 7 Spacecraft, Wally Schirra, has 
gone through a series of checks with the reaction control 
system on the Apollo 7 Spacecraft. We have a total of some 
15 reaction control system engines on the service module 
of the Apollo 7. They're located in four quardrants around 
the service module and each of the engines is capable of 
generating some 100 lbs. of thrust. Astronaut Schirra 
fired these thrusters and the report from the Spacecraft 
Test Conductor is the static firing went very well. We 
actually did fire several of the thrusters during this test 
and the report was that the test went well. In the mean- 
time we completed some final checks of the range safety 
destruct system aboard the Saturn IB launch vehicle. These 
are checks between the launch crew and the Air Force Eastern 
Test Range. Those checks also went very well, and the count 
is continuing. We have just passed the 20 minute mark. We 
are now at T-19 minutes, 54 seconds and counting. This is 
Launch Control. 



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This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control at 
T minus 16 minutes and counting. T minus 16. We are GO for 
launch at this time. Our latest check on weather conditions 
and particularly surface winds in the area indicate the winds 
are GO at this time, at the 16 minute aark in the count; to 
repeat, the winds are GO for launch. Coming up shortly the 
Apollo 7 spacecraft will go on full internal power; this will 
come at the 15 minute mark; this means we will go on the full 
power of the three fuel cells aboard the Apollo 7. Up to this 
time the fuel cells have been sharing the load with an external 
power source. When we go internal we remove the external power 
source from the spacecraft. This will be coming up shortly; 
in the meantime we are going through final calibrations of the 
overall telemetry systems, concerned with the Saturn IB launch 
vehicle. We are now coming up in a matter of seconds on the 
15 minute mark in the count; mark T minus 15 minutes and 
counting. T minus 15. This is Launch Control. 

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18/1 



KING This is Apollo/Saturn launch control 

at T-12 minutes and counting. T-12 and we are go for the 
Apollo 7 mission at this time. At the final 11 minutes or 
so of the count, we will have a number of major highlights, 
we will have a status report that will come in about the 
5 minute mark and a check of all aspects of the mission 
to assure that we are still go at that time. The complete 
launch vehicle will go on a automatic sequence at the 2 
minute and 43 second mark in the countdown. From that 
time down, all aspects of the count will be automatic, run 
by the computer system manager here in the Block House and 
also managed spacecraft-wise at the Control Center at 
the Manned Spacecraft Operations building at Kennedy Space 
Center. Countdown continuing at this time, we are now 
T-ll minutes 6 seconds and counting. As this automatic 
sequencer continues down, we will have a transfer to in- 
ternal power with the launch vehicle at the 28 second mark 
and the eight engines in the first stage of the Saturn IB 
due to ignite at the 3 second mark in the count. The 
engines will ignite in tandem and will be up within 3/10 
of a second. During those remaining 3 seconds we basically 
will check the thrust of the eight engines to assure 
we have that 1.6 million pounds of thrust desired for the 
launch. At that time, when we close the vents on the 
Saturn IB launch vehicle, we will have a vehicle on the 
pad weighing some 1.3 millions pounds. Now approaching 
the 10 minute mark in the count, we are T-10 minutes 18 
seconds and counting. This is launch control. 



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KING This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control. 

We're at T-8 minutes, 25 seconds, and counting and we are 
still GO for the Apollo 7 launch at this time. Spacecraft 
Test Conductor Skip Chilton going through a final status 
check with his spacecraft crew here at the Kennedy Space 
Center. In the Blockhouse, the crew still monitoring the 
performance of the Saturn IB vehicle and all is GO for the 
mission at this time. He's completing up the status report 
as we complete the 8 minute mark. T-8 minutes and counting, 
T-8 and we are GO for launch at this time. This is Launch 
Control . 



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KING This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control 

at 6 minutes 38 seconds and counting, we are still GO for 
launch at this time. Astronaut Wally Schirra just got a 
report that he was GO for 164 laps, he said he was ready- 
to go without a tire change. The count still proceeding 
at this time. T minus 6 minutes 20 seconds and counting, 
however, we just heard a report over the circuit we are 
asking for a HOLD. We are standing by for further reports. 
We are now at T minus 6 minutes 15 seconds and holding, T 
minus 6 15 and holding. This is Launch Control 6 minutes 
15 seconds and holding, the test supervisor advises he 
expects this to be a very brief HOLD. The reason is concerned 
with a chill down of the engine of the second stage of the 
Saturn IB launch vehicle. From the 20 minute mark down we 
introduced gaseous helium into the engine chamber of the 
second stage to condition it for those propellants that 
will come into the engine chamber during . fl ight . Of course, 
the liquid oxygen is at minus 297 and the liquid hydrogen 
at 423 degrees below zero. The request for the HOLD came 
to give an additional several minutes for the chill down. 
To repeat, we are holding at 6 minutes IS seconds expecting 
to resume the count shortly. This is Launch Control standing 
by. 

This is Launch Control. We are holding at 6 minutes 
15 seconds. Launch Vehicle Test Conductor has advised we 
expect to resume the count about 35 seconds from this time. 
To repeat, the reason for the HOLD concerned with additional 
time for the chill down of the second stage engine of the 
Saturn IB launch vehicle. We are standing by to resume the 
count. 

This is Launch Control. We have just resumed the 
count down now at T minus 6 minutes and 8 seconds and 
counting we resume the count at 56 minutes past the hour. 
Now coming up on the 6 minute mark, mark T minus 6 minutes 
and counting. T minus 6, we are proceeding. All reports 
are that we are GO for a launch at this time. At this point 
in the count down now we will be coming up on the 5 minute 
mark, we will be ready to retract that Apollo access arm 
to its full retract position. It has been on a standby 
position some 3 feet from the command module up to this 
time. We have now armed the ignition system of the Saturn 
IB launch vehicle. This means that it can now receive the 
signals to ignite those engines at the proper time in the 
count down, which will come at the 3 second mark. We'll 
be coming up on some final status reports at this time. 
T minus 5 minutes 15 seconds and counting. The mission 
director, Bill Snyder, has given a GO for the launch. 
Coming up on the 5 minute mark, mark 5 minutes and counting, 
says Supervisor Don Phillips, giving a final call of GO/NO -GO 



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KING to the various elements of the mission. 

We are standing by as the reports come back in. 

KING This is Apollo Launch Control now 

at T minus 4 minutes 7 seconds and counting. Spacecraft 
Test Conductor Skip Chilton has told Commander Wally Schirra 
"You are GO for the launch. 1 ' Schirra reported that all 
looks good. We have now armed the destruct system of the 
two stages of the Saturn IB launch vehicle, and will be 
coming up about a minute from this time on the automatic 
sequencer. From that time down we will be completely 
automatic in the launch vehicle. We are now at 3 minutes 
40 seconds and counting, this is Launch Control. 

KING This is Apollo Saturn Launch Control 

coming up on the 3 minute mark on the count, several seconds 
from this time. Mark 3 minutes and counting, T minus 3, 
we are continuing. The astronauts in the spacecraft having 
just completed some final checks on the guidance and navi- 
gation system. We are now at 2 minutes 50 seconds, coming 
up shortly on the automatic sequencer. The astronaut abort 
advisory system is in effect at this time, the key people 
here at the launch complex ready to advise. Now at T minus 
2 minutes 35 seconds and counting, it appears that the 
automatic sequencer is in at this time. T minus 2 minutes 
and 30 seconds . At this point the various tanks in the 
two stages of the Saturn IB vehicle are starting to 
pressurize. We pressurize these tanks with helium. They 
are pressurized, of course, to force the various propellants 
into the engine chambers for the proper ignition. The SIB 
first stage fuel tank is pressurized and the second stage 
liquid oxygen tank pressurizing at this time. Now coming 
up on the 2 minute mark, T minus 2 minutes and counting, 
T minus 2. Not as much reports now on the communication 
circuits as everybody 



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Not as much reports now on the communi- 
cations circuits as everybody stands by monitoring the various 
consoles and watching the various parameters to assure every- 
thing is okay. T minus 1 minute, 43 seconds and counting. 
We are still proceeding. Astronauts standing by in the space- 
craft as we come up on the 92 mark in our countdown. Mark 
T minus 90 seconds and counting. T minus 90. We have 
conditioned the liquid oxygen in the first stage of the 
Saturn Launch Vehicle, all tanks in the two stages now 
pressurizing. Most of the work over these final several 
minutes concern with the launch vehicle directed by the 
test conductor, Don Carlson. One minute, 10 seconds and 
counting. We are still GO at this time. Coming up on 
1 minute; mark T minus 60 seconds and counting. We are GO 
for Apollo 7 at this time. T minus SO seconds; the vehicle 
now pressurized and the vehicle is GO as is the spacecraft 
at this time. Coming up on the 40 second mark; T minus 40 
seconds and counting. T minus 40. All reports look good 
from here in the blockhouse at this time. All aspects of 
the mission GO; T minus 30 seconds and counting. We'll 
get ignition of those 8 engines in the first stage at the 
3 second mark in the countdown. Now at T minus 21 seconds 
and counting. We have completed our power transfer. The 
Saturn IB launch vehicle, which now weighs 1.3 million pounds 
is ready to go; coming up on the 10 second mark. 10, 9, 8, 
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, we have ignition. Commit liftoff; we have 
liftoff. This is Launch Control; we have cleared the tower. 

HANEY Roger; tower clear. 12 seconds out and 

the roll program has commenced. 24 seconds out and Schirra 
reports the pitch program has commenced. 40 seconds, the 
roll program is complete. 55 seconds, the cabin is relieving; 
Schirra reported a little noise. One minute. One minute 
20 seconds into the flight; all systems GO on the ground and 
in the air. One minute 40 seconds. Flight director asked 
the flight dynamics officer if he likes it, and he says, 
"Yes sir; it looks good." Coming up on 2 minutes; mark 2 
minutes. We're having a status check; Apollo 7 has been 
given a GO for staging. Two minutes, 15 seconds. Inboard 
engines have shut down; outboard engines have shut down; 
Schirra called both events. He's got ignition and he says 
we are up to thrust on the second stage. The thrust is okay 
at 2 minutes 40 seconds into the flight. 

SCHIRRA Oh, beautiful. Tower has really jetti- 

soned. 

HANEY Wally says all beautiful, that tower has 

really jettisoned; it went way out. We are near the 50 mile 
altitude now and about 60 miles downrange. Three minutes 
5 seconds into the flight. 

FLIGHT Wally, you're looking good. 



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HANEY 
here in Houston; 



minutes, 25 seconds 



Schirra has just tagged up with the COM 
a very clean voice communication today. Three 



into the 
(garble) 
It looks 



flight. 

checks now Wally. 
okay now flight. We're looking 



FLIGHT 
SCHIRRA 
at it closely. 
FLIGHT 
HANEY 

here. 

SCHIRRA (garble) little bumpy here, but - 

HANEY Wally says, "A little bumpy on the second 

stage; a little bumpy, but we can't hear any complaints. 

Seventy miles altitude; and about a 120 miles downrange. 



Trajectory and guidance are GO, Apollo. 
Trajectory and guidance give another GO 



Mark; Apollo 7 systems are GO. 
Looking real fine here Wally. 
Gimbals are tight. 

Four minutes, 10 seconds into the flight. 
Gimbal checks looks very good. 
Schirra says, "The gimbal check looks 

This 1G stuff is great. 

His observation is the 1G stuff is great, 
loads were quite low. We've been monitoring 



SCHIRRA 
FLIGHT 
SCHIRRA 
HANEY 
SCHIRRA 
HANEY 
very good." 
SCHIRRA 
HANEY 
Apparently the 

Schirra' s heart rate because that's the only physical para- 
meter we have coming through and it, at launch, and through 
the early stages, ran about 90 and 92 beats. Four minutes, 
50 seconds into the flight. 

SCHIRRA Good here, flight. 

HANEY Flight director's polling all his stations 

here and is getting enthusiastic GO'S at every console. Five 
minutes into the flight. 

EISELE Spacecraft guidance is GO. 

FLIGHT Roger; you're looking real good. 

HANEY And we've heard from Don Eisele; reported 

the spacecraft guidance GO. 90 miles altitude now. Nearly 
250 miles downrange at 5 minutes and 25 seconds into the 
flight. The guidance tracks are 
the Control Center. That is the 



SC 

FLIGHT 

Houston. 

FLIGHT 

SCHIRRA 

HANEY 

at 5 minutes, 
FLIGHT 
SCHIRRA 
haney 



Looking good 
All systems 



exactly overlays here in 
plan versus the actual, 
flight, 
still looking very good at 



You're looking real 



fine Apollo 7 
like a dream. 



58 



Roger; she's riding 
Wally says she's riding like a dream 
seconds into the flight. 
... on Wally. 

Six minutes and we're really GO. 
Mark 6 minutes. 



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SC 

FLIGHT 
SC 

FLIGHT 

HANEY 

SC 



The window view is sensational. 
We finally got to look at the BBC. 
Yeah, that was a real - 
Okay, everything looks good here - 
Six minutes, 20 seconds. 
Flight reports everything is right on 



track , 

HANEY Mark 6 minutes, 30 seconds; where the 

trajectory now is beginning to level out at nearly 110 miles 
altitude and we are coming up nearly 400 miles out over the 
Atlantic Ocean. 

FLIGHT You're right on the old button. 

HANEY Cap Com Jack Swigert here in Houston 

reassures the crew that, "You're right on the old button." 
and the communications are so clear it sounds like the crew 
is working from the simulator. Seven minute, 
the flight. 

- cut out there 

And we just had our first report from 



3 seconds into 



CUNNINGHAM 
HANEY 



Walt Cunningham in the right seat reporting on the antennas. 
FLIGHT Walt's a little garbled. 

HANEY His communication was not quite as clean 

as that from Eisele and Schirra but quite readable. Seven 
minutes, 30 seconds into the flight. 

7 downclear; LV. 
You're coming in very garbled. 
Roger. Okay - 

You're also garbled Don; I can read out - 
Seven minutes, 45 seconds into the flight, 
(garble) fuel - 

Let's see what you can do with it. 
Mark, 8 minutes into the flight. 
Give it to them at ... 8 minutes to go. 
Okay, copy - 

And the crew reports the guidance - Don 
Eisele reports the guidance is GO at 8 minutes. We are 8 min- 
utes, 15 seconds. 

- bumpy road, very, very (garble) 
We are predicting a cut off time at 10 
minutes plus 16 seconds, plus 16 seconds I believe. Eight 
minutes, 40 seconds now; the trajectory has flattened out 
at about 125 nautical miles and we're 800 miles downrange . 
SC Flight, this is (garble) 

HANEY The communication in the last minute has 

gotten somewhat graveley, not nearly as clean as it was in the 
early part. 

SCHIRRA Roger; we're GO for orbit at 9 minutes. 

HANEY 'And Schirra at 9 minutes reports we're 

GO for orbit. 



CUNNINGHAM 
FLIGHT 
EISELE 
FLIGHT 
HANEY 
SC 

FLIGHT 
HANEY 
EISELE 
FLIGHT 
HANEY 



SC 

HANEY 



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HANEY Control Center here is considering shift- 

ing the - com loop to the Vanguard Ship which is parked out 
south of Bermuda somewhere mid-Atlantic. The communications 
are still quite good. They were just extraordinary through 
the first 6 minutes of flight. At 9 minutes, 30 seconds into 
the flight, all systems are in excellent shape. We are now 
predicting shut down at 10 minutes and 20 seconds, 10 minutes 
20 seconds into the flight. We are now coming up on our mark 
10 minutes into the flight, mark 10 minutes. 

SC RP Delta, please Cap Com. 

FLIGHT RP Delta Apollo 7. 

HANEY 10 minutes, 10 seconds. 

FLIGHT (garble) to Apollo LOS. 

• SCHIRRA Roger; understand. 

HANEY And - we got a cut off that sounded to 

me like at about 10 minutes, 19 seconds, Schirra confirmed 
it. And Eisele noted that it felt a little different than 
when they were on the booster; when that cut off came through. 
They will remain attached to the S4B that second stage and 
they will be given a GO to stay in the planned configuration, 
attached to the second stage for perhaps - nearly 3 hours. 

FLIGHT (garble) we have you GO for orbit. 

Go for orbit. 

HANEY And the control center has relayed word 

here, "We show you GO for orbit." 



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HANEY And the Control Center has relayed word 

here, we show you go for orbit. For the first six revolu- 
tions around the earth, it will be a revolution by revolu- 
tion consideration, -but these cutoff parameters were just 
nearly as perfect as they could be from the looks of our 
plot boards. 11 minutes 30 seconds and the crew has been 
advised that the S-IVB systems have been safed. The elec- 
trical circuits are shut down and the booster is considered 
in a - a quite safe configuration. Some residual liquid 
hydrogen and liquid oxygen remaining aboard, that will be 
vented as we move through this first revolution. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control in Houston at 

13 minutes into the flight. We are still getting excellent 
communications from Apollo 7 which is now in the middle of 
the Atlantic Ocean. The quality of the voice com is not 
that what it was in the first few seconds, but it - the 



first few minutes - but it is still quite readable. We 

have reracked the entire voice communications from liftoff 

through staging. We are prepared to play it for you now and 

it begins at T-30 seconds. Roll the tape, please. 

ROOSA And Apollo 7, stand by for the 10 second 
count . 

SC Understood. 

ROOSA 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, ignition. 

CAPE (garble) liftoff. 

CAPE Clear of the tower. 

CAPE Roll commence. 

SC Pitch is tracking good. 

CAPE Roger. 

SC At a thousand five degrees. 

CAPE Roll complete. 

SCHIRRA Roger, she running - it's getting a 
little noisy now. 

CAPE DDS manual . 

SC Roger one Charlie. 

CAPE Roger, we're go here, Jack. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control in Houston, 21 



minutes into the flight. The ground and the crew finally 
got to the right antenna with the spacecraft over the Canary 
Islands and until that point, the com, from approximately 
mid-Atlantic on into the Canary area was pretty rocky - 
pretty rough and they went to one of the antennas which ap- 
parently was pointed in the proper direction and the com 
cleared up markedly as you will be able to observe as we 
play this voice tape. I've checked with the flight director, 
he tells me that Schirra heart rate at liftoff was 87 beats 
per minute - 87 beats per minute at liftoff. And at stag- 



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HANEY ing when the first stage burned out 

and the second stage ignited it hit it's high point - 

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1, mark, 17 minutes GET. 



won't need a CMC lift-off 



HANEY . . . stage burned out and the second 

staging ignited it, it hit its high point during the entire 
mission of 100 beats per minute. One hundred beats at 
staging, 87 at lift-off; which is, I can never recall a 
lift-off heart rate in the 80's, I can recall some in the 
90 's and I think they were Wally's. Here is some tape as 
we came into the Canary zone and the crew have talks about 
looking out the window and observing the Canary Islands. 

FLIGHT 

SCHIRRA 

FLIGHT 
update. You're 

SCHIRRA 

FLIGHT 

SCHIRRA 

FLIGHT 
we're really trying 
good com. with you. 

SCHIRRA 

FLIGHT 

SCHIRRA 

FLIGHT 

now? 

SCHIRRA 
FLIGHT 
Wally . 

SCHIRRA 
FLIGHT 



(Garble) 
Right, you 
okay then. 
(Garble) 

Apollo 7 say again. 
(Garble) 

Okay, we're reading you about 
to do some reconfiguring here 

(Garble) 



2 by, 
to get 



I can't make it out Wally, standby. 



Houston, how are you reading 



(Garble) 
Apollo 7, 

(Garble) 

Okay, you're loud, but very garble, 



A? 



SCHIRRA 
FLIGHT 
s implex 
SCHIRRA 
there, can 
FLIGHT 



here 
slip 

down there, can you 

FLIGHT 
now? 

SCHIRRA 
simplex A. 

FLIGHT 
and we've got 

SCHIRRA 

FLIGHT 

SCHIRRA 

FLIGHT 
couldn't see what 

SCHIRRA 



(Garble) 
All your 



systems look real good down 



(Garble) 
I couldn't 



make it out, 



That ' s 
see it 
Apollo 



land out there 
Walt can 



Do you want 
Little island 



Houston. 



I guess 
How do 



you read 



Houston, Apollo 7. How do 

You're real fine now, real 
you coming through an intercom. 
That's clever. 



you 
fine 



read on 



Wally, 



Okay. 

No, we're broadcasting to you. 
Oh, okay, I was just wondering. I 
you were describing there. 

We're looking at the Canary Islands 



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FLIGHT Oh, you're making me jealous. 

SCHIRRA We've completed the first check list, 

with the exception of the four circuit breakers of panels 
277 and 278. 

FLIGHT Roger, we copy, 

SCHIRRA He hasn't posted this yet. It's loud 

and clear over here, Jack; good weather report. 
FLIGHT Roger, you're 5 by also. 

S/C This test deserts. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control in Houston with 

25 minutes into the flight. The crew after a very brief 
20 minute flight across the Atlantic Ocean is now going 
across the African Continent. We've lost touch with them 
as they move across Africa. The official launch time was 
15:02:45 zulu time or Greenwich mean time, 15:02:45. Our 
present orbital parameters are 122 by 151, 122 nautical 
miles by 151 nautical miles; and we now begin to settle 
down to look at the business of the flight plan and one 
of the first events after leaving the Canary zone is to 
close the liquid hydrogen vent and it should be closed 
very shortly. At Tananarive, the Spacecraft will go into 
it's first sunset. We will be talking to them through 
Tananarive. The Tananarive station should acquire along 
about 36 minutes into the flight. We're presently 26 min- 
utes into the flight. This is Apollo Control Houston. 



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HANEY This is Apollo Control in Houston at 

36 minutes into the flight. In the last minute or two we 
have reviewed the g data recorded on this flight and the 
curve is a very gentle one on the first stage, and it 
peaked right at about 4 g's, and of course it falls back 
to zero g for a short time and then it begins a gentle 
climb again and at the second stage shut down, some 10 
minutes and 20 seconds into the flight, it was peaked out 
on the second stage at about 2 and a half g's. We heard 
the crew remark at least once, perhaps several times, about 
what a gentle ride it was. Glenn Lunney, our flight 
director, has gone around the room console by console. He 
opened that session with these words. "Okay, everybody, 
lets - we've got a long way to go. Let's sit down and look 
at what we've got." He then went through each system and 
questioned each man about his particular specialty area 
during the launch phase and he got no surprises. We have 
tagged up with the crew now over Tananarive. We've put in 
a call, and at this point we've not heard from them, but 
Schirra should be installing an alignment site in his 
window. This will help him - it is something like a bore 
sight - it will help him do a number of tasks and he will 
use it to look at all sorts of objects during the flight. 
Very shortly we should open the liquid hydrogen vent valve 
and thin out some of the residual fuel in there in the 
liquid hydrogen tank, and over - that will take place over 
Carnarvon some 54 minutes into the flight. They say the 
call went in by the Tananarive station about two minutes 
ago. We've not heard from the crew. We are getting a 
rather steady carrier noise on the line. We'll standby 
and come up with that communication as it develops. 

HANEY Apollo Control here at 42 minutes into 

the flight. Tom Stafford, one of our capsule communicators, 
has been running a HF voice communication check. We heard 
from Apollo 7 loud and clear, but they apparently can not 
hear us, and we're going to continue this voice check by 
HF, which is the hard way, of course, and let's listen now 
as Stafford tries to contact the spacecraft. 

HANEY Apollo Control here again. We're still 

attempting to establish HF communications. We want to 
emphasize that there is nothing wrong at all with our UHF 
channel via the other means of communication, but we are 
exploring just how good the HF system is at this extraor- 
dinarily long range. Apparently the communicator at the 
Tananarive station may be hearing something from the 
spacecraft we are not. It is just a shake down test of 
the total communications capability that we have, and we'll 
leave the carrier up, although it looks like they are moving 
out of the range of Tananarive. We'll leave it up another 



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HANEY minute or two. At 44 minutes into 

the flight, the crew getting its first look at the Indian 
Ocean after departing the african continent. This is 
Apollo Control Houston. 



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HANEY And this is Apollo Control Houston at 

52 minutes into the flight. In a very few seconds, we will 
put in a call to the crew by the Carnarvon station on the 
west coast of Australia. I just got a call that Carnarvon 
had acquired - the acquisition aid had locked up. The dis- 
cussion over the Australian pass is always an interesting 
one and here comes the com now. Tom Stafford from here. 

SC This is firm, we are having a ball. 

CAP COM Roger. We read you loud and clear over 

Tananarive Wally, but evidently you could not read us. 

SC Affirmative. 

CAP COM Okay, we have a new time for your LOX 

dump . The - 

SC Wait a minute. Okay, go ahead, Tom. 

CAP COM Roger. The S IVB dump will occur at 

1+34+27. Estimated DELTA V of 32 feet per second. 
Did you get that, Walt? 

SC Roger. 1 + 34 + 27, 32 feet per sec- 

ond . 

CAP COM Roger. 

SC Do you read? 

CAP COM Roger, we got them. 

SC Okay, we've completed about the first 

checklist down to where the CMP has to get out of the couch, 
standing by for your GO/NO-GO. 

CAP COM Roger. 

SC I'll give you a little fast report on 

what we want here. 

SC The windows appear to be almost crystal 

clear, which is good news for all of us. And we have very 
good visibility out of all five windows and that center 
hatch one, there is a drain for monitoring boost. 

CAP COM Roger. 

SC We've noted the airglow here and made 

some dirt on it. It looks like it's about 3 degrees thick 
as we approached Carnarvon at night of course, we measured 
that with a ... 

SC (garble) at 12 o'clock, guess ... arrived 

at 12 o'clock this trip. 

CAP COM You've seen me before. 

SC (Laughter) Roger, came into view 3 de- 

grees before the top of the airglow, where that was the 
surface of the earth. 

CAP COM Okay. 

SC I'll see if Donn and Walt have anything 

to say, affirm. 

CAP COM Okay. Standby, they want to get you a 

nav load right now for the GO/NO-GO. Stand by. 

SC Roger. ' 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 



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SC Go ahead. 

CAP COM Roger. Have a go, and guidance would 

like to send you an update. 

SC Roger, stand by. 

SC Roger. We're in block, will go to 

accept on your call. 

CAP COM All right. Go to accept. 

SC We are in accept. Understand we'll go 

for 2 up. 

CAP COM Affirmative. Roger, Jack, I'm ob- 

serving your rewinded tape dump. We "would like to get 
a good reading on GO/NO -GO on the DFC as soon as you can. 

SC * Okay. Total of LOX dump was 1.34.27, 

32 feet per second. 

CAPCOM Roger. We copy. Okay, it's coming 

up . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. The load is in, 

has been verified, the computer is yours. 
SC Very good. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston. The 

platform in the guidance component of the spacecraft 
checked out very nicely. It's within less than a half of 
a degree in all respects, precisely where it should be. 
The angles have all been taken into consideration now. As 
we move across Australia, we would anticipate from the 
crew that they had begun to remove things, like gloves 
and their lifevests, and probably their helmets. The 
lunar module pilot Walt Cunningham, should be finishing 
up his insertion checklist, his extensive list. Let's 
go back to the crew. 

SC He is taking off his suit now, Walt 

and mine still on. We get an 02 flow high when Donn 
opens up the suit and we analyze that as the suit rate 
trying to catch up to the cabin, so we are go. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy. 

SC Okay Jack. We've got the suit flow 

valve off and the 02 flow is dropping down. 
CAPCOM Okay, we copy. 

SC No problem, it's just that we haven't 

seemed to be able to stop at the right thing. 

CAPCOM Hey Jack, do you think they will be 

able to get the tape recorder rewound before we deliver 
that? 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. We've got the 

tape recorder rewound over Canaries. We will do a dump 
over Mila. 

SC Roger. 



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CAPCOM We would like to have a reading of jus 

what you have on that tape, because we were talking on it 
continuously. 

SC OK. Will do. We'll do that over the 

stateside pass Walt. 

END OF TAPE 



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CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. Apollo 7 Houston 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston. We 

have lost signal via the Honeysuckle Creek outside of 
Canberra, Australia. It is a new station to join our 
network, and we should not hear from the crew again until 
the ship Huntsville parked half way between Hawaii and the 
coast of California picks them up at 1 hour and 24 minutes 
into the flight. We are 1 hour and 7 minutes into the 
flight right now and that was not a particularly communica- 
tive pass. We had a little calm in the early part. Appar- 
ently the crew going through their initial stowage of such 
things as the helmet the gloves. They're getting out pieces 
of equipment and getting squared away for the early revs 
of the flight. The stowage list called for the command 
pilot to stow various temperature devices, flight date 
files, install a urine filter, and adjust the couch position. 
They will be also unstowing and assembling some cameras, 
and loading them with film as they fly in a northerly dir- 
ection up across the Atlantic, excuse me, the Pacific. A 
reminder, we are flying at 32 degrees north and south of 
the equator on this flight as opposed to the 28 degrees 
we flew throughout the Gemini program. We flew 32 degrees 
in Mercury and we are back at that altitude, at that 
longitude. At 1 hour and 8 minutes into the flight, this 
is Apollo Control in Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET 1:21:00 



27/1 



HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston at 

1 hour 21 minutes into the flight. We've just had a little 
thrill here in the Apollo Control Center in Building 30 in 
Houston. We had a rather complete power outage in the 
building, the first one I can recall in the history of 
this particular control center. We didn't lose all power, 
of course. Certain critical elements like the computers 
continued to run on emergency power lines, and emergency 
power circuits left certain lights, exit lights and that 
sort of thing lighted in the halls. But all of our consoles 
went dead, lost power. Our lights were out here in the 
control center except for certain emergency red lights. I 
would clock the outage as occurring about 20 minutes after 
the hour and lasting perhaps 60 to 90 seconds , about a 
minute - minute and a half duration. We have verified 
that all the computers, the critical computers running on 
line with this mission, continue to run. They are located 
on the first floor of this building. We were not in contact, 
of course, with the spacecraft at the time, and had we been 
we would have continued to be able to go out of the building. 
All of our Com circuits continued to work, we were simply 
without lights, and we didn't know, in other words these 
Com circuits are set up in such a way that we know whether 
we are radiating by a flashing white light or we are moni- 
toring when we simply have a steady yellow light. On each 
console you have such an array of buttons to various back 
rooms and to points outside of this building, to the Cape, 
to other places. We lost power on all those kinds of cir- 
cuits, we lost all of our video capability to monitor the 
various slides and we do not yet have an explanation of 
just how or why this occurred. But at 1 hour and 23 minutes 
into the mission we are back up in good shape with full 
power. This is Apollo Control in Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



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HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston 1 hour 

25 minutes into the flight. Capsule Communicator Tom 
Stafford is putting in a call to the communicator on the 
ship Huntsville half way between Hawaii and California. 
Let's cut in on that conversation now. 

CAPCOM Roger. Are we transmitting simultane- 

ously and receiving VHF? 

HTV Affirmative. 

CAPCOM Roger. Are you going to contact - have 

you heard Apollo 7? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston 

HTV Houston COMTECH Huntsville. 

CAPCOM Go ahead Huntsville. 

HTV Apollo 7 copied you loud and clear. 

Apollo 7 copied you loud and clear. Go ahead and we'll 
relay . 

CAPCOM Roger Apollo 7 this is Houston CAPCOM. 

understand you are reading. Go ahead and relay through 
the Huntsville the S4B tank pressures. And again just 
to remind you to call Program 47 prior to the lock stop 

CAPCOM Huntsville M and 0 Houston CAPCOM. 

HTV Go ahead, Huntsville M and 0. 

CAPCOM Roger. Did Apollo 7 get the message? 

HTV Negative. We can only copy him when 

we are dead band logged. We are presently experiencing 
trouble with logging two way VHF Band. 

CAPCOM Roger, you can't read any VHF? 

HTV Negative at this time. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Do you read? 

CAPCOM Roger Apollo 7, read you loud and clear. 

How else? 

SC Okay, the readings are 24241313. 

CAPCOM Roger 24 and 13 Wally, now reading you 

loud and clear. 

SC Now we are turning them on both A and B 

and I have that logged. 

CAPCOM Roger 

SC (Garbled) 

CAPCOM Roger. Did you get me transmitting in 

the line over the Huntsville, Wally? 

SC I don't think so, what was that, Tom? 

CAPCOM Well, I just - to read the tank pressures 

and to call program 47 prior to lock stop. 

SC Roger. We have that data. I have tank 

pressures at 1 (garble) 6 plus 15 1 (garble) plus 5 0 if you are 
ready to copy. 

CAPCOM Roger, we got it. 

SC 23 23 8 then 8. That's 1 plus 06 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, You faded out completely. 

We'll contact you over California in a couple of seconds 
SC Roger data plot. 



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HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston 1 hour 

31 minutes into the flight. We should establish contact 
through Guaymas momentarily. To recap a bit on that power 
outage that we experienced about 10 minutes ago, I clocked 
it at 20 minutes after the hour, the duration was something 
on the order of 1 to 2 minutes, and initially it was a 
rather complete power outage. We still had communications 
on the circuits, but we did not have the light showing us 
on which circuits we had communications. We were not in 
touch with the spacecraft at the time, and the computers, 
the critical computers, the on line computers continued to 
run through a separate and a secure emergency power source. 
Since that time, for about the past 5 minutes, we have been 
without our TV data displays until such time as additional 
power could be brought over on that circuit. Now we have 
the spacecraft in touch, and lets listen to Tom Stafford 
and Wally Schirra discuss the situation. 

SC that data on the SYV now? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM You might tell Walt, what they did 

they rewound the tape recorder over Canary and if he has 
any' additional voice that he wants to place on he can 
place it on there now. They'll dump it again over Mila. 

SC Yes, thank you. 

CAPCOM Okay, they didn't get your remarks on 

booth because they rewound it over Canary, Walt, per the 
flight plan. 

SC Okay, well all needle readouts were 

normal, and I didn't list them individually on the insertion 
text, and it's on the tape and that's about the best we can 

d °* CAPCOM Okay, and we're standing by for the 

dump shortly. 

SC It's a fantastic rev up here. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston at 1 hour 

34 minutes into the flight. Apparently there is some 
discrepancy in our earlier report on the power outage. I 
want to absolutely emphasize that there was no affect at 
all on the computers in Building 30. I repeat. No affect. 
They have an emergency power source which cut in and handled 
that load just perfectly. We did lose light in the building 
in the halls, and we lost lights on our console. We 
continued to have communications, however, we continued 
to have phone service. For a period of about 1 to 2 minutes 
we were without most of the lights in the building, and 
we were able to see through an emergency over head system 
a faint red light which illuminates regardless of - in 
case of complete power outage. But again I want to 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 1:25:55 

HANEY emphasize there was no power outage 

at all on the computers tracking this mission. We'll go 
back now and listen to the events as we move across the 
states . 

END OF TAPE 



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S/C (Garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, Houston, the dump appears to be 

proceeding normally. 

S/C Egress. 

KANEY This is Apollo Control Houston with the 



Spacecraft just east of New Orleans and proceeding toward 
Elean Pass, it will take it almost directly over Savannah, 
Georgia. We are 1 hour, 40 minutes into the flight and 
we have completed at least the initial part of the oxygen 
dump, and we have now opened the liquid hydrogen vent valves. 
They will shortly be closed at the completion of that exer- 
cise. The liquid hydrogen valve is to be closed in 1 hour, 
45 minutes into the flight, just east of Florida. About 
a minute later, we'll stop the - stop dumping the residual 
lox. Earlier, the booster console operator told me there 
should be a - on the order of 1 percent residual liquid 
oxygen in the S4B, which remains attached, of course, to 
the Spacecraft; and 1 percent with in terms of weight 
would be 1000 to 1500 lbs. Very little conversation from 
the crew as they came across the States in this pass, but 
we did get a good look at the systems, we got a cabin that 
stabilized at about 5.3 psi. We know the temperature is 
running a steady 66 degrees inside. Earlier by the 
Australia stations, Schirra reported that they're having 
a ball and he was enthusiastic over the fact that the 
viiidows have not clouded at all, this was a recurring 
problem in Gemini. He also commented as they moved across 
Australia, what an advantage it was to watch the booster 
operation through the center hatch window, one of five 
windows available. We are now starting our Helium dump 
from the S4B, and again no conversation at all on this 
eastern portion of the State swing. Here is a call. 
CAPCOM The dump is initiated. 

S/C Roger. 

3/C Houston, Apollo 7, I have a PP02 for 

you, I'm reading 165. 

CAPCOM Roger, a PP02 at 165. 

S/C Roger. 

S/C Houston, Apollo 7, our cabin press now 

is being - very ragged, it seems to be down to about 5.5- 
CAPCOM Roger, 5.5 on the cabin. 



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30/1 



SC This is Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Houston to Apollo 7. 

SC Apollo 7, GO, 

CAP COM Roger; could you verify that the S5B 

pass position is complete? 

CAP COM Okay, stand by Wally. 

CAP COM I can stop program for you, 7. 

SC Roger, the preservation is complete and 

you can terminate 47. 

CAP COM Roger, you have a read out of DSKY. We 

got it. We're waiting-for an update on (garble) for program 
52. 

Roger. 

CAP COM We're working on it right now. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 2:15:20 31/1 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston, 2 hours, 

15 minutes into the flight. We have established contact 
with the crew via the Tananarive station and here's how the 

"^CAfcSS ^ ^'"Houston through Tananarive, how do you 

read? _ 

cr Loud and clear, Tom. 

CAP COM Roger, we're getting a lot of background 

noise on the HF coming in here, but you're coming m loud 

and c ^ar. Roger, you were putting through a lot of 

echo but you were quite readable. We just ran through an 
Arian constellation so we're very pretty. 

CAP COM Roger, how do the stars look through 

both the telescope and sextant compared to the simulator. 



sc 

CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM 



A little bit better 

We're entering the constellation (garble) 
luh Real good. Okay, we're going to give 

you a time hack at 40 minutes to go till separation m about 

2 minutes. , . 1 

S C Roger, I'll reset my dial. 

C\V COM And we have a GET for the pitch down _ 

maneuver and the inertial maneuver. Do you want to copy it . 

sc wait a minute. Roger, Tom, we have tne 

clock for dead ahead and we have a blank for GET. 

CAP COM Okay, GET of pitch down is 2 + 42 

GET of inertial attitude, 2+51+10 



+ 55; 



SC 

(interrupted) 
CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM 
down for SEP. 
SC 

CAP COM 
SC 

we want you to copy 
CAP COM 

SC 



Data repeat. GET pitch down at 2 + 

30 seconds to go. 
Roger. 

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Mark. 40 minutes counting 
Roger. 

Roger. . 

We're going to try talking to you and 



Go ahead. 

Roger, (garble) I'll quickly read off 
all (garble) 0693 (garble) turbo 12, turbo 23, 00186. 

(garble) . 

CAPCOM Roger 

SC (garble 1 ) . 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. What was your star 

angle difference, that's the only one in question. 



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SC 4 + 2 

CAP COM Not bad. 

SC (garble) go on to another (garble) . 

CAP COM Roger. 

SC We've got a real nice clean cabin here, 
very few particles floating around. 

CAP COM That's good. 

SC There are two very small particles, 
(garble) . 

CAP COM Okay. 

SC (garble) 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston. We 



have loss of signal by Tananarive. The Spacecraft moving 
across the Indian Ocean. During the pass across Australia, 
Canarvon should acquire about 10 minutes - about 8 minutes 
from now, 2 hours, 28 minutes into the flight. We will 
be set up to decide on whether we will proceed with the 
crew takeover, the crew flying of the S4B. I understand 
this configuration we are in right now, we essentially 
have a spacecraft about 100 feet long. Consider the 
Command Module, the Service Module, the slaugh panels and 
the nearly 60 foot long second stage S4B , still hooked up 
together and the second stage is to be unhooked and jettisoned 
at 2 hours, 55 minutes into the flight. That would occur 
after the crew has gone through an exercise whereby they 
will get the feel of what the control problems are and just 
how does it feel to fly such a big kluge from the advantage 
point of the command module. The - Bonn Eisele, the center - 
the command module pilot, will return to his couch. He has 
been down in the lower equipment bay looking over some of 
his gear and going through some stowage and unstowing 
activities. He'll return to his couch for these up coming 
activities with the S4B leading up to the separation. When 
we acquire at Carnarvon, we'll come back to you. This is 
Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68 GET: 2:28:56 



32/1 



HANEY The ship Huntsville parked half way be- 

tween Hawaii and the coast of California picks them up at 1 
hour and 24 minutes into the flight. And that was not a 
particularly communicative pass; we got a little COM in the 
early part, apparently the crew going through their - 
This is Apollo Control Houston, 2 hours, 28 minutes into 
the flight. We have established contact with Apollo 7 by 
Carnarvon, and the crew has been given a GO. We are getting 
some conversation with the crew now; let's check in on it. 

SC Way up there. 

CAP COM Okay, we copy. 

HANEY Well, we've got a dead period here. We 

want to clarify. Perhaps earlier we had given an indication 
that the control thrusters during this S4B takeover would 
be thrusters on the service module; that's not correct. They 
are the thrusters, the small pitch control thrusters on the 
second stage, the S4B itself. The crew will be operating 
those from the cabin through logic circuits down through 
the instrument unit which is the principal electronic ele- 
ment joining the booster and the spacecraft. That event 
of course is presently programmed for 2 hours and 55 minutes; 
we are at 2 hours and 30 minutes right now. We should get 
some reports on the attitudes as we move across Australia 
and we'll just leave the line open. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger Houston, go ahead. 

CAP COM 'Wait Wally. I'm sorry; we'll wait till 

you get through with this before we take over here. 

SC Roger; we're right in it. 

CAP COM I'm sorry. 

HANEY The Apollo 7 crew is controlling the 

total spacecraft and booster combination at this time through 
the thrusters on the S4B. Here is Schirra. 



SCHIRRA 


Pitching up. 




CAP COM 


Stop . 




SC 


Did you get that? 




CAP COM 


Roger; we copy. 




SC 


3 , 2 , 1 mark . 
Minus roll . . 




CAP COM 




SC 


Isn't enough to grab. 




SC 


90 degrees. 




CAP COM 


Up for 5 degrees . 




SC 


3, 2, 1 mark. 




CAP COM 


Next will be thrust, roll 


for 5 degrees . 


3, 2, 1 mark. 




SC 


Roger, coming back in. 
It's standing very well. 




CAP COM 




CAP COM 


3, 2, 1 mark. Very good. 


Minus yaw 


for 3 degrees . 


3, 2, 1 mark. 



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SC Thank you. (garble) 

CAP COM 3, 2, 1 mark. 

SC Right on it. 

CAP COM Touch off at 3 degrees. 3, 2, 1 mark. 

SC Roger, coming into it. 

SC There's is much (garble) with this thing. 

CAP COM 3, 2, 1 mark. S4B test complete. Beauti- 

ful. Real fine; outstanding. You want to hit your logic down 
so we can look at that? 

SC Second logic on. Logic on. 

CAP COM Okay, we copy. And after Carnarvon air 

which we'll lose you here in about 2 minutes, we are going 
to do some remoting through AIRA to get, complete this DTO . 



SC 

CAP COM 
SC 

(garble) failed. 
CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM 
SC 

thrusting on the S4B 
CAP COM 
CAP COM 
SC 



Very good. (garble) S4B (garble) 
Okay. 

Interesting side line - when the power 

Okay Apollo 7, you're GO for PR. 

There you are . 

RVR 

We can see on the night side, the aps 



How so? 

As a rule, flight's just like Gemini? 
It's - pretty good blob of light; it's 
sort of a yellow orange light. 
CAP COM Roger. . 

SC Okay, pick up that tape. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, when you are dumping some of 

our tapes, we'll be going live on some of these things to 
make sure we have complete coverage. 

SC Okay. 

SC Direct RCS on. That's on. Control SCS. 

D make made modes all for 82. SCS channels; 4 of them on. 
(garble) at the rate command. Think command on 3. Tape 
recorder record. That's the (garble) stand by for their 
(garble) on that.. (garble) TDP circuit power, AC1 (garble). 
Circuit breakers EDS, three of them closed. (garble) test 
loging verified. ES power on. That would be Delta V counted 
as zeroed. 

COMM 



is 2 



CAP COM 
COMM 

way lock 
CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM 
CAP COM 



AIRA 2, go remote. 
We call for EDT to be sent here. 
AIRA 2; there is 2 way lock; AIRA 2, there 



Apollo 7 through AIRA; how do you read? 
Damn good Jack; how are you? 
(garble) fly by. 

Okay, Wally, AIRA 2 had this for about 
10 minutes here and then we'll pick up AIRA 3 for about another 
10 minutes . 



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SC Very nice (garble). 

CAP COM Do you think you'll like those REA's there? 

SC Jack, can you verify that the tape re- 

corder here and we'll go to high pitch rate for the S4B 
maneuver? 

CAP COM Okay, stand by. 

SC We're running through them. 

CAP COM You going to want me to (garble) high 

pitch rate? 

CAP COM Okay, Apollo 7 - E COM tells me they 

will control it for depth. 

SC " (garble) 34 depth. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control, Houston. The 

crew has completed the maneuvers using the S4B thrusters; 
you heard Walt Cunningham going through the countdowns and 
giving Wally Schirra each of the angles and in essence, 
amounted to going to 5 degrees in every attitude visual and 
yaw in these twice. Wally seemed impressed with the handling 
characteristics of this nearly 100 foot combination of booster 
and spacecraft. We are now remoting through a series of 
aircraft which are strung out across the, or flying in 
large square patterns in the southwest Atlantic, southwest 
Pacific. We should have continuous comm with the spacecraft 
up through Hawaii. Hawaii is to acquire; stand by one here. 
Hawaii is to acquire at 2 hours, S3 minutes into the flight. 
It'll be then within the Hawaii area of acquisition that 
we will seperate from the S4B. If this were the lunar mission, 
that is approximately the point where we might very well 
ignite the S4B over the long burn out to the moon to put us 
on a lunar trajectory. At 2 hours, 39 minutes into the flight, 
this is Apollo Control standing by for any additional comm. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 023856 33/1 

COMM Calling ARIA 3 aircraft. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, this is Houston through 
ARIA 3, over. 6 

SC (Garble) 

CAPCOM We can read you about 1 by, Wally. 
Apollo 7, Houston through ARIA 3. How do you read now? 

SC (Garble) 

CAPCOM Roger, you're now coming in about 3 by 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston, 2 hours, 

45 minutes into the flight and it's unlikely that we will 
have any additional com. during this period, so we will 
take the circuit down now. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 2:55:26 34/1 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston 2 hours 

55 minutes into the flight, and just 30 seconds ago, pre- 
cisely at 2 hours and 55 minutes, the crew reported they 
had separated from the S4B. We are in contact over Hawaii, 
and lets listen for conversation. 

sc I can see a thruster firing action in 

daylight . 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

HANEY This is Apollo Houston, From the 

ground we know that the spacecraft is pitching over, turning 
around, and having a good long look. . 

s £ • (Garble) way down looks like pieces ot chait 

I would assume that came from the separation of the S4B. 

CAPCOM Roger, I understand. 

sc i assume that she is still there then. 

Tom, we've got same old (garble) we pitched out. 

CAPCOM Okay. Looks like you are going straight 

in * sc It's absolutely beautiful here and 

we got a lot of loose particle chaff sitting at about - 

SC Look at it*s 

Chaff seems to be oriented mostly 
between 3 o'clock and 5 o'clock from my report of view in 
the right seat and between 9 o'clock and 12 o'clock. The 
other two quadrants are relatively clean and the SLA panel 
at the top, left, and bottom are opened at I would guess 
to be about a 45 degree angle and the SLA panel on the 
right is just opened maybe 30 degrees at the very best. 

CAPCOM Roger. Looks like you are looking at 

a four jawed angry alligator. 

HANEY Apollo Control Houston here. That is 

Walt Cunningham giving that report on the position of the 
SLA panels. He is in conversation with Tom Stafford who 
is an expert on angry alligators from the Gemini days. _ 
The crew is simulating a docking approach at this time in 
to the SLA area. They won't go in so close as to touch it, 
but they will operate in the area. They are taking pic- 
tures and in general, they will fly a formation with the 
S-IVB for the next 10 or 15 minutes. Let's continue the 

monitor. . , j 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Go ahead and get 

the EDS power switch off if you want to. 
CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

CAPCOM Hello, Apollo 7, this is Houston, over. 

CAPCOM Huntsville M§0, this Houston CAPCOM. 

HTV Houston, Huntsville M^O , go. 

CAPCOM Roger. Are we getting through to 

Apollo 7? , _ 

r HTV we cannot acquire the spacecraft pres- 



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HTV ently with S-bands, standby. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

HTV Houston, Huntsville. We have AOS 

apparently with S-band, experience a drop of signal from 
Handover, Hawaii, to Huntsville. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston 3 hours 

and 2 minutes into the flight. The ship Huntsville, which 
is parked between Hawaii and the coast of California, is 
experiencing some difficulty apparently with patching us 
through, so our - we do have a voice communication drop 
out with the spacecraft. The combination of the California 
station and/or Guaymas , Mexico station should acquire just 
any second and we would look for considerable improvement 
in the communication. The crew had turned around, they 
were taking a close look at the large SLA panels, which 
are - the four of them are opened up. They are photograph- 
ing them, and Cunningham reported some chaff. As yet we 
haven't been able to identify the source of the chaff m 
the area. No problem, but he did report it. He also 
reported seeing thruster action in the daylight. We are 
now, I believe, attempting to go through Guaymas, lets go 
back to the report. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Over. 

SC Roger Houston Go, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Roger. Everything going okay? 

SC Yes, just fine. We've got a (garbled) 

out there about a couple of 300 feet. 

CAPCOM Okay. You might check your EBS power 

switch off, if you want to. 

SC It is off. Have you got an update 

for us for the maneuvers? 

CAPCOM Roger, we sure do. Are you ready to 

copy it? 

SC No - about 10 seconds. 

CAPCOM Roger, give me a call when you are 

ready. • i j +. 

SC Apollo 7, go ahead with your update. 

CAPCOM Roger. It's a phasing maneuver, 003 

20 all balls noun 82 NA 1641 plus 12224 00057 32538 noun 

48 NA 0 plus 16 and roll pitch in yaw are 183 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 03:05:20 



35/1 



CAPCOM - yaw of 183, 299, 002, remark FPS , 

heads down, retrograde -X structures. You should be in 
your retroatt itude by 3 + 16 + 30. 

SC Roger. Understand update for sep 

maneuver 0032000, 1641 check 12340005732538 , line 38 
(garble)002, FPS heads down, retro and use -X structures. 

CAPCOM Roger. I din't get your pitch, but 

I want to give it to you again. That is 299 for the pitch. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

CAPCOM Hello Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, go. 

CAPCOM Okay. We expect some nonpropulsive 

venting up near the front end of the S-IVB between 3+08 
and 3+09. The booster will make a retrograde maneuver 
at 3 + 16 + 55. 

SC Roger. Understand nonpropulsive vent- 

ing between 08 and 09 and the booster will be retroventing 
at 31655. 

CAPCOM 
commanded. 

CAPCOM 



Roger. That when the maneuver will be 
You should be able to see it maneuver around. 

Apollo 7, Houston. Confirm that your 



TVC servo power number 1 is off, 



SC 
CAPCOM 
SC 

inside the S 

CAPCOM 

SC 
it in? 

CAPCOM 

SC 



It is off. 
Roger . 

There is quite a small type debris still 
IVB. Is that gone? 

(Garble) after that. 

Seems to be coining out. What part is 



Okay. 

Paul, the internal structure looks just 
fine. There is one set of cords that running around - 
one set of cords running around that seems to be going to 
a panel that isn't open too far. 

CAPCOM Okay. Get some pictures. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston, with 

the spacecraft almost over the central United States. We 
are getting a pretty descriptive view of what the S-IVB 
looks like, primarily from Walt Cunningham. He has reported 
among other things, that one of the four SLA panels is not 
open completely. They should be back to nearly 90 degree 
position, I think one of them is open only a third or a 
half the way. I heard a figure earlier of 30 degrees that 
will have to be confirmed later. In several times, Cun- 
ningham has commented on the venting, the LOX venting from 
the S-IVB. Apparently it's a pretty spectacular show. 
We -will continue to monitor as they move across the states. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, GET: 03:05:20 35/2 

Sc We have got a (garble) in the backout of 

the S-IVB. T t should have breezed right across it. We 
could have a - unfortunately, it's too cloudy for us to 
look at. Tom but New Orleans looks good. 

CAPCOM ' Roger. Understand you can see New 

Orleans , . 

sc Roger. We got a shot of the booster 

across the lake cutting about. 

CAPCOM Roger, good show. 

sc * " 'Looks like the entire US is cloud cov- 

ered until vou get over here. 

CAPCOM We copy. , 

S C Looking right down at tee Cape, we 

can get a cloture of it in the background, _ 

CAPCOM Understand you can get a picture ot 

the Cape in the background. , 

SC Cape is not clear. 

Roger „ 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 



3:15:30 36/1 



(garble) count down. 
COM Did you get a picture of them over 

in the background. 

The cape (garble) 
Roger . 

Got them loud and clear. 
Roger, you on top of the 



COM 



SC 
CAP 
the Cape 
SC 
CAP 
SC 

CAP COM 
time Wally? 
SC 

CAP COM 
SC 

good stuff here 

CAP COM 
booster should 

SC 

the Atlantic Ocean, 
CAP COM 
SC 

booster . 

CAP COM 
SC 

looks like just as 
it ' s 



booster at this 



Say again. 

You on top of the booster? 
The right propella; we got 



some real 



Good show. Okay, in about a 
start it's retrograde maneuver. 



minute, the 



The booster is - engine is set up facing 
we're r we're pointing straight down. 
Okay. 

Got a very slow rate going - on the 



Okay. 

Except for that 



one panel 



you'd expect it to be on that 



- everything 
S4B plot; 



sounds real good. 



on it . 

cap com Okay, 
CAP COM Okay, 
to the phasing maneuver and are you 
pitch and yaw? 



we've got 



about 3 
all set 



mintues to go 
up to roll, 



SC 

have (garble) 
CAP COM 
CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM 

our commercial 
give you a mark 



We've got it all running well and we 



smoothly 

All right 
Apollo 7, 
Yes . 

Roger, I 
pitch out 
at 60 seconds 



7, Houston, 



that 

I'll give you a mark at 60 seconds. 2, 1, 
60 seconds. Minus 30 seconds. 10 seconds 
SC 

CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM 
program 47, if you 

SC 

to get a few more pictures after we 
burn one tenth of a second already. 



Houston . 

- our (garble) just confirmed 
per feet is 299 degrees. Okay, 



mark , 



T minus 



30 seconds. 10 
Very complete. 
Roger. Apollo 
Roger . 
Roger ; 
want to, 
Roger ; 



you can 
we have 



go 



ahead and terminate 



mg 
the 



terminated . 
set; we 



We are try- 
have made 



CAP COM Roger; that's real good; thank you. 

SC John, we are B47 running there a couple 

of minutes early and we picked up about a foot and a half 
per second and registered 2-1 guess you can pick that up 
on your down rate command except I didn't consider whether 
you would want to re-do the state breaker or not. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 3:15:30 36/2 

CAP COM Okay, good. Look, we're gonna have you 

at (garble) in just a-couple of minutes and we'd like to get 
a PPOP reading. 

SC Okay. Stand by. 

CAPCOM And also - what was your closest point 

of approach Wally to the 4B? 

SC For about 4 or 5 feet. 

CAPCOM That's 4 or 5 feet. 

SC (Garble) We're (garble) docked channel. 

To drop things off. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, GET: 3:25:30 37/1 

HANEY This is Apollo Control, Houston 3 hours, 

25 minutes into the flight and we have moved out of the acqui- 
sition zone of the Antigua station. We should acquire Ascen- 
sion in a very few minutes. You heard Schirra say that he 
had pulled up within 4 to 5 feet of the S4B and had done 
a very close inspection of the SLA Panels. The - of the 
panels appear to have opened fully which m the fully deployed 
position is a 45 degree angle; one of the panels stopped 
apparently at about 30 degrees. On later missions we have 
o? the present thinking is to simply jettison the panels 
all together so this is sort of a one-time consideration. 
We - the reason for the jettisoning of the panels m future 
missions is a point which has brought the thinking to that 
conclusion.- It has to do with the exhausting pmgement on 
the panels as the spacecraft looks directly into the hole, 
or prepares to make the docking maneuver with the Lunar Module 
We will assume that the crew has concluded it's first phasing 
maneuver of 6.8 foot per second burn which will have a 
phasing or a shaping affect on the orbit, a very moderate 
one, and it will move it some distance, I don't just yet 
know how much distance, away from the S4B. At 3 hours , U 
minutes into the flight, this is Apollo Control m Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY 10/11/68 CST 1536 MC38/1 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension 

SC Go ahead, Houston 

CAPCOM All right, Roger, we're standing by 

clear of PP02 reading. 

SC Roger, our PP02 is reading 18 over 182 

180, I guess. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy 182. Apollo 7 Houston, 

could you read us out your reading for cabin pressure? 

SC Roger, cabin pressure is down to 5.2 

and steady, something like that. 

CAP COM Okay, copy, thank you. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY 10/11/68 3:52:40 GET 



39/1 



HANEY We have been trying capsule communicator 

Jack Swigert has been trying to reach Apollo 7 remoting 
through Tananarive without success, we apparently have some 
problem as yet not resolved through that Tananarive Station 
and we've had some other communications problems on the 
the circuit, these are not unusual and we feel very confi- 
dent in a rev or two we'll figure out the right combinations of 
antennas and switches and be up to speed in all stations 
around the earth. The crew during this period as they move 
across the Indian Ocean will let us check the flight plan here, 
air. They're coming in to a sunset - or their in the night - 
they are in darkness. Donn Eisele is down in the lower 
equipment bay at his G and N station and they'll be checking 
electrical voltages very carefully and reporting to them on 
those checks over Australia and that looks like about the 
extent of the activity for now. We should hear from them 
when they come in to range of Carnarvon at 4 hours and 5 
minutes into the mission. This is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, GET: 4:04:00, 10/11/68 40/1 



HANEY This is Apollo Control, Houston 4 hours, 

4 minutes into the flight. We are in touch with Apollo via 
Carnarvon and Walt Cunningham is going through the circuit 
breaker check with us to the pyrotechnic lines. We will tune 
in on the conversation now 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon. 

SC You are loud and clear. 

CAPCOM You are loud and clear, also. 

SC Houston, This is Apollo 7. I checked the 



burner 3 on Main B in AC bust 2 all phases normal. I checked 
Converter 3 on Main A, AC 1, all phases normal. This commence 
the ACS redundant component check, we need your cooperation 
for manifold pressure readout. 

CAPCOM Roger, We copy. 

SC If you are ready on the ground, we are 

going to start checking our (garbled) 

CAPCOM Okay, Apollo 7, Houston, we are ready to 

copy. 

SC Main Brake, D valve closed. Emergency 

cabin pressure valve to 1. Emergency cabin push to test push 
button push. 02 flow went high, can you give us a reading on 
the amountable pressure? 

CAPCOM Roger, 105. 

SC Thank you. Main Brake D valve open. 

Main Brake A valve closed. Emergency cabin pressure valve to 
2. Emergency cabin push to test push button push. Okay, 
it is working now that we have missed them. 

CAPCOM 104 

SC 104. Main Brake A valve open now. 

(garbled) valve closed. We intend to flow our secondary rad- 
iators when we get that far on this list. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy 

SC We went a long period of time here with 

tape voice and data phone. I think it would be good if we 
go over the horizon and you don't get that thing back into a 
operating mode, let us know if you can. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC We're absolutely counting on being able to 

record the data on the tape. 

CAPCOM Okay. Okay, Apollo 7, Houston. We're 

not going to be able to finish the dump here over Carnarvon 
so you'll still be barber pole to Hawaii. We'll finish the 
dump at Hawaii then. 

SC Roger, understand in some cases it would 

seen that it would be desirable for us to go ahead and hit 
command reset and get that tape moving forward. So in order 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 4:04:00 40/2 



SC 

writing over 
CAPCOM 
SC 

breakers are out . 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

I will call nominal 
CAPCOM 



to avoid any confusion in dumping or in 
stuff you haven't dumped, please let us know. 
Okay, will do. 

Pyro B, 37 and pyro A (garbled) circuit 



Okay, Batt C voltage. 
Batt C's reading 37 

All right change in verter phase voltages. 
All verter phase voltages are nominal, 
at a hundred 

Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS Carnarvon 
and we have ARIA coverage here for another 10 minutes. 
SC Roger, we are here, go ahead. 

CAPCOM ARIA 3 go remote. Apollo 7, Houston 

through ARIA 3. Apollo 7 through Houston, through ARIA. 
Apollo 7, Houston through ARIA standing by 
ARIA 3 (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through ARIA 3. 

Haney This is Apollo control at Houston. 

Apparently not much luck through the ARIA aircraft North of 
Australia so we will take a line down at this time. The crew 
we should next hear from the crew when they reach Hawaii at 
4 hours and 30 minutes into the flight and at that time they 
will conduct a bias check on something called the PIPA, the 
P I P A. PIPA stands for the Pulsed Integrating Pendulous 
Accelerometer . I hope everybody copied that. It is a part 
of the guidance system and related to platform kinds of drift 
in past space flights. At least the check they will perform 
is that sort of check over Hawaii and on across the States. 
At 4 hours and 15 minutes into the flight, this is Apollo 
Control , Houston 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 5:11:00 



41/1 



HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston 5 hours 

11 minutes into the flight. We have some tape backed up 
from the last stateside pass beginning out in Hawaii. It 
was a fairly quiet pass as the crew was eating its first 
meal in space, but in the course of the pass, Schirra com- 
mented that he had had the - that he had chalked up the - 
had his first cup of coffee in space. In this particular 
spacecraft we have water available which is as warm as 
150 degrees and Wally insistedon taking some coffee along 
on the flight, and of course he had to squeeze it into a 
bag and I am sure it wasn't the easiest thing to drink but 
he indicated that it was very enjoyable. The crew completed 
their first meal in the course of the pass and the current 
orbital numbers read like this: 165 nautical miles by 
124 nautical miles. That is as a result of the initial 
maneuver by the command module and the command module 
presently is leading is slightly below the S-IVB. It is 
about 15 miles separation distance between the two and that 
is growing - that is growing at a small rate - but over a 
period of perhaps 8 to 10 12 hours the two will be separated 
by about 100 miles. Again the orbital numbers are 165 miles 
by 124. Both nautical readings. Schirra did report that 
their IVA maneuvers - that is, their moving about - the crew 
movements within the spacecraft changing couches, Donn 
Eisele moving down to his station in the lower equipment 
bay did not seem to be generating any change - Delta V 
kinds of changes within the spacecraft. In other words it 
wasn't accounting for any great bias or accelerations or 
deviations from their plotted flight path. As I said, we 
have got about 10 minutes of tape backed up and we will play 
it for you now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 40 seconds to LOS. 

We will have a - about a 3 minute loss of coram here since 
Hunstville lost the voice. We will pick you up over 
California about 38. 

SC Roger. 

HTV Houston CAPCOM, Huntsville. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

HTV ... we believe we have voice back. 

CAPCOM Try remoting VHF? I don't - I don't -- 

HTV Would you try contacting the capsule VHF? 

CAPCOM Okay. Well I transmit simultaneously. 

Apollo 7. Hou CAPCOM crew to Huntsville. How do you read? 
Okay, bye bye Walt. We just wanted to make a voice check 
through Huntsville. 

SC Okay, Jack. If we have made all of 

these good voice checks, I would like to catch up up here 
a little bit on our food. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 5:11:00 41/2 



CAPCOM Sure . 

(Pause) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. If you will go to 

up link to accept, we will give you - we will send you the 
state vector target load and resume 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 5:15:00, MC42/1 



CAPCOM 



to uplink accept will give you - send 



you state vector target load and rest match. 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

got it. 

CAPCOM 
SC 

got a washer for him. 

CAPCOM Say again, 



speed check 

All right, we've got it. Coming up. 
Ready to copy the (garble) if you've 

I don't have it yet Wall, stand by. 
Jack, you can tell Chuck Arthur, we've 



CAPCOM 



him. 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

test in the plan 
CAPCOM 
SC 

magazine M. 
CAPCOM 
SC 



cann't record right now, 



Okay, I understand you have a washer for 

That's correct got (garble). 
Okay. 

We'll try to give you some more (garble). 
Okay. 

You understand they did the tumble 
Roger . 

5044432 via shot frame 50 on S0368 
Okay. 

As I pointed out to you in real time we 



CAPCOM 
SC 



All right. 

Houston for the VMS bias turn at 146 



feet per second in 5 minutes. Over, 



CAPCOM 
five minutes 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 



Wally 



Roger, how many feet per second in 



Roger, I understand, .6. 
The negative is unity .6. 
Roger, got it. 
That's on the Delta V time. 
Roger, Wally 

Apollo 7, Houston, all three loads are in 



and varified, we are ready to pass up here - maneuver pass 
SC Do you copy, Bill. 

CAPCOM Okay, 6-4008590843 minus 03194 plus all 

balls plus 039531530 minus 03700497032460 minus 086 minus 
0300 plus 2445359033200817 paul ball minus 2687 minus 00376 
1631180180000. 

CAPCOM Do you still read, Houston. 

SC I read you fine 

CAPCOM Okay, read that (garble) 6-4008590843 

minus 03194 plus five balls plus 039531530 minus 037004970 
32460 minus 086 minus 03002445390332008170000 minus 6207 
minus 037761631180180000. Over. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 5:15:68, MC42/2 



CAPCOM Roger, there's a correction on your 

Noun 43 longitude, it should be minus 03376. 

SC ' minus 03376. Roger. 

CAPCOM Okay, and I'm ready on your manual 

retro attitude update. 

SC Do what? 

CAPCOM And remarks walled on - for your fixed 

edge update there, star check is not visible after 08 plus 
40 plus 00. 

SC 084000 before then. 

CAPCOM Roger. Let me know when you're ready 

to copy that S 20.9 manual retro update. 

SC Ready to copy, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay. Read the - from top to bottom 

6 plus 106 plus 50 roll 979180 pitch 138241 yaw 360359. The 
first one is a day, second one is a night. 

SC Okay, now I'll read back right across the 

top line 6 plus 10 roll 179 pitch 138 yaw 360 day, second 
one is 6 plus 50 roll 180 pitch 241 yaw 359 night. Over. 

CAPCOM All right, that's got it. Apollo 7 the 

phasing maneuver that we did that will put us 82 miles in 
front tomorrow for the rendezvous. 

SC Roger, I understand, 80 miles in front 

tomorrow . 

CAPCOM 82. 

SC 82 miles. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

•SC ' You've had a report on our constellation 

(garble) already have you not? 

CAPCOM No, I've had no affirmative report. 

SC (garble) went very well. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine 

SC These in still. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger, G and N says we are getting close 

to (garble) . 

SC (garble) We don't seem to be generating 

any IVA maneuvers that the spacecraft was planning to. 

CAPCOM Roger, Wally, what they were interested 

in is how Donn, doing down in the LAB with respect to work- 
ing the NAV, you any trouble for a position. 

SC At about 2 GBI's that's all. 

CAPCOM understand, 13 

SC The floor doesn't seem to hold me down 

very well and it may be because of the strip that's in the 
hose that keeps carrying me toward the other end so I'll 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 5:15:00, MC42/3 

sc find out a little better I think after 

I get the suit off later, if I could do that. 
CAPCOM Okay. 

Sc And the PPI 2, I gave that to you at 

4:40 and it was 165. _ * t. * 

CAPCOM Roger, we copied that. What about tne 

PPA bias check. 

5C We stopped that when we took your 

update, we'll start another one shortly. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 

SQ (garble) we have finished one meal. 

CAPCOM Copy, one meal. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, (garble). Apollo 7 
Houston we are through with the computer you can go to 

block on the uptail switch in you'd like. 

SC Roger, block. 

CAPCOM We're doing our secondary corp group 

check now. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

CAPCOM At about 30 seconds from LOS. We will 

pick you up off Ascension in about 6 minutes. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through Ascension 



standing by. , , ^ , . , 

sc a little fogging on the hatch window. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. . 

Sc And we've taken a couple of pictures ot 

it. (Garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

sc We've flown the secondary radiators and 

temperature came down right smartly. We've turned on the 
secondary cool lift pump it's off and the (garble) outlet 
temperature came right on down overshot to about 35 and 
(garble) around 40, there was depressure .12. 

CAPCOM Sounds real good, Wall. 

Sc Fogging on the center hatch windows 

(garble) temperature is staying about, oh, call it 55 make 
it 65 and the dry pole (garble) temperature climbed right 
on up to oh, 58 something like that. Makes me wonder about 
the (garble) working. 

CAPCOM All right. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, about 40 seconds to 

LOS Ascension. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY 10/11/68 CST 1725 MC43/1 



CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Tananarive 

CAPCOM This is Apollo Control Houston, 5 hours 

6 minutes into the flight. The flight director suspects 
the crew is involved with other matters and has decided we 
will not attempt to contact them by voice communications 
which have not been the best through Tananarive today at 
this point. We are on the fourth revolution around the 
Earth and all events proceeding very well at this time. 
This is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY 10/11/68 GET 5:49:00 



44/1 



HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston, 5 hours, 

49 minutes into the flight. Spacecraft is nearing the Guam 
zone of acquisition, the Guam Station to contact Apollo 7 
for the first time today. Before we reach Guam let's un- 
load about two to three minutes of tape which we collected 
during a swing over - a swing which took the spacecraft 
several hundred miles northwest of Australia. This from 
Carnarvon . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, loud and clear 

CAPCOM Roger, loud and clear, also. Seven 

when you went over the hill we found your secondary cooling 
loop was working working satisfactory and everything looked 
good on the primary loop also. 

SC Roger, we concur. 

CAPCOM Okay 

SC (garbled) the secondary radiator again 

we should not have to pull it again for the rest of the 
flight. The egress began to come when the check was com- 
pleted satisfactorly - I still feel like its part of the 
anomalous behaviour there on the boosting valve possibly 
on the primary loop. The back-off (garbled) temperature 
was running at 58 when I turned off the evaporator. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy, Wall. COM here is shaking 

his head. 

SC Rog, we did check the back-off aft 

temp end valve, the cooling control panel and it was at 
mid heat so there's not much more that can be done there. 

CRO Roger, Apollo 7 Houston. 

CAPCOM Walt, we just want to talk over on that 

primary loop. Was the primary loop running when you read 
the 58 degrees, was it in operation when you read an EVAP 
out of 58 degrees? 

SC When I first read it, it was not pump- 

ing but then it was still within 58 till I turned the 
evaporator on. There was a great deal of time there be- 
tween when I turned the pumps back on on the primary loop 
and when to evap so maybe its just didn't get a chance to 
settle down. 

CAPCOM That might be. Okay. Your primary 

loop is working okay now Wall? 

SC At the present its working very fine 

since lift-off I would - I estimate we've been boiling to 
some extent most of the time. 

CAPCOM Okay 

SC We ran through urine dump operations 

twice and seems to be dumping fine so far. 
CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY 10/11/68 5:49:00 GET MC44/2 

SC Jack, this is Dorm, I completed that 

alignment at the beginning of this pass I used Navi and 
Alpheratz and we had five bails on the star difference and 
I went through the define line just to be sure. On the 
course of a line we had about half a degree and two and a 



half degrees on the gyro torque and angle. 
CAPCOM Okay, copy, Doer 

SC Do you want to go ahead with the hydro- 

gen perch, Chuck, heat is coming out at five fifty. 
CAPCOM Rog. 

HANEY And now we're talking to Apollo 7 

through Guam and here's how that's going. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Guam. 

SC Roger (garbled) 

CAPCOM You're 5 by 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston apparently 



there will be no further calm by Guam so we'll take the 
circuit down at this time. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 06:05:33 45/1 



HANEY This is Apollo Control, Houston, 6 hours, 

5 minutes into the flight of Apollo 7. We are talking to 
Apollo 7 through Hawaii and here is how it's going. 

SC Roger at 6 hours, 7 minutes into the 

mission took from measuring LM frames 53 to 54 of a tropical 
storm. 

HAW Roger, we copy. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Right, Walt, we'll can turn about that 

024 high, have you still got it, and if so are you turning 
it through the malfunction procedure. 

SC That's affirmative and on page 52, box 32 

here. The camera seems to be fairly high, holding fine it's 
normal. I have switched to redundant, set the continuator 
with no effect and I have cycled several times each water 
accumulator ON and OFF. 



CAPCOM Roger, will copy. 

SC This is Apollo mission. 

CAPCOM Cap Com, Houston, are you calling? 

HAW Apollo, are you calling? 

SC Yes, I am. 

CAPCOM Houston, Apollo 7, go ahead. 

SC Roger, Houston. Can you hear it good? 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

SC 34.70 degrees and that was 22 seconds 
late. That was 06 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds. 

CAPCOM Okay at the Houston Apollo. Apollo 7, 



this is Houston. Your rolling over the Huntsville now, Wally 
do you read? And the voice - the voice data is coming at 
very normal. We'll fix you up loud and clear over California 
in just about a minute. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control, Houston, we're - 

obviously we and the crew are looking at the 02 flow. It's 
in a high mode. And as Walt Cunningham said he can't explain 
it just yet. We expect to have new contact with the space- 
craft via California momentarily. We'll come back to you 
when we get that. At 6 hours and 13 minutes into the flight 
this is Apollo Control, Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 6:22:55 46/1 

HANEY This is Apollo Control Houston. 6 hours 

22 minutes into the flight. We still don't have agood 
explanation for the fact that we are using oxygen in the 
hieh-flow rate position in the cabin. Walt Cunningham - 
that sort of system falls in purvue of Walt Cunningham over 
in the right couch. He is working the problem, looking over 
his checklist and we are working it down here on the ground. 
There is some belief that it might be a sensor or a faulty 
sensor and I guess really that is the only possible thing 
I have heard rumored about. Again, we have no explanation 
for it at this time. We are watching it. We have some 
tape from the start of the pass as we move down and across 
the California - Baja California and down through Mexico. 
Here is that tape now. . . 

CAPCOM Roger, Apollo 7. We show it holding 

also. Not increasing. 

SC Thank you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger. You were kind of garbled over 

Hunstville, Wally and you were trying to read down to bay 
retro check. Did ... go okay. 

SC Negative. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Wrong call outs on time. 

CAPCOM Okay. . „ rt „j c 

sc That is 6 hours 10 minutes and 22 seconds. 

Was the bottom of the lines on the earth's rim. And with 

the call outs instead of 31.7 also. Matched up perfectly. 

Said 134.7 degrees in pitch. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

Sc Like to re-validate that time. 

CAPCOM Okay. We got that data. 

S c Roger. It is flush from 3 degrees, but 

we should do better. 

CAPCOM Instead of 138. 

SC Say again. 

CAPCOM I am sorry, Wally. That was my error. 

Sc Roger. What's with the end of 8? 

CAPCOM Well, we read you up 138. We are just 
going through it now, trying to find out what the difference 

1S * SC 3.3 degrees. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Any ideas on the 02 

flow high? We are still bleeding the cabin out. It doesn't 

seem like that could possibly account for that much, but that 
is the only leak we can account for. 

CAPCOM Walt, we are still going through it. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 6:22:55 46/2 

CAPCOM Right now, we are kind of thinking it 

is a sensor failure. We will take a look at it a little 
bit further as we go along and let you know. 

SC (Garble) 

HANEY And this is Apollo Control Houston. 

We are looking at the overall oxygen quantities here natur- 
ally , and looking at this oxygen flow, and we show something 
like 97 percent -- Here is Jack Swigert talking to the crew. 

SWIGERT (garble) manual retro attitude, the one you 

are going to do at 6 plus 50. 

SC Roger. Go ahead. 

SWIGERT Okay, it is pitch attitude. Pitch 

attitude should be 339 and yaw attitude should be 000.5. 

HANEY This is apollo Control Houston at 

6 hours 27 minutes into the flight. The spacecraft just 
starting its 5th revolution around the earth. It is now 
crossing the 80th parallel just north of the Panama Isthmus. 
And in case you missed that last transmission from Swigert, 
we have considered the oxygen high flow question that has 
come up since - oh - been looking at it for about the last 
10 or 15 minutes since just before the spacecraft was 
acquired by Hawaii. And we have looked at total usage. We 
have looked at the cabin pressure and the fact that it is 
holding at a very steady 5 - 5 pounds to 5.1 pounds per 
square inch and we are looking at the total quantity and 
at least at this time we are satisfied that it is simply 
a sensor error. It is an invalid reading and of course we 
will continue to look at it, but over that period of time 
we could see something that would explain a leak or some- 
thing else. And the data does not show that. The crew, I 
believe has - we have loss of signal and so that will con- 
clude this message at 6 hours and 29 minutes into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 06:49:20 47/1 



HANEY This is Apollo Control, Houston, 6 hours, 

49 minutes into the flight. We had a little, very small 
audible communication through Ascension a few minutes ago. 
Here is how that went. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension. 

Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger, Wally, we're still showing a good 

cabin, and everything seems to be holding fine on the ECS 
then . 

SC Looking good. 

CAPCOM Your about 1 minute LOS - a minute LOS, 

Ascension, will pick you up at Tananarive. 
SC Roger. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, over. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, go ahead. 

SC (garbled) 

CAPCOM Apollo, would you repeat, you're garbled. 

SC Requesting portable amp update first 

chance you get, please, over. 

CAPCOM Roger, will do. 

HANEY And this is Apollo Control, Houston. At 

this point Flight Director Glynn Lunney is talking with his 
various flight directors and asking them to consider very 
well the performance in their areas of speciality up to this 
point. Within about 30 minutes when the spacecraft reaches 
the tracking ship, Mercury, which is parked off the China 
coast. At that point the flight plan calls for Lunney to 
give the crew a GO for 18 dash 1. And before he does that, 
in the act of consideration, he wants to carefully weigh all 
of the up rating situations up to this point which of course 
have been quite favorable. But at the same time they'll get 
a very careful screening before that GO is given. The 
Mercury station should - the Mercury ship is to acquire at 
7 hours, 22 minutes into the flight. We are presently 
6 hours and 51 minutes. This is Apollo Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/&8, GET: 7:03:40, MC43/1 

HA.NEY And this Apollo control, Houston, 7 

hours 03 minutes into the flight. Via Tananerive we've 

been talking to the crew and here's how chat goes. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Hems con, through Tananarive. 

SC Houston, do you read, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM 1 read you (gargle) . 

SC Oarbl at check we are right on - 

earth limb - low as 2?8 decrees (garble) during that check 

^ S&i ^CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, you faded on that 

last one as - after the comment about the COS. 

r'APC'-'i''' To-. • ; • • iirinol e tnis is Houston 

Cap Com are we getting through to them. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 , Hcustor: . - Apoiic 7 Houston. 

Cr^COM Tantanori l7 o , iivinolc Ibis is Houston 

Cap Cor.u How do you read? 

SC Houston Apollo 7. 

C^pcom Apollo 7, we read you fine by now. 

SC" " Roger . ir. f s through the momentary 

f g a r ?, I e } . . , . . 

CAPCOM Roger, : understand you're making a 

fuel fill first. 

ST [ <?arb le) . 

C^prcM I^diunM; S st it Walt, say again. 

sp " Driving (garble) a fuel cell carriage 
(garble) one and hydrogen (garble) two and fuel cell three 
to follow. . 1 ,. . 

CAPCGiu cc-ty. T - can S ive y° u an ! H Kl ' : • 

on your orbital map here. 

Sr Roper . standing by, go aheau. 

b,, F ; 0M Oksv/for rev 5, the node - the time of 

the node will be 07 plus 17 plus 38. Go on to two to the 
node w'il be 106.5 degrees easM 

, - Roger, IGfi.S east and 1/ plus Ji . 

CAPCOM Rog, ana the right ascension will be 

Go c I us 4 9, 

sr S?v again. 

C^pcoM The right ascension will be 06 plus 4J. 

<;r 0 6 nlus 49. 

^^vm\; Okav and 7 - bally you faded out on 

when yoVwere describing the night retro check, we didn't 
get your comments on the COAX, 

B $r Roger, I set the COAX for 31.7 degrees. 

There" was more read Unusable than the window line during 

retl °CAPC0M Okay, Roger, Okay, real good. Was the 

basic data correlated pretty well for the night retro, 
Wallv . 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 7:03:40, MC48/Z 

SC (garble) , real good on the earth 

horizon. , t 

CAPCOM Okay, that's what we're shooting for, 

we'll talk to you over Guam about the day retro check and 
the descrepancy there. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM And Apollo 7, we plan to do that duplex 

V check just as we start Guam -there. 
SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, your one minute to LOS 

Tantanarive. Pick you up in Mercury in about 18 minutes. 
SC Roger. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 7:22:00 49/1 



HANEY This is Apollo Control, Houston, 7 hours, 

22 minutes into the flight. In a very few seconds the ship, 
Mercury, parked off the coast of China should acquire the 
space-craft now. The acquisition is planned for right now. 
As a matter of fact, and when it comes we'll cut into it. 
There will be discussion with the crew over how or what their 
status is and discussion of the events over the next few hours. 
Here is that discussion now. 

CAPCOM How is the spacecraft system status? 

SC Oh, we are in pretty good shape. We 

detected a continual yaw which we suspected before we started 
to fly. I'll give you some data on that. The control mode 
is SCSattitude hold backstead bend high rate limit shackle 
is ON. At 7 hours, 17 minutes, and 3 seconds your hours plus 
007.10. At 17 hours, 18 minutes, and 5/6th seconds your 
hours plus 007.82 and it shackles back and forth between 
those kind of numbers at that rate. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy. 

SC We are knocking (garble) on the flush 

yaw side of the deadband. 

CAPCOM All right. 

SC The other systems are better with the 

exception of the. (Garble) Well we seem to have the 02 line come off 
the peg. Must have a stuck valve. 

CAPCOM Did you use the BARDOL procedure? 

SC We used BARDOL procedures but that was 

like an hour ago. (garble) auto 1 the flow meter looks 
sluggish and it is reading about .75 about .8. The light is 
out. It is decreasing it must be a winner. 

CAPCOM Do you have any other systems problems? 

SC Donn solved his urine dump system problem. 

CAPCOM All right, copy. That sounds like a 

personal problem. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Does the spacecraft look good for about 

18 revs? 

SC 18 revs a day 

CAPCOM Okay 

SC We're ready to move to fast time right 

now. How about going back to MSL and starting over tomor- 



row, 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston you are GO for 18-1. 

SC that suits us. 

CAPCOM Real fine. Tom has a question here for 

you. Okay, here W.ally just want to act out here real fast 
on that one retro check. The night retro check came out 
real good and the retro guy wants to ask you one question 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 7:22:00 



49/2 



CAPCOM here. On a daylight check when you came 

up to 6 hours and 10 minutes, you read 134.7 at that time? 

SC That is affirmative. We were 27 seconds 

late with the check because we were so far off and I was 
trying to bring it in. 

CAPCOM Okay, we'll produce and have that because 

they can account for a 1.4 difference and it looks like what 
they would like to do down the road some time is run another 
one . 

SC Okay, we will do a little more homework 

on it and use the fuel. 



Okay 
(garble) 

Say again, Wally. 

Those are kind of expensive to use as fuel 
Yes, We agree completely and since the 
we can account for half of that 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

night check came out good, 
difference due to a vector. 

SC Apollo 7 (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We would like to 

shift over to duplex B for a radio check. Okay opposite on 
me on (garble) first. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control in Houston, 7 hours 

27 minutes into the flight and to repeat. Flight Director, 
Glenn Luney has given Apollo 7 a GO for 18-1, a GO for 18-1 
and we will go back and try for any additional commentary 
coming to us by Guam. 

GWM 5 by 5 . Do you read me 2 plus B. 

CAPCOM 5 by. Stand by 1 

Okay, Apollo 7 you can go back simplex A. The voice 
check was real good. 

SC Apollo 7, simplex A. How do you read me? 

CAPCOM You're 5 by. 

SC 5 by here. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 7:32:00 50/1 



HANEY ...18-1. That was a sign that the 

crew could proceed to remove their space suits. We have had 
no positive confirmation that they have started that step 
yet. But it was - it is an understanding and it is written 
into their flight plan and ours that the suits would start 
coming off at this point. This is Apollo Control in Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENtARY 10/11/68 7:39:45 GET MC51/1 



RILEY This is Apollo Control, 7 hours and 39 

minutes into the mission. We're just about ready to acquire 
Apollo 7 at Hawaii Station. We'll stand by for that pass 
and Seven will go on down through the Huntsville's 
acquisition area. Here's the call now 

CAPCOM ... You had a restart, do you have your 

restart lights on your computer? 

SC (garbled) 

CAPCOM Okay, you're kinda garbled, I understand 

you did have one to reach that other thing. Looks like all 
the (garble) is real fine. 

SC (garbled) 

RILEY Apollo Control, 7 hours and 45 minutes 

we have LOS at Hawaii and we'll continue the monitor 
through to Huntsville. Hello Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC Roger, Tom, go ahead. 

RILEY Okay, got good comm with you now, Wally, 

just wanted to recheck on the computer. Now when you did - 
did you get the alarm light at the same time that the re- 
start - that the program alarm at the same time that the 
restart came on? 

SC Yes sir, we've wrote that off as no 

problem sir. 

RILEY Okay, but you did get a restart and a 

program alarm at about the same time? 

SC That's confirmed, that was due to the 

zero optics, they slow up too fast. 

RILEY Okay. I don't want to - we starting 

to track the S-IVB and it's not separating as fast as they 
anticipated. It will still take a while to track it out 
and then we'll have plenty of time on it. 

SC Okay 

RILEY This is Apollo Control Houston at 

7 hours, 54 minutes into the flight. Apparently, we will 
have no more comm through Guaymas. The spacecraft will be 
proceeding down the Eastern Pacific. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, GET: 07:55:00 52/1 

RILEY This is Apollo Control, Houston, 7 hours, 

54 minutes into the flight. Apparently we will have no 
more come through Guayraas . The spacecraft will be proceeding 
down Eastern Pacific running parallel to the Mexican, 
Central American area without any further contact. I want 
to emphasize in that last message the statement that the 
separation distance between the Command Module and the S-IVB 
is not running exactly according to the earlier prediction. 
You recall about an hour, an hour and a half ago, we told 
you that the two were about 15 miles apart. The 
Command Module in front and slightly below the S-IVB. And 
the prediction the Flight Dynamics Officer gave us then was 
that they would continue to separate at the rate of 4 or 
5 miles per hour for a period of 7 or 8 hours, and perhaps 
reach a maximum separation point of about 100 miles before 
they would slowly come back together. Now that separation 
rate is not preceeding according to the reference prediction. 
We have no new numbers on just how it is proceeding, but 
they think we can get some together before the news conference 
which will follow this shift. This is Apollo Control, Houston 
at 7 hours, 56 minutes into flight. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, GET: 8:10:03, MC53/1 

RILEY Apollo control, Houston, 8 hours 10 

minutes. The second shift of flight controllers is now 
active in the mission control center, headed by flight 
director Gene Kranz. The Cap Com on this ship is astronaut 
- well Tom Stafford is still here, but astronaut Ron Evans 
has just come in to and will fill out the rest of this 
shift. We are estimating the new conference now with 
flight director Gene - with flight director Glynn Lunney of 
the first shift for 6:30 pro Central Daylight Time. 
Apollo control 8 hours 10 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, GET: 8:31:40, MCS4/1 



RILEY Apollo control, Houston 8 hours 31 

minutes. We're coming up on the Tananarive station now, 
but we do not intend to initiate any communication with 
the spacecraft at Tananarive. We will stand by in case 
the flight crew wannts to talk, but the control center will 
initiate communication during the pass. We're over the 
Pretoria, South African station, but there's no voice 
capability at Pretoria. If there is any communication at 
Tananarive we will bring it to you. Apollo control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 09:31:05 SS/1 

rjLEY 9 hours and 31 minutes into the mission. 

Apollo 7 is on it's sixth revolution down over the Eastern 
Pacific We did have a brief bit of communication earlier 
in this revolution at Tananarive, and at the tracking ship 
Mercury Walt Cunningham reported that the Command Module Pilot, 
Donn Eisele was settling down for his sleep period. And then 
over the Hawaii station which we just passed, the Flight Surgeons 
were successful in passing up some corrective measures for 
Cunningham to take to fix his EKG instrumentation. We'll bring 
you the tapes from those passes now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, this is Houston through 

Tananarive . 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger, we'll be standing by here (garble) 

predicted the next flight being that will be required some 
time after 40 hours. 

SC Roger, we'll stand by for ref C, and 

since, confession is good for the soul, we got our curfews 
ran a little bit of 3 minutes last time. 

CAPCOM No problem. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, we want to log (garbled) 3 hours 

and 35 minutes into the flight. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

sc We're using you through Malagasy whenever 

we have our CSD out of commission as temporary. 
CAPCOM Okay. 

SC Houston, this is Apollo 7, have you got 

the good team on yet. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, say again. 

Sc Sounds like you've got the good team 

working there. 

CAPCOM Yeh, at the press. 

sc Hope you had a nice trip back to Houston. 

CAPCOM We had a beautiful trip. I tried to 

contact you but no go. 

SC Understand that. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, we have 1 minute til 
LOS at Tananarive. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through Mercury, how 
do you read? - Apollo 7, Houston, through Mercury. 

Sc Roger Houston, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger, you're coming in loud and clear. 

Just wanted to check, do you got all the basic stowage 

cleared away Walt. 

SC Seems like we have. We're up to that 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 09:31:05 



55/2 



stage in the flight 
(garbled). Dorm is 
winter's night. 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 

SC 

better lock 
backup now 



plan here where we kind of collect our 
attempting to settle down for a long 



Okay, thank you 
Apollo 7, Houston 



out of 



opposite (garbled) 



(garbled) , but I 
I had before 
high light 



shot a 



It's 



Roger, 

up on - on the area which 
I still have the 02 flow high light. We'll 
occasionally add the flow meter come on down to around .8, 
very sluggish movement. I would appreciate it 
soon as you get any kind of trend data on the option 
quiry you'll let know and it'll really confirm the trans- 
fusion problem. - Houston, this is 7, over. 



but it's a 
if as 



CAPCOM 
SC 

REV 8 , and we ' 11 be 
data and (garbled) 
CAPCOM 



Houston, go. 
We have locked the onboard through 
standing for further update on block 

7, this is 



Houston, roger. Apollo 
Houston, let's try opposite on again. 

SC This one looks a little better to me, 

but not too good. I'm going to try inbetween if it lie 
back and kind of tell here on the distinguish tape meter. 

An IVA seems to be best from here. 

Roger, 30 seconds to LOS and okay on 



It 



s negative. 
CAPCOM 
the IVA. 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
a CMP or LMP . 
SC 

CAPCOM 



Apollo 
Roger, 
Roger , 



Houston from Hawaii, over 



reading you fine, 
good news tonight 



No EKG on 



(garbled) I'll tell the CMP you asked. 
Since the CMP is asleep don't bother 
him, but we've got some check we want the LMP to do. 
SC This is the LMP go on the checks. 

CAPCOM Roger. Check that that sensor goes into 

the lower end of your breast bone there right in your chest 
is plugged in the line. Check that the sensor, the external 
sensor is plugged into the box and is tight. And then 
when your done with all that, if it doesn't make up check 
that the sensor is strapped to the body. And 

SC I found one that was loose, it was the 

upper one, the upper strap. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC How are you reading me now? 

CAPCOM Loud and clear. 

SC How's the EKG on me? 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET : 09:31:05 5S/3 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
on number 2 to give 
SC 

CAPCOM 
that you have been 
Do you concur? 

SC 

CAPCOM 

have your block data for 
is good, otherwise it'll 



Nothing yet. 
That's it. 
That fixed it LMP. 
(garbled) 
(garbled) 

Apollo 7, Houston, I have a block data 
you. Apollo 7, Houston. 
Go. 

Roger, both last two stations confirm 
transmitting on both complex A and B. 

(garbled) we're now on complex A. 
Roger. We're about 1 minute to LOS. I'll 
your over Tananarive if the voice 
run . 



SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAP COM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
reading you going 
CAPCOM 



Roger, we'll be standing by. 
Apollo 7 to Houston. 

Huntsville (garbled) Houston Cap Com. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 

Huntsville (garbled) Houston to contact 
Houston to contact GO. 
Roger, are you reading Apollo 7. 
We presently have two in S-band, we're 
up. No signal coming back. 

Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute to LOS in 



flight up 
SC 

real low, and say 

CAPCOM 
reset. Apollo 7, 



telemetry command switch 
Roger, are you 
again after LOS? 

Roger. Up telemetry 
Houston, return the up 



to reset m 
reading the 



release . 
S-band as 



command switch to 
telemetry command 



normal 



switch to 
SC 

Do you want the up 
RTLEY 

utes. That's the end of the tape, the Cap Com you heard 
talking to flight crew through Hawaii was Astronaut John 
Young who a member of the backup crew who has joined the 
Astronaut Ron Evans at the Cap Com console here in the 



You're coming in way down in the mud, 
telemetry? 

Apollo Control, Houston, 9 hours, 4 2 min- 



Mission Control Center. Apollo 
will be Tananarive at 10 hours, 
time. Apollo Control. 



7's next station contact 

7 minutes, 50 seconds elapse 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY 10/11/68 10:07:30 GET MC56/1 



RILEY This is Apollo Control at 10 hours and 

7 minutes elapsed time, we coming in to acquisition at 
Tananarive now. We'll stand by live through this pass, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston - Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC Go ahead, Houston 

CAPCOM Roger, you sound pretty good this time. 

SC Roger, we're (garbled) the cannister at 

this time. 

CAPCOM Roger 

SC Houston, this is Apollo 7 again, well 

about 25 minutes ago, I guess we noticed the glycol and the 
temperature was climbing up to about 50 and the steam pres- 
sure was tagged low and the best we can find out, above 60 
we went to manual and increased for 45 seconds and we 
started to activate the secondary loop, before we got the 
secondary loop completely activated, in about 10 or 12 min- 
utes the temperature started down again and there was no 
activity for a couple of minutes, but it looks like the 
water boiler couch just might have frozen and now it seems 
to be controlling fine and back in order. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, we copy. 

SC Roger, I am in the midst of changing 

the lithium hydroxide cannister, would you verify it for me 
from the EPS people how long this button shaft has to be 
depressed preventing the cannister we've prepared from 
opening. It seems to be on a continual basis. 

CAPCOM Roger, stand by - you don't even need 

to depress a button there, Wall - Apollo 7 Houston, just 
a momentary depress on that cannister. 

SC Roger, understood, but I think it must 

be for one calibration, it works all right now. 

CAPCOM Wall, we would like to verify that you 

reset your telemetry command switch and it went back to 
normal . 

SC Roger 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston requests a partial 

pressure 02 reading. 

SC Advise. - This is Apollo 7, we took 

and changed the cannister out of the a side (garble) on the 
ground they inadvertantly placed cannister two, I switched 
cannister two down beside B and moved cannister one and 
cannister two is now ... 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, GET: 10:14:30 57/1 



SC and canister 2 now... 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. That is Roger. 

RILEY This is Apollo Control. We have had 

loss of signal at Tananarive now. As you heard, this is 
the first change of lythium hydroxide canister. There are 
two canisters in the system that they are using to remove 
the carbon dioxide from the re -circulated oxygen. One 
canister is changed every 12 hours. This was the first 
change right on schedule according to the flight plan. 
The next station to acquire will be the tracking ship 
MERCURY down off the coast of Japan, down between Japan 
and the Phillipines. Acquisition time there at 10 hours 
30 minutes 40 seconds. This is Apollo Control at 10 hours 
16 minutes . 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 10:30:30 58/1 



RILEY This is Apollo Control 10 hours, 30 min- 

utes into the mission. Apollo 7 is coming up on the track- 
ing ship, Mercury. Should acquire within a few seconds. It 
is in its seventh revolution. We'll monitor communications 
through this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Mercury. This 

is Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead 

CAPCOM Roger, we need your partial pressure 02 

reading (garble) in now so your status of the waste manage- 
ment overboard drain valve. 

SC Have you got the (garble) reading as 

190 when you requested it at 10:15 

CAPCOM Say again the reading, I missed it. 

SC One niner zero. 

CAPCOM Roger, go ahead and close the waste 

management overboard drain valve. (garble). The one you 
already closed at 10:15 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, I've got some block 

data to give you 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger, Block data number 2 009-3 Bravo 

plus 254 plus 1367 a 013 plus 2 niner plus 36. 5150, 010 
alpha Charlie minus 054 minus 0162, 014 plus 1 niner plus 12 
4314, 011 Alpha Charlie plus 060 minus 0220, 015 plus 54 plus 
48, 4131, 012 Alpha Charlie plus 134 minus 0330, 017 plus 
28 plus 48, 4098, 013 2 Alpha plus 262 minus 0282 019 plus 
08 plus 06, 4258, 0141 Bravo plus 220 minus 0620, 020 plus 
34 plus 03, 4163. Houston, over. 

SC Partial readback. 0093 Bravo plus 254 

plus 1367, 013 plus 2936, 5150,010 alpha Charlie minus 054 
minus 0162, 014 plus 19 plus 12, 4314, 024, 011 Alpha Charlie 
plus 060 minus 0220, 01SS448, 4131, 012 Alpha Charlie plus 
134 minus 0330, 01728484098, 0132 Alpha plus 262 minus 0282 
0190806, 4258, 0241 Bravo plus 220 minus 0 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 10:39:54 59/1 



SC 0190806, 4258, 0141 Bravo plus 220 minus 

062002034034163 over. 

CAPCOM Roger, Wally. Readback is correct. 

Break when we get over Hawaii we are going to want to make a 
E memory dump by burp 74. In transmit you start out with 
a clear disk, burp 74 enter and then wait one minute. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, I would like to log 

10 plus 35. I had 11 squirts on this water pistol and I 
would like to log that the beef stew might tend to be very 
crumbly and a lot of crumbs when you open the package even. 
Pretty crumby food. Top of the crumbly (garble) 

RILEY This is Mission Control we have had LOS 

at the Mercury now. You heard Wally Schirra report the 
partial pressure of oxygen in the cabin as now 190 milimeters 
of mercury and that is the magic number they have been look- 
ing for. That is the sea level equivalent. When they 
reached that number, they closed the waste management vent 
valve which is the valve which has been venting the atmos- 
phere introduced to the cabin on the pad the 60 40 oxygen 
nitrogen combination. So that valve is closed now. They are 
not venting and they do have a sea level in the cabin as far 
as partial pressure of oxygen. At 10 hours, we'll acquire 
again in Hawaii in about 8 minutes specifically 10 hours, 
48 minutes and this is Mission Control at 10 hours, 39 min- 
utes 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 10:48:00, MC60/1 

RILEY This is Apollo control, 10 hours 48 

minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 coming up on aquisit ion 
of Hawaii tracking station now. We'll stand by through this 

pass. - 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Rog, Wally at this time we would like 
to try duplex A and notify when switching to a duplex A. 

SC Garble. 

CAPCOM Roger, duplex A, now. 

sc Houston, Apollo 7, how do you read 

Cgarb CAPC0M Apollo 7, Houston. A little more 

garble than the other, but still about 4 by 5 . 
SC Roger, (garble). 

CAPCOM Roger, let me check and make sure we re 

receiving down link and we can proceed with our blurb 74. 
g C Roger, do you want me to remain 

(garble)^ Affirmative, we will stay duplex A 

until we get close to LOS and if we haven't the method 
return to simplex A at LOS. 

SC Wilco and (garble). 

CAPCOM It's a negative, you want to make sure 

the deck is clear and it looks like it is. It (garble) 74 
and inner and then we will wait one minute. 

SC Standing by on your mark. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, proceed, blurb 74. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger, the inner phase. Wally you can 

go ahead and make the entry from on board we're not going 

t0 ^CAPCOM 10 y ° U ' Apollo 7, Houston, request you to enter 

blurb 74. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Request you enter a verb 74. 

SC Yes. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Yes. , . , 

CAPCOM It looks like the E memory dump is good. 

We would like to verify the position of the water flow 
now that panel two is in the auto position. That s tne 
glycol evaporator water flow. 
SC (garble) 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 10:55:00 61/1 

S C Houston, the set is affirmative. The 

engine is auto; the G-pressure is auto, the water pump 

is auto. 

CAPCOM Houston, roger. 

sc We just go the same thing again. Pressure 

normal (garbled) . , A 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Return to complex A 

and about 1 minute to analyze it. 

SC Roger, (garbled) 

RILEY This is Mission Control, 10 hours, 

56 minutes. We've had LOS since Hawaii. The next station 
acquires tracking ship Redstone, be a very low elevation 
pass there. We think we will be able to have voice 
communications. But the elevation is just slightly over 
3 degrees and it'll be a short pass. This operation with 
the computer during the Hawaii pas was to check the memory 
after the restart that the computer saw several hours ago. 
Flieht controllers here wanted to double check to make sure 
that the memory had not been effected, and it appears to be 
very good at this time. At 10 hours, 57 minutes this is 
Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/11/68, GET: 11:06:00, MC62/1 

Riley This is Apollo control, 11 hours 5 

minutes - we're coming up on the Redstone now. We'll 
stand by through that pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 1, Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, do you read. 

CAPCOM Houston, affirmative, read you. 

Sc Roger, I'm reading you very weak, it 

seems we've been running into a lot of passes here where 
between passes we're left without a tape recorder running 
and we don't ouite know the status of it when we are left 
that way, we would like to be using it to record some of 
these problems. I assume you're observing the anomaly 
we've got steep pressure now I'm going to reservice tne 

water boiler. , , 

CAPCOM Roger, I understand, you're servicing 

the water boiler. 

RILE V This is Apollo control, 11 hours 10 

minutes we've had LOS with the Redstone. We're along way 
from the next aquistion we're in the revolutions that go 
down over the southern hemisphere and the next station to 
aqinre will be the tracking ship Mercury at 12 hours 5 
minutes 58 seconds. This is Apollo control at il hours 
11 minutes 20 seconds. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 11:43:00 63/1 



RILEY This is Apollo Control, 11 hours, 

43 minutes into the mission. At the last pass of Apollo 7 
over a tracking station in this case the Redstone, a tracking 
ship, Walt Cunningham mentioned a steam pressure anomaly. 
Flight Director Gene Kranz and some of his flight controllers 
have been working this problem. They think that we're seeing 
a freeze up of the water boiler on the primary coolant loop 
of the spacecraft. The spacecraft is powered down considerably 
and on the night side of the pass the water boiler does not 
have to work. But as we come into daylight and heat up, 
water then does flow to the boilers so that it can get rid 
of heat by evaporating water, that's what the water boiler 
does, and then when we go back into the night side in a low 
power configuration, it's the belief we may be getting a 
freeze up. There's water still in the boiler and may be 
freezing up. We're going to get a data dump at the next 
pass over the Redstone. We have a pass over the Mercury 
coming up at 12 hours 5 minutes elapsed time, but the 
Mercury has a problem with their unified S-band antenna 
which won't allow us to get a data dump there so we'll wait 
until the Redstone, get a data dump which will give us a 
better understanding of this problem. At the present time, 
it appears though to be a freeze up of the water boiler as 
it goes into the night side. At 11 hours 45 minutes, this 
is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 12:05:30, MC64/1 



RILEY This is Apollo control at 12 hours 5 

minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 is coming up in to 
range of the tracking ship Mercury on its eighth revolution, 
we'll monitor communications through this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, AOS Mercury. 

SC Roger. This is Apollo 7, we temporarily 

had our primary loop back working on the line. It is begin- 
ing to look like near the primary water flow valve, for a 
while we thought it was flux shutdown. I'm wondering if we 
start playing with it, we will eventually get it to come back 
up with the steam pressure reading normal for a while and 
it was controlling around a temperature of about 40 c's. 
Right now we are pegged low again. It looks like it is 
possibly the water control section or the 240 controller. 

CAPCOM Walt, say again your last sentence there. 

It looks like what? 

SC I believe it is probably getting down 

to the water control section or the 240 controller. Also, 
we have a (garble) accomplish here. The cryo stratification for 
hydrogen. It is - both tanks are within 90 plus or minus 
5 percent of my hydrogen and the procedure calls to let the 
pressure rise to about 260 to 265 and I believe that is the 
spec number and I would like the ECOM to tell me how high 
these pressures have been rising before they - the heaters 
shut off so T will know where to start doing the DT over. 

CAPCOM Roger, Standby. We will get it for 

you . 

SC More specifically, I need the deadband 

that the hydrogen pressure tank 1 and tank 2 have been run- 
ning back and forth between. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Tell IVally we just took a couple more 

pictures of his mountains to update them. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC And we have been showing data on that 

tape and I hope we can get something worked out on that - 
the tape dumps because we're terribly handicapped if we don't 
have the tape available for log run. 

