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MISSION COMMErj.^Y, 12/14/65, -50 a.m. Tape 1, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control. We are coming up on T-280 minutes and 
counting. Mark, 280 minutes and counting on the Gemini 7 mission. Our 
countdown has been proceeding excellently throughout last evening and 
this morning. As far as the terminal phase of the count is concerned 
we picked up with the launch vehicle at T-360 minutes and counting at 
8:30 a.m. EST. ■ The launch vehicle is due to join us in the terminal 
count at the T-ZkO minute mark which is four hours before launch and 
here at the Cape will be 10:38 a.m. EST. As far as our checkouts late 
last evening and this morning have gone, everything has been going well. 
We loaded the propellants aboard the Titan II launch vehicle starting 
about 10 p.m. last evening. This operation took a little less than 
four hours. Following the successful completion of the propellant 
loading, we then began to top off the liquid hydrogen bottle that 
services the fuel cell. This is the liquid hydrogen that is fed into 
the fuel cell during the flight. This all went well and an hour and 
15 minutes after we started feeding in the liquid hydrogen we were 
ready to go. All systems still looking good at the present time. 
Astronauts Edward White and Michael Collins came aboard the Gemini 7 
spacecraft about; 8 o'clock this morning. An half an hour prior to 
that time they had a nice big breakfast of steak and eggs. These 
are the backup pilots, Astronauts Edward White and Mike Collins. The 
prime pilots of the mission, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell had a late 
breakfast this .morning at about 7:30° This consisted of some toast, 
orange juice and some coffee. They expect to have their big breakfast 
about 35 or k-0 minutes fro;., now. All systems still looking good at 
the launch pad and we understand everything is going well in the crew 
quarters. As far as our weather situation is concerned, which is 
the final point of this first report. We do have cloudy weather in 
the Cape are; e expect it will be with us most of the day. However, 
at the pr^.ient time, although there are some scattered showers we expect 
we ure „ ^, about getting the worst of the situation at the present 
time and the rain should leave us later in the morning. We presently 
have cloudy conditions but we do have a ceiling of about 10,000 feet 

which would be very acceptable for launch. Clouds are expected to 
remain with us but it is not considered to be a problem. As far as 
the ren; , ; ;,,o-r of the Gemini Tracking Network is concerned weather is 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 8:50 a.m. Tape 1, Page 2 

acceptable for launch in all areas. If Frank Borman and Jim Lovell are 
launched on time today, they may get a good look at a cyclone condition 
that is in the Indian Ocean just south of the equator. We are at T-277 
minutes and counting. This is Gemini Launch Control. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 9:19 a.m. Tape 2, Page 1 

This is Gemini 7 Launch Control. We are just under T-250, 51 minutes 
and counting, T-251 minutes and 23 seconds and counting at the present 
time. Our countdown on the Gemini 7 mission is proceeding satisfactorily. 
Everything looks good. There are no known problems at the present time. 
At the launch pad they are looking forward in some 10 to 12 minutes to 
having the launch vehicle join the spacecraft in the so-called "terminal 
phase" of the Gemini 7 count. In the white room at Launch Complex 19 
Astronauts Edward White and Mike Collins, the backup pilots of the Gemini 7 
mission are in the spacecraft checking out various systems. Early this 
afternoon they will be ready to report to the prime pilots, Frank Borman 
and Jim.. Lovell on the status of the Gemini 7 spacecraft. Everything looking 
good ||g^the present time. This is Gjj|.ni Launch Control. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65' 9:30 a.m. Tape 3, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control. We are now at Tr239 minutes, 15 seconds, 
and counting. At this stage in the Gemini 7 countdown, the launch countdown 
has just joined the spacecraft count which, of course, has been proceeding 
for about an hour at this time. We are now in a so-rcalled terminal count 
with the launch vehicle and the spacecraft counting- simultaneously and 
we are making various verifications between the spacecraft and the launch 
vehicle to be sure that the interface is all going well. Our countdown 
continues to proceed excellently. Everything looking good at the present 
time. This is Gemini Launch Control. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 9:^9 a.m. Tape #k , Page 1 

This is Gemini 7 Launch Control, with a T-211 minutes and counting. 
It's coming up on 1 minute before the hour. Our countdown on the Gemini 7 
mission is proceeding normally. Astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell 
completed their physical exam and were reported in good shape. The 
astros were reported in high spirits as they came back from the examination 
room to their quarters to have their breakfast. They are having breakfast 
now with some 12 to 13 guests. We hope, in a short while, to give you a 
complete list of the guests who did have breakfast with astronauts Borman 
and Lovell. Jim Lovell, as he came back to the crew quarters, did comment 
to a few people in the hall that he was looking forward to a good long 
flight. Everything proceeding normally at the present time on Gemini 7- 
This is Gemini Launch Control. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 10:15 a.m. Tape 5, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control. Now T-195 minutes and counting. All 
proceeding normally in the Gemini 7 countdown at the present time. We have 
been informed that Astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Love 11, the prime pilots 
of the 7 mission have departed from the crew quarters and are now on their 
way to the Launch Complex 16 trailer where they will put on their lightweight 
space suits and be ready for the call to go to the pad a little later in the 
countdown. Borman and Lovell took, their physical at about kO minutes ago j3 
they were in good shape , then they went down to have breakfast with 10 of 
their Astronaut colleagues. The breakfast menu consisted of the following: 
Tenderloin steak, eggs, toast, assorted jelly, orange juice and coffee.. 
Borman and Lovell had had a light breakfast shortly after they got up, a 
little bit after 7 a.m. e.s.t. this morning. That light snack consisted of 
orange juice, coffee, and toast. To repeat the menu at the breakfast that 
just ended some 15 or 20 minutes ago, it consisted of tenderloin steak, 
eggs, toast, assorted jelly, orange juice and coffee. Attending the breakfast 
with Astronauts Borman and Lovell were the following NASA Astronauts: John Young, 
Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, Donald K. Slayton, David Scott, Weil Armstrong, 
Gus Grissom, Alan Shephard, Wally Schirra, and Tom Stafford. The latter two, 
Schirra and Stafford of course, are the pilots for the Gemini 6 mission which 
will be scheduled some 9 days after the Gemini 7 lift-off. Neil Armstrong and 
Dave Scott are the pilots who are assigned to the Gemini 8 mission which will 
follow the 7 and 6 flights . That was the list of the Astronauts who attended 
breakfast. As far as assignments go, the Gemini 6 pilots, Wally Schirra and 
T om S t a fford, and the Gemini 8 pilots, Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott, will be 
observing the launch from locations at the Cape. They are not designated at 
the present time. They do not have any specific duty assignments concerned 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 10:15 a.m. Tape 5, Page 2 

with the Gemini 7 mission. Our countdown continues to proceed satisfactorily. 
Everything looking good at the present time. We are in the process of clearing 
the Launch Complex at Pad 19 in preparation for the launch vehicle pressurizatj. 
which will occur some 30 minutes from this time. The blockhouse doors will be 
sealed, and the pressurization of the nitrogen aboard the launch vehicle to 
pressurize the fuel system will begin. Everything still looking good at the 
present time. Coming up on 192 minutes and counting. This is Gemini Launch 
Control . 
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:-1j.SC±0:; CGI^S-ILaIAKY , ±2/k/o^, 10: 36 a.m. Tape u. Page i 

This in Gemini Launch Control now coming up on T-173 minutes and 
counting . Vic arc ,jusl a little less than 3 hours i'ren the launch of 
Cf.-r.-ij 7 at t.he prcnont time. The prime pilots, Frank Herman and ■J'.u. 
Lovcll, nave now arrived at the suit trailer at Launch Complex 16 where 
they will don their lightweight suits in preparation for the flight. 
At Launch Complex 19, the blockhouse door is still sealed. All personnel 
are still off the pad as we complete our pressurization of the II Stage 
Titan 2 Launch Vehicle. This is pressurizing the Launch Vehicle propeilants 
in ooth stages with nitrogen in order to get the propellant system at the 
proper stage for launch. All systems still going well at the present 
time. We have no known problems on the count at the present time. Now 
T-J-72 minutes, 10 seconds, and counting. This is Gemini Launch Control . 

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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 10:50 a.m. Tape 7, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control. We are caning up on T-loC minur.es anr: 
count inc. Mark! T-l60 minutes and counting on the Gemini 7 mission. Every- 
thing is still proceeding excellently at the present time both at Launch Com- 
plex 19 and in the suit trailer where the prime pilots, Frank Bormar. and 
Jim Lovell are now checking out their lightweight suits, donning, them in 
preparation for coming to the Launch par. later on this morning, ^vtrvwiir.g 
is going very well at the present time. The backup pilots for Gemini 7, 
Astronauts Ed White and Mike Collins, have returned to the Gemini 7 space- 
craft. They were out for some 50 minutes i^c -, uc Titan II launch vehicle 
below them was being pressurized. The pad hzc to be cleared during this 
period as -we feed the nitrogen pressure into the launch vehicle tanks. 
Everything looking very well at the present time. Both White and Collins 
are checking with the blockhouse. They are checking out their communications 
systems in preparation for a series of switching tests within the spacecraft. 
This is actually putting the spacecraft switches at the proper marks. This 
will be coming up some 10 or 15 minutes from now. Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, 
who are described as 'in good spirits came down to the trailer at Launch Com- 
plex 16 in their blue flight suits and they are now inside making their final 
preparations for the flight. We are now at T-I58 minutes and 35 seconds and 
counting. This is Gemini Launch Control. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 11:30 a.m. Tape 8, Pace 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control now coming up on T-119 minutes and 
counting. MARK, T-119 and counting, just a little bit shy of 2 hours 
away from the Gemini 7 launch. All conditions still going well. We 
have had an excellent countdown thus far this morning both with the 
spacecraft and the launch vehicle. The backup pilots for the Gemini 7 
mission, astronauts Ed White and Mike Collins, are still aboard the 
Gemini 7 spacecraft making some final checks of the switches and reading 
out information from the spacecraft dials to the capsule communicator 
in the blockhouse, Astronaut Alan Bean, also reporting back to the Mission 
Control Center in Houston. We have received word that the activities in 
the suit-up trailer at Launch Complex D, Launch Complex l6 are going along 
fine. Astronauts Borman and Lovell have been alerted to get ready to 
be called to the pad very shortly. Our weather conditions seem to be 
improving as the time goes by this morning. We still do have overcast 
skies in the Cape area and they are expected to remain. But we expect 
a ceiling above 13,000 feet by launch time. Visibility in the Cape 
area at launch time should be about 10 miles. We will have winds that 
are light and variable. A 2-foot sea off the Cape and a temperature 
of about 75 degrees. Pass word around the Gemini track around the world 
is that the weather is acceptable in all places for launch. The Tiros 
weather satellite picked up a tropical disturbance in the middle of the 
Indian Ocean, and this has been reported, but it will not affect the 
flight. In fact, Astronauts Borman and Lovell may get a good look at it 
during some of the early phases of the Gemini 7 mission. Wow coming up 
on T-117 minutes and counting. Everything looking well in the count 
proceeding at this time. This is Gemini Launch Control. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 11: a.m. Tape 9, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control. We are coming up on T-109 minutes and 
counting. Mark! T-109 and counting and at this particular point in the 
countdown Astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, the prime pilots, are 
due to depart from the trailer and we have a report now that they have left 
the trailer and are aboard the transfer vehicle that will take them to Launch 
Complex 19. Everything is going well on the countdown for Gemini 7 this 
morning. We have had no holds and no known problems at the present time. 
The checkout has been very good, both with the spacecraft and with the 
launch vehicle. Just about 5 to 10 minutes ago, the backup pilots, Ed White 
and Mike Collins got out of the Gemini 7 spacecraft and they will be waiting 
at the pad to report to Borman and Lovell that everything is in good shape 
for the Gemini 7 flight at the present time. The fuel cell has gone on 
internal power in the spacecraft. The crew is now in the truck and they are 
proceeding toward Launch Complex 19. The fuel cell, as I reported a moment 
ago, had been on the automatic ground equipment power supply and is now on 
internal power within the spacecraft itself. It is completely checked out 
and it is giving us good readings at the present time. Now T-170 - correction 
T-107 minutes and 35 seconds and counting. This is Gemini Launch Control. 
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CilCMLNI 7/u MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 11:43 a.m. Tape 10, Var.c 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control. Now coming up on T-106 minutes and 
2 seconds and counting. The prime pilots for the Gemini 7 mission, Frank 
Borman and Jim Lovell, have arrived at Launch Complex 19 , are now in the 
elevator and going up to the white room at the Complex. As they step out 
they will be briefed quickly by the backup pilots, Ed White and Mike Collins, 
on the status. It is expected they will be told that the status is very, 
very good. We have had an excellent countdown as reported earlier. There 
are no known problems and we have not encountered any holds during the 
period. The elevator is now stopped at the white room level and Frank Borman 
and Jim Lovell have stepped into the white room. They are in their lightweight 
suits, they have their helmets attached. They will get a quick report at this 
time and board the spacecraft. Shortly after the ingress, shortly after they 
go over the shelf in the spacecraft, they will start making some preliminary 
communications checks and also some checks of the various medical systems 
that will be used on the flight. One of the early checks is some blood pres- 
sure checks conducted between the astronauts in the spacecraft and the medical 
monitors in the blockhouse. Throughout the remainder of the countdown they 
will be reporting both to their capsule communicator, Alan Bean in the block- 
house, and back to the Mission Control Center in Houston ®n the final status 
of the spacecraft as we proceed toward the last moments prior to lift-off on 
Gemini 7. The pilots will be boarding the spacecraft shortly. We are now 
T-104 minutes 19 seconds and counting. This is Gemini Launch Control. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/4/65, 11:51 a.m. Tape 11, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control. Now coming up at T-99 minutes and counting 
on what has been an excellent countdown for the Gemini 7 mission this morning. 
The prime pilots, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell were over the hatch and into 
the spacecraft some 3 minutes ago. The first conversation that occurred 
between Borman who is designated crewman 1 in the countdown, was with the 
spacecraft test conductor, Mr. Fritz Widek, he spells his last name Wi - d 
for Donald - ek. Fritz said to Frank, "welcome aboard," Frank said "thank 
you, how does it look?" Widek reported back that it looks very good and on 
schedule. The astronauts are now starting some communications checks with 
both the blockhouse and with the Mission Control Center in Houston. All 
looking good as we approach the 98 minute mark in the Gemini 7 countdown. 
This is Gemini Launch Control. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/k/6b> 12:01 p.m. Tape 12, Fa.-r 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control coming up on T-89 minutes and counting. 
T-89 minutes and counting. Everything still looking good on the Gemini 7 
countdown at the present time. . The countdown itself is primarily focused 
on the two gentlemen in the spacecraft. At the present time, crewman 1 
and crewman 2 , of course, is Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, prime pilots 
for the flight . Our checkout has shown that we have got a good blood 
pressure reading from both of them as we start to proceed with some of 
the preliminary checks after the prime pilots have come aboard. The 
countdown continues to go smoothly. Everything looking well at the 
present time. We are now at T-88 minutes 20 seconds and counting. This 
is Gemini Launch Control. 

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C-EMEU Y/o MILTON COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 12: ll p.m. Tape 13, Par.c 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control now T-79 minutes and counting. All 
systems still looking Rood on the countdown for Gemini 7 mission at the 
present time. As far as the particular count is concerned at this time, 
both the spacecraft test conductor and Astronaut Alan Bean, the spacecraft 
communicator in the blockhouse, are checking the environmental control 
system of the spacecraft with the prime pilots, Astronauts Frank Borman 
and Jim Lovell. In the meantime, outside the spacecraft, the technicians 
and crews are getting ready to depart the white room in preparation for 
clearing the room so we will be able to lower the erector some hO minutes 
from now. All systems still looking good. The doors on the spacecraft 
were closed some K to 5 minutes ago and they were tightened and the torque 
was checked to insure that all was proper with closing the hatches. 
Everything still looking good coming up on T-78 minutes and counting. 
This is Gemini Launch Control 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/4/65, 12:20 a.m. Tape ih , Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control. Coming up on T-69 minutes and counting. 
Mark! T-69 minutes and counting. All systems still looking good on our 
countdown. We are still making our major checks at this point in the count 
with the two prime astronauts in the Gemini 7 spacecraft. At the present 
time we are making checks of the environmental control system within the 
spacecraft. We are making sure that the spacecraft has been properly purged 
and we had a report just a few minutes ago that both Borman and Lovell now 
are on 100 percent oxygen within the spacecraft itself. Our countdown con- 
tinues, no known problems at the present time, we have not had any holds up 
to this time. All systems looking good. T-68 minutes 15 seconds and 
counting. This is Gemini Launch Control. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 12:30 p.m. Tape 15, Pa £ -e 1 

Good afternoon, this is Gemini Control, Houston. The red flight 
team under the direction of Chris Kraft have been on their consoles now 
for the last 90 minutes while during the progress of this countdown. The 
crew at this time is going methodically through their preflight check 
list, looking at every gage, pulling every switch, some 300 in all in the 
spacecraft. Around the world, our situation could not be greater. All 
of the 22 sites report they are ready to support the mission. They say 
their equipment is ready and functioning completely satisfactorily. We 
have talked with the prime recovery ship parked out on Bermuda. They 
report their winds about 12 knots, ceiling of 2500 feet, scattered clouds, 
visibility 10 miles and soft swells about 7 feet high. In the past 30 minutes 
we have completed a communications check with all our stations around the 
world. The stations came through loud and clear with one exception 
the range tracker parked out off the coast of South America. Their 
transmissions were a little broken but readable. All in all, a very 
green status at this time. This is Gemini Control, Houston. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 12:Ul a.m. Tape Id, Page 1 

This is Gemini 7 Launch Control. T-^-9 minutes and counting. . Everything 
satisfactory at this point. All systems looking good, both in the spacecraft 
and the launch vehicle. We have just completed a very important test with 
the guidance command system in the Titan II launch vehicle. This was 
monitored "by astronauts Frank Borman and Frank Lovell, and Jim Lovell, cor- 
rection, in the spacecraft. During this test we actually send steering 
signals to the engines in the launch vehicle and the engines respond by 
moving briefly right, left in response to the signals being given. This 
guidance control test has been completed and completed satisfactorily. All 
systems istill looking very good. Coming up on T-48 minutes and counting 
at h2 minutes past the hour. This is ^Gemini Launch Control. 
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GEMINI Y/6 MISSIOK COMMENTARY > 12/K/65 , 12:51 p.m. Tape 17, Pages I 

This Is Gemini Launch Control T-39 minutes and counting. MARK T-39- 
All systems still going well at this time. Just several minutes ago, we 
have gone through our final status check of all elements in the Gemini 7 
countdown to determine if we are ready to lower the erector on Launch 
Complex 19- As they have done all morning long in this countdown, they 
came back and gave themselves in a Go condition in each case. We are 
still go on the mission, and we are go for lowering the erector on 
Launch Complex 19 some 3 minutes from now. All systems still looking good 
This is Gemini Launch Control. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 12:55 a.m. Tape 18, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control. Now at T-35 minutes 33 seconds ana 
counting. The erector is being lowered on Launch Complex 19 . The lowering 
of the 138-foot erector started about 1 minute ago. The prime pilots, 
Frank Borman and Jim Love 11 were informed shortly before and they confirmed, 
during the early movement, that the erector was coming down. The prevalves 
on the Titan II launch vehicle oxidizer system within the first stage also 
have been opened. This permits the oxidizer, the nitrogen tetroxide, to 
condition the lower part of the engine system prior to launch. The other 
prevalves for the fuel system are open a matter of seconds prior to launch. 
Our erector is coming down, all systems going very well on the Gemini 7 
countdown at the present time. T-3k minutes 38 seconds and counting. This 
is Gemini Launch Control. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , J2/U/6<y, 1:0] p.m. Tap- H>. ;>- !:? 

This if Gemini Launch Control , T-2y minutes and ••oun1 in,; en t.Uf 
Gemini 7 mi nsion • All systems still looking pood . W» have n n r i rni-n i i n 
now that the erector on Launch Complex 19 is down and we are ready to 
proceed duri nr, the final phases of the countdown. At the present time 
in the spacecraft, atop the 109 foot vehicle. Astronauts Frank Roman 
and .Tim Lovell are testing out their UIIF communication system with 
the test conductor in the blockhouse. All systems looking good. The 
pa.d has been 'cleared. T-28 minutes 22 seconds and counting. 
This is Gemini Launch Control. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, \?/h/< '». \:o(< p.m. Tape 20, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control . T-2U minutes and counting. T-2k. We 
continue to go smoothly both at the blockhouse and the spacecraft at Launch 
Complex 19 and the Mission Control Center in Houston. All systems still 
looking good. At the present time astronaut Jim Love 11, the pilot for the 
Gemini 7 mission, is completing some power checks in the spacecraft with 
the blockhouse. Some final guidance tests are being conducted with the 
launch vehicle. Both of these activities going well. All systems still 
* looking good. We have confirmation that our weather will remain good for 
launch time here and around the track for the Gemini 7 mission. Now T-23 
minutes 17 seconds and counting. This is Gemini Launch Control. 
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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 1:10 p.m. Tape 21, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control coming up on T-19 minutes mark, T-19 
minutes and counting on the Gemini 7 flight. Our countdown continues 
to go along smoothly as both in the spacecraft and in the blockhouse 
we prepare for an important test coming up in several minutes. This 
is the static, a brief test firing the 25-pound thrusters in the spacecraft 
orbit attitude and maneuvering system. A series of these thrusters will 
be fired in bursts of one and a half seconds to insure that the orbit 
attitude and maneuvering system is functioning properly. This is a test 
also to bleed the lines, the fuel lines within the so*called OAMS system 
to be sure that they will be ready for use after shortly after liftoff, 
actually when the spacecraft separates from the launch vehicle. We are 
going through some changes of gauges and dials concerned with the system 
in the spacecraft with Astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell and we 
are also gearing up to monitor the test from the blockhouse. This is 
Gemini Launch Control, T-17 minutes, 55 seconds, and counting. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/U/65, 1:20' p.m. Tape 22, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control, T-l'+ minutes and counting. All systems 
still looking good. Just a few minutes ago we completed tests of the 
spacecraft orbit attitude and maneuvering system. We fired one and a half 
second bursts from the thrusters around the base of the spacecraft. We 
went round in a clock-wise fashion two or three times. From all those 
observing they all agreed that it was a satisfactory test and we are now 
proceeding. As far as the launch vehicle are concerned, since the T-35 
minute mark in the countdown most of the various sequences and events are 
occurring automatically through;, the sequence of systems. They have 
several manual functions but the great majority are in automatic sequence 
down from 35 • Our static firing is complete. We are in the process of 
making some final telemetry checks with the Air Force Eastern Test Range 
Tracking System at the present. T-13 minutes and counting. This is 
Gemini Launch Control. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/1+/65, 3:26 p.m. Tape 23, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control coming up on T-8 minutes and counting. 
Mark, T-8 minutes and counting on the Gemini 7 mission. We have just 
gone past one of our major milestone during the final phases of the 
countdown, that is at the 7 or 8 minute mark when we make a final check 
of all elements in the countdown to insure that we are in a go condition. 
In the countdown manual itself we ask for a green light and we did receive 
a green light from all elements that reported go. All systems still going 
very well. Our wind in the launch area picked up a little bit - about 
10 knots, however, that is not expected to have any effect on the mission 
or any effect on the condition of the pad following launch. We are now 
at T-7 minutes and lK seconds and counting. This is Gemini Launch Control. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY 12/4/65 1:26 p.m. Tape 2h, Page 1 

This is Gemini launch control. T-5 minutes and count inc. T- 1 }. 
We have juct completed another status check at the full 5-| minute mark 
in the count. This is a communications check of all elements. This 
also came out in a go condition. Everything still looking good as we 
primarily in the blockhouse ...... . .this time while the automatic 

sequencer for the launch vehicle does most of the work.......... 

primarily monitoring at this point. Astronauts Frank Borman and Jim 
Lovell reporting from the spacecraft that all is going well in the 
Gemini 7 spacecraft. Now T-k minutes 20 seconds and counting. This 
is Gemini launch control. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY 12/4/65 1:27 p.m. 



Tape 25, Pare 1 



This is Gemini launch control. T-3 minutes and counting. T-3. 

Everything is still looking good from the blockhouse and at the Mission 
Control Center in Houston at the present time, as we continue our final 
checks of both the launch vehicle and spacecraft. Some final guidance 
checks with the launch vehicle are going on at the present time and 
we are still getting good reports and we have the green lights on in 
the consoles. Everything is looking good T-2 minutes and 33 seconds 
and counting. 



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' !KM I.NJ. YA> M18RI0N COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 1:?9 P.m. Tnj-' ."<., I ••,.-<• I 

Th if. j n Gemi ni Launch Control. T-.1 minute k'i seconds ami ecu nil inc. Tin- 
.last several minutes of the countdown a.l 1 conditions r.ti .1 1 Jookinr fix «l. tiow 
T-00 seconds and counting. T-90 seconds and counting. An we proceed down to 
the Pinal moments of the countdown the launch vehicle first r. tagc engines will 
ignite and build up some '430 000 pounds of thrust. When 77 percent of fhir. 
thrust is reached, the launch vehicle is released from the pad. All this 
takes a matter of seconds, some 2g to 3 seconds. T-l minute and counting, 
T-l minute and counting. T-50, T-Uo seconds and counting. The astronauts 
have been alerted that the prevalves on stage II that permit the oxidizer 
to come down into the engine compartment will be open. T-30 seconds and 
counting. T-25, T-20, 15, T-10,9,8,7,6 ,5 ,h ,3,2 ,1 ,0 - Ignition! 

Engines start. We have a lift-off at 30 minutes and about 5 seconds 
al'ter the hour, plus 10 seconds. Range safety says they're gol hooking 
good at 20 seconds. Roll program is in. Pitch program is in. Guidance 
says we have proper roll and pitch. Both systems are go. ho seconds into 
the flight and the vehicle has now crossed the beach. Coming up on 00 seconds. 
Mark! Velocity of the vehicle is 1300 miles an hour and it's pulling 1.0 1;';-.. 
Guidance affirms we look good. Dr. Berry is go. One minute 30 seconds. 
One minute ko seconds thrust very slightly low as much as about 2 percent 
low, quite acceptable. Coming up on 2 minutes. Mark 2 minutes. Our velocity 
is 3000 miles per hour, the chief horses 3-3. The crew reports they're go 
for staging which should occur in a very few seconds. Guidance says looks 
good for staging. Two minutes 30 seconds. We've got staging, stare II 
thrust looks good . Two minutes 50 seconds. Borman reports the radio guidance 
system has locked on at 3 minutes Into the flight. Velocity 7100miles 
1 ,■. Three minutes 30 seconds. All of the flight controllers here passing 



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along good Plight reports. The words don't vary much at all. They all r,?iy 
looks r;oorl , looks good , looks good. Coming up on k minutes. Kour mi uutc.: 
into the flight. Velocity now built up to 0200 miles per hour. Kraft's 
alerting the controllers to stand by for a status check hero . lie has cover.- 1 
some 10 flight control positions in about 10 seconds, each reported go. Oapsu 
Communicator Elliot See is passing the go to the crew at h minutes ?^ second:; 
into the flight. Communications are a little noisy coming from the spacecraft. 
That's not unusual during the launch phase. G force is building again up to 
3.7. Our velocity. 12 800 miles per hour. We are standing by for .8 which is 
the achievement of 80 percent of the desired velocity to put this 8000 space- 
craft into orbit. Five minutes 20 seconds, Elliott Roe says you're right 
down the slot, Gemini 7. We're standing by for second stage cut-off. We ' ve 
got it. GEC01 At 5 minutes ko seconds. At the moment of second stage cut- 
off, the g forces reach a max of 7.2, flight director says we are go in the 
mission at 6 minutes Into the flight. The flight controllers here see the 
spacecraft telemetry showing thrusting, getting off the booster. Porman. 
reports he has the booster in sight and it looks good. Seven minutes info 
the flight. The crew reports that the booster is venting. They can see gas 
escaping from it. They're probably a very few feet away from if. The p. I an 
was to thrust very slightly off the booster, turn around, and then retard 
their thrust and go back toward the booster to stay within a 100 or so feet 
of it during this early part of the flight. And now Elliott See has just, 
passed up to the crew the size of the first cut on this orbit of Gemini 7'. 
It is as follows: 8'/ miles perigee, 178 miles apogee. Those are nautical 
mile values. 87 miles perigee, 178 miles apogee. Eight minutes 10 seconds 
info the flight. The communications still somewhat broken, more broken than 
most of the Gemini flights in the past, but readable. Elliott See has Just 



Tape 26, Pacy 3 

advised 1,he Gemini 7 spacecraft that they're already cleaning off the pud 
down at the Cape, getting ready to put Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford's 
booster and vehicle out there. 

At 9 minutes into the flight our controller here advisee that they've 
used about 15 pounds total fuel so far in adjusting so they can fly a forma 
ti.on with their launch vehicle for this early part of the flight. We have 
the tape for you of the conversation during the launch phase. We, as I say 
it's quite rocky and a little spotty, but if you listen closely, I think 
you can pick up the voices of Jim Lovell and Frank Borman. We'll play that 
tape for you now. 

CAP COM 6, 5, h, 3, 2, 1,0 - Ignition! Lift-off! 

Spacecraft 

CAP COM Real good 

Spacecraft ..... 

CAP COM Roger, off 

Spacecraft 

CAP COM Roger, pitch. 15 seconds 

Spacecraft 

CAP COM Roger 

Spacecraft 

CAP COM Roger, 5.6 on the cabin. 

1 plus kO 

CAP COM Roger, mode 2 

Spacecraft 

CAP COM Roger, update. 

Spacecraft 

CAP COM This is looking real good here Gemini 7. 



Spage craft 
CAP COM 
Spacecraft 
CAP CCM 
Spacecraft 
CAP CCM 
Spacecraft 
CAP COM 
Spacecraft 
CAP CCM 

Spacecraft 
HOUSTON 
CAP COM 
Spacecraft 
CAP CCM 
Spacecraft 
CAP COM 
Spacecraft 
CAP COM 
Spacecraft 
CAP COM 
Spacecraft 
CAP COM 
Cap COM 
Spacecraft 
CAP CCM 



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Roger, Stage II engines .... 

Roger, stage II go. 
........ temperature 6 

Roger, update 
Staging 

Roger, staging 

Guidance initiate, has 6.2 don't "be late. 

Roger, guidance initiate and fuel cell delta p lights. 

Delta P light out 

Roger, Delta P light out. 

Guidance is looking still very good here Gemini 7. 



Houston to Pilot . 

Gemini 7 Houston you're go from the ground 



Roger 



Guidance is right on, Gemini 7< 



Stand by for point 8 



Point 8, V over VR. Right down the slot, Gemini 7. 
SEC01 

Roger, SECO 

Gemini 7, Houston you are go 

Roger, a good sim. 

That's the best sim we've had. 



END OF TAPE 



•SHMINI '//6 MIOSXON COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, l-.kk p.m. Tafu- i ' 1 . Vary I 

This is Gemini Control at Houston ]U minuter, 9 r,cr^xv>r. in! • Ui>- 
('Light. The crew has reported they have completed their pontiuser I . >n 
checklist. All the equipment is s tower] or unstowed ar. Jt :-li< ut 1 • I !•<• . 
We lost signal with the Bermuda station kl minutes after the h^ur, which 
was the expected time. The fuel cell is operating quite satisfactorily 
the crew reports. All in all, Jim Lovell summed it up by saying, "it's 
the best sim we've had." His reference was, of course, to a simulation. 
We have been running them now for several months. The experiments load 
on these two starts right off at 20 minutes after the hour. They are 
20 minutes into the flight, excuse me. They are to start the first of 
their 20 odd experiments. They will, be making measurements infrared 
measurements on the booster, which they are flying in formation with. 
/They will continue these measurements some 30 minutes until they reach 
the Carnarvon station, where they will have a major check of their spacecraft 
and all its systems and their operation. This is Gemini Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



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<\m\i;\ </<< MjGGIwW COMMENTARY, 12/4/65 , 1:U8 Tfi|>" : •« . r-«v 1 

Thir. is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. We have not been an !<• 
to get a team out to the launch pad yet to particularly assess the 
damage created by the Gemini 7 lift-off. However, we have a report, 
from the blockhouse that from the pad cameras (several of the pad cameras 
that have been chained on the base of the pad) we see nothing abnormal 
as far as the pad damage is concerned. There doesn't seem to lie any 
particular problem that we can see with the cameras that would give us 
any difficulty. We should know within an hour or a little less than that 
when the damage assessment crew makes its report on our final status. 
Astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford, who will be making the Gemini 6 
flight some 9 days from now if all goes well, observed the launching Vr<m 
the roof of blockhouse 37 j which is located north of the launch pad on 
.19* As soon as we do get further reports on the pad damage , they will he 
brought to you. This is Gemini Launch Control. 

ENP OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/4/65, 2:00 p.m. Tape 29, Page 1 

This Gemini Control Houston, 29 minutes 15 seconds into the flight. 
Within the last 10 minutes, as the spacecraft passed just south of the 
Canary station, the crew noticed a drop and so did the ground station 
in our oxygen source pressure to the fuel cell. The drop continued 
rather sharply, and when it got down to about the 100 pounds per square 
inch pressure level, the crew used the cross feed valve. This is a valve 
which was installed since the flight of Gemini 5 when we had trouble in 
the same circuit. It permits the oxygen which is in the primary oxygen 
breathing tank to be cut in as a source pressure for the fuel cell. This 
worked very effectively. It brought the pressure up to the acceptable 
level of about 250 pounds . The crew also reported that they had separated 
from the booster and performed a 20-second burn, and they were checking 
infrared measurements from the booster as the flight plan instructed them 
to do. We have the tape conversation first from the Canary Station and 
then remoting through the Kano, Nigeria station, and we are prepared 
to play that tape for you now. 

FLT Canary, Houston Flight 

CYI Go ahead flight 

We want to change the radiator to flow and the adapter C-band beacon 

time to 37 minutes instead of 35 • 

CYI That's 37 minutes 

FLT That ' s affirmative 

FLT Canary, Houston flight 

CYI Go ahead, flight. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY Tape 29, page 2 

FLT • You recognize no communications check your site this time 
CYI That's affirmative. 

S/C garbled 

CYI Go ahead Houston Flight 

FLT The one thing I wanted to make sure was the C-band adapter. 

That is the reason we changed the time is because of interference 

at Victoria 
CYI Go ahead flight 

FLT The C-band adapter beacon to switch at 37 was the information 

we wanted to get to the spacecraft. 
CYI That's the C-band adapter? 

FLT That's affirmative 

CYI garbled 
S/C garbled 
CYI 17 0 on both? 

S/C It looks like it here 

CYI Delta P- light on both cells? 

S/C ■ garbled 
CYI Houston Flight 

FLT Have him bring on the auto heater on the fuel cell 02 and 

raise the pressure to about 250 on your gage, I don't know 
what that reads on his gage . 

CYI All right, stand by 

FLT Give him his gage reading. 

CYI Okay 



I 

Tape 29, page 3 

s/c 

CYI That reading has about 200 011 board 

S/C garbled 

CYI How do you want that .... 

FLT 250 on the ground and 200 on his gage 

CYI 25O on the ground, roger. 

S/C garbled 

FLT Canary, Houston Flight 

CYI Go ahead, flight 

FLT Your data coming in is tagged Agena. That's wrong, it should 

be tagged Gemini . 
CYI Roger 

FLT This is Houston Flight. We would like for you to refly 

that data if you can tag it right. 
CYI Roger 

CC Gemini 7j Houston, we are coming through to you now,, how 

do you read? 
* S/C garbled 

CC Roger, loud and clear, we are standing by for your burn. 

S/C We have completed the burn . . . garbled 

CC Roger , Gemini 7 

S/C Garbled 

CC Roger, still another fuel cell delta P light. 

CC Do you see the . . . pressure coming up at all yet? 

S/C garbled 



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CC Gemini 7, Houston, would you give us the time of your burn. 

S/C We had our burn at 23; 07 

CC 23:07? 

s/c 23:17 

CC Roger, 23 + 17 

S/C "'2 zero seconds 

CC Roger, 20 second "burn. 

CC Gemini 7 Houston. We would like you to use the cross feed valve 

to bring the 0^ pressure up. 

S/C garbled 

CC Roger 

S'/C ..... reading 125 now 

CC Roger, 125 pounds 

CC Gemini 7, Houston. Would you bring the 0^ fuel cell 0 2 pressure 

up to 250 pounds . Then you can turn the cross feed off 
CC Gemini 7> Houston. Did you copy? 

S/C I tested 

CC Did you copy the 250 pound -pressure . 

S/C .... go to 250 pounds 

CC Roger 

S/C all the way up there and turn the cross feed off. 

CC Roger, I understand that you have 250 pounds and the cross feed 

;Ls off. 
S/C Roger 



Tape 29, page 5 



CC Is the adapter feed lights still off or still on, or has it 

gone off? 
S/C garbled still off 

CC Roger 
S/C Garbled 
CC ... 37 minutes 

S/C Thank you, 37, thank you. 

CC Gemini 7 > Houston 

S/C Go ahead, Houston • 

CC Would you say again the time of your burn. 

S/C garbled 

CC Roger, I understand 22 + 17 

S/C 20 seconds 

CC A 20 second burn. 

CC Gemini 7, Houston, Is the DU/D7 going satisfactorily? 

S/C garbled 

This is Gemini Control Houston again. During the past few minutes, our 
capsule communicator, Elliot See, has been trying to raise the spacecraft 
through to Tananarive, but apparently that communication circuit is not 
working. He broadcasted in the blind and got no message back, but that's 
not unusual. The communication seemed to be a little rough today. No 
additional problems. Apparently, that cross feed valve did solve the 
oxygen pressure difficulty. The pressure climbed back very quickly, responded 
well. We don't know exactly~~what the problem was, although we do know 




Tape 29, page 6 

we are very pleased that we have a cross feed valve in this system. 
Gordon Cooper , Command pilot on' Gemini 5 , is on the floor here working 
at the capsule communicator position also and is consulting on this 
fuel cell problem which he certainly became an expert on during his 
first six revolutions. This is Gemini Control Houston at kO minutes 
into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY 12/U/65 2:15 p.m. 



Tape 30, Page 1 



This is Gemini launch control at the Cape. We are now receiving 
some reports on our status at Launch Complex 19 . The report is the 
damage is minimal. There is nothing abnormal with the pad damage 
whatsoever o We hope shortly to have a more specific report on this 
to cover the various segments of the pad that were damaged. In the 
meantime the launch chicle for Gemini 6 has just been moved out of 
its storage hangar, that hangar AA, the so-called satellite hangar at 
Cape Kennedy and will be proceeding on its way to Launch Complex 19. 
As we get more specific reports on the status of the pad we will give 
them to you. Our understanding now from the blockhouse is that the 
status is good. We have the normal expected minimal damage on the 
launch pad. This is Gemini Launch Control. 



END OF TAPE 



M loo TON COMMENTARY 12/U/65 , 2:2k p.m. 



Thir; is Gemini launch control at the Cape. Wo are now receiving 
confirmation of the fact we announced earlier that our pad damage on 
Launch Complex 19 is very, very normal, We don't see v;here we wi]l 
have any particular problems . We are still checking out the various; 
systems on the pad. V/e don't see where, at the present time, there 
will be any situation which would cause an abnormal delay in the pre- 
parations for Gemini 6. Talking about the delay which would be as 
far as pad damage is concerned. We don't have any more problems than 

we expected out there but we are still continuing our survey . We 

conference 

expect the post-launch/will begin some 30 or 35 minutes from this 
time. This is Gemini launch control. 



FM) OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, l?/h/f^. 2:30 p.m. Tap" Vur- 

This is Gemini Control Houston, 16 minutes into the flight, with 
the spacecraft over Australia. In a recent conversation with the 
Australian station, Gemini 7 was given a go for a 17 revolution 
flight. They were told that their next planned landing area is 17-1. 
One problem still remains in the fuel cell . area. The pilots report 
that the Delta P light, you'll hear several references to it in the 
taped conversation, is still on. We have no answer for that problem 
at this point. It could be just a faulty light. The light is 
designed to come on when a differential pressure or a pressure out 
of spec out of tolerance greater than about a half a pound occurs 
across the membrane of the fuel cell itself. This is the membrane 
that separates the hydrogen from the oxygen. At present time our 
best guess is that it is either a faulty light or we're getting 
a false ' regulator pressure from one side or the other. The pressure 
on the oxygen side, as we reported earlier $ did recover very nicely 
when we. switched the crossover valve and they drew oxygen pressure 
from their primary breathing source. The spacecraft has completed 
its planned power down exercise and they should be approximately 
10 miles from their launch vehicle. They will continue in this mode 
for several revolutions, running as close as a few hundred feet and 
as far away as 10 miles from that launch vehicle. We have a taped 
conversation of the Carnarvon pass and we're prepared to play it for 
you now. 

CVW Blast off team. 

SPACECRAFT Roger, Carnarvon. 

CVN • What's you tank pressure? 390 on the ground. 



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CVN ....Carnarvon Cap Com. 

SPACECRAFT. ... .are we go? 

CVN Roger, ECS 0 2 tank pressure reads 200 psi. Would 

you turn your heater off. 
SPACECRAFT Roger. ...the heater is off. It is reading 

700. 

CVN What did you say again, please? 

SPACECRAFT Heater off. Everything normal. 

CVN The fuel cell 0^1 

SPACECRAFT fuel :cell Og tank pressure, once it reached 

200. 

CVN Turn your heater to the off position. 

SPACECRAFT Roger, it's off. 

CVN v Roger, thank you. , 

SPACECRAFT And we still have the Delta P light. Do you 

have any status on that? 
CVN Negative, not at this, time. 

SPACECRAFT OK. We're Jhaving dew on the radiator. 

CVN ( Would you turn your evaporator to off. 

SPACECRAFT Roger everything normal. 

CVN Roger. Gemini 7 we have you go for 17-1. The 

run-out tape should be on at this time. 
SPACECRAFT OK. Again please. 

CVN ! Roger, you are go for 17-1. 

SPACECRAFT My are open for 3-7-1 . 

CVN Roger, we are going to update T„. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 2:30 p.m. Tape 32, Page 3 

SPACECRAFT Roger . 

HOUSTON FLIGHT Carnarvon, Houston Flight. 

CVN Go ahead, Flight. 

HOUSTON FLIGHT You might tell him we don't have a solution for 

the Delta P. We either think it's that the rate 
pressure is not correct and we'll wait and see 
if the purge corrects that or else it's a false 
Delta P light. 

7 

CVN Houston advises that they do not have a solution 

5 for this Delta P light at the present time. They 

think it might possibly be a rate pressure or a 

a faulty Delta P light. 
SPACECRAFT Roger. 

CVN We have your T_ updated. It is in sync with the 

K 

ground. 

SPACECRAFT Thank you. D-U, D-7 powering down. 

CVN OK. Powering down D-k, D-7. 

HOUSTON FLIGHT You might give him his time of liftoff, GMT. 

CVN Gemini 7, your time of liftoff was 193003- 

19:30:03. 
SPACECRAFT Roger . 

CVN -| would you tell that you C-Band 

adapter is on' and continuous . 
SPACECRAFT ...... cont inuous 

CVN Roger, understand we're standing by for 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12-U-65, 2:30 p.m. Tape 32, Page k 

you main read-outs. 

SPACECRAFT Thank you. 
. . . .garbled. 

SPACECRAFT Go ahead Carnarvon. 

CVN . ...C-Bands right now. 

SPACECRAFT Rog . 

CVN Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

SPACECRAFT Gemini 7. 

CVW Roger, do you have a DDP of a DUD7 separation 



SPACECRAFT plus 17- 

CVH Roger. Tell me 22 plus 17. 

HOUSTON FLIGHT We have that Carnarvon. 

CYN • I guess I missed it Houston, Gemini 7, 

stand by for fuel cell purge test. 

SPACECRAFT Roger . 

1A7S, 27 volts, 1B7S, 27 volts, 1C8S, 27 volts, 
7A6S, 27 volts, 2B6S, 26.9 volts, 2C6S, 26.9 
volts, 2C8S, 26.5 volts. 

CVN Roger. We're standing by for a readout on the 

main batteries . 

SPACECRAFT Roger. No. 7 will read 26 volts. Stand by 

Carnarvon . 

•nn c. :ir-ir - ■j-ztala.i 7- 

SPACECRAFT Roger, four batteries are reading between 22 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 2:30 p.m. Tape 3?, Pace '} 



cvn 



SPACECRAFT 
CVN. 

HOUSTON FLIGHT 
CVN 



and 22 and a half. 

Roger, ...between 22 and 22 and a half. You can 
stretch your power down at one hour per normal 
flight time. 
Roger . 



Roger, Carnarvon. 

The spacecraft is going out of range. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 3:22 p.m. Tape 33, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston. One hour 52 minutes into the mission. 
During the recent pass across Hawaii and the States the crew reported their 
Delta P light is still on. The heads are still together here on the ground. 
We are not overly concerned about it W. it's a problem that will bear close 
watching during this early portion of the flight. The crew also reported 
sighting at the eastern edge of the States, in fact as they crossed the 
Antigua area, Lovell described sighting the booster as a brilliant body out 
in the sun, pretty close to them, a little bit ahead of them and slowly 
tumbling. Frank Borman also said he could see some fine particles passing 
in, either above or below him, it was not an intersection type pass, but 
he could -ee particles 3 to k miles away which appeared to be in a polar 
orbit . 

We have some figures on the cut-off velocities and various angles 
30 seconds after second stage separation for you. These figures are based 
on sustainer engine cut-off plus 30 seconds. At that point the slant- 
range from the Cape, was 575-7 miles. That's in nautical miles. Our planned 
value there was 579 miles so we were 3.3 miles off. The inertial velocity 
at that time was 17586.1 miles per hour, that against a planned value of 
17593-6 miles per hour so we were about 7.5 miles low. Our perigee is 
87.2 miles, this against a planned perigee of 87 nautical miles, a difference 
of 2 tenths of a mile. Our apogee 177.1 nautical miles versus a planned perigee 
of I83. A difference of 5-9 miles. Our orbital period in reference to an 
inertially fixed period is 89.23 minutes against a planned value of 89. 30. 
Our periods in turns of Cape-to-Oape passes is approximately 95 minutes. 
Our inclination is 28.89 degrees versus a planned inclination of 28.87 degrees. 



Tape 33, Page 2 

Our lift-off time was 30 minutes and 3 seconds after the hour. It would be 
in Central Standard Time 130i03. We have ready for you, we have delayed be- 
cause of the Press Conference at the Cape, we are prepared to play for you 
now a tape conversation between Gemini 7 and the Hawaii Station. Here's 
that tape. 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM. Do you read? 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM. Do you read? 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM. How do you read? 

S/C Gemini 7 Houston read you weak but clear. 

CAP COM Roger, understand you are reading weak but clear. 

We are continuing to analyze the fuel-cell light. We expect 
to have some procedures to analyze it further. We will pass 
this to you as soon as we are ready, probably over the States. 

S/C Roger, understand. 

CAP COM Gemini 7 you are very weak here. Would you confirm that the 

Delta P light is still on? 

S/C This is Gemini 7. The Delta P light is still on. 

CAP COM Roger, understand. The light is still on. 

KANO KANO 

CAP COM Roger, Hawaii 

CAP COM Roger, Hawaii 

HAWAII We're on TM solid. We just had to drop out 

Gemini 7, Hawaii CAP COM. 
S/C Go ahead, Hawaii, Gemini 7 

HAWAII How' re you doing up there? 

S/C Very good except for the Delta P light everything is all right.' 

HAWAII Ok. You're looking real good here on the ground. 



Tape 33, Page 3 

HAWAII I'd like a readout of your ohms propellant quantity. 

S/C Roger. Ohms propellant quantity reads 82 percent. 

HAWAII Roger. You have increased your station-keeping? 

S/C Roger. That's right. 

HAWAII Ok. 

S/c We separated from the booster here so we're no longer out of 
sight. 

HAWAII Roger. Understand. We'll "be standing by if you need anything, 
podnuh . 

S/C Roger, Hawaii 
HAWAII A G.e.t. time hack 

S/C Roger 

HAWAII Ok. Set up 80 minutes for count up and I'll give you a time 

hack in about 30 seconds. 

S/C Roger. 

HAWAII Second - 8,2,1 Mark! 

S/C Roger. Understand. 80 minutes and we're right on time. 

HAWAII Very good. 

S/C recorded roger 26 minutes 

HAWAII Understand 

HAWAII All right FT go ahead. 

HAWAII Ok Are you getting our C-band data? 

CAP COM Stand by one, I'll check. It's Hawaii. 

HAWAII Ok 

HAWAII Drop out 31 we have LOS. 

CAP COM Roger, Hawaii. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/U/65, 3:36 p 



Tape 3U, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 2 hours 5 minutes into the flight. 
No additional contacts since the spacecraft left the Antigua area, 
southeast of the United States. However, we do have the earlier portion 
of the pass as it started across Guaymas in contact with the Guaymas , 
Mexico, station and we are prepared to play that tape for you now. 



FLT 

SPACECRAFT 
HAWAII 



SPACECRAFT 



FLT 

HAWAII 
FLT 

HAWAII 

FLT 

HAWAII 



FLT 



Flight OK. 

Hawaii AFT go ahead. 

OK, the fuel cell 0^ tank pressure 521218 is 
reading 337 psi. Now we haven't got the P 
light on have we? 

Roger. Everything else looked pretty good except 
I was getting pretty low on DCS signals checkout 
on quadraplexer . Quadraplexer was holding up 
real well. No problems. 

Hey Ed I want to check that Delta P bravo bravo 
04? 

Bravo, bravo OU, afirm. 

OK,' I think when we talk Delta P we ought to be 
more specific. 
Alrighty. Flight? 
Go ahead, Ed. 

The only thing we've got to say about the Delta 
P light is you may when you get ready for a purge, 
when you put your crossover switch to on the light 
goes out — the chances are you've got a dead 
regulator . 

Yeah, I think that's occurred. They've listed 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 3:36 p.m. Tape 3k, Page 2 

them here the alternatives that could be causing 
it. There's six of them, all of which have 
different. 

AFT This is Cap Com AFT. 

FLT AFT. 

AFT OK, making a voice check, I read you loud and 

clear . 

FLT Read you loud and clear. 

AFT OK, are you with us on the fuel cell problem 

we're having right now? That would be would be 
Delta P light BBOU? 

FLT Roger. OK, they're discussing a number of 

possible possibilities that could cause this 
situation here in the Control Center and will 
probably go to the crew with some procedures a 
little bit later when they get something definite 
ironed out. 

AFT Roger . 

FLT OK, we don't have anything special for you this 

pass . 

SPACECRAFT Roger. That's AFT? 

AFT Ground here. 

FLT OK, you might remind the crew that they have a 

critical tape dump over Texas this time, that's 
heads up type pass. 

AFT Roger . 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/ U/65 , 3:50 p.m. Tape 35, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston, 2 hours 20 minutes into the flight. 
During the past 3° minutes, the Gemini 7 crew has been making measurements 
on various stars, using that very cool infrared sensor which has about 
12 to 15 hours to run on it into the mission before it will become inoperative. 
They have two other sensors which they will use later in the flight for 
making similar measurements on a wide variety of subjects . We have a 
brief conversation from the Tananarive station as they passed over it 
some 5 minutes ago, and we are prepared to play it for you now. 

Tananarive, go remote 

Tananarive has acquisition 
FLT CARNARVON Cap Com, Houston Flight 

CARNARVON Go ahead 
FLT Are you up with us? 

CARNARVON Perfectly. 

FLT Okay, we are still cogitating on this fuel cell problem. There 

are a lot of things that could be wrong with it that would 
have resulted in flight, and I guess you are thinking of them 
too, but let me go down the list for you. It could be 0 o regulating 
low, could be 0^ regulating high, could be 0^ regulator fail to open, 
and we could be dumping the 0^ as a result of that. We could have 
a crack in the water separator, and we could have the water valve 
out of that cell closed, and it could be flooding the cell. Now, 
there are a number of tests which you probably have been thinking 
about also, and we are thinking about doing them. Now the first 



Tape 35, Ra^ J - 

test we want to run is to see what happens as the result of 
this purge. It could tell us something about the oxygen ref- 
lation just through the purge in the next pass here. 
CARNARVON Roger, I understand about the purge. 

FLT We are going to do that purge all over the States on this next 

pass . 
CARNARVON Rog 

FLT If you guys out there on the range want to give us any other 

ideas , have at it . 

CARNARVON Roger, we're thinking, flight. I would like to offer a confirm 
that we did go to the power down and come in configuration. We 
have not received any word that he did. 



FLT We assume that he did over your site. You might ask him that. 

Let us stand by • 

FLT That's affirmative, Carnarvon, we were reading with 19 amps 

here . 

CARNARVON Roger 

FLT Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com, how do you read? 

S/C Garbled 

FLT Roger, just checking communications through Tananarive. We weren' 

able to get you last time. We have no additional information. 
Stand by. 

S/C Garbled 

FLT Roger. Is that with the DU experiment? 

S/C Roger 



— ■ I 

Tape 35 > Page 3 

FLT Okay 

FLT Space 7, Houston, are you getting a reading on your OAMS gage 

for the experiment position. 
S/C garbled 

FLT Understand your fuel cell oxygen pressure decreased below 200 pounds 

so you have turned the heater back up. 
S/C garbled 
FLT Is that correct? 

S/C Turned it back up 

FLT Roger 
CARNARVON Carnarvon Cap Com 
FLT Go ahead 

CARNARVON I would like to confirm you would also like a C^band track . 
FLT Stand by. I think what we want you to do on this pass is skin 

track the launch vehicle, stand by 1. That's affirmative. Skin 

track the launch vehicle. 
CARNARVON GARBLED 

END OF TAPE 



£. it 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, *+:07 p.m. Tape 36, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston, 2 hours, 36 minutes into the flight. 
At the start of the Carnarvon pass, about 10 minutes ago that Delta P 
light that we've been watching very carefully since the start of the 
mission, flickered out for a few seconds, but then it came back on. 
So the problem is still with us. We're watching it. It will be 
watched very carefully during this next pass across the states when 
we perform the first purge cycle on the fuel cell. That is, we'll 
flush considerable amounts of oxygen and hydrogen through the cell purging 
out any build up of chemistry or what ever has gone on within the 
cell. This is a normal four hour cycle. Three to four hour cycle. It 
will occur toward the end of the state side pass between, roughly Texas 
and the Cape. Also, at the end of the state side, roughly at Bermuda 
and a sweep on south to Tananarieve, the pilots on this next pass, will 
turn on MSC-2 and MSC-3 experiments. These are respectively flexgate 
magnatometer that measures the field strength, the earth's magnetic 
field. And an electron proton spectrometer which looks at the size and 
the intensity of any electrons, protons encountered in that portion of 
the Van Allen belt which comes closes to earth roughly at 100 to 150 miles 
altitude over the South Atlantic. Backing up just a little bit now, 
we have the tape conversation between the Gemini 7 crew and the Carnarvon 
station which the spacecraft just passed over and we're prepared to play 
that tape for you now. 

Houston Flight Go ahead Flight Carnarvon 

You may advise the crew that there was very little 
damage to pad 19 and they're on schedule with the 
erection of GLV 6. 

CNV _ Roger 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/ty65, b:07 p.m. 



Tape 36, Page 2 



CNV 

Houston Flight 
CNV 

Houston Flight 
CNV 

Houston Flight 
CNV 

Houston Flight 
CNV 

Houston Flight 
CNV 



Houston Flight 



CNV 



Houston Flight 



Carnarvon, Houston Flight 
Go ahead Flight Carnarvon 

Did you understand that he still has all these 

switches in a continuous mode? 

Negative, I did not understand that. 

0. K. We just thought that was what you were asking. 

We think they're still on a continuous mode. 

Roger 

The platform and all good stuff is powered down. 

Roger, what time will be go to command. 

According to the flight plan about four hours. 

Roger. Carnarvon, I think we're mixing one up 

date on a flight plan here somewhere. 

It could be. I don't think so it's on page 17 
7 

of the Gemini/flight plan. Powered on spacecraft 
see adapter command tm to command, and all the way 
down the line. The first power down was he brought 

the platform off AC powered secondary pumps 

off and B pumps on. 

0. K. We have that one. We had acquisition a while 

ago, he was in the command position. 

Yes, but that was because he had misunderstood what 

we had wanted and he had just inadvertently put it 

to command when we were trying to tell him to go 

there for the pass over Patoria. 

Roger , under s t and . 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/ty65, kiOl p.m. 



Tape 36, Page 3 



CNV 



Houston Flight 
CNV 

Houston Flight 
CNV 

Spacecraft 
CNV 



Spacecraft 



CNV 

Houston Flight 

CNV 

CNV 

Spacecraft 
CNV 

Spacecraft 
CNV 

Spacecraft 



We'll let you know — well, you'll probably get 
it but we'll let you anyway. We're going to see 
what Tanarieve had on the TN frequency last pass. 
Eog 

Tanarieve track 230.k. 
Rog, understand 
Roger TN5 . 
This is Gemini 7. 

Roger we have you and you're looking good here. 
Also, we'd like to tell you we had very little 
damage to Pad 19 and they're on schedule with 
6 vehicle. 

Roger Carnarvon, thank you. For your information 

our Delta P light blinked out at 2 minutes and 22 

seconds but then it came right back on again. 

Roger, understand 

Did you copy that flight? 

Roger 2 22. 

This Carnarvon, Gemini 7 

Go ahead Carnarvon, Gemini 7 

Will you turn your quantity read switch to the 02 
position? 

Roger. 02 BF 99-9 percent and 250 pounds. 
Roger Copy, 99.9 250 pounds. 
Roger , how does it look to you? 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, i+:07 p.m. Tape 36, Page k 

(garbled for quite a few lines) 



CNV Please return to the off position 7. 

Spacecraft (garbled ) but it's off now. 

CNV Roger, understand. 

Spacecraft Carnarvon, will you check with Houston to see 

purge 

if there's any special/ instructions on the 
purge coming up? 

Houston Flight No special instructions, just a normal purge. 

CNV Roger, there's no special instructions, just a 

normal purge. 

Spacecraft Very well, thank you. 

Houston Flight Copy flight on the 99.9 250 psi, Carnarvon. 

CNV Go ahead 

Houston' Flight Did you receive that summary? 

CNV Stand by one. It's affirmative and it looks good. 

Houston Flight Roger. 

CNV ... skin . track on the booster 

Houston Flight Roger. 

CNV looks good on the ground flight. 

Houston Flight Roger 

CNV ......That's still Baker Baker Ok. 

Houston Flight That's Affirm, Baker, Baker Ok. 

CNV Roger 

Houston Flight less one second. 

CNV 0. K. 

Spacecraft on the booster. 

CNV Right 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, k:07 p.m. 



Tape 36, Page 5 



Houston Flight 
CNV 

Houston Flight 
CNV 

Houston Flight 



. . . contact with the spacecraft Carnarvon? 
That's affirmative. It's getting broken now. 
Roger los . 

Also, we lost the command transmitter during 

this pass. 

Rog. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, k:29 p.m. Tape 37, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston. Two hours 58 minutes into the mission. 
During the recent Hawaii pass the crew was alerted to the fuel-cell purge to 
be performed during this upcoming pass across the United States. It will be 
performed over the Texas site. They will also receive an update during the 
stateside pass on precisely where and when and in what amount they are to 
adjust their perigee. This is a maneuver which will raise the perigee 
approximately 20 miles. We'll get a more exact value on that during the 
pass across the States. Jim Lovell also reported that he had activated the 
M-l experiment. These are some cuffs circling his legs. They are cycled 
2 minutes on and k minutes off and will continue throughout the flight as 
long as he likes to leave them on, it's a cardiovascular conditioning experi- 
ment, similar to the experiment that Pete Conrad performed during Gemini V. 
We have the Hawaii conversation on tape and we are prepared to play it for 
you now. 

HAWAII CAP COM 

CAP COM Go ahead. 

HAWAII Roger. On that first pass I sent a real-time TM command on 

which was off of that C-band beacon on since we weren't receiving 

C-band track and therefore both of those relays are originally 

be 

set in the ON condition, so he could possibly/ in the command 
position and we're still getting TM ON as a result of those 
two commands I sent. 
CAP COM Yeah, but his switch position says that he should be in 

continuous at the present time and then at T+k hours he'll go 
to those command positions. 



HAWAII 



CAP COM 



HAWAII 



CAP COM 



HAWAII 



CAP COM 

HAWAII 
CAP COM 
HAWAII 
CAP COM 

HAWAII 
CAP COM 



Tape 37, Page 2 
Ok. We told him to start his power down at plus 1 hour in 
accordance with the flight plan and we have no information 
on what this power-down configuration consists of. 
Didn't you get, I think there was a DCI against the flight 
plan, that the change at one hour, it said purge fuel-cells, 
platform off, AC power ACME, primary and secondary A pumps 
off and B pumps on. 

We get ... the only thing we were wondering about, when he goes 
to the command position, if those relays aren-'t set he'll still 
have C-band and real-time TM. 

Roger, I concur Stu. I think he probably has set those relays, 
however, I don't think that's a problem Stu, because as soon as 
the first site acquires after he has powered down at k hours 
we'll get him set back properly. 

Ok. All it might do is on your power usage you might have a 

little more power usage than what you figured on. Let's see, 

where does k hours occur? 

Stand by and I'll give you a hack here. 

Just about over Carnarvon 

Carnarvon. Oh yeah. 

Does that make you happy? 

Ok. At that hour we'll send a TX for this next one. 

Okay. It's affirmative. Four hours would be 1 minute after 
your acquisition, so you can tell. 
All rigfrty. 
Roger, Bud. 



Tape 37, Page 3 



CAP.COM 
AFT 

CAP COM 



CAP COM, AFT 



AFT 



AFT 

CAP COM 
AFT 

CAP COM 
AFT 

CAP CCM 
HAWAII 
CAP COM 



HAWAII 



CAP COM 
HAWAII 

s/c 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 



Okay you're coming through loud and clear. We don't have 
anything special for your pass, uh I'd like to tell you 
that we're going ahead with the normal type fuel-cell purge 
over the States this time . 
Roger. 

You got any questions? 
Nope . 

Okay. We're standing by. 
Roger. 

Hi ya Houston flight. 
Houston flight Hawaii CAP COM 

What we want to tell him is - we want to start the fuel-cell 
purge over Texas and that we'll give him the go on it when 
we want him to start purging, if he's set up to do it and as 
soon as we get good Texas acquisition of data we'll tell him 
to go ahead. 
Roger . 

• -Track 

Roger Hawaii 

Gemini 7, Hawaii CAP CCM 
Go ahead Hawaii, Gemini 7. 
How' re you doing? 
Very good 

Okay. We're showing you go down here. We're going to do a 
fuell-cell purge over Texas and we want you to be ready for it 



s/c 

HAWAII 

s/c 

HAWAII 
HAWAII 
S/C 

Hawaii 

CAP COM 
HAWAII 
S/C 
HAWAII 

s/c 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 
CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 

HAWAII 

CAPCCM 

HAWAII 

END OF TAPE 



Tape 37, Page k 

and they will advise you when they want you to start. They're 
going to wait until they get good telemetry at that time. 
Okay 

All righty. 

Tell them we'd like to have a good star reference so the 

perigee adjust for number 2. 

All righty. 

We'll be standing by if you need anything. 

Thanks Hawaii have activated the M-l experiment. 

Roger. 
Affirmative 

The time that they activated the experiment, please. 
Okay. Will you give me a time that you activated the M-l? 

Roger This is 7. We activated M-l at 2 plus 29 

At 2 plus what? 
2 plus 39 plus 30 
Okay, I got that 
Hawaii this is 7 
Go ahead 

Our calculations leave us approximately 20 minutes and 10 
seconds left on the - D7 recorder. 
Roger, understand. 

Hey, what are you reading on that fuel cell and oxygen? 

Flight fuel cell oxygen is reading 270. 

Rog. 



Roger, Hawaii 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, P- m - Ta P e 38, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston. Three hours 20 minutes into the flight 
of Gemini 7 and during this just completed pass across the United States, 
we seemed to have put to bed the problem with the Delta P light and the fuel 
cell. During the pass, a purge of the cell, both sections, was completed. 
The light remained on except for one period when it blinked briefly off. 
After analyzing the telemetry from all sides of the cell the people here 
on the ground are satisfied that the light is inoperative and is just stuck 
in the ON position. The crew is advised that if they like they could put 
a piece of tape over the light and Jim Lovell came back with "aw, that's 
all right, the light makes us feel more at home." The crew is updated on 
their perigee adjustment burn which will be performed during this revolution. 
It will be performed out between Tananarive and Carnarvon and it reads as 
follows. It's to be performed at 3 hours and ^7 minutes into the mission. 
It is to be a 59 ft/sec burn for a duration of 1 minute and 17 seconds. The 
spacecraft aft firing thrusters will be used - they will thrust in a posi- 
grade direction. During the pass, Elliot See, our Capsule Communicator, 
asked the crew, among other things, how they like it up there. Borman's 
reply was "it's great", James Lovell came back with a one word answer. He 
said "outstanding". The crew also reported seeing the lights still blinking 
on the booster which is following them around sometimes in front and some- 
times behind, maintaining within a 10 mile distance of the spacecraft. Of 
course, they will leave the booster when they adjust their perigee. We have 
the tape of the conversation across the states for you and we will play it 
for you now. 



Tape 38, Page 2 

S/C Gemini VII, Roger, and be informed that we have just spotted 

the booster . . . below- quite a ways off. 

Cap Com We copy. Guaymas drop your monitor and Texas go remote. 

Texas is remote. 

Gemini VII, Houston Cap Com, how do you read me? 
S/C Got a pcm solid. 

Cap Com Gemini VII, Houston Cap Com, how do you read me? 

S/C Loud and clear ... 

Cap Com Roger. We are ready for you to start your fuel cell purge 

now and you might even have time to - stand by a minute, stand by Gemini VII. 
. . . now we are ready for you to start your fuel cell purge and you might 
observe the fuel cell light when you turn the cross -over valve on - we think 
it may go off at that time . 

S/C Roger, understand. . . . purged. 

Cap Com Roger. 

S/C The cross, over valve ... on but the light did not go out. 

Cap Com Roger 

S/C Houston, this is Gemini VII. The booster is just to the right 

in the outer airglow. 

Cap Com Gemini VII, we observe that you have completed your . . negative, 

we understand that you are still purging. 
S/C That's roger. How do you read now Houston? 

Cap Com Loud and clear. 



Tape 38, Page 3 

S/c Did you get my information about the booster crossing the 

horizon? 

Cap Com Roger, we did. I was ... but someone else heard it. Still 

got that delta V light? 
S/C Rog. 

Cap Com Did you get lights during the hydrogen purging? 

S/C . . . can't tell, it's been on all the time. 

Cap Com Did you get the section 1 light on during the hydrogen purging? 

S/C . . . Fuel cell purging complete. 

Cap Com Roger, fuel cell purging complete. Any change in the 

light? 

S/C Roger, we reported that it did blink off once - did you get 

that information? 

Cap Com Yes, that was back at 2 plus 22. Roger, no change during the 

purge then? 

S/C Roger - no change at all. Roger. 

Cap Com O.K. Gemini VII, I have some other information here for you 

if you are ready to copy. 

S/C Stand by a minute. Go ahead. This is Gemini VII going for 

information. 

Cap Com O.K. VII, are you ready to copy? 

S/C Roger. 

Cap Com O.K. , we have observed that your fuel usage is running a 

little high. Running about 10 to 15 times high on that fuel usage so minimize 
the fuel consumption as best as you can. It looks like ... is a good 
pointing star for your perigee adjustment and we are double checking that 



Tape 38, Page k 
now. I have an MSC 2 and 3 update. Are you ready to copy? 



S/C Roger - go ahead. 

Cap Com Time - 3 plus 30 plus 00. Sequence 02, boom extend 6 plus 30 
plus 00. Off at 13000. Did you copy? 

S/c Roger, we copied. 

Cap Com I have your perigee update - perigee adjust maneuver update if 

you are ready to copy it . 

S/C Ro ger , go ahead. 

Cap Com G.e.t. at the burn - 3 plus ^4-7 plus 59 • Delta V, 59 3 burn time 

1 plus 17. Pitch 0, yaw 0, thrusters aft, maneuver posigrade. Do you copy? 

S/C Roger, we copied. 

Cap Com Gemini 7 would you read that back. 

S/C Roger, understand. 3 plus ^9 - correction, plus k7 , plus 59 > 
delta V 59 3 delta V 1 plus 17, 0, 0 - 0 pitch, 0 yaw, aft thrust, posigrade, 
and a good aim star is spica. 

Cap Com That's right 'and that's with aft thrusters. 

S/C . . roger. 

Cap Com Gemini 7 } we would also like to know how you like it up there. 

S/C It's great. 

Cap Com You can cover up the delta V light if it would help. 

S/C That's okay, it's making us feel at home now. 

Cap Com Keeping you warm, huh? 

S/C Just like those .... lights . . . warning lights off now. 

Cap Com That's a low blow. 



Tape 38, Page 5 



Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston, would you place your ECS quantity - your 

quantity read switch to the ECS 0^ position for approximately 
15 seconds. 

S/C ECS 0 2 position. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com 

S/C Houston, Gemini 7 

Cap Com The pointing commands for Spica would be 12 degrees pitch up 



8 degrees yaw right, so that shows you how close it is for 
pointing. 

Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com, do you read? 

Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com, broadcasting in the blind. We 
have very rough signal with you at the present time. Con- 
firming that Spica is a good pointing reference for you on 
your burn. 



S/C Roger, understand Spica 

Cap Com Roger, Spica is very close. 

S/C ... message about the booster lights still blinking? 

Cap Com Negative. 

S/C . . . (noisy) 

Cap Com Say again, Gemini 7, we read you pretty good now. 

S/C I said the booster is in front of us and the lights are still 
blinking. 

Cap Com Roger, booster in front of you and lights still blinking. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 5:05 p.m. Tape 39, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston 3 hours and 35 minutes into the mission. 
We have had a brief conversation with the Gemini 7 and our Ascension station - 
the tape of which we will play for you in just a minute. We have an estimate 
now on the height adjustment - the perigee height adjustment maneuver which 
will be performed at 3: i+7 or in about 12 - 11 minutes from now. Effectively, 
this should be to raise the perigee to 120 nautical miles, the apogee will 
remain at 177.1 as we reported earlier. This perigee adjustment is somewhat 
more than was initially planned, however, it is explained - the mathematics 
of the orbit and based on a close look at the trajectory indicate that we 
can save fuel and optimize our situation for the Gemini 6 rendezvous flight 
some days from now. All in all, quite satisfied with the performance of all 
the systems up to this point. That delta P light is now accepted as just an 
error and it probably remain on throughout the flight. We are not concerned 
about it, we don't think it's causing a problem in the fuel cell. We have 
the tape of the Ascension pass and we will play it for you now,. 
Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com, how do you read me? 

Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com, how do you read? 

Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com, how do you read through 

Ascension? 

S/C Houston, Gemini 7, how do you read? 

Cap Com Roger, read you loud and clear. Based on the results during 

the purge, we feel that the delta V light may very possibly be 
erroneous. At any rate, we do not see a problem of a short 



GEMINI 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, I2/V65, 5:05 p.m. Tape 39, Page 2 

time nature. We will continue to observe it. We are not 
very concerned about it at this point and we would like you 
to feel the same way. 

S/C Thank you for your information and . . . 

Cap Com Roger. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/ty65, 5:26 p.m. Tape kO, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston, 3 hours 55 minutes into the 
flight. The pilots have confirmed that they've completed their 
perigee adjusting burn. This started at 3 hours and ^8 minutes into 
the flight. It lasted a little more than a minute. Within the last 
two or three minutes, we've been talking to them through the Tananarive 
Station. In reporting the progress of the burn, they said that the 
burn was interupted. And then they threw one of the bigger puzzlers 
at us . They said that at some point midway through the burn a piece 
of tape or paper or perhaps a strap, I think it was variously described 
as any one of those things, was observed hitting Lovell's side of the 
window. They said it appeared to come from the aft end of the 
spacecraft, around, and bounce off the window at least once, perhaps 
twice. It apparently did no damage, but it was observed and certainly 
was unusual and unexpected. We have the tape of that conversation 
and we'll play it for you now. 
TANANARIVE Tanarive Remote. 

Better let me have evaporation. 
SPACECRAFT Roger . 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 

SPACECRAFT Hello Houston, this is Gemini 7. 

CAP COM Roger, we're standing by for fuel burn. No 

special information. 
TANANARIVE Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com, we're coming up on one 

one minute to your burn. 
SPACECRAFT Roger . 

TANANARIVE Mark one minute to burn. 

SPACECRAFT Roger . 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 5:26 p.m. 



Tape hO, Page 2 



TANANARIVE 
CAP COLS 
TANANARIVE 

SPACECRAFT 
TANANARIVE 



SPACECRAFT 

TANANARIVE 
SPACECRAFT 



TANANARIVE 



SPACECRAFT 



TANANARIVE 



SPACECRAFT 



TANANARIVE 



Houston how do you read Gemini 7? 
Loud and clear, Gemini 7- 

Roger. The burn is completed for about 2 

seconds 1717- 

Roger, 1717. 

Understand you burned for 1 plus 17, the burn was 
interrupted for a couple of seconds, but you did 
burn a total of 1 plus 17- 

Roger, roger, and we hit something out there 
during the burn. 

Understand you hit something during the burn? 
Yes, Gemini 7 hit something during the burn. 
Something came fluttering by the right window. 
It looked like a strap or a piece of tape or 
paper . 

Understand that something came by the right 
window like a piece tape. 

Roger. We had to stop a couple of seconds there 
and the spacecraft. 

Like a piece of strap from the spacecraft 
Gemini 7? did this look like it came from the 
nose section? 

No, it looked like it came from behind and it came 

up and hit the right side on the window. 
again and I haven't seen it since. 

Roger, and this was during the burn? 



L. 



C&'IV.I l/o MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 5:26 p.m. Tape kO, Page 3 

SPACECRAFT That's affirmative. 

TANANARIVE Roger. Tananarive has LOS. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/H/65, 5:hk p.m. Tape kl, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston, h hours 13 minutes into the flight. 
The new orbital elements of this Gemini 7 spacecraft are as follows: 
120 miles perigee, apogee Yfh miles. Both values are nautical miles. 
We have a tape conversation of the Carnarvon pass which occurred about 
5 minutes ago and we are prepared to play it for you now. 
CAPCOM Copy that Carnarvon 

Carnarvon Yea that's affirmative flight, that sound kinda wild. 
CAPCOM Who said that? 
Carnarvon This is. . . . 
CAPCOM Houston Flight 
Carnarvon Go ahead fliglu, . 

CAPCOM We'd like to check to make sure that he was SEF during that 
burn. 

Carnarvon Just to make sure that he was SEF. 
CAPCOM SEF, sef. 
Carnarvon Right 

This is Gemini Control Houston. Apparently we have some mechanical 
difficulties with the tape. We will come back to you when it is repaired. 
Gemini control out . 

CAPCOM You can forget that SEF . We will take a look at the data. 
Carnarvon Okay. 

Carnarvon We are showing biomed recorder number 2 on- here at the ground. 
We have solid TM on Gemini 7- 



fi. it i. 



GEMINI 7 MISSION COMMENTARY. 12A/65, 5;W+ p.m. Tape kl, Page 2 
CAPCOM Okay we want it off. 

Carnarvon Rog, will do. 

Carnarvon He's already gone into power-down configuration because 

we had him turned real time TM and adapter C-band on with 
RTC . 

CAPCOM Rog 

Carnarvon Hello Carnarvon CAPCOM 
S/C Go ahead. 

Carnarvon All roger. We would like to have you turn biomed tape recorder 

number 2 off, please. 
S/C Roger, I just completed. 

Carnarvon Roger. 

S/C Biomed tape recorder went off at 23 hours 30 minutes and about 

30 seconds. Something like that. 
Carnarvon Gemini 7 5 Carnarvon, CAPCOM. Will you give me a readout on your 

propellant quantity please . 
S/C Roger. It reads 67 percent. 

Carnarvon Roger. Copy 67 percent. 

S/C How about giving us a reading on how we stand on that now, will 

you please? 
Carnarvon Roger , we 1 11 do that . 

Carnarvon Standby one here and we will come up with something. 

CAPCOM Tell him we will give him an answer over Hawaii and also 

that we are going to do the critical tape dump over Hawaii 
and we would like to have him in the proper attitude, rather 
than Texas . 



GEMINI 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 5:M+ p.m. , 1 2 A/65 Tape Ul, Page 3 
Carnarvon Okay. What do you have for ACK over Hawaii. Acquisition time. 
Stand by 

CAPCOM Position is, stand by. In GMT its 235I+5U. That 's GMT. 

Carnarvon The nominals we are carrying is U2518. 

CAPCOM That's close enough. 

Carnarvon Gemini 7 

We are going to have the critical tape dump over Hawaii instead 
of Texas and also Gemini 7 you will be updated with your own 
usage information over Hawaii. 

S/C All set roger. 

Carnarvon That's all we have for you at this time. We'll stand by. 
S/C Roger. Thank you. 

CAPCOM How do his systems look Carnarvon? 

Carnarvon They look real good on the ground here . 

Carnarvon Gemini 7, Carnarvon. We have an indication here on the 

ground for an oral temperature from the pilot, does he have 

have his bulb inserted at the present? 
S/C This is 7. Negative. No oral temp. 

Carnarvon All roger. Thank you. 

S/C Hey on that oral temp, it started our relatively low and 

it rose to 101 degrees. 
CAPCOM That's interesting. 

Carnarvon Yea it sure is. I don't know whether he's got sunshine in 
it or something like that . 



GEMINI 7- MISSION COMMENTARY 12/4/65 5:hh p.m. . Tape hi, page 

CAPCOM I think that happened once in the Gemini V mission. 
Carnarvon Same thing happened. We are seeing a reading our there and 

we wondered what. Thats precisely what they determined it 

was . 

CAPCOM Yea. That could possibly be. 

Carnarvon Okay wc got all that here flight . 
CAPCOM Roger 



Gemini Control here again. Earlier in the flight you recall that 
at the start of the second revolution . . spotted. This was in 
the area of Antigua. Due to a mechanical breakdown we did not have 
that portion of the tape available for you. This was a line breakdown 
between building 30 and our news center , building 6. Since then we 
have dubbed the tape off the master tape here in the control center 
and we are now prepared to play it for you. It contains references 
to sighting not only some particles but as well an unidentified object 
plus the booster. Here is that tape. We will play it for you now. 

S/C Gemini 7 here, Houston how do you read? 

CAPCOM Loud and clear. 7 go ahead. 

S/C Boggy at 10 o'clock high. 

CAPCOM This is Houston. Say again 7- 

S/C Said we have a boggy at 10 o'clock high. 

CAPCOM Roger . Gemini 7 is that the booster or is that an actual 
sighting? 

S/C 

CAPCOM Say again 7- 



I 

GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/k/G^, 5:hh p.m. Tape hi, page 5 



S/c We have several, looks like debris up here. Actual sighting. 

CAPCOM You have any more information? Estimate distance or size? 
C/S We also have the booster in sight. 

CAPCOM Understand . you also have the booster in Sight, Roger. 

S/c Yea we have a very very many - looks like hundreds of little 

particles banked on the left out about 3 to h miles. 
CAPCOM Understand you have many small particles going by on the 

left. At what distance? 
S/C Oh about - it looks like ah path of the vehicle at 90 degrees. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand that they are about 3 to k miles away. 
S/C They are passed now they are in polar orbit. 

CAPCOM Roger, understand they were about 3 or ^ miles away. 
S/c That's what it appeared like. Thats roger. 

CAPCOM Roger. 

CAPCOM Gemini 7, Houston. Were these particles in addition to 

the booster and the bogey at 10 o'clock high. 
S/C Roger 
CAPCOM Roger 

S/C 7 ah Houston this is 7. 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

S/C I have the booster on my side its a brillant body in the sun, 

against a black background will trillions of particles on it. 
CAPCOM Roger. What direction is it from you? 
S/C It about at my 2 o'clock position. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 5:kk p.m. 



Tape 1+1, Page 6 



CAPCOM Does that mean that it's ahead of you? 

S /C It's ahead of us at 2 o'clock, slowly tumbling. 

CAPCOM Roger 

Gemini Control here again. The reference in that conversation 
to the third unidentified object, of course, was, or the third object 
was a bo ey. There were several references to the bogey. This is the 
unidentified object in addition to particles which appeared to be headed 
in a polar orbit Heard Frank Borman say plus Jim Lovell discussing 

the booster. It was Borman who reported sighting the bogey. This is 
Gemini Control Houston at 1+ hours 2k minutes into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 6:06 P-m- 



Tape , Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at h hours 35 minutes into the mission. 
Our spacecraft at the present time is over the Pacific ocean and 
heading for another stateside pass coming up soon over Gauymas, Mexico. 
Here in the mission control center we are in the midst of a shift 
change. Our new flight director is Eugene Kranz. Number 1 flight 
director , Christopher Kraft and his crew will shortly be leaving this 
center to attend a press conference. At this time we have a playback 
of a taped conversation between spacecraft Gemini 7 and our Hawaiian 
tracking station which took place just a few minutes ago. 

Hawaii Ground track in Hawaii. 
S/C Roger, Hawaii. 

Hawaii TM solid in Hawaii. 



Gemini 7 Hawaii CAPCOM 



S/C 



Go ahead Hawaii 



Hawaii 



How are you doing up there? 



S/C 



Fine. Trying to get into a 



Configuration . 



Hawaii 



Okay, we are showing you good here on the ground. I am going 



to start a tape dump on you and then I'm going to give you an 



OAMS engine status. So get ready to copy that. 



s/c 



Roger . 



Hawaii 



Are you ready to copy your OAMS data? 



s/c 



Is it much copying involved Hawaii. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 6:06 p.m. Tape k2 , Page 2 



Hawaii Roger,. . . . 

Up to perigee adjust we show 71 percent actual OAMS remaining 
That's 71 percent. 

S/C Roger, understand. 71 percent. My gage is off by 1 percent. 

Hawaii Okay. This is 20 pounds. Two zero pounds of propellant more 
than nominal predicted for this time. . . . over, perigee 
adjust two three, 23 ft/sec greater than nominal. We are right 
right on the profile for actual mission activity. 

S/C I understand we are right on the profile. 

Hawaii Roger. And your new orbit is one two zero by one seven four. 
S/C I understand 120 by 17^ and I almost right on the money. 

Hawaii There you go. 
Hawaii Hawaii 
Flight Go ahead 

Hawaii Okay, the tape dump is looking real fine. 
9 Flight Ah rogs. 
Flight C-band? 

Hawaii Good C^band, good telemetry. 

Flight Roger 

S/C This is Gemini 7- 

Hawaii Go ahead Gemini 7- 

S/C We had requested a change in the crew status report to delay 

the one at four kO are you sure that Houston knows, 

about that . 

Hawaii Okay. I will check on that. 

CAPCOM Roger. We were expecting the one at four kO . Stand by. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 6:06 p.m. Tape k2 , Page 3 

Hawaii Okay 

Flight Hawaii CAPCOM, Houston flight. 
Hawaii Hawaii capcom. 

Flight Tell them that we are still looking for his crew status report 
over Texas on the copilot here. The command pilot, excuse me. 
Hawaii thats the four fourty. 

Flight Yea. We were not aware of any change in the flight plan to 

change that status report . 
Hawaii I think he wanted to get it delayed. 

Flight Okay, if he wants to get it delayed he will have to give us 

an idea of about how long and we will reschedule it. 
Hawaii Gemini- 7 Hawaii . 

S/C Go ahead Hawaii, Gemini 7« 

Hawaii Are you saying you want to get this crew status delayed until a 

later time? 
S/C Thats roger. 

Hawaii About how long do you want to have it delayed? 

S/C Actually we don't have all of our exerciser unpacked yet. 

Hawaii Okay, we'll pick it up next time around. 

S/C We have .... 

Hawaii Roger, we'll take care of that for you- 
S/C Roger . 

Hawaii We have completed the tape dump. 
S/C I understand .... 

Hawaii Roger . 



L k k 



JL 



GEMINI 7 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/k/65 , 6:21 p.m. 



Tape U3, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at k hours and 50 minutes into the mission of 
Spacecraft Gemini 7. At the present time, Spacecraft Gemini 7 is passing 
over the northern tip of South America on it's fourth revolution around the 
earth. We have a report from Cape Kennedy and this contains a schedule for 
the preparations that are going on for the launching of Gemini 6. They will 
lower the erector at the Cape at between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. tonight, eastern 
standard time. The first stage will be inserted into the erector at 11 p.m. 
eastern standard time. The first stage will be raised in the erector at 
2:00 a.m. eastern standard time. The erector will be lowered again at 5:00 
a.m. The second stage will be inserted at 6:30 a.m. and will be raised at 
9:30 a.m. and at 12 noon, Spacecraft Gemini 6 will be raised atop its booster 
At this time, we have some tape conversations that were made between Space- 
craft Gemini 7 and the ground tracking stations at Guaymas and in Texas and 
we will play them back for you now. 
Cap Com Guaymas and you are go on the ground . 



Gemini 7, Guaymas Cap Com. 



S/C 



Go ahead Guaymas, Gemini 7* 



Cap Com 



Ah, roger. Everything looks good here on the ground. 



S/C 



Ah, roger, thank you, we are in the process of getting 



ship-shape for Ik days. 



Cap Com 



Roger, we understand and we have nothing for you this time. 



We'll be standing by. 



GEMINI 7 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 6:21 p.m. Tape 1+3, Page 2 
S/C Thank you. 

Flight Cap Com, this is Houston Flight. 

Cap Com Go ahead Flight . 

Flight Roger, as soon as you get the commands in the C-band and your 

TX, will you give me a call and then we will pick up the air 
to ground because we have got some questions to ask regarding 
this drop. 

Cap Com O.K. they are both in 

Flight They are both in. 

Cap Com Affirm 

Flight O.K. and you've got confirmation maps on both of them? 

Cap Com 1 have . . . That's affirm. 

Flight O.K. Thank you . . . C-band track at your site, Texas? 

Cap Com Flight, we have no C-band here. 

Flight Roger, I just got clued in 

Cap Com O.K. Texas 

Roger, we were not in contact with the spacecraft when we 

transmitted the TX . . . 

Guaymas , Guaymas 

What type of TM data are you getting from Texas. Are you 
getting any help? 
Stand by. 

. . Texas data, Guaymas 

Ah, roger, we are having a lot of drop out - just wondered 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 6:21 p.m. Tape k3, Page 3 

whether it was .local or in spacecraft TM. 

That's . . . pretty good down there. 

Roger, thank you. 

How's your TM look, Florida? 

Solid - it's solid all the way through Texas. 

Roger. 

Texas, go remote. 
Texas remote. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com, how do you read, over. 

S/C ' Gemini 7 reads you loud and clear, Houston. 

Cap Com Roger, Jim, reading you loud and clear and I've got a few 

questions on this strap that I'd like to ask you and then we 
will forget about it. Was it a strap or was it that tape 
such as a reflective tape? 

S/C . . . 

Cap Com Roger, Gemini 7, I've got a few questions on this strap you 

saw at your window during your burn and I'll ask them and 
then we can forget about it. Was it a strap or was it possibly 
some tape such as reflective tape? 

S/C This is 7 ... the strap - looked like a strap - it might 

have been tape came forward about in front of the spacecraft . ■ 
Just now, we saw the shadow of the tape on the mirrors but 
earlier in the sunlight the shadow went on by but I can't tell 
from the shadow what it was . 



IL. I* 4. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/V65, 7:05 p.m. Tape kk , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at five hours, 3^ minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini "J, which at the present time is in its hth revolu- 
tion over the earth and is coming up now over the Philippine Islands. 
We had some voice conversation with the Gemini 7 crew, a remote conver- 
sation between the Houston Spacecraft Communicator, Eugene Cernan, here 
in Mission Control and the flight crew. The voice was being remoted 
through the Tananarive station and at that time, our Spacecraft Communi- 
cator advised the crew that we will make a medical pass on this revolu- 
tion as the spacecraft comes near the States, and the response from Pilot 
Jim Lovell said, "OK for the medical pass, but we're still in the process 
of housekeeping and settling down for a long winter's flight." Now we 
will play back the voice communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 and 
Houston Control through the Tananarive station. 
TANANARIVE: Go remote. 
S/C: Okay Tananarive, remote. 
TANANARIVE: Have acquisition. 

CAPCOM: Gemini 7 3 Gemini 7, Houston Capcom, how do you read? Over. 
S/C: ...read you loud and clear. 

CAPCOM: Roger, we'd like your adapter C-band to Command. 
S/C: Unreadable. 

CAPCOM: Roger. And how does a medical data pass on the Command Pilot 
next pass over Stateside? Will that be too soon? Gemini 7> Gemini 7> 
we'd like medical data pass on the Command Pilot on the next pass over 
Texas. How does this sound? Over. 
S/C: It's fine by .us. 

CAPCOM: Roger. I'd like your adapter C-band back to continuous until 
an elapsed time of 05:25. Over. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 7:05 p.m. Tape kh , Page 2 

S/C: Roger. Adapter C-band is on continuous until 05:25. 
CAPCOM: Roger. And then you can go back to Command. 
S/C: Roger. 

CAPCOM: I didn't understand your reply. We'd like to schedule a medical 
data pass on Frank next pass over the States. Over. 
S/C: Unreadable. 

CAPCOM: Roger. I understand. We'll nominally schedule it for Texas 
on the next pass and if you can't hack it, we'll reschedule it. 
S/C: Roger. We're still in the process of getting settled down for 
a long winter's flight. 
CAPCOM: Roger. We know. 

That was voice communication between Spacecraft Communicator Eugene 
Cernan here in Mission Control and the flight crew of Spacecraft Gemini 7 
which is now over the Philippine Islands at 5 hours andi39 minutes into 
the mission. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/1+/65, 7:26 a.m. Tape 1+5, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. Spacecraft Gemini 7 is now passing over the 
Pacific Ocean and very shortly will come up on the Hawaiian station. A 
few minutes ago, as Spacecraft Gemini 7 was within voice range of the 
Coastal Sentry Tracking Ship, we had conversation with the crew. This was 
a data pass and we will now play back that tape for you. 
S/C This is Gemini 7 - go ahead. 

Cap Com Ah, roger, what's your status as far as being ready for your 

medical data pass? 
S/C . . just a second - I think we will be ready. 

Cap Com O.K. we have a medical data pass scheduled for the pilot at 

Hawaii this trip - Hawaii's acquisition is 6 hours 0027 
S/C ... Houston . . . want us to do a . . . stand by with 

status over Texas. Over. 
Cap Com I'll check. That's affirmative. 

. . . want us to do it on the pilot over Hawaii also? 
Cap Com That is right. Pilot over Hawaii as you read them. The 

Command Pilot over Texas at an elapsed time of 6 hours and 

15 minutes. 

Roger, Flight. • Gemini 7, roger, you have one on the pilot 
for Hawaii and the command pilot at Texas at Texas acquisition 
time is 6 hours and 15 minutes. 
Roger , understand 



&. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/\/65, 7:26 p.m. Tape k5 , Page 2 



CSQ Ah Roger. I would like to also know if you have made plans 

for your sleep periods. 
S/C Ah, Roger, we're giving it consideration . , . 

CSQ Roger, I have a map update when you are ready to copy. 

S/C Gemini 7 ready to copy. 

CSQ, Roger. Title is "Node time 05 kl 2k, remarks rev k, 115.0 

east 13 hours minutes 35 seconds right Ascension. Do 
you copy? 

S/C . . . roger, copied. 

CSQ Now, would you verify your cryo gaging switched off. Quantity 

read off. 

S/C This is 7, we're planning a tape dump at this time hut will 

turn it off early. 
CSQ Roger. Flight, did you copy off. 

Flight Affirmative. 
CSQ . . .LOS, Flight. 

Flight Roger, roger, CSQ. 



That was taped voice communication between the Coastal Sentry tracking 
ship and spacecraft Gemini 7. 

This is Gemini Control 5 hours and 58 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/k/65, 7:50 p.m. Tape U6, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at six hours, and 19 minutes into the flight of 
Spacecraft Gemini 7. At this time our spacecraft is approaching the northwest 
coast of South America on its fourth revolution over the earth. A few minutes 
ago as the spacecraft passed within voice range of the Hawaiian tracking station, 
we had conversation between that tracking station and Gemini 7 crew, and at 
that time, our flight surgeon at Hawaii had a medical data pass on the pilot, 
Jim Lovell. He got a good blood pressure. Lovell did an exercise period, and 
this was followed by another blood pressure check. Jim Lovell also gave us a 
food and water report. He reported there was no food intake on the part of 
either of the crew of Gemini 7- He said that the command pilot had taken four 
ounces of water, and that he himself had two ounces of water since the flight 
started. At this time, we will play back the taped voice communication between 
the^ Hawaiian tracking station and Spacecraft Gemini 7- 



JU? COM Gemini 7 5 this is Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C Roger, Hawaii. 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Hawaii. Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead, Hawaii. 

CAP COM OK. We've got that valid oral temp. Standing by for your blood 

pressure . 
S/C Roger. 

CAP COM I'll be transmitting you a TX here shortly, so you're going to 

get a DCS light. 
S/C Thank you. 

CAP COM intermittent TM. Haven't locked up yet. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/k/65, 7:50 p.m. Tape k6, Page 2 

FLIGHT Roger. How did you know you had a valid oral temp yet? 

CAP COM Say again. 

FLIGHT If you had intermittent TM, how did you know you had a valid 

oral temp? 

CAP COM We could get it good enough that way, Flight. 

FLIGHT I'm sorry, Hawaii. 

S/C Hawaii, Gemini 7. Our fuel cell Delta P light went off and 

stayed off for approximately ten minutes or five minutes and 
then came back on. 

CAP COM OK scale. Tell me what time it went off. 

S/C Off at 5:57 and back on at 6:01. 

CAP COM Roger. Got it. We copied that. Stand by for surgeon. We 

have a good blood pressure. We're standing by for your exercise 
on your mark. 

S/C Roger. I will commence the exercise at. this time. Mark. Stand 

by for blood pressure. 
CAP COM Up at full scale. We have a good blood pressure. Standing by 

for your food and water report . 
S/C Roger. Stand by. This is 7- No food. The command pilot — 

four ounces and the pilot -- two ounces so far. 
CAP COM Roger. OK. We can approve all that. You said that the light 

was off from 57 to OlU minutes? 
S/C That's the approximate time. Roger. 

CAP COM OK. Thank you. You did get the DCS light, didn't you? 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 7:50 p.m. 



Tape k6, Page 3 



Vc 



Affirm. 



CAP COM 



OK. C-Band loss. 



Hawaii . 



FLIGHT 



Roger, Hawaii. 



That was taped voice communication between Spacecraft Gemini 7 and the 
Hawaiian tracking station. At this time Spacecraft Gemini 7 is about to start . 
its fifth revolution over the earth, and as it passes through the South Atlantic 
region where the Van Allen radiation belt dips close to the earth's surface, 
the spacecraft will initiate experiments MSC2 and MSC3 • These are MSC2 — 
an external measurement of the radiation in this region; and MSC3 is measuring 
the radiation inside the spacecraft. Both of these experiments are for gathering 
data which may be helpful on future spacecraft flights. This is Gemini Control. 

"ND OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 8:03 a.m. 



Tape , Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 6 hours and 3^- minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 7 which at the present time is approaching the east 
coast of South America on it's fifth revolution around the earth. A few 
minutes ago, as the spacecraft passed within the range of the Texas tracking 
station at Corpus Christi, our flight surgeon attempted to get a medical 
data pass on the command pilot, Frank Borman. Due to an equipment difficulty 
at the Corpus tracking station, the data was not fed into MSC here at the 
Control Center and we did not receive the medical data pass. This will be 
attempted again very shortly as the spacecraft Gemini 7 passes over the 
Rose Knot tracking ship which is located off the east coast of South America. 
We will now play back for you the voice tape - remote voice - from Mission 
Control in conversation with spacecraft Gemini 7. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. We have a . . . give 



us a blood pressure and stand by for surgeon. 



S/C 



. give a blood pressure, Houston. 



Cap Com 



Negative - no blood pressure yet. 



S/C 



Houston, Gemini 7, are you receiving the blood pressure? 



Cap Com 



Gemini 7, this is Houston surgeon. We are not receiving 



your blood pressure. 



S/C 



. not pumped up at all? 



Cap Com 



That ' s negative . 



S/C 



It* 



s pumped up - now pumped up full scale. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMETARY , 12/1+/65, 8:03 a.m. Tape 1+7, Page 2 

Cap Com Roger. We are not receiving it. 

Cap Com, this is Houston flight. Do you still see TM data 
down at your site? 

Cap Com Roger and also we have that blood pressure at full scale - 

we had it at full scale. 
S/C Houston - Gemini 7 - we are going on with the exercise. Maybe 

you can . . . blood pressure somewhere else. 
Cap Com Okay, Texas, if you receive the blood pressure full scale, why 

don't you take it down there. Do you have a surgeon? 

Negative - no surgeon. Did have it full scale, it's down 

again now, I think. 

Okay. 

S/C Houston, Gemini 7 here, are you ready for the exercise? 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Gemini 7, we had a TM drop out problem. We'd like 

to try this again over the RKV if you will. 
S/C Roger. You don't want the exercise . . . right . . . 

Cap Com Negative on the exercise. We'd like to start the crew status 

report again over RKV. 
S/C Okay, give me a mark will you? 

Cap Com Roger, will do. 

Gemini 7, Houston, RKV acquisition 6 plus 35- 
S/C Roger, thank you. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/4/65, 8:03 a.m. Tape 1+7, Page 3 

Cap Com Roger and the crew status report from the. . . remains at 

three . 

S/C Thank you. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Gemini 7, time at the RKV is more like about 6 plus 

32-6 plus 32. 
RKV Cap Com . . . 

Go ahead RKV 

A few items - a medical data pass on the command pilot, have 
got the crew to give us some C-band track over Pretoria. That* 
061+6 to 0700. 
. . . you're on? 

. . . excuse me. The times are 6 hours and k6 minutes to 

7 hours 00 minutes ground elapsed. 

Ah, roger. 

Cap Com surgeon. 

That was voice taped of the voice conversation "between the spacecraft 
Gemini 7 and Mission Control Center here in Houston remoting the voice 
through the Corpus Christi tracking station. This is Gemini Control at 
6 hours and 38 minutes into the mission of Gemini 7. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65 , 8:1^ p.m. Tape h8, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 6 hours and k3 minutes into the mission of 
spacecraft Gemini 7- Our spacecraft has just passed out of voice communication 
range with the Rose Knott tracking ship of the east coast of South America 
and we will playback for you now the taped communication, voice communication 
between the spacecraft and that tracking ship. 

RKV CAPCOM 
S/C Alright RKV CAPCOM 

RKV Roger. Our signals are green. We would like you to turn 

on the C-band beacon for track at Pictoria and a lapse plan 
of zero six four six and turn it off at zero seven two zeros. 

S/C Stand by. Turn the C-band on at zero six four six and off 

at zero seven zero zero. 

RKV Roger, Roger. 

S/C How about a blood pressure . 

RKV Roger. You can start pumping the cuff up. 

RKV RKV, Houston Flight. 

Flight Okay 

RKV Any instructions to pass up to the crew. 

Flight Okay. Towards the end of your talk you can find out what 

their intentions are in beginning a sleep period. 
RKV Roger will do. 

Flight We have your pressure and it is fine. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/k/65 , 8:lk p.m. Tape k8, Page 3- 



RKV Okay this is surgeon. Let's have your exercise. 

Garbled 

CAPCOM I believe someone has their mike open out there. 
RKV Okay flight I will get all that squared away. 

S/C Exercise complete. 

RKV Can I have your blood pressure again? 



Okay Gemini 7 your cuff is full. 

Garbled - We have your bloodpressure and do you have a water 
and food report for us? 



S/C Command pilot 3 ounces of water since Hawaii - garbled - 

Pilot 2 ounces - garbled. 
RKV RKV Gemini 7 Keep your C-band on at 36. 

S/C That's adapter C-band. Okay, thank you. 

RKV Turn it back to command position. Turn it back to command and 

at zero six four six put it back to continuous. 
S/C Roger, will do. 

RKV Do you have any idea what you plan on doing about your sleep 

period? 

S/C We are going to eat a meal and then we are going to sleep. 

RKV Okay 

S/C garbled 

RKV Acquisition RKV 

S/C Okay flight about seconds. 

RKV Okay still looking good. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65, 8:lU p.m. Tape 48, Page§ 

s/c Roger 

RKV Okay. Blood pressure up there? 

s/c . . 

RKV Okay 
S/C . . 

RKV Why 

S/c A lot of care went in. 

RKV Yes somebody out there was keyed to your sight. We heard 

them back here . 
S/C . . 

RKV Okay, I was going to say something but I though I would let you 

sweat a little . 
S/C I appreciate that flight. 

RKV . . 

S/C Roger RKV 

That was taped voice communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 
and the Rose Knott tracking ship. The Rose Knott located off the east 
coast of South America. We are now 6 hours and 4-7 minutes into the mission 
of spacecraft Gemini 7. This is Gemini control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/ty65, 8:35 a.m. 



Tape 1+9, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control at 7 hours and k minutes into the mission of 
spacecraft Gemini 7 which at the present time is passing over the Indian 
Ocean on it's fifth revolution around the earth. A few minutes ago as the 
spacecraft Gemini 7 was within remote voice range of the Mission Control 
Center in Houston through the Tananarive station, the spacecraft was updated 
for the D-k and D-7 experiments. These are celestrial radiometry measure- 
ments. They measure the radiation intensity of both ground objects and 
celestrial bodies in space such as the moon and the stars. The sensing 
units that 'do these measurements are housed in the adapter section of the 
spacecraft and they are directed toward the object to be measured by orienting 
the spacecraft. And -we will now play back that voice tape. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. I have your D-k, D-7 



updates if you are ready to copy. Over. 



S/C 



. stand by . . Hello Houston, this is Gemini 7 . 



for 



updates . 



Cap Com 



Okay, D-k, D-7 updates. The time 08 29 06, sequence number 



111 mode 02. Time 09 10 20, sequence kll mode 02. Time 



10 kk 10, sequence kll mode Ok. Recorder on for 30 seconds. 



Time 11 26 k5 , sequence 1*11, mode 02. That's it. 



S/C 



This is 7. Roger on the D-k and D-7. 



Cap Com 



This is Houston, Roger. 



S/C 



Tananarive has 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, lZ/h/65, 7:26 a.m. Tape kg, Page 2 



Cap Com Roger, I would also like to know if you have made plans for 

your sleep periods. 
S/C . . Gemini "J, roger, we are giving it consideration - we're 

getting ready. ■ 

Cap Com Roger. I have a map update when you are ready to copy. 

S/C Gemini 7 ready to copy. 

Cap Com Roger. Title is "Note time 05 hi 2h remarks rev h 115.0 east 

13 hours h5 minutes 35 seconds . . . Ascension. 
S/C We copy. 

Cap Com Would you verify your cryo gage is switched off? Cryo switch 



off. 
Roger . 

Flight, you copied off? 
Affirmative. 
. . . Flight. 
Roger, CSQ,. 

That was taped voice communications between the Coastal Sentry Tracking 
Ship and Spacecraft Gemini 7. This is Gemini Control 5 hours and 58 minutes 
into the flight of Gemini 7- 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/4/65, 8:50 p.m. Tape 50, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 7 hours and 19 minutes - now 20 minutes into 
the mission, 7 hours and 20 minutes. Our spacecraft has just passed over 
Vietnam on it's fifth revolution around the earth. In our flight plan, 
according to our program, flight plan program, our pilot is in an eat 
period and our command pilot, Frank Borman, command pilot is in a sleep 
period and the last word we heard during voice communications with the space- 
craft - they told us that they did intend to eat and to sleep so we assume 
that they must be following this flight plan. We have had no voice communi- 
cation with the spacecraft for the past 30 minutes and we expect that we will 
not have voice communications for at least another 10 minutes. And at this 
time we are 7 hours and 21 minutes into the mission. All systems aboard the 
spacecraft are in a go condition and the crew is in excellent physical con- 
dition. 

This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 9:50 a.m. Tape 51, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 8 hours and 19 - now 20 minutes - 8 hours 
and 20 minutes into the mission of spacecraft Gemini 7 which at the present 
time is over the South Atlantic and coming up on the west coast of Africa. 
We have not had a voice communication with the spacecraft for quite some 
time now - almost an hour - except for a very brief conversation with pilot 
Jim Lovell over Hawaii and at that time the tracking station consisted of 
telling Jim Lovell to merely turn his C-band transmitter to the ON position. 
As the spacecraft passed over Hawaii according to the telemetry data tha/t 
was received on the ground, neither command pilot Frank Borman nor pilot 
Jim Lovell appeared to be sleeping but both were quiet. We have a report 
from Cape Kennedy on the amount of damage sustained on pad 19 due to the 
launch of spacecraft Gemini 7. There was no structural damage. One 
servicing line to the spacecraft which passed cryogenic hydrogen to the 
spacecraft needed to be replaced and this is expected to be replaced and 
completed around noon tomorrow when the booster and the spacecraft are 
scheduled to be mated on the pad. There was a routine burnout of electrical 
cabling such as happens on every launch. There was no damage to the boom 
to the umbilical line and to those who are working on the pad, getting it 
repaired for the launch of Gemini 6, they say now that they feel that they 
are approximately 30 minutes ahead of their work schedule. So everything 
is proceeding well at the Cape and in our flight of Gemini 7j the crew is 
in excellent physical condition and all systems aboard this spacecraft are gi 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/4/65, 9:50 a.m. Tape 51, Page 2 

Our Flight Director, Gene Kranz, about an hour ago instructed the Com stations, 
the ground tracking stations to keep voice communications with the spacecraft 
to an absolute minimum so that the pilots - command pilot and pilot can get 
some rest. 

This is Gemini Control at 8 hours and 22 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 7. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/1+/65, 10:32 a.m. Tape 52, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 9 hours and 3 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 7> which at the present time is passing over the Pacific 
Ocean on it's way toward the Hawaiian tracking station. This pass should 
bring it well within the range of that station. The spacecraft shortly, a 
few minutes ago, passed over the Coastal Sentry tracking ship located in the 
Pacific and at that time the crew was instructed to conduct a purge of the 
fuel cells. This is a routine purge that takes place every 6 hours when the 
spacecraft is powered up and approximately every 12 hours when it is powered 
down. The crew reported that the fuel cell light that has been on and had 
caused some concern in the early moments of the flight has gone out. It had 
turned out - it went out at 8 hours and 26 minutes of elapsed time and is 
still out at this time. And it should be out under normal operating conditions 
and we will play back- for you now the taped voice communication between the 
spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Coastal Sentry tracking snip. Go. 



CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ 

S/C Go ahead, CSQ. 

CSQ Okay, your next purge will be 13 hours ^5 seconds. That's 

over the CSQ. 

S/c 13 hours 4 5 seconds. 

CSQ That's on 8 and at that time we will advise you . . . your 

new purge cycle . 

S/C Roger. Be advised our fuel light has been out now about 

. . . that's 8 26. 
CSQ Say again time. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/U/65, 10:32 p.m. Tape 52, Page 2 

S/C 8 26 

CSQ 8 26, Roger. We confirm on the ground also, Flight. 

Flight Roger, CSQ. 

CSQ, Everything looks real good on the schedule. 

Flight Roger. Are you monitoring or observing his purge cycle 

there? 

CSQ Affirmative . 

Flight Okay. 

CSQ Flight Charlie Dog 03 is now reading 37. 

Flight Roger. Okay, you can do away with any further reporting in 

that . ... check. 

CSQ Roger, Flight, cycled through his quantity read switch, but 

it was too fast to get a reading. 
CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ, we copy the end of the purge - looks real 

good here. We'll stand by. 
S/C Seven, roger. 

CSQ LOS on PCM. 

Flight Roger, CSQ. Everything looked good during that purge. 

CSQ Looked real good Flight. 

That was the taped voice communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 and 
the Coastal Sentry tracking ship in the Pacific. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/^/65, 10:50 p.m. Tape 53, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 9 hours and 20 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 7 which at the present time is passing over the 
Pacific ocean and has just gone out of voice range with the Hawaiian 
tracking station. As the spacecraft passed over Hawaii the ground 
station reported that neither flight crew member appeared to be sleeping. 
That is from the readout of the ground data. But both appeared to be 
quiet. We have a report from Cape Kennedy - we had a report - I think 
we passed that on some time ago.cn the damage sustained on pad 19 due to 
the launch of spacecraft Gemini 7 and I believe we did pass that on a 
short while ago but we will go over it now. First there was no structural 
damage to the pad. However, one servicing line to the spacecraft needed 
replacement and this will be done around noon tomorrow when the booster 
and the spacecraft are mated on the pad. Ther.; was a routine burnout 
of some electrical cabling but there was no damage to the boon or the 
umbilical line. And it appears to those people who are working on the 
pad repairing it, they say that they are approximately 30 minutes ahead 
of the schedule. Here in the Mission Control Center at Houston everything 
has settled down to what appears to be a routine flight. Our flight 
director, Eugene Krantz, discribes the mission thusfar as a beautiful 
flight. Everything going perfectly. Our flight surgeon, Dr. Fred Kelley 
says that from his data the crew is in excellent shape . And our reports 
from the ground tracking stations as the spacecraft passes over the readouts 
from the ground data look very good. And we did report, also, that the 
fuel cell light which had been on indicating a malfunction, but it was 
determined that the light was faulty and not the system. The fuel cell 
light has gone out. It went out at 8 hours and 26 minutes of flight. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/4/65 , 10:50 p.m. , Tape 53, Page 2 

And so at this time everything on the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7 is 
proceding normal and we look good. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE ♦ 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/U/65, 11:50 p.m. Tape 5U, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 10 hours and 20 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 7 which at the present time is in its 7th revolution 
over the earth and is coming up - just passed over the Indian Ocean. 
Our last voice communication with spacecraft Gemini 7 was approximately 
1 hour and a half ago. Our flight director, Eugene Kranz had ordered 
the ground stations to not have voice communications with the spacecraft 
so that the pilots could get some rest. However, at ground elapsed time 
of 9 hours and 1+5 minutes as the spacecraft passed over the Rose Knott 
tracking ship off the east coast of South America, that tracking station 
reported that "both pilots appeared to be awake. There was no voice 
communication with the spacecraft and at that time our flight director, 
Eugene Kranz, talked to Charles Mathews, the Gemini program manager, who 
is at Cape Kennedy. And during part of that conversation, Kranz took 
the occasion to tell Charles Mathews that spacecraft Gemini 7 is a real 
good spacecraft. Here in mission control center the blue team of flight 
controllers are arriving to take over direction of the Gemini 7 flight. 
The shift changes in 10 minutes. Flight director, Eugene Kranz, who will 
be going off duty will attend a press briefing along with astronaut 
Gene Cernan, our spacecraft communicator, and John Aaron, our electrical 
and electronics controller. And visiting the control center here a few 
minutes ago was Dr. Robert Gilruth, director of the Manned Spacecraft 
Center, and James Alms, deputy associate administrator for the office 
of Manned Space Flight, Washington, D.C. They have been shuffling in 
and out of the Control Center all day and had returned to make a last late 
check on the procedures here. We have a report from Cape Kennedy that the 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/H/63 , 11:50 p.m. Tape 5^, Page 2 

Titan 2 first stage booster for spacecraft Gemini 6 has been errected on 
pad 19 and the crew there is now approximately 1 and ^ hours ahead of 
their schedule. This is Gemini Control at 10 hours and 22 minutes into 
the mission. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 1:20 a.m. Tape 55, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 11 hours and 50 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 7 
spacecraft is now crossing the northern portion of the Indian Ocean. The next 
tracking station to acquire the spacecraft will be the Coastal Sentry tracking 
ship off the coast of Japan in approximately 13 minutes. Here in Mission Con- 
trol the Blue Team of Flight Controllers is settling down for a long night. 
Fairly quiet activity in the mission. During the seventh revolution just 
completed, the Coastal Sentry reported that the spacecraft looked good on 
telemetry and the Aeromeds reported that both pilots were awake at that time. 
The present measurements or ephemeris of Gemini 7's orbit - is 119.8 by 
173-9 nautical miles . That is perigee and apogee, respectively. Midnight 
visitors here in Mission Control during the shift change was space walker 
Ed White who was Gemini k pilot and also backup command pilot for this 
mission. And also, Mike Collins, backup pilot for Gemini J. During the 
seventh revolution pass over Hawaii, they received an update for their on- 
board navigation chart. That is a point at which a certain or given orbit 
crosses the equator on an ascending node during the pass over the tracking 
ship Rose Knot, all systems were green as reported by the Rose Knot Cap Com. 
The crew, both of whom were awake, received flight plan updates, however, the 

command pilot had been scheduled to be asleep at that time. And there was 
also a telemetry dump of data from the spacecraft to the Rose Knot. At 
11 hours and 52 minutes after lift-off, this is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 1:50 a.m. Tape 56, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 12 hours 20 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 7 
should now just be entering the acquisition area of the Canton Island 
voice remoting station. However, it is quite unlikely there will be 
any conversation during this pass for during the recent pass just a 
few moments ago over the Coastal Sentry tracking ship off Japan the 
crew made it quite plain that they want to sleep until 8:00 in the 
morning, Houston time. At that time they had both been taking cat 
naps. During the pass over the Coastal Sentry they received some planned 
landing area updates. Just routine updates of possible landing areas 
in case the occasion should arrise. This is Gemini Control at 12 hours 
and 20 minutes after lift-off 



END OF TAPE. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 1:20 a.m. Tape 57, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 13 hours and 19 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 7 
has now just entered the ninth revolution. It is now over the Red Sea. A 
short time ago, the spacecraft passed over the tracking ship Rose Knot. The 
spacecraft communicator out there, Bill Garvin, has commented that both the 
pilot and the command pilot appeared to be asleep. Blue Team Flight Director 
John Hodge told Garvin "don't bother them, let them sleep". Somebody has to 
be awake though for this next pass over the Coastal Sentry tracking ship off 
Japan because a purge of the fuel cell system is due during this pass. A 
telemetry tape dump was also accomplished during the pass over the tracking 
ship Rose Knot and spacecraft communicator Garvin said that everything looks 
good from where he was. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 3:53 a.m. 



