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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 1, Page 1 

Our problem is centered around a liquid hydrogen sphere that 
contains the liquid hydrogen fuel for the fuel cell system in the 
Gemini V spacecraft. Throughout last evening and here this morning 
during the early phases of this countdown we have had diffic\ilty 
attempting to fill this tank, this very vital tank, to complete 
the 8-day mission. We have had difficulty filling this tank to its 
capacity. Our attempt is actually to overfill the tajik prior to 
lift-off. We attempt to load it to 104 percent of its capacity. 
That is, we have a certain capacity within this liquid hydrogen 
sphere. We deliberately overfill, because we will have boil-off 
of the liquid hydrogen which is maintained at a temperature of -1+23°. 
In our efforts to correct this boiloff situation, we now have changed 
trailers at La\inch Complex 19 . These trailers contain the liquid 
hydrogen fuel that is fed through the ground support equipment system 
to the sphere which is located in the spacecraft. We have changed 
these trailers at the present time, ve are in the process of hooking \ 
up a new one. The reason is to get more volume into this system. 
We want the trailer that has a large amount of volume of hydrogen so 
that we can increase our pressxire along the lines and buildup the 
amount of liquid hydrogen we want. This difficulty is still being 
looked at. We will have a further report on it shortly. The coimt 
is at 300 minutes and holding. As far as Astronauts Gordon Cooper 
and Pete Conrad are concerned the (iovintdown called for them to be 
awakened at T-270 minutes in the count. It is our understanding at 
the present that both astronauts are still sleeping. Thirty minutes 



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after we pick up the count, that is at T-270, the astronauts will be 
awakened to start their preparations for the Gemini V flight. This 
is Gemini Launch Control at Cape Kennedy. We are holding at T-300 
minutes . 



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This is Gemini mission control at the Cape. Our countdown on 
the Gemini V mission remains at T minus 300 minutes and holding. We 
are still five hours from the launch and the length of the hold has 
not been exactly determined at this time. Our problem centers aroimd 
attempting to bring fuel into a hydrogen sphere that powers the fuel 
cell system within the Gemini V spacecraft. At the present time, we 
are attempting "bo switch a trail er in the ground support equipment that 
provides the hydrogen fuel to the system. Once we have hooked up with 
a new trailer in order to get more volume, we will then begin again to 
feed the liquid hydrogen into this hydrogen fuel sphere within the 
spacecraft. Once again, when we axe ready and we attempt to do this, 
we will attempt to overfill the sphere, that is, go k percent higher 
than the quantity we want. This reason for this is we have a condition 
called boiloff with any type of cryogenic fuel, that is, a fuel that is 
maintained in liquid form at an extremely low temperature. We have 
severe heating problems under conditions like this, where liquid 
hydrogen, which is maintained at -^2^°, that's k20° below zero, quite 
obviously can be effected by heat. So we attempt to overfill this 
particular sphere and any other systems where we do use liquid hydrogen 
within the spacecraft. We attempt to overfill it so that we will have 
a boiloff system, resulting in launch time having a complete 100 percent 
capacity. We overfill, it will boil off a little bit, we will maintain 

it in this manner, keeping a close eye on it through the terminal phases 
of the countdown, resulting in 100 percent capacity at lift-off. Well, 
obviously, we are going to, watch this very closely. We are aiming 



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for an eight-day mission on the Gemini V flight, and we want to 
insure that we are completely fueled at lift-off to insure that both 
astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad will have a f\ill system with 
them when they go. We are c\irrently at 300 minutes and holding. We 
are expecting to get a report shortly on the status of the count, and 
when we expect to be able to resume. Earlier last night, a launch 
vehicle fueling began at 10:00 P.M. and laster until about 1:30 in the 
morning. We had detected just prior to launch vehicle tanking that we 
might have a particular problem with this boiloff situation in the fuel 
cell system. At that time, however, we were not able to get into the 
spacecraft while the two stages of the Titan II launch vehicle were 
being fueled. We came back to look at our problem about 2 o'clock this 
morning and it was determined to go into initial hold in the countdown 
at 3:00 A.M. We are still holding at the present time, T minus 300 minutes 
and holding. We Just received a report from the astronauts' quarters: 
Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad are still sound asleep at this time; the 
intent is to awaken them 30 minutes after- we pick up the countdown, 
that is, at 270 minutes in the countdown the prime pilot and the two 
prime pilots for the flight will be awakened. This is Gemini laiinch 
control at Cape Kennedy, holding at T minus 300 minutes. 



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This is Gemini Launch Control at Cape Kennedy. Our covint remains 
at T-300 minutes and holding. We have Just received a report from the, 
blockhouse that the hold is expected to last an additional 30 minutes 
from this time. The hold was called at approximately 6:15 — the 
continuation of the hold was called at approximately 6:15 a.m. this 
morning. This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. T-300 minutes 
and holding. The^hold is expected to last an additional 30 minutes 
from this time. 



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This is Gemini launch control at Cape Kennedy. We are still 
holding on the Gemini V mission at T minus 300 minutes and holding. 
We were informed from the block house some 5 minutes ago that the 
hold is expected to last an additional 30 minutes from that time, 
which, on an estimate, would give us a pickup time, if all goes well, 
of 6:U5 A.M. Eastern Standard Time. Our problem has centered around, 
as we reported earlier, on providing some liquid hydrogen fuel to 
a tanking system within the fuel cell, that is the power system in the 
Gemini V spacecraft. We have swit che d trailers_in_our automatic ground 
support equipment in order to get a trailer containing liquid hydrogen 
with a larger volume to insure that we will get a proper feed of the 
liquid hydrogen fuel into the fuel cell fuel system, this is the 
liquid hydrogen that does power the fuel cell system along with the 
liquie oxygen. Our. present time, we are still holding at T minus 300, 
command pilot Gordon Cooper and pilot Pete Conrad still sound asleep 
in the astronauts' quarters at the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt 
Island. This is Gemini launch control. We are T minus 300 minutes and 
holding . 



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This is Gemini Launch Control at Cape Kennedy. Our count remains 
on the Gemini V mission at T-300 minutes and holding, T-300 and holding. 
We are still looking into our problem of loading liquid hydrogen fuel 
into the fuel cell system aboard the Gemini V spacecraft. We have now 
switched the trailers we referred to earlier and we are now once again 
starting to load the liquid hydrogen into the fuel cell system. Astro- 
nauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad are still sound asleep according to 
our last report frcm the Crew Quarters. Our problem this morning is 
namely concerned with attempting to load this fuel into the liquid 
hydrogen sphere aboard the spacecraft within the fuel cell system. We 
are attempting to load it to k percent above the capacity we want at 
lift-off, because of the low temperature of this particular fuel, just 
like any rocket launching we are using temperatures that are Very low 
fuel, you do get a boiloff . Now this is no connection to a problem that 
we possibly might have had the other day when you received reports from 
the McDonnell Plant that there could be some type of heat transfer prob- 
lem within the fuel cell system. This was rather thoroughly discussed, 
earlier in the mission. We still feel that we have no problem along 
these lines with the Gemini V spacecraft. This is no connection this 
morning with the problems that we discussed yesterday and thought we did 
not have any problems with this heat transfer situation. This morning 
our problem is concerned with loading the fuel aboard. There is no heat 
transfer condition as such, we are" attempting to overload the system and 
now that we have switched trailers we expect that we will be resuming the 
count in a short while and expect that we will be able to load the fuel 



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aboai-d. This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. We are T-300 minutes 
and holding. 

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MISSION COMMENTAEY TRMSCRIPT Tape 6, Page 1 

This is Gemini launch control at Cape Kennedy. We are still at 
T minus 300 minutes and holding. We have now started again to feed the 
liquid hydrogen fuel into the hydrogen sphere in the fuel cell system. 
We have a report that we are now up to 100 percent in the capacity of 
this particular sphere. We want to get up, as we reported earlier, to 
an overfill, that is, some h percent ahove the quantity we want to 
fly with. We are still starting to fuel now and we will not pick up 
the coujit until we reach this over-capacity within the fuel sphere, so 
that we will he assured at launch time that we have our full liquid 
hydrogen capacity in the spacecraft. Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad, 
the prime pilots for the Gemini V flight are still having a nice 
sleep. They are over in the main spacecraft operations building. We 
have Just received a report at this time that the hold will be continued 
for an additional 30 minutes from this time. We are still loading the 
liquid hydrogen fuel into the fuel cell system. We will not pick up 
the count until we reach the overfill capacity of this particular system. 
Once this is ready to go, we will pick up the count. The additional 
30 minutes that has been declared at this time is to insxare that we axe 
ready with the fuel cell system prior to picking out, picking up the 
final phases of the spacecraft count, starting at 300. The launch vehicle, 
meanwhile, on pad 19 is standing by. They will pick up their final 
count at 2h0 minutes. In addition to the fueling at the present time 
that is going on with the spacecraft, we are also completing some checks 
with the radar system that will be used in connected with the radar 
evaluation pod during the Gemini V mission. This is Gemini launch 
control. We are holding at T minus 300 minutes. 



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This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. ¥d are still at 
T-300 minutes and holding on the Gemini V mission. Astronauts 
Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad still sleeping soundly. The launch 
crew is working rather feverously at the Pad in an attempt to finally 
load the liquid hydrogen aboard the fuel cell system in the space- 
craft. We are now up to about 100 percent in the liquid hydrogen, 
within this sphere. Now in this small sphere, which contains scsne 
22 pounds of hydrogen altogether, we have now practically reached 
the top of the sphere. There is pressure feeding in at the top, 
we call it ullage. This is called — ullage is the amoiant of space 
that is left, of course. It is \inder pressure and the process to 
overfill, that is, get is get in this h percent more, is a more diffi- 
cult and time consuming operation this morning. We can't tell whether 
the problem is concerned with perhaps some pressure in the sphere or 
whether it might be that some aspect is not properly chilled down, 
of course, we are working with liquid hydrogen at k23^ below zero. We 
know of no defects within the system at the present time. We are still 
looking at the system, we are still attempting to overfill the tank at 
the present time. This hold has been declared to last for some 15 some 
20 to 25 minutes from now as we get further reports from the blockhouse 
we will pass them on to you. We are holding at T-300 minutes. This is 
Gemini Launch Control. 

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This is Gemini Laxinch Control at the Cape. We are T-300 minutes 
and holding. Our count remains on the Gemini V mission at T-300 and 
holding. We are still checking closely on the feeding on the liquid 
hydrogen fuel into the fuel cell system onboard the Gemini V space- 
craft. We still have not attained the lOk capacity that we are seeking 
for this flight, that is, we overload the liquid hydrogen sphere 
containing the fuel for the fuel cell system to insiare that at liftoff 
we will have full capacity of liquid hydrogen fuel for the 8-day flight. 
We are at T-300 minutes ajid holding. We have had a report that the 
Astronauts might have gotten up, we do not have confirmation at this 
time, as soon as we do we will report it to you. We are at T-300 min- 
utes and holding. This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. 



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This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. We are still at T-300 
minutes and holding. We are still continuing to load the liquid hydro- 
gen aboard the fuel cell system. We now have a report from the block- 
house that we are up to 101.5 percent in the loading. As we reported 
earlier we were attempting to load k percent above the capacity we want 
to fly with during the 8-day mission. We are still continuing the slow 
tedious process of loading the liquid hydrogen. Our count remains at 
T-300 minutes and holding. This is Gemini Launch Control. 



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This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. We have been informed 
that the countdown of Gemini V Mission is expected to resume shortly. 
We have continued owr loading of liquid hydrogen fuel in the fuel cell 
system. We have reached an over capacity up to 101.5 percent and the 
Project Officials, both here and Houston, have determined that this 
will be acceptable at the present time for the flight. We have been 
placed on alert that the countdown will resume momentarily. In 
approximately 1 minute now, the count will be resumed. We are just 
about 20 seconds away from resuming the countdown at T-300. Our last 
report a few moments ago gave an indication that the Command Pilot — 
Prime Pilots for the flight both were still asleep but it is expected 
that they will get up very shortly. Now 5 seconds away. T-300 minutes 
and counting. T-300 minutes and counting on the Gemini V flight. This 
is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. 

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This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. We are now at 1-285 min- 
utes and counting, T-285 and counting. In the Gemini spacecraft at this 
time are backup pilots Neil Armstrong, and Eliott See. At the present 
time in the countdown, the backup pilots are going to do a series of 
communication checks between the spacecraft and the blockhouse here at 
Cape Kennedy, All systems are looking good at the present time, and this 
is Gemini Launch *Control, T-285 minutes and 20 seconds and counting. 



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This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. We are now at T-276 min- 
utes and counting. At this point in the Gemini V countdown we are pro- 
ceeding normally. Backup Pilots Neil Armstrong and Elliot See axe in the 
Gemini V spacecraft and continuing a series of communication checks from 
the spacecraft at this time. To elaborate a little f\irther on the problems 
we encountered earlier this morning on loading fuel into the Gemini V 
spacecraft fuel dell, this was basically the problem we faced. We had 
liquid hydrogen, a cryogenic fuel, that is, a fuel at a very low tempera- 
t\ire, as "a matter of fact, 1+23'^ below zero, being fed into this pumice 
like fuel sphere. As we reached about 100 capacity, a normaJ. heating 
situation which is encountered in any type of situation of loading hydrogen 
fuel occurrs and we get what is called a boil-off, and some of the liquid 
hydrogen becomes a gas. Then if we try to overfill, we would face this 
situation of bringing more liquid hydrogen into the system while hydrogen 
gas within the sphere was boiling off at the same time. This gave us 
a back pressure in the system. Once again, this is a-normal situation, 
and makes for a time consuming operation to overfill liquid hydrogen in 
this particular system. All conditions are still looking go at this time, 
we understand Astronauts Cooper and Conrad are now up. We will have further 
information on this shortly. This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape 
l-Zjk minutes and 50 seconds and counting. 

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This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. We are now at T-266 min- 
utes and counting. All is going well at the present time in the countdown 
for the Gemini V Flight. We have a report that some 5 minutes ago, at 
T-270 in the countdown, Astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad were 
awakened by Deke Slayton in the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building 
Crew Quarters at Merrett Island. 'At this point in the countdown, 
coming up on T-265 and coxinting, in the spaceccaft Neil Armstrong and 
Elliot See, the backup pilots for this mission continue a series of 
checkouts within the spacecraft. They are now coming up on a series of 
power checks of various systems in the spacecraft with both reporting 
back to the Spacecraft Test Conductor and to the Manned Spacecraft 
Center Mission Control Center in Houston on the status of their power 
systems and voltages. Weather conditions look generally the same as 
were reported yesterday for the Worldwide tracking operation on Gemini V. 
For the Cape area where the launch time later this morning, we are looking 
for scattered clouds at about 2000 feet, a temperature of 86 degrees, 
winds from the south southeast at 10 miles per hour. Our latest report 
on Typhoon Lucy spots it some kOO miles south of Tokeo. It is in a 
secondary recovery area, but it is not expected to effect our launching 
this morning. One destroyer has been moved out of the area and brought 
back to it Yakauska, Japan base. However, we do not feel at the present 
time that there will be any effect on the launching this morning by 
either Typhoon Lucy or Typhoon Mary which is now swept off the South 
China Coast some 200 miles off Formosa. .They are watching weather 
conditions throughout the world as we continue our countdown at the 



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present time. We forsee no difficulties that would create a hold in 
our launching attempt this morning at the present time. This is 
Gemini Launch Control. We are now caning up on T-26I+ minutes. MARK. 
1-26k minutes and counting. 

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This is Gemini launch control at the Cape. Count is T minus 
256 minutes and counting, T minus 256 and counting. As the prime 
pilots for the Gemini V mission, Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad, have 
been awakened and now getting up and getting ready for their flight. 
They were awakened at 7:48 Eastern Standard Time hy Deke Slaton in 
the crew quarters at the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building in 
Merritt Island. Meanwhile, at launch comples I9, their backup pilots, 
Neal Armstrong and Elliot See, are still in the Gemini V spacecraft, 
continuing a series of checks. At this point in the countdown, we are 
completing some power checks in the spacecraft and we're preparing to 
meet the launch vehicle countdown at T minus 2^0. At this point, we 
start a terminal count where spacecraft launch vehicle and the Air 
Force Eastern Test Range all meet in a final joint countdown at T-2k0. 
All conditions looking good at this time, coming up on r-255 mark, T-255 
minutes and counting. This is Gemini launch control at the Cape. 



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This is Gemini Launch Control at Cape Kennedy. We are now at 
T-2U6 minutes and counting. All situations, all conditions looking 
good on the Gemini V mission at the present time. As far as the 
spacecraft is concernedj we are completing some power checks in the 
spacecraft and preparing for a roll call, a status check, of all 
different conditions concerned with the spacecraft prior to meeting 
the launch vehicle countdown some 5 minutes from now. In the block- 
house, as far as the launch vehicle is concerned, the same situation 
is occiirring. They are preparing for the spacecraft to meet them at 
T-2U0 minutes in the countdown. All conditions looking good at the 
present time. Backup Pilots Neil Armstrong and Elliott See are still 
in the spacecraft continuing their checks. T-2U5 minutes and 10 seconds 
MARK. This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. 

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This is Gemini latmch control, T-240 minutes and counting. Our 
final countdown, the meeting of the spacecraft with the launch vehicle 
in the final count has begxxn as the spacecraft and launch vehicle 
Join together for a general count starting at T-ZkO minutes. All 
systems looking good at the present time on the launch pad. Astronauts 
Neil Armstrong and Elliot See still aboard the Gemini V spacecraft, 
going through final checkouts prior to the arrival of the prime pilots, 
Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad. This is Gemini launch control. T-239 
minutes and 22 seconds in counting. 



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This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. T-226 minutes and 
counting. Countdovm on the Gemini V launch continues to r\m smoothly 
at this time. At this point, Astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad 
the Prime Pilots for this mission should have finished up their physical 
examination In the Crew Quairters and are probably sitting down for 
breakfast at this time, or just about to in a matter of a few minutes. 
We expect to have a complete report on their activities in the Crew 
Quarters a little later in the covmt. At this time at the Launch Pad 
conditions are still going along very well. We are r\inning through 
some checks with the destruct system aboard the Titan II Launch Vehicle 
from the blockhoiise at this time. This is one of a series of tests during 
the terminal phase of the countdown, to insure that the destruct system 
in the launch vehicle will be operable during flight. The destruct 
system itself of course is tied into the malfunction detection system 
within the launch vehicle spacecraft configuration which would tie 
into an abort of the flight if for any reason the decision is made to 
terminate the flight at any time. This is Gemini Launch Control now 
22k minutes and 50 seconds and counting. 

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This is Gemini laimch control at the Cape. We are now T-2l6 
minutes and counting. Countdown on Gemini V mission still going 
smoothly at this time. At this point in the countdown at launch 
complex 19, a series of compatibility checks going on checking the 
launch vehicle's radio command guidajace system, tying the radio command 
guidance system also into the spacecraft computer. So, we are getting 
a compatibility check between a computer in the spacecraft and the 
radio command guidance system that will carry the Titan II on its 
flight. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Elliot See, the backup pilots 
for this mission, still in the spacecraft, still performing their checks, 
and they will be ready later in the count to give a full report to the 
prime pilots, Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad when they axe ready to board. 
This is'vGemini launch control at the Cape, now T-215 minutes, 5 seconds 
and counting.' . 



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This is Gemini launch control at the Cape. We have T-195 minutes 
and counting, T-195 and counting. Correction, that's I96. Our countdown 
is going smoothly at the present time. In the block house, we are still 
continuing our checks at the present time with the launch vehicle. We 
are installing the initiators in the destruct system in the Titan II 
launch vehicle. As a result, all radio frequency in the area has been 
turned off while the initiators are installed. Later in the countdown, 
down to the last few minutes, these initiators are on, so in the event 
a destruct has to occur after lift7off , then it would be accomplished. 
Right now the initiators are being put in and all radio frequency is off. 
Our checkouts still continue with the spacecraft, but at the present time 
we are minus our backup pilots, Neil Armstrong and Pete Conrad. They 
left the spacecraft about 9 minutes ago. At this time, in a matter of 
10 minutes in the countdown, the prime pilots, Gordon Cooper and Pete 
Conrad are due to depart from their crew quarters. Later in the count 
we will have the exact times for you when they depart for launch complex 19 
where they will suit-up for the flight. This is Gemini launch control. 
All conditions looking good on the Gemini V countdown at this time. 

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The Prime Pilots for the Gemini V Astronauts Gordon Cooper 

and Pete Conrad have departed the Crew Quarters on their way to 
Launch Complex l6, some 8 minutes ago at 9 '•12 a.m. e.s.t. and they 
departed the crew quarters. They are now on thier was to the suit 
trailer at Launch Complex l6 which is adjacent' to the Gemini Launch 
Complex where they will don their suits, go through their checkout 
and prepare for t]je final moments of the launch. They will be at the 
crew quarters until 108 minutes in the countdown when they, correction 
they will beat the trailer at launch complex l6 checking out their 
space suits till about 108 minutes in the count. At that time they 
will depart from the trailer and go to adjacent complex 19 to board 
the spacecraft for this flight. This is Gemini Launch Control. Our 
countdown continues to run smoothly. We are coming up on T-177 minute 
MARK. T-177 minutes and counting. 



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Two yoimg tourists from Bever Palls, Pennsylvaxiia, on their way to 
Miami, stopped on the beach last night in the area north of the Cape. 
This morning, they walked south on the beach to an area around Pad 19 
where they were apprehended by security police. The pair were identified 
as Gary Ralph Young, age 22, and Nora Lee Mullenger, age 1?. They are 
being held by security police for questioning at this time. 



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This is Gemini control, Houston. Good morning. 

The delay on the flight this morning of a little over three hours 
has delayed the planned '^timing of ejection of our rendezvous evaluation 
pod. We now expect that pod to be ejected in, during the second revolu- 
tion, at one hour and 5^ minutes into the flight. This would ass\ame 
an approximate 11: l8 A.M. Central Standard lift-off. The spectrometer, 
one of three spectrometers which will be used during the flight, perhaps 
the key spectrometer that will be used to track the pod and take certain 
other ground and space measurements, which is cooled by liquid neon gas 
supply planned to last about 12 hours into the flight, has been topped 
off. It was topped off about three hours ago, and we have at least a 
12-hour lifetime on that particular experiment. There are two other 
spectrometers which will be used for various space measurements, eaxth 
measurements, which do not require any special liquid cooling. Some 
information on Gordon Cooper: Dr. Berry has recalled that his heart rate, 
on his MA-9 lift-off was l68. He expects about the same this morning on 
Gordo. At rest, Gordon Cooper normally r\ms a 65 to 70 heartbeat. Pete 
Conrad runs slightly above Cooper at rest; his heart rate is 70 to 75 and 
Dr. Berry expects his rate at lift-off will be something up in the 170 
range. Around the world, the network is quite green this morning, with 
one or two exceptions: Hawaii has had some trouble with their C-band 
radar, and their telemetry equipment. They're estimating a complete fix 

within 5 minutes. Another station, a ship, the U.S.S. Wheeling, stationed 
just north of Midway Island in the Pacific, has been unable to communicate 
by either voice or teletype. This station is not a critical one, and would 



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not be a restraint to the launch. The other ships, the coastal 

sentry Quebec has been playing tag with some typhoons the last couple 

of days; however, it is on the station just off the island of Formosa. 

The Rose Knot Victor for this flight is stationed about 5 ••750 miles 

off the Chilean coast, South America, and, as I indicated earlier, 

•all the stations with the exception of Hawaii and the Wheeling axe quite 

green and ready to support the launch. We have one destroyer programed 

for the far western Pacific area, has been ordered back to its station 

in Japan because of the typhoon activity in the western Pacific. Airplanes 

which will support this flight, more than 20 at launch, have been deploying, 

starting about 3 hours ago, their .times of departure are staggered out; 

the first one, however, left Patrick Air Force Base at about 6:00 A.M., 

Houston time this morning. That is pretty much the picture from the 

Mission Control Center in Houston. 



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This is Gemini Laxinch Control at the Cape. Our countdown is 
continuing smoothly on the Gemini V Mission. We now stand at 123 min- 
utes 7 seconds and coimting. Astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad, 
the Prime Pilots for the flight are completing their suiting procedures 
in the Suit Trailer at Launch Complex I6 and axe due to depart for 
Launch Complex 19 and the Gemini V spacecraft at approximately T-I08 min- 
utes. In the mean time, Astronaut Neil Armstrong has returned to the 
spacecraft. He came back about 25 minutes ago and he is continuing the 
series of tests in preparation for the crew ingress. At the present 
time the spacecraft is monitoring the pressurization in the launch 
vehicle that was finished some 30 minutes ago. This morning, in the 
crew quarters, Astronauts Cooper and Conrad had breakfast with the 
following people. The joining them for breakfast were the Gemini VI 
Crew, Astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford, Deke Slayton, who is 
the Assistant Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center for Crew Opera- 
tions, and the two physicians who gave them their physical examination 
this morning. Dr. Gene Tubbs, and Dr. Howard Minners. The breakfast 
consisted of a menu of the following: Orange -Juice, steaks, scrambled 
eggs, and coffee. Astronauts Cooper and Conrad are now finishing up their 
suit checks in the trailer and are due to come out some 12 minutes from 
now. This is Gemini Launch Control. Our count continuing to proceed 
smoothly now 121 minutes 31 seconds and counting. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TEIMSCRIPT Tape 2k, Page 1 

This is Gemini control, Houston. Within the last 15 minutes, 
the red team, the red flight control team headed lay Christ Kraft, some- 
times called the "go team", has taken its places at the consoles here 
in Houston. The hlue team has been on station here for the past 7 hours, 
are briefing their counterparts and moving out of the room. The capsule 
communicators around the world have completed what they call a voice 
confidence test, ^ quite successf\illy. Earlier we reported that the 
Hawaii station was having trouble with its C-band radar and with one 
other item, it was the telemetry system. Both trouble spots have been 
cleared up and Hawaii along with all the other stations around the world 
are completely green at right now.- The Wheeling , the ship parked Just 
north of Midway Island in the Pacific, now has voice capability. They 
are still without teletype, but again we emphasize this would not be a 
constraint to the launch. The, meanwhile, down at pad l6, the astronauts 
have completed a suit purge, a check of their pressure suits, and they 
should be leaving that complex within a very few minutes. This is 
Gemini control, Houston, with one hour and k minutes to go before launch. 

End of tape. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 25, Page 1 



Admiral Thomas H. Moore is Commander-in-Chief of Atlantic Fleet, 
and he is responsible for the ships which are deployed in the Recovery- 
Area in the Atlantic. Admiral, could you tell us how many you have 
and where they are? 

Well, we have 10 ships now of all types, lead off by the Lake 
Champaign and 5 destroyers. And, of course, in addition, there are 
ships in the Pacific -Ocean too. 

Now, these Atlantic ships, the primary recovery area, where are 
they located now? 

They are disposed along a line between the Coast of Florida and 
the Coast of Africa. 

Has the delay ment that you had to change any of these positions? 

No, none what ever. 

Will it mean possible changes later? 

No, I think that if the shot goes as scheduled, the ships will carry 
out their regiilar instructions to move in coordination with the order. 
For instance, the Lake Champaign, which is in the Bermuda - - 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION C0^5MENTAEY TRANSCRIPT Tape 26, Page 1 

This is Gemini launch control at the Cape. Countdown is still 
proceding normally, we have T~91 minutes and kl seconds at the present 
time. Astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad are now aboard the 
Gemini V spacecraft. They entered the spacecraft within seconds of each 
other at 10:1+2 A.M. Eastern Standard Time. Once the two pilots do 
get settled in the spacecraft, they will proceed through a series of 
intercom checks, ♦these are communication checks, with the block house 
and with Mission Control in Houston. This will be followed by some 
daily bio-medical readouts primarily with the blood pressure system. 
This is Gemini launch control, now 91 minutes, 10 seconds and counting. 

End of tape. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSC31IPT Tape 27, Page 1 

This is Gemini La\mch Control at the Cape, now at T-75 minutes and 
53 seconds and counting. Everything is still going smoothly at this time. 
Just at the time in the countdown when it is supposed to, Astronaut Gordon 
Cooper's hatch was closed. It was closed at 11:01 a.m. e.s.t. Reopened 
for a moment, euid then reclosed. We axQ now sealing the hatches following 
this we will prepare to breakup the white room area and prepare for lowering 
the erector bn La\mch Complex 19 . Both Astronauts are reporting their 
communications checks. They sould good. As they entered the spacecraft, 
there was a little kidding on the part of some of the technicians in the 
white room, this is a usual practice that does occur, it has occurred on 
both the GT-3 and the Gemini IV flights previously. All conditions still 
looking good at Launch Complex 19, now 75 minutes and counting. This 
is Gemini Launch Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 28, Page 1 

This is Gemini la\inch control at Cape Kennedy. The countdown 
still proceeding satisfactorily, now T-69 minutes and 35 seconds and 
counting. As reported earlier, both hatches on the Gemini V spacecraft 
have been closed, and Astronauts Gordon Cooper, the command pilot, and 
Pete Conrad, the pilot, are reporting to the block house in a series of 
functions inside the spacecraft. They have been giving some reports 
through Astronaut Rusty Schwiekard, who is the capsule communicator in 
the block house. At the present time, the cabin has been purged of air, 
and is now on 100 percent oxygen. All systems still looking good at 
this time, coming up on T-69 minutes, mark, T-69 minutes and counting. 

'End of tape. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 29, Page 1 

This is Gemini Laiinch Control at the Cape, covintdown is now 
T-59 minutes and counting. All phases still preceding satisfactorily 
at Launch Complex I9. At the present time, the Gemini V Pilots are 
running through a series of panel switch tests. with Astronaut 'Rusty 
Schweikart in the blockhouse. This is to insure that the various 
switches on the panels within the spacecraft are at the proper settings.. 
The Launch Vehicle* Test Conductor in the mean time is monitoring a 
series of tests with the radio commajid guidance system that carries the 
launch vehicle in flight. All systems still looking good. We are now 
at T-58 minutes 20 seconds and counting. This is Gemini Launch Control 
r at the Cape. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 30, Page 1 



This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. Now at T-50 minutes 
and 22 seconds and counting. Our countdown still procedes to go 
satisfactorily. In the Gemini V spacecraft at the present time 
Astronauts Cooper smd Conrad are completing their panel switch reports 
to Astronaut Rustry Schweikart in the blockhouse. As far as the launch 
vehicle is conceiyied, a series of tests with the Air Force Eastern Test 
Range for tracking purposes are now being conducted. The Gemini V 
flight will be certified as far as any possible international flight 
records are concerned. Representing the National Aeronautics Association 
here at Cape Kennedy to certify the Gemini V flight is Mr. W. B. Wents. 
Mr. Wents is with Rockeydyne Division of North Americsin Aviation. The 
National Aeronautics Association is affiliated with Federation Aero- 
nautic International, which is the international organization that 
certifies World Flight Records. Also, certifying for the National 
Aeronautics Association in Houston today for the lift-off is Dr. George 
Szego. Dr. Szego is Director of Space Systems for the Institute of 
Defense Analysis. At Houston for the touchdown after the flight will 
be Mr. J. R. Drake, who is Corporate Director of North American Aviation, 
Incorporated. All three of these gentlemen are representing the National 
Aeronautics Association in this particular capacity to certify the Gemini V 
Flight for any possible flight records. This is Gemini Launch Control at 
the Cape now at T-k8 minutes and 39 seconds and counting. 



END OF TAPE. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 31, Page 1 



This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. coming upon T-39 minutes - 
MARK. T-39 minutes and coiinting. At both Control Centers ajid at the 
Launch Pad, there's a little bit of concern about a nice large black 
cloud in the Launch Complex I9 area at the present time. Weather men 
are taking a closer look and we expect a further report on it shortly. 
Meanwhile, the count is still going smoothly and Astronauts Cooper and 
Conrad are sounding very good as they continue to report from the space- 
craft. They have ^ust finished up an intercom check and are preparing 
for erector lowering which will come some 3 minutes ajid 20 seconds from 
now, if all continues smoothly. Meanwhile, on the launch vehicle itself, 
we passed one of the highlights in the countdown where the prevalves have 
been opened in the first stage booster. These are valves within the 
propulsion system that permit both the oxidizer and the fuel. to flow 
a little closer to the thrust chamber. Once these prevalves are opened, 
there is just one valve left that keeps the fuel and oxidizer from the 
thrust chamber itself. This is called a thrust chamber valve. The 
thrust chamber valve will be initiated at ignition. The prevalve in 
the second stage of the Titan II are not open until some 35 seconds before 
launch. We are keeping a close look on our black cloud and expect to have 
a report momentarily. This is Gemini Launch Control, T-37 minutes and 
30 seconds and coimting. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 32, Page 1 

This is Gemini launch control at the Cape. The Gemini V mission 
still counting at T-31 minutes aind 26 seconds. Astronauts Gordon Cooper 
and Pete Conrad still sitting comfortably in the Gemini V spacecraft, 
reporting back on the activity within their vehicle. However, in the 
meantime, we have not yet started to move the erector- There is no 
problem with the erector itself, but we are still awaiting a determination 
on that pesky black cloud that we have in the area. We expect to have 
some more information forthcoming very soon. In the meantime, the count 
continues. It is now T-30 minutes, 5^ seconds and counting. This is 
Gemini launch control at the Cape. 

End of tape. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 33, Page 1 



This is Gemini Lamch Control at the Cape. We are now at T-25 minutes 
hk seconds and counting. There has been a little rain out in Launch Complex 
19 from our black cloud in the area., we are still keeping close watch, but 
the countdown is still continuing. An attempt has not been made yet to 
lower the erector on Launch Pad 19. Astronauts Cooper and Conrad are stajid- 
ing by. They are getting reports on the situation. In the mean time, as 
far as the launch* vehicle is concerned, if you remember the POGO situation 
we had with the Titan II vehicle, we made a fix in the' fuel system of the 
booster in order to insure that we would not get any oscillations on the 
flight. At the present time now the erector is coming down on Launch 
Complex 19. We are now at T-25 minutes and counting. To continue on the 
POGO situation, the — we had to make a manual fix of the spin type which 
is located in the' fuel system of the first stage. for a reason that is not 
available at the present time. This had to be done manually. It has been 
accomplished and the standpipe itself has been chopped off. This is a 
small device that is added to the fuel system to prevent any oscillation 
during the flight of the Titan II. This is Gemini Launch Control. We are 
now at 1-2k minutes and 2k seconds and counting. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 3^, Page 1 

This is Gemini launch control at the Cape. Our countdown continues; 
it is now T-I9 minutes and 28 seconds and counting. Our countdown is 
continuing on. The erector is about 95 percent lower at this time. 
To get back to our Pogo problem this morning and explain it perhaps a 
little further, back on the earlier history of the Titan II launch 
vehicle, sloshing of the fuel system in the first stage created some 
oscillation, some actual shaking in the launch vehicle, that was determined 
would constitude a problem on manned flight. As a result, a fix was 
made in the first stage booster in which a spin pipe, an actual small 
pipe was inserted into the fuel system to bleed off part of the oxidizer 
in the system and thus prevent the sloshing. Now, this oxidizer which is 
at an extremely low temperature, has to be topped off similar to the 
liquid hydrogen that we were topping off earlier this morning. In order 
to do this, nitrogen is fed into the system. We were unable to do this 
automatically as it should be done, and as a result, was manually fixed 
at the launch pad a short while ago. We are in fine condition as far 
as the spin pipe, and the Pogo problem is concerned right now. We are 
still counting and the count is now coming up on T-I8 minutes, and 
several seconds. 



End of tape. 



MISSION COMMEKTAEY TRMSCRIPT 



Tape 35, Page 1 



This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. Our countdovm continues 
and it is now T-l^^ minutes and 30 seconds and co\mting. Coming up is an 
important test at the Launch Pad. This will be a test of the spacecraft 
propulsion system, that is, the primary propulsion called the Orbit 
Attitude and Maneuvering System. A series of tests with one and one-half 
second bursts from the thrusters in the spacecraft will be coming up 
shortly. As the spacecraft propulsion system is being tested, Pilot 
Pete Conrad in the spacecraft will be monitoring these fvoictions. The 
tests will go as follows; with the thrusters, with one and one -half 
second b\irsts each, starting with a yaw left, a pitch down, a yaw rigjit, 
a pitch up, and a yaw left. This covers all aspects of the thruster 
system and if it is successfully completed, we will continue with the 
count. This is Gemini Launch Control, now T-13 minutes and 30 seconds 
and counting. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMEWTAEY TRANSCRIPT Tape 36, Page 1 

This is Gemini launch control at the Cape. We are now at T-10 minutes 
and 9 seconds. We plan to come up with a hold at T-10 minutes. T-10 minutes 
and holding on the Gemini V mission. T-10 and holding. We are about to 
check now. We understand that we have a telemetry problem with the 
spacecraft. We have no further information available on it at this 
moment. We hope to have it very shortly. In the meantime, Astronauts 
Cooper and Conr&d have been discussing the weather in the spacecraft 
with Astronaut Rusty Schwiekart in the block house. Pete Conrad did 
confirm that he saw a couple of raindrops on his window, but there 
is no concern. This is Gemini launch control. T-10 minutes and holding. 

End of tape. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 37, Page 1 



This is Gemini Launch Control at Cape Kennedy. We are still at 
T-10 minutes and holding on the Gemini V flight. We are checking into 
our problem with the Telemetry System in the spacecraft. Our problem 
centered aro\ind Commutators in , the spacecraft telemetry system. 
What a commutator does is to switch from one channel of telemetry to 
another automatically within the telemetry system. In the blockhouse, 
we are receiving some low level readings on these commutators. As a 
result, we determine to hold and we are now investigating to see what 
the problem is. The problem is not necessarily with the commutators 
themselves, but because of the low level readings it was determined to 
hold and investigate further. This is Gemini Launch Control at T-10 
minutes and holding. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 38, Page 1 

...T-10 minutes and holding. The erector is now' heing raised back to the 
launch vehicle on launch complex I9. Our weatherman has told us that 
there is a good possibility of thunder showers, and in order not to 
take any chance with the mission, the erector is being raised. The 
Astronauts Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad are taking it very well. Pete 
Conrad, when he heard, requested permission from the spacecraft test 
conducter to tuxn on the spacecraft windshield wipers, in jest, of 
course. This is Gemini la\inch control. We will have a further report 
momentarily. We are still holding at T-10 minutes. 

End of tape. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 39, Rage 1 



This is Gemini Control, Houston. The erector has been put back up 
around the Titan II and spacecraft to serve as axi umbrella because there 
is thundershower activity in the area. There is also some lighting farther 
south down on the coast and it serves as a better ground, rather than 
having the spacecraft and launch vehicle exposed. ' The problems in the 
spacecraft, we encovmtered a telemetry dropout or a loss of signal on 
one of the telemetry links, between T-20 minutes T-10 minutes. The 
secondary circuit, the secondary system in that particular circuit did 
work without dropout. We switched back to the primary circuit, and it 
also worked uninterrupted, but the dropout has caused concern among the 
Engineers in the blockhouse and bacik here in Houston. They plan to look 
at this problem for at least another 15 minutes by which time we should 
be able to better advise you on the length of the hold, or whether we are 
going to go today. The hold to date has not caused any hardship on the 
mission, and quite the contrary, the fuel and the oxidizer in the bird are 
warming up slower than usual and the warming up effect has the overall 
effect of enhancing, that is, we could actually loft into orbit slightly 
more weight at this point in time than we could have 3 or it- hours earlier 
if we launched then. So, it is a margin of comfort in that area. This 
is Gemini Control in Houston holding at T-10 minutes. 
END OF TARE. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 40, Page 1 

Gemini launch control at the Cape. Our countdown remains at 
T-10 minutes and holding. We are still checking out our telemetry 
problem. The astronauts in the spacecrai't, Gordon Cooper and Pete 
Conrad, got a report a short while ago that we still do not have the 
answer. They express their sentiments by saying, "Let's hang on and 
let's try and go today." We are still keeping a close watch on the 
weather and checking out our telemetry problem. This is Gemini launch 
control at the Cape. We are still holding at T-10 minutes. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT 



Tape kl. Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, Houston. Mission Director Christinson has 
just announced he's scrubbing the mission. Stand by 1. 

This is Gemini Control, Houston. I want to reaffirm that the mission 
has been scrubbed. We are now considering what the minimum recycling time 
will be. We cannot quote you an estimate on the turn-around time. The 
mission was scrubbed because the Electronic Problems in the spacecraft, 
and primarily in that telemetry system. Within a very few minutes, we 
expect to have an estimate on how soon the spacecraft and the bird can 
be turned around or recycled as they call it, and try for another launch. 
The pilots should be leaving the spacecraft within 30 minutes, I would 
say. Stand by for further word. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape k2, Page' 1 

after the determination is made. In the meantime, the astro- 
nauts have requested permission to leave the spacecraft and action is 
being taken at the present time to open up the hatches and take them 
out. It is expected that the astronauts will be coming out of the 
spacecraft in a short time. This is Gemini launch control. 



End of tape. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCEIPT 



Tape h3, Page 1 



This is Gemini Launch Control. The Gemini V Pilots are still in the 
spacecraft at the present time. They are going through the whole sequence 
of power-dovm checks within the spacecraft to make sure all switches are 
in the proper position now that we have postponed the flight. Gordon 
Cooper spoke for himself and Pete Conrad when he came up with the following 
quote concerned with today's operation. Gordon said, "Awe- Gee, you promised 
a launch today, and not a wet mock.V "Awe Gee, you promised a launch today, 
and not a wet mock." Of course, when he refers to the Wet Mock, this is 
the simulated flight demonstration that occurs several weeks prior to a 
launch where the Astronauts do spend a number of hours in the spacecraft, 
of course, getting out and not taking off. This is Gemini Launch Control, 
we are still waiting word on a recycle. We will pass it on to you as soon 
as it is available. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COiyiMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape kk, Page 1 

This is Gemini launch control at the Cape. Astronauts Gordon Cooper 
and Pete Conrad are now out of their spacecraft. They have come down the 
elevator, and are on their way to the trailer, .the suit-up trailer, at 
launch complex l6. We are still having a session to determine if we 
can discover what our problem was on this telemetry dropout and as we 
get information we will pass it on to you immediately. 

End of tape. 



MISSION COMMEWTAEY TEIANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape h3, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston, h hours, 13 minutes into the mission. 
We have had no contact since the Canaxvan pass, the spacecraft over the 
island chain in the far southwestern Pacific. It's still running in a 
very much powered down configuration. Probably the most optimistic 
thing we've heard came from Jim McDivit recently and said the decrease 
seems to, the rate of decrease, seems less than it had been. in that 0^ 
pressure element that we're watching. The flight continues here; most 
of the controllers are out on a luncheon break, and in general things 
have not changed in the past ten minutes, since our last report. Gemini 
Control, Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape kS, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at Houston, k hours 32 minutes into the mission. 
Our status is unchanged. The spacecraft just leaving the Hawaii station 
acquisition area. We did power up the transmitters and talk with the space- 
craft and powered up several pieces of equipment to check our readings, and 
we find that reluctant oxygen pressure in the fuel cell was standing at 
about 65 pounds. When this value, if it drops as low as 20, we would have 
to turn off at least one of the two fuel cell sections because at that point, 
we would loose our ability to regulate and monitor the pressure. The flight 
as we say, continues of the States. We will leave the spacecraft in a 
powered down configuration except for a brief interrogation, probably over 
the Texas site. It may be the Texas site, or it may be Canaveral, chances 
are, right now it looks like the Texas site will be used. Earlier we 
identified that should a termination become necessary in the next few 
orbits, we would probably elect to land in an area called 6-h. This is 
a point about miles northeast of Hawaii. There is an oiler on station 
there, earlier identified by its call sign it is using today. The call 
sign is bankside K. The name of the ship is the Chipola. C and in Charlie, 
i-p-o-l-a. In addition there is a destroyer steaming in that direction, 
steaming out of Pearl Harbotar. It's present position is I90 miles north- 
east of Hawaii and it is proceeding to a point some 60 miles uprange from 
the Chipola, The — in summation then, the general status of the fuel is 
unchanged. We are still watching it very closely and at k hours and 3^ min- 
utes into the mission, this is Gemini Control. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/PI/65 



Tape k6, Page 2 



In addition, we have the tape from the Hawaii pass wrapped up and we 
are prepared to play it for you now. 

Gemini Control here. We have the tape conversation, however brief, 
from the Hawaii pass. Its wrapped up and we are prepared to play that 
tape for you now. 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cape Flight 



Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. 
Go ahead Hawaii. 

Would you place your OAMS heater circuit breaker to 
off. 

Roger, LOAMS heater circuit breaker off. 

Roger. Would you give me a fuel cell 0^ quantity 

readout, please. 

Roger, the fuel cell 0^ quantity is reading about 65 -for 

quantity. 96 percent. 

Roger. What about tank pressure? 

About 65 psia. 

Roger . 

Gemini V, Hawaii. You can power back down. 
Roger . 

Hawaii has loss of telemetry. 

Okay, Hawaii. Tell him not to acknowledge, but the next 
time you bring him up is over CaJiaveral. And we will 
call him, but do not answer and we will go through the 
same procedure over Canaveral. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape k6, Page 3 



Hawaii Cap Com Gemini V, Hawaii. The Cape advises that .. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION CCMVENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/2'!l/(:>3 



Tape 1+7, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 5 hours 2 minutes into the mission. 
We are on our forth revolution with the spacecraft moving down across the 
South Atlantic Ocean just crossed the Equator. During a long quiet pass 
across the United States, we had a brief conversation from early between 
Pete Conrad, I believe, and our Corpus Christi station. We will play 
that tape for you a little later, but first I want to bring you up to 
date on the fuel cell. Basically the cell — the oxygen side of the cell 
operates with a small conduit carrying a wire which acts a heater. Some 
source of heat is needed in the cell to bring the temperature of the 
oxygen, which is kept in the bottle, at -297 degrees, make it rise, 
elevate slightly in temperature to build up pressure to drive the oxygen 
out of the bottle and into the cell itself.. It's this heater that apparently 
is inoperative and we've got just a small trickle of oxygen out of the 
bottle rather than the normal flow that we should have. The decision has 
been made to turn off the power to one of the two sections onboard and to 
monitor that situation for awhile to see if it has any effect. We are 
still watching the situation very closely. The heads are together on the 
problem and we will continue to monitor it very carefully and bring you 
any development as it occurs-. . We have the tape ready to play for you over 
the State side pass, and we will bring it to you now. 

Houston Flight Gemini V, Gemini V. This is Houston here. Would you 



please bring up your UHF transmitter. 



Cooper 



Roger, go ahead. This is Gemini V. 



Houston Flight 



Roger, stand by here a minute. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 



Tape U?, Page 2 



Houston Flight 



Gemini V, we'd like to have you verify that you tiirned 



Conrad 



the ©2 heater circuit breaker off. 

No, I have the Hp and Op circuit breaker on. Do you 



want them off? 



Houston Flight 



Okay. Have you turned the switch off? 



Conrad 



The switches are all off. They are all in off. 



Houston Flight 



Okay, they are all in off. What is your pressure 



reading right now. 



Conrad 



It down to 60. 60. 60 potinds. 



Houston Flight 



Roger, I vinderstand. 60. 



Houston Flight 



Gemini V. You can put your transmitter back to standby. 



And this is Gemini Control Houston again. That concludes the exchange 
between Jim McDivitt and Gemini V as it passed across the States. The 
spacecraft directly over Ascension Island. This time, we have had no 
attempt to contact. This is Gemini Control at 6 minutes after the hour. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 48, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston, here, five hours and 25 

minutes into the mission. We the spacecraft just passed 

over the Tananarive site in the Indian Ocean and Jim McDivitt 
remoting through the Tananarive site broadcast a two-part 
message. The first part of the message was "if you have had 
a significant pressure rise please bring your transmitter up 
and tell us about it, if you have not had a significant pressure 
rise, don't call us and wait until Canarvon and we'll talk about 
it there." This message was repeated twice - the other part 
of the message was that the' fuel cell section 2 power switch 
should be in a off position along with the secondary coolant 
loop switch. The secondary coolant loop switch is another 
measure to conserve the power drain on the spacecraft. I 
reiterate Jim McDivitt broadcast the message twice over the 
Tananarive station, we got no reply. The fact that we got no 
reply could mean one of two things - the spacecraft did not 
read the transmission or they do not have a signif icant^ressure 
rise and they were following directions and did not reply. We'll 
know at Canarvon in about 10 minutes from now. This is Gemini 
Control Houston, at 27 minutes after the hour. 
END OF TAPE 



Tape 49, Pa,r.^c 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 5 hours h2 minutes into the mission 
with the spacecraft off the north coast of Australia. We have just had 
a pretty substantial conversation with the spacecraft after its pass over 
the Carnarvon area. The pilots did apparently hear our transmission from 
Tananarive and they elected not to ret^jrn the broadcast because they had 
seer, no significant rise in press"ure. The press-ore they are reporting 
is 60 po-'onds and this has been a consistent value since Hawaii on -che 
earlier revolution. In other vrords, it's remained the same now for almost 
one complete revolution at 6o po-Linds in the oxygen tank in the fuel cell 
area. The quantity of o>rygen remains good and high, 96 percent uoual, 
that would be out a full bottle is somxething on the order of I80 to I85 
pounds, so there is plenty of oxygon there. The pressure is not ccmang 
up and driving the oxygen out of the bottle and into the fuel cell itself. 
The Conrad reported in a rather cheerie voice that the R2P ejected 
several orbits earlier, was right out there beside us, he said, about 
2000 feet away. He also reported that in the powered "do™ conf ig^Ji'ation 
the spacecraft was pulling only 10.2 am.ps. we will have another discussio 
with the spacecraft on this next pass as it mioves across the Corpus Christ 
station contact area. We do not expect any conversation from the Hawaii 
site or from the U.S.S. Vneeling which is parked northwest of Hawaii. V.'e 
have the Carnarvon conversation vrrapped up and ready to play for you at 
this time. 



MISSION COM^ffiNTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/21/S3 



Tape ^9} Fs-ge 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Carnarvon Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Coiu 
Carnarvon Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
, Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Carnarvon Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Gemini V, Carnarvon, would you place your adapter C-band 
switch to CONTINUOUS, and your TM switch to real time at 
Acq. 8. 

Carnarvon has PCM solid. Would you bring up your UEF' 

transmitter. 

What are your readouts? 

Stand by Flight. 

Gemini V, we'd like a readout of fuel cell 0^ quantity 
and the fuel cell 0^ pressure. 
What do you read on the ground? 

Roger, this is Gemini V. The fuel cell quantity is 

96 percent, and the pressure is 60. 60. 

Roger, copied. 60 on pressure and 96 on quantity. 

We further advise that the secondary power switch is 

off, secondary coolant loop is powered down, and the 

REP is right out here with us about 2000 feet away. 

Roger. 

-Flight, we are getting the PCM count on that measurement. 
TM. 
Kog. 

We have acknowledged C-band track. 

We also — be advised that we have the C-band beacon off, 

the telemetry off, and in that powered down configuration 
we are pulling 10.2 amps. 

Roger. Copied. 10.2 amps and powered down configuration. 



Carnarvon Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 

Carnarvon Cap Coirt 
Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Carnarvon CaiD Com 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 

Conrad 

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Flight, the -- stand by, we are converting the binary 
count now. 
Binary count. 

Binary count 71.2 percent. That's pressure Flight, 
71.2 press-ore , 

Roger. Okay, you want him to have the real-time TM off. 
Carnarvon, Houston Flight. 
Go ahead. 

Okay, We are satisfied with all of the data we've got. 
Tell him to power everything down to the same condition 
he had before, except the C-band which we will want him 
to turn off at your LOS, and you should give him a call 
to get him. to turn it off. 
Roger, Flight. 

Gemini V, Carnarvon. Okay, place .your TM switch back 
to Command and leave your beacon on. I'll advise you 
■when to turn the beacon off, 
Gemini V. 

And you can go back to UHF standby. 
Roger , 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q~ /21/G5 



Tape 50, page 1 



Is being instructed to turn on its section 2 power switch again, and 
to bring its secondary coolant loop switch back on power. We like to see 
what the effect of this is, and we will stand by and come back to you at 
the conclusion of this pass which shoiiLd be in a minute or two. This 
is Gemini Control Houston. 

This is Gemini Control Houston 6 hours and 7 minutes into the mission. 
Just completed the Hawaii pass and this is what happened. We turned back 
on the power on section 2 area of that fuel cell operation. The Pilot, 
Pete Conrad, was then instructed to cycle, or manually switch on and off 
the recalcitrant heater switch. He did this four or five times with no 
effect that he covild note on his switches onboard. The pilots were then 
instructed to leave the section 2 power supply on, and leave it in this 
config'uration as- we approach the United. States at which point we will, 
of course, take another look. We have the tape of the Hawaii pass wrapped 
up for you and available to play at this time. 
Houston Flight Hawaii, Houston Flight. 

Hawaii Cap Com Let's bring up the heater switch also to the — no, not 



' the CAMS — the on position on the fuel cell heater, 0, 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Roger . 



Houston Flight 



He has had that off. 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Hawaii is at a Cape contact. 



Houston Flight 



Okay, we also want you to cycle -- let him cycle that 



heater switch to the fuel cell Og cell several times, 



to see if you see anything on the grcond. 



Hawai i 



Roger. 



MISSION COMMEIJTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 50, Page 2 



Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 



Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii- Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



Go ahead Hawaii. 

Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. Place yo'uT TMC: switch to real 
time in accade and turn on your UHF transmitter. Telemetry 
solid. 

Go ahead with your instructions. 

Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. 

Hawaii Cap Com, Gemini V here over. 

Roger, we'd like you/lji-ino your section two switch to on 
position. and bring up ptmp A in the secondary cooling.... 

this is Gemini V and the number two power 

switch back on and the A secondary pump back on . 
Roger, we'd like to leave it there for the next orbit 
and take a look at it, 
O.K. 

Roger, would you check with fuel cell 0^ heater switch 

off axid on and then leave it back on. 

0, K. It's been cycled and it's back on to the on 

position. 

Roger. Did you see anything? 
Did you see anything? 
Negative, flight. 

Have him cycle it two or three times. 

I have a little TM dropouts here Flight, let me get it 

solid first. 

Ros. 



MISSIOK COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 50, Page 3 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. Would you cycle that fuel 



Conrad 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Conrad 



Hawaii Cap Com' 
Houston Flight 



Hawaii Cap Com 



cell Og heater switch three or four times. 
Roger, Gemini Y cycle it three or four times, and I 
am cycling it now, and I get no reading on the amp 
meter . 

Roger, Would you give me a fuel cell 0^ quantity and 
tank pressure please. 

Roger. It's 96 percent, and it's about — it's 
sitmted between 55 and 60. It's been doing that 
pretty steady. 
Roger . 

Okay, let's have him go back to the power off condition 
with the expection of, we want the two fuel cells left 
on and tell him we will contact him at California. 
Roger. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 51, Page 1 

Houston Flight This is Gemini Control Houston, six hours 22 minutes 

into the mission and we are just starting the fifth 
revolution. Diiring the Texas pass gust a few 
minutes ago the pilots brought up their IGS -- 
their initial guidance system power system inside 
the spacecraft and they received a DCS load, 
that ' s a digital command system load which up- 
dated all of their instrumentation for a land- 
ing should one be necessary on the sixth revolu- 
/be 

tion. It wouia premature at this time to say 
that we were going to come down during the sixth 
revolution in that area north of Hawaii that we've 
already identified because during the course of the 
Texas pass, flight director Chris Kraft got on the 
loop and talked to Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper. 
They discussed the possibility of going another day 
in this powered down configuration. Llll emphasize 
that no decisions have been reached as yet terminating 
the mission or continuing it. We're still observing 
a very stable pressure in that oxygen bottle supplying 
the fuel cells. It's been at 60 pounds now for ap- 
proximately an orbit and a half and no change observed 
here on the ground or in the spacecraft. The power 
to the fuel cell section too has been turned back on 
and will be left on for at least another half an ort»it 
while the evaluation continues. We have the conversation 



Tape 51 



Page ^ 



Cap Com Houston 



Conrad 

Cap Com Houston 
Texas ; 

Cap Com Houston 
Conrad 

Cap Com Houston 



Conrad 



Cap Com Houston 



Roger." Understand that you got your computer on the 
line OKj and that you also got the second fuel cell 
on the line all right. 

standing by for your load. 

Roger. Texas go remote. California go local. 

Texas air to ground is remoted and 

telemetry valid. 

Gemini V, Houston flight. 

Come in, Houston flight. Gemini V, here. 

Looks like we've got a situtation here that is 

stabilized, Pete, and we've been discussing the 

problems associated with the purge. It looks like 

we can go a fairly long time without any purge. 

Secondly, it looks like we can purge with the 

hydrogen without any problems. In terms of the 

purge, we probably will do an on-off purge 
where we purge very briefly to not drain off the 
pressure. I would like your opinion on going 
through another day under those circumstances. 
Well, it looks like to me, and if my feeble memory • 
serves me right, we should have the used 0^ quantity 
plus getting a little pressure back, shouldn't v;e? 
Tnat ' s affirmative if we can ever get the 0^ quantity 
down to about 50 percent, we will probably be in 
real good shape, but that's going to take a long 



Tape 51 ° 

time, and we are going to have to go a long while 
with you guys sitting up there doing nothing and 
taking the chance that the fuel cells are going to 
operate under these conditions for a long period, 
because we don't have but so much main ba-teries. 



Conrad we also just got some DCS loads in. 

Cap Com Houston Very good. That's a. 6 - h load.; 

Conrad OK 

Cap Com Houston OK, what do you think? 

Conrad We might as well try it in that .'case. 

Cap Com Houston OK. We will look at this thing for another orbit. 

Let's power down. like you. were before you came 

up over here, and let's also turn off that section 2 

tower and turn off the clock again. 

Conrad Will do. 

Cap Com Houston Leave the DCS up. 

Conrad OK, I'll put the computer off and leave the DCS up 

fuel cell. 

Cap Com Houston ^ Roger. 
END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 52, Page 1 



This is. Gemini Control Houston, 6 hours kk minutes into the mission. 
The Department Qf Defense Recovery people in our recovery room here at the 
Mission Control Center in Houston, have advised that there are now 6 air- 
planes on station in the 6-h area some 500 miles north of Hawaii. Those 
airplanes are as follows: 2 HC 97, 1 located 50 miles up range from the 
aiming point, another 50 miles downrange from the aiming point in addition, 
2 CI30 aircraft, one of these is I50 miles uprange_and slightly north of 
the track, another about 200 miles downrange from the aiming point. In 
addition, 2 more aii'craft, telemetry aircraft and airplanes which will 
be used as communications points, and they will be operating within ten 
miles of the aiming poinj;, should they become necessary. These airplanes 
are identified as HC 121 aircraft, two in number. We have had no change 
on our fuel cell situation here. The engineering detective game continues, 
a lot of discussion here in the Control Center and with experts out at the 
Cape, also at the McDonnell Company in St. Louis. This is Gemini Control 
at U6 minutes after the hour. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COiMMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT - Q/Zl/G'^ Tape 53, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston, 7 hours, 2 minutes into the mission. 
We still are watching the pressure in the oxygen cell and it's still 
standing at a firm 60. The Flight Director in consultation here seems 
to indicate right now that he's leaning toward continuing this flight 
for at least another day. That would mean that if he makes that deter- 
mination which will be made during this orhit, possibly over Hawaii, 
that the mission, would continue in this powered-down configuration which 
is a very low amp drain on the power system. The engineering guess, 
detective game continues. Vie have done things like orient the space- 
craft toward the sun in an effort to put additional heat cn "ch^t oxygen 
cell. We've cycled the switch several tixies, which should star-c the 
heater which supplies the pressure which forces the oxygen into the cell 
itself, all of that effect at this point. The engineers tel us that if 
'the oxygen quantity were some where down the order "-^ 50 percent ^remember 
that's a long way from where it is righi- --^^^ i^'s l^een running at a fairly 
steady 95 and 96 percent full.v' " were down around 50 percent the 
reduction in suppl.-' "^^^ ^^^bXq a heating effect of its owa that would 
be helQf-^''^'*^ "^'^'^^ situation. There is apparently no way to vent the - 
.jrf-'r.ygen to get down into that range of about 50 percent. With the space- 



's--'' craft now beginning a sweep up across the Pacific on the fif--:h revolution 



this is Gemini Control at Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COlvIMEKTARY TRANSCRIPT - 



Tape 5^5 Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 
we have recycled our tape recorders, 
the gro-und station at Tananarive and 
play for you at this time. 



7 hours 6 minutes into the mission and 
have a very Tsrief conversation between 
the spacecraft wrapped up and ready to 



'Houston Flight 



Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Gemini V, Gemini V, this is Houston here. Bring up your 

UHF transmitter, Gemini V, Gemini V. This is Houston 

here. Bring up your UHF transmitter. 

Gemini V, Gemini V. Houston here. Do you read. 

We read you, Gemini V. 

Roger, Gemini V. Houston here. You are coming through 
very garbled and weak. Can you give us your fuel cell 
Og pressure and quantity. 

Roger. It is .holding at 60 psi, and 96 pressure. 
Roger, Gemini V. Understand it's holding,... You can t-arn 
your transmitter back to standby." Thank you. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COiMI^KTARY TRANSCRIPT - 



Tape 55, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 7 hours 25 minutes into the mission. 
We have Just had a brief interchange with the spacecraft in the Coastal 
Sentry Quebec parked in the far western Pacific They are reporting no 
change in the pressure — the oxygen pressure in the fuel cell area. The 
Flight Director advises that he will make a decision while the spacecraft 
is over Hawaii at which point it should be in a very, very few minutes. 
VJe have the tape "of the CSQ,-Gemini V conversation wrapped up and we will 
play it for you now. 

Houston Flight Gemini V, Gemini V, this is Houston. here. Bring up 

your UHF transmitter. Gemini V, Gemini V, this is 
Houston here. Bring up your UHF transmitter. 
Gemini V, Gemini V. Houston here. Do you read. 
Roger Houston, Gemini V.' 

Roger Gemini V, Houston. You are coming through very 
garbled and weak. Can you give us your fuel cell 0^ 
pressure and quantity. 

Roger, holding at 6o psi, and 96 percent. 
"Roger, Gemini V. Roger, Gemini V. Understand it's 
holding. You can turn youx transmitter back to standby. 
Thank you. 

Gemini V, Gemini V, CSQ, Cap Com. Turn up yo-or UKF 
transmitter and report fuel cell Og pressure please. 
CSQ,, Gemini V. 96 percent, 60 psi and we got your DCS 
update . Over . 



Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 



CSQ Cap Com 



Conrad 



MISSION COMMEWTABY TRA[\FSCRIPT - 



Tape 55, Page 2 



CSQ Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
CSQ, Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
CSQ, Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 

Houston Flight 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



Conrad 



Roger. Copied. I transmitted a TM command to reset 

after Hawaii. 

Roger. 

What do you read in 0^ pressure. 
Spacecraft readout is 6o psi. 
6 what? 

V 60 psi J and ground readout is 80 psi. 

Roger, 80 psi. How many PCM counts is that? 

Stand by a moment. 1*11 advise him to turn off his 

UHF transmitter. We have nothing further. 

Okay . That ' s okay . 

Gemini V, Gemini V, CSQ Cap Com. 

Go ahead, Gemini V. 

Roger, we have you go on the groimd, we have nothing 
further at this t,ime. You can power down your UHF 
transmitter . 
Roger. 



EKD OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRAUSCRIPT - Q/2±/6'^ Tape 56, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston, 7 hours, 39 minutes into the mission. 
The spacecraft is now in contact with the Hawaii station. In the last 
minute and a half the pilot and the command pilot have performed what is 
known as a hydrogen purge of the fuel cell. The effect of this is to 
flush an extra amount of hydrogen through the fuel cell. It is an opera- 
tion which takes about 13 seconds on each section. We are not entirely 
sure if it had any effect, that is bringing that 0^ pressure up, or had 
any effect on the fuel cell operation. However, of major importance is 
the fact that the decision was passed up to the crew that we are 
committing for another day. I say again we are committing for a flight 
> of at least 18 orbits, and we would hope to terminate it not less than 

east of -Bermuda., That time to retro-fire for an 18 orbit landing has 
been passed up. The spacecraft will remain in a powered-down configura- 
tion, and of course the oxygen pressure will continue to be monitored very 
carefully 'throughout the night. and into early tomorrow. This is Gemini 
Control in Houston. We are still in contact in Hawaii,' and we will go 
back and listen there a bit now. This is Gemini Control, )Out. 
END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 57, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 7 nc-j^rs kS rrdnutes into the raission. 
We are in touch with the spacecraft I'-ow over Guayraas, powering dovm, and 
we — aS we advised earlier, the decision has "been made thc'c we would 
commit for at least a one-day mission. We could, and I war-u zo emphasize, 
go well beyond a 1-day mission, but we have nc plans ^o termin..":^ the 
mission at this time short of a 1-day mission. Hopefully, we v.-ill be able 
to solve our fuel cell oxygen source problem and con"t:inue the mission. We 
have the tape conversation where that comjn.itment was made over Hawaii and 
its wrapped up and ready to play for you at this time. 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 

Conrad 

Havraii Ca-o Com 



Conrad 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. 

Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. Would you brin_ up your 

UHF transmitter. 

Roger, Hawaii, Gemini V. 

Roger, we would like to perform a p-^-ge z:. ycvr fuel 
cell Hg. We do not plan to purge O^. We will not 
purge ©2 unless the Og pressure goes above 200 psi. 
Or, if there is a degradation in excess of 3/lO of a 
volt. Do you read. 

Roger. I understand. You want to purge the but not 
the Og. 

Roger. We are standing by for you to pur^e both sections 
of H^. 



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MISSIOK COMvEIOTARY 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 

Havraii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 



TRAIN'S CRIPT Tape 57, 2 

And you want me to leave the section 2 powered dov.T-. 
That is affirmative. We are also going to copy yo'c^- 
tape dump, Pete's too. 

Gemini V, advise us v^hen you start the purge. 

I just piirged the section 1 for 13 seconds. Sxand by 

on my mark for purging section 2. MARK. 

Hawaii, Gemini V. Do you have any readings on our 

. . . COg dovm there . 

Stand by one. That reading is one. Repeat 1. 
Ah, roger. I suspected some ... got in the gauge. It 
was out zero, then "bounced up to about 7 or 8, and then 
went down, bo-unced back to zero. 

Gemini V. Hawaii Cap Com. We have you go for l8-l. 
We would like you to go into only zone 1 areas. That 
•will commit us to one day. I'm standing by to update 
your TR's for l8-l. Gemini V. 
Roger, we'll bring it on the computer. 
Negative. You don't need the computer for TR. 
Gemini V, you've got a valid TR time. You are in sine. 
Roger , 

Gemini V, we'd like you to stay in the present power 
configuration. That is your primary coolant piimp on, 
1 suit fan on, yo-ur DCS on, your UHF receiver on your 
dc-to-dc converter on, your OWiS, heater circuit breaker 
off, and yo^'or water heater circuit breaker on. Do you 



reac 



MISSION CQ2€El\TARy TRAITS CH] 



Tape 57, Page 3 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hav/aii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap -Com 



Houston FligM 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Hawaii Caxi Com 



Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Coiti 

Houston Flight 



That is affirmative Gemini V. And you wanr us to keep 
the section 2 powered do™. Is that correct. 
That is affirmative. And we would like to purge the 
in t)Oth sections about every 6 hours from ncv: on. 
Roger . 

Would you give me a fuel cell Og quantity and a fuel 
cell tank pressure. 
Roger, at 9^ and 60. 
Roger . 

liawaii Cap Com, Houston Flight. 
Go ahead Flight, 

Roger, he didn't bring his computer in up there did he? 

Negative, not that I know of. 

Okay. 

Flight, I've got about 30 seconds to LOS. I'm going to 
command a dump tape off. I've got most of the dmp. 
Okay. Check that --. 

Gemini V, this is Hawaii Cap Com. I am unable to turn 

off your tape recorder. Request you turn it off. Gemini V 

do you copy. 

Did you get your TX in Bill? 

I couldn't get my tape d'omp in and I lost i"c . 

Okay, I think C'SQ got the TX and they should t^orn it off. 
CSQ, Cap Com Houston . Flight . 



MISSI02\' COi#ISI\TAEY TRAl-ISCRIPT- 8/21/65 



Tape 57, Page ^ 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Koustor. Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
C-uaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



Guaymas Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Guaymas Cap Com 
END OF TAPE 



.... Flight, I won't turn the, tape recorder off. 

It shouldjBill, there is an interlock in there^Bill. 

Okay. Roger. 

(garble ) 

Guaymas Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

Guaymas Cap Com. 

* That medical pass is on the Pilot and the Command Pilo 

has a medical pass over Hawaii on this next rev, so 

to 

we will get "both of them, and we want also/ get that 
.message for them to turn his — make sure that the 
heater switch position is in auto. on the Og- 
Roger, fuel cell 0^ heater to auto, and could you give 
me a Hawaii AOS . 
Hawaii LOS? 

No, AOS for the next pass. 

Next pass for Hawaii is 23 10 k^. . 

Okay, copy. 



/ilSSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 58, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. The White Team, or second shift of 
Flight Controllers has taken over the direction of the flight from 
this Center. Flight Director Chris Kraft has been replaced by 
Director Eugene Kranz. Kraft and a number of his team have left 
the Control Center for a press conference at the NASA News Center 
in a few minutes. Just before leaving the Control Center, Kraft 
made a GO decision for 18 revolutions . The fuel cell situation 
remains as reported for the spacecraft with a low pressure situation. 
It is hoped, however, that we can continue this mission in a 
powered-down spacecraft. Continuing in a powered-down condition, 
means that some of the experiments will have to be foregone in 
the interest of completing the primary mission, which of course 
is, in a eight-day flight, the medical experiment. The medical 
condition of the pilots during this flight is of paramount impor- 
tance. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION C01#Sr!TARY TRAliSCRIPT - 8/21/65 'i^ape 59. 



This is Gemini Control. We are 9 hours and 2 minutes into the flight 
of Gemini V. The spacecraft has just passed out of voice range with the 
Coastal Sentry Quebec, the tracking ship located in the Pacific Ocean 
south of Japan. The spacecraft is now in its sixth revolution of the 
Earth. There has been no change in the low pressure condition effecting 
the fuel cells. During the pass over the Coastal Sentry Quebec, the 
Flight Surgeon aboard ship took a medical pass from the Command Pilot 
aboard the spacecraft 5. This medical pass was complete with temperature, 
blood pressure, and exercise session followed by another blood pressure 
check. The Pilots aboard to spacecraft reported that the Command Pilot 
has had approximately 1 pound and 6 ounces of water. The Pilot, Charles 
Conrad has had an intake of 1^1 ounces of water to date. Both the Command 
Pilot and the Pilot are planning to eat now. This is Gemini Control. 

The "White team" or second shift of Flight Controllers has taken 
over for direction of flight from this center. Flight Director, Chris 
Kraft has been replaced by Director Eugene Kranz. Kraft and a number of 
his team have left the Control Center and will report for a press conference 
at the KASA News Center in a few minutes. Just before leaving the Control 
Center, Kraft made a "go" decision for I8 revolutions. The fuel cell 
situation remains as reported aboard the spacecraft, with a low pressirre 
situation. It is hoped, however, that we can continue this mission in 
a pov/ered-down spacecraft. By continuing in a powered-down condition, 
this means that some of the experiments have to be forgone in the interest 
01 ccr.';plei:ing the prir.ary mi£;;£icn, which, 'of co"arse, is an S-day flight 
a--a the medical experiments and zhe medical conaition of the pilots during 
thiG flight is of parano-um: importance. This is Gemini Control. 



MISSION COMMETARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 59, Page 2 



CSQ This is CSQ Cap Com, Gemini V. Gemini V, Cap Ccm and 

you are go on tl.a ground - what is your status? 
Conrad Here we go here, ... 

Conrad Roger 

CSQ Would you give us a readout on your fuel cell Og 

quajitity, Gemini V? 
Conrad , psi pressure 60. 

CSQ Gemini V, as long as we have a valid temperature - 

standing by for your blood pressure. 
CSQ Surgeon ' Gemini V, CSQ Surgeon - cuff is not quite full scale. 

Gemini V, this is CSQ Surgeon, yo\xr cuff is full scale. 

CSQ Houston Flight, this is CSQ. _ 

Houston Flight Go, CSQ. 

CSQ Roger, we gave him a "go" for I8-I. His onboard read- 

out fuel cell 0 pressure was 60 - quantity 96, , . 
2 

readout press\ire 90 - quantity 92. 
O.K. what's your PCM count? 
Conrad Stand by. 

CSQ Surgeon CSQ Surgeon, we have a good blood pressure - 

give me a mark when you begin exercise. 

CSQ Houston Flight, CSQ advises . . still 17 - - 17. 

Roger. 

CSQ This is CSQ, Gemini V - Be advised that . . the exercise 

on the mark 3 L 1 mark. 



MISSION COMMETARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 59, page 3 



.... exercise. Standby for the blood pressure. 
Roger , 

CSft Surgeon Gemini V, CSQ Surgeon, cuff full scale. 

Gemini V, CSQ Sxirgeon, we have a good blood pressure - 
standing by for your food, water and sleep report. 

Conrad Roger. Tell the Surgeon that the Command Pilot has 

» drunk 1 lb and 6 oz of water and the Pilot has drunk 
ik ounces of water and we have. . . ... to eat 

other than we both ate the bacon sguares and a little 
bite of the .sal§.d. . . and after leaving you, we 
will eat our first meal. 
CSQ Surgeon Roger, I read that 1 lb 6 oz water for the Command Pilot 

and ih oz for Pilot. Both ate bacon squares - planning 
to eat now. 

Gemini V and we are approaching LOS, CSQ. Have nothing 
further . 

Conrad ' O.K. Cap Com. 

That was the taped voice conversation between the Coastal Sentry Quebec 
tracking station and Spacecraft Gemini V. This is Gemini Control. 

EM) OF TAPE. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21-65 Tape 60, Page 1 

Ihis is Gemini Control. We are now 9 hovirs and 32 minutes into our 

flight. The spacecraft is now on its sixth revolution and approaching 

the west coast of South American. Medical data was received from the 

pilot, Pete Coniad, over the Coastal Sentry Quebec, and from the 

command pilot -Gordon Cooper over Hawaii. Flight Surgeon Dr. DeWayne 

Catterson reports all mediceLL sensors are working well. The flight team, 

he said, is in very good condition and their responses are excellent. 

During the pass over Hawaii, the command pilot Gordon Cooper, was asked if 
♦ 

the Rendezvous Evaluation Pod was within visual range of the crew during 
their flight. . He said "yes, it has been with them all along." We will 
now playback the taped voice conversation between spacecraft Gemini V 
and the Hawaii tracking station. 



Conrad 

.CAP cm 



Conrad 



CAP COM 

Conrad 
Conrad 

CAP COM 
Conrad 
CAP COM 



Hello Hawaii, Gemini V, are you reading? 
Roger, read you loud and clear. We are standing by 
for an oral temp on the pilot - we got one on the 
command pilot. 

I Just gave an oral - this is the pilot, I just 

gave an oratl temp to the CSQ and I sent this order 

for the command pilot to give you the next temp 

and he's got his oral temp probe in now. 

Good show Pete. Covild you have him start the blood 

pressure? 

Okay, weoit a blood pressure j here it comes. 
Have you got the temp on him? 

That!s affirmative 

Say again 

That's affirmative 



MISSION COMMENTARY TEIANSCRIPT - 



Tape 60, Page 2 



Conrad 
CAP COM 
Conrad 

Hawaii Flight 



Okay 

I'm going to copy a tape now. 
Okay 

This is Flight Hawaii. We read fuel cell 0^ 
quantity at 9^ percent, tank pressure 71 -2 the 
PCM hit cotmt is 
Gemini V this is Hawaii Surgeon. The cuff is full-scale. 
Cooper Gemini V 



Cooper 
Cooper 

Gemini V Hawaii 
Hawaii flight 

Cooper 



Hawaii flight 

Cooper 
CAP COM 
Hawaii flight 

CAP COM 



Cooper 



you Degin your exercise. 
Roger starting .exercise now 
Beginning exercise now 
Surgeon. , The cuff is full-scale 

We have- good blood pressure, standing by for your 
food and water report 

Roger. We gave that over CSQ and it hasn't changed 
since then. We're Just getting ready to end it up 
here ajid eat a big meal now. 

Roger understand. You gave a report to CSQ and you're 

going-to begin meal 1 for the day 

That's roger. 

Gemini V Hawaii CAP COM 

Hawaii surgeon out 

Gemini V Hawaii CAP COM. Be advised that we will 
update you on your landing areas euid your Elight 
Plan on yaur next pass over Hawaii 
Okay, mighty fine. 



MISSION COMMEKTARY 
CAP COM 

Cooper 

CAP COM 
Houston flight 
CAP COM 
Cooper 

CAP COM 
Hawaii flight 
CAP COM 
Hawaii flight 
CAP COM 
Houston flight 

Cooper 

CAP COM 
Houston flight 



CAP COM 



TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 6o, page 3 

We'd elLso like to know if you've seen the flashing 
lights on the REP 

Roger. That thing's right with us. It has been 
&11 along - aeen right out iin l)acH Of US 

Okay 

What does he estimate is.the range 

What do you estimate your range is? 

Well it varies, it's cycling back and forth slightly 

but it's been in as close as about 1000 feet to us 

Roger 

Hawaii^ Gemini V 
Go ahead 

We've seen it both in the daytime and at night 
Roger 

Okay. And during the next Rev i£' he happens to see 
it again we'd 

From here we can see the tumble rate, seethe dipole 
and everything on it. * 
Roger . ' Go ahead flight. 

Roger. During the next Rev we'd like to get ein 
indication.- 'some time indications as to when he' 
thinks it's in max and midrrange. Roger. We'd 
like to know during the next Rev if he caji give us 
some time .facts, when he estimates it at max range 
and mid-range - certain times and see if he can 
correlate range to it. 
Roger. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 60, page k 

Cooper I've had PCM LOS. ,1 couldn't get the tape dump 

off of the dump transmitter. 
Houston flight Okay. You got your TX in, right? 

Cooper That's affirn.ative. 

Houston flight" Okay. 

This is Gemini Control. Spacecraft Gemini V is now passing over 
approximately the middle of South America ^ and is beginning its 7th 
revolution of the earth. This is. Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE. 



MISSION COMMETARY TRANSCRIPT Q/2±/6'^ Tape 6l, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. Spacecraft Gemini V is 10 hours and 2 minutes 
ir.":c iu£ fligr.- r^issicn. Iz is r.c"' passing over South Africa. Our ne:ct 
voice transmission with the spacecraft will take place over Hawaii approxi- 
mately l+S minutes from now. Meanwhile, here in the Mission Control Center, 
the atmosphere is somewhat relaxed during this period of no -communication 
vath the spacecraft and with the spacecraft in drifting flight. Chris 
Kraft, our numberv 1 Flight Director, has returned to the Control Center 
and we also have 3 Spacecraft Communicators present. They are Deke Slayton, 
Buzz Aldren and Neil Armstrong. Flight Director, Gene Kranz, who is on 
duty nov; along with Chris Kraft, the Flight Directors, Paul Haney, the 
r.-jncer 1 Voice cf Gemini and other of the Flight Control Team have oeen 
having their heads together discus'sing what they will tell the spacecraft 
Pilot and Commaxid, Pilot when we have , our next voice commimication over 
Hawaii. At that time they will advise, the Flight Team as to what they 
wo-uld like them to do on a real-time flight plan Ijasis. And this has been 
the subject of discussion for the past few minutes. 

I can see that Dr. Charles Berry, our medical director, has also 
returned to the Control Center and turning around and viewing the VIP 
viewing room, we find that there are very few people present. Dr. Robert 
Gilruth, our Center Director, and George Low, his Deputy, left here 
approximately ^ hour ago. Some of the Flight Controllers are taking 
advantage of this relaxed time period to get a q.uick bite to eat. At this 

time, there is nothing much going on now except discussion as to i/nat will 
take place and what we will tell the Flight Team on its next pass over 
Hawaii. This is Gemini Control. 

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MISSIOK COM^IEKTASY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 62, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 10 hours and 32 minutes into the Gemini V 
Mission. Our spacecraft is now passing over the Pacific on it's 7th 
revolution of the earth. The Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking ship has 
just passed along a GO condition to the Gemini V flight crew. Flight 
Director Gene Kranz, a few minutes earlier, decided to initiate a voice 
communication with the flight crew as it passed over the Tananarive 
Tracking Station. The conversation concerned Gordon Cooper's reported; 
sighting of the llendezvous Evaluation pod. And we will now playback the 
voice conversation between the spacecraft and the Mission Control Center, 
which was remoted to the fli£:ht crew through the T3J23^. -'-rive S",;.~ion. 
Ti-.is is C-emini Ccntrcl. 

CAP COM Gemini V, Gemini V, Houston CAP COM would you 

turn your UHF transmitter on. 
(station calling Gemini v) 

CAP COM Roger Gemini V, Gemini V. This is l-lcuston CAP COM 

How do you read? Over. 
Pilot Gemini V (Noise - garbled) Helljo Houston, Gemini V 

CAP COM Roger Gemini V. .This is Houston. Could you give us 

some idea of the relative motion that you have with 

the RE? now. Over. 
Conrad Oh, good evening Buzz. How are you? I was juxj-c 

remarking that we ought to 'cheat it for a while. 

It seems to have been describing a sort of a figure 

8 around us, most of the time when we have seen it 
it s been- upon us and on the night side is when it 
-O'c fdrly close and v.'hen we came out into the day 
side a few orbits ago, why, it was qui^e close to ■ 



CAP COM 



Conrad 



CAP COM 



Conrad 



us, or close enough for^ us to see the dipole on 
it v;-hen it was tumbling and I haven't seen it for 
a while, we're Just excited of course, and we have 
some fairly good range and we're moving around but 
I haven't located it. this away. 

Okay Gemini V this is Houston CAP COM here, i was 
able to read you quite well on that for this site. 
What we'd like to do is to consider perhaps in the 
next several orbits' bringing up your ACilE, power so 
that you can maneuver to keep it in sigL^ a little 
bit more. We're also considering various neans by 
which you might be able to close on it during the 
day side, this is all based on your electrical 
power system, of course. Over. 
Roger. We're all for it. Power (garbled) 
Confirm do you want us to leave this no. 2 fuel 
cell shut down, you want us to bring it back on 
at any time just to put a little load on it then 
take it back off again. ' 

Kot yet Gemini. We're" still considering this. Could 
you give us an idea what your projected crew rest 
cycle is going to be. Over. 

Well, we're just a little bit behind or. that, we've 
finished eating. Gordo is taking a vis^^n test right 
now and then he's gonna go to sleep and I'm goinr 
to ^ake the vision test and stay on station for 



o more nours, 



MISSION COK^NTARY mMTSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 62, page 3 



CAP COM 
CAP COM 



Conrad 



CAP COM 



Conrad 
CAP COM 



Okay. Understand. 

Gemini V Gemini V Houston CAP COM. On the last 
night pass did you notice any diminishing intensity 
in the flashing light. Over. 

Not that we could gather Buzz, I've not seen it 
this pass though, that doesn't mean it's not out 
here but it was so close to us before, even though 
we couldn't see it, it would illuminate the space- 
craft with the flashes and we knew it was around 
us all the time. 

Roger. Understand. The spec value on the battery 
lifetime for the lights expired about an hour or 
two hours ago. 
Roger. Understand. 

Gemini V. Houston. We're about to have LOS here. 
We'll work up something and give you an update 
over Hawaii. Over. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSIOI^ COM-IETAEY TRANSCRIPT 8/21/65 . Tape 63, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 11 hours and 2 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini V. The spacecraf'.. is now over the Pacific Ocean approach: 
the Western Coast of South America. During a voice communication with the 
Hav/aiian tracking station about 8 minutes ago. Flight Director Gene Kranz, 
here in the Mission Control Center, passed on through that station in- 
structions to the spacecraft crew for a limited test of the; power system 
aboard the Gemini spacecraft. This test will consist of turning the power 
up on the onboard attitude control system, and then checking carefully to 
see if a steady power level can be obtained. This test would not take 
place until the next pass over the Coastal Sentry Quebec or the Hawaiian 
tracking station oh the next revolution, which is approximately 90 minutes 
from now. The Hawaiian tracking station also gave the Flight Crew some 
routine new data 'for various possible landing areas in the event that a 
contingency landing area becomes necessary. This is Gemini Control at 
11 minutes and 3 seconds into the flight. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 64, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, at 11 hours and 15 minutes into the 
flight of spacecraft Gemini V. Our spacecraft at this time 
is passing over South America - the southern part of South 
America and is now beginning its eighth orbit - or eighth 
revolution of the earth. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMEIJTASY TRAITSCRIPT - Q/2l/6'^ 



Tape o5. Page 1 



This is Gemini Control. We are now 11 hours and 32 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini V. The spacecraft is approaching the west coast of 
Africa - southern Africa and here in the Control Center things are in 
a relaxed mood. Many of the flight controllers have left their consoles 
briefly to pick up a sandwich, and a cup of coffee and have brought them 
back to the console and are partaking of an evening meal. Here we are 
also awaiting the spacecraft which will be approaching the Hawaiian 
Tracking Station in approximately 20 or 30 minutes and we are awaiting 
the power-up test which has been decided upon by Flight Director 
Eugene Kranz in an attempt to get a steady reading and if this steady 
reading is obtained we may do some of the onboard experiments z'c.sX we 
have programed. 

This is Gemini Control at 11 hours 33 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMIENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 66, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 12 hours and 2 minutes in to the 

flight of the Gemini V spacecraft. Our flight team is now 

passing over the continent of Asia on its eighth revolution 

over the earth. In just a few minutes the Coastal Sentry 

Quebec tracking ship, located in the Pacific south of Japan, 

will have voice contact with the spacecraft. Flight Director 

Gene Kranz has been receiving additional data from the tests 

of fuel cells that is going on in St. Louis and also more 

data from the engineers here in the Mission Control Center. 

He will very shortly make a decision on his plan to power up 

the spacecraft, the Attitude Maneuver System aboard the spacecraft, 

and thus check the power level - the pressure level around the 

fu I cells. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMi-IENTARY TEANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 67, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 12 hours and 32 minutes into the 
mission. The spacecraft passed over the Hawaiian tracking 
station in its eighth revolution over the earth just a few 
minutes ago. During voice communication with the spacecraft, 
Hawaii advised pilot Pete Conrad to power up the Orbital 
Attitude Maneuver System and then to do, a 360 horizon sweep 
by turning his spacecraft completely aroun'^ . He was advi_sed 
that if he could see the rendezvous evaluation pod he should 
stabilize the spacecraft at that attitude and turn his power 
down. If he did not see the REP he should then choose an 
attitude and again power the spacecraft down. Conrad asked, 
jokingly, if anyone here had a suggestion as to where he should 
look for the R2P. Flight Director Gene Kranz recommended that 
he look due south. At that time we had s loss of sir.gle ar.c 
the next voice communication will be with the Rose Knot Victor 
tracking ship, coming up in about 15 minutes. We should have 
then a report on whether pilot Pete Conrad was able to spot the 
REP. Here in the Mission Control Center, Bob Gilruth, Director 
of the Manned Spacecraft Center, and George Low, his Deputy 

Project Gemini, are back in the viewing room and are interested 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 67, Page 2 

spectators at this time. Everyone is awaiting the next pass 
over the Rose Knot Victor to see what results we have had with 
this latest attempt to stabilize the power aboard the spacecraft. 
At this time, we will play back the voice tape of the conversation 
between the Hawaiian tracking station and the Gemini V spacecraft. 
This is Gemini Control. 

CAP COM • Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. Bring up your UHF 

transmitter, and power down the D-4 , D-7 experiment. 

Conrad Roger. We are powered down on the experiment. We 

just powered up. 

CAP Com Roger. We're going to scrub it. I'd like an open 

circuit readout of stacks 2A , 2B, and 2C . 

Conrad ■ Roger. They're clear off the peg - I can't even 

read them. 



Cap Com 

Flight 

Conrad 

Cap Com 
Conrad 
Cap Com 

Conrad 



Roger. Copy, Flight? 
Roger, we copied. 2A, 2B, 

No, lA, IB, and IC all dropped about two tenths of 
a volt. 

What are they reading? 

They read 27.8. . ' 

Roger . 

We're ready to pov^er up the ACME as instructed by 
RKV if you're ready. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/55 Tape 67, Page 3 

Cap Com Ok, we'd like to do it - - but first would you 

bring up the AC power switch to ACME? 
Conrad Roger, AC power switch is ACME. 

Cap Com Ok. Bring up the ACME bias power switch to primary. 

Conrad Roger. It's primary. 

Cap Com Are you monitoring your fuel cell O2 tank pressure? 

Conrad ■ Yep . 

Cap Com Ok. Let's watch it close and if you see any decrease 

power back down. We'd like you to go to attitude 
mode switch to pulse at this time. 

Conrad Roger, it's in pulse. 

Cap Com How about your CAMS attitude control power switch 

.to ON? 

Conrad Ok. It's on. 

Cap Com Ok, we don't want to power 'up the secondary coolant 

loop - we want to evaluate this configuration first. 
We'd like you to do a 360 and take a look for the 
REP. If you see the REP, we recommend that you 
stabilize your rates and then power down. 

Conrad Ok. . 

Cap Com If you don't see the REP, go ahead and stabilize in 

v;hatever attitude you'd like. 
Conrad All right. 



-MISSIOX CQy2imT^RY TRANSCRIPT - S/21/65 Tape 67, Page 4 

Cap Com Did you copy all that. Flight? 

Flight That's a f f inria tive, but whenever he picks his 

attitude to stabilize if he doesn't see the REP, 



cap Com 
Cap Com 
Conrad 
Cap Com 
Conrad 

Cap Com 
Conrad 
Cap Com 
Flight ^ 

Cap Com 
Conrad 
Cap Com 



he should pick an attitude and then power it up again 
Roger, he's going to do that. 
Houston Flight, Hawaii Cap Com. 
Hawaii Cap Com, Gemini V. 
Go ahead, Gemini V. 

Have you got any suggestions as to where to look 
for it? 

You're closer to it than we are. 
Thanks a lot. Bill. 
•Any time, Pete. Flight, Hawaii. 
Roger. The REP would probably be to 
due south'. 



■.is south - 



Flight recommends you look south for it - due south, 
Ok. 

Flight, we're reading 13.5 on main current. When 
we brought the AC switch up to ACME we went to 14.5 
When we brought the bias power to primary we were 
still at 14.5. VJhen we brought the CAMS attitude 
control power switch to ON we went to 15 and it 
remained at 15 when we went to attitude mode to 
pulse . 



MISSION COmENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 67, Page 5 

Flight Good report. 

cap Com Ok. Did you get that thing on the off the circuit 

voltages? 

Flight Affirmative. I assume they were off scale high. 

Cap Com Off scale high - they were off the peg. lA, IB 

and IC were reading 27.8. The bit count is 17 and 

18 -it's very similar to what the CSQ copied. 
Flight 'ok. You can advise the crew we would like the 

time at which he powers down his attitude control, 
cap Com Would you give us the time when you power down your 

attitude control? 
Conrad Yeah, we haven't powered it down. We're still 

, looking for the REP . 

Ok. He can give the time to us at the RKV in about 
20 minutes . 



Flight 



Cap Com Ok. You'll be over the RKV in about 20 minutes. You 



Conrad 

Flight 
Cap Com 

Conrad 



can pass the time along to them. 

Ok. Don't you want us to stay in this configuration 
as long as the pressure doesn't drop? 
That's negative. 

That's negative. We want you to power down as soon 

as you stabilize. 

Ok. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/55 Tape 67, Page 6 

Cap Com Ok, Flight. We copied the tape dump. I've just 

turned the recorder off and the carrier off. We've 

got the TX in. 
Flight Roger. 

Flight ' Hawaii Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

Cap Com Roger . 

END OF TAPE 



MISSIOI'T COIv£.IEI>TTARY lEAlCSCRIPT = Ql2\/o5 Tape 68, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 13 hours and 2 minutes into our mission. 
Spacecraft Gemini V is now approaching the west coast of Africa on its 
9th revolution around the earth. Our last voice communication with the 
spacecraft took place about 10 minutes ago as the spacecraft passed 
over the Rose Knot Victor, a tracking ship off the west coast of Peru, 
.-^.c that time Pilot Pete Conrad advised that he had performed a 360 degree 
/.orizcn sweep hy turning the spacecraft aroiind. He failed to see the 
3:2P which he was looking for and so he powered-down the spacecraft . again. 
Conrad also performed a fuel cell hydrogen purge. Plight Surgeon Dr. 
DeWayne Catterson reports that the medical condition of the crew at this 
time is excellent. 
This is Gemini Control. 

We will now play hack the voice tape communication between the Rose Knot 
Victor Tracking ship and the Gemini V spacecraft. 



CAP COM Gemini V RKV CAP COM. Bring up your u:-7 transmitter. 

CAP COM Gemini V RKV CAP COM. Bring up your i::-' transmitter. 

Conrad RKV CAP COM Gemini V here 

CAP COM Roger. Your systems are GO on the grouna, we'd like 

to have the time of your attitude control power-down. 

Conrad 27, 25 

CAP CO'-; 27, 25. Understand. 

C,_^rac. Affirmative 02 27 25 

C._? COM I^iii yc- see the REP at any time? 

That's negative. 

^ -.3 QQ- ■ Roger , under stand. Were you able to damp cut your 

rates pretty well? 
--..PP That's affirmative. 



MISSION COMvEKTARY mAJ^ISCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 68, Page 2 



CAP COM 



Conrad 
CAP COM 
Conrad 
CAP COM 



Houston Flight 

Conrad 
CAP COM 

Conrad 

CAP COM 
Conrad 

Conrad 

Houston Flight 
CAP COM 



Houston Flight 



CAP COM 



Roger. Understand. You have a Medical Data Pass 
on the Pilot coming up over the CSQ on this rev, 
the next rev at a time of 03 hours, 30 minutes, 
11 seconds as acquisition.' 

Roger. Medical Data period 03 30 11 over the CSQ. 
Roger. That's the acquisition at CSQ. 
Right . 

We want to do a hydrogen purge on both sections e.z 
2 hours, irp minutes, 00 seconds. That's ahout 2 
minutes from now. 

Why don't you let him start his hydrogen purge now 

if 'he's ready. 

Roger, My purge 02 00. 

Gemini V RKV CAP COM. They said we can go' ahead 

with it at this time, are you ready? 

Okay. Crossover valve is open - standby on my mark, 

I'll purge no. 1 - mark. 

Roger. We have it on the- ground. 

It now is terminated at 13 seconds stand by on my 

mark - mark. 

I've got no. 2 was purged - crossover valve is mark 
RKV CAP COM Houston flight. 
Go Houston Flight 

Roger. I gave you the wrong time on that CSQ 
acquisition. That's 03 38 11 
Roger. Understand 



MISSION COirnKTAEY IEAAtSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Tape 68, Page 3 



CAP COM Gemini V. RKY CAP COM 

Conrad Go ahead, RKV 

CAP COM I have a correction for you on the acquisition 

time at the CSQ 
Conrad Ok, ready to copy 

CAP COM 03 hours, 38 minutes, 11 seconds. 

Conrad Okay. Acq at the CSQ is 03 plus 38 plus 11 

CAP COM Roger 

Houston Flight Why don't you get an evaluation of his onboard 

systems at this time? 

Conrad in our oxygen pressure 

CAP COM Roger, I understand. 

Houston Flight How about the rest of his 

Conrad press-ore is ^00 now, it's 'built up and 

it has seemed to stabilize at count rate of kOO 
CAP COM • Roger, I understand 

Houston Flight How do the rest of his systems look onboard? 

CAP COM Gemini V, how do the other onboard systems look? 

Corjrad Everything else is GO. 

CAP COM Roger. 

Houston Flight Okay. You can advise him to power-dovm his UEF- 

transmitter. 

CAP COM Roger. Gemini V you can power-down your UrlF trans 

mitter to STA1©BY at this time and we'll be standi 
by in case you need anything. 



MISSION COMERTAEY TRAITSCRIPT - 8/21/65 



Conrad Roger. 



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MISSION COyil^lENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



8/21/55 



Tape 69, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 13 hours and 37 minutes into the 
mission. Spacecraft Gemini V is approaching the Coastal Sentry- 
Quebec, our tracking ship in the Pacific Ocean. Our orbital 
values at this time are - apogee, 214 statute mile and perigee,- 
105 statute miles. The spacecraft is in drifting flight. Command 
pilot Gordon Cooper is still in a sleep period that started a little 
over two hours ago. Flight Surgeon Dr. Duane Catterson tells us 
th^ crew is in excellent condition. They are on the scheduled 
fligilt plan with regard to medical experiments and data reporting. 
We will now give ycu the live voice transmission betv;een the 
spacecraft and -the tracking ship Coastal Sentry Guabec . 
cap Com Gemini V, CSQ Cap Com 

Cap Com Gem.ini V, CSQ Cap Com, bring up your U:-_ transm.itter . 

Cap Com Roger, Gemini V. Advise this is a UHP number 6 



call, and verify the fuel cell panel circuit 



.breaker is closed.. 



Co 



nrad 



Fuel cell circuit breaker switch is closed. 



Cap Com 



All right. We'd like you to turn on the OAMS 



heater circuit breaker, and lea 



ve 



it on till the 



InICV pass . 



Conrad 



f -a -^-.-,1 \ 



Cap Com 



TwCor - affirmative. 



MISSION CO:-L^IENTARy TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 59, Page 2 

Cao Cora Stand by one. Gemini V, if you notice any decrease 

in the fuel cell O2 pressure, turn off the CAMS 

heater circuit breaker. 
Conrad - Roger. 

Cap Com And Houston advises the EA curve on section one 

indicates the performance is normal - and section 
two also indicates normal from open circuit voltages 
The plan at this tz-r.e is to keep all systems 
oper3.-cing with limited power availab_e. Do you 
ccpy? 

Conrad Gerr.ini V, V7e copy. 

cap Com Gemini V, advise we have received temperatures. 

Standing by for blood pressures, 
cap Com Say again - you had a little background noise. 

Conrad I said it's much better with the temperature probes 

Gemini V Garbled. 

Cap Com Gemini V, we have a good blood pressure. Give 

mie a mark when you begin exercise. 

Conrad Roger. Gerairl V, Ma rk - 

Flight C3C.. this ij Houston Plight. 

Cap Com Flight, this is CSQ. 

Flight Roger, Ted. V7e need -nother main surraary. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 69, Page 3 

Cap Com Repeat that, Flight? 

Flight We need another main summary. 

Cap Com Roger. Gemini V, CSQ . . . your cup is full . . 