CAPCOM Roger. We concur and I think we're back 

in cycle now. 

SC Okay, understand. It would be nice if 

you know that we are going to be going over the horizon 
without the tape in a record mode for us, let us know. 

CAPCOM Roger. What it amounts to on these night 

passes are night time here, if it were down just to about 
1 site per rev to dump it and the Mercury had a band of 
down right now. 

SC Roger. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 12:05:30 MC64/2 



SC 

the 252 alignment. 
CAPCOM 
SC 



We only have two stars available for 

Roger. We will have it shortly. 
Air frame six and magazine Bravo. 



Correction magazine Peter 



I missed that, Wally. Say again. 
Roger. (Garble) I would estimate that 

Ah so. 

Ron, do you have someone working with 



CAPCOM 
SC 

he is a coolie. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

two stars? 

CAPCOM Wait one. I think... what to do, don't 

we just pick a pair out of the CMP? 

SC Roger. We will go ahead like that. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Anyone come up with any suggestions on 

our ECS problem? The malfunction procedures call for 
activating the secondary loop whenever the primary radiator 
outlet temperature gets above 48. I have been resisting 
doing that and kind of going by the glycol evap temp. Right 
now I am reading almost - radiator outlet temperature now 
- my glycol evap outlet temp is on about 52. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 12:12:30 65/1 

Sc ...in fact, I'm reading over the 

radiator outlet temperature now but like my glycol evap 
temp is on about 52. I would like to hold to not activating 
the secondary loop until the primary glycol evaporator 

outlet temp rates 60. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We concur on that 

we kind of believe that we're really, not really hot enough 
and then we're starting to cool down when it starts 
evaporating - maybe over Houston going too cold on that 
thing. We're working on that right now. 

SC During the night pass, the glycol 

evaporator outlet temperature got down as low as about 45 - 
something like that before we got the evaporator working 
again. 

CAPCOM Roger. . . . 

sc Do we have anybody who can Cgarbiej 

data (garble) . 

CAPCOM 7, Houston, LOS. 

Riley This is Mission Control, 12 hours 13 

minutes. We've had LOS at the Mercury. A very low 
elevation pass scheduled at Hawaii this rev nine -tenths o± 
a decree which would give us - perhaps 2 minutes acquisition 
there and we're going to try. Apparently we'll come back 
at that time. Acquisition at Hawaii scheduled at 12 hours 
25 minutes 3 2 seconds. This is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 22:21:00 66/1 



RILEY This is Apollo Control, 12 hours 25 min- 

utes into the mission. We'll stand by through this short 
low elevation pass at Hawaii. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. I have your dead 

man for HI and H2 tanks. 

SC Roger, go. 

CAP COM Roger. Tank 1, H2 tank 1, 228 to 246 

H2 tank 2, 237 and 255. 

SC Roger. 228 to 246 and 237 to 255 and I 

see that the pressures go slightly back and forth, ... 
(garble) little overheating. 

CAP COM That's affirmative and the R/0 auto 

reader and you can tell Wally that it looks like Stars 11 
and 12 would be pretty good stars to try for. 

SC Roger, 11 and 12, thank you. And Wally 

kind of wished the (garble) test after the alignment, we're still 
showing about 87 percent. 

RILEY We've had LOS now at Hawaii. The 

Apollo 7 will be acquired by the Redstone at 12 hours 37 min- 
utes 56 seconds. This is Apollo Mission Control at 12 hours 
28 minutes. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68 , GET: 12:37:48 67/1 



Riley Apollo Control, 12 

Apollo 7 coming up on the Redstone now 
pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7. Apollo 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 

original (garble) 

CAPCOM 
on the IVB. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston 



hours 37 minutes 
. We '11 monitor this 



, Houston, 
Let' 



Outfit 
the 



on 



Apollo 7, Houston 



s try 
We got (garble) 



dope 



(garble) and you're reading us weak. 
We're monitoring the relative motion 



Go ahead and try and 
We don't read you. 
of the S-IVB and the 
spacecraft. It 'looks like it may require another phasing 
burn at 16 to 16 and 1/2 hours . The Delta-V will probably 
6 and 1/2 feet per second. Over. 

Apollo 7, I read your message but very 



be 6 



to 
SC 



weak. 

CAPCOM 
SC 

correct? 

CAPCOM 
SC 



Oh, Roger. 

It's lunch time at 16 hours, is that 

That's affirmative - about. 
Roger . 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 22:49:00 68/1 



CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 30 seconds LOS. 

SC Roger, Houston, we got your message. 

...07 I've got 4 balls, one on the star data check and use 
Star no. one Alpheratz, Star no. 7 Menkar and we're going 
to go ahead and take the gyro torquing angle. Is that 
intentionally? 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston, we'll take our angle- - 

RILEY This is Mission Control. We've had LOS 

at the Redstone. During the first half of that pass we had 
very low signal strength, could not raise the spacecraft, 
finally got word through the network controller that the 
spacecraft had reported to the ship that they could read us 
very weak, so Cap Com Ron Evans started in the blind with 
that information but by that time the signal strength came 
up and we were able to get a little bit of conversation. 
The Ascension Island tracking station will acquire Apollo 7 
at 13 hours 4 minutes 41 seconds. At 12 hours 47 minutes 
this is Mission Control, 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 23:07:00 



69/1 



RILEY Apollo Control at 13 hours 4 minutes 

into the mission. The Ascension tracking station is about 
to acquire Apollo 7. We'll stand by through this pass. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. We'd like for you 

to switch to simplex B on my mark. 

SC Simplex. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, switch to simplex B Mark. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, simplex B. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston, Roger. You got a 

lot more graph at this time on simplex B than on A. 

SC Houston, you're coming in clear but 

you're way down. I'd say on level two compared to the other. 

CAP COM Roger, and Walt we'd like to verify that 

the primary evaporator water control valve on panel 382 is 
in the AUTO position. 

SC Roger. Did you read (garble) that I did for 

the rest of that realignment? 

CAP COM I missed that say again. 

SC Roger (garble) when I did the (garble) for the 

rest of that realignment? 

CAP COM Affirmative, 3 balls one and Stars 1 

7 and secondly we'd like to know what portion of the mal- 
function procedures that you have accomplised on the primary 
glycol of that ALT TEMP high? 

SC Roger, I've come down to box 18 or box 21 

depending on how long you (garble) or whether you take the inter- 
mediate characteristics or not. That thing stayed down for a 
long period of time, then it came up fairly spontaneously to 
extreme pressure. 

CAP COM Roger, we understand. 

SC and one time ended up over with the 

primary lever water control valve (garble) there was a possibi- 
lity the evaporator was froze. I'm going to check the 
water control valve now. 

CAP COM Roger. Can you do that without disturb- 

ing our sleeping CMP? 

SC Yeah, we're doing it. I also would 

like to get the same pressures that the oxygen tank is 
controlling to the actual pressures. 

CAP COM Roger. I have them if you're ready to 

copy. 

SC Ready to copy. Go. 

CAP COM 02 tank one deadband 880 to 926. 02 

tank 2 870 912. 

SC Rog, thank you and now if I can just 

collate between what these meters are reading, we'll be on 
that 5.8 cryogenic test. 

CAP COM Roger. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/1 1/68 , GET: 23:07:00 69/2 

SC Tandi hydrogen test is in work now. 

CAP COM Roger. 

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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 13:10:30 70/1 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 1 minute til LOS, 

Simplex A on LOS. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM And that was a good try on the 

evaporator water control. The evaporator water control 
primer is in AUTO and for your information, I'm also running 
with the evaporator water control secondary in auto in case 
I do get into a situation where I have to activate the 
secondary loop. 

CAPCOM Roger. Understand. 

sc Hey, Ron, it's not a good situation but 

I don t consider it any kind of real problems with that 
primary (garble) right now. 

CAPCOM (Garble) We concur with that. 

CAPCOM 7, Houston. We're just now taking a 

look at the dump data we picked up at Redstone. 

SC (Garble) 

Riley This is Mission Control. Ascension has 

had LOS. We'll be out of touch with Apollo 7 now until it 
comes within range of the Mercury tracking ship over in the 
Western Pacific. Over this pass over Ascension, we got a 
little bit more information for the environmental control 
officer here to. work (garble) the evaporator or the water 
boiler problem. As you heard Walt Cunningham does not 
consider it a major problem at this time and the Control 
Center here concurs with that. They are continuing to work 
on the problem and are evaluating the telemtry information 
received in the dump over the Redstone during the last pass 
We'll acquire at the Mercury at 13 hours 40 minutes 43 seconds. 
At 13 hours 13 minutes, this Mission Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, CST : 11:45 



71/1 



RILEY Apollo control at 13 hours, 40 minutes, 

Apollo 7, its ninth revolution coming up on the tracking 
ship Mercury in the western Pacific. Guam has overlapping 
coverage with the Mercury on this revolution. We will 
stand by through both of those passes. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, thermal Mercury. 

S/C Roger, loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Roger. We would like to get a bird 

069.1 - read out the six accounts. We would like to get 
your onboard readout. 

SC White took the count down here. It has 

always been 0 for a long time. It goes about 6-X, T-l. 
Around 5.8 for the hydrogen, with 90 percent and it doesn't 
look to me like we have any clarification. The pressure 
slows down to a drop a little bit. I am not sure just what 
anoid mission is yet. 

CAPCOM Walt, you are coming through HF this 

time, the clock there and I can't read you very well. Could 
you talk a little slower? 

SC All right, you understand I just com- 

pleted the hydrogen at 90 percent portion of the completion 
test and welcome there, it was my own estimation that we 
really didn't have any justification there. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/11/68, GET: 23:50:00 72/1 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAP COM Roger. Current tracking indicates that 

the service module, the command service module will trail 
the S-IVB at NCC1 by about 30 miles so if we go ahead and 
do this upcoming maneuver, we will yield about nominal dis- 
placement at NCC1. The S-IVB orbit on 3rd day, however, 
yields a displacement between 63 and 87 miles, if we go 
ahead and make the burn and this is all based on that beacon 
tracking so it's pretty good. 



SC Oh. (garble) registers 2000 (garble) let's get 
to it . 

CAP COM Roger. We're working on the update and 
we'll probably give you over Redstone. 

SC Okay. 

CAP COM Looks like the GETI is about 15.50. 

SC Okay. 

RILEY Mission Control at 13 hours 54 minutes 



Guaymas had LOS. The tracking ship Redstone in the South 
Pacific will acquire Apollo 7 at 14 hours 12 minutes 38 sec- 
onds. We'll be back at that time. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 14:12:30 73/1 



RILEY 
into the mission, 
acquire Apollo 7. 

CAP COM 
pad to give you. 
opposite (garble) 



Apollo 7, Houston through Redstone 



Apollo Control at 14 hours 12 minutes 
The tracking ship Redstone is about to 
We'll stand by through this pass. 
Apollo 7, Houston. I have your (garble) 
Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston 
Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 



SC 
CAP COM 
SC 

take it. Go ahead. 

CAP COM 



Roger, we read you. 
Roger, I have a (garble) pad to give you 
You're very weak but we think we can 



UAh- uj« Roger. Phasing no. two. 015 52 0000 

NA NA NA, 1647 + 1202 00065 32445 NA NA 019 skip to roll 
pitch yaw roll 181 pitch 276 yaw 001 comment RCS/SCS BEF 
... up + X thrusters. Monitor burn with E47. Read that. 
Apollo 7, Houston, opposite ... 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68 , GET : 14:19:30 



74/1 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Did you copy? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, 1 minute LOS. Ascension 

fourteen plus three nine. 

SC Roger, we read your old message. Did 

you copy back? 

CAPCOM Negative on the readback. 

Riley This is Mission Control. We have LOS 

at the Redstone now. During the initial part of this pass, 
we again had a weak signal strength problem. Didn't get 
communications with the spacecraft until several minutes into 
the pass. We passed up the information the crew will need 
to perform this little extra phasing maneuver that's planned 
at 15 hours 52 minutes into the mission. It's required 
because the drag conditions of the S-IVB, the second stage 
of the launch vehicle are not as predicted premission and 
without this burn at the time of the first SPS burn tommorow 
and that's scheduled for 26 hours and 20 minutes. That's the 
first burn to - in the rendezvous sequence. Without this 
(Garble) with it's coining up at the time that burn takes 
place, the S-IVB stage would trail. Correction - the 
command and service module would trail the S-IVB by about 
30 miles. When what is needed is for the command and 
service module to be out ahead of the S-IVB. The nominal 
number is 73 miles and this second phasing maneuver coming 
up will place the CSM out ahead between 63 and 87 miles of 
the S-IVB which is still in good position for the MCC-1 or 
the first SPS burn at 26 hours 20 minutes tommorrow. 
Apollo 7 will be acquired by the Ascension station at 14 
hours 39 minutes. This is Mission Control at 14 hours 
24 minutes . 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 14:26:00 75/1 



RILEY This is Mission Control at 14 hours 

26 minutes. This upcoming phasing maneuver will be a burn 
of 6 and a half feet per second. Propellant cost will be 
about 27 pounds it is estimated. But even though this is 
a nonplanned burn and the flight plan, there is enough RCS 
pad in the propellant budget to handle this burn and it will 
not affect the mission. This is Mission Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, CST : 12:42 



76/1 



RILEY This is Mission Control at 14 hours, 

39 minutes. Ascension has acquired at the Apollo 7 space- 
craft. We will stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through in a second. 

SC Roger, Houston. This is Apollo 7. How 

do you read this current? 

CAPCOM Roger, will occur this time, Walt. We 

plan to reservice the evaporator and then shut it down. 

SC 520000NA1647 + 120200065324445NA0189 

181276001, and I copied all waiting line. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, say again at GTI . 

SC Roger. GTI is 015520000. 

CAPCOM I reckon you read that correct. All 

right, seven, Houston - the steps on reservicing the shut- 
down are real good reform. Make sure you have them. 
Block all the bad steam. Steam practically auto to manual. 
It will practically increase for 45 seconds. Block all of 
that. Eighth fuel flow on for a few minutes and then turn. 

SC Roger. You know I have only done that 

twice in the past. And if you notice now that D pressure 
is unhooked and come backup. It seems to come up whenever 
the glide call, the evaporator outlet temperature gets down 
pretty cool like during the night. Do you want me to con- 
tinue? We are going to manual, increase 45 seconds and 
reservice the water evaporator? 

CAPCOM Affirmative. We just want to reservice 

it now and then shut it down. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM The idea Walt is that the radiators 

will carry a load without the primary evaporator on the 
line . 

SC I don't think we have any manual control 

over the steam pressure. I am going to service the water 
flowing now. 

CAPCOM Roger. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 14:46:00 77/1 



SC Wally seems to have a pretty bad head 

cold.' He took two aspirins about 15 minutes ago and he 
has been blowing his nose. 

CAPCOM Walt, say again. I missed that. 

SC Wally has a pretty stuffed up head here. 

He took two aspirins about 15 minutes ago and has been blowing 
his nose pretty much all day long. 

CAPCOM Roger. We understand. 

SC We would like to check on (garbled) 

CAPCOM About 1 minute until LOS there, Walt. 

We just want to make sure that you realize we are trying to 
shut down evaporator and we think (garbled) will carry the 
load. 

SC Roger. See you all later. 

Riley This is Mission Control. We have had 

LOS at Ascension. Next station to acquire will be the 
Mercury at 15 hours 15 minutes. The Apollo 7 at the time 
of this phasing maneuver at 15 hours 52 minutes will be in 
contact with the Redstone. At 14 hours 48 minutes, this is 
Mission Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 15:15:00 78/1 



RILEY This Apollo Control at 15 hours and 

15 minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 is coming up within 
range of the Mercury tracking ship now. Guam again has 
overlapping coverage here so we'll stand by through both of 
these stations for any communications. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. I can give you time- 

hack at 35 minutes prior to burn. Four, three, two, one, 
MARK 35 minutes. 

SC That's 35 wasn't it? 

CAP COM Affirmative. 35. 

SC (cutting out) around (cut out) here at 

the evaporator and we have the steam pressure in MANUAL and 
the water flow OFF but that last bit of servicing I did, ah 
did a good bit of increase in steam pressure. 

CAP COM Roger. Understand the last bit of 

servicing increased the steam pressure? 

SC Yeah. That last two minutes brought the 

steam pressure up right handedly. Right now I'm reading 
about .20 on the steam pressure. 

CAP COM Roger. Walt, we can go with that. 

That's okay. 

SC That's good news. Yeah. Right. Is an 

MD there or do you still have those experimental doctors 
there? 

CAP COM They're right here waiting. 

SC You know I asked about taking a decon- 

gestion or antibiotic. (cutting out) 

CAP COM Roger. Stand by. What's the word on 

it Wally, I'll get the word on it. 

SC Didn't you get the word that Walt passed 

back earlier? I've taken two aspirins. 

CAP COM Say again. I think that was in the 

garble part. Couldn't make it out. Say again the problem. 

SC I have a nose cold. I've already gone 

through about 8 or 9 Kleenex with some pretty good blows. 
I've taken two aspirin and I was wondering if there was 
anything else I could take? 

CAP COM Roger. 

SC I'd like to find out your D ruthers on 

the water boiler after that last servicing but putting it 
off for a while because you know we don't really need it. 
I'd still sometime in the future like to try it again. I'm 
not sure but what it's not working right now. 

CAP COM Walt, this is kind of what we expected 

in this condition while not running and what we'd like to do 
is try to rev, at least a rev anyhow, with the evap off the 
1 ine . 

SC Whatever you think. 

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CAPCOM Wally, Houston ( here . The doctors are 

recommending that you take one flctQied or the code echo. 

SC That has to do with a decongestant, is 

that it? 

CAPCOM That's affirmative. That's what it is. 

SC Garble. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We want to take a 

look at the (Garble) . We'd like you to remain in P 47 for 
awhile after the burn on the Redstone pass. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger, it looks like we're going to have 

one final request after the burn here. Our calculations 
show that our wast water is going to be 85 percent at about 19 
hours and we're not sure that Donn can hook up all this 
good deal stuff in the middle of your guys' sleep there so 
it's kinda at your discretion. Do you want to dump it prior 
to going to bed or let Donn dump it sometime around 19 hours? 

SC It's all but hooked up now. We have 

that urine dump hose hooked up at one end all the time. It's 
a simple job for one fellow without disturbing us but I had 
mentioned we could think about putting that waste water tank 
on up to more like 95 percent so you don't have to have quite 
as high an activity dumping it all the time. 

CAPCOM We're kinda agreeing with you in a way, 

and yet we would kinda like to let it run up to the full 
point a little later on in the mission than in the early 
part of the mission. 

SC Okay, we do have a gauge (garble) at 

5 percent (garble) up about 90 - (garble) 



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CAPCOM Walt, I think we can give you a proper 

and actual number a little later on in the mission here. 
When we figure out how much fuel cell they are dumping the 
water in and (garbled) . 

SC (garbled) 

Riley This is Mission Control. Guam as LOS. 

The tracking ship Redstone in the South Pacific will acquire 
Apollo 7 at IS hours 47 minutes 58 seconds. That RCS 
phasing maneuver is due to take place 15 houTS 52 minutes. 
At 15 hours 30 minutes, this is Mission Control. 



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JAMES This is Mission Control at 15 hours, 

47 minutes in the mission. We are coming within range of 
the Redstone now. We are 4 minutes away from the burn. We 
will standby through this pass 



CAPCOM 
Stone. Apollo 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

launch. It 
difference . 
CAPCOM 



Apollo 7, Houston, through the red 
Apollo 7, Houston request Amene A. 
Roger, Amene A. 
Roger . 

Frantically - 
Roger . 

We flipped it in -that vent during that 
is 0 and the double egress. You can see the 

Are you far? 



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CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS. 

I believe that we got our money's worth today. How about 
getting a good night's sleep. 

SC Roger. Ron. Thanks for your help and 

Donn is on watch. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

JAMES This is Mission Control, 15 hours 56 

minutes. Redstone has had LOS. The Guidance Officer here 
in the Control Center affirms that that burn looked good 
here. And as you heard Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham 
are preparing for their sleep period now. We will have a 
very low elevation pass at the Canary station at 16 hours 
21 minutes 39 seconds. This is Mission Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 16:20:00 83/1 



JAMES This Apollo Control 16 hours 20 minutes 

into the mission of Apollo 7. We are coming up on acquisi- 
tion point with Canary Islands in about a minute and a half 
from now. We will listen in although it is possible that 
we won't hear anything at that time. The sleep period for 
the spacecraft commander Schirra and LM pilot Cunningham 
has begun now. Only about 10 minutes off their schedule. And 
that was due to the phasing RCS burn of the service module. 
The result of that burn is 83 to 98 nautical miles - it 
will be 83 to 98 miles ahead of the S-IVB at the time of 
the first SPS burn tomorrow. The next thing to do with the 
ECS water tank dump schedule is 19 hours into the mission. 
It will be scheduled for 28 minutes to dump an appropriate 
amount of water overboard from the spacecraft from the ECS 
water tank and that can be managed by the one pilot who will 
be awake at that time. The command module pilot, Eisele. 
We are coming up in acquisition with Canary Islands. We 
will stand by for whatever may come up from that. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. Two items we would like a check 

on the CMP biomed harness when it is convenient. We are 
not doing anything and we would like to check the pin con- 
nectors, the signal conditioners connectors and at last 
resort press down on the sensor. Second item, information, 
it will probably take about 28 minutes for draining the H20. 

SC Roger, I have been fighting this harness. 

It doen 1 t make up properly. I don't know how we are going 
to get it 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Running water. 

CAPCOM I am sorry Apollo, I cut you out. Say 

again please. 

SC I say my biomed harness is not making 

up properly. I don't know whether it is going to work. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

JAMES This is Apollo Control 16 hours 23 

minutes going on 24 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. 
We have passed away from acquistion with Canary Islands. 
The next contact will be with the tracking ship Mercury and 
that will be at 16 hours 51 minutes 49 seconds. This is 
Apollo Control. 



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James This is Apollo Control. There will be 

a change of shift press briefing here in Houston at the 
press center at 10 minutes to the hour. That's 
approximately 18 or 19 minutes from this time. This is 
Apollo Control. 



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JAMES This is Apollo Control 17 hours 19 min- 

utes into the flight of Apollo 7. We had contact at 16 hours 
51 minutes with the Mercury tracking ship and Apollo 7. We 
will roll that tape now and after that we should have a 
light pass coming up with Redstone tracking ship. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Go. 

CAPCOM Roger. I have a couple of items here 

that we would like verification if you have it that the 
water chlorination was performed at 11 hours and 20 minutes. 
Second item, I mentioned it before, but I couldn't under- 
stand the answer. We want to advise it will take 28 minutes 
to drain the water. 

SC Roger. Understand. 28 minutes to drain 

the water. You are referring to the waste tank dump. 

CAPCOM I am sorry, waste tank dump. Affirmative 

SC Roger. We are only up to 40 percent on 

waste water so we got a ways to go. 

CAPCOM Thank you. Apollo 7, Houston. Did you 

read me on the water chlorination? 

SC Yes sir. That was - we did the chlorina- 

tion at 11 hours 20 minutes . 

CAPCOM Thank you. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Command module 

pilot has got about 6 hours of sack time and at least 4 hours 
of pretty decent sleep. I would have slept a little better 
but I am not used to going to bed at 6 o'clock local time 
for me. I think in a day or two I will adjust to the cycle. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Roger. 

JAMES This is Apollo Control. We are now 

17 hours 21 minutes into the Mission. At 17 hours 22 55 
we will have contact with the Redstone tracking ship. At 
that time we will go live and stand by for any communication 
that we may have. 

CAPCOM Apollo 1, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Go. 

CAPCOM Roger. We have a procedure that we 

would like for you to go through for some ground analysis. 
We monitor that you are in POO. We would like for you to 
follow this procedure: verb 22, noun 21, enter. 

SC Roger. You want me to do verb 22, 

noun 21, enter. 

CAPCOM Affirmative. 

SC It is done. 

CAPCOM Thank you. Roger. Now go plus 11111 

enter. 

SC Roger. Plus 5 one's enter. 



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CAPCOM Affirmative. Apollo 7, Houston. They 

are merely monitoring this from the ground. Also one othe 
point. They would like to confirm the 40 percent reading 
on the water. On the waste water. 

SC Oh, wait a second. Stand by. That is 

75. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand. 75. 

SC Roger, I gave you the wrong number 

before . 

CAPCOM All right. 



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CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute til LOS. 

We'll be (garble) back to you. 
SC Roger. 

James This is Apollo Control, 17 hours 32 

minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have the next 
contact coming up and will be with Canary Islands at 17 
hours 53 minutes 11 seconds into the mission. During this 
pass, we heard passed up the words POO that the command 
module computer was confirmed to be in an idling mode. From 
that idling mode, then they passed in a verb and a noun 
which meant to enter digital entry into the computer to 
test the pulse integrating pendulous accelerometer to see 
how it was operating. We also had a report that 75 percent 
now is the readout on the amount of waste tank water instead 
of 40 percent. It still stands that at 19 hours the command 
module pilot will dump 28 minutes worth of water from that 
waste tank. At 17 hours 33 minutes into the mission. This 
is Apollo Control. 



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JAMES This is Apollo Control 17 hours 52 min- 

utes into the mission. We are coming up on Canary Islands 
again. We should have acquisition at 17:53:11. And that 
will last for some 7 1/2 minutes. We will tie into that 
live. We now have an apogee of 164.4 nautical miles and 
perigee of 120.1 nautical miles. The spacecraft commander 
and the command module pilot are sleeping and lunar - excuse 
me - the lunar module pilot is sleeping and the command 
module pilot is awake at this time. There is nothing in 
the flight plan of activity until 19 hours into the mission 
when he will dump the excess water from the waste tank for 
28 minutes. At this time, let's see if we have any contact 
with Canary Islands. 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, AOS Canary. 

SC Roger, Houston. Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Opposite omni please. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Coming up in about 



2 minutes LOS at Canary and we have a brief pass at Madrid 
and it will be about 40 minutes before we pick you up at 
Honeysuckle and we will need the S-band volume up at that 
time. That will be Honeysuckle about 18:38. 



SC Roger. Understand. Honeysuckle S-band 
only 18:38. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

JAMES That is the end of our pass at Canary 



Islands. At 18 hours into the mission of Apollo 7, this 
is Apollo Control. 

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JAMES This is Apollo Control 18 hours 36 min 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. Apollo 7 is coming up 
on Australia at this time. We will have contact with the 
However, not necessarily voice contact, but 



spacecraft 

we should be getting it, if any, starting about now. 
tie into the conversation at that end. 

Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston, 



Let's 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
LOS Honeysuckle. 
JAMES 



One minute until 



Redstone at 18 plus 57 . 

This is Apollo Control 18 hours 44 min- 
utes into the mission of Apollo 7. No contact was made on 
that pass over Australia. The next possible contact will 
be with the Redstone tracking ship at 18 hours 57 minutes 
30 seconds. At 18:44:52, this is Apollo Control. 



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JAMES This is Apollo Control 18 hours 57 min- 

in a matter of about a minute. We will stand by for any 

possible conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston 

CAPCOM ^^^^ Houston . All set and go. 

CAPCOM Roger, AOS Redstone. 

qr Roger, I missed you at Honeysuckle. 

fAPCOM Roger, we couldn't get lock on. 

CAPCOM ^ what 1 thought . It sounded 

4* wa c trvinc there a couple of times. 

CAPCOM I thought I head you trying to answer 

too. All I heard was keying and side tones. 

CAPCOM Fog- said in Houston he would like some 

briefly, was it the connec^^ ^ together nQW< Are you 

getti ZhcW Slgnal Negative. Okay, that is all I wanted 
to kn ^' Roger, I had trouble getting the plugs 

to make up. They woulf stick together but they -I n 
Sharif your SS raLfwa^r^.uaAtity^^^ollo 7 Houston. 
Spposite^mni please? Apollo 7, Houston, opposite omni , 

P leaS | c Roger, Bill. I just switched off. Did 

70U "rTvcm g ° baCk? Negative. Stand by one. Apollo 7, 
Houston PC °Negative, yof have U now. We have com* and we 
lost you there for about a minute. 

?APCOM R !? e CAPC0M. Apollo 7, Houston, Opposite 

omni pUase. Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS Redstone 

8nd *5Jiig* " " Pl ?his ne is 5 Apollo Control 19 hours 7 minutes 
i-^khere 0f A Tro„ 0 au^Po^ h :as a uns^c e es b s £ ul 0 f or a 

people lay that the power in the equipment is working 



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JAMES satisfactorily. So it must be some 

other problem. Possibly on board. At 19 hours 7 minutes 
54 seconds into the mission, this is Apollo Control. 

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90/1 



RILEY This is Apollo Control, 19 hours, 

17 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have just had 
CAPCOM contact with Apollo 7. At ANT we will now join the 
conversation . 

SC Okay, these are test meter readings. 

They are all - they are 5C cycles, SD is 4.8, 6A was 4.8, 
6B and C were all 5. These were taken at about 16 hours. 

CAPCOM Roger, undertand. What is Apollo 7 

Houston idea of flight update? 

SC Roger, go with your flight plan update. 

CAPCOM At 23 + 53, TV on. That is at Texas 

LOS on state side pass. That is the end of the flight plan 
update. 

SC I understand you want TVR 23 + 53, how 

does that fit in with our burn and rendezvous sequence? 

CAPCOM That should fit in all right. 

SC Okay. We have some music coming in the 

background. Is that you? 

CAPCOM You must be picking up the twilight 

zone there. 

SC Evans , is someone trying to plug in a 

radio program to us or are we just picking that up spirit- 
ually? 

CAPCOM That must be a spurious signal. No we 

don't have anything like that. 

SC Okay, I am getting a hot tip on some 

hospital insurance plan from some guy. 

CAPCOM Okay. Maybe they are trying to tell 

you something. 

SC Maybe they know something I don't. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston coming up on LOS ANT 

AOS Canary at 19 + 27. 

SC Roger, understand. Around another 

12 ticks on water for me, will you? 

JAMES This is Apollo Control, 19 hours, 

24 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We had astronaut 
Pogue passing up the flight plan update which indicates the 
completion of approximately one day, 23 hours, 53 minutes 
into the mission. We have the good possibility of live 
television coming from the spacecraft which will be released 
that will be roughly about 10 a.m. central time tomorrow 
morning. Correction, this morning would be around the end 
of the fifteenth revolution. Eisele also reported hearing 
spurious radio signals. He indicated that it was a radio 
program and he was getting a hot tip on hospital insurance 
plans from somebody whereupon astronaut Pogue said maybe 
they are trying to tell you something and Eisele retorted 
with maybe they know something I don't. Nineteen hours, 

25 minutes into the mission, this is Apollo Control. 



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91/1 



JAMES This is Apollo Control 2 0 hours 02 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up very 
shortly in about a minute and a half in contact with Carnar- 
von, Australia. At that time we may get some conversation 
from Cap Com here at MCC and the spacecraft quoting the 
flight plan which is not changed to this time. Shortly after 
the contact, we are scheduled to have an IMU initial measure- 
ment unit realignment using a matrix and it will also at that 
time they will obtain drift data on the initial gyro and the 
guidance system. We have several seconds, about 30 seconds 
to go before initial contact with Carnarvon. At this time 
we'll switch over and join such conversation as there may be. 



CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston: 

SC This is Apollo 7. Go. 

CAP COM Roger, AOS Carnarvon. 

SC Roger. Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger. I was just doing a little star 



examination here at sunset with the sun at my back so to 
speak and you can see stars, quite a few, out the telescope 
however the minute you move the telescope controls a lot of 
sandy white particles flutter out and they obscure the field 
of view. I know what that is. Apparently these particles 
are some moisture in the optic assembly that flip out when 
you're moving around in shaft motion and they go out and 
obscure what you're looking with the sun shining on them. 

CAP COM Roger, I understand that you can see 

stars in the telescope okay with the sun at your back, how- 
ever when you move, the optics in shaft, their white parti- 
cles come off and sort of cloud up the view. 

SC That's right. Looks like its snowing 

out there and it would be impossible to do any kind of useful 
alignment with a situation like that. Also, at times when 
the sun is more direct on the side where the optics are, it 
appears to be either a let of light leak or absolute sun 
shine reflecting down inside the optic assembly but except 
at near sundown with the sun at the opposite side from the 
optics you just don't see anything when you look out there. 
You just see a big blur of light. 

CAP COM I understand that you apparently have 

something that looks like a light leak when the sun is 
directly on the side of the, ah, is that the side of the 
spacecraft without the colored lens. 

SC Oh, I don't know if it's directly on 

that side or not, I can hardly tell, but at times when the 
sun is up and we get some ... and drifting attitude here I've 
looked in to see if I could see anything and it was just near 
impossible. I think a lot of light in the telescope, it had 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 20:02:00 



SC the appearance of a light leak around 

somewhere in the assembly. I don't know if that's true o 
not or if it's just the reflection coming in but it makes 
it hard to see anything. 

CAP COM Right. Apollo 7, Houston. Have you 

been able to go through an alignment? 

SC Not in the daytime. I'm going to do 

fine align here in just a minute. 

CAP COM Okay. 



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SC Houston, are you getting these gyro 

torques and angles. 

CAPCOM ...stand by. Apollo 7, Houston, Roger, 

we are receiving yaw and torquing angle. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Coming up LOS 

Honeysuckle at Redstone at 20 plus 33. 

JAMES This is Apollo Control 20 hours 19 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have just had our 
pass over Australia. The next contact will be with the 
Redstone tracking ship at 20 hours 33 minutes 14 seconds 
into the mission. During our Australian pass, we had some 
talk about the telescope, referring to the IMU realignment 
procedures where the telescope and darkness with the sun 
behind the astronaut and operated satisfactorily and when 
he moved the optics in the shaft snowy white particles 
appeared as he said, like a snow storm. At 20 hours 20 min- 
utes into the mission, this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, CST : 6:34:35 93/1 



JAMES This is Apollo Control, 20 hours, 

33 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are seconds 
away from contact through the Redstone tracking ship. We 
will have contact with the spacecraft at this time. We 
will be passing up possibly a correction in the flight plan 
which will include a burn of the RCS system to check the 

go. Let's join the conversation. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Roger, Houston, go. 
^ iv ^ 4j Roger, It is advised that we monitored 

you have'had a switchover to a secondary loop proportional 
unit in a primary loop and request that you switch back to 
the primary or proportional unit. 

SC Roger, standby. Tom, we are now back 

on 1. Do you want me to leave it in 1 , or go back to auto? 



Tipa. Here we 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



CAPCOM 
go to auto. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
on waste water. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
on waste water, 
SC 

garble, with a 
CAPCOM 



Go to auto. Paul telling Houston to 
Okay. 

Also, we are now monitoring 85 percent 
Say again. 

Ground monitors 85 percent, quantity 

I can't read you Bill, you're coming in 
lot of static. 

Roger. Waste water dump, waste water 



dump, we're monitoring 85 percent. 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
waste water dump? 
SC 

CAPCOM 
waste water now. 
SC 



Apollo 7, Houston. How do you read now? 
That's better Houston. 
Roger, did you get my call about the 

Roger, say again about the water dump. 
We are monitoring 85 percent quantity 



Roger, you're saying you got 85, I'll 
have to get Wally up to get under him, to get those pieces. 
I'd rather wait until he wakes up, which - he'll be awake in 
another hour or so anyway, could we wait till then? 
CAPCOM Roger, standby. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Affirmative, you 

can wait another hour. We're 1 minute LOS Redstone, and 
AOS Bahamas at 20 + 49. 

SC Understand. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control at 20 hours, 

39 minutes into the flight of Apollo 7. To clarify what he 
said before, it is possible the Flight Director is considering 



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JAMES now in view of the fact that the PIPA, 

which is the pulsed integrating pendulour accelerometers 
mounted - there are three of them on each of the axis in 
the initial measuring unit in the Spacecraft and the Y-axis 
PIPA has been checked over the last many revolutions of the 
flight and it is possible that in order to check its operation 
more thoroughly that 1 minute RCS burn would, in an out of 
plane Y-axis would be utilized and if that were utilized, 
it would be similar between the 22 and 23 hour of the mission. 
This was not passed to the crew by Cap Com at this time, it's 
still under consideration and there's nothing of any alarm, 
certainly; but we will keep you posted on the progress of 
that situation. At 20 hours, 41 minutes into the flight 
of Apollo 7, this is Apollo Control. 



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HANEY This is Apollo Control 20 hours 50 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are coming up on 
Mila acquisition in Florida and we should have some con- 
versation. That position should be 20:50:19 5 seconds ago. 
So let's join the conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, this is Apollo 7, go. 

CAPCOM Don, I would like to brief you all on 

something that has come here and it has to do with the 
Y pickup. Statement is made that based on telemetry read- 
outs, we feel or suspect that Y pickup counts are not 
getting into the CMC. We've been monitoring practically 
zero. Now, this is still sort of in ferment, but it looks 
like now they would like to have an RCS burn completed to 
perform a check on the Y pickups. If so, this will be 
done on the next rev over Texas . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. This would be sort 

of a small burn +Y then -Y then total DELTA-V about 5 feet 
per second. 

SC (garble) you had something for me and 

then you said something about a small burn. Would you run 
it by again, please? 

CAPCOM Roger, Apollo 7, Houston. How do you 

read now. 

SC Perfect. It's loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Right. Based on telemetry readouts, 

we suspect that the Y axis pickup counts are not getting 
into the CMC. In order to check this out, we would like 
to do a small RCS translation +Y and then -Y, total test 
will consume about 10 pounds of fuel and it's proposed 
that this be performed at 22 + 23 and will be over Texas 
on your next pass. 

SC Okay, 22 + 23, you will want a +Y and 

a -Y. Do you want us to have a program up like 47, then? 

CAPCOM Okay, I'll go through the procedure 

that is proposed here now. Step 1, we would like to - 
the test to be done in two, also we would like to have 
A- Z roll enabled. Then attitude would be roll 180, pitch 
326 and yaw 0. With that attitude, we would like a +Y 
translation of 7 seconds, wait 30 seconds, then translate 
-Y for 7 seconds, then turn the A-Z roll back off. 

SC Wait a second, just hold the phone. 

You want two, you want A-Z roll enabled, I got 180, 3260 
roll, after that I was replying on that but you were talk- 
ing. Would you say all that again to the attitude? 

CAPCOM Right, sorry about that. I will go 

over it slower. Roger, I'll go back over it. You got 



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9 



CAPCOM correctly if we do want it in two, and 

we would like the SCS channel AC roll enabled also for 
the test. Attitude, roll 180, pitch 326, yaw 0, with 
that attitude, translate +Y 7 seconds, then wait 30 sec- 
onds - 30 seconds, then translate -Y for 7 seconds and 
the AC roll channel back off. 

SC Roger. You have a terrible squeal 

in there, Bill, I don't know what it is . I understand 
and you want +Y for 7 seconds, then pause 30 seconds, then 
-Y 7 seconds. Now at what time again did you want this, 
2 2 + how many? 

CAPCOM We would like that at 2 2 hours and 

23 minutes. That will be over Texas. 

SC Okay, just out of curiousity, what 

do you hope to prove by having only two go in there. That 
won't - certainly won't put into the same vector if you 
do that. 

CAPCOM Well, actually what we want to do is 

monitor your PIPPAS and see if in fact they are feeding 
information into the computer. 

SC I see. 

CAPCOM Also I have a block data update if 

you will call me when you are ready to copy. 
SC All right, stand by. 

SC Go ahead with your block update. 

CAPCOM Roger. Be for 015 dash 1 alpha. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/12/68, GET: 20:58:00 



sc I'm ready to verify your block update. 

CAPCOM Roger 015 - 1 ALFA plus 291 minus 0629 

0221042 4275 016-1 BRAVO plus 312 minus 0630 0234641 4539 
017-1 ALFA plus 298 minus 0629 025 22 18 4856 018-1 ALFA 
plus 252 minus 0685 026 56 28 5106 019-4 ALFA plus 314 minus 
1624 029 43 42. Apollo 7 Houston, are you reading"? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston 

sc Roger go ahead Houston. You dropped 

out there for three or four minutes. 

CAPCOM Roger, Meyer here. How far did we get 

through on that? 

SC Just up to 15. 

CAPCOM Roger. Did - okay, I'll go through 

015-ALFA briefly again. 015-1 ALFA plus 291 minus 0629 022 
10 42 4275. Starting with the next one 016-1 BRAVO plus 
312 minus 0630 023 4641 4539 027-1 ALFA plus 298 minus 0629 
025 2218 4856 018-1 ALFA plus 252 minus 0685 026 5628 5106 
019-4 ALFA plus 314 minus 1624 0294342 4363 0202-4 ALFA 
plus 310 minus 1623 0311829 4679 021-4 ALFA plus 261 minus 
1633 032 y 



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JAMES ... 21 - 4 Alpha plus 261 minus 1633. 

0325356 4 niner 44. Standing by for a read back. 

SC Roger, we (garble) 015-Alpha plus 291 

minus 0629 0221042 4275 016-1 Bravo plus 312 minus 0630 
02346414539 017-1 Alpha plus 2 niner 8 minus 0629 0252218 
4856 018-18 plus 252 minus 0685 02656285106. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, go. 

CAP COM Roger, you got only part of the read 

back, if you would confirm in the third block 017-1 Alpha, 
second line plus 2 niner 8. 

SC Roger, plus 2 niner 8, 

CAP COM Okay, if you would pick up and read as 

far as you can get, starting with 019-4 Alpha. 

SC Okay, here goes. 

16240294342 4363 020-4 Alpha plus 310 minus 1623031829 4679 
021-48 ( v °ice fades out) . 

JAMES This is Apollo Control, 21 hours, 11 min- 

utes, 42 seconds into the mission of Apollo 7. As you heard 
on that communication between Cap Com and Apollo 7, the 
Flight Director, Jerry Griffin has decided that we need an RCS 
burn to a minimal burn to check the PIPA or the accelerometer , 
pulsed integrating pendulous accelerometer counts onboard the 
Spacecraft. This burn will take place at 22 hours, 23 minutes 
into the mission. The reason that it is based on telemetery 
readouts, the PIPA or accelerometer counts may not be getting 
into the Command Module Computer. Now, this particular Y-axis 
accelerometer, if you can imagine the Astronauts lying on 
their couch, the Y-axis would go from hip to hip. So this 
accelerometer would measure velocity changes and translation 
along the axis, not around the axis. Therefore, an RCS burn 
would - will take place 22 hours, 23 minutes into the mission 
and it will be in IMUP, that is the platform, the IMU platform, 
will be idling, roll 180 degrees, pitch 326 degrees, yaw 0; 
and they will burn on that Y-axis, along the Y-axis a trans- 
lation burn for 7 seconds and they will wait for 30 seconds, 
then they will burn on -Y the other way along the axis for 
another 7 seconds, and then here in the control center, they 
will readout whether or not the PIPA counts are getting into 
the Command Module computer, if it influences the PIPA read- 
outs. At 21 hours, 14 minutes into the mission, this is 
Apollo Control. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 21:32:00 97/1 



JAMES This is Apollo Control 21 hours 37 minutes 

into the mission of Apollo 7. We are about 10 seconds away 
from acquisition at Carnarvon, Australia, so lets join what 
conversation there may be. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger Houston, Apollo 7. Go. 

CAPCOM Roger. AOS Carnarvon. I also have an 

advisory. We're monitoring 90 percent, 90 percent on waste 
water now, and we'd like to get a dump whenever - as soon 
as it is convenient. 

SC Okay. Wally is still in the sack. As 

soon as he is up we'll dump it and meanwhile I'm starting 
to maneuver around to the attitude for that little test 
maneuver you want to do. 

CAPCOM Roger. Thank you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We're about - a 

little over 1 minute to LOS Carnarvon. Request S-band 
volume up please. 

SC Roger. S-band volume going up. 

CAPCOM Thank you. 

JAMES This is Apollo Control 21 hours 45 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. Evidently we'll have 
no more conversation on our Australian pass. On this 
revolution, 14th revolution, going - well, correct that, 
the 15th, the beginning of the 15th revolution we will 
have the service module RCS burn to test the accelerometer 
and to get a readout hopefully on whether or not the 
accelerometer counts are getting into the command module 
computer. This is to be done at 22 hours 23 minutes over 
Texas. At 21 hours 46 minutes, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 21:54:00 



98/1 



JAMES This is Apollo Control 21 hours 54 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We had further CAPCOM 
communication with the crew of Apollo 7 over Australia and 
it is taped and I would like to bring it to you now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, Houston go, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Roger. After the RCS test over the 

states, we will be sending up two nav loads and one target 
load and we will get to work on them as soon as we can. 

SC Okay, fine. Hey Bill? 

CAPCOM Right, go. 

SC Roger. A couple of hours ago, I ne- 

glected to tell you before, I'm sorry, we had an anomaly 
up here. We had a AC buss 1 drop out and all we did was 
reset it and it kept on running and we never did see any- 
thing anomalous other than that, other than we confirm 
that the voltage has dropped off and the inverter come off 
the line apparently. 

CAPCOM Okay, you had an AC buss 1 drop out 

and you reset it and it was okay but you did confirm it 
was a bona fide malfunction because the voltage did drop. 

SC That's right. All three phases were - 

well, were pegged on the bottom of the meter and all we 
did was hit reset and punch the warning lights off and it 
kept right on running. 

CAPCOM Okay, thank you very much. That is 

copied. 

SC Okay, we've had no trouble with it 

since. Everything is normal. 

CAPCOM All right, thank you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Coming up on LOS 

at Honeysuckle. We will have acquisition Texas at 22 + 
19. 

SC Roger. You are saying 22 + 19. 

CAPCOM Right. 

JAMES This is Apollo Control. That con- 

cluded our Australian pass. Our next contact will be on 
our stateside pass coming over Texas and at 22 hours 23 
minutes we will have a burn over Texas of the RCS service 
module engines and that will test the pulse integrating 
pendulous accelerometer status in the spacecraft. The 
Flight Director is concerned that possibly this accelerom- 
eter, the counts from the accelerometer may not be getting 
into the command module computer. The command pilot and 
the LM pilot are due to be awakened in a matter of moments 
on the hour and we should be in contact with Texas and 
the spacecraft at 22 hours 19 minutes 52 seconds. At 
21 hours 57 minutes this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/12/68, GET: 221900 



99/1 



JAMES This is Apollo Control at 22 hours, 

19 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. At this time, we 
do not have contact, but we will with the Spacecraft at 
22 hours, 1952. The Spacecraft Commander and the LM Pilot 
should have been awakened on the hour, 19 minutes and 
27 seconds ago. There was a lithium hydroxide change 
scheduled, the second change scheduled in the flight plan, 
which we assumed has taken place. At 22 hours, 23 minutes, 
we are coming up on the service module RCS reaction control 
system burn to test the accelerometers in the IMU. We now 
have contact with the Spacecraft. Lets join the conversation. 

CAPCOM 22 hours, 20 minutes, 9, 10, 11, 12. 

SC Roger, we're (garble). 

CAPCOM And counting down to burn, 2 minutes and 

38, 7, 6, 5. 

SC Roger, thank you. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Do you read? 

CAPCOM Roger, Apollo 7, Houston. Go. 

SC Roger, I'm on the right lead head-set. 

I commenced dumping the waste water tank about 2 minutes. 
I'd like to have you confirm the temperature in that outline, 
when ever you get a chance. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC And I'm going to send down, as I told 

you about, the AC Buss 1, temporary glitch there. I can't 
figure why it came off, I don't think we have the automatic 
disconnect disconnect anymore. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy that one. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, we would like a 

TLM input to high please, telemetry input high. 

SC Look, if you guys are in the middle of 

a dump, I have to go plan the E set to do that. If you are 
in the middle of a dump, I'm going to stop it. 

CAPCOM We're not dumping. 

SC You guys can either stop your dump in 

command high or I'm going to do it. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, we are not dumping. 

SC Okay, thank you. 

SC Ready in high? 

CAPCOM Right, (garble) 

SC Affirmative. 

SC Roger. We're going to do a countdown 

to the burn . 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC 4, 3, 2, 1, mark. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. That PIPA check 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 221900 99/2 

CAPCOM looked good. Good information and we 

will be updating your PIPA bias later. 

SC Roger, understand the check looked good. 

Thank you. Glenn, we checked the PIPA's on here tight and 
I've got just about 0 PIPA bias when I did, although there 
is someone else loaded it in, I was a little suspicious 
on the basis of that. 

SC You say you did get outputs from it 

and you think we're still okay, 

CAPCOM Roger, it looks so good, it fooled us. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM We were thinking along the same lines 

as you were. 

SC Alright, I try to get an updated bias 

then. 

CAPCOM Roger . 

SC Waste water quantity down to SO percent, 

how are you doing it. 

CAPCOM Standby. 

SC Can you tell me what that dump line 

temperature is? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. I'm trying to get 

that information for you, standby. Your dump temperature 
is 66 degrees and the quanity is now reading 47.2. 

SC Roger, thank you, we're just about in 

agreement with that. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. If you are ready 

to accept, we'll send up your NAV load. 

SC If you have time this pass, why don't 

you give us an updated readout on our quad RCS quantities. 

CAPCOM Your RCS (garble) quantities? 

SC That's affirmative. 

CAPCOM Roger, standby. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, we'll brief you on 

that just a little bit later. 

SC Understand. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Will you go to 

accept, please. 

SC Accept telemeter. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 22:29:00 100/1 



CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, you are go for a 33 

dash 1 

SC Roger go for 33 dash 1. Did you receive 

our comment, we had a flight plan update for TV UD and we 
will be unable to support anything but the scheduled flight 
plan activity until after the rendezvous. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 - Houston. I am still waiting 

for the exact number, but your RCS propellant quantity does 
look near nominal 

SC Standing by 

SC Hey, you notice any difference in the 

first part quality, I'm on the lightweight headset now. 

CAPCOM I was reading Donn much more clearly. 

SC Understand 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 - Houston Both Nav loads and 

target loads in the computer are yours, also I have the, a 
list of the RCS usable propellants, Quad A, 285, B 299. C 281 
D 297 

SC Roger You say 285, 299, 281 and 297 

Right? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 - Houston Affirmative. I am 

trying to get that converted to percent. 

sc We would like a total percentage readout 

on that. 

HANEY This is Apollo Control, 22 hours 34 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. In that pass over the 
United States, we completed the service propulsion system 
RCS burn. We gave them an update on the amount of propellant 
left in the RCS system and we confirmed that the waste water 
percentage is down to 47.2 percent in quantity, where it had 
been 85 percent. So the dump was satisfactory and the burn 
was satisfactory for the PIPA check. To repeat, the purpose 
of the burn that was not originally scheduled in the flight 
plan was based on the fact that the flight director was con- 
cerned because the PIPA which is the pulse integerating 
pendulous accelerometer in the instrument measuring unit and 
the guidance and navigation system on the spacecraft. They 
were concerned that the accelerometer counts may not be get- 
ting into the command module computer. This is an integral 
part of the guidance and navigation system. There are three 
such accelerometers mounted in the instrument measuring unit 
and they measure along all three axes, X, Y, and Z. This 
particular accelerometer that was in question was the Y axis 
accelerometer and that accelerometer has now proven from 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 22:29:00 100/2 



HANEY ground readouts to be operational. The 

next contact we will have is with Canary Islands, 22 hours 
37 minutes into the mission. It is now shortly a little less 
than one minute from this time so we will switch over for any 
further communication from the spacecraft. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 - Houston APOLLO 7 - Houston 

SC Houston - Apollo 7 - Go 

CAPCOM Roger, regarding the 



END OF TAPE 



101/1 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 22:39:00 

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CAPCOM 
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SC 

86, 91, 85 and 90, 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 
update. 

SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
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CAPCOM 
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SC 

JAMES 

the mission 



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Roger 
Apollo 



7, Houston. I have PIPPA-5 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET; 22:59:00 102/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 22 hours 59 min- 

utes in the mission of Apollo 7. At this time I believe 
we will give a rundown of the activities since roughly 
8 hours ago. At 15 hours 23 minutes, Astronaut Schirra 
requested permission to take one decongestant tablet. He 
had taken two aspirin earlier. The problem seemed to be 
that his nose was stopped up and he had gone, as he had 
said, through several Kleenexes, and at that time he was 
told to take a decongestant tablet. We then had an un- 
scheduled, up to that - shortly before that time, an RCS 
service module burn. Then the commander and the LM pilot 
entered a sleep period at 15 hours 52 minutes into the 
mission. The reason for the RCS burn was to position the 
command and service module some 26 hours into the mission, 
or 3 hours from now, roughly, well ahead of the S-IVB stage 
of the booster, which it will rendezvous with at that 
period in the flight. We will turn out to be, after that 
burn, 83 to 98 nautical miles ahead of the S-IVB at the 
time of the first service propulsion system burn, so it 
was a highly successful burn. Then we had a situation 
where excess water from the enviromental control system, 
primary system waste tank was looked at closely and it 
turned out that it had to be dumped. Several minutes ago 
it was accomplished and it went from 85 percent down to 
some 45 - 47 percent, which is a most acceptable level in 
the waste tank. We have had some problem with the bio- 
medical harness, which didn't seem to operate and 18 hours 
58 minutes into the mission, it came up and it was indi- 
cated by the command module pilot Eisele that he had 
checked the harness but still on the ground no signal was 
coming into the Control Center on biomedical readout. So 
the doctor, Dr. Beers here in the Control Center, indi- 
cated that the equipment was working okay and he had to 
assume that the trouble was somewhere in the spacecraft. 
At that time, the water tank quantity was building up and 
had reached 78 percent and it stayed right around that 
quantity until, as I say, a short while ago it was dumped. 
It took some 28 minutes to dump it down to around 47 per- 
cent. We had flight plan update 19 hours 17 minutes into 
the mission. We then had it confirmed that the television 
was scheduled for the Texas pass at some 23 hours 53 min- 
utes into the mission. At that time, Eisele reported 
receiving spurious signals - it was a radio program. 
As he said a hot tip on hospital insurance plans from 
somebody. Eisele reported 20 hours 8 minutes into the 
mission that the telescope when he was in darkness with 
the sun behind he could see the stars fine, but when the 
object was moved snowy white particles appeared as he 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 22:59:00 102/2 

PAO said like a snow storm. He also noticed 

some sun shining down the barrel of their telescope at cer- 
tain times. He did not know the exact position of the sun 
when that happened. We're in a situation 20 hours 29 min- 
utes into flight when the Flight Director Griffin came to 
the conclusion that the accelerometer in the inertial 
measuring unit that on the Y-axis possibly was not function- 
ing properly and that the counts possibly were not getting 
into the command module computer. He then determined that 
we should, have an out-of -plane burn, an RCS reaction control 
system on the service module burn in the Y-axis that's 
laterally of - and that the burn would be 7 seconds plus 
Y and 7 seconds minus Y with a 30 second space in between. 
Would be a total of about, as it turned out, a 5-foot per 
second burn. That was passed to the crew and that burn did 
take place and it did prove that the accelerometer in the 
inertial measuring unit was not malfunctioning and was 
checked out here on the ground as working properly. It was 
then concluded and confirmed that the waste water tank dump 
was completed, confirmed on the ground - the exact quantity 
remaining as of now is, or a short while ago, 47.2 percent 
quantity in the waste water tank in the environmental con- 
trol system. We then got a go a very short while ago 
22 hours 30 minutes into the mission, a go for 33 revolutions. 
We then had service module reaction control system readout 
on quantities. Quad A we have 86.7 percent left; Quad B 
we have 91 percent of the propellant left; Quad C 85 percent 
left; and Quad D 90 percent left. That's the status as of 
now at 23 hours 5 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. 
This is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 11/12/68 GET: 22:29:25 102/3 



CAPCOM 
Houston CAPCOM. 
SC 

me? 



Apollo 7, Houston CAPCOM. Apollo 7, 
Apollo 7 Houston. 

Houston, Apollo 7. Are you reading 



I read you five by how me? 
Roger. Reading you fine. Over. 



you 



to 



Okay, Wall I've 
pass up. We've got 
Roger . 

Roger. T align 
23 plus 24 plus 



got a T 
a short 



23 
08 



plus 
00 



align time 
pass here. 

24 plus 08 
Roger. Over 



for 



00 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
I'd like 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM Roger. 

matter of the television, there's been considerable discussion 
here in the center. The flight Director - want's you to 
turn on the television at the appropriate time. 

SC Walt will be on the air shortly. 

CAPCOM 
pad I'd like 
give it over 
SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
on the television. 

CAPCOM 
pad here. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
00010 plus 01985 
minus 030 010 35 



to give you 
Carnarvon . 

Roger. 



That's correct. Now concerning the 



Okay, Wall after this I've got NCC one 
and if I can't give here I will 



Go 



Go with it 
with your maneuver 



pad, 



Let's wait first and get Wally's comments 
Okay Walt, we'll go ahead with the NCC 



1960 
1981 



Ready to copy. 
Okay, 026 24 5510 
plus 1243 01978 



plus 00617 minus 
32398 minus 0 niner 0 



151 025 41 - we've lost him. 5500 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 23:33:00 103/1 



JAMES This is Apollo Control Houston 23 hours 

33 minutes into the flight of Apollo 7 with the spacecraft 
just pulling northeast of Australia. During the Australian 
pass, it was concluded that there would be no television 
transmission, I repeat no television transmission across 
the states in the next rev. A number of reasons are cited 
in the communication from Captain Schirra and here is the 
tape of the entire Australian pass now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Roger, Wally, I 

would like to finish the NCC 1 pad and could you tell me 
how far you copied before we got LOS at Tananarive? 

SC Roger, Jack. I got 25 hours 41 minutes 

of the nav check, I didn't get the seconds. Continue after 
that. 

CAPCOM Okay. Starting at the seconds. 5500 + 

2766 - 05376, 1126359 284359. You have the T align of 
23 + 24 + 0800. 

SC Roger. The T align was 23 + 24 + 0800, 

NCC 1 26245510 + 00617 - 00010 + 019851960 + 1243019 7832398 
- 090 - 030010351981151025415500 - 2766 - 053761226359284359 
over. 

CAPCOM Roger, it is correct except the - in 

noun 43 the latitude, the sign should be + 2766. 

SC Roger, I have the plots here. 

CAPCOM Okay, you got it. Go ahead Wally. 

SC Roger. You have added two burns to 

this flight schedule, you have added a urine water dump, 
and we have new vehicle up here and I tell you this flight 
TV will be delayed without further discussion until after 
the rendezvous. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, this is CAPCOM number 1. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM All we have agreed to do on this is 

flip it. Apollo 7, all we have agreed to on this partic- 
ular pass is to flip flip the switch on. No other activity 
associated with TV, I think we are still obligated to do 
that. 

SC We do not have the equipment out, we 

have not had an opportunity to follow setting, we have 
not eaten at this point, I still have a cold, I refuse to 
foul up our time lines this way. 

CACOM Apollo 7, Houston. Could we have 

opposite omni please and your PMP power to OX. 

SC PMP going to OX now. Hey Jack, they 

left us without that tape recorder running again in - 
after the last pass. The problem we have here is I am 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 23:33:00 10 



SC hesitant to stop and command reset and 

start tape going because you might be in the middle of a 
dump that you want to continue later. So we really are 
left without nothing between passes at the - tape motions 
left barber pole like that. 



CAPCOM Okay, we copy. 

CAPCOM 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Walter, the reason the - you lost the 



tape recorder at barber pole when you left Canaries we 
had a power loss at Canaries just before LOS and we didn't 
get the command to you. It shouldn't happen again, every- 
body has been briefed on the proper operation there. 

SC Okay Jack, I understand. I guess, I 

am going to assume if it's barbar poled after we have 
left contact with you, then it's running in a forward 
direction and ready to record. Jack, can you verify that? 

CAPCOM Stand by. Let me get the word from 

EE COM. 

CAPCOM Okay, Walt, EE COM says that assumption 

of yours is correct. 

SC Thank you, and for your information 

down there, I have yet to activate the SPS line heaters. 
They have been off ever since liftoff. The temperature 
seems to be holding very, very constant at 70 and I 
verified that with the oxidizer feedline temperature off. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 

SC And did you ever get the command 

module RCS temperatures down there during the night? 

CAPCOM Yes we did. Do you want them passed 

up? 

SC Negative. We are going to be doing 

some from time to time. I will pass them on to you. 
CAPCOM Okay. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We would like to 

have your TLM switch pushed to low. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. Again re- 

peat, there will be no television attempt, use of the 
television equipment made before the rendezvous attempt 
coming later in the day. And the revolutions are such 
that we would not then be able to attempt it until at 
least tomorrow and perhaps the next day. We are un- 
decided right now whether to attempt a television pass 
tomorrow or not. In the course of the conversation 
regarding the use of the camera, you heard someone 
identifying himself as CAPCOM number 1, come in and 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 23:33:00 103/3 



PAO take the microphone. That was Donald 

Slayton. He, on the basis on his discussion with Wally 
Schirra - here in the Control Center it was concluded that 
we should not attempt the TV pass today. Prior to that 
there had been some feeling that we should go ahead and fol- 
low the general time line as closely as possible. This is 
a matter in which the Control Center decided they should 
accept the crew commanders judgement and that was that it 
would overload them to attempt before the rendezvous . The 
principal of additional work, it may sound simple just to 
turn on the TV camera, but it does mean a good deal of effort 
in setting light conditions and setting shades, pulling shades 
on five different windows and controlling the general level. 
I think that is the biggest order of difficulty. At 23 hours 
42 minutes into the flight, this is Apollo Control Houston. 



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APOLLO 7 Mission Commentary, 10/12/68, GET: 23:51:00 104/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 23 hours 

51 minutes into the flight. The Guaymas station is due to 

we are due to acquire the spacecraft through Guaymas 

momentarily and this pass will bring the spacecraft across 
Mexico, across the northern Gulf of Mexico and cut across 
Florida, should be an active pass .... let 1 s listen. 

COMM We have some information on your evapo- 

rator and ECS procedures for and during the rendezvous here. 
We would like for you to stay in your present configuration 
using the primary system with the radiators. If the evapo- 
rator, primary evaporator, or evap temperature goes higher 
than 60 degrees, we would like for you to activate the pri- 
mary evaporator then. And if it doesn't work, we would like 
for you to re- service that primary evaporator and shut it 
down, activate the secondary coolant loop with the radiator 
bypass . 

SC Roger, understand. Additional PR 

One question, did you say glycol evaporator outlet tempera- 
ture above 60 or the radiator outlet temperature above 60.. 
over . 

COMM Walt, the evaporator outlet temperature 

greater than 60. 

SC Roger, understand, evaporator outlet 

above 60 and activate the primary water boiler if it doesn't 
work again, I will re-service it, shut it down and activate 
secondary cool loop with the radiator bypass. 

COMM Roger. 

SC Houston - Apollo 7, I have the PMP back 

to normal after that last pass. 
COMM Roger, copy. 

is 56 minutes 

(garbled) 

(garbled) 7 minutes 

Apollo 7 - Houston 
SC Roger, sounds like you're having a ball 

down there. 

COMM Rog. We just want you to know your 

(garble) 1 line for your rest mats compares favorably with ours 
down here. 

SC Thank you... we 're just going by overhead 

just skimming the Gulf Coast right over the water. 

COMM How does the weather look? 

SC Not bad, about (garbled) 

just across Tallahassee at this point, (garbled) 

COMM Roger 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 23:51:00 104/2 

SC Just took a picture of (garbled) wave 

That's been the fifth 

COMM Did you request Crestview direct to 
Orlando? 

SC Direct (garbled) 
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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 24:01:00 105/1 



SC It's also over Daytona. It will be 

just overcast I guess. There's about 3/10 coverage, 
(garbled) it ' s a good day for it. 

CAPCOM Nothing right now. We'll have you 

almost continuous coverage here through CYI for another 

15 minutes or so. 

SC Roger. (Garbled) stay in here and get 

this little food down. 

CAPCOM Okay, we'll standby. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, opposite omni. 

SC 24 hours (garbled) minutes into the 

flight 5 clicks on the water gun for the LMP. 

CAPCOM Roger. Copy. 

SC (Garbled) 



END OF TAPE 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 241100 106/1 

^ESS? 1 Apollo 7, Houston (garble). 

r« na , 2-n • i A P° Uo 7 ' Houston. One minute LOS 
Canary. Will pick you up at Tananarive in about 15 minutes. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: .24:38:30 



10 



This is Apollo Control Houston 24 hours 
flight. We've been in touch with the 
We are now, and here's how that con- 



Apollo 7 Houston to Tananarive. 
Apollo loud and clear. 



You're five by also 



We'll have 
2 comes up 



con- 
when 



HANEY 
38 minutes into the 
crew by Tananarive, 
versation is going. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 

tinuous coverage here to Carnarvon. ARIA 
we lose Tananarive in about 8 minutes. 
SC (garbled) 

CAPCOM Wally, I didn't quite get it. Are you 

saying that the dumps are affecting the system operation 
or is that - 

sc We sectioned off the particles that 

came off the rear deck or water dump. 
CAPCOM Roger, copied. 

sc (garble) this would be a problem when 

we don't have the ways to drop out the soot. 
CAPCOM Okay, copy. 

SC I would like to get the rest of the 

flight plan for (garble). The recommendation does not 
(garble) 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

on target, the target must be 
the (garble) has got it, up 1 degree 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC This is Apollo 7 

of the command module RCS (garble) 

CAPCOM Say again, 7. 

sc I have the results from the command 

module RCS temperature check, 
may 



all 



copy . 
CAPCOM 
SC 

power volts 
CAPCOM 



Okay, copy that. 
This is Apollo 7. 
Go ahead. 

We have a (garble) 
Okay, go ahead. 

To place the X-axis of the spacecraft 
in the upper right quadrant, 
and right 1 degree. 

I have the results 



I've just completed. You 



Go ahead. 
Roger. 5C and 
6A is at 4.90. 
Roger, copy. 



D and 6B, C, and D are 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY . 10/12/68., GET: 24:58:00 108/1 

PAO This is Apollo control Houston, 24 hours 

58 minutes into the flight. We are over Australia and the 
pass is progressing in this way. 

COMM (garbled) 

PAO Houston, through Carnarvon standing by. 

COM Walt, we picked up honeysuckle, in about 

5 minutes you might want to turn up your S-band at that time. 

SC Roger pressure reading of 200 mil 

of mercury 

COMM Say again. 

SC 0 2 points of pressure, 200 mil of mercury 

COMM Okay, copy that. 

SC (garbled) S-band on this pass? 

COMM We pick up honeysuckle in at 5 5 here, 

you can turn up S-band volume if you want. 

SC Roger, by the way how does S-band sound 

to you down there today? 

COMM Everything sounds real good. It is a 

real nice comm. 

SC We were surprised you fellows started 

talking over Tananarive this morning 

COMM Roger 

SC (garble) bad yesterday 

COMM Apollo 7 Houston, we.. could we switch 

your bio med switch to the commander? 

SC Yes sir, my pulse is down now. 

COMM Okay . 

SC Houston - Apollo 7 

COMM Go ahead 

SC Did you consolidate the BC 0197.8, is 

that correct. 



COMM 


Standby. Apollo 7 - Houston. 


That is 


the correct 


number at this time, we expect another 


update 


though as we 


progress . 




SC 


Roger 




SC 


Houston - Apollo 7 




COMM 


Go ahead 




SC 


Roger, just before band check, 


we ' re GO 


COMM 


Roger, copy. 

Could you give us an update on 




SC 


our .... 


garbled) 






COMM 


Roger, you ivant a chart update 


, is that 


SC 


That's right 




COMM 


Okay, standby 





APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 24:58:00 108/2 

COMM Apollo 7 - Houston, I have the orbital 

map update . 

SC Go ahead 

COMM Rog. For rev 16, the GET on the nose 

will be 25 + 12 + 45, longitude will be 168.5 west, a right 
ascension 06 + 27. 

SC Rog. our ascension 06 and 27 and the 

crossing on the map as 25+12+45, 168.5 west. 

COMM Roger 

SC As to the cold I have, I took 2 aspirin 

before sleep last night and 1 actived that is a total dose 
so far. I think I'll take another actived during this period. 

COMM Dr. Berry says yes, take another one 

during this period. 

SC Roger. We are currently doing the 

oxygen part of P528. 

COMM (garbled) 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston.. 25 hours 

2 minutes into the flight. The spacecraft is now proceeding 
northeast of Australia and we will not expect another con- 
tact until perhaps Hawaii, the pass shades in right on the 
line just below the line of acquisition, looks more like a 
solid acquisition at the Huntsville. The Huntsville is due 
to acquire at 19 minutes 25 hours 19 minutes into the flight 
about 16 minutes from now. A word on the visitors in the 
control center this afternoon, this morning, Mrs. Low 
Cunningham, the wife of Lunar Module pilot Walt Cunningham 
was here, arrived about 9:30 with their two children, Bryan 
and Kimberly and they stayed in the control center for about 
an hour along with a house guest of the Cunninghams, a Mrs. 
Lynda Johnson. They left here about 10:30. We discussed 
Schirras admitted cold with Dr. Berry and all hands agree 
that Wally sounds a little stuffed up, a little husky and 
you heard him ask for and it was suggested that he take 
another Actived which is a decongestant tablet. This is the 
second Actived, he took two aspirin before he went to sleep 
last night. At 25 hours 4 minutes into the flight, this is 
Apollo control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 252300 109/1 

p A0 This is Apollo Control Houston, 25 hours, 

23 minutes into the flight. We've been in touch with the 
crew by Hawaii, they're now in the Huntsville, the ship 
Huntsville zone of acquisition and here is how their 
conversation is going. 

CAPCOM Last P5 2 came out. _ 

sc Roger, the P52 came out fine, but the 

(garble] started the difference and (garble). No problem 
with the optics, There will be (garble) and all came out 

£in6 ' CAPCOM Okay, that's real good news. We'll 

expect you to be in (garble) sometime around 2533 for these 
command uploads here. 

SC Fine. 

CAPCOM Okay, one other message here this morn- 

ing The flight of Apollo 7 dominates the news this morn- 
ing We received a number of special messages regarding 
the flight, including one from President Johnson, who watched 
the launch on television at the White house. Here is his 
message to you. "Congratulations on the splendid beginning 
of the Apollo 7 flight. The nation is proud of you and the 
many in NASA, the services, and the private companies which 
have combined to make such a successful man space flight. 
Everything in the President's office came to a halt as I 
and the Foreign Minister Debret of France watched with 
mounting excitment the magnificent launch of the Saturn IB. 
You can well imagine the great pleasure which filled the 
room as word came of your successful insertion into orbit. 
The path to the moon takes courage, ability, and devotion 
to our goal. You are making a major stride in this star- 
studded way." Also, we received another message from Vice- 
President Humphrey, the Head of the Space Council, which 
says that the nation is proud of Apollo 7. Also, the Olympic 
Gaines start today in Mexico City and we'll keep you posted 

on the result. . . 

SC Roger, thank you. I just finished the 

cryo fuel G test for the oxygen tanks at the 90 percent level 
and it looked like there was very noticeable stratification 
at 910 psi, when I turned the heaters off and the (garble) 
on, the surface dropped the left tank down to 860 and the 
right tank down to 850. All unit fans are back on AUTO now. 

CAPCOM Okay, Roger, we copy. 

Sc Jack, we look very good up here and 

(garble) . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 252300 



109/2 



CAPCOM Now that you're down, we would like you 

to key in enter, so we can look and see if there were any 
additional program alarms. 

SC Okay Jack, I did and nothing came up. 

CAPCOM Okay, fine. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead Houston. 

CAPCOM If you will hit the reset button, we 

can get rid of that program alarm 1105. Apollo 7, Houston. 
SC Go ahead, Jack. 

CAPCOM If you will go to ACCEPT we will send 

you up those three updates. 

SC Roger, you got it. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston. In this 

lapse, you will recall in the Morning News Flyer the Cap Com 
references and the message from Vice-President Humphrey. In 
the full text of that message is as follows: "Hearty 
congratulations and all good wishes for this historic 
Apollo 7 mission. The nation is proud." End of statement. 
Now we will go back to the pass. 

CAPCOM Roger, MCC1 026 24 5520 plus 00635 minus 

00013 plus 01 niner 63 1961 plus 1252 01 niner 62 32339 minus 
0 niner 0 minus 030 010 35 1 niner, niner 2 162 025 42 all 
balls plus 2756 minus 05340 1225 358 285 359. Remarks 
posigrade, pitch down 70 degrees, heads up. 

SC Roger, I read that fine. MCC1 026 24 

5520 plus 00635 minus 00013 plus 01 niner 63 1961 plus 1252 
0 ... 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/12/68, GET: 25:33:00 110 



SC 

minus 030 



9681961 plus 1252 01962 32339 minus 090 
410 351992 162 025 42 0000 plus 2756 minus 05340 
It's a posigrade pitch down 70 degrees 



1225 358 35359. 
air sep. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

piano music then? 
CAPCOM 

Nav update for the CSM target. And 7, your sextant 
check will not be visible after 26 plus 18 plus 00. 

SC (garbled) 26 plus 18. Say, can 

work up words to the chorus? 



Roger, that's correct. 
This is Apollo 7. 
Go ahead. 

Apollo 7 Houston, Go. 
Yes, were you trying to 



Thank you 



send us some 



Yes, we were trying to send you 



a 

star 
you 



that 



Roger , 
Apollo 
attitude 
Roger . 
Apollo 



standby . 



Roger, we 
And Jack, 



ve 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
available at 
SC 

CAPCOM 

in and verified, the computer is 
SC 
SC 

we go ahead and restow 
it out of our way. 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
stow the cabin 
SC 

final reading. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 



there Mere no co-aft star 



7, Houston. Our nab loads are 



yours . 
got it 



Thank you, 



we'll be standing by for 



when 
have 



and 



the cabin gap analyzers and 



Roger . 

Apollo 7, Houston, 
gap analyzers. 
Roger, thank you. 



you can go ahead 
I'll give you one 



Okay. 

Do you receive Jack, 210? 
Say again. 
210 romeo degrees. 
Roger, copy. 
Apollo 7, Houston 



Apollo 7, 1 minute 



Opposite omni. 
to LOS. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 26:01:100 111/1 



PAO 
1 minute 
we had a very 

CAPCOM 



by. 



now. 



SC 



This is Apollo Control Houston 26 i ours 
into the flight. A few minutes ago over the Canary 
brief conversation which went like this. 

Apollo 7 Houston to Canary. Standing 

Roger, we'll try to give the altitude 



CAPCOM 
biomed switch 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

time . 

CAPCOM 
PAO 



Roger. Could we get you to switch the 
to the LMP? 

Did you say to the LMP? You've got it 
Roger, thank you. 

We're still in 8 hours of our prime 



Roger. 

Over ascension the crew simply was ad- 
vised that we were standing by here. There was no conver- 
sation. They are now nearing Tananarive and shortly will 
be coming up on the first major use - the first use of the 
SPS , the service propulsion system, to make the first burn 
setting up their rendezvous. That burn is programed to 
take place between Tananarive and Carnarvon. I'm sorry it 
looks like most of it would take place over the Australian ■ 
in the Carnarvon circle of acquisition. We'll be back with 
the Tananarive pass. This is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 26:09:30 112/1 



PAO 

Tananarive we had 

CAPCOM 
ing by. 

CAPCOM 

sc 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

at 1, uh, 35J* 
CAPCOM 
SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
to Tananarive 
continuous 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

COMM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
COMM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
is over Mid- Indian 
list leading up to 
4 minutes - uh 
about 2:25 - 2 



Apollo Control 26 
this conversation. 
Apollo 7, Houston 



hours 9 minutes . At 
to Tananarive. Stand- 



Apo 1 1 o 
Roger , 



1 
2 



minute LOS 
minutes , have 



7, Houston to Tananarive. 
Houston, how do you read? 
You're five by, we're standing by. 
(Garble) 
Roger. 

Houston, Texas tower just sighted west 
(Garble) 

Roger, we copy. 
(Dead Space) 
(Garble) 

Apollo 7, Houston, you're 
We'll pick up ARIA 2 in about 
coverage through Carnarvon. 
Roger (Garble) 
Roger, I couldn't copy that 
Roger, I better go through 
Okay. 
(Garble) 
ARIA 2 go 
Apollo 7, 
Apollo 7, 
(Garble) 

I read your copy, 
ARIA 2 has AOS. 
(Garble) 

This is Apollo Control, Houston. The crew 
Ocean. They're running through the check- 
the first SPS burn. Presently programed 
4-1/2 minutes from now. That would make it 
26, 26 hours 25 minutes into the mission. 



Wally. 
(Garble) 



remote . 
Houston 
Houston 



to 
to 



ARIA 
ARIA 



standing 
standing 



by. 
by. 



ARIA 2 has AOS. 



The burn will be, as we said, using the service propulsion 
system. It will be a 9.6-second burn. Now that might vary 
very slightly, but it will be on the order of 9 to 10 seconds. 
Uh, imparting differential velocity of 207 feet per second. 
The burn will be done in-plane, in other words, in the direc- 
tion of flight and the resultant apogee perigee should be 
122 by 197 or thereabout. Have the effect of raising the 
apogee. Our present orbital elements leading up to the burn 
are a perigee of 120 and apogee of 164. At 26 hours 21 min- 
utes into the flight, this is Apollo Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 26:23:50 



113 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 26 hours 

23 minutes into the flight. We have acquired at Carnarvon 
and we are standing by. We are about 60 seconds away from 
the first burn of the service propulsion engine. This burn 
will be handled by the guidance and navigation system. 
Standing by for an ullage burn, 15 seconds away from the 
burn. The countdown from 10, 4, 3, 2, 1 and we are thrust- 
ing, the crew reports. Thrust cutoff and it looks like we 
had about 9 to 10 seconds. Wally Schirra's comment was 
that was a ride and a half. Walt Cunningham did most of 
the commentary - most of the advising us to what was going 
on during that time. So the service propulsion engine, 
which puts out something like 21,000 pounds of thrust, has 
passed its first major test in space. And now we have com- 
pared the data here, and it was a 10 second burn. It's 
been quiet from the spacecraft since the burn. We are 
looking at the data here, we got it by the Carnarvon station. 
The spacecraft, at the start of the burn, was about 300 
miles due west of the Australian continent, about due west 
Perth. Donn Eisele has just checked in, he is happy with 
the burn in all respects. Here is the tape of the entire 
sequence as it occurred. 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger Houston, just a minute. 

CAPCOM Roger. I will give you that time hack 
at T-2 minutes. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM 2, 1, mark. T-2 minutes. 

SC Very good. 

CAPCOM Adjust the AI scale 55. 

SC 55. 

CAPCOM L and B sets, A and B normal. 

SC Okay, normal. Two is normal. 

CAPCOM Hand control in on. 

SC Roger, on. 

CAPCOM Number 2, standing by for 30 seconds. 

SC Roger and standing by for 30. 

CAPCOM -60. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM 30 seconds. AMS, DELTA-V and R/O. 

SC R/O. 

CAPCOM Roger. Full charge in 15 seconds, you 
getting when you have 5 seconds, Donn. 

SC Roger, I'll hit the inner. 

CAPCOM You have got one count on the fifth one. 
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. 

SC Tested. Like a bomb, yabadabadoo. 



Great, man that's like a ride and a half there. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 26:23:50 113/ 

CAPCOM Spacecraft control SPS. 

sc (garble) for DELTA-V correction. 

CAPCOM (garble) 1.2, burning up 1.9, and we 
burnt aft 2.4. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. 

sc Roger. We are burning down to +4 balls 

one, -4 ball three, +4 ball four. We are going to quit 
ne re . 

CAPCOM We copied real fine. 

SC Recounter residuals -9.9. 

CAPCOM Copy that. 

sc Gimbal motors are all off. Circuit 
breakers open (garble) 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC Give you a plus one on that. That's 
a real kick in the center. That really socks it to you 

CAPCOM Roger. Y 

sc A very sudden start, that's like a 

hydraulic catapult, almost like a steam cap. 

CAPCOM Okay, I can't help you out any compared 
to (garble) 

SC This is Apollo 7, we are now drying off 
our heads . 

CAPCOM Roger (laughter). 

CAPCOM You are about 30 seconds to LOS in 

Carnarvon. We will pick you up in Hawaii in about 18 min- 
utes . 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Everything looked real fine down here. 

SC (garble) here. Surprised at the 
(garble) start. 

CAPCOM Roger. 
END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/12/68, GET : 26:33:50 114/ 



COMM ARIA 3, go remote. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, this is Houston. We will be 

monitoring through ARIA 3 at this time. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 26 hours 

34 minutes into the flight. We may have some additional 
comm through an ARIA aircraft off the north coast of Austra- 
lia, but it is really rather doubtful. The burn was com- 
pleted, the burn at 26 hours 25 minutes into the flight. 
It was 10 seconds duration. It was the first burn of the 
service propulsion engine imparting a differential velocity 
of 207 feet per second. Our resultant apogee and perigee 
are 125.3 nautical miles, 125.3 nautical miles perigee, 
196.1 nautical miles, 196.1 nautical miles apogee. Those 
are the new elements of the flight, and the burn was normal 
in all respects. This is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 264930 



115/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 26 hours, 

49 minutes into the flight. We have just acquired by the 
Hawaii station. We should have a good long pass here. 
We're on the 17 rev, it should carry us all the way over 
the Antigua station and will pick up again quickly at 
Ascension. The - I'm sure the most recent burn will be 
discussed, as we move across the States and let's find out 
what else. There is no conversation on the loop right now 
and - but we do have this opening conversation a few 
seconds ago as we moved in to Hawaii. Let's listen to it 

now. , . , 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 through Hawaii, standing by. 

SC Roger, Jack, I just did what you told 

me, to look at the booster and I think I saw it, but it 
was a little hard to tell because of all the debris I've 
been picking up since sunrise. (Garble) and I'm sure that 
is it. Like I said there is a lot of trash and debris (garble) 
it's kind of hard to tell. 

CAPCOM Okay, Roger, we copy that, Donn. 

PAO That was Donn Eisele you heard saying 

that he thinks he saw the booster, which would be about 
100 miles away according to our last check. Possible, 
I think certainly possible. We will leave the line open 
and continue the moderator. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7 ready to read. 

CAPCOM I read you (cut off). 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Twenty-seven hours into the flight, 

we're fixin to take some pictures of the (garble). 

CAPCOM Roger, I understand. Walt over Texas, 

in about 3 minutes we will have 3 NAV loads we would like 
to send you. There will be no MCC2 maneuver, and I'll 
pass you maneuver pad as soon as I get it. 

SC Roger, waiting and ready. (garble) 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 27:03:30 116/1 



CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. We would like to 

send you your three up posts. Would you go to accept, 
please . 

SC Accept. We are in ACCEPT. 

CAPCOM Roger copy. Coming up. 

SC Apollo 7 proceeding down trip two direct 

Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC Hey Jack, I think we are going to pass 

Houston. Run outside and wave, we want to look at you for 
a second. 

SC And when you get back in, Jack, why 

don't you have the E COM take a look at the performance of 
the fuel valves and if they are matching up our performance 

CAPCOM Say again about the fuel cells, Walt. 

SC How about having someone take a look at 

the - what they are doing with the spectrum performance 
purge. Looks a little low to me. 

CAPCOM Okay, will do. 

WC Garbled 

CAPCOM Roger copy. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. I have your NSR pad 

that I'll give to you whenever you are ready. 
SC Ready to copy, go. 

CAPCOM Roger. NSR 028 00 5000 minus 00927 plus 

00013 minus 01486 1536 plus 1139 01649 31599 minus 086 
minus 040 008 NA NA NA 027 17 0000 plus 1959 minus 055534 
1750 001 096 000. Remarks retrograde pitched up 55 degrees, 
head down. 

SC Roger, say again after NA and it seems 

to me the CAPCOM' s - there is a difference in purpose here - 
I think you're giving an NA for each line? 

CAPCOM Roger. Let me read after the first the 

burn time - burn time is 0 plus 08 NA NA NA. Do you want - 
did you get copy now on 34 and on 43? 

SC Did not. 

CAPCOM Okay. 027 17 All Balls plus 1959 minus 

05534 1750 001 096 000. I have a correction on the noun 33 
time. That should be - the second should read 5600. 

SC Roger, read back the following: NSR 

028 00 5000 minus 00927 plus 00013 minus 01486 1536 plus 1139 
01649 31599 minus 086 minus 040 008 no sextant star 027 17 
0000 plus 1959 minus 05534 1750 001 096 000 retrograde 
pitched up 55 head down. Over. 

CAPCOM Roger. I have the bore sight star for 

you. That's 045 plus 278 up 0.2 left. 

SC Roger, star 45 plus 278 up and 0.2 left 

where is the decimal on the up? 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 27:03:30 116/2 



CAPCOM 27.8. 

SC 27.8 thank you. 

SC (Garbled) 

CAPCOM 27.8. 

SC Thank you. 

SC (garbled) we completed a series of 
photographs from the (garbled) gulf coast and Houston 
(garbled) 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET : 27:13:30 117/1 

CAPCOM Uh, Wally, you were a little bit garbled, 

I didn't catch you. ' 

„ sc (Garble) Hawaiian Island, across the 

Gulf Coast, through Florida to Grand Bahama, our magazine 
petered about that time (Garble) 

CAPCOM Alright, I've got a copy of that now. 

SC (Garble) 

CAPCOM Okay. 

(Garble) 3-1/2 crossing that (Garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7. All three loads are in their 

five peter here. 

SC (Garble) 

.PAO This is Apollo Control, Houston, 27 hours 

16 minutes into the flight. We still have a little ways to 
go in the Antigua circle, but it's questionable whether we 
will have any more COMM with the crew unless perhaps we pick 
them up again in Ascension. We've been looking here at the 
consumable chart on weights up to date, and actually these 
numbers are coming to us from Antigua. They read like this- 
the command module dry weight - that is if there were no 
other weights aboard: The present dry weight reading of it 
is 12 203 pounds; service module dry weight, 8630 pounds. 
We have some additional readings here on the various - uh the 
four quads. RCS quads, the reaction control system quads 
on the service module. They go like this: quad A, propel lant 
weight - total propellant weight in pounds, 281: Quad b, 289 
pounds; Quad C, 276 pounds; Quad D, 288 pounds.' The SPS 
fuel propellant weight in the service module 3374 pounds 
and we just lost the chart. Stand by one until we find 
which channel it was switched to. I'm sorry, we've lost the 
chart. It's - we will locate it and come back to you and - . 
The crew has just been given a 60 seconds to LOS and 
m which they Rogered. This is Apollo - This is Apollo Con- 
trol Houston. r 



END OF TAPE. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/12/68, GET: 27:27:42 118/1 

This is Apollo Control Houston "hours 

■ PA0 ■ * thP flight Via Ascension we have had this 

27 minutes into the ilignt. vx<i 

conversation. Houston through Ascension 

CAPCOM Apoi^ wQuid ^ mark 2Q cUcks Qf 

water for CDR over (garbled) w *tt>TV 
CAPCOM How many clicks of water. 

5£X^a" « «"SoS - continue to monitor the 
performance as we go^long here. ^ & good job 

today . You vs are , too. 

sc Jack ' * ow are we doing on 

PreSS cIpCOM Could you say again, Walt? nressures? 

Sc How are we doing on our fuel pressures. 

CAPCOM Okay, just a minute. We'll get it 
right to you. 

CAPCOM win" - the RCS budget, we think we'll 
be right on nominal going m to TP I . 

tr And & Jack, okay, we've got our tape 

b«* - ?" ~„ a s l Si; t /t. , :.r« u '4." 8ttoT 



SSSw Sic 7 you are minute " 

We'll pick you up in Tananarive in 8 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/12/68, GET: 27:51:20 



119 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 27 hours 

51 minutes into the flight. We've got some conversation 
through Canary. We will play that for you in just a mo- 
ment. Before we get to that, one or two other things. 
We've got some data here taken on the last pass over As- 
cension where we looked at the heart rate, some of the 
physical parameters on board the spacecraft and some of the 
specific physical parameters on the lunar module pilot, 
Walter Cunningham. They look like this. His mean heart 
rate was 66, his respirations were 21 per minute, and then 
as to the cabin, the cabin pressure at Ascension was 5.1 
and very steady, cabin temperature 69 degrees Farenheit. 
I guess those are the pertinent readings on that chart. 
The S-IVB, the second stage coming on this second burn, 
which will be performed about 8 minutes from now over Car- 
narvon, second in a series of burns to bring off the ren- 
dezvous with the S-IVB. The present position on that S-IVB 
is about 80 miles trailing the command module, about 80 
miles trailing it. It will reach a maximum separation ac- 
cording to our plots, of about 87 miles, just a minute or 
two before the burn. We have now the Tananarive conversa- 
tion, let's play it. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. Apollo 7, Houston 
through Tananarive . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

Tananarive M § 0, CAPCOM. Tananarive M S, 0, Houston CAPCOM. 
Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. Apollo 7, Houston 



through Tananarive 
CAPCOM. 
TAN 

CAPCOM 
there? 

TAN 
percent . 

CAPCOM 

SC 



Apollo 7, Houston. Tananarive, Houston 

Houston CAPCOM, Tananarive M $ 0. 

Can you confirm if I am going out down 

Affirmative. We are tracking you 100 



Thank you. Apollo 7, Houston. 
Roger, Apollo 7, reading you loud and 
clear. How are we, over. 

CAPCOM You are fine now, Walt. We would like 

you to put up telemetry switch to command reset then normal. 
We missed the command going out of Ascension. 



SC 
CAPCOM 

burn . 

SC 

CAPCOM 
LOS to Tananarive 
about 7 minutes. 



Roger. Telemetry reset then normal. 
Roger and you will on the A for the 

Roger . 

Apollo 7, Houston. You are 1 minute 
We will pick you up over Carnarvon in 



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SC Roger, (garble) 

CAPCOM Say again. 

sc Will we be in touch during the burn? 

CAPCOM Yes sir, you will. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 27 hours, 

57 minutes into the flight. We have established contact 
by Carnarvon and we're about 2 minutes away from our second 
SPS burn today. Burn program for about 8 seconds, a dif- 
ferential velocity of 175 feet per second. We'll you m 
on the conversation, Jack Swigert is going to give the 
crew a mark of 2 minutes. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, standby (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Reading you 5 by, 

I'll give you a mark in 2 minutes. 

SC Roger. 

PAO We've just given a mark of T-2 minutes. 

Cunningham advises he's standing by for a 30 second mark. 
This burn is programed to have the effect on the orbit 
resulting, should be 114 by 154 nautical miles. We're 
1 minute away from the burn. 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and 
we are thrusting, Schirra says. Pressures m the service 
propulsion engine are quite good and I think we heard 
thrust off. And as the pitch and yaw thrusters are shut- 
down, they are reported by the crew. SPS burn, according 
to the chart here began at 28 hours, 1 minute, 6 seconds 
into the flight. It ended at 28 hours, 1 minute, 14 seconds, 
an 8 second burn. The other burn set us up on a circular 
plane which has carried us around to a point where we are 
now firing the booster about 85 miles. Now we will begin 
closing and at about 1 hour, 23 minutes from now, at 

29 hours, 23 minutes we should begin the terminal phase 

of initiation burn, which will be the final burn on bringing 
us from a point we're on a plane now running about 8 miles 
under the line on the line of flight of the booster and 
this will swing us up to hopefully the rendezvous with 
the booster, coming up just slightly in front of it, we 
estimate and about 30 hours into the flight. Here is the 
entire tape through the second burn sequence. We'll play 

it for you now. 

CAPCOM 3, 2, 1, mark. T-2 minutes. 

CAPCOM SCIA scale 55. (garble) A and B normal. 

SC A normal, B normal. 

CAPCOM End controllers on. Standing by for 

30 seconds. 

CAPCOM Minus 1 minute. 

SC Roger, 1 minute. Delta-V AUTO. 

CAPCOM Four Charlie, 15 seconds. 

SC Roger, (garble) at the count of 4 
(gargle) . 



* 



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CAPCOM 
SC 

(garble) . 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

pitch two off, 
SC 

+ 4 balls two 
second . 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

SC 

SC 

battery chargi 
now of about 2 
CAPCOM 



10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. 
Tested. Burn complete, all 4 balls 

Roger, copy. 
DELTA-V thrust AV off. 
Roger, pitch end off, yaw one off, 
yaw two off. 

Residuals are + 4 balls one + 5 balls 
and we burnt about a total of 6 feet per 



ng 
3 



Roger, copy. 
Residuals -9.9. 
Okay, copy that, 
(garble) 

Same exact number, 
(garble) 

Houston, Apollo 7, Wish 
on battery A, I would say a 

Roger . 



to commence 
curve right 



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121/1 



. PA0 This is Apollo Control, Houston, 28 hours 

23 minutes into the flight. Hawaii should acquire momentarily 
and we will be listening for that pass which will take us across 
the states. Early today we were talking about a chart which 
got unlatched in the middle of our transmission as we are 
discussing onboard weights, we've since run that chart down 
and of interest to us on it and I hope to you will be one way 
the current total Command Service Module weight, which is - 
carried at 30 980 pounds. Now we have contact with the crew, 
now let's find out what's going there. 

HAW Apollo 7 through Hawaii, standing by. 

CAPCOM Thank you. 

. , sc , Roger, I got you .. (garble) the thing is 

really taking in there, right on the money. 

CAPCOM Roger, you're fading in and out, but I think 

got it. You're tracking okay. 

c . m Pop and seal two-way lock, vent and drain. 

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COMM ARIA go remote. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston to ARIA 3 standing by. 

SC Roger. Read you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston to Guam, standing by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston 1 minute LOS Guam; 
Hawaii in 8 minutes. 

SC (Garble) 

CAPCOM Not too bad. 



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SC Crew to Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston go ahead. 

SC Why can't we get the record for here 

Donn, for a lot of comments back to the ground mode? 

SC (garble) Are you recording this down 

there? 

CAPCOM Are we recording? 

SC Roger, I'm almost 3 minutes into this 

TPI solution here and it seems like quite a while, I was 
wondering when you are planning to take it off. 

CAPCOM Roger, Donn. We're trying to mark the 

uh, polar plot along with you here as you go through the 
solution . 

SC Whenever we call K three, four or some 

such thing you can expect it to drop the tracking or pull 
off some and then we will return after you get back to the 
basic program, for instance, the TPI solution just came 
back and before we got it (garbled) target adapter also I 
do not have (garbled) 

CAPCOM Roger - Apollo 7 Houston 

SC Roger 

CAPCOM Roger, Walt, we'll have a clean tape 

for you to record the rendezvous on that Antigua LOS which 
occurs about 28.54. 

SC Roger, 28.54 

CAPCOM Roger 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 28 hours 

47 minutes into the flight and we are about half way throug 
perhaps the longest and quietest state-side pass in our 
memory. The crew is working on the rendezvous, they are 
rapidly approaching the terminal phase of it and we can 
only assume that accounts for the quiet. We have the line 
open and we'll just leave it open and continue to monitor 
the situation whatever might develop 



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pad 



CAPCOM 

I will give 
SC 
CAPCOM 
minus 075 168/46 
01960 minus 0 7 29 



02! 



in midcourse 
flat at TPI . 
SC 

0 29 plus 25 pi 
plus 019 minus 075 
075 08 01950 minus 
Over . 

CAPCOM Roger. 

1 copy, it should be 02240, 



Apollo 7 Houston. I have your TPI update 
you when you are ready to copy. 
Ready to copy, go. 

Roger. 029 183400 plus 150 plus 019 
forward 020/11 right 003/03 down 075/08 
02240 35950 133 trunion check. The GET 



plus 23 plus 00. Remarks, you will be 

Roger., chat's flat at TPI midcourse 
0 0 TPI update follows: 
168 45 forward 020 11 
0729 minus 0240 35950 



029 183400 plus 150 
right 003 03 down 
133 on the trunion. 



Your elevation minus 5 minutes 



Is that - oh - 02240. 

Roger. Everything else correct. I'll 
cutoff in a minute. 
Your DELTA -V cutoff will be 90. 
9 0 copy . 

Apollo 7 Houston. 
Go ahead. 

Roger, IValt, you have a clean tape on 
d have 3 switches in proper position 
nput should be high, your former rewind 
telemetry switch - command 



'our 



. yet 
Over. 



f f 
^h< 

tch to FORWARD then OFF. 

Rogers but we don't want to be recording 



nen you want to record then cycle the 



SC 

CAPCOM 
give you a DELTA- V 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
the DSC. You si; oui 
there. Telemetry ', 
switch should be o; 
reset to normal. 
forward rewind 

SC- 
at DCM HIGH 
HIGH tape. 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
you want to 
be okay. 
SC 

be going - I'll be 
PITCH rate for eac 
RCS burn I'll run 
rendezvous till the tape is up. 

CAPCOM Roger, we understand that. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 

are out of range of the spacecraft and at 28 hours 
utes into the flight that's our situation. 



we want to still get all the RCS burns 



on 



do it 



Okay, 
Okay , 
We ' ] 1 



standby . 

Apollo 7 5 you are GO the way 
have a mixed dump, but that will 



Roger. Do you understand that I'll 
stopping the tape and going to HIGH 
i of the RCS burns and after the last 
st HIGH PITCH rate light on into the 



We 
56 min- 



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r 



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CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension, 

standing by. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead, Houston, 

CAPCOM Just for your information only, the 

tracking data across the states indicates that TPI could 
occur about 30 seconds earlier. All our other values re- 
main unchanged. 

Roger. We show 16 + 45 on our (garble) 
Roger. 

The (garble) now is 7, but you can 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

mark it 11. 

CAPCOM 
do you want 10? 

SC 

CAPCOM 
marking . 

SC 

CAPCOM 
minutes . 



Okay, it's 28. I'll give you 1030 or 
(garble) 

35 seconds, 10 seconds, 3, 2. 1, and 



(garble) 

Apollo 7, Houston. 



Tananarive in 10 



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PAO This is Apollo Control, Houston 29 hours 

17 minutes into the flight. The Spacecraft is over the 
southern tip of Africa and we are about to acquire via 
Tananarive whether there will be any conversation, we don't 
knot*. We have gotten some numbers on the first two burns 
using the service propulsion system - the big engine and 
they go as follows: the first burn performed earlier in 
the day used 674 pounds of propellant. That's a combination 
of fuel and oxidizer. Again, 674 pounds in the first burn. 
In the second burn, 565 pounds of propellant used and the 
combination leaves in, in a, leaves in the service propul- 
sion system propellant tanks 8235 pounds remaining. Now 
additional burns have been done throughout the night and 
throughout the day with the service module reaction control 
system thrusters and up until this point we have logged the 
total usage of 262 pounds, 262 pounds of propellant in the 
RCS and that leaves a remainder of 104 5 pounds. Tananarive 
should acquire momentarily and when it does we will come 
into that conversation. In about 5 minutes - or more pre- 
cisely at 29 hours 23 minutes into the mission, 4 minutes 
from now, the spacecraft should be trailing the S-IVB by 
about 12 miles and it should be running about 8 miles below 
the S-IVB and at that point, approximately 29 hours 23 min- 
utes they will begin terminal phase initiation. There's the 
first call going out to 7 via Tananarive. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. I don't see any 

point in deafening everybody in the news center. We will 
come back as soon as we get a cleaner signal. Out at 29 hours 
20 minutes . 



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127/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 29 hours, 

22 minutes into the flight. We have a little tape by Tanana- 
rive; it is unreadable but we'll let you hear it anyway, and 
if you can understand what they're saying, you're better than 
a lot of people that tried to hear it. We did pick out one 
or two words on it that the crew had gone ahead with the TPI , 
the Terminal Phase Iniation, of the rendezvous situation and 
they are using a program which called 4 TPI at 29 hours, 17 
minutes; earlier I gave you 29 hours and 23 minutes; I want 
to correct that. They did begin the TPI burn at 29 hours, 
17 minutes. We'll all know when they get to Carnarvon how 
everything came out. Here's that Tananarive tape, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive; 

standing by. 

SC (garble) Three hours (garble) retro 

CAPCOM Walt, we got real bad com here at 

Tananarive; we could read that you were saying something but 
we can't make it out. 

Okay; we'll all do what you say. (garble) 



SC 

Ignition - 
CAPCOM 

the word PPI and that was all 
have burned PPI? 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



We couldn't make it out - we made out 
Can you confirm that you 



That is affirmative. 
Alright; we got it. Thank you. 
Power - 3, 2, 1, mark. 

7, we are 1 minute LOS Tananarive; we'll 



pick you up for a very short pass at Carnarvon in 9 minutes 



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PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 29 hours 

32 minutes into the flight. In one small historical note 
perhaps worth mentioning, it was nearly 3 years ago, lacking 
3 years by 2 months, that the same spacecraft commander 
Wally Schirra, then in command of Gemini 6, carried out the 
world's first rendezvous over perhaps very nearly the exact 
same piece of real estate when Gemini 6 pulled up in front 
of Gemini 7. That rendezvous took place over the Islands just 
north to northwest of Australia, and apparently if everything 
continues to go as well as it has in this maneuver, Apollo 7 
will pull up in front of the S4B in almost precisely the same 
location. It will be another 11 minutes before we get any 
definitive information probably on just how the maneuvers go 
and that information should come to us through Guam. This 
is Apollo Control, Houston. 



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PAO Apollo Control, Houston here, 29 hours 

45 minutes into the flight, and we've been having some power 
difficulties in building 1 today as opposed to building 30 
yesterday. Everything back - is up now and operating again. 

1 understand even the phones are working. They were out for 
about 5 minutes. We've got a little tape from Canarvon then 
we'll patch right into the Guam area which is about to ac- 
quire. Here's the tape and then we'll go into a live pass 
across Guam. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston to Canarvon, standing 

by. 

SC (Garble) 

CAPCOM Seven 1 minute LOS; Guam in 7 minutes. 

SC Roger, coming up the pike. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC (Garble) have been corrected. 

CAPCOM Be there in 5 minutes. 

PAO Apollo Control here. The program shows 

that they should be in their breaking mode about 1 mile out 
at this point. We have not heard from them, We do have some 
data coming in from Guam that shows them approximately 1 mile 
from target. We just heard Gene Cernan comment. He's been 
plotting in here that, uh - his statement was "they're right 
on the pike." We'll monitor the open line. 

PAO I understand they're inside of a mile 

and braking. Braking like hell as one flight controller 
just put it . 

PAO A lot of thruster activity showing up 

on our charts here. As we look at the RCS quads using all 
four of them here now again. We're getting some educated 
guesses that they ought to be on the order of a half mile 
from the S-IVB. They have not said anything as we move through 
the Guam area. Still got about half of it to go. Another 

2 or 3 minutes. Earlier, we gave you a - prior to this 
vital maneuver, we showed 1045 pounds of propellant remaining 
in the RCS quads. All four quads now are down the range of 
about 180 to 190. All of them with the exception of one, 
under 200 pounds, and all four quads very active. So, we've 
got something - we've used about 250 pounds of RCS fuel, it 
would appear, on this maneuver to date, which is pretty con- 
servative usage. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, 1 minute LOS Guam; 

Hawaii in 8 minutes. 

SC We're closing, we're at about 7 or 8 feet. 

We're just about locked up in this loop. 

CAPCOM Real fine, Wally. 

SC (Garble) 

CAPCOM Real fine. 



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PAO This is Houston, uh, you heard Schirra 

In 7 * e C n 8 5 about 400 feet awa y fr0H1 the target, braking at 
bO to 60 feet per second, and it seemed to be going verv 
nicely. The time of that last transmission of the spacecraft 

k S f t 1 ? n l f ltude of 20 Agrees North, a longitude of a 100 and 
about ISO degrees East, 150 East, 20 North. Let's make that 
155 East and 20 North. 155 East, 20 North. We have 
lost signal now by Guam. We don't know what the situation 
was with the S-IVB, what it's attitude was. We'll know 
more in about 8 minutes when we get to Hawaii. At 29 hours 
53 minutes into the flight, this Apollo Control, Houston. 

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PAO Apollo Control Houston here. 29 hours 

59 minutes and momentarily we should acquire the spacecraft 
via Hawaii and hear more about how the rendezvous went. 
Here goes the first call. 

SC Go ahead, Roger. We're in about 150 

yards (garble) random direction. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM We have got some poor comm this time, 

Walt, We will stand by a little bit until we get in a 
little closer. 

SC (garble) station keeping 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy station keeping. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. How do you read 

now? 

SC Loud and clear, Jack. Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay, you are real fine now Walt, we 

have just switched in. 

SC Okay, this is Donn. Everything was 

pretty normal as far as the solutions were concerned. We 
had a DSKY solution of 3.6 to the midcourse, and Wally had 
a 1.7 solution on his charts. We split the difference and 
took 2 feet per second aft and that slid us right in there. 
Except for a little bit of cross plane correction that 
Wally had to make at the tail end, we were normal right 
up the pipes. According to noun 40 's estimates of fuel 
here, we used 76 feet per second, however, noun 40 inte- 
grates velocity even when you are not thrusting, so I think 
we used somewhat less than that, probably only 60 to 65 
feet per second. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. 