Tape 58, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Ik hours 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 spacecraft is now nearing the end of the 9"th revolution in 
this Ik day mission. During the pass earlier in this revolution and 
over the tracking ship, Coastal Sentry the spacecraft communicator 
Charles Lewis , aboard that ship said that both of the crew were asleep . 
At acquisition however he did raise them on the radio to get them 
to accomplish a scheduled fuel cell purge. This purge has been com- 
pleted. Flight director, John Hodge, told Lewis aboard the ship to 
advise the crew that radio silence would be maintained until 20 hours 
elapsed time. The next station to acquire the spacecraft will be the 
tracking ship Rose Knott off the east coast of South America in approximately 
9 minutes. Meanwhile down at Kennedy Space Center pad 19 the erector 
was lowered at 2:38 central standard time in preparation for placing the 
second stage of the Gemini launch vehicle in the erector. That will be 
raised tomorrow morning. Or I should say this morning. We have a tape 
of the pass over the tracking ship Coastal Sentry which we will hear now. 



CSQ 



CSQ flight 



S/c 



All right CSQ go ahead. 



CSQ 



Does it look as though everybody was sleeping when you came 



over the hill. 



s/c 



Standby. CSQ we are purging . 



CSQ 



Roger Gemini 7 CSQ. Your next purge will be at Carnarvon 



at approximately 20 hours. Approximately 20 hours. 



S/c 



Approximately 20 hours. 



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ZEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 3:53 a.m. Tape 58, Page 2 



S/C Next purge at 20 hours at Carnarvon. 

CSQ Affirmative. Also we would like to have you bring your fuel 

cell 0 o tank pressure up to kOO psi on your gauge. 
S/C Roger 

CSQ That should be sufficient for the sleep period. 

S/C Roger 

CSQ Houston would like to know if you have placed your film pack 

in the plastic bags? 
S/C Roger. 

Houston Don't worry about the status report. 
CSQ Say again flight. 

S/C We have placed all but . . garbled - in the plastic bags. 

CSQ I copy. Say again flight. 

Houston I say don't bother them about the flight plan report,. We 

can fix that up in the morning. 
CSQ Roger, flight. 

We are proned to believe they were asleep when we acquired. 
Houston Okay. CSQ Houston Flight. 
CSQ Go ahead 

Houston You tell them that we are going to maintain radio silence now 

until 20 hours elapsed time. 
CSQ Roger flight. 

S/C CSQ Gemini 7- Purge complete. 

CSQ Roger we copy your purge. Would you give us your quantity 

read switch in the ECS 0„ position. Until my mark. 



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3/C ECS O g . 

CSQ Okay would you go to fuel cell 0^ please? 

S/C Fuel Cell 0 . 

CSQ, Roger, okay fuel cell U please. 

S/C There's my H . 

CSQ We will try to maintain radio silence until about 20 hours 

elapsed time. We are through with your quantity read switch 
we got good readouts. 



That was probably the last radio communication that we will have 
with the Gemini 7 spacecraft for about the- next 6 hours. At Ik hours 
and 2k minutes after lift-off this is Gemini control. 

End of t#pe 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 4:50 a.m. Tape 59, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 15 hours 20 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 7 
is now just east of the Philippian Islands nearing the end of the 
10th revolution. Towards the beginning of this 10th revolution the 
spacecraft passed over the tracking ship Rose Knott, off the coast 
of South America and a comparison of times in the retrofire clocks on 
the ground and aboard the spacecraft showed that they are both in sync . 
This was done by radio command inasmuch as the two astronauts are asleep. 
Also the fuel cell oxygen cryogenic oxygen pressure is now standing at 
U50 pounds. The Rose Knott tracking ship was released for the night 
by the flight director, John Hodge, with a thank you to spacecraft 
communicator, Bill Garland. Just a few moments ago the spacecraft 
made the last pass of the night over the tracking ship Coastal Sentry. 
Spacecraft communicator Charles Lewis reported that all systems were 
go from the Coastal Sentry. The next station to acquire the spacecraft 
will be the Canary Islands station in approximately 56 minutes. At 
15 hours and 21 minutes after lift-off this is Gemini Control, 



End of tape 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 5:30 a.m. Tape 60, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 16 hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 spacecraft has just crossed the African Coast and is just south 
of the Canary Islands tracking station. Jim Fucci, the spacecraft communi- 
cator with the Canary" Island station, reports that the crew is resting at 
the present time and that all systems are go on the ground. Radio silence 
is still being maintained at this time. This is Gemini Control at 
16 hours 20 minutes after lift-off. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 6:50 a.m. Tape 6l, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. Seventeen hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 is presently over the south central Pacific and will be crossing the 
west coast of South America within a few minutes. The next station to acquire 
the spacecraft will be the Antigua station in the Eastern Test Range in approxi- 
mately 23 minutes. About a half hour ago, Flight Director John Hodge, went 
around the horn as they say, and checked all the Flight Controller positions 
to see if they had any problems and none of the Flight Controllers reported 
any problems. The Red Team of Flight Controllers under Chris Kraft are be- 
ginning to come in to relieve the Blue Team. A late report from Kennedy Snace 
Center, the spacecraft no. 6 is now at the Launch Complex 19. It arrived 
there at approximately 6:30 c.s.t. The second stage was erected at 5:00 a.m. 
c.s.t. and they are approximately 2 to 3 hours ahead of schedule. When 
* Chris Kraft was told of these happenings, his comment was "that's what I 
like to hear." At 17 hours and 21 minutes after lift-off, this is Gemini 
Control. . 
END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 7:31 a.m. Tape 62, Page 1 

Good morning, Gemini Control here on the 12th revolution, the first 
quarter of the 12th revolution, 18 hours 1 minute into the mission. An ad- 
vising from the Cape that the spacecraft is being hoisted at this time, 
being hoisted to the top of pad 19, some 3 hours ahead of schedule. It 
looks like more than that, about U-l/2 hours ahead of schedule, quoted 
last night. The spacecraft just passed the Canary Islands. Station 
radio silence was maintained j however, the surgeon at the Canaries and 
Dr. Berry here at the Control Center confirm that the crew did appear to 
be awake. They could tell this from the biomed readings here on the ground. 
However, radio silence was maintained. The flight plan calls for them 
to continue the sleep period until i+OOO hours, out we woula expect perhaps 
some conversation will occur over the Carnarvon station about 30 minutes 
from now. That acquisition is at 57 minutes after the hour. The Weather 
Bureau gives us the following advisory this morning - says the weather 
conditions are unseasonably good in the areas critical to the Gemini 7 
space flight. Favorable weather is expected to continue through the next 
few days to the flight in most areas. In the midrPacific zone centered 
about 800 miles east northeast of Honolulu, broken cloudiness with 
scattered showers. Winds will be northerly, 15 to 20 knots, seas 5 to 
8 feet. In the western Pacific, about 700 miles south by southeast of 
Tokyo, skies will be partly cloudy, winds northeast 15 knots and seas 5 feet. 
In the eastern Atlantic, centered about 500 miles north of + ,e 0a:>e Verdes 
Islands, partly cloudy skies with winds 15 knots, seas k fee - . the 
primary landing zone, the western Atlantic, about 500 miles east of Miami, 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 7:31 a.m. Tape 62, Page 2 

acceptable weather conditions will prevail with broken clouds and widely 
scattered showers, winds southeasterly by 15 knots, seas running h feet. 
Interesting meteorological features which will be overflown during the 
next 2 days include tropical cyclone Alice in the Indian Ocean south 
of the equator. This is Gemini Control Houston 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 8:20 a.m. 



Tape 63, Page 1 



Gemini Control here, 18 hours k-9 minutes into the" mission, and in the 
last 5 minutes we had a brief conversation between the crew- and the Carnarvon 
Station. As we suspected, they were awake, Borman said they were having 
breakfast. It was suggested they might go on back to sleep - but they - 
Borman reported they both felt well enough, they felt rested, and they 
thought they'd stay up. Borman reported that the delta P light, a source 
of some concern the early part of the mission, had blinked back on at 
17 hours U7 minutes elapsed time, which would be about 1 hour ago or 7:20 - 
7:15 c.s.t. It had been out for a period of about 2 hours and he was reporting 
over Carnarvon that it had come back on. Borman also reported some slight 
drop in the hydrogen pressure. Fuel fell down to about 130. This will be 
brought up to 175 - l80 pounds. The other elements systems readings this 
morning go like this: the environmental control system oxygen remaining we 
show here on the ground 100 percent. This compared to a lift-off value of 
107.2 percent. Fuel-cell oxygen remaining 97-9 percent in contrast to 101.1 
percent, at launch. Fuel-cell hydrogen 100 percent compared with 106 percent 
at launch. And 0AMS fuel - 73 percent. We have the taped conversation on 
the Carnarvon Pass and we'll play it for you now. 
CARNARVON Gemini - Carnarvon 

S/C Go ahead 

CARNARVON Roger. We just said you can go back to sleep. 

S/C Roger. We had a pretty good night's rest, now we're having 



a little breakfast. 



CARNARVON 



Roger, understand 



We show you go here on the ground and we'll be standing by. 



S/C 



Okay. We'd like to hear someplace how much the spacecraft 



delta P lights are on 



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CARNARVON Roger. 

Houston Tell him we don't think it's any problem at all. 

CARNARVON We don't think it's any problem - on your delta P light at all. 

Did you copy? 

S/C Roger. I realize there's no problem but what's causing it? 

CARNARVON Well, we're still working on that one. 

S/C Okay, thank you 

CARNARVON LOS, Flight 

Houston Rog. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 8:^9 a.m. 



Tape 6k , Page 



Gemini Control here at 19 hours 20 minutes into the mission. About 
k minutes ago, the Antigua station acquired the spacecraft. It is a 
silent pass, and some 5 to 10 minutes from now at 55 minutes after the 
hour , the Canary Island station should acquire and hold the spacecraft 
for a 7 minute and U7 second pass which will, also be silent. However, 
readings will be taken of the telemetry aboard from that C-band adapter - 
that C-band antenna in the adapter. All quiet and we expect to wake up 
the crew and start the normal daily routine at an elapsed time of 20 hour 
some kO minutes from now. This is Gemini Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 9:09 a.m. TAPE 65, PAGE 1 

This is Houston. We just got a report fran the Cape that spacecraft 6 
and its launch vehicle were mechanically mated at 9:05 a.m. c.s.t. Earlier 
it had been reported that some more than 50 technicians were working in the 
white room area to accomplish this mate and it was reported to us at 9:05 
a.m. our time. This is Gemini Control Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 9:50 a.m. Tape 66, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, 20 hours 20 minutes into the flight on 
the 13th revolution. The flight director has just advised that the crew 
will be awakened during this next pass which will carry us across the 
southern extremity of our stateside tracking network, should be in con- 
versation with them on the order of 5 to 6 minutes. The pass then will 
carry out across the Canaries and swing over the northern edge of the 
Kano acquisition area, and all in all should be a fairly talkative period. 
They will get a flight plan update . They will be advised that they are 
to carry out the D5 experiment , starting at approximately 21 hours elapsed 
time. This will be performed in the Canary-Kano area. They will also 
use their vision testing device in the same area, and their report on the 
crew status, how much food, water they have had, and how they feel. The 
D5, or star, tracking device is one by which they can find their position 
by taking sightings on some six known stars. The stars that are tracked 
to the horizon, the times are carefully recorded. Also, the intensity of 
the stars is measured by a photomultiplier device which can be attached 
to their helmets or held to their eye. This is Gemini Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



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Gh.MINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 10:27 a.m. 



Tape 67, Pa.^e 1 



Gemini Control Houston hero. Twenty hours 57 minutes into the flight 
and we've just been talking with the crew. Jim Lovell answered Elliott See's 
call this morning about 10 minutes ago and Jim is certainly sounding bright- 
eyed and bushy-tailed, at least he was from his opening comment which went 
like this - "good morning, it's about time you guys got to work down there." 
Then he made some reference to 2-weeks vacation with pay - it wasn't very 
clear whether he was referring to the ground or the crew. Then followed a 
most interesting discussion of the fuel cell, what we suspect are the leading 
contenders for this strange action of the light, which goes on and off and 
with no set pattern. Lovell also advised us of the water intake of the two 
•men. He said as of this hour Frank Borman had drunk 6l ounces of water and 
he, Lovell, had consumed 52 ounces of water. We have the tape, of course 
during this pass we did perform successfully a fuel-cell purge of both hydro- 
gen and oxygen. We have the tape of that conversation and we'll play it for 
you now. 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM. How do you read? 

S/c This is 7 Good morning, it's about time you'll got to 



work. 



HOUSTON 



We were just thinking the same thing. We're ready to put you 



to work. 



S/C 



Two-weeks vacation with pay. 



HOUSTON 



Ok. Are you wide awake and ready to go? 



s/c 



Righto. The pilot Is now taking himself a temperature measure- 



ment from the Dr. 



HOUSTON 



Roger. We'd like to give you'll now a source on the fuel-cell 



situation and we're also ready to take a fuel-cell purge from 



you . 



Ro^er, we're standing by listening. . 

Okay, wiiy don't we ahead and get the purge started? 

Roger, we'll purge now. Go on purge. 

Roger. 

Gemini 7, we don't see anything. Have you started the purge? 
Roger, we've started the purge. 
Roger, we've got it now. 

Frank, I'd like to suggest you get the update book out , we ' 11 
be giving you some updates as soon as possible here. 
It's already out. . ^ - ^ 

Okay. Will I interrupt anything if I give you an update during 
the purge? .. ; 

Negative . ■ ■ ■ ' 

Okay. I have a mode update for you. Time 20 plus 38 plus 33 • 
That's Rev 13, Ilk. 7 West, 13 plus 26 plus ^3 right ascension., 
Copy? 

Roger. Understand 13 plus 26 plus U3. Was that correct for 
the right ascension? 
That is correct. 
Okay. Go ahead. 

Flight plan update. We have a crew status report on the next 
pass that will be at 22 plus 17 plus 00. 
Okay . 

Okay. And we'd like you to be prepared to give you as much - 
for you to give us as much data as you can on both of you since 
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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 10:27 a.m. Tape 67, Page 3 

Roger 

We have a radar transponder test at 22 plus 20 plus 00, 
Sequence 01. Remarks OFF at 22 plus 28 plus 00. 
Roger . 

Have a ' B-k/T>-7 at 22 plus 56 plus 00. Sequence k09 - and kO 
correction - 1+09 and UlO. Mode 02. Do you copy? 
Roger. Go ahead. 

Got a crew status report at Carnarvon on the pilot at 23 plus 
11 plus 00. We have exercise at 23 plus 21 plus 00. Do you 
copy okay? 
Loud and clear. 

You can begin your eating preparation at 23 plus 31 plus 00. 

We'll have a fuel-cell purge at 23 plus H9 plus 00. A D-5 at 

2h plus 15 plus 20. Sequence 01, Mode 01. You have S-8/D-13 

25 plus 28 plus 52. Sequence 02. Pitch 30, down - yaw 13 degrees 

left. Closest approach 25 plus 29 plus kj . Do you copy? 

Do I understand you want us to purge again in k hours. Is that 

correct? 

That's what we're planning at the present time, Gemini J. 
Okay. Be all quiet? 

I'll discuss the fuel cell with you here as soon as the purge 
Is complete. 

Purge is complete, Elliott. 

Okay. Here's a little run-down on what we think the situation 
is on that light. Can you give us a quantity read-out on the 
fuel-cell hydrogen and oxygen? Just give us the switch position 
for each one, we'll read them out here on the ground 



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S/C Roger. They're on fuel-cell oxygen now. 

HOUSTON Roger. Okay. Give us the other one. 

S/C Fuel-cell hydrogen. 

HOUSTON Roger. Okay. A brief discussion here on fuel-cell light as 



we can see it, we think the most likely reason is an accumulation 
of tolerances of the delta P light transducer and the regulator 
cause a pressure difference between the water reference to the 
regulator and the delta P switch. In other words, just an 
accumulation of tolerances here which is giving us a light 
that is really not indicative of the true condition. 
S/C Roger, thank you. 

HOUSTON It's not much help I guess, but that's what we think is the 

most likely thing. A run-down on the other possibilities, the 
next most likely thing we think is a defective delta P switch. 
The third possibility is a water valve closed or some restriction 
in the water line, and that would pose a problem, but we feel 
that we can handle that even, even if it means shutting down 
that fuel cell, and we feel this will be indicated by a deter- 
ioration in the performance of that fuel cell over many hours. 
We'll be able to watch that build up, it won't pose any hazardous 
condition at all. And the last possibility is a regulator which 
is slightly out of tolerance. We think the latter two things 
here now are not very hot probability but they are possibilities. 
Do you have any other items or suggestions? 

S/C Negative. 

HOUSTON Okay. Do you have a water reading handy for us at this time 

Gemini 7? 



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GEMINI Y/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 10:27 a.m. Tape 67, fage 5 

S/C Stand by. 

HOUSTON And do you have a propellant quantity read-out? 

S/C This is 7- Propellant quantity is 68. 

HOUSTON 68? 

S/C Roger, 68 percent. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

Would you place your quantity read switch to the fuel-cell 

Og position again? 
S/C Houston, CP drank 6l ounces of water. 

HOUSTON 6l ounces for CP, Roger. 

S/C Rog. 

And P drank 52 - 52 ounces of water. 
HOUSTON That's roger. 52 ounces for the pilot. 

And what were the times of those final readings? 

The time marked down, or the last water entries? 
S/C Roger. CP was 18 plus 50. 

HOUSTON Roger. 18 plus 50 and yours Jim? 

S/C 18 plus 30 for mine. 

HOUSTON 18 plus 30 - Roger. 

S/C Ask Chris why do we have with the crew (garbled) 

HOUSTON Roger. 

HOUSTON Next time over we'll get this crew status report from you 

and give you an update on the news. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 10:38 a.m. 



Tape 68 , Page 1 



This is Houston at 21 hours 9 minutes into the flight. We are on the 
lUth revolution. During a brief interchange at the Canary station just 
passed, the only new information gleaned was the fact that both pilots 
slept with their helmets on last night. There was additional peripheral 
discussions, but we have about a 50-second conversation I believe ready 
to play for you. The command carrier is still out. We can remote through 
the Kano station, although Elliot See advises he has nothing additional 
for the crew at this time. We expect no more conversation. Here's the 
tape of that brief Canary pass. We will play it now. 



AFT 

s/c 

Canary 



s/c 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary 



Canary Cap Com, AFT 
Go ahead, AFT, Canary 

Okay, I guess you copied our pass, we updated the flight plan 
and got a fuel cell purge. Do you read so forth. We want 
you to get a tape dump this pass, also C-band track. 
Okay . Then the real-time TM will be on at acquisition. 
Is it still on? 

Also the C-band 

Also the C-band is still on, okay. 
Space, AFT 

Okay, we would like you to look at the quality of that 
C-band beacon. They reported a poor quality over the ETR 

this pass . 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, ^0:58 a, 



m. 



Tape 68 , Page 



s/c 

llou;-, l.on FLT 

Canary 

FLT 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary AFD 



Canary 
Canary 

S/C 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary 
Hou FLT 



Roger, will do. 

Canary Cap Com, Houston Flight 
Go ahead, Flight 

You might ask them if they both have their helmets and 

gloves off. 

Okay 

Cap Com AFD 

Go ahead, AFD 
our 

0 K/cap com didn't pass up two items on the flight plan, 
he was trying to save time and cut corners , and the two 
items are the 22, 35, 000, which is a PIF update at the 
Canaries, and 23 52 00, it is a go-no go for 31-1 at 
Texas, and you can pass those up. 
Okay . 

zero zero PLA update over Canaries, that is on the next 

pass over . 

Roger 

At 23 52 00, it is a go-no go for 31-1 over Texas. 
Roger, thank you 

Okay. What is the status of your helmet and gloves, are 

they on or off. 

garbled 

Okay 

Would you give me a read back on what he said about the 
helmet, and gloves status. 



£~ k k 



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Tape u'j, i'ag'- 'j 



Canary 



Hou FLT 
Canary- 
Canary 

s/c 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary 
Canary 

s/c 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary 
Houston FLT 
Canary 
Houston FLT 
Canary 
Houston FLT 



Okay , at . . . helmet and gloves , both helmet and gloves were 
off in regards to 17-1. Jim Lovell says that he had his 
helmet and gloves off and Frank Borman was taking his helmet 
off . . . 

. . . Ask them if they had their helmets on while sleeping. 
Roger . 

Cap Com, Canary 
Go ahead, Canary 

The guys have been asking who had his helmet on while he was 
sleeping. 
We both did. 
Okay, understand 

A report on the C-band track, at TCA we lost quality in the 
C-band 

Rog 

garbled 
Rog 

They are taped up 

A change in the light when we purged over the Cape 

garbled 

Information to the crew when we passed it up on the fuel cell 
Roger, we copied the whole thing. 

Roger 



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Tape 68, Page k 



Canary Tried to get this on a daylight cycle basis. So we find out 

if it comes on in the daytime and goes off in the daytime . 

Houston FLT Yeah, it doesn't seem to be anything we can correlate this 
thing with. The water that they have drunk also indicates 
that the pressures we're seeing in the water tank would be 
about what you would expect so far anyway. So it looks like 
the thing is producing water, and it is being accepted in 
tank. 

Canary Roger 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 11: 16 a.m. Tape 69, Page 1 

Houston here - 21 hours k6 minutes into the mission. We have a con- 
versation taped by the Carnarvon station which we'll play for you now. 



CARNARVON 
CAP COM 
CARNARVON 
S/C 

CARNARVON 

s/c 

CARNARVON 
S/C 



CARNARVON 

HOUSTON 

CARNARVON 

S/C 

CARNARVON 
S/C 

CARNARVON 
HOUSTON 



I have TM solid. 

Roger, Carnarvon 

Hello, Carnarvon CAP COM. 

Go ahead Carnarvon, Gemini 7- 

Roger. Looks real good here on the ground. Latest tracking 
data shows that your orbit is 120.2 by 173. h. 
Thank you. 

Roger. We have nothing else for you this pass, we'll be 
standing by. 

... to Carnarvon. We do have this stuff here - just a minute 
ago. We've got something dragging from the rear end of the 
spacecraft. It plops in front of the window sometimes. It 
looks like some of the calking or cover that goes round the 
primacord where the adapter connects to the booster. 
Uh, Roger, understand. 

Flight, tell him that's what we guessed it probably was. 
Jim, this is what flight guessed that it probably was that 
you had seen before. 
Roger. 

Everything looks real good from here. 
Roger . Carnarvon? 
Go ahead. 

Roger. RF here on site reported that we had a sharp cut-off 
on TM signal strength and then it came back on again fairly 
fast. We're going to take a closer look at it. It almost 
looked like he switched something over in the spacecraft 



£L k. 



GEMiNI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 11: 16 a.m. Tape 69, Page 2 

or the transmitter dropped out momentarily. 
HOUSTON FD Asked him if he made any switching in the TM? 
CARNARVON Gemini 7, Carnarvon CAP COM. 

S/c Go ahead Carnarvon, 7» 

CARNARVON Roger. We noticed a little sharp decrease in TM signal strength 

here. Did you do any switching on telemetry? 
S/c We're dumping here on it. 

CARNARVON Roger. Understand. 

S/C Is that better now? We just turned this dump switch off. 

CARNARVON Yeah, it was just a momentary dropout, it wasn't very long. 

S/C Rog. 

CARNARVON LOS everything is going LOS - 

HOUSTON Roger, Carnarvon. 

END OF TAPE . - ' 



k. k k 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 11: Uh a.m. Tape 70, Page 1 

Houston here, 22 hours Ik minutes into the flight. The spacecraft 
shortly upcoming on a stateside pass which Texas will control primarily, 
as soon as we make acquisition through the Guaymas site. We will remote 
immediately through Texas . 

During the course of the pass, we expect to get a ma,jor medical 
summary of the crew status of the flight. There will also be some flight 
plan updates that Elliot See will be passing on. Experiments through the 
next orbit call for such things as T)h/~D7 experiment in the next night -side 
roughly Tananarive, also some crew exercises along about Carnarvon. 
That would carry us through, I believe, the next revolution. 

One of the interesting shift developments that has come about during 
this flight occurs in the Flight Dynamics area. They are in what we call 
the front trench of Control Center, where about four controllers work. 
They have decided to work 2H-hour shifts straight through. They actually 
aren't on the floor for 2k straight hours. It amounts to about 16 to 17 
hours , and while the spacecraft is off the range , that is , going over 
stations that cannot supply flight dynamics with the kind of data they 
normally need, the C-band data and the like, they do take time out and 
catch a nap here in our bunk room in the Control Center. They are scheduled 
for 2k hours of work and they are scheduled for kQ hours off for a team 
of three, and they will follow that alternation pattern throughout the 
flight. We should have contact momentarily, and we want to tune in and 
follow the progress of this pass as it develops. The Goddard Space Flight 
Center which handles the voice loops on our world range. The Texas station 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 11: kk a.m. Tape 70, Page 2 

has just been advised to go remote through Guaymas , and momentarily we 

should have a contact. We expect a fairly long pass on the order of 12 to 

15 minutes. The orbit swings directly across the Gulf, just north of the tip of 

Yucatan peninsula. The spacecraft will be passing almost directly over Miami 

in a northeasterly direction, swinging up just south of Bermuda and make its 

turn and start south. There is Elliot See putting the first call through 

and here ' s the answer . 

Cap Com I would like to advise you we would like to have the UHF 6 

pass this time, is that okay with you? 
S/C Roger, stand by. 

Cap Com We are receiving your oral temperature , give us a blood 

pressure and stand by for the surgeon. 
Surgeon Gemini 7, this is surgeon, your cuff is full scale. 

S/C Roger 

Houston here, that is Dr. Berry's voice you heard come on the line 
talking about the cuff. He's reading out the blood pressure data here on 
the ground. Let's go back and listen in. There will probably be some 
long pauses here during the blood pressure readings. 

Dr. Berry Gemini 7, we have a good blood pressure, standing by for your 
exercise . 

S/C ... another blood pressure 

Dr . Berry Roger 



1^. 



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Tape 70, Page 3 



Dr. Berry Gemini 7, cuff's full scale;. 

Dr. Berry Gemini 7, we have a good blood pressure. Could we start 

with your sleep report , Frank? 
S/C Roger, we - Jim and I slept . . . last night, I imagine we 

each got about 4 to 6 hours sleep last night. 
Dr. Berry Okay, Frank. I would like to get some idea about the depth 

of that sleep. It appeared to us from the ground and all 

our records here that you were sorta in and out most all 

the time that was programed. 
S/C Experiment. It was rather light sleep. 

Dr. Berry Okay, could we get the food report? 

S/C Roger. We have had two meals, ... we are now preparing 

our third meal. 

Dr. Berry Okay, you have had meal A and meal B, both of you and you are 
preparing the third meal. Were the bulk of meal A and B both 
eaten? 

I ate everything but some bites of beef sandwiches. Jim ate 
it all meal A and B. We both are saving our gingerbread for 
dessert at noon meal. 
Dr. Berry Very good. 

Dr. Berry Can you add anything to the water report yet, Frank, from 

the last time that we got the water? 
S/C Say again, Houston, Gemini 7 



S/C 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 11: kk a.m. Tape 70, Pace k 

Dr. Berry Gemini 7, this is Houston surgeon. We had 6l and 52 ounces 
reported for water, and have you added anything to that? 

S/C I added 8l ounces for the pilot that is a total of 8l for 

the pilot and a total of 88 for me . 

Dr. Berry 8l pilot, 88 command pilot? 

Dr. Berry Gemini 7, this is Houston surgeon. Can you tell me about 
this exercise, Frank, have you been able to do it before 
each of the meals so far. Have we done it 10 minutes as programed 

S/C Negative. We are going to start with this meal. 

Dr. Berry Start this meal. Okay. 

S/C Roger 

Dr. Berry Gemini 7, Frank, can you tell me about the suits? Are you 
fairly comfortable in the suits as they are presently con- 
figured? 

S/C Yes, I think we are both fairly comfortable. It is a little 

warmer than we thought it would be based on Pete and Gordo's 
experience . We are running full cold and we are just com- 
fortable . 

Dr. Berry Full cold and just comfortable. Okay. How about the M-l 

noise . Do we understand that you had the helmets on during 
sleep last night. Can you hear any noise from the M-l and 
is it functioning all right at the present time? 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, H:hk a.m. 



Tape 70, Pago 'j 



S/C We had our helmets on but not our hoods, of course, and 

you can hear the M-l and it makes noise when it is ninctionin,"; . 

Dr. Berry I read that you can hear the M-l and it does make noise. Is 
that affirm? 

S/C That is one of the reasons we were told to sleep as light 

as possible. We are getting used to it now, Chuck. 

Dr. Berry Okay, we better check that again tonight, and we may want to 
turn that off then so we can be sure we get enough rest here 
tonight. Your rates and things here look very fine, Frank. 
You are both levelling out very well . There have not been 
any abnormalities that we have been able to see at all , and 
we have a report from both your families. They asked us- 
to get the word to you that they are all okay. Sue is on 
her way back from the Cape and arrives here sometime about 
2:30 this afternoon, and said to tell you that everybody is 
okay. Marilyn said the same, Jim. 

S/C How did the oilers make out? 

'Dr. Berry They haven't yet, playing today. 

S/C Let us know this afternoon how they make out 

Dr . Berry Roger . 

Dr. Berry Gemini 7, this is Houston surgeon. Do you read? 
S/C Okay, Chuck 

Dr. Berry Frank, you were going to try to do some estimates of voided volume. 
We will wait for that to a later time. Do you think this 
is helpful, are you going to be able to do that? If so, 
just say yes or no, and we can try to get it on a later pass. 



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Tape. 70, pa;;e 



S/C Negative. I don't think we will be able to give you an 

accurate volume . 

Dr. Berry Okay, fine. We will dispense with it and not even try it 
then . 

S/C Affirmative 

S/C Chuck, for your information, this water unit is working 

very well and the ( IV ) unit is also functioning very well . 

Dr. Berry Gemini '7, This is Houston surgeon. I read that the water 

gun was working very well. I didn't get the last unit that 
was functioning. 

S/C garbled 

Dr . Berry Roger 

S/C Houston, this is Gemini 7 5 can you give us a time hack on 

elapsed time, please. 
Cap Com Roger. .I'll give you a hack at 22 26 1+5 . Mark'. 22 26 1+5 . 

S/C Roger. The elapsed timer is working perfectly, we haven't 

lost or gained a second on you. 
Cap Com Roger . 

Cap Com Got some news reports here, Frank, if it is a convenient 

t ime . 

S/C Roger. Incidentally, Jim has turned on the radar transponder 

hope you are reading it. 
Cap Com Roger. 

Cap Com The first item is everyone on the Wasp is very happy about 

your launch. Their theme song is "I'll be home for Christmas' 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 11: hk a.m. Tape 70, Page 7 

Cap Com Next news item. We had two airliners had a collision up 

near New York yesterday. Fortunately, most of the people 

did survive. There were six lost, but 106 survived. One 

airplane landed with about a 30-foot section of wing off. 

The headlines in the Post today say GT-7 and spent rocket 
play 

flight/tag. They 've got very nice pictures of both Susan 
and Marilyn on the cover. Down at the Cape, things are going 
real good. Setting up Gemini 6, running about k hours ahead 
of schedule. Tennessee beat UCLA 37 to 3U. The Buffaloes 
plays the Oilers here today and Minnesota is at Green Bay 
today. That is all we have right now. 

S/C .... look down there. 

Cap Com Roger. 

Cap Com Incidentally, back to the strap hanging on the back of the 

spacecraft. We sorta surmised yesterday that the report that 
you gave on the skidding tne front end was caused - perhaps 
fell over in front of one of the aft thrusters during your 
perigee adjust maneuver, and that caused it to flop up in 
the front. You probably deduced the same thing by now. 

S/C The strap came forward .... 

Cap Com What we are saying is the reason it flopped up forward is 

probably drifted over in front of the thruster at the time 
you were firing and that threw it up there . 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston. Have you turned the transponder off 

at this time? 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, ll:kk a.m. 



Tape 70, Page 8 



s/c 



Roger. Transponder is off. 



Cap Com 



Roger . 



Cap Com 



Gemini 7, Houston, we are about to lose contact. We will 



get your flight plan report on the next pass. 



s/c 



This is 7- Roger. 



Cap Com 



Roger 



This is Houston here again, 22 hours 31 minutes into the flight. 
In the course of that l6-minute pass across the United States, we got 
the most complete medical update we have had so far during the mission. 
You heard Frank Borman say that both had slept last night on the order of 
k to 6 hours. Neither very soundly. Certainly, Frank says the sleep he 
had was not deep. So they are running a little bit light on sleep. They 
are eating what the flight plan calls for, and the water intake appears 
to be about right. They said they are a little bit warmer than expected, 
a little bit warmer than the Gemini 5 crew experienced, but fairly com- 
fortable. The one reference to the Bill Huffstetler device which was 
repeated is a reference to a urine collection device in the spacecraft 
which apparently is working quite well. This is Gemini Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 12: l6 p.m. Tape 71, Page 1 

This is Houston - 22 hours 47 minutes into the flight, and during the 
Canary Pass the crew received a number of planned updates for the next h revs. 
They were also queried as to whether they had gotten into the right-aft food 
box which concern here was to insure the ground here that they were eating 
the proper food in the proper sequence . The report came back that they were , 
in fact, in the right-aft food box and everything progresses very satisfactorily. 
Here's the tape from the Canary Pass. 



CAP COM AFD Cap Com AFD 

Canary Go ahead, AFD - Canary 

FD Okay. You have your mission instructions, you have your PLA 

updates? 

CANARY Roger . 

FD Okay. And EE COM left the C-band and telemetry on for you. 

CANARY All right. Flight and thank you. 

CANARY No questions. 

FD Okay. We're standing by for your pass. 

CANARY Okay. You're in solid. 

FD Roger, Canaries. 

CANARY Gemini 7, Canary Cap Com, Com Tech 

S/C You're coming in loud and clear. 

CANARY Roger. We have you go on the ground, in good status. 

S/C loud and clear waiting for an update, 

CANARY Okay. Ready to copy? 

S/C All set. 

CANARY 17-1, 25, 17, 08. Il4 plus 20. l8-h, 28, 07, 21. 15 plus 15 . 

19-4, 2-, h2, 38. Ik plus 3^. 20-3, 30, 57, h7. 17 plus 02. 
21-3, 32, 3k, 02. 15 plus 1+5. You look for a rolling reentry 



GEMINI 7/6 

s/c 

CANARY 

CANARY 
HOUSTON 

CANARY 
CANARY 

s/c 

CANARY 
S/C 

CANARY 
S/C 

CANARY 
HOUSTON 

CANARY 
HOUSTON 
CANARY 
HOUSTON 



Tape 71, Page 2 



MISSION COMMENTARY , I2/5/65, 12:l6 p.m. 
and the weather in all areas is good. 

Gemini 7 roger and thank you for the transmission, just the 
right spacing. 

Roger, you're welcome. We'll be standing by. 

CAP COM HOUSTON FLIGHT. 

Go ahead, Flight 

Would you ask the crew if they saw any evidence of venting 

when they purged the fuel cells, in particular, the hydrogen? 

Roger. 

7 - Canary 

This is 7 go ahead Canary. 

Did you notice any venting while you were purging the fuel cells, 
especially in the hydrogen? 

We didn't notice any, and also we didn't notice any delta P 
light on the first section. 

No delta P on the first section while purging and you didn't 
get any sort of venting at all? 
Not to our knowledge. 
Okay. Copy. 

We copied. We'd sort of like to know if they got the right-aft 
food box unstowed? 
Go ahead, flight. 

Again, we'd like to know if they got 

CAP COM I can barely read. you. 

I said I'd like to know if they got the right aft-food box 

unstowed? 



CANARY 



I cannot read you flight. Say again. 



GEMINI 7/6 

HOUSTON 

CANARY 

HOUSTON 

CANARY 

HOUSTON 

CANARY 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 12:l6 p.m. 
Was that their voice control? 



Tape 71, Page 3 



HOUSTON 

CANARY 

HOUSTON 

CANARY 

HOUSTON 

S/C 

HOUSTON 
CANARY 

HOUSTON 

CANARY 

s/c 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

CANARY 
S/C 



Flight, Canary, I cannot read you. 
Can you read me now? 

Very, very weak. Go ahead, say again. 

We would like to know if the crew has gotten the right aft- 
food box unstowed? 

I can't read you Flight - cannot read you. 

Hello, this Canary. Can you give us a conference on 2 as 

well as 1 this time, we're fading bad on 1. 

Roger , Roger. 

Canary voice check. 

I read you loud and clear, how me? 

Very, very weak. You might say again. I might catch it. 
Okay. We want to know if the crew got the right aft -food box 
unstowed? 

I copy Flight, Gemini copy. 
Can you copy? 

Say again, Flight, I read you better. 
if copies, we'll get it. 

We want to know if the crew got the right aft-food box 
unstowed?? Do you copy that? 



Our right aft-food box unstowed? 

That's affirmative. 

Okay. 

We'd like to know if you got the right aft-food box unstowed? 
Roger. Since purge we're in mission configuration everything's 

in good shape. 



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Tape 71, Pa^e h 



CANARY 
S/C 

CANARY 

HOUSTON 

CANARY 

HOUSTON 

CANARY 

HOUSTON 

CANARY 



HOUSTON 

CANARY 

END OF TAPE 



Roger. Understand. 

The only hitch in our stowage plan was caused by our putting 

those magazines in our plastic containers. 

Roger. Copy. 

We copied that . 

We have TM LOS. 

Roger . 

You copy me, Flight? 
Affirmative . 

Okay. I had to cut you off there while I talked because 
there was so much noise on the line, but they did say that 
they did unstow the right aft-food box and they are right 
now in mission configuration, and the only thing that happened 
to them in any way was getting those magazines in those plastic 
containers. Do you copy? 
Affirmative. We copy. 
Ok. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 12:55 p.m. Tape 72, Page 1 

This is Houston, 23 hours, 23 minutes into the flight. We're on 
the fifteenth revolution. We've just completed a medical dats pass on 
Jim Lovell by the Carnarvon station.. Not too much of a talk interchange 
there. Of more significance upcoming during the next pass across the 
United States, the Gemini 7 crew will be given a go for a 31 revolution 
flight. That is they will be given go ahead for a 31-1 flight. We 
have the Carnarvon tape and will play it for you now. 



CRO 

Spacecraft 
CRO 



CNV Surgeon 

Spacecraft 

CRO 

FD 

CRO 

FD 

CRO 

CRO Surgeon 



Spacecraft 
CNV 



Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 
Go ahead Carnarvon 

Roger. We have you go on the ground, we also 

are receiving a valid temperature from the pilot. 

Stand by and I'll hand you over to the surgeon. 

Hello, Carnarvon, surgeon standing by for your 

blood pressure. 

Rog. Pressure is full scale. 

Carnarvon 

Carnarvon} FD, go ahead. 

Roger P we show everything go on the ground. 
Roger, we copy. 

Rog . Negative .. ...... . at this time . 

Gemini 7 Carnarvon Surgeon, we have a valid blood 
pressure, standing by for mark when you start your 
exercise . 

Begin exercise now. 

Call it sea land track at Carnarvon. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/05, 12:55 p.m. Tape 72, Page 2 

CRO Surgeon Copy valid ..... 

Spacecraft ....... completed ..... ."blood pressures . 

CR0 Your 'cuff is full scale. You still have a valid 

blood pressure. Do you have any change in your food 

or water intake to report? 
Spacecraft This is 7? negative. We're going to start our 

exercise program about this time. 
CRO Gemini 7 3 this is Carnarvon, check. 

Spacecraft No changes in food or water to report at this time 

but we'll be starting our exercise program. 
CRO Surgeon Understand, no change. Carnarvon Surgeon out. 

CRO Seven, you don't have to acknowledge this, we still 

have you go on the ground, we'll be standing by. 

Carnarvon 

FD Go ahead Carnarvon 

CRO Fuel cell 02 BA02 reads k±3 psi. 

CNV FD 1+13? 

CRO 1+13. 0 H2VA reads 193, ECS 02 CA 02 reads 608. 

That's getting down pretty low.. Close to the limits 
but .... 

FD All Right 

CRO Roger, we're still go here on the ground. Everyhting 

looks good. 

Houston That's all those limits so let's let him worry about 

it. 

CRO Rog, flight. 

CRO Carnarvon, 
Houston Go .ahead 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65 12:55 p.m. Tape 72, Page 3 

CRO I don't think I got the real time PM off but 

I did get.. ....for LOS. 

Houston Rog 

CRO I got a reject oh my real time PM off, 

Houston Rog 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 1:18 p.m. Tape 73, Page 1 

This is Houston, 23 hours ^3 minutes into the flight on the 15th 
rev. Momentarily the Guaymas station should acquire in what will probably 
amount to a 16 to 18 minute pass across the United States. In the course 
of this pass the Flight Plan calls for the crew to perform another fuel 
cell purge. This will be done over the Texas station. They are also to 
advise us on their quantity readings - on their breathing oxygen, on their 
fuel cell oxygen, fuel cell hydrogen quantities. This is all the Flight 
Plan shows for during the -pass. Guaymas has just advised they have acquisition 
aid contact, the first beacon, which does acquire, and we are standing by 
for the first voice interchange. Still no talk from Guaymas. They would 
acquire at 18 minutes and 37 seconds, that would have been nearly a minute 
ago. Beyond the stateside pass occur for them another D-5 Experiment, the 
Star Occultation Experiment wherein they take sightings of at least 6 stars. 

lis is a new experiment to Gemini and it is aimed toward perfecting 
simple onboard navigation system to back up the rather elaborate electronic 
navigation systems which are available to them in the spacecraft as well as 
on the ground. A little later over Carnarvon they are to start their exercise 
program. This is in addition to the normal bungee cord exercises which precede 
each blood pressure measurement. We're standing by for Guaymas contact. They 
may be having a little bit of difficulty down there with their transmitter. 
Now Guaymas advises they do have telemetry contact. Guaymas says that all 
systems look good on the ground. Now the Texas station is remoting and let's 
follow that discussion. 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM. How do you read? 

HOUSTON Gemini 7 Houston. How do you read? 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 1:18 p.m. 
S/C Houston - 7 - read you loud and clear. 



Tape 73, Page 2 



HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 



Roger. You have a go for 31-1. Stand "by to receive a TR 
update . 

Roger. Have a go for 31-1. 

Gemini 7 did. you get an update indication? 

This is 7 roger. Dp's line up and up. 

Roger. Checks out good here too. 

Standing by for a fuel-cell purge. 

Roger. 

Is Frank available to talk to while you're doing that Jim? 
If that'll ease you. Go ahead. 

Frank, we have an opportunity to take a picture of the Houston 
area on this pass, it's not real close, but if you're able to 
you might take one. And on the next pass we have an S-8/D-13. 
Laredo, the weather is very good and very clear, we have 
smoke-pots set up along the north edge of the pattern, the 
wind is from the south, and you should have a real good oppor- 
tunity there, and there will be an even better opportunity to 
take a picture of Houston on that pass if you can manage to 
do it after the Laredo pass. Of course the S-8/D-13 has top 
priority. 

Roger. When did they move that to Laredo? I thought that 
was in California? 

You mean Yuma. Maybe it's still in Yuma. 
Gemini is purging now. 



L. L. k. 



GEMINI 7/6 
HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 



Tape 73, Page 3 



s/c 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 



MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 1:18 p.m. 
Roger, observing the purge. 
You have a TX on the way, Gemini 7. 
Thank you. 

Are you observing the purge? 
Roger. We're observing the purge. 
Okay. 

The reason we're asking for this picture of Houston is we have 
unusually clear weather here at the present time we thought 
it would be a good opportunity to take a picture. 
We will try. 
Roger . 

Elliott, this is Gemini J, we missed you. 

Okay. Well, you were about 120 miles away on this pass so 
I'm not too surprised. But the next pass should be real good. 
Roger. Jim took a picture of Mobile, he recognized Cookie, 
you know he always stops there for gas. 
Roger. 

Even Jim couldn't make it without stopping in Berkley today. 



S/C 

HOUSTON 



Observed you've completed your fuel-cell purge. We would like 
fuel-cell quantity cryo readouts for approximately 20 to 30 
seconds on each position. 
Roger. Going to oxygen. 
Roger . 

And Gemini 7 could you give us what you have in the way of 
a flight plan report at this time? 



k k 



ION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 1:18 p.m. Tape 73, Page k 

Roger. We have completed everything on the flight plan detailed 
in general up to this point plus one humidity sensor reading. 
Roger . 

Gemini 7 would you also give us a readout on ECS Cv, quantity? 

Roger. I am now going to CO,-,. 

Roger. 

We're asking for an ECS 0^. 
Roger. I'll get you both. 
ECS 0 2 

Roger . 

Gemini 7. Do you have any S-8/D-13 vision tests or scores 
that you could give us? 

Hot right now, Elliott. We didn't understand that would be 
on real time and we have 'em on cards and they're put away. 
Check with one of the other sights. 

Okay. We did want those out real-time and that will be good 
on a future site. We hope you'll have good luck on S-8/D-13 
on that next pass. It's very clear weather and as I said, the 
smoke-pots are all set up along the north edge. They're trying 
to get a smoke generator set up on the northwest corner, they're 
not sure they'll have that. But there are a lot of smoke-pots 
along the north edge there so it should be well marked. 

Roger. We'll be looking. here we have our GO--NO-GO 

quantities on the fuel-cell for you. 

Go ahead . 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 1:18 p.m. Tape 73, Page 

S /C 1-A reads 3.5. 1-B k.O. 1-C U.O. 2-A 3-5. 2-B 3.5. 

2-C U.5. 
HOU Roger. 

S /C RCS A - 3000, temperature 75- B - 3000, temperature 75. 

left-hand secondary 0^ - 5I+OO. Right-hand secondary 0^ - 5200 
All main batteries are 22 volts or above. 
HOU Roger. 

S/C Voltage in the main bus is 27.3. 

HOU . 27.3 main bus voltage roger. 

Gemini 7, have you noted any improvement in the fuel-cell 

performance following the purges? 
S/C We have noticed no change. 

HOU Roger . 

This is Gemini Control again. Apparently we are out of range from the Bermuda 
Station so we will conclude this pass at 2k hours 5 minutes into the mission. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/5/65, 1:50 p.m. Tape 7h , Page 1 

This is Houston, 2k hours, 20 minutes into the flight. We are on 
the l6th revolution. The spacecraft just south of the Kano station. 
Gemini 7 was just advised that we on the ground were standing by if they 
had anything that they could advise us and they said they were performing 
the B5 star measurement experiment. They had nothing new. This is Gemin 
Control . 



END OF TAPE 



MISS I® COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 2:05 p.m. Tape 75, Page 1 

This is Houston, 2k hours, 36 minutes into the flight. We're on 
the l6th rev. In the last few minutes, we've had a conversation between 
Elliot See and Frank Borman remoting through the Tanarieve Station. Borman 
reported that he was having some difficulty with his D-5 experiment equip- 
ment. He said the filter through which the stars are sighted, in the eye piece, 
the reticle, is remaining green all the time when it should be switching 

to a secondary color, red. Elliot See advised that we do not know exactly 
what's wrong with the . equipment, immediately. We're working on it. And 
will come back to him later. Earlier there was reference to some film, 
a picture of Houston was asked because it is a clear sunny day here. It 
was suggested to- catch one on the next pass. The Gemini 7 crew is carrying 
the film packs giving the capability of taking more than 500 still pictures. 
They also have some l6mm motion picture film, something over 700 feet available 
of that. The general plan was to reserve much of the motion film for the 
rendezvous exercise with the Gemini 6 spacecraft. We have the tape of the 
Tanarieve pass, we'll play it for you now. 
TAN Tanarieve has acquisition. 

SPACECRAFT This is Gemini 7 

HOUSTON This is Houston, go ahead Gemini 7. 
SPACECRAFT (garbled) 

HOUSTON This is Houston, Gemini 7. We're not reading you 

very clearly, will you say again slowly? 

SPACECRAFT Roger. The spectometer will not change from red 

to green. The verticle is green all the time. Is 
there any position you want us to use 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 2:05 p.m. 



Tape 75, Page 2 



HOUSTON 



SPACECRAFT 
HOUSTON 



•SPACECRAFT- 
HOUSTON 
SPACECRAFT 
HOUSTON 



SPACECRAFT 
HOUSTON 



Roger, stand by. Gemini 7> Houston. We are working 
on it. We'll probably not have an answer very quickly. 
Gemini 7, do you read? Gemini 7, Houston, do you 
read? Gemini 7 3 Houston, do you read? 
Fine, Houston, Gemini 7. 

Rog. We understand your D-5 reticle is green 
all the time. We are working on the problem. We 
do not expect to have an answer quickly. Do you 
copy, 7? 

Gemini 7, Gemini 7, &o you read Houston? 
Rog, read you loud and clear go on. 
Did you copy my transmission? 
Roger, say again, please. 

We understand your D-5 reticle is green all the 
time. We are working on the problem. We do 
not have an answer. 
Thank you. 
Roger 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 2:25 p.m. 



Tape 76, Page 1 



This is Houston, 2k hours minutes into the flight, spacecraft over 
the heart of Australia. In the Carnarvon discussion just ended, we had 
a little better explanation of the problem with the photometer . Carnarvon 
also reported they had an excellent visual sighting of the spacecraft. 
This is the second or third perhaps we have had today around the world. 
It is just breaking dawn in Australia, so they would have had an excellent 
sighting opportunity. We have the Carnarvon tape and will play it for 
you now. 

Carnarvon Cap Com Carnarvon 

S/c Flight, Carnarvon, Gemini 7 

Carnarvon We have your TM solenoid ground, you look good. We would 

like to get more information on your T-5 reticle as you can 
give it to us, a detailed description. 

S/C Roger. The reticle, when you push the calibrate button, it 

should turn red and then as you advance the gate wheel it 
turns from red to green. This one stays green at all times 
so we are- running the experiment with the gate wheel pulled 
down . 

Carnarvon Roger, copy. 

... ... Flight 

FLT Affirmative 

Carnarvon I have a flight plan update for you, if you are ready to 
copy, if not, we can give it to you over Hawaii. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 2:25 p.m. 



Tape 76, Page 2 



s/c 



Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

Flight 

Carnarvon 

Flight 

Carnarvon 

Flight 
Carnarvon 
Flight 
Carnarvon 



Roger, I would like to hold off on that, we don't have 
any lights on , we ' re trying to stay dark adapted for the 
stars. Then I want to get set up for SAD-13 over Texas. 
Roger. We will hold off til then over Hawaii 
Thank you. 

Goddard C-band track flight 

Rog. Would you give us another main, your first was garbled. 
Roger, coming your way. Can I give you our A-Summary, flight? 
Affirmative . 

Rog. Carnarvon, we're showing him in pulse mode with a 

little thruster activity. 

Rog 

Carnarvon, We've got a visual on the spacecraft. 

A visual on the spacecraft. Rog. What time of day is it there 

Just before daylight. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 2:50 p.m. 



Tape 77, Page 1 



This is Mission Control. Twenty five hours 19 minutes into the flight . 
The Hawaii Capsule Communicator, Ed Bendel, has just run through a major flight 
plan update with the crew carrying them through the next" 7 to 8 hours . On this 
next upcoming pass across the States they will, for the first time, try the 
S-8/D-13 Experiment. This involves the large 2000-ft squares near Laredo, Texas 
laid out in such a way with the slants bearing directions in the squares and the 
pilots are to spot them and call out the - what they see - the direction of the 
slants. The site down there at Laredo, some ^0 miles north of Laredo, is well- 
marked we're told with smoke-pots, there is additional smoke west of Laredo to 
aid .them. The. weather is clear and we're hopeful they will acquire today. The 
Gemini 5 crew had some trouble spotting it largely due to clouds and also they 
had ' a fuel problem later in their flight. During the Laredo pass the crew will 
■Ditch the spacecraft down 50 degrees and they will yaw left 15 degrees. Meanwhile 
we've got the Hawaii; tape, we'll play it for you now. 



HAW Gemini 7 Hawaii CAP COM 

S/C This is 7 - go ahead 

HAW How' re you doing up there this morning? 

S/C Looking great, looking great. 

HAW Okay. We're showing you go here on the ground. Do you want 

to copy this flight plan update at this time? 

S/C This is Gemini 7. We're ready to copy and also we should con- 

firm the yaw instructions for the S-8/D-13 Experiment. 

HAW Okay. The yaw instructions for S-8/D-13. Yaw - 13 left. 

S/C Roger. Understand 13 - 13 degrees left. Thank you. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 2:50 p.m. Tape 77, Page 2 

HAW Okay. Here we go. 

. . . That ' s 13 - 

HAW MSC 12;. Time 27 00 3 minus. Sequence 01. Pitch 30 degrees, 

down. Yaw - 0 degrees. D-U/D-7". 27 00 3 minus. Sequence kl minus, 
Mode - 02. Concurrent with MSC-12: Mode - correction - 
Sequence 421. Mode 02. Same remarks. Sequence U22, mode 02, 
same remarks, D-k/B-7: 27 ih 00. Equipment - OFF. MSC-2 and 
3: 27 15 00. Sequence 02. OFF at k2 00 00. D-5: 27 15 00. 
Sequence 01. At 28 37 00 - Crew Status Report - Command Pilot. 

28 kk 00 - Purge fuel-cells over Canaveral. MSC-2 and 3: 
2 minus 00 00. Sequence 03 . Stop at 29 20 00. The rest 
of these are S-8 - correction the next one is S-8/D-13: 

29 42 00. Sequence 0k. 29 57 00 - Crew Status Report from the 
Pilot at Hawaii. At 31 33 00. You have a planned landing 
area update. At 31 55 00 - Radar Transponder ON. At 32 05 00 
Purge fuel-cells at the RKV . At 32 05 00'- Radar transponder 
OFF - it'll be end of test and I have a correction when you're 
ready. 



H0U That transponder off is - - 

S/C This is Gemini 7. I have copied. Say again. 

HAW Okay. The Crew Status Report on the Command Pilot at that time 

will be over Texas. 
H0U ' And the transponder should be off at 3212. 

S/C Roger, Hawaii, I have it all written down and the Crew Status 

officially is (interrupted by 
HOUSTON Flight 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 2:50 p.m. 



Tape 77, Page 3 



HAW 



Okay. They want to change that transponder OFF to 32 12 00. 



s/c 



Roger. Changing the last 



transponder OFF to 32 12 00. 



HAW 



Affirmative . 



Anything else, Flight? 



HOI J 



Negative. Well done. 



HAW 



Okay. We .'11 be standing by here if you need anything else. 



Do not acknowledge. 



That was taped voice communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Hawaii 
Tracking Station. At this time, we are - the spacecraft is passing over the 
United States and will shortly be coming up on the Texas Tracking Station and 
at this time we are 25 hours 26 minutes into the flight. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65 , 3:00 p.m. ' Tape 78, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 25 hours 30 minutes into the flight. Our 
spacecraft } at this time, is over the Texas tracking station, and we will 
now give you live voice communication between the spacecraft .and that 
tracking station. 

S/C Roger. I couldn't read the . . . 

CAP COM Roger. I understand you read a 3 and a I Do you know 

what squares those were on? 
S/C They are on the biggest one 3 2 and k, that ' s all I could 

read . 

CAP COM A 3, a 2, a k on the first three squares, is that correct? 

S/C ... helped a lot because I was on my way past the data 

at the time . 
CAP COM Okay, dead eye. 

CAP COM How about the picture of Houston. Were you able to do any- 

thing with that? 

S/C We missed that the last time. By the time we got to 

Houston, we were . . . 
CAP COM How about this pass? 

S/C We're just about pointing straight up now, Elliot, we would 

have to use . . . scans to get back. 
CAP COM Roger, we will give it another try tomorrow then if we get 

a chance. 

S/C Righto 

CAP COM I sent modifications in the flight plan update, when you 

are ready to copy. 



GEMIMI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/^/65, 3:00 p.m. 



Tape 78, Pa;-c P 



S/C Stand by a second. Ready to copy. 

CAP COM Roger. We are deleting several items on that flight plan 

we just gave you, and we are adding a new item. Okay, the 
ones we are deleting are MSG -12 and 27 00 39; B^7 at 27 00 39 
all three sequences on that; the D-^, D7 at 27 plus Ik plus 
00, and the P5 at 27 plus 15 00. Did you copy all the 01 
sequence on that? Did you copy all of that? 

S/C Roger. I have all of the ones you have deleted. 

CAP COM Roger, and the reason for deletion is the instrument 

malfunction which you reported. The thing we are adding 
is SAD-13 and 27 03 5^4, sequence 02, pitch 30 down, yaw 18 
left, closest approach 27 Oh i+9- Did you copy? 

S/C . This is Gemini 7- You were cut out for part of the trans- 

mission. Say again the time and the pitch angle. 

CAP COM Roger. The time was 27 03 5k. The pitch was 30 down, 3 zero 

down. Do you copy? 

S/C Roger. Adding SAD 13 and deleting Dk/B7 and MSC-12. 

CAP COM Roger. Deleting D5 

S/C Rog. 

CAP COM Gemini 7, we have a question on the status of cabin lights 

at the time you were doing the D5 experiment . 

S/C The cabin lights were out except for the fuel cell delta P 

light which was loud and clear. 

CAP COM Roger 



GEMIIH Y/6 MISSION COte-ENTARY, 12/5/65 , 3:00 p.m. Tape 76, ?a,:e 3 

That was live voice conversation between Spacecraft Gemini '( and the 
Mission Control Center remoting the voice through the Texas tracking station 
at Corpus Christ! . We did miss the early part of that conversation. We 
have a tape on that, and we would like to play that tape back for you. 
In the meantime, the spacecraft is on its l6th revolution, just started 
its 17th revolution over the earth at 25 hours and 36 minutes into the 
flight. Our medical officer tells us that the spacecraft crew is in 
excellent condition, and all the ground data that we have show that the 
spacecraft systems are in good condition. Here in the Mission Control 
Center, the red team of flight controllers headed by Christopher Kraft, 
our flight director , of the red team is preparing to move out , and their 
places are taken now by the blue team of flight controllers headed by 
flight director, Gene Kranz . Wow, at this time, we will play back that 
voice conversation between the spacecraft and the Corpus Christi tracking 
station to pick up the part that we missed. We will play it back in its 
entirety. This is Gemini Control at 25 hours 37 minutes into the flight. 

FLIGHT Houston Flight 

TEXAS ' Go ahead 

FLIGHT You might tell them that there is some heavy smoke west 



of Laredo. 



TEXAS 



Say again 



FLIGHT 



There is some heavy smoke west of Laredo. 



TEXAS 



Roger . 



TEXAS 



lere is heavy smoke west of Laredo, Gemini 7- 



LOS 



at that time, I don't know whether he heard me or not. 



k k 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 3:00 p.m. Tape ?'8, Page k 



S/c Say again 

TEXAS Just when I was saying that I had LOS, I don't know whether 

he got it or not . 
S/C Rog. Heavy smoke. 

FLIGHT Houston Flight 

Guaymas Flight , Guaymas 

FLIGHT You might tell him the following, I'm not sure he got 

that message from Hawaii. Extremely heavy smoke 100 miles 
due west of Laredo site, 30 miles or more flue of very dense 
smoke . 

Guaymas Do you understand 100 miles west of Laredo, 30 mile - 

S/C Rog. 
Guaymas Guaymas AFT 

S/C AFT Guaymas 

Guaymas Okay, the telemetry will be on at your acquisition. Hawaii 

turned it on and left it on for you. 
S/C Roger, understand. 

Guaymas Gemini 7, you are go on the ground. 

S/C Rog. 

Guaymas Guaymas Cap Com 

S/C Gemini 7, go ahead 

Guaymas Roger. All systems look good here on the ground. 

S/C Thank you, Guaymas. 

Guaymas We would like to tell you that there is some very dense 

smoke about 100 miles due west of Laredo with about a 30-mile 
flue . 



k k k 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION .COMMENTARY, 12/5/65. 3:00 p.m. Tape 78, Pago : j 

S/C Roger, I understand dense smoke 100 miles west of Laredo 

and 30 mile . . . 

Guaymas Roger, we have nothing else for you, we will be standing by. 

■ . . garbled 

CAP COM Texas go remote 

TEXAS Texas remote 

CAP COM This is Houston, go ahead Gemini 7- 

S/C Roger, Got a sight reading - a 3> a h, and now it is going 

away, Elliot, I picked up a - garbled 

We are going over the Gulf now- 
CAP COM Roger 
S/C garbled. 
CAP COM Roger 

S/C I couldn't find the smoke- 

CAP COM I beg your pardon . Say again . 

S/C Roger. I couldn't see the smoke at first. 

CAP COM Roger. Understand you read a 3 and b. h. Do you know what 

squares those were on? 
S/C Yeah, I think' it was 3 3 2, and k, that is the only ones I could 

read . 

CAP COM A 3? 2, and a ^ on the first three squares. Is that correct? 

S/C ... helped a lot because I was on my way past the data 

at the time. 
CAP COM Okay, aead eye. 

CAP COM You got the picture of Houston, were you able to do anything 

with that? 



k k 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 3:00 p.m. Tape 78, Page 6 

S/C We missed that the last time. By the time we got to Houston, 

we were on . . . fuel. 
CAP COM How about this pass? 

S/C We are just about pointing straight up now, Elliot, we would 

have to use too much gas to get back. 
CAP COM All right, we will give it another try tomorrow, if we get 

a chance . 
S/C Righto 

CAP COM I sent modifications in flight plan update, when you are 

ready to copy. 
"S/C Stand by a second. We copy. 

CAP COM Roger. We are deleting several items on the flight plan 

we just gave you, and we are adding a new item. The ones 
we are deleting are MSC-12 at 27 00 39; D*+7 at 27 00 39, 
all three sequences on that; the DU/D7 at 27 plus Ik plus 00; 
and the D5 at 27 plus 15 00. Did you copy all that - the 
01 sequence on that. Did you copy all this? 

S/C Roger, I have all the ones you have deleted. 

CAP COM Roger , and the reason for deletion is the instrument 

malfunction which you reported. The thing we are adding 

is SAD-13 at 27 03 5^ sequence 02, pitch 30 down yaw 18 left. 

Closest approach 27 Ok k9 . Did you copy? 

S/C This is Gemini 7, you were cut out for part of the trans- 

mission. Clearing through the time and the pitch angle, 
please. 



GEMINI .7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65 , 3:00 p.m. Tape ?'B, Pap.e 7 

CAP COM Roger. The time was 27 03 5I+. The pitch was 30 down, 3 zero 

down. Do you copy? 
S/C Roger. Adding SAD 13 and deleting D^7 and MSC-12. 

CAP COM Roger, arid the D5 , deleting D5 . 

S/C Rog. 

CAP COM Gemini 7- On the question of the status of cabin lights 

at the time you were doing the D5 experiment. 

S/C The cabin lights were on except for the fuel cell delta P 

light which was loud and clear . 

CAP COM Roger 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, k:21 p.m. Tape 79, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 26 hours and 50 minutes into the 
flight. Spacecraft. Gemini 7, which at the present time is passing over the 
Hawaiian Tracking Station. We had a schedule - tentative schedule MSC-^ 
Experiment over Hawaii. This is a Laser Communications Test. The test was 
scrubbed because the station could not get ready for the test in time. We 
have scheduled an S-8/D-13 Experiment, which is coming up, this is the astro- 
naut visibility experiment using the ground patterns near Laredo, Texas. 
And this will take place as the spacecraft passes over the States on this 
revolution. And the time estimated will be in approximately 12 minutes. 
Our Flight Director, Gene Kranz , says - tells us that the spacecraft is 
in excellent condition and our Flight Surgeon tells us the crew is in good 
condition. A few minutes ago as the spacecraft passed over Tananarive and 
Carnarvon we had some voice communication between those ground stations and 
the spacecraft and we will play the taped conversation now. 



CRO Carnarvon Cap Com, AFD 

HOU Good morning from the White Team. 

S/C Ah Roger. Good morning, Gene. 

HOU This is Manfried. Not Gene. 

S/C All right, Dutch. Hey, be advised that the sun is going to 

come over Houston tomorrow because it has arisen over Carnarvon. 

HOU Ah, Roger, since you acquired first, all we have for you is a 

nice passive pass with a little old adapter C-band track. 

S/C All righty. We'll try to do all those things. 

Ok mighty fine . 

HOU This Cap Com Houston Flight. Give me a spacecraft g.e.t. 

time sync, please. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, h:21 p.m. Tape 79, Pogu 2 



S/C Okay. I'm sitting at 26 hours 11 minutes U-9, 50, 51, 52, 53 

IIOU Okay. You're in good shape. 

S/C Roger. 

HOU What TR time you got set in your clock out there? 

S/C I got 3i-l- It was right on during the last pass. 

HOU Okay, give me a time hack. 

S/C All righty. We're sitting at 21 hours 27 minutes, 3, 2, 1, 0. 

HOU Okay, you got it. 

S/C Roger. 

CRO Carnarvon, Cap Com. 

HOU Go Carnarvon. 

CRO We got valid skin-track on the booster. 

HOU Roger. 

CRO We have pilot TM and it looks good here on the ground. 

HOU Roger, Carnarvon. 

CRO Gemini 7 Carnarvon Cap Com. We have nothing for you this pass, 

we are standing by. You look good on the ground. 

S/C This 7 roger on standby. We have a question for you. 

CRO Roger. 

S/C Carnarvon - 7. 

CRO Roger 7. 

S/C We have an MSC-2 and 3 update and when we copied it down it 
was - time was 29 plus 00 plus 00. Sequence number 03. 
And remarks were stop at 29 plus 00 plus 00. We feel like 
one of the times are wrong. Could you check that out for us? 

HOU The stop time Carnarvon was - - - 



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CRO The stop time was at 29er 20. 

S/C Uh, Roger. 29er 20 plus 00 and stand by now for the S-^8/l)-13 

daily report. 
CRO Roger, we're standing by. 

G/C We're level at 06 plus 53 with minus k, nominal minus 10 and 

a level at 19 plus 10 and minus 7 and nominal minus 10. 

CRO Okay Gemini 7. Carnarvon. I caught the level at 06 plus 53 

with a minus k. One at a minus 10 plus a low at 19 plus 10 
with a minus 7. Normal with a minus 10. 

S/C That's roger. 

CRO Flight . 



CRO Flight. We have no indication of a multiplexer problem here. 

Everything is setting in real-time. 
HOU Roger. 

CRO The astronauts turned the quantity read switch to the fuel-cell 

Og position and we're reading that 95-2 percent on the ground. 
HOU Send us a summary. 

CRO It's already off the flight wheel. I'll play the tape back 

and give it to you. 
HOU Okay. 

CRO Gemini 7 Carnarvon. We copied a fuel-cell 0^ quantity read. 

We're reading at 95.2 percent here on the ground. 

S/C Roger. 

CRO 15 seconds to LOS. 

HOU Roger , Carnarvon . 

HOU He's got k6 per our acquisition chart, Sir. 3^ right now. 

HOU Okay. 



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HOU Give me a hack when you get LOS and we'll check it out. 

HOU Rog, we had LOS. 

Stand "by 1 



HOU We got about 10 more seconds to go. We have LOS. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, h: 37 p.m. Tape 80, rar-c 1 

Thic is Gemini Control at 27 hours and 2 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 5 - Gemini 7, which at the present time is coming up over 
the States and is within voice range of the Texas Tracking Station at Corpus 
Christi. We will remote through Mission Control - our mission control voice 
through Corpus Christi and we will give you the live conversation that takes 
place now. ^ 



S/C This is 7. We have the site in sight, and let's see. 1, 3> 

I'll tell you - 1 3 blank 3. 13 blank 3 - that's Borman. 

I couldn't see it this time. 
HOU This Houston Roger. Got 13-3 Borman. Is that correct? 

S/C • Rog. Frank called that out. We got it - Frank got it on his 

side and I picked it up - I couldn't read it. Frank got those 

readings . 

HOU Roger. We understand. We got some football scores for you 

if you'd like them. 
S/C Roger. How's the Army Navy game? 

HOU The Army Navy Game? You haven't been up there that long. 

Green Bay beat Minnesota 2k to 19 . The Bears beat Baltimore 
13 to 0 and Buffalo slipped by the Oilers 29 - 18. 

S/C Roger. 

HOU Gemini 7. Those football scores were courtesy of your ever- 
vigilant white team. 
S/C Thank you 

CP you can tell looky there, looky there. The 

investigators on those stripes are plain as day but those 
old numbers aren't quite so plain. 



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HOU Rog. Understand that the stripes are plain as day but the 

numbers aren't quite as clearn. 
S/C Roger. The markers that they have out there for identifying 

are plain as day. 
HOU Roger, understand the markers are plain as day. 

HOU Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. Did you ever get a chance to 

snap a picture of Houston •this time? 
S/C Uh no. We're too far north. 

HOU Roger . 

S/C Gene, we did get to see this strap or stuff we got hanging 

again, uh', just briefly, looks like white rubber material. 
HOU Understand you've seen it recently and it looks like a white 

rubbery type of strap. 
S/C Right. It's very jagged, looks like it's calking material. 

It just drifted by the window here as we went over the site. 
HOU Roger. Could it be any of the striping that they possibly 

put on the radiator? 
S/C No. Definitely not. It's pretty thick stuff and it's jagged. 

Looks like it ' s at some separation plane . 
HOU Roger. 

We ' 11 have to send up 6 here in a few days and take a look 

at it . 

S/C Uh, there's an idea. 

HOU AOS 91. 

This is Gemini Control. We have just concluded our live voice transmission 
between spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Mission Control Center as the spacecraft 



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passed over the United States and was picked up by the Texas Tracking Station 
at Corpus Christi. We are now 27. hours and 11 minutes into the mission of 
spacecraft Gemini 7. This is Gemini Control. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65 , U:50 p.m. Tape 8l, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 27 hours and 20 minutes into our 
mission. Spacecraft Gemini 7 at the present time is moving over the 
South Atlantic on its l8th revolution which started a few minutes ago. 
During the live voice pass of the spacecraft over the states , Command 
pilot , Frank Borman reported that the square ground patterns placed near 
Laredo for the crew to test visibility were plainly visible to the crew, 
but that the numbers inside the squares were not clear. He also reported 
they saw again the strap that obviously is attached to the spacecraft. 
The crew reported it appeared to be some kind of a light thick rubbery 
material, and our Flight Director, Gene Kranz, commented that we will 
probably wait until the launch of Gemini 6 and then we may be able to 
identify that strap. This is Gemini Control at 27 hours and 21 minutes 
into the mission. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 5:39 p.m. Tape 82, Pace I 

This is Gemini Control at 28 hours and 8 minutes into the flight. 
At the present time our spacecraft is passing over the Pacific Ocean. 
A few minutes ago we had voice contact through the Carnarvon Australian 
tracking station and we will now play back that tape conversation between 
spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Carnarvon tracking station. 
S/C Gemini 7 

Carnarvon Carnarvon CAPCOM 
S/C What do you have? 

Carnarvon Roger, we have nothing for you at this time. Everything 

looks good from the ground. 
S/C Thank you. 

Flight How does everything look out there Carnarvon? Still go? 

Carnarvon Roger flight, everything still looks real good. 
Flight Do you think you have a multiplexer problem out there? 

Carnarvon Negative 

Flight Okay, we have talked to the Texas sight and they have 

seen some of these -reset on the high level boilerplexer and 
it does't seem to be too bothersome at this time but we are 
going to write out a short briefing message to the network. 

Carnarvon Okay, we are night time on that pass but we had TM real 
solid on them. We looked at the whole thing and during 
that time they sat in there real close. 

Flight Okay 

Carnarvon We've got about a minute to go. 

Flight I've got -a minute and 28 seconds for you to go. 

Carnarvon Yea. 



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Carnarvon Gemini 7 Carnarvon CAPCOM, this will be our last pass 

for this series. We'll be back up with you again on 

rev 27- LOS in about a minute or so. 
S/C Okay we will see you then. 

Carnarvon Right 0. 



s/c 



Carnarvon 
Carnarvon 
Flight 



(Carnarvon 

Flight 

Carnarvon 

Flight 

Carnarvon 

Flight 



Yea I imagine . 

Will you find out flight if you still have AKC . 

Roger, that was a pretty corny accent you had there. 

I think we will have to send you back there again to 

see if you can correct it. 

Back where flight? 

To Carnarvon . 

Okay. Count on thirty. 

Yea that is a hardship tour out there. 

Granted . . 

Okay. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 5:50 p.m. Tape 83, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 28 hours and 20 minutes into the 
mission of spacecraft Gemini 7. At this time our spacecraft is passing over 
the Pacific on its way into the tracking range of the Hawaiian tracking 
station. We are now on the l8th revolution over the earth and we are in 
a quiet period of the flight. There's not much activity listed on our 
flight plan. As the spacecraft comes over the States on this pass we will have 
a medical pass on the Command Pilot, and the fuel cells will be purged as 
we also, while we are coming over the States. And that is about all the 
activity that we have on our flight plan at this time. This is Gemini 
Control, 28 hours and 20 minutes into the mission. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 6:29 p.m. Tape 8^, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now at 28 hours and 59 minutes into the 
mission of spacecraft Gemini 7. At the present time the spacecraft is passing 
over the South Atlantic on its 19th revolution around the earth. A short 
while ago, as the spacecraft passed over the United States, we had voice 
communication through the Corpus Christ! Tracking Station. Conversation 
between the Mission Control Center and the spacecraft crew. At that time 
we also had a medical pass on the Command Pilot and they purged the fuel cells 
aboard the spacecraft on command from the ground. And at this Lime we will 
play "back that taped voice communication between the spacecraft and the 
Mission Control Center. 

Texas - go remote 
TEX It's remote. • 

HOLT Gemini 7, Gemini 7, we have a good oral temp, give us a blood 

pressure and stand by for Surgeon. 
Surgeon Gemini 7 Houston Surgeon - your cuff is full-scale. 

Gemini 7 we have a good blood pressure, standing by for 

exercise on your mark. 
S/C Mark. .... Frank wants to know if Sue and all the boys got 

back from the Cape ok. 
HOU That's affirm. They all got back ok and she said everything 

here is fine. 
S/C Roger. 
Surgeon Cuff is full-scale. 

Gemini 7 we have a good blood pressure. Standing by for your 

food, water, and sleep report. 
S/o Houston this is 7. We had a third meal at 2lk0, day 2, meal B. 

The Command. Pilot's total water consumption to date, 97 ounces. 



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S/C Pilot's total water consumption to date - 87 ounces. 

Surgeon Gemini 7 - Houston Surgeon, Good copy your report. The 

boys are both doing fine, preparing Houston surgeon out. 

S/C Roger, thank you. 

HOU Gemini 7. Houston CAP COM. We'd like to try those readouts 

please, go to your ECS 0^. 
S/C Going to ECS 0 . Power on F COg, 

HOU Roger, F C0 2< 

S/C Going into F CR £ . 

HOU Roger. 

S/C Gemini 7 you can put your cryo quantity switch off and we'll 

take your fuel purge at this time. Fuel-cell purge. 
S/C Roger. Cryo quantity switch is off. Stand by for a fuel purge. 

HOU Okey, doke. 

HOU Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM, For information, I have 

just talked to Sue and Marilyn and everything is very fine 
and very happy on the home front. Gemini crew's status report 
remains at 3« 



END OF TAPE. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 6:52 p.m. Tape 85, Page I 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 29 hours and 21 minutes 
into our mission. At this time our spacecraft is passing over the 
Tananarive tracking station. However, we have no voice contact with 
the spacecraft at this time and we have had no voice contact for - 
over the past few stations . The activity aboard the spacecraft and 
in mission control is at a very low key. There are some experiments 
that were to take place at this time within the spacecraft. MSC-r2 
and 3? these are radiation measurements. Measure of radiation "both 
inside and outside the spacecraft using sensor devices. The spacecraft 
is now on its 19th revolution around the earth. This is Gemini Control 
at 29 hours 22 minutes into the mission. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 7:28 p.m. Tape 86, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 30 hours and 8 minutes into our 
mission. Spacecraft Gemini 7 is now passing over the Pacific Ocean and is 
reaching for the eastern coast of the United States. It is on it's nineteenth 
revolution over the earth. A few minutes ago as they passed the Hawaiian 
tracking station, we had a medical data pass on the pilot - pilot Jim Lovell - 
and at this time we will play back the taped voice communication between the 
spacecraft and the Hawaiian tracking station. 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead, Hawaii. 

HAW Would the pilot please put the oral temperature thermister 

in his mouth, please. 
S/C Roger, it's in his mouth. 

HAW Roger. 

S/C Are you receiving the temperature. 

HAW Roger Gemini . . . it's coming now, could we go ahead with 

your blood pressure? Cuff is full scale . . . 
cuff is full, scale. 

S/C Roger, cuff bleeding off very slowly. 

HAW It's been a good blood pressure, standing by for exercise on 

your mark. Seven, when your cuff was bleeding off, it did not 
reach full scale . . . full scale. It was a good blood pressure, 
standing by for your food, water and sleep reports. 



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S/C They are the same that we gave to Texas, haven't had anything 

to drink, or sleep, or eat since then. 
HAW Roger, Gemini 7. Okay, can you give me some data on your 

S-6, please. 

S/C Roger, we are not sure we found ... we took a picture of a 

storm out there but it didn't look too big. 
HAW Okay, what was your PCA? . . . approach at this time. 

S/C Used the time that was given to us and took a picture on 

the ... we think we saw, we did not see anything that looked 

like a big tropical storm. 
HAW Okay, thank you . . . Hawaii just standing by. 

S/C Thank you. 

HAW Flight, Hawaii 

Flight ... Go ahead 

HAW Okay, did you copy that about S-6? 

Flight That's affirmative 

HAW Okay, we got your dump. 

Flight Very good. How's your TR clock at this time, Hawaii. 

HAW TR clock is good - don't think we have a problem with that 

clock. 

Flight Okay, thank you. 



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This is Gemini Control. We are now 30 hours and 20 minutes into 
our Gemini 7 mission. At the present time our spacecraft is on its 
19th revolution over the earth and is approaching - just approaching 
the west coast of South America . While over the Guaymas tracking station 
recently - a few moments ago - the crew was advised of a plan and given 
step by step directions to test the photometer which is used in the D-5 
celestial navigation experiments. These experiments have been delayed 
because the photometer has a malfunction indication. And at this time 
we will play back the voice tape communication between the spacecraft 
Gemini 7 and the Guaymas tracking station. 
GYM I have solid TM. 

Flight Roger Guaymas 

GYM Looks good on the ground flight . 

Flight Roger 

GYM Gemini 7, Guaymas Cap com. 

S/C Go ahead Guaymas. 

GYM Roger. All systems look good here on the ground. I have 

a malfunction check for you to run on your D-5 photometer 
if you are ready to copy. 

S/C Standing by Guaymas. 

GYM Roger. This should be done during the night time before you 

begin your sleep period. There are nine sequences to this. 
Sequence no. 1 - place day-night switch to night. 
Sequence no. 2 - place your hand over the front lens. 



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GYM Sequence no . 3 _ Turn cam wheel full down. 

S/C Full down Guaymas? 

GYM Roger 

S/C Sequence 2 - place hand over front lens. 

Sequence 3 - turn cam wheel full down 
Go ahead. 

GYM Roger 



Sequence h - Verify motor running by sound. We would like 

an answer to this later, either yes or no. 

Sequence 5 - Press calibration button down. 

Sequence 6 - Report color of reticle . We want an answer 

on this either red or green. 

Sequence 7 - Switch day-night switch to day. 
Sequence 8 - Press calibration button. 

Sequence 9 - Report color of reticle either red or green. 
We will want an answer on this sequence. 

I don't have anything else for you here. Everything looks 
real good here on the ground. 
S/C I don't know whether I will be able to - the ah - oh I'm 

sorry. 

GYM Roger 

That was taped voice communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 and 
the Guaymas tracking station. At this time we are now 30 hours 23 minutes 
into our flight mission and according to our flight plan the crew aboard 

Gemini 7 will now engage shortly in some exercises, onboard exercises. 



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These will consist of using the bungee cord exerciser and 
a series isometric exercises. The isometric, of course, is merely exerting 
pressure from one muscle against another and they have a series of these 
exercises worked out. Following the exercise period the flight plan 
calls for a period of housekeeping and at this time, during the house- 
keeping period the crew will be busy stowing away the -articles that 
they have been using throughout this long day in space to take care 
of the various experiments that were attempted and getting them set - 
stowed away in place so that they can ready for their sleep period which 
should come up in approximately minutes. Both crewmen plan to sleep 
at the same time tonight . The spacecraft now has just started its 20th 
revolution. We are now 30 hours and 2k minutes into the mission. This 
is Gemini Control 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/5/65, 8:50 p.m. Tape 88, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are 31 hours and 20 minutes into our 
Gemini 7 mission. At the present time spacecraft Gemini 7 is passing 
over the Coastal Sentry, the tracking ship located in the Pacific. It 
is on the 20th revolution around the earth. We have had a voice com_r 
munication with spacecraft Gemini 7 and we will play "back for you now 
the tape of that voice communication between our spacecraft and the 
ground tracking station, or tracking ship in this case. One of the 
objects of this communication was the test that was run on the photometer 
which is the instrument the astronauts were to use to run some celestrall 
navigation experiments. And we hope that we will be getting some results 
of this test during this pass. We give you now the taped voice communication 
between the spacecraft and that tracking ship. 



CSQ Gemini 7 CSQ 

S/C Go ahead CSQ,, Gemini 7- 

CSQ Roger. You may turn off your M-l cuff for your 

sleep period scheduled to begin after RKV's next pass. 

S/C Okay . . . think we will. 

CSQ Roger. Gemini 7 did you originally report your reticle 

as green and then report it as red during the test that 
you ran? 

S/C Just a minute I will let Jim talk to you. He did it. 

Flight CSQ CAPCOM, Houston flight. 

CSQ Go ahead flight. 



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Flight Roger. In the initial report he gave us of the value 

we believe he reported it as green. 
CSQ Roger flight. 

CSQ CSQ, Gemini 7. On your initial report on your reticle did 

you report it as green, and then report it as red when you 
ran the test? 

S/C Roger. In the day side the reticle is red when you go to 

the night it is green. 
CSQ, Roger, understand 

Flight We copied but I don't really understand it yet. We may be 

back to you later. 
CSQ Roger 

CSQ CSQ Gemini 7 we are standing by for your flight plan report. 

S/C CSQ we are right in the middle of eating. We don't have any- 

thing to report other than we have done everything thats 
called out and everything that's listed in the flight plan. 

CSQ Roger, understand. 

S/C We are eating right now. 

CSQ Roger. 

CSQ Did you get that pickup on that reticle report flight? 

Flight Say the exact words he gave you. 

CSQ He said it was red in the day time and green at night . 

Flight I still don't understand that I guess we will have to go 

back to the crew. The guys here in the flight crew SSR 

don't know what it means either. 



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CSQ Roger 

Flight I think what we want to do is go back to his initial 

report . In other words the first time he told us he had 
a problem with the reticle. 

CSQ Okay 

CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ, 

S/C Go ahead please 

CSQ We still want you to elabrate a little on your reticle 

problem. Would you go back to your first indication 
of a problem with the reticle. 

S/C Roger. The first indication of a problem with the reticle 

was the fact that the reticle - that the photometer would 
never be red. We always had it green. We had the scale 
full down, all the lights out but the . . . would stay green. 
We couldn't calibrate the the photometer. 

CSQ Understand you could not calibrate. Standby Gemini 7 

Flight Now have him reiterate what he got on the test. That 

test we asked him to run and he gave the report to the 
RKV. We got his initial failure report and we understand 
that now. Now we would like - 

CSQ You want a repeat on the report he gave to the RKV on the 

test? 

Flight Yes and get us the data he gave over there. What we are 

trying to do is correlate the data now. 

CSQ Roger. 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 9:35 p.m. Tape 89, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 32 hours and 5 minutes into the 
mission of spacecraft Gemini 7- At the present time our spacecraft has 
just started it's 21st -revolution just a few minutes ago and it is 
approaching the Rose Knot tracking ship which is located off the east 
coast of South America. We now have communication with the spacecraft 
Gemini 7 and we will bring you this communication live at this time. 



RKV Houston- Flight, RKV Cap Com. 

Flight Go, RKV. 

RKV Roger, all systems are. go, we are transmitter TX- 

Flight Okay, do you see his radar transponder on? 

RKV Say again, Flight. 

Flight Do you see the voltages from the radar transponder? 

RKV Stand by (garbled) Flight, RKV 

Flight Go, RKV 

RKV We'll get your back room readout in just a moment. 

Flight Okay, I'm not interested in the readout. I just want to 

make sure it ' s on . 

RKV Ah, roger. Gemini 7, RKV Cap Com. 

S/C RKV, Gemini 7 here. 

RKV Roger, all systems are go. We're standing by for the purge. 

S/C Ah, roger, here is the note on the fuel cells. A little while 
ago the section 1 delta P light came on momentarily. 



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S/C . . . switched between 2B and 2C. Each time we switched, the 

section 2 light would momentarily flicker off and then come 
back on again. 

RKV Ah, roger. 

S/C Only on the last switch the light went out and stayed out. 

RKV That the section 2 delta P light. 

S/C Right, so that . . . now we have another one off. 

RKV Roger. 

S/C Now, we'll . . . purge. 

RKV Ah, roger. Did you copy, Flight? 

Flight Roger, you're going to have to break it down for us. I 

didn't copy all of it but I don't want to bug the crew. Give 
it to us from your voice recorder. 

RKV Ah, roger. Would you place the quantity read switch to ECS 



02. Would you go to fuel cell 02. Okay, would you go to 
fuel cell H2. You can turn the quantity read switch off. 
Your next purge will be over Carnarvon on rev 27 at an elapsed 
time of h2 plus 23. Gemini 7, do you copy? 

S/C Roger, understand k2 plus 23 for the next purge. 

RKV That's the time. Now we would like you to stow the photometer 

and we will give you a complete briefing at the end of the 
sleep period regarding what we think the problem is . 



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S/C Roger, thank you. I'm coming off with the transponder if 

you have your readings. 
RKV Roger. During the previous purge, did you notice any venting 

of H 2 ? 

S/C We didn't notice it, but it is difficult to tell because we 

have all the screens up at the windows and we don't know how 
we ' re coming . 

RKV Roger, did you copy, Flight? Ah, Houston Flight, RKV Cap 

Com. 

Flight Stand by RKV. Go ahead RKV. Go ahead RKV . 

RKV Roger, Flight, the purge has been completed. The crew advised 

that they did not notice any venting of RV, during the previous 
purge. They've got the curtains drawn. Did you copy all that 
air-ground. 

Flight Roger, we copied it Bill, we would like to find out their 

intentions for pumping up their RSS. and the ECS pressures to 
begin their sleep period. 

RKV Roger. Could you give us the levels that you are going to 

leave your RSS pressures at prior to your sleep period. 

S/C Roger. 600 ECS 02, 1+50 RSS 02, and ^50 hydrogen 02. 

RKV Roger. Did you copy, Flight? 

Flight Affirmative. 



At .^m. 



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S/C RKV, do you want the RSS heaters on at this time? 

RKV Stand by. Do you want the heaters on, Flight? 

Flight Affirmative. 

RKV That's affirm. 

S/C Roger, it's on now. 

Flight What were those pressures that he's going to hold on RSS. 

RKV 02 at 600 - 

S/C Purging complete. 

RKV . Roger. 02 at 600, H2 is U50 and I+50. 

Flight That's ECS 02. 

RKV That's affirm. 

Flight Okay, that sounds good. 

RKV Now you both go for your sleep period after our LOS. Gemini 7, 
RKV 

S/C Gemini 7, go ahead. 

RKV Roger, you'll both go for your sleep period after LOS. 

S/C Roger, will do. 

RKV Flight, RKV. 

Flight Go ahead, RKV. 

RKV TR lags by 125 milliseconds. 

Flight Roger. Okay, everything looks pretty good. Looks like we're 
in for a long sleep. I'd be interested in getting that dumped 
tape over Hawaii here because I'd like to find out what he had 



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to say and what really the indications were on that fuel cell 



purge there . 



RKV 



Roger. - He's going now with both delta P lights out. 



Flight 



Roger. I don't mean the fuel cell purge there - I mean the 



indications he had when switching. 



RKV 



We've had LOS. All systems go at LOS, Flight. 



That was live conversation between spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Rose 
Knot tracking ship off the east coast of South America. Our spacecraft is 
now in it's 21st revolution around the earth. It is 32 hours and Ik minutes 
into the mission of the Gemini 7 spacecraft and our crew consisting of command 
pilot Frank Borman and pilot James Lovell are going to settle down now for a 
10-hour sleep period. Activity will be kept at a minimum, we will have no 
communication with the spacecraft, voice communication, that is. Everything 
will be handled by telemetry and the boys are looking forward to a good long 
sleep period. This is Gemini Control 32 hours and 15 minutes into the mission. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 9:50 p.m. Tape 90, Pag 

This is Gemini Control. We are 32 hours and 20 minutes into our 
mission. Spacecraft Gemini 7 at the present time is on its 21 st 
revolution over the earth and is now coming up on the southern coast 
of Africa - the southwestern coast of Africa. We had a conversation 
which we did carry live with the Rose Knott tracking ship just a few 
minutes ago as the spacecraft passed over that tracking ship. And 
after a fuel cell purge the crew is settling down now for a 10 hour 
sleep period. Our flight director has requested the ground tracking 
stations to keep voice communication to an absolute minimum throughout 
this 10 hours. And we do not expect to have voice communication unless 
it is absolute necessary. This is Gemini Control, 32 hours 21 minutes 
into the mission. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65> 10:16 P- m - Tape 91, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 32 hours and U6 minutes into 
our mission. And at the present time our spacecraft is about to pass 
over the Pacific Ocean on its 21st revolution over the earth. Our 
flight crew is in a 10 "hour sleep period and voice communication will 
be held to an absolute minimum throughout the next 10 hours . We have 
a report now from Cape Kennedy where preparations have been going on 
for the launch of spacecraft Gemini 6. The report says that preparations 
for this launch have progressed' smoothly. The pad crews estimate that 
they are about 6 hours ahead of schedule in their preparation for final 
systems test which will begin at midnight Monday. The Gemini 6 spacecraft 
was mated with the launch vehicle at 12: kO p.m. e.s.t. today. Some 3 and 

hours earlier than originally planned. Throughout the day checks of 
xh'z electrical, coolant, and oxygen systems, the ground support equipnerrl 
and umbilical% the test of cryogenics servicing lines and a cabin leak 
check were completed successfully. During the rest of tonight and tomorrow 
work will go forward for the final systems checks and the launch vehicle 
crews are preparing for electrical mating of the spacecraft with the booster. 
This is scheduled for early Tuesday morning. This is Gemini Control at 
32 hours and kQ minutes into the mission. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/5/65, 10:50 p.m. Tape 92, Page 1 

This is Gemini control. We are now 33 hours and 20 minutes into 
the mission of spacecraft Gemini 7- At this time spacecraft Gemini 7 
is on its 21st revolution over the earth. On the tail end of that 
revolution and will shortly be in its 22nd revolution in about 15 minutes. 
Here at the Mission Control Center the blue team of flight controllers 
are arriving on scene and will take over direction of this flight beginning 
at 11:00 p.m. central standard time, and carry on through the night until 
7:00 a.m. eastern standard time. Aboard spacecraft Gemini 7 our flight 
crew is in a 10 hour sleep period which began a little over 1 hour ago. 
As yet we do not have any indication or any ground telemetry that indicates 
to us whether the pilots - the crew is asleep or awake. We expect to get 
some data on that momentarily but it has not yet arrived. at the control 
center. This is Gemini control at 33 hours and 21 minutes into the 
mission. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/6/65, 12:50 a.m. Tape 93, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 35 hours 20 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 7 
spacecraft is presently in acquisition range of the tracking ship Rose Knot, 
however, there is no voice communications going on. The spacecraft communi- 
cator aboard the Rose Knot, Bill Garvin, has been in conversation with Flight 
Director John Hodge here in Mission Control. He said everything looks good. 
They had a good telemetry dump which was commanded from the ground. The 
spacecraft just passed into daylight side of its orbit while I was looking 
at the large map on the front of Mission Control Room here. It suddenly 
went yellow, which indicates that it's;. gone to the daylight side of the 
orbital track. The next station to acquire them will be the Ascension 
Island voice remoting station in approximately three minutes. At 35 hours 
and 21 minutes after liftoff, this is Gemini Control 



END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 1:50 a.m. Tape 9k, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. 36 hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 spacecraft at the present time is directly over the Canton 
Island voice r emoting station in the Central Pacific , toward the end 
of the 23rd revolution. During a recent pass over the tracking ship 
Coastal Sentry, just south of Japan spacecraft communicator, Charles 
Lewis , told flight director , John Hodge , that everything looks good . 
Here in mission control there's a large television screen on the front 
of the control room that shows the flight plan activities . At the present 
time the thing is almost completely blank down the center where normally 
the crew activities are listed it shows a sleep period for both men down 
the right hand side. Things are fairly quite here in Mission Control 
and are settled down for a long night until the crew wakes up. At 
36 hours and 21 minutes after lift-off this is Gemini Control. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 2:50 a.m. Tape 95, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 37 hours and 20 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 
7 spacecraft is now crossing the Arabian Peninsula at the beginning of it's 
2!+th revolution. Here in Mission Control it has been decided to ignore the 
delta P light that has been lit since liftoff practically. They've decided 
that it is a spurious signal and of no consequence. During a recent pass 
over the tracking ship Rose Knot the spacecraft communicator aboard the 
Rose Knot reported that the ground readouts of the fuel cell cryogenic 
reactants showed 188 pounds for the hydrogen, 356 pounds for oxygen and 
the telemetry dump accomplished over the Rose Knot - all data looked good. 
The display being generated here by the Flight Dynamics people for the 
orbital ephemeris or the shape of the orbit now shows that the Gemini 7's 
orbit has a perigee of 119.8 nautical miles and an apogee of 172.9 nautical 
miles for an estimated lifetime of 30 days. The next station which will 
acquire the spacecraft Gemini 7 will be the tracking ship Coastal Sentry 
approximately 15 minutes from now. At 37 hours and 21 minutes after lift- 
off, this is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 3:50 a.m. Tape 96, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 38 hours and 20 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 7 
will be acquired In approximately. 7 minutes for the last pass tonight of the 
tracking ship Rose Knot off the coast of South America, at which time the 
Gemini 7 will begin it's 25th revolution. Both crewmen are still asleep 
and during the last pass over the tracking ship Coastal Sentry all systems 
are reported go. At 38 hours and 20 minutes after liftoff, this is Gemini 
Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, ^:50 a.m. Tape 97, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 39 hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 at the present time is just north of New Guinea in the 
Southwest Pacific nearing the end of the 25th revolution. Reports from 
the tracking station sounded like a broken record. It says all systems 
are go in each pass. Of course that disappoints no one here in the 
Mission Control. That's what we like to hear. Both the tracking ships 
Coastal Sentry and Rose Knott have been released by the flight director, 
John Hodge, since the orbit tracks have proceeded westward this morning 
and it will be late tonight before they begin to cross these ships' 
acquisition areas again. The next station to acquire the spacecraft 
will be the Canary Island station 52 minutes from now. At 39 hours 
and 21 minutes after lift-off this is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 5:50 a.m. Tape 98, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control kO hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 7 
spacecraft is presently over north central Africa and is Just about to 
leave the acquisition range of the Canary Island station where the spacecraft 
communicator has reported that both crewmen are still asleep and that all 
systems are go. The spacecraft has just begun the 26th revolution. The 
next station to acquire the spacecraft will be the Carnarvon station, 
apparently. Actually, Woomera, Australia station which is remoted into 
Carnarvon which will be 27 minutes past the hour. The crew still has some- 
thing like 2 hours of sleep remaining which they expressed desire for a 
total of 10 hours sleep. The Red Team of flight controllers should be 
coming into the Control Center within the next. 10 or 15 minutes for the 
hours hand-over period before relieving the Blue Team. At ^0 hours and 
21 minutes after lift-off, this is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/6/65, 6:50 a.m. Tape 99, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control hi hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 at the present time is over the South Central Pacific nearing the 
end of the 26th revolution. The next station which will acquire the space- 
craft with it's sleeping crew will be the Antigua station in. the Eastern 
Test Range in l6 minutes. Members of the Red Team of flight controllers 
are beginning to come into the Control Room here getting briefed by their 
predecessors the Blue Team and shortly before they began to come in, Blue 
Team flight director John Hodge went round the horn, as they say, and 
checked all the flight controller positions to see if there were any problems 
or items that needed to be discussed before passing them on to the Red Team 
of flight controllers. At hi hours and 20 minutes after lift-off, this is 
Gemini Control. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 7:^2 a.m. Tape 100, Page 1 

This is Houston. We're h2 hours, 11 minutes into the mission, and 
the Red Team Flight Director has decided to wake the crew up or at least 
end their sleep period in about ten minutes as the spacecraft comes over 
Canarvon. The first thing that the crew will do is to perform a fuel 
cell purge. We have not had a purge now in about ten hours. The weather 
today says that weather conditions will continue to be good in the areas 
of primary concern to the Gemini 7 mission for at least the next two days. 
This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Gemini 7/6 - 12/6/65 Tape 101, Page 1 

This is Houston, h2 hours 53 minutes into the flight. It took several 
calls to wake the crew up this morning, but we finally succeeded over Carnarvon. 
Jim Lovell came back fairly - in a fairly cheery voice. We have got the con- 
versation of that pass. We will play it for you now. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Gemini 7> Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Gemini 7*, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Lovell: Go ahead Carnarvon, Gemini 7 here. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger Gemini 7- Good morning from Carnarvon. Every- 
thing looks good here on the ground. We have a fuel cell purge coming up this 
pass and we also have a flight plan update for you. 

Lovell: Roger, let me do the fuel cell purge now, my chef here is 
getting breakfast ready. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger. 

Lovell: The purge is starting now. I am ready to copy the update. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger, Okay, the first one I have for you on the 
flight plan update is 09 ^3 0U 07, remarks, rev 10-7, longitude, 99-0, degrees 
West, 12 58 2k late Ascension. The next update at 9 h3 10 00, sequence 01, 
transponder test at Antigua', time off at k3 18 00. The last item, time 
^3 58 00, flight plan update at Carnarvon, left 28. D-5 check procedure 
to be given over State pass. Do you copy? 

Lovell: On that last update you just want us to check the D-5> or check 
with you on D-5 and they are going to give us the word over, the States . Is 
that what you mean? 

Carnarvon Cap Com: That is affirmative. The procedure will be given 

to you over the States . 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Gemini 7/6 - 12/6/65 Tape 101, Page 2 

Carnarvon Cap Com: They have a rather long flight plan update standing 
by for you. You will be hearing that over Antigua. 

Lovell: When we went to bed the Delta P light was out, and when we 
got up this morning, it was back on. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger. All indications we have is that there is no 
problem. It is just a low setting, that's all, slightly touchy. 

Houston Flight: Carnarvon, Houston Flight. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Go ahead, Houston Flight. 

Houston Flight: -Tell him Chris Kraft suggests that he put a piece of 
tape over it. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Chris Kraft just suggested that you put a piece of 
tape over that light . 

Lovell: I probably would, but I am afraid that it would burn if it gets 

hot. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger. 
Lovell: Is Mr. Kraft up so early? 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Righto, he just came on about 10 "minutes ago. 

Houston Flight: I've been on for an hour and a half young man. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Houston Flight just advised me that he has been on 
for an hour and a half now. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Flight, everything is looking good here during the 
purge . 

Lovell: The darn control valve is cycling again. 
Houston Flight: How are the temperatures? 
Carnarvon Cap Com: I'll have them for you shortly. 
Lovell: The out temp is minus 10 degrees. 

Lovell: It looks like that cycling rate Is approximately 35 to hO degrees. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - Gemini 7/6 - 12/6/65 



Tape 101, Page 3 



Houston Flight: Carnarvon, we think you probably - he misunderstood 
your flight plan update , that is actually a PLA block update , is it not? 

Carnarvon Cap Com: We are passing up 

Houston Flight: That will be passed up to him. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Oh, I was under the impression there was going to 
be this long flight plan update . The one on 12 5^? 

Houston Flight: No, the Antigua is going to be a flight plan update, 
but this k-3 58 is a PLA update at Carnarvon on rev 28. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: I told him that but what he was questioning was 
this information on the D-5 procedure to be given on the State pass. 

Houston Flight: Rog, but you called it a flight plan update. Don't 
worry about it . 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Oh, okay, sorry about that. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: We had LOG before we had a chance to get the cryo 
readouts on this thing. 

This is Gemini Control again here. We have information from the Cape 
indicating that they are running fully Ik to 16 hours ahead on their scheduled 
work on the spacecraft. The booster is maintaining at least as good a schedule, 
approximately 2 shifts ahead. We are very encouraged by the work, they are 
going through the checkouts today, they are back using the test loop here which 
comes into our Control Center in which we can monitor here and Charles Mathews 
here, our Program Manager, along with several other of his assistance are in 
conference now with the Flight Director, Chris Kraft, looking at some of the 
early launch possibilities as discussed yesterday in the afternoon news 
conference. There is no definitive word at this point, but we are still 
looking at that 8t,h day possibility. This is Gemini Control Houston. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 8:51 a.m. Tape 102, Page 1 

Houston here. ^3 hours and 21 minutes into the flight. "We have gone through 
a rather long update conversation between Elliot See and both crewmen. Toward 
the tag end of this conversation, which probably runs 8 to 10 minutes in length, 
Elliot asked the question, "How do you feel about taking your suit off?" - the 
question directed at Lovell who is programmed to be the first to take his suit 
off. We didn't get an answer to the question as we moved out of range, but we 
expect to shortly. The Flight Director has advised, after consultation with the 
surgeon, that it is an appropriate time for Lovell to go ahead with the suit 
off experiment. And if they concur, he probably will be taking it off fairly 
shortly. We have the tape of the Antigua pass. We'll play it for you now„ 



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Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. How do you read? 
Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. How do you read? 
Read you, Houston. 

Roger, 7- .Would you cycle through your quantity read switch. 
Go to the first position and I'll tell you when to switch to the 
next one . 

Roger. We're on ECS Og. 
Roger. And good morning. 
Good mornipg to you. 

I've a fairly lengthy flight plan update for you here. Are you 

ready to copy. 

Stand by a second. 

Houston, go ahead. I'll copy. 

Roger. At time kh k^> 00, crew status report on the command 
pilot. At the Cape. D5 - this will be a check on the D5 
instrument. Time k$ 2k 00. Let me first give you a little 
briefing here, Frank. It appears that the photo tube was 
saturated during the previous D5 run - the ones where you've had 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 8:51 a.m. Tape 102, Page 2 

trouble. We want to advise you not to turn the photometer 
on until you're in total darkness, when in the night mode, 
or without a filter when in the day mode. If you happen to 
turn it on, you may saturate it for 15 to 20 minutes and it 
would not work properly through that period of time. Now, 
some instructions here. Delete the first star in the D5 
sequences 01 and 02. Are you with me so far? 

s/c I'm with you but I don't agree that - we've never had that on 

when there was any light around. But we'll go ahead and try 
it. 

Roger. Would you switch quantity read to fuel cell 0^. 
V 

OK. Here is the test procedure we would like you to run on 
it. Turn photometer to on at sunset plus ten minutes. Align 
on any bright star and calibrate. Release button and track star 
for 30 seconds. This is just to check on the instrument. It does 
not have to be a star going over the horizon. Do you copy? 
s/c Roger. We've already tried this but we'll try it again. 

HOUSTON Roger. The only thing that seems to make any sense to us, Frank, 

is that you may have gotten it saturated some , times and caused it 
to not work properly. You have to be careful not to let it see 
any light. We think even the fuel cell Delta P light might be 
enough to saturate it . 
OK. 



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Would you switch quantity read to fuel cell H^. 
Roger . 



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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 8:51 a.m. Tape J 02 , Page 3 

OK. Next update. At 1+5 32 00, crew status report on the pilot. 
That's at Carnarvon. 1+6 Ik 00, Go or No Go at Texas. 1+6 20 19, 
sequence 02, transponder test. Pitch 30 degrees down, yaw 17 
degrees left, transponder on at 1+6 10 00. Copy so far? 
Roger. Go ahead. 

Dk, D7. 1+6 51 1+0, sequence 1+13 plus klk, mode 02, Time 1+0 08 00, 
purge fuel cells. You can turn the quantity read switch off 
now. 

Elliot, I missed you on the DU, D7. When you started out " Dk, 
D7 - 1+6" then you faded out. 

Roger. Time was 1+6 51 1+0, sequence 1+13 plus klk, mode 02. 
Do you copy? 
Roger. I got you. 

Time 47 08 00, purge fuel cells. Dk , D7, ^7 55 31, sequence 
1+30, mode Ok, pitch 35 degrees down, yaw 10 degrees right, 
30 miles east of Cape lighthouse. ' Do you copy? 
. Roger. 

Time 1+8 00 00, eat period. S5, 1+8 51 00, sequence 07, mode 01. 
S8, D13, 1+9 25 46 j sequence 02, pitch 30 degrees down, yaw 11 
degrees right, closest approach 1+9 26 kl. Do you copy? 
Loud and clear. 

Right after that S8, D13, you'll have another chance to catch a 
picture of Houston. The closest approach time is 1+9 27 1+2. 
And we figure you would have to yaw 28 degrees left from where 
you end up on S8 and then pitch up to acquire Houston. Do you 
copy. 

Well give it a try. 



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'uMVUKI 7/6 MIS3I0K COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 8:51 a.m. Tape 102, Page k 

HOUSTON Roger. Time ^9 28 00, critical tape dump at the Cape. We're 

probably going to lose contact here pretty shortly. I'll 

just keep going. Do you read?^ 
s/c Fine. / 

HOUSTON MSC 2 and 3, 1+9 50 00, sequence ife, off at 66 00 00. Dk, D7, 

kS k6 00, have we lost you? 
s/c Negative. 

HOUSTON Roger. How do you feel about taking your suit off now, Jim? 

Turn your transponder off - now we've lost him. 
Houston again here, it- 3 hours, 31 minutes into the flight. The Canary pass 
is completed now. The crew was advised that the ground had no objection to 
their proceeding with the first suit doffing. This would be for Love 11. The 
pilots agreed that they're ready to go ahead although they said that they 
wanted to find a proper period of time. They did not indicate exactly when 
they would start. They said it requires some 8 to 10 minutes and they are 



ready to - they'll advise us when they're ready. We have the Canary tape 
and we'll play it for you now. 

CYI 0k. Would you give us the signal strength with the C-band 

transponder . 
s/c Rog. 

CYI . . . C-band transponder. Do you copy? 

s/c Loud and clear, Jack. 

CYI Roger. Did you copy the flight plan completely from the States 

s/c I believe so. We're transposing it onto our flight plan now. 

CYI 0k. The last two items were the MSC 2 and 3 and the DU , D7. 

s/c 1 did not get the last Dk , DJ . 



OK. Are you ready to copy? 



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s/c Roger. Keady to copy. 

CYI OK. T)k, D7, ^9 h6 00, sequence ko6, mode 02, mode IR off. I've 

got one more item. 50 00 00, exercise period, 
s/c . . . 

CYI No. 

s/c We have copied that and Houston asked us about taking off the 



suit. Tell them that we will be glad to take off the suit at 
their command during a slack period, but it requires some time 
to do it. 

CYI OK. In the event that you do this we'd like you to keep us 

informed on your status and how you feel. That's - as much as 
you can, keep us informed. 

FLIGHT Canary, tell them that we're ready to have them go ahead at his 

choice . 

CYI At your discretion you can take the suit off. It's your choice, 

s/c Roger, understand. 

CYI Canary. 
HOUSTON Go ahead. 

CYI Roger. On our position, we have ECS control naive at about 39 

degrees and radiator outlet temp at about 12 degrees. Right now 

it's 37 and 7, respectively, it seems that as the control valve outlet 

temperature drops so, too, does the radiator. 

HOUSTON Yes. As the outlet temperature drops it appears to then start 

oscillating. 

CYI Rog. Canary has LOS. At LOS all systems were go. 