That was the live voice transmission conversation between spac- 
craft Gemini V and the Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking station 
in the Pacific. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE * 



MISSION COMNElfTAEY lEMSCRIPT - d>/Zl/G'^ 



Tape 10, Page 1 



rnis is Gemini Control. Spacecraft Gemini V is now approaching the 
west coast of South America and is beginning its 10th revolution around 
the earth. At the present time the pilot, Pete Conrad is in an eating 
period and command pilot Gordon Cooper is still in his sleep period. 
This is Gemini Control, 
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L k L 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21/65 Tape 71, Pege 1 

This is Gemini Control at 14 hours and 32 minutes into the 
mission. Our spacecraft at the present time is passing into 
the south Atlantic - over the south Atlantic, and shortly will 
come up on the Ascension Island tracking station. We have 
had a food and water consumption report from the pilot, Pete 
Conrad. He said he had taken four pounds of water, approximately, 
and is on his second meal. In the Control Center, Flight 
Director Nomber One, Chris Kraft, and our present man on duty, 
Eugene Kranz, along with John Hodge, who will shortly take over 
direction of this flight, had a brief consultation. The decision 
they made was to power up the spacecraft periodically while 
carefully monitoring the pressure on the fuel cell. If this 
pressure remains steady, while -they are pulling additional amps, 
they will attempt to perform some of the onboard experiments. 
The decision on exactly what experiments ' are to be performed 
will be made as the flight progresses. At the present time, 
the pressure on fuel cells is 76.2 pounds per square inch and 
we have 95.7 percent of oxygen aboard. This is a slight rise 
in pressure and is contributing to the decision to attempt to 
pull a little bit of amperage out of the power supply. This is . 
Gemini Control . 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COI-IMENTARY TRAlv^SCRIPT - 8/ 21/65 



Tape 72, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control - 15 hours 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 
spacecraft is now over VJest Pakistan on a ground track that will take 
it over the Himalayan Mountains, Chunking China, and Taipai, Foi-mosa. 
Ko contact was made with the spacecraft diiring the passes over the 
Ascension Island and Kano, Nigeria tracking stations. 

Here in Mission Control, the blue team of flight controllers, headed by- 
Flight Director John Hodge has relieved the white team led by Eugdne 
Kranz.:^ 

This is Gemini Control. 



MISSION COMvEETTAilY TRAUSCRIPT - 



Tape 73, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control. l6 hours 32 minutes after lift-off. The Gemini V 
spacecraft is now over northern Arabia midway through the 11th revolution. 
During a Medical Data Pass for Command Pilot Cooper over the tracking ship 
Rose Knot, Cooper reported that he had had two hours of quite good sleep 
that he was eating his first full meal and that he had consumed 3 I'bs of 
water. The surgeon aboard the Rose Knot also took telemetered blood 
pressure readings on Cooper. While passing over the voice remoting 
station on Ascension Island, the crew of Gemini V received times for a 
visual acuity experiment from the spacecraft communicator here in 
Mission Control. The spacecraft will be in range of the tracking ship 
Coastal Sentry 1^+ minutes from now. We now have a tape on the air to 
ground communications with the Ascension Island Tracking Station. 
This is Gemini Control. 

CAP COM Gemini V, Houston CAP COM. Do you read? 

Cooper . This is Gemini V. Reading you loud and clear. 

.,CAP COM Roger. Put your ACME power to ACME, your ACME 



bias PRIMARY, attitude to PULSE, and OAMS attitude 



power on. Do you copy? 



Cooper 



Roger. 



CAP COM 



CAP COM 



Roger. You ready to copy experiments? 

Gemini V, are you ready to copy the experiments? 



Cooper 



Roger. Go ahead. 



CAP COM 



Koger. S'8j D-13, at 01 06 20 00. Secuence no. 
02. Cabin lighting at 01 06 kO 00. And be advised 



Vfe'll pass you more data over the CSQ, which has 
an acquisition time of 01 06 46 21. Do you copy? 



MISSION C0yi4ENTARY TRA^iSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 73, ?age 2 



Cooper 
CAP COM 
Cooper 
CAP COM 
Cooper 
CAP COM 

Cooper 



Didn't get the acquisition time 01 06 what? 
01 06 U6 21 
k6 01? 

Eoger. 01 days, 06 hours, h6 minutes, 21 secon 
Roger. 

And you can power-down your UHF on the way. We 

give you a call at the CSQ, 

Roger. 



'end of tape 



This is Gemini Control. l6 hours 50 minutes after lift-off. We have 
a tape recording of the Gemini V spacecraft pass over the Kano, Nigeria 
voice remoting station in central Africa. Let's listen to that tape now. 
This is Gemini Control. 
Cooper " Gemini V ... 

CAP COM Gemini V this Houston CAP COM. Like to give you 

a short briefing on what we think your status is. 
Are you ready? 
'•••Ooopei" Roger 

CAP COM We believe you have a two-phase condition in the 

f. oxygen tank now, Gordo, and that the pressure 

will continue to rise slovrly, we believe we can 
bring on more power without jeopardizing this, 
and we plan to do so gradually and appreciate it 
!»- . you'd keep us informed on that. 

Cooper Roger. Will do. 

CAP COM This pulse-mode will give you a little something 

to work with there for a change. 
, Cooper ' Roger. : 

CAP COM Ge.Tiini, could you verify if your Agena control 

circuit breaker is closed? 
Cooper Roger. Agena control is closed. 

CAP COM Roger. Thank you. 

CAP COM Gemini V Houston CAP COM. If yo-ur Ox^JS gets 

sluggish, well go ahead and turn it off and we'll 
watch it carefully, but if it's all right you can 
go ahead and use it. 



i;. 



MISSION CONavffiNTARY TRAIISCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 7^, Page 2 



Cooper "Ok. 

CAP COM Gemini V Houston here. You can turn your UHF 

transmitter off and we'll be standing by with 
the CSQ. 

CAP COM • Gemini V Houston. If you copy you can turn you 

UHF transmitter off and we'll talk to' you over 
the CSQj and we're standing by, na need to 
acknowledge . 

TisatOconcludes the tape of the voice recording between the spacecraft 
&emini V and the Kano, Nigeria voice remoting station out of Houston 
Mission Control. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 75, Page 



•This is Gemini Control. 17 hoiirs 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 
spacecraft is now over the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific 
and in 2h minutes will be in contact with the tracking ship Rose Knot 
off the west coast of Peru towards the end of the 11th revolution. 
This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 

I • 



I4IS^pT\^ ,CD^MEK^^M¥•^*ffiRMSCRIPT - 8/ Tape 76, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. ' I7 hours 32 minutes after lift-pff. The Gemini 
spacecraft is now. almost directly 6vet the tracking ship.. Hose Knot at 
the end of the 11th revolution. The next tracking station to acquire 
the spacecraft will be Canary Islands 17 minutes from now. After 
passing the Canaries, it will be 1 hour and 12 minutes before Gemini V 
is in contact with the tracking station, the Rose Knot again, at the end 
of the 12th revolution. At this period of the flight, station contacts 
become farther apart because the earth's rotation moves the tracking net- 

V 

work eastward and away from the spacecraft's inertially-f ixed orbit". 
The network moves again under the orbital track starting with the l6th 
revolution or the beginning of the second day and each day thereafter. 
'The" Command Pilot reported to the Rose Knot that he had not seen the 
REP lately. This is Gemini Control. 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRAESCRIPT Tape 77, Page 1 

This* is Gemini Control l8 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. The Gemini " 
Spacecraft is not over Bengazi, Libya, in Horth Africa, on a track that 
will carry it over the cities of Beirut, Lebanon, Saigon, South Vietnam. 
'♦The spacecraft communicator aboard the tracking -ship Rose Knot reported to 
Mission Control here in Houston that the ship's captain visually sighted 
the Gemini V spacecraft at simset yesterday as it came over the western 
horizon. During the pass' over the Canary Island tracking station, 13 
minutes ago, the -crew received flight plan updates from the Canary Island 
spacecraft communicator. This is Gemini Control. 
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•.I ■ 



IvHSSIOJ^ CCmZSTABJ TRPJiSORlFH - 8/22/65 -ape 78,? 

This is Gemini Control, l8 hours, 32 ninutes after lift-off. The Gemini V 
spacecraft is now crossing the 'north coast of AustrasJ.ia, just east of 
Daxwin. Pilot Conrad is scheduled to be asleep at the present time. 
The next station to be in contact with Gemini Y is the tracking ship Rose 
Knot, 29 minutes from now. This will be the Rose Knot's last contact with 
Gemini V until this afternoon.. ¥e now have a tape recording of the pass 
earlier in this revolution over the Canary Island station. Let's listen 
to that tape now^. 

Cap .Com Canary Cap Com. Flight, this is Canary Cap Com. 

Is he going with the transmitter powered down? 
Roger. 
Ok. 

Canaries, ^this is Houston Plight. 
Roger, Flight. 

W.ill you tell him that he can use the . . . 
{Came in over Flight) 

As he wants to. I'd like to turn them on over the site here 
so that we can get another power point and then t-v;Lrn them 
off sTid use them when he wants to. 

Roger. Flight, I didn't q;aite copy - Gemini'T came in on 
the, top of you. 
Roger. 

(Soil! coming in on Flight) 

Roger, Gemini V, stand by for one second here. Go ahead, 



Flight 

Cap Com 

Flight 

Cap Com 

Flight 

Gemini V 
♦ 

'Flight 



Can Com 



Flight 

Gemini V 

,. CasD Oom 



Fli.:ht 



L'ell him we waiit turn the horizon scanners on so that yoi 
can sex another -cower noint and from then on he can use 'chei; 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - %/22/^5 Tape 78, Page 2 

as he wants to. 

Cap Com Roger, copy. Gemini V, Flight advises that you can turn 

the horizon scanners on so we can get another power point, 
and he also advises that you can use them as you wish. 

Cooper Roger, understand can turn on horizon scanners. 

Cap Com That's affirmative. 

Cooper Roger, thank you. 

Cap Com Ok. I also have a flight plan up-date for you when you're 

ready to coyy. 
Cooper Ok. 

Cap Cot Roger. We have a B-U, D-7, sequence U21. Remarks - if 

c . towering cumulus clouds appear, make B-U, D-7 scsuiner 
without the warm-up. 
Cooper Roger, I have that. 

Cap Cot Ok. And then at 01 days 12 hours 10 minutes, on rev ik, 

at longitude II7.6 degrees west 
Cooper Roger. Will you give that one again - I cut out on that one. 

Cap Cot Roger. That was 01 day's 12 hours 01 minutes, that was rev 

lU, longitude II7.6 degrees west 
Cap Cot Roger. 

Cap Cot All right, Gemini V. I've been advised here that I gave you 

incorrect number - that was 12 hoTirs. 10 minutes 
Cooper Roger. 12 hotirs and 10 minutes, understand. 

Cap Cot Roger 

Cap Cot We have nothing else for you at this time. We are standing by. 



i-IISSIOK C0>2S:KTiiJ^Y TSAI^ISCRIPT - 8/22/65 Tape '78, Page 3 

Cooper Roger. Be advised flight plan seauence 08 of 3-6, we 

, . had no success on it. Over. 

, „ , I, i. . . 

Cap Com Roger, 
EM) OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY 8/21/65 



Tape 79 > Page 1 



The Gemini V spacecrerft is now over the south central Pacific 
approaching acquisition by the tracking ship Rose. Knot at the end of 
the 12th revolution. Mission Control will be in contact with Gemini V 
through voice remoting at Antigua 10 miniites from now. Canary Islands 
will make contact with Gemini V 11 minutes later. A Rose Knot spacecraft 
communicator will pass trp to the Gemini V crew routine landing area up- 

i 

dates. This is Gemini Control. j 

! 

END OP TATE 



MISSION COMMENTARY 



Tape 80, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 20 hours emd 2 minutes after lift-off. 

Gemini V spacecraft which is now approaching the northwest coast of 
Australia on a track that will pass over the city of Brisbane and is now 
in radio contact with the Carnarvon, Australia tracking station. During 
the recent pass over the Canary Islands tracking station, a voice remoting 
test was made thiysugh that station from the spacecraft comm\inicator here 
in Mission Control. We now have a tape of the voicei ccsnraunications 
during the Caneuiy Islands pass. Let's listen to that tape now. 



Cap CcMi 

Cap Com 

Conrad 

Cap Com 
Conrad 

Cap Com 



John wants to talk over the fuel cells with you. Here 
he is. 

I see you are real biisy right now, Pete, have you 
got a minute? 

Gordo is taking a picture here of the Apollo landmark. 
Are you free to talk to me? 
Go right ahead and talk. 

O.K. Electrical system - it looks like the pressure is 
holding. We are trying to give you hack the most use- 
able functions as quickly as we can. We are trying to 
approach a normal status operationally. Weuit you to 
keep monitoring the pressure - I'm sure you will. We 
believe your attitude indicator switch with FBI is on - 



we suggest you t\irn that off - we think there 



are more 



useful ways to use that power. We are trying to get 



MISSION CCMffiNTARY ^/22./G3 



Tape 80, Page 2 



back to 9Si essentially normal flight plan. We have 



Conrad 



Cap Com 



Conrad 

Cap Com 
Conrad 
Cap Can 
Conrad 



some tracking on the REP and we are trying to cook 

i 

up a possible rendezvous. Do you have aiiy visuaJ. 
contact vrith it at all? We believe it's about 75 miles 
ahead of you. 

That's just maybe, we haven't seen it. Both of our 
FDI switches are off. 

We are not going to purge the oxygen at this time. We 
are going to look at the voltages some more on that. 
We are planning ahead for a 33-1 Gks-No-Go and we will 
need the ccxnputer on for update at that time so, we 
are trying to build your current up to a \Level that 
we could use the computer. We may trade off some 
items to get the computer on at that time. We hope 
to get the other fuel cell back on eventually. Do 
you have any other questions or comments? 
No, my only one was when we were gonna get the fuel 
cell back. 
I ' m working on it . 
Thank you, buddy. 

See you. 

Right, good show. 



END OF TAPE. 



MISSION COMMENTARY Q/22/65 



Tape 81, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control - 20 hours 32 minutes after liftoff. The 
Gemini V spacecraft is now over the south central Pacific on a track that 
will pass across the republic of Panama. We now have a tape of voice 
communications between Gemini V and Carnarvon tracking station earlier in 
this 13th revolution. Let's hear the tape now. 

Ceurnarvon Surgeon* Gemini V, Carnarvon Surgeon. Houston Surgeon is a 

little concerned about your lack of sleep. We'd like 
a status report on each of you at this time concerning 
fatigue level. Over. 
^Conrad Roger. We have just been cat napping - about hO minutes 

on and' i+0 minutes off and UO minutes on and Uo minutes 
. off. 

Carnarvon Surgeon Roger. You have a busy flight plan ahead. We recommend 

you try to sleep during your programed sleep periods if 
you can so as not to get behind on the fatigue curve. 
Carnarvon Surgeon out. 

Conrad We're trying to but you guys keep giving us something to 

do. 



END OF TAPE. 



mSSIOH COMMENIAEY TRMSCRIPT - 8/22/65 .' Tape 82, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 21 hours, 2 minutes since lift-off. The Gemini V 
Spacecreift is now over the Madeira Island group in the east Atlantic, Just 
west of Casablanca on a track that will pass over the Arabian city of Mecca 
and directly over the Carnaxvan, Au.^tralia, tracking station. The command 
pilot is scheduled to waken the pilot at this time and brief him on space- 
craft status and events occurring during his sleep period. Canary Islands 
spacecraft communicator reported to the spacecraft that all systems looked 
good on the ground during the recent pass over Canary Islands. This is 
Gemini Control. * 
MD OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMEKTAEY TRMSCRIPT - b/22/G3 Tape 83, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 21 hours, 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 

spacecraft is now over the eastern Indian Ocean and should he in voice 

I 

and telemetay contact with the Carnarvan, Australia, tracking station at 
this iac»aent. Both pilots are scheduled to eat at this time, midway through 
the lUth revolution. This has heen an exceptionally quiet night here in 
Mission Control, hopefully things will pick up somewhat during the next 
twelve hours. This is Gemini Control, 



MISSION CCMffiHTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape Qk, Page 1 



Is now over the Society Island group in the south central Pacific. During 
the pass over the Canarvon, Australia tracking station, Pilot Conrad 
reported seeing the lights of Perth, and Jokingly said he could see the 
Carnarvon statirin itself. We have a tape of the voice conversation be- 
tween Gemini V and the Carnarvon station. Let's hear the tape now. 
Conrad Carnarvon, Gemini V, how much time do we have over you? 

Carnarvon Cap Com We got about 3 minutes to go. 

Conrad * Now eire we supposed to be passing to the north of you 

now. 

CarnajTvon Cap Com Stand by one. 
Houston Flight ■ That's affirmative. 
Carnarvon Cap Com That's affirmative, Gemini V. 
Conrad Are you guys cleax down there. 

Carnarvon Cap Com' Roger, we've got clear skys and an optical sighting 

of the spacecraft. 
Conrad Okay, we see you. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Very good. 



Conrad 



We see you, and we see Perth, but I don't see Geraldton. 
Looks like its under the clouds. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 22/^5 



Tape 85 J Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 22 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. The 
Gemini 5 spacecraft is now over the central Atlantic and will be in 
acquisition "by the Caaory Island station momentarily. A 

medical data pas^ will be run on the pilot during the pass over the 
Canarys. Here in Miss.ion Control, the red team of flight controllers, 
headed by Chris Kraft, is now talcing over from the blue team, headed by 
John Hodge. The blue team has been in the control room since 10 p.m. 
Central Time last night. We have, a tape of the just-completed pass 
over the state-side stations. Let's hear the tape. now. 
Houston Cap Com Gemini 5, Gemini 5j Houston Cap Com. If you read, 

place your adapter C-band to "continuous". 
We read you loud and clear, over. 
Roger. Reading you five square. Did you copy on 
the C-band? 

Roger. C-band appears to continue. 

Roger. Understand, thank you; and be advised that the 
pilot has a medical data pass over "the Canarys, that 
your acquisition time is 12,- 32, hi . 
Roger. 12, 32, kl . 

Roger. That's today. Morning, Gordo. 
Morning . 

How are you feeling? 
Fine . 

I'm going to talk to you about what we are going to do 
here with the comijuter and the fuel cell. 



Conrad 

Houston, Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Tape 85 



Page 2 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper -. 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

END OF TAPE 



Gemini 5, Houston here. Would you put your fuel cell 

quantity on, please. 
Roger. Will do. 

Gordo, on the next pass over 'the States what we want 
to do is "bring up the computer and give you a DCS load 
for 18-1, and then take a look at the computer 
memory to make sure we've got the right numbers in 
there. We're a little bit concerned — last time, we 
had a poor telemetry read out of the numbers. 
OK. 

Then after we've done that, and we are satisfied 
that -- what we'll do before we bring the computer up 
is drop some of the other things off the line so that 
the total amperage is about the same. Then" after 
we've checked the computer, over one of the next sites 
you pass over we'll have you turn off the computer 
after your contact here, and then we'll bring that 
second section back on the line and see how that 
works . 
OK. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 86, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, forgive the delay. Our v^q.-cherman 
this morning is giving us a good report for the next 2k houi^S. He says 
that in that period of time the West Atlantic area will be partly cloudy 
with light winds, less than 10 knots and waves less than 3 feetr, "frie 
East Atleintic area, about 300 miles west of the Canary Islands, r.ormally 
steady trade winds of about 20 /.nots with waves of 5 "to 7 feet will hold 
forth beneath partly clouuy s^vies and a hazy atmosphere. For possible 
landings in the mid-P; .fic, about 500 miles north of Honolulu, fair 
weather will continue except for isolated li.iht showers. Winds will be 
from the east a.-d average 10 to 15 knotr . ..n the far West Pacific area, 
some 500 miles southwest of Tokyo, Typhoon _.ucy is moving over zhe 
Japanese Islands and the weather conditions will be improving in tt^e 
Western Pacific landing area during the day. During the next 24 Wiiurs 
winds will subside to about 15 knots and waves to about 5 to 6 ■fe^-V • 
Scattered heavy rain squalls will be diminishing. . Significant ooher 
weather features which the flight will pass over around the world ±n 
the next 2k hours' include a suspicious 'area of tropical weather in ohe 
Atlantic between Puerto Rico and West Africa that may yet evolvt. into 
something more — of mc.-e concern. The tropical storm Doreen is moving 
westward in the Pa,cific Ocean. It is now about 1000 miles south of 
San Diego. The — as the Red Team took its places t^his morning — it 
found a very elated Flight Control Team. The source of the elation, 
of course, was a successful oxygen purge of the oxygen supply tank in the 
which supplies the fuel cell -- the oxyg. n commodity. This purge was 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/22/e5 



Tape 86, Page 2 



was performed during the — past our orbit over Carnarvon. It seemed to 
have no degrading effect at all on the fuel cell and on the other hand 
the pressure reading in the fuel cell went up 10- pounds, a very favorable 
turn of events. We are now running with approximately twice the amp 
load that we were using yesterday during our maximum powered-down period. 
We have a taped "conversation between the Canary Island station and the 
Gemini 5 spacecraft, which is — we are prepared to play for you now. 
Canary Cap Com Gemini V, this is Canary Cap Com. We are steinding by 

for blood pressure on the Pilot. 
• Flight, we have negative on the oral temp. 
Say again. 

We did not get an oral temp on the Pilot. 
Rog. ' ' ■ 

Gemini V, Canary Surgeon. Your temp is still scale. 
Flight, we have a solid C-ban'd track. 
Roger, solid C-band track. 

Gemini V, we have a good blood pressure. Give me a 
MARK when you begin exercise. 
Gemini V, MARK. 

Standing by for blood pressure, 

RCS ring D source pressure, PCM count 150. We are sti 
counting 19 on fuel cell Og. 

Gemini V, we have a good blood pressure. Standing by 
for your water and sleep reports. 



Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 

Conrad 

Canary Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canary Cap Com 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 



Tape 86, Page 3 



Conrad This is the Gemini V Pilot. The water is up, around 

1 

52 pounds, now total. And I got to rest "back about 
an hour ago when they told us to sleep. And I had 
a little cat nap just a little while ago. 
Canary Cap Com Roger, Gemini V. Everything is looking good here on the 

ground. We have about 2^ minutes to LOS and we are 
standing by. 



GEMINI 5 
Tape 87 and 88 we do not have. 



MISSlOJI COM^SNTASY T?uU\3CRI?T - 8/22/65 



Tape 89, Page 1 



This is Ge^iini Con^rol, Houston, 25 ho'urs, kk siinutes into the nission. 
Tn the last I5 ninutes we had a good long pass over Canarvon, The tape 
is racked up; ve are ready to plc^y for you. now, . 
CaTiarvon Cap Coia Gemini 5, Canarvon Cap Coia. ' Bring up your UHF 

transmitter. 

Go ahead, Canarvon. Gemini 5 here. 
Roger, Gemini 5- I have a briefing for you for 
your state-side pass. this orhit. 
OK. Is it experiments or just briefing? 

It's a briefing on a power-down and power-up and 

Stand by, 1. We're checking to see what's wrong with 
the tape. 

started in Guaymas with an AOS time of about 

13 hours, ko minutes. They want you to assume an 
attitude of 000 or OI8O, which ever you prefer. 
Turn off the ohms light heaters, ACME, and the 
horizon scanners, and the C-band adapter beacon. 
OX, next power -up the IGS power supply and the computer 
in a pre-launch mode. "At Texas acq,uisition, which is 
about two minutes after Guaymas contact, they'll up- 
lead you a 18 - 1 computer load. The ground wants to 
take a look at the load on TM and check it, and they 
will have you .power -down the IGS and the computer 
on a gro^ond cue. After the IGS computer power-down 
is complete, they want you to bring up the secondary 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Cape 89 



Pag 



Conrad 



Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 



coolano loop, and place the fuel cell section 2 
power switch on. OK, after section 2 is on line, 
power-up the ACME and horizon scanners. They want 
to complete this before ...LOS to have a look at sec- 
tion 2. 

.OK. Let me see if I got all this. At . Guaymas AOS, 
1346, approximately. Assxime the OOOoor OI8O attitude, • 
ohms heater off, the ACME off, the scanners off, bring 
the ICS on, bring the computer on, -on. ground command 
after receiving a load, power-down, bring up the 
secondary coolant loop, the number 2 fuel cell, bring 
the ACME back on the line, and our horizon scanners. 
OK. On that power -down at Guaymas, also turn the, 
place the C-band adapter to command, in addition to 
heaters, ACME, and horizon scanners. ' ■ 

Got it. _ , 

OK, and on the IGS and computer power-down wait for a 

ground cue. 
OK, now. 
Go ahead. 

I was :iust looking at the flight planahere. We'll 
have to cancel that D-6. 
That's affirmative. 

And we'll have to cancel both D-6's, or no, the D-6 and 
the D-h, no we might get the D-k and I)-7 



Tape 89 Page 3 

Canarvon Cap Com Right, flight advised to scrub the D-6 experiment 

at 13 hours, 58 minutes. 
Conrad OK. 

Canarvon Cap Com OK. We are scheduled also for an purge over this 

station at this time. Would you give me a mark when 
"you start your purge? 

Conrad OK. Stand by. Stand by, purging no. 1. Mark. Ten 

seconds, didn't get it. Stand "by, mark. No. 1 
section, I read you purge complete. Stand "by. 'Mark. 
No. 2's ready. 

Canarvon Cap Com Roger. 

Conrad No. 2 complete, both are off. , 

Canarvon Cap Com Roger. OK, we on the ground, Gemini. 

Conrad Go, up here. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape No. 90, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston, 24 hours, 2 minutes into the 
flight and we have just started the 16th revolution. We are still 
in contact with the spacecraft, its out on the edge of the Bermuda 
zone at this time. Its been a very cheery conversation in this 
first long 'duration pass across the United States this morning. 
Chris Kraft passed up the word that we were real happy with the 
fuel cells and Pete Conrad, who is awake and talking, Gordo 
apparently asleep, concurred entirely. Among other events Chris 
Kraft read to Pete a morning news summary in which he advised 
that the headline in one of the local papers this morning said 

lat the flight may splash dowa in the Pacific on the sixth orbit. 
This brought a big .chuckle from Conrad - he said to tel'l them they 
were sorry to disappoint the paper. He said he felt that the flight 
only had about seven more days to go. In a more serious vein, he 
advised that he, Conrad, has drunk a total of about six pounds of 
water. Cooper about six and a half pounds. He also indicated the 
oxygen source pressure is now about 70 pounds, it would be up about 
10 pounds over our long stable period of yesterday. We^ are reading 
about 80 on the ground - of course the differenqe between the 
ground gauge and the spacecraft is one of calibration. It will be 
a few minutes before the tape is racked up. When it is, we'll 

^me back to play the conversation of this first stateside pass 
this morning. This is Gemini Control, 



MISSION COMMES^TARY TRMSCRIPT - ^122/63 



Tape 91, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston, herej 2k hours, ten minutes into the mission. 

We would like to up-date you on the perigee and apogee. Apogee, 212 statute 

miles. Perigee, 10^4-. 6. The revolution period, minutes. We began 

the 16th revolution at 23 hoiirs, 56 minutes, and 5 seconds, into the 

mission. We have the tape from the State-side pass racked up, and we 

are prepared to play it for you at this time. 



Conrad 

Cap Com 

Conrad 
Cap Com 

Conrad 
Cap Com 

Conrad 
Cap Com 

Conrad 



Cap Com 



After this flight maybe they can save some weight 
and remove the heaters. 

Yeah, looks that way, doesn't it? I didn't realize 
that you were a heater test pilot. 
I didn't either yesterday. 

We've sure got a lot o£ fuel cell experts here on the 
ground this morning, Pete. 
I'll bet you do. 

They had to put bars on the windows to keep them out. 
Gemini 5, .Houston flight. 
Good morning. 

Good morning. The morning headline says your flight 
is, may splash down in the Pacific on the sixth orbit. 
I'm sorry to disappoint them. I just told Gordo 
a few minutes ago we just passed a milestone — we only 
have seven more days to go. 

Roger, Pete they've got a clock down here that will 
give you the time to end the mission. It's not running 
right now, but yesterday it said 198 hours. 



Tape 91 



Page 2 



Conrad 



Cap Com 



Conrad 



Cap Com 

Conrad 

EKD OF TAPE 



Your wives also made the front page. this morning. 
Very good pictures, and they look very pretty. 
Roger. You can^tell them we are doing fine, and tell 
the doctors we are drinking lots of water, hut neither 
one of us have been too hungry. We've had two meals, 
hut we haven't eaten all of them. 
How much water have you drunk, Pete? I've got 
notes here from Neal, or Elliot that say that your 

last drink was at 0105, 010^+. 

I've alinost had 6 pounds, and Gordo's had about 

6| pounds, and we're being pretty generous with the 

gulps. 

OK. You've had 6, and Gordo's had 6|. 
That's a good number. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/22/65 Tape 92, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston; 2h hours, 32 minutes into the mission, 
On the sixteenth revolution with the spacecraft just off the southeast 
coast of Africa. We have been out of touch with the spacecraft since the 
Canary-Kano pass. We expect to contact again at Canarvon. On the last 
revolution, excuse .it, on the fourteenth revolution, over Canarvon— in 
the Canarvon area — a radar tracker, a person manning the radar tracking 
device in that "area, reported sighting, visually sighting, the space- 
craft. We are checking back with the Canarvon station to get additional 
information on him, his name and citizenship. We have had reports of 
visual sightings in the past, but this is the first I recall in this 
particular flight. Here in the Control Center serious consideration is 
being given to attempt a ^rendezvous with the pod. This would be, of course, 
with the passive object. The beacons are out, the lights are not flashing, 
the radar beacon on the pod is out, and at last reports it was some 
75 miles from the spacecraft. We are tracking the pod; we hope to get a 
good fix on its position, and depending on those, the elements of that 
fix that will dictate the decision whether we will attempt to rendezvous 
or not. We certainly have the fuel to attempt it. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY mMJSCRIPT - 8/22/65 Tape 93, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control in Houston, 25 hours, 2 minutes into the mission, 
the spacecraft on a swing up the Pacific. Over the Canarvon station 
only a few minutes ago, Pete Conrad performed a radiometer check on the 
star Vega. That is, he aligned the spacecraft 'so that one of his 
infrared sensing devices looked at the star Vega; he held it on the star 
for approximately 3 minutes while he read out the data on the spacecraft 
and it was, at the same time, telemetered to the ground station. The 
ground station reported that the telemetry, was fairly noisy, but they 
got some data. Pete confirmed that he got some on-board. It was a 
relatively guiet pass, and we regret that o\ar recording here in Mission 
Control in our new support area failed to pick up the conversation. 
However, we are working on it, and we will get it fixed up for the next 
pass. Going across the United States this time, it is likely that a 
decision will be made on whether to commit for a 33 orbit flight. That 
is, the retro times for the 33-1 maybbe passed up to the spacecraft 
during this next pass across the United States. This is Gemini Control 
in Houston. 
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MISSION COIvKSrfl'ABY TSMSCRIPT 



SK, Pa-e 1 



This is Gemini Ccntrcl Houston, 25 hours 28 minutes into the mission 
and within the last 2 minutes we h8,ve acquired the spacecraft via the 
G-uaymas station. Gordon Cooper was on the loop. He had been napping for 
the last hour or so and in his familiar soft, slow Oklahoma drawl, he 
told the Guaymas station that the station was "looking mighty pretty down 
there," A very cheery Gordo, a doctor has just talked to him. He is 
a little concerned ahout their lack of sleep that the two pilots have had. 
They confirm that they have only had about 2 ho-ar apiece, and they haven't 
eaten a great deal. And, as we have been talking, a new time to retrofire 
for the 33-1 has been passed up to the pilots. They — we are now committ 
for at least a 33 orbit flight. Let's cut in now on that conversation live 
as the spacecraft moves across the southeast United States. 
Cooper Hello down there. I can see all the towns and the high 



ways . 



Plouston Flight 



Okay. 



Cccoer 



Roger. 



We are coming in over the Cape now. We can see 



the Cape very clearly. 



Hou 



s'Gon Flight 



Can you see the pads pretty easy. 



Cccpsr 



Roger, we can see the pads, we can see the causeway. 




Roger, they really stand out don't they, with that 



contr, 



Cooper 



They sure do. 



Have J 



you got the D-6 equipment all set up? 



ISlCiU CO^CffiKTARY TRMSCRIPT Tape 9I+, Page 2 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 

Cooper 

Conrad 



Houston Flight 



Ready to roll. 

Okay. How's the weather over the Atlantic? 
Very nice. There is light scattered clouds. 
Okay . 

Sun is shining. 

I'll tell you one other thing we noticed. It looks 
like our oxygen pressure may have gone back 
-.rp just a skosh. 

Okay, we've had it holding for a long time. We have 
a counle of extra ?Ci''I coimts now, so we are all ? 



This is Gemini Control Houston again. We are still in contact with 
the Bermuda station. During that-pass, you heard Pete Conrad's report, 
a very hopeful item. He said that the 'oxygen pressure was up just a 
"skosh" . That is Cor.radese for up just a little bit, a comforting factor. 
Earlier, the spacecraft was advised we have had some trouble reading out 
their TM data on their infrared measurements. They were advised to leave 
their infrared data transmitter on during this pass across the States so 
we could evaluate it . They are out over the -island of Bermuda now and t",he 
flight plan calls for them to take some terrestial photographs while in 
the area of Bermuda, We ass'ome ':hey are doing that now. Pete Conrad re- 
ported he had a tr<rmandou3 vision from the use of the big lans,^ a 1270 i^im 

le-is ;-ount3d on his side in the spacecraft, Vfe have had no additional 
ccBKT.viicaT.-von since Bermuda acquired. We are standing by and we will play 
iz for j-'ou as it happens. Jus:: out on the edge of the Bermuda zone now. 
We will probably loose ihe si,~nal within a minute from now. 



Ta-oe y'- 



We are also cliscusaing now -- wc- have new elements on tns pod. ~t 
v.",,^ c^Jecbed e-arlier on the flight yesterday. I can pass those on to you. 
we have an apogee on the pod of 197.5 miles, a perigee of 102,6 miles. 
Those are both statute mile values. There was a period of very close 
to that of the spacecraft, about 95^- minutes. The separation distance 
at last report is about 300 miles away and, as I indicated earlier, 
serious consideration is being given to effect some sort of a rendezvous 
maneuver' with the pod. A quick indication is that it would take some- 
thing on the order of 5 o^r 6 revolutions to actually catchup with the 
pod at this point. We have made no decision to undertake that maneuver 
but, as I say, serious consideration is being given to it. This is 
Gemini Control out at 37 minutes after the hour. 



EKD OP TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/22l^5^ Tape 95 j Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston; 25 hours, i+ 5 minutes into the mission 
with the spacecraft swinging down across Africa. We have the tape ready 
for you on the early portion of the state-side pass, which we think you 
will find of interest. In the coiarse of the early discussion, as we indi- 
cated, they discussed the food situation. Dr. Berry is a little dis- 
pleased. He doesn't think they have been eating as often or as much as 
they should have. They have indicated they've drunk a lot of water, 
about 6, slightly more than . 6 pounds apiece. .He's quite satisfied with 
that, but he's not completely satisfied with the amount of rest they've 
had, which totals out to something like about 2 hours, plus some napping 
during the first 2h hours. of flight. In the- course of the discussion 
with Jim McDivitt, he asked them if they noticed any LiOH effects. 
This is the chemical formula for lithium hydroxide. It refers to the 
ingredient in the, environmental control system_in the spacecraft which 
removes carbon monoxide from the atmosphere. The reference, the question 
pertains to a suspicion we have that during the "McDivitt -White flight, 
it might have been lithium hydroxide dust that caused s.ome irritating 
effects on Jim McDivitt 's eyes in the early portion of the flight, before 
it cleared up. We cannot confirm that that was the case in GT-U, but it 
is a suspicion. Whether , founded or unfounded, apparently it's no cause 
for any irritation at this time, and they report no irritation to the 
eyes or to the nasal passages. ■ We have the tape for. you, and we will 
play it for you now. . , 

Conrad Bore site Kinley. I've got the big lamps in here. 



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Tape 9^, Page 2 



Cap Com 
Conrad 



Cap Com 

Conrad 
Cap Com 

Surgeon 



Cooper 



Surgeon 



Cooper 



Gap Coil 



and ix's really farxtastic. 
VJliat did you say^ Pete? 

I said I'va got the big lamps in iiere and I can see 
through it something fantastic if I could just find the 
point with it. 

Yeah. Hov/ are you doing with the tracking on that? 
Is it pretty easy? Or pretty difficult? 
Just got it all put together. 

OK. We've got another person here who would like 
to talk to you for a couple of minutes. 
Gemini 5, this is Surgeon. Gordo, tell me about this 
sleep story here for a second. We're having trouble 
trying to get straight on the ground what both of you 
have done with sleep. As we figure it from your re- 
port so far, it appears you have had roughly two hours 
apiece. Is that affirmed, or have you had more than 
this? 

That's about right. Maybe a little bit again. that, in 
addition to that. 

C-ordo, what seems to be bothering this sleep? Are you 

having trouble with the other guy's transmitting? Does 

this seem to be bothering the sleep? 

The flight plans haven't been arranged where both 

guys, where one guy could sleep. It's where both 

of us have been haviiig to do some of the easier tasks, 

OK. VJell, let's check the food parts and other areas 



MISSION COMMENIAEY TRMSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 95, Page 3 



Cooper 
Cap Com 



Cooper 
Cap Com 

Cooper 
Cap Com 

Cooper 
Cap Com 

Cooper 
Cap Com 
END OF TAPE 



that we seem to be having some trouble getting straight 
records here, and Pete said on the last pass that 
you had had at least parts of two meals, and I take 
it that that's meal A and m:eal--B from the first 
day. Is that aJ.1 you have eaten today? 
That ' s about it . 

OK. Fine. One other question we ought to get some 
answers on — are you using the exciser for any other 
times and over the medical data passes? Are you using 
it just for general exercise? 
Haven't had time yet. 

OK. Gee, I thought you were just loafing up there. -- 

all this comfort and time to do nothing. 

Been pumping the foot generator pretty hard, there. 

We should have one aboard. Gemini 5? this is Houston 

here . 

Roger. 

Roger. You have a go now 33 - I5 we've put the 

33 - 1 TR time on your -computer, so you are all set. 



OK. Good luck on yoiir D-6. 



IvIISSIOK COMIvEKTARY TRAKSCRIPT - 8/22/65 Tape 96, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston; 26 hours, 2 minutes into the mission. 
At this time the Tannarive station has gone into a' local conrniunicate 
condition. Ihey should be establishing contact within a very few seconds. 
The flight is progressing very nicely here; our big clock's up above the, 
at the ceiling in the Mission Control Center now show a new time, ground 
elapsed time to retro-conmand, one for a 33 - 1 landing, should a 
landing become necessary. That time would be 2^ hours and 38 minutes 
from now. We also had data from the Department of Defense that a fourth 
object is being tracked along with the spacecraft, the second stage, 
and the pod. It's identified as a piece of debris; we don't know whether 
it came from the second stage, or Just where, very likely from the 
second stage in 'the act of separation. This is Gemini Control in Houston, 
26 hours into the mission. 
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laSSIOII COI'ieilTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 --pe 97; -s^se 1 

■rh::': Cx-rr-.i-i Control, Houston; 26 hours, 32 minutes into the niission 
0:1 Che soven-^eenth revolution, with the spacecraft just off the north- 
east coast of Australia. Since early this morning v/e have indicated that 
here in the Control Center, flight planners and engineers have been 
busy devising some sort of a rendezvous maneuver with the pod. The 
mechanics have been worked out whereby vre might attempt such a catch-up 
maneuver with the pod -over a six revolution period. They had actually 
gone so far as to brief the crew during the just-ended Canarvon pass on 
what type of burn to perform over the states. We had generally thought 
of bringing the apogee down to about I65 miles, waiting several revolu- 
tions, and then performing other maneuvers, to make a close approach on 
the now-dead pod. However, in just the last few minutes the Flight Director 
has reconsidered the plan. He doesn't want to put the over-all lifetime 
of the mission in any jeopardy. We are still striving for our full 
8-day mission, and plus the fact that he would like to see a little more 
power grow on the, in the spacecraft, a little more power available in 
the electrical system. He has decided not to attempt any rendezvous todajr. 
He's postponing any rendezvous attempts' for at least several days, by 
which time hopefully we will be able to use, the platform, the other guidance 
instrumentation available in the spacecraft for any maneuvers that might 
be attempted then. So, we'll say again, we'll not attempt any rendezvous 
maneuvers wioh the pod today, and at this time we are proceeding across the 
Pacific. This is Gemini Control signing off at 35 minutes after the hour. 

KiU) Ob' TAPE 



:0N CGM-SNTARY TRAILS GRIP' 



.'ane 



This is Gemini Control Eo-as^cn, 26 hours U9 minutes into the nission. 
At this oiaie the Hawaii station is in contact with the spacecraft and maiving 
comparisons between gro-and readings and spacecraft readings on the various 
instruT.ents and gauges. It was d-aring the Canton pass just a few minutes 
ago that Jim McDivitt remoted through the Canton Island station, advised 
the crew that we will not attempt a rendezvous maneuver with the pod today. 
This has been the plan, that over the States we might put in motion a series 
of maneuvers that would bring us in close proximity with the pod, y or o 
revolutions later. However, it was decided not to attempt these maneuvers 
and put prime emphasis on the - attaining long duration time in orbit, 
something on the order of 8 days. For your information, the second stage 
booster for the — of the Gemini Launch Vehicle has about 2 more days to 
go in orbit before it will decay and burn in. We do not have a predicted 
impact point for you at this time. The pod is trailing the booster by about 
5 and one-half minutes. It, in turn, is some 375 nautical miles out in 
front of the spacecraft. Gordon Cooper has advised that he hasn't seen 
it for some time. We presume the light?, the blinking lights on the pod 
are now extinguished, the battery power out. In the parade of C-eir.ini V 
and its entourage the third item in the parade is the spacecraft itself, 
trailing zhe pod by some 35 seconds, and the fourth item in the lineup is 
a piece of debris. The scrap is about 2 by 3 feet, VJe can't identify it 
precisely. It could be a piece of a skirt off the second stage, or just 
\f:ia.z vra don'z kncv/, but it is trailing the spacecraft by about 8 minutes, 
vJu have r.c eLTi:.:t,-e on its lifetime, vie have the Canton Island tape 
vrri^pp^^d ;;p :„.u are prepared zo play i'c for you now. 



^ L k k 



CAHY TRAILS CaiPT Tape 98, Page d 



Houston Flight 
Conrad. 

Houston Flight 



Conrad 



Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

iiouston Flight 
n.ouston Flight 

Corirad 

houston r'light 



Gemini V, Gemini V, this is is Houston here. Over. 
Roger, Houston. We hear you fine, 

Roger, Gemini V, This is Houston here. Be advised 
that there will be no, I say again, there will be no 
CAMS ■b-'jrns over the States. We will not attempt to 
rendezvous with the REP. 

Roger, understand. No rendezvous and there will be 
no burn. 

That is affirmiative. Later on in the mission we expect 
to do some burns and we can bring the platform up and 
we will run through some exercises using the fuel for 
that . 
Okay . 

Gemini V, this is Houston. 
Go ahead, this is Gemini V, 

Roger. For yoiir information the REP is about 375 miles 
out in front of you at the present time. 
Oh, is that right. 

Roger. Can you still see the lights. 

Okay, you'd better xake your vision test again. 
VIould you put your ECS heater to auto please . 
You are fading out on your ... transmitter. 
Roger, I state again. Would you put your SCS 0^ heater 

0^ heater to auto. 



COyl^^SNT■AEY TRMSCRIPT ^^pe 98, Page 



Conrad Roger. Going to auto ECS 0^. 

Houston Flight Roger. 

Houston Flight Be advised tha'. uhe flight plan updates that you had for 

your pass across the States will remain the same. 
Conrad Roger, -anderstand, 

riouston Flight Okay, 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 99, Page 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 27 ho-urs 2 minutes into the flight. 
The spacecraft is directly overhead us here at Houston and Jim McDivitt 
just ask Pete Conrad if he saw him wave, a joking reference of course, 
and Pete said no, it was a little cloudy. He also said he couldn't 
quite see the Domed Stadium, although he was looking. West Texas must 
be clear because they had a, they gave us a beautiful description of the 
El Paso area, and they =- in the course of this pass they have turned 
their radar on, they have powered up their computer, and they have also 
turned on what is identified as the MDIU. That is the manual data inser- 
tion unit, which is a piece of associated electronics that goes with the 
computer and into which data can be inserted annually. We are still on 
an open line to the spacecraft and, which is right now over the state of 
Alabama. Let's tune in live to see if there is any further discussion. 

Gemini Control again. Apparently they have nothing to report right 
now. We will stand by. In the course of the pass, our environmental 
systems man, who watches the fuel cell area, says it is looking good on 
the fuel cell situation. Here we are again. 

Conrad .66 miles 

Houston Flight Very good. 

Conrad 222. il8, as we go by the Cape. 

Houston Flight Roger, 



Houston Flight 



You think you can make a REP out on that? 



Conrad 



You bet. Not only that, but I wish we hadn't had 



those little problems because I think we, would have 



caught the KEP. 



MISSION CCMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 99, Page 2 



Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Conrad 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

This is Gemini 
Pete Conrad talking 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 



Yep. 

We just went by the Cape, 166.92. 
Roger . 

Closest approach is I6U miles. 

Gemini V, you have completed your radar pass. Gemini 
V, you have completed your radar pass. We would like 
to have you turn off your radar again, turn your 
computer off, and bring your horizon scanners back up. 
Roger, 

We're still getting readouts. 2U8 miles. 

Roger . 

. . . (broken) 

Control again. In the course of that pass you heard 

about the radar. Here we go again, stand by. 

This is Gemini V. We are powered back down now, Jim, 

Okay, fine. Listen, for your information, we would 

like to have you complete that Lorisdo pass on that 

next pass, and then it's time to get some sleep, don't 

you think. 

We highly concur. 

Oh, yawn. 

I got pretty sleepy on that last light side. 
Roger, listen. If your getting sleepy, go ahead and 
cat nap around there . 
Say again. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 99, Page 3 



Houston Flight 



Don't forget the good old cat naps now when you are 



floating around. 



Conrad 



Sv, 



Gemini Control Houston here again. Jim McDivitt passing on some advise 
about catching cat naps, advise which he didn't follow to closely flioring his 
4-day flight, but he is certainly an expert in that department now. The 
reference to the sighting over the Cape is this. There is a spare pod, 
or REP as it is referred to in the flight, on a tower at the Cape, which 
is still live. It was powered up at this time, the boys turned their radar 
on, and they caught some measurements with it, so their radar is effective, 
axid it apparently is quite accurate . The pod is broadcasting in L-band 
signal and now we are getting more transmission. We'll go back to the 
crew, 
Conrad 

Houston Flight Oh, it makes a lot of noise, huh? 

Conrad Everytime it cycles, the valves really bump. 

Houston Flight Gemini V, the Flight Director suggests that if you 



Gemini Control Houston here. The spacecraft down on the lower edge 
of the Bermuda area and the upper right edge of the Antigua acquisition 
area and we probably reached the end of our communication. ability for 
this pass. The most informative pass, I think, and we will wrap up this 
tape and play it in its entirity for you as soon as it is available. This 
is Gemini Control out at 12 minutes after the hour. 



start liking the M-1 maybe it will J)«t you to sleep. 



Conrad 



I like itl I like it'. 



Houston Flight 



Not that much. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COtiMSNTASY IRMSCRIFT Tape ICO, Pare 1 

This is Geraini Control Ho-aston, 27 hours 35 minutes into xhe mission 
v/ith the Spacecraft do™ over South Africa. No contact since the State 
side pass, the tape of which we are -- have wapped up and are prepared 
to play for you, but before we get into that, I want to call your atten- 
tion to an announce we made early yesterday before launch. We indicat^c. 
that we had information from the Department of Defense that a crevmem.ber 
aboard Lhe Chipola , that ship parked about 5C0 miles northeast of Hawaii, 
had suffered a serious illness, an apparent heart attack and that a 
destroyer there, the ''Z.> "'-^^ been sent from Pearl Harbour to the 
ship to take him tucl. '^o harbour for additional medical care, loter 

in the day, the crw-..;..c-:ibcr died. We have confirmed that it was a heart 
attack and the Department of Defense has gone through its normal notification 
process. The name of the crei-memiber was Boatswain Mate Second Class William 
Gustov Krauss, last name Krauss, 32 years old. Boatswain Mate Krauss is 
the son of August Theodore Krauss of Lindenhurst, New York, Lindenhurst, 
Devv York. Apparently suffered a fatal heart attack on the Chipola early 
yesterday morning, was ill for some hours, and died in the morning. We 
are now prepared to play for you the tape of the State side pass, some 
v' to 9 m.inutes in duration. Let's have the tape now please. 
C;„^ymas Cap Com ' Gemini V, Guaj'tnas Cap Com standing by. 
Cooper All right, Gemini V here, 

Ga^^yrrias Cap Com Eov; are you doing? 

Conrad Our status is green. I think we got some good D-h and 

B-1 on the m.oon this last pass, and we have been taking 



:aSSIOi: COIȣvSIvTARY TRA:CSCHIPT Tape ICO, Page 2 

all the gear down r.ow. We got h pictures of the moon 

each riagazine 

Guayrr.as Cap Com You say ycu got k pict'ores of xhe nicon and what else? 
Conrad Go- ^ pleasures of t;he .coon with each .cagazine, 12 pictures 

C-uayxr.as Cap Com Okay, I got that, 

Conrad We continually have had these RCS heater lights come, so 

ve nave just turned the RCS heaters on and left them on. 
Guaym^^ap Com Ah, rcger. 

^ o on J'light Gemini V, Plouston here. 

' Conrad Kellc Houston. Ge-iiini V coming up on El Paso. 

Houston Flight Roger. Say, vaen you make xhis pass across the Cape, 

that radar test, we would like to have you power 

down your horizon scanners and bring your computer up 

in the Ca^ch-up Mode. 
Conrad Okay. Put the radar to on and t-urn the scanners off, 

and we'll bring the computer up in the Catch -up Mode. 
Kc;.Gton Flight Roger. And if you have any problem with delta P lights 

or anything, we want you to turn the computer back off 

again, of course. 

Conrad Rcger. Computer is on. I'd like to bring the MDIU on. 

Houston Flight Well, we are trying to keep the power dowi here Pete, and 

the only reason we are bringing the computer up is we 
can't get the data out of the radar unless we've got the 
computer on. 



MISSION COMMEKTAR^ 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Houston Flight 

Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston F]-ight 
Houston Flight 
Conrad 



TPANSCRIPT ■ Tape 100, Page 3 

Okay, we just passed El Paso, Ihternational and Biggs. 
Very good. 

Boy, it's a pretty day out there. You can really see 
well. 

Gemini V. This is Houston. 
Go ahead Houston. 

Why don't you go ahead and power up the MDIU then? 

It's only a quarter of an amp and maybe you can read 

something oi;t on the range or range rate . 

Roger. We got a computer light on in the Catch -up Mode. 

Okay. 

We just passed Houston a couple of seconds ago. 
Could you see me wave? 

Okay. 

Gemini V. This is Houston. Could you see the Domed 
Stadium when you went over? 

You could just see Galveston Bay, there's seme clouds 
between us and we are north of it . 
Okay . 

.... tracking right down there, 222. 1|8, as we go by the 
Cape . 
Roger . 

Do you think you can make a REP out on that? 

You bet. Not only that, but I wish we hadn't had our 

little nroblem because I think v/e would have caught the 



MISSION COMMEWTAKY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 100, Page k 



Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Hous-i:on Flight 
Conrad 



Yep. 

We just went by the Cape, I66.92. 
Roger. 

Closest approach is l6h miles. 

Gemini V. When you have completed yo-'or radar pass, 
we'd like to have you turn off your radar again, turn 
your computer off, and bring your horizon scanners back 
up. 

Roger. We are still getting readouts, 214-8 miles. 
Roger. 

That is it, yeah, lost the pod. 

Gemini V, Houston. Give us a call when you get powered 
back down again. 

Roger, Gemini V. We're powered back down now, Jim. 
Okay. Fine. Listen, for your information, we'd like 
to have you complete that Lorado pass on the next 
pass and then it's time to get some sleep, don't you 
think. 

We heartly concur. 
Oh, yawn. 

I got pretty sleepy on that last night side pass. 
Roger, and listen, if you are getting sleepy, go ahead 
and cat nap aro-and there. 
Say again. 



Mission COi-CvEKTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape ICO, Page 5 

Koui^ton Flight Don't forget the good old cat naps now when you are 

floating around. 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 



Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 



Gemini V, Houston here. Have the thrusters been making 
enough noise to keep you awake? 

The thing that really makes the most noise, and I was 

wrong and Gordo was right, is the M-1 experiment. It 

keeps clicking away merrily. 

Oh, it makes a lot of noise, huh? 

Everytime it cycles, the valves really thump. 

Gemini V, the Flight Director suggests that if you start 

liking the M-1, maybe it will put you to sleep. 

I like it: I like it I 



END OF TAPE 



MISSIOK COI€"lEIvTAHY TRMiSCB.l'PT - 8/22/65 



Tape 101, ?ag. 



Tliis is Gemini Control, Houston; 23 hoTzrs into the mission on the 
eighteenth orhit, with the spacecraft on the northern coast of Australi 
During the last State-side pass, kZ to 50 ninutes ago nov:, we brought 
equipment up, which created a total power drain of 28 amps. This is 'by 
far the highest power load we've put on the spacecraft since very early 
in the flight, in fact, since the second revolution; no difficulty vlth 
-uhat power drain at all, and the oxygen reactant supply to the fuel 
cell continues to hulld in pressure. We presently estimate that pres- 
sure within the tank at ahoui: 80 pounds. This has been a steady climb 
from a low value yesterday, or some 12 to 15 ho\irs ago, of dom the 
order of 65 pounds. Among the visitors here in the Control Center 
this morning is Mr. J. S. McDonnell, Chairman of the Board of the 
McDonnell Aircraft Company in St. Louis, prime contractor for the 
Gemini spacecraft, watching with interest. ¥e have ready for you 
at this time a taped conversation of the, between the crew and 
the Canarvon Station which conversation just ended a minute or 
tvo ago. Coulc. we have the tape now please. 
Canarvon Cap Com Gemini V, Canarvon Cap Com. 
Conrad Canarvon, Gemini V. 

Canarvon Cap Com Roger, I have some PLA and CIA updates. Are you 



prepared to copy? 



Conrad 



Houston Plight 



Update only to PLA.S. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRA^TSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 101, Page 2 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Canarvon Cap Com 
Houston Plight 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 



Canarvon Cap Com 



Roger, Flight. Area 20-i+, 01 day, 21 hours, ih 
minutes, kO seconds, 8 + 38, 15 + 09, roll left 
51, roll right 69. The bank angles of all 
these are roll left 51 roll right 69. Area 21-4, 
one day, 48 28 8+19, 15+39- Area 22-3, second 
day 00 hours, 09 minutes, 13 seconds, 09 + 29, 
15 + 28. Area.23-3j second day, 01 hours, 4-3 
minutes, 32 seconds, 8 + 33, 1^ + 58. Area 24-3, 
second day, 03 hours, 17 minutes, 20 seconds, 
8 + 17, 15 + 41. Do you copy? 
02, 03, 17? 

That last one was 03 hours, 17 minutes, 20 seconds. 
Roger, I'm copying them. Our status is green? 
Roger, you look good on the ground. 
Canarvon, Houston flight. 
Flight, Canarvon. 

The 22 and 23 -3 recovery areas have marginal weather 
just to pass the time of day. 

Roger. Gemini V, Canarvon. The area 22-3 and 23-3 
have marginal weather conditions. All the other 
v;eather conditions are good. 

Did I understand area 22-3 and 23-3 have marginal 

weather? 

Roger. 



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Tape 102, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston here; 28 hours, 28 minutes into the flight with 
the spacecraft rapidly approaching the coast of California. In the Hawaii 
pass Just a very few minutes ago, the Pilot Pete Conrad received up-dating 
on his star charts aboard, advice as to where and when to look for certain 
stars, and fixing the charts that are already on there, Gordon Cooper 
we suspect is sleeping this time. The Surgeon isn't sure whether, the 
lowered rates are an indication of sleep. He says sometimes Gordo just 
gives us these low heart rates down in the 50' s just when he is relaxing, ■ 
but the suspicion is that he may "be sleeping. Earlier this morning the 
crew breakfasted on a m-eal which included a grapefruit drink, six bites of 
chicken^in the bite-size form, that is about |- inch so_uare; they also had 
corn chowder, peaches, and some small browiies. The total calories in 
such a meal is 932. As we swing across the United States, the pilots 
will be looking down at that big eye chart over, just north of Laredo, 
and as we have been talking, the TM contact has been established with 
Guaymas. Let's cut in now live on the Guaymas- Gemini 5 conversation. 
Guaj^^as Gap Com OK. We're looking pretty good 'here. We'll be standing 



by for you. 



Conrad 



OK. 



Thank you. 



Guaymas Cap Com 



Flight. Guaymas . 



Houston Flight 



Go ahe ad . 



Guaymas Cap Com 



OK. 



VJhenever 



drop out, the telemetry v^as on 



acauisiuion. 



Did Hawaii send the TX? 



Houston Flight 



Negative . 



Guaymas Cap Com 



OK. 



.fei. ^ ^ ji- 



VISSIOi-: G0L2vSKTiiJ{Y TRMSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tarse 102, Pars 2 



Mouston Flight 

Guaynas Cap Com 
C-emini Control 



Guayriias Cap Com 
Texas Cap Com 
Guaymas Cap Con 
Gemini Control 



GuaiTaas Cap Corr. 



}enini Control 



GuajTiaSj we would like to know the suirir.ary when you 
got Eolid 2b:. 

Roger. VJe're getting good solid TiA at this oirr.e 

Gemini Control here. For some reason he had some 
had E'l at the start of the Guaymas pass; perhaps they 
were out of range. However, the TM is solid nov/. 
Flight controllers didn't like the looks of the early 
summary. They had asked for another one, and they are 
getting it now. It's cleaner data. Let's stand by 
and listen again. 
Texas go remote. 
¥e did it, Jim. 
Texas is remote . 

In just a second or two we should hear Cap Com Jim 
McDivitt calling the spacecraft as the Texas site has 
been remoted. Our Corpus Christi station now has Wl 
solid. 

Houston, Texas let me know. We need a station for our 
air to gro\md remoting. 

Still standing by. A rather -antirpical pass--un;:i'pical 
in the sense of lack of conversation. Vfe do e>5ject 
Jim McDivitt to come up m.omentarily . Our Surgeon 
reports he is very satisfied with the medical telemetry 
he is receiving here. Within a very few seconds the 
soacecraft should be directly over Laredo and ready to 
stari: that eye test. 



Gcr.rac. IIcv' we car-ie a . . . .ve could see Corpus alrighi;, ana 

our ya'-r angles weren't toe good that you gave us for 
thai; air shield air passed under our nose, but we had 
already gotten by it by the time we had picked up the 
air shield. 

Houston Cap Corn OK. You were supposed to be quite a ways up, .ncr~ch 

of the thing there, Pete; and wasn't the best pass, 
but it was the besu pass we've had today. 

Conz'ad OK. 

Houston Cap Com Say, I. would like some information from your vision 

tester.. Can you tell me what your scores vjere? You 
know inside the spacecraft vision test? 

Conrad ¥ell, xhey are stored in the vision tester. We took 

uhem yesterday, and I would have to get them out for 
you. Do you want me to get them out? 

Houston Cap Com On, no. It's not necessary right now. I'll tell you 

v,hat--from now we would like to get back on the sleep 
cycle that we've got on o'ur flight plan, and we really 
want you to get to sleep now. 

Conrad We both got some the last night time. 

_'iOus~cn Cap Com i^£-y again. 

Conrad V'e both got some the last night tiiae. 

OX. Very gooa. Let me ask you a cuesticn-- dir you 
an-'" rood acquisition aids for that La_ -do 



KISSIOIT ISAI^SCRIFT - 5/22/6: 



Uonrac 



rlouston Car) Cera 



Conrad. 

Houston Cap Com' 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cai: Cora 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cax> Con 



thing? 

I'.'c had Z-iOuston in sight very clear like. 

Hoger. Gemini 5, Houston here again. We'd like a 

suimiary ci your experiments you've accomplished and 

where you think we stand. We'd like to have you 

nrepare this and give it to us at some later time. 

I'll give it to you right now. 

OK J if you want to do that . 

I'll read them dow. in the oruc_ "^ou sent them 

up — on the first D-U's we delexed; both of them in 
Hawaii. 

Jusl a second, say that again. 

2 half sixes at 0107^8, 010922. 

that 

Pete, stand by. Let m.e get /thing we read up to you. 
OK. Go ahead now. 

Then vre missed the first Apollo land mark e.z the UHF 

test, got the second Apollo land mark. 

OH. 

I believe, yeah, we missed the D-h at 011210. 
OK. VJhat was the time on it again? 
01121000 
OK. 



:ne ij 



■k at secuence ^-11 and 4-12. 



HOU; 



com 



G seouence 13^. 



Ai.. 



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Tape 102, Page 



Conrad 



Hi|>ustoii Cap Com 
Conrad ^ 
Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 

,, , ; I ^ ! 

I ' ''.V 

Ccimj^ad I 

ttiutton Cap Com 
Comfad' ' 
Houistoiji Cap Com 



Houstdn Cap Com , 



Conri 

\ 



Hsustoh 'Ce^ Com 



Conradj i 
Housjton Cap Com 

Conrad \ \ 

Houston^Cat Con» 
Conrad \ 
Houston Cap Com 



■ ■ i 
We did not do the D-U, D-7 at k20, but jwe did get 

the U-10A,and the U05. We got the D-1, sequence Oi, 

and the D-ti, sequence k22. 

OK. 

We got! the radar sequence test 8. 
OK. 

We got the S-6, sequence 8. We • re staiiding by for! 
the| S-7. Copy? 

Roger. You got the S-6, sequence 8. I missed^ the 
{interrupted) ' 
We had a view of a large storm at 01171200 to. photograph, 
• and we got it . | * 

OK. That was a S-7 there. Right. 
I'm sorry — S-7. 

9-1 telemetry, jSt AON. ,| 
Another thing here, Gemini 5 (interrupted) 
......garbled 

Yes, I mislooked myself. We had it listed as D-6, 

! ■ 

andc I meant to say D-6. Can you go thrpugh the first 

i 

part of yourbthing again? the S-87 j 

i ' 
Yeah, we deleted the first D-H,D-7, at Hawaii. 

OK. L_ . 

We got the ,2:B-6 sequence 8'b at 01071^826 and 010922lf9. 

OK. ' ' ' I :■' ■ 

We did not get the Apollo 208 the first time. 
OK. I got that part of it, Pete. How about the 



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Tape 102, Page 6 



Conrad 

fibuston C£Lp Com 

Conrad 

I 

Houston Cap Com 
Coarad 

HbitBton Cap Com 



Conrkil 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houstoii Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



Gteniini Control 



SAD 13 at 10620? 
Say again, Houstoh. 

Roger, flow about the SAD 13 at 10620? 

The vision test? 
Yes- 
It was in the flight plan? 
Yes. Actually we added it to the flight plan right 
there, Pete. It wasn't in the printed flight plan 
I guess though they are part of the vision test 
that you did on board, aren't they? 
That's affirmative. . We've just done one of those, 



and I also did the flotometer window, scan for the first 
day. I just did that before the Laredo pass just 
•now. 

OK. You did the flotometer window scan. Roger. 

Yeah, first day window scan. 

OK. 

Now for photography, we've taken about 85 S-5 and S-6 
pictures. , 
You say you have tsQcen about 85 S-5 and S-6. Is that 
right? 

Gemini Control here. That apparently wraps up the: 
conversation betvreen the spacecraft and Jim McDivitt. 
You heard Pete Conrad read off all the experiments that 
they had completed to date, and earlier I believe we 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 Tape 102, Page 

j heard references perhaps over Hawaii tape that 

' you may not have heard as .yet, which we will 

pity for you at the concluBion of this pa8B--du8t 

I some of the planned-landing areas in the early 

20 revolution series, caution that that is just 
a standard up-dating. We have no plans to come 
in on orbits 20 or 2k although the numbers for ; 
those orbits were passed along as a matter of 
flight planning routine. !Qiie is Gemini Contr6:i,, ; 

t I out at U6 minutes pass the hour. \ 

end' of! tape j 



MISSION COyiMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 103, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston. We now are 29 ho\irs 2 minutes into 
the mission. We are on the 19th revolution down over the South Atlantic. 

We have ready for you at this time some tape that proceeded the live pdr- <, 

\ 

tion on the last State side pass, and we will break that and ccme back with 

i 

about two minutes of additional conservation that followed a long drop in 
the live portion, at which point we broke over the States. So, with the 
tape backed up on Hawaii, we will play that for you now. ! \ 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 

! 

Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 



Conrad 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Conrad 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Ccan. 
Go ahead Hawaii, Gemini V. 

Roger, I've got a flight plan update for you when you 
are ready to copy. | 

Roger, wait one. Roger, go ahead. j 
Roger, Sarah \j 7, first day, 20 OU k3. Sequence 03. 
Command Pilot only, followed immediately with a OI+, that 
is a sequence Ok. ' 

Roger,' understand. S-7 - 01 20 h3. Command Pilot only, 
sequence 03, immediately followed by Ok. 
Roger. Also a Sarah S/delta 13. First day, I8 3^ 38. 
Sequence 03, pitch down 30 degrees, yaw right, 37 degrees. 
Okay,. 01 I8 3U 38, sequence 03, for a S I8 13. Pitch down 
30, yaw right 37. 

Roger, we have a map update, at - on the first day at 

19 36 h&, under remarks it's 128,1 degrees east, on rev 19 . 



L k k 



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Tape 103, Page 2 



Conrad /' 
Hawaii Cap Com 

Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Ccm 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



Ql 36 k$, 128.1 east, rev I9. 

Roger. You start your start at the same time. It's 

I 

right Ascension 2 hoiirs plus 12 minutes. ; 
Roger. Right at-iAscension, 2 hours plus 12 minutes. 
Roger. Be advised you have a UHF 6 over the States. 
All systems look good Flight . 
Rog. 



Gemini Control here. The updates that Pete Conrad was receiving there 
from the Hawaii Cap Com were for the star charts look angles land the like 

that are onboard. As this 19th revolution progresses, the flight plan 

,1 

calls i for Pete Conrad to start a nap right now with the spacecraft down 

■ : I 

on the Southern tip of Africa. This nap to go on for several hours, and 
during the Carnarvon side, slightly before the Carnarvon acquisition, Gordon 
Coopet iB to purge both the hydrogen side and the oxygen side of the fuel 
cell. The operation of which has shown steady improvement throughout .the 
day. Hp; will purge it by flushing extra amounts of hydrogen and oxygen 

through the cell. A little later, there will be a medical data pass over 

i • ' ' 

Hawaii, ^d as the spacecraft swings down of f the western coast of Mexico, 

1 : 
Cooper will attempt to get some photographs of the tropical storm Doreen ! 

which is now located somewhere south of San Diego. We have the tape now 

on the last 2 minutes of conservation frcMn the State side pass and we are 

prepared tip play it for you. now. 



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Tape 103, Page 3 



Cooper l| 

,1 

Houston Plight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight! 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

' i 

Houston Flight 



Cooper ; 



Houstcn Flight 



We are sliding right down the coast of South America 

and it looks pretty nice down there. 

Many clouds down there? 

Quite a few big thunderstorms. 

I understand we got a great hig thunderstorm on Antig\xa 
right now. 

I believe we are already by that. 
Yep. 

I didn't take a picture of that big thunderstorm over ; 
Antigua. 

Okay. Say, did you pick up any good land marks over 
Laredo that might help you acquire it on the — in the 
next couple of days. ' 
Yeah, there is a big lake out there. We've got to get 
the lake boresighted with the Laredo airfield. 
Okay. One thing that you might keep in mind, the next 
time you go by there and look at it, there are some roads 
leading out to the — those things that you are siipposed 
to look at there, and they are, there is some concern 
that you might mistake the roads for channels, so if ' 
you see that the road is misleading you, give us a icall 
and we'll see if we can get the thing fixed up so it ^ 
doesn't look like canals. | 



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Tape 103, Page k 



Co^er 

Houston Flight 

i . - 

Kouston Flight 

I 

j 

Cooper 



Hdustoh Flight 



Cooper 



Okay. It looks like they had about as good weather as 

we could expect there . 

Okay. 

Gemini V, we'd like to have you delete the aercaned paiss 
over Carnarvon. We'll pick it up over Hawaii, ' 
Okay, I understand. Skip the aercaned pass over Carnarvon, 
pick it up at Hawaii. 

Roger. Your primary Og pressure looks very good. We'll 
just leave it right in auto heater. I '| 

Okay. ' 



Gemini Control here, 29 ho\irs 32 minutes into the mission on the 19th 
revolution, With the spacecraft in touch with the Carnarvon station. 
Gordon Cocker has been talking to the ground there. He has just completed 
a purge of the hydrogen side of the fuel cell followed by a pxurge of the 
oxygen side of the fuel cell. And, it should be a relative brief pass because 
we are on the high side of Carnarvon, We have been furnished scaae additional 
numbeirs on the REP from the NORAD people at Colorado Springs, They now jesti- 
mate ^he REP is ahead of the spacecraft by a little more than 200 nautical 
miles, or 230 statute Mies. The REP precedes the spacecrsuft. All quite 
here, going very routinely. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMiMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape No. 104, page 

Gemini Control here. Twenty-nine hours, 32 minutes into 
the mission on the 19th revolution. The spacecraft in touch 
^A7ith the Canarvon Station. Gordon Cooper's been talking to the 
ground and has just completed a purge of the hydrogen side of 
the fuel cell followed by the oxygen side of the fuel cell and 
it should be a relatively brief pass because they the high side 
of Canarvon. We've been firming some additional numbers on th= 
REP from the Norad people at Colorado Springs, they now estimate 
the REP is ahead of the spacecraft by a little more than 200 
nautical miles or 230 statute miles. The REP preceeds the 
spacecraft. All quiet here, going very routinely, this is Gemini 
Control . 



END OF TAPE 



I-:iS3I0:: CCM'EXTARY TRAlsSCRIPT Tape 1C5, ?a£e ; 

Gemini Control here, 29 hours hb minutes into the mission on the IQ-h 
revolution. We have the orief Carnarvon discussion racked up I'or you and 
ready to play. In this discussion you will note that half vay through the 
p'urge , on the i'irst purge on tine c>r;,''gen side, Pete Conrad wahes up, he had 
oeen sleeping for aoo^ut 1 hour, and he noted that the crossover svitch 
as he referred to it, as the crossover valve, was not in the proper place 
for the purge. This needs a little bit of explanation. This sv.'itch has 
to "be in an on position so that the oxygen from both tanks can flow thrcug: 
the o>cygen side of the fuel cell and this is what increases the flow which 
provides the pui-ging action. It was not in the proper position on the 
first one so it was an invalid purge, hovrever , it v/as repeated and every- 
thing is moving along sm.oothl;/-. Now, Pete presumably has gone back to 
sleep. As we said, we have the tape and are prepared to play it for you 
now . 

Gemini V, Carnarvon Cap Com. 
Co ahead Carnarvon, Gemini V. 

Roger, we'd like a purge on fuel cell section 1, the 
and the Hp, exercising the same precautions on the 

Roger, you want a purge on section 1, 0^ and E^, right 

Roger, would yoii give us a mark on the start and stop 
t ime s . 

Roger, stand oy one. 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 

Cocioer 
Carnarvon 



MISS low COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 105 J Page 



Carnarvon Cap Can 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper !| ; 

Carnsirvon Cap Can 

i 

Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houstort Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper I 

i 

Carnarvon ''ap Com 
Cooper ' 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Hois ton Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 

' ~ A 

Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 



Roger , 

Crossover is on. 
Roger . 

Purging .Hg starting. 
Roger . 

Roger, we had a fuel cell delta V light » section 1. 

ii 

Roger, we copied. 'j 
Was that hydrogen or oxygen. 
That was hydrogen. 

Are you ready for the oxygen purge? i 
Roger, go ahead. | ; 

Roger, oxygen purge starting now. Conrid's still 
asleep. We got a delta V light. 
Stop the purge. 
' Roger, we've stopped. 
Flight, we've got a delta V light on the Og. 

1 I 

Roger. : 

j 

Roger. What is your pressure readout on' the ground J 

i 

Stand by, we are getting it now. That iiinary count 

i 1 

is 19.00. ! 
Carnarvon, this is Gemini V. ■ ' 

Go ahead. | 
I didn't have the crossover on. I woke iip out of a 
sound Bleep to . . . so, let's try it again. I didn't 
have the crossover open. ! I 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 105, Page ^ 

2 



Carnarvon Cap Ccm That explains it. 

Conrad Stand by. MARK. Starting off the purge. 

Carnarvon Cap Cora Roger. 

Conrad Pressure is holding good euid no delta V light. 

Carnarvon Cap Ccm Roger, we conctir. 

END OF TAPE 

I . • ^ 



I 

i 



This is Gemini Control, 30 hours 2 minutes into the mission, on the 

19th revolution, l-le have just completed, a medical data pass over Hawaii 
in which the Command Pilot, Gordon Cooper, filled in the surgeon on the 
ground with all of the medical quantities, took the blood pressures and 
associate readings. Among other items that he reported, apparently the 
cuffs, the cuffs on Pete Conrad's legs, are not working just as they 
should. Cooper reports that the little drive mechanism is actuating but 
the cuffs are not inflating. The system is so designed that the cuff in- 
flates just like a blood pressure cuff on your arm and then it deflates 
and stays down for h minutes and then it inflates for a period of 2 minutes, 
The cycle continues, but apparently the inflation process is not going on. 
Apparent malfunction in the cuff. Cooper is leaving the cuffs on his legs* 
and we will see what develops there. ¥e have the tape of the Hawaii con- 
versation ready to play for you at this time. 

Houston Flight C-em.ini V, .Gemini V, this is Houston here. 

Hawaii control Hawaii has telemetry solid. 

Cooper Go ahead ?Iouston, Gemini V. 

Houston Flight Hoger, Gemini V, Houston here. We were trying to 

get you earlier. I just wanted to check out the 
wheeling voice loop new. Vie have taken care of the 
situation. 

Cocper Roger. 

:;Ic:.;;"-on Flighx Roger, how do you read us through the wheeling. 



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Tape 106, Page 2 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Cem 

Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Ccan 
Hawaii: 'cap Can 



Hawaii I Cap Com 

!, 

Cooper ; 

! 

Cooper I 

Hawaii jCap Com 

Hawaii jjcap Com 

i| 

Cooper j! ; 
Cooper ! 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Cooper 



Gemini V, this is Hawaii, 
Roger Hawaii, Gemini V. 

Roger, we have ybur temperature. Standing by for yoxir 
blood pressure. ' 
Roger, sending blood pressure now. 
Did you copy, Flight. 

Gemini V, this is Hawaii Surgeon. Your cuff is full ' 
scale . 

We have a good blood pressure, give me a mark when you 
begin your exercise. ' 
Roger, ststrting exercise now. \ 

Ending exercise now. Sending blood pressure now. 

i 

Roger. Cuff is full scale. ,1 

li 
■ I 

We have a real fine blood pressure that jtime. Standing 
by for your waiter and sleep report. \ 
Okay, one moment. 
Roger, on water, the Command Pilot has had 1 ounce 6ver 
7 pounds, and the Pilot has drvmk not quite 1 ounce over 

M 

6 pounds. i 1 if i 

■ j ■ : 

Understand. 1 ounce plus 7 for the Command Pilot, 1 ounce 

i I 
\ 

plus 6 pounds for Pilot, How about sleep report. 

Roger, the Pilot has been asleep here on and off. He has 

gotten a couple of real good naps here and there. I've 

i 

had about 45 minutes of sleep on the previous night side. 
The Pilot's M-1 cuffs appear to have quit working, 'we 



MISSIOTT CCMMEMTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 106, Page 3 



Hawalij Cap Com 



Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 



can hear the little bottle stj^ll actuating, but apparently 
the cuffs are no longer actuating. 

Roger, understand. Pilot's M-1- euff s are actuating but 

not inflating. 
That's affirmative. 

Thank you Gemini V. Hawaii Surgeon out. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION CCM-lIi^TJ^IxY TRMrTSCRIPT Tape No. 107, P;.^"^: - 

This is Geniir.i Control £. t 30 hours and 32 luinutes . Spac£cra:;o 
Geraini V is nov; -oassing off the \:&st coast of South .-.nerica and 
at this tiiTi-a in the Control Center the second shift controllers 
V7hite teari has taken over. Flight Director Chris Kraft and several 
of his controllers on the Red tea-i have left the building and are 
on their way to 1\:-,SA Building No. 6, the Press Center, for an 
interview with the newspaper and news media representatives. At 
this time in the Control Center our new Flight Director Gene Kranz 
is making a sta zus check and we expect to have an up-to-date sur:":.ary 
of the flight as it is right nov; during our next transmission, 
his is Gemini Control . 

END C? TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRA3JSCRIPT - Tape 108, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 31 hours and minutes into the mission. 

I ,. ■ 

The spacecraft is now passing over Guaymas, Mexico on its twentieth , 

revolution around the earth. We have had a status check here in the 

J I 
Mission Control Center connected by our Flight Director Gene Kranz, 

ii 

a£ follows: aboard the spacecraft the power situation continues to I 

i i i 

in|prove, the crew is able to consume mare power, drawing something i 

like 20 to 25 amperes while the fuel cell pressTore holds steady above 

I 

8o pounds per square inch. From a medical stand point, the crew is , 
in excellent shape after 31 hours of flight. There are no physical ; 
iproblems evident. Dr. Dwayne Catterson, our flight surgeon, thinks the 
crew should have a little more sleep. He feels this will be taken caire 
of naturally. At this time in the spacecraft. Pilot Pete Conrad is 
in a sleep period. He is due to awaken shortly, and Coimnand Pilot 
Gordon Cooper will begin a sleep period. Cooper has also finished 
his second meal, meal B for the second day. There is very little 
programmed activity slated for the crew for the next couple of hours. 
The flijght crew has been performing some of the experiments that were 
programmed, both photographic experiments and visual experiments. They 
have been doing this activity, except. when cloud cover and fuel cell: 
cheGks interferred with this activity. The Mission Controllers here 
in the Control Center appear to be settling down for a routine, long- 
haul operation. Our last ir'oice communication with the spacecraft, 
we had two, one at 31 hours and 31 minutes over Hawaii, At that 
time Hawaii advised the spacecraft crew that they were green from 



MISSION C0>JME3SrEAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 Tape 108, Pa{ 

, the gro^md, and Cooper repliedj "Everything is 
go up here." Essentially, the same thing happened 
as the BpiLceeraft passed ov^r the Oueymas tracking 
station. Ihis is Gemini Coiitrol | 

MD OF TAPE 



MISsiON COmMTim TRMSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 109, Page 1 



This' is Gemini Control at 32 hoirrs, ,2"jninutes into the flight mission. 
Spacecraft Gemini 5 is now passing over South Aicfierica, and has started 
the twenty-first revolution over the earth. The power situation aboard 
the spacecraft continues to -improve. The pressure reading, the last 

one we had, showed 86.2 pounds per square inch, 86.2 psi. Chris Kraft, 

/ 

the number one flight director, has returned to the Control Center and 
wijbh him, Jim McDivitt. At this time we have a cluster of three astniio- 
najits arovind the spacecraft communicator fii council, Jim McDivitt,'- "Bufc" 
Alcirin, who is on duty, and Neil Armstrong. Our last voice connnunica- 
tipn with the spacecraft was over the Guaymas tracking station. The 
conversation was very brief, and we will now play be that tape to 
communication. 

Hi, Guaymas. This is Gemini 
OK. How are you doing up there? 
Soger. Doing fine. 

OK, you are looking real good here on the ground. 
We would like you to turn the ECS 0^ heater switch to 
the off position. 



Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 



Conrad 

Guaymas, Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 



Roger. ECS Og heater to off. 
Roger . 
It's off. 

Roger. Are you all squared away? Do you need any- 
thing at all? 

Not at all, don't believe so. Believe we're in 

pretty good shape. 

OK. 

Thank you. 



MISSION COMMENTARY UIANSCRIPT - .8/22/65 Tape 110, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 32 hours and 32 minutes into. the mission. 
Our' Bpacecraft, Gemini 5> is on its twenty-first revolution of the 
eartiijand is approaching the continent of Asia. At the present time 
in tke Control Center, everything is quiet. We have had no voice 
transmission or conversation with the flight crew for approximately 
30 minutes. According to our flight plan, the Command Pilot Gordon 
Cooper is asleep, and the Pilot Pete Conrad will shortly "be performing 
some checks aboard his spacecraft, one of which will be a thruster 
illumination check; but that is sometime off. Our next voice 
triansmission with the spacecraft is expected to take place over the ' 
Gujaymas, over the Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking station south of | 

J^an in the Pacific Ocean. This is Gemini Control at 32 hours and ' 

I I 
33, minutes into the missionj 

END OF TAPE " , 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Tape 111, Page 1 

j 

This is Gemini Control at 33 hours and 2 minutes into our mission. 
The spacecraft is now approaching the Hawaiian tracking station on 
its twenty-first revolution over the earth. Our last voice comniuni- 

I 
i 

cation with the flight crew came Just a few minutes etgo as the Space- 1 
craft IGemini 5 passed over the Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking station, 
located in the Pacific, south of Japan. At that time Pilot Pete Conrad 
reported that Gordon Cooper is in a sleep period. He also reported ; 
that the blood pressure cuffs built into his flight suit are working 
again. Conrad said a kink had worked out at the suit attachment, and 
that he had been able to fix it. . The Coastal Sentry Quebec advised 
Conrad to do a cabin lighting survey experiment. This is a measurement 

with a potometer.to determine the amount of light at various points 

i 

within the spacecraft. The voice conversation was somewhat garbled 

i J 

between the Coastsil Sentry Quebec and the spacecraft. Kiis is Gemini 
Control. 

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END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 112, Page 



This is Gemini Control at 33 hours and 32 minutes into the mission. 
Our spacecraft is now passing over South America and has Just begun 
its twenty-second revolution over the earth. Our last voice transmise 
sion, or communication, with the spacecraft was over Hawaii. At that 
time Pilot Pete Conrad was advised to make a thruster illiaminat ion 
experiment over the Rose Knot Victor tracking station ship located 
on the west coast of Peru. This particular experiment consists of 
pulse firing the yaw thrusters and measuring the amount of light with 
a potometer. Conrad will also make pictures of the thruster firing. 
Hawaii Cap Com (Capsule Communicator) during the pass over Hawaii 
observed that Conrad's voice sounded a little hoarse. Doctor Dwayne 
Catterson, here in Mission Control Center, expressed no concern over 
this, as his medical data indicates both members of the flight crew 
are in excellent physical condition. We will now play back the 
taped voice communication between the spacecraft and the Hawaiian 
tracking station. 

Hawaii Cap Com Gemini 5) this is Hawaii. 

Conrad Hello, Hawaii. Gemini 5 flight. 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger. I have a tracking test up-date when you are 



ready to copy. 



Conrad 



Garbled 



Houston flight 



Hawaii, that's a map up-date. 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Roger. Go ahead, flight. 



Houston flight 



That's a map up-date, Hawaii. 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Roger. Gemini 5, this is Hawaii; a map up-date, 



2000559 degrees east. Copy? 



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Tape 112, Page" 2 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
EIID OF TAPE 



Roger, I understand map up-date 02000559 degrees 
east . 

Roger. Star up-date, 20005, 2 hours, k minutes, kO 
seconds. Got it? 

Star, 020005, 2 hours, k minutes, kO seconds. 

Roger. . . . flight 

Did you get the tape dump okay? 

That's affirmative. Gemini 5, this is Hawaii; we're 
standing by. 

Gemini 5's green up here. 
Roger . 

One thing Hawaii, looks like our hydrogen pressure 

is building up - the point if any, you're 

getting close to it. Can you check on that? 
Roger, Gemini 5- Gemini 5? could you give me a 
readout. We hold 275 poixnds. 

Okay, I read up here that my quantity is 95 percent 
and pressure is six thirty. 
Roger . 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Tape 113, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 3^ hours and 2 minutes into our mission. Our 
spacecraft, Gemini 5j is passing over the Tannarive tracking station off the 
southeast coast of Africa. Command Pilot Gordon Cooper is still in his 
sleep period, and in approximately 17 minutes Gordon Cooper will have 
exceeded his own record of traveling in space. As you may recall, on 
May 15, 1963, in spacecraft Faith 7 Gordon Cooper went 22 revolutions, 
for a total time in space of 3^ hours and 20 minutes. Although he is 
asleep at this time and is schediiled to be asleep for another hour, we 
think he will be awake approximately 60 minutes from now and we ' 11 
attempt to advise him as the spacecraft approaches the Rose Knot Victor, 
the tracking ship located off the east coast of South America. The west 
coast of South America. And we hope at that time he will be awake and 
we can get some comment from him. However, if he is still asleep we 
will advise Pilot Pete Conrad and I'm sure we'll get some comment from 
Pete. At this time the spacecraft is in drifting flight, all systems 

appear to be in very good condition and there are no immediate 
experiments coming up. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 Tape Ilk, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 3^ hours, 20 minutes and h seconds into our 
mission. Spacecraft Gemini 5 is now passing just south of Okinawa and 
it is on its 22 revolution over the earth. Command Pilot Gordon Cooper 
is still in his sleep period as he surpasses his own previous record 
for space flight. It was just a little over two years ago that Cooper 
in his Faith 7 spacecraft closed out the Mercury program with a 22 
revolution flight that lasted 3^ hours and 20 minutes. Here are some 
additional figures on owe spaceflight program. Total American spacecraft 
f Idfght hours has now reached more than 100 and 91 hours . Total time 
in space for all American astronauts since we are now flying with 
multiple crews is more than 338 ho-urs. We expect to advise Cooper of 
his new personal record in about kO minutes as spacecraft Gemini 5 passes 
over the Rose Knot Victor, our tracking ship located off the east coast, 
west coast of Peru, This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAI^ 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 115, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 3^ hours 32 minutes into the mission. 
Gemini V spacecraft is now over the Pacific Ocean approaching the Hawaiian 
tracking station. Activity aboard Gemini V at the present time is in a 
very low key. Command Pilot Gordon Cooper is in his sleep period and the 
flight surgeon aboard the Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking ship said data 
received on the ground Just a few minutes ago indicates that Cooper is 
sleeping soundly at this time. The Hawaiian station reported — I mean 
the Coastal Sentry Quebec reported again that pilot Conrad sounds a little 
hoairse by Dr. Dwayne Catterson, our flight surgeon here in the Mission 
Control Center said the pilot's condition is excellent and he feels no 
concern and will mak:e no special moves at this time. This is Gemini 
Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSC31IPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 116, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 3I+ hours and 57 minutes into the mission. 
Spacecraft Gemini 5 is approaching the Rose Knot Victor, our tracking 
ship located off the vest coast of Peru. It is nearing the end of the 
22nd revolution over the earth. Pilot Pete Conrad has just advised over 
Hawaii that his flight team Commander Gordon Cooper awakened from his 
sleep while passing over Hawaii. We plein to have voice communication 
with the spacecraft over this tracking ship and will transmit to you 
now live. 

Gemini 5, Gemini 5, this is HKV Cap Com. Over. 



RKV Cap Com 
Garbled. 
RKV Cap Ccan 
Garhled 
RKV Cap Can 



Garbled 
RKV Cap CcM 

Garbled 
RKV Cap Con 
Garbled 
RKV Cap Cam 



Roger Gemini 5- 

Gemini 5 this is RKV Cap Ccan. We have your systems 
go on the ground. We have the PLA. up-date for you; 
acknowledge when ready to copy. 

Gemini 5 this is RKV for a short co\mt - 1 2 3 U 5 - 
5 3 2 1. How do you read? 

Roger. Are you ready to copy? 

Area 25 delta Ol^0927l8 plus 56, 23 plus I7, roll left 5I, 
roll right 69. Area 26 delta 05^*^3216 plus 53, '-^21 plvts 
13, roll left 51, roll right 69. Area 2? delta 07230313 
plus 38, 18 plus 07, roll left 51, roll right 69. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 116, Page 2 



RKV Cap Com 



Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 



Conrad 
RKV Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
RKV Cap Com 

Houston Flight 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 



Area 28-2 08581711.^+2, 16 plus 23, roll left 5I, 
roll right 69. Area 29 - 2103339, 9 plus 57, 15 plus 27, 
roll left 51, roll right 69. 
Okay, give me area 25 delta again. 

Roger, area 25 delta 0U0927, 18 plus 56, 23 plus 17, 
roll left 51, roll right 69. 

Okay, this is Gemini 5 here. We got them all. 

Roger. The weather in 26 delta and 27 delta is 

marginal. All other areas are good, 

Roger. 26 and 27 delta marginal areas. 

That's affirmative. Gemini 5 this is RKV Cap Com. Is 

the command pilot sleeping at this time? 

He woke up a few minutes ago. He's gone back to 

sleep again, 

Roger, When he wakes up we'd like to pass on our 
congratulations to Gordo for siirpassing his previous 
flight record, 

i 

Sure will. Have another look at the flight plan. \ 
Roger. Flight this is RKV Cap Com, did you copy?! 
That's affirmative, RKV. 
Roger, Do you have anything else. 

Negative, none at this time. 

I' 

Roger. Standing by. ; 
RKV, Gemini 5. 

Roger. Go ahead, Gemini 5. This is RKV. 
How's the weather down there? 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q>/22lG5 



Tape 116, Page 3 



RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 



RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

That was live voice 

ship and the Gemini 

revolution over the 

into our mission. 

END OF TAPE, 



Well, we're rocking and rolling. 

What is your position off Lima. 

Our position off Lima - We're- 21 south 85. 

Roger . 

We're about 700 miles off the coast at the present 
time. We've got someone on deck trying to find you. 
Okay, we hit sianset a while back. There's no sun 
shining on the spacecraft right now so I doubt if 

you can see it 

Roger, We saw you last night. 
Oh you did. 
Affirmative . 

Voice control, you want to cut the RKV, please. 
Voice Control say it again please, 

communication between the Rose Knot Victor tracking 

5 spacecraft which has already begun its 23rd 

earth. This is Gemini Control at 35 hours and 6 minutes 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 117, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control. We are 35 hours and 32 minutes into our 
mission. At the present time spacecraft Gemini V is passing over south, 
central Africa - Africa. We have had no voice communication with the 
spacecraft crew since we gave you a live -voice communication over the 
Rose Knot Victor tracking ship quite some time ago. At the present time 
our spacecraft is in a revolution with apogee of 21Q statute miles and a 
perigee of 103 statute miles. The orbital lifetime is approximately 
8 days based on standard atmosphere. Aboard Gemini V spacecraft activity 
is at low key. According to our flight plan command pilot Gordon Cooper 
is still in a sleep period. The pilot Pete Conrad is about to perform 
a hydrogen purge and on the next pass, the nest revolution over the RKV, 
he will give a medical data pass. The revolution period 9^ minutes 
20 seconds, to complete one revolution of the earth in our present 
orbital parameters. This is Gemini Control. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 118, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control. Spacecraft Gemini V" is now 36 hours and 
2 minutes into its flight. It is on the 23rd. revolution and now is 
passing over the Pacific Ocean, having just left voice range of the 
Coastal Sentry Quebec, our tracking ship located just south of Japan. 
Flight Director Gene Kranz is keeping the spacecraft crew tasks to a 
minimum so they can get a maximum amount of rest. The only activity 
slated was a fuel cell purge over the Coastal Sentry Quebec and we lost 
voice communication "before the pilot could report results. The only 
other activity slated in the upcoming hour or so is a medical pass over 
the Rose Knot Victor, a tracking ship located off the west coast of 
Peru. The Coastal Sentry Quebec did report that the spacecraft systems 
looked normal from the ground readings. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 




MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - d,/22/G5 Tape 119, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 36 hours and 32 minutes into o\ir flight mission. 
The Gemini 5 spacecraft is approaching the Rose Knot Victor tracking 
ship located off the West coast of Peru. We are now in our 2Uth - 
we are about to begin the 2Uth revolution of the earth in just a few 
minutes. Flight surgeon Dr. Duane Catterson reports both flight crew 
members in top physical condition. He is satisfied with the food and 
water intake reports that have been made since the flight began, and he 
anticipates no difficulties at this time from the medical standpoint. 
The fuel cell oxygen pressure situation aboard Gemini 5 continues to show 
a slow but a steady improvement. Pressure was up to 91' 3 pounds 
per square inch. This was reported during the last readout made by the 
Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking ship a few minutes ago. Here in the 
Mission Control Center there is a relaxed atmosphere as command pilot 
Gordon Cooper continues in his sleep period, and pilot Pete Conrad 
has the spacecraft powered down and in drifting flight. The flight 
controllers are taking advantage of this lull to talk over the mission 
and also to take a coffee break. This is Gemini Conti-ol. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 120, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 37 hours and 2 minutes into our mission. 
Spacecraft Gemini V is now on the 2J4th revolution and is passing over 
west central Africa. We had voice communication with pilot Pete Conrad 
as the spacecraft passed over the Rose Knot Victor tracking ship about 
10 minutes ago. He reported on the food and water intake for himself 
and for command pilot Gordon Cooper. He also gave a sleep report. 
Dr. Catterson, our flight surgeon, indica-ced great satisfaction with the 
report and said ooth men are in good physical shape. Conrad related 
the suit tem.peratures had been carried at a low degrees for some time 
but that he had recently warmed them up a bit. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION CCMffiNTARY TRANSCRIPT - Tape 121, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control after 37 hours and 32 minutes of flight by the 
Gemini 5 spacecraft. Our flight crew is now passing over the Coastal 
Sentry Quebec, tracking ship in the Pacific Ocean. It is on its 2Uth 
revolution around the earth, and both crew members are awake at this 
time and soon will be ready to perform the Human Otolith Function 
experiment. This test is devised to check the astronaut;*! ability to 
orient themselves during flight without normal visual assistance. A 
tester used is a pair of special lightproof goggles. In one eyepiece 
is a light source in the form of a moveable white line. The astronauts 
will rotate this line and then position it. A readout scale on the eye- 
piece then tells them how acc\irately they were able to place the white 
line with respect to the horizon. We have voice communication with the 
Coastal Sentry Quebec at this time and we will attempt to play back the 
tape of this voice communication as soon as the contact is completed. 
This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



:-'.^SS^Cll CC. 



:i.2vEr:TARY TRAILS CRIP' 



'T - 8/22/65 



Tape 122, Par;e 1 



This is Geraini Control. Spacecraft Gemini 5 is on its 2Uth revolution 



passing over zhe Pacific Ocean and approaching the African continent 
after 3S hours and 2 minutes of flight, A few minutes ago while the^ 
spacecraft passed over Canton Island spacecraft communicator astronaut 
Buz Aldrin here in Mission Control by a remote voice transmission through 
the Canton Island station briefed pilot Pete Conrad on the status of 
spacecraft systems as they read out on the ground. He also discussed 
seme of the plans for spacecraft maneuvers to come. We will now play 
back the tape of that voice commimicatlon between spacecraft communicator 
astronaut Buz Aldrin and pilot Pete Conrad aboard the spacecraft Gemini 5. 
Houston Cap Ccm Gemini 5, Gemini 5, Houston Cap Com, Over. 
Conrad PIcuston Cap Com, Gemini 5- Go ahead, 

Houston Cap Com Roger, Pete, got some up-dates on primary landing 



areas. Are you ready to copy? 



Conrad 



Garbled - Ready to copy. 



Houston Cap Com 



Roger., Area 26, Charlie 1, second day 05 pl^s 15 plus 



22, 25 plus 18, 31 plus 11, roll left 5I degrees, roll 
right 69 degrees. Weather is good. Area 26 C 2, 
second day Cc plus 53 plus 01, 23 plus hS, 29 plus pS, 



roll left 5I degree 



s, roll right 69 degrees. 



Weather 



Conrad 



good. These areas replace 26 delta and 27 delta. 
Roger, Copied and understand they replace 26 and 27 



delta. 



MISSION COMMEIWARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/22/65 



Tape 122, Page 2 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com Roger. These are both area 26. However, they are 

about one rev apart. We changed revs right between 
the two areas . 
Okay • 

Could I get a rundown from you on the spacecraft 
systems as you see them now?. 
All systems are green. We just took a cabin 

temperature reading of 72 with a 58 

56 percent cabin. It's dry as a bone in here. 
That was the taped voice communication between astronaut Buz Aldrin here 
in Mission Control Center and pilot Pete Conrad aboard the Gemini 5 
spacecraft . In our Gemini - NASA news room here in Houston we have been 
receiving calls from various parts of the United States throughout the 
evening from people who report that they may have seen Gemini 5 pass over 
the United States. As a matter of fact, since this white team of controllers 
came on duty at 2 -p.ra. this afternoon the Gemini 5- spacecraft has not 
passed over the United States. It has passed well below the United States 
throughout this day. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



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k k 



MISSION COmSWIPSY TRAt'JSCRIPT - 8/22/65 Tape 123, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 38 hours and 32 minutes into the flight. 
Spacecraft Gemini 5 is now approaching Kano, Nigeria on its 25th 
revclution aro-ond the earth. Abcvx 20 minutes ago, as the spacecraft 
passed over the Rose Knot Victor, our tracking ship off the west coast 
of Peru, command pilot Gordon Cooper made a type 1 medical report to 
that tracking ship. This consists of an oral temperature, a blood 
pressure check, 30 seconds of exercise with a Bungee cord exerciser followed 
by a second blood pressure. The flight surgeon on the RKV, or Rose 
Knot Victor, reported his data good. He asked Cooper if he or pilot 
Pete Conrad were experiencing any physical discomforts. Cooper gave a 
negative reply. The Rose Knot Victor reported to Cooper that all the 
spacecraft systems looked good from that tracking station. Here in the 
NASA Mission Control Center the blue team of flight controllers has 
reported for duty. The shift change is due to take place in approximately 
one -half hour, and the new controllers coming on duty are being briefed 
on the status of the flight. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/22/65 Tape 121^, Page 1 



TbiB Is Gemini Control, 39 hours 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V spacecraft is now over central China and 1 minute from 
acquisition by the tracking vessel Coastal Sentry near Okinawa. During 

i 

the) pass over the Coastal Sentry connnand pilot Cooper is scheduled to 
conduct a routine purge of the liquid hydrogen and liquid* oxygen systems 
of the section 2 of the fuel cells. Also, a delayed-time playback of a 

' telemetry .tape is schedtiled during the Coastal Sentry pass. Pilot Conrad 

i ; i ' ^ 

: is still sleeping at this time. This is Gemini Control. 

!. : ' ;. 

END OF ^CAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 / Tape 125, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, ko hours 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 
spacecraft is now over south-central Asia on a track that will carry it 
over the Philippine Islands. The next station contact will be with the 
tracking vessel Coastal Sentry 6 minutes from now. While pilot Conrad 
still slJeps, command pilot Cooper is sched\aed to do a cabiii lighting 

survey ii the heads-down attitude, that is, with the spacecraft flying 

i 

inverted. • This is Gemini Control. I 

j 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/2Z/S'j Tape 126, Page 1 

I 

This is Gemini Control, hi hours 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 
spacecraft is now over the south-central Pacific near the end of the 
26th revolution and just now going into darkness. The spacecraft will be 
in contact with the tracking ship Rose Knot in about 15 minutes from this 
time. Right now it is assumed that pilot Conrad is still asleep. Space- 
craft comiminicator Arda Roy aboard the tracking ship Coastal Sentry re- 
por,ted to. flight director John Hodge here in Mission Control that Gemini V 

i 

looked real good on his telemetry readouts during the pass over that 
station some 19 minutes ago. This is Gemini Control. 

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I 

END dP TAPE 



MISSIoJ boMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 127, Page 1 

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i 

Thib is Gemini Control Ul hours 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 
spacecraft is now crossing the South American coast o^st at about the 
equator. It should be in voice and telemetry contact with the Canary- 
Island tracking station 8 minutes from now. During the pass over the 
Canaries ^ommand pilot Cooper will conduct a purge of the section 1 
fuel cell oxygen and hydrogen systems. He will also conduct a routine 

perioc.ic run of the electrostatic charge experiment in which measurements 

-. -. - ■ i- 

are msUe of the electron and ion flux interaction with the spacecraft. ! 