SC Roger. PCM high data, we had a loss 

of contact with the S-IVB just prior to TPI and in the 
confusion here, I didn't get high bit rate data, the TPI 
burn. We had high bit rate data in the midcourse burn 
and final RCS thrusting on in. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. Walt, I have your 

separation pad whenever you are ready to copy that. 

SC Wait one. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. How close are you 

now? 

SC Pretty close, about 70 feet, it's 

tumbling rather wildly, so we are just going to have to 
stay away from it. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand. 

SC Ready to copy. 

CAPCOM Okay, separation task 03020 all balls. 



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CAPCOM Noun 82, NA 1618 + 12210002030847, 

noun 48 NA 0 + 05. Sextant triangle NA, noun 34 NA, noun 
43 NA 359310000, remarks: It will be a posigrade burn, 
BEF, heads down using -X thrusters, the burn will take 
place in front of the booster. 

SC The SLA panel on the opposite side of 

one large sphere sticking out of the engine. It does not 
have a flashing light. The others are working fine. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC What were the minutes on the GETI? I 

missed the minutes. 

Okay. Minutes on GETI 20. 
Roger. Read that fine - you're a little 
Check close, set burns 0302000001618 plus 



CAPCOM 
SC 

garbled at times. 



12210002030847005. 
359310000. Over. 

CAPCOM 
remarks ? 

SC 

X-thrusters for the 

CAPCOM 
Battery A - 

SC 

CAPCOM 
to stop charging - 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

last readback? 

CAPCOM 
Battery A at point 

SC 

CAPCOM 
a cutoff time. 
SC 

CAPCOM 



All the way down to roll, pitch and yaw 

Rog, that's correct. Did you copy the 

Roger. Possibly BEF heads down minus 
power booster. 

Roger. And Walt, on your charging of 
Say again. 

On charging Battery A, we'd like you not 

Say again, Jack. 
Apollo 7, you read Houston. 
Roger. I read you. How me? 
You're fine. Fire. 

What was your last question after my 

We do not want you to discontinue charging 
6 X. We'll give you a cutoff charge. 
Roger. I'll probably be all right. 
You'll continue charging. We'll give you 

I'll be standing by for your cutoff later. 
Roger . 



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CAPCOM 

sc 

CAPCOM 
your tape on your 
and we'll dump it 
conf igurat ion . 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

solution to 



Apollo 7 Houston 

Go ahead, Houston 

All right, we feel you're 
DSC, if you concur, we 
and you can go back to 



at the end of 
'11 take command 
your normal switch 



your 
job . 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAP COM 



Roger, we concur 
Okay, we're gonna dump. 
Houston, Apollo 7 
Go ahead, Seven 

It's a real nice setup on the ground 
that was pretty close, you did a real good 



You all did 
Same here. 



a real fine job, too. 

work . 



That's what we call team 
Roger, that's a fact. 
Hey, Apollo 7 
All says go 
Apollo, go 



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132/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 30 hours, 

20 minutes into the flight. And only a few minutes ago, we 
were within contact by the Texas station with Apollo 7 flight 
Crew Operations Director Deke Slayton. He had a conversation 
with the crew regarding - he congratulated them on the per- 
formance of the rendezvous today and he also discussed the 
future use of the television camera. Here is the recording 
of that conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, opposite OMNI. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7; CAPCOM. 

SC What you say there. 

CAPCOM Congratulations on a good job up there. 

SC Thank you; we're (garble) today. 

CAPCOM Yeah, listen; we need a commitment on 

rev 45 in some relative to TV from here Walt. 

SC Roger; we got all of that. We were awfully 

busy up here and behind on the (garble) and we had to cut you 
off. 

CAPCOM Roger. Okay. And you are okay from 4 5 

on, is that correct? 

SC That's affirmative. 

CAPCOM Okay, fine, thank you. 

SC Real job but we did them all within the 

period and the range really came up beautiful today. 

CAPCOM Roger. Okay, have fun. We will see you 

later. 

SC Okay, thank you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. You are 1 minute LOS 

Texas; we will pick you up at Tananarive in 34 minutes. 
SC Ready to go. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC I know it will take a long time for you 

to dump that tape; give us a call if this (garble) 

capcom Okay, 7, it's gonna take a little while 

to get the tape dumped - let us know when it is ready and 
we'll tell you when you can use it again. 

PAO This is Apollo 7 Houston, 30 hours, 22 

minutes into the flight; that last conversation primarily 
between Don Slayton and Wally Schirra. In the course of it, 
if you followed it, the Apollo 7 crew commander agreed and 
committed to the use of the television camera from Rev 45 
on as per flight plan. Earlier in the day there had been 
some discussion it was scrubbed as an event leading up to the 
rendezvous which was carried out most successfully in the last 
few Revs and we will not attempt any television tomorrow 
because of the sleep cycle. We are next scheduled for that 
experiment on Rev 45 which will be Monday morning. At 30 
hours and 23 minutes into the flight, this is Apollo Control 
Houston . 



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133/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 30 hours 52 min- 

utes. Apollo 7 is nearing acquisition at Tananarive. We 
will monitor through that pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

SC ... Roger . 

CAPCOM Roger, you voice is pretty good this 

time. Between your chow there, I have got a block data 
number 4 to give you. 

SC (Garbled) 

CAPCOM Say again. You are ready to copy? 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. Zero two one dash four Alpha. 

Plus two six zero minus one six three three zero three two 
plus five three plus four two four nine three three zero two 
two dash three Bravo plus three one seven plus one three 
eight eight zero three four plus one three plus five four 
four five two three zero two three dash three Alpha plus two 
nine five plus one three eight five zero three five plus four 
nine plus two seven four seven seven five zero two four dash 
three Bravo plus two three three plus one three five six zero 
three seven plus two four plus two eight five zero one three 
zero two five dash Alpha Charlie minus zero two one. Wait one, 
skipped GET zero three eight plus one four plus one one four 
three four two. (Pause) Apollo 7, Houston. On your longitude 
for area 25 Alpha Charlie. 

SC In 25 Alpha Charlie, I got lat minus zero 

two one and no longitude. 

CAPCOM Roger. Longitude minus zero one eight 

zero. Area zero two six dash Alpha Charlie plus zero nine 
zero minus zero two four zero zero three nine plus four nine 
plus two seven four one five nine. Houston over. 

SC Roger. Houston zero two one dash four 

Alpha plus two six zero minus one six three three zero two 
two (garbled) four nine three three zero two two dash three 
Bravo and I didn't get plus or minus on this. Three one seven 
plus one three eight eight (garbled) plus one three (garbled) 
four five two three. 

CAPCOM Roger. Your latitude is (garbled) 

SC two three dash three Alpha plus two nine 

five plus one three eight five two zero five plus four nine 
plus two seven plus seven seven five three zero two four dash 
three Charlie (garbled) plus one three five six four five seven 
seven (garbled) three zero two five dash Alpha Charlie minus 
zero two one minus zero one eight (garbled) one one (garbled) 
Alpha Charlie plus four nine zero minus zero (garbled) plus 
four nine plus three seven (garbled) over. 



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CAPCOM Roger, your latitude on area 22 three 

Bravo is approximately one seven. 

SC Everything looks good. 

CAPCOM Everything up correct. Just about LOS 

there, Wally. You and Donn, we would like to have you do 
some troubleshooting on the biomed harness there when you 
get a chance and maybe we can pick it up over Mercury. 

SC Roger, (garbled) 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC (garble) around. Tananarive I would like to 

hear how much RCS propellant we have left . . . 
CAPCOM Affirmative. Go. 

SC thrusters? 
CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

PAO We have LOS at Tananarive. This is 

Apollo Control 31 hours 1 minute. 

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PAO This is Apollo Control 31 hours 41 

minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 is within range of the 
tracking ship Huntsville now. We have tape of the passes 
at the Mercury and the Hawaii station prior to this. We'll- 
start with the tape at Mercury and play catchup. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston, 

I have a flight plan update. 

SC Roger. Late one? Should we also use 

the flight plan or use the log book? 

CAPCOM Say again, Walt. 

SC Did you plan to use the flight plan or 

use the log book? 

CAPCOM No, it's just one line. That time 3330, 

the fuel pump purge of the 02 only. 

SC Check the 02 only of the fuel pump purge 

it has to be checked at a specified time. Right? 

CAPCOM Roger. It's at the same time, 3330. 

SC It's duly noted. A roundup to date on 

our window status, the center hatch window now is pretty 
badly blurred on the useful area to detect the horizon. 

CAPCOM Roger here. You say it's hard to detect 

the horizon? 

SC I say that it is just barely usable for 

detecting the horizon but Walt says there is nothing to it. 
It would be usable for back angles and that's about all. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC My left window, what I call my number 1 

window . 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Is now developing the film on the inner 

surface of the outer pane. Although it's not too bad at this 
point, but I would not shoot pictures through it. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC I'll go on around the cockpit, the 

number 2 window, the one we use to rendezvous is beautiful. 
It is interesting to note small hairs like a fuzz 
around the parameter of all the windows that apparently just 
developed as a sort of belt. It's about three-quarters of 
an inch to an inch long. 

CAPCOM Roger. Is that on all windows or just 

the - 

SC That's on all windows and now I'm on 

number 4 window. It does have the same dust and it's getting 
a little bit cloudy but only around the perimeter on the 
upper right corner. As you think of the upper and lower 
(garble) . 

SC It looks like the number 4 window may 

have cleared out after a few more days. 



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CAPCOM Roger. Looks like number 4 window may 

have cleared out after 3 or 4 more days, huh? 

SC Roger. Number 5 I had swab it now - 

it has a slight film on the inner surface. Understand, 

filing for IFR. 

CAPCOM Yeah, sounds like it. 

SC Actually, we'll keep you updated on this 

and we'll discuss where we're going. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Affirmative. The target was visually 

fixed during the final stage of braking about midway between 
Regulus and Sirius on the line drawn between the two stars. 

CAPCOM Have you, copy. 

SC And it's a very traumatic experience. 

CAPCOM .Sounds like it was a good one. 

SC We arranged for an update and switched 

our channels on awhile ago to get a hack on our fuel 
remaining. Just an academic theory. 

CAPCOM All set. 

SC The pass on and then you get fixed for 

subsequent spacecraft. On channel 352, the QD is up to the 
waste water servicing valve. That QD, after it's installed, 
provides interference with storage area 1)8 such that D8 
cannot be opened and gotten into without taking down the 
QD again. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC There's something I think we ought to 

make note of, Ron. The lightweight headsets are preferable 
to the coram carriers due to the comfort of not having anything 
on your head but the plugs in our ears. We're using the 
plastic plugs rather than the rubber type nipples. 

CAPCOM You're using your own molded plastic 

plugs, right? 

SC That's affirm. 

CAPCOM From our calculations on the RCS fuel 

down there, it looks like it was pretty much nominal. We 
used the nominal plus a portion of the reserve. We're about 
right on, we're standing by for a further temperature 
stabilization to get a more accurate picture of it. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM On your tape recorder, as you know, we've 

recorded a lot of high bit rate and not too many places to 
dump it. It's going to take about 3 revs. So you'll have 
no voice recording on your tape recorder for awhile. We'll 
let you know when it's available for use again. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Wally, we'd like to get an indication of 

how you're feeling up there and if the activity did you any 
good. Apollo 7, Houston. About 1 minute to LOS Guam. 



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sc Roger. I didn't give an answer on the 

aCtif CAPC$M aSPirin ' R^erfi need to get an idea of how you 
feel ?hen if the act if Id was working. Do you have any 
further symptoms? ^ ^ thicker and since I 

probably should continue on actifed and use aspirin when I m 

n0t S lt?COU g ' Apollo 7, Houston through Hawaii- 

?C Roger, we're recording you on (garble) 

^ PC0M Rogerf^re recording you on (garble) 

CAPCOM Understand. 

or Go ahead, we're standing by. 

CAPCOM S°aU, we're just a little curious if you 

have had any indications of a fever.jt^ll^ ^ ^ s 

appears that the nasS passage is very full. I haven't been 
coughing - there's nothing in the lungs. 
CAPCOM Roger 



SC 



(gfrble) dry it up if 1 could and a decongestant 



15 ^CAPCOM 13 ^" Wally, we would like for you to go 

ahead'and stay on the actifed and continue with the aspirin 

then, sc Roger. What's the frequency of (garble) 

CAPCOM Standby. 
SC Say again. 

CAPCOM The actifed once every 8 hours. 

CAPCOM WallJ; aspirin can be as often as 2 every 

4 hours if desired. ^ f<>r yQur ,,,3 

f ollow^that schedule p til tri land [o We e run t p or 1 feel er. 

Sc Roger. I'll follow that schedule until 

we land, run out or feel better. 

CAPCOM Roger. Concur. 

MTV Huntsville LOb. . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. one minute .0 LOS 

and then we'll pick you^up Tananar.ve atj^plus 27. 

C Z Cm ^oho S Con^™!lr hours SO .inutes. The 

next sfation to acquiVe the spacecraft will be Tananarive at 
32 hours 27 minutes. 

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PAO This is Apollo Control at 32 hours, 27 

minutes. Apollo 7 is in it's 21st revolution coming up now 
on the Tananarive Tracking Station. We'll listen in through 
this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Roger. Apollo 7, 

Houston. Apollo 7, Houston? 

SC Apollo here; go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. We request you terminate battery 

A charging at .4 AMP. 

SC Roger; .4, over. 

CAPCOM Roger; we showed .47 AMP at Guaymas , Re- 

quest onboard reout this time. 

SC (garble) We might check on my telemetry 

now . 

CAPCOM That's negative telemetry on that, 

Tananarive . 

SC Roger; we thought the (garble) pull back 

on (garble) at Tananarive addition. We'll (garble) for that 
pass and miss entirely. 

CAPCOM Roger. We should be able to get some 

thing on the mercury at about 32 plus SO. 

SC Failed to get your answer; we're over 

the hill. 

CAPCOM Say again. 

SC Apollo is (garble) about .5 AMP. 

CAPCOM Roger; copy .5. Apollo 7, Houston. You 

might be advised that our last check on the voice quality at 
the DSC is still very good. 

SC Heard. Houston; Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Houston, go. 

CAPCOM Houston, go. 

SC Roger; we have started our EPS redundant 

component check about 5 minutes ago and our product (garble) 
pressure 2, the AC prior to setting (garble) here is OFF and 
at that time I had half AMP (garble) and (garble) and reset 
(garble) 

CAPCOM Roger; understand. Will you turn the 

compressor 1 off, you also had a main bus A and B undervol- 
tage and it read okay. 

SC Affirmative. 

SC (garble) power breaking. I had 2 on 

at (garble) 

CAPCOM Say again, Walt. 

SC Copy. 

CAPCOM Negative on Schirra's statement. 

SC Add 21 at once and up on the main pump 

A and main bus B (garble) reading 27 and a half volts on 
the (garble) pump. 

CAPCOM Roger; understand. 



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SC And where is the next place where I'll 

be able to turn my (garble) A and B? 

CAPCOM Roger. We should get that at Mercury, 

we pick them up at 32 plus 50. 

SC Roger, thank you. 

PAO LOS at Tananarive now. The Tracking Shi 

Mercury will acquire at 32 hours, 50 minutes. This is Apoll 
Control at 32 hours, 36 minutes. 



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PAn This is Apollo Control, 32 hours, 50 

minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 is about to acquire at 

the Mercury Tracking Ship. 

r Houston, Apollo 7; how do you read? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Loud and clear. 

SC Did you get somebody standing by; we 
would like to check our main oxygen rate. 

CAPCOM Roger, go. We're receiving the data. 

SC Okay . 

CAPCOM Stand by; we just lost data. 

SC Stand by; did you get that one? 

CAPCOM The data is back in; continue. 

sc Main flight B is out closed. 

CAPCOM Okay, we're reading 10 - 10 . 

sc Roger; we are reading 10Z. 

CAPCOM That is affirmative; 102. 

SC (garble) now is back on. Pump A is out 

(garble) Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Standing by for your reading on the other 

valve . j ■ i n c 

CAPCOM Roger, we are reading lUb. 

SC Saying 105, thank you. Again back on. 

CAPCOM Roger. u ^ ( e) ? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston; affirmative. It looks 
good now. We'll work on Donn when he wakes up. 

6 SC Exercising right now. 

SC Very good. 

CAPCOM The CDR exercing you say.'' 

SC All exercising. I think you ought to 

PaSS &S£oS n t0 Pete i'H call him on the phone. Apollo 7 
Houston; number one surgeon certainly appreciates your efforts 

there g C Roger; the lead is quite (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger; we understand. 

cp (garble) This is Apollo 7, the ECS re 

dundant component check is complete; we did not flow second- 

^ ""CAPCOM^* Roger, understand did not close secondary 

radiators. wonder if how long we want to go 

with the preliminary boiler without trying it and possibly 
^'^CAPCOM Roger; looks like right now we're going 

IS volume at 33 plus 09. We will have a S band pass over 



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Hawaii. . , 

SC 33 plus 09. (garble) go. Agreed to do 

the BPF? 

CAPCOM I'm getting an update on the time and 

I'll pass it up later. 

SC Roger; what is the time for the next TV 

pass and turn on S band volume there would be a lock on, on 

the light. 

CAPCOM Roger. Concur. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. Mercury has LOS 

now. Hawaii will acquire at 33 - 8. We're attempting to 
get the heart rates on Wally Schirra during that exercise. 

If you will stand by, we'll come up with those in just a 
minute . 

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PAO This is Apollo Control 33 hours 4 minutes 

into the mission. Flight Surgeon John Zeiglschmid reports 
that Wally Schirra was already exercising as they came into 
the pass and he started monitoring with rates of 88 and those 
climbed right up to 96 as he continued to use the inflight 
exerciser. He reports Captain Schirra's normal base heart 
rates at 65 to 75. At 33 hours 5 minutes this is Mission 
Control . 



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PA0 This is Apollo Control 33 hours 8 min- 

utes and the Hawaii station is about to acquire Apollo 7. 
Tracking ship Huntsville has a slight bit of overlapping 
coverage on this pass. We will stand by now. 



Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 
Roger. Am I clear, understand? 
Hey, sounds beautiful. 

Really does. Would you give us ascending 
update? 

" " I don't have one 



CAPCOM 

sc 

CAPCOM 
SC 

node update? Chart 

CAPCOM 
right now. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
71 plus four zero. 

SC Okay. 
CAPCOM Apollo 
update , 

SC Go ahead Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger. Rev 21, GET is three two plus 

zero plus zero nine. Longitude seven seven point one 
right Ascension zero six one eight 



Roger. Stand 
Give you one shortly. 
No rush. 
And be advised 



by 



on the TV usage about 



7, Houston. Here is your little 



four 
east 



SC 
CAPCOM 



CAPCOM 
Houston. We will 
16 so standby for 
that . 

HAW 
SC 

CAPCOM 
33 16 we will 
break lock-- 

SC 

CAPCOM 
know can you 
SC 

CAPCOM 
(garbled) 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

last (garble) 
SC 

CAPCOM 



Roger, 
Roger . 
(Pause) 
Apollo 



we have that. Thank you. 



Houston. (Pause) Apollo 7, 
have a handover to Huntsville at 33 plus 
F-band volume decrease slightly before 



Hawaii here, Apollo ' 
Houston, Apollo 7. 
Houston, go. Wally, 
switch to Huntsville? And 



did you copy that 
that band will 



give 



Houston , 
Houston . 
me a VHF? 
Houston , 
Apollo 7 



Apollo 7. 

Do you ■ 
Apollo 7 
Apollo 7 
. Houston 



(garbled) 
Houston . 



I want to 



your 



Apollo 7, Houston. 
Come in Huntsville. 
Roger, we are back 
on S-band. 
Roger, we have had 
Roger, we confirm. 



in VHF again. 
LSC back on 



Commence 



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139/1 



PAO Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS, Tanan- 

arive at 34 + 03. The Huntsville has LOS now. This 
twenty first revolution is too far east for the Redstone 
to acquire Apollo 7. So we will be out of range of any 
tracking stations - that is Apollo 7 comes down across the 
South Pacific, South America, and the South Atlantic Ocean. 
And the next station to acquire will be Tananarive at 
34 hours , 3 minutes . At 33 hours , 21 minutes , this is 
Apollo Control. 

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PAO This is Apollo Control 34 hours 3 minutes 

and Apollo 7 coming up on Tananarive station. Capcom 
Ron Evans plans to just put in a call and telling them we 
will standby through the pass. We don't intend to initiate 
any communication here, but we will stand by to monitor 
anything the flightcrew might care to communicate to us . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Tananarive standing 

by. 

PAO We are getting so much crosstalk and 

noise here that will punch off and come back up if there is 
any communication on this pass. 



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CAP COM Roger. We have the Cgarble) meter readouts 

for you if you've got time to take them. 

CAP COM Roger, we have one minute to LOS. 

SC Forget it. 

CAP COM Roger. We'll check you on Mercury at 

34 + pao This is Apollo Control, 34 hours 8 min- 

utes There will be no more communication at Tananarive. 
We'll pick up the Mercury at 34 hours 25 minutes. At this 
time we are fanning a change of shifts in the Contro Center 
between 23:00 and 23:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time which 
would place the News Conference with Flight Director Gene 
Kranz between 23:00 and 24:00 Central Daylight Time. Apollo 
Control . 

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PAO This is Apollo Control 34 hours 25 min- 

utes into the flight. Apollo 7 has just been acquired at 
the Mercury tracking ship. There is a call now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Opposite omni . 

Sc Roger. Hey, Ron, would you identify 

[garble) for us please. (garble) serial number 102 is the number 
the other side. Sugar Easy Baker three three's one zero 
zero zero five zero dash two oh six. Over. 

CAPCOM Roger. What was your request on this? 

SC Want you to verify if that is the 2A 

filter. The filter that is called out as 2A in our documenta- 
tion. That is the only labeling on this filter. 

CAPCOM Roger. A filter you say? 

Sc A filter for the 70nun Hasselblad. Over. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy now. Walt, we would like 

some onboard readings. Your battery charger current. And 
the service module RCS propellant quantities. 

SC Battery current is still reading point 

five amp and I would like to know what you have on it and I 
will read you the onboard quantities in the service module 
RCS propellant. Quad A is showing 58 percent. Quad B is 
still at 93 percent where we launched at. Quad C is 65 per- 
cent. Quad D is showing about 68 percent. Over. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy and we are reading point 

four three on the battery charger current. 

Sc Roger, I will continue charging and I 

am still reading point five down the line and you can give 
me a call when they cease charging. 

CAPCOM Roger, will do. (Pause) Apollo 7, 

Houston. Do you want your temperature corrected onboard 
readout? For the RCS? 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger. Alpha five six disregard Bravo 

Charlie six one and Delta is six four. 

Sc Five six six one six four. I have all 

the service test meter readouts. Are you interested in any of 
them in particular. I have them logged in the flight plan. 
I will give you the RCS anyway. That is five C and D 
and six ABC and D all five modes except 60 C and 64.6. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy and we like the battery 

pressure if you have it available. And while S-band volume 
up at three four plus four four. 

SC Point four volts and it seems to be in 

a standard position. We checked it before we made that 
urine dump and goes right down to point 6 volts and (garble) 
right back up to one point four. 



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CAPCOM Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. We have LOS 

at the Mercury now. Hawaii will acquire at 3< hours 43 min- 
utes . At 34 iioiir; 33 ■ : iv.i t this is Hisii 3:: ; ."oi.tiol 
Houston . 



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at 34 hours 43 min- 
it ' s 22nd revolu- 
We'll stand by 



7, Houston. 



Loud and clear you're coming 



PAO This is Apollo Control 

utes. Apollo 7 coming up on Hawaii now on 
tion. The Hawaii station has just acquired, 
and wait for a call. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 

SC Apollo 7, loud and clear. 

CAP COM Roger, 
down down voice backup now. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Ah, Wally, we'd like to select (garble) at 

convenience just to update the . . . 
SC (garbled) 
CAP COM Apollo 7, affirmative. 

SC Roger. (garbled) 

CAP COM Say again. A little garbled that time. 

SC We'd like to give you an update. We'd 

like to put the sextant calibration test when we call for 
36 hours and 30 

CAP COM 



your 



minutes into Bonn Eisele's wake period. 

sextant calibration test. We'll 



it ' s 



see if we can't 

SC 

CAP COM 
on that Dash 
SC 

We're hoping 
CAP COM 

SC 

we launched. 
PAO 

a minute to LOS. 
missions on this 

CAP COM 
of static on the 



Roger , 

move that into Donn's wake period. 
Thank you. 

Apollo 7, Houston. We're 
206 to determine which one it is. 

Roger. Its showing RED, it's not GREEN 
2A. 

Roger . 

Clear foil filter, 



still looking 



(garbled) showed on us before 



This is Apollo Control. We've got about 
It seems doubtful we'll have anymore trans- 



you're getting 
SC 

CAP COM 

SC 

CAP COM 
on the ground. 
SC 



it 



pass . 

One 
ground 

Say 
Ah, 
Go 



We'll come back up if we do. 
minute to LOS. We're getting a lot 
down here. I was just wondering if 



again . 
you're -- 
ahead. Roger, 



We ' re 



Are 



Roger 

you receiving 
Negat ive . 
CAP COM Roger. 
PAO LOS at Hawaii now. 

Redstone in the South Pacific will pick 
34 hours 59 minutes. This is Mission Control 
34 hours 51 minutes . 



would you say again? 
receiving a lot of static 
any at all? 



The tracking ship 
up the spacecraft 
Houston at 



at 



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This is Apollo Control, 34 hours, 59 
coming within range of Redstone now. 
Apollo 7 Houston - Apollo - Apollo 7 



PAO 

minutes, Apollo 7 

CAPCOM 
Houston 

SC 

CAPCOM 
Alpha filter, and 
SC 

CAPCOM 
Alpha 2A filter. 

SC Roger, thank you. I have a question on 

a pool of water, we are scheduled to coordinate at this 
time and we have a completely full tank. This tank has been 
full for some time, Ron, and it came up several months back, 
there is a question as to how much ullage volume you have to 
have atop that tank before chlorinate. I'm kind of unclear 
about the fact that the chlorination that we put in yesterday 
is probably still in that tank. 

CAPCOM Roger, we'll attack the problem and get 

the word to you shortly here. 



This is Apollo 7, are you ready? 
Roger, the dash 206 filter is the two 
it should be clear, hopefully. 
Houston, say it again 

Roger, the dash 206 filter is the two 



SC 

will wait till you 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
are reading .41 on 



charging that battery 



Okay, CAPCOM will you tell them that we 
get an answer, 
(garble) I understand I told you to answer. 
CAPCOM to Flight - Apollo 7 Houston, we 
the battery charger and you can terminate 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

charging battery 
with putting all 
and both the burns, 

CAPCOM 
we put in about 4.5 

PAO 

loss of signal now. 



stop charging .41 
board 



AMP 



. 5 on 

over 
ahead 
we 



Understand , 
Affirmative 
I am still reading 
Houston, Apollo 7, 
Houston, over - go 
Roger, I show that 
A now for about 7 hours 
the energy back that 
over. 

Walt, we've took out 
hours . 

This is Apollo Control, Redstone has 
Water chlorination is the only task 
flight plan for the next hour; since we 



' ve 
, is 
we took 



Walt . 

probably been 
that consistent 
out to reboost 



9.3 and looks like 



spelled out in the 

didn't get an answer back up to them, I suspect that they 
wont do anything about it till we get to Ascension. We 
estimate acquisition at Ascension at 35 hours, 26 minutes 
at 35 hours, 6 minutes. This is Mission Control Houston 



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PAO This is Apollo Control 35 hours 26 minutes 

into the mission. Apollo 7 coming up Ascension now in a 
low elevation pass but we may be' able to get two to three 
minutes of acquisition here we'll stand by. 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 35 hours 

29 minutes. We went by Ascension without attempting to 
communicate with the spacecraft on this low elevation pass. 
Next station to acquire will be the tracking ship Mercury. 
Acquisition there at 36 hours. 

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360050 



146/1 



PA0 This is Apollo Control at 36 hours into 

the mission. Apollo 7 coming up on the tracking ship Mer- 
cury now. The station at Guam has overlapping coverage so 



we 



'11 have a fairly long pass here 



the 



we 



have acquisition 
commun icat ion . 



at 



We 

11 stand by for some 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Roger Houston. 

Roger, we'd like to send a P-27 
I have a nav check to give you. 

Nav check 036 15 4 balls + 1875 + 16885 



update 



Roger understand 615 4 balls + 1875 



got some update 
your profile 



Mercury and 
CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM 
request accept and 
SC 

CAP COM 
1271 . Read back. 
SC 

16885^1271^over. Roger< : didn't get your readback on 

the hours. 036 hours 15 minutes. 
SC Roger 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. I ve 

for you on the RCF calculated quantities and 
from battery status if you want to copy. 

sc Did you read our readback on the nav 

check okay? (garble) for your info on the RCS quantity and 

update '- — - Roger. This will be an update on fig- 

profile at 36 hours you have 820 pounds. 
Roger, 36 hours 820 pounds. 
And your RCS ground calculated quantities 
percent 63 percent 47 percent 63 percent. 
Roger. I read 56, 63, 47, 63 and the 

820 pounds. 
Houston . 
Houston . 
you ? 



what 



ure 



RCS 



CAP COM 
3-1 on your 

SC 

CAP COM 
are in order 56 
SC 

total quantity again 



83 



COM 
Houston 
Houston 
Houston 



CAP 
Apollo 7, 
Apollo 7, 
Guam MSO, 

COMM 

GWM 

CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM 
is yours. 

SC 

CAP COM 
SC 

number do I go 
CAP COM 
SC 



Roger , 
Apol lo 
Apol lo 
Cap Com, 



i s 
7, 
7, 
to 



your total quantity 
7, Houston. Apollo 
7, Houston. Apollo 
are we getting out 
You read. Hey, Guam, you read? 
Roger, understand (too faint) 
7, Houston. 
7 go ahead. 

reading you weak. The computer 



Apollo 
Apollo 
Roger, 



on 



(too faint) 

Say again, Walt. 

Roger, at 36 hours into the flight what 
my chart? 

Roger, you go in 820 pounds, 820 pounds, 
(cut out) 



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CAPCOM Roger. You are going in 820 pounds, 

82 0 pounds . , , , T 

sc Eight hundred and twenty pounds and I 

copied 561607 and 56634763. 

CAPCOM All right, Roger. How's that again? 

56634763. 

SC Right, thank you. 

CAPCOM And your battery status? 

SC Say again. 

CAPCOM Your battery status, ampere hours. 

SP Roger. 

CAPCOM About A35.2, B30.4, C39.5. 

PA0 This is Apollo Control. Guam has LOS 

now Very - bad communication through those passes. Red- 
stone will acquire at 36 hours, 32 minutes. We will not 
pick up the HAW station on this pass. We are still estimat- 
ing a ship change here in the control center at - aPP 1 " 0 * 1 " 
mately 11 to 11:30 central daylight time which would put 
the news conference from starting between 11:30 and midnight. 
At 36 hours, 12 minutes, this is Mission Control, Houston. 



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PA0 This is Apollo Control 36 hours 32 min- 

utes into the mission. We are about to acquire at the Red- 
stone The sextant calibration test that was scheduled for 
this time and that Wally Schirra asked to be postponed until 
the command module pilot, Donn Eisele is awake, will be 
postponed looking now at about 42 hours and a half _ into the 
mission. Estimated time when the sextant calibration test 
will probably be performed. Redstone has acquired. There 
hasn't been a call up to the spacecraft yet, but we will 
stand by for that. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. Did you copy battery status last 

paS °* sc Stand by. Roger I had 35 point six 

30 point four I think it was and 39 something Ron. It looks 
to me like we didn't fill up battery A again and is anybody 
getting consideration to do a second recharge on that battery 
some other time of the flight? M 

CAPCOM Well, that is a possibility. We wanted 

to cut it off at the point four limit though to - so we _ 
wouldn't get into overcharge type of problem we were talking 
about before launch. And we are working on it now and we 
can't really come up with an answer at the present time. We 
are working on it and will let you know. And Wall, I have a 
Lima Sierra update for you, 

CAPCOM ' 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
zero five one. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
advised Air Force 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 
PAO 



(Pause) Apollo 7, Houston. 
Go ahead, Houston. 

Roger. I have a Lima Sierra update. 

Still very weak. 

Roger, Lima Sierra update. 

Go ahead. 

Roger, Lima Sierra zero seven four flash 



Roger, zero seven four flash zero five one, 
Seven, Houston, 1 minute until LOS. Be 
26, Navy 20. 
Roger . 

Sorry about that. 
Welcome to the club. 

This is Apollo Control 36 hours 41 minutes 
Redstone has LOS now. As you heard, they passed up the bad 
news on the football game to Naval acadamy graduates, Wally 
Schirra and Donn Eisele. Air Force 26, Navy 20. This is 
Mission Control 36 hours 41 minutes. 



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PA0 This is Apollo Control, 36 hours 59 min- 

utes into the mission. Ascension has just acquired Apollo 7. 
CAP COM 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7 

Houston. 

SC Go ahead. . 

CAP COM Roger, on the water correlation, withdraw 

about 8 ounces of water then correlate. 

(garbled) 

Roger. I have a flight plan update. 



SC 

CAP COM 
Ready to copy? 
SC 

CAP COM 
delete NCC update 



(garbled) 

Roger, flight plan update 38 + 40 
39 + 40 do option 3 vice option 2 

40 + 10 Cancel'rendezvous nav at 8 -- 80 nautical miles 

41 + 00 'waste water dump 42 + 35 sextant calibration prev- 
iously scheduled at 36 + 35. Over. 

SC Roger. Over. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 37 hours 3 min- 

ute This water correlation was accomplished by injecting 
an ampule of chlorine into the water tank with a syrmge- 
Uke device. It's about an ounce of chlorine. We're ma 
process of changing over the shift now and the shift headed 
by Jerry Griffin will be up very shortly. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control 37 hours 33 min- 

utes into the mission. We are coining up now with a pass 
in the Mercury tracking ship. We did have some further 
communication after the change of shift here on the Ascension 
pass between MCC and Apollo 7. We will play and then go 
live into the possible communications between Mercury track- 
ing ship and the spacecraft. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. S-band volume up 

at three seven plus three six. 

S C . . - 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Capcom. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM We wanted to know how you felt about 

shuffling this sleep cycle around a little bit. Kind of 
looks to me at least and speak up if you don't like the 
sound of it, but we have got a hell of lot lost motion here 
when vou might better be getting a little rest. 

SC We are getting kind of pooped and I 

think that is why we started off the way we did today. 

CAPCOM You are very garbled. Not able to read 

you . 

SC Roger. Donn is sleeping now and he 

needed the sleep more than we did. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand that. I guess the 

question I am asking is whether you have got any allergy 
at all that all three of you knocking it off for a while. 

SC Let's go another day with it and ... 

CAPCOM Okay, we only have about 30 seconds left 

in this pass. Why don't you think about it and Tom or Ron 
will talk to you about over Guaymas . 

SC Roger. 

MER This is Mercury. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC What do you say here, Tom? 

CAPCOM Roger, Wally. Real good rendezvous 

you pulled off today. 

SC ...Yeah, that's a little more dramatic 

than the other bird we use to fly. 

CAPCOM Understand discuss free flight.. 

period of time about looking ahead in the flight plan. About 
the possibility of you all going all three crewmen on the 
sleep cycle. I just want to discuss it for down the line - 
What Deke was trying to say - what do you think about it? 

SC I don't think I would be afraid to do 

it on another flight maneuver, kind of reluctant right now. 

CAPCOM Okay. 



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SC The machine is working real well, Tom. 

CAPCOM (Garbled) . .block down about 40 hours 

and also waste water dump at 41 and kind of quiet time after 
that for another 4 our 5 hours. 

SC Very good. ...is no problem at all. In 

fact, it is an asset. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC For all of those worried about the space- 

craft picking up motions from the crew, no such thing. We 
can knock around the cabin like mad. You get to be quite a 
gymnast . 

CAPCOM I want to ask you a question. How are 

the sleep bags working out? 

SC Not so hot. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC You miss the one g lying down. With the 

seat belts resisting you are held down and you feel better 
controlled and better contained, I guess. Sleeping bag, you 
try to find a place to stick your head or your arm to hold 
on . 

CAPCOM Our analysis is the couch is probably 

a little better than the sleep bag. 
SC That is correct. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC We find the lightweight headsets are 

preferrable to comm carriers too. 

CAPCOM Right, reviewed the flight plan here 

understand when you went to the lightweight headsets. 

SC Yeah, the cables for the coram carrier 

is very objectionable and jams you in the neck and the 
shoulder and keeps pulling your hair out. 

CAPCOM All right. 

SC We are not at all hungry by the way. We 

are trying to get some exercise to keep ourselves going. That 
exergenies are a heck of a good deal. 

CAPCOM Works out real good in zero g. 

SC Hate to admit that, but it is probably 

one of the best spacies things we have had in years. 

CAPCOM Okay. Okay, on the sleep thing, Wally, 

it is strictly your option, obviously. We just got to 
thinking maybe it will work out better, give you a little 
more, longer sessions of it. 

SC Houston Capcom. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC We don't think we ought to sink Hasselblad 

here, we may be able to take one a little later. 



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CAPCOM Roger, understand about the camera. 

SC Hey, Tom, I would like to log some 

photographs here on magazine PU , starting the same... 
started shooting about over the Red Sea and we are continuing 
the same 12 right now 



CAPCOM 
Walt, thank you 
SC 

recorders back, 
finish dumping 

CAPCOM 

SC 

as we get that 

CAPCOM 
it is finished. 



Okay , we 



will record in and we have it 



I 

all 



When are we going to get our tape 
see it is in motion now. ''Jill we ever 
the tapes on the rendezvous run. 
Not yet Walt, we are still dumping. 
Okay, we would like to get a go as soon 
through . 

Roger. We will let you know as soon as 



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SC Houston, Apollo 7, over. 

CAP COM Go ahead 7, Houston. Houston, Apollo 7 

Apollo 7, Houston, we go. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, over. 

CAP COM Roger. Apollo 7, this is Houston. Go 

3_It6 eld 

SC Roger, Tom. Do you know if they ever 

got the voice dump right after ah, the east end we put our 
com in for on about the tape and I'm not sure if they 
dumped (garbled). 

CAP COM Apollo 7. We'll check on it. 

SC Thanks Tom. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Will you give us 

opposite omni? Apollo 7, Houston will you give us opposite 
omni 7 (from background someone said - we got him) 

Sc I heard the boys in the backroom, you 

got it now. . , ^ , . 

CAP COM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston it's taking 

quite a while to get all the de-voiced data played back 
Walt and we won't really know for quite a while. Is there 
any particular GET on the voice you want us to check. 

SC Roger. I know we rewound the tape at 

the Canaries, I think it was. I'm hoping we (garble) 
sometime there about 20 minutes I think we put our descrip- 
tion of (garble) by the tape and someplace the first hour (garble) 

CAP COM ' Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAP COM Roger, (garble) first made ... from liftoff 

until Canaries and because of rewind and everything we do 
not have that on voice. 

SC Okay, when we get the tape back, we'll 

probably try to put some on it . 

CAP COM Okay. Apollo 7, Houston. We are about, 

ah, we're close to LOS and you gonna have the tape back, 
we're just about finished all the rendezvous dump. 

SC Roger. Thank you. We've just finished 

chlorinating the water . . . 

CAP COM Roger. , 

p A 0 This is Apollo Control 37 hours 49 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. During this last pass 
which was rather a long pass including the Mercury tracking 
ship and Guam. We heard the crew complimented for a good 
rendezvous today. Spacecraft Commander Shirra is reluctant 
to change the sleep cycle, that is for all three to sleep 
at the same time. They indicated that the sleeping bags 
were not working out too well and that the seat belt xn the 
seat works better than the sleeping mode or rather m the 
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PAO are better than the com carrier because 

the cable jerks their heads around. They indicated a possible 
problem with the Hasselblad camera and just indicated before 
LOS that they have finished chlorinating the water onboard. 
The next contact will be with Redstone tracking ship. That 
will come at about 38 hours 47 minutes into the mission. 
At 37:51, this is Apollo Control. 

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PAO This is Apollo Control 38 hours 7 minutes 

lu -.onnn The sDacecraft commander and the LM pilot 

hM^^^^-^ con"?? but XT. 

stand by. . _ „ thig ig Houston . We have 



Is 



we 



Apollo 
Redstone . 

Apollo 
Apollo 
now? 

Roger . 
want? 

Yeah, 
so - 
(Level 
Apollo 



7 



7 
7 



Houston . 
Houston . 



Opposite omni please 
Would you give us 



That's back where we started. 



switched about the same time 



you 



CAP COM 
acquisition on 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
the opposite omni 
SC 

that where you 

CAPCOM 
said to switch 
SC 

CAPCOM 
at Redstone. 

PAQ This r is Apollo Control, 38 hours 16 

.inutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have loss o 
X^^^s 5 ^^^^ Mission. 
This is Apollo Control. 



too weak to 
7, Houston. 



read) 
Have 



1 minute to 



LOS 



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PAO This is Apollo Control 39 hours 7 minutes 

into the mission of Apollo 7. We are in the 25th revolution 
coming up on acquisition with Mercury tracking ship. 39 hours 
10 minutes. We have a tape of the last pass over Ascension 
which we will play first and then we will go right into the 
live standby on the Mercury tracking ship. So we will now 
play the tape of the Ascension pass 

CAPCOM Apollo 1 

S C • • • ■ 

CAPCOM Roger, 

SC 

CAPCOM Apollo 
Say again. 

CAPCOM Apollo 
Roger out. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger, now reading you loud and clear, 

Wally. You happen to be in an attitude and you have the 
camera available, here is a good area that wc haven ' t had 
many pictures in. It is 38 56 30. The upper end of the 
Persian Gulf down and to the right. Do you have some time 
and camera, is fine, if not no problem. 

SC Roger, say again the target. 

The upper end of the 



Houston through Ascension, 
read you about four by Wally. 
7, Houston, you are coming garbled, 
7, Houston. Say again, please. 



CAPCOM 



Gulf. It will 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

almost all over 

CAPCOM 
Wally. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
at the DSKY, are 
SC 

CAPCOM 
with Ascension, 
the Pacific. 

CAPCOM 

SC 



Roger . 
occur in 38 56 30 



Pers i an 



the 



Okay. 

Houston . . . 
Go ahead. 

...night air glow 240 degrees 
horizon as we sweep low. 
Okay, you say all around the horizon' 



al 1 



... sky . 

Roger . 
. . . Sirius 
Okay . 

Hello Apollo 



came up 



7 



Houston . 
about 



Just looking 
you pitched down from about 90 degrees? 
That is affirm. Camera all ready. 
Well, we have about 1 minute until LOS 
Wally and we will catch you next time over 

Apollo 7, Houston. 

This is Apollo 7. How do you read? 



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CAI'COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

c ^d.-q < I am reading you about three by three. 

T had a'bic'ck update but I will give it to you over Guam in a 

>v w minutes. About 5 minutes. 

sc That is a block update over Guam. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 



HMD Ot 



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CAPCOM 
Houston. (Pause) 
Houston. (Pause) 

SC 

CAPCOM 
to copy? 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



Apollo 7, Houston 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 

Roger, Houston. Apollo 7. 

Roger, I have block data. 



(Pause) Apollo 7, 
(Pause) Apollo 7, 



Go. 

Are you ready 



stand by 



Stand by one. 
Are you ready? 

Okay, go ahead. I got it now. 
Roger. Zero two seven dash two Bravo 
Plus two zero six minus zero two five four zero four one two 
six one three four one zero four zero two eight dash two 
Bravo plus two seven seven minus zero two eight eignt zero 
four three zero two zero five four one nine three zero two 
nine dash one Bravo plus two four zero minus zero six three 
three zero four four two seven five two four one two eight 
zero three zero dash one Alpha plus two nine seven minus zero 
six six two zero four six zero three three four four two four 
sil zero three one dash one Bravo plus three one seven minus 
zero six six two zero four seven three nine two nine four 
£our three zero zero three two dash one Alpha plus two nine 
one minus zero six six two zero four nine one five zero nine 
four six five zero coming up on LOS 

sc Roger, understand. I read back later then, 

CAPCOM Roger, thank you. 

pA0 This is Apollo Control 39 hours 23 min- 

utes into the mission of the Apollo 7. We have just had quite 
a long pass through the Mercury tracking ship and Guam The 
next contact with the Redstone tracking ship at 39 hours 
42 minutes 34 seconds. At 39 23 this is Apollo Control. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control 39 hours 42 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are coming up on the 
Redstone tracking ship and a very few seconds we will stand 
by for whatever may transpire there, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger, Apollo 7, Houston ready for your 

read back on block data when you are ready. 

SC Roger, stand by. I am right in the 

middle of a P52. Will be with you in a second. 

CAPCOM Right. 

SC Houston, I am ready with the feedback. 

CAPCOM Roger, go. 

Sc Roger, area zero two seven two Bravo plus 

zero six minus zero two five four zero one two six one three 
four one four three dash two Bravo plus two seven seven minus 
zero two eight eight zero four three zero two zero four five 
four one nine three zero two nine one Bravo plus two four zero 
minus zero six three three zero four four two seven five two 
four one two eight three zero dash one Alpha plus two nine 
seven minus zero six six two zero four six zero three three 
four four two four six zero three one dash one Bravo plus 
three one seven minus zero six six two zero four seven three 
nine two nine four four three four two two dash one Alpha 
plus two nine one minus zero six six two zero four nine one 
five four nine four six five zero. 

CAPCOM Roger. Copy reads back. That check one 

item on the third block zero two nine dash one Bravo second 
entry plus two four zero. 

SC Roger, plus two four zero. 

CAPCOM Roger, reads back correct. And also 

advisory, we had good voice quality on the Redstone dump that 
we got on the last pass. 

SC All very good. I got a couple of small 

items for you. Wally took a couple of asprin and an actifed 
and he only took one actifed. He feels fine. He has just 
got a little stuffy symptom and I put some nose grease on my 
nose because my nostrils are a little dry and besides it smells 
good. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand Wally took two asprins 

and one Actifed and only took one Actifed and you took some 
nose drops was it or cream? 

SC Nose cream. It is a fluid they gave me 

with my pills. Walt is the one that took the Actifed not 
Donn . 

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sc Yeah. ... about 16 drinks of water here 

in the last 45 minutes or so. 

CAPCOM That is Donn. 

SC Right. Check. 

CAPCOM Check. 

sc i just want to add , . . coming out of a 

very good sleep and feeling great. 

CAPCOM Roger. Thank you. Apollo 7, Houston. 

We would like the biomed to number one. 

SC Understand and I will do that after I 

after I do this alignment. Does that mean you want to... 

CAPCOM Roger. We lost the down link on the 

biomed and this is just to see exactly the circuit or in the 

biomed powerdown. , 
sc Roger. I will do that in a couple of 

minutes . , 

CAPCOM Okay, fine. We have about one and a 

half minutes until LOS. 

Sc You mean I get until next pass to .. 

this alignment. 

CAPCOM Okay. ri 

p A0 This is Apollo Control 39 hours 51 minutes 

into the mission of Apollo 7. We have just completed our pass 
with the Redstone tracking ship. Next contact will be 
Canary Islands, which should come about 40 hours 14 minutes 
17 seconds. During this last pass, we went through an inertial 
measuring unit realignment. The inertial measuring unit of 
course provides basic reference against which you can measure 
spacecraft movement and it has to be realigned periodically. 
We were informed that Astronaut Schirra took one Actifed and 
two asprins and Astronaut Cunningham one Actifed and Astro- 
naut Eisele some nose cream was applied to his nose. We have 
had no biomedical readouts during this last pass and the 
medical people and the Flight Director now conferring in 
tracking down the situation to see if we can tune that up and 
get some biomed readouts in the next passes. At 39 hours 
52 minutes, this is Apollo Control. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control, 40 hours, 

14 minutes into the flight of Apollo 7. We are in the 
twenty sixth revolution coining upon Canary Islands in a 
few seconds. We will join such conversation as we have 
at the Canary point now. 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston acquisition, Canary. 

SC I hear you Houston. 

CAPCOM Okay. Apollo 7, Houston, about two 
bags LOS, Canary. Next acquisition will be Redstone at 
41 + 17. That will be about 1 hour. Apollo 7, this is 
Houston . 

SC Go ahead, Don. 

CAPCOM Roger, Don, did you get P-52 finished? 

SC Yeau, I did it two or three times. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC I was flying. 

CAPCOM Good show. Apollo 7, Houston, interrupt 
30 seconds to LOS. 

SC This is LOS. It took about half an hour. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

PAO This is Apollo Control. We have had 



lost of signal, Canary Islands. Apollo 7 will now go for 
about an hour before we have contact at the Redstone - Red- 
stone tracking ship. That will be - 41 hours, 17 minutes, 
24 seconds into the mission. The program 52, inertial 
measurement, measuring unit realinement was confirmed to 
have been completed. The only thing that should take place 
between now and the next station contact will be the water 
waste tank dump and the environmental control system which 
will take place at 41 hours into the mission. At that point 
also, the spacecraft commander and the lunar module pilot 
will enter their sleep period. And Don Eisele, the command 
module pilot will be awake and on duty. So we have a long 
dry spell for 1 hour before the next station contact. At 
40 hours, 20 minutes into the mission, this is Apollo Control. 



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PA 0 This Apollo Control 41 hours 17 minutes 

into the mission of Apollo 7. We're approaching the Red 
Stone tracking ship and astronaut Stafford is endeavoring 
to make contact with the spacecraft. Let's join them now. 

CAPCOM • • • Have you preformed the waste water 

dump that was sceduled for around 41 hours? 

SC ••• we're going to wait until it gets 

to about 90 percent, that way we won't have to do it so 
often. 

CAPCOM Okay. SP-1 we're going to give you 

the MC - we're going to send you an MCC update previously 
scheduled for for 4440 at 44 hours. 

SC Roger. Understand. 

CAPCOM And we're planning the S-IVB tracking 

previously scheduled at 4610 . It will now be at four four 
Plus three six. Are you sure that was good update vectored 
on that and the S-IVB will be at about 170 nautical miles. 

SC Hey Tom, how (garble) as soon as I get 

them I'm going to write them down and then you can give it 
to me a little later. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Paul, are you still there. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go, Apollo 7, Houston. 

Sc Roger. We've just completed the 23 

sextant calibrations. I think the your data is down range. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We're about one 

minute to LOS and your starting to fade out. I understand 
you've completed the sextant calibration. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Did you experience 

a restart a couple of minutes ago. 

SC I experienced a restart during part ot 

program 52 that I was using to find some stars I needed, 
and I think it happened - about one before the other day. When 
you go from zero optics to CMC and also hit the feed and you 
haven't waited 15 seconds. Its a procedural error and its 
just a momentary restart, almost program alarm. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC Incidentally I have a 02 flow high light 

I expect its the same problem we had earlier ... we haven't 
found the trouble shooter for sure yet, though. 

CAPCOM Okay. We'll pick you up - its about 

IS seconds to LOS and we'll pick you up over Canary's. 

PA q This is Apollo Control 41 hours 26 minutes 

into the mission. We've finished our Redstone tracking ship 
pass. The next point will be Antigua at 41 38. They spoke 
about when to dump waste water. The crew desires to dump it 



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PAo when 90 percent quantity is reached, how- 

ever they're talking about it now. It's possible that that 
would be reached right in the middle of the spacecraft 
commander and LM pilot sleep period; in which case astronaut 
Schirra would have to be disturbed so they could get the 
equipment out to dump the excess water. That will probably 
be resolved by the time we have contact at Antigua. We re 
still getting no bio-medical data readouts and they can 
only assume that there's some mechanical difficulty with some 
of the equipment. At 41 hours, 27 minutes into the mission 
into the mission this is Apollo Control. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control 41 hours 38 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up and 
should have access with Antigua just about now. Let's join 
the conversation and see what goes on. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, Go. 

CAP COM Roger. In reference to the water dump. 

We're reading 70 percent now, predicting a 90 percent level 
at approximately 45 hours but no later than 46 hours. We'll 
have to dump at that time. It's right in the middle of a 
sleep period, ah, to get dumping as soon as you can in 
order to prevent interrupting in the middle of sleep cycle. 

SC Roger, I got you Bill. They're already 

asleep and the way we've got it arranged it won't disturb 
either one of them. Just as soon leave at 45 hours. 

CAP COM Okay. 

SC Good thinking. Ah, Bill, could you give 

me those flight plan updates that Tom called awhile ago. I 
was right in the middle of a G$N exercise and didn't get to 
write it down. 

CAP COM Okay, I'll start talking I have about a 

minute and 15 seconds. Okay, at 44 hours we will give you 
the NCC update previously scheduled for 44 + 40. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Okay. At 44 + 36 perform S-IVB tracking. 

That was previously scheduled at 46 + 10. At that time, this 
new time, the S-IVB will be at 169 nautical miles. The last 
item at 45 + 30 delete 252 IMU realign. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. Our next contact 

will be Canary Islands at 41 hours 47 minutes, about 5 minutes 
from this time. The most significant thing in the last two 
contacts, of course, has been in the flight plan we have 
changed the S-IVB tracking time from 46 hours and 15 minutes 
into the mission back to 44 hours and 36 minutes into the 
mission. The reason being that the S-IVB will be at 169 nau- 
tical miles from the spacecraft at 44 36 where if they waited 
another revolution, it would be farther away from the space- 
craft. They desire to track it at roughly that 170 nautical 
mile distance. We'll come up again when we have contact 
with the Canary Islands in some four minutes or so from now. 
At 41 hours 43 minutes, this is Apollo Control. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control 41 hours 47 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up in a 
few seconds with acquisition with the Canary Islands track- 
ing station. We'll join them now. 

SC Houston, go ahead. 

CAP COM Roger. How far did you copy on the 

flight plan update? 

SC ... I think I got it all Bill. I've got 

the S-IVB tracking at 44 36 instead of 46 hours and delete 
the 252 realignment at 45 30. 

CAP COM Roger. That completes the flight plan 

update. I have a couple of items. We're still monitoring 
an 02 flow high check waste dump closed. Second item, we'd 
like biomed CMP. Okay, we're monitoring it now. Forget the 
biomed, it's okay. 

SC Getting anything? Over. 

CAP COM Yes, we are. 

SC Okay. Bill, only getting half it, ... 

can't pick up, I'll try again later to get it to plug in. 
CAP COM Okay. 

SC I did have the waste dump OPEN now, I 

don't think that ought to ... so high. 

CAP COM Roger. Understand it was Open. 

SC Roger. ... a little while there it was 

. . . department however I ... that ... so high and I just 
turned the , . . OFF. 

CAP COM Roger. 

SC ... I suspect it's still a ... problem. 

CAP COM Okay. We're watching it. We have about 

six more minutes here. 

SC (garbled) I'd appreciate it. 

CAP COM Roger. We'll keep you informed. 

Apollo 7, Houston, we have about two minutes LOS Canaries. 
Your o2 minifold is dropping off. It's dropped from .96 to 
.74 in the last few minutes. 02 flow. 

SC Okay. 02 flow. 

CAP COM Right. 

SC ... doing the same thing. My onboard 

procedure leads me to believe it's still a failing sensor. 
Do you confirm that? A, Bill, what do you have down there 
for A2 tank pressure, mine is reading low, about 840. 

CAP COM Okay, stand by. 

SC Ah, correction, number two is reading 

low. Number one is about 860. 

CAP COM Coming up on LOS you have 876 and 853 

in one and two, 846 in the third tank. 

SC Okay, is that alright with everybody 

down there? 



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CAP COM I think so, stand by. 

SC (garbled) 

CAP COM No, that's good. 

SC ... everybody concerned. 

CAP COM We'll need the S-band volume up for 
Honeysuckle pass at 42 + 32. 

SC Roger, I'll ... 

CAP COM Thank you. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 41 hours 57 min- 



utes into the mission. We are out of range now with Canary 
Islands. At 42 hours 32 minutes, they will be in range of 
Honeysuckle in Australia. They have checked the 02 flow 
high rate as the readout was before, the check waste vents 
were closed and when that happened, the 02 rate came down 
from 94 and it came down to 70.7 ah .94 to .72 pounds per 
hour which is quite acceptable So, with everything look- 
ing good at 41 hours 58 minutes into the mission, this is 
Apollo Control. 

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PAO This is Apollo Control, 42 hours 32 min- 

utes into the mission. We are coming up on our pass over 
Honeysuckle Creek. We're halfway through Australia now and 
we should have contact with the spacecraft in a very few 
seconds. We'll stand by for such contact. 



CAP COM 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 

PAO 

utes into Apollo 7. 
during this pass at 
should have some contact 
will have acquisition at 



Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 
This is Apollo Control 42 hours 39 min- 
We had no response from the spacecraft 
Honeysuckle Creek in Australia. We 

at the Redstone tracking ship which 
42 hours 52 minutes into the mis- 



sion. At 42 39, this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 425200 161/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control 42 hours 52 min- 

utes into the mission. We are coming up on the Redstone 
trackine ship acquisition period now. Let's listen in. 
tracking snip q * Reference the 02 flow high 

Analysis here indicate! your 02 low high indication onboard 
was valid at the time you had 5.0 cabin pressure when the 
waste vent was open. Upon closing, the Pressure gradually 
Increased to 5.1 Apollo 7, Houston. Do you still have an 

02 flow high? 

cr Negative. Down to normal now. 

CAP COM Okay. One other item. The waste water 

dump recommend dumping 85 percent instead of 90 percent. 
They're not sure it's safe to wait til 90 percent due to 

i 1 of overboard drain freeze. Apollo 7, Houston. 
?s the commander's and the LMP's cobra cable unconnected? 
VerifyU is not connected. ^ up here . 

They, CAP°COM 0£ Thank you very much. Also I have a -- 

disregard. 

SC Say again. 

CAP COM Ah, disregard. 

sc Hey, Bill, would you log me 12 clicks 

^ S? C0H TS ^^Roger, 12 clicks when the waters gone. 
Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS Redstone, Antigua at 

43 + sc' Roger. 43+10. You got the night 

5hl£t CAp h C0M Apollo 7, Houston. Coming up on LOS 

I will have a flight plan update. There are a couple of 
items at Antigua. ^ ^ q ^ hQurs ± minute 

into the mission. We will have the next station contact at 
Mtigua? 43 hours 10 minutes, 9 minutes 8 minutes from now. 
At 43 02, this is Apollo Control. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control 43 hours, 10 minutes 

into the mission of Apollo 7. We're now coming into Antigua. 
We should have contact any second with Antigua. Let's join the 
conversation . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Apollo 7, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. I have a couple of things for flight 

plan update. 

SC Okay, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. Fuel cell 02 purge at 45 + 30. 

That's over Carnarvon. 

SC ... 02 purge at 45 + 30 . 

CAPCOM Roger. And due to the matter of information 

have you checked any of the D£,N control modes? 

SC Roger. We've used - we maneuvered 

manually about 5 degrees per second and our dead band we've 
done auto maneuvers, auto trip maneuvers, and same dead bands 
and I also used the minimum impulse controller in the LEB . 

CAPCOM Roger. 5 degrees per second, minimum dead 

band, auto trim, minimum dead band, and a minimum impulse 
controller in the LEB. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Thank you. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, go. Apollo 7, Houston 

S°- 

SC ... Apollo 7 . 

CAPCOM Roger Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC We're getting a high pitched interference 

noise coming over VHF. Have you got any idea what it is? 
Are you picking it up down there? 

CAPCOM High pitched interference on VHF, a 

negative. Stand by. 

CAPCOM Donn this is about the same place last 

night where you picked up the music. 

SC There's music on there too. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. The net is looking 

at it . 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 431900 163/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control 43 hours 19 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We'll have acquisition 
by Canary Islands at 43:21:59, that's only two or three 
minutes from now. We heard from Mr. Eisele that the VHF 
high pitch interference noise was coming in "they were 
paising Antigua and astronaut Pogue indicated that that was 
the same place where the spacecraft had picked up the 
spurious noise of last night. They are now looking into 
this to see if we can track it down. At 43 hours 20 minutes 
into the mission, this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 432100 164/1 

PAO Minutes into the mission. We're coming 

up on Canary Islands now, 43:21:59 about 30 seconds from 
now. We'll see if we get any resolve on what the VHP inter- 
ference was. Let's listen in. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Go. 

SC Roger. I've got a hydrogen purge 

scheduled here at 44 hours, do you want me to do that or 
are we doing that just on demand so to speak. 

CAP COM Negative. That one has been deleted. 

SC Okay, that's that. 

CAP COM That's the hydrogen purge at 44 hours, 

that has been deleted. 

SC Roger. . . 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. We will be giving 

you a CSM and S-IVB state vector update over Carnarvon. We 
will require accept when you get to Carnarvon and we're 
estimating AOS Carnarvon at 43 + 57. 

SC Apollo 7, understand. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute til LOS 

at Canary. If you need contact, we have about 2 minutes 
S-band after that at Madrid. 

Sc Apollo 7 understand. Thank you. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 43 hours 31 min- 

utes into the mission. We have our next station contact 
coming up which will be Carnarvon, Australia and that will 
be coming up 43 hours 57 minutes, some 27 or 28 minutes from 
now. At 43 hours 31 minutes into the mission, this is 
Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 435700 165/1 

pao This is Apollo Control 43 hours 57 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are approaching 
Australia now and we will be in contact very shortly with 
Carnarvon. At this pass there will be an MCC update in 
preparation of the S-IVB tracking which will take place at 
44 hours 36 minutes into the mission, so let's monitor this 
conversation. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston. How do you 

read? 

SC Loud and clear. 

CAP COM Roger. If you'll go to accept we'll 

send up your state vectors. 

SC Is on accept. 

CAP COM And I have a Nav. check here ready to 

copy. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Nav. check reads 044 03 0000 minus 2170 

+ 12234 1513. 

SC Ah, Roger. Could you send that one 

again . 

CAP COM Roger. Nav. check 044 03 0000 minus 

2170 + 12234 1513. Read back. 

SC Roger. It was 44 03 0000 minus 2170 + 

12234 1513. 

CAP COM Roger. Readback correct. Okay, Apollo 7 

Houston, the computer is yours. We have a little less than 
two minutes LOS Carnarvon. Request S-band volume up in about 
one minute or two minutes. 

SC Roger. 



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166/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control. We still have 

one more minute of acquisition at Honeysuckle Creek but it 
doesn't appear that any more transmission will take place. 
The Cap Com Pogue here in the Control Center indicated 
and then we sent up an update from the Control Center for 
the purpose of preparing the spacecraft for the S-IVB 
tracking which will take place 44 hours 3o minutes into tn< 
mission. That will be in the 28th revolution, it will be 
coming out of the night side pass, going into the daytime 
They will track the S-IVB which will be about 169 nautical 
miles away and he will track between the Redstone tracking 
ship and Central American coast. The next point we will 
have contact with the spacecraft will be the Redstone 
tracking ship, that will take place at 44 hours 28 minutes 
into the mission. At 44 14, this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 442800 167/1 

p A0 This is Apollo Control, 44 hours, 

28 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We* re coming up 
on acquisition with the Redstone tracking ship m a few 
5prniu i s We'll monitor that conversation now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through the Redstone 

standing by. Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS Redstone, 
pick you up at Bahamas in about 12 minutes 
p y sc F Roger Jack, I read you (garble). 

CAPCOM You're 5 by Donn . 

PA0 This is Apollo Control, 44 hours, 

32 minutes into the mission. We have just lost contact 
Wiethe Redstone tracking ship. The next contact will 
be Gr and Bahamas Islands 44 hour, J^J -nutes jnto^he 

^minutes 0 *: wll( ^gin^e^E stage tracking al : 169 nautical 
miles distance from the Spacecraft. Now we will go back 
and have in this period of time - we ^yere a couple 
minutes of update of what went on m the last 7-1/1 to 
8 noirs of She mission. At 37 hours 2 minutes we had a 
flight plan update. We also found that everybody has 
evidence of Astronaut Stafford telling the crew that it 
was a very good rendezvous that day - yesterday. Astro- 
naut Schirra was reluctant to change his sleep cycle as 

i dlnto from the Control Center by Deke Slayton He 
indicated the sleeping bags were not workin g °f ^T"^ 1 > 
that the Astronauts being in their couches with the seat 
belt Suckled were much more comfortable and it worked much 
better than when they used the sleeping bags. The light _ 
weig£? nead-sets, he said, were better than the com carrier, 
because with the com carrier, the cable jerks the head 
aroSnd when they move around the cockpit. He indicated 
they had a problem with the Hasselblad camera, what that 
problem was - what extend it was I do not know They 
finished chlorinating the water again and also Astro- 
naut Schirra indicated that the Exergenie, the exercise 
device onboard the Spacecraft was "the best - one oh 
best spacie things we've had in years". He also indicated 
they lire getting around in the Spacecraft very well and 
Sey were becoming gymnasts We formal inertial measure- 
ment unit realignments, we had an indication that Astro 
naSt Schirra took a decongestion tablet, an Act ifed tablet 
plus 2 aspirin, and that Astronaut Cunningham had taken 
lActifed tablet, and Astronaut Eisele had used. some nose 
cream lor his nose. This was at 39 hours 43 minutes into 
the mission. There was no particular physical problem 
indicated Eeyond the indication that they had taken that 
medication. At that time we had no biomedical readouts. 
Later on" in the mission at 41 hours, 47 minutes , the bio- 
medical readouts begin coming in to the MCC, satisfactorily. 



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PAO They performed a waste water dump, as 

they had the day before and there is no problen in the 
ECS system in dumping the water and having the ECS operate 
properly. They completed a sextant check well into the 
tour at 41 hours, 17 minutes and had a flight plan update 
on the S4B tracking time. That was when we changed the 
tracking time to 44 hours, 36 minutes into the mission 
instead of 46-1/2 hours. Due to the fact that the S4B 
would be in the 169 nautical mile proximity at 44 hours 
36 minutes and it would be too far away a revolution later. 
This tracking procedure with the S4B will begin very shortly, 
in fact it has begun over 1 minute ago. It was indicated 
at 41 hours, 47 minutes that the 02, the oxygen flow rate 
as monitored at MCC in Houston, was indicating a high flow 
rate It was also indicated to the crew at that time, that 
they should check the waste vent and close it if it were 
open, which it was. After that was accomplished, the 0. 
rate came down satisfactorily and is now riding around 
.35 lbs per hour. 



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PAO - .35 pounds per hour. Waste vent 

was turned off, still had onboard that was high at that 
time, but it did come down to that .35 pounds per hour. The 
last - one of the last contacts that was indicated by Astro- 
naut Eisele that the VHF high pitch interference noise was 
coming in. That was indicated to him through - around the 
Antigua area by Astronaut Pogue that last night the same 
type of interference came in when he picked up music and 
voice conversation in that particular area. The crew ap- 
pears to be in good condition. The spacecraft commander 
and the LM pilot are in their sleep period and command 
module Eisele is now - should be in the process of tracking 
the S-IVB. At 44 hours 39 minutes into the mission, this 
is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 444300 169/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 44 hours, 43 

minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are now coming up 
to the acquisition point at Grand Bahama Islands. We'll stand 
by for any possible conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston; standing by. 

SC Roger Jack; I'm doing the B20 navigation 

right now. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC I'll do a section. Houston, this is 

Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead 7. 

SC Roger; the (garble) flow is more than 

in here. It's not (garble). It's a different triangle be- 
cause some of the background that I see from the base line 
(garble) but it's still there and you can still track it 
one more time . . 

CAPCOM All right. I've been following your marks 

Don and it looks like you are getting in verbal 649; it looks 
like you're getting real good marks. 

SC Yeah, we (garble) free on the (garble) 

tracking length within, I guess, a couple of minutes at the 
last of the nautical time. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Say again Don. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control 44 hours 54 minutes 

into the mission. We won't have acquisition at Canary- 
Islands for another 2 minutes and 20 seconds or so. Astronaut 
Eisele indicated to the MCC that the tracking with the 
sextant, the visual tracking of the S-4B was going along. 
He said it was not as good as it could be due to bright 
earth shine. However, it was still there and you could 
still track it with the sextant. We'll be coming up at 
Canary Island pass in just a couple of minutes now. At 
44 hours 54 minutes this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 44:56:36 171/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control 44 hours 56 minutes 

35 seconds into the mission of Apollo 7. Canary Islands 

will acquire in about 10 seconds from this time. We will 

monitor that pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through the Canaries. 

Standing by. 

SC Houston. 

CAPCOM Go ahead, Donn. 

SC Garbled. 

CAPCOM I couldn't read that, Donn, you brought 

two by . 

SC Garbled. 

CAPCOM Donn, we can't quite make that out. We've 
got you here for about another 5 minutes, and maybe signal 

strength will get a little bit better. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. How do you read now? 

SC Garbled. 

CAPCOM Okay, Donn, you are a little better there 
on S-band. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. You are about 1 minute 

LOS Canaries, we'll pick you up over Carnarvon in about 20 min- 
utes . 

SC Roger. 

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PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 45 

hours 32 minutes into the flight. Donn Eisele just put in 
a call to us via Carnarvon. Me said he could still observe 
the flashing lights on the S-IVB. Here is a rundown on the 
weather today around the world, some of which the crew may 
be able to observe on this upcoming rev as they go through 
the Windward Islands area. Taking it from the top: m the 
west Atlantic recovery area the weather will be partly 
cloudy to mostly cloudy with a few showers, winds will be 
mostly easterly, ranging from 10 to 18 knots, sea is 5 feet 
and the temperature is in the upper 70's. In the eastern 
Atlantic, weather will be mostly fair, with northeasterly 
winds of 15 knots, sea is about 3 feet, temperature in the 
70's. In the west Pacific landing area, weather will be 
fair to partly cloudy with a few showers, winds will be 
mainly northerly 15 knots, seas 5 feet and temperatures in 
the 60's. In the mid-Pacific, weather will be cloudy with 
showers strong easterly winds and moderately rough seas 
in the more northern landing areas. In the southern part 
of the zone, weather will be partly cloudy, winds southerly 
12 knots, seas 4 feet and temperature m the 70*s. An in- 
teresting weather feature that the crew may be able to ob- 
serve today will be a disturbance in its formative stage m 
an area a few hundred miles east of the Windward Islands m 
the Atlantic Ocean. The command pilot and the lunar module 
pilot remain asleep, and the sleep period is programed to 
last several more hours. As a matter of fact, it is programed 
to last 5 more hours, so it looks like a nice quiet morning 
ahead of us. At 45 minutes hours and - we do have some tape 
from Carnarvon and we will play it for you now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon, 

standing by. 

Sc Roger, Houston. Houston, the lights 

are still flashing on the S-IVB. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. And Donn, as we 

go along here toward the end of our pass, which is about 
another 8 minutes, we will pick up Honeysuckle, so you will 
want to turn up your S-band. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM And we have Honeysuckle for about a 

9 minute pass, so we will have you for about another 16 min- 
utes, and then you've got a long stretch without anything. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Go ahead. 

SC That wasn't us, Jack. 

CAPCOM Okay, I'm sorry, Donn. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. You want to turn 

up your S-band volume, we are just about to lose you over 



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CAPCOM Carnarvon. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Donn, we want to make a radio check 
through this backup site at Honeysuckle just to check it 
out . 

SC Okay, Jack. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through the Wind 

site, how do you read me? 

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CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through the Wind Sight; 
how do you read? 

SC Clear Jack; I'll turn the volume up. 

CAPCOM Okay, you're loud and clear here. 

SC Sounds pretty good. 

CAPCOM Roger; this is a back up sight there in 
Australia. 

SC Roger; Jack. I've been looking at this 
horizon preparing for this mid-course navigation business, 

and at night there just isn't any horizon that you can define 
in the sextant at all. There is one in the telescope but I 

don't think that's accurate enough. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

SC The airglow band or what ever it is , is 

right's drumming. The real earth is so wide that there's no 

way to use it that I can see for navigation. 

SC Okay, we copy that. 

CAPCOM Don, can you confirm whether you did the 
02 purge on the fuel cell? 

SC Negative; I did not. I was working the 

LAP. I'll do that now. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 



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PAO 

13 minutes int 
call to Apollo 
monitor and se 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
reading now 87 
that you initi 

SC 

waste water an 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

water gun for 
CAPCOM 



Apollo Control Houston, you're 46 hours, 
o the flight. Jack Swigert just put in a 

7 and gave them a standing by message. We ll 
e if any conversation developed. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Roger, Houston go ahead. 



Donn , and we ' re 



Roger. opposite on the 

percent on the waste quantity. We are recommending 
ate the dumping of the waste tank. 

Roger, opposite on the 
d we've got a good lock with 
Roger. 

Jack, record 12 clicks 
Say again. Say again, 



and 87 percent 
this antenna. 

on the water. 
Donn . 



me 



I said just record 12 clicks on the 
Okay . 



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CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, Houston, go. 

CAPCOM Roger. You have a GO for 47-1. 

SC Roger, GO for 47-1 and log the LMP 

for 12 clicks on the water gun. 

CAPCOM Will do, and good morning. 

SC Good morning. 

SC Hey, Jack, so far this urine dump has been 

pretty doggonned good. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, go ahead. 

SC Roger. I said the urine dump system has 

been working beautifully so far. 

CAPCOM Okay, fine. Walt, did you have the VHF 

off just a minute ago? 

SC Yes, I did, I've just gotten up and I 

hadn't turned it on yet. 

CAPCOM Okay, fine. 

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APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/13/68, GET: 464216 176/1 

pA0 This is Apollo Control 46 hours, 42 minutes 

into the flight. The crew was advised during a recent pass 
through the Canary Islands area to scrub to forget about, 
some LM mark tracking that was to take place on the West 
Coast in the next several hours. Clouds apparently obscure 
the area that was to be observed in a pass across either 
California or the Western United States. The flight director 
Glynn Lunney has gone around the room and gotten a very 
thorough stktus rlport from each area, from each console 
in the room and other than that, we are witnessing one of 
the longer scheduled sleep periods of the flight. I show 
the commander of the Apollo 7, Wally fchirra, and Walt 
Cunningham are scheduled here for an 11 hour rest sleep 
period Walt Cunningham has just talked to us briefly and 
rather sleepily and probably will drowse on back o si ep . 
He woke up, had a drink of water, and talked a bit on the 
last pass. Here is some tape from that pass. a ^,^ 

or We have the preliminary cool (garble] 

coming up emensely. I don't know how long the water boiler 
can go without reservicing and if it is not working, it seems 
to be having an effect on that secondary pump. 

CAPCOM Roger. We're having a meeting down here 

on that very subject. We'll come up to you with a procedure 
for activating that primary water boiler to take it out. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go Houston. 

CAPCOM We have a flight plan up date here; the 

land mark tracking that was planned for about 4740, the 
weathe? is very, very bad over those areas and we are recommen- 
ding tha" we are asking you to delete that land mark track- 
ing exercise. Roger . i j U st did a little bit using 
clouds as unknown landmarks and ran through the program. 
Seems to work okay. I got through our updates. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine Don. Apollo 7, Houston. 

We are showing the waste quantity down below at 20 percent 
now; it looks real good to us here. 

SC Roger; we're shutting it off right now. 

CAPCOM Okay. Apollo 7, Houston. You're 1 minute 

LOS Canaries. I'll pick you up in about 14 minutes at 
Tananarive . 

SC Roger. 



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CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive, 

standing by. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS 

Tananarive, Carnarnon in about 9 minutes. 
SC Roger. 

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PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 47 

hours 17 minutes. We are in touch with Apollo 7 via Car- 
narvon and here is how it's going. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon, 

standing by. 

SC Roger. Jack, could you give us a map 

update ? 

CAPCOM Will do, we will work it out. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston with your map update. 

SC Roger, go. 

CAPCOM Rev 29, your GET is a node of 46 + 06 + 

31, longitude will be 129.2 degrees west, the right ascen- 
sion was 06 + 01. 

SC Roger. 46 + 06 + 31, 129.2 west. 

CAPCOM Roger. That was for Rev 29. You are on 

30 now. 

SC Thank you. What's the news this morn- 

ing? 

CAPCOM Give you some scores if you would like. 

SC GO. 

CAPCOM Any particular you interested in? 

SC USC, UCLA. 

CAPCOM Okay. Walt, Penn State beat UCLA 21 to 

6. 

SC Boo. 

CAPCOM And USC beat Stanford 27 to 24. Okla- 

homa beat Houston 21 to 17. 

SC That's a surprise. 

CAPCOM And here is a good one. Ohio State 

beat Purdue 13 to 0. 

SC Who beat Purdue? 

CAPCOM Ohio State. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger. Big news in the paper today was 

Apollo meets with second stage. 

SC What was that? 

CAPCOM That was the big news. Apollo meets 

with second stage, front page stuff. 

SC Almost makes it worth it. I tell you, 

you had three of us sweating up here. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Do you want to 

turn up your S-band? We are about 1 minute LOS Carnarvon. 
We will pick you up over Honeysuckle and - almost instantane- 
ous there . 

SC Will go. 

CAPCOM And Apollo 7, just continuing with the 

morning news. Basically, the headlines this morning are 



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178/2 



CAPCOM all about the rendezvous. They had 

another heart transplant in Houston early this morning. It 
is going well at last report. Have you got the Air Force- 
Navy score, Air Force over Navy 26 to 20, Southern Cal over 
Stanford, Ohio State over Purdue, Texas 26 Oklahoma 20, 
Notre Dame beating Northwestern 27 to 7. Apollo 7, Houston, 
I have some flight plan updates here for you when you are 
ready to copy. 

SC Roger, 
was 2 7 to 7. Copy go. 

CAPCOM Okay. At this G§N attitudes control 

test over Hawaii, we want to make sure that we have the 
high bit rate before we start it and we acquire Hawaii at 
490845. It's a little bit different than is in the flight 
plan, we just wanted to make sure we had the high bit rate 
before we started it. The same way with the attitude con- 



wait one. The last score we got 



On Rev 33, the P52 IMU realign 



trol test which is at 5040 
at 5130, we would like you to - 

SC A little slower, please Jack. 

CAPCOM Okay. The IMU realign at 5130, 

would like you to use option 3 instead of option 2. 
would like to keep the current rev map, and also we 
like you to report your gyro torquing angles at the 
elusion of this realignment. 

SC Roger, got you. 

CAPCOM Okay. The - at 52 hours to P20 navi- 

gation sunrise will be at 5206. This might be useful for 
your S-IVB tracking at 320 miles. 

Roger . 

And that's it right now. 
Okay. I have a question here on the 
test. You've got high bit required 20 to 



we 

We 
would 
con- 



SC 
CAPCOM 
SC 

attitude control 



30 minutes on the G§N attitude control test, shortly there- 
after you have 10 to 20 minutes of GffN attitude control 
test. How are we going to get all that and - are they 
going to get all that dumped so we can get our tape back? 

CAPCOM Okay, stand by there, 

on that. 
SC 

time, rather 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 



than 



Can't 
tapes? 



I'll get EECOM 



you get a lot of that in real 



Yes, we can 



Apollo 7, 
We didn't 



say 
call 



Stand 
again , 



by, Walt, 



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PA0 This is Apollo Control Houston 47 hours 

40 minutes. We are about to acquire through the ship Hunts - 
ville parked off the California coast and we'll monitor that 
conversation when and if it develops. For your information 



our orbit 
by 155 
starts 



thi: 



morning 
miles . And for 
of revolutions , 



at an elapsed time 
will be the start 
CAPCOM 



is 120 by 15S nautical, miles. 120 
those keeping precise times of the 
the next Cape crossing time will 



of 



47 hours, 54 minutes 



e 31st 



revolution 



seconds . 



be 
That 



Here ' s 



CAPCOM 



s leep 
Walt . 



through Guaymas 

Roger 
Roger 

remarks on your habits th 
living conditions, <= 1 
that. i?y the way!, 
are feeling this morning 
took helped out. 
SC 

slightly stuff 
while sleeping 
shape 



Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, 



the 
Hou: 



pass 
: ton 



We'd like to get seme continuing 
re; how things are going, your 
and crew condition, and things like 
we would like to ask you how you 
and if that one actifed that you 



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Roger, I took 
night but it 
eel fine this 



one actifed; my nose was 
didn't give me any problem 
morning. I feel in good 



Okay, real 
(garble) 
I f you 



Roger, 



Okay, that 
(garble) a 
this time 



time (garble) 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
let us know, hub? 
SC 

on the same matter, 
too . 

CAPCOM 
SC 

world is (garble) at 
and no extra 
good sleep. 

CAPCOM Okay, 

SC I got 

and Walt had just about 5 

CAPCOM 

SC 

small things, bu' 
on the (garble) . 
and (garble) and 

CAPCOM 

SC 

amazing how well 
SC 

observation 



I feel in 

good news . 
like you want to 
all of us are somewhat 



feel 



take anymore 



but Wally seems to be getting 



concerned 
a lot better 



s real 
little 
we ' re 



fine 
wh i 1 e 
still 



news . 
up here 



Little exercise 



( garb le) 
now and 



the 

around 
then ; 



that T s 



fine 



and he 
Okay , that 1 s 



solid hours of sleep 
as leep . 



s still 
fine . 



last night 



(garble) . update here. Several things, 
most of the things we (garble). Normally 
The sleeping bag is not, really not effective 
we all feel kinda that way. 
Okay, copy that. 

Other than that I think it is rather 
and quickly we all went to sleep. 
Okay. 

You might log that - from my personal 



the diet, and 
I think Waliy 



at least, that there's far too much sweet in 

have more food than we need, 
way. Don seems to be eating 



I feel like we 
feels the same 



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most of his though. 



CAPCOM Okay. 
SC I understand for a couple of days (garble) 

understand the whole deal in order to keep (garble) . 
CAPCOM Okay, copy. 

SC Another comment is exercise is very, very 



good, will make you feel better up here. I find that after 
we're up here, oh about, around the middle of the first day, 
we started noticing that your lower abdominal muscles feel 
sore. Always in this seated position and there is certainly 
enough strain taken off them, and now they kinda want to bunch 
out and if we exercise once and awhile, we feel a lot better. 

CAPCOM That's a good note. Copy that; that's 

real fine news. And Walt, sometime, Walt and Don, sometime 
after Wally gets awake and the three of you have a real good 
chance, we'd like to get a good status check of your windows. 
SC Roger; I can give you that now if you'd 

like . 

CAPCOM Okay, let's do. 

SC Okay, window number 5 is still I'd say 

in very good shape. Nothing compared to the pictures I've 
seen of a bad window in Gemini. Window number 4 is still in 
good shape, I mean, no concern about taking pictures out of 
it at all. Window number 3 has been continually deteriorating 
since about the first day and you can see moisture collected 
on the inside of the outer pane and kinda spotty in the middle. 
You can see horizons out of it, but nothing more. Window number 
2 is still in good shape. On the left front side of it, you 
can see a slight amount of discoloration that may eventually 
work it's way in on it. Window number 1 is similar to window 
5 as it seems to have a lot of these little snow flakes 
settling on it and window number 1 is that close to the earth 
now and probably is pulling some air. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. Okay, we'll have you 

all the way across the States and we'll just keep standing by. 

SC Okay. You might make note that I haven't 

had any problems with food bags yet. Several comments though 
that the pill is supposed to be broken up and you're doing well 
when you get the pill inside the bag. I don't know anybody 
who's got fingers strong enough to break it. Also the chewing 
gum doesn't, gum doesn't have any velcro on it whenever it shows 
up and it's turning out that it's pretty significant that 
everything have a patch of velcro on it. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy that. 



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SC ... we have a (garble) on it. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy that. 

SC Also, the wet wipe that's packed with 
the fecal bag, they do not have velcro on it and they 
need it. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC The temperature inside the cabin has 



been very comfortable. Wally and Donn put on their white 
coveralls. They got out of the suit. I've been in my 
y CWG ever since, and I guess when we start with the show 
business, I'll have to get dressed for it. 
CAPCOM Okay, I copy that. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM On the G and N control check that you 

were asking about, over Hawaii, that will be done over the 
States in high bit rate and real time. It won't require 
any DSE operation other than normal. 

SC Roger, we will stand by for your veri- 

fication that you have high bit rate data status. 

CAPCOM Okay, that's real fine. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 48 hours 

04 minutes into the flight. We are out at the far end of 
the ship Vanguard's area of acquisition and we will probably 
have no more contact for this pass. This pass did bring 
us a very complete summary of the crew status on board and 
among the things we heard was that Donn Eisele got 7 solid 
hours, as Walt Cunningham described them, of sleep. Cunning- 
ham said he had 6 hours and he reported that Schirra was 
still sleeping and he was still sleeping. We don't know 
precisely how long Wally Schirra has been asleep. Cunningham 
also reported some improvement in the - in what was beginning 
to be described yesterday as sick bay. Schirra's cold is 
better he said before he went to sleep, and he felt much 
better after taking a decongestant tablet last night before - 
Walt Cunningham took one before he went to sleep. At 48 
hours and 05 minutes into the flight, that is our situation. 



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gc Houston, this is Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead 7. 

sc Roger. We've got a lock up m the comp 

cycle program 21. Could you get a G and N bearing (garbled) 
tell me anything on what to do to correct that? To get 

° Ut °CAPC0M Okay, I understand that you are locked 

up into program 21? Is that correct? 

SC Garbled. . 

CAPCOM Okay, standby 7, we're getting somebody 

to help us down here. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Garbled. 

CAPCOM Donn, can you tell us at what display 

you had in the program when you hit the PROCEED? 
SC Yes, I had - garbled. 

CAPCOM Could you say again? We missed the 

diSPl CAPC0M Apollo 7 Houston. I understand you 

had the time in there and it was going to intergrate ahead 
to figure out where you were, and that is the procedure 
you are talking about? 

SC That's right. 

CAPCOM Roger. . 

CAPCOM What time did you put m there, Apollo fi 

SC Garbled. 

PA0 Apollo Control Houston here. The comm 

via Tananarive was a little rocky, but we did make out 
Donn Eisele reported he had entered a program into the 
computer and got a CAUTION alarm. Something wasn t going 
iust right with the computer. No big crisis. We will look 
at it and talk about it some more over Carnarvon I am sure, 
at which point we will be in - due to acquire there at 
48 hours 41 minutes into the flight, 7 minutes from now. 
At 48 hours 34 minutes into the flight, this is Apollo 
Control Houston. 



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PAO Apollo Control Houston, 48 hours, 42 min- 

utes into the flight. We have just tagged up with the crew 
through Carnarvon and here is what it sounds like. 

COMM ARIA 1, go remote. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through ARIA 1. 

COMM ARIA 1, AOS. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through ARIA 1. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through ARIA 1. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

We're reading you 5 by. Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, hear you CAPCOM, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger, real fine. Did you come out okay 

on P21, Donn? 

SC Yes, it finally quit intergrating , I'd 

already asked him to go to PU, so he went straight to PU. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. I've got some dis- 

cussion on the primary evaporator to take up with Walt here. 

SC He's listening, he's writing. 

CAPCOM Okay, there will be a couple of procedures, 

so you might want to copy this down. What we would like to 
do is to determine the status of the primary water boiler 
and therefore, we intend to activate the primary evaporator 
over the stateside pass this revolution. So when you bring the 
evaporator on, Walt, we want you to open the back pressure 
valve manually for 2 seconds, since we're not sure of how 
much water is in the evaporator and this would minimize any 
possibility of carrying excess water through the steam duct 
and possible freezing it. Then on the ground cue over the 
States, we would like you to first put the glycol evaporator 
H20 flow switch to AUTO. Second put the glycol evaporator 
steam pressure to MANUAL. Third, go decrease for 2 seconds. 
Observe the temperature decay on the primary evaporator 
outlet. If you don't get any decay, we want you to go decrease 
for 2 seconds more. If you get a temperature decrease then, 
wait 30 seconds, place the evaporator steam pressure to AUTO. 
We'll watch it all from the ground, but if you observe any 
anomalies in your out of ground contact, we would like you 
to trouble-shoot per the malfunction procedures recorded on 
high-bit rate on BSE and report it to the next site. If you 
want any of this repeated, I'll go over it with you. 

SC I could copy about half that fast, 

and I only got the first three steps, Jack. That pressure 
open for 2 seconds, do you want me to do that prior to getting 
into the States? 

CAPCOM No, we will do this when we hit the States, 

so we can watch it here. We will tell you when we've got 



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CAPCOM good data and then you bring it on, open 

it for 2 seconds. This will all be on ground cue. I'll 
read these steps again, a little slower, Walt. First step, 
H20 flow to AUTO; second, steam pressure to MANUAL; third, 
decrease steam pressure switch to DECREASE for an additional 
2 seconds. Observe a - for a temperature decay on the 
vap-out temperature. Okay, if you don't get any temperature 
decay, decrease the steam pressure for 2 additional seconds. 
Then if you get a temperature decrease on the vap-out 
temperature, wait 30 seconds then place the glycol evap-out 
steam pressure to AUTO. Okay, if you get any anomalies and 
you're out of ground contact, trouble- shoot it per the 
malfunction procedures, recording it on high bit rate and 
we'll pick you up at the next site. 

SC Roger, Jack, I got step 4. Decrease 

steam pressure for 2 seconds, watch the glycol evap-out 
temperature decrease and disconnect set. 

CAPCOM Okay, after temp decrease is observed, 

wait 30 seconds, then place the steam pressure switch to 
AUTO. 

SC I have here decrease something for 2 

additional seconds. 

CAPCOM Okay, let me go over it again. 

SC Two seconds. 

CAPCOM Okay, you go to MANUAL, decrease the 

steam pressure for 2 seconds, that's three. If you don't 
get any temperature decay, decrease the steam pressure for 
2 additional seconds. That's step four. 

SC Roger, I understand that if I don't get 

any pressure decrease - temperature decrease in how long a 
time period? 

CAPCOM About 30 seconds, give it 30 seconds, 

Walt, to note any temperature change. 

SC Open the back pressure for 2 seconds, 

on your cue, (garble) to AUTO on cue. Steam pressure to 
MANUAL, decrease pressure for 2 seconds. Watch the glycol 
evap-out temp decrease, if no temp decrease, in 30 seconds - 
decrease steam pressure for another 2 seconds. If I get a 
decrease, I wait 30 seconds and then go to AUTO. Any 
anomalies, I trouble - shoot . 

CAPCOM That's good, you got it. Okay, Apollo 7 

you might want to turn your FM volume up, we're about to 
pick up Honeysuckle here. We'll just be standing by here, 
we don't have anything special for you. 

SC Okay, you might turn (garble) up so 

that these G and N (garble) transmit. 



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CAPCOM 
a little garble, 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
rate. 
SC 

CAPCOM 



I didn't copy that, Donn. You were 

And what rate do you want put in. 
Okay, standby. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Aoollo 7, Houston. 

Apollo 7, Houston. Got AGHT or rate, 

Rate, Jack 
Okay, standby. 



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CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, go Houston. 

CAPCOM Okay, Donn. What we would like to 

have is a spacecraft maneuver rate, a summary rate 1 degree 
per second or greater DAP we would like you to set 4 degrees 
per second in the rate. 



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PAO 



9 minutes into the flight 
and let's listen 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 

sc 

CAPCOM 



This is Apollo Control Houston, 49 hours 



Hawaii is due to acquire momentarily 



Houston with an update, 
do you read Houston? 



We have an update on DAP 



Apollo 7, 
Apollo 7, 
Roger. 
Okay, Don, 

rate dead band we'd like you to set in; we would like you 
to set in two tenths of a degree per second for the rate 
dead band for this P and N attitude control test. 

SC Okay, I got that in. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 

SC Jack? 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC I'm not ready to do that one degree per 

second just yet; using too much fuel. Just go ahead and put 
it in G § N attitude hold at dead band for two tenths rate 
and then let it sit around here as long as you want to look 
at it . 

CAPCOM Okay, you want. We copy that. We haven't 

picked up high bit rate here; we'll give you a hack as soon 
as we have high bit rate. 

SC Okay. Ready to copy of logdata. 

CAPCOM Roger; I'll give you that. Opposite on 

the first. Apollo 7, Houston. We have high bit rate; you 
can search the G § N attitude control test and Walt, I will give 
you the block data. 

SC Roger; this is (garble) now. 

CAPCOM Okay, block data for block number 6 as 

follows: 033-4C plus 314 minus 1450. 52 plus 05 plus 094335. 
34-3C plus 200 plus 1500. 53 plus 21 plus 42. 4119035-3B 
plus 250 plus 1390. 054 plus 55 plus 07. 4143036 - 4A plus 
250 minus 1659056 plus 46 plus 40. 4785037 - 3A plus 315 plus 
1390058 plus 07 plus 174439. 3038 - 3A plus 283 plus 1374059 
plus 42 plus 35. 4645. 

Roger, read that code. 033 - 4C. 314 
0520509, 4335, 34 - 3B plus 200 plus 1500. 053 
plus 21 plus 42. 4119035 - 315 plus 1390058 plus 07 plus 
17. 4439. 38 - 3A plus 283 plus 1374059 plus 12 plus 85 
and 4645; over. 

CAPCOM Roger. Walt, we had a transition from 

Hawaii to Huntsville and I lost a little bit of it here. 
The second block was 034 - 3C instead of 3B. And I lost you 
right after 035 - 3B. Could you give me that down to the 
beginning of 037 - 3A? 

SC Roger; I'll pick up. 035 - 3B; I got 

your correction. 34 - 3C and 035 - 3B plus 250 plus 1390. 
254 plus 59 plus 07. 4143036 - 4A plus 250 minus 1659056 
plus 46 plus 40. 4785; over. 

capcom Roger, that's got it. We copied lines. 



SC 

minus 1450 



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CAPCOM I have some time. 

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CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

GC Go ahead Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM On this primary evaporator ac 

we are going to wait until we get a RAD out tempe 
above 50 before we start it. 

SC Roger. Do you have any idea 

what time you want to do that? It doesn't get ab 
until after we have been in a daylight pass most 
time. 

CAPCOM Roger. We are just discussin 

it's 



the way it's coming up, 



It looks like 
little bit. 

SC Roger. It hasn't been coming 

are talking about the evaporator outlet tempe 



up, if 
rature, I 
50, it's going to be 



now . 

be a 

you 

assume. The odds of it coming about 
the latter part of the daylight pass 

CAPCOM No, we were talking about the 

temperature, Walt, just so we can make sure that 
is going to really work. 

SC Okay, I can show you a rad ou 

perature now and it's right about 50. 

CAPCOM Okay, stand by here. 

We are only showing a rad out 
we are going to check cal curve right 
Roger. I am reading 49 about 



tivation 
rature 

about 
ove 50 
of the 

g that 
going to 



CAPCOM 
degrees and 
SC 

border . 

SC 

Let's say 45 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
we are reading 
your value and 



rad out 
the boiler 

t tem- 



of 42 
now . 
on 



to 50 



Right on the nose, 3 point scale 



Okay. 

Apollo 7, Houston. 
Go, Houston. 

Okay, Donn. On that rad out, 
43 now and there is a big spread b 
ours, and ours is correct accordin 



cal curve. So it will be a little bit yet before 
to activation of the evaporator. 



when 
etween 
g to the 

we get 



Okay 
Houston, Apollo 
Go ahead, 7. 
Do you have 
Affirmative 
on constant 
Okay, fine. 



VHF now? 
We are 



SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
we are simultaneous 

SC Okay, fine. Thought 

seemed you were really on S-band. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 can you tell us what, 

tion you are pointed relative to the sun? 

SC Why don't you read our gimbal 



receivin 



for a wh 



g VHF, 
ile it 
direc- 
angles 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 10/13/68, GET: 491950 18 

sc and figure it out? You can probably 

do it better than we can. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

sc it's coming in the left side window, 

it's a little bit forward of it. 
CAPCOM Okay . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, we are going to 

delay activation of the primary evaporator until Ascension. 
We will contact at Ascension in approximately 8 minutes. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Thirty seconds 

to LOS Antigua. 



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CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension. 

Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension. 

SC Roger. This is Apollo 7. We're standing 

by for your evaporator procedure. I can (cut off) 

CAPCOM Okay, Wall, we're going to wait until we 

get high bit rate here. We've got a keyhole effect which is 
going to delay our high bit rate for minute or so, and then 
we'll be ready to start. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We're ready to start 

on the primary evaporator test. You can open the back- 
pressure valve manually for 2 seconds. 

SC Are you ready to receive this procedure? 

CAPCOM Okay. You want to put your water valve 

to auto? _ . . 

SC Want me to decrease for 2 seconds first 

don't you? 

CAPCOM Okay. Wall we want to go auto first on 

the water valve. 

SC (Garble) S-band. 

CAPCOM Okay. Walt, read you 5 by. You want to 

(cut off) , - 

Sc The depressure came down to .15 and 

bicarb operator outlet pressure is coming down. 

CAPCOM Okay. Understand. 

Sc I am going to go auto on the steam pressure 

because the bicarb operator temperature is down. 

CAPCOM Okay. We'd like you to hold it for 

15 seconds. 

SC Do what? 

CAPCOM Hold off on putting the steam pressure 

valve to auto for 15 seconds here. 

SC I had it in there - I just took it back. 

CAPCOM Okay . 



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CAPCOM Okay, Apollo 7, you can put the steam 

valve^ressure to AUTOnow.^ ^ ^ ^ ^ 

^^llpco/ 0 " 0nb ° a Roger; we copy. Apollo 7, Houston we 
are about 1 minute LOS; we would like you to continue this 
procedure. Watch the glycol evap out temperature. If you 
geTany anomalies then record it on the high bit rate; we'll 
pick you up over Tananarive. 

SC Roger. What time for Canaries? 

CAPCOM Tananarive will be - 50 hours, 1 minute. 

° kay *PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 49 hours 

53 minutes into the flight. I doubt that there will be 
additional conversation through Ascension. We have been up 
now since 49 hours and 10 minutes into the flight m other 
words, 43 minutes during this swing from Hawaii through 
Ascension. While there wasn't talk during the entire period, 
it was a busy period. As we got into the evaporator test to 
see how well that element of the cooling is working. Some 
information on the consumables that remains onboard 755 
pounds of propellant in the RCS tanks, the combined tankage 
reading 755, that is opposed to a take off propellant weight 
of 1 307 pounds. In the SPS system there remains 8 266 pounds 
against the take off weight of 9 555 pounds. The oxygen 
summary is 82 percent remaining in the oxygen tanks onboard 
I don't have the figure in pounds. 82 percent m each two 
tanks. At 49 hours, 54 minutes into the flight, this is 
Apollo Control in Houston. 



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PAO Apollo Control here at 50 hours 8 minutes 

into the flight. Via Tananarive we had this conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Tananarive. 

SC Roger, Bob, and the water boiler seems 

to be operating normally now. 

CAPCOM Okay, Real fine. 

SC It evaporated normally after we (garbled) 

CAPCOM I think he said it evaporated normally 

since he left Ascension. I wonder if he is evaporating now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 1 minute LOS 

Tananarive. We pick up ARIA 1 in about 3 minutes. We'll 
have continuous coverage through Carnarvon. 

SC (garbled) Roger. 

SC Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead 7. 

PAO And this is Apollo Control. That con- 

cluded the conversation and while ARIA is available, apparently 
there are no plans to carry any further conversations with 
the crew. Earlier we gave you a citation from the amount of - 
the percentage of oxygen remaining, 82 percent, in pounds 
that goes like this: tank 1, 265 pounds of oxygen; tank 2, 
268, At 50 hours and 10 minutes into the flight, this is 
Apollo Control Houston. 



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PAO Apollo Control Houston here, 50 hours, 

17 minutes. We are talking to apollo 7 through Carnarvon. 
SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC In the flight plan we have (garble) about 

5 plus 45 (garble) control 7. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Took us 20 minutes. We performed that dur- 

ing the tracking exercise for the rendezvous. I'd like to 
hold off that type of PPO until after we have our third burn. 

CAPCOM Okay, stand by. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We concur on delaying 

the attitude controls test until after burn 3, 

SC Roger; I think we met the requirement Jack, 

but if we can check the data from the previous revs, we prob- 
ably didn't get to do that one. 

CAPCOM All right; let's do that. 

CAPCOM We'll check it 7. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM We're trying to get an inertial attitude 

hold angle that we would like you to go to, to further eval- 
ulate this primary evaporator and we'll try to get you these 
angles early so you can take your time maneuvering there. 
What we want to do is heat up these radiators as much as 
possible and it won't have to be a tight attitude hold at all, 
just want to get as maximum a heat on the radiator as we 
can to give us a lot of confidence in that primary evaporator. 

SC Roger; what type of time are you 

talking about? 

CAPCOM Next state side pass. 

SC All go. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger; we have a roll pitch and yaw 

gimbal angle of, for this evaporator evaluation. 
SC Good. 

CAPCOM Okay, we roll 218 pitch 129 yaw 18. 

SC Jack, is that 18 degrees? 

CAPCOM Roger; 018, excuse me. Yaw is 018. You 

can maneuver there as slowly as possible and set up the max 
dead band and we'll evaluate this over the States'. 

SC Okay, what time would you like this 

attitude? 

CAPCOM For the day pass Wally; over the States. 

SC Okay, it'll be approximately 50 hours and 

45 minutes. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 

SC What we got 218 roll, 129 pitch and 018 

yaw. 



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yaw. 

CAPCOM That's 218 roll, 129 pitch, 018 yaw. 

SC Copied that. 

CAPCOM Okay. And 7, we have finished with the 
loads, we have verified them with the computers; you're - 

SC Roger. Jack, do you have an update for 

us? 

CAPCOM Say again. 

SC Do you have an update for us after that 
(garble) load? 

capcom Roger; that was TSM and S4B. 

SC Roger; don't we do the update to Cg arble ) ? 

CAPCOM Okay; stand by. I have your nav check; 
are you ready to copy? 

SC Okay, go. 

CAPCOM Okay. Sextant track time 051 plus 35 
plus 0000 minus 2779 plus 02505. 1549. 

SC Roger; 051350000 minus 2779 plus 02505, 
1549; over. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Correct read back? 

CAPCOM That's a correct read back; that's 
154.9. 

SC 154,9; roger and copy that. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC Okay, it looks like we're right on, 
doesn't it? 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

SC (garble) updates. 

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PAO Apollo Control here at 50 hours 42 minutes 

into the flight. Momentarily we expect to be talking to 
Apollo 7 through Hawaii. Lets listen. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Hawaii. 

SC Roger Houston. We're drifting in attitude 

now. 

CAPCOM Roger, real fine. Wally, when we hit 

the states we'd like to switch over to a MIN dead band as 
long as we are holding attitude for this radiator- or 
evaporated evaluation. We'd like to switch over to a MIN 
dead band and we'll kill that DTO that's in an attitude 
control test at the same time. I will give you a call over 
California when we would like to set in the MIN rate. 



SC The dead band is (garbled) it's about 

5 pounds an hour and I have done that during the rendezvous 
maneuver. 

CAPCOM Roger. We understand that. This will 

only be for a minimum of 10 minutes. 

SC Bill, that's about one pound. 

CAPCOM I mean - 

SC Prior to the SPS burns about 5 to 10 min- 

utes each. (garbled) 

SC And by the way, Houston, Hawaii is part 

of the United States now. 

CAPCOM Roger, I understand, Wally. 

SC You are showing your age, Jack. 

SC Houston, this is Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead 7. 

SC There is something we have never made 



note of before. It happened during spacecraft tests and does 
here as well. When the 12th maneuver is put in, the gimbal 
drives reflect that maneuver even though the clutch current 
is off. Plus or minus about a half a degree. 
CAPCOM Roger, I understand. 

SC It's something that normally might 

surprise subsequent crews. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy. 

SC No problem. 

SC Houston, the reason we are resisting 

burning up fuel is that we're not really - 

SC We just had a good view of a contrail 

enroute to Hawaii. 

CAPCOM Roger. Opposite omni, 7. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Wally, we are having some more discussion 

on that MIN rate over the states here. We'll let you know. 

SC We're right on the (garbled) making an 

orbit . 

CAPCOM Roger, we understand. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 504200 

SC It's still two updates later. 

SC On it 02, we log valid range. 

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191 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. We still want you to go ahead 

and fit in that min rate, complete this G§N attitude con- 
trol test. This will be the minimum cost fuel -wise right 
now. 

SC Roger. The (garble) you got here is 

exactly the same. 

CAPCOM Roger, we understand. 

SC Okay. I don't think you could under- 

stand real well, we are still testing. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand. 

SC (garble) be prepared to debrief on 

this subject when we get back. 

CAPCOM Yes sir. 