HOUSTON Roger. 
END OF TAPE 



OEMIS! !/(■> MISSION CCMMNTARY, 12/C/65. 9:39 a.m. Tape 103, Pace .1 

This is Houston, kk hours, 8 minutes into the flight. The spacecraft just 

passed over Carnarvon station. Apparently the crew has not elected to remove 

one of the suits yet. They have made no mention of it. We feel certain had 

they taken the suit off they would have advised us. One other item - during 

the night we had a fire down at the Ascension Island station in a small 

building which housed the power supply for our laser experiment there. Apparently 

it did damage all of the power supply equipment, however, we - it did not harm 

the laser equipment itself. It was in a separate building. We are rigging up 

an auxiliary generator which will be used to power the laser equipment during 

the laser experiment over Ascension. In the Carnarvon pass the crew reported 

that they again attempted to calibrate their photometer, which is used on the 

star occultation sightings - the D5 experiment - and apparently it's still 

acting up. This is a unit supplied by the Avionics Laboratory, Wright Patterson 

Air Force Base, a piece of equipment built by the Control Data Corporation, 

Minneapolis. It weighs only 2 and a half pounds, and I guess that's about all 

the detail they have here on It. Here is the tape conversation of the Carnarvon 

pass. We'll play it for you now. 

s/c Carnarvon, this is Gemini 7- 

CRO Roger. Are you ready for this block update? 

s/c In just a minute. 

CRO Roger. 

s/c Block update. 

CRO Roger. 30 dash 1, h6 Ok 12, 15 plus 28; area 31 dash 1, 

h'f 39 ^0, ih plus 38; area 32 dash k, 50 27 35, 16 plus k0; 
area 33 dash k, 52 03 30, 15 plus 29; area 3^ dash h, 53 39 02, 
iU plus 37; area 35 dash 3, 5^ 55 l8, 17 plus 03; area 36 Delta, 
55 4c> 25, 23 plus 2h. The weather in all areas is good. These 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 9:39 a.m. Tape 103, Rage 2 

are for a rolling reentry. Do you copy? 
s/c Roger, I do. 

CHO Roger, 
s/c Carnarvon, this is 7. 

CRO Come in, 7. 

s/c We ran another D5 photometer check as requested by Houston, 

and noted that when we aligned on a star that it refused to 
calibrate, and with the day-night switch at night, filter off, 
and the reticle would not go out of the red from a full low-gain 
to a full high-gain. 

CRO Roger. We copy that. It would not go. out of the red. Houston, 

we're relaying to you. 

FLIGHT Roger. We caught that. 

CRO Houston did you copy? 

FLIGHT Roger. We copy that - doing the opposite as the last lime he 

used it. 

CRO Houston copies it as being opposite as during the last time that 

you used. 

s/c Roger. The first time we attempted to do the experiment with the 

same setting, it appeared that the reticle stayed green. 
CRO Roger . 

s/c The reticle does turn green with the calibrate switch up, but 

not with it down. 
CRO Have you done anything else on it? 

FLIGHT If he'll send it down, we'll fix it and send it back up again. 

CRO All right. Flight says it would be a good idea if you will send 

it 

it on down so we can f ix/and then we'll send it back up for you 



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GEMINI '(/{, MISSION CCMMEKTARY , 12/6/65, 9:39 a.m. Tape 103, 



when it ' g fixed . 

s/c Sounds like a good idea. 

CKO Right-o. 

s/c When you fix it you can send it up with 8. 

CRO Ok. 

s/c If we could figure a way to get it down to you, we would, believe me. 

CRO Right-o. We have LOS. 



END OF TAPE 



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tlFM'.i: i ';'/(-■ MIGr^'.O jO^Iiiin'AhT , I2/6/05, 10:10 a.m. Tape 10-;, ! ;yo .1 

Tnis is houstcn at hours, 3t minutes into the flight. The spacecraft is 
ansroacn ing the west coast of Mexico arid we should he in contact with them 
very shortly. The main piece of action during this pass will be a medical 
crew status report on the command pilot. Prank Borman; among others things 
Chuck Berry wants to know why their rates jumped up from a fairly steady 60 
to about 80 last night at approximately midnight - or no, it was a little 
after midnight,, I'm sorry - about 5 hours into their sleep period. He noticed 
the rates, looking at their records this morning, he noticed the rates went 
up slightly for a short period of time over the CSQ. It could be that the 
station called them, or the crew noticed something, and he just plans to 
query them on it as well as get a general status on Frank Borman. There have 
been several references to the transponder tests here during the air-to-ground 
tapes this morning. This is a transponder being carried in the spacecraft r ( . 
It's just the reverse of the situation we had In Gemini 5, where they had a 
radar transmitter in the nose of their spacecraft and bounced a signal off 
a transponder on the ground a,l. the Cape. In this test the Cape will be - 
has been ana will continue in various calibration exercises to bounce a signal 
off their transponder, which will rebroadcast it back down to the ground. . 
The cabin torn; .erasure in Gemini 7 has been running very closely to the rates 
observed in Gemini 5. The cabin temp itself is running between 70 and 75 
degrees. The suit inlet temperatures holding fairly steadily at 55 to 60 
degrees, which corresponds very closely to that observed during the Gemini 5- 
flight. Texas has been contacted and we're calling the craft now. Let's 
cut in live . 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, reading you slightly garbled. How do you read? 

o/.- This is 7 reading Houston loud and clear. 

litMjp.'PON Kofter . Read you much better now. Like to advise this will 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION CCHMEnVAKY, 12/6/65, 10:10 a.m. Tape 10fc, Pa^e 2 

bo a Uiii 1 ' i.) pass. 

s/c Roger. UHF 6 read. Frank has the thermometer in his 

mouth now. 

HOUSTON Roger. Tell him to keep it there; we do not have it yet. 

s/c Roger. 

HOUSTON Jim, just for a minute now. Do you know what the star was that 

you were checking the D5 experiment on? 
s/c On this last pass we used several stars. One was Acrux 

and we. used both Alpha and Beta Centaur i. 
HOUSTON Big bright ones, then, huh? 

s/c Roger. We ran through the original check again, the one you gave 

us yesterday. 

HOUSTON Right. Ok. They were good bright stars. That's what we were 

trying to pin down, 
s/c Roger. They were bright. 

HOUSTON Have' you got -- has Frank got the oral probe - temp probe - in 

real good. We're not getting a good reading, 
s/c Roger, it's in and also be advised that we were mistaken yesterday. 

The motor on the D5 is working. Our ears got better today. 
HOUSTON Roger. It's very dim. We were doubtful if you could hear it. 

What's your suit status at the present time? 
s/c We're still suited. We found out that we had to open up the 

zipper between the legs to get comfort. It was too hot down 

there and we're now fairly well unzippered but our suits are on. 

We're waiting for a very quiet moment so I can take my suit off. 
HOUSTON OK. We want you to understand, completely, that we are clearing 

you to take it off if and when you desire. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY j 12/6/65, 10:10 a.m. Tape lOt, Rage 3 

Roger. Understand. 

OK. we're going ahead without the oral temp indication there 
now. I'll stand by for a blood pressure. 
Roger. Blood pressure coming through. 
Roger. And stand by for the flight surgeon. 
OK, Gemini 7, blood pressure full scale. 

Surgeon be advised that Frank had switched to light weight headset 
and that the thermometer might not be working. 
Roger j we copy. 

Roger, Jim, I copied that. We only got - it did not go up to, 

I'm sure, what his body temp is, so it may be a faulty thermometer. 

That's a good thing to know. 

Gemini 7, we have a valid blood pressure. You're cleared to do 

your exercise. 

Understand, exercise. 

Blood pressure coming down. 

Cuff is full scale. 

Roger . 

Gemini 7, this is surgeon. You might tell me while we're waiting 
for this blood pressure to finish up. Did you have the M-l 
on all night . 

Roger, we had the M-l on all night. No trouble. 

The noise isn't as bothersome now as it was yesterday. Is that 

affirm . 

That's right. We're getting used to the noise. 

Chuck, do you want a food and water report? 

Roger, Gemini 7, we have a valid blood pressure. Yes, we'd like 



G.-1MI 'IT Y/6 MES3I0R COM^ARY, 12/6/65, 10:10 a.m. Tape 104, Pago k 



the sleep, food and water report now. 

s/c Roger. Had breakfast this morning. We each had about 7 hours 

of sleep, some of the best sleep we've had in weeks. Total 
water to date lU6 ounces for the command pilot. 

SURGEON Roger, copy. 

s/c 126 for the pilot. 

SURGEON Say again, 126? 

s/c 26. Morning food was day 2, meal C. Both of us. 

SURGEON Roger, Gemini 7- I copy day 2, meal C. 

s/c Roger. That is our fifth meal - our fifth meal. 

SURGEON Jim, could you read from your log and give me the meals in sequence 

Could you read the meal numbers? Do you have those? 
s/c Roger, stand by. First meal, day 2, meal A. 

SURGEON Roger. 

s/c Second meals, day 3, meal h. 

SURGEON Roger . 

s/c Third meal, day 2, meal Baker. 

SURGEON Roger. 

s/c Fourth meal, day 1, meal Baker. 

SURGEON Roger, I copy. Jim, we've beenwatching your - the sleep patterns 



here, and we noticed that there were several times when you 
were awake last night and particularly it appears, from both 
your records that there was an awake period at about 37 and a half 
hours over C3Q last night. Was there some particular activity 
that had you both awake at that time, 
s/c We don't recall any - I think both of us got a good night's rest 

last night . It really felt great. 



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MICTION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 10:10 a.m. Tape 10U , Pa-e 5 

OK, fine. We'll be looking forward to see what happens with 
the suit story during the day and "be sure and record a tine 
when you finally get it off, Jim, and watch for your - we'll 
be watching for the barmed data after you get hooked up again. 
Will do. 

Chuck, this Ls Frank. I lost the top left-hand lead on the 
EEG . 

Gemini 7, say again. Did you say you losb the one - the top 
left-hand lead on the EEG? Is that affirm, Fran-t? 
Affirmative. It came off some pla.ce. 
OK. You just noticed that now? 

It came off during the night while I was sleeping. 
During the night? OK. 

The reason ws're eating the food this way is that's the way it 
comes out on the lanyard, and it's too much trouble - it's almost 
impossible to try to sort it out in error - I mean, in sequence 
now . 

That's perfectly all right, Frank. It doesn't matter except to 
try and keep track of the meals here. If you can just report 
it by day and number each time, and now we're up to date, if 
you'll keep doing that we'll have no trouble. If you'll do that 
and report the things that you are not eating from each meal, 
if any, that will keep us up to date. 

For Chris' information, our number one Delta P light came on 
and then both of them went off. 
Say again, Frank. 

The number one Delta P light blinked on about 15 minutes ago 



GEMINi 7/0 MXSKxOI-J COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 10:10 a.m. Tape 10i» , race 6 

and then both of them went off and now our friend is off. 
HOUSTON Roger, 

SURGEON You're aware that you can cut both of the left EEG leads now 

if you want to, now that you've lost that one. 
s/c Didn't know that. I thought they'd want the other three also. 

SURGEON The two on the right can continue. But the two on the left now 

are inoperative. 

s/c Let's wait till the four days are up so we don't take any chances 

on hurting him. 

SURGEON Yeah. Frank, I think it'd be best to just leave it for the 

moment unless it's bothering you. Let's leave it as is and - 
until we tell you differently, OK? 

s/c I couldn't put it back on again, could I, Chuck? 

SURGEON I don't think you've got the right paste. 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, I'd like to advise you that we have studied the cryo 

behaviors and we think we've got a good enough handle on them now 
that we'd be happy for you to use the auto-heater positions on 
all three during your sleep period. We feel this will regulate 
the temperature and the pressure just fine for you and you won't 
need to worry about waking up or controlling it during the sleep 
period, then we'll go back to manual during the day. 



s/c Can you give us a report on what the projected mission completion 

cryo quantities will be? 
HOUSTON Roger, we'll get that for you, Frank, 

s/c Hello, Elliot. 

HOUSTON Go ahead. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 10:10 a.m. Tape idk , Ta.-je 7 

HOUSTON Roger. And you might turn up your HF. We're going to put 

some music on here. Pid you copy, Gemini 7? 
s/c Which one of yo.u? 

HOUSTON You can turn up your HF. We're going to put some music out for 

you, 

s/c Thank you. 

HOUSTON We'll probably lose contact here pretty soon, but I'll take 

advantage of the time as long as I can. We would like you to 
tape record, with your onboard recorder, your thoughts on these 
station keeping tasks which you did. 

s/c Will do. 

HOUSTON "On your next pass, I'll give you a report on the news, 

s/c Thank you. 

HOUSTON OK. You should be receiving' some music pretty quickly. 

HOUSTON Are you receiving the music yet? 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, the music should be coming up pretty quickly. 

MUSIC 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - GEMINI 7/6 - 12/6/65 



Tape 105, Pace 1 



Earlier during the Canary pass, Lovell advised that he was going to 
go ahead with removing his suit. He has not advised yet as to whether he 
has taken it off, but he said that he was starting to take it off at that 
time. Elliott is back talking with the crew. Let's go back and see what 
is happening . 

Gemini Control here again. Apparently we were over the hill from Kano 
and this will conclude this portion of the air to ground conversation at 
i+5 hours 11 minutes into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - GEMINI 7/6 - 12/6/65 Tape 106, Page i 

This is Houston, k$ hours 37 minutes into the flight. The spacecraft 
is over Carnarvon. The Command Pilot, Frank Borman has just advised that 
Jim Lovell has taken off his suit and he reports that he is feeling very 
comfortable. lie has not yet plugged in his biomedical tape recorder but 
he expects to do that momentarily. This is Gemini Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - GEMINI 7/6 - 12/6/65 Tape 107, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, hours k3 minutes into the flight. 
Frank Borman has confirmed that Jim Love 11 has completed his spacial 
strip tease act. He has the suit all the way off and he has his biomed 
recorder plugged in. The surgeons here at Houston and Carnarvon had a 
few anxious moments there which were the subject of some joking back and 
forth during the period when they got no data. It was explained that 
it was a time consuming process to get plugged into the biomed recorder 
circuit. We have the tape of the Carnarvon pass and we are ready to play 
it for you now. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Gemini 7, this is Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Borman: Go ahead Carnarvon, Gemini 7- 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Rog. We want to run a test on the L 7 band trans- 
ponder. Would you turn It to the on position for us. 
Borman; Roger, it is on now. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger, and leave It on for approximately one rev. 
Borman: Leave it on for one rev. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: That's affirmative. We will be turning it off over 
Carnarvon on the next pass. 

Borman: Let's see, we have a test over the Cape with it one of these 
days . Just a minute . 

Houston Flight: Same rev. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Thank you Flight. Gemini 7, that will be on the 
same rev. 

Br oman: Okay. 

Borman: We are showing negative clocks from the spacecraft 

at the present time. I've transmitted TX to land quite a few times. Had 



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Tape 107, Page 2 



rejects the whole time. We are showing no clocks. All the other command 
doing okay. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: GT-7 3 Carnarvon. 
Borman: Go ahead; 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger. They will update the computer for you 
during the GO--NO-GO over the States and that is the one that occurs at 
k6 hours Ik minutes and they will also tell you when they want you to turn the 
computer to the on pos'ition. |M t ~ 4 I 

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Borman: Okay, thank you. 

.... .. . • 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger. • _.-,,» 

Borman: Jim is all out of his suit and comfortable. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Very good. ■' 

f 

Houston Flight: Are you seeing pilot data? 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Negative. . . *t 

Houston Flight: Check the bio-plug. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Gemini 7, Carnarvon. We are not getting any data on 
the Pilot, medical data. Would you check the plug for us? 

Borman: He hasn't got it plugged in yet. We'll have that fixed in a 
minute . 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Okay. We are also getting no indication of the 
of the clocks counting here on the ground. Would you check to make sure 
that the prime reference system is on. 

Borman: Roger, it's off. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger, what is the reason for that? 

Rorman: Inadvertent circuit breaker actuation during removing the suit. 
Carnarvon Cap Com: All righty. Fine, we are showing clocks counting now 



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Tape 107, Page 3 



Borman: I'll need an update please. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Oh, let's see. You should be within about 
2 hours 11 minutes 55 seconds Jim, you're pretty good, so they can update 
you over the States . 

Borman: No, I mean, can you give me a time hack so I can set my 
Initial elapsed timer. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Oh, alrighty. 1+5 hours 38 minutes and at 1+0 
minutes - ho seconds, I'll give you a hack. That is 1+5 hours 38 minutes. 

Borman: Could you make it at U5 1+0? 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Let's see, that is pretty close to our LOS, how 
about 39? 

Borman: Rog, can do. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: TR is lined about 9 minutes different from the 
Command but there is no problem on that. 

Houston Flight: Roger, we are going to update it this pass anyway. 
Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger. HACK. 

Borman: They will give her another try here. Thank's for the reminder. 
It went In that time. 

Houston Flight: Give us a JF03 also please. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: It is reading 200. Standing by for an update. 
Carnarvon Cap Com: 3 seconds, 2 1, MARK. 1+5 hours, 39 minutes. 
Borman: Thank you very much Carnarvon. 
Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger. 

Houston Flight: Set, get John on the TWX please. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Gemini 7? has the pilot gotten the plug - blomed 
plug Jn yet? 



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Porman : Ne native . 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger. 

Borman: It takes a little while. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Okay. 

Borman: You should be getting a TM now. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger, we've got it. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: LOS Flight. 

This is Gemini Control here at 1+5 hours i+7 minutes. That concludes 
the Carnarvon pass. During the up.. coming State side pass the crew will be 
"liven a go for a 1+6-1 position, that is a k6 revolution flight. A little 
later this afternoon from the NASA launch facility at the Western Test Range, 
NASA in cooperation with the French government will launch a Scout Rocket 
carrying a French payload. This payload was designed and assembled by the 
French National Center for Space Studies. It is a 135 pound package designed 
to measure electron density and radio wave propagation characteristics. It 
will also carry experiment - an electron density probe experiment which was 
built by the University of Birmingham in England. The vehicle will be launched 
into a near Polar orbit, hopefully a 76 degree inclination. The launch time 
is presently scheduled for 12:30 local California time. The Gemini 7 space- 
craft will not be in proximity of the launch area at the planned time of launch. 
They will probably not see the launch. This is Gemini Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



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MIGCION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - GEMINI 7/6 - 12/6/65 Tape 108, Pa^c 1 

This is Houston j 46 hours 10 minutes into the flight and we are coming 
up on the Guaymas station. For the record, our music interlude started at 
Antigua on this revolution and continued through Australia for a total of 
about 60 minutes. We have had no contact with the spacecraft since Carnarvon 
Earlier we discussed the launching of the French satellite out on the West, 
coast this afternoon. That is still counting down. It looks pretty good 
Cor a launch several hours from now. They will be trying for a near circular 
h c j() mile high orbit. . 

We are standing by for contact through Guaymas and we will come to you 
when we have that. The flight plan on this pass , in addition to that go for 
1+6-1 flight will also include a transponder test. The transponder was turned 
on at Carnarvon, it is to be left on until, they get back around to Carnarvon 
on the next rev. Also during this upcoming pass, they are to do some Y>-k/T)- r ( 
measurements between Kano and Carnarvon and the flight plan calls for another 
fuel cell, purge while over Carnarvon on the next pass. The music was going 
out to the via IIP transmission and simultaneously they. .were,, -talking... to the 
ground stations as they passed over the various stations by UIIF. This is 
a form of communications that will be used during the Gemini 7/6 the dual 
flight. It is planned for the two spacecrafts to talk to each other by 1IF 
and use UHK i.o talk to the ground. We are now seeing data through the Texas 
station on Gemini 7 , still no voice contact. We have voice contact now. 
!Le t * s cut 1 i . . 

Houston Ca.p Com: Gemini 7 3 Gemini 7- Houston Cap Com. How do you 

rv.iv'.': 



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Tape 108, Pago 2 



Borman: Loud and clear, go ahead. 

Hour ton Cap Com: Roger. We would like to have you bring your computer 
up at this time in preparation for this 46-1 load. That would be AC power 
to IGS and then computer on in prelaunch . 

Borman: Roger. Computer is on. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger, stand by for a DCS update and you have a go for 
46-1 at Lhis time. 

Borman: Roger, 46-1 go. We inadvertently had our TRS circuit breakers 
off while Jim was taking the suit off. Will you check our our TR's for us. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger. We have a proper readout here. You should be 
updated now . Did you get the light Gemini 7 • 

Borman: Roger. 

Houston Cap Com: Are you ready to check out the TR at this time? 
Borman: Negative, not now. 

Houston Cap Com: Understand. You could not read it at this time now 
anyway. It is too big. We'll have to wait until a later pass I guess. 

Borman: I just wanted to make sure it was working all right to you, 
that is all I was worried about. 

Houston Cap Com: It is looking real good here. 

Borman: Fine. 

Houston Cap Com: Okay, I'd like to give you a 46-1 update. 
Borman: Roger. Can you stand by just a minute. 
Houston Cap Com: Roger. 

Lovell; Houston, this is 7- Standing by for the 46-1 update. 
Houston Cap Com: Okay, Jim. GETRC 71+34+29, retro to 400K 15+01. 
RETRB 20+36, bank left 50, bank right 6O0 Do you copy? 



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Tape 108, Pa;'/' 3 



Love 11: This is 7, roger, copy for U6-1. 
Houston Cap Com: Do you want to read it back? 

Lovell: Roger, 46-1, GETRC 71+3^+29 > RET UOOK 15+01, RETRB 20+36, bank 
left 50, bank right 60 ». 

Houston Cap Com: Roger. And do you have to 46-1 GO — NO-GO information 
for me . 

Lovell: Not yet. We will get that for you as soon as we can. 

Houston Cap Com: -Roger. Instruction on your D-5 instrument, we are 
happy with your results and your check. We do not understand why it is doing 
that but we feel that you made a good check. I would like you to put that 
instrument aside for the time being and we are getting another one in here 
to do some analysis on - we are going to try and figure out just what is 
happening in it. We will not give you any more assignments on it for the 
time being. 

Lovell: Roger. We'll get this functional chart for the U6-1 when we 
can work it in. We don't want to miss the Cape though this time. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger. Just for you'r information we contacted both 
Sue and Marlyn this morning and last night. All families are doing fine. All 
the kids are back in school. Sue said that the boys promised they would try 
and buckle down on their schoolwork and Marlyn' s particular message was that 
your mother is doing real fine Jim. She has talked to her on the phone. 

Lovell: Fine, great. I feel kind of naked without my suit on. 

Houston Cap Com: Temporarily embarassed, huh? Understand it is 
comfortable . 

Borman: Elliott, this is 7 here. We are checking now on the Cape for 
thai, radar test . 



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Tape 108, Page h 



Houston Cap Com: Roger. HF should be available again to you anytime 
you want to tune it back in. 

Borman: Roger. Do you care if we turn the computer off? 

Houston Cap Com: Stand by. We want to leave the computer on a few more 
minutes 7- 

Borman: Okay. 

Borman: Okay, we passed over the Cape. We had a good track, it was 
real easy to acquire and very easy to stay on. 

Houston Cap Com: Okay, 7. Have a report for you. Your B-h/D-J data is 
coming in very good. We have been very pleased with the results on it so far. 

Borman: Thank you. 

Houston Cap Com: We are standing by for your GO — NO-GO information. 
Borman: We are going to get it right now. 
Houston Cap Com: Okay. 

Borman: It took a little longer to get the suit off then we anticipated. 
Houston Cap Com: Roger. 

Borman: Would you remind Mr. Kraft that the computers take electrical 
power and electrical power uses cryogenics and we are not going to be able to 
borrow any. 

Houston Flight: We will let you turn it off in a few minutes. 
Borman: Okay. 

Houston Flight: Mr. Kraft knows all that good stuff. Stand by, we want 
to check your computer. 
Borman : Good . 

Houston Flight: Last look at the cryogenics say that you can stay up 

there about, 20 days . 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - GEMINI 7/6 - 12/6/65 Tape 108, Page 5 

Love 11: Okay Chris, we are ready. 

Borman: I may have to take my suit off though to defend myself up here 

now. 

Houston Flight: No comment. 

Houston Cap Com: There should be a clothes pin stored on the left side. 
Borman: Roger, that's exactly what I need. 

Houston Cap Com: Go ahead 1 . Gemini "J, did you call Houston? 
Lovell: Roger. Main batteries are okay, all batteries are 23 volts. 
Do you want individual status readouts,. 
Houston Cap Com: Roger. 

Lovell: 1A, k amps, IB, h amps, 1C k . 5 amps, 2A k .0 , 2B k .2 , 2C 5-0. 
Main bus voltage 27.0. 

Houston CajJ Com: Roger. 

Lovell: RCS A pressure 3000, temperature 80. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger. 

Lovell: RCS B 2900, temperature 75- 

Houston Cap Com: Roger. 

Lovell: Left secondary 0 o 5^00. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger 5^-00. 

Lovell: The right one is 530° • 

Houston Cap Com: Roger 5300- Gemini you are cleared to turn your 
computer off at any time now. 
Lovell: 7? Roger. 

Houston Cap Com: Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 
Lovell: Go ahead. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - GEMINI 7/6 - 12/6/65 Tape 108, Page 6 

Houston Cap Com: We have got a good check on your computer. You are in 
good shape now. 

Lovell: Thank you. 

Houston Cap Com: 7, at some time in the future we plan to contact you 
about possible reinstalling the EEG lead. Are you going to be able to get at 
that kit which has that special glue in it? 

Borman : 

Houston Cap Com: ' Say again. 

Borman: We were only kidding about that. 

Lovell: We can try it. 

Houston Cap Com: Okay. 

This is Gemini Control here. The spacecraft is out over the mid-Atlantic 
now, probably out of range of the Bermuda station. Our latest quantity readouts 
look like this. Throughout the night, or since our last reading yesterday 
afternoon the crew has used only, actually less than 2 pounds of fuel for 
attitude control, hardly a measurable quantity, onboard a measurable change. 
The last reading we gave was 68 percent. In breathing oxygen we show 96.6 per- 
cent remaining, fuel cell oxygen 91 percent, fuel cell hydrogen 97-3 percent. 
I think the officials here are much impressed with the way the crew is con- 
serving all of their consumables. This is Gemini Control at h6 hours 29 minutes 
into the flight . 
END OF TAPE 



CEKIMI 7/6 KIS3IG&T COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, L2:I1 p.m. Tape IOO, Fapr 1 

EI<iii:'.l,u}] hero , 46 hour.", kO minutes into the flight. Jusfc concluded a convert 
by the: Canarier.. During this pass over Carnarvon , Jim Love 2 3 is to t' ivo 
u.» a crow status report , a major medical-type report . We have the tape for 
.you. We'll play it now. 



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6-1 and updated his computer for 31-1. All that looks OK, 
as far as we can tell at this time. 
Roger, copy, 

And hisDelta P light is still out. 
That's nice. 

And the pilot seems to be comfortable with his suit off, 
Roger . 

Canary Cap Com, Houston Flight. : 
Go ahead, Flight. 

Would you remind the pilot that, he has a medical data pass 

over Carnarvon - acquisition time U7 08. 

Say again the time, Flight. 

hi 08. 

Roger. 

Elapsed time. 
Roger . 

Gemini 7, Canary Cap Com. Over. 
Reading you iouu and clear, Jerry. 
Ko,--cr. There is a status report on t^e pilot ov 
~ive you elapsed time. 47 08 00. 
dorer. Crew status over Carnarvon at 4-7 08. 



Carnarvon. I'll 



CYI 



Spacecraft TR lies about 375 milliseconds. 



CUMIN I 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 12:11 p.m. Tape 109, Par.o < 



FLIGHT Say again. 

CYI Spacecraft TR 90 minutes from the ground lies 375 millisecond". 

FLIGHT We'd like to update his T)k, D7 sequence U30, to k'J 55 37, vice 

*+7 55 31 is what he presently has. 
CYI Roger. 
CYI Gemini, Canary, 

s/c Go ahead. 

CYI Roger, we'd like to change the time on your T>k , D7 experiment, 

the one you have listed at hj 55 31. We'd like you to change 
that to 1+7 55 37. 

s/c Roger. Dk, D7 sequence 1+30 is now 1+7 55 37. 

CYI That's affirmative. 

s/c Canary, we were wondering if you could give us some info on how 

the transponder worked out over the Cape. 
CYI Flight . 

FLIGHT We don't have an answer. We'll cheitk. 

CYI ' Roger. 

CYI We'll have an answer for you momentarily. You can cut off your 

quantity read switch and good night, 
s/c Roger. And we can turn off the transponder, too. 

CYI Roger, standby. Flight. 

FLIGHT Turn that off at. Carnarvon. 

CYI Roger. 
CYI Flight says Carnarvon, 

s/c Roger. 

CYI We're about to lose you pretty soon now. We'll probably give you 

a report over Carnarvon on that transponder pass over the Cape. 



CIFMJKf Y/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/6/65, 12:11 p.m. Tape 109, Pago 3 

r,/c Roger. Let us know about it. 

CY i , Canary has LOS . 

r'L.iuHT Roger. 

While; the Kano station was available there was no further business to be con- 
fliKji.od, no there was no further conversation by Kano. The spacecraft is now 
over central Africa, around the equator as a matter of fact, slipping clown 
over Madagascar. This is Gemini Control at ^6 hours, k& minutes into the 

flight. ; 

VMj OK TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - GEMINI 7/6 - 12/6/65 Tape 110, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, h7 hours 18 minutes into the flight. We 
have a tape of the Carnarvon pass during which Jim Lovell describes how he 
is feeling and how it is to ride without a suit. Here is the tape. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Gemini 7 3 Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Borman: Go ahead Carnarvon, Gemini 7- 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger, I have a fuel cell purge here in addition 
to the medical data pass. 

Bormant Okay, which one do you want first. 
Carnarvon Cap Com: The medical data pass first. 
Borman : Roger . 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Can you possibly get them both at the same time. 
Borman: Negative, because Jim Lovell is going to be doing them both. 
Carnarvon Surgeon: All righty. We get no indication of oral temp at 
the present. 

Borman: It is in his mouth. 

Carnarvon Surgeon: Okay, we'll forget that part of it. 
Borman: Roger. Sending you a blood pressure. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: I doubt if we will have time to get all of the purge 

in. 

Houston Flight: Okay. 

Carnarvon Surgeon: Your cuff is full scale. 
Lovell: Roger, letting it bleed off. 

Houston Flight: Let them know that their input from the Cape they are 
fairly certain that they had an error in their plane data. 

Carnarvon Surgeon: We have a good blood pressure. Would you give me a 
mark when you begin your exercise. 

Lovell: Will do. Did you get the oral temperature yet? 



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Carnarvon Surgeon: Negative. 
Love 11: Beginning exercise. 

Borman: Okay, the oral temp, our oral temperatures on both .. (garbled) 
are not working and mine didn't work either last time. 
Carnarvon Surgeon: Roger. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: You can turn your transponder off at this time. 
Lovell: It's off. 
Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger. 

Lovell: Exercise is completed. Here comes the blood pressure. 
Carnarvon Cap Com: C-band track at Carnarvon. 
Houston Flight: Okay. 

Carnarvon Surgeon: Your cuff is full scale. 
Lovell: It is bleeding off. 

Carnarvon Surgeon: We had a good blood pressure. Do you have any 
additions to your food and water report. 

Lovell: Now yet, not since last time. 

Carnarvon Surgeon: Roger. We did get an indication of oral temperature. 

Lovell: Very good. 

Carnarvon Surgeon: Surgeon out. 

Lovell: Thank you. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Flight, we are not going to be able to complete the 
fuel cell purge. 

Houston Flight: Okay. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: We can get almost all of it in. 
Houston Flight. Okay. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Okay, while you are purging, we have the results of 



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the transponder test. They were negative but they feel that it is a ground 
problem. I'm quite sure that your transponder is okay. Apparently there is 
an error in the pointing data. 

Lovell: No, it couldn't have been. I was tracking exactly on the 
pad and , it was very easy to spot and we were right on it . 

Carnarvon Cap Com: What we feel is that it was an error in the ground 
pointing data. What the ground had themselves. 

Lovell: I see. 'Thank you. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger, ditto on all times. 

Lovell: From up here it looks like they're pretty busy on Pad 19. 
CRO CAP COM: Roger, everything's gone real good on it. 
Borman: Carnarvon, Gemini 7- 
CRO CAP COM: Roger, Gemini 7. 

Borman: Roger. Jim's purging here. He's been out of the suit for 
about a rev now. He's very, very comfortable. I'm able to stay as comfortable 
as I was. Our suit temperature has dropped and so has our cabin temperature. 

CRO CAP COM: Roger. 

Borman: Gee, boy, this is the only way to fly. 
CRO CAP COM: Ok. 

Flight, do you copy? Carnarvon has had LOS. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/6/65, 1:17 p.m. Tape 11], Page 1 

Gemini Control, Houston, here, k r ( hours, kG minutes into the flight. The 
Guaymas station has contact with the spacecraft and he is taking the data 
readincs at this time. Since approximately Canton Island we huve startod 
playing the music again on HF. We don't expect too much conversation, at 
least in the early part of this pass. There are no major flight plan items 
shown, so let's cut in now on the music being broadcast up to Gemini 7. 

MUSIC 

. . . and then he said he could see Houston very clearly, and he called down 

and he said tell Conrad - Pete Conrad, that would be - to get his kids off 

his roof - his, Frank Borman ' s , roof. 

MUSIC 

This is Gemini Control, Houston. We've had a liftoff of a Polaris missile 
from the submarine Benjamin Franklin. The liftoff was at 55 minutes - 
^7 hours 55 minutes into the mission. The submarine Ben Franklin is parked 
about 30 miles east of the Cape, and Jim Lovell says, "We've got her and she's 
beautiful!" It's a Polaris A-3-type missile, made by the Lockheed Company, 
31 feet long and inches in diameter. It's a two-stage missile-. The space- 
craft was pointed nose down 35 degrees. Frank Borman says, "It's easy to 
track - we're right on it." They just called staging. From the Cape we're 
advised the IP or the flight plan of the missile looks real good, still good, 
is the report from the Cape. Flight path looks good. It's programed for 
a 2500 nautical mile flight down the Eastern Test Range. Still good, on 
time, on the line. We have heard from the crew now that they had it clearly in 
view as it lifted out of the water. The distance, again, that it was launched 
about 30 miles east of the Cape; the Ben Franklin was submerged when it was 
launched. Jim Lovell says they have lost contact; it went into a cloud bank 
of some sort. Just a rough estimate would be they were tracking, or had it in 
sight, for fully three minutes. Elliot See has confirmed that tracking is 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 1:17 p.m. Tape 111, Page 2 

complete. Frank Borman says the time was right on the mark and the planned 
launch time was on an elapsed time. ^7 hours, 55 minutes, 37 seconds. 
Cape says it looks like a good flight. They'll need a little bit more time 
to see if it did exactly what it was supposed to do, "but from all the T/M 
indications, all the impact predicter look angles, it looked like it was doing 
just exactly right. Frank Borman advises that he was busy using the reticle to 
keep the spacecraft on good track while Jim Lovell was photographing the missile 
as it rose from a point about 30 miles east of the Cape. While we're waiting 
for additional reports we'll go back to the music on HF, which is still being 
piped up to the crew and undoubtedly they had it turned off during the - during 
this time. They can turn it up and down as they wish. Let's see if we still 
have some music. 

MUSIC 

This is Gemini Control, Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 1:3^ p.m. Tape 112, Pa^e 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston. We have the tapes now leading up to the 
Stateside j>ass which we are prepared to play for you. The first one was 
remoted through Canton Island. The capsule communicator voice is that of 
Donald K. Slayton, who is assisting Elliot See at the time and just joined 
in for a chat with the crew. So let's have the Canton tape first. 



HOUSTON Gemini 7, Houston. 

s/c This is Gemini J, go ahead. 

HOUSTON Rog, 7, this is Houston. Are you go for DU? 

s/c Roger. Go. 

HOUSTON Fuel cell purge complete? 

s/c I din't read you. 

HOUSTON Is your fuel cell purge complete? 

s/c Yes, complete. 

HOUSTON Roger. How did you like the music? Are you still getting it? 

s/c We turned it off. We got a little busy there and turned it off 
for a while . 

HOUSTON 0K o They've got some good Hawaiian stuff coming up to you. 

s/c Roger. We'll try it. 

HOUSTON Cloud cover at the Cape is .3 to .5 "for Dk. 

s/c Say again, please. 

HOUSTON Cape cloud cover .3 to .5. 

s/c Where is that? 

HOUSTON That's at the Cape, for DU. 

s/c It was all clear when we went by there the last time. 

HOUSTON Yeah, you know the weather guessers, sport. 

s/c Roger. Houston, this is 7. I wouldn't worry about the correction 
of anything. There is evidently no problem. We wre very, very 



comfortable. 

HOUSTON Very good, very good. Fred says that's worth a dollar to him. 

This is Houston again. That concluded the Canton portion. We will be ready 
in a very few seconds with the Hawaii tape. Meanwhile our Cape sources have 
advised the Polaris flight was a completely successful mission. Completely 
successful. Let's hear now the Hawaii conversation. 



HOUSTON Gemini 7, Houston. 

s/c Gemini 7 9 Houston. You're fine. 

HOUSTON Roger. . Turned off your HF music for the Cape pass. That aerial's 

getting too hot. 

s/c Roger 

HAW Be advised that they turned off the HF music. 

s/c Roger. Thank you. And also our pressure fuel cell light . . . . 

HOUSTON Gemini 7> Houston. The music is available again. 

HAW Gemini 7, Houston advises music is available again, 

s/c Ok. Thank you very much. 

HAW Roger . 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

s/c This is 7 j Hawaii Cap. 

HAW Ok. How are you doing up there this morning? 

s/c Pretty good 

HAW Roger. Ok. We show you go here on the ground. Now would you 

put your quantity read switch to the ECS 0^ position please, 

s/c Roger. We're in ECS 0^. 

HAW feoger. We got that. Just stay there one. Ok. Would you put 
your quantity read switch on fuel cell 0 2 position, please. 

OK. Hold it there. The quantity read to the fuel cell K 0 



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position. OK. Hold it there, 
s/c The fuel cell Delta P light is back on now, Hawaii. 

HAW OK. Can you get me the time it came on? 

s/c I have that. 7 22. 

HAW OK. Thank you. 

HAW We're having a very bad T/M, Flight , because of the elevation. 

FLIGHT Rog. 

HAW OK. Quantity read switch off. Thank you. 

s/c It's off. 

HAW OK. We'll be standing by if you need anything else. 

s/c Roger. 

HAW We have LOS. 

Now, through the courtesy of our instant replay equipment, the Stateside pass, 
s/c Go ahead. 

HOUSTON Roger. We have you go on the ground. Everything looks real 

good. We have nothing for you. We'll be standing by. 
FLIGHT Dh, D7 still on schedule. 

HOUSTON Texas coming remote. 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, Houston, 

s/c Gemini 7, go ahead. 

HOUSTON Roger, we're standing by for your Dk. We have nothing special 

this pass. The Dh is still on schedule, 
s/c Roger. DU on schedule. We're all set to go. 

HOUSTON For your information, the possible activity on the 3&th rev 

will not take place. I say, you'll have uninterrupted sleep 

period tonight. 

s/c Roger. Say, Houston, we're right over you. 



s/c Hello, Elliot. 

HOUSTON Go ahead. 

s/c Tell Conrad to get his kids off my roof. 

HOUSTON I can see he ' s out of town now. 

s/c We got some very good pictures. Houston was clear as a bell. 

We could see the astrodome , the whole works . , 

HOUSTON You say you got some pictures on this pass? 

s/c Right over you. 

HOUSTON You were able to get some pictures this pass? 

s/c Very good ones, I hope. 

HOUSTON Excellent. We weren't sure you'd have enough time there with 
the further V>k so we didn't tell you about that. 

s/c Houston, this is Borman. There has been some clouds move in 
here just in the time since we've been around. 

HOUSTON Roger. We've got one plus 30 to go. 

HOUSTON One minute. 

s/c Roger. 

s/c We've got her and she's beautiful. 

HOUSTON Very good. 

s/c I hope they know where they're shooting that thing. 

HOUSTON Something I forgot to tell you, Frank. Another aerospace first. 

Sorry about that, chief, 

s/c It's easy to track - we're right on it. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

s/c Staging. 

HOIRTON Roger, staging. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSIQR COMZCHTARY, . 12/6 /65, 1:3^ p.m. Tape 112, Page 5 



HOUSTON Hey, 7, do you have guidance initiate? 

s/c Roger, manual control 

HOUSTON Hey, 7, did you see a nose fairing separation? 

s/c Negative. 

HOUSTON 7, did you observe a separation? 

s/c Negative. It went through the clouds as we kept on tracking it, 

it was just a white cloud backdrop. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

FLIGHT 7, understand you had completed tracking it. Is that correct? 

s/c That is affirmative. 

FLIGHT Roger. 

s/c Time was right on the given time. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

s/c hi 55 37, how about that? 

HOUSTON Roger. 

s/c We tried to get - I hope we got some good data. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

' HOUSTON Space 7, Houston. Did you make any meter readings during your 
tracking? 

s/c Negative 

HOUSTON Roger. 

s/c I kept trying to observe and track it and Jim was photographing it 

while I was using the reticle. 

HOUSTON Roger . 

HOUSTON Space 7, you have a TX coming up in about 20 seconds, 

s/c Roger. 

CAPE Lump it, 7. 



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Tape 112, Page 6 



HOUSTON 



Space 7, do you still read Houston? 



s/c 



Read you loud and clear. 



HOUSTON 



Did I hear that you made an S5 pass earlier today? I think it 



was across Mexico. 



s/c 



Gemini 5, say again. 



HOUSTON 



Did I hear that you made an S5 pass over Mexico earlier this 



morning? 



s/c 



Roger. We made one S5 pass over southern Mexico earlier this 



morning. We were going to do another one but we didn't have time 



prior to this pass. 



HOUSTON 



Roger . 



This is Gemini Control, Houston. I want to correct something said earlier. 
It was Jim Lovell who made the crack about the Conrad kids on his roof, not 
Frank Borman. Lovell and Conrad live about a block from each other. 
This is Gemini Control Houston, out at h8 hours, 12 minutes into the flight. 
END OF TAPE 



"MINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/6/65, 1:15 p.m. Tape 113 , Page 1 

This is Houston, U8 hours 4 5 minutes into the flight. In a brief conversation 
over the Tananarive Tracking Station some minutes ago - right now the spacecraft is 
over Carnarvon. First, let's bring you the conversation from Tananarive. 
HOU CAP COM Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead, this is Gemini J. 

HOU We have an update on the S-8/D-13 time. Can you copy? 

S /C Go ahead with your time, please. 

HOU S-8/D-13 time should be revised to U9 25 53. Closest approach 

U9 26 kQ. Do you copy? 
S/C Roger, we have that. 

H0U Roger, and Benjamin Franklin says the pleasure was all theirs. 

It's always a pleasure helping other Navy men out. 
2 Tell ...... he did a wonderful job. 

HOU Roger. Said you reported staging even quicker than they did. 
S/C a pleasure . 

HOU They said when your music is off we're changing reels. 

S/C Roger LOS. 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 1:26 p.m. Tape llH, Page 1 

Houston here, 48 hours 55 minutes into the mission. We have just passed the 
Carnarvon Station and here is that conversation. 



CRO Gemini 7 , Carnarvon 

S/C .... Carnarvon go ahead. 

CR0 Roger. We'd like for you to boost up your ECS 0^ pressure 

between 500 and 583, somewhere in there on your gage. 
Roger, ECS 0^ coming up somewhere between 500 and 583. 

CRO Roger . 

HOU You can also tell him that - - 

S/C I'm reading 500 now, Carnarvon. 

CR0 Roger. We're showing you a little low on the ground. 

S/C Okay. I'll go ahead and boost it above 500. 

CRO Roger. 

Go ahead, Flight. 



You can tell him he's right on the flight plan with the 
OAMS usage. 

Roger. Also, you're right on the flight plan on your OAMS 
usage, Gemini 7- 



S/C Okay, thank you. 

HOU What do those radiator temperatures look like? 

CR0 CD 0^ is regulating about 38. CH 0 2 radiator outlet temperature 

is reading minus 8. Did you copy, Flight? 

HOU Affirmative. Is CD 0^ steady? 

CRO It is steady at this time. 

HOU That's interesting. 



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U Carnarvon, could you send us another main, please? 

CRO Roger. It's on its way, Flight. 

HOU Rog. 

CRO We're short a good bit of thruster activity, flight. 

HOU Rog. 

CRO We're showing him in PULSE MODE. 

HOU Rog. 

CRO Flight, we have approximately 30 seconds to LOS. Do you 

have anything you want to relay to us? 

HOU Negative, I don't have anything. 

CRO Rog. Carnarvon has had LOS. 



This is Gemini Control Houston, again. Time h9 hours 1 minute into the flight. 
After an earlier pass you heard a reference by Elliott See to the fact that some 
fc*_ u ivity that had been planned on the 3^th rev later today was being postponed. 
This reference had to do with the possibility of another missile launching. The 
launching has been postponed due to lighting conditions, there were no mechanical 
problems involved, it was simply a lighting factor. That is, spacecraft lighting 
and look angles that have caused us to postpone this launch. This is Gemini 
Control Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



■ GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65 , 2:kQ p.m. Tape 115, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here. Forty-nine hours 17 minutes into the mission. 
Over the Hawaii station just passed, the conversation went like this. 



HAW Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

They have C-band track. 
S/C Gemini 7. 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C Roger, go ahead Hawaii, Gemini 7- 

HAW Roger , we ' re showing you GO on the ground and I have a flight plan 

update for you when you're ready. 
S/C Is it a very long one? 

HAW Roger . 

S/C We're right in the middle of trying to eat. I wonder if they 

could hold off for a while? 
HAW Roger. We'll stand by. 

S/C • Thank you. 

HOU Good over here, Hawaii. 

HAW Roger, flight. 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii. They'll take care of it over the States. 

S/C Thank you. 

HAW Standing by. I have C-band LOS. 



END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI Y/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 2:51 p.m. Tape 116, Pa-/' 

See is going to remote to the spacecraft through the California station. 
On this pass the time Is 1+9 hours 20 minutes into the mission. He ha;: .iu::t 
put in his first call. Let's listen in. 



HOU - Com. 

S/C This is ?• I read you loud and clear. 

HOU Roger , you finished eating lunch yet? 

S/C We haven't quite - - - (lost trans) 

HOU Understand you have not quite finished? 

S/C That's right. We haven't quite finished. We're going to do an 

S-5 issued to us a few minutes ago. We're coming up on it new. 
HOU You aren't forgetting your S-8/D-13 , are you? 

S/C Oh, we won't - we won't forget that one. 

HOU Okay 

S/C Uh Elliott, we were not able to get the S-5 over Australia. It 

was still too dark and also cloudy. 
HOU Uh, roger. 

As soon as you're able here we've got a flight plan update to 

pass on to you, but S-8/D-13 has top priority here, we don't want 

to foul you up on that . 
S/C Well go ahead and pass the flight plan up it looks like it's going 

to be too cloudy for trying to take pictures of Mexico anyway. 
HOU Okay. Get your attitude on S-8 and whenever you need me to stop 

talking just say so we'll break into the flight plan update and 

then we'll catch it after you finish. ' 
S/C Roger. I think you can go ahead and start now. 



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HOU Roger , you ready to copy? 

S/C Roger . 

HOU Mode: 1+9 plus 02 plus 56. Rev 31>l69-l degrees east, right ascension 

12 50 31. B-h/B-7: 50 56 00. 1+18 - that was sequence 1+18. Mode 02. 
Pitch 90 degrees down. Yaw 0 degrees. Do you copy? 

S/C I have copied. 

HOU D-U/D-7: 50 56 00. Sequence 1+21. Mode 02. Pitch 9er 0 degrees 

down.. Yaw 0. D-1+/D-7: 50 56 00. 1+ - Sequence no. 1+22. Mode 02. 
Pitch 9er 0 degrees down. Yaw 0. Do you copy? 

S/C I copy, Elliott. We'd better stop now, Houston to get ready for 

S-8/D-13. 

HOU Okay. Give me a call when you're able to copy some more. 

TEXAS go Remote. California Local. 
TEX Texas remote. 

CAL California local. 

HOU Gemini 7, Houston. 

S/C This is 7. Go. 

HOU Roger . The wind is from the north so there is smoke along the 

south border and your pass will be 1+0 miles north of the site. 
The weather is very clear. 

S/C Roger. 

S/C Houston, this Gemini 7- We got it. 

HOU Go ahead. 

Roger. Copy you're looking at it now. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 2:51 p.m. Tape 116, Pa.^o 3 

S /C A three. The second one is a one. The first one is a three and 

I can't read the rest of them. 
HOU Roger . 

Did Jim make any readings? 
S/C No, Jim didn't acquire at that time. 

HOU Roger j understand, you were the only one that acquired and you 

called the first one as a three, the next one as a one, and you 
couldn't make any more readings. 

S/C The first one was a three also and I couldn't read any after that. 

HOU The first one was a three, the second one a one, and the third one 

a three. 

S/C Negative. 

HOU Is that correct? 

S/C Say again. 

HOU He read a 3 1 3- Is that correct? 

S/C It's correct. 

HOU Roger . 

And were you just not able to make out anything further than that , 
or were you just not able to see the square well enough? 

S/C Well, we couldn't see the squares very well, there's not much 

contrast down there now. 

HOU Roger . 

S/C The big markers stick out very well. 

HOU Roger . 

Okay. Are you all through with that pass then, Gemini 7? 
S/C Roger. 



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HOU Okay. Ready to copy some more? 

S/C Roger let me get some books out here. 

HOU Roger . 

S/C We want to get some passes down the aisle at this time, too, to 

check for damage from the last hurricane. 
HOU Roger . 

S/C Go ahead. 

HOU D-9: 51 13 00- Incidentally, do you know you have a critical dump 

on this pass over the Cape? 

S/C Roger. 

HOU Okay. 

The time on the D-9 Is 51 13 00. Sequence 01. Mode 01. At time 
52 20 00. Fuel-cell purge at Hawaii. At time 52 36 00 - Crew 
Status Report on the Command Pilot at Texas. Do you copy? 

S/C 7 Roger. 

HOU Okay. At time 52 1+2 00. Sequence 01. Transponder ON. Time 53 00 00 

Sequence 01. Transponder OFF. Time 53 55 00. Crew Status Report 
on the Pilot at Hawaii. Time 55 10 00. POA update at the CSQ. 
Do you copy? 

S/C I have copied. 

HOU Roger. That's the end of the message. 

S/C Roger . 

HOU Gemini 7- On the update we gave you this morning, you notice that 

the D-h , the next thing you have, the B-k , it had a note - Cold IR 
off. Do you understand that? It just means you're to do that with- 
out using the cold IR. 

S/C Roger, roger . We left the cold IR off. 



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'HOU Roger. 

We got a report on your OAMS usage. I think it's essentially been 

reported correctly to you. You're right on your flight plan profile 

as far as OAMS usage. You're doing real well. 
S/C Okay... I was concerned. We've been using it quite drastically 

here lately. ■ 

HOU Well, we've given you a lot to do today, that's the reason. 

I have another question, Gemini 7- Could you give us an estimate 
for flight planning purposes on the time required for eating? 

S/C Roger. It takes at least an hour. 

HOU One hour for eating, roger , and about 10 minutes extra for exercisin 

S/C That's roger, and then we have some other functions that take time, 

too . 

HOU Roger, we've noticed that. 

S/C We haven't done 'em yet'. 

We've got some pictures coming up here of the Islands. 

HOU Roger. 

Gemini 7, Houston. Flight Surgeon would like, to have a brief dis- 
cussion with you at this time regarding the EEG leads. 

S/C Roger. 

HOU Gemini 7. This is Surgeon. We've checked with the experimenter 

and we'd like to give - you answer one question. Frank, did the 
electrodes come off with your helmets on all the time, would you 
have it on so that it came off during sleep with your helmet on 
or after you were taking your helmet off? 



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S/C The lead came off. 1 had my helmet on- It was loose when I had my 
helmet on. It caught on the back of my neck - the one - the lead 
between my helmet and the eyes caught on something and pulled very 
badly and one of 'em came off. while I had my helmet on. 

HOU Roger, I copied. Okay, that's fine. 

We'd like to have Jim try and reapply this if he can. And here's 
some Instructions that you can use for trying it with the kit that 
you have there for applying the electrocardiograph electrodes. 
If he can clean the area with a wet wipe and then dry it. Clean 
the electrode flange, being careful not to put any tension on the 
other electrodes. Then slightly underfill the electrode with paste, 
take one of the stromoscal tapes, cut it to size to that electrode, 
and then apply the electrode. Then cut a small square of germacel 
tape and cover the electrode with that square of tape and Jim will 
have to hold his hand for a little while over that to Just heat-seal 
the tape as we did when applying the electrocardiogram electrodes. 
Bid you copy all that? 



S/C Roger. I don't think this is in my job description, but I'll do it. 

HOU We'll have to re-do your job description. 

We'll give you a job when you come back, Jim. 

S/C sleep any sleep, anyway, do you? 

HOU Didn't hear that last, Gemini 7- 

Gemini 7, If all else fails, try the scissors. 
S/C Roger. 

HOU Gemini 7, Houston. You have a TX on the way. 

S/C Thank you. 



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HOU Gemini 7 Houston, 'would you say that your readings on the S-6/D-13 

were made at point of closest approach? 
HOU Gemini 7 Houston, did you copy? 

TX - CODE TX 

HOU Gemini J, did you copy? 

S/C Roger. Do you read me now? 

HOU Go ahead. 

S/c Copied. Do we have a TX? 

HOU Roger. Would you say that your S-8/D-13 readings were made at 

point of closest approach? 
HOU Gemini 7 - Houston, do you read? 

S/C Roger. We're reading. 

HOU Were your S-8/D-I3 readings made at point of closest approach? 

S/C Your 1 re cutting out Houston. Cutting in and out. We could not ... 

HOU Were your S-8 readings made at point of closest approach? 

S/C Roger. They were. 

HOU Roger . 

LOS at 7 



This is Gemini Control again. We've had LOS from the Antigua Station. As the 
spacecraft moves down across the Atlantic they are to perform a star sighting, 
their D-k Experiment where they will train their infrared sensors on a star and 
make a measurement , a radiometric measurement . Shortly after that , while over 
Ascension Island, they will turn on the MSC-2 and the MSC-3 Experiments. MSC-2 
is a proton-electron spectrometer, looking at electrons, free electrons in space, 
and protons, at £iven levels. This will remain on as well as MSC-3 through the 



GEMINI Y/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 2:51 p.m. Tape 116, Pa^o 8 

South Atlantic anomaly, that point where the magnetic field dips closest to 
the earth. The protom-electron spectrometer for this experiment is mane by 
the Lockheed Corporation. The equipment cost $200,000 dollars. The MSG -3 
Experiment is a tri-axis flux-gate magnetrometer . It measures the directions 
of particles, the electron particles, encountered in space. This particular 
piece of equipment is made by the Marshall Laboratory in Torrence , California. 
Each of the units valued at $10,000 each. This is Gemini Control at h$ hours 
39 minutes into the flight . 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65 h:h3 p.m. 



Tape 117, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, we are 51 hours and 12 minutes into our 
mission. At this time spacecraft Gemini 7 is passing over the northern 
tip of South American and has just begun it's 33rd revolution over the 
earth. We have had very little voice communication with spacecraft 
Gemini 7 over the past hour. The crew has been busy with onboard experi- 
ments. As they passed over Hawaii and then over the states on this last 
pass they were engaged in the D-h/V-7 experiments. These are celestial 
radiometry readings of space objects, measuring the radiation intensity 
The sensing or measuring units are housed in the Gemini adapter section. 
We had a go on the ground at the Guaymas station and the comment at the 
systems onboard looked real good from ground data. At Houston we had 
a comment that there is a solid go from Houston. Lovell acknowledged 
this said, "o.k. we are performing D-U/D-7." And as the spacecraft 
moves on now on its 33rd revolution and comes within the tracking range 
of the Rose Knot tracking ship off the east coast of South America they 
have another experiment which will be taken up the D-9 experiment. This 
is a space navigation experiment using a space sextant for taking star 
to horizon angular measurements, is to be used in determining space navigation 
procedures. At this time, we will play back the short voice communication 
that we have picked up over the past hour. This is Gemini Control. 
CRO Gemini 7 

SPACECRAFT Roger Carnarvon 

CRO Systems looks good, flight. 

SPACECRAFT Roger, Carnarvon 

CRO Systems looks good, flight. 

SPACECRAFT Roger, Carnarvon. 



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CRO 

SPACECRAFT 
CRO 

SPACECRAFT 
CRO 

SPACECRAFT 
HOUSTON FLIGHT 
CRO 

HOUSTON FLIGHT 



CRO 

HOUSTON FLIGHT 
CRO 

HOUSTON FLIGHT 
CARNARVON 



pm. Tape 117, Page 2 

Gemini 7, Carnarvon 

This is 7 j go ahead, Carnarvon 

Roger, we have your 

I would like your OAMS propellant quantity 
readout please. 
We read about $2f%>. 
Roger, copy 

That's about all we have for you today 

so we'll be standing by. 
Roger . 

Seven, Cap Com Houston Flight 
Roger Flight 

Understand you have commanded the C band 
on and your ' re going to leave it on for 
the range tracker in Hawaii passes and 
your real time here, standby pm on. 
That's affirm flight. 

Did you copy reads 62f 0 on onboard propellant 

quantity? 

Affirmative 

They're looking good here Flight. 
Roger , Carnarvon 

We'll be tentatively pm off. A little 
early but I want to make sure I get the 
command in ... 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65 h:U-3 p, 



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Tape 117, Page 3 



HOU FLIGHT 



CRO 

HOU FLIGHT 
CRO 



HOU FLIGHT 

CRO 
CRO 
HOU 
CRO 
HOU 
CRO 

HOU 
CRO 

HOU 
CRO 
HOU 
CRO 
HOU 
CRO 



0. K. I've still got you — you got 
about three minutes more on acquisition 
time . 

That's affirm 

Good C track out there? FIDO is nodding 
his head yes. 

Roger, we're getting solid track. 

Right we've got FET ' s lagging by 9 minutes 

and 38 seconds. 

0. Ko that's correct. 

Rog. 

Flight Carnarvon 
Go ahead 

He does have his ACQ, AID beacon turned. off. 
Say Again , Stu. 

He's got his ACQ AID beacon turned off, I 
assume for the experiment coming up. 
Roger . 

LOS, flight, our command is OFF. 
Again Carnarvon. 

Oar command is the standby TM off. 
Roger 

Left the C-band adapter ON. 
Okay . 

Everything looks good, flight. We took - 

I have some readings here.. I'll include 

them i n the first pass to one of our off 

sources on the general list. 
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HOU Okay. Why don't you give 'em to me now. 

CRO Roger. OAMS source helium pressure reached 

20 60. Next DC 01. 
HOU Okay . 

CRO DC 02 OAMS source helium temperature 5^.8. 

I also have the fuel-cell 0 pressure if 
you like. 

HOU Uh, negative. Not at this time. I've got 

another call, Stu. 
CRO Rog. 

Flight Control, we have conference? 
HOU Affirmative. Go ahead. 

HAWAII Houston, AFT Hawaii Cap com. 

HOU Go ahead, Hawaii 

HAW Roger. What are my mission . instructions ? 

HOU It's down the tube. I would suggest 

that it should "be there to see if it's 

printing out in mine. 

No. It's in the tube„ 

We've got a C-band track for you and that's 

it. Leave it on for White Sands. We'll 

TX at our command off. 
HAW Okay. And I want to confirm that his 

ACQ AID circuit breaker is full. 
HOU Okay. Stand by a minute. 



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IIOU 
CRO 

HOU 

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HOU 
HAW 
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This is Carnarvon 

Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

Soger, we didn't have any ACQ AID beacon 
on at this station for our last pass. 
Yeah, Okay. Hawaii, we don't want to 
confirm anything on that. 
What about telemetry? 
Leave it on please. 
AFD, this Hawaii. 

Just to check our speed of line on teletype 

have you got anything printing out in your 

console right now? 

I got it right now. 

Okay, I'm on the second line. 

All printing. 

You beat me. 

I have C-band track. 

Roger, Hawaii. 

Getting TM solid. 

Roger. 

by we have you go. 

Gemini 7 Hawaii. Hear you loud and clear. 
Roger, Gemini 7. Standing by. 



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MISSIOK COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, ^3 p.m. Tape 117, Page 6 

HAW AFD, this Hawaii Cap Com. 

HOIJ How's it going? 

HAW Looks good right here on the ground. 

We're showing the going off. 
HOU Okay. Going off. 

HAW Have C-band LOS and TM LOS. 

HOU Roger, Hawii 

HOU This CAP COM AFD 

This is CAP "COM AFD . 
TEX Texas, Go ahead. 

HOU Texas, we've decided that we'd better 

not interrupt him on the D-k/D-l so dis- 
regard the flight plan update. 

TEX Roger, we're going to remote - remote again. 

Thank you. 

HOU Sorry about that. Sorry. We tried to set 

it up for you but it ' s pretty tight in there 
with the sequences and he'd have to drop 
what he's doing and pick up something and 
write it down and come back plus it really 
isn't valid for about another 2 hours before 
it's really time-critical« 

TEX Roger, understand. 

HOU Sorry. 



MISSIOE COMMENTARY , 12/6/65, ^:^3 p.m. Tape 117, Page 7 

GYM Guaymas has solid I'M and he's go on ohe 

ground. 

HOU Roger, Guaymas . 

GYM Looks real good, Bud. 

TEXAS GO REMOTE 
TEXAS GO REMOTE 

TEX TEXAS remote. 

HOU Gemini 7, Gemini 7> Houston Cap Com. 

We don ' t have anything for you here . You ' re 
a solid GO. 

S/C This is Gemini 7 performing a D-k/D-7. 

HOU Roger, Houston. 

That was voice communication "between the ground tracking stations and 
Gemini 7 spacecraft accumulated over the past hour. At this time spacecraft 
Gemini 7 is on its 33rd revolution passing now over the South Atlantic. We 
are 51 hours and 20 minutes into our mission. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 5:50 p.m. Tape ]l8, l'ago 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are 52 hours and 20 minutes into the mission 
of spacecraft Gemini 7. At the present time spacecraft Gemini Y is pass inn 
over the Pacific Ocean and is approaching the Hawaiian Tracking; Station. 
We have had no voice contact with spacecraft Gemini 7 for over 1 hour and 
the crew, during this interim, has been busy with experiments - onboard ex- 
periments. We expect, as the spacecraft reaches Hawaii, that there will be 
voice communication and the crew will be advised of a fuel-cell purge and 
the flight plan will be updated at that time. We are now on the 33rd revolu- 
tion and mission time now has accumulated to 52 hours and 20 minutes. This 
is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE . 



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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 6:28 p.m. Tape 119, rage 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 52 hours and 58 minutes into our 
mission. Our spacecraft Gemini 7 has just started a few minutes a^o it 1 s 
3hth revolution over the earth and at the present time Is moving over the 
South Atlantic. During the past hour we have had some limited voice 
communication with spacecraft Gemini 7 through our Hawaiian tracking 
station and then again over the States and over the Rose Knot Tracking 
Ship. And at this time we will play back those tapes for you. 



HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C Hawaii, Gemini 7, go ahead. 

HAW Roger. We have you go on the ground. Standing by for your 

fuel-cell purge. 
S/C Stand by. 

Roger and out . 

HAW Gemini J Hawaii Cap Com. Would you turn your quantity read 

switch off, please. 
S/C Rogeftg, it's off now. 

HAW Roger . 

HOU Flight, Houston. 

HAW T Roger, this Hawaii. 

HOU We ' d like an LOS main , please . 

HAW Roger. Command Pilot, I have a flight plan update if you're 

ready to copy. 
S/C Go ahead. 

HAW Roger. At 53:36:00 flight plan report CSQ. At 56:00:00 purge 

fuel-ceil RKV. We have a crew status report due over Texas 
Rev 33 on the Command Pilot. 



MISSION CO;-^ME?7i'AKY , 12/C/65, Ci26 p.m. Tape ilv, l.v;.: 1' 



S/C Kucor. T.-iat'c at ^2: j>o. 

iiAW Affirm. St-anoiinc by. 

S/C Thai 7k you, Hawaii. 

Hawaii, piirge cor.iplc-oC. 
IIAW Roger, under stand. 

HAW We have a TM LOS at Hawaii. 

UOU Roger, Hawaii. 

HOU This is Cap Com Houston Flight. 

IIAW I'' light - go ahead. 

IIOU Standing "by for your' pass. I assume you're silent here. 

IIAW Roger. We have acquisition at this time and all systems 

are go on the {jroui.t: . 
HOU "Roger. 
FLIGHT Texas go romo "cc . 

TEXAS Texas remote. 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. We have a good 

oral temp, give us a blooa pressure and stand by for surgeon. 
HOUSTON Gemini 7. Houston Surgeon. Your cuff is full-scale. 

Gemini 7 we have a good blooa pressure standing by for exercise 

oj: your mark. 

S/C blood pressure. 

HOU . GemHui 7 your cuff is 1 77; 1- scale. 

Oomlui Roaster. ;„rreon. We have a good blood pressure. 

. . ur.alng by X*or yc xr food, water , and sleep report. 
S/C " R.u,,.;-, H>-,.s-.,cn. Wafer repor:. on the Command pilot - 211 Ounces 

u. ;aue. One ';U:c meal. R:'s Day 3 Meal C, ana one, uh, blue 

nac. friend. TRe niiou - 160 ounces of water to date. The 



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MISSIOF. C 0MK5NTARY , 12/C/65, 6:36 p.m. Tape 119 . 

same meal D 3. i) C M C . neither of us have had any more 

sleep than we previously reported. 
HOU Roger, Gemini 7, we copied your report. Surgeon out. 

HOU Gemini 7 Houston Cap Com. I've got some information on 

Lunik 8 if you'd like it. 
S/C Roger, what's Lunik 8? 

HOU Lunik 8 is the Russian soft -landing on the moon which was 

launched on Friday. The signal ceased at U:51 p.m. e.s.t. 

and Sir Bernard Love 11, Observatory Director, said the 
rocket was undoubtedly on the lunar surface, "but whether 
it made a soft landing or smashed itself we do not know. 
The comment from Radio Moscow is - no comment. 
S/C Thank you. 

HOU We'd like you to elaborate on your flight plan smudge-pot 

report and give as tue scores of the vision test, your 
approximate film usage and give us an account whether M-7 
has been going okay. 

S/C Roger, Gene, you want that stuff now? 

HOU No, you can give it to us with the flight plan report, Jim, 

and that will be a UHF6 pass. 
S/C Roger. 

RKV APT), RKV Cap Com voice check. 

HOU Go ahead, RKV. 

RKV Roger. I didn't get a mission instruction. Got anything 

f'oin^ at this time? 



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RKV AFD , RKV Cap Com. 

HOU RKV, AFD. 

RKV Roger. Do you have any instructions'. I'm about 3 minutes 

20 seconds from acquisition. 

HOU Right. Your pass. We want some ground readouts on JC 02 

3- AOS mid-pass and LOS. 

RKV Right. Three readings. 

HOU Right. Three, readings. 

RKV Ground readouts on Jerry Charlie 02. 

HOU And 3- 

RKV . What's it now? 

HOU Stand by. 

HOU JV AFD 

RKV (Garbled line)you want JF or 

HOU Yeah. J - Juliette Fox 02 and 3. 

RKV 02 and 03 I got ya. 

HOU Transponder. 

RKV Roger, roger. 

RKV AFD Cap Com this 

HOU Roger, RKV 

RKV Gemini 7, RKV Cap Com. We have nothing for you. We're 

standing by. All systems are go. 

S/C Gemini 7, roger. 



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That was taped voice communication between the spacecraft Gemini 7 and the 
tracking stations at Hawaii, Texas, and the Rose Knot Tracking Ship. At 
this time our spacecraft is still passing over the South Atlantic on its 
3^th revolution around the earth. We will be expecting to get another 
voice communication with the spacecraft as it comes over the Coastal Sentry 
Tracking Ship in the Pacific on this revolution and we are hoping that at 
that time we can bring you some live communication. This is Gemini Control. 
We are now 53 hours and k minutes into the mission of spacecraft Gemini 7. 
This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI Y/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 7:0'; p.m. 



Tape 120, Page 1 



Thic is Gemini Control. We are now 53 hours and 36 minutes into our 
mission with spacecraft Gemini 7- At this time spacecraft Gemini 7 is on 
its 3^-th revolution over the earth and is coming up over the Pacific Ocean 
and very shortly will be passing within voice range of the Coastal Sentry, 
our tracking ship located in the Pacific and at that time we will bring 
you the live conversation between spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Coastal 
Sentry. On our flight plan coming up during this pass we will have a 
flight plan report from the crew. As the craft moves over Hawaii we have 
a crew status report from the pilot. This is a medical pass. This will be 
followed as the hours go by, by an exercise period where the pilots engage 
in isometric exercises and using the bungee cord exerciser. And that will 
be followed by a housekeeping period, getting the gear stowed away that they 
have been using during this busy day of flight. They do this each evening 
>r each day evening in Houston, of course, they do this just before a sleep 
period which will be coming up at about, 9 = 30 p.m. central standard time. 
At this time we give you the live conversation between Coastal Sentry tracking 
ship and spacecraft Gemini 7- 

CAPCOM Just want to pass on to you that the Luna 8 did not make a soft 



landing . 



s/c 



Roger . 



CAPCOM 



We are standing by for your flight plan report . 



s/c 



the Hasselblad film we had used 23 frames 



. garbled . 



magazine A 



We 



garbled 



are on the third one now. 



We have used 2 magazines of the i6-mm movie. On the D-9 experiment 



we did not use the green filter we found it was much better with 



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S/C On S-8/D-13 Lovell missed 8 and Borman missed 7 • 

CAPCOM You say Lovell missed 8 and Borman missed 7- 

S/C Roger 
CAPCOM Got it. 

S/C . It was also requested that you cancel the cabin temperature 

survey. 
CAPCOM Say again. 

you 

S/C Roger, we would like to have/schedule a cabin temperature survey. 

CAPCOM Roger . 

S/C CSQ this is 7- 

CAPCOM Go ahead. 

S/C I would like you to confirm if you want me to leave the 

'cryo heaters on automatic procedure while we are sleeping. 
CAPCOM Standby. Flight CSQ do you copy? 

Flight Roger that is our feeling now. We will advise them just prior 

to the beginning of l.heir sleep period. That is our feeling 
at this time however. 

CSQ, Roger. Gemini 7 CSQ that is affirmative at this time. You 

will be advised further over the states. 

S/c Roger. How is sea duty? 

CSQ Say again 

S/C How is the sea duty? 

CSQ It's pretty rough down here. 

Flight Chuck you could advise them that we would like a couple of read- 

outs on cabin humidity 



GEMINI 
Flight 
CSQ 
Flight 



CSQ 
S/C 
CSQ 

s/c 

Flight 

s/c 

CSQ 



Flight 

CSQ 

CSQ 

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7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY j 12/6/65, 7:0? p.m. Tape 120, Pago 3 

if 

Prior to starting their sleep period/they already have some . 
Roger 7 standby. Flight, what was that again? 

Roger, if they have taken any recent cabin humidity readings 
I would like to know it and if not we'd like to get one prior 
to the sleep period. 

Roger. 7 CSQ have you taken any cabin humidity reading lately? 
Not recently the latest readings were around 58 for the dew point . 
Roger, Houston will probably want one before you start your 
sleep period. 

Roger we will make a temperature survey before the sleep 
period. 

Chuck you can ask them If the HF music is coming through? 
7, CSQ have you been copying the KF music? 

We have been having it off and on. When we are busy we usually 
turn it off. But we have ueen picking it up otherwise. 
Roger. Flight CSQ we have noticed here that when he keys his 
UTIP transmitter we get . 1'luctations on . . a definite drop 
on the control buss volts and squib 1 and 2. Do you want to 
try the ITHF number 2 to see if we have the same effect? 
That ' s normal 
Roger , flight . 

Gemini 7 CSQ you report on your hassel plan ^3 frames, I 

did not copy that next item. Would you repeat it? 
Roger. That was from magazine A, magazine A. 



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CSQ Roger I thought I copied SO 217 out I wasn't sure. 

S/C Roger thats the film, thats the film. 

CSQ, Flight CSQ 

Flight Go ahead 

CSQ The systems on these voltages, I'd like you to confirm those 
systems here . . . 

Flight Hey Chuck break, break. We'd >like to have some information 

whether the'M-7 experiment is going all right 

CSQ Roger. M-7? Mike 7? 

Flight Correct . 

CSQ 7 CSQ Can you tell us how your Mike 7, experiment 7 is going? 

S/C This is 7. We have been off of all calcium, we are recording 

' everything, everything seems to be okay. 

Flight Roger . 

CSQ Did you copy flight. 

Flight Affirmative. 

S/C We are eating some of our meals out of sequence - . - garbled. 

CSQ Gemini 7 CSQ we are at LOS I did not copy your last transmission. 



That was live voice communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 and the 
Coastal Sentry tracking station in the Pacific Ocean. We have had loss of 
signal at the Coastal Sentry. Spacecraft Gemini 7 on its 3^th revolution 
over the earth is proceeding now over the Pacific Ocean. This is Gemini 
Control at 53 hours and kk minutes into the mission of Spacecraft Gemini 7- 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 7:50 p.m. Tape 121, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 54 hours and 20 minutes into our 
mission of spacecraft Gemini 7- At this time, our spacecraft is passing 
over South America. It is beginning its thirty-fifth revolution around the 
earth. We have had a voice communication with spacecraft Gemini 7 and pilot 
Jim Lovell, as we passed .over the Hawaiian tracking station, and at this time 
we will play back the tape of voice communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 
and the Hawaiian tracking station. 

S/C Hawaii, this is Gemini 7- 

HAWAII We have a valid temperature; we're standing by for a blood pressure. 

S/C Roger. He's sending it now. This is full scale. 

HAWAII We have a good blood pressure. Standing by for your exercise on 
your mark. 

S/C Roger. Stand by. Mark. 

LIGHT Hawaii Cap Com. Houston Flight. OK. We've got a slight problem 

here, and v/hat I really mean is we didn't get as complete a report 
of the flight plan over CSQ as we would like. I don't think we want 
to go into any great detail, so I would like you to ask him very 
simply if he has completed all of the scheduled flight plan items 
in the last 2k hours. In other words, has he completed all the 
items that have been scheduled in the flight plan during the last 
2k Lwurs. 

HAWAII Roger. Have a good blood pressure. Standing by for your food and 

water and sleep report. 
S/C Roger. There's been no change since we gave the food, water and 

sleep over Texas except for the fact that we're now eating the 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION CGIu/iEHTARY , 12/6/65, 7^0 p.m. Tape 121, i>agt 

evening meal. Co you want the results of that also? 
.IAWAII Roger. Which meal is that? 

S/c OK. That's evening meal that we're eating. Meal A- 15, Meal B. 

HAWAII Meal B. Roger. Surge out. 

S/C OK. We've got the water here, too, up to date if you want that. 

HAWAII Please . 



S/C 



Command tilct wat 



rate 



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unces , 



HAWAII It's still going on right now. 
FLIGHT Roger . 

S/C And pilot is 1.78 ounces. 

HAWAII Roger, Gemini 7- Surgeon now. 7, like to give the complete -- just 
a short report on your flight plan. Just want to know if you have 
completed all scheduled flight plan items for the last 2k hours. 

S/C Roger. We gave a flight, plan update to CSQ. We have completed 

them all except one pass for' best five over Mexico, and there were 
clouds. Dk-I)7 over Mexico -- the IR returns from the water and the 
land was degraded because of cloud cover, but we completed it. 

HAWAII Roger. 

S/C Other than th-"..t, we're all up to date. 

FLIGHT OK. You can tell them we're happy with that report. 

HAWAII Roger. Flight's real happy with the report. 

S/C Roger. Our tape dump is completed, Hawaii. 

FLIGHT OK. Tha^l; you. Good pass, Bill. 

HAWAII Phil, we're standing by for you. 



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FLIGHT Roger. Thank you, How does everything look up there, Bi.Nl? 
HAWAII It's still locking good. 

FLIGHT OK. Did you notice any large variations in squib or control bus 

power when he was keying his transmitter then? 
HAWAII He did. just when he keyed the normal amount . 

FLIGHT OK. That seems to be our feeling. We have taken a look at the 

data. If you remember, the CSQ flagged it for us. And we've gone 
over the data for the past several days and compared it to the GT-5 
data, and it : 's pretty closely following the same curve -- about the 
same excursions at about the same slope. 

This Lz -^emini I ,r.-.r . ... That vac _ive voice communication — ratr.er tapea 
voice communication between Spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Hawaiian tracking 
station. Wc have here 'a report that we got from pilot Jim Lovell on the 
food and water and sleep for both the command pilot and the pilot to date. 
These are accumulated totals. The command pilot has had a food intake of 
k, 867 calories. The pilot has consumed food with a caloric count totaling 
k,ikj calories. For water, the command pilot water intake total- to date has 
been Ik. 2 ounces -- lk.2. The pilot 10.7 ounces -- 10.7- Both the command 
pilot and the pilot have slept twelve hours each. At this time, Spacecraft 
Gemini 7 is packing over South America on its thirty- fifth revolution. We 
are 5k hours and 25 minutes into the flight mission. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65 , O.'-j p.ir.. Tape 12?, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control . We are 5^ hour. - ; uii6 38 minutes into our 
mission. At the present time Spacecraft Gemini "; is passing over the 
South Atlantic on its 35th revolution over the earth. A few minutes age 
as the spacecraft passed over the Rose Knott Tracking Ship which is located 
off the east coast of South America we had a very short voice communication 
with the spacecraft and at this time we will play back that taped communication. 



RKV Flight RKV CAPCOM 

Flight Go ahead RKV. 

RKV All systems are go. We are prepared for the TX- 

Flight Roger . 

RKV Gemini 7 RKV CAPCOM we have nothing for you this time. We are 

standing by. All systems are go. 

Flight On these transmission you should advise. You need not acknowledge. 

1KV Okay . 

Flight You can pick ii up nt •;< \. t '.mo . 

RKV Roger. 

S/C RKV RKV, Gemini 7- 

RKV I read you loud and .-Tear Gemini 7- 

S/C Gar 0 led 

RKV Roger. 

RKV Dia you get that flight: 

Flight Roger RKV 

RKV RKV 

Flight Say again RKV 

RKV All systems look good. 

Flighi, O r ;a.y. 



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RKV You have got Kelly down here on 3 bearing again. 

Flight Whats the parameter? 

RKV . . . garbled . . . air outlet temp primary. 

Flight Can you break down the data and give us a quick indication 

as to what the frequency actually existing in the main is. 
RKV We just did it. It was ll8 and . . from 35-5 to U0-7 at a 

frequency of 22 seconds per cycle. 
Flight Okay 22 second per cycle. Okay, got you. 

R KV Okay. 

Flight primary cooling loop 

RKV Roger 

Flight It doesn't particularly bother me, it seems to me that we have 

got a sticky modulating valve out there that going from full 
open to full closed. Actually both extremes of the temperature 
span there, which I believe, what is it 36 to 42 isn't it. 

RKV Roger . Good thing we had it on that last night . I would 

like to pursue it further before I reported it. 

Flight Yea Bill it aoesn't particularly bother me because I saw 



that the first day of the mission and I believe test data from 
previous missions again indicated that this occasionally did 
occur. I watched it on trend blots back here. Gee, the first 
night and also last night Th— wasn't particularly concerned 
about it and neither were our econ guys but I think Blue got 
all up . 

KKV Okay I'll put it ... down. 



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GEMINI {/<■■> HISCIOI: CG^pippApv. ip/0/65, 8:03 y .m. Tape lit:, 3 

Flight Okay, thank you. 

That vac taped voice coitairaaicu.tion between spacecraft Gemini 7 and 
the Rcse Knott "cracking ship. Our spacecraft is now in its 35 revolution 
ana is approaching the southern most tip of Africa,. The speed, of the 
spacecraft at this time is 25,289 ft per second. This is Gemini Control 
at, 5U hours and h? minutes into the mission of spacecraft 7- 
EKL OF TAPE 



This is Gemini Control . We are 55 hours arid 26 minut.es into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 7, which at the present time is coming up ever the 
Pacific toward the Hawaiian Tracking Station. A few minutes ago we had 
voice communication between the Coastal Gentry Tracking Ship and the 
spacecraft and at this time we will play back the taped voice communication. 
CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ Cap Com. 

S/C . Go ahead CSQ, this Gemini 7. 

CSQ, Roger. You're on the UHF no. 6 test at Hawaii on this rev. 

S/c Roger, understand. 

CSQ Have you taken a humidity measurement on the last rev or so? 

S/C No but we will by the time we get there unless you want it now. 

CSQ Say again last. 

S/C I say we have not yet but we will shortly. 

CSQ Roger. I have a TLA update when you're ready to copy. 

S/C Go ahead, CSQ, we're ready. 

CSQ Roger. Area 37-3: 58 07 06 lh plus 53- Area 38-3: 59 hi 58 

lir plus 20. Area 39-Delta: 60 32 59 22 plus 00. Area 40-Delta 
62 08 05 20 plus 53- Do you copy? 

S/C Roger. We copied them all j oud and clear. 

CSQ Okay. A couple more. ^1-Delta: 63 h6 15 18 plus 58. 

Area lh-2 : 65 3? 3] 17 plus 30. Area 1+3-2 : 66 58 ^5 l6 plus 08. 
Area kh-1: 68 ?3 Gh 17 plus l8. Do you copy? 

S/C Roge v> . Got 'em al ] . 

CSQ We nave nothing else for you at this time. Everything looks 

good here . 

S/C Roger, thank you very much, CSQ. 

CSQ Roger-, standing by. 



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GEKIKT 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/6/65, 6:56 p.m. Tape 123, Page 2 

S/C One thing we've done - we were getting a lot of heat/through 

the window so we took a food container bag and put 'em up 

our food container bag, trying to cut the heat 

down that keeps coming in through the window. 
CSQ, Roger, copy. 

S/C We also had another catastrophe. While I was reaching back 

to get a food bag I banged my head on a - the overhead 
and tore off all my EEC leads and we're in the process of 
pasting those back on now. 

CSQ Ok. 

This is Gemini Control. We are 55 hours and 30 minut.es into our mission. 
The spacecraft Is now within voice range of Hawaii ana we will bring you 
that live communication now. 
HAW Put your gloves on. 

S/C We haven't had gloves or headgear on since insertion. 

HAW Okay. Just keep 'em off while you sleep. 

S/C Rog. 

HAW Okay. I'd like to put you into - the spacecraft into a 

sleeping configuration. I'd like you to do it as I say it 
so we can monitor it here on the ground. 

S/C Ok. 

HAW Ok. Will you put your RCS heaters on now. 

S/C They've been on all day. 

HAW Ok. Your fuel-cell heat - correction - your fuel-cell H^ 

auto heaters to AUTO position. 
S/C Roger. 



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E/C Auto 

HAW Ok. Your fuel-cell 0 heater switch to the AUTC position. 

S/C They're on AUTO. 

HAW Okay. I'd. like you to take your ECS 0^ heater switch, go to 

the 0I>; position and raise it to 58O psi. 
S/C Ok. How about putting it in the AUTO position? 

riO'u That's the preferred procedure there, Ed. 

IIAW Ok. Let's go. to AUTO. 

S/C It's in AUTO. 

IIAW Roger. 

HQU ■ Ok. Ar.a we ■ want to let him raise it to 580 on his reading. 

Cockpit reading. 
HAW Got that. 

HOU Ok. And. we'd like to know if Jim is going to sleep in his 

underwear or the orbital flight suit. 
HAW Okay. We>'d like to know .whether the pilot will be sleeping 

in his underwear or his orbital flight suit. 
S/C Sleeping in his underwear. We're a little warm. We have been 

since we have been up kere. 
HAW Okay . 

S/C For your information I've got my suit completely unzipped, and 

I'm trying to be as cool as I can that way. 
HAW Roger , I got that . 

S/C Hawaii, this Gemini 7. We Just took in a complete survey of 

the temperatures around the cabin. Venting ambient about 
with a dew-point of 57. 



HAW 



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HAW Plight, Hawaii 

IIG J Go ;iawaii. 

H/YW Ok. When we get to >80 you want him to turn the ECS 0^ heater 

switch back to OFF. Is that affirm? 
HOU Yeah. That's 580 in his reading, that's 700 in yours. 

IIAW I got that. 

HOU What's he reading now on the TM end? 

HAW 652 psi 

HOU Roger. 

S/C Hawaii, Gemini 7- You have any other instructions? 

HAW Okay. When that ECS 0^ reaches 58O we'd like you to go back 

to the OFF position on the ECS 0^ heater switch. 
S/C Okay. I'd just as soon leave the others off too unless you 

really want them in AUTO. 
HAW I think they want them in AUTO. 

HOU That's really his preference, and we'll give him some values. 

We'd like to pump them up then for the beginning of the sleep 
period. 

HAW Roger. Got the values? 

HOU Stand by. 

HAW Roger. If you'll wait on a second, I'll give you the values 

they want them to be left at, and then you can set them up 
the way you ' d like . 

HOU Thank you. We've got to convert these, Ed. You've got about 

three minutes left, so we've got plenty of time to get them to you. 



CEM1KI 7/6 MIC3IGH caSZOTARY, 12/C/65, 8:^6 p.m. Tape 123, ?c^o 5 



IIAV7 Yes. i've got- plenty. Flight, Hawaii. We've completed the 

I-IOU OK. Very good. OK. we want them to go to 500 psi -- his 

reading on RSS each, too, Ed. 
HAW OK. What about 0 2 ? 

HOU I'll give it to you. Give it to them now. 

HAW OK. We'd like you to go to your fuel cell H 2 to 500 psi. 

S/C H 2 to 500. Roger. How about the 0 2 ? 

HAW They're working on that one. 

S/C OK, Ed. Tell them that I'll turn it off when I get there, 

and then if they wont me to turn it back on, wake us up. I'll 
sleep better if I know it's on Automatic. 

HAW Very good. Copy all that, Flight? 

II0U Affirmative. 

HAW OK. We have LOob cr>0 o . When we went to the heater switch, the 

AUTO position jrjnped about 2 amps. 



This is Gemini Control, 55 hours, 37 minutes into our flight mission. We 
have just completed oar voice communication. Hawaii tracking station has 
lost the signal with the Spacecraft Gemini 7. xhe command pilot, Frank 
Borman, was the voice talking to the Hawaiian tracking station. At this 
time, our spacecraft is on Its thirty-fifth revolution around the earth. It 
is on t';,e tag end of that revolution, and very shortly will begin its thirty- 
sixth revolution. This is Gemini Control. 

CF TAPE 



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G&vilHI 7/6 KISSIOK COME^SKTARY, 12/6/65, 9:50 p.m. Tape 12k, page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 56 hours 20 minutes into the 
mission of spacecraft Gemini ?• At this time our spacecraft is passing 
over the southern tip of Africa on its 36th revolution around the earth. 
Our flight director, Gene Kranz , haa a communication with the spacecraft 
communicator aboard the Coastal Sentry Quebec a few minutes ago and at 
that time Chuck Lewis, who is the spacecraft communicator, described the 
weather at the site of the tracking ship. The weather there is: Winds 
of 25 to 30 miles per hour with 10 to 15 foot swells. And our spacecraft 
also just a short time ago passing over the Rose Knott tracking ship had 
voice communication with the ground; and at this time., we will play back 
that voice tape. 



RF* Rog 
S/C Garbled 

RKV RKV We have transmitted TX and all systems are go. 

RKV CAPCOX 
S/C garbled 

RKV Roger, we are standing by for your purge. All of your systems 

are go . 
S/C Car oled . 

RKV Roger, we would like for you to . . . fuel cell 0^, 750, 

fuel cell E p , 500, . Propellant for fuel cell 0 g are 170, 
the r.-.:' nirr.um f;;r fuel ceil Hg .... Do you 'copy? 

S/C Gra-blea, 75G to 170 . . . garbled. . . hydrogen transfer. 

RKV R.:-; ■>.■!■•. i'i.e hydrogen ... is 500 and the minimum is 330. 

G / :\ > ■ "X.-'v.' COiCi GGG , i'lOW G-uOut i2jCS ^-'p** 

RKV Mr S/.?. 0.,, 5c, ; to 23G - 233- 580 233. 

g/g r. > : -er v.'ili you all rear! that • • • garbled 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65 } 9=50 p.m. Tape l?h , pa^e 2 



RKV We got your information for you on tomorrow's exercise. The 

current mission plan calls for a small peri grade maneuver of 
about 10 to 12 feet per second. Will be done at apogee . . . 
garbled . . \ 

Flight Okay we have it. Its 172.1 by 119-9- 

RKV Roger. 172.1 by 119-9 

S/C Garbled 

RKV 119-9 
S/C garbled 
RKV Roger 

Flight You can read them the rest of the TWX is you want Bill. 

RKV Okay. G.e.t. In approximately 5 days the decision to 

launch Gemini 6 on the 8th or 9th day will have to be made. 

If the decision is to launch Gemini on the 8th day th<= 



circularization maneuver will be made at that time , Approximate 
g.e.t. equal 5 days. This will give us two launch windows 
on the 8th day and one window on the 9th and 10th day. If 
the decision to launch Gemini 6 on the 9th day the circularization 
maneuver will be delayed to approximately 7 and one half elapsed 
days. This will allow the launch windows for the pref light 
nominal flight plan. You got that. 

S/C Thank you, thank you very much. 

RKV Okay. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 9=50 p.m. Tape 12k , page 3 



RKV We got your information for you on tomorrow's exercise. The 

current mission plan calls for a small peri grade maneuver of 
about 10 to 12 feet per second. Will be done at apogee . . . 
garbled . . ". 

Flight Okay we have it. Its 172.1 by 119 -9- 

RKV Roger. 172.1 by 119.9 

S/C Garbled 

RKV ■ 119-9 

S/C garbled 

RKV Roger 

Flight You can read them the rest of the TWX is you want Bill. 

RKV Okay. G.e.t. In. approximately 5 days the decision to 

launch Gemini 6 on the 8th or 9"th day will have to be made . 

If the decision is to launch Gemini on the 8th day th*> ■ 



circularization . maneuver will be made at that time . Approximate 
g.e.t. equal 5 days. This will give us two launch windows 
on the 8th day and one window on the 9th and 10th day. If 
the decision to launch Gemini 6 on the 9th day the circularization 
maneuver will be delayed to approximately 7 and one half elapsed 
days . This will allow the launch windows for the pref light 
nominal flight plan. You got that. 

S/C Thank you, thank you very much. 

RKV Okay. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 9:50 p.m. Tape 12*1, Page 

S/C What's going on in the world? 

RKV Not much. It's dark down here. 

S/c Dark up here too. We have got . . . garbled . . . 

RKV Sounds like you are getting ready for Christmas. Garbled. . . 

That was taped voice communication between the spacecraft Gemini 7 
and the Rose Knott tracking ship. Our spacecraft voice at that pass was 
command pilot, Frank Borman. We are now 56 hours and 26 minutes into 
the mission. The spacecraft is on its 35th revolution, Is now leaving 
the east coast of Africa and our crew is in a sleep period. It's the 
36th revolution, correction. The crew is settling down for a 10 hour 
sleep period. This is Gemini Control. 56 hours and 26 minutes into the 
mission. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/6/65, 10:50 p.m. Tape 125, Pago 1 

This ic Gemini Control at 57 hours and 20 minutes into our mission of 
Spacecraft Gemini 7. At the present time, the spacecraft is on its thirty- 
sixth revolution. It is just approximately ending this thirty-sixoh revolution, 
and Is passing over the Pacific Ocean on its way toward the west coast of 
South America. Here In Mission Control, we are in the midst of a shift 
change.- The Blue Team of Flight Controllers will take over in approximately 
ten minutes for the long night hours and will run from 11:00 to 7:00 a.m. 
Aboard our spacecraft, the flight crew according to the ground data that we 
got at the Hawaiian tracking station about twenty minutes ago -- this data 
indicates the crew is asleep. We have a report now from Cape Kennedy on the 
status of the launch pad. The word is that final systems tests of the 
Gemini 6 spacecraft are now better than 80% complete. This word comes from 
the launch crews at Complex 19 . If these tests are completed before noon 
tomorrow, it will be possible to move the simulated flight test of C-emini 6 
up one full day. Spacecraft launch vehicle guidance tests will begin at 
1:00 a.m. EST Tuesday if all goes well. Astronauts Gus Grissom and John 
Young, who are the backup crew for Gemini 6, will be aboard the spacecraft 
for an abbreviated ascent mode test. ■ This is expected to last approximately 
one hour. The Gemini 6 launch vehicle systems tests are also running smoothly 
in preparation for the simulated flight according to U.S. Air Force officials. 
These tests are about 20 hours ahead of schedule. If all tests continue 
satisfactorily, it may be possible to launch Gemini-Titan 6 on Sunday rather 
than Monday as planned. The earliest launch time on Sunday would be 10:10 a.m. 
EST. This is all predicated upon completing all these tests successfully. 



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r '(/(> MISSION CCMSffilJTARY, 12/6/65, 10:50 p.m. Tape 125, Page 2 

'..hi.; time, v/c are now' 57 hours, 22 minutes into the mission, ending 
revolution thirty-six. The spacecraft crew is asleep, and the Blue Team o 
Fiiijttt Controllers are taking over from the 'White Team here in Mission 
Control . In about thirty-five or forty minutes, our Flight Director, Gene 
Kranz ; our Spacecraft 'Communicator, Eugene Cernan; Flight Surgeon, Duane- 
Cat i, arson; and one other of our flight controller team will be over at the 
Press Center here in Houston for the nightly press conference. This is 
Gemini Control. 

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GEMINI ?/<'' MISSION COP£-iENTARY , 12/?/65 , 12:50 a.m. Tape 126, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 59 hours 20 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 7 
is presently over the voice removing station in Ascension Island, in the 
South Atlantic. However, it is doubtful that there will be any conversations 
since both crewmen are asleep. We have just begun the thirty-eighth revolution. 
The present measurements of the orbit according to the Flight Dynamics Officer's 
orbital digitals, as they're called on the display system here in Mission 
Control, show perigee at 119-9 nautical miles; apogee at 171-9 nautical miles. 
The Blue Team of flight controllers have settled down for the night watch here 
in Mission Control. We're expecting another quiet night as both crewmen will 
sleep to about -- "-until about 8:00 CST. At 59 Lours ana 20 minutes after lift- 
off, this is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 1:50 a.m. Tape 127, Pa^o 1 

This is Gemini Control, 60 hours and 20 minutes after liftoff. Gemini 7 
at the present time is over the Canton Island voice remoting station. However, 
as in the previous pass / since they have gone to sleep, there will be no voice 
communications. The next station which will acquire the spacecraft will be 
the tracking ship Rose Knot at the beginning of the fortieth revolution. At 
60 hours and 20 minutes, this is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMIuI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/6? , 2:50 a.m. Cape 125, rage 1 

This is Gemini Control, 6l hours and 20 minut.es after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 at the present time is over northern portion of India in the 
39th revolution. At the beginning of the 39th revolution when the 
spacecraft passed over the tracking ship, Rose Knot, where spacecraft 
communicator, Bill Garvin, reported that all systems were go on the ground. 
There was also a telemetry dump during this pass over the Rose Knot. Bill 
Garvin also reported it' appeared the command pilot was awake at the time. 
That he was cycling the switches aboard the spacecraft to make checks 
of, his onboard consumable read outs. However, there were no voice communications 
during this pass. Flight director, John Hodges' wife, Audrey, sent a very 
delicious nut cake which has been distributed among the flight controllers 
here on the blue team. At 6l hours and 21 minutes after lift-off this is 
Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 3:55 a.m. Tape 129, Pace 1 

This is Gemini Control- 62 hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 is nearing the end, or has actually finished the 39th revolution 
and has begun the koth revolution. They will be acquired by the tracking 
ship, Rose Knot, off the coast of South America within 5 minutes. This 
is a fairly low elevation pass. Only 1.8 degrees for a total time of 
k minutes and 1 second. Earlier in the 39th revolution, midway through 
that revolution, the spacecraft passed over the tracking ship, the Coastal 
Sentry, and of course, all systems as usual were looking good on the ground. 
Spacecraft communicator aboard the Coastal Sentry, Charles Lewis, said that 
the swells of the ocean were rolling the ship fairly severely. This pass 
coming up over the Rose Knot will be the last one for this morning and 
then flight director, John Hodge^will release the ship until the orbits 
precess again over that ship. At 62 hours and 21 minutes after lift-off 
:his is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/6/65, ^:50 a.m. Tape 130, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. 63 hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 spacecraft is now over the Coral Sea just east of Australia and 
is nearing the end of its kOth revolution. During the recent pass over the 
tracking ship, Coastal Sentry, which is a very low angle elevation pass 
of 1.3 degrees everything looked good on the telemetry readouts. The 
spacecraft communicator commented that the swells, the heavy ocean swells 
were rolling the flight controllers away from their consoles . This was the 
last pass of the day for the tracking ship, Coastal Sentry, and it was 
released by flight director, John Hodge. Meanwhile down at Cape Kennedy 
on launch complex 19 preparation for the Gemini 6 launch were preceeding. 
They have completed the intergration test with the Gemini launch vehicle 
and the spacecraft simulated flight is now scheduled for midnight Tuesday. 
They hope also to complete the final systems test in the spacecraft oy 
j p.m. eastern standard time Tuesday. At 63 hours and 21 minutes after 
lift -off. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/6/65, 5:50 a.m. 



Tape 131 j Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 6k hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 7 
at the present time is over the north portion of Africa and is at the beginning 
of the Ulst revolution. The spacecraft just passed over the Canary Island 
Tracking Station where a tape dump of stored onboard data was made, Spacecraft 
Communicator at Canary is Jim Fuji. He said that all systems are go on the ground 
and that the environmental control system and fuel cell reactant pressures are 
all normal. Meanwhile at Kennedy Space Center, additional -preparations for the 
Gemini 6 launch continue. At 10:00 a.m. today, central standard time, backup 
Gemini 6 pilots, Virgil I. Gus Grissom and John Young will participate in a 
spacecraft and launch vehicle interface guidance test Which will last about 
1 hour for the total test. At Gh hours and 21 minutes after lift-off this is 
Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65 - 6;50 a.m. Tape 132, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 65 hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 7 
spacecraft is now in the - nearing the end of its 1+lst revolution. There have 
been no passes over tracking stations for more than an hour since the last pass 
over the Canary Island station, however, in 12 minutes the spacecraft will be 
within range of the Eastern Test Range Stations at Grand Turk Island and 
Antigua. In 23 minutes from now it will again cross right down the middle of 
the Canary Islands tracking station acquisition area. The Red Team of Flight 
Controllers under Chris Kraft are now beginning to come into the Control 
Center to relieve the Blue Team. At 65 hours and 20 minutes this is Gemini 
Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/7/65 - 7:36 a.m. Tape 133, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston. Good morning. 66 hours and 6 minutes 
into the flight. The weather today looks like this. In general the weather- 
man says all the critical areas will have satisfactory weather for at least 
the next 2 days. In the mid-Pacific landing zone centered about 800 miles 
east northeast of Honolulu mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain, north- 
easterly winds at 20 to 25 knots raising seas to 7 feet. In the western 
Pacific landing zone centered 700 miles south southwest of Tokyo will be only 
partly cloudy with northeast winds of 10 to 15 knots and seas 2 to h feet. 
In the east Atlantic zone, 500 miles north of the Cape Verde Islands the skies 
will be mostly overcast with a cold front moving through the area will drive 
northeasterly winds of about 25 knots in the northwestern portion from light 
variable in the southeastern section. Waves will build at 8 feet behind the 
front. While ahead of the system waves will be about 3 feet. In the primary 
landing zone in the western Atlantic centered about 500 miles east of Miami 
partly cloudy skies continuing to prevail with widely scattered shower activity. 
Winds will be 10 knots or less with waves to 2 feet. 

Interesting meteorological features which will be over flown during this 
day included extensive frontal cloudiness area in the western Pacific Ocean. 
The spacecraft just passed over the Canary Island Station. The ground observes 
some switch flicking activity going on onboard. There was no conversation so 
we are not exactly sure if they are both awake but we strongly suspect they 
are and we will probably hear from them as they go over Carnarvon this first 
time this morning about 20 minutes from now. This is Gemini Control Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 8:32 a.m. Ta,, 

Gemini Control Houston here, 6? hours into the flight . Frank 
Barman took the wake up call this morning which went up from the 
Carnarvon station and he reported very briefly that everything was fine. 
The conversation went like this: 



SPACECRAFT 



CARNARVON 



HOU FLIGHT 



CARNARVON 
HOU FLIGHT 
CARNARVON 
HOU FLIGHT 
CARNARVON 
HOU FLIGHT 
CARNARVON 
HOU FLIGHT 



Well that's about all we have for a recon like 
this, we are standing by. 

F.T.M. Flight, I command your real time T.M. 
off. Everything was looking good. We got a 
good fuel cell purge. All of our times will be 
on their post dispatch. 

Then, ah, your summaries came in garbled. Would 
you play your tape back and give us some more 
summaries, please. 
Roger. Will do. 

Did you get the C Band track? From Houston Flight 
Go ahead, Flight. 

Did you have the C Band beacon on? 
That ' s affirmative 
Did you get track? 

Ah. We have one minute and 29 seconds of track. 
Ok. I think we want you to play that back also. 
Stand by. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 8:45 



a.m. 



Tape #135, Page 1 



We regret due to a mechanical difficulty in our taping 



facility, we did miss the conversation over Carnarvon, but 



the brief conversation went like this. Borman reported that 
everything was fine. He also advised the ground that he had 
taken off the EEG leads to his head, these are the leads that 
were to sample his — the depth of his sleep. They became 
loosened yesterday and apparently he had no way of affixing 
them back to the four spots on his head. So, they removed 
them completely. 

We've just completed a pass across the Lesser Antillles. 
Elliot See was in conversation with Jim Lovell and Lovell re- 
ported a very quiet night. Said he did get a little bit chilly 
in his underwear. But all in all it was quite comfortable and 
had decided against putting on his orbital flight suit. As a 
warming up precaution, we have the tape conversation of the 
Antiqua Pass. We'll play' it now. 

HOU FLIGHT Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 



Seven, Houston Cap Com. 



SPACECRAFT 



This is Gemini 7, read you loud and clear. 



HOU FLIGHT 



Roger, 7, good morning. 



SPACECRAFT 



Good morning, flight 



garbled 



HOU FLIGHT 



How's breakfast going? 



SPACECRAFT 



My compliments to the chef. Tell Paul 



LaChance that today's Five Meal A was 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 8:45 a.m. 



Tape 135, Page 2 



HOU FLIGHT 



SPACECRAFT 
HOU FLIGHT 

SPACECRAFT 

HOU FLIGHT 



SPACECRAFT 

HOU FLIGHT 
SPACECRAFT 

HOU FLIGHT 

SPACECRAFT 
HOU FLIGHT 



excellent . 

Roger. Just 'cause you're eating day- 
five, don't think you've only got nine 
days to go. 

It keeps us happy that way. 
Are you so busy eating that you can't 
talk to me for a few minutes? 
Roger, Frank's doing the S-8/D-13, 
I ' m available . 

O.K. Is it handy for you to give us 

a water report at this time? We're 

trying to calculate your weight distribution 

pretty accurately. 

Roger, standby. The command pilot, as 
of this morning, 2 71 ounces. 
Roger . 

The command pilot ate five meal A this 
morning, he did not eat the sausage patties. 

I don't need that part, Jim. Just the 
water . 

It was 216 ounces. 216 ounces. 

Roger. Also, I'd like to ask you about 

the 16mm camera film magazine stowage. 

Specifically, did you stow them in individual 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 8:45 a.m. Tape 135, Page 3 

bags? Or, several in one bag? And, 
specifically, when you stowed them, as 
best as you can remember, that is how 
soon after launch? 

SPACECRAFT We stowed them in two bags. Split them 

up evenly. No, 'it was three bags. Stowed 

them in three different bags. We did it 

about 5 or 6 hours after launch, 
to 

HOU FLIGHT Roger, five/ six hours after launch. 

We're still chasing that one around. 

0. K. Jim. Like to brief you on possible 

— definite maneuver plan that we are 

working on. Did they brief you on this 

at all last night? 
SPACECRAFT No, they just mentioned that we are going 

to do a small posigrade maneuver sometime 

today. 

HOU FLIGHT That is correct, that will be done on 

the 44th rev, which is two from now. And 

the purpose of it is to allow us an option 

day 

of optimizing for an eighth/or ninth day 
launch on Gemini 6. We will not have to 
decide which of those days we are optimizing 



SPACECRAFT 
HOU FLIGHT 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65 8:45 a.m. Tape 135, Page 4 

for until the fifth day, by making this 
burn today. Do you copy? 
Rog", understand. 

Gemini 6 is going along extremely well. 
They're about a day ahead at this time. 
So, we want to preserve this option and 
this maneuver today will enable us to do 
that. We're planning for you to do it 
without the platform. If that sounds 
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Rog, no platform, understand. 

0. K. we'll be giving you more information 

on that burn in the flight plan update on 

your next pass over the U.S. And we'll 

be giving you specific update for the 

maneuver at some later time also. How 

is the suit configuration working out? 

We heard the comments over Carnarvon. 

Do you have any additional comments to 

make to that? Any closed in problems 

or anything like that? 

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slightly cool last night while I was 
sleeping. However, I'm fine right now. 
Roger, have you thought about using the 
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it would make more of a housekeeping pro- 
blem but I'm not that cold. 
Roger. The headlines over the Gemini 7 
story today says, "Lovell orbits in 
underwear . " 

I feel sort of out of place up here. 

Are you taking humidity readings occasionally 

and recording them? 

Roger, we took a full. set last night 

including some skin temperatues on myself. 

Roger, and did you make a tape recording 

of your station keeping exercise. 

Roger, we've done that too. 

Very good. I've got one more think I'd 

like to ask of you and that is to make 

an accurate sunset and sunrise time check. 

What we're interested in is to have you 



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sunrise and sunset times to check us on 
our flight planning activities. To see 
how close our computer program is giving 
us to what you consider sunset and sunrise, 
Roger, we'll make accurate sunrise and 
sunset time check as soon as possible 
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0. K. just any time is good and when ever 
you get just phone them down to us and 
we ' 11 compare it with what the computer 
would say. That's all I have on this 
pass, Jim, we'll see you on next time 
ar-ound . 
Roger out. 

Seven, Houston. We're going to crank 
up the tape again and you can tune in 
HF later on again if you want. 
Roger, over, flight. 

It will be a few minutes before we get 
it going. Seven, we show you running 
down a little low on the hydrogen pressure 
you might prop that one up. 
Roger, will do. We're reading 340 right 



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Roger, we want your minimum to be 333. 

You can hold it up around 445 if 
you want to. 
Roger, will do. 



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Gemini Control here 68 hours k minutes into the flight. We are advised 
-chat shortly after 7 a.m. central standard time this morning the second 
stage of the Gemini 7 'launch vehicle impacted somewhere west of Australis 
in the Indian Ocean. The estimated time of impact was 7:0k central standard 
time. During this next pass across the States, the Gemini 7 crew will be 
given a go for a 6l-l flight. The 6l would he the start of the 6lst revolu- 
tion, the 1 refers to the Western Atlantic landing area which is the prime 
landing area. We have the tape conversation of the Carnarvon pass "Sust completed 
and here it Is now. - , 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Gemini 7, go ahead. 
. Borman-: Roger, G-band solid track . 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger, Gemini 7- We have you go on the ground. 
I've got a map update and a PLA update whenever you are ready to copy. 

Borman: We're ready for the map update. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Okay, we have node at 69 58 23, rev kk , longitude 
152.3 West, at Ascension, 12 hours 25 minutes 00 seconds. ... 68 10 00 
cabin temperature survey. 68 36 00, go--no-go at Texas. Did you copy? 

Borman: Roger, I copied. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Okay, that concludes the flight plan update. When 
you are ready I have your PLA's. 
Lovell: Go ahead. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: 45-1, 69 58 08, 17+01; h6-l, 71 33 5k, 16+08; 
kl-k, 7k 23 33, 17+50; k8-k , 75 59 3k, 16+45; k9-U . .5 25, 15+-54; 
50-3, 78 50 06, 18+23; 51-3 , 80 26 19, 17+17; weather in all areas are good. 
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Borman: We have them all. Thank you, 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Rog. We are standing by, Gemini 7- 
Borman : Rog . 

Houston Flight: The propellant quantity readout from him, please. 
Carnarvon Cap Com: Rog, Gemini 7, Carnarvon. We would like a pro- 
pellant readout, please, on board, 

Borman: Roger. Getting 62 percent onboard. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Rog. Copied. 62 percent. Okay Flight, 62 percent. 
Houston Flight: Rog, copied, 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Systems- look good on the ground, Flight - 
Houston Flight: They sure do. 
Carnarvon Cap Com: Carnarvon. 
Houston Flight: Go ahead Carnarvon. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Roger, on our radar we are showing a 50 db above 
pressure for signal strength. 

Houston Flight: Rog, what does it mean to you? 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Stand by, we are figuring it out in DIM, Flight. 
Houston Flight; - I'm just kidding you. 
Carnarvon Cap om: Our network asked us to check it. 
Houston Flight: Rog. All the engineers are trying to take over the 
world. 

Carnarvon Cap Com: Okay, I'm going to turn real time TM off at 
LOS minus 30 . 

Gemini Control here, again. In addition to the other activities across 

the Stater, this time a transponder check will be performed with the Gape. 
The Cape will bounce the signal up to the L-Band transponder in the nose of 
the Gemini 7 spacecraft. The transponder will then rebroadcast the signal 
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and was not successful apparently because the Cape did not have exactly 
the correct pointing data. Since we left the Canaries last time, we have 
been beaming IIP music up to the Gemini 7 spacecraft and it's continued now 
around the world. Let's tune Into that now. 

Wow in the voice Control Center here in MCC . Music will be back in 
just a few minutes and when it does return we will punch it back up. 

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Gemini Coni.rol he: re . Sixteen hours 3*' minutes into tho mi nr. ion. Our 
present orbit chows an apogee of 171. ^ miloa. Our parolee J20.2 mi Ion. 
After maneuver this morning, which is presently planned about an hour from now 
at precisely 69 hours k-3 minutes into the mission, the adjustment will he to 
the parogee. We plan to elevate it to 126 miles. Elliot Sea has just contacted 
the spacecraft. He is in contact now through the Texas station. Let's cut 
in on that conversation live. 



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... ECS 02 position. 

Roger. You have a "go" for 6l-l. 

Roger. We have a "go" for 61-.1. 

Roger. And I have a POA when you're 

ready to copy and a flight plan update 

when you're ready to copy. , 

Roger. Would you like to have our system 

check now at this time? 

Go-ahead. 

All main batteries are okay, about 23 volts 

each. Fuel cells (garble) 

.are: 1-A 2.5 amphs, 1-D 3-0 amphs, 1-C 
3.0 amphs, 2-A 2.5 amphs, 2-B 2.5 amphs, 
2-C 3-5 amphs. Main bus is reading 27.8 
volts. RCS A pressure is 2900. RCS B 
2900. Left secondary 02 5^ 00. Right 
secondary 02 5300. Temperatures of both 
the RCS pressures are 75 each. 
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He has "Che thermometer in his mouth, and 
standing by for post status check. 
That won't be until the next pass, Gemini 
7. We're going ahead with flight plan 
update on this pass. 
Roger. Understand. 

Let me know when you're ready to copy 
your flight plan update. 
Seven's ready to copy. 

Roger. Okay. Time 681+300. Sequence 01. 
Transponder check at Bermuda. That is on 
this pass if you want to be setting up 
for that . 
Roger . 

Time 685UOO. Crew status report at 
Canary. This is on the pilot. 
Roger. 

At time 69^319 will be the forward burn 
translation for the perigee adjust. We'll 
have a direct update on that for you 
here in a minute . 
Roger. Understand. 