I 

This i^B Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT - Q/Z^/^'? 



Tape 1285 Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, h2 hours 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 
spacecraft is now passing across northern India on a ground track that 
will carry it over the city of Bangkok, IJiailand, and Townsville, 
Australia. The next command station to be in contact with Gemini V- 
will be the tracking ship Rose Knot 51 minutes from now. • We have a 
tape recording of the pass over the Canary Islaaids tracking„station 
early in t)iis, the 27th revolution. Let's hear that tape now. 



Canary Cap Com 
Cooper 

Can^y Cap Com 
Cooper 

Caxiarir Cap Com 
Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 



Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 
Cooper 



Gemini V, this is Canary Cap Com. 

Roger Canary, this is Gemini V. 

Roger. We are expecting a fuel cell purge from 

you on section 1 on both hydrogen and oxygen. 

Roger. Section 1, hydrogen and oxygen purge. 

That's affirmative. 

Roger, stand by one. Garbled. 

Roger . 

How does that purge look? 

OK. We don't have any indication on it yet. 

We're doing a bit count at 21 on EA02 

Gemini V, Canary, have you started your purge 



as yet? 



(garbled) 



switch on now. 



Getting ready to start. 
Roger 

Actuator (garbled) now. . . hydrogen off. 

Reading 91 percent quantity on hydrogen - goingj-.to 
purge oxygen now. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 



lape 128, Page 2 



Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Cap Com 
Flight 
Cap Com 



Cooper 



Cap Com 
Cdoper 
Cap Com 
Flight 
Cap Com 
Cooper 
Cap Com 



Houston Flight 



Cap Com 



Cooper 



Do you copy, Flight? 
Roger, Canaries, 
He's purging now. 
Roger 

Quantity is running roughly 88 percent and pressure 
is still holding'. Roger, Gemini V, it's locking 
good on your pass. 

Roger. It looks good here. Canaries, did you ever 
find oiit -from Houston why they wanted us to turn 

our OAMS heater, on? 
Roger, stand by one. 
Ok. 

Houston, did you copy? 
Say again. 

He wanted to know why you wanted the OAMS light on 

On account o£ we ^till have our RCS heater on. . . . 
and tfie warning light on it. 

He reports the" RCS heater light in on due to the 
warning light on it. Was he requested to turn the 
OAMS- heater off? 

Yeah, we turned it off because the temperature is 
ample and we just wanted to saye the power. 
Ok. Flight advises that the reason for turning the 
GAMS heater off was that the temperature was ample 

and they wanted to conserve on power. 
Ok, 'Flight. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 126, Page 3 

Cooper ... is off on section 1. 

Cap Com Roger. Thank you. Everything still looks good 

here on the ground. 
Flight How's your diirf.n dowii, Canaries? 

Cap Com I've got a flifc plan up-date for you. 

Cooper Roger . 

Cap Com Are you ready zo copy? 

Cooper Roger, go aliead. 

Cap Com; . ok. It'll he a UK? pass at 10 hours 39 minutes hO 

seconds, sequence number 0^+. It will be Delta V 
5 minutes and 10 seconds. Do you copy? 

Cooper Roger. Got that. 

Cap Com Ok, we've got about 30 seconds left for pass time here. 

Cooper Roger. We got that. 

Cap Com Ok, you're looking good. 

Cooper , That's very good. 

Cap Com ■ Flight, we've got 20 seconds to go. You have anything 

else? . 

Flight Negative. 

Cap Com' ; Rog. 

Flight How's he look? 

Cap Com Looks real good. Pressure stayed up. We're running 

.... for MSC-1. Flight, we just had LOS and we're 
getting modulation on dump right up until LOS. 

Flight Very good. 

That was a tape of the Gemini V pass over the Canary Islands tracking station 
up through loss of signal.' Tnis is Gemini Control 

END OF TAPE ' ■ ■ 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 129, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control. U2 hours 32 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 5 is 
now, over the south central Pacific east of the Australian city of Brisbane 
and due north of New Zealand. Ormir;i 5 is still 21 minutes from contact 
by t|ie tracking ship Rose Knot. There has been no contact with Gemini 5 
since the pass over the Canary Island station earlier this revolution. 
Gemini 5 has Just entered darkness toward the end of the 27th revolution. 
This is Gemini Control. 
END OF/ TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 130, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control h3 hours 2 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 5 is 

now crossing the Venezuelan coast at the beginning of the 28th revolution. 

The spacecraft will be in acquis, .ion by the Antigua tracking and voice 

remoting station in about 1 minute. Spacecraft communicator here in 

Mission Control will be able through the voice remoting to talk to the 

spacecraft. A lighted time playback of telemetry data is scheduled 

for the Antigua pass. Pilot Conrad is still sleeping, and command 

pilot Cooper is scheduled to have a meal consisting of chicken and gravy, 

bacon ajid egg bites, beef sajidwiches, and chocolate pudding. This is 

Gemini Control. 

END OF; TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 131, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control hh hours and 2 minutes after liftoff. Geir.ini 5 
spacecraft is now crossing the east coast of Australia, and has just had 
loss of signal at the Carnarvon i-i.-.- (iing station. Routine plan landing 
area up-dates for revolutions 30 through 3^+ were passed up to the space- 
craft, by the Carnarvon spacecraft comm-unicator Charles R. (Chuck) ' Levis . 
The pilot is scheduled to be awakened shortly and briefed by the command 
pilot on the status of the spacecraft systems and flight plan activities. 
During the pass earlier on this 28th revolution over Antigua the command 
pilot made a food and water usage report; and the Canary Island spacecraft 
communicator reported the spacecraft looked good on his telemetry readouts. 
This 'is Gemini Control. 
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MISSION CO>:>KNTARy IWiKSCRIPT - b/Zl/G^ 



Tape 132, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, kk hours 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 
is now near the end of the 28th rev'7":,ution and will be within telemetry and 
voice range of the Eastern Test Rang, station in about k minutes. During 
this pass tests of the various spacecraft UHF antennas will be made pri- 
marily to determine antenna efficiency at low elevation angles. This is 
also a scheduled meal period, for the pilot and a nap period for the 
command pilot. Canary Island tracking station should acquire the space- 
craft 17 minutes from now. A medical data pass is scheduled for the 
pilot in the Canaries pass. This is Gemini Control. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCHIPT - 8/23/65 



Tape 133, Page 1 



Cooper . ; . 
Houston' Cap-Com 



This is Gemini Control, 45 hours and 2 minutes after lift-oiT. 
Gemini V is now over the Libian desert in north Africa about one-fourth 
of the way into the 29th revolution. Tne tracking station at Carnarvon, ■ 
Australia should acquire the spacecraft in 21 minutes. During the • 
Ceornarvon pass flight plan up-dates will be passed up to the crew. We 
now have a tape of the pass of Gemini V over the Grand Turk Island, ' 
Antigua, ajid Bermuda stations. Let's hear that tape now. 
Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Gemini V, Houston Cap Com. 

Goodmorning. Gemini V here. Go aiiead. 
Eog, Gemini V. You're looking good here on the 
ground. Be advised that there is a medical data 
pass on the pilot at Canaries with an acquisition 
time of 10 i+9 29. Copy? 
Affirmative. 

And we got a couple questions here for you. Elliot 
will ask you. 

We are interested in what you might have seen, or 
whether you saw, D-h D-7 deflections during the 
time you had the REP out and were looking at it 
right after putting it out. We would like zo know 
if you saw a cool IR indications on the OAMS meter. 
Yeah, I think I did, Elliot. It was fairly low 
anc I didn't get to looking at it until rather late 
in the game. We had a couple of problems when we 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Cora 
See 



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I 

put the REP out which we will discuss when we get 
back. 

Roger. Then you'd say you think you got some data 

'on it but you don't know just how much. 
Cooper _ I think we did and I don't, know how much. 

See • OK. Got one other real quick comment." We're about 

' to lose acquisition here. We think the hydrogen 
t • tank is real close to venting so you should see 

its press' re level off pretty quickly. 
Cooper OK 

See ! They have a question here for you on the secondary 

scanner. Did you have a problem with the primary? 
Cooper No, I just put it over there awhile ago to see how 

it was working and also, we were passing over a 
' \ great vast amount of clouds coverage, more than we 

' had seen before and it seemed tO' be firing the 
thrust ers quite a bi^ so I just took a look at the 
secondajry and left it x.here. 
See OK. 'rfell, I guess we are about to lose you now. 



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Tape 13^, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control ii5 hours 32 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 5 is now 
nearing loss of signal at the Carnarvon Australian tracking station midway 
through the 29th revolution. The command pilot is scheduled for a nap 
period at this time. The next station contact will be with the stateside 
stations starting about minutes from now. We now have a tape recording 
of a Canary Islands pass earlier in this revolution. Let's hear this 
tape now. 

Canary Cap Com Gemini 5, this is Canary Cap Com. We have a good 

oral temperature with you, it should be, or would 
you pump us the blood pressure. Gemini 5, Canary 
station, you've got the full scale. We have a good 
blood pressure. Give me a mark when you begin exer- 
cise. 



Garbled 

Canary Cap Com 
Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 



Cooper 



Say it again. 

We're on primary horizon scanner- now. 
Roger. Gemini 5, Canary station, we've got the full 
scale. We have a good blood pressure; standing by for a 
water and food report. 

Roger. The command pilot is taking his 2 hour nap 

period now. The pilot slept about k hours and i+5 
minutes worth a 6 hour period very soundly. And I'll 
get you the water in just a second. Total water to 
date on the Command Pilot is 12 pounds, and on the 
Pilot, 11 pounds 3 ounces. 



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Tape 13^, Page 2 



Canary Cap Com 



Cooper 



Canary Cap Com 
Canary Cap Com 



Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 
Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



Roger. We'd also like to find out if you have com- 
pleted the meal A ajid B of day 1. 

No, we left a fair amount of that and we are into, or 
jest getting ready to eat, oh, let me see — just 
getting day 2 meal Charlie. 
Roger,, Canary Surgeon, out. 

Gemini V, this is Canary Cap Com. We have about 
a minute and one-half left in this pass. All systems 
are go from the ground. We're showing that you have 
fuel cell quantity read on. 

Yeah, it's affirmative, standing by to see if it will 

vent. 

Roger . 

What do you show on the ground. 

Roger, we're reading 36O psi on the ground. 

Canary, this is Houston Flight* 

Okay, my scale is sitting right at a little below §00. 

Roger 

About 795. 

Canary Cap Com, this is Houston Flight. 
Go ahead Flight. 

We believe that ' s been venting for the last couple of 
hours . 



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Tape 13k, f&ge 3 



Canary Cap Cora 
Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary^ Cap Com 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 
! Houston Flight 



Flight advises that they agree that it has been venting 
off and on for the last 3 hours. 

Okay, roger. I can't seem to pick it up on this gauge. 
Roger. 

Flight, we have about 20 seconds , 
Roger. 

He's also t\irned that quantity readoff on. 

We've has LOS. 

Roger. 

Is there any information that you would like. 
No, how did it look, good pulse. 

Blood real good again. I 
Okay. Standby. 



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This is Gemini Control, hS hoiirs, 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 is 
approaching the southwest coast of Mexico and will be acquired by the 
tracking stations of the eastern t'^ .t range in about k minutes for a pass 
lasting about 13 minutes. During the pass over these stations, Astronaut 
David Scott, spacecraft communicator here in Mission Control, will, pass 
up to the crew maneuver data for the so-called Phantom Agena rendezvous 
exercise planned for' the next three to four hours of the mission. This 
is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



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Tape 136, Page 1 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 



This is Gemini Control, U6 hours 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 
spacecraft is now over Central Africa early in the 30th revolution. Here 
in Mission Control, a handover from the blue team to the red team is under- 
way and each flight controller briefs his relief man on the events of the 
past 8-hours. We have now a tape recording of the reoent State side pass. 
Let us hear that tape now. 

Houston Flight Gemini V, Gemini V, Houston Cap Com. 

Hello Houston Cap Com, Gemini V, Go ahead. 
Rog. We have a continuation of your flight plan and 
it's a lenghty one. It will take us probably about 
8 or 10 minutes to read it out. I'll release the key 
after each update and if you have a question comd back 
at me right then, okay? 

Okay, give it to me by the times, and I'll have to ■ 
turn the pages too, so take it slow. 

Okay, it's sequentially all the way. It includes all 
your experiments plus the maneuvers for this. Phantom 
rendezvous, fcopy. 
Rog. 

Okay, all set to copy? 
Rog. 

Okay, all set to copy? 
Rog. All set to go. 



Cooper 



Houston Flight 



Cooper 



Flight 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 



Cooper 



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Houston Flight 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 



Ah, rog. The first one is a power up for your UHF 

no. 1, the time is 13 00 00, and all the times are 

for day no. 2. Copy? 

Roger, power up, 13 00 00 for UHF 1. 

Roger. D-1, 13 10 00, sequence 02, remarks, Venus. 

Speed 30. • ■ 

That's D-1, say again the sequence. 

02. 

Okay, 13 00 00 sequence 02, Venus. 

Rog. Speed 30. 

Okay. 

D-1, 13 20 00, sequence 03- Alpha Cen^aurus, speed 

60. 

Okay . 

D-6, 13 kl k6; sequence 012; mode, 019; pitch, 30 degrees 
down; yaw, 02 degrees right; speed 1000, one thousand, 
F-U. 
Roger. 

UHF test, 13 ^7 05; sequence 01; pitch, 20 up; roll, 

0; yaw, ik left. 

Give me that one again please. 

Roger. UHF test, 13 hj 05; sequence 01; pitch 20 up; 

roll, 0; yaw, Ik left. 

Okay. 



MISSION COMMEKTAEY 
Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper , 

H:ouston Flight 
Cooper 

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S-5 and S-6, ih 01 00; during African pass. 
Say the remarks . 
That's during the African pass. 
Go ahead- 
Okay, backup one on your UHF test, that you just copied, 
have a delta T of 6 + U2. 
Roger, delta T 6 + k2. 

Roger, okay. Next test, D-U, D-7, 1^ Ok 00; sequence 

U20; over Kano. 

Roger. 

S-1, lU 26 12; remarks are sunset time. 
Roger , 

Then power up, this is for UHF no. 2, 1^+ hO 00. That's 
to power up your platform. 

That's the time to power it up, or the time to test? 

That is the time to power up the platform. 

Roger'. 

D--6, 15 l6 59; sequence 20; mode 09; pitch 30 down; ■ 
yaw 09 right. 

Say again the pitch, you faded. 

Pitch, 30 down. 

Roger, 30 down. 

Speed 60 on that last one . 

Speed 60. 

UHF test, 15 21 19; sequence 02; delta T 6 + ^+3; 
pitch, D; roll 139 left; yaw 0. 



MISSION COMMENTAEY 
Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 
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Houston Flight 
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TRMSCRIPT Tape I36, Page k 

S-6, 15 1+5 00; seq.uence 07- No remarks. 
Roger. 

Maneuver, this is a preparation for your maneuvers. 
15 50 00. Platform on, cage BEF, 

15 50 00, platform cage BEF. 

That's affirmative. Next on is another maneuver. 

16 15 00. Aline BEF, rate gyros on. 
Roger. 

Next one is another maxieuver preparation. I6 U5 00; 

computer on; address 25 90 201. 

Roger, computer on address 25 90 201. 

That's affirmative. The next on is apogee adjust, 

16 50 17; translate forward to zero the IVI's. 

Run me the time again. 

16 50 17. 

Roger, translate forward. 

That's affirmative. Next one is D-6. 16 56 k^; 
sequence I3U; mode 09; pitch 30 down; yaw 0 degrees; 
speed 125. 

Roger, say again the time. 
16 56 1+9. 
Okay . 

Next one is a maneuver preparation. 17 20 00; 
aline platform SEF; computer on; address 25 00 I58. 

Okay, maneuver prep, 17 20 00; aline platform SEF; 
computei- 25 00 158. 




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Tape 136, Page 5 



Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Fligh^ 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 



That's affirmative. Next is phase adjust, 17 3^+ 58; 
translate forward to zero the IVI's. 
What kind of zero was it? 
That is your phase adjust. 
Go ahead, 

■Q-k, D-7; 17 k2 GO; sequence hlO Bravo; and k07. 
Over Carnarvon, 
Go ahead. 

Another maneuver preparation, 17 50 00, aline plat- 
form SEF; computer on; address 27 00 150; yaw 90 left. 
Okay, maneuver prep, 17 50 00, aline platform SEF, 
address 27 00 I5O; yaw left 90. 

That's affirmative. The next on is a plane maneuver; 
18 06 50 ; translate forward to zero the IVI's. 
Okay, go ahead. 

Okay, we have about 3 more, if I don't get to them, 
we'd like to advise you to power up as necessary to 
minimize your power usage, and power down in between 
the various maneuvers and experiments. We estimate 
that your maximum power during the burnB will be 
about ho amps and with the platform on only, about 
30 amps, and otherwise about 20. 
Okay . 

Okay, then you can turn your platform off after each 
UHF test, but I think you'll see that in the sequence. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIFr Tape I36, Page 

Platform on during all the simulated maneuvers and 
rendezvous exercises. 

Cooper • . • . 

Houston Flight Gemini V, I t,.ink we have LOS, if you copy, we will 

pick you up over the Canaries. 

END OF TAPE 



mission; COI^MENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 137, Page 1 

Good morning. This is Gemini Control, *47 hours, 2 minutes into the mission, 
and we axe over Canarvon on the thirtieth revolution. It has been deter- 
mined that we will attempt the a mt. u\rer adjustment this morning. This is 
the exercise that Chris Kraft outlined yesterday afternoon, wherein we 
will assume a Phantom Agena and make four or more maneuvers to catch up with 
it. These maneuvers are to begin at 32nd perigee, and the first maneuver 

will ibe a retro grade 20 foot per second firing maneuver. This will have 
i • 

the effect of adjusting the orbit down to 168 nautical miles in a 90 mile 
perigiee. At the 33rd apogee we plan a posigrade maneuver of I5.8 feet per 
second which will make another orbital adjustment to 99-1 nautical miles 
on the perigee, l68.k on apogee. Then on the, we will do a slight out- 
of -plane burn in the 33rd perigee, a 15 feet per second burn using aft 
thrusters, making, I gave an out-of -plane burn followed by a co-elliptic 
maneuver on the 3^th apogee, leaving us with an orbit of 107 nautical perigee 
and 168.2 apogee. It will bring up the platform to perform these maneuvers. 
They will be using their incremental velocity indicators onboard setting 
up the desired feet per .second burn on them, and then burning those 
numbers off the indicators. So we can't give you a percentage time of 
the duration of the burns right now. Within the last half hour, the Red 
Flight Team has come into the Control Center. They are all in places now, 
and at k7 hours and h minutes into the mission, that's our status. This is 
Gemini Control. We do have for •• - a taped conversation of the Canarvon pass 
completed about 20 minutes ago, ana we are ready to play it for you at this 
time . 

Canary Cap Com This is .Canary Cap Com. 

Cooper Come in, Canary. This is Gemini 5 here. 



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Tape 137, Page 2 



Canary Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston : Flight 
Cooper 

Houston flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston flight 

Canary Cap Com 

Houstpn flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Con 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Roger. We are expecting a purge on section 2, the fuel 
cell on this pass. We would like to get a quantity 
read out befon. we start the purges. 

Roger.- The fuel cell 0^ is 93 percent, and about 80 psia 

Canary Cap Com, this is Houston flight. 

Fuel cell hydrogen is 93 percent, the cell is 800 psia. 

Canary Cap Com, this is Houston flight. 

Roger, flight. 

Roger. Before you do that purge, we have some flight 

plan up-dates we would like to relay through your site. 

You want to get the flight plan up-dates completed 

prior to the purge? 

Roger, no remarks on your line. 

OK. Go ahead, up-date. 

Gemini 5, Houston Cap Com. Do you read? 

Go ahead. 

Roger. We'll pick up where we left off on t'ue maneuvers. 
Are' you ready to copy? 

Yeah. I've got 18065O planning, planning maneuver. 
Roger. Affirmative. The next one is SAD 13, I82U58, 
sequence 03, pitch 30 down, yaw 08 right. 
Roger. 

Next is a maneuver preparation, I85OOO. Align platform 

SEF, computer on, address 25OOI6I4. 

Roger. .165000, align platform . SEF, computer on, 2500164. 
That's affirmative. Next one is reverse co-elliptic, 



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Tape 137, Page 3 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Gap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



1904l8. Translate forward to 0 the IVI's. 
Roger. 

And there's a .>rrection on your UHF test no. 1, which 

was at I3U705. If you'll go back to it, I'll pass 
you the correction. 
Go ahead. 

It's pitch 90 up, vice 20 up. 
Roger. Pitch up 90 degrees. 

That's affirmative, ajid did you copy the rest of the 
instructions relative to keeping the power down and 
powering off after the UHF test? 

YeaJi. With initial platform power, you wanted 1300. 
Right? 

That's affirmative. 

OK. We got it. I don't know whether we'll get it 
all done or not. (Chuckle) 

WqII, give it a try, and be advised do not use the 
aft firing thrusters at any time. Copy? Forward 
firing thrusters. 
Just the firing thruster? 

No, negative. Do not use the forward firing thrusters 
at any time, forvrard. 

Roger. Do not use the forward firing thrusters. 
This is because we don't want to use the oxygen in 
the fuel cell oxygen tank. 
OK. 



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Tape 137, Page k 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



Canary Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston flight 



Canary Cap Com 



Conrad 



Canary Cap Com 



We don't want to disturb it, and all the thrusting 
will be done v;ith the aft firing thrusters. 

OK, and then observe the fuel cell 0^ pressure and 
don't let it drop la.jch at the high power loads, 
when you are all powered up and thrusting. 
OK. Canary, staiid by for the purge commencing 



right now on section 2. 

Flight, we 'are not going to be able to get quite all 
our purge in. We've got a minute and 30 seconds. 
Purge. Go into 0^. 

Roger. Tell him to go ahead and finish it. It 
doesn't matter if it's beyond your pass. Tell him 
to just keep an eye on that pressure drop. Canarys? 
That's affirmative. Gemini 5j Canary Cap Com. We'll 
be unable to monitor the end of your purge. We have 
■approximately one minute. Continue your purge to 
completion, and continue to monitor that pressure. 
We have a minute and 20 seconds to go, and everything 
looks fine. 

Roger. Everything looks fine here so far. 
This is Gemini Control again. For a re-cap on our weather this morning, 
the weather bureau is supporting us here in the Gemini Control Center and 

advises that the weather conaitions around the world remain very good for 
at least two additional days of orbj-. al operaxions since Typhoon Lucy has 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSGRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 137, Page 5 

moderated and moved completely out o-f the west Pacific recovery area. A 
recovery ship will be available. on nearly every revolution during the 
next 2i+. hours or more. The west Atlantic landing area between Florida 
and. Bermuda has ideal weather. Scattered clouds, winds, mainly less than 
10 toots, and waves of.no more than 3 feet will continue into Tuesday 
morning. In the east Atlantic areas, some 300 miles west of the Canary 
Islands, clouds will 'be scattered, and normal trade winds of 15 to 20 knots 
will .raise waves of between U to 6 feet. For possible landing areas in 
the mid-Pacific, about 500 miles north of Honolulu, skies remain partly 
cloudy, winds have increased somewhat during the last 2^4- -hours, being reported 
as high as '2k knots. This should give us a maximum during the next 
2k hours, raising seas to heights of 5 to 6 feet. The wind in the west 
Pacific area has decreased to about 15 knots, the sea has .subsided to 
aro-und i+ or 5 feet and will probably decrease even further. Some cloudiness 
remains, but showers will end during the day. About the only large scale 
weather phenomenon to be over-flown during the next 2k hours is tropical 
storm Doreen in the eastern Pacific about 1000 miles south and a little 
west of San Diego. A' whole family of cold fronts have moved up near the 
30th parallel of latitude in all three oceans of the southern hemisphere. 
This is Gemini Control out at 15 minutes after the hour. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 ' Tape I38, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, hj hours, I9 minutes into the mission. Say again 
on those rendezvous - that rendezvous maneuver sequence. Four principal 
maneuvers; the first, a height adjustment; the second, a phasing adjustment; 
the third, a very slight plane change; and the fourth, a co-elliptic 
maneuver. We have the recorded conversation between the spacecraft and the 
Kano ground station ready to play for you at this time. 
Cap Com Gemini 5, Gemini ^, this is Houston. 

Cooper Go ahead, Houston, this is Gemini 5. 

Cap Com Roger. We have a medical data pass over Carnarvan that's 

going to conflict with a couple of your experiments. It's 
coming up in just a few minutes. We'd like to have you scrub 
the medical pass over Carnarvein and we'll do it over Canaries. 

Cooper Scrub the medical data pass over Carnarvan. 

Cap Cora Gemini 5} Gemini 5? this is Houston here. That is correct - 

scrub the medical data pass over Carnarvan and we will pick 
it up over Canaries. 

Cooper Ok. Can you get a verification on the- shutter epeed on the D-2 

experiment ... 

Cap Com The speed of the D-2 is one l/25th. 

Cooper And what is the ... 

Cap Com Say again. 

Cooper What: is the lens? 

Cap Com Gemini 5> Gemini 3> this is Houston here. 

Cooper Go ahead, Houston, Gemini 5. 

Cap Cora Roger. That is taken with the Questar lens. 

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Tape 139, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, k7 hours 32 minutes into the mission. In the 
last 2k hours, each of the men, anparently has slept a total of about 
10 hours, that's 10 hours in co:. rast to the first day's operation when 
each man slept a total of about 2 hours. Obviously the Flight Surgeons 
are very happy over this pickup. They indicate, however, the Flight 
Surgeons indicate that the men still aren't eating quite as much as is 
expected. They are eating each of the meals, but apparently not all of 
the meal, so their calorie intake is somewhat down. But doctors are 
completely satisified that the men are getting their share of water, 
however. The fuel cell oxygen reactant supply pressure has climbed to 
something over 9I pounds. This is a 10 pound increase over this time 
yesterday which in turn, was a 10 pound increase over that time the day 
before. So, things are looking up in that department. The climbing 
pressTjire is generally attributed to the repeated purges, which is slightly 
reducing the reactant supply quantity. We are on the 30 th revolution 
with a pass coming up across the United States and everything is looking 
very nice, j'orty-seven hours 33 minutes into the mission. 



END OF TAPE 



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Tape ll+O, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, hQ ho\rrs 3^ minutes into the mission. 

Within the last 60 seconds the spacecraft has gotten in touch with the 

Carnarvon Station. They are in discussion now; they will be discussing 

the maneuvers that are presently planned for the 32nd, 33^<^, a"d 3^th 

revolution. In the course of the last pass across the United States, 

Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad were hoth awake. We have a visitor here 

in the Control Center, Mrs. Conrad, was here, and at one point during the 

said 

pass, the Flight Director/ that Pete Conrad might say "Hellb" to his wife. 
He did, of course, and ask, his only question was, how are the boys doing. 
Mrs. Conrad, behind the glass here in the viewing area waved back and by 
lip reading, we understood that she meant to convey to him the word "fine". 
Jim McDivitt passed this up. The crew then performed a rather intricate 
UHF test, a test of their various antennas over the Bermuda area. A 
test wherein they orient the spacecraft antennas directly to the ground 
and then read them out on the ground station. It is anticipated that 
at some point in' this next hour or hour and one-half, the spacecraft may 
be given a go for a kl revolution flight, they have hot yet been given 
that go, when they do, we will break in eaid advise you. This is Gemini 
Control at kd hours 36 minutes into the mission. We have several tapes 
backed up which we can play for you at this time, beginning with the U.S. 
pass. Let's have the tape now. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston here, standing by. 

Cooper Roger Houston, Gemini V. We've burned out the sight 

reticle (broken) ... You ought to have a little 

talk with the flight planning people. Their ceiling 

is just a little bit to full. We can't get the equipment 



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Tape ll+O, Page 2 



Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Cora 



Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 



put together and torn apart by the time they are put- 
ting these things together. 

Okay, Gordo, I'll take a check on that. Let ir.e ask you 
one thing, have you tried all the combinations o:.' cords 
and utility outlets that go along with the sight Just 
in case it's not the sight, but one of the cords in- 
stead. 
Roger . 

Okay, I sort of suspected you had. 

I think one of the flight planning problems, Gordon, 
is that we are not blessed with too — the weather is 
not too good today, so they are trying to stick them 
in where they have good weather. I think it's putting 
a bunch of them together. 

Yeah, well some of these, like on our time, there were 
just bang, bang, bang, right together. We just can't 
do them that close together. That's rather poor 
planning. 
Okay . 

Yeah, we've got to watch these lens changes, we got 
every piece of gear in the spacecraft floating around 
in here trying to keep up with it. ; 

Roger, roger. 



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Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houstoi Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 



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Hey, Pete. Gemini V, Houston here. V?hy don't you make 
a few comments for the better sex. 
Hello there. We just passed over Tampeco, Mexico. 
Pete, Jane's up here. Why don't you say something. 
Hello there. How are the boys doing? 
She says, "fine". 

That's good. We just passed Monterray whic^ seemed to 

be under the overcast and I tried to get the 

area around Tampeco, and I got one quick picture of 

it. 

Okay. Say listen, you know you might sort of be think- 
ing about that Lorado pass and what the weather is. 
If you don't think you can hack that, it looks like 
you have already gone by that area, but if it looks 
to cloudy up there, why don't you let us know. 
Okay. 

We may not get this UHF test either because we never 
did get the platform fully alined before the D-6 r\in.. 
Okay, imder stand. You are not going to be able to do 
the UHF test. Is that correct. 

We ' 11 give it a try here . We are trying to get back 
back in here and get the platform alined, a little bit 
anyhow, just so we can do it. 
Okay. 

Gemini V, Houston here. I believe if you can't get the 

platform alined completely, when you get there, just 

through, 

put it in Orbit Rate, and then when you xifiOQii come back 



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down, if you have the horizon scanners on, maybe we can 
get an idea from what the horizon scanner output is and 
what the platform angles are, and what the difference 
between the real angles were and what your indicated' 
ones were . 

Conrad We'll throw it in here real quick. We just — just 

one second till it gets caged. 
Houston Cap Com ■ Rog. 

This is Gemini Control again. In that conversation you heard Gordon 
Cooper advise that the boresight reticle on his side of the spacecraft in 
his window apparently is no longer operative. This is a standard telescopic 
sight. It uses a light in a prism affair where the light is reflected and 
magnified and a series of crosshairs which helps them in the various 
experiments to sight on various objects. The indication here is that he 
will probably just make on his window another X mark with his grease pencil 
or employ some other way to arrange a sighting on his window for the other ■ 
experiments as we progess through the flight. The_ reticle has two elements 
within, he has tried both and neither is operative. We also heard some 
moderate complaints about the pace of the flight plan. Pete Conrad indi- 
cated, that there was a lot of gear loose in the spacecraft, a lot of lenses, 
much activity there, they suggested a general slowing down of the flight 
plan activities and this will probably be the case. We will not do all of 
the experiments should we go ahead with these maneuvers. We have been 
talking with the flight plan back room here in the last few minutes and 
they generally agreed that during the maneuvering time, we would slow down 
the pace of some of the camera experiments and the other measurements. 
Up coming now, we are rmning with a fairly high power drain. We have 



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the computer on,, the platform is up, the power drain should be well up 
in the 30 amp area. Over Texas, we are planning a D-6, that is, a land 
picture taking exercise. And, somewhere between Texas and the Cape, we 
should reach a decision point on a U? revolution flight, Kow, we have 
the tape wrapped up on the Canary conservation on this last half orbit, 
and we will play it for you now. 



Canary Cap Com 



Canary Cap Com 



Conrad 



Canary Cap Com 

Canary Cap Com 
Conrad 



Canary Surgeon 



Cooper 

Canary Surgeon 
END OF TAPE 



Roger, Gemini V. Would you give us a reading 
quantity reading on the fuel cell Hg please. 
We have a good blood pressure, standing by for your 
water and sleep report . 

Roger, on the sleep we both slept. The pilot slept 
for about a full 6 hours last night, and the Command 
Pilot, at the seme time, slept for a good 3 hours. 
Just a moment and I ' 11 read you the water report . 
Would you switch fuel cell to quantity read to fuel 
cell please. 

Quantity read to ECS 0^ please. 

Roger, cind right now, the Command Pilot has drxxnk 
11 pounds of water, the Pilot has drunk 10 pounds 
3 ounces . 

Gemini V, Canary Surgeon, understand, 11 pounds. Command 
Pilot, 10 pounds 3 ounces Pilot. Is there any indication 
on the degree of depth of sleep for the Command Pilot. 
Pretty deep. 

Roger, Canary Surgeon out. 

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This is Gemini Control in Houston, kg hours, 2 minutes into the mission. 
We've just completed a Canton Island pass, a swing across the Pacific, 
and during the course of that pass our Flight Surgeoji, Doctor Berry, talked 
with the command pilot. He .wanted to check on the sleep cycle. Cooper 
reported, "We're both well rested. We slept all last night, got a good 
night's sleep." Cooper also advised that they were doing some extra 
exercise in addition -to that associated with pulling on the b\mgee cord 
during the medical data passes. He didn't elaborate on what type of 
exercises. He simply affirmed that they were doing additional exercise. 
Other conversation involved the checking on the radical, which apparently 
is no longer operative on Gordon Cooper's side of the side of the space- 
craft. That is the little prism which is used for sitting and magnifying 
ground-sited objects. It apparently is no longer functioning. We aJ-so 
queried him about the food intaJce. However, the transmissions got ragged 
at that point, and we could not determine exactly how much of the Day 2 
rations the crew has eaten. This is Gemini Control out at h minutes after 
the hour. 
END OF TAPE 



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Gemini Control, Houston here; 49 hours, 17 minutes into the mission. 
Within the past 30 seconds Cap Com Jim McDivitt has passed up the 
decision of the Flight Director tnuu we are go for at least a 47 rev- 
olution flight. I repeat, he has been given a go for a 4-7 - 1 area 
and the new values for a landing in that area are being set up by 
digital command system. Ttie spacecraft is over the southern United 
States, and we are proceeding according to the, proceeding now to under 
take the planned maneuvers coming up in the next revolution. This is 
Gemini Control out. 
END OF TAPE 



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Gemini Control, Houston here; h9 hours, 32 minutes into the mission. The 
spacecraft is now out over the central Atlantic. At the conclusion of 
that last pass, Pete Conrad was going through a series of antenna checks 
over Bermuda, switching from- one antenna to the other, probably using a 
total of a half a dozen or more. This involved a lot of test counts and 
that sort of thing, and at the end of that Jim McDivitt, in one of the 
lighter touches that we've noted during the flight, said that he re- 
minded Conrad that he certainly did like to talk a lot. At this point 
Conrad came back with, "What would he like him to do, sing a song?" 
He then promptly launched into a song which went like this, "Over the 
ocean, over the blue, here's Gemini 5 singing to you." At the conclu- 
sion of that brief song, the command pilot advised that Conrad sings 
slightly off key. We'll be coming up on the first rendezvous maneuver 
at 10:50 Central Standard Time. Everything is progressing very nicely. 
This is Gemini Control. 
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This is Gemini Control; h9 hours, 57 minutes into the flight, on the 32nd 
revolution. The oxygen supply pressure is presently reading, at the last 
check, 98 pounds, 98 pounds, another rise from the earlier figure quoted 
to you this morning. The quantity in the fuel oxygen cell supply shows 
92.8 percent. We are estimating that we have on board about 270 pounds 
of maneuvering fuel, as opposed to approximately 360 pounds of take-off, and 
we're also estimating that the series of maneuvers we will perform in 
chasing the Phantom Agena today will use another 50 to 60 pounds of fuel, 
about 25 percent of the onboard supply. This time we have the tape of 
the latter portion of the State-side, the last State-side pass racked up 
for you and ready to play for you now. 

Houston' Cap Com Gemini 5? this is Houston, here. You did not 

acknowledge this message — be advised you have a 
go for h7 - 1, and we are sending up the TR's and 
the retro loads for your computer, so you will be 
getting some of these yes lights. 
Gemini 5? roger. Waco was under the clouds, so we 
did look at Dallas, the Dallas airport there. 
OK. So you did Dallas instead of Waco, right? 
Affirmative . 

OK. Are you all done? .Gemini 5? Houston. Have 
you completed your pass there? 
Roger. 

OK. We've got a couple of messages for you. We 
would like to have you turn your computer off at 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



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Tape Ikk, Page 2 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Com' ad 

Houston Cap Com : 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
END OF TAPE 



this time; just par the computer down. 
Roger. Computer is off. 

We would like to have you leave your platform on 
after- your UHF test rather than parring it down; 
we would like to have you leave the platform on 
throughout the rendezvous, from this point on. 
Check. 

The roll angle for the UHF test has been changed 
from 139 to 132. So your new roll angle should be 
132, I say again 132 degrees roll left. 
132 degrees roll left. 

Roger, and you got yo\ir go for kl - 1, right? 
Roger . 

OK. You sure do talk a lot. 
Say again. 

I said you sure do talk a lot. 
What did I say? 
Shifting antennas. 

What do you want me to do, sing you a song? 
Think you can? 
He sings off key. 

Over the ocean, over the blue, here's Gemini 5 singing 
to you. 

Now, by god, back to talking. 
That's a good deal. 

Get you a job with the Houston Astros. 



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Gemini Control here, 50 hours 32 minutes into the mission on the 
32nd. rev. Dtiring the last pass there was additional discussion on the 
amount of food eaten. The crew confirmed they were then in the process 
of eating meal 2 Charlie of the second days ration. This meal consists 
of orange-grapefruit drink, tuna salad, apricot pudding, toasted bread 
cubes, and date fruit cake. It's a meal with a total calorie intake' of 
923 calories. They also indicated they are fine, they are not eating all 
of the meals. They are just not that hxmgry and the Surgeon apparently 
is satisfied with that estimate. This first maneuver burn is presently 
planned for 50 minutes after the hour, or about 15 minutes from now. It 
will take place at 32.7 degrees north, 105.3 degrees west, and to occur 

about 10:50 central standard time. It would be a point out somewhere 
in West Texas, we would estimate, perhaps in New Mexico. We have the 
Carnarvon conversation ready to play for you at this time. 
Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini V, Carnarvon Cap Com. 
Cooper Go ahead Carnarvon, Gemini V. - 

Carnarvon Cap Com Does the Pilot have the oral temp probe in his mouth , 

for the data pass this trip. 
Cooper Coming down now. Blood pressures full scale. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Your cuff is full scale. 

Carnarvon Surgeon Gemini V, Carnarvon Surgeon, we have a good blood 

pressure, ajnd we have a good oral temp. Standing 

by for exercise on your MARK. 

Conrad Stand by. MARK. 

Carnarvon Surgeon Your cuff is full scale. And we have a good second 

blood pressure. I assume neither of you have had any 



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Conrad 

Carnarvon Surgeon 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Surgeon 
Carnarvon Cap Com 

Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



sleep since your last report, but I will take a 
water update if you have it. 
All right. 

Gemini V, Carnarvon Surgeon, standing by for your 
water report. 

Roger. We don't have any further water report since 

we gave one at MCC. 

Roger. 

Gemini V, Carnarvon Cap Com. What is your status for 
area 47-1. 

Everything still looks good. 

Roger, you're go on the ground. I'll update your 
TR clock for a h7-l. 

Just a minute. Carnarvon, are you ready to copy our 
readouts for the i+7-1 go. 
Roger, go ahead. 

LA. read 7 amps, IB read 7, IC read 8, 2A read 6.5, 
2B read 6.0, 2C read 6.9- A "buss voltage 26 pounds, 
RCS A pressure 290, temp 70. Ring B, 28o, tempera- 
ture 60, left secondary 0^ 00, right secondary 0^ 
52 50. 

Roger, I copied. And that data was read passing the 
East Coast at about .... 



Houston Flight 



I want to speak to Surgeon. 



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Tape 1245, Page 3 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Surgeon 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Surgeon 
Houston Flight 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Carnarvon Surgeon 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Carnarvon Surgeon 



You said you read that data on the East Coast. 
Surgeon .... 
Carnarvon Surgeon . . . 

I should ... time for that data in just a second. 
Roger . 

How about talking into the --to both the Pilot and 

Command Pilot and getting what the food 

how much food they had eaten and what meals they 
had. ' 
That was read at about 15 I8 00. 
.Roger, you want how much food and which meals. 
Confirm that they had 3 meals on the first day and 
what meals they have eaten, and how much they have 
eaten out of each one of the meals that they have 
had, 

Roger, I'm transmitting your TR. 
Roger. You've got it for k7-l. 
We have received it. 

Gemini V, Carnarvon Cap Com. Stand by for Carnarvon 
Surgeon. 

Gemini V, Carnarvon Sixrgeon. We are still trying to 
get the precise handle on your food consumption. 
Would you confirm for us that Command Pilot and Pilot 



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Tape IU5 , . Page 4 



Cooper 



Carnarvon Surgeon 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper. 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



Cooper 



Houston Flight 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



both had 3 meals on day 1, Over, 

You know thr MCC Surgeon just questioned us on it last 
time over the States and we gave him a complete detailed 
report. Maybe they haven't gotten the word out yet. 
Negative. We didn't get it. 

That's negative, Flight said that they did not get it. 

Tell him to ask the Surgeon back there. 

Say again. Gemini V, Carnarvon Cap Com. Gordo, they 

had trouble receiving through Canton when you were 

giving that report. They are asking for it again. 

We've had four meals to date. Now we are on meal 

2 Charlie. We had 2 meals on the first day and 

2 yesterday. Now, we are not eating all of it, but 

we feel fine, but we didn't eat all of it. 

Okay, that's very good. That's the information we 

wanted, 

Gemini' V, Carnarvon Cap Com, We are standing by. 
Roger, Did you get that report on the food. 
Roger, loud and clear. 



END OF TAPE 



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Tape IU6, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 50 hours, 46 minutes into the mission, and we 
are coming up on the first burn, which will be performed in about 10 minutes 
The burn duration has been set at 2o seconds. It will be in a retro grade 
position, we will be reducing the velocity by 21.1 feet per second. Pete 
Conrad is to give us a mark at the start of the burn and at the end of the 
burn, and the Guaymas station has been declared the prime for the exercise. 
They've been in contact for about one minute now; let's tune in live now 
and see how the burn goes. 



Conrad 



Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 



I checked the accelerometer bias here, and I have a 

little drift, so I am waiting imtil the last minute 

and am going to catch up. 

OK. You did catch up now, right? 

Confirmed. 

OK. 



This is Gemini Control. The ground voice you are hearing is that of Ed 
Fendell, the Capsule Communicator at the Guaymas station. Stand by for 
any additional conversation. The burn should start within this minute. 



Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

GuajTnab Cap Com 
Conrad 

GuayiLas Ca"u Com 



5, h, 3, 2, 1, burn. Copy? 

OK. I got all that. Give me your IVI read up 

starting the TM. 

Roger. They are all O's. 

OK. Before and after, alright? VJhat ' s your attitude 
hold? 

Right on the money. 

OK. VJliat -ohrusters did you use? 



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Tape ll46j Page 2 



Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 



Conrad 

Guaymas 

Houston 

liouston 

Conrad 

Houston 

Conrad 

Houston 

Conrad 

Houston 

Conrad 

Houston 

Conrad 



Cap Com 
Flight 
Cap Com 

Cap Com 

Cap Com 

Cap Com 

Cap Com 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Coc-oer 



The aft firing thrusters. 

OK. Very good. Attitudes look real solid right 

now on the ground. 

Roger. 

Flight Guaymas, did you copy all that? 
Roger . 

Gemini 5? Houston Cap Com. 

Roger, Houston, Gemini 5- Burn is complete. 

Roger. Will you read out 80, 8l, and 82 for us please 

Roger. At 80, was 0000^1. 

Roger. 

At 8l, was 0 and 82 was 0. 
Roger. Thank you. 
I take that back. 32 was 00007- 
OK- Four zeros and a seven. 

We're swinging around to 000 arid getting ready for 
the D-6 sequence 134l656i+9' Is that time still good? 
Roger, but be advised that the target will be slightly 
down range from the, when we're using those pointing 
angles that we gave you, and the star will be somewhat 
behind. 

Roger. We got a real good look at Houston today. 
Roger. Was it raining down here? 

Yeah. We could see Clear Lake and Taylor Lake. 

How about the Center? Could you see the Center? 

Ivo, there's a cloud right there some place over you • 



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Tape 1^+6, Page 3 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 
Cooper 
Conrad 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



I think. 1 can't quite make it out. 
OK. 

I see a big ;_Dng white trail of smoke down the center 
of the bay, though. 

Roger. Gemini 5, Houston here. We would like to 
send up your DCS load now for your next maneuver 
any time you are ready. 

Roger. Do you want to wait one? OK. You can send 
it up any time. 

Roger. Understand you are ready now. Gemini 3, Houston 
here. You didn't answer this transmission, but we 
sent the DCS load, and we'll give you an up-date 
based on U. S. tracking over Ascencion. ¥nite Sands 
confirms you maneuver. We've gotten their tracking 
already. 

Got the ships in sight. We're pitching on now. 

Houston, Gemini 5. We didn't get him. It's pretty hard 

There he is. There he is. 

But we have a ship wake in sight. 

OK. Go ahead and do it on that then. The target 

that you're looking for should have a pair of wakes. 

He should have the destroyer guard out there with 

him. 



Unfortunately, we've got the gCTi sight 



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Tape Iho, Page V 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

":-rouston Can Com 



the field of view on the scope and the camera are zoo 
small, and I can't find him in it. 

Roger. I'm sure the water complicates because one 

piece of warer looks like another piece. 

Yeah.' Well it's amazing how well I can see through 

this crust on our lens, but I can't get it on the 

track with it because the field of view is too narrow. 

How about the full -powered telescope, Pete? 

No, the field of view is too narrow on it. 

OK. Listen, I've got an up-date for you on the time 

of this burn. 

....if Gordo could stick it right on him, then I'd 
have it . 

Roger. I've got an up-dated time for your next 
maneuver . 
Say again. 

I've got an up-dated time for -your next maneuver. Are 
you ready to copy? 

We're ready to copy. Houston, go ahead. 

OK. 02173^35, I say again, 02173^35. 

Roger, and you have loaded this into the computer. 

Is this correct? 

We have loaded the delta V in the computer. We have 
to relay the times by voice. 

Roger. I -onderstand that, but you have loaded the 
maneuver load. 

F;o;~er. It's been loaded and verified, and we'll 



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Conrad 

Houston Cap Gom 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



check the U. S. tracking data eind give you any- 
further updates that are necessary over Ascencion. 
Roger. 

Gemini 5j Houston. 

Go ahead, Houston, Gemini 5- 

We have a section 2 purge at this time also. Will you 
be able to handle that? 
Over Ascension or right now? 
Right now. 

i 

OK. 

Pretty busy, isn't it? 

Fairly. Stand by for hydrogen purge mark. 
Roger . 

Hydrogen purge complete. Stand by for 0^ purge on 
my mark. Mark. 



This is Gemini Control, 51 hours, 2 minutes after the, from lift-off. 
The Pilot Pete Conrad oust reported that the Og purge is complete, and 
we are out on the edge of the Antigua acquisition area. The burn per- 
formed over Mexico ajid Texas apparently was successful, based on the 
White Sands radar tracking. It would appear that we brought the apogee 
down from 20? statute miles down to about I9U statute miles. The perigee 
remains at IO3.9. Shortly after the burn you heard discussions which involved 
requests for a readout of 80, 8I, and 82. Those are computer addresses 
that are used to check the effect of the burn with the ground data 

versus the onboard computer data, and a series of zeros and several other 
numbers were read out. Then as the spacecraft swung east over the Cape 



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and out over the ocean, th; pilots attempted to get a picture of the 
prime recovery carrier, tl-.e Lake Champlain, parked out 5 to 60O miles off 
the, Cape. Apparently, tliey were rot successful in getting a picture through 
the big Questar lens, arti. they primarily blamed the loss of the retical 
on Cooper's side of the window as the reason for not getting it. Say again, 
the maineuver appajrent:./ quite successful in lowering the apogee, and we 
are continuing now t:' swing down across the Atlantic. This is Gemini 
Control 'out at 51 hc-^rs, k minutes into the mission. 
END OF TAPE 



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This is Gemini Control, 5I hours 32 minutes into the mission. Just 
about 2 minutes from now, Gemini V -will attempt another maneuver changing 
burn. This one is to be pcrfoi/..ed at precisely at 3k minutes 31 seconds 
after the hour. It -will be a posigrade maneuver. They will use the 

aft firing thrusters. They will be oriented small-end-forward, in 
zero pitch and zero yaw. They will be trying to achieve a delta velocity, 
or velocity increment of 15.2 feet per second. The burn will require 
20 seconds duration. If successful, it would raise the perigee to 
113.5 statute miles, that is an estimate, and it would leave the apogee 
where it is right now at 19k statute miles. Again, if successful, we 
would have a new period of 9U.9 minutes, that's a revolution period. 
This burn is to take place at 32,7 degrees south, 63.9 degrees east, 
which is the apogee point in terms of orbital mechanics. We will not 
be in contact with the spacecraft during the period of this burn, how- 
ever, Carnarvon will pick it up about 5 minutes later. We should be 
able to bring you additional information when Carnarvon acquires. The 
press-ure in the 0^, .the fuel cell oxygen source pressure bottle, is, 
at last reading, 101.3 pounds, which is another increase, steady increase 
shown throughout today. This is Gemini Control out. 



END OF TAPE 



[SSIOK CO^G-ENTAHY TRAMSCRIPT Tape ll|8. Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston here, 51 hours 56 minutes into the 
mission. We have confirmed, based on the Carnarvon contact within the 
last few minutes that the required burn was performed over the Indian 
Ocean as scheduled. The burn was performed in the platform mode. The 
exact delta V achieved was 15-7 instead of 15-2, but, -this should put 
us very close to the II3 mile perigee and 19^ mile apogee, and we have 
no additional correction for you at this time. The — earlier we heard 
references to computer address 80, 8I, and 82, This is a reference to 
the addresses in the computer that read out velocity increments in 
tenths of a foot per second, as opposed to the incremental velocity 
indicator windows on the left side of the spacecraft which read out 
the velocity changes in merely feet per second, a more precise check 
on the burn. Just after the Carnarvon contact, the crew was to perform 
several deep space exercises with their infrared sensors onboard. They 
were to look at the Milky Way Constellation, they were also to look at 
the star Denub . They found that they could not get a proper setting on 
the star Denub without that reticle on the left window, however, they 
were going ahead and attempting to orient toward the Milky Way. They 
also showed over Carnarvon, according to ground readouts, that the space- 
craft was pulling something over kO amps, slightly over kO amps. This 
is the peak power load that's been on since probably this second rev- 
olution, with no apparent degradation to any of the electrical systems. 
That would have been created by the fact that the computer was on, the 
platform was up, very likely the cabin lights were up along with, 



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perhaps another dozen systems. We have the Carnarvon tape wrapped up for 

you and ready to play at this time. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini V, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Conrad Gemini V, go ahead. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Roger, would you give me a time of your burn and the 

readouts for 80 , 6l, and 82. 

Conrad • Roger, time of burn was 17 3^ 31 j and that 8l and 82 

were zero, but getting them to zero, we wound up with 
a half -foot more burn, we burned 15.7. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Okay, what is 8o, 15.7? 

Conrad No, 80 was -0005. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Roger. 

Conrad Okay, the reason for that was we burned in the platform 

mode to see how well it would do, and it got just a 
little sloppy, and we got some up, down, left and 
right in which we had to take out . . 

Carnarvon Cap Com Roger, I understand. 

Conrad Next time I'll put it in rate command. 

Carnarvon Cap Com You say next time you would try rate command. 
Conrad Yeah, we did that before and that's much better 

than this platform run. 
Carnarvon Cap Com Roger, 0. K. I've got enough data for your next 

maneuver, your next flight change. 
Conrad 0. K. ready to copy. 

Carnarvon Cap Com 0. K. Time of burn is i8 hoiu^s , 06 minutes, 26 

seconds. The Delta V is- lh,6 . The time of burn 



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Conrad 



Delta V is 19 seconds. Pitch 0, yaw -90, aft- 
thrusters for 25 all zeros, for 26 all zeros, for 
27 OOIU6. This is maneuver nmber 3 now playing. 
Do you copy? 
Affirmative. 



Carnarvon Cap Com Roger. 



Conrad 



0. K. . 

Carnarvon Cap Com We have some trouble with your tape dumps. At this 

time we'd like for you to switch your DC to DC 
converter to secondary. 

Conrad • Roger. DC to DC converter to secondary. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Roger and read it in that position and we'll take 

a tape dump over the states this pass and evaluate 



Conrad Roger. Be advised that at the jump site we are 

unable to hear the D ^ we will get the D k hlO 
bravo. We will get the k07 if ve have time. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Did you say you would get hlO bravo? 

Conrad No, we can't get that one we've been trying with 

the telescope over here and we haven't been successful. 
We'll do h07 if possible. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Roger. Flight did you copy air to ground? 

Houston Flight Roger, we'd like to ask an estimate of how much he 

used the lateral thrusters. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini V. Could you give us an estimate on how much 

you used- the lateral thrusters? 



MISSION COMMETARY TRANSCRIPT Tape ihQ, Page k 

Conrad Well, we kept one foot down and we were 

h tenths of a foot right. 
Carnarvon Cap Cora Roger. 
Houston Flight We copied. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 52 hours, 22 minutes into the mission, axid out over 
the Wheeling, at a point 20. k .degrees north, 178.2 degrees east, that 
would be roughly a thousand miles --est of Hawaii, the crew did perform 
that plane changing maneuver. They chaaaged the plane of their orbit 
approximately two hundredths of a degree. The time of their burn was 
reported at 15.4 feet per second, total duration about 19 seconds. They 
habe been in contact with the States now for several minutes, and we 
expect a quiet pass. They'll pitch down 30 degrees and in the next few 
minutes will attempt the vision testing experiment, reading out the 
grovuid blocks north of Laredo, Texas. Over Hawaii Cooper reported that 
to date both pilot and command pilot have consumed a total of about 
12 pounds of drinking water. We expect a quiet pass this' time because 
of the eye check, and we will come back with anything significant. 
This is Gemini Control out. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSIOK COMMEWTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape I50, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston, 52 hours, 32 minutes into the mission. 
During the Laredo eye chart test, the crew, apparently Pete Conrad, could 
not get a reading from his side. ;,e was to make a reading with his eye 
tester, and so forth; however, Gordon Cooper reported he could see the 
squares. He did not attempt to make any read outs. He said he could see 
the squares and could see the lines inside the squares. Apparently they 
are having some difficulty in lining up that eye chart out there, because^ 
of the lack of land contrast around the lack of sighting points to come 
up on the exact square targets. Continuing on from there, Conrad reported 
that the skies are quite clear over the Caribbean in the Gulf of Mexico. 
He said we are getting an awfully good look at Florida, the Bahamas, 
and Cuba today. At this time Jim McDivitt, Capsule Communicator here, 
is still in conversation with the spacecraft which is now down on the 
far end of the island chain in generally the Antigua area. The next 
maneuver there to perform will occur some 30 minutes from now at minutes 
after the hour. This will be a co-elliptic maneuver. They are to fire 
their aft firing thrusters to achieve a velocity chainge of 19-8 feet per 
second. The duration of their burn will be 25 seconds. They will be 
pitched down 1^.5 degrees and zero degrees in yaw. This burn is to take 
place at 32.7 degrees south, and kl.6 degrees east. This is Gemini 
Control at Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION CCMMENIARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 151, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston, 52 hours, U3 minutes into the mis- 
sion. We have a sta"ce side pass racked up and ready to play for you now. 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Cooper 



Houstion Cap Cora 
Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Houston, Gemini V. 

Go ahead V, this is Houston here. 

Gordo spotted it but I never did pick it up. The 

weather was not clear there, and I just couldn't see. 

0. K. There's still, like I said yesterday, there 

aren't a lot of contrasting land marks. Did you get 

any of the readings? 

No. 

Was that negative? 

That's right, that's negative. We got the spot pinned 
down, but boy it sure is hard to see. 
You might tell them I could see the figures on the 
squares. I didn't try to take any readings, I was 
trying to get the position for Pete to tgike his 
readings, but I could see several of the figures 
quite clearly. 
Okay. 

You might also tell him it is just like we suspected 
from the airplane, that they increase and decrease 
with light angle . 

Okay, your visibility of the target varied with your 
light angle, is that correct? 
The figure inside the target. 
Right . 



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Tape 151, Page 2 



Houston Cap Cora 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston .Cap Cora 



Conrad 



Houston Cap Cora 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



I have some information here for you, Gemini V. 
Roger, go ah-^'ad. 

Okay, be advised that you have approximately 
ho pounds of drinking water in your adapter in 
case you need it. Your fuel cells are working 
fine, and I've got an update for yoixr reverse 
coelliptic maneuver here. 
Roger, go ahead. 

The G.m.t. of burn is 02 19 03 ^1. That's 02 I9 03 ^+1, 
delta V is I9.8, that's 19.8 with a burn time of 

25, burn time of 25 seconds. Your pitch angle is 
-IU.5, that's -l4.5, yaw is 0, thrusters are aft. 
Address 25 is 00 I92. That's address 25, 00 I92. 
Address 26 is 000 50. I say address 26 again is 
000 50. Address 2? is all zeros. That's all. 
Eoger. G.m.t. of burn 02 I9 03 ^1, delta V I9.8, 
25 seconds, pitch down lk.3, 00 to yaw, 25,00 I92 

26, 000 50, 27, 000 000. 
Roger. 

We got a real good look at Florida 

Gemini V, Houston here, say again, you were pretty 
garbled that time. 

Eoger, I say we are getting a good look at Florida and 
the Bahamas and Cuba today. 
Roger . 



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Tape 151, Page 3 



Houston Cap Com Gemini V, also be advised that we'll update this data 

I jjust gave you over Ascension based on U.S. timing. 
Conrad Roger. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION CCMMENTARY TRAKSCRIPT 



Tape 152, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 53 hours 2 minutes into the mission. Two 
minutes from now our present fi: _:ht plan calls for the Gemini V space- 
craft to perform a hth maneuver. The kth maneuver in the last two 
revolutions. This would occur at an apogee of 32.7 degrees south 
kl.6 degrees east longitude. The delta velocity hoped for is 17.3 feet 
per second, and the duration of the b-urn is to be 22 feet — excuse, 
22 seconds. There will be pitch down I5.8 degrees and use the aft 
firing thrusters. This should bring that — have the effect of bringing 
the perigee up some 6 or 7 miles. At the s-ame we have been advised that 
the Pilot is to start, well, immediately after this coelliptic maneuver, 
they will go through a purge of the section 1 side of the fuel cell, 
hydrogen and oxygen, after that the Pilot is to take a nap, and shortly 
after that the Command Pilot is to have another meal. We have no tape 
for you at this time. This is Gemini Control at 53 hours and 3 minutes 
into the mission. 



EM) OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - c/23/65 Tape 153, Pa^e 1 

This is Gemini Cwntroi houstor. , 53 nours 10 mina-ces into z'ne mission. 
As we were talking to you on tne earlier report. We did establish con- 
tact with the spacecraft via Tan- rivc The crew was advised to purge 

oec'cioii one. as had oeeu planned 



both fuel cell sections, not J, a 



earlier. They will purge bo1 



;ell sections and then power down 



the spacecraft. They should have completed their maneuver burns by this 
time although the comm^unication was so ragged, v/e couldn't exactly establish 
whether iphat had been performed. 'Tne next, report should come to us some 
10 minutes from, now when the spacecraft is over Mid-Pacific in the area 
of Hawaii. We have the Tananarive tape for you and ready to play it for 
you now. 

Gemini V, Gemini V, this is Houston here, over. 
Ko u s t o n , G e mi n i V . 

Roger, Gemini V, this is Houston here can you give 
us your residuals in 80, 8l, and 82? 

00001. I repeat 00001 is 

00002. 

Roger, understand. VJe got that. I won't bother 
repeating it. Be advised that v/e want you to turn 
both sections, I say again, both sections right after 
the coeli.eptic burn and then v/e want you to get to 
sleep. Over, 

, I tnought you said to purge both 

sections, is that correct? 

Purge botr, sections 
Then v;fc v.'aut the pixot to 



Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Uonr ad 



nC; ''^ 3 oon r -1. J i^: 



MISSION COM^ffiNTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 153, Page 2 

Conrad Roger, purge before powering down. Pilot go to 

sleep. 

Houston Flight Affirmative. Be advised that we're going to slip 

the sleep periods approximately one hour so that 
you'll still get the same amount of sleep but Just 
start an hour later. 

Conrad (garbled) 

Houston .Flight Gemini V, Gemini V, Houston here. You're unreadable. 

We've gotten the importeint messages across. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 15^, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 53 hours 32 minutes into the mission, 
and on the basis of this Uth ma..- uver, we are now estimating a perigee of 
12h statute miles, an apogee of l^k statute miles, and a revolution per- 
iod of about 95 minutes. All three of those values are going to stand 
an additional check as soon as we get some more data from the last 
two sites and we will have to confirm them for you a little bit later. 
We are "also assimtning at this point, the phantom Agena orbit of l^^-l statute 
miles perigee, and 210 statute miles apogee. We have had no communication 
with the spacecraft since the Tananarive acquisition. We expect Hawaii 
acquisition in about 5 minutes from now. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 155, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 10 minutes after the hour. The spacecraft 
is on a swing down across the Mexican Peninsula. They had some medical 
data earlier in the pass. We have confirmed earlier the earlier change 
which occurred back over the Indian Ocean. We have ignition of a minute- 
man at the Cape, It has lifted off. It's about 3 seconds off the ground 
and it looks good- We are advised from the Cape that it's a beautiful 
shot, it's lifting and rising up nicely, and the spacecraft is about 
1000 miles to the south. They are looking for it. We will try to keep 
up — a running count on how it looks from the Cape. We are on a line 
with them and it is programing, it is in it's pitch program. Looks good, 
all the values are right in sine. No word yet from the spacecraft on 
whether they are seeing it. Still looks good. Gordon Cooper just came 
up on the line and said, "We don't see anything down Florida way, "but 
it is a little cloudy from where they are. Plus 90 seconds on the minute- 
man, but still no report on a sighting in the spacecraft. Plus 100 sec- 
onds. On time and on the line is the report from the Cape, Everything 
still looks good on that minuteman launch, but we have no sighting reported 
from the spacecraft. Still on time and on the line. As far as we know, 
this is not one of the planned IR experiments we referred to earlier on 
missile launchings . It's just an R and D missile launch from the Cape. 
Standing by for a MARK. We should be coming up on burnout, should we 
not Houston Recovery. The word on the minuteman, still everything looks 
good. Report on the minuteman, still everything quite normal. First 
stage entirely okay. Houston Recovery, would you give us a MxARK please 
on the burnout please, we'd' appreciate it. Booster well out of range 




MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 155, Pag 



by now of the spacecraft which is approximately over Nicaragua, about 
to begin it's 35th revolution of the earth. We are advised that the 
second stage of the minuteman has ignited. It's right on the normal 
values. The first stage burnout occurred on time. We are crossing ■ 
the 80th parallel at this time, 5^ hours and 5 minutes into the 
mission. We are standing by, Houston Recovery, for a burnout on that 
second stage. We expect word any second now on burnout on that second' 
stage. The spacecraft itself is well out of range of both our Texas 
station and our downrange Antigua station. I rather imagine the 
Antigua station, along with the rest of the island chain is busy track- 
ing that Minuteman. VJe'll come back to you with the times, as more 
information occurs on the Minuteman. This is Gemini Control out at 
5^ hours and 7 minutes into the mission. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMEWTAEY TRMSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape I56, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control in Houston, 5^ hours, 9 minutes into the mission. 
The Department of Defense advises that all three stages of it are, indeed, 
minute-man burned on time and on the line, as they put it. We want to 
emphasize that this particular launch had nothing to do, nothing to do 
with the Gemini 5 flight, and we really didn't expect the pilots to see it, 
although they did yaw around and taite a look, but they saw nothing. The 
range on this particular minute-man flight is q.uoted at about kOOO nautical 
miles down the eastern test range. It is the ninth straight successful 
minute-man launch from the Cape. The spacecraft was in contact briefly 
with our Guaymas and our Texas station. We have the tape racked up and 
ready to play for you now. 



Houston Cap Com Gemini 5, Gemini 5) this is Houston. 
Conrad garbled 

Houston Cap Com Roger. Would you put your C-band adapter switch to 

command, please. 
Conrad Roger. 

Houston Cap Com And Gemini 5? be advised that there is going to be a ' 

minute-man launch down at the Cape here in a couple 
more minutes. I'll get you a time hack on that. See 
if you can see it. 

Conrad Roger . 

Houston Cap Com I've got some news for you here. It says here in the 

headlines of the Houston Post this morning that GT-5 
is going to chase an imaginary spacecraft. 

Conrad Very good. Did we catch it? 



MISSION COr^MEKTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 



TaDe 156, ?a£;e 2 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 



Yeah, I guess you did. OK, Gemini 5, we will give 
you a mark in 60 seconds and 30 seconds. You might 
look out ovc- toward the Cape and see if you can see 
anything out xhat v/ay. 
OK. 

Sixty seconds now. Gordo, if you are fooling around 
at all with that sight, you might give us a call if 
and when you get it fixed so that we can plan some 
of our experiments for tomorrow. 
OK. 

Minus 30 seconds. Mark. Fifteen seconds. Can you 
see the Cape at all? 

No. Not yet. There's a cloud cover from here. 
Five seconds. Three, two, they're holding, Gordo. 
OK. 

Got you excited, didn't we? 
Yeah. 

Go, they just lif ted-off. 
OK. 

Keep looking. Gemini 5, Houston here. You're lookii 
very good from the ground. We really don't have 
much for you this time. 

OK. Still don't sec anything down Florida way. 
It's pretty cloudy from here. 

OK. Say, hoi'. ' s the vreather .... out toaay? Have yo- 
seen much of the gi-ound? 



Coo'jer 



Yean, cuiLe a 01 t. 



MISSIOJJ COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 6/23/65, 



Tape 156, Page 3 



Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
END OF TAPE 



Say, what do you think about the SAD 13 tomorrow? 
Do you think you have picked up enough knowledge 
about the area to help you find it? 
I think so . 

OK. Plan on doing it tomorrow such that whoever 

sees it first goes ahead and takes the measurements. 

Got it. I was wearing my landing glasses. 

Oh, very good, very good. The contacts or the ones 

with the' horn rims? 

The big horn rims. 

OK. 



MISSION C0MI4EI\TTMY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 157, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 5^ hours and 32 minutes into the mission of 
Gemini 5- At the present time our spacecraft is on its 35th revolution 
over the earth and is approaching the southern tip of Africa. At this 
time in the Mission Control Center we are having a shift change. The 
Red Team of flight controllers, headed by Chris Kraft, will shortly be 
leaving their consoles to be replaced by the White Team of flight controllers 
our flight director for the next eight hours will be Eugene Kranz. Chris 
PIraft. and selected menbers of his flicht controllers' teai:: '.•.'ill be movinc 
over to the ISASA News Center in Building 6 at Clear Lake, Texas in just 
a few moments to have their daily press conference. After the press 
conference is over, we here in the Mission Control Center will give you 
a status report on the flight as the White Team of flight controllers 
taJtes over. This is Gemini Control. 
EKD OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - ^123/^3 Tape I58, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 56 hours and 2 minutes into our flight mission 
of: spacecraft Gemini 5. At the present time the spacecraft Gemini 5 iias 
passed over the South American cc inent on its 36th revolution around the 
earth. As it approached South America from the west. Command Pilot Gordon 
Cooper reported that he had started his Apollo land mark photography. The 
attempt here is to take pictures of selected landmarks as the space- 
craft passes over the ground areas, and these land marks will be used for 
navigation studies for the navigation system that will be used for the Apollo 
program.. At that time Conrad was programmed for an eating period. Doctor 
Dwayne "Catterson, our flight surgeon here in Mission Control Center, said 
that from a medical stand point the health of the crew is excellent. 
They are eating enough food, drinking enough water, and getting enough 
sleep; and he has no problems as far as the medical program is concerned. 
Flight status of the spacecraft, all systems are operating in a normal 
fashion. The oxygen pressure on the fuel cells stands steady at 101.3 
pounds per square inch. Mr. John Aaron, our electrical and environmental 
communications expert, said that they have powered up the spacecraft and 
have pulled as high as hO amps from the fuel cells, and the cells are 
operating, as he put it, beautifully. During the recent pass over the 
Pacific, the Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking station, tracking ship, up- 
dated our spacecraft for continued sea landing areas, reported that all the 
spacecraft systems looked good from the tracking station, and the weather 
around the world is also good. This is Gemini Control at 56 hours and 
k minutes into the mission. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 159, Pa 



(first part of tape missing) 

now approaching it's start over the Coastal Sentry Quehec, our tracking 
ship located south of Japan. It is on it's 36th revolution over the 
earth. We have had no voice contact with the spacecraft since their 
last pass over the Coastal Sentry Quebec on the 35th revolution. The 
time in between has been occupied here in Mission Control Center by 
Flight Director, Eugene Kranz, who has continued to make the very care- 
ful check of all systems and all the flight controllers here to get a 
good handle on the flight and, as the spacecraft moves over the Coastal 
Sentry Quebec ajid then over the Hawaiian tracking station, I believe 
that Flight Director Kranz intends to make voice contact with the crew 
through that tracking station and will update their flight plan. This 
is Gemini Control at 56 hours and 33 minutes into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape I6O, Page 

This is Gemini Control at 57 hours and 2 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5, The spacecraft has just passed out of voice range 
of our Hawaiian tracking station on its 36th revolution over the earth, 
A few minutes earlier.it had passed over the Coastal Sentry Quebec. We 
had voice communication from both stations. Over the Coastal Sentry- 
Quebec the spacecraft map, star -map was updated, and pilot Pete Conrad 
rejported that they had lost the cabin temperature gauge. It was not 
working, but that they did have a hand temperature gauge. The temperature 
reading. in the spacecraft from the ground was 7^ degrees. Over Hawaii 
command pilot Gordon Cooper gave experiment status checkoff with the 
Hawaii station and listed all the experiments that the flight crew had 
been able to accomplish during the last 2k hours. This included 2 medical 
tests, cabin lighting tests, UHF tests, a series of Department of Defense 
experiments including visual and photographic exercises. They also 
photographed a tropical storm and the Apollo landmark experiment which is 
tied in with the' study of navigation for the Apoll'o spacecrafy system. 
Cooper also reported they had 2 full magazines of terrestrial object 
photography. At this time the spacecraft is heading for the coast 
of South America and will shortly pass over the Rose Knot Victor, our 
tracking ship located off the west coast of Peru. The next transmission 
will be over the Rose Knot Victor, and we expect to have a further update 
of our flight plan at that time. This is Gemini Control. 

Garbled 

CSQ Cap Com Roger, We have you go on the ground, and I have a 

map update for you. Are you ready to copy? 
Cooper Roger. Go Ahead 



MI SSI OK COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT 



Tape 160, Page 2 



CSQ Cap Com 



Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ, Cap Com 

Conrad . 



CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 



Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



Roger. Map - 22 plus 25 plus 00. Rev 36. Longitude 
77 degrees east. Star - 22 plus 25 plus 00, 01 plus 
Uo plus 16. Did you copy? 
Affirmative . 

Roger. And we advise that yoiir ephemeris is now 107.8 

by 168.1 nautical miles. 

Say again the ephemeris. 

Roger. 107.8 by 168.I nautical miles. 

Roger. We have one slight discrepancy in that we've 

lost the cabin temperature gauge. However, we have a 

hand temperature gauge to use. 

Roger. Copied. 

Are you getting a reading on the ground out there, CSQ? 
Standby. I'm trying to get it now. Gemini 5, CSQ, 
be advised your cabin heat exchanger outlet air temp 
is 7^+ degrees. 

Roger. Thank you. CSQ, Gemini 5. 
CSQ. Go ahead. 
What's your position? 

Roger. CSQ's position is 21 degrees north, 125 degrees 
east. 

Roger. You're not in the position you're supposed 
to be, are you? 

Affirmative. That's our assigned position. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 



Tape 160, Page 3 



Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

esq Cap Com 

Conrad 

END OF TAPE 



Oh, I see. Did you move for the typhoon a while ago? 

The only movement we have is some drift, possibly 

20 miles and then hack to the OST. 

Roger, So it's 21 north, 125 east. Right? 

That ' s affirmative . 

Thank you. 



MISSION COMMEWTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape I6I, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 57 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5 which is now .passing over the South American continent 
on the 37th revolution which started just a few minutes ago. Flight 
director Gene Kranz , upon being informed about 20 to 25 minutes ago 
that the onboard radar system appeared to be running a little cold - 
temperature (temperature was something like I6 degrees) - decided that 
they had better turn it on and put it on a standby position with the 
switch on to warm it up. And they did this over the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec tracking ship and left it on throughout the pass over the Pacific, 
and the Rose Knot Victor tracking ship off the west coast of Peru gave us 
a temperature reading at that point. The temperature had risen to 
approximately 26 degrees. It was about a 10 degree rise, and director - 
flight director, Gene Kranz considers this an adequate temperature. 
'The Rose Knot Victor reported that all spacecraft systems on the pass 
over that tracking ship appeared nominal. Their ground radar indicated 
the flight crew was activating the pitch and yaw thrusters. There was 
no voice communication with the spacecraft Gemini 5 at that time. This 
is Gemini Control. 
EED OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23-65 Tape l62, Page 

This is Gemini Control at 57 hours and minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5. Here in the Mission Control Center we have a 
computer problem which occurred at 5:23 c.s.t. Both computers, the mission 
operations computer and the dynamic standby computer, lost the historical 
data that had been stored during the past 12 hours. There is no problem 
here with the dynamic display material. However, the Mission Control 
Center maintenance and operations personnel are looking into this problem, 
and they have not yet found a cause. Loss of the historical data will not 
affect the Gemini 5 mission adversely. It simply means that the staff 
support personnel will need to calculate trends of flight data manually 
instead of having constant mechanically computed displays which indicate 
trends. This type of data is normally logged or stored in the computers 
for 12 hour periods and then erased from the computer memory. We expect 
to have more information on the status of these computers in a short 
while. This is Gemini Control. Spacecraft Gemini 5 is continuing in 
its 37th revolution over the earth. 
END OF TAPE 



^ ib. ^ A 1- 



MISSION COMMEOTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape I63, Page 

This is Gemini Control at 58 hours and 2 minutes into the flight 
of Gemini V. At the present time our spacecraft is coming up over the 
west coast of India on its 37th revolution over the earth. Here in 
the Control Center we have no further information on the computer 
problem. It is still with us. We will keep you advised as so^n as 
a fix is made. To run over that, at 5:23 central standard time, 
both cojnputers here in the Mission Control Center, the missions opera- 
tions computer and the dynamics standby computer lost the historical 
data that was stored in their memory drums during the past 12 hours. 
This type of information is normally stored for 12 hours and then 
erased and it is used to indicate trends with the various sj/ stems 
that are used during the flight. The problem does not effect the 
flight of spacecraft Gemini V adversely. It means that the staff- 
support people will need to calculate trends manually instead of . 
having reference to instant displays. The dynamic displays, however, 
are still with us; we have lost only that portion that is contained 
with the historical data. Our spacecraft shortly will be passing over 
the country of India and out over the Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking 
ship. VJe have not had a voice communication with the spacecraft for 
approximately ^0 minutes. We expect that we will have some voice 
communication over the CSQ or over the Hawaiian tracking station and 
will update you at that time. This is Gemini Control. 

Em OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMEJITARY TRAKSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape I6U , Page 

This is Gemini Control at 58 hours and Ul minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5 which is now passing over the Pacific ocean and will 
he within the voice range of the Rose Knot Victor tracking ship within a 
few minutes. It is on its 37th revolution over the earth. Here in 
Mission Control Center o\ir computer problems are clearing up. We had 
advised that certain data that is stored which gives instant visual, 
an instant visual look at trends had been lost. Within 11 minutes after 
loss of the trend data the mission operations computer was back on line, 
and the operations people had managed to retrieve some 3 hours of this 
stored data and put it back in the computer. The remaining 3 hours of 
trend data normally stored in the computers is now also being retrieved" 
from tape material and is going back into the computers. So we now again 
have the ability to display trend data that comes from data approximately 
3 hours old, and we will still retrieve the 3 hours prior to that. The 
cause of the loss of this trend data has not been pinpointed. But we do 
expect to soon have full normal trend display capability here in Mission 
Control. This is Gemini Control. 
EED OF TAPE 



k k 



This IS Gemini Control at 59 hours and 2 minutes into the flicht of 
spacecraft Gerr.ini 5 '.-/hich is now passing, has Just passed over zhe 
southern tip of South .-j-r.erica anu is on its SSth revcluticn aroimd 
the world. D^aring the past few minutes the Gemini 5 spacecraft passed 
over the Rose Knot Victor, o^or tracking ship on the v/est coast, 'off the 
v/est coast of Peru. At that time the Rose Knot Victor gave the spacecraft 
crew some updated 'data for possible landing areas and they also gave a 
go from the gro'ond. The words, were: "everything looks great." Here in 
the Mission Control Center our computer problems are rapidly straightening 
out. We again have access to the trend display data that is used here by 
those who need to call up an instant visual to look at trends with the 
spacecraft systems. And of course all our other displays, the dynamic 
disTDlays were in operation throughout. ¥e had no problem there. At 
this time the people who work with the computers are feeding in the data 
that had dropped out and we expect to be back in complete operation with 
the visual displays very soon. The Rose Knot Victor tracking ship, in 
tallying to our flight director at Mission Control Center, reported that 
they have a little bit of weather there, waves of 11 to 12 feet and some 
high w^inds. They have been on station now 2 days and I8 ho-ors. 
This is Gemini Control. 



MISSION COIvS'.IEIvTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape I66, Page 

This is Gemini Control 59 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5. The spacecraft is now in its 38th revolution over 
the earth and is just leaving the east coast of Africa. Within a few 
minutes, 10 - 20 minutes, the spacecraft will be over the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec, our tracking station south of Japan. At that time we will 
perform a cabin lighting survey. This is a test with photometer and 
we read here the increment of light into the spacecraft, in the various 
portions of the spacecraft proper. Here in Mission Control Center 
things are in a low key. Some of the flight controllers are taking 
advantage of this silent period to get a quick sandwich, cup of coffee, 
discussing the mission, and flight director Gene Kranz is keeping 
activities somewhat subdued so that the spacecraft crew can get a little 
rest after a rather busy day that they have had the past 12 to lU ho\ars. 
This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COt'IMEKTASY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape lo?, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 60 hours and 2 minutes of flight with spacecraft 
Gemini 5 nov; passing over the Pacific Ocean almost alongside the Canton 
Island tracking station. There is no planned voice contact with the 
spacecraft at this time. Activity aboard the spacecraft has been rather 
a low key operation. The boys have been engaged in housekeeping activities 
mainly getting things stowed away aboard the spacecraft that they have 
used and are not planning to use for the immediate future. According to 
our flight plan our pilot Pete Conrad will start an eat period shortly, 
and command pilot Gordon Cooper is scheduled to be in a sleep period. 
However, he is not asleep and probably will shortly go to sleep. We are 
making telemetry dumps to various stations along the way. This is 
data that is fed into the computers on the ground, relayed to them and 
relayed back here to Mission Control Center. Voice conversation has 
been held to a minimum. Our flight surgeon, Dr. Duane Catterson, report- 
ing on the medical status of the flight said that both pilots are in 
excellent condition. He Is very pleased with their physical situation 
at the present time. This is Gemini Control at 60 hours and 3 minutes 
into our mission. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - Tape l68, Page 1 

Here in the RASA Mission Control Center our controllers are very 
relaxed during this period of relative inactivity. The flight appears 
to have settled do^^m for the long haul. All spacecraft systems are 
normal and our flight crew is in top physical and mental shape, 
according to our medical directors. According to flight director 
Gene Kranz, there is nothing presently apparent to keep this flight 
from going the full route. We will now give you the live voice trans- 
mission d,s spacecraft Gemini V passes over the Rose Knot Victor tracking 
ship. We should have acquisition very shortly within a matter of a 
moment or so. At the present time aboard the spacecraft command pilot 
Gordon Cooper is in a sleep period and our pilot Pete Conrad should be 
eating, according to the flight schedule. 

Roger. (garbled) 
Say again, Gemini V. 

Here is the ECS quantities involved and I'll go through 
these ECS quantities involved and the fuel cell 0^. 
Roger, standing by. 

Roger. The onboard reading is 88. Garbled 
I copy 

Pael Cell 0^ is percent psia 

Garbled 

Roger, I copy. You have a go on all systems from the 
ground. 

Roger. We are go up here. Be advised that (noise) 



Conrad 

RXV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 
Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 
Conrad 

RK\^ Cap Com 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/^'^/S'^ 



Tape 168, Pa- 



RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Ca^D Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV 



Conrad 



RKV Cap Com 



Conrad 



Roger, I understand. We have a map update for you. 

Acknowledge when you are ready to copy. 

Roger. Let me put dow so I can use my other 

hand. .... Go ahead. Ready to copy. 

Roger. Map at 02 53 07, longitude 8 degrees east, 

rev 39 

Roger, map 02 53 07, 8 degrees east, rev 39- 
Roger. Star 02 53 07 01 33 03 
Roger. 01 33 03 

Roger. Be advised you have a fuel cell purge over 
Kano. I'll give you the time. 02 50 00. 
Roger, 02 50 00, purge the fuel cells and purge both 
of them. 

Roger, sections 1 and 2. 
How's the weather down there? 

We just got an advisory that gives us 

2 or 3 feet. Feels more like 10 or 12 feet from 
inside this ship. 

Roger. You might pass on to Houston that there are 
two very very large • cloud areas out over the Pacific. 
We passed over both on the last 2 revs and it really 
bothers the horizon scanners 

I understand. Your horizon scanners are effected 
by this large cloud coverage over the Pacific 
That is correct. 



MISSION COI'.l>iENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape IcS, P 

RKa^ Cap Com How's the spagetti and meat balls? 

Conrad Very good. I never thought cold spagetti and meat 

balls could taste this good but it sure does, 
RKV Cap Com -Real Italian style. 
Houston Flight RKV Cap Com, Houston Flight 
RKV Cap Com Go ahead, Houston Flight. 

Houston Flight Roger, how's your tape dump going? 
;pKV Ca.-^ Com My tape dump is coming along fine. 

Houston Flight Roger. You get yout TX in? 
RKV Cap Com That's affirmative. TX in. ■ 

Houston Flight OK. 

That was the live voice communication between spacecraft Gemini V 
and our. tracking ship the Rose Knot Victor. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COKMSWZAP:^ TR/'ATSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape I69, Page i 

This is Gemini Control, We are now 6I hours and 2 minutes into our 
flight Mission, Spacecraft Gemini 5 is crossing the northeast portion of 
the African continent on its 39"^'-" revolution over the earth. We have had 
no voice communication with the spacecraft since our last conversation 
when it was over the Rose Knot Victor tracking ship off the west coast 
of Peru. Comimand pilot Gordon Cooper is still programmed in his sleep 
period. In the KASA Mission Control Center we have some additional 
information on the computer problem we discussed earlier this evening. 
The computer loss of trend or historical data that we reported on has 
been traced to an operator error by the entry of incorrect data into the 
computers. This caused the computer programs to halt during processing. 
The entry which was attempted is performed only during periods of low 
mission activity. There was no malfunction of the computing equipment 
or of the ccmiputer program, I'd like to repeat that- There was no 
m.alfunction of the computing equipment or of the computer program. The 
history and trend data was reestablished in the conputers some time ago 
by replaying the previously recorded data. Everything is operating and 
has been at normal here at Mission Control Center, This is Gemdni Control 
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MISSION CO^.&SKTAEY TRAl'ISCHIPT - 8/23/65 



Tape 170, Page 1 



CSQ, Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



This is Gemini Control at 6l hours and 32 minutes into our flight mission. 
The Gemini 5 spacecraft at the present time is passing over the Pacific 
Ocean Hearing the Canton Island tracking station. Everything aboard the 
spacecraft is in a norm.al condition. We had a pass over the Coastal 
Sentry Quebec just a few minutes ago and the Coastal Sentry Quebec gave 
the spacecraft a go from the ground. Pete Conrad reported he had purged 
the fuel cells, and at this time we will give you a tape playback of 
that voice communication between the Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking 
station and the Gemini 5 spacecraft. 
Houston Flight CSQ Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

CSQ Cap Com 

Roger. You could advise the crew that we'll give them 
their systems update briefing, their spacecraft systems 
briefing, over Canton on this rev; and I'll standby 
and I'll give you time from now. It's about 13 
minutes from now. 

13 minutes from now. Roger, Gemini 5, CSQ. 
Go ahead, CSQ, 

Roger, Houston advises they'll give you a systems 
update over Canton approximately 13 minutes from now. 
Roger, Understand systems update over Canton 13 
minutes from now. Thank you sir, 
Thdt vas the live voice communication, or tape voice communication, between 
spacecraft Gemini 5 and the Coastal Sentry Quebec tra'cking ship. This is 
.V._;r.lnL. Con-crol at. 6l hours and 3U hours into the mission. 



CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 



Tape 171, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 62 hours and 2 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini V, which at the present moment is just about ending 
its 39th revolution and will shortly be picking up on its Uoth revolution 
over the earth. At the, present -time we have voice communication between 
the Rose Knot Victor, our tracking ship, and the Gemini V spacecraft, 
and at this time the spacecraft communicator aboard the Rose Knot Victor 
is updating the traicking tasks that will be accomplished by the flight 
crew :from now through the rest of their flight tonight and tomorrow. A 
few moments ago - a few minutes ago, rather, as the spacecraft passed 
over ;the Canton Island tracking station, the Houston spacecraft commun- 
icator. Buzz Aldrin, briefed the crew on their spacecraft systems as 
seen on ground readouts, and at this time we will play back for you 
the taped voice communication between the Canton Island tracking 
station, remote voice of the Houston spacecraft communicator through 
Canton to the spacecraft. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Gemini V, this is Houston. I do 



not receive you. 



I'd like to give you a 



status report on your systems. Over. 



Houston Cap Com 



Gemini V, I still do not read you. Your status 



report is as follows: Your fuel cells seem to 



be adequately replacing your water consumption. 



Tank A quantity is hS pounds. The fuel cells 



seem io be doing real well. There is no signif- 



icant degradation in either of ^them. At present 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape I7I, Page 2 

there is no real concern now for either the 
or the water pressure limiting your duration. 
We show your cabin temperature holding at 
70 to 71 degrees. How do you read, Gemini? 

Cooper Garbled. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, this is Houston. Say again. 

Cooper . garbled 

Houston Cap Com Roger, we show your consumables are quite close to 

the predicted values. Your fuel cell Hg is expected 
to vent for approximately 80 more hours . We have 
your coolant temperatures holding steady with the 
radiator outlet temperature varying from 20 degrees 
on the day side to 0 degrees on the night side. 
Your G and C systems all seem to be doing quite 
■ well. Your fuel remaining is 79 pounds. The 

oxidiz.er remaining is 139 pounds. With your ' - 
projected experiments, we project them to require 
59 pounds of fuel, leaving a pad of 20 pounds. 
Your radar average temperature dropped to I9 degrees 
over "the RKV on the 35^h rev. This is the reason 
we asked you to bring the radar to standby. Your 
temperature is presently 36 degrees. Over. ! 

i Cooper Roger, 36 degrees on radar. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. On your phantom Agena rendezvous today, 

the results were quite encouraging. We had your 



MISSION COMMENTARY TEIMSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 171, Page 3 

perigee within 2 nautical miles of being coelliptic, 
I and your .2 of a nautical mile, and your apogee 

within .3 of a nautical mile. Tiiis would have given 

' about a 2-minute difference in initiation time for 

terminal phase. Many of your experiments tomorrow 
are going to depend on how well we can get the 
reticle fixed. How do you seem to be doing on 
i/ that now? 

Cooper I'm getting ready to work on it now. 

Houston Cap Com Okeydoke. We've been taking a couple of them apart 

here to see what you might - what problems you might 
have. We'd like to conduct some radar tests to- 
' morrow. The ones we did day before yesterday were 

■ quite encouraging. In these tests we'll be doing 
three different types of rendezvous tests, or radar 
tests, and two tests involving the IMU and the 
scanners. Could you tell us whether either daring 
the REP exercise or during the pass over the Cape 
you observed your FDI needles to be centering as 
you were trackin'g either th'e REP or the Cape? 
Over . . 

Cooper Yes they were, Elliot. 

Houston Cap Com This wasn't confirmed by our summaries on the 

ground. We're also considering some rendezvous 
terminal phase visibility tests starting about 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 171, Page h 



20 minutes prior to assimulated initiation burn and 
carrying on through to the breaking point. We'd 
like - 

Cooper Garbled. , • . 

Houston Cap Com Say again. . . . Gemini V, Houston, say again. 
Cooper we do not read Houston any more. 

Unknown Roger, Gemini V. 

Houston ' Cap Com Gemini' V, how do you read Houston now? 

Cooper " ■ I can read you again. 

EDuston Cap Com Roger. We'd like to do some of these tests, power 



permitting, during your non-stateside passes. If 
you have any comment on whether you care to be 
occupied while one person is sleeping we'd. be 
willing to help. 

. Cooper I think we've been kept fairly busy. It hasn't 

been too bad so far. 
Houston Cap Com Roger. This would be while one crew member is 

sleeping and the other one is sitting by. 
Cooper Roger. Some of these things will probably wake the 

other man up. 
Houston Cap Com Understand. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COM.'ENTAHY TRMSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 172, Page 

This is Gemini Control at 62 hc-urs and 3^ minutes into the flight of 
Gemini 5 which is now passing over the southeast part of the continent o 
Africa. We had a recent status review over Canton island and the space- 
craft and the flight crew are in a go condition. In the Mission Control 
Center everything is operating normally. The blue team, of flight 
controllers have reported in and are about ready to take over direction 
of this flight. At the present time they are receiving their routine , 
briefing prior to assuming command. As our flight director, Gene Kranz, 
commented earlier, there is nothing apparent at this time to prevent 
this flight from going the full route. This is Gemini Control at 62 
hours and 3k minutes into the mission with our spacecraft on revolution 

ko. 

EM) OF TAPE 



MISSION C'qiiMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/23/65 Tape 173, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 63 hours, 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 Just 
ocanpleted a pass over the tracking ship Coastal Sentry stationed near 
Okinawa, midway through the Uoth revolution. During the pass over the 
Coastal Sentry a medieal data check was run on the command pilot. Cooper. 
He also made a food and water usage report. . A delayed time telemetry tape 
was dumped to the ship during 'this pass and a eahin lighting survey with 
the spa,cecrai4; in the upright position was also scheduled. Spacecreuft Coni- 
municator aljoard the Coastal Sentry said Gemini 5 was Go on the ground. 
Pilot Conrad! is asleep at the present time. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/2V65 



Tape 17 i+, Page 



This is Gemini Control, 6^4- hours 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V spacecraft now is over .the southwest Pacific, just south 
of the Philippine Islands, midway through the Ulst revolution. During 
the pass over the tracking ship Rose Knot at the end of the J+Oth revo- 
lution, command pilot Cooper reported that he had successfully repaired 
the spacecraft reticle. Many of the various tracking tasks and exper- 
iments are dependent upon the reticle for alining the spacecraft toward 
ground objects. The reticle is foresighted along the longitudinal 
axis of the spacecraft. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/2^65 Tape 175, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 65 hours 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is now over the southeast Pacific toward the end of the , 
4lst revolution and will te in voice and telemetry contact with 
the tracking ship Rose Knot 6 minutes from now. ! Pilot Conrad is 
still sleeping at this time. There have been no changes in the ' 
status of the spacecraft crew or on its systems during the past 
hour. If the Gemini mission r\ms full 8 days, retrofire will occur 
next : Sunday morning at approximately 7:29 central standard time. 
This is Gemini Control 

END OF TAPE 



:3N COMMENARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/ 2^/65 



Tape 176, Page 



This is Gemini Control, 65 hours 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V at this moment is in telemetry and voice contact with the 
Canary Island tracking station, and will cross the African coast 
shortly on a. track passing over the Sahara Desert and along the . 
southern shore of the Mediterranean toward the end of .the klst 
revolution. Gemini V passed over the tracking ship Rose Knot for 
the last time until the 50th revolution. We now have a brief tape 
of the voice communication between Gemini V and Rose Knot. Let's 
hear that tape now. 



RKV Cap Com 

Cooper 

RKV Gap Com 



Cooper 



RKV Cap Com 



Cooper 



RKV Cap Com 



Cooper 

RKV Cap Com 



Gemini V, RKV Cap Com. 

Roger RKV Cap Com, Gemini V. 

Roger. We would like to verify the position 

of your fuel cell heater and 0^ heater circuit 

breaker. We would like^ for it to be open. 

Roger. Fuel cell heaters 

are all open. 

I'm referring to the heater circuit breaker on 
the pilot's circuit breaker panel 

■ heater circuit 

breaker.' That's all? 

Roger, thank you. They were wanting to make sure 
that we didn't vent anymore of the overboard 
than we had to. Everything looks real good here 

on the ground, 

Gemini V. Everything looks good up here. 
Roger. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSIOK COMMSNTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/2V^5 



Tape 177, Page 



This is Gemini Control, 66 hours 2 minutes after lift-off. . 
Gemini 5 is now crossing the Bay of Bengal, east of India, midway ■ 
through the 42nd revolution. At the present time command pilot 
Cooper is scheduled to conduct measurements of the spacecraft's 
electrostatic charge potential, experiment MSC-1. Pilot Conrad 

■ • 

/ 

is still asleep. This revolution will be one of the quietest of 
the entire mission for there is a gap of 1 hour 10 minutes between 
the! Canary Islands pass earlier in this revolution and acquisition 
by the stations of the Eastern Test Range at the beginning of the 
U3rd revolution. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/Zh/63 



Tape 178, Page 



This is Gemini Control, 66 hours 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is now over the south-central Pacific toward the end of. 
the ii2nd revolution. There has hot been any voice, radar, or telem- 
etry contact with the spacecraft during the. past half -hour. The 
next station to contact Gemini V will be the Antigua station in 
the Eastern Test Range. While pilot Conrad presumably is still 
asleep, the flight plan calls for the command pilot Cooper to be 
eating at 'this time. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COM-IEa'TARY m^JvSCRIPT - 8/2V65 Tape 179, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 67 hours, 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is nov/ over the mid-central Atlantic at the beginning of the 
i+3rd revolution. During the just -completed pass over the stations 
of the Eastern Test Range, command pilot Gooper completed a purge of 
the fuel cell oxygen and hydrogen system. Cooper also described how 
he repaired the spa'cecraft reticle. We now have a tape of this pass. 
Let's listen to the tape now. 

Antigua Cap Com Could you give us a little description how you 

repaired your reticle, please. 

Cooper Rog. I took it all apart and completely dis- 

mantled it and was inst?Llling the aux receptacle 
line inside when I discovered that the aux recep- 
tacle, when the cord was pulled out to the 
fairly full extent, it shorted out. And further ■ 
I discovered it was my aux receptacle cord and ■ 
not the reticle. 

AJitigua Cap Com Rog. Understand. Very good. You've started a 

new concept^in inflight maintenance down here. 

CooDer Rog. So then I went back to it and I put the 

thing all back together again and put another 
aux receptacle on it and it works fine. 

Antigua Cap Com OK, very good. We're interested in that and 

that really saves us quite a bit on the experiments 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/2V65 '^^.pe l80, Page 

This is Gemini Control at 6? hours 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V Is now over the Indian Ocean, one-third of the way through 
the U3rd revolution. Carnarvon^ Australia tracking. station, due to 
acquire Gemini V 8 minutes from now, will pass up the the crew flight 
plan updates for the stateside passes in the next several revolutions. 
Pilot Conrad presumably is still asleep at this time. The balky space- 
craft reticle has now been repaired and is functioning again. Command 
■pilot Cooper did some first echelon inflight maintenance on the device 
by replacing the cord powering the reticle's light source. This is 
Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSIOI\' COM^EKTTARY TR.AJ'ISCRIPT - 



8/2V65 



This is Gemini Control, 66 hours and 2 minutes after lii't-off. 
Gemini V is now over the south-cent -al Pacific toward the end of t-he 
h^rd revolution. 'During the pass over Carnarvon, ending 12 minutes 
ago, the Carnarvon spacecraft communicator Charles (Chuck) Lewis 
passed up to the crew several plan landing updates and' experiment 
updates. Carnarvon .reported to Houston Flight that the telemetry 
showed C-«mini 'V was go on the ground. We now have a tape of the 
Carnarvon pass. Let's hear that tape now. 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Cora 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



Houston Flight 



Conrad 



Gemini 'V, Carnarvon Cap Com. 
Come in Carnarvon, Gemini V. 

Rog, Gemini V, we've got a, lot of updating to do 
this pass. We'll start ,. by updating your POA'''s. 
Are you ready to copy? 
garbled 

Prior to that we will finish up this platform 
test procedure and go on to flight plan update. 
OK. Ready to copy. 

Roger.- Arear'45-1, 11 .+ 36 ik + 07 19 + 17 

Area kG-1, I3 , 20 _9 12+ 59 18 + 32. ^7-1, 
55 36 12 + 09 18 + 07-' Area 48-1, 

Carnarvon systems, this is Houston Flight. 
Can you give me a ... . readout? 
. . . . + ^8 . ■ . . . 



^ ^ ji. 



ILL 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRANSCRiPT - Q/Zk/oo 



Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Carnarvon Cap Com 

Houston Flight ■ 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 

Conrad 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Can you get, nie those two temperature readouts? 
(command pilot talking on air-ground loop - 
transmission not received. ) 
You'll have to cut the air-to-ground ' off . 

.... hS-h .... 
I can't read you. You'll have to cut the 
air to ground off. 

Roger, Frank. Bravo bravo, 05 reading 70 percent - 
70 degrees. 

Roger. Kow the other one. 

Bravo Charlie 03 reading 65 "degrees. 

OK. Put back air to ground on. 

Roger. How far did you get with that update over 
the states on the platform test? 
We Just got the platform test and the line of 
configuration and the platform .... computer 
configuration and the attitude control config- 
uration. — ■ 

OK, I'll go back and start platform test . . . 
you got part of it. The configuration is 
platform to attitude control 

horizon scan . . . star mode 01 30 

and procedures as follows: Yaw 90 left. 'Take 



MISSIOJf COl^MEKTARY TRAITSCRIPT - 5/2^65 



Conrad 

CarnarvDn Cap Com- 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



one pho"co of horizon. Copy? 

Roger, ya'.-: left, take one photo of horizon. 
Roger. OK, platform test no. 2 configuration. 
Same as platform test 1. Procedure as follows: 
Point at Southern Cross and take one photo. 
Should be on horizon. Next point at ... . 
and take one photo. Should be . . . 
Point where? 
Z zero, 7,ULU, zulu. 
I copy 

Right. That's it on the platform test 2. 
What's the time for platform test 1 and 2? 
Say again. 

What is the time for test 1 and 2. 

OK, that is the next on the flight plan update, 

Pete. I'll start that now. OK. ..... this 

is platform, 12 hours ^4-0 minutes 00 seconds. 



OK, next is~D-k, D-7 - ,12 5.0 00 ■ 

Ko . hOQ. The next one is the platform 13 hours 
10 minutes 00 seconds. Remarks, aline SEF. 
Next is S8DI3. Time I3 32 k6. Sequence n-juriioer 03 
Remark's, pit^ch down 30, yaw left degrees. 