CAPCOM Roger, we are timing right now. We 

will give you a mark in 10 minutes and the test will be 
complete . 

SC Roger. 

SC Deke, you look like wide open today. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC (garble) a little (garble) off shore. 

Like you have about three or four (garble) today. 

CAPCOM Okay, I haven't been outside for 

about 6 hours so I don't know. 

SC Jack, after this G$N burn, do you 

want us to hold it and let's see if the (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger, Wally. After we get through 

this, you've got about 4 minutes left, then hold attitude 
in the cheapest way possible. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM And as soon as we hit the night pass, 

you are on your own. 

SC Pearl Harbor looked beautiful today. 

CAPCOM Say again, Wally. 

SC I said the Harbor looked beautiful 

today. We took a lot of good pictures with the Hasselblad 
we got one of Houston, one of Tampa, that's about the 
rate. It takes about 3 minutes to recock it. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy. 

SC Probably the loop inside is jamming 

it up. It's in the box itself, not in the main shutter 
mechanism and not in the magazine. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy that. 

SC We recommend carrying at least two 

of these boxes along and the accessories to go with them. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy that. 

SC That's it. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 505200 

Sc Houston, a lot of water hasn't been 

boiling since we - have you been putting all the heat on 
the radiator or (garble) 

CAPCOM We've been trying to get the max 

heat on the radiator, we expect it to start boiling here. 
We are showing a rad out now of 50 . 

SC Roger, so am I, but my glycol evap- 

orator outlet sensors still seeing 48. Jack, give me a 
reading when we go off this DAP control. 

CAPCOM Roger. You have got about a minute 

and three-quarters. 

SC Okay, then I'll (garble). Just a 

second, she's starting to boil. Let (garble) 

CAPCOM ~ " ~ 

SC 

monitor? 

CAPCOM 
SC 

now? 

CAPCOM 
about 5120 5, 5125 
SC 

attitude, right? 
CAPCOM 
SC 
SC 



Roger, we concur 
How long will that stay in the SCS 

Stand by one. 

Are you observing my steam pressure 
For move in, darkness occurs, Wally 
Then we are going to stop holding 



Are you reading 



Affirmative . 
Okay . 

Houston, Apollo 7 
my primary evaporator now? 

CAPCOM Affirmative, 7. 

Sc Roger. You got the evaporator out- 

let temperature overshot all the way down to about 34. 
CAPCOM We confirm, and we show it coming 

back up. , 

CAPCOM Okay Apollo 7, we've completed 10 

minutes in min deadband, you can come out of min deadband 
and go to the cheapest way possible for attitude hold. 

SC Roger, SCS. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC This is Apollo 7, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. We feel that for all pur- 

poses your primary evaporator is working normally. 
You can discontinue attitude holding. 

SC Roger, all channels off. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Shall I go ahead and operate the 

glycol evaporator then and see if we have a reoccurrence 
of the earlier trouble? . 

CAP Affirmative and we will watch it 

too. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 

SC Thank you 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY > 10/13/68, GET: 511200 192/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 51 hours, 

IS minutes into the flight. You heard during that pass 
that any and all consideration - any and all concerns about 
the primary evaporator and suspected problems have been put 
to bed. The primary evaporator was pronounced working 
normally in all respects by the ground and by the crew in 
space. We also heard Wally Schirra report he had gotten 
several good pictures. He said he thought he got a good 
shot of Houston and a good shot of Tampa, Florida, and 
explained some difficulty they had had with a mechanism 
on the camera, which I didn't fully understand. At - with 
the Spacecraft half-way across the Atlantic Ocean, we're 
51 hours, 16 minutes into the flight, on the 33rd revolution. 
This is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 512930 193/1 

PAO Apollo Control here, 51 hours, 29 min- 

utes from Ascension, we have this conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension. 

SC Apollo 7, Roger, line clear. 

CAPCOM We're standing by. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, do you read? 

CAPCOM I read you S by. we're standing by. 

SC I took the camera apart and used some 

nose cream and cleaned up some of the inner gears and it 
looks like it is working alright now. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy, and I have a flight plan 

update on that - the pad for the star - sextant star count 
whenever you are ready to copy. 

SC Go ahead with your flight update plan, 

* CAPCOM Okay, GETFR will be S3 plus 36, roll 

will be 40, pitch will be 92, delay that roll. Roll will 
be 4, pitch will be 92, yaw will be 35 niner. GET of sun- 
set minus 12 will be 54 plus 18, roll will be 184, pitch 97, 
yaw 35 niner. 

SC Roger, GET sunrise 53 plus 36, attitude 

004 for roll, pitch 092, yaw 35 niner. Sunset minus 12 min- 
utes, will be 54 plus 18, roll 184, pitch 097, yaw 35 niner. 

CAPCOM Roger, that's correct. 

SC Okay. Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead, Wally. 

SC Roger, we still have reservations about 

the SPS engine. It looks good to us, so far, but we don't 
have any data from you though. 

CAPCOM Okay, standby. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead 

CAPCOM Wally, could you confirm your reservations 

about the SPS engine that have to do with the GPI movement 
that you observed. 

SC (garble) we had a mission rule with the 

Flight Director, that we would not go into the SMS which is 
reserved until we knew that we had a good SPS engine. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy. 

SC Roger, I'd like one more thing. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM We understand. Standby (garble). 



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CAPCOM 
SC 

alignment, minus 
CAPCOM 



Apollo 7, Houston, through Tananarive. 
Roger. We got a report (garble) for the 
420 minus .175 plus .149 (garbled). 

Roger, Donn, I've got a .175 a .149, I 



didn't catch the first one, 

SC The first one was a minus .420. 

CAPCOM .420 a triangle difference of 4 balls 1 

and say again to start. 

SC (garbled) and on the angles the first 

was a minus, second was a minus, the third was a plus. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy, and Walt, is Wally on 

the line? Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC Schirra speaking. 

CAPCOM Roger. About the SPS problem, after 

discussing down here, our feeling is that the SPS is GO. 
However, we have a DAP service module RCS deorbit capability 
at the present time, and we are within 10 feet per second of 
an sps service module RCS deorbit capability. 

SC Roger. That was our figuring too. We'd 

like to hold that reserve as long as possible. After the 
full turn we'll get to the lower (garble), I think we'll 
sum up afterwards. 

CAPCOM Wally, we aren't able to read you this 

time with that last transmission over Carnarvon. 

SC Roger. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/6 8, GET: 5209 50 

CAPCOM Okay, Rev 33 TEP is a node 52 plu 

plus 32 Longitude 139.2 degrees east, right ascension 
plus 54 . 

END OF TAPE 



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PAO And this is Apollo Control, 51 hours, 51 

minutes into the flight. We will be in touch with the space- 
craft through Carnarvon; there goes the first call. 
SC (garble) on the (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger Apollo 7; we don't have data yet 



angle . 



Roger. (garble) hold a second. This is 



the final 
by loads , 



(garble) 
(garble) 



Houston . 

GEP, an approximate 
we can compute some 



GEP, that 
general 



line is considered at about 



SC 

(garble) 

SC Okay, stand by. I did 

test and used (garble) triangle difference 
angles plus 0P1 minus 049 plus 017; over. 
CAPCOM Okay, copy that Walt. 

SC Houston, 
capcom Apollo 7, 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Give me a 

you did at final line so that 
drip rates. 

SC Roger. The 

51 40. 

CAPCOM 51 40. 

SC Affirmative. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC Is this the first one or the second one 

Jack; he didn't tell us. 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

SC The first one was about 51 40. I think 

that's the one you want for your drip check. 

CAPCOM Okay, 7, the first one 51 40 will be fine 

SC Roger; over. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Do you also have 

time you did the final line check so we can get that one 
SC That was 51 51 . 

CAPCOM Okay . 

SC (garble) 
CAPCOM Roger; copy that. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We feel that on the 

basis of what Don did on the daylight align test, that you 
can delete the P51 which comes at 55 plus 00 in the flight 
plan; do you concur? 

Affirmative. Roger; we concur. 
Okay, you can delete it. 
Roger. Jack, if we happen 



the 
too? 



the 
but 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

phase of 



a lattitude, I might take another 



to be 
crack 



m 
at 



it 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

suits now that 



you 



That's fine with us. 
Okay. Houston, Apollo 7. 
Go ahead 7. 

Roger, When you talk about the SPS re- 
had observed on the ground? 



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CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC What did you observe? 

CAPCOM Okay, stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. On the, we re -looked 

at all the strip charts on the SPS operation, small valves, 
the temperatures, everything on the SPS appears normal. 

SC Was that a change of (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay - 

SC With permission, I would like to add this, 

(garble) burn before I give out the SMRS - 

CAPCOM Say again on the SPS number 3 burn? 

SC I would like to get the SPS number 3 grid 

in before I eat into the SMRCS fuel budget. 

CAPCOM Roger; we're gonna look at that. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM We are about 1 minute LOS, Carnarvon 

will pick you up in Guam in about 5 minutes . 
SC Roger. 

PAO And we're just about, or have lost signal 

through Carnarvon so we shut the wire down now; we have had 
additional discussion here regarding propellant paths. You 
recall that this is a subject that is difficult to understand 
without looking at the charts but we have essentially two 
ways to leave orbit and return to earth. One through what 
we call the hybrid mode, using the RCS thrusters and the 
other using the SPS engine and we are slightly under one red line 
but the controllers here feel like we are more than adequate 
in the other mode and that has been a point under discussion 
between the crew and the control center these last several 
passes. At 51 hours, 1 minute into the flight, this is 
Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/(jtf, GHT : 520950 196/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control in Houston 52 

hours 10 minutes into the flight.. We are u\ touch v;ith the 
spacecraft through Guam and here is how it sounds. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Roger, read you 5 by. 

SC Garbled 

CAPCOM Say again 

SC Navigate by sunrise and the sextant. 

CAPCOM Roger. If you decide to delete the 

P52 realine at 55 hours in the 1 light plan you may go ahead 
with your G and N and SPS power down early at your option. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC This will break you up. We're having 

competition to see who can get the exergcr. Les first. 

CAPCOM Roger. I say again thai if you decide 

to delete that P5 2 realine at 5 5 r>lu± 00 vow or--; go abend 
and power down the G and N and SP1 early at. your option. 

SC Roger, understand that, -hank you. 

CAPCOM Go ahead 7. 

SC Roger. We h.-.vc S - i ! . at 

this time through the sextant. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC How far away is it now, Jack? 

CAPCOM Standby, I' 1 : g-t in. 

SC Great. 

CAPCOM Staadby : Walt, we'll get it up to you. 

SC Jack, that small panel 1 ights arc - 

CAPCOM Say again, 7. 

SC The small panel light: s tli.it were not 

lighted was the (garble) panel. 
CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC Minus 0 (garbled} 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. The S-4B is 312 miles 

away . 

SC Roger, we're seeing it ioud and clear 

in here. I don't know if it will ho J d up throughout the 
entire day pass because when I get this orange background 
from the 6 liner pad it Flight blot it out, but I'll keep 
you advised. 

CAPCOM Okay. You are 1 minute LOS Guam, Hawaii 

in 7 minutes . 

SC Roger (garbled) 

CAPCOM Roger, we'll get you one. If I lose 

you here we'll get it to you over Hawaii. 
SC Roger'. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, ready v/ith the update? 

SC Roger. 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10,13,68, GET: 520950 196/2 

CAPCOM Rev 33 TET of the node 52 plus 04 plus 

32. Longitude 139.2 degrees east. Right ascension 05 plus 
54. 

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197/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 52 hours, 

17 minutes. We're about to acquire through Hawaii. We'll 
standby for that pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Hawaii. 

SC Hello Houston, Roger (Garble) that 

SIVB I think what happened, is the auto optics quit working 
or it wasn't working right and I saw it go out on top of 
the sextant and I never was able to recover it. 

CAPCOM Roger, Copy. 

SC Up to the time it happened, it seemed 

to be working pretty well I had done a few marks and it 
seemed to be pulling it in a little closer to the center 
although not as well as I had done on the previous run. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

so far. 

CAPCOM 
SC 

pretty good plus so 
CAPCOM 
SC 

too excited yet. 
CAPCOM 
HTV 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
HTC 

and two wheel log 



Okay, we copy that. 
I think it deserves 



Apollo 

Roger, 

far. 

Okay, 

Don't 



7, i 
this 

real 
want 



didn't 
is CDR 

fine . 
the boys 



a pretty good plus 

copy that last part. 
I say it deserves a 



in Boston to get 



Roger . 

Huntsville AOS. 
Go ahead 7. 

Negative transmission. 
Alright . 

Huntsville cannot achieve 
AGC too low, AGC too low. 



a valid range, 



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or 
and 



SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
4 minutes 



we 



going 



is due 



we ' re 
SC 

California, 
CAPCOM 
SC 

up Jack and - 

CAPCOM 
we are just about 

SC 

California. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

combination of oral 

CAPCOM 
transmitting S band 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 



(garble) mark 20 California. 
Roger; copy. 

Wally, coming over Texas and about in 
d like you to turn your S band volume up 
to be transmitting S band only. 



Roger; at 21 East Coast, West Coast, 



us shortly, 
call when you want the volume 
S band volume up now 
upper third of 



to arrive 
Okay . 
Give us a 

Okay, you can turn 
to acquire Texas . 

Correction on (garble) 



Roger. 

The Ilasselblad 
grease removal 
Roger; copy that, 
for back up check., 
Roger; we read you 
You are fine. 
- looks very nice 



is working fine with a 
and nose cream. 

Apollo 7, Houston, 

loud and clear. 

today; a lot of star 



2, it looks like pretty good weather for the Olympics 



shot 



Roger; copy that 

(garble) 26 (garble) was a straight 
Coast of Mexico. Just south of Monterrey. 
Roger; copy. 

Looks like a nice day to be on the beach 
It sure does 



What's your temperature down there 
It's pretty nice doivn here; we had 



today? 
fog 



capcom 
SC 

down at the 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
in the morning. 

SC Roger. Magazine Q 24; Eastern Coast. 

Houston, this is your captain speaking and we are flying 
across the Gulf of Mexico. We are cleared to the Yucatan 
Peninsula. The west coast of the Yucatan looks loud and clear 
and we will give you a report on clouds on arrival. 

CAPCOM Okay, and we are going back to VHP in 

just a few minutes here so you can turn the S bands on in 
just a few minutes. 

Roger. 35 and 26 West Coast on VHP; we 



the 



ground in 
SC 

are crossing now 
CAPCOM 
SC 

for queen. 

CAPCOM 



Roger; copy. 
The magazine 

Roger . 



we are referring to is 



Q 



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Garbled 
GArbled. 



SC 
SC 

South America. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

coming up. 
CAPCOM 

to switch the BIOMED switch to the CDR? 



We're here in northeastern 



Roger, copy. 

Sounds like you got some scenic music 
Apollo 7, Houston. Could we get you 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 



Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. 
Roger we copy your switch position. 
Roger. Are you playing music, Jack? 
Negative . 

There's a song, "Fools rush in where 



angels fear to tread." That's why the remark. We have 
some very good music up here. 

CAPCOM It isn't me. 

SC Okay. How's the radar at this time? 

SC Okay. Houston radio station, just heard 

the call, it's FM probably. 

CAPCOM Roger, read your copy. 

SC You might call around twon and find out 

who played "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread" and about 
2 hours and 26 minutes - 25 minutes. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 525700 



PAO This is Apollo Control 52 hours 56 

minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 is at Ascension now. 
We will stand by through pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston standing by, Ascen 

sion. 

SC Roger, we read you loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. Ascension 

has LOS now. In the Control Center, we are in the proce 
of changing shifts, Flight Controllers from Glenn Lunney 
team are briefing their counterpart on the Gene Krantz 
team. Astronaut Ron Evans has relieved Astronaut Jack 
Swigert as CAPCOM, so at 53 hours 02 minutes, this is 
Mission Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 53:12:50 2 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 53 hours, 

12 minutes. Apollo 7 is over Tananarive getting an update 

at this time. 

CAPCOM H2 fuel cell purge. 

SC Roger. That's 54 for a full view and 

hydrogen purge at 5500. 

CAPCOM Roger, at 57 plus 50 - 02 oxygen fuel 

cell purge. 

SC Roger, 02 purge at 5750. 

CAPCOM Roger, end of update. 

END OF TAPE 



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202/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 54:29 into the 

mission. We have about 6 1/2 minutes of tape from the 
tracking station passes during the news conference. Start 
back at the Guam station. The signal strength is a little 
bit low, but CMP Donn Eisele does discuss briefly during the 
Guam pass the telescope star count that he is doing. Indi- 
cates that he is able to see some stars, at least a little 
while after they come out of the darkness. We will play 

that tape now. 

GWM 53:30:00, HAW 535445; HTV 540220, 

GYM 540330; TEX 540721 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston standing by Guam. 

GUAM Roger. . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Were you calling? 

(Pause) Say again, Wally. (Pause) Roger, understand. 
(Pause) Roger. (Apparently Capcom is able to read Apollo 7, 
but we hear nothing, not even garble.) 

CAPCOM And you say the count is 50? (Pause) 

Greater than 50? Roger? . 

Sc Standby just one minute. We're into the 

telescope, all around the edge and there is a big broad band 
of light across the center and a blob down at the bottom and 
this light is slowly increasing in intensity and I suspect 
that in a few minutes it's gonna blot out the whole field of 
view. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Roger, at 44 I see 10 stars. I can see 

Orion and the four corner stars and Sirius and a handful 
of others scattered around. There's about 10-12 stars. 

CAPCOM Roger. 30 seconds LOS 

SC Roger. We are with you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, request onboard BAT C 

voltage at your convenience. 

SC Roger, I got battery C, 37 volts. 

CAPCOM Roger. 37. 

SC Has anybody taken a good look at the total 

load we have on bat A, bat D, I know we didn't get back as 
much as we expected to on battery A yesterday. 

CAPCOM That's affirmative, Walt. We are looking 

at it . 

SC Hey, Ron -- 

CAPCOM Go- 

Sc I guess I'm leaning toward another battery 

charge if necessary a little further down the pike. 

CAPCOM I see what you are saying. You think 

that we may require another battery charge later on sometime. 



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202/2 



SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Houston. Go. 

SC Roger, we are standing by our second 

(garble) at 54 hours into the flight. 

CAPCOM Roger. Your second what? 

SC Our second bag of lithium. Incidentally 

you might note that the ORDEAL storage box, after the ORDEAL 
is out, and closed up again, makes a nice little locker 
for stuffing things into. The little hole that's open - 
you can stuff it into, then later dump it into the empty 
tissue box. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

*(Several short bursts of garble) 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Frame 34 on magazine 

2. (garble) approaching the western coast of Mexico.) 
CAPCOM Say again, Walt. Opposite omni. 

SC Approaching west Mexico, frame 34, 



magazine , 
frame 31 will 

CAPCOM 

SC 
LaPaz . 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
Tananarive at 
PAO 

is the end 



cloud formation, 
be of LaPaz . 

Apollo 7 
Frame 30 



Frame 30, Baja California, 

Houston. Say again. 

Baja California. Frame 31 



That 
34th 
from 
that 



Roger . 

Frame 32, Puerto Vallarta 
Roger . 
(garble) 

Apollo 7, Houston. 30 seconds LOS. 
46 minutes. 

Apollo Control at 54 hours, 37 minutes, 
of the tape. Apollo 7 has started its 

About 10 minutes away 
We will come back up at 



revolution a little while ago 
acquisition at Tananarive now 
time . 



END OF TAPE 



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20 



PAO This is Apollo Control 54 hours 46 min- 

utes into the mission. Tananarive is about to acquire 
Apollo 7. We'll monitor this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo - Apollo 7 Houston, Tananarive 

standing by. 

SC Roger. We've logged another food-bag 

failure and we powered down at 5435 for a drifting site con- 
figuration 

Say again time, Walt. 

At 5435 we powered down to the drifting 
and I ordered a food-bag failure report. 
Roger. How did the second one fail? 
I Had the second one and it was A3, AOB 
to the LSP, the chocolate pudding, but the failure occurred 
at the spout where it comes out near the end and it seems to 
be giving away near the (garbled). 

CAPCOM Walt, I got part of that, but I couldn't 



site 



CAPCOM 
SC 

configuration 

CAPCOM 

SC 



get it all. 
how yet . 

SC 

where the external 
eat it. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

of Mexico, we got 
Acapulco, Mexico. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

on the way we 1 re 
we can put down. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

meals a day. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 
SC 

utes of time, 
not much more 
I think we're 

CAPCOM 

SC 



Chocolate pudding bag failed, but I'm not sure 



It failed at the yank end about 
seam would have made it impossible to 

Roger, I understand now. 
Chocolate pudding (garbled) 
Roger . 

That last pass was on the western coast 
several nice pictures of the harbor at 

Roger . 

Houston Apollo 7 
Roger, go ahead. 

Roger. I'd like to give you a report 
eating. We're eating I'd say, as much as 
Which is about two meals a day, so far. 
Roger. 

I'd better change that to two and a half 



Roger , 
Say it 
Roger . 
That 's 
We ' ve 



a big eater, 
is a big eater. 



and doubled 
we can do. 
all feeling 
Roger. 



Donn is 
again . 

Donn 
a fact. 

been over Mexico now, about 30 min 
the (garble) on it, and there's 
If we're not hungry we don't eat. 
chipper (garble) . 
That's good. 



A subject that we are concerned about 



is the chlorination of the drinking water, 
about as much as we can. 



We're drinking 



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203/2 



SC I'd say that we've drunk enough water to 

lower the quantity sufficiently to have a chlorine check. 

CAPCOM Say that again, Wally. 

CAPCOM Apolly 7 Houston. Say that again about 

the Chlorine and potable water. 

SC The advisability of adhering to our 

schedule on the potable water 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 okay Houston. 30 seconds to LOS. 

Mercury at 09. 

PAO Mission Control Houston. We've had LOS at 

Tananarive, Much of that transmission was a little hard to 
copy. The quality wasn't too good. So the high points we 
were able to copy reported a second food-bag failure - the 
chocolate pudding bag. They reported that they had powered 
down as scheduled on the flight plan. Walt Cunningham reported 
getting some good pictures while on the West Coast of Mexico. 
And the commander, Wally Schirra, reports that they've been 
eating as much as they can get down and that works out to 
about two meals a day. He also reported that his cold has 
improved considerably. At 54 hours 56 minutes this is 
Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 55:10:00 204/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 55 hours, 

10 minutes into the mission. The Mercury tracking ship 
has just acquired Apollo 7. We'll stand by for any con- 
versation . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Mercury. 

SC Roger. Do you read that? 

CAPCOM Roger, you're a lot better this time. 

Can you say again your question about the potable water 
chlorination? 

SC Yeh, Ron, we - adding chlorine to the 

water quantity and has that decreased since we've been - 
taken off practically. And if the taste of the chlorine has not 
bothered us yet. And we feel we haven't taken enough water 
out of there to warrant adding chlorine on a 24 hour basis. 



CAPCOM Okay, understand your question now, and 
we'll check into it then. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston output on me. 

SC Roger. 

SC This is Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Houston, Go. 

SC At approximately 20 minutes ago, the 



time rater evaporator ran into the same kind of problem it 
had earlier in the flight. The steam pressure went all the 
way down peg low and could not increase it by going to manual 
and the increase switch. I reserviced it for 2 minutes, and 
operated manually for another couple of minutes, and finally 
went back to auto auto. And it's been running fine for the 
last 20 minutes. Maybe longer, I guess, more like 30 minutes 
ago. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy. 

SC Apparently in this case, what happened 

the evaporator drying out instead of the evaporator being 
frozen . 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC I think, the main details about the 

2TV-1 test received yesterday could be simulated as tc what 
happened when entered the chamber a couple of times. And 
there might be something we could bring up that keep preventing 
in 64 or the next flight. 



CAPCOM Roger, concur. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger, we would like to confirm that 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 55:10:00 204/: 

vou have completed the H2 fuel cell purge. 

SC That's affirmative, completed at 

approximately 4 minutes past the hour. 

CAPCOM Roger, thank you. _ 

PAO Mission Control, Houston. Guam wnich 

had some slight overlapping with the Mercury at this time 
has loss of signal. Their specific task spelled out in 
the flight plan for the next hour, and we have entered that 
portion of the flight plan where Command Module Pilot Don 
Eisele is due to sleep. At 55 hours, 19 minutes this is 
Mission Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 55:28:00, MC205/1 



PAO This is Apollo control at 55 hours 28 

minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 coming up on Hawaii now 
and the tracking ship Huntsville has overlapping coverage 
here, so this should be a fairly long pass. 

Apollo 7, Houston, standing by, Hawaii, 
garble . 

Apollo 7, Houston, you were real weak, 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
say again. 
SC 

15 clicks CDR 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
Oilers blanked 
SC 



their picture by now 
CAPCOM 
SC 
PAO 

minutes, Hawaii 



Allow 10 clicks H20 LMP ; 6 clicks CMP; 
and 2 aspirin CDR. 

Roger, I copy that. 
7 from Houston. 
Go ahead. 

You might be interested to 
Boston 16 to 0. 

Very good, they must have 



know that the 
really had 



has 



They ' re 
garble . 
This is 
LOS now, 



still in the running. 



Apollo control, 55 hours 35 
This is a quiet time in the 
flight plan, the control center just plans to monitor these 
- this pass - this remaining pass through the Huntsville. 
We'll come up, if there is any conversation on this pass. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 55:41:00 206/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 55 hours, 41 

minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 went through the Hunts - 
ville pass without any conversation. The CAPCOM you heard 
pass up the score on the Oiler's game was Captain Allen B. 
Shepherd, this Country's first man in space who came in a 
few moments ago and is sitting down on the CAPCOM console 
with the regular CAPCOM, Ron Evans, and Astronaut John 
Young is also on that console. We have a little bit more 
information here on that telescope star count, Ron Evans 
reports that at the time that Donn Eisele reported seeing 
about 50 stars Apollo 7 was approximately four minutes into 
daylight. At the time he reported he could see ten stars 
he was about ten minutes into daylight. At 55 hours, 42 
minutes, this is Mission Control Houston 



END OF TAPE 



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207/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 56 hours into 

the mission. Apollo 7 started its 36th revolution just a 
few minutes ago. It is now down over South America. The 
spacecraft has been out of touch with tracking station since 
it left the Huntsville area - Huntsville tracking ship area 
in the Pacific. And we will be out of touch for about 
another 20 minutes. At that time we will be in range of the 
Tananarive station. This is Mission Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



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208/1 



PAO 

and Apollo 7 is 
now. We will st 
CAPCOM 

by. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

my (garble) 

CAPCOM 
air. We should 

SC 

(Long pause 
PAO 

and Tananarive h 
any conversation 
tracking ship Me 
44 minutes. Thi 



This is Apollo Control 56 hours 21 minutes 
coming within range of the Tananarive station 
and by and monitor that pass. 

Apollo 7, Houston. Tananarive standing 

... Apollo 7, Houston. 
Roger . 

Hey, Ron. Can you give me a readout on 



be 



Not this pass, Walt. We have no dead 
able to pick that up Mercury though, 
(garble) 



This is Apollo Control 56 hours 29 minutes 
as LOS. We went through that pass without 
The next station to acquire with be the 
rcury in the western Pacific At 56 hours 
s is Mission Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 56:44:20, 209/1 

PAO This is Apollo control 56 hours 44 

minutes into the mission, Apollo 7 coming within range of 
the tracking ship Mercury, now. We will stand by through 
this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, Mercury. 

SC Roger, read you loud and clearly. 

CAPCOM Roger, loud and clear. We have data, we 

can check your 02 manifold pressures. 
SC (garble). Okay. 

SC (garble) . 

CAPCOM Houston, say again. 

SC (garble). 
CAPCOM Roger. 
CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Still GO. 

CAPCOM Roger, you're GO on chlorinating. Just 

draw a little bit out, before you chlorinate. 
SC Roger. 

SC Houston, frames 45 and 46 of magazine 2, 

were shot one minute ago. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, opposite OMNI. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, one minute LOS, S band 

volume up at 57 plus 03. 
SC 5703. 

PAO Apollo control at 56 hours 52 minutes. 

Apollo 7 is out of the Mercurys range now. Next station to 
acquire will be Hawaii at about 57 hours 2 minutes. This is 
mission control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 570215 



210/1 



PAO Apollo Control at 57 hours 2 minutes and 

Hawaii has acquired Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston Hawaii 

SC Roger Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger same. Seven, Houston. I have 

block data to pass up and also we are standing by for the 
02 thing that you wanted to do. 

SC Okay, ready to go on the block. 

CAPCOM Roger. Zero three nine slant three Bravo 

plus two one two plus one three four five zero six one plus 
one seven plus five three four nine zero zero zero four zero 
dash Alpha Charlie plus zero zero seven minus zero one nine 
nine zero six two plus zero seven plus four zero four three 
six five zero four one dash Alpha Charlie plus one three four 
minus zero two two nine zero six three plus four three plus 
four six four one six eight zero four two dash two Alpha 
plus two two nine minus zero two six four zero six five plus 
one nine plus four three four one two eight zero four three 
dash one Charlie plus two zero six minus zero five four nine 
zero six six plus four seven plus two two four one two nine 
zero four four minus one Alpha plus two five seven minus zero 
six four nine zero six eight plus two zero plus five nine 
four one four four. Over. 

SC Roger, we got those. Zero three nine 

slash three Bravo plus two one two plus one three four five 
zero six one one seven five three four nine zero zero zero 
four zero slash Alpha Charlie plus zero zero seven minus 
zero one nine nine zero six two zero seven four zero four 
three six five zero four one Alpha Charlie plus one three 
four minus zero two two nine zero six three four three four 
six... one six eight zero four two ...(Loud noise) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger. ...where did I leave it? 

CAPCOM Roger. Start again with Rev 42. 

SC Roger. Zero four two two Alpha plus 

two two nine minus zero two six four zero six five one nine 
four three four one two eight zero four three one Charlie 
plus two zero six minus zero five four nine zero six six 
four seven two two four one two nine zero four four one 
Alpha plus two five seven minus zero six four nine zero six 
eight two zero five nine four one four four. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Read back correct. 

SC Are you ready to take care of our 02 

rig. 

CAPCOM Roger, go. 



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Sc Roger. Will you give us a readout now... 

CAPCOM Say again. 

Sc Will you give us a readout now ana then 

we will switch regs . 

Roger, one zero rive. 

Roger, one zero five. Okay, do you get 
One zero two. 

Roger, UCF's redundant component check 

Roger. Apollo 7, better turn S-band 

Huntsville, two wheel on down range. 
Apollo 7, Houston. One minute until LOS 



CAPCOM 
SC 

a readout? 

CAPCOM 

SC 
is go. 

CAPCOM 
volume down. 

CAPCOM 
Tananarive at 58. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET; 57:12:50 211/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 57 hours, 

13 minutes, and we've had LOS at the Huntsville which had 
a slight bit of overlapping coverage with Hawaii. Apollo 7 
is on the orbits now that sweep down over the Southern 
Hemisphere, takes it off much of the tracking range. We 
have a very low elevation pass 1 degree at Tananarive. We 
may try to raise the spacecraft there, but the flight plan 
does not call for any further communication till we get to 
the Mercury, the tracking ship in the West Pacific. The 
Mercury is due to acquire at 58 hours, 19 minutes, 33 seconds. 
Flight plan activity scheduled during this long period of 
silence includes purge, an oxygen purge of the fuel cell. 
We completed the hydrogen purge an hour or so ago. The 
crew is also scheduled to chlorinate the portable water 
during this time and to change the change the lithium 
hydroxide canister. This block update that you just heard 
passed up this time is the information the flight crew would 
need to re-enter on those orbits on which they're out of 
touch mainly with the range. We passed up that necessary 
information for the next several revolutions so that in the 
event of a contingency that would have that information and 
would be able to re-enter without being in direct touch with 
the tracking station. At 57 hours, 15 minutes this is 
Mission Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 580200 (CDT 8:05p) 212/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 58 hours 2 min- 

utes. Apollo 7 has just completed that very short low- 
elevation pass at Tananarive. There was a very brief bit 
of conversation there. We'll play that tape for you now. 



by, 



SC 

CAPCOM 

SC 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

LOS. 

END OF TAPE 



(Garble) 

Apollo 7 Houston, Tananarive standing 
Roger 

Roger, loud and clear. 
(Garble) 

Roger. That short pass, 1 minute to 



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PAO This is Apollo Control, 58 hours and 

19 minutes into the mission. The tracking ship Mercury has 
acquired Apollo 7, the Mercury is having a problem with 
their unified S-Band antenna and we will not get any S-Band 
data, but will stand by for some voice communication. 

SC Roger 

SC Houston, Apollo 7 

CAPCOM Houston, go 

SC Roger, for your flight plan status we've 

accomplished everything scheduled on the flight plan, we 
had a little bit of trouble getting all of the pictures, I 
don't think our camera is working too good. 

CAPCOM Roger, it would be in a hot spot its not 

working too good. 

SC We've got it fixed, its ticking along 

now. We only took two holders on the 0368 on the 16mm, one 
for the separation and turn around maneuver and one on the 
final phase of the rendezvous. We are going to be using 
some of it out the window if it seems appropriate. 

CAPCOM Roger 

PAO Apollo Control at 58 hours, 26 minutes 

we have LOS at the Mercury, now. Walt Cunningham reported 
that the crew did accomplish the flight plan items and that 
would include the oxygen purge of the fuel cell, the change 
of the lithium hydroxide cannister and chlorinating the 
potable water supply. He also reported that they had had a 
little problem with the camera but it appeared to be click- 
ing along all right now. Next station to acquire will be 
Hawaii at 58 hours and 37 minutes. This is Mission Control 
Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/13/68, GET: 583730 (CDT 8:40p) 214/1 



This is Apollo Control at 58 hours 
and Apollo 7 is within range of the Hawaii sta^ 



PAO 
37 minutes, 
tion now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, 

SC Apollo 7, 

CAPCOM Roger 
valve has been doing 
commend returning to 



Houston, Hawaii. 
Houston . 
Houston. 
Houston. 
Houston . 
loud and clear. 
Your number 2 flow 
a good job this last rev, 
ECS radiator flow control 



We just prefer to stay on 



back to auto. 
What's wrong with that number 2 
Rog. 
better 

You mean 
'11 return 
spot that 
Rog. We 



proportioning 
and we rec- 
number 1, by 



s job? 
number 



it 
to 



goes to a 
1 for you 



smaller number, 
We were wonder- 



checked it with Mercury, the 
We're kinda afflicted today, Ron, bear 



switching to number 1 then 
SC 

CAPCOM 
as it has a little 
SC 

or what? Okay, we 
ing when you would 

CAPCOM 
last time around. 
SC 

with us. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Walt, on the battery charging - we're 

not considering any additional battery charging of A until 
we observe what happens when we charge Battery B. 

SC Rog* I understand, but we already 

arranged - to expect Battery B to go up to about 35 or 36 
amp hours too, which shouldn't leave us in very good shape, 
I don't believe. 

CAPCOM Rog. I understand your concern. Also, 

Walt we need some command module heater temps when you get 
a chance. They're 5 and 6A through D on your system status. 
No hurry . 

This is Apollo 7. 
Go. 

Apollo 7, Houston, go. 

Rog. In about, oh it must have been a 
an hour and half ago, we had another anomaly 
first night when Donn was awake all of a sudden 
1 went to 0 on the readout DC button light 
to hear) 

Walt, say again after the AC button light 



SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

little over 
like on the 
the DC plus 
(Too much static 

CAPCOM 
went through a keyhole. 

SC Well, something is taking the inverter 

off of AC button 1 and we're getting (garble) right back on 
again (Too much static to hear) . 



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CAPCOM Roger, it looks like the same thing that 

happened to Donn, then. 

SC I'd say that it is. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 58 hours 43 min- 

utes. We have LOS at Hawaii. We pick up the tracking ship 
Redstone beginning with this revolution. Acquisition there 
at 58 hours 52 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET : 585220 (CDT 8:45p) 215/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control 58 hours, 

52 minutes. We're coming up on the Redstone and we will 
attempt to get some more information from the crew here 
concerning the restart on this AC bus. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston switch on. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, could you confirm 

that when you had the ACs fail, was it AC bus or an AC 
overload light? 

SC (garbled) 

CAPCOM Say again,. Walt. 

SC (garbled) 

CAPCOM You're awful weak, Walt, say again. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, did you read my 

last communication? 

CAPCOM That's negative, say again. 

SC Roger, I had AC bus 1 light on, no 

overload. The inverter was automatically disconnected, and 
one of the boosters had possibilities with that inverter 
putting out an over loadage. 

CAPCOM Roger, we're working on this. Can you 

associate this with anything else that was going on at that 
time. 

SC That's negative. 

CAPCOM And it wasn't associated then with the 

slow proportioning valve switch over. 

SC Not associated with anything that I can 

think of. 

CAPCOM Roger. You're not going to luck out. 

SC This one is going to be a rich one, Ron. 

CAPCOM Yeh, I think so. 

SC This is one of those things that's never 

happened. It's a small thing, but it means keeping a watch 
all the time. 

COMM. Yeh, I don't think there's anything you 

can do about it ron. I'm just reporting that we have had it 
happen twice. 

CAPCOM Okay, we're questioning the range down 

here to see if they wouldn't come up with something. 

COMM. It'll give you something to do during 

passes anyway. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS, Ascension 

at 19, 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 59 hours into the 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 585220 (XDT 8:45p) 21S/2 



mission. Res tone has LOS now. As you heard the AC bus 1 
light came ON now. A bus is the - an electrical distribution 
system. Walt Cunningham reported no overload, but he wondered 
if inverter number 1 might be putting out an over voltage. 
The power comes out of the fuel cells DC, direct current, and 
these inverters invert it to alternating current. As you 
heard, the cognizant flight controllers here have taken 
these clues they were able from the crew and are now working 
the problem. That is not considered a real problem at this 
time, but the - they would like to track down the source 
of this anomaly if they can. The next station to acquire 
will be Ascension at 59 hours, 19 minutes. This is Mission 
Control, houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 591900 (CDT 9:20P) MC216/1 



PAO This is Apollo control 59 hours 19 

minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 is coming up on a 
fairly low pass, the Ascension station. We will stand 
through this pass 



by 



by. 

by, 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 



24.7 



sc 

CAPCOM 
SC 

our (garble) 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
03 longitude 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 
PAO 

minutes. We've 
ship Mercury in 
55 minutes - at 59 
control, Houston. 



Apollo 

Apollo 

Roger, 
Roger, 
Apollo 



Houston, Ascension standing 
Houston, Ascension standing 
you loud and clear. 

the United Stated for 



hear 
same . 

7 (garble) 



had 
the 



Roger, standby. 

Apollo 7, Houston, ready to copy. 
Okay, ready to go. 

Roger, rev 38, GET node 59 plus 32 plus 
east right ascension 05 plus 44. 
Say the longitude again, please. 
Longitude 24.7 east. 
Was that 24.7. 
Roger, 24.7. 
Thank you. 

This is Apollo control 59 hours 25 
LOS at Ascension now. The tracking 
western Pacific will aquire at 59 hours 
hours 25 minutes. This is mission 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 595430 (CDT 10:00p) 217/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control 59 hours 54 min- 

utes into the mission. Apollo 7 in its 38th revolution 
around the earth coming up on the tracking ship Mercury in 
the Western Pacific now. Guam has overlapping coverage. 

SC (Too much static to hear) 

PA0 This is Apollo Control. The tracking 

ship Mercury now reports having a problem with its COMSAT 
antenna. The antenna it utilizes to - connection with 
communication satellite. That leaves the ship with hicrh- 
frequency capability only. We will probably wait until we 
get within Guam acquisition before putting in a call to the 
spacecraft. We'll continue to monitor through the rest of 
the Mercury pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, Guam standing by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS Redstone 

at 26. 

sc Roger, We'd like to give the results of 

the rendezvous radar test and confer on the use of the ren- 
dezvous radar power. Would you pass that up to us Ron ? 

CAPCOM Say, again, Walt. 

SC We have to know the position of the Ren- 

dezvous radar heater power switch and results of the rendez- 
vous self- test. We don't have that onboard. 

CAPCOM Roger. Awful hard to understand. Some- 

thing about a power switch, and I'll guess which one. I'll 
find out. 

SC Rendezvous radar, power switch and the 

preposition switch and the other end of it. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/13/68, GET: 601730 (CDT 10: lip) 218/1 

SC Power switch, and its a prepositioned 

switch, the other end of it (garbled) 
CAPCOM Roger 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 60 hours, 6 

minutes, Guam has LOS now. Apollo 7 will be within range 
of the tracking ship Redstone at 60 hours, 26 minutes. 
This is Mission Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 60:26:10 (CDT 10:30p) 219/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 60 hours, 

26 minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 coming up on the 
tracking ship Redstone now. We'll monitor this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Redstone. 

- Apollo 7, Houston Redstone. 

SC Roger, read you loudly. 

CAPCOM Roger, a little weak but clear. 

SC Roger, did you get the data on the 

radar transponder switch. 

CAPCOM Affirmative, are you ready to copy? 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger, the radar transponder power 

switch, you put it to the heater for 1 minute and then 
to power for the self- fell test. By the way, you leave 24 minutes 
in heater if you are going to really operate it. Systems 
pass left hand, then transponder right hand to Alpha. 
Indicator should be 1 to 5 volts. Systems pass right hand 
to Bravo. Indicator 2 plus or minus 1 volt. Systems pass 
right hand to Charlie. Disregard the indicator. Systems 
pass right hand to Dog. Indicator should be zero to 4.5 volts. 
Over. 

SC I'm getting a very broken. We'll have 

to wait for Ascension, I think, to get a good separator. 
CAPCOM Roger. 
SC Do you read, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Roger, read you 

now. 

SC Roger. You might try it again. You 

were (garbled) I couldn't read you at all. 

CAPCOM Roger. Radar transponder power 

switch goes to heater for 1 minute then to power. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Is the COMM any 

better now? 

SC Roger. All's clear, you want to try 

to read that off again. 

CAPCOM Roger. The radar transponder switch 

goes to heater for 1 minute, then to power. Systems pass 
left hand to transponder. Right hand to Alpha. Your indicator 
1 to 5 volts. 7, Houston, you copy so far. 

SC Let's try to pick you up at Ascension. 

CAPCOM Roger, we'll try Ascension then. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute to LOS. 

Ascension at 52. 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 60 hours, 

35 minutes. Apollo 7 beyond range of the Redstone now. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 602610 (CDT 10:30p) 219/2 

That information that the Cap Com Ron Evans was attempting 
to pass up is the procedure for onboard testing of the 
radar transponder which will be used in connection of the 
Lunar Module radar tomorrow. The LM radar itself is at the 
White Sands, New Mexico test facility. It will attempt to 
lock on to the transponder onboard the Command Module as the 
Command Module comes over the White Sands area. Next station 
to acquire will be Ascension. At 60 hours, 52 minutes this 
is Mission Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 605220 (CDT 10:55p) MC220/1 

PAO This is Apollo control at 60 hours 

52 minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 coming up on the 
Ascension Island tracking station, now. We'll listen 
through this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC garble. 

CAPCOM Roger, I can continue with that trans- 

ponder check now if you want. 

SC Go ahead, I have the data for you, if 

you're ready to copy. 

CAPCOM Roger, ready. 

SC garble. Alpha 3.2, Bravo 1.8, 

Charlie 0.44, Delta 0. 

CAPCOM Roger, I'll read back, 3.2, 1.8, 0.44, 

and 0. 

SC That is correct. Delta V to tab over 

the point one at the most. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, be advised of warm 

up time for the real test on that thing is 24 minutes. 

SC Roger, and we'll be using it for one 

minute, right? 

CAPCOM Say, again. 

SC garble. 

SC Apollo 7, Roger. Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Houston, go. 

SC Before we prove that point on the 

query they taste horrible right now. 

SC It's two and a half hours after 

injection. 

CAPCOM Roger, we understand. 

SC We've been asking it now for a long 

time and now we will just have to wait or consider using 
the survival kit water if it's necessary. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC garble. 

CAPCOM Roger, we see no, biomed down link on 

the LMP. 

SC I wanted to fly, now I got to go get 

it up. 

CAPCOM Say it again, Wally. 

SC Roger, we've got the cable all hooked 

up . 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC We got down to keeping one man on watch 

at a time and that's going to help a lot. But we still need 
(Garble) 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/13/68, GET: 606220 (CDT 10:55p) 220/2 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
Mercury at 28. 
PAO 



(Garble) 
Say it again 

(Garble) How are you reading say heart? 
Stand by. 

Is my heart cosing in five by five? 
Roger , Walt we have it now, thank you. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 30 seconds LOS 



This is Apollo Control, 61 hours 1 min- 
ute. Ascension Island has LOS now. Here in the Control 
Center we are getting ready to hand over to the next shift 
of flight controllers. The next station to acquire Apollo ' 
will be the tracking ship Mercury. At 61 hours 28 ainutes 
This is Mission Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



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PA0 This is Apollo Control. There will 

be a change of shift press conference here in Houston in 
approximately 15 minutes. That would be 20 minutes to the 
hour. This is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control, 61 hours, 

28 Minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are coming 
upon acquisition with the Mercury tracking ship within a 
few seconds. Let's standby for that conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, acquisition Mercury. 

SC This is Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, GO. 

SC Roger. We have a - have a (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. I will call you 

again in about 30 seconds. The signal is very poor. All 
I could copy is something about caution and warning panel. 
Apollo 7, Houston. You are unreadable right now. 

SC This is Apollo 7, say again. 

PAO This is - this is Apollo Control, 

61 hours, 32 minutes. Communications have not been as 
desirable as could be wished for on this pass. We are 
still standing by live. It is possible since this pass 
runs into the Guam station, that will be the point where 
we will get better communications. Let's standby. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. How do you read? 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. I read you about 

strength 1 and virtually unreadable. 

SC Roger. Are you ready to go? 

CAPCOM Roger. That is much better, GO. 

SC Apollo 7, say again. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. At acquisition 

Mercury, you gave me a transmission. All I copied was 
something about caution and warning panel. Would you say 
again? 

SC Houston, this is Apollo 7. Just prior 

to crossing the Red Sea, we lost AC + 1 and AC + 2 . (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Understand just 

after crossing the Red Sea, you lost AC +1 and AC + 2 . 
You have AC reset. I am going to wait over Guam and 
go over this again. I am missing too much of the trans- 
mission. 

SC Roger. We have to stand GO. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. How do you read? 

SC Roger, loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Okay, I am sorry to ask this. Would 

you repeat this again. But I did not get the full message 
there. I got something after passing the Red Sea, you had 
AC + 1 and AC + 2 failed. You did get reset on both buses. 
Is that correct? 

SC That is correct, approximately 61 hours 

and 14 minutes. While we were there, we had a master 
alarm but no caution and warning light indicated. 

CAP You had no caution and warning lights. 



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SC That is very true here. After you 

called we had a better ghost earlier in the mission. The 
AC wasn't really necessarily lost as the BUS went twice 
indicated back up again. We got a... and that is a manned 
condition or not. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand you think it is a 

ghost. Now - you can make sure I have it correct. You do 
have both ac buses working normally now. 

SC That is correct. I am not sure kind 

what kind of ghosts we have, but we have had master alarms 
and no indication as to the cause. 

CAPCOM Thank you. 

sc Hey, Bill. We got one more thing that 

may or may not be significant. But after I reset the 
master alarm with no caution to warning light but took 
the currents and all the fuel cells. And we were averaging 
well over 20 amps of fuel cells and now we are back to about 
15. And at first I attributed that to a cycling load. I 
don't know. It could have possibly been 98 loads. I don't 
know. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand. Immediately after 

reset, you monitored the fuel cell currents at 2.0 amps 
and they are now reading 15.0. 

sc That is a negative. After the - master 

alarm, there was no caution to warning lights. At 6109 is 
when I noticed the fuel cell clearance. The other two cau- 
tion and warning lights when the bus failed were at 6114, 
over. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC This is (garble) 

CAPCOM Right. Apollo 7, Houston. We are 

getting a tape dump here at Guam and we will be taking a 
look at it and will be trying to give you a call at Redstone 
on this . 

CAPCOM Okay, there is not much we can do right 

now but I would like to read out what we have left and con- 
tinue with it. 

CAPCOM Right. All I know is that there is a 

lot of cold cathode according to the... 

CAPCOM Understand. Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute 

until LOS, Guam, Redstone, at 01. 

SC Redstone? 

CAPCOM And Apollo 7, Houston, I would like to 

confirm my cannister change around the 58 hour point. 
SC That is good. 

CAPCOM Thank you. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 623600(CDT 12:39A) 223/1 



PA0 This is Apollo Control 62 hours 36 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have tapes of our pass 
over the Redstone tracking ship and we just finished a pass 
over Ascention Island. We'll play those tapes now. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, Houston. Go ahead. 

CAP COM Roger. I was a bit optimistic. It'll 

take a little longer to look at those tapes, but we did get 
a dump over Guam and we'll be giving you our analysis of the 
situation as soon as we get it. Meantime, I'd like to go back 
over my notes and make sure that I have the story correct. 
Okay, the way I have it. At 61 + 09 you got a master alarm 
light with no caution and warning light? You read that 
master alarm okay. 

SC You better release . . . 

CAP COM At that time, fuel cell current was 

averaging 20.0 each. At 61 + 14, you got an AC1 and an AC2 
fail. Do you read that, both AC1 and AC2 successfully. At 
the time that you were talking to me, about 61 + 30, the 
fuel cells were averaging 15 amps, one five amps. That is 
the story as I have it copied. Apollo 7, Houston. Did you 
read? 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. You read? 

CAP COM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston. How do you 

read me? 

SC Read you fine now. How me? 

CAP COM I read you about 4 by 4. Did you get 

my transmission there? 

SC ... correct. The time was 61 + 05 

for the master alarm and 61 + 14 for the buss fail. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Copied the correc- 

tion, 61 + 05 for the master alarm; 

SC And the fuel cell loading may or may 

not be significant. That was the third AC buss one fail 
we've had and the first AC buss two failure and my ... 
onboard analysis track it down to a ... overvoltage but 
guiding onto both busses which seems kind of difficult: 

CAP COM Roger. 

SC Did you read? Houston, Apollo 7. Did 

you read. 

CAP COM Roger. Go. 

SC Did you read my last transcription, 

Bill. 

CAP COM Roger. Understand, you have - this is 

the third AC1 failure but the first AC 2 failure you've 
experienced. Ah, you are doubtful, you are in question as 
to how a transit overvoltage can throw both AC's off line, 
is that your question? 



Okay. And confirm we have a good tape 



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SC That's affirmative. 

CAP COM We're looking at it. We will be look- 

ing at that and trying to give you a complete story as soon 
as we can put it together. 

SC 

running now. 

CAP COM 
rewinding the tape 

SC 

CAP COM 
Houston. Coming up 
SC 

CAP COM 
SC 



We are 
LOS. 



Stand by. Apollo 7, Houston, 
now. The tape will be yours at 
Roger. Thank you. 
LOS in about 3-1/2 minutes. Apollo 
on LOS Redstone. Ascension at 27. 
Roger. We'll be standing by. 
And the tape recorder is yours now. 



7, 



Houston, this is Wally. Houston, this 



Go. 

Roger. 
There was a 



You might just check 
last bit of variance 



into our 
on inverter 



Roger. 



is Wally. 

CAP COM 
SC 

configuration 
safety wiring 

CAP COM 
wiring. 
SC 

they had in the plan. 

CAP COM Roger. 

SC I think Wally' s referring to the change 

where they disconnected the overload transit. 



Check into the inverter safety 
There's a new change in the ... that 



Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, 
Roger Houston, Apollo 7. Go. 



Houston. 



CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM 
ing the problem. 

SC Okay, 
things normal. 

CAP COM Roger, 
and are still looking at it. 

SC Good show. Old Wally is 

so I'll be minding the store in the meantime. 

CAP COM Okay, Donn. Apollo 7, Houston, 

minute LOS Ascension, Mercury at 04 . m 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 62 hours f2 min- 

utes into the mission. As you heard, we're anticipating con- 
tact with tracking ship Mercury at 63:04. The tape was self 
explanatory and the master alarm light coming on and the 
procedures that were gone through, the reset was successful. 
The AC buss one and two fail, ah, of course the AC buss being 
distribution points for the alternating current to go to the 
various spacecraft circuitry. As of now, as you heard on the 
Ascension pass, Bill Pogue, here in the Control Center talked 



AOS Ascension and we're still study- 
... not here right now, every- 
We just finished the playback 

sacking out 
One 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 623600 (CDT 12:39a) 223/3 

PA 0 to the spacecraft. Everything appears 

normal, the current for the fuel cells at present is normal 
on the last readouts. Last word, the spacecraft Commander 
Wally Schirra and the LM Pilot Walt Cunningham were sacking 
out. At 62 hours 43 minutes this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 630400 (CDT 1:07a) 224/1 



utes 
ship 



PAO 

into Apollo 
for a pass . 



This is Mission Control 63 hours 04 min- 
7. We're coming up on the Mercury tracking 
Let's join the conversation. 



GODDARD VOICE Houston, Goddard Voice Conference. 

CO MM Go ahead, Goddard. 

GODDARD VOICE How do you read? 

COMM You're loud and clear. 

GODDARD VOICE Stand by, I'll put you back to confer- 



ence 



GOSS conference. 



read? 



Thank you. 
Mercury network, 
GOSS conference. 
Mercury . 

Mercury network, how do you 
Read you loud and clear. 
Hear you the same. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 

Houston, Apollo 7. 
Acquisition Guam. 



Roger, 
Roger. 
Roger. 
Apollo 



About one minute 
and we'd like to 



COMM 

GODDARD VOICE 
Mercury network, 
MER 

GODDARD VOICE 
MER 

GODDARD VOICE 
CAP COM 

sc 

CAP COM 
SC 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

30 seconds to LOS Guam. Redstone at 36 
confirm biomed switch center. 

SC Roger. Stand by. (garbled) 

CAP COM Roger. Understand (garbled) 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 63 hours 

16 minutes into the flight of Apollo 7. Our next acquisi- 
tion point will be the Redstone tracking ship at 63:36. 
Like to give a little recap on a situation we had concerning 
the AC busses. At 62 hours and one minute into the flight, 
Astronaut Pogue in the Control Center requestioned Apollo 7 
concerning a message that was hardly readable which had been 
received at 61:27 from Astronaut Schirra, spacecraft commander, 
concerning the caution and warning panel. Then at 62:01 as I 
say, Astronaut Pogue indicated that we had had a dump over 
Guam of data, we were analyzing it and again went through what 
had happened onboard. In the period of the 39th revolution 
at 61 hours and .05 minutes, the master alarm light had come 
on. There had been no caution and warning light previous to 
that. It was also indicated then that the master alarm was 
okay after reset. After that, at 61 hours 14 minutes the AC 
buss one and AC buss two failed. They were reset successfully 
at 61 hours 30 minutes the fuel cells were averaging 15 amp- 
heres. Before that time, they were averaging 20 amperes of 
flow. It was indicated by the spacecraft that this was the 
third AC buss one fail during the flight and the first AC buss 
two fail during the flight. The question from onboard came 
could it be transient overvoltage, that if it were why would 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 630400 (CDT 1:07a) 



224/2 



PAO it fail both busses. It was also 

indicated that from the 20 down to the IS amp level in 
output could possibly be due to the power down of the space- 
craft or cyclic loads. Astronaut Schirra then indicated in 
this pass that back at the Control Center that we should 
check the configuration, the inverter safety wiring. At 
that time, Astronaut Cunningham indicated that Schirra had 
reference to changes concerning overload sensors that they 
had gone over previously. Over Ascension at 62:27 in the 
40th revolution, Cap Com Astronaut Bill Pogue, talked to 
the spacecraft at that time Commander Schirra indicated 
everything was normal, Pogue indicated that they had fin- 
ished the playback and that it was under study concerning 
the AC buss one and two problem and at 62 hours 30 minutes 
Apollo 7 indicated that the command pilot Schirra and the LM 
Pilot Cunningham were now sacking out, which indicates that 
everything at that time, to them, appeared to be normal. 
After this pass, which was a very uneventful pass, we also 
assume that everything is normal onboard the spacecraft. 
At this time, from the Guam pass, we did not get any bio- 
medical readouts again. That's a recurring situation, we're 
tracking that down. Until right toward the end of the pass, 
about the last 20 seconds of the pass. At 63 hours 20 min- 
utes into the mission, this is Apollo Control 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 633500 (CDT 1:39) 225/ 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 63 hours, 

36 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are currently 
on a nightside pass. Approaching South America, we are 
coming within range of the Redstone Tracking Ship. We will 
standby for any possible conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, acquisition Redstone. 

Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead, Houston, Apollo 7. You're 

very weak, GO. 

CAPCOM Roger, We detected a CMC power uphold 

over Guam. Was that a valid reading? 

SC Yeau, that is correct. I powered it 

up and went state detector integrate and put it back down. 

CAPCOM Okay, thank you. Apollo 7, Houston. 

One minute until LOS, Redstone, Canary 07. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 63 hours, 

44 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are winding 
up our fourtieth revolution about to enter on our fourty 
first revolution, go over South America and come up on the 
Canary Islands acquistion point at 07 that is 40 - correc- 
tion - 6407. At this point, spacecraft commander and the 
LM pilot, Schirra and Cunningham have been some asleep 
for some hour, 1 hour and 15 minutes. Everything appears 
operating satisfactorily in the spacecraft. At 6345 this 
is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



r 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 640700 (CDT 2:10a) 226/1 



07 ainutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are approach- 
ing Canary Islands. Canary just had acquisition, let's 
join the conversation. 

SC Roger Houston. 

CAP COM Roger. ... we have about a 6-1/2 min- 

ute pass here and then it's going to be about one hour 
before we pick you up and that'll be over the Redstone. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 64 hours 

13 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. Things continue 
quiet. The spacecraft has just lost acquisition with the 
Canary Islands. The next point of acquisition for communi- 
cation will be at 65 hours and 10 Minutes with the Redstone 
tracking ship. We have nothing coming up in the flight 
plan until some 65 hours and 40 minutes where we have at 
this time a planned Control Center flight plan update which 
would be passed to the crew of the spacecraft. So, with a 
long dry spell coming up, this is Apollo Control, 64 hours 

14 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7 . 



PAO 




Control, 64 hours 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 651000 (CDT 3:13a) 227/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 65 hours 10 

minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are coming up into 
acquisition with the Redstone tracking ship in a very few 
seconds. The last conuaunication we had was some - almost 
an hour ago. We'll stand by and see what transpires in this 
pass . 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. How do you read 

me? Apollo 7, Houston, how do you read? Apollo 7, Houston 
how do you read? Apollo 7, Houston. Switch omni please. 
Apollo 7, Houston, how do you read? 

SC ... ... Bill. 

CAP COM Okay, good. I waited for confirmation 

because I'm going to read off a fairly lengthy figure. We 
have a procedure developed here to assist in locating the 
AC buss problem. 

SC Okay, fine. Stand by and I'll get 

something to write it down on. Go ahead with your proce- 
dure . 

CAP COM Okay, you can probably do it as I call 

it out. First, switch AC buss with power in the following 
cabin fan. 

SC Roger. Cabin fans are OFF. 

CAP COM Roger. Cabin fans are OFF. Next 

glycol pump. 

SC Stand by. Glycol pump on AC1. 

CAP COM Roger. Glycol pump on AC1 . Next 

suit compressors. 

SC Suit compressors on AC1 . 

CAP COM Roger. AC1. Do not change configura- 

tion. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Okay. Number two. We would like for 

you to check the six cryo fan circuit breakers on panel 226 
and report if any are popped but do not push them in. 

SC Stand by. Roger all the cryo breakers 

are in. 

CAP COM Roger. Understand all of them are IN. 

Thank you very much. Opposite omni please? 
SC Stand by. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. We would like you 

to switch omni for maximum signal strength. We'd like to 
get some TM before we have LOS here at Redstone which is 
going to occur in about 45 seconds. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 65 hours 20 min- 

utes into the Apollo 7. During this pass at the Redstone 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 651000 (CDT 3:13a) 227/2 



PAO tracking ship we passed up information 

to Bonn Eisele trying to isolate the AC, the alternating 
current, buss problem that occurred before. We heard proce- 
dures where our Astronaut Pogue here in the Control Center 
was asking if the cabin fans were OFF, Eisele said yes, 

Slycol puap and Eisele indicated it was on the AC1 buss or 
istributing point for the AC power, suit compressors also 
Eisele said were on AC1 buss. He was then instructed not 
to change the configuration, leave it the way it was. 
Pogue then indicated that he would like to know if the six 
cryo fan circuit breakers could be checked and if any were 
popped, that is out, of the circuit. The reply froia Eisele 
was "No, they were all in" and that ended the pass except 
for Pogue to request hi» to switch the omni antennas so we 
could get a maximum signal strength. The next pass we will 
have will be at Antigua, which will be coming up at 30 Min- 
utes, ah, 65 hours 30 minutes, 9 minutes from now. At 65:21 
this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 653000 (CDT 3:33) 2 28/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 65 hours, 

30 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are coming up 
in a few seconds in a pass over Antigua. Let's standby 
for conversation of that flight. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, acquisition Antigua. 

Apollo 7, Houston, acquisition Antigua. 

SC Roger, Bill, loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute 

until LOS, Antigua, acquisition Canary at 40 . I will have 
a flight plan update at that time. 

SC Roger, Bill. See you in about 4 minutes, 

okay? , 

CAPCOM Roger. Four or 5 minutes, that is cor- 

rect. 

SC Okay . 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 65 hours, 

36 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. In almost 4 minutes, 
we will have acquisition at the Canary Islands at 40 . A 
little over - or less than 4 minutes from now, we'll come 
up then to see what will be passed up concerning this 
ac bus problem. At 6536, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 654000 (CDT 3:43} 229/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 65 hours, 

40 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are coming 
upon acquisition in about 30 seconds with Canary Islands. 
Spacecraft commander, Schirra and LM pilot, Cunningham, are 
still in their sleep period. We are starting in on the 
forty second revolution, and I feel there will be some 



over 



Canary Island. Let's listen in. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Houston, Apollo 7. 

Roger. I have the flight plan update. 



Let's have the update, Bill. 

66 + 15, delete the radar 



on, 



Roger, 
test . 

Roger, 

Roger. 

Roger, 
Roger. 

Roger. 
Roger. 



At 

understand. Delete the pass at 
At 6900, add unstow and set up 



understand, get out 
At 69 + 50, delete 



the 
the 



TV. 

reference 



No 
At 



heaters on, understand. 

70 hours, 70 + 00, add fuel 



convers at ion 
CAPCOM 

sc 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
transponder self 
SC 

66 + 15. 

CAPCOM 
TV camera. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
to H2 heaters 
SC 

CAPCOM 
cell 02 purge 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

time when we 
CAPCOM 
standby 
this set 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
opposite on 

SC 
BRAVO. 

CAPCOM 
for TV on. 

SC 
right? 

CAPCOM 

flight plan update. . ' 

SC Roger. If you don't want the TV on 

until Sunday, 1 hour and 40 minutes, I think we will hold 
off in unstowing it. The thing is in the way when it is up, 
and I would rather not be running into it all the time. 

CAPCOM I didn't hear it. 



is ■ 
get 



plan 

1. 

up. 



Roger. Fuel cell 02 purge at 70 hours. 
Roger. And that is 71 + 41, TV on. 
Roger. You want the TV on at the same 
to run the radar test, is that correct? 
No, I think the - rendezvous radar test 
You're right. Wait just a minute. Let me 



me? We 



Okay. 
Meantime, 
Roger. 

Apollo 7, Houston, 
are having a little 
Roger. 



would you switch on me, please? 



Would you confirm 
trouble on TM. 



Roger. 
Roger, 
Affirmative . 



I can see the area outside 
And that is the correct time 

Is that 



TB on at 71 + 41 



That is the end of the 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 654000 (CDT 3:43) 229/2 

SC Understand you want the TV running at 

the same time - or will be doing the radar test. 

CAPCOM That's affirmative. That's the confir- 

mation I get here. 

SC All right. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, opposite omni 

please. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM And Apollo says to Houston for your 

information, I am pretty sure this TV on time is tied into 
the Texas acquisition time. 

SC Yeau, that figures. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Would you confirm 

the report the position on your PMP power switch? 
SC Standby. PMP is a normal spot. 

CAPCOM Normal. Would you go to OFF, please? 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS, Canary, 

Carnarvon at 18. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 65 hours, 

50 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. In this last 
pass over Canary Islands, we had a flight plan update 
that consisted of deleting the radar - tests at 6 hours, 
15 minutes. At 69 hours, adding an unstow and setting up 
of the TV camera onboard the spacecraft. At 69 hours, 
50 minutes, they have deleted the reference to the H2 heat- 
ers on. At 70 hours, they added fuel cell oxygen purge. 
And the big one at 7141 into the mission - the schedule 
for the TV ON. The signal would be received at Corpus 
Christ i, Texas. It would go through the conversion process, 
and then be released. Eisele asked at that point - indicat- 
ed that it seemed to him that it was the same time as the 
rendezvous radar tests. CAPCOM indicated "Yes, you're 
right, and to standby." And then he came back and said, 
"That is the correct time, 71 hours, 41 minutes into the 
mission." Eisele indicated that they would like to hold 
off in unstowing the TV, if possible because it is in the way 
when they are moving around inside the spacecraft. CAPCOM 
Pogue at that point, indicated that as long as the time of 
71 hours, 41 minutes into the mission was met for TV ON, 
they could do as they wished. It was also indicated that 
the time for TV ON, coincides with the Texas acquisition 
coming over the United States. At 65 hours, 52 minutes 
into the mission of Apollo 7, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 661800 (CDT 4:21a) 230/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 66 hours 18 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up now 
over Carnarvon, Australia. We should have acquisition in 
some 25 seconds from now. On our 42nd revolution, let's 
stand by for conversation. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, Houston, Apollo 7, Go. 

CAP COM Roger. Acquisition Carnarvon and I'd 

like for you to check a couple of things for us please. 
S-band normal mode PCM switch to PCM and the power amplifier 
barber pole. 

SC Roger. Power amp in barber pole and 

the PCM switch is in PCM. 

CAP COM Thank you. Apollo 7, Houston. One 

minute LOS Carnarvon. Request S-band volume up for Honey- 
suckle at 25. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Acquisition Honey- 

suckle. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 66 hours 32 min- 

utes into the mission. We had very little contact on that 
pass. We're coming up on Redstone tracking ship at 66:45. 
At 66:32 into the mission, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 664600 (CDT 4:49a) 231/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 66 hours 

46 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up 
on acquisition with Redstone, let's listen in. 

SC Roger Houston. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC 7 Go. 

CAP COM Roger. Have you made any change in 

the Coram system, particularly TM settings? 

SC Yeah, I took the recorder for about 

30 seconds (garbled) haven't monkeyed with the TM setting. 

CAP COM Okay. 

SC Do you have that . . . tape . 

CAP COM Have we got what? 

SC Roger. I put the tape in — for 

30 seconds to record something and then left it off so it 
wouldn 1 t . . . run. 

CAP COM No, I don't think that'll do any 

harm. 

SC Are you receiving things on tape 

dump. 

CAP COM Did you go to up telemetry command 

reset? Apollo 7, Houston. Did you go to up telemetry 
command reset? Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston if 
you read go to S-band OFF to tape. Apollo 7, Houston. 
About 30 seconds to LOS, Antigua at 03. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 66 hours 

54 minutes into the mission. We had an exchange there 
between Cap Com and the spacecraft concerning telemetry. 
There's no big problem but in this particular pass we did 
not receive satisfactory telemetry from the spacecraft. 
Will no doubt contact them in the next station which will 
be Antigua at 67:03 into the mission. At 66:54 this is 
Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 670300 (CDT 5:06) 232/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 67 hours, 

3 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are now coming 
up in a few seconds with acquisition with Antigua. We will 
be starting in the forty third revolution of the flight of 
Apollo 7. Let's listen in. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

This is 7. 

Roger, acquisition, Antigua. 
Roger. 

I would like to get 
Did you go to command reset 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
something, 
tape? 

SC 

CAPCOM 
as voice log. 
get data while 
trying to fix 

SC 

CAPCOM 
problem. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
like for you to 
further advice. 

SC 

PAO 



a confirmation on 
when you use the 



We 
you 
it. 



That's affirmative. 

Roger. Ground advisors do not use DSE 
have lost TM subcarrier. And we can't 



are dumping. We're working on it; we're 



Roger, say again. 
We 1 re working a - 



lost TM subcarrier 



Roger . 

Also we would like S-band off to tape. 
Roger, it's to take. 
Thank you. Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7. 

Roger. Apollo 7, Houston. We would 
stay in the present comm configuraton until 
We are having some difficulties on that TM. 
Roger, understand. 
This is Apollo Control, 67 hours, 



13 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have lost 
acquisition. Antigua will come up the Canary Islands in 
just about 2 minutes from now. We still have some - some 
telemetry problem. And they are figuring out what to do 
about it at this time. So we will just standby for the 
next pass at Canary Islands which should be in a minute 
or half or so. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, SET: 671400 (CDT 5:17) 233/1 



CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Acquisition Canary. 

SC Roger, Houston. 

CAP COM We'll be at Carnarvon about SO, I will 
have a state vector for you then. 

SC Roger. Understand. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Opposite omni. 

SC Roger. Stand by. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS 
Canaries. Carnarvon at 50. Would like POO at Carnarvon 
acquistion. 

SC Roger, will have it. 

CAP COM Thank you. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 67 hours 23 min- 



utes into Apollo 7. We are looking for the spacecraft over 
Carnarvon at 67 hours and 50 minutes. At that time, the 
last communication from Cap Com Pogue to Astronaut Eisele 
in the spacecraft was they wanted POO at Carnarvon which 
means the platform of the inertial measuring unit on board 
the spacecraft, part of the guidance system, to be in idle- 
ing position at Carnarvon. At 67 hours 23 minutes and going 
into our 43rd revolution around the earth with Apollo 7, 
this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 675000 (CDT 5:52) 234/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 67 hours, 

50 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up 
now on Carnarvon, and within about 25 seconds we should 
have acquisition. Let's standby for the conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger, confirm to and accept. 

SC Roger, I'm am too. I'm here to accept. 

1 would like for you to take a look at this program alarmed 
1105 that we have been getting off and on to the play. I 
got to begin you about 5 minutes ago. 

CAPCOM Roger, standby. 46. 

SC I do accept now. 

CAPCOM Roger. Have a main check to go with 

the CSM now that it is coming up, if you can get ready 
to copy that. And I also have an update for the rendezvous 

SC Roger. Go ahead, it's your month check. 

CAPCOM Roger, month check. 071110000 minus 

2 niner 14 + 14170, 15 niner 3. 

SC Roger. 071110000 minus 2 niner 

14 + 14170, 15 niner 3. 

CAPCOM Readback is correct. When you are ready I 

can give you the rendezvous radar test update. 

SC Go ahead with that update. 

CAPCOM Roger. Starting with the aline. 

70 + 58, 15 niner degrees, 055017, 71+3 niner, 71 + 43. 

SC Roger, understand. 70 + 58, 15 niner, 

055017,71 + 3 niner, 71 + 43. 

CAPCOM Readback is correct. Don, I have a 

analysis to this ac problem. I'll go over it and see what 
your comments are. 

SC Okay, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay, point 1, we have spent consid- 

erable time going through the data here. And we have noticed 
that the ac bus gliches are associated with the cycling off 
of 02 cryo fans. This has caused the ac bus to surge to 
over voltage. It seems as though this is only a problem at 
low power loads on the ac bus, but it has been noticed 
repeatedly. 

SC Okay, that - sounds pretty logical. 

CAPCOM Point 2, recommendation 02 fans, tank 1, 

off, do that. This will insure ac 1 stays on line. If our 
analysis of the problem is correct. 

SC Roger, what about ac 2, we have that 

one also. ... 

CAPCOM Roger, You have that one on. We will 

periodically switch02 fans, tank 1 back to the on position. 

At the same time, 02 fans, tank 2 off. This will insure at 



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CAPCOM least 1 ac bus is protected at all times 

from this - 30 to over voltage. 

SC Roger, I see. If we get fired up again, 

do you think we will still have this problem? 

CAPCOM I'm not sure. It seems as though it is 

not nearly as much a problem when you're powered up, it is 
only when you're in a low power condition. The voltage 
control is more sensitive or tends to overshoot or some- 
thing there. 

SC Okay, I'll turn tank 1 off for now. 

CAPCOM Right, understand. 

SC When are they going to get some (garble) 

navigation tests? 

CAPCOM Roger; we have taken that into consideratio 

SC Okay . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston; opposite OMNI. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We are having a little 

trouble getting the CSN nav up; if we don't do it, I'll read 
it up to you over HSK; that'll be about 67 plus 59 and will 
require S band volume up. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger; I'm going to have to read you the 

B27 update if you have the pad out there. Apollo 7, Houston; 
do you read? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

We will not have to give, you a B27 update where we were going 
to uplink it. Apollo 7, Houston; do you read? Apollo 7, 
Houston. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 680700 (CDT 6:09a) 235/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 68 hours 8 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. During this pass we 
heard Astronaut Pogue, our Cap Con here at MCC, update the 
command module computer on the program P-27 it's called. 
He updated for the rendezvous radar test and also indicated 
that the AC buss problem we had reached a tentative conclu- 
sion here in the Control Center and that was that the glitsch 
is associated with the cycle of the OFF position of both of 
the 02 cryogenic fans, that's the cryogenic oxygen fans, 
causes surging of the AC alternating current busses or 
distribution points to overvoltage conditions. That's a 
problem, it seems, at low loads on the AC busses. The 
proposed solution was indicated to be that the 02 fans for 
tank number two should be ON, the 02 fans for tank number 
one should be OFF. If the above solution works out, if its 
correct, then the AC one buss would stay on the line. Period- 
ically they propose to switch the 02 fans in tank number one 
to ON and the 02 fans on tank number two to OFF at that time 
thereby keeping one ON and one OFF at all times to test out 
this solution. In that way, one AC buss would be protected 
at all times from that overvoltage condition. This was 
acknowledged by Don Eisele in the spacecraft and this is 
the solution that they are now testing out. We anticipate a 
pass over the United States, will be in acquisition Texas 
at 68 hours 34 minutes. At 68 hours 10 minutes, this is 
Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 683400 (CDT 6:37a) 236/1 

p A 0 This is Apollo Control 68 hours 34 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. Spacecraft is approach- 
ing America. It will be over Texas very shortly at which 
time we should have some updates for the crew. Let's join 
the conversation. , 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Texas. 

SC Roger, Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Roger. Good morning. 

SC And how are you doing? 

CAP COM Very good. 

SC Oh, very well. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go. 

CAP COM Donn, I've got your block data number 

eight for you also could you switch biomed switch to CDR 
and could you confirm that you have turned the cryo fans 

tank one OFF? ' t 

Sc Roger. Cryo fan tank one is OFF ana 

Wally's still asleep, I believe he doesn't have his biomed 

hooked up. 

CAP COM Okay, copy that. 

SC Will get it on him when they get up. 

CAP COM Okay, real fine. 

SC Y ° u can 8° w * tn y° ur block update. 

CAP COM Okay, if you're ready block number 

eight 045 dash 1A + 311 - 0638 069 +57+34, 4259 046 dash 
1A + 313 - 0638 071 + 33 + 1A, 4405 047 dash 1A + 272 - 0649 
073 + 08 + 47, 4593 048 dash 4A + 297 - 1650 075 + 52 + 37, 
4202 049 dash 4B + 318 - 1650 077 +28+29, 4321 050 dash 
3A + 265 + 1371 078 + 47 + 51, 4161, 

SC Sorry, Jack, I'm going to have to ask 

you to run this back in a little slower and it might do to 
stop now and then so I can butt in and tell you if I'm 

missing any. ,.«.*, 

CAP COM Okay, Donn. I guess I'm a little 

faster than you are this morning. Ah, okay did you get - 
ah, where do you want me to start? From the beginning? 
SC Yeah, I think you might as well. 

CAP COM Okay, going back. 045 dash 1A + 311 

- 0638 069 + 57 + 34, 4259 046 dash 1A + 311 - 0638 071 + 33 
+ 18, 4405 047 dash 1A + 272 - 0649 073 +08+47, 4593 048 
dash 4A + 297 - 1650 075 + 52 + 37, 4202 049 dash 4B +, 318 

- 1650 077 + 28 ♦ 29, 4321 050 dash 3A + 265 + 1371 078 + 47 

+ 51, 4161 end. 

SC Okay, readback follows 045 dash 1A 

+ 311 - 0638 069 57 34 4259, 046 1 alpha + 322 - 0638 071 33 
18, 4405 047 1 alpha + 272 - 0649 073 08 47 4593, 048 dash 
4 alpha 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 684300 (CDT 6:46A) 237/1 



SC 073 08 47 4593 048 plus 4 ALPHA plus 

297 minus 1650 0755237 0202 049-0 BRAVO plus 318 minus 2690 
07728294321 050-3 ALPHA plus 265 plus 1371 0784751 4161. 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
046-1 ALPHA? 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

SC 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

is 235 millimeters 

CAPCOM 
through at the 
upheld switch. 

SC 

PAO 



Roger, 
Donn, 



could you read the latitude in 



That's plus 311. 
Should be plus 313. 
Roger, 313, thank you. 
Okay, that's got it. 
Jack? 

Houston, Apollo 7. 
Apollo 7, Houston, go ahead. 
Roger, (garbled) 
I didn't copy that Donn, 



Okay. Point of pressure 



Roger, copied that, 



say again. 
AT oh the cabin 



and Donn, we're 
computer now, you can go to BLOCK on your 
Also you have a GO for 62-1. 
Roger, understand, GO for 
This is Apollo 



Control 68 



62-1. 
hours 



48 minutes 



into the mission. We are coming 
68 hours 50 minutes and 1 second 
to stay live for that 7 minute pass 
will have a wrap up 
of the mission. So 

CAPCOM 
standing by. 
SC 

the G and N 
CAPCOM 



up on Canary Islands at 
from now so we will continue 
after which time we 



of summary of the last 8 hours or so 
lets standby for anything from Canary. 
Apollo 7, Houston, through the Canaries 



at this 



Roger, 
time . 
Roger, 



We are powering up the SCS for 



copy. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 685300 (CDT 6.56a) 238/1 



SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead 7. 

SC Roger, we took frames 44 through 47 on 

magazine 0, Oscar, at 68 hours and 54 minutes. This is a 
picture of the weather formations around the Canaries. 

SC Okay, Roger, copy that. Donn when you 

get a chance we would like you to switch your flow proportion- 
ing valve to 1 then back to AUTO again. 

SC Okay , done . 

CAPCOM Thank you. Apollo 7, Houston. You're 

about 30 seconds LOS Canary. You sure look good going over 
the hill, we'll pick you up at Carnarvon in about 28 minutes. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 68 hours, 57 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. CapCom has indicated the 
Spacecraft looks good going over the hill, and they will be 
picked up at Carnarvon at 69 hours, 25 minutes. We will have 
a not too brief, I'm afraid, rundown on the last 8 hours of 
operation in the Control Center here. Beginning at 61 hours, 
27 minutes over tracking ship Mercury and revolution 39, 
Apollo 7 reported caution and warning panel problems . Their 
communication was hard to read. On the next station, the 
Redstone tracking ship at 62 hours, 1 minute in the same 
revolution, CapCom Pogue contacted the crew and indicated 
that the data was dumped over Guam and it was being analyzed 
here at the Control Center. A review of caution and warning 
panel problems followed and that review indicated that at 
61 hours and 5 minutes, the master alarm light went on. At 
this time, the fuel cells were indicating over 20 amps or 
amperes flow for each one, average. There was no caution 
and warning light preceeding the master alarm light going 
on. They reset the master alarm satisfactorily and at 
61 hours, 14 minutes, AC bus 1 and AC bus 2 failure occurred. 
Alternating current through the AC busses is a distributing 
point for the AC current to go to the several systems of the 
Spacecraft to utilize such current. After that failure, 
they reset AC bus 1 and AC bus 2 satisfactorily, then at 
61 hours, 30 minutes, they noted that the fuel cells averaged 
15 amps each. Astronaut Schirra indicated this is the "third 
AC bus 1 failure and the first AC bus 2 failure. If it was 
due to transient over voltage, the question was why would 
both busses fail. The decrease in amps - amperage from 
20 to 15 amps average could be due, it was indicated to 
the Spacecraft power down or a cyclic loads. He suggested 
that they - down at the Control Center here - check the 
configuration and the inverter safety wiring, at which 
point Astronaut Walt Cunningham, the LMP chimed in and 
indicated that he felt Astronaut Schirra was referring to 



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PAO changes in the overload sensors. Over 

ascension at 62 hours, 27 minutes in the 40th revolution, 
CapCom Pogue again contacted the Spacecraft. Schirra 
indicated that everything was normal. Pogue indicated that 
they had finished the playback of the AC bus trouble and 
it was currently being studied here by the Control Center. 
Apollo 7 then indicated that the CDR, Schirra, and the 
LMP, Cunningham were sacking out now. Over the Redstone 
tracking ship, it's 63 hours, 38 minutes in the 40th rev- 
olution. Pogue contacted the Spacecraft and asked the 
question was the Command Module computer power up over Guam. 
Eisele indicated yes, it was for a short while, then it was 
switched off. Pogue indicated that the procedure at 65 hours, 
14 minutes over the Redstone again, revolution 41, for isolating 
the EC bus problem. Pogue asked what position the cabin fan 
control in, Eisele indicated off. We asked the glycol pump 
position, Eisele indicated on AC bus 1 the suit compressor 
position which was on AC bus 1. Pogue then indicated that 
Astronaut Eisele should not change that configuration, 
also indicated that he should check the cryogenic fan 
circuit breakers, if any were popped out and if they were, 
not to push them. The reply from the Spacecraft was all of 
them were in. Over Antigua, at 65 hours, 35 minutes and 
revolution 42, CapCom Pogue gave the crew a flight plan update 
and that indicated that at 66 hours, 15 minutes they would 
delete the radar transponder self test. At 69 hours, they 
would add into the flight plan unstow and set up the TV 
camera. At 69 hours, 50 minutes to delete reference to the 
H2 heaters ON. At 70 hours, to add fuel 02 purge. At 
71 hours, 41 minutes to incicate TV on. That would be 
944 central daylight time. Eisele asked the question at 
that time, would the TV be scheduled to be on at the same 
time as the rendezvous radar test, over the stateside pass? 
Pogue replied, you're fight, standby. Then he checked and 
'carae back to the crew, to Eisele with the information that 
that was the correct time. Eisele said, if the TV is not 
on until 71 hours, 40 minutes, he felt they would hold off 
installing the TV from the scheduled time of 69 hours, since 
it would be in the way of the crew members moving around in 
the Spacecraft. Pogue indicated 7141 is the correct time for 
TV on. And TV on coincides with the Texas acquisition. At 
Redstone again, 66 hours, 46 minutes, revolution 42, some 
telemetry problems were encountered. They received no tele- 
metry here at the Control Center during that pass from the 
PM, pulse modulation, USB. Then over Antigua at 67 hours, 
4 minutes, revolution 43, they are still working on the 



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PAG TM problem, they still had no PM and 

over the Canary Islands at 67 hours, 15 minutes on the same 
revolution, the same condition existed; however, they could 
receive and still can receive TM on the FM band of the USB, 
as a backup node. There are two ideal prime modes on USB, 
pulse modulation, PM, is for the telemetry and also for the 
TV system; and FM, frequency modulation, is for dumps of 
information and real-time data. When - since the PM portion 
is out, that cuts out 50 percent of the capability of the 
USB, which simply means that the TM and the TV would have 
to alternate with dumps and real-time data, using the FM 
system as a backup mode. Over Canary Islands at 67 hours, 
15 minutes, revolution 43 CapCom Pogue indicated that the 
inertial measuring unit should go to IDLE or PU as it is 
referred to at Carnarvon, and there is still no PM at that 
time, so they're still using the FM backup mode for telemetry 
and data dumps. Over Carnarvon at 67 hours, 50 minutes, 
revolution 43 CapCom Pogue talked to the Spacecraft again, 
and updated the Spacecraft with a program 27, Command Module 
computer update. Rendezvous radar test update and talked 
about the AC bus problem, which we have encountered. The 
conclusion from the Control Center here was that the glitches 
associated with the cycle of OFF osition of both of the 
oxygen cryogenic fans, caused a surging of the AC busses 
or . . . 



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APOLLO 7 COJMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 690800 (CDT 07:11 am) 239/1 

PAO which is associated with the cycle of 

OFF position of both of the oxygen cryogenic fans, 
causing surging of the AC busses or distribution points, to 
overvoltage conditions. It seems to be a problem at low 
loads on the AC busses not at high loads. So the proposed 
solution was sent up to the spacecraft that the 02 fans on 
tank number 2 be turned on and at the same time the 02 fans 
on tank number 1 be in the OFF position. And if solution is 
correct, the AC busses would stay on the line. Then they 
would propose to periodically switch the 02 fans, tank num- 
ber 1 to ON, and the 02 fans, tank number 2, to OFF. 
In this way, one AC buss would be protected at all times 
from overvoltage conditions. On the Texas pass we just 
had, at 68 hours 34 minutes, revolution 43, CAPCOM Pogue 
again contacted the spacecraft and asked for a confirmation 
of the 02 fans on tank number 2 were on and the 02 fans 
on tank number 1 were off. Astronaut Eisele gave him 
that confirmation and indicated that Schirra was still 
asleep. At that time, Astronaut Pogue relayed from Flight 
Director Jerry Griffin that they had a go for 62 dash 1, 
which means that they have a GO condition for 61 orbits. 
We are presently crossing Africa, we will come up on Car- 
narvon at 6925 into the mission. The commander and LM 
pilot, Schirra and Cunningham, should be awake at this time. 
They will all go into an eat period and we will start a 
new day at 69 hours 10 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7, 
this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 692630 (CDT 7:32 a) 240/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, Houston, at 69 

hours 26 minutes into the flight. And through Carnarvon this 
morning Jack Swigert just established contact with a rather 
sleepy sounding Walt Cunningham. Here is how that conversa- 
tion is going. . . . „ 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, Houston. Good morning Jack. 

CAPCOM Good morning, Walt. How are you this 

morning? 

SC Fine. 

CAPCOM We'll be standing by. 

SC Hey Jack; I have a question on our low 

quad, what quad; yesterday it was reading 47 percent 
and we would like that (garble) pressure around the 3 percent 
level and switch to secondary propellants and end the loop at 
43; over. 

CAPCOM Okay, stand by; I'll get you the NP on 

that here. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead Houston. 

CAPCOM Walt, you are about 25 pounds away from 

the point at which you should switch, which is about 6 percent 
so you are quite a ways away so there is no need to hurry on 
that now and we'll give you, when you start getting close, 
a gage reading of which you should switch. 

SC Roger, and will we switch quad by quad? 

CAPCOM Affirmative. Quad by quad. 

SC Okay, (garble) 

CAPCOM Say again. 

SC 

CAPCOM Oh, a map update? Stand by. 

Apollo 7, Houston. We'll be talking to you, we'll pick up 
HSK in about 4 minutes; we'd like you to turn up your S band. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM And I have your map update Walt. 

SC Go. 

CAPCOM This is for rev 43. The GET is at 6 8 plus 

29 plus 00. Longitude of the node 112.7 degrees west, right 
Ascension of 05 plus 33. 

SC Roger. Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Honeysuckle. 

Apollo 7, Houston through Honeysuckle. 

SC Roger; this is Apollo 7, can you read? 

CAPCOM I read you fine now. We need to switch 

the biomed switch to CDR. 

SC Roger. Won't do any good; he's not 

plugged up. 

CAPCOM Okay, when he gets plugged up, would you 

do it? 

SC Okay, and I got a high pitched squeal on 



APOLLO 7 COMMETARY, 10/14/68, GET: 692630 (CDT: 7:32 a) 240/2 

S band; how about you? 

CAPCOM Roger Walt. We've commanded backup 

voice there because we've lost the PM and we're going on FM 
now. We got the voice on the SM. 

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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 693630 (CDT 07:42am) 241/1 



CAPCOM Roger, Walt. We are - we've commanded 

because we've lost PM and we are going on FM now. We've 
got the voice on the FM subcarrier. 

SC Okay. What's the status on our tape 

recorder? 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Apollo 7 here. 

CAPCOM Roger. Walt, when you want to use 

the tape recorder, go to low bit rate and record. When you 
are ready, when you are through recording and want us to 
dump it, let us know and we will interrupt real time data 
and dump it . 

SC Is this a change for our normal oper- 

ating procedures for the flight? I am not reading you any 
more. 

CAPCOM Okay. Walt, what we have lost is the 

PM downlink. We are on the FM downlink now, which means 
we are time -sharing DSE with real time downlink. 

SC Roger. Have we lost that permanently? 

CAPCOM Is hasn't been determined yet. We 

are going to do a little bit of checking here . 

SC Okay. Well, I'll take the tape re- 

corder back and - on 59 hours and 39 minutes. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC You are still going to keep the book- 

keeping on it? 

CAPCOM Okay . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. LOS Honeysuckle, 

pick you up at Guaymas . 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston. We 

have finally lost contact via Carnarvon station. We are 
69 hours 42 minutes in the flight. The weatherman has sent 
us his happy report this morning and it goes like this." 
In the western Atlantic areas, the weather will be partly 
cloudy, winds will be easterly 10 to 15 knots, seas about 
4 feet, temperatures in the high 70 's. In the east Atlantic, 
mostly clear to partly cloudy skies, easterly winds 12 to 
15 knots, seas 4 feet, temperature in the mid-70's. ' In, the 
western Pacific areas where Apollo might land if it had to, 
easterly winds 12 to IS knots, seas 4 to 5 feet, and the 
temperature is ranging from the low 70 's in the north to 
the low 80 's in the southernmost landing areas. In the 
northern part of -mid-Pacific landing zone, weather is mostly 
cloudy with scattered showers, winds are easterly 15 to 18 
knots and with seas an average of 6 feet . - The temperatures 
are in the mid-70 's and the. southern parts of the same zones 



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PAO the weather is partly cloudy with 

southerly winds of IS knots and 5 foot seas. The spacecraft 
crew will perhaps have the opportunity to see a tropical 
developing in the Carribean today, that is out in the area 
of the Windward, Islands . At 69 hours and 44 minutes into 
the flight, this is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 700625 (CDT 8:12A) 242/1 

pA0 Apollo Control Houston here 70 hours 

6 minutes into the flight and we are talking to the crew 
through Guaymas, Here's how it is going. rtiawnoc 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through Guaymas. 

SC Apollo 7 reading 5 by 5. 

CAPCOM Roger 5 by. Walt, we want to delete 

these Com tests that we were going to do over this stateside 
pass here, or over Canaries, ■ 

SC Roger, understand. 

Sc Houston, this is Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead 7. 

sc Roger, we have a (garbled) problem. 

We are unable to get a (garbled) 

cr And as a result of this we are not 

aligned at this point and possibly will not be able to support 

the "wcm*' {garb Ir d) I copy you, Wally, understand you 
have had a problem in aligning the platform and you may not 

be able to support the WSMR test, is that CHARLIE? 

be able to suppo ^ CHARLI£ The prob i em apparently 

" ^CAPCOM bUtt ° n " A problem with the MARK button, Roger, 
understand. ^ ^ (garbled) Jack> it was 

attempted in the PS1, and step 4 we have a flashing 51 and 
caHTSg for a mark, we pushed the MARK button repeatedly 
and it will not go on tb the next display. Apparently it s 
no"t accepting thf mark, or else the mark button "filled, 
vl nl^Lre^hich. I did check - I did ch eck %bit in 
Flatrwood 74 the L53 flag, and that was set when the 51 
was*nashing. I also did a CNC sales check and that turned 
o" okay and we did a halting 53, by that I mean we just 
ran through the program without actually maneuvering. It 
seamed ?owork fine 8 We did punch the ENTER button, but 
the computer progressed through the program. 

CAPCOM Okay, Roger Apollo 7. Looks like we re 

reading your DISKY now. You're still on Program SI with 

n ° Un SC ? Negative. We've got 2 in there right 

now. Do you want me to call it back up? - 
CAPCOM Okay, Yes, I guess we missed a LOCK 

on data. 

SC Okay. , 

CAPCOM Roger, understand, copy that you had 

a failed pre mod processor and you're going to run the 

rest of the flight in AUXILIARY. 

SC Negative, We are - 

TAPCOM Walt, we're working on a trouble shooting 

procedure on this. I'm sorry I missed part of your transmission 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 700625 (CDT 8:12a) 242/2 

CAPCOM We'll be trouble shooting this and we 

will get you a reading on it shortly. 
SC Hey Jack - 

CAPCOM Just a minute Walt. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger. Walt we had a problem last night 

with the normal PM where we lost voice and telemetry sub 
carrier of the normal PM and we're devising a trouble shooting 
procedure now. We'd like for you to stay in this present 
configuration until we've gotten that procedure up to you. 
You can use the tape recorder as you want as long as you 
are in LOW bit rate. 

SC Okay. I picked up the tape recorder 

when it was already played out. I rewound it, it's standing 
by for a dump now in case he has something on it. Do you 
want a . dump? 

CAPCOM Walt, did you have very much of a voice 

transcription on that tape recorder? 

SC I don't know, the whole tape has been 

recorded, so it's going to take you about 8 minutes for a 
complete dump. 

CAPCOM Okay, standby. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger go. 

CAPCOM On the tape recorder, there's nothing 

there that we feel we'd like to dump it for unless you have 
made some voice transmission in there that we don't know 
about . 

SC The only thing we might lose that I can 

think of would be some of this film log and I think we can 
cover that another way. 

CAPCOM Okay, we won't dump it then. 

SC Okay, we'll go ahead and only data run 

when we want to record something. That way we will limit 
the amount of time we tied up for dumping. 

CAPCOM Roger, 



end of tape 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 10:16:25 (CDT 02:22 an) 243/1 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

read? Over. 

CAPCOM 
things to try, 

SC 

CAPCOM 



Apollo 
Apollo 
Apollo 
Apollo 
Apollo 
Apollo 
Apollo 
Apollo 
Roger, 

I read 



7, 
7, 
7, 
7, 
7> 
7, 
7, 
7, 



Houston. 
Houston . 
Houston . 
Houston . 
Houston . 
Houston . 
Houston . 
Houston. 



Houston, Apollo 7. How do you 



you fine. We've got a few 
Donn, to check the MARK button. 

What did you say again, Jack? 
We have something we would like you 



MARK button, 
you press the 



While 
MARK 



I do not get a PRO- 



If you don't 
REJECT button 
PROGRAM ALARM. 

pressing MARK 



get a 
while 



PROGRAM 

in PU there, 



REJECT, I get 



to do to verify the operation of the 
in program 00, we would like to have 
button and verify whether you get a PROGRAM ALARM. 

SC Okay, here goes 

GRAM ALARM. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

ALARM now, press the MARK 
and see whether you get a 
SC Roger, 
no PROGRAM ALARM. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that, 

night pass, we would like you to try 
•don't get any response from the MARK 
and P54. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

on our fuel status 
it and I sure do (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, 
to discuss that end. 

SC Okay. Realize that your 

(garble) and use the (garble) for burns. 

CAPCOM Roger, we understand. 

SC Pretty busy getting set up 

Guess you want to watch our (garble) TV. 

CAPCOM Okay, we will discuss that Wally. 

We will be back to you. In the mean tine Walt, we would 
like to have you read off the positions of your S-band 
normal and S-band off switches here so we could start the 
troubleshooting procedure on this PM. 

SC S-band normal switches are in voice, 

PCM and ranging, S-band off is still in tape and I guess 
I «ay as well turn the tape switch off. I still have power 



During this next 
P51 again. If you 
button, then try P53 

Jack, do you have any (garble) 
Roger, copy. 

Roger. (garble) Got those updates 
This is the reason I 'a concerned about 
TV (garble) problem. 
Wally, Stand by, we are going 

new 53 is ' 



here . 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 701625 (CDT 08:22a) 243/2 

SC switches, SCE normal PMP on off, over. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 702625 (CDT: 8:32a) 244/1 



SC Powers which is the SEE mode 

on OFF; over. 

CAPCOM Roger; we copy. What are the positions 

of your transponders Walt? 

SC Secondary of the transponder and pow«r 

up above in HIGH. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

fan off and tape 
CAPCOM 

Walt. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
and 52 us in 
get 53 and 

SC 

willing to expend 
transponder test? 

CAPCOM Well, the whole thing Wally; we want 

get the platform aligned first and see what we've got. 



Okay, copy. We'll be back - 
(garble) 
Go ahead. 

Over a place now; why don't I turn the 
switch on? 

We'd rather have you just leave it on 

Okay . 

Apollo 7, Houston. 
Roger Houston. Go. 

Okay, if we can't get through the P51 
I the MARK button, go ahead and use the COAS and 
>4 for the IMU alignment. 

Roger Tom. My concern is; are you 
the Service Module fuel for the (garble) 
Or are you asking me -to be willing to? 



the rest of it down the line over Carnarvon. 
I think we've got a problem and I 
(garble) alignment, true. 



the 



We'll try the COAS 



one time; 
get the optics going 



it's worth 



That's it, 
All right. 

Will you give us a total number of pounds 
remaining; I can put it in my (garble) 



to 

We'll talk about 
SC 

along with just 
CAPCOM 

it one time in case that we can't 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

of RCS propel lants 

CAPCOM Yes, okay, Walt." We're going "to give 

you this over Carnarvon. 

SC Standing by. 

CAPCOM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston. Your total 

usable RCS fuel now is 750 pounds. 

SC That is 750 pounds goes on my chart at 

70 hours into the flight. I want total number of fuel be- 
cause I think, at this nightside here, the unusable is al- 
ready taken off the bottom. 

CAPCOM Okay. Now the 750 is usable. 

SC Well, would you take a look at your 

copy of my onboard chart and give me a number that I can 
stick on that? 

CAPCOM Okay Walt. We'll pass that over to 

over Tananarive; 
at 13 minutes. 

SC 



you 



we're about to lose you here. Tananarive 
Okay. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 70 hours, 

33 minutes into the flight. And we have lost contact by 
the Canary Station, and we will pick up again at Tananarive 
and conclude that conversation about onboard usable. The 
precise gaging here, other affects are being figured in here; 
you heard the flight director tell the CAPCOM to give him 
750 pounds which number was passed up. Now in addition to 
that there is a gaging factor, certain other allowances and 
the precise overage estimate is also being calculated now. 
In the course of that ON, you heard a trouble shooting pro- 
cedure real time wherein Don Eisele was asked to push the 
MARK button on some of his equipment related to the guidance 
and navigation system. This gear is down in the lower equip- 
ment bay and the MARK button effectively has the capability 
of putting into the computer certain angles and other math- 
ematical information about a given star when it's properly 
sighted through the GNN optics. In other words, the pilots 
look at a star when they are satisfied they have the right 
star in the window, they press the MARK button and the infor- 
mation regarding angle and such is automatically transferred 
to the computer. This function apparently is not taking place. 
The second step in the trouble shooting procedure was to hit 
the MARK REJECT button, both of which should have produced 
a warning buzzer, but apparently neither worked. Other devices 
can be used of course to get this information. The cabin 
temp this morning is 69 degrees. And at 70 hours and 35 minutes 
into the flight, this is Apollo Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 704610 (CDT 8:52a) 245/1 



PAO Apollo Control Houston here at 70 hours 

46 minutes into the flight. We are in touch with Apollo 7 
through Tananarive and here's how that's going. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC Go ahead Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger. Walt, the reading that you should 

chart for RCS fuel is 808 pounds. 

Roger 808 temperature supposed to be 



be having on your 
SC 

750 and gaining, 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
out. We've 
real cool 
below that 



accurate 



to 



gom 
slic 
down 
about as 
SC 

Let me readout 
CAPCOM 

for P53? 
SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
step 2 
sextant 



Roger . 

Apollo 7 Houston 
Go ahead. 

Okay, I want to check 
already worked out with 
way of doing 53 and 
should cost us very 



out the alinements 
Steve here a real 
54 using those optics 
little fuel. And be 



and 
the 



as 51 and 52. 

Very good, 
you . 

Okay, Donn, 

Standby one. 
Okay Go. 
Okay, on P53 



We've done an alinement. 
have you got your book out 



you'll enter 53 in step : 
will use 
you get it 



When you acquire the two stars we 

-w.». ~ and telescope down below, and when y e __ 

in the sextant you will note the shaft and trunion angles 
that you have there. You will have to call Verb 16, Noun 91 
Go back and enter above as Verb 06 Noun 92 in step 3. You 



can proceed and then you'll hold attitude at 
the attitude hold is brought on it should be 
accurate as we had before. Over. 



step 
ENTER. If 
about as 



Okay 
Okay 
Roger 

We ' ve 
Okay. 



got 
do 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

pass? 

CAPCOM 
SC 

read that one again 

CAPCOM 
to read it over? 

SC Garbled. 
CAPCOM Apollo 7, 

SC Yes, Tom, 

again a little bit slower. I 
copying down the procedures. 
CAPCOM Okay. We 



(garbled) 

Tom. How much more time 



this 



about 2 more minutes. 

you want to go through and 



We've got 4 minutes. Do you want me 



say again. 

will you go through that 
was a little bit behind in 
I'm ready to go again, 
go through step 1 and step 



of P53, and you can use the course aline option if you want 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 704610 (CDT 8:52A) 245/2 



to. But we acquire the stars within 
Roger. 



CAPCOM 
the telescope. 

SC iwgvi • - 

CAPCOM Okay. Once we get the NAV star in the 

telescope then go ahead and get it into the sextant. 

SC Okay. I receive (garbled) 

CAPCOM Okay. When you get it into the sextant 

then you can hit Verb 16 Noun 91 to read the shaft and trunion 
of that star. 

SC Roger. . 

CAPCOM Okay, with that value you go back in 

step 3, you see flashing Verb 06 Noun 92 you can enter now 
92 which is the value you have read out. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Then proceed. 

SC Proceed. 

CAPCOM Then you can use the ENTER button for 

your mark. , ^ . 

7 PA 0 This is Apollo Control Houston at 70 

hours 52 minutes into the flight through Tananarive through 
which we lost contact. About a minute ago you heard Tom 
Stafford give Apollo 7 an alternate way of getting the shaft 
and trunion, the two angles required to do a navigational 
plotting on a star - he gave them an alternate way to get 
that information into the onboard computer. Earlier we had 
established that the MARK button, or the MARK device through 
which that information is normally inserted into the computer 
is - we established that it is inoperative. We are now going 
through the data insertion keyboard, which on checking we' 
discover is another way to put that information in. At 
70 hours 53 minutes into the flight this is Apollo Control 
in Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 711705 (CDT 09:22a) 246/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 71 hours 

17 minutes into the flight. Over Carnarvon a few minutes 
ago, we had some conversation. We - the crew was quite 
busy doing star alignment and getting our attitudes set up 
for the next pass across the States. They - the transponder, 
the radar transponder test out of White Sands, they are to 
be blunt end forward, since the 00 attitudes, that is aligned 
straight upright, blunt end leading, as they come across 
the White Sands Missile Range near Los Cruces, New Mexico. 
And precisely one alignment they will have, I think they 
will simply go amiss, the flight 
free drift after the White Sands 
them, as they started across the 
several times and they were busy 

via the Honeysuckle station in east Australia, but we do 
want to tell them that we are planning a minor burn later 
today to adjust their apogee and to make our total onboard 
fuel redlines a little more acceptable all the way around. 
They are not out of alignment with the overall program as 
planned but the affect of an adjusting burn would be to 
lower apogee somewhat and to bring those redline values 
even into more conservation views. Here is the tape by 
Carnarvon. 

Apollo 7, Houston. 
Go ahead, Houston, 

Roger, Apollo 7. How is the alignment 



plan shows they go into 
pass. We planned to tell 
States, Tom Stafford called 
and didn't get the word 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
coming? 
SC 

CAPCOM 
program 53. 

SC 

report time. 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 
and brief you 

SC 

CAP 

here . 



We arestill star reading 
Okay, understand you are 



right now. 
still in 



on 



We are just trying to acquire star 
Okay. 

Apollo 7, Houston. I'll go ahead 
what we've got planned. 

Wait, let's put down what (garble) 
Yes, yes okay, I'll just stand by 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

but is it necessary 

CAPCOM 
main thing is to get 



Okay, I would like to (garble) 
All right. 
Houston, Apollo 7. 
Go ahead, Wally. 
Okay (garble) 
That was too fast. Say 
Donn is in 
for him or 



the (garble) 
could I take 



again . 
right now, 
it? 