Would you like to take that now or get 
the rest of the flight plan update? 



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Let's get the rest of the flight plan 
update } anc } then we'll get that presently. 
Roger. Apollo landmark 701032. Sequence 
311. Mode 01. Pitch 30 degrees down. 
Yaw 5 degrees left. Time 701500. Crew 
status report on the command pilot over 
the U.S. Do you copy? 
Have copy. 

D-9 70^130. Sequence 01. Mode 01. Time 
713200. Purge fuel cells. S8D13 71^726. 
Sequence 02. Pitch 30 degrees down. Yaw 
8 degrees right. Closest approach 71^+022. 
Do you copy? 
Roger. Have copy. 

~D-h D-7, 71^726. Sequence klQ. Mode 02. 
Time 720000, Exercise period. Stand by 
for a TR update coming up. 
Roger. Received 

Roger. Time 721000, Eating period. Apollo 
landmark 73081+0. Sequence 23k. Mode 01. 
Pitch 30 degrees down. Yaw 2 degrees right. 
D-h D-7, 730814-0. Sequence 14-20. Mode 02. 
Do you copy. 
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S8 D-13, 732220. Sequence 02. Pitch 
30 degrees dovm. Yaw 1 degree right. 
Closest approach 732220. MSG 2 and 3 
73^000. Sequence 02. Off at 89OOOO. 
Do you copy? 
Roger . 1 1 ve got it . 

Jim, I want to interrupt here and give 
you the pad update on the maneuver load 
just in case we run out of time here. 
Roger. 

Let me know when you're ready to copy. , 
Ready. 

You say you're ready, Gemini 7? 
Gemini 7 is ready. 

GET of the burn 69I+319. Delta "V 12. k. •." 
Burn time 16.5 seconds. Yaw 0, pitch -0. 
Add thrusters. Maneuver posigrade. And 
we will update this over Carnarvon, if. 
required. Do you copy? 
Roger. GET at 69^319. DeltaV12.il 1 .. 
Delta T 16.5 seconds. Yaw and pitch are. 
zero. Add thrusters, posigrade. Requiring' 
star . Over . . 

Roger. Here is the information on the • : 
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.. coming out of the dark at this time, 
as a matter of fact. You're track, or 
your pointing should pass just about 
half way between Denebola and Spica and 
Arcturus will rise at 693^, correction... 
6939^1 • You should aligh 4.9 degrees 
right of Arcturus. Do you copy? 
Roger. Our lateral will be 4.9 degrees 
right of Arcturus which should be rising- 
at 693941 and our general position between 
Denebola and Spica will be SEF. 
That's correct. Okay, we'll continue 
with the flight plan update now if you're 
ready. Gemini 7 do you still copy? 
Roger. Transponder on. Houston, this is 
7. Go ahead. 

Okay. MSC k 73^535 - Sequence 09. Mode 

01. Pitch 30 degrees down. Yaw 10 degrees 
right... correction ... 10 degrees left. 
This may be scrubbed due to equipment 
problems. We'll let you know later. D-k 
D-7, 7^0000. Sequence kl$ at hl6. Mode 

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Okay, that's the end of the flight plan 
update. We'll be giving you a systems 
review status of all your systems and 
quantities and so forth if you want to have 
your systems book out, either on the next 
pass or the following one, depending on 
how long the crew status report takes on 
the next pass. 
Roger. Understand that. 
You can turn your ECS quantity read off. 
Read switch is off at this time. 
There are some questions on the D-9 
experiment. We probably won't have time 
to finish them here . Let me comment one 
thing. After you leave our station here 
you might tune in your HF; we've got some 
special music for you. Okay, on the D-9 
we're wondering about the green filter 
comments that you made on the air glow 
measurements. Does the filter dim the 
air glow substantially? 
SPACECRAFT Using the green filter on the first attempt, 

it eliminated the air glow completely. 
HOUSTON FLIGHT Roger. Okay, I think that covers all the 

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SPACECRAFT Roger. 

HOUSTON FLIGHT Okay, you can tune for the special music 

now. We'll see you next time around. 
3 F ACZ C7.AFT 2ee ycv. sji'rv.r-^.. 

Gemini Control here. We'll take Elliott Sea's suggestion and tune in too, 
and see what the special music is. Let's listen. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65 - 10:33 a.m. Tape 138, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston here, 69 hours 3 minutes into the flight. 
We have the medical data pass that was just completed over the Canary's. The 
conversation on the status of Jim Lovell talking to the Canary Surgeon. Here 
is the tajje. 

CYI Surgeon: Gemini 7, Canary, read you loud and clear. 
Lovell: Sending oral temp now. 

CYI Surgeon: Okay. Haven't got it yet. Here it comes. We have a valid 
temperature. Standing 'by for blood pressure. 
Lovell: Coming now. 
CYI Surgeon: Cuff is full scale. 

CYI Cap Com: Spacecraft systems are go on the ground. 
Houston Flight: Roger, Canaries. 

CYI Surgeon: Gemini 7, Canary Surgeon. W T e have a valid blood pressure. 
We will stand by for exercise on your mark. 
Lovell: MARK. 

CYI Surgeon: Cuff is full scale. Gemini 7, we have a valid blood pres- 
sure. Standby for your food and water and sleep report. 

Lovell: Roger. Command Pilot water to date 2"jk ounces, ate meal day 5, 
meal A at 66 hours. Pilot's water to date, 218 ounces, standby for in- 

formation on food. 

CYI Surgeon: Roger, understand. What about sleep? 

Lovell: Both the Command Pilot and Pilot had about 7 hours sleep at 
about 3 or k periods last night, a piece. 

CYI Surgeon: Could you give us an estimate on the quality of the sleep? 
Lovell: I would say It was very sound. 
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CYI Surgeon: Gemini 7, this is Canary Surgeon out. Thank you very much. 

Lovell: Roger. 

CYI Cap Com: Canary. 

Houston Flight: Go ahead. 

CYI Cap Com: Roger, do you have a time for them to turn the transponder 
off? We show it on here on the ground. 

Houston Flight: We want it on, and I am pretty sure we want it on for 
something like 8 revs , stand by a minute . 

CYI Cap Com: Okay. 

Houston Flight : Have him turn the transponder off . 

CYI Cap Com: Oh, roger,.fine. Gemini 7, Canary. Gemini 7, Canary. 
Lovell: Gemini 7, Go ahead. 

CYI Cap Com: Roger. You can turn off your transponder if you wish. 

Lovell: Roger, transponder going off. 

CYI Cap Com: We show it off on the ground. 

Houston Flight: Rog. 

CYI Cap Com: We are showing a transponder case temperature of 5^- degrees. 

Houston Flight: Rog. 

CYI Cap Com: Canary has LOS. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65 - H:08 a.m. Tape 139= Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, 69 , hours 38 minutes into the flight. During 
the nexi pass across the States, we expect a rather full medical status report 
from the Command Pilot, Frank Borman. We should also at that time get additional 
information on what happened to the EEC leads to his head last night. According 
to -he bezt ir. forma- icn ve have ncv . they did become loose from the four spots 
where they are attached to the rear of his head and he had no way of affixing 
the leads to his head so he simply elected to take them off. Dr. Berry theorizes 
he probably took out his sissors and cut the wires at about his nec'k where the 
wire leads went down into the suit. This was the plan after four full sleep, 
periods , however , the experiment probably only got data for one full sleep 
period. We have a brief conversation that we just finished over the Carnarvon 
station. We will play it for you now. 
CRO Cap Com: Gemini 7 3 Carnarvon. 
Love 11: Carnarvon, go ahead. 

CRO Cap Com: Roger, you are go for your burn. We would also like to 
tell you that your onboard propellant quantity reading should be 59 percent 
after your burn. Also, at 77 hours and 3° minutes your propellant quantity 
should be 55 percent. We have a deletion for your flight plan when ever you 
are ready to copy it. 

Love 11: Roger, stand by. At 77 hours it should read 55 percent. 

CRO Cap Com: That is affirmative, 77 hours and 30 minutes it should 
read 55 percent . 

Houston Flight: After the Flight Plan completion. 

CRO Cap Com: That is after the Flight Plan completion. 

Love 11: Go ahead now with the deletion. 

CRO Cap Com: Roger, at 70 10 32, delete Apollo landmark, due to weather. 
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CRO Cap Com: Roger. We are standing by. 
Lovell: Give me a time hack please. 

CRO Cap Com: Roger. Next g.e.t. time hack it will be 69 hours 32 minute 
and 35 seconds on my MARK. MARK. 
Lovell: Right on. 
CRO Cap Com: Rog. 

CRO Cap Com: Systems look good, Flight. 
Houston Flight: Thank you. 

This is Gemini Control. That concludes the Carnarvon conversation. Mean 
while we are still sending music up to Gemini 7- We do not know how much of 
it they are monitoring or how the reception is , but it sounds like this . 
(MUSIC PLAYS). 

Cape Kennedy: This is Cape Kennedy, Florida, transmitting on 15016 space 
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just raised the Gemini 7 spacecraft and inquired about 
the effectiveness of their burn. Frank Borman advised 
the burn went off right on schedule at 69 hours, 43 minutes 
into the flight. He said he burned the appointed time, 
16 and a half seconds, and his statement was, . "It should 
have been a good one." We have that brief conversation 
and will play it for you now. 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 

Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. Gemini 7, Gemini 7, 

Houston Cap Com. 
S/C Read you loud and clear. 

CAP COM Will you give us a report on your burn, Frank? 

S/C Gemini 7 burned 16^ seconds. It should have 

been a good one. 
CAP COM] Roger, understand you burned for 16^ seconds, 

it should have been a good one. 
S/C We also have the sunrise and sunset now for you, 

CAP COM All right, go ahead. 

S/C Sunrise was at 69:43:17. 

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not get the sunset. 
S/C Sunset was at 69:11:19. 

CAP COM Roger, understand sunrise 69:43:17, sunset 

69: 11: 19. 
S/C That is roger . 

CAP COM Roger, how is this connection? Are you reading 

us good? 

S/C Reading you fine now. 

CAP COM Roger. Stand by. 

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This is Gerrdni Control Houston. Seventy hours, seven minutes into the missio 
Guymas station has just advised that they have acquired contact ana we'll 
probably he in voice contact momentarily. Meanwhile, during this pass, we 
plan to vary their musical diet somewhat. We plan to play the following four 
numbers for them. We'll lead off with Beethoven's 6th Symphony, to be 
followed by Chopin's "Les Sylphides", then "Hungarian Rhapsody #2" by Listz, 
and finally Puccini's "Madame Butterfly". This is what they are listening 
■to if they are tuned in to HF. 
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This is Gemini Control Houston, 70 hours 23 minutes into trie flight. We 
have just completed a medical pass with the Command Pilot and in the course 
of the pass, Dr. Rerry noted some Duskiness in the voice of Jim Lovell. He 
chatted with him about this and Jim said that he noted it too, apparently, 
no great difficulty but he does appear to have a little huskiness or gravly 
quality in his voice. It is generally attributed to the oxygen environment. 
Immediately after that it is Frank Borman who comes back in a very high 
voice and asked Dr. Berry how he sounds. We have the tape and we will play 
it for you now. 

Houston Cap Com: Gemini 7, Gemini 7- Houston Cap Com. 

Lovell: This is 7 reading you loud and clear. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger, would you put the probe in your mouth. 
Lovell: Roger. Temperature is in Frank's mouth. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger. Could you tell me how the OAMS quantity gauge 
looks? 

Lovell: Roger, looks OAMS quantity gauge reads 59 percent. 
Houston Cap Com: Very good. Has he haa the thermometer in for quite 
a while? 

Lovell: No, he's still doing It. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger- Stand by for Houston Surgeon. 

Houston Surgeon: Frank, this is Surgeon. Let's go ahead with the blood 
pressure with the probe in while it is coming up, Frank. Let's get your 
first blood pressure. Your cuff is full scale. A valid blood pressure. 

Lovell: Beginning exercise. 

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does he have in. It; it the one with the lightweight headset? 

Lovell: Roger, he has the one with the lightweight headset. 
Pressure coming through. 

Houston Surgeon: Your cuff is full scale. Valid blood pressure. Gemini 7 
you can also remove that temperature probe, Frank. 

Borman : Goody . 

Houston Surgeon: Gemini 7, this is Surgeon. Frank, we have no" jnore to 
add I think to your food, water and sleep report. We have all of that data 
from Jim on the last pass. I would like to ask a few questions here. One, 
what about the exercise before meals. Have you been doing those as programmed 
now? 

Borman: Check. We missed some yesterday due to the heavy work load, but 
we did make a pack that we are going to do them religiously today. 

Houston Surgeon: Very good. Are you feeling stiff at all today, Jim? 

Lovell: Not too stiff, just around the waist it is a little stiff, you 
have to keep hunching your back a little badk a little bit due to. our sitting 
position . 

Houston Surgeon: Gemini 7, right now you sound as if your voice is 
getting a little bit graviy, we heard this on a couple of occasions yesterday. 
Have you had any hoarsness or dryness in the cabin at all, any other - any 
symptoms at all? 

Lovell: My voice sounds a little voice rough in the cabin too, it might 
be due to the oxygen, but no other problems. 

Borman: How do I sound, Chuck? 

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Borman: We are feeling fine. I'm sorry about the EEC experiment. The 
name:::; caught as I was trying to put something away and ripped their, off - 
I ripped 3 of them off, so we tried last night but we just couldn't put 
them back on satisfactorily. 

Houston Surgeon: That is perfectly understandable , Frank. You didn't 
have the proper equipment for trying to replace those and it was just an 
attempt - it would be a real amazing thing if it did work out. It was worth 
a try and we are sorry, it didn't do. 

Borman: It didn't (garbled) anyway. 

Houston Surgeon: Rog. We have one other thing. I wonder if in the 
reporting on the meals, you are doing very well in reporting meal number and 
reporting the time you had that meal which is real helpful to us in our log 
here. Is it possible from your log of the water to at the time that you had 
a certain meal at a given hour, could you also give us with that your water 
intake at that time so that we can get some additional points on our curve 
here, it would make it easier to split in to 2^-hour periods. Is that easy 
to do? 

Lovell: We can give you the water that we had for the meal which is 
perfect at the same time with the meal plus the water we drink after meal 
time. How is -chat? 

Houston Surgeon: That would be very fine, Jim, if you could do that. 
I have nothing else here . 

Houston Cap Com: Gemini 7, Houston. We have the news for you if you 
are ready. 

Lovell: That is a good diversion, go ahead. 

Houston Cap Com: John Mecom has just bought half of Houston, it seems 
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Chronicle, the Rice Hotel, and a third interest in the Texas National Bank of 
Commerce . 

Lovell : That ' s nice . 

Houston Cap Com: The Russian moonshot Luna 8 did not work. Apparently 
they hit the moon pretty hard. I guess you heard about that last night. 
Lovell: Roger. 

Houston Cap Com: And I might mention the Gemini 7 story talks about your 
well-dressed pilot. There is .also a comment that the press is calling the 
MCC the Kraft Music Hall. We had another big power blackout last night. 
Electrical power was out for about 25 minutes in 10 counties in East Texas. 
And finally, there are only 18 shopping days till Christmas. 

Lovell: (garbled) 

Houston Cap Com: That is all we have on this pass Gemini 7- 
Lovell: Thank you for the news, Elliott. 

This is Gemini Control here again. The - for the period just before this 
pass started, we here In the Control Center turned over the use of the command 
system to the Cape. There - the spacecraft tests are going on down there and 
they wanted to run through a series which required the use of the command 
system. We diu not need It, so we turned it over to them for a period of 
roughly from 30 minutes after the hour to about a quarter of. This is Gemini 
Control Houston, out at 70 hours 3° minutes into the mission. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65 12:07 p.m. Tape 143, Page 1 

This is Gamini Control Houston here at 70 hours, 37 
minutes into the flight. We have this brief conversation 
over the Canary Station. The tag line of which is Chris 
Kraft. congratulating the station on another good work day. 
The spacecraft will now drop away from the- Canary Station and 
they'll have a 10 to 12 hour rest period. Here's the tape. 



SPACECRAFT 
CYI 

SPACECRAFT 
CYI 



SPACECRAFT 
HOU FLIGHT 
CYI 

HOU FLIGHT 
CYI 

SPACECRAFT 
CYI 

SPACECRAFT 
CYI 



Canary, this is Gemini 7 

Roger, we have you going again. All 

systems look good. 

Roger, thank you Canary. 

Rog, from Bermuda vector your ephemeris right 
now is 12 7.2 by 171.4. Exactly what 
we asked for. 
Roger, thank you. 

Ask him if he is still receiving HF. 
Say again flight. 

Ask him if he is still receiving HF. 

Roger. Seven, Canary. 

ROG. 

Roger, are you still receiving HF. 
We aren't, we've been so busy we haven't 
been playing it but I can try though. 
O. K. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 

SPACECRAFT 

CYI 

HOUSTON FLIGHT 



12/7/65 12:07 p.m. Tape 143, Page 2 

Roger, coming in a little garbled. 
Roger . 
Canary LOS 

Roger Canary, good show there today young 
man . 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY 12/7/65 12:27 p.m. 



Tape MO ikh , Pa 



Gemini Control Houston here. Seventy hours 57 minutes into the flight. In 
the next thirty minutes our flight plan calls for a fuel-cell perge over Hawaii 
and very little activity over the states next time it appears. While passing 
over Tananarive about five minutes ago, we had this brief conversation. We'll 
play it for you now. 



HOUSTON FLIGHT 
SPACECRAFT 
HOUSTON FLIGHT 

SPACECRAFT 

HOUSTON FLIGHT 

SPACECRAFT 
HOUSTON FLIGHT 
HOUSTON FLIGHT 

SPACECRAFT 
HOUSTON FLIGHT 



Space 7, Houston. Were you calling? 
Roger. . . . 

Gemini 7, you are very weak. Will you 
say again. 

The green filter on this sextant blocks 

out the horizon completely. 

Roger, you say you're not using it at 

all. 

We're using the yellow filter. 

Roger, I read you. 

O.K. Did you get our AT 22Z mission 

instruction? 

We sure have. 

O.K. We have no special instructions 
for you this time. We want you to get 
C-band track and leave the transponder 
off for Womera. Our LOS is I8U806. 



END OF TAPE 



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VJZZir,:: CO^ii^i'ARY TRANSCRIPT, I2/7/65 12:kk p.m. 

Gemini Control Houston, 71 hours and lU minutes into the mis si or 

Spacecraft directly over tne Australian mainland. We have tape from \ 
Carnarvon station. We will play it for you now. 



CARNARVON 

SPACECRAFT 
CARNARVON 
SPACECRAFT 
CARNARVON 

SPACECRAFT 

CARNARVON 
SPACECRAFT 

CARNARVON 

SPACECRAFT 
CARNARVON 
SPACECRAFT 
CARNARVON 

CARNARVON 



CARNARVON 



Gemini 7, Carnarvon , we have your TM spotted. Everything 
looks good on the ground. Carnarvon, standing by. 
Thank you. We're under E>9 now. 
OK 

C-Band track. 

Roger. C-Band track. Were you receiving our HF in 
Australia? 

I could hear it in the background slightly.. It's real 
weak . 

What are we playing? 

Stand by and I'll see if I can recognize it. Sounds like 
I'll be home for Christmas, right; 

You got it right. It's the 6k dollar question. You can 
buy your ticket. 
Roger. Roger. 

In fact you get a free transport to the US 
Thank you, sir. 

Would you like to try for 128? 
Go ahead. 

This one you lose your ticket and you stay in Australia. 

Is it that bad? 

Hey, that one is Going Back to Houston. 
You can try for 256 
How ' s that one 



j.'d quit while you're ahead. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/7/65 12:kk p.m. Tape lk5 , page 2 

SPACECRAFT I'll quit. 

CARFAR/GI'v We are going to play some classical music next and really 

fix you. 

SPACECRAFT OK my scientific approval on that. LOS flight signing 

off. 

CARNARVON Roger. Everything looks real good here on the ground. 

SPACECRAFT Roger. 
END OF TAPE. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 1:09 p.m. Tape lU6, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston at 71 hours 39 minutes into the flight. 
Over Hawaii the crew carried out the fuel cell purge and the conversation 
went like this . 

HAW Cap Com: Gemini 7? Hawaii Cap Com. 

Lovell: Go ahead Hawaii , Gemini 7- 

HAW Cap Com: How are you doing this morning? How are you doing up 
there this morning? 

Borman: Stand .by for 'a fuel cell purge. 

HAW Cap Com: Okay, we are showing you go here on the ground. We are 
ready for your purge. Go ahead and start it. 

HAW Cap Com: Command Pilot, if you can copy I've got a short flight 
plan update for you. 

Lovell: Stand by a minute. 

HAW Cap Com: All right. 

Lovell: Go ahead. 

HAW Cap Com: S-8/D-13, 71 ^7 26, sequence 02, delete weather. 
Lovell: You want us to delete that because of weather? 
HAW Cap Com: Roger. D-1+/D-7, 71 ^7 26, sequence k±9 , mode 02, start 
at Mississippi River and continue to Atlantic coast. 
Lovell: Roger, we have that. 

HAW Cap Com: Roger, that is the flight plan update. Would you put 
your quantity read switch to ECS 0^ please. 
Lovell: Roger. 

Borman; Hawaii, this is Gemini 7- Do you have any word on the 

weather over Houston. 



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HAW Cap Com: Ho] s on a second, let me check. What is the weather 
over Houston , Flight? 

Houston Flight : It was clear when I can in this morning. Stand Dy 1. 

HAW Cap Com: They have to get somebody to look outside. They have 
no windows in that building. 

Borman: All right. 

Houston Flight: High scattered clouds. 

HAW Cap Com: They say they have high scattered clouds. 
Borman: Okay, fine. 

HAW Cap Com: Quantity read switch to fuel cell 0^ position. 
Borman: Rog. 

HAW Cap Com: Flight the fuel cell quantity 0^ tank pressure on the 
12 18 is reading 30^ psi. 
Houston Flight: Rog. 

HAW Cap Com: Quantity read switch to fuel cell position. 
We have LOS Flight. 

Gemini Control here. That was capsule communicator, Ed Fendell operat- 
ing from Hawaii. We have not yet acquired a signal in California. It is 
expected momentarily. You heard the crew updated on their activities across 
the States this time. They are to start at the Mississippi River and take 
an infrared signature of the land mass between the Mississippi River and 
the East Coast. Still no calls going out. After the State side pass, the 
flight plan calls for the crew to go through a period of isometric exercise 
ana they will have a rest period following that. The rest period coming 
through the dark portion of this next pass, roughly between Ascension Island 
and Carnarvon. We are on revolution ^5, our orbit number is kQ. The present 



GEME'H 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 1:09 p.m. Tape 1U6, Page 3 
apogee is 171-^ miles and our perigee is 127-2, 127.2 nautical miles. 
While the Gemini 7 and 6 activities are keeping us Quite busy here on 
the third floor of ■ the Control Center, activities are going on in other 
parts of this building. Down on the second floor, Missions Operations 
Control room, which is a duplicate of this room that we are talking to 
you from, simulations and confidence testing leading up to the first 
Apollo 201 flight, presently scheduled for the first quarter of next year 
are underway. The Apcllo Flight Control Team under the direction of 
Glenn Lunny carried 'out a number of launch abort simulations last night. 
Today they are - there is only confidence testing going on on the various 
consoles. Tomorrow they plan to do a full scale network simulation. They 
will be working on a profile of the 201 flight which is - which calls for 
the Command Module and Service Module to fly approximately UOCO miles down- 
range, impacting near Ascension Island. It will be a test of the heating 
characteristics of the command module and it will be a first in space test 
of the service module engine . 

Apparently they are going to wait for - there goes Elliott See's first 
call. Let's tune in on that- 

Houston Cap Com: Gemini 7? Gemini 7 5 Houston Cap Com. 

Borman : Go ahead Houston , Gemini 7 • 

Houston Cap Com: Roger. We would like to have you take a look at the 
weather In the Houston - in the Laredo area this time in preparation for 
a possible pass next time. Can you see it at all? 

Barman: Roger, Hciiston. 

Houston Cap Com: Gemini 7 5 Houston. Could you place your quantity 
read switch in the fuel cell hydrogen position. We are not sure we got a 



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>' "I r< •.*!.'!'/.; I. a l I luv/ai i . 

Borman: I read about 380 . 

Koustor. Cap Com: Roger. Can you see Laredo at all? 
Borman: We are not there yet. 

Houston Cap Com: Okay. When it is convenient I would like to run 
over the systems real quick with you- 

Borman: Okay, standby a minute, please. 

Houston Cap Com: Gemini 7, you have a TX coming up in about 30 seconds. 
Borman: Thank you. 

Borman: We are over Laredo now. It may be good next pass, it is just 
very high Cirrus at the bottom. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger 7, we will give it a try next time if we can 
get it set up. 

Borman: All right. 

Houston Cap Com: You got your book out yet. 
Borman : Say again . 

Houston Cap Com: You got your book out yet. 
Borma.n: Standby just a minute please. 
Borman : Smile , Elliott . 
Houston Cap Com: Are you ready- 
Borman: We are taking your picture. 
Houston Cap Com: oil, okay. 

Houston Flight: That's all we have down here, smiles, Frank. 

Borman: Roger, Chris. Boy it is really a clear day. We are coming 
right over Houston now. The Astrodome stands out like a sore thumb. We 
can see the whole works. 

Houston Flight: Roger. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 1:09 p.m. Tape ikS . Page 5 

Houston Flight: Can you associate the music, the RT reception with 
the day-night cycles at all, or has it been generally good all the way 
around . 

Borraan: It's been good, 

Borman: Okay on the systems. 

Houston Cap Com: Okay, and you can turn off your switch now. 

Houston Cap Com: Okay, first curve I have in your book here is the 
estimated propellant usage.. If you adjust the curve down for the maneuvers 
we have made ahead of time down here, raising the perigee, we feel that you 
are running about 12 pounds ahead on that curve. That is approximately 
70 hours . 

Borman : Okay . 

Houston Cap Com: Next one is primary Q . As you know you show ending 
up with about 38 percent at completion of the mission, we show you running 
about k percent ahead of that at the present time. 

Borman: Rog, 

Houston Cap Com: Next one is fuel cell cyro's. We show you expecting 
about l c j percent at 'completion of mission. We show you running about 2 per- 
cent ahead of that on oxygen and k percent ahead on hydrogen. 

Borman : Roger . 

Houston Cap Com: On the water, we show you running at just about on th> 
line for water usage, based on equipment adapter water only, of course, In 
addition to that you have your retro water, so it looks like you are, in real 
good shape on that . 

Borman: Roger. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65 , 1:09 p.m. Tape 146, Page 6 

Houston Cap Com: In regard zo the cryo pressure behavior last night, 
you are probably as familiar with that as we are. I understand you did not 
have to pump any of them up during the night. They all held very well. The 
ECS 0^ usage appears to drop substantially during the sleep period, and so 
it is holding very constant at about 700 pounds , we show here . The fuel 
cell oxygen pressure dropped the most of all of them. Apparently we have 
a real good bottle there. It is pretty well insulated and the pressure came 
down. You had bumped it up to about 870 or so on our pressure here and that 
came down during the night, back down to about 500 on our gauges, so it looks 
like we have a real good bottle there. Hydrogen came down a little bit, I 
think it dropped about 50 pounds or so during the night. It looks like we 
are in real good shape on everything. 
Borman; Very good. 

Houston Cap Com: Did you get these onboard gauge readings to be used 
for your cryo temperature control, or pressure controls. We have a set of 
readings here which are good until about 80 hours if you would like to use 
them. 

Borman: Okay, standby. I'll copy them. 
Houston Cap Com: Roger. 
Borman: Go ahead. 

Houston Cap Com: Okay. ECS 0^ , we have a minimum of kYJ , a nominal 
range of 500 to 582, these are your onboard gauge readings. Fuel cell 0^ 
minimum 208, nominal 333 to 500. Fuel cell H 2 minimum 333, nominal kh'y 
to 500. Did you copy? 

Borman : Roger . Thank you . 



GEMIIII 7/6 KISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 1:09 p.m. Tape iho , Page 7 

Borman; Thau Hi-fi is really coming in great now, Elliott. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger, we are getting it pretty good here too. Is 
it seeming to hold all the way around, or do you get fade-outs in certain 
areas? 

Borman: We get fadeouts in areas, out it sure is good over here. 
Houston Cap Com: Does it seem to be related to the day-night cycle 
at all? 

Borman: We haven't noticed at all. Actually when we get real busy 
we turn it off and it would be difficult to relate it 'to anything we were- 
working . 

Houston Cap Com: Roger. 

Houston Cap Com: Frank, that burn worked out real well. I'm real 
pleased to see that you were able to do that well with the platform down. 

Borman: Roger. If you get the right stars you can't miss. 

Houston Cap Com: How about the pitch reference. Do you feel you need 
any - do you feel that it Is any problem at all? 

Borman: Say again. 

Houston Cap Com: I say do you feel that the pitch reference is any 
problem? 

Borman: Pitch is no problem. 
Houston Cap Com: Okay." 

Borman: As a matter of fact, the moon is so bright we can even pick up 
our yaw at night off the clouds below. 

Houston Cap Com: Roger. Gemini 7, Houston. Do you know roughly what 
the time left on your I>-k recorder is? 

Borman: Standby and I'll give it to you exactly. 17 minutes and 20 se 
onus are left, but if you want us to, we can play it back. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65 , 1:09 p.m. Tape Iho , Page 8 
Houston Cap Com: Roger. Have ycu seen any Aurora on your night 

pasce;; . 

Borman: Negative. 
Houston Cap Com: Roger. 

Borman: Meteors either. Just quite a bit of fires over Africa and 
a lot of thunderstorms over the Amazon. 
Houston Cap Com: Roger. 
Grand Turk: LOS, Grand Turk. 

' This is Gemini Control here. That apparently concludes the conversa- 
tion on this State side pass. You heard Frank Borman advise to.Eliott see 
that the HF reception today has been remarkably good around the globe. 
When he was talking to Eiiott about that, the tune being piped up on 
UHF was one entitled "High Hopes". This is Gemini Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMEKTARY, 12/7/65, 2:11 p.m. 



Tape 1*4-7, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston. Seventy-two hours, forty-one minutes into 
the flight. All has been quite since we left the Antigua area in the last 
pass. Ascension Isle and Tananarive were up, however, there was no conversatior 
The crew, according t;o the flight plan, has been having lunch. We are now 
in contact with them by Carnarvon. The Carnarvon Cap-Corn, Ambers S. Davis, is 
doing the talking with the crew. Let's cut in there. 
SPACECRAFT We have C-Band track. 

CRO ■ Roger. C-Band. 

We're Gemini Control, here. Apparently, the action was cleaned up fairly 
quickly there at the start of the pass. It amounted to flight plan updating, 
advising them to drop certain picture experiments. We really don't know if 
there will be any additional conversation or not. We'll just stand by, and 
keep the line open. 

HOUSTON FLIGHT Carnarvon, Houston Flight. 

CRO Flight, Carnarvon. 

HOUSTON FLIGHT Ask him to check his fuel cell hydrogen 



pressure for us. W T e read 170 from your 



site . 



Is that what you read? 



CRO 



That's affirmative. That's my reading. 



HOUSTON FLICin 



Will you ask him to keep it between hkt> 



and 500 5 on his gauge. 



CRO 



Gemini -7, Garnarvon Cap-Corn. 



SPACECRAFT 



Go ahead CRO. 



CRO 



Roge. Would you check your fuel cell 



hydrogen pressure, please. 



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Tape lk r f, Page 2 



JPACECKAJT 



ORO 

HOUSTON FLIGHT 



CRO 



SPACECRAFT 



CRO 



Roger. I'm reading 36O about. You want 
to run it up? 

Flight, do you want him to run it up? 
Yea. We told him to keep it "between kk5 
and 500. 

Okay. Gemini-7, what we would like to do 
is have you keep it between hh5 and 500. 
Okay. I was working on a minimum. They 
gave me a minimum of 333. 
Okay, Flight just said he would like to 
have you keep it between kk5 and 500. 
Would you run it up, please. 
The heat is on. 
Roger. Thank you. 

Gemini Control here. That apparently concludes the conversation over at 
CRO. During the next pass across the States, well backing up a bit. There is 
no activity scheduled for the Hawaii station. Then, over the States, the crew 
will make a pass across that big eye chart h0 miles north of Loredo and try to 
identify the slants and lines within those 2000 yard square boxes. After 
leaving the States, they will activate MSC 2 and 3, the electron -proton spectro- 
meter ana the flux-gate magnetometer. Once over Africa over in East Africa, 
from rouguly Kano, ana southeast of Kano, they will take an IR signature of the 
vegetation , just the open land. After leaving the African continent, the flight 
calls Tor them to do a cabin temperature survey; take a number of readings from 



S FACE CRAFT 
CRO 



many points around tne camn 



:his is Gemini Control, Houston at seventy-two 



hours, forty-eight sin a tee into the flight. 
END OF TAIN 



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Tape 148. Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston here, 73 hours k minutes into the flight. We 
had planned this pass, up until roughly 20 to 25 minutes ago while we were 
over Carnarvon to attempt the Laser experiment from Hawaii and a similar 
experiment from Ascension. The weather defeated us at Ascension, and over 
Hawaii they are having a little trouble tuning up the equipment . They 
weren't satisfied that it was completely tuned up on the ground, so they 
waived off for this pass. .They said at Ascension the cloud cover is such 
that we could not attempt it down there. This is Gemini Control Houston. , 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSIGE CC^STTARY, 12/7/65 , 2: 1*5 P- 



m. 



Tape ll+9 j rage 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, 73 hours 15 minutes into the flight. 
The spacecraft is just off the west coast of the United States. We have 
not heard Elliott See put out his first call yet, but we will stand by 
and pick it up when he does. Over Hawaii Borman did confirm that he 
did want to try S-8/D-13 pass over Laredo this time. He said he thought 
that the weather would support it. And they are all geared up to do that 
one. The second shift of flight controllers are moving into the Control 
Center here now. And the normal change of shift briefings are taking place 
at each console. I think it may be a couple of minutes before Gemini 7 
is raised. Why don't we break out here and we will come back when that 
happens . 

This is Gemini Control here. Elliott See is remoting through California 
and he has put in a call. We will stand by. 

Houston Cap Com Roger, are you all set up Frank for the S-8. 

Roger . 

Can I give you some items here and you just -cell me 
when to stop. We have a - several items on the flight 
plan update . 

Roger , standby a minute . Go ahead . 
Okay, you just tell me when to stop here for your 
S-8. 



Spacecraft 
Houston Cap Com 



Spacecraft 
Houston Ca-o Com 



Spacecraft 
Houston Cap Com 

Spacecraft 



Fine . 

We have a slight change in the closest approach time 
for this S-8, the time is now 73 23 1*1. 

Roger . 



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GEKIWI ■(/(> MICTION COMMENTARY , /(•<;, L':U5 P.M. Tape lip;-, Vupy L' 

Hour.ton Cap Coin Are you just cro.-.cing the Coast of Calx Corn 1 a now? 

We are coming up on it now. 

Okay. The next item is D-U/D-7? r fk 00 00. Sequence 
Ul5 and UlG, mode 02, cancel, weather. Hid you copy? 
Roger, cancel. Weather. 

I'll just keep going here. I'll stop every item ana 
you can tell me if I need to stop talking. 
Elliott, you had better stop it now. We are coming 
up over the coast and we will be there very shortly. 
Okay, give me a call when you are free to talk afterward. 
Roger . 

Houston , Guaymas . 
Guaymas, go ahead. 
Lid you get our summary. 
Standby one - Affirmative Guaymas . 
Thank you very much . 
Your aata looks good Guaymas. 

We are experiencing intermittent problems, we weren't 
sure if it was any good or not. 
Okay. 

Gemini Control here. The spacecraft should be directly over Laredo now. 
We usually have this period of quiet before the experiment, then when the 
objects are sighted, the crew sounds off pretty quickly, so let's keep 
1:1 stoning . 

Spacecraft No, we didn't pick it up. We had high cloud cover and 

we missed it . 
Mou.'ior; Cap Com Okay, Frank. 



opac."crai t 
Houston Cap Com 

Spacecraft 
Houston Cap Com 

Spacecraft 

Houston Cap Com 
Spacecraft 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Guaymas Cap Com 
Houston Flight 
Guaymas Cap Com 

Houston Flight 



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Tape lh$i , Page 3 



Houston Cap Com 



Spacecraft 

Houston Cap Com 
Spacecraft 
Houston Cap Com 



Spacecraft 
Houston Cap Com 



Spacecraft 

Houston Cap Com 

Spacecraft 

Houston Cap Com 
Spacecraft 
Houston Cap Com 
Spacecraft 
Houston Cap Com 



That was a real good pass, right almost directly over 
the sight. We thought you might be able to have some 
luck on that pass. 

Roger, well there is clouds, it's clear west but not 
right over there . 

Okay. What control mode did you use during the burn. 
Rate Command. 

Rate command, roger. And do you have any non-nominal 
stowage that you could mention. We are looking into' 
the weight distribution. 
Say again please. 

Do you have any non-nominal stowage tliui; you care to 
report. We have a question in regard to weight distri- 
but ion . 

Ho, we are doing everything according to planner so 
far . 

Roger. Are you ready to finish copying the flight 
plan update? 

Standby one. Boy that Jetero stands out like a sore 
thumb up there . 

I didn't copy that last sentence. 
You can really see that new airport. 

Oh, Jetero, roger. 
All ready . 

Okay, Jim. It's 7^ 10 00, cabin temperature survey. 
S-6, 7^ 36 00, sequence numbers k, 10 and 11. Jet 
stream Cirrus south of track. Did you copy? 



k k 



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Spacecraft Roger. 

Houston Cap Com Time, Jk hi 00, purge fuel cells. That will be at 

Hawaii. D-9, time 75 11 00, sequence 01, mode 02, 
uime 76 l6 00, Crew Status report on the Command 
Pilot at Hawaii, time 76 28 00, Crew Status report 
on the Pilot at Guaymas . MSC-2 and 3, time 76 kO 00, 
sequence Ok, stop at 77 00 00. Do you copy. 

Spacecraft Roger. 

Houston Cap Com D-k/l>-1 , 77 09 00, sequence kl2 , mode 02, use air- 

glow, measure for 2 minutes, 77 33 00, flight plan 
report at CCQ. 78 2k CO PLA update at the RKV, 
79 08 00 purge fuel cells at the CSQ. Did you copy. 
Roger . 

Com Okay, thau is the end of the message. 

Elliott, I think that the flight plan is going real 
well, It is keeping us busy but riot too busy, it is 
u s t ab out r i ght . 

Houston Cop Com Very good. I'm glad to hear that. I'm sorry -we had 

to cancel so many of them today due to the weather. 

Spacecraft Roger, did Mike and Ed get back all right. 

Houston Cap Corn Oh yeah, they have been in and out, kibitizing and 

one thing and another. 

Spacecraft Lid they have to stop at Brockley? 

Hour-ton 0a;> Cor;; I didn't ask them, I'll check with them when I see them 

Spacecraft Tney hardly ever make it nonstop . 



Spacecraft 
Houston Cap 
Spacecraft 



5L k. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION 
Houston Cap Com 
Houston Flight 

Houston Flight 



Spacecraft 
Houston Flight 

Spacecraft 
Houston Flight 

Spacecraft 
Houston Flight 



Spacecraft 
Houston Flight 

Spacecraft 



COMMENTARY, 12/7/65 , 2:^5 p.m. Tape 1^9, Page 5 

Roger . 

Elliott, let's talk to him a little bit about this 
fuel cell RSS system. 

Frank, I really think that we have a real good handle 
on what these hydrogen and oxygen quantities are doing 
and how you are going to use the rest of them during 
the flight and I think you should pay attention to 
usin^ these auto-heaters. Now, we are going to try 
and give you our best advice this afternoon, and when 
they give it to you, I think you ought to follow it. 
I have been Chris . 

I'm talking about the use of the Auto-heaters. Auto- 
positioning. 

I've been following any advice you gave. 

We are talking about leaving them in the position during 

the sleep period, Frank. 

Okay, fine. If that is what you want to do. 

Very good. Frank, we are real pleased how everything 

is going, usage of fuel and the productiveness of the 

flight and we just wanted to tell you to keep up the 

good work. Everything is looking real good for both 

of you . 

Thank you. 

How is the suit configuration doing now. Are you both 
fairly comfortable? 
Roger . 



liKMlM Y/b MISSION C0MMEfTTffRT,"~I2 /7JB57 2:45 p.m 
Houston Cap Com 
Spacecraft 
Houston Flight 



Spacecraft- 
Houston Flight 
Spacecraft 
Houston Flight 

Spacecraft 
Houston Cap Com 



Spacecraft 



Houston Cap Com 
Spacecraft 



Tape 149 5 fa-ge b 
You have TX on the way in about half a minute . 
Thank you. 

Frank, are you squared away with what we are doing with 
the orbits now? 

I think you are getting us in shape so you can put us 
up for a good window launch on either 8 or 9. 
That is correct. 
Okay. 

. And it looks like we are going to be well within the 
fuel budgets to get almost a perfect l6l. 
Good. 

Jim, could you comment on the comparison of the suit 
configuration versus the non-suit, that is to comfort 
and ease of getting around the cockpit and so forth. 
Well, there is really no comparison as 
far as ease in getting around in the cockpit. I can 
get back to my foodbox and waste management with no 
strain. I have a lot easier ways of getting around 
and I have stowed the suit as we had planned, or as 
Mike suggested. I'm dry and comfortable. During the 
night I got a little cold. The circulation is not as 
great with the suit off, in other words, there might 
be a damp spot someplace, and my hose in a position 
whereby I can get better circulation around my body. 
Roger, understand Jim. 

Elliott , all that would be required for perfect suit 
off operations in the spacecraft is the proper placement 



Ik JL 



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Tape lU9, Page 7 



Houston Cap Com 



of ventilators . 

Roger, I copied. How about this business of petting 
a little cooler at night. Did you feel it tended to 
be too cool, or could you adjust the temperature up 
slightly to take care of that. 

I could adjust it, however, I didn't want to do it 
because of Frank and I think it was just because (garbled) 
I was cool too. 

Frank said he was cool last night too. 
So possibly turning the temperature up a little bit 
it might just take care of that part. 

It is because we are slowed down and sleepy that we are 
not producing as much heat and that is why we cooled 
off. 
Roger . 

This is Gemini Control Houston with the spacecraft heading over the 
hill at Antigua after flying right down the island chain, that more than 
likely wraps up the conversation for this pass. They should be activating 
MSC-2 and MSC-3 at this time leaving them on beyond Tananarive, and between 
Tananarive and Carnarvon they will do a cabin temperature survey, and that 
also wraps up the activities for the Red Team today. This is Gemini Control 
Houston at 73 hours 3U minutes into the flight. 
END OF TAPE 



Spacecraft 

Spacecraft 
Spacecraft 
Houston Cap Com 

Spacecraft 



Houston Cap Com 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 4:50 p.m. Tape 150, 



This is Gemini Control. We are now 75 hours, 20 minutes 
into our mission with spacecraft Gemini 7. At this time the 
spacecraft is moving over the south Atlantic and is within 
voice range of the Rose Knot tracking ship. During the last 
hour and a half when we had no announcements from this 
Center, we had voice communication with the spacecraft over 
Hawaii, Texas and now the Rose Knot. And at this time to 
bring you up to date, we will play back the taped voice 
communication between the spacecraft and those ground 
stations . 

HAWAII Spacecraft, Hawaii 

S/C Roger, Hawaii 

HAWAII Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. Gemini 7,. Hawaii Cap 



Page 1 



Com. 



S/C 



Go ahead Hawaii, Gemini 7. 



HAWAII 



OK, we're down here on the ground and we're 



ready for the fuel cell purge. 



S/C 



Roger, stand by. Just want to take an S-6 
picture now. 

Alrighty. We've had a loss out on C-Band 



HAWAII 



beacon here. 



S/C 



Roger, Hawaii. Check back on C-Band. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 4:50 p.m. Tape 150, 

Page 2 



S/C 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 
S/C 

HAWAII 



Got it back now, Hawaii? 

That's right. Good solid check. 

You can attribute that to attitudes for 

picture taking. 

It pretty well could be. Let me talk to_you 
about it after this pulse test. 
Can you feed up my pulse test from the last 
mission, I mean the last pass. 

OK. It's good and solid now. It was probably 
attitude . 
Again, Hawaii. 

The beacon's good and solid. It was probably 

attitude due to S-6 picture taking. 

OK. Hawaii, Gemini 7 purge complete. 

OK. We got all that. You need anything else? 

Not a thing. 

OK. This is your final controller standing 
by. Receive and acknowledge. 
Thank you . 
. . . .fueling. 

Roger, final purge. Go ahead. 

Hey, did you get my old post pass from last 



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CAP COM 



HAWAII 
CAP COM 

HAWAII 
CAP COM 
HAWAII 
CAP COM 
HAWAII 



CAP COM 
HAWAII 
CAP COM 
HAWAII 
CAP COM 

HAWAII 
CAP COM 



time? 

Yeah, I just read it. EECOM doesn't think 
there's big stress. Do you want to talk to 
him about it? 
No. 

OK. It was just a comment. He said he would 

rather talk it with you if you like. 

OK. Wait .one minute till this pass is finished. 

OK. 

LOS to Hawaii. 
Roger, Hawaii. 

PCM, LOS . And that LOS right up to the 

purge. The fuel cell 0 2 461. Fuel cell H 2 
213. ECS 0 2 666. Those are all 1218. 
Rog, I copy, 461, 213, 666. 
Roger . 

Anything else? 

OK, I'd like to talk to EECOM. 

OK, stand by. He's talking with Flight right 
now, stand by. AFT. 



AFT, Hawaii. 

He'll come to you right after the 



pass 



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Page 4 



HAWAII 
CAP COM 
CAP COM 

s/c 



CAP COM 
TEXAS 
CAP COM 

s/c 

CAP COM 
BORMAN 
CAP COM 



BORMAN 
CAP COM 



OK. Thank you. 
Rog . 

Everything looks real good on the ground. 
Check 745458, taking a picture of what looks to 
be a low forming over Mexico, a very well 
developed flow pattern. 
Texas go remote. 
Texas remote. 

Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. Over. 
Thanks Houston. 

Roger, how are things going up there, Frank? 
Good. 

Good, I got a briefing on your cryos . What 
we would like to suggest for you to do if you'd 
like to listen in. 
Go ahead. 

First of all, the ECS 0 2 . The pressure 
decrease has pretty well stabilized out to be 
about zero between now and the expected time 
that the sleep begins. It's probably going 

to start increasing in pressure up uo about 
a point of 3 psi per hour and then continue 
a slow increase during your sleep cycle, 



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Page 5 

so what we're going to be recommending is 
that you keep your ECS 0 2 heaters off and 
they're probably going to remain off 
through the rest of the mission. 

S/C Right. 

CAP COM OK, the RSS TL 

All right. Through the sleep period, we'd 
like you to build it up to about 445 psi« 
This is an onboard reading. 

S/C Read. 

CAP COM This gives you about 5 hours after your 

sleep period before you actually hit the 
dome or before you actually would need heat 
with the present deteriorate. 

S/C All right. 

CAP COM So what we're going to suggest' there is that 

you keep the RSS H 2 heater off during the 
sleep period. 

S/C H 2 off also. 



CAP COM 



Right. Now your RSS O^ — we'll give you an 
exact time account on this, but what we're going 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 4:50 p.m. Tape 150 

Page 6 

to like you to do or want you to do is to go to 
the AUTO position on your heater probably about 
one rev prior to your sleep period. This will 
give us a chance to monitor the heater and the 
temperatures and watch them stabilize out. 
S/C Roger . 

CAP COM And we ' 11' give you a hack exactly when we want 

you to go to the AUTO position on the 0 2 . 
S/C Pine and dandy. (Garbled) 

CAP COM Correct that, Frank. 

S/C I'm sorry. I was trying to record that 

CAP COM OK Houston, the rest of our pass is pretty 

empty. If there's anything I can pass on home for 
you, I'd be glad to. If not, your White Team will 
be watching while you're sleeping tonight. 

S/C Roger. Say "Hello" to everybody for us. 

CAP COM Say again, Gemini 7. 

S/C I said, "Say 'Hello' to everyone at home for us." 

CAP COM I sure will do right after we lose you here. I 

might add that everyone's fine, and everyone's 

very happy down here. 
S/C Thank you. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, U:50 p.m. Tape 150, Page 7 



RKV I guess that Jim knows that he's been called the man in 

the flying underwear now. 

S/C Right . 

Flight Texas, go local. 

Corpus Texas local. 

Guaymas Guaymas 

Grand Turk Grand Turk 

S/C 7 

JFllg&tr ^ Go ahead, Antigua. 

— -i • 

Antigua: say, we are getting an intermittent lock on this . 

Corpus Roger. We dropped off. We're hack up now. 

Flight ' . . . TM AOS . 

RKV" RKV Our telemetry is solid. 

Flight All right RKV. 

RKV . . • garbled. 

Flight Roger RKV. 

RKV \ Gemini 7, RKV CAPCOM. You need not acknowledge . All your 

systems are go. We are standing by. 

S/C Thank you RKV. . . . garbled ... 

RKV Roger . 

S/C We are doing .... garbled . . . 

RKV t Roger . 

S/C Looks good down on the ground. 

RKV Real nice today. RKV TO CAPCOM 

Flight Go ahead. 

RKV . They look real good. 



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Flight Roger. 

RKV Did you copy that experiment. 

Flight Yea. I copied Borman missed 7, Lovell missed 11 and they 

are doing D-9 now. And they got our sequence 1, mode 1, 
test 5 over Mexico. 

RKV Roger. I got to go on to retro . . garbled . . 250. 

Flight Okay. 250. Flight, RKV. , 

RKV Go ahead, RKV. 

Flight Did you ever get your luggage? 

RKV . . garbled. I understand it is over in Rio someplace. 

Flight What clothes are you wearing? 

RKV I bought some . . . garbled . . . Look rather dashing. 

Flight You will have to bring us some pictures so we can update 

our collection. 
RKV I've got quite a sombrero. 



That was taped voice communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 and 
the tracking stations at Hawaii, over the Texas state side pass and. the 
Rose Knot tracking ship. Spacecraft Gemini 7 is now on it's 48th 
revolution over the earth and is now approaching the southern tip of 
Africa. We are 75 hours and 28 minutes into the mission. This is 
Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 5:50 p.m. Tape 151, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are 76 hours and 20 minutes into the flight, 
of spacecraft Gemini 7. At this time the spacecraft is on its kQth revolution 
over the earth and is passing over the Hawaiian Tracking Station. During this 
pass the flight surgeon aboard our station at Hawaii is getting a medical pass 
from the command pilot." This will be a full medical status report. As we 
pass over the Guaymas Station area we will have a similar medical status 
report on the pilot. We are now 76 hours 20 minutes into the flight and the 
medical status report is continuing. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, I2/7/65, 5:55 p.m. Tape 1^2, Pago 1 

Th i g is Gemini Control. Seventy-six hours and 2k minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 7, which has just passed out of voice range of the Hawaiian 
Tracking Station and we -will bring you now the taped communication of voice - 
that voice of James Lovell the pilot aboard spacecraft Gemini 7 and the 
Hawaiian Tracking Station. 



HAW Have TM solid. 

HOU Roger , Hawaii . 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C This is 7 Hawaii loud and clear. 

HAW Roger. Hold the temperature a little bit we're - it's still 

■ raising. We show you go on the ground. 
S/C Roger. Understand go on the ground. 

HAW Gemini 7 we have a good oral temperature standing by? for your 

blood pressure. , 
S/C Coming down. 

HAW Cuff is full-scale. Have a good blood pressure standing by 

for your exercise, 
S/C Mark on the exercise. Blood pressure coming down. 

HAW Your cuff is full-scale. Have a good blood pressure. Standing 

by for your food, water, and sleep report. 
S/C Roger. For the Command Pilot - the total water for today 298 ounces. 

He had one meal, Day 7, Meal C, at which time he had with it about 

15 ounces of water. For the pilot - total water to date - 23^ 

ounces. One meal, Day 7, Meal C, 12 ounces of water with the meal. 
HAW Koger, Gemini 7. Do you have a total water consumption at the 

time of your Meal 7C? 
S/C For Uie pilot a net total water consumption around 15 ounces 

during that time. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 5:55 p.m. Tape 1^2, Page 2 



1IAW 15 ounces at that time? 

Roger Gemini 7. Would you turn off your "biomed tape recorder no. i. 
S/C Roger. Number 1 coming off. 

HAW Thank you Gemini 7, Hawaii Surgeon out. 

S/C the Command Pilot had 1Q ounces during his mealtime. 

HAW I have a C-band LOS. 

HOU Roger, Hawaii. 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. You have a UHF6 test over the RKV this 

pass. 
S/C Roger. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY 12/7/65, 6:10 p.m. Tape 153, Pu^e 1 

Thin is Gemini Control, 76 hours and 39 minutes into our mission, 
with spacecraft Gemini 7 now just beginning its 149th revolution ovit 
tho oarth and it is approaching the northwest tip of South America.. 
We had a few minutes ago, voice communication between spacecraft 
Gemini 7 and the Guaymas Mexico station. And at that time we had 
a medical status report on the pilot, Jim Lovell. We will now give 
you the taped communication over that pass. 



S/C Do you read? ' 

GYM i Loud and clear Gemini 7- 

S/C Are you getting the oral temperature? 

GYM Roger. Coming up real good. They want you to dump the 

crew status report over Texas. Your temperature is up 
real well. 

s/c Okay, thank you. 

S/C ... Garbled . . . 

GYM Roger and you should be getting to Texas in about 2 minutes. 

Flight This is CAPCOM Houston flight. 

GYM Roger, go ahead. 

Flight You are planned for the crew status report this time. So 

get going. 

GYM Okay. Gemini 7 Guaymas CAPCOM. 

S/C Go ahead. 

GYM Roger they have decided to conduct it over Guaymas after 

all. We have a valid oral temperature. Standby. You 
can go ahead with your blood pressure. 



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S/C Blood pressure coming up. 

GYM Valid blood pressure. Back to your exercise MARK. 

S/C MARK 

GYM Full scale. Oh oh, Jim pick it up again. Okay let it 

off. Valid blood pressure. Give me what you can of your 
suit status and your water status . 

S/C . . garbled . _ . Okay that's all right Marv. 

GYM Roger. 

S/C We haven't got it CAPCOM. Everything looks real good on 

the ground. 
GYM Roger, thank you. LOS. 



END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 6:l6 p.m. 



Tape 15Uj Page 1 



This ic Gemini Control. We are 76 hours and k8 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 7. At this time, Gemini 7 has started its U$rt;h revolution 
and is now passing over South America. Shortly we expect to get voice acquisi- 
tion at the Rose Knot Tracking Ship which is located off the East Coast of 
South America. Our medical surgeon here in Mission Control tells us that 
according to the ground data readouts, both Command Pilot Frank Borman and 
Pilot James Lovell are in excellent physical condition. Let's listen in now, 
we have acquisition, to the vo.ice communication with the Rose Knot.' 
RKV Gemini 7, RKV Cap Com. 

S/C This is 7 RKV, go ahead. 

RKV Roger. All systems are go. We'd like to give you a status report 



on the G&C systems. Your OAMS heaters seem to he working well. 
Your thruster temperature range is from 60 to 80 degrees when 
the ACQ, meter is powered down. Your thruster temperature ranges 
are from 80 to 105 degrees during use in the PULSE mode. Your 
source temp and other system temperatures as stabilized in a 
range from 55 degrees to 65 degrees. In some ways the system 
looks beautiful. 



s/c 



I'm glad if it does. 



RKV 



Your RCS source pressures have stabilized at 3K psi and the 



temperatures have stabilized at 65 to 76 degrees. 



s/c 



Looks like we have a pretty good form now. 



RKV 



Roger. As far as the computer goes, everytime we see the com- 



puter on it looks completely normal; all updates have been 



verified on the ground by reading out the memory. 



J* 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 6:l6 p.m. Tape l$h , Page 2 

S/C Roger. 

RKV Your fuel-cell water pressures indicates your consumption of 

water is equal to the amount produced. Over your coolant loops 
temperatures are nominal, your radiator outlet temps are running 
0 to plus 10 degrees, and your suit heat exchanger inlet temp 
is constant at 47 to 48 degrees. 

S/C Sounds like we're serious about that 2 weeks. 

RKV That's affirm. 

By the way; the next hour and a half of uninterrupted mood music 
on HF will be brought to you by the compliments of station WRKV. 
Among the selections are the excerpts from La Boehme by Puccini, 

Symphony No. 3? the Reinich by Schumann, ., by the Fantastics, 

Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff, the Lawrence of Arabia Overture, 
and Water Music by Handel. 

S/C That's dandyl 

RKV We're sorry, but there'll be no inflight movies tonight. 

S/C And no ... 

RKV All systems look good, flight. 

HOU Roger, RKV. 

This is Gemini Control. We are listening to live communication - voice 
communication between the spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Rose Knot Tracking Ship. 
Jim Love 11 is the astronaut who is responding from the spacecraft at this time. 
HOU RKV Cap Com Houston Flight. 

RKV Houston Flight RKV . 

HOU Roger. Are you getting any of that HF music down there, Bill? 

RIO/ I can hear it. in the background. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 6:l6 p.m. Tape Pa^e ?. 

HOU Okay. I was wondering whether any of the other sights in the net- 

work were getting it. How's the weather down there? 

RKV It's real nice. In fact, it's too bad the crew couldn't have let 

down last night. We could see Jupiter and about 5 of her Bullets. 

IIOU You got much of a swell out there? 

RKV No. It's real, real smooth. 

HOU How about the temperature? 

RKV It's real comfortable. In fact, I had a suntan started until 

we started ' 

HOU Okay, how about your return reservations. Where're you coming 

back through, Rio? 

RKV If I don't get home for Christmas, I'd better not even go home! 

We're checked out on the 22nd at Rio. Should be home the morning 
of the 23rd. 

HOU Okay. I understand they have your luggage down there in Customs. 

Is that your impression also? 
RKV Yeah, that's what they tell me but I don't believe it. 

HOU You know, It was shipped to LA from Miami, it went in the wrong 

direction . 

RKV I find that hard to believe. 

HOU It's supposed to be there, Bill, and all you need to do is - - - 

RKV Let me tell you what happened. I bought a Banlon shirt - a red one - 

and I bought some scivvies and some socks and I put the Banlon shirt 
in the washer with all my clothes that I bought and now I - everything 
I'm wearing is pink I t 
HOU Sounds like you might be able to dub in for Santa Claus out there 

on i.lial. ship. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 6:l6 p.m. Tape 15^, Page k 

RKV Yeah, I look like it. 

HOU Well, better luck next time. 

RKV I got that on a recording flight, next time, ok? 

HOU Okay. We'll see what we can do. 

RKV All righty.. 

HOU Well, it looks like it's going to be a quite night. It looks like 

we're going to be ready to settle down here in about another hour 
and a half or two. How do you like that silent running? 

RKV I like it. - 

HOU Just wait. We'll get 6 up there pretty shortly and that'll give 

you plenty to do. 

RKV I think we ought to fly three commentors, keep one of 'em awake 

all the time to talk to us. 
HOU I'll talk to you. 

RKV Ok. That's what I'm afraid of. 

HOU By the way, I haven't read your summary you sent us in last night 

and that hypothetical problem I gave you. 
RKV What was your - have you given us a grade on that report we gave 

you? 

HOU No. I'll tell you what though. I'll go over it and write up 

why I thought we should have gone a different way. 
RKV That'll be interesting. 

HOU I didn't concur with the CSQ's evaluation. You know, I think as 

these missions get longer here, particularly in this one here as 
it goes toward the end of it, I think it would probably be pretty 
good to go through some missions rules review, flight plan, and 
that type of stuff. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 6:l6 p.m. Tape 15^, Page 5 

RKV Well you remember, for one thing we didn't have the data readily 

at hand that we have at the Control Center and that- has a lot to 

HOU Yeah, I think that's true. I think we could probably give you a 

lot better update, in fact, I think we've got a pretty good one 
now on the status of our cryos RSS and ECS and I'll make sure 
this dope gets out and let you do some plotting out there on 
these dome curves. 

RKV Rog. We've had LOS. Now we've got it back in now. 

HOU Ok-. 

That was voice communication three ways between at first, spacecraft Gemini 7, 
talking to Bill Garvin, the spacecraft communicator aboard the Rose Knot, 
and it wound up with a conversation between our Flight Director here in 
Mission Control, Gene Kranz , and Bill Garvin, aboard the Rose Knot. The 
crew during the communication between MCC and Rose Knot, were engaged in 
preparations for Experiments D-U/D-7, the Celestial Radiometry Experiment, 
D-^, and D-7, Radiometric Observations of Objects in Space and therefore 
they cut out of the conversation. We are now 76 hours 57 minutes into the 
flight. Spacecraft Gemini 7 is passing over the South Atlantic on its 
^9th revolution over the Earth. We have coming up aboard the spacecraft, 
following the D-4/D-7 Experiments, an exercise period for the crew to be 
followed by the housekeeping procedures that they go through, putting away 
all the gear, stowing things that they've used throughout the long day in 
space and getting ready for their meal, which is then followed with a sleep 
period. This is Gemini Control 76 hours 58 minutes into the mission. 
END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 6:50 p.m. Tape 155, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 77 hours and 20 minutes into 
the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7- At this time our spacecraft of the 
Indian Ocean on its ^9th revolution around the earth. We have had no 
voice communication with spacecraft Gemini 7 since it passed over the 
Rose Knot quite some time ago. At that time we did have live voice 
communications with the Rose Knot and we did broadcast that pass live. 
Aboard the spacecraft our pilots are engaged now, according to the 
flight plan, with a housekeeping period and an exercise period that are 
coming up. And then they will, eat and retire for a sleep period. Aboard 
the spacecraft according to our ground data, all systems are go and the 
astronauts are in excellent physical condition. This is Gemini Control 
at 77 hours and 21 minutes into the flight. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMEHTAKY, 12/v'/»#, 7:1^ p.m. Tape Pace 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 77 hours arid k3 minuter, into oar 
mission. Spacecraft Gemini 7 is now passing over the Pacific Ocean and very 
shortly, in approximately 10 - 15 minutes, will come up over the Hawaiian 
Tracking Station. Just a few minutes ago, the spacecraft passed over the 
Coastal Sentry Tracking Ship, and at that time we had communication between 
the tracking ship and pilot Jim Lovell aboard spacecraft Gemini 7. And at 
this time we will play the taped voice communication. 



CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ 

S/C Go ahead CSQ,, Gemini 7 • 

CSQ Roger, we have you go on the ground. We're standing by for your 

flight plan report. 

S/C Roger. Today we've use! one magazine of S0217 Standard Hasselblad; 



ik frames JYwii, the .veouh magazine; we've shot six frames of color 

In; 5 fruiter, ' oar, sell.. I. ad high-speed black and wnite. One 

frame oi' iiassolf .ouJ -eonsti'u.-.t low-speed black and white . We've 

uct.-d two magazine- .:' iC-mm movie film; two tape recorder cartridges, 

■oiu I gave off .... S-8/ ; -13 (garbled) ...before 11 this 

morning. 
SCQ Gaooicu. 

S/C l\:.,-ar. box-man mini.... 7, Lovell minus 11 for S-8/D-13 mission tests 

this morning . 

CSQ tvog,:r. oopv. 

S/C Our f uel now rt ads 57 percent. 



ur.i-LLfU V/O MioSIOr: COMMIiRTAKY, 12/7/65, J: Ik p.m. Tape 156, Page 

S/C Thank you. 

CSQ Flight, this CSQ 

HOU I got it, CSQ. 

CSQ, Roger, all the facilities have gone out here,, they're go on the 

ground, and we'll try to get on this flight plan report into a 
postponed. 

HOU Okay. Very good. 

Have you got a tape recorder handy out there? 

CSQ Haven ' t heard it . 

HOU They're pretty handy. We use them back here quite a bit. 

CSQ Yeah , te' could probably do without it . . . 

HOU It sure saves a lot of repeats that would really tie it up getting 

a report like that across. 
CSQ Yeah. Our little bond-carriage recorder has gone out but the 

COMTEX has got one. 
HOU That right? Porta:: ..:,ci,y mine is still working, this is the 

longest I've ever had one work. 
CSQ You have that thin;; fixed pretty regularly. 

HOU Ah out three a mission. 

S/C CSQ Gemini 7. 

CSQ Go ahead, Gemini 7. 

S/C (garbled) knocked out the electronic circuit breaker, our time 

recorder circuit breaker, would you give me a time hack, please. 

CSQ, Roger. G.e.t. time hack. 77s: 37 on my mark. hO seconds to mark. 

Vij,"',!. Mark. 77 hours 37 minutes 00 seconds. 

S/C ThuriK you very much 

HOU CCU . ;!,.doto;. Oat; Com. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 7:1^ p.m. Ta P c 



CSQ Go ahead, Flight. 

HOU Roger. We'd like confirmation from the crew that they have com- 

pleted all of the flight plan activities we had scheduled for 
them today. 

CSQ Roger. 

Gemini 7, CSQ 

S/C Go ahead, please. 

CSQ Have you completed all flight plan scheduled items for today? 

S/C Roger. All except that were deleted by weather. 

CSQ Roger, understand. Thank you. 

You copy, Flight? 
HOU Roger . 

What's the lag in SET now? 
CSQ Flight, we're completing that but the TR shows minus 3 seconds. 

HOU Okay . 

CSQ It's prouably up to 3 seconds because (garbled) 

HOU Roger. 

CSQ Flight, CSQ. 

HOU Go CSQ. 

CSQ SET lags 9 minutes kl seconds. 

HOU Roger. 

CSQ Flight, CSQ 

HOU Go ahead, CSQ. 

CSQ Both of our recorders are now off. 

HOU Okay, I'll stand by and 3ee if they're supposed to be. 

That's affirmative, CSQ. They're both supposed to be off. 
CSQ Roger. 



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CSQ CSQ has LOS. All systems go to AUTO. 

That was taped voice communication three ways between spacecraft Gemini 7, 
the Coastal Sentry Tracking Ship, and our Flight Director at Mission Control, 
Gene Kranz. The voice from Coastal Sentry was Harold Draughn, the spacecraft 
communicator. In the spacecraft talking for the flight crew was Jim Love 11. 
This is Gemini Control, 77 hours ^9 minutes into the flight of spacecraft 
Gemini 7 , which at the present time is on the last leg of its l+9th revolution. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 7:37 p.m. Tape 157, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 78 hours and 2 minutes into our mission. 
Spacecraft Gemini 7 has just passed over the Hawaiian tracking station. 
Is on the tag end of its i+9th revolution over the earth. While passing 
over the Hawaiian tracking station, that station made a routine check 

released on tape. 

Hawaii Gemini 7, Hawaii CAPCOM. 

S/C Go ahead Hawaii. 

Hawaii Okay, we would like you to put your fuel cell O^interswitch 

to the auto position. 
S/C Roger. Fuel cell 0 o auto. 

Hawaii Okay 7 we have nothing further for you. Hawaii standing by. 

Flight, Hawaii. 
Flight Go ahead. 

Hawaii Okay. TR is lagging by 3 minutes. Do you want me to update 

it? 

Flight Negative. 

Hawaii Roger. All from Hawaii 

Flight Roger Hawaii 

That was voice tape communication, tape voice communication between 
spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Hawaiian tracking station. This Is Gemini 
Control, 78 hours and 3 minutes into the mission. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 7:53 p.m. Tape 158, Pace 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are 78 hours and 22 minutes into 
our mission with spacecraft Gemini 7 now passing over South America 
and just a few minutes ago it started its 50 revolution. We have 
had no voice communication with the crew since the Hawaii tracking 
pass about 15 minutes ago. According to our flight plan, the crew 
at this time is doing their housekeeping chores preparatory to their 
8 to 10 hour sleep period which is coming up in approximately 1 hour. 
We will have an eat- period prior to the time they retire. There is 
very little activity beyond the housekeeping chores and here at mission 
control the activity has slowed down. We are awaiting voice communication 
passes again with the Coastal Sentry Quebec during this revolution and 
at that time we hope to bid the crew goodnight and we will play this 
tracking pass live and this will be the last communication we will have 
with them prior to their sleep period. This is Gemini Control, 78 hours 
2h minutes into the flight. 
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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 8:05 p.m. Tape 159, Page 1 
This is Gemini Control, 78 hours and 34 minutes into the mission of 
Spacecraft Gemini 7. At the present time, our spacecraft is passing 
over the South Atlantic on its fiftieth revolution around the earth. 
A few minutes ago as Spacecraft Gemini 7 passed over the Rose Knot 
tracking ship located off the coast of South America -r- the east 
coast — we had voice communication with Pilot Jim Lovell doing 
the talking for the spacecraft crew, and at this time we will play 
you the taped voice communication of that pass . 

CAP COM Gemini 7, RKV Cap Com. 

S/C RKV, Gemini 7. 

CAP COM Roger. All systems look good. I've got block update 

.- for you when you're ready to copy. 

S/C Roger. Stand by. (Garbled) 

CAP COM Roger. Area 52-3 — 82 02 18, 16+2 3. . Area 5 3 Bravo — 

. 83+38+57, 15+37. Area 54 Delta — 84 29 31, 22+21. 

Area 55 Delta — 86 06 02, 21+14. Area 56-r2 Charley 
87 42 05, 20+03. Area 57-2 — 89 18 18, 18+49. 
Area 58-1 — 90 43 50, 19+41. The weather in all areas 
is good. 

S/C Roger. I copied it all. 

CAP COM OK. I've got a map update for you. 



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S/C Roger. Stand by. (Garbled) 

CAP COM Titled Node. 81 56 41. Make that 81 56 51. Rev 52 — 

24.0° east right of Ascension. Time 12:10:02. 
S/C Roger. I have the update t 

CAP COM Roger. Your present orbit is 127.1 by 171.1. 

S/C Garbled. 

CAP COM OK. You've got a UHF fix over the CSQ on rev 50. 
S/C the UHF fix. 

CAP COM Could you give us the pilot's sleep configuration as 

far as underwear, etc. go through the night. 

S/C Roger underwear, ..... it's pretty comfortable. 

CAP, COM OK. How about the command pilot. 

j/C He's still in his suit. 

CAP COM Zipper open? 

S/C Garbled. 

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CAP COM OK. How about gloves. 

S/C No gloves . 

CAP COM Are you going to wear a hat? 

S/C No hat. 

CAP COM OK. Your fuel cell H 2 pressure is adequate for the 

sleep period. 
S /C Roger . 



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CAP COM Flight, RKV. 

-•'LIGHT Go, RKV. 

CAP COM OK. Fuel cell 0 2 is about 632. Why don't we let that 

thing crank in there and give them the go over CSQ . 

FLIGHT Roger. Just don't mention it there. We'll check it 

over the CSQ. It's coming up. Looks .like it's come 
up about 200 psi. 

CAP COM Roger. 

FLIGHT Pass, Bill. 

CAP COM This is Everything looked real good, Flight. 

FLIGHT Roger . 
CAP COM LOS . 



That was voice communication taped transmitted between Gemini 7 
and the Rose Knot tracking ship. We are 78 hours and 39 minutes 
into our mission. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/7/65, 8:38 p.m. Tape i60, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. At 79 hours and 07 minutes of flight by spacecraft 
Gemini J. At the present time, our spacecraft is on its 50th revolution over 
the earth and is coming' up shortly on the Coastal Sentry Tracking Ship in the 
Pacific Ocean. According to our flight plan, as the spacecraft gets within 
range of the Coastal Sentry, we will have a purge of the fuel cells. Our 
flight plan from that time on shows a sleep period for approximately 10 hours. 
Our flight surgeon tells us that aboard the spacecraft, according to all the 
ground data we have, the crew, is in very excellent physical condition and 
the ground readouts from the spacecraft show the same for the spacecraft 
systems. Now we will give you the live communication. Wc have established 
communication with the spacecraft and we will go live over Coastal Sentry. 



HOU Affirmative. 

,CSQ Has he been advised to keep his 0^ heater switch in auto? 

HOU That's affirmative. 

CSQ Roger . 

CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ. 

S/C This is 7, go ahead. 

CSQ, Roger, Gemini 7. We have you go on the ground. We also have 

a go on your tank pressure. The fuel-cell 0^ tank pressure. 
S/C Roger, understand. 

CSQ, We have a fuel-cell purge scheduled for this pass. Your next 

fuel-cell purge is at Canary Islands with a g.e.t. of 57 hours 
89 minutes hi seconds. 

HOU That's negative, CSQ. That's Canaries on the 57th with - - - 

S/C ..... say again, we'll purge the fuel cells two times in one .... 

CSQ Say again, Flight. 

HOU That's Canaries on the 57th Rev with an elapsed time of 89 hours. 



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CSQ. Roger. Gemini 7, CSQ. 

S/C This Is 7. Come on in, CSQ. 

CSQ Your next fuel-cell purge will be in the Canary Islands on the 

57th Rev at an elapsed time of 89 hours kl minutes. 

S/C Roger. Understand you want a purge now. Stand "by it's coming down. 

CSQ Roger. 

S/C CSQ this 7 here. 

CSQ Go ahead. 

S/C I understand they want me to leave the fuel-cell 0^ cryo heater 

on automatic all night. 

CSQ Roger, that's affirmative. 

S/C The other two bottles are okay with the heaters off. 

CSQ That's affirmative Gemini 7. 

S/C Thank you. 

HOU CSQ Cap Com Houston Flight. 

CSQ Go ahead, Flight. 

HOU Roger. We'd like to know whether they're going to leave the M-l 

Experiment on for this coming sleep period. 

CSQ Roger. 

Gemini 7, CSQ. 

S/C Go ahead. 

CSQ Do you plan to leave your M-l Experiment on for the sleep period? 

S/C Roger. 

CSQ Will you place your cryo monitor switch to ECS 0^ and hold it! 

S/C Roger. 

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HOU How's the purge look, CSQ? 

CSQ All systems flight. 

HOU Ok. 

CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ. Give us fuel-cell 0^ on your quantity switch. 

S/C Fuel-cell 0- 

CSQ Roger. 

Gemini 7, CSQ. Give me fuel cell HM. 
S/C Fuel cell HM. 

CSQ Do you need anything else, flight? 

HOU Negative. Everything else looks pretty good. 

CSQ Roger. 

Gemini -7, CSQ. Place your quantity read switch to OFF. 
S/C It's off. 

CSQ Roger. We have nothing else for you on this pass. We have you 

go on the ground. 

S/C Thank you. Be sure you wake us up when we purge again, I don't 

want to go into dawn again with those bottles. 
CSQ Roger, will do. 

HOU CSQ, Cap Com Houston Flight. 

CSQ Go ahead, Flight. 

HOU Roger. You could advise him the lower limit on his Hg onboard 

reading is 300 psi. 
CSQ Got you. 300. 

Gemini 7, CSQ. 
S/C Go ahead. 



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CSQ Your lower limit on your fuel-cell onboard reading is 300 psi. 

;;/(-; Hi,(»-r. I'm n<A ::urc that, the "bottle will stabi.lize there. I think it 

might go below there even though people in Houston don't feel it will, 
so all I can say is that if it starts to get that low, please wake us up. 
CSQ Roger, we will. 

Roger, you can advise him the decay rate's around 6 psi per hour and 



HOU 



CSQ, Read you weak, CSQ. Say again, Flight. 

6 psi per hour? 

HOU That's right, and that's over about a 2^-hour period we've been 

watching it, we feel that we've got a pretty good h,andle on it. 

CSQ ...Roger. 

Gemini 7, CSQ. The present decay rate on the II is 6 psi per hour 
and that's a trend established over a 2^-hour period. 

S/C Thank you. 

CSQ CSQ has LOS.' 

HOU Roger, CSQ. 

CSQ All systems, go flight. 

HOU Ok. I guess that's about it. Looks like we're solid running for ■ 

the remainder of the evening. 
CSQ Roger. 

This is Gemini Control. That was live voice communication between spacecraft 
Gemini 7 and the Coastal Sentry Tracking Ship in the Pacific. The pilot, 
Jim Lovell, was the crew member with the communication with the ground station. 
We are 79 hours and 17 minutes into our flight and at this time the crew is 
oecuming a 10-hour sleep period and we will have no further voice communi- 
cation will! the spacecraft for approximately 10 hours. This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 8:49 p.m. Tape 161, Page 1 
This is Gemini Control, 79 hours and 19 minutes into the flight of 
spacecraft Gemini 7. Aboard Spacecraft Gemini 7, our flight crew — 
or Command Pilot Frank Borman and Pilot James Lovell have just begun 
the sleep period which will extend for approximately 10 hours. Our 
last voice communication was over the Coastal Sentry tracking ship, 
and we did play that conversation live between Jim Lovell and the 
tracking ship. They conducted a purge of the fuel cells, and that 
was the last activity that is slated throughout the sleep period. 
This is Gemini Control, 79 hours, 20 minutes into the flight. The 
Spacecraft is on its fiftieth revolution over the earth, and very 
shortly will be passing over the Hawaiian tracking station. This 
will be a silent pass. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 9:50 p.m. Tape lo2 , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 80 hours and 20 minuter, into 

our mission with spacecraft Gemini 7- At the present time Gemini 7 

is passing over the Southern tip of Africa on the 51st revolution around 

the earth. Aboard the spacecraft our pilots are in the sleep period. 

We do not yet have data, ground data, that verifies whether they actually 

i 

are asleep. We expect that we may get some indication along that line 
on this revolution. Here in the Mission Control Center things are 
relatively in low key again as the spacecraft crew is asleep, or in a 
sleep period and we have no voice communication with the spacecraft. 
We are merely getting the ground data reading as they come in from the 
various tracking sites. This is Gemini control, 80 hours and 20 minutes 
into the mission. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/7/65, 10:50 p.m. Tape 163 , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 8l hours and 20 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 7, which at the present time is in its 51st revolution 
around the earth and is now passing over the Pacific Ocean. We have had 
no voice communication with the spacecraft for approximately 2 hours, 
during which time the flight crew had started a sleep period. The 
latest ground data received from the spacecraft does not yet indicate 
that the crew is asleep. However, they have quieted down and very 
shortly should be sleeping. Here in Mission Control we are in the 
midst of a shift change. The blue team of flight controllers started 
to arrive approximately half an hour ago to get their nightly briefings. 
And we have a report on the pad activity at Cape Kennedy. They have 
inserted the space computer in the spacecraft. This was inserted at 
8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. Testing was resumed with the computer 
at 8:45 p.m. eastern standard time. This testing is expected to be 
complete at 10:00 a.m. e.s.t. tomorrow. The target time for the simulated 
flight is 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time tomorrow. This is Gemini 
Control at 8l hours and 21 minutes into the mission. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 12:50 a.m. Tape l6U, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 83 hours and 20 minutes after lif.toff . Gemini 7 
spacecraft at the present time is over the South Atlantic, and has just left 
the acquisition area at LOS -- that is the tracking ship Rose Knot, and is now 
entering the area of the Ascension Island voice remoting station. It's just 
begun its fifty-third revolution. During the pass over the tracking ship Rose 
Knot, the spacecraft communicator, Bill Garvin, said that all systems looked 
OK from his console aboard ship, and he said that both crewmen appear to be 
asleep at the present time. He also mentioned that they had a visual sighting 
of the spacecraft from the Rose Knot. He said they have a real good star field 
tonight, which made it easy to see the moving spacecraft across the star pattern. 
There was also a dump of telemetry data from the spacecraft to the Rose Knot 
during this pass. At 83 hours and 21 minutes after liftoff, this is Gemini 
Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 1:50 a.m. Tape 165, page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Qk hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 is now over the South Pacific approximately in the area ©f - 
American Somoa nearing the end of the 53rd revolution. Earlier in this 
revolution the spacecraft passed over the Coastal- Sentry tracking ship 
just north of the Philippine Islands. The spacecraft communicator, 
aboard the Costal Sentry, commented that the sea state at the ships 
location was not near as bad as it was yesterday. Yesterday they 
were having waves of 12 to 15 feet high. They are considerably lower 
than that today. He also reported that both crewmen appeared to be 
resting quitely and that the spacecraft was go on the ground. The 
next station to acquire Gemini 7 will be the tracking ship Rose Knot 
which will be approximately 25 minutes from now at 15 minutes after 
the hour. From the looks of the map here at Mission Control this will 
be the last pass" for the night over the Rose Knot. There will be another 
pass over the Coastal Sentry later on, or that the next revolution will 
pass near the edge of the Coastal Sentry acquisition area. At 84 hours 
and 21 minutes after lift-off, this is Gemini Control.' 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 - 5:50 a.m. 



Tape 166, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 88 hours and 20 minutes after lift-off. 
Gemini 7 at the present time is over the continent of Africa, approxi- 
mately the Nile Delta region at the beginning of the 56th revolution. 
In the pass just completed over the Canary Island tracking station, the 
spacecraft communicator there reported to Flight Director, John Hodge, 1 
here at Mission Control that all systems are "go' and it looked like the 
Command Pilot was awake while the Pilot was still asleep. The next 
station which will acquire the Gemini spacecraft will be the Carnarvon, 
Australia tracking station. This will be their first pass of the day 
and they should acquire at 15 minutes past the hour. Meanwhile at pad 
19 at Kennedy Space Center, preparations for the Gemini 6 launch are 
continuing. The computer was installed in the spacecraft and completed 
at 7:00 p.m. central standard time yesterday. They started testing the 
computer at 7:^5 and it is estimated that the test of the computer will 
be completed at 8:00 a.m. this morning central standard time. There have 
been no problems thus far in the testing. After the computer has been 
checked out, there will be a series of interface checks between the launch 
vehicle and the spacecraft. These tests will last about 5 hours. All 
these tests are in preparation for the final simulated flight which 
should start at between 5 and 7 p.m. tonight. The launch vehicle people 
are standing by for the spacecraft to catch up. At 88 hours and 21 minutes 
after lift-off, this is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 - 6:52 a.m. Tape 167, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 89 hours 20 minutes after lift-off. Gemini 7 
is now nearing the end of the 56th revolution and will be crossing the 
Isthmus of Panama within the next 10 minutes and will then be acquired by 
the tracking stations of the Eastern Test Range at Grand Turk Island and 
Antigua. Earlier in this revolution the spacecraft passed fairly close 
to the Carnarvon tracking station where they had a brief pass of about 
3^ minutes. The Spacecraft Communicator at Carnarvon Australia. tracking 
station, Keith K. Kundel, reported that all systems were go on the ground. 
At 89 hours and 20 minutes after lift-off, this is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 - 7:22 a.m. Tape 168, Page 1 

Good morning. This is Gemini Control Houston, 89 hours 52 minutes 
into the mission and the Red Team is now at work. Over the Canary's a 
few minutes ago, we performed the first fuel cell purge of the wakeful 
part of the day. There was very minimal conversation. The Weather 
Bureau says the weather will continue to be satisfactory to support this 
mission for the next U8 hours. Individual areas in the mid-Pacific, 
800 miles east northeast of Honolulu, mostly cloudy skies and scattered 
showers will be the rule, winds from the northeast between 15 to 20 knots, 
waves 5 feet. That is the area we call number k. In the western Pacific, 

700 miles south southwest of Tokyo, skies cloudy with occasional rain 

1 

showers, a frontal system through the area will divide north winds from 
southerly, with speeds on both sides in the neighborhood of 15 knots 
wave heights 3 to 6 feet. In the east Atlantic, 500 miles north of the 
Cape Verde Islands, mostly cloudy skies, east by northeast winds of 
25 knots and wave heights from 5 to 8 feet. In the primary landing zone, 
the Western Atlantic , they have a cold front moving through the area which 
should create considerable cloudiness and perhaps a few showers, winds 
behind the system will rise from 20 to 25 knots, and seas should get up to 
about 7 feet , so the Wasp should do a little pitching and rolling maybe 
today. The interesting meteorological features which will be overflown 
during the day include a tropical depression northeast of Ceylon. 
Earlier in the night, about midway through the last shift, we did have 
a maintenance period on this console which explains the lack of announce- 
ments for some 2 to 3 hours . The pool and other technical elements in the 
mission were advised, but apparently there was no public address system 
announcement. However, now we are told that our equipment is, it was just 



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a normal maintenance kind of- treatment. We are. now assured that our equip- 
ment was never better and even if some of the operators might not fall into 
that category. At 89 hours 55 minutes into the mission, this is Gemini 
Control . 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 --8:33 a.m. Tape 169, Page 1 



This ir, Gemini Control Houston, 3 91 hours suid 1 minute into thn night. 
A few minutes ago, G-emini 7 went over Carnarvon and the Carnarvon conversa- 
tion went like this. 



Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 



s/c 
s/c 

Carnarvon 



Flight 
Carnarvon 
Flight 
Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 



s/c 



Gemini 7> Carnarvon Cap Com. 
Go ahead Carnarvon, Gemini 7- 

Roger. Good morning from Australia. I have a flight 
plan update, a brief one, and also your PLA update for 
you when you are ready to copy. 
Roger, go ahead with the flight plan. 
Lost C-band track. 

Roger, it is 5 items. The first one is nodal crossing, 
time 92 25 19, remarks, rev 58, 137 degrees West, right 
Ascension, 11 56 08. Second item, time 90 50 00, that 
will be a cabin temperature survey, third item, time 
91 93 90 3 that is a crew status report over the Cape . 
Time 19 17 08, that will be a crew status report on 
the Pilot at Canaries. 
That is 91 17 08. 
What did I say? 
19. 

Is that right, it is supposed to be 91 Gemini 7- 
All right, got it. 

Okay, then a flight change to the flight plan, you will 
be updated with a complete flight plan at 90 hours and 
10 minutes . 

We are already passed that. 



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Tape 169, Page 2 



Flight 
Carnarvon 

s/e 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

' Carnarvon 



s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 



s/c 

Carnarvon 



3/C 



Oarnorvor 



What that says Carnarvon, is that their time Tine changes 
10 minutes at 90 hours. It should .. 

Okay. Gemini 7, here is what they mean here is that the 
time line has changed by 10 minutes as of 90 hours . 
Roger, got you. 

All righty. Are you ready for your PLA's? 
Ready. 

Roger. Area 59-1, 92 20 3"1, 1^3. Ar-.-'i oO-l, 93 56 ho , 
17+15- Area 6l-I . 95 32 kk , 17+16. Area 6:--, 98 22 
17+56. Area 63 -U , 99 58 51, 16+53- Aro;, 61, -3. 101 11 5^, 
20+01. Area 65-3, 102 kQ 1+0 , 18+1,5. That's li. 
Thanks a lot Carnarvon. 

Kr.trrr . vjf 1idv- r.ome general information for -y.-.u. 
Go ahead. 

Okay. They sa.y the weather over Southwestern ii .S. i r, : ■ . 
too good today, however, from the Mississippi river to F'l M-ida 
is clear. It will be cloudy in southern Florida. The/-, ; 
a frontal system in the -1 areas, so it is not very good, 
the -2 areas have high waves . Areas 3 and 1+ are good . 
Thank you. 

Okay, and they say that the sim flight is scheduled for 
this morning, have replaced the computer in GT-6 and it 
now has the same mouth-full as GT-7- There is still a 
chance that they will attempt to launch GT-6 on day 8. 
Roger. Thank you. 

Righto, that's all we have for you this time. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 - 8:33 a.m. Tape loy, Page 3 

S/C Roger. 
Carnarvon Just had LOS. 

Flight Roger Carnarvon. 

Gemini Control here. The spacecraft is over the Carribean and Lovell 
is talking to Dr. Berry. Let's cut in there. 
S/C Day k, meal A. 

Surgeon Okay, could we have your sleep report? 

S/C Roger, both of us slept possibly 6 to 7 hours last night, 

probably awoke two or three times during the night. 

Surgeon Roger, 6 to 7 hours and awake 2 or 3 times. We can see 

those wake times very easily on your records down here 
Jim and it appears that about, over CSQ at about 83 hours 
almost 8k hours, 83 53 or so that biomed tape recorder was 
turned on for a few minutes . Why was that done? 

S/C I don't believe it was done up here, Chuck. We turned off 

biomed 1 some time ago. Both of them have been off since 
that t ime . 

Surgeon Okay, it may have been a spurious signal of some sort. It 

looks like it was on for about 10 minutes over CSQ, according 
to the report. We couldn't understand how it came about. 
■ Do you think that you are sleeping better now from last 
night than you were the last couple of nights? 

S/C I believe I sleep pretty consistent since the first night. 

The first night was pretty poor as you can probably guess, 
but we both needed a good sleep the second night and we 
have been sleeping that way since that time. 

Surgeon Very good. Okay, how about the exercise? 



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Surgeon Are you getting it in before the meal times. We saw one 

scheduled this morning and it appeared you were exercising. 

S/C Roger. Both of us did our exercise before mealtime and 

one more meal that we had, which we can't find the title 
of at 78 hours we had shrimp, potato soup, and an orange 
drink but the number was not on. it. 

Surgeon Okay, we can get that off the list Jim. That is 

fine. One other thing we might ask you real quickly 
about the sensors . We are having a little bit of 
; " erratic reading in Frank's respiration sensors which we are 

" not going to do anything about unless he gets his suit off 
later and his EGG leads are just fine and so it can't be 
in the sensor itself, it is probably at the connection of 
the signal conditioner which he can't get back there. 
Are you having any itching or problem with the sensors 
themselves? 

S/C No, neither of us are having any trouble with the sensors 

There is one big advantage to the suit off operation. I 
can feel all mine , feel all mine and scratch around them 
as a matter of fact. 

Surgeon Very good. Okay, we have nothing else here. I'll turn 

you back to Cap Com. 

Cap Com ' Gemini 7 ? I would like to start on your flight plan update 

if you are ready to copy. 

S/C Stand by one. Okay, go ahead. 



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Cap Com S-5, 92 1+0 00, sequence 15, mode 01, pitclJ 90 degrees down, 

yaw, 0 degrees. S-6 , 92 1+0 00, sequence 12, we may lose 
contact here, Jim. I'll just keep reading and we will get 
as much as we can. Then I'll finish up on the next time 
around. Have you copied okay so far? 
S/C Okay. Go ahead. 

Cap Com D-1+/D-7 , 93 13 00, sequence 1+28, mode Ok, combine radio- 

meter and IR spectrometer measurement. That is for a 
total of k minutes measurement, in other words, instead 
of doing each one 2 minutes, do them both for a total 
of k minutes. Do you copy? 

S/C Roger . 

Cap Com D-k/D^l, 93 28 00, sequence 1+15 and 1+16, mode 02, pitch 

90 degrees down, yaw 0 degrees, time 9*+ 08 00, go — no-go 
at Texas. Do you copy? 

S/C Roger. 

Cap Com S-5, 9I+ 13 18, sequence 12, mode 02, pitch 30 degrees down, 

yaw ll+ degrees left, 9I+ l6 00 purge fuel cells at Bermuda. 
91+ 20 00 exercise. 9*+ 30 00 eating period, do you copy? 

S/C Roger. 

Cap Com MSC-1+, 95 14+ 39, sequence 01, mode 01, ptich 25 degrees 

down, yaw 1+1+ degrees left. D-9, 96 11 35, sequence 01, 
mode 01. Correction on that, that was sequence 02. Time 
96 1+5 00 cabin temp survey. Did you copy? 

S/C Roger . 

Cap Com Okay, that's the end of the message. 

S/C Roger, we have it. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 - 8:33 a.m. Tape 169, Page 6 
Cap Com On the MSC-k we are going to try White Sands because the 

weather is clobbered at Hawaii and Ascension. 
S/C So we will give it a try. 

Cap Com Roger. The HF is on in your primary system. 

S/C Thank you. 

This is Gemini Control here. I think that concludes that part of the 
pass. If we hurry we can get in about the first 3 minutes of the pass which 
you heard and then we will go back to 7 when she gets over the Canary 
Islands. Let's have the early part of the Central American pass. 
Cap Com Gemini 7> Gemini 7> Houston Cap Com. 

S/C This is 7 Houston, read you loud and clear. 

Cap Com Roger, good morning. Are you set up for the crew status 

report . 

S/C Good morning Houston, we are set up for the crew status 

report . 

\ Ca p Com j Roger, Stand by. We have a good temperature, start on the 

the blood pressure and stand by for the surgeon. 
S/C Blood pressure coming down. 

Surgeon Cuff is full scale. We have a valid blood pressure. You 

can start your exercise. 
S/C Starting now. 

Surgeon Jim, while Frank is exercising, I'd like to talk with you 

, one second about this food and water report .before we get 

to it. Apparently I gave you the wrong idea yesterday 
when we talked about it, and you were giving. us details of 
how much water you had with the meal, and that is not what 
we had in mind. What I would like to have you do is to just 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 - 8:33 a.m. Tape 169, Page 7 
take your M-7 log, the way you have it in your log book 
and ^ust start and read the time and the water in ounces 
that would appear across from the time that you ate a par- 
ticular meal package. We have a valid blood pressure 
Gemini 7. Your cuff is full scale here. 
S/C I understand Chuck. Actually the way we normally eat a 

meal, we mix the water with the meal then we have one 
drink either before or after the meal, that will be all 
for that meal period. 
Surgeon Roger, and what we really want is your total that you had 

up until that meal time, so in essence, each time you would 
report that if you reported two meals, we would get two 
different totals , a total at each meal time , and then we 
would get a total at the time that you are reporting if 
you are reporting at some time other than just right after 
meal time. Do you follow that? 
S/C We follow, but I think we get a little complicated on pro- 

cedures . 

Surgeon Okay, if you can't read that directly right off of your 

log, we won't do it, Jim, if it is a lot of calculation 
we won't do it. 

Gemini Control Houston here again, that concludes the State side pass. 
Down at the Cape they are bus? .his morning. We can hear them coming in on 
our blockhouse loop, bloekho-i., spacecraft test conductor loop, the familiar 
voice of Wendt who is +hp y te room - or at least called the pad 1 ider. 
He ±f boss of the ' n i ' Hoom dv :: ig any test _ riod, m ;iploy of 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 j- 8:33 a.m. Tape 169, Page 8 

McDonnell Aircraft Corporation. They are presently estimating that they will 
be in a position to start the sim flight of 6 in a little more than 2 hours 
from now. Right now, Chris Kraft, of the Red Team, Flight Director, is 
confering with Al Shepherd who is the crew leader on 6. He is at his 
position in the Mission Control Center at the Cape. About 6 conversations 
are going at once. I think we do hear the spacecraft now over the Canary's. 
Let's go back and see what is going on there. 

Jim Lovell has just started a blood pressure reading which accounts . 
for the silence on the line, he should be back on momentarily. 



Canary 

s/c 

Canary 



Canary 

s/c 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary 

s/c 

Canary 



We have a valid blood pressure. Give me a mark when you 
begin exercise. 

MARK, exercise. Blood pressure coming. 

Roger, exercise completed (garbled). The cuff is completely 
inflated. We have a valid blood pressure. Thank you. 
Canary Surgeon out. 
Gemini 7, Canary Cap Com. 
This is 7, go ahead. 

You might look at your fuel cell hydrogen pressure. 
You can bring it up around k^O if you want to. 
Roger, we have just (garbled). Thank you. 
; Roger." We^have a short flight plan update for you if you 
are ready to copy. 
Roger. We are ready to copy. 

Okay, this is a sunset-sunrise test and we would like you 
to note the following times during the next night and report 



nri v,r.v+- ttr nass. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12-8-65 - 8:33 a.m. Tape 169, Page 9 

Canary That is when the sun's lower limb touches the horizon and 

the time that the sun's upper limb rises and the time the 
sun's lower limb clears the horizon. 

S/C Roger. We will get on our strong sun glass to look at 

that . 

Canary Say again. 

S/C We will get out our strong sun glasses to look at that. 

Canary Okay. 

Gemini Control Houston Here. That apparently winds up the conversa- 
tion via the Canary Station. While passing within range of Florida at that 
time, we did advise the people down on Pad 19 to put their switches in the 
safe position because we sent some commands up to 7- This is going to be 
an" increasingly - an item that will have to be watched increasingly over 
the coming days because tests are going down there, the interface between 
this Control Center and Pad 19 has to be extremely close. At 91 hours 
25 minutes into the mission, this is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/8/65, 9:03 a.m. 



Tape 170, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston, here. 91 hours and 32 minutes into 
the flight. As the spacecraft moved north of the Kano station, Elliot See 
called them up. He wanted to check a point on the position of a certain 
switch, a squib , related to that fuel cell hydrogen heater. As he points out, 
we're so well satisfied with it", I wondered if perhaps the squib had been 
activated inadvertently. The crew came back that it had not, which sure 
makes us feel even better. about that reactant supply system. The .... We 
have the conversation for you. We also want to advise that our musical 
interlude began again this morning as the spacecraft swung across the 
Atlantic Ocean. The first tune that went up to them was "High Hopes". Here's 
the Kano conversation. 



HOUSTON 



s/c 

^OUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 



s/c 



Roger. We feel that your fuel cell hydrogen tank is perform- 
ing better than expected. We wonder about the possibility 
that the hydrogen tank squib could have been blown at the 
time we used the oxygen cross-feed on the first day. Can 
you confirm that either way? 

Stand by. Negative. We have not had the bus ; arm switch on^ 
It's been in place the whole time. 

Roger, Gemini 7. Gemini 7, Houston, Gemini 7, Houston. 
Go ahead, Houston. 

We'd like to try that one one more time, Frank. We feel that 
the bus arm switch would have been in the experiment position, 
at times for some of your D-k work, and we wonder if you are 
certain that it was not on at the time the cross -feed was 
used. 

Houston, this is Gemini 7. 



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HOUSTON 
S/C 



HOUSTON 
S/C 



HOUSTON 



Go ahead. 

Elliot, we had the bus arm switch in the experiment position 
only twice: One was to erect the D-l+,|D-7 equipment; the 
second time was about several seconds or minute later when 
we jettisoned the IR and pulled IR equipment. Since that 
time, we put it right back into station. It's been that 
way ever since. 
Roger, Gemini 7. 

That was a modification in flight plan, to leave that squib 
off unless it's being used, Elliot. It should have been 
inked in the flight plan, our's is. 
Roger. We understand that. 

Gemini Control here again. Our orbit this morning is 170.5 
miles apogee. Our perigee 127. h miles. The musical interlude 
continues, and it sounds like this. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 9:32 a.m. Tape 171, 

Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston here, 92 hours, 2 
minutes into the flight with 7 high over the Australian 
continent. They had conversation between 7 and Carnarvon 
and here's that tape for you now. 



CRO 
S/C 
CRO 



S/C 
CRO 

S/C 

HOUSTON 
CRO 

HOUSTON 
CRO 

HOUSTON 



Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. 
This is Gemini 7, go ahead. Carnarvon. 
Roger, you're looking good here on the 
ground. There might be Go No-Go this pass 
over the States because they want to reconsider 
the pass to support the sim flight for GT-6. 
Roger, understand. Go No-Go over the States. 
That's correct. We have nothing further for 
you this pass, standing by. 
Roger . 

...do you read me at this time? 
Rog, read you. 

How about relaying a message for me? 
Rog, will do. 

To Mr. Roy Botcham, The Australian Trade 
Commission, in Beiruth, Lebanon. Tell him 



that we said hello, will you? 



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• Page 2 

CRO Roger, will do. 

HOUSTON He came through MSC aoma time ago and ha'a a 

very fine gentleman. 
CRO Roger . 

Hello, Gemini 7, Carnarvon, would you give 

us a short test count, please? We want to 

monitor your script .... 
S/C ' Roger. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Gemini 7. 

Get that, Carnarvon? 
CRO Roger, we're going to want another count 

pretty soon here, stand by one. 
S/C Roger . 

CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com, would you give 

us a long count, please? 
S/C Roger. Gemini 7, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 

Gemini 7. 

CRO Roger, thank you, Gemini 7. Welre noticing 

a decrease in the bus voltage on that, but 
t it doesn't look too serious. This is during 

\ the time you transmit. No problem. 

S/C 

CRO Just started. 

Houston, Carnarvon. 



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• Page 3 



HOUSTON 
CRO 

HOUSTON 
CRO 



HOUSTON 
CRO 

HOUSTON 



Go ahead. 

Roger, did you copy all that? 
Roger . 

OK, we've sent in a summary message on it. 
I guess it doesn't drop too far and it comes 
right back on up. 

Yeah, it appears to be completely normal. 
OK. Notice the slight changes on the VHOl 
but it sure doesn't look like much. 
Rog. 



END OP TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:04 a.m. 



Tape 172, Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston, here, 92 hours 34 minutes into the 
flight. The Guaymas station has telemetry contact with the space- 
craft. We've had no voice interchange as yet. During the pass 
Elliot See, our capsule communicator here, will give seven a 
go for 75-1, a 75 revolution flight. Also the crew, out on the 
eastern edge of the pass will conduct an S-6 and S-5 experiment. 
These are synoptic terrain photography and weather photography. 
I think Elliot is about ready to give them a call now, so let's 
go to that live. 

Texas go remote. 
Texas remote. 



HOU FLIGHT 
TEXAS 



HOULCAP COM 
S/C 

HOU CAP COM 

S/c 

HOU CAP COM 
S/C 



Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 
Go ahead Houston, Gemini 7. 

Roger. You are go for 75-1. Standing by for your 
date. 

Roger, understand go for 75-1, thank you. Reads 

are all 10 28 0 cell 183 amps. 1A.... 

Gemini 7, you've cut out after 1A. 

1 A -3 amps, 1 B-3 amps, 1 D-3 amps, 2 A-2 amps 

2 B - 2.5 amps, 2 C - 4 amps. How are you reading 
Houston? ' . 



HOU CAP COM 



Loud and clear . 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:04 a.m. Tape 172, Page 2 

S/C RCSA 2975 degrees, B 2975 degrees. Left hand 

secondary 02 5400 pounds, right hand secondary 02, 

5 3 00 pounds. 

HOU CAP COM Roger, and you have buss voltage? 

S/c Roger, it's 2 7.5. 

HOU CAP COM Roger. I have a flight plan item here for you 

here. We'd like you to run a D-4/D-7 sequence 
417. We're not going to schedule a specific time 
because we feel you can pick that the best. This 
is one of clouds eliminated by lightening. So, 
we'd like you to just pick that one up whenever 

* you think you have a good opportunity. Do you copy.? 

S/C Roger. 

HOU CAP COM Are you ready for the day's version of the Haney/See 

managed news? 

S/c Roger, we're just starting on this S-5 run. 

HOU CAP COM That's at the Atlantic coast isn't it? 

S/C That's coming up 92 40 here in about three minutes. 

Go ahead . 

HOU CAP COM Roger. Interrupt me if you need to. 

S/C That's okay. ' 

HOU CAP COM The report is an important capture in Viet Nam. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:04 a.m. Tape 172, Page 3 

HOU C T vP COM The first infantry division troops found a major 

Viet Nam training camp on the outskirts of the 
Michelan rubber plantation, including under- 
ground command bunker and complete classrooms. 
S /c Sounds good, 

HOU CAP COM Jim, the surgeon has requested that you keep 

a check on your sternal ECG leads. He's 
getting some superior signals. 

S/C ' I'll press down on it Elliot, to see if he gets 

any better signals. 

HOU CAP COM Okay. The Gemini 7 story today says Borman 

hitches GT-7 to a star. They talked about 
your burn yesterday primarily. In the sports 
area, the Oilers' Willie Frazier is out for the 
season with a shoulder separation and it looks 
like the Oilers may sign Tommy Nobis. 

S/C Oh, dear I thought he was going to Atlanta. 

HOU CAP COM Apparently not definite yet. 

S/C I hope he comes to the Oilers. 

HOU CAP COM Are you still holding that lead Jim? It looks okay 



now. 



S/C Looks okay. 

HOU CAP COM And, the last thing is 15 shopping days until 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:04 a.m. Tape 172, Page 4 

HOU CAP COM Christmas. We gave you a wrong number yesterday. 

S/C Thank you. 

HOU CAP COM You don't get credit for three days in one there. 

S/c Rog. Let us know how the sim flight comes out 

will you? 

HOU CAP COM Sure will. We'll be reconfiguring the center right 

after this pass to work with the sim flight. 
Let me know when you're finished that S-5 pass. 
We've got another item. 
Gemini 7, stand by for a TR update. 

S/C Rog . 

Gemini Control Houston, while the boys are conducting their 
photography experiments that requires both of them. Frank has to 
point the spacecraft at a proper heading and Jim is the photographer. 
Throughout several of these passes you've heard references to a map. 
This is an abbreviation which stands for message acceptance pulse. 
We send a command or any other activity up to the spacecraft in a 
split second, we get a descrete pulse back here on the ground. In 
that way we know the message has gotten there. We invariably 
verify this / by voice communications to them. Let's go back and 
listen in now and find out what's happening. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:04 a.m. Tape 172, Page 5 

This is Gemini Control here again, still no conversation. 
There goes Elliot. 
HOU CAP COM A picture. 

S/c Roger .... 

HOUSTON CAP COM Roger, have you reported the sunset and sunrise 

times from that special test we asked for? 

S/C No, we couldn't get them it's so bright we have 

to get the Polaroid and sunglasses in order to 
get it. We'll take a look into it. 

HOU CAP COM " Well, just keep it in mind and whenever it's 

convenient, any sunrise or sunset would be all 
right. 

S/c Roger, now as a matter of fact. 

HOU CAP COM Roger. How was the temperature in the cabin 

last night. We noticed you adjusted it up a 
little better. Did it seem comfortable to both 
of you? 

S/C Rog . We're comfortable but we didn't touch the 

temperatures . 

HOU CAP COM You did not touch it for the sleep period last 

night? 

S/C Negative . 

HOU CAP COM And you were both comfortable last night. 



IL ik. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:04 a.m. Tape 172, Page 6 

s / c Roger. It seems like late in- the afternoon just 

before we go to bed it gets real hot and after 
we settle down in here it cools off. You get 
cool in the morning. Hot at night when you go 
to bed and cold when you wake up. 

HOU CAP COM Roger. I was just wondering if Jim wouldn't 

like to try out that orbital flight suit just 
to get another data point working toward the ul- 
timate flight suit. 

S/C • We will. 

HOU CAP" Com Roger, 

S /C I'll try out Radnof sky's special suit for him. 

HOU CAP COM Say again Jim. 

S /C I'll try out Radnofsky's special suit for him. 

HOU Cap Com Roger. We'll be very interested in your comments 

on it. 

S /C Incidentally, Lee and I bet somebody at MCC 

that we'd have to turn the hydrogen heater on 
last night and I had to. 

HOU Cf\P COM Roger. Looks like we're picking up all kind of 

goodies around here. 

S/C I think it was Mr. Kraft I bet. 

HOU CAP COM You say that was Mr. Kraft you bet. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:04 a.m. 



Tape 172, Page 7 



HOU FLIGHT 
S/C 

HOU FLIGHT 



s/c 



HOU FLIGHT 



S/C 



HOU FLIGHT 
HOU CAP COM 

BERRY 



No, that wasn't you me you bet. 
Okay. 

I'd like to make you all kind of bets down here 
that we could turn on the auto heater on the 
hydrogen and forget it. 

Roger. I had it on this morning just a while 
and they told' me to turn over Australia or some- 
where . 

Roger. The people in the back room are not quite 
' ready to do the hydrogen one but I ' m pretty cer- 
tain you could. How are you making out after 
four days? 

We're pretty good Chris. It's amazing the space- 
craft seems to get bigger and bigger. Either 
we Ire loosing weight or we're getting used to it 
I don't know which. 
Very good . 

Gemini 7 the surgeon would like to make a comment 
to you about this sternal lead again. 

Jim, would you check that sternal lead pretty carefull 
If you're going to put on that other garment 
it looks like it probably was loose. It has been 
going somewhat iratic still. It looks pretty good 
most of the time now but it looked like it was 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:04 a.m. 



Tape 172, Page 8 



BERRY 



completely loose there for a while. So you had 



better check that pretty thoroughly, as you're 



putting on that other garment. Would you do that? 



S/C 



Roger. Checking them all right now. (Garbled.) 



HOU CAP COM 



We didn't copy that. 



S/C 



(Garbled) 



HOU 



Canary ' s AFD 



This is Gemini control. The spacecraft 7 is now gone over 
the hill from Bermuda and we don't expect any additional conversa- 
tion. Canary should pick them up in about three to four minutes. 
We have some additional ' classical music for the crew today we 
plan to play during the course of the day that will include such 
selections as "The Last Two Movements from Symphony Five" entitled 
"From the New World". We'll also play "Perpetual Motion Opus 
Number 257" by Johann Strauss and a selection by Bach titled 
"Air on the G String," performed by the Philadelphia orchestra. 
This is Gemini Control Houston at 92 hours 5 0 minutes into the 
mission. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:28 a.m. Tape 173, Page 1 

S/C Roge. I'd like 76-1 again... 

HOUSTON Roger. Seventy 

This is Gemini Control, Houston. 92 hours, 57 minutes into 
the mission. At 10:22 Central Standard Time, Flight Director 
Chris Kraft has directed the network to complete their re- 
configuration of equipment to support the simulated flight 
of Spacecraft 6 down on the Pad. This means for the next 
h to 6 hours, at least, or perhaps at most 6 hours at the 
outside of a guess, we will retake data from the various 
sites around the World on a manual basis; that is the data 
will he summarized on a teletype, in a teletype message 
format and will come into the various sites in that form. 
This is very similar to the way we handled data during the 
Project Mercury series. AT 92 hours, 58 minutes into the 
flight with the spacecraft over the Canary Islands; there 
is no voice activity in this pass. Wfc are standing by to 
pick up the first abort runs and ascent runs .with Spacecraft 6 
now on Pad 19 . 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/$/65 - H:08 



Tape 17^ > Page 1 



This is Gemini Control here at 93 hours 37 minutes into the mission. 
The spacecraft 7 is over Australia. During the Carnarvon pass we had 
this conversation. 



Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 



s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

Flight 

Carnarvon 

Flight 
Carnarvon 

Flight"" 



Carnarvon 

Flight . 1 

Carnarvon 

Flight 

Carnarvon 

Flight 



Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 
Roger , Carnarvon . 

Okay, we have you go here on the ground. We have one 
message for you. We would like to move your purge back 
from Bermuda to Texas. The Texas Cap Com will advise 
when to start the purge. Did you copy? 
Roger . They have moved the purge from Bermuda to Texas . 
Texas Cap Com will tell us when to start the purge. 
That's affirmed. 

Roger. We will be standing by for the Texas call. 

Roger . C ar nar von . 

Go ahead Carnarvon, HFD. 

Okay, everything looks good on the ground. He is in 
pulse mode and we are getting a lot of yaw left bearings 
Roger, pulse mode. 
Gemini 7j Carnarvon. 
Go ahead Carnarvon. 

Roger, we are getting a lot of drops on the C-band this 
track. 

Okay. Copy. Still in the pulse mode? 

That is affirmative. Still thruster firings. 

Okay, what does your attitude show on the ground? 

Well, I don't really know that. 

What about your meters? 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 - 11:08 



Tape 17k, Page 2 



Carnarvon 



Flight 
Carnarvon 
Flight 
Carnarvon 



Flight 



We don't have a platform.. , 
That's right 

Carnarvon has had TM LOS. 
Roger Carnarvon. 