Mission COI-MEKTARY TRiJ^;SCRIPT - 8/24/65 



Corjrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Next - are you copying OK? 
Yeah. 

OK J next J ir.caical data pass. 13 kj 01. Remarks 
command pilot at Canary Island instead of 
Carnarvon. Next is pla-cform ik hours 00 00. 
Aline SEF. Next is SI, time ih hours l8 l6. 
RemsLrks, sunset time. Next is Do. 15 hours 
08 56, That's sequence no. 021. . . . no. 08 
Remarks, pitch do\-.T- 30, yaw left 2 degrees 
. . . . 60. We've got about 30 seconds left and 
I've got about half way through this, and I'll 
fix you up later. I'll give you the next one. 
Lc is 15 hours, 13 minutes, 51 seconds .' Sequence 

no. 134 no. 08, pitch down 30, yaw 0 

125. Do you copy? 

I copy you. 

OK, that's about it ... . any minute now. 

You will pick up the rest of these next station. 



EUD OF TAPE 



M-SSIO:: C0M:.S-::^Y TRA::SCRI?r - 5/2 V65 Tape 182, Pa-e 1 

•Tnis is Gemirxi Control, 63 hours, 52 rriinutes after lift-off. Ge-ir.ini 5 is 
nov/ over the western Atlantic, northeast of Cuba, at the beginning of the 
kkzh revolution. During the present y.^ss over the Eastern Test Ran^e Station, 
spacecraft conmunicator _ Dave Scott, here in the Mission Control Center, 
completed relaying to the crew the information on experiments. The Garnarvar. 
station, was unable to complete the updates before loss of signal in the 
previous revolution. Canary Islands station will acquire the spacecraft 
3 minutes from now. This is Gemini Control 
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FilSSIOi'T COMMSNTAEY TRAiMSCRIKT' - 6/2^/65 Tape I03, ?-r 

This is Gemini Control; 69 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. Gerr.ini 5 
is now crossing the east coast of Africa and going out over the Indian 
Ocean. During the pass over the Canary Island station, completed ih minuses 
ago, the Canary spacecraft communicatcr , Keith Kundel, reported to Fligho 
Director John Hodge that Gemini 5 ' s.; telemetry readouts looked good from the 
ground. The next station to acquire Gemini 5 will be the Carnarvan station 
some 12 minutes from now. We now have a tape of the pass over the Eastern 
Test Range station earlier in this khth revolution. Let's listen to that 
tape now. 

Cap Com . Gemini 5> Gemini 5j Houston Cap Com, over. 

Conrad Hello, Houston Cap Com, Gemini 5 here. Go ahead. 

Cap Com Roger. I have a continuation for your experiments update. 

Are you Ready to copy? 
Conrad We copy. 

Cap. Com Rog. The first one will be D-i+,D--7. 15 59 00, sequence i;09, 

and hlO Bravo. Rext one is a platform at I6 15 00, aline 
SEF. Next one is power up at I6 20 00, -radar and rate gyros 
on. Next one is D-k, D-7, I6 37 2k, sequence k23 Alpha, mode 
08, pitch 30 down, yaw h2 left, speed 60. Next one is computer 
16 i+5 00, power up. The next one is a radar test , I6 h6 C2 . 
sequence 09^ pitch 50 down, yaw 07 left. The next - ; . 
will be complete at 16 55 00. Radar off, aline SE?. Next one 
is a platform test at 17 05 00, sequence 01. The next one is 
the other platform test at 17 21 k3, sequence 02. Ma we have 
a change on the stars, it will be Venus instead of the Southern 
Cross ar.d Fomelhaut instead of Pollux. Next one is S-8, B-I3 
at iS 16 Ih, sequence 03, pitch. 30 down, yaw 22 left. The last 



MISSIOiT C0:v5ffiI\^TA5Y TRAITSCRIPI - 8/2i+/Sp 

one is apovrered dovm at iS 25 00. computer off. 
off and rate gyros off. Do you copy? 



Ta-oe loi. 



Conrad 
Cap Com 
Conrad 
Cap Com 

Conrad 

Car) Com 



Conrad 
Cap Com 
Conrad 
Cap Com 

Conrad 
Cap Com 

Conrad 
Cap Com 
Conrad 

Car) Com 



Roger, and would you T.v,rn your radar off now please. 
Roger-, radar off. 

Ok. You look real good here on the ground. Do you have any ' 
questions on the experiments? - 

No. I'll tell you we got a full day. I hope we can get them 
all done . 

Yeah, it should bunch up a little bit sometimes, but vre tried 
to plan them so you have time in between. If you have any 
questions as you go along, just ask and we'll be standing by. 
Okey,dokey. How's the weather back there in Houston? 
Gemini 5, Houston . 

I say, how's the weather back there, Houston? 

Oh, it's real nice. Just hot and sunny, as usual. No rain in 

particular. Every once in a while a little thunderstorm. 

Roger. 

Say we've noticed that the temperature up there is a little 
cooler than we expected. How is your comfort? 
Cold, , ~ .... 

Cold, huh? Have any rain up there? 

We're taking the inlet hose of our 'suits every once in a while 

to warn up. We've got quite cold. 
Roger. Understand. 



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I wish yoa'd tell John Yardley I'm gonna have to ea^ crcv; on 
that. We've had zhe suit set on the full-hot position, .-ir-d 
we had both suit flows dovm to . . . and we still get cold. 
Roger. Understand. 

I guess both those coolant loops really did it. 
Rog. 

Hey, Gemini, this is Houston Flight. 
Gemini, Houston, go. 

For your information, the relative humidity has been running ; 
around 56 to 59 percent. 

Roger. Understand, 56 to 59- That's nice and dry. 
Yep. 

Wish we were up there. 
Say again. 

Wish we were up there. 

After another day or two, I'll be glad to trade with you. 
You got a deal. 

How many peanut cubes you got left. 

I haven't found any yet but we're collecting an awful lot of 
stuff. 

How much of that stuff are you h.avinr 1- " --^'er from the meals? 

Hey, Elliott, Gemini 5- 

Co. 

What's the deal on the hydrogen - it seems to be going do-i-rn 
fairly fast. 

Yeah, it's venting and we expect it to be going domi pret"cy 
fast. We're watching it very closely. It's following the 



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predicted curves. 
Roger . 

Hey, Gemini 5, this is Houston Flight. 
Go ahead, Flight. 

That's just about exactly the way it v;as predicted prior to 
lilt-off. There's been hardly any difference at all -we can't 
measure the difference between pref light predicted and what 
we're getting right now. 
I see. 

Gemini, your Og pressure's around 115 now, in case you're 

interested. 

What temperature? 

Wo, you 0 - your oxygen pressure is around 115. You've 

done real well pumping it up , up there. 

Yeah. 



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This is G-emini Control, 69 hours, 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini ? 
is now over the southwest Pacific, north of Kew Zealand, and nearing 
the end of the kkth revolution. 3uring xhe Canarvon pass 8 minutes 
ago. Pilot Conrad said the Gemini 5 was "go" from the crew standpoint, 
and that the cooler-than-normal suit temperatures were correcting the.m- 
selves. Canarvon reported that Gemini was "go" from the telemetry 
read-outs. We now have a tape of this pass over the Canarvon station. 
Let's roll the tape now. 

Canarvon Cap Com Gemini 5, Canarvon. ¥e have a valid oral temp-. Stand 

by for Surgeon. 

Gemini 5, Canarvon Surgeon. Standing by for your 
first blood pressure. 

Roger. Coming down. Your cuff is full scale. 
¥e have your blood pressure. Standing by for 
exercise on your mark. 
Roger, Mark. The cuff is full scale. 
Kow we have your second blood pressure. On your 
food report, if you could, give it to us by day and 
letter, and if you remember the items which you did 
• noT> eat _ - - ' ■ 

Alright. OX. The water is 15 pounds. 
Roger. 

8 ounces, and I ara presen"cly eating meal 3A, and I'v^^ 
pretty well been eating the dehydrated foods, but not 
the solid. ■ - 

Roger. Slee- re-oort novr? 



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Yeah, I -slept about h hours last night on the 
nap period, and I slept about 2-^ on the 2-hour 
nap period. 

Roger. Anything else to report? 
Nope. 

Roger. Canarvon Surgeon out. 

Gemini, Canarvon Cap Com. What is the position 
of your suit temperature control valve? 
Roger. I'll give you a number reading. It's just 
off number eight. 

Is it J+ o ' clock warm? 

No, not quite. 
Are you too cool? 

No, -we were last night- ■. It .gets pretty cold in her^ 

with two coolant loops running. 

Roger. 

Our suit temperatures run down around hh . 
Roger. Copy, hh. 

Yeah, we've got it running up around 50 right now. 
■Roger i • 

Canarvon Cap Com. This is- Houston Flight. 
Flight, Canarvon. Go ahead. 

Point out to him that if that thing is in the full 
v;arr.i position, it cuts off the^ coolant supply 
comxiletely. 



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So iz has to warm up under those circ-unsi-ances . 
Roger. Gemini, be advised that that tem^peraoure 
control va_ve is in the full clockwise, or full 
warm position. It should cut off the coolant loop. 
Yeah, I think we discovered that. 
Roger . 

Noxv we're go up here. 

Roger, Gemini. You look real good dovm here, also. 
We have the initial size of the booster which is 
following you about 8 minutes, about IC, 15 minutes 
ago o 
Roger . 

There's a question on that. It's about' 36 minutes 
ahead of you. 

Oh. How's everything going doTO there? We keeping 
you busy? 

Very busy. Got up this morning about noon, zhe piano 
player at the... got us up, we had a delicious 
meal at . . . . , and then oaiiie to work. 
•Roger.' 'Give my best to all my friends dov/n there, 
please. 

Will do, Pete. They send you their regards also, 
they piiss youi. 



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This is Gemini Control, 70 ho-urs and 2 minutes after liftoff. 
Gemini V is nov;- over the Gulf of Mexico and in contact with the 
State side stations nearing the end of the kkth revolution. We expect 
to have a tape of this pass vrhich we will play "back for you ^■rithin the 
next 10 to 15 minutes. This is Gemini Control. 

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This is Gemini Control, 70 hours, ih minutes after lift-off. We now have 
a tape of the last State-side pass by Gemini 5- We'll hear this tape now. 



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Gemini 5) Gemini 5j Houston Cap Com. 
Go ahead, Houston. Gemini 5 here. 

Rogi .• You're looking good here on the ground. We'd like to 

get a number of readouts from you for correlation with our T/M 

data. First, could you give U5 your cryo-quantity readout in 

all three positions, please? 

ECS ©2 - 87 percent. 790. 

Rog. Understand. 87 percent, and 79O. 

Roger. Fuel cell 0^ 91-i- and lOO. 

Roger. 91 -| and 100. , , 

Hydrogen is 82 percent - maybe Just a notch above that - make it 
82.5 and about 785. 

Rog. 82.5 and 785- Next could we have your OAMS source pressure 

and temperature, please. 

OAMS source is 50 and 50. - 

Roger. 50 and 50. And your OAMS regulator pressure, please. 
The OAMS regulator pressure - the temperature is 50 and the 
pressure is 50-50. 

Roger. I understand. ~50 and 50. .Jlext the RCS ring -A - source 
pressure and temperature. 

I'll say again. The OAMS source temperature is five-zero, 
the pressure is one-five-five-zero. 
Rog. Five-zero 'and one-five-five-zero. 

Roger. Going to your RCS ring A - temperature is 65, 290. 
Roger. Temperature 65 and 290 pressure. Ok. RCS ring B. 
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Cap Com , i 63 and 285. And your propellant quantity, please. 
Conrad kO percent. 

Cap Com Roger, understand. hO, Thajak you. Could we have another read 

on your CAMS regulator pressure, please. 
Conrad Roger; You're keyed. Hello, Houston. 

Cap Com Go ahead. 

Conrad The QAMS regulator source pressure - 1550. • 

Cap Com, Gemini, could we have your regulator pressure, not youjr source 

pressure - your regulator pressure. 
Conrad Ah, Roger. Sorry. Fuel is 50, 300. 

Cap Com Roger, understand. 

Conrad Anything else, Houston? 

Cap Com Yeah, Elliott wajits to talk to you about the H2 here. 

See Pete, I'd like to give you a little further briefing; 

to expect on this fuel cell hydrogen. As you'll notice, you've^ 
used about 20 percent over the past three days and you can now 
start expecting a rate of about 23 percent per day until you 
get down to about 25 percent remaining. And then the curve will" 
flair . out there and decrease at a slower rate and it's a little 
bit unknown at that point. We'll have to wait and see how it 
goes down in there as~to just what it- will behave like. We are 
venting now and that ' s .why it's going down so rapidly. 

Conrad Ok. And would you give me one more detailed information on 

this radar test 09. You want us to acquire it the first time, 

in the rendezvous mode or should we be in catch up for acquisition? 

1 

See You can be in rendezvous; That's ok. As you approach the target, 

you can have a readout going on 69 and it shouldn't change, 



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as I understand it, it shouldn't change until you actually 
acquire the target and start reading out some range. And 
then once you get a range readout, you can start into your , 
cycles. 

Conrad I'm with you. 

See Is it clear, otherwise? 

Caonrd Say again. 

See Is it clear otherwise? 

Conrad . I think so. 

See ; Ok. 

Flight ; Morning, Peter, how are you this morning? 

Conrad Fine. Who's that? Mr. Kraft? 

Flight That's right. 

Cooper Morning, Chris. 

Flight How are you, Gordo? 

Cooper Pretty fine. 

Flight • You both sound great. 

Cooper Good. 

Conrad We discovered one thing. Gordo's beaxd is white. 

Flight Rip Van Winkle . 

Cooper That ' s right , - 

Conrad Nope. Santy Glaus. 

Flight Doing a great job up there. 

Cooper Thank you, Chris. 

Conrad Listen, after these next eight passes, we look like we're awful 

busy. I hope we get it all done for you. 
Flight Do what you can. That's all we w^t. 



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Roger. Say, I waxit you to tell John Yardley I really was 
wrong. Boy, those two cooler loops on there really cool 
things dovm. ■ 

Yeah, that's one of the reasons we want to power up here to 
see if we can't warm things up a little bit. 

That's be great. We've both been sitting here shivering all - 
the last few hours. 

Did running that suit temperature up to full warm help out 
any there, Gordo. 

When we get it on full warm, if you run it completely to full 

warm, it shuts the flow completely off. 

That warms it up a little bit, doesn't it? 

Yeah, but aren't we apt to get a little bit too' cool on the 

radiator business that way? 

Negative.- 

No? 

No. 

Ok. We'll turn it clear off, then. 

They're monitoring the coolant loop temperature here on the 
ground, and they'll let you know if it gets too cool. 
Ok. You should- have seen . . . -last' night, handling all the 
nuts and bolts and the -screws rebuilding that reticle. 



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This is Geniiti Cor.zxcl, 7G -curs 32 -inures after lif--ci:'. Oe:;;i-i 
spacacrx,:;; is new over Central ^,.rica, cns-^hiri of ^h>. w„y ^::rcu~h ^he 

^j^n revG^u-ior.. ^-^-in- the rec^r.-c pass over zlze Canary Islai-.as statior. 

spacecraft cornmunicator Keith Kundel told the crew of Ger-ini V that he 

had nothing for them this pass, only a Crband radar track. This is 
Gerriini CGr.trcl 

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Tape 183, ?a-e 



Good, morning. This is Gemini Control. We have just completed a 
rather long and very silent pass across Carnarvon. The spacecraft now 
to the East Coast of Australia on the k^th rev around the earth. As we 
come up across the Pacific over Canton Island, the flight plan calls for 
the crew to aline the platform, small-end-forward, and then as we swing 
across the States, they will take another long look at those eye charts 
ho miles north of Lorado. We hope with more success than they had in 
that area yesterday. The Pilot, Pete Conrad, read out some of his 
values on the' hydrogen storage and the oxygen reactant supply at the 
'start of the Carnarvon ;gass. There was no other conservation. This is 
Gemini Control at 71 hours 3 minutes into the mission. 



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MISSIOJJ COf--&IEKTAEY TRANSCRIPT Tape 189, Pa^-e 

This is Gemini Control, 71 hours 32 minutes into the mission. Two 
minutes ago the spacecraft came in touch with the Guaymas station, nov; 
proceeding across Mexico and we expect this to be an extremely quiet 
pass because they, with the reticle fixed, Gordon Cooper fixed it last 
night, the boys are going to try a very determined effort to site on 
those squares hO miles north of Laredo. If there is conversation, we'll 
cut in and listen to it, but if not, or -until there is, let's cover some 
other things. The breathing oxygen onboard, the quantify 1.; 86 percent, 
the environmental control system oxygen tank pressure shows pounds 
per square inch. The fuel cell oxygen supply is riding at 9I percent . 
and it is showing II5 pounds per square inch, up again better -.han 
10 po\inds from yesterday at this time. Fuel cell hydrogen quantity is 
81 percent, it's pressure level is 35-' pounds. During the last 8 l.o-ars, 
apparently the Pilots got a liotle bit chilly. There was some con- 
cern, some hesitancy, about regulating the suit temperature controls , _ 
and the suit inlet : ,::T.erature got down to about decrees. Gordon 
Cooper then, we..- a:iead and did adjust it upwards, the suit inlet ter.i- 
perature is now about 50 degrees. We expect that it will slowly climb 
up to about 3k degrees ---5^ to-55 degrees^ which has been the most con- 
fortable level in past flights. _ That ' s a suit inlet temperat'ore which 
consistently runs about 5 degrees or more below the actual suit temperat 
We have onboard , I55 po-onas of maneuverxng :.'uel remaining. . expect to 
use some 15 to 20 pounds.* Jim McDivitt is in touch with cte Conrad now 
and at Laredo -we are advised that .uhey havc '^^i — . , ^-.olce sicncil 

as an additional acquisition aici. ^et ' s cuu into that conservation now 
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Right smack over the site. 
Okay. 

We had no tro-,ible tracking it, we had no trouble 
picking up, "the smoke, but we did not see the squares, 
either one of us . 

Okay Pete, I'll check and make sure t„.. ^ -hey h£.i the 
smoke and I'll give you that inf ormatio:-. ^\ :-.r tr 
Canarys, okay. As a matter of a fact, v/e 11 try 
get it for you before you leave the States. 
You ready for our onboard readings? 
Say again? 

Are you ready for our onboard readings? 
Roger, go ahead. 

Okay, the A bus is 26.0 v,olts, the LA. stat car rent is 
8.1, LB is 8.0, IC is 91, 2A is 7-0, 25 6.9, 2C is 
8.5. . 
Roger . 

RCS ring A is 65 degrees, 295 is the pressure, RCJ 
ring B is 60 degrees, and 285, secondary 0^ left is 
5^00,. right reads 5300. We are go for h7-l as you are. 
Roger, 'you have a go, you have a go for o2-l. 
Gemini V, this is Houston here, dia ^ . j^-., youi- ,;o'2 

Roger, we got a go from you. We were .^\-.^\. v.'hisT,_ ' jt-S 
•"/er Hou.Lt_/. here. We wanted to get soir.e picture.... 
Oiiay, I've got some other'- infor:;.>:.t ion her.e for y^... 
You don't have to bother to aclvi' owlee .-e most of iv. . 



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Conrad. 

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We'd like to have you be aware that we want you to do 
a medical data pass on the Command Pilot over the 
Canary s . 

We' got that, have you got an AOS time? 
Roger, it'll be at 03 13 ^7 01. 
Roger, 

We'd like to know what condition your in with the suit 
gloves and helmets. Do you have the gloves and helmets 
off or on? 

Oh, about the time you gave us a go to pass 6-h we 
took off the helmets and gloves and we haven't had them 
on since. 
Okay, very good. 

Now Gordo's not wearing the cuffs on his vnrists and I 
am, that's just because I got use to it. The relative 
humdity has stayed down around' 56 percent all the time_ 
so we feel we are in good shape. that way. 

Okay, how about the 

Say again Hojuston. 

Roger, are you wearing your neck dams? 

That's affirmative. We''ve been wearing the neck dams 

the whole time . 

Okay. . 

We'd like to know if yoixr staying warm now. Do you have 
the cooling under control? 

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change in here too much, but vmen either one of us go 
to sleep, we're just not putting out xo much ourselves 
and we really chill down. 

Yeah, I noticed that a little too. Listen, one thing 
I want to tell you about, don't worry about turning 
the coolant off into cockpit. We've got some excellent 
TM on the radiator outlet temperatures and we'll keep 
you advised if they go down, so don't worry about 
turning off the coolant to the suit loop or the 
cabin loop. 

Okay. Boy, Florida is really clear today. I can see 
Jacksonville and all the streets in it and the Cape and 
all the way down to Miami, 
Very good, very good. 

Florida is really pretty out there today. 
Can you give us a couple of general comments on liouse-' 
keeping. Are you keeping the stuff under control? 
Yeah, but we are going to have a lot in the end. I'd 
like to tel3ryou right .ijow,. I've got three airplanes 
in sight flying off Jacksonville, 

Well, very good. We'll run a separate visual acuity 
test here. 

Yeah, Ve may not sight a target, but we are seeing all 
kinds of other .things . 
Roger, roger. 



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Yeah, we're keeping housekeeping under control., but 
takes a gree..'. deal of time. 

Rog. How's, that "bag working out behind the seat, Pe 
It's full. 
All ready? 

. With gear that has other places to go later. 

Oh, okay. Be advised you've got a good ^7-1 load in 
Roger . 

Are you having any trouble with those blue bags? 
Gemini V, Houston here, Gemini V, Houston here. 
Go ahead Houston. 

How many of the blue bags have you had to use? 
One . 
Roger . 

Houston, Gemini V, Do you want us to leave the 
computer up? 

Gemini V. Houston here. You can go ahead and power 
down the computer now. . 

Roger, computer coming dx^wn'in just a second. 
Gemini V, Houston here. Do you still read? 
Read you loud and clear. 
.... out . 

Okay. 

. . comfortable . 

You say you are comf ortatle? 

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Yeah, it's pretty nice floating around, isn't it? 
Yeah. 

Hey listen, you were the big singing star of television 
last nigh4. 
We did what? 

You were a big singing star on television last night. 
You got requests for thoiisands and thousands of copies 
of that song you sang. 

i 

I'll tell you the story about where those words came 
from when I get back. That's quite a good story also. 
Okay. 

We always have this levity first thing in the morning. 
The red team comes on, then the joke,s come on. 



This is Gemini Control Houston here again. We don't expect muQh more 
conservation with the spacecraft out in the far eastern edge of the jBermuila 
area. You heard Jim McDivitt reference a "blue bag''. This is a reference 
to a j fecal bag. Pete Conrad confirmed that there had been at least one 
bowel movement to date dxiring the flight . We are not exactly ^\ire whi,ch 
Pilot had the bowel Movehieiit.' The go for the 62-1 area was given by 
McDivitt on instruction of Chris Kraft. At the time of the go it was 
7:36 a.m. c.s.t. Our present orbit is 12k miles perigee, that's statute 
miles, 192 miles apogee, •yiat's statute miles, with an estimated lifetime 
of 16 days without any further adjustment. Our perisd is 9^-^ minutes. 
Dr. Berry says he is very satisfied with the, crew. They sound sharp, he 



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says. He notes that they are eating again, still a little less than had 



beep pleinned. They are' getting about 2000 calories per day,* and eating 
about 2 meals a day, and not ca.' .g all of the meals. He is completely 



satisfied on the water, intake .and apparently this is enough food to 



keep them going, he says. Last night, we know Pete Conrad got about 



6^ hours of sleep. We are not sure about Cooper, but we have a medical 



data pass coming up over the Canaries in a very few minutes and should. 

I ^ t * 

have a'.very good report on his sleep. This is Gemini Control Houston 



out at 1+5 minutes after the hour. 



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*This ijS a transcript correction. Commentaxy originally stated "2000 calories 
per mea!l" . What was meaxit was "2000 calories per day". 



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Tape 190, page 1 



Gemini Control here at 72 hours I8 minutes into the mission. We are 
now in our kth day. The weather this morning goes like this, from the 
U.S. Weather Bureau Space Flight leteorology Group. It advisee that 
weather conditions around the World continue very good for orbital 
operations during the next 2 days and probably longer. The four planned 
landing areas are all located within broad zones of generally good weather 
which is characteristic of latitudes near 30 degrees north of this time 
of the year. The West Atlantic landing area between Florida and Bermuda 
has partly cloudy skies, with intermittent ceilings of I50O to 2000 feet. 
Winds are less than 10 knots, and the waves are 2 to 3 feet. In the East 
Atlantic area, some 300 miles west of the Canary Islands, skies will be . — - 
partly cloudy with infrequent ceilings of about I50O feet. Winds will be 
near I5 knots and waves about k feet. In the Mid-Pacific area, 500 miles 
north of Honolulu, broken cloudiness will produce ceilings neeu:- 2000 feet ' 
most of the time. Winds are a little stronger than usual, averaging close 
to 20 knots and the waves are running around 5 fe&t. In the far West 
Pacific area, about 5OO miles' southwest of Tokyo. Skies are partly cloudy 
and ceiling, usually unlimited. Winds will average less than 15 knots and 
seas of about k feet. Tropical Storm "Anna" first of the season in the 
Atlantic Ocean, formed, far north, of the usual storm generating area. It's 
present location is close to 5OO niiles north of -the ground track of Gemini V 
but could be seen by the Gemini astronauts while over the mid-Atlantic 
Ocean. Tropical storm "Doreen" meanwhile, centered about 1000 miles 'south 

and 500 miles west of San Diego continues it's westward movement of about-- 
at about 10 miles per hoiar. Extensive cloudiness and showery over the 



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Caribbean and the islands of Cuba and Hispaniola show no indication of being 
organized in any specif rc pattern. Otherwise, conditions around the world 
remain about the same as yesterday. With the spacecraft now over the 
Indian Ocean, the Pilots will slightly before Carnarvon acquisition, be 
in an S-1 experiment. This is the Zodiacal light experiment which will 
go oil for some 20 to 30 minutes during the nightside pass. Toward the 
end 6f this nightside pass, up in the area of Hawaii, they will purge both 
the ^— both of the sections of the fuel cell and on both sides of the 
diaphragm, the oxygen side as well as the hydrogen side. Later, over the 
States, between Texas and the Cape, they will take some I>**6 photography 
and |gain out in the area of Bermuda, they will take D-6 pictures possibly •p'' 

of a! Carrier, Just as we attempted to get yesterday, perhaps we will lave 

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better luck today with the reticle repaired. We have the Carnarvon 
coneeiivation wrapped up and ready to play for you, and let's roll that 
tapeilrow. I'm sorry, it's not the Carnarvon, it's the Canary Islands tape. 



Canary Surgeon 
Canary Surgeon 
Cooper 

Canary Stirgeon 
Cooper 

Canary Surgeon 

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Houston Flight" 
Canary Cap Com 



Gemini V, Canary Surgeon. Your cuff is full scale. 
Roger. _ : 

We have a good blood pressure. Give me a mark when 
you bfegih exercise. 

Roger. Begin exercise now. "Ending exercise now. 
Gemini V , your c\af f is full scale . 
Canaxy £!ap Com, Houston Flight. 
Flight, Canary Cap Com. 



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Tape 190 5 page 3 



Houston Flight 
Canary Surgeon 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 



Canary Surgeon 



Cooper 



Conrad 
Cooper 

Canary Surgeon 
Conrad 



Caxiary Surgeon 
Canary Cap Com 



On the pass over Laredo .... 

We have a good blood pressure, standing by for your 
water and eL. r reports • 
Stand by, I'll listen. 

Roger. My water report, I've had 16 pounds' and k ounces 
of water, last night 'I had about 2 hours of sleep during 
my nap period and about another 2 to 3 — about 3 hours 
of sleep during my long sleep period. 
Roger. This is Canary Surgeon. Could you give me 
an estimate of the quality of your sleep, also Houston 
Surgeon has asked us to get a food report from you. 
Roger, the quality of my sleep was better in my short 
nap period than it was in my long sleep period. It 
was quite deep during my short sleep period. As for . 
the food, I just ate, I believe it was 3 — meal 3 
Charlie . ' - _ 

3A was the last one I had. 3 alpha was the last meal 
I just had at 03:12:30:00. 
Okay, go ahead Canary. 

Would you repeat that please, this is Canary Surgeon. 
Roger,, meal 3 alpha was the last meal I had, at day 3, 
that's today. 12 hours 30 minutes, 00 seconds , was the 
start of the meal. 

Roger. We copied. 

Go ahead Flight with what you wanted over Laredo. . 



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?ape 190, page k 



Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 

■ Canary Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Canary Cap Com 



Conrad 



Canary Cap Com 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
END OF TAPE 



Okay, over Laredo, there was smoke on the northwest 
corner of the target. 
.... in th:^; .-raall cabin. 

It was streaming toward the northwest about 3000 feet 
long . 

Roger, copied. A smoke over Laredo was to the north- 
west about 3000 . . . 

In the northwest corner of the target. 
And it was 3000 yards long, huh? 
Feet, feet. 
Okay. 

Gemini V, Flight advises that over Laredo the smoke 

was at the northwest corner of the target , approximately 

3000 feet long. ":. 

Roger, thank you very much. We saw the smoke loud and 
clear and we assumed it was the northwest corner, but 
we were \mable to see the target. I think probably* due 
to the slant angle. 
Roger . 

Flight,, we' ve got about 50 seconds left. 

Who is on this loop. Get off the loop. Who is counting 

on this loop please, and if you are, get off. 

Flight, we're not reading it out here. 

Roger . 

Roger, We've had LOS. 
Roger , Canarys . 



MISSION COMtffiNTimY TRANSCRIPT - 8/24/65 Tape 191, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 72 hours, 32 minutes into the mission. 'The astro- 
nauts have Just completed a rather quiet pass across the Canarvon site 
in which they asked for ground c..iet while they worked with their carr.eras . 
to get the zodiacal light pictures. Conrad reported that the first 
phase of the picture taking went extremely well. Stand by one minute 
to see if we have this tape racked up. I am sorry it is not ready for you. 
When it is ready, 'we will play it. This is Gemini Control out. 

END OF TAPE 



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Tape 192, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston here; 72 hours, 38 minutes into the mission. 
We have the Canarvon tape ready for you now. It's a brief pass, and 
we will play it for you at this time. 



Conrad 

Cansurvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 



Canarvon Cap Com 
END OF TAPE 



Canaxvory," Gemini 5. 

Gemini 5j Canarvon. Go ahead. 

Everything green up here. Unless you have some- 

I 

thing for us, we're very busy. 

Roger, I'll up-date your TR for a 62-1, about 

mid-pass . 

r 

OK. Give me a call before you do it, because we'ite 
rolling the camera in the window when the light 
comes on. 

Roger. Will do. , 



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Tape 1'93, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston here; 73 hours, 2 minutes into the mission. 
In this pass across the .States, we expect contact momentarily from 
the Guaymas station. We have knt Red out the planned D-6 experiment 
which was to have been. done in: the Dallas area. It's been scrubbed 
because of weather in the Dallas area. We will, however, attempt a 
high resolution photographic experiment out over the carrier on the 
eastern edge of th'is pass. We have the tape of the Hawaii conversation 
ready for you, and we will play it for you at this time. 



Conrad . , 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 

Houston Cap Com 

i 

I 

I 

Hawaii Cap Com 
HcJuston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 



Hawaii, Gemini 5- We're doing the F-1. Would 
you please check the speeds on the cameras with i 
the D-6. I believe they should be 125th of 
a second, rather than 60th of a second; and one 
two fiftieth. ^ 

. -I 

Roger. Will do. ^ 

We'll get you an answer on that. | 

i . 

OK, flight. , I 

We want to delete the D-6 anyway. We've got a 
weather problem. 

Roger. We want to delete that D-6janyway. We've 
..got a, weather problem. , ; 

Stand by on that. Just one of the D-6 's we're 
going to delete. 
Both of them? 

# 

Negative. Delete the the time: is 150856, 



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Conrad QK. That's the one over Texas. 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger. 
Houston Cap Com Affirmativ' 

Conrad Flight, listen, with this Questar lens, tell them 

we're going to pick a good sight somewhere going 
across the U. S. and get it. 

Hawaii Cap Com ' Roger. 

Conrad Afterall, we're in the process of rigging for it, 

euid we'll be rigged for it for the one off the 
coast. 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger. 

Houston Cap Com That's right. We're working on those settings right 

now, Hawaii. 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger, flight. They at-B working out the settings, " 

Gemini. 

Conrad Roger, yiy information up here says 12?. 

Hawaii Cap Ccn Roger, roger. 

Conrad Hawaii, Gemini 5. Do you want this extra 1 and 2 

I 

purge? 

Hawaii Cap Com .That ' s. affirmative . ' 

Conrad Coming up right now. - 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger. Give me a mark. 

Conrad Roger hydrogen purge commencing, now. No. 1 

purge hydrogen complete. Commencing no. 2 hydrogen 
purge on my mark, mark. No. 2 hydrogen purge complete. 



Stand by for oxygen purge No. 1. Commencing no. 1 



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Houston Cap Com 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 



purge now. 

One 160th and one 125th, as they suggested. 
Did you c... y, Hawaii? 

■Roger. ,:We copy. Gemini 5} we're coming up on 
LOS. Those settings for your camera is one - one 
twenty-fifth, and one - one sixtieth. 

Hawaii J 

Roger. Flight, Hawaii. 
Go ahead. 

OK. We've had LOS, so you might pass that up over 
Guaymas aigain. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION TRMSCRIPT 



Tape 19^, page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 73 hours 23 rainutes. In the last 
pass across the States, the Gemini V crew went through a fuel cell 
calibration exercise, and they - go attempted to get a picture of a 
land object near Dallas, but the Dallas area was, as Gordon Cooper 
put it, "solid overcast" and they could not get a picture. They did, 
however, get a picture of a ship. They are not sure of whether it 
was the Lake Champlain, but this was the second picture planned for 
this pass, and they got a picture of a ship out, just west of Bermuda. 
They also received an update on the Zodiacal light experiment that they 
will do again on this present pass over the Carnarvon area. This will 
involve the use of the infrared sensors and the radiometer and they will- 
taJce a similar measurement on the star "Deneb", D like in dog, e-n-e-b, 
in the same area over Carnarvon. This is a star that they liad hoped to 
get similar experiments yesterday. They coiild not get because the 
reticle in Gordon Cooper's window was down and inoperative at the time. 
They generally reported that there were a lot of clouds over the States, 
they said in Texas, Houston was the only city that appeared to be open. 
We have the tape for you of the State side pass and will play it for you 
now. 

Houston Gap Cora Gemini -V,- Gemini V, this is 'Houston here. If you have 



time, give us a call. -We h'Sve some information for you. 



Conrad 



Roger, go ahead. 



Houston Cap Com 



Okay, we'd like to have you put your cryogenic gauging 



Conrad 



switch to fuel ciell 0, 
Roger, fuel cell Op. 



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Tape 19^, page 2 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad" 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Hpuston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Okay. Are you through with your D-6 so I can give 
you some other stuff? 
Roger, go a'n ,d. 

Okay, we'd .like to have you put your calibrate switch 
to no. 1 position for 10 seconds. I'd also like to 
tell you that yoixr target for your next D-6 will be 
. going up track, so that the V wake will be downstream. 
Roger . 

I've got an update for your D-k, D-7 California 
background measurement whenever you are ready to copy, 
I also need yoiir go for that over Carnarvon. I'd like 
to have you tell Carnarvon whether you will be ready to 
do it or not. 

Okay. :■ . 

Are you ready to copy the apdate. 
Roger, go. 

Okay, first put your calibrate switch to no. 2 for 
10 seconds. Okay, here comes the D-k, D-7 update. 
New time is 03 I6 37 28, pitch 26 down, yaw 38 left. 
Okay, go ahead. ' 

They are updating your TR over Texas and Bermuda so 
you will get a couple of DCS lights and stuff. 
Okay. 

I've got a map and star update for ^ou also. 



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Tape ISk, page 3 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 

Hoiiston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 



Houston Flight 



Roger, go ahead. 

Okay, they are both at the same time. 03 l6 17 37, the 

map is 162.'^ 'degrees East, the star is 01 17 ^9- 
All right. 
What ' s the rev? 
Stand by one. 
Rev. k7. 

And you can place your cryogenic gauging switch to 
off now. 

Okay, that's all the information I have. Why don't you 
go ahead with your D-6 experiment. 

Okay, we got a complete set of the Zodiacal pictures on 
the last night side. 
Very good, very good. 
Worked out okay on it. 
Good . 

I gave Gordo a well done for tracking tests, I really" 
think we got some good ones. 
Good . 

Gemini V, Gemini V, Houston .here. 
Go ahead, Gemini V here. 

How did you make out on yOur D-6 experiment? 

Roger, there was quite a lot of clouds out there and 

we saw'one ship with a wake, I don't really believe 

it was them, but we snapped a picture on, it. 

Okay. Did you pick up anything across the States ^ 



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Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper ■ 

) 

'Houston -Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Cooper 

Houston Flight 



with your other D-6? 

No,' it was pretty solid undercast, it was all out West. 
Yeah, that's why we scrubbed it, because- of the bad 

weather. - — 

Yeah, it's pretty solid out there.- all the way from the 
Coast on in, Houston was the only area that was really, 
it looked like it was open. 
Okay. 

Houston, Gemini V. Do we come anywhere near Austin 
next pass? , ■ 

Well, it looks ^ like -yo.u might be a little bit north 
of it there. 

Okay .... - 
Why, are they open? 

Yeah, they were when we went by, but we were too close 
in to yaw and gape. ~ 
Okay. 

I'll take a look at that and see what we can do. You 
know, you are. going to be pretty busy next pass anyway? 
Wfell,' we'll pick them up tomorrow. Maybe the weather 
will be better. 
Okay . 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMEKTABY TRANSCRIPT - 8/21+/65 Tape 195, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control; 73 hours, 32 minutes into the mission. We're 

, it 

on the il7th revolution and no contact since we left the Bermuda area. 
This 47th revolution began at 9:: and 31 seconds, Central Standard Time. 
I would like to pass on to you; a little background on this Red and 
White control team. We're configured, as you know, in four tiers here 
in' the Mission Control Center. Starting down on the front tier on the 
left as you face from the top, the tank pressure monitor during 

the launch phase was Charles Bassett, Astronaut Charles Bassett. He 
is 33 years oldj born in Dayton, Ohio; has a bachelor's degree in 
electrical engineering from Texas Tech in Lubbock. To his right is 
the booster-systems engineer who doubles in brass and is also assistant 
flight director; he is William Piatt, 29, from Eunice, Louisiana; has 
a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southwest 
Louisiana in Lafayette. Our retro officer is Thomas F. Carter, 27, of 
QuitmaxL, Mississippi; he holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from 
Mississippi State. Our guidance controller is Charlie Parker. That's 
his full and official name, Charlie Parker; 31 years old; a native of 
Concord, Texas; holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Lamar 
Tech in Beaumont. Our surgeon, Doctor Charles Berry, is ^1. He was 
born in Rogers, Arkansas;, holds a medical degree and a degree of Master 
of Public Health; his medical degree from the University of California, 
his Master of Public Health degree from Harvard. The flight dynamics off 
cer is Jerry Bostick, "b" as in boy, 0-S-T-I-C-K. Jerry is 26 years old 

# 

a native of Golden, Mississippi; holds a bachelors degree in civil 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/2^/65 Tape 195, Page 2 

engineering from Mississippi State. Our capsule commuriicator , Jim 
McDivitt, 36 years old, from Chicago, holds a bachelor's degree in 
aeronautical engineering froi;-. University of Michigan, Our ECOM 
I officer and electrical, enviroiimental, and commurjications officer 
is Richard Glover, age 30, native of Chicago; holds a B.S. degree in 
electrical engineering from the University of Texas, and a' master 
of science and electrical engineering from Stanford. The guidance, 
naviga-tion, and control officer is GeraJLd Griffin, age 30, native of 
Athens, Texas; holds a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Texas A and M. 
Our operations and procedures officer is Jones Roach, first name Jones, 
)J-0-N-E-S, Roach, age 32; a native of Richmond, Virginia; holds a 
B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Military Institute. 
Our network controller is Ernest L. Randall,- age 30, from Oklahoma 
City; he holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from East Central State College 
in Oklahoma. Our flight director, of course, is Chris Kraft, He's hi 
years old; a native of Phoebus, Virginia; holds a B.S. degree in 
aeronautical engineering from V. P. I. This is Gemini Control at 
73 hours, 36 minutes into the mission. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRAITSCRIPT - 8/2V65 Tape I96, Page 

This is Gemini Control; 7^ hours, 2 minutes into the mission, and the 
Canarvon station has just established contact. The pilots reported 
they were performing their sigh. ie,s and taking their infrared readings 
on the star Deneh. It's a relatively quiet pass. The crew is advised 
they would have a medical data pass over Hawaii this pass, and Hawaii 
should acquire in about 20 minutes. Let's see--I believe that wraps 
up all the information at this time. This is Gemini Control out. 
END OF TAPE 



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Tape 197, Page 1 



This is Gemirxi Control; 7^ hours, 22 minutes into the mission. We have 
a brief, about a minute, and a half, of conversation over the Canarvon 
station. It's racked up, reaay play it for you now. Got a little 
mechanical difficulty -there, rolling the tape. We'll stand by one 
until it's ready. Let's break and come back to it. 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 



Canarvon Cap Com 

Conrad 

i 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

END OF TAPE 



Canarvon, Gemini ^. We're doing ^OQ at this time, 

equipment is on. 

Say again the last, Gemini. 

Roger. We're doing ^09 at this time, equipment is 
on. 

Roger. We're receiving your FI--i, EM telemetry. 
OK. Give me a mark in four minutes, please. 
Roger. 

Be advised, Canarvon, '-xe ' 11 be go for 423 alpha. 
Roger, understand. We've got an up-date for you. 
They have a medical pass scheduled on the pilot at" 
Hawaii this round. Hawaii's acquisition is I6 24. 
Roger, 16 2k. 



L k k 



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Tape 198, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, Houston, jk hours 36 minutes into the mission. 
Over the last Hawaii pass, Gordcv. Cooper reported he finished meal C, 
which includes an orange drink, spaghetti and meat, butterscotch pudding, 
toasted bread cubes and cheese sandwiches. The Hawaii Surgeon said he 
noticed, what he interpreted was little sTaiverings ani squiggles on his 
oscillograph reading out blood pressures and respirations. He ask the 
crew about this and they said, well, it probably came from an earlier 
reading. Conrad reported. he was working up a good appetite. We are 
in contact right now with California station. Ten seconds ago we 
launched a Minuteman, the Department of Defense confirmed, and Pete 
Conrad Just came up on the loop and said, "I see it, I see it." He 
sounds quite elated. He just said, "there it goes", they are orienting 
ithe spacecraft so they can get both photographs of that Minuteman 
laionched out of Vandenburg Air Force Base at, we would judge very 
close to 38 minutes after the hour. We are standing by for further ' - 
word on the flight itself. There's Conrad again, he says, "he's out : 
over the water, see him." Conrad picked it up at about 10 seconds out 
and now we have an indication that the second stage has ignited and 
Conrad says, "Okay, we can see them real gotrd."' Standing by for further 
word on the flight of this, Minuteman. .Conrad says, "We can still.it 
very clearly, we can also get a good background on it.' Barely quite 
visible." And now apparently the booster, the Minuteman is out of 

Sight of the Gemini V spacecraft. But, it sounded like a most successful 

test in an experiment aimed at finding out how well a crew in space can 



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Tape 198, Page 2 



sight an object launched from the ground and keep their spacecraft tightly 
alined on it and gez photographs of it. We have no word yet on the burnout 
or the path of the Minuteman. We should have additional information for you 
momentarily. We are now over Tex-s, and let's cut in on the conversation 
live . 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Gap Com 



Say again. ' ' ' 

Wait a minute, we're getting something on the horizon 
scan. 

Holloman right now, and I can see the runways 

of the whole 

Say that again please. 

We are tracking Holloman Air Strip. 

Okay, I got you. Very good.. Did you get a picture of 
that other thing. .• 
I got about 6 of them. 

Very good. * _ 



Gemini Control here. The crew, last report, was tracking the Holloman 
Air Force Base in West Texas. No further reports 'since then. We show them 
on our maps here as directly over" Texas. Stand •■ by for additional conversation 

Gemini Control here. The flight plan calls for the Pilots to turn the 
computer on over the Cape to perform another radar test with their onboard 
radar. We'll see how it goes immediately after leaving the Antigua area, 

they will turn off the radar and aline their platform small-end-forward. 



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Tape 198, Page 3 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad' , 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Ho^aston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 

Cooper 



Okay, "we got Bergstrom that time too. 

Very good-. Sounds like you are getting caught up on 

D-6. 

Yeah, I hope so. Okay, we're going to 30 pitch down, 
yaw 7 left, and we're standing "by for radar. 
Okay, fine. • You got that procedure all squared away, 
haven't you? 

Right, we'll go to rendezvous and then back to catch -up 
after lock-*on for second, hack into rendezvous and keep 
that cycle up till we loose lock again. 

Okay, very good. Do you have your FDI's up? — ..- 

Confirmed, 

Okay, are you going to he pointing at the transponder? 
Yeah, you can track it. 
Okay, very good. 

Okay, we have solid lock. . , ~ 

Okay, kind of keep your eye on the FDI needles if you 
can as you go across and give us a little report on 
them, 

Roger, I'm reading range, range rate, .... 
Okay . ■ - ■ ■ 

I 'm locked on. 
Very good. 

I haven't gotten anything to read into the rendezvous 

mode yet , 

My FDI's are locked. 



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.Tape 198, Page k 



Houston Cap Com 

'Cooper 

Conrad. 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houstojj. Cap Com 

Cooper 

Cooper 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Cooper' 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston 'Cap Com 
Cooper 



Okay, are they null? 
Rog. 

I won't reao into the rendezvous mode. Do you want me 

to go to Catcn-up? 

Yeah, cycle it back and forth and see what happens. 
Did you get the start- comp button .pushed there? ■ 
Locked on good with the . . . 
Okay. 

Proceed with the reticle. 

Holding lock as we go straight across. 

Is it out at Merritt Island? 

I don't know, just a second. 

We've got the coordinates to k decimal places . in seconds 
but I don't know where it is. 

My radar is showing it's right on Merritt Island out 
there . 
Okay . 

I'm still locked on. 
Okay. 

I don't understand. I'm not getting any range readout 
either in Catch-up or Rendezvous. 
Roger. You got the start- comp button. 
Yeah, I've tried everything. 
Is-the*^^DIU on? 

Well over 250 miles an hour now I guess. 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Coin 

Cooper 

Conrad 

Kouston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston" Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



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Houston Cap Com Did you have the MDIU power up? 

Yeah. 
Okay. 

I'm still locKed on. We're over 300, I guess now, 
Weil you'll have the data on the tape through, won't 
you, _ ^. . 

We hope we do , ye s , 

Squeeze off a couple of D-6's go by there too. He was 
pointed right at it. 
Okay. 

Just broke lock. 
Roger, broke lock aX kO kj . . 
Gemini Control here. We are out on the Eastern edge, approximately 
1000 miles east of the Cape now. But you heard what real good success 
Gordon Cooper had with that onboard radar, locked onto an L-band signal 
from the Cape and was still holding it and reporting good values at a 
range of 300 miles. Here in the Control Center we were watching closely _ 
the, Dr. Bend's oscillograph, which gives us the heart beat and the 
respiration information. During that Minuteman launch out on the West, 
Coast, we noted some slightly elevated values, which would be an indication 
of the pickup of work; It certainly was a fast working, hard working 
6 minute pass. 'Now, Jim McDivitt is trying to raise the spacecraft again, 
let ' s go back. 

Houston Cap Cor;. ■ .. purge out the fuel cells. We want to do it over - 

a site so we get some good data while we are doing the 

purge. We don't really have much else for you. We 
got about, another 6 or 7 minutes here of ;acq time. - 



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Tape 198, Page 



Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 



'Cooper" 



Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Cora 



Okay, I'll give you a little information further, 
radar wise. I was getting radar range, and radar 
rate intermittently on my digital there, and on my 
analog there, I don't know why it wasn't steady. 
On my needles I had steady lockon and was pointing 
them away on out and away on past. 
Okay, did you get that intermittent R and R dot . 
throughout the whole pass? 

A little hit. Although ... fairly close we lock up 
pretty solid on the analog and hold fairly steady. 
Okay, so in close it was steady, hut at greater 
range it was intermittent . 

Greater range it was a little hit intermittent 
although it did seem to jump in and out a little 
there . ■: 
Okay 

Gemini V, Houston. 
Go ahead Houston. 

Yo\ir attitude control fuel usage has been up pretty 
high lately and we want to make you caosclous of the 
fact that you are going""to have to start taking it , 
easy and going at a little lower rate than you have 
been to make it through the rest of the flight here. 
Roger . 

As a matter of a fact, I'll try to fix up a little 
summary for you and give it to you across the States 
the next time and let you know where you are. 



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Cooper Okay. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston here. Would you hit the start comp 

button one more time. We want to see, get some stuff 
on the ground here? 

It''s in Ca;tch-up, you want it in Rendezvous? 
It doesn't make any difference. Just go ahead and 
hit the start comp button. 
Okay. 

This is Gemini Control Houston. I think we're out of voice contact 
with the spacecraft now as it starts swinging across the Atlantic. We 
are on the U8th revolution. A revolution that started at the precise 
time at 10:^+7 central standard time. We have the tape wrapped up on the ■ 
earlier portion of this pass beginning at Hawaii and we will play it' for 
you at this time. 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Conrad 
Conrad 

Hawaii Surgeon 
Hawaii Surgeon 
Hawaii Surgeon 

Conrad 



1 av^a 11 s ur ge on 



Blood pressure coming down. 

Blood pressure coming down. 

Gemini V, Hawaii Surgeon. 

Gemini V, Hawaii Surgeon, full scale. 

We have a go'od blood pressure. Standing by for your 

water report . . 

Roger. It's still the same as I think it was this 
morning. I6 pounds k ounces, and the meal, I still 
haven't eaten anything since the last meal. This 
was 3 Charlie, I think. 

Okay, real fine. Are either you are the Sommand 



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Conrad 

Hawaii Surgeon 



Cooper 

Hawaii Surgeon 
Cooper 

Hawaii Surgeon 
Cooper 

Hawaii Surgeon 

Cooper 

Conrad 

Hawaii Surgeon 
Hawaii Surgeon 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 



TRMSCRIPT Tape I98, Page 6 

Pilot having any problem with the temperat-jre now. 
Are you fairly comfortable? 
Oh yeah. We're fine now. 

Okay, have either you or Gordon been doing any 
shivering on the last few revs, or any exercises. 
We've noticed, just checking on your respirations 
here, there are a few swiggels on it and we were trying 
to figure out why that was happening. 
We were probably shivering, you know this last rev 
or two . , . 

Were you shivering on the last rev or two? 

The last one rev has been good, but on the several 

before that we were probably shivering. 

Roger. Everything else all right up there? 

Say again? 

Everything else all right up there. 
Just fine. 

The Pilot's working up a big appetjite, I can tell you 
that. 

Ha. Real good. 

All right, I've got nothing else, Hawaii Surgeon out. 
Okay . 

This is Hawaii Cap Cora. For your experiment U23A,, there 
is a small cloud deck that extends from 700 up to 1100 
it's west to southwest, about 2 »miles east of the site. 



MISSION COMMEKTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 196, Page 9 



Cooper Roger, we're ready. 

Gemini Control Houston here. That concludes the Hawaii Pass. We've 
got the "beginning of the State nide tape wrapped up for you, and we will 
play it for you now. 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Gemini V, Gemini V, Houston here. 
Go ahead Houston. Gemini V here. 

Roger. The cloud deck over the site now is solid, ' 

it goes to broken about 5 miles to the southwest of 

the sight and it goes clear about 2, miles to the 

east of the sight. 

Roger. We can see the cloud deck. 

Okay, very good. And they are go there. 

Roger. We are in position and waiting. • 

Roger . 

Boy, 1 wish we could get on it this Questar lens is 

fantastic. 

Roger II 

If we don't get this this time, will you stand outside 
and wave so we can get your picture as we go by? 
Say again. Oh Rog. 

If we don't get this you can -stand outside and wave 
and we will get your pict\n-e as we go by. 
Okay, I'll be out there. 



MISSION COMMENTABY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 198, Page IC 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad . 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Coin 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 



Houston Cap Co.~ 



10, 1, MARK. There we go. It's on it's way. 
I see it there! See it Gordo. See it through 
that holes in the cloud. There he goes, bigger 
then heck. 

See him, there he is over the water Jim. 
Second stage. 

Okay, we can see him real good. 
Very good, very good. 

We can still see his climb very, very clearly down 

there. Even against the cloud background. 

Okay. 

Houston call when you want the computer on. 

Yeah, tell us when you get through there and we'll 

We're through. 

You're all done? Okay, we'll go back to this othe]> 
stuff now. 

I can see him going above us. 

You say he is going above you, right? 

Right, ■ we saw him way out going high to the right. 

Okay, roger. The computer power up time is 

03 16 00 and you can power it before then by a 

couple of minutes if you'd like. 

Okay, w*e were hoping to find something down here for the 
D-6. 

Just a second and I'll run outside. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 
Cooper Okay. 



Tape 198, Page 11 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 75 hours 3 minutes into the mission, 
with a little bit of additional information on that Minuteman launch. 
Apparently the best estimate now is the point of closest 'approach was 
about 115 statute miles. The spacecraft and the missile would have -1- 
the missile would have arced up and over, of course, it was slightly! 
to the north of the spacecraft. How many miles to the north, we can't 
get an exact fix on, it would probably be on the order of 100 miles. 
The at last report, the Minuteman was observed rising and well above 
the spacecraft, which at that point it would have been, oh, 135 to lUO 
statute miles in altitude coming into a perigee, or just about perigee 
which was actually 12U, I believe. This is Gemini Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION CO^^MEIJTAEY THANSCRIPT - 8/24/65 Tape 199, Page 

This is Gemini Control, 75 hours, 32 minutes into the flight. We're 
on the kdth revolution, the spacecraft coming up on a Canarvon acquisi- 
tion. First of all, we have sc:.e information on the second stage of 
the Gemini 5 launch vehicle.: " According to our sources, the second stage 
impacted somewhere in the Indian Ocean within the past hour. It was 
observed at the start of its re-entry by an observer in Pretoria, South 
Africa, at 10:36 Central Standard Time. He observed the start of the 
break up. He estimated the altitude at about 110 kilometers. The 
report was that the second stage broke into U or 5 pieces, and they 
were presumed to have impacted somewhere in the mid to east Indian Ocean 
about 10 to 15 minutes later. Just how much it impacted, we don't know.. 
We got no reports on,- if in fact any pieces got through the re-entry 
heat. Some additional information on the minute-man launc]j--the flight 
was completely successful, it was a 27 -minute duration flight, it im- 
pacted at a point in the west Pacific, more than 5 thousand miles, 
nautical miles, from Vandenburg Air Force Base, .it reached a maximum 
altitude of slightly more than 500 nautical miles. The minute-man 
was flying a path of 155 statute miles north of the path of the 
■spacecraft. The point of closest approach between the two was 
201 statute miles and that time of closest approach was 10:38:06 • 
GST. The missile was lairched at 1037:28 CST. -The spacecraft was 
four minutes away from perigee at the time of the closest approach 
which would have put its altitude during the time of the sighting 

> 

and the acouisition and the picture taking at an altitude of 125 
statute miles. At this time we have a brief conversation ^between 
xhe spacecraft and the station at Ascension Island during its 
recent swing across the Atlantic and we'll play that tape for you now; 



MISSION COMMEWTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/2V65 Tape I99, Page 2 

CapCom G-emini V, Gemini V, Houston here, over. 

Cooper Go ahead Houston, Gemini V 

CapCom Roger, we're taking a quick look at the fuel 

here and looks like you're a little bit 
.'below the programmed flight plaji fuel level 
for this particular time in the flight so 
we're gonna have to take it easy for a while. 

Cooper Roger 

CapCom We're getting some more information on the 

SAD 13 pass across Larado, right now the 
weather is clear with a few little puffy 
clouds around, less than a tenth. You're 
gonna have a smoke pod on the northwest corner 
again, the smoke is drifting slowly out to 
the northwest. You should be a little bit to 
the south and the s\m should be almost overhead. 
So it will be a lot better,' the conditions will 
be a lot better than they were this morning. 

Cooper Okey, fine. 

CapCom Gemini V, Gemini V, Houston 

Cooper ■ ■ Go- ahead 

CapCom Can you give us an onboard readout on what 

your propellant quantity is, please? 
Cooper The j)rQepllaiit quantity is reading 31 per cent, 



MISSIO:{ COMtvEKTAEY TRMSCRIPT - Q/2h/6^ Tape l^^ , Page 3 

Cap Com Roger, under 3 1 percent 

Cooper 113 down on my recording chart 

CapCom Okey, vei., good. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 2 00, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 75 hours, 48 minutes into the mis- 
sion. The Department of Defense experimenters concerned with 
the Minuteman launch from Vandenberg are extremely pleased 
here in the Control Center^ They advised that the bird was launched 
on the second called for. They are very complimentary to the SAC' 
crew that handled that launching. The spacecraft is on its swing 

up across the Pacific. We should be in touch from the Hawaii 
. i . * 

station in about five minutes. Meanwhile we have some tape con- 
versatipns gathered from the Carnarvon pass ended about five 
minutes ago. We'll play it for you now. 

Conrad Carnarvon, Gemini V, standing by for the updates. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Roger. Is the PLA update? ' 
Conrad Roger. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Area 50-4 2053 56, 12 + 12, 18 + 17, Area 51-3 - 

32, 12 40, 14 + 05, 19 + 13. Area 52-3 - 23 47, 
51, 12 + 57, 18 + 18, Area 53-3 - 25, 22, 39, 
12 + 10, 18 + 00, Area 54 Delta - 26, 17, 24, 
19 + 56, 24 +-4-1, Did you copy? 

Conrad Yeah, I understand the times on the last two, 

is that 25, 26. Will you read the times on 
53-3 and 54-0? 



MISSION COMMENTARY 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnavron Cap Com 



Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 

« 

Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 



TRANSCRIPT Tape 200, Page 2 

Roger, DODRC , 53-1 is 25 hours, 22 minutes. 
0. K. good show. 

Standby, there seems to be a question on this 

thing You have to tell me what it is 

Carnarvon, those times should be 01, 22, 39, 
02, 17, 24 and the day on them is 04. 
Roger. 

O. K. What were the last two 53-3, 

01 hours? 

22, 39 and 54-Delta is 02, 17 + 24. 

Copy. 

The weather's good in all areas. 
Carnarvon, can you give us an onboard com- 
puter summary? 
Roger. 

O. K. Would you advise Flight that we got 
everything done except the Venus photographs 
on the platform 02 t^est. 
We copied. 
Roger . 

We'd like to a contingency B summary please. 
Roger, Plight. Get set. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 200, Page 3 

Houston Flight Carnarvon, Houston Flight. 

Flight, Carnarvon. 

Would you c - an LOS computer summary 
please? 

Roger. . , 

Carnarvon, did you understand that we wanted 
a second and contingency B. summary? 
Carnarvon Cap Com No. We'll get another one out. 
END OF TAPE 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/2^/65 Tape 201, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston, 76 hours 2 minutes into the 
mission. Within the last minute the spacecraft has come in contact 
with the Hawaii ground station and the crew is going through a 
medical data pass. Let's see, I believe its being performed on 
Gordon Cooper. Let's tune i-h there live and see what's happening. 
CapCom ....Ah, we have a good pressure, standing 

by for your water report 
Cooper Roger, I had 17 pounds k ounces of water 

emd still finishing up meal 3 Alpha. 
Hawaii CapCom Say again please 

Cooper Roger, I'm still eating up the remnants 

of meal 3 Alpha before I have a new meal here 
shortly. 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger. We have nothing else, thank you, Gemini 5. 

Hawaii Surgeon out. 
Cooper Roger, thank you. 

Back to Gemini Control here. Cooper's reference there, meal 3 Alpha 
includes cocoa^ salmon- salad, something called a P-bar, toasted brqad 
cubes, and ginger bread. This is a total calorie intake of 9l4 calories. 

! 

After the exchange of medical data, we haVe hdid no further conversation 
.on the line. We'll stand by and monitor it. We really don't expect any 
additional information - to come up, but we'll come back live if it does. 
During the pass across the States, the crew once more will attempt to 
sight those eye charts north of Laredo. Let's go back to the spacecraft. 
Well, apparently they are talked out after that last pass, -which was a 
very talkative one. Again across the States, we will try the vision 
test north of Laredo, and shortly after that we will purge both the • 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/2k/e'^ Tape 201, Page 2 

oxygen and the hydrogen side of the fuel cells, both sections. The 
computer will be up, the platform will be up, the rate gyros will be off. 
This is Gemini Control, Housto out at 76 hours, 5 minutes into th,e 
mission. . > ' 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 202, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston, 76 hours, 32 minutes into 
the mission. In the last pass across the states the crew was 
successful in picking up that eye target over north of Laredo. 
Pete Conrad read out markings in what he called the second row, 
the squares are aligned in three rows, four boxes to the square, 
2,000 feet on a side. In the second row, he said the second and third 
squares were in a position number two, position number two is a ■ 
slant from left to right, in other words, a slant that starts 
at about 45 ■ degrees off the top of your scale and slanting into 
the left corner. He said they acquired the target a little bit 
late and he couldn't see any more than that but he definitely 
could see those two squares in the second row. Farther on in 
the pass there was discussion of the operation of the primary 
scanner onboard. The crew reports that it is apparently off 
about 15 degrees in pitch, discussed noting thi-s early in earlier 
revolutions. They are apparently allowing for it, their secondary- 
scanner seems to be right on the money. There was also some dis- 
cussion of the computer and howHLt's operft.ting. No information 
on just what, if we have a problem there, or if we do have a problem 
what it is. It is giving the crew some strange readouts and it's 

causing some questions to be asked here on the ground. There's no 
major concern here over the computer, we know it '^s operative and 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 2 02, Page 2 

we're just trying to figure out exactly what the status of it 
is. We have a tape across the states for you, it's rather long 
and we '11 play it for you now. 

Houston Flight ■ Ganini 5, Gemini 5, Houston. 

Cooper Go ahead Houston, Gemini 5. 

Houston Flight I want to give you 'a little information on 

■your SAD 13 that might help you acquire the 
target. Are you ready? 
Cooper Roger go ahead. 

Houston Flight. 0. K. The smoke pod is still at the northwest 

corner of the area. It's about 1,000 feet 
from the nearest cleared square. The smoke 
is going just about due north and it's about - 
five or 10 degrees wide in the, or the smoke 
column goes out about like- that. There's 
some scattered cu (cumulus) about 50 miles 
to the east and there's some very small cu 
about 10 mi±es to the.- west. It's clear right 
over the target area. To the south, southeast 
there's a light cirrus stack and it's well to 

the south southeast, quite a ways out of the 
way. 



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Cooper Roger. 

Houston Flight Gemini 5, Houston again. Be advised that 

you're going to be passing just about 75 
miles grounu range south of the area where 
the targets are . 

Cooper Roger. , . 

Houston Flight Texas go remote, California go local. 

Conrad . Gemini 5, we have the smoke in sight 

at this time we're still quite a distance out. 

Houston Flight 0. K. Now the smoke is supposedly blowing 

due north fron tl>e northwest of the site. 

Conrad Rog, do our best. 

Houston Flight 0. K. " . ' 

Cooper The target is in sight. 

HovB ton Flight Roger . _ 

Conrad O. K. We saw the targets and we think we 

logged about two of them and that's about; it. 
Houston Flight 0. K. Can you tell me what they were? 

Conrad We-ll,- let me think about what direction we are 

first. 

Houston Flight O. K. It wasn't the big E huh? r 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 202, Pace 4 

Conrad No. I think the third one in the second row 

was a two. We think that the second one was 
a two and the third was a two. That's about 
it. We were past it before we picked it up 
good . ■■ ' 

O. K. So you think the second and third one 
in the second row were both twos? 
That's right. 

Very good. We have some other information 
here for you when you're ready to go. 
Go ahead . 

We would like to have you start your purge 
now, and purge both sections. When' you com- 
plete your purge, we ''d like you have you 
then power down. 

0. K. I think we'll it tonight. 

Roger. 

We have a piece of information for you. 
We're pretty sure our primary scanner is off. 
It works all right except it measures a 
large platform with the nose about 15 degrees 

d own . - 

O. K. Do you' think the primary scanner is off 
about 15 degrees in pitch. Is that right 



Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 



Houston Flight 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 202, Page 5 



Houston Flight 0. K. Listen would you start the purge becau 

we don't have any telemetry out of Antigua 
and we'd like to watch this purge. 

Conrad hydrogen off down. 

Houston Flight O.K. 

Conrad • Hydrogen complete on number one. 

Houston Flight O. K. 

Conrad Number two hydrogen's complete. Starting 

number one oxygen. 
Houston Flight Roger. While you're doing the purge here 



I'd like to ask Gordo, a couple of questions 
about the needles during the lift-off in the 
powered portion of the flight. The question 
is which one of the tank needles went full 
scale during powered flight and what times 
did this occur? 

Cooper Roger,, it was before staging and it was the 

emps iguel' needle , second stage. 
Houston Flight Roger, second stage, eraps fuel needle not the 

oxidizer. 

Cooper Then it came back in after staging and then 

went off shortly thereafter.' 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 202, Page 6 

Houston Flight Shortly after staging? 

Conrad Affirmative. 
Houston Flight O. K. Very good. 

Cooper told you abaa t the POGO? 

Houston Flight Roger. 

Conrad Station one oxygen purge complete. Mark. 

Houston Flight Roger, thank you. 

Conrad . Starting 62 purge at this time. 

Houston Flight Gemini 5, Houston again. When did you first 

notice that the primary scanner was giving 
this 15 degrees pitch down? 

Cooper It was yesterday when it was being really 

erratic. Clouds were quite 

easily and at every sun set and sun rise it 

would go off (garbled) signals 

^garbled) It was doing better yesterday. 

Today we tried the primary just to compare it 
and it is very weak and is holding the attitud 
slightly nose down. 

Houston Flight O. K. 

Cooper (garble).... it has quite a 

to it's" attitude hold. 
Houstm Flight O. K. How about in the platform align. 

Does it align the platform properly? 



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Tape 2 02, Page 7 



Cooper 



Houston Flight 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 



Well, fairly well. It's still 

a little bit off, I think over a long 

it would be aligned all right but 

secondary does real. 

0. K. Gemini 5, would you go to catch up 
and hit the start com button? On your com- 
' puter please? 

Roger, (garble) getting com 

start now. Section two purge complete. 
All right, your section two purge is com- 
plete . 

Holler when you want us . to power down. 
0. K. We're checking-; a few things on the 
computer. If we loose voice contact' before 
we get this done we want you to power down 
and go and start your rest cycle. We're 
going to start the rest cycle about half an 
hour late teday so we^ want you to regulate your 
sleeping by shifting everything a half hour 
backwards. We'd also like to have you put 

your cyrogenic guaging switch to the off 



position now. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 2 02, Page 8 



Conrad 



Houston Flight 
Conrad 



Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 



The computer ' s in the catch-up now and we 
hit the strike comp (computation) and four 
amp IVI ■ s are cycling through from zero to 
999. 

0. K. We'll look into that for you. 

We had this problem' at the start of the REP 

•But I thought it was me and I got it to stop 

the first day but it slipped my mind now. . . . , 

O. K. Understand it's still going back and 

forth. 

Yeah, it's going from 0 to 99. (garble)... 
O.' K. It's coming up -all the time is that 
correct? 

Up all the time. 
0. K. 



Now it ' s stopped at 794 and 
O. K. 



794^2, 250 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/24/65 Tape 203, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston; 77 hoxorSj 10 minutes into the mission. 
We're on the h^tYi revolution around the earth, out over the Indian 
Ocean, on a long, quiet swing p across the East Indies, and we should 

be in contact with from our Hawaii station, although it will be a 

peripheral contact, in perhaps 20 to 25 minutes. One of the more 

/ . - • .• -■ 

optimistic signs having to do with this mission has Just flashed up 

in the board. I" refer to the start of the ground elapse time to ' 

retro command for an end -of -miss ion period. Our clock has been ! 

activated and has the setting in it. It reads, right now, Ilk hour^ 
I • ■ I 

and 5^ minutes and 15 seconds to retro command- -that would be for a' 

full 8-day mission. The clock just above it is set and is countings : . 

backweirds for a retro command that would bring us down into the 62-1 

■ 'I 

area, which is our present point of commitment. This is Gemini Control. 
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Tape 20k, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 77 hoiu-s 32 minutes into the flight. The 
spacecraft out over the Mid-PacJ "ic at a long quiet period here and one 
of relative inactivity, we presume aboard. Pete Conrad should be 

taicing/a nap and the Command Pilot, according to the Flight Plan should ' 

/ 

be eating another meal at this time. We expect acquisition within a 

v^ry few minutes at o\ir Hawaii station, then we will know a little bit more 

j 

atjout Vhat is going on at that point. This is Gemini Control out. 

I ■ : 

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MISSION COMMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT - b/Zk/G^ 



Tape 205, Page 1 



Gemini Control here; 77 hours, hh minutes into the mission. We have an 
ever-so-brief conversation with the Hawaii station, Gordo's rogering 
that everything's quiet, Blow ^aboard, and sounding Just a wee bit tired 
after the day's activities, j Ve have the tape ready for you, and we'll 
play it now. 

Hawaii Cap Com Gemini, 5. Hawaii Cap Com. All your systems look. 



good. We've nothing for you at this time. We're 



standing by. 



Cooper 



Roger. Everything's quiet ajid slow up here. 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Roger . 



END :0F TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 206, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 78 hours 2 minutes into the flight. Just 
a. 'very few minutes ago, at precisely 1:58:39 central standard time, 
we began the 50th revolution as we crossed the BOth parallel. -During 
the spacecraft swing down the West Coast of North America, we had a * ? 
long conversation, largely between Jim McDivitt and Gordon Cooper. 
McDivitt passed along a long series of flight plan updates and there 
was considerable discussion of the Laredo eye chart experiment. The 
crew was questioned for any suggestions they might have in placement 
of; the smoke pods that are -- that have been lighted out there to 
assist the crew in finding those charts, and among other items, the 
Gemini V crew was told to look on the 51st revolution for -an active 
volcano to provide background for one of their infrared experiments. 
The volcano is in Hawaii. It's called Kilauea. I'll spell it, K-i-l-a-u-e-a. 
It's at 19 degrees 2h minutes north, 155 degrees 17 minutes west. We 
also want to acknowledge receipt of a telegram from a scouting group ii\ 
convention at Albuquerque. The message to Gordon Cooper reads as follows: ~ 
"326 Scouting Executives from the Southwest states of Oklahoma, Texas, 
and New Mexico, in conference at Albuquerque send greetings and best 
wishes for a successful flight t-o- their friend and former scout, Gordon 
Cooper of Shawnee, Oklahoma. The message will be held for Gordon at the 
conclusion of the flight. We have now the tape wrapped up from the • 
last pass across the West Coast of North America and we will play it 

for you now. ' 



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Ml:;:-. lOK vHiMMl'ilTl'AKY TKAI'JIJCKIPr 



Tape 206, Pag 



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Houston Cap Com 
Cooper, 

Houston Cap Com 



Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 



Gemini V, Gemini V, this is Houston, over. 
Go ahead Houston, Gemini V. 

Roger. I have a couple of questions and -- in fact 
a lot of questions, and a flight plan update. Are 
you ready? 

First, a question. Md you see ahy accelerometer 
malfunction lights on your IMU during that last 
radar test over the Cape? 
No. 

Wo mal lights. Okay, I've got a flight plan update 
for you. Are you ready to copy it. It's quite long? 
Yeah, go ahead. 

Okay. S-7, time is 03 21 20 08, sequence number is 

03, remarks, pitch down. .90 degrees, Apollo land mark_ 

time 03 21 38 02, sequence 213, remarks, pitchdown 

30 degrees, yaw right 6 degrees. Xi-h, 7, time , ^ 

03, 22 U8 17, sequence numbers U25 alpha, and ^l6. Remarks, 

pitchdown 30 degrees, yaw right 30 degrees, volcanos, 

HF test, time 03 22 55 00, sequence number is 01, 

end time 00 25 00(^ S-8, D-13, time OU 02 30 00 

sequence number 01 and 02, under remarks, Pilot. 

S-7, time Ok 03 20 25, sequence number is 01, remarks 

pitch down 90 degrees. 

Okay . 



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Tape 206, Page 3 



Houston Cap Com 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper ■ 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



S-8, D-13, time Oh 03 30 00, sequence numbers 01, 

02, remarks, Command Pilot. HF test time Oh Oh GO 00 

sequence number is 02, remarks, end. time is 

oh 05 30 00, and that is the end of the flight plan h 

update. Are there any questions?. 

Gemini V, Houston, did you get the flight plan? 

.... Gemini V . 

Gemini V, this is Houston here. 

Roger, you just started on the HF test, 

you faded. 

Okay, I'll repeat the HF test. The time is Oh Oh 00 02. 

I say again, that was a mistake. The time is 

oh oh 00 00. The sequence number is 02,' remarks, 

end time is 0^4- 05 30 00.' Gemini V, that's a completion 

of yo\ir flight plan update. Are there any questions? 

I didn't get the remarks on that last HF test. _ 

Roger, under remarks, the end time for the test is 

oh 05 30 00. 

Okay, I got_J:hat. 

Okay', fine. We've got some questions on the SAD 13 

Gordo? 

Okay. 

These pome from the experimenter and they say that they 
had the smoke generator and the >chevron were both 
situated at the northwest corner, and their question 



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Tape 206, Page k 



is, was there any problem in locating the pattern at 
the end of the smoke columns, and if so, do you have 
any suggestions for improving the position of the 
smoke column? 

Cooper I remember we just had trouble locating the patterns ^ 

as we got in close in there. There -- I guess we 
were Just coming in from such a different angle then 
we had seen it before. 

Houston Cap Com Okay, but you think the smoke column was placed at a 

reasonably good position though, is that correct? 

•Cooper The smoke column really points out maybe 100 miles, 

.maybe 100 and, bh probably, at a slant range of 
200 to 250 miles easily. 

Houston Cap Com Okay, fine. They have d,nother question here. Did you 

see any marks in, or did you see marks in every square 
or Just in the two that read 'off to me? 

Cooper I could see marks in several of the squares. I didn't 

see them in every square, but I Just didn't have a 
time when we_ were coming at such an angle. Just the 
one thafs all that Just about that registered. And 
apparently that's about all that registered with Pete, 
was one particular square Pete saw clearly. I say we 

didn't, get it located -until we had already passed it. 
Houston Cap Com Roger. I have a comment here that says that the 

fo'or largest targets were in the northern row. I 
guess they Just want .to point out that to you again 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 206,, Page 5 



Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Houston Cap_Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 



that they keep the largest targets in the northern 
most line , 

Yeah, well the one that I could see the clearest, 
that registered on me, was the first target in the 
second row, which was the nearest to us when we 
went over. ' 
Oh, 

Real close to the targets like we did the first 
pass when I saw them earlier. 

Okay, so you say that the one you saw the best was 
the first one in the second row? 

Roger. But I think again this is where the problem 
is, like we had discovered in flying up there over them 
I'd say it was the light-- angle on the target itself.. 
Okay, now was the light angle better on the second 
pass today, or the first pass^ as far as you were 
concerned? 

I think it was better this second pass. 
Okay. According to our calculations, the sun was 
pretty much over it for the second pass, but you have 
to look into the sun for your first pass. We assume 
that the light was better on the second one. 

We both thought it was the second. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 207, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control. We are at 78 hoiars and 3^ minutes into our 
mission. The flight of spacecraft Gemini V, which at the present time is 
in it's 50 revolution over le earth and is Just passing over the Tananarive 
tracking station on it's way into the Indian Ocean area. At the present 
time here in the Mission Control Center, we are in the midst of the shift 
change, the second shift of flight controllers or the flight team, re- 
placing the first shift red team and very shortly our number 1 Flight 
Director, Christopher C. Kraft, and a few of his flight controllers will 
be at the NASA News Room for their regular noon time or shortly after 
noon time press briefing. As soon as this press briefing is completed, 
here at the Mission Control Center, we expect to have a flight and' net- 
work status report ready for you. This is Gemini Control at 78 hours 
axid 35 minutes into the mission. ' • ; ' 

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MISSION COMMEWTAEY TRMSCRIPT - kjZk/^'^. 



Tape 208, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 79 hours and 2 minutes into the flight of 
Gemini spacecraft number 5- Our spacecraft at the present time is 
on its 50th revolution over the earth. It is passing over the 
Pacific Ocean and has just left voice range with the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec, our tracking ship located in the Pacific Ocean. At this 
time we will give you the taped voice -transmission-'of the Spacecraft 
Gemini 5 flight crew as they passed over the Coastal Sentry Quebec, 
and we now give you this voice transmission. 



CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

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Gemini 53 Gemini 5, CSQ. 
Roger, go ahead, CSQ. 

Roger, we would like to know what setting you have on 

your suit coolant control. 

Roger. It's all the way closed. 

Understand. It all the way closed. 

Roger. 

OK. We have you -go on the ground, and if you 
have an experiment status report ready this rev - 
we'll copy. If not, we'll copy it next rev. - Over. 
OK. We'll catch you next rev on it. 
■ Very^gbod. We have nothing further and are 
stainding by. 
Stand by, thank yoti. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - Q/Zk/G^ Tape 209, Page 

This is Gemini Control at 79 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
Spacecraft Gemini 5> which is now on its 50th revolution and is 
approaching the west coast of Africa, and will within a very few 
moments be starting Its 51s-q -revolution over the earth. A while 
back as the spacecraft passed over the Coastal Sentry Quebec, we 
played back to you a voice tape taken over that tracking ship. ThiS' 
tape, however, did -not include a late comment from the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec spacecraft communicator. In talking to command pilot Gordon 
Cooper he did say, "Gordo, we saw on this last pass."_ And Gordo's 
reply was, "Great! Did it look very bright in the sunlight?" And 
the answer was, "Affirmative. It was bright." After that, the 
spacecraft passed over the Hawaiian tracking station and we had 

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another voice communication with command pilot Gordon Cooper, and at 
this time we will play you that taped voice communication between the ' ' 
Hawaiian tracking station and Gemini 5. 



Hawaii Cap Com Gemini 5, Hawaii Cap Com. , All systems are green;- 

We're copying your dump. We have an onboard map 
up-date for you. 
Cooper Roger. Go ahead, 

i Hawaii Cap Com ,, Roggr, The title i's map 221502, longitude 71 east 

rev 51. The star is the- same time under remarks, 
011012. 

Cooper • OK, fine. Thank you. 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger. 

Cooper Hawaii, Gemini 5. Could you give us ' the g.m.t. 

time hack, please? 
Hawaii Cap Com Roger. I'll give you a hack at 211^00. ' 



MISSION 'COMi«ENTARY TRiJ'ISCRIPT 



Tape 210, ?a: 



This is C-emini Control at 80 hours and 2 minutes into the flight o 
spacecraft Gemini V which is n:- on its 51st revolution over the earth 
and is approaching the southern tip of the African Continent. ' At this 
time in the Mission Control Center, we still do not have our updated 
status report. Flight Director Eugene Kranz is in the process of 
accumulating all the up to date data that he will need in order to give 
the cr.ew an updated report on how the flight looks from the ground. On 
the next pass over the Rose Knot Victor , our tracking ship off the West 
Coast of Peru, we will have also from the astronauts a report on experi- 
ments that they have accomplished during the last 2k hours, and at that 
time we will give you a rmdown on this experiment report'. This is 
Gemini Control at 80' hours and 3 minutes into the flight mission. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRAKSCEIPT 



Tape 211, Page 



This is Gemini Control, at 80 hours and 32 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini V which is now on its 51st revolution over the -earth 
and is passing over the Coastal Sentry Quebec , our tracking ship located 
in the Pacific south of the Japanese Islands, ¥e have a report from our 
Flight Surgeon, Dr, Dwayne Catterson, he said that, thus far, the crew 
sounds fine and appears to "be in very good physical condition, and that 
is from the data being received here on the ground. The Command Pilot 
has had an average of 5 hours of sleep a day for the first 3 days, 
the Pilot, Pete Conrad, hours average. The water intake of both men 
is very closely following the national average, which is 6 pounds of 
water per man per day. We have not, as yet, had an opportunity to 
update the spacecraft from the ground which is the usual procedure and 
we are: waiting a good pass over one of the tracking stations and at thaii 
time our Flight Director, Eugene Kranz , will give them an update on all 
the spacecraft systems as they look from the ground. This is Gemini ' - 
Control at 80 hours and 33 minutes into the flight. 

END OF TAPE 



KISSIOK CCiv^-CNTARY TRAi'-ISCP.IPT 



Tape 212, Page 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
EM) OF TAPE 



The islands look real clear today. We can see Hcno] 
real well. Can see Kilo down here on Hawaii. 
You sound like a tourist. 

Boy, it's really a nice day down there isn't it? 
I wouldn't know. I never get a chance to get out. 
Me neither. ■ 
Touche . 



MISSIOK C0I.2'IEKTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/24/65 Tape 213, Pa 

This is Gemini Control at 8l hours and 32 minutes into the flight 
of Spacecraft Gemini 5, which is now on its fifty-second revolution 
over the earth and is just apr r jaching the southern tip of Africa. 
About ten minutes ago, as the spacecraft passed over the Rose Knot 
Victor, our tracking ship off the west coast of Peru, Pilot Pete 
Conrad, on instructions on a time mark from the Rose Knot Victor's 
spacecraft communicator, purged his fuel cells; and this was 
successfully completed. He was advised that there will be a medical 
data pass by the pilot over Hawaii which vill be coming up shortly, 
and he also reported that Command Pilot Gordon Cooper is asleep at 
this time. This is Gem.ini Control. 
MD OF TAPE 



MISSION COM^EKTASY TRMSCRIPT - 8/24/65 



Tape 21k, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 82 hours and 2 minutes into the mission 
of spacecraft Gemini V which is now. on its 52nd revoration over the 
earth and is coming up over the Coastal Sentry Quebec , our tracking 
ship located in the Pacific Ocean, somewhat south of Japan. This' 
has been a very quiet flight since 2:00 p.m". when the white shift 
team of controllers .came aboard. We have upcoming a medical data 
pass from the pilot Pete Conrad who is awake and this will take place 
over the Hawaiian tracking station about 10 minutes from now. At this 
time also command pilot Gordon Cooper is asleep. Here in the Mission 
Control Center we were just visited by our flight director no. 1, 
Christopher Columbus Kraft, who came in and spent a few minutes 
talking to his relief flight director. Gene Kranz., now on duty in 
control of this flight. From the mannerisms and actions of Chris as 
he chatted with Kranz, obviously he is very pleased at the way this 
flight is going. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION C0^5■E:^A3Y TRAI;SCRIPT - 8/2U/65 lape 21^, Pare I 

Tills is Gemini Control at 82 hears and 32 minutes into our flight of the 
Gemini . 5 spacecraft which is no," on its 52nd revolution over the earth 
and is passing over the m.id-Pacii'i ; on its way toward the Pose Knot Victor 
tracking ship located off the west coast of South America. V'e are told 
cy our flight director, Gene Kranz, that approximately kO pounds of Dams 
fuel is required to complete the remainder of the 8 day flight plan based 
on present calculations. Flight director Kranz states there is sufficient 
fuel atioard to accomplish all the planned experiments and complete the 
mission. Ve also have a report ircmx our recovery rm that the U. S. S. 
McKenzie, a destroyer assigned to the recovery forces in the west Pacific 
landing area, reports sighting the Gemini 5 spacecraft for approximately 15" 
miinutes during the k'^th revolution. The time of sighting was from 1935 hours 
to 1950 hours Greenwich Mean Time. The ship reported that the Gemini 5 
spacecraft vj-as traveling in a northeasterly direction at a fast speed and - 
it had the magnitude of a planet. Here in Mission Control Center our 
flight controllers are taking their evening coffee breaks, and some of " - 
them^ are getting ready for their evening meals. We will now play back for 
you the taped voice conversation between Gemini spacecraft 5 Si-nd o-ur 
Hav/aiian tracking station made just a few minutes ago. This is Gemini 
Control. 

Hawaii Cap Com. The people back in H^ouston would like a little infor- 

m.aticn on .your sleep and on Gordo's sleep. Did he go 
to sleep right after o"ar last Hawaii pass? 

Cor.:-ae; He's sort 01 been cat-napping. He had a good lone - 

V 

really he had about an hcar's long sleep period very 



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MISSIOI^ COivSvEKTARY TRi^i-ISCSIPT - 8/214-/65 



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Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hav;aii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 



Hawaii CaiD Com 



Conrad 

EKD Cf^ TAPS 



IS he asleep right now? 
Yep.. 

Allright. Aiid how long was your nap? 

I -slept about an hour and a half. 

One and a half hour's pretty good sleep? 

Yeah, I don't remember anything. 

Okay. Fine. Hawaii station out. 

Okay, Hawaii surgeon. Let me give you a status on 

these meals. We finally got them straightened out. 

I just ate meal 3B at 220000. : 

That's 3B at 220000. 

Now we've used up all the 3 <iay meals; we've used up 
all the 2 day meals; and we ate the 2 packages that were 
in the footwell. And we. have all the first day's ■ 
meals plus all the food in the left stowage box to go. 
Okay. Kow I copy that you used up all the 3 d.a,y m.eals, 
all of 2 day meals, 2 packages in the footwell, and 
you still have to go all the first day's meal and all 
the food in the left stowage box. That right? 
That.' s right . 



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This is Gerdni Cor.trcl at 83 hours and 2 rdnutes into o-uz- mission , Soa.ce- 
craft Gemini 5 is now passing over the south Atlantic coming up on the 
east coast of Africa, This is G., . ini Control voice testing 1 2 3 i+ 5 - 
5^321 Gemini Control testing. This is Gemini Control. We are nov 
83 ho^urs and 5 minutes into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 5 which has ' 
just recently started its 53rd revolution over the earth and at the present 
time is approaching the east coast of Africa. About 10 minutes ago while 
the spacecraft vas over the Rose Knot Victor, our tracking ship located 
off the vrest coast of Peru, pilot Pete Conrad was engaged in a series of 
experiments measuring radiation and making photographs of various objects 
'in space and on the ground. Command pilot Gordon Cooper is still in his 
sleep period. After completing the experiments, Pete Conrad is scheduled 
to eat another meal. Everything in our flight appears to be normal and 
we expect that we will have axi updated mediqal report during oui- ne>;t 
voice broadcast. This is Gemini Control. 
EI^D OF TAPE 



MiSSIO:: CO;-:iffiITTARY TRAICSCRIPT - S/2^/65 Tape 21?, ?L.^e 1 

•It. is is Gemini Control at 6f hours and k minutes into the I'lighr 
oi 3pa.cecrafi: Gemini V, v.'hich is nc; on its 53rd revolution over the 
earth and has just passed over the Canton Island tracking station. 
In voice conversation wILh the Canton Island station, the voice of 
otr spacecraru coiriiiiunicator Buzz .iJLdrin here in Mission Control Center 
v/as reinoted. Pilot Pete Conrad discassed several of the experiments 
that have been carried on during the past 6 hours. Pie gave a food 
report which has our surgeons quite elated. It was a good food report. 
Vie v/ill get some additional details on that later. He was also asked 
now his beard feels after h days in space without shaving and his com- 
m.ent wi-as very short. He said, "Oh, not so bad." At the present time 
the spacecraft is m.oving southward and shortly will pass just south 
of the Rose Knot Victor, our tracking ship located off the west of 
?era, and we are not sure at this time whether they will get within 
voice -range of that sta.tion. This is Gemini Control at 84 minutes -- 
84 hours and p minutes into the flight. 

EilD OF TAPE 



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Thi3 is C'er.ini Corit.rol. VJe are now &k hours and 32 minutes into 
tne i'lignt raission of spacecraft Gerr.ini V which is now on its 5^^^ 
revolution over the earth, having started that revolution a f ev: . 
rriin,ite£ ago. At the present tine the spacecraft has moved off the 
east coast of Africa in the south Atlantic. and is -- the east coast of 
South Arrierica in the south Atlantic and is moving tov;ard the African 
continent. Everything aboard the spacecraft appears to be a go condi- 
tion at this time. The pilots have reported that -- pilot Pete Conrad 
has reported that they have no discomforts aboard. Our flight surgeon 
says everything on this flight appears to be first-rate at this time. 
We are in a very slack period of flight. There is very little activity 
We do have a medical pass coming up over the Coastal Sentry G-uebec in 
approximately hO minutes and we have some very routine tests, division 
tests, that are also scheduled to be handled shortly. At this time 
the spacecraft is apparently going to be updated. We will have a 
briefing of the spacecraft crew. VJe have not yet come to "chat briefing 
period, and when we do we vfill be able to give you a good status report 
on the flight at that m.oment. This is Gemani Control at &k hours and 
33 minutes into the m.ission of C-eiaini V. 



END 0? 



:.:IS5IC:t C0:CSKTARY TRAI'SCRIPT - 8/2^/65 Tape 21v, Pure 1 

Tr.i.s is Cr-in'.ir.i Control 6^ hours and 4p minuses iiioo ^he 
rr.ission of spacecraft Gemini V, v/hich is now on its ^hth revol'a^ion 
ana has just approached the east coast of ^Ifrica. We have a food, 
v;aT;er, and sleep report' from our flight surgeon, Dr. Duane Car'cerson. 
He said the astronauts have been eating their meals regularly and 
are not at al3 behind on the food intake. He said their water intake 
is adequate and very close to the predicted levels made before this 
flight. He said the sleep was adequate. He reported that both 
astronauts are in good physical shape and are in condition to keep 
up v.'ith this mission. The medical equipmient onboard, he said, is all 
in good working order and the pi;].ots have reported that they are 

comfortable. Astronaut Gordon Cooper with 8^ hours 

and h6 minutes of space flight on this trip has now rolled up .more 
hours in space than any other hiiman being. He' had accum.ulated 3^ ho. rs 
and 20 mdnures during his flight in the Faith 7 Mercury spacecraft, in 
1963 ■ Kis total now is about II9 hours and 7 minutes. This is 
Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSIOI^ COI'^MEr'TAEY TRANSCRIPT - ii/2:~/oo Tape 22C , rare 1 

This is Gemini Control Qk hours and 4-5 minutes into "che 
flight of spacecraft Gemini V, which is now on its 5^th revolution 
over the earth and is approaching the east coast of Africa. We have 
a medical report at this time from our flight surgeon, Dr. Duane 
Catterson. He reports that the astronauts' foot intake is very good. 
They have been eating meals regularly and are not at all behind on 
food intake. He reports their water consumption is adequate and 
close to predicted levels. He said, also, sleep is adequate. He 
concluded by saying they are in good physical shape and are in 
condition to keep up this mission. The medical equipment aboard is 
all in good working order and the pilots report they are comfortable. 
Astronaat Gordon Cooper, with 8^1 hours and ko minutes of space- flight 
on this trip has now rolled up more hours in apace than any other 
human being. He had acc'Limulated 3^ ho ^rs and 20 minutes during his 
flight in the Faith 7 Mercury spacecraft in 1963' His total now, 
spaceflight hours, is more than 119 hours and 7 minutes.- This is 
Gemini Control 

EI® OP TAPS 



MISSION COMMENTARY IKANSCRIPT - 8/24/65 



Tape 221, Pac^ 



This is Gemini Contrpl. We are at 85 hours and 2 minutes into 
'the flight of spacecraft Gemini V, which is now passing over the 
continent of Asia.- At this time command pilot Gordon Cooper will 
have a rather busy. period while his partner, pilot Pete Conrad, 
will soon have a sleep period. Scheduled upcoming over -the Coastal 
Sentry Q;uebec , our tracking ship located off the coast of the ocean 
south of. Japan, actually off the Asian coast south of Japan, we wil 
have a medical data pass and then command pilot Cooper will perform 
a purge of the fuel cells and he then will engage in some vision 
tests 'designated as 8. This is the ability to detect and recognize 
ground lobjects. Pilot Pete Conrad, as we said, is due to start his 
sleep period. In addition, command pilot Gordon Cooper is due to 
have another meal. There are several other tests that will be 
slated axid we will give you the details on them as they are per- 
formed. This is Gemini Control at 85 hours and 3 minutes 'into the 
mission. All seems to be going well and our flight controllers are 
beginning to awaken a little bit from their coffee and lunch breaks 
here in the, Control Center, and with these tests slated aboard the 
spacecraft, activity here is picking up a little. This is Gemini 
Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - ^l2\j^5 Tape 222, Page 1 

This is Gfemini Control at 85 hours and 32 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Ofprnini V, which is nov/ on its 5^th revolution over the 
earthj passing over the , Canton Island tracking station in the mid-Pacific 
At the present time our spacecraft communicator here in Mission Control 
Center, Buzz Aldrin, remoting his. voice through the Canton Island 
tracking station, is updating the flight plan for the benefit of 
command pilot Gordon Cooper. We should have a report on that updated 
plan with our next transmission. About 10 minutes ago, as the space- 
craft passed over the Coastal Sentry Quebec , that station, or that 
tracking ship, passed on to the spacecraft V flight crew a Go from the 
ground station. At that time also, they took a medical pass type 1 on 
the command pilot. That consists of a temperature, a blood pressure, 
a 30-minute exercise period by the pilot, followed by a second blood 
pressure reading. Cooper gave a report on his water cons-oinption since 
the start of this flight and said he has had 20 pounds and 8 ounces of 
water. He also passed on to Coastal Sentry Quebec some of the results 
of vision tests that he had made. At that time the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec ailso updated the spacecraft star map and Cooper ended the con- 
versation reporting that everything is fine in spacecraft Gemini V. 
This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSIOEj COiyiMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/24/65 Tape 223, Page 

This is Gemini Control. We are at 86 hoiars and 2 minutes into 
the flight of spacecraft Gemini V which has just about a few minutes 
ago started its 55th revolution, over th6 earth. At the present time 
it is ^passing over central South America. During a voice conversa- 
tion with the Rose Knot Victor , our tracking ship located off the 
west coast of Peru, 'some instructions were passed to the spacecraft 
crew relating to maneuvers to.be performed in the next coining revo- 
lutions. . .. One of these maneuvers will be a pitch-up maneuver which 
is somewhat reminiscent' of the old Immelmajin maneuver performed by 
aircraft. The purpose of this maneuver is for terminal maneuvers 
during reentry that will be coming in the Gemini program and it 
enables the pilot to position their spacecraft with a pitch-up. 
mslneuver to keep the various stars in view which will orient them 
on their reentry attempt. Tliis is Gemini Control. Here in the 
control room we are getting some visitors. Happen to be the blue 
team of flight controllers who are filtering in and we are about 
ready for another shift change here, and we are estimating a press 
briefing at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the Gemini News Center with 
flight director Gene Kranz, Dr.-Duane Catterson, Henry Stephenson, 
our "Guidance and Navigation 'Control Officer, .and Buzz Aldrin, astro- 
naut Buzz Aldrin, our spacecraft communicator. This is Gemini 
Control at 86 hours and 3 minutes into the flight of Gemini V. 

V 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/24/65 



Tape 22k, Page 1 



■^his is Gemini Control at 86 hours smd 32 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini V which is now'on its 55th revolution over the 
earth and is now passing over the. continent of Asia. According to our 
flight ; plan we will soon make contact with the Coastal Sentry Quebec , 
our tracking ship located in the Pacific Ocean and at that time our 
command pilot Gordon Cooper will conduct a cabin, lighting survey. This 
is a- meajS^urement of light that filters into the spacecraft in -- he will 
check the 'lighting — the lighting that filters into the spacecraft 

in viarious portions of the spacecraft. He will use a photometer to do, 

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this| lighting survey. At this time our pilot, Pete Conrad, is asleep. 
Here in Mission Control in Houston, the NASA Mission Control Center, 
our -flight controllers are concluding the briefing of the blue team 
of flight controllers which will take over dir.ection of this flight 
at 11:00 p.m., central standard time. At this time the spacecraft, 
its pilots, aiid Mission Control are all going well. This is Gemini 
Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/24/65 Tape 225, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 8? hours ajid 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V, now at the start of its - r\inning toward the end, I shoiild 
say, of its 55th revolution, is, how over the south-central Pacific, 
and nearing acquisition by the tracking ship Rose Knot , which will 
occur some 2S minutes from now. Here in Mission Control, the blue 
- team of flight controllers led by flight director John Hodge, is 
settling down for the early morning owl shift, usually a rather 
quiet i uneventful period when station contacts are infrequent and 
there;; is little air-to-ground transmission. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF 'tape 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRMSCRIPT - 8/25/65 Tape 226, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 88 hours 32 minutes after lift-off. 

Gemini V, now midway through its 5>-^th revolution, is crossing over 

the northeast coast of Australii. in the southwest Pacific, and 

will b^; acquired by the tracking ship Rose Knot in 27 minuta^. 

There are no special flight plan activities or medical data checks 

to be run during the pass over the Rose Knot . Pilot Conrad presum- 
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ably is still asleep at this 'time. This is Gemini Control. 



end'- op tape 



MISSION COMMEIJTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/25/65 



Tape 227, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 89 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is now in acquisition by the tracking ship Rose Knot off 
the coast of Pervu. In I9 minutes the C anary Isleind tracking station 
should acquire the spacecrai't. ' This is the first station contact 
since the Canary Island pass early in this, the 56th revolution. 
Gemini V was Go on the ground at Canary station. This is Gemini 
Control . 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/25/65 Tape 228, Page 1 ' 

^This is Gemini Central, 89 hours 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is now over the Mediterranean shore, North Africa, one-fourth 
of the way into the 57th. 'revolution. The spacecraft looked good on 
telemetry readouts aboard the tracking ship Rose Knot toward the 
end of the 56th revolution. Since"^ this was the last pass by 
Gemini V over the Rose Knot for several revolutions, flight director 
John Hodge released the flight- controllers aboard the ship for the 
night after the spacecraft communicator reported loss of signal. 
During -the recent pass over the Canary Island station, command pilot 
/Cooper ! passed down to the Canary spacecraft communicator the onboard 
readou-^s of the fuel cell reactant supply system, namely, oxygen 90 percent, 
quantity remaining at 110 pounds- per square inch," and hydrogen 70 percent, 
quantity remaining at 770 pounds per square indh. A delayed-time 
telemetry tape was also played back by Cooper to the Canary station. 
The next station tbocontact Gemini V will be the Carnarvon station 
27 minutes from now. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/25/65 Tape 229, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 90 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is now crossing the northwest coast of Australia midway . 
through the 57th revolution. Thfe Carnarvon station and the low- 
elevation angle on the spacecraft during this pass, sometihing- like 
1.8 degrees, and the pass lasted only 2 minutes and 6 seconds. How- 
ever, no attempt was made by the Carnarvon station to contact 
Gemini V spacecraft. This is Gemini Control. 

END OP TAPE 



MlSSIOni COMMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT.- 8/25/65 Tape 230, Page 1 

This is Geijiini Control, 90 hours 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V, now nearing the end of the 57th revolution, is now 
crossing the equator just west o"f Guayaquil, Ecuador. There has 
been no contact with Gemini V since the Canary Islands pass eeurlier 
in this revolution. Here in Mission Control it is rather quiet. 