No, it's for the whole crew and the 
the platform aligned and Wally, if you 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 71170S (CDT 09:22a) 246/2 

CAPCOM would turn up the S-band at 71084S 

we will talk to you through Honeysuckle. 

SC Very good. We did need the arm to 

curve on this TV camera, we are trying to get it out now. 

CAPCOM Okay, we want to see how the platform 

alignment cosies out and we will talk to you over Honeysuckle. 

SC Okay. I've got (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger Houston. 

CAPCOM Okay, right now when Donn is reading 

the noun 91, is he reading - is he going to monitor real 
time with verb 16 or verb 06? 

SC I am using 16, Tom, and I am meaning 

to freeze it when I get right on it. 

CAPCOM Okay, that sounds good, Donn. Sounds 

real good. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, this is Houston through 

Honeysuckle. How do you read? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, this Houston through Honey- 

suckle . 

CAPCOM Hello, Apollo 7, this Houston through 

Honeysuckle, how do you read Wally? 

CAPCOM Hello, Apollo 7, this is Houston, how 

do you read? 

CAPCOM Hello, Apollo 7, Houston, over. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, this is Houston standing 

by through Honeysuckle. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, this Houston, how do you 

read? 

END Of TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 10/14/68, (CDT: 9:42) 247/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston. 71 hours, 

37 minutes into the flight. We are trying to establish com 
with the crew by the Huntsville station, and the signal is 
very shakey, as you recall in the earlier passes, the Huntsville 
com has not been the best and it is no better today. In a 
few minutes we expect to acquire through Guaymas. In a very 
cloudy communication, cloudy voice communication with Apollo 
7 a few minutes ago, the crew commander advised that they were 
GO for this pass, GO for the transponder test at White Sands, 
and GO for the television through Corpus. We should acquire 
by the Guaymas station - stand by 1 - we'll acquire at 738 

right now and now Wally is coming in loud and clear. 



DY 1 

which is 
SC 

pretty good, huh? 
CAPCOM 
SC 

to the (garble) 
CAPCOM 
PAO 

with the crew; 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
for the TV 



Sounds like it's (garble) coming in 



(garble) at 
That's not 



about 
bad. 



.18 degrees 



ahead and did an alignment 



up 
tion 



(garble) go 
was 58 minutes. 

Okay, that' what we - 

Now we have established good communications 
s cut in on that conversation now. 
We want the DSC to stop at 7146 plus 00. 
Roger; we got it. 

Okay. Now after we finish, when we come 
for Walt, make sure that the tape posi- 



let 



pass , 



the 



is OFF; over 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
the DSC and 
SC 

running and 
running with 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
a real pretty 
SC 

this is Apollo 

CAPCOM 

SC 
ed on? 

CAPCOM 

SC 



Roger . 

Tape off now. 
Okay, Walt, again, 
tape off at 71 plus 46. 

The tape is stopped now and the DSC is 
I can keep the DCS running; can I keep the DSC 
the TV on? 

Yeah, you sure can Walt; 
Roger. 

Apollo 7, Houston, 
down here. 



the tape should stop 



no problem. 
Looks like we have 



day 



Roger; that's the way it looks. Houston, 



Go ahead. 
Roger; what 

Say again. 
At what time 



time do you want the TV turn- 



do you want the TV turned 



on' 



now. 



CAPCOM 

Turn it 
SC 
PAO 



In about - Roger, we are ready for TV 



on 



TV going on. 

This is Apollo Control here. 



We just 

heard Walt Cunningham acknowledge he was turning on the TV- 
We are looking at a rather snowy TV screen and we see nothing 
at this point. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 712745 (CDT: 9:42) 247/2 



PAO Still nothing - a little snow pattern. 

Which is considered just normal TV line noise. Most of the 
flight controllers have the proper channel punched up. And 
now we are getting some indication from the network controller 
that the signal is too weak to read. We are 71 hours and 43 
minutes into the flight. And we are about, nearly 1 minute 
beyond the time of the planned Corpus acquisition. Here 
comes the picture and it's White. We look at Eisele, nice 
shot. Looks straight up, and he's moving. He's really quite 
clear; let's all have a look at it. 

CAPCOM Yeah, we're picking it up, I can read 

it; just a minute. It says, "From that lovely Apollo," some- 
thing - he doesn't write - "high on top." It looks good; I 
can see Wally handle it now, and Don has a smile on his 
face and there's Walt. The definition is pretty good down 
here; I can see center hatch. Actually I am amazed; it looks 
real good. Hey Don, how about saying something since you're 
paying. 

SC Say again. 

CAPCOM Hey, I can read you; you're loud and 

clear. It really looks good; I am amazed. 

SC It's coming in - you want us to put - 

CAPCOM Lean back a little bit, you are too close 

to the camera; there you are. We'll have Cecil Stafford 
directing . 

SC Roger. 

SC I forgot to shave this morning. 

SC Lost my razor. 

CAPCOM Some of the reproductions here are real 

good; I can look out through Wally 's rendezvous window; I 
can see the COAS up there, the orbit rate ball. 

SC We're looking right down the Gulf Coast. 

CAPCOM Okay, what's the next one? Little closer 

Wally. 

CAPCOM It says, "Keep those cards and letters 

coming in folks." and it's loud and clear. 

SC Yes sir, a pretty show for the whole 

family. Would you like to get a look out the window with 
the TV camera; I can give you the whole island right here. 

CAPCOM Okay, let's take a look and see how New 

Orleans is this morning. 

PAO Apollo Control here. You were listening 

primarily to Tom Stafford talk with the crew; Defee Slayton 
threw in a couple of lines. Here we are with a view out the 
window. 

SC Coming into view now. 

CAPCOM Okay, we're looking. 

SC (garble) 
CAPCOM Okay . 

PAO The crew reports that they are changing 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 713745, (CDT 9:42) 247/3 



Bay. 



lenses and that they are right over Lake Ponchatrain outside 
New Orleans . 

SC We '■re are passing now over Mobile 

CAPCOM Okay, we're starting to get it. 

Looks like there's a few clouds down there. Yeah, we can 
see it. Is that the coast line you're pointing right now? 

SC Going over Mobile now, quickly, and 

Apollo 7 (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, Wally, can you focus one spot for 

a minute? We can see the orbital rate coming in real fast. 
There you go. Try to hold it on one spot. Now you can 



see the coast line, 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

you a good shot of 

CAPCOM 
it's coming in good, 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
PAO 

crossed in about 1 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
thing on that long 
spot and then move 
see orbital motion. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
hear you. 

SC 

the alignment. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 
PAO 

interested viewers 
is Wally Schirra's 

lighted her second cigarette 

i - - . 



There's engine roll here. 
Okay. 

We had a beautiful day here; 
the Cape today. 
All right. Yeah, there* 



I can give 
s the coast line; 



Roger . 
Real good. 

(garble) that we used in line with what? 
All right. 

That's the Florida peninsula we just 
minute . 

Okay, are you passing over Florida now? 
Affirmative . 

Okay, if you can just hold it. The big 
lens is just to hold it still for one 
to another it looks like. You can sure 

Tom, we used Cgarble) out again. 
You're coming in garbled Wally; I couldn't 

This is what constellation we used for 

Okay, stand by, we'll get it. 
Here's the island. 

said - 



I thought you 
We did. 

Apollo Control here. Among the more 
of these live pictures as they come in 
wife, Jo Schirra, who I just observed 
in the course of this pass. 
She's with Marjorie Slayton, the wife of the flight crew 
operations director here in the Control Center. 



CAPCOM 
with the MARK 
SC 

CAPCOM 



Looks like we found out what's wrong 
button. 

Very good. 

Okay, it looks like there is an improper 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 713745 (CDT : 9:42) 247/4 



exit from a program yesterday and with the IMU's aligned we 
select Program 20; if you got a piece of paper we'll copy it 
down to you. 

SC Ready. 

PAO Apollo Control here - it looks like we 

are out on the edge of the Cape acquisition here; here we 
come in sharp again, it looks like they brought the camera 
back inside. 

CAPCOM You are in verb 57 enter. After that 

you will key enter and then you will select program 00. Now 
what that does is cause a reset of flight work 2 bit 14 which y 
is preventing that mark from getting in. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM POO . 

PAO And Apollo Control here. We have lost 

the picture; apparently have lost lock - here's something more 
from the crew. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger; that should reset that flight work 

and you should be all set to use Program 51 and 52 - 

PAO That's affirmative; now we have lost lock; 

the spacecraft is out near Bermuda. However, we are now ready 
to give you the NASA instant replay of that entire pass. Could 
we see the tape from the - I am sorry - it is not quite ready 
yet. The picture came in remarkably clear and it was some 
time after Cunningham reported turning the switch on. We 
looked at it quite awhile and it seemed to me, we'll have to 
go back and listen - 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 715230 (CDT 9:57a) 248/1 

PAO ...we looked at it quite awhile, and 

it seemed to me, we'll have to go back and listen to the 
tape itself; but it seemed to me the clarity came up about 
200 percent when we changed lens. Then another lens change 
was made as Walt Cunningham put it out the right hatch, the 
right side window. Standby 1 and see if we are ready with 
the tape. 

SC That last land we saw was an example of 

(garble) what made up our obscure DPO's. 
CAPCOM Okay. 

SC This is still the first phase. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

PAO Here is the video tape being run on all, 

at least news center monitors . 

SC When you pass up the total RCS propellant 

remaining, I would like to get a readout for each quad also. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay, what we'll plan to do is put you 

the NAV load for this maneuver up over the Canaries and we'll 
be passing over that in about another 4 or S minutes. 

SC Roger, standing by. 

CAPCOM So, if you get a chance, go ahead and 

select programs 00. 

SC We have already tried to (garble) . 

CAPCOM Okay . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Canary. 

SC ROGER 

CAPCOM Roger, I read you 5 by. 

SC Jack, would you say again the burn time, 

for burn 3. 

CAPCOM Right, 7548. We're going to be sending 

you up some NAV loads and I'll be passing you up a maneuver 
pad here. 

SC Fine. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, if you will go to 

ACCEPT, we'll send you up a NAV load. 
SC Roger, accept. 

CAPCOM Walt, you might let me know when you're 

ready to copy your maneuver pad. 
SC- Copy. 

CAPCOM Roger, SPS 3075475860 minus 00S50 plus 

02000 plus 004101601 plus 09030200730S84 minus 086 minus 
0460 plus 09. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68 GET: 720230 (CDT 10:07a) 249/1 



CAPCOM 0 plus 09 303484 323 075 05 all balls 

plus 1330 minus 05642 1256 000 000 000. Remarks, SCS control 
2 second to jet ullage using quads B and D. You will be 
out of plane to the south slightly retrograde, slightly 
pitch down, the sextant star will not be visible after 075 
plus 35 plus 00. 

SC Roger. I'll hit the remarks first. 

We won't be doing a 2 jet ullage on SCS (garbled) burn 3 
075 47 5860 minus 00550 plus 02000 plus 00410 1601 plus 
0903 02007 30584 minus 06 minus 046 009 30 3484 323 075 
05 0000 plus 1330 minus 05642 1256 all balls on the roll, 
pitch and yaw, it's SCS burns for 20 seconds and (garbled) 
on the 2 jet ullage. Out of plane south slightly retrograde 
and sextant (garbled) 35 hours 35 minutes. 

CAPCOM Roger. The reason we are doing a 

2 jet ullage, Wally, is to even up the RCS fuel. When we 
do this all the QUADS will be even and we will be in fat 
shape for an SCS RCS deorbit red light. 

SC You said a 2 jet SCS (garbled) I can't 

do it. 

SC Jack, the only 2 jet ullage we're going 

to do is on a G and N burn. 

CAPCOM Roger. We'll come back with you over 

that - over Tananarive. And we have the loads in and verified 
the computer is yours. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7 (garbled) 

CAPCOM Roger say again. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 72 hours 

7 minutes into the flight and it appears we have lost lock 
through the Canary station. The spacecraft now is moving 
across Africa. To recap a couple of the highlights of our 
first television pass of Apollo 7, you saw Wally Schirra 
extend two cards down camera range. The first one read 
"Hello from the lovely Apollo Room high atop everything." 
And a little later you say him hold another card up, both 
obviously in jocular vein, it said "Keep those cards and 
letters coming in, folks." We've timed the total television 
pass from receipt of the first seeable to the loss of the 
signal out over the Atlantic, at 7 minutes. A little bit 
shorter than we had anticipated, but all in all we are 
agreed that it was a good, a very valid first test. It had 
comments in the Control Center here from varied flight 
controllers, words like "Amazing", "Much better than I 
expected", generally that would describe the reaction here 
in the Center. We will plan very likely to do an apogee 
adjustment burn a little later today. That will be discussed, 
I suspect, over Carnarvon on the next pass, and the affect 
of this will be to lower apogee, which is presently running 



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PAO about 160 by 122 and it will have the 

happy affect of adjusting - of bringing our RCS budgets - 
our onboard propel lan t budgets to more conservative alinement. 
In the television pass Donn Eisele was wearing his space 
suit. He still has it on. We could see his hoses set up 
unpressurized, and I'm looking at a rerun now and it's pretty 
clear that Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham are in their 
flight coveralls, powder blue coveralls. Of course, we don't 
have color television yet, but they are blue in color with 
a NASA wishbone and as I understand it the picture is being 
replayed to the news center so they can have a look. It's 
72 hours and 10 minutes into the flight. This is Apollo 
Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 723800 (CDT 10:43a) 250/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 72 hours 

38 Minutes into the flight. We have some conversation which 
was taped back at Tananarive. We will play that for you 
and we are now moving into the - rapidly moving into the 
Australian area and we will come right into that. First, 
there is this word on the transponder test from White Sands, 
immediately preceding that most successful TV pass. The 
data at this point is inconclusive. There is some indica- 
tion that the test didn't work or perhaps we weren't pointed 
just right, or perhaps the transponder in the spacecraft 
had not been turned on. I say again, the data is incon- 
clusive, but the test objectives were not fulfilled in that 
particular pass. We have other revs across White Sands 
and the test, of course, can be repeated. Now let's hear 
the conversation via Tananarive. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

SC Roger Houston, read you loud and clear. 

CAPCOM 055. On the - on this two jet ullage, 

Wally, we felt that we could do a two jet SPS ullage, RCS 
ullage and save about 8 pounds of RCS fuel. You can do 
this by having the pitch and yaw channel switches at A and 
pulling pitch main A circuit breaker. How do you feel 
about that? 

SC We've got to fly (garble) energy, Jack, 

(garble) we will give you people a pretty tight burn. 
CAPCOM You will still have two jet ullage 

attitude hold. 

SC The main thing is I don't think you 

will observe it {garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, if you are uncomfortable about 

it, we will go with the four jets. We just thought we 
could save you about 8 pounds of fuel. 

SC Okay, we will go with four jets. 

CAPCOM Okay, understand. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay, Wally. On this AC glitch, what 

they are doing is we have a series of tests being run off 
line first, but we're using 106 at the factory to checkout 
all the AC systems in the sensing systems. At the beach, 
they are testing the whole lashup, the cryo stands, heaters, 
and everything and we should have some data on this by 
tomorrow. 

SC Okay Tom. I think you should realize 

that all that trouble of going into the hybrid gears is 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 723800 (CDT 1043a) 250/2 

SC that kind of glitch coining along. 

CAPCOM That's right and that is why we just 

decided to go ahead and do this burn 3 and get the perigee 
down. 

SC Okay, we will be doing two jet here, 

we will have to kick it over for a while. 

CAPCOM Okay, then we have got plenty of time 

to pick it up later. No problem on that. 

SC Okay . 

CAPCOM And they don't plan - they are not 

suggesting running any test on board up there, what with 
the AC power. We will do it all on the ground and tell you 
what we find out. 

SC Okay. We are knocking off all the fuels 

since we want to stay out of gimbal lock. 

CAPCOM Say again, 

SC We are knocking off all fuels except 

for one in gimbal lock. 

CAPCOM Okay. What we are going to do is delete 

to the present all flight plan items after 72 hours to pre- 
pare for this burn. 

SC Concur. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute to LOS 

Tananarive, we will pick up ARIA 2 in about 2 minutes and 
then on through to Carnarvon. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, you are loud and clear, Jack. 

CAPCOM You are loud and clear, Wally. We 

have a procedure for troubleshooting that loss of the voice 
and telemetry subcarrier that we had. Are you ready to 
go? 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Okay, we are just going to walk you 

through it Walt. We would like you to switch the S-band 
transponder switch to primary, pausing in OFF as you go 
through from secondary to off to primary. 

SC Jack, go slower than that and I will 

follow you up again. 

CAPCOM Okay. We would like to switch the 

primary S-band transponder switch into OFF, pausing a bit, 
and then to primary. 

SC S-band off. 

CAPCOM S-band transponder. 

SC Okay, gone into primary, then off, then 

back to primary. Got it? 



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CAPCOM Okay, we got it. Okay, now we are 
going to wait a bit and look at some data here. 

* SC Roger. I intend to blow my nose. 

CAPCOM All right, go ahead. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC Do you have "tut, tut, tut" to your 

receiver? . 

CAPCOM Negative. Negative, Wally. 

SC Okay, affirmative digital pilot goes 

"tut, tut, tut". 

CAPCOM Roger, stand by. 

SC Whatever that was, it stopped it. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC It must have been something wrong 

with Carnarvon's gear transaitting. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Okay Jack. Carnarvon probably had a 

(garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go Jack. 

CAPCOM Roger. On the results of this trans- 

ponder shift that we've gone through. We've got our voice 
and telemetry subcarrier back. We are go on the primary 
transponder. The problem was in the secondary transponder, 
so we are go the way we are. . 

SC Very good, I'll leave it this way. 

CAPCOM Wally, do you still have the clicking 

in the receiver? 

SC That was at Carnarvon. They got on 

it right away and clicked it off. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 

SC We were paying attention to it, they 

did a very good job. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

Sc In fact, I would say the team worked 

harder today than they did yesterday. 
CAPCOM Say again, Wally. 

Sc I say, this team worked harder today 

than it did yesterday. 

CAPCOM You bet your life. 

SC Good show. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. You want to turn 

up your S-band volume. We are just about to lose you over 
Carnarvon . 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM And 7, looks like that right now we 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 723800 (GDT 10:43a) 250/4 

CAPCOM observe the primary evaporator has 

dried out again. 

SC It figures. 

PAO And this is Apollo Control Houston. 

We may get some additional by either Woomera or Honeysuckle, 
but right now it's pretty noisy. You heard on the loop, 
the ground, Jack Swigert, our capsule communicator tell 
AdoIIo 7 that we had resolved the telemetry difficulty 
we noted earlier in the day. The troublesome item proved 
to be a secondary circuit transponder and it has been ruled 
inoperative. We switched over to the primary transponder 
in the telemetry loop and we are getting all the data from 
the - in all possible modes and everything is rosy. This 
brought a cheer here, a small cheer in the Control Center, 
and when the word was passed up to the crew, we could hear 
what sounded like a cheer there, at least Donn Eisele 
called Walt Cunningham to be sure he knew about it. Ap : 
parently Walt may not have had his headset on. So all in 
all, things are looking up and quite rosy at this point, and 
we will continue to monitor until the spacecraft moves off 
the coast of Australia. At 72 hours 46 minutes into the 
mission, this is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 724800 (CDT 10:53a) 251/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, we have 

lost lock with the Spacecraft now, by Australia and that 
will bring the circuit down, we'll be back up in about 
12 minutes from Hawaii. One additional note, on the 
television pass, the altitude of the Spacecraft at the 
tine that trans - television transmission came through 
was approximately 130 miles and decending slightly to 
perigee which occurred out in the Atlantic. You could say 
the pass started roughly at 130 miles - nautical miles and 
probably was 126 or 127 nautical miles at the conclusion 
of the pass. Tomorrows television show, if you will, is 
presently scheduled for an elapse time of 95 hours and 
25 minutes, that's the Corpus Christi acquisition time. 
At 72 hours, 52 minutes into the flight this is Apollo 
Control Houston, 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET 730140 CDT : 11:06 252/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, Houston, 73 hours 

1 minute into the flight. We're on the 46th revolution around 
the earth and we just put in a call through Hawaii. Here's 
how it's going. 

CAPCOM Aloha. We would like to ask you whether 

you were able to accomplish the (cut off) 

SC Roger. I have the tape recorder being 

rewound now and it will be ready for dump. We did a (garble) 
alignment in our last night pass. Used Diphda and 
Aldebaran and got 5 balls and the star angle difference will 
be on the tape. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC I mean distortion angle will be on the 

tape . 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. Walt, we would like 

to ask you whether you were able to accomplish the switching 
operation? Apollo 7, do you read Houston? Apollo 7, Do you 
read Houston? Apollo 7 Houston. Hello, Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, do you read Houston? 

PAO Apollo Control here. This pass is running 

well south of Hawaii. We apparently did not have a good 
acquisition or good lock on the signal, but the pass was 
opened by Capsule Communicator, -- Capsule Communicator, 
Jack Swigert, with the word Aloha. Of Course, he is here 
in Houston, but the signal went out through Hawaii. We will 
continue to stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, how do you read Houston? 

Apollo 7, houston. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, Houston, apparently 

we are having a little ground communication problems. A line 
problem apparently. Network Flight Controller just advised 
that on the last rev, our voice signal from Houston was not 
reaching Hawaii. Now we are locked up again, let's go back. 

CAPCOM Transmission on P52. We would like to 

know whether you were able to accomplish the switching 
operation for the WSMR rendezvous radar during the TV op- 
eration? 

SC I had to the heater on, Donn told me, 

about 2 minutes. We had not counted on performing that, and 
the whole sequence idea was a bit (garble) . We probably 
should not even have attempted it, Jack. However, we did turn 
the heater on for a couple of minutes; turned it to power; 
we read out the test meter readouts, and I don't know if 
we passed them down, but we got them logged onboard here. 
The lock on - - the signal strength never came up above 
about 1.4 volts, I think it was. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy that. 

SC Did you have any results from WSMR? 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68. GET: 730140 CCDT: 11:06a) 252/2 



we 



second callout. 
1 re gonna have 
30 minutes after 



Negative; there is no results from WSMR. 
Okay, and since we're up pretty well 
d like to try again on the 
Wally, it looks like we 
we may have a chance about 
to try again over WSMR. 

Okay, and that might be pretty good, 
(garble) and can make out on that one. 

Right. , 
You stay in burn attitude Houston and - 
Okay. Okay, Wally, I wanted to ask you 
Did you have a problem with your biomed harness, 



CAPCOM 
SC 

on fuel, now, 

CAPCOM 
a chance about 
the burn to get 
SC 

We'll have a 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
a question, 
one time? 

SC 

CAPCOM 
to go to L and P? 
SC 

(garble) L and P. 

CAPCOM All right; real fine. nnort , nn 

sc just to give you a cable connection 

is in the right seat, L and P is in the center seat 
CNT is in the left seat. That is per flight plan burn 



Yes I did. Aren't you reading me now? 
We're reading - center now, you want us 



Okay, we have switched to L and P. 



with 



CDR 
and 
3. 



CAPCOM 
SC 
SC 

for me to start 

CAPCOM 
States for the tape 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 



Roger; we copy that. 
Roger. 

Jack, do you have enough time this 
a tape dump; it's rewound. 

We'll get you over 



Negative Walt, 
dump . 

(garble) command okay? 

Affirmative . 

(garble) AOS a two way 



pass 
the 



log. I am still 



LOS. 



CAPCOM 



AOS and downlink signal is very weak. 

Downlink signal very weak. , „ ^ , u &n A 

PA0 This is Apollo Control, Houston. And 

we are continuing to monitor through the Hunstsville area 
but we really don't expect to get a useful voice signal. 
We should acquire from California, a combination of Califor- 
nia and Guaymas momentarily. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 731140 (CDT 11:16a) 253/1 



PAO We should acquire from California 

combination - a combination of California and Guaymas momen- 
tarily. You hear Wally Schirra give us the positioning 
of the men for burn 3. This is the third burn in our flight 
plan, which had been programmed for about 95 hours. It is 
being moved forward in the flight plan and it's presently 
planned to do this burn at 75 hours and 47 minutes, 75 hours 
47 minutes of elapsed time. Reading, we are presently 73 
hours and 12 minutes and as I started to say Schirra positioned 
the people for this burn accordingly. It will be Donn 
Eisele's burn. He is over in the crew commander's couch on 
the left side. Walt Cunningham will occupy the center 
couch, which would normally be occupied by Donn Eisele, 
and Wally Schirra will be over in Walt Cunningham's couch 
on the right hand side, the right couch. That was the 
planned configuration of people for the third burn and a 
little later in the mission Walt Cunningham will move into 
the commander's couch and he too will get some experience 
in handling a burn. We have reestablished Com and let s go 

back to Apollo 7. 

SC Roger, Jack, 5C reads 5 volts full 

scale, 5D is 5 volts full scale. 6A is 4.9. 6B is 

5.0. 6C is 4.8. 6D is 4.9 volts. 

CAPCOM Real fine. We have some - due to this 

transponder problem we'd like to reconfigure some switches 
there, and then we will be back in the normal configuration 
for our Com switches. Could we get you to put your power 
PMP switch to NORMAL. 

SC PMP is set. 

CAPCOM Okay, your forward rewind switch to 

FO RWARD 

SC* Forward rewind switch to FORWARD. 

CAPCOM Your record play switch to RECORD. 

SC Record. 

CAPCOM Your telemetry input switch to LOW. 

SC (garbled) . 

CAPCOM Okay real fine. We're now back m 

normal configuration. . 

SC Okay. You asked about ray bioraed. I 

checked and the lead was apart again. 

CAPCOM Okay real fine. 

Sc It's too short. They've got to change 

f garbled) . It was alright during flight preparations. 

e SC Jack, I still have the tapes switch 

off. Do you want the tapes switch on? 

CAPCOM Okay, we want the switches just like 

you've got them. , . 

SC Okay, the tape is off and the tape 

is rewound. No motion, standby for your dump (garbled) 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 731140 (CDT 11:16a) 253/2 

SC in the Com system also to tell you 

that we could not get the glycol evaporator back in right. 
CAPCOM Roger, we copy that. 

CAPCOM Okay, Apollo 7, did you try and reservice 

the primary evaporator? 

SC That's true. 

CAPCOM Roger. 
CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. To summarize our findings on the 

Com system, we have found that the secondary transponder 
has failed. We have normal operation on the primary trans- 
ponder and except for the secondary problem our Com system 
is operating normally. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Wally, on that biomed harness - that 

problem that you reported. Do you think you'll have time 
to do any repair work on it? 

SC Afraid not. The next time you are 

reading me if you aren't getting it ask and I can plug it 
back in. It seems to pull out when we exercise, or during 
a sleep period. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy. 

SC It's no problem to hook it up. 

SC One of the sensors is leaking. You better 

leave it out or pull it off. 

SC Houston, this is CDR. Let me give you 

a check of operator light, check my lead. Did you receive? 

CAPCOM Standby Wally. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. We're reading LMP 

data in the center seat. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 732100 (CDT 11:26a) 254/1 
CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, we're reading LMP 

data. 

SC Roger. We switched it over, and now 

it's over in the right seat. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy the switch. Okay, we're 

getting good data. 

SC We're getting that radio station 

interference again. 

CAPCOM Okay. Apollo 7, opposite omni. 

SC Our magazine 0 for Oboe. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC 5, 6, 7, and 8. Were of the Pensacola 

area, Tallahasee, Jacksonville, St. John's river to its 
outlet to the Atlantic. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy magazine Oboe 6, 7, and 

8. 

SC That was 5, 6, 7, and 8. 

CAPCOM Roger, 5, 6, 7, and 8. 

SC Hey Jack, we need a map update. 

CAPCOM Okay, coming up. 

SC Thank you. 

SC By the way, these five windows, almost 

every darn one of them is looking at something. 

CAPCOM I didn't copy that, Wally, could you 

repeat? 

SC Roger, these five windows have a view 

almost all the time. Except the center hatch window is 
useless for anything. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC That would be a (garble) window to have 

working. 

CAPCOM Roger, we agree. 

CAPCOM Okay, Apollo 7, I have your map update. 

SC Roger, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay, for rev 46 the GET of the node is 

72 plus 57 plus 26. Longitude 178.7 degrees east right 
Ascension 05 plus 28 

SC Thank you. 

SC Jack, that reads (garble) 

CAPCOM Say again Apollo 7. 

SC You say it's 58 or (garble) magazine 

Oboe. We're on Bermuda loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC The Western Atlantic is pretty well 

clouded over. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

SC I would say about 40 miles east of 

Bermuda there's a long frontal line. It's running on a line 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 73.2100 CDT U:26a 254/2 

cp about north and south. The tops are 

rather difficult to estimate that's about all I can see 
at this time. 

C p^ C0M SSS'iSTSillo Control Houston. Jack 

Swigert is giving Apollo 7 a 1 minute to LOS by Bermuda and 
he gets a Roger back. Let's turn m. 

%r Ready to take a picture. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, it appears we got 

85 d6 iJS eS ya *' d ° ^Apollo Control Houston at 75 hours, 
31 minutes. We'll take the line down now and bring it back 
up at Ascension. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 732900 (CDT: 11:44a) 255/1 

pA0 This is Apollo Control Houston, 73 hours 

39 minutes into the flight. And we are about to acquire 
through Ascension. Before we do, a word or two more on the 
upcoming burn presently scheduled for 75 hours and 47 minutes. 
This will be a perigee adjusting burn, not an apogee ; I be- 
lieve I referred to it as an apogee adjusting burn. It will 
le I perigee adjustment and it will have the affect of lowering 
our prtswt perigee which is about 121.5 nautica miles down 
to 90 nautical miles and the apogee which is presently 159 
will remain about the same. But the total effect her to 
give us a little bit more margin on our onboard propellant 
fhouid we have to do a, what we call a hybrid deorbit or 
15 Sthe? wo?dS, use the small 100 pound thrusters rather than 
ihe Ms service propulsion engine; that's our backup deorbit 
^ability and we have to keep that constantly in ;ind and 
keep plenty of margin there to insure that we could do that. 
5ow P wrhave sufficient margin right now but we are going to 
add to that margin by adjusting the perigee downward about 
30 miles and we 8 are doing this some $0 hours of when we had 
routinely planned to do it, in the flight plan. We are 
putting a Sail in now to Apollo 7; here is that communication 

through Ascension. < 
CAPCOM We copied that our course aligned. 

SC Apollo 7 here, loaded. 

CAPCOM Okay, you're going to "f* *° d ° £ 51 tf 

o2 aeain - you go through P51 and then 40 and then P52 as 
a r«inder it will not be necessary to go to P30 however if 
yo^doV you will have to reload the targets. Did you copy 
that 7? Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Say again. 

CAPCOM Did you copy my message about the programs. 

SC Say again Jack. 

CAPCOM Okay, you'll go to 51 then 40 and then P52 

as a reminder it won't be necessary to go to Program 30, it 
you do you will have to reload the target. 

SC Understand. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. One question on these 

primary evaporators; did you, did the steam pressure come up 
to normal? After the serve - reservice? ar .u,»y 

sc Yes, the reservice burn went (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger. Would you go increase for 4 5 sec- 

onds on your T pressure control valve switch? 

SC Roger; we'll try it again. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 30 seconds to LOS fcor 

Ascension; we'll pick you up over Tananarive in about 18 
minStes We'd like to watch our reservice over Carnarvon, 
minutes, we a (garble) understand on pressure 

valve . 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 73:39:00 (CDT: 11:44a) 255/2 

CAPCOM We copy that. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY t 10/14/68, GET: 740246 (CDT 12:13p) 256/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 74 

hours and 02 minutes into the flight. The spacecraft is 
just beginning a swing across the Indian Ocean. We recorded 
this conversation through Tananarive. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

Tananarive M § 0, Houston CAPCOM. 

TAN This is CAPCOM Tananarive. 

CAPCOM Are we going out down there? 

TAN Affirmative. 

CAPCOM Okay(garble) . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through - 

TAN This is CAPCOM Tananarive. 

CAPCOM Roger, are we going out down there? 

TAN Af f i rmat i ve . 

CAPCOM Okay (garbled) 

TAN Okay, that's good, thank you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

SC Okay Houston, do you read me now? 

CAPCOM I read you fine now, Wally, 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 45 seconds LOS. 

Tananarive. We will pick you up over Carnarvon in about 
8 minutes . 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 741120 CCDT 12:16p) 257/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 74 hours 

11 minutes into the flight. We've got some contact via 
Carnarvon and we've also got some good news here on the 
ground. We watched the primary evaporator - that water 
boiler which was balky earlier in the flight, then the 
trouble seemed to go away yesterday, it all settled out, 
and it kind of kicked up again this morning. Now it's 
behaving more like it should. Time and again the little 
troubles that we've had consistently have been in the elec- 
trical environment communications area, all of which spells 
EE COM in the Control Center. That's our name for that 
particular controller, but from Carnarvon now lets cut over 
to that conversation. 

SC This is Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 read you 5 by. 

SC Roger. We just resynchronized our MET 

OF THE MPC it was running 5 seconds slow. The MET of the 
LEB was right on. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. And Wally, we are 

standing by to watch for your primary evaporator reservice 
and --if your ready for it. 

SC Jack as your reading it, the steam 

pressure has come up. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy that now, we see it. 

The other thing is the burn 3 flight plan activity is of the 
SCS attitude reference check and the SLA stamping -- 
SCS SLA stamping we would just like to remind you of those. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control here we have a 

little machine difficulty with our tape device in building 
1. It will be fixed momentarily when we switch to another 
machine. And I'm sure I'll be given the signal when the 
machine is fixed. We're up and ready now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, we copied your clock problems. 

We would like to give you a GET hack 074 plus 12 plus 03 
in about 15 seconds. 

SC Here we've got a 1665 on the board. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC The water boiler light is on again. 

CAPCOM Copy. About that check, due to your 

water boiler comment, I'll give it to you at 074 plus 13 
plus 00. 

SC You can take care of the time. I'd 

rather have that instead. Aren't you reading me on DSKY? 

CAPCOM Yes, we have a delay here, Wally, 

there's 4 3 2 1 mark. 074 plus 13 plus 00. We will read 
the DSKY but we have a delay here so we're not quite accurate. 

SC Might add to that, consideration we're 

7/100 of a second off. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET; 741120 (CDT 12:16 p) 257/2 
CAPCOM Okay, copy. 

SC Okay, Jack. Did you (garbled) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Do you have any thoughts on why the 

evaporator didn't reservice the time before this? 

SC We gave it five minutes. Thjs time we 

gave it a little bit longer. That makes it a variable. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy. 

Sc (garbled) That may not be the answer. 

Sc Jack, it came back spontaneously like it 

did once earlier in the flight. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy that. 

SC That pressure valve, or water control 

valve is frozen closed or something? 

SC It more or less comes back on xts own. 

CAPCOM Okay we copy. 

SC When I see it coming back I apparently 

help it along by throwing a little water on it. 

CAPCOM Walt, or Wally, do you think it might be 

a sticky solenoid in the water control valve? 

SC Could be, it's that kind of a trouble. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, 1 minute LOS Carnarvon. 

Hawaii in 18 minutes. 

SC That's what we've got here. 

CAPCOM. Roger. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 744025 (CDT: l:46p) 258/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston. At 74 

hours and 40 minutes into the flight we have acquired Hawaii 
and here is what is going on. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Hawaii. 

SC Yes sir. 

CAPCOM You are loud and clear. We would liice 

to pass up this WSMR rendezvous radar test data now - before 
we get all tied up with burn procedures. 

SC Okay. We were thinking about that our- 

selves, (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, let me know when you are ready to 

copy . 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay, you are roll attitude will be 349.3 

6305.8 yaw 061. Your GET AOS will be 76 plus 23; estimated 
GET rendezvous radar lock 76 plus 25; there is a remark to 
rendezvous transponder heater ON, at 76 plus 00. 

SC Roger, understand. Altitude 349.3 305.8 

061 00. LOS at 76 plus 23, lock on at 76 plus 25; heater on 

at 76 plus 00. . 

CAPCOM Roger; that yaw attitude would be better 

at 060.8. , rt£ft _ , 

Sc We will get it pretty close to 060 Jack. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC Roger. Do you people have any "druthers 

for S band antennas covering these burns? 

CAPCOM Okay, stand by; we'll get it to you. 

SC Jack, on this slosh test - that's all 

the more reason to go to (garble) during the burn. 

CAPCOM Roger Wally. We copy. > 

SC Thank you. I'm going down into attitude 

now. Hey, Jack, is the S4B still up? 

CAPCOM Affirmative. 

SC I don't know if we ever reported to you; 

Wally and I observed it visually when it was about 400 miles be 
hind us and it looks as though it's almost in position now. 

CAPCOM Okay, stand by. We will give it to you 

exactly. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7; the S4B appears to be about 700 

and some odd miles ahead of you. 
SC Roger. AOS - 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 745600 (CDT: 0:01p) 259/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 74 hours 

and 56 minutes into the flight. We are in touch with the 
spacecraft which is almost directly over Houston and here is 
how that conversation is going. 

CAPCOM Huntsville 2 way lock solid range. 

SC Apollo. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC I think we are passing over Baja, Cali- 

fornia, again. I took the frame, magazine 0 (garble) 55 and 
56 Hawaiian Islands, 57 and 58 were Baja, California, Gulf 
of California. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that one. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger, we would like for you to turn your 

02 fans to ON for 3 minutes here. 

SC Hey, Jack. Every several hours I've been 

switching fans like this. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. Walt, when was the last 

time you did it on tank 1? 

SC On tank 1 - Oh, maybe an hour and a half 

ago. 

CAPCOM Okay, we would like you to do it again 

here if you would. 

SC Done. Jack, I gave you the wrong frame 

number a while ago. It's 65 and it looks like about 58 and 
59 with the Hawaiian Islands and 60, 61, 62 coming across the 
Gulf Coast of Mexico. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC Did you get the fuel usage on the backup 

alignment technique? 

CAPCOM I'll see if I can get some figures on 

that for you to pass up. 

SC Okay, the fuel we had before, we tried 

the - before the alignment up here - the fuel we had when we 
came across the States on the TV pass, 

CAPCOM Okay, Apollo 7, Houston. You can turn 

the 02 tank 1 fan off. 

SC Tank 1 fan is off. Is it your wish only 

to have one running at a time from either of those two busses 
or do you intend to keep the pump off and put them on for the 
next (garble). 

CAPCOM Okay, Walt. What we're going to do, what 

we have been doing, is having only one fan on at a time. What 
we are going to do over Ascension here we want you to turn the 
fan tank 2 off and then you'll have them both off and after 
the burn we'll turn the number 2 fan back on. 

SC Okay, I got both of them off now. You 

want number 2 back on? 

CAPCOM Roger. Turn number 2 on right now; we'll 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 745600 (CDT: l:01p) 259/2 



turn 
"0". 



it 
SC 



off in at Ascension. 



Roger. I just took 63 and 64 of magazine 



Okay, copy- 
Put chlorine in tomorrow. 
Okay, stand by. Apollo 7, 
evaporator steam pressure? 



CAPCOM Okay . 

SC Roger; 
CAPCOM Roger, 
fuel usage for the period 
the backup alignment we - 
diet is about 5 pounds of 
SC 

measure that, huh? , w _ 
an update to our onboard charts now 
one after the burn, please. 

CAPCOM Okay, coming up. 

SC Jack, while you're 

consider the chlorination of our water 
about - oh, about 3 (garble) before it 
palatable again. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
auto in the primary 
SC 

CAPCOM Okay. 
SC This time 

it; just try to 
CAPCOM 

that. 

SC Okay . 

CAPCOM Okay, 
SC Okay , 

(garble) 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 
back pressure valve 
we'll think it out; 
tion question after 

SC 

water; it was pretty disappointing 
CAPCOM Okay copy. 



Apollo 7, Houston, 
go. 

On that question about the RCS 
across the States and including 
about all we can accurately pre- 
RCS fuel usage. 
You had to predict that? You couldn't 
(garble) Again, we would like to have 



if you have it , and then 



at it , 
today . 
started 



I'd like 
It took 
tasting 



you to 
just 



in 



are you 

That's affirmative and I see (garble) 



I'm not going to try to increase 



turn the water on. 
Okay, Apollo 7 



we don't want you to do 



Must 
stand 



be 
by 



dried 
1 



out . 



I'm falling (garble) now; attempting 



up 



Okay, we concur on it 
It seems to be coming 
Roger; we copy. 

And Walt; we suggest that you leave the 
closed until after the burn and then 
we'll have the answer to Wally's chlorina- 
the burn also. 
Isn't that; we 



had some pretty bad 



SC 

last meal yesterday 
in it. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

tasted bad, 
one day. 

CAPCOM 

SC 



I couldn't eat 
cause I didn't 



Roger 
A lift 



the last part of my 
want to put that water 



„ off agreement was that if 

we'd stop; we're just proposing to knock 

Okay, we copy. 
Roger. 



it 
off 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GBT: 750600 (.CDT 01: Up) 260/1 

SC Houston, I've been able to get this 

up to a normal range so - I suspected a little manipulation 
of the water flow and just got the motor operating again, 
that's the way I did it once before. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. And Walt, the figure 

to update your onboard RCS chart is 800 pounds, 800. 

SC Understand 800 now and will be 

standing by for one after the burn. And what does Quad C 
have now? 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

CAPCOM We will pick you up over Ascension in 

about 6 minutes, Walt. 

PAO And at 75 hours 07 minutes into the 

mission, Apollo 7 goes over the hill from Antigua and as 
you heard Jack Swigert say, we will pick you up at Ascension 
in a few minutes. This is Apollo Control in Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 751600 (CUT l:21p) 261/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 75 hours, 

16 minutes and we have established contact with the crew 
by Ascension and a most interesting piece of information 
results from the conversation. Wally Schirra mentioned 
that Walt Cunningham came up in the line to confirm that 
in fact they had seen and observed and tracked a star in 
daylight. I'll say that again that the crew confirms they 
saw and tracked a star in daylight. Here is the tape of 
the conversation as we move through the Ascension area. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Hello Apollo 7, 

Houston. Hello Apollo 7, Houston. Hello Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, I'm clear. 

CAPCOM Roger, you're not coming in loud and 

clear, I'll again remind you on the star check that the 
sextant stars are not visible after 75 plus 35. 

SC Roger, we're set up. 

CAPCOM And I just wanted to recheck on what 

the stars look like and also Jack will talk to you now on 
the ground. 

SC Okay, we think we had a star check in 

daylight, but we're not sure. 
CAPCOM Okay. 

SC The approximate attitude and I looked 

for the star and it came in with auto optics. I'm pretty 
sure it was lined up and I 'm pretty sure I was looking at 
the right star in the daytime using a sextant only. 

CAPCOM Okay, real good. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM And Walt, the question you asked on 

?uad C fuel, the readout is 177 lbs. Your omni antenna 
or the burn will be omni B, Baker, and we would like you 
to turn the 02 fans in tank 2 to OFF. 

SC Tank 2 is off, 177, I assume that's 

quad C. 

CAPCOM Quad C, Charlie. 

SC Roger, and I've got a antenna B for 

the burn. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute to LOS 

Ascension. We'll pick you up at Tananarive in 10 minutes. 
SC Roger. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 75310S (CDT 01:36p) 262/1 
PA0 This is Apollo Control Houston 75 

hours 31 minutes into the flight. ^^f^is'gSng 
proaching the Tananarive site and the first call is going 

° Ut t0 ?AO h **' The SPS burn, bum number 3 is pres- 

.«tiv Irosraned 17 minutes from now, at 7548. It will. b « a 
r^coK^m r t r; second It will e one 

nla« overAustralia? about 3 minutes into the Australian 
place over • u s Binut es Into the Carnarvon 

will get a conversation via Tananarive so let me take the 
line down and wait for Australia. At 75 hours 34 minutes 
llto the flight,- this is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY 10/14/68, GET: 754531 (CDT l:Slp) 263/1 



PA0 This is Apollo Control Houston 75 hours 

45 minutes into the flight and we're only a 

from the third burn - major burn - of this flight, a 211 foot 
per second burn which will be done out of plane with the 
engine pointed south. The engine pointed south. Jack 
Swigert is now counting the crew down to mark T minus 2 min- 
utes away from the burn. On the stateside pass this next 
rll* 5? this present rev which is rev 48, tKe radar trans- 
pose? test between the spacecraft and White Sands Missile 
Range will be repeated. The rendezvous transponder heater 
will be turned on a good 10 minutes before the test. That 
Say have had something to do with the lack of data on the 
run. There was some question as to just when that heater 
had been 
gotten a 
the burn 



turned on in the other elements. This time it s 
little more attention, and we're standing by for 
Donn Eisele's in the commander's seat, Wally 



Schirra has moved over 
is in the center couch 
aTe counted off. 15 seconds, 
and we see thrust, beautiful 

their report. 

Apollo 7 



to the right couch, and Walt Cunningham 
All quite in the spacecraft. Seconds 
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, zero. Ignition, 
cutoff, says Cunningham, here is 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
3 2 1 mark. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 
sc 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

picking up any 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 



Houston through Carnarvon 



controllers on. 

Limit cycle off. 
seconds . 



Roger. 

I'll give you a time hack at 2 minutes. 
Roger, standing by. The FDA I still 5 5. 
Okay, 10 seconds to time hack 6 5 4 
T minus 2 minutes. 

Speed normal. Key 
One is on 

Heat controller on 
Limit cycle off. 
Standing by for 30 
Roger, 
(garble) 

For jetto's in 15 seconds. 
Roger. 

10 987654321 zero. 
Beautiful cut-off. 
(garble) cut it off 12 3 and 4. 
Did you pick up that SLA stamping jazz? 
Roger, copy. 

That's all that we want. Jack, are you 

residuals? 

Affirmative we copy. 
T .3 minus 14.3. 
Copy the Delta V (garble) 
Care if I turn my channels 



off? 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68 GET: 754531 CDT l:51p 263/2 



SC That will be all. 

SC That's all of it. They're off. They're 

off. (garble) stand by. Locked and all channels are off. 
CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC Walt says he is surprised how that thing 

really slaps you. 

CAPCOM Roger, I bet. 

SC Jack, on that SLA stamp we're getting 

absolutely no firings at all. And 4 degree dead band. 
CAPCOM That's what we like to hear. 

SC Yes, that saves a lot of fuel. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 755838 (CDT 02:04p) 264/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 75 

hours 58 minutes into the mission. We have acquired through 
Guam and we have also had a chance to look at some of the 
data - that burn came exactly as programed, the resulting 
orbit is 90 miles by 160. The crew was congratulated by 
CAPCOM Jack Swigert. Here is how the conversation is going as 
we move through Guam. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Guam. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM That was a real good burn, Wally. We 

confirmed your orbit on radar, 90 by 160. 
SC Roger. 

CAPCOM And we would like to have your 02 

fans tank 2 to AUTO. 

SC Done . 

CAPCOM Okay and 02 fans tank 1 to OFF, and 

remain in this configuration until ground cue. 
SC Roger, standing by. 

CAPCOM Okay. After the WSMR radar test which 

is coming up, we will be ready to power down and set up 
housekeeping . 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control here. It is 

questionable whether we will get any additional - here comes 
a call now. They are being given 1 minute to LOS. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM We couldn't copy that, Wally. Say 

that again. 

SC Roger. We have the transponder heater 

on, we are working into attitude. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine, real fine. 

PAO Apollo Control here. Wally says they 

are getting set up for the transponder run over White Sands 
again, which is upcoming on this pass. Following that 
third burn, here are some numbers on the remaining propel - 
lant. SPS fuel weight in pounds remaining is 2,874; SPS 
oxidizer weight in pounds remaining is 4,683 - 4,683 oxidi- 
zer, 2,874 fuel. Then you add those together and you have 
your propellant. In the quads, the reaction control system 
engines - they read thusly: quad A shows about 175 pounds 
of propellant, that's a combination number; quad B is 201; 
quad C is 171; and quad D as in dog is 201. Apollo 7 is 
being told that an aircraft ARIA 3 is out east - is between 
the Guam circle and Hawaii. If they have anything to trans- 
mit, they can reach us through that aircraft, a KC135, five 
of which are available for deployment in the specific areas 
between ships, giving us very extensive tracking coverage. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 755838 (CDT 02:04p) 264/2 

PAO At 76 hours 05 minutes of Apollo 7, 

this is Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 761555 (CDT 2:21p) 265/1 



15 
by. 



good 
the 



This is Apollo Control Houston, 76 hours, 
Through Hawaii, we are having this conversation. 

Apollo 7, Houston through Hawaii standing 
7, Houston through Hawaii. 
Roger, 

Wally. We had a real 
and it was right down 



PAO 
minutes . 
CAPCOM 
Apollo 
SC 

CAPCOM Read you 5 by 

- close look at the SPS data 
line. Real good operation. 
SC Roger, sounds 

CAPCOM It sure does. 

SC Roger. 



like I got 
Apollo 7, 



a good engine. 
Houston. 



on the 
today . 
your water 



CAPCOM Okay, Wally, on your question 

chlorination, you may delete the chlorination for 
We'll ask you for some later data on the tapes of 
as we go along. 

SC Roger, (garble). Very good. 

SC Jack. 

CAPCOM Alright, go ahead Wally. 

SC If there's a power down, I'd like to 

leave one of the blue bags there to check our speed-up rate 
during drifting flight. I'd like to start drifting flight 
with our rate almost to 0 and then we'll see how that 
develops . 

CAPCOM 

SC 

said it looked like 
not to be true. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

this control board, 
attitude low. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

the GTO. 

SC garble. 
SC garble, 



Roger, we concur. 

We heard a report last night that Lunney 
we were very stable, but it turned out 

Which one do you plan to leave on, Wally? 
(garble) lifters, we could get a check on 
we're another 2 (garble) rate high, SCS 



Roger, we copy, 
garble. Got to 



prepare that square for 



the command, garble. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 76255S (CDT : 2:31 p) 266/1 



SC 

up. 

SC 
SC 

(garble) 14S. 

CAPCOM 

SC 
there, 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

a lot better. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 



Roger understand; the reading is coming 
(Garble) 

(garble) That's about 1.12 volts. Roger, 
1.50. 

Roger; understand. Solid of IS. 
Roger; that's good news. Set on 1.7 

Roger. 

- point is 1.8. 1.7 (garble) 
Roger. 

(garble) about 1.4. (garble) feel 



Okay. 

Looks like we beat the Gemini 6. 
Roger. 

Still in having LOX 1.5 in through (garble) 
Okay; 1.5. 

Just dropped off and she's down, (garble) 
good job. I think I started the other LOX. 
CAPCOM Okay, start the - here. 

SC Okay . 

CAPCOM Okay. 
SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Yeah, you're gonna be cutting across down 

around Mexico City shortly. 
SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, as soon as we find out the data 

wally; we'll call it back to you. 

SC Okay, I'm sure glad to see you got 

that one. 

CAPCOM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger. White Sands said they had locked 

on solid, had good data, they had you at 450 miles for 50 
seconds . 

Mexico; you mean they copied it? 
Yeah, right - rate ourselves pretty 



SC 

CAPCOM 
good doesn't it? 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

TV of the picture. 
CAPCOM 
SC 



Good news. 
Good show 

I'm going to get out of this - 
Yuk. 

- mode. I can't guarantee (garble) 
(laughter only) 

Some kind of small success there. 



(garble) so we won't worry about that 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 762555 (CDT: 2:31p) 266/2 

CAPCOM The DPO's are looking pretty good. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM They sure looked good around SCS burn 
too; that looked bright as the dickens. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger; we have yaw at 70 degree at this 

time. 

SC 

at Carnarvon. 

CAPCOM Roger; I'll give your regards to MIT. 

SC We'll drop another (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC Somewhere we're planning to power down here 
does that jive with your revised? 

CAPCOM That's right; we're going to power down 

shortly. , . , . 

SC Okay, we'll leave the (garble) 

up. 

CAPCOM Okay . 
END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 765000 (CDT 0253p) 267/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 76 hours 

50 minutes into the mission. At present time the spacecraft 
is coming up on the Ascension tracking station. Actually, 
the spacecraft will be passing well south of Ascension, and 
this will very low elevation pass. We would not expect 
a great deal of communications to develop between the ground 
and the crew. However, we will stand by for any conversa- 
tions that might develop with the crew on this pass and 
during that previous stateside pass, the crew was given a 
go-ahead to begin powering down the spacecraft. We just 
got the call to the spacecraft, CAPCOM Ron Evans will pick 
up that conversation as it develops. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Your waste quan- 

tity is now about 77 percent and you have a go to dump at 
your convenience . 

SC Roger. We will probably wait (garble) 

Ron . 

CAPCOM Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. We have lost 

signal at Ascension. The next voice station to acquire 
will be the Tananarive tracking station. During that pass, 
you heard the ground advise the crew that the waste water 
tank was approaching 70 percent - 77 percent full mark and 
that the crew was advised to dump the tank at their conven- 
ience. Donn Eisele is scheduled his sleep cycle and as we 
mentioned before, the spacecraft will be powered down. This 
will be primarily the guidance and navigation system and 
the stabilization and control system. These two systems 
were no longer needed after that very successful SPS burn. 
Here in Mission Control Center, we are presently going throu 
the change of shift. Flight Director Gene Kranz will be 
replacing Glenn Lunney on the console and we would like to 
advise that the best estimate on the change of shift news 
briefing will be 3:30 pm. That will be in the Building 1 
Press Center. At 76 hours 55 minutes into the flight, this 
is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 770420 (CDT 3:07p) 268/1 



PAO This Apollo Control at 77 hours, 

4 minutes into the flight. The spacecraft is just passed 
over the southern tip of Africa and is moving toward the 
Tananarive tracking station in the middle of the night side 
pass. We'll stand by for Cap Com Ron Evans to put in a 
call into the crew. 

Apollo 7, Houston, Tananarive standing 



CAPCOM 



by. 



SC 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
there, it looked 
SC 

CAPCOM 
LOS. We'll have 
PAO 

a loss of signal 



The next station 
tracking ship Mercury in about 
Control at 77 hours 12 minutes 



Roger, go ahead. 
Roger. 

Good afternoon Ron. 

Yeh, watched the tail end of your burn 
real good. 
Perfect. 

Apollo 7, Houston. About 1 minute till 
your block data at Hawaii. 

This is Mission Control. We've had 
at Tananarive on that rather quiet pass, 
to acquire the spacecraft will be the 

20 minutes. This is Apollo 
into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 773020 (CDT 3:30p) 269/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 77 hours 

30 minutes into the flight. The spacecraft has just been 
acquired by the Mercury tracking ship. However, we've been 
advised that we probably will not have voice communications 
on this pass over the Mercury. The ship is having trouble 
with the antenna used to relay communications via the 
satellite. Now we do have overlapping coverage on this pass 
with the tracking station at Guam and we'll be stand by for 
Cap Com Ron Evans to put in a call to the crew as the space- 



craft approaches Guam. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead, Ron. 

CAPCOM Roger. I have your block data in 

number 9 to give you. 

SC Ready to copy. 

CAPCOM Roger. 051 dash 3-Bravo plus 308 plus 



1380. 080 plus 23 plus 36 - 2420 - 052 dash 3-Bravo plus 308 
plus 1380. 082 plus 00 plus IS - 3731. 053 dash 3-Alpha 
plus 266 plus 1370. 083 plus 36 plus 27 - 4280. 054 dash 
Alpha-Charlie. Minus 069, minus 0150 - 084 plus 22 plus 07 - 
4400. 

SC Want us to repeat that? 

CAPCOM Negative, output on me. I'll start again 

with 055 now. 055 dash Alpha-Charlie plus 026 minus 0220. 
085 plus 55 plus 07 - 3988. 056 dash Alpha-Charlie plus 118 
minus 0300. 087 plus 28 plus 31 - 3674, over. 

SC Roger, read that. 051 dash 3-Bravo 

plus 308 plus 1380, 080 plus 23 plus 36 - 2420. 052 dash 
3-Bravo plus 308 plus 1380. 082 to 00, 15 - 3731. 053 3-Alpha 
plus 266 plus 1370. 083 to 36 to 27 -4280. 054 Alpha-Charlie 
minus 0690 minus 0150. 084, 22, 07 - 4400. 055 Alpha-Charlie 



plus 026 minus 0220. 085, 55, 07 - 3988. 056 Alpha-Charlie 
plus 118 minus 0300. 087, 28, 31 -3674, over. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, you read back correct. 

SC Go ahead, Ron. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, let's check the one 

on fifty-first rev. The Delta-VC should be 3420. 

SC On 051 3-Bravo. 

CAPCOM Roger, on 051 3-Bravo. 

SC 342 on 51 rev, Roger. 

CAPCOM Roger, just about LOS. We would like 

to start battery B charging over Hawaii after we pick up data. 

SC Across. 

PAO This is Apollo Control we had loss of 



signal from Guam. During that pass the ground passed up to 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 773020(CDT 3:30p) 269/2 

spacecraft information which the crew would use for REV 51 
through 56 in the event a contingency situation developed 
requiring re -orbit and spacecraft goes out of touch with 
ground stations. This is a routine block update which is 
Sassed up regularly to the crew. They were also advised to 
begin recharging battery B. This would be to replace electrical 
enlrgy removld from that battery during the SPS burn some 
2 hoGrs ago. This is Apollo Control at 77 hours 39 minutes 
into the mission. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 7 825 00 (4:30p) 



270/1 



25 



PAO This is 

minutes into the flight 



Apollo Control at 78 hours 
We've had a relatively quiet 



period of time here in the control center since the Press 
Conference began. The spacecraft completed a pass over the 
Hawaii, Huntsville, Guaymas . And we have a small amount of 
conversation with the crew that developed during those passes 



that 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
B charge 
SC 

thing in particular you're 

CAPCOM Okay, 
to look at the voltage and 



now. 

Houston through Hawaii. 



that we'll play back for you 

Apollo 7, 
Roger. 

Roger y we have data you can commence 
time . 
Roger, 



any 



commencing now. Is there any- 
observing there for voltage charge. 
Apollo 7, Houston, we just want 

& - tiie current. We would also like 

to get%our"onboard*"reading of the current when you start it 

UP * sC Roger, it's kind of interesting. The 

charger is showing EC amps at zero. 

CAPCOM That is interesting. 

SC Wouldn't be defective, is it? 

CAPCOM Not quite. 

SC Now we ' re on 

amps. (garbled) 



battery B, it's showing 



2.2 



CAPCOM 



I don't want a key hole now, Walt^ J. 



can't compare it, 
SC 

CAPCOM 
can't compare it 



give 



and 



LOS 



SC 

way two light 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
37.4 volts. 
HTV 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 

SC 



Go ahead. 

I want a key 
We'll pick up 

Okay. I was 
amps . 

Roger. 

Walt, we're showing the 2.18 amps now 



hole over Hawaii. We 
data here shortly, 
pretty sure the volts 



Huntsville, two along evaluate range. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 

Apollo 7, Houston, about 1 minute till 



imperial photography. 



Roger, we can production now on 



CAPCOM 
SC 

you can be inside 

CAPCOM 
there the cut-off 
hours replaced. 



Roger 



We 



re trying to show just how mobile 



of this thing. 

Very good. Walt, for your information 
on that charge will be .4 amps or amp 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 782500 (CDT: 4:30p) 270/2 

SC I understand sounds like try to get to 

4.4 amps first or look for asp hours, right? 

CAPCOM Roger. _ 

PAO This is Apollo Control. The spacecraft 

is now orbiting out across the South. Atlantic toward southern 
tip of the African continent. And we expect acquisition with 
the Tananarive tracking station about 8 or 9 minutes from 
now. This is Apollo Control at 78 hours 30 minutes into the 
flight. 



BND OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 784040 (CDT 4:4SP) 271/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 78 hours 41 min- 

utes. Capcom, Ron Evans, has just put in a call to the crew 
from the Tananarive tracking station and we will stand by 
for any conversation there. 

PAO This is Mission Control. It doesn't 

appear that we are going to have any conversation with the 
crew on this pass over Tananarive . Things have been very 
quiet on this shift since Flight Director Gene Kranz took 
over. Activities involve mainly with each of the individual 
flight controllers reviewing the systems he is responsible 
for on the spacecraft and reporting to the Flight Director. 
And we might add, that all those systems appear to be 
functioning very well at this time. This is Apollo Control 
at 78 hours 45 minutes into the flight. We will pick up 
next at the tracking ship Mercury. 



END OF. TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 790140 (CDT 5:0Sp) 272/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 79 hours 

2 minutes. We're coming up now on the tracking ship Mercury. 
We do expect to have communication with the crew on this pass 
over the Mercury, and we'll have some overlapping coverage 
from Guam. We'll stand by as we wait for Cap Com Ron Evans to 
put in a call to the crew. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, Mercury. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, do you read? 

Houston, Apollo 7, over. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Roger, we read you 

and we request your battery charger current? 

Sc That can wait. We had another problem 

when we left you awhile ago. We could hear you call us over 
Tananarive, but we couldn't raise you. The SPS burn left a large 
puddle of water on the aft bulkhead. At first we were very 
concerned about whether it was water glycol or water we're Pretty 
sure it was replace water. We checked further and discovered that 
it was underneath the two pad. Since that time we mopped it up using 
the water hose electrical system. The water came from the 
coolant lines that we used to use and the water coolant lines 
and its condensation. We took a follow-up and the small perforator 
panel to determine how to work the problem. Houston, Apollo. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copied part of that I think, 

Walt Looks like you've got water on your aft bulkhead and 
it came from the water coolant line. I'm not sure of your 
condition at the present time, if it's still coming in or 

n0t " sc It's all mopped up. It's condensate 

water we're positive. It will probably occur again. We feed 
a full story on the tape to the dump. Roger, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger, I understand it's all on the 

voice tape for the dump also. 

SC Right, and the battery charge occurred. 

I'm showing about .6 amps. Looked to me like it jumped up 
real fast here and then took a long time on the plateau. 

CAPCOM Roger, we concur. We're reading .55 

HOW W&lt 

' sc " Okay, I'll let you take the EGB posted 

because I never got below .5 last time and you got down to 

ab ° Ut CAPC0M Roger, we understand. We're estimating 

about 10 hours to get down to .41. 

Sc Okay, why don't you and the rest o± the 

gang have a drink for us to celebrate Donn and my fifth 
anniversary in the program today. 

CAPCOM Hey, great by golly will do. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 790140 (CDT S:05p) 272/2 
sc At this rate I'll be an old man by my 

second flight. use r Servic e 

CAPCOM wait, we ^""^ ^ correc t them 

Module RCS quanity readings, and then we win 

for you. Tl1l pive to you. We haven't 

b een too^ncerned wftf oAboara SS-JStJ. since we're going 
with your quanities. 

CAPCOM Roger n _ ^ u he s 

as it'was. RCS-B is'reading 60. (garbled) B is reading 65, 

° VeT * CAPCOM Roger, s_ay againCharlie 

SC Roger, 
CAPCOM . Roger, 



CAPCOM Ro|er, Charite is reading 60. 

CAPCOM Roler; 54 nothing or 93, and 60 and 

65 * , c Roger, we have it. I think we'd be 

aS 1 ?!S/ n ° y Che R^er!"we're looking up on all that. 
And we'vfgot a statuf coiing up to you. It'll be conmg up 
a little later. d have our own 

estate of the new XrSMSl. RCS red Une. Interests 
to see what you guys come up with. know 
that £1™* or harnKlerbeco^disconnefted again. We don-t 
read the heart rate down there. 

55n' This is Apollo Control. The spacecraft 

has ap^ently ^e^^^^^^^ 

yoTnelrd^ 

what he characterized as a minor Problem ec ^^ e a ^^ ul ^ ea d. 
puddle of water had collected on Jhe sgacecratt 
He said it had apparently had condensed oirr ^ c<mdens 

cool environmental control water^oolant l« thftt they 

out into the form of a puddle. Ana ™^ / rted that 
mop P ed>t up. Cunningham also as you hear and P Astronaut Donn 

today is the fifth anniversary ror a acquire the space- 

Eisele with the space program. ^f^J/f^^iow elevation 
craft perhaps at hawan. That will be a very iu 



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pass if we acquire at all as the spacecraft moves south of 
the Hawaiian Islands and then move down over the tracking 
ship Redstone. This is Apollo Control at 79 hours 11 minutes. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 792000 (CDT S:25p) 273/1 

PA0 This is Apollo control at 79 hours 20 

minutes, the spacecraft will be acquired by Hawaii shortly, 
and we'll stand by for any conversations that develop with 

the crew on this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, opposite OMNI. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, opposite OMNI. 

CAPCOM Roger, Walt we'd like to request 02 

tank one fans on for about five minutes now, then off. 

SC Roger, tank one fans on. 

CAPCOM If you get a chance, look down on the 

ground there you might be able to see a big fire. 

SC Where at? 

CAPCOM You may not see it tell the next pass, 

it's over in Hawaii. 

SC Roger. 

Sc You say that big fire is to the west.' 

CAPCOM Yea, that's affirmative, we'll try to 

give you some pointing data for the next pass over. 
SC Thank you. 

CAPCOM Huntsville two way log, down link 

weak, to weak for valid range. M „ M 
CAPCOM Huntsville two way log, valid range. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Houston go. 

sc Roger, we also just discovered water 

coming out of our blue hoses, at least the one in the 

center" couch, I haven't checked the other three yet, but 
we've got quite a bit of visible moisture flowing out of it. 

CAPCOM Roger, coming out of the blue 02 hose, 

is that what you said? 

sc Affirmative, and we've temporarily 

turned off the temperature pressure so we could clean up - 
clean it up. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

sc I know there's going to be a problem 

here, I only wish it was a problem. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 793000 (CDT 5:35P) 274/1 



HTV Huntsville LOS. 

PAO Well, we have had loss of signal. Now 

from the Huntsville. You heard the crew advise that they 
have water coining out one of the oxygen hoses and have 
turned off the suit compressor which apparently has stopped 
the flow and is allowing the* to clean it up. We have no 
further evaluation at this time. Flight Director Gene Kranz 
is discussing the situation with the flight controllers. It 
doesn't appear to be a serious problem, however, at this 
point. Our next pass will be over the Tananarive tracking 
station. We are scheduled to acquire there at 80 hours 
12 minutes and we will pick up the pass at that point. This 
is Apollo Control at 79 hours 33 minutes into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 793730 (CDT S:40p) 275/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 79 hours 37 min- 

utes. We have a few more details on the situation which 
Walt Cunningham reported to* the ground a short while ago 
concerning water coming from one of the oxygen hoses, and 
forming a puddle on the floor of the spacecraft. Apparently 
this is the same nature of problem as we noted a short while 
earlier, and that is moisture in the cabin condensing off 
cool surfaces and forming puddles on the floor. The primary 
concern is the inconvenience it causes the crew rather than 
any significant problems With the spacecraft, itself. We do 
have a humidity survey coming up on the flight plan shortly, 
and this would give some indication of what the humidity is 
in the cabin. However, flight director, Gene Kranz, advises 
that the humidity in the cabin has been running well within 
the comfort level and apparently the condensation is a process 
that occurs when moisture, which is naturally in the air and 
the atmosphere of the cabin, comes in contact with exposed 
cool surfaces. We will continue to follow the situation and 
advise if any further developments relevent to it occur. 
This is Apollo Control at 79 hours 39 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 801330 (CDT 6:15P) 276/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 80 hours 14 nin- 

utes. The spacecraft is about to come into range of the 
Tananarive tracking station and we will pick up any conversa- 
tions that come out of this pass over Tananarive. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. (Pause) Apollo 7, 

Houston through Tananarive. 

SC Roger, we can slide by one. 

CAPCOM Roger. We sure could use your battery 

manifold pressure - systems test 4A. 

SC We read the temperature about a half an 

hour ago when we used it to dump something and it stayed 
1.4 until you opened the vent and when you opened the vent 
it reads about point five. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Read? Did you read that, Ron? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Roger, read one point 

four and zero point five when you opened the vent. 

SC Roger, and we checked our lithium hydroxide 

canisters. They are dry. We have checked the suit circuit 
water (garbled) and it's functioning in auto 1 and auto 2. 
It's remaining in auto 2. 

CAPCOM Roger. Have you come to any specific 

point in the malfunction procedures? 

SC Not yet, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. (Pause) Apollo 7, 

Houston. 

SC Go. 

CAPCOM Roger. Looks like our battery is charging 

current decreasing a little faster than predicted and we would 
like your onboard reading. 

SC Roger. I am reading point 5 amps. 

CAPCOM Roger. Point S. We will keep you advised 

on it. Walt, that volcano should be about 30 degrees down 
and 20 degrees left of local vertical at 80 plus 57. 

SC 80 plus 57 and 30 degrees down and 20 

degrees left. 

CAPCOM Roger. Local 

SC Garbled 

CAPCOM Roger, 30 degrees left, 20 down and 

30 left. Now belay that. 30 degrees down and 20 left of 
local vertical, 

SC 30 down and 20 left and 80 hours 57 min- 

utes. 

CAPCOM Affirmative. (Pause) Apollo 7, Houston. 



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CAPCOM One minute LOS. Mercury at 35. 

SC Roger, Mercury 35. 

PAO We have had loss of signal now from 

Tananarive, The next station to acquire the spacecraft will 
be the tracking ship Mercury and we expect acquisition there 
in about 16 minutes. This is Apollo Control at 80 hours 
21 minutes. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 803630 (CDT 6:40p) 277/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, at 80 hours 

36 minutes. The spacecraft will be coining within range 
of the tracking ship Mercury, and we're standing by for a 
call from CAPCOM Ron Evans to the crew. 



CAPCOM 
you in 1 minute. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
purge. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
it looks like we'll 
Hawaii. 

SC 

SC 

three hoses. 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 
us an estimate of 

SC 



Roger, I'll have flight plan update for 



(Garble) 
Roger. 82 



plus 00; fuel cell 
we read you, 



oxygen 



Ron. 



Roger, 
Roger. 

(Garble) occuring at volcano 805?. 
Roger, volcano time 80 plus 57. 
Roger 

Apollo 7, Houston. Based on the trend, 
terminate that B charge, probably over 



Roger . 
We are 



still getting water out of our v 



Roger, I understand. 
Wally, is there anyway 
how much water is coming 
Ron, the first time we 



you can maybe give 
out there? 
(garble) out of 



there, about a spoonful from the center one, and we were 

- we're getting about half of 
just a little moisture out of 



getting about 6 
that out of the 
the right one. 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
any estimate on the 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
position three, 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

by'i 



teaspoonfuls 
left one and 



Roger, copy. 

Apollo 7, Houston. While we're at it, 
quantity that was on the bulkhead. 
Yeah, plenty. Quite a large amount. 
Yeah, I'd say so. 

Apollo 7, Houston. Request biomed to 



Roger. 

30 seconds 

Hawaii 53. 



LOS, Hawaii at 53. 
What Islands are we going 



Roger, be going south of the Big Islands 
Roger. 

This is Mission Control. We've had loss 



CAPCOM 
SC 
PAO 

of signal now from the Mercury. You heard Wally Schirra, 
again mention the problem with moisture coming from the 
oxygen hoses from the suit supply. The initial assessment 
on that moisture from Cunningham was that it was condensate, 
and the feeling here in Mission Control Center is that it 
does represent condensation rather than any leak from the 
spacecraft. The crew was advised that they will be in good 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 803630 (XDT 6:40p) 277/2 



PAO position to view the volcano erupting 

on Hawaii. Now that is the volcano Kilauea and I don't vouch 
for that pronunciation. They will be coming up within - uh 
within range of the volcano approximately 80 hours 5 7 minutes 
elapsed time and it's predicted they will have a clear view 
of the area. This is Apollo Control at 80 hours 45 minutes. 
END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 805430 (CDT 7:00p) 278/1 



PA0 This is Apollo control, 80 hours 54 

minutes, we've just acquired the spacecraft from Hawaii and 
'11 stand by for any comments from the crew or conversa- 



we 

tion on this pass. 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 
a bit. 

CAPCOM 

sc 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
battery charging on 
SC 

report from you on 
chance and also A. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

entire chain. The 



Apollo 
Apollo 



Apollo 
Roger. 
Roger, 
Roger, 
Roger, 



7, Houston, 
7, Houston. 

7, Houston. 



Hawaii , 
Hawaii 



via 
M$0 



S-band. 
VHF for 



S-band volume up. 
on S-band. 

Hawaii of M&O VHF off now. 
We*re' standing by this pass. 
Apollo 7, Houston, I recommend terminate 



B. 

Roger, terminate, 
how much we have in 



I'd like 
B if you 



to get 
get a 



a 



Welco. 

Roger, we got a good sweep down the 

M u» u., w big island itself is pretty well clob 

bered with clouds and you don't actually see Kilauea. 
CAPCOM Rog, that's a heck of a note. 



It's the 



clearest we 
we got very 



SC 

out here over Hawaii though, - - , - 

the entire chain, we took them, but we don't know how 

they are 



ve ever seen it 
nice pictures of 
good 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
Mercury at 82 plus 
SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
PAO 

The crew advised 
observe Kilauea, 



7, Houston, 30 seconds LOS, 



Roger. 
Apollo 
10. 
Roger, 
Houston , 
Go. 

Houston from Apollo 
Say again, 
garble. 



Mercury at 82 plus 
this is Apollo 7 



7. 



10 



We have lose of signal now, from Hawaii, 
on that pass that they were not able to 
which is erupting at this time. They said 
thev did get a good view of the entire Hawaiian chain 
however and reported that weather in that area was unusually 
clear although the main island of Hawaii was apparently 
clouded over, blocking their view of the volcano there. 
We have a very long pass - dry period now before we come 
uuon another station with voice communcation , that will be 
the tracking ship Mercury almost a full rev from Hawaii 
here we'll acquire Mercury at 82 hours and 10 minutes 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 805430 CCDT 7:00p) 278/2 

PAO ground elapsed time. This is one of 

the quitest passes during a - the days operations whe* the 
spacecraft is passing down over the southern part of the 
western hemisphere and missing a large part of the ground 
stations. At 81 hours 2 minutes, this is Apollo control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 813930 (CDT 7:40P) 279/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 81 hours 

39 minutes. At present time the spacecraft is approaching 
the southwestern coast of Africa, on what will be one of' the 
revolutions with the smallest number of contacts with ground 
stations during the day. We will go from the station at 
Hawaii all the way back around the tracking ship Mercury off - 
between Japan and the Phillipine Islands in the Pacific Ocean 
before we expect to acquire again. We will be passing north 
of the Tananarive station, but I do not expect that we will 
be within range to acquire at that station. At the present 
time the plotboards here in the Control Center show the S-IVB 
the second stage of the launch vehicle to be leading the com- 
mand service module by approximately 1200 miles. The S-IVB 
at last report was in orbit 116 nautical miles by 147 nautical 
miles as compares with the orbit for the command and service 
module of 160 by 90 nautical miles. We will be acquiring 
the tracking ship Mercury at an elapsed time of 82 hours 
10 minutes and we will be following the progress of events 
here in Mission Control Center until that time. At which 
time we will come up to follow any conversations between 
flight controllers here in the Center and the spacecraft. 
This is Mission Control at 81 hours 41 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 821030 (CDT 8:15p) 280/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 82 hours 11 minutes 

into the flight. The spacecraft at the present time is 
approaching the tracking ship Mercury. Coming up near the 
end of a revolution which has had various force ground cover- 
age. Our last station to be in touch with the spacecraft was 
the tracking station at Hawaii, and we are preparing, now to 
put in a call to the crew from CAPCOM - our CAPCOM, Ron 
Evans, here in the control center. We'll stand by for any 
conversation that develops with the crew over the tracking 
ship Mercury. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Mercury. 

SC Roger -(garble) 

CAPCOM Roger, loud and clear. 

SC We just left Hawaii. 

SC I ended up with a fouled switch in the num- 

ber 2 hand controller in pitch down. We discovered it in 
acceleration command. I will troubleshoot it when we get 
the computer back on the line after we power up. 

CAPCOM Roger, a lot of static, Wally, say it again, 

SC Okay, over Hawaii just as we went by the 

Big Islands, the number 2 hand controller fouled in the 
pitch-down direction. It accel command and pulsed. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC I only got one pulse in pitch down, but 

I got (garble) pitch down command and accel command, i got 
to trying to trouble shoot that. We'll try.it in rate com- 
mand. So I will troubleshoot that in the computer bulb when 
we power up. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Say, Ron, do you plan to give us a map 

update? 

CAPCOM Roger, stand by. I'll get you one. 

SC Okay, and have the doctors done any 

talking down there about the possibility of one or all of us 
having a cold and stopped up ears from reentry. 

CAPCOM Rog. They've been thinking about it 

and they will advise. 

SC Okay, we've got something onboard here 

in a medical kit called antibiotic. I was wondering if we 
ought to be taking it, or what? So far, Wally ! s, I guess, 
about holding his own on his ears. Donn may be getting a 
little bit worse and I think my ears are still clearing up 
fairly well. 

CAPCOM Roger. I think before antibotics, 

they're concerned about temperature. Or do you have a temp- 
erature, you know, before you go into the antibiotics. 

SC I believe I'll start wearing the oral 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET; 801030 (CDT 8:15p) 280/2 



SC 

I stand, just for 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
waste water dump. 
SC 

you show? 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



little bit and see where 



thermometer a 
the experience. 
Roger . 
7, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

Rog. We'd like you to proceed, with the 
Roger. We read 80 percent. What do 



Rog. We read 82.9. 

Rog. We'll dump all waste after we LOS. 
Roger. And any further water problems 
out of the water hoses, there, or any results of the humid-" ' v 
survey? 
SC 

the hoses 



We haven't had any more water coming out 
for about the last 40 minutes and we're pretty cer 
tain that when the water tank is full, water begins to con- 



dense out. 

CAPCOM 
SC 

here . 

SC 

you ready to 
CAPCOM 
SC 

wet and 
58-68. 
The wet 
was 73. 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
longitude 42 
SC 
PAO 

of signal now 



Roger. 
(Garble) 



Rog, 



copy : 



the last water we got out of 
Our last humidity reading. Are 



hose, (Garble) 
heat exchanger 
a (garble) of 52 . 
ball for the area 



Roger. 

At Wally's suit in the 
dry 540-66. The unit to the cabin 
At the condensate (Garble) we have 
ball for the area was 58. The dry 
Over by the right-hand window we had 68-72, over 
Roger, we copy. 
7, I have your map update. 
Roger. 

Rev 52, GET node, 81 plus 52 plus 02, 
right ascension, 05 plus 19. 
Roger. 



4 east 



This is Mission Control 



We've had loss 



from the Mercury. During that pass Walter 
Cunningham reported that they had a failed switch in the 
number 2 hand controller. This is one of two controllers 
used to control spacecraft attitudes, and he reported that 
they would plan to troubleshoot this the next time they have 
the computer back up on the line. The computer, at the present 
time, has been powered down. It was powered down after that 
SPS burn this afternoon. They also reported on the condition 
of the crew. As far as nasal congestion and physical condi- 
tion is concerned, he reported that Commander Wally Schirra, 
appeared to be holding his own, and that Donn Eisele was per- 
haps getting somewhat worse. He did not copy his comments 
in regard to his own condition. Flight surgeon requested 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 821030 (CDT 81Sp) 280/3 



PAO that the crew attempt to obtain tempera- 

ture readings, and we would perhaps expect to see that infor- 
mation coming up on subsequent passes. We'll next be acquiring 
the tracking ship Redstone in the South Pacific. That acqui- 
sition is scheduled to occur at about 82 hours 42 minutes 
ground elapsed time and there's also a possibility of a very- 
low angle acquisition as we pass Hawaii going off th<3 - south 
of the Hawaiian Islands. Now we will be passing that point 
at 82 hours 29 minutes ground elapsed time, or about 10 min- 
utes from now. This is Apollo Control at 82 hours 19 minutes 
into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET; 823300 (CDT: 8:40p) 281/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control 82 hours 

33 minutes into the flight. Now we've just had a brief 
acquisition from the Hawaiian tracking station. And we'll 
play back the tapes of the air-to-ground communications from 
that passing in their entirety now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, Hawaii stand by. 

SC (garbled] 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, you're real weak. 

SC Roger, read you loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC (cut off) adjust our sleep cycle here 

this 5 and a half hours is not too appealing with burn 3 
already out of the way. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC We would like to add an hour and a 

half to each of our sleep cycles. 

CAPCOM Go. May I copy that Wally. 

SC Okay, that will give us each 7 hours 

so we'll stay on watch for an hour and a half here, and 
sack it out with Donn tomorrow or later. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

SC Very good. What we'll do is just add 

an hour and a half to each of our sleeping schedules. 
CAPCOM So far it looks good down here. 

SC Roger. 

PAO And that's LOS, loss of signal from 

the Hawaiian pass. The next station to acquire is the 
tracking ship Redstone and we'll be picking them up in just 
about 8 minutes from now. This is Apollo Control at 82 hours 
35 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 824250 CCDT 8:45 p) 282/1 



PAO 

minutes and we've 
that conversation 

CAPCOM 
and then you guys 

SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

a Lima Sierra 
CAPCOM 
SC 

up a Lima Sierra 
CAPCOM 
SC 

bag at this time 

CAPCOM 
a little curious 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

SC 

PAO 

is now gone over 



This is Apollo control at 82 hours 43 
just put in a call to the 
now . 

Roger, we had it just about 
used some over Hawaii. 
Sorry about that. 
It's all 



crew, here's 
all fixed 



right . 

Apollo 7, Houston, opposite OMNI. 
Apollo 7, garble. 

Why don't you see if Jack can pass us up 
update tomorrow afternoon sometime. 
Say again, Walt. 

Why don't you see if Jack can pass us 
update tomorrow afternoon sometime. 
Welco. 

It's completely dry underneath the suit 



to hear that. I was 
one place down there 



Rog, that's good 
of how it stayed in 
garble . 

Missed that. Acsension at 08 
garble. 

Rog, I understand, 
garble . 

This is mission control, the 
the horizon and out of range of 



spacecraft 
the tracking 



ship Redstone, the next station to acquire will be the 
station at Ascension and we'll be coming up there in about 
19 minutes from now at 82 hours 51 minutes into the mission 
this is Apollo control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 890900 (CDT 9:12p) 283/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 83 hours and 

9 minutes into the flight. At the present time we are com- 
ing up on the tracking station at Ascension and we'll stand 
by as Ron Evans puts in a call to the crew. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Ascension. 

SC Roger, loud and clear 

CAPCOM Roger, I have some data for you, if you 

are ready to copy. 

SC Go ahead 

CAPCOM Roger, your total usable service module 

RCS fuel is quad A, 48 percent, Bravo 57 percent, Charlie 
48 percent, and Delta 57 percent. 

SC What does that all total up to m pounds 

Ron, do you have that? 

CAPCOM Roger, for your chart up date its 687 

pounds at 83 hours. I have your new red lines if you'd like 

those totals also. 

SC Forty eight percent usable, I'm not sure 

that I know how much I have in that quad that's usable. 

CAPCOM Walt, say that again. 

SP (garbled) we also have to switch and I 

don't think its 48 percent usable its (garble) percent. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, are you saying when 

to switch to secondary? 

SC We have switched to secondary at 43 per- 

cent and I need to know an absolute percent in the quad, not 
a percent usable if you have it. 

CAPCOM Roger, we'll get it for you. 

SC And the number for the chart you said 

was 683? 

CAPCOM 687. 

SC 687, thank you. 

CAPCOM And I have your battery total. 

SC Go ahead with the battery. 

CAPCOM Roger, Bat A 33.2, Bat B 30.8, Bat C 

39.5. 

SC Rog, you're giving a low, low there, I 
hope you are still considering with the charts sometime 

around six or so. 

CAPCOM Rog, Walt, we're still evaluating this, 

we're working very closely with the manufacturer and we 
should have some information probably sometime tomorrow. 

SC Roger, thank you 

CAPCOM And be advised the voice quality of the 

DFE is still good, 

SC Roger, understand, thank you. Were you 

giving me usable or a number to go on my chart when you gave 
me the chart update? 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 890900 CCDT 9:12p) 283/2 

T4PC0M The chart up date is what you're going 

to char"? with in the poundage, the percentage was the total 
usablef as calculated™ the ground, not a correction 
factor for your our chart lncludes 58 pound s 

unusable. Do we add that to th. nnrtjr ? ~ gave or did you 

glVe "cAPCOM nU " ber Ihfnumblr" r Sf ordinate . Apollo 7 
Houston"! we're reading about 84 percent on the waste water 
to quantity, just •"g^^. going t0 corane nce some- 

thing M?COM Ve """"loger. We will pick you up at Mercury 
St 4 "sc (garbled) 

" PC0M The" !lst n AuSber'we had was 808, looks 

like somewhere I missed 20 pounds less than 4.3. 

p™ Thiris^slon'control, we've had.loss 

will be the tracKing *v rtlli . 7Q ' nr 30 minutes from now. 
Sj/reJE C^roraflfhourfand Minutes into the 
flight. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 834440 (CDT 9:50p) 284/1 



We're 



pan This is Apollo Control. The Apollo 

spacecraft is now 83 hours 45 minutes into its mission. 
cSm"g up on the tracking ship Mercury about midway through 
a day side pass. Astronaut Donn Eisele is nearing the end 

oVaVeven Lur sleep period at 84 T hoUTS M SSf 1 Y2 I>?iS? S WaiJ 
The Commander, Wally Schirra, and Lunar Module Pilot, Walt 
Cunning are scheduled to begin ^eir sleep period. We 11 
stand' bv now as Cap Com Ron Evans puts m a call to the crew 
We'U nave overlapping coverage here from Mercury on through 
the tracking station on Guam. 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
standing by. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
PAO 

a very quiet pass 
through Guam. 

CAPCOM 
Redstone at 15. 
SC 



Apollo 7, Houston, Mercury standing by. 
Apollo 7, Houston through Mercury 

loud and clear. 



Roger, we read you 
Roger, same here. 
This is Apollo Control. Now 
till now, but we will continue 



we 
to 



•ve had 
monitor 



Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute till LOS. 

Roger, we're just breaking down now 
for the sleeping period. Wally and I are going off here. 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

SC 

PAO 
spacecraft, 
in about 20 
56 minutes. 



Due to 
minutes . 



Roger, 
(garbled) 
Say again, Walt. 

I was just repeating we get oft nere. 
We've had loss of signal now with the 
pick up again at the tracking ship Redstone 
This is Apollo Control at 83 hours 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET 841550 CDT 10:20p 



285/1 



rest 



PAO 

16 minutes. The 
pass and is coming 
standby here for a 
Evans . 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 

sc 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

a good nights 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
fans at this time 
then off. 

SC 

two are off. 

CAPCOM 
auto, and 02 
tank 1 fan at 

SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
2 fans on for five 
SC 



This is Apollo Control at 84 hours 
spacecraft has just gone into a night -side 
up on the tracking ship Redstone. We'll 
call to the crew from the CAPCOM Ron 



Apollo 7, Houston through Redstone. 
Apollo 7, Redstone standing by. 
Read you Ron . 
Hey, good morning. 
How are you? . . ... _ 
Getting along great, yourself? 
Oh just fine, I just got up and had 
Wally and Walt are sacking out now. 
Hey , good . 
Apollo 7, Houston. 

Go Ron. % _ _ * » 

Rocer, I want to cycle the 02 tank 1 
Turn them on and -- for five minutes and 

Roger, I've got one on at the moment 
want me to turn two on for a bit? 

Negative. We thought 02 tank 2 was in 
tank 1 fan was off. We would like to turn on 
this time 



You 



Okay, but it's just the 
Okay, stand by then. 
Okay, Donn, let's go ahead 
minutes and then off. _ 
Roger. We've got a couple of 



other way around, 
and cycle 
reports 



for you. 

CAPCOM Roger go^^ ?> 

. s?™ and believed Wally and Walt checked the 

Co™arMad"e'R« d te^rratures a't around 83 hours and they 
all five volts. All except 6A and that was 4.9. 



were 



CAPCOM 
SC 

Now is that 
CAPCOM 
SC 

here I can add 
CAPCOM 
SC 



Rog, copy. , 
Ron, we have a number of 687 pounds 

total or is that just usable? 

Donn, that is usable propellant. 
Okay, so I can add for our chart up 
58 pounds then we have included in it.' 
That's affirmative. 

Roger, in the future when you give us 



RCS 



to 



cr Roger, in uic- lumio 5 . 

the totals would you please have the unusable added in 
lltvs whit we pl5<ti£g on this little card we've got. 

CAPCOM Roger, you want 

you the data. Is that correct? 
SC Roger. 



in because 

^ .._ . _ t . 

the ordinate when I give 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET 841550 cdt 10:20p 285/2 



SC That makes us feel better we wondered 

what happened to all the fuel all of a sudden. 
CAPCOM Okay . 

CAPCOM Donn, I want to make sure you save three 

decongestents for use prior to reentry. 

SC Roger, we got you on that. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM I've got about 1 minute to LOS Donn. 

SC Roger, say it. 

CAPCOM You might be interested to know that 

the little TV yesterday morning was much much better than 
any ground testing I had ever seen. 

SC Is that right? Boy that's great. Did 

you see it on the commercial? 

CAPCOM Affirmative, and it was really great. 

SC That ' s dandy . 

PAO We've had loss of signal now at the 

Redstone. As you heard astronaut Donn Eisele has just gotten 
up from his 7 hour sleep period. And reported that he had 
a good nights sleep, but tfally Schirra and Walt Cunningham 
are now sacked out as he put it, beginning their 7 hour 
sleep period. They're schedule to sleep from 84 hours to 
91 hours. The next station to acquire the spacecraft will be 
Ascension as we come up on the start of the 54 revolution 
at 84 hours 25 minutes this is Apollo Control 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET 844130 (CDT 10:45 p) 286/1 

PAO This is Apollo control at 84 hours 42 

minutes into the mission we're coming up now on the 
Ascension tracking station, just at the beginning - at 
the end rather of a night side pass we'll be coming out 
at the spacecraft, we'll be coming out into daylight, 
probably before the Ascension pass is completed. During 
this pass we're scheduled, according to the flight plan 
to get an update to the onboard contingency landing informa- 
tion, this is information that is routinely passed up to 
the crew several revolutions ahead and would give them the 
necessary information should - should a deorbit become 
necessary while they, were out of communications with one 
of the ground tracking stations. We'll stand by now for 
any conversation with the crew over the Ascension station. 

CAPCOM Ascension standing by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, opposite OMNI. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, one minute LOS, 

Mercury at 18. 

SC Roger. 

PAO We've had lose of signal now, with the 

spacecraft, from the Ascension tracking station, a very 
quiet pass there, we heard from Donn Eisele I think twice, 
bn.ce at the beginning acknowledging the Capcoras initial 
acquisition report and then Roger at the end as we were 
about to lose was lock with the spacecraft. Here in mission 
control center we're in the midst of changing shifts. Flight 
director Jerry Griffin will be coming on replacing flight 
director Gene Kranz and we're looking toward a change of 
shift press briefing at the present time to occur at 
approximately eleven thirty. At 84 hours 52 minutes into 
the mission this is Apollo control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 851800 (CDT 11:20) 28 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 85 hours, 

18 minutes, 25 seconds into the mission of Apollo 7. We 
are coming upon the acquisition point for the Mercury Track 
ing Ship this time. Let's standby for any conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Roger, Apollo 7, Houston, acquisition 

Mercury. I would like to brief you on a USB test. It 
involves a couple of switches. 

SC Okay, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Right. Just about time LOS Mercury, 

we would like power TMP to OFF. And the S-Band volume 
for that Guam pass. And this will be at about - 25 minutes 
T-5 hours and 25 minutes. 

SC Okay, will do. Power PMP to OX AND 

S-Band volume for pass. 

CAPCOM Right and if the test doesn't work out, 

I will try and come back on VHF. Otherwise, at LOS Guam, 
you can put the power PMP back to normal . 

SC Roger, understand. 

CAPCOM Right. Apollo 7, we would like power 

PMP to OX, anytime now. 

SC Roger. Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go . 

SC Roger. Would you confirm the H2 fuel 

cells purge that are in the flight plan? 

CAPCOM Standby. Apollo 7, Houston, negative. 

We are updating that real time. You can disregard that 
entry . 

SC Roger. That is why the Apollo heaters 

are off. I've got a couple of reports I would like to 
make . 

CAPCOM Go . 

SC Okay. When Wally went to sleep, it 

was about 84 hours, He took two aspirins and twenty clicks 
of water. And when I went to asleep about 77 hours, I 
took two aspirins and right to bed and twenty clicks of 
water. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand. Wally at 84 hours, 

two aspirins and twenty clicks. Don, at 77 hours, two as- 
pirins and one actifed and twenty clicks. 

SC That is right. 

CAPCOM Thank you. Apollo 7, Houston, I'll 

have a block data at Redstone. 

SC Roger, understand, block data at red- 

stone . 

CAPCOM Right. Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute 

LOS GUAM, Redstone at 50. 

SC Roger, understand. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 851800 (CDT 11:20 287/2 

PA0 This is Apollo Control, 85 hours, 

30 minutes into the Mission of Apollo 7. We have just 
los? acquisition with Gua* Tracking Station We are antici- 
pating acquisition at the Redstone Tracking Ship at 
85 hours, SO minutes. During that pass, it was indicated 
by astronaut Eisele that the spacecraft comaander Schirra 
and the LMP pilot, Cunningham entered a sleep period 
84 hours intS the mission. Schirra took two aspirins and 
iwenty clicks of water and Eisele in his sleep period took 
before his sleep period took two aspirins, one actifed, and 
twenty clicks of Eater. At 85 hours, 31 minutes into the 
mission, this is Apollo Control. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 864800 (CDT 12:50) 288/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 86 hours, 

48 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have - a tape 
of our Redstone pass which occurred at 8550 and following 
that just a very short tape at Ascension Islands, started 
at 8617. We will roll those now. 



Apollo 7, Houston. 
Houston, Apollo 7, GO. 
Roger, I have a block data when you are 

'Go ahead, Bill. 

Roger. Before I start, we would like to 
power back to normal. 
Power is normal. 
Okay, block data. 
Starting to read. 

057-2 Alpha, plus 242, minus 0270, 
3382, 58-1 Charlie, plus 200, minus 0600, 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
ready to copy. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
confirm the PMP 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
08 niner, 0620, 

0 niner 0, 30, 41, 3332, 05 niner-1 Alpha, plus 270 
minus 0640, 0 niner 2 
plus 310, minus 0644, 

061- 1 Alpha, plus 

062- 1 Alpha, plus 
Read back, please. 

SC Rog«r. 57-2 Alpha, plus 242 

0620, 3382, 058-1 Charlie, plus 200, minus 



, 0654, 334 niner, 060-1 
0 niner 3432 niner, 340 
306, minus 0645, 0 niner 5, 
254. minus 0640, 0 niner 6, 



Alpha, 
niner, 

2000, 365 niner, 
5238, 2888. 



plus 



089 

090, 3041, 
0654, 3349, 
3409, 061-1 
062-1 Alpha, 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
real time on 
again? 

SC 

CAPCOM 
Redstone, sinking at 
SC 

CAPCOM 
standing by 
ing by. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
coming upon 
PAO 

53 minutes into the 
Tracking Ship for a 

CAPCOM 
standing by. 



3382 

3332, 059-1 Alpha, plus 
060-1 Alpha, plus 310, 
Alpha, plus 306, minus 



, minus 
0600, 



0270, 



254, minus 
Readback 
Roger 
Apollo 



0640, 096, 
is correct 



270, minus 0640, 092, 
minus 0644, 0934329, 
0645, 095, 2000, 3659, 



5238, 2888. 



7, Houston. We are still showing 



SM and - would you check PMP power normal 



Roger, 
Right. 

17. 
Roger, 
Apollo 



I got it now. 
Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS 



Houston. 
7, Houston, 



acquistion sinking, 
Apollo 7, Houston, acquistion sinking, stand- 



You ' re 



very better, Houston. 

Apollo 7, Houston, 



LOS 



Roger 

Roger, understand. 
Mercury at 53. 

This is Apollo Control, 86 hours, 



mission. We're coming upon the Mercury 
live pass. Let's standby. 
Apollo 7, Houston, acquisition Mercury, 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 864800 (CDT 12:50) 288/ 



SC Roger, Houston, Apollo 7. Bill, could 

you get me the static vent update for our orbital map. 

CAPCOM Standby. Apollo 7, Houston. The GET 

for the node crossing is 84 plus 49 plus 48. 

SC Roger, understand, 84 plus 49 plus 48. 

CAPCOM Right. And it will be 3.1 west. 

SC Roger, thank you. 

CAPCOM And it is REV 54. 

SC Roger that. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 86 hours, 



58 minutes into the mission. We will acquire Guam at 
865941. This gives us another minute and that will be a 
very short pass of some 3 minutes. One point of interest 
is the television for tomorrow will be in the sixtieth rev- 
olution at 95 hours, 25 minutes, 55 seconds, ground elapsed 
time. That is 92840, central daylight time, roughly 
29 minutes after 9 in the morning. Let's standby for any 
possible conversation on this Guam pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston acquisition Guam. 

1 will have a flight plan update at Redstone and have sev- 
eral items. 

SC Roger, understand. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 87 hours, 

2 minutes into the Mission. We are about 10 seconds away 
from loss of signal at Guam. We are anticipating acquisi- 
tion at Redstone at 87 hours, 24 minutes. At that time we 
had an indication from astronaut Pogue, the CAPCOM, to 
astronaut Eisele that we would have an update for them on 
the flight plan. We are now - well into the fiftyfifth rev- 
olution, heading for South America. At 87 hours, 2 minutes 
into the mission, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 872400 (CDT 1:26a) 289/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 87 hours 24 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up on the 
Redstone tracking ship and just acquired. 

SC Houston, stand by. Wally will be with 

you in just one minute. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger Houston, Apollo 7, Go. 

CAP COM Roger. Donn, I have a rather exten- 

sive flight plan update and what I'd like for you to do is 
just follow me with the flight plan and we'll go through 
here for about 88 hours right on through up to 100 hours . 
Apollo 7, Houston, opposite omni. Apollo 7, Houston, just 
let me know when you're ready to copy. 

SC Roger. Go ahead Bill, I'm ready. 

CAP COM Donn, do you have the flight plan 

there? 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Okay. 

SC Roger, I've got it right in front of 

me . 

CAP COM Right. I'd didn't want you to have 

to write it on anything else. At 88 hours delete the refer- 
ence to P-30. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Okay, now on the next half of the page 

from 88 to 9 0 you can delete everything on that page and 
there'll be two additions, so you can just draw a line 
through all of those if you want. 

SC Should be what? 

CAP COM We'll delete, cancel all the actions 

listed from 88 hours to 90 hours. 

SC Right, I've already got that. 

CAP COM Okay. At 89 hours there'll be a GNC 

powerup, program five. 

SC What time? 

CAP COM 89 + 00. 

SC Roger, 89 hours powerup? 

CAP COM Roger. Add 89 + 30 you'll get an 

update for RAD degradation test, there'll be a state vector 
and time of ignition. Okay. Are you ready for 90 hours? 

SC Ah, Bill, you're cutting in and out. 

I'm only getting about half of this. 

CAP COM Okay, I'll say again. Did you get 

those two additions? Did you get the one at - - 

SC All I got was delete everything from 

88 through 90 and then powerup at 89. 

CAP COM Roger. Okay at 89 + 30 there will be 

an update for radiator degradation. Okay, at - - are you 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 872400 (CTD 1:26a) 289/2 
pap TOM still reading? 

SC Roger. You want the whole G§N up at 

that time or just the computer? 

CAP COM Well, let's see. Right, that's cor- 

rect, that's a complete powerup at 89 hours. 

SC Okay • 

CAP COM And at 89 + 30 the update will be for 

the radiator degradation test. Starting at 90 hours, you 
can delete everything on that page. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM And at 90 hours and about 10 minutes, 

you can put in there P-51. 
SC Roger. 

CAP COM At 91 hours and 42 minutes, a P-52. 

sc wait a minute, 91 hours is in the 

daytime^ ^ 91 42. Donn, we're getting ready for 

LOS here. I'll talk to you at Antigua. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 87 hours 33 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have just lost acquisi- 
tion with the Redstone tracking ship, ah, the updates of the 
fliSh? plan will be completed probably when they have acquisi- 
tion^ Canary Islands and that's anticipated to be 87 hours 
54 minutes. So, at this point, the spacecraft Commander 
Schirra and LM Pilot Cunningham have been f JffP * "l^. 

hours. We're coming up on the beginning of the 56th revolu- 
tion at 87 hours 33 minutes into the mission this is Apollo 
Control . 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 875400 (CDT 1:57a) 290/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 87 hours 54 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up on the 
acquisition point for the Canary Islands at which point 
Astronaut Pogue here in the Control Center will complete 
sending up the revised flight plan for the next few hours, 
so let's stand by for Canary Islands. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston 

acquisition Canaries. Apollo 7, Houston we'd like to con- 
tinue with the flight plan update when you're ready. 

SC Got 'cha, go ahead Bill. 

CAP COM Roger. I think we were talking about 

91 hours and 42 minutes a P-52 and you were questioning 
nightime and the nightime is starting to move back a little 
bit because of the change in the orbit and that should be 
alright just after sunset. 

SC Roger. I didn't get the data on that 

91 : 42 a 52 . 

CAP COM Roger. That's right 91 + 42. Okay, 

on the second column on page 236, starting at 92 hours, at 
92:25 we have an MCC up date. You can scratch through 
everything except the Go-No-Go. And at 92 + 35 add initiate 
radiator degredation test. 

SC Roger. Say again that time for that. 

CAP COM 92 + 35. 

SC Okay, got it. 

CAP COM Right, you can delete the P- thirty -- 

all the references to separation for the burn of course you 
can delete those. At 93 + 15 add H2 strat test (60 percent) 
is what they'll estimate you have at that time. So that 
will be at 93 + 15 H2 strat test 60 percent. 

SC Roger, got it. 

CAP COM And the cannister change does stay in. 

SC Okay . 

CAP COM At 94 hours, fuel cell 02 purge. 

SC Okay . 

CAP COM Next page. 94 hours + 30 unstow and 

set up TV, 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM And of course you can delete the items 

in there about the radiator degredation test and H2 heaters 
are on at 95 hours. 

SC Okay . 

CAP COM At 95 + 25, TV on. That will be at 

Texas AOS, 95 + 25 TV on. 

SC Rog, I got 'cha. 

CAP COM Okay. On the next column, at 96 + 40 

delete the reference to the ECS figure degredation test. 
SC Roger. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 875400 (CDT 1:57a) 290/2 

CAP COM At 97 hours, add End Radiator Degrada- 

tion Test. You will have started it up about 92.35. 
SC Okay . 

CAP COM Also, at 97 hours, you'll receive 

update for scanning telescope star count. That'll be at 

97 hours, update SCT star count. 

SC Okay. 

CAP COM And for that, the sun line of sight, 

LOS will be 70 degrees. 

SC Roger. ' « 

CAP COM At 97 + 40, program 52. 

sc Roger, is that option three? 

CAP COM Stand by. Be at C-align time. At 

98 hours, the test, the SCT star count will be performed. 

SC At what time? 

CAP COM 98 hours. 

SC 98? 
CAP COM Affirmative. 

SC i don't understand that. That's right 

in the middle of the night ... isn't it? 

CAP COM Yeah, but it continues into the day. 

SC ... that's going to be a little hard 

to -- you realign at 97:40 and then do the test at ... 

CAP COM Roger, adjust on the further edge of 

LOS. If you read, that is affirmative. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 88 hours 2 min- 

utes into the mission. We have lost acquisition. The next 
contact will be with the Redstone tracking ship at 88 hours 
^minutes into the mission, some 57-1/2 minutes from now. 
At 88:02 this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 885800 (CDT 3:01) 291/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 88 hours, 

58 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have had a 
long dry spell here. We are coining up on the Redstone 
Tracking Ship. We should have acquisition in a very few 
seconds . 

SC Roger, Houston, GO. 

CAPCOM Roger. Acquisition, Redstone. I have 

one final item here on the flight plan update. 
SC Ready to GO. 

CAPCOM Roger. At 99 plus 30, we will have a 

G § N, N and SCS power down. 
SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS Redstone, 

Antigua at 17. And when we come upon Antigua, we would 
like for you to be in POO. We'll have a state vector for 
you at that time. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 89 hours, 

7 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are just now 
losing acquisition at Redstone. We're anticipating contact 
with Antigua at 89 hours, 17 minutes. At 8907, this is 
Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET 891600 CDT 3:20 a 292/1 
PA0 This is Apollo Control, 89 hours 17 

up in a very seconds to Antigua acquistion. Let s listen 
in * CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger! g S; have a state vector to send 

to you if you could go to POO please. 