That was real terrible on the C-band track there and we 
had a lot of thruster firings all the way through our 
pass, even in the pulse mode, that is the most thruster 
firing we have seen. 
Oh. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 - ll:l6 a.m. Tape 175 3 Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. We have a Status report 
for you on our progress at Launch Complex 19 • Some 16 minutes ago, the 
simulated flight test, one of the final milestone tests for the Gemini 6 
rendezvous mission started. The first run was concluded just a matter of 
minutes ago. This was a Mode 2 abort run where, after lift-off at zero, 
a Mode 2 abort occurred in simulation. 1 minute kO seconds after lift-off. 
The backup pilots for the Gemini 6 flight, Astronauts Gus Grissom and John 
Young were in the spacecraft observing the various spacecraft dials and 
confirming that the abort had occurred in the various functions that follow 
in the abort sequence. We actually ran two abort runs early this afternoon. 
On our first attempt a procedures problem, no problem with any mechanical 
no technical problem whatsoever, but a procedures problem occurred which 
required us to make the run over again. On our second attempt which occurred 
with a lift-off at 12:07 p.m. eastern standard time, we ran through the 
complete sequence and all our checks have shown that this run was very satis- 
factory. We will .now recycle, for the second run of the day in the simulated 
flight which will be a guidance switchover test. It will pick up at the 
l-k-5 minute mark in the countdown some k5 minutes from now as we go in a 
recycling process in the blockhouse at launch complex 1$. We finished up 
our check on the spacecraft computer earlier this morning at about 10:30 a.m. 
eastern standard time. We had completed them and all checks with the new 
computer in the spacecraft were satisfactory. We have started our sim flight 
and all is looking good at Launch Complex 19 at the present time. We will 
give further reports from the Cape as the progress of the 'sim flight continues. 
One final point, Astronaut Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford, prime pilots for 
the Gemini 6 mission are expected to come aboard the spacecraft some 10 or 



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15 minutes from now. They will be -fully suited and will participate in 
the first k hours or so of the sim flight. The aim flight in all could 
last as short as some 8 hours and it could be as lengthy as some 12 or 
Ik hoars, as we go through all the various functions and checks in this 
important test. This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/8/65, 11:33 a.m. Tape 176, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. Our status at 
Complex 19 continues to go smoothly. We've started out simulated flight 
test some 31 minutes ago; and at 31 minutes past the hour, the pilots for 
the Gemini 6 mission, astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford, boarded the 
Gemini 6 spacecraft and they will participate in this simulated flight test 
for some 3 to k hours inside the spacecraft. They just came aboard, and they 
will make some brief checkouts before starting their participation. They 
will be relieved later in the 'day by their back-ups again, astronauts Gus 
Grissom and John Young. We are still some thirth minutes" away from picking ■ 
up the countdown for our second run in the simulated flight. That will be a 
^5 minute count down leading up to a switch=over guidance test during 
powered flight. We're still some 30 minutes away from picking up the count, 
but we have the prime pilots aboard, fully suited. This is Gemini Launch 
Control at the Cape . 

Here is Gemini Control in Houston, again. Meanwhile, the 
7 spacecraft, swinging across the Pacific Ocean over Canton Island. Elliot 
See called them up, and here was the conversation. 



HOUSTON Gemini 7. Gemini 7. Houston Cap-Corn. 

S/C I can't read. 

HOUSTON Roger. Would you notify me when you do? 

S/C Roger. This is Gemini 7. Go ahead. 

HOUSTON Roger, Seven. Would you turn your DCS circuit breaker off 

and leave it off until further notice. 

S/C ...(Garble)... 

HOUSTON Roger. Did you copy? 

S/C Roger. DCS circuit breaker is off. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/8/65, 11:33 a.m. 



Tape 176, Page 2 



HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
CTN 

HOUSTON 
CTN 

HOUSTON 
CTN 

HOUSTON 
CTN 

HOUSTON 
CTN 

HOUSTON 
END OF TAPE 



Roger. And we'll be doing a manual tape dump when you come 
to the U.S. 

Can you read Gemini 7? 

Weak, but clear, go ahead. Gemini 7, did. you copy? 
Gemini 7, Houston Cap-Corn. Did you copy? 
The DCS power circuit breaker is off, Houston. 
Roger . 

This is Canton. 
Go ahead. 

This is Canton. Houston are you copying Canton? 
•Roger . 

Okay. We can't report LOS because we never had an AOS. WE 
had no beacon, no TM, and no pointing data. 
You're in bad shape. 
Roger . 

We're in good shape now. I just had that one little 
message I wanted to get to them, and they received it okay. 
Okay. Roger 

Thank You. Thank you Canton. Go local. 



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This is Houston here at 9^ hours 9 minutes into the flight- The 
spacecraft has just touched the West coast of Baja, California. Texas 
is talking to them now and they are about to start 'a fuel cell purge. 
Let's listen as they move across the States. 
Guaymas Flight , Guaymas . 

Flight Go ahead, Guaymas. 

Guaymas We are showing activation of DCS abort light on the ground. 

Flight Yes, that is because your circuit breaker is off on the . 

DCS. 

Guaymas • ' Very good , thank you . 

Flight Roger . 

This is apparently going to be an extremely quiet pass . If something 
occurs, we will come back to you. This is Gemini Control Houston out. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMhlETARY, 12/8/6 5, 11:1+5 a.m. Tape 1?8, Page 1 

GEMINI CGI.'xkOL That was Chris. He is talking to Seven at this time. They 
have completed the purging of the. fuel cells. I believe 
Elliot See is going to have a few things to say. We'll bring 
the circuit back up live. 

HOUSTON Would you move your selector switch to fuel cell 02 now, 

please. Gemini 7 will you move your selector switch to fuel 
cell H2 now. 

S/C Roger .- 

HOUSTON ■ Gemini 7, we've got good readings. Would you turn your 

switch to the off position. We are standing by. 
S/c Thank you , Texas . 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, Houston. 

S/C This is Seven. Roger. 

HOUSTON Are you doing your photograph now, Jim, on the S-5? 

S/C This is .We couldn't take the picture, Elliot. It was 

cloudy over the Mississippi Delta. 
HOUSTON Roger. Okay. Would you get your We want to do a manual 

tape dump here. Would you place your stand-by TM switch to 

"Delay Time". 

G/C Roger. Stand-by is on "Delay Time". 

HOUSTON Place your tape play back switch to "Continuous". 

S/C Tape play back is on "Continuous". 

HOUSTON And you can get out your flight plan update book. I've got 

two items for you . 



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HOUSTON 
Z/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

ANTIGUA 
S/C 

HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

HOUSTON 



Roger . 

For. your information, the Spacecraft 6 sim flight is underway, 
Roger . 

we see . them working on 19. 

Very feverish activity, isn't it? 

Right. 

Acquisition, Antigua. 

Okay. - Go ahead with the update. 

Roger. That first item is a deletion. D-9 at 961135 is 
deleted . 

Roger. I understand that D-9 is deleted. 

We'll get' that later today. A new one in that same area there, 
is D-5 961300, Test #2, and I have the instructions for that 
test when you're ready to copy. 
Go ahead. 

Okay. Number 1, Calibrate on Vensus. Number 2, If calibra- 
tion successful, release the cal button. Track to occulta- 
tion, and report number of gain 'wheel turns to maximum from 
the calibration setting. Do you copy? 
Roger. We have it. 

Step 3, If normal calibration not usccessful, repeat calibra- 
tion without depressing cal button. Track Vensus for 15 
seconds. Move and count gain wheel turns to maximum. Con- 
tinue tracking to occultation, and report results. Do you 
copy? . 



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S/C 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 

S/C 



Roger . Got it . 
Caution. Ground equipment tests show that sunlight on the 
photo tube can have an adverse affect even with the power 
off. .§0, we'd like te advise you to keep the unit out of 
the sunlight at all times, or any bright light. 
Roger. Understand. 

Like to advise you that the weather is marginal for your 
MSC h pass on White Sands, on the next revolution. We 
hope to try to get you a weather update on this at Carnarvon. 
So, we might be able to tell you just not to unstow the 
gear. 

Rog. It's a shame. We're looking forward to that. 

Roger. So are we. That's all I have right now. We're 

standing by for completion of the manual tape dump. We'll 

call you on that in just a minute. You haven't had a 

chance" to try out that flight suit, have you? 

Not yet, Elliot. I'll probably stick it on this evening. 

How's that? 

I beg your pardon, 

I'll try it this evening. How's that? 

Roger. Whatever 's convenient to you, Jim. Would you place 
your tape play back switch to "Command" . 
Tape play back, "Command" . 
Stand by TM switch to "Off". 

Stand by's at "Off". 



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HOUSTON 



Roger. 



HOUSTON FLIGHT Frank, this is Houston Flight. How are you this morning? 



s/c 

HOUSTON FLIGHT 



S/C 



S/C 



Very good, Chris. Very good. 

I talked with Sue a little while ago. She thinks you're 
doing great. 

Thank you. No, we're all in good shape. We're waiting 
until Six comes out. 
HOUSTON FLIGHT Yea. That's. what she's looking forward to, also. * Jim, I'd 
like to advise you that Marilyn apparently came by the 
Control Center here last night and watched from the VIP 
room and nobody knew she was here. '• 
Kind of sneaky. 

HOUSTON FLIGHT Roger. They're all over having coffee this morning. 
S/C Having withdrawal symptoms on coffee. , 

HOUSTON FLIGHT They've been monitoring all the squawk boxes that we've got 
over there , and they 1 re both very happy about tlhat . 
Nice set up, then. 

So, we'll see you after lunch on the next revolution". 
Roger. 

This is Gemini Control again. That apparently wraps up the 
conversation for this Stateside pass. The flight plan shows the crew program 
to start an exercise period in the next few minutes. This would continue 



S/C 

HOUSTON FLIGHT 
S/C 



for 10 or 15 minutes; then rcuchlv ever the Canaries. 



little scu. 



Canaries, they're to start eating lunch. They'll finish lunch over Hawaii. 
There are no additional flight plan activities programmed for them as they 
swing through this next night side which will begin between Kano and 



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Tananarive, and extend through and well beyond Carnarvon. Here's Elliot 
with another advisory. 

SEE And the reason is "because of the Spacecraft 6 tests that are 

going on. 
ANTIGUA LOS Antigua. 

At hours, 2h minutes into the flight of Seven, this is 
Gemini Control, Houston. 
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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 12:04 p.m. Tape 179, Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch at the Cape. Our simulated flight 
test is running smoothly at this time. At two minutes past the 
hour, we picked up the countdown for our second run in the sim 
flight. This will be a 45 minute count. We are at the 42 52 
mark in the countdown and all is proceeding normally. On this 
second run it will be a guidance test of both the spacecraft and 
the launch vehicle. When we reach 0 in the 45 minute countdown, 
we will receive a liftoff. Fourteen seconds after liftoff guidance 
failure will be simulated and the space vehicle that is, both the 
spacecraft and the launch vehicle will make a switch over to the 
secondary guidance system. At the 34 minute mark in the pilot 
flight on this second run, we will switch back to primary guidance' 
and then again get a switch over at the three minute and 28 second 
mark of powered flight when the pilots in the spacecraft, Wally 
Schirra and Tom Stafford will once again switch to the secondary 
guidance mode. In this test we are able to check the switch over 
from primary to second guidance and see it occur in both stages of 
the launch vehicle. Our count is going normally at the present time 
O u r next report will occur at successful completion _of the second 
run. This is Gemini Launch control at the Cape. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/8/65 - 12:21 p.m. Tape l80 , Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, 9k hours 51 minutes into the flight of 
Gemini 7- The spacecraft is over Tananarive and we do not expect any 
communication during this period. In the course of the last 15 minutes 
in conjunction with the various tests we have been pulling with Pad 19, 
Elliott See, our Capsule Communicator here, called the Gemini 6 space- 
craft on one of the circuits available. The conversation went like this 
and CM1 is Wally Schirra, crew member 1, and CM2 , or crew member 2, is 
Tom Stafford. Let's hear the conversation now. 
Houston Cap" Com Gemini 6, Houston Cap Com. How do you read? 
Schirra Cap Com, Gemini 6, how do you read? 

Houston Cap Com Roger, read. you loud and clear. Gemini 7 just came 

over a few minutes ago and said they saw you working 

down there . 

Schirra Very good. Nice clear day here. 

Houston Cap Com Houston would like to check on CM2 also. 
Stafford Houston, this is CM2 . Read you loud and clear. 

Houston Cap Com Roger, read you the same. We are looking forward. 
Stafford Roger . 



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This is Gemini Control Houston here, 95 hours 13 minutes into the 
flight. We just had conversation through the Carnarvon Station. The 
uurden of it was that officially we are scrubbing the MSC-4 experiment, 
the Lacer experiment, this time, but it is on an if can basis, it vnll 
be left up. The status is that the weather is marginal out in New Mexico 
and more than that the spacecraft at point of closest approach would be 
some 250 nautical miles from the ground station so the reading is White 
Sands will go ahead, power up their equipment and they will send the 
beam up there if, by chance, the spacecraft sees it, they will vector in 
on it and track. However, the likelihood of a contact is quite rare, 
it is really not expected. .Lovell was advised of this and earlier he 
has indicated that he is anxious to try this experiment for the first 
time which has been defeated largely by weather now for three attempts 
that have been scheduled. That is the only activity set up this time 
across the States. After they leave the States over Ascension, they 
will perform a D-5 experiment, a star occultation experiment, using the 
eye device that has given us a little trouble in the past. We under- 
stand it's operation somewhat better now and they will take another wack 
at betting readings on about 6 stars and tracking them very precisely 
as they go over the horizon. If the White Sands experiment is successful , 
it could start at approximately 11 minutes after the hour , or about 30 to 
^5 minutes from now - 25 minutes from now. I'm sorry. We have the 
Carnarvon conversation and we will play it for you now. 



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s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 
3/C 

Carnarvon 



s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 



s/c 

Carnarvon 

Flight 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 



This is Gemini 7, go ahead. 

Roger. We would like to have you turn your TM switch to 
the real time at acq 8 position please. 
TM to real time at acq 8. 

Okay, we've got it. Would you turn your adapter C-band 

to continuous release . 
Adapter C-band on continuous. 

Okay. At. elapsed time 95 hours 16 minutes 00 s-econds, 
we would like for you to turn your adapter C-band switch _ 
to command. This will allow Woomera to track you. 
'Understand. At 95 16 00 turn adapter C-band to command, 
is that correct. 
Affirmative . 
Roger . 

Also I have some information for you about your MSC-U. 
Roger, go ahead. 

Okay. The MSC-^ has been scrubbed. White Sands will bring 
up their equipment and track you. If you see it, 'go ahead. 
But don't use a lot of fuel because It is a good long way • 
away from you on this pass. 

Roger, I understand. MSC-U officially has been scrubbed, 

but we will look for the beam. 

Rog. 

Tell them that the weather is pretty bad. 
The weather is pretty Dad also, 7- 
Understand . 

We have you solid on the ground. Before we have LOS we 



s/c 

Carnarvon 

Flight 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 



s/c 

Carnarvon 

Flight 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 



Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 
Flight 



will call up and tell you when to turn your TM switch 
back to command. 
Roger . 

Everything looks real good here Flight . 
Roger . 

Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 
Go ahead. 

Okay. You are still looking real good here on the ground. 

You can turn your TM switch to command position. 

Okay, we have you anything, we will be standing by. We 

have a couple of more minutes in acquisition. 

Roger t 

Carnarvon . 

Go ahead . 

Okay, everything looked real good here. 
Carnarvon, Gemini 7. 
Go ahead Gemini 7 • 

Would you relay to the Flight in Houston please the following 
times. Sunset, the lower limb across the horizon, 93 1° 57 ■ 
The upper limb, 93 11 15-5 - Did you get that. 
Roger. Copy. 

Sunrise, the upper limb across the horizon, 93 ^2 2>k . 5 , 
the lower limb at 93 ^3 22.0. 
Roger, copied. 
Thank you. 
Roger Gemini . 

What was that first number. 93 10 what? 



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Carnarvon 95 1C 57.5. 

Flight Roger. I copied. 

Carnarvon Did you copy all of those Flight? 

Flight Affirmative . 

Carnarvon Okay. 



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KK&ION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/65 - 1:1C p.m. Tape 182, i'^-y '. 

This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. This is our preserve star.ur 
on the simulated flight test at Launch Complex 19- All is proceeding satis- 
factf" ' ' y at the present time. On our second run in the simulated flight 
th.'.' afternoon, we had a liit-oJT at 1:3Y p.m. eastern standard time after 
■- K l j minute countdown. Oux- guidance run was conducted and a 20 minute de- 
briefing and a check of ail systems gave us a go for this second run. The 
second run looks good from the preliminary data we have, of course, all of 
this is subject to complete data review that is conducted simultaneously. 
Luring this second run, after the ^5 minute count, we had a lift-off, a 
switchover to our secondary guidance system at lk second, we switched 
back to primary guidance at 2 minutes and 3^ seconds, and the pilots in 
the spacecraft, Waliy Schirra and Tom Stafford, once again switched to 
secondary guidance at the 3 minute and 20 second mark of powered flight on 
this second simulation. A check of all our data in real time gives us the 
'belief that we had a good run. We are considering that it is satisfactory, 
once again, subject to a complete data review and we are in the process of 
recycling now for the third and final run of the simulated flight. This 
third run will pick up after a recycle period of about U5 minutes. It will 
pick up at the 3 minute mark in the countdown. We will have a normal powerec 
flight and insertion into orbit and from that point a series of orbital and 
reentry exercises will take place. This final run is the longest of the 
simulated flight operations. It lasts from 5 to 6 hours. It is the prime 
pilots, Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford are still in the spacecraft suited 
up. Later in the day they will be relieved by their backups, Gus Grissom 
and -John Young. All looking good on the simulations. This is Gemini Launch 



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And this is Gemini Control Houston, 95 hours kl minutes into the flight. 
Elliott See has just called the Gemini 7 spacecraft through California and 
while he is not saying anything right now, we are going to stand by and see 
how that MSC-U, if anything develops there on our Laser experiment. We will ' 
cut in there live now and then we will have a long flight plan update, per- 
haps during the end of this pass. Spacecraft 6, Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford, 
on the pad may talk with the 7 crew as they go over the Cape. Let's tune 
in and listen. 



Cap Com Can you tell anything about the weather, Gemini 7. 

S/C Yeah, it looks like it might break up right before that. 

Cap Com . " Very good. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston. Any joy? 

S/C No joy. 

Cap Com Roger. Place your standby TM switch to delayed time. 

S/C Delayed time. 

Cap Com We have a flight plan update for you when you are ready 

to 'copy. 

S/C Okay, stand by. Too many clouds, Elliott. 

Cap Com Roger, understand. 

S/C Go ahead, Elliott. 

Cap Com Roger. Incidentally, toward the end of this pass, space- 

craft 6 wants to try to talk to you. We will try to work 
that in. Node, 96 5h U5, rev 6l, 15k. 2 degrees east, right 
Ascension 11 50 56- Do you copy? 

S/C Roger. 

Cap Com S-6, 97 16 k6, sequence 10, pitch 30 degrees down, yaw 

0 degrees. MSC-2 and 3 , 97 ^0 00, sequence 02, off at 



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112 00 00, D-9, 97 hi 3h , sequence 01, mode 02, time 
98 ih 00, purge fuel cells at Carnarvon. Do you copy? 
S/C Roger. 

Cap Cora HF, 98 20 00, sequence 01, test stop at 99 50 00, time 

98 5^ 00, crew status report on the Command Pilot at 
Texas. Place your tape playback switch to continuous. 
Did you get that 7 • 

S/C That is tape playback to continuous, and on the HF test 

that was stop at 99 50 00? 

Cap Com Roger. Did you get the next item? 

S/C ' Roger, I have the crew status. 

Cap Com Roger i Time, 100 05 00, cabin temperature survey, time 

100 15 00, crew status report on the Pilot at Hawaii. 
Time 101 32 00, PLA update at CSQ. Time ldl 50 00, 

fuel cell purge at Hawaii. Time 102 00 00, bio-med 

1 

recorder number 2 continuous, off at 112 00 00 . Do 
you copy. 
S/C Roger. 

Cap Com We are still working on the dump now, Gemini 7- Gemini 6 

can call you in here if they make it brief. „. 
S/C Standing by for 6. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, one more message for you. Place your - and this 

is at a time 96 27, place your adapter C-band to command. 
S/C At 96 27 adapt to C-band command. 

Cap Com Roger. 



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Gemini 6 

s/c 

Gemini 6 

S/C (Borman) 

Cap Com 

S/C (Borman) 

Cap Com 

S/C (Borman) 

S/C (Love 11) 

S/C (Lovell) 

Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 
S/C 

Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 



Gemini 7, Gemini 7> this is Gemini 6 on the ground. Do 
you read, over. 

Roger, read you loud and clear Gemini 6. Go ahead. 
Gemini 6 this is Gemini 7 > 6° ahead. 

Gemini 7, this is Gemini 6, we do not read you. We will 

switch over and see if we hear you there . 

Gemini 6, this is Gemini 7- How do you read? 

Apparently they are not reading you, 7- 

Okay. We read them. 

Roger. 

. .Not too loud or clear, but we read them. 

Roger, this is Gemini 7 > we do not read them, we read you • 
Flight and Cap Com. 

Very good. We will get a little closer range next time. 
Gemini 7, Houston. 
Go ahead, Houston. 

CM3 says you are just now passing his retro time. 
Roger, that, figures . 

CM3 also reports that they did not have to stop at Brookley 

on the way back. 

Roger. We might have to. 

Place your tape playback switch to command. 
Command on the tape playback. 

Gemini 7, Houston. Your orbit today is 127. 5 by 170. 7 • 
Roger, thank you. Elliott, what time do you want us to 
turn the C-band adapter back to command please? 
Is that the one I gave you a minute ago. Right, that's 



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96+27 . 

1 

S/C Thank you. 

Cap Cora Gemini 7, place your standby TM switch to off. 

S/C Off. 

Cap Com Gemini 7 5 would you turn your Acq. aid beacon on. 

S/C Beacon circuit breaker on. 

Cap Com Understand, acq aid circuit breaker on. 

S/C Roger- 

Cap Com Gemini 7 3 Houston. Is the music coming in okay today? 

S/C Loud and clear. Thank you Kraft Music Hall. 

Cap Com Roger. The Director just took a bow. 



This is Gemini Control Houston. Grand Turk advised they have had 
LOS or loss of signal. Clear up one or two references. During the 
communication j apparently the hearing wasn't too good from the 6 space- 
craft atop it's booster on pad 19 . The 7 crew said that they could hear 
their transmissions. They were weak but readable. Their references to 
CM3 were to Ed White who was backup Command Pilot for the 7 mission. 
Among other things Ed White wanted to point out as they passed across the 
Cape that the 7 crew was moving through approximately the retrofire time 
that Ed White and Jm McDivitt had on their Gemini k flight at that precise 
moment . A few propellant readings and quantities here that we picked up 
from our E-con panel, the onboard fuel now shows this approach from our 
guidance and navigation control officer who monitors the fuel: usage. We 
are showing 62 percent remaining. That would be about 2k0 pounds of usable 
fuel. Breathing oxygen shows 88.5 percent remaining, fuel cell oxygen 
80.3 percent, fuel cell hydrogen, 86 percent. Cabin temperature has been 



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running steady at 70 degrees F . It was also about this time in the Gemini 5 
mission, roughly 100 hours where we began to notice some sticky thruster 
action. We suspected after that flight that the coldness of the thrusters 
might have had something to do with it. The thrusters during the 5 mission 
were running down around 20 degrees. In this mission, we have seen no 
stickiness at all, no sluggishness in the thruster action and the thruster 
temperatures , that is the thruster temperature immediately behind the 
thruster inside the adapter sections have consistently run between 60 and 
80 degrees while not being used. When they are being used, or during a 
period of attitude control, the temperature sometimes gets up into the 80 
to 100 region. All in all, we are very well satisfied with the thruster 
action as well as with every other system aboard that 7 spacecraft . At 
96 hours and 1 minute into the flight, this is Gemini Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 2:00 p.m. Tape 183, 

Page 1 

This is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. 
Our siraulation is continuing at Launch Complex 19 and all 
looks good on this flight test. We have just completed the 
powared phase of our third and final run. We picked up our 
count at 2:48 p.m. EST and three minutes later we had our 
launch at 2:51 p.m. EST. Astronauts Wally Schirra and 
Tom Stafford, in simulation, have now been inserted into 
orbit and they will proceed to go through a lenghty series 
of orbital exercises and reentry checks. This final operation 
in this sim- flight is the most lengthy one, the astronauts 
will go from five to seven hours before it is completed. 
When the prime pilots, Schirra and Stafford, decide that 
they have spent enough time in the spacecraft, they will be 
relieved probably a little later this afternoon by their 
backups, Gus Grissom and John Young. Grissom and Young will 
not be. suited when they board the spacecraft. All is looking 
good on the simulation at Launch Complex 19 at the present 
time. We will have further reports as they develop. This 
is Gemini Launch Control. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION CCMENTARY, 12/8/65 Tpae l8K, Page 1 

Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. Our simulated flight 
continues to run exceJently on Launch Complex 19 at the present, time. We have 
completed the simulated powered phase of our third run as reported earlier. 
Following insertion into orbit during the simulation on this third run, 
astronauts Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford ran through a series of communica- 
tion checks and all their communication modes, both with the Blockhouse at 
Launch Complex 19 and Mission Control in Houston. Following completion of 
that successful test which is 'the first phase of the lengthy third run, 
astronauts Schirra and Stafford have just got out of the spacecraft. They 
came out at 26 minutes past the hour and in a few moments, their back-ups, 
Gus Grissom and John Young will board the 1 spacecraft to continue the tests. 
All is looking well at the present time as we continue. If the third run 
continues along this manner, as the whole sim flight has this afternoon, 
we would expect to end about 10:00 p.m., or so, 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard 
Time, tonight. All is looking good on the sim flight at the present time. 
The prime pilots are out after being in the spacecraft for some three hours; 
and their back-ups are now about to board the spacecraft to continue the 
tests. This is Gemini Launch Control. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION CCMENTARY, 12/8/65, 2:^5 p.m. Tape 185 , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at Houston at 97 hours 15 minutes into 
the flight. Both the Carnarvon station and the Hawaii pass were relatively- 
quiet. During the past 20 minutes barely more than an acknowledgement from 
the ground to spacecraft and the fact that everything looked good both places. 
In the last 15 minutes, the wife of the command pilot, Susan Borman, and the 
wife of the pilot, Marilyn, have come into the Control Center. They are 
seated in the first row of the, what we call the, viewing area, , immediately 
behind the Missions Control Room. Susan's out in the edge of her seat, 
getting ready -for this first Stateside pass that they have witnessed live. 
Also with them is Dave Scott and his wife, Lurton Scott. Dave will be the 
pilot on the Gemini 8 mission which is scheduled for a rather major EVA 
exercise. Our contact with the spacecraft has been established through Guymas. 
We expect a relatively quiet pass again, but we'll tune in there and see 
what develops. Gemini Control here. All quiet to this point. "The flight 
team is coming on the floor, going through the normal change of shift 
briefings. 



HOUSTON ... have them turn off the acq aid beacon circuit breaker, 

please „ 

GUYMAS Roger. Gemini 7, Guymas Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead Guymas. 

GUYMAS We'd like for you to open the acq aid beacon circuit breaker. 

S/C Roger. She's open. 

GUYMAS We've opened beacon, Flight. 

HOUSTON Roger . 

The flight plan calls for the crew to conduct an S-6 photo- 



graphic experiment during this early portion of the pass, that's a weather 
photography experiment. Here's some conversation 



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S/C 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

HOUSTON 
TEXAS 

•CALIFORNIA 
HOUSTON 

S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 



S/C 



HOUSTON 



Roger, Houston. This is Seven. 

We have some flight plan update information for you. And, 

also, Flight suggests you say something pleasant. WE have 

a couple of girl friends of yours here. 

.... (garble) . . . food box. 

California to local. Texas remote. 

Texas remote. ... (Garble)... 

California local. 

It turned out that was bum dope we had. She was not here 
last night. This is her first visit. 
"Roger . - 

Let me know when you're ready to copy. 

Roger. We're right over Southern New Mexico right now and 
everything looks beautiful. 
Roger . Are you ready to copy? 
Right, Elliot. Shoot away. 

D-5, 995000. Test #3... this is another test to try to trouble 
shoot that instrument. An MSC 12 ground observation .... 
run on the water. Spacecraft pointing away from the sun. 
See if instrument will calibrate. Record number of turns 
of gain wheel from calibration point to maximum. Do you 
copy? 

Roger. And, you had the results of our previous test, 
didn't yon? 

That's right. We did. That's what led to this one. 



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At time 14800 flight plan report at the RKV. 
S/C Roger. Elliot, this is Frank. 

HOUSTON Go ahead. 

S/C I think we ought to try this test, but I'm pretty well 

convinced that we've got a defective instrument. I hate to 
keep wasting fuel on it. 

HOUSTON Okay. I'll feed that comment in, Frank; They still are 

working on analyzing it here; and apparently do noj under- 
stand it completely, because they're still asking for these 
tests, but I'll pass that comment on. 

S/C Okay. We'll make this one, but we haven't had any luck with 

any of the tests so far and we don't have a lot of fuel to 
waste .' 

HOUSTON Roger. Gemini 7, Houston. Would you give us a propellant 

quantity reading. 
S/C Glad to. We're reading 5k%. 

HOUSTON Roger, 5^. I've been talking to Spacecraft 6 during the 

sim flight making the Com checks. Everything's looking rea^ 
good. 

S/c Can they read us at all? 

HOUSTON They apparently did not read you at all. I read them, and I 

read you, both, very well. And, I understand you read that. 
S/C Roger. 

HOUSTON Okay. Here are some more instructions to go with this Test #3. 

S/C Elliot, do you have any idea when you plan to have us 

circularize? 



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HOUSTON 

KRAFT 

HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 



s/c 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

HOUSTON 



Roger. 

Let me talk to him a little about that. 

Chris will talk to you wants to talk to you on that, Jim. 

Roger . 

They're still trying to make Sunday at the Cape, Jim; and 
we're going to talk this thing over tomorrow around noon 
regarding the results of the sim flight, both on the space- 
craft and the launch vehicle, and try to make a decision at 
that time. You have to make a burn approximately 3:^1 Central 
Standard Time, so that'll give us plenty of time to get you 
ginned up. We're also thinking about having you bring up 
the platform at that time, because we want to take a look at 
a higher amperage_ reading on the fuel cells to get a little 
better look at the EI curve.. 
Roger. Understand. 

Also, it turned out that if we go.... If we decide not to go 
for the 8th day and go for the 9"th, that the maneuver came 
out in the middle of your sleep period; and we're probably 
going to reshape that thing so that we" do two sets of 
maneuvers: one before you go to sleep, anc 1 one after you 
wake up. 

Well, that's very considerate. 

And the way we're going to do this thing is do two maneuvers. 
We'll bring up perigee and then bring down apogee within the 
fuel budget we have. 



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S/C 



houstoi: 
s/c 

HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 



s/c 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 



s/c 

HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 
flight. 



Roger . 

Gemini 7, you have a TX coming up in about a half a minute. 
Roger. And, is that the finish of the flight plan update? 
Negative. I've got a little hit more here. 
Have received the TX . 

Roger, Seven. And, for your information, if we don't 
circularize tomorrow, if we go for a Monday launch, we'll be 
circularizing you on Sunday. 
Roger . 

Are you ready to copy these additional instructions here for 
' the Test #3? 
Roger. Stand by. Go ahead. 

When you try to calibrate on this test, if you get no calibra- 
tion, here are the instructions. If the reticle stays green, 
put a hand over the objective lens, and see if the color 
changes. If the reticle stays red, remove the day filter 
leaving the photometer in the day position, and try to 
calibrate on- the water. Do you copy? 
Roger. We copy. 

Okay. I think we're about to run this down, and I think 
this test should certainly wind it up. 
We have it. We'll try it. 
Roger . 

This is Gemini Control here at 97 hours, 31 minutes into the 
When Elliot See suggested the crew say something nice for two distin- 



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guished visitors here, the two visitors, the wives of course, were convulsed 
by Jim Lovell's remark, "Bah, Humbug". They sat very tentatively through the 
rest of the pass. They are remaining in the Control Center. The tune going 
up to the spacecraft as it swung down across the States on that pass was 
"Near You". This is Gemini Control, Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 4:50 p.m. Tape 186, Pa-o 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 99 hours and 
20 nanuses into our flight of spacecraft Gemini 7- At the present zime 
the spacecraft is passing over the South Atlantic on its 63rd revolution 
around the earth. During the past hour and one half while our red team 
of flight controllers was holding a press conference we monitored voice 
conversation from Carnarvan, Hawaiian, Guaymas , Texas, and Rose Knot 
tracking stations. And at this time we will play back the taped voice 
communication from those stations . 



FLIGHT 
CARNARVON 
FLIGHT 
CARNARVON 



FLIGHT 
CARNARVON 
FLIGHT 
CARNARVON 

s/c 

CARNARVON 

s/c 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

FLIGHT 



Carnarvon CAP COM, Houston flight standing by for your pass 
Okay , C ar nar von . 
Go Carnarvon. 

Roger, we haven't received message from network saying 
we're sending real time data from their 20 4-9 Zulu. 
Are we clear to send in data? 
Affirmative . 

Roger . We have a TM for you . 
Roger, Carnarvon. 
Gemini 7 Carnarvon. 

Roger Carnarvon. We were expecting you. 

Roger. We are ready for your fuel cell purge. 

Coming down 

Looks good flight. 

Roger . We have your sir:. 

How is the Purge looking- Carnarvon. 



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CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 
CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

s/c 

CARNARVON 

s/c 

CARNARVON 

c/c 

CARNARVON 



CARNARVON 



i-;c^cr . This is the last pass of "che day for you. 
That's affirmative. Everything seems to be going pretty 
good, hu? 

Roger . You still got Baker Baker zero four*? " " 
That's affirmative. It's bright red looking right at 
us . 

Okay, I think we ought to turn that one green.* 
Yea, I'd like to. 

Is there any change in you heat excahnger outlet 
temperatures when you are purging BC03 and BB05? 
Ci.. said he hadn't noticed the fact, Flight. About 
70 or 75 degrees, Flight. 
Okay . 

About 70 or 75 degrees, Flight. 

Okay, that's about what they have been reading all day. 
Come in please, Carnarvon. 

Roger. Can we give a quality readout to you for position 
to ECS 0 2 ? 
Garbled . . 



Okay, fuel cell 0^ please. 



Roger . 



Fuel cell please 



gar o±ea 



garbled 



to off position. 



You are still looking good here on the ground. We're on 
our last pass of the evening, we we will be seeing you 
tomorrow. 



7/6 MISSION Cui-G-IEITIARY , 12/5/65, ^:50 p.m. 
}/C well okay. Thanks very much. 



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FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 



complete cryo readout . 
Okay . 

Purge looked real good, Carnarvon. 
Roger, Carnarvon . 

If you want the ECS 0 we have them for you. 
Okay, give them to me. 

Okay, ECS 87-3 - Theses are 12 l8 readings. 

Okay. 

Fuel ceil 0 g 79-8, Fuel cell H 2 8h.k'. 
Got them, thank you. 
Roger . 

We are going to he sending another on your way shortly. 
Do they look pretty good, Flight. 

Yea, -they are going through some flight without any 
problems , looks like . 
Well, real good. 

Let's see if you guys are over trained. 

I don'x know. Do you have a relief on the Hawaiian 

voice tape? 

Standby one, I'll check. No release yet Stu. 
Rog. 

Have a good night . 

You mean a good day, don't you Gene? 
That's right. That's what I mean. 



MISSION 7/6 K 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

FLIGHT 

CARNARVON 

FLIGHT 

HAW 

FLIGHT 

HAW 

FLIGHT 
HAW 
FLIGHT 
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FLIGHT 
HAW 

FLIGHT 
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[SSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, ^:50 p.m. Tape l86, Page k 

Okay, we'll see you tomorrow Gene. ; 
Okay. I'm going to miss you guys. Won't even have 
a pass with you tomorrow. * 
I doubt it. We're getting later and later ones. 
Maybe we will see you tomorrow. 
Might catch a little bit - overlap a little bit. 
Roger . 

* 

Hey, the White Team says, "Good night and good day to 
Australia" . 
Roger - 

Hawaii CAP COM, Houston Flight. 
Hawaii CAP COM. 

Have that come back on- Have him give me the first 
reference he quoted in the flight plan . 
Okay. I got it in my book it will take just a second. 
Section 3- First one is . . 

Okay, I've got the power down check list here now and . 
Let me make sure I've got the right page. 
Page 8. 

Page 8, that's right. You want the other one? 
Go ahead. 

32 , normal power down . 
What section, Ed? 
C Section. 




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FLIGHT ' Okay 

HAW It's not mentioned . . (garbled). 

FLIGHT Think this has to do with your sight problems, Ed. 

HAW What did you say? 

FLIGHT Do you think this has to do with problems you had on 

sight, Ed. 

HAW I'm sure trying to find the whole thing out. We got 

into a little discussion that it might have bee the 
position of the spacecraft at the time when we had the 
drop out . 

All right, you know that a bad map can carry certain 
angles off the water . 

I want to make sure that we do not have a ground problem 
We are trying to figure out maybe the antenna failed 
and then we got to thinking into it and I really couldn't 
tell which antenna we were on. 
FLIGHT Okay. During your pass, why don't you ask them what 

position his antenna select switch is in? 
HAW Okay . Very good . Thank you Gene . 

FLIGHT Roger. You'll be on HF this pass won't you? 

HAW Say again. 

FLIGHT You know you will be transmitting and receiving on HF 

this pass. 

HAW We are going to work HF, yes. 

FLIGHT That's affirmative. 



FLIGHT 



HAW 



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KESSxON 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/8/65, k:30 p.m. Tape 186. Page 6 

HAW Okay. 

HAW Hawaii here, C-band. Hawaii here, C-band track. 

FLIGHT Roger, Hawaii. 

HAW This is 3,^,5, 5, h, 3,2, 1 

TM solid. 
FLIGHT Roger, HAW. 

HAW Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Hawaii CAP COM. Gemini 7, Hawaii 

CAP COM on 1TF . 
HAW ^ Flight, Hawaii. 

FLIGHT Go Hawaii. 

HAW . Okay, he's . . .garbled) 

FLIGHT Okay, let's see what you've got for this pass. I assume 

you've got your dump going. You've got you're DM and 
beacons command on? 

HAW That ' s affirm . 

FLIGHT Are you getting C track? 

HAW That's affirm. Roger . . garbled . . just pulled up and 

would you ask him what position his antenna select is in 
when he . . . 

FLIGHT. - Is that tone coming for the spacecraft? 

HAW That's affirm. 

FLIGHT We'll pick it up over here, Ed, and your dump is through 

FLIGHT Haw CAP COM, Houston Flight. 

HAW Go ahead Flight, this is Hawaii CAP COM. 

FLIGHT Roger. You can remove your air to ground transfer there 

I don't care to listen to the tone. 



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HAW Roger . 

The horizon scanner is on primary ON. 
FLIGHT Ju. . . that is correct. 

HAW I'll play to Hawaii. 

FLIGHT Roger , Hawaii . 

FLIGHT Houston 

HAW Go ahead Houston. , 

Flight Would you transmit trie main summary please. 

HAW Poor telemetry, Flight 

FLIGHT . Very poor telemetry? 

HAW Very poor . 

FLIGHT Do you • • garbled . .the real time frequency? 

HAW Standby. We are getting bad dropouts after the last 

dump . . garbled . . 
FLIGHT What's the quality of your dump look;'. . 

HAW Quality of the dump is real good. We got that during 

the good time . 
FLIGHT Okay . 

HAW TM LOS. 

FLIGHT Rog, Hawaii. 

HAW C-band LOS. Flight, Hawaii 

FLIGHT Go Hawaii. 

HA¥ Okay. We'd appreciate it if you could find out what 

position that selector switch is in and just a little 
data. We had a big discussion here about getting commands 



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FLIGHT 
HAW 



FLIGHT 

HAW 

FLIGHT 

FLIGHT 

GUAYMAS 

Flight. 



in over the hill . At H minus 1 minute of the ACH 
message we transmitted standby TM on real time for 
5 seconds and turned it off., And at H minus 30 seconds, 
as it came up over the hill} the TM was on. You get 
a command on and then go into acquistion. 
Okay. Did you see the telemetry though? 
We had gdod TM,once we locked up where we usually lock 
up for about or 50 seconds after the ACH message. 
That's because of the masking with the multipass. But 
in about - oh , a little bit better than half way through 
the pass, after the data dump was complete, we got bad 
dropouts for awhile, like we did on the last pass. And 
then it came back in again. I don't know whether this 
is because of the drifting of the antenna away from us 
or what it is . And that is why we want to know the 
selector switch position. Trying to run this down. 
Came in good after awhile? 
In about 30 seconds or so. 

Okay. I'll be back with you. We are getting setup here 
for a pass . 

Ready to go on this medical data pass , right? Go 

remote. Is remote. HF. Remote HF . 

Solid TM 

Roger , Guaymas . 



oiiiCI 7/o XiSSxCi-. CCI^SIv^AriY , li.' / 6/ 65 , It: 50 p.m. Tape Ido. Pago 9 

GUAYMAS Good on the ground. 

FLIGHT Roger. We are just going to be monitoring the HF 

on this pass. 
GJAYMAS Monitor transfer . 

FLIGHT Negative. We are going through California this time. 

We are monitoring at Cai and will switch right to Texas. 
GUAYMAS Roger. Guaymas . 

FLIGHT Guaymas. . 

GUAYMAS Everything is still looking good here. Just for your . 

information j just before Hawaii's AOS we copied some short 
' ' counts on IFF from the spacecraft. 
FLIGHT Yea. We copied one just about their acquisition time. 

Did you hear the - are you getting HF LF tone now" 
GUAYMAS Right . 

FLIGHT You are getting it? 

GUAYMAS Right. 

FLIGHT Were you . . okay, very good. 

GUAYMAS I'm sure the reason he couldn't hear him calling was 

because he has the volume down to the minimum before 
he could test description. 

FLIGHT Yea, I was reading that too. 

GUAYMAS We did the HF LF, I'm not sure .whether he could . . 

FLIGHT California go local. Texas, Cocomo go HF • 

CAL California local. 



i'exas remote 



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GPPTPI :/6 MISSION C0:P4PTL7T\ARY, 12/6/65, H:5G p.m. Tape loo. Pace 10 

PLIGHT' Gemini 7, Gemini 7 this is Houston on ITF . We have a 

rood oral temp. Give us a blood pressure am standby 
.for surgeon. Gemini 7 j Gemini 7 Houston CAP COM on 

HP- We have a good oral temp. Give us blood pressure 

and standby for surgeon. 
TPXAS I^xas . 

FLIGHT You are remote at UHF. 

TEXAS Puis is remote UHF . 

FLIGHT ■ Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM on UHF. We have 

. a good oral temp. Give us blood pressure and- standby 
for surgeon. How do you read? 
S/C Good on UHF. 

FLIGHT Roger, understand loud and clear. We will stay UHF 

throughout the crew status report pass. 
S/C Roger 

P TIGHT Gemini 7, this is Houston surgeon. Your cuff is full 

scale. Gemini 7, we have a good blood pressure. -Standing by 
for your exercise. 



Houston, roger . Understand you are starting your 

exercise . 

. . ga.rbled . . 

Gemini 7, your cuff is full scale. 
. . garbled . .I'll start pumping again . 



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FLIGHT 7, this is Houston. Can you turn you HF off at this 

time . It is very difficult to read you . We will go 

back HF after the pass. 
S/C Roger. 

FLIGHT Gemini 7 , we have a good blood pressure. Standing 

by for your food, water, and sleep report. 
S/C This is Gemini 7, are you calling? 

FLIGHT Roger, this is Houston Surgeon. Gemini 7 we have a good 

blood pressure and are standing by for your food, water, 
and sleep report . 

S/C Roger. The pilot has had a total of 387 ounces of . water.- - 

. . garbled . . day k meal B, minus some brownies and 
one . . . garbled . v . 

FLIGHT Roger, understand. 

S/C I've had 317 ounces of water. Meal k, excuse me. 

Day k, meal B minus the brownies. 
FLIGHT Roger. Gemini 7, Houston Surgeon copies. Houston 

surgeon out . 
S/C Roger . 

FLIGHT Gemini 7, this is Houston. We would like to try transmitting 

on FH. I'd like you to go number 2 audio to HF. Not the 
HFD, just HF. We are getting k "tone and can't seem to 
get through. Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM UHF 
how do you read, over? Gemini 7, Gemini 7-, Houston CAP COM 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, ^:50 p.m. Tape 186, Page 12 

hew do you read, over? Gemini 7, Gemini 7, now broadcasting 
UHF, how do you read? Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM on UHF 
how do you read, over? Gemini 7, Gemini 7, this is 
Houston CAP COM now broadcasting UHF in the blind. We 
understand that your antenna select position is reentry 
and has been since lift-off, roger. 

S/C Gene how do you^read me now. 

FLIGHT Frank, I hear your broadcast and I hear you talking but 

it is very very garbled in the background. 
S/C Roger. That's probably because the HF: is still on. 

Now I have changed it. 
FLIGHT Roger, read you loud and clear. UHF now? 

S/C Roger, we are UHF . When we turn the HF radio off 

then you can read us. When the radio is on you can't 

read us. 

FLIGHT Yea, okay. We are apparently UHF. You say you can 

read us loud and clear and I can read you but it's 
clear and weak and an awfully lot of noise in the 
background. Sorta like you are in a big barrel. 

S/C Okay, we'll go on back to our HF if you don't have 

anything else for us. 

FLIGHT , Roger, we don't have anything. You can go back to 

your HF test and it appears that you are going to talk 
over the station HF, Frank. You are going to have to 



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go from the HF DF position to the HF position. 
S/C Will do. 

FLIGHT Roger, we understand and we will be standing by all 

night. See you tomorrow. 
TEXAS Gene 

FLIGHT Flight. He is busyiright now, can I help you. Bill? 

TEXAS Yea, Flight. I reported on this last pass that the 



crew had the tone on here. We played the voice tapes 
and they were pretty noisy but from what I get from 
the tape recorder, what the crew reported was they also 
had noise. . . garbled . . tone. I'm not sure if they 
had the tone or not. 

FLIGHT Okay. 

TEXAS Awfully noisy circuit. 

FLIGHT Okay. Let me read your postpass here again. Standby. 

TEXAS That might be one thing to check if you are going to 

run a test. 

FLIGHT Okay. You ran the tape back and it did not say the 

crew had the tone , it had buzz . 
TEXAS . t^What I told him was ; that wa got .a- tone but what he said 

was noise also. ' I thought he said tone also. 

FLIGHT ; Okay ' 
/ 

TEXAS "'{ Thought it might be worth checking. 

FLIGHT Okay, Bill. Thank you. 



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TEXAS Okay, 

This is Gemini Control. We have just completed playing 
back some of the voice tapes that have been taken for the past hour and 
one half of flight and as you probably noticed we were transmitting 
on high frequency. HF instead of UHF and this was a test. The purpose 
of this HF test was to find or explore the possibility of using HF 
frequencies as our backup for the UHF transmission channels that are 
normally used. And during this test we did accumulate . quite a bit of 
noise and tone and the transmission, voice communications were not 
exactly satisfactory. At this time we are 99 hours and h2 minutes into 
the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7. At the present time the spacecraft 
is over the Indian Ocean on its 63rd revolution around the earth. This 
is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 5:^1 P-m. Tape l8?, Page 

This is Gemini Control. Spacecraft Gemini 7 at the present 
time is passing over the Pacific Ocean on its 63rd revolution over the earth. 
And our flight crew has now rolled up more than 100 hours in space . To be 
exact, 100 hours and 11 minutes. At this time, we will play the taped voice 
communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Coastal Sentry Tracking 
Ship, which happened just a few minutes ago. 
CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ CAP COM. 

S/C Go ahead, CSQ, Gemini 7- 

CSQ, . We'd like your evaluation of the HF test', please. 

S/C Well, we (garbled) all we did was make sure of the stations, 

•we didn't get any reception. 
SCQ Roger. 

S/C Our evaluation of it is that it is completely 

CSQ Roger. 

When you pass over HAWAII this Rev will be a UHF No. 6. 
Gemini 7. Do you have any preference in the selection of 
your HF music for the next series of HF music? 

S/C Something quiet and restful. 

CSQ Say again. 

S/C Something quiet and restful. 

CSQ Roger, copy. 

S/C Uh, uh, something loud and noisy 1 

CSQ What 're we going to do now? 

FLIGHT We'll give 'em KILT I'. 

CSQ Roger. 



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S/C Is Chris on flight in Houston, CSQ? 

CSQ Say again , last . 

S/C Is Mr. Kraft still on flight in Houston? 

CSQ I think Eugene Kranz is flight this time. 

S/C You might advise him I'm thinking about jumping him with a 

request to take my suit off also. 
CSQ, Roger . 

FLIGHT We heard that. 

CSQ Flight, did you copy that part about the music? 

It was just (garbled) 
FLIGHT Roger . 

CSQ What was your comment about the HF music? 

FLIGHT We'll give 'em a mixture, I guess. No, we'll just send it 

out and surprise 'em. 
CSQ All right. 

Gemini 7- Stand by. 
CSQ Uh, negative. Nothing here, Chuck. 

7 - all systems are showing you go on the ground. Flight 

said they would make some selections for you on the HF and 

surprise you. We're standing by. 
S/c We're a little concerned about the FM antenna. Our stations 

(garbled) unload 

FLIGHT Chuck, we'll take a look at 'em and brief 'em. 

CSQ Flight advises they'll brief yon later. 

S/C Right. 



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GEMINI 7/6 

S/C 
CSQ 

S/C 

CSQ 

FLIGHT 

S/C 

CSQ 



S/C\ 

FLIGHT 
CSQ 

FLIGHT 



CSQ 



FLIGHT 



MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/8/65, 5:^1 p.m. Tape l8?, Pace 3 

Chuck, did you receive our transmission about the fuel cell? 
Roger. Copy. You have an unbalance' in section 2. Stuck 2C . 
That affirm? 

I just wondered if you thought it was disturbing. They went 
all off. 

We don't copy that - we don't copy 2C or 1C on the ground. 

We only have the 2A and 2B. 

Okay, Chuck, you can tell him - - - 

What ' s your reading for 2A? 

Stand by while I give you a reading for 2A and B. 

7-2 Alpha is reading 2.36 amps and 2 Bravo is reading 

2.1 amps here on the ground. 

Roger. 2C is reading about k .2 . 

Roger, copy. k.2. . 

Flight, CSQ. 

Go, CSQ. 

Did you copy our ground readouts to them on 2 Alpha- and 

i 

2 Bravo? 

That's affirmative. Chuck, we're not worried about this. 
It's been that way throughout the entire duration of the 
mission and that particular stuck 2C was a hot one as 
known from the pad and pre-launch testing. 
Got you, flight. I just wanted to say that our ground 
computations are showing a ground reading of about 3-3^ 
on that stack. 

That's right. We're reading 3.k here 'as derived by - you 
gotta correct for his onboard reading. 



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CSQ Sight , flight . Ko problems here. Everything is nominal . 

Did you get he thought the HF tests were a waste of fuel? 
FLIGHT Yeah, we got that. Think many other people got it. 

That, was taped communication - voice communication between 
spacecraft 7 and the Co.astal Sentry Tracking Ship. At this time spacecraft 
Gemini 7 is coming up over the Hawaiian Station and we will bring you live 
communication now. 
S/C Go ahead. 

HAW TM solid. 

FLIGHT- Roger, Hawaii. 

HAW Okay. We've got a valid oral temp. We're standing by for 

"your blood pressure. 
S/C Blood pressure Is on the way. 

HAW Your cuff is full-scale. 

S/C Rog. 

HAW Got a good dump, flight. 

FLIGHT Roger, Hawaii. 

HAW We have a good blood pressure, standing by for your exercise. 

On your mark. 
S/C Roger. Mark. 

Blood pressure coming. 
HAW Your cuff is full-scale . 

S/C Roger. 

HAW We have a good blood pressure. Standing by for your food, 

water, and sleep report. 



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S/c Roger. -We've had nothing since we reported last pass. 

HAW Roger. Understand. Okay, I've got your flight plan updated. 

You ready to copy? 
S/C Go ahead. 

HAW Okay. - We're gonna run a radar transponder test at 10 - 

correction - at 100 plus 1+0, transponder ON. At 100 plus 55, 
transponder OFF . 

S/C Roger, we have that. 

HAW Okay." 

FLIGHT • ' Hawaii, CAP COM Houston Flight. 

HAW Houston Flight, Hawaii Cap Com. 

FLIGHT Roger. Do his stack currents 1AB and 2A and 2B look good 

on ground telemetry and are they steady? 
HAW Okay. Main Bus current 1 - 8.U8. Stack 1 - 2.kk. Stack 2 - 

2.27. 

FLIGHT Okay. 

HAW Real steady, Flight. 

FLIGHT Okay. Give me main bus 2 and 2A and 2B . 

HAW Flight. That was main bus 2 and 2A and 2B. 

FLIGHT Okay. I thought you called them off as 1, Ed. 

HAW I did, that was our mistake. 

FLIGHT Okay. Will you give me one, then? 

HAW Flight.. Main bus current 1 is 9 er amps 1 alpha 2.7. 

1- Bravo 3-2. 
FLIGHT Okay . 

HAW Hawaii has LOS . 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 5:^1 P-m- Ta P £ ^ > ?a ^ e 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 100 hours and 22 minutes 
into the f 1 J -hi. of spacecraft Gemini 7- At the present time the spacecraft 
is ending its 63rd. revolution within the next 15 minutes and is now passing 
over the Pacific Ocean on its way toward South America. The longest manned 
flight, of course, was rolled up by Astronauts Conrad and Cooper in the Gemini 5 
spacecraft. Their total number of hours was 190' hours and 56 minutes. Nearly 
8 days in space. And our Gemini 7 crew has now passed the century mark in 
hours. This is Gemini Control, 100 hours, 23 minutes into the flight of 
■ ' 7. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/8/65, 6:31 p.m. Tape 188, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 101 hours into our mis- 
sion. Spacecraft Gemini 7 at the present time is passing over the South 
Atlantic toward the southern tip of Africa. It is on its 6^th' revolution 
over the earth. A few minutes ago we had voice communication between 
Command Pilot Frank Borman aboard spacecraft Gemini 7 and the Rose Knot 
Tracking Ship. And at this time we will play the taped voice communication. 
RKV RKV. Our telemetry solid. 

FLIGHT Go RKV. 

RKV This is a GO flight; We are transmitting 

FLIGHT Roger. 

RKV Gemini 7, KKV CAP COM. 

S/C Go ahead, RKV CAP COM. Gemini 7. 

RKV Roger. We're standing "by for your flight plan report when 

you're ready. 

S/C Gemini 7. Today we accomplished all the flight plan activities 

with the exception of 5. Number 1: D-k/B-7 at 93; 28 30. 
We tried, -but there was a great deal of cloud cover over both the 
land and water. 

RKV Roger. 

S/C Number 2: F-5, sequence 12, 9U:13 18- cancelled -weather . 

RKV Roger . 

S/c MSC-4: 93 kk 39 - cancelled -weather . 

RKV Say again. 

S/C MSC-1+: 93 kk 39 - cancelled -weather. 

RKV Roger. 

S/C Ij-9: 97 1+1 3^ - the moon was too bright to get Aldebaran 

or more than one measurement of the other two stars we 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 6:31 p.m. Tape 188, Page 2 

selected Mirfak and Almach in place of Mirfak and Aldebaran. 
Aldebaran and Mirfak are both very close to the Moon and. 
it's almost impossible to measure ■ them with the sextant. 

RKV Roger . 

S/C Okay.. Our S-8/D-13 score club. It was minus 8, level 

minus 7. 
RKV Roger. 

S/C Okay. We used 39 exposures today of magazine M with the 

Hasselblad. Ten feet of l6-mm film, and two tape recorder 
cartridges. 

RKV Roger. 

S/C I guess that about covers it. 

FLIGHT You can translate that out to English for us and send it 

back. 

RKV I guess I'll have to get a recorder, flight. 

Systems look good. 
FLIGHT RKV CAP COM, Houston Flight. 

RKV This is RKV. 

FLIGHT Roger. You need not transcribe all that. Our CAP COM 

advises us that he got it all. 
RKV Say again. 

FLIGHT Houston CAP COM says he got it all. You need not transcribe 

your tape . 

RKV Who have you got on the console? 

FK.I r : ; " Say again, Bill. 

KK\ Who's manning the console on this ship? 

CAP COM That's a good questionl 



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FLIGHT We have a Red Team CAP COM with us today. 

RKV Which one? 

FLIGHT Can't you tell by the voice? 

RKV I was only joking! 

FLIGHT We got Elliott See. 

RKV Can you hear don't you hear 

HOUSTON I copied it all, Bill, and I just checked him and he's right. 

CAP COM I'll back you up on that. 

RKV Out. RKV . 

Gemini 7- RKV CAP COM. 

S/C Roger, go ahead. 

RKV Roger, you can go ahead and turn the transponder off. 

S/C Uh, roger and thank you. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 6:50 p.m. Tape 189, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 101 hours and 20 minutes 

1 

into our mission. The spacecraft Gemini 7 is on its 64th. revolution over the 
earth. At the present time it is passing over the Indian Ocean. Aboard the 
spacecraft, our flight crew, Command Pilot Frank Borman, and Pilot Jim Lovell, 
are in a housekeeping period, stowing away the gear they have tised in experi- 
ments throughout this busy day and they will follow that stowing period by 
stowing away some food. They will have an eat period and this will be fol- 
lowed by a 10-hour sleep period. The sleep period should start in -approxi- 
mately- within this next hour sometime. According to all the ground data 
that has been received by the ground tracking stations, all of our spacecraft 
systems are in a GO" condition and our Flight Surgeon tells us that the crew 
is in excellent physical condition and in good spirits. We are now 101 hours 
and 21 minutes into the mission. This is Gemini Control."" 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/8/65, 7:15 p.m. Tape 190, Page I 

This is Gemini Control. One hundred one hours and U5 min- 
utes into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7- At this time the spacecraft 
is coming up over the Hawaiian Tracking Station. A few minutes ago It 
passed over the Coastal Sentry Quebec and at that time during the voice 
communication Frank Borman sneezed. Dr. Charles -Berry, our head surgeon, 
who was here in the Mission Control Center, heard it. He will ask Hawaii, 
the Hawaiian Surgeon, to take a good look at the ground medical data read- 
outs at this next pass. At this time we will play back for you the voice 
taped over the Coastal Sentry. 



CSQ CSQ CAP COM. 

S/C -This is Gemini 7, CSQ, CAP COM. 

S/C CSQ, this is 7. 

CSQ Roger. You'll have a UHF No. 6 over Hawaii this rev, and 

I have your PLA update when you're ready to copy. 

S/C Roger. Understand. 

CSQ Also, on your cryogenics tonight, like to read the fuel-cell 



0 2 heater in AUTO. On the fuel-cell Hg, we'd like to have 
you pump it up to 525 psi, and your roll interval, or your 
minimum tonight on that one will be 310. And no read on 
the ECS 0 . 

S/C Understand that you want us to put on the fuel-cell 0^ for 

the evening and want us to pull" up oxygen to 525 with a minimum 
of 310. Is that correct? 
CSQ That's affirmative. And no read on the ECS 0 2> 

S/C Roger. Understand there is no read on the ECS 0^. I'm ready 

to copy the PLA updates. 



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CSQ Roger. Area 66-3: ICh 2k 57. 17 plus 32. Area 67-3: 

106 01 08. 16 plus 32. Area 68-Bravo: 107 37 ^6. 16 plus 
01. Area 69-Delta: 108 27 23. '22 plus 27. Area 70-Delta: 
110 Gh 31. 21 plus 21. Area 71-2: 111 kO 05 . 20 plus 21. 
Area 72-2: 113 l6 52. 19 plus 03. Area 73-1: H 1 ^ ^ 38-. 
19 plus 51. Weather is good in all areas. Do you copy? 
S/C Roger. Copied, thank you. 

CSQ And we'd like to know if the pilot is going to sleep with 

his orbital flight suit tonight? 
S/C • Roger. The pilot will fly in his orbital flight pajamas 

tonight. 
CSQ Uh, roger. 

FLIGHT We got that, Chuck. 

CSQ Roger, flight. 

S/C CSQ, Gemini 7. 

CSQ Go ahead, 7. 

S/c Roger'. We're playing with the photometer now. There's so 

much cloud cover around here that we haven't been able to 
get a good stretch of water, will you tell them that we're 
working at it. So far we haven't been able to get it to 
change from red to green.- Ah chool Excuse me - red to 
green. Unless we're running over a cloud, then it changes. 

CSQ Okay. I'll pass that back. 

S/C Thank you. 

FLIGHT We got that, Chuck. 

CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ. You look good on the telemetry. We have 

nothing else. We're standing by. 



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o/C Roger. Thank you. 

CSQ CSQ. All systems are GO. 

FLIGHT Roger, CSQ. I think you have a space "first" - the first 

sneeze in space 1 
CSQ I think we got about 3 or h there. 

FLIGHT Yeah. 

CSQ The surgeon asked "which one is that"? as soon as he heard 

the sneeze. 
FLIGHT He couldn't tell? 

Pass, Chuck. 
CSQ ?- ? ger, flight. 



This is Gemini Control. The spacecraft is now passing over 
Hawaii and we have established voice contact. Let's listen in. 



FLIGHT Roger . 

HAW Hawaii, flight. 

S/c .. . . water, uh, left with you. We haven't had supper 

yet. But the total to date as of right now, 387 ounces 
for the Command Pilot . 

HAW Check. I've got that. Go ahead. 

S/C 322 ounces for the pilot. 

HAW Roger. 

S/c And I'll probably have about *30 more ounces tonight and I 

think that's close enough. 
HAW Roger. Okay. Will you put your - correction - will you 

give me a CAMS propellanx quantity readout? 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 7:15 p.m. Tape igo, Page k 

S/C Roger. 52 percent. 

HAW Roger. Put your quantity read switch in ECS Q> 2 position. 

S/C ECS 0 2 . 

HAW Roger. 

Will you give me a readout of your OAMS source pressure? 
S/C 18 - no about 1900 to a pound. 

HAW Roger . 

Quantity read switch to the fuel-cell 0^ position. 
S/C Fuel-cell Og. 

HAW Roger. 

I've got some data for the Command Pilot, if he'd like to 

listen. 
S/C Go ahead. 

HAW Okay. The fuel-cell status. Stack currents have been balanced 

within .5 to .75 amps for the mission with the exception of 
2 Charlie. 2 Charlie has been a hot stack both pre -launch 
and flight. A- plot of percent total load sharing versus 
time shows the following figures: Pre-launch - 18.6 per- 
cent. 2 zero hours, 20.0 percent. Quantity read to the 
fuel-cell H 2 position, please. If zero hours, 20.0 percent. 
6 zero hours, 20.0 percent. 8 zero hours, 21.0 percent. 
1 zero zero hours, 20.5 percent. Data indicates .load 
sharing has not changed appreciably since lift-off. Looks 
like we have a good, stable, fuel-cell system.' The C stacks 
normally share a larger percent of load since the coolant 
fluid is higher in these stacks. Over. 



GFMIUI 

s/c 

HAW 



S/C 



FLIGHT 



HAW 



FLIGHT 

s/c 

HAW 
S/C 



HAW 



FLK HIT 



HAW 

FLIGHT 



7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 7:1^ p.m. Tape 
Roger. Thank you very much. 
Roger . 

Quantity read switch to OFF, please. 

Quantity read to OFF. Understand you want me to monitor 
the H^ and keep it above 310 tonight . 

He probably won't have to monitor it. The decay should 

not allow it to drop anywheres near that, Ed. 

Okay. 

What we'd like you to do - you don't have to monitor it, 
it shouldn't drop any lower than that point. 
We'll watch it for him. 

Okay, if it does, you'll give us a call, will you? 
That's affirmative. The people on the ground will watch 
It for you. 

Thank you. We appreciate all the help, really. Feel a lot 
better sleeping if you know somebody's down there keeping 
check on all these things. 
Okay. Very good. 

We've completed the tape dump, flight. 
Okay, Ed. 

Let's see, I think you've got the ephemeris if yuu want to 

give it to him. 

Roger, I'll give him that. 

And you've got his onboard prop quantity, the actual percent. 
Tell him that the numbers he gave us agree very well with 
telemetry . 



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HAW Okay. Okay, a little bit more data here. Your CAMS pro- 

p pellant remaining - we're ahead of the flight plan. And 

your numbers agree real well with ours, and your orbit at 

this time is 127. U by 170. 5. 
S/c Roger, thank you. 

HAW Flight, Hawaii. 

FLIGHT Go, Hawaii. 

HAW He sounds like he's real clear and not plugged- up at all. 

FLIGHT Roger. 

HAW Have you got any data from your M-7 log for me? 

S/C No, what I__gaye you - just then - did you want the columns 

6 and 7 added up today? 
HAW If you don't mind I'll take that from you. 

S/C Stand by. 

Okay. Column 1,2,3,U - column 6 on the Command Pilot is 2^ 
HAW Roger. "I've got that. 

S/C Column 5 on the Command Pilot is 9« 

HAW Say again the number. 

S/C Niner. 
HAW Roger . 

S/C On the Pilot column 6 is 0. 

HAW Roger. 

S/C , And column 5 is 11. 

HAW I copy that. Thank you. 

S/C You might mention that I wish they'd added a' little more 

charcoal and a little less lithium hydroxide to this canister 



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HAW Okay. Very good. 

FLIGHT We got that, Ed. 

HAW Okay, that's about it then. I think we got everything. 

FLIGHT Okay. Hey, how's your tape dump going? 

HAW Tape dump is complete. - 

FLIGHT Okay. 

HAW Got any other info? 

FLIGHT Negative. Forget it. 

HAW Roger. 

HAW ' Hawaii has LOS. 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 101 hours 57 minutes 
into our flight. We have just had loss of signal at Hawaii. The spacecraft 
is now moving over the Pacific toward the South American Continent, It is 
on its 6kth revolution, will be ending that shortly, and on our flight plan 
for the remaining few hours of this shift, and well into the next we are 
(garbled) for the crew. This is Gemini Control. One hundred one hours 
and 58 minutes into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 7:50 p.m. Tape 191, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 102 hours plus 20 minutes 
into the mission of Spacecraft Gemini 7. Our spacecraft is now 
passing over South America, and we are in the beginning of the 
sixty-fifth revolution. Aboard our spacecraft, our pilots are in 

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a sleep period. This is Gemini Control, 102 hours, 20 minutes into 
the flight. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 8:50 p.m. Tape 192, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 103 hours and 20 minutes 
into the mission of spacecraft Gemini 7. Gemini 7 is now passing over the 
Pacific. In a very short time it should be over the Hawaiian Tracking Station. 
We are in a negative reporting period. The crew aboard spacecraft 7 is in a 
sleep period that has been going on for approximately 1 hour. At this time 
we do not have ground telemetry data that indicates whether the crew is 
asleep, but we may get some readouts over the Hawaiian Station, which may 
tell us whether either or both of the crew members are asleep. Pilot James 
Lovell retired again tonight in his long john underwear and his orbital 
flight suit and of course, Command Pilot Frank Borman is wearing his flight 
suit. The spacecraft is on its 65th revolution over the earth. We are 
now 103 hours and 21 minutes int-o the flight. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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jEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 9:50 p.m. Tape 193, Pace 1 

This is Gemini Control. VJe are now 10k hours and 20 minutes 
into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7- At this time Gemini 7 is passing 
over Africa on its 66th revolution around the earth. Here in Mission Control 
Center, our flight controllers - since our flight crew has been in a sleep 
period for approximately the past hour and a half, - our flight controllers 
have been going over their logs, getting their reports in order so that they 
can brief the Blue Team of flight controllers that is due on to take over 
control of this flight in approximately 1 hour from now. We have had no 
voice communication with the spacecraft since the sleep period started, and 
all telemetry that is being fed to the ground stations, is on automatic feed. 
This is Gemini Control 10^ hours 21 minutes into the flight. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:50 p.m.. Tape 194, Page 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 105 hours and 20 minutes 
into our mission with Spacecraft Gemini 7 . • At the present time 
the spacecraft is passing over the Pacific Ocean coming up on the 
west coast of South America on its sixty-sixth revolution around 
the earth. Here in the Mission Control Center at Houston, we are 
in the midst of a shift change. The Blue Team of flight controllers 
have checked in and. are being briefed by the White Team which will 
soon be going off duty. Aboard the spacecraft, our pilots are in 
a sleep period. We do not as yet have a clear indication from the 
ground data as to whether they are in a deep sleep. Prom Cape 
Kennedy, we have a report on the status of Pad 19. The Gemini 6 
simulation flight was concluded at 9:00 p.m. EST today. The 
backup crew for Gemini 6, Astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young, 
were aboard the spacecraft for a reentry run, which was also 
concluded at 9:00 p.m. At the present time, a review is being 
conducted of the data from this simulated flight. Propulsion tests 
and end-to-end tests of systems are now going on at Pad 19, and 
these are expected to continue throughout the night. The pad 
crews are working to prepare for servicing of the ECS systems — 
environmental control systems. This is scheduled to begin at 
6:00 a.m. EST. Plans to start the GeiTiini 6 pre- count at 4:00 p.m. E 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/8/65, 10:50 p.m. Tape 194, Pag 
Thursday are going ahead, in the event a decision is made for a 
Sunday launch. At the present time, the Gemini 6 activities at 
the Cape are running approximately 24 hours ahead of schedule. 
We expect a decision to be made by noon Thursday on the launch of 
Spacecraft Gemini 6. We are now 105 hours, 22 minutes into the 
flight. Our spacecraft very shortly within the next few minutes 
will begin revolution sixty-seven. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 12:50 a.m. Tape 195, Page 

This is Gemini Control. We're 107 hours and 20 
minutes into the mission of Gemini 7. Gemini 7 spacecraft is in 
the sixty-eighth rev. We have just passed over the Rose Knot 
tracking ship where we had a telemetry dump. The 7 crew are 
reported sleeping according to the telemetry received by the 
Plight Surgeon. The pilot, James Lovell, has his pressure garment 
off and planned to have his orbital flight suit on for the sleep 
period. The command pilot, Frank Borman, is in his pressure suit 
with gloves and .helmet off and the suit unzipped. The present 
orbital parameters for Gemini 7 are: Apogee of 107.6 nautical 
v -niles. Perigee of 127.5 nautical miles. And an inclination of 
28.92°. At 107 hours and 21 minutes into the Gemini mission, — 
Gemini -7 mission this is Gemini Control. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 1:50 a.m. Tape 196, Page 

This is Gemini Control, 108 hours and 20 minutes 
into the flight of Gemini 7. We're in the sixty-eighth rev over 
the South Pacific. We have just passed — the spacecraft just 
passed over the Canton tracking station, and it's headed toward 
the west coast of South America. The crew is still sleeping, and 
all is quiet here in the Control Center in Houston. At 108 hours 
and 20 minutes into the misssion, this is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/9/65, 2:50 a.m. Tape 197, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 109 hours and 20 minutes 
into the Gemini 7 flight. The spacecraft is in the sixty-ninth . 
rev, and it's just now passing over Northern India. At the 
beginning of this rev, the tracking ship Rose Knot reported all 
systems go. And at this time, both crewmen were reported sleeping. 
The next contact will be the Coastal Sentry in about ten minutes . 
The Coastal Sentry is located just north of the Philippine Islands 
in the Pacific. It's been quiet here in the Control Center — 
not much activity going on with the crew sleeping. An occasional 
tape dump from the spacecraft takes place. The next one is 
scheduled for the Canary Islands. At 109 hours and 21 minutes 
into the mission of Gemini 7, this is Mission Control. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 3:50 a.m. Tape 198, Page 

This is Gemini Control, 110 hours and 20 minutes 
into the flight of Gemini 7. Gemini 7 spacecraft is just now 
beginning its seventieth rev as it passes over South America. 
On the last pass over the tracking ship Coastal Sentry, both 
crewmen were reported sleeping. This pass took place a few minutes 
back. Command communicator, Charles Lewis, on the Coastal Sentry 
gave a report on the readouts from the Gemini 7 spacecraft, which 
indicated amperage use up to three amps higher than usual. 
It was determined that the fuel cell automatic heater was on 

_ before loss of signal, the amperage use dropped about three 
amps — an indication that the fuel cell heater had cut off. 
During the six and a half minute pass over the Coastal Sentry, 
the fuel cell oxygen pressure had a buildup from 905 pounds at 
acquisition to 910 pounds about midway in the pass, and then dropped 
back to 905 pounds at loss of signal. The seas were reported calm 
by the Coastal Sentry after they had experienced some rather rough 
sea earlier in the week. Flight Director John Hodge released 
the Coastal Sentry Flight Controller Crew for the night. Succeeding 
passes will be to the south of them and out of their range. The 
next station contact will be with the Canary tracking station 
where a tape dump of spacecraft telemetry will be performed. 
This contact will take place in about ten minutes. At 110 hours, 
21 minutes into the mission of Gemini 7, this is Gemini control . 



END OF TAPE 



nivriHX v/f> i'j:^;;i':u <^o*iiGio'AhY , 1.2 /'-'/V,<. . h ;')■.■ p.m. 'iaoo ; • . 

Thi:; -j r, Gemini Control . One lmnrired ami 1 b-v-n h- •..)•;• 
and 20 minutes info the Gemini 7 mission. Gemini Spacecraft now is 
just off the east coast of Australia in its 70th rev. On the last \vn:r. 
over the Canary tracking station a few minutes back , James Fu.ee i ,coiwnanr 
communicator . reported all systems go. The crew is now nearinr; th- • .-n.i 
of the sleep period and should be awake when the next pass ov<>r the 
Canary tracking station takes place in about 'iS minutes. V.'e have a 
report here from Cape Kennedy on the status of the Gemini 6 spacecraft.. 
At 5:25 e.s.t. eastern standard time, this is about 25 minuter. a t G- - . 
the crfwn at Pad 19 began th" i' Low of cryogenic oxygen for tli-- environ;;,' t 
control system of Gemini spacecraft 6. This operation is sch' 'du ', < b to 
fake about h 1 ) minutes. Knrlier this Rerviej nr, of the >>j.vir' •mneiital 
sysf"tn wrjs r."i. to be/',in aroniri <>:<»"i a.m. eantern standard tim-, but 
another ho minutes were picked up by the crews and now Gemini b ael.ivit i. 
at the Cape are about , a ] it-lie over, 2k hours ahead of r.ehedu] e . The 
Cape crews is still making preparations for be^inninft tlie G.-mini 6 
preeount at 'f. 00 p.m. eastern 'standard time today in the event a. decisis 
is made for a fVuHuy launch. At 111 hours and 21 minuter, info the 
0'inini 7 mission, this is G.-mi ni Control. 

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This is Gemini Control. 112 hours and 20 minutes i:,tc the 
n j f;ht of Gemini Spacecraft 7. The Gemini Spacecraft is now approaching 
Arn.i'ia on its 71 revolution around the earth. The crew was waked for a fuel 
ceil purge ever the Canary Islands, and we will now hear a tape of that 
conversation. 



S/C Say again Flight Com. (Garble) 

CYI This is Canary Island. Contact how do you read? 

S/C Canary, this is Gemini 7. 

CYI Top of the morning to you from Canary. We have a couple of' 

things for you. Have you done a fuel cell purge recently? 

S/C 'Well, we should by what the flight plan read, but we decided 

we'd wait until we were over something. 

CYI Okay. Very good. We're ready for you now. Whenever you 

want . 

S/C Okay. We'll purge. Coming now. 

HOUSTON Hello Canaries. . 

CYI All things look great here on the ground, Flight. 

HOUSTON Roger. Is cryo read out gauge on, Canaries. 

CYI Negative. 

HOUSTON Then ask him to turn it to "ii2" so you can keep an eye on 

that, pressure. 

CYI Okay. Will do. Gemini 7, this is Canary. Would you put 

your quantity read switch to fuel cell H2. 
S/C Roger. We will move to 112. 



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HOUSTON That's nice. 

CYI Got 180. 

HOUSTON Again Canaries. 

CYI Got 180 on fuel cell H2. 

HOUSTON Roger. May I have an Alpha and Bra vo summar y, p lease? j 

CYI Roger. On the way. 

HOUSTON .(Garble)... 

CYI Very good, Plight. He's purging 02 in the second section, 

right now. 

HOUSTON May I have that'H2 pressure? 

CYI Roger. We're doing that, Flight. 

S/C It's complete, Canary. 

CYI Roger. Okay, we need some read ups here on that. You can 

keep it there on fuel cell H2. 
S/C Roger. 

CYI What are you reading up there on quantity and pressure? 

S/C Reading about 32$ and 1+00 ...(Garble)... 

CYI Roger. Okay. You want go back one to fuel cell 02 on the 

quantity read switch. 
S/C Right. We're at fuel cell 02. 

CYI Roger. Reading quantity and pressure, please. 

S/C f About 77$ and 720. 

CYI Roger. I 6opy. Now quantity read switch to ECS 02. Quantity 

and pressure. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/9/65, 5:50 a.m. Tape 200, Page 3 

S/C 86$ and 500. 

CYI Okay. We have a flight plan update for you. 

S/C Roger. Go ahead. 

HOUSTON All your summaries look good. 

CYI Bravo, Flight. 

S/C Go ahead. 

CYI ...time 1115235. Rev 71. 75.6 degrees West. 11 hours, 32 

minutes, 51 seconds right ascension. Flight plan time line 

update. Change 11200 to 11217. We may have a little 

and if we do, we'll continue this a little later on. 

S/C Roger. 

That was the taped voice of James Lovell, Gemini Spacecraft 7 

pilot in:communication with the Canary Island tracking station, at 5s 35 a.m. 

this morning. as the spacecraft passed over the Canary Islands. Both crewmen 

were awake at this time. At 112 hours and 2k minutes into the Gemini 7 

Mission, this is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 6:50 a.m. Tape 201, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control, 113 hours and 20 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7. The Gemini 7 spacecraft is now in its 71st rev approach- 
ing the west coast of South America. Soon we will go into the 72nd rev. 
Both crew members were awake this morning just a few minutes before the 
sleep period ended at 112 hours elapsed time. The Gemini 7 spacecraft was 
in voice contact with the Carnarvon tracking station on the pass over that 
station at 6:15 this morning at an elapsed time of 112 hours and 1+5 minutes. 
The voVs is Pilot James Lovell. Here is that taped conversation now. 
^ Carnarvon - "" ; Gemini 7> Carnarvon. 

S/C_ " • "] Roger, Gemini 7. 

Carnarvon We would like to have you turn your cryo gauging switch 

to the off position please. 

A • 

S/C | Roger. 

Carnarvon We would also like a OAMS propellant quantity readdrat 

please . 



S/C 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

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Carnarvon 



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B/C 



Gemini 7> I did not copy. 
About 52 to 53 percent. 
Rog, copy. 
We have that. 

Also I would like to complete the flight plan update that 
we were giving you over the Canarys whenever you are ready 
to copy please . 

Roger, go ahead. 

Okay, did you get the 111 113 h0 OOOtime? 

I got the time up on 3k 00 but that is all. He faded out 



then. 



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115 01 00 crew status report, Pilot at Canaveral. 
Roger . 

5-6, time lip 18 28, sequence nunber 10, remarks, pitch 
30 degrees down, yaw 12 degrees left-. 
Rog . 

Ckay, that completes the flight plan update . You are 
looking good here on the ground. We will he standing by 
• if you need us . 
Roger. (garbled) 
Very good. 

Have your main summary Carnarvon , looks good . 
Rog, Flight. Did you copy the propeilant quantities. 
52 to 53 percent. 
That T s affirmative . 
Did you get the cryo switch off? 
That ' s affirmative . 
Roger . 

That voice was the taped voice of Jim Lovell talking to 
:king station at 6:15 this morning Houston time. The 
iow approaching the West Coast of South America and .just 
go 3 nto the 72nd revolution. The Red Team, members are nov 
•liove trie Blue Team for the 7:00 a.m. shift changeover. 
:-r.::err. are now being briefed by the night-shift blue Team. 
-/; 23 minutes into the Gemini 7 mission, this is Gemini 



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Good morning, Gemini Control, Houston . We are 213 hours , 
!>5 minute;; Into the flight. As the spacecraft swung over the Antigua an<i 
r;r ""« Turk Island tracking stations, we found the crew very chatty this 
morning. The conversation went like this. 
CAP COM Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead, Houston. Gemini 7. 

CAP CCM Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. This is the World's most un- 

talkative Cap Com coming to with the D-U, D-7. 
S/C Roger. Stand by a minute. How are you doing? 

CAP COM I'm doing fine, Frank. How are you today? 

S/C 'Fine. I'm just a little warm. 

CAP COM You're just a little warm. Well, we're mighty proud of you 

guys down here. 
S/C Thank you, Charles. 

CAP COM Okay. It's a D-k, D-7. Tiae 113:5737. Sequence 1*27. M:-<le 

03. Pitch k degrees down. Yaw 155 degrees left. Passing 
from right to left. Closest approach at 1135800. 

S /C ... (Garble)... Say again. 

CAP COM Say again. Your closest approach at 1135800. Record 30 

seconds maximum. 

S./C Houston, This is Gemini 7. !3o you read me? 

CAP COM Gemir.i 7, Houston. Did you read that update? 

S/C Negative, Charlie. You faded completely. I hear you now, 

though . 

CAP COM Okay. It's a D-1+, D-7, at 1135737- Sequence #k27 . Mode 

03- Pi~.cn H degrees down. Yaw 155 degrees left. Passing 



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OP CGMPMA'ARY, 12/9/.f-5, 7:25 a.m. Tape 
frorr. rijjht to left. Closest approach at I13i>bOC 



30 seconds maximum. 
"/C Houston, Gemini 7. I road yens. 

CAP COM Roger , Gemini 7- -'id you get that update? 

g/g That's affirmative. Roger. 

CAP COM Can I get a read back? Negative. You don't have to do that 

S /c We got it . 

CAP COM Did you sleep well last night? 

G/G Yes, except for a little while. 

CAP COM CM-U-says to get to work. 

S/C .1 hear him. Tell him to get his bloody eyes back on own 

work . 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 

S/C This is Gemini 7- Go ahead, Houston. 

CAP COM Can I start giving you your big flight plan update for vhis 

morning? The next -oass over the States will also be a crew 
status pass, and it's a rather large.... 
S/C Roger. We can take the flight plan update. 

CAP COM Okay. ' Your first item is at II5I+OOO, a cabin temperature 

survey . 

irl: 

Right. Go ahead, Frank. 

The cabin temperatures haven't varied much. Can we cut down 
the frequency of those to maybe once a day? Chuck, this time 
you ask them to cut the frequency of them? 



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CAP COM Sure. That'll be fine, Frank. Why don't we go ahead with 

this one, and we'll cut out on any of the rest of then; for 
today, huh? How's that? 

S/C That's what I'm suggesting. 

CAT' COM Okay. The next time is 1162900. Fuel cell purge at Ouymas . 

D_l +j d-7 at 1165800. Sequence k2k. Mode 02. 1180700 you 
have a "Go", "No go" for 90-1 at Texas. 

Pitch 30 degrees down. Yaw zero degrees. Due over West 
Coast of Florida. 118:20:00 is an exercise period. 118:30:00 
starts your eat period. 118:55:00, use horizon scanner to 
control spacecraft SEF for UIIF test over Carnarvon. Use the 
adapter antenna. 

S/C Charlie. You faded on that one. I got "...horizon scanner 

to control spacecraft..." 

CAP COM "...to control spacecraft SEF for UHF test ov^r Cavr..-.*rvt.>n. 

Use the adapter antenna." 119:00:00, continue UIIF continuously 
until 119:10:00. Force modulate the UIIF until 119:06:00. 
Note, that's the first 6 minutes of the 10 minute key. We 
realize this is in the middle of an eat period, but it's a 
particularly good pass for this testing over Carnarvon. 
Gemini 7 Housi.or. . Are you with me? 

S/C T lost contact. 

Gemini Control, Houston here. That wound up the Antigua 
During this pass, about 25 minutes from now, we'll have a 

crew status report on Frank Borman, via the Carnarvon station. Ahu , over 

the States, we'll have a crew status report on the pilot, Jim Lovell. 



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During the Stateside pass, most likely, we're going to advise Frank Herman ; 
we're going to suggest that he get out of his suit and Jim Love 11 put 'his spacesuit 
back on„ The plan is to find out. how Lovell evaluates the two. He's been out of 
his suit now for about three days. Borman has remained in his. The sequence will 
be that Lovell will put his suit back on first, them Borman will remove his and 
remain out for at least 2k hours to see what his evaluation of a suitless posture is 
in that Gemini 7 Spacecraft. We're not sure at this point whether Jim Lovell put 
•on his orbital spacesuit last night, which is an additional garment that was avail- 
able to him. It was agreed that he would put it on around bed time last night, but 
we have not had any confirmation whether he put it on or not. We have some tape, 
additional tape conversation, of a brief pass over the Canaries which followed the 
Antigua station. We'll play that for you now. 



S/C Hello Canary. I'm clear. 

CYI Okay. We have a PLA update for you whenever you're ready to copy. 

S/C Stand by a minute. ...(Garble)... Canary? 

GYI Okay. I wasn't going to answer you. 

S/C Sorry. 

CYI Area Jh-l, ll6;19:10, 18 plus 3^. Area 75-1, 117:55:26, 17 plus 



23. Area 76-1, 119:30:56, 16 plus 27. Area 77-h, 122:21:12, 
18 plus 09. Area 78-U, 123:56:17, 17 plus 12. Area 79-3, 125:10:37, 
20 plus 08. Area 80-3, 126:1+7:12, l8 plus 53. It'll be a rolling 
re-entry, and the weather is good in all areas. 

S/C Roger. Thank you, Canary. Canary could you give us the D-U, D-7 

that we got from Houston again? 

CYI Alright. That was V-k, D-7 at 113:57:37. Sequence h27 . Mode 03- 

Pitch k degrees down. Yaw 155 degrees left. Passing right to 
left. Closest approach at 113:58:00. Record 30 seconds maximum. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION CONTROL, 12/9/65, 7:25 a.m. 



Ta'oe 202. Pace 5 



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That was record 30 seconds maximum? 



Noge . Record. Record. 



Roger. Thank you. 

Systems are "Go" at Canary. We're noticing some activity, 
probably getting ready for D-U, D-7- 
Roger Canaries. 

They shifted from pulse to horizon scan mode. They got LOS on 
C-Band and Telemetry. 
Roger. LOS, Canaries. 
All, systems "Go" at LOS. 
Roger . 



Gemini Control here. The weather bureau supporting this Gemini 
mission continues to forecast favorable weather for another kQ hour period around 
the World. Their estimate of the Mid-Pacific, or Landing Zone 1+ is considerable 
cloudiness today with scattered rain showers. Winds north by northeast at about 
15 knotts. Wave heights 4 to 5 feet. In the Western Pacific Zone, Zone 3, which 
is 700 miles south' ; t>y southwest of Tokyo, mostly cloudy conditions, a few rain 
showers, northeast .winds between 10 to 15 knots.. Wave heights around k feet. 
In the Eastern Atlantic, 500 miles north of the Cape Verde Islands, broken cloudiness, 
east by northeast winds 20 to 25 knotts, and wave heights 6 to 8 feet. In the 
primary landing zone, the Western Atlantic, 500 miles east of Miami. Partly cloudy. 
Northerly winds of 15 knots. Wave heights of 3 to 5 feet. The interesting meteor - 
logical features which are to be overflown during the day, include a Jet Stream 
high cloudiness over North Africa, and a storm system in the Bay of Bengal., east of 
India. At 11^ hours and 9 minutes into the flight, this is Gemini Control , Houston. 
'END OF TAPE 



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MISSION C0VV5NTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 8:20 a.m. 



Tape c'u j . 



Gemini Control Houston here, Ilk hours kB minutes into tho 
flight. I/uring the last swing across Australia, here is the conversation. 



Carnarvon 



s/c 



Carnarvon 



S/C 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 
S/C 

Carnarvon 



S/C 

s/c 



Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

This is 7 5 go ahead Carnarvon. 

Roger. We have a solid temperature. All your systems are 
go. on the ground. I'll be handing you over to the surgeon 
shortly and after crew status report I have a message and 
a flight plan update for you. 
Roger, blood pressure coming down. 

Gemini 7> this is Carnarvon Surgeon. Your cuff is full 

scale . 

R°g- 

Gemini 7? we have a valid blood pressure. Give us a mark 

before you start exercising. 

Mark, beginning exercise. 

Gemini 7- Your cuff is full scale. 

Roger , full scale. 

Gemini 7, we have a valid post-exercise blood pressure. Do 
you have any change in your food, water, or sleep reports 
since your last report? 
Roger, stand by. 

Carnarvon Surgeon, Gemini 7 here. The total water now for 
the Command Pilot is now 435 ounces. We both had meal A, 
day 15, except the Pilot did not eat any of the gingerbread 
squares and the Command Pilot ate only two of them. 



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Tape 203, Page 2 



Carnarvon 

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Carnarvon 
Carnarvon 



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S/C 



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Gemini 7? this is Carnarvon surgeon. We copy. 

Roger, the Pilot had a total of 350 ounces of water and we 

both have had one urination since the last report. 

This is Carnarvon Surgeon. We copy. This is Surgeon out. 

Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Go ahead, Cap. 

Okay, we would like for you to know that the suit situation 
will be discussed over MCC on the next rev. They want to 
discuss Lovell getting back into the suit and Borman getting 
out. Did you copy? 
We copied. 

Roger. Also, we have a flight plan update for you. On your 
last flight plan update at 118 55 00, use horizon scanner to 
control spacecraft small end forward for UHF test over Carnarvon. 
Copy. 

Roger, we copy. 

Use adapter antenna. 

Roger . 

Time, 119 00 00, key UHF continuously until 119 10 00. Voice 
modulate UHF until 119 06 00. Next item, MSC-12 , time 119 W 2o, 
pitch 30 degrees down, yaw 0 degrees, do over west coast of 
Florida. 
Thank you. 

MSC-2 and 3, time 120 00 00, sequence number 02, off at 
136 00 00, did you copy? 
Roger, we copied. 



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Tape 203, Page 3 



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Carnarvon 

Flight 



Next item V-k/D-7, time 120 08 00, sequence number U23, 
mode 02 , do even if cloudy. We have had LOS, Flight. 
We copy. 

Roger. Okay one other item. Have you had any success with 
doing D-k/B-7 kl7 lightning and U25 Cumulus as per measure- 
ment of opportunity. We had LOS Flight. I don't believe 
he got the last item. 
Roger, understand. 

All the systems look good on the ground, Flight. 
Rog. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 8:U7 a.m. Tape 20h , Page 1 

Gemini Control at Houston here , 115 hours 18 minutes into 
the flight. Over Antigua a few minutes ago, a most interesting discussion 
ensued regarding the general heat pattern of the cabin. Apparently things 
are running a few degrees warmer then they were yesterday. Jim Lovell said 
that the cabin temp read 78 degrees, he guessed an actual of about 72 degrees 
where the men are seated. They also discussed putting Lovell' s suit back on 
and Borman taking his suit off. Frank Borman's input was that if things were 
all the same to everybody else, he would like to leave things the way they 
are. That is still under discussion, no firm decision has been made on change- 
over of suits. We are looking at that as well as some of the various pump 
configurations that are available which might bring down the temperature a 
few degrees in the interests of comfort. The conversation over Antigua went 
something like this. 



Cap Com Gemini 7j Gemini 7> Houston Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead Houston, Gemini 7- 

Cap Com Roger, we observe your oral temp, it isn't - have you got 

your temp probe in. 
S/C Not yet. 

Cap Com Okay. Frank, have you eaten yet this morning. 

S/C Roger . 

Cap Com Roger . 

S/C We are a little bit warmer up here than we would like to see 

it, Elliot, and it seems to be getting hotter. 

Cap Com Roger. Okay we'll observe temp coming up now on the tempera- 

ture . 

S/C Fine . 



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Cap Com Okay, stand by for the Surgeon for his discussion. 

Surgeon Frank, while this temperature probe is coming up on Jim, 

could I go ahead and ask you, or let's check on this meal. 
You had meal 15A, you had 15A apparently last night, I 
assume. Could you give me the time on that and then for 
breakfast this morning, could we get your food report. 

S/C 15A. 

Surgeon Roger, 15A. 

S/C Jim didn't eat the gingerbread and I only ate two of the 

gingerbread. I gave that to the Canary Surgeon, I believe 
it was . 

Surgeon Rog. That was breakfast. That was not dinner last night? 

Gemini 7, Gemini 7, this is Surgeon. Do you read? 
S/C Go ahead Houston. 

Surgeon Frank, what meal did you have for dinner last night. We are 

missing this one meal. You didn't report a dinner meal. 
S/C That was day 7' meal C. 

Surgeon Roger, 7C. 

s/c ike, ike. 

Surgeon XkC , read ike . We have a valid temperature . You can go 

ahead and get your blood pressure. Cuff didn't go full 
scale, Jim. 

S/C Full scale. 

Surgeon Gemini 1 , we do not have a valid blood pressure here. Can 

you repeat that blood pressure please? 
S/C Roger, stand by. I'll pump up again. 

Cap Com Roger, Jim. Frank, while that is going on, I'd like to ask 

you, are you sure of the cabin temperature settings being 



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down full cool , both of them? We concurred about these 
slightly warmer cockpit, some of our data is showing that 
it is running a little warmer. 
Surgeon Cuff is full scale. 

S/C Our cabin temperature is full hot, our suit temperature is 

full cold. 

Cap Com Roger. Frank, would you check the suit temperature valve 

for full cold position. Our data shows that it is not at 
that position. 

S/C Say again, please? 

"ap Com Check the suit temperature valve position. Our data does 

not show full cold. 

S/C It takes 3 men and a boy to move it and I got it as tight 

as we can get it. 

Cap Com Roger. Frank, how about trying the cabin temperature valve 

full cold. 

S/C That will cut off some of the coolant fluids flow through 

the suit loop and should make us hotter. 
Cap Com Why don't you give it a try. 

S/C All right. 

Surgeon Gemini 7, this is Surgeon. Jim, we are still not getting 

a valid blood pressure here. We are not seeing any traces 
on it. Let's don't try and repeat it here, but I wish you 
would check on your microphone and the cuff here before you 
do any changing with the suit configuration, and also, did 
you have to do anything to those sensors other than just 



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press on that external sensor yesterday? 
S/C Negative, I did not. We pressed them way up. I can check 

it very easily here. 
Surgeon All right, fine. Frank, can you tell me what you had for 

sleep last night. We don't have that report yet. Could 

I get your sleep and the quality of it also. 
S/C We slept about 6 to 7 hours last night. I think Jim slept 

sounder than I did. I was warm most of the evening. 
Surgeon Roger, copied, 6 to 7 hours. 

S/c It would be nice to have some sort of petroleum jelly or 

Vicks to put in your nose up here. 
Surgeon Is it getting pretty dry, Frank? 

S ' Can you read? 

Surgeon Roger, Gemini 7» I read. Frank, you could use some of the 

ointment that you have there, that cream. You could use 
some of that for your nose . I suggest that you do that 
if you are getting dry. Gemini 7, did you copy, Gemini 7> 
do you read. 

S/C Houston, Gemini 7. 

Surgeon Did you read your transmission about going ahead and using 

the ointment that is available there, Jim. I would suggest 

that you use that for your nose. 
S/C Roger, understand that. Also, it looked like the cuff did 

slip dpwn. I could see the microphone just half way out of 

the cuff. Want us to try. 



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Surgeon Jim, I think we ought to get this suit discussion here, let's 

hold it and we will get a recheck on your pressure and exercise 
later. Let's let them go on to the suit discussion now and 
make sure that your cuff is all right and we will check you 
later , all right . 
S/C Roger . 

Cap Com Gemini 7> we are working on the suit situation. We would 

like to ask for a report on the orbital flight suit at this 
time . 

s/C Roger, I put on the orbital flight suit last night to wear 

to go to bed, but it is just too hot, so I removed it about 
15 minutes later and stowed it . I am very comfortable just 
the way I am. 

Cap Com Roger, I copied, Gemini 7, Jim. Jim, we would like to ask 

if the cabin temperature is comfortable for you in your 
present configuration or do you also feel somewhat warm? 

S/C I am at times fairly warm. It is 78 in the cabin and the 

most comfortable temperature would be more like 72. How- 
ever, I am presently dry, much more freedom of movement 
and just certainly just as cool as I would ever be in a 
suit . 

Cap Com Roger. 

S/C I opened the cabin heat control valve to full cool and the 

' ' suit temperature has gone up about another half degree since 
I did that. 



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Cap Com Roger, we concur. You can turn it back down. 

Frank, we are, as I said, we are working on the suit situa- 
tion to accumulate further data. We would like to ask for 
Jim to put his suit back on and you to take yours off, over. 

S/c Rog. I would prefer to leave it this way if you don't mind. 

It would just be a big mess we would have to get back in . . 
he's a lot bigger .. why do you want the change? 

Cap Com Roger, Gemini 7- The purpose was to accumulate more informa- 

tion on the suit situation. We have your input. If you are 
able to change suits, we can delete the cabin temperature 
survey at 115 **0. 

S/C Okay, I would prefer, if we have to keep one suit on, I 

prefer to have me leave my suit on and leave Jim the way he 
is. 

Cap Com Roger, we copy Gemini 7- We will discuss it more with you 

at a later pass. 

S/C Roger, I also would like to go two suit compressors here if 

this keeps going up. 
Cap Com Roger. We are looking into that and we will concur with you 

on that at a later point. 
S/C Thank you. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, I would like to complete the flight plan update. 

We almost finished it at Carnarvon. Could you tell me how 
far you got? 



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Tape 20U, Page 7 



S/C 

Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 



s/c 

Cap Com 

S/C 

Cap Com 

what. Here is 
and Gemini 7* 
Canary 

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Canary 



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S/C 



Stand by Houston. On the flight plan update D-U/D-7 
at 120 08 00, sequence 423 • 

Roger. Did you get the note? Do even if cloudy? 
Roger , affirmed . 

Okay, then we have a question. Have you had any success 
with doing the D-4/D-7 sequence hlj , which was lightning 
and 425j Cumulus clouds as measurements of opportunity. 
We have not had any successful on either one. 
You have not gotten either one of them. 

That's affirmed. We are standing by for a good opportunity. 
Roger 7- 

After making an adjustment, the temperature did drop some- 
the conversation between Cap Com James Fuji at the Canary Islands 

Gemini 7> Canary. 

Roger , Gemini 7 • Go ahead . 

Okay, what we want you to do is turn off pump B in the primary 
loop and turn on pump A in the primary loop. After you get 
done with the survey, that is the cabin temperature survey 
at 115 UO 00. 

Roger, understand. Turn off pump B, turn on pump A, primary 
loop after cabin survey. 

Roger, that is affirmative. And you might take a look at 
your H 2 pressure, pump it up a little bit. 

Canary, this is Gemini 7. Our suit temperature has gone down 
a little bit since we turned the cabin heat control back to 
warm. I prefer not to go to pump A on that big loop. I don't 



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Tape 20h, Page 8 



Canary 
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S/C 

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Canary 



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s/c 

Flight 
Canary 

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Canary 
S/C 

Canary 
S/C 



want to close the fuel cells. I would prefer though to go 
to pressure 1 and 2 if you don't mind for awhile, just to 
get us cool, then we will go back to 1. 
Wait one. 
Okay , . 

Meanwhile I'll run it the way I am until we get too hot. 

That is okay, but tell him that Houston Flight says don't 

worry about the fuel cell, actually running up the amperage 

up on the fuel cell is going to help, not hurt. 

Flight says we can cope with you a little bit, but turning 

on the primary pump A is going to bring the amperage up 

and it will help the fuel cell, not hurt it. 

Okay, when we get too warm we will turn on pump A and turn 

off pump^B. 

' I'm not worried about that, I'm worried about the coolant 
gauge or the coolant flow through the fuel cell. 
That is no problem either. 
That is no .problem either. 
Okay. 

7, Canary. 
Go ahead. 

Okay, we only read you a little bit, did you pump up the 
fuel cell hydrogen pressure? 
Roger, sure did. 
Okay, very good. 

The heaters on, thank you very much. 



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Canary Okay. 

S/C Pretty good bottle, isn't it. 

Canary Yeah . 

Flight They also have the HF on again. 

Canary Roger, we have lost contact I think. 

Gemini 7> Canary. We have HF on again for you. 

We've lost them Flight. 

Gemini Control here. Minutes after leaving the Canary area, 
Elliot See remoted through Kano and this is how that discussion went. 



Cap Com Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. Do you read. 

S/C This is 7> loud and clear. 

Cap Com Roger. We have been looking over the cooling situation and 
we would recommend that you go to pump A on the primary 
loop in place of pump B and go back to the one suit fan. 

S/C Roger, when we get too warm we will do that. 

Cap Com It looks to us like that would do more good for you. 

S/C It might. 

Cap Com And for less amps. 

S/C Could we give a crew status report over Carnarvon this time? 

Cap Com Okay, that would be fine. 

S/C 

Cap Com We've got a lot of static and I'm not reading you now. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY , 12/9/65, 9:31 a.m. Tape 205, rage 1 

Gemini Control, Houston here. Il6 hours even into the mission. 
Over- Australia, a most interesting discussion. Again morp on the juit temperature 
matter. Jim Lovoll's water intake, which apparently is running well behind Frank 
Borman's; but Lovell says that's natural; thai was proved during a pre -flight ten- 
day test. Here's the conversation with Carnarvon. 
CRO Gemini 7., Carnarvon. 

S/C Go ahead Carnarvon. We're standing by for the pi Jot crew status 

report . 

CRO Roger. Understand. Also, after the crew status report, we'd like 

to get your status on your heating problem. I'll turn you over to 
surgeon at this time. 

S/C Roger. Pressure cuff coming up. Go ahead surgeon. 

CRO My cuff is full scale. 

S/C Okay. Good. We're awaiting Flight reply. 

HOUSTON Tell them we have a valid blood pressure. Give us a moment before 

you start your exercise, please. 
CRO Moment. 
HOUSTON Carnarvon? 

CKO Okay. We got the 

HOUSTON Gemini 7 you got the 

CKO We got tie suit inlet temperature, if you'd like the temperature;: 

we're showing here on t e ground. 
HOUSTON Okay . 

CRO Okay. We're showirw? PCM is 12 U which is U9 degrees at CQ, 6 CC v'i 

left suit inlet air temperature 6.1. decrees , the:;e are 12 .1 8 ' s . 
CC Ok and right suit air let temperature , 60 degrees. CI) 02 whiei 
is the cabin heat exchanger and out temperature is 76.9 degrees. 



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A pump 1 s on ... . 
HOUSTON What was that last temperature? 

CRO 76.9 degrees. 

HOUSTON Okay . 

CRO And, we still have the B pump on. Surgeon. In the water intake, 

we'd, like to discuss this very briefly. Are you copying, Gemini 7? 
S/c Go ahead. 

CRO We would like to ask first of all why it is that Jim is not tr'cing 

in quite as much fluid as we think he ought to, and wonder why. 

Does he have a thirst at all? Is he thirsty? 
S/C This is Lovell. Number one is I'm out of the suit, and Frank isn't. 

I'm not sweating as much as he is. 
CRO Well, that's one of the problems. First of all, are you thirsty? 

Is the reason you're not drinking because you're just not thirsty? 
S/C Just not thirsty. I think that ... (Garble) ... 

CRO Very well. Is Frank sweating, frankly, just overtly sweating? 

S/C He says not much. 

CRO Do you notice, in looking at him, whether his skin is white. 

S/C I'll let him answer that. During the 10 days before when we ran 



this M-7 experiment, I drank almost twice as much water as Jim 
did; and I think it's probably natural for me to drink a little 
more. I'm pretty comfortable now. Our cabin temperature's gone 
down. My suit temperature's going down, and we both feel we're 
in pretty good shape. 

CRO Understand. Have you been sweating at all, Frank? Gemini 7, this 

is Carnarvon. Did you copy? 
S/C About sweating? Yes, I'm perspiring a little. 



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CRO Very well. Thank you. 

S/C Roger. 

CRO Then, I think that your only problem then is, Jim can j get you 

to take in a little more water . 
S/C Very well. We will. I'll start drinking. 

CRO Very well. This is Carnarvon checking out. 

S/C I'm drinking it now. 

CRO Carnarvon . 

S/C Carnarvon, Gemini 7. 

CRO Go ahead, Gemini 7. 

S/C As you've probably noticed our suit temperature's going down now, 

and our cabin temperature's also going down. We turned the cabin 
heat exchanger in the "High" position, and we feel that... plan on 
doing nothing. . .we 've done nothing, and it seems to bt clearing up. 

CRO Roger, Gemini 7. 

S/C And, if we get hot, we'll take White's advise and turn Pump A 

and turn off Pump B primary . . . 
CRO Roger. Did you copy all of that, Flight. 

HOUSTON You can tell him I've copied, yes. 

S/C If we're going to stay one suit on and one suit off, we'd like to 

stay just the way we are until Tom and Wally come up, and then 



Jim' 11 get back in his suit. I'd prefer not to switch out and 
then get back in. Let's go the way we are if we have to stay 
with one suit off. 
CRO Roger. We'll relay this on to Flight. 



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S/C Thank you. 

HOUSTON Tell him we're going to talk to him some more on the next pass. 

CRO Roge . 

S/C Wonder if we're ever going to see you all in the daylight? 

CRO Repeat Gemini 7- 

S/C I wonder if we'll ever see you in the daylight? 

CRO We should here in a couple more days. Flight reports that they 

wanted to talk to you some more on the" suit problem, on the next 

pass. 

S/C Okay, 

HOUSTON Let 1 s have a LOS main when you get a chance , please . 

CRO Roger, Flight. Your way, Flight. 

HOUSTON Roge . 

CRO By the way, Fred, I guess you copied this; but they seem to be 

getting more comfortable after turning the cabin heat exchanger 
up to maximum hot. 

HOUSTON They've been in that position. 

CRO Right. But I don't understand why he But we do, they are 

showing going down. 
HOUSTON He's got both compressors on, hasn't he? 

CRO I didn't copy that, Flight? 

HOUSTON Ask him what he's done about the compressors. If he's got both 

of them on . 

CRO Right. Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

S/C Go ahead 



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CRO Do you have both suit compressors on at this time? 

S/c Negative. We will not do that. We were told not to do that. 

CRO Roger. Understand. 

S/C We've done nothing. That's Yardley's philosophy. "When in doubt, 

do nothing." 

CRO Roge . 

HOUSTON Tell him that's Kraft's philosophy. 

CRO Flight Director said that's Kraft's philosophy. 

S/c Okay. It's also Borman's 

CRO Roger. Take it away, Flight. 



END OF TAPE 




MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 10:10 a.m. Tape 206, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston at 116 hours, 38 minutes into 
the flight. We have a bulletin for you, it's been decided to ahead 
and circularize this seven orbit and optimize for an eighth day launch 
for Gemini 6. We plan to circularize somewhat earlier than we had in- 
dicated yesterday. This will give us additional tracking time around 
the range. The present calls for the circular ization maneuver to occur 
about noon central standard time. We'll have the precise values and 
the time a little later. The seven reaction with this, Lovell came 
back with a comment "excellent" „ Frank Borman said "We'll try to see 
if we can fit it into our schedule." The seven crew has also been 
advised that they have a go for a 90-1 flight, a 90 revolution flight. 
This is Gemini Control Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/9/65, 10:20 a.m. Tape 207, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, at 116 hours and k8 minutes into the flight. 
We have the tape conversation on the last stateside pass which contains the 
statement from Elliot See advising the crew that we do plan to go ahead and 
optimize the 7 orbit for a Gemini 6 launch Sunday, the eighth day. The 
optimization giving us a chance for two panes on Sunday morning. Here is 
that tape conversation now. 

(Due to momentary mechanical failure in the PAO tape equipment, some 

Air to Ground was missed. The transcript has been prepared to reflect 

the full replay on the pass.) 



CAP COM Gemini 7, Houston. Gemini 7, Houston. Gemini 7, 

do you read Houston? 
S/C Loud and clear. 

CAP COM You are Go for 90-1. 

S/C Understand Go for 90-1. 

CAP COM Roger. And you can be getting the Go No Go information 

up ready for me. I'll take it whenever you get it. 
S/C Okay, Elliot, thank you. 

CAP COM The GT-6 sim flight has been completed. I should 



say GG-6, or GTG-6 has been completed and we are hoping 
to launch it on the eighth day, so we want, to be 
maneuvering you today. We plan to do that in about 



two hours or so. 

Lovell Sounds excellent . 

Borman We'll see if we can fit it into the schedule. 

CAP COM Very good of you. 

S/C How did the bucket of bolts come out on the sim flight? 

CAP COM They made it through somehow or other. 

S/C We have a Cadillac here. 



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CAP COM Roger. Frank , we are m< vi rig ricv.t aloii£ on this 

suit situation. I Lei i eve wo are making progress . 
I would like to get specific comments from yon 
at this time summarizing your feellnrs on the suit, 
the comfort situation, and other pertinent factors. 

S/C Roger. Jim is very comf ortabi e . Of course he has 

much bettor mobility outside of the suit. There ' r 
no question in our minds new that the only wny to- 
fly these things is without pressure suits. This 
get-me-down suit is a great xdnu . they should be 
stored on board somewhere and us fed in an emorrenoy. 
Tf we have to keep one suit on I would prefer to 

, keep one on so that wo do not have to change and 

out 

change/ again, because we both want them on for the 
rendezvous. If it's ag,reeai>lf- with people I'd like 
to take mine off. We hove the rvjoin . suit 1 emperat :ire 
has gone down now, so I'm not as unoorr.f ortanJ e as 7 
was and I found a pi ace to s ' t- iu the spacecraft where 
I take advantage of come c ire- tint ion from Jim's hose 
and it cools ijf off also.. 

CAP COM. Roper . do you hav« any add i1 ior.al .■v-wmi'nvts regard it-g 

the feasi oility, or the advisubil ity of doing the fill 1 
duration .. .why aon't you discuss the cr-nfi rural j on 
regarding the full duration? 

S/C The full duration, I'm convinced we could run tie 



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CAP COM 
S/C 



CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 



S/C 

CAP COM 
HOU FLIGHT 
S/C 

HOU FLIGHT 



whole works without suits. As a matter of fact, 
that would be the most desirable way, however 
I think for the rendezvous we'd probably want 
to have the suits on. If it would be convenient 
with people, we would like to have suits on the 
rendezvous and take them off again til, say, 
one day before reentry. 
Roger, we copy. 

Along that line, Elliott, I think we'll need about 
six hours the day before to get the spacecraft in 
reentry configurations so we can repack and get 
everything we want in the way of reentry. 
Roger. You can stand by for a TR update. 
Roger 

We didn't get a map that time, we'll be transmitting 
it again in a minute . 
Update received, Elliott. 

Roger. We got a good map here too, we are in 
good shape. Would you place your TM switch back 
to command if you haven't done so already. 
Roger, we're in command. 
Stand by for Flight. 
Gemini 7, Houston Flight. 
Go ahead, Flight. 

We talked this heat situation over with the 
experts here and if your problem is perspiration 



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they agree with you with regards to turning on 
an additional compressor to get more air flow. 
If, however, the problem is really suit inlet 
temperature, we feel that the best way to do It 
is to use the primary pump A rather than B because 
this does triple the flow to the suit heat exchanger. 
The problem is probably due to the water boiler 
temperature being somewhat warm as a result of the 
high cabin temperature. So you can use the system 
as you see fit on that basis. 

S/C Roger, Chris, thank you. As I said, things seem 

to be under control. If we do get warm again I'll 
go to Primary pump A and B off. 