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since at ^this stage in the mission, actually every 2k hours the 
orbits tend to shift away from the belt of tracking stations 
around the world, so that there are only one or two stations in 
each revolution. Coming up on the next Canary Islands pass the 
crew will be given updates for planned landing areas for revolu- 
tions 6o through 64. This is Gemini Control. 

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MISSION COMMEKTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/25/65 Tape 231, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 91 hours and 2 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 5 
is now passing to the e|,stward of the Canary Island tracking station. 
Pilot Conrad is scheduled to be ewakened and briefed by Cooper when they . 
come to the Carnarvon -stationjin Australia. The pilot will then eat and 
command pilot will take a cap nap about the time Gemini reaches Carnarvon. 
Canary spacecraft; communicator.Keith Kundel passed up to _Gemini 5 updates 
for planned, landing areas in the 60th through tlie bUth revolution. Canaxy' 
?report* said Gemini 5 is go on the ground. This ^ is Gemini Control. 
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This is Gemini Control 91 hours 32 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 5 
spacecraft any moment now will be acquired by tracking station at Carnarvon 
Australia./ Carnarvon is schedui; i according to the flight plan here on ^ 
the projection screen. dn Missi^dn Control to update Gemini 5 flight plan 
items for the day following... That is, for the rest of today. Command ■ 
pilot Cooper is scheduled to take a nap. Pilot Conrad is scheduled to 
have one of the -'l guess - probably meal B, for day 3, following this pass 
This is Gemini Control. 
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Tape 233, Page 1 



. This is Gemini Contrpl, 92 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V spacecraft presently is over the central Pacific coming 
up across Mexico in the next few minutes. We. have now the listing 
of some of the experiments that were updated to the spacecraft from 
the Carnarvon station. I'll run through these as briefly as"~ 
possible. There are approximately h runs of the surface photography 
experimefit in which k photos will be made of each object. The first 
one is.at-5:55 central time, the next is 6:08 central time, the next 
at 6:24, the next at ^:0h central time, and the last one at 10:51 
central time. The visual acuity experiment will be run over Laredo 
at 7:23 this morning. The radiometric measurement — infrared meas- 
urements, that is, will be run at 7:15 with a readying taken of the 
star Sigma Sagittarius ,' otherwise caG.led .... , At 7:56 a radio- 
metric measurement will be made of a sled run at the Holloman Test 
Hange near White Sands, New Mexico. Cloud top spectrometer measure- 
ments will be made of thunder storms over southern Florida at 
10:37 a.m., central standard time. Following this group of exper- 
iments, along with other operational checks that are included^ in 
the flight plan update, the spacecraft will be powered down at 
approximately 11:00 a.m., central standard time. We have now a 
tape of the air-to-ground transmissions between the Carnarvon station 
ajid Gemini V spacecraft. Let's hear that tape now. 



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Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini V, Carnarvon Cap Com. 
.Conrad Go 'ahead Carnarvon.- 

Carnarvon Cap Com Roger. We gox a long flight plan update for you 
Conrad Ready to copy you. 

Carnarvon Cap Com .... platform. By the way, all of these are 

to put update. 11 00 00. Remarks, power up. 
Item 2, platform, 11 25 00. Remarks, aline SEF. 
Next item,: power up 11 hO 00. Remarks, rate 
', - - , gyros and computer on. Next item, hio-med 

recorders 11 51 00. Remarks, number 2 on 
number 1 off. Next item, D-6, delta 6, 
11 55 55 J sequence number 13^, mode number 08. 
Remarks, pitch down 30, yaw 0, speed 6o. ' 
Next item, D-6, delta 6,^^12 08 13 > sequence 
number 06? , mode number 08. Remarks, pitch 
down 30, yaw . , 11, speed 125'. How we going 
so far? 

Conrad Got it. 

Carnarvon Cap Com OK. Next, delta 6,12 2k 02, sequence 091 

mode number o8. Pitch down 3P, yaw right 2, 
speed 6o. Next item, platform 13 00 00- > 
Remarks, aline SEF. Next item, S-8, D-13, 

13 23 39, sequence no. 03- Remarks, pitch 

down 30, yaw right 22. Next item; D-6, delta 6, 



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Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



13 58 50, sequence no. 089, mode no. IS, pitch 
down 30, yav right 1, speed 1000. S-U, S dot k 
How' s it going? 
Got it. ■ 

OK, next item. H-k i>-7 , 1^ 15 00, sequence no. 
. hlO Charlie. Next item, platform ih 30 00. 

Remarks, aline SEF. 'Next item B-h D-7, 1^ 56 50, 
sequence no. h 2h ailpha, mode no. 08, pitch down 
30, yaw left 10, speed 60, tiest time Ik 57 31. 
Next item, D-6, delta, 6, 15 ^0, sequence 
no. 13^+, mode no. 08. Remarks, pitch down 30 
yaw 0, speed 125. Next item B-k D-7, 15 19 00, 
sequence no. klS. You got everything up to this 
point?. 
Yeap. 

OK, we'll 

axid make it about one more in. 

Platform 15 ko 00, Remarks, aline SEF. Next item, 
B-h D-7, 16 '28 oh, sequence k23 Baker, mode 
no. 08. Remaxks, pitch down 29, yaw left 3^, 
speed 60. Do you copy? 
have it all. 

OK, there's 2 -- 3 more items. I'll give you this 
one, S-7, I6 37 00, pitch down 90, thunder storms 
over southern Florida. You copy? 



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Tape 23h, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control 92 hours 32 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 5 is 
now in acquisition hy the Canary Island tracking station during the 
state side pass just completed ov^r the eastern test range stations.' 
Pilot Conrad reported. 'that the "fuel cell hydrogen supply was at 68 percent 
quantity, and the pressure was holding at 770, 7 7 0, pounds per square 
inch. These are onboard readings. He reported also that his comfort 
was fine , that the temperature in the cabin was very fine . We have a 
tape of this state side pass which we'll roll right now. 
Houston. Cap Com Gemini 3, Gemini 5? Houston Cap Com. Over. 

Hello, Houston, Gemini 5 here. 

Roger. ■ You look pretty good here on the ground. Are — - 
you ready to finish copying the flight plan updates? 
Would you. wait just one second. Be right with you. 
Okay. 

Houston, ready to copy. 

Roger, I'll pick up where Carnarvon left off, bu^ I 
may repeat part of the last one. It was S7 at 163700, 
pitch 90 down, thunderstorms over southern Florida. 
D6 165125, sequence number O65, mode number 08, ■ - 

pitch 30 down, yaw 32 right, speed 60, power down 170000; 
rate gyros, computer, and platform off. Did you copy? 
Roger , 

Okay, did you have a chance to try the second rendezvous . 
illumination test, -or did you cancel those out altogether 
tonight? 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



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Conrad 



Cap Com 



Conrad 



Cap Com 



Conrad 
Cap Com 

Conrad 



Let me explain a little bit what our problem was. 
After we left the states yesterday we had quite a bit 
of housekeeping to do, and by the time we got done 
restowing things, 'why it was getting pretty late. 
Then we got into the HF check and that kept Gordo 
awake. And .then we got into a bunch of things 
■ like that and the next thing we knew neither one of 
us got any sleep. to speak of so we ran out of gas there 
and we just knocked off everything trying to get 
some rest. 

Ok. That's fine. No problems. I just wondered if you^d 
tried the second one. -We may reschedule but we may 
not. It depends on the fuel. And do you have any 
particular questions on ^he procedures or would you liTse 
to look it over for a little longer? 

Well, later on today why don't- you run - well, you can 
run- it by - why don't you run it by me right now and 
I'll make sure I got it all right. 

Ok. We got some other things we'd rather talk to you ■ - 
right, nqw about, particularly since we've still got 2h 
at least until we try this." one again, so we'll update you 
a little later on that particxilar test. Ok? 
Very good. 

Did you get a chance when you put the REP out to take any 
pictures of it? 

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the Hasserolad, and when we put it out we had both 
the REP and the blanket right together. 

Cap Com Okr Understand. Thank you. Ok, I have a map update 

for you if you're ready to copy. 

Conrad Ok. " 

Cap Com Ok. The' map at the time of k days, ILhoiirs, 38 minutes, 

57 seconds, will he I3U.6 degrees west. 
Conrad Rog. Would you give me the rev and the time again please. 

Cap Com Rog. Rev is 59, and the time is the fourth day, 11 38 

57. 

Conrad Very good.- Got it. 

Cap Com Ok. And your' fuel usage is getting sort-of close. We figure 

• we need, about kk pounds to finish all of the experiments 
and we have about U5 pounds. So be conservative on that. 
Ok? 

Yeah. We've been drifting most of the time here in the 
evening. 

Ok. That's fine. We find that even during the slow 
passes when you're not doing anything that you use about 
two pounds ^r so. So we'd like to keep it down as much 
as /possible. 
Conrad Ok . 

Cap Com Ok. Elliott has a discussion on your radar yesterday 

for you. 
Conrad Ok. 

See Could you give ne a fueL cell hydrogen quantity reading 

first, Pete? 



Conrad 



Can Com 



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Conrad 
See 



Conrad 



See 



Conrad 
See 



Ok, it's 68 percent and 770. 

Roger. They did a considerable computer analysis work 
yesterday, and I'd like to ask you. a couple of questions 
and then I'll tell you what we're going to do. ^ ' 

Did you get any analog range indication when you were 
trying the last radar test. 

Yeah. Gordo said he had range rate and I guess the range 
scale was packed. 

Roger. -And did you try when you were having the problem 
of reading the range out, did you try going to standby , 
and then back to on. 
No. • 

Ok. You probably didn't think about that 'cause you had 
a lock on light. Ok. The MDIU appears to be ok by 
ground analysis. They've checked out the various 
readings and it appears that it's working. all right. 
■For your information, your fii-st 69 readout any time 
will be the last previous readout in the rendezvous 

mode so it Ok. The range readout problem, we think. 

may be due to noise interference from either Jacksonville 
radar or SPADETS. We plan to have them off the next 
time we try this. We woiild like to have - to do another 
radar test - not today but tomorrow - it'll probably be 
similar to the one you did yesterday. We'll have 
to forward information on that to you. We will also 
include - we'd like you to include takirfg Questar pictures 

of the Cape. Now do -yo^ feel you can do this both at the 



MISSION comJES 



Conrad 



See 



Conrad 
See 

Conrad 
See ^ 
Conrad 



See 



Conrad 



See 

Cap Com 



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same time. I have indication that you did something 
like that yesterday, anyvay. 

Tha't's correct. ¥e got some pictures of the Cape yesterday. 
With the Questar during the trend. 

Ok. Weir, we woudl like you to do that again when we do 
the test -and the pictures will he,- taken when you're . 
directly on bores ight and I was concerned about whether 
you could operate the MDIU and the Questar at the same 
time. 
Yep. 

Ok. Do you have any other questions about the radar 

test? 

Nope 

Okeydoke . 

We would like to request that we keep everything to a 
■ minimm in the evenings. We, for some reason, are. having 
trouble in sleeping. One guy bothers the other when he's 
doing anything, is what it amounts to. 
Ok. This would be - this test would be done during the 
day so I doH^'t think there will be any problem that 
way. 

We're not concerned about that. We judt want to emphasize 
that it's so darned q_uiet in the cabin and when one guy 
is trying to sleep, the other guy does anything, why, it 
makes' quite a bit of noise. 
Roger. 

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hours before you got the Carnarvan updates as a 
quiet period? Would that work out for you pretty 
good? 

Conrad Yeah. That's awful late and that's what finally happened. 

"both feil asleep last night, I guess, or I know I 
did. 

Cap Com Ok. We'll keep it down then. Can you give us a status - 

on your temperature up there, or your comfort? 

Conrad Our comfort's fine and the temperature is fine. I- think 

., ; my M-1 experiement ' s quit running for good now. I don't 

know whether it ran out of air, or what. The problem that 
I had with it before is not the same thing. The valves- 
not making any noise aijy more. So I think it either 
ran out of air or just gave up the ghost" and quit running. 

Cap Com Ok. Fine, Understand.'^ 

See You guys are sounding better all the time, Pete. You 

miist like it up there. . ' _ 

Conrad ^ Say again. 

See I said you guys are sounding better all the time - you 

must like it up there . 
Conrad Well, we're getting used to it. 

See Ok 

Flight Gemini 5, this is Houston Flight. Good morning. 

Conrad Morning. How are you? 

Flight Great. Looks like we're gettingv ready for another day 

here. We'll be giving ypu a Go pretty soon. 

Conrad 



Ok. We're standing by to power up- 



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Flight Roger. We'll see you. 

END OF TAPE 




MISSION COMMENTARy TRMSCEIPT - 8/25/65 Tape 235, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 92 hours and 2 minutes after liftoff. We have 
some fairly late data on the orbital measurements of Gemini 5 flight from 
some 'fairly recent tracking data ver the eastern test range stations and. 
Canary Islands. The o^-bit as ^Lt now it has a 123.7 statute mile perigee, 
189.5 statute mile apogee, and from the time of the tracking measurements 
it will have a life-time of l^t-.S days. The next tracking station to 
acquire Gemini 5 will be the Carnarvon station in approximately 3 minutes. 
This is/" Gemini Control. 

:/ ■ • ■ ■ 

END OF TAPE 



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Tape 236, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control 93 hours 32 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 5 
spacecraft presently is^ over the mid-south Pacific toward the end of the 
59th revolution. The next tracking station which will a,cquire Gemini 5 , 
will he the Guaymas station starting a long string of passes over the 
eastern test range and the state side stations. The first fairly full 
pass of the morning. This will, occur in approximately 13 seconds - 
13 minutes from n6w. We have a tape recording of the air to ground 
'transmission "between the Carnarvon tracking station and Gemini 5 spacecraft 
a few moments ago and this revolution. Let's listen to that tape now. 
Carnarvon Cap Com Okay, I'll give you a mark at 11 hours, 10 minutes 

in about kO seconds. 10 seconds to go. ^4- 3 2 1 
mark . 1110 . 
Conrad Roger. Got it. Thank you. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini 5, we have visuai.., contact. 

Conrad Very good. We're tumbling right now. We ought to 

be flashing at you. 
Carnarvon Cap Com Roger. They report that they're having a little 

trouble staying on with the Segon beacon, at t-umble. 
Conrad Next time we come over we'll be in the marsh again. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Roger. .All systems look go on the ground, flight. 
Houston Flight Roger. Understand he's powering up. Is that right? 

Carnarvon Cap Com Say that again, flight. 

Houston Flight We have an indication of power up from your summary 

on the platform. 



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Carnarvon Cap Com That's roger, 

11 00 00. 
Houston Flight Very good. 



He reported platform powered up at 



:;amarvon Cap Corn "vve have acquisition. 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



¥e ' ve got a minute to LOS . 
Gemini V, Roger. 

Flight, -the fuel cell 0^ temperature heat exchanger 
has risen ih degrees AOS. 

Roger. The heat exchanger outer termperature , that 
shouldn't go up with pressure, that should go down. 
Okay, you mean the coolant loop is getting hotter. 
Yeah, okay. 

We've got LOS. - 

Roger Carnarvon. How did everything look? 

Looks real good. ' _ 

Carnarvon, AFD. 

AFD, Carnarvon. 

Okay, would you recap the first part of your pass. The' 
voice was down and we couldn't hear you when you were 
on air to ground. Chuck. 

Okay, the first part of the pass was the medical pass 
of the Pilot. He — we got good blood pressures, ' - 
water report was I9 poiinds 6 o-onces. He reports 
sleeping ^4- hours last night, and I gave him a G.m.t. 
time hack and he reported that he powered up the 



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platfor^l^as per the flight plan update, and that's 
about it. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. ,) ' ' 



END OF TAPE 



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Tape 237, Page 1 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

■Houston Cap Com 



This Is Gemini Control, 9^ hours, 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
spacecraft presently is in the mid-Atlantic and will be acquired "by 
the Canary Island tracking station in approximately 3 minutes. We have 
a brief tape of the last, just qompleted. State-side pass over the 
Eastern Test Range stations and the Guaymas, Mexico station. Let's 
hear that tape now. 

• Gemini 5, Houston Cap Com. 
Go ahead, Houston, Gemini 5- 

Roger. Would you place your CAMS heater circuit 
breaker to open for ten seconds, please, and then 
close. 

It's working. We can see the amps on the gauge. 
Oh, OK. We wanted to check it down here, too. 
How about your quantity :?-ead to ECS Og please. 
Say again. 

Your quantity read to ECS 0^. , 

We noticed that the CAMS was reading awful cold. 
Roger. Did you have any luck with the M-1 when 
you re -cycled the valve? 

That's negative. I'm afraid it's just flat quit 
rimning. Nothing's making any noise anymore.' 
OK, fine. Good try anyway. Could we have a food 
report from the pilot, please? 
Roger. % last meal was 1-A at 0^0000. 
Roger. Understand. Could we have it for the 
last 2k hours, please? We didn't get it at 
Canarvon. 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad _ 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston CaTD Com 



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Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



3-D at 03220000. 

Roger. You can turn the ECS 0^ quantity read bac 
and I have sci^e information on the carrier for 
your D-6..:'It will be heading 255 degrees, there 
■will be one destroyer one mile astern. 



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This is Gemini Control, 9k hoiirs 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini V 
is presently In the 60th revol-ation, Just passed the Tananarive voice 
remoting station off the Coast, of Africa. The next station which will be 
in acquisition of Gemini V will be the Carnarvon, Australia tracking 
station in approximately 8 minutes. This is Gemini Control. 

'EKD OF* TAPE 



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CkDod morning, this Is Gemini Control; 95 hours, 2 minutes into the 
mission, lii a recent pass, the commajid pilot gave us the following 
medical information: He told us tiiat he had completed meal 3 Charlie, 
and this was on day 3} yesterday. He had completed meal 3 Charlie, 
3 Alpha, and 3 Bravo. He reported for day h he had completed meal 
1 Alpha. He said his total water intake up to his current revolution 
had been 20 pounds, 3 ounces. He also reported he just finished 
7 good hours of sleep. Capsule communicator Jim McDlvitt will attempt 
to. raise Gemini 5 in the next minute or so via the Canton Island sta- 
tion. He plans to tell him to cancel out the Laredo eye chart experi- 
ment for this pass across the United States, the reason — bad weather 
in the Laredo area. The weather this morning from the U. S. Weather 
Bureau's space flight meteorology group says that weather conditions 
remain very good for continuing the orbital operations of Gemini 5 
for another 2 days, and probably longer. In the west Atlantic landing 
area, between Florida and Bermuda, skies are partly cloudy with ceilings 
unlimited most of the time. Winds are less than 10 knots, and waves 
are not more than 3 feet. Conditions will not change significantly 
during the next 2k hours. In the east Atlantic area, about 300 miles 
west of the Canary Islands, skies will be partly -cloudy with ceilings 
around 2000 feet tit times. Normal trade winds of about 15 knots and 
waves of U to 5 feet are forecast for early Thursday. In the mid-Pacifii 

area about 500 miles north of Honolulu, ekies will be partly cloudy with 
ceilings of 1500 to 2000 feet and widely scattered showers. Winds will 
average a little over 15 knots and waves, about 5 feet. In the west 
Pacific area, about 500 miles southwest of Tokyo, weather conditions 



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will deteriorate a litT:le as a cold front moves near the north part of 
the recoverjT- area, so that ceilings V7ill lower to about 1000 feet at 
times, V7hile rain restricts visibility to about 6 miles, but the , south 
half of that area will' continue to have fine weather. Winds through 
out that area will be only 10 knots and waves 2 to 3 feet. Tropical 
storm Doreen has taken -a turn toward the northwest. It is nov; centered 
about 120'0 miles southwest of of San Diego, and an equal distance east 
of Hawaii. With continued northwest movement, it should weaken as do 
most these Pacific storms when they move over cooler water. liurricane 
Anna in the central Atlantic is probably out of visual range of vhe 
Gemini astronauts.' No unusual conditions are noted elsewhere around 
the world. We have the Canarvon tape ready to play for you, and we'll 
do so at "unis time. 

Gemini 5> Canarvon. We have a valid oral Tfenip 
on the command pilot. Request the pilot to start 
fuel cell purge. Sta:id by for Surgeon. 
Gemini 5j Canarvon Surgeon. Standing by for 
your first blood pressure. 
Roger. 

Commencing hydrogen purge 
On my mark. 

Mark. Parge complete. 
Starting now cell 2 hydrogen purge. 
We just broke another oral ring on the blood 



Canarvon Cap Com 



Canarvon Surgeon 

Conrad 
Cooper 
Conrad 
Coop">ir 



Canarvon Sugeon 
Conrad 



go anOi^c "Vv u-iu]! 'ono sxsr c j. s ^ 



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Cooper 

Canarvon Surgeon 

Conrad 

Cooper 

Canarvon Surgeon 
Conrad 

Canarvon Surgeon 
Conrad 

Canarvon Surgeon 

Conrad 

Coopei* 



Canarvon Surgeon 
Cooper 

Canarvon Surgeon 
Cooper 

Cemarvon Surgeon 
Cooper 

Canarvon Surgeon 
Cooper 



0^ purge on no. 1 started, 
Roger. 

Exercise sta> ted. 

Give me a mark arid one minute of purge. 
Roger . 

Exercise complete. 

Roger. We'd like a food report now for the past 
2k hours. 
Roger . 

We've had a. . . . 02« 
OK. 

OK, food report — say you want all day 3, huh? On 
day 3 on command pilot I have 3 Charlie, 3 Abel, 
and 3 Bravo. 

understand. 3 Charlie, 3 Abel, and 3 Bravo. 
That's right. On day k, herell had one Alpha. 
Roger. Water report? 

Water report, at present I have drunk 20 poundR 
and 3 oiinces of water. ' 
Roger. Sleep report? 

Sleep report, I have just finished about 7 hours 
of sleep. 

Understand, 7 hours. 
Affirmative . 



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CeLnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Canaxvon Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Canarvon Cap Com 

Houston Cap Com 
Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Cajiarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 



Mark. Two minutes on 0^ purge. 
Roger. Second one come in. 
Canarvon C i . Com, Houston flight. 
Flight , Canarvon . 

Would query the crew as their need for the plat- 
form in doing the D-6 experiments? 
OK. You want to know if they really need the 
platform for D-6. 
How they, feel about it, yes. 

OK. GcGemini 5, Canajrvon and flight. We'd like 
to know; if you feel you need the platform for 
the D-6 experiment. 

I think so. I think it would made it a lot better 
if we could use it. 
Roger. Say again flight. 

That's all 2*ight. His aJiswer was the one we 
waxited. 

I^drogen and 0^ pvirge complete on sections 1 ajid 2. 
Cross over off. 

Roger. Surgeon woxild like to know about how 
long you had the oral temp pump in your mouth.' 
I guess for a couple of minutes. 
Roger. Could you give us a read out of your 

... quantity, pressure, and temp? 

OK, the fuel gauge reads 26 percent, temperature 
is 6l, and the pressure is 13 50. 



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Canarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Canarvon Cap Com 
■ 

Cooper 

Csuiarvon Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 



Roger.' Would you give us a quantity read on 
fuel cell Og? 

Want the onL oaxd reauiings too? 
Roger, fuel cell Og and Hg. 

Roger. Fuel cell Og 90 percent, 120 psi. I^ydrogen, 
67 percent, 77. 

Roger. We have nothing else. Standing by. 

Everything's fine. 

Flight, Canarvon. We got all this. 

Roger. 



Gemini Control here again, and while we get this brief Ceuiton tape ready 
for you, we axe happy to report that a bixnch of bright-eyed Red Team 
flight controllers are on their stations, eager for a busy day. Now 
let's listen to this brief Canton Island pass. 
Houston Cap Com Gemini k, Gemini 4, Houston, over. 

Gemini Houston is calling you, Gemini 5. 
Gemini 5, Gemini 5> this is Houston. Gemini 5, 
Gemini 5> Houston, over. 
Go ahead, Houston. Gemini 5, here. 
Gemini 5» Houston. Be advised that the weather 
for your SAD 13 is too bad, and we will have to 
scrub your SAD 13 . We would like to replace it 
with a D-6. 

Roger. We'll replace the SAD 13 with a D-6. 

I have some D-6 Information here for you, Gemini 5, 
for a selected target. Are you ready to copy? 



Canton Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



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Cooper 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

4 

Houston Cap Com 
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OK. Ready. 

Go ahead, Houston. 

Roger, Gemxui 5, Houston. Be advised that time 
will be OU13253O, sequence 025, mode 19, remarks, 
pitch down 30, yaw left 8, speed 1 over 1000, F-stop 
is k. Your weather is 2 to 3 tenths. Over. 
Roger. 01+132530, and 025, a one niner, pitch down 
30, yaw left 8, 1 over 1000, and k. 
Roger. Good morning to you. 
How sure you this morning? 
Just fine. 



Good. 

Since you switched down, I have every piece of gear in 
the spacecraft out in my lap. 
Very, very good. Sounds like old home week. 
Weil, it's like any other household chore. 
Say again. 

Well, it's like any other household chore. 
Roger . 

Gemini Control, here. That bright-eyed capsule comm\inicator , of course, 
was Jim McDivitt, who slipped back into an earlier flight by calling 
for Gemini h. However, he did recover and get the right call sign up 
there. This is Gemini Control out. 



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MISSIOI^ C0V3ZI^A£Y TRAICSCRIFT Tape 21x0, Page 

This is Gemini Control here, 95 ho-i:irs 2h minutes. Within the last 
minute, the Gemini V crevr has been passed a go for 77-l> T repeat, they 
have been given a go for 77-1. Earlier they were told to scrup xhe 
Laredo eye chart test 'this pass and they were given a substitute experi- 
ment, a D-6 photographic experiment. The. site that th-ey will be shooting 
on this experiment is England Air Force Base, England Air Force Base at 
Alexandria, Louisiana, over which they sho-uld be right now. This is 
Gemini Control . 

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'i'h:j s is Gem'i.ni Cruitrol Houston, 95 ii'^'urR and 32 minutes. In uiiis pass 
nrror.n tde States, .iaiti McDivitv . -;ays a lueGsage that went like this, 
"Tru'Jy sends her congratulation," Trudy Cooper, of coui'se, his wife on 
taking the longest tjme in space record for tiie United States, also 
thnl, Ills two daugl 1 1." I'K , Caiu and Jan, :5c..d lii"ir Ijest. Gordo ca.nie back 
with a slow, but wavm, "Thank you, and plefine tiiank them," Later he 
siigges'l.ed , he said lie had a inessage for Waliy, and he suggested that he 
throw away the reticle, apparently he is not too happy witn it's oiieration. 
The v?.indow reticle to pififiist in acquiring -vor'ious targets on the ground. 
He suggests that a firie line grease pencil w"n].ri be mixch better. At that 
point, nhr-js Kraft oi'iierved that Gordo sounrif! Ijke his old self today. 
A coiiinient based on tli" fact that he sounds -pre 11 y perky and Gordo did 
confirm that he soni,ri:_s like his old self because of the basis of his 
7 hours of sleep that, he had had last night. Tixe crew also received 
3 second updates on several D-U, DS? experiraeiit which is to be performed 
over nfinvirvon next time. They will take another IR sighting on the 
star, h nii ki , and they will .also perform a high resolution photographic 
exj'cr J 1 1. , a D-6 experiment in the ea-ea of Tana.j)arive , on the Island 
of M;idM;;.',,5!r:ar . We've got the State side tape ready for you and we will 
,'lay ii i'-^r you now. 

liu jyiuas Ca,p Com Gf^iniui V, Guaymas Cap Com. Turn your TM control 

sv)ii ':h to tiie real time at ac-aid position. 
H 'lis''. on Fliyht Oi'.;i,v, tr,arhv yoi;, 

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I tow are you doing up there? 
Fine . 

Okay, you're looking real good on the ground. We'll 
stand by if ^ ou need anything. 
Roger, thank you. 
Intermittent telemetry. 

Very poor telemetry, unable to keep lock on at Guaymas, 

]■•' i i gh b , Guaymas . 
Go ahead Guaymas. 

liow about if we go back to Command. You are just about 
to get acquisition at Texas and let you command us on 
and see what happens. 

0 k ay . 

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Go ahead Guaymas, Gemini V. 

Put. your TM control switch back to the command position. 
Okay . 

Flight, Guaymas. We nov^ have good TM again. 
Roger . 

Gemini V, Houston. We have some information for you. 

1 know you are preparing for the D-6, and I'll jus^ 
read it off to you. You have a go for 77-1 and you 
will receive some DCS updates during Vals pass across 
the States for 62-1, so you'll see yo\ir DCS light 
coming on and going off. 

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VJe're go up here. Do you want the onboard readouts. 
Yeah, when you get around to it. I think you are 
getting ready for that D-6. 

Okoy, I'll ,, /e them to you right now. lA is S^-, 
IB is 8.0, IC is 9.5, 2A is 7, 2B is 6.9, 2C is S|-, 
and the main bus voltage is 26.0. 
Roger . 

RCS A is 72 ... RCS 3 is 68 29O, secondary 0^, 5^, 
on the left, 5300 on the right. 
Roger , 

Say, are you sirre this 025 is not under the clouds? 
Well, there was supposed to be two to three tenths 
cloud coverage there. Cloud coverage. 
Yeah, maybe in a hole. 
Yeah, Tuignt be. 

It's uTidnr the clouds. We'll see if we can find some 
thing else going across here. 

Okay, very good. Listen, I've got some other informa 
tion for you here.' First of all, Gorflo, you there? 
Where else, huh? Gordo, this is Housi-on, I have a 
message for you. 
Okay. Go aii.ead. 

Trudy say;-; she would like to send her cr>tigratul aA/ions 
to you for iiow having the most time in r.prt.f-e, Sii«.i 
says that C'-an auu Jan are fine and that IlK-y ore all 

proud of tiie progress that you and Pete are mnkiiii/, 
and I'd sorb of like to add my congratulations i,o it 
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Thank you, tell them all hello. 
All righty. 

I have some updates for you on some of your forth 
coming experiments, the times have changed slightly. 
If you are ready to copy — when you are ready to 
copy, give me a holler here. 

We're moving across the coastline* We are going to 
try to get one right in here some place. 
Roger, I'll just stand by and you give me a holler when 
you are ready, 

I'd like to add right now that I recommend to Wally 
that he throw this reticle away. 
Okay, roger. 

The reflecting mirror completely blinds you when you 

are working in any kind of sunlight, 

Roger. I'll send him your message. 

Right, I'd use grease pencil on the window. 

That's a fine line grease pencil isn't it? 

Right. If I had one with me, that's what I'd be using. 

Okay. 

Gordo, Chris says you sounds like your old self this 
morning. 

Yeah, I finally got a good night's sleep. 
Yeah, I got that, 7 hours. That's cheating. 
Yeah, it sure is. I've sort of been saving up. 

Rog. 



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Okay, I'm ready for the updates. 

All righty. We have a — you have an experiment at 
ih 36 50. This is a D-U, D-7 and the time now has 
been Chang; > to ik ^6 Three seconds later. 

Under the — did .you find that one Pete? 
Yeah. 

Okay. Under the remarks for that particvilar thing, 
the test time has been changed from ik 57 31- to 
Ik 57 33. 
Roger , 

Okay, you have another D-U, D-7 and this one is at 
16 28 oh. The time on that has been changed to 
16 28 ^7. 
Roger. 

Okay, now right after that particular experiment, there 
is an S-7 and right after that is a D-6. You are really 
going to be pressed for time in between the D-1+ and the 
D-6 with that S-7. 5o, try to work it through the 
left-hand Pilot's window, so that you don't have to 
dismantle all of yotir equipment. We realize that it's 
a very time critical there. 
Roger . 

Gemini V, Houston here again. Did you get the 0-ring 
fixed in the blood pressure, bottle. 

Roger, we got the two new 0-rings in. 

Okay, very good. Have you used any of your blue bags 

yet. 

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What's the blue bag status? 
There is still just one. 
Very good. 
Just great, 
Rog. 

Gemini V, Houston again. We'd like to have you give 

us a go for your D-U, D-7 at ik 56 53 over Carnarvon 

if it's possible? 

Roger Houston. Will do. 

Okay. 

Just think, you only have 96 hours 23 minutes and 
5U seconds \mtil retrofire time. 
, Listen, there was a momentous milestone to shift 
biomed recorders. 
Roger. You're halfway there. 
You're right. 

Hey, is your beard getting itchy yet? 
Yeah. 

Did you take any curlers along to curl it? 
No, but we should have. 

You can always braid it and tie your mike up with it. 
Right . 

All the sensors are itching a lot worse than the beards. 
Roger . 

Gemini V, Gordo, this is the MCC Surgeon. Do you have 
any other skin reaction around the rest of the skin 
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Cooper Pete's cuffs, M-1 cuff 6 are itching him an awful lot. 

Houston Surgeon Okay, we'll talk some later, next rev, ahout those 

cuffs. Congrat's, you guys are doing great. 



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Tape 2i+2, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston, here; 96 hours 28 minutes into the mission. 
Due to an apparent mechanical or personnel break down in the commercial 
television pool facilities, we ar- not able to play for you right now 
the Canary, Ketno, or Tanajiarive passes. We arfe in discussions with 
the pool on why these passes were missed, and we do not have an ex- 
planation for you right now. We do have the Canarvon tape, however, 
and we'3J. play that. I waxit to emphasize, we'll rectify this situation 
as soon as possible, and we apologize because we cannot give you those 
earlier passes. We do have the Canarvon tape, and let's play it now. 
Conreui Canarvon, Gemini 5- 

Ceuiarvon Cap Com Gemini 5> Canatrvon. 

Roger . We have a computer to keep the . . . light 

out while we are tracking up here, and 

That's all right, leave it there. Are you go 
for 77 - 17 

Roger, and we'll be go for B-k, D-7, k2k Alpha. 
Roger. 

We'll give you a cetll when we're tracking. 
Roger. You're go on the ground for 77 - Ij I'll 
up-date your TR. 
Thank you. Canarvon, Gemini 5- 
Go ahead. 

Are we just about over ahead of you now? 

In about 30 seconds. 
Roger. Got a good look at Perth. 
Roger . 

And we'll give you a call just the second tracking 



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Roger . 

That's where he is — just about over the top of 
Perth, not over Canarvon. You found that is 
correct at MCC, Houston. 

Roger, flight. That time I gave- you is the 

approach, you're south of us. 

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Gemini Control Houston here, 96 hours 51 minutes. In the last minute 
the Ej)acecraft has been raised through the California station and we are 
going to bring you the State sin pass. And in the pass, it will include 
a sled run at Holloman Air Force Base. The pilot's will have their IR 
sensors on it and they will try to track it across the ground. A little 
information developing here on the — which may be of interest on the 
environmental control system oxygen. We're showing 8I.7 percent as a 
quantity reading. The presstire is lOOlO psi, and venting slightly. That 
system vents at approximately 1000 pounds. Fuel cell oxygen, we show a 
quantity of 89.5 percent, pressure iko. Fuel cell hydrogen, we have a 
quantity of 65.6 percent, pressure reading is 353 and venting slightly. 
That system vents at 350. Let's stand by now as we begin this pass 
across the States, the spacecraft just — almost to the coast of Baja, 
California. Let's cut in live on it. 
Cooper ... and he's making the coffee now. 

Houston Cap Com Very good, were those scrambled or over? 

Oh, over easy. 
Okay. How is he as a cook? 
He's a pretty good cook. 
Is he, how's he as an eater? 
But goodl But goodl 
Roger. 

Hey, we got Catalina and Sacramento out there, but it 

looks like San Diego and Los Angeles are covered in. 

Roger. How's the weather out West? Is it pretty good? 
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right up, you know, from the Pacific right up to the 
Coast. 

Right. How about in the Southeastern U.S. Is it 

pretty cles. over there, or is it clouded over? 

It's fairly cloudy over there. It looks like. probably it 

will break up, it's not heavy clouds. 

Okay, I've got some information for your D-6 on the 

carriers, as soon as you complete T)-k, D-7. 

Okay. 

We're coming right in over the Gulf of California now. 
Roger, our plotboard agrees with you. 
Very good. 

Okay, we've got Vfhite Sands in sight from here. 
Okay, very good. I was just going to ask you to give 
me a call when you had it. 
Yeah. 

We're still going right along with the test on the 
. ground. 
Very good. 

We're still go on the ground. 
We're tracking now. 

Okay, very good. We got about 23 seconds. 
15. 

Roger, right on it , 

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2, 1, go. 
Ignition. 

.... sighted on the track. 
There it goe " . We see it. 
Very J good, very good. Burnout now. 
We ' re tracking right on it . 
Very good. 

Are there any comments on that particular one? 
Roger, we could see it very good and we were right 
on the money I think tracking that so. 
Okay, how about the water breaking? 
We could see something. I don't know whether it was 
water or smoke. It probably was water down at the end. 
Okay, fine. Are you ready for this short briefing on 
your D-6. 
Roger, go ahead. 

Okay, the weather in the area is two-tenths to three- 
tenths cloud coverage and it is getting better and it's 
completely clear right over the carrier. 
Roger, very good. 

The carrier will be going in a very large circle with 
the DD about I50O yards behind right in the weQce, trying 
to make the wake so you can see it. 

I hope we can find them this time. We've been looking 

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Houston Cap Com I thought an old Navy guy like you could find a carrier. 
Conrad I had the wake yesterday, but then we lost it so that 

we couldn't track. 
Houston Cap Com Hoger. 

Cooper The weather hasn't been too good over the water there. 

Houston Cap Ccan I gather that from your comments yesterday. Today it 

looks like it should be pretty good there. 
Cooper I hope so. 

Conrad* sun angle, (broken) 

Houston Cap Com Okay. 

Conrad . Hey, could you get a reading for me for how many pictures 

they have on this 3^01 film. 
Houston Cap Com That's SUoi? 

Conrad That's right, I've tsiken quite a few pictures now and 

I'm afraid I might run out. 
Houston Cap Com Okay. 

Cooper Passing north of Lake Charles. New Orleans. We have 

the Cape in sight. 

Houston Cap Com Very good. You got 70 frames, 7 zero frames on that 

31+01. 

Conrad Okay. We've got plenty left. 

Houston Cap Com Okay. 



Gemini Control here. The count on the OSO at the Cape is T-I6 minutes 
and counting. The spacecraft will not attempt to track it. It will pass 

over it ahead of the planned launch time, Let's stand by for any additional 
conservation. 



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Gemini V, Houston. Do you have your primary scanners 
on now? 

Negative. We are on secondary. 

Could you switch over to primary for a couple of 

minutes here. We'd like to get some data on them. 

Pete, go to primary. 

That's a good idea. 

Say again please? 

Say, that's a good idea. We've been wanting somebody 

to check that one. 

Okay. 

We have a few cloud problems. 
Okay. 

We ' 11 give her a go here . 
Say again. 

I say, we'll give it a go. 
Okay. 

Dead ahead, 12 ©•'clock. I CEin see hercturning bigger 
than heck, 

We got her": in sight this tijne. 

Roger, I knew an old carrier pilot could find thei' 
Carrier . 
Very good. 

Okay, we got it this time. 

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have just about over him when you saw it, was that 
right? 

Let's see, 1 say we were about 50 degree pitch. 

We got him a fair, ways out. 

Well, very good. Okay, you did get some pictures 
of him that time then? 
Correct, 6 of them. 
Very good. 

This 35-mm camera is still jamming, incidentally. Pete's., 
had about k jams now over the last couple of days on it, 
and I did too. 

Okay, have you been able to 01660* the jamseach time 
without any trouble? 

Well we manage to get it clear, but it still isn't 

all right. 

Okay. 

Gemini V, Houston here. If you are through with that 
experiment, it would be nice if you could come up to 
around 000 attitude or either BEF or SEF so that we 
could get some data off your scanner. 

Okay, swinging it around to I'll be in SEF momentarily. 
Okay. 

Gemini V, Houston, '^ould you read what was on the 

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Conrad I didn't — I could see the carrier, but not that 

well. It took up, about, maybe, a tenth of the 

picture frame. 
Houston Cap Com Okay, I think we are getting LOS. 

Gemini Control here. We apparently either have had, or are about to 
have los,s of signal out there. The count on the OSO jat the Cape is T-8 
minutes and counting. The reference to the carrier you heard Jim McDivitt 
commend Pete Conrad for the ability of an old carrier pilot to acquire, 
or find the ship. Here comes one more bit of conversation. Let's go 



back to it. 
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Go ahead Houston. 

I just wondered if we still had voice contact with you. 
Did you ever get SEF or any level attitude? 
We're coming there very slowly right now. We're 
just staying. in Pulse, we don't want to use too much 
fuel. 

Rog. Okay, if we don't get this in over this pass, 
when you are over one of the stations that has TM, it 
might be a good idea to sort of fly across it at 00 
attitude, just so the horizon scanners are locked on 
so we can get about a minutes worth of data. 
Okay, will do. 

You should have gotten some data as we crossed the 
Coast of Florida, we were still 000 there. 

Okay, very good. 



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Okay, very good. 



Gemini Control. here. That seems to have wrapped up the transmissions 
from the spacecraft. They are unusually clear today. The spacecraft is 
out almost to the l+Oth parallel and it was still in very sharp communication, 
back here with our Mission Control Center in Houston. You heard a reference 
to — you heard Jim McDivitt commend Pete Conrad on his ability as an old 
carrier pilot to find the ship. By coincidence, the first time Pete 
Conrad saw that particular ship, the Lake Champlain , was back in 
June of 1955. Pete made his first carrier landing, his very first carrier 
landing, on the Lake Champlain , in June of 1955. About k days from now, 
I'm sure he will hope to make a very close approach to that same ship. 
We have the Hawaii tape which preceeded the State side pass wrapped up 
for you and we will play it for you now. 
Hawaii Cap Com Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. 

Cooper Go ahead Hawaii, Gemini V. 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger, we've got you green. We'd like you to do a 



UHF type 6 over the States, we'd also like a h2k alpha 



go from you. 



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Roger, Gemini. k2k alpha go and I understand we are 



to do an UHF 6 over the States. 



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Hawaii Cap Com ~ Roger. ^2^*- alpha is on schedule and covinting. 
Cooper Roger, very good. 

Cooper We're on schedule too. 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger. 
Cooper And counting. 



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Gemini Control, Houston here; 97 hours, 15 minutes, and the count on 
the Thor- Delta vehicle at the Cape to launch OSO is 2 minutes, 2 min- 
utes and counting. ,T-90 seconds i 080. Spacecraft now coming up 
over the coast of Africa. It'll just miss the shoulder of Africa 
and swing down across the ocean. T-30 seconds and counting on OSO. 
20 seconds. 5 seconds, 2, 1, 0, ignition. We've got a lift-off, 
and it looks nice at the Cape. Roll program's in, the pitch program 
is in. *They tell us from that Cape that the roll looks very good and 
the burn entirely normal. I've got an unofficial lift-off time of 
17 minutes after the hour. On OSO they are trying for a roughly 
350 mile circulsir orbit, 600 pound satellite. Seventeen minutes 
after the hour was the beginning of the OSO window which extended 
to 3 minutes after the next hour .from 10:17 Cape time to 11:03 Eastern 
Standard Time. They'll try to get an azimuth on the OSO. Stand 
by one, please. We have second stage ignition on that Thor-Delta 
vehicle. We are advised the azimuth they are flying is 108 degrees, 
which would carry them just to the south, the south and above the 
Gemini spacecraft. Correction on the launch azimuth, 100 degrees, 
instead of 108. The Gemini vehicle, you recall, was launched in an 
azimuth of 72 degrees. Cape says it's entirely happy with the Delta 
performance. We are standing by for a word on the burn out. The 
Gemini crew, meanwhile,, is running small end forward, and they are 
going through a series of platform alignment checks that are on board, 
guidance system. Their flight plan is free otherwise .between now and • 
Hawaii, when we have a medical data pass. Stand by. They have 
second stage burn out on the OSO, and now a short burn on the solid 



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third stage. T plus 5 minutes, kO seconds into the mission, axid 
everything looks fine on CSC. The second stage burn was entirely- 
nominal, the Cape reports. We won't know until Ceuiarvon whether the 
crew could observe OSO. It's entirely possible that they could have 
yawed arotind l80 degrees and tried to look for it. Gemini Control, 
here again. The Cape advises the Thor-Delta rocket boosting OSO 
is now in its long coast period between second stage burn out and 

third stage ignition. They're estimating third stage burn should 

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occur shortly after ten minutes of elapsed time, and burn out; Very 
"close to 10 minutes, 31 seconds elapsed time. We'll come back to 
you when we get confirmation on thkt burn out. This is Gemini 
Control out at 97 hours, 26 minutes into the Gemini 5 mission. 
END OP TAPE 



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Gemini Control, here; 97 hours, 29 minutes into the mission. The Cape 

confirms that the third stage did spin up properly, did burn properly, 

and has cut off. They are consid :ing 080 in orbit. We do not have 

any orbital numbers for you, but we should have them in a very few minutes. 

This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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Gemini Control Houston; 98 hours, 12 minutes. We have a brief Gemini- 
Canarvon conversation for you. , Over the Canarvon station we had some 
operational communications diffic Lties. The conversation was very 
weak at the start, and then it dropped off to nothing. The voice 
control people are investigating, and I think have it fixed up. Our 
straight communications with the Canarvon station remain good, but 
something happened to the remoting arrangement through the Canarvon 
station. where we lost power, and the voice signal was not completely 
audible, which requires to have the Canarvon station replay their 
tape on the ground back to us here in Houston. A period of relative 
quiet sind relaxation after that busy State-side pass has gone on 
here now for the last 30 minutes. A number of flight controllers 
enjoying their 77-1 cigars which the flight directors passed out, 
and we're coming up on another State-side pass here very shortly. 
Hawaii should acquire within two to three minutes. We've got the 
Canarvon tape now, as brief as it is, and we."" 11 play it for you now. 
Canarvon Cap Com Gemini 5> Canarvon Cap Com. 

Coopei* . . . . , Gemini 5 • 

Canarvon Cap Com Roger. Be advised you have a medical pass on the 



pilot at Hawaii, their acquisition time is I6 hour 



15 minutes. 



Cooper 



Roger. 16 15. 



Canarvon Cap Com 



Roger and are you go for sequence k23 Baker? 



Cooper 



Roger 



CanajTvon Cap Com 



Cooper 



Station control said that I lined everything up 



00 very carefully, set the primary scanner on, and 



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it pitched us down to about 30 to 35 degrees 



> • • • ■ 



the light came on, but it 



Every time that 



I applied, cook it off the line... and started a 



slow rate upwards through the horizon, put the 



scanner back on, rand it would stop the upward 



rate but would slowly start pitching us back 



down. to almost vertical. 



That was the extent of the Canarvon situation. We have not yet acquired 
Hawaii; we'll come back to you when we do. You heard Gordon Cooper 
reference that primary scanner, apparently it's still a little bit 
out of phase, as we reported yesterday. On the eastern edge of this 
State-side pass, the, 'crew will perform an S-7 experiment. This in- 
volves a spectrograph reading of the cloud tops, getting an infrared 
signature of the cloud tops, and also some associated photography. 
The experiment is one from the weather bureau, the principal experimenter 
is Doctor Faud Saidey. Doctor Saidey is a Syrian national, and he is 
working with our weather bureau on this experiment. This is Gemini 
Control. 
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This is Gemini Control Houston, 98 hours 27 minutes. The — our 
orbital elements today are 123.5 statute miles perigee, our apogee, I89.2 
miles, statute miles. .The period of our revolution is 95-5 miles. D-uring 
the recent Hawaii pass, Pete Conrad, reported he drank a total of 20 
pounds 12 ounces of water. He reported he completed eating meal 1 Bravo 
and he said he had 6 hours of sleep last night. Spacecraft is coming up 
on the Coast of California at this time. And out at Vandenburg Air Force 
Base we have just' had ignition at 28 minutes I6 seconds approximately out, 

Pete Conrad says they have got it in sight, a Minutemai\ lifting off j 

from Vandenburg. Pete came back within a second or two of ignition and 
said, "We've got it now." Reports from the ground say it's looking good. 
They are tracking it right on course. We've had no comment from the 
spacecraft in the past minute, 50 seconds into the flight of the Minuteman. 
It's still going good. Second stage has ignited on time. Pete Conrad 
reported just before ignition that he could see an airplane in the area. 
Our Air Force observer reports that the missile is on time and on the line. 
T+l8d seconds. Correction, T+120 seconds. Cooper reported very briefly 
that he was having a little trouble operating the spacecraft in the Pulse 
Mode, that is, keeping a precise track on it. Texas station has acquired 
the spacecraft. Jim McDivitt has just congratulated the crew on setting 
a new American record for time in flight. "Very appropriate that Jim should 
do it. It broke his record. Let's cut in on that conversation live. 
Houston Cap Com Gulp is one ounce? 

Cooper That ' s right . We calibrated our gulps and our gulps 

are approximately 25 cc's, or approximately 1 ounce. 



MISSION COMMEIWARY 
Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap' Com 
Cooper 

Hotistctfi Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



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Okay, fine. And you are assuming that the amount of 
water you put in the food is what ' s called for on the 
bag, is that correct? 
That's right. 

Okay, well we need this pretty accurately because we 
are using it to check on the fuel- cell outputs. 
Okay. 

Are these gulps any larger than what you aj:e using 
on the ground, Gordo? 

I think we are probably being underestimating slightly,. 
You think you are drinking a little more than you are 
estimating. Is that right? 
I sort of think so. 

I kind of think so. I think the gulps may be a little 

larger then they are on the ground. 

Okay, because of the high 'pressure? f 

Affirmed. 

Okay, we suspected that might be it. We just wanted to 
make sxare. 

When you dol this S-7, we'd like to know in which 

direction you did it, and where abouts the particular 

clouds were with respect to Florida so we can get the 

airplane to take pictures of the same clouds? 

Okay. We'll do it going in the orbital plane, I think 

it's the best, and we'll pitch down 90. 

Okay, after you have taken the pictures, let us know 



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Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad. 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



TRANSCRIPT Tape 2k7, Page 3 

where it was and we will dispatch the aircraft to that 
particular spot. 
Okay . 

I'd also like to remind you that we want to purge both 
fuel cells before' you power down and when you do power 
down, we'd like to have you turn yoirr horizon scanners 
off also. We'd like to get in a pretty low power 
configuration. 
Okay. 

The weather for your next D-6 still looks pretty good. 
Okay . 

I might add here that you had some pretty good explana- 
tions on why your IVI ' s were driving in the windows 
yesterday, so I wouldn't worry about that any longer. 
I co''uld give you the explanation if you are interested. 
Okay, we'll get it from you later. 
Okay . 

V7e're passing right over the top of you right now. 
Just a second and I'll run out. 

You know, we ought to put a glass ceiling in here 

so we could look up and see you. 

Yeah. 

How's the weather dovm here today? 
I see some thunderstorms back there. 



Houston Cap Com Roger. 



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There is a big one dovm there by Lake Charles, 



Conrad 



This is GeiTiini Coiitrol here. There is a break in the conversation. 
Apparently the crev; could see the Kinuxenian quite visibly. The lift-off 
time was 28 minutes and 7 seconds afxer the hour, but they have also 
apparently had some difficulty in actually tracking it and following it 
with their IR sensor. That is at least a quick surface indication. We 
may have some more discussion on that. The spacecraft right now is down 
over Florida. 

Hey, Jim, the only thunderstorm in Florida are right 
at the very tip a,nd we are just about to pass over 
them now. They are all the way down by Key West. 
Okay, very good. 
Gemini V, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

I was talking to Jane this morning Pete, and she 
said to tell you that everything is going along 
fine. She is having a nice time on the ground, and 
hopes you are having a nice time 'in the air. 
Thank you very much. 

Gemini V, Houston. We have another 3 or 1+ minutes, 
we'll Just stand by in case you've got anything. 
Okay, we've got the thunderstorm pictures and we've 

just taken some more photographs of Cuba. 



Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



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Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Surgeon 



Conrad 



Ho-uston Surgeon 



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Okay. 

Just scenic shots. 

Gemini V, Houston. Iftiat is the thunderstorm sittiation 

across the .; c-uxhern United States? 

Well, there was some — I didn't see them in the 

Western part because we were recovering from, 

we were turned around BEF and followed the California 

tracking, but ^ust as we came over Galveston there, I 

saw one just north of Houston and then one about Lake 

Charles, and then it gets better. There were none in 

Florida until you got all the way down to Key West, 

Roger. How are they out over the ocean. Are there 

any at all out there? 

There's quite a few out here today. 

Okay. 

Gemini V, this is Houston S\irgeon. Pete can you tell 
me something about this interference with sleep that 
you were' reporting last night. Is this due to the 
fact that Gordo's activities are requiring him to 
move aro-and in the spacecraft. Is it just the move- 
ment of the other guy? 

The HF check where you're transmitting every five 
minutes for an hour and a half doesn't help you 
when you are sleeping. 

Okay, you're hearing everything he says. Are you 

wearing the ear ir.uffs? 



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Cooper 



Houston Surgeon 
Cooper 



Houston Surgeon 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper. 



Houston Cap Com 



TRANSCRIPT Tape 2U7, Page 6 

... helmet, but actualiy, during the fuel cell purging where 
both guys have to participate during one or the others 
sleep perior - . 

Okay, so it's still scheduling as well as . . . 
I can't purge the fuel cells on my side, so I have to 
wake Pete up to purge the fuel cell because I can't 
reach the switches there. And I can't put out the 
platform without crawling all over him with the 

swizzle stick, and lighting the iight_ on _his _side and _ 

things like that that just cause a lot of interference. 

Okay, fine Gordo, We'll try and do some talking down 

here with Jerry and see if we can't wiggle this flight 

plan around some. 

•Gemini V, Houston. 

Go ahead Houston, Gemini V. 

What do you think about the HF check from the ground 
to the spacecraft. Do you think that would bother 
you. I don't imagine it would, 'would it. 
No, that wouldn't bother. 

Okay. I'll try to go over sovae of these things with 
the flight i^lanners before I leave. today Gordo. 
Okay, I think they are just kind of loading down 
some of those night periods with things that are 
really preventing sleep pretty much. 
Okay, I think I know what you mean about the swizzle 
stick and getting the IGS power on and those kind of 
things . 



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Tape 2k7, Page 7 



Cooper 
Conrad 



Rog, 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Yeah, that old platform business last night kept us 
both going fov a while. 

Vlhat did you have to platform up for last night? 
We never did get it up. We decided it against it, 
but talking to Houston about it last night, what 
they wanted us to do, we had h communications and 
one thing or another and that took up about an hour 
or so. 

Oh, rog. I know what you are talking about. Okay. 
We'll get that straightened out Pete. 
We're working on that now Pete. 
Okay. 

Gemini Control here, during this lull we should explain the reference 
to the swizzle stick as Gordon Cooper called it. The — this is a stick 
about 2 feet long. It's usable from either side of the spacecraft and has 
a little crook on the end of it, a little L shaped affair and it's used 
for flicking on and off the switches that are slightly out of reach. Let's 
stand by for any additional conversation. We're way down on the edge 
of the Antigua zone right now. The flight plan on down across the Atlantic 
calls for the crew to do another D-6 experiment over in the Ascension area. 
Let's stand by. I think we are out of range, but we'll make a check. 
EKD OF TAPE 



Houston Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



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Tape 248, Page 1 



Conrad 

Hawaii Surgeon 



Gemini Control, here again. We're out of the acquisition range now. 
We do have the Hawaii tape which preceeded the State-side pass, and 
then we'll come back with the beginning of the State-side pass, which 
includes the McDivitt message to the crew. Let's roll the Hawaii tape 
now. 

Hawaii Cap Com Gemini 5, Hawaii Cap Com. We copy your oral temp, 

you can start your blood pressure. 
OK. 

Gemini 5} this is Hawaii Surgeon. Is your cuff 
at full scale? Now we have a good blood pressure, 
give me a mark when you are going to begin your 
exercise. 
Roger. Mark. 
Systems are go, flight. 
Roger , Hawaii . 

Stand by, 5> Hawaii Surgeon. Fall scailing you. 
Now we have good blood pressure. Standing by 
for yoiir water and sleep report. 

Roger, and I have dr\ank 20 poiinds, 12 ounces; last 
meal was 1 Bravo and 0^100000 and I got about 
6 hours of sleep last night. 
You had 6 hours of sleep last night? 
Yes. 

Roger. OK, fine, thank you, Gemini 5- Hawaii- 
Surgeon out. 

Gemini 5? Hawaii Cap Com. 
Go ahead, Hawaii Cap Com. 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Surgeon 



Conrad 



Hawaii Surgeon 
Conrad 

Hawaii Surgeon 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 



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Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 

Conrad 

Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 



Roger. We'd like to know your status for 1423 Bravo. 
We're go on ^23 Bravo. 

Roger, We'll continue the co-unt, however there's 
high, cirrus clouds that may move into the area. 
OK. Wow would you place your OAMS heater switch 
to off. 

Roger. OAMS heater switch is off. 

Circuit breaker. 

We're still counting on time. 

OK. 

Now we are copying FM FM plate. 
Roger . 



That concludes the Hawaii portion, and now we want to play for you the 
tape of the minuterman launch sequence. At the end of it is the 
McDivitt congratulatory message on beating his record, the total 
time in a Gemini spacecraft. Let's roll the west coast portion of 
that State-side pass now, please. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini 5, Gemini 5, Houston. Over. 

Go aiiead, Houston, Gemini 5- 

Roger. We're still going along fine on 423 Bravo. 
I'll give you a little weather report here. There's 
a low deck of scattered clouds at about 500 feet 
that extends down to the southwest, and its probably 
the stuff blowing in off the water. There's a 



Conrad- 
Houston Cap Com 



high deck of broken Cirrus at about 35,000 feetj 



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Tape 2h8, Page 3 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cav Com 
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Houston Cap Com 
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Houston Cap Com 
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Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



but both cf these decks are clearing off, though, 
so there's at least a 50 percent chance of it 
being cl.. ..s . 

Roger. We're in position, ready to go. 

OK. We're still on schedule, though, Gemini 5. 

Roger. I can see an airplane to the south 

of us down there contrailing ^ust bigger than 

hecli. 

Roger . One minute . 

Roger. Weather's going to be good, right? 
Understand the weather's going to be good. 
Right. Breaking up for a nice one. 
OK. We've got about h seconds. 
Roger . 

Ignition. It's on its way. 
We have him in sight I 

Very good. He's tracking right on our course. 
Second stage. 
Say again. 
Second stage. 

You can't do this in pulse mode. 

You can't do this in pulse, is that right? 

That ' s r ight . 

Have you completed your tracking yet? 

No, we never did get on him, we never caught up 

with him once w& saw him. 



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Houston Cap Com OK. You now have flown for 98 hours and 31 minutes 

and 30 seconds, and let me be the first to con- 
gratulate , ou on setting a new American record 
for manned spacecraft. 

Conrad Thank you. 



END OF TAPE 



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it's the Antigua discussion. Just after Ascension, the crew is 

to perform a section 1 .and section 2 hj^drogen and oxygen purge. Following 
that they were to power the spaa., raft do™, turn off their rate gyros, 
turn off their computer, as well as their platform. Darkness will 
begin on this rev at approximately the Tananarive station, which they 
should meet in ahout 2 to 3 minutes. At Canarvon they will receive 
some planned up-dates for the 65-i+ area and other planned landing 
areas, should they be needed between the G'^-k, and on through the 70th 
revolution. Following that, Gordon Cooper is to have some lunch between 
Canarvon and the States. There'll be a medical data pass over Hawaii, 
and just after the Canarvon pass, the Pilot Pete Conrad is to catch a 
nap. This is Gemini Control in Houston. 
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Tape 250, Page 1 



Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Gemini Control, Houston; 99 hours, 32 minutes. ¥e have the Canarvon tape, 
the station we just left about a minute ago, ready to play for you 
at this time. 

Gemini 5? Canarvon Cap Com. 

Roger, Canarvon. Gemini 5 reading you loud and 
clear. Over. 

Roger. I have a flight plan up-date when you 
are ready to copy. 

Roger. 'Wait one. OK. Ready to copy. 
Title, HF 180000, sequence number Oh, remarks, 
end thrust at 1925OO. This is HF test starting 
right after Hawaii's LOS. Next item, is 3-7, 
CL-7, 1 niner, hh, 02; sequence number 03, pitch 
down niner 0. Next item is the CAMS 7210 niner 
50; sequence number 03; pitch down, 90' Storm, 
Dbreen. Did you copy? 
Roger. We got those three. 

OK. That's all the flight plan up-date. There 
will be a medical pass on the command pilot over 
Hawaii. The AOS time is 1751. 
OK. 

OK, and next we've got a PLA up-date, when you 
are ready to copy. 
Conrad Stand by. Ready to copy. 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Canarvon. Cap Com 



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Houston Cap Com Roger. Area 65 - ^, 20i|-5l8; 12 plus 10; l8 plus 06; 

area 66-3, 220246; ih plus 21; 1 niner plus 
31; area t'. - 3, 23 plus 38 plus 00; 13 plus 09; 
l8 plus hi; area 68-3, this is at this date, 01, 
12, 4i|; 12 plus l6; l8 plus 00; area 6 niner delta, 
02 05 5 niner; 20 plus ih; 25 plus 03; area 70 
delta, 03 38 43; 1 niner plus 31; 2k plus 13; 
\ * weather is good in all areas except 66-3 and 67-3? 

weather is marginal. Do you copy? 

Conrad Had a ball. 

Houston Cap Gom Very good. 

END OF TAPE 



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Tape 251, Page 1 



Gemini Control here, Witr.m the last minute the Hawaii station has 
raised the Gemini V spacecraft. Command Pilot, Gordon Cooper, is going 
through a blood pressure check and the other — the oral temperature, and 
the other things associated with the Medical Data pass. ¥e should have 
some conversation with the spacecraft and the ground. Let's cut in now 
and find out what is going on. 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Ho\iston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Surgeon 
Hawaii Surgeon 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 



Houston Flight 

Hawaii Surgeon 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



•fine now. 

Hawaii, send the C-band off command at 55. 
Roger, Flight. 

As planned. And you can ask him if he turned -it off. 
Roger . 

Ending exercise now. 
Roger . 

Gemini V, Hawaii Surgeon, your cuff is full scale. 
Hawaii. How do you know the beacon is not on? 
Okay, they are reporting they are losing track, and 
they lost it, and they regained it again, that's 
happened twice through the pass. 

Oh, so the beacon is okay. They tracked from the 
Ivheeling. We got the data. 

We have a good blood pressure, standing by for your 
water and sleep report . 

I've ccn-imanded C-band off Flight. 
Rog. 



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Hawaii Surgeon 
Cooper 



Hawaii S-urgeon 
Cooper 

Hawaii Surgeon 
Cooper 

Hawaii Surgeon 
Hawaii Cap Com. 



. . . sleep report , 

Ho sleep since las"c night when I reported on that. 
The water report , I have drimk 21 pounds and 13 ounces 
of water. 1 in just in the process of eating now, which 
I have added to that. 

Are you in the process of eating now. What meal would 
that be? 

Just a second here. It's 1 hravo. 
I understand. 21 pounds 13 ounces, no sleep since 
last night, and eating 1 bravo. 
Roger . 

Thank you, Hawaii Surgeon out. 

Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. On this HF test, we're 
going to stop it for about 10 minutes over the States 
and will res-ume at 18 lU 00. 
Roger . 

Hawaii has LOS . 
Roger . 

In that pass you heard Cooper confirm that he had had no additional 
sleep since last night. His water intake indicated he d^ank approximately 
1 pound from about 2 revolutions ago at the Canarys when he had a report 
of slightly over 20 pounds, now reporting 21 pounds 13 o^ances. I believe 
he said he was eating meal 1 bravo on day h. That meal includes beef and 
vegetables, patato salad, cheese sandwiches, strawberry cubes and an orange 

drink for a total calorie intake of 931 calories. This is Gemini Control 

Houston at 99 hours 57 minutes into the mission. 
EM) OF TAPE 



Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



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Gemini Control in Houston hare, 100 hours even, 100 hours even in the 
mission. The California station shcold acquire momentarily and as we 
svring do-wn across Mexico on this pass, the crew will perform a nmber of 
HF tests. They will orient the spacecraft around in various positions and 
test their various antenna using the KF bandwidth instead of the usual 
UHF mode. Of some interest may be the fact that during the earlier State 
side activity in the two previous passes with much of the equipment 
powered up, we were pulling an amperage load of kl, kl amps. We are now 
powered back down. We are pulling a load now of about l8,6 amps, and 
the spacecraft will probably remain in this configuration. We are 
standing by here, we should have contact by either our California or 
Guaymas station momentarily and when we do we will play it for you 
immediately. There is the telemetry solid signal from the Guaymas 
communicator , 

Guaymas Cap Com How are you doing? 
Cooper Roger, doing fine. 

Guaymas Cap Com Okay, you're looking good here on the ground. I'd 



like a readout of yoixr CAMS propellant quantity, 



^ pressure, and temperat-'ore please. 



Cooper 



Roger, OAjyiS propellant quantity is 20 percent, 



temperature is 75 degrees, and pressure is 1350- 



Guayraas Cap Com 



Say again the pressure. 



Cooper 



1350. 



Guayrnas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guajcnas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 

Gu&yrcL&s Cap Com 

Houston Flight 

Guaymas Cap Com 



Houston Flight 
Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Roger. I copied. I thank you. Standing by if you 
need anything . else . 
Okay, fine. -hank you. 
Flight, Guaymas.- Did you copy. 

For your information we read Hawaii on HF all the way 
to your call. 
Very good. 
Flight, Guaymas. 
Go ahead. 

On the ground readout on that temperature, there is 
a correction on our part. That was 76 degrees in- 
stead of 68. 
Roger. 

Gemini V, Gemini V, Houston. 

Roger Houston, Gemini V. Go ahead. 

Roger, I have some information here for you. that I 

would like to read up to you. One is a map and 

star updates. Ready to copy? 

Wait one second here. We will be. 

Okay. While you are getting ready, I've got some 

questions. Can you tell me if the Command Pilot 

is doing the M-9 with the left or right eyepiece. 

With the right eyepiece. 

Okay, I'd also like to know if each pilot is getting 
5 readings when you do the M-9 experirient? 
Negative, We've just been taking 1 reading. 



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Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 

« 

Cooper ' 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Ccmh 
Cooper 

Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 



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Okay. ■ 

They have always been the same. 

Okay, have you been able to get successive S-6 

pictvires on - accessive passes over the same particular 

piece of weather?" 

Two or three times when we have. 

Very good. Can you give us a film and voice tape 

report of what you have taJten and what you have left? 

We've got lots of voice tapes here. We haven't used 

much of any of them. We are on our fifth voice 

cartridge now on tape, . 

You say you have 10 left? 

We have l8 left. 

l8 left, roger. 

We have used two full 70-mm film magazines plus ^ or 
about one-third of another one. 
On the D-6 pictures on the 3^01 we probably have 
taken 50 or 60 pictures now, I'll have to add it up. 
But that is the only one that we would be low on. The 
8kk3, we've got plenty left, probably 55 pictures left, 
and on the 3^01, I think we have probably 50 pictures 
left . 

Okay. And you have taken 2 full 70 mm film packs plus 
one -third of another one. 

That's correct. On experiihent S-1 we are still on 
our first'. l6-mmj camera package. We've got three of 
those left. 



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Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Qom 
Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Okay, you've got three l6-min packs left? 

We've got a question for you. 

Okay. 

We ' re in the middle of this HF test now Now the 
write up of this HF test calls to be stabilized in 
Horizon ScaJi. 
Roger. 

Is it desirous to use our last horizon scanner for 
an HF test like this? 

No you can go ahead and just hold your attitude 
using the pulse mode, Gordo. And just make sure 
that you stay near the zero roll and zero pitch 
attitude . 
Okay.' 

Gemini V, we'd also like to have you keep your 
power level down so that we don't use up too much 
of the reactants. 

Roger. We're completely powered down now. 

Okay, very good. 

We're ready for the map update. 

Okay, if you're ready for the map update, here it 
comes . Time for both the map and stsir update is 
06 17 36 22. The map update is 13k. 0 degrees east, 

for rev 63. Star update is 0 16 kl. 



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Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Surgeon 



Cooper 



Houston Surgeon 



.... on the star update . 

Okay, Dr. Berry would like to talk to you for a 
couple of minutes. 

Gordo and Pete, you've had 100 hours, 11 minutes, 
and 35 seconds now, and we'd just like to tell you 
that all the data that we are seeing down here 
looks really excellent. All the rates and pres- 
sures are still well within normal ranges, no 
abnormal chemges at_all. We think you are doing 
beautifully as far as water intake is concerned. 
We're delighted with this. The food seems to be 
going okay too. And we do feel that you still need 
to keep pushing on that sleep and I guess you feel 
the same way and we are going to try and help with 
that. Are you still comfortable as far as the 
spacecraft is concerned. Are you having any more 
times when you feel cool? 

Every time we power down at night it gets pretty 
cool in here, but we'll overcome some night. 
Very good. Pete, we have checked on this cuff 
business and we feel that the - that you have just 
run out of gas, so what we'd like for you to do is 

to turn that switch off and then if you desire, at 
your option depending on how much bother you are 
having with the cuffs, you may try and remove those 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT Tape 252, Page 6 

cuffs if you think you can do it. It's up to 
you. 

Conrad Okay, I'la going to try and take them off because 

when the heat load is up, I sweat around the legs 
and that makes them itch right there very badly 
and as long as it ' s not running., it ' s not doing 
me any good. 

Houston Surgeon That's right Pete, and I think you ought to, if you 

can, feel free to cut through the cuffs if you want. 
Just be careful when you are using the scissors there 

Conrad Okay. Well, I've been out of the harness once 

already and back in again, so I can get them off, 
all right, I'm not worried about that. 

Houston Surgeon Okay, fine. Let's try that. I think you ought to 

get them off. It will be a lot more comfortable. 
It's still going to give good data Pete, because 
we feel that with the , it's still going to give us 
comparison with the h days that we had. 

Conrad Sorry it's run out of air. We heard it running 

two or three times back at — during test time 
and we told them about it, but nobody seemed to 
pay much attention to it, so I guess it's been 
leaking down. 

Houston Surgeon Oh, boy. We need a new gas supply. You might 

breathe Jon it a while. 



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Tape 252, Page 



Cooper Are you still there Ch-ack? 

Houston Surgeon Yes sir. 

Cooper One of the ^^roblems on the sleep cycle is that 

some of our sleep cycles have been falling during 
the normal East Coast daytime cycle. 

Houston Surgeon Rog. Okay. 

Cooper ... to "be sleepy then, we are a little bit, you know, 

* 

you just don't go to sleep very easy then, whereas 
during the Cape night cycle, we always seem to get 
sleepy. 

Houston Surgeon Okay, are you doing better with these nap times now 

Gordo as the days go on. Is it easier to go to 
sleep during the nap periods or not? 

Cooper • Oh, I don't think we've really had trouble with the 

nap periods. We each power down for those periods 
for 30 or kO minutes several times during the day 
and get a little naps. But for the long sleep 
period, we really had:' trouble getting these lenghty 
sleeps . 

Houston Surgeon Okay, we'll check these times out pretty carefully 

with Jerry, both Jim and I want to do that after the 
shift today and we'll try and get something worked 
out on this flight plan and on the sleep times with 
him. 

Cooper That's the big thing on the longest sleep period. 

There is too many interferences where you Just 



MISSION COMMENTARY 



Houston Surgeon 
Cooper 

Houston Surgeon 
Conrad 

Houston Surgeon 



Cooper 

Houston Surgeon 
Houston Surgeon 
Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



TRANSCRIPT Tape 252, Page 8 

couldn't settle down and sleep there. 
I think we've got that squared away now Gordo. 
Okay, real fine. 
Good trip. 

Yeah, we've felt real good up here. No problems. 
Very good. We are going to keep it that way for 
the rest of the time then. 

We've felt lots better since we've got our suits 

off J but . . 

Which suits????????? 

You want to check my pulse rate? 

Gordo, tell Pete about Enith. 

Yeah. 



This is Gemini Control here. I think that wraps up the — that 
particular pass. Gordon Cooper's remark, of course, about they feel 
a lot more comfortable with out their suits brought Dr. Berry right 
up out of his chair. We are sure it was in Jest, but it elevated his 
pulse rate. This is Gemini Control Houston at 100 hours l8 minutes 
into the mission. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 253 , page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston here, 100 hours, 32 minutes 
into the mission. We've had no contact since our last report. 
Things here in the control center generally are just like the 
spacecraft, in a rather powered down configuration. Flight 
director's heen out for the last 15 to 20 minutes on a lunch 
break. Other controllers comparing notes with their counterparts 
in the back rooms, generally a period of relative inactivity. 
Flight plan calls for Pete Conrad to be taking a nap and Gordon 
Cooper should have completed a meal by now. He is between 
Ascension and Tariarieve. Tanarieve, the night side on this pass 
beginning some ten minutes prior to Tanarieve. This is Gemini 
Control Houston. 
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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 254, Page 1 

Gemini Control at 101 hours and 2 minutes into the mission. 
Word from the Cape on the OSO launch is that a premature burn 
of .the third stage was the cause of trouble and that satellite 
never became a satellite. It fexl into the south Atlantic Ocean. 
Johannesberg station advised that they never acquired 
So presumably OSO did not achieve orbit. The two numbers on 
the Minuteman launch this past revolution, the time of the 
Minuteman liftoff was 28 minutes seven seconds after the houy, 
that would be 10:28, 07 Houston time. The time of closest approach 
of the Minuteman and the Gemini 5 spacecraft was 10:28 46 Central 
Standard Time. The closest approach, from a slant range point of 
view, was 182 statute miles, that would have been with the missile 
slightly above the spacecraft and just about abreast of each other 
on a longtitudinal basis.: The spacecraft was flying a ground 
track that carried it 139 miles south of the Minuteman Silo at 
Vandenberg . 

We've had a long quiet period here with the spacecraft now 
over the East Indies coming out across the Pacific and no contact 
since at the states. 

This is Gemini Control. 
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ICSSION COMMEWTAEY TRAJ^SCRIPr - 8/25/65 



Tape 255, Page 1 



Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
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Hawaii, Gemini 5 here. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. We comi.::.fcted all the experiments that were 
assigned for today, except one portion of 4-10 Charlie, 
D-U, D-7, i*-10 Charlie. 
Roger. 

. . . .that were deleted by the time we got there for 

one reason or another, due to weather. 

OK. 

All that were assigned we completed. 
Did you copy, flight? 
Affirmative. 

OK, we're copying the d'omp off the one, I got the UK in. 
Roger. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/25/65 



Tape 256, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston here; 101 hours, h9 minutes into the mission. 
Spacecraft is beginning right now its 65th revolution, crossing the 80th 
parallel on the northwest cot.:-t of South America. We have about 3 
minutes of conversation, intermittent conversation, with the Guaymas 
station. The principal, point of discussion is Gordo is having to look 
back at his log to check on the time of a certain experiment, a certain 
experiment and whether he had done it. The reference is to a D-6 experi- 
ment, a pictxire taken of the Lake Champlain . taken earlier today. Here's 
the tape now. 

Gemini 5j Guaymas Cap Com. 
Go ahead, Guaymas, Gemini 5- 

OK, you're looking good here on the ground. How are 
you doing? 

Roger . Doing fine . Everything ' s green here . 
OK. I would like the amount of time left on your 
D-k, D-7 experiment recorder. 
Stand by just one minute. 

OK. While he's getting that, flight, I'm getting a 
reading on my delayed time transmitter, but I believe 
the carrier's still out. 

Roger. Sixteen minute's time last night. 
Did you say sixteen minutes, Gordo? 

That ' s affirmative . 

OK. Did you complete D-6 I3U-O8? And the timer on 
that was 0^+115555. 
Cooper What was the time on that again? 



Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Cora 



Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 



MTSSIOK COMMEHTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/25/65 



Tape 256, Page 2 



Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


OK. The support date 115555. 


Cooper 






Let me look it up in our. D-6 log, I have it here 
that we did but let me double check it. 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


OK. 


Cooper 






Negative, we didn't complete that one. 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


OK, thanks very much. Flight, did you copy all that? 


Houston 


Cap 


Com 


Affirmative. 


• 

Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


OK. OK. We'll stand by here if you need anything 
else. 


Cooper 






Real fine, we did get 13^+ though, 150U!+8. Report that 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


Report that. All righty. 


Houston 


Cap 


Com 


What did he say there, Efl? 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


He said he did I3U, and the time on that though was on 
the fourth day ... (interrupted by Cooper) 


Cooper 






....we got it today. 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


Say again. 


Cooper 






We didn't get that from the first time, but we did 
get it today. 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


OK. He said he didn't get it the first time, but he 
got it today at oUl50i+U0, and he completed it. 


Houston 


Cap 


Com 


Say that time again, Ed. 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


Fourth day, 150i+ ^0. 


Houston 


Cap 


Com 


Roger. Thank you. 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


OK. 


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MISSION COMMEWTAEY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 257, Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston, 102 hours 2 minutes into the mission. 
We have no new: status to report c- the spacecraft itself, out of 
contact since the swing down the West Coast of Worth America. Into 
the Control Center has come the White Team. They look all rested and 
ready, and the normal kind of discussion that takes place at every 
shift change is going on now with the new operators sitting down and 
comparing notes for at least a half hour before they assume control 
of the Console. This is Gemini Control Houston. 



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MISSION COM^ENIARY TRAlvSCRIPT - 8/25/65 Tape 258, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. ¥e are now 102 hours and. 3h minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 5 which, b.z the present time, is Just coming up over 
approximately Singapore, and very uortly will pass over the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec, our tracking ship located in'^the Pacific Ocean. At the present 
time here in the Control Center, we are in the midst of a shift change 
withtthe White Team of flight controllers ready to take over from Christo- 
pher Kraft, our flight director, and his team of Red flight controllers. 
We have a message to pass to the spacecraft as it comes over the Coastal 
Sentry Quebec . That message was initiated by the Weather Bureau people 
who: .are interested in having oiir astronauts take some visual observations 
of a tropical storm named Doreen.and located approximately I5OO miles 
east of Hawaii. We have located this storm on a weather map ; and are 
feeding this weather map to you in our news center. The press conference 
that is normally held at approximately 3:30 each day will be held 
at about the same time today, and very shortly now Flight Director Chris 
Kraft and several of his flight controllers will move over to the press 
center. This is Gemini Control at 102 hours, 36 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 5- 
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MISSION COtEvIEKTARy TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 259, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at IO3 hours 2 minutes into the f light . of 
spacecraft Gemini V which at th;- ^u-esent time is on. it's 65th revolution 
over the earth and now passing over the Hawaiian tracking station. A 
few minutes ago ajs the spacecraft Gemini V passed over the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec, our tracking ship located in the Pacific Ocean, the Flight 
Surgeon, one '.of the Flight Surgeons aboard the Coastal Sentry Quebec 
was tailing a turn on deck and he reported that he saw Gemini V in the 
sky passing over that station. He said the visual sighting was supurb. 
He said it was rather thrilling to see the spacecraft come over. They 
also reported that the Command Pilot, Gordon Cooper's voice was excellent, 
his pulse and respiration were very regular. We will now play back the 
voice communication between the Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking ahip and 
spacecraft Gemini V. 

CSQ Cap Com Gemini V, CSQ Cap Com. 

Cooper Roger CSQ, Gemini V. 

CSQ Cap Com Roger. We are go on the ground, and have some 



information on tropical storm that I'd like you 



to look at, over. 



Cooper 



Okay, we're go here. Just a second. Let me get 



my pencil I'll copy. 



Cooper 



Okay, I'm ready to copy. 



CSQ Cap Com 



Roger, Weather Bureau estimates trcpical storiji 



Doreen 200 nautical miles left: cf cours 



e SEE. 



Closest approach "oiiae 21 09 19- 



^ve to know 



MISSION COMMEOTARY TRANSCEIPT 



Tape 259, Page 2 



• Would you estimate th.at yqu^ are in closest 

approach, over. 

Cooper Okay, the time and estimated distance to the eye 

of the storm. Is that affirmative? 

CSQ Cap Com Roger. We'd like the time plus the estimated 

distance. 

Coopei' Okay, fine. 

Cooper Okay, I've got this. 

esq Cap Com CSQ. 



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jynSSIOl^ COM^SKT/LRY .THAIISCHIPT - 3/25/65 vape 2cC, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are ax, 105 hours ana 32 iv.inutes into xhe 
fligho of spacecraft Gemini 5 which is no\7 passing over Souxh America 
on its 66th revolution over xhe c. xn. Just a few minuses ago space- 
craft Gemini 5 passed over "che Rose Kiiot Victor , o'ar tracking ship off 
the •westvcoast of Peru, and a.z that time we were in voice comrirunication 
with Command Pilot Gordon Cooper, and as they passed over, the FiICl'' ( pose 
Knot Victor ) reported all systems in the spacecraft looked good from 
that tracking ship. They also told Cooper the weather in the Pacific, 
where the ship is located, is good, clear, and calm. Ccrrxiand Pilot Cooper 
gave a report on tropical storm Doreen which he said he cco^ld see approxi- 
mately 250 miles off his flight path. vJe will now play hack that tape 
of the voice comm'onication betve^n the Pose Knot Victor and Gemini 5^ 
RKV Cap Com Gemini 5, PcKV Cap Com. 

Cooper Understai-.d, RI-ZV, Gemini 5- 

RKV Gap Com Roger. We'd like to get your estimate of the time of 

post apijroach and the distance to the e^-e ci' the storm 
Poreen. 

Cooper Roger. ...eye of the storm was 2^0 na'.,t_cal miles to 

the left of cur ccarse; at the time of post approach 
it was 210 niner 30. 

IxsxV Cap Com Roger, I copied. 

Cooper And pass on to MCC that I got . -7 piiov. v. the; and 

Wea'cner Bureau photosi-aphs of it. Ovcr. 



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MISSION CQM^Si^TARY TRAJSCKIK' - 5/25/£5 --P'^ 2o3, Page 2 

Kiev Cap Com Eoger. Understand. C-eaini 5- "-■"■^ --ould like for 

you to cycle tire your qusrixity read switch. You 
don't need i;.- e^rve ns a spacecraft reac oai; . 

Cooper OK. 

RKV Cap Cora Hold it on this one for a. ir.oriierr.: , 

Cooper Ai.l right. 

RKV Gap Com OK. Fuel cell r;ydrogen. G-e-iin:. :1, :'-du may uurn the 

switch to the off posiuion. lhan.v yoa. 
Cooper Roger. 

RKV Cap Com All systems look real good hero on the -round. We have 

nothing else for yoa this pass. V:i- ^ 11 he standing 
by. 

Cooper OK, fine. How's your weather leen? 

RKV Cap Com It looks real good dcv-rn here. The seas are real 

calm and clear. 
Gooxjer Good. 

RKV Cap Com Houston flight. Cap Ccrr. . 

Houston Gap Com Go, RKV. 

RKV Cap Com All systems look real good here on ■-'.re ground. Tne 

quantity read out percent fell cjcale , ICiJ 0^, 83.3; 
fuel cell Og , d5.C; il^el ee — y r.^.n-er point cJ. 
This is percent full scale. 



Kouston Gap Com 
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MISSION COIMEKTARY TSAWSCHIPT Tape 26l, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are at 10^4- hours 2 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini spacecraft 5^ T.v.ich is no-^ passing over the Indian 
Ocean on it's 66th revolution over the earth. We have had no voice 
comtnuQication with the spacecraft since it passed over the Rose Knot 
Victor tracking ship about 30 minutes ago. At that time, all the 
spacecraft systems were looking good and the flight crew was in ex- 
cellent condition. At this time, Command Pilot Gordon Cooper is 
scheduled to be in a sleep period. Pilot Pete Conrad, according to 
the flight plan will shortly be conducting a cabin lighting survey 
as he approaches the Hawaiian tracking station. This is Gemini 
Control. 

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MISSION COMffiNTAEY TEAWSCRIPT 



Tape 262, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 10^4- hours and 32 minutes into our 
mission, the flight of spacecraft Gemini V, which at this time is 
coming up over the Hawaiian Tracking Station in the Pacific Ocean. 
We have had very little voice communication with the spacecraft 
for approximately the past 1 hour and we have nothing, new to report 
from the spacecraft cabin. The last time we had a good voice con- 
versation over the Rose Knot Victor on the last revolution, every- 
thing was in fine condition. The pilots were in good health and 
all systems were go. Coming up now over the Hawaiian Tracking Station 
with Command Pilot Gordon Cooper in a sleep period and Pilot Pete 
Conrad on the watch. He will probably take another look at tropical 
storm "Doreen" which is located east of Hawaii and the intention of 
the flight crew was directed toward the storm by our weather people 
on our last revolution, so we assume Pete will take another look at 
that storm. This is Gemini Control at lOk hours and 33 minutes into 
the flight. 



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MISSION COM^EI'ITAHY Tr^H'SCSiIPT 



Tape 263, Page 1 



This is Gerniiii Control at IO5 hours and 2 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5j which is now approaching the West Coast of South 
America on the 66th revolution. A short while ago, as the spacecraft 
passed over Hawaii, Pilot Pete Conraa so-uiided pretty cheerful. He greated 
Command Spacecraft Communicator, Bill Garvin, with a cheery "Hello Hawaii." 
Garvin told Conrad he looked green from the ground. Conrad said, "We're 
the same iip here." Garvin told Conrad that his orbit values were 16^1.2 
nautical miles apogee, and IO6.9 nautical miles perigee, and that the 
spacecraft orbital lifetime was ih^ days. Conrad cracked, "Get serious," 
We will now play back that first communication between spacecraft Gemini V 
and the Hawaiian Tracking Station. 
Hawaii Cap Com Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. 

.Hello Hawaii Cap Com, Gemini V. Go. 
Roger. We've got you green on the ground, how are 
you doing? 
Green up here . 

Would you cycle your quantity read switch to fuel cell Og? 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

H&.~ aii Cap Com 



Hawaii Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 



Fuel cell H^? 

Flight, do you want him to leave that switch in ECS Op? 
He had it on coming over the hill. 
Negative . 

Okay, we'll have him turn it off. 

Okay, you can place the switch to off. Be advised yoiir 
orbit is IO6.9 by l6h.2 and your oi-bit lifetime is 

lV| days from now. 



MISSION COMIiEIJTARY TRAI-TSCRIPT 



Tape 263, Page 2 



Conrad. 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 

Houston Flight 



Get serious. Roger, give me the orbit. Was it iGkl 
It was 106.9 oy 16k. 2. 
Okay I Thank you I 

It appears that all looks good, Flight. 
Roger, Hawaii. 

How's the weather down there today? 
Real nice. The sun is shining. 

We haven't been able to pick up the Islands yet. We're 
in drifting flight. 

How are you doing with that cabin lighting survey? 
Okay. I'm working on it right now. 
We completed the dump. Flight. 
Roger, Hawaii. 

Flight, those quantity readouts on the ground were: 
ECS Og, 82, fuel cell 0^ was 88.1.. 

Stand by, -Bill. Okay. Cive them to me again please. 
Okay. 82, 88.1, and 59. 

You'll have to try me again Bill. Fuel cell 0^ is 88.1? 
Fuel cell 0^ is 88.1, ECS 0^ was 82, and fuel cell was 
59. 

I'm going to talk to E Com do™ here. Bill. We're not 
really plotting ECS 0^ anymore, because the curves been 
flat for so long that I think it ' s a waste of tijne to 
ask the crew to get measurements on it, except for maybe 
once a day anymore . 



5 



MISSION COM'IEIWARY HIMSCRIPT 



Tape 263, Page 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Eouston. Flight 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Coia 
Houston Flight 



Roger . 

I'll advise you. Are those PFS readings or vj-hat. Bill? 

Thej look like — . 

Those are meter reading. 

Those are your meter readings? 

That's aff irmati". 3. 5fot Just any f^lll scale. 

Hawaii has LOS. 

Roger, Hawaii. 



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Mission COxVE^EiYTMY TR/JTSCRIPT - Tape Page 

This is Gemini Control at IO5 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5 which at this time is in its 67th revolution aro^jnd 
the earth and just moving out over the Indian Ocean. It will shortly 
come up over the Coastal Sentry Q:ael3eC;, o^jr tracking ship located in the 
Pacific. O'o.r last voice communicat j.on was approximately 30 to ^rO minutes 
ago. We do expect to have some communication with the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec . We have talked a lot about the Coastal Sentry Quebec and we 
throught at this time it might be a good idea to give you a little 
description of that tracking ship'. The Coastal Sentry Quebec is a con- 
verted liberty ship. It is used to support various goverrjnent projects 
including tracking and communications tasks for manned and unmanned HASA 
space programs. There are some 35 technical personnel aboard along with 
50 to 60 ship personnel. Durijig man flights the Manned Spacecraft Center 
of NASA sends a i4-man team aboard. They are Arta J. Roy, Jr., Spacecraft 
Communicator; Ted A. White, and George W. Conway, Systems Engineer; and 
Joe E. Perry, who simulates the astronauts during NASA network simulations 
or test runs. During the actual flight Perry will assiso in other tasks. 
Between manned launches the Coastal Sentry Quebec lends support to other 
U. S. Governmen- projects. This is Gemini Control at 105 hours and 33 
minutes into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 5. 
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MISSION COMffiKASY TFJ-iJSCRIPT - 8/2p/65 Tape 265, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 106 hours and 2 minutes into our flight of the 
Gemini 5 spacecraft. Our flight crew consisting of command pilot Gordon 
Cooper and pilot Pete Conrad have just passed north of the Coastal Sentrj^ 
Quebec tracking ship in the Pacific, Conmiand pilot Cooper is still in his 
sleep period. Pilot Pete Conrad, x.- ^king to spacecraft comm-onicator Arta 
J. Roy on the Coastal Sentry Quebec, said he is getting a very good look 
at Japan - that this is the best weather so far, and Japan looks very pretty. 
We are now on our 67th revolution over the earth, and at this time all 
systems, as reported by the tracking stations and tracking ships on the 
ground, are in a. green and go condition. The flight crew reports they 
are go. This is Gemini Control. 
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KiSSIOF CQI#Ei^TAHY - 8/25/65 Ta^3e 266, Page 1 

This is C-eiTiini Control at I06 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5 which at the present time is coming up over the Rose 
Knot Victor, our tracking ship located off the West Coast of Peru. We are 
in the 67th revolution over the earth, and as a matter of fact, we'll - 
within minutes - start the 68th rc-aution. At the present time our 
command pilot Gordon Cooper is still in his sleep period, and pilot Pete 
Conrad is sched-oled to make a medical data pass over the Rose Knot Victor. 
Like the CSQ, or Coastal Sentry Quebec, the Rose Knot Victor is a converted 
liberty tracking ship. It is assigned to U, S. government tracking and 
■communications projects including manned and unmanned space probes. During 
the NASA manned space flights the Manned Spacecraft Center sends a 5-man 
team aboard the Rose Knot Victor. They are Gary B. Scott and James R. Poucci, 
Spacecraft Communicators; Herbert A. Harmon and Albert W. Barker, Systems 
Engineers; and George W. Bliss, who simulates the astronauts during network 
tests, and then has other tasks d^aring the manned launches. We are just 
within minutes now of picking up that 68th revolution, and for this time 
this is Gemini Control. 
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MISSION C0i--2'IE:i\nAEY TKAI'TSCHIPT - 



Tape 267 J ?■ 



This is Gemini Control. We are at 107 hours and 2 ninutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 5 J'^ow its 63th revolution around the earth, and at 
the present time passing over Cent_'.-..l Africa. Our* last voice coiEr.:unication 
with spacecraft Gemini 5 was about 20 minutes ago as the spacecraft passed 
over the Rose Knot Victor tracking ship off the west coast of Peru. At 
that time command pilot Gordon Cooper was still asleep, and pilot Pete 
Conrad made a medical pass over that station. This consists of temperavare 
2 "blood pressures, one before and one after an exercise period. He also 
gave the Rose Knot Victor a report on his water intake which he said was 22 
pounds since the flight began. He, in addition, reported that he had ta.ken 
a full 2 hour nap and that he had just polished off a full meal and pltis 
some other goodies that they had left over from other meals. The spacecraf 
is in a go condition he reported and the ground said your systems all 
look good from here. We will r-ow play back that voice tape made over the 
Rose Knot Victor tracking ship. 

RKV Cap Com Gemini 5; this is RKV. We have a valid tem^perature ; staiidin 



by for year blood pressure 



Gemini 5j this is RICv surgeon. 



Your copy is full scale. Gem.inl 5j RKV surgeon, v 



We have 



good blood pressure. Give me a mark when you start your 



exercise please. 



Conr ad 



Sx andby . f'lar k , 



Rav' Cap Com 



Gemini 5? RKV s-jxgeon. Yo-or copy Is full scale. Gemini 5? 



RYN surgeon. We have a good blood pressure. Standing by 



for your water report. 



Roger . 



This is the "oilot. 



And I've had 22 pounds of water, 



MISSION COMffilTARY HRPIISCRTPT - 8/25/65 Tape 26?, Page 2 

got a full 2 hours nap, and I just polished off meal 1 Charl 
at 0^4-220000 plus some extra goodies we had left lying aro^ond 

RKV Cap Com That was meal 1 Charlie? 

Conrad That's affirmative. 

EKV Cap Com Roger. Thank you. Back to our Cap Com. Gemini 5? this is 

RKV Cap Com. All systems are good on the ground. 
Conrad Gemini 5 go up here. 

RKV Cap Com Roger. 
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VISSION COI-EvSKTASY TRA2;SGRI?T - '6/23/03 Tape 26S, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 1C7 hoiirs and 32 minutes into the flight of 

spacecraft C-eraini 5 which is now on its 68th revolution over the earth 

and has oust passed over the Coas'c^_ Sentrjr Quebec, our tracking ship 

located in the Pacific south of Japan. There was very little voice conversation 

during this pass. The tracking ship gave Conrad a go from the ground - 

said his systems looked good up there. They then updated the star map 

aboard the spacecraft, and Conrad reported that he had purged the fuel 

cells, and that was the end of our voice conversation. Everything is go 

in the CC.and with our tracking network - the NASA tracking network 

throughout the world and with the gentlemen aboard the spacecraft. This 

is Gemini Control at 10? hours and 33 minutes. 

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MISSIGIT CC:C.Zi:::A5Y TRA;:SCHI?I - 0/20/^3 Tape 269, ?£5S 1 

iTriis is GeiiLini Control at lOS hours ajid 6 ninutes into the flight of 
or.ajecraf^ Gerr.ini 5. We are at the end of the 66th revolution, and cur 
flicht crew is passing ever the Rose ICnot Victor j our tracking ship located 
off the west coast of Peru. We will have voice contact betv/een Pete Conrad, 
pilot of Gemini 5, ar.d Gary Scott, the spacecraft coimunicator aooe.rd the 
RICV. Let's listen in now to this live conversation. 
RK^/ Cap Com Gemini p, RK^v' Cap Com. Row do you read? 
Conrad Garbled . . . Gemini 5 here . 

RKV Cap Com Roger. All systems are go on the ground, ai'-d 1 have some 

landing area update for you. 
Conrad Okay. Sxand by order. Okay, ready to copy. 

RK3/ Cap Com Roger. For these updates, all bsjik angles will remain the 

' same. That is, roll left pi 5 roll right 69. 
Conrad Then. 

RI<C\' Cap Com Seven delta O51556, 17 plus 39 5 22 plus 17, 72 - 2, 065239, 

15 plus. 51, 20 plus 1+1, 73-2, 082811, lh plus 25, 19 plus 25, 

- 1, 095111, 15 plus 56, 20 plus 50, 75 - I5 112635 ; ll^ 
plus- 31, 19 plus 33. Do you copy? 

Conrad Roger. V/ould you give TKTIC on 73 3 i^y 2 again please? 

Ra^ Gap Com Roger. 73 - 2, 052Bll. 

Conrad Roger. We copy. 

EI<?/ Cap Com Roger. The weather is good in all areas. 
Conrad Ro;;r. Very good. 

R:v/ Cap Co::; Hoger. We'd like to remind ^he ccn^nand pilc-o vhax he has 
a medical data loass over the C£C on rev 69- I have a time 



fcr you. 

no Cap co-i 03C107. 

Conrad Roger. O3CIO?. 

RICV Cap Com Roger. 
Conrad RKV; Gemini 5. 

BM Cap Cor^ Roger, that's us. 

Conrad We just had one of our more spectacular sights of cur flight 

coming into sunset just before you acquired us. Either our 
cryo'-hydrogen or cur cryo-oxygen tank vented, and it just 
all froze vrhen it caiae cut and it looked like \re had 7 billion 
stars passing by the v.-indows which was really cuite a sight. 

RK^7 Cap Com Roger. Did 3^ou recognize any of the stars? 

Conrad I didn't recognise any. 

RiR' Gap Com Roger. Copy. Gemini 5, RI?/, we have just received jo-xr 
tape dump. 

Conrad Roger. Very good. EAfer3n:hing locks good here. 

RIC/ Cap Com Roger. We have about one minute before LOS. We'll be 
stsj"iding by. 

Conraa Okay. Gemini 5. That's fine. Thank you. 

RrC/ Cap Com You're welcome. Over. 

Tha-i 'vTuz live ccnvereation between spacecraft Gemini 5 and our spacecraft 
coicsTunicatcr aboard, the Rose Knot Victor, and I understand we were in error - 
Inav, was not C-„ry Scott, cur prime con:c:unicator , but James R. Foucci who 
h,„l-;-;d cut tn that catacitv. This is Gemini Control. 



IcISSIO:: CCI'Z-ZN^AriY TR^SC3ZF2 - c/2p/op Taps 270, Page 

Tnis is Geniini Control at 1C8 hours 32 niinutes into xhe flight 
of spacecraft Ger:.ini V. VJe are now on our 69th revoration over ohe 
earth and zae flight crevr Is approaching the vest coast of Africa. 

hci.Ye had no voice corrjaunication vith spacecraft Ger.iini V since 
o-ar last voice conim-anication which ve carried live over the Rose 
rliot Victor tracking ship. From oiir grcand stations, all reports 
ar-e the snacecraft systems are Go. Here in Mission Control \-re are 
also Go and this flight is settling dovTn now for the long pull 
thiTOUgh the night. There is verj^ little acxivi-y aboard. CoT^nand 
TDilot Gordon Cooper is scheduled to rn.a:'<;e a medical data pass ./nen 
the spacecraft approaches the Ccastal SenTr:; G^.ehec trac.cing snip 
in the Pacific and our pilot Pete Conrad is entering a sleep period. 
This is Gemini Control. 

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k * Ji 



Thic i£ Ge:;.ir:i Control. Vie are no-.r a.z 109 hciirs and 2 minutes inxo the 
flight of spacecraft Gerr.ini 5- A'c the present time our spacecraft is co:.iins 
up over the Coastal Sentry Quehec ; our tracking ship located in the Pacific 
Ocean south of Japsn. On the ground, or aboard the Coastal Sentry Quebec, 
it is Thursday noon. Here in Mission Control Center in Houston it is 
still Wednesday evening. The activities slated for this pass v'ill consist of 
a medical data pass on the commsnd pilot, Gordon Cooper, while his partner 
pilot Pete Conrad is in a sleep period. Cooper is also e>rpected to give a 
food report, and there will be taped telemetry transmission. Data that 
the spacecraft has been gathering will be passed on to that tracking ship 
by telemetry. So far the flight is now in a very uneventful phase and the 
TDilot and co-pilot are getting a ma::ir.iium a:io-ant of rest, and we have no 
further experiments programmed for the irr.'.ediate next couple of revolutions. 
This is Gemini Control. 
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This is Genini Control. are at 109 hours and 32 :;:inutco into 

"Che :;'_i£ht of spacecraft G-e:r.ir.i Y. Az the present tirae o-iii- spacecrai 
and flight crew are in the south Pacific, approximately center south 
Pacific. Coniing up, they vill he skirting ohe Rose ISiot Victor urack 
ship £ind will pass Just vrithin voice range. We have not had a coni- 
rriUniCc;.tion with the spacecraft for cuiue some tirae and our flight plo.n 
indicates thau this is a period of inactivity. Pilot Pete Conrad is 
asleeyj. Ccr.r:iar.d pilot Gordon Cooper has finished an eat period and 
he has one experiment coming up. This is a cabin lighting survey 
v-hich he will perform, within the next hour and this is an experim.ent 
in which they meas-ur-e uhc lighu in various portions of the spacecraft 
usixig a photcmieter. This is Gem.ini Control. 