<;r Stand by. , . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. If you don't get 

^^fS^erl^ve^J^ec^ til SS £' tC 
vhen you're ready tO R Copy ^ it . ^ by ^ ftm on . „ 

here . 

Okay . 

. . . Houston, Apollo 7. 
Go 

Roger. I'll take that update now if 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

you can send it up 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 



Rog . i • i. 

Go to accept if you want to uplink. 

And now while it's coming up, I have 



a nav check here when you're ready to copy 



SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
Antigua. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 
PAO 



R °8 er - 1. i i3 -n 

Ready for your nav check, Bill. 

Roger. 092 05 00 00 - 1796 - 14661 

1566. Read back. 

Roger. 092 05 0000 - 1796 - 14661 

1566. 

Readback is correct. # 

Apollo 7, Houston. About 1 minute LOS 



Roger. 

And it will be Canary at 28. 

PA0 This is Apollo Control, 89 hours 23 

• * « 4„*n th<> mission. We are about 20 seconds away from 
Tosfof fgnafoveTAnUgua. We.have ^out 5 minutes to go 
for Canary Islands tracking station acquisition at 89 hours 
24 minutes. This is Apollo Control. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 892800, CDT 3:30 293/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control, 89 hours 28 

minutes into the mission. We're coming up on acquisition 
with Canary Islands tracking station. WeHl join the con- 
versation. " 

SC • ■ • Apollo 7, go. 

CAPCOM Roger. We would like for you to tackle 

~ CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Which of your 02 

tank fans is off? 

SC Number 2 is off. 

CAPCOM Number 2 is off. Roger. That's what 

WC th CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We are through with 

the computer. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We'd like for you 

to cycle your 02 tank 2 fans on for 5 minutes, then off. 
SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS 

Canary. Carnarvon at 05. Hear this for a time hack, you can 
turn those fans back off about 38. 

SC Roger. 

PA 0 This is Apollo Control, 89 hours 35 

minutes. We're looking for a pass over Carnarvon at 90 
hours and 5 minutes. At 89 35 then, this is Apollo Control. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 900600 CCDT 4:20 a) 294/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control 90 hours 6 min- 

utes into the mission, let's join the conversation to Car- 
narvon. _ 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Go. 

CAP COM Roger. Acquisition Carnarvon stand- 

ing by. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Ah, Donn, I noticed you were going 

through the malfuntion procedure there appeared to be just 
about the time we were losing you at Canaries, did you find 
out anything in that? 

SC Roger. I found out whatever it was 

went away, I think, at least up to now. 

CAP COM Whatever it was went away, huh? 

SC Right. 

CAP COM Did you arrive at that just from 

going through this malfunction procedure? Is that how you 

did that? 

SC Well, not totally. 

CAP COM Okay. 

SC Wait until Wally gets up here. He 

may want to do it again. 

CAP COM Okay. , 

PA0 This is Apollo Control, 90 hours 09 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have had loss of sig- 
nal at Carnarvon tracking station and it's a matter of about 
10 minutes before Honeysuckle Creek at acquisition so we 11 
just stand by. (pause) This is Apollo Control 90 hours 
17 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. It doesn't appear 
we'll have any further contact. We have about a minute and 
one-half of acquisition left at Honeysuckle but there will 
probably be no more voice contact. We are anticipating 
acquisition at Redstone tracking ship at 90 hours 32 minutes. 
At 90 hours 17 minutes this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 903200 (CDT 4:37) 295/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 90 hours, 

32 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are coining 
upon the Redstone Tracking Ship now in the fiftysixth revo- 
lution. Let's listen in. m . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, acquisition Redstone, 

standing by. Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS, Redstone, 

Antigua at 5 zero. 

SC Understand, Roger. I gather you were 

in kind of a hurry to get us to work down there today. 

CAPCOM We'll go a few things, Roger. 

Sc I suggest somebody for tomorrow get to 

work on the sleep plan because I've had an hour of sleep 
already. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC And three have colds , I asked for an 

actifed for each of us last night and that apparently was 
ignored. Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Roger, GO. We're just about to LOS. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 9 hours, 

40 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have just lost 
acquisiton - and our next acquisition point will be at 
Antigua at 90 hours and 50 minutes. It appears that space- 
craft commander is up at this point. And there was some 
conversation with CAPCOM on the amount of sleep that should 
be scheduled in the coming days of the mission. At 90 hours, 

41 minutes in the fiftyseventh revolution, this is Apollo 
Control . 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 905000 CDT:4:51a 296/1 



PAO This Apollo Control, 90 hours 50 minutes 

into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up in acquisi- 
tion with Antigua tracking station. Let's stand by for 
conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Rog. I did check on the flight plan here 

regarding the wise query there over Redstone and I didn't 
get all of it, but it was something about the sleep cycle 
being shortened. And when I came on, the time line snowed 
the Commander and LMP sleep cycle extended to 91 hours. Is 
that the way you understood it? 

SC That's affirmative. It appears that 

someone moved the radiator test right in the middle of it. 
We got the radiator test initiated at 92 30. 
CAPCOM All right, stand by. 

Sc We're just gonna have to put on our 

headsets and go to work up here. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We acknowledge the 

error on the ground here. 

SC Okay, let's have the ground get to work 

and work up their sleep rest cycles. We had to initiate 
the request, as it was to get only 5 hours per shift sleep 
scheduled for this last night. I asked for an extension and 
got it. I want the rest of these work periods worked out 
now. We had burn 3 and we have to have a chance to get 



some sleep. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, understand. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go. 

SC Rog, Bill. Can you check - I think I'd 



like to go ahead and try to activate our primary water 
boilers before we commence the radiator degradation test. 
And then if we have any problems while doing the radiator 
degradation test, and our primary water boiler goes down, 
find out if it's okay to activate the secondary loop with 
a radiator bypass. Over. 

CAPCOM Rog, stand by. 

CAPCOM Rog, Walt. I have something here and 

I think it's pretty close to what you said. I'll go through 
a recommended procedure here. 

SC Okay, Something I'll have to write down 

or not? 

CAPCOM No, why don't you let me do it first. 

I think it could be just what you wanted there. 



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SC Roger. 

Step 1, prior to test, reservice 
evaporator, if not already reserviced. Step 2, begin the 
actual test. Step 3, activate primary evaporator m auto 
mode. Step 4, if evaporator dries out, close back pressure 
control valve and wait 15 minutes. 

CAPCOM 5, then reservice evaporator and 

reactivate in auto mode. 6, if evaporator dries out again, 
close back pressure valve and shut down evaporator. 7, con- 
tinue test. 8, if evaporator out count exceeds 80 degrees 
fahrenheit, activate secondary loop with radiators bypassed 

and continue test. o rt 
SC Only one question with that. The 8u 

degrees fahrenheit - the rule in the past has been activate 

secondary loop if the temperature of the glycol evaporator 

outlet exceed 60. Can you confirm that? 
CAPCOM Stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Regarding the 80 

degree count, they say they are willing to go that high if 
you activate the secondary lower than that, it compromises 
the test. I said that I thought we ought to go ahead and 
look, work it at 60 and they're checking into it. 

SC Okay, Understand. I don't think there's 

any great big problem with letting it go a little higher, 
Ron. I think we've got a good chance of not having to 
activate it anyway, but that's just a suggestion now. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC Bill, I mean, sorry. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger. Go ahead, Bill. 

CAPCOM Hey Walt, I have a TFE recording plan 

for this radiator degradation test and I'd like to pass it 
to you over Canary at a time that it would be convenient. It 
has to do with leaving it in a high bit rate for portions of 

the test. nn , 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 90 hours, 58 

minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have Canary Islands 
acquistion coming up at 91 hours, 2 minutes, which is 3 
minutes from now. We'll join the crew at that time at 
Canary Islands. In the meantime, you heard Astronaut Schirra 
talking to CAPCOM Pogue here in the control center concerning 
the sleep cycle that has been shortened. Schirra indicates 
that 5 hours per shift schedule is not enough and he d like 
a chance to get some more sleep. And the ground is gonna 
check into it. Astronaut Cunningham then talked about the 
procedures on the radiator degradation that is scheduled a 
little later on in the flight, some 92 hours 35 minutes. 
With about 2 minutes to wait until Canary Islands acquisition, 
this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 910200 (CDT 5:05 a) 297/1 

PA 0 This is Apollo Control 91 hours 02 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are coming up inside 
of 25 seconds or so with Canary Islands acquisition. We'll 
stand by for further conversation. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

Sc Roger Houston, go ahead. 

CAP COM Roger. Acquisition Canary. 

Sc Roger. Did the 02 part compressor 

this morning about, ah, almost 33 minutes ago was 240 milli- 
meters of mlrcury, ready to copy your recording update. 

CAP COM Rog- 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Go. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston Go. 

SC Roger. Wish to file report that the 

hand controller is GO. 

CAP COM Rog. Hand control is GO. 

That's affirmative. The anomaly has 
disappeared and I'm quite surprised you all weren' t somewhat 
concerned about that, that wiped out our hybrid de -orbit for 

AW ix X X © ■ 

CAP COM We were concerned. 

sc You'll have to time this for me so 

I can eet a clerical test. 

CAP COM Rog. There was quite a lot of concern 

d0Wn sc"' Roger. Takes a while to check those 

things out. 

CAP COM Rog. Also 

Qp Go • 

CAP COM Okay, on the DSC recording for radia- 

tor degradation test, ah, I'll read a few comments first for 
radiator degradation test spacecraft will be left in high 
bit rate. Spacecraft com system will be set up for high bit 
rate record, high command. At the following times, place 
the tile recordfr forward switch to FORWARD for 3 minutes 
then to OFF. Ready to copy times? At 92 +57, 93 + 37, 
94 + 29, 95 + 08, 96 + 01, 96 + 33. Comment - do not use 
up telemetry command reset switch during radiator degradation 
test! NoteT you can only record voice while tape is running 

as scheduled above. . . , 

sc Okay. I've got the times m and I'd 

like to repeat the last comment. The attention is to ah, 
I assume you are going to rewind and leave us with a fresh 
roll of tape to start with? And, we'll put it forward, I 
also understood you were going to leave it .^^cf^"* 
here and I'll have to hit command reset switch at the start 



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SC of test, I will go to forward for 

3 minutes and then to off at the following times: 92 + 5 7, 
93 + 57, 94 + 29, 95 +08, 96 +01, 96 +33. Over. 

CAP COM Roger. The second time was 93+37 

and also you do not go to command reset. 

$C Okay. Understand you are going to 

have everything set up and all I will use is tape recorder 
closing switch going forward at those times. 

CAP COM That's affirmative. 

SC And we can record at the time the 

tape is running. Was there anything else in that last com- 
ment? 

CAP COM Negative. That's correct. You can 

only record voice while tape is running as scheduled at 
these times and you did get -- 

SC Roger and I assume you got a plan to 

dump all that out and give us a fresh tape as soon as pos- 
sible afterwards. Did you read my comment that 91 hours 
into the flight 02 partial pressure was 240 millimeters of 
mercury? . „ 

CAP COM Roger, at 91 hours 02 partial pressure 

240 millimeters. Also, we're setting up for a 10 hour sleep 
cycle for tonight, 

SC 10 hours is (pause) , how about 8? 

Bill, we can't do that, sleep five and work nine and ten 
the next. Try to get through an average of eight. We'll 
go for 8 we'll go for 8 ... 20. 

CAP COM Okay. . 

PAO This is Apollo Control 91 hours 11 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have lost acquisition 
with Canary Islands. We are anticipating Carnarvon acquisi- 
tion at 91 hours 37 minutes. During this last pass, we 
heard Schirra indicate that the number two hand controller 
is GO. That was a situation that occurred yesterday and 
that was at some 82 hours into the mission where they found 
that the pitch down on the number two hand controller was 
inoperative and now checking it with the command module 
computer we find that the number two hand controller is Go 
and that anomaly has disappeared Schirra indicates . Cap Com 
Pogue indicated that down on the ground here in the Control 
Center they had ironed out a 10 hour sleep cycle for tonight 
and spacecraft Commander Schirra came back with "No, we 
didn't need 10, would like to have 8". So it looks like 
that's what it will be. At 91 hours 12 minutes into the 
mission, this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 913700 (CDT 5:40) 298/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 91 hours, 

37 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are now coming 
up into acquisition, just got acquisition with Carnarvon. 
Let's listen to the conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, acquisition Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, I have a couple of items. 

First, in reference to the secondary loop activation during 
the radiator tests, we have reconfirmed that 80* as evap out 
temp is an acceptable hardware limit. However, secondary 
loop may be activated before 80* P as physical comfort 
dictates. Two, in reference to the hand controller anomaly, 
we would like to know which check or test did you use to 
verify the acceptable performance? 

SC Roger, we used the standard malfunction 

procedure starting with the C § CS Apollo update. After 
passed that test, went on with the reentry, It was on 
page 15. Page 7, item 2, item 14, and then the final was 
the trend itself in which the command would normally occur. 
It did not occur there again. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Zero. And there was a discrepancy with 

the malfunction of the fuel that only applied. This is a 
series where the controls are stuck on, where the malfunction- 
ing occurred, the function did not occur. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC By the same tests there, the Apollo 

number one registered and the DSKY would be 75 for pitch 
down. It was stuck on 75 which add immediately; it does not 
show » 

* CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Bill, do you want me to follow the 

procedure that was passed up the first time we reactivated 
the primary water valve I had several steps here. I think 
you were probably there when you passed it up even. 

CAPCOM Standby a minute. 

SC Do you recall a what? 

CAPCOM Yes, we know, we want to confirm. 

SC And when you get it, we can use a chart 

update, please? 

CAPCOM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston, have a chart 

update . 

SC Go. 

CAPCOM 57 node at 89 plus 16, plus 24, 71.4 h 

west . 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Okay. Apollo 7, Houston. Yes, we would 
like for you to activate just as you did yesterday. 

SC Okay. And if it checks down, you want 



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to wait 15 minutes again, right? 
Affirmative. 

Just for my own information, what is 
if it shut down like that? 

Standby. Apollo 7, Houston, we will 
It will take a few minutes. 

Okay, thanks, but you understand I just 
wondered why we wait 15 minutes before we try to reservice 
the thing. I don't quite understand it. 



a 15 
get 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

minute wait, 
CAPCOM 
that answer. 
SC 



CAPCOM 
informed that 
15 minutes. 
SC 

to Flash Gordon? 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

the flight. 
CAPCOM 



Okay. Apollo 7, Houston. I've been 



flash freezing is the reason for waiting 

Roger, thank you. Is that any relation 



Carnarvon, 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

the antenna 
CAPCOM 
working on it 



Oh boy. 

The first oh boy for the flight. 
Right. Got me again. 

That's the first oh boy we've lost for 
I'm having bacon and toast and peaches and - 
Apollo 7, Houston, coming up on LOS 



S-Band volume up, please 

Houston, Apollo 7. 
Apollo 7, Houston, GO. 
Roger. Do you have any preference on 
for the radiator degradation tests? 

Standby. Apollo 7, Houston, we are 
Apollo 7, Houston, the antenna for radiator 



degradation test will be on the Alpha 
bly be a switch to Bravo. But now it 
good one 



There may be possi- 
looks like A is a 



of the great barrier reef in New Zealand this 

Good. How many frames roughly? All 



SC 

pictures 
morning. 

CAPCOM 
right, disregard 

SC It was about 

43 to 47. We weren't quite sure 
that chart update, 
magazine F. 

CAPCOM 
until LOS, Texas at 

CAPCOM 

PAO 

53 minutes into the 
lengthy pass - from 



Roger, Bill. We've got some beautiful 



There was 



5 frames, some frames 
where we were until we 
between 38 - 43 to 47 on 



got 



Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute 



Roger. 
19. 

Roger. 

This is Apollo Control, 91 hours, 
mission of Apollo 7. During that 
Carnarvon through Honeysuckle Creek, we 
heard about the radiator degradation tests. They are coor- 
dinating with astronaut Pogue at the Control Center on that. 
And on the number hand controller check and at the very last 
you heard the crew had beautiful pictures of the great barrier 



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PAO in New 

We are anticipating acquisition 
into the mission. It is now 91 
is Apollo Control 



Zealand, about S frames. 

at Texas 92 hours 19 minutes 

hour 54 minutes. This 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 921900 (CDT 6:23 a) 299/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 92 hours 19 min- 

utes into the mission o£ Apollo 7. We are just completing 
the 58th revolution and we're approaching - should be at the 
point of Texas acqusition. Let's listen in. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Texas. 

SC Roger, Jack Go. 

CAP COM Ah, Roger, standing by. Donn, how are 

you this morning? 

SC Fine Jack.. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, go ahead. 

CAP COM Roger. We'd like to know whether you 

have shown any restarts on the computers since we last talked 
to you at Carnarvon. 

SC That's affirmative. We're now flying 

attitude for the ... degradation. I loaded P-30 incorrectly 
the first time, am loading P-30 - am trying to load it cor- 
ectly. We ended up with an insoluable problem here and got 
a restart on it. 

CAP COM Okay. Thanks Walt. 

SC tabulate getting the attitude. 

Why don't we give you a hack at the start time when we start 
the radiator degradation test, it may be a few minutes after 
92:35? 

CAP COM Okay, that's fine. (pause) Ah, Walt, 

we show two restarts here since we last saw you at Carnarvon. 
SC 

CAP COM Ah, SO. 

SC We're still in the P-30 and we proceeded 

to the end - ah, trying to proceed to the end of P-30 and it 
still didn't light the answer and then we just reflected 
through. 

CAP COM Okay, fine. (pause) Apollo 7, Houston. 

We're not receiving any biomed data, do you have the harness 
hooked up? 

SC Roger. We have (cut out) CDR connected 

and . . . radiator test. 

CAP COM Roger. Understand. 

SC ... right now. 

CAP COM Say again Walt? 

SC He'll be back on biomed in about ... 

CAP COM Okay, we'll be standing by. (pause) 

Apollo 7, Houston you have a go for 77 dash 1. 

SC Roger. Go 77 one. We will be in atti- 

tude and starting the degradation test on time. 

CAP COM Alright, copy. About to lose you over 

Bermuda, pick you up Canaries at 92:36. 

SC Roger. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control 92 hours 33 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We anticipate acquiring 
at Canary at 92:36, that's about three minutes from now. 
We will just stay up until we acquire at Canaries and go 
through the Canary pass and at the end of Canary pass we'll 
have a wrap up of the last eight hours of activity. At 
92:33 this is Apollo Control standing by for Canary Islands. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 923400 (CDT 6:38a) 300/ 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Canary. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. 

SC The evaporator seems to be working 

for now. I wouldn't - I don't know how long we can count 
on it. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We would like 

tape recorder forward switched to off and then your DSE 
will be configured for this pass. 

SC Tape recorder forward is off. 

SC Jack, we have the water boiler oper- 

ating, but it (garble) seems to be driving us against the 
(garble) here. Looks like it is going to cost us more than 
we had thought it would. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, 1 minute LOS Tananarive, 

Carnarvon at 9311. 

SC Roger. 

PAO ...This is Apollo Control, 9 2 hours 

43 minutes into the mission. We are about 20 seconds away 
from loss of signal at the Canary Islands now. We will 
have a recap here of the night's activities for the last 
8 hours. At 85 hours 18 minutes in revolution 54, it was 
indicated by Astronaut Eisele that he had taken two aspirin 
and one decongestant tablet at the time of his sleep cycle, 
and 20 clicks of water. That equals 10 ounces of water. 
The commander of the spacecraft, Schirra, and the LM pilot, 
Cunningham, entered the sleep period at 84 hours in the 
mission. Schirra had taken two aspirin and 20 clicks of 
water. Again, that is 10 ounces. Then there was a very 
stable period on down through 89 hours 28 minutes at which 
time the CAPCOM, Astronaut Pogue here at the Control Center, 
went through an exercise on the 02 tank, the oxygen tank, 
fans. There was no problem, it was just indicating which 
fans were on and which fans were off on the cycling. At 
Carnarvon, 90 hours 05 minutes, it was indicated by Eisele 
that the number 2 hand controller, which had given a little 
problem yesterday, pitched down position I believe, might 
be okay and that it would be checked when Astronaut Schirra 
woke up. They would check the input to the command module 
computer to see how the hand controller would operate dur- 
ing burn. At 90 hours 32 minutes, Astronaut Schirra awoke 
and indicated that he would like to have his sleep schedule 
ironed out. At 90 hours 49 minutes, CAPCOM Pogue talked to 
him again and Schirra indicated that 5 hours per shift of 
sleep was not really enough and that he would like a chance 
to get some sleep, more than 5 hours, and have the ground 
check on it. He also indicated that the number 2 hand 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 923400 (CDT 06:38 a) 300/2 

PAO - controller is go. It was green for 

go and that the anomaly had disappeared, so he had checked 
the hand controller. Pogue then indicated that 10 hour 
sleep cycles would go on for tonight in the flight plan. 
Schirra indicated that they didn't need 10 but they would 
like to get 8 hours of sleep. They then checked the pro- 
cedures again at 91 hours 37 minutes for the radiator degra- 
dation test and the number 2 hand controller check that 
Schirra had indicated came out that the controller was go. 
Schirra indicated at that time that he had gotten beautiful 
pictures of the Great Barrier reef at New Zealand. That's 
about it for the evening. There wasn't too active a period, 
there. The spacecraft looks to be in good condition, we 
are in rev 59 right now. We have the TV schedule this 
morning for 60th revolution at 95 hours 25 minutes S5 sec- 
onds into the mission, which would be 92840 central daylight 
time and that's it. With everything looking good, this is 
Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 931045 (CDT: 7:20a) 301/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control. 93 hours, 10 

minutes into the mission. We are coming up on acquisition 
right about now with Carnarvon here in a very few seconds, 
so let's stand by and see what occurs. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go Jack. 

CAPCOM Okay, Walt, on your question on the fuel 

usage and minimum impulse, fuel usage is about .01 pounds for 
each engine that pulses, so if you are using 2 jets for each 
axis, it's .02 pounds every time it pulses. 

SC A hundred pulses to a pound. 

CAPCOM Yes, so you are going to get - you can 

get 100 jets firings per pound. 

SC Roger; understand. Thank you very much. 

We had 35 minutes worth at about 10 pulses; 9 to 10 pulses 
a minute. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

SC Now we are down to 2 to 4 pulses a minute. 

CAPCOM Roger; understand. And we have got about 

30 seconds till we.los-e you here; you want to turn up your 
S band volume, and we'll pick you up over HSK. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. We still have 

acquisition at Honeysuckle in Australia. The question that 
Astronaut Cunningham is talking to Astronaut Swigert here in 
the Control Center about, is one about RCS propel lant; the 
amount being used. This has to be used because the RCS sys- 
tem is used during the radiation degradation test, which now 
is going on to keep the spacecraft m a steady mode. And 
that's why he refers to the 9 or 10 pulses per minute to 
begin with, and now at 2 to 4 pulses per minute and they are 
not concerned mightily, but they would like to know how much 
fuel, how much propellant that is now using. We will join 
them now at Honeysuckle again. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 932S45 (CDT 7:35a) 302/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 93 hours 26 minutes 

into the mission - 27 minutes into the mission. We have just 
had loss of signal at Honeysuckle Creek. We're anticipating 
Guaymas at 93 49. At 93 27 this is Apollo Control 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 935025 (CDT 07:56a) 303/1 

And a good, good morning from the 
black team, which is back on duty in the Control Center, 
93 hours 50 minutes into the mission. We have called up 
the crew from Guaymas and here is how that conversation is 

g ° ing CAPC0M Apollo 7, Houston through Guaymas. 

SC Roger Jack. 

CAPCOM Roger, you are fine. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM I would like to ask you how the HZ 

stratification test went. 

sc We haven't done that test yet. If 

things get pretty well settled down, I will go ahead and 
run it, but it's not-critical and I 'm not at 50 percent 

yet on either gage. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand. And also, I would 

like to verify the position of - that the hand control 
power switch is at both. 

SC • That is correct. 

CAPCOM Okay, fine. 

PA 0 This is Apollo Control. We are in 

the raidst of a radiator test and this test will continue 
for one full revolution. Essentially, the mode is to - 
there are two radiator - banks of radiators aboard Apollo 7 
and they occupy about 130 degree strip around the command 
module. The radiator 1 bank is being isolated and pointed 
down toward earth, thus pointing radiator 2 on the opposite 
side out toward deep space. The test will - we will watch 
very carefully the performance, the ability of radiator Z 
to take care of the load of keeping Apollo 7 cool enough 
during one full revolution around the earth. Here is some 
moTe conversation. 

SC " inspected radiator Z. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, affirmative. We can verify 

that, we are watching it. ... 

Sc Also, if everything is running nomi- 

nal on this thing, we obviously don't have any battery 
degradation. Is there any reason for - 

CAPCOM Say again, 7. You got cut out. 

SC Stand by. Is there any reason for 

running it the full 4-1/2 hours if we find that the radia- 
tors are working good? It would be nice if we could save 
the fuel if we could draw conclusions earlier. 

CAPCOM Roger, 7. If it's at all possible, 

when we look at this thing we will try to cut it off early. 

SC Roger, understand. You know what 

I'm getting at, Jack. 

CAPCOM Yes, I do. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 935025 (CDT 07:56a) 303/2 

PAo This is Apollo Control. You heard 

Walt Cunningham discussing the radiator test. It is not a 
real concert, hut the facts are that some 21 pounds of fuel 
are programed to continue to maintain this attitude for the 
radiator test. And that was what Walt Cunningham was refer- 
ring to when he said "You know what I' m getting at." It 
was fuel usage, and his point was, if the radiator is oper- 
ating satisfactorily, why go ahead and test full duration, 
Ind every indication is that it is operating quite satisfac- 
torily. The crew is probably performing a fuel cell oxygen 
nurse at this point, and as they move around on the Atlantic 
side, they will start to unstow their television equipment 
for a TV pass on the next revolution. 

p^O Apollo Control here. During this 

quiet period, we might make mention of the fact that in the 
bourse of the night, we received a telegram which reads as 
follows: Hey, guys, first you steal ay song Houston, and 
now you steal my quote "Keep them letters and cards coming," 
and it's 10 to 1 when you land you will start drinking. F.5>. 
Like all Americans, I'm proud of you. Second P.S. I was 
hiffher last night than you are now. Signed Dean Martin. 

PAO Apollo Control here. The weather 

story this morning goes like this. The west Atlantic, partly 
cloudy, easterly winds 20 knots, seas running to 5 feet, 
^empeJature in the mid-70 's. In the eastern Atlantic mostly 
clear, winds easterly 12 to 18 knots, seas 3 to 5 feet, 
temperatures in the mid-70's. In the west Pacific, the 
weather will be fair, partly cloudy, winds from the north 
to northeasterly at 12 to 15 knots, seas about 5 feet, tem- 
peratures range in the upper 70's. In the mid-Pacif ic, 
area is fair to partly cloudy, winds predominantly south at 
15 knots, seas 5 feet, temperatures in the upper 70 s or 
low 80's. Here is some more conversation. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 940100 (CDT 8:06a) 304/1 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
static vector. 
SC 



Apollo 7, Houston. 
Roger. 

Roger, we would like to send you a new 
Would you go to ACCEPT. 

Okay, why don't we take a check. We'll 



turn the monitors up on it, but (garble). Jack, can you 
wait about 1/2 hour to play, we're using that 5 by. 

CAPCOM Alright, I figured that, but what we 

would like to do is to give you a 

That ' s okay Jack, 1*11 turn loose because 



Okay. We can send this at Canary, i£ 



SC 

of this . 

CAPCOM 
you would rather wait. 

SC It's clear now. 

CAPCOM Okay, coning up. Apollo 7, I'm ready 

to give you the NAV check pad when you are ready to copy. 
SC Hold one. 

SC We'll take it later. 

CAPCOM Okay, just let ate know when you are ready. 

Apollo 7, Houston, we are through with the update, the 
computer is yours. 

SC Right , 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, you can turn your 

02 tank 2 fans off. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 941100 (CDT 8:16a) 305/1 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through the Canaries 

standing by. ■ . 

SC Do you want tank 2 fans on for 5 minutes? 

CAPCOM Roger, you can turn them off now. Did 

you have them on for 5 minutes, Wally? 

SC Negative. We haven't turned them off 

yet. You want the tank 1 fans on for 5 minutes, right? 
We have number 2 on now. 

CAPCOM Okay, Wally. Number 1 should be in AUTO 

and number 2 should be on for 5 minutes and then off. 

SC We had number 2 on for 5 minutes . 

CAPCOM Okay, then you can cut them off whenever 

you are ready. 

SC Do you want that ON or AUTO? 2 was m 

AUTO. Do you want it on? 

CAPCOM Okay, after 5 minutes, Wally, tank 2 

fans should be OFF. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. We aren't reading 

the CDR's biomed data. Would you switch to LMP? Oh, 7, 
we just got CDR data. 

SC Roger (garbled) 

CAPCOM And I have this NAS check data pad to 

pass up to you whenever you aTe ready. 
SC Go ahead, 

SC Go ahead, Jack. 

CAPCOM Okay, the NAS check GBP is 094 plus 15 

plus 00 00 plus 2310 minus 01215 0898. 

SC Repeat the whole thing, will you please, 

Jack? _ 

CAPCOM Roger. GEP is 094 plus 15 plus 00 00 
plus 2310 minus 01215 089.8. 

SC Roger 094 15 4 balls plus 2310 01215 0898 

CAPCOM Roger, that's got it. 

SC What's the outlook in Houston today? 

CAPCOM Roger, we're about 30 seconds LOS 

Canary, Tananarive at 94 plus 30. 

SC Roger. Do you have news in Houston? 

CAPCOM Oh, it was real fine this morning. 

SC Garbled. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 943000 (DCT : 8:36a) 306/1 



PAO 
30 minutes 



This is Apollo Control Houston, 94 hours, 
into the flight. We are about to acquire through 



the 
The 



Tananarive Station, and let's monitor this conversation, 
call has not yet gone out, but I expect it to momentarily. 
CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 
SC (garble) t 
CAPCOM Roger; you're loud and clear. We monitored 
your fuel real closely during that first rev in the radiator 
degradation test, and we show a usage of approximately c 
* — "'let 



and 
let 



news 



and we show 
we are really watching it 
Gino read you the morning 
GINO 
SC 

GINO 

if you want to 
SC 



you know. 



I've got a little 



GINO 
SC 

GINO 

if you would like 
SC 

GINO 

starred your burn 
However, it goes 
SC 

GINO 



in his shot yesterday and 
won the 100 meter dash in 

That 1 



a 

We'll 
news . 

Good morning up there. 
Roger. This is sure (garble) 
Wally, this is Gino 
read - listen, 
(garble) . 
7, this is Houston. 
This is Apollo 7; go. 
Walt, I gotta little morning news here 
us to send it up. 

Yeah, go ahead. Go ahead Gino. 
Okay, this morning the headlines have 
yesterday, your last burn as "perfect", 
on to say there was a 9 minute burn. 
Beautiful. 

Randy Matson won an Olympic Gold Medal 



5 pounds , 
And I'll 



And the Astro 's lost 



SC 

CAPCOM 

the Montreal team in the expansion draft 
League . 

SC 

CAPCOM 
not sure 
as the number 1 
will appreciate 



so did Houston's Jim Hines who 
9.9. 
s (garble) 



4 ball players to 
in the National Baseball 



One 



Who did they lose? 

Stand by. We'll get that for you later; 
of the news services also picked Southern 
college team in the nation, and I think 
this next statement. Somehow when 



I 'm 
Cal 

Don _„ 

Ohio State managed to slip by the boiler makers last Saturday, 
they slipped into the second ranking. 

SC Roger; I'm surprised they are not 

first. 

CAPCOM I don't know how they won that Saturday. 

Hey, it looks like your cards and letters are coming in here 
real strong now over the past 24 hours, and your TV ratings 
on the Monday morning show are pretty high. 

SC (garble) on the Today Show, or were we 

on it? 

CAPCOM You are going to have a couple hundred 

million people standing by. As a matter of fact, with a 
little work, we have managed to book you for another week. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 943000 (CDT: 8:36a) 306/2 
sc We've got our straw hats; we'll try to 

* ake CAPCOM " Okay, Wally; it was really a good show 

yesterday The Astro's lost Bateman, Brand, Duke and Herrerra. 
7 sc (garble) catcher. The weather looks 

real - looks good today (garble) 
CAPCOM Roger, 

Sc I'll do (garble) 40 nose, small hand - 

just south of (garble) . 

CAPCOM Roger, Wally. 

sc Small and similar to the (garble) type. 

CAPCOM Sounds like you guys are riding a real 

Cadillac up here; things have been going real good from where 

sc (garble) -comfortable suit (garble) 

CAPCOM You are 1 minute LOS Tananarive. We'll 

see you at Carnarvon. ' 

PAO This is Apollo Control, Houston. That 

will wrap up the conversation by Tananarive, the morning 
news passed along at 94 hours, 36 minutes into the flight. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/14/68, GET: 944700 (CDT 8:S7a) 307/1 



PAo This is Apollo Control Houston, 94 hours, 

48 minutes into the flight. We're in contact with the crew 
by Carnarvon and they're getting an update. The flight 
plan foT the next 1 hour shows just two items, unstow and 
set up TV, which should have already been done according 
to the flight plan. Then it has an item - TV on at 9525, 
which is Texas acquisition. The LOS by Merritt Island is 
shown on our flight plan as 9537, 9537. Let's listen to 
the conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Caranrvon. 

SC Roger. Jack, we were a little late on 

that last 3 minute taped business. It shouldn't be that 

tape, I don't think so. 

Alright, copy that Walt. 

Jack, can we have a chart update, please? 
Coming up, standby. 
Roger. 

Okay, ready for your map update? 
Go. 

Okay, for Rev 60, the time of the mode 
is 9 5 plus 11 plus 44, longitude 162.3 west, right ascension 

of 05 plus 02. , 

SC Thanks Jack. In a call, that's real 

great the way they come up with it in a hurry. I appreciate 
it. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Jack, we're going to need an update on 

stateside so we can let Donn go to sleep for the next hour. 

* ^ f 1 - — J. _ •« ^ lit m 1 1 «* 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



CAPCOM 
SC 



Okay, we'll figure that out Wally. 
(garble) all (garble) up (garble) regroup 



that. At 10:00 am Cape time we're going to go to bed. 
CAPCOM Roger. 
SC (gargle) . 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC Jack, do we have a TV pass today. 

CAPCOM Right, you have a TV pass, Wally. 

SC Okay, we'll be on top. 

CAPCOM Okay, the time of TV will be about 

95 plus 25, which is about - oh, about 45 minutes from 
now. Apollo 7, Houston, do you want to turn up your S-band, 
so we can pick you up over Honeysuckle. 

SC Roger. This is Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead Apollo 7. 

SC Roger, I'd use that gray tape that Paul ■ 

tape that Bob (garble) together, that kept coming apart. It 
not that easy to tape the microphone together and the light 
weight head set, which starts coming apart. The gray tape 
is pretty good gear. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 944700 (CDT 8:57a) 307/2 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead Houston. 

CAPCOM Wally, on the sleep cycle there, we 

have 96 to 116 blocked out for a crew sleep cycle. This can 
be used in any way that the crew sees fit for sleeping 
arrangements . 

SC Very good. Well Jack, good ole scene 

in sight here again. I have Perth at night. Houston, 
did you read? Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo, Houston, copy that. 

SC Roger. That's the home of Sloans Lager 

where they have that good beer these days . 

CAPCOM Alright. Wally, they had an earthquake 

at Perth two days ago. 

SC Oh really, that's terrible. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY 10/15/68, GET: 945700 (CDT 9 :02a) 308/1 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, we are about 1 minute 

from LOS honeysuckle, we'll pick you up at Huntsville at 

95 17. 

SC Roger. 

pA0 Apollo Control Houston here. 95 hours 

even, and that wraps up the conversation f rom Australia. 

We expect to acquire via the good ship Huntsville at -let s 
check that - 95 hours and 17 - 17 minutes from now. This 

is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 951650 (CDT 09:22a) 309/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 95 

hours 16 minutes into the flight, and we are getting some 
carrier noise on the circuit but through the Huntsville. 
It has not put in a call yet to Apollo 7 nor have they at- 
tempted to reach us. Meanwhile, the Huntsville has confirmed 
now and Apollo 7 has been told that we are standing by. We 
have not heard from them. The. radiator test meanwhile, con- 
tinues. It will run on, presently scheduled to run through 
the Huntsville, according to my flight plan here. Well, 
at least through Pretoria 96 hours. Meanwhile, let's moni- 
tor the circuit going out through the Huntsville. 

PAO That is capsule communicator Jack 

Swigert you are hearing right now. The other CAPCOM on the 
console is Gene Cernan. 

PAO In general, this morning we planned 

to ask the crew to give us a good look around the spacecraft 
and show us a little of their intravehicular activities, 
the movements, the ease of movements from here to there. 
We will watch and see what comes out. 

SC Jack, understand TV time now at 95 + 

25, over. 

Roger. Your TV time is 95 + 25. 
Jack, if we start transmitting the 
soon do you people see that in the Center? 
Walt, it has to go through the scan 
doesn't take too long. We get it fairly 



TV 



it 



CAPCOM 
SC 

at 25, how 
CAPCOM 
converter and 
soon. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
isn't real good, 
SC 

go through Texas 



that, Walt. Huntsville 



(garble) 
I couldn ' t get 
but we will catch you at California. 

Roger. Do our first TV transmissions 
and then in the end we are transmitting 



through the Cape? 

CAPCOM That is affirmative. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 95 

hours 22 minutes into the flight. You have been listening 
to Jack Swigert update Walt Cunningham on the pass of the 
TV transmission and how we receive them here in the Control 
Center. The pass is to - we expect acquisition around 
26, 27 minutes after the hour, that is of the television 
signal. Texas station should acquire 25 minutes, 9525. 
And if we have an open circuit, we will just continue to 
monitor. 

PAO Apollo Control here. Of interest 

is the fact that Mrs. Eisele, the wife of the command 
module pilot is here in the Control Center this morning 
along with her parents. Harriet Eisele is from Gnadenhut- 
ten, Ohio. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET:951650 CCDT 09:22a) 309/2 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 9524. The 

people who maintain the Center have put the - put two large 
screens available upon our data board so all the flight con- 
trollers can get a big look at the pictures. And at this 
point, we are beginning to see a little snow. It's 9525, 
we are beginning to see a little snow as we did yesterday 
just prior to - the network just advised that he had a minor 
network problem with our station in Guaymas or we have 
covered it through the Goldstone, California station. It 
should not give us a problem on TV. We are seeing some 
snowy lines on the screen at this point. And Eisele has 
just put in a call "do you see anything yet?" 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 952500 (CDT 9:31a) 310/1 



PAO And Eisele has just put in a call do 

we see anything yet on the TV and we do not. Texas now 
has the carrier locked up and now we're beginning to see 
a little something that's coming through. Here we go. Lets 



have 
it's 

pick 



It's a little lighter than yesterday. 



Now 



We're just getting - just starting to 

pick you up. 
We can see 

Roger. Can you see me? I'm in the left 



Affirmative . 
Okay. 



he ' s 



sign 



a look, 
cleared up 
CAPCOM 
you up now. 

CAPCOM Okay, we're starting to 

You're looking good. It's a good picture, 
the straps in the center seat zero G. 
SC 

seat. 

CAPCOM 
SC 
PAO 

holding up a 

CAPCOM 
everything. " 

SC - „ 

outer space, the one and only7 original Apollo everything 
road show. Starring those great acrobats of outer space 
Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham. 

CAPCOM Just a minute Wally, let's see. Oh, it's 

a little message to Deke Slayton. A little bit closer, 
Wally. Kind of looks like something about "Are you a, 
are you a - " Looks like it says "Are you a turtle, Deke 
Slayton?" 

SC That's right. 

SC You've got ace reading today, Jack. 

CAPCOM Here comes another one. Walt, oh, that 

a way, that's the way to turn it. It says, "Paul Haney, 
are you a turtle?" 



That's Donn Eisele talking, now 
"The lovely Apollo Room, high atop 
That's right. Coming to you live from 



SC 
CAPCOM 



You'll get a 
And there is 



gold star. Perfect score 
no reply from Paul Haney, 



here . 



SC 

CAPCOM 
back pressure 
SC 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
your capsule there, 
SC 



You mean he's speechless? 
Apollo 7, Houston. Will you close the 
valves and go to INCREASE? 
Roger, stand by 



It's a real good picture 



take 



SC 
it 
SC 

cockpit 



Roger 

You might take us on 
if you have a chance. 
Okay, standby. 

I think we can work that out 
off the bracket and pan the cockpit a little bit. 

At this point we are looking across the 
and Walt Cunningham's couch toward Donn Eisele who 



a little tour of 



Let 's 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 952500 (CDT 9:31a) 310/2 



SC is preparing the spacecraft for the 

radiator degradation test. There you see a pen cruising by 
and I need to make some notes, obviously. From there we 
concentrate on the left seat's attitude control. You can 
see possibly two of the instruments for attitude control 
over there. In the second panel we have the switches that 
the machine, that are complicated to fly, and we monitor 
our systems on this side. At this point Walt Cunningham is 

PAO You will notice Walt Cunningham reached 

out and recovered a pencil floating there. A very positive 
demonstration of weightlessness. Apollo Control Here. 

SC Looking across the cockpit to the right 

we have most of our electrical power controls, fuel cell 
controls. Then as we continue across the cockpit we'll come 
to the right side and that window where you can see the Gulf 
Coast outside and with the weather and winds we've got surf 
galore . 

CAPCOM The outside doesn't show too well due 

to the orb rate, Wally. 

SC They are now going to work their way 

down into the lower equipment bay below the navigation 
station. Here you can see the heart of the navigation system 
of the Apollo spacecraft, the command module that is, the 
sextant and telescope, the near large object is a monacular 
type device is the telescope and adjacent to it, the small 
instrument is the sextant. We acquire a known star in the 
telescope and then acquire in the sextant where it can be 
marked on a rather carefully graduated gimbal to give us 
the exact position of the star. 

SC I'm now panning over to Wally who is 

going to get the telephoto lens out of its stowage com- 
partment and we'll attempt to do the out -the -window 
photography. 

CAPCOM Walt, the out -the -window doesn't 

show up very well, Walt, due to the orb rate - 

SC Do you want to skip the out -the -window? 

CAPCOM We'd like you to keep it inside. The 

orb rate just makes it impossible to see much outside. 

SC Roger understand. Okay. 

CAPCOM Wally, this is Gene. Deke just called 

in and we've got your answer and we've got it recorded for 
your return . 

SC Roger. Real fine. We'll now show you 

the lower equipment bay where we have the water control and 
oxygen control panels and one panel where we can also change 
the lithium hydroxide in flight, to change out when needed. 
I've just opened one of our food bays and when I pulled 
the switch down you'll notice that we have a real good 
package that is portable. This bay is so empty. We'll switch 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 952500 (CDT 9:31a) 310/3 



SC to another bay, starting tomorrow. This 

is an empty food bay with food rolled up rather tightly for 
the first 4 days of consumption. Our dietician, Rita Rapp, 
will appreciate how tightly we repackaged the empty packets 
of food. And now, we will rotate the camera around through 
the lower equipment bay back out towards the cockpit. I'm 
sure the spaghetti that you see, which is the coax cable, 
that I'm holding. Walt Cunningham is working with our 
exercise device. Using an (garble) motion to stimulate his 
cardio vascular system. You can take the same device in 
all the (garble) and use the arms in a curling motion to 
create exercise in the upper torso. I'm going to swing 
now to the other side of the cockpit, where you can see 
Donn is still rotating the attitude of rather a tight (garble) 
to prepare for our radiator degradation test. You can see 
we nave our lighter moments. Have you got Haney's answer 
yet? 

CAPCOM No, Haney isn't talking Wally. 

SC Roger, and how much more time do you 

want on this machine? 

CAPCOM Somebody tells me he isn't talking, but 

just buying. 

SC He is buying, thank you very much. 

Very good. We will now take you down below the couches, to 
our storage area. This bottom opens up to be a sleep station. 
The (garble) below is a head rest swings off and stows. 
The large bulky bag that you see off the camera left is 
your (garble). Jack, do you still have the picture looking 
pretty well? 

CAPCOM The picture quality isn't as good now 

after the handover to the Cape, but we can still make it 
out . 

SC I'm going to take you through the area 

where the water is collecting. This is the area where 
water was condensing on the pipes, just below the Commanders 
left shoulder. You will notice that the panel here was 
refrigerated, and with the (garble) there is water condensation 
on the pipe. We vacuumed it off (garble) and it forms a 
large ball of about the size of a ping pong or golf ball. 

CAPCOM Okay Wally, we've lost the picture now. 

We copied the water condensation and we saw the beginning 
of your transmission on the water condensation now. 

SC Very good 

CAPCOM That was a real good pass. 

SC Say Jack, we've got the steam pressure 

up okay, but we don't seem to be able to put it back up in 
the boiling range and we are not boiling now. 

CAPCOM Walt, we would like you to reservice 

the primary evaporator. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 952500 (CDT 9:31a) 310/4 

PA0 This is Apollo Control Houston, 95 hours, 

37 minutes into the flight and we brought the picture to an 
end. You can see the degradation as we moved out of he 
outer limits of the Merritt Island circle. We can thank 
Commander Wally Schirra for a tour of Apollo 7_cabin, and 
he held up a few signs with some questions on it, which were, 
I suppose, meant to elicit a certain answer. We did get 
some operational information on that pass, which was of 
interest here. He was trying to show us what the water 
condensation looked like on some of the machinery inside 
the cabin toward the end. You might have heard, the com 
w« pre^y rocky there, but you heard Jack Swigert confirm 
that we did understand he was trying to show us the water 
condensation. All in all, it was a very worthwhile pass. 
We should continue to hold lock here on out through the 
ship Vanguard for another 5 minutes. We'll keep the line 
open and monitored. There has been no conversation now 

for several minutes. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One mnu LOS 

Bermuda, we'll pick you up at Canary at 95 plus 46. That 
was a real good tour of your castle there. 

sc Roger, welcome aboard. Hey Jack, does 

that go out live? 

CAPCOM That went out live. 

SC Is Deke Slayton out of the press conference 

n ° W? CAPCOM Deke isn't here right now, Donn, but 

Harriet's in the Control Room and watches all. 

sc Roger, understand. Tell her hello 



for me . 



CAPCOM You just did, she's nodding her head, 

SC Okay . 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 954000 (CDT: 9:31a) 311/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control Houston, 95 hours, 

44 minutes into the flight. We have lost signal through the 
shin Vanguard: we should acquire for a very peripheral pass 
through the Canary Islands. And meanwhile we are continuing 
with the radiator test; that's the main flight planned item. 



BHD OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 9552.20 (CDT: 9:58a) 312/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 95 hours 

52 minutes into the flight. We had a very brief conversation 
with Apollo 7 by the Canary Islands and here is how that 
conversation went, 

PAO I an sorry; we do not have tape of it; 

it was simply a call up and an acknowledgement and that was 
that. My error. We expect to reacquire by Tananarive at 
96 03 minutes after the hour, about 10 minutes from now. 
This is, on the TV pass, we clocked here in our tape facility, 
11 minutes worth of television tape. Eleven minutes, which 
was 4 minutes more than we had yesterday. This is at 95 hours, 

53 minutes. This is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 960300 (CDT: 10:04a) 313/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 96 hours 

and 3 minutes into the flight. We are going to try to advise 
Apollo 7 that we are standing by here in a moment, but the 
circuit sounds noisey this morning through Tananarive. One 
comment oh the television tape which you might have missed. 
In looking at the tape carefully, and this came up in a 
conversation the second time we looked at it here in the 
Control Center, you begin to appreciate the true size of 
Apollo. Remember the internal volume is nearly 4 times that 
of Gemini. 320 cubic feet versus 80 odd for Gemini. And 
the pilots, as they presented their Q cards and so forth 
in the opening sequence, were coming to us, they were float- 
ing out of an area under the Command Module's seat. Don 
Eisele was in the Commander's seat on the left side, and we 
saw Wally Schirra and then Walt Cunningham sort of staging 
from an area immediately under that seat and floating up 
and then across our field of view. Then of course Wally 
pointed the camera down into the lower equipment bay and he 
did a wonderful explanation of the optics. Now we have 
reached Apollo 7; let's listen. « 

SC We've got over 3 hours at the last of 

this test that you were (garble) and expected. 

CAPCOM Wally, we are not reading com very well 

through Tananarive here. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM How do you read Apollo 7? Okay, Apollo 

7 Houston. t 

SC Roger, We will (garble) when we have 

* PaS CAPC0M Wally, we have been monitoring the fuel 

usage very closely. They find the fuel usage is nominal 
for this test. We would like to continue the test and use 
the secondary evaporator and it requires to lower the evap 
out temperature. Com is very bad here over Tananarive; we 
will have a real good pass with you through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger. The primary evaporator is working 

fine again. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that, Walt. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, you're 1 minute LOS Tananarive; 

we'll pick up ARIA 1 in about 2 minutes monitoring you there 
through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger; out. 

SC Hey Jack; this is Walt. Give me 30 

clicks on the (garble) miles per hour. 

CAPCOM How many clicks Walt? 

SC 30 - 

GAPCQM R0$etrj 3D clicks, (garble) And 2 - 
of CBS . 

9C (gmrbXe) for C and P 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 960300 (CDT: 10:04a) 313/2 

SC (garble) This is Apollo 7. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 962025 (CDT: 10:15a) 314/1 

PA0 Apollo Control Houston here at 96 hours, 

20 minutes into the flight. We just acquired through Carnar- 
von and here is how the conversation is going. 

sc with the slide in place, excuse me, and 

we made 4 shots there and probably 3 or 4 other ones through 
the flight at random. 

CAPCOM Okay, I copy that Walt. 

cr Jack, go ahead with your updates. 

CAPCOM Roger. Block data 11 063-4A plus 305 

minus 1599 099 plus 36 plus 59 3402 064-4A plus 309 minus 
1600 101 plus 15 plus 24 3578 065-4A plus 269 minus 1600 102 
plus 46 plus 04 2888 066-3A plus 309 plus 1363 104 plus 04 
plus 38 3403 plus 067-3A plus 306 plus 1362 105 plus 41 plus 04 
3607 068-3B plus 261 plus 1344 107 plus 13 plus 10 2888. 

sc ■ Roger; that's complete, your block update 

Jack? 

CAPCOM Affirmative. 

sc All right; read back as follows. Did you 

start with 62 or 63? 

CAPCOM You're063-4A plus 305 minus 1599 099, 

■S659 3402 064-4A plus 309 minus 1600 101 13 24 357.8 065-4A 
plus 269 minus 1600 102 46 04 2888 066-3A plus 309 plus 1363 
104 04 38 3403 067-3A plus 306 plus 1362 105 41 04 3607 068- 
3B plus 261 plus 1344 107 13 10 2888. 

CAPCOM Roger; that's correct. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Did you purge 02? 

sc i purged 02 at the regular scheduled time 

which was 7 hours ago I think, wasn't it? 

CAPCOM Roger; we copy. 

SC Check the time on that will you Jack? 

CAPCOM Roger; it should have been at 94 hours. 

Sc That's right; we purged at 94 hours. 

CAPCOM Okay, thank you. 

sc We're going through a meal now and probably 

have a gripe; the cracker type food; chicken sandwiches; they 
are all crumbly and we have a lot of problem with crumbs 
all over the cockpit. We have been rejecting a lot of this. 

CAPCOM Okay, Wally, we copy that. You are about 

1 minute LOS Carnarvon, and we won't get you again till Hawaii 

at 96 plus 45. 

SC Roger. 



END OF TAPE 



APO LLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 963000 (CDT 10:25a) 315/1 

96 hours 31 »^utes into th e fligh t an Australian ci le , at 
ably out of communications tnrougn q£ thg 

least we are P«sing over the ™£ r ^ e ™ Be f nt0 Australia, 
continent of Australia. Jf?*?®;°^ e release loop, some 
you heard, if you were »°"*°"2tions let's say through the - 
excellent co-.nt.ry - ^"£^35 flying radio sta- 
one of the aircratt u ":f c r , in „ tn is mission. The 
tions which we are exer "Jing during t ^ mid . Indian 

aircraft was f lying at but ,uuu coope rative 
Ocean and the atmospherics ^f^^^ communications we've 
today, because that is th e c ear ^ Throug h an air- 
heard in the 4 or 5 days ot tnis mi hear us 
craft we could hear them ^ d K ^5tel into oUr mission, we 
quite well. At 96 hours ^ £t is acqui red by Hawaii, 
now will have an out ^^^"^rs 45 minutes. This 
which acquisition should come at yt> no 
is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 965356 (CDT 10:49a) 316/1 



Apollo Control Houston. We are 96 

A few minutes ago, we 
here is how the conver- 



PAO . . 

hours 53 minutes into the flight, 
called Apollo 7 through Hawaii and 
sation has gone. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Hawaii. 

Sc Roger. We completed all our data 

recording through you. Are you going to be dumping that 

tape now? w . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We are going to 
rewind the tape here. We will dump it over the States. 

SC Roger and can we secure this test? 
We will continue for 30 more minutes. 

CAPCOM Okay, we are going to secure at 97 
hours, Wally. 



SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

trol test. One 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
telescope star 
to copy. 

SC 

star count or the 
SC 

more on that one, 



Roger. 

Jack, this is Wally. 
Go ahead. 

This is really a thrilling flight con- 
slow roll in an hour and a half. 
(Laughter) Roger, copy that. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

Walt, I have this daylight scanning 
count pad to give you whenever you are ready 



Okay, 
sextant 

Jack, 
that is 



the daylight scanning telescope 
star count, Jack? 
how about giving me a little 
impossible to use. Houston, 



Apollo 7. , , 

CAPCOM Wally, we will give you a hack on 

your fuel use on this - the fuel usage we have copied 
far has been between 17 and 18 pounds, which is right 
the nominal for this test. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Okay, Walt, stand by one. 

SC Jack, on observing details we want 

to feel we've learned something up here in 5 days that 



so 
on 



somebody else hasn't learned yet 



CAPCOM 
SC 

up here in the last 
came up. 

CAPCOM 
pad assessment. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
000, pitch 097, yaw 
000, pitch 327, yaw 



Say again, Wally, I missed that. 
Let's assume we have learned something 
5 days that we didn't know before we 

Okay, I have this daylight star count 

Okay, we will take it. 

Okay. GET of sunrise 98 + 15, roll 

000. GET of sunset -1298 + 56, roll 

000. Your key align will 98 + 15, and 



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CAPCOM the only reaiark - 

SC We have to do this key align for these 

angles? We have our refs on that now. 

CAPCOM Roger. The key align is for those 

angles. And the other change on this is that the shaft will 
be 90 degrees and a trunion 0 degrees. 

SC Okay, 0 shaft 90. Donn has got some- 

thing to report. 

SC We did this test a couple of days ago, 

with a 120 degrees angle up and I just didn't see much 
point in it. Your ability to see stars is not so much the 
function of light transmission of the telescope as it is 
a matter of stray light you got coming in from loose particles 
flying around outside that look like stars and also in stray 
light that comes up from the earth and whatnot, distorting 
the telescope picture. Jack the point is I don't think 
you are learning a heck of a lot from this. We know already 
that the stars aren't (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, Donn. We've got real poor com. 

I can't quite copy. Let's wait until we get over the coast 
and we will have a little better com. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. Computer says that the evap- 

orator might be drying out again. 
SC Darn right. 

SC Jack, I've been trying to tell you 

that with realignment, we lose fuel, get into a new attitude, 
fly two different attitudes to prove what we have already 
discovered in this flight, that you can't see stars m the 
telescope except just after sunrise or just after sunset, 
which we have been trying to tell the Project Office for about 5 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. Wally, this test 

here has the telescope sunlight of sight off at 7 degrees, 
which is worst case and we would kind of like to get this 

one in. , . - - 

SC That's what I've been trying to tell 

you. With the best case we didn't doany good, but if you 

want us to do the test, we will do it. But we are kind of 

tired of arguing with people that produce this environment. 

I'm not talking about you, but the various things you don t 

know about telescopes. 

Sc We will try out the test Cape time. 

SC Is the radiator degradation test over 

yet? „ 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. You can discon- 

tinue the radiator degradation test. 



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SC Roger. 
END OF TAPB 



r 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 970300 (CUT: 10:58a) 317/1 

SC Right over us here today. 

CAPCOM Go ahead Apollo 7. 

SC Roger; we are looking at your pretty 

white (garble) today. 

CAPCOM That's affirmative. 

SC We (garble) weather. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead Jack. 

CAPCOM On, while you are taking photographs, 

during this Stateside pass, or the next ones, if you can 
fit it in, we would like to get a picture of Tucson and a 
picture of a tropical storm which is presently just south 
of Cuba. 

SC Understand Tucson and a storm just south 

of Cuba. 

CAPCOM Roger; Tropical storm Gladis just south 

of Cuba. 

SC Which end Jack, south of Haitti or south 

of the (garble)? 
CAPCOM 

SC Tf you could give us latitude and longi- 

tude that would help us. 

CAPCOM Stand by Wally. Okay, the present 

position of this storm is south of the eastern tip of Cuba, 
and east-western tip of Cuba and east of the Yucatan Peni- 
nsula. 

SC (garble) up through the (garble) Islands? 

Okay, we got a pretty good longitude on - (garble) 

CAPCOM Next pass; it looks like you would be 

in a little better position; it looks like you might even 
pass right over it. 

SC Roger. Jack at this time would you 

let me check clicks on the water dump? 

CAPCOM Roger; copy that. 

SC Give Walt 15 clicks. 

CAPCOM 15 for Walt. 

SC The star will take 20. 

CAPCOM Okay. Apollo 7, we show you approaching 

gimble LOX. 

SC That's what you call skirting the issue, 

just going by the edge. 

CAPCOM Roger. Jack, on that Tucson-Phoenix; 

did you want the panex or the 121? 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

CAPCOM We'll get you that by the next pass. 

SC Roger; plenty of time. 

SC Jack, on that tropical storm coming up 

there, do you expect that to come up into the Gulf of Mexico? 

CAPCOM Right now the forecast is past up into 

the west coast of Florida. 



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SC I see it. 

SC Jack, on that pass would you log the 

following pictures magazine S? Starting down around about 
55. we got two good pictures of Houston, 2 of New Orleans, 
Mobile Bay, Pensacola. Wally got the Mississippi Delta, 
the Port Walter area and that was about it. The Cape was 
cloudy, patchy broken 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

SC Jack, I would recommend for the next 

crew that they try to eliminate as much of the protein 
in the bite size food that's bothering all of us already. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy. 

SC The hot one. 

SC I thought the breakfast drink was going 

over very well, but we need a better type of fluid. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy. (.cut off) he hear. Wait 

till I get my sheet out. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Apollo 7, 

Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Regarding this 

daylight scanning telescope star count, we're not going to 
be able to do it with the present revs MET because of a 
Gimbal lock problem. We understood yesterday, that we saw more 
stars then we anticipated at the 120 degree line of sight. 
We would like very much to get this test in at the 70 degree 
line of sight. Over. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Apollo 7, Houston. Did you 

copy? 

SC Yes, we read you. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET 971300 CDT 11:08 



318/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 97 hours 

14 minutes into the flight with Apollo 7 out in the far 
eastern tip of Antigua acquisition circle. We* re rather 
sure that will wind up the comm for this pass. This 
is Apollo Control in Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 972755 (CDT 11:23a) 319/1 



PAO Apollo Control Houston 97 hours 17 minutes, 

and through Ascension we've been having this interesting 
conversation. 

Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension. 
Roger. 

Roger, you are 5 by. Do you copy our 
scan telescope star count that we were 
giving you over Bermuda? 

SC I got you, Roger. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC I've got some information for you. If 

you were in pitch and roll, if the stick is released it will 
it will follow a jet rapid direction exactly as in the simu- 
lator. 

Could you go over that again, please? 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
conversation on the 
over 



the 



Okay, it's (garbled) mode, beta impulse 
Roger. 

If one pulse in ready to roll out, 
(garbled) . 

Roger copy that. 

It's the same as the sticks in the simu- 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

stick is released 
capcom 

SC 

lator, it's that unique. 

CAPCOM Okay. The other thing we wanted to ask 

you is to do - you could do the H2 stratification test 
whenever you can fit it in there. 

SC 

next half hour. 

CAPCOM 
recorder forward 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



Roger, thank you. That's inside the 



Okay, we'd like you to 



put your tape 
dumping? 



switch to FORWARD. 

Roger, are you through 
Affirmative . 
It is in forward. 

Okay. The other thing we'd like to get 
status with a status on each man. Could 
rundown on each man - how 



is the general crew 
you give us a rather complete 
they're feeling today? 

SC This is CDR. I still have a rather 

thick mucous nose cold. The three of us are coughing. 
We're very well rested although last night was rather a 
short night, and we 
tonight to catch up 
drink, if not too much. 



'11 take advantage of the longer hours 
again. We've all had plenty to eat and 
The sight of the food is just too 



rich for us. I'm still on aspirin and I'm off Actifed 
at this time, and all of us are getting out of Actifed. 
don't have enough left to keep taking it for the length 
the mission. We'll use it prior to reentry. 

SC This is the CMP. My only complaint 

a head cold just like Wally. I find that my ears plug 
now and then. I would take the Actifed except for running 
of it. We're saving it for reentry in case we need it then. 



We 

of 

is 
up 
out 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 972755 (CDT 11:23a) 319/2 



SC other than that I'm in good shape. I've 

had plenty to eat and drink, had plenty of sleep. No problems. 
SC Are you still reading Jack? 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Okay, I'm in good shape. I've been 

sleeping a little better each night and my ears are just 
barely clear some mornings and sometimes not. I don't 
feel bad, I don't feel like I've got a cold. I just feel 
like I'm pretty well stuffed up and on the verge of getting 
one . 

CAPCOM Okay, copied that. Apollo 7, have any 

of you had an indication of a temperature rise? 
SC Negative. 

CAPCOM Okay, fine. Sometime, no hurry on it, 

you might give us a count on your medication remaining. We 
sort of lost track here. 

SC Okay. We've been logging it, and calling 

it down, Jim, if you haven't gotten a report on every bit 
of it. One interesting observation, with a head cold the 
mucous does not go down the throat and cause a lung problem. 
It stays stuffed up in the sinuses. This is due to zero 
gravity I 'm sure . 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

SC Jack, this is Donn. I just did a day- 

light P-52. How it happened, we rolled over so that we're 
pointed up to the stars. I did P-52 and pick a pair worked, 
so I lucked out. It turns out that you can in general see 
stars in the sextant provided it's not too close to the sun 
and provided all the optics will pull them in for you, but 
of course it's impossible to see anything through the 
telescope under these conditions. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC (break into conversation) by the stars 

I marked on explicitly. I assume they are right because 
the star difference angles was proper. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 

SC I wouldn't want to hang my hat on that 

if I were going to the moon, however. 
CAPCOM Roger, understand. 

SC I'd like to make the point, you can 

prove the two stars by the star angle difference like 4 
balls 1. 

CAP COM Okay. 

SC And by the pick a pair. 

CAPCOM Okay, Apollo 7, Houston. We show 

that one panel is still isolated, and we're about to 
lose you over Ascension. We'll pick you up at Tananarive 
here at 497 plus 38. 

SC Roger. That's a good call down there, 

thank you. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET 973810 CDT 11:33a 320/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, houston. We're 

97 hours 38 minutes into the flight, and via Tananarive we're 
about to acquire* Stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

SC I read you. 

CAPCOM Roger, we're standing by. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, houston, here in 

97 hours, 40 minutes into the flight. In discussing the 
situation, the Flight Directors concluded that the com* 
circuit through Tananarive today is a bit too choppy so we 
will take it down. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 980030 (CDT: 12:03p) 321/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston at 97 hours 

56 minutes. In the recent swing across the Indian Ocean we 
tried without success to raise the spacecraft through an 
ARIA aircraft over the Indian Ocean, and as I say, the, - we 
were not successful but we have established com however through 
here is how it's going, 



Carnarvon and 
CAPCOM 
SC 

mary evaporator 

CAPCOM 
ARIA 1 to do that S 

SC 

CAPCOM 
your question about 
the pictures 

SC 



Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon. 
Roger, Jack. I tried to put the pri- 
back on the line and it didn't make it. 

Okay, I was trying to reach you through 
band BTO for ARIA. 
We didn't hear you. 

Roger; I didn't hear you either. On 
the film over the Stateside pass for 
of Tucson, the film 
Roger; thank 



to use is S0121 
you. Jack, out 



of curiosity 



how many different kind of S band passes are there? I'll 
give you time to figure that one out 



CAPCOM 
different types of 
cations kinds here 
SC 

CAPCOM 

evaporators, did you reservice 
to put it back on the line? 



7, it appears to be about 
modes and conditions for S 



20 or 30 
band communi- 



Roger . 
Apollo 



7, 



Houston. On 
this before 



the primary 
your attempts 



SC 

CAPCOM 

SC 

hot; can you 
down? 

CAPCOM 
SC 

hot; can you 
slowing now, 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

are 3 categories; 
CAPCOM 



Sure did, 
Okay, copy. 
Temperatures are 
confirm that both of my 



We reserviced it over Canaries 



even running pretty 
radiator panels are slowing 



even running pretty 
radiator panels are 



Okay, copy. 
Temperatures are 
confirm that both of my 
the individual temperatures, please? 

7, both of your red panels look good 
Roger, thank you. Houston, Apollo 7 
Go ahead Apollo 7. 
I'll give you a medication count 
actifed, asprin and one more pill. 
Apollo 7, I didn't copy that you 



there 
Cgarble) 
are 



going to give us the quantity remaining of the three 
medications . 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

til 2. CMP actifed 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



Yes, the quantity used to (garble) 
Okay; 
Roger, 



go ahead with the quantity used. 
CDR actifed 6, aspirin 17, loma- 
2, aspirin 2. 
Copy. 

LMP 1 actifed. 

that. Thank you very much. 



Roger; copy 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 980030 (CDT: 12:03p) 321/2 



SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 30 seconds LOS Carnar- 

von; a short pass at Guam at 9807, Hawaii at 9818. 
SC Understand. 

PAO Apollo Control here, 98 hours, 2 minutes, 

into the flight and we are about to lose signal by Carnarvon. 
This is Apollo Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



(CORRECTED COPY) 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET 981150, CDT 12:14p 322/1 

PAO Apollo Control here 98 hours, 10 minutes 

into the flight, and through Guam a few minutes ago we 
acquired, we really hadn't been expected, because the space- 
craft is passing below Guam. But we're getting excellent 
comm. Here's how it's going. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Guam. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM 7. We haven't had a window status check 

in a while, how are they doing? 

SC Roger. I think I would rather give you 

a report when there's daylight, Jack. 

CAPCOM Okay, Real fine. And the other thing 

I was kind of curious about, Wally, can you hear the thruster 
the RCS thrusters fiTe? 

SC Affirmative. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 

SC Only when they light off we can't hear 

them when they're burning. 
CAPCOM Okay, 

SC Right now the main thing is you can hear 

a pause. It sounds like your hearing - as Donn describes 
it -- a water (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger. Copy. 

SC however, (garble) it seems to have almost 

a surge of power. It fluctuates back and forth on a sort 
of a cyclic beat, rather than a steady, smooth, application 
of power. 

CAPCOM' Okay, copy. We're about 40 seconds from 

LOS Guam. Hawaii at 9880. 

SC Rog, how about passing this discription 

on to John Healy. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 982523 (CDT 12:28P) 323/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 98 hours 

25 minutes. We're in touch with Apollo 7 through Hawaii. 
Earlier through Guam you heard Wally Schirra ask - relay a 
message and the more understandable parts of the communication 
was the name John Healy. John Healy is an engineer who 
headed the management development team which worked on 
Spacecraft 101, now called Apollo 7. He is an employee of 

Rockwell Company, and he 
transmission. We're not 
it fully and it's being listened to 



the North American 
room and heard the 



transcribed for Mr, 
however, by Hawaii 

CAPCOM 

SC 

time and we found 
scope. 

CAPCOM 
a NAV load and I 'm 



Healy's benefit 



was in the viewing 
sure we understood 
in very slow time and 

We have this communication, 



Apollo 7, Houston. 

That set of angles was very good this 
the moon right in the middle of the tele- 

Roger, copy. We would like to send you up 
ready with a NAV check when you're ready 



to copy, 
SC 

CAPCOM 
follows: 102 
SC 

4 balls minus 
CAPCOM 

SC 

moon being in the 
CAPCOM 
SC 

look at the moon. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



Would you go to ACCEPT. 

Let's have the NAV check. 
Okay, coming up. The NAV check as 
plus 30 plus 0000 minus 1154 plus 06596 1522 

Roger, read back as follows: 102 30 
1154 plus 065961522. Over. 



That's correct. 
Jack, Did you get the impact of the 
telescope? 

Roger, we're discussing that right now. 
Yeah, you don't count stars when you 

Roger, we're scratching our heads, 
(garbled) like we are. 

Apollo 7, Houston, the load is in, we're 



Roger. That's getting up fast. 



finished, the computer is yours. 
SC 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. We should be able 

to hack the star count on the next pass. The G and N 
(garbled) will not be in the next attitude. 

Roger, we copy. 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
for the keying test 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

test. We're coming 



We're all ready 



lost 



CAPCOM 

SC 
SC 



Apollo 7, Houston, 

on that keying test. 

you a keying 
by one , we 



Take one 
Roger. 

I'll go ahead and give 
up on a photo shortly. 
Roger, 7, could you stand 



Okay, 1 1 11 stand by. 

Are you ready on the keying? 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 982523 CCDT 12:28P) 323/2 



CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
the keying test. 
SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 



Not yet, we're still standing by. 
Apollo 7, Houston, we're ready for 



Roger Apollo. 
Keying test over. 
Roger. 

Apollo 7, Houston, we are through 
with the keying test. You can reconfigure your spacecraft 
per the flight plan, and you only made two mistakes. 



Yeah," I saw a couple of blips (garbled) 
Roger. 

Back to configuration. 
Okay, cover. 

rn „ This is Apollo Control Houston. That 

keying test was a test of an emergency communication system. 
And the message is as follows: "This is a test of the 
emergency key." You heard the CAPCOM acknowledge two slight 
errors as Walt Cunningham sent that, but it was all together 
readable. So we've communicated by voice, by television, 
and now by telegraph key today. 



SC 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
PAO 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 983600 (CDT: 12:38p) 324/1 

SC (garble) through 67, (garble) magazine "O" 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. . 

SC We are now looking at the storm. You might 

ffive us a map when you think we are adjacent to it. 

CAPCOM Okay, will do Wally. You got a little ways 

to go yet. m , 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston. The crew 

should be passing over that large storm Gladys here very 

shortly and perhaps they'll comment on it. The emergency key 

transmission was done through the voice com push-to-talk key 

for it was literally being pushed on and off like a telegraph 

SC Okay, looks like one big overcast about 12 

° Cl °CAPC0M That should be it. The tropical storm will 

be south of your flight path here, your flight pass should take 
you right over Cuba and the tropical storm will be south of 
the western tip of Cuba. 

SC Roger. _ . _ 

SC We'll take a step going into it; I would 

suggest that. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC We've got one big stormy area out here Jack, 

I don't pick up a characteristic tropical storm. 

CAPCOM Okay, right now the wind speeds are about 

45 knots - tomorrow sometime the winds are forecast to pick up 

to 70. f . 

S C (garble) up into the Gulf by tomorrow (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger; there are a few other people with 

the same problem, 

SC 

to get (garble) 

CAPCOM I think you're right. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM I think that is part of the duties of the 

support crew; we'll take care of it Wally. 

SC I think (garble) Jack. 

SC Jack, frame 68 was the call cover that 

(garble) not really a storm as (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger; copy. 

SC Could you get a rate (garble) there Jack? 

CAPCOM Roger; stand by. 

SC The pitching there now is not something I 

put in it; (garble) with that little (garble) 

CAPCOM Wally, right now it looks like we've got 

a pitch rate of plus .3. ' 

SC Roger; I don't really think we have anything 

to worry about on 1 or 2 pulses and the spacecraft is actually 
torquing - it's off it's pitch, that's all it's costing us earlier 
on the radiator degradation test. We think it's just the way it 



Understand. I've got a minute, a chance 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 983600 (CDT : 12:38p) 324/2 

goes through an attitude at a certain surge affect, what little 
there is. 

CAPCOM That's a pretty good track on the (garble) 

there, most of the pulse in that direction in pitch. And you 
can see what happened. 

CAPCOM • Okay, we'll get a little more accurate 

hack at it when we take a look at this strip chart. 

sc Right; let me know what you take note on it 

CAPCOM Okay. . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We'd like to have you 

turn your 0 2 fans, tank 2, on for 3 minutes. 

lc On. Roger. I finished the hydrogen 

stratification test and it's about like the first one, there 
was a slightly noticeable pressure decrease when I turn the 
fans on. On the order of maybe 2 psi, something like that, 
and it's stabilized out right here. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine Walt. 

sc Jack, note the pitch rate right now. it 

is decreasing yet I have not turned pitch (garble). And there 
are no thrusters firing. It's a good pass to make note what 

we're talking about. 

CAPCOM Okay, we got it; we'll look at it real 

Cl ° Se sC Okay, there is no pitch (garble) 

I've made a note of this all during the flight and thought 
on this pass to get a record on it. Note the pitch rate 
is decreasing -all the time. + 
CAPCOM Okay, we'll really take a good look at 

xt * sc Okay, this is what we had a heck of a time 

tryine to explain to ourselves. It was pitching in the right 
direction so I wasn't going to take it out . I was going to 
uitch zero. There was no IVA during that either by the way. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that; it sounds like you got 

a built in orb rate walker there. 

sc Yeah, see there; it's almost zero pitch. 

I haven't done a thing to it. In fact, (garble) pitch than 

thC 3 CAPC0M Roger; that's what we're looking - 

Sc (garble) That's 2 more. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 984600 (CDT 12:48p) 325/1 



SC - we didn't know what was heating us 

up during the radiator degradation test. We were going 
through these kind of attitudes, and had to work to get 
through. 

CAPCOM Copy. We still were nominal on fuel 

during that whole test. 

SC Understand but (garble) is about like 

this. (Garble) back to zero again. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Jack, being nominal on that test, it 

come out 3 points (garble). Donn and I - on numerous tries 
the simulator ran well below the nominal fuel usage on that 
thing where there were no parts. 

CAPCOM That's real information, Walt. 

SC (garble) 

SC Houston, do you still read? 

CAPCOM Roger, we are still reading you, Wally. 

SC that's a zero reading several pulses, 

(garble) reading this one, over, 
CAPCOM Say again. 

SC (garble) reducing the data on this one. 

CAPCOM We have people busy on it, and we 

are watching it right here. 

SC That's it. Do you think it is going 

to reach (garble). I'm back to zero again. (Garble) The 
best exercise in rocket (garble) • 

SC And it's back to zero again. (Garble) 

Canary in about 2 (garble) 

SC You might know it's not precise 

(garble) Canary is mucih more precise than it is (garble) . 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC (garble) give it to you. 

SC 'Well, (garble) from the flight plan 

that 60 percent hydrogen (garble) is nominally at 102 to 
103 (garble) . Are we running pretty much nominally or 
behind or what? 

CAPCOM We are about to lose you here over 

Antigua. We will pick you up at Ascension at 56. 

PAO Apollo Control Houston here 98 

hours and 49 minutes into the flight. A most interesting 
pass. You heard Wally Schirra describe an unusual phenom- 
ena, apparently the crew has noted earlier in the flight, 
and at one point Schirra described it as almost aft atmos- 
pheric effect on the spacecraft. That's at 90 miles out, 
nautical miles, altitude and of course, that communication 
has triggered a lot of people to get busy and look charts 
and look at data. I can imagine they will be busy for 
some time trying to run the answer to that one down. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 984600 (CDT 12:48p) 325/2 

p A 0 This is Apollo Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 985630 (CDT 12:58) 326/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 98 hours, 

56 minutes into the flight and through Ascension, we expect 
contact any moment. We'll standby and keep the line open. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension. 

Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Okay, your line is clear. Wally, on 

this pitch rate, it would help us out a little bit, we 
could get a little bit more data, if you would put your 
GDC on FPAI no. 1. 

SC What we had, was right at 90 degrees. 

We're only locked into a dead band now, Jack. We're right 
about fixed up at 090, straight up. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy. We get better data on that 

?itch rate for - on telemetry, if we can put the GDC on 
PAI no. 1. 

SC I see, okay. Next time we send, we'll 

do that. 

CAPCOM Okay, and - . 

SC It appears, that apparently, we had the 

Spacecraft pointed straight up, the command on the X-axis 
this morning, away from the earth on the radio. 

CAPCOM You say that's when it occurred, when 

the X-axis was pointed away from the earth. 

SC That's the way it was this time, and 

that's the way it seems to be in the past. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine, that gives us a good 

clue . 

SC It's not vibrated around now. 

CAPCOM Okay, has it quit now Wally? 

SC It's (garble) now about 140 degrees, 

vertical . 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine, and relative to Walt's 

question on the hydrogen usage, we figure you're about 1 lb. 
above nominal. 

SC Roger, and we look like we are even 

better off with oxygen. 

CAPCOM That's affirmative. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS 

Ascension. Tananarive at 99 plus 13. 

SC Roger, Jack. Did the Doctor ever say 

anything about using this antibiotic as a preventative 
medicine up here? 

CAPCOM " Standby. Okay Walt, on that question, 

there is really not any need to use - that is the antibiotic, 
they don't feel that would help or cure a cold. 

SC Well, so far, I've been able to resist 

getting one, but if there's someway I could hold it off, 
I would just as soon take the pill, or do you want me to 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 985630 (CDT 12:58p) 326/2 



SC go and catch it, then treat it. 

CAPCOM Okay, we'll pick you up over Tananarive. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 99 hours, 

^ minutes into the flight. You heard Walter Cunningham 
asking about taking an antibiotic for himself in order to 
prevent his getting a cold. At least that's the way we 
understood it and the Doctor advised that would not help 
prevent him from contacting the same cold that bothered 
Donn Eisele and Wally Schirra today. This is Apollo Control 
Houston . 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 991655 (CDT l:19p) 327/1 

p A0 Apollo Control Houston, we're 99 hours, 

16 minutes We had a brief chat with the crew by Tananarive 
a few minutes ago, and from the tone of the conversation 
with Walt Cunningham, it sounded to us like things were 
quieting down X order to let CMP Donn Eisele get to sleep. 
He's according to the flight plan, about 1-1/2 hours to 
2 hourt iSto his sleep cycle. At this point Cunningham 
did ?epor? that the Spacecraft was powering down and here s 

^ W CAP^M reP0Tted Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 
SC ^>gev, Jack, you're 5 by we're an hour 

down in the drifting configuration. «tandine bv 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. We'll be standing oy. 

sc We're going to activate the ... 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 993540 (CDT 1:37P) 328/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 99 hours 

35 minutes. Over Carnarvon a few minutes ago we had this 
conversation . 

Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon, 
(garbled) 

Roger, fine. We've been going over 
the keying test we did over the states, 
questions we would like to ask. One was 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
some the results of 
It leads us to two 



the 



m 



PMP 
SC 
CAPCOM 
done with the panel 
SC 

control head. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

Walt. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

We've added 
CAPCOM 
answer . 

SC 

CMP. 



AUXILIARY? 

Negative 



on my 



And the next question, was the keying 
switch or the mike button? 
I keyed with the mike button 



Okay, thank you. 

(garbled) 

Go ahead. 

You see, we powered 
Would you say again, 



down and (garbled) 
We didn't copy, 



t • 



to the 



I said 
Roger . 
The SPS 
rest . 
Okay, stand 



Roger, mark 15 



ve got the SPS powered down, 
logic button 3 data (garbled) 
by. We'll get you the 

clicks of water for the 



CAPCOM 
SC 

you get an update 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
be 714. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

seem to be (garbled) 



Okay, will do. 

And Jack, when you get a chance would 
on the RCS profile I have onboard? 
Okay and work. 
Thank you. 

Walt, your RCS reading on your plot will 



Roger, 714. 

Apollo 7 (both transmitting at once) 
when we operate the DMP on AUXILIARY 



we 



pretty good check on that aren't we? 
CAPCOM I'm sorry, Walt 

something to you at the same time. 

SC Roger. We have 

CMP powered off fully with an S-band check, 
satisfied for those by an earlier operation 
for some time? (garbled) asking 
that (garbled) auxiliary and what 



I was transmitting 
Can you say again? 
coming up over Carnarvon 
Are we already 
in AUXILIARY 
do you want to continue 
were you saying when I 



transmitted? 

CAPCOM 
to AUXILIARY. 



Okay, Walt 
That puts us in 



We do 
our PCM 



want 
down 



to 
on 



put 
the 



the 
FM. 



PMP 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 993540 (CDT 1:37P) 328/2 

SC (CAPCOM talking also) a long time (garbled) 

like that? 

CAPCOM Walt, we'll hit you at Guam at 99 plus 39 

and Hawaii at 99 plus 53. 

SC Okay, and give me a call if you want 

PMP powered AUXILIARY. 

CAPCOM We want the PMP on AUXILIARY. That's 

just the configuration for the test. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 993908 (CDT: l:40p) 329/1 

CAPCOM Roger; 55. We would like you to put 

your B power to OFF. I didn't copy that last one. Say again 
7 SC Apollo 7, Houston; looks like we're getting 

about 2 by on the com here at Guam. After the pound test 
at Hawaii, we would like to have you comment briefly on the 
result of the scanning telescopes; star count. Star count. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. I read your fly by 

Walt And relative to Wally's question on a SCS logics bus, 
it will save us about two amps and you can turn that switch 
off if you like. we(n ^ . t Qff; it , u coQl u 

down in here a little bit; it's been getting warm and sunny. 

CAPCOM Roger; copy. I said I would. Roger 

copy that You're 1 minute LOS Guam. Hawaii at 99 plus 53. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 995450, (CDT: l:57p) 330/1 

PAO And this is Apollo Control, Houston, 99 

hours, 54 ainutes. The first call has gone up to 7 through 
Hawaii . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Hawaii. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Hawaii. 

PAO Apollo Control, Houston. We're - you 

are getting an earful of why we are taking the circuit down. 
We'll try again when we get to California. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 995810 (CDT 2:00p) 331/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston. We 

have good com now and Schirra is going to give us a window 
report . 

SC The chaff that's on the perimeter is 

fogging around the perimeter. It's a (garble) impression 
about (garble) right now about 1/2 inch into the perimeter, 
that is on a good clear window. The APS window (garble) 
shortly after we had insertion into orbit. Large conden- 
sation now in the inner surface of the inner pane and the 
center of the window, a circle about 1/2 inch in diameter, 
looks like snowflake crystals all across it, actually 
opaque. Window number 4 (garble). Right around the edge, 
are the - inner surface of the inner pane - outer pane 
towards the -Z axis primarily, including from the edge 
(garble) . 

CAPCOM Okay, Apollo 7, Houston. We lost 

you on the handover there, we will pick you up with the 
last half, starting with window 4, when we good contact 
with the Huntsville. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy. Window 3, we caught 

all - (garble) to give us window 4. 

SC (garble) 

SC Do you read Houston? 

CAPCOM Okay, read you 5 by . We are ready 

to copy window 4. 

SC Okay, just to get it on the report, 

we just broke 100 hours. 

CAPCOM Roger, we got that. 

SC Okay. Window number 4 has started 

to cloud, it's on the edge and working its way inward. 
The worst spot now 3/8 to 1/2 - 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

SC Okay (garble) photography. The 

window to the side to starting to get some kind of a film 
on the inner surface of the outer pane, but you have to 
look pretty close to see it. It is still perfectly clear 
for photography. Okay, windows 2 and 4 are all sufficient 
for star work but the other ones are not. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

SC Jack, yesterday was the fifth anni- 

versary of the entry of D. Eisele and W. Cunningham into 
the program. 

CAPCOM We copy that anniversary. 

SC Is it safe to (garble) 

CAPCOM Say again. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM We did't copy that, Wally, Could 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/1S/68, GET: 995810 (CDT 2:00p) 331/2 



you give us window number 1 again? 

SC I think the window is getting worse, 

clouding the vision due to the over board dump. The particles 
depending on the spacecraft attitude seemed to bounce off the 
(garble) over. Do you read? 

CAPCOM Okay, got it. s v 

SC My question was, is Deke Slayton still in house? 

CAPCOM Okay, our comm with the Huntsville is 

deteriorated. We're not reading you too well. We'll pick you 
up over the States. 

SC Okay . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, loud and clear. 

CAPCOM You're loud and clear too. Would you 

get your PMP switch to normal . And then we 
would like to have you configure for the relay mode. 

SC Roger . 

SC Would like you to read out GBC versus 

CMC . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Are you configured 

for the relay test here at Guaymas. 

SC Apollo 7, do you read? 

CAPCOM Roger, Apollo 7, do you read Houston? 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, over. 

CAPCOM Go ahead, 

SC We haven't configured yet Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. I understand you have 

not configured for the relay test. 

SC Roger, I haven't had the -cue yet. 

CAPCOM Okay, we can put your PMP power switch 

to normal and configure for the relay test. 

SC Roger, confirm. Power PMP normal and 

is configured for relay test I ran out of it in order to get the 
contact with you agian. I'm at dupl-ex A now and continue 
to relay. 

CAPCOM Roger, I understand Apollo 7, you're 

configured for relay test. We're now performing the relay 
test. Roger, Apollo, Houston, counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - 
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 performing the relay test. 

CAPCOM Houston performing the relay test - 

1, 2, 3, 4, S - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY 10/15/68, GET: 1000910 (CDT 2:14P) 332/1 

CAPCOM This is Houston performing the relay 

test. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston 

SC Roger, we copied your relay mode check. 
How did it do? 

CAPCOM Well, there is some question on it. Can 
you confirm that you were in the relay mode per your Cora 
slide rule? 

Sc That's affirmative. 

CAPCOM Okay, fine, thank you. 

SC Did it work or did it not? 

CAPCOM Ground didn't copy the relay, so we had 
some question there. 

SC Roger we read you. 

SC Magazine S is 69 west coast of Southern 
Mexico . 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 
END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1002100 (COT 2:23p) 333/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 100 hours, 

21 minutes into the flight. Questions have risen from that 
last pass across the States, actually down through the 
Texas - the Guaymas , Texas, then Antigua area. The test 
being carried out there by our CapCom, Jack Swigert, here 
is a voice relay test wherein he broadcasted a count and 
several other things to the Spacecraft and then the voice 
transmission was to be immediately relayed back to earth. 
We're not just sure yet how successful or how unsuccessful 
the test was. We know it was at least particially successful, 
but the idea is in later flights when we are flying a lunar 
module, we would like to be able to set up this relay con- 
dition from - say pilots or astronauts in a lunar module, 
relay their com through the command module and back down 
to Earth, out at lunar distance, and we are interested in 
seeing just how well that routing works. We have no additional 
comm and this is Apollo Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 10 04700 (CDT 2:49p) 334/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 100 hours, 

47 minutes. Apollo 7, on the night side of this revolution 
coming up on the station at Tananarive now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston 

through Tananarive. Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 

CAPCOM Tananarive M and 0, Houston CapCom, 

are we getting out to you? 

TAN M/0 Houston CapCom, Tananarive M and 0. 

Affirmative, they are copying you. They are very poor, 

very poor. . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston transmitting m the 

blind. We're trying to find a piece of the data for the 
radiator degradation test around 96 hours. This was when 
we were considering terminating the test and Walt can 
you confirm tape recorder ON at that time? Tananarive 
M and 0, did you copy? 

TAN M/0 Tananarive did not copy. Houston CapCom. 

Tananarive M and 0, they Rogered. 

SC (garble) right on the minute. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand you did have it ON. 

Thank you. 

SC That's affirmative. 

PAOCAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS. 

Mercury at 11, 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 100 hours, 

54 minutes. Tananarive has LOS now. Next station to 

acquire will be the tracking ship Mercury at 101 hours, 

11 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1011130 (CDT 3:15p) 335/1 

PAO This Apollo Control, 111 hours and 11 min- 

utes into the mission. Apollo 7 coming up on the Mercury 
now. Guam has overlapping coverage here, but Guam reports 
their unified S-band antenna is not operative this pass and 
Guam will have VHF capability only. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Mercury standing by. 

SC Roger. Say, Ron, I wanted to confer 

that we rechecked our switches at the relay mode and everything 
is considered appropriate (garble) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Apollo 7, Houston, do you read us? 

CAPCOM I missed part of your comments there, 

but the relay mode worked okay. 

SC Oh, it did work okay? Jack indicated 

that the U S-band wasn't conclusive. 

CAPCOM No, that was our mistake, it worked okay. 

SC Okay, and I understand we have the same 

check coming up in a couple of hours? 

CAPCOM Say it again. What check? 

SC It will be the same thing coming up for 

a new check over Hawaii in a couple of hours and I wanted 
to confer that we did turn on the tape recorder for all of 
the data points, and one of them we were 3 or 4 minutes late 
on the test, but the one in question that you asked about 
I believe we turned on right on the dot. 

CAPCOM Okay, Rog. Thank you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. (garble) 

SC We're on the frame 75 magazine (garble) 0. 

we're in the sunrise (garble) 

CAPCOM Say it again, Wally. Not too clear 

there . 

SC We're in 75 magazine back 0 (garble) 0 

(garble) station at sunrise (garble) by ivory. 
CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

PAO Apollo Control at 101 hours 20 minutes 

Guam has LOS now. Hawaii will acquire in about 8 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET 

This 



is Apollo control 
now 



1012840 (CDT 3:30 p) 336/1 
101 hours 28 



PAO 

minutes, Apollo 7 at Hawaii now. There's overlapping cover- 
age with the tracking ship Huntsville and then into the 
California station and then into the Guaymas Mexico station, 
by for communication during these passes. 

Apollo 7, Houston, one line flight plan 



We'll stand 
CAPCOM 
update . 

SC 

CAPCOM 

at 



Go ahead. 
Roger, at 



102 plus 20 delete CRYO test 

50 



percent 



this time. 

SC Roger, we did it earlier, at 

CAPCOM Roger, we're estimating 60 - you'll have 

about 60 percent 02 at about 134 hours something like that. 
We'll update later on. 



SC 
mean. 

CAPCOM 
SC 

flight plan item on 
60 percent so we'll 
minus 5 . 



Roger, the 02 will be done later, you 



That * s af f i rmat i ve . 
Very well, we can just 
that, it's supposed to 
just do it when it get 



have a standing 
be done at 
to 60 plus or 



CAPCOM 


Sounds good. 


SC 


Can we have a chart update too? 


CAPCOM 


Say again. 


SC 


A chart update. 


CAPCOM 


Wilco, standby. 


CAPCOM 


Apollo 7, Houston, I have your map 


update. 




SC 


Go ahead. 


CAPCOM 


Roger, rev 64, GET 101 plus 06 plus 52, 
east, right ascension 04 plus 54. 


longitude 106.8 


SC 


Roger, thank you. 


CAPCOM 


Apollo 7, Houston, we found the data in 


question on the 


RAD test. 


SC 


Roger, thank you. 


CAPCOM 


Huntsville two way log signal, too 


weak for valid 


range . 


CAPCOM 


Huntsville two way log, valid range. 


PAO 


Apollo control at 101 hours 37 minutes 



this is the point 
photographing the 
deposits that are 



by through this pass 



windows in an attempt to record the 

on the windows. We'll continue to stand 



LMP 



SC 
CAPCOM 
SC 

(garble) 
CAPCOM 



Houston, Apollo 7. 

Houston, go. 

This is CMP, (garble) 



the waters on, the 



Awful garbled, Walt, say again 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY. 10/H/6*. GET: 1012840 (CDT 3:30 p) ^i>/2 

qr TMs is the CMP , (garble). , 

CAPCOM I cann't read you here, we'll pick that 

- nick you ud in Guaymas in about 2 minutes. 

P daa This is Apollo control 101 hours 5b 

center now and we're e=a.n<i(.i-t. - 1V 

aPPr °?ipC0M iy ^ ""polio 7, Houston, say again your last 
translation now. ^ p _ x ^ just having some water 

15 dicks for LMP and 3C clicKs fjr the -excuse me 15 
clicks for the CMP and 30 clicks for the LMP. 
CAPCOM Roger, tnsr.* ycu. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/14/68, GET: 1014040 (CDT 3:45p)337/l 

CAPCOM Thirty seconds LOS Tananarive at 20. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1022210 (CDT 4:25) 338/1 

PA0 This is Apollo control 102 hours 22 

minutes, Apollo 7 is over Tananarive. There has been no 
conversation yet, Capcom Ron Evans put in a call a few 
moments ago and informed them we were standing by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 2 minutes to LOS, 

Tananarive, Mercury at 43. 

PAO Apollo control at 102 hours 29 minutes, 

Tananarive has LOS now. We're in a quiet time in the flight 
plan, we had nothing to pass up to Apollo 7 during this pass 
and obviously they did not feel the need to communicate with 
us. The next station to acquire will be the Mercury at 
102 hours 43 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1024400 (CDT 4:45 p) 339 

pA0 This is Apollo control at 102 hours 43 

minutes and we'll monitor the Apollo 7 pass over the 
tracking ship Mercury now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, Mercury standing by. 

Sc Roger, loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Roger, same. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Houston, go. 

sc Roger, you can give Walt credit tor 

12 clicks of water and give me 3. 

CAPCOM Wilco. . 

sc And the water's tasting very good, so 

we'll chlorinate one more time and see how bad it gets, and 
let that be the last dose, 

CAPCOM I understand what you're saying. 

SC Okay, thank you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC garble. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, you're unreadable. 

sc Don't forget that we should chlorinate 

every other day, so we'll see how that works out. 

CAPCOM ARIA. A a 

sc Is the ARIA in the relay mode. 

CAPCOM Walt, thats affirmative, reconfigure 

for relay modes prior to 103 plus 02. 

sc Wilco. Okay we'll be on duplex A as 

we eo over the hill now. 

CAPCOM Affirmative. And Walt, we'd like you 

to cycle 02 tank two fans, on for five minutes then off. 

SC Affirmative. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, opposite OMNI. 

sc Ron, we just made a big discovery, I 

just turned the 02 fans number two down on and it started 
by DET in the lower equipment bay. 

CAPCOM Beautiful, 

Sc Bid you read that, Ron. 

CAPCOM Affirmative, DET in the LEB started 

when you turned the fans on. - 

SC That's correct. 

Sc Always excitement up here. That lends 

credence to the theory that it does touch the spacecraft. 

CAPCOM Say your last comment, waliy. 

Sc That lends credence to the theory that 

(garble) do all touch the spacecraft. . , . + , 

CAPCOM Roger, we we'll read it back on the 

tape, I still didn't get you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1024400 (CDT 4:45p) 339/2 

CAPCOM Opposite OMNI. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/15/68, GET: 1025040 (CDT 4:52P) 340/1 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 30 seconds LOS. Hawaii 

at 02. 

SC Roger. 

PAO Apollo Control at 102 hours 51 minutes. 

The Mercury has LOS now. During the pass over Hawaii at 
103 hours 02 minutes the voice relay test will be run again. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1030215 (CDT 5:05p) 341/1 



Do 



PAO 
2 minutes 
pass . 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
try it again 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
Break Hawaii 

CAPCOM 
check . I'm trying 
be transmitting my 



This is Apollo Control at 
Apollo 7 is at Hawaii now. We'll 



103 hours 
monitor this 



read you loud, and 
re a little weak. 
Houston. Would you 

Houston . 
Houston . 



clear , 



like to 



Houston . 
Roger, we 
Rog. You 1 
'Apollo 7, 
you read? 
Apollo 7, 
Apollo 7, 
Roger. 

Roger. You're not coming back very well. 
S-Band uplink inhibit. 
Apollo 7, Houston for a backup voice 
to bring it up to you on 259.7. You should 
voice back down to Hawaii on the U S-B 

link, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 to Houston CAPCOM, transmitting 

for a voice relay mode. Transmitting up to you on 259.7. 
My voice should be coming back through the spacecraft and 
back down to Hawaii on the U S-B. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston request that telemetry 

command to reset momentarily and in normal at LOS. 



M$0. 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

get a relay check? 

CAPCOM 
I think it's okay. 

SC 

this is Wally, 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



Roger, do you read Ron? 

Affirmative. Loud and clear now. 

Okay, you're transmitting okay. Did you 

I still haven't got a reading here yet. 



I '11 call 



Okay, we read you 
Hello this is Wally. 
Go ahead. 

Dis you call us a COMSAT? 
A time check? 

No, did you call us a COMSAT? 
I can't understand. Say it again 
Did you call us a COMSAT? 
Rog. You are a COMSAT. 
Roger . 

I'm a little deaf . 
Huntsville (Garble) down range. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 1 minute LOS. 



Hello, 



Wally, 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1031230 (CDT: 5:15p)342/l 



CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, one minute LOS break, 

be advised voice relay quality was good. Apollo 7 Houston 
at Tananarive at five four. 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 103 hours, 13 

minutes. The Huntsville has LOS now. That ship had over- 
lapping coverage with Hawaii. The voice relay test was 
successfully conducted over the Hawaii station. This is the 
test that simulates transmitting to the LM, the lunar module 
through the command module. The voice relay quality was 
reported as good. The next station to acquire Apollo 7 will 
be Tananarive at 103 hours, 54 minutes. This is Mission 
Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1035450 (CDT 6:00p) 343/1 

PAO This is Apollo control at 103 hours 

54 minutes, Apollo coming up on the Tananarive station now, 
in its 66 revolution. We'll stand by to monitor this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through Tananarive, 

standing by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, standing by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through Tananarive. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, join Tananarive 

through Mercury at 18. 

PAO This is Apollo control, 104 hours and 

2 minutes, Tananarive has LOS now. There was no conversation 
during that pass. The tracking ship Mercury will acquire 
at 104 hours 18 minutes. This is mission control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1041805 (CDT 6:20P) 344/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 104 hours .18 min- 

utes and the Mercury has acquired Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

Mercury M and 0, Houston Capcom, are we getting out to you? 
Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. Transmitting in the 
blind. Flight plan update at 106 plus zero zero 02 fuel 
cell purge. Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. LOS 
Mer- Hawaii at 36. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 104 hours 25 min- 

utes. Mercury has LOS now. We were unable to establish 
voice contact with the Apollo 7 through this pass. However, 
we were getting good telemetry and it shows that the space- 
craft looks good according to the flight controllers here in 
Control Center. Hawaii will acquire at 104 hours 36 minutes. 
This is Mission Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY 10/15/68, GET: 1043600 (CDT 6:40p)345/l 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 104 hours, 36 

minutes and Hawaii is acquiring Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Hawaii. 

Apollo 7 Houston through Hawaii. Apollo 7 Houston. Apollo 
7 Houston. Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC This is Apollo 7, do you read me? 

CAPCOM Rog, read you loud and clear now. 

SC Okay, have you tried to contact the 

Mercury? 

CAPCOM Affirmative. 

SC Sorry about that, I didn't get back in 

to the right configuration after that reel check. 

CAPCOM Yeah, we were switching around there and 

were going to try that in the air to Hawaii if we didn't 
catch you. Okay, Wally, I've got a log data for you and 
also would like some onboard readouts. Apollo 7 Houston, do 
you read? Apollo 7 Houston. Apollo 7 Houston. Apollo 7 
Houston. Apollo 7 Houston. Apollo 7 Houston, we'll pick 
you up in the Mercury at 104, belay that, at 105, 52. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 104 hours, 42 

minutes. Hawaii has LOS now. We didn't have too much com- 
munication there, apparently for a while the spacecraft was 
still in that relay test configuration. We talked to them 
briefly but then we had some land line problems in the com- 
munications network. Apollo 7 now starts a long sweep where 
it will be out of voice contact. The next station to acquire 
that's capable of voice is the tracking ship Mercury at 105 
hours, 52 minutes. This is Mission Control Houston. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control at 105 hours 

06 minutes. Apollo 7 has just started its 67th revolution. 
We're out of range o£ tracking stations until we get to the 
Mercury. We will get some telemetry at Pretoria, but no 
voice capability there. We estimate acquiring at the Mercury 
at 105 hours 52 minutes. This is Mission Control, Houston. 

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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1053000 (CDT 7 : 30p) 347/1 

PAO This is Apollo control at 105 hours 

30 minutes, Apollo 7 is over Africa on its 67 revolution. 
We've just ended the period set aside in the flight plan for 
the commander and the lunar module pilot to eat and the 
command module pilot is still in his sleep period. We've 
been out of voice contact with Apollo 7 since the Hawaii 
station. We'll acquire at Mercruy at 105 hours 52 minutes. 
This is mission control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1055130 (CDT 7:55p)348/l 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 105 hours and 

51 minutes, Apollo 7 coming up on the Mercury now. We'll 
listen to this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Mercury. 

SC Roger, loud and clear 

CAPCOM Roger, the same, Walt 

SC We're going to take the block data this 

pass ? 

CAPCOM Roger, block data to follow. Zero 69 

dash three Charlie, plus 190, plus 1300, 108 plus 47 plus 
28, 2888, 070 dash Alpha Charlie plus 043 minus 0230, 109 
plus 37, plus 434082. Zero 71 dash Alpha Charlie, plus 128 
minus 0320111 plus 10, plus 333308, 072 dash two Alpha plus 
255 minus 0270112 plus 48 plus 123484, 073 dash one Bravo 
plus 210 minus 0615114 plus 13 plus 043590, 074 dash one 
bravo plus 279 minus 0645115 plus 48 plus 123455, Houston 
over . 

SC Roger, I read that. Can you get someone 

to check our main 02 rates? 

CAPCOM Roger, we're standing by. 

SC Okay, Roger, this (garbled) 69, 0693 

Charlie plus 190 plus 13001084728, 1888070 plus Charlie plus 
043 minus 230, 1093743, 4082071 Alpha Charlie plus 128 minus 
0320111 plus 10 plus 333808, 0722 Alpha plus 255 minus 0270 
11248123484, 0721 Bravo plus 210 minus 0615, 11413043590 
0741 Bravo plus 279 minus 06451154812 (static) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, your read back is 

correct, correct pressure now is 104. 

SC Roger, I'll switch rings and give 

another one . 

CAPCOM 103 

SC 103, we are GO on ECS readout and we've 

just changed our cannister now. 

CAPCOM Roger, and flight plan update lock and 

fuel cell 02 purge at 106 plus 00. 

SC Roger, are we coming up LOS? 

CAPCOM Roger, about one minute to LOS. I can 

give you a figure 3 dash 1 on your RCS update, if you want. 

SC Go ahead 

CAPCOM Roger, at 104 hours you have a total of 

715, your SCS red line is 583 your damp red line 520, hybrid red 
line 247 and those are points to plot on your curve. 

SC Very good (garbled) 

CAPCOM Yeah, it's looking good. Be advised 

that quad A, as far as the quad red line, is just right on 
the SCS red line, all others are in good shape. 

SC Rog, what happened to your transition of 

water? Did you break up on the land line? 



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CAPCOM Affirmative. Broke up on the land line. 

SC Okay, standing by for Redstone. 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 105 hours, 58 

minutes. Mercury has LOS now. We updated the crew on this 
pass with what they call the block up date. That's reentry 
information the flight crew would need if it should have to 
reenter during the next few revolutions when it's essen- 
tially off the tracking range. We gave them the information 
through rev 74. We also gave them a report on their total 
RCS propellant has 715 pounds remaining and that gives us 
plenty of capability for the backup modes of deorbit using 
the RCS system instead of the service propulsion system if 
that should be necessary. Wally Schirra reported that they 
had just completed changing the lithium hydroxide cannister 
there are two of these cannisters in the system, one is 
changed every 12 hours, the lithium hydroxide removes the 
carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Apollo 7 will miss the 
Guam station this time also the Hawaii station. The next 
station to acquire is the tracking ship Redstone in the 
South Pacific, acquisition there at 106 hours, 24 minutes. 
This is Mission Control Houston. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1062400 (CDT 8:25 PM) 349/1 



PAO 
As Apollo 



Apollo Control at 106 hours 24 minutes. 
con?es within range cf the Redstone tracking ship, 



Donn Eisele should be awake and perhaps eating breakfast. 
Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham should be beginning their 

We'll stand by through this pass. 
Apollo 7, Houston through Redstone 



sleeping period. 
" CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
readouts I " d like 
SC 

CAPCOM 
and the oxidizer 
SC 



Roger, Houston, five by five 
Rog. (garble) Walt, I have some onboard 
to get. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. SPS fuel and Oxidizer quantity 
unbalanced, if any. 