HOU FLIGHT Roger. 

S/C ....we have a Go No Go for you. 

CAP COM Okay, go ahead. 

S/C Roger. All main batteries are okay. Fuel cell 

J" 

stack LA and 3.5, IB U.0, 1C U.0, <>A 3-0, 2B 3.0, 
2C 5-0, RCSA 3,000 80 degrees, RCSB 2900 75 degrees, 
left hand secondary 02 (garbled) rif-ht hand 
secondary 02 5300. 
BDA C~J? COM Bermuda remote. 

CAP COM Roger. We missed the left secondary 02 pressure 

and we do not have the bus voltage yet. 
S/C The bus voltage is 27. Left secondary 02 is 5^00. 

CAP COM Roger, ccpind. 

C/C Thank you. 

CAP COM Roger. I hope to huve seme more work for yen 



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regarding the suits before too long. 
S/C Okay, Elliot, no problem, thank you very much. 

Didn't want to cause anybody any trouble. 
CAP COM I believe we've got a little time here, Gemini 7, 

I'll give you some of the news of the day. 
S/C Sounds great. 

CAP COM Incidentally, are you aware that the HF is up? 

S/C Roger. We're turning it off with these passes 

so we're reading a lot better with it off. 

CAP COM Roger. There was a big demonstration in Moscow 

yesterday against U. S. policy in Viet Nam. McGeorge 
Bundy has resigned his White House position to become 
President of the Ford Foundation. U. S. Steel 
indicates it might build a new steel mill in 
Baytown. Tommy Nobis still hasn't made up his 
mind whether he wants to play for Houston or 
Atlanta, and finally, John Unitas is out for the 
season. He suffered torn ligaments in their game 
with Chicago Sunday. 

S/C Hey Elliot. 

CAP COM Go ahead. 

S/C Will you please tell Nobis to sign with Houston? 

CAP COM Roger. We'll tell him a voice from outer space 

sent that message. We'll keep you posted on the 

maneuver plans . 
S/C Roger. 



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CAP COM Gemini 7 Houston. Surgeon has a question. Can 

you comment on the charcoal situation? 
Borman I think I'll refer that one to Jim. 

Lovell We need more charcoal and less lilthium hydroxide 

CAP COM Roger, we copy. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 10:45 a.m. Tape 208, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston at 117 hours and 14 minutes into the 
mission. Over the Kano station and then just in the past 60 seconds 
over the Tananarieve Station, we've had conversation. We'll play the 
Kano conversation first. 

KANO STATION Just a few seconds to talk to you here. We'd like 

to suggest you might start lunch a little bit early. 
We may have you a little bit busy here. We plan to 
power up at Carnarvon for your burn and will be 
giving you the burn in about two hours from now. 

S/C Roger, understand. We'll start lunch early. Right 

now we ' re . . o . . 

KANO STATION Roger. 

Gemini Control Houston again, that concludes the Kano conversation. 

There was a little bit of additional conversation while passing over 

Tananarieve and in a few seconds we'll have that racked up and ready. 

We're advised it's ready, we'll play it now. 

HOU Tananarieve go remote. 

TAN Tananarieve remote. Tananarieve has acquisition. 

HOU Gemini 7, Houston do you read? 

S/C Loud and clear Houston, Gemini 7. 

HOU Roger, Didn't get to talk to you very long at Kano. 

Are you clear on our situation here? We plan to do 
the maneuver in just about two hours from now and we 
plan to start powering you up at Carnarvon on this pass 



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HOU Do you read? 

S/C Understand, power at Carnarvon this pass. 

HOU Roger. We suggest you might consider starting 

your lunch early just to kind of relieve the situatmon 
here. We might have you a little busy. 

S/c Roger, we will do that. 

HOU Roger . 

S/C What about the D-12 , will we still do that? 

HOU Stand by let me see where that is. Yes, you should 

be able to do that. That will be well ahead of time. 
S/C Okay. Houston, 7. 

HOU Go ahead. 

S/C We have according to our calculations, 10 Minutes 

and 15 seconds on the D-4,D-7 tape. 
HOU Ten and 15 seconds is that correct? 

S/C That is correct 

HOU Roger . 

S/C Gemini 7 

HOU Go ahead 

S/c S-8/D-13 Lovell missed 7 and Bormah missed 11 this 

morning . 

HOU Roger, Lovell 7 and Borman 11. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 11:00 a.m. Tape 209, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here at 117 hours 37 minutes into the 
flight of 7. We still do not have the precise numbers on our maneuver table. 
The computers are grinding away and as soon as flight dynamics has them, they 
will pass them on to us, but in general, our plan is this. About 95 minutes 
from now, during the next rev in the Australia area, we will do a perigee 
adjustment, an adjustment which will bring the perigee up from its present 
127 miles up to approximately l62 miles . A half a rev later in the area of 
Antigua jus+ off Antigua just off Antigua, we will do an apogee adjustment, 
adjusting the apogee down from its present 169 miles down to about l62 giving 
us a circular 162 mile orbit for Gemini 7- We will have precise times and 
burns for you in the next 30 minutes . Meanwhile we have had this conversa- 
tion over Carnarvon in the last 3 minutes. 



Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 



S/C 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 
s/c 



Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Go ahead Carnarvon, Gemini 7- 

Roger, I have a flight plan update for you. 

Just a minute. Ready. 

Roger, you can start your normal power up to aline with pro- 
cedure, at the present time. There is one exception to that, 
they want the A pumps on in both loops prior to switching 
the platform on. 

Want your A pumps on in both loops prior to putting platform 
on. 

Rog. You can start that now. 
Thank you. 

Okay 3 Gemini 7- We would like MSC-2 and 3 °n at the present 
time . 

Plan update too? 



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Tape 209, Page 2 



Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 
S/C 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 
S/C 

Carnarvon 
S/C 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 
S/C 

Carnarvon 
Flight 

Carnarvon 



That 1 s affirmative . 

Okay, thank you. We'll do the powerup check list now, 
Carnarvon. 

Roger, we'll stand by. 
Okay, go ahead Carnarvon. 

All righty. On that MSC-2 and 3, it will be off at 136 00 00. 
Say again. 

Roger, MSC-2 and 3 will be off 136 00 00. 
Roger . 

Okay, at 118 07 00, power up the computer. 
Roger . 

118 55 00, UHF test, delete. 
Say again the time. 
118 55 00, delete the UHF test. 
Roger . 

Okay. 119 00 00, bio-med recorder number 1 on. 
Roger . 

MSC-12 at 119 U8 28, delete. 
Roger . 

MSC-2 and 3, 120 00 00, delete. 
Roger . 

Okay, that is all the flight plan updates for the present. 
You are looking good on the ground. We are standing by. 
Thank you very much. Everything looks good up here now too. 
Roger. My flight plan update is turning out. 
Very good. 

Did I miss anything on that? 



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Tape 209 j Page 3 



Flight Negative . 

Carnarvon We have shown a k degree drop in the suit heat exchanger tempera- 

ture since Canary Islands sent a message. 
Flight Roger, k degree drop. 

Carnarvon That's affirmative. 

Flight What is the radiator outlet temperature, Carnarvon. 

Carnarvon Meter is showing a -6, we are getting an attempt for another 

right now. We are showing him with both A pumps on and we 

are showing that he has the IU on and we are showing that the 

platform is caged at the present time. 

Temp probe 18 gives us -6.8 degrees. 
Flight Good . 

Carnarvon Roger . 

S/c Carnarvon, Gemini 7. 

Carnarvon Roger, Gemini 7. 

S/C Do you have anything on the MSC experiment coming up at 

118 12 52? 

Carnarvon Negative Gemini 7 on that. 

S/c They did not delete that one, is that right. 

Flight That's correct. 

Carnarvon That's affirmative Gemini 7. 

S/C Okay, thank you. 

Carnarvon We have had LOS. Boy that just came in as he was going over 

the hill too. 

This is Gemini Control Houston again . Since the last State 
side pass I think you heard in the tape that Borman's interest in Tommy Novis's 
future, Novis is the talented linebacker who played for the University of Texas. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 11:00 a.m. Tape 209, Page h 

He is debating whether to play for Atlanta or for Houston. We contacted Nobis 
at Austin and Nobis was much impressed with the fact that Borman was taking 
such an interest in his future. He said, and I quote, "It means a lot to me 
to have a man of his stature taking an interest in this decision." Unfortunately 
he said he still was undecided as to which way he was going to go, Houston or 
Atlanta, but he emphasized several times in the conversation that - how much 
he appreciated Col. Borman' s interest. This information will probably be 
passed along to Frank during the next State side pass ?5 minutes from now. At 
117 hours hk minutes into the flight, this is Gemini Control Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/9/65, 11:28 a.m. Tape 210, 

Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston at 117 hours, 56 
minutes into the flight. The spacecraft is just north and 
east of Canton Island. While in the Canton area, Elliot See 
called 7. He brought Frank Borman up to date on the Tommy 
Novis situation and Frank Borman had some trouble with the 
urine bag. The conversation went like this. 
CAP COM ...7, Houston Cap Com, how do you read? 

S/C Fine, Houston. 

CAP COM Roger, do you have pretty good contact 

at this point. 
S/C Roger . 

CAP COM Roger, Mr. Haney passed along your message 

to Tommy Novis at Austin and he was genuinely 
impressed over your interest. He said quote, 
"It means a lot to have a man his stature 
taking an interest in the decision." Unfor- 
tunately he was still undecided and at this 
point he couldn't tell which way he would go, 
but he ask us to thank you for your interest. 

S/C Thank you, Elliot. If you happen to see 

Dr. LaChance, would you tell him I'd like 
to see him when I get back? 



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CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 



S/C 

CAP COM 
HAWAII 
HOUSTON 
HAWAII 



Roger, you have a subject? 

Yes, one of my urine sample bags just came 

apart in my hand. 

Just came to pieces? 

After filling it. 

Before or after? 

After . 

Very good, you just struck a blow. 

Gemini 7, Houston, the Flight Surgeon's message 

is, "Sorry about that, Chief." 

This is Gemini 7. That platform is up, we're 
going to go right now. 
Roger 7 . 

Hawaii has TM solid. 
Roger, Hawaii. Canton go local. 
Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 
END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 11:3*+ a.m. Tape 211, Page 1 

The is Gemini Control Houston at 118 hours, 3 minutes into 
the flight. Elliot. See has just put in a call to the spacecraft which is 
some k to 5 hundred miles off the coast and let's cut into that conversation 
live as they swing across the States. 

CAP COM We will be giving you a fairly lenghty flight plan update 

here, Jim. You can get your book out and also toward the 
end of the pass we expect to have the maneuver updates 
for you. 

S/C I'm about, set to take the update to it. 

CAP COM Roger. Before we start that, the Flight Surgeon has a 

question. "Did you get another sample for the one that 

was lost?" 

S/C We're still trying to get it. 

CAP COM Very good. OK, first item, node time HQ 21 28, rev 75, 

169.5 degrees east, right ascension 11 22 29, time 120 36 
00, purge fuel cells at Carnarvon, time 121 00 00, bio-med 
recorder No. 1 off, do you copy? 

S/C Roger, copy. 

CAP COM S6, 121 15 15, sequence 10, pitch 30 degrees down, yaw 8 degree 

right, S6, 122 32 21, sequence 10, pitch 30 degrees down, yaw 
37 degrees right, time 122 52 00, crew r-.ta.tur report on the 
Command Pilot at Texas, MSC 2 and 3, 12< 13 00, sequence 0k , 
stop at 123 23 00, J)k/D7, 123 31 30, sequence h!5 and !)l6, 
mode 02, do you copy? 

S/c I copy. Now do you want us to turn the computer on now? 

CAP COM Roger, go ahead. 

HOUSTON Texas remote, California local. 



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TEXAS Texas remote . 

CALIFORNIA California local. 

S/c Computers on prelaunch, .... light is green. 

CAP COM Understand computer on prelaunch, please say again the rest. 

S/C The running light is green. 

CAP COM Roger, ready to copy the rest of the update? 

S/C Roger. 

CAP COM Time 12U 13 00, crew status report on the Pilot at Hawaii, 

121+ 1+5 00, POA update at the RKV, 125 30 00, purge fuel cells 
at the CSQ, 125 30 00, flight plan report, 126 00 00, bio-med 
recorder No. 2 continuous, off at 136 00 00, do you copy? 

S/C Roger, copy. 

CAP COM OK, I'm ready to give you the maneuver updates for the two 

burns. We'll be doing this in two burns. Let me know when 
you're ready to copy. 

S/C Let you know when. 

CAP COM OK, the first burn, GET of the burn 119:11:55- Delta V 61.2. 

Burn time 1 plus 18. Yaw zero. Pitch zero. Thrusters aft. 

Maneuver posigrade. Did you copy? 
S/C We've copied. 

CAP COM Would you read that maneuver update back, please. 

S/C Roger. GET 119:11:55. Delta V 6l.2. Delta T 1 plus 18. Yaw 

zero. Pitch zero. Aft thrusters. Maneuver posigrade. 

CAP COM Roger. Second maneuver; GET of the burn 119:55:01. Delta V 

12.1. Burn time 15 seconds. Yaw 180. Pitch zero. Trusters 
aft. Maneuver retrograde. Repeat that, please. 



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Roger, Elliot. GET 119:55:01. Delta 12.1. Delta T 15 seconds. 

Yaw 180. Pitch zero. Thrusters aft. Retrograde. 

That's correct, Gemini 7. That is correct, Gemini 7. 

Would you give me an update for our digital clock? 

Ro.'er . I'll give you a mark at 118 hours and 12 minutes about 

5 seconds from now; 3, 2, 1, mark. 118:12:00. 

Roger. We're exactly the same. 

Roger. I have a star reference for your perigee adjust; that is 
your first maneuver. 
Go ahead, Elliot. 

Thia is for an SEF alignment. You will pass between Denebola and 
Sficu. Arcturus will rise at 119:06:0^. You should align 12. h 
degrees below and 1.3 degrees left of Arcturus. And, you have the 
burn * ime of 1 plus 18. 
R ger, Houston, Gemini 7. 
Go ahead. 

We'd like to delete this MSC 12 at 118:12:52, please. 
Roger. We have that. 

Thank you. Houston, Gemini 7. Do you have anything further for 
us? 

That'? all we have at this time. Were you able to get your lunch 
taken earn iT there? W" kept you pretty busy in this area. 
No we have do' 1 eaten yet. 
ko ; '«'j' . 

We'll go ahead and put these updates in and then eat and then make 
the burns. 

Roger. Did you understand that, the UHF check una ail ti.*. procedure 
with it will be deleted on this nass? 



G2MIKI 7/6 I/JSSIOK COMEETARY, 12/9/65, 11: 3U a.m. Tape 211, Page h 



S/C Yes. Thank you. 

CAP COM Roger. You iiayc a c^.ii-.c up, 

S/C Roger . We noticed the tape dump over Houston also. 

CAP COX Roger. Gemini 7, Houston. Did. you receive the TX? 

S/C Negative. 

CAP CCM Seven, we're sending the TX again. 

S/C Roger. Standing by. Still no TX, Elliot. 

CAP COM Roger. 

S/C We received the TX , Elliot. 

CAP CCM Roger, Seven. Understand you received the TX. Gemini 7, Houston. 

We note that the suit inlet temperature has gone down about 10 
degrees now. Has it cooled off satisfactorily? 

S/C It's very comfortable here now, Houston,, Very comfortable. 

;AP COM Roger. 

Gemini Control here. The Seven Spacecraft is moving out of the 



Bermuda Circle, across the Atlantic. You heard Elliot See update the crew on their 
maneuvers which will be performed during this orbit. Approximately 50 minutes from 
now, in the area of Australia, the crew will perform a posigrade burn, lifting their 
perigee from 127 up to about 162, Forty-five minutes later over the Antigua area, 
they will perform a retrograde, a short burn, burn of only 15 seconds duration. And 
this will have the effect of dropping the apogee some 7 miles down to 162 giving 
us a circular. Here's Elliot trying to call again. Let's go back to live action. 
CAP COM We show a change in the temperature drop from the control valve 

outlet to the heat exchanger inlet from a previous value of 15 
degrees to the present value of 5 degrees. We feel that that's 
the difference that this higher flow is making. 
■ >/Z Relieve you're right. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTAEY, 12/9/65, 11:34 a.m. Tape 211, Page 5 

GRAND TURK LOS Grand Turk. 

Gemini Control again. You heard Grand Turk report an LOS, and 
that will probably conclude the conversation for this pass. Based on the expected 
values from these two burns we just discussed, it presently looks like the 
following times would apply to our launch windows for 6. I want to emphasize that 
these are tentative figures as yet. They will certainly change, or could change, 
by the precise values we get from the burns; and they may also change on subsequent 
reruns, computer reruns during the early part of the afternoon. But, our best 
estimate right now for a Sunday launch of 6 is 9:53 Eastern Standard Time. That's 
for the first window. It will extend to 10: kO a.m. Eastern Standard Time. We have 
a second window available on Sunday beginning at 11:29 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 
and lasting until 11:59- On Monday, we would have one window available. It looks 
like it would start at 9:55 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and run to 10:42. Tuesday 
again we have a very short window available early in the morning. We would pass 
that up, it looks like presently; and just go for a single window on Tuesday beginning 
at 10:00 a.m. and lasting until 10:47 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. At 118 hours, 
2k minutes into the mission, this is Gemini Control in Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 12:33 p.m. Tape 212, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, 119 hours 2 minutes into the 
flight. The spacecraft has just come in contact with our Carnarvon station 
and there is a fairly animated discussion going on between Frank Borman and 
the Cap Com down in Australia. Borman opened the conversation by kidding 
the Cap Com about being a little hoarse. Let's cut in there now and find 
out what is going on. They are standing by to make their burn, by the way 
which should occur about 8 minutes from now. 

Houston here again. The computer is up for the burn, so 
is the guidance platform. We will stand by for additional conversation. 

Houston here, the time of the burn is to be 119 hours 11 min- 
utes 55 seconds, it is now 119 hours and 5 minutes. The burn is to last 1 min- 
ute and 18 seconds. It calls for a delta velocity increment of 6l.2 feet per 
second. It will be a posigrade burn. 

One additional item, from the Cape we learned that the Gemini 
6 crew has completed their preflight physical. Dr. Duane Catterson, an MSC 
Surgeon is there. He advises that the Gemini 6 crew, Wally Schirra and Tom 
Stafford are fit in every respect and looking forward to their mission. 
S/c TM is real solid on this pass, boy it has been sitting in 

there nice nice. 
Carnarvon That is those good attitudes. 

S/C Yeah. He is really holding his attitudes in there tight. 

Carnarvon We are showing him about 5 minutes and 8 seconds to burn. 

Flight Tell him not to acknowledge your transmission, but that 

we want him to raise the hydrogen pressure up when he gets 

through with the burn. 
Carnarvon Gemini 7j Carnarvon Cap Com. Do not acknowledge, but we 

would like to have you raise the hydrogen pressure up after 

you complete the burn. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 12:33 p. 



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Tape 212, Page 2 



S/C 



Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 

Flight 
Carnarvon 



S/n We've got the heater on now. 

Carnarvon Rog. 

Carnarvon, Gemini 7- 
Roger 7- 

We've got Arcturus. We are right on the money. 
Roger. We are monitoring ycu on the ground and you look 
real good . 

What ACME mode is he in? 
He is in platform, Flight. 
Houston here. Our clock now reads 9 minutes 32 seconds after 
an elapsed time of - 119 hours. We are about ? minutes from burn. It is questionable 
that we will still be in voice range of Carnarvon when the burn takes place. 
Carnarvon We are sending an OBC right now. 

Flight Rog. 

S/C Carnarvon, Arcturus is just right in yaw but it look like the 

measurements might have been off a little bit as far as pitch 
goes, I don't think we are going to be that far below it. 

Carnarvon Roger. Carnarvon has had LOS. 

Flight Roger LOS Carnarvon. 

Carnarvon Okay, we are still looking good here. Did you copy that 

transmission about being on in yaw but . . 
Flight Roger, we copied. 

Carnarvon Boy, hi 3 attitudes were sure 0, 0, 0 when we had LOS. 

Gemini Control Houston here. I believe you heard Carnarvon 
say that they had lost acquisition, so it will tie some 5 °r 10 minutes up in 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 12:33 p.m. Tape 212, Page 3 

the area of Canton Island before we know how their burn turned cut . As soon 
as we get word on that we will come back to you. At 119 hours 11 minutes and 
20 seconds into the flight, this is Gemini Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 12:54 p.m. Tape 213, 

Page 1 



24 minutes into the flight. In the 60 seconds, Elliot See 
has raised the 7 spacecraft north of Canton Island and the 
crew has confirmed they completed their burn successfully. 
Apparently very close to the tolerance given them, in both 
time anu velocity. See also congratulated them on passing 
the Soviet single spacecraft record time in flight of 119 
hours and 6 minutes. Jim Lovell's comment on that was 
it sounds interesting but frankly they're more interested 
in Pete and Gordo, Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper's record of 
total time in space at this point and the crew, the 7 crew 
was reminded they're bearing down on that mark right now. 
Conrad and Cooper flew something over a hundred ninety hours 
in August. We'll come back to you with the conversation as 
quickly as we can. 



minutes. We have now the Canton Island conversation between 
Elliot See and 7 regarding that perigee adjusting burn. Here 
it is . 



This is Gemini Control Houston at 119 hours, 



Gemini Control Houston here 119 hours, 27 



CAP COM 



...7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 



S/C 



This is 7, go ahead. 



CAP COM 



Roger, how did the burn go? 



S/C 



Very well. We broke our Delta V. Our time 



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Page 2 

was 4*5 seconds posigrade. ...Delta V. 
CAP COM Roger .How was the star reference? It was 

calculated for the time of the middle of 



S/C 

CAP COM 



S/C 



CAP COM 



S/C 



CAP COM 



S/C 



CAP COM 



your burn. 

Roger. It went all right. 
Roger. We will be updating your computer 
on the next pass over the US with a 90-1 
load . 

Roger. We'll have a computer update over 
the U.S. with a 90-1 load. Thank you. 
Roger, and we'd like to pass up our congratu- 
lations on your passing the Soviet duration 
record. 

That's interesting but we're more interested 
in Pete and Gordo's record. 

Roger, you burned out on that one. Gemini 7, 
could you tell how soon before the burn you 
pushed the start comp? 

we pushed the start comp on about 

four or five minutes before the burn. 
That's about four or five minutes before 
the burn, roger . We want you to power down 
after the next burn but leave the A pumps 
on for about one hour after that. 



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Page 3 

S/C Roger, leave the computers on and leave it 

up, Elliot. 

CAP COM You can bring it down after the burn when 

you power down. 

S/C Understand leave the computers down also. 

CAP COM That is correct. I would like to advise 

that all retros from now on are based on 
a 20 degree nose down attitude. 

S/C Roger, thank you 

CAP COM Roger. 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 1:03 p.m. Tape 214, 

Page 1 

Gemini Control again. There are no flight 
plan items scheduled over Hawaii nor are there over the States 
The next burn is programed for 119 hours, 55 minutes and 1 
second. That will be 2 5 minutes from now and it'll take 
place just after they lose touch with the Burmuda station 
out over the Central Atlantic. Then the flight plan calls 
for them power down their various pieces of electronic gear 
to perform a D7/D4 experiment over Ascension Island, do a 
fuel cell purge over Carnarvon. Still no conversation from 
Hawaii. We'll stand by. 

This is Gemini Control here. Apparently 
this will bs a quiet pass. No any indication of any comments 
going either way. Gemini Control. out at 119 hours, 32 minutes 

END OF TAPE 



:-:iSSx02v' C3IC1RRTARY TRARSCR2PT - 12/9/65 - I:25 p.m. Tape 21?, ?a~e I 

Gemini Control here at 119 hears ~,k ninutes into the flight 
wo are a;joat 15 seconds from our burn. The crew is onboard waiting. Let' 
tune in and try to catch this as it happens. 
C /c Burn complete . 

ap Co;.': Roger Gemini 7- 

f/G Proceeding with powerdown. 

';ap Cos Roger, 7- 

b/C I understand that you don't want us to purge until 2 hours 

fron now? 

{; RP Com That is correct, we will get you an update on| that and if 

you copy we want you to leave the A pumps on for one hour. 
c/C Affirmative, we will. 



Com 



Leaving the computer in pre launch fcr A& seconds for you 



Com Roger 7, and we would like an CAMS quantity readout. 

Roger , now reading 33 percent . 
Com Roger, 33 percent. 

When can you give us an update or. hew we c:.me ~ut? 
Com ooc^ as we ge^ soi.^-: trackaiig. 

Okay. 

Com 2a at is as scon as we can rur* a trajectory ;:. it. 

/C 1 ao;. : t think v/c- V7c-i*g in catchup 5 minutes before the big 

o^rA; it ./as m:-re _ijse ascut 3 min...tes. Re had ^garbled) 



-t^ At Jh. -W k. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 1:25 p.m. Tape 215, Page 2 

Cap Com Roger , 7 • 

Grand Turk LOS , Grand Turk 

Gemini Control here. The range has advised that we have lost 
signal at Grand Turk. Here is Elliot up again. 
S/C After that we will have to. 

Cap Com Roger . 

Gemini Control here. That should wrap up conversation. During 
this State side pass we were piping up some Trini Lopez music. Lopez's band 
is a favorite of Jim Love 11 's and it was a record called, "What did I say." 
Then he listed a comment from Jim Lovell to the effect that we showed excellent 
.judgment in selecting the music today. Here is the tape of the conversation as 
7 swung across the States. 



Flight 
Hawaii 
Flight 
Hawaii 
Flight 
Hawai i 

Flight 
Hawaii 
Flight 
Hawaii 

Flight 

Hawaii 



Houston Flight . 

Houston Flight , Hawaii Cap Com 

We would like another main at LOS. 

Roger. Flight". , Hawaii Cap Com. 

Go ahead. 

Okay, he .just switched over to catchup. Are you going to up- 
date him over the States? 
We are going to give him a DCS load. 

Do you want him to go back to Prelaunch for the load? 
I think so, stand by one. 

Okay, I'm coming up on LOS. I. guess you can (garbled). I 
just had C-band LOS. 

Yes, that is affirmative. We want him in prelaunch. We will 
pick him up here . 
We had TM LOS. 



Flight 



Rog. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 1:?5 P-m. 



Tape 215 5 Page 3 



Flight 

Guaymas 

Flight 

Guaymas 

AFD 

Guaymas 
AFD 

Guaymas 
AFD 

Guaymas 
AFD 

Guaymas 

Guaymas 

Flight 

Guaymas 

Flight 

Guaymas 

Flight 

Guaymas 

s/c 

Guaymas 

s/c 

Guaymas 

s/c 



This is Houston Flight. 
Flight , Guaymas . 

You might tell him to put it to prelaunch for us . 
Roger, will do. 
This is Cap Com AFD 
AFD, Guaymas. 

Okay, got your mission instruction. 
Rog. 

Okay, the telemetry will be on for you. 
Rog. 

And we don't have anything for you. 
Roger . 
Guaymas . 
Go ahead. 

He is in the Prelaunch Mode. 
Rog. 

All systems look good. 

Rog. Tell him that the Hawaii data confirms his burn. 
Roger. Gemini 7> Guaymas Cap Com. 
This is 7> go ahead. 

Poger, everything looks real good here on the ground. The 
Hawaii radar data shows that your burn was real good. 
Very good. This is Gemini 7- 
Rog. 

Our flight plan calls for a purge at 120 37, probably after 

we power down but we understand that, we should purge before 
« 

powering down or wait at least 2 hours after power down to 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 1:25 P-m. 



Tape 215, Page h 



Guaymas 
Flight 

Guaymas 
S/C 

Guaymas 

s/c 

Guaymas 

Flight 

Guaymas 

Flight 

AFD 

Guaymas 
AFD 

Guaymas 
Cap Com 

s/c 

C ap C om 

s/c 

C ap C om 

s/c 

Cap Com 



purge. Could you check it out with Flight please. 
Roger, will do. Flight, did you copy. 

Yes. Stand by. We want to wait until 2 hours after powering 
down. 

Rog. Gemini 7, Guaymas. 
Go ahead . 

They would like to wait until 2 hours after you power down. 
That is fine with us . 
Guaymas . 
Go ahead . 

He looks real good here, BEF . 

Roger . 

AFD. 

AFD Guaymas 

Are you listening to our KF . 
Sounds real good. 
Gemini 7, Houston. 
This is ?' , go ahead. 

Roger. Are you ready for your update, computer in prelaunch. 
Roger . 

Roger, stand by. 
Did receive . 

Roger and we got good maps here. Hey 7, I would like to dis- 
cuss briefly with you the IVI's before your burn. Did you 
set your first start r;omp 5 minutes before the 'burn, did you 
notice any change in the IVI's. I'm sure you didn't. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 1:25 P-m. Tape 215, Page 5 

S/c Negative, Elliot, you are right. We did not receive any 

change . 

Cap Com Roger. We would like tc suggest that you wait until 1 minute 

before the burn to push Ft art comp to minimize the possibility 
of accelerometer bias building up. If you want to you could 
set them up ahead of time and check them out in once, but we 
would like you to wait until about 1 minute before the final 



one . 

S/C Roger, will dc . 

Cap Com Gemini 7, we observe you are BEF and we have verified that 

your 90-1 load is correct. 
q/c Roper. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, you have a TX coming up in about one-half a minute. 

Gemini 7, would you give us a propel 1 ant quantity readout. 
S/c We read 35 percent onboard. 

Cap Com 35 percent , roger. 

S/C This is 7. 

Cap Com Go ahead. 

S/c You have an excellent selection of music. 

Cap Com Roger, we will pass along your compliments to the Chef. 

Flight I know what I'm going to have tc. talk about at the Press 

Conference today after you said that. 
S/C Please don't. 

Cap Com CM3 asks if you like that classical music. 

S/C I'll save it .lust for you. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, we have you coming up on k minutes to the burn. 

Mark, U minutes to num. 
S/c 7 concurs. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/65 - 1:25 p.m. Tape 215, Page 6 

S/C Gemini 7- 

Cap Com Go ahead. 

S/C We picked up that lightning for you. 

Cap Com Very good. Gemini 7 } coming up on one minute to burn. 

Mark. 

S/C 7 concurs. 

Cap Com Roger . 

S/c Complete . 

Cap Com Roger Gemini 7 

S/C We will power down. 

Cap Com Roger 7- 

s/c I understand you don't want us to do a purge until 2 hours 

from now. 

Cap Com That is correct. We will get you an update on that. Did 

you copy we want you to leave the A pumps on for one hour . 
S/C That is affirmative. We will 

Cap Com Roger. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMTNI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/9/65, 1:50 p.m. 



Tape 216, Page 1 



Gemini Control, Houston, here at 120 hours, 19 minutes into the 
flight. We have a brief tag in to our Stateside pass that started after we thought 
all conversation was impossible. We'll play that first for you, come back with 
some Ascension conversation, and see what happens after that. First, this is a 
brief last leg portion of the Stateside pass out of Antigua. 



S/C 

CAP COM 

S/C 

CAP COM 

S/C 

CAP COM 

3/c 



CAP COM 
GRAND TURK 
CAP COM 

S/C 

CAP COM 



Computer is in pre-launch for k8 seconds, Elliot. 
Roger, Seven. And, we'd like an ohms quantity read up. 
Roger. Now reading 33 1o. 
Roger. 33%. 

When could you give us an update on how we came out? 
Soon as we get come tracking. That is as soon as we run a trajec- 
tory on it. 

I don't think we were in pre-launch, or in catch up, five minutes 
before the big burn. It was more like three minutes. We had 
(Garble).. „ there, but then we switched back on just to check it. 
Roger, Seven. 
LOS Grand Turk. 

You can go back to being stingy with your fuel again. 
After that, we'll have to. 

Look's like the lift off time for 6 wii: 



Roger. Gemini 7, Houston 
be about 9:5^ Cape time. 
S/C ...(Garble)... 
CAP COM That's on Sunday. 

ANTIGUA Hello. This is Antigua. 

That concludes the Antigua portion. When we get the additional 
tape racked up, we'll come back to you and play it then. Gemini Control out. 



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Tape 216, Page 2 



over Ascension 
S/C 

ASCENSION 
HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

HOUSTON 

S/C 
1UST0N 



s/c 

HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 



S/C 



This is Gemini Control again. We are ready now with some tape 
Island, and let's have it now. 
Flight. This is Gemini 7. 
Ascension LOS. 
Gemini 7, Houston. 
Hello, Houston. 

I'd like to report that it appears from all indications that your 
"burn was exactly what we wanted. We.... You were in excellent shape 
for the launch. 
.Houston (Garble) ..... 

Understand your OAMS Quantity Gauge has gone to 31$. Is that 
correct? 

...(Garble)... I said about 33$. 

33$. Roger. We are working on a very accurate quantity remaining 
figure, and we will give that to you at Carnarvon. Gemini 7, Houston 
I'd like to advise that the 33$ OAMS quantity indication is exactly 
what we expected you to end up with. 
Roger, Houston. 

Ready to update you on the fuel cell purge times when you can 
copy. 

Go ahead, Houston. 

Roger. You can delete the purge at 120:36:00. The new time for 
that one is 122:14:00. And, that will be at Carnarvon. You can 
delete the purge at 125:30:00. The new time for that one will 
be 126:21:00 at RKV. Do you copy? 

This is as follows: Delete purge at 120:36:00; and new time at 
122:14:00. Delete purge at 125:30:00; and new time at 126:21:00 
purge. Is that correct? 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/9/65, 1:^0 p.m. 
HOUSTON Thai'.", ccrrec'.. 

CRO Gemini '(. LOR. I'm at Carnarvon. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMJUU 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 2:20 p.m. Tape 217, 

Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston, 120 hours, 
48 minutes into the flight. Over Carnarvon a few minutes ago, 
there was this conversation. 



S/C Go ahead. 

CRO We have some revised PLA information for 

you when you're ready to copy. 
S/C Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

CRO Roger. Area 77-4 122 17 29, 21 plus 59. 



Area 78-4 123 52 22, 22 plus 00. Area 79-3 
125 10 12, 21 plus 49. Area 80-3 126 45 
53, 21 plus 56. The weather is green all 
the way. That is based on the 20 degree 
pitch down in attitude. 
S/C Roger. If I don't have these, what do I 

do? 

CRO It's pretty close to circular, stand by here, 

and we'll see what they have. We'll need 
a little more tracking data to get an exact 
fix on it. 

FLIGHT Carnarvon, stand by, and I'll give you some 

information. Based on your data and putting 
that together with all the other that we 
have we say he has 60 pounds of MMH, 128 



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Page 2 

pounds of usable propellant, his actual 
guage reading at 34 percent and his onboard 
— stand by now. Actual 34, guage 31. 
CRO Say again. 

FLIGHT I was going to give you his orbit based 

on Pretoria data 163.2 by 161.7 and that 
compares to what we were going for of 161.7 
163.1, and we're predicting that'll be just 
i about 161 circular, maybe 161 by 161.5. 

CRO All righty. I'll give him what we have 

right now. 

FLIGHT Right. 

CRO Tell him it will be updated some more maybe. 

FLIGHT No, that last figure I gave you is what 

i' 

they figure it will be decayed to by the 
time of spacecraft 6 launch. 
CRO Give me that last six figure again then, 

please . 

FLIGHT 161 by 161.5 is about what we're predicting 

for the spacecraft 6 launch day. 
CRO Roger, Flight. Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

S/C Sounds up. 

CRO Rog. Present tracking indicates that you're 



SEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 2:20 p.m. Tape 217, 

Page 3 

163.2 by 161.7. We're estimating that by 
6T-6 launch date you'll be in a 161 by 161.5. 
S/C Roger. Thank you. 

CRO All right. Rest of the available information 

at the present is that there are 60 pounds 
of MMH left, 128 pounds of usable pr ope 11 ant. 

S/C Thank you. 

CRO Right-O. Okay, and guage reading is 34 per- 

cent next to 31. 
S/C Thank you. 

FLIGHT . . .on 31 guage . 

CRO . OK. I guess I gave that to J»ou backwards. 

It's 31 guage which is actual 34 percent. 
S/C Rog. Stand by and let me check my guage. 

CRO Right-O. 

S/C ...it reads 33, 34 percent. 

CRO Roger. 

FLIGHT Tell them that Flight thinks they do good 

work. 

CRO Flight says he thinks you do very good 

work up there. 
S/C Say again, please. 

CRO Flight just said he thinks you do very 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/9/65, 2:20 p.m. Tape 217, 

Page 4 



s/c 

CRO 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

FLIGHT 
CRO 



good work. 

Thank you. We get a lot of good help for 

the right Delta V's 6bviously. 

Right-O. 

Gemini 7, Carnarvon, Flight Surgeon would 
like to know if you've been doing your 
exercises . 

We're doing our exercises and we missed 

just one. 

Roger. That's good because we can't read it 
out on the TM. 

Everything fine cockpit up here. 

Say they ware doing in the cockpit? 
Said they were really vibrating around 
up there. OK, we've had LOS, Flight. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION otMMENTARY, 12/9/65 2:44 p.m. Tape 218, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, 121 hours, 12 minutes into the 
flight with the spacecraft mid way between Hawaii and the states. 
Over Hawaii they had this conversation. 



HAW 
S/C 

HOU FLIGHT 
HAW 

HOU FLIGHT 



HAW 



S/C 
HAW 
S/C 

HOU FLIGHT 
Haw 

HOU FLIGHT 



Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com, we show you go on the 

ground, you need not answer. 

All Right, Hawaii, thank you. 

Hawaii Cap Com, Houston Flight 

This is Hawaii Cap Com, Houston Flight 

We'd like an appraisal of the weather over Hawaii. 

for the possibility of scheduling a Laser test in 

a couple of revs. We'd like to know what they 

think about it. 

Roger, will do. 

Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. We'd like your appraisal 

of the weather over Hawaii at this time. 

We're just beside Hawaii and we can't See you. 

Roger. We'll pass back. 

Thank you . 

Flight did you copy? 
Af f ir mat i ve , -we copy . 

You might tell them, we're interested from the stand 
point of a Lager test there and that if they can arranc 



JL. JL 



MISS/.ON C „^.vaARY, 12/9/65, 2:44 p.iu. Tape 218, Page 2 

HOU FLIGHT to be looking in tne right direction their next 

paes, v;e'd appreciate their appraisal. 
HAW Rogp-r, will do. Although, they'll be pretty far. 

We'd like to have your appraisal on the next pass 
of the weather if you can arrange it to be in proper 
position, so we can possibly schedule the Laser 
for later on. 

S/C Very good, we'd like to do that. We'll give you the 

report . 
HAW Roger . 

Gemini Control Houston back here. Guaymas has just advised they 
tave TM solid . We should have voice communication momentarily. 

This: i fi Houston again. The crew is performing the S-6 experiment 
in this early pert ion of the pass . — a weather photography situation. 
They probably - r oii ' t get me conversation until well into the Texas portion, 
So we'll ~ornc. bad; when we have conversation. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - I V .'/"•'" , ?:52 p.m. Tape 219, Page 1 

(First part of commentary not recorded on tape) 22 minutes into the 
flight and we anticipate Elliot See will be calling the spacecraft momentarily. 
We will stand by. 

Cap Com ...equipment at White Sands and Hawaii are both up, Ascension 

is expected up at 6 o'clock eastern standard time tomorrow. 
At present the weather is pretty good in both Hawaii and 
Ascension but bad at White Sands, so we are still hoping to 
get one of those experiments just as soon as we can. 

S/C Roger, we would like to see some .... on that experiment. 

Cap Com We would like to report to you that the tracking confirms 

your orbit at all stations it looks real good. We con- 
tacted Wally at the Cape and he is very happy about the 
orbit. Looking forward to his launch. We would like to 
change your fuel cell purge • We had given it to you for 
Carnarvon. We want to change that to Hawaii. 



S/C Roger, you a fuel cell purge to Hawaii, do you have a time 

for us . 

Cap Com Roger, that time should be about 122 ko. 

S/C Roger, will do. 

Cap Com And we would like to advise you we are still working on the 

suit situation. 
S/C Roger, expect an answer by December l8th. 

Cap Com Roger 7- 

Antigua LOS at Antigua 



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Tape 219, Page 2 



This is Gemini Control here. We don't expect any further 
conversation with the spacecraft as it moves down the northeast coast of 
South America on its 77th revolution around the earth. This is Gemini Control 
Houston at 121 hours 30 minutes . 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, U:36 p.m. Tooe Ps^e 1 

This is Gemini Control, LL< hears and U min;;*.-. :ur " - - 

sion. At the present time Gemini 7 spacecraft is Just reach inr the !• srtbwe stern 
portion of South America and is beginning its '0:h revolution around the earth. 
For the past hour and a half, we have picked up voice communication between the 
spacecraft and our tracking fetations at Hawaii, Guaymas , Texas, Grand Turk. And 
at this time we will play back the taped voice communication from those stations 



FLIGHT AFD 

HAWAII AFD, Hawaii 

FLIGHT The Laser 79 Rev. 

HAW Yeah, but they've requested permission to radiate and the Kxperi 

ments said they would look into it. 
FLIGHT Okay, we're checking down on this end. Got CAP COM working on i 

with Flight process. I expect you 1 11 get ar. affirmative on that 
HAW Okay, thank you. Thank you voice control. 

FLIGHT Okay , understand the Experiitr. ntors are on it, in Kmvaii ar a also 

want to make sure they get C track and you're scheduled f o: C 
track in the next 3 revs, Ed. 

HAW We ' il ! getnthat . 

FLIGHT Hawaii CAP COM, Houston Flight. 

HAW Houston Flighty .Hawaii CAP COM. 

FLIGHT You can track with the Laser this time if ycu want to. 

HAW Thank you. 

FLIGHT Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

HAW Houston Flight, Hawat. 1 Cap Com. 

FLIGHT Roger. What's your evaluation cf the weather out 'there in rap- 

port of this experiment, Ed, does it It. ok pretty r.c.o'. 
HAW It's about as good as it's been, Gene. Wr ' vc- taker: a ecu vie "T 

* looks out. side. I'm a little Lit . :kt yo;.. I'm ca ,o:r .Its ice. 



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but, they may stand a chance at it today. I'll tell you this, 
if they at any time during the mission start it, this would be 
it. 

FLIGHT Okay. 

HAW It doesn't look like they're going to get up for this pass tc 

radiate, they're having a little trouble. 
FLIGHT Okay. Very good. Don't push it. 

HAW No. Heltfonff. 

FLIGHT Because I'd rather go about it calm and cool. 

HAW Roger. The crew says they're going to come around and take a 

look at the weather over their systems. 
FLIGHT That's right . 

HAW FFlight , -this .Hawai i . 

FLIGHT Roger, Hawaii. 

HAW Flight, this K v ,\ii: . 

FLIGHT Eh is is roger, -awai i . 

HAW GfemiSi 7Vi'iHa\*iiM.ffiapCGcra£om . 

S/C Hawaii, 7 here , 

?IAW Okay, how 're you doing? 

S/C We're enjoying the scenery. The Pacific is beautiful today. 

HAW Okay, we're really for your purge. We're showing you @Q down 

here on the ground. 
S/C Roger, coming up with the purge. 

HAW Roger. Command pilot, they want to do a crew status report on you 

over Guaymas and the g.e.t. of that is 122:50. 122 plus 50. 

S/C Roger. 

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HAW Say again. 

S/C You haven't any signs that our cryo tanks are venting, have they, 

ground? 

HAW We'll give you a readout on that here on the ground. Will you put 

your ECS - correction - your primary ECS read to the ECS Og position? 
S/C Thank you. 

FLIGHT How does he look, Hawaii? 

HAW He looks real good, Flight. We're getting the purge and as soon 

as we finish getting all these printouts I'm going to get 

you some readouts on his quantity readoflfs. 

FLIGHT Roger. 

HAW Flight. I'm wondering about when he's going to vent, or if he is. 

FLIGHT Okay. Tell him we'll give him a complete briefing later on tonight 

on the systems status again. 
HAW Say again, flight. 

FLIGHT You can tell him we'll give him a complete briefing on systems 

status again tonight. 
HAW Okay. We have just completed the tape dump. 

Command Pilot, Hawaii. 
S/C Go ahead. 

HAW Have you had a chance to take a look at the weather over our area? 

S/C I can't even find the Island'. 

HAW That figures! 

S/C Up above clouds. 

HAW Roger . 

Okay. Quantity Read to the fuel-cell 0^ position, please. 
S/C Okay. 



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HAW Okay. The quantity read to the fuel-cell position. 

S/C Have it. 

HAW Okay. Put your quantity read switch to OFF. 

I have theuupdate to you on the percents remaining here. I'll 

give you a complete summary on your fuel-cells prior to your going 

to sleep. 

S/C Thank you. 

HAW Transmitting. 

HAW C-band LOS at Hawaii. 

FLIGHT Roger, Hawaii. 

HAW Flight plan update telemetry on the way. And 

I have some readouts for you if you want 'em. 
FLIGHT Go ahead. 

HAW Okay. Fuel cell 0^ 7^.5 percent remaining. ECS 0^ ikt 5, And 

fuel-cell H 2 79.3. 
FLIGHT 7 niner decimal 3? 

HAW Affirm. 

We got the tape dump. Got the C-band off and everything else you 

wanted . 

And it looks like the weather is real bad, flight. 
FLIGHT Okay. We'll get that report over the States here. 

I think you forgot to advise them - did you get that the Qr«W^atatus 

report would be over Guaymas? 
HAW That's affirm. He got that. 

FLIGHT Okay. I was off then on another test then - 

HAW I gave it to him, and then right after HSr starred the purge went 

to the Command Pilot. 
FLIGHT Okay. 



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FLIGHT This AFD 

GYM AFD , Guaymas . 

FLIGHT Y6u can have a CSO on the CP if you'd like. 

GYM Roger, thank you, we'll take it. 

Guaymas has telemetry solid. 
FLIGHT Roger, Guaymas. 

GYM Everything looks good on the ground. 

FLIGHT Okay. 

GYM Gemini 7, Guaymas Cap Com. 

S/C This 7. 

GYM Roger. We have a valid oral temperature. Stand by for Surgeon. 

S/C Roger. 

SURGEON Standing by for your blood pressure. 

Gemini 7, your blood pressure cuff is full-scale. 

Have a toalid blood pressure. Give us a mark on your exercise. 
S/C Mark. Cuff is full-scale. 

SURGEON We have a valid blood pressure. Standing by for your food and 

water report. 

S/C Roger. Command Pilot has had a total of 578 ounces of water. 

SURGEON Roger . 

S/C Last meal was D5, Meal B. 

SURGEON Roger. 

S/C Total column 5 for the Command Pilot is 12. Column 6 is >2. 

The Pilot has had 388ounces of water. The total for column 5 
is 13 and for column 6 is a great big, fat zero. 

SURGEON Roger. And you've both had the same meal, right? 

S/C Roger. We, uh, I gave it to Chuck this noon but he didn't eat 

any of his ginger bread and I only ate two of the pieces of \t. 



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GYM Roger . 

Okay. Stand by for CAP COM. 

S/c berry cubes ... 

GYM Again? 

S/C The pilot did not eat the strawberry cubes this noon either. 

GYM Roger. 

Gemini 7, Guaymas Cap Com. We have nothing else for you this 

pass. We'll be standing by. 
S/C Thank you, Guaymas. 

FLIGHT Cap Com 

GYM Guaymas go local. 

FLIGHT Texas go remote. 

TEXAS Texas remote. 

FLIGHT Cap Com Houston Flight. 

TEX Cap Com. 

FLIGHT Roger. We're the ground now. 

TEX Roger . 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM. Over. 

S/C Go ahead, H uston. Gemini 7. 

CAP COM Roger, good to talk to you again, Frank. I got a cancellation 

on your flight plan. B-k, D-7. 

S/C Roger. 

CAP COM At time 123 31 30. Sequence Ul5 and Ul6. Mode 02 is deleted 

because of weather. 
S/C Very good. 

CAP COM Okay. And can you give us your interpretation of the Hawaii 

weather. Do you think we can attempt our Laser Experiment at 

that time? 



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We'd like to try. I don't think we came close enough to the 
Island to make a good evaluation at this time. 
Okay. Well, we'll go ahead and look at it further and still 
keep it in the flight plan. 

Our problem Gene is that we're really skosh on fuel now. 
Understand you feel you're really skosh on fuel. 
Yeah. We got - it's really 32 percent now. 31 to 32 percent. 
Okay. 32 percent on the fuel. 

We're watching it pretty close down here, Frank, and we've got 
a pretty good handle on it and ..... in Experiments to cope with 
it. 

Roger. 

I'd like to pass on to Jim that that request from his 12 -year 
old daughter , that we mentioned last night, will be played - re- 
moted over Tananarive on UHF on Rev 79- That's not this time 
up Tananarive but next time. We'll give you a call and then 
get it for him. 
Thank you. 

And also, Jim, after looking into the Annals we figured out that 
column 6, that big fat zero, is another space first. 

Oh, that's the way it goes'. a 15-day first I 

I just won't comment further on that one! 

Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston. We don't have anything else at this 
time. Probably won't be talking to you again until Tananarive in 

a couple hours . 
Thank you, Gene. 

Okay and thank you and you made Charlie very, very happy. It's 

the first time he's ever talked to a spacecraft in flight. 



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S/C Yeah, I know. I heard him this morning, with his cheery, little 

voice at "breakfast time. 

CAP COM Yeah, his shift is getting better. He'll see you more and more. 

S/C Gene, we have one question. 

CAP COM Shoot. 

S/C How long did you say this flight was? 

CAP COM How long did we say this flight was? 

S/C only 3 days and (voice lost) 

CAP COM Say that one again, Frank. 

S/C We're just up (voice lost) 

CAP COM You're doing so well up there that we're just going to keep you 

going for a while. 

S/C Yeah. We're in real good shape. Everybody - - it feels fine, 

the spacecraft's neat and clean and it's performing perfectly. 

CAT' COM Rog. It looks real clear and real fine down here. By the way, 

after talking last night to Sue and Marilyn, they both said if 
I do have a chance, to say that they're fine and they just want 
to say hello. 

S/C Very good. Thanks a lot, Gene. 

Night, Sue. 

CAP COM Gemini 7 Houston. I'll let you know if we're really thinking 

about that down here. We'll have a total lifetime for you in 
about a rev or two, give you an idea how long you could really 
be up there, if you wanted to. 

S/C No thank you, don't do that. 

This is Gemini Control. We have been listening 1 to tape voice 

communication for the past - that has accumulated during the past 1 and i hour 



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between the spacecraft and our ground tracking network. And Frank Borman was 
doing most of the talking for the spacecraft crew and he did say that all the 
systems on the spacecraft are in very good shape, and so far as the crew is con- 
cerned, they are also in excellent condition. This is Gemini Control. One hundred 
twenty-three hours and 16 minutes into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7 which now 
is on its 78th revolution around the earth. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 4:50 o n; . Tape 221, Page 1 

This is Gem in Control , 125 hour:., and 20 minutes -nt- our mission. 
Spacecraft Gemini 7, at the present tame, xs moving Gut over the 
South Atlantic, it is on it's 78th revoli t.ion ever the earth. Accord- 
ing to our flight plan, the flight crew has just completed -- turned 
and then turned off — the MSC-2 and 3 experiments. MSC-2 is a measure 
of the external radiation where the Van Allen Belt dips closest to 
the earth and MSC-3 is to monitor the direction and aptitude of the 
earth's magnetic field with respect to the orbiting spacecraft. Both 
these measurements are external measurements and are activated by a 
switch inside the spacecraft. The equipment is housed in the adapter 
section. We have heard from the flight crew during the past hour 

n their contacts with the ground and our command pilot Frank Borman 
states that everything aboa; <■ i. x e spac- .raft is m a very good con- 
dition and the crew is in ev. .-el lent ccrunior.. Thi s is Gemini Control 
123 hours and 21 minutes in* o the flight. 

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GEMINI 1<' : i.JSSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 5:51 p.m. Tape 22?, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are not 12k hours and 20 nrfrnv-zs 
into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7- Gemini 7 is nov ok it's jBt} : J.„; :: d 
over the earth. Within the next 15 to 20 minutes it should have compleoed that 
revolution. And at the present time it is passing over the Hawaiian tracking 
station. We have had, over a Hawaii, a crew status report on the pilot, 
James Lovell. And on our flight plan for the next couple of hours, we have 
an exerci^p period for the crew. This consists of isometric exercises that 
they engage in each night plus a housekeeping period coming up and then the 
evening meal. We also plan to update the spacecraft for the landing areas 
from the 8lst to the 88th revolution. In addition, on the beginning of this 
next revolution, when the spacecraft passes Tananarive we will be playing for 
pilot, James Lovell, a special request from his daughter, Barbara, age 12. 
At this time we will play back the taped voice communication between spacecraft 
Gemini 7 and the Hawaiian tracking station. 



Flight Flight Hawaii. 

HAW C-band track. 

Flight Roger, Hawaii. ' 

HAW TM solid. 

Flight Roger, Hawaii. 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii CAP COM. 

C/C Go ahead, Hawaii. Gemini 7. 

HAW Roger. We have a valid temperature. We are standing by 

for your blood pressure . 

S/C Roger. 

Flight Hawaii surgeon 

HAW Come in. 

Flight We have had a PCM dropout would you etsoC !*y oi the blcoc 



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pressure, please. 
HAW Roger . 

Flight Hawaii surgeon. We have TM solid now, 

HAW Okay. Cuff is full scale. A good blood pressure. Standing 

by for your exercise. 
S/C . . garbled . . 

HAW Full scale. A good blood pressure. Standing by for your 

food, water, and sleep report. 
S/C Nothing further to report since our last status report. 

HAW Roger, Gemini 7- 

S/C The blood pressure was sent down by courtesy of inflight 

maintenance . 

HAW Thank you, sir. Nothing further for you at this time. We 

are standing by. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/9/65, 6:39 P-m- Tape 223, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are 125 hours and 8 minutes 
into the mission of spacecraft Gemini 7- Our spacecraft is now on it's 
79th revolution around the earth. And at the present time is passing over 
the southern most tip of Africa. Very shortly now we expect to get acquisition 
with the spacecraft with voice communications over the Tananarive tracking 
station. And that should be coming up very shortly. Our experts here in 
Mission Control advise us that the present orbit of spacecraft Gemini 7 is 
good for 100 days. Hawaii also advisee that the weather is clear. Let's 
listen now to the live voice communication with the spacecraft and Tananarive 
station. 

S/C Roger, go ahead. 

TAN Roger, Jim, here is that request from your 12 year-old 

daughter. Request was made in hopes it would, it might 
stimulate her daddy; ■ l "To -have him come home," in a hurry and — 
here it comes in about 10 or 12 seconds . 

Flight Tananarive go manual key. 

(Music - I saw Mommie Kissing Santa Clause) 

TAN Gemini 7, Gemini 7, that concludes the serenade. Any comment? 

S/C Roger, just love these girls. . . garbled . . tell Barbara 

I saw Santa Clause as I came down there. 

TAN Okay, I'm not so sure that wasn't stimulated from that 

ba Humbug that Marilyn heard the other day. 

S/C garbled . . . 

TAN Roger . I said I am not so sure that Marilyn might not have 

originated that from that ba humbug she heard the other day. 



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S/C Roger, that's it. Tell her they have got a Santa Clause 

up here too. 

TAN Roger, I think she is listening in at home right now and 

she wanted me to pass on that household crew still remains 
at about 3»9- 

S/C Am I to understand no luck yet, Huh? 

TAN No. Nothing yet. 

S/C Well tell hereto do her best. 

TAN Okay. There is a point of interest. There is a tropical 

storm west of Berma in the Bay of Bengal. We don't advocate 
any fuel but we just want to let you know that it is there 
and if you do have a chance to take a look at it, fine, and 
if not, okay. 

S/c Roger, I have it . . garbled . . 

Flight Gemini 7, this is Houston. 

S/C Gemini 7, go ahead. 

Flight We have found out that you can probably stay up there for 

3 and l/2 or k months if you really want to. 
S/C Ah you didn't have to say that, now did you? 

TAN . . garbled . . 

Flight Say again. 

TAN Tananarive, will you cut that out? 

This is Gemini Control. 125 hours and 25 minutes into the 
flight of spacecraft Gemini 7- You have just heard the live voice and music 
which was relayed up from, remoted through the Tananarive station to pilot 
James Lovell. A request from his daughter, Barbara, age 12 who hopes the song 
will bring her daddy home for Christmas, a little early. This is Gemini Control. 



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Our spacecraft is now on its 79th revolution over the earth. We have a report 
from Hawaii. The weather there had been cloudy and overcast, however, it is 
now clear and we will attempt the Laser experiment. Voice communication via 
the Laser beam over the Hawaii site. This is Gemini Control. 125 hours and 
15 minutes into the mission. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 6:50 p.m. Tape 224, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 125 hours and 20 minutes into the flight 
of Spacecraft Gemini 7. At this time, the spacecraft is passing over 
the Indian Ocean on its seventy-ninth revolution around the earth. We 
had a voice communication with the spacecraft just a few minutes ago 
when it was over the Tananrive tracking station, and at that time, the 
crew was advised from the ground that their orbit was good for three to 
four months at the present time. And Frank Borman, our command pilot, 
came back with, "Don't say that." And Lovell said, "We're coming home 
December 18." We have the word from the Hawaiian tracking station that 
the weather in Hawaii is clear, and we have scheduled the laser 
experiment — voice communication data — a light beam, and that will 
be coming up as the spacecraft moves over the Hawaiian tracking site. 
This is Gemini Control, 125 hours and 21 minutes into our mission. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/9/65, 6:56 p.m. Tape 225, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 125 hours and 25 minutes into our mission. 
Spacecraft Gemini 7 at this .time is passing over the Indian Ocean, and 
within the nekt 15 or 20 minutes will" be -coming up towards the Coastal 
Sentry tracking ship in the Pacific. We have another weather report 
at this time. Our weather over Hawaii was overcast, then it changed to 
clear, and at this time it is termed marginal. Therefore, our Plight 
Director, Gene Kranz, has directed the Coastal Sentry tracking ship to 
give the spacecraft crew — command pilot Prank Borman and pilot Jim 
Lovell — a go-no go decision when they are over that station. This • 
will depend upon the Hawaiian weather, and the decision will be made 
and passed on to the crew as it comes over the Coastal Sentry tracking 
ship. This is Gemini Control, 125 hours and 26 minutes into the 
mission. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 7:03 p.m. Tape 226, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 125 hours 31 minutes into 
our mission with spacecraft Gemini 7. At this time our spacecraft is just moving 
over the Pacific and very shortly will be over the Coastal Sentry Tracking Ship. 
We have established voice communication, or at least contact with the spacecraft. 
Let's listen in now live. 

CSQ All systems are GO, flight. 

FLIGHT Roger, CSQ. 

CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ. 

S/C This is 7. Go ahead. 

CSQ Roger. We're standing by for your flight plan report. 

S/C Roger. 

This is Gemini 7. We're not giving you a report today 

> control in 

CSQ Roger, copy. 

S/C Two magazines of Hasselblad S0217; two magazines l6-mm color 

film; k exposures of dim-white night film; 7 films of color- 
shifted IR terrain film; high-contrast black and white film - 
two frames. We have also used 6 tape recordings. And today 
we completed everything in the flight plan except for those .... 
which of course we deleted. 
CSQ Roger, Gemini 7, we copied. 

Gemini 7. CSQ. We have your fuel-cell configuration 

for the CS 0 2 is ok. No heat required. Fuel-cell 

0 2 . AUTO. Fuel-cell Hg. Want you to pump the ONBOARD up to 
t+9 00 5. That should be good for 16 hours. 

S/C Roger. ..ECS 0 2 is okay 0 2 is on AUTO. And we'll pump 

up the S ...H^ to 1+90 and things will be good. 

CSQ The onboard minimum for fuel-cell is 365 psi range k ps 

per hour. 

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S/C Roger. Minimum is 365. Thank you. 

CSQ Roger . 

FLIGHT CSQ Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

CSQ Go ahead, flight. 

FLIGHT Roger. We're GO on MSC-1+ over Hawaii this rev. 

CSQ Roger. 

Gemini 7, CSQ. We can give you a GO on MSC-U Experiment over 

Hawaii. 

S/C Roger, understand we're GO. Thank you. 

CSQ Gemini 7, we have your systems status update when you're ready 

to copy. 

S/C Ready. to copy. 

CSQ Ground equation date equations indicate that remaining fuel 

is 59 pounds. This represents 33 percent actual remaining pro- 
pellant use which is - - stand by one - -this represents 33 per- 
cent actual remaining propellant which is 29 percent indicated 
onboard. That's the number you were asking for. 

S/C That's affirmative. 29 percent. Correct. 

CSQ Roger. This puts us about 6 pounds of fuel above the pre-f light 

• • • • * 

S/C Very good, thank you. I was a little worried about that. 

CSQ Roger. We're very satisfied with our platform performance. 

Accelerometer bias is the same as 33 point. 

S/C Thank you, thank you. 

CSQ Computer status is 99« Pre-retro verb is right out of memory, 

adverb would have to be correct. 
S /C Got ' em . 



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CS q After powering up today, the fuel-cells indicated that de- 
gradation is very negligible (garbled) 

from the beginning of the mission. 
S/C Roger. 

CSQ Cell status. Fuel-cell H 2 tank is not expected to vent until 
after 300 hours elapsed time, if any. Fuel cell 0 2 is not ex- 
pected to vent at any time during the mission. 
ECS 0 2 tank is predicted to vent some (lost transmission) 

FLIGHT Lost your air-to ground, CSQ. 

S/C , huh? 

CSQ Say again, this CSQ. 

S/C We have all good news tonight. 

CSQ Roger . 

Depends on your fuel-cell and 0g consumption keeping 

^ this below nominal on 0 2 by 3.5 percent and below nominal on 

H 2 by 6.5 percent. Fuel-cell is more efficient than I 

expected. 

S/C Very good. 

FLIGHT CSQ Cap Com. Houston flight. 

CSQ Go ahead, flight. 

FLIGHT Roger. Correction there you said he was 

S/C CSQ. We really appreciate all this information. Thank 

it was pretty important. 
CSQ Houston flight, CSQ. 

FLIGHT Roger. His fuel usage is 6 pounds be low the pre-f light curves. 

I believe you said above. 



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CSQ Gemini 7, this CSQ. 

S/C Go. Gemini 7. 

CSQ Okay. I may have made a mistake there. The fuel usage is 

6 pounds below the expected usage. 
S/C We 1 re s ix pounds better off than I thought we ' d be . 

CSQ That's affirmative. 

S/C Uh, roger, thank you. 

That was very good. 
CSQ Good. 

Gemini 7. Your orbit is now 162.8 by l6l.6. We expect to be 

161 by 162 by the GT-6 launch. Launch will appear on Rev 118 

at 182 60 (lost). 187:21+ g.e.t. 
S/C That sounds great. There's a lot of confidence here that 



CSQ Roger 95 seconds after the first. .We. estimate 50 

seconds planned pass at . . . . , at time of 6 lift-off will 

supply the exact date on that later. 

Gemini 7. The pre -count on 6 has been completed and it's GO 
at the Cape . 
S/C Roger. 

CSQ On your PLA update over the RKV, Area 83-Bravo: The time g.e.t. 

should be 131 kk 37 with an REP of ... 21 plus 35 • Do 

you copy? 

S/C Would you read that area again, please. 

CSQ Roger. Area 83-Bravo. 131 hk 37. 21 plus 35. 

S/C Thank you. 

CSQ Your Area 8U-Delta: Should be 84-Bravo. Do you copy? 



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f.jQ Flight, CSQ. 

FLIGHT Roger, CSQ. 

CSQ. Thank you. We've had LOS. All systems are GO, 

FLIGHT Roger. 

That was live voice communication between spacecraft Gemini k - 
Gemini 7 and our Tracking Ship, the Coastal Sentry. At this time our spacecraft 
is moving over the Pacific on its way toward Hawaii. And you heard Flight Director 
Gene Kranz pass on through the Coastal Sentry spacecraft communicator a GO for the 
Gemini 7 flight crew on the Laser Experiment which will take place over Hawaii. 
The Laser Experiment - in this experiment they will attempt to establish an 
bptical communications link and demonstrate the use of optical frequencies, or 
light beams for communications between an orbiting spacecraft and the pre-determi ned 
ground station. In this case, Hawaii. The pilot, rather the Command Pilot Frank 
Borman, will maintain the spacecraft attitude while co-pilot, Jim Lovell, aims a 
hand-held Laser transmitter at a visible light beam which will be directed to the 
spacecraft from the ground. Scientific data on sky radiance and atmospheric 
transmission effects on optical frequencies will also be recorded. In short, 
they will attempt to establish communications via a light beam. This is Gemini 
Control at 125 hours and U2 minutes into the flight. Our spacecraft is on 
revolution 79« 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 7:18 p.m. Tape 227, Page 

This is Gemini Control, 125 hours and 46 minutes — 47 minutes now ■ 
into our mission. In approximately three minutes, our spacecraft will 
be coming within tracking and voice range of the Hawaiian tracking 
center, and at that time, we will have the spacecraft crew attempt to 
establish optical communications with the ground using a light beam. 
That will be coming up in approximately three minutes. This is Gemini 
Control, 125 hours, 47 seconds — 47 minutes — into the mission and 
at this time the spacecraft is over the Pacific approaching the Hawaiian 
tracking station. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



Ilia s if; clemini Control. We are I2S hour.?, and 1+9 minutes 
into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7- At this time Gemini 7 is approaching 
the Hawaiian tracking station, on its 79th revolution over the earth. We 
expect momemtarily to establish ground track with Gemini 7 and also, the 
spacecraft should be within voice range of that tracking station. At that 
time we will have the attempt at the Laser experiment. And it is our plan 
here to have this transmitted live so that you may hear the communication 
between the spacecraft and the ground tracking station. From all reports that 
we have had from our pilots, they are in excellent physical condition. The 
spacecraft systems are all go. And we have a very good flight on our hands. 
At this time we will try to pick up the conversation- 



HAW TM solid at Hawaii. 

Flight Roger, Hawaii. 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii. Let me know if you see anything. 

S/C 7, roger. 

HAW Houstion Flight, Hawaii. 

Flight Flight, Hawaii. 

HAW Our Laser people advise they are tracking. The beacon signal 

is good. 

Flight Roger . 

HAW Do you see the island at all, Gemini 7? 

S/C Wot yet. We are almost there according to our time. 

HAW Roger. I'll you you a MARK when you are at my PCA. 

S/C Roger. We got one island down here. 

HAW Roger . 



S/C Roger. You are on Kauai, right?' 

HAW Say again. 

S/C What island are you on, Hawaii? 

HAW Kauai , Kauai . 

S/C Rog. We picked them up but we couldn't see the lights. 

HAW Say again. 

S/C . We picked up the island but we could not see the light. 

HAW Roger. You may still be able to see a little bit behind 

you. 

S/C We knew what island the Laser was on. There was some question 

as to where your radar was . 
HAW You saw nothing in the light at all. Is that affirm? 

S/C That's affirm.. 

HAW Flight , Hawaii . 

Flight Go, Hawaii. 

HAW Ho is beyond PCA . I think we ought to break it off to save 

f ue 1 . 

Plight Roger, go ahead. 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaj i CAP COM . Let's break it off. 

S/C Roger, Hawaii. 

This is Gemini Control. 125 hours and 5b minutes into our 



mission. As you heard, the live voice communication between spacecraft Gemini 7 , 
•Jim Lovell, talking to the Hawaiian site, he did see -- the crew Of spacecraft 
Gemini 7 did see the island. They did not pick up the Laser beam that was 



GEMINI ';/<■■ MlLU' >ti GO^EIT ,r /IvY, ! >'■•/<■■',, (•/,"[ p.m. ' ar.e G-I': , - 

being transmittal -in hopev. It c.-ulu t>f? picked up saw usc-a . ,y the spae-. icra 
crew as a means of voice communications to the ground . However, I repeat , 
they did report they saw the Island of Hawaii. They did not pick up the 
beam. This is Gemini Control. 125 hours 56 minutes into the flight, our 
spacecraft is now ending, very shortly In the next 20 minutes or so, its 
79"th revolution over the earth. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65, 7:51 p.m. Tape 22 3, Page* 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are 126 hours and 20 minutes into trie 
flight of Spacecraft Gemini 7. Gemini 7 has just started itsiieighfaieth 
revolution around the earth, and at the present time, it is passing 
over South America. Aboard our spacecraft, our pilot and our copilot 
rather command pilot and pilot — are in excellent physical condition. 
The spacecraft systems are in a go condition. Very shortly, our crew 
will be entering the sleep period. Before they go to sleep, however, 
we have a fuel cell purge, which is coming up over the Rose Knot tracking 
ship prior to their retiring for the night. The sleep period should 
last approximately ten hours. This is Gemini Control, 126 hours and 
20 minutes into the flight. 



END OF TAPE 



r ^ONI o MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/9/65, 8:l6 p.m. Tape 230, Page i 

This is Gemini Control. Spacecraft Geaiini 7 is novr passing 
over the southern tip of Africa on its 80th revolution around the earth. It 
has been in flight 126 hours and kk minutes. Aboard the spacecraft at this time 
the crew has entered a sleep period, and we will have no further voice communication 
with the spacecraft for at least this 10 hour period. A few minutes ago, the 
spacecraft passed over the Rose Knot tracking ship located in the South Atlantic 
off the etist coast of South America. We had a voice conservation with the 
crew and at this time we will play back the tape of that voice communication. 



RKV Telemetry solid. 

Flight RKV 

RKV . . garbled . . We transmitted TX and we ' ve turned the 

adapter C-band on. 
Flight Okay. 

RKV Gemini 7, RKV CAP COM. 

S/C Gemini 7. 

RKV Ro&er we are standing by for your purge. Place your quantity 

read switch to ECS 0^. 
S/C . . garbled . . 

RKV TM is very broken . . garbled . . this time flight. 

Flight Roger, RKV 

RKV Fuel cell Og. Fuel cell I^. . . garbled . . for tonights 

purge k90, U90. 
S/C garbled . . 

RKV Your bearing is 265. 



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S/C Thank you. 

RKV Turn your quantity read switch to OFF. . . garbled . . 

propellent quantity and pressure. 
S/C Say again. 

RKV Propellent quantity and pressure. 

S/C • . garbled . . 26 percent . . garbled . . 

RKV Roger. We've got a map update for you when you are ready 

to copy. 

S/C • • garbled . . 

RKV . • • garbled . . . load 1325403- • ■ garbled . . 8^38.5 

degrees west, right Ascension. Time 11:^5:31' 
S/C Roger 

RKV I've got a correction for the last block update you got. 

Area 84 Bravo should be area 84 Delta. The times are good. 
S/C 84 Bravo to 84 Delta 

RKV Roger. Also on your propellent quantity usage. You are 

actually 6 pounds below nominal. That means 6 pound too 
much we've used. 

S/C Okay. . . garbled . . . other way up here. 

RKV Roger. Our last water report showed that you - - the command 

pilot had consumed 6.6 pounds in the last 9 hours. We don't 
think that is quite right. Would you give us a correction 
on that? 

S/C 55 ounces. 

RKV That's 55 ounces. 

S/C Right 



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RKV We'd also like to take a count on the water gun. 

S/C ■ • • garbled . . . 

RKV Roger . They would like you to use the ointment in your 

noses tonight . 
S/C Garbled . . 

RKV . . garbled . . if you become too warm, use pump A. 

S/C If it gets too warm use pump A . . garbled . . 

primary loop. 

RKV Okay. Pump A, either pump or primary loop. 

S/C Roger. 

RKV We also have an addition to that block update. When you are 

ready to copy. 
S/C Go ahead. 

RKV All right. Area 86-2 - 135^122 21 plus kk. 

S/C Say again. 

RKV 135^122 . Turn TM off Flight. 

Flight Roger, RKV . 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 126 hours and 50 minutes 



into our flight . We have just played taped voice communications between spacecraft 
Gemini 7 and the Rose Knot, which was the last voice communication that we will 
have with the crew this evening. The voice from the spacecraft was that of 
command pilot, Frank Borman. Spacecraft 7 is now on its 8oth revolution around 
the earth and is now passing over the Indian Ocean. This is Gemini Control 
at 126 hours and 51 minuter, into the flight. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/9/65, 8:50 p.m. Tape 231, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 127 hours and 20 minutes into the flight 
of spacecraft Gemini 7. Our spacecraft at this time is passing over 
the Pacific midway between the :Coastal Sentry tracking ship and Hawaii. 
It is on its eightieth revolution which will take it down towards the 
end of the revolution to the lower southern portion of South America. 
Aboard our spacecraft, the pilots according to our last medical report 
are in excellent condition, and all systems are go. The crew is now 
in a sleep period that will last for approximately nine and a half 
more hours. This is Gemini Control at 127 hours, 20 minutes into the 
mission. 



END OP TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/9/65, 9:50 p.m. Tape 232, Page 1 

This is is Gemini Control. Spacecraft Gemini 7 now on its 
8lst revolution over the earth is coming up on the West Coast of Africa. It 
is now 128 minutes - hours - 128 hours and 20 minutes into its mission. Aboard 
spacecraft Gemini 1, the crew is in a sleep period. Here in Mission Control 
Center, the flight controllers on the White Team are preparing their reports, 
and are preparing then, to brief the Blue Team which should be coming on here 
in about another hour. This is Gemini Control 128 hours 20 minutes into the 
mission. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/9/65 . ' "•: p.m. Tape 233, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 129 hours and 20 minutes 
into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7. At this time our spacecraft is on its 
8lst revolution over the earth and is passing over the Pacific Ocean, ending 
the 8lst revolution. Aboard the spacecraft our pilots have been in a sleep 
period for the past 2 hours. Up until the last report they both appeared to 
be awake; however, we have ground telemetry that indicates now that they are 
in a resting state, it does not tell us whether they are fully asleep. Here 
in Mission Control Center we are in the midst of a shift change with the Blue 
Team of flight controllers coming on and being "briefed now by their counter- 
parts, the White Team controllers, who will shortly be going off duty. This 
is Gemini Control, 129 hours 20 minutes into the mission. All systems on the 
spacecraft are GO and the crew is in excellent physical shape. 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/10/65, 1:15 a.m. Tape 23U, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. One hundred thirty-one hours and 
20 minutes into the flight of Gemini spacecraft 7- The Gemini spacecraft is 
now in the beginning of the 83rd revolution just off the east coast of South 
America in the South Atlantic. The crew appears to be asleep now and indications 
are that they went to sleep about 11:00 p.m. last night. The sleep period is 
scheduled to continue until 5:30 this morning. A couple of the flight controllers 
•here in Mission Control here a little while ago made a few quick calculations 
and came up with a number of statute miles traveled at the end of the 82nd rev 
by Gemini spacecraft 7. This was about 20 minutes ago when they completed the 
82nd rev. Since lift-off, the Gemini 7 spacecraft and crew have traveled a 
little over 2,130,000 miles through space. At 131 hours 21 minutes this is 
Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, 1:^0 a.m. Tape 235, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. One hundred thirty two hours and 
20 minutes into the flight of Gemini spacecraft 7. We're in the 83rd rev over 
the ocean - just south of - in the South Pacific just south of Canton. The - 
all systems were reported GO at the last station contact, which was the Coastal 
Sentry off the coast of the Phillippine Islands. The crew, Frank Bonnan and 
James Love 11, are now asleep. Members of the Blue Team here a few minutes ago 
in the Mission Control were treated once again to some delicious nut cake baked 
by Mrs. Hodge, wife of our Flight Director. We are coming up on the west coast 
of South America in the 83rd revolution. At 132 hours and 21 minutes into the 
Gemini 7 mission this is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/o MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65 , 2:50 a.m. Tape 236, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 133 hours and 20 minutes into the 
flight of spacecraft 7. The Gemini 7 spacecraft is now in its 84th revolution. 
The last station contact was with the Canary Island tracking station where 
a tape dump of onboard spacecraft telemetry was performed. James Fucci, 
command communicator at the site, reported all systems were go. The crew 
is still sleeping and not due to awaken for about 2 l/2 hours. The spacecraft 
is now par ing over southern Asia on its 84th revolution. Gemini 7 spacecraft 
is nearly in a circular orbit around the earth with a apogee of 162.7 nautical 
miles and a perigee of l6l.6 nautical miles. The next station to acquire the 
Gemini 7 spacecraft will be the tracking ship Coastal Sentry. Acquisition 
will be in about 12 minutes from now. At 133 hours and 21 minutes into the 
Gemini 7 mission this is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, 3:50 a.m. Tape 237, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. One hundred thirty, four hours and 
20 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7. The spacecraft is now over South 
America just beginning its 85th revolution around the earth. The last station 
contact was about 1+5 minutes back with the tracking ship Coastal Sentry. Com- 
mand communicator Harold Draughn reported all spacecraft systems were GO. He 
was asked by Flight Director John Hodge how the seas were and Draughn replied 
that they were much calmer tonight . The ship had been rolling in heavy seas 
earlier in the week. The next station to acquire the Gemini 7 spacecraft will 
be the Antigua and Canary Islands tracking stations in the Atlantic. The 
Antigua acquisition will be coming up in a few minutes. Gemini 7 crew members, 
Borman and Lovell, are still sleeping at this time. At 13^ hours and 21 minutes 
into the flight of Gemini 7, this is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, *+:50 a.m. Tape 238, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 135 hours and 20 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini spacecraft 7- We are in the 85th revolution and some 
35 or kO minutes ago acquisition was made of spacecraft Gemini 7 by the 
flight controllers at the Canary tracking station. James Fucci, the command 
communicator at the Canary site, reported that all systems were go at that 
time. Gemini 7 is now over northern Australia on its way across the Pacific 
Ocean going toward the west coast of South America. The crew's sleep period 
is scheduled to end in about Uo minutes and astronauts Frank Borman and James 
Lovell should be awake soon. A fuel cell purge is scheduled in about U5 minutes 
when Gemini 7 spacecraft makes its pass over the Canary tracking station. At 
135 hours and 21 minutes into the flight of Gemini spacecraft 7 this is Gemini 
Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 5:50 a.m. Tape 239, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 136 hours 20 minutes into the 

flight of spacecraft 7. The Gemini spacecraft 7 is now in the 86th rev 

over North Africa. We have a report here now on the preparations at the 

Cape for the launch of Gemini 6 on Sunday. The pad 19 activities at the 

Cape at the present time include the installation and checkout of spacecraft 

pyrotechnics. The precount, which started at U:15 p.m. eastern standard time 

yesterday, was completed last night at 8:30. A booster review meeting is 

scheduled to start this morning with both the prime and the backup crews 

for Gemini spacecraft 6 in attendance. That will be Walter M. Schirra, Jr., 

and Thomas P'. Stafford, the prime crew and Virgil I Grissom and John W. Young, 

the backup crew. Scheduled runs by the Gemini 6 prime crew in the Gemini 

mission simulator at the Cape are scheduled also sometime this morning. 

The mid-count for the launch of the Gemini 6 spacecraft is scheduled to get 

underway at 12 noon eastern standard time tomorrow and continue through 

k:00 p.m. eastern standard time. Booster refueling is scheduled to start 

at 6:00 p.m. eastern standard time Saturday for the Sunday morning launch 

T 

of Gemini 6. We have a weather forecase for launch day at the Cape and it 
is good. Visibility of 7 miles is predicted with winds of 5 miles per hour, 
temperature of 65 degrees, and 2 foot waves off shore. Low Stratus clouds 
now over the area should be broken by launch day. The Gemini 7 spacecraft 
over North Africa just passed over the Canary Tracking Station a few minutes 
ago and Gemini 7 pilot James Lovell had voice contact with the Canary Flight 
Controller. We will play that taped conversation now. 

Canary Gemini 7, Canary Cap Com, com check, how do you read, over. 

S/C 7, Good morning. Loud and clear. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 5:50 a.m. Tape 239, Page 2 

Canary And good morning to you also. Have you done a fuel cell purge 

yet? 

S/C Negative . 

Canary Okay, we have a fuel cell purge for you and also we have a 

little bit of a flight plan update for you and also some ' 
onboard readouts. 1 > 

Canary Roger, starting fuel cell purge now. I ' ■ '■ 

Canary Okay. Can you copy this flight plan update while you are 

purging? i ' 

S/C Roger. You can start. ,' ■ 

; t 

Canary Okay. Node 138 55 11, rev 87 > 130. 8 degrees left, 11 hours 

h minutes 63 seconds, right Ascension. We have a flight pla>n 
time line up date for you, change 136 00 00 to 136 17 00. , 
37 ^5 00, PLA update at Canary. 138 20 35, crew status ' 
report, command pilot, Carnarvon. 139 02 16, crew st&tuB 
report, pilot over Texas. That is the flight plan update, 1 
Did you copy? 



S/C Roger, thank you. 

Canary Okay. Like to get an OAMS propellent quantity readout please. 

S/C Roger, it has increased during the night and now reads 30 - 

about 30 percent. 
Canary Okay, copy. 

S/C There is a little bounce in our pressures this morning, number 1 

reads 10 and number 2 reads about 7. 5- 10 and 7»5 
Canary Place your quantity read switch to ECS Op, please. 

S/C ' ECE 0 2 . 

Canary Roger- ^ e wan t a quantity and pressure from you please. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 5:50 a.m. Tape 239, Page 3 



S/c Roger. Quantity is about 82 percent, pressure 

oanary I copy. Now could you place quantity read switch to 

fuel cell 0 2 - 

Flight What is that, Canaries? 

S/C Roger, I read (garbled) quantityj and pressure 750. 

Canary Copy. Fuel cell H" 2 please. 

S/C 77 percent and hlO. 

Canary Okay, quantity read switch to off. 

S/G It's off. 

Canary Okay, we'd like an OAMS source helium pressure and temperature. 

s/c 1300, ... 1. 

Canary Okay. OAMS fuel temp. 

s/c 

Canary OAMS oxidizer temp. 

S/C I'm sorry, that is 51 for both OAMS tod fuel and oxidizer is 

50 percent. 

Canary 51 on OAMS fuel temp and 50 on OAMS ox temp. 

S/C Right . 

Canary Okay, temperature on the OAMS source helium was 8l? 

S/C That was wrong. It is about 52. 

Canary Okay, copy. About 52. 

Flight Canary Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

Canary Go ahead. 

Flight Will you ask them if they can give us an idea of what rates 

they are drifting at. 
Canary Okay. 7, Canary. Can you give us an idea of what kind of 

a rate you are building up at your drifting - that you are 

drifting at at the present timeT 
S/C Wait till we look outside. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 5:50 a.m. 



Tape 239, Page k 



Canary 



Okay. Can you see Canary? 



s/c 



It is about the same as it has been. I guess we haven't 



vented much during the night. We are very slowly tumbling. 



That conversation was with the Gemini 7 spacecraft over 



the Canary tracking station. We got a report just a few minutes ago from 
the Aircraft Carrier Wasp in the Atlantic Recovery Zone. The weather there 
has a visibility - with the weather there we have a visibility of 10 miles, 
k tenths scattered cloud cover, they have k foot swells with 3 foot waves. 
The temperature was 70 degrees. They reported they were just about on station 
for splashdown point for the 88th rev. At 136 hours and 27 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini spacecraft 7 with the spacecraft now going over the Arabian 
Peninsula toward the Indian Ocean. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/10/65, 6:lU a.m. Tape 2kO, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 136 hours and kk minutes into 
the flight of Gemini Spacecraft 6... 7. The Gemini 7 Spacecraft just crossed the 
Indian Ocean in the 86 th revolution around the Earth. Shortly, the spacecraft will 
be coming up on the Carnarvon tracking station. It should up in about a minute. 
And, we will bring you a live pass on that passing over the Australian tracking 
station at Carnarvon. The 7 Spacecraft is now coming up on the Carnarvon tracking 
station, and we'll bring you that live acquisition now. 



DYI 
CRO 

HOUSTON 

CRO ' 

S/C 

CRO 

3/C 

CRO 

S/C 
CRO 

HOUSTON 
CRO 
S/C 
CRO 



S/C 
CRO 
S/C 
CRO 



Canary has had TM contact. 

Carnarvon. Yea. 

Roger, Carnarvon. 

Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

Go ahead, Carnarvon. Gemini 7. 

Well, Roger. Good morning from Australia. 

Morning. 

I've got the correction to the nodal update at 138:55:11 if you're 

ready to copy. 

One minute , please . 

Roger . 

Your summaries look good Carnarvon. 
Beg your pardon. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. On the other remarks that they gave you on Rev. 87, they 

gave you 11 hours, Ok minutes, 63 seconds; OU minutes, 63 seconds 

comes out to be 05, 03. ' 

Roger. That's right. 

You're okay. Big correction. 

Thank you. 

Righto. We also have some information on your 0AM status. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/10/65, 6:lU a.m. Tape 21+0, Page 2 

S/C Go ahead, please. 

CRO Okay. Telemetry after OAM system stabilization shows you have 63 

pounds of fuel, 122 pounds of oxidizer remaining. This is 36^ 
actual, 31$ on your gauge. OAMS usage is right on the flight plan. 

S/C Well, we gained 6$ over the night. When we go back to sleep, maybe 

we ' 11 get more tonight . 

CRO Roger. This was waiting for a temperature stabilization; it did 

not stabilize as fast as we had originally anticipated. 

S/C I noticed that also up here. Remember, it went down without any 

usage at all, and then it came back up; so, I guess we're in pretty 
good shape . 

CRO Righto. Real good shape on that. And, also on your fuel cell 

cryogenics; it indicates a path of approximately 2000 amphere-hours 
above the normal Ik day flight plan. Feel free to use A pumps in 
one or both groups for your comfort. 

S/C Is that 2 and three zeros? 

CRO That ' s two thousand . 

S /C Wowee I 

CRO That's looking real fine. 

S/C Thank you. 

CRO That's about all we have for you this pass, Gemini 7. You're look- 

ing real good from the ground, and we're standing by if you have 
anything. 

S/C Thank you very much. 

CRO Righto. 

That last conversation was with the Gemini 7 Spacecraft and the 
Carnarvon, Australian tracking station. The spacecraft will now pass on over 
Australia and head out over the Pacific Ocean on its pass toward Central America. 



it 4. 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/10/65, 6:lU a.m. Tape 2k0, Page 3 

t'll get there at the end of the 86th revolution. At 136 hours and k9 minutes into 
the mission of Gemini Spacecraft 7, this is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, 6:50 a.m. Tape 241, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 137 hours and 20 minutes into 
the flight of Spacecraft Gemini 7. The Gemini crew have been up and 
awake since about 5:30 CST this morning. They had their first voice 
contact of the morning with the Canary tracking station in the eighty- 
fifth rev. The spacecraft is now over the South Pacific on its way 
toward a pass over Central America. At 137 hours and 20 minutes into 
the flight of Gemini Spacecraft 7, this is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 7:30 a.m. Tape 2k2 , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston here, 137 hours 59 minutes 
into the mission. As you might have noticed, the Red Team is at work. We 
have some tape from the Canary pass, we will play that now. 



Canary Gemini 7, Canary Cap Com, com check, how do you read? 

S/C Loud and clear Canary. 

Canary Okay, we have a FLA update for you when you are ready to 

copy. 

S/C Ready to copy. 

Canary Okay, for this the area will he toOJC, HEP is constant at 

21+50. 
S/C Okay. 

Canary 90-1, 1U0 20 06; 90-1, lUl 55 58; 91- 1 +> lUU ^8 01; 

92 -k, lh6 23 in; 93-^> 1^7 59 16; 9^-3 ? 1^9 17 18; 

Area is good in all these areas, the weather. 
S/C Roger, thank you. 

Canary Okay, I have a flight plan update for you also, two items. 

S/C Okay 
Canary S-5, 139 31 50, sequence 21, mode 02, pitch 30 degrees down, 

yaw 1 degree left. V-k/T>-7 , 139 31 50, sequence Ul8, mode 02, 
S/C This is Gemini 7, I don't read you, over. 

Canary How do you dopy now? 

S/c Loud and clear now, I missed - the last thing I got was mode 02 on 

D-4/D-7- 

Canary Okay, that was it, due to weather. 

Flight Canary Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

Canary Go ahead, Flight. 

Flight We would like an open circuit voltage reading on stack 2C 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 7:30 a.m. Tape 2k2 , Page 2 



Canary Okay. Gemini 7> Canary. 

We would like an open circuit voltage on stack 2C, please. 
S/C Okay, open circuit on stack 2C. This is Gemini 7, 20 is 

off scale high on our meter, it is over 31 volts. 
Canary Roger, copy. 

Flight We copy. 

Canary Do you want circuit voltages on the rest of them? 

Flight Affirmative . 

Canary Okay, 7> we would like all the stack voltages right now. 

S/C Roger. 1A pump, 27. 9i IB, 27-9; 1C, 27-8; 2A, 27.8; 2B, 27-8; 

2C, 27.8. 
Canary Roger. Copy. 

Flight Houston Flight. 

Canary Go ahead Flight. 

Flight I think you ought to tell him all that sounds very good. We 

would like an LOS main from your site. 
Canary Okay. Gemini J, we have nothing else for you. We will be 

standing by. All those voltages look real good. 
S/C Very good. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 8:15 a.m. 



Tape 2h3, Page 1 



At Carnarvon 
Pilot and it 
Carnarvon 

Carnarvon 



S/C 



Carnarvon 



S/C 



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S/C 

Carnarvon 
S/C 

Carnarvon 
S/C 

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Gemini Control here, 138 hours hk minutes into the flight, 
a few minutes ago we had a medical data pass on the Command 
went like this. 

Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. We have a valid pressure. 

We are standing by. 

Gemini 7, this is Carnarvon surgeon. We are standing by 
for your blood pressure. 

This is 7, roger, it's coming down in a second. 

Your cuff is full scale. Surgeon, Gemini 7. We have a 

valid blood pressure, would you give us a mark when you 

begin your exercise. 

Mark. 

Gemini 7, your cuff is full scale. Gemini 7. We have a 
valid blood pressure. Would you give us your food and 
water report now, please? 

Roger. Total to date, the Command Pilot has had 62U ounces 
of water and we have just finished day 8 meal A. 
Roger. That was for breakfast. 
Roger, that was breakfast. 
All right. 

And the Pilot also had breakfast, same meal, and he has 
had U22 ounces of water. 

Roger, thank you Gemini 7- Carnarvon Surgeon out. 
Roger Carnarvon. 

Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. We have roughly 5 minutes left 
to go. We will be standing by. Everything looks good from 
the ground. 



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S/c Very good. Everything looks good up here also. 

Carnarvon Roger. 

Flight Houston Flight. 

Carnarvon Flight, Carnarvon. 

Flight Are you picking up the HF? 

Carnarvon Stand by and I'll check on it. Affirmative Flight, it is 

coming in very weak here. 
Flight R6ger'»,ask the crew if they are receiving it? 

Carnarvon Roger, will do. Gemini 7, this is Carnarvon Cap Com. We 

are picking up the HF here on the ground, are you getting 

it up there? 
S/C Stand by, we'll try. 

Carnarvon Roger . 

S/C Carnarvon, this is Gemini 7. Negative, we are not receiving 

it up here. 

Carnarvon Okay Gemini 7j thank you. We are real weak here on the ground 

Flight, and they report they are not getting it: 
Flight Rog, we copy. 

S/C Carnarvon, one other thing you can pass on. On the vision 

test this morning Borman was -6 and Lovell -12. 
Carnarvon Roger, copy, minus 6 and minus 12. 

S/C That is affirmed. 

Carnarvon Carnarvon LOS. 

Gemini Control again. The weather for 7 this morning con- 
tinues to look good for the next kQ hours. No major disturbances predicted 
in any of our four primary landing areas. Among the interesting features to 
be overflown during the course of this day include a frontal cloudiness area 
off Baja, California and Jetstream associated Cirrus clouds over North Africa. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 8:15 a.m. Tape 2U3 , Page 3 

Beginning this morning, the Weather Bureau Group here in our Mission Control 
Center is now preparing weather forecasts for the 6 launch. This is the 
first that we have received from them. They normally try to run about k8 
hours ahead on any given activity, so for Gemini 6 they are predicting the 
weather in the Cape Area will look like this. The prediction calls for fair 
weather with scattered clouds. Surface winds will be light and variable, 
probably south east, seas in the off shore area will be 1 to 2 feet. Tempera- 
ture about 65 degrees on Sunday morning. Their prediction for the four primary 
landing areas around the world is also good for Sunday. This is Gemini Control 
Houston . 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 8:V? a.m. Tape 2kh, Page 1 

Gemini Control here, 139 hours 18 minutes into the mission. 
We have Just completed a medical data pass on the swing across the Carribbean 
Gulf of Mexico and it was a very jaunty conversation. Frank Borman turned the 
table this morning on Surgeon Chuck Berry here in our Control Center. He started 
off by observing that Dr. Berry sounded a little sleepy and then he asked Dr. Berry 
for a water intake report. There were several other comments that Dr. Berry 
also sounded a little hoarse and generally had some fun with our Flight Surgeon. 
The taped conversation went like this. 



Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston. 

S/C Go ahead Houston, Gemini J. 

Cap Com Roger. Good morning. We have a valid temp on you. Give 

us a blood pressure and stand by for the Surgeon. 
S/C Roger . 

Surgeon Cuff is full scale . 

S/C Roger. You sound sleepy. 

Surgeon You are right. 

Cap Com Don't you think his voice sounds kind of hoarse up there, 

Gemini 7? 

S/C Roger. How much sleep did you get. Could we have a water 

report on you please , Flight Surgeon? 
Surgeon Water only. Roger. 

Flight Houston Flight, how long have you been up there now? 

S/C Let's see, it is 139 hours 5 minutes ikjs seconds. 

Flight Roger, good check. 

Surgeon Frank, while we are waiting for this — 

Flight Is that days or hours???'. 

S/C Those are hours. I feel like I was born up here. Go ahead 

Chuck. 



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Surgeon 



s/c 

Surgeon 

S/C 

Surgeon 



S/C 

Surgeon 



S/C 

Flight 



S/C 

Flight 



Surgeon 



Frank, could you do a check on the total counts in your 
water gun and read them to me while we are getting these 
blood pressures on Jim. I'll tell you why in just a minute. 
2258. 

We have a valid pressure, give me a mark at exercise. 
Mark. 

That was 2258. I think we have apparently got an error in 
the counts. When we compute the water from your counts and 
compare them to the ounces that we have been reading, they 
don't add up. There looks to be about a 10 pound error and 
sometime during the day I wish you could go through and re- 
calculate your log and see if we can find that error. 
We will, Chuck. 

Cuff is full scale. There is one other item we missed on 
that report that you gave a while ago. We didn't get the 
dinner meal, we need the meal eaten last night. 
Okay. 

Gemini 7 5 Houston. We would like you to place the stack 2C 
on open circuit Voltage for about 5 minutes and give us a 
reading on it every minute. 

you are starting to play games with us now. Are you serious? 
We are serious. We are serious. The current on Stack 2C has 
been coming down for about the last hour and one-half or 
2 hours and we want to take a look at what the voltage is 
doing. 

We have a valid blood pressure. 



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S/C Let's see, day h, meal C last night Chuck, and we will 

open circuit this for 5 minutes now. 
Surgeon Okay Frank. We also need your report on your sleep. We 

need some hours from each of you and something about the 

type. We noticed that your sleep didn't appear to be very 

good last night. 

S/C It was better last night than the night before. Jim slept 

very soundly for about 7 hours and I slept pretty good for 
about 6 hours. 

S/C Surgeon, is the blood pressure okay? 

Surgeon Yes sir. Could you give us a reading from column 5 and 6 on 

the log. 

S/C Lovell finally made the count 6. 

'Surgeon Very good. 

S/C HALLELUJAH . 

Surgeon Excellent. 

S/C Opening Stack 2C at this time. 

Flight Roger, Jim. 

S/C The Pilot has 13 in column 5- 

Surgeon Roger, 13 column 5. 

Flight Jim, would you keep me posted on how that open circuit voltage 

looks , that is whether it is fairly steady? 

S/C Roger, right now it has just stabilized and it is just a bit 

above 31 volts, way at the top of the scale. 

Flight Roger, keep us posted. 

Surgeon Do you have the Pilot's reading in column 5- • 

S/C Roger, Ik. 

Surgeon And your reading in column 6. 



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S/C 

Surgeon 



S/C 
S/C 

S/C 

Flight 

Surgeon 

Surgeon 

s/c 

Surgeon 

s/c 

S/C 

s/c 

Surgeon 
S/C 



Surgeon 
Surgeon 



One in column 6. 

Okay. Give me a statement about your general condition 
this morning, each of you. Jim sounds pretty hoarse this 
morning. How do you both feel? 
We both feel all right. 

I feel fine, I'm. a little sleepy but Lovell is bouncing all 
over the place here. 

I think Chuck my nose is all sttffed up, that is why I feel 
worse, I sound hoarse too. 
What is your excuse, Surgeon. 
I'm all plugged up too. 

Can you tell me a little bit about that urine bag, where it 
broke yesterday. Did it break around the neck seal? 
Neck, right. 

Right at the neck seal, okay. Did it go all out into 

the cab,in, or were you able to get it contained pretty well? 

I caught most of it in my face and hands. 

Come on. 

Say, after all, we are being conservation minded on . 

water too here. 

That is going too far. 

It went all over but I caught it with some tissues and we 
just threw it in back, there may be some wet left in it as 
a matter of fact. 
Okay, fine. 

Frank, we had an oral temperature reading that came up to 
97.7 on your oral temperature probe over CSQ and RKV on 
revs 8l and 82. Was there any reason for this do you know? 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10 /65, 8:47 a.m. Tape 2kh , Page 5 

Did you have the oral temperature proble in some position 
that it would pick up temperature. 

Flight Can I have those open circuit voltage readings. 

S/C They just came to 32. 

S/C Yeah, we stabilized at about 32 now, it is just right at the 

top of the indicator, it is just at the top now. 32 volts. 
Flight R oger. 

S/C We are not going to use any fuel at all except to T pursue the 

experiment. 

Cap Com Very good, Frank. I was going to comment on that. We are 

actually running okay per day on fuel usage , but we are 
slightly behind on our experiments because of weather condi- 
tions, so we want you to keep being very stingy on the fuel. 

S/c Rog. We are not going to try to pick up anything or do any- 

thing at the targets of opportunity unless you a .11 them up 
because you have to maneuver even then. 

Cap Com Roger. 

Flight How about another voltage reading. 

Surgeon Jim, do you think it would help if we used one of those 

shrinking agents that we have aboard there for your nose. 
Have you been able to clear it , or would you like to try 
that? 

S/c My nose is too dry already, Chuck, so I don't need any of 

those other things. 

Surgeon It is just dry, it is not swollen, it is just dry, right? 

S/C All we need is Vicks. 



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Cap C :sn Gemini 7, could you give me another voltage reading and 

standby to start your flight plan update. 
S/C Roger, the voltage is still up there at the 32 or above. 

Cap Com Roger. Ready to start copying? 

S/c Stand by a second. Okay, go ahead Houston. 

Cap Com Roger. The first item is D-5> time lUO 10 00. This will be 



a test number h. For your information ground tests showed 
that radio frequency interference can saturate this photo- 
meter, so we are interested in a test where we turn off 
all our RF sources. Are you ready to copy thebtest? 
S/C Roger, go ahead. 

Cap Com All transmitters and beacons off. You can give me another 

voltage reading and get the Stack 2C back on the line. 

S/C Roger, she still runs above 32 and I'll put Stack 2C back 

on the line. 

Cap Com Roger. 

Flight Jim, that thing looks very good to us. We will keep an eye 

on what the current does. 
S/C Roger, thank you. Another thing we" noticed was the drop in 

AMPS of the indicator. 
Flight That is the same thing we are seeing. 

S/C looks like it is just joining 2A and 2B, Chris. 

Flight Yeah, I guess that is the thing that they don't understand, 

it has been up so high and now it is coming down. 
S/C Roger. 

Cap Com You would normally expect it to run a little higher because 

it does run hotter. 
S/C All right. 



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Cap Cvjai Okay, next step in the itest is make normal calibration on 

Jupiter. I may lose you somewhere in here, but I'll keep 
going as long as I can. 

S/C Elliot, Jupiter is right next to the moon and that is going 

to be tough to do. 

Cap Com All right. Just pick out another bright star, or planet, 

just so it is a good bright one. 
S/C All right, will do. 

Cap Com Make second calibration without the pressing cal button and 

count turns from cal setting to max. Turn:' gain wheel to 
mend setting. (Turn each transmitter and beacon on one at 
a time and look for reticle color change. Port turns 
to maximum and color change versus equipment activated, that 
is as you turn the items on. Do you copy? 

S/C 

Cap Com Gemini 7, it sounds like we are about ready to lose you here, 

we will continue passing this up at Canary. 

S/C Roger we will see you over Canaries . We are going to do an 

S-5 now. 

This is Gemini Control at 139 hours 29 minutes into the flight. 
Our orbit this morning is on our official orbit digital display and shows 162.2 
by 162.0. Flight Dynamics Officer here advises that he considers the orbit to 
be exactly circular. The crew update continued as we crossed the Atlantic. 
Elliot See contacted them again by UHF over the Central Atlantic and he dropped 
off for a few minutes, then the briefing continued via the Canary Station. Here 
is that conversation. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/10/65, 8:*+7 a.m. Tape 2kk , Page 8 

Canary Gemini 7, Canary Cap Com. Com check. How do you read? 

S/C This is 7 ? loud and clear. 

Canary Okay, we can continue with this flight plan update. First 

of all we would like your evaluation of the weather over 
Africa. We have an Apollo landmark scheduled on the next 
rev and we would like your evaluation on that, okay? 

Flight That is South along the Coast. 

S/C Roger, we will give it to you. On our last pass, the 

weather looked pretty good, but we will give it to you 
on this pass. 

Canary Okay, that is around the coast. 

S/C Around the coast, roger. 

Canary What part did you miss on this test U? 

S/c Canary, we are trying to get an S-5 now, I /wonder if we 

can hold off on that, please. 

Canary Okay, give me a call when you are ready. 

S/C Roger. Canary 7- 

Canary Go ahead. 

S/C ... (garbled) D-5- 

Canary Okay. Where do you want me to start. How far have you 

gotten? 

S/c Why donjt you start at the beginning? 

Canary Okay. This is the equipment test h. Number one, all 

transmitters and beacons off. Make a normal calibration 
on a bright star of some sort. Three, make a second 
calibration without depressing cal button and .count turns 
on cal setting to match. 



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Tape 21+1+ , Page 9 



Houston 

s/c 

Canary 
Flight 

Canary Systems 
Canary 

Canary System 
Flight 

Canary Systems 
Canary 



S/C 



Canary 
S/C 

Canary 
S/C 



Canary 



Systems j Houston. 

Roger, I should have taken shorthand. Go ahead. 
Okay. Turn gain wheel to minimum setting. 
Canary systems, Houston Flight. 
Houston, go ahead. Canary systems. 

Each transmitter on and beacon on one at a time and . . . 

Houston, go ahead. This is Canary Systems. 

Tell him to use any star - bright star as long as it is 

not a red star. 

Roger, will do. 

Report turns to maximum and color change matches equipment 

activated. Use any bright star as long as it is not red. 

Do you copy. This is for the calibration. 

Roger, turn each transmitter and beacon on one at a time 

look for color change , and then report what equipment 

makes the color change and the gain wheel setting, is that 

correct? 

Rog. Turn to the maximum, any color change versus equipment 
activated. 

Roger. Understand. Any bright star as long as it is not 
a red one . 

That is affirmative. 

We are coming up on the Coast of Africa right now and the 
coastline, I would say is mostly clear with some Cirrus, 
a few Cumulus hanging on the inside. The desert area is 
clear . 

We copy. We have more of the flight plan update if you 
are ready to copy. 



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S/C Go. 

Canary 1^0 3*+ 00, fuel cell purge at Guaymas. 1*40 37 00, go--no-go 

at Texas. Transponder check 1^0 kk 08, sequence 02, pitch 
30 degrees down, yaw k degrees right. 1^1 00 00, bio-med 
recorder one continues off at 1^3 00 00. Apollo, ikl 00 10, 

t 

sequence 85, mode 01, pitch 30 degrees down, yaw 2k degrees 
left. V-k/D-l, Ikl 20 00, sequence U13 , mode 02, use Venus. 
lU2 00 00, exercise period. lk2 10 00, eat period. UHF 
test, IV3 02 56, use horizon scanner to control spacecraft 
BEF for UHF test over Carnarvon. Use the adapter antenna. 
Do you copy so far. 



S/C We copy quick. 

S/c V-k/D-7 , we will pick it up later. 

Canary Okay, 

Flight Give it to them later Canarys. 

Canary Roger Flight. Systems are go at Canary. 



END OF TAPE 



^™TNI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, 9:22 a.m. Tape 245, 

Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston here. Today should 
be one of our busier days in the experiment department. Quite 
a few layed on, many operational checks within the cabin. Over 
Tananarive, Elliot See called 7 and gave them an update and it 
went like this . 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. How do 

you read? 
S/C Read you. 

CAP COM Like to continue the flight plan update. if your 

communications are OK through Tananarive. 

S/C Roger, we're working a little hard here now 

trying to get ready for GT-6. 

CAP COM Roger, let me know if you have time to copy. 

S/C Roger . He need some information sequence .... 

CAP COM Sequence what? Again, Gemini 7. Gemini 7, 

Houston. Understand you need some more 
information on some sequence. We did not 
copy. 

S/C Roger. Our sequence Which occurs is 1404408. 

We don't have the, we don't know what the title 
is . 

CAP COM Roger. That's a transponder test. 

S/C Roger. Elliot, I copy now. 



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CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 



S/C 

CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 



S/C 

CAP COM 



S/C 



Roger. Understand you left off on a UHP test and 
you did get the time on it, is that correct? 
On the UHF test. . . . 

You seem to be cutting in and out, Gemini 7. 
Understand you copy. The UHF test and the 
time and instructions follow. Control 
spacecraft BEF for the test over Carnarvon. 
Use adapter antenna. How do you copy? 
Fine , but we don 1 1 have the time on that 
one . 

Roger. Time is 143 02 56. Do you copy? 
Roger . 

Next item. Time 143 07 56. Begin UHF test. 
Key UHF continuously until 143 17 01. Voice 
modulate UHF until 143 12 28. How do you copy? 
Gemini 7, Houston, I did not read any answer. 
How do you copy the last update? 
We copy. Go ahead, please. 

Roger, understand you copy. I'm going ahead. 

MSC-41433644, sequence 05, mode 01, pitch 

30 degrees down, yaw 13 degrees left, MSC-41441458 , 

sequence 10, mode 01, pitch 30 degrees down, 

yaw 20 degrees left, do you copy? 

We copy, Houston. 



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CAP COM 
S/C 

FLIGHT 

CRO 
FLIGHT 



CRO 
FLIGHT 



Roger , that ' s the complete flight plan 
update . 

Roger, Houston. 

Carnarvon, Houston Voice Control. Carnarvon 
Cap Com, Houston Flight. 
Carnarvon, Houston Flight. 
We want to make sure they got all that 
good stuff on the flight plan update. You 
might check with them to see if they got all 
the times and the words . 
Roger . 

Also, tell you what 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMENTARY, 12/10/65, 9:39 a.m. Tape 2k6, Page 1 

Gemini Control, Houston. We're on the 88th revolution around the 
Earth. The 93rd inertial orbit. Over Carnarvon, the conversation went like this. 



CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

S/C Okay, Carnarvon. Gemini 7. 

CRO Roger. Would you check your circuit breakers, please. We do 

not have an acq aid beacon and we had to go to a stand by TM 
frequency to pick you up. 

S/C Roger. They're all off. We turn them back on anytime we're 

running a D-5 test. 

CRO Oh! Roger. Understand. Okay, Flight, he's running tests at this 

time with turning the equipment off. 
HOUSTON Understand. 

CRO We haven't made any C-Band track. We do have TM on the stand by 

frequency at the present time. As soon as he finishes that, we'll 
try to reconfigure properly. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

S/C We have them on right now Carnarvon. 

CRO Roger, Gemini 7. 

S/C Carnarvon, can you transmit this to Houston for us? 

CRO Roger. Sure can. 

S/C Can the D-5 instrument be aligned and calibrated. I'm serious. 



We've pushed the calibration button. It stays full red regardless 
of the position of any of the transmitters, and regardless of the 
position of the gain wheel. When we did not use the calibration 
button, it stayed full green regardless of anything we did, incluc 
ing the gain wheel. 

CRO Roger. I think we've got all that. We 'ye got it on tape, if not, 

S/C I think they'd like to know it right away. 



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CRO 

HOUSTON 
S/C 



CRO 

HOUSTON 
CRO 



s/c 

CRO 

s/c 

CRO 

s/c 

CRO 
S/C 
CRO 
S/C 
CRO 
S/C 
CRO 
S/C 



Roger. I'm sure Flight's copying 
We've copies, thank you. 

Carnarvon, there is one addition; when I push the calibration 
button, the green had a tendency to slightly go red at the low 
gain stage, but has always stayed positive green all the way up, 
but the gain's the same. 
Get it, Flight? 
Affirmative . 

Okay. Thank you much. Gemini 7, Carnarvon. Did you get all the 
information on the flight plan update. Are you happy with all 
the plan? 

One thing we need to know if ... 

Gemini 7, Carnarvon. Say again. 

We need to know after D-k, D-7 at ll+l:20: 00. . . 

Roger . 

Between then and the UHF test at 11+3:02:56. 
Roger . 

I can't find 11+2:00:00. 
That's exercise period. 
11+2:10:00. 

Eating period. Do you copy? 

Thank you. 

Roger. 

And, Carnarvon. One more item on the D-5 photometer. We had a 
We had a light burn out in the cockpit just recently, and now it 
appears it has saturated both calibrates now, but not down. 
Reticle is full green. 



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HOUSTON After they'd completed the other tests? 

CRO Gemini 7, was that after you'd completed the other tests? 

S/c Roger. That's after we'd completed the other tests and turned 

the light off the cockpit to take the updates, and I was still 
using the D-5 and noticed that the reticle stays green now, whether 
the calibrate is down or not. 

CRO Roger. Thank you. 

HOUSTON We copy. 

S/C Carnarvon, it's a very dim light actually. It must be very simple 

fixing it. 

CRO Roger. Okay, I have some general information for you on the fuel 

cells. I believe, as you're probably well aware, Stack 2C has 
been carrying most of the load, and the experts feel that during 
the hydrogen purging, since all three sections are purged together, 
that 2C hasn't been getting all of the water given out of it. So, 
they're considering, at the present time, doing a special hydrogen 
purge on 2C some time today over the States and they're still 
looking into that. They'll give you more information out over the 
States. . 

S/C Roger. 

CRO We find that Woomera is trying to steal our C-Band beacon again. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

CTN Canton LOS. 

Gemini Control Houston here with 7 halfway between Canton Island 
and the Carnarvon station. Flight plan calls for the crew to be performing a D-5 
experiment. They'll be using that bulky photometer that nobody seems to fully 
understand. We're running additional tests here on the ground. There is some 



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feeling that perhaps the very sensitive instrument on board is being saturated by 
radio interference within the spacecraft. It seems a good possibility at this 
point. Going across the States this time, the crew will turn on their L-Band 
transponder as they approach the west coast of Mexico. Then they will conduct a 
normal fuel cell purge. They will be given a "go" for IOU revolutions. Over the 
Cape, they will conduct an L-Band transponder test. The Cape will bounce the signal 
up to them. Their transponder will rebroadcast it back down if the planning infor- 
mation is correct. After the Stateside pass, they're to do some Apollo landmark 
experiment photography east of the Canary Islands, and a D-U, D-7 experiment in the 
area of Tananarive. At lUO hours, 13 minutes into the flight, this is Gemini 
Control, Houston. 
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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/10/65, 10:05 a.m. 