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IrAz i£ Ge-i:::i Con-rol at 110 Icurs and 1 r::i— -es i.itc -he flirl- cf 
-pacicraft Geriini 5 vliich has jusx shcr-:;ly ago leg-r: its 7Gth i-evcl-ution 
around xhe earth and. at the present tine is coining up on the "est ccaSo 
or Airica. V7e have some information here on the apogee and perigee of zhe 
El?. The apogee at this ti^iie is 1^1. 8 nautical niles and 65.7 nautical 
miles perigee. The orbital is 65.6? fron perigee to perigee. And we 
figuz-e it ha., • day 2 hour and Ik minute life-time as of this moment. In 
our spaocsrafu comi.and pilot Gordon Cooper is avahe and pilot Pete Conrad 
is in a sleep period. Tlie command pilot v.'ill shortly perform a cabin 
lighting survey measuring the amount of light that is coming into the 
spacecrafo at various points and using a photometer. At this point 
nave hau v^m-;^ little communication T/:'ith vhe spacecraft recently, a_-d "i-:e 
cnpeci: uhaz we will have some voice coi;s;u.nication over either the hano, 
ligeria site, or the Coastal Sentry Qy..lv.c. This is Gemini Conurol at 
110 hours and 3 minuues into xhe flight. 



G£r;:ini 5- It is cn i-::s 7(jzc. re-:z\ ...ztcv. cvsr zha eojrzh ai-d is cc::.inj u^: 

our tracking ship located in tlie Pacific sou";h of Jacan. ITo are in thi 
nidst here at the liissicn Control Center of a shift change. Ihe blue 
xean of flight controllers have reporcoi for duoy and are getting their 
briefing prior oo xahing over dirc^cois.^ - f mis flight. Ao laso check 
v-ith Dr. -Buane Cati;erson, onr fligno smvucn; h^ said that all indicaoions 
thao he has at vhis i;ir::e fron gronnd daoa and frcn: cava passea frcs: the 
spacecraft to the "round indicate that vhe piloo; co-pilot - ccsn.and pilot 
and pilot - of spacecraft Geniini 5 both in encellent condioicn. At xhis 
poir.t pilot Pete Conrad is asleep and ccrrr.crrd pilot Gordon Cooper is s-v/ake . 
He is slated to perform a fe-;-r ei-rperinents : a cabin lighting survey and 
scce photographic ezperiinents as he comes over Hawaii . This is G-e:tini 
Control at 110 hotirs and 33 liiinutes. 
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Tape 275, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 111 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V presently is over south-central Pacific nearing the end of 
the 70th revolution. Just now it went into the night side of the 
orbit. Around the world people seem to have their eyes peeled for 
Gemini V. Our latest report is from Senor Caxnile Plamarlo in 
GuadeuLajara, Mexico, who visually sighted Gemini V at 5:U9 this 
morning, 25 August, and he said it was apparently the equivalent 
magnitude of a third-magnitude star. The next station which will 
acquire Gemini V will be the tracking ship Rose Knot approximately 
13 minutes from now. We have a tape recording of the air-to-ground 
transmission between Gemini V and the tracking ship Coastal Sentry 
just north of Okinawa. We'll hear this tape now. 



CSQ Cap Com Gemini V, CSQ 

Cooper Garbled 

CSQ Cap Com We want you to cycle Jrour cryogenic quantity ' 

readout switch through the positions please. 
About 10 seconds in each position. 
And we would also like to get your .... out. 

Cooper Garbled 

CSQ Cap Com your power, CSQ. 

Cooper 81 percent, 350 psi, fuel cell good 

.... 130 psi 
CSQ Cap Com Copy. 



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Tape 275 > Page 2 



Cooper Fuel cell hydrogen 55 — shade iinder 55 percent 

780 psi. 

CSQ Cap Com CSQ copy. Houston also wants to know if you 

purged the fuel cells between the C8Q and the RKV 
in the last rev. Over. 

Cooper ...... fuel pells were purged at 0100. 

CSQ Cap Com Roger, understand. There is one in the flight 

plan between CSQ euid RKV they tho\ight you might 
have picked up without being notified to do. 

Cooper Negative. 

CSQ Cap Com Roger. 

Cooper We did have one phort of the CSQ last time. 



The. . . . over large amount of venting. We 
phecked the presqures of what appeared to be 
the Bps 02 which was up to a very high vent *^ 
pressure . 

CSQ Cap Com Roger, copy. Houston would cdso like to know 

if the running reixart over the RKV on the last 
rev lo<^ked like - correction, that was 062 - if 
it looked like a lot of stars ~ when it looked 
like a lot of stars, weis that at sxmset or several 
hours after the purge? 

Cooper !niat was just at sunset. .... p&wered off getting 



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Tape 275* Page 3 



ready for the purge. It appeared to be that 
we just hit a very large amount of things going 
on about there. We assumed they must be ECS 02. 
They looked like a lot of stars, like several 
million of them. 

CSQ Cap Com That's the same one you reported previously, then. 

Cooper That's right. We haven't seen them since. 

CSQ Cap Com Roger, coiqr. 



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vill be b,cruiri.. -Ls- :v.ir.Uu.^c ti:^ Cc_:c-ry Islacds ti^aclciii^ i"a-L. 

coast of Peru' tlae sys-CsiriS tolerietry rei.ic-:.-c3 crjjcard the -racking ship 
all looked noiLinal according to the spacecrcft cc~iaanicator in his 
report back to the flight director her^ in ki3sicn Control. Ihis is 
Gemini Control. 
ZID 01 r^J?3 



MISSION CCM4MTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 



Tape 277, Page 1 



This Is Gemini Control, 113 hoiire and 2 minutes eifter lift-off. 
Gemini V is presently crossing the northeastern shore of the continent 
of South America out over the Atlantic, the beginning of the 72nd 
revolution. They just recently made a pass over the tracking ship 
Rose Knot in which a brief contact was made. However, the Cap Com 
said all looked good on the ground and was standing by for further 
contact if necessary. This will be the RKV, the Rose Knot's last 
pass for the night. They will be dismissed until several orbits 
later. The flight plan activities for the caning day are presently 
being sent out to the Carnarvon station for updating to the crew. 
This includes an Apollo landmark tracking task somewhere in east 
Africa, near the Arabian peninsula. In fact all three of these 
experiments take place in eilmost the same part of the world. The 
Apollo landmark tracking task is at U:25 central standard time. 
Follows 2 minutes later one of the synoptic terrain photography 
experiments of east Africa and the Arabian peninsula at U:27 central 
standard time. Synoptic terrain photography experiment is large areas 
of land masses photographed with a Hasselblad camera using a normal 
angle lens to include very large areas of land mass, and concurrent 
with that experiment, also at '+:27, they will be making desert land 
measurements using the radicxaetric sensors aboard the spacecraft. 
At if: 50 they will do a power-up procedure onboard the spacecraft, 
and sLLine the inertial platform, and at 5:20 central standard time 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 - 



Tape 277? Page 2 



they have the task of alining the platform with the small end forward 
for a later task that will be done today - an additional radax test. 
Further details on this radar test will he forthccming. This is 
Gemini Control. 



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MISSION CCMIENTARY TRANSCRIPT - b/2(>/63 



Tape 278, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 113 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is approximately one-thir'^ of the way through the 72nd 
revolution. It will be acquired by the Carnarvon station in 46 min- 
utes. Passed over Canary Island station and there was a brief ex- 
change between the Cap CcMn there and command pilot Cooi)er. The 
telemetry readouts on the ground at Canary looked real good. They 
also made a telemetry delayed-time diomp and then the station went on 
stand-by for further contact and there was none. This is Gemini 
Control . 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRAlfSCRIFT - 8/26/65 



Tape 279, Page 1 



This is Oemini Control, Ilk hours and 2 minutes after lift-off^ 
Gemini V is nearing the end of the 72nd revolution. Just crossing 
north of the tip of the island New Zealand. At this time pilot Conrad 
is sched\iled for sleep, and during the next few minutes command pilot 
Cooper is sched\xled on the flight plan to run a vision test on himself 
using the onboard vision tester, and then using the same device, he 
will perform one of the vestibular effects experiments to determine 
the changes in his vestibular functions and also which will determine 
his ability to Judge the pitch axis of the spacecraft. This is involv- 
ing the so-called otolith function in the inner ear. When Conrad 
wakes up at about the time of the pass over the Antigua station he will 
be briefed by Cooper on the activities during the flight during the 
period he was asleep. This is Gemini Control. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIFTS - Q/zS/G-y 



Tape 280, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, llU hoxirs end 32 minutes after lift-off. 

The spacecraft is now almost thrf I'gh the end of the 72nd revolution 
and will be in contact with the stations in the Eastern Test Range 
within ahout 1 minute. There has been no contact with the spacecraft 
since the Canary Island station almost 80 minutes ago. ' This is 
Gemini Control. 

END OF TAEE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/26/65 



Tape 281, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 115 hours ih minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is approximately one-third of the way through the 73rd revo- 
lution and will be acquired by the Carnarvon, Australia station at 
21 minutes past the hour. We have a tape of the Carnarvon — or the 
Canary Island tracking station pass at the beginning of this 73rd 
revolution. Let's hear that tape now. 
Canary Cap Com Gemini V, this is Canary Cap Com. 

Go ahead Canary, Gemini V. 

Roger Gemini V. If the pilot is awake we would 
like to do a purge. 
All right. 

OK. We would like to start out with the quantity 
readings first. We'll need about 15 seconds in 
each position. 



Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 

Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 



Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 



Canary Cap Com 
Cooper 

Canary Cap Cora 



Roger, would you give me a readout? We would like 
to get a spacecraft readout on these quantities. 
Roger, we're reading 80 percent quemtity. We're 
reading 8U5 psia. 
Roger. 

Fuel cell 0^ we're reading 88 percent, we're reading 

iko psia. 

OK. 



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Tape 281, Page 2 



Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 
Cooper 

Flight Control 
Cooper . 
Houston Flight 
Canary Cap Com 
Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 



Fuel cell hydrogen, we're reading 52 percent and 

we're reading 770 psia. 

Roger. OK, we're ready for your purge. 

Stand by for hydrogen on cell 1 on my Mark. MAJRK. 

Complete. Stand by for hydrogen on cell 2. MARK. 

Canary, is this Houston. 

Complete with hydrogen on section 1 

We'd like an LOS summary. 

Right. 

Staxtilng oxygen on section 1. Starting now. 
OK, while your purging on the oxygen. Flight has 
advised that they are keeping an eye on the fuel 
cell water production. They shoud have a good 
hack on that within the next day or so. They 
think its progressing approximately normal. 



END OF TAFE 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 282, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control II5 hours 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 space- 
craft is now over eastern Australia midway through their 73rd revolution. 
To give you an idea of what the cr v; of Gemini 5 has in store for them today, 
I'll run over the experiments that will be passed up to them later on today. 
They have several tasks in surface photography, one at 6:05 c.s.t in the 
Kenya area of east Africa; and associated with that will be an infrared 
measurement at the same time. Other s\irface photography assignments are 
at 7:1^ central time in the southwestern United States; 7:21 in the Bermuda 
area; 7:33 i^i vfost Africa; 8:55 prime recovery vessel, Lake Champlain, 
in the west Atlantic; and at 10:32 off the coast of Brazil'. They will 
also be making infrared meas\irements of the star, Sigma Saggitaxius, at 8:05; 
and also the milky way at the same time period. At 8:3^ they will take 
infrared measurements of volcanoes in Hawaii. Terrain photos, so-called 
synoptic terrain experiment, which is large land mass photography, at 
9:19 this morning they have a photographic assignment in east Africa and 
the Arabian peninsula. At 10:26 they have a cloud top spectrometer experi- 
ment in the Key West area of cloud build-ups there. That just about 
summarizes what the crew has on their schedule today. There i-s a radar test 
of the onboard radar and the plans for that are still being formulated here 
in Mission Control. Details will be forthcoming. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMEKTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 



Tape 283, Page 1 



Tils is r —mir. -i Control lio hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 is 
presently approaching the west coast of Mexico toward the end of the TSi'd 
revolution. The next stations which will acquire the spacecraft are the 
stations in the eastern test range and some of the State-side stations. 
The first one to acquire will be in 2 minutes.. We have a tape of the 
recent Carnarvon pass just about 20 minutes earlier in this revolution. 
Why don't we listen to this tape right now? 

« 

Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini 5j Carnarvon. We have a valid oral temp. 

Stand by for surgeon. Gemini 5j this is Carnarvon 
surgeon, we're standing by for your first blood 
pressure. . . . Gemini 5> we have a good blood 
pressure. Would you give a mark when you begin 
your exercise? 
Mark. 

We had a good blood pressure, Gemini 5- 

Would you give us your water and sleep report, please. 
Pilot's water is 2k pounds, last meal was meal 3 
bravo, 05 09 00 00, and I slept about hoixrs I think. 
Roger. Copied that. Thank you, Gemini 5. Carnarvon 
station out. Gemini 5, Carnarvon Cap Com. We have 
flight plan update. Are you prepared to copy? 
Ready to copy. 
Are you ready to go? 

5.eady xo copy. 

Roger. Apollo landmark. All these are on the fifth 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Carnarvon Cap Com 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 283, Page 2 

day. 10 25 02. Sequence number 208, pitch down 30 » 
yaw left 8 degrees. Next item - S5, Sierra 5 10 2? 00 
Sequence number- 02. Next item - Tih, D7 10 27 00. 

Sequence number hlh. Do remarks S5. 

Next item - platform 10 50 00. Eemajrks - power up. 
Next item - radar 11 13 00. Remarks - radar on for 
warm up. Next item - platform 11 20 00. Remarks - 
align SEF. Next item - map update 11 2? 52. Remarks 
rev 7^ l^i-O.l degrees west, right Ascension 0 hours 2k 
minutes. Do you copy? 
Conrad Got it all. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Okay. Next item - radar test 11 U3 ^1. Sequence 

number 10. Remarks - pitch down 30, yaw right 23. 

Next item - delta 6, d6 12 05 16. Sequence number 7^. 

Mode number 01. Remarks - pitch down 30, yaw right I9 

«■* 

speed 60. Next item - D^J-, D7 12 05 16. Sequence 
number 415- Next item - platform 12 15 00. Remarks - 
align SEF. Do you copy? 
Conrad Affirmative - 

Carnarvon Cap Com Okay. Next item - radar test 12 3^ 20. Sequence 

number 10. Remarks - star photos. Next item - power 
down 12 50 00. Remarks - radar, platform, rate gyros, 
and computer off. Do you copy? 

C onr ad Af f irmat i ve . 

Carnarvon Cap Com Okay. We've got about 20 seconds to LOS. We'll 

get the rest of this up to you on the next pass. 



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Tape 283, Page 3 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conraxi 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



Roger . 

Everything looks good down here, and we're standing by. 
Green up here. 
Flight, we've had LOS. 

Roger, Carnarvon, good pass. How'd that medical data 
pass look? 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/26/65 



Tape 2Qky Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, II6 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V now over central Africa, is just about one-fourth of the way 
into the 7^th revolution/ The next station to acquire Gemini V will 
be Carnarvon station in 23 minutes. While passing over the Carnarvon 
station, planned landing area updates will be routinely passed up to 
the spacecraft for revolution 76 through 80. Also, flight plan up- 
dates will be passed up to the crew. At the present time the flight 
plan calls for the crew to be conducting terrain photography experi- 
ments and infrared measurements over east Africa and the Arabian 
peninsula. This is Gemini Control. We have. a brief tape of the 
last stateside pass over the Eastern Test Range tracking stations, 
voice remoting stations. Let's hear that tape now. 
Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston. 
Conrad Hello Houston, Gemini V. 

Houston Cap Com Hi. You look good on the ground. Got any questions? 



We're standing by. 



Conrad 



Wo. You got anything for us after 125000? 



Houston Cap Cora 



Rog. But we thought we 



'd let you get it at 



Carnarvon and get a little rest here. 



Conrad 



You guys are OK. 



Houston Flight 



Goodmorning . 



Conrad 



Goodmorning. 



Houston Flight 



All set for another bright day? 



Conrad 



Oh, yeah. 



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Tape 284, Page 2 



Houston Flight 



Conrad 



Houston Flight 
See 



Conrad 
See 

Conrad 
See 

Conrad 
See 

Conrad 



Gkjod. Looks pretty good down here, Pete. We've 

been going over this fuel — how much power you 
got left out of your fuel cells and we think its 
coining along pretty well. Its kind of tight, but 
you got it there. 

OK, we've been keeping track of it here, and of 
course it has been going down pretty thin, but we 
expect it to. 
That's right. 

Pete, it looks like your "tightest constraint is 
going to be the storage space for the water you 
produce. 
OK. 

How's that for a surprise? 

Nothing surprises me after lift-off. ,. 
Got any comments about the weather up north? 
We were talking about that. I don't know. We're 
going to take a look at it today. 
OK, been trying to get this water system settled 
down to see just what our possibilities might be. 
Houston, have you been — have the other stations 
been getting all our telemetry and everything 
all .right? We really build up the rates two and 

a half to three degrees per minute here when 
this thing vents. 



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Tape 28h, Page 3 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 

See 

Conrad 
See 

Houston Cap Com 



Yeah, as far as I know, they've all been getting 

good TM. 

OK 

Gemini, Houston here, we've had a little problem 
with the dump tape and we think maybe the tape 
is getting a little dirty but its nothing signifi- 
cant. 

We've been up too long, 
Rog. 

Yeah, Gordo eoid I figure. we've been up long enough 
now to need a sim on reentry to get brushed up. 
We'll see if we cein't work one in for you. 
OK. 

Do you mean this is the real thing? I thought 

we had been in the simulator all along. 

Just pretend you are in the simulator. 

That's what we've been doing. 

I guess you know you've got about 3 hours to go 

here before a big event. 

Is that what it is? We didn't know exactly 
what the time was. Can you give us the GMT? 
I think its about, Just about exactly 3 hours 
from now. 

We'll get it for you. 



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Tape 2&k, page h 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 

Cooper 

See 

Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
See 

Conrad 
Cooper 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper ] 

Houston Cap Com 



GMT is 13 06 00. Gemini, Houston. The GMT is 
13 06 00. 

Roger. We copy. 13 06 00, thank you. 
Do a couple rolls and a loop. 
We haven't got the fuel. 

That's all we have been doing all day is rolling 
and rolling. 
Very good. ■ 

We passed a big milestone today. We got into the 
left-hand food box for the first time and didn't 
find any Christmas presents, just food. 
Have you gone all the way through it yet? 
Say again. 

Have you gone all the way through it yet? 
No, not yet. 
You never know. 

Have you been in that pouch under the right panel? 

Yeah, we have, as a matter of fact. 

Yeah, what do you think we've been wearing? 

Say, Houston, do you still read us? 

Rog. 

Could you give us the GMT time hack, please? 

Rog. In about 10 seconds it will be 10 I6 00, 

10 16 00. Two, one, MARK. 



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That's pretty good. I'm two seconds slow. 
Oh, very good. 
Two seconds fast, I mean. 
Roger, understand. 

END OF TAPE 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 285, Page 

This is Gemini Control 117 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
is midway through the 7^th revolution and is presently in contact with 
the spacecraft commimicator at the Carnarvon, Australia tracking station. 
The spacecraft communicator there is updating the crew on planned landing 
area numbers , also updates for flight plan activities for the coming day. 
Here in Mission Control the "blue team flight dynamics officer has come up 
with seme numbers for the present orbit of Gemini 5j and figures up to 
perigee of 123.^ statue miles and apogee of 187.6 statue miles. This is 
Gemini Control. 
END OP TAPE 



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Tape 286, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control 117 hoxirs 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 is 
coming up on the end of the T^+th revolution, will be acquired by the Guaymas, 
Mexico traclclng station in about 2 minutes. During the pass o-^er the 
Carnarvon, Australia tracking station earlier in this revolution they were 
given a complete go on the ground. The Guaymas - the Carnarvon Cap Com 
passed up to the crew the flight plan updates but because of the length 
of time required for all this information to be passed up he was unable to 
complete *the planned landing area updates . Coming up on the Cape Kennedy 
area during this next revolution there will be a radar test in which the 
onboard radar will be aimed toward an L-band transponder at the Cape. And 
through this method they will be able to get some readings of how the 
onboard radar operates. We have now a tape of the Carnarvon, Australia 
tracking station pass earlier in this revolution. Let's hear this tape now. 
Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini 5, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Come in Car, Gemini 5. 

Okay, we've got the rest of your flight plan update when 
you're ready to copy. 
Fire away. 

Roger. First item - Delta 6, d6 13 ik 23. 
Carnarvon, Gemini 5- We're ready to copy. 
Roger. First item is Delta 6, d6 13 ik 23. Sequence 
nvunber 20. 

Say it again. Say, you're fading. We're Just beginning 
to get you. 

Roger. I'll start again with that first item. It's 
delta 6, D-6, 131^23. Sequence number 20, load number 
15 5 remarks , pitch down . . . , yaw left 6 degrees , speed 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 

Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



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Tape 2865 Page 2 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



Conrad • 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



30. Did you get that all down. 
■Just fine. 

Okay, next item. Delta 6 D-6, 13 21 ko , sequence number 
53 J mode number 15j remarks, pitch dovm 30, yaw left 
6 degrees, speed 60. Next item. Delta 6 D-6, 13 33 35, 
sequence number 66, mode ntunber 15, remarks, pitch down 
30, yaw right 7 degrees, speed 60. Next item B-k, D-7, 
ik 05 08, sequence numbers 4100 and 1+07 • Next item 
D-h, D-7, l4 3^ 51 J sequence number 425A, pitch down 
30, yaw left 03. Next item B-k, D-7, l4 hG hG, sequence 
number h2k'B. Mode number 01, remarks pitch down 30, 
yaw left h degrees, speed 60. 
Read out the D-k, D-7 ih 3h 51? 
Say again? 

Never mind, go ahead. ... 

You got it okay? 

Yeah. 

Okay, on the remarks on the D-U, D-7j hG hG, the test 
time is ih hj — stand by one. Okay, that test time is 
ih hj hi, duration is 8 seconds. Do you copy? 
Roger . 

Okay, next item is Delta 6 - D-6. ih 55 ^0, sequence 
number 134, mode number 01, remarks, pitch down 30, 

yaw 0, speed 60. Next item S-5> 15 19 hQ, sequence 
number 02. Next item S-8, D-I3, I6 22 50, sequence 



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Conrad 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 

Conrad 

END OF TAPE 



number 03 , remarks , pitch down 30 , yaw right 33 • 
Next item S-7, I6 36 50, negative. That time is 
16 26 5U. Seq.aence number 02. Remarks, pitch down 
30, Key West area. Next item is Delta 6, I6 33 07, 
sequence nximber 055, rnode number 01, pitch down 30, 
yaw right 1 degree, speed is 60. D-rU, D-7, I6 32 59, 
sequence number kl6. Do you copy? 
Yeah, in other ^ words, that's just before the D-6 
you Just gave me? 

Right, that last one was a D-k, D-7j wbops , stand by 
I've got add to that. I'll change that last time. 
Okay, that last time is the same time as the D-6, 
16 33 07. Copy? 
Affirmative, any more? 

No, we're not going to have time for the PLA update, 

we'll get you later. 

Okay. 

Everything looks good here. 
We are go here. 



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This is Gemini Control, 117 hours and 57 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
spacecraft is now in acquisition by the Canary Island tracking station, '^arly 
in the 75th revolution. During the Stateside pass just completed, Guaymas , 
Mexico, spacecraft communicator, Ed Pendell, passed up to Gemini 5 the plan 
landing area updates, which were missed at Carnarvan because of the lack of 
time with other information being passed up from Carnarvan. During the radar 
test, over Cape Kennedy, the radar did lock on to the transponder at the 
Cape but no range readings were given. During the Canary pass, there is scheduled 

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a medical data check on command pilot Gordon Cooper. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



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Tape 288, Page 1 



Cooper 

Guayttias *Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 



This is Gemini Control, II8 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
presently has Just left the acquisition range of Canary Island tracking 
station, aJid should "be coming up i 'lOrtly on the range of the Kano, Nigeria 
voice remoting station. We now have a taped recording of the recent 
State-side pass. Let's listen to the tape now. 
Guaymas Cap Com Gemini 5? Guaymas Cap Com. 

Come in, Guaymas, Gemini 5. 
OK, how are you doing? 

Roger, doing fine, everything's powered up. 
OK. You are looking good here on the -ground. I've 
got a correction to your flight plan up-date, and I've 
got a PLA, so let me know when you are ready to copy. 
Ready to copy. 

OK, the flight plan up-date and D-h D-7 sequence ^+21+ 
Bravo that was at the fifth day lkk6k6, change the 
time on that to the fifth day ikhG^h. 
Check. 

OK, the D-h D-7 sequence kl^ of the fifth day I2O516, 
add to the remarks column, recorder on for three plus 
00 minutes. 
All right. 

OK, I've got your PLA's. Are you ready to copy? 
All set. 

OK. The weather is good in sll areas, the bank angle 
is roll left 51 5 and roll right 6 niner on all cases. 



Cooper 

Guaymas- Cap Com 



Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 



Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 



L k k 



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Tape 288, Page 2 



Cooper 

Guaymas 

Cooper 

Guaymas 

Cooper 

Houston 

Guaymas 

Houston 

Guaymas 

Houston 

Guaymas 

Houston 

Guaymas 



Cap Com 

Cap Com 

Cap Com 
Cap Com 
Cap Com 
Cap Com 
Cap Com 
Cap Com 
Cap Com 
Cap Com 



Houston Cap Com 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Area is 76-I, 130153; 13 plus 15, I8 plus 2?, 77-1, 
IU3731, 12 plus 0 niner, 17 plus 1+0, 78-^, I72U26, 
Ik plus 27, 2." plus 13, 7 niner - k, 185 niner, 1|213 
plus 11, 16 plus 00, 60-U, 2031+2 niner, 12 plus 12, 
17 plus h3. Over. 

• • • • 

Got them all? 
Right . 

OK. That's it. We'll stand by if you need anything. 
OK. Thank you. 

Very good, Guaymas. How does the roll look? 
Looks real fine, flight. Got the radar on. 
Roger. 

Getting an infinite radar lock light. 
Roger . 

Flight, Guaymas. ' 
Go ahead. 

TCA 10 head temp is reading 36 degrees, so what posi- 
tion is the OAMS heater switch circuit breaker in? 
Leave it off. 
Roger . 

Houston, Gemini 5- 
Gemini, Houston. Go. 

No joy--the radar locked up and the needles pointed, 
and they pointed right at the Cape, but we never did 



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Tape 288, Page 3 



Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

END OF TAPE 



get range reading, and I kept breaking lock and 

putting it back on, breaking lock and putting it 

back on, but i/e never got any range reading. 

Roger. That's what we were afraid of. OK. Try and 

give the other part of the test a whirl when you 

get over to it. 

OK. 

Gemini, Houston. 

Come in, Houston, Gemini 5- 

Roger. We've got a correction to the correction on 
your D-k D-7, all right, I20516, we added recorder 
on for three minutes to remarks. We would like to 
delete that statement now. Copy? 
OK. 

OK, and be advised your CanarySi medical data 

acquisition time is 11553^ • 

OK. 

And Gemini 5, Houston, now you can place your TM 
switch to commeind, please. Gemini, Houston. 
Roger, we got you. 

OK, fine, and thank you for the ECS 0^ reading. 
yo\ir welcome. 



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Tape 289, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, II8 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is now midway through the 75th revolution is in contact with 
the Carnarvon Australia Tracking Station. While over the Carnarvon 
station, they will -- a readout of the environmental control system 
oxygen also the fuel cell oxygen and hydrogen. We have now a tape 
recording of the Canary Islands pass earlier in this revolution. Let's 
■ hear this tape now. 

AFD Canary Cap Com, AFD. 

Canary Cap Com AFD, Canary Cap Com. 

AFD Okay, you got our special? 

Canary Cap Com Right. 

AFD Okay, our cap com informed the Command Pilot of your 

acquisition time. He should be ready with the 
■thermistor for the medical data pass. 

Canary Cap Com Okay, thank you. 

AFD Roger, we're standing by. 

Canary Cap Com Okay, we got k minutes. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMEUTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 290, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, II8 hours and 1|8 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
now nearing the end of the T5th revolution is due north of New Zealand in 
the southwest Pacific. WE have now a ;;ape recording of the recent Carnarvan, 
Australia, tracking station pass. Let's listen to that tape now. 
Cap Com Gemini 5, Carnarvan. 
Cooper Carnarva, this is Gemini 5- 

Cap Com Roger, we'd like to have you place your quantity reading switch 

in ECS O^. 
Conrad Roger. 

Conrad Carnarvan, you ready to copy a little problem? 
Cap Com Go ahead. 

Conrad Roger. Our yaw left number 7 OAMS attitude thruster out. 

Cap Com Roger, I've got it. Continue with indication here on the groiand of 

the GAMS yaw left thruster. 
Conrad Ok. Well, it's not working at all, and we powered the radar down 

and powered down the gyros, powered. down everything but the platform, 
we're standing by to see what Flight wants us to do. 
Roger. You didn't do any radar test over Africa, then? 
Nope. 



Cap Com 
Conrad 
Cap Com 



Roger. Would you start a - quantity reading to SE 0^? 
Flight, did you copy that? 
Flight Repeat that, please, Carnarvan. 

Conrad Carnarvan, we've got one other thing. The GAMS temperature has 

been running really cold up here and we noticed this morning that 
the system was sort of sluggish all over, and so we t\irned the heater 
back on at this time, about five minutes ago. 



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Car Cap Com Roger. 

Flight We're going to take a look at it. 

Car Cap Com Roger, flight. 

Flight Tell him to go . . 

Conrad We got a quantity read SC 

Flight We'll take a look at this. 

Car Cap Com Be advised Flight copied the problem and they're taking a look 

at it now. They'll let you know. 
Conrad Ok . 

Flight Carnarvan, this is Houston Flight. 

Car Cap Com Go ahead. 

Flight He should have the platform off now. 

Car CAp Com Ok. He said he had it up. I'll advise him to turn it off. 

Car Cap Com Ok Flight. Stand by. 

Car Cap Com Go ahead. Flight. 

Flight Tell him we'll take a look at this thing for awhile since he's 

got the heater on it and see what happens. And keep an eye 
on what his thrust er does when the heater comes up. 

Car Cap Com Roger. Flight advises they'll keep an eye on this .thruster problem 

with the CAMS heater on and then see what happens and advise you 
later. 

Conrad Ok. Well, we don't intend to do any more experiments unless 

they want us to, because we're down to about 12 percent fuel. 
Car Cap Com Roger. I stand. Flight, you want to hold off on the experiments? 
Flight Roger, we'll get him over Carnarvan this pass. 

Car Cap Com Roger. 



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Flight - Uii, Canton. 

Car Cap Com Roger. You all hold up on the experiments; they'll get to you 

over Canton. 
Conrad Ok. 

Flight Carnarvan, this is Houston. 

Car Cap Com Go ahead. 

Flight Did the thruster stick off or on? 

Car Cap Com, Stand "by, I'll check. I had a continuous on indication on it, 

on the ground. 
Flight _ Roger. 

Car Cap Com Gemini, Carnarvan here. Did the thruster stick on or off? 

Conrad It stuck off. It would not fire and we've isolated it to the 

number T thruster and it will not operate. 
Car Cap Com Roger. 

Flight Have they tried the backup electronics? 

Car CAp Com Did your indication of the number 7 thruster go off n6w? 

It's on now. It was on the first part of the pass, it went off 
it came back on about the time you started talking. 

Conrad Ok. You say it ' s back on now? 

Car Cap Com It's on now. 

Conrad Well, I've got the circuit breaker 'open now.. 

Car Cap Com Ok. 

Flight Tell him to turn the circuit breaker back on and see if it 

gets the signal there. 

Car Cap Com Turn your circuit breaker back on. Ok. I lost indication. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 290, Page k 

Conrad It may be that one of the solenoids froze up open. 

Car Cap Com Roger. 

Flight Ask him if he's tried the backup eletronics. 

Car Cap Com Have you tried the backup electronics? 

Conrad We'll bring you up to date - we tried secondary ACME bus 

power, and secondary attitude drivers, and secondary ACME 
logic. 

Car Cap Com Roger. 

Conrad With no success. 

Car Cap Com Understand. 

Flight Good deduction that the valve is stuck 

Car Cap Com Say again. Flight. 

Flight The valve must be stuck. 

Car Cap Com Flight agrees the valve must be stuck. Give your quantity 

read at this time. 
Car Cap Com I'm getting OAMS left on again. 

Flight Cut the circuit breaker off. • 

Conrad I just opened up ''the numbeir .8 circuit bre'&ker. And it checked 

number 7 again. When you said it went out. 
Flight Has he got the platform off? 

Car Cap Com Is your platform still on? 

Conrad That's affirmative. 

Flight Cut it off. 

Car Cap Com Ok. Request you power down your platform. 

Conrad Ok. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRAI^SCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 290, Page 5 

Cooper Ok. We're all powered down, IMU is off, the paltforia is 

off and the IMU is off. 
Car Cap Com Roger. Hey, Flight, the aux feed temp is ii5 degrees, aux 

fuel tamp is hO and the CCA number 10 is reading hO. 
Flight Roger, we copy. 

Car Cap Com You want an LOS summary? 

Flight Rog. 
END OF TAPE 



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Tape 291, Page 1 



Good morning. Gemini Control here, II9 hours 2 minutes into the mission. 
The spacecraft is coming up on the West Coast of the United States and during 
part of this pass we will be looking at a sticky yaw left thruster, an 
18 pound thruster. From all indications, either electronically or mechanical3.y 
is stuck, did stick in an open position. However, we've been able to go 
around that sticky point and it is not leaking. I emphasize, it is not 
leaking either fuel or oxidizer. The crew caxi see it. Across the States, 
the crew is to receive a go — no-go on 92-1 area, the 92nd revolution, pri- 
mary landing area. They are to give us a delayed tape playback, they will 
also receive an update on their 77-1 area and out in the area of the Canary 
Islands, they are to perform another D-6 photographic picture exercise. This 
is Gemini Control out at II9 hours 3 minutes into the mission. 



END OF TAPE 



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Tape 292, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston here, 119 hours 15 minutes 37 seconds. 
At precisely 119 hours and 6 minutes, Chris Kraft looked up at our big 
ground elapsed time clock and a grin spread from his right ear to his left 
ear, and he simply said, "ZAP." About a minute later. Capsule Communicator, 
Jim McDivitt, announced in a loud and clear voice that Gemini V was now one 
minute into the world record for space fligjit. On the early portion of this 
across the United States, we've been running through a series of checks with 

« 

the Pilots, exercising certain electronic circuits and mechanical circuits 
looking at that yaw left thruster. We've gotten the data. Let's go into 
the conversation live. 
Houston Cap Com Say again. 

What is it? 

92-1 is the orbit you have a go for- 
Yeah, I'm just kidding you. 

Oh, okay. You were cutting out and I couldn't read you 
very well. 
Oh, okay. 

The Flight Director would like to speak to you for a 
moment . 
Roger . 

Good morning Gordo. 
Chris, how are you? 

How does it feel for the United States to be a new 
record holder? 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCEIPT 



Tape 292, Page 2 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 



Houston Flight ' 
Conrad 

Houston Cap _ Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



At last, huh? 

Roger . Congratulations . 

We thought mc.-oe you had slept too well last night 

in other words, you had rested better than we had, 

so we are going to put you to work this morning. 

It seems that John Hodge does that to me every morning. 

Houston, Gemini V. 

Go ahead. 

Do you want the readouts on our part for the 92-1 go? 

Roger. 

Roger . 

Okay, lA was 9.I, IB, 8. 6, IC, 10.0, 2A-was 6.9, 2B, 7-0. 
2C, 8.2, RCS A 295, temperature 65, RCS B 290, tempera- 
ture 68, left secondary 0^ 5U00, right secondary 0^ 
5300, and those readings were taken back when we were 
powered up. 

Roger, and would you say what IB was again, Please? 
Roger, IB was 8.6. 
Roger . 

And I'd like to add my congratulations also. 
Thank you. 

Have you gone to pitch on your roll jets? 
Wo, we haven't. 

You might as well go ahead and do that, and I'm not 



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Tape 292, Page 3 



Cooper 
Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



we are going to have any great solution on how to get 

this thing working again. 

Okay. 

I'd like to add one thing in there, just for your infor- 
mation, when we first powered up this morning after 
having been drifting for q,uite a while, all the 
thrusters were exceedingly sluggish, and we saw great 
globs of liquid coming out of them drifting by us when 
we were firing them in pulse mode. 
Roger, roger. That's interesting, isn't it? 
And then I went to direct to see if we could clear them 
out and it did seem too, and we were getting great 
globules of liquid going by us, but they cleared out. 
Okay. We were wondering about dropping fuel here and 
that might have been where we lost some of it. 
It could be. Well, we had done that last tracking 
experiment, we were having great difficulty getting 
it on the radar test there. We had quite a bit of 
trouble holding our attitude and finally we had to 
go to direct to get the platform alined and then we 
were fiddling around trying to find which thruster was 
giving us the problem. 
Roger . 

Well another thing was, as we do get these tumbling 
rates pretty high out of the draining hydrogen, so 



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Tape 292, Page k 



Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Ccan 



Cooper 



when we first started alining the platform, we apparently 
had intermittent operation on number 7 and we'd )attribute 
it to the fact that we started drifting off to the fact 
that the hydrogen tank was venting, and then we finally 
got smart after a while and decided to look at some of 
it. 

Roger . 

Yeah, this venting has been giving us 2 to 3 degrees rates, 
here for the last half day or so. 

Okay, have you noticed, has it built up since the last 
half day? 

Yes, it seems to have built up just in the last half 

day or so. 

Okay. 

We drifted the first night, if you will remember, and 
the thing stajred pretty low, and last night is really 
the first night we drifted again. We had, of course, 
stayed in horizon scan most of the other United States 
night cycles and so last night was the first night we 
really drifted any length of time and it really did 
build up much higher than it did the first night. 
Okay, well the venting should start going down now, 
so we hope that that problem goes away. 

Roger . 



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Houston Cap Com Gemini V, we'd like to have you power down your computer 

at this time. We have a good load in it. 
Roger, computea coining down. 
Roger . 

Gemini V, the friendly backups send congratulations and 
God speed for the rest of your mission. 
Conrad Thank you. 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



Gemini Control here. The last voice you heard was that of Elliot See> 
his reference to the "friendly backups" he and Neil Armstrong are the back- 
up pilots for this mission. We are still out over the Bermuda area and they 
■have additional conversation, so let's stand by for it. 



END OF TAPE 



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Tape 293, Page 1 



Houston Cap Cran 
Cooper ^ 
Houston Cap Cojp 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Gtemini 3, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

We would like to have you turn your cryogenic gauging 
system off. 
OK, turned to off. 

Another thing, we've watched your sovirce pressure 
on your OAMS propellant frcan Canarvon here to 
across the States j it's holding nice emd steady, so 
we're not using any fuel there. Looks like most 
of the fuel that you used up was in that one passj 
that could very well have been fron the sticking 
thruster . 
OK. 

We're going to talce a little look at the flight 
plan again, Gordo, and match up the fuel remaining 
with the experiments remaining. 
OK. 

Can you give us one more propellant nqusintity read out 
from your onboard gauging system? 

Yes, we're reading about 12 percent remaining on the 
propellant quantity gauge. 
OK. Very good. 

Gemini Control here. We are definitely out of range now. The space- 
craft is probably 1000 miles east of Bermuda, and we'll go off the line 
at this time. 
END OF TAPE 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Ccan 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



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Tape 29k, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control here , 119 hoiirs 3*+ minutes into the flight with 
the spacecraft just coming over the coast of West Africa. We have the 
conversation between the crew and ^ ground from the esurly portion of the 
State side pass and we will play it for you now. 



Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Cora 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 



Cooper 



Houston Flight 



Gemini V, Guaymas Cap Ccm. If you read, turn your 

TM control switch to real-time at acquisition position. 

We're reading you Guaymas. 

All righty. Stand by for Houston. 

Okay. 

TM solid to Guaymas, go ahead Flight. 

Gemini V, Houston. 

Howdy Houston. Gemini V here. 

Roger, have you got number 7 working yet? 

Negative. We're powered down now and just sitting here 

waiting for you to get on the line. 

Okay, here's what we'd like to have you do. We'd like 
to tiave you turn off circuit breaker ntimber 7j and. go 
to Direct and give it a good squirt that way to see if 
we can knock it loose with a good surge of power there. 
All right. We've already tried that once, but we'll 
try it again. 

Okay. Yeah, I imagine you've tried etverything, we 
want to do a couple of little tests here to see what 
we get. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 29!^, Page 2 

Cooper Okay, that didn't succeed. 

Houston Gap Cora Okay, we'd like to try and find out whether we — what 

the problem is , and we are going to do a little test 
here to see if maybe the problem is one of the 
solenoid valves has failed. What we want to do is to 
look at the common control" bus voltage, I've got a 
procedure here I'll read it out step by step, but I 
want to brief you first. We'll look at the common con- 
trol bus voltage and we'll pulse each, both the number 
7 and number 8 jets one at a time and have you watch 
the common control bus voltsige. Now if we've locked 
one of the solenoids on 7j the drop in common control 
bus voltage will be half what it will be when you 
pulse number 8. Both of the solenoids are working on 
7 J and they are both working on 8, we should get the 
same relative drop in voltage. So, are you ready to 
go through that — this thing step by step now? 

Cooper Roger, we have number 7 in the open now. 

Houston Cap Com Okay, I'll read off i.he steps. First we want to go to 

the common control bus on the voltmeter. 

Cooper Roger. We're on that. 

Houston' Okay, just a moment, we're going to actually do the 

manipulation over Texas, Gordo, but we can make o\ir 
few steps here and we'll be ready to go when we get 
there. We'd like to have you turn squib batteries 
1 and 2 off. 



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Tape 29U5 PsLge 3 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

« 

Houston Cap C can 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



Okay, squib batteries 1 and 2 coming off. 

Okay, we'd like to have you turn OAMS number 7 circuit 

breaker — we' i like to have that closed. 

You'd like to have the OAMS circuit breaJcer number 7 

closed. 

That's right. 

Okay. 

And we'd like to have number 8 circuit breaker open. 
Okay. 

And we'd like to have yxm in the direct control mode. 
Roger . 

Okay, Gordo. We'll stand by until we get solid TM over 
Texas and then we'll have you start manipulating and 
controlling. 
Okay. 

Houston, Gemini V. 

Go ahead, Gemini V. Houston here. 

I don't see any big problem. We can just go to pitch 
on the roll logic and that ought to take care of 
everything as far as getting the platform alined 
and so forth. 

Roger. We just wanted to see if we could — if this 
was a heater problem or if we really lost part of the 
electronics or whether we had. a valve stuck. 
Okay. 



MISSION C0^ME3^TARY 
Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Gap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



TRANSCRIPT Tape 29h, Page h 

We ' 11 plan on skipping that D-6 over Texas this time , 
G-emini V. 

Roger. Can. y-T give us a readout on our CAMS fuel, 

is our gauge correct? 

Roger Gemini V. Your gauge is correct. 

Okay, Gemini V. We'd like to have observe the common 

control bus voltage very carefully and go ahead and 

move the attitude handle to yaw left. 

Okay, yaw left now. 

Okay. You just have to — these can be short pulses 
here, about a second or so. 
Roger . 

Was that a four tenths drop? 

About 1 volt, drop. 

1 volt, okay, very good. 

Wow we'd like to have you turn off the number »7 circuit 
breaker and close the number 8 circuit breaker. 
Okay- 
Now we'd like to have you yaw left again, and observe 
the drop. 

It was only about half of what number 7 was. Suppose 
we got a short in there? 

Oh, we'll think about that for a while. Okay, you 

can no¥ turn your squib batteries 1 and 2 back on. 

Did you get the same indications on the ground? 



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Tape 29U, Page 5 



Houston Cap Com 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Stand by one- We're looking at the data now. 
Flight, Gno.y^i'-' "r-l a 1 volt drop on both of them. 
Roger Guaymas • 

Gemini V, Houston. It looks like on the gromd that 

they both dropped about the same amount. 

Okay. 

We'd like to have you return the circuit breakers to 
the condition where number 8 is closed and leave number 
7 open and we'd like to have you go to attitude control. 
We'd also like to have you power up the computer at 
this time in prelamch. We want to give you an update. 
Okay. You want us to leave number 7 open, you say? 
Yeah, why don't you leave 7 open for a while? 
Okay. 

Computer is in prelaunch, power's on. 

Roger, we'll be sending you an update shortly. 

Wait until we get it warmed up here.' 

Gemini V, you can turn your TM switch back to Command. 
Roger . ■ 



END OF TAPE 



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Tape 295, Page 1 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Looks like good weather down there. 
Gemini "pj yo'i '^'yBN'S a go to 92-1. 



These numbers are so high, I can't even coimt that 
high. 

Gemini Control here. For your information, at 119 hours and 6 minutes, 
the spacecraft was at 20 degrees north and approximately I30 degrees 
west longitude, 20 degrees north, 13O degrees west longitude. As the 
spacecrai't swung across the Atlantic, they had a brief conversation 
with the Canary Island station, and that conversation went like this: 
Canary Cap Com Gemini 5, this is Canary Cap Com. 

Go ahead, Canary, Gemini 5- 

Roger. We would like to extend ovr congratulations 
to you. We have nothing else for you. We are standing 
by. Everything looks good from the ground. 
OK. Everybhingfe good here. Thank you very much. 
Roger . 



Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 



Cooper 

Canary Cap Com 



Gemini Control back here. The weather this morning - conditions are 
being very favorable for continuation of the Gemini 5 in the next two 
days, and probably through the remainder of the mission. The west 
Atlantic recovery area between Florida and Bermuda has unusually fine 
weather, as it has had through out the mission. Cloudiness is scattered 

most of the time, with a ceiling near 2000 feet now and then. Winds 
average a little less than 10 knots, and waves only 2 to 3 feet. Very 
little change is expected by tomorrow morning. In the east Atlantic 



MISSION CCMMENTARY TRANSCRIPl' - Q/^b/G"^ Tape 295, Page 2 

area about 300 miles west of the Canary Isls,nds, cloudiness varies 
between 3 and 6 tenths coverage. Normal tra^de winds between 15 and 20 
knots will raise seas of about • 6 feet. 'ITie mid-Pacific area, 
about 500 miles north of Honolulu, has a little more than usual 
cloudiness aJid ceilings of about 1500 feet most of the time. Winds 
average around 15 knots, waves about h feet. A weak, cold front has 
had little effect upon the west Pacific area, 500 miles south of Tokyo. 
Cloudiness will be scattered most of the time. Winds will average 
only about 10 Imots, and waves 3 feet. A great part of the western 
north Pacific is unsettled and seems alraost svire to evolve into one 
or more tropical storms in the next day or two. Tropical depression 
warnings have been distributed for tvro areas, one about 1500 miles 
east of the Philippines, and another in the South China Sea, near 
Viet Nam. Still other places are being watched for possible develop- 
ment. Tropical storm Doreen which was spotted by the Gemini 5 
astronaaits yesterday is centered about half way between San Diego and 
Hawaii, movju.': north northwest and weakening. Extensive squall weather 
in the Caribbean, has not evolved into any organized disturbance. No 
significant changes have been observed south of the equator. This is 
Gemini Control, 
EI-JD OF TAPE, 



Jki. ^ ^ Ak. Jk. 



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Tape 296, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston here: 120 hours,. 2 minutes into the flight. 
Through out the day we axe goinf ' ^ take aji extremely conservative 
approach to the use of luelj lor ,.-»-rt reason , BeveraJL experiments have 
been scrubbed. Most of the D~6 photographic experiments which require, 
can require, quite a lot of fuel for precise maneuvers will be eliminated. 
A sled rim test scheduled for this morning at Holloman Air Force Base 
will not be undertaken. We will continue wjth several of the deep 
space, D-^-, D-7 experiments, looking at distant stars, and some of 
the other photographic experiments which don't require precise control, 
but in general we're going to watch, in view of this sticky thruster, 
we're going to take ^ very conserva.tive approach. to the use of fuel. 
We have a brief conversation with the spacecraft and Houston via the 
Tananarive station. We'll play that for you now. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini 5, Gemini 5 5 this is Houston. Over. Gemini 3) 



Houston. Do you read? Gemini 5j ("Jemini 5? Houston. 



Over. 



Cooper 



Go ahead, Houston, Gemini 5 here.. 



Houston Cap Com 



Roger, Gordo. "We would like to have you scrub a 



portion of D-U D-?. We'd like to have you scrub the 



!+10 Charlie, scrub klO Charlie. OK? Houston here. 



transmitting in the blind. I would like to have 



you scrub UlO Charlie. 



Cooper 



Roger, Houston, we got that, and vre will scrub it. 



Houston Cap Com 



Roger . 



END OF TAPE 



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Tape 297, Page 1 



Gemini Control here, 120 hours 29 minutes into the mission. In the 



last pass across Caxuarvon , bb'- r' 



s wevH advised to scrub their D-6 
picture taking exeicif- tc'da;/- ' ■'n nuinber. They vere advised, 

hovjever , to go aliead axid attempt and IK readijig on Ki.lauea, an active 
volcano in the Hawaiian area dur ing a. la' er pass . We have the Carnarvon 
tape ready and -vfill play it for you now. 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Gap Com 

Cooper 

Cooper 

Carnai""von Caj) Com. 
Carnarvon Gap r .™ 



Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 

Cooper 



Geiniui V , Carnarvon . 

Go aliea.d Ca.rna.rvon. Gemini V, 

Okay, we are going to update your TR for 92-1. Are 

you go? 

Roger, vv'e're go. 

Roger ,, v;e're go on tire ground. 

Roger , 

Do you have a readout of these exper.iments they want 
us to do? 

Roger. Stand by one. 

Gemini V, Carnarvon. Okay, they want to scrub all the 
D-6 experiments. Their wan. t to scrub the D~k, D-7j 
1+2)4B. But they do wajit to try to do the D-k, D-7 
U25As but they don't want to spend a lot of fuel on 
it. 

Okay, they want to do the D-k , D-7 U25A? 

Rigili,,. that's at 1^4 3^ 51'. 

Okay , scrub I'-6'g, scrub the D-h , D-7 ^12^3, but do 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRAMoi'RIPT 
Carnaxvori Cap Com h\-rV.r 



Tape 297, Page 2 



:rj'"l '-ahe — d.orj'i. spend a lot of fuel 



Carna-rvcm ('ep Com 
Cooper 

Carnarvon, Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Carnaxvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



ah^ejnrt to 60 the SAJVl^. 



CarnarYon Cap C^oin 
Cooper 

Cajrncirvon Cap Co]u 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Coo]>er 

Houston Flight 
(.'cixruir von C;ap Com 
Houston Flight 
Cai^narvon Cap Cora 

Houston Flight 
Cai'naxvoh Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Carnaj vju Cui> Cvw 



•Oi'. 3rs . 

Flight, r-,,.,,;. 
Til a I ' roa'^:x - 



ii . \r 



id I get that up right? 



I tliiiii-: y-'Li ' vH.cl by.: !; 'iCSA. hut I'm sure he knows it's 

I heg vour pa.rdon; you read k2k and we wanted 
kZ^. It was read back correctly, so forget it. 

Tr-ii3smit bii'c ;yOur TIw 
Oka;; J v-'re gttU.ijK it, 
Eog'rr . j/ou'j-':- iu s Inc ■ 

Okay, be advjsed that there is a medical pass on the 
Pilot at Hawaii. IIa.waii's AOS is lU 3I. 
Roger. 31 ; medical pass on the Pilot. 

CarnarA''on, what amperage are you reading? 
Sa,y again Fligh t , 

What amperage are you reading on the ground? 

Okay, he came over the hill with the platform, on, he 

,jusb powered dowri- 

Would you cut another main for us . 
Roger . 

We'd liV.e to know why he ha.d the platform on? 

''iendi; 3 ' - ''■iniv 'od . Could, you tell us why you had the 



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Cooper 



f,r>t, , "Uicy had only scrubbed 
lie x>ia.tfo;i;m on those other b-s 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Coin 
Carnarvon Cap Com 

Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Car'narvon Cap Com Gemir;i 

Cooper 

Caj.'narvon Cap Com 
C'>oper 

Carnar'von Cap ('■ 
Cooper 

Ciuraaj-vou Cap Com Rogej:, 
Em OF TAPE 



['':>■■- •pj.atf o:nii back down. 



VJoulxi y::-'!' -'er'^y tb-i'- +b.e J.eob ;!;rl: Givitcn is in a pitch 
poslti OJJ - 
Ati'irmat j vg . 

Asl: him i.f he hac yny cbhor questions on the Flight Plan. 

■ r:ai i;ar ,-o'i . 'Po yon ha^^'^: any other questions 
at this tjjne. oij t!ie P'i.ight Flan? 
Keaatiye . 1 ']or " t tbiu]: t^o. 
Roger . 

You mig^K. pe.&s ou to Flight also anotl'ier small itihing. 
We had olg" ouboard voice tape fade out sometirae yesterday. 
Roger . 

Wr have no onboaj'd recoj'ding. 



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Tape 298, Page 1 



Conrad 

Hawaii Surgeon 



Gemini Control here; 120 hours, kl minutes into the mission, in the pass 
over Hawaii, just completed, we'v'. confirmed that both yaw left thrusters, 
both nmibej:' 7 SJatl nuJiaber iJ, aa-t; ■ ^'pisrative . Th^ee thrusters fire. in a, 
this assumes a small-end-f orwai-d position, they fire in the direction 
to the left of the spacecraft. One thruster is located at approximately 
8: o'clock J the .other one at 10 o'clock. We have the Hawaii tapej ajid 
we ai-e ready to play it for you now. 

Hawaii Cap Com Gemini 5, this is Hawaii Cap Com. 

Roger. Sending the blood pressure down. 
Gemini 5, this is Hawaii Surgeon. Cu.ffs at full 
scale. I'hat's was a reaJ. good blood pressure. 
Give me a mark when you start your exercise. 
Mark , 

.Houston flight, Hawaii Cap Com. 
Go aJiead. 

We're showing a. D-U D-7 carrier with modulation. 
Ye ah , t hat ' s r i ght . 
Roger. 

That's the '+25 Alpha, Hawaii. 

Cuffs at full scale. 
Roger, flight. 

Now we have a good blood pressure; standing by for 
your food, water, and sleep report. Particularly 

we aj:'e interested in a summary of the last 2h hours, 
if we can have one. 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Gap C m 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston -Cap ■ Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Surgeon 



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Conrad Roger , Wai t nri-? . 

Hawaii Surgeon Eight. 

Conrad Water ic 'cl\, . j^cu. . ^ £wi;fjadj i^a/r'^ the last meal 

I ate which vras 3B a,t 0S09-J000; had about 6 hours 
sleep over the laist 2k, 

Hawaii Surgeon. Roger. Six hou.rs sleep, ^-ii the meals that you've 

eaten, we have estimated from youi' past reports that 
it's ID, IC; ana 3B. Is tt'ds correct for the last 
2h hours? 

Conrad Tnat sounds about right,. 

Hawaii Surgeon All right. 

Cooper How about patting the cap uosu back on, please? 

Hawaii Surgeon .....Hawaii Surgeon out. 

Cooper OK. 

Hawaii Cap Com Gemini 5j Hawaii Cap Com. Ive hold you green on the 

grou.nd , 

Cooper Roger. We're green here except for our control 

system, and we 'do not have a yaw left thrust. Over. 

Ha,waii Cap Com Hawaii, understand, yaw left t-hruster. 

Cooper That's right we've tried it in pulse an.d in direct, 

and we can see it fire, a very faint fire from our 
indirect out there, but we're getcing no thrust out 
of it. Right, that's ziu.'Jiber 8 thruster. Number 7, 
we have the circuit breaker open on it. 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger, I understand. 

Cooper And we are in. lii^ roll .iev.s are in the pitch pes it i or... 



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Tape 2985 Page 3 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 



Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 

Houston Cap Com 

Hawaii Cap Com 

Cooper 

END OF TAPE 



Roger. Did you copy, flight? 

Did he say the number 8 had also failed? 

He didn't say i ' ■ failed; what he said was'he could 

see it thrusting, but he didn't feel it get thrust 

out of it. 

Ask him if both no. 7 and r^o. 8 are now failed. 

Roger. Gemini, has both nc. 7 and no. 8 failed now? 

That is correct. 

Roger. Did you copy, flight? 

Poger . 

Gemini 5, Hawaii standing by, 
OK. Mighty fine, thaJik you. 



KISSIOrl CO^fIENTAEY 'i'tCr 



'brpe -"2.£ie 



:-ne 



out 

sne most of the 



This is Geiiini (a::, rol 
77th revj aboivt cePT, r'l t^^.^ . "m---':,,: - : . 

top experiment- ana tnis rj;qiii a £-ur't&:'.n':i;i ^tr: 
wouldn't you know tne vetithei' di a no'l crio^^era 1.^- 
United States vas reported clear diio cutn-/ and opor, "o we couldn't 
peri orm the weathei' phoi..ograpi'j ejqierinicut - jjj le eastern por'i;ion of 
the swing. Fei;e Conrad reporteo tiiat ue ':Oij.j'.i ;;e : r carrier aod a des- 
troyer entering •jacksoiivilie harhour. lliax. v.-cai *.iC.ve oeen Mayport. 
We liave the tape of the Uaited Stato;- paEt; ana vf'. .are ready to play it 
for you now. 

(iemh)i V. Gi5.:iyfi;a.G Cap ''cm, 'I'/er- 
Go aliead Guayi;ias ; tijir; is GT^iuLai V. 
Okay; have you tiled tlio otAir iitlituae Diruster s? 
Ye all 5 we have pitch up and lovn ; and real rigjht and 
i.ef t . 



Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guayruas Ca,p 'Com 
Cooper 



Guayiiia;; Cap Coti 
Cooper 

Giiaymaa Ca.p Cam 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Hoafitoii Flight 
Guayina.s Cap Com 

Cooper 

Guaymaa Cap Com 



Are they working normally? 

Re>ger ■ 

AiJ. rifUity. 

Fligl'tj Gua.ymaG . Did you CDp!;,-T 
K':>ger - 

Did you try a complete second'-i,ry 
tiirust to nujnt)er 87 

Mo, we iiaven't, 



elecLro 



on, tne 



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Tape 299, Page 2 



Guayraas Cap Com 
Cooper 

G-uajraias Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston' Gap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Gap Com 



Okay, Flight says leave it alone this time. 
Okay. 

Okay, you're looking good here on the ground, Gemini. 

Okay, very good. 

Gemini V, this is Houston. 

Go aliead Houston, Gemini V. 

We'd like to have you purge sections 1 and 2. You can 

gtart at any time you'd like now. 

Okay, we'll start purging tuem in just a minute. 

I was going to give you some more flight plan stuff. 

We were going to scrub the 6-7 because of the weather, 

but I guess you don't have io worry about that, do we? 

No, they ought to be somewhere around us. 

Yeaii, say, yau want to chec your tone box circuit 

breaker. That powers the t -pe recorder. I wonder if 

it had popped off on you? 

I checked that already. 

Okay. 

Coming up over the Dallas ai d Fort Worth area. We can 
see it very clearly. 
Roger . 

What do the people down then, think. Did we get a litt, 
cold on that OAMS stuff? 

I don't know. They are sti...l working on it, Gordo. 



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Tape 299, Page 3 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 
Conrad 



Cooper 
Conrad 



Jv.F". kidding, I figured they were. 

Gc'tlo, we think that the mixture ratio was off for some 

re e ion. We don't know exeictly why yet. 

'i'ee t, we could see this thruster is actually bilrning, 

btt we're not getting any thrust out of it. We can 

see it just, as a matter of fact, it puts out a 

brighter flame than the normal thrut-ter firing. 

Yea ., that's a pretty good indication that we've got 

a b id mixture ratio. Did you see anything like that 

on ,he other one, or did it .lust fail? 

Nc, it's just not flat burning- 

We -idn't see anything at all out of the other ohe. 
Oka '-. Yeah, we're working on it, down here and I 
gue ;s' -» why don't we just hold the experiments 
unt .1 we get something figured out here. 
Oka 

The only thing that I can think of, Jim, is last night 
I ff.:.ess when we were just drifting 'in this hydrogen 
SetT.ing that it was — let's see if I remember it 
right, the .left roll and the right yaw. 
Lef" yaw and r? ;:bt roll. 

Lef yaw and right roll, and we spent a lot of time 
cor'.rscrewing around like that and then it seemed to 



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Tape 299, Page k 



Houston Cap Qom 



Conraxi 

Houston C^p Com 
Conrad 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houeton Cap Com 
Cony ad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Surgeon 
Cooper 

Houston Surgeon 
Cooper 



keep that side out of the sun anytime we were in it 
and it was fairly good. Iz didn't have to he the 

way we were d:: ■ ' -ing. 

Okay, you were getting left yaw and right roll, and 
you say that that side of the spacecraft was in the 
darkness quite a hit. 
Yeah. 

Okay. Thatsourds like a i>ifty_ maneuver . 
That's what the hydrogen purge and I -guess maybe some- 
thing — hydrogen' venting. 
The hydrogen was venting . . . 1 , . 

I knew you guys weren't very qoordinated, hut left yaw 
and right roll, I don't knovV 
That's my fuel cells Jim. 
Roger . 

Okay, we're starting the hydrogen piirge on number 1 

right now. 
Okay. 

Number 2 hydrogen going. 
Roger . 

Number 1 hydrogen going. 

Gemini V, this is the MCC Su^-geon. How did your sleep 

go last night? 

Oh, we got about 3 hours eachi 3i- hours each I guess. 
Yeali, I heard the time. Wa.s it easier with the Flight 
Plan worked out better last night? 
A little bit better. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY 
Houston Surgeon 
Cooper 

Houston Surgeon 
Cooper 

Houston Surgeon 

Cooper 

Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

.Houston Cap Com 
Jonrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



TRANSCRIPT Tape 299, Page 5 

Hey, did Pete get the cuff£ off? 
Yeaii, we got them off. 

Okay. How's the skin now with the cuffs off 3 
A lot better I think. 

You having any more trouble £:round the sensors,' Gordo? ■ 
Yeah. 

Hey, I see a carrier and a 'iestroyer steaming right 
straight into Jacksonville. 
Very good. 

The weather was really cleai across the U.S. 

Yeah, that was our trouble vi'ih the S-7. We didn't 

have any thunderstorms' to t£.ke pictures of. 
Commencing number 2 0^ purge . 
Roger . 

I think I see either the recovery carrier or another 
large ship making a big wake down there. 
You're a real Homing Pigon for these aircraft carriers ^ 
aren't you. 

Yeah. The sun angle is Just right today, and the space 
craft moved just right. 

Okay. How was the weather cut around Laredo. Do you 
think you have any chance oi i;eeing that SAD-IS target' 
There are quite a few small Tuffy clouds out there. 
Okay. Do you think you can control the spacecraft, Go3 
so that you could do the SA.I-13? 



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Tape 299, Page 6 



Cooper 

Ho-aston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Yeah J we want to do it. 
Say again? 

We want to do one SAD-IS- 

You do want to do it, roger. ^e'd like to have you do 
it too. 

You said can we control the spacecraft today, huh? 

Yes, can you control it? 

I don't know, we might he b.hle to. 

Okay, don't expend a lot 01' fuel doing it. We're 

trying to save some fuel here too. 

Okay. 



END OP TAPE 



l^CSSION COMMENTAEY TRMSCRIPT - 8/26/65 



Tape 300, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston; 121 hours, kQ minutes. With the spacecraft 
over Australia, we've had a long chat with the Gemini 5 spacecraft. 
We've advised them on the precise powered-dowri oonf iguration requested; 
they've also been advised to suspend the use of onboard fuel until 
further notice. More than likely, we will stay in this powered-down 
etnd drifting flight state for the better part of today. The powered- 
.down configuration is drawing an amp load of I8 amps at 27 volts. We 
have the tape ready now from the Canarvon pass, and we will play it 
for you now. 



Ganaxvon Cap Com 
, Goprad 

Canarvon Cap Com 

Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Gemini 5} Canarvon, 

Go ahead, Canarvon, this is Gemini 5« 

Roger. I have a flight plej.i up-date for you when 

you are ready to copy. 

Stand by. 

Also be advised that fli|;;ht requests that you use 
no fuel until advised, 4-lete all experiments until 
advised. 

Ready to copy the flight plan. 

Roger. Item, map 1555^9> longitude 151.^ east, rev 77- 
Next item, star 1555^9? remarks, zero hours, 1 niner 
minutes. Do you copy? 
Roger. 

Did you copy that about the fuel? 
Roger. 

OK, and they want you in a powered-down Conf iguratio: 



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Tape 300, Page 2 



Conrad 



Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



and this is a list of the items they wish you to 
have powered up^^-a voice control center, one suit 
fan, two cool^xt pumps, aa-aid beacon, UHF receiver, 
a DCS receiver, PCM tape recorder, a bio-med re- 
corder number 2, the DC and DC converter, the CAMS 
heater, axid the RCS heater^ the water line heater, 
and unnecessary cabin lights. Do you copy? 
No, I got all of it but one--voice control, one suit 
fan, 2 coolant pumps, 1 ac-aid, and what was the 
next one? 

The next one was UHF receiver 3 followed by DCS recei\'er. 

Yeah, a DCS, PCM tape, bio-.ne'd recorder no. 2, DC-DC 

converter, RCS mode, and mode heaters. 

Roger. They are trying to work up some test on 

this attitude pressure jiroblem, but they haven'.t got 

anything as yet. 

OK. 

They have several thoughts, tjxruster 7 sjid 8 run on 
the end of the manifold. There is the possibility 
of clogging toward the end of the meuiifold. Or it 
could be low on fuel or oxidizer, or both. They are 
working on the problem. 
Roger . 

We'd also like the scanner heaters left on, 
OK. 



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Tape 300, Page 3 



Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Gap Com 
Conrad 

CanaJTVon Cap Com 
Conrad 



You can turn your primary ACME povei): off. 
Roger. 

OK. We've cut /our teleiaetry off; we had a look at 

it, it looks OK; we've transmitted off. 

OK. 

Kow we are standing by. 
Roger. 



Gemini Control here. In addition to the items read off that flight 
directors requested remain powered up, one other item, the MSC-1 
experiment, the electrostatic charge sensor, will be left on. This 
draws a very small amount of power, and the crew will be advised of 
that when we reach Hawaii some 5 minutes frora now. This is Gemini 
Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 6/26/65 Tape 3OI, Page 1 

Gemini Control, 122 hours, 2 minutes. We've aad no contact since the 
Canarvon station. We should be coming up on Hawaii in a very few 
minutes, and we are in that drifting configuration which is reminiscent 
of Gordon Cooper's earlier flight in Faith 7. He spent the better 
part of his flight in a drifting mode. Flig-r; director is in - 
discussion with Jim McDivitt, Deke Slayton, .iiid several other people 
around his console, John Hodge has come back, the Blue Team flight 
director. We generally have a fairly relaxed atiijosphere here in the 
Control Center. This is Gemini Control. 
EKD OF TA.PE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 302, Pag 



This is Gemini Control Houston here, 122 hours 13 minutes into the 
Flight. Hawaii Just lost signal s, I startec. talking. We still have no 
word on the kinds of rates that the spacecraft is achieving in this 
drifting .flight . We do expect some word on that as soon as it swings 
across the United States. Here is the Hawaii, conversation. 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Cora 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 



Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. 

Roger, Hawaii Cap Com. (Gemini V here. 

Roger. For your power t.ji configuration we'd like y 

to add the horizon scani.er heater circuit breaker o 

Ah, roger. For the power up configuration? 

That's the way you are novr. 

Do you want the scanner h€;ai;er circuit breaker on? 

That's affirmed. 

Roger , we have it on , 

All of your systems are ,^0. 

Roger, Thank you. 

We're standing by. 

Okay, Hawaii Cap Com. 



END OF TAPE 



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Tape 303, Page 1 



This is Gemini 
let ' s cut in on the 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



Control, Houston} here. ¥e re over the Texas site and 
conversation live, 
and I saw Houston quite clearly. 

Gordo, have you ever been able to see the Domed Stadiurr.' 
No, we didn't see the Domed Stadium the last time 
either. 
Rog. 

There are a number of small puffy clouds overhead, ... 
and then we are drifting at a fairly good rate, here 
too. It 'doesn't give us a fp?eat long look at anything 
Okay. 

We just now passed Florida. I saw Florida. 
Hey, one thing .Jim I'd like you to consider on the 
last days worth of experiments. Fuel permitting, 
let's not load us too badlj though -because we are,- 
going to have quite a restcy-age problem, you know? 
Right, I understand that. :.: set aside 3 hours prior 
to retrof ire for our stowage and it took us just 
that long to do it. As a itatter of fact, we were a 
little rushed at about 1 hour to go, we still had 
some things out, so I think 3 hours would be a good 
time to use there. 

That was our feeling, that ve needed at least 3 hours. 



MISSION COMMENTARY 
Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 
Conrad 

Houston Cap. Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



TRANSCRIPT Tape 303, Page 2 

Well, don't worry about that. We won't load you up 
so that you can't get all the stuff stowed. 
Very good. 

We're right over Key Wes*; now and it's a really nice 
day down there too. 
Roger . 

I saw the airfields in Key West. 

Have you ever noticed the G\;lf Coast and the Atlantic; 
Coast outlined in those liztle puffy clouds like we 
saw? 

yeah J there it is right ::;.'ow. 

■That's really classical '/reather, ign't it? 

Yeah, it sure is. 

You can also see a big, t.ort of a storm right down c f 
the tip of Florida in th--. Gulf. 

Rog. Say. Were you eve:':- able to see the eye of "Dc een" 

or does it just look . • . 

Yeah, we took some pictu;::es of it. 

Does the eye actually lot..k like an open spot, or is 
it just all clouded over 

It's like a semi-opened .pot end built up very, verj 
heavy, and then right in the immediate eye of it, it 
was sort of like a sunke} . in place, like a convex. 

Very good. All the stuf: we passed over was just fl,;t 

and you could never really pick out any center to th-m. 

This one had a very well defined eye . 

Rog. 



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Tape 303, Page 3 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Houston Cap Com 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



It looked like the center of a whirlpool, you know? 
Roger . 

Say, Jim. Wou".. . you give my wife a message. 
I'd love too. 

Tell her she owes me a dollar. 

Okay, I'll tell her that. You want to collect it yo' r- 

self, or do you want me i\ nail it to you. 

No, I'll collect it. I - ^st want you to tell her, t': it's 

all. 

Okay. 

Hey, Dr. Berry says that she has already called up ai..-. 
admitted she owed you a (foliar. 
Very good. 

I got a good look at the J uantanamo Naval Base down 1 .ere 
in Cuba. 
Very good. 

Gemini V, Houston again. Have you been able to see a y- 

thing of Australia yet in bhe daylight? 

Gemini V, Houston. Have yoi;. been able to see Austral .a 

in the daylight yet? 

Gemini V, Houston. 

Go ahead Houston. Gemini 7. 

Dr. Berry said yesterday j,t the Press Conference thai 
after the use of your "blue bags when you get back, W€ 11 
have a real milestone. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 303) Page ' 

Cooper Correct. 

Conrad I'm really keeping my eye on Gordo, I'll say that. 

Houston Cap Com So woiild I, Pete. So would I. 

Gemini Control here. We apparently are out of the voice contact zone 
Just as we tuned in on that live conversation across the United States, we 
established here "on the ground that we were achieving in drifting flight 
rates iji pitch of about 2 to 3 degrees and slightly less than that in roll. 
So, the spacecraft is drifting along at a very stable sort of position. 
This will let the crew continue with what kind of photography they can 
ax;q.uire on a when you can basis. We heard quite a discussion of the 
weather and the conversation also cleared up, phone calLthat Dr. Berry 
got from Jane Conrad about an hour ago. And we presume Mrs. Conrad might 
have more to say on that. This is ■ Gemini Control at 122 hours 35 minutes. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COIMEWHARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape Page 1 

Gerrdni Control, Houston; 123 hours, 2 minutes into the mission. Spacecra 
is on its 78th revolution around the -earth, and our orbital elements 
today are 123 statute miles, perigee, I87 statute miles, apogee, period 
of about 95^ minutes. The next perigee will occur over Guaymas at a poin 
115, 115 degrees west longitude. The perigee moves back about 22 degrees 
per rev. Everything's status quo here, no contact since the State-side 
pass. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COI^NTARy TEIANSCRIPT - Q/2(yl6'^ 



Tape 305, Page 1 



Gemini Control here; 123 hoiirs, 33 minutes into the flight. We are 
on the 78th rev in raid-Pacif ic . Here in the Control Center the 
flight aireetojE- has been ehatting ith Teehlfiiid Roberts. Tech was 
our first flight dynamics officer back. in the Mercury program. It's 
been a relatively quiet swing across the Pacific. The spacecraft was 
acquired by Ceunarvon, although it was more than a thousand miles from 
the station. We have that conversation and will play it for you now. 
Canarvon Cap Com Gemini 3, Canarvon Cap Com. 

Come in, Caneirvon, Gemini 5' 
Our status is green up here. 

Roger. Looks good down here also. We've got about 
LOS, standing by. 

Roger. Canarvon Cap Com, is the Surgeon listening? 
He's listening. 

Woxild the Surgeon pass on from the pilot to doctors 
Bishop, Wade, and Murray Austin our regards, please? 
Roger. Will do. 
Thank you. 

We'll see you tomorrow. 
OK. 



Conrad 
Cooper 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canaxvon Cap Com 
Conrad 



Canarvon Cap Cora 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Cora 
Conrad 
END OF TAPE 



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Tape 306, Page 1 



Gemini Control here, 123 hours kj minutes into the mission. We have 
some tape from Hawaii medical data pass for you in which Cooper reads out 
his water usages and sleep cycle. j:.axlier, over Carnarvon, you heaxd Pete 
Conrad convey his best wishes to Doctors Bishop Laine and Murry Austin. 
Those gentlemen are members of the Royal Australian Air Force, but they 
are working as medical monitors at the Carnarvon station. Pete met them 
during the GT-3 flight, the Grissom and Young flight. Cooper, the Command 
Pilot also has had some experience at the Carnarvon Station. He was the 
Capsule Communicator there during the John Glenn flight. We have the 
Hawaii pass ready for you and we will play that conversation for you at 
this time. 

Hawaii Surgeon Have a valid temperature, standing by for blood 

pressure. 

Hawaii Surgeon Gemini V, Hawaii Surgeon. Your cuff is full scale. 

Hawaii Surgeon Gemini V, we have a valid blood pressure. Give^ me 

a mark when you ]3egin your exercise. 
Cooper Mark. 

Hawaii Surgeon Gemini V, Hawaii' Surgeon. Your cuff is fall scale. 

Hawaii Surgeon Gemini V, Hawaii Surgeon. Your cuff is full scale. 

This is Gemini Control. We cut off the tag end of that Hawaii pass 
because we have a little surprise for the crew. Some music they requested 
earlier in the day. Jim McDivitt just advised that they are playing. Let' 
all listen to it. (The music begins to play). 
Jim McDivitt May I have this dance please? 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 306, Page 2 



ConreLcL 

Houston Cap Com 



Houston Cap Com 

« 

Houston Cap .Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Gap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Cora 



That sovmded good. 

How do you like that GT-V. Gemini V, Houston here. 
I've got some switching positions that I would like 
to have you go to. You don't have to acknowledge 
this. We'd like to have you put your cryogenic 
gauging switch to ECS Og. 

Gemini V, Houston here. We'd like to have you put 
your cryogenic gauging switch to ECS 0^. 
Oh, you're up. How did you like the music. 
It was great I 

Listen, as soon as we get through s.ame of the switching 

here, we'll give you some more. 

Okay. 

How are your rates up there now? 
Oh, about 3 degrees, I guess. 

Okay, your cryogenic gauges to fuel cell 0^. Okay, now 
we'd like to have you go to fuel cell H^. 
Okay, we get particles going by fairly frequently, so 
I think we are still venting. 

Okay, you say things are going by quite often so you 
think you are still venting, right? 
Roger . 

Okay, put your cryogenic gauging switch back to off. 
Be advised that it may be possible for you to get 



another frx on the storm "Doreen". 



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Tape 306, Page 3 



Cooper Okay. 

Houstcxi Cap Com On rev 79 at approximately 19 25 00, the center of the 

storm should be a little bit to the right of your 
track or possibly directly below the spacecraft, and 
^ if you can get a fix, we would like to have the time 
that you passed over it, and where you thought the 
center of the storm was with respect to you. 
Okay. We'll try. 

Gemini V, do you have anything else for Houston. 
No, I don't believe so. 

Okay, if you don't have anything else, we'll give you 
the music again. Okay. 
All righty. 

Here we go. Let's have some music. Contact. 
MUSIC BEGINS TO PLAY AGAIN 
Gemini Control here. That apparently concludes our space concert for 
today. The tunes you heard were in this order: Muskrat Ramble, Birth of 
the Blues, Jada, and most appropriately. When the Saints Go Marching In. 
There has been consideration here given to playing "Never on a Sunday," 
was ruled out as inappropriate. The times, of course, were very much in 
keeping with the city that they were flying Just to the south of, all 
New Orleans type music. Both had expressed a preference for Dixie Land 

before taking off. This is Gemini Control at 12^ hours k minutes into 
the mission. 
EED OF TAPE 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com. 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT _ 8/26/65 Tape 307, Page 1 

Gemini Control here; 12h hoirrs, 32 minutes into the flight, axid things 
have been all quiet in the Control Center since our State-side pass, 
when Jim McDivitt qualified as the J'irst space disc jockey. We should 
explain that the music was played up there through Jim's console. He 
had to squeeze down his push-to-talk button to keep it fed up there, 
just the reverse of the situation about 3 months ago when Ed White 
was out on the end of a line and Jim, of coiirse, was keying so that 
the conversation flowed the other way. For the record, the music was 
that of Al Hirt. Tliat's it, things are all quiet here in the Control 
Center. The flight director is on a luncheon- break. When he leaves 
his console, assistant Flight Director Bill Piatt tsikes over. Up in 
space, the pilot should be taJcing a nap now, and the command pilot 
is due for another meal. They axe coming up on Tananarive very shortly. 
At Canarvon the crew will get some up-dates on planned landing areas, 
81 through 85 5 and that ' s our status at 12^4- hours and 33 minutes into 
the flight. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 308, Page 1 

Gemini Control, Houston here; 125 hours, 10 minutes into the flight. 
We're on -the 79'th rev, coming across the Pacific Oceaxi. The capsule 
communicator abOEird the Coastal Sentry Quebec is in contact wtth the 
spacecraft now. They've just been given a whole long series of up- 
dates for various planned landing areas, 81 through 85, as a standard 
procedure. The^ of some interest may be the pressure and quantity 
readings on our vaj:'ious tanks. The environmental control system 
breathirig oxygen supply, we're showing 76.9 percent of the mass 
quantity. The pressure is 1,020 and venting slightly. The fuel- 
cell oxygen supply shows 86.7 percent quantity, and we're showing 
the pressure on that oxygen supply to the fuel cell of 173 pounds 
per square inch. The fuel cell hydrogen quantity is hO."] percent 
and the pressure is 3^9 pounds per square inch and venting slightly. 
At last reading we were drawing onboard a total of IU.8 amps and 
a voltage of 26.8. Earlier, several revolutions earlier, you recall 
that Pete Conrad said that he thought he saw a carrier and a 
destroyer entering Jacksonville harbor. Checking back with the 
authorities at Jacksonville, we believe that carrier and destroyer 
turned out to be a tug pulling a large barge, which might have been 
easily interpreted as a carrier and a destroyer. to a Navy pilot like 
Pete Conrad. This is Gemini Control. 
*END OF TAPE 



MISSION CCMIENTAEY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 309, Page 1 



Gemini Control here; 125 hours, 23 minutes into the flight. In a 
recent pass across the CSQ, Gordon Cooper noted a slight increase in his 

* 

carbon dioxide sensor onboard the spacecraft, and this is accountable 
because the suit flow rate was slightly down and, as will be shown on 
the tape, people here were very happy in that the carbon dioxide sensor 
is delicate enough to pick up this slight change in the carbon dioxide 
element. We have talked to Doctor Berry, and his coimnent on the status 
of the pilot goes like this: They are in excellent shape. He says 
the EKG's, the heart rates, are as clean as any data he has seen during 
the flight during these last few passei^,* particularly over Hawaii. He 
says the intervals he sees in the EKG's are precisely^ what they were 
just prior to lift-off. He is very pleased. Gordon Cooper has reported 
the spacecraft rates are presently about 6 degrees and tumbling. At 
this time the spacecraft is approaching the west coast of the United 
States. During this period the crew will align the platform and Vill 
pulse mode fire for about one second each that number 7 and number 8 
thruster that was giving us trouble earlier in the day, not use them 
for pass 5 to 6 hours. They do plan to fire them to see how everything 
works out. Meanwhile let's have the tape from the earlier 



CSQ pass. 



CSQ Cap Cora 



Gemini 5, CSQ Cap Com 



Cooper 



Roger, CSQ Cap Com. Gemini 5 here. Over. 



CSQ Cap Com 



Roger, Gemini 5. We would like you to place your 



cam switch to real time ac-aid for this one, please. 



Cooper 



OK. 



CSQ Cap Com 



And CSQ has a mock up-date for you. Let me know when 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Tape 309, Page 2 

you are ready to copy. Over. 
Cooper Stand by. We're ready. 

CSQ Cap Cora Roger. 8l-3 '^■■^ 52 20 lil3719101, 82-3 23273... 

13 plus 22, 18 plus 35, 83-3 010252, 12 plus 19, 
17 plus 53, 8i+-Bravo 0238iH, -11 plus 3^+, 17 plus U5, 
* 85 Delta 032755, 19 plus 36, 2k plus kO, do you 

copy? 

Cooper Roger . 

CSQ Cap Com OK. Be advised the weather is good in eill areas and 

at standard neck angles. Over. 
Cooper All right, the weather is good at standard neck angles. 

CSQ Cap Com And also be advised if your delta P lights on section 

2 come on, you should go to the cross over.mcanentarily. 

Over. 

Cooper Say again. • • ^. 

CSQ Cap Cora Roger, if your delta P lights come on on section 2, 

you should open a cross over valve jnomentarilyl Over. 

Cooper OK, will do. Ahd woiild you pass back to MCC that 

we Just had one minor little difficulty, and we thiiak 
it's all right, but they might just be aware of it. 
Our partial pressure GO^ gauge started sliding, and 
we increased the suit flow and decreased the suit 
temperature eind suit flow, and the gauge went back 

down, and we have run a P COg tape test on it which 
shows that it is below four, millimeters of mercury,, 
and the gauge is presently back down to the zero 
point, but they might gust want this for informational 



MISSION CCWMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 



Tape 309, Page 3 



Houston Cap Cora 
CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Cap Conv 
CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
CSQ Cap Com 
Cooper 
CSQ Cap Com 
Cooper 



CSQ Cap Com 
Cooper 

CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Cap Cora 
CSQ Cap Cora 
Houston Cap Com 
CSQ Cap Com 



purposes. 
We copy. 

All right on t. 'u.v. 

What did he say the P CO^ got up to? 
He didn't say how far it rose,.... 
Ask him. 

.... it went to h millimeters he said, I believe. 
Ask him, will you please? 
Roger. Gemini 5, CSQ here. 
Go ahead, CSQ. 

Roger, Flight would like to know how fax the CSQ rose. 
Wlien we started it was Just above 1 millimeter of 
mercTiry, just above one tenth of a millimeter of 
mercury. 

One tenth of a millimeter. 

Right. It's been riding right off the bottom of the peg, so 

this is quite a change. 

Roger. ' Copy. 

Sounds pretty normal. 

Did you copy, flight? 

Roger. That sounds normal to us. 

Roger . 



Gemini Control here again. Coming right ' ^^hind it we do have the Hawaii 
discussion. It's racked up, we'll play it for you now. 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Gemini Hawaii Can Com. 



MISSION CCMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 



Tape 309, Page k 



Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 



Cooper / 
Hawaii Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Cora 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Go ai'iead, Hawaii, Gemini 5- 

Roger. We'd like to run a test on thruster 7 and 8. 
We'd like you to bring up the ACME and the pulse 
control mode and stabilize with your davenport to 
the sun. without using your yaw twisters. 
OK. ... 

OK, we'd like you to fire the thrusters 7 and 8 in 
the direct control mode for about 1 second each, and 
evaluate the performance. 
OK. 

At Guaymas we'd like him to do that. 
We ' d like you to do that at Guaymas . 
You want us to do that at Guaymas? 
That ' s affirmative . 
OK, fine. 

OK, and as soon as you finish your evaluation, we'd 

like you to power down again. 

OK. 

All of their systems look good, flight. 
Roger. 

We still apparently ... .quite a bit, because our 
drift rate has gotten up- to around 6 degrees per 

second in that top one. 
Roger . 



Gemini Control here. In the course of this swing off the west of Mexico, 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 



Tape 309, Page 5 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



we have attempted a latitude control check, and results were negative. 
We tried in the pulse command mode, we then tried in the rate command 
mode, that's on thrustere and upper seven, and 8 yaw left thrusters. 
We got zero thrust out of both. Pete donrad reports that they did 
fly directly over the storm Doreen. He identifies the time, and we 
have that tape a*eady for you and we'll play it now. 
Gemini Control again. I'm sorry, we apparently missed a cue there. 
They were not quite ready with the tape. When they are — I am advised 
they are ready now. Let's have the tape. 

Go ahead, Houston. This- is Gemini 5. 
Roger. Have you started to slow down your rate 
now and to stabilize with the adapter towards the 
Sim? 

No, we're just starting. 

OK, very good. We'd like to have you txirn on your 

TN at 1926 real time on acquisition right now. 

We'd like to have you turn it back to command at 193^ j 
if we iiaven't told you to do by then. 
OK. 

What do you think of those tumbling rates that 
you've got now. We'd like your opinion of them. 
Well, they are getting vcp a little bit high... 
They aren't too bad yet. 

Houston Cap Com OK. What are you thinking you'll live with? About 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 



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Tape 309 J Page 6 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 



Houston Cap Com 



twice that much, or 50 percent more, or a little 

bit more, or what? 

Just B second we're damping. 

OK. How are those other thrusters working, Gordo? 
They seem to be working all right. 
Very good. 

Do you want these altogether or one at a time? 
We want them one at a time, and we want you to 
thrust for about one second on each one, and we 
want your evaluation fo their performance, but 
we'll call you and tell you when we get good TM. 
We'd like to watch that TM also. 
OK. 

Guaymas, do you have TM. 
That's affirmative, flight. 

OK, Gemini 5, this is Houston. We'd like to have 
you go ahead and operate one of the thrusters in 
direct, and you tell us which one you are doing. 
All right number 7 is on, and I'm thrusting on 
my mark, 3j 2, 1, 1, no joy. 

Roger, no joy. We'd like to have you do it on 
number 8 now please. . . 

All right, number 8 is on. I'm thrusting now, 3j 2, 
mark. No joy. 

Roger, no joy on that one either. We'd like to 
have you go' to rate command and try rate command 



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Tape 309, Page 7 



Cooper 

Houston Cap ^om 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com * 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Ccan 



Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Gua^ymas Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad • 

Houston Cap Com 

Gua;ymas Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 



now, Gemini 5} in yaw left. 

Roger. Number 8 is on now. Negative in rate 

consncuid* 

OK, try 7. 

Number 7 is on now. And there 'is nothing in number 7. 
OK, you can go ahead and power back down. We'll 
think some more here. 
All righty. 

Don't forget to turn your TM off. Just a second, let' 
see if we need anymore. OK, leave it on for another 
couple of minutes and I'll give you a call. 
OK. 

Fli ght , Guaymas . 
Go ahead, Gua;ymas. 

Be advised that acquisition had a steady light, ».-I was 
getting a reading from the back room on both those 
thrusters as on. They liever did go off, and they 
stayed on and they axe on at this time. 
Houston, Gemini 5. 
Go ahead. 

We passed Doreen 132kh3 20 miles north of track. 
Roger, 192UU5 29 miles nottti of your track. 

Guaymas, Guaymas would you check that? 

Check it again, flight. Stand by. 

Gemini 5, Houston. We'd like to verify that 

the circuit breakers went on, and stayed on when you 



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placed them up to the on position. 



Cooper 






Yes, they wer^; and they stayed on. 


Houston 


Cap 


Com 


OK. 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Com 


Flight , Guaymas . 


Houston Cap 


Com 


Go ahead. 


Houston 


Cap 


Cora 


Tiiey should be on now, but they should have gone off. 
when you turned the circuit breaJcers on. 


VjUc^ylllcLO 


ocLp 


Cora 


That is negative. 


Houston 


Cap 


Cora 


After the pass, how about playing your tape back. 






Com 


Will do, flight. 




Can 


Com 


Cut some main A and B summaries for us. 




Cap 


Com 


Roger. Are the circuit breakers closed at this time? 


1 X'w' U O O \Ji.l 


Cap 


Com 


Stand by, 1 think that the circuit breakers are 
both off at the present time. Gemini 5} Houston. 
Are both your circuit breakers open at this tinje? 


V-/ \^ J- 






Roger. Circuit breakers 7 and 8 are open at this time. 


Houston 


Cap 


Co^i 


OK. Very good. 


Cooper 






We are reading h2 percent on fuel cell hydrogen at 
the present time. 


Houston 


Cap 


Com 


Roger, understand, k2 percent on fuel cell hydrogen. 


Cooper 






Roger. It's gone dovm 52 k2 since we talked to you last. 


Houston 


Cap 


Com 


OK. 


Gua;ymas 


Cap 


Com 


Flight, Guaymas. 


Houston 


Cap 


Com 


Go aliead. 


Guaymas 


Cap 


Cora 


They are both on. 


Houston 


Cap 


Com 


Roger. Gemini 5, this is Houston. You can put 



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your TM switch back to command now. 
Cooper OK, I'm back in command. 

Guaymas Cap Com LOS CJueiyinas 
Houston Cap Com Roger. 
END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 310, Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston, 126 hours 2 minutes. At this time the Eugene 
Kranz Flight Control Team has come in the Control Center and vj^ axe in the 
usual between shift briefing process at each console. Eugene has been 
here for. about half an. hour. He has been in detailed discussions with 
Chris Kraft on the events of today. Otherwise, we've not had a report 
from the spacecraft since the Guaymas pass. The Pilot, Pete Conrad, is 
to have a meal starting in about 10 minutes after Tananarive. Then over 
Hawaii, they will perform another hydrogen and oxygen fuel cell section 
1 and 2 purge. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTAEY TRMSCRIPT 



Tape 311 > Page 



This is Gemini Control after 126 hours and 32 minutes of flight by 
spacecraft Gemini V. Spacecraft Gemini V is now on its 80th revolution 
over the Earth and it is moving out over the Pacific and will shortly 
pass over the Coastal Sentry Quebec , our tracking ship located south of 
Japan. Here in the Mission Control Center, the White Team of Flight 
Controllers hav6 moved into the building and will soon be manning the 
consoles. The Red Team is going off duty. At this point in our flight. 
Spacecraft Gemini V is in drifting flight. We have been briefed that 
yaw thrusters 7 and 8 are not functioning and the spacecraft is in drift- 
ing flight through the end of its mission from now until it completes its 
mission. This is Gemini Control at 126 hours 32 minutes. 



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MISSION CO?MENTAEY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 312, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 128 hours and 2 minutes into the flight of 
Spacecraft Gemini V. The spacecra:''t is now in it's 8lst revolution over 
the earth and at the present time it's over the country of India and will 
shortly be moving into the Pacific to make another pass over the Coastal 
Sentry Quebec , our tracking station located there. Over the Rose Knot 
Victor , the tracking ship off the West Coast of Peru, Pete Conrad, who is 
now awaken from his sleep period gave the report on the status of experi- 
ments performed recently aboard the spacecraft. At this. time. Command Pilot 
Gordon Cooper is scheduled to sleep.' We will now play back the voice tape 
transmission between the spacecraft Gemini V and the Rose Knot Victor track- 
ing ship. 

RKV Cap Com Gemini V, RKV Cap Com. 

Cooper Go ahead RKV, Gemini V. 

RKV Cap Com Roger. Your systems are all green and go on the gro-and. 

Cooper Okay, we're all green here. 

RKV Cap Com Roger. We'd like to confirm that your OAMS heater circuit 

breaker is closing. 
Cooper That's Charlie, it is closing. 

RKV' Cap Com Good. We'd like an experiment status from you this pass. 

Conrad Okay, ready to copy? 

RKV Cap Com That's right. ■ 

Conrad The experiments that we have done are 05 21 00 00, UHF 

test nimiber 1, 2, 3, and 6 complete. D-l, sequence 

1, 2, and 3 complete. D-2, nothing. D-6, 72 pictures, 
B-k, D-7 in the following sec[uence are complete, U05 , 
kOQ, k09, klO. Still copying? 



MISSION C0>3vIENTAHy TIIAI\[SGRIPT 



Tape 312, Page ^ 



RKV Cap Com 
Conrad 



RKV Cap Com 
Conrad 

RKV Cap* Com 
Conrad 



RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 



RKV CaP Com 
Conrad 



Roger . 

UlOA, klOB, hll, hlk, k20, k22, k23A, k23B , h2kA, 
U25A. On D-U, D-7 we have I6 minutes of record time 
left . 

16? 

That's affirmative. SAD-IS, we have completed to 
date all onboard flight plan tests. 
That's good. 

On S-l, it is complete. On S-5/6, we have taken 
3 magazines worth, we have over 210 pictures. On 
3-7, we've taken 23 pictures which includes 8 groups, 
of clouds, one of the calibration card picture. The 
M-1 experiment, broke. It's zero power plus 00 plus 
00, plus 00, give or take a couple of hours. 
What was the number of that one again? 
Say again? 

Which experiment was that? 
The M-1. ■ _ ■ 
Roger . 

The M-3 exerciser has only been used when appropriate 
by the Pilot. The Command Pilot has used it as many 

times as . .' (garbled). 

Good. 

The MSC-1 has been done once on day 1, once on day 3, 
once on day h. 



MISSION COivOviENTARy TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 312, Page 3 



RKV Cap Com 
Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 
Conrad 



RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 



Roger . 

On the Apollo landmarks , we've photographed 207, 

208, 212, 213. 

Good. 

Cabin lighting, k surveys. 
Say again? 

On the cabin lighting, we have run k surveys. 

Good. - 

On the humidity sensors we have at least one reading per 

day. 

Good. 

Millimeter camera, we've taken 1 and a quarter magazines. 
We have 2 and three-quarter magazines left. With regard, 
to remarks, the P6 are almost out of film. ,3^01. 
Do you read? 
Rog. 

That's it. 

Okay. " What si^e of film were — did you give me where 

you had 2 and three-quarters magazine left? 

16-mm. 

Rog. Thank you. 

We've also taken about 50 S-5 and 6 photographs with 
the extra 35-nmi film pack. 



RKV Cap Com 



Roger . 



I.HSSION COM.I]NTAEY TRAI^ISCRIPT 



Tape 312, Page k 



RKV Cap Com 
Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 
Conrad 



kKV Cap Com 
Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 
RKV Cap Com 



Conrad 



RKV Cap Com 
RKV Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
RKV ^ Cap Com 



Okay, could you give me the scores on your vision test 
Okay. I'll get you one here. It was only one that 
that you haven't got. 
Okay. 

Okay, last night they are at ' 05 days, 08 hours, kO min 
utes. The Command Pilot had ten wrong. And on 
test M-9, his scores were 95, 95 j 9^> 96, 9^. 
Good, good. 

On the Pilot, the SAD-13 were 6 wrong, and 9 scores 

were 95, 93, 92, 98, 98. 

Good. 

We'd also like to get an evaluation of the — 

on this mode of failure on the tape recorder. And 

approximately what time it happened? 

We don't have any idea of what time it happened 

because we just realized that we had done a lot of 

talking on the tape and hadn't gotten a record light. 

and it should not blink. 

Roger, understand. 

Houston Flight, RKV Cap Com. 

Go, RKV, Houston here. 

Do you have anything else for us, everything looks 
real nominal on this pass. 



MISSION C( 



i]KTMY TRA]\jSCRrPT 



Tape 312, Page 5 



Houston Flight 
RKV Cap Coa 
RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 



Could we have another alpha summary please? 
Roger, will 

Gemini V, RIO.'' Cap Com. We have nothing else for you. 
We'll be standing by. 
Thank you. 



END OF Ti^PE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 313, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 128 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5? which is now on the 8lst revolution over the 
earth and has just passed out of A-oice range of our Hawaiian tracking 
station. While over that station, Pilot Pete Conrad carried on a voice 
conversation with Bill Garvin, the spacecraft conmunicator aboard,' at 
the Hawaiian tracking station. After giving some read-outs on the 
fuel system, Bill Garvin, the spacecraft communicator at Hawaii, re- 
ported to Mission Control Center at first that all systems looked good 
from the ground. He then asked Pete Conrad, "How are your rates doing?" 
Conrad said, "The rates are running about 6 percent, per second and on 
one axes, mostly pitch and a little yaw." Garvin asked him how he 
felt about these rates, and Conrad said, "They are all right." We had 

then a report that a delayed time telemetry was completed to the 
ground, and Conrad asked how much electrical power was indicated, 
what the indication of use of electrical power was in the spacecraft 
from the gro\md readings, and the response was — 15 amps. We will now 
give you the play back of that taped voice conversation. 
Conrad Hawaii, Gemini 5, do you read? 

Hawaii Cap Com I read you loud and clear. 

Conrad The rates are about 6 degrees per second. 

Havraii Cap Com Roger. 

Conrad That only on one axis. 

Hawaii Cap Com Which one? 

Conrad Well, the vehicle is ■c-ambling, and it changes axes, 

but that's the big rotation. 
Hawaii Cap Com OK. 

Conrad It's mostly pitch, with a little yaw. 



iMISSION COr^MEKTARY TRMSCRIPT Tape 313, Page 2 

Hawaii Cap Com Roger. 

Houston Cap Cora Why don't you find out how he feels about those rates, 

Bill? ; . ' ■ ■ 

Hawaii Cap Com How do you feel aoout those rates, Pete? 

Conrad Oh, they are all right. 
Hawaii Cap Com . They don't bother you? 