Our (garble) is not working 



I 



so I haven't paid any attention to 
unbalanced reading of minus 30 0 or 
jumps around during during a burn, 
anything at all. The SPS quantity 
oxidizer, 18.2 percent fuel. Over. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy, and 

RCS propellant quantity 



was told 
it, but I show the oxidizer 
decreased 300 and it kinda 
and I don't think it means 
is remaining 17.15 percent 



your service module 



there 



cent 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



v c u r 



bat C volts, while you're over 



( garble) 
I missed 
Okav, the 



t . S ay 
(garble) 



it again 
gage is 



about 51 per- 



5o percent 



Roger 
Bat C. 
Ropr- =■ . 

: . c r jj, 62 percent 
Roger . 



test 



) A 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
meters 5 and 
SC 

Bat bus 3 is 
6D is 5 volts 

CAPCOM Roger, 
5 volts, and Bat C we still need. 

SC Okay, Bat C coming 

volts and our present plans are not to 
ule RCS in our deorbit. 

CAPCOM We concur ; so far. 

SC Any late breaking news in Houston, Ron? 

CAPCOM Say it again 



(garble) we don't count. 

Still clear. 

Your bat C volts and your systems 
through D, when you get a chance. 

Roger, Bat bus A is reading 36 volts; 
reading 36.2 volts ; 5C is 5 volts; 5D is 5 volts 
; 6C is 5 volts; &B is 5 volts; 6A is 5 volts. 
Roger, copy. All systems tests are 

J. . 

Bat C shows 36.3 
heat the command mod- 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 



What's the latest news 
I have Lima Sierra for 
Well, go ahead (garble) 



in Houston? 
you . 



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CAPCOM 



a Sierra Fox Trot at 075 
SC 

072/061 . 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC 6572/65. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 

a cycle 02 fan for 

SC 



Roger. Lima Sierra, 072/061, and I have 
Sierra Fox at 075, (garble) Lima Sierra 



- Apollo 7, Houston, request 
5 minutes in auto 
Okay. Ron, we've been reading every one 
in auto, is that yours too, Ron? 

CAPCOM We started out the other way and then 

Donn had it the other way, 



SC 



It's in auto and the other one is cycled 



on your callouts, right 



CAPCOM 
in auto and tank 
SC 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 



That's affirmative, so you have tank 1 
fans cycling now. 
(garble) 5 minutes. 
Purge on time. 
Apollo 7 Houston (Garble) 
7, Houston. We have 1 minutes to LOS. 
Our 02 is about 63 pounds above the nominal flight plan at 
this time and the H2 is about a half pound above the nominal 
flight plan. So we're in good shape. 
SC Very good. 

PAO This Apollo Control at 106 hours 31 min- 

utes. The Redstone has LOS now. Obviously, the commander 
and the lunar module pilot have not settled down for the night 
yet, even though their sleep period started at 106 hours on 
the flight plan. The majority of this pass was devoted to 
updating and to getting onboard readouts of various systems 
including the SPS propellant quantities, the service module 
RCS propellant quantities and battery voltage readings. Next 
station to acquire will be Ascension. At 106 hours 50 minutes, 
this is Mission Control, Houston. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1065010 (CDT 8:55p) 350/1 



PAO This is Apollo control at 106 hours 

50 minutes, Apollo 7 is approaching range at Ascension now, 
we'll stand by there. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, Ascension standing 

by. 

SC Roger, thank you Evans any more local 

news or any reports . 

CAPCOM Roger, I can give you, just like the 

end of the mission now, predicted the word I have, 25 per- 
cent 02 up, and about 6.8 percent H2 up. 

SC Roger, I understand, that sounds good. 

It about what I predicted on earlier (garble) isn't it. 

CAPCOM I think so. On the fuel cells perform- 

ance is right down the middle, purging is turning out 
nominal, looks like we'll plan to purge 02 immediately prior 
to the SPS burn and this should improve the low charging 
characteristics between the fuel cell and the battery. 

SC Roger, I understand and is the SPS the left 

burn nominally what it is in the flight plan. 

CAPCOM The SPS burns are still per flight 

plans , yes . 

SC Roger, thank you. Did they tell you the 

purging water carriage at SPS burn, too. 
CAPCOM Say again, Wally. 

SC I don't know whether you got the report 

or not but there's vast water collecting all over the 
plumbing on the ECS, and it forms rather large blobs that 
we're going to have to take off before getting a burn going again. 
That's it, Apollo. 

CAPCOM Roger, I understand you want to collect 

all the water at one place. 

SC Yeah, that on the aft bulkhead. 

SC Burn check list. Did you get to see 

the TV picture where the wall-to-wall (garble) is kind of sharp today. 

CAPCOM Yes, we did, it came through real good. 

SC Yes, how has that on board TV been 

showing up could you detect our motion or are we moving too 
fast or what? 

CAPCOM No i's real good if you have a real 

fast movement, you get a little bit of a blur, but just in 
the floating movements it turns out real - real fine, it's 
amazing, it's much better than any thing I've ever seen in 
ground testing. 

SC That's good. Is this being taped during the 

(garble) prepared as so we cart see it. 
CAPCOM Yea, it's taped. 

SC Yea, okay. 



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SC Donn said he (garble) , but six years ago 

he got to me that way. 

CAPCOM Missed that Wally. 

SC Six years ago he asked me that question, 

only I had a tape on board and I was about three minutes out 
ort an At las . 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC You still there, Ron. 

CAPCOM Affirm. 

SC What's the status of our tape recorder, 

have you dumped it recently. 

CAPCOM Roger, the last two passes we had over 

the Mercury it wasn't quite as good, we're checking it out 
at Redstone now it was good up until that time 

SC 

have time. 



CAPCOM 
switch in forward, 
SC 

CAPCOM 
update . 
SC 

CAPCOM 
55 longitude 15.9 
PAO 



Roger, how about a chart update if you 
Roger. Put your tape recorder forward 



It is . 

Roger, and here's your flight plan 



Go ahead. 

Rev 68, GET is node 107 plus 01 plus 
east right ascension 04 plus 47. 

We have LOS at Ascension, don't know 
whether all that last update got up there or not. During 
this pass we informed the crew of the predictions that 
at the end of the mission we'll have 25 percent of the 
oxygen left 6.8 percent of the hydrogen remaining. We 
also told them that the fuel cells were performing well. 
There was a discussion of the water condensation on the 
environmental control system plumbing, the crew pointed 
this out during the television transmission this morning, 
and there was considerable discussion of the quality of the 
TV and the crew seemed to want confirmation that it was 
being taped on the ground. They obviously want to take 
a look at it when they get back. Next station to acquire 
will be the Mercury at 107 hours 26 minutes. This is 
mission control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1072630 (CDT: 9:30p) 351/1 



PAO 
26 minutes 
Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM 
through Mercury. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
ready to copy. 

SC 

CAPCOM 

B 30.2 



This is Apollo Control at 107 hours 
and the tracking ship Mercury is about to acquire 



Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston 



A 32 



A 24 



7 , in 

SC 

CAPCOM 

8 , and 

SC 

CAPCOM 



35 



Got you Houston, loud and clear 
Roger, I have battery status if 
Apollo 7, Houston, output on me . 
Go ahead with the status. 
Roger, you presently have three 
in C 39.5 amber hours. 
Roger . 

For predeorbit, you will have an 
B 22.2, and C 39.5 for total of 86.5 amber 
Roger . 

Predicted post finding time will be 



you ' re 



in 



hours 



The only thing 
batteries till 



hours . 

SC Roger, understand Ron. 

we have on battery charge is supporting the 
your on a hydra deorbit. 

CAPCOM Rog, we concur. You might be interested 

it's believed that we've had a slight change in the battery 
charger characteristics. As a function of altitude sets up 
the charging voltage that the battery terminals is about 
2 to 3 tenths volts lower than normal, and this would account 
for the decreased charging current. We're continuing ground 

define this anomaly. 

I thought this was done subsequent to 



testing 

SC 



to better 



our 



off, 



is 
on 

it. 



lift-off. 
CAPCOM 
SC 
Ron . 
CACOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
anticipated at 
time for all 

SC 



Say again, Wally 
You say this was 



done after we took 



That's affirmative. 

Yeh, it's good work to find it out. 
Yeh, right. No additional battery charge 
this time. We recommend minimizing battery 
burns . 

That's kind of hard to do, but we'll do 



CAPCOM 
SC 

get down on watch 

CAPCOM 
sleep . 

SC 

system power up. 



Roger . 

(garbled) We're going 
shortly. He'll be with 
Roger, understand. Have 



to wake up and 
you on next go. 

good night * s 



Good-night. Ron, did 
We had it rendered here 



you have PF-5 

on the flight plan 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1072630 (CDT: 9:30p) 351/2 

here. At about 107, 20. 

CAPCOM Roger, it's in there. We're checking 

on it right now. 

SC Can you hold off on it a little yet. 

If you do, you get it on Donn Eisele at the next Redstone. 

CAPCOM Roger, there's no problem there. It's 

just to run the State vector up. 

SC Yeh. I guess I'd like to put the iron 

on the fire of that battery charge status. 

CAPCOM Affirmative, we're still working on it. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM Walt, we've got the 101 backup batteries 

in Downey, and we're running tests on those tonight. 
SC Alright. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, opposite OMNI. 

SC Hold off. Yeh, Ron tomorrow maybe you 

can add a Baker-tare update to that. 
CAPCOM Baker-tare? 

SC That's the other one I mentioned to you. 

Plus you gave me that for the Lima Sierra. 

CAPCOM That is after the slant. 

SC Oh. Oh, Ron how about the longitude 

on that chart update, we missed it. 

CAPCOM Roger, just a second. 

CAPCOM Rog, REV 68. 

SC Roger, GO. I mean - 107, 128255, what's 

longitude . 

CAPCOM Roger, longitude 15.9 east. Right 

Ascension 04 plus 47. 

END OF TAPE 



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CAPCOM Right, Ascension 04 plus 47. 

SC Ascenion 1070255 is the time, right? 

CAPCOM That's roger, and request Bat C readout, 
again. Missed it the last time. 

SC Bat C is 36.1 or 2. 

CAPCOM Roger 36.4. 

SC 36.2. 

CAPCOM 36.2, Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 107 hours 



38 minutes. During this pass, we got a rundown on the 
battery power. As you heard, we do not anticipate having 
to charge the batteries again. There is plenty of power 
through the remainder of the mission, plus the capability 
for 35 hours post-landing. The battery charger apparently 
is not charging quite up to specification. It is believed 
this may be the change in characteristics because of altitude, 
and a test to try to resolve this problem will be run tonight 
at the North American Rockwell plant in Downey, California. 
The next station to acquire is the tracking ship Redstone. 
At 107 hours 57 minutes, this is Mission Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1075750 (CDT 10:00)353/1 



PAO Apollo Control at 107 hours, 57 minutes 

and the Redstone has just acquired Apollo 7. There is no 
activity scheduled in the flight plan at this time. We have 
indications that the pass at Guam that the - that Wally 
Schirra and Walt Cunningham were going to sleep. We'll 
stand by through this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Redstone. 

Apollo 7 Houston. Apollo 7 Houston, 

SC Hello Houston, Apollo 7, I'm reading 

you. 

CAPCOM Rog. Good morning. 

SC Hello, how are you? 

CAPCOM Now getting along in good shape. Donn, 

on this begin I think that Walt gave me that Bravo instead 
Charlie voltage last time, request Batt Charlie voltage. 

SC Okay, stand by one minute. 

CAPCOM Will, go. Okay, I wonder how much it 

would foul them up if they delayed eating until they were on 
TV 

SC Ron, I read Batt C as 36 volts. 

CAPCOM Rog, I understand Batt Charlie 36 volt. 

SC I think that's down a little, I believe 

its about 37 since we got up here. 

CAPCOM We concur. Apollo 7 Houston one minute 

LOS Ascension at 23 

SC Roger, Ascension at 23 understand. 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 108 hours, 6 

minutes. Redstone has LOS. All of the transmissions that 
time were by command module pilot, Donn Eisele, indicating 
that Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham have settled down for 
the night. Apollo 7 is about to enter its 68 revolution. 
The next station to acquire will be Ascension at 108 hours, 
23 minutes. This is Mission Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1082330 (CDT 10:25p) 354/1 



PAO This is Apollo control 108 hours 23 

minutes into the mission. Ascension has just acquired 
Apollo 7. We haven't put in a call yet, but we'll stand 
by to monitor this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, Ascension standing 

by. 

SC Do you read, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger, loud and clear. 

SC garble. 

CAPCOM I missed that Donn , say again. 

SC Roger, 15 clicks of the water gone. 

CAPCOM Roger, got it. 

SC Okay. I just had a good, solid 8 hours 

sleep and I feel pretty good. I've got a physical head 
cold, but other than that every things going fine. 

CAPCOM Okay, sounds good then. 

SC My only concern right now is whats going 

to happen to my ears when we reentry, but I hope by then 
I'll get over it . 

CAPCOM We kind of feel that you will and we 

hope anyhow. 

SC I guess we'll cross that when we come 

to it . 

CAPCOM Rog. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go. 

CAPCOM Rog, we've had a little concern about 

the voice quality on the DSR there the last couple of dumps 
and what we would like you to do is after this pass go 
ahead and talk into the tape recorder, mention the time 
on it and then give us a time at the next station area and 
we can play it back and check it out that way real good. 

SC ■ Roger, you say you want me to record 

something on the tape and read the time on to it so you 
can check it next pass, is that right? 

CAPCOM Affirmative, and then give us a time 

that you were talking into it . 

SC Okay will do. Ron, I've got some 

results of a sextant star count we needed about 98 hours. 

CAPCOM Roger, ready to copy. 

SC Okay, at sunrise - first of all the 

Moon was in the field of vieiv and thats tends to wipe out 
a lot of stars, but at sunrise I counted 12 stars at 
plus 4 two stars plus 8 one star and plus 12 three stars. 

CAPCOM Roger, I copy. 

SC Then they all went away, except a 

couple of bright ones right after sunrise, at sunset minus 
12 4 minus 8 15 minus 4 30 and at sunset I saw 40 or more. 



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SC Of course, this was at the other 

attitude when the Moon was not in the field of view. I 
could see the constellation Sagittarius very plainly and 
all the other major stars in the telescope at that time. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC I recommend that we knock off the 

remaining star count on the basis that we don't need - 
really need window shades up to get dark adapted because 
even if you are dark adapted if you look in a telescope 
infiltered with light, it ruins it anyway, and the best 
way to get dark adapted is to put your eyeball up there and 
leave it there for several minutes. 

CAPCOM - Okay, I see, so the window shades are 

not doing you any good, is what you're saying there, right? 

SC I think so, yea, I don't think the 

window shades would help that much. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC It's not the sunlight coming in the 

windows that keeps you from getting dark adapted anyway. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC 1 had roughfully the same sort of light' 

pattern in the telescope that I had on the earlier test, 
there was a bright ring around the edge of it and a broad 
band across the middle of it, and this light pattern didn't 
disappear (garble) . 

CAPCOM All right. 

SC In fact on that second check come to 

think of it there wasn't any band across the middle, it 
was pretty clean scope and I think it had to do just with 
the respect to the Earth, how close it is and the direction 
your looking. 

CAPCOM I understand. 

CAPCOM Donn. 

SC Yea. 

CAPCOM We never got the sunset - the sunset 

part of that first star count thing there, if it's convenient 
in your log, we'll take that. 

SC - Roger, I understand you did not get the 

data on the first one. 

CAPCOM We got the sunrise part of it, but not 

the sunset part of it. 

SC Roger, at sunset we had thinning going 

on and it wiped it out completely. 

CAPCOM Oh, I see, Okay. 

SC There are so many fireflys, snow flakes 

out there I couldn't see - tell the stars fromthe flakes. 
CAPCOM I understand. 

CAPCOM 30 seconds LOS, we'll pick you up at 



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CAPCOM Mercury on the hour. 

SC Okay . 

p A 0 This is Apollo Control at 108 hours, 

32 minutes, very good voice quality that time. Apollo 7 
split the ring* of acquisition on ascension pass almost 
directly overhead at ascension. Don Eisele gave a very 
good report on the daylight start count, reported that he 
eot a solid 8 hours sleep and that despite the head cold, 
he feels pretty good. The next station to acquire will be 
the Tracking Ship Mercury at 109 hours. This is Mission 
Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET : 1090040 (CDT ll:00p) 355/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control. We are now 

109 hours into the mission. The spacecraft has just been 
acquired over the tracking ship Mercury and the Cap Com is 
putting in a call to the crew. 
- SC (cut off) 

CAPCOM Roger, loud and clear. 

SC Well I put a short test recording on 

the tape about, well it was 108:44. 

CAP COM Roger, copy. 

SC That's give or take a few seconds. 

I think it was 108:33:40 actually. 

CAP COM Roger, (pause) Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAP COM Rog» Donn. Do you have time to give 

us a little run. down where you found out the best place to 
sleep is. 

SC Yeah, we're still sleeping in the 

couch space and that :;ccms to work out best. We've tried 
... and tried keeping strapped down in the ... range and 
the latter seems to be better off. You can also sleep in 
the couches strapped down I guess but if there's more than 
one person you're kind of in the way. Another problem with 
sleeping under the couch, at least on the right, side, I 
haven't checked the left, but I know on the right it tends 
to get hot. under there for some reason. Not hot, but a 
little warmer than the rest of the spacecraft. I don't 
think there's ... situation. 

CAP COM Rog, thank you Donn. We copied. 

Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Hev, you did it. 

CAP COM Mr'. Eisele. 

SC That's right. 

CAP COM Donn, what's the word - what's the 

configuration of your window shades when you have most of 
them asleep? Do you have most of your window shades up? 

SC Ah, negative. We haven't even pulled 

down a shade the whole flight. 

CAP COM Okay. 

SC If there seems to be a problem when 

your asleep, you just bury your head under something down 
under the couch and you don't even notice the sunlight much. 

CAP COM Okay. Let me ask you one other ques- 

tion, strike this out, what about with respect to that- tele- 
scope and stars in the daytime, can you ascertain anything 
at all until you have passed the terminator out of the tele- 
scope? 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1090040 (CDT lUOOp) 3S5/2 

SC No, we started out to, ah, you mean 

coming into sunset? 

CAP COM Yeah, in other words doing a P-51 

during daytime. 

SC Roger. If you lucked out and happen 

to end up at the optimum position, that is in other words 
well away from the Earth and also well away from the Sun, I 
believe that, ah, say five to ten minutes from sunset or 
sunrise you'd probably could see it. Like last night, at 
that one setting, .-. .there I could have done an alinement 
but the problem of the P-Sl is that we don't have an align- 
ment to start with and you don't know how to place the set- 
ting. 

CAP COM Yeah. Alrighty real fine. 

SC ... got, ah, if you already had an 

alignment, you'd just rather do a fine align, we could do 
that okay, (cut out) and I asked the ... sextant daylight. 

CAP COM Okay. (pause) Apollo 7, Houston 

opposite omni. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Alright, LOS Redstone at 32. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Mission Control. We've lost 

contact now with the spacecraft as it moved over the horizon 
and out of range of the Guam tracking station. We had over- 
lapping coverage at that pass from the Mercury and the sta- 
tion at Guam, spacecraft passing almost directly overhead 
both stations. We will be acquiring again in just about 
20 minutes at the Redstone in the South Pacific. Here in 
Mission Control Center at the present time we're in the 
midst of a change of shift of Flight Director Gene Kranz 
who will be going off and who will be replaced on the flight 
director council by Jerry Griffin and at the Cap Com position 
we'll have Astronaut Bill Pogue taking over from Ron Evans. 
At 109 hours 14 minutes into the mission, this is Apollo 
Control . 



END OF TAPE 



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Yeah. 

I don't know. I've never been precisely 
look. I don't believe you can though, 
let's - 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 109 hours, 

32 minutes. I have just put in a call to the crew, and we 
pick up conversations over the Redstone. 

SC (garble) Is that better? 

CAPCOM Say again, slower, I couldn't read you. 

All right, disregard. Apollo 7, Houston. How do you read? 

SC Loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Okay, you're coming in loud and clear. 

Before we have some quiet targets, I would like to ask you 
a couple more of questions, Don. When you're in the local 
horizontal attitude, can you observe these horizons without 
the rendezvous windows below you? 

SC You mean how far along the impact can 

you see? 

CAPCOM 
SC 

in that attitude to 

CAPCOM Okay, well, 

SC Now in that stage, Tom, we have never 

really done any precise local horizontal maneuvers yet. 

CAPCOM Okay, well, in the next day or so if 

you get a chance I wish you would do that so we can get our 
simulators calibrated. And also out the side windows, the 
one and side window when you're in local horizontal, if you 
will just make a pencil mark there, we can then get our 
simulators calibrated to that. 

SC Okay, a good time to do that may be in 

the land mark tracking, 14 lined up local, horizontal any- 
way . 

CAPCOM Okay, if you can just make a note of 

that and check because it will sure help us in getting these 
- you know these quad 30 datas for the simulators and also 
pass on to the other crews. 

SC Okay, will do. Incidentally, 

of the simulator are pretty realistic. The lines 
through these optics in here are almost identical 
respect to star visability and so on. 

CAPCOM Oh, Okay, we're suppose to picture with 

the telescope what we see in the telescope is about what 
you got there in flight, Don. 

SC 

your eyeball on there for a while, you see 
can begin to see any stars. 
CAPCOM I see. 

Using the telescope. 
Okay. 

You can see out the windows. 
Okay, that is even at night time too? 



the optics 

seen 

with 



That's exactly right. 



You have to 
before you 



keep 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 



That's right 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/15/68, GET: 1093200 (CDT 11:35) 356/2 



SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, GO. 

SC Oh, Hi Bill. I just checked the command 

module RCS temperatures and all six of them are pretty good 
5o plus . 

CAPCOM Roger, understand. All the CM RC - CM 

RCS temps are pegged 50 plus. 

SC That's right. 

CAPCOM Okay. Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS 

Redstone, ascension on the hour. 
SC Roger. 

PAO This is Mission Control. We've lost 

communications now with the spacecraft. The spacecraft has 
gone over the horizon and out of touch with the Tracking Ship 
Redstone. We continue to have very good communications on 
that pass as we have in the last several passes. All of 
them have been almost directly overhead. This one - a little 
off to the south, actually, of the tracking ship. The 
first part of that pass, you heard Don Eisele advise Tom 
Stafford who is sitting in at the CAPCOM position along with 
astronaut Bill Pogue here in Mission Control Center. He 
found the optics on the spacecraft to be very simular to 
what he experienced in the ground based simulators at 
Cape Kennedy and here in Houston. In the way of logistics 
information we expect that we will be having a change of 
shift press conference in about 10 minutes in the Building I 
news center. The next station that will be acquiring the 
spacecraft - will be the Ascension station and we antici- 
pate we will be recording that pass and subsequent passes. 
We will play those back following the press conference. 
At 109 hours, 42 minutes, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1103600 (CDT 12:40) 357/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 110 hours 

37 minutes. We've had a relatively quiet period here at 
the Mission Control Center since the Press Conference began. 
One short pass so far, that was over the tracking station on 
Ascension and we'll play that one back for you in its entirety 
now and stand by for conversation with the Mercury. The 
spacecraft just coming into acquisition at Mercury at this 
time . 



CAP 


COM 


Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension. 


SC 




Ah, Rog, Bill, Apollo 7. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 


CAP 


COM 


SC 




Roger Houston, Go. 


CAP 


COM 


Rog, could you give us an estimate on 


the time 


the CDR 


and LMP went to sleep. 


SC 




Yes, I'll look at the log here. 


CAP 


COM 


Say again please? 


SC 




I think it was 109 hours, 108 hours. 


CAP 


COM 


Rog. 


PAO 




And that's the substance of communica- 



tions with Astronaut Don Eisele over the Ascension tracking 
station. It doesn't appear that we are going to get acquisi- 
tion from the tracking ship Mercury. That pass goes down, 
just touches the edge of the acquisition circle and we are 
apparently out of range of communications there. In that 
previous pass over Ascension, you heard Don Eisele advise 
that Commander Wally Schirra and Lunar Module Pilot Walt 
Cunningham went to sleep at about 106 hours into the mission, 
that would have been roughly 2-1/2 hours ago and we do anti- 
cipate that they will be able to get at least a full eight 
hours of sleep. The medic also reports that all of our bio- 
medical instrumentation appears to be working well at this 
time. The next station to acquire the spacecraft will be 
the tracking ship Redstone and that acquisition is scheduled 
at 111 hours 5 minutes ground elapsed time, roughly 34 min- 
utes from now. At 110 hours 39 minutes, this is Apollo 
Control . 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1110600 (CDT 1:08) 3S8/1 



PAO This is Mission Control Center at 

111 hours, 6 minutes into the flight. The Apollo 7 space- 
craft is presently approaching a Tracking Ship Redstone in 
the midst of a night side pass during the end of the 
seventy first revolution. We'll standby for a call to the 
crew via the Redstone. 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through the Redstone. 

SC Roger, Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM It looks like we both have the night 
watch . 

SC Yeau, it works out that way, doesn't it? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger, Houston, 7 GO. 

CAPCOM See - I have a procedure here on this 



television operation which I just now passed up so you don't 
need to write it down. And it is pretty simple. It involves 
a technique to get the best TV picture and it sorta goes 
like this. When holding the TV during the next TV period, 
take a look at the position of the AL switch and report 
the position. That's probably before you start taking the 
television pictures. Then about one half way through during 
the period of television change the position of this AL 
switch. The AL stands for auto light although it is not 
automat ic . 

SC Okay, I got you. 

CAPCOM And - 

SC Using the AL out. 

CAPCOM All right, they will be coordinated 

with you from the ground. Also, another point it takes 
the TV about 90 seconds to warm up, about a minute and a 
half to warm up. 

SC I see. Okay, we'll keep that in mind. 

CAPCOM Okay, thank you. Apollo 7, Houston. 

We would like to turn the 02 tank to fans on for 5 minutes 
and then off. I'll remind you just about LOS. Apollo 7, 
Houston. I may have passed that up incorrectly. If I 
said off, it should be on. Turn them on for 5 minutes and 
then off. 

SC Roger, I got you, keep going now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Say Don, we're not 

getting anything on the biomed. Have you changed anything? 

SC All right, Roger, I'll have it on in a 

couple of minutes. 

CAPCOM Okay, thank you. Apollo 7, Houston, 

opposite anomaly, please. Also, I have a little bit more 
information on that television. That AL stands for auto- 
matic light control. It is similar to automatic gain 
control electronic circuit apparently. And it presents a 
bright light source from sort of washing out the picture. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1110600 (CDT 1:08) 358/2 



SC Now I would like to GO... 

CAPCOM Thank you. Apollo 7, Houston, coming 
up on LOS - Canary at 36. 

SC Roger, read you. 

CAPCOM And you can turn the - cryo two tank 
fan back off. 

SC Roger. 

PAO And we have lost of signal with the space- 



craft over the Redstone. The next station to acquire will 
be the Canary Islands in about 22 minutes from now. This 
will be the first contact over the Canaries in sometime as 
the spacecraft orbit begins to swing back toward the north- 
ern part of the western hemisphere and towards the - high 
coverage we got on our state side passes. At 111 hours, 
15 minutes into the mission, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET : 1113600 (CDT 1:38) 359/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 111 hours, 

36 minutes into the mission. The spacecraft is now coming 
upon the Canary Islands Tracking Station coming out of dark- 
ness and into daylight as the cremenator, the line that 
separates the light and the day and the night periods on 
the surface of the earth begins to move over toward the 
states. And we'll be acquiring the spacecraft shortly from 



Canaries. We'll 
CAPCOM 

sc 

CAPCOM 
I would like a 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
leaving the DC 
SC 

one of the main 

CAPCOM 
A or B. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

ommend a type 

CAPCOM 
and throttle there 

SC 

CAPCOM 
got it. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
Canary, 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 
PAO 

has now gone 



standby for a call to the crew. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
This is Apollo 7. 
Roger. Through Canary I 
reading on Pyro bat A, B, and 
Roger. Bat C is 36.0. 
36 .0 . 

Standby for the pyros . 
Roger 



have a 
bat C. 



request 



Dale, I'm reading 37.0 for both pyros 



In what position are you 

I usually leave it on 
That is what we like, main 



Roger, 37.0 
indicator? 

Oh, it varies 
vol tages . 
Roger, good. 

Roger. 
Thank you. 
Hey, Bill. 
Roger. 

Ask the tower if they are going to rec- 
setting too. 

Okay, will and you might check the switch 

Roger. (Laughter) 

When I shake the stick mobile, you've 



LOS 



It says use plenty 
Apollo 7, Houston, 
Roger . 

Thank you. Apollo 
Honeysuckle at 23. 

Roger, Honeysuckle 
Roger . 
Do you 
Roger. 
Right. 

This is Mission Control. The spacecraft 
over the hill and out of acquisition from - 
Canary iilands. The next station to acquire will be another 
one that we - haven't passed over for sometime. That will 
be Honeysuckle on - the eastern part of Australia. As you 



opposite anomaly. 
7, Houston, 1 minute 
at 23. 



want me to stand up for that? 
(Laughter) Stand up for that one. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1113600 (CDT 1:38) 359/2 

PAO heard in that pass, a bit of light hearted 

conversation between Don Eisele and the ground, Eisele, re- 
questing a flap setting which of course refers to aerodynamic 
flight in the aircraft and the earth's atmosphere. Our 
indications here in Mission Control Center are that every- 
thing continues to function well with the spacecraft. There 
are no problems at this time. This is Apollo Control at 
111 hours, 46 minutes into the mission*. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1122300 (CDT 2:26) 360/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 112 hours, 

23 minutes into the mission. The Apollo 7 spacecraft has 
just crossed just over the northeastern edge of the Australian 
continent and is just barely within range of Honeysuckle. 
We don't anticipate any conversation with the crew on this 
pass. However, CAPCOM Bill Pogue is putting in a call. And 
we'll standby to see if we get a response from Don Eisele. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

PAO And it doesn't appear that we will hear 

from the spacecraft on this pass over Honeysuckle. However, 
we should have very communications on the upcoming pass over 
the Redstone Tracking Ship. Here in Mission Control Center 
it has been a very quiet evening as it has also been aboard 
the spacecraft and very little scheduled on the flight plan 
for the next 4 hours as Commander Wally Schirra and LM pilot 
Walt Cunningham are now about 4-4 and 1/2 hours into 
their sleep period. The next major activity for the crew 
following breakfast will be actinese connected with a 
minimum impulse SPS service propulsion system burn. And 
in about 6 hours from now, they should begin powering up 
some of the spacecraft equipment associated with that burn, 
such as the guidance and navigation system and the stabili- 
zation and control system with the burn scheduled about 
2 hours after that. At 112 hours, 27 minutes into the 
flight, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1123900 (CDT 2:42a) 361/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 112 hours 

39 minutes. The spacecraft is now coming upon the Redstone 
tracking ship in the South Pacific. This is in the middle 
of the nightside pass and Cap Com Bill Pogue advises that 
he anticipates most of this pass over the Redstone and the 
subsequent pass over Antigua will be taken up by passing up 
a flight -plan update to Donn Eisele aboard Apollo 7. We 
just put in a call to the spacecraft, we'll stand by. 

SC Roger, Houston. Go ahead with your 

flight plan update. Also would like ... update when you 
get through with this one. 

CAP COM Rog. I'll give you a nav. update as 

soon as I get through with the flight plan. 

SC Bill, would you log me 40 clicks with 

the water pistol and 2. aspirins please? 

CAP COM How many clicks? 

SC Four-zero. 

CAP COM Rog. 40 clicks on the water and 2 

aspirins. 

SC In four hours . 

CAP COM The flight plan update will start at 

115 + 10 CMC powerup. 

SC - Roger. 

cap com Okay. You can delete the reference 

to CMC powerup at 117 + 20. Roger, at 118 + 00, add fuel 
cell 02 purge also unstow and set up TV. That's at 118 + 00 
hours . 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Next item is at 119 + 04, TV on. 

SC Roger. TV on at 119:04, TV on. Do 

you want us to turn it on 90 seconds before and let it warm 
up or is that the turn on time you want. 

CAP COM Rog. That'll take care of it. The 

Texas AOS is 119 + 06 and sorry to interrupt but we need 
opposite omni. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM And Donn, you can let me know when 

you're ready to resume copy of flight plan update. 
SC Roger. I'm all ready. 

CAP COM Okay, at 119 + 30 FCS attitude refer- . 

ence check (previously scheduled at 89 hours 50 minutes, 
89 + 50 minutes). That's just for information. And, we'd 
like that SCS attitude reference check starting at 119 + 30 
at 30 minute intervals up to the time of the burn. 

SC Roger (garble) 

CAP COM So if you want to make a pick at 

120 + 00 and 120 + 30. 

SC Okay , 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1123900 (CDT 2:42a) 361/2 

CAP COM Okay. The notation at 121 hours in 

reference to SPS burn four, the time is 120 +43. 

SC Roger, understand that you're going 

to burn at 120+43. . 

CAP COM Roger, and over there in the box 

where it says two jet ullage, you can write in quads bravo 
and delta, quads B§D. 

SC Rog, we got 'cha on that. 

CAP COM Roger and you can delete the line in 

reference to initiate battery charging. 

SC Okay, got that. 

CAP COM Delete the half box in reference to 

the star count test there, the telescope star count test 
sun, light, sight, et cetera, 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Under the line where it says MCC up- 

date, add for landmark tracking. You will receive an update 
for landmark tracking at that time. 

SC Understand landmark tracking update. 

CAP COM Rog, and at 121 + 20 P-S2 option three. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM At 121 + 40 state vector voice update. 

SC You say state vector voice update? 

CAP COM Affirmative. 
SC What's that for? 

CAP COM Stand by. That's for the landmark 

tracking, in case you need it. If required, that's in 
case you need it for the landmark tracking, it s not - 
Ah, rog, in case anything happens during the landmark track- 
ing you'll have a state vector to fall back on. 

SC Oh, I get 'cha. 

CAP COM Okay, you can delete the reference to 

the star count test three at 122 hours. Apollo 7, we're 
coming up on LOS Redstone. I'll pick you up at Antigua for 
the rest of the flight plan update. 

SC Okay. 

CAP COM Antigua at 58. Apollo 7, Houston if 

you're still reading, the map update is rev. 72, load 112 + 
56 + 50, 74.9 degrees West. 

PAO This is Mission Control. We've lost 

contact with the spacecraft over Redstone and will acquire 
again in about 10 minutes from the Antigua station. This 
is Apollo Control at 112 hours 49 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1125800 (CDT 3:01) 362/1 

PAO This is Mission Control. The Apollo 7 

spacecraft is now coining upon the Antigua Tracking Station 
at 112 hours, 58 minutes into the mission. We'll standby 
for the call up to the crew and the remainder of this flight 
plan update which CAPCOM Bill Pogue was in the process of 
passing up when we lost acquisition with the Redstone. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through Antigua. 

SC Go ahead, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger. I'll go ahead with the flight 

plan update. Before I start, did you read the map update? 

SC I got a Rev 72 and a 12 plus 56. 

CAPCOM Okay. REV 72, 112 plus 56 plus 50, 

nodal crossing at 74, niner west. 

SC Roger. 56 plus 50 and then 74. niner 

west . 

CAPCOM Roger. And continuing with the flight 

plan update at 122 hours. 

SC Roger, GO. 

CAPCOM Roger, at 122 hours, delete the 3 ref- 

erences. H2 heaters on, telescope star count, and fuel cell 
purge. Add at 112 hours, 222 ORB NAV (except marks). At 
112 plus 20, P23 update, star in gimbal angles. 

SC Got you at 112 plus 20 you got a P plus 

a pack of 122, what did you say about the landmarks again, 
I didn't get that. 

CAPCOM Okay. That was not landmarks. Perhaps, 

it is sufficient just to say that at 122 hours P22 ORB LAV, 
and at 122 plus 20, P23 update. 

SC Does that mean you want me to do a 

P plus - orbital navigation in 122. 

CAPCOM Affirmative. 

SC Now let's - okay. I don't get it. You 

want me to do a plan from 122 on sometime and also during 
that perod you are going to be reading updates to us - in 
this period? 

- CAPCOM Well, at 122 plus 20, there will be a 

223 update staring gimbal angles. 

SC * Okay. Don't you think that might be a 

better off a little later after we get done with my own 
little NAV. 

CAPCOM Okay, let's talk about it in just a 

minute. Let me go ahead and go through the rest of the 
updates. At 123 hours, delete the reference to coas calibra- 
tion. At 123 plus 30, add 223 star horizon sighting. You 
can delete the reference to the attitude control tests that 
occur at about 123 plus 45. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM At 124 plus 20, add G § N, SCS power 

down and delete the reference to P54 coas evaluation. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1125800 (CDT 3:01) 362/2 



SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



Roger, Bill 

Okay. 

Go ahead. 

At 125 plus 



30, delete the reference to 



P25 



SC 

CAPCOM 
me check on 
SC 

earth mass is 

CAPCOM 
daylight pass. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
P23 update is going 
SC 

probably write it 
CAPCOM 
SC 

2 hours, is that to 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
quick item- 
the laboring 
Walt's sleep 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
PA0 

of signal from Antigua. 
Canary station in about 



Roger. 

And that is the end of the update. Let 
this other thing. 

Okay, how long does this pass of this 
suppose to be? 

Okay, standby. The orb nav takes one 



All right, that is just what I thought. 
Okay, and you are thinking that the 
to catch you right in the middle there. 
It shouldn't be too bad. Walt can 
down while we're doing the rest of it. 
Okay . 

How come you move it up to 23 - up 
get done so we can get to bed? 
Affirmative . 
I see . 



we just 
point , 
period 



We're coming upon LOS. And one other 
want to - at the point at the rest of 
Donn and Wally's, Correction Wally and 
last until 116 plus 00 hours. 
Roger, I got that. 

Okay. We will have Canaries at 0 niner. 
Okay, I'll see you then. 
Thank you. 

This is Mission Control. We had lost 
And we will be picking up the 
- about 5 minutes from now. As you 
heard the sleep period for commander Wally Schirra and 
Walt Cunningham is scheduled to last through 116 hours. 
And we have been advised that they began their sleep period 
at about 108 hours, elapsed time which would give them a full 
8 hours sleep. At 113 hours, 6 minutes, this is Apollo 
Control . 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1130800 (CDT 3:11a) 363/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 113 hours 

10 minutes. We'll be putting in a call shortly to the 
spacecraft over Canaries, let's listen in on that one. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Canary. 

SC Roger Bill . 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Coining up one 

minute LOS Canary. Carnarvon at 46. 
SC Roger. 

PAO This is Mission Control. We had a 

very quiet pass that time over Canaries which is typical of 
most of the contacts we've had this evening with the space- 
craft. This mission continues to progress very well at this 
point and the next station to acquire will be Carnarvon, 
Australia and we expect that in about 30 minutes from now. 
This is Apollo Control at 113 hours 18 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1134600 (CDT 3:48a) 364/1 

PAO This is Mission Control. The Apollo 7 

spacecraft is now a little more than one half way through 
its 72nd revolution, some 113 hours 46 minutes after liftoff 
and we're coming up on the Carnarvon tracking station. We'll 
listen for any reports from the spacecraft as we complete 



this Australian pass. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston one minute LOS Car- 

narvon. S-band volume up at S3 for Honeysuckle. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Mission Control. We don't 



expect any further conversation with the spacecraft for 
about 2 more minutes while that covers the gap between 
the Carnarvon station and Honeysuckle so we'll return with 
that pass in about two minutes. This is Apollo Control at 
113 hours 52 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 113S400 (CDT 3:57a) 365/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control. We've just 

put in a call to the spacecraft over Honeysuckle. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Honeysuckle. 

SC Roger, Apollo 7, read you. 

CAP COM Rog. 

SC Bill, would you log me another 24 

clicks of water please? 

CAP COM Roger, another 24 clicks. Thank you. 

Hey Donn, how you feeling? 

SC Say again, Bill. 

CAP COM How you feeling today? 

SC Oh, pretty fair. 

CAP COM Good. 

SC I've got kind of a head cold but other 

than that everything's fine. 
CAP COM Rog. 

SC Just sitting here doing my daily 

dozen. 

CAP COM Oh, Good. 

SC That's my only chance. Those other 

guys get up and they monopolize it. 

CAP COM Yeah, I saw 'em on television this 

morning. 

SC Say again? 

CAP COM I saw 'em using the exerciser on tele- 

vision this morning. 

SC Oh, is that right? 

CAP COM Rog. Rubber necking just like every- 

one else. 

SC Right. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston one minute LOS at 

Carnarvon, at 14, ah Redstone at 14. 

SC Roger, Put me to ... around for me 

* • * fox 3- while « 

CAP COM That's a pretty good trick if you can 

pull it off. Might work for the other fellas though. 

SC Ah, . . . 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 114 hours 

and we've lost contact now with the spacecraft over Honey- 
suckle and that was one of our more lively passes as far as 
conversation with Donn Eisele who is the only crewmember 
who's awake at the present time. Commander Wally Schirra 
and Lunar Module Pilot Walt Cunningham are now into their 
6th hour of sleep period which began at 108 hours elapsed 
time and scheduled to end in about 2 more hours. You heard 
Eisele report that he has consumed 24 clicks of water, that 
figures out to just about 12 ounces since his last report 
from one and one -half hours ago. Donn also reported that 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1135400 (CDT 3:57a) 365/2 

PAO he's feeling pretty fair with the 

exception of the headcold and also indicated that he gets 
his chance on the in-flight exerciser while his other two 
crewmembers are getting their sleep. We'll be picking up 
the spacecraft again in about 14 minutes, 13 minutes over 
the tracking ship Redstone at 114 hours 02 minutes into the 
flight, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1141400 (CDT 4:17a) 366/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 114 hours 

14 minutes. The spacecraft Apollo 7 is now about midway 
through it's nightside pass and coming up on the tracking 
ship Redstone. We'll listen in as the Cap Com Bill Pogue 
puts in a call to the crew. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Redstone. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston Go. 

SC Ah, Rog, I was just looking over this 

flight plan for the eight hour active period. Looks like 
we're pretty well booked up. I guess ... and the burn is 
to be the- event of the day and I think if we get behind or 
have any problems we'll probably drop some -of these other 
things if we need to. 

CAP COM Roger. (pause) Apollo 7, Houston, 

one minute LOS Redstone, Bahama at 31. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. That completes 

our pass over the Redstone. The spacecraft is now off the 
horizon and out of range and we'll be acquiring at Bahama 
in about 10 or 11 minutes. The mission continues to go very 
well throughout the night and here into the morning hours 
ana we'll expect activity to pick up within the next hour or 
two. Beginning in about the next 40 minutes, Donn Eisele is 
scheduled to start powering up the command module computer 
and at about 116 hours elapsed time, his two fellow crewmen, 
Waily Schirra and Walt Cunningham are scheduled to end their 
sleep period. This is Apollo Control at 114 hours 22 minutes 

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APOLLO COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1143100 (CDT 4:36) 



367/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 114 hours, 

31 minutes. Apollo 7 spacecraft at the present time is 
passing over the isthmus of Panama and moving up toward the 
Bahama Tracking Station acquisition. We've been advised 
that that acquisition will probably be delayed about 
a minute. So we'll standby and pick up the call through 
the crew probably about 1 minute from now. The spacecraft 
is presently in an orbit with apogee of approximately 
152 nautical miles and a perigee of about 89 nautical miles. 
It completes a revolution once every 89 minutes. We should 
be getting that call to the crew. Don Eisele who was on 
duty while Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham completed 
their 8 hour sleep cycles. And we expect that call shortly 
from Bill Pogue who is CAPCOM here in the Mission Control 
Center . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through Antigua. 

SC Roger, Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Roger, Don. I'd like a readout on bat 

Charlie voltage. 

SC Roger. ...36 volts. 

CAPCOM 36, thank you. Also Don, I've been 

taking a look at the flight plan. And it may look a bit 
crowded, but we think everything could be gotten in there 
in the normal course of events in getting ready for the 
burn. However, we have looked at a couple of things here 
that could be deleted without affecting anything. First 
off, if you start getting crowded you can scrub the photog- 
raphy entries. It sort of goes without saying. Second, 
you can scrub the SCS attitude reference check. And third, 
delete the P22 exercises associated with P52. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM You know if you get in a bind. 

SC Yeah, I think we can get through it 

okay, Bill. I just wanted to point - we do get behind and 
if we do have any problems we will probably drop them. 

CAPCOM Roger. The point is well taken. 

Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS Antigua, Canary 43. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 114 hours, 

39 minutes. We're about to lose contact with that station 
over Antigua. And we will be reacquiring in about 4 minutes 
at Canary Islands. We'll pick up again over Canary. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1145300 CDT 4:54a 368/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 114 hours, 

53 minutes into the mission. We've just completed a pass 
over the Canary Island station and there was a small amount 
of conversation with the spacecraft on that pass which we 
will now play pack for you in its entirity. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Canary. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Go . 

SC Instead of powering up at 115:10 and do 

a P23 ... check, I think I'd just as soon wait and do that 
at the time we do the start of horizon landmark business - 
start of horizon navigation. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC In other words, I don't see any point in 

powering and maneuvering around to do one little check. 
CAPCOM Right . 

SC ... when it would be easier to do the 

same thing a little late - catch them all at the same time 
probably . . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Regarding the power 

up at a later time just before the new state vector is 
agreeable here. 

SC Okay Boy. 

CAPCOM And we'll change our flight plan accordingly. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS Canary, 

we'll have another minute at Madrid if you'll turn the 
S band volume up. We can hear you talk. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM At Carnarvon at 18. 

SC Roger. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1151800 (CDT 5:22a) 369/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 115 hours 

18 Minutes into the mission. The spacecraft is due to be 
acquired shortly by the Carnarvon tracking station and here 
in Mission Control Center, activity is beginning to pick up 
a little bit after a very quiet night. We'll be shortly 
getting ready for the days activities and onboard the space- 
craft we would expect that Donn Eisele would, within the 
next 25 or 30 minutes, begin powering up the command module 
computer in preparation for that fourth service propulsion 
system burn. And, Cap Com Bill Pogue now has just put in a 
call to the crew, we'll listen in. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston, Go. 

SC Roger, would you log me another 30 

clicks of water? 

CAP COM Say again the number. 

SC Three -zero. 

CAP COM Roger, three -zero. 

SC Rog. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS 

Carnarvon. Honeysuckle at 26 so you can turn up your S- 
band volume in about one minute. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Mission Control. We've had a 

momentary loss of signal as the spacecraft moves out of 
acquisition from Carnarvon and will be reacquiring again 
shortly over Honeysuckle and we'll stand by for that reacqui- 
s it ion. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Request 02 tank 

two fans ON five minutes then OFF. 
SC Roger, Houston. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Roger Houston, Go. 

CAP COM Donn, I'm not sure I'll have the full 

time on this pass because of the keyhole. I'll have a 
block data for you at Texas and we'll have Texas on the 
hour. 

SC Roger . 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston, coming up on LOS 

Honeysuckle. You can get the fans back OFF in about one- 
half a minute. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. We've had 

loss of signal now of the spacecraft over Honeysuckle. We'll 
be acquiring the station at Corpus Christi in about 26 min- 
utes at 115 hours 35 minutes into the mission, this is 
Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1160000 (CDT 6:03a) 370/1 



PAO This is Mission Control 116 hours into 

the flight of Apollo 7. The spacecraft is presently approach- 
ing the Texas tracking station at Corpus Christi. Will be 
coming within range of that station and simultaneously will 
be coming out of a nightside pass and into daylight. We'll 
be acquiring the spacecraft shortly and we would expect that 
Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham will also be ending their 
sleep periods shortly having gotten about eight hours of 
sleep this time. They're scheduled to be awaking shortly if 
they are not already up. We'll stand by now as Cap Com Bill 
Pogue puts in a call to the crew. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Texas. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Rog, I have a block data update when 

you're ready to copy. 

SC Stand by, Bill. (pause) Go ahead with 

the update, Bill. 

CAP COM Rog, block data, 075 dash one alpha 

+ 311 - 0650 117 24 04 3443 076 dash 1 alpha + 302 - 0650 
11900 11 3592. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM 077 dash 1 alpha + 238, - 0630, 120 

33 36 2888, 078 dash 4 alpha + 310, - 1600 123 17 25 3410, 
079 dash 4 alpha + 307, - 1600 124 53 43 3520, 080 dash 4 
alpha + 263 - 1611 126 27 32 3137. Readback. 

SC Roger. 075 dash 1 alpha + 311 - 0650 

177 24 04 3443, 076 dash 1 alpha, I'll have to get the ... 
again from you, the time was 11900 11 3592, 075 dash 1 alpha 
+ 238 - 0630 120 33 36 2888, 078 dash 4 alpha + 310 - 1600 
123 17 25 3410, 079 dash 4 alpha + 307 - 1600 124 53 43 
3520, 080 dash 4 alpha + 263 - 1611 126 27 32 3137. 

CAP COM Roger. On the first block the time 

was 117 + 24 + 04. 

SC Roger, I got that. 

CAP COM Rog, and on the next block the lat 

and long are + 302 - 0650. 

SC Okay + 302 -0650. 

CAP COM Rog, and on the 4th block, 078 dash 

4 alpha, the long is -1600. 

SC Roger, -1600. 

CAP COM Rog, readback is correct. 

SC Okay then. 

CAP COM Go. Apollo 7, Houston, you're Go for 

92 dash one. 

SC Roger, Go for 92 one. (pause) 

Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston Go. 

SC (garbled) log me one ... 



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CAP COM Would you say again please? 

SC Roger, about half hour ago I took one 

lobo pill, (garbled). 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. I'm having diffi- 

culty reading you. 

SC Roger, understand. 

CAP COM Now you're very clear, would you say 

again please? 

SC Roger, about 30 minutes ago I took one 

lobo pill, would you please log that? 
CAP COM Rog, thank you. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. We've had 

loss of signal now with the spacecraft moving out over the 
Atlantic Ocean toward the Canary Islands. During that pass 
you heard Cap Com Bill Pogue pass up the GO to the space- 
craft for another days flight through rev. 92 and Don Eisele 
reported that he had taken another 30 clicks of water which 
makes his total now something on the order of about 20 oun- 
ces during the past several hours. We'll be acquiring the 
station at the Canary Islands, acquisition coming up at 
elapsed time of 116 hours 17 minutes, that will be about 
2 minutes from now and we'll pick up the spacecraft again 
at that point. At 116 hours 16 minutes this is Apollo 
Control . 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1161800 (CDT 6:20) 371/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control. The spacecraft 

will shortly be coming into acquisition at Canary Islands, 
CAPCOM Bill Pogue just put in a call. We'll standby for any 
conversation from the crew. e 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute LOS Canary, 

Carnarvon at 52 . 

SC Roger. 

PA 0 This is Mission Control. The spacecraft 

is now gone out of range of the Canary Island Tracking Sta- 
tion. And we will be picking the spacecraft up again in 
about - about 26 minutes from now at 116 hours, 52 minutes, 
ground elasped time over the Canarvon, Austrailia Tracking 
Station. At 116 hours, 25 minutes, this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1164500 (CDT 6:47) 372/1 

PAo This is Apollo Control at 116 hours, 

45 minutes into the flight of Apollo 7. At the present 
time here in the Mission Control Center, we are m the midst 
of a shift change. The prime Flight Director, Glenn Lunney, 
is in the control center and will shortly be relieving 
Flight Director, Gerry Griffin. Also, our CAPCOM coming up 
will be Jack Swigert who will be replacing Bill Pogue at 
the CAPCOM position. During the night -and into the early 
morning, the Apollo 7 mission continued to progress very 
well It was almost a quiet and uneventful period. A short 
time' ago, Gerry Griffin pulled the flight controllers here 
in the center and passed along a goal to the crew for 
92-1 an additional 16 revolutions carrying them through 
an additional day. The major activity during the evening 
had the major commander Wally Schirra and LM pilot Walt 
Cunningham sleeping. Don Eisele was tending the store 
and passed up the flight update which will include a TV pass 
with acquisition expected at about 9:09 a.m. this morning. 
From the Corpus Christi site, the crew has been instructed 
to turn on the television some 2 minutes from that to give 
things time to warm up. A little later on at - about 
120 hours, 43 minutes elapsed time, we have the fourth 
SPS service propulsion system burn scheduled. This will be 
a minimum impulse burn with an anticipated duration of about 
1/2 second, imparting about 15 feet per second velocity - 
additional velocity to the spacecraft. And shortly the 
crew will begin powering up the command module computer. 
And they are getting set up for that burn. We haven t yet 
heard from Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham. They were 
scheduled to be waking up a short while ago. And we antici- 
pate we will hear from them during the next spacecraft 
acquisition about 5 minutes from now and when acquire at 
Carnarvon. Don Eisele reported that he was doing -well. 
He said to report that he felt pretty fair. He said he still 
had a head cold, but otherwise was feeling fine and was doing 
his daily dozen in exercise on the inflight exerciser. The 
crew all appeared to have gotten a good night's sleep. I 
anticipate that Schirra and Cunningham got at least 8 hours 
and the same for Eisele. As far as the weather goes, we are 
continuing to watch tropical storm Gladys near the western 
tip of Cuba. Otherwise, the weather and all of the other 
recovery areas - all recovery areas and premature throughout 
the world appears to be pretty good at this point. We will 
be acquiring spacecraft now over Carnarvon coming up at 
116 hours, 52 minutes, elapsed time. At 116 hours, 
48 minutes, this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1165500 (CDT 6:58a) 373/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston. I'm 

having a little trouble getting the plug in the right hole. 
At 116 hours 55 minutes into the flight, the crew seems to 
be waking up over Carnarvon. We have this conversation 
going on. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon. 

Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon. 
SC Go ahead Houston. 

CAP COM Good morning, Donn, how are you this 

morning? , 

SC Oh, just fine Jack except (garbled). 

CAP COM Roger, Donn. Would like to get a 

Battery C voltage readout here at Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, Battery C is showing 36.5 and 

good morning, Jack. 

CAP COM Good morning, Walt, and how are you? 

SC Fine. 

CAP COM And, we're going to be sending you a 

state vector and target load over Texas and I'll have the 
maneuver pad and nav check to pass up to you. 

SC Roger. At the same time? Roger, at 

the same time? 

CAP COM Rog. And one other thing I wanted to 

discuss with you here at this time is the TV went over so 
well yesterday, would like to know if you could save one of 
your breakfast packages to demonstrate eating on television 

this morning? . 

SC We'll give them something interesting but 

we probably will mostly be through breakfast by then. If we 
have any food left, we will eat it for the audience. 

CAP COM Okay, would appreciate it if you could 

do it. , 

SC We're starting to eat our breakfast 

now Jack and we're not going to want to schedule things around 

that TV camera. 

CAP COM Okay, understand. 

SC What's the news this morning, Jack? 

CAP COM I'm getting it summarized now. Will 

be passing it up to you in a little bit. We'll pick up 
Honeysuckle here, Walt, at 11700, you want to turn up your 
S-band. 

SC 11700 turn up the S-band. 

CAP COM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston. Looks like 

your primary evaporator is drying out again. 

SC You know that thing has been working fine 

all night long until you guys came on, 

CAP COM Maybe it's me? 

SC That started down during this pass 



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SC didn't it? 

SC Jack, about that, Walt just came on, 

too. 

CAPCOM Good morning Wally. Could we get you 

to set down the primary evaporator to go to decrease on the 
back pressure switch and do not jreservice it at this time? 

SC You want another increase, don't you? 

I'm shutting it down now. 

CAPCOM Excuse me. Increase on the back pres- 

sure switch. 

SC That could work. Whenever it dried 

out, I go ahead and close it up. You don't want it reser- 
viced now? 

CAPCOM That is affirmative. 

CAPCOM What we would like to do is have the 

reservice take place 117 + 15. 

SC Roger, Ed. Is that to be over a sta- 

tion or do you just want me to write it down? 

CAPCOM You can do it on your own. 

SC Okay, I'll do it at 11715. 

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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1173305 (CDT 7:37a) 374/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 117 hours, 

33 minutes into the flight. Among other things we have plan- 
ned today, is the minimum impulse burn of the service propulsion 
engine. It will be on the order of one-half of a second, just 
a blip. The Delta-V is estimated at around 14 - 15 feet per 
second. The burn will be done in plane and it will have -a 
very, very slight effect on the apogee/perigee, the resulting 
number should be something like 94 by 160. Here's the con- 
versation that's going on with the crew by Guaymas . 

CAPCOM - Apollo 7, Houston through Guaymas. 

SC Roger, ready to copy that data. 

CAPCOM Okay, the maneuver pad: SPS4, the minimum 

impulse, 12043, all ball plus 00129 minus all ball minus all 
ball 1563 plus 09010007829705 minus 08S minus 055, burn time 
000421161321120000000 minus 3103 plus 096341417, roll, pitch, 
and yaw are all balls. Remarks, heads-up, SES, posigrade, 
the sextant star not visible after 120 plus 20 plus 00. 

SC Roger, Jack, nice read on that. Read 

back as follows: SPS4 12043, 00129 minus all balls minus 
all balls, 1563 plus 09010007829705 minus 085 minus 055, 
000421161321120, 2 balls, 4 balls minus 3103 plus 096341417, 
all balls on the attitude, heads-up, SES posigrade, the 
sextant star not visible after 120 plus 20, over. 

CAPCOM That is affirmative. I have the morning 

news for you. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, before that, could we get you 

to go to ACCEPT, so we can send up your target load and state 
vector. 

SC Roger, we're drinking our morning coffee. 

CAPCOM Roger, the Supreme Court acts of yesterday, 

now assures that all 50 States will have 3 candidates to pick 
from for the November election. The headlines this morning 
says, "Apollo 7 Sails On," and there is a picture of Harriet 
Eisele watching the TV pass from the viewing room here at 
MCC. At the Olympics, Al Harter became the first athlete in 
history to win a fourth gold medal. He has won the discus 
event, and entered in the Olympics since 1966 and that's 
about it from your friendly newscaster. 

SC Thank you Jack, I appreciate that. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC It seems like Mr. Herter is a very good 

athlete. 

CAPCOM He sure is. Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead Jack. 

CAPCOM Roger , "Guaymas had a visual siting of 

you as you passed over/ 

SC Good, we have a picture, we have a couple 

of visions of them. 



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CAPCOM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston. We have 

finished our update, the computer is yours. 
SC Thank you, Jack. 

CAPCOM Apollo '7, Houston, we're showing a 

70 degrees yaw. 

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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68. GET : 1174300 (CDT 7:47A) 375/1 



CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 30 seconds LOS 

Bermuda, Canaries at 117 plus 51. 
SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston at 117 

hours and 50 minutes, I'm not sure it went out over the loop, 
but we got a report in the course of that pass from our 
Corpus Christi station that the television converter, a 
vital instrument that converts the signal received from the 
spacecraft to a seeable image, is down. It's in a red 
condition, and right now they're estimating it will take 
several - 13 30 is the estimate in GET, and we're showing 
12 hours 54 minutes. That's about a - something on the 
order of 40 minutes to get it fixed. They are feverishly 
working and trying to fix it coming up on thrs next pass, 
which is programmed as the television pass, and of course 
it's from Corpus that we've seen such high quality pictures 
over the last two days. We'll watch this very closely and 
try to keep you informed. To recap, the converter at the 
Texas station is down, it is in a red condition, and 
technicians there are working feverishly to get it in shape 
to receive the television pass about an hour and a half 
from now. Their current estimate is that the set - the 
< converter should be in a GO configuration in about 35 minutes. 
At 117 hours and 52 minutes into the mission this is Apollo 
Control . 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1175420 (CDT 07:59a) 376/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 117 

hours 54 minutes into the flight. And again this morning, 
Wally Schirra notes that he is getting a slight pitch rate, 
a torquing effect, if you will, from the spacecraft without 
hands off the controls, he notes some unusual, very slight, 
but unexplainable moments coming into the vehicle, just as 
he reported yesterday afternoon. It is worth noting that 
the spacecraft is at perigee. It is right over the Canary 
Islands, just south of the Canary Islands. Here is how the 
conversation is going, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through the Canaries, 

standing by. 

SC Roger, Jack. How come we don't have 

our tape running? 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

SC Jack, while you are there, observe our 

pitch rate at this time. 

CAPCOM Okay, stand by. I don't have that 

display, callup, Wally, Just a minute. 

SC This is one of those free pitch rates 

again. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC .I'm afraid we are all convinced that 

this machine does not Want to fly X-axis vertical, either 
down or up. 

CAPCOM Copy that. 

SC And that's only because of this gimbal 

locks in once in a while without even suspecting it, or 
getting out of a rapid change of attitude, I think you can 
see our pitch rate will start decreasing, it's in 4/10 of a 
degree per second and no pitch in. 

CAPCOM Okay, I'm watching it now. 

SC All my channels are off. Now should 

I go to - you want GET on number 1 ball, is that what it 
is? 

CAPCOM Affirmative. 

SC Locate 1620, you can watch that. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

SC (-Garble) pitch rate (garble) . 

CAPCOM Right. I can see that. 

SC And I didn't do a thing to it. It's 

not transferring to another axis, that's on another point. 
CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

SC I could have blown a lot of fuel - 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC But it wasn't worthwhile that we ex- 

plore this one on this mission. I'm getting pitch towards 
0 per second. 

CAPCOM Wally, your X-axis now is pointed 



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CAPCOM heads down toward the earth? 

SC Generally towards the earth, that's 

right. We are - the S-IV - the big engine is ahead of us 
" and our plus axis are trailing. You got the angles down. 
Now you notice the rates are almost stopped and I haven't 
done anything to the spacecraft. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

•SC Can you give us a chart update when 

you get a chance, Jack? 

CAPCOM Roger. Walt, I have the chart update. 

-SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay, for rev 74, the time of the node 

117 + 23 + 02 - longitude 143.1 degrees west, right Ascen- 
sion of 04 + 34. 

SC Jack doesn't know this, 0 yaw rate, 

0 pitch rate. 

SC - magazine S. Ground formation over 

the western end of Africa. 

SC You read, Jack? 

CAPCOM Roger, Walt. We are about 15 seconds 

LOS Canaries. Tananarive at 118 + 11. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1181100 (CDT 8:15a) 377/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 118 hours, 11 

minutes into the flight. Earlier we mentioned the converter 
problem at our Corpus Christi station. Corpus now estimates 
the converter will be up and running in about 20 minutes. 
In other words to support the pass. We are about to contact 
through Tananarive; there goes the first call. 

SC This is Apollo 7, and we read you. 

CAPCOM Roger. Wally, we have been doing some 

- looking into this torque business; there have been some 
calculations made that show that there is a 5 tenths of a 
foot pound torque possible going through perigee when your 
broadside - going through perigee broadside to the direction 
of flight. This produces a possible rate of .03 degrees 
per second in pitch due to drag. I would like to ask you 

if this torquing rate that you have experienced exists 
throughout a-complete revolution or is it more pronounced 

- noticeable at perigee only. 

SC We have (garble) at perigee; we were 

thinking here last night perhaps (garble) engine on the lower 
right lost perigee, torquing right back - was most of the 
time . 

CAPCOM Okay, copy. We do have some more infor- 

mation on your secondary switch over. 
SC Go. 

CAPCOM Okay, our best data for your onboard 

gage readings for secondary tanks switch overs are as 
follows; are you ready to copy? 

sc Go . 

CAPCOM Okay. Quad A 46 percent. Quad B switch 

with -tank Quad D, Quad C, 54 percent, Quad D 49 percent; 
and at present Quad C is the closest to switch over; the 
predicted switch over time should be approximately 140 hours 
GET. 

SC Roger; and I need a reading for 46, to 

go to D, 54 and 49 percent; Quad indicating that (garble); 
over. . 

CAPCOM That's affirmative 7. 

SC Thank you. Hey, Jack, has that correla- 

tion between onboard readings and actual quantities been 
fairly consistent (garble)? 

CAPCOM That's affirmative Walt. We think the 

numbers we have passed you are pretty good numbers right 
now. 

SC Thank you. (garble) will be complete 

in 8 seconds . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, about 20 seconds LOS Tananarive; 

Carnarvon at 118.26. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1182725 (CDT 8:37A) 378/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 118 hours 

27 minutes into the flight. We have acquired via Carnarvon 
reading data out of the spacecraft through that station 
right now. The flight plan activities for the next hour 
or so looks like this: they'll do an inertial measuring 
unit and realinement - that's a platform realinement - between 
Carnarvon and Hawaii; they'll run through their minimum 
impulse thruster program, run it through the computer; they 
are to take some land photography from the New Mexico area, 
of the New Mexico area and the Bahamas; and our first 
television is scheduled at Texas acquisition, which will be 
119 hours and 6 minutes, and our charts show that we should 
lose signal via Mila, east of Mila, at - or Merritt Island, 
at 119 hours 17 minutes. Immediately out over the eastern 
edge of Bermuda the biomed harness and switches to give us 
data on Donn Eisele, the command module pilot. We have no 
conversation at Carnarvon. Let's monitor the loop for any 
thing that might develop. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston again 

118 hours 29 minutes. The Corpus Christi site has changed 
out several parts of their converter system and without 
any success. I say again the Corpus converter is still 
down. They were estimating it would be up and ready about 
this time. They are going to continue to work on it. They 
still have about 35 minutes, and I'm sure they will work 
very hard. If for some reason we do not have that real 
time converter capability, the Texas station of course 
will record the signal. We'll have the tape flown to 
Houston and then we will see it later today. We will go 
ahead with as much television as we can program through 
the Merritt Island station, and just to recap, we have not 
ruled out the Texas station yet, but it does not look 
good. Two units of the converter were changed out in the 
last 35 minutes, and apparently there is something else 
wrong. At 118 hours 31 minutes into the flight we are 
standing by with the spacecraft over Carnarvon. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston 1 minute LOS Carnarvon. 

Would you turn up the S-band for contact with Honeysuckle? 

SC Roger. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. Over. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC Roger. I've got 4 balls 5 for triangle 

difference Rigel - I've got 5 balls, excuse me, on Rigel 
and Sirius and you're reading with 4 T angles now. 

CAPCP Affirm. We followed you all the way 

through 52 there, Donn. 

SC This is not the regular navigator. 

CAPCOM Okay . 



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sc This is the alternate navigator. 

CAPCOM ?£? s er i s C A$iio Control Houston 118 hours 

39 minutes into the flight And f»J t « « 

nof M^su^r? STi? Pass f r g 

to sueeest that they will not be able to support the pass. 
Howevif they will be watching and recording the inbound 
signaTat Corpus, they will be describing it Jo us °n J 
separate loop; and by voice at least we will try to jelay^ 
what - at least something of the quality of the P^ture ana . 
tf£ state of the action as is seen from Corpus , and we should 
be able to see a picture at Merritt Island acquisition at 
which time ifnot P yet posted, but we'll have it for you 
very shortly. The spacecraft has lost signal now via the 
honeysuckle station in eastern Australia, and we 11 come 
bac*k to you at the ship Huntsville in about 15 minutes. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1185320 (CDT 8:58a) 379/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston, 118 hours, 

53 minutes into the flight and we just received word from 
Corpus Christi that the balky converter down there this 
morning is green and go, it has been fixed. There are saying 
now they will be able to support a TV pass over Corpus on 
this "up coming Rev across the States. We have not yet 
acquired through the Huntsville, we will come back to you 
■when we do, in about 5 minutes. This is Apollo Control 
Houston, 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1185832 (CDT 09:03a) 380/1 

p A0 And we are standing by here in the Con- 

renter set to acquire any moment now. 119 hours and 

SS'cSSS ll'n!; .ikiVif ^ e r ^ n P Is g sUll 
and we are not. The screen is black. The screen ^ still 
black There are some light patterns moving back and forth 
across it Elapsed time 119 hours 05 minutes and we should 
be Mttini a solid signal from Corpus just any second. As 
reported larlier* we have had trouble with that converter 
Sis morning aid we have got our fingers crossed. They 
re P or?ed IbSut 20 minutes%go, they were up and ready. Now 
we are seeing some white lines across the screen which is 
The kind of thing which preceded the transmissions m the 
»»t 2 da?s Donn Eisel? just asked "are you picking up 
Kithink » ind nSS Texas has acquisition, spacecraft acqui- 
sition Still no picture, some snow. Donn Eisele reported 
?hai ?he crew commander has a sign which is getting heavy. 
Sbvioisly in jest. Now we are beginning to see glimpses of 
a picture, but it's a large, washy kind of a thing with no 
definition of the forms. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1190700 (CDT 9:11a) 381/1 

PAO ... washy kind of a thing with no definition 

of the forms. Now, we're checking antenna patterns, still 
no readable picture. We're now alerted, the crew is holding 
a sign of some sort. Guaymas has done a handover to the 
Texas site for data purposes, which is coming in fine. The 
EECOM says we should switch antennas, that might help. 
Picture very washy and unreadable. Just white smear through 
center of dark screen. We're not just sure of whether it is 
the converter or not, but we have had as yet no readable 
picture, no readable picture in the Control Center, 119 hours, 
8 minutes. Among the more anxious viewers is Flo Cunningham, 
the wife of Walt Cunningham, and Walt's brother Bill, who 
is visiting here from Alaska. Now, we're getting a picture. 
Let's all have a look. 

SC Jack, do you see the picture now? 

CAPCOM We're receiving the picture, it's a 

little bright. Could you bring it in a little? Roger, 
the lovely Apollo Room, high atop everything. 

SC Roger, this is your Captain speaking on 

this flight, and you can unfasten your seat belts and relax 
and we hope we can make this flight enjoyable for you. At 
this time, we would like to demonstrate one of our minor 
problems here, in fact, I should tell you what time it is. 
Just one moment and we'll get. a computer on the line here. 
Okay, we'll reset that. 

CAPCOM He's getting GET to you. 

SC And now we have that time, Captain. It 

was 119 hours, 9 minutes and some odd seconds into the flight. 
One of our problems at this time is making note of the small 
arrow here, we're not sure what it means, in that up is 
not necessarily up or down, but we will discuss that at a 
later time. What you just observed was a fumbling attempt 
to get the keyboard working on our DISKY, hich is 
our display keyboard, and the numbers you are reading is the 
time (garble) from the onboard computer. And now you see 
Walt Cunningham preparing some of our food at our food 
station. I'll bring you in closer to show you what our 
food stations have. We have two buttons, the upper button 
is COLD, the lower is HOT; and there is a spout, that Walt 
is now uncovering. When we depress the button, with the 
appropriate container over the silver spout, we deliver 
1 ounce of water, be it hot or cold. At this time, Walt 
will get some of the food. One of the nicer features of 
the food preparation on this (garble) is a nice feature about 
the food, is that we have hot water and this makes the food 
much more enjoyable and quite palatable. We use surgical 
shears to cut open the upper portion of the plastic bag and 
we pry open the spout, which was interfaced in the top. At 
this point, Walt is applying it to the tap. 



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SC We will use cold water to reconstitute some 

fruit juice. You see him depress the button, and each de- 
pression supplies 1 ounce of cold water. This water is quite 
delightful. It's cold, about 50 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. 
At first, we were adding chlorine to the water daily to be sure 
there were no contaminants or bacteria that was developing 
in the water. This left a rather bad after taste. We are 
now adding chlorine approximately every other day. 

PAO That's Wally Schirra doing this running 

commentary. 

SC You will notice the bubbles that are in 

the bag. There's a little bit of gas in the water, this 
does not cause too much problem. If you get a lot of gas, 
it does, and we have to clean the gas out of the tank again. 
Fortunately, this has not happened too often. Then, the next 
step is to knead the bag, this mixes the powder concentrate 
with the water and then we end up with a complete drink. We 
may have a zero g demonstration available for you here, where 
we can spin the bag and you will notice the bubbles are sor.t 
of breaking and falling apart. They do not form a solid mass 
of bubble, but you can see in the center a rather interesting 
formation of bubbles. I'd like to pass the camera now to Donn 
Eisele. I'd like to try to show you the problem we have with 
the water condensation underneath, on the water panel. Here 
goes the camera to Donn. While Waily is getting under the 
couch to demonstrate the suction that we use to clean up the 
water that has been accumulating on the cold pipes, I'll describe 
the system that we do have. We have an overboard dump hose, 
which dumps the liquid we nave in the Spacecraft overboard 
through a heated vent, that, hcse has been passed to Donn, and 
he has a purge fitting attached to the end of it. I'm now 
going to go to the dump position on the waste management system, 
and Wally will be back cleaning up some water while Donn and 
I throw light on it. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Could you give us 

the position of the switch on the TV camera? 

SC ALC is out . 

CAPCOM We would like to switch that position to 

ON, to the ALC position, 

SC Roger. Is your picture satisfactory. 

CAPCOM It's a good picture, we're trying to 

improve it a little. 

SC Roger. We return to show you a picture 

of a plumbing fitting that has a lot of water on it, clinging 
to it. Do you see the water on the fitting? Can you 
see the water on the fitting, Jack? 

CAPCOM We're looking - don't quite see it. 

SC Okay. 



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SC Could you see the fitting? 

CAPCOM Affirmative. Could you go back to the 
OFF position? 

SC It's always worked better in the OFF 



position. Maybe you will see it when he starts sucking it 
up. Okay, now he's going to suck up with the water with 
the vacuum line we have. It's a very, very small vacuum, 
but so far it seems to have worked pretty well at taking 
water overboard. It's a pretty good size blob of water 
that's - yes - takes quite awhile. Are you observing that, 
Jack? 

CAPCOM Affirmative, we got you 5 by. We've got 

about another minute and a half o_f picture here. 

SC Okay. Okay, this is part of our regular 

preparation for a burn now, is to clean off what water we 
can see because after an SPS burn it seems to end up on 
the aft bulkhead. This water is formed by condensing on 
the cold glycol lines. John we'll finish out the run by 
showing you the MDC in rfont of the Commander's 
station. Go ahead and talk Donn. 

SC All right, this is the Commander's station, 

the left seat driver controls the attitude of the spacecraft 
and also the operation of the main control system. This 
instrument in the middle is the heart of the whole thing 
really, it is called our Flight Director Attitude Indicator 
which is comparable to the artificial horizon in an airplane, 
it is just that it operates all 3 axes instead of just two. 
These various switches control the configuration of the 
manual attitude control system. We can hold an attitude 
or we can free drift, we can have 2 or 3 modes to use the hand 
controller. This is the hand controller that you use to slide 
the spacecraft around various attitudes manually. These switches 
here control the electronics and whether or not the signals 
get from the hand controller out to the little jets to fire 
them. 

PAO There, we are LOS the spacecraft almost 

over Bermuda. We have lost the picture, but we saw a most 
interesting demonstration of space-age plumbing. Here's 
some more commentary. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1191800 (CDT: 9:22a) 382/1 



PAO And the TV lines have been turned down 

which will end our television activities for 
another day and we are going to have a full discussion of 
the light setting and some other conditions relative to the 
television pass. There may be additional commentary; we'll 
just leave the line open. 

PAO Well, all in all, we would have to say 

the television reception today was not up to the past 2 days 
and as yet, we can't put our finger on any one thing; whether 
it was a ground station problem or if so, where. We did 
see some major changes in the picture quality with the 
automatic light control system that was referred to as ALC 
was brought up and frankly I had the impression that the 
picture quality was better with the automatic light control 
button operating although we spent most of the pass with it 
turned off. We are only a minute from LOS through the ship 
Vanguard. Now we do have some commentary; let's go back. 

SC Thank you Jack. Jack, could you get a 

view of that water blob down there? 

CAPCOM We couldn't pick up the water itself 

very closely but we saw approximately what you were vacuuming. 

SC That's one of the areas; a number of them 

where they collect. There is one right inside where the 
steam conducter is; I'm in there now; there's a real big 
blob of water. 

CAPCOM Roger; copy. We'll see you at Tananarive. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1200015 (CDT 10:04a) 383/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 120 

hours into the flight of Apollo 7. Through Tananarive we 
had this conversation. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

SC Roger Houston. 

CAPCOM We are standing by. 

SC This is Apollo 7, 

CAPCOM Go ahead, 7. 

SC Roger. (garble) 

CAPCOM Walt, the com is real bad here at 

Tananarive. I could hardly make you out. Could you say 
again? 

SC Okay. It's a question on putting the 

water boiler back on the line. 
CAPCOM Stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Bring back the 

water boiler back on the line. We will take a look at it 
over Carnarvon at 120 + 00. 

SC Roger. 

PAO That concluded Tananarive. We are 

about to acquire through Carnarvon. Let's listen. 
COMM ARIA 2, go remote. 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston. For 

those of you in the news center; building 1, the auditorium 
area, we are feeding the tape from the Corpus - the Merritt 
Island pass yesterday to the news center. You can see it 
on your monitors over there right now. It's a far sharper pic 
than the one you saw in the live, real time situation. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead, 7. 

SC Roger. I've got the shaft at 115.33 

and the trunnion at 31.707 for the sextant star check. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copied that. And Walt, we 

would like your 02 fans, tank 2, on for 3 minutes. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Your sextant star 

check is go and we would like to remind you to have the bat- 
teries off as soon as possible after the burn. 

SC Okay. 

SC Jack, we did a - skipped that prior 

request at SEF attitude reference check at 119 hours and 
30 minutes. I did that the other day and gave you 1 hours 
15 minutes comparison. That should be better than the 



check we've had a call for. 

CAPCOM Okay, we copy that. 

SC It's not that I didn't want to do it, 

but we did it - so free that we had a good chance to do it. 
CAPCOM Okay . 

SC That should be it. 



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CAPCOM Apollo 7, 1 minutes LOS Carnarvon, 

Hawaii at 120 +25. 

SC Roger. The water boiler looks like 

it's ticking along okay, Jack. I think we can leave it 
on. 

CAPCOM We concur. Looks good here. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1202720 (CDT 10:33A) 384/1 

PAO Apollo Control Houston here 120 hours 

27 minutes into the flight and we have acquired through 
Hawaii and here is what it sounds like. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Hawaii. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Wally, we saw - as you went over the 

hill we saw you looking at Noun 54. Your Rl and R2 will 
be zero in that Noun, because the F-4B and CSM speed vectors 
that we uplinked a while back are the same. The CSM state 
vector is a good state vector. 



SC Roger. 

CAPCOM And we would like to have you turn 02 fans 
tank 01 off for the burn here. 

SC Tank 01 off and tank 02 off. Is that 
correct ? 

CAPCOM That is affirmative. 

SC Okay. I'll turn tank 01 off now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, all your systems and everything 
looks real good here on the ground. 

SC Roger we go. 

SC Jack, on this we have flight plan seat 
ass ignment . 

PAO You heard Schirra advise a moment ago 



that the seating was per the flight plan, that would be 
Donn Eisele in the left couch, Walt Cunningham in the center, 
and the commander, Wally Schirra in the right couch. They 
are prepped and ready for the minimum impulse burn to be 
performed at 120 hours 43 minutes, about 13 minutes from 
now, which burn should take place over the states. Standing 
by. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7, over. 

CAPCOM Go ahead 7. 

SC Roger. I forgot to give you a reading. 

I had 246 mm of 02 partial pressure this morning. 
CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 120 hours 30 minutes. 

It obviously is going to be pretty quiet until we get over 
the states. We will come back up to you then. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1203930 (CDT: 10:44a) 385/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 120 hours, 39 

minutes into the flight. In about 3 minutes we expect the 
minimum impulse burn; it will be a burn with a duration of 
.4 seconds. Four tenths of a second. It is to impart a 
differential velocity of about 13 feet per second. The flight 
plan shows it at 12.9. The burn will be done in plane and 
the result in orbit should be 90 by 156 nautical miles. 
Presently in about 89 by 156. Schirra is advising the atti- 
tudes are all set up; let's tune in on some of that conversa- 
tion. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. I'll give you a time 

hack at 2 minutes. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, mark. T minus 2 minutes. 
SC - (garble) 5 by 5 (garble) S band normal. 

Thrust 00 (garble) , 

PAO That's Wally Schirra calling off the items 

on the check list and Don Eisele responding to the check list. 
Schirra is over in the right seat, Cunningham in the center, 
Eisele on the left, and Eisele will manage the burn. Space- 
craft is over Arizona. 

SC (garble) on; and 22nd (garble)/ Roger 

I read you (garble) 

PAO Our charts down here show that the ullage 

maneuver at 20 seconds worth is being performed using Quads 
B and D 4, 3, 2, 1 - and we have here "a shout which would 
indicate we had a burn. 

SC (garble) off. Okay, we've got 10 seconds 

with the (garble) Roger. (garble) essentials minus 2.24, 
4 balls on it (garble) . 

PAO All in all it sounds like a good burn. 

SC The (garble) is open. Roger; motor 

circuit open and coming through the powers - fuel pump (garble) 
coming off. Regress now into the side near (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger; copy. 

SC Did you copy my (garble) the IF? 

CAPCOM Affirmative. 

SC D mode still open still (garble) To 

control. Both controls are locked; (garble) off, minus 7.7. 
CAPCOM Roger; copy that. 

SC We are doing 15.3 I guess. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Saw all 4 control valve. 

CAPCOM Roger; say again Wally. 

SC All 4 valves rolled but that is a surprise 

in that short burn. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

PAO As you can hear, it is all quiet in the 

loop after that successful burn. The spacecraft is right 
over New Orleans coming up on the Cape. 

SC Houston, I just checked all file batteries 

and both are 30 second modes. 



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CAPCOM 
SC 



Roger; thank you. 

Jack, did you ever drive those little 



Houston Park cars; those bumper things? 
CAPCOM Say again. 

SC Those little scooter things when you try 

to pass you bump off the ground rails and crash into each 
other? That's the closest thing we can think of for that 
particular burn; like surging head on into somebody like an 
amusement park scooter. 

CAPCOM Okay, roger. Copy that. We got a commanded 

on time down here of .51 seconds. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Wally, how long has it been since you 

have been to an amusement park and done that? 
SC I'm not going to tell. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC It's really been about a couple of days 

ago. 

PAO Perhaps it was a little hard to understand 

that transmission; Schirra has likened that little blip burn 
we just did to the impact that one gets at an amusement park 
in operating the little dodging cars - the kind that operate 
from an electrical source and bump into each other. A pretty 
good - brisk bump as I recall. He was asked when the last 
time he had operated one of those cars and he - his memory 
failed him. We'll keep the line open. 

Jack, (garble) pumps only 1 day watch and 
back off. 

Wally, we couldn't copy that; could you 



SC 

then turn it 
CAPCOM 

say again? 
SC 

(garble) 

CAPCOM 
SC 



We are doing a (garble) couch seats are 



We still couldn't get it Wally. 
We are going to put the crew back into 
their original seat assignments. 
CAPCOM Roger; copy. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1203122 (CDT : 10:35a) 386/1 

SC (garble) testing is OFF. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Rate fuel also. To go on pitch, roll 

and yaw. Pitch (garble) start. (garble) 
CAPCOM Huntsville LOS. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1204930 (CDT 1054A) 387/1 

PAO The flight dynamics officer has computed 

the orbit resulting from that little blip burn a few minutes 
ago and he presently reads it at 90.3 by 157.5 nautical 
miles. 90.3 by 157.5. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, you are 1 minute LOS 

Bermuda, we'll pick you up at Ascension at 121 plus 03. 

SC Jack, (garbled) landmark track update 

data * CAPCOM Roger, We'll - we have landmark track pad, 

I'll pass it up to you at Ascension. Your orbit now 90.3 
by 157.5. 

SC Roger. 

SC Hello Air Boss, Hello Air Boss. This 

is Apollo 7. Do you read? 

AIR BOSS Roger, read you loud and clear LD. 

Overhead and doing well. 

SC Air Boss, Air Boss, Apollo 7. Over. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. Donn Eisele 

apparently spotted the carrier Essex, which is cruising off 
the southeast coast of Florida. He just put in a call and 
raised the carrier using the call sign AIR BOSS, and we're 
getting one half of the - 

SC Hello Air Boss, hello Air Boss. Apollo 7, 

do you read? 

PAO Well, with the spacecraft out in the 

far edge of the Antigua area I'm sure that's the last we'll 
hear of it until it reaches Ascension and we won't know 
just how well they received the AIR BOSS - the call sign 
AIR BOSS, which is the carrier Essex operating about 
a thousand miles southeast of the coast of Florida. At 
120 hours 56 minutes into the flight this is Apollo Control 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1210500 (CDT 11:10a) 388/1 

This is Apollo Control Houston 121 
hours 05 minutes into the flight Through Ascension we 

^r^rterrof^a^b-a^rs^ ^WSSsS' which js 

lit SSTSg S r ^„ C i«; 

?n a nusfness way on about next Tuesday morning Apparently, 
He recovery people were having a practice run this morn xng 
tne recovei ^^ c ^i th P call signs. Unbeknownst to them, 

^""cAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension, 

cr Roger Jack. 

CAPCOM Roger, 7. Walt, we would like to have 

you switch your 02, tan^l^ans to^UTO.^ 
was all the way down to 34 degrees and steam pressure was 

^"CAPCOM 1 " '° 8 ' Roger, we copy that. We would like to 
find out what cyclic wlter accumulator you are operating on 

now ' sc AUTO off and manually cycling the 

^^accumulated three^orj curves. ^ ^ ^ ^ 

accumulators lately, Walt? ^ ^ iy 

manuaf water accumulators maybe they turned OF. - and flipped 

back to a different one. But I switch it reguiariy eve y 

^ m drc™ d ° ne 3 Sk^r™.! f'«: We copied. some calls 

ainiinsq I think some of the conversation was that 
oHhe recovery 'forces They were conducting an exercise 
in the Atlantic. unders tand that. We actually 

jumped to interrupt thlir conversation being switched from 
APOU °CAPCOS AP0U ° daughter) Roger. I am ready with 

what did you make o^tKjt?^ . % ^ Go ^ wlth 

y ° Ur M?cS" k ^^"ikay. Landmark ID 10 south Next 
landm™ on track Third one 141 1 south. GET, first 
landmark, 122 . 14, 1 * 24 2 Z ♦ SS . ^ 
is lO^outh, number f fs 7 on track number 3 is 141 south. 
The times are 122 + 14, 122 + 24, 122 + 3b. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1210500 (CDT 11:10a) 388/2 



That is correct. 
Roger, we got you. 

Apollo 7, would you switch your BIO- 
Will do. We changed around so much 
Copy . 

We mean he has a signature now, hey? 
Affirmative . 
Hey Jack. 
Go ahead. 

You ought to send our pulse rate 



CAPCOM 

sc 

CAPCOM 
MED to CMP, 
SC 

we lost that one. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

SC 

reports up here these days. 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. The pulse rates 

for CDR run 60 to 70, the CMP 75 to 90, with 118 during 
the burn, and LMP has been running around 80. 

SC Report looks good, very good. 

CAPCOM Okay, we are just about to lose you 

over Ascension, Tananarive at 121 + 19. 

SC Roger, Jack, ask the medics 

that strip of chart for Donn at the burn start, 
a nice souvenir for him, 

CAPCOM Will do, Wally. 

SC I still have the ones (garble). 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston. Wally 

Schirra demonstrated an extraordinary interest in medical 
matters this morning. He asked for the pulse rates of all 
three crewmen and he suggested that, inasmuch as we had 
caught Donn Eisele on the chart plugged in, got a pulse 
rate of 118 at the start of that burn, which he was operat- 
ing, that the doctors should save the chart indicating the 
pulse rate and give it to him as a souvenir after the 
flight. It will be done. At 121 hours 11 minutes into 
the flight, this is Apollo Control. 



to save 
It's 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1213400 (CDT 11:39A) 389/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 121 hours 

34 minutes into the flight. During this recent swing 
across the Indian Ocean we had some remarkably clear 
communication with the spacecraft on the S-band channel 
via an ARIA aircraft. Remarkably clear - it was clear 
here on the ground, it was clear in the spacecraft. First 
let's take the tape from Tananarive, then we'll follow 
through the aircraft pass. Here it goes. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

SC Roger, (garbled) 

CAPCOM And 7 you might be interested in that 

tropical storm Gladys is now officially a hurricane. It's 
present position is approximately over Havana. You'll 
be able to see it your next rev. You'll pass almost over 
it. 

SC Roger. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead Apollo 7. 

SC Roger. We're scheduled for a P-52 

(garbled) I wonder how critical that is. We're not in the 
proper attitude for it and (garbled) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, could you say again? Comm 

through Tananarive is pretty poor. 

SC Roger. Regarding the P-52 alignment at 

this time, I would prefer not to do that. Over. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy, standby. Apollo 7, we 

concur, negative P-52. 

SC Roger, thank you. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, we've got about 1 minute LOS 

Tananarive. We would like to try an S-band contact through 
ARIA 2 at approximate 121 plus 30. 

SC Okay, we'll do that. 

PAO Then at Carnarvon, we had this conversation 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through ARIA 2. 

Apollo 7, Houston through ARIA 2. 

SC Go ahead, Houston. 

CAPCOM Roger, 5 by through ARIA 2. 

SC Very good, best ARIA we've had yet. 

CAPCOM We thought this is about the best comm 

we've had through ARIA, Wally. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM I think maybe we ought to use S-band 

through all of our ARIA aircraft when we try ARIA. 

SC I reckon it's better than the word we've 

had with Tananarive. 

CAPCOM I agree. 

SC How long can we work this burn, Jack? 

CAPCOM We'll pick up Carnarvon here at 121 plus 

33. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1213400 (CDT 11:39a) 389/2 

g C Roger, do we overlap with ARIA? 

CAPCOM Affirmative, they will cut us off 

ARIA, at that time and I have a P-27 voice pad to give to 
you it Carnarvon. Jugt thfl sajne> 

jack. I'm doing this here at Cgarble) . It's about 

pi?ched to about 26 degrees. We're not getting the torqumg 

effect we had before. 

CAPCOM Okay, Good enough. 

qr Roger, we are getting some more water out 

of the suits and hoses and it maybe Cgarble) to the bum to 
clean the water up, but obviously we're getting it. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Carnarvon- 

SC Roger, loud and clear (garbled) 

CApcoM It's on the subject of water, Wally. 

Through the TV pass over the states we didn't copy two - 
we showed that you were missing two cycles on the water 
accumulators there. You might have picked up some excess 

water due to that . , . , , 

SC I don't think so. It's a bigger deal 

than that. We've been cycling off and on extra, it's been 
SSlod initial - whether or not you know, every 10 minutes 
5e can't watch it every 10 minutes. We've been cycling extra 
?estsV and we've done as much as two to three per hour extra. 
CAPCOM Okay, copy that. 

Sc It might be worthwhile to have somebody 

watch it. We are in AUTO at this time, 

CAPCOM Jloger, I understand, and ready on that 

CSM NAV vector whenever you're ready to copy. 

SC Coming up. Stand by. ^o. 

CAPCOM Okay. CSM NAV 71 122 plus 00 plus 00 

21 01605 00001 74611 57774 13503 367773 04434 02252 52655 
65527 66107 SSS30 11372 22031 minus 5170 25200. The NAV 
check 121300000 minus 3049 plus 07891 1515. 

sr Roger, read back follows: CSM Verb 71 

1?7 nlus 00 olus 00 2101605 00001 74611 57774 13503 36773 
0443? 02252 52655 65527 66107 55530 11372 22301 05170 25200 
Over. 

PAPCOM Roger Copy. 

Sc NAV check read back: 12130 4 balls minus 

3049 plus 07891 1515. Over. „ 

CAPCOm Apollo 7 Houston 1 minute LOS Carnarvon, 

Guam at 121 plus 47. . . , 

SC Roger. We've got some stars m sight. 

We may do a 52 after all, 
CAPCOM Roger. 

PA0 And that wraps up the Carnarvon pass, 

and the spacecraft is proceeding due north of Australia 
in a northeasterly direction, and we should pick up in 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1213400 CCDT 11:39A) 389/3 

PAO Hawaii at 59 - 129 hours 59 minutes, 

17 minutes from now. This is Apollo Control Houston. 

END OF TAPB 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET 1215300 CDT 11:58a 390/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 121 hours, 

53 minutes. Through Guam a minute or so ago we had this 
communication. 

Sc C cut of£ ) t0 Houston, loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Standing by. 

SC Thank you. Jack, would you log CMP 

for 10 clicks on the water gun? 

CAPCOM CMP 10 clicks. 

SC Rog. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. . 

CAPCOM It appears that your SM OX TB switch is 

on, is that affirmative? 

SC Negative it is off. (garble) are on. 

CAPCOM Roger, I understand. 

SC Jack, this is LMP give me 10 clicks on 

the water gun, and when you get a chance can you give us 
a map update please? 

CAPCOM Roger, I'm working. 

CAPCOM We're just about to lose you over Guam, 

Hawaii at 12159 that update then. 
SC Very good. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1220000 ((CDT 12:04p) 391/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 122 hours 

even into the flight of Apollo 7. Hawaii is about to ac- 
quire. Let's listen. 

SC Roger, loud and clear, 

CAPCOM Okay, I have your map update. 

SC Go. 

CAPCOM For rev 77, the node 121 +49+18. 

Longitude at 148.8 degrees east. Right ascension of 04 + 
28. 

SC Roger. Jack, we haven't been using 

any of the right ascensions, so you can drop those unless 
we ask for them, if you will. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

SC Jack, this is CMP. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

SC Roger. How many of these landmarks 

do you have real time coverage for? 
CAPCOM Stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We are covering 

the first two landmarks real time. 
SC Okay. 
SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead, 1. 

SC Roger. We've been up here trying to 

deliberate whether to look at the hurricane or the second 
landmark. I suspect the second landmark is socked in by 
the hurricane, is it not? 

CAPCOM Negative. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. I have this mid-course navi- 

gation pad to pass up whenever you are ready to copy. 

SC We will do it later. Pretty well 

tied up this right now. 

CAPCOM Okay, no problem. I'm just standing 

by. 

SC Go ahead, Jack. I'll copy it. 

CAPCOM Okay, GET start 123 + 52, 124 + 04. 

Star 37, star 45, roll 000001, pitch 356306, yaw 001001, 
shaft 019355, trunnion 018014, end. 

SC Apollo 7, do you read? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, we read you now. Did you 

copy the mid-course navigation pad? 

SC 124 + 04, stars 37 and 45, 000001, 

356/306, 001/001, 019/355, 018/014, over. 

CAPCOM Roger. I didn't get your readback 

of the first time. That should be 123 + 52. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1220000 (CDT 12:04p) 391/2 







Ar>nl 1 o 7 Houston. Did vou couv that? 






T H i dn 1 1 ronv anvthine after I cave 


you 


tne reaaoacK. 


nVflv Wslt T didn't ?et the readback 


f A D/WM 
LArCUM 


mr% 

on 


int; ilia k clihc. 


The first GET was 123 + 52. 




sc 


Concur. 




CAPCOM 


Okay, real fine. 




SC 


Jack, mark the LMP 10 clicks of water. 




CAPCOM 


Copy that. 




SC 


Hey Jack, this is Donn. 




CAPCOM 


Go ahead. 




SC 


That first landmark you gave me must 


be 


within the field 


of UA optics at zero roll angle. 




CAPCOM 


Roger, copy that. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68 GET: 1221500 (CDT : 12:19p) 392/1 



Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 



we 
008 



I'm 



CAPCOM 
Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go Jack. 

CAPCOM Okay, Don, on this second land mark, 

can give you a shaft to help you out here; shaft will be 
and your trunion will be 031; this will occur when your 
pitch down 10 degrees and in orb rate. 

SC Roger; understand, thank you. Jack, 

going to try to (garble) ; it turns out that my field of view 
in the telescope is only 38 degrees anyway, so I might as 
well go ahead and use the rockets. 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 

SC I think that last time I wasn't aware 

that I needed to roll the spacecraft; I was with it to the 
south but it was found out that it was out of view. 

kay, copy that. 

weather down there now Jack. 

came in 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
Wally . 

SC 

overcast for 
CAPCOM 
SC 



dot some nice 
Weather was 



LOOKS 

a hurricane. 

Roger 



pretty good when I 
good from here. Ther 



s just a solid 



way out 



There's a little bit of vorte; 
here. I'll take one shot as we're going into it. 

Just moving north toward Florida. 
Frame 89, frame 88 was approaching Houston, 
approaching the hurricane just now. 



CAPCOM 
SC 

frame 89 is 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

trunion for 

CAPCOM 
SC 

high in the 
right and then 
course is the 



Houston, Apollo 7 



Magazine "0" 
Go ahead. 

Roger; could you give us the shaft and 
third land mark as well. 

Will do. Shaft 04 0, trunion 031. 
Roger. There's some high cirrus way 
of vortex sweeping from our left to our 
coming back around to the north, which of 
characteristic oattern and some solid stuff 



the 



forms 



you 
to 



can almost see the e< 



get a picture o 
CAPCOM 
SC 

Going over the eye 
4 or 5 seconds . 

CAPCOM 

SC 

location. Stand by; 
tight report on you 
CAPCOM 



that 

Roger . 



e m 
now , 



the center of it. I'm trying 



It's definitely a circular pattern here, 
in about another, oh I'd say, in another 



Copy . 
I'll try 



to give you a pretty good eye 



mark; that's the eye. That's a real 
Roger Wally. 



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SC Good weather from here. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead Jack. 

CAPCOM Roger; at the time you read out the mark, 
we got the latitude and longitude and we have passed it on 
to the Hurricane Center. 

SC Roger (garble) first on mark of hurricanes. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Fair weather. Jack, tell the Center to 

center it away from that boat base. 

CAPCOM Roger; will do Wally. 

SC Tell them to get out of the way next 
Tu © s d fly ■ 

CAPCOM We'll do that too. 

SC Roger, 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1222500 CCDT 12:29p) 393/1 
0 This i s Apollo Control Houston, 122 hours, 

?q minutes In the course of that pass, you heard Wally 
IchTrrl marking the hurricane Gladys with great accuracy. 
It till risht over the eye of the hurricane and seemed to 
k Tl e understandable pride in this Manned Weather 

acquisition in about 3 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 12 23800 (CDT 12:43p) 394/1 



PAO Apollo Control Houston. We should have 
Apollo 7 by Ascension any moment. Let's listen. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Ascension. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger, it appears that the evaporator 
is dried out again. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Alright, go ahead. 

SC Are we going to have a tape when we lose 
you here? 

CAPCOM That's affirmative, Wally. How did the 

last two landmark tracking points come out? 

SC Terrible. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC On the second one, I relied on all optics 



to bring it in when it got within 38 degrees, and the thing 
never moved off center, so at that point I attempted to go 
for it manually and by the time I got over to it - I recognized 
it, and it was going so fast that high speed resolve wouldn't 
catch it, it got away from me. I finally picked it up just as 
went outside the field of view, but it was too late to get 
any marks. On the third one, I loaded in the date of the 
landmarks up here, and when I went down on optics, it indicated 
that the target was completely outside the field of view to 
the north. After awhile, I saw the thing a little bit to 
the south, I think, with, relative (garble). 
CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC Now, the next time we do, I'm going to 

stick to the (garble) mode, as we originally planned and 
see if that works out better. 

CAPCOM Okay . 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, One minute LOS 

Ascension. Tananarive at 122 plus 54. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1225407 (CDT 12:57P) 395/1 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Tananarive. 

SC Roger loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston 1 minute LOS Tananarive, 

Carnarvon at 123 plus 09. 

SC Roger. 

BMD OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1231500 (CDT 1:20P) 396/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control Houston 123 hours 

IS minutes into the flight. A few minutes ago over Carnarvon 
we heard some interesting observations on meal planning, 
and on the taste of the meals, the caloric comments, and some 
very pungent comments from Walt Cunningham. Let's listen. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, loud and clear. 

CAPCOM You are loud and clear. 

SC (garbled) pitch down. Jack, do you 

put the PDC in Ball number 01? 

CAPCOM Stand by. 

SC (garbled) perigee by any means. We're 

about 40 minutes away from perigee. 

CAPCOM Affirmative. Apollo 7 Houston, affirmative 

We'd like PDC on ball 01, 

SC Roger, you've got it. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Do you have all bands or TDC? 

CAPCOM TDC. 
SC TDC . 

SC Jack, this is Walt, I've got a comment 

on this food you might pass on to Frank or those guys. This 
high calorie stuff that^s got everything all hiked up with 
calories is just really doing something to us. In order to 
et a lot of calories in a small way everything has been 
.liked up and it's all got a sweet taste. You think something 
tastes real good, but by the time you get to the end of the 
bag you can't really look it in the eye very well. 
CAPCOM Roger, I understand that. 

SC (Garbled) and as a result the food was 

raised in caloric count and it's all sweet (garbled) 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC You also might pass on that crew, 

Jack, in case they haven't selected their menu yet, I had 
a tendency to pick out a menu with individual items listed 
that I liked a lot out of the samples. If I had it to do 
over again I would try to make sure I had a wider variety 
of acceptable foods. 

CAPCOM Okay, copy that, Walt. We are about 

30 seconds LOS Carnarvon, Guam at 12 plus 19. 

SC Do you want to leave this on GDC ball 01? 

CAPCOM Affirmative, we'll pick it up at Guam. 

SC Okay • 

CAPCOM Wally, is it about the same torque that 

you've observed previously? 

SC No, we've got (garbled) just wanted to 

see if we can get some data, then we'll go back and realine 
the GDC. 

CAPCOM Roger, 



f 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET : 1232000 (CUT 01:25p) 397/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control Houston 123 

hours 20 minutes. We should be acquiring via Guam just any 

SeC ° n pAO The Guam data has just flashed on 

our screens. The television displays here, I notice the 
cabin out there is running 69 degrees today, 

capcom R°e er - Walt * 1 would like t0 ave 

vou turn your S-band OX tape switch off. 

SC Off. 

CAPCOM Roger. Wally, we noticed that the 

tailoff value that is presently loaded into the - 

sc What was the answer, Jack, to your 

reading our TV switch on a while back when it was off? Did 
you find out about that? , 

CAPCOM Roger. Walt, it was the tape switch 

that we observed on telemetry on the ground and we thought 
it was^the TV switch.^ understand , Did our transponder 

SeC ° n SoS° mpletely Stanfby. Apollo 7, on the secondary 
transponder, that's not definite yet, but we don't want to 
reselect at this time. 

SC Understand. 

CAPCOM Okay and something else that we would 

like to discuss here. The tailoff value that is presently 
loaded in the computer for CMC is not ^ .?™"Z h f at 
we have observed on your burns. We would like to load a 
new value into the computer with the following procedure. 
Are you ready to copy? 

SC Wait one. . 

S q Roger, Jack. Go ahead with your pro- 

° edUr CAPCOM Okay. Verb 21, noun 01, enter, 3003, 
enter, 74 enter. That's it. 

SC Roger. Is that it? 

CAPCOM That's it- 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Could you say again, Donn. You were 

cut out there just as you gave it. 

SQ Roger. Verb 21, noun 01, 300 3 then 



74. 



CAPCOM Roger, that is correct. 

SC Jack, (garble) 

CAPCOM Say again, 7. 

SC Okay, no strain. 

CAPCOM Roger, 

SC Jack, this is CMP- 

CAPCOM Go ahead, Donn. 

Sc On these landmarks tomorrow I see 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET 1232000 (CDT 01:25p) 397/2 

SC we've got three passes scheduled, 

don't we? 

CAPCOM A££i rma t i ve . 

SC Okay. I would like to suggest that 

we devote one pass, or at least part of a pass to doing some 
unknown landmarks. I found that up here in flight that it 
is fairly easy to track any given object on the ground once 
you see it. The trouble with these known landmarks is that 
they are damn hard to bring in in the first place, because 
either the auto optics doesn't work or they are outside the 
field of view sometimes. I have found that you can track 
with the sextant fairly easily. So how about running that 
around with the G§N people and see if they are agreeable. 
We don't have anything in the flight plan at all about 
checking up on landmark performance. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. We will toss it 

around here and let you know. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Go ahead, Jack. 

CAPCOM Roger. We would like to zero some 

attitude errors by taking the B main switches and going to 
rate 2 momentarily, and then back to add 1, rate 2. 

SC We are not getting much torquing this 

time, so there is not much sense spending - there isn't 
any input on this particular area. 

CAPCOM Roger. We just thought we would watch 

it as you went through perigee. 

SC Yes. I think what we will do is try 

to give it to you on the rest pass where we are tracking, 
because we are going to go back through it again. 

CAPCOM Roger, 

SC But we are going to face up to peri- 

gee . 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. You got 1 minute 

LOS Guam, Hawaii at 123 + 34. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMBNTARY, 10/16/68, GBT i 1233500 (CDT l:40p) 398/1 



PAG 

35 minu'CQ.3 . 
GAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 



ApiH XO 



olio Control, 123 hours, 
we're having this conversation. 
Houston through Hawaii. 



not busy with the computer 
update, 
SC 

have got it. 

CAPCOM 
check when you are 

SC 

CAPCOM 



This is 
Through Hawaii s 
Apollo 7, 
Aloha. 