Tape 2k7 , Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston, ikO hours 3^ minutes into 
the flight of 7. We are only seconds away from our Guaymas acquisition. There 
goes Guaymas 's first call out to the spacecraft. A little later today, about 
4:30 this afternoon, we are going to start a simulation with 6 spacecraft and 
run through an entire h revolution rendezvous type flight. Hopefully what 
we will be doing on Sunday. Let's cut over now to the action. The Guaymas 
station has called them and has asked them to start their fuel cell purge. 



s/c 



Guaymas 



s/c 

Guaymas 

s/c 

Guaymas 
S/C 



Flight 
Guaymas 



This is 7- Open circuit voltage now reading 30 volts. It 
is probably still going up very slowly. 

Roger, understand. Just as a precaution during this purge 
we would like for you to monitor 2C on the voltmeter and 
the amp meter. If there are any large deviations during 
the purge , they would like for you to stop the purge . 
Roger, I'll keep it 2C on the volt meter. It has gone up 
now to 30.5- 2C amps are reading zero of course. 
Rog. We are ready for your purge. Everything looks good 
on the ground. 

You want me to make a normal purge , over? 
Rog. Normal purge. 

Roger. Coming through now. One more question. Do you want 
me to keep 2C off the line for this second section oxygen 
purge? 
Negative . 
Negative . 



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S/C Roger. Thank you. 

HOUSTON Roger. Look okay? 

Guaymas Roger, Flight. It looked good during the hydrogen purge on 

both frequencies. Purging 02 on section one -at, this line . 

HOUSTON Roge . 

They're purging oxygen on section one now. Section two 
looked alright. 

Guaymas They're purging section two 02 at this time. 

HOUSTON Roge . 

Guaymas Everything's holding steady. 

S/c Purged the 2, Guaymas. There's still no change on the 2-C 

AMPHS. 

Guaymas Roger. Houston? 

HOUSTON Roger . 

S/C Guaymas. This is 7. Did notice a change in the main AMPHS 

Difference here between section 1 and 2 about 6 now. Difference 
between section 1 and section 2 amp. meter readings about 
6 amp's: now. Section 1 is about 6 higher than 2. 

HOUSTON . Gemini 7, Houston. How do you read? 

S/C Loud and clear, Houston. 

HOUSTON Roger. This will be a UHF 6 pass. 

S/C Roger 

HOUSTON We observe you have the A pump on in the primary coolant load. 

Could you tell us about when you put that on? 
S/C Stand by a second. We put it on at 1^0:10. 



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Houstc 
S/C 

Houston 



s/c 

Houston 
S/C 

Houston 

s/c 

Houston 
S/C 

Houston 

S/C 

Houston 

s/c 

Houston 
S/C 

Houston 



Roger. Is that just to get a little more cooling? 

Roger. Frank was hot in the suit, so we put the A pump on 

for him. 

Roger. We know you're coming up on a tracking test at the 
Cape here; just let me knov when we need to stop talking to 
you for that part . 

Roger. Appears, from my position now, that there may be 
cloud cover over the Cape. 

Roger. Gemini 7, you're go for 104-1. We'll get your "no go' 
information after the Cape pass. 

Roger. Will pass up the photo. You were cut out at the Cape 

Did you say we were "go" for another pass? 

Roger. You are go for 104- 1. 

Roger. IOU-I. We have the Cape in sight now. 

Roger. Would you give us fuel cell H2 and the qut»ntity read 

switch? 

H2 on. 

Did the Pump A help on the cooling problem? 
Roger. It helped somewhat, Houston. 
Roger. Got the message. 
We're tracking the Cape now. 
Roger. Tracking the Cape now. 

I see they're working hard down there at Pad 19 again. 
Roger. Can you actually see people on the Pad with your tele 
scope? 



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s/c 

Houston 
S/C 

Houston 

s/c 

Houston 
S/C 

Houston 

s/c 

Houston 



S/C 

Hous ton 



S/C 

Houston 



s/c 

Houston 
S/C 



No, we can't Houston. 

Roger. Place your TM switch to command. 
TM is on command. 

And C-band adapter switch to command. 
C-band to command. 

Roger. Let me know when you finished the task and we will 
continue . 
Roger . 

Stand by for, your TR, Gemini J. Gemini 7, standby for your 
TR update. 

Roger . No update yet , Houston . 

Roger, we have a little TM problem we are working on. We 
are transmitting again, Gemini 7. Gemini 7> you can place 
your quantity read switch to off. 
Tracking task complete. No TR yet received. 

Roger . We have a problem with our ground equipment . We will 
update you as soon as we can, either here or possibly at 
Canarys or Carnarvon. 
Roger, understand. 

We are going to try one more time here, Gemini 7 • 
Looks like we can't put it in here, Gemini 7, we'll catch 
you at another station. 
Roger . 

I'm ready to copy your go — no-go information. 

Roger. The main batteries are all 23 volts, LA, 5 amps, IB 

5 amps, 1C 5 amps, 2A 3 amps, 2B 3 amps, 2C 2 amps. Main 



MISSION 



Flight 

s/c 

Flight 



Surgeon 



s/c 

Surgeon 
S/C 

Surgeon 
S/C 

Surgeon 
Flight 

S/C 

Flight 



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bus 26.2 volts, RCS A 3000, 80 degrees, RCS B 2900, 75 degrees. 

Left secondary 0 2 5*400, right secondary 0 ? 5300. 

Roger. Gemini 7. We tried the TR again and our indication is 

that it went in correctly. Did you get an update. 

That is affirmative. We got an update. 

Roger. Gemini 7« would you stand by for the Surgeon. He 

would like to get a couple of question in relation to your 

last pass. 

Gemini 7, this is Surgeon. We didn't get an answer. I'm not 
sure you heard about this oral temperature at 128 hours just 
at the beginning of the sleep period on the Command Pilot. 
Do you have any explanation for that? 

The sun might have shined on it or something, Chuck. I don't 
know what could have happened. 

Okay, and how are you doing with the water story, Frank. 
Have you got that yet, or 

We are working on it now. We have been very busy this last 
pass . 

Roger, that's fine. Anytime you get it. 
Roger, we have to go back. We may have sometimes counted 
each half ounce as an ounce or something, but we will check. 
Roger . 

How did your tracking across the Cape go, Frank. Was the 
weather okay there. 

Yes, it was perfect. There was absolutely no problem. 
Roger . We will let you know on that as soon as we get the 



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word. 

S/C Rog. We would be interested to know if they got any good 

data off our tracking on the booster . 
Flight Gemini 7, I'm not sure we know what you mean by that, 

s/c Did Fred receive any of the information he wanted. 

Flight Roger, they are very happy about their results. 

S/C Okay, thank you. 

S/C Flight, what do you want us to do about this section 2C if 

Stack 2C if it keeps going down and we are not in contact 
with anyone? 

Flight We are working on that Frank. We are considering a longer 

purge or possibly a purge on just that one stack. They are 
running a special test on the Sim flight fuel cell at St. 
Louis. We should have some work on that very shortly. 

S/C Remember a purge is never a cure. 

Flight Roger . Roger doctor . 

Gemini Control here with the spacecraft now over the Central 

Atlantic that probably wraps up the communications for this pass . At ikO hours 

53 minutes into the flight, this is Gemini Control Houston. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, 10:35 a.m. Tipe 248, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston, here, over the Canary the brief con- 
versation which went like this. 



CYI Gemini 7, Canary 

S/C Go ahead Canary 

CYI You can turn off the transponder now. 

S/C Thank you. 

HOU FLIGHT Canary Islands, Houston Flight 

CYI Go ahead Flight. 

HOU FLIGHT Let's have him do another normal section two purge. 

CYI H6tf Jrmut ive . 

HOU FLIGHT Rog 

CYI Affirmative. Seven, Canary. 

S/C Go ahead. 

HOU FLIGHT They want another section two purge. 

S/C Roger, whate time? 

CYI Now. 

s / c Can you wait until after we get one Apollo landmark 

after dark? 

HOU FLIGHT THat ' s fine. 



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CYI That's okay. 

S/c this is seven coming through with a section 2 

purge . 

CYI Affirmative. Do you want us to monitor if we 

can get them? 
HOU FLIGHT I don't think that's necessary. 

CYI Okay. 

HOU FLIGHT This is Houston Flight. You might tell the crew 

that the Cape thinks they tracked the transponder 
for 2 minutes during that time. 

CYI Roger. Seven, Cape said they probably got the traaa- 

ponder for about two minutes. 

S/C Rog. thank you. 

HOU FLIGHT Canary LOS 

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Page 1 



A few minutes ago over Kano, Elliot See checked 
with Jim Lovell on the success of another fuel cell purge. Here's 



how it goes 

HOUSTON 

KANO 

FLIGHT 

KANO 

CAP COM 

S/C 

CAP COM 
S/C 



CAP COM 
S/C 



CAP COM 



Kano go remote. 
Kano remote. 

Would you send us an LOS main? 
It's on the way . 

Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 
G-7, go ahead. 

Roger. We'd be interested if you notice any 

significant change in section 2. 

The only change is in the amperage, pulling 

about two amps during the second purge, 

It is now reading about 27.2. It looks like 

it's a little higher than it was before. 

Roger. We'll continue to watch it. 

Rog. We've got a, about a 6 amp difference 

between section 1 and section 2 according 

to amperage reading. 

Roger. We can count. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, 11:14 a.m. Tape 250, 

Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here. The spacecraft 
is over Northeast Australia. Just a few minutes ago we had 
this conversation with the Carnarvon station. and 7. 
CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

S/C This is 7. Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

CRO Roger. We have you good on the ground. 

We also have some information for you, then 
the process of running an H2 purge on a 
single stack at St. Louis. Thejrlll have 
more information on this test over the States . 
The one in St. Louis is showing similar 



characteristics to the one onboard. 
S/C Roger . 

CRO That's about all we have for you this pass, 

so we'll be standing by. 
S/C Thank you. 

CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon. Is D*»3 go?~ 

S/C Roger . 

CRO Do you think you can do D-4/D-7? 

S/C That's affirmative. We've finished D-4/D-7. 

CRO OK, we still don't have anything your 

secondary off. 

S/C Did you get one now? We just turned it off. 



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CRO 

s/c 

CRO 

FLIGHT 

CRO 

FLIGHT 

CRO 

FLIGHT 
CRO 



I will check. Roger, 7, we got it. 
Mother is watching. 
Roger . 

Do they still have primary A on? 
That's a primary bus. 
Rog . 

TM LOS, Flight. Everything looked real good 

here on the ground. 

How about sending us an LOS lean? 

Rog. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT - 12/10/65 - 11:36 a.m. 



Tape 251, Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston here, lh2 hours 6 minutes into the 



flight. Around the network this morning you have heard a lot of discussion 
about fuel cell purges. Perhaps some general remarks should be made. Since 
the beginning of the flight section 2 of the fuel cell has run slightly lower 
in output than section 1. All in all we are completely satisfied with the out- 
put of both sections. But this has been noticed, it is not a problem and we 
don't think we have a problem in the fuel cells. In section 2, stack C has put 
out leso than the other two stacks, so as a general statement over a period of 
time it is perfectly normal for fuel cells to decline slightly in output. This 
takes place slowly at various rates and can eventually make it desirable to 
cut off an individual stack or two, or perhaps the whole section. Built in 
redundancy in the system fully takes this into account. Other parts of the 
system are not affected. The Gemini spacecraft can operate saftly on far less 
than this total power to killowatts .that the fuel cell system is designed to 
produce when operating at full capacity. So, we have a very tight spacecraft 
and we — it is something like a dog and a bone. Someone sees a little bit 
of decline here and I think tension may be overly centered on the declining 
output of that one stack or the performance of stack C in section two. There 
was additional discussion of the fuel cells over Hawaii and it went like this. 
Hawaii Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. We have nothing for you, you 



need not acknowledge, we show you a go on the ground. 



Flight 



Hawaii , Houston Flight . 



Hawaii 



Houston Flight, this is Hawaii. 



Flight 



Have him place the stack 2C to the open circuit and we want 



to leave it there for about 15 minutes and we want him to — 



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S/C Hawaii, this is 7- 

Flight Go ahead. 

Hawaii Gemini 7, this is Hawaii. 

S/C Did you receive our last transmission, over. 

Hawaii Negative. 

S/C Okay, thank you. Just checking. 

Hawaii Flight, you can continue now. 

Flight Okay, we want to — 

S/C Hawaii, Gemini 7 with a correction for our water report. 

Hawaii Roger, Gemini 7. Go ahead. 

S/C Roger. Our recomputed figures show that the command pilot 

to date has had U52 ounces of water. 

Hawaii Okay, that was command pilot, 2 days, U52 ounces of water. 

Flight To date. 

S/C No, that is total to date, total water. 

Hawaii Roger. 

S/C The pilot 396. 

Hawaii Roger, Copy all of that? 

Flight Tell him to place the stack 2C to the open circuit and leave 



it there for about 15 minutes and we will pick it up over 
the States and we want to know if the voltage stays at 
30 volts or better and stable , and if that is the case , 
then we are going to do a single stack hydrogen purge over 
the. States. 

Hawaii Roger. Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. I have some information 

for you. 



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S/C Go ahead. 

Hawaii Place your stack 2C switch to the open circuit position for 

15 minutes, 15 minutes. Houston will pick it up over the 
States and if the voltage stays at around 30 volts or better, 
they will do a single stack hydrogen purge over the States. 

S/c Roger. At this time I am going to go to open circuit on 

stack 2C, we will keep it open circuit. Understand that 
if the voltage stays at 30 volts or better they will do 
a single stack hydrogen purge, is that correct? 

Hawaii That is affirmative . 

S/C Roger, going to open circuit 2C . 

Hawaii Roger. Houston,. Hawaii Cap Com. 

Flight Go ahead. 

Hawaii Would you give me a TR hack please . 

Flight Roger . 

Retro Hawaii, this is retro. 

Hawaii Roger . 

Retro I'll give you a hack at 22 21 1+0, 5 seconds. 

Hawaii Roger. 

Retro 3, 2, 1 MARK, 22 21 ho . 

Hawaii Roger. FD, this is Hawaii, do you want an LOS main? 

Flight Roger. 
Hawaii C-band LOS. 

This is Gemini Control Houston again. Elliot See is in 
touch with the spacecraft over Guaymas . That stack C section 2 fuel cell, 



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since Jim Lovell moved it to the open position is reading 32 volts or more, 
considerably higher than the cutoff level expected. Let's cut in on that 
conversation now. 



Cap Com line before we start this thing and we want you to 

monitor it closely during the purge and then after the 

purge, just turn stacks 2A and B back on. 
S/C Right, and Elliot, I want to tell you another thing. We fooled 

around with this D-5 again and tried to calibrate on Venus and 

everything else and we couldn't do it. 
S/C I tried it too. The conclusion is that the calibration button 

is down it is always reading red, when it is not down it is 

always green. 
Cap Com Roger. 

Cap Com Let's go over this procedure one more time. We will have 

the crossover open and 2A and 2B will be open circuited, and 
then we will put 2C back on the line and we would purge hydro- 
gen for 13 seconds. 

Flight .: That is correct Jim, but I think we should put stack 2A back 

on the line first before you take 2A and 2B off . 

S/C Roger, I'll put 2C back on before I take 2A and 2B off, and 

we are not going to bother with the oxygen at all, right? 

Flight That is correct. 

• S/C And you want to do this purge over the States, is that 

correct. 

Flight We will tell you when we are ready, Jim. What does the 

voltage .look like from Hawaii into here when you were - all 
this time that you have had it off, has it been steady or 



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what . 

g/C Every time we have open circuited it, it goes up fairly rapidly 

to 30 volts and then very slowly continues to rise. The last 
time we talked it was up around 31 and since we have had it 
open longer now it's 32 and it might be above that. That is 
as high as the scale goes. 

Flight Roger, I copy. 

Flight I have some questions about your attempt at MSC-U yesterday. 

Did you definitely acquire Kauai? 

S/c On that attempt, no. When we first picked up the Islands 

we could see Hawaii, Molokai and Lanai, but I could never 
pick up Kauai, I think it was at an oblique angle covered 
by clouds and we gave the remark, we're almost over Oahu, 
that's when I thought perhaps that in this position was 
Oahu even though we knew that the Laser was on Hawaii . 



Flight Roger. So you never actually saw Kauai so you could not 

scan it with the telescope or your eyes or anything. 
• S/C That's right. We never did pick up Kauai but Oahu, Molokai, 

and Lanai stood out very nicely. 
Flight Roger . 

S/C Houston, 7. 

Flight Go ahead. 

S/c As a matter of interest, affirm that my delta P light finally 

went out. It has been on for the last several days. 
Flight Ro^or. When did it go out? 

S/c Just now. 

Flight Ro.^er . 



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Flight Okay, why don't you put Stack 2C back on at this time and 

give us a stabilized reading there before you proceed. 
S/C Roger, stack 2C coming back on the line. Okay, we are back 

on the line and 2C is reading 27-8 volts now and the amps 

are back up to 5 amps, the highest we have seen them in some 

time. 

Flight Roger. Let's let it stabilize there for a minute. 

S/C Roger. 

Flight What are the other amp readings? 

S/C 2A and 2B are both about 2\. This is the situation we had 

originally for the first k or 5 days. 
Flight Roger. Let's watch it here for a minute, Jim, and then we 

will decide about this purge. 
S/C Roger. 

Flight What do your currents look like now, 7? 

S/C Very stablized. 2C voltage at 27.8 and amps, 5 amps on the 

2C amp meter. 
Flight How about 2A and B. 

S/C 2A and 2B read each about 3 amps now. 

Flight All right. You have 2A and 2B 3 amps, 2C 5 amps. Is that 

correct? 

S/c That is correct and both sections are balanced. 

Flight Roger. How about reading off the A section then. 

S/C Roger. 

Flight I mean section 1. 

S/C 1+ , IB about k and 1C about k. 

Flight 1A, B. and C are all U-.O? 

S/C That is affirmed. 

Flight Roger. We want to keep watching here for a minute, 7- 

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Tape 251, Page 7 



S/C Roger. Houston, Gemini 7. 

Flight Go ahead. 

S/C We made a couple of quantitative checks on the UHF adapter - 

or the UHF antennas and it seems that the reentry antenna 
is just a little bit better than the adapter antenna. 

Flight Roger . 

S/C Neither one of them are bad though. We have been using 

primarily the adapter antenna since the platform was 
powered up yesterday. 

Flight Roger. Okay Jim. How about giving me another readout on 

1 and 2 amperages . 

S/C Roger, section one is reading about 3? to h , that is 1A, 

IB is about h, 1C is h, 2A is 3, 2B is 3, and 2C is 5 . 
Flight Roger. 

S/C The delta P light is still off. 

Cap Com Is that delta P light still out Jim. 

S/C Roger, still out. You always hear about letting sleeping 

dogs lie. 

Cap Com Yes, we are just about to evoke the Kraft -Hartley act here. 

You have a TX coming up at you 7. 
S/C Received. 

S/C If you want us to purge, how about promising us that it 

won't hurt it. 
Flight About promising you say? 

S/C Natch. 

Flight We haven't purged yet, stand by. if we ask you, we will promi 



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Flight Maybe we got something wrong with the amp meter? 

S/C It might be the operator. I never can tell. 

Flight Gemini 7 , we are not going to purge . We are going to 

leave it like it is. 

S/C Roger. 

Cap Com Are you ready for today's news with your lunch? 

S/c Exciting, go ahead. 

Cap Com Mr. Mikoyan resigned yesterday as President of the Soviet 



Union on grounds of health and age. He was replaced by 
Nikolai Podgorny. Branch Rickey died yesterday at 83. 
A big fireball was observed over Lake Erie yesterday. It 
apparently was a meteorite. Several grass fires were reported 
in the northern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area, and we 
should have more on that later, we will let you know if we 
do. The Gemini news today is about the preparations for 
Gemini 6 launch on Sunday. We have talked to them recently 
and they are in real good shape there. They are through the 
precount and they are in very good shape. We have a sim 
set up with Wally tonight. Everyone got a kick out of your 
message to Tommy Nobie encouraging him to come with the 
Oilers. A Post sports writer said he knew that Bud Adams 
had friends in high places , but this is too much. 



S/C Out s t anding . 

Cap Com Before we lose you 7, we would like to get another set of 

readings on the fuel cell. I'll call you when we need that. 

S/C Did Dr. Berry get all the water information from Hawaii, Elliot? 

Cap Com Yeah, we got it and they are now happy, Frank. 

S/C Good . 

Flight If you can conceive of that. 



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S/C 

Surgeon 



s/c 

Flight 
Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 
Flight 



S/C 



Flight 
S/C 

Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 



Roger . 

Frank, we got the totals and we are perfectly happy with 
them and we won't have to go back and jiggle your things. 
We will jiggle them on the ground. 
Roger . 

I don't know about you, Frank, but I wonder what he is 
going to jiggle. 

Were you able to see Hawaii at all on that last pass to get 
some idea of what the weather is going to be like this time? 
Elliot , we are drifting with the shutters up to keep cool. 
Roger, so you didn't see Hawaii then last pass. 
Negative . 
Roger . 

Gemini 7, Houston. Would you comment on your cooling situa- 
tion. We were wondering about your last comment there. 
Are you able to maintain adequate cooling with the present 
pump configuration? 

This is Gemini 7- Roger, we are both fine,. Of course, I'm 
without the suit and Frank is with it . We have the primary 
A pump on now. 
Roger 7- 

You aren't going to have -to work a double shift today, are you 

Elliot? 

We ' 11 manage . 

How are you holding up after these ih or 7 days . 

I appreciate your asking. I haven't even thought, about it. 

How about CM3 and k • 

They are doing fine. They are having a. ball. 



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Cap Com 

s/c 

Cap Com 
S/C 

Flight 
Flight 

S/C 



Flight 
Flight 
Surgeon 



How about CM1 and 2. 

We are fine, I guess the person we are really worried about 

is the old man Flight Director. 

We are keeping an eye on him. 

He is missing all those golf games. 

That doesn't even deserve comment. 

Okay, why don't you give me another readout on those stack 
currents, Jim. 

Roger, coming up. 1A is k amps, IB is kj; amps, 1C h amps, 
2A 3i amps, 2B 3^ amps, 2C is slightly over 5 amps, about 
5-g- I guess. 

Roger, we will watch it for awhile, thank you. 
Rog. Go ahead. 

Say I'm going to check with them on this nose on the next 
pass. They are still sounding pretty nasal and I think what 
I would really like to do is try to get their noses moist 
with some of this lotion and then to use the Ac tired 
on one of them and see what happens. It is at least worth a 
whirl and Jim sounds the worst and I think we might try him 
on an Actifed and see what he does, see if it clears it up. 



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Tape 252, Page 1 



we called Seven 

ASCENSION 

HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 

s/c 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 



S/C 

ASCENSION 
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This is Gemini Control. lk2 hours, 1+7 minutes. A few minutes ago 
through Ascension. Here's that conversation. 
Ascension LOS. U. S. has a message. 
Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston. 
This is 7. Go ahead. 

Sorry to bother your lunch, Jim. Could you give me another 
set of read outs on the stack amperages? 

Roger. We're now reading 3.5 om 1A, k.on IB, 3.5 on 1C, ...(Garble), 
on 2A, 3 on 2B, and ....(Garble)... on 2C. 
I did not copy 2A and 2C. 
3 - 2A, and k.9 on 2C. 

Understand about 4.9 on 2C. Also, I'd like to tell you that the 
MSC h for Hawaii next pass is deleted due to weather at Hawaii. 
This is Seven. Understand MSC k is deleted. 

Also, MSC k for Ascension on the following rev is deleted because 
they have not received all the equipment they require there to 
make their repairs; so, it looks like we won't make that one there 
again today. I'm sorry. 
Roger. Understand 
LOS, Ascension. 



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On rev 90 over Australia. Here's the 
conversation with 7, Carnarvon. 



CRO Gemini 7, UHF test. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 

1. 

S/C There's an aurora. I saw an aurora for the 

first time. It's very beautiful. 
CRO Jim, you read yours now. 

S/C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. 

CRO ' right. 

S/C Affirmative. 
CRO Hawaii. • 

HAWAII Go ahead. 

CRO According to our flight plan, recorder No. 1 

should be off. We show it still on. 
HAWAII Right, Carnarvon. 

CRO Should be off. Is that affirmative? 

HAWAII That's affirmative. 

CRO OK, as soon as they get through with the 

test, I'll go to it. 
HAWAII Roger . Carnarvon? 

CRO Go ahead. 

HAWAII He's got me blocked out on the UHF. The only 

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want to go to him on HF, tell him to turn 
the recorder off and we'll go to him over 
Hawaii . 

CRO Go ahead and catch it over Hawaii. 

HAWAII We'll catch it over Hawaii. 

CRO Rog. Hawaii. 

HAWAII Hawaii. 

CRO Do you read we want to turn that recorder off 

when he gets over your site. 
HAWAII That's affirmative. We copy that. 

CRO Rog. TM LOS. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, Ulk p.m. Ta P e 2 5 k > Pa ee 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston, at 1.1+3 hours, 1+3 minutes into the 
flight. Over Hawaii a few minutes ago, some additional theory and a good explana- 
tion, perhaps, of what's been going on in that Section 2, Stack C of the fuel cell 
was passed up to Gemini 7. It goes like this: 



HAWAII Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C Alright Hawaii, Gemini 7. 

HAWAII Okay, you're looking real good down here. How are you doing? 

S/C Very good. 

HAWAII Okay. You too busy to copy a flight plan update? 

g/C Well, we're a little busy right now. Could we wait off a minute? 

HAWAII Surely. Do you want to copy it later here, or over the States? 

Just let me know. 

g/C I'll give you a call when we're through here. 

HAWAII Very good. I've got a long pass. 

g/C Roger. Be glad to now, Hawaii. 

HAWAII Okay. Very good. MSC 2 and 3 ll+l+:20:00. Sequence 02. Off at 



159:00:00. At ll+l+:55:00, you'll make a cabin temperature survey. 
6 - 114-5:27:00. Sequence 02, 03, and Oh. Take several pictures. 
9 - ll+5: 51:00. Sequence Ok. Perform note procedure described 
after mode listing. lU6 : 1+6 : 00 , crew status report, command pilot, 
at Hawaii. 11+7:19:00, crew status report on the pilot at the RKV. 
11+8:03:00, a PLA update at the CSQ. 11+8:22:00, flight plan report 
at Hawaii. 11+9:00:00, biomed recorder number 2 to "continuance". 
Off at 159:00:00. Did you copy all that? 
S/C Got it all. 

HAWAII Okay. Very good. We've got nothing further for you. Ge standing 

by if you need us. 



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S/C Thank you. 

HOUSTON Oh, you might tell him what Weber has to say about the fuel cell. 

HAWAII Okay. Let's make sure I've got it right. They took Stack 2C up 

into open circuit. Move the load from the cell, right? 
HOUSTON Affirmative. 

HAWAII And, this relieved the pressure from the water that was in the 

cell, is that right? 

HOUSTON Well, it just stopped producing water and allowed the pressure that 

was in there to drive the water that was in there, or at least 
some of it, out. 

HAWAII Okay. Gemini 7, Hawaii, 

S/C Go ahead. 

HAWAII McDonald. .. (Garble) .. .that's Mr. Weber, has got a theory on what's 

going on up there. They claim when you put Stack 2C to the open 
circuit, you remove the load from the cell. The water pressure 
was relieved from the cell and it kind of cleared it out of there, 
and that's what's solving your problem. 

S/C What you're suggesting is that if it happens again probably a 

simple procedure will solve it again. 

HAWAII Yea. But, I think that you'd better hold up on doing that until 

we give you the word. 

S/C We don't need you now. It's running perfect. 

HAWAII I mean if it happens again. 

S/C Don't worry, we will. 

HAWAII Okay. 

S/C When are you going to get some clear weather down there so we can 

see your Laser? 



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HAWAII I don't know. It's been raining for a couple of weeks. Right up 

on top of the mountain here , it rains all the time . 
HOUSTON Flight to Hawaii. 

HAWAII Go ahead. 

HOUSTON Okay. We're showing that stack as reading 3.87 amps on the 

ground. And the other two are reading 2.67 and 2.75. 
HAWAII Roge . 

HOUSTON It's just the opposite way. It should be 2.75 and 2.67. 

HAWAII Roge . 

HOUSTON Send us an LOS main. 

HAWAII Will do. 

S/C Hawaii, we're getting bad drop outs under C-Band beacon. It's 

probably this attitude. 
HAWAII Roge. LOS out, Hawaii. 

HOUSTON Roger, Hawaii. 

Gemini Control here again. The spacecraft is just south of the 
Arizona, Mexico line a 1 , this time. We've not had a call yet from Elliot See here, 
but we expect ore momentarily. We'll stand by for it. The flight plan is completely 
clear this pass across the States. And, as it starts it's swing down across the 
Atlantic, the magnatometer and the spectrometer, MSC 2 and MSC 3 experiments will be 
activated. Over east of Carnarvon on this rev, the crew will conduct another cabin 
temperature survey. We'll stand by and try to Dick up the first words as they 
occur. The Cap Com at the Texas station down at Corpus Christi has just signaled 
the craft that they need not acknowledge. He's advised we have them "go" on the 
ground, and it's really doubtful we will have any conversation during this pass. 
This is Gemini Control, Houston at 1U3 hours, 5 1 " 1 minutes into the flight, 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/10/65, 1:3k p.m. Tape 255, Page i 

Gemini Control Houston here, ihh hours 5 minutes into the 
flight. Toward tht- t^g ena of that State side pass, Elliot See finally did 
call 7 and Chuck Berry joined in the conversation. Dr. Berry, a little bit 
concerned about the dryness, apparently, in Jim Lovell 1 ^ nasal passages, 
suggested that he take one of the pills onboard in the medical kit and Love 11 
talked him out of it. Here is that conversation. 
Cap Com Gemini 7> Houston. 

S/C Go ahead Houston. 

Cap Com We have a couple of flight plan update, items if you can get 

your book out . 
S/C Ready. 

Cap Com Node, time ikh j6 20, rev 91, 136.7 degrees east, right 

Ascension 10 50 1+5, time lM+ 1+1+ ik , purge fuel cells at 
Carnarvon. We have a TX coming up now, Gemini 7- 
7, did you copy, a TX coming up. 

S/C Roger . 

Cap Com Next item is lU8 55 00, purge fuel cells at the RKV . 

S/C Roger. 

Cap Com f,:ani ;-.y for the Surgeon, Gemini 7. 

Surgeon Gemini 7, this is Surgeon. Have you had any dandruff problem 

i:o there, Frank? 

S/C 

Surgeon Sav again. 



3/C 



«c negative 



Can i. ons •.-:j:'.u.- t^oyr It. with his hearing 7, you might help him 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10/65 , 1:3*+ P-m. Tape 255, Page 2 

S/C Roger. 

Surgeon Jim, I'd like to talk to you, both of you, a little about 

this nasal stuffiness and we would like to have you try 
something here. Did you use the skin cream from those little 
bottles, did you try some of that last night before you went 
to sleep? 

S/c Yes we did and it works pretty good. 

Surgeon Okay, I'll tell you what I would like to have you do to see 

if we can clear this up some during the day is I would like 
to have you keep using that you don't dry out. Just keep 
your noses moist with that all the time and we can just use 
it for that purpose. We will probably have plenty to go the 
route. Another thing I'd like to have Jim try because he 
sounds like he is more plugged, I'd like to have him try one 
of the Actifeeds , item E and it will last about k hours and 
we can get a trial to see if it will clear up that nasal 
stuffiness for you. The main thing keeping your nose moist 
with the lotion too. Do you read? 

S/C I'll do it if it is in the field of medical research, other- 

wise, I'd perfer not to. 

Surgeon Okay, you feel that the stuffiness isn't enough to bother you, 

is that right, Jim? 

S/C Chuck, that cream you gave me is working very nicely. I put 

some more in my nose this morning and I expect a certain amount 
of stuffiness because of the oxygen content', but other than 
that we are fine . 



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Tape 255, Page 3 



Surgeon Okay, if you don't feel that the stuffiness is bothering you 

as far as breathing is concerned, there is no real reason 
to have to do this, and I think it would clear up the 
stuffiness for you and so we know it is there and I'm not 
directing you to take it, I think it is one of these choice 
things that we can do if you want to do it- If you feel that 
the stuffiness isn't bothering you, we won't do it. 



S/C Roger, thank you. If I get more stuffy, I'll try and take 

one . 

Surgeon Rog . 

S/C Chuck, have you got a minute. 

Surgeon Yes sir. Surgeon standing by, Frank. 

S/C I don't have any problems, but my brother-in-law hurt his 

back moving a piano. Can you prescribe something for him. 
Surgeon Where is he. 

S/C I'm just kidding you. We are in good shape, Chuck. 

Surgeon Very good. The gals are in good shape down here too. 

S/C Is everything all right at home. 

Surgeon Everything is very fine, Frank. I talked to both Sue and 

Marilyn this morning and/JSue is. fine and" 'Marilyn is out 
having coffee again, having lunch. They are fine. 

S/C I told her I am doing my part, now she has to do hers. 

Surgeon Not yet, not for another week or so anyway. 

S/C Hey Chuck, I want to tell you one thing. There is just no 

comparison between suits on and suits off. Boy, I bet you 
half the problems you had with people getting dehydrated 
so is because of these darn suits. 

Surgeon Yeah, well, we are in firm agreement with that statement, Frank, 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10/65, 1:3*+ P-m. 



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and it is pretty obvious, I think that's — do you think that 
is part of your problem with sleep too, Frank, the suit on. 

S/C I'm certain that that is part of my problem. I even buttoned 

it up last night trying to see if that would keep me cool, 
you know, with the hood down and everything, and there is 
just no comparison between Jim's comfort and mine. 

Surgeon Okay, well, you keep us posted and — 

Flight Roger, we copy Gemini 7- 

S/c Houston, this is Gemini 7- On that last pass over Australia 

we saw a brilliant display of the Aurora and we would like 
to take some pictures this time if we could afford a couple 
of squirts of attitude fuel. 

Cap Com Director says have at it. 

S/C Thank you. 

END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/.10/65, 2:23 p.m. Tape 256, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control on the Qlst rev, with the spacecraft due 
north of Australia. The last pass with Carnarvon was a very brief encounter, 
conversational encounter, but an interesting one. Here in Houston, 10,000 miles 
away from the spacecraft, our Guidance and Navigation Control Engineer, Arnie 
Alldredge noticed that one of the circuit breakers was in the wrong position. He 
was reading Carnarvon data. Carnarvon Cap Com was advised. He talked to Lovell, 
and sure enough, Lovell confirmed it was in the wrong position. He switched it to 
the right position. We've missed two attempts at Laser experiments in the last 
rev around the Earth. Weather clobbered us in Hawaii again; and at Ascension, minor 
equipment troubles knocked us out' there for the first good attempt on this MSC h 
Laser experiment. Here's the conversation that went on between Carnarvon and 7. 



CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

S/C Go ahead Carnarvon. This is Gemini 7. 

CRO Roger. We're waiting for your fuel cell purge. 

S/C Roger. Will do now. Do you read? 

CRO Roge. Flight, Carnarvon « 

HOUSTON Go ahead. This is AFD. 

CRO O'.ay. Parameter HF03, bit 3, HFOU, bit k. Ring B. Yaw right. 

We have a solid indication on the ground. Confirmed in the bit 
stream. 

HOUSTON Okay. HF03 and k. 

CRO That's affirmed. 

HOUSTON Okay. Send LOS main, Carnarvon. 

CRO Roger. Looking good on the purge, Flight. 

HOUSTON Roger. What are you doing back there? Yea, I'm fighting a ... 

battle up here, so stay at it. Carnarvon, AFD. 
CRO Go ahead, FD. 

HOUSTON Have him check his RCS B-3 circuit breaker. 

CRO RCS B-3 circuit breaker? 



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HOUSTON Roger. 

CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

HOUSTON That's yaw right, Carnarvon. 

S/C Go ahead Carnarvon. 

CRO Roger. I'd like for you to check your RCS B-3 circuit breaker. 

S/C Roger. We lost it. 

CRO Roger. That was all. Thank you very much. 

S/C Roger, Gemini 7. 

CRQ We lost it. The circuit breaker was up. 

S/C Purge complete. 

CRO Roger, Gemini 7. Bid you position your quantity read switch ... 

02, please? 

S/C Roger . 

CRO Okay, to fuel cell 02. To fuel cell H2, please. 

S/C Roger. 

CRO Okay. To the "off" position. Hey, you're looking good hare on 

the ground, Gemini 7. 

S/C Thank you. 

CRO AFD, Carnarvon LOS. 

HOUSTON Roger Carnarvon. 



END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, 2:50 p.m. Tape 2 57, 

Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston. We're on the 
91st rev between Hawaii and the West Coast. Over Hawaii the 
last time, the Cap Com advised 7 that they would stand by, 
they need not acknowledge, they did acknowledge but there was 
no further conversation. We do not expect any conversation 
as the spacecraft swings down across Mexico then down over 
Yucatan and then across the Northeast Coast of South 
America. No flight plan items planned, and the crew is 
taking a post-luncheon break and just generally resting. 
They do have an S-6 to perform in the next few minutes in the 
area of Baha, California, in the Gulf of California. The 
only activities scheduled until they get down in the area of 
the Rose Knot parked off the east coast of South America at 
which time the flight plan calls for a D-9 experiment. B-9 
is the simple navigation experiment where they take sightings 
off stars. This is Gemini Control Houston. 

END OP TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/10/65, 3:13 p.m. Tape 258, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston here. We're lU5 hours, 1+7 minutes 
into the flight. The spacecraft over northeast South America. A very few minutes 
ago, Elliot See called Seven, and gave them the word on the outcome of a major 
suit meeting. Suit Configuration Meeting has been going on for most of the day here 
in another part of this building. The upshot of that meeting was the belief that 
the crew should go ahead and switch suits. We should... The feeling is that Lovell 
should get back into his suit, and Borman should take "his suit off. This proposal 
was passed up to the crew, and it was suggested that they go ahead and do this 
shortly after their D-9 experiment which they are to perform in a very few minutes, 
off the Rose Knot Victor in the South Atlantic. We have the tape conversation 
between Elliot and the crew. We'll play it for you now. 
HOUSTON Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. Over. 

S/C This is i\ Go ahead, Houston. 

HOUSTON Roger, 7. We're just checking out a new communications circuit. 

We just want to make sure you can read me, and we'll be standing 
by here. And, for your information, we're always standing by, 
and any of the remote sites, too, Tananarive, and so forth 
throughout the flight, in case you want us. 



S/C Roger. You're coming in loud and clear, with no background noise. 

HOUSTON Okedoke . 

ANTIGUA ...(Garble)..., Antigua. 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com. 

S/C This is 7. Go ahead. 

HOUSTON Jim, we would like to have Frank, ...correction..., have you get 



back in your suit at this time and have Frank get out of his. And 
our plan is to leave you in this mode through the rendezvous and 
docking. After that, the rendezvous and the station keeping, and 
after that, the thought would be to consider the matter further 
as far as the suit configurations are concerned. We feel that 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, 3:13 p.m. Tape 258, Page 2 

this is an important step in carrying the suit situation further. 

Do you copy? 
S/C Roger. This is 7. 

HOUSTON Go ahead 7. 

S/C Do you wish to program out a suit plan at this time? 

HOUSTON Whenever you think is the best time. Whenever you can work it in 

the flight plan here. We iust got this word, so we have not 

programmed it in the flight plan yet. 
S/C Roge. I'd like to get some instructions It's going to take 

a little while to get squared away here.. So I'd like to have it 

worked into the program for the Hawaii pass. 
HOUSTON Roger, 7. It's like after the D-9 at the RKV you might have 

some period in there, about 1+5 minutes or so before the crew status 

on the command pilot at Hawaii. It looks like that might be a good 

spot . 

S/C Roger. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/lO/65, 3:25 p.m. Tape 259 , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston here. Over the Rose Knot 
Victor, we called the crew again got into the suit discussion. Borman apparently 
feels that he would like to continue as is and we will have that taped conversa- 
tion for you. There has been additional consideration given to the point, the 
crew will be contacted at a later station, Tananarive, or perhaps the CSQ on 
later in the pass and will be advised to proceed with the suit change. Here 
is the conversation as it transpired oyer the Rose Knot Victor. 



RKV Gemini 7, RKV Cap Com. You need not acknowledge. All systems 

are go and we are standing by. 

S/C Roger . 

RKV RKV Cap Com. 

Flight Go ahead RKV. 

RKV Did you want PCM counts on cryo tank pressures? 

Flight Roger, give us PCM counts. 

RKV Okay. 

S/C RKV Cap Com, this is Gemini 7- 

RKV Go ahead Gemini 7- 

S/C Would you ask Houston please if it would be acceptable if 



we remained in our present suit configuration until tomorrow 
when Jim will suit up for the rendezvous and I'll remove the 
suit after rendezvous. I prefer not to have us make so many 
suit changes in the spacecraft wit?! "ian^er of hittii.j tn*> 
switches (garbled) .... if it would be acceptable to them, 
we will delay the switching of suits until after rendezvous. 
RKV Okay . 



MISSIOI, rOKMRTRTARY TRANSCRIPT, IV/IO/^V . p.m. Tap- ,°59 , Pag" 



S/C After rendezvous tomorrow. 

RKV I'll check with Houston. Stand by. Houston Flight, RKV Cap 

Com . 

Flight Go ahead, RKV. 

RKV Rid you copy that Flight? 

Flight Negative, will you give it back to me. 

RKV Okay. Frank would like to hold off on making the suit change 

until after the rendezvous tomorrow. Is that acceptable to 
you? 

Flight Rendezvous isn't tomorrow. It is the day after tomorrow. 

RKV Well, that's what he told me. He wanted to hold off until 

tommorrow on that . 
Flight He said until after rendezvous. 

.RKV Yes, that is what he said. The first thing he said was that 

he want to hold off until .tomorrow. I'll go back to him on 
this. Gemini 7, RKV. 

S/C Go ahead. 

RKV lid you say that you want to stay in the present suit con- 

figuration until tomorrow, is that affirmed? 
S/C ±Ti at. is affirmative. At which time Jim Lovell will suit up. 

RKV Okay. T>: d you copy that Flight? 

0/o W~ a are afraid of damaging bio-med communications and the change 

of' getting mi sad, lusted and so on. 
RKV Ror.-r. Flight, RKV. 



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Tape 259, Page 3 



RKV Did you copy that from them. 

Flight Roger. You can advise them that Chris Kraft wants them 

to get back in the suit. 
RKV Roger. Gemini 7, RKV. 

S/C Go ahead. 

RKV Chris would like ycu to get back into your suit. 

S/C I'm not out of it, I'm still in it. 

RKV I think he would like you to change . 

S/C Well, we would have to change again then tomorrow, RKV. 

Flight Negative, that isn't until — 

S/C I'm comfortable, I'm all right. I'm not comfortable, but I'm 

all right. It is a big job for Jim to get in and out of the 
suit. Once he gets in he probably won't want to get out 
again .and I'll get out after tomorrow. 

RKV Roger. Did you copy that, Flight. 

Flight Affirmative . 

RKV Flight, RKV. 

Flight Roger, RKV. 

RKV Okay, do you want to give them an update on this suit situa- 

tion over the next site which would be CSQ? 
Flight We might talk to him over Tananarive.. 

RKV Okay. Gemini 7, RKV . 

S/C Go, RKV . 

RKV Roger, we'll discuss the suit situation with you over Tananarive. 

S/C How is everything on the RKV tonight? 

RKV Real nice. 

S/C How far out to sea are you all? 



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RKV You won't believe this, but we are anchored 35 miles 

off the Coast, l80 feet anchor. 
S/C That's nice. 

RKV RKV has LOS. 

That wraps up the RKV conversation. Here in the Center we 
are reconfiguring for simulation with spacecraft 6 down at the Cape. They 
will fly a rendezvous simulation, we expect to pick that up at about 30 minutes. 
For the period during the simulation, the data from 7 will be handled manually, 
that is , it will be relayed in here from the stations by teletype rather than 
over the high-speed bit-circuit data circuit lines that exist. At the 92nd 
rev in the flight coming up on South Africa, this is Gemini Control Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/10/65, 3:46 p.m. Tape 260, 

Page 1 



This is Gemini Control Houston at 146 hours, 
15 minutes into the flight. Now we did contact 7 over 
Tananarive. Elliot See called them. Chris Kraft joined in 
the discussion. There was some additional discussion of the 
suit situation and it has been resolved that the crew will 
change. Lovell put his back on. Borman will take his off. 
Here's the tape of that conversation. 



CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 
S/C 

CAP COM 



S/C 



CAP COM 



Houston Cap Com, how do you read? 
Read 

Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston Cap Com, 
how do you read? 

Gemini 7, read you loud and clear. 

Roger, Gemini 7. We copied your comments 

over RKV. We would like to reiterate that 

we feel it is important for you to change 

suit configurations at this time. 

Let me explain my position on this. I've had 

three changes in 24 hours. -SCJH?ee out, and 

then back in, and now -i-4B in. I would rather 

wait 24 hours and then get out. It's not an 

easy job to change your suit in a spacecraft. 

Jim, Frank, I think you may be confused on 

your days here. The rendezvous is not tomorrow. 



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S/C 



CAP COM 



FLIGHT 

s/c 



FLIGHT 



S/C 



It is the following day. 
Roger, but we thought we'd get suited 
tomorrow night to get ready for the 
rendezvous so we didn't have to fool around 
Sunday morning. 

What we have in mind is for Jim to put on 
his suit now and you to get out of yours 
at this time and then in preparation for 
the rendezvous you would get back in. 
And not until Sunday morning, Frank. 
OK, if that's what you want, we'll do it. 
But I sure would just rather stay the way 
we are. Since we put this whole thing on, 
I feel uncomfortable and I ' m not kidding 
you, it's tough to get in and out of this 
suit — especially for Jim. 
Frank, I think you understand what's going 
on down here and the only way I feel that 
we ' re going to get both of you out of the 
suit is to have you get out, Frank, and Jim 
get back in again. 

Aye, aye, sir, we'll do it. If you want us 



to, that's it. We'll do it . I just wanted 



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Page 3 

to explain our position. We'll change 
tonight . 

FLIGHT We understand completely, Frank. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10/65, 5:03 p.m. Tape 26l, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 1U7 hours 32 minutes into 
the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7. At this time the spacecraft is on its 93rd 
revolution around the earth, and is just approaching the southernmost tip of 
Africa. Here in the Mission Control Center the White Team of Flight Controllers 
is on duty, having relieved the Red Team something like an hour or so ago. 
However, due to setting up the Mission Control Center here for a simulation of 
the Gemini 6 flight which is due to come up sometime this evening, we have de- 
layed our flight cast to you. We have had a checkout flight with Gemini 6, a 
checkout flight which precedes the simulation, and on that checkout flight 
Alan Shepard and John Young manned the Gemini 6 spacecraft. We did take it 
to orbit. Again, the prime crew is expected to be aboard the Gemini 6 when the 
simulation does start. We now will play back for you come of the voice tapes 
that were made with Gemini 7 crew and the tracking stations at Hawaii and the 
Rose Knot Tracking Ship. This is Gemini Control. 
HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead Hawaii, this is 7. 

HAW Okay. We're showing you GO here on the ground. How 're you 

doing? 

S/C Oh, we're doing great, we're doing' great. 

HAW Okay. We've got a valid oral temp waiting for your 

blood pressure. 
S/C Roger. Blood pressure coming down now. 

Cuff is full-scale. 

HAW We have a good blood pressure. Standing by for your exercise. 

S/C Exercise starting now. 

Exercise finished. Blood pressure coming down. 

Cuff is full-scale. 

HAW A good blood pressure. Standing by for your food, water, and 

sleep report . 



MISSION 
S/C 

SURGE OP 
S/C 



HAW 

FLIGHT 

HAW 

S/C 

KAW 

FLIGHT 

SURGEON 



RKV 

FLIGHT 

SURGEON 

G/C 

SURGE OK 



COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10/65, 5:03 p.m. Tape 26l, Fage 2 

Hey, this Gemini 7- 

Seven, this is Hawaii Surgeon, standing by for your food, water, 
and sleep report. 

Roger. The Command Pilot has nad today the total of 486 ounces 

of water. Uh, we had an additional meal since the last time, 

Day 6. Meal B, but he did not eat three egg bites. Had a total 

of column 5 of 15, total of column 6 of 3. Pilot had a total of 

417 ounces of water. He had meal 6, or Day 6, Meal B, he did 

not eat two egg bites and he's had 15 in column 5 and 2 in column 6. 

Roger , Gemini 7. 

HAW Cap Com. We have completed the tape dump. 
Roger . 

Gemini 7, Hawaii, if nothing further^ we'll be standing by. 
Thank you . 

C -band LOS at Hawai i . 
Roger, Hawaii. 

Gemini 7, RKV. We copy your oral temp. You can start your blood 
pressure . 

Gemini 7, RKV Surgeon, we did not get full-scale. 
We have full-scale. 
Systems are GO, flight. 
Roger, RKV. 

Gemini 7, we have your blood pressure. Standing by for your 
exercise . 

pressure coming down. 

Rog. Cuff is full-scale. Seven, we have a valid blood pressure. 
Has i.ero been any change in your food and water status', since 
Hawaii ? 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10,65, 5:03 p.m. Tape 26l, Page 3 



S/C Gemini 7. Negative, flight. 

SURGEON Ro-. 

FLIGHT . . . Flight. 

RKV Go ahead, flight. 

FLIGHT Roger , RKV . . 

RKV Flight, RKV. 

FLIGHT Go ahead, RKV 

RKV We've lost all L-band data from Command Pilot. Roger, Command 
Pilot. 

FLIGHT You've lost Command Pilot data? 

RKV L-band data, yeah, about a minute ago. 

FLIGHT Okay. Maybe they're changing. 

RKV Could be. RKV has LOS. 

FLIGHT Roger, RKV. 

Systems GO flight, I transmit in TX. 

FLIGHT Got an OAMS manual sum for us, Bill? 

RKV Roger. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/10/65, 5:^0 p.m. Tape 262, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 1U8 hours and 10 minutes 
into the Mission of Spacecraft Gemini 7- At this time our spacecraft is passing 
over the Pacific on it's way toward the Hawaiian tracking station. It is on 
its 93rd revolution around the earth. A few minutes ago we had voice com- 
munication between the crew and the Coastal Sentry tracking ship. And at this 
time we will play back the taped voice communication. 



CSQ . ■ garbled . . EKG on the pilot . . .garbled . . is out. 

Flight Roger. Probably changing suits Chuck. 

CSQ Roger, Flight. 

CSQ, Gemini 7, CSQ Cap Com. 

S/C . . garbled . . 

CSQ Roger. I have your PLA update when you are ready to copy. 

S/C . . . garbled. . 

CSQ Say again. 

S/C Standby a minute please. 

CSQ Roger. Also like to get a propellent quantity reading and 

an OAMS source pressure reading. 
S/C . . garbled . . 

CSQ I copy. 26 percent . . garbled . . 

S/C . . garbled . . 

CSQ Okay, the REC . . garbled . . is just the same . . garbled. 

Okay, area 95-3 1505255- Area 96-3 1522820. Area 97-Bravo 
15i+OU53- Area 98-Delta 1550228. Area 99-Delta 1563803. 
Area 100-? 1581132. That's broke into the hundreds. 

S/C Roger. 



£~ k. JL. 



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CSQ Area 101-2 159^733- Area 102-1 161155 1 *. Area 103-1 1625124. 

The weather is good in all areas except 96-3- Weather 

is marginal. Do you copy? 
S/C Roger. We copy. 

CSQ All systems are go here on the ground and that is all we 

have. We are standing by. 
S/C Thank you very much. 

CSQ Roger . 

S/C . . garbled . . 

CSQ Roger, will do. Flight, CSQ Cap Com. 

Flight Flight CSQ. 

CSQ Did you copy down the TAC? 

Flight That's affirmative. 

CSQ Do you have anything at this time you want to pass up? 

Flight Say again Chuck. 

have 

CSQ I say do you/ anything that you want to pass up? 

Flight No we are going to try to get it up to them over Hawaii 

and if we can't get it up to them there we will get it over 

the RKV . 

CSQ Roger. Flight advises that they will talk with you about 

the stack 2 Charlie over Hawaii or the RKV. 
S/C Thank you. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10/65, 5:50 p.m. Tape 263, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. Gemini 7 is lW3 hours and 20 minutes 
into its flight on its 93rd revolution. Gemini 7 is approaching Hawaii from the 
northwest and the crew is reported in excellent condition. All the spacecraft 
systems are reported as GO and the crew is preparing to make contact with Hawaii 
and begin a period to eat their supper. Let's tune in on that conversation when 
it's picked up by the Hawaiian Tracking Station, live. 

This is Gemini Control. We are waiting for voice contact be- 
tween the Gemini 7 spacecraft and Hawaii. The time of acquisition is any moment 



now. 

HAW Hawaii is TM solid. 

FLIGHT Roger, Hawaii. 

HAW Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead, Hawaii, Gemini 7. 

HAW Roger, we show you GO on the ground. What is your status in 
the spacecraft? 

S/C • We're going on. Jim is in the suit and I'm out of it. 

HAW Roger. 

S/C Hawaii, Gemini 7. I have a flight plan report if you're ready. 

HAW Roger j standing by. 

S/C Roger. We made one more frame of dim-light photography today. 



We've used 20 frames from the third magazine, that's magazine C, 
of S0217, and one additional tape cartridge. On D-9, Sequence k, 
we used - we completed 'em but we used two different stars, Rigel 
and Sirius and we did the third part of that Sirius to Sirius. 
HAW Roger. 

S/C And we also sighted a brilliant Aurora on top of Australia but 

we were unable to photograph it . We were unable to get the 
Nadir picture of Aoollo Landmark 85 because of cloud coverage . 
That ' s about it for today . 



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S 'C E .erything that's been scheduled nas been accomplished and I 

won't, report on that because you'll already have that anyway. 

HAW Roger. I have some Information J 'or you if you're ready to 

copy. 

o/C Go ahead. 

HAW Roger. Your status on the electrical and fuel-cell will be 

passed to you over the RKV, prior to your sleep ^eriod. 
S/C T ;ank you. 

HAW Tie values for you to hold on your fuel-cell hydrogen will !e 

passed to you over RKV. 
i'./c Thank you. 

FAW You will also have the UHF 6 over the RKV. 

Z/C Roger. 

HAW And if you've got a little more time I can give you your OAMC 

status . 

o/C 1o ahead. We've got plenty of time. 

I [AW Okay. You have a - 56 pounds of fuel remaining. You have more 



oxidizers than you could possibly use. This means that you have 
a.n actual 31 percent remaining and your onboard indications 
should be 27 percent. That's 27 percent. We're evaluating 
what, we want, you to try to accomplish between now and the end 
of the mission, and we'll brief you on that tomorrow. 

S'C Rorer. Will yo<: tell them that we ; refer to save 2 pounds, a 

da l'nr attitude so we don't have to drift the last few days 
of 1 he m'ssion. Two ounds a day for attitude, please. 

F'LTIHT lut-er . Yc\; :an advise them Hawaii, that that is already in- 

cluded in their, tudret. 

My? Kercr. Tuat is already included in your budget . 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/10/65, 5:50 p.m. Tape 263, Page 3 

S/C Thank you. 

Are you still cloudy down there, Hawaii? 
HAW That's affirmative. 

S/C When does it clear up down there? 

HAW Seldom. It's been raining and cloudy for almost two weeks now. 

S/C That's too bad. We sure want to get that laser in. 

HAW Well, maybe we can make it tomorrow or so. 

S/C We'd really like to. 

FLIGHT Hawaii Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

HAW Houston Flight, this Hawaii Cap Com. 

FLIGHT Roger. Could you give me a readout, TM readout, on Main Bus No. 2 

current, and Stack 2A and Stack 2 Bravo. 
HAW Roger, stand by. 

HAW Tape dump complete at Hawaii. 

FLIGHT Roger, Hawaii. 

Good pass, Bill. 

This is Gemini Control. You heard the Command Pilot of Gemini 7, 
Frank Borman, talking to the Hawaiian Tracking Station on his 93rd revolution. 
The time is now lU8 hours and 28 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7. This is 
Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS , 12/10/65, 6:25 p.m. Tape 26k , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are lk8 hours and minutes 
into the flight of spacecraft Gemini 7- At this time Gemini 7 is passing over 
South America and will shortly start its 9*+th revolution. I believe the 9^-th 



has started. Let's listen in now and we will hear some live communication 
between the spacecraft and the Rose Knot tracking ship. 
RKV Gemini 7, RKV. 

S/C Go ahead RKV . 

RKV Roger. We are standing by for your purge. 

S/C . . gaibled . . 

RKV Roger. Place your quantity read switch to ECS 0^ . 

S/C Roger. 

RKV Fuel cell 0^ . Now fuel cell H 2 . Now your quantity 

read switch to OFF . I have a map update for you if you 
are ready to copy. 

S/C Stand by please. Go ahead RKV. 

RKV Load 1505726, rev 95, hk.3 degrees east, right Ascension, 

time 10:43:13. • 
S/C I have it , thank you . 

RKV Your next fuel cell purge after you wake up will be at 

Carnarvon on rev 100 at a g.e.t. of 159:l8 
S/C Got that. 

RKV We'd like to pass along at that time rules for the cryogenic 

pressures. We'd like your ECS heater to be OFF. Fuel cell 



Q 2 heater to AUTO, and your fuel cell H 2 heater OFF. We'd 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/10/65, 6:25 p.m. Tape 264, Page 2 



like you to pump up your fuel cell H 2 to 510 psi. And your 
minimal for the night will be 380 . 
S/C Roger, 38O . 

RKV Would you give us a count on the water gun? 

S/C Stand by. Water gun reads 2k02 . 

RKV Roger, could you look in your log and see what you figures 

are for total water consumption for both the pilot and 
command pilot? 

S/C Stand by please. 

RKV The reason we want these figures is it gives us a real 

good handle on the efficiency of the fuel cells. 
S/C Okay. The pilot has used klj ounces of water. 

RKV Rog. 
S/C Command pilot 486. 

RKV Roger. ' 

S/C . . garbled . . count off the gun is what that means. 

RKV Roger. Would you place the biomed recorder no. 2 to continuous 

S/C Say again . 

RKV Biomed recorder number 2 to continuous . 

S/C Roger. Do you have an initial reading on the water gun? 

RKV Negative, go ahead and give it to us. 

S/C 628. 

RKV 628. 

S/C Negative 528. 

RKV All right. 528. 



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MISS'.JN CO" j.wyARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/10/65, 6:25 p.m. Tape 26U , Page 3 

RKV We'd like to give you a report on your fuel cell status. 

S/c We'd be happy to hear it. 

RKV Okay. After the open circuit check of stack 2-C it is 

again picking up more than its share of the load. The 
present theory is that it will probably become saturated 
with water again sometime during the mission. The 
telemetry will indicate this approximately 10 hours 
before it is necessary to go open circuit on that cell. 
Now this should prevent ground controller from having 
to wake you up during the normal sleep period. 

S/c Will you please pass the message to Houston that we would 

be happy to wake up at any time in order to take care of 
that cell. 

RKV We figured you would. Okay, your cryo status - telemetry 

indicates your cryo usage rate is still less than nominal. 
Good shape there . 

S/C Very good. 

RKV The ECS 0 g is predicted to vent at 1+00 hours and the fuel 

cell hydrogen tank is still expected to vent at 300 hours. 
S/C . . garbled . . 

RKV Your cryo quantity expected at the end of Ik days will be 

ECS 0 ? , h0 percent, fuel cell 0 2 will be 33 percent and 
fuel cell Hp, 39 percent. 

S/C Roger . . garbled . . 

KIyV Say ar:ain. I didn't copy. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/10/65 , 6:25 p.m. Tape ^ok , Pr-r: 



Flight RKV Cap Com, Houston Flight 

RKV Houston Flight, RKV. 

Flight Roger. We'd like to ask the crew how the suit exchange 

went . 

RKV Roger. How did your suit exchange go? 

S/C . . . garbled . - - 

RKV I can't read it for you. He is awfully noisy now. 

Flight Roger. 

S/C . . garbled . . 

RKV You are coming awfully garbled now, Gemini 7- 

Flight I believe he said the suit exchange took approximately 

20 minutes. 

RKV I couldn't read him flight. Okay, I think we've got all the 

items completed. 
Flight Roger. How did the purge go? 

RKV Purge went well. 

Flight Roger . 

This is Gemini Control. We are now lk$ hours and 2 minutes 



into the flight. We have just heard live voice communication between space- 
craft Gemini 7 command pilot, Frank Borman, and the Rose Knot tracking ship. 
Our spacecraft is now on its tyhth revolution over the earth and at this time 
in the spacecraft our crew should be finishing their eat period and very 
shortly will be settling down for a 10-hour sleep period. Here in the Mission 
Control Center, as our pilot, our flight crew prepares for the nights rest. 
Our flight controllers prepare their charts and their log books so that they 
can brief the blue team of flight controller when they come on some hours 
hence. Also in the Mission Control Center, at this time, is our flight 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10/65, 0:50 p.m. Ta-e 205, Page 

This is Gemini Control. We are lU9 min - hours and 20 minutes 
into the flight of Gemini 7- Gemini 7 is over the Tananarive Tracking Station 
about to enter a new day over the Indian Ocean, where the tracking station is 
now performing network simulations with the Gemini 6 spacecraft, so the data 
from the tracking station will be sent back by teletype to the Mission Control 
Center here. The crew is in its ykth revolution and sleeping, and the Gemini 6 
spacecraft in its simulated flight, is on its 2nd revolution, 2 hours and 8 min 
'ites into its flight. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10/65 , 7:50 p.m. Tape 266, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are 150 hours and 20 minutes into 
the flight of Gemini 7 which is just now beginning its 95th revolution around 
the earth and getting ready to go into darkness. The crew is 1 hour into its 
sleep period. Meanwhile, in Mission Control Center, the simulated flight of 
Gemini 6 is going on and we are 3 hours and 8 minutes into that flight, that 
simulated flight. The Command Pilot and Pilot, Schirra and Stafford, are in the 
simulator at Cape Kennedy and the network around the world is working on the 
simulated rendezvous of Gemini 6 with Gemini 7, scheduled no earlier than Sunday. 
We have a sample of the conversation we hope to hear over Hawaii Sunday, and 
we'll plav that tape for you now. 



HAW Roger, 6, standing by. 

S/C 6 Address 80, 8l, 82, all zero. 

HAW Roger. Residual 0. You can set up SEF from now on. 

S/C 6 Propellant remaining at this point indicates 71 percent. 

HAW Roger, 71 percent remaining. 

HAW Gemini 6, Hawaii. I have your height adjust maneuver. 

S/C 6 Ready to copy. 

HAW GET at the burn - 3 03 13 . Delta V - 1.3. Duration - 2 seconds. 

Yaw - 0, Pitch - 0. 25 niner 00 13- U26 and 27 all zeros. 

Forward thrusters retrograde maneuver. 
S/C 6 Roger. Copy. Height adjust at g.e.t. of 3 plus 03 plus 13. 

Delta V - 1.3. Duration - 2 seconds. Yaw - 0. Pitch - 0. 

Core 25 niner 00 13 . 26, 27 all zeros. Forward firing thrusters 

is retrograde maneuver. 
HAW Roger, 6. 

S/C 6 Hawaii, could you explain why we're using forward firing for 

that burn? It'll cost us almost that much to turn around. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10/65, 7:50 r-.m. Tape 266, Page 2 

HAW so much. You stay SEF from now on Gemini 6. 

E/'C 6 Very -^ood , understand. 

This is Gemini Control. Ycu have been Listening to a taped 
conversation between the astronauts S hirra and Stafford in the simulator at 
Cape Kenned, and the Hawaiian Tracking Station simulating their rendezvous mis- 
sion scheduled for Sunday. That has teen a simulation between Gemini 6 and the 
Hawaiian Tracking Station. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/10/65, 8:50 a.m. Tape 267, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 151 hours and 20 minutes 
into our flight. At this time spacecraft Gemini 7 is passing over the Coastal 
Sentry tracking ship which is located in the Philippians, off the Philippine 
Islands in the Pacific. It is on its 95th revolution around the earth. Our 
flight crew is in a sleep period. We do not yet have confirmation from the 
ground data that the crew is asleep but we must assume that they are preparing 
for their sleep. Here in Mission Control we have just concluded the simulated 
flight of spacecraft Gemini 6. This was a simulated flight. It concluded in 
the 3rd revolution after an elapsed time of 3 hours and 20 minutes. The 
spacecraft was simulated through the circularization update. According to 
Chris Kraft, who simulated the flight director on this flight - on this 
simulated flight, the programs worked very well. And Chris expressed himself 
as being very pleased with the way the simulation was carried on. Wally 
Schirra and Tom Stafford took part in the simulation. They were in the 
spacecraft simulator at Cape Kennedy throughout this run. This is Gemini 
Control. We are now 151 hours and 21 minutes into the flight of spacecraft 
Gemini 7 • 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/1C/65, 9:bO p.m. Tape 268, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are now 152 hours and 20 minutes 
into our mission. Spacecraft Gemini ? at the present time, is on its 96th 
revolution over the earth. And is coming up nov« on the west coast of Africa. 
According to the ground data that we have received, our crew is asleep. Here 
in the Mission Control Center, our White Team of flight controllers are waiting 
for the arrival in approximately 1 hour of the Blue Team, and they are now going 
over their reports and they will bring the Blue Team up to date on our flight 
as it progressed today. Just a minute ago we had a surprise visitor here in 
the Control Center. It was Santa Claus! He came in, visitors badge and all. 
Came in to complain. He complained about our spacecraft up there and said he 
has almost hit them a couple of times, and that we've gotta get them down by 
Christmas Eve because they are a traffic hazard to him. And, he added that 
two more Santa Clauses in underwear is too much progress, and he wished the 
controllers a Merry Christmas and said "I'll wave to your boys as I by." 
That was a surprise visit here from Santa Claus and it nonplussed our flight 
controllers. This is Gemini Control. We are 152 hours 21 minutes into our- 
flight. Spacecraft Gemini 7 approaching the west coast of Africa on its 
96th revolution. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/10/65, 10:50 p.m. 



Tape 269, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control. We are now 153 hours and 20 minutes 



into the .flight of our spacecraft Gemini 7- At the present time, Gemini 7 is 
on its 96th revolution around the earth. It is passing over the Pacific on its 
way toward the west coast of South America. At the present time it's .just passed 
over the Canton Island Tracking Station. Our flight surgeon tonight, Dr. Owen 
Coons, has -just reported to us that the physical condition of the crew is A no. 1 
Our flight director tells us that all systems on the spacecraft are in a GO con- 
dition and here in Mission Control we are in the midst of a shift change. The 
Blue Team of flight controllers, headed by John Hodge, the Blue Team Flight 
Director, has appeared on the floor and are currently being briefed on the 
activities of the spacecraft over the past 9 hours. While the spacecraft was 
passing over the Rose Knot Tracking Ship, at the beginning of this revolution, 
we had a voice tape between the Mission Control Center and that Tracking Ship. 
And that was the moment when Santa Claus walked into the Control Room. And so 
we will play that tape back which picks up some of Santa's voice. 
KRANZ Good thing Fendell is in here. I didn't believe it. 
FENDELL You'd better check that 

KRANZ You ought to see this. I wish we had a camera here. You 



wouldn't believe it though. 



FENDELL 



Has he .got .a .badge on? 



KRANZ 



Yeah , he ' s got a badge . 



visitor is he? 



SANTA CLAUS 



....your broadcasts are messing up my roofs up there. 



By golly, they have got to come down before Christmas Eve. 



I nearly ran into them, on the way down here. 



I don't mind nrogress - like these guys go around real fast 



I know, in 90 minutes they go around what takes me a whole night 



I'm all for progress and these 



are ok . I know they 



coming, but two Santa Clauses in their underwear is too much 



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Tape 269, Page 



SANTA CLAUS 



Now, let's be a little more careful from now on men, remember, 



it's pretty close to Christmas. 



KRANZ 



Hey, Bill, what do you want 



FENDELL 



Is that guy for real? 



KRANZ 



That is for real, Bill. 



That was a voice tape of some conversation that was ensuing 



here in the Mission Control Center and we were in contact with Rose Knot, the 
tracking ship located off the east coast of South America and the voices, of 
course, one of them was that of our Plight Director, Gene Kranz . He was non- 
plussed, I guess you could tell it from his voice as he was telling the Rose 



we find out now that Santa Claus was Captain Gene Vallerie, Air Force Captain 
Gene Vallerie, and he is a valid part of this mission for the Air Force and 
he is an experimenter, he works on the Air Force experiments, and he is off 
duty and so he put on his Santa Claus suit and brought a little Christmas 
cheer into this Mission Control Center. At this time we are 153 hours 23 min- 
utes into our mission. Our spacecraft is on its 96th revolution. From the 
ground data that we received from the spacecraft, the telemetry, it appears 
that the crew is asleep. This is Gemini Control. 



what 

Knot /was transpiring here. The other voice, of course, was Santa Claus, and 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/ll/65 , 12:50 a.m. Tape 270, Page 1 

This is Mission Control, 155 hours and 20 minutes into 
the flight of the Gemini 7 mission, now in its 6th day of flight. Just 
now "beginning the 98th revolution around the earth. Since the last report 
on Gemini 7, we have had reports from the tracking ship, Rose Knot off the 
east coast of South America, early in the 97th rev where a tape dump of 
onboard telemetry was performed. Biomed data indicated the crew was asleep 
at this time. At a ground elapsed time of 15k hours and 36 minutes, Gemini 7 
started its pass over the tracking ship, Coastal Sentry off the Philippine 
Islands. At that time the biomed data indicated that command pilot, Frank 
Borman, was active momentarily and the pilot James Lovell was quiet, probably 
asleep. The command communicator on the Coastal Sentry confirmed that the 
command pilot had been active because he had flipped a couple of switches on 
the center panel. Gemini 7 is now making another pass over the tracking ship, 
Rose Knot, as it begins its 98th revolution around the earth. At 155 hours 
and 21 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7, this is Gemini Control. 



END OF -TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/11/65, 1:50 a.m. Tape 271, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 156 hours and 20 minutes into the flight 
of Gemini 7. We are now about half-way through the 7th day of this Gemini 7 mis- 
sion. We're nearing the end of the 98th revolution around the earth. Just a 
few minutes ago, Gemini 7 passed over the Tracking Ship Coastal Sentry off the 
Phillippines and Command Communicator Charles Lewis reported that all systems 
were GO. Flight Director John Hodge released the flight controller team onboard 
the Coastal Sentry for the night. Gemini 7 is now over the South Pacific and 
heading for the west coast of South America, in the beginning of the 99th revolu- 
tion. The next tracking station to acquire Gemini 7 will be the Canary Tracking 
Station in about 45 minutes. All is quiet here in the Control Center as the 
Blue Team nears the beginning of the 4th hour in what has been a relatively 
quiet shift with the seven crew asleep. At 156 hours and 21 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7, this is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/11/65, 2:50 a.m. Tape 272, Page 

This is Gemini Control. One hundred fifty seven hours and 
20 minutes into the mission of Gemini 7. The flight is now on the 99th revolu- 
tion passing over the Suez Canal in North Africa. Gemini 7 is now in daylight, 
but will start back into darkness in about 25 minutes. The darkness will last 
about U5 minutes and then* the sun will begin to rise on Gemini 7 again. This 
cycle is repeated twice each time 7 makes a revolution around the earth. The 
Canary Tracking Station was the last to acquire Gemini 7. At that station a 
tape dump of the onboard telemetry was performed. All systems were GO, and the 
crew was still sleeping. At 157 hours and 20 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7 
this is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS , 12/1I/65, 3:50 a m. Tape 273, Page i 

This is Gemini Control , 15- hours and L\; minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7- Gemini ? is now nearing the end of the CiC, th revolution 
and will soon be coming up on the 100th time around the world for astronauts 
Frank Borman and James Lovell. Gemini 7 will soon be starting its pass over 
the northern part of South America and will be acquired by the Antigua tracking 
station in about 9 minutes. The Canary tracking station will have acquisition 
of Gemini 7 some 20 minutes from now. The crew's sleep period is scheduled 
to end at 158:15 minutes into the flight, or about 1 hour from now. Excuse 
me, 159^15 minutes into the flight. The spacecraft is now in the South Pacific 
right off of the west coast of South America. At 158 hours and 21 minutes into 
the flight, this is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/ll/65 , *+:50 a.m. Tape 27k, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 159 hours and 20 minutes into the 

flight of Gemini 7> The Gemini 7 spacecraft is now on its 100th revolution. 

On the pass over the Canary tracking station about ho minutes ago, Command 

Pilot, Frank Borman was up and operating switches. And pilot, James Lovell, 

was exercising according to biomedical data received by flight surgeon, 

Dr. Owen Coons. The crew apparently wakened just before acquiring the 

Canary tracking station. A tape dump was performed by the Canary station 

•" 'If 

and all systems were go. At the present time Gemini 7 is over the Carnarvon 
tracking station. The apogee of Gemini 7 is now I62.5 nautical miles and 
perigee is 161.9 nautical miles. Almost a circular, perfect circular orbit. 
The flight is now passing across the southern half of the world in the 100th 
revolution. We have a late report on activities at Cape Kennedy, Pad 19 
for the Gemini 6 launch. At the present time crews are installing doors and 
shingles on the Gemini 6 and the fairing over the horizon scanner on the upper 
neck of the spacecraft. Prior to the start of the midcount, which is scheduled 
to get underway at about 8:00 a.m. eastern standard time this morning, the 
suit circuit leakage test will begin. Everything at Pad 19 is on or ahead of 
schedule for the Sunday morning launch of Gemini 6. Weather at the cape now 
is scattered clouds at 5 to 10 thousand feet. With a temperature of 59 degrees 
and calm seas. The weather forecast is favorable for launch Sunday morning. 
The ceiling is above 5,000 feet. The elapsed time now is 159 hours and 22 minut 
as the Gemini spacecraft 7 makes its pass across northern Australia in its 
100th revolution. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/11/65, 5:05 a.m. Tape 275, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 159 hours and 35 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7- The Gemini 7 spacecraft now in its 100th revolution and 
starting its swing across the South Pacific on its way toward a pass across 
Central America. We have a tape of the conversation between Gemini 7 and 
the Carnarvon tracking station a few minutes ago. We will play that tape 
for you now. 



S/C Carnarvon, good morning. 

CRO Good morning to you. We are going to call a fuel cell 

purge for you, whenever you are ready. 
S/C Roger, stand by please. Send it down. 

CRO All right. Looks good flight. 

Flight Roger. C-band on? 

CRO . . garbled. 1052 Zulu. 

Flight Roger. Hot TX . 

CRO Garbled . . 

Flight Roger. 

S/C Hello down there Carnarvon. Looks like a little lightning 

down there . 

CRO Yes, we've got a little storm north of us here. 

S/C We went to B pump on the primary loop last night at 15^:32:25 

CRO . . garbled . . 

S/C When we woke this morning we were tumbling much faster than 

we ever had before- Cabin wall temperatures, . . garbled 
temperatures were about 20 degrees colder than they have been 
before. We were chilly. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/11/65, 5:05 a.m. Tape 275, Page 2 

CRO Roger, copy. Hear that Flight? 

Flight Roger. We noticed them using the ACME during the night, 

just about an hour ago. 
CRO Rog. Are we having any venting? 

Flight Didn't see any venting at all. How low did he say the 

cabin wall temp was? 
CRO 20 degrees. Okay. I didn't get that. We have had TM LOS. 

That was the taped conversation ^between Gemini 7 and the 
Carnarvon tracking station. Gemini 7 is now in its 100th revolution and about 
half way across the South Pacific on its way to a pass across Central America. 
At 159 hours and 37 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7 this is Gemini Control. 

End of tape 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65 , 5:50 a.m. Tape 276, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control 160 hours and 20 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7- Gemini 7 is now in the 101st revolution around the earth 
and it is passing over the Canary Tracking Station about this time and it is 
on its way toward the pass across North Africa. We have a tape here that was 
recorded a few minutes back between the Spacecraft Communicator, Charlie 
Bassett, here in the Mission Control Center and the Gemini 7 spacecraft over 
the Bermuda Station. We will play that tape for you now. 



Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston, 

s/c Go ahead, Houston. 

Cap Com Good morning. How are you this morning? 

S/C Fine, the beef bites are delicious. 

Cap Com Very good. How was your night? Gemini 7, how did you rest? 

, S/C Not too good last night, not as good as the night before. 

Cap Com Systems look good down here. How are they up there? 

S/C 

We had a loss of signal there from the Bermuda Station. 



Gemini 7 is now going right over-across Africa at l60 hours and 21 minutes 
into the flight. We have a report that we received a few minutes ago from 
the prime recovery ship, Wasp. The Wasp is on station for revolution 10U of 
Gemini 7. They are located about 3 2 5 statute miles southeast of Bermuda. The 
weather there is very fine. They expect to have a lovely day they said with 
a cloud cover of about 2000 feet, visibility of 10 miles, winds northeast at 
12 knots and 3 foot swells and 2 foot waves. The outside temperature was a 
very pleasant 69 degrees F. At 160 hours and 22 minutes into the flight of 
Gemini 7, this is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 6:05 a.m. Tape 277, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. l60 hours and 35 minutes into the flight 
of Gemini J. Gemini 7 is now over the Arabian Peninsula on its way for a pass over 
tie Indian Ocean. A few minutes ago, the 7 spacecraft passed over the Canary Islands 
We have a tape of that conversation, which we'll play for you now. 



CYI Gemini 7, Canary Cap Com. How do you read? 

S/C Read you loud and clear, Canary. 

CYI Okay. Would you place your quantity read switch to ECS 02, please. 

Flight would like a read out on ohms propellant quantity. 

S/C Roger. 37% on the OAMS. 

CYI Roger. Check quantity and pressure on the ECS 02. 

S/C Roger. Quantity is about 78%, pressure is 690. 

CYI Roger. I copy 78. 

S/C Roger. 

CYI Okay. Quantity read switch to fuel cell 02. 

S/C We read 50%, 660. 

CYI Copy . 

S/C Pardon me, that's 76O. 

CYI 760. 

S/C Fuel cell H2 is 32% and 1+50. 

CYI Hold it -just a minute. Change quantity read switch to off, please. 

S/C Ro-er. 

CYI Okay. We'd like the fuel cell 02 heater switched to ol'f, please. 

S/C It's off. 

CYI Okay . 

HOUSTON Tell him... . 

S/C Canary, we've got something for the systems people to work on. 

CYI Say again. 

S/C I say we've got something for the systems people to work on. 



I 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 6:05 a.m. Tape 277, Page 2 

CYI Okay. Go ahead. Ready to copy. 

S/C We woke up We were cold most of the night. When we woke up 

this morning, we were tunbling much more rapidly than we ever 
have been before. And the cabin temperatures were 20 degrees 
lower than they've been running. The windows were steamed up, and 
the.... it was very cold in here. The suit inlet temperature showed 
it was about the same. Right now, we're running the highest suit 
inlet temperature we've ever seen, 68%. It's a little warm, and 
we're just comfortable. 

CYI Roger. 

S/C ■ All I want to know is why. 

HOUSTON Canary Cap Com. . . . 

CYI ...(Garble)... 
HOUSTON Canary Cap Com.. 

CYI Stand by Houston. Go ahead Houston. 

HOUSTON We've been thinking about this. 

CYI Say again, Flight. 

HOUSTON We've been thinking about this. We believe that what's happened 

is that the condensate has filled up the water tank and is now 
boiling out. 

S/C ...the people on the Blue Team ought to be able to figure that 

one out . 

CYI Okay. Stand by. I'm trying to get an answer. 

HOUSTON Canary. This is Houston Flight. 

CYI Say that again, Flight. 

HOUSTON We believe that the water boiler is reaching a filled point from 

the suit condensate and is now boiling out^ giving you a tumble 
rate . 



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CYI Water boil being e: eet.... 

HOUSTON Water boil is reaching a filled point, as a result of the s .it 

condensate and is now boiling off. 
CYI Alright. I copy. Then, the Blue Team says... 

HOUSTON You didn't have to put It that way. 

CYI . . .water boiling has reached a filled point and is boiling out. 

now. Probably the trouble. 
S/C I see. 

HOUSTON Canary Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

CYI Go ahead flight. 

HOUSTON I wonder if you can get an estimate of tumbling rate from them. 

CYI Okay. Gemini, Canary. 

S/C Go ahead, Canary. 

CYI Can you give me an estimate on your tumble rate, or wau it terminated 

this morning when you woke up? 
S/C Yea. We stopped it right away. We were tumbling about 10 degrees 

pei - second. 
CYI Roger. 
HOUSTON We copy. 

S/C fuel cells... We are very very much greater than anything 

received to date. 

CYI Roger. Copy. Okay. We have something else for you. The reason 

we had you turn that 02 heater switch to off is we want to get a 
few data points on that pressure decay while the heater is off. 

S/C Okay. 

CYI Roge. We'll be standing by. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 6:05 a.m. Tape 277, Page 

S/C See you later on today. 

CYI Roger. 

That conversation was with the Gemini 7 crew over the Canary 
Island tracking station. Gemini 7 now is beginning to make its pass over the 
Indian Ocean on its way down towards Carnarvon Australia. It's now in its 101 
revolution around the earth at 160 hours and 39 minutes into the mission of 
Gemini 7- This is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, l2/ll/65, 7:50 a.m. Tape 27^ , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control l6l hours and 20 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7- Gemini 7 is now over the South Pacific on its 101st 
revolution around the earth. The Red Team Members are now coming into the 
Control Room hove and being briefed by the Blue Team of Flight Controllers 
before they take over for the day shift. Flight 'Director, John Hodge, has 
a large gold key about 18 inches long on his console which he plans to hand 
over to Flight Director Chris Kraft at the shift change. Apparently this 
symbol of authority is going to be a part of the shift change from one 
Flight Director to the next at the end of each shift. On the last pass over 
the Carnarvon Australia tracking station, the flight plan update was given the 
crew by the Command Communicator Keith Kundel at the Carnarvon Station. We 
have that tape and we will play it for you now. 
Carnarvon Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

S/c Gemini 7, go ahead. 

Carnarvon Okay Gemini 7. You are looking good here on the ground. I 

have a flight plan update whenever you are ready to copy. 

S/C Roger, standby one. Go whenever you are ready, Carnarvon. 

Carnarvon All right, the tital is a node, time l6l 29 23, rev 101, 

latitude 117-3 degrees left, right Ascension 10 hours 32 min- 
ute?. 55 seconds. Second item is flight plan time line update, 
change loO 00 00 to l60 17 00. Next item, time l6l 37 11, 
crew status report Command Pilot at Canaveral. The next item 
has been deleted. It is an MSC-12 at time l6l 55 13 , that 
has been deleted due to clouds. 

S/C Roger . 

Flight You didn't have to give him that, Stu. 

Carnarvon Next item is flpollo, time 162 09 21, sequence number 137, 

mode 01, pitch 30 degrees down-, yaw 7 degrees left. Po 
you copy. 



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Tape 278, Page ? 



S/0 

Carnarvon 



s/c 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Flight 
Carnarvon 
Carnarvon 
S/C 

Carnarvon 

s/c 

Carnarvon 
Flight 



I copy Carnarvon. 

Time 16.-: £7 19, -rr^w statu.;; ••••••vrS Pi.iot and FLA update at 

Carnarvon. MSG -12, lo2 ^. o;, . • - - -i. ■<: lit, time 163 OB 25, 
go — no-go at Texa:: . Time ItV- 1'. CO, purge fuel cells at 
Bermuda. MSG , I.63 30 f.b, "^ : >quer>?e 0f>, pitch 30 degrees 
down, yaw C degree.*-: . P-U/P-7 , '1 6^ 03 , sequence numbers 
1+15 and klb , mode 0?. Apolli ii65 30, sequence number 
9*1, mode number 03, pitch 'y) dev-r^s down, yaw 19 degrees 
right. Time I.65 20 00, e::er Lse period . Time 165 30 00 
eat period. Time 166 50 00, ■•ahiri temperature survey. 
Time 167 1*+ *+3 purge fuel cells at Carnarvon. That completes 
the flight plan update if y^;j copy, any questions? 
Roger , I copy. 

Roger. You are still go here. You look real good. 

Roger , thank you . 

Transmit in the main, Carnar\on. 

Confirm, Flight. 

Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

Go ahead Carnarvon. 

Did the Command Pilot -- did ho disconnect the --there was 
no bio-med TM for the fir tit 3- second;,. 

Right, we were removing the orbital flight suit here and he 
was disconnected. 

Roger, I understand. Did you receive your main yet, Flight. 
Negative. You better send aether. 



:arnarvcn 



Roger , it 1 



my. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65 , 7:50 a.m. Tape 278, Page 

That conversation was with Gemini 7 over the Carnarvon 
tracking station. Borman was taking off his orbital flight suit, that is 
the light-weight suit worn by the 7 crew over their long underwear when 
not in the pressure suit. At l6l hours and 27 minutes into the flight of 
Gemini 7 with the Gemini spacecraft in the 101st orbit coming up on 
Central America, this is Gemini Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 7:20a.m. 



Tape 279, Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston here at l6l hours, k9 minutes into the 
flight. It must have been a fairly different night for the crew. One of the things, 
they noticed about a 20 degree temperature drop at some point during the night, 
they just advised us. Frank Borman had taken off his spacesuit last night, put on 
and was wearing, his underwear. He put on, not one but two, of the orbital flight 
suits. Lovell reports this morning, the crew also noticed some random drift which 
is not completely explained yet. Perhaps it's the water boiler venting some water. 
The tape from the swing across Antigua and Grand Turk Island goes like this. 



HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 

CAPE 
HOUSTON 



Gemini 7, Houston. 

This is 7. Go ahead, Houston. 

Hello, Houston, Gemini 7. We note your oral temperature, and please 
await for mark to start your blood pressure. 
Roger. Understand you have oral temperature. 

That's affirm, but please await the blood pressure. Listen on this 
next pass over the Dakar area, would you check the weather? 
Roger. Will do. I have a question for you, Sir. 
Roger. 

You gave us D-12, with a sequence ikl 

Roger. We have a flight plan update with regard to that. We'd 

like to make it after the medical data pass is full scale. 

Roger. We'll stand by. 

Okay. Roger, Gemini 7. You can start your blood pressure. I'll 
turn you over to the flight surgeons . 
Cape has acquisition. 

Gemini 7, we have a good blood pressure. Standing by for your 
exercise. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65 , 7:20 a.m. 



Tape 279, Page 2 



S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 



HOUSTON 

ANTIGUA 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 



S/C 



HOUSTON 



Starting with the exercise. Pressure 79- 

Roger. We copy. CufT is full scale. Right. Gemini 7- We have 
a good blood pressure. Standing by for your food report. 
Roger. Stand by. Last night we had Day 5, Meal C. This morning, 
Day 6, Meal 8. Lovell didn't eat the peanut tubes. Borman didn't eat 
'the peanut tubes or the baef bites. The pilot had k6l ounces of 
water; the command pilot's had U36 ounces of water. 
Roger. Copy. We want a report also on .. .Standing by for your 
sleep report. 
LOS, Antigua. 

I'll estimate we had about 5 or 6 hours sleep last night. Not too 
good. 

That the same for both crewmen? 
Roger . 

Roger. Would you give us the total count on your water gun now? 
Total count on the water gun right now is 2591. 

Roger. Thank you. Now that the suit is off, we'd like to try to 
repair the respiratory trace on the command pilot. We believe 
that the connector on the output, or lower portion, of the signal 
conditioner has come loose. And, it's the second signal condi- 
tioner from the left. We'd like the command pilot to have a look, 
see if it's loose, and attempt to tighten it some. 
Roger. Your friendly inside maintenance. We'll get to work 
right away. 

Roger. In the meantime, would you say that the tumbling had 
anything to do with your lack of sleep? 



MISSION* COl-MENTARY TRANSCRIPT. 12/11/65, 7:20 a.m. 



HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 



S/C 



HOUSTON 



S/C 



STON 



S/C 



HOUSTON 



S/C 



Tape 279, Page 3 

No. We didn't even know we were tumbling until we woke up. 
Roger. Understand. 

We had a ... quite a drop in temperature in the cabin last night - 
about 20 degrees . 

Roger. We copied your rising suit inlet temperatures. I gather 
from a transmission over Carnarvon that the command pilot donned 
his orbital flight suit. Did he do that before the sleep period 
started, or during? 

He did that during. He did not only don one, he donned both 
orbital flight suits. 

At what elapsed time. Gemini 7? Houston. At what time did the 
command pilot don the orbital flight suits? 
About 1:55 elapsed. 

Roger. Copy 155. We request that you have the pilot report over 
Carnarvon whether he took Actifed yesterday or not, and if so, the 
results . We would also like to ask whether the pilot can get at 
the sternal lead sensors easily or not. Over. 

He did not take the. Actifed, and his nose is better. He's been 
using some skin cream in his nose. What do you want him to do to 
the lead? 

Ask him if he can get at the sternal sensors easily. We've seen a 
decrement in the sternal EKG since doning the G5C suit. We'd like 
to know how hard it's going to be for him to get at those two sensors, 
He can reach dowr. there and push on them. Is that what you want 
him to dc? 



HOUSTON 



Roger, Let's have a so at that. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 7:20 a.m. Tape 279, Page k 

S/C Okay. I can't find anything wrong with the rates of this 

amplifier. 

HOUSTON Roger. Understand. We're still receiving a poor trace. Leave it 

with us for a little while. 
S/C Roger. By the way, what is this amplifier to? 

HOUSTON The respiratory trace or the impedance pneumogram. It's the second 

one from the left in the garment, and we think that it's the lower 
connector. 

S/C It's on tight. 

HOUSTON Roger. Would you advise what position your suit control valves 

were in during the night. 
S/C Roger. They were almost all the way closed. 

HOUSTON Roger. Copy closed. Surgeon over to the Cap Com. Gemini 7, Cap 

Com. I have a flight plan update for you. 
S/C Go ahead Com. 

HOUSTON MSC 12, time 162:1+5:00. Sequence Ik, delete. MSC 12, time l64:ll*:00. 

Sequence lU, substitution for the above deletion. And, again, 
we'd like to check the weather in the Dakar area on this pass. The 
specific area just north of the beach. We'd also like to know the 
major component of this drift you experienced during the night. 



S/C We can't tell you that, Charlie. It was a random drift. 

HOUSTON It was random. 

S/C We tightened up completely. We play like it's our night time. And, 

when we opened up, we found out we were going round and round. 
HOUSTON I see. What control inputs did you use to stop the drift? 

S/C Pulse. 

HOUSTON You used pulse? Note that this drift rate is still building on 

you? 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 7:20 a.m. 



Tape 279 } Page 5 



s/c 

HOUSTON 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
BERMUDA 
END OF TAPE 



No. It's fine now. Just like it was before. 
Okay. You're not inducing any drifts now at all? 
No. Oh, we're drifting, but not that rapidly. 
I see. Thank you very much. 
Bermuda remote . 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/11/65, 7:39 a.m. Tape 280 , Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here at l62 hours and 7 minutes into 
the flight. An additional discussion over Canarys regarding that tumbling 
that was noted when the boys woke up this morning. Our suspicion, and it 
is still only a suspicion, is that it is being caused by the condensate water 
which comes out of our suit circuits onboard. The condensate a drop at a time 
collects in the water boiler and when sufficient pressure and water buildup 
in the water boiler area it vents . We first noted this on the Grissom-Young 
GT-3 flight and at that time were puzzled as to what was causing the drift. 
It is completely explainable if this water-boiler venting mode, however, as 
I say, we are not exactly sure that this is the case. We started playing 
some music for the crew this morning. The first tune going up was Louis 
Armstrong's very throaty rendition of "Hey, Look Me Over" and we want to play 
for you now the conversation that ensued between 7 and Elliot See remoting 
through Canarys and then Kano. 



S/c Canarys, Gemini 7- 

Canary Gemini 7, Canary Cap Com. 

S/C Roger, we are starting to pick up a slight drop in 2C again 

but with a slight imbalance of the two .... (garbled) 
Canary Roger, copy. 

Cap Com We noticed that down here. We may have to go open on that 

2C but not right now. 
S/C Okay, we just wanted to let you all on the ground know we 

see it . 
Cap Com Roger. 

S/C I think the Blue Team is getting sleepy. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/11/65, 7:39 a.m. Tape 280, Page 2 



Cap Com We are about ready to go home. 

S/C Yeah. Canary, 7- 

Canary Go ahead. 

S/c Most of the coast of Africa from our present point - up and 
down the coast the sky is clear, there are some Stratus 
right above us, or right below us I should say. 

Canary Roger 7> We copy. 

S/C .... (Garbled) report. 

Canary Very good job. 

Flight Yeah. 

S/C It looks like it might rain if the sun doesn't shine. 

Canary You guys are in good jolly spirits this morning. 

S/C I don't know why. 

, AFD Canary, AFD. 

Canary Go ahead AFD. 

AFD Okay, can you hear us now. 

Canary Rog, we can hear you. We are noticing about a 1.2 amp 

difference in the main bus, it dropped from about 3-37 to 
3.18 in about Ik minutes. That is on 2C. 

AFD Canary Cap Com, AFD. 

Canary Go ahead. 

AFD Do you hear the Flight Director. 

Canary Say again. 

AFD Have you been reading the Flight Director. 

Canary No I haven't, not at all. 

AFD Okay. 

Canary I tried to get a hold of him one time, got no response. 

AFD Do you hear the Flight Director then, Canarys. 

Canary Right now. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 7:39 a.m. 



Tape 28C, Pape 3 



AFD 

Canary 

Goddarci Voice 
AFD 

Canary 
Flight 
Canary 

Flight 
Canary 



Flight 

Canary 

HOU contact 

Kano contact 
HOU contact 
Kano contact 
Cap Com 
S/C 

Cap Com 
S/C 



Yes . 

Negative . 

That is negative at Goddard voice also. 

How about it now. 

You are loud and clear, Flight. 

Rog. Can you give me those amperage readings again, please. 
Roger, 3-37 down to 3-l8 in 1^ minutes and that is on 2C and 
a 1.2 amp differential between the two main currents. 
3.18 on 2C? Is that what you said? 

Roger. It dropped from 3-37 down to 3-l8 in lk minutes. 
Stack 2B remains constant and we are getting a 1.2 amp dif- 
ferential between the two main currents . 
We have had LOS. 

Roger. I copy. That was a problem at my console here Canaries, 
that you couldn't read me. 
Roger . 

Kano, Houston. 

Kano contact, Houston contact. 
Kano , go ahead . 
Go remote , UHF please . 
Roger , Kano remote . 

Gemini 7, Gemini 7- Houston Cap Com, over. Do you read. 
Loud and c lear . 

Roger. Have you got a minute to talk to me or are you tied 

up for this Apollo landmark. 

Go ahead, we can try. Jim can talk. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 7:39 a.m. Tape 280, Page h 

Cap Com Roger, we have got a whistle on the line here, I'm not sure 

I can hear you too well. We would like to get an assessment 
from you regarding this tumbling to try to establish definitely 
whether or not it might have been due to the water boiler 
venting. Are you able to tell at all, or were you able to 
tell at all what axis the tumbling initiated from. 

S/C We are not sure but we feel that it was sort of a left yaw 

from our present roll motion. 

Cap Com Roger. As I understand it you just found this upon waking 

up and you took it out at that time and it has not started 
again. Is that correct? 

S/C We haven't noticed it. This might build up "for a long time. 

Remember that we closed up for the night and had our rates 
build up but since we took it out we haven't noticed any 
appreciable buildup on it, so right now we are go. 

Cap Com Roger. We have a very bad background noise here. I under- 

stand your comments. We would be interested in your t\' 
thinking about it further and let us know if you have any 
additional thoughts on it. 

S/C Roger, Elliot. 

Cap Com Gemini 7 Houston. Your HF is up if you are interested. 

S/C Thank you. 

This is Gemini Control Houston again. That conversation, 
of course, shedding considerable additional light on the venting matter. We 
expect additional discussion on that point over Carnarvon. The temperature 
drop which was experienced last night also has evoked some theories. We think 
it is very likely that it was due to the sun angle that was hitting certain 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 7:39 a.m. 



Tape 280, Page 5 



areas of the spacecraft, for instance, the adapter area or perhaps the nose 
instead of the angles which the sun has been looking at the spacecraft through 
the last 6 to 7 days that might have changed the overall temperature balance 
onboard. This would have been produced, of course, by the tumbling effect and 
could at least in theory account for a drop in temperature . In any case, the, 
attitudes have been showing up and we are flying level and true this morning. 
This is Gemini Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 8:32 a.m. Tape 28l, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston. 162 hours, 5k minutes into the 
flight. Over Carnarvon a few minutes ago, more discussion regarding the water 
boiler or the yaw effect noticed overnight which set up some tumbling rates. In 
the conversation, Jim Lovell speculates that he thinks it was a yaw left component 
which wo-ild agree with our theory about the water boiler collecting suit condensate 
moisture, building up pressure, and venting slightly. The venting was so insignifi- 
cant that it didn't wake the crew up. When they awoke this morning, they did notice 
some tumbling. Here's the tape from over Carnarvon. 



CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

S/C This is 7. Over. 

CRO Roger. We're ready for the crew status report on the pilot. We 

haven't received a temperature on the pilot yet. We'll tell yon 

that when we have it. 
S/C Righto. 

CRO Have C-Band track, Flight. 

HOUSTON Roger . 

CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

S/C Go ahead. 

CRO While we're waiting on the temperature request, can you copy a 

flight update? 
S/C Roger. 

CRO Okay. This is area 10U-1, l6U:27:03. 

HOUSTON Carnarvon. S /stems, Houston Flight. 

CRO Houston Flight. This is Carnarvon systems. 

HOUSTON When you get a chance in this task, we'd like to know what the 

wearing apparel condition is of the command pilot. 
CRO Roger. Wearing apparel condition of the pilot. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 8:32 a.m. Tape 28l, Page 2 

HOUSTON Command pilot. 

CRO Right. Area 107-4, 170:30:56. Area 108-3, 171:^7:37. Area 109-3, 

173:23:17. Area 110-3, 17k:5B:5k. RAP of kOO feet, 21 plus 50 
for all areas. Did you copy? 

S/C Roger. Thank you. 

CRO Roger. 

S/C You got the temperature yet, Carnarvon? 

CRO Right. We have your temperature. I'll turn you over to our 

Surgeon. Gemini 7, this is Carnarvon Surgeon. We're ready for 
your blood pressure. 

S/C Blood pressure coming up. 

CRO Your cuff is full scale. Gemini 7, pilot, your cuff is not .... 

down . 

S/C There we go. 

CRO Roger. Gemini 7, we have a valid blood pressure. Give us a mark 

before you start your exercise. 
S/C Mark. 

CRO Blood pressure's going down. Pressure up. Back down. Flight, 

Carnarvon . 
HOUSTON Go ahead. 

CRO Are you getting our mains? 

HOUSTON That's affirmative. 

CRO We have the readings on the main bus path, if you're interested. 

HOUSTON Go ahead. 

CRO Okay. PHO 1, 8. 70. PHO 2, main bus, 7.^9- We have stack current. 

DEO 1, that's stack 2A, 2.kk. DEO 2, stack 2B, 2.12. Stack 2C, 
2.93. 

HOUSTON Roger . 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 8:32 a.m. Tape 28l, Page 3 



CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon. You're still looking good here on the 

ground. We'll be standing by in case you need us. 

S/C Roger. We're noticing that 2C is slowly, slowly decaying. Do 

you agree with this. 

HOUSTON Yea, but he turned off that Primary A. 

CRO Repeat that. 

HOUSTON He turned off Primary A pump and both cells have been going down. 

Tell him we're keeping an eye on it. 
CRO Roger. We're keeping an eye on it, Gemini 7. We have been seeing 

it going down; but you have turned off your Primary A pump. 
S/C Roger. That's affirmed. 

HOUSTON Ask the command pilot what his present status is. Does he have 

the flight suit on or off. 
CRO Got that Flight. While I was talking to you. The Surgeon has 

that. 

HOUSTON If he does, I didn't hear it. 

CRO Roger. He's in his underwear, Flight. 

HOUSTON Roge . 

CRO His words were he was reposing majestically. 

HOUSTON And, with those kind of words, the Flight Director thinks he's 

becoming philosophical since he's been up there. 
CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

S/C Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

CRO The Flight Director says that you're becoming philosophical with 

those kind of words. 

S/C Carnarvon, tell the Flight Director, thank you. 

CTN Canton's had LOS. 

HOUSTON Roger LOS . 



END OF TAPE 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 8:37 a.m. Tape 282, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston. 163 hours, 6 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7. Over the States, this pass, 7 crew will be given a "go" for a 
119 revolution flight. They're also to perform a fuel cell purge at the eastern 
end of the pass; and out over Canaries, as they come up on the Canary Islands, on 
this next rev, they're to perform some Apollo landmark contrasts photography. The 
weather story this morning goes like this: the weather group here promises satis- 
factory weather for another 48 hours regarding 7; in the mid-Pacific, our landing 
area there centered 800 miles east, northeast of Honolulu, the weatherman predicts 
cloudy skies today with scattered showers, winds east 15 to 20 knots, seas running 
about 6 feet; in the Western Pacific, 700 miles south, to southwest of Tokyo, skies 
partly cloudy, winds east 10 knots, sea is about 3 feet; in the Eastern Atlantic, 
500 miles of Cape Verde Islands, skies partly cloudy, winds easterly at about 10 
knots seas running k to 5 feet; in the primary landing zone, in the Western 
Atlantic area, 800 miles east of Miami, winds northeast at 15 knots, seas 3 to U 
feet. Weather conditions for the planned launch of Gemini 6 are expected to be 
satisfactory for launch and orbital operations during the entire flight. The fore- 
cast for the Cape Kennedy area calls for partly cloudy skies with ceilings above 
5000 feet. Surface winds will be southeast at 10 knot Seas in the offshore 
area will be 2 to 3 feet. Launch time temperatures will be about 67 degrees. And, 
out across the Atlantic, in the key abort landing areas, set up for any launch, let's 
see. The Atlantic, no unusual weather at all in the Atlantic. It looks fairly calm 
all the way across. Seas again in the immediate launch area are running about 2 to 3 
feet. Guaymas, while we've been talking in the last minute, has established contact 
and they're looking at the TM on the ground there. Let's stand by and try to pick 
up some conversation. Flight Director and the E-Com man, Electrical, Environmental, 
and Communications, taking a close look at the performance of that section 2 fuel 
cell, which today is acting a little bit like it did yesterday morning. Voltage 
falling a bit in stack 2, stack C - Charlie, in section 2, I believe. We're at 102 



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revolutions of flight, we're only five minutes away from the 103. A little more 
than an hour and a half from now, we should hit the exact mid-point of this flight. 
Our elapsed time clock over in the far right of the room now reads l66 hours, 13 
minutes remaining; and our ground elapsed clock shows 163 hours. I think Elliot 
See is just about ready to put in a call to 7, and I think if we do cut in now, 
we can pick it up. 



S/C This is Gemini 7. 

HOUSTON Roger. Be advised you're "go" for 119-1. 

S/C Thank you, Elliot. 

HOUSTON Roger. You know you're all down hill from this one on. 

S/C Yea. That's what we just figured out. 

HOUSTON Roger. How about a read back on all your quantities? 

S/C Roger. Fuel ...The only thing we have in the abnormalities in the 



fuel cell 2C. The main batteries are all okay. 23 volts. Fuel 
cell stack read outs: 1A, 3.0: IB, 3.5; 1C, 3.0; 2A, 2.5; 2B, 2.5; 
2C, 3.5. That has now decreased to 3 on 2C. Main bus voltage 27. 
RCS A, 2900. Temperature 75 degrees. RCS b, 3000. Temperature's 
up to 90 degrees on that one. Left hand, secondary 02, 5U0O. 
Right hand, secondary 02, 5300. 
HOUSTON Roger. Sounds real good. Be advised, the OAMS cutoff for today is 

23$. You'll not get to that under normal usage, but it's just one 
to save the proper amount. You're really being an old miser there 
with that fuel. 

S/C Roger. For the people who are concerned about the water boiler, 

or wonder about it, we are definitely venting out the left side 
here. We can see it now; quite a good amount. 

HOUSTON Good. That confirms what we were thinking down here; and we've got 

some further thoughts for you on that later on. 



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Roger. We've had a little difficulty determining which way we're 
rolling. We stayed buttoned up in here and then we awakened and 
had a very random observation. I guess we yaw left, though. 
Understand. You were yawing left. We looked at your control inputs 
and they appeared to be mostly yaw right to take it out with some 
pitch . 
Righto. 

Do you want to go ahead with the fuel cell purge? 

Stand by. Here it comes. Here's Jim with it. Got the fuel cell 

purge coming now. 

Roger. Stand by for a TR, Gemini 7. 

Standing by. TR received. For your information, we were not able 
to accomplish Apollo landmark 137. Clouds over the lake. 
Roge. Understand. 

And, another thing I was wondering about. We're wondering why the 
RCS heater's on all the time. Is that what they wanted? 
That's affirmative. 
Okay. Fine and dandy. 

That's a spot in the flight plan; starting down hill from there, 

isn't it? 

It is in this one. 

You betchya! You'll are really doing a great job. 

I'll tell you. The best decision made was when Mr. Kraft ordered 

me to get out of that suit. 

We thought it would be. You just made his whole day. 

Well, listen. He made my whole night and day. Lovell's without 

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HOUSTON We had some interesting exchanges of bets in here when you put 

both flight suits on. Gemini 7, Houston Flight. Jim how about 

telling us how it is back in the suit. 
S/C ...UHF 6 pass ? 

**NOTE: At this time, they switched channels and the spacecraft's 

transmission was not recorded. 
HOUSTON Negative. Give me a little more verbal description. 

The communicator during this pass is not Elliot See as we advised; 
it is Ed White, who is the command pilot in the backup crew. Ed has been at the 
console frequently during this Red Team Shift; and unexpectedly came up and did... 
is doing the talking during this pass. We're ready to go back to the spacecraft 
now; we'll pick up some additional conversation. 



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Can I open Circuit 2C again? 

I think we want to wait a while there on that, Frank, until we 

establish this trend again. 

Roger. 

Understand your report at this point was 3-5 amps. Is that correct? 
We prepared that report about 10 minutes ago, and it is now down 
to about 3 amps in the cockpit; but it's difficult to tell because 
you're always doing tape dumps and so on. It's right around 
between 3 and 3.5- 

Roger. Frank, what we're considering there is open circuiting the 

whole cell. 

Roger. 

Acquisition, Antigua. 

Is everything still good at the Cape? 

Roger. Looking real good. Yea, they're still ahead of schedule, 
there; and we're going to support their pad test here in about 2 
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Roger. Purge complete, Houston. 

Roger. Stand by for Surgeon. Gemini 7. This is Surgeon. Could 
you give me a little bit of a description about what you think 
your general condition is this morning, in particular as to how 
you think you as far as the rest status and fatigue. We're 
interested in this particularly because we're trying to plan 
something for tonight so that we've got you in shape for this 
rendezvous which is going to go into your sleep period tomorrow 
night . 

Houston, I think we're in pretty good shape. We are a little 
sleepy at times, but it's difficult to sleep that full 10 hours. 
We do cat -nap frequently during the day, though. 
You are getting some good cat-naps in then? 
Right. 

Very good. Was there any moisture in the spacecraft, that you 
could tell, last night when you got this temp down so low? 
Both windows were not frosted, but fogged over. 
Do you think that had anything to do with helping to clear this 
nasal business? You certainly seem to sound better this morning. 
I think that little water did help a lot. As a matter of fact, I've 
been moistening towels in here and putting them over my nose and 
rubbing my face with them. So has Jim. 

Very good. Jim, we've pretty well lost that sternal lead on you. 
Have you tried pressing the sensors, both the top and the bottom, 
of the sternum there? 
Roger. I'll try it again. 
Okay. 

Any luck, Surgeon? 



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Negative, Jim. That doesn't seem to help it very much. I think 
we're not going to be able to do very much with it until we can 
get you out of that business to look at it. So, we'll just ride 
it along here. We've got one good lead on you, though, and we've 
got good respiratory trace. Frank, we've got two good leads. 
His respiration trace still is not very good, and that fix that 
we tried didn't seem to work. So, you might just check yours, 
Frank and make sure that everything is good there. It can't be 
the sensors on you, because your Axillary lead is very good. 
Roger. Both sensors are tight. And the amplifier is tight also. 
Very good. Well, I'd just leave it alone then. 
Roge . 

Gemini 7. This is Surgeon. We're thinking of just slipping this 
sleep period an hour tonight. Have you start an hour later and 
have it go a couple of hours longer tomorrow morning. And, have 
you try and fit into the program that way so that you'd be ready 
to go a little bit later tomorrow night. Does that sound agree- 
able to you? 

Roger. That's fine with us. 
Very good. Gemini 7, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

How have you come on the dim light work? 

We've taken a couple of pictures of the air glow. We had a good 

shot of the Arora yesterday, but by the time we got around again, 
it was gone. 



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HOUSTON Yes, I think you'll find the only target of opportunity is when 

they're up. 

S/C Roger. ... (Garble) .. .but we didn't have the fuel to use it. 

HOUSTON Right. If we see anything down here that is particularly.... 

we feel would be particularly worthwhile for you, we'll give you 

an update on it. 

S/C Thank you. Hey, listen. Jim and I are ... We really appreciate 

all the effort of everybody there. It's really been great. Every- 
body on the ground's been really helping out; and I wish you'd 
tell them that. 

HOUSTON Well, listen. Our efforts are all up there. You're making it 

as smooth as silk for us. 
GRAND TURK LOS Grand Turk. 

Gemini Control here. That probably wraps up the communications 
for this pass. The spacecraft is now out over the mid-Atlantic. You heard Jim 
Lovell ask regarding the UHF mode. The reference was to one of several antenna 
orientation patterns available, during any given pass. Bermuda has been advised to 
go remote; but the Cap Corns here, Ed White and Elliot See, look like they've exhausted 
the conversational traffic for this pass, so we'll cut off at this time. 
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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 9:12 a.m. Tape 283, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, 163 hours Uo minutes into the 
flight. Over the Canary Station we had conversation ,1a brief one, and it went 
like this . 



Canary Gemini 7j Canary Cap Com com check, how do you read? 

S/C Loud and clear Canary. 

Canary Okay, we have nothing else for you except we would like a 

humidity readout within the next pass and you can relay it 
over the next State side contact. 

S/C Thank you. 

Canary Okay, we will be standing by. 

S/C Canary, Gemini 7. 

Canary Go ahead 7- 

S/C We have attempted MSG -12, the land -water interface looked 

good, a few clouds, however, there was no color change on 
the reticle again. 

Canary Okay, we copy. 

S/C (garbled) 

Canary Say again, you are — 

S/C The color with the filter on I guess a sort of tan-pinkish 

area such as the desert part of Africa here. Would you relay 
that to Houston, please. 

Canary Okay, will do. 

S/C Would you also tell them please that we believe this photo- 

meter is defective. 
Canary Okay. 

Flight Tell him Flight rogere that. 

Canary Flight rogers.that. Canary has telemetry LOS. 



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Flight Roger Canary. 

Canary All system were go at LOS. 