Conrad Nope. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COrvS'IEKTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 3^^, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 129 hours and 2 minutes into our mission. 
Spacecraft Gemini 5 at the present time is passing off the east coast 
of South America and. back over tuvard the African continent. We had 
a pass over the Rose Knot Victor tracking ship just a few minutes ago. 
It was a very routine pass. The spacecraft communicator up-dated the 
flight plan and passed on the comment that all systems looked good. 
We have talked to Doctor Dwayne Catterson, our flight surgeon here in 
Mission Control Center, and he said that both crewmen are in excellent 
physical shape, and that Pete Conrad, at this time, soiinds particularly 
good; of - course Coram.and Pilot Gordon Cooper -is in a sleep period. In 
the MCC, Mission Control Center in Houston, we have some of the flight 
controllers taking advantage of a lull in the flight and are having 
a coffee break. This is Mission Control, Gemini Control at 129 hours 
and 3 minutes into the mission. 
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MISSIOIC GOM-EKTARY mAA'SCRIPT - 8/26/65 Tape 31!?, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 129 hours and 32 minutes into the 
flight of spacecraft Gemini V, which at the present time is passing 
over -- beginning to pass over India. Our next voice communication, 
we expect, will be made over the Coastal Sentry Quebec , as the 
spaceship passes that tracking ship in Just a few minutes. At that 
time the spacecraft crew will be advised that there will be a .-nedical 
data pass upcoming as it passes over the Rose Knot Victor some 30 to 
ho minutes from now, and that is the only activity that is scheduled 
on this revolution. This is Gemini Control at 129 hours and 32 minute 
into the flight of spacecraft Gemini V. 

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:-:issioiv GO^:s}JTARy :?ra3iscript - 8/26/65 



Tape 316, Page 1 



This is Ge^Tiini Control a"C 13O hours and 2 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5- At. the present time our spacecraft is passing south 
of Hawaii on the S2nd revolution ar: ;.nd the earth. Over the CSQ which was 
underneath about 10 to 15 minutes , ago pilot Pete Conrad was advised to 
aelete the cabin light survey which was scheduled for that time; and he 
v/as also advised that he is scheduled to make a medical data pass to the 
Rose Knot Victor, our tracking ship off the coast of Peru, which will 
be coming' up in approximately 15 minutes. At this moment we are I30 hours 
and 2 minutes into the Gemini 5 flight. We have the voice tape now between 
spacecraft Gemini 5 and the Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking ship located 
south of Japan. 

This is CSQ Cap Com. 
Go ahead, CSQ. Gemini 5 here. 

Roger. We have you go on the ground, and we'd like 
to advise you to delete the cabin light survey that 
was scheduled - the next scheduled one. We'd like a 
reading of the number of "heads up", and the number of 
"heads down" surveys you have taken. 
V/ell , so far, they're either heads up or tumbling. 
Rogei- . Copy. Could you give me the number of each 
please . 

There's 2 heads up and 2 drifting. 

Copy. And we'd also like to remind you that you have 
a rned^'cal data, pa.sa over RKV on the next, rev a.t. time 
00 21 32 . Over . 
irad 00 21 32. 



CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



C onr ad 
CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 
CSQ Cap Com 



:.'ISSICN C0M:.SKTARY TRA:-ISGRIPT - 5/26/65 Tape 316, Pa^e 2 

GSQ, Cap Com That's affirmative. 

Conrad . • . flight data - our complete range now is 8 degrees 

CSQ, Cap Com Copy. Range :: now 8 degrees? Is that affirmative. 

C onr ad Af f i rmiat i ve . 

CSQ, Cap Com Roger. We have nothing further. Stand by. 
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MlSSiON COI-A^NTARY TRAI'TSCRIPT - 6/26/65 Ta^e 317, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at I30 hours 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft. Gemini 5 which is now passing over South America on the 83rd 
revolution around the earth. Just ... few minutes ago, as the si?acecraft 
passed over the Rose Knot Victor tracking ship, the pilot Pete Conrad m.ade 
a medical pass including exercise which the flight surgeon ab&ard.the 
Rose Knot Victor pronounced as good. The conversation between the 
Rose Knot Victor and the spacecraft was somewhat garbled on this end, and 
Pete Conrad was giving a water report - water intake report - we think he 
said 27 pounds and 6 ounces. We'll have to check this figure. The Rose 
Knot Victor also updated the spacecraft star map. This is Gemini Control 
130 hours and 32 minutes into the mission. At this time command pilot 
Gordon Cooper is asleep. 
END OF TAPE 



Mission CCiMI^3NTMY TPAK'SCP.IPT - 8/26/6p Tape 3l8, Page 1 

This is Geiriini Control a.z I3I hours and 2 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini V. At the present time our spacecraft is coming 
up on the co^antry of India on the o3rd revolution over the earth. We 
have had no voice communication with spacecraft Gemini V for a little 
more than 30 minutes, and at that time it was passing over the Rose 
Knot Victor , our tracking ship located off tne west coast of Peru. 
Here in the Mission Control Center our flight controllers are taking 
turns at a dinner break. A cafeteria has been set up in an adjoining 
room. During past flights this cafeteria was operated on a temporary 
or makeshift basis. Now, with spaceflights increasing in frequency, 
the cafeteria has been put on a more or less permanent operation. 
Controllers can get a hot m.eal complete with all the trimmings. 
Tonight's menu, stuffed pork chops, blackeyed peas, and a variety 
of salads. This is Gemini Control at I3I hours and 3 minutes into 
the mission. 

* • 

END OF TAPE 



VISSICIT COl^-m^lPJVf TRAI\SCRIPT - 5/26/65 -S-pe 319 > ^ 

This is Gemini Control at I3I hours and 32 minutes into the iligh- of 
spacecraft Gemini 5. Our spacecraft at the present time is passing over 
the- Pacific Ocean, approximately over Canton Island on the 83ra revolution 
around the earth.' A few moments ago we had a voice communication with the 
Coastal Sentry Quebec, our tracking ship located south of Japan. That 
station gave the spacecraft a go on the ground - from the ground. The 
pilots in cooperation with the tracking ship made a fuel cell purge and 
completeo. in same; and' they were given some coodinates for a tropica.! 
depression which is in the Pacific; and they should come rather close 
to it and will try to m.ake a visual observation. The tropical storm 
depression was west of Japan at 21 degrees north by 157 degrees east. At 
this time both crew members are awake and both took part in the conversa- 
tion with the Coastal Sentry Quebec. However, the transmission voice 
quality was not too good from the spacecraft. This is Gemini Control 
at 131 minutes - I3I hours and 33 minutes into the flight. 
END OF TAPE 



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MISSION GO:.^-SKT.-l?.Y TRAITSCRIPT - S/26/65 Tape 320, Page 1 

This is C-eniini Control at 132 hours and 2 minutes into the ilighx 
of spacecraft Gemini V. Our spacecraft has just started its S^-th revo- 
lution over the earth. At the present time has just left the vicinity 
of the Rose Knot Victor off the west coast of Peru and is now approaching 
over the southern tip of South America. We had voice communication wi^uh 
the spacecraft on this pass. Spacecraft communicator Jim Fucci on the 
Rose KncD Victor gave Gordon Cooper some new data for possible landing 
areas. He added that the weather is gooa all around. He advised 
Cooper there will he a medical pass for him on the next revolution as 
they come over the Coastal Sentry Quebec . He asked Gordon Cooper if 
he had noted the storm that we had indicated was in the area as we 
were over the Coastal Sentry Quebec and Cooper added they did see the 
storm. It had a center eye. It appeared quite large and appeared to 
be on the buildup and building fast. This is Gemini Control at 132 hours 
.and 3 minutes into the mission. 

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KISSION CCM'IE-TTASY TRA^^SCRIPT - 6/26/65 Tape 321, Page 1 

Thi2 is Gemini Control at 132 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5 which is nov/ passing over Africa on its 8^th revolution 
over the earth. VJe have had no voice communication with the spacecraft 
since it passed over the Rose Knot Victor approximately 30 minutes ago. At 
that time Gordon Cooper reported that he had sighted the tropical 
depression or tropical storm that had been pointed out "by our weather 
people at 21 degrees north and 157 degrees east. Gordon said that he had 
seen the eye of this storm - that it was quite large and was on the build-up. 
At the present time activity aboard the spacecraft is on the loxv side. 
We have a medical pass coming up on the comjnand pilot over the Coastal 
Sentry Quebec which will be in approximately another 20 minutes , and that 
is all the activity we have slated at this time. This is Gemini Control 
132 hours and 33 minutes into the flight. 
END OF TAPE 



3 is Gemini Control at 133 hours and 2 minutes into our flight 
;raft Gemini V. The spa::ccraft at this moment is passing over 
the Pacific Ocean, having just passed over the Coastal Sentry C-)uebec , 
our tracking ship located south of Japan. We are on our 8i+th revolu- 
tion over -Che earth. Passing over the Coastal Sentry Quebec , command 
;:/:iot Cooper passed some medical data to the ground. This consisted 
cf a blood pressure check, temperature, and exercise period, followed 
oy another hlood pressure. He 'also gave a water report to the surgeon 
aboard the Coastal Sentry Quebec , and received a map update. We will -- 
a^ this moment we are 133 hours and 2 minutes into the flight. We 
have the voice tape now between spacecraft Gemini V ajad the Coastal 
Sentry Quebec. 

CSQ Cap Com Gemini V, CSQ. Its a Go on the ground, we have a 

valid temperature, standing by for blood pressure. 

Cocoer Gemini V, CSQ surgeon, blood pressure cuff is at 

■full scale. 

* 

c:;;:,. .....rgeon Gemini V, CSQ surgeon, we have a valid blood pressure 

Give me a Mark when you begin exercise. 

Cooper MAEK 

CSQ. EJuryeon Gemini V, CSQ surgeon, your cuff is not at full 

scale . 

;on Gemini V, CSQ surgeon, it is at full scale now. 

Gemini V, CSQ surgeon, we have a valid blood pressure 
Standing by for water report. 



MISSION CCMMEKTMY TR^INSCRIPT - 5/26/65 



Tape 322, Page 2 



Cooper 



:3Q, Surgeon 



Rog. Hear you. We've now had 28 gallon; 
28 pounds, 1 ...nce. Over. 
Roger, 28 pounds, 1 oi;^e. 



Cooper 

CSQ Surgeon 

Cooper ' ■ 

CSQ Surgeon 
Cooper 

CSQ Surgeon 
Cooper 

CSQ Surgeon 
CSQ Cap Com 

Cooper 

CSQ Cap Coin 

Cooper 

CSQ Cap Com 



At 17 00 00 I had 3 Charlie, meal 3 Charlie. 

Understand. Meal 3 Charlie at 1? 00 00. 

Roger. Do you want the scores on the SAD 13 and 

M-9 for the pilot and myself? 

If you'd like we can take those. 

OK. The pilot had 5 wrong on the SAD 13 and on the 

:.ls scores were as follows: 99 97 99 97 98. 
Roger. That was all for the pilot, right? 
Rog. On the command pilot, I had 8 wrong. 
My numbers on the card 91 91 92 92 92. 
Rog, understand, 8 wrong, 91 91 92 92 92. 
Continue with the Cap Com now. Gemini V, CSQ 
has a map update if you are ready to copy. 
Roger, go. 

Roger. Map 05 19 09, longitude 5^ degrees west, 
rev 86, star 05 19 09. 00 03 20 right section. 
OK, fine 

CSQ has nothing further. Standing by. 



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This is Ger.ir.i Cor.trol 133 hours 32 r.-'.ir.utes into the flight of space- 
craft Ge;::ini 5 vhich at the present ti:::e is passing over our tracking sh 
in the Pacific , v;est of the coast . Peru, the Rose Knot Victor. We have 
had no voice ccnr.ranication with spacecraft Geaini 5 since we passed, over 
the Coastal Sentry Quebec approxirr.ately 30 minutes -ago, and at that time 
we had a tape playoack of the voice conversation. At this tir.e pilot 
?etc Conrad is asleep, and ccrrjtand pilot Gordon Cooper is in charge and 
awake. We have over the Rose iu.ct Victor, according to our fl:. .;ht plan, 
only a delayed tape teleir.etry playback for this station. It would be 
received there. And the flight continues. We are Just ending the 8Jith 
revolution and will be starting the 85th in a matter of minutes. This 
is Gemini Control -at I33 hours and 33 minutes into the flight. 
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:-::££io:: co:.:.z::tary 3Ai^y3c?.:?T - 5/26/65 Tape 32^, Pan-e i 

This is Gen:ini Coi^^rol at I3U houro and 2 r:ini:ites into the fli^hx of space- 
craft Ger.ini 5 wnich at the present time is on its 85th revolution over the 
earth and now is passing over North Africa. Flight director C-ene Kranz 
here in the Mission Control Center gave us a status report on the flight 
just a fev/ minutes ago. He said the hydrogen usage appears to be slightly 
cetter than we had expected, and that the status of cur actual flight new 
is essentially ^onchanged from that reported when the red teari left the 
control room at 3 P-m- this afternoon. He said all spacecraft systems 
are operating well at this time. Our flight surgeon Dr. Catterson said 
that the crew is getting more sleep today. They are eating on schedule 
and drinking enough water and they are in good health and good spirits . 
This is Gemini Control at 13U hours and 3 minutes into the flight. 
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v-3siGrr cg:.:.3:'jtahy tra:\script - 8/26/65 Tape 325, ?az 

Tr.is is Geir.ini Control at I3U hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Ge.T.ini 5. Gemini 5 spacecraft at the present tim.e is passing 
over the Philippines on the 86th ruvolution over one earth. Here in the 
Mission Control Center we are in the midst of changing shifts. The blue 
team of flight controllers have appeared on scene and are in the process 
of being briefed by the white team that has been on duty since 2 p.m. 
^r.is afternoon. Our spacecraft passed within voice range of the Coastal 
Sen-cry Quebec a few minutes ago. However, voice communication was kept 
to a minimoir. and the CSQ, merely passed on a go from the ground. We have 
one correction - we are in the 85th revolution instead of 86th as we 
stated. Here in Mission Control our flight director Gene Kranz and 2 
of his controllers, Henry Stephenson - Guidance and Navigation, and John 
Aaron, -our Electrical and Communications Controller, plus our Flight 
Surgeon Dr. Duane Catterson will be reporting for our nightly press 
;:,riefing at 11:30 p.m. in the KASA news center here at Houston, Texas. 
This is Gemini Control at I3I+ hours and 33 minutes into the flight. 
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MIGSIO" CG:-2.IS:ITARY TRAIvSCRIPT - 5/26/65 Tape 326, Page 1 



This is Gemini Controlj 135 hours sxid 2 niinutes after lift-off. 
G-err.ini V is -v/ithin 2 minutes of acquisition by the tracking ship 
l^.czb Knot off the coast of Peru. The ne>:t station which will 
acquire it after Rose Knot will be the Canary Island station. This 
occurs at 27 minutes past the hour. Here in Mission Control there 
is a changing of the guard undervmy as various members of the blue 
team flight control come in and talk with the people they are re- 
lieving, the white team people, and it is fairly quiet in here other 
"Chan muffled conversation. This is Gemini Control. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/21/65 Tape 327, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, I36 ho\irs 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is now ending the — into the — nearing the end of the 
86th revolution. It will be acquired by the Rose Knot trstpking ship 
in approximately 8 minutes. During the pass ever the Eastern Test 
Range station Antigua, a delayed-time tape playback -of telemetry infor- 
tion will be fed down from the spacecraft. Pilot Conrad is sched\iled 
for sleep .at this time, and presumably he is asleep. This is Gemini 
Control . 

END OF TAIE 



MISSION ccmEmmY transcript - 8/27/65 



Tape 328, Page 1 



Thi,s is Gemini Control 137 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off, 
Oemini V has Just been contacted by Canary lalaad tracking station. 

Canary Cap Com said they were stajiding by, they had nothing for Gemini V. 
They have just begun revolution no. 87 and in 35 minutes they will be 
in contact with the Carnarvon, Australia tracking station. While over 
Australia the crew will attempt some synoptic terrain photography which 
means in simple terms large land mass areas being photographed from 
space altitudes. We have a tape of the pass over the Rose Knot at the 
end of the 86th revolution which we will hear now. 
Cooper Roger, Gemini V here, RKV. 

RKV Cap Coti Roger, all systems are good on the ground. We have 

nothing else for you at this time so we'll stand by. 



Cooper 




OK, mighty fine, thank you. 


RKV Cap 


Com 


Roger . 


Houston 


Flight 


RKV, this is Houston. 


RKV Cap 


Com 


Go, Houston. 


Houston 


Flight 


You might ask him how those rates are going. 


RKV Cap 


Ccan 


Roger . 


RKV Cap 


Cora 


Gemini V, RKV Cap Com. 


Cooper 




Go ahead ^'KV. 


RKV Cap 


Com 


How are your rates doing by now? 


Cooper 




Rog, we just damped them again at about 20 minutes 



ago. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/27/65 



Tape 328, Page 2 



I fired up and redamped, rates came up to about 

12 degrees per second, 12 degrees per second. 
RKV Cap Ccsn Roger, how did it feel ftt IS degrees? 

Cooper Not too bad. I thought we would get better 

heating on that center line . . . 
RKV Cap Com Roger, understand. I was just curious how it felt 

to you at 12. . 

Cooper * We didn't really fe«l much specifically except 

that items that have been flying around were getting 
slung to the side of the cockpit. 

RKV Cap Com Roger, understand. Thank you. 

Houston Flight Roger RKV, we copy. 

cooper Tell him we had to power up for about 1 minute 

there, brought the AC power up, and I damped the 
rates down and went back off on it, 

RKV Cap Com Roger, thank you. 



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Tape 329, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control 137 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V.is 5 minutes out of Carnarvon tracking station in Australia 
and is Just south of the Republic or Indonesia, nearing the midpoint of 
the 87the revolution. The communications between the spacecraft and 
groiind stations tonight have been kept to a minimum, primarily to 
allow the crew more rest. The pilot, at this mcMient, is still asleep. 
The last station pass at Canaries , almost a half hotir ago, was very- 
brief as far as conmunications. However, telemetry looked very good 
on the ground according to the spacecraift ccramonicator at danaries. 
This is Gemini Control. 

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Tape 330, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control I38 hours and 2 minutes suTter lift-off. 
Gemini V,. nearing the end of the 87th revolution is in the mid-south 
Pacific. Just passed the Carnarvon station a few moments ago. The 
Carnarvon spacecraft communicator updated the Gemini V flight plan. 
There are 2 or 3 items to do in the next couple revolutions including 
infrared measurements in the East Africa Area, of water to land, 
moimtains, desert land measurements in the infrared spectrum. Also, 
in the East African area and the Arabian peninsula, they have some 
optic terrain photography tasks provided they can aline for these 
pictures without using fuel. In fact none of the experiments will 
be done if fuel is required. Other experiments which were updated in- 
cluded additional S-8 and D-13 vision tester checks of the crew. At', 
this moment we are I38 hours and 3 minutes into the Gemini V flight. 
We have the voice tape now between spacecraft Gemini V and the 
Carnarvon station. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini V, Carnarvon Cap Com. I have a flight plan 



update. Will you prepare to copy? 



Cooper 



Roger, 



Cooper 



Goodmorning Carnarvon, Gemini V here, Ready to copy. 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Goodraom i.p?;. OK, first item, S-8 D-13, sequence 



number 01 url 02. Remarks, increase to 3 times 



daily as tine permits. Next item, D-U D-7, 



08 Ul 16, sequence no. 1+1? 4l8 and ^lU. Remarks, 



experiment recorder on, 3 minutes maximum. Next 



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Cooper 

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item, S-5 CL-5, 08 ^5 00, sequence no. 02. Next 
item, 8-8 D-13, 09 ik 06, sequence no. Ok. Remarks 
pitch dovm 3 , yaw right 2 degrees. OK, did I tell 
you to make visual and photo passes, if possible, 
without using fuel. Do you copy? 
. . . and on the D-4 D-7 will you give me the 
time again ?^ 

Roger. Time was 08 hours ^+1 minutes I6 seconds. 
OK, that's it, huh? 

That's it. Houston will give you more updates on 
rev 88. 

Roger 

Looks like we are going to give you a cheince at 
this visual acquity pattern now it will be your 
next pass. 
Right. 

We got a beautiful day down here. I hope you got - 
I hope you happen to be in attitude. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/27/65 Tape 331 j Page 1 

This is Gemini Control I38 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
has just' begun its 88th revolution. It is now in contact with the Houston 
spacecraft dommunicator through the eastern test range stations and will 
be acquired in approximately 8 minutes by the Canary Island station. At 
the present time the spacecraft commvmicator here in Mission Control is 
discussing various flight plan updates with the crew and getting onboard 
read-outs of the systems. This is Gemini Control. 
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Tape 332, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control 139 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
is now out over the Indian Ocean, should be acquired by the Carnarvon, 
Australian tracking station in iapproxiiiiately 8 minutes. During the 
recent pass over the Canary Islands the telemetry on the ground of the 
spacecraft systems looked good according to the spacecraft communicator 
at Canary. We at this moment we are 139 hours and 2 minutes into the 
Gemini 5 flight. We have the voice tape now between the spacecraft 
Gemini 5 ancl the stations of the eastern test range through which the 
Houston spacecraft communicator talked to Gemini^?- 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



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Copy. 

S6 Ik 50 00. Sequence 06. Remarks: south of track. 
S5 15 10 00. Sequence number 02. d6 i6 08 09. 
Sequence number 05 . Pitch 30 dovm, yaw 15 left. If 
completed notify gro\md as soon as possible. 
What's the mode number? 

Negative mode number. We'll pass up a correction on 
that when you get to Carnarvon. I don't have the speed 
number either. 
Is Elliot there? 
Go ahead. 

Roger. Be f^^rised we're . . . 

There's a story on the 8th too, I've got it going off 

the bottom of the page at the end of 7 days. 

Roger. Be advised we're reading suit ten5)eratures up 

to about 70. You got any corainent on that? 
That's the way they are. It's cold in here. 



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Tape 332, Page 2 



Houston Cap Com 
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Houston Cap Com 



Okay- Understand. 
Everything's freezing up. 

Roger. Negative sweat on the H^ - It's okay. 

Pete, the usage rate on that will level off as you 

go along here. 

Garbled 

Say it a^ain. 

You've beer^ saying that for days and it hasn't. 
You haven't got to the level off point yet. 
Okay. 

It's 10 percent above the estimate right now. Okay 
we've about had LOS. We'll get the rest of it up to 
you at Carnarvon. 



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Tape 333, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control 139 hours 32 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is presently in the central South Pacific, due south of 
Canton Island station, nearing the end of the 88th revolution. 
At this moment we are 139 hours and 32 minutes into the GT-5 flight. 
We now have a voice tape between the Gemini V spacecraft and the 
Carnarvon, Australia tracking station. 



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Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Cooper 

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Visibility was really good down there. Too bad 
we weren't in the right position. 
Roger, Pete. Yeah, the winters here are beautiful. 
Is it too cold to swim? 

They tell the swimming pool. . . today. It's a 

little too cool yet. 

I keep forgetting its winter. 

Right. It's beginning to warm up. 

You can tell them that I got some klk and some 

UlT's for them on — in Africa instead of 

around the Cape coming over on this last pass, 

on the D-k D-7. 

Roger . 

I got that. You can tell him we'll have another 
go -- 

I. can see some smoke , . . 
Say again. 

I can still see the smoke. 

OK. The site's about 3 miles east of the third 



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column of smoke inland. 

We're a good 300 miles from it now, past it, 

but we can still see the smoke. 

Roger. 

We'll have another chaince tomorrow, Carnarvon. 

We think the 2 purges are complete. 

Roger. We'll have another try at that site 

tomorrow. 

We got a minute to LOS. Everything looks Go on 
the grovmd. Standing by. 

Thank you. We're Go up here. See you next pass 
Roger. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/27/65 Tape 33^5 Page 1 

This is Gemini Control ikO hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 has 
just begxan 89th revolution and is now in contact with the Eastern Test 
Range stations. It was remoted through the - to the Manned Spacecraft 
Center here to spacecraft communicator. The Canary Island tracking station 
is the next station to acquire the spacecraft later in this revolution. 
In a short time we hope to have a tape playback of the State-side pass. 
This is Gemini Control. 
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Tape 335, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control li+O hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
is now crossing the east coast of Africa, out over the Indian Ocean on 
the 89th revolution. During their recent pass over the Canary Islands 
tracking station the spacecraft communicator said they were on a standby. 
They had nothing for Gemini 5} but they looked good on telemetry. There 
was also a reported sighting - visual sighting - of Gemini 5 from the Lake 
Champlain, prime recovery vessel, at h a.m. Central Standard Time approxi- 
mately 33 minutes ago. At this moment we are ihO hours and 32 minutes into 
the Gemini 5 flight. We now have the voice tape between the spacecraft and 
the State-side and voice remoted stations. 

Houston Cap Com From your weather observations you've been doing a 

real good job, and the weather men are really happy 
with it down here. And one thing they'd like to have 
on the observations is the precise time. You're way 
ahead of any other data they have; and they'd like to 
get the time of these observations; it'll really help 
them in their predictions. Okay? 
Allright . 

I have a couple of questions on your thrusters when 
you were damping your rates during the last few revs. 
Did any other CAMS thrusters other than 7 and 8 show 
a degraded performance? 

Well, I really can't tell too well. We've noticed a 
little cross -coupling. And that indicates to me that 
some aren't doing as well as others. 
Houston Cap Com Roger. Understand. Well, we're trying to figure it 



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out do-wn here. We haven't got an answer yet. Were 
the circuit breakers on number 7 and 8 closed while 
you were trying to damp the rates? 
Wo, they've been open ever since we were told to 
leave them open except a couple of times when we 
took a look at them to see if they'd come back into 
action because of the heater. 

That's what we were wondering about. If you had them 
closed did you make any attempt to fire 7 and 8? And 
did you get any response? 
No response . 

Okay. Fine. Understaxid. 

Now we haven't done it on the dark side yet. Course 
we noticed number 8 was firing but giving no thrust, 
so it was firing off mixture. 
Roger. Okay. We understand. 

I've got some plots for you on the ground. We broke 
off a piece of frozen urine maybe 3-g- inches by h, and 
we've noticed an awful lot of stuff floating by the 
spacecraft which must come from the medic cryos. 
Understa:o:i . 

I was wono.cring if maybe something hasn't run into these 
thrusters when we haven't been using them or something 



Houston Cap Com 



like that . 

Okay. Understand your comment. We'll he looking 
into it . 



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Tape 335, Page 3 



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I'm not exactly sure where all the different vent holes 
are on the spacecraft in relation to the thrusters. 
Okay. Understand. 

Pete, in regard to your hydrogen it looks like it'll be 
about 15 more hours before your curve levels off on 
that, so you can expect this rate to continue dovm 
until about that time. Then you'll see it level out 
quite drastically. 
You're sure. 

That's what the curve says here. It's a curve that 
we did not have before flight, but it's the type of a 
curve they do expect. After about I5 hours you will 
stop venting, and this will cause the curve to level 
off quite drastically. We're running well ahead of 
it incidentally, but this is the shape of it. 
Okay. 

The fact. that we're running ahead of it is why you've 
got another 15 hours to go before you level out. 
I see. 

If I understand you in regard to these chance sightings 
so to speak, although you might be pointing in the 
right dii'fcction your comment is that you would not 
have the rates stopped well enough to take a picture 
unless you had actually stopped. In other words, the 
rates do not decrease at all, they merely go in differ- 
ent directions. 



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Tape 335} Page k 



Conrad 



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Conrad 
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Conrad 

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Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



The Questar lens - the 9000 foot runway up here fills 
the whole lens up and the probability of having it pass 
through the Questax field of view is virtuaJ-ly 
impossible. One, and even if it did you'd never get 
a pict\ire. 

Because of the rates. 

That's true. That's equally true with the 200 mm 
although it doesn't blow up quite so big. ' 
Roger. I understand. 

I seriously don't even think it's worth rigging the 
gear, myself. 

Well, we thought - we weren't thinking about those 
rates. If they were fairly high you've got a good 
point, you just couldn't do it. If you were dealing 
with some fairly low rates you might try it and just 
make the comment that you had such and such a rate, 
and they could kind of take that into consideration 
when they analyse the pictures. 

Well, we've got plenty of pictvires for them out of 
the Q^escsx anyhow. Over 70. 
I'll bet. 

Hey, Pete, next time you try your damping on the 
dark side how about checking 7 and 8 and see if you 

get a glow out of them. 

We'll do that. The venting must have slowed down 
because we've - the rates haven't built up too badly. 



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Tape 335, Page 5 



Houston Cap Com 
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We're getting along here about 2 degrees per second now. 
Okay. Understand. Okay, that's about what we expect. 
We unfortunately - it was a beautiful day in Australia - 
and we were Just not in the right position to see the 
SAPI3. We saw Sharksmouth Bay, and that's the last 
thing we saw. We were pitching up, and then we saw 
the smokestreams 3OO miles past over our shoulder, so 
I'm sure we could 've seen it. 

Okay. We copied the pass as you went over, and we'll 

play it again for tomorrow. 

I lost a bet on that one, Pete. 

What was that? 

I bet you'd be looking at it. 
Came pretty close. 

I guess you're aware that the thing that we're - we feel 
is the tightest is the water storage capacity. We '.re 
continuing to work on that, but as you know we don't 
have a real good hajidle to work with on that one. 
That's the one thing bad. We've been talking this 
whole thing over, and we're aware of all the problems. ^ 
Roger . 

We're beginning to feel the effects of Gemini 5 ; . . 
The effect of what? 

Of being confined so long. We're getting stiff, and 

so forth. 



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Maybe you ought to open the door. and stretch a little 
bit. 

I'd sure like to. 

I'm not sure we copied exactly what you said,-;Pete . 
We understand you're begining to feel the effect of 
being cooped up, and were there any other comments? 
No other comments, just that we're getting stiff. 
Roger. The exerciser isn't enough on that, huh? 
No. 

Roger . 

There's not enough really - enough room to use it 
right . 
Roger . 

We about have LOS. We'll see: you next pass. 
Okay. 



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Tape 336, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control ihl hovirs and 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V is now north of New Zealand, nearing the end of the 89th 
revolution. During the pass over the Carnarvon, Australia tracking 
station routine planned landing area updates were passed up to the 
crew for revolutions 91 through 95. There was also a report of a 
visual sighting from the Carnarvon station of the Gemini V spacecraft. 
This is Gemini Control. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape 387, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control I65 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V presently is in the central Pacific nearing the end of the 
lO^+th revolution. Recently it made a pass over the Carnarvon, Australia 
tracking station in which the flight plan was updated-rand also updates 
for the planned landing areas for revolutions 107 through 111 were 
routinely passed up to the crew. People who have extremely good eye sight 
and axe in the Houston and southeast Texas area may possibly be able to 
see the spacecreift starting at 5:1*+ this morning when it will rise in a 
west-southwesterly direction and will have a maximum elevation of about 
70 degrees due south at approximately 5:19 central time, and will set 
over the eastern horizon at 5:22. The slant range at this maximum, 
elevation will be approximately 132.7 miles. We stand now at I65 hours 
and 3 minutes after lift-off. We have now a tape of the voice trans- 
mission between the Carnarvon, Australia tracking station and Gemini V 
during this last pass . 

Gemini V, Carnarvon. I have. PLA, update when you 
are ready to copy. 
Roger, ready to copy. 

Roger, area. 107-1, 1*+ 1^ 12 + 1+3, iB + Ok, test 
BTX. Next area, lOB-U, 17 00 17, 15 + 33, 20 + 37, 
Next area, IO9-U, I8 35 5^*, 1*+ + 08, 19 + I9. Would 
you place your quajitity read switch to fuel cell H . 



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Next area 110-3, 19 53 52, I6 + k2, 21 + 52. 
Next area 21 29 ^6, 15 + 13) 30 + 19. 

Weather is good in all areas, bank, angles are 
roll left 53 and roll right 67 for all areas. 
Do you copy? 
Roger . 

OK, turn your quantity read smtch off. We have 
a fliight plan update for you when you are ready. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. Stand by one. 

You have to leave your real time TM off. 

OK, flight plan update. First item, map IIO35I,/ 

remarks, longitude I5056 degrees west, rev lOh. 

Next item star 110351, remarks, 22 hours, 26 minutes 

Do you copy? 

Affirmative . 

OK, and one more item we had a medical data pass on 
the pilot at Gfuaymas. The AOS time is 10112. 
Say again the AOS time, please. 
Roger. ' hours, 12 minutes. 
OK. 

Have you '^■.jt writer' s cramps? 

Yeah. We do an awful lot of writing, but not much 
work. 

Roger . 



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Conrad Did you see us out there today? 

Canarvon Cap Com Negative. We've got aJLmost complete overcast today 

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MISSIO^J COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape 389, Page 1 



Guaymas Surgeon 



This is Gemini Control 165 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
is presently in the mid-Atlantic and will be acquired by the Canary Island 
tracking station in 2 minutes. It is at the beginning of the 105th revolu- 
tion. 'During the pass over the Guaymas, Mexico tracking station at the end 
of the lOUth revolution the command pilot ran a medical data check and also 
made a report of his food and water consumption as well as his sleep. We 
stand now at 165 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. We now have a tape 
of the Just completed State-side pass by Gemini 3> 

Guaymas Cap Com Gemini 5j we have a valid oral temp. Stand by for 

surgeon. 

Gemini 5 j Guaymas surgeon here . We ' re standing by 
for your blood pressure. Your cuff is full-scale. 
We have a good blood pressure. Standing by for ' 
your Mark when you begin exercise. 
MARK. 

I have now exercised. 
Roger. Your cuff is full-scale. 

We have a good blood pressure. We are standing_by. f or 

yoiir food, water and Zh-Yioxxx sleep report. 
Roger. On water, I've had 3I pounds ajid 7 ounces of . 
water. On food, at 0702 00 00 I had meal k Charlie . 
And in last 2U hours I 'ye had approximately 3 hours of 
sleep and I'm due for my next sleep period in an hour. 
Roger. We copy. 3I pounds plus 7 ounces of water, 
Meal h Charlie at 07 02 00 00 and three hours of sleep 
in the last 2h. Could you give us an estimate of the 



Cooper 
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TRANSCRIPT - 8/28/65 
quality of the sleep. 
Very good. 

Roger , Thank you very much . Guaymas Surgeon out . 
Roger. 

Gemini V, Guaymas. You are looking good here on the 
ground. Would you turn your real-time and press in 
your TM control switch to the Command position. 
Roger . 

Guaymas, Rog. I'm firing up my FBI's to take our 
rates out now. 

Ah roger. Understood. Plight, Guaymas. 

Roger, I read. 

Okay. 

We are going to take it now, Guaymas. 
Go. 

Gemini, Houston. We haven't got anything for you. You 
might give us a comment on yotir rates when you get them 
daxnped down. | 

Roger. They weren't too high. We just thought we would 
go ahead and damp them down. 

Okay, thank you. We appreciate it. Looking good on 
the ground. 
Roger . 

Gemini V, Houston Cap Com. We are doing some more dis- 
cussion on this hydrogen here and the latest thought is 
that the venting may not stqp until we get down to 
10 percent on the gauge. But, I'd like to reinterrate 



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Tape 389, Page 3 



Cooper 
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that even if it continued without leveling off anymore 

at all, we would be in good shape at the end. of the 

mission. We aid still have some U or ^ percent 

remaining. We are continuing to monitor this very 

closely and we do expect it to level out some-vrtiat here 

as soon as it stops venting which the latest estimate 

is J it may be as low as 10 percent. 

Okay, Just fine. • 

My status in regard to experiments is still no fuel 

expenditure, is that correct? 

That ' s correct . 

Okay. 

You understand the reason, I think, don't you, Pete. 
We are trying to make certain that we have fuel avail- 
able to stop these rates as long as we need to do so. 
Once we get to the point where we don't have any rate 
buildup due to venting, then we will be free to use 
the rest of the fuel for experiments. 
Yeah, okay. 

We'll 've you a decision on that radar test on the • 

next rev . as you go by on the fuel usage . 

Okay. ! J OAMS system is plenty sluggish now. I'll 

tell you. It Just doesn't seem like it is putting out 

what it use to. 

Rog, I understand. 



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Pete, do you feel that there are any other thrusters 
tending to go out at this time, or do you feel it's 
just a general sluggishness of the system? 
Well, they very definitely have degradation of several 
. thrusters because we've got — I think more cross- 
coupling then we should have. As a matter of fact, 
it has started, let's see, roll has started to couple 
into pitch now, which it hadn't done before; yaw — 
when we are using right yaw — right yaw has been 
coupling into roll which it is still doing. But I 
just think that general performance is just dropping 
off and dropping off. 
Roger . 

It may be when we fired up for good, that if we make 
a good shot at the retro all the way around or some- 
thing, we might sort of liven things up. I don't know. 
Are you doing all your daniping with pulse? 
That's correct. 

Let ' s — there may be a lot to that . You are just not 

-•I 

clearing ohe system up and you haven't been for a 
long time . It may >)ust be needing a good shot of 
clearing out, but we don't want to do that. 
We're right smack dab over Houston, it looks like right 

new. I can just make it out as the sun is coming up. 

Very good. Everybody is outside looking for you. 



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Tape 389, Page 5 



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They ought to be able to see us because the sun is shin- 
ing on us and not on you. 
Can you see us at Clear Lake too. 
Yeah, we have had some reports of sightings. 

Okay, we're powering down all our , and so forth. 

Roger. I 
Gemini V, Houston. 
Go ahead Houston. 

When you mentioned that the pitch and roll coupled, 
and the yaw and roll coupled, which direction of roll 
was that. Can you give us an idea? 

Let's see. Right yaw coupled into right roll, I guess. 
Okay. 

I think it says that the number 3 yaw thruster is the 

weaker of the two. 

Roger. How about the pitch? 

The roll, the right roll — excuse me. The left roll 
coupled into pitch up. 

Okay, understand. Incidentally, as you went by, you 
were extremely eeisy to see^ and I think Just about all of 
Houston saw you. 
Very good. 

VThat's our empheris now. Still 107? 
Stand by. 
What? 
Stand by. 



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Sofesr - Iart''x jfia^, vifysSt aire 1tEu£t ajaSIutiaiinE 'Siar 
area tomorrow? 

I think it all looks pretty good. I'll get a detail on 
it . 

Gemini V, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

The way it stands right now, 122-1 is acceptable but. abput 
500 downrange is not so good, 121-1 is clear all the 
way. 

Roger. Thank you. 

We're watching it real close down here. 
Okay. 



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This is Gemini Control, l66 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
is now midway through the 105th revolution and will be acquired by the 
Canarvon, Australia tracking station in approximately 7 minutes. The 
time to retro fire clock at the right-hand side of the Control Center here 
now says 25 hours and 59 minutes and 55 seconds until retro fire. This 
is Gemini Control. 
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Tape 391, Page 1 



Gemini Control here. Good morning; l66 hours, 28 minutes into the flight, 
and we are still waiting for the State-side pass which will be a decision 
point on whether we are going to go for 122-1 or not. The status of the 
spacecraft will also be a very strong determining factor on how much 
experimenting we do in this State-side pass, and we'll come into that 
as quickly as conversation develops. We do have ready for you now a 
conversation from Canarvon, and we'll play it now. 
Canarvon Cap Com Gemini 5, Canarvon. Place your quantity read 



Cooper 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Canarvon Cap Ccan 
Cooper 



Canarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 



Canarvon Cap Com 



switch to the ECS 0^ position. 

Hello, Cenarvon, Gemini 5 here. We have the nmber 2 
fuel cell powered up on the line. 
Roger . 

Had one on at about 1203. ' 

Roger. OK, wOTild you go to FC 0^ on quantity read? 

Canarvon, Gemini 5. We noticed a lot of 7 venting 

again caning into the dark side this trip, butww 

presiane it's ECS 0^ this time. 

Did you say you noticed a lot of venting? 

Yeah, a couple of times. 

Roger. Now would you place your quantity read 
switch to the fuel cell Hg? Go ahead, flight. 
Roger. W:. don't think that EC 0^ is going to give 
him much in the way of moments. That vents inside, 
as close to (interrupted by Canarvon Cap Com) 
Roger. Roger. Did that ventingtthere give you 



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Cooper 

Canarvon Cap Com 



Cooper 



Houston Gap Com 



Canarvon Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Canarvon Cap Com 



Cooper 



much rate? 

Oh, it's picked it up a little bit, but not much. 
OK, flight advises that they don't suspect ECS 0^ 
will give you much of a rate. There's not much 
movement on that that's near the CG. 
Well, we think that that's probably what it was 
that was venting. 

Did he see that, or did he feel it by rates? Did 
he see a lot of fire flies and things, or is he 
estimating that on the basis of rates he got? 
Gemini 5> were you estimating that venting on the 
basis of rates or visual? 
Visually. 
Roger . 

OK, did you place yotir quantity read switch to the 
off position? Everything looks good here on the 
ground. 

We're go up here. 



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This is Gemini Control Houston- here, 166 hoxirs and 1+2 minutes. The 
U.S Weather Bureau, Spaceflight Meteorology Group, says this morning 
that weather conditions remain quite good should Gemini 5 be committed 
to an eigth day. The center of tropical storm Betsy was estimated to be 
about 100 miles southeast of the island of Barbados, several hoiirs ago. 
Movement was predicted to be on a course of 280 degrees at a speed of 
ik knots and the strongest winds to be near 1+0 knots. The storm is 
still in the early stages of development and not too quite precisely 
positioned. Betsy will not likely affect weather conditions significantly 
in the primary landing area about 6OO miles east and a little south of 
Miami. But an alternate landing area off Jacksonville at the end of the 
previoxis revolution will have more favorable weather conditions. Off 
Miami skies will be frequently cloudy with ceilings of 1,000 feet or 
less, and scattered showers covering about 10 percent of the siirrounding 
ocean area. Winds will average nearly 20 knots, the seas five to six 
feet. Off Jacksonville, skies will be less cloudy, with little chance of 
showers. Winds between 10 and 15 knots and seas of about 3 feet are 
expected. In the east Atlantic recovery area, about 300 miles west of 
the Canary Islands, skies will be partly cloudy, ceilings usually 
unlimited. Winds will average 10 to 15 knots and seas 3 to 1+ feet. In 
the mid-Pacific area, about 500 miles north of Honolulu, cloudiness is 
decreasing, ceilings when present will be about 8OO feet, winds will average 
10 knots and seas two to three feet. In the west Pacific area, about 5OO 
miles south-west of Tokyo, mainly fair weather will continue, winds will 
average a little over I5 knots and seas of four feet. In addition to 
tropical storm Betsy, a new typhoon has evolved in the fertile area of 



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the vestern north Pacific. Typhoon Olive is centered about 1,000 miles 
southeast of Tokyo moving slovly towards the northwest , probahly not 
much remains of storm Doreen, now centered about 800 miles west of San 
Diego. In the southern hemisphere, major storms are nearly all centered 
south of the groimd track of Gemini 5, but cold fronts may be seen near 
South Africa, South America and Australia. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



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This is Gemini Control, 166 hours and 1+8 minutes into the flight. And 
the spacecraft has established contact vith our Texas station about to 
go over White Sands area. They have been told to perform a no fuel 
tracking task of a sled run outh there at Holoman Air Force Base and let's 
tune in on them now. , 

Houston Cap Com Gemini 5» Houston. We'd also like to have you bring up yoi 

HF receiver so we can play some music as you leave the 
States here. 
Very good. 

Gemini 5, Houston. We'd like to have you place your 
biomedical recorder switch ot off now. We'd like to 
save the rest of the tape until Just prior to retrofire. 
Ok. 

Bimed recorders one and two are both off. 
Ok. Gemini, Houston. The big blue team gives you a 
Go for 122-1. Press on. 
Roger. We're pressing on. 
Good show. 

Ok, blue team. Over the ocean, over the blue, Gemini 5, 
we thajik you. 

Great. Now we're discussing poems here - I was talking to 
both Jane and Trudy this morning and they both went 
outside and saw you. And Jane sent up a little poem 
here Pete. It goes: "Twinkle, twinkle, Gemini 5, How 
I want you back alive. Up above the world so high, 
I saw you today as you went by. Twinkle, twinkle, Gemini 



Cooper 
Conrad 

Houstnn Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



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Conrad 

Hoiaston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hoiiston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hoiiston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



Cal. Cap Com 
d^ouston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



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5, Tomorrov you take your great big dive. Zinging 
toward the ocean blue and I send my love to you." 
Tell her I think it's real great. 

Ok, we've got about 5 seconds for the White Sands - 

for the Hollomaji test. Right up. 

Ok. I see the track. I do not see the lamp lights 

but I do see the track. 

Ok. Do you see the rocket? 

Not yet. 

Ok. It should be burning. 

No. I don't see the roeket but I do see the track. 

Ok. Well, it should have lit up - it should have been 

b\imt out by now. Let me check with Flight. 

It should be breaking right now, Gemini 5» 

California is LOS. Texas go remote. Texas, wake up. UHP. 

G^ini 5, Houston again. 

Gemini 5, Houston, you can turn your C-band adapter switch 

back to coTrnnand. 

Roger, C command. 

Here comes yoxar DCS load now. 

Roger, we got it. 

Very good. Gemini 5, Houston. I'd like to give you a littl 
briefing on our flight plan for today. Ready to copy? 
Or to listen, I guess. 
Ready. 



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Houston Cap Com Most of the things that ve've got on the schedule 

today are aJLl to be done with no fuel. So there - 
if you happen to get pointed in that direction, fine. 
If you can't, well, that's too bad. We would like 
to have you so your damping, though, so that you take •• 
advantage of the fuel that you're doing the damping with 
pointing in the direction that would be usable to you. 
And especially so on the Leuredo SAD 13 pass , which is 
supposed to occur at l6 00 kO. WE might eVen expend 
a little fuel on that to point the spacecraft in the 
right direction so that you can see the targets. Ok? 
Conrad All right. We concur. 

Houston Cap Com Ok. We're still conserving the fuel - I just got here 

as Elliott was briefing you on the venting emd when it 
may stop, but we would like to get that Laredo SAD 13. 
Now for tomorrow we have a couple of other things that 
we weuit to do. One of which is to do the D-lt,D-7 
pointing at the sun, and another one is an SAD 13 at 
Woodleigh Rar^ch, if possible. 

Cooper Right. 

Conrad What' their weather outlook tomorrow? They were 

overc ':oday. 

Houston Cap Com Rog. Ivc bad -them scheduled but we scrubbed them. W€ 

don't really know what it's going to be tomorrow, yet, 
Pete. We've got no forecast for them. 



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Conrad Fiinny thing - the day before yesterday it was so clear 

down there you coioldn't believe it. 
Houston Cap Com Rog. * 
. ... _ Gordo, Houst> a. As I said, on your last pass, Trudji^ 

saw you up there without too much trouble at all.. \ 

She sends here best wishes and she says that she had 
. the girls up quite early this morning and they all-*^ 

went out and saw you and they certainly enjoyed it. 
Cooper Very good, thank you. 

Houston Cap Com She said you put on a good show. 
Conrad No better than you did. 

Houston Cap Com Rogeri Pete, Jane said^that-Qemini horoscope for. today 

the paper said that you should get your house in order 
and the evening was good for dining out, in case you're 
interested. 

Conrad Ok. 

Flight Gemini 5» this is Houstofl Flight. Stand by. With 

regeurd to these recovery ajrea^, we're going to take a ; 
look at the weather for the rest of the day and as 
you come up on this thing, our feeling at the moment is 
that vill go to 122, but we will also be prepared • 
in 121. 

Cooper Ok. 7 , :ood. 

Flight The other thing is it looks like, from here to the 

end of the mission, we've got no problem with water or 
with the hydrogen we have left and that you can average 
quite a bit higher amps thatn we would expect that you 



MESIDN COMMENTARY TRMSCRPT - 8/28/65 Tape 393, Page 5 

would so that ' s no problem. 
Cooper Ok. Fine. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini 5» Hoviston. Have you got the HF up? 
Conrad Roger. 

HoTiston Cap Com Ok, stand by. -. 
Cooper Hey, that soimds good. 

Gemini Control here. They've picked up a little musiceil interlud^. I want 
to explain that the Go for 122-1 was passed up by Capsiile Communicator 
Dave Scott. Most of the commimications on that pass were handled by 
Jim McDivitt, the red team capsule communicator. However, Dave reserved 
the right to pass up that Go, because of the timing of. the shifts here. 
You he'ard him say the "big blue teani' gives you a Go for 122-1." Jim 
picked it up from there then Chris K-aft came on toward the end an^ explainpd 
his thinking on the recovery areas tomorrow morning, that they were inclinepl 
to go for 122-1 but we'd also be covered in 121 if needed. Let's go back \ 
and listen to the music. (Music plays) 

This is Gemini Control here. That of course is the sound track of 
the movie Cat Ballaou. We've had a momentary dropout of Cat Ballaou for 
an unexplained reason. We'll stand by and here it is again. (Music | plays) 

Gemini Control here. As you can see we are experiencing intermittent 
dropouts on our Cat Ballaou transmitter. I'm sure that the problem is 
somewhere in this building. With the spacecraft out east of Bermuda, 
that will probably wrap up the conversation. So, we'll leave the space- 
craft now. (Music again resumes). 
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MISSIOK COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT Tape 39^+^ Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here; I67 hours, 32 minutes into the flight, and 
we'll briefly interrupt this special interlude to bring you the following 
information: our perigee this morning ie l^B'^ statute miles, our apogee, 
183 statute miles- The period of our inert ial orbit is 89 minutes, 20 seC' 
ends. The period of our revolution orbit is 95 minutes, I8 seconds. 
We were in conversation earlier this morning with several staff members of 
the little cafeteria that serves the Mission Control Center here just a. 
few steps off the floor of the Mission Operations Control room itself, 
talking about the coffee consumption. They advised during this shift, 
during this mission, we've averaged about 300 cups per shift. The 
people in the cafeteria say that they always know when there is trouble, 
because the coffee consumption begins to spike very quickly. Falling 
into the jargon of the mission, the cafeteria staff people advise that the 
coffee consumption curve is very close to the planned values. This is 
n^ mini Control Houston. 



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Gemini Control here; l68 hours, 2 minutes into the flight. We've com- 
pleted the Canarvon pass, spacecraft half way between Australia and 
Hawaii right now. We regret that we "an't give you the tape on that 
pass. We've experienced some technical difficulty. We don't know 
whether it's here in building 30, in Mission Control Center, or over 
in our News Center Building, but we are working on it from both ends 
axid expect to have it solved momentarily. In the course of the Canarvon 
pass, the .conversation went like this: the crew has passed up a pre-retro 
command load for 122-1 landing area, and that is the final command load 
they will get, except for up-dates on the orbits remaining between now 
and 122-1. They will, over Hawaii, power down the platform. It was 
turned on over the States and was pulling a peetk amp load of 39 amps 
Qlong with the other systems activated. Over Hawaii they will damp out 
their tumbling rates, and they will attempt to position the spacecraft 
small end down; the reason for this is that in the next pass across the 
States they will attempt another radar test at Cape Kennedy. They will 
activate their radar and try to read the L-band signal being piped out 
of the Cape. Also from Canarvon the Gemini 5 crew received congratulations 
of the station keepers at the Canarvon station, and the crew came 
back with some nice words for the performance of the Canarvon crew also. 
Pete Conrad said, "Good show .rn there." The spacecraft communicator, 
Charles Lewis, an MSC employee vr-rking at the Canarvon site this mission, 
promised the crew he would bring each of them a can of Swan lager beer 
back to Houston. This seemed to delight the crew very much. This is 
Gemini Control at l68 hours, k minutes into the flight. 
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Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 



Gemini Control here, 168 hours 20 minutes into the flight. We 
have just concluded the Hawaii pass and we have the tape ready. We 
will play it for you now. 

Hawaii Cap Com Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. 

Go Hawaii Cap Com. Gemini V here. Go ahead. 
Roger, all your systems are looking good. We are 
standing "by. 

Computer platform is down and we are going to warm 
up the radar at this time. 
Roger . 

Houston Flight You show the computer is still on? 
Hawaii Cap Com That's affirmative. 

Roger . 

Hawaii, you might tell him that it looks like his 
hydrogen is not venting, if that makes him feel warm. 
Roger. 

It looks like your hydrogen is not venting. 
We concur that the pressure has dropped to about 7^0 
the last time I looked. 

Roger. By the way, you passed through 2k hours, you " 
are now 2_, hours and 50* 
Oh boy. 

We will be looking for you to count down tomorrow, 
I'm practicing. 
So are we. 



Houston Flight 
Houston Flight 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap C'.'m 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 



Cooper 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 



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jr,c-V,"coll t^aJp 0012 

Houston Flight 
Houston Flight 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii' Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 



Looks real good. Flight. 
Roger . 

Hawaii, ask h;-. at which direction he is pointins in at 
the minute . 

Which direction are you pointing in at the moment? 
We are pointed about 30 degrees nose up, about 3.0. 
degrees yaw right . 
Copy Flight. 

Roger. Ask him if he has any rates. 
Do you have any rates? 

They are relatively low right now. We just put the 
timer to just gently start her back down so that 
we are already pitched down by the time we hit 
Florida. 

Roger. He's got the radar up. Flight. 
Roger. I want you to give us an LOS main. 
Roger . 
A and B. 

We are coming up on LOS minus 1 minute. 
Roger. iSemini Vj standing by. 
C-band LOS. Telemetry LOS. Ac-aid LOS. 
Gemini Control here, '-^c are about half way across the State 
side pass, with the spacecraft directly over Texas. We have established 

already in. the early part of the pasc that the hydrogen, fuel cell 
hydrogen, has stopped venting. It has stopped venting and we noted a 
pressure drop on that tank from it had been running about 3^9 to 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad, 

Hawaii Cap Com 



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Tape 396; Page 3 



350 pounds, it dropped to S^h. A very encoijjraging sign. We expect 
some conversation momentarily "cet'veen Jim McDivitt and the spacecraft. 
^Let's tune in there and find out. vhat is going on. 
Houston Cap Com Roger. It looks like we finally got it stopped. 
Cooper Pete finallj^ hit c^ne after a few tries. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston here. ^ver. 
Houston Cap Com Gemini Vj Houston standing by. 
Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston. 
Cooper • Go ahead Houston. Gemini V. 

Houston Cap Com Roger, we're standing by. How are you drifting? Are 

you drifting in the right direction? 
Cooper We are pitch down and in pretty good shape. We 

are yaw just slightly off the to the left. We're 

in pretty fair shape I believe. 
Houston Cap Com Very good, very good. 

Gemini Control here. One of our auieter passes. As the mission has 
progressed, think we have noted less and less conversation with each 
pass. I think that is true of all stations. We will be performing a 
radar check over the which point they should be at in about 

30 seconds. We will star-. ,:y for anything additional. 
Conrad .. rang-:. lot reading right in 69 yet. 

Houston Cap Com Okay, ke^ _ j-s -f'^^-ised at what happens. 
Conrad Okay, I'm going to go to catchup once, q.uicky. 

Houston Cap Com Roger > 



lb. 4. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 396, Page k 

Conrad It is still not reading right. Going to standby. 

Houston Cap Com Okay. 

Conrad It is still not reading right. 

Houston Cap Com Okay. 

Conrad Okay. We're well past the Cape and we went past the 

Cape on look angle and we just broke lock. 
Houston Cap Com Roger, just broke lock. 

Conrad Roger, we never did get the proper range indication. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. 

Conrad We are going to turn the radar- off at this time. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. We'd also like to have you bring the platform 

back up now, Gemini V. 
Conrad Okay, platform has gone to cage. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, looks right now that we are never going to 

be able to spare the fuel to aline the platform while 
we are doing this, so if you ever pass through 000 and 
you'd like to go ahead and uncage it, go aiiead. 

Cooper '^eah, we would try to get some simple ones in. 

Houston Cap Com I sort of figured you would. Gemini V, do you think 

you will be able to do this selected drifting and do 
any goo.-.? ever Laredo? 

Conrad Yeah, wit une cost of a couple bleeps of fuel, why, 

it didn'-o us too much. We came pretty well across 

the country with the nose down that time. 

Houston Cap Com Okay, very good. So the next pass will be over Laredo 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



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and we would like to have you use this sort of techJiiG.ue 
to see vrhat you can do vfith the visual aquity target. 

Conrad It's okay for that, it is impossible for D-6. They 

have been ab^. .g for the Que star Kode and you have to 
absolutely track. 

I know that; Pete, and I have already talked to all of 
them about that. It's not for -- I think there is 
probably one chance in a miillion you might get a picture. 
Yeah, that's my feelings. 

We would be more than happy if you just see the targets 
at Laredo, and I think that would be a pretty successful 
day. 

Conrad Okay. 

Gemxini Control here- 

Houston Cap Com ... a few minutes here before we lose you. We don't 

have anymore information. We'll just stand by. 

Conrad Okay, we'll try and get a look at Betsy and get the 

S-7 photograph. We got 6 fairly good S-5 photographs 
across East Africa. Now the time that they gave us 
for the S-5 was for East Africa and the Mode was for 
Mexic ;::;.d I presume it was East Africa that he 
wanted . 

Houston Cap Com Rog. 1. " ;-re any information that we could furnish 

you, thar- you thinA would be of use to you? 

Conrad No. We have a couple of ideas about alining the 

TDlatform tommorrow and namely, we didn't know 



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whether to try out the RCS and put one ring cn the line 
and close off all the circuit breakers to yaw left and 
use it direct or expend fuel out of 7 and 8 which are 
not "burning bu": are giving some thinist and use it to 
aline . 

Houston Cap Com Roger. We are working. on that right now. Can you see 

the weather right below you right at this time? 

Conrad Yes sir. It is a nice round circular storm with a 

bunch of Cu clouds in it. 

Houston Cap Com Okay. 

Conrad It is circular but it really doesn't have a defined 

center as such? but it is open in the center with a 
couple of really large thunderstorms. 

Houston Cap Com Okay. 

Conrad And it is 300 or UOO miles across. 

Houston Cap Cora Okay, we know what storm that is. 
Conrad Say again? 

Houston Cap Com I say, we know which storm that is. • 

Houston Cap Com We were a little more interested, Pete, in the weather 

that was behind you there over 122-1? 
Conrad Loud ar:d clear. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. 

Conrad It looked j.ike it was all scattered all the way. 

Houston Cap Com Okay, the thinking right now is that we will arm both 

the RCS rings and then use one of the rings to do the 
platform alinement. You might think about that for 
awhile . 



MISSIOJj GO:AfKKTAHY TRAjMSCHIPT Tape 396, Pace ? 

Conrad Well, why not start out vrith the -- we'll try the OAI'-'S 

asid if we can get Iz alined with that ^ we're just that 
mch fatter, if not we use the RCS. 

?Iouston Cap Com Okay. We are working up a good sound set of procedures, 

right now for all the things — all the contingencies 
that we might have and we will relay them to you later 
on in the day and have you take a look at them and see 
what you think. 

Conrad Okay. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston. 

Cooper Go ahead Houston. 

Houston Cap Com We have a medical data pass on the Pilot at Carnarvon 

next time and the AOS is 15 17 50. 
Cooper Good. 

Gemini Control here. I think we are out of communications range. 
That pass from the spacecraft well south of Antigua now between Ascension 
and Tananarive,. The Pilots will take on a if can hasis some more 
synoptic weather photography and over Carnarvon there will be a medical 
data pass on Pete Conrad. This is Gemini Control out. 

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Goir.ir.i Control here; our elapsed time, l68 hours, 52 minutes, and our 
time-to-retro-command clock shows 23 hours, 10 minutes. During that 
last pass across the Cape, the spacecraft did achieve a radar lock with 
the L-bank signal from the Cape, and Cape locked up on the spacecraft. 
A few minutes later Jim McDivitt had a hrief chat with the spacecraft as 
it went over Ascension. The conversation went like this. 
Houston Cap Com Gemini 5, Gemini 5, Houston. Over. 

Cooper Houston, Gemini 5 here. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini 5? Houston. We're interested in what kind 

of accelerations you're getting out of your space- 
craft now that the hydrogen is not venting, so 
we'd like to see if the rates build up at all with- 
out any thruster activity. We'd like to have you 
do this for long enough so that you can see if 
there is any significant increase, and would you 
sort of keep this in mind so that you can inform 
us the next time you talk to us? 

Cooper OK. I've got a question for you. 

Houston Cap Com Shoot. 

Cooper Any reason why we are using the secondary coolant 

pump A rather than B? 
Houston Cap Com It's about six tenths of an amp more efficient than 

the other pump. 
Cooper Garbled 

Houston Cap Com There's a little piece of information for you. 



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We've got about 3 or 4 more minutes here, but we 
don't have any other information. We'll just 
Stand by. 

Cooper Check. 

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MISSION COMMENTAEY TRMSCRIPT Tape 398, Page 1 

Gemini Control, Houston here; 169 hours, 2 minutes into the flight, with 
the spacecraft out on the southern tip of Africa. About 20 minutes from 
now, when we're over CaJiarvon, Pett Conrad will go through a medical 
data pass. About 20 minutes later, between Hawaii and California, there 
is some photography planned if the spacecraft is pointed in the right 
direction. Later, over Texas, on the upcoming swing, we will try to 
acquire those eye charts again about hO miles north of Laredo. They 
were observed very quickly on the last pass, and we are hopeful that 
the pilots will be able to see them again today. This is Gemini Control 
at Houston. 
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This is Gemini Control, Houston; 169 hours, 31 minutes into the flight, 
and we're in the 107th revolution. During the recent Cajiarvon pass, 
Pete Conrad reported he'd drunk a total of 32 pounds, 10 ounces of water, 
and he was in the process of eating meal 5 Alpha. Meal 5 Alpha consists 
of grapefruit drink, chicken bites, corn chowder, peaches, and brownies, 
8 in number; total calorie intake of 932 calories. Also dviring the past, 
of some significance, is the fact that Pete reported the hydrogen venting, 
the stoppage of the hydrogen venting which stopped venting about, oh, 
during the last revolution. The spacecraft now is experiencing very, 
very slow rates, on the order of only one quarter of a degree per second 
in pitch, and very little in the other axes. The fuel cell hydrogen 
pressure is presently reading 3U0 pounds, and is not venting. We have 
the Canarvon tape, and we'll play it for you now* 

Canarvon Cap Com Gemini 5, Canarvon. We have a valid oral temp. 

Stand by for Surgeon. 
Canarvon Surgeon Gemini 5> Canarvon Surgeon. We observe your cuff 



is 



Cuff is full Bcide. 



We have your 



other blood pressure. Wotild you give us a mark 



when you begin your exercise? 



Conrad 



Roger . 



Mark. 



Canarvon Surgeon 



Cuff is full scale, Roger, Gemini. We have a 



valid blood pressure. Would you update us on 



your water status, please? 



Conrad 



Had 10 ounces. 



Canarvon Surgeon 



Say again, Gemini. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 399, Page 2.._. 

Conrad Roger — 10 ounces. 

Canarvon Surgeon Say again pounds. 

Conrad 32. 

Canarvon Surgeon Roger, we've got it. Just a second, Gemini, Surgeon 

out. 

Conrad l ate meal 5 Alpha. 

Canarvon Surgeon OK, 5 Alpha,' 

Conrad That's affirmative. 

Canarvon Surgeon Thank you, Surgeon out. 

Canarvon Cap Com Gemini 5, Canarvon Cap Com. Woxild you turn your 

bio-raed recorder number 2 on and leave it on for 
duration of mission. 

Conrad Bio-med recorder number 2 is back on. 

Canarvon Cap Com Flight would like to know if you've got any rates 

switch you can give us 

Conrad They are very, very low. Looks like we don't have 

anything in roll and maybe a quarter degree or less 
in yaw, and about the same in pitch. Very slow 
drift rate. 

Canarvon Cap Com Roger TM off. The flight wants you to be 

advised they are standing by for the Laredo test 
on this pass. 

Conrad Roger, the radio test. , 

Canarvon Cap Com The radar test. 

Conrad Laredo, roger. What's the weather guess give down 

there for tomorrow for the Canaxvon site? 



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Canarvon Cap Com We don't know the weather as yet. for the SAD 13- 

Is that what you are referring to? 
Conrad Affirmed. 

Canarvon Cap Com It's still overcast at this time. They think it 

might clear. 
Conrad Roger. 
Canarvon Cap Com LOS. Standing by. 

Conrad ' Gemini 5> right here, standing by and see you 

tomorrow. 

Canarvon Cap Com Roger. That's must be a pretty good map you've got. 

Conrad Did you say nap? 

Canarvon Cap Com I say map, Yovor orbital map. 

Conrad Why is that? 

Canarvon Cap Com How did you know it was our last pass? 

Conrad Oh, well yeah. We keep the map up to date. 

Canarvon Cap Com Right. 

Conrad Actually, we've been so nominal on the orbit that 

we've been on the original flight plan from lift-off 
as far as stations go, and we slipped 2k minutes 
is all on the station passages. 

Canarvon Cap Cora Roger. 

Conrad That's not bad for 7 days. 

Canarvon Cap Com No, it isn't. 

Houston Cap Com All that was due to the maneuvering we did. 

Canarvon Cap Com Flight says all that was due to the maneuvers we did 

Conrad That's affirmative. 



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Canarvon Cap Com We've had C-band LOS. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. 

Canarvon Cap Com Still on the beacon. Ac-aid LOS. Flight, did 

you copy about the rates? 
Houston Cap Com Affirmative. We copied all. 

Caiaarvon Cap Com Roger. A point on that C-band adapter — we've got 

a message received earlier that C-band (interrupted) 

Houston Cap Com Roger. You got that from network. • 

Canarvon Cap Com I must have, yeah. The mission instruction message 

didn't include it, but we went ahead on the other. 

Houston Cap Com He's made his one mistake for the flight. 

Gemini Control, Houston here; I69 hours, Ul minutes into the mission. 
Within the last 15 minutes we have been in contact with the Lake Champlain, 
the Public Affairs Officer stationed out there, and he's given us a little 
run down on what's in store for the crew tomorrow when they board that 
ship. It goes like this: the first few hours will be reserved for medical 
checks. Starting with the command pilot, the first thing that he will do 
is undergo a series of X-rays of the chest and the heel bone, followed by 
a blood chemistry work up, checking the plasma volume, the red cell mass, 
to be followed by some EKG readings. While Gordon Cooper is undergoing 
those tests, Pete Conrad will be on the tilt table getting his number 1 
tilt. Then the next hour Gordon Cooper is to get an eye exam, to be 
followed by a tilt, his number 1 tilt. Meanwhile, Pete Conrad will get 
the same sort of checks that Gordo got during that first hour. The next 
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by a n"euro-psychiatric test, which will include a thorough examination 
of the nervous system, paying particular attention to the motor responses. 
Pete then will pick up that part of 't during that side of the hour. That 
will be followed by an internal medical check on both. So the overall 
schedule shapes up something like this. They are reserving about an 
hour to an hour and a quarter for recovery exercises themselves. Then 
they block out about 6 hours for the medical check. They are allowing 
a half an 'hour for clean up and shave for both pilots. Then there'll 
be a half hour set aside for visiting the spacecraft, which by then will 
be on the hangar deck. That evening they will have dinner in the general 
mess with the enlisted men, to be followed by adessertin the Award Room 
in the Lake Ghamplain with the officers. After dinner there'll be more 
tilts amd some additional medical checks, fairly brief. Then they plan 
to be in bed by 10 p.m. tomorrow night. They'll be up early the next 
morning about 5:30 a.m. and if all the plans hold for it now, they will 
be leaving the carrier about 7:30 a.m. All the times I gave you were 
local carrier tiTies. This is Gemini Control at Houston. 
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Gemini Control Houston here, 169 hoiirs 5I minutes into the flight. 
In the just completed Hawaii pass , the crew was instructed to look for 
that pencil sHaped shaft of light out over VCtiite Sands, The Lasser 
experiment is up and we will attempt to acquire that visually. During 
the pass J we will aJLso, the crew will also be looking for the eye charts 
north of Laxedo. Here is the Hawaii conversation. 
Hawaii Cap Com Gemini V, this is Hawaii Cap Com. 

Hello Hawaii Cap Com. Gemini V here. Go ahead. 
Roger , we hold you green on the ground . 
Our status is green here. 

Roger. I have a flight plan update when you are ready 
to copy. 
Ready to copy. 

Roger. Map I5 31 24, longitude lUO.Y east, rev 10?. 
Roger on the map. 

Star, 15 31 2k, 23 hours 29 minutes. 
Roger on the star. 

Okay, Gemini V, we have a little information for you 
here. The Laeser beam is going to be up at White 
Sands, they are going to be ready for that. They are 
set up for Laxedo and Flight would like to have 
a UHF 6 during the pass over the States. 
Okay, very good. 

Gemini V, we have nothing further. We are standing by. 
Roger, Gemini V standing by. 



Cooper* 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Ccan 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 



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Hawaii Cap Com Are you still looking We have all our out 

but they are not back yet. 
Houston Flight Rog. We have it. 
Hawaii Cap Com Roger. 

Gemini Control here. Jim McDivitt has Just put out his first call 
for the spacecraft remoting through California. Let's come up on that 
conversation live. < 

Houston Cap Com .... Laredo is very good. Be advised that they will 

have h smoke pots there today. There will be one on 
the northwest corner, and 2 on the northeast corner, 
and then another one about three-quarters of the way 
between the northwest and the northeast corner so that 
you should have a nice line across the northern border 
of the acquisition target. Be advised that the wind 
is blowing from the South-Southeast so that the smoke 
should be blowing away from the targets and we hope 
they provide adequate visibility for early acquisition. 
Cooper Okay. 

Houston Cap Com We'd also like to inform you that the laser will be on 

at White Sands, but it has no priority compared to the 
Laredo pass, we are mostly interested in Laredo pass. 

Cooper All righty. 

Houston Cap Com We would also like to have you bring your C-band adapter 

beacon up now. We would like for you to place the switch 

to Continuous. 



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Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston. ¥e would also like to advise you that 
we will be updating and reloading your TR over Texas. 
We would like to get a bias check on your TR so you will 
get some DCS lights. 

Cooper Okay, fine. 

Gemini Control here. Very little conversation here. We are assuming' 

that the Pilots are looking for that Laser out near White Sands, they 

are coming up right over the White Sands area right now. We will stand 

by here. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, are you drifting around in the proper direction 

here . 

Cooper Gemini V, affirmative. 

Houston Cap Com Very good. When you have completed the SAD-13 pass, 

give us a call. We have some other information for 
you. 

Cooper Okay. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, we would like to have you place your C-band 

adapter switch to command at this time. 
Conrad Gemini V, go ahead. 

Houston Cap Com Roger, this is Houston. We would like to have you 

place your C-band adapter switch to command. 
Conrad We did. It was somebody else calling us. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. 

Cooper ¥e have White Sands in sight. I'm looking at it as we 

go by. 

Houston Cap Com Roger, you see White Sands. Do you see the Laser? 



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Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Cora 
5 KASA 902 
Conrad 
Conrad' 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
5 MSA 902 
Conrad 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
5 NASA 902 
Conrad 



I see the sled track. I g-aess that is still at Whi~e 
Sands . 
Roger . 

I don't see any light: at all. 
Okay. 

5 NASA 902, do you read? 

Hello NASA 902, Gemini V reads you weak hut clear. 
We have Laredo in sight; you can see the smoke from 
it very clear . 

Okay, the -- does the smoke outline the northern boundary 
for you, does it help with yoiir orientation of which - 
direction the target is from? 

Yeah, I can't see the targets yet because of the sun 

angle . 

Okay. 

In fact, I miglit not be able to see them at all, Gordo 
will probably be able to see them because we are not 
cleared out of the left yaw. 
Okay. 

Gemini V. you read NASA Jet 902? 
Roger 90^: ; LT i-mini V reads you. 
I have tl - _-gets in sight. 
Roger . 

Hello Gemini V. Do yc - read NASA Jet 902? 

Okay Houston. G-emini V. We got a k and a 1 on the first 

row, and zhen we lost track because of yaw. 



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Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



Okay, you got a k and a 1. Were those the first one and 
the second one, or were they some other ones in that 
first row? 

The first and the second. 

Okay. Very good. 

NASA 902, Gemini V. Do you read? 

Gemini V, Houston. We are all set to send up the TR 
time . 
Roger . 

Could you look at your stowage for reentry and sort of 
give us a quick appraisal of what you plan on doing, 
if you plan on doing something different than your 
preflight plan stowage? 

The only thing different that we may do is, that we may 
have to have one or two food bags in the foot well. The 
thing — we will have the two alpha bags with a food 
bag each wrapped in them in the right foot well. And 
I believe that we will make it into the proper place 
with just about everything else . 

Okay fine. If you have any real drastic changes, let 
us know as soon as you can so we can figure it into 
the CG. 

Okay, I don't really think so Jim. We are in pretty 
good shape and we are going to work on that this 
afternoon. 



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Houston Cap Gcan 
Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Houston Cap Ccm 

Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 

Conrad 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Conraxi 

Houston Cap Com 



Okay, very good. 

There is one change. We'll take the little b.it of gear 
that was in the wing boxes out and carry it on our 
person and use that as extra storage area for food 
bags . 

Okay, very good. 

Gemini V, Houston a^ain. We'd like to remind you to 
purge the fuel cells before you power down. • 
Roger. We are still planning on powering down 
16 20 00. 

Roger, and we'd also like to have you read out your 
propellant quantity gauge to us at this time. 
Okay, stand by. 

The propellant quantity reads about 7 percent. 
Roger, 7 percent. We want to do some radar tracking 
with Pretoria on this pass and we would like to have 
you tum your C-band adapter beacon on and off at 
these times. Are you ready to copy? 
Roger . 

Okay, we want you to go to Continuous at 07 l6 31 00 j 
we want you to go back to Command at 07 l6 k2 00. 
Roger, I copied. 07 l6 31.00 Continuous, 07 l6 k2 00 
Command. 

Roger. Be advised also that we would like to run another 
HF test out of the Eastern Test Range antennas, so after 



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Conrad 



Houstop Cap Com 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



we have completed the State side pass, we'd like to 
have you go to HF and we will start the music up again 
and we'd like + see if we can compare today's results 
with yesterdays. We thought that that was about the 
best HF test we have done so far. 

I think you are right, and we'll mark the time down 
that we lose the signal. 

Okay, we are going to be going over the Canaveral 
antenna and then we are going to shift down to the 
Antigua antenna and then we are going to leave it at 
Antigua until you lose it. 

Okay. We'll give you a call at either the RKV or 
CSQ tonight after we get the stowage all done. 
Okay, very good. 

We are going to take a little nap and then go to work 
on it. 

Okay, and we are allowing you between 3^ and k hours 

for your stowage tomorrow prior to retrofire. 

We are going to have all the hard articles stowed, the 

only 

Gemini v Houston. 
Go ahead 

Okay, yow at out. You said you were going to have all 
the hard articles stowed before then, is that right? 



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Conrad We are going to give it a try. 

Houston Cap Com Okay, very good. Would you put your cryogenic gauging 

switch to off, please. 
Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houfi :n again. 
Conrad Go ahead. 



Houston Cap Com We definitely want you to be in UHF over the CSQ. Do 

you have the acq.uisition time there? 
Conrad Would you please give it to us. 

Houston Cap Com Right. The acquisition time there will be 07 17 02 k2 , 
Conrad Okay. 



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Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston. We have about another k minutes 

here. We'll just staxid. by in case you have anything. 

Cooper Okay, it sure _ - a pretty day do-wn over the Caribbean 

today. 

Houston Cap Com Say, would you like to describe some of the colors of 

the water down there . Do you see any shelves that go 

from green to blue or anything. 
Cooper- I'll say. There is a real brilliant green and a bright, 

bright blue. We came over Cuba, South America is 

again fairly cloudy. 
Houston Cap Com Roger. Can you see any real sharp breaks in the color 

down below the water? 

Yeah, very clearly. We are coming in over South America 



Coope:: 



now. 



Houston Cap Com Roger. Can you see the storm out there at all? 
Cooper Yeah, Just out to our left. 

Houston Cap Com The name of that is Betsy in case you haven't been 

told about it . 

Gemini Control here. We are standing by here for the resumption of 
another HP test, in which nrasic will be played. You heard the pilots say 
they would log how far fro:,, oae Cape and the Eastern Test Range antennas 
bhey can read the HP signal. Over Texas, Pete Conrad reported he saw 
2 SGuares, he read a h and a 1. The one reference indicates a vertical 

line up north and south through the center of the square, and the number 



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h reading indicates a slant line beginning in the upper left of the 
square and running to the lower right. We are checking with our 
experimenters staff's port roo;r. o sea if those were read accurately. 
Wow there goes the music and we will all have a listen. (Music starts) 



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Gemini Control here; I7I hours and 27 minutes into the flight. Some 6 min- 
utes ago, 7 minutes ago the Gemini 5 spacecreift, while in contact with 
the Hawaii station, logged its 3 mil ' lent h mile. The time on that was 
171 hours and 20 minutes. The network controller, Ernest Randall, this 
morning has "been in contact with Navy officials on the west coast, and 
we are attempting to ctrrajige some sort of a patch with the sea lab, the 
divers, including Scott Carpenter, who went down yesterday off the coast 
of La Jolla. We don't know whether we're going to be successfiil or not 
today. We're talking in terms of making an attempt ,;and in about 3 hours 
from now we may remote the signal through Hawaii if the passes are not 
coming too close to the coast, as they won't 3 hours from now. Again, 
we axe not certain we can undertake the sea lab pass today, but we are 
making an attempt right now to make a line arrangement to do it. We 
have the tape from Hawaii for you and we'll play it for you at this time. 
Hawaii Cap Com Turn your quajitity read switch to fuel cell E^' 

Conrad ■ Roger. 

Plawaii Cap Com And leave it there for Guaymas. 

Conrad OK. 

Hawaii Cap Com Now we've got a medical data pass scheduled on the 

command pilot. Is he asleep, or is he about to go 

to sleerj? 

Conrad Yeah, he ' f asleep. Do you want him? 

Hawaii Cap Com No, we don't want you to wake him up. We'll scrub 

that data pass if he's sleeping. 
Conrad YeaJi, he's asleep. 



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Hawaii Cap Cora 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 



Conrad 

Hav^aii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 



Hawaii Cap Com 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 



I've got an update for you if you are ready to copy. 
Ready to copy. 

MSG 1172000. . 've already passed it by, Pete. 
Place your ECS central circuit breaker to open 
and hold it momentarily. 
Do what? 

Turn the ES central circuit breaker to open and 
hold it momentarily. 

OK. OK, it's open. Do you want it closed? 

Roger. Close it. 

OK, it's closed. How's that? 

That's OK. 

You just want one orbit on that, don't you? 

Roger, that was on this rev. It was on this rev, Pete. 

OK. I've got something for you to copy. 

Go ahead. 

OK, we lost HE at O71627OO. 
Roger . 

And I'll give you Gordo's, he ate a meal, 5 Alpha, 

at 071" '0. 

Roger. 

And his t ,r.f,l water is 31 pounds, excuse me, 32 pounds, 
8 ounces. 

Roger. 

Houston flight, Hawaii Cap Com. 



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Hawaii Cap Com . 



Houston Cap Com 



Houston Cap Com 



Hawaii Cap Com 

Houston Cap Com 
EKD OF TAPE 



Go ahead. 

OK, it's ... on this message of instruction. What 
was the purpos- of this ECS central circuit breaker, 
to open? 

I asked the same question, and all I know is that's 
what they wanted done. 



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I missed the time on it. I thought that was for 
the next rev. I got this thing in kind of late. 
That's OK. Hawaii, would you get us an onboard 
hydrogen read out, and give us yovx read out of the 
battery temperature, BFOl. 

Roger. Coiild you give us fuel cell hydrogen read 
•out, please? We've had LOS, flight. 
Roger . 



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Gemini Control Houston here, 171 ho-ars minutes into the flight. 
We have just completed a rather long swing down the West Coast of North 
America and we have some 11 minutes of conversation to play for you. 
One or two other items during the pass, our Guidance and Navigation 
Controller reported that his gauges showed a little more than 6 pounds 
of fuel remaining onboard. A little more than 6. No new difficulties 
were reported in the thrusters or no difficulties in maintaining attitudes. 
Of course, that problem was vastly simplified several revs ago when the 
hydrogen in the fuel cell, hydrogen stopped venting. On another matter 
as to the prime recovery vessel, the Lake Champ lain is still out in the 
area of -- just a little bit north of the 107 pickup point. We expect 
it may be 2 to 3 hours from now before any firm decision is made dis- 
patching that ship either to the north or to the south. To the north 
of course, would be the 121 recovery area, to the south it is the 122 
recovery area. The best estimate right now is sometime around 3:00 o'clock 
a decision would be made and the ship would *be advised. We have the tape 
now of the State side pass and we will play it for you now. 
Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston. 
Cooper Go ahead, Houston. 

Houston Cap Com On that last pass over the States it looked like you 
might have tried to start up your thrusters numbers 7 
and 8 from the TM data. If you did, we'd like to know 
how they work? 

Conrad Same. Same. 



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Houston Cap Com Okay, got you. The Flight Surgeon would like to talk 
to you for a minute here and then we will release you 
to Guaymas and they will finish up the pass. 
Houston Siirgeon Hello, Pete. I'd like to check with you a ininute about 
this stowage that you are going to do this afternoon. 
Would you be sure and cheek on that reprogramer and make 
sure you have that out some place where you can get ahold 
of it rapidly on the water when you are planning your 
stowage. Secondly, we will -- I will talk with you 
tomorrow morning and give you a briefing on how we are 
going to get the BP's and we are checking that out down 
here now, how we will do them during the retrofire and 
the landing sequence. I'd like for you and Gordo to 
both be thinking about -- we will have to do some 
discussing about whether we do want you to, or whether 
you feel there is any need to use any of the item B, 
so you might consider that between now and tomorrow 
and depending on how things go with sleep the rest of 
the time . Do you know of anything that ' s really been 
bothering Gordo with trying to get sleep, like last 
night? 

Conrad No. We were just busy, that's all. 

Houston Surgeon Okay. Pete, your water intake has been down some to 

both of you. We are not concerned about it or anything, 
but it has gone down some from what you have been doing 
the rest of the flight. It has gone down some in the 
last 2k hours and you both might watch that some, too. 



Houston Surgeon 



Conrad 



Houston Surgeon 



Conrad 

Houston S\irgeon 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Guaymas Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Guaymas Cap Com 



Okay. Things have been running fairly cool in here 
and as you noticed, we have actually heated the suit 
loop up, and I think that -- we discussed that also 
and I think that is the reason. 

Rog. I think so. And I think you still soxind like 
you are pretty well plugged up. Do you feel that you 
are up there . 

No, no. It's just that 100 percent pure oxygen, that's 
all. 

Okay, listen, there is another one you can consider, 
you and Gordo both between now and entry, if you both 
feel that you are pretty plugged up, you ought to con- 
sider this business about item E for the stuffiness 
and we can look at it later this afternoon or this 
evening and check again. 
Okay . 

Very good. Everything looks good down here, Pete, as 
far as your data. All of the sensors are still working 
very well. The data is as clean as It was at prelaunch, 
it looks real beautiful, your rates and things are leveling 
out pretty well and we have no concern from the medical 
point of view down here. 
Okay, we feel real fine. 
Guaymas , Houston Flight . 
Go ahead. 

Tell him to leave that section 2 on for the rest of the 
flight . 
Roger . 



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Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

C-uaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 



Guaymas 
Conrad 
Guaymas 
Houston 
Houston 
Guaymas 
Guaymas 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 

Houston Flight 



Cap Com 

Cap Com 
Flight 
Flight 
Cap Com 
Cap Com 



Gemini V, Guaymas Cap Com. 

Hello there Guaymas, this is Gemini V. 

You are looking pretty good down here. How are you doing. 
We are go up here, Gemini V- 

Okay, we decided to leave the section two on for the 
remainder of the flight. 
Okay, very good. 
Roger . 

Flight, do you want to leave them in fuel cell q.uantity 

Until you get a readout. at Texas. 

Okay. 

Hey Guaymas, would you tell Houston that we didn't come 

close enough to Betsy to get an S-7 run. It moved quite 

a bit east of our track. 

Wot close enough to where? , 

It had moved east of our track. 

Okay, I understand. Flight did you get that.' 

Roger . 

Guaymas, you can have him turn the hydrogen switch off. 
Roger . 

Okay, turn your quantity read switch off at this time. 
Roger . 

Okay, we copied. 

What did you read there Guaymas? 



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Houston Flight 
C-uaymas Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Houston Flight 



Roger J that ' s what we got . 

Quite a difference in that TM, Flight, now that we are 
not tumoling. 
Roger . 

Ask him what his rates are now? 



Guaymas Cap Com What kind of rates are you having there now? 



Corirad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 



Very, very, very low. 

It sure does help on the telemetry. Real Good. 
You said what? 

It really has given us much better telemetry. 
Oh yeah, we are hardly moving at all now that the 
hydrogen has stopped venting. 
Guaymas Cap Com Guaymas has LOS . 
Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Houston. 
Conrad Go ahead Houston. 

Houston Cap Com Pete we are looking at the preparation for retrofire 

for tomorrow and it looks like the most straight- 
foward way is to arm the RCS and have you do the plat- 
form alinement in RCS, and unless you have some objection 
to that ■11 go ahead and sort of plan on that as 
far as th^j trccedure down here. 
No, we cc. ; ; ■ to tnat . 

Okay, very good. We'll look into it and try and get a 
time on it. Looks like it really won't make much dif- 
ference from TR minus 30 on dovm and we'll just do a 
few Lhings from TR minus 2 hours down to TR minus 30. 
;onrad Okay, TR minus 30 is over Carnarvon, or past Carnarvon? 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 



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Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



Houston. Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston" Cap Com 



Conr ad 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 



I'm not s'ure of ^hat . 

Just a second -- it's over Carnarvon. Did you get that, 
it is over Carnarvon at TR minus 30- 
Yeah, I got that. 
Okay. 

That's the only thing I can see is when we go through 
the power up checkoff list after the platform waxms up 
we go ahead and arm the RCS early, that's all. 
That's right. 

Otherwise, it ought to oe about the same. 

That's right. That's why I say there are very few 

things that are definite. ¥e are just trying to 

line it all up here to make sure, if there are any 

differences, we'll let you know about it. 

Okay. 

We were planning on just telling you a little summary 
of what we had here and we are going to figure it all 
out, and we shouldn't have any changes at all, except 
for that one little thing we have already mentioned. 

Okay. '1 : . by my calculations, ought to be somewhere 

around Ofc 15 or so. 

Rog. I ti-_. ; v/e've got you over Carnarvon at 08 13 33 00- 
Is that what you are talking ahout? Are we still talking 
to you. 



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Tape li03. Page 



Back to Gemini Control. In the discussion between Pete Conrad an 
and Dr. Berry, you heard reference to item B, item B or Bravo is a 
dexedi-^ne preparation and another reference to item E, as in Eddie, 
i^em E is a nasal decongestant. A nasal decongestant which might be 
needed as the 100 percent oxygen atmosphere seems to have a drying 
effect on the nasal passages. 



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MISSIOIJ COl'MEKTARY TRAJ^SCRIPT Tape hOk, Page 1 

Gemini Control, Houston herej 172 hours, 32 minutes into the mission. 
The CSQ has just been in conversation with the flight director here. 
They are standing by eind should acc .ire in a very few minutes. They 
are due to acquire at 35 minutes after the ho\ir. We also have in front 
of us a large map the retro officers provided which spaces out the 
flight paths of orbits 121 and 122 tomorrow morning, excuse me revolutions. 
If we land in the 121-1 area, which is a spot about half way between the 
Cape and Bermuda, the spacecraft would come over the west coast of 
Mexico, start across the States at 6:37 Central Standard Time. At 
6:39 it would be roughly over El Paso; at 6:hl it would be between 
Abilene and Port Worth; at 6:^+3 it would be a very few miles east of 
Jackson, Mississippi; at 6:kk it would be almost precisely over Columbus, 
Georgia; at 6:i+5, just a few miles east of Savannah, Georgia, with an 
impact at 6:55 a.m. On the next rev, 122-1 landing area, we would begin 
to cross the California coast at 8:11 a.m.; at 8:13 we would be Just 
west of the town of Denning, New Mexico; we would proceed, at 8:ll+ we 
would be slight .y east of El Paso; at 8:15 almost over San Angelo, Texas; 
a minute later the spacecraft would be just to the east of Bryan; then 
Ivew Orleajas at 8:17; at 8:l8 it would be half way across the arm of 
the Gulf of Mexico between "lorida and New Orleeuis; at 8:19 it would 
be over St. Petersburg, and wi+h an impact time of 8:30, impacting at 
72 degrees west longitude, 23^ a ;grees north. This is Gemini Control. 
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Tape 1+05, Page 1 



Cooper 

CSQ Cap Com 



Gemini Control Houston here, 172 hours kG minutes into the flight. 
We have just made a pass over the Coastal Sentry Qaebec and that signal, 
a very clean one, relayed back to the States by a Syncom is ready for 
you now. It is about a k minute conversation. Some 5 minutes from now, 
the spacecraft will swing north of Hawaii and we are due for a medical 
data check there from the Command Pilot . Let ' s find out now what went 
on over the CSQ. 

CSQ Cap Com Gemini V, CSQ Cap Com. 

Hello CSQ, Gemini V here. 

Roger . We have you go on the groiind and be advised 
that the Commaxid Pilot has a medical data pass at 
Hawaii, acquisition tme I8 11. Do you copy? 
Roger 18 5^+ 11 medical pass, and who is that for? 
That is for the Command Pilot. I also have a flight 
plan update when you are ready to copy. 
Could you wait a second. Go ahead. 

Roger, D-?, sequence k26 , it is to be done when 

both crew members are awake. Do it in drifting flight 
and use the recorder. The D-6 experiment, expend re- 
maining film on features of opportunity. Do you copy? 



Cooper 

CSQ Cap Com 

Cooper 

CSQ Cap Com 



Cooper 

CSQ Cap Com 

Cooper 



I^oger . 

CSQ has nothing further this pass. We are standing by. 
Okay, fine, Gemini V here. 



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Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 



CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 
CSQ Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Flight 



CSQ, Gemini V. 
CSQ, go ahead. 

Roger. We were supposed to do MSC-1 at 1? 20 00 and 
we were doing something and the time got by us , and 
could you check with Houston the experiments please 
to give us another time today to do it? 
We'll check on that, MSC-1 is that affirmed. 
We'll check on that. 
Roger . Copy. 

Gemini V, Houston is checking on a new time for that. 
Okay. 

We don't have your isronmiary yet, CSQ. 
CSQ, roger. 

We now have your summary. 
Roger. We sent them all again. 
Roger . 



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Tape hOo, Page 1 



;;ontrol here; 172 hours, 5^ minutes into the flight, and as we 
havo ooen talking Hawaii acquired. Let. ' s cut in on that conversation. 

he is going to be awalce. 



:on Oap Jem 



Hawaii Caij Com 



Conraa 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Surgeon 

Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 



.we are 



Roger, fli~ 



Gemini 5, Hawaii. We do not 



have a valid temperature. Gemini 5j Hawaii Cap 
Com. 

Go ahead, Hawaii. 

V?e do not have a valid temperature yet. 
It's comang. 

Roger. Flight, this is Hawaii. ... good. 

Gemini 5? Hawaii Surgeon. We have a valid blood 
pressure. Give us a mark when you begin exercise. 
Roger. 

Flight, we are copying duiTip. 
What did you say, Hawaii? 
We are copying d-ump. 



This is Gemini Control. That appears to be all the conversation 
Ave '11 have on this pass. This is Gemini Control out. 

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laSSiON CGl^nMIAKY TRAITSCPJPT Tape k07 , Page 1 

Gemini Control here; I73 hours, 2 minutes into the flight. We have just 
completed a m.edical data pass over Hawaii, and Gordon Cooper reported 
nis total water intake was now 3^4 p; :.ids. He said he finished his last 
meal about 3 hours ago. It was 5 Alpha. The Rose Knot Victor should 
raise the spacecraft in about 15 minutes, and the flight plan at this 
point is mostly all white space. They have just about wrapped up all 
their experiments. They have a few to do tomorrow morning before re- 
entry, but the flight plan itself is as barren as we've seen it. It 
just shows items like briefing period, pilot eat, command pilot eat, 
miedical data pass here and there, and that's about the extent of it, 
continuing in drifting flight. This is Gemini Control, Houston. . 
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Tape hOQ, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 173 hours ajid 32 minutes into our Gemini . 5 
mission. The spacecraft has Just beg'an its 110th revolution around the 
earth. At the present time it is o\ .r the south Atlantic off the east 
coast of South America. Here in the Mission Control Center we have had 
a change of shift, with the White Team of flight controllers taking over , 
from Chris Kraft and his Red Team. As Doctor Chaxles A. Berry, ouiv flight 
surgeon, left the Control Center, he advised us that the flight crew, 
Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad, are still in excellent physical condition, 
and that during our last voice communication with the crew over the RKV 
tracking ship, both were awake, and they did sound cheerful and in good 
spirits. We are now 173 hours and 32 minutes into our flight. Here is 
the taped voice communication between the Rose . Knot Victor tracking ship 
and spacecraft Gemini 5« 



RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKC Cap Com 



Conrad 



Gemini 5j RKV Cap Com. 
Go ahead, RKV. 

Roger. We would like for the pilot to be awake if 
possible over CSQ Hawaii on the 110th rev. 
OK. What's the acquisition? 

CSQ acquisition is at 2009, 2009. That's your 
up-corr rev. 
OK, I'l; up. 

And wha'. v.-. 'd like to do, we're going f or . . .thruster 
Check, and we wajat to give you the instructions on 
this rev over the CSQ in Hawaii to perform the test 
on the next rev over the CSQ in Hawaii. 
OK. 



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Tape I4O8, Page 2 



RM Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
RKV Cap Com 
Houston Cap. Com 



RICl'' Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 



Conrad 



RKV Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 



VJe have all your systems real good here on the 
ground. Everyihing looks fine. 
OK, we're go Uy here. 

Roger, We have nothing else for you. We '11. be 

standing 'by. 

OK. 

RKV, Houston Plight. 
Flight, RKV. 

Tell Pete he can go to sleep for the next rev and 

Gordo could take down the instructions, then Pete 

could be up for the pass over the CSQ in Hawaii 

for the actual test. 

Roger. Gemini 5, RKV Cap Com. 

Go aJiead. 

Flight advises that if you want to sleep for the 
next reVj you can go ahead and the command pilot can 
take down the instructions and then you can be awake 
to do the test. Most of the switches are on your 
side of the cockpit. That's the problem. 
Well, _ ''^.can, we're working on,... and a lot of 

things " ■ that We'll probably your way for 

the nex'c c." .role of rounds, 

Roger, understand. 



^ilSSIOII C0:v!MENTA5Y TRAAtSCRIPT Tape U09, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at Yjh hours and 2 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 5. At the present time our spacecraft is coming 
up over the Philippines on the 110th .evolution and will very shortly 
be over the Coastal Sentry Quebec., our tracking ship located in the 
Pacific south of Japan. Our flight status at this time is essentially 
unchanged; as it has been over the past 16 hours. The spacecraft is 
in drifting flight and the flight crew are in excellent physical condi- 
tion. This is Gemini Control; 17^ hours and 2 minutes into our mission. 
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viSSION COM-ffi^ITAHY TRAI>ISGHI?T Tape hlO , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 175 ho^^s and 32 minutes into "Che flight 
of spacecraft Gemini V. At the present time our spacecraft is -on its 
111 revolution over the earth and at the present time is passing over 
the Indian Ocean. Our last voice communications were made with space- 
craft Gemini V as it passed over the Coastal Sentry Quebec and over the 
Hawaiian tracking station shortly thereafter. This was approximately 
40 to U5 minutes ago. At that time. Flight Director, Eugene Kranz, 
passed on instructions to the spacecraft crew to have a procedfires check 
of thrusters 7 and 8 and a plan -co heat up the thruster chamber assembly 
through a series of switching maneuvers or switching of procedures in 
the spacecraft cockpit and this particular attempt to heat up the thrust 
chambers will take place as spacecraft Gemini V moves again over the 
Coastal Sentry Quebec tracking ship and we expect to get some information 
as to whether it was successful after the maneuver or switching procedure 
is completed. The spacecraft Gemini V also received a map update and 
some ir-structions on medical passes to be performed. This is Gemini 
Control at 175 hours and 33 minutes into the mission. We now bring 
you a voice transmission between spacecraft Gemini V and the Rose Knot 
Victor J our tracking ship off the West Coast of Peru. 
RIO/ Cap Com Gemrlni V, RIvV Gap Com. 

Cooper Go ahead. 

?.KV Car) Com Did you t.urr. Acq beacon circuit breaker off over us? 

Cooper Yes we did. We were late> I toiow. 

RIW Cap Com Okay. It was on when we got acquisition and it went 



MISSION C0r-5ME!TTASy ■TRAI'ISCRIPT Tape i;10, "'^age 2 

off during our pass, and we were wondering if you were 
conducting yo'ur MSG-1 or whaL happened? 

RKV Cap Com Roger ^ understand. I can ...(faded out) 

Turn your Commanding real time off. 



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MISSION COMMENTAEY TRANSCRIPT Tape hll, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 176 hours and 2 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5. Our spacecraft at the present time is on its 111th 
revolution around the earth and is approaching now the Hawaiian tracking 
station. in the Pacific Ocean. We had voice conversation with spacecraft 
Gemini 5 over the Coastal Sentry Qiuebec tracking ship a few minutes ago. 
At that time both members of our flight crew were awake and Pete Conrad 
did the talking. There was an attempted thruster check) and an attempt 
to fire the thrusters in sequence which was designed to try to unfreeze 
thrust ers 7 and 8. Pete Conrad reported that during sequence thruster 
firing, he built up some fairly high rates, and he would then have to 
damp them out. That conversation came just shortly before loss of sig- 
nal, and we did not get word on whether thrusters 7 and 8 did fire. 
At this time we expect to get further word as the spacecraft passes over 
the .'Hawaiian tracking station. Wfe are now I76 hours and 3 minutes into 
the flight of Gemini We will now play back the taped conversation 
between the Coastal' Sentry Quebec and Pete Conrad, aboard spacecraft 



Gemini 5 • ' '• 

Conrad CSQ, CSQ, Gemini 5. 

CSQ Cap Com ^ Gemini 5, CSQ. Read you loud and clear. We have 

you go on the ground. 
Conrad Garbled ...... . 

CSQ Cap Com Negative, all we got was a lot of noise on HF. 

Conrad ...build up some high rates, but we'll damp 

them out when we get through with them. 

CSQ Cap Com Roger. CSQ copy. Houston, CSQ. 

Houston Cap Com Go ahead. 



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CSQ Cap Com Did you copy that (interrupted by Conrad) 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com Go ahead and finish the tests ... .we '11 take up 

with you later. 
CSQ Cap Com Gemini 5, CSQ. Say again. 

Conrad Roger. Atomic control is holding at 23.1. 

CSQ Cap Com Roger, copy. Gemini 5> CSQ requests you place the 

quantity read switch to the fuel cell position. 
Conrad Roger. 

CSQ Cap Com ....CSQ. Did you turn left circuit breaker 

on' and off? Over. 
Conrad Yes, we did, but we got no, negative results. 

CSQ Cap Com Very good. TX transmitted. 

Houston Cap Com CSQ don't forget the medical data pass over Hawaii. 

CSQ Cap Cora Roger. Gemini 5> CSQ. Want to remind you that the 

pilot has a medical data pass over Hawaii, and you 
can place the quantity read switch off. 

Conrad Roger. Do you have the acquisition for Hawaii, please? 

CSQ Cap Com Roger, 2202U6 and we will monitor HF. CSQ is LOS. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. CSQ A and D, how far did he say he got through 

the check? 

CSQ Cap Com How far did he get through ..the check, is that your 

question? 

Houston Cap Com Yes, sir. 

CSQ Cap Com He was attempting to, it looked like he was attempting 

to fire 7 and 8 thrusters.at about kj . He turned 



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Tape hll, Page 3 



Houston Cap Com 
CSQ Cap Com 

Houston Cap Com 
CSQ Cap Com 



Houston Cap Cora 
END OF TAPE 



the circuit breaker on and off, and then at about 
U:30 he tried it Eigain. Then we monitored him 
in a direct mode, and it looked like possibly he 
was trying to damp his rates. Some of the other 
thrusters were firing. We didn't get any of the re- 
sults of the "test. Over. 