Roger, we would like to - if you're 
we would like to send you an 



Go ahead. Wait, hold it a second. You 



up . 



I'm ready with it now. 



Okay, coming 
ready to copy. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. 128300000 minus 0266 minus 12 
niner 400 niner, niner, niner. 

SC Roger. 128300000 minus 0266 minus 

129400999. 

CAPCOM Right, and on that - the procedures that 

we gave you for loading a different Delta-V tailoff in the 
computer. After you get that done, I'd like you to read it 
out # Donn and check it and if you need the procedures to do 



have it. 
do 



that, I 

SC 

update. I'll 
CAPCOM 
SC 

or twt regarding 



Roger, Jack. This is a standard erasable 
it when you get that uplinking. 
Okay, there's no hurry on it. 
Jack, I would like to make a comment 
this star Luriaon business. 
CAPCOM Okay, go ahead. 

Well / 1 1 ve examined the horizon in the 
telescope and sextant and - alternate light conditions 
varying from bold darkness to broad daylight, with the sun 
overhead, and I can find no reliable line or band or anything 
air that's repeats 



r & l> -J- O 



m 

more* I know that stars generally are 

i. ^ - .---.„, can see 



or band or 
all distance sun angles. Further- 
not visible during the 
daytime, About the only way you can see it, is to get all 
of the optics to pull one into the sextant for you. Obviously, 
if you're doing P-23 you can't use auto optics to pull the star 
the chances of this thing ever working out are 
I guess. 

Roger , copy that 
Roger, I suggest 



in there 



that 

work and then 
business a 



we try one run of this 
regroup and plan to 
little later on 



so 

pretty slim, 
CAPCOM 
SC 

just to prove that it won't 
do some star to lunar landmark 
in the flight somewhere, 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy that. 

SC It's kind of insulting to realize that 

the sane light bands and horizons are there that we reported 
back in Mercury days . 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Jack, do you know your update? 

CAPCfiM Our assembly computer is the same as 

years * Apollo 7, Houston, 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET : 1233500 CCDT l:40p) 398/2 



SC 

CAPCOM 
If you're at 
you and have 
also set in. 
line of sight 



Go ahead. 

Donn, on this star horizon citing here, 
the roll, pitch, and yaw attitudes that we gave 
the trunnion and shaft values that we gave you 
The horizon should be visible in the landmark 
and the star visible in the star line of sight. 



Hawaii , 
turn up 
comm 



with ARIA than 



And Apollo 7, as we lose you here over 
to try ARIA on S-band. Do you want to 
volumn up. I think we may have better 
Huntsville. 

ARIA 3, go remote. 
Apollo 7, Houston through ARIA 2 



we're going 
your S-band 



COMM 
CAPCOM 
Apollo 7, Houston 
SC 

CAPCOM 
you copy my remarks 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
an LOS through 
remarks on the 

SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 
did you get 
to get ARIA 

SC 

you just before this 
again and came up on 

CAPCOM 
Australia on S 



my 
3 



through ARIA 2. Apollo 7, Houston. 
This is 7. 

Donn, we lost you just over Hawaii, did 
on the star horizon check? 
(garble) 

Apollo 7, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

You're loud and clear. Donn, we had 
Hawaii. Did you - were you able to copy my 
star horizon check? 

It's all here, Jack. 
Okay. 

We read you. 
Real fine. 
Wally, we lost 
comments to turn up 
on S-band. 

Negative, we missed that, 
last call. You tried to 
S-band. 

Okay, ARIA works so good down 
band that we were going to try and 



- LOS Hawaii. Were you - 
S-band. We were trying 



I did hear 
talk to Donn 



there in 
use ARIA 



Roger, we'll try that a couple more times 
Okay, real 



instead of Huntsville, to get a little^ better comm. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
in between - about 
SC 



What's the 



fine 
next 



time? 



We will 
the same 
I agree 



have ARIA 
place . 



3 the next pass over 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1234700 (CDT: l:S2p) 399/1 

SC We got our entry in the flight plan Roger. 

SC Hey Jack, we are approaching perigee and 

I ought to give you GDC on fall number 1. 
CAPCOM Roger; copy. 

SC We're not pitched up too much; local 

vertical; it's about 33 - 34 degrees. 
CAPCOM Okay . 

SC This is a long pass; they might get upset 

with this thing. You've got local vertical on GDC under 
(garble) 

CAPCOM Copy that. 

SC And you can make note of the pitch 

thruster is working. 

CAPCOM Roger. , 

SC Tight dead band to get this DTO done. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC With limit cycle on. (garble) Houston, 

Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead 7. 

SC (garble) on that experiment. 

SC I stopped (garble) there Jack, 

CAPCOM Roger, Wally. 

SC (garble) are off. 

CAPCOM Okay. 

SC (garble) pulling up into a (garble) to 

climb and see what happens here soon. Watch the pitch rate. 

CAPCOM Roger; 1 minute LOS Texas; Tananarive at 

134 plus 27. . 

PAO At 123 hours and 55 minutes we have a 

loss of contact with the spacecraft over Honduras , and I 
would say in Central America. Of increasing interest as 
we near the midpoint of the mission is the retro fire clock. 
All the while it has been counting and it now reads 135 hours 
43 minutes to retrofire. Almost as large a number as our 
elapsed clock at 123 hours, 56 minutes. This is Apollo 
Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 124:27:00 (CDT 02;33p) 400/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control Houston 124 

hours 27 minutes into the mission. We are on the 78th rev- 
olution around the earth and we are about to tag up with 
Apollo 7 via Tananarive, Our orbital elements are thusly: 
perigee 90.2 miles, apogee 157.3. The orbital period is 
89 minutes 04 seconds, 

CAPCOM Donn, we would like to wait until 

Guam to get your comments on the P23, on the results of P23. 

Sc Okay. How soon is that? 

CAPCOM Guam acquisition is 124 + 54, unless 

you are going to be asleep then. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay. Why don't you give them to us 

now, then? We don't want to interfere with your sleep 

cycle sc (garble) get a little tape and dump 

X "t 

CAPCOM Okay, that is fine. 

SC (garble) . 

CAPCOM Okay Wally. We are having a hard 

time reading you here at Tananarive. Perhaps you could 
pi? your coLents on the torquing as you went through peri- 
gee on the ESE tape, and we will dump that too. 

CAPCOM I couldn't pick that up. We will dump 

that at the next possible time. 
SC Roger, 
CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. On the tape that is presently 

there, do you have any high bit rate recordings on it? 
SC Negative. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy that. We will be dumping 

starting at Mercury and Guam and to Hawaii if needed. 

SC Roger. When do we line S-band up for 

the ARIA call? . A _ T . . 

CAPCOM The S-band with ARIA will be after 

Hawaii . 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. One minute LOS 

Tananarive, The Mercury at 124 +51. 

SC Okay Jack, we will talk to you then. 

CAPCOM Roger. I'm going off duty. I'm going 

to give you to Ron. 

SC (garble) 

CAPCOM It was a good shift today, a good show. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 12453(J0 (CUT 2:58P) 401/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control 124 hours 53 minutes 

and we're in touch with Apollo 7 at the Mercury now. Here 

U hO ?APC0M° UndS ' Apollo 7 Houston through Mercury. 
SC Good evening, Ron. 

CAPCOM Good evening. 

sc I was talking to Jack about this perigee 

torque problem. I think that's probably a good name for it. 
MuFSe'S gone across the - well, I * 11 £™ f ° v ^ e 

west coast going down over Mexico south. That s over tne 
Panama Canal Zone on the last pass. 

CAPCOM Roger. , . , , 

We're set up for a star horizon check. 
We're locked up pretty tight on 356 degrees inert ial zero 
Segues pitch/ The dead band was real tight, this was in 
thlsCS (cut out) (then repeats) The dea3 band was real 
i!ht this was in the SCS attitude Hold band and I'm in 
dead band lowerage limit cycle on. As soon as the test was 
terminated I turned all SCS channels off to conserve fuel, 
and then I had no pitch rate, no hold rate, no yaw rate on 
neeales Then P about - I'd say 10 minutes - we went to 
Perigee, it was actually to a 121 hours and 51 «nut« I 
think it was - 12S hours 51 minutes. We start, pitching up 
to about 3/10 of a degree per second as we approach perigee, 
and then it would stalt pitching down, and action went 
backdoln o ero again in rate. And when we actually 
lift ?o lifting flight the pitch was about 35 degree s up 
oitch up local vertical, it went down to about minus 40 degrees 
It {garbled) 20 degrees local vertical. That's where the 
rite stopped and then it started back up slightly. During 
tie Pitch! torque was just in pitch in that case. During 
the pitch, torque was just in pitch m that case. 
* CAPCOM Roger, we copy, 

sr That's a new one that I've never heard 

of before. We suspected something like that with the S-IVB 
and even with the Agena, but this really showed it to us. 
CAPCOM Rog. Sure did. 

sc Another interesting thing we saw as we went 

down through South America, we'd seen the hurricane earlier 
todaV with that over sight. You'd could see the eye of it 
as a Intle depressed dip in the center of the hurricane. 

CAPCQM Paul! "we viewed the thunderheads as we 

went over South America and the flat tops are rather large 
ones and they had little depressions in the center, just 
?ike* the hurricane, and then we reversed the flow pattern 
on the flat tops, which you would expect in the southern 
latitude, the reverse coriolis effect, 

CAPCOM That is interesting. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1245300 (CDT 2:58p) 401/2 



SC I'd never heard of that effect before 

you know, on the top of the thunderstorms. 
CAPCOM I hadn't either. 

SC All of Donn's experiments bombed. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC If the horizon is as good as everybody 

says it is, well we'll know (garble) the storm's center is 
exactly the way it is right now. I'm sorry to define the 
star to horizon check didn't work. The landmark optical 

We tried to use all the optics and 
Tomorrow we'll try (Too much 



tracking didn't work 
they did not bring it in. 
static to be heard) 

CAPCOM 
didn't work, 

SC 



CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
Donn's horizon not 
SC 



I missed your (garble) star horizon 
and everything after that, Wally. 
This is Apollo 7. 
Apollo 7, Houston. Go. 
Rog. Did you get the last? 
Negative, I missed everything after 
got and the star horizon didn't Work. 
^ That's correct and the program 23 did 

not work and I want Donn to work on the recorder and parti- 
cularly on the sun test. We want that plan on the ground and 
I think they want it up here. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC There's always a question of using up 

fuel on it. We're going to try tomorrow unknown landmarks, 
known landmarks did not work, the little optics did not 
bring them in and they're hard to find. Particularly in 
the earth orbit position. 

CAPCOM 
for you for tomorrow 

SC 

Houston? 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 

OMNI. 

SC Roger. We spend our quiet evenings m 

uh, at this time, preparing our next TV show and we'll have 
one for you tomorrow. 

CAPCOM Very good. 

SC Have you finally got the chart updated? 

CAPCOM Roger, stand by. And Walt, biomed to 

your position. 

SC Roger. We have been watching the water 

boiler pretty close. We had it going dry on us, numerous 
times for several days, and it seems to happen over a period 
of about 4 seconds (garble) 



Roger, we're working up the chart now, 

Very good. How was the day back in 

Not my day here . 

Very good, what so bad? 

Apollo 7, Apollo 7, Houston opposite 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 124S300 (CDT 2:58p) 401/3 



CAPCOM Roger, you say it seems to happen over 

a period of 4 seconds? 

SC Oh, about 40 seconds time, if you go from 

operating normally to a low on the steam pressure zero. 

CAPCOM Roger, we'll keep a close eye on it then. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, about 30 seconds LOS 

Hawaii at 09. Leave your map updata and block data at that 
t ime . 

SC Roger, and we won't need the right 

ascension Ron. We really don't have any use of it so, unless 
we ask for it, why don't we just skip those (garble) 

CAPCOM Oh, Rog. I concur. 

PAO This is Apollo Control. 125 hours 1 min- 

ute. Guam has LOS. During the passes at the Mercury and 
Guam, Wally Schirra discussed the - what he termed perigee 
torque. That's the pitch moments that the spacecraft seems 
to get at perigee. In the discussion of that, he described 
some of the weather near the hurricane. He reported the 
star horizon sightings didn't work, and indicated that the 
crew would spend a little time this evening planning tomorrow's 
TV show. The next station to acquire Apollo 7 will be Hawaii. 
At 125 hours 9 minutes, this is Mission Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1260000 iCDT 4;03P) 402/1 

p A0 This is Apollo Control at 126 hours . We 

have the tape from the Hawaii" and the Huntsville pass. We'll 
follow that P with the Tananarive pass- We'll play the tape 

HOW 

Apollo 7 S Houston. Hawaii 
Roger, Ron, I'm ready for the copy of 



CAPCOM 
SC 

the update . 

CAPCOM 
124 plus 47 plus 02 

SC 

CAPCOM 
number 14 081 dash 



rev 79, GET 



Roger, your map update 

Longitude: 103.3 east. 
Roger, ready to copy block data. 
Rose-"- Apollo 7, Houston, block data 
numoar j.* vox ^ alpha plus 312 plus 1360 127 plus 45 

llul 113382 082 dash 3 alpha plus 302 plus 1360 129 plus 21 
Slus 343524 083 dash 3 bravo plus 253 plus 1340 130 plus 53 
plus 562856 084 dash chaxlie charlie minus 0/6 plus 1700 



132 plus 33 plus 151858 085 
minus 0220 133 plus 19 plus 

184 minus 0250 134 plus 53 plus 55.5706. Houston, 



dash alpha cha 
174077 086 dash 



rie plus 072 
2 charlie plus 



SC I didn't 

go through that again? 



cosy the last three 



ove r . 
Will 



you 



CAPCOM 
184 minus 0250 134 
SC 

plus 312 plus 1360 

plus 30 2 plus 1360 

plus 253 plus 1340 

charlie minus 076 



Area 086 dash 2 charlie plus 
plus 553706. Over. 



Roger 

i f - 

Roger. Reads as follows: 081 dash 3 alpha 

127 plus 45 plus 113382 082 dash 3 alpha 

it! "•'! ».? .-.<•. 34 3S 24 -r'a^h 3 bravo 

T^o plus S3 plus 562856 084 dash charlie 

plus 17 00 13 2* plus 33 plus 151858 085 dash 



alpha charlie plus" 072 minus 0220 133 
086 dash 2 charlie plus 18 di<m t get 



piu: 
the 



last 



plus 



0250 



plus 



134 plus 

CAPCOM Rogc. 
2 charlie is plus 184. 

SC Roger, 
to report on his harness. 
He put it together the last 
and apparently it's now .- 
goes into the body connect-, 
wants to know can they t~'.u 
three main sensors on it 

CAPCOM Roger 
conditioner that the e > - 
white one or the yellow on; 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
Walt, we can 



174077 
number minus 

• t ,-a 0 86 dash 



2 84, Wall 



got 



He's got one 



lead 

iKie 'and taped it 

state of failure 

:-ble) condit 
on h im with 



failure 

loose 



coming 
to keep it there 
down where it 
ioner > and he 
only his 



> C 



the > 

hat it 



.or of 

going 



the signal 
into? The 



work 



leads going to 



Ro g 8 

GuaH;i 

Apoli; 
up a ri 



-jr n 



lower external lead, 
and by . 

hi lie signal conditioner 



the 



signal LOS . 

i 7 ' Houston. Roger, Real weak, 

rtf the signal conditioners or the 
i -/iittoaers and we'll try to pass 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1260000 (CDT 4:03P) 402/2 

CAPCOM that up to you over Tananarive. 

SC Okay, thank you. 

CAPCOM Sorry, about that. 

SC Roger, thank you. 

SC This is Apollo 7. How do you read me, 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We're reading you 

through Huntsville now. We had ARIA just between Hawaii and 
Huntsville. When you were reading back on the block data 

and it was good at that time. 

SC (Too much static to be heard) 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Did you call? 

SC Take it, Roger, (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger. About 1 minute to LOS now at 

Tananarive at 01. 

SC Roger. Did you catch our TV pass today? 

CAPCOM Affirmative, and a good one again. The 

quality wasn't quite as good as it was the other 2 days. 
I've got some dope on that ALC switch I'll try to back up to 
you sometime this evening. 

SC Okay, it never seems to work as good with 

the ALCS. . T 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Tananarive. 

SC Roger, Ron, how do you read? 

CAPCOM Not too bad this time, Walt. Have a 

little question on the chlorination . Have you chlorinated 

yet ? 

SC No, and it's not our intention to chlor- 

inate today, we chlorinated yesterday. You don't have any 
objections to chlorinating every other day. do you? 

CAPCOM Rog. I understand you're intent on the 

thing. Do you still have a bad taste in it? Is this the 
reason? 

SC It's just now trying to (garble) about 

cold and the water has tasted horrible (garble) you know like 
trying to drown the cold by drinking it (garble) and when 
we chlorinate the taste of it afterward is very bad for 
several hours and it's not really good for a bad cold. 

CAPCOM Okay, we understand, and do not chlorinate 

today. We'll pass it today and chlorinate tomorrow. 

SC Okay, very good, I think that's about 

(garble) we'll catch it and chlorinate tomorrow. Got two 
questions for you Ron, and that's about it. 

CAPCOM Say it again. 

SC What is the precise inclination about 

a secondary reactivator charge update and for RCS deorbit 
onboard? . 

CAPCOM Roger. What is the precise inclination 

of your orbit? Is that what you said? 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1260000 (CDT 4:03P) 402/3 

sc Right, and Wally would like to hear the 

(garble) biomed sensors (garble) shoot it up fgain. 
U CAPCOM Roger, we'll get your in cli nat ion on 

your biomed sensors. Walt, your inclination is 31.25. 

rAPCOM AmPon your biomed sensors, Walt, we want 

to use or use the two good ones in the middle of your chest 
and those Lo good ones will have to be connected to the blue 
titnal conditioner, which I believe we're going to have to 
swi?ch to wires that go into the signal conditioners. 

SC Okay, you want the two center leads to 

eo to the blue signal conditioner, right? 

rAPCOM Yeah, that's affirmative. 

SC Okay that means Wally will have to connect 

the connector of the otKer signal conditioner and he will have 

U * Tb lXlcW ^ tW0 ' That's affirmative. That's affirmative. 
SC Okay, He'll try it. 

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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET 1261000 CDT 4:13p 403/1 

SC (Garbled) 

CAPCOM That's affirmative. 

sc Okay, he'll try, if that doesn't work 
we will just have to write it off, because he has been 

trying to piece that thing together for the last 126 hours. 
We tried. 

CAPCOM Roger. Apollo 7, Houston, One minute 

LOS. Mercury at 24, . 

Sc And as soon as you can get it, we would 

like an update for onboard RCS chart. 

CAPCOM Wilco. We will have it available at 

Mercury 
END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1262400 (CDT 4:25p) 404/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control at 126 hours, 24 

minutes. Apollo 7 coming up on the Mercury now. This is 
a quiet time in the flight plan, no activities are scheduled. 
ApoUo 7 just coming out of the night side as it acquires at 
Me?cu?y. Mercury hL acquisition now, we'll stand by for a 

Call 'cAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Mercury. 

SC Roger, Ron 

CAPCOM Okay, I got your RCS update for figure 

three dash one. . 
SC Roger, go with it 



CAPCOM Roger^ at 126 hours total is 688 pounds 

SCS red line 601, DAP red line 536, HYBRID 263 and be advised 
that quad A is still right on the SCS red line, the rest of 



them are above. ^ ^ j ^ c were the f - rst 

one we were going to be switching. 

CAPCOM R°g- stand by, Wall. 

sc Okay, Ron, but I was given some numbers 

today that what the onboard meters should read before they 
switch to secondary. Is that going to be open loop and 
when I get down to that reading I switch or will you be 
giving me later dope on switching. 

8 CAPCOM We're keeping track on it Walt , and 

will orobably be giving you later dope on it but those are 
the figures we have at this time. , 

SC Roger, and I was told to see when it was 

eettine closest to getting on the secondaries. 

CAPCOM That is affirmative. As far as your on 

board reading is concerned its 54 percent for C, 49 for 
D, Delta, and A its 46 percent. 

SC Roger 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, request you cycle 02 

tank two fan on for five minutes and off. 
SC Roger, sir. 

CAPCOM This pass when you get a chance you can 

read out your service module RCS propellant quantities and 
vour system test meter 5A through D and 6A through D. 
y sc Roger, and I'll give you the queries 

right now before I forget it, can you have them standing by 
when Ve are coming o-r Hawaii to check Wally's biomed read- 



out 



CAPCOM Will go ,. C1 - nV „ 

sc Okay, A through D reading 51 plank 55 

plus 58j over. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy , . ? 

sc can I check in the number for my chart? 

CAPCOM Roger, the total for your chart is 688. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1262400 (CDT 4:25P) 404/2 
sc Roger, 688. Copy. I will give you the 

test meter readouts. 

CAPCOM Roger. . $ 

Five Sree is five voUs . Six dog five, six Charlie four 
Five tnree is n v _ five s i X Able five. Over, 

P ° int c!pCOM" Roger! You have five Alpha. 

CAPCOM Kog^ Aipha . s ^ pQint seveni 

^ PC0M Klch'ShSild be on the order about 70 - 

We ^CAPCOM 5 '" 1118 a Roger! e iis V that one point seven? 

CAPCOM Rog ^ a££irmative . one point seven. 

S or « M Roeer. And I have your ground computer 

to usab?e°RCS propell^/re^ining if you wou!d lik. those. 

S C Um 8^5l«S?. Wl ii S!T-b. 46 percent, 50 per- 

cent, 45 percent and 52 percent A through D. 
SC 46 50 45 52. 

& PC0M Hof did you ever get Baker to be 50 and 

DOg 'CAPCOM I am not quite sure, but it works out that 

Way ' qr (Garbled) 

This ( is r Apollo Control 126 hours 32 min- 
has LOS. During this pass 

control 




e 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET 1264300 <>DT 4:4S p) 405/1 

Q Th i s i S Apollo control ac 126 hours 

43 ai^es into the mission Apollo 7 ^--g up^on^the 
Hawaii station. The Han vu ac g p ^ 
laPPin cIpcS" ra8e her Apono l 7 ( S SSSftoi;. through Hawaii, 
standing by. ^ read you loud and clear. 

rAvmu Roger, loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Hog^ ^ fMp w . th hw many , 

fAPCOM Sa Y again. 

rVorAM AdoIIo Houston, say again. 

CAPCOM ^i d ° y0 u log CMP with about 50 clicks 

f0T ^rlvmu 5 hOUTS 50 clicks you say in the last 5 hours? 



CAPCOM - - . ■ 

sc Af urinative . 

TAPCOM Roger, 

1% And CDR 30. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

sc LMP 15. 

CAPCOM g?J' Sir John doing W ith my biorced? 

Ce?/ looks like you're. getting the 



SC 



do with that one. tr ving for isn't it? 

or i flat is Viii3 1 }* J >» c ^* y x "& ,-■ i . 

?APCOM Not quite, but that's okay. With what 

we're trying (cut ofx)^ ^_ ... ^ ^ (garb i e) to 

go in| p the hiack ««i HK^S^/^^ 1 -; 

the two external ones ^oft,.^ external i5 broken. 
rAPfOM Okav, okav, I see what you're saying 

conditioner. T - : , how they were originally. 

riornM vea" -i-ht. but we wanted to switch the 

CAPCOM £ a, ; i ... ; conditioner, the 

pieces of wire that go in -o ..h- ■ * conditioner - into 

center sensors. htve you change my spark plugs. 

CAPCOM okay the way « «. * * 

fine. 

sc ov«-- 



APO LLO 7 COMMENTARY , U/16/6.. GET 1264300 CCDT 4:«5 p) 405/2 

CAPCOM ^'i've kind of lost track, is this 

day Kllrnff 9 * I have to, wait, Walt - I got a time 

hack C to P e°nd of « ^ Mfif ho. to get a 

4apU° C ° Unt ^>t.r)'. 

SC £o ah siand by for 132 hours and 51 

CAPCOM , R °f; a rk 123 hours and 50 minutes, 

ainutes 5, 4, 3, ^1.^123 s or mains . 

Vtvrm That's to GET I burn 8. 

££ PC0M Oh, we got more to go. 

CAPCOM Yea. ^ ^ fi to g forecast 0 n hurricane 

""'IB na " e ' ~ — 119 uarble) 

f™ M V. SSSiS; hows (cut .« 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1265300 (CDT: 4:55p) 406/1 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston. 

Huntsville let me know, Houston, is Apollo 7 reading us. 
HUn OTV Houston, Huntsville. Apollo 7 answered 

once from down- link S-band, and we haven't heard him since. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

HTV Houston, Huntsville. They are now 

an^werine you on S-band down- link. 

answering you w be adyised on Gladys 

We're not sure whether to move your boat or move your landing 

point yet. 

HTV Huntsville, LOS . 

PA0 This is Apollo Control at 126 hours 

S4 minutes. The next station to acquire will be Tananarive 

at 127 hours 36 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1273600, (CDT S:40p) 407/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control at 107 hours 36 

minutes Tananarive is acquiring Apollo 7 now in its 81st 

reVOl cipCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Tananarive. 

CAPCOM RoI? r 'l R have your present battery status. 

A half hour's remaining. 

CAPCOM Roger" 6 Mpna 31.4, Bravo 29.0, Charlie 

39-5 V Roger, I'll make a note on mv report. The 

way those numbers change, 'l which we could get the .t.ti.tiol. 

S hit cl"m r 5 ° met T mi ssed that, say It again 

SC Roger, I'll give you our numbers. 

CAPCOM Roger. ^ Tananarive [garbl e) dumped 

HLrtd!^ h girb^r™r^t\irrt^Sdir:ftr 80 od 

(garb clpcS M ly ^""Apollo 7, Houston, I can't make too much 
out of ?h™ There was a large puddle of water by the water 
tank waster water disconnect • w an4 Walt putting 

a different type (garble) 'by the water control panel to (garble) 

th " 'caPcSm " ^we'ifplay back our tapes. Maybe we can 

read it off the tapes. I couldn't read you that time, 
read it oft tne p ^ & ^ y nlce t ve 

went over (garble.) today, but we got there about (garble) 
raproM Roger, that's good. 

SC The magazine was 97 to negative (garble) 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, Did you receive my 

comments on Hurricane Gladys? £ 
SC Roger, I understand it s in tne 

CAPCOM Roger. In reality, it's due to hit Tampa 

at 1800 Z tomorrow, on Thursday. 

c r How's the Houston weather, Ron? 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston 1 minutes LOS Mercury 

at 59 PA0 This is Apollo Control at 127 hours 43 min- 

utes Very noisy circuits on that pass. CAPCOM, Ron Evans, 

Much of it was unreadable, but we did copy it that there is 



AP0LL 0 7 COMMENTARY , 1./16/6.. CBT: 1Z73600 (CDT S:40p) 407/2 

%^^ t °:i:r e r ep b o y rt t e h d %ei t tii n g g s-4? 
waste water disconnect. Walt also r v tracking ship 

W gooa Picture, of th. West oast o^ C hill- ^ be at „, hour5 

f^Ztll msTs Mission Control, Houston. 

» 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1275900 (CDT 6:00p) 408/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control 12 7 hours 

59 minutes. The Mercury has acquired Apollo 7. There is 
no overlapping coverage at Guam on this pass. We'll stand 
by through the Mercury. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Mercury. 

SC Roger, loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Roger, same here. I have a one line 

flight plan update. 

SC Go ahead, Ron. 

CAPCOM At time 130 plus 00 an oxygen fuel 

cell purge. 

SC Roger, at about half way mark go to 

fuel cell purge. 

CAPCOM Roger. And Wally if you want to go 

back to Walt on the biomed that'll get us squared away on 
the flight plan again. 

SC Okay. You got it. 

CAPCOM Roger, copy. 

SC Go ahead. One more bag failure, orange 

juice reconstitable bag. I think Walt was trying to add 
some prune juice to it. It was the kind of thing in my 
dinner too. 

CAPCOM You didn't quite get the PT then, did 

you? 

SC Oh, very good. You're fighting back. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We've got about 

70 knots of wind in the eye of Gladys. 
SC Roger. 

PAO Apollo Control 128 hours 6 minutes. 

The Mercury has LOS now. We passed up a flight plan update 
asking them to have an oxygen purge in a fuel cell at 
130 hours. And Walt Cunningham reported failure of an 
orange juice bag. The next station to acquire will be 
Hawaii at 128 hours 17 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68 GET: 1281700 (XDT 6:20p) 409/1 

PA0 This is Apollo Control at 128 hours and 

17 minutes and Apollo 7 has just been acquired by the Hawaii 
station. We'll monitor this pass. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, Hawaii standing by. 

SC Roger 

CAPCOM Roger, we read you. 

sc Hey, Ron, is there nothing to be done to 

come up on the check on the next pass over the Mercury, okay? 
CAPCOM Rog, that's fine. 

Sc Okay, we are trying to eat dinner now. 

CAPCOM Roger 

PA 0 One minute to LOS Restone at 34. This 

is Apollo Control 128 hours and 23 minutes. Hawaii has LOS. 
Walt Cunningham reported that he and Wally Schirra were eat- 
ing dinner and would postpone the environmental control sys- 
tem redundant component check until over the Mercury on the 
next rev. The Redstone will acquire Apollo 7 very briefly 
on this revolution. The maximum elavation in the Redstone 
range is a degree and a half. That'll give us about three 
minutes worth of acquisition time. Redstone due to acquire 
at 128 hours, 34 minutes. This is Mission Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1283400 (CDT 6:35 p) 410/1 

PAO Apollo control at 128 hours 34 minutes 

and Apollo 7 is tagging up at the Redstone now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, Redstone standing by. 

SC Roger. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Hey, Ron, can you give us a read out on 

our 02 manifold pressure on my mark. 

CAPCOM Wait, Wally, I don't have it yet - Walt 

we've got kind of a low signal strength we're trying to get 
high bit rate now. 

SC garble. 

CAPCOM Rog, I'll let you know if we get it. 

Apollo 7, you want to try opposite OMNI - Rog, we T re reading 
105 now. 

SC garble. 

CAPCOM Wait, Wally, we've lost it again. Is 

that one minute to LOS, we'll pick it up over Mercury next 

time . , , ,_ 

PAO This is Apollo control at 128 hours 37 

minutes and Apollo 7 is beyond Redstones range. Coming up 

on the end of the 81 revolution. Apollo 7 will miss the 

Ascension station and Tananarive station this time, that 

makes the next station to acquire the tracking ship Mercury 

in the western Pacific at 129 hours 33 minutes. This is 

mission control, Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1293400 (CD! 7:40p) 411/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 129 hours 

33 minutes. Apollo 7 coming up on the tracking ship Mercury 
now after a long spell of not being in contact with the 
station. Mercury has acquisition, we'll stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through Mercury. 

SC Roger, Houston. 

CAPCOM Rog, loud and clear. 

SC Want to make a read-out or our manifold 

P1 " eSS CAPCOM Rog, stand by. We have no data yet. 

CAPCOM 7, Houston. Looks like we've got a 

processing problem here for a little bit. I've got the results 

of what we feel on the evaporator, if you would like to hear 

it- sC Roger, I'd be very interested. 

CAPCOM Roger, when we're operating under low 

cycle heat loads - cycling heat loads as we have been doing, 
the evaporator will dry itself out. This is basically caused 
by the evaporator boiling more water under low heat loads 
than is being supplied to it. The end result is drying of 
the evaporator. If the evaporator is left in auto the 
back pressure valve remains open and completely evacuates 
the evaporator. When the water valve is now opened either 
automatically or manually , the first water that goes into 
the evaporator flash freezes, this stops any mere water 
from getting into the evaporator unitl it thaws out. Now 
a couple of more comments. We feel boiler will work normally 
should it be called upon to take the entire heat load. 
Since the radiator had demonstrated that they could handle 
the heat load should the evaporator foul up again, it should 
be reserviced and turned off until it is needed. 

SC Roger, Ron, there's only one comment 

I have to add to that - that makes sense I assume with high 
heat load then we wouldn't have any problem. We do notice 
the difference in temperature in the spacecraft when the 
evaporator running or not, but it seems like it runs a little 
bit all the time when it's on the line. The glycol evaporator 
outlet temp is regulated down under 45 most of the time. 
In the drop line completely (garble) and the glycol evaporator 
outlet temp of 50 to 52 and sometimes a little higher. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy that. 

SC So next time it shuts down we will 

service it and we will stand by on it. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Have any data yet? 

CAPCOM I got a little bit right - we're sending 

on Have the Command pilot stand by. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1293400 C CDT 7:40p) 411/2 
CAPCOM Okay, looks good. We're reading 104 

now * sc Roger, what are you reading now? 

SC PC0M Roger, the evaporator check is A-okay. 

CAPCOM gf^iSS'to being fired, Ron. How 

do I get rid of him? aboIIo Control 129 hours 

PAO This i s D A PSc r"am does not acquire on 

40*minutes. The Mercury has LOS. Guam does not q ^ ^ 
this the 82 revolution. The next station xo h ^ 
the tracking ship Redstone at 130 hour^ -5 minute ^ ^ 
two clocks from the Control ^ter supper x p center . The 
world map on you television monitor in^tnen ^ 
one at the top. is the_ el apse time since ij« burn> These 
at the bottom is counting down on a minutes, 
two clocks should read out the J«J a J h J*J d % ead 129 hours 
About 9 minutes from »°*J"** ift-off and SPS burn 

50 minutes. The mid point bet *£; n M j"j 0 n will continue for 
number 8, the de-orbit burn. «d"ortit burn for the 

another 25 or 30 mxnui:e s J 5w coming up on the mid 

pTinfbltw*^ 42 minUtCS 

this is Mission Control, Houston, 



and of tape 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET 1295000 CDT 7:50p *12/1 

AP0 This is Apollo Control 129 hours 

49 minutes 37 seconds, coming up on the » id :P^5* ^ tween 
lift off and the nominal deorbit burn, Mark 1295000 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68 GET: 1300400 (CDT 8:05p) 413/1 

PA 0 This is Apollo Control at 130 hours, 4 

minutes coming up on five minutes which will be the nominal 
point in the mission from lift-off to splash. Apollo 7 
about to be acquired at Reds-tone now. The best estimate at 
present is that the reentry time from de-orbit burn to 
splash will be approximately 30 minutes. It can't be figured 
precisely at this time due to atmospheric elements and dis- 
persion that might occur in the de-orbit burn but it will be 
on a order of thirty minutes; so we are at the mid-point now 
for lift-off to splash. Apollo 7 has been acquired now, al- 
though there has not been a call go up yet, we will stand 
by through this pass at the Redstone. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, Redstone. 

SC Ro§^^* * 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, we would like to cycle 

02 tank 2, turn it on shortly and then we would like to see 
the off before we complete this pass. 

SC Was that the 02 fan, Ron 

CAPCOM I'm sorry, 02 fan 

sc Rog. I'm running a DT0 now, the one for 

60 percent on the cryo tank, I've got both fans , both 
heaters off. I'm assuming when I finish this run of it, 
that DTO is complete. Can you verify it for me? 

CAPCOM Rog. Let me get my light on the fan 

switcher and we'll verify that chart. Apollo 7 Houston. 

SC Go ahead 

CAPCOM Rog. That does complete the 60 percent 

but we still have one more at the low end prior to reentry 
where it doesn't work out, doesn't conflict. 

SC The onboard copy of the DTO which I see 

you have there shows only 90 plus minus 5 and 60 plus minus S or last 

day * CAPCOM Roger, we'll check on it now. Walt, it 

looks like on the DTO there "or last day" should have been 'and 

last day." , , . 

sc Okay, I'll give you a hack on how long 

it takes to run this and we ought to find out if we can't 
work it in the last day, we'll see. 

CAPCOM Oh Roger, thank you 

sc I started it at about 129 hours and 45 

minutes, I guess. 

CAPCOM Roger . 

, S C Ron, do you have time to give map update? 

CAPCOM Roger, Apollo 7 Houston, you ready to 

copy? 

SC Go ahead 

CAPCOM Roger, Red 82 GET 129 plus 13 plus 13, 

longitude 35.1 east. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68 GET: 1300400 (CDT 8:0Sp) 413/2 
sc Roger, you cut out, could you try it 

again CAPCOM Roger, GET 129 plus 13 plus 13, longitude 

35.1 east, rev 82. " 
SC Rog, l got it. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston 30 seconds LOS Ascension 

at 31 pao This is Apollo Control, 130 hours, 13 

minutes Redstone has LOS. The next station to acquire will 
be Ascension a? e i3u hours, 31 minutes,- Apollo 7 completing 
its 82 revolution now. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1303100 (CDT 8:35P) 414/1 



PAO This 
31 minutes, Apollo 7 is 
now, and coming up 
We'll stand by 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 

CAPCOM 

ASN 

CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 
CAPCOM 



is Apollo Control at 130 hours 
in its 83rd revolution of the earth 
on the Ascension Island tracking station, 
through this pass 



Houston through Ascension, 
Houston . 
Houston. 
Houston. 
Houston. 

M§0, Houston CAPCOM. 
Houston, 

is 



Apollo 7, 
Apollo 7, 
Apollo 7, 
Apollo 7, 
Apollo 7, 
Ascension 
Apollo 7, 

Voice Control, this 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
Apollo 7, Houston - 
Apollo 7, Houston 
02 flow line. „„_ . 

This is Apollo Control at 130 jours 

has LOS now. A .network problem during 
-this-pass prevented u, ; fro» ^tablishing voic, '-tact^th 

tb ^i P ?S e LOS The ne« staUcn to Squire will be the tracking 
Imp Merely! M xfz - sUdV -'13? hours 07 minutes, 

is Mission Control, Houston. 



transmitting in the blind. 



We 



39 



have fuel 

PAO 
minutes 



cell 



Ascension 



this 



END OF TAPE 



415/1 



has acquisition now, we'll stand by. 

7, Houston through Mercury. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1310700 (CDT 9:l0p) 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 131 hours 

7 minutes into the mission. Apollo 7 is in it's 83 revolution 
and is approaching the tracking ship Mercury in the western 
Pacific. Mercury 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
read- outs I would 
SC 

CAPCOM 
Bat C voltage . 

SC Yeh, 
voltage a little earlier 
guess it was before your 
37 volts. 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
02 flow or 02 purge 
SC 



Apollo 
Roger. 
Roger, read 
Roger. 
7, Houston, 
like to cut. 
Go ahead. 
Roger, pyro 



you . 

Got a couple of onboard 
battery voltages and 



Ron. 
this 
shift. 



We read the 
evening. We 
They were 



pyro battery 
pass it down, 
both reading 



check your 
what are 



you 



on 



Roger. I missed it, sorry. 
Battery C is 36 volts. 
Roger, copy. And could you 
switch on fuel cell 2. 
Thank you, Ron. Okay, Ron, 
guys reading now for the 02 tank pressures? 
CAPCOM 02 tank pressures. 

SC Right, I've got the 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 

tank 1 and 827 on tank 2. 

SC Roger, thank you. 

CAPCOM 7, Houston. The 02 flow looks good now 



heaters band on. 
We're reading 846 



And we could 
the medication 



on fuel cell 2, and you can continue with 3. 
use a general run down on your crew health, 
and €he amount of sleep, what have you. 

SC Well, this is the LMP. 

Actifed. let's see night before last. That 
had. My ears are getting more difficult to 
have been. Sometimes I can clear one, sometimes I can t. I 
feel very good otherwise. I'm a little bit concerned about 
the lick of any nose drops since there's aspirin onboard. And 
£o me if we ha$ something like that we'd be able to at least 
make a stab, and let my ears get cleared on reentry 



I had 
makes 
clear 



another 
two I've 
than they 



CAPCOM 
Apollo 7. 

SC Roger, 
frame 97, 90 degrees clear, 
minutes 30 seconds. 

CAPCOM Roger. 
SC Yen, Ron. 



Roger, copy that. Opposite OMNI 



we just got 
That is a 



a feeble lines 
1310, with 11 



on 



My sleep last night I got 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY. 10/16/68. GET: 1310700 (CDT^ 9 : lOp ■ 415/2 
oh. about 7 hours of. sleep which is good sound sleep The 
■best I got since coming up here, I guess. 

CAPCOM E*E-.ii been averaging good sleep 

1M .l£ rn : nd b on n s S 1 eep Pin Anr^c b aus 'we switch^ day 
? 0 ° g o toVef af nSh't^i o'clock which is pretty clever 
for anybody to try. 

| C PC0M Anf ne is finally -climated t« , that _ 

my problem. I'm off pills these days. 

CAPCOM Rogers ^ ^ ^ for 

he8d CAPcSm 8 ° n counting on three actifed. 

™ Wny 8at don't y^^st^em that they 

do as'flight surgeons "for airplane drivers, I haven't seen 

that CAPCOM 6 Roger. We could use a hole in the 

helmet probably, couldn't^e ?^ f g ^ yQU , re going to 

find. We're putting in with our helmets J off . 
PADrnM Roeer, we will advise. 

CAPCOM ?oS could try. How's that for a B52 

StatU CA^M rt? " Apollo 7, Houston. I've got a couple 

of comments on TV. " 

cr Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Roger. On the ALC switch. 

Sptom Roger! On the ALC switch have it out, 

CAPCOM kojjci. . , n^ohts are in the field 

ALC out when the windows or fluid Ught * «| £ aft . This 
of view or when your handing across tnespac 
will give a better picture of the darker areas. 

CAPCOM Anfof course have it in when light 

sources are not in the field of view, 

CAPCOM And" the flash light ■ down th." - 

it doesn't help the picture at all. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1310700 (CDT 9:10p) 415/3 

sc Okay. We'll follow you up and - on 

our screen transmitting tomorrow morning. 

fAPCOM Roier. Walt, the doctor recommends 

one more act i fed prior to sleep tonight, if you feel necessary, 
one more actitea p ^ ^ ^ gQ . ng to dQ 

1,16 3 cIpcSm 8 °° d ' Roger. We still feel it'll probably 
help a little though. ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ # ^ 

after that we had to do it all over again. We don't have 
that much onboard. We've got it for pain and sea sickness 
and stuff like that, but nothing for colds. 

CAPCOM Roger. We're kind of m the same 

position down here also when you get a cold. 
^ SC R°g> that's right. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68 GET: 1311100 (CDT 9:20p) 416/1 
CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, one minute LOS Redstone 

at 39 

the East China Sea. . , + 

CAPCOM Say that again, I missed that. 

Sc The (garble) I recorded are just off the 

East China coast 

CAPCOM Ro|er is m hQurs &nd „ 

minutes Guam has LOS now. That was a fairly long pass 
Sver ?ne MerSry and the Guam. We got some onboard readouts 
on the battery voltages and gave the crew some oxygen tank 
Pressures at ^hlir rlquest. It's pretty good communication 
this till I'll hit the high spots however of their health 
record The lunar module pilot, Walt Cunningham, reported 
he his taken two decongestant tablets to date m the mission 
tLt - ?he last one wis the night before last. He .voiced 
III wish that he had some nose' drops onboard with him. Said 
he got aboSt seven hours sleep last night sound sleep he 
Vhoiioht it was the best sleep he'd had yet- Wally Scnirra, 
III "command" said he believes all of the crew-en have been 
averaging good sleep lately. He "ported he still has his 
£1Za roiH that he's off pills and he indicated that the 
exit Zl reenler wUh their helmets off so that they will be 
SIS to 7 relieve the pressure on their ears if their ears are 
still stopped up at the time of reentry. There was also a 
discusIiCS! we passed up some advice to them that may enable 
better TV pictures . Persons in the Houston area will have a 
choice to make Tomorrow morning they can either step out- 
side and attempt to see the spacecraft pass over in the 
Houston or the? can stay in and watch the television. The 
SSlevieiE S Sue at 7:5s AM Central dayli^t txme tha is 
the same uass on which Apollo 7 may be visible. The S JLVB , 
lit second "age of the launch vehicle may also be visible 
from fusion tomorrow. The S-IVB will approach from the 
Southwest at 7:10 AM, reach a maximum elevation of 27 degrees 
S»i Smith at 7-14 AM and disappear over the horizon due East 
at 7 17 AM liolloS! the command and service module will 
approach from the Souihwest at 7:16 AM, reach maximum eleva- 
??n£ of 30 decrees due South at 7:20 AM and leave due East 
7-2? AM. The next station to acquire will the Redstone at 
131 hours, 39 minutes. This is Mission Control Houston. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1313900 (CDT 9:45P) 417/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 131 hours 

39 minutes. Apollo 7 coming up on the Redstone now. We'll 
listen. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. Redstone standing by. 

SC Roger, 

CAPCOM Roger. Loud and clear. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We'll log about now 
for a completion of your stratification tester. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM The good old U.S.A. got another gold 
medal tonight. Tommy Smith in a 200 meter race, in a time 
of 19.78/ 

SC My gosh, they're a new (garble) 

CAPCOM Rog. 

CAPCOM We just got another one. Bob Seigrew, 
in a pole vault with a height of 7 feet 8-1/2 inches. 

« SC Say things are at a new (garble) down 
there? 

CAPCOM Rog. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. 1 minutes LOS Redstone 

at 04, and Wally 

SC Roger, will that be too much panic, 

thank you. 

CAPCOM Roger. You can rest in peace tonight. 

The Chronicle described the flight of Apollo 7 to date as 

high quality. . 
SC Wow, boy, we ought to put one on their 

head. , , , _ 

SC We're over the hill on the half way any- 

way, and that's a good sign. 

CAPCOM That's affirmative. 

PAO Apollo Control at 131 hours 47 minutes. 

The Redstone has LOS as Apollo 7 nears the end of its 83rd 
revolution. The next station to acquire will be Ascension. 
At 132 hours 04 minutes, this is Mission Control, Houston. 

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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1320400 (CDT 10:10p)418/l 

PA0 This is Apollo Control, 132 hours , 4 

minutes. Apollo 7 in its &4th revolution now. Ascension has 

acauired, we'll stand by. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston through Ascension. 

SC Roger, Ron, good morning. 

CAPCOM Good morning. How's the night's sleep? 

SC (unreadable) 

CAPCOM Say again, Donn. 

sc We were just wondering who were the 

lastest eold medal winners down in Mexico. - 

CAPCOM Roger, like to check a couple of switches 

there first and then I ? ll pass it up to you. These secure 
02 tank one and two heater switch to the auto position. 

Sc Auto, one in auto and two ut-t . 

CAPCOM Roger, are those heaters or fans. 

SC Fans ^ . 

CAPCOM All right, those are - fans are correct. 

CAPCOM How about the heater switch? Are they 

both in auto? 

cp Auto ON 

CAPCOM Negative, we want them in the AUTO posi- 

tion. Donn, we had a couple of gold medal winners down there 
tonight. Bob Secru, Seagren, I'm sorry, won at pole vault 
at 17 feet, 8 and a half inches. 

sc Pretty tall reach. 

CAPCOM Rog. And Tommy Smith won the 200 meter 

in I 9 - 78 - , U1 A , 

SC (garbled) 

CAPCOM Roger, and opposite omni 

sc Hello, Houston to Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Houston, go .... j 

c C Roger, regarding the antibiotics and so 

forth, one of the reasons we* don't have a temperature up here 
oSJ thermometer is broken. We can't get it to go over 94, 
so we don't know if we've got a fever or not. ' 

CAPCOM Rog, understand. Apollo 7 Houston 

SC Rog. Go. 

CAPCOM Rog. Be advised on your CMC power up, 

we'll update you a little later, but what we are going to try 
do is to power up over one station and then power it down 
over the other station so we can take a look at some of the 

bits in there. 

SC Rog, understand. 

CAPCOM And we got a pretty good idea of the 

other two guys health. Can you give an account of your 
run down, health, medication and sleep? 

SC Rog, I just woke up. I got a gooa soiia 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET : 1320400 (XDT 10: lQp) 418/2 

eight hours sleep and Walt and Wally are both in the sack. 
And I don't know, I think they may have called earlier with 

theirs. . , , , . , . 

CAPCOM Yeah, we have theirs, but we didn't get 

yours. , , , 

SC Okay, at 132 hours they each had two 

aspirins and LMP recorded fifteen clicks of water. 
CAPCOM Roger. 

SC And - I haven't had a drink yet and I 

haven't taken any medicine lately. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

of water at 13130 
CAPCOM 

41. 

SC 

CAPCOM 
position anomaly. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
PAO 



Roger. 

Well, also the commander had twenty clicks 
Roger. About 30 seconds LOS Mercury at 
Roger. 

Apollo 7, Houston, you might try center 



Center position of what? 
Biomed switch. 

This is Apollo Control at 132 hours, 
13 minutes, ascension LOS. That was the command module 
pilot, Don Eisele in this pass over ascension. He's just 
up from his sleep period. He reports that Wally Schirra 
and Walt Cunningham have got into their sleeping bags, set- 
tling for 8 hours. He reported they - each took two aspir- 
ins at 132 hours elapsed time. That is the time their 
sleep period started. He reported he had gotten 8 solid hours 
of sleep, and that he has taken no medication lately. Also 
he reported that the therometer is broken so they can't 
tell whether they have fevers or not. The next station to 
acquire will be the Mercury at 132 hours, 41 minutes. This 
is Mission Control, Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1324100 (CDT 10:45 PM) 419/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control at 132 hours 

41 minutes. Apollo 7 is at Mercury now. 

SC (garble) when we got 

into altitude at the (garble) and everything (too much static 
to hear) at the horizon and such in the sextant. The fixed 
line of sight was very interesting. In fact it was pretty 
hard to pick out anything that you could use. There was one 
line that might pass for a repeatable line, but it was pretty 
tenuous. Subsequent to that, I did a T-52 auto optics check 
and found that the star was up there, but it was at a slightly 
different shaft and trunnion angle. That was the reason we 
• didn't pick it up. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC So the gist of it all was that I don't 

think it was a too worthwhile or realistic way to perform that 
program or it wasn't designed to be used that way so I suggest 
that if we have any time or fuel to play at this angle, we 
try to use the lunar landmarks and stars. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAPCOM Houston, go. 

Sc Roger, you were making some comments 

a while ago regarding power up and power down on the computer. 
CAPCOM Rog. _ 

sc When did you want to do that? Are you 

talking about the normal power up for the next sequence of 
act ivi ty ' 

CAPCOM Negative- The CMC updata is about 135 

hours, somewhere around there. a 
. sc Oh yeah. Okay. We could do it now and 

power down over the Canarys . 

CAPCOM Rog. Stand by. 

CAPCOM Rog. Donn, you can go ahead and power it 

up now. We'll power it up over Guam and then power down over 
Redstone. that , s cute> We got a re _ 

start light. 

CAPCOM Rog. That's normal. 

PA0 This is Apollo Control, 132 hours 49 min- 
utes. Guam has acquisition now. We'll continue with this 

PaSS * CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minutes to LOS 

Redstone at 13. 

SC Roger. 

CAPCOM And you passed the half-way mark while 

you were asleep, there. 

SC Yeah, that's great. Do you want me to 

power down the computer now or wait? 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1524100 (CDT 10:45 PM) 419/2 

CAPCOM Negative. Let's wait until we get to 

Redstone. 

SC Okay, I'll just let it simmer. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 132 hours 54 min- 
utes. Apollo 7 over the horizon at Guam now. The Redstone 
will acquire at 133 hours 13 minutes. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/16/68, GET: 1331300 (CDT ll:15p) 420/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 133 hours 13 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We now have acquisition 
at the Redstone tracking ship. Let's listen in. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Redstone. 

SC Roger Houston. 

CAP COM -Roger, loud and clear. Apollo 7, Houston 

you can power down anytime of the CMC and just prior to LOS 
sometime. 

SC 

CAP COM 
Apollo 7, Houston. 
SC 

CAP COM 
valve is open now. 
sure control valve? 

SC 

CAP COM 
leave it off the line. 

SC Okay, 
and two aspirin, please? 

CAP COM Missed the clicks, say again. 

SC 30 clicks on the water gun and 2 aspirin. 

CAP COM Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 133 hours 21 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're leaving Redstone 
acquisition and we're anticipating Canary Islands at 135:17, 
correction, Canaries 133:45. During this pass, Eisele indi- 
cated he had taken 30 clicks of water which is 15 ounces and 
2 aspirin and at 133 hours 21 minutes, this is Apollo Control. 



Okay. 

Apollo 7, Houston, opposite omni . 

Roger, Houston Go. 

Rog, looks like your back pressure 

Would you manually close the back pres- 

Roger, close it. 

Wait 15 minutes then re-service it and 



Would you log me 



water gun 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 13345100 CCDT 11:48) 421/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 133 hours, 

45 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have indicated 
that - at 13345 we would have acquisition at Canary Islands 
but it appears the ground tract is too far south for such 
acquisition. Therefore, we have another long dry spell. 
The next acquisition point will be the Redstone Tracking 
Ship at 13447. At 13346, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1344700 (CDT 12:49a) 422/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control 134 hours 47 min- 

utes into the Mission of Apollo 7. We are approaching the 
Redstone tracking ship once again, we should have acquisition 
in a very few seconds. Let's stand by. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. 

SC Hello dere. 

CAP COM Rog, this is Captain Moho from deep 

in the trenches of the MOCR. I've got a block data update 
for you Donn. 

SC Okay, sure (laughing) 

CAP COM I'm a big TV fan of yours now, Donn. 

SC Say again. 

CAP COM I say I'm a big TV fan of yours. I 

even had ray wife wake me up this morning to watch it. 

SC Oh, is that right? Well, go ahead 

with your update, trench man. 

CAP COM Rog. 087 dash 2 alpha +266 -0270 136 

29 19 3483, 088 dash 1 bravo +230 -0600 137 54 53 3591, 
089 dash 1 alpha +292 -0622 139 30 06 3430, 090 1 bravo 
+314 -0620 141 06 07 3386, 091 dash 1 alpha +291 -0622 142 
42 26 3541, 092 dash 1 alpha +224 -0630 144 16 25 3073. 
Standing by for readback. 

SC Okay 087 dash 2 alpha +266 -0270 136 

29 19 3483, 088 dash 1 bravo +200 - is that 20 or 230. 

CAP COM +230 

SC Roger, can't read my own writing. 

+230 -0600 137 54 53 3591, 089 dash 1 alpha +292 - 0622 139 

30 06 3430, 090 dash 1 -bravo +314 -0620 141 06 07 3386, 

091 dash 1 alpha +291 -0622 142 42 26 5541, 092 dash 1 alpha 
+224 - 0630 144 1.6 25 3073. 

CAP COM Readback is correct. 

SC Okay, could you give me a nav update 

and also a star chart update? 

CAP COM Rog, stand by. Apollo 7, Houston I 

have the map and star chart updates. 

SC Roger, go ahead. 

CAP COM Rev. 85 NODAL crossing 133 +39+58. 

33.0 West, for the map right ascension is 414. 

SC Roger, understand. Say again the 

speed rate ascension. 

CAP COM 4:14. 

SC Roger, I got 'cha, thank you. 

CAP COM Okay. (pause) Apollo 7, Houston, 

opposite omni please. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston, one minute LOS Red- 

stone, Canaries at 17. 

SC Okay . 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/17/68, GET: 1344700 (CDT 12:49a) 422/2 
PAD This is Apollo Control 134 hours 55 "in- 

2 nf hours and l?Vinu?es. This Is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1351700 (CDT 1:20) 423/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 135 hours, 

17 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're beginning 
our eighty sixth revolution. We're coming upon Canary Island 
acquistion in a very few seconds. Let's listen in. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston, through Canary. 

SC Roger. _ m 

CAPCOM Say, Donn, I have rather extensive infor- 

mation regaring this landmark tracking. I'd like to start 
pass it up. It's a lot of verbage - but I don't know how 

else to do it. 

SC Okay, standby. Go ahead, Bill. 

CAPCOM Right. 1 guess when I get through here 

all the talk is going to result in about - only two changes 
in the procedures. I would like to go through it so you 
get an idea of the thinking that has been going here. 

SC Okay, go ahead. 

CAPCOM All right. First point, tomorrow we 

will perform landmark tracking on the three REVS scheduled 
in the flight plan. That is on 90 - 91 and 92. And second 
point, on yesterday's or today's - it depends on how you 
look at it, landmark tracking the following problem resulted 
in auto optics not acquiring on all three landmarks. Or to 
say another way, this is the reason auto optics didn't work. 
The trunnion will not drive until the computed trunnion is 
less than 38 degrees. The shaft is driving at this time 
which gives the impression that it is acquiring. And appar- 
ently you started out with zero optics and with zero optics 
when the less than 38 degree trunnion occurs, the optics 
have then approximately 38 degrees to drive in trunnion to 
acquire the landmark. Now this 38 degrees plus a possible 
overshoot results in a thing hunting and the auto optics 
not acquiring. 

SC Okay, Bill. I know all that. What 

happened yesterday is that it never came out of zeros as 
I could tell. Maximum target got to the 38 degrees and did 
not appear to drive. And also on one of the landmarks, it 
was beyond the 38 degree limit the whole time. It was just 
laying off to one side. 

CAPCOM Roger. Okay, I was afraid of that. 

SC You see I don't know how it is supposed 

to work. It didn't because the - one landmark had an effect 
on two of them. It was beyond the fi«ld of view. 

CAPCOM On two of them it was beyond the field 

of view. , 
SC I know what happened. It never moved 

off center even when it got from within 38 degrees. Right 

now it is supposed to drive up and pick it up when you get 

within 38 degrees of it. 

CAPCOM Okay, I got the picture. Two of the 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1351700 (CDT 1:20) 423/2 



CAPCOM landmarks given to you - were acts beyond 

the limits. And one of them even after you got it within 
the 38 degrees, it never went off the stops in trunnion. 

Well, that's what it appeared to me, 



SC 
yeah. 

CACCOM 
to belabor that 
SC 

mean. My point 



Okay, thank you. Sorry I didn't mean 
point. 

No, that's okay, I understand what you 
about it not working - it doesn't do you 



any 



good. "I guess that is the point. 
. CAPCOM Okay, if it doesn't work, this procedure 

I was getting ready to go through is not going to be any 
good either. But - let me standby and take another look 
at this before I occupy your time. 

Sc That is okay, go ahead and read it up 

firSt CAPCOM Okay, they - the next point was the 

first landmark may have been too far out of plan. Appar- 
ently that's correct in what you said. On the second land- 
mark you may not have waited until the less than the 
38 degree constraint was met before - starting. Apparently, 
this is the time it would have come off zero 

SC Now wait a minute, 

waited until Walt said he saw the thing 
then I went for it manually and by that 
up to the center of the radio antenna. 
38 degrees and I did attempt to get on 
thought it was so close 
couldn't keep up on it. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

to pick it up. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
making, 



That's not true. I 
out the window and 
time it was almost 
Or well within the 
the track but I 



to center by then - the optics 



Okay. 
It never 



did drive out there automatic- 



ally 



Roger, that's the point - 
Zero with a shaft rolled around. 
Okay, well that's the point you are 
On the - on the third landmark, you 
keyed in aplus sign on the latitude. What that means is 
that maybe there was a wrong algebraic sign. 



just 



okay . 



SC 



Okay, that was my que 
duty and also had to go 
still - 

that was another 



That 
over 



was 
and 



also 
work 



one that was 
the thing outside the window on 



beyond the field of 
manually and it was 

CAPCOM Okay, 
beyond - 

SC Also, 
one also. 

CAPCOM Okay, thank you. 

Sc What was accomplished - apparently wnen 

these guys stay in the south - the relay south which means 
they got rolls pitching 15, 20 degrees for you to see it 



that 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1351700 (CDT 1:20) 423/3 

SC which is little bit far because that 

put it way out in a strange weak angle. 

CAPCOM That - okay, one more item. The follow- 

ing changes to procedures should result in successul auto 
optics. A, is - I am sure you already doing this Donn. I 
am going to go through it anyway. To provide earlier acqui- 
sition time revise step 5 in the procedure which I doubt 
you are even using to get to get the spacecraft equal to 
10 degrees versus 23 degrees. And I think you said down 
at the Cape you were using 10 degrees. 

SC That's what we have been using all along, 

y 6 ah < 

CAPCOM I didn't check in the checklist and that 

is my goof. Okay, and also I guess the point that is a 
little bit different here - I hadn't - I didn't know about 
it. When you call up - before you call up P22, mainly, - 
let me get this. Call P22, execute procedure through on- 
board checklist except mainly position shafts zero trunnion 



35 degrees prior to enter. 

SC Standby. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. We are coming upon 

LOS. We'll pick you up at - S-Band volume up at Honeysuckle. 
SC Okay. 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 135 hours, 



25 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7, We have just lost 
acquistion at Canary Islands. Our next acquisition point 
will again be the Redstone Tracking Ship at 13621. We're 
now in our eighty sixth revolution. You heard astronaut 
Eisele talk to CAPCOM Pogue here in the control center 
at some length concerning the auto optics. And the reason 
yesterday they did not function on the landmark tracking 
problems as they should have. Seemingly, centering around 
trunnion problems and landmarks being beyond the limits of 
auto optics system. At 135 hours, 25 minutes this is 
Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY , 10/17/68, GET: 1362100 (CDT 2:24a) 424/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 136 hours 21 min- 

utes into the mission. We now have voice acquisition at 
Redstone tracking ship. Let's listen in. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Redstone. 

SC Roger, Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM We'll try to carry on with this, ah - 

finish up the little blurb I have here on landmark tracking. 

SC Okay, go ahead. 

CAP COM Okay. This involves a suggested change 

in the procedure. At step 6 in the check list which is the 
Perform Auto Optics Position code, code 11, and it is a 
suggested change prior to the inter following that code 11. 
The idea is that after this Step 6, before you hit the inner 
button, manually position shaft zero trunion 35 degrees, 
trunion 35 degrees. 

SC Okay. They need to put a CNC. 

CAP COM Yes, affirmative. That's correct and 

then optic mode to CNC and then enter. 

SC Okay, I think I see what you're driving 

at. 

CAP COM Right. 

SC Do it that way. 

CAP COM Rog, it sets the trunion to a better 

initial value to minimize the auto optics acquisition time. 
SC Okay. 

CAP COM Let's see. Couple more items here. 

If unable to acquire target, then track unknown landmarks 
such as coast lines, et cetera. 

SC Ah, roger, that's a good deal. 

CAP COM After landmark tracking, we want to 

perform a sextant star observation with approximately 35 deg- 
ree line of sight to the Sun. The scanning telescope test 
data correlates well with what was predicted and we are sat- 
isfied with that data. After this test, the Star Count Test, 
will be closed. 

SC Roger. Say again, you want to do what 

now? 

CAP COM After landmark tracking, we want to 

perform a sextant star observation with approximately 35 deg- 
ree line of sight to the Sun. 

SC Oh, I see what you mean. Okay. 

CAP COM ■ We will update that in the flight plan 
and by the way that flight plan update I'll start over Antigua. 

SC Rog. 

CAP COM One final item. We are considering 

star lunar horizon sightings for later in the flight. 

SC Roger. You better make it pretty soon. 

That Sun is going lower each day. It's receding toward the 



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SC East and there isn't much left now. 

Much space between it and the Sun I mean. 
CAP COM Rog. Okay. 

SC I was thinking perhaps, Bill are you 

still there? 

CAP COM Rog, Go. 

SC After the last landmark pass, on that 

night pass, following that if we perhaps could do the sextant 
check then, sextant er I mean the lunar landmark check. 

CAP COM We'll take a look at that. Sounds like 

a good idea. 

SC Bill, I've been watching it come up and 

it's in a good position. I can use any one of about three 
stars plus I think I can either get a landmark or the lunar 
or the limb of the Moon either one, but it's receding toward 
the East and if we wait another day or two, I'm afraid we're 
not going to have any nightime left with the Moon up. 

CAP COM Well, that's a good point there. Those 

three stars you mentioned there, are those Apollo stars? 

SC Yeah, there's Alpheratz and Procyon and 

ah, there's one other one I'll have to look - oh, Regulus 
except it's a little too close. 

CAP COM Okay, thank you. 

SC ... Denebola. 

CAP COM Donn, would you turn the 02 tank two 

fans on for about three minutes. 

SC Sure will. (pause) Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Go. 

SC Roger, I've got a comment relative to 

that star count. I hope the daylight star people are not 
reading too much into these results we're getting. The fact 
is unless you can see 40 or 50 stars out there, you can't 
see enough to really say what part of the sky you're looking 
at, 

CAP COM Okay, I've got it written down. 

SC (cutting out) hard to identify even 

though you can see goodly numbers sometimes, you don't know 
what they are. 

CAP COM Right. (pause) Apollo 7, Houston, 

one minute LOS Redstone. You can turn those fans back off 
and we'll have Antigua at 39. 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 136 hours 29 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We are completing our 
86th revolution going into our 87th revolution very shortly. 
Anticipating contact with Antigua at 36 hours 39 minutes into 
the mission. That pass you heard Astronaut Pogue in the Con- 
trol Center and Astronaut Eisele in the spacecraft have a 



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PAO conversation concerning landmark track- 

int, sextant star observation, they're considering star lunar 
horizon sightings later on in the flight, had some conversa- 
tion concerning that. Eisele also indicated that the stars 
are hard to identify. At 136 hours 30 minutes into the 
Mission of Apollo 7, this is Apollo Control. 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1363400 (CDT 2:42) 425/1 



PAO 



This is Apollo Control, 136 hours, 



Apollo 7, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston 
have a flight plan update when you get 



39 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming upon 
acquistion with Antigua Tracking Station, beginning our 
eighty seventh revolution. Let's listen at it. 
CAPCOM ----- ... 

through Antigua 
ready to copy. 
SC 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
at about 140 hours. 



Standby a minute. 
Okay, standing by. 
Go ahead, Bill. 

Roger. We'll be starting on page 2-48 
And over there in the box where it says 
Go no go 106-1, the next item is state vector and - let's 
see we'll be passing that up at 14243. 

That's your time tag? 



SC 

CAPCOM 
correct . 

SC 

CAPCOM 
And for the 

SC 

CAPCOM 

also get landmark ID updates. 



That's your time tag, excuse me. That's 
Okay. 

And delete the reference to the W matrix, 
landmarks, we have a T align of 141 plus 14. 

Roger, understand. T aline 141 plus 14. 
Affirmative. And at that time you'll 



SC 
CAPCOM 



TV. 



Okay. 

On next page at 140 hours, add set up 



SC Say again time. 

CAPCOM 140 hours . 

SC Roger, set up TV. 

CAPCOM At 141 plus 12, add TV on. This is 

2 minutes before Texas acquisition. 

SC Roger. TV on at 141 plus 2. 

CAPCOM Affirmative. At 141 plus 30 add fuel 

cell 02 purge. 

SC Okay, fuel cell purge at 30 for oxygen. 

CAPCOM Affirmative. At 142 plus 35, replace 

the - 3 by 3. On the P22 orb nav there is a parenthetical 
insertion there 9 by 9, make that 3 by 3. 

SC All right, I don't understand. You 

don't do that onboard, do you? 

CAPCOM Negative. 

SC I understood that that meant - 

CAPCOM Okay, okay, forget it, sorry. Okay, now 

at 143 plus 40 add state vector update P52 permitting. What 
that means is they'll give you a state vector update and if 
it doesn't interfere with the P52. 

SC Okay. What time is that - 14330? 

CAPCOM 143 plus 40. 

SC Okay, very good. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1363400 (CDT 2:42) 425/2 



CAPCOM And we need opposite anomaly. You still 

reading me, Apollo 7. 

SC Roger, go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay, I thought maybe we had lost you 

there. At 145 plus 20, state vector update P52 permitting 
and again that means if it doens't interfere with PS2. 

SC Okay , 

CAPCOM At 146 hours, replace that box over 

there, scanning telescope star count and make that sextant 
star count. 

SC Okay. 

CAPCOM Now at 146 plus 40, we put a P23 in 

there for mid course and that's the one you were just talking 
think. We just added that. 

Can you say that one again? 
At 146 plus 35 or 40, somewhere right 



about I 
SC 

CAPCOM 
along in there. 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
to your remarks . 
SC 

CAPCOM 
in Canary. 
PAO 

minutes into 
plan updates in 
set up a TV; 141 



What are you going 
P23 mid course. 
Oh, okay. 

We, just stuck that 



there 



in there in response 



Okay. 
We're 



coming upon LOS. I'll pick you 



up 
47 



This is Apollo Control, 136 hours, 
the mission. We had a series of flight 
that pass as we heard. In 140 hours, they'll 
hours, 12 minutes the TV will be turned 
on which be 2 minutes before Texas acquisition tomorrow or 
rather this morning. We have several minutes to wait before 
the pass at Canary Islands, 2 minutes to be exact. So 



pass 

we'll standby for conversation at Canary Islands 

CAPCOM 
do you read? 

SC 

CAPCOM 
thing. At 147 
telescope star 



so forth, 
and that's 
SC 

CAPCOM 
148 hours G 
SC 

CAPCOM 
hours where 
just 



Apollo 7, Houston, through Canary. How 
Loud and clear. 

Very good. I'll continue on with this 
hours, in your flight plan, there is a 
count and - with the sun line of sight and 
make that coentry there a sextant star count 



Just 
it. 

Okay. 
Okay, at 
§ N and also SCS 
Roger. 
Delete the 
it says that G 5 N 
scratch through that. 
SC Roger. 



148 hours on 
power down. 



entry 
power 



down 
down 



the - page 2-51 



at 149 plus 30 
and SCS power down 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1363400 (CDT 2:42) 42S/3 



CAPCOM And right above at 149 plus 10, delete 

P23 star horizon sightings. 

SC Roger. Delete star horizon sightings. 

CAPCOM Move over to the next column at 150 plus 

OS H2 heaters on and at - 

SC Okay . 

CAPCOM And at 150 plus 25 fuel cell H2 purge. 

SC Got it. 

CAPCOM Okay, that's the end of the update. Have 



a relative listing of priorities which are probably well 
familiar to you. I'll pass them on up anyway. In order of 
priority most important first, the P22, a minimum of 2 suc- 
cessful REVS and three landmarks each REV. The P52's, two 
of them during the night pass between the P22's and then 
third and lowest priority of the sextant star count. 



SC Roger, got it, 

CAPCOM Okay, that is the end of the update. 

SC Okay . 

PAO This is Apollo Control, 136 hours, 



58 minutes into the mission. We have lost of signal at 
Canaries. We will pick up Canarvon at 13727. One interest- 
ing thing that has been indicated to Flight Director, Griffin 
on this shift is that the S4-B stage, Saturn Booster, should 
reenter at 166 hours ground elapsed time. That's the seventh 
day into the mission. At 136 hours, 59 minutes, this is 
Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1372700 (CDT 3:30a) 426/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control 137 hours 27 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coining up on Carnar- 
von at this time, we should have acquisition shortly, let's 
listen in. 

CAP COM Houston, through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, Houston. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston, LOS Carnarvon in 

about one minute. You can turn your S-band volume up in 
about three minutes for Honeysuckle. 

SC Roger, Bill. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 137 hours 33 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're standing by through 
the Honeysuckle pass' for some - another some seven minutes . 
It does not appear that there will be any more voice conver- 
sation but we'll stand by anyway. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, ^Houston through Honeysuckle. 

SC Roger, Houston, Apollo 7. Houston, 

Apollo 7, go. 

CAP COM Rog, I was just announcing acquisition 

Honeysuckle. 

SC Roger, come in fine this time. 

CAP COM Good, I'm reading you five by two. 

SC I just took some neat pictures over 

Australia. At least I hope they turn out neat. 

CAP COM Good. Do you have a frame number or 

anything. 

SC Yes, stand by, I'll get it squared 

away and . . . for you. 

CAP COM Okay. How are you feeling today? 

SC Oh, pretty good. * 

CAP COM Did you sleep pretty solid last night? 

SC Yeah, sure did. (pause) Okay, ... 

frames 116 through 123. 

CAP COM 116 through 123. 

SC Roger, the time was 137 hours 30 min- 

utes through about 34 minutes . 

CAP COM Roger, 137 + 30 through 137 + 40. 

SC Negative, 34. 

CAP COM 34, I understand. 

SC About a 4 minute period there. 

CAP COM Roger, understand 4 minute period. 

How's the camera working? 

SC It's holding up real well. 

CAP COM Thought I heard Walt say something 

there about it not working right or you were having some 
trouble with it. 

SC Well, we were earlier in the flight. 

Seemed to be gummed up. 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1372700 (CDT 3:30a) 426/2 
CAP COM Good . 

sc But Wally took some - there was some 

old grease in there real gummy stuff, took that out of there, 
we put a little light oil that we had m our medical kit, 
that nose cream. 

CAP COM Rog. 

sc it's been working pretty well ever 

since. (pause) Bill, log me another 20 clicks of water 

PleaS CAP COM Roger, 20 clicks. Also, Donn have a 

Question regarding the ah - when you make a water dump, how - 
Tol lnZ you reposed that it effected the optics for a 
period of time and a question, how long does it affect your 
ability to see through the optics when you make a dump? 

SC Rog, well what happens is anytime you 

dump fluids ... permits it they turn to ice crystals, the 
suS P renects off of them and its pillions of <em out there. 

during awater dump or urine dump why it will persist 
for oh three or four minutes anyway like somebody s . . . 

CAP COM Ro g • 

sc ... know once in a while when your 

driving the optics ... to see little flakes of something 
come out on account of that 1 don't know what the source of 

tHat -ltl le C0H° n Okay, but from the time you first see 
this stuff, these crystals, it takes three or four minutes 
for them to disperse enough so that the optics are usable 
again. Is that a correct assumption? , nnng >- 
s sc At least that long, it may be longer 

than that. What usually happens you're either in complete 
darknesT or complete daylight within that three or four min- 
ute period so I really couldn't say if you were in deep space 
how long it would take for those to disburse. 
CAP COM Okay . 

sc ... say on the translunar operation 

you would not want ah to be dumping water anytime here before 

vour optics operations. . 

CAP COM Okay, I've got that copied down. Also, 

while I'm bugging you I've got a question here from the medic 
le wants to W if you coughed about two minutes ago 

sc (laughing) Matter of fact I did. i 

was drinking a drink of water and there was some gas came 

out of the water gun. , 

CAP COM Okay, and did you turn your head? 

cr (laughing) No I did not. 

PA0 This is Apollo Control 137 hours 42 min- 

utes into the mission. We're anticipating Redstone tracking 
ship at 137 hours 56 minutes. At 137:43 this is Apollo 
Control . 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1375600 (CDT 3:59) 427 

PA0 This is Apollo Control. We're coming 

upon Redstone with Apollo 7. Let's listen in. 

CAPCOM Roger, Houston. Apollo 7, Houston, 

1 minute LOS Redstone, MILA 12. 

SC Roger, 12 for MILA. 

PAo This is Apollo Control, 138 hours, 

and 2 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're now 
losing acquisition at Redstone Tracking Ship. The next 
contact will be the MILA facility at Cape Kennedy, Florida, 
138 hours, and 12 minutes, 10 minutes from this time. At 
13802, this is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1381200 (CDT 4:15) 428/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control 138 hours 12 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up on acqui- 
sition of Mila and Florida. Just acquired, let's listen in. 



TAP 


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Roger, Houston, Apollo 7. 


CAP 


COM 


Rog, Apollo 7, request BAT C voltage 


please . 






SC 




(garbled) 


CAP 


COM 


Would you say again, Donn. 


SC 




36.0 


CAP 


COM 


Rog, 36.0. 


SC 




Okay. 


CAP 


COM 


Apollo 7, Houston, one minute LOS 


Antigua, 


Canaries 


at 25. 


SC 




Roger, understand Canaries at 25. 


PAO 




This is Apollo Control 138 hours 



21 minutes into the mission. We're anticipating contact 
with the Canary Island station at 138:25. This is Apollo 
Control . 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/16/68, GET: 1382500 (CDT 4:28) 429/1 



PAO 

25 minutes into the 
last couple of passe 
conversation on the 
conversation. 

CAPCOM 

SC 

CAPCOM 
We have about 1 more 
the - through Madrid 
a minute and a half 

SC 

CAPCOM 

up. * 

SC 

CAPCOM 
Madrid. How do you 
GODDARD VOICE 
CAPCOM 
PAO 

33 minutes into the 
tions try with Madri 
heard. We're antici 
utes. At 13834, thi 



This is Apollo Control, 138 
mission of Apollo 7. Judgi 
s, we do not anticipate any 
Canary Islands Pass, but le 



hours , 
ng from our 

startling 
t's join the 



Apollo 7, Houston, through 
Roger, Houston, Apollo 7. 
Apollo 7, Houston, 1 minute 
minute that we can use on 
I want to give you a cal 
just to see if it is workin 
Okay, go ahead. 

And you won't need your S-Band volume 



Canary . 

LOS Canary. 
1 in about 



understand that. 

7, Houston, transmitting through 



Roger, 
Apollo 
read? 

Madrid air to ground. 
Apollo 7, Houston. How do 
This is Apollo Control, 138 
mission of Apollo 7. At la 
d, did not produce an answe 
pating Carnarvon at 138 hou 
s is Apollo Control. 



you read? 

hours , 
st communica- 
r that we 
rs , 59 min- 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1385900 (CDT 5:02a) 430/1 

PAO This is Apollo Control 138 hours 

59 minutes. In the 88th revolution of the Apollo 7 flight 
we're now approaching Carnarvon and in a few seconds should 
have acquisition. Let's stand by. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Carnarvon. 

SC Roger, Houston, Apollo 7, Go. 

CAP COM Roger, acquisition Carnarvon. 

SC Bill, I think I'm going to power up 

a little early and try to get P-51 done on this night pass. 

CAP COM Okay. You're going ahead - you'll 

do it in about 10 minutes? 

SC Rog. 

CAP COM Okay, 

SC Calls for it at 30 minutes after the 

hour. Think I'll go ahead and do it now. 

CAP COM Okay. I'm changing my flight plan 

accordingly. 

SC Rog. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 139 hours 5 min- 

utes into the mission. We just heard Astronaut Eisele indi- 
cate to Cap Com Pogue here in the Control Center that he was 
powering up a little early to get the P-51 Program in a night 
pass and he was doing it at that time at 139:59. The P-51 
Program is inertial measuring unit orientation and he is now 
in the middle of that program and we probably will have little 
voice contact but we'll stand by through this pass. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. Coming up on LOS 

Carnarvon, S-band volume up for Honeysuckle. 

SC Roger.* 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston, Go. 

SC Alright Houston, Apollo 7, Go. 

CAP COM I'm sorry Donn I thought you called 

me . 

SC No. I'll give you a S-band here. 

CAP COM Yeah, (pause) Apollo 7, Houston, one 

minute LOS Honeysuckle, Texas at 41. 
SC Roger. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston. We'll have a nav 

vector for you at Texas . 

SC Roger. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 139 hours 16 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We've lost acquisition 
at Honeysuckle, we are coming up the pike to Texas. We're 
anticipating Texas acquisition at 139:44. At 139:16, this 
is Apollo Control. 



END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1394100 (CDT5:44a) 431/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control 139 hours 41 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We're coming up now on 
the acquisition point for Texas. We should acquire in a very 
few seconds, let's join in. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston through Texas. 

SC Roger, Houston, Apollo 7. 

CAP COM Alright, Donn, I've got quite a bit of 

coolie work for you to do here, have a landmark update, a 
P-27 manual pad and a nav vector to pass up when you're 
ready. 

SC Houston, stand by. 

CAP COM Rog. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston, let me know when 

you're ready to copy. 

SC Okay, I'm ready which one you want 

first . 

CAP COM Do you want to take the landmark first? 

SC Okay, just a minute. 

CAP COM Well, if you have the other one I'll 

go with it, I just didn't know which one you got. 

SC Okay, I'll take the landmark. 

CAP COM Right. The T-align you already have 

141 + 14. Okay I'll give you the three landmark first ID is 
8/South, GET is 142 + 47, shaft 140, trunnion 300. Second, 
ID is 37/North, GET of landmark 142 + 54, shaft 49 0, trun- 
ion 3 - I'll have to give you the trunnion on the second land- 
mark in just a minute, I'm going on to the third, landmark 
ID is 209/South, GET 143 + 09, shaft 100, trunnion 310. 

SC Rog, I don't understand the shaft 

angle is that in tenths of degrees or what? 

CAP COM It must be, let me check. 

SC Okay . 

CAP COM Donn, could we have accept please and 

we'll go ahead and send up that nav vector. 
SC Rog, got it. 

CAP COM Rog, Donn, you don't need that shaft 

and trunnion angles, I shouldn't have sent those up. 

SC That's okay, I like to have them. 

CAP COM But, you're right its one decimal place. 

And the trunnion on the second landmark was 36.0. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Okay, I have a P-27 update when you 

are ready to copy. 

SC Roger, go ahead. 

CAP COM Rog. This will be for CSM nav vector. 

Verb 71, 142 + 43 + 00, index 21, 01605 00001 76332 41236 
14021 22711 04330 14421 51621 42274 71220 62676 11564 11455 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1394100 (CDT 5:44a) 431/2 



CAP COM 06077 33520. I have a nav check. 

Nav check 142 13 0000 -3070 +11887 1438. Standing by for 

SC * Roger. CSM Verb 71 142 43 00, index 21 

01605 4 balls one 76332 41236 14021 22711 04330 14421 51621 
42274 71220 62676 11564 11455 06077 33520. Nav check 142 
13 00 00 -3070 +11877 1438. 

CAP COM Readback is correct. And the computer 

is yours . 

SC This nav check goes with this state 

vector right? 

CAP COM Right. That's in case you need to 

fall back on it. 

SC (garble) (pause) Ah, Bill. 

CAP COM Yes. 

SC I don't understand this shaft angle 

up in second star. If the target's to the North how can I 

have a shaft angle 49 degrees. 

CAP COM Stand by, I'll check on it. Apollo 7, 

Houston. 

SC Roger. 

CAP COM Hey, Donn, you are right. That should 

be 311, 311 degrees. In other words, that was a minus 49 

SC Oh, I get it. Bill, I gather 

then these shaft and Sun angles mean that with the . . . 
angle that's where the target will be ... 

CAP COM That is my impression and I'll get 

that straightened out, too. 

SC Rog. 

CAP COM Yes, I've been told that's correct. 

SC Okay, fine. 

CAP COM Apollo 7, Houston -- 

SC Got a little range on that second one. 

... pulling in a little closer. 

CAP COM I'm sorry Donn, I cut you out. Say 

again please. 

SC Roger, disregard. 

CAP COM Right, Apollo 7, Houston you have GO 

for 106 dash one. 

SC Roger. Stand GO for 106 dash one. 

CAP COM Rog. Apollo 7, Houston coming up on 

LOS, Canary at 59. 

SC Roger, understand. 

PAO This is Apollo Control 139 hours 55 min- 

utes into the mission of Apollo 7. We will be acquiring at 
Canary Islands at 139:59, about four minutes from this time. 
Ah, during this last pass, we had passed up to the crew 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1394100 (CDT S:44a) 431/3 

PAO through CAPCOM Pogue the GO for 106 

dash one. That is GO for 10S orbits at 139:55, this is 
Apollo Control. 

END OF TAPE 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1395900 (CDT 6:03) 432/1 



This is Apollo Control, 139 hours 



PAO 

59 minutes into the mission of Apollo 
now in acquisition 
Let's listen in. 
CAPCOM 



We're coming up 
with Canary Islands Tracking Station. 

7, Houston, through Canary. 



SC 

CAPCOM 
ACCEPT; you 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

CAPCOM 
SC 

dome for the 



You're still in 



Apollo 
Roger. 

Apollo 7, Houston 
can go to block if you wish. 
Roger, block. 
All right, thank you. 
This is Apollo 7, over. 
Apollo 7, Houston, GO. 
Roger. Could you give me the astral 
sextant star count later on today? I don't 



understand why we 
CAPCOM 
SC 

about 127 hours, 



*re doing that. 

Would you say again, please? 
In the sextant star count scheduled for 
I just wondered why we were doing it since 



we have already done the star count. 



CAPCOM 
We'll get back with 
SC 

CAPCOM 
Apollo 7, Houston, 
select another omni 

SC 

CAPCOM 
LOS Canary, 
SC 
PAO 



Okay, standby one. Apollo 7, Houston, 
you on that one. 
Okay. Sextant in the daytime. 
Apollo 7, Houston, opposite omni. 
We're still not reading you. Would you 



for maximum strength, please? 
Roger, this is channel four. 
Right. Apollo 7, Houston, coming 
Carnarvon at 33. 
Roger . 

This is Apollo Control, 140 hours, 



up 



6 minutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We have 
signal at Canary Island Tracking Station at this 
next acquisition point will be Canarvon at 14033, 
this is Apollo Control. 



lost our 
time. Our 
At 14006, 



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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 14015 (CDT 6:18) 433/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control, 140 hours, 

15 ninutes into the mission of Apollo 7. We'll have a 
wrapup of the activities for the past 8 hours or going on 
8 hours. And we will start back at revolution 84, 133 hours, 
13 minutes into the mission. It was at a time when astro- 
naut Eisele indicated that he had 30 clicks of water or 
13 ounces and two aspirins. He had some contact with the 
ground. Schirra and Cunningham were in their sleeping bags 
and sleep mode. Things were very quiet through this night 
time. They gave at 133 hours, 47 minutes the current cryo- 
genic quantities were given in the form of plus 66 pounds 
of oxygen. In other words, 66 more pounds of oxygen than 
had been planned for, plus 1 pound of hydrogen up to that 
point in the mission. Information came in that the S-IV 
reentry - that's the S-IVB stage of the Saturn launch vehi- 
cle that is in orbit presently - should be 166 hours. That's 
the seventh day of the mission it should reenter the earth's 
atmosphere. They have updates on the flight plan. At 
135 hours, 17 minutes, astronaut Pogue, the CapCom, indicat- 
ing that landmark tracking would occur during revolutions 90, 
91, and 92. Landmark tracking - of yesterday wasn't so 
good because the optics didn't out too well. There was a 
trunnion problem. Eisele indicated at 136 hours, 21 min- 
utes, in looking for stars they were hard to identify even 
if there was a star field with several stars apparent. The 
stars themselves individually were hard to identify. At revolu- 
tion 87, 137 hours, Eisele indicated he just took some neat ~ 
pictures of Australia. And he also indicated going back a 
bit that he had slept well. He also said that hardening 
back to a problem with their camera - the camera was working 
well. And again told about taking out the gummy grease as 
he called it and putting nose cream - applying nose cream 
to parts of the camera. And now it was operating very 
nicely. He also indicated at that time twenty more clicks 
of water. That's 10 ounces. And in a conversation with 
Pogue here in the Control Center, we've talked about water 
'dumps interfering with the optics operations. In that 
interference - it seemed to be the water dump turns to an 
icy crisp - or turns to icy crystals after the dump. And 
for 3 or 4 minutes at least, the optics are sort of unusable. 
And then they are usable again after the ice crystals clear 
away. Things were very quiet - up through Carnarvon. AT 
138 hours, 59 minutes in revolution 88 when Eisele 
indicated he was powering up a little bit early to get the 
P51 program which is the inertial measuring unit - going 
in a night pass. He wanted to get it operational in the 
night pass and he was doing it at that time. At 139 hours, 
41 minutes, there was a landmark update. And had a GO for 
106-1 which means 105 revolutions. The flight plan update 



APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 14015 (CDT 6:18) 



433/2 



PAO for today - indicates that for the most 

part we have orbital navigation, landmark trackings, sextant 
star counts, and we have synoptic weather photography S006 
photography, a synoptic weather of the south Atlantic and 
of North Africa and we have terrain photography, synoptic 
terrain photography, S005 experiments, taking pictures of 
Lake Chad area in North Africa and the southwest coast of 
Africa. The command nodule computer will be powered up but 
the spacecraft positioning will be controlled by the astro- 
naut's use of the manual attitude hand controller, for such 
attitudes that they should have. That update goes through 
152 hours of the mission. We are now at 140 hours, 21 minutes. 
The television schedule for today, Thursday, is 7:15 am. 
They will unstow, or have uns towed, and set up the TV at 140 
hours into the mission, or 22 minutes ago, and they are 
scheduled to power up the camera at 141 hours, 12 minutes into 
the mission. That will be about 2 minutes before Texas 
acquisition. We have on the sighting table for this morning 
on the 17th of October, for the S4B stage, it will approach 
from the southwest at 7:10 am, Central Daylight Time, max- 
imum elevation 27 degrees due south at 7:14 am, Central 
Daylight Time, and it will leave us here in Texas going due 
east at 7:17 am, and it should be visible. The command 
and service module approached from the southwest at 7:16 am 
maximum elevation 30 degrees due south at 7:20 am and will 
leave due east 7:23 am. At 140 hours, 23 minutes into the 
mission, this is Apollo Control, 

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APOLLO 7 COMMENTARY, 10/17/68, GET: 1403300 (CDT 6:37a) 434/1 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 140 hours 

34 minutes into the mission. At the present time the space- 
craft is coming up on the Carnarvon, Australian tracking 
center and we anticipate that the crew would be having 
breakfast at this time. Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham 
having completed their sleep cycles and we'll stand by here 
as CAPCOM Jack Swigert prepares to put in a call to the 
crew over Carnarvon. At the present time here in the Control 
Center, we are undergoing a change of shifts with flight 
director Glynn Lunney's team coming on to replace that of 
flight director Gerry Griffin and our CAPCOM at the present 
time is Astronaut Jack Swigert who has just put in a call 
to the crew. We'll pick up that conversation now over Car- 
narvon. 

SC Okay, go ahead. What do you want? 

CAP COM Okay, first we'd like to put the DC 

indicator switch to either Main A or Main B. 

SC Okay, it's on Main A. 

CAP COM Okay and then on panel five, we'd 

like to open the following circuit breaker, the BAT relay 
buss at A circuit breaker. 

SC Stand by. Roger Pan relay buss BAT 

A going open now. 

CAP COM Okay, and we're going to leave it 

open here to get some time data. We'll close it just 
before LOS Honeysuckle. 

SC Okay. 

CAP COM What we'll do is we'll repeat the 

following procedure for Battery B over the states. 
SC Okay . 

CAP COM And, Donn, on the question you had 

on the sextant star count, what we had done before was 
the scanning telescope star count. This is a little differ- 
ent, we get a 37 degree LOS with the Sun. 

SC Rog, I understand. I thought the 

sextant count was to be used in case the telescope count 
didn't pan out and since we did get, we did succeed in 
getting star counts on two lines of sight there I don't 
understand why we have to do it again. I've already veri- 
fied that you can see stars in the sextant in the daytime. 

CAP COM Okay, stand by. Donn, it's the line 

of sight that they feel that's important. We haven't done 
anything quite that close to the Sun before. 

SC Rog, we'll discuss it and call 

you back later. That's eating into my sleep time for one 
thing so I guess Walt can do it then. 

CAP COM Okay. This is the last test we're 

going to do on that, Donn. 



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SC 

CAP COM 
2 fans ON for 
SC 

Apollo 7, over. 
CAP COM 
SC 

indicate that we 
02 is still 245 

CAP COM 
Houston, we got 
to turn up your 

SC 

PA0 

a brief dropout 
of range of the 



Yes, okay. 

Donn, could you place your OZ tank 
three minutes and then OFF. 

Roger, 2 going ON. (pause) Houston 



Good morning, Walt. 
Roger. Morning reports seem to 
re not ... in this cabin. Partial pressure 
millimeters . 

roger, copied that. Apollo 7, 
about one minute LOS Carnarvon. You want 
S-band volume for Honeysuckle. 
Roger. 

This is Mission Control. We'll have 
of signal now as the spacecraft passes out 
Carnarvon station. We'll be acquiring again 
in about one minute as we come back in range of the Honey- 
suckle station over in eastern Australia. During that pass 
over Carnarvon, you heard Donn Eisele comment with the flight 
controllers on the ground pertaining to the use of the sex- 
tant for star count and the ground advised that they would 
like to do another sextant star count at a different side 
angle. We also heard reference to recycling of the upper 
two oxygen cryogenic tank fans. This is a procedure that 
apparently is working quite well in preventing momentary 
overvoltages on the AC busses. We also heard their problem. 
Walt Cunningham for the first time since he began his sleep 
cycle, over 8 hours ago, still haven't heard from Commander 
Wally Schirra at this point, and Cunningham advised that 
the partial pressure of oxygen in the cabin is now up to 
245 mm of mercury. That is well above the partial pressure 
or oxygen content that we have here at sea level. So that 
enrichment process of the cabin atmosphere is continuing 
and will continue throughout the mission, probably never 
reaching pure 02 in the cabin. We would expect to have a 
small amount of nitrogen left in the cabin at reentry. We 
will stand by now as the spacecraft moves to within range 
of Honeysuckle and we should be reacquiring again in just 
a few seconds from now. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston. You can close 

Batt relay buss, batt A circuit breaker now. 



SC 
CAPCOM 
SC 

home stand. 
CAPCOM 
SC 

there it was 
CAPCOM 
battery buss 



Good morning, Jack. 
Good morning, Wally, how are you? 
Very good. Did we just go over Penney' s 



Kind of 
Yes, it 
very pretty. 

Roger. 

A? 



looks that way. 

was up loud and clear, sitting 
Did you copy the closure of 



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SC (garble) 

CAPCOM Okay, real fine. 

SC We can see Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, 

they stood out clear as a bell in the coastal area. 
CAPCOM Roger. 
SC That's dark. 

Sc I can even see the Southern Cross at 

this time, so Penny can feel pretty good about the flag up 
in our office. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

Sc Jack, do you have a map update handy? 

CAPCOM They are doing one. 

CAPCOM Okay, Walt, here is your map update. 

SC Go ahead. 

CAPCOM Okay. For rev 89, a GET of the node 

is 1410355, longitude 146.7 degrees west. We are pretty 
close to LOS Honeysuckle, pick you up at the Huntsville at - 

PAO Evidently the spacecraft has passed 

out of range of the Honeysuckle station. You heard CAPCOM 
Jack Swigert advise the crew that we will be reacquiring 
over the tracking ship Huntsville in about 18 minutes. 
The spacecraft will continue to pass on up across the Pacific 
and on over the Guaymas , Mexico tracking station. We are 
scheduled to acquire at Texas, the Corpus Christi station, 
at 141 hours 12 minutes ground elapsed time for that tele- 
vision pass over the United States this morning. That will 
be about 7: IS am Houston time. At 140 hours 51 minutes into 
the mission, this is Apollo Control. 



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PAO This is Apollo Control at 141 hours 

8 minutes into the mission. The Apollo 7 spacecraft at 
the present time is coming up south of the tracking ship 
Huntsville in the western Pacific. We should be acquiring 
there shortly. We've just shown that we do have acquisition 
and we expect a call to go in to the crew from CAPCOM John 
Swigert momentarily. Coming up on our stateside pass with 
the television transmission this morning, and we anticipate 
we will be acquiring at the Texas station, Corpus Christi, 
Texas, about 3 or 4 minutes from now. We'll stand by now 
for the CAPCOM to put in a call to the crew over Huntsville. 

PAO We have been advised that the converter 

from the Texas site, the one that gave us a little trouble 
yesterday, appears to be working well this morning. We're 
getting a signal from the station, a test pattern on our 
screens, we just now put in a call to the crew. We'll pick 
up conversations from the Huntsville. 

PAO We have just gone out of range of the 

Huntsville, we'll be reacquiring at Guaymas , Mexico shortly. 
The spacecraft ground track on this pass over the southern 
part of the North American continent will actually take us 
down below Baja, California, and out on across the central 
part of Mexico. We'll cross over about a third of the way 
down into the Gulf of Mexico and continue on across the 
Gulf and out over the upper part of the Florida peninsula 
into the Atlantic. Here is the call now to the crew through 
Guaymas . 

CAPCOM Could I verify that the 02 tank 2 fans 

are off now? 

SC We'll check it. 

SC Give us a call, Jack, when you pick up 

the picture, will you? 

CAPCOM Will do, Walt, and what we would like 

to do is get an open circuit check on battery B now and 
while we're going across the states now could we put the 
DC indicator switch at main A or main B and then pull the 
better relay bus bat B circuit breaker? 

SC I pulled the circuit breaker in battery 

bus B bat relay bus. 

CAPCOM Okay, fine Walt. We'll give it about 

10 minutes and I'll ask you to close it. 

SC Okay. 

PAO The crew aboard Apollo 7 at the present 

time carrying out some last minute functions before we begin 
this television pass. They should have the TV camera on 
and warming up at the present time. Now we're just a little 
over a minute from acquisition at the Texas site and first 
resumption of those television pictures. 

PAO And we are starting to get the first 

flickering of the picture. It fades in, and we have the 
picture dropping out again. There we have a good solid picture 



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PAO and we'll take a look at that. 

CAPCOM We've got the picture now Walt. 

SC ■ Roger and good morning. We are with 

you today while passing over the states to give you our 
daily ritual. 

SC Walt, would you please go over and dolly 

up the camera. I wonder what time it is . I'll call up the 
computer clock time and take a look. 

CAPCOM Okay, the picture isn't the best right 

at this time, Wally. 

SC This is where we stand and you'll note it's 

just about the time (garble) time, I'm not sure which way you look 
at it, we have our situation completely solved. We now know 
what our orientation is. Now if you'll toss the camera now, 
I'll continue the tour of the cockpit for the people. 



CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, opposite omni. 

PAO We're going to switch antennas here to 

try and improve the picture a little bit. 

SC (break in on talk) you'll see out. That 



is a new picture of the camera crew today. They're looking 
from the commander's seat over to the number 01 window. And 
you see the sun just starting to come into the window and it 
gives out a bright glare, and you may notice there is some 
of the collection of deposit on the window as I zoom in this 
■orning. This window has given us some trouble in that it 
is near our dump system and it caught some of the debris on 
it. Next to the window is the optical site which we use 
for accurate alinement for the window. We come over to 
the number 02 window with the markings on it. These markings 
are used to orient the spacecraft if we have no other guidance 
system available and it gives us the pitch angle in relation 
to the visible horizon of the earth and it has numbers such 
as 05 10 15 20 25 30 and a line at the top which is our 
retro attitude, the attitude we're in to decelerate the 
spacecraft out of our orbit. Coming over to the center 
window or the hatch window, we have some lines that were 
added to it to give us attitude reference for reentry. The 
lines describe a 55 degree bank to the left, a 55 degree 
bank to the right, and two 90 degree banks either left or 
right. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, that's a good picture 

of the hatch window. We can clearly see the lines. 
CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7 Houston, we're losing your 

voice description. 

SC Okay, Walt, why don't you take the 

camera back and you can show the over head section above 
the couches . 

CAPCOM Okay, Wally, we've got your voice back now. 



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SC Roger, How's the picture, Jack? 

CAPCOM The picture is very good, very good. 

SC What I had shown you there were the two 

windows, the commander's reference window for pitch attitude, 
and the center hatch window for bank attitude for reentry if 
we lose other guidance systems. 

CAPCOM Roger, we copy the center window, 

SC (break in talking) for the LMP, this 

is where he sleeps. It's also where the command module 
pilot sleeps during his sleep cycle. Under the third 
couch we can see that there is absolutely no space left 
available. We have a suit stowage bag which is now stuffed 
completely full with three suits. These suits came off about 
6 hours into the flight and we've been very comfortable 
ever since. Passing back to the commander he will describe 
the other couch for us. 

SC This area here is the area under the 

command pilot couch and we're showing the stowage of some 
of our loose equipment, the large long bag is the temporary 
stowage bag. At the far end is the helmet bags where we have 
our helmets stowed for the duration of the flight till we 
put on our suits again and at this point Donn is frisking 
a sleep station bag. It looks like some little camp area 
sleeping bag as it comes toward the lens. 

SC That is affixed to the overhead structure 

that you see now - 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, opposite omni . 

SC (break in talking) is a spring system 

to secure. 

SC When this is properly secured we have 

the sleeping bags restrained and we in essence are not in 
contact with any area of the spacecraft except the bag 
itself. Donn Eisele's had a rather hard day, so we'll let 
him turn in early and give you an idea of what the sleep 
station looks like with one of the crew in it. 

SC One of the things to get used to up 

here was sleeping in a position when you are completely 
free floating. 

SC At this particular point you can see 

some of the sunlight coming in. We find that when we 
get as tired as we are at the end of the day here we will 
cover our heads with the sleeping bag material and the 
sunlight does not affect us. Houston, are you still read- 
ing us? 

CAPCOM Roger, 5 by, Wally. 

SC At the far end of the stowage above 

the couches here we have the helmet bags stowed for the 
commander on his side, and the lunar module pilot on his side 



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SC in the temporary stowage bag. You 

are looking here at two of the six umbilical hoses running 
from the environmental control system to the suits when 
the suits are on, and to provide circulation when the suits 
are. off. Hose on your right is the cold air hose bringing 
cold air into the suit and the one with the screen on your 
left is the return hose from the suit. It is used also 
to clean the air with that screen when it's off the suit. 

PAO And we appear to be having trouble 

maintaining a good lock on this picture now as we've gone 
out of range of the Corpus Christi station, and over the 
station at Mila, the CAPCOM Jack Swigert, has now asked 
the crew to change antennas and they were back again with 
pictures . 

SC Okay, we have the Hasselblad camera 

being held by Wally Schirra now, whoops, he let go of it. 
Did you see that Jack? 

CAPCOM Roger, we copied that. A real good 

demonstration of zero g. 

SC And we might add for everybody's benefit 

coming up later on in these flights that there is to be absolute 
no problems with getting around in zero g as long as you're 
out of those suits. The work done is almost zero, and you 
can move any place you want to very freely and you certainly 
don't need strong handholds to take care of it. And you 
can generally jam your feet - you find you end up using 
your feet an awful lot more than you do in 01 g, kind of 
like a monkey moving around in his cage. You just took 
our picture. How's it going, Jack? 

CAPCOM It's going real fine. We're kind of 

locked up on a midframe here, but we're getting a good 
recording of this. 

SC Okay, here is a pencil demonstration. 

Notice how Wally can control that pen just with his breath. 
He can blow on me and probably do the same thing. 

CAPCOM Roger, saw that, Wally. 

SC Okay, we have this 16mm camera sitting 

back on the wall there just above my head. This camera 
too has the wide angle lens and we'll have some color movies 
of some of our home activities, as we've already labeled 
the movies, naturally, our home movies. 

CAPCOM We're just about to lose it now, Wally. 

SC Roger, and we do remember to remove the 

lens cap. and I just did. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

SC When we take pictures out the window 

we always focus at infinity. 

CAPCOM Roger, we've lost the picture now. 



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PAO And we appear to have gone out of range 

as you heard CAPCOM Jack Swigert advise the crew. We had 
a very good picture early in that pass from Texas, and also 
excellent communications from the spacecraft on across 
the United States. We appear to have some problems with 
the scan converter at the Mila site, and we would anticipate 
that we got quite good recordings of that transmission, 
although the live play back left something to be desired 
with a little bit of trouble getting the frame rate properly 
centered. We'll continue now to monitor the crew conversations 
as they continue out on over the western Atlantic toward 
the northern part of Africa. 

CAPCOM We didn't see the arrow on the aft bulkhead. 

SC Well, it blew the whole bit. 

CAPCOM We could see the lines on the hatch window 

very clearly, but not the lines on the rendezvous window. 



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CAPCOM Lines on the hatch window very clearly 

but not the lines on the rendezvous window. 
SC I see; very good. 

SC Do you see the debris on my number 1 

window, 

CAPCOM No, we couldn't make that out and we lost 

your voice just about the time you were describing the - 
just after you described the description of the hatch window 

lines . 

SC I see. 

CAPCOM 7, we are 1 minute LOS Bermuda; Canaries 

at 141 plus 33. 

SC Roger. 

PAo And this is Mission Control; we show that 

we have lost our acquisition with the spacecraft from Bermuda. 
We will be reacquiring in about 3 minutes from now over the 
Canary Islands. This is Apollo Control at 141 hours, 29 minutes. 

END OF TAPE 



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CAPCOM 




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cleared itself 


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CAPCOM 


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CAPCOM 




cleared itself 


up. 



PAO This is Apollo Control at 141 hours, 

35 minutes. The Spacecraft has been acquired now over the 
Canary Island tracking station. The crew, at the present 
time, is scheduled to be involved in weather photography 
over the south Atlantic and on over the northern part of the 
African continent and we'll listen in now for the conversations 
between the crew and Mission Control Center. 

CAPCOM Apollo 7, Houston through the Canaries. 

Roger, I have some targets of opportunity that you can add 
to your synoptic training photography list. 

(garble) 

Standby Wally, we've got a loud tone here. 
Tell him, he can take the day off. 
Apollo 7, Houston, are you reading now? 
We read you loud and clear. 
Okay, we had a loud conun there, which 

Apollo 7, Houston, are you reading now? 
We read you loud and clear. 
Okay, we had a loud comm there, which 
There are five targets of opportunity, 
which you can add to your training photography. 

SC Okay, how are you b