Gemini Control here. That concludes the Kano situation — 
that concludes the Canary situation. We had additional conversation a very 
few minutes later while over Kano and toward the tag end of that pass 7 
called us to tell us the situation in the Stack C, cell 2. That it was 
dropping somewhat and we have just about concluded — do the 
same test we did yesterday, in other words, open that circuit and see if that 
won't build the voltage and build the electricity producing conditions 
within that stack. A little later in the pass, just before the spacecraft 
reaches Carnarvon we have plans for another D-U/D-7 experiment taking radio- 
metric measurements and we now have the conversation remoted through Kano 
for you. 

Kano Kano remote. 

Cap Com Gemini 7> Gemini 7 '• Houston. Do you read. 

S/C Loud and clear Houston. Go ahead, please. 

Cap Com We want you to delete the next MSC-12 activity for the time 

being. We want to look at the data on the next tape dump 
from this one that you fjust did. We would like you to put 
the instrument up without changing the calibration setting. 

S/C Roger. The calibration setting was set at the full up posi- 

tion since it never changed colors. Jim just left it full up 
so we have a very ready source of it right away. 

Cap Com Roger. 

S/C This is Gemini 7. 

Cap Com Roger 7> go ahead. Gemini 7> go ahead. 



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S/C Our fuel cell 2C stack is now down to 2 amps and we are 

getting a g amp split in the main bus amps . 

Cap Com Roger. We will probably give it an open circuit at Carnarvon 

this time, 7- 

S/C Roger, thank you. 

Cap Com We will be in touch with you at Tananarive also if necessary. 

S/C Roger. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 9:37 a.m. Tape 28k, Page 1 

Gemini Control here . We talked to 7 over Tananarive and the 
conversation went like this. 



TAN Tananarive remote. Tananarive has acquisition. 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, Houston. Do you read? 

S/C Loud and clear, Houston. Go ahead. 

HOUSTON Roger. You're also loud and clear. Could you give us a reading 

on Stack 2C again, please. 
S/C Elliot, we have about 2 amps on 2C. 

HOUSTON Roger. Understand you're still maintaining 2 amps. 

S/C Roger. And the voltage is 28 volts. 

HOUSTON That's less voltage 28 volts? 

S/C That's stack voltage. 2C stack voltage is 28 volts. 

HOUSTON Roger. Is that the bus voltage or did you open circuit? 

S/C No. That's the bus voltage. No open circuit. 

HOUSTON Roger. .Gemini 7, Houston. Gemini 7, Houston. Do you read? 

S/C Gemini 7. Roger. 

HOUSTON Our present plans are to turn off that section at Canton with 

the power switch, and let it reopen circuit from there to the U.S. 

And, then we'll turn it back on and observe how it reacts with that. 
S/C Understand you plan on turning off the second section to open 

circuit it with the power switch at Canton and leaving it on 

until we get to the States. Is that correct? 
HOUSTON Roger . 

S/C ...(Garble)... 
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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 9:50 a.m. Tape 285, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston. We're on the 103rd revolution and 
very close to the 2h million mile mark in the flight. The time to end 
of flight and the elapsed time are now roughly 40; minutes apart. The 
clocks are almost balanced. Over Carnarvon we had this conversation. 
CRO Carnarvon here, TM solid, everything looks good. 

HOU FLIGHT Roger Carnarvon. 

CRO They're not showing any modulation on the experimental 

transmitter. Looks like he still has the beacon on 
and he has not started the D-4/D-7 experiment, he's 
probably concerned about that fuel cell!' Should I 
ask him to start that thing or not? 
FLIGHT You might query him about it. You say he still has 

$he acq aid On? 

CRO Rog, that's what it looks like from here. 

HOU FLIGHT Okay, you might remind him about the acq aid on. 

CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead Carnarvon. 

CRO Roger, we're receiving acq add beacon and we're ex- 

pecting D-4/D-7, is there any trouble? 

S/C No, we don't have the schedule yet Carnarvon. Stand by 

We're checking our log now. 

CRO Roger . 



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S/C We thought it was later. We thought it was 30 to 03. 

CRO All righty. Gemini 7, Carnarvon, we have a readout 

for you this pass and you look good here on the ground. 

We're standing by. 

S/C Roger, did you schedule that for the next pass, that's 

our fault . 

CRO That's all right. That's no sweat, Texas will take 

care of it. 
S/C Thank you. 

HOU PLIGHT Would you have him give us a readout on 2C? 

CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon, would you give us another readout 

on 2C? 

S/C Roger stand by. That will be about 2h amps as close 

as we can read it. 
CRO Roger, thank you. 

HOU FLIGHT That makes us fe*l better. Tell him that agrees with 

what we see on the ground. His last reading did not. 

CRO Flight tells us that makes us feel better. It agrees 

with the groundrange quite closely. 

S/C Roger 

CRO On 2.39 here at Carnarvon. 

HOU FLIGHT Rog , that agrees fairly close to his. 

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HOU FLIGHT Trans factor there right? 

CRO That's affirm. 

S/c There we go again with the RCS range indication of 

thimster firing but we also saw a brief indication of 
a retrorocket firing while we had solid lock. Apparen 



there's a little bit of noise riding on that TM. 
CRO Roger . 

HOU FLIGHT eVeHt type noise here at MCC without getting a 

TM droupout. 
CRO Roger 

. V, We still have C band type but we're about 10 seconds 

past our nominal LOS, there we lost it. It went outuL 
about +12 seconds. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/ 11/65, 10:05 a.m. Tape 286, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control Houston. Over Canton Island only 
minutes ago we had this conversation. 



Cap Com Gemini 7> Houston. 

S/C This is 7s go ahead. 

Cap Com I would like for you to get ready for turning off section 

2 power switch Jim. Could you give us a complete readout 
on your stack currents at the present time. 

,S/C Say again. . 

Cap Com We would like a complete readout on your stack currents. 

S/C This is Gemini 7, you are unreadable.^ Say again please. 

Cap Com Would you give us a complete readout on your stack 

currents? 

S/C Understand Houston. You want a complete readout on our 

stack currents. Standby and I'll give them to you. 
Cap Com Roger. 

S/C LA, 3-5; IB, k; 1C, 3-5; 2A, 3; 2B, 2£j 2C 2\. 

Cap Com Roger Gemini 7- What is your bus current? Bus voltage? 

S/C I read you very weak but I'll give you bus voltages for 

the stacks. LA, 27-8; IB, 27-8; 1C, 27-8; 2A, 27.8; 

2B, 27.8; 2C, 27-81 
Cap Com Roger. Gemini 7, Gemini 7> this is Houston. 

S/C Gemini 7 here. You are very very weak. Say again. 

Cap Com Do not turn off section, repeat, do not turn off section 2. 

S/C Roger, we will not. 

Canton Canton has LOS at l6 02 3U. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 10: a.m. Tape 287, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here, l6h hours k2 minutes into this 
flight . In the last 10 minutes we have started a meeting by telephone with 
the officials at the Cape, including the Gemini 6 crew who are gathered in 
the crew quarters in the Manned Spaceflight Operations Building on the Merritt 
Island NASA area. They are discussing the ground rules, the last minute consid- 
erations and the like for our planned 6 launch tomorrow morning. During this 
period, Chris Kraft, the Red Team Flight Director has turned over control of 
this mission to the Assistant Flight Director, Charles Harmon. The Guaymas 
station is presently reading out the systems on the 7 spacecraft right now. 
He has been looking at them for about the last minute. Also we have got several 
onlookers in the viewing area with us right now. We can see Mrs. LovelJ and 
her 3 children and we understand Mrs. Borman is on her way over with her 
children and not yet reached the Control Center. They will be listening in 
on this State side pass as will you. The flight plan calls for no experimental 
activity during the pass, again Apollo landmark photography is to be taken in 
the area of the Canary Islands, that will be followed by an exercise period 
and they will have lunch starting at — over Tananarive at an elapsed time of 
165 hours and kO minutes, aboiit an hour from now. The eating period will con- 
sume about 1 hour, we show another fuel cell purge in the Hawaii are on this 
rev, also some D-k/'D- r J radiometric measurements in the Carnarvon area. Guaymas 
has gotten summaries to us on their systems readings. Elliot See momentarily 
will put in a call to the 7 spacecraft. The Guidance Navigation Control 
Engineer, Arnie Aldrich, adyises we are showing about 30 percent fuel remaining, 
30 percent out of a load that started off at roughly 350 pounds. Elliot has put 
in a call, let's cut in there and see what is going on. 



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Cap Com .... this morning, observing this pass. We would like to tell 

you Congratulations on your half-way mark. You are now heading 

downhill. 

S/C Elliot, would you say Hello to them for me, please. Also, thank 

you very much. 

Cap Com You ;Just did it yourself. Also I see the Borman hoys are here. 

S/C Hi "boys. 

Cap Com I have a flight plan update for you. 

S/C Stand by just a minute, Elliot. Go ahead, Elliot. 

Cap Com D-U/D-7, 165 ^3 35, frequence Ul5 and 4l6, mode 02, rescheduled 

from previous pass. MSC-U, 166 20 Ul, sequence 01, mode 01, 
pitch 30 degrees down, yaw 25 degrees left. Do you copy? 

S/C We copy. 

Cap Com Roger. Do you have the humidity reading that we ask for in 

the cockpit? 

S/C Roger, stand by. The average temperature dew point reads 

in our survey this morning have been dew point around 58, 
temperature around 82. 

Cap Com Roger, copy. 58 and 82. 

S/C That is 16 degrees higher than they were this morning when we 

got up, Elliot. 

Cap Com 16 degrees higher, roger. On the fuel cell, we looked at your 

amp readings and decided we would hold off a little bit on this 
open circuit technique and just observe it a little longer. 

S/C Roger, understand that. 



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Cap Com Those are the only items we have on this pass and we will be 

standing by for the rest of your pass. 
S/C Houston, we were trying out some of this high contrast film 

over the States pass, but I see you are quite cloudy today. 
Cap Com That is affirmative. We are hoping for a break in this weather 

so we can try an MSC-U at Hawaii, but it looks pretty bad for 

today. For your information the Ascension MSC-U equipment is 

still down. 

S/C That is just what I was going to ask you. 

Cap Com We had a simulation with the GT-6 crew last night, final run 

through on the rendezvous sim and everything went real well. 

S/C Good. Looks like the East Coast is pretty clear up toward the 

North . 

Cap Com Roger. 

S/C Anyways it looks that way. 

Cap Com Gemini 7. Are you still having any of the water boiler venting? 

S/C This is 7. Not to our knowledge, Houston. 

Cap Com Roger. 

Antigua Acquisition, Antigua. 

S/c When the boiler vents, it also gives us a left roll, Elliot, which 

is very pronounce .. .you know it's there. 
Cap Com Roger. 

S/C Elliot, you can (Garble).... 

Cap Com I didn't copy that 7. Say again 

S/c Would tell the Lovell family that it looks like our grass needs 

mowing. 

Cap Com I'll tell her. Gemini 7, Houston. 

S/C This is 7. Go ahead. 



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Could you give us another read out on those stack currents? 



S/C 



Roger. Stand by. 1A is 3-5 amps, IB is k amps, 1C is just 



slightly under k amps, 2A is 3 amps, 2B is about 2.5 amps, and 



2C is slightly under 3 amps. 



Cap Com 



Roger . 



Grand Turk 



LOS Grand Turk. 



Gemini Control here. It sounds like that wraps up the communica- 



tions. When Frank Borman bid good morning to his two sons, who are here behind 
the glass, there were two very brilliant smiles evoked by that comnent. The boys 
remain here in the Control Center along with Mrs. Lovell and her three children. 
The meeting in which Mr. Kraft was taking part has concluded. Talking with 
Dr. Mueller, Mr. Preston, Capt. Shirra, Ma j . Stafford, and other officials associated 
with the launch of Gemini 6 tomorrow morning. At 165 hours even, and we have now 
passed the elapsed time versus the end of mission clock, it now reads 164 hours, 
23 minutes versus 165 elapsed time, this is Gemini Control, Houston. 
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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 10:U8 a.m. Tape 288, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here. Jay Lovell, Jim Lovell's son, 
I believe he is 11 years old, is visiting us here. He is down at Chris Kraft's 
console seated in a chair beside Chris looking over his console and during 
breaks Chris is trying to explain to him what the many colored lights mean and 
where they are linked to . The Borman boys have left the Control Center . They 
got away before we could invite them in for a little visit here. Over the 
Canary station we had conversation with the boys fathers and it went like 
this . 

Canary Gemini 7, Canary. 

S/C Go ahead Canary. 

Canary Roger. We are noticing your fuel cell hydrogen has dropped, 

it is almost down to minimum. You might take a look at it 
and boost it up a little bit. 

o/C Roger, thank you. 

Canary And it looks like your fuel cell 2 has just about leveled out 

and everything looks pretty good. We'll keep a close look 
at it on the ground , however . 

S/C Roger . 

Canary That is about all we have for today. See you tomorrow. 

S/C Righto. In regards to the Apollo landmark shot which we 

are coming up on right now, there are so many clouds over 
the areas we don't think we can get a shot. 

Canary Ah, roger. What about the Apollo, Flight? 

Flight Stand by. Not to worry about it if they can't hack it. 



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Canary Okay, if you can't do it, than just don't worry about it, 

forget it. 
S/C Roger, thank you. 

Canary Rog. Are you still with us? 

S/C Roger, we are still with you. 

Canary A further command on your rev time at Acq Aid 6. 

S/C Roger . 

Flight Canarys , we are going to reconfigure the Control Center here 

to support the mid- count test, so while you are going - — 
Gemini Control here again. That concludes the Canary dis- 
cussion. At 10:U5 central standard time this morning we reconfigured the 
range so that we are receiving manual summaries from the sites , the reason for 
this switch, and we expect that it will go on now for several hours, is to 
allow this Control Center here in Houston to support the mid-count on the 
Gemini 6 preparations for launch down at the Cape. We had more discussion 
via the Kano station and here it is. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston. How do you read? 

S/c This is 7, read. you loud and clear. 

Cap Com Roger. We would like to ask you to keep track of this 

water boiler venting, keep a log on it so we can get a 
handle on how often it is happening. 

S/C Roger, the only time we can tell it is venting is at twilight 

or when the sun shines at a certain way and it forms a — 
when it sparkles on the ice crystals against the night sky. 

Cap Com Roger , in other words , it is so minor that you can only tell 

it when you see it. You do not get any motions out of it 



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that are particularly noticeable? 
S/C Roger, although right now we are in a slow left roll after 

we had lined up our Apollo landmark and then shut down, we 

did go into a slow left roll. 
Cap Com; Roger. 7, we would like you to just do the best you can on 

that as far as keeping track of it to see if we can' establish 

any pattern here as to how often it does vent. 
S/C Roger, will do. 

Kano Kano has LOS. 

This is Gemini Control Houston. That concludes the Kano dis- 
cussion. We may have additional conversation via Tananarive some 5 to 8 minutes 
from now. If we have it, we will bring it to you. This is Gemini Control 
Houston, 165 hours 20 minutes into the flight of 7- 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 11:27 a.m. Tape 289, Page 1 

Gemini Control Houston here. We are on the lOUth rev around 
the earth. Over Carnarvon a few minutes ago, the station read out the values.- 
in the spacecraft advised 7 that they need not acknowledge , they would stand 
by on the ground. Jim Lovell acknowledged anyway with a mere Roger and that 
was that. Hawaii probably will be equally quiet on this rev. They are due 
to acquire at Hawaii at 35 minutes after the hour, some 6 minutes from now. 
We have an KSC-12 experiment planned for the West Coast of California, that 
is an Apollo landmark contrast photographic experiment planned on the California 
coast during this rev, also a cabin temperature survey to be done between 
Bermuda and Ascension Island. This is Gemini Control Houston. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/ll/65, U.:hj a.m. Tape 290, Page 1 

This is Gemini:' Control Houston, 166 hours, 16 minutes into the mission. 
Elliot See has contacted 7 which is still off the coast of California. The 
cloud coverage has lifted out at White Sands and we are going to try a Laser 
experiment on this pass. We've also added two features, two smoke pods to 
the west to help the pilots eight that beam of light. The procedure is that 
Jim Lovell will get out a box which is roughly the size of a shoe box, about 
three by five by eight and if they acquire the light beam from the ground he 
locks on to it and then we'll modulate certain signal pulses that will be 
sent back and forth. And perhaps talk. We're going to monitor this experi- 
ment live. We don't know how much conversation will go on, but let's cut in 
now and see what ' s going on . 



HOU CAP COM Gemini 7, Houston, let me know when you're complete with your 

Laser tracking so we can work on the tape dump. 
S/C Roger 

HOU Guaymas AFD, give us reading on 2C please 

GYM -We're trying to lock up long enough to get it. 

It still reads 1.62. 
HAW Houston Flight , Hawaii Cap Com. 

HOU Go ahead 

HAW Still reads 1.62. 

HOU 1.62? 
GYM AFD ,Giiaymaa 

Hou Go ahead 

GYM We're reading 1.68 

HOU Gemini 7, Houston, when you get a break will you give us the 

amp reading on the fuel cells . 
S/C Rog. 



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S/C Roger, I understand. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, we want to do a manual tape dump. Place your : '-j 

standby TM switch to delayed time. 
S/C Standby TM on delayed time. 

Cap Com Roger 7- Jim, we would like you to press on your top 

sternal lead again, just the top one and hold it until I 
tell you. 

S/C Rog. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, place your tape playback switch to dOHtiHUoUS . 

S/C Roger, tape playback to continuous. 

Cap Com Okay Jim. You can release the top sternal lead and press 

on the bottom one until I tell you. 
S/C Roger, will do. 

Cap Com Sounds like you got about 3 hands going there. 

S/C Roger. ■ Elliot, we had a beautiful view of White Sands and 

I don't think we were that far away, we could have picked 

that beam up if it was boresighted correctly. 
Cap Com Roger. Jim, I would like you to release that bottom sternal 

lead and then press on it again, just alternately, just on 

and off for a few times here. 
S/C Roger. 

Cap Com Okay, that's fine Jim. You can release the sternal lead. 

Captain Brentnall is here telling me again what a good job 

you guys are doing on the V-h/D-l* s . You did real well and 

you got the Polaris very well. 
S/C Very good. Elliot, we just did a cabin temperature survey 

a short time ago. Do you mind if we scrub this one coming 



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up on 166? 

Cap Com Roger, that will be okay. Could you tell me what the open 

circuit 2C is looking like now on the amperage, on the 
voltage . 

S/C Roger, it is 31-2. 

Cap Com 31-2, roger. 

Antigua Acquisition, Antigua. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, place your tape playback switch to command. 

S/c In command. 

Cap Com And standby TM switch to off. 

S/C Standby TM is off. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, we will take a look at the fuel cell open circuit 

voltage and the time and so forth again at Ascension and 
we will probably put it back on at that point. 

S/C Roger, understand. We will probably put it back on at 

Ascension. 

S/C Elliot, if we lose communications with you, we shouldn't 

leave it off for much more than 13 or Ik minutes , should 
we . 

Flight That's right, Frank. I think maybe we ought to turn it off 

here before we have LOS at Antigua, so stand by a minute. 
S/C Roger. 

Cap Com 7, standby for a minute. Surgeon has a brief note and I have 

a — we'll get back with you on the fuel cell. 

Surgeon Gemini 7, this is Surgeon. Jim, in checking that lead, it 

is very definitely the lower sensor , the sensor on the bottom 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 11:47 a.m. Tape 290 , Page 5 

of the sternal there, so we obviously can't do anything about 
that as long as you are in the suited condition and we will 
have to await some further developments in that area before 
we are able to have you do anything further with that sensor. 
We are going along with the single lead. 

s/c Roger, understand. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston. Do you still have the delta P light on. 

S/c Affirmative. Delta P light has been on. 

Cap Com Roger and has the stack 2C voltage gone up to the top of the 

scale, 32 volts. 

S/c It has risen a little bit, but not much. I would say about 

a tenth to two tenths. 
Cap Com Roger. 
Grand Turk LOS at Turk. 

Flight Gemini 7, this is Houston. We would like to have you put 

stack 2C back on the line at this time and then give us 

a complete stack amperage readout. 
S/C Roger, 2C back on the line. 1A, k amps; IB, 1C is k; 

2k, 3; 2B about 2^; and that 2C is still around 2 amps. 
Cap Com Roger 7- We will be contacting you further on it at 

Ascension. 
S/C Roger. 

Cap Com Sure you will be keeping track of it between here and 

Ascension. We will be interesting in whether it increases 
or what it does. 

S/C Roger, I'll watch it. 

Cap Com See any difference in 2C yet, the last reading was 2.0. 

S/C No, actually Elliot, it looks like it is down now to almost 

1"! amps now. 



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Tape 290 , Page 6 



Cap Com 



Roger - 



Antigua 



LOS Antigua. 



This is Gemini Control here. You heard the conversation 



first about that Laser experiment, didn't work out, out at White Sands. Jim 
Lovell said it way unusually clear out there, they could see the smoke but 
they did not acquire the light beam. The chances for acquisition are unlikely 
in a case like that because they were a little more than 250 miles from the 
source. They will be in a much better position over Ascension and Hawaii 
later today. That stack 2C amperage is still the biggest puzzler this morning. 
Since Carnarvon our readings show on stack 2C for amperage 2 .k and at Hawaii 
it read 1.9 5 Guaymas 1.6, Texas 1-5 • It was approximately over the Texas 
station that we switched to the open position on the stack and we heard 
Lovell report a rise- It got up to about 2 and then out over the Island Chain 
as they started the swing down over the Atlantic, it started declining again. 
The last reading he gave -us was 1.5. The voltage on that particular stack is 
well up to an acceptable value, over 30, up in the area of 31^- We will be 
taking a close look at that at Ascension, Tananarive, and on around the range. 
We have ready for you now some Hawaii conversation before we started this long 
State side pass. We will play that for you now. 
Hawaii Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C Roger, 7 here. 

Hawaii Roger Gemini 7. Will you place you DCS circuit breaker to 



open . 



S/C 



Open . 



Hawaii 



Your TM control switch to real time and Acq aid. 



S/C 



Hawaii 



Say a : ";ain. 



S/C 



Roger . 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/11/65 , 11:47 a.m. Tape 290, Page 7 

Hawaii Adapter C-band to continuous. 

S/C Adapter C-band to continuous, roger. 

Hawaii Roger, standing by. Hawaii has TM solid. 

Flight Roger. 

Hawaii Gemini, Hawaii has C-band track. Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C Go ahead, please. 

Hawaii Roger, we are going to let you in this configuration until 

Flight advises us to change. The reason for this is we are 
supporting the pad test on 6, so we will just let you in 
this configuration. 

S/C Fine. Thank you. 

Hawaii We show you go on the ground and I have some information for 

you to copy when you are free. 
S/C Standby a minute. 

Flight You can start reading him that Hawaii, it is correct. 

Hawaii Roger. 

S/C Go ahead, Hawaii. 

Hawaii Roger, they will be having a manual tape dump over the States 

and I have a flight plan update when you are ready to copy. 
S/C We are ready. 

Hawaii Title, node at 166 00 12, rev 10k, 173-3 degrees east, right 

Ascension 10 hours 2h minutes 18 seconds. 
S/C Roger, we have it. 

Hawaii Transponder test at 167 35 00, sequence 01 at Hawaii. Off 

at 167 59 00. Apollo at 168 08 29, sequence 5& 5 pitch 30 
degrees down, yaw 13 degrees right. MSC-2 and 3, at 
168 15 00, sequence 02, same time replace tracer storage 
accumulator if not previously done. At 168 52 00 crew status 



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report, Command Pilot Carnarvon. At 169 00 00 bio-med 
recorder number 1 continuous. Are you with me. 

S/C Yes sir. 

Hawaii At 169 17 00 crew status report, Pilot, Hawaii. S-5, 

169 3k 00, pitch 90 degrees down, yaw 0 degrees single. 
Photograph of the Southern Mexican Yucatan area. MSC-2 
and 3, 169 U9 00, sequence 03, stop at 170 0k 00. At 
171 00 00, bio-med recorder number 1 off. Still with me 
Gemini 7 • 

S/C Roger. 

Hawaii At 171 26 00 PLA update, fuel cell purge over RKV. At 

171 35 00 exercise. At 171 ^5 00 housekeeping period, 
At 172 10 00 flight plan report, CSQ, at 172 15 00 eat 
period, At 173 15 00 bio-med recorder to continuous and 
start sleep period. At iSk 15 00 end of sleep period. 
MSC-2 and 3, l8U 15 00 off. At l8U 15 00 bio-med recorder 
number 2 off. At l8U 23 00 purge fuel cells, PLA update 



over Canaries. Copy Gemini 7- 
S/C Everything except the last time. 

Hawaii The last time was l8U 23 00. 

s/C I got it now. 

Hawaii Roger. He just powered up his platform -- DISREGARD Flight, 

he powered up his ACME system. 
Flight Okay, that's what we thought. 

Haw Hawaii had TM and C-band LOS. 

Flight Roger Hawaii. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/11/65 , 1:23 p.m. Tape 291, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, Houston at l67 hours, 52 minutes into 
the flight. A very few minutes ago, exactly 8 minutes ago, we were successful 
with a Laser experiment over Hawaii. The ground... The spacecraft transmitted 
successfully a beam... Let me reverse that. The spacecraft saw the ground beacon 
locked onto the light and did transmit. We are checking. .. still checking... at 
Hawaii to see what the effect read out in the ground was. The time of acquisition 
was 1:15 Central Standard Time. They remained locked on the light beam for 
approximately 2 minutes. We have the tape of that pass for you, and we'll play 
it for you now. 



HAW C-Band track at Hawaii. They're back to continuance, Flight. 

HOUSTON Roger . 

HAW Put your Delta C-Band back into continuance position. 

S/C In the continuance position. 

HAW Roger. 

HOUSTON Prepare to receive the automatic summaries now. 

HAW Are you reading it? 

S/C We're seeing your beacon intermittently. -It should shortly. 

HAW Air track at Hawaii. 

HOUSTON Roge. 
HAW Gemini 7, look to 080. 

S/C Read 080. 

HAW If you look at an.. at the islands at 020, look generally to the 

east, and you may be able to pick out the island. 
S/C That's the planning commands we got. 

HAW Okay. I'm just giving you a general look as you come up over, from 

what my radar's looking at you. I'm turning you around, so maybe 
you'll have the general look towardw the island. Okay. Stay 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 1:23 p.m. Tape 291, Page 

with your mode. Pitch 30 down and yaw 20 right. Then try and 



look in that general vicinity from the window. 

S/c I've got it now, thank's. 

HAW Roger . 

HOUSTON Our commands are based.... 

S/c You... yaw 2 right; it's yaw 20 right. Is that correct? 

HAW Is that yaw 20 right, Flight? 

, HOUSTON That ' s correct . 

HAW Roger. Yaw 20 right. 2 zero. 

S/c Okay. I thought it was two, but we've got the island. 

HAW Okay. Could you give ma a read out of 2 Alpha, 2 Bravo, and 2 
Charlie? 

HOUSTON You needn ' t . . . . 

S/c I'll get right on it. We already see the beacon. 

HAW Roger. Is that good, Flight? 

HOUSTON Let him track for a while. 

HAW Okay. 

HOUSTON Read out here of 2 Charlie is 1.8. 

HAW 1.8, Flight, right. Are you picking up the beacon at all? 

S/C Nothing at all, but we see the island loud and clear. 

HAW Okay. Your transmitting down? 

S/C Roger. 

HAW Okay . Flight . 

HOUSTON Go ahead. 

HAW You want an A and a B to update your computers? • 

HOUSTON Affirmative. 
HAW Okay. 



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S/C Are you that group of buildings on top of the hill? 

HAW That's affirmative. Right up on top of the mountain on the north- 
west portion of the mountains on the island. 

S/C And, I got you loud and clear. 

HAW Okay. You don't see the beacon at all? 

S/C Not a thing. 

HAW Can you pick out any of the antennas to the north of the buildings. 

S/C There's clouds over the ...to the east of you now. 

HAW Okay. 

S/C I see a lot of buildings and what looks like antennas scattered 

around them. I've.... the northwest side of the mountain. 

HAW Okay. 

S/C There's also some smoke, it looks like over the south side of 
the hill. 

HAW That could be true. They're probably burning sugar cane. 

S/C That's what it looks like. We're transmitting. 

HAW Roger . 

S/C I got it. 

HAW You got the beacon in sight? 

S/C The beacon, I think. 

HAW Roger. 

S/C Is it pretty close to the out by the ridge there? 

HAW That's affirmative. 

S/C Okay, I saw it. I can see it again. I' see it again. . 

HAW Very good. 

S/C You're hitting us. You're There it is again. 



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_AW Very good. Try aiming at it. 

S/C Okay. Now I got the Laser.. 

HAW Okay. 

S/C It's still with us. 

HAW Okay. 

S/C Should have got you on that one. 

HAW Very good. Stand by. Seven, Hawaii. 

S/C Go ahead, Hawaii. 

HAW Okay. Have you seen anymore of it? 

S/C I don't believe so. 

HAW Okay. You're getting pretty far down in the pass; I'd knock it 

off at this time. Can you give me a read out of section 21 

S/C Roger.' Stand by. 2A, 3 amps; 2B, 2.5 amps; and 2C, 2 amps. 

_aW Okay. Thanks very much. 

HOUSTON What's 2A? 

HAW 3; 2B, 2.5; 2C, 2. 

HOUSTON Roger . 

HAW Hawaii Cap Com. If there's nothing further, we'll be standing 
by. 

S/C Thank you. 

HAW Seven, Hawaii. 

S/C Go ahead. 

HAW You can put your adapter back to command. 

S/C Roge. How about asking MCC if they picked us up. 

HAW Okay. They're copying all that. You in "Command"? 

S/C Roger. 

iiAW Flight, Hawaii. Hawaii Cap Com. 

HOUSTON Go ahead. 



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Tape 291, Page 5 



HAW We're having a little trouble with that C-Band beacon when we 

go to "Command". It drops in and out. It's back on now; I've 
got them back in the original configuration circuit breaker, as 
far as the DCS, that is. TM control switch is in command. The 
adapter C-Band is in command. And, we do have solid lock at this 
time. 

HOUSTON Roge. Do you see the beacon? 

HAW I'm unable to raise the Laser people. I'll get a hold of them. 

As soon as we get them back in the Band, I'll try and give you 

some more info. 
HOUSTON Roge . 

HAW Hawaii Cap Cam. 

HOUSTON Go ahead. 

HAW They think they might have gotten something. 

HOUSTON An LOS main? 

HAW. Roger. LOS at Hawaii. 

HOUSTON Roge. 

Gemini Control, Houston back here. I think it's fair to say that's 
as excited as we've heard Frank Borman sound on the last 168 hours. No additional 
information from the ground station in Hawaii as to how things worked out in the 
Laser Van. That van is manned by communicators from the Ames Research Center, a 
NASA Center near San Francisco. The third voice you heard in the conversation was 
that of Ed Findell, a Manned Spacecraft Center Capsule Communicator working at 
Hawaii. This is Gemini Control, Houston. 
END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/11/65, 1:41 p.m. Tape 292, Page 1 

Houston, here, 168 hours and 11 minutes into the flight. The word 
from Hawaii is it looks tentatively like they did get a few hits with 
that Laser transmission of Jim Lovell's. They're busy working on their 
data reduction right now. We'll probably hear more from them in the 
next half hour or so. Meanwhile, on the pass across the states there 
was much additional discussion on the Laser attempt. Jim Lovell sug- 
gested that we look seriously into a night pass on one of the stations. 
Here on the ground the experts concur with that. We have no tentative 
time for a reschedule of the experiment. Unfortunately, equipment problems 
have knocked us out from any attempts today with the Ascension Station. 
Ascension, we hope each day, will be up. Now, it looks like at least 

morrow before it will be ready to support any experiments. Borman 
confirmed again that he saw it loud and clear. It must have remarkably 
clear. He could pick out the buildings and even some antenna set ups 
on top of the mountain in Hawaii. The pattern for the experiment was 
the pilots were to acquire first, a flashing light and when they locked 
on that flash would become a steady light. Then, Lovell over that steady 
light wave was to transmit a 100 pulse per second beam of light from his 
little shoe box transmitter in the window. There was no conversational 
attempt in this first series of experiments. When and if that is done 
with complete success, we'll then go to an eight kilocycle pulse from 
the spacecraft and finally attempt some voice communication over the 
light beam. Here now is a rather lengthy pass across the southern United 
States. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65 1:41 p.m. Tape 292, Page 2 

HOU Cap COM Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston, do you read? 

Roger, Houston. 

Will you give me a read out on your stack two, section 
two stacks. 

Roger, 2A is reading ...>3 . amps, 2B - 2 h, 2C - 2. 
Roger. We're planning to do this single stack purge. 
In preparation for that, we'd like you to put 2C on 
open circuit and we'll check the voltage at that point. 
2C on open circuit at this time. 

Solid TM and all systems look good, we're getting some 
read out on those stacks . 



S/C 

HOU CAP COM 
S/C 

HOU CAP COM 



S/C 
HOU 



.xOU CAP COM 
GUAYMAS 
HOU FLIGHT 
GYM 

HOU FLIGHT 
GYM 

HOU FLIGHT 
S/C 



Roger . 

Flight , Guaymas . 
Go ahead. 

We calculate 1.09. 
Your data shows 1.6-- 

I hope the data is right. We toay have got a;. bad PCM 

drop. out about that time. 

You should see it . down to 

Houston this is 7, reading 30.8 on the open circuit 
voltage D. C. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 1:41 p.m. Tape 292, Page 3 

HOU CAP COM Roger, Gemini 7, let's watch it for a minute and see 

if it goes up a little bit. 
HOU FLIGHT You should be reading zero now he's got an open circuit 

Guaymas . 

GYM We got it before he opened it. 

HOU FLIGHT Your summary shows 1.6. 

GYM Roger, it's probably dropping down when we punched it 

up. 

HOU CAP COM Gemini 7, did you acquire the Hawaii beacon, Jim? 

S/C Roger, Frank got it while I was looking through the 

Laser. Frank got the beacon. We did have it for 
some. time but Frank had the beacon for some time. 
0 CAP COM Did you actually have the beacon also? 
S/C garbled 

HOU CAP COM I say, did you actually have the beacon also? 

S/C Rog, Frank saw the beacon. 

HOU CAP COM I say did you see it also? 

but 

S/c I saw it for a moment, /then I went from visual into 

the telescope and began to loose it, green telescope 
shades everything out. 

HOU CAP COM Roger, so you feel your pointing was very good though? 

S/C Pretty even, yeah, for the spacecraft it's great. 

HOU CAP COM Roger 



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Tipe 292, Page 4 



GYM 

HOU FLIGHT 
HOU CAP COM 
S/C 

HOU CAP COM 



HOU 

S/C 

TEX 

'iOU CAP COM 
S/C 

HOU CAP COM 
HOU 

GYM 
S/C 

HOU CAP COM 
S/C 



HOUSTON CAP COM 



We show prattically zero difference now on the thing. 
Rog . 

What does your voltage look like now, Jim? 
About 31 volts Elliot. 

Roger, we'd like to have you put it back on the line 
now and after it's stabilized for a few seconds, 30 
seconds or so give us a section 2 stack read outs. 
Texas remote, California local. 

Roger stack read outs coming up. 2A - 3 amps, 2B - 
2h, and 2C about 2. 
Texas remote . 

Roger, you want me to read out the procedure for this 
purge, or do you just want to do it step by step? 
Would you do it step by step to make sure we've got 
the correct procedure? 
Roger 

Go ahead Guaymas . Do you see any difference in the 
2C at this point. 

We're showing 1.41 at this time. 

still 

Negative 1.5. It's/pretty low 2 volts or 2 amps 

Okay, the procedure is as follows. Cross over open 
Cross over is open at this time, it's open. 
And stack 2A and 2B off. 



S/C 



2A and 2B going off, 



:SSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 1:41 p.m. Tape 292, Page 5 

HOU CAP COM Roger. Would you give us a reading on stack 2C average? 

S/C Stack 2C now reads 3 amps. 

HOU CAP COM Roger. Now, we want a normal hydrogen purge on the 

section 2. 

S/C That's roger. Read flight? 

HOU CAP COM Roger, Gemini 7. Let's pause a minute and then we'll 

be putting 2Aand 2B back on. And you can close the 
cross over any time you want. 

S/C Cross over is off. 

HOU CAP COM Roger. Do you see any difference in the current yet? 

Is it still about 3? 
S/C Roger , it ' s 3 amps . 

HOU CAP COM Okay, you can put 2A and 2B back on at this time. 

S/C Right, 2B is back in a line. 

HOU CAP COM And when they settle down a little bit, you can give 

us stack readouts again. 
S/C 2A is 3 amps, 2B - 2% amps and 2C - 2 amps. 

HOU CAP COM Roger, 7, we'll watch it for a while now. 

S/C Roger, there's one question that still is my mind, the 

cross over valve for that purge is in the "off" position. 

Is that the way you want it? 
HOU CAP COM Negative, it should have been in the open position. 

b/C You mean "on" position. 

HOU CAP COM Roger. 



3SI0N COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 1:41 p.m. Tape 292, Page 6 

S/C It wasn't that way garbled .... of f position. 

HOU CAP COM Roger. Gemini 7, we'd like to repeat it and do at 

this time with the cross over valve in the "on" position 

that is open. 
S/C Roger towards the on position. 

HOU CAP COM And then 2 A and 2B off in the normal purge. 

S/C 2A and 2B are off and we go on with the normal purge. 

Cross over going off. 
HOU CAP COM Roger. 

S/C 2A and 2B back on the line. 

HOU CAP COM Okay. Roger, 2A and 2B back on. 

S/C Okay Elliot, let's see, 2A is reading 3, 2B is reading 

2*s and 2C is still out there at 2. 
HOU CAP COM Okay, we'll watch it for a while here, now. Gemini 7 

are you ready for the day's news? 
S/C Roger standing by. 

HOU CAP COM Defense Secretary McNamara announced plans for a new 

bomber development yesterday to be a mock II type 
airplane based on the variable sweep wing concept. 
It's to go into operation in 1968 and is to replace 
the B-52's. Everything is "go" for GT- 6 tomorrow 
and we've been in touch with them several times today. 
And things are going along real fine. Congressman 



MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/11/65, 1:41 p.m. Tape 292, Page 1" 

**OU CAP COM "Tiger" Teague says he plans to introduce a bill making 

anti-Viet Nam war demonstrations an act of treason. 

The Pirates' pitcher Bob Friend has been traded to 

the Yankees and the Chargers play the Oilers here 

tomorrow. 
S/C Thank you. 

HOU CAP COM Gemini 7, did you have the transponder switch on over 

Hawaii for that temperature survey? 
S/C No, I goofed on it Elliot, I have to turn — I was 

going to ask you when should I turn it on now? 
HOU CAP COM Okay, we'll reschedule that for you. 

S/C " We were so busy with the Laser that we forgot about 

it completely. 
HOU CAP COM Roger, I thought that happened. 

S/C The Laser is no great big bathtub of light, it looks 

more like a speck in a big vast island. 
HOU CAP COM Rog. We'll make it work yet. 

S/c I saw it loud and clear but it just wasn't what I 

expected . 

HOU CAP COM Do I understand that Jim is unable to keep it acquired 

real well while he's looking through his sighting 
device? That the color of the filter there tends to 
blank it out so that he can't keep in contact with it? 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 1:41 p.m. Tape 292, Page 8 

~/C Well, I don't think he really had it long enough 

to try it, did you Jim? 

LOVELL The best idea I think is to pick it up with your 

eye ball and then go to the digiting on the telescope 
but what I was trying to do was to eye ball it with 
the telescope first and I had the . . i'^yeb] on the 
. . . (garbled) scope turned up on the light and the 
green filter makes it impossible to spot. 

HOU CAP COM Roger Jim. To try and do that at night is going to be 

the only way to really be sure of it. 

S/C Roger, I think you ought to look seriously into a 

night pass some place and make that a high priority. 

wOU CAP COM Roger, right now, we're trying to get any kin£ of 

pass as you know, we've had the weather problem so 
much and equipment problems. 

S/C Roger. Elliot? 

HOU CAP COM Go ahead. 

S/C If you get a chance, how about checking with Susan 

and see how everything is on the home front will ya? 
I'll talk to you on the next time around, if we get 
time . 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 1:41 p.m. Tape 292, Page 8 

tiOU CAP COM Everything is real fine. The boys are doing particularly 

good in school Frank. 
S/C How good? 

HOU CAP COM We'll call anyway and try to get some more specific 

word, but I did get that word definitely today. 

S/C Thank you. We're looking for Trinidad now but it's 

very cloudy down here. 

HOU CAP COM Roger. How would you likeia weather forecast for 

the Cape tomorrow morning. 

S/C I'll give you one tomorrow. I tell you I think it'll 

be cloudy unless the sun is shining. 
U CAP COM Roger, we copied that. You probably noticed from 

that big long flight update we gave you that we're 
juggling your time somewhat to plan farther on the 
launch for tomorrow, the GT-6 launch. That's why 
we changed all your times there. What we're planning 
in regard to your suit — or getting you suited is to 
wait until after the launch because only then will we 
know for certain ^ttsfc how long the rendezvous is going 
to take. We'll have plenty of time after that. 

S/C Roger. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 1:41 p.m. Tape 292, Page 10 

HOU CAP COM As you know, it might even be as much as a day to 

complete the rendezvous so we didn't want to get you 
back in the suit early if it were not necessary. 

S/C I realize that. Jim's volunteered to spend the next 

week in the suit. 

HOU CAP COM You hear Jim's comment on that. 

S/c I might also comment that whoever is computing these 

you 

pointing commands is doing/a fantastic job, they're 
right on the money every time. 
HOU CAP COM Unfortunately, he heard that. It will give him the 

big head . 

S/c They are really good, we $dst saw Trinidad, took a 

picture but through some clouds. 
HOU CAP COM Roger. How about giving me one more read out on 

your stack before we loose you, Jim? 
S/c Roger, Elliot, 2A is reading 3, 2B - 2h and 2C is 

still barely hanging on to 2, slightly below. 
HOU CAP COM Roger. 

S/c Elliot, I'd like to reiterate the flight plan 'cause 

this next week 
it's going to take a lot more fuel/just to maintain 

attitude, the vents or the water boiling will build 

up the rates pretty swiftly. 
HOU CAP COM Roger, 7, we're going to work on that. 

S/C Thank you 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 1:41 p.m. T^pe 292, Page 11 

Gemini Control here, Elliot See took Frank Borman's suggestion and 
checked iiinat the Borman household and got an "all's well" report there. 
Here is what he had to say to him going over Ascension Island just 
a few minutes ago. 



HOU CAP COM Gemini 7, Houston, , how do you read? 

S/C Go ahead, Houston. 

HOU CAP COM I just talked to Sue, Frank and she aaid everything 

is fine on the home front and she's giad to see 
you on the downhill side. 

S/C Thank you, Elliot. 

HOU CAP COM She reiterated that the boys are doing well in school 

and also she said they thoroughly enjoyed their visit 
to the Center here on your last pass and your message 
to them. 

S/C Thank you. 

HOU CAP COM I have a flight plan update for you on tfchis transponder 

test, we've rescheduled it when you're ready to copy. 
S/C Ready. 

HOU CAP COM Okay, time 169 20 00, transponder on, off at 169 35 00. 

Do you copy? 

S/C (garbled) 

HOU CAP COM Gemini 7, did you copy? 
S/C (garbled) 



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HOU CAP COM Gemini 7, did you copy? We have some interference 

here . 

S/C Say again, please. 

HOU CAP COM Did you copy the flight plan update? 

S/C Negative say again please. 

HOU CAP COM Roger, 169 20 00, transponder on, off at 169 35 00. 

Do you copy? 
S/C Roger, we copy. 

HOU CAP COM And how does stack 2C look? 

S/C C is 1*2 amps. 

HOU CAP COM Roger copy, 1.5. 

S/C Roger (garble) . 

HOU CAP COM Say again, 7, did not copy. 

S/C Carnarvon will probably fix it for us. 

HOU CAP COM Still didn't understand you. Gemini 7, we'll contact 

you again at Tananarive.. 
S/C .../garble) 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/ll/65, 2:21 p.m. 



Tape 293, Page 1 



Gemini Control Houston here at 168 hours 51 minutes into 



the flight. We had conversation at Tananarive about 10 or 15 minutes ago 
and again it was regarding that balky stack 2C . They have elected to turn 
that switch to the on position again and leave it on there for a specified 
length of time, 20 minutes, I believe to see what the reaction is. Earlier 
during our prelaunch press briefing down at the Cape we had some 13 minutes 
of accumulated tape over various stations . The spacecraft during that period 
was on a swing between Africa and Hawaii. We have elected to turn those 
tapes over to the Audio pool and they will appear in your transcriptions 
that is just for the press benefit. Our Gemini 6 spacecraft clock up on 
our big board here is presently showing -360 minutes and it will remain at 
that point till about 1:30 tomorrow morning our time when it will start 
moving again and then it will meet the launch vehicle at -21*0 minutes. As 
I said we have the Tananarive tape, we will play it for you now. 
Cap Com Gemini 7, Gemini 7- Houston. How do you read? 

S/C Gemini 7, go ahead. 

Cap Com Roger, would you give us a stack 2C reading. 

S/C 2\ amps Elliot. 

Cap Com We would like to place stack 2C off and we will leave it off 



through Carnarvon. That will be 20 minutes. We have confirmed 



this with a test at McDonnell St. Louis for 30 minutes. Do 



you copy. 



S/C 



Roger, stack 2C (cut-out) 



Cap Com 



You cut out on that transmission Jim, say again. 



S/C 



Roger, it is open circuited now and we will clock it for 20 min- 



utes and we will talk to you at Carnarvon. 



Cap Com 



Roger Gemini 7- This is to inform you that the GT-6 midcount 



is completed with no problems. 



S/C 



Roger, tell Wally and Tom we will be looking for them and 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65 , 2:21 p.m. Tape 293, Page 2 

we will have tea for them. 
Cap Com Roger. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 2:32 p.m. Tape 29U, Page 1 

Gemini Control here. The spacecraft whipping up across an area we 
are hopeful a rendezvous will take place tomorrow afternoon, oh, an hour 
or two later than we have right now. Carnarvon acquired and held a very 
good voice signal, much higher than normal passes, here's that conversation^ 



CRO Gemini 7, we have a valid blood pressure, give us a mark 

before you start exercising. 
S/C Mark. Pressure coming down. Pressure full scale 

CRD TM's a little noisy this pass. 

CAP COM That's Carnarvon 

CRO Gemini 7 5 we have a valid blood pressure. We are 

standing by for your food, water and sleep report. 
S/C Roger. Coming up. The Command Pilot has 563 ounces 

today and for noon meal we had Day 6 Meal B. 
^ CRO I understand both Pilot, Command Pilot had Day 6 Meal 

B and Command Pilot had 663 ounces today, I do have 

have any data on the pilot. 
S/C Roger, the pilot had k3h ounce 

CRO Understand k3k 

S/C And that was 563, not 663 

CRO Ah copy, Command Pilot 563 and pilot 1+3*+ 

S/C Ah 14-71+ for pilot 

CRO I+7I+, thank you. 

HOU FLT Tell him. /open circuit voltage on 2C 

S/C Garbled ...any sleep report on that? 

CRO Let's break on that - can you a reading on the open 

circuit voltage on 2C? 



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S/c The circuit voltage on 2C is all scale live. 

CRO Roger 

HOU FLT Sounds good , to quote ECCON 

CRO Sounds good 

S/C Roger, looks like it takes a little longer 

CRO Cape Flight, we are showing bus voltage as being 

way down 

HOU FLIGHT Bus voltage is way down? 

CRO That affirm, or he's talking to us.. I don't know if 

we've got a problem or what, we've had LOS 
HOU FLT We show 25.3 on your summary 

CRO On our summary message, uh? 

HOU FLT That's affirmative 

CRO Okay, we'll get some more check here. It was up at the 

start of the pass. 

HOU FLT ROG 

CRO Carnarvon Cap Com, would you turn your TM to command 

position 

S/c The TM is on the command position, Carnarvon 

CRO Would you ptish- your tape playback switch to the reset 

position 
HOU FLIGHT Why? 

CRO I didn't get a TX here 

S/C Carnarvon, this is 7 requesting to put 2C back on the 

line. 

HOU FLT Go ahead. Go ahead. 

CRO 7? 



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S/C 7. 

CRO Roger, Gemini 7, place 2C back on the line at this time. 

Okay, we did not get a TX command in and he went over 

the hill with real time TM off. 
CAP COM That's okay. We wanted to keep that beacon up for 

the RTK. 
CRO Oh, okay. 

CAP COM Did you get our 2011 Zulu 

S/C Well, he's got the thing in the continuous position. 

CAP COM It says on there its on the command position, that's 

what we said on our mission instructions 
S/C That's affirmative. My mistake. A total of 7 minutes 

and 15 seconds worth of TM on that pass, instead of 

the expected four minutes 
HOU FLT Rog. Kauai, Houston Flight. 

KAUAI Houston Flight, Kauai Gap Com 

HOU FLT If this BGOU, that is the control busses low off scale 

there we ought to have him check the sequence lights 
control circuit breaker . . 
Gemini Control here. That was a crew status report on Frank Borman, 
of course, over Carnarvon. Over Hawaii they are to turn their transponder 
on - their L-band transponder. They are also to have a crew status report 
on Jim Lovell on Hawaii. We will do a transponder test in that area. In 
the area around California and Guaymas off the southwest coast of the United 
States we'll do an S5 which is the synoptic terrain weather photography, 
and over the Cape during this stateside pass we'll turn the L-band transponder 
off. We have tentatively rescheduled another Laser test for the 108th 
revolution around the earth over Hawaii. That's a pass that will take the 
spacecraft directly over the island chain, and they should have an excellent 
opportunity, just as they did, on the rev earlier to see that beam of light 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 2:32 p.m. Tape 29k, Page k 

coming up from the ground. This is Gemini Control, Houston. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/ll/65, 2:55 p.m. Tape 295, Page 1 

Houston here. When 7 went over Hawaii a few minutes ago 
it sounded like this . 



Hawaii Gemini 7, this is Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/c Go ahead Hawaii, Gemini 7. 

Hawaii We have a valid temperature. Standing by for your blood 

pressure . 

S/c Roger, we are turning on the radar transponder now. 

Hawaii Roger, understand. 

Flight That was already on. 

Hawaii Negative Flight, that was the C-band. 

Flight Rog, turn it on the L-Band. 

Hawaii Cuff is full scale. 

S/C This is Gemini 7- Will you inform MCC that our water boiler 

is venting. 

Hawaii Roger, understand. Water boiler venting. Flight, did you 

copy. 

Flight Affirmative . 

Hawaii We have a good blood pressure, standing by for your exercise. 

On your mark. 

Flight We would like an A summary after your transponder is on there. 

Hawaii Roger. 

Hawaii Cuff is full scale. 

Hawaii Houston Flight, Hawaii Cap Com. 

Flight Go ahead. 

Hawaii That B (bravo) chart Ok was reading 25.3 volts. That's bus 

voltage . 

Flight Rog, we see your summary, read on 2 Charlie. We read 1.7 off 

your summary. 
Hawaii Stand by one. 



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Flight Ask him what he reads too. 

Hawaii Roger, will do. 

Hawaii Gemini 7 5 your cuff is full scale but it is not bleeding down. 

S/C Okay let's try it. 

S/C We are reading I.76 here- 

Hawaii Flight, this is Hawaii Cap Com here. Did you copy. 

Flight Affirmative. TCM counts on Juliet Fox 03- 

Hawaii Roger, 232. It was at the EOS, it was 232. 

Flight Rog. 

Hawaii Gemini 7, we have a good blood pressure. Could we have a 

total reading on your water gun. . 

S/C 26 '83 

Hawaii Thank you Gemini 7. We would like to get the pilot to take 

in more water if possible. 

S/C Righto, will do. 

Hawaii Thank you, surgeon out. 

Hawaii Houston Flight, Hawaii Cap Com. 

Flight Go ahead. 

Hawaii JF 03 is reading 2kO PCM counts. 

Flight Roger . 

Hawaii Gemini 7, Hawaii Cap Com. Would you give me a stack reading 

on 2 Charlie, please. 

S/C Roger 2C is reading around 1^ volts, oh, that's right. 

Hawaii Say again. 

S/C That is affirmative. 

Flight LOS main Hawaii. 

Hawaii Roger . 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/ll/65 > 2:55 P-m- Tape 295, Page 3 

Houston here- Since we have played that tape Guaymas has 
acquired, they say they have TM solid and everything looks good on the ground. 
We expect that Elliot See will be talking to them any minute. They will prob- 
ably wait until they clear the area for this S-5 experiment, weather terrain, 
pardon me, it is an optic terrain photography. Guaymas has been localized, 
the contact this pass comes straight down the back of Central America across 
the Isthmus of Panama and then down across Central America. The Rose Knot 
Victor parked 30 miles off the coast of Brazil will be talking to them in 
perhaps 10 minutes from now, 10 to 15 minutes. Some conversation on the line, 
it is mostly Guaymas Cap Com and our Flight Director here. Let's get a listen. 
Flight ...a : prayer for that 2C tonight. 

Guaymas Roger , a good one . 

AFD Texas Cap Com, AFD. 

Texas Go ahead, AFD. 

AFD Okay, are you set up on your command. 

Texas Roger . • 

AFD Okay. . 

AFD, the MDCS will not be on to Texas. 

Texas MDCS is on at Texas. We are commanding. 

Still no conversation.: iln general it looks like the weather 
has started cooperating a little more today, certainly Hawaii was cloud free 
for the first time in several days. Earlier we were told the crew had a good 
look at the Texas area, White Sands they saw very clearly today. 

Still no conversation. The White Team is in the Room. We 
are in that period of about 30 minutes when we have at least 2 people at each 
console going through the change of shift briefing. Taking a very close look 
at the TM in all the systems right now, particularly in that 2C, section 2 of 



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the fuel cell. 

Texas You need not acknowledge this transmission. We have you go 

on the ground. We are standing by. 

Houston again here. You heard the Texas ■"'ap Com advise that 
we are standing by and they need not acknowledge, so we expect no further 
conversation. Let ' r. tafcr the line down at this time. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, 3:l6 p.m. Tape 296, Page 1 

Houston here on the 107th revolution around the earth, Elliot 
See finally did raise 7 a little late that pass, and then there followed quite 
a lenthy discussion covering a number of subjects ,•• among them the Laser 
experiment which as we advised earlier will be repeated on the 108th rev over 
Hawaii. Again our test procedure on that particular experiment called for 
the spacecraft to transmit a 100 pulse per second beam of light to the ground 
and once satisfied this was working all right the next step in the experiment 
is to transmit an 8 kilocycle beam from the spacecraft. Having done that 
then the third mode is to attempt voice communications. We want to make it 
very clear that no voice communications was attempted during the rendezvous 
at first encounter some 2 hours ago. We are advised from Hawaii however that 
they believe they did record some transmissions of that 100 pulse per second 
cycle and Elliot advises 7 of this in this transmission. 



Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston. 

S/C 7, go. 

Cap Com Roger. I have a flight plan update for you. Are you ready 

to copy. 

S/C Okay, you can give them to us . 

Cap Com Node 172 01 19, rev 108, 8l.O degrees east, right Asension, 



10 17 13- MSC-U 172 31 11, sequence 05, mode 02, pitch 
30 degrees down, yaw 19 right. Use l6-mm camera, nominal 
settings, 01 frames per second. You have a good laser track. 
Use mode 03 also. Do you copy? 



S/C Roger . 

Cap Com How does that stack 2C look to you now, Jim? 

S/C 2 amps now, Elliot. 

Cap Com 2 amps , roger . In all this changing around we have done with 

the fuel cell, have you had the delta P light off at any time 



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S/C Negative, it's been on all this time. 

Cap Com Roger . 7 > we have a report from Hawaii that they believe 

they received your Laser beam. They will know better when 
they develop some film. They have to actually develop that 
film to check their data, but they do have a scope and they 
believe they received some pulses. 

S/C Good, very good. Are we scheduling it again. 

Cap Com We are scheduling it again for 108 and we will give it another 

try then. They are checking the fuel situation. It is pos- 
sible we may have to terminate the experiments a little early 
today in order to save enough fuel to cope with this venting. 
We are definitely keeping an eye on that. 

S/C Let's try that Laser though, even if we have to cut something 

else out, Elliot. 

Cap Com Roger, we will do that on a high priority then. 

We believe at the present time that we will have enough. fuel 
for all the presently scheduled activities today, but we 
will keep up on that. 

S/C Thank you. We are not even going to toufch the hand controller 

unless you schedule it, Elliot. 

Cap Com Roger . 

S/C Except when it starts to tumble pretty swiftly. 

Cap Com I get the impression that it goes at it at discrete times , 

that is, it is not such a continuing thing as it is an 
occassional pulse, maybe k or 5 times a rev, does that 
sound right to you. 

S/C Roger, it is not really a pulse but the thing starts venting 

and then it just slowly builds up. I just reported one to 



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Hawaii . 

Cap Com Does that happen about k times a rev. 

S/C No, I don't believe it is quite that frequent. 

Cap Com Roger . 

Flight Frank. 

S/C 

Cap Com Say again. 

S/C You can tell it very easily because the cockpit cools off. 

Cap Com The cockpit cools off — as soon as this venting happens. 

S/C When the water boiler boils, it seems like the cockpit 

cools down. 

Cap Com We believe that it is simply venting and not actually 

boiling . 

S/C I don't know, but we are getting a change in temperature 

with it. 

Cap Com Roger. We will take that into consideration here and see 

if we can add it to analysis. 
S/C Thank you. 

Cap Com How do you feel about how much tumble you can stand while 

you are sleeping? 

S/C I don't think it bothers us. We didn't even know it until 

we wake up. 

Flight That is what concerns me, you see if you can stand the tumbling 

then we don't have to worry too much about getting rid of some 
of that water. 

Cap Com Do you feel that the tumbling actually waked you up last 

night, Frank. You said you noticed it after you waked up 
and we were wondering if the tumbling caused you to wake up. 



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S/C I don't think the tumbling did, the coolness more than the 

tumbling. But we did have a sort of a sensation, at least 
I did, like we were standing on our head part of the night 
and this might be attributed with the tumbling. 
Cap Com Roger. 

Surgeon Jim, could you comment upon the ease or lack of sleeping 

in the suit as compared as to your having been out of it 
before . 

S/C The suit makes you more immobile for sleeping. You are sort 

of rigid in the cockpit space. There are hot spots in the 
suit where your legs are bent back and forth and in the 
crotch area which are local hot spots and of course damp 
No suits , of course , you are sort of vented all over . 



Jurgeon Roger. Are you operating with all the zippers open the 

same way Frank was. 

S/C No, I have the zipper open in the crotch area, that's all. 

Surgeon Roger . 

S/C Also with the suit on the helmet, of course, is right at 

the back of the neck. 
Surgeon Roger . 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65 ** Tape 297, Page 1 

**( Includes Tananarive and Carnarvon passes not aired during T-l GT-6 Briefing) 



HOUSTON Gemini 7, how do you read? 

S/C Go ahead. 

HOUSTON Roger, 7. Could you give us a read out on the stack amperages 

again, please? 

S/C 1A is 3-5; IB is h, 1C is k, 2A is 3, 2B is 2.5, 2C is 1.5 to 2. 

2C is slightly under 2. 
HOUSTON Slightly under 2, roger. And, 2A was 3.0. Is that correct? 

S/C That's correct. 

HOUSTON And, 2B was 3.5. Is that correct? 

S/C Negative. I said 2.5. 

HOUSTON Roger. 2.5. Seven, we'd like for you to do a normal fuel cell 

purge at this time. 

S/C .....normal fuel cell purge. Gemini 7, our water boiler is venting 

' : again. 

HOUSTON Roger, 7. Water boiler is venting again. Gemini 7, our point 

here is to observe the results of this purge and if it does not 
help the situation, you'll probably be doing the hi,gh flow purge 
again as we started to do yesterday. 

S/C Roger. Please... the flight plan to allow us fuel for attitude 

control. However, due to this experiment. . .venting. 

HOUSTON Understand you want us to allow some fuel for the venting control. 

Is that what you're, saying, Frank? Gemini 7, Houston. We under- 
stood you to say that we should take into account the water boiler 
venting in regard to the scheduling of the experiments from a 
fuel standpoint. Is that correct? 

S/C Roger. ...1 (Garble)... it's venting great. 



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HOUSTON Roger. Gemini 7. Would you verify that the adapter C-Band 

beacon is on. 
S/C Roge. It is. 

HOUSTON And place your TM switch to command. 

S/C TM switch is on command. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

S/C Purge complete. 

HOUSTON Roger. Understand purge complete. What does the stack 2C 

amperages read now, Jim? 
S/C 1.5 amps. 

HOUSTON Roger. Gemini 7. I think we're about to loose contact. Do you 

notice any change in stack 2C at this point? 

ASCENSION This is the Cap Com, Ascension. We didn't read you. Would you 

say again , please? 

HOUSTON I was talking to the spacecraft. I guess they're out of contact 

now. 

TAN Tananarive has acquisition. 

HOUSTON Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston. How do you read? 

S/C I can hear you. Go ahead. 

HOUSTON Roger. Can you tell us anything new on stack 2C? 

S/C 2C registering the same; about 1.5 amps. 

HOUSTON Roger, 7. We'll be standing by. 

TAN Tananarive has LOS. 

CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. Would you turn your TM switch to 

"Real Time Acq Aid" position. 
S/C Roger. TM at "Real Time Acq Aid" and the fuel cell 2C stack is 

on the low side of 1.5, it appears to be. 



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CRO Roger. Thank you. 

HOUSTON What do you read? 

CRO Stand by. We just got TM. We'll have to do a little calculating 

here. Gemini 7. Would you turn your C-Band beacon to a continuous 
position, please? 

S/C C-Band is on continuous. 

CRO Roger. 

HOUSTON Carnarvon Systems, Houston Flight. 

CRO Go ahead, Flight. 

HOUSTON We've got an update for them on MSC-U. Please copy. 167:^3:21+, 

Sequence 05. Mode 01. Pitch 30 degrees down. Yaw 20 degrees 
right. This is over Hawaii on the next pass. On this coming up 
pass. 

CRO Check, copy. Gemini 7, Carnarvon Cap Com. 

S/C This is 7. Go ahead. 

CRO We have an update on MSC h experiment for you, when you're ready 

to copy. 

S/C Roger. Standby. 

CRO Flight, 2C is reading 1.8U on the ground. 

S/C Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

CRO Alright, Roger. MSC k. Time l67:U3:2U. Sequence 05. Mode 01. 

Pitch 30 degrees down. Yaw 20 degrees right. That'll be over 

Hawaii this pass. 
S/C We copy. 

10 Roger. 
HOUSTON Also like to have them transmit from their beacon regardless of 

whether they see it from the ground or not. 



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CRO Would like to have you transmit on your beacon regardless of 

whether you see it on the ground or not. 
S/C Will do. 

CRO We'd also like to know whether you are using the special Laser 

telescope on your last pass over the States? 
S/C That's affirmative. I was using both. I was using the telescope 

and also just eyeballing it. 
CRO Okay. And, did you do any transmitting? 

S/C Roger. I did a few seconds transmitting at our closest point on 

approach . 

CRO Roger. Would like to have you leave the adapter C-Band beacon on 

for tracking over the RTK and up to Hawaii. 
3/C Roger. 

CRO Apparently he still has that DCS circuit breaker up when we had 

him turn TM and C-Band on manually. 
HOUSTON Yea. Let's leave it that way. As long as we're' up with the Pad 

here . 

CRO Roger. That's what we figured on doing. 

HOUSTON Tell him that it looks like that amperage is up slightly, on the 

ground computation. 

CRO Gemini 7, Carnarvon. The ground computations show that your 

amperage is up slightly. 
S/C That's right. It went up over Carnarvon. 

CRO Roger. 

S/C You guys do good work, 

JRO I don't see how we could help on that. 



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HOUSTON Tell them that there is a possibility that White Sands was not 

boresighted on that last pass. 
CRO There's a possibility that White Sands was not boresighted on that 

last pass. 

S/C That's our conclusion... Boy, ..we had it dead to rights. 

CRO Roger. Our calculations show that its up to 2k6 right now. 

HOUSTON Roger. 2k6. 

CRO 2.U6. Gemini 7, Carnarvon. 

S/C Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

CRO Roger. Our ground calculations at the present time are showing 

2.1+6 amps. 

S/C Let me scratch it down here and see what I can read. I'm reading 

close to 3 amps now. 
CRO Roger. Very good. 

HOUSTON Tell him to scratch down more and get it up to 5, will you. 

CRO Flight says scratch down just a little more and get it up to 5, 

would you. 
S/C I'm doing my best. 

CRO Roger. I'm up to 283 on the ground now. Apparently that purge 

did the right thing, Jim. 
HOUSTON Something's doing the right thing. I think just talking about it 

helps it go up. 

CRO I'm sure it did. Gemini 7, Carnarvon. We're on LOS shortly. 

Would you turn your TM back to the command position. 
S/C Roger. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/ll/65 ** Tape 297, Page 6 

**(lncludes Tananarive and Carnarvon passes not aired during T-l GT-6 Briefing) 



CRO 

HOUSTON 
CRO 

HOUSTON 
CRO 

HOUSTON 



CRO 

HOUSTON 
END OF TAPE 



You ought to see the big smiles on these systems engineers' faces 

That's the most excitement they've had in a long time. 

Roger. Ask if they'd like to join our experts here. 

We might get a negative on them. Our LOS showed the calculation 

down to 2.U6. 

Say again. 

Our calculations at LOS showed it down to 2.1+6. 

How about holding your pumper there; and we'll give you the word 

to send us an auto summary as soon as we get our computers back 

up in about 15 minutes. 

Roger. Will do. 

Thank you. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, b:kl p.m. 



Tape 298, Page 1 



This is Gemini Control. Gemini 7 is sweeping down toward the 
west coast of South America ready to begin its 108 revolution. On its 108 revolu- 
tion, over Hawaii, it will attempt once more to perform the MSC h Laser communica- 
tion experiment. This experiment will be performed with an 8CO0ths ; pulse signal 
and possibly voice communications between the Gemini 7 crew and the Hawaiian track- 
ing station. The situation in Hawaii is daylight. This is not necessarily what we 
had hoped to get. We had hoped to get a bank pass over Hawaii, but we will attempt 
once more to get a fix on the ground beacon, the Laser ground beacon, at Hawaii, 
and for the spacecraft crew to find that beam and acquire it with their onboard 
transmitter. This is Gemini Control at 171 hours and 11 minutes into the flight 



of Gemini 7. 
HAW 

s/c 

HAW 

s/c 

HAW 
S/C 
HAW 



S/C 
CRO 

HOUSTON 

Vc 



Seven, Hawaii Cap Com. 

Go ahead, Hawaii. This is Gemini 7. 

Roger. We show you go on the ground. I'll get back to you in a 

second. 

Roger . 

A couple of questions to ask you here. First of all, how much 

time do you have left on your B-k, D-7 tape recorder? 

Just a moment; I'll look it up. About 8 minutes and 10 seconds 

left. 

Roger. Copy. 8 minutes, 10 seconds. Okay. I'd also like to have 
your evaluation of the weather over Hawaii. If you're in a position 
that you don't have to use maneuvering. 
Roger. Could you give us CPA reading? 
CPA, right. 

That's closest point of approach. 

We're just tumbling now, and if we have a good idea just exactly 
what time we go over the islands, we could see if we're looking 
we could check it. 



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HAW Roger. We'll give it to you. It's a TCA on my mark. Mark. 

S/C Roger. ... (Garble ).. .before we can give you a good evaluation. 

HAW Roger . 

S/C Has it cleared any since the last time we made the Laser? 

HAW Say again. 

S/C We wonder if it's cleared any since the last time we tried the 

Laser? 

HAW Roger. It has, quite a bit. 

S/C I see the islands now. I'd sure like to try it again, if it's 

not bad. I'd like to give it a whirl anyway. 
HAW .Roger. We'll keep Houston advised of the weather situation here. 

S/C Cloudy, cast, or broken? 

HAW Broken. 
S/C Okay. 

HOUSTON Hawaii Cap Com, AFD. Hey, Cap Com, AFD. 

HAW AFD, Hawaii Cap Cam. 

HOUSTON Roger. I would like you to advise the crew that the fuel cell 

purge over RKV at time 171:26 minutes is deleted and it's been 
changed to RKV the next rev at time 173 plus 01. 

HAW What was that first time? 171:26. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

HAW Gemini 7. We have a slight flight plan change here for you. 

Are you ready to copy? 
S/C Ready. 

HAW The fuel cell purge due over the RKV at 171 plus 26 has been 

deleted. Have a fuel cell purge overthe RKV at 173 plus 10. 
HOUSTON Zero 1. 

S/C Understand the fuel cell purge for 171 plus 26 has been deleted. 

We're now going to purge at 173 plus 10. Is that right? 



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HAW Negative. That's 173 plus 01. 

S/C The new purge time is 173 plus 01? 

HAW Roger. Still have ... of that tape recorder on? 

S/C Affirmative. 

HAW Roger. You can turn Number 1 off. 

S/C Roger. One is off. 

HOUSTON How did the dump go, Hawaii? 

HAW We haven't completed the dump. 

HOUSTON Roger. 

S/C Say, will you ask Houston how long we should leave 2C on. When 

we should shut it down if the figures get below one figure? 

HAW Roger. Will do. Houston Flight, did you copy? 

'HOUSTON Roger. We heard that. We'll advise them over the RKV. 

HAW Roger. We... You will be advised of that over the RKV. 

S/C Thank you. 



END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/ll/65, ^:30 p.m. Tape 299, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control at 171 hours and 20 minutes into the flight 
of Gemini 7. The 7 crew has just begun its 108 revolution around the Earth and 
is headed across South America on a southeasterly sweep. We've just had a status 
check; Mission Control and the World Network reported everything is go. The 
spacecraft is go. There has been very little voice communication between the 
ground and the crew; but they are preparing, as we know, at another attempt at a 
Laser communication experiment over Hawaii in about one ihour from now. Meanwhile, 
we'll be standing by at Mission Control. This is Gemini Control at 171 hours 
and 20 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7. 

END OF TAPE 



MISblON COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 5:08 p.m. Tape 300, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. Gemini 7 is crossing the South Atlantic 
after having crossed the Rose Knot Victor Tracking Ship off 'the east coast of 
South America, and it is now in its 171st hour and 38 minutes of flight. We 
have a tape of the conversation between the Rose Knot Tracking Ship and the 
Gemini 7 crew and we'll play that tape for you now. 



RKV AFD, RKV. 

S/C Go ahead. 

RKV Section 2 Charlie - 1. decimal 32. 

S/C Roger. 

RKV Gemini 7, RKV. 

S/C This is 7, go ahead. 

RKV Roger. I've got a blackout period for you if you're ready. 

S/C Roger. Stand by. 

Ready to copy. 

RKV Roger. (garbled) for all areas is 21 plus ho. Area 111-3: 



176 3*+ 57. Area 112 -Bravo: 178 09 57. Area 113-Delta: 179 08 38. 

Area llU-2: l80 hk 2k. Area 115-2: 182 17 29. Area ll6-2: 

183 50 35. Area 117-1: 185 23 05. The weather is good in all 
areas . 



S/C Roger. Flight, was that area 111 -Delta? . 

RKV Negative. It was Area 111-3. 

S/C Roger. And what was the Delta area ? 

RKV That was Area 113-Delta. 

S/C I understand. 113-Delta. Thank you. 

FLIGHT RKV Cap Com, AFD. 

RKV Go ahead, AFD. 

FLIGHT Roger. In Area 117-1, the time should be 185 23 07. 

I believe you passed up the 05. 

RKV Gemini 7, RKV. 



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S/C Go ahead, RKV. 

RKV Would you read me your Delta Area 117-1? 

S/C Roger. 117-1 - 185 330. You gave me - you gave me 7 digits 

there . 

RKV Roger. I'll do it again. 185:23:07. 

S/C Roger. 185 23 07. 

RKV Flight, this RKV. 

FLIGHT Go ahead, RKV. 

RKV ...This got a lot of printouts on the stack currents. 

2C is still reading 1.33. 
FLIGHT Roger. 
RKV RKV has LOS. 

You have been listening to a taped playback of the communication 



between the Rose Knot Tracking Ship off the east coast of South America and the 
Gemini 7 crew now approaching the west coast of the southern tip of Africa. The 
crew should now be entering a housekeeping period, where they'll be straightening 
up some of their stowage in preparation for a laser experiment over the Hawaiian 
Islands in about 1+5 minutes. This is Gemini Control. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/ll/65, 5:36 p.m. Tape 301, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. At 172 hours and 06 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7. The 7 is now approaching on its 108th revolution, southeast 
Asia. It has just recently passed the Tananarive Tracking Station off the east 
coast of Africa, where unfortunately, the crew was informed that the MSC-4, the 
Laser Experiment, would not be attempted on this revolution. The reasons given 
were that there are broken overcast clouds over there , a bad sun angle , and they 
would rather attempt the experiment later at night. Let's get into a tape of 
that pass ever the Tananarive Tracking Station now. 



CAP COM Gemini 7, Gemini 1, this is Houston Cap Com, over. 

S/C Go ahead, Houston. 

CAP COM Roger, Gemini 7. I got an update on your flight plan if you're 

ready to copy. 
S/C Be ready in a minute. 

CAP COM Okay, Gemini 7. We're being forced to scrub the MSC-!+ at 



Hawaii. We've looked at it pretty closely from all directions. 
This is the MSC-U at 172:31". 11. The weather is broken overcast, 
you've got a bad sun angle, and the experimenters would rather 
wait for a Hawaii night, or very early morning pass, rather than 
go ahead and try it now. It doesn't look too good at all. 

S/C All right. Thank you. 

CAP COM Okay. And I've got a D-h/V-l update. 

S/C Right. 

CAP COM Okay. D-U/D-7 at 172:38:57. Sequence U27. Mode 02. Pitch - 

12 degrees down, Yaw - Niner 5 degrees left low, right 

to left for a total of 5 minutes. Is 30 seconds recorder maxi- 
mum and use cameras. 

S/C Gene, we have it. 



MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/ll/65, 5:36 p.m. Tape 301, Page 2 

CAP COM Roger. Understand you've got it. We'd like a prop quantity- 

readout, please. 

S/C Our propellant quantity reads 93- - - 9k percent. 

CAP COM Roger, understand. 7k percent. 

C/C correction, I'm sorry - 2k percent. 

CAP COM Roger. 2k percent. We got it. 

S/C 2k percent. 

CAP COM Understand. 2k percent. 

S/C Right. 

CAP COM Okay. And I'd like to advise your pass over the CSQ will be 

UHF 6. 

G/C Thank you. 

CAP COM Okay. And Frank, we're taking a good look at your fuel cell at 

this time and we'll advise you as soon as we come up with some 
reasonable conclusions on it. 

S/C Thank you. 

CAP COM Gemini 7, Gemini 7, Houston CAP COM. 

S/C Go ahead, 7- 

CAP COM Roger, Frank. We'd like you to turn your Section 2 power switch 

OFF at this time. We'd like to monitor it for about a rev. We'll 
probably bring it back on at the RKV this next pass and w'll 
advise you further at that time. Over. 

S/C Section 2 power? 

CAP COM That's affirmative. Your Section 2 power switch to the OFF 

position. 
f,/C 2 off. 

CAP COM Okay . 



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MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/ll/65, 5:36 p.m. Tape 301, Page 3 

S/C 7 LOS . 

This is Gemini Control. Gemini 7 is now approaching the Coastal 
Sentry Tracking Ship in the Pacific Ocean. I believe the crew has been talking, 
or has been acquired, by the tracking station. Let's tune in live on that con- 
versation now. 

FLIGHT CSQ Cap Com, Houston Flight. 

CSQ Go ahead, Flight. 

FLIGHT Roger. We'd like some open-circuitvoltages on the entire 

Section 2. 2 Alpha, 2 Bravo, and 2 Charlie. 
CSQ That's roger, CSQ. 

Gemini 7, CSQ. 
S/C ' Gemini 7 CSQ. Go ahead. 

CSQ Roger, Gemini 7. Can you verify that the crossover switch is 

in the ON position? 

S/C I can verify that the crossover switch is in the OFF position. 

CSQ We want it in the ON position. 

S/C Roger. (garbled) is in the . .... position. 

CSQ Roger. 

Gemini 7. We would like open-circuit voltages on 2 Alpha, 
2 Bravo, and 2 Charlie. 

S/C Roger, CSQ coming up. 

2 Alpha is off -scale high above 32 volts. 2 Bravo is off-scale 
high above 32 volts, and so is 2 Charlie off -scale above 32 volts 

CSQ Roger, Gemini 7. 

Gemini 7', we're standing by for your flight plan report. 

S/C Roger, Gemini 7. As to the film situation - we've used 2 

magazines plus kO exposures of S0217. Of the ASA&U. (garbled) 
plus 3 feet of 16 -mm film. Five exposures of dim-light, black 
and white. 70 exposures of :olor-shifted IR . We have not used 



MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/11/65, 5:36 p.m. Tape 301, Page 1+ 

any of the ASA 500 S0217. The Command Pilot's total in column 5 
is 18. Column 6 is h. The Pilot - column 5 is 17 and column 6 
is 2. Pilot this morning on the S-8/D-13 vision test missed three. 
The Command Pilot missed seven. 

CSQ Roger, copied. 

S/C That's right in. We've accomplished everything else in the flight 

plan except the things that Flight has been informed of already. 

CSQ Roger, Gemini 7. 

Gemini 7. We'll have a complete briefing over the RKV on the next 
pass on your fuel-cell status. 

S/C Roger. Thank you. 

CAP COM CSQ, Cap Com, AFD. 

CSQ Go ahead, D. 

CAP COM Roger. We need another main summary. 

CSQ Roger . 

Flight, CSQ 
FLIGHT Flight, CSQ. 

CSQ Roger. The crossover switch was in the OFF position at acquisi- 

tion. We had them put it ON. 
FLIGHT Roger, thank you. 

CSQ Flight, CSQ. 

FLIGHT Go ahead, CSQ. 

CSQ We have a 1 Alpha count of 6 decimal 06. 1 Bravo 6 decimal 86. 

1 Charlie computed 5 decimal 3. 
FLIGHT Roger. We have your summaries. 

CSQ Flight, CSQ. He has just powered up and 

FLIGHT Roger. 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 5:36 p.m. Tape 301, Page 5 

FLIGHT Roger, CSQ. Let's have another LOS Main and an A summary, 

please. 

CSQ Roger, will do. 

We're getting nose full thrust right Flight. 

FLIGHT Roger. 

FLIGHT CSQ Cap Com. Houston Flight. 

CSQ Go ahead, Flight. 

FLIGHT Do you have indications on Baker Baker 0U? 

CSQ That's affirmative. 

FLIGHT Okay. 

This is Gemini Control. You have been listening to a live 
transmission between the Gemini 7 crew and the Coastal Sentry Tracking Ship. 
Gemini 7 is now on its way toward Hawaii on its 108th revolution, 172 hours and 
18 minutes into its flight. Right now the crew aboard Gemini 7 is preparing to 
eat, and in the middle of its eat period - eating period - somewhere over Hawaii, 
or just after Hawaii, they will begin a B-k/L-7 Experiment. That experiment is 
taking radiometric measurements of objects in space, maybe - usually the stars, 
or the moon. However, they are in the middle of a day, an orbital day, the sun 
is shining very brightly over there right now and after that experiment and they 
have finished their meal, the crew aboard Gemini 7 will get ready to go into a 
sleep period, which begins somewhere in the very beginning of its 109th revolution 
later. At 172 hours and 19 minutes and ik seconds into the flight of Gemini 7, 
this is Gemini Control. 

END OF TA PE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/ll/65, 6:15 p.m. Tape 302, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, at 172 hours and kh minutes into 
the flight of Gemini 7- Gemini 7 is now on its 108th revolution getting 
ready to begin its 109th, having just crossed the Hawaiian Islands a few 
minutes ago. Originally we had planned to conduct a MSC-U Laser experiment 
over the Hawaiian Islands, but the experiment was scrubbed because a broken 
overcast - this means there was more than 50 percent cloud cover and the 
results would have been hard to predict . Also there was a bad sun angle there 
and they decided they would rather attempt this at night when the crew thinks 
it might be able to spot the Laser beacon on the ground more readily. We 
have a taped conservation between the Gemini 7 spacecraft and the Hawaiian 
tracking station and we will play that tape for you now. 



HAW Gemini 1, Hawaii Cap Com. 

S/C . . garbled . . 

HAW Okay. We show you go here on the ground. How are you doing? 

S/C We are still . . garbled . . 

HAW Okay. We would like a little evaluation of what that Laser 

looked like to you as far as light intensity. 

S/C Wasn't too bright. And the thing that impressed me, I thought 

that up here the ah - it would be bigger than just a small 
flash like that. It looked rather small. 

HAW We've got a very narrow beam width .008. 

S/C I'd run into couple hundred miles out side of . . garbled . . 

wider than that . 

HAW T think they are going to widen it up a little bit for you. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS , 12/ll/65 , 6:15 p.m. Tape 302, Page 2 

S/C Yea. If we get good weather there is absolutely no problem 

acquiring. I had that colder than a mackerel, 
HAW Very good. 

S/C Looks like a nice little bed you all have up there on 

that mountain top. 
HAW Say again. 

S/c Looks like a nice little camp you all have up there on 

that mountain top. 
Flight Can they compare to a star of known intensity? 

HAW Say again Flight. 

Flight Have them compare it to a star of known intensity. One 

of the ones he uses . 
HAW Okay. Compare as far as the intensity goes to some star 

that you are aware of. 
S/C Off hand I would say it was on the order of Rigel, maybe. 

HAW Okay, thank you. 

S/C Hawaii, this is 7- 

HAW Go ahead. 

S/C We've got the island again. Looks like sort of broken 

overcase, is that correct? 
HAW Yea. Last time outside it looked like, oh about 5000 broken, 

6 tenths covered - about 7 tenths covered. 
S/C The . . garbled . . part of the island looks pretty good. 

But your end has some cloud coverage over it. 



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HAW That figures. Got to run my hotel. 

S/C Looks pretty good. Looks like most of the island is uncovered. 

HAW I think I'm going to spend the night up here tonight. 

S/C Hey, you ought to go to Honolulu. Looks pretty clear 

down there too. 
HAW You mean Hondolurie . 

S/C Yea. All looks pretty cloudy though. 

HAW Alright Hawaii, Flight, I've got some pressures here if 

you would like them. 
Flight Okay, go ahead. 

HAW Okay. ECS 0^ pressure is 865 psi. Fuel cell 0^ pressure 

915 psi. 

Flight Stand by. Cell 0 2 ? 

HAW Fuel cell 0^ pressure 915 psi. 

Flight Okay. 

HAW Fuel cell H^ pressure 231 psi. Okay, stand by on that fuel 

cell 0 2 - That doesn't look right. Let me take a look at it 
flight. 915 psi. 

Flight Roger. 

HAW Supper . 

S/C Pilot had a little tuna salad, a little orange drink. And 

he forgot what he ate for dinner last night too. Give my 
regards to the chef, will you? Wish we had one. 

HAW Up, Flight. 

Flight Okay Hawaii 

HAW LOS 

Flight Roger, Hawaii 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/ll/65, 6:15 p.m. Tape 302, Page k 

This is Gemini Control. We are just a few minutes now from 
the beginning of the 109th revolution at 172 hours and kQ minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7- This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS , 12/l]/65, 6:U2 p.m. Tape 303 , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. Gemini 7 has just passed the Rose 
Knot tracking ship off the east coast of Africa and has begun its 109th 
revolution. It is now 173 hours 11 minutes into its flight which began last 
Saturday. All systems are reported go and Dr. Fred Kelley, our flight surgeon 
reports the pilots are go. This activity you will hear on the taped conservation 
between the crew of Gemini 7 and the Rose Knot mostly concerns itself with 
the purging of the fuel cells. That tape transcription now. 



RKV Gemini 7, RKV Cap Com. 

S/C RKV go ahead. 

RKV Roger. We'd like to know whether you've been monitoring 

your open circuit voltage on section 21 

S/C We sure have. Section 2 failed to go on scale high by 

12:30 today. 

RKV Aren't you on scale height? 

S/C Roger. We're on scale height. 

RKV Have you noticed any deviations or fluctuations at all? 

S/C It's a little low. . . garbled . . 

RKV Roger. 

S/C We still have a Delta P though, RKV 

RKV Roger . Would you like to go . . garbled . . 

Flight Affirmative . 

RKV Would you bring the section 2 power switch to high and 

also leave the cross over switch on. 
S/c Roger. Leave the cross over on; 2 power switch to high. 

RKV Roger 



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S/C Looks like I carry about . . garbled . . 

RKV Roger . 

Flight How do they look on the ground? 

S/C . • garbled . . 5 amps. 

Flight How do they look RKV? How does he look on the ground? 

RKV They look all right Flight. I think we ought to go 

ahead with the purge . 

Flight Okay, go ahead. 

RKV We are standing by. We'd like you to purge both sections. 

S/C Roger. Purge both sections. 

, Flight Give us your main summary, RKV. 

RKV Coming at you, Flight. Place your quantity read switch to 
ECS 0 o - fuel cell 0 o - fuel cell H„ . Place your quantity 

C £_ 

read switch to off. Purge is on the right track. 

Flight Roger. 

RKV Figures show C about 1.95- 

Flight Roger. Let's have your summary. Summary. 

RKV Okay. 

Flight I know they are . . at LOS, Bill 

RKV Roger. Purge count, it looks like 2.10 here now. 

Flight Roger 

RKV According to our figures on the A or B- 

Flight Roger. We got the same conditions here- 
F,/C . . garden . . powered up again tonight? 



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RKV Roger, we'd like you to leave the power switch on for 

CSQ. We'll give you some more data when you get to CSQ. 
S/C . . garbled . . 

Flight Bill, if you've got time, and it looks like it, you can 

give him OAMS summary you've got out there. 
RKV Okay. We got your information here on the OAMS status. 

S/C .. Go ahead. 

RKV Okay. Your quantity pressure shows you have hi pounds of 

OAMS fuel remaining. And this is actual 26.5 percent. 



Your onboard rates should read . . garbled . . this time. 
This puts you about 3 pounds above the minimum and we want 
to keep you here until lift-off. 



5/C . . garbled. 

RKV Incidentally, we have budgeted a total of 9 pounds of fuel 

for extingency, such as venting which is included . . . garbled. 

S/C Thank you. 

RKV Flight, RKV 

Flight All right, RKV . 

RKV . . garbled . . doing better. We've got 221 . . 

Flight Yea. We're watching it here. 

S/C RKV, tell Houston, we have no . . garbled . 

RKV Roger, will do. 

Flight We got it . 

S/C RKV 



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RKV Yea, we copied that. RKV, LOS. 

Flight Roger, RKV , good pass Bill. 

At 173 hours and 16 minutes into our flight and into the 
middle of our orbital flight, Gemini 7 is crossing the 
South Atlantic toward the southern tip of Africa. This 
is Gemini Control 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/ll/65 , 6:50 p.m. Tape 30U , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. Gemini 7 is about to cross Africa 
for the 109th time. And its 173rd hour and 20 minutes of flight since lift-off 
a week ago; halfway through its lk-day mission. The Gemini 7 crew, and the 
world tracking network, and the Mission Control Center are all in a green 
and "go" condition, halfway through this long duration flight and preparing 
for Gemini 7 and Gemini 6 to rendezvous tomorrow. In a few minutes the crew 
will begin a long sleep period; not necessarily sleeping, but resting. After 
breaking into the daylight over the Pacific Ocean the sleep period will begin. 
This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/ll/65 , 7:26 p.m. Tape 305, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 173 hours and 56 minutes into 
the flight of Gemini 7- The spacecraft has just passed over the Coastal 
Sentry tracking station, and even though its sleep period had begun, the 
Coastal Sentry tracking ship did pass up some information to the spacecraft 
and we have the information on tape. We will play that tape for you now. 



CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ Cap Com. 

■S/C Gemini 7, Go ahead CSQ. 

CSQ Flight CSQ. 

Flight Go ahead CSQ. 

main 

CSQ Roger. Main bus current on at 11. 5 and/bus current 2 - 

at 6.11 amps . 

Flight Roger. We want to go open circuit. 

CSQ Roger. We are going power switch off on sectior 2. 

Flight That's affirmative. And we will stay that way through the 

sleep period. 
CSQ Roger, understand. 

S/C Pulse . . garbled . . 

CSQ Roger I got it. Vie want you to put your section. 2 switch 

to OFF and you will remain that way through the sleep period 
S/C . . garbled . . 

CSQ Say again, I did not copy. 

S/c Say you want section 2 OFF with the power switch ON 

CSQ That's affirmative. 

S/C Say you want the cross -over valves left ON. 



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CSQ That's affirm. 

S/C Okay 

Flight Negative. The cross-over valves should be left closed. 

CSQ I understand, closed / Flight. 

Flight Roger. It's at the bottom of your TWX. 

CSQ Flight, you want the valve closed, which way fio you want the 

switch? 

Flight Stand by. Switch should be off. 

CSQ Roger, copy OFF. Gemini 7, CSQ. We would like that 

switch to be in the OFF position. Cross over switch to 
the OFF position. 

S/C Roger, cross over switch to OFF position. 

CSQ Roger. . . . garbled . . in continuous. 

S/C Roger . . garbled . . 

CSQ . . garbled . . for the sleep period is as follows: ECS 0 2 

OFF, fuel cell 0^ in AUTO, fuel cell Hg, prior to going to 
sleep want you to bring that one to a nice one of 510 < 

S/C How about 390? 

CSQ We'll monitor that from the ground 

CSQ . . . garbled . . 

Flight Negative. That's uncessary. 

CSQ It's not necessary. Could you give me your sleep configuration 

as far as headset gear, et cetera. 
S/C Command pilot has orbital flight suit on and the pilot will 

have the regular flight suit on . . garbled . . 
CSQ Neither will have on gloves and negative headgear. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/ll/65, 7:26 p.m. Tape 305, Page 3 

S/C No gloves no headgear. 

CSQ Roger, copy. Flight CSQ, section 2 powered down. 

Flight Roger, give us . . garbled main. 

CSQ Roger . 

Flight You want to get the water intake on the pilbt ; and copilot 

. . garbled . . 

CSQ Roger . . garbled . . the pilot is I+98 ounces and the 

command pilot 5^5 • • • garbled . . 
Flight Okay. 
CSQ . . . garbled . . 

Flight Yea, you might as well. 

CSQ Roger. Gemini 7, the section 2 power switch was turned OFF 

. . garbled . . to produce water. 
S/C Roger 
Flight That's all you need. 

CSQ . . garbled, flight 

Flight Roger Delta P lights or anything out theas on the ground? 

BEOk is it still with us? 
CSQ 4 . . garbled . . 

Flight Say again. 

CSQ We didn't have an ACK pickup. 

Flight Okay / why don't you have them check the ACK beacon circuit 

breaker? 

CSQ Gemini 7, CSQ. Would you check your ACK beacon circuit breaker 

S/C Closed. 

CSQ We got it now Flight. 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/11/65, 7:26 p.m. Tape 305, Page k 

Flight Roger 

This is Gemini Control. The sleep period for Gemini 7 has 
begun and the crew is scheduled to end the sleep period at 6:35 a.m. Central 
Standard Time. At 17U hours and 1 minute into this flight, this is Gemini 
Control. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/ll/65, 7:50 p.m. Tape 306, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. We are Yjk hours and 20 minutes into 
the flight of Gemini 7 which is fast approaching the west coast of South America 
and the beginning of its 110th revolution. The crew is in its rest period and 
Gene Kranz, and the Flight Directors here at Mission Control are about to begin 
their eat period. This is Gemini Control. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, lll/l 1 /^, 0:50 p.m. Tape 307, Page 1 

This it'- Gemini Contrvj at. 1/5 hours and ?0 minutes into 
the flight of Gemini 7- The crew is in a deep period scheduled to last 
until 6:35 a.m. Sunday, Central Standard Time. At. this very moment Gemini 7 
is passing over China on .it's LlUth revolution and appropriately enough / here 
in Mission Control Center, we are eating a Chinese dinner. Which opened up 
with Ramoki, egg rolls, barbecued ribs won-ton , almond gidin, sweet and sour 
pork, mandarin duck, fried rice, and steak cubed. This was provided by 
a Houston restaurant and the Mission Control Center personnel have gorged 
themselves / and are ready to go into a briefing on tomorrows rendezvous exercise. 
At 175 hours and 21 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7, this Is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPTS, 12/ll/65, 9:50 p.m. Tape 308, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, at 176 hours and 20 minutes into 
the flight of Gemini 7, which is now on a northeasterly pass across the South 
Atlantic, having just left the east coast of South America. The Gemini 7 
crew is in a sleep period in the middle of another orbital night. There has 
been no communication with them since their sleep period began an hour or 
so ago. Meanwhile at Cape Kennedy we have a report on the preparation for 
the Gemini 6 launch scheduled for 9:5h a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Sunday. 
And here is that report! They have fueled the Gemini launch vehicle. The 
fueling began at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and was completed at 9:15 p.m. 
Eastern Standard Time. Men are cleaning up Complex 19 in preparation to pickup 
countdown at 3:29 a.m. for the spacecraft and 5:29 a.m. for the launch vehicle. 
The crew for Gemini 6, astronauts Schirra and Stafford, went to sleep at about 
9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The forecast around the Cape for launch time 
tomorrow is a 5,000 foot broken ceiling; winds from 8 to 10 knots from the 
south southeast; mild temperatures between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit; and 

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two to three feet waves off shore. The word from the Cape is we are GO. We 
are also GO in Mission Control and they are GO aboard Gemini 7 as they make 
their silent sweeps around the world on their 111th revolution at 176 hours 
and 21 minutes into the flight. This is Gemini Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/11/65, 10:50 p.m. Tape 309, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. Gemini 7 is 177 hours and 20 minutes 
into its flight, or as Flight Director Gene Kranz prefers to say, has 152 hours 
and 37 minutes to go. The spacecraft at this time is over the Canton Islands, 
the Canton Island tracking station, but it is making a silent pass with the crew 
in its sleep period. It is in its 111th revolution passing over the Pacific 
Ocean. At this time - at this same elapsed time in August - August 28, astronauts 
Cooper and Conrad were in their 112th revolution over the same general area. Their 
revolutions - their being 1 revolution ahead because of the wider inclination of 
their orbit and the lower altitude of their orbit. Sometime tomorrow, during the 
noon hour, Gemini 7 will eclipse the record of 190 hours and 56 minutes of space 
flight set by astronauts Cooper and Conrad last August. Right this minute, the 
Blue Team, with Flight Director John Hodge, is moving into the Mission Control 
Center to relieve the White Team, which will be shortly leaving for its press 
conference. So at 177 hours and 21 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7, this 
is Gemini Control. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/12/65, 12:50 a.m. Tape 310, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 179 hours and 20 minutes 
into the flight of Gemini 7. We are just now beginning the one- 
hundred and thirteenth revolution of Gemini 7. Our next station 
to acquire the 7 will be the Rose Knot off the east coast of South 
America. The crew of Gemini 7 is asleep and have been for some 
time. Pilot James Lovell went to sleep about five hours ago, 
and Command Pilot Frank Borman about three and a half hours ago. 
When Gemini 7 is over the ship — tracking ship Rose Knot in a 
few minutes, a tape dump of onboard telemetry is scheduled. The 
Control Center here began to reconfigure about an hour ago to 
support Gemini 6 for the Sunday morning launch. Gemini 7 is now 
shown on our world map here in the Control Center as an Agena 
vehicle, which it will continue to be shown as throughout the 
rest of the mission involving Gemini 6. The Control Center will 
begin supporting the Gemini 6 countdown at the Cape at 2:29 a.m. CST. 
With the Gemini 7 spacecraft now starting its pass across South 
America at 179 hours and 21 minutes into its mission, our clocks 
show 457 minutes and 0 seconds until the liftoff of Gemini 6. This 
is Gemini Control. 

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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/12/65, 1:50 a.m. Tape 311, Page 

This is Gemini Control, 180 hours and 20 minutes 
into the flight of Gemini 7. We are now in the one-hundred and 
thirteenth rev of 7, and the Gemini 7 is over New Guinea on its 
pass down across the South Pacific. A few minutes earlier, the 
Rose Knot tracking ship reported all systems "go" and that the 
crew was asleep. This was the Rose Knot's last contact for the 
night, and Flight Director John Hodge released the flight controller 
for the night. The Canary tracking station pass a few minutes 
later also reported the crew asleep based on biomedical data. 
In about 40 minutes, the Control Center here in Houston will 
begin supporting Gemini 6 on Launch Pad 19 at Cape Kennedy. 
The count on 6 is now standing at 397 minutes and 49 seconds and 
counting. With Gemini 7 now making its pass down across the 
Pacific, we are 180 hours and 21 minutes into the mission. This 
is Gemini Control . 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/12/65, 2:50 a.m. Tape 312, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, l8l hours and 20 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7. Gemini 7 is now in its ll^th rev over North Africa. The 
last stations to acquire Gemini 7 were Antigua and the Canary Islands tracking 
stations. The crew, Frank Bonnan and James Lovell, are still in a sleep period. 
Gemini 7 now over North Africa, will pass over India as it makes its swing across 
the southern part of Asia. On our last check on Gemini 7, it had an apogee of 
162.6 nautical miles and a perigee of l6l.l nautical miles. Here in Mission 
Control at Houston, the flight controllers began supporting Gemini 6 on Launch 
Pad 19 at Cape Kennedy. The 6 countdown is now at 337 minutes and 1+7 seconds 
and counting. The countdown includes a built-in 25 minute hold at T-3. The 
spacecraft now is in the process of being powered up and the backup crew, Virgil 
I. Grissom and John W. Young, are in Gemini 6 on Pad 19. They will remain in 6 
until the prime crew, Walter Schirra and Tom Stafford, replace them at T-115 min- 
ute,s in the count. With Gemini 7 now making its pass across North Africa, we are 
l8l hours and 21 minutes into the mission of Gemini 7. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/12/65, 3:50 a.m. Tape 313, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. One hundred eighty two hours and 
20 minutes into the flight, of Gemini 7. Gemini 7 is now sweeping across the 
South Pacific nearing the end of its llUth revolution around the earth. On 
the last pass over the Canary Islands tracking station about an hour ago, bio- 
medical data indicated that both crewmen were awake and active. However, the 
crew sleep period still has about an hour to go. The Gemini launch vehicle 6 
booster count is scheduled to be picked up at Cape Kennedy at T-2^0, which will 
be about 5:30 a.m. e.s.t. The Control Center here in Houston * still supporting 
the countdown for the Gemini 6 spacecraft on Pad 19 at Cape Kennedy. At the 
present time the count is standing at 277 minutes and ho seconds and counting. 
With Gemini 7 now shown on our map as an Agena and making its pass across the 
South Pacific coming up on the west coast of South America. We are 182 minutes 
182 hours and 21 minutes into the mission of Gemini 7. This is Gemini Control. 



END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, ll/l2/65 , h:^0 a.m. Tape 3lU , Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 183 hours and 20 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7. Spacecraft 7 is now over the Indian Ocean coming up on 
the Carnarvon, Australia tracking station. Just had a communication come in 
a few minutes ago from the Carnarvon station where the flight controller 
reported a temperature outside of Ilk degrees. So the weather is a bit 
warmer there than in Houston. At the Canary Island tracking station about 
35 minutes ago, the biomed data indicated the 7 crew members, Frank Borman 
and James Lovell were asleep or resting comfortably. All systems reported 
GO at LOS, loss of signal, with Canary. The Gemini 7, rather the Gemini 6 
count for the launch vehicle began right on schedule at Cape Kennedy at 
T minus 2^0 minutes. That was at 5:29 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The 
count on Gemini 6 with the backup crew, Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young, 
in the 6 vehicle is counting and is now at 217 minutes and 30 seconds to 
launch time. This includes a 25 minute bui'ltkn hold at T minus 3. At 
T minus 115 minutes in the count the prime crew, Walter M. Schirra and Thomas 
P. Stafford will enter the vehicle to replace the backup crew. The launch 
of Gemini 6 is scheduled at the beginning of the ll8th revolution of 
Gemini 7. With the Gemini 7 now passing over the west coast of Australia 
tee are 183 hours and 22 minutes into the flight of Gemini 7- This is Gemini 
Control. 

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MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/12/65, 5:50 a.m. Tape 315, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control. l8U hours and 20 minutes into the 
flight of Gemini 7. We're now in the ll6th rev and the Gemini 7 is now making 
a pass across the mid-Atlantic toward the west coast of Africa. The next 
station to have acquisition of Gemini 7 will be the Canary Islands tracking 
station. The crew, Frank Borman and James Lovell, are now up and ready for 
the day's activities. The situation at the Cape - the count is now standing 
at T-158 minutes and Ik seconds and counting. The weather at the Cape is 
partly cloudy with broken clouds at 3000 feet at times. The wind is blowing 
from the southeast at 10 knots, with a visibility of 10 miles. Temperature is 
67 degrees and 2 to 3 feet waves off the shore. At 18U hours and 21 minutes 
into the flight of Gemini 7, this is Mission Control. 

END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/12/65, 6:05 a.m. Tape 316, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, l8k hours 35 minutes and 2 seconds 
into the flight of Gemini 7- The Gemini 7 is now over the east coast of 
Africa heading for the Indian Ocean and Australia. We are in the ll6th 
revolution. We have a transmission that was taped a few minutes ago between 
the spacecraft 7 and the Control Center here and we will play that tape for 
you now. 

Cap Com Gemini 7, Houston. 

S/C Go ahead. You are loud and clear. 

Cap Com Good morning. I have some PLA updates and a flight plan 

update for you. 
S /C Roger . ( garb le ) 

S/C Houston, this is Gemini 7- Go ahead an read the PLA's and 

I will get the flight plan later. 

Cap Com Okay, I'll read your new flight plan first. Node;l85.*33 1+3 

rev 116, 126.9 degrees west, right ascension is 10 hours 
00 minutes and 6 seconds. Flight Plan time-line update 
change loV.OO.'OO to 18U 12 00. Time l&^.'i+O'lU, crew status 
report on the Pilot at Texas. Time 185; 58:02 crew status — 

S/C Houston, Gemini 7- 

Cap Com Go ahead Gemini 7, Houston. 

S/c Is that time l85:4o:l4 was that a crew status report 

on Pilot at Texas . 
Cap Com That is affirmative, Jim. 

S/C Okay. 

Cap Com Next item 185; 58:02 crew status report on the Command Pilot 

at CYI, Canarys. Start on D-k/V-7 at l&k 21 kl , sequence 
1*30, mode 02, pitch 30 degrees down, yaw h degrees left. 
This is a D-U/D-7 on the Gemini 6 launch, and take 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/12/65, 6:05 a.m. 



Tape 316, Page 2 



S-6Vs on the Cape weather. The nominal time of Gemini 6 
is 187 2k about. We will update that later when we get a 
better hack on it. 

S/C Roger, could we have the time on the B-k/B-7 , we didn't get 

that, we missed that. 
Cap Com Roger, it is 187 21 hi. 

S/C Roger, I have it. 

Cap Com Are you ready for your PLA updates? 

S/C Roger, go ahead. 

Cap Com Area 118-1, 186 58 39- 

S/C We are not reading you, say again please. 

Cap Com 118-1, 186 58 39; 19-1 at 188 3k 27; 20-4, 191 25 52; 

21-U , 193 01 27; 22 -k, 19k 37 2k; 123-3, 195 2k 13 — 
correction there, 195 5 1 * 13; 12U-3, 197 29 U7. RET UOOK 
is 21 kO for all areas and the weather in all areas are 
good. 

S/C Roger. 

Cap Com Be advised to keep your continuous adapter C-band on until 

TPI. We will have a test on your fuel cells coming up for 
you at CYI so we request no fuel cell activity until 
acquisition of Canary Islands. In general we intend to 
warm up stack 2 before purging, that's section 2. You will 
receive a go — no-go at Carnarvon on the next rev. That is 
this pass over Carnarvon, Gemini 7- How do you feel this 
morning. Gemini 7, Houston. 

S/C Roger. 

Cap Com Roger, how do you feel this morning. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/12/65, 6:05 a-m. Tape 316, Page 3 

Cap Com How do you feel this morning Gemini 1 . 

S/C Just fine. How do you read us. 

Cap Com I'm reading you now. We just switched to Bermuda. Do 

all your systems appear good. 
S/C Say again. 

Cap Com Do all your systems look pretty good. 

S/C Our systems are good, right. 

Cap Com Good. Did you have the same tumbling rate this morning 

when you awakened? 
S/C Negative, we haven't awakened yet. 

Cap Com ' " Oh ho ho, sorry about that. 
S/C We had a very slow tumble this morning. 

Cap Com Were you comfortable last night. Was the temperature a 

little better? Gemini 7, be advised the countdown is 

going very well at the Cape. 
S/C How do you read now, Houston. 

Cap Com I'm reading you all right. How do you read me. 

S/C Sounds like you're not reading me all the time, but be advised 

that our tumble rates are very slow and we did not get the — 
the wall temperatures are normal this morning, they are not 
cold. 

Cap Com Very good. Be advised that the count is going very well at 

the Cape on Gemini 6. 
S/C Good. 

Gap Com The crew is up and is healthy and they are all ready to go. 



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MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT , 12/12/65, 6:05 a.m. Tape 3l6, Page h 

That was Charlie Bassett, Spacecraft Communicator here in 
the Houston Mission Control Center talking to the Gemini 7 crew. The 
Gemini 6 countdown is now standing at T-I36 minutes and 10 seconds and count- 
ing. In about 20 minutes the Gemini 6 Prime Crew should be about ready to 
get in the spacecraft. They are scheduled to get in and take over at T-115 min- 
utes. We have a weather advisory here in the area of the prime recovery ship, 
Wasp. They have a 1500 foot cloud cover, visibility is 10 miles, wind is 
northeast at 6 knots, swells 5 feet with 2 feet waves. The outside temperature 
in the area is 71° F, and the sea water temperature is 77° F. The Wasp is 
now on station for the Gemini 6 launch. After lift-off of Gemini 6, the 
Wasp will proceed southwest to be on station for revolution 119 of Gemini 7- 
The present position of the Wasp is approximately U90 statute miles southeast 
of Bermuda. At iQk hours and kh minutes into the flight of Gemini 7, and at 
T-13U minutes and kk seconds on — in the launch of Gemini 6, this is Gemini 
Control. 
END OF TAPE 



MISSION COMMENTARY TRANSCRIPT, 12/12/65, 6:36 a.m. Tape 317, Page 1 

This is Gemini Control, 185 hours and 5 minutes into the flight 
of Gemini 7- Gemini 7 is now over the west coast of Australia on its 116 revolution 
around the Earth. The Gemini 6 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy is now at T minus 113 
minutes and 35 seconds and counting. We have a tape here that was taped on the 
last pass over the Canary Islands; and we will play that tape for you now. 



S/C This is 7, Canary. Good morning to you. 

CYI And, good morning to you also. We've got some information for 

you on this fuel cell. 
S/C Righto. Proceed. 

CYI Okay. Right now, we'd like for you to open the primary cooling down 

circuit breaker. 

S/C Roge. Open the primary cooling down circuit breaker. 

CYI Roger . 

S/C It is now open. 

CYI Okay. We want your radiator switched to "By -Pass". 

S/C Radiator switched to "By -Pass". 

HOUSTON Tell him why, Canary. 

CYI Okay. This is going to put you to "By-Pass" on the radiator on 

account of warm up at that second section. Okay? And, now what 
we'd like from you is a normal purge on Section One. 

S/C Okay. A normal purge on Section One. Section Two boiler circuit 

breaker still on. 

CYI Affirmative. 

S/C Stand by. We want to check to see whether that circuit breaker 

should be on. 
CYI It should be on, right, Flight? 

HOUSTON Yea. Because of it's being off all night, you can leave it up 

for this purge . 



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Tape 317, Page 2 



CYI 

HOUSTON 

CYI 

S/C 



CYI 

s/c 

CYI 
S/C 

CYI 

HOUSTON 
CYI 

HOUSTON 
CYI 

HOUSTON 
CYI 



S/C 



CYI 



Leave it on for this purge. 

Stand by. That's affirmative. We want the cross -over open. 
Okay. We want the cross-over switch on. 

Roger. Here's our procedure. We'll leave the cross-over switch 

on, and make a normal Section One purge. Hydrogen 13 seconds, 

oxygen 2 minutes. Is that correct? 

Roge. Correct. 

Canary. This is Gemini 7. 

Go ahead, 7. 

Would you check with Houston and find out when they want us to 
start getting suited and back in shape. 
Okay. Copy, Flight? Flight, Canary. Do you copy? 
Negative. Say again. 

They'd like to know when they should begin putting on their suits 
to get ready for this launch. 

Tell them we should wait until we're sure we're going to get lift 
off here. 
Say again. 

We want to wait until we're sure we're going to get lift off. 
Probably after lift off. 

After lift off, okay. Gemini 7, this is Canary. Flight says wait 
a little while; and they want to make sure they get lift off first, 
then you can start putting them on. 

Roge. Thank you, a whole lot. Be advised that the first time we'd 
had poor communications with Houston on the last pass. I guess 
they were remoting us. 

Yea. That's right. They were. Okay. I'll give you a little 
preliminiary briefing of what's going to happen over Carnarvon. 



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Tape 317, Page 3 



s/c 

CYI 
S/C 
CYI 
S/C 
CYI 
S/C 
CYI 
S/C 
CYI 
S/C 
CYI 

S/C 
CYI 
S/C 

HOUSTON 
CYI 

HOUSTON 
CYI 

HOUSTON 
CYI 



Upon Carnarvon instruction, you'll go back to "Quo" on the radiator, 
and further probe the primary "Quo" valve circuit breaker again. 
Then you'll perform an open circuit double length purge on the 
Second Section. Do you copy. 

An open circuit double length purge on the Second Section. 

Roger. That's upon Carnarvon instruction, okay? 

Roger. 

We want to let that secondary group warm up a little bit. 

Second purge is complete (Garble) is going off. 

Okay. Could you place your quantity read switch to ECS 02, please. 

Roger. It's on. 

And, we'd like a reading. 

32$ at 828 pounds (Garble) . . .750 pounds . 

Okay. Hold it there for a minute. LH2? 
28*6 at H60 pounds. 

Okay. You can go back to off on the quantity read switch. 
That's about all we have from here. Can we help you in any way? 
No. I think we're in pretty good shape. 
Okay. Very good. We'll be standing by. 
Roger . 

Did you tape dump, Canaries? 
We're all through tape dumping. 
Very good. 
Flight, Canaries. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. We're showing an ECS control valve outlet on the secondary 
at about 62 degrees right about now. 



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HOUSTON That's about right. 

CYI Okay. We have LOS. All frequencies "Go" at LOS. 

END OF TAPE 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY , 12/12/65, 6:38 a.m. Tape 318, Paige 

.... and proceeding excellently on the Gemini 6 
countdown at the present time. Astronauts Walter Schirra and Tom 
Stafford are about to depart from the suit trailer at Launch Com- 
plex 16 to proceed to Launch Complex 19 and board their Gemini 6 
spacecraft. The count has been going excellently all morning. We 
have no known problems. At times, we've been as much as 20 minutes 
ahead on certain types of work at the launch pad itself and pro- 
ceeding very well, and we are awaiting the arrival of Astronauts 
Schirra and Stafford at the launch pad at the present time. This 
is Gemini Launch Control at the Cape. 



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GEMINI 7/6 MISSION COMMENTARY, 12/12/65, 6:46 a.m. Tape