OK, what did he say about build up of rates? 
When we acquired him he said he had built up 
some. .. .rates. 

OK. That's all he offered then on the tests, huh? 
That's affirmative. He didn't give us any results 
at all. It appeared that he might have been trying 
to damp out his rates prior to LOS. He had some 
of the other thrusters firing, and he was in a 
pulse mode. 
OK. 



k k k 



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Tape hl2, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 176 hours and 32 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini V which is at this moment passing over the Southern 
part of South America and beginning the 112th revolution over the earth. 
We had a voice conversation with Spacecraft Gemini V over Hawaii. In ^ 
discussion with the Command Pilot Gordon Cooper concerning the attempt 
to refire, or fire the thrusters that had been frozen obviously or 
evidentally on tests was not successful. Command Pilot Cooper also 
advised that the rates of the spacecraft at this time are completely 
acceptable. Our Flight Director Eugene Kranz has noticed on his trend 
charts that the hydrogen pressure seems to be building up again. He has 
instructed the spacecraft crew to power up the platform to prevent hydrogen 
from beginning to vent again. Our Flight Surgeon, Dr. Duane Catt'erson, 
has recommended to the crew that concentrate on water, food, and sleep 
for the next 10 hours. This is Gemini Control at 176 hours and 33 minutes. 
We will now play the taped voice communication between spacecraft Gemini V 
and the Hawaiian tracking station. 
Hawaii Cap Com Gemini V, this is Hawaii Cap Com. 
Cooper Roger Hawaii, Gemini V here. 

Hawaii Cap Com We have a valid temperature. Standing by for blood 

pressure ■ 
Cooper Okay. 

Hawaii Surgeon Gemini V, Hawaii Surgeon. Youx cuff is full scale. 
Hawaii Cap Com Transmitting TX. 
Houston Flight Roger. 

Hawaii Surgeon Gemini V, we have your valid blood pressure. Give me 

a mark when you begin your exercise. 



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Tape hl2t Page 2 



Conrad 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Hawaii Surgeon 
ATD 

Hawaii Cap Com 
AFD 

Hawaii Siirgeon 
Conrad 

Hawaii Surgeon 

Conreui 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 



Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 

Cooper 



Mark. 

He's looking good on the ground, Flight. 
Roger , Hawaii . 

Gemini V, Hawaii Surgeon. Your cuff is full scale. 
Hawaii, AFD. Have you commanded tape dump? 
That • s affirmative . A wrong time . 176 03 30 . 
Roger . 

Gemini V, Hawaii Surgeon. We have a good blood pressure > 
standing by for your water report only. 
Roger, wait one. 3^ pounds 8 o\jnces. 

Roger Gemini V. Thank you and happy landing to you and 
Gordo tcanorrow. Hawaii surgeon out. 
Roger. Thank you. 
Roger. Thank you. 

Gemini V, Hawaii Cap Com. I'd like a readout on your 
onboard quantity, source tenrperature and source pressure 
for the OAMS? 

Roger. Our onboard quantity is about 6 percent, tempera- 
ture is 50 degrees, and source pressure is 1000 psia. 
Roger. I understand. Copy Flight. 
You want the results of our little test that we did? 
That's affirmative. We'd like to know what you did there. 
All right. We followed procedure to the letter and the 
first thing that we did was roll left pretty good and 
the gas started going out throu^ the left yaw thrusters. 



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Tape Ul2, Page 3 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Cooper 

Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Cora 
Houston Flight 



We got pretty good rates all certified. We held the 
thrusters on ya^f left for 10 minutes, then we went to 
the other procedure for reeirming and trying them eind 
we still had no thrust. 
Roger, I understand. 

In the mean time we have discovered that we don't have 
the number 1 thrusters are out, so we are getting down 
with oust very few thrusters left on the CAMS system. 
Do you happen to know the numbers of the ones that 
failed? 

No, we were unable to get any left roll, with the roll 
jets and the yaw logic. 
Roger, I understand that. 

Just a minute let me recheck that. It was roll logic in, 
that's right. Left roll only with the roll logic switch 
in the pitch and then no right yaw, then right yaw only 
with the roll logic in the yaw, but no left roll, in that 
position. 

Roger, I understand. 

And the vav- is feeding through into the pitch, which means 

a very wc i thruster on the right yaw also. 

Okay. 

Did you copy that. Flight. 
Affirmative . 



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Tape kl2, -Eage h 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 

Cooper 



Telemetry off. 
What are . . . 

Other than that, it is a pretty good system.- 
What are his rates now. Is he pretty well damped? 
Just a second, Flight. 

What are your rates now, Gemini V. Are you pretty well 
damped out? 

Roger. We have managed to switch back and forth and 
work on the few remaining thrusters and we have our 
rates damped pretty well now. 
Roger . 

Okay Gemini V. We have nothing further. Hawaii 
standing by. 

That was voice ccsranunications taped between Gemini V and the Hawaiian 
tracking station and we will now give you the taped voice conversation 
between Gemini V and the Rose Knot Victor tracking ship. 



Hawaii Cap Com 
Hawaii Cap Com 



RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 



Gemini V, this is RKV Com check. How do you read? 
RKV, Geirini V. Read you loud ajid clear. 
Roger, V ■ M you close your Acq beacon circuit breaker? 
Roger . 

Okay, and v^e'd also like you to bring up the platform 
at this time. The reason for this is that we might 
stajft venting Hg ajad we want to prevent this . Right 
now hydrogen and oxygen pressure is low. 



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Tape ^412, Page 5 



RIW Cap Com 

Houston Flight 

RKV Cap Com 

Houston Flight 

Conrad 

RKV Cpp Com 

Conrad 

Houston Flight 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 



Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

V 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 



We show them powered up, Flight. 
Roger . 

You wEUit to know Uie main? 
Af f irmat ive . 

Okay, the platform is on at this time. 
Roger . 

Now what are you going to want us to do? 

Just leave it up, we want to stay in a powered up 

state while we watch his .... 

.... in the powered up position right now at the present 

time. We don't want you to do anything. 

Okay. 

We'd like to pass some information to you. We are going 
to cancel the medical data pass on the Command Pilot 
over the CSQ on rev ll^i. 



Okay and the Surgeons recommend that both of you concen- 
trate on water and sleep for the next 10 hours. 
Say, do you have an Acq. time for that pass over the 
CSQ? 

Roger. on llU is 02 28 26, and that medical data 

pass has i •-- n deleted. 
Oh, you want it deleted? 
That ' s affirmative . 



END OF TAPE 



MISSIO?J COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT Tape U13, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 177 hoiirs and 2 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5. At the present time our spacecraft is passing 
over the continent of Africa on its 112th revolution around the earth. 
Flight Director Gene Kranz, here in Mission Control Center, has made 
a decision to bring the spacecraft in on revolution 121 into the area 
designated 121-1 lajiding area, which is approximately 2l+0 nautical 
miles southwest of Bermuda. The decision was made due to adverse wea- 
ther in the 122-1 area where tropical storm Betsy, although moving 
now on an undetermined path, has a long range forecast that would 
place it in a much worsened condition ajid near the 122-1 axea sometime 
in the next 2h to 36 hours. The decision now then has been made that 
spacecraft Gemini 5 will land on the 121st revolution in the area 
designated' 121-1, 2k0 nautical miles southwest of Bermuda. In that 
area at the present time, the carrier Lake Champlain is steaming toward 
that target point. This is Gemini Control at 177 hours and h minutes.., 
into the mission. 
El© OF TAPE 



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This is Gemini Control at 177 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5, which is now passing over the Pacific Ocean on its 
112th revolution over the earth. At this time the Gemini 5 spacecraft 
is in drifting flight, its rates are damped out, and the platform is 
powered up to insure hydrogen venting does not reoccur. Flight Director 
Gene Kranz states that failure of additional thrust ers on the Gemini 5 
indicates that we may be running out of OAMS fuel. For that reason he 
has placed the spacecraft in the drifting flight mode, at least for 
the present, until the fuel load can be determined. The splash down of 
spacecraft Gemini 5 is scheduled for the 121-1 area. It is estimated 
to occur at 12:55 Greenwich time, or 6:55 a.m. Central Standard Time. 
The spacecraft will land approximately 276 statute miles southwest of 
Bermuda, at 29 degrees k3 minutes north latitude , and 68 degrees west 
longitude. Ken Nagler, now our Mission Control Center weather man, will 
give us an update on the weather in those landing areas. Come in, Ken. 

Thank you, Al. Well, as most people loiow, this is tropical storm 
season, and all week we have been watching to see if something would crop 
up in the Atlantic, and yesterday tropical storm Betsy was located, just 
in time to give us some problems along revolution 122. So this is the 
current position according to the advisory put out by the Weather Bureau 
Office in San Juan. With this disturbed area something like this, moving 
in this direction, with the center of the stbra expected in here, the, at 
least the eastern edge of area 122-1 would be awfully close to disturbed 
weather. So this is the reason why this area is a little bit risky to use 
for tomorrow. Now, with regard to 121-1, we also have a problem there. 
We axe sort of being squeezed from a tropical storm moving this way, and 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape ^1^> Page 2 

a cold front .coming down this way with a band of shower activity out 
ahead of it. ' But by moving the recovery area a hundred miles or more 
to the east over to this new position here, this gets it well out of the 
way of the showers. So we expect the landing conditions to be very good 
in this area tomorrbw morning. That's all from the Weather Bureau. 

Thank you, Ken Nagler, our weather man; and this is Gemini Control 
at 177 hours and 3^ minutes into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 5. 
END OF TAIE 



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Tape Ul5, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 178 hours and 2 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini V, which at this moment is passing within voice range 
of Rose Knot Victor , our tracking ship located off the west coast of Peru, 
It is on its 112th revolution and within a matter of moments will start 
the 113th revolution over the earth. As we reported on our last trans- 
mission, spacecraft Gemini V is due to splash down southwest of Bermuda, 
276 miles, statute miles southwest of Bermuda, at 29 degrees and ^3 minutes 
north longitude, and 68 degrees west latitude, at approximately 5 minutes 
to 7:00, central standard time, or, 12:55 Greenwich time. Retrofire will 
take place at 12;27 Greenwich time. At this time we are I78 hours and 
3 minutes into the flight of spacecraft Gemini V. We now have for you 
the voice transmission between spacecraft Gemini V and the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec tracking ship. 



CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ, Cap Com 



Conrad 

CSQ, Cap Com 



Gemini V, CSQ Cap Com. 
CSQ, Gemini V, go ahead. 

Roger, ....... also we would like you to put 

your quality read switch to the fuel cell hydrogen 
position please.- 

Roger, we're at fuel cell hydrogen. 

OK, Houston advises the fuel is possibly — 

you will have sufficient time to 

to the thrusters. They would like you to fire 
up again and go to false load, PCA circuit breakers 
7 and 8 closed, ratq gyrps on, and again liquid 
thrusters . Over . 



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Tape U15, Page 2 



Conrad 
CSQ, Cap Com 
CSQ, Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 

Houston Flight 



CSQ Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 
CSQ Cap Cora 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



Conrad 



CSQ Cap Com 



Conrad 



You mean all thrusters or 7 and 8? 

I believe he means 7 and 8, I'll check it. 

Flight, CSQ. 

Go ahead 

You want them to check thrusters 7 axid 8. Is that 
affirmative? 

Well, we'd like them to check all thrusters, but 
I'd like to make sure 7 and 8 are closed during 
this check. 

You want all circuit breakers on the thrusters 
closed. 

That's affirmative. 
Roger 

Gemini V, advise all circuit breakers on the 

thrusters closed. Check all thrusters. 
OK 

Also, Gemini V, Houston advises there is sufficient 
hydrogen for the remainder of flight and no problem 
on water. Over. 

OK, they want us to leave the platform up all the 
time. Is that correct? 

That's affirmative. Leave the platform on and 

after your thruster check turn the rate gyros back off. 

Roger. 



MISSION COIWINTARy 
Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
CSQ Cap Com 



JJSCRIPI - 8/28/65 
CSQ, please rebroadcast 
Say your QT again. 
Please rebroadcast your 
Copy. 



Tape U15, Pag 
your alpha summary 

alpha summary. 



END OP TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape klG, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at I78 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
our spacecraft Gemini 5. At the present time the flight crew is on its 
113th revolution over the earth and is passing over the continent of 
Africa. In a pass over the Rose Ifeot Victor, our tracking ship off the 
west coast of Peru, just a short while ago Pete Conrad reported there 
was ''•no joy" on the attempts to fire thrusters 7 and 8. And as we 
had reported earlier failure of additional thrusters to fire properly 
indicates the spacecraft may be running out of GAMS fuel according to 
Gene Kranz our flight director. Therefore, he had advised the crew to 
go to drifting flight. The rates are damped out, and the platform is 
powered up to insure that hydrogen venting does not start again. Here 
in the Mission Control Center the scene is normal. Some of our flight 
controllers have started their evening meals* Others are relaxing at 
their consoles waiting for the next pass over the Coastal Sentry Quebec, 
the tracking ship which should be coming up in approximately 22 minutes. 
The room atmosphere here is relaxed and conversation at a low pitch. 
Aboard the spacecraft our crew had been advised by flight surgeon. 
Dr. Duane Catterson, to get as much rest as they can through the re- 



mainder of the flight and to drink a bit more water. Evidently, 
command pilot Gordon Cooper is taking that advice as our ground data 
indicates he is asleep right now. At this time we are I78 minutes and - 
178 hours and 33 minutes into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 5. We 
now have for you the voice transmission between spacecraft Gemini 5 and 



the Kose Knot Victor, our tracking ship off the west coast of Peru. 



RKV Cap Com 



Gemini 5, RKV Cap Com. 



Conrad 



RKV Cap Com, Gemini 5 here. Read you loud and clear. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape kl6, Page 2 



RKV Gap Com 



Conrad 



RKV Cap Com 
Houston FlJ-ght 
RKV Cap Com 
Conrad . 
RKV Cap Com 
Conrad 



Conrad 
RKV Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
RKV Cap Com 



Houston Flight 
RKV Cap Corn- 



Roger. Read you loud and clear also. All systems 

are go on the ground. We would like to advise you 

you have a UHF-6 over CSQ on rev 113 . 

Roger. Rev II3. And be advised that we went back 

through the thruster checks again and ran them in 

direct and ran them in pulse and like we told you 

before, it's still the same. 

Roger. Is that enough for you, flight? 

That's affirmative. 

Okay. We'd like to have a fuel purge at this time. 
Roger . 

Give me a mark. 

Roger. Stand by. Mark hydro - Mark hydrogen nvmiber 2 
on my mark - mark. Stand by for oxygen on nvunber 1. 
Mark. 

Number 1 purge complete, commencing number 2. 
Flight, this is RKV. 
Go, RKV. 

Roger. We show circuit breakers for thrusters 7 and 8 
are closed at the present time. You want us to open 
them? 

I don'o think it makes any difference. 

Roger- Gemini 5, this is RKV. We'd like to know yovir 

platform position please. When you can give it. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION C0Iv2»IEITrARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape hn i Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at I78 hours and 5U minutes into our Gemini 5 
flight mission. The spacecraft is now approaching the Coastal Sentry 
Quebec 3 our tracking ship in the Pacific Ocean south of Japan. Gemini 5 
is on its 113th revolution over the earth. We expect to have voice 
communication with the tracking ship within moments. Let's listen for 
the live conversation now. 
CSQ Cap Com Gemini 5, CSQ Cap Com. 

Conrad Go ahead CSQ,, Gemini 5 here. 

CSQ Cap Com Roger. Be advised that you are UHF-6, and we'd like 

you to place your quantity reswitch to fuel cell 

hydrogen position please. 
Conrad Roger. Switch to fuel cell hydrogen at this time. 

CSQ Cap Com Also, be advised that due to fog rolling on area 122-1 

Flight has decided to commence to 121-1. We'll be 

updating your TR time. 

Roger. Understand 121-1 is to be the new recovery 
area. 

Listen Gemini, I also have the coordinates if you're 
ready to copy. 

Roger. Okay, ready to copy. 

Roger. 21 degrees, i+3 minutes north, 68 degrees, 00 
minutes west. 
Conrad ^ Roger. 

CSQ Cap Com Transmitting TR. 

Conrad The TRC of 121-1. 

CSQ Cap Com Gemini 5? say ±z again. 



Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



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Tape hl7 , Page 2 



Conrad 

CSQ Gap Com 

Houston Flight 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



The TRC of 121 first please. 

Roger. Stand by to copy. TRC - 01 29 1|5 . RDC U03 
20 plus 2k. 

CSQ Cap Com, you gave them the wrong TR - you gave 
them 114 delta. 

(Garbled) . . . Would you give me the TKTRC of 121-1. 
Roger. Disregard what I gave you. The TNTRC is 12 plus 
27 plus 39- 

Okay. 12 plus 2? plus 39- 

That's affirmative. RET k03 1^ plus 08. 

I'm sorry, you're cutting in and out. Say it again. 

Roger. RET U03 is ih plus 08. 

Okay, I got it. 

RETRY 19 plus 30. 

Roger. Could you tell us what the recovery force is? 
Will the carrier be there? 

That's affirmative. The carrier will be there. 
The carrier will be there, and I have the extension 
with it in that area. Over. 
Mission copied. 
Roger. 

Cloud cover - five tenths - 2000 foot scattered - 
10 miles visibility - 1230 degrees - one or two knots - 
wave height 2 to 3 foot - water temperature 82 degrees. 
Sounds pretty good to me . 

Roger. Gemini 5, we'd still like to know your. . . 



KISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Q/2Q/G3 



Tape kYJ , Page 3 



Roger 

Copy 

CSQ, Cap Com J did you get your TR in, and is it in sync 
Roger. I have the TR in and it's VT-ithin one -quarter 
second. 
Roger . 

Gemini 5, be advised we have our TR on clock. 
Roger. Understand TR is in sync. And you may advise 
Flight that we'll he ready for 21-1. 
Roger. Copy. Gemini 5j you can return to the off 
position with your quantity read-out switch. 
Roger. Would you give me a GMT? 

Roger, on my mark it will be 01 hours 00 minutes 25 

seconds. 2 1 mark. Would you like , 

Garbled. 

Okay. We'll be coming up on 0 hoars, 01 minutes, 00 
seconds . 
Roger . 

5 U 3 2 1 mark. That was 01 hours, 01 minutes, 00 
seconds. 

Roger. We got it. Thank you. 
CSQ, has LOS, Flight. 
Roger, CSQ,, well done. 

Kot too well. 

That was live voice conversation between the Coastal Sentry Quebec 
tracking ship and Pete Conrad aboard spacecraft Gemini 5- This was the 



Conrad 
CSQ Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
CSQ Cap Com 
Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 
CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 
CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 
CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 
CSQ Gap Com 
Houston Flight 

CSQ Cap Com 



MISSION COi*IENTARY TRAITSCRIPT - 8/28/65 T^pe kYJ > Pag 

first word oxix spacecraft had received on the decision to land during 
the 121st revolution southwest of Bermuda. This is Gemini Control at 
179 hours and 1 minute into the flight. 
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MISSION vCOMMEKTAfiY mUSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape i+l8, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 179 hours and 32 minutes of flight for the 
Gemini V mission. At the present time spacecraft Gemini V is ending its 
113th revolution around the earth and is coming up on our Rose Knot Victor 
tracking ship located off the west coast of Peru. It will shortly start 
the lli+th revolution. To give you a recap of our situation, our flight 
crew was advised that they will end the mission during revolution 121. : 
That will be at 12:55 Greenwich mean time, or 6:55 a.m., central standard 
time. Actually, the retrofire will commence approximately 690 statute 
miles due north of Hawaii. That is the time of retrofire. Splashdown 
will occur at 12:55 Greenwich mean time, or 6:55 a.m., central standard 
time, during the 121st revolution. Landing will he 276 statute miles 
southwest of Benmida at 29 degrees, ^3 minutes north longitude, 68 degrees 
west latitude. We have a weather report for that area. The weather fore- 
cast is good with winds out of the southwest 12 knots, clouds scattered 
to broken at 2000 feet, visibility 10 miles, and wave height will run 
2 to 3 feet. That is the weather forecast for the landing area tomorrow 
morning. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



-rrsSIOI'I C0:vSviEKTA3Y TRAIvSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape kl9, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at I80 hours and 2 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini V, which is now on its llUth revolution around the 
earth, and at the present time is passing over the continent of Africa. 
Aboard our spacecraft, command pilot Gordon Cooper has awakened from 
his sleep period and pilot Pete Conrad should be sleeping now, according 
to our flight plan. The spacecraft is in drifting flight and powered 
down. The' crew has been notified that their flight will end at 12:55 
Greenwich mean time, that is 6:55 a.m., central standard time here in 
Houston, and splashdown will be 276 statute miles southwest of Bermuda. 
The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee has called us to advised they have 
conferred honorajry citizenship on Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad, and 
have named them "Brothers of the Brush." Chattanooga is celebrating 
the 150th anniversary of its founding and many of the residents there 
have grown beards to commemorate the event. They tell us the 8-day 
beards of Cooper and Conrad will amply c^ualify them for this elite 
society. Brothers of the Brush. We will pass on the message to the 
spacecraft at our earliest opportunity. Spacecraft Gemini V will be 
visible in the Houston area from 5:0U a.m. to 5:09 a.m., central standad 
time, Sunday, on its 119th revolution. It will come over the horizon 
at west -southwest, traveling east-northeast. At this time we are 180 hour 
and 3 minutes into the flight of Gemini V. We now have for you the voice 
transmission between spacecraft Gemini V and the tracking ship Rose 
Knot Victor on tape. 



MISSION COJAENTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape Ul9, Page 2 



RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 

RKV Cap Com 

Conrad 



Gemini V, RKV Cap Com. Contact, how do you read? 

RKV, Gemini V. Its loud and clear. 

Roger. Have a map update for you. Acknowledge 

when you are ready to copy. 

Ready to copy. 

Roger. Map 01 55 ^2, longitude 19 west, rev llU 

stax 01 55 ^2, 23 07 H- 

Roger 

Okeydoke. All systems are Go on the ground. 
All systems are Go up here. 



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■:issio]\" coi-2/iENTAsy trjWscript - 8/28/65 



Tape U2O5 Page 1- 



This is Gemini Control at 180 hours and 32 minutes of flight for 
spacecraft Gemini V, which at this time is maJcing its last pass over 
the Coastal Sentry Quebec , our tracking ship in the Pacific, located 
south of Japan. The revolutions from now through the end of this mission 
do not bring our spacecraft within voice range of Coastal Sentry om 
any further passes, and we are in voice communication from Coastal 
Sentry Quebec at this time, and we assume that they will be saying 
goodnight to our spacecraft crew and wishing them well. The next 
voice transmission we will have with the spacecraft Gemini V crew 
should occur over the Rose Knot Victor , the tracking ship off the 
west coast of Peru in approximately 30 minutes. During the pass over 
the Coastal Sentry Quebec , there was a spacecraft systems -check and 
from the ground, all systems looked good. This is Gemini Control at 
180 hours 33 minutes into the flight. 



END OP TAPE 



MISSION COI^SITARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/28/65 Tape ^21, Page 1 

■Ihis is Gemini Control at 181 hours and 2 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5. At the present time spacecraft Gemini 5 is passing 
over the Pacific Ocean and will shortly come up over the Rose Knot 
Victor, our tracking ship located off the west coast of Peru. During 
the last pass of spacecraft Gemini 5 over the Coastal Sentry Quebec , 
our other tracking ship which is located south of Japan, the tracking 
ship gave our spacecraft crew a go from the ground. At this time 
spacecraft Gemini 5 is coming up the end of its ll^th revolution and 
within minutes will be starting its 115th revolution around the earth. 
We are now I81 hours and 2 minutes into the flight of spacecraft 
Gemini 5. We now have for you the voice transmission - the last voice 
transmission - between spacecraft Gemini 5 a-^i^^ the Coastal Sentry 
tracking ship. 

CSQ Cap Com Gemini 5, CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad Go ahead, CSQ, Gemini 5- 

CSQ, Cap Com We have you go on the ground. We'd like to get a groiind 

read-out of all your cryogenic q.uantities. Wil you se- 
lect the ECS O2 on the quantity read-out switch please? 

Conrad Okay. 

CSQ Cap Com And we'd also like to know if the total water consump- 

tion is close to mark please. 
Conrad 86. Command pilot's is 36 pounds. 

CSQ Cap Com, Copy. 

Conrad Pilot's is 3^+ pounds, h ounces. 

CSQ Cap Com Copy. Will you select the fuel cell 0^^ please. 

Conrad That's 35 poiond ^4 ounces 



MISSION COJ-Sffil-JTARY TRMSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape 421, Page 2 



CSQ Cap Com 

Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



1-iou.ston Flight 

CSQ Cap Com 

C onrad 

CSQ Cap Com 



Conrad 

CSQ Cap Com 
Em) OF TAPE 



Roger. 35 J part k. Gemini 5, would you select fuel 
cell please . 
Roger . 

Gemini 5, you can return to the off position quantity 
read-out switch. Houston, CSQ has Gemini 5 go and 
nothing fijirther at this time. 

Roger. Why don't you pass up your hest wishes. This 
is your last pass I believe. 
Roger. Will do. Gemini 3, CSQ. 
Go ahead, CSQ, 

Roger. This is the last pass as you come around. I 
hope you have a nice laxiding, and I'll see you in 
Houston. 

Thank you. Thank you for all your help, you did a 
real fine job. Over. 
Thank you. 



MISSIOK COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - b/2Q/G'^ 



Tane U22 , Pa£?e 1 



This is Gemini Control at l8l hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5- Over spacecraft has just recently begun its 155th 
revolution around the earth. At the present time it is just approaching 
the west coast of Africa. A short while ago as it passed over the Rose 
Knot Victor, our tracking ship located off the west coast of Peru, that 
tracking ship told the flight crew that everything looks good from the 
ground. They then updated the spacecraft star map, and sent the flight 
crew on its way. At this time we are l8l hours and 32 minutes into 
the mission of Gemini 5- We now have for you the voice transmission 
between spacecraft Gemini 5 and. the Rose Knot Victor tracking ship. 
RKV Cap Com Gemini 5, RKV Cap Com. 

Conrad Go ahead, RKV, Gemini 5. 

RKV "Cap Com Roger. Everything lookfe real good here on the ground. 

I have some landing area updates for you if you're not ■ 
acknowledge when you're ready to copy. 

Conrad Okay. Just one second and we'll be ready. 

RKV Cap Com Roger. 

Conrad Okay, we're ready to copy. 

RKV Cap Com Roger. The weather is good in all areas - it is day 8. 

The bank angle remains the same for all, roll left 53? 

roll right 67- 
Conrad Okay. 

RKV Cap Com- Area 11 7-2. 06 1? 03, 1? plus 07, 22 plus 11. Area 11 

07 52 h9, 15 plus 1+2, 20 plus hi. 11 9-1, 09 15 l8, 

17 plus 12, 22 plus l6. 12 0-1. 11 plus OU l8, 12 
plus 52, l8 plus l6. 12 1-1. 12 27 39 j 1^ plus 08, 



8-2, 



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Tape U22, Page 



Conrad 
RKV Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
RKV Cap Com 



19 plus 20. 

Roger. Got all of those. 
Roger. Houston Flight, RKV Cap Com. 
Go ahead, RKV. 

Everything looks real good here on the ground . . . 
We're transmitting real time. TM off this time. 
Gemini 5, RKV Cap Com. We'll be standing by for 
the rest of the pass. 
Okay. Mighty fine. Thank you 
That was taped voice conversation between spacecraft Gemini 5, aJ^d. the 
Rose Knot Victor tracking ship off the west coast of Peru. This is 
Gemini Control at I81 hours and 35 minutes into the flight. 
END OF TAPE 



Conrad 



Mission COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape h23> Page' 1 



This is Gemini Control at l82 hours and 2 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini V, which at the present time is on the 115th revo- 
lution and is passing over approximately Vietnam, and moving out over the 
Pacific area. According to the reports we have from our ground stations 
over the past hour, all spacecraft systems are functioning normally and 
the spacecraft crew is in good health, and command pilot Gordon Cooper 
is awake at this time while pilot Pete Conrad is in a sleep period. 
According to our flight plan, very shortly command pilot Gordon Cooper 
will have a MSC-1 test, which is a measurement of radiation outside the 
spacecraft. This is Gemini Control at l82 hours and 3 minutes into the 
flight . 



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MISS-IOK CO^^MENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/28/65 Tape h2k , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at l82 hours and 32 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5. At the present time spacecraft Gemini 5 is on its 
115th revolution over the earthy and is passing over the south Pacific 
on its way to the Rose Knot Victor, our tracking ship located off the 
west coast of Peru. Here in the Mission Control Center the white team 
of flight controllers is concluding its last night of direction of 
spacecraft Gemini 5, and the blue team is about to take over. Our press 
briefing will begin at the NASA news center at 11:30 p.m. This is 
Gemini Control at l82 hours and 32 minutes into the mission. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSIOK •COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/28/65 



Tape Page 1 



This is Gemini Control 183 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini V has just begun the ll6th revolution and will be acquired by 
the Canary Island tracking station in 2 minutes. It just made a pass 
over the tracking ship Rose Knot , which will be the last pass over this 
ship for this mission. The blue team of flight controllers has just 
settled down for their last tour of duty for this mission here in 
Mission Control. This is Gemini Control. 

• 

END OF TAPE 



MISSIO?J COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/29/65 



Tape U26, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control 184 hoirrs and 26 minutes after lift-off. 
C-errdni V has Just begun its ll8th revolution and will be acquired by 
-Dhe Anti.gua station of the Easterr. Test Range within the next minute. 
A communications check between the Sea Lab -with astronaut Scott Carpernter 
aboard, off the shore of California, in approximately 200 feet of water, 
will be run, remoted from Houston, through the Antigua station. As Antigua 
Requires the spacecraft and communications are established, we will join 
the conversation. Still no conversation yet on air-to-ground. We expect 
it is imminent that there will be some discussion between the spacecraft 
communicator here — we'll go live now. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini V, Gemini V, Houston Cap Com. Over. 

Cooper Go ahead Houston Cap Com, Gemini V. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. You're looking good here on the ground. 



We have a number of things to pass up to j^ou now 



and if you can copy them down we will try and be 



quiet the rest of the way. First, we would' like 



you to place your reentry C-band .to continuous. 



Cooper ' 



Roger. C-band continuous. 



Houston Cap Com 



Roger. I have some update on your PLA's if you 



are ready to copy. 



Cooper 



Roger. c;ast a moment. 



Houston Cap Com 



OK. 



Cooper 



OK, we're ready. 



i-ESSIOH COMJ.fflKTMy TRAI\[SCRIPT - ^jZ^jo'y 



Tape h2o. Page 2 



Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Roger, Area 122-1, l4 02 24, REP 400K is 12 + 58, 
18+17, roll left 53, roll right 67. Area 123-U, 
16 if7 58, 15 + 50, 20 + 55, roll left 53, roll 
right 67. Copy? 
Roger. Got those. 

OK, now some general instructions. When j'-ou get 
to Carnarvon set your event timer to 27, I say 27, 
instead of 36. Copy? 
27 instead of 36, Roger. 

Roger, and the weather in the recovery area is improving 
The forecast at present for your landing is 2000 
scattered, ten miles, 10 miles, the winds 230 degrees 
at 10 knots, the sea about 2 to 3 foot waves, the 
temperature is 82, and you have about five tenths 
coverage. 
OK, got it. 

OK, on. your medical data passes we would like to 
delete the Canary medical data passes on revs 
119 and 120 and add the following if you are 
ready to copy. 
OK, ready. 

Rog. Medical data on the pilot at the Canaries, 
acquisition time 08 13 26. Medical data on the 



MSSICN COI-MEKTARy TRMSCRIPT - 8/29/65 Tape h2o, Page 3 

command pilot at Carnarvon, acquisition time 08 k8 10. 
Cooper Say again that Carnarvon time. 

Houston Cap Com Carnarvon is 08 US 10. 

Cooper Go ahead. • 

Houston Cap Com OK, in general, your acquisition times according to 

your flight plan are 38 minutes later, in other words, 
the flight acquisition is 38 minutes later than you 
have on your flight plan for the rest of the mission. 

Cooper OK. 

Houston Cap Com OK, Elliot's got some procedures on your retro 

checklist now. 

See The first thing I want to discuss with you is 

proposed fuel cell test. What they.'d like to do 
is have you take all your load on section 2, and 
the purpose is to see if a section which has been . 
down for a pretty fair amount of time can carry 
the full load before retrofire. This is proposed to 
be done only for about an hour and then we'll turn 
it back on. How does this sound to you guys? 
(Pause) Let me go ahead and give you the procedures 
for it and than you can continue to think about it 
because you got a while before it should be done. 
Are you reading me, Gemini V? 

Cooper Roger, we're reading you. 



MISSION C01-1>IENTARY TRAJISCRIPT - 8/29/65 Tape k26, Page k 

See OK, the proced-ares wo-uld be as follows: Tlnie 

day 8 08 13, purge both fuel cells. Would you 
put your reentry C-band on, please? (Pause) 
Would you put your reentry C-band on continuous, 
please, Gemini V? 

Cooper Done. 

See OK, next item is 8 08 57, section 1 power switch off. 

We do not want you to shut down the primary coolant 
• loop, repeat, do not shut down the primary coolant 
loop. At time of day 8 09 57, section 1 power 
switch on. During this period you should be carrying about 
32 amps which we think will bring you down to 
about a 23 volt main buss voltage. How does this 
sound to you? You can be thinking about it and as 
far as I'm concerned if you have any strong objections, 
it's up to you whether you do it or not. We would like 
very much to do it if it ' s OK with you guys . Now 
Sea Lab 2 is standing by and is ready to talk to you 
at this time. 

Cooper OK. 

See You C5,n go ahead and call them. 

Cooper Hellc Cea Lab, Gemini V, Cooper. 

Sea Lab 2 Sea Lab 2 transmitting from 200 feet down off LaJolla. 

How do you read, Gordo? 
Cooper Fine, how you doing, Scott? 



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Tane k2o, Page 



Sea Lab 2 



Cooper 
Sea Lab 2 
Cooper 

Sea Lab 2 



Cooper 
See 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 
See 



Roger, Gordo. You're doing a great Job. We almost 
missed you. We just got do■^^m this afternoon and 
I'm glad we got a chance to tell you what a 
great job you two guys are doing. I hope you have 
a very plesant reentry shortly. Over. 



Thank you. My best .... before too long. Over. 
Good to hear from you down there. How 're things 
going? 

Roger, Gordo, things are going very well. We just 

got . . . Sea Lab about 6 hours ago — 8 hours ago. 

It took a while to get set up and get going. We 

have a lot of sea life to study. The Sea Lab is 

in good condition and we're looking forward to 

pleasant days .... down here. 

Please say that over again. 

You have about 20 seconds to LOS, Gordo. 

Gemini V, Houston here, would you check to make 

sure your reentry C-band ±§ on and your adapter 

C-band is off please 

You want adapter C-band off? 

On command. Adapter on command, snd reentry on 
continue . 



MISSION C0:.3'ISNTARY IRMSCRIPT - 8/29/65 Tape h26, Page 6 

Cooper Houston J Gemini V here. 

See Go ahead. 

Cooper Houston, G'..::v:irii V. 

See Go ahead, Gemini V. 

This is Gemini Control. You could faintly hear the voice of astronaut 
Scott Carpenter in Sea Lab. The falsetto garblgd effect of his voice 

was due to the mixed breathing gas of oxygen and helium at several 
atmospheres which effects the effectiveness of his vocal chords. This 
is Gemini Control iQk hours 36 minutes after lift-off. 



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MISSION CO^^I^ENTARY TRMSCRIPT - ^l^^j^"^ Tape i|27, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control I85 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 
presently is about one-third of the way through the 117th revolution will 
be &cq.uired by the Carnarvon, Aus-ox-alia tracking station in approximately 
13 minutes for a pass that should last around 7 minutes and 30 seconds. 
There will be about another U passes over Carnarvon before the end. of 
the mission. The retrofire clock at the right hand side of the control 
room says 5 hours and 25 minutes until retrofire. During the pass over 
the Canary Island station earlier in this revolution all the telemetry 
read-outs on the ground looked very good according to the spacecraft 
communicator at Canarys. They also ran a C-band track of the spacecraft 
from Canarys using the reentry antenna on the adapter. This is Gemini 
Control. 
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vissioat commentary trmscript - ^12^1^^ 



Tape U285 Page 1 



This is Gemini Control 185 hours 32 minutes after lift-off- Gemini 5 is now 
one-half way through the 117th revolution just past Australia, north of 
New Zealand. The stations to acquire will be the stations of the Eastern 
Test Range at 58 minutes past the hour. During the pass over the Carnarvon, 
Australia tracking station earlier in this revolution a radar track on the 
reentry was run again as it had been run in the Canary Island pass earlier. 
At this time we are I85 hoxirs 32 minutes after lift-off. We now have for 
you the voice transmission tape between the spacecraft Gemini 5 an<i the 
Carnarvon tracking station. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini 5? Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Conrad This is Gemini 5, go ahead Carnarvon. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Roger, I have a flight plan update when you are 



prepared to copy,. 



Conrad 



Ready to copy. 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Power up 09 21 3U. Remarks: I32.8 degrees west. 



rev 118. Next item - star*, same time, 09 21 3^+. 



Remarks: Right Ascension- 22 hours 59 minutes. Do 



you copy? 



Conrad 



Roger. Copy. 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



That's it. You're looking good down here. 



Conrad 



We're go up here. 



END OF TAPE 



vICSIG:: .:G;.5.SI>:TARY transcript - 8/29/65 Tape ^29 , -&sr 

This is Gemini Control l86 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off, and k hours 
and 25 Kinutes til retrof ire . Gemini 5 has just begun the llbth revolutio 
-v/as acquired k minutes ago by the stations of the Eastern Test Range. 
Spacecraft communicator Dave Scott here in Mission Control is presently 
talking to the crew of Gemini 5. He said they looked good on the ground, 
and he also recommended that they begin stowage procedures prior to the 
retrof ire sequence and subsequent landing. This is Gemini Control. 
BND OF TAPE - • 



M-£SIOr: CCJ-S-Si'ITASY TRAI^SCRIPT - 8/29/65 



Tape I13O, Page 1 



u'liiE is Gemini Control 186 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 5 is 
about l/ir of the way through the ll8th revolution. It is now crossing, the 
east coast of Africa ahout the outlet of the Red. Sea, will he aciiuired ty 
the Carnarvon J Australia station in 26 minutes. During the pass over the 
Eastern Test Range stations early in this revolution and the end of the 
previous one the flight plan updates were passed up hy the spacecraft 
corrjnunicator here in Mission Control. These updates were the preretro 
checklist, also outlined the test of the CAMS system to determine the amount 
remaining if any, and also the procedures for aligning the platform using the 
reaction - the RGS system - reentry control system in the small end of the 
spacecraft. During the Canary Islands pass subsequent to that a medical 
data check was run on the pilot. At this time we are 186 hours and 33 minutes 
after lift-off. We novr have the tape of the voice transmissions d-'uring the 
State-side pass early in this revolution. We'll listen to this tape now. 
Conrad Houston Cap Com, Gemini 5. 

Houston Cap Com Gemini 5 3 Houston Cap Com. Everything looks good on 



the gro-und, you've got about k hours and 27 minutes 



til retro. We recoimnend beginning stowage and are 



standing by. Go ahead. 



Conrad 



Roger. We have a question for you. 



Houston Cap Com 



Go ahead. 



Conrad 



Has anybody thought of what could the effect be of the 



RCS plume on the scanners? 



Hcusxon Gap Com 



Stand by. 



Are you wondering about using them for platform 



alignment, Pete? 



IvI^sr^TAEY TRAI-ISCRIPT - 6/29/6: 



Conrad 
See 

Houston Cap Com 



Conrad' 

Houston Cap Com 
See 



Conrad 
See 

Conrad 
See 



Conrad 



See 



Affirmative. 

We'll check that one out for you. 

Gemini J Houston. We've got an update on your flight 
plan if you want to copy it now, or we can pass it to 
you at Carnarvon. We're checking the thrusters and 
the scanners out for you. 
We're ready to copy. 
Okay. Coming up. 

Okay, Pete. On day 8 10 hours 27 minutes power up 
checklist with one change - rate gyros on before 
computer on. Staort preretro checklist. Copy? 
Okay. 08 10 27 power up checklist 3 rate gyros on 
before computer. 

Right. Okay, did you get that time? That was 10 27 
and 00 on the seconds. 
Roger . 

Okay. At 11 hours 00 minutes 00 seconds OAMS power 
switch off. Activate and check RCS operations. Then 
align platform using RCS. Do you copy? 
08 11 00 power switch off, operate and activate RCS, 
and alJ gn platform with RCS. 

Right. That was 11 hours - it's day 8,' 11 hours. 
Okay, at day 8, 11 hours, 26 minutes, 00 seconds, which 
is approximately TR minus one hour, RCS power switches 
off, evaluate OAMS in direct. That's to check it out 
as thoroughly as you can, tell whatever you can at this 




MI3SI0I\T C0i.l}fflNTAEy TRMSCRIPT - 8/29/65 Tape ^30, Page 3 

point about its operation - whether - just blasting it 
out indirect will clear it out j or whether we're 
essentially out of fuel. I-Jhen completed fire the 
OAMS regulator squib, complete preretro checklist. 
And RCS power switches will have to come back on, 
of course, because you'll be pretty close to being 
out of OAMS. 

Conrad ' Okay. We got it, go ahead. 

See Okay. And at day 8, 12 hours. Stand by a minute. 

Pete, on the last Carnarvon pass before retrofire, 
which will be a time of 11 hours, 57 minutes, report 
preretro checklist complete and continue nominal flight 
plan. Do you copy? 

Conrad That ' s fine . 

See That's all we have. We're standing by. 

Conrad Okay. Well, give us a reading on the scanners. As 

I see it we have a night retrofire. Is that correct? 
See That's affirmative. 

Conrad And we will not have a countdown from Hawaii. Is 

that correct? 

See We plan that you will have a countdown from Hawaii. 

Conrad We have that much acquise time with them on orbit 

121 huh? I mean 120 huh? 
See That's correct. 

Houston Cap Con Roger. Acquisition at Hawaii at rev 120 is 12 23 22. 

Conrad And when do we lose them? 

Houston Gap Com Okay. LOS is 12 30 1+7 . 



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Tape U30, Page h 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 



See 

Houston Cap Com 
See 

Conrad 
See 

Conrad 
See 

Conrad 



Okay, we'll make out pretty -well on that. 

Roger. They ought to be able to get your IVI's and 

attitude and everything. 

Okay. Very good. And if you can answer the q.ues-cions 
on what the RCS will do to the scanners we're very 
happy. 
Okay. 

We'll check it and give it to you at Carnarvon. 
We'll get some info in that to you as quickly as we 
can. 

Okey-dokey. Incidentally, as a matter of information, 
the CAMS propellant gauge has gone on down to below 0. 
The CAMS quantity gauge? 
Yeah. The prop quantity gauge. 

« 

Roger. It's no problem if in this exercising you 
just run it on out of fuel. 
Fine . 



END OF TAPE 



:iOi; CCmJEETKBJ TRMSCRIPT - 8/29/65 



Tape !431, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control I87 hours and 2 minutes after lift-off. 
Geniini V is just crossing the ■ east coast of Australia and is north- 
west of the Island of New Zealand, midway through the ll8th revolution. 
During the Carnarvon pass just completed, medical data pass check was 
run on the command pilot. He also gave food and water and sleep reports 
to the Carnarvon surgeon. Guaymas station will acquire the spacecraft 
in 25 minutes. For those of you in the Houston and southeast Texas 
area who operate eyeball tracking stations, the spacecraft should be 
visible starting at 5:02 central standard time in a westerly direction. 
It will rise at 5:02, will pass to the north, be due north at 5:08 at 
an elevation of approximately 67 degrees. It will set to the east at 
5:09 central time. At this time we are I87 hours and 3 minutes after 
lift-off. We have now a tape of the voice transmission between the 
Carnarvon station and Gemini V. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini V, Carnarvon, we have a good oral temp. 



Stand by for surgeon. 



Carnarvon Surgeon 



Gemini V, Carnarvon Surgeon, standing by for your 



first blood pressure. 



Cooper 



Roger . 



Carnarvon Surgeon 



Your cuff is full scale. 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Woul..- you place your quantity read switch to fuel 



cell and leave it there for remainder of niission. 



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Tape Page 2 



Carnarvon Cap Com 
Carnarvon Surgeon 

Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Eo-uston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 



Houston Flight 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Carnarvon Surgeon 

Cooper 



Carnarvon Suregeon 
Cooper 

Carnarvon Surgeon 



That'll be TX, 

We have your blood pressure. Standing by for 
exercise on yo^or Mark. 
2, 1, MARK. 

Plight, Carnarvon 

Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

OK, do you want to change the time on that that was 
updated to the crew on that TR minus one hour or do 
you want to leave it now that's it's full scale? 
You updated them 11 26 and the flight plan said 
11 27 39. 

Negative. It's approximately one hour we're 

interested in. 

Roger 

We have your blood pressure. Standing by for food, 

water and a 2l4—hour sleep report. 

Roger, I've had 37 pounds k ounces of water, 

08 000000 I had meal 5 Charlie. • I had 2 hours 

of sleep just recently, very soiind. 

Very good. How are you feeling in .general at this . 

time . 

Fine 

Thariic you Gordo. If you're doing as good as you 
look on the ground, you're in good shape. Carnarvon 
Surgeon out . 



l'.aSSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/29/65 



Tape kSl, Page 3 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Carnarvon Cap Com 



Cooper 



Gemini V", Carnarvon Cap Com, did Flight advise you 
that for your CAMS thruster check at 11 hours 26 min- 
utes, to u£: attitude thrusters only. Do not use 
maneuver thrusters. 
Roger. 

Carnarvon Cap Com, this is Houston Flight. 
Go ahead. 

In answer to that question they asked on the effect 

of the RCS plume on the scanners. 

Roger 

As far as we can determine there will be no problem. 
They ran some similar checks on GT-3 and it's OK. 
Roger 

Gemini V, Carnarvon. Flight advises on this RCS 
plume effect on scanner, there should be no effect. 
He said that they ran test on' GT-3 and found no 
problem. 

OK, very fine. Thank you. 



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MISSIOK COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/29/65 Tape k32 , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control I87 hours and 32 minutes after lift-off; 2 hours 
55 minutes until retrofire. Gemini 5 is now completing the llBth revolution. 
During the pass over the Guaymas, Mexico station telemetry looked real good 
according to spacecraft communicator Ed Fendell at the Guaymas station. 
During the present State-side pass there was a check of the fuel cell section 
n\imber 1, checked the voltage with it turned off, axid it read 22.9 volts. A 
purge of the fuel cell sections will be conducted during the upcoming Canary 
Islands pass. This is Gemini Control. 
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MISSION COJ^MENTMY TRANSCRIPT - 8/29/65 



Tape k33, Page 1 



Good morning. Gemini Control, Houston I87 hours 57 minutes into the flight. 
The last pass across the States Dr. Berry ajjiong others chatted with Gordon 
Cooper, and Cooper declined the use of any stimulates for the reentry 
upcoming in about another rev or two. He said he was feeling fine, and he 
soimded quite cheery. Dr. Berry conveyed congratulations to Gordon Cooper 
on his wedding anniversary today. We laelieve it's his l8th. Congratulations 
came from his wife. We have the conversation. We'll play it for you now. 
Houston Surgeon Gemini 5? this is surgeon. Good morning, Gordo. 

How are you? 

Listen, I'd like to check with you - according to the 
records here you both have had some sleep during the 
nigjit. How do you feel about any aid here as far as 
coming in for fatigue? 
Making a house call? 

Yeah. Could I do that? Say, incidentally, Trudy asked 
me to tell you "Happy Anniversary" this morning. 
Cooper Return my wishes to her. 

Houston Surgeon Will do. 

EKD OF TAPE 



Cooper 

Houston S-argeon 



Cooper 

Houston Surgeon 



:aSf;ION COMMENTARY TRAI\TSCRIPr - 8/29/65 Tape k3k, Page 1 

Geitiini Control here I88 hours 32 minutes into the flight. We Just 
passed the Carnarvon station at which point we actuated the RCS rings 
and they appeared to be working all right. We've also turned the rate 
gyros on; the computer has been powered up, it's in the prelaunch mode; 
and everything appears to be quite green at this point. This is Gemino 
Control 

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:k Si. ^'JL Jk. 



r.:iSSIC:T C0^2vIEI>ITARY THAITSCRIPT - 8/29/65 Tape Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, Houston, 188 hours ^^8 minutes into the 
flight. ¥e have racked up now the Carnarvon pass and will play it 
for you at this time. 

Carnarvon Cap Com You look good on telemetry and we're standing by. 

Roger Carnarvon . . . 
Computer Just came on. 
Roger . 

You need a little yaw right. . . 



Cooper 

Carnarvon Cap Cora 
Houston Flight 
Carnarvon' CaiD Com 



Gemini Control here. Our orbit this morning is like this, 123.8 
perigee, apogee I80.3, statute miles of course. The period of our 
revolution is 95-2 mdnutes. Just been chatting v:ith the weather man, 
Ernie Ammon, a veteran of Mercury as well as Gemini launches. He works 
both the Cape and Houston. Ernie's report is thus: down in 121-1 he 
reports scattered clouds, southerly winds of about 10 knots, seas running 
2 to 3 feet, visibility 10 males. We asked Ernie if he was happy with 
that and he came back with the statement, "Real happy. They picked a 
good spot." We also note with some interest here around the Control 
Center, a n-omber of people have read it, the horoscope in one of the 
local morning newspapers, which goes like this: "Being active during 
the morning brings fine results, but later you have to take it very easy. 
Maintain your poise. Say what you plan to do then carry it out — then 
carry on with the vrork with a nice easy gait." Pretty good advice for 
the -ceQ-cle involved in the Gemini effort this morning. This is Gemino 



KISSIOK CaynrzwHAM TRANSCRIPT - 6/29/65 Tape ^^36, Page 1 

C-er-ini Control here I89 hours 10 minutes into the flight. And the Guaymas 
station raised the spacecraft just a few minutes ago. The opening message 
v/as certainly a 'cheerful exchange. The ground gave the spacecraft a go, and 
the report came back from Gordon COoper "We're go up here. Everything is 
yasz peachy keen." Pete Conrad complimented the Guaymas station on their 
handling of this mission, all they've done for them, and he advised that he'd 
see them on the ground. The spacecraft is operating on their reentry 
control system maneuvering unit right now. It's been on that for about an 
hour. And over the Guaymas station Conrad made one last attempt to see if 
there was any fuel left in the main onboard maneuvering system tanks - the 
system we've been using for the last 8 days, and he got 0 thrust out of his 
attempt. The ground showed no fuel or and no thrust. This is Gemini Control. 
EIvD OF TAPE 



MISSION COmENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 8/29/65 Tape 437, Page 1 

Trds is Gemini Control, Houston, 189 hours and 12 minutes into the flight. 
And we have the beginning of this Stateside pass, we're going to break it 
up into increments but we'll play it right through for you. One element - 
one note before we start that - in the event that we don't accomplish a 
121-1 landing - that is, if we should at the last moment, wave off a retro- 
fire, the Flight Director has decided the next area he would go for, is 
123-M-, that's 123-4 out in the west Pacific. But I want to emphasize that 
everything looks just 4.0 at this point for a 121-1 landing. Everything 
seems to be functioning on board, the crew sounds chipper, and they've got 
their stowage list apparently all put to bed and they're going throxjigh their 
preretrofire checklist. Let 's listen to the Stateside conversation now. 

Gemini 5, Guaymas Cap Com. 
Ok, Guaymas. Gemini 5. 

Ok. We show you go here on the ground. What do you 
do? 

Roger. We're go here. Everythijig ' s peachy keen. 
Ok. 

It's nice to have a control system again. 
I imagine it is. 

^^yj Guaymas. 
Say, boy. 

We sure appreciate everything you did for us. We'll 
see you on the ground. 
Ok, Peter. 

Say thank you to all the people there who have done a 
fine job. 

I sure will. I think you all have done a real great job. 



Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cao Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Gua^TTisis Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaj/mas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Gua>Tras Cap Com 



NISSION COMMEOTARY 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Cora 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 



Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 
Guaymas 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Cooper 

Guaymas Cap Com 
Conrad 



TR/^iJSCRIPT Tape 437. Page 2 

Thank you. We couldn't have done it without you all. 

What is your status with that OAMS at this tiine? What 

are you doing with it? 

We're not really . . . the OAMS . . 

Ok. Will you run that OAMS check? 
didn't 

We/have enough OAMS system left to run it. We tried a little 
. . . and if you'll stand by I'll go ahead and run this 
test to see if we can hear anything left there, we're 
in RuS 
Ok. 

No 5 I put in a squib but I couldn't hear anything.' ' 
Ok. Very good. Flight, Guaymas, Copy that? 
Affirmative. 

I'm not showing any OAMS lights at all on my console. 
Chris, out whole OAMS system was just pretty well shot. 
Roger. 

We're all set. We have the platform all aligned. And 

. . . once more and follow laong. 
There we go. 

We've even got everything stowed. 

Now yc:v, 're talking of a real accomplishment. 

It is 

RCS seeir.3 to be holding real well. 
Yeah, it's a real fine system. 
Ok. 

We're using radiation waves all the way around. 



:-:iSSION C0>i:-lI2sT/^J^Y TRANSCRIPT 



Gua\T?as Cap Com 



Giuaiinas Cap Com 
CooDer 



Tape 437, Page 3 
I beg your pardon- 

I say we're usLng radiation waves all the way around 

for the alignment. 

Roger. 

We'll also start our .... for retrofire and then 
vje'll .... for reentry until we need to bring 



Guaymas_Cap Com 
Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houstn Cap Com 
Cooper 

HousTon Cao Com> 



Looper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cao Com 



Roger, got that. 
Gemini 5, Houston. 

This is Gemini 5, all set . . . retro. 

Very good. We're going to be sending your computer 

load. We want to confirm that you've got the computer 

on and it's in prelaunch. 

Roger. I'm prelaunch computer. 

Ok. Very good. I've also got your backup information. 

Are you ready to copy? 

Ready. 

Ok. GMT of retrofire is 12 27 38. Timie for 400,000 is 
14 plus 18. Time to reverse bank, 19 plus 25. Roll left 
53, roll right 67. 
Roger. . . . 

Gemini 5, Houston. Say again, please. 

Roger. You want us to put our computer . . . 

Roger. Are you all set now? 



MISSION COi'MENTARY 
Hcusron CaD Com 



Conpad 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston -Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 

Cooper 
Conrad 



•Houston CaD Com 



nrac 



rmTSCRIPT Tape 437, Page. 4 

Roger. GI"1T of retrofire is 12 27 38. Time to reverse 
bank - time to 400,000 feet, 14 plus 18. Time to 
reverse, 19 plus 25. Bank left, 53. Bank right, 67. 
Copied. 

Roger. Your altimeter setting for the recovery area 
is 30.10. Gemini 5, Houston again. 
Go ahead. 

Be advised that by some calculation here, your water tank 
for your fuel cells is approaching the full point, and 
if you get a Delta P light, we advise you not to worry 
about it because we've run some tests that indicate 
that there ' s plenty of time - on the order of 20 plus 
hours after you've run the tank full- that the fuel cell 
will still operate properly. 
Roger. We won't worry. 
Ok. 

These old fuel cells have done very well, haven't they? 
They sure have. We've run all kinds of tests on them, 
haven't we? 
Yes, we have. 

Houston o'jr yaw system. It was just so sick that there 
wds just no sense working with it. V/hen the rates were down 
what was coupling into what rate, we just couldn't fig'ure 
out which thrusters were bad. 
Roger. 

Vfe put in a squib and vje couldn't hear it, then I did pulse 
re^dlcstor and it Vv'orked. 



Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Houston Surgeon 



Cooper 
Houston Surgeon 



I^IISSION COMMKNTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 437, Page 5 

Houston Cap Com Ok, ver^'- good. Do you have a good DCS load for 121-1, 

and a good TR time? 

Roger. We'll put the computer to reentry at this time. 
Roger. 

Gemini 5, this is Suirgeon. I want to check again for 
sure that we're in agreement that we will not use Item B. 
Is that affirm? 

It's not affirm. We took one for the road. 
One for the road. Ok. Gordo, I want to confirm again 
this blood pressure for Pete's use on reentry - we checked 
the times here and we see that the only time that we'll 
be over a site where we can get any blood pressure prior 
to the time that you're on the water would be over Guayma.s, 
Pete, this would be between 12:35 and 12:40 over Guaymas. 
That would be after retro over Guaymas. So if you can 
get one blood pressure at that time then get the programer 
in as soon as you're on the water and be prepared to switch 
it back and forth then. The other item is in post landing, 
remember that if you do have any symptoms at all 



END OF TAPE 



;.zs?,tg:: cC'-sslit^j^y traiischipt - 8/29/65 Tape 436, -^:^e 1 

Hc--j.:;^cn S-argeon have any symp-coms at all after bridling zee chute or 

on the water to be sure and prop those calves and get 
your feet elevated, slide down so that your feet are 
above your head. 

Cocrjer I've got xhe blood pressure bulb inside, and, I have 

the pumping gear in my pocket, and all I have to do 
is put it on and pump up a blood pressure, right, and 
it goes on recorded? 

Houston S-JTgeon Roger. Correct. 

houston Cap Com Gemini 5, Houston. Be advised everybody ran out, 

looked up, and there you were. 
Cooper How did it look? 

Houston Cap Com They want me to - well, it looked like you were about 

3 degrees off in yaw. 
Cooper No, that's wrong. 

Housxon Cap Com Okay. 
': ocper 'Garbled . 

ITcusrcn Cap Com Must have been the sun angle. 

Ccr.psr That's what it was. 

l^^j-:on Cap Com Bid Dave Scott mention to you the fact that you're 

going to have a lighted horizon at 400,000 feet on 
your reentry? 
Cccptr - Going to have what? 

Com Jus-G about as you get to i+GO,000 feet you should 

have a lighted horizon. 



■icuston Cao Cor. 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooper 

110^31:011 Cax) Com 



Go ahead. 

The ships xnat vill be in ycijr landing area will 0 
the Lake Champlain and 2 destroyers, the LuPom; an 
the Waldron. The airborne - the man in charge of 
the airborne cperax;ions call sign will be air boss 
and the helicopters will be called Recovery I ana 
and Search I, 11, and III. 
Okay . 

Then as you're coming on down I'll give you the ca 
sign of the closest one to you and who you should 
try to contact. 

Roger. What's the call sign of Lake Champlain? 
The call sign is "Kighthawk" but I think it'll be 
referred to as the Lake Champlain. 
Okay, \re just wanted to call them to get a Charlie 
time and a Fox coordinate. 

Roger. Do you still remember those panel signals 

for coming onboard. 

You 



uoorjer 



;xon Can uc 



Say 



re or. Car) Com 
;3r 

;tcn Car» Com 



don ' t; icnow how yoi. 



t ime like that . 



rem^ini Y, Housxcn here. Be advised that since 



1. 



changed, rracrophones ; you are prei.ty difficuj-^ oo rea 

It would be Ijetxer if you talked a litxle on: slov.'er 
Cooper Roger. We used the headsets for the entire flight 

till about 15 rr.inuxes ago. 
Houston Cap Com Okay, very good. Tiiey are a lot better. You seem t 

be picking up a lot of background noise vrhen you are 

transmitting. 
Cooper Okay 

Houston Cap Com What kind of head sets were those, Gordo. 

Cooper Those lightweight 

Houston Cap Com I think I've heard of that before. 

Cooper ■ Good. 

Conrad Houston, Gemini V. We'd like to report that the 

retro checklist is complete. 
Houston Cap Com Roger, I understand. Preretro is complete. 

Conrad Houston, could you give us a Gl-IT time hack. 

Houston Cap Com Roger. GMT time hack. On my mark it will be 

11 16 00, and that will be about 50 seconds. 
Houston Cap Com I'd like to remind you again, Gemini V, that your 

eve:--^: -ir.er should be set up at 27 minutes o\:er 

Garni,;- ; rather than the 36 it was in the flight 

plan . 

Conrad ' I'm sorry. 

Okay, in 15 seconds approxiir.ately it will be 
11 16 CO. 5 ^eccnus, 3,2,1 l-lpm.. 



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bee 

Cooper 
See 



3, 2, 1, MARK, 11 l6 00 



Cooper 
See 

Cooper 
See 

Cooper 
See 

Cooper 
See 



Cooper 

Houston Cap Com 
Cooler 



ra Kton Cap Com 



Gemini V, l^t me caution you on your microphone 
again. We're going to need the IVT readings over 
Hawaii, and we're not going to have a lot of time, 
so try to give them slowly and distinctly. 
OK, is that better now? 

Yes J it is. Did you put the face plate down? 
No, I moved the microphone farther away. 
OK. 

How do I sound now, the faceplate's down? 
Is it any better? 
That's a little better. 
OK. 

It looks like we will have adequate coverage across 
the states so that we should be able to provide you 
your backup guidance quantities before you go into 
blackout . 

Very good. Houston, Gemini 5. 

Go ahead. 

When vould you like the number 1 bio-med recorder 
put or., what time? We don't have it on the check 
list. 

Right now would be a good time, right now. Did you 

get that, Gemini 5? 

I say what time would you like to bio-med number one 



D2-2.IErn:A3Y •TRAAtSCRIPT Tape k39, Page 2 

recorder cn? It's not on the check list. 
Cap Com Roger. Put it on now, put it on now. 

Cooper Roger. 

Houston Cap Cora We're just coming up on LOS now. 

SI© OP TAPE 



have jusi had a pass south of the Canaries station and had a brief upcate 
-here. Had the usual exchange of congratulations. We will probably hear 
rors of that in the last circuit aro'ond the earth. Congrat'ulation zo the 
ere'.-.' going up from the ground and fron the crew back to the ground stations. 
Let's listen to the Canary conversation now. 
Corx'ad Hello, Canary' Cap Com, Gemini 5. 

Canary Cap Com Roger. We would like to confirm that biomed recorder 

number one is on. 
Conr-ad Roger, it's on. 

Canary Cap Com Ok, and what computer mode are you in? 

Conrad Reentry. 
Houston Flight We want it on. 

Canar;/ Cap Com I thought that's what I said. He said it is on. And it 

is on. 

Houston Flight No, he said it v^as off. Check him again. 

Canar:,' Cap Com We're showing it on here. Flight would like to get 

another reading on the biomed recorder no. 1 status. 
Conrac I said it's on. N'jmber 1 is on - they're both on. 

Canar-_;/ Cap Com Roger, I copy No. 1, 2 both on. 

Caiiary Cao Com Gemini 5, we'll give you a tim.e hack for TR at one hour - 

that will be 50 minutes. 
HousTcn Flight V.'hat do you show his computer in now? 

Cilery 'Cap Com I'm still showing touchdown predict. V/ant to get d 

checklist bad<grounder on that. V/e're showing no time he 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape 441, Page 1 

Canary Cap Com Gemini 5, Canary Cap Com. I'll give you a time hack 

on TR in roughly one minute. 



Conrad 

Houston Flight 

Canary Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Canary Gap Com 
Canary Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canary Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canary Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canary Cap Com 
END OF TAPE 



Gemini 5, roger. 

I'll give you a time hack in 15 seconds. On- my Mark it 
will be 11 27 00. MARK. 
Roger, Flight. I'm with you. 

Time to go is one hour and 25 seconds from my Mark. MiARK. 
Roger. 

10 seconds. 3, 2,1, MARK. In 60 minutes. 

Roger, It's right on the button. 600 00. 

Roger. We'll have LOS in about 30 seconds. Everybody 

here at Canary Island would like to send their congratulations 

Thank you very much. We'd like to S3.y the same to you for 

your wDnderful help. 

Roger, our pleasure. 

See you in Houston. 

Roger. The Canaries have had IDS. 



ICSSION C0I.1MSI^Z!ARY TRMSCRIPT Tape kk2, Page 1 

C-err.ini Conxrol, Plouston here; IS9 honors, k2 rainutes into the flight, and 
we're coming up on Tananarive off xhe coast of Africa. I would like 
to run through the sequence of events at the retro fire — during the retro 
maneuver itself the spacecraft will be pitch-down, nose down, 30 degrees. 
That is blunt end forv/ard, pitch down 30 degrees, 0 roll, and 0 yaw. 
That attitude will be held through retro fire, and immediately after retro 
fire, the crew will roll the spacecraft around 18O degrees and assume 
a re-entry angle of I.7 degrees, that'll be I.7 degrees up off the hori- 
zontal, in orther words, slightly nose up. At that point the crew will 
be heads down if we're still altogether. The retro fire \rlll take place 
700 miles northeast of Hawaii. Then about ik minutes after retro fire, 
the spacecraft should be at U00,000 feet, somewhere between Texas ar.d 
Florida, and at that point they will still be heads down, and they will 
roll to their left about 53 degrees; according to the present estimate 
this could change slightly based on radar data during this pass. The 
present plan is 53 degrees. Ten minutes later they should be entering 
their black out period, that'll be 16 ..minutes afxer retro fire, and at 
that time they will be at about 300,000 feet. A minute or two after they 
are in the black out, the computer onboard will give them their first 
solution on their landing c.i-_a, and will have evaluated all the information 
to date there, the exact th:.\ -t. they got from the retro rockets, the other 
values; and it will give the::: ?^ solution. They.w-ill end the blackout peric 
at an altitude df 137,000 ffeet. That should occur about 20 minutes and 
35 seconds after retro fire. And by that tiiiie they will have reversad thai 
roll. They vrill have rolled over xo the right to about 67 degrees off a 
zero point of heads doi\m. Then they will look at their eight bail, in tne 



MISEIOIx Ca^^^ABJ TRAESCRIPx Tape -42, ra£:e 

center cf the console, a series of two cross hairs, one horizontal, one 
ver'cical; and they will attempt to drive these cross hairs to the zero 
point, and this will have the effect of taking out both cross range and 
do-.-rn range errors. Then if everin^hing goes right, at 50,000 feet, the 
pO,000 foot point would occur 22 minutes and 19 seconds after retro. 
They should have main chute about 2k minutes after retro fire, and they 
should he on the water at a point 275 miles southwest of Bermuda at 
28^ minutes after retro fire. This is Gemini Control. 
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^ -w i>. 



;SIOr^ COMMENTARY TRMSCRIPT 



Tape 



This is Gemini Control here, I90 hoiirs 2 minutes into the mission. We 
are in a Carnarvon pass right now. The crew has run through their final 
dieck points with the Carnarvon station. They started an event timer on- 
board. The flight plan calls for them to start a minus 256 second check- 
list hetv/een Canton Island and Hawaii. A very few minutes, a minute or 
so after the are acquired at Hawaii, they will go into their T-1 minute 
checklist with retrofire occurring at 6:27:43 central standard time. We 
have the Carnarvon conversation. We are still in communication out there 
and we will play it for you now. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Gemini V, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Go ahead Carnarvon, Gemini V. 

Roger, I'm going to update you with a new preretro 
load and a new TR time. I've also got the bacloip 
guidance quantities. Are you prepared to copy? 
Ready to copy. 

Transmitting your TR. You got a TR, you are" in sine, 
transmitting your load. 
Wa: ninute. Don't transmit it yet. 
I'll "ransmit the load. 



'onrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



Conraa 

Carnarvon Cap Com 



C cnr • 

Coirnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Carnarvon Cap Com 



Dia j.t m. 

Roger , _ ; :ot a 

Let ir.e give you your "backup guidance quantities to you 
and check a ccutile of the cores in the I-CDrJ. 



Cai--o.rvcn Cai) Com 



irieau IX. 

Rocer. GMTRC 12 2? ^3 • HEP 400K. 1^+12, RETRB 
19 - 21, Bank l<;i't 53; oank right 67- Copy? 



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rape k^3, Page 



Conrad 

Carnar'^von Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Carnarvon -Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Carnarvon Cap Com 

Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Gap Com 
Houston Flight 



Carnarvon Cap Com 



Roger . 

Okay, let'f; check cords, 03, GR cord 03- 
52192 . 

Roger, stand by one. Flight, there is some difficulties 

isn't there? He copied at 992, I got 93 at the end. 

That ' s okay. 

Okay, read out cord 10. 

00955. 

Roger, you got it. Looks good. 
Oh. 

I'll give you an event timer countdovm time hack at 

27 minutes 00 seconds. 

Carnarvon, have him stand by. 

You got 20 seconds. Go ahead Flight, 

That's all right, stand by. We want to have him go out 
on one mode and back into reentry just to check it . Stand 
by. 

10 seconds, 3, 2, 1 IvIARK. 27- Got it? 



END OF TAPE 



laSSIOIT CO^a^^EHTASY TR/u^SCRI?T 



khk, ?a-e 1 



lanarvon CaiD Com 



Cooper 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Conrad 

Canarvon Cap Com 
Kouston Flight 

Conrad 

Houston Flight 
Canarvon Cap Com 

Conrad 

Canarvon Ckv Com 



Got it. Okay; I'll give you a G^IT time hack at 
12 hours 00 minutes at 12 hours 01 minuxes, and 
about 5 seconds. • 
Roger . 
2,1, MARK. 

Okay, ve're right on 2. Verify the computer is 
in reentry. 

Roger. Flight, what were you talking about check? 
That's okay. That's what we want him to do, was 
verify . . . 

I don't quite under sxand why we didn't get a DCS light 
on either the TR or the load that just went in. 
Roger . 

Roger, I got knots back in those core readouts you 
gave me check with my ET message. 
Give me a TR at 26. ■ 

Roger, 10 seconds to go. 5? ^, 3, 2, 1 MARK. Got it? 



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k. a>. ilk iki- 



7;:ic is Gemini Control at rlouston. Forgive the loss there. V.'e're at 
19c noursj 22 minutes into the flighty and while we are talking, Jim 
"icDivitt has been remcting to the spacecraft through Canton Island. 
Let's come up on that conversation, please. 

Eouston Cap Comi Gemini 5? Gem.ini 5, Houston here. We're standing 

by in case you need anything. 
Cooper This is Gemini 5 

Houston Cap Com Roger. Houston here. We're just standing by in 

case you need anything. 
Cooper . Right here everything ' s fine. 

Houston Cap Com Very good, very good. 

GemJ.ni Control back here. Retro fire clock shows h minutes ajid 10 
seconds. Here in the Control Center, the Flight Director Chris ICraft, 
the flight surgeon, the capsule comjnunicator , Jim McDivitt, and our 
retro fire officer, Tom. Carter, have the same kind of sensors applied to 
their bodies that the crew does on Gemini 5, and we'll be taking another 
EKG reading during this retro fire maneuver. Hawaii has acquired. Pete 
Conrad's on the line. During that final minute, Pete will, Gordon Cooper 
will be holding his attitudes very carefully, then Pete Conrad at the 
same time will push a button marked SEP CAMS Lllffi. This will cut the 
line back to the OAI'-S systemi and the adapter, and then he will push the 
LI? /'J^APTER button. At T-IC seconds he will arm the retro button by puchii 
it, ar-d meanwhile Cooper will count down with our Hawaii comxaunicator , 
1:1 Garvin . down to the retro fire point. Our ground station in Hawaii 
^ j-:^: z trx.v, tr.c spacecrai't is righ on its proper attitude. It's 30 degrees 



.----i v/itr. & litxle r.ore xrian 2 rr.inutes to gO; it's all q^aiet here in 
The Gcn-rol Cenxer and it is all cuiet cuo in Hawaii, and at a point of 
atoux 15:. tc :^.iles of bubble lighting. Pete Conrad says, "v^e ar^^gight 
on" he caught the 2 ininute mark. Over in the Atlantic Ocean everj.'thing is 
ready, we've got 2 big k engine airplanes,! 200 miles uprange , 1 200 miles 
downrange from the landing point, 3 search helicopters, 3 recovery helicopters, 
v7£ have an on-scene Commander, a Na^/y plane, and S-2 out. we also have 
3 C-I3C airplanes vrhich will relay telemetry. Here is the 1 minute ma.r'k. 
"Right there, S3? OAI-IS," Conrad said, "SEP ELECTRIC" and "SEP ADAPT". 
5, 6, 7, c, 5, 3, 2, 1 iviAPlK. Rocket 3 has fired, Rocket 2 has fired. 
Rocket K has fired, and Hawaii has verified all retros have fired, Conrad 
confirris. Ajid Gordon Cooper has Just read out his incremental velocity 
indicator needles, they showed 269 aft, 010 left, and I8I do™. This SQ-unds 
quite nominal. We're 1 minute beyond the retrofire point, and out in the 
:;pacecraft they should have just gotten our computer light on. Flight 
Director ?ias asked for another set of summaries of the conditions at the 
xir.c of retrofire. Through our rapid comjnuni cat ions system, they will be 
in hore . ar.d displayed within a second or two. Tlie Hawaii Communicator 
is talking now. Let's listen to that conversation. 

Conrad 26. 

hawa: i Cap Com Roger. 

Zk;-,.'L,ii C:ap Com I'll give you a ir.ark at TR plus 3 miinutes. 



..■ecu . --- sign nas jusu gone up on our recovery map wnxcn says, "ricr^r.&i. 

trofii-e . '' It's as rr.uch as we could have hoped for . 
Havraii "ap Com Hawaii has had LOS. 

Ccnraa Say, we got it Hav/aii. 

Hawaii Cap Con: Roger, roger. 

Koustcn Flight Well done, Kav/aii. 

Flight Director Chris Kraft gives the Hawaii Station a well done on tha- 
rr.ansuver . And v/ithin 3 to i+ minutes the California station should acquire. 
Fro;;: the Cai-rier we learned that the hello's are airborne, the search and 
the recovery helios, a total of 6. Very little talk here in the Control 
Center. Everybody has their .jobs to do and their n-'ombers in front of them. 
.'■\r.a that will be a very active period in this pass across the States, several 
raaar points taken. 

Gemini Control here, we'll come back to you when California acquires. 



MISSION C0M^4ENTARY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape 448, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control here. Jim McDivitrt has just raised the spacecraft 
thjrough the California station and our environmental electrical communications 
officer says the nain batteries look fine, their voltage is right up there 
where it oug};t to be. Jim has ;' ;st urged the crew to enjoy the view as they 
take the plunge across the United States coming down the home stretch on their 
120 revolution flight. They are probably getting a good look at this spacecraft 
down on the west coast. It's sweeping across New Mexico, darkness on 'the 
ground out there. Jim says the weather looks good at the recovery area. 
We're about 7 minutes now - 7 minutes into the - since retrofire. Cooper 
making a comment about looking for the pump package that was observed by 
Grissom and Young as it went by after the adapter separation. He apparently ^ 
missed it though. The crew is now being instructed to pump up their blood 
pressure cuffs and we're going to take a blood pressure as we sweep across 
Texas here. The cuff is full-scale. Dr. Berry reports. We've got a valid 
blood pressure on the pilot. The blood pressure quantity was taken actually 
at the Guaymas station, Guaymas, Mexico. We've got about six minutes to go 
here before we reach the 400,000 foot mark and one minute later we'll be 
at 300,000 feet where the blackout period will begin and last about 4 minutes, 
a little over 4 minutes . Here ' s Jim McDivitt talking to the spacecraft - let ' s 
cut in on that. 

Houston Cap Com Ok. You should get the lighted horizon just slightly before 



400,000. 



Conrad 



Roger. 



Guaymas Cap Com 



. . . are holding good, Flight. 



Houston Flight 



Roger. 



Guaymas Cap Com 



The secondary 0„ is real good. 



Houston Flight 



Roger. 



ION COf^^TARY TRANSCRIPT 



Cape 44 8, 



Conrad 



Houston Cap Com 
Conrad 

Houston Cap Com 
Conrad . 

Houston Cap Com 
END OF TAPE 



This is a very futuristic sight out here with - I con' 
know what all this stuff is - I guess it's pieces of t 
retro adap-r^^. , or whatever, following along, but it's 
all lit up with sunlight in a complete black- void. 
Roger, can you see the retro adapter back there at all 
No. 
Ok. 

Ok. We're beginning to see the horizon a few degrees 

below us. 

Ok. 



mSSIOW COMffiNTAEY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape hkS, Page 1 



ECOM reports the cabin temperature is 6l degrees. 



Conrad 



Yeah, we have a good horizon now. 



Houston Cap Com 



Roger on the good horizon. 



Everything entirely nominal up to this point. We're listening 
right along with you, and everything just looks hO. Jim McDivitt 
giving Pete Conrad a little advice on how the horizon should look and 
exactly where to look. We're still estimating at 56 minutes, 56, we 
should have splash. We'll be coming very shortly into the blackout 
zone. The last communication was rather garbled, always axi indication 
that we're going into blackout. They would be feomewhere between, coming 
up on UOOjOOG feet in about 30 seconds. Jim McDivitt has just advised 
that blackout will occur at 16 minutes and ih seconds after retro fire, 
which is very close the value we planned, about 2 revolutions ago, which 
was 16 minutes and 15 seconds. The pilots are now being instructed to 
roll left 53 degrees, and then their reverse angle will be 68 degrees. 
They start the 68 degree maneuver at 19 minutes and 25 seconds ■ after 
retro fire, about 5 minutes from now. We're hearing from Pete Conrad. 
It's a little ragged, but it's coming in. Jim McDivitt 's just advised 
the crew that their time for drogue chute will be 22 minutes and 5 seconds 
from retro fire. Their ti;n,e for main chute is 23 minutes, hd seconds. 
Jim McDivitt says, "You're coming up on blackout now, Gemini 5- Have a 
nice ride." Blackout to be,, ... in 10 seconds. A minute or two into 
blackout, a computer on board should give the crew its first solution of 

the landing problem, it's evaluation, it's instructions on what angles 

to fly, and we suspect that it will agree very carefully with what has been 

plotted here. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION C0>2<EKTASY TRANSCRIPT 



Tape Page 1 



Now comes the long quiet spell. They should he out of hlackout in twenty 
minutes, thirty-five seconds, about three and a half minutes from now. This 
is time when the spacecraft comes to what must seem like a virtual halt on 
hoard from a speed of something over 17,000 miles an hour down to a speed 
around mock 1, 7OO-8OO miles an ho\ir.,in a short span of several minutes. 
It's very quiet, almost a methodical approach here, in the Gemini Control 
Center, everyone seated listening for the communication. Jim McDivitt is 
broadcasting now in the blind at I8 minutes and 30 seconds since retrofire, 
but we've not heard back from the spacecraft yet, shouldn't for another two 
minutes. Jim McDivitt just put in another call 19 minutes and 20 seconds 
since retrofire. It's also all quiet from down range. We've had no reports 
in the last few minutes from the carrier, the Lake Champlain , but they will 
be coming to life, I'm sure, in a very few minutes. We're now at 20 minutes 
and 8 seconds since retrof ir§ , ajid we estimate from 30-50 seconds they should 
be out of the blackout region. Their drogue chute presently is planned for 
an opening at 22 minutes, 5 seconds after retrofire followed by a minute and 
a half later they'll go to main chute. The drogue chute is to come out at 
50,000 feet. Twenty-one minutes since retrofire. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION -COIvEvSl^^I/LRy TrlAI\fSCRIrT Tape Page 1 

Now we caxi hear Pete Conrad, his voice. It's very faint,, but we can 
hear him. Jim McDivitt's final raised xhem. Tnere he goes on another 
call. Pete Conrad says they arc ""ying various bank angles, and he believes 
they may be a little bit short of zrie target. There's the drogue .out, 
Pete called it. Pete called it at about 22 minutes, 10 seconds, and 
that's within 5 seconds of what we were planning here. They are on drog'ae. 
The carrier, we are informed, has radar contact with the spacecraft. Kow 
the carrier is in voice contact with the spacecraft we're told. Gemini 5 
communicator Jim McDivitt says, "Give us a call when you put your main 
out." Pete comes back with a roger. The main chute should be going out 
a second or two from now. "Roger," Pete says, "main chute out." He's 
on a main and he says it looks fine. Jim says that according to our 
radar information, they may be a little bit up range; we don't have a 
plot yet just where. They both report they are feeling fine. The precise 
word was, "We feel OK." The destroyer DuPont , as you can see, if you 
are "look at a plot of that 121-1 area, is 72 nautical miles up range from 
the destroyer, from the carrier, I'm sorry. We hesitate to say, because 
we do not have any data yet on just where this point is, but the inclina- 
tion seems to be that the landing point may be up around the DuPont. It's 
very likely somewhere betv ei-) the DuPont and the Champlain . The on-scene 
commax.der down range has ' contact with the spacecraft. They are still 
on main chute. We have an • mated splash point here of 70 degrees, 15 
minutes west, 30 degrees, 15 niinutes north. 
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y-ISSIOI'I COIvEffiNTARY TRAI\fSCRIPT 



Tape h32. Page 1 



Gerriini Control here. The radar contacts are pouring in at this point 
and we are able to give you a preliminary estimate that the spacecraft is 
floating on the water and they are on voice contact with an airplane called 
the Onscene Commander. We estimate this position about 80 miles west of 
"the Carrier itself, west of the carrier Lake Champlain , this would be slightly 
xo the South of the ground track and right now the best estimate is 
80 miles west of the Carrier. We'll stand by and bring you additional 
information as it develops. 



END OF TAPE 



MISEIOrJ COIMSr'iTARY TRAJISCRIPT Tape ^53, Page 

Genini Control here. We have just been advised by^.the carrier, the 
On Scene Commander down there xhax. an airplane, an HC-97 will be over the 
spacecraft in about 5 minutes and it will remain there until additional 
aircraft, helicopters, have reached the point. They axe on the water and 
we say the best estimate right now is about 80 statute miles west of our 
original target point. This is Gemini Control standing by. 

Gemini Control here. We just heard one of the cleaner transmissions 
we have heard in the last few minutes and it came from Gordon Cooper. He 
said Gemini V here. We're on the water and we're in good shape, standing 
by awaiting you sailors and you airplane people. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSIOIC CC:-&lSIvTASy TRASS CF 1-^7 vape ^5-^; -"-ge 1 

Vie still have no decision on just exactly ^vhat the crev^ will do, whether 
they'll sit it out there in the spacecraft and wait for the carrier to co-.s 
along side, or whether they will io through a helicopter pick-up as we have 
in the two previous Gemini landi. . Before this mission we planned for the 
crew to remain in the spacecraft to be physically hoisted aboard the carrier. 
However, in this. . .excuse me if this eighty mile estimate is accurate , that 
would mean about three hours, so that's a factor that has to be considered. 

This is Gemini Control standing by 

Gemini Control here. The recovery room was given the following briefing 
to the flight director. They estimate that we're--the spacecraft is down at 
a point twenty-two miles south of the destroyer Dupont . The on-scene air- 
borne commander is in the area over the spacecraft. He has directed three 
rescu-e helicopters to come to the scene, and they're proceeding at full 
throttle to that point. We have all good green reports from the spacecraft. 
All in all, it looks like a good situation down there with fairly low waves, 
good visibilityT-ten miles, and we'll stand by. for additional information. 

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MISSION COf^^ENT.'iuRY TRANSCRIPT Tape 455, Page i 

This is Ge-Tiini ConrrxDl here. C;":e of the rescue aircraxx has the space- 
craft in sight and he is on th-c scene . The recovery helicopters . three in 
njiri)er, are presently about Ir - - 20 rdnures away from the spacecraft and v 
have not got a decision back f^';;r. me on-scene coraiiander but we are 
recommending from here thar we go ahead with the helicopter pickup and 
transfer the crew back to the carrier, Lake Champlain, via helicopter. 
We'll stand by for additional information as it develops. This is Gemini 
Control _ out. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSIOa COJ.:<Ei^TiiJ^Y TR/-i^I3CRIPT Tape k^a, Page 1 

Gemini Control here. The airplane air boss assures the on-scene com- 
manders that he has the green dye markers that have been put out by the 
Gemini-5 spacecraft on splash, thev have the dye markers in sight, letting 
down toward it. Now the space- air toss on-scene commander has the 

spacecraft clearly in sight. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION C0:-2-IEKT.\RY TRANSCRIPT Tape -'-J 57, Page 1 

Triis is Geirdni Control. The svjirrjr.ers , The parapescue men, meiriers of the 
Air Rescue Service, are about to juT.p into the water in the ar^ea of the 
spacecraft and it appears rig; v-^ that the spacecraft is resting on the 
33° north latitude by about 69-1/2^' west longitude. We're standing by. 
This is Gemini Control and our situation looks like this. The destroyer, 
Dupont, is 17 miles north of the spacecraft and is proceeding toward it. 
Vie hjave two swimmers that are poised and ready to go at the command of the 
on- scene- commander who is also in the area in another aircraft. And we have 
three helicopters which should be there in a ver^,^ few minutes. And the 
on-scene commander then must decide whether he wants to deploy his pararescue 
men or let the helicopters go in and make the pickup. In all probability, he 
will deploy his pararescue jumpers, but we'll stand by for the precise word. 



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MISSION C0J2i3XTARy TRANSCRIPT 



Gerr.ini Control here. Our status is xhis , the rescue aircraft is over 
Gemini V spacecraft, and a decisi: has been made not to j-urr.p the 2 para- 
rescue aboard, but instead to wait for the he?:^icop^ers to arrive. 'They ar 
expected within 10 to 15 minutes. They will have, they also have swinrr.ers 
v/-ho will go into tne water and fix a flotation collar abcux the spacecraft 
and then assist the crew in anyv/ay they need assistance in leaving the spa 
craft and going up the sling into the helicopters. This is Gemini Control 



END OF TAPE 



are estimating that they'll be cv the spacecraft in abouL six or .sever; 
iTiiriUtes from rigl'it now, anc we'll ti,;t tr.em over at about 20 minutes oefore 
the hour. The on-;ioene cocaaaaatv -c^ys txiat ne can not see tne reentry — 
the recovery antema does not appear to be up, and he has not had aiiy voice 
contact with the spacecraft. However, the carrier itself haa voice contact 
as they approached the landing splashpoint, or very close to splash. V.'e're 
standing by for additional information. 

Gemini Control here. The recovery helicopter , search recovery helicopter, 
has been directed to proceed in on a pick-up pass and deplo?y its swimmers. 
The helicopter is coiEmanded by Navy Coimnander Fredrick L- Highsmith of Xaironta, 
Georgia. They have three swimmers aboard the helicopter. They are Lt . J.G. 
John Hui'it of Boston, Massachusetts. Quarter Master Third Class Peter A. Flpencer, 
bt':T-"or 3 , Vermont, and William L. Langley, Airman7-Navy Airman, of Greenville, 
South Carolina. Tliis is Gemini Control standing by. . . 



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MSSIOjI COI-EffiNTARY TRANSCRIPT Tape koO , Page 1 

This is Gemini Gontrol. FroK the airplane "Air Boss" the on scene 
coimander J we learned that he is directing recovery helicopter number 1 
"CO nake an approach and go ahead and deploy it's swiinners. They should 
be jumping momentarily. We are also advised that in the same area there 
is a coiTimercial ship, tentatively identified as the Victoria , under 
United S-uates registry, and it apparently just happened by and it's getting 
a pretty good eye view of the recovery piclcup. This is Gemini Control 
standing by. 

EM) OF TAPE 



This is Geniini Control, one evriin'rier in the water, tvo swiirjr.ers in the 
water. A flotation collar has cropped. All three swijijners in the 

water vj-ith the coII&jt and they will inflate the collar and encircle the 
spacecraft with it . 

The recovery helicojvber pilot la nov* backing off a little bit so ne 
doesn't make too much wake which would interfere with the Gwimmer opera- 
tions, they are in the water now swimming around the spacecraft. 

The swimmers are now beginning to put the flotation collar around 
the spacecraft. The report from the On Scene Commander is that the collar 
is now affixed to the spacecr aft, and we are standing by for further word. 

Gemini Control here. The swimmers are still putting the flotation 
collar around the spacecraft, securing it to it. We have a very clean 
signal from the On Scene Coimnander . 



:■: COivaSZITAfvY TRAKSCRIPT Tape kG2, Page 



The one swirnmer is lip on t,he : age of the collar and he has signaled th 
recovery helicopter to drop rhe 1:' ;'-rafx . Standard proced'are, and the raft 
is now on the water. One of "che c,;...r;:JTiers now has pl^jigged in an interphone 
communication patch on the spacecraft. The liferaft is now inflated beside 
the spacecraft. The swimmer who has been talking on that interphone con- 
nection Just flashed a big "thumbs up" signal to the recovery helicopter. 
That's the report from down scene. A big th^urfibs up. Vfe still have no re- 
ports yet on a hatch opening but we should have that momentarily. 

We have a report, a hatch is open. The left hatch. Tlie left hatch is 
now open we are advised by the On Scene Commander. 

Eow one astronaut is leaving the spacecraft at this time. That would 
mcs-G likely be Gordon Cooper. The astronaut is standing on the seat and 
one of the swimmiers is chatting \<rith him. Now we are advised that one of 
the astronauts who was standing on his seat has moved over. He is sitting 
on top of the spacecraft. And the astronaut gives us a big "thumbs up". 
He is giving a th-ambs up sign to the On Scene Commander. 

« 

END OF TAPE 



-he sv:iirmer. The first astronaut has entered the life raft; the second 
astronaut is walking around the flotation collar, apparently to make his 
jurriD into the life raft. Ko^c t.. .:i,tches on the spacecraft are being 
closed--a safety measure to avoid a wave splashing in there. The'hatches 
are being closed and vre're preparing to bring the astronauts up on the life 
lines. Still, one astronaut on the life raftj one astronaut is holding on 
to the spacecraft. We'i-e preparing to hoist one of the astronauts --let ' s 

try to catch the signal live do-ivnrange Gemini Control here again. That 

signal from downrange is getting a lir.tle rough, but it certainly was_good 
up to that point. The man who gave us that blow by blow is Commander Kenneth 
0. Echlin, Jr., who is Air Group Commander from Air Group 5^- Ke ' s a native 
of Grimerton, Washington; he now lives in Key West, Florida. Kow, the sling 
is being placed around the second astronaut. He's about to be hoisted in 
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Ger.'.ini Control here. Sow -.■;£ V:-ive bo^h e^stronerats in the recovery heli 

« 

copxer and that seer.ed to be a si;-:nal for Chris Kraft to break out his 
cigar box and he is pa&sing ther:. to various people here in the Control 

Center. We do not have at this time a precise fix on when the helicopter 
is due back on the Lake Champlain , but we will stand by and give you that 
as it develops, 'we've got a report, from the helicopter relayed to the 
On Scene Commander. He says that both the astronauts are looking pretty 
good, it sounds like 'they are a little bearded, but they are walking around 
in the helicopter, they seem to be in good spirits. He says they look good 
We are standing by. 

Now with the helicopter preceding toward the Lake Chajnplain , we are 
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This is Gemini control .here. We're advised through the 
relay that the astronauts have gone through their first medical 
check point- A simple stanc \:.p test, but best be described as a 
deep knee bend and it was entirely normal. We will keep you 
advised as additional information reaches us. 

This is Gemini control. We're now estimating the helicopter 
will be on the deck of the Champlain at 36 minutes after the 
hour — 36 minutes after the hour — about a half hour from 
now. We're getting very good reports on the crew. They are 
minimal but they are certainly good reports. Meanwhile here 
at the control center, smiles and big cigars are the order of 
the day. Dr. Gilruth, Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center 
is congratulating Chris Kraft, the other two flight directors 
John Hodge and Gene Kranz are in the room along with Charles 
Mathews, the Gemini Program Manager. You can just feel the 
atmosphere relax in a round of hand shakes and cigar smoke. 
This is Gemini Control Center standing by. 
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This is Gemini Control. We've been passed two bits of inforraation 
from the helicop'oers . The pilots inquired as to whether the gentleman 
who wanted the dollar bill is on board zhe carrier. This is a reference 
to the National Aeronautics AssociaL.ion representative who is on the carrier 
ready to certify this flight as the world's record for endurance, as well as 
several other record departments. They've also requested, the pilots that is, 
that they've advised that they will walk down to the sick "bay area. They 
don't want any help--a very hopeful sign. We're estimating that the heli- 
copter should land on the deck of the Chaiaplain at 28 minutes after the 
hour, and we'll be back with you in a very few minutes. 

Gemini Control here. From downrange vre're advised that the search 
planes have given up the search for the reentry, the radar and reentry 
section. That's the forward nose of the spacecraft which we have sometimes 
recovered in past flights. We hoped to get it today, but apparently it 
sank. There's some question as to whether it had any of the cork material 
inside of it which would have kept it floating. We're also advised that 
the astronauts are going to come back aboard in their spacesuits. They 
have taken o.:f their helmets, and we should see a furry and growthly beard. 
But they will still have their spacesuits on. This is Gemini Control standing 
by 

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Gemini Control here. Trudy Coov:eT and her two daughters have just walked 
into the Control Center. Chuck Berry has his ariu around her. They are 
both looking up a.z a big Videx ^senoaxicn coining from the carrier, vai-ious 
shots of Pete and Gordo as they got out of the helicopter and walked 
across the deck. Deke Slayton, the assistant director for flight crew 
operations, is down congratulating Trudy, now chatting with her. We 
axe sure she is going to make her way around the Control Center, restrained 
conversation if anything. Of course, it's been a long mission. Trudy 
has a big smile on her face. Now Deke Slayton is escorting Trudy and 
the girls across the Control Center up to Chris Kraft's console. Here 
we come now. Chuck Matthews, the Gemini program manager, shaking .hands 
with Trudy now. Now Chris Kraft, the flight director, big cigar stuck in 
the side of his mouth — couldn't be happier. George l^'iueller, associate 
director for manned space flight, and Doctor Bob Gilruth, director of the 
Manned Spacecraft Center, just relaying their compliments to Trudy. 
Now we're not quite sure what's going on here. Chris is plugging in some 
head sets. 'rudy's got one in her hand. A very few mdnutes ago we were 
going around the world, stopping at the individual stations, Kraft relaying 
a well, done to each of the stations. In our oxher ear we are getting a 
report from sick bay tht,,- i.r boys look fine, from the doctor. 

A very nappy and sm - Jane Conrad approaching the Mission Control 
Center, and in quite a hur.-^ ■ " get "CO the third floor where J-'i"S. Gordon Coop 
is already wai-ting. 

Commentator Mrs. Conrad, I luiow you axe in a hurry to get to 

the third i:oor. VJhat ccrment do you have at the 



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Hot righx now. 

iJct right noT-r. She is in a hurry to get upstairs. 
Perhaps she is about to speak to her husband for the 
first time in at least eight days, Mrs. Jane Conrad 
with Bob Gordon of NASA Protocol, making their way 
to the elevators, and in just a few seconds they 
too will be up there in' that third floor Mission 
Control room where Mrs. Trudy Cooper and the two 
daughters of Gordon Cooper are all ready there. 
This is Murphy Martin in the lobby of Mission Control. 



In the midst of a lot of congrauulauions , we got additional vrord from 
the recovery forces that d-a.rin&, tr-,x. period they were on the water apparently 
there v;as some difficulty with their antenna. They were attempting to trans- 
mit, and either their on-the-water transmitter wasn t working or the antenna 
by which they do talk in that position was not in the up position. But that 
is not of very much concern at this point. 

Jane Conrad has Joined us here in the Control Center. She didn't bring 
the boys with her, however. Both vrives seem very much absorbed in a picture 
where they are actually watching themselves on Chris Kraft's monitor at that 
center console which has been the scene of numerous conferences these past 
8 days, I can assure you. 

Gemini Control here again. The circuits are being checked out right now. 
We hope momentarily: to arrange a little conference call between the wives and 
the pilots out on the Lake Champlain . We have released a certain circuit for 
that p-orpose. It is being checked out by the communicator. We have no 
estimate on exactly when this call will take place. Now Jane Conrad has taken 
Chris Kraft's seat at the console and another chair is being pulled up for 
Trudy Cooper. The two Cooper girls. Cam and Jan are busy in a private con- 
versation all of their own. Now chairs are being brought up for them. 



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nnson 



;ooper 



President Johnson 



Conrad 

President Johnson 



Conrad 

President Johnson 



8 days . 



I war.t to salute you both for the very Cc-.Lt. and cool 
courage that, you have shovm throughout xhese last 

[n the face of disappointments ar^d discourage- 
ments, you have conducted yourselves nohly. You have 
certainly proved for once and all that man has a place 
in the exploration of the great frontier of space. 
Gordon, when are you going to be ready to go up again? 
Well in a day or two, sir. As soon as we can have a 
little to eat and a little rest. 

Well that's fine. Astronaut Conrad, after you see that 

family of yours, would you like to see some of the 

world at ground level for a change? 

I'm sorry sir. I couldn't hear you. 

I say after you see that family of yours, how would 

you like to see some of the world at the ground level 

for a change? 

Oh, I'd like to very much, sir. 

Well, you are going to get the chance. We want you to 
take a good rest and work with your doctors and follow 
out 1-Ir, Webb and Dr. Seamans instructions, but afterwards, 
we hope that both of you, along with the other astronauts 
can accept some of the invitations to share your achieve- 
ments with the people in other lands, because the one 

thing that we are all working for and really our only 




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purpose in space is peace in "che world. We want all 
mankind to be the beneficiaries of what you have done- 
And I know ■ ^t you can continue to conrnunicate Americas 
message on Earth as in the skies. We spent a good part 
of last evening working out some plans for you. Now 
Gemini V will long be remembered and long honored for 
the courage of the crew and the competence of the team 
on the ground and the vision of all who dared to see 
this great interprise. We can only hope that your 
achievement will encourage all other nations to accept 
more fully what great accomplishments can be wrought by 
cooperating together in these new realms of infinity. 
So I just want to say God bless you both, we're glad 
you are back, we shall be everlastingly proud of you 
and we are so thanlcful for all the blessings that are 
ours. Do either of you have any observations you want 
to make? 

Cooper No, no sir. It was certainly a wonderful trip and we 

saw a lot of the whole world, a lot of countries and 
a !■ . :;: places that were extremely interesting and it 
" makes ^eel how small and insignificant man is com- 
pared : country or the world and how we all should 
work together to further (garbled) 

President Johnson Well Gordon, we wish you could be out here with us this 

morning . 



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Cooper 

President Johnson 
Cooper 

President Johnson 
Coojjer 

President Johnson 



Cooper 

President Johnson 
Coo-oer 



Gordon, do you read me. 

Yes sir, ve are reading you. 

Are you jus" -ductant or did you not hear me? 
We are reading you. Are you reading us? 
I sure am. I vrish you could go the the Short Horse 
with me this morning as we did not long ago. 
That would he nice . 

We'll be looking forward to seeing you and congratulations 

again and I know that those fa^nilies are going to be 

mighty happy to see you again. 

Thank you, thank you very much for calling us^. 

Over and out . 

We'll see you, bye. 



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Gemini Control here. Gemini Control here. Our ground communications 
haven't worked out nearly as well as our space communications in the last 
ei{£ht days, but in the last five .:inutes both Trudy Cooper and Jaxie Conrad 
talked with their husbands as well as the two girls, out on the carrier. 
We .understand that the patch did not work out so that that particular con- 
versation failed to get out, but it was a very abortive sort of a con- 
versation. They had great difficulty hearing the carrier, and apparently 
the boys had difficulty hearing them. However, they did relay their con- 
gratulations both ways, and the girls are now leaving the Control Center, 
presumably to go back home. Trudy had told Gordo that she would see him 
in about four days, and apparently Jane Conrad has other ideas. She said 
that it might not be that long. This is Gemini Control out. 
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