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MAC Control 
No. C-1X5471 



MSI PROJECT FILES C0F1 




(Title Unclassified) 
GEMINI VIII VOICE COMMUNICATIONS 



( AIR-TO-GROUND , GROUND-TO-AIR AND ON-BOARD TRANSCRIPTION ) 



"This document contains infoi/nation sf'ectin? the 
national delense of the United States within the 
meaning of the Espionage Ltws. Title li. U. S C. 
section /93 & 794. i tie t,-ai;->R;.s3wn or the revelation 
of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person 
is prohibited by u»." 




GROUP - 4 

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10, 9» o» 7, o» 5, *t 3, *ij i, 


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Ignition* 


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03 


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Lift-off. 


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08 


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Lift-off 16:41:00; Lift-off 10:41:00; 


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09 


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Watch your clock, Gemini* 


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12 


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Got a •KoJJL rrogram m. 


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x\oger 9 noil* 


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21 


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Good lift-off, V ill. 


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c 


It's looking good. 


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^^h. v 4 • T T 1 * 1 _ ^ - ^ ■■■■■■ ^ ■ 

The Roll is on. We have a Pitch Program. 


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Roger. Pitch Program. 


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p 


Cabin pressure coming up good. 


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I ... checking on the nose here. 


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MARK. 50 seconds. You're looking good, v,i i,,t,. 


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ok 


p 


Cabin pressure is 5*7^. 


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... 


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.08 


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Have the cahin. 


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:38 


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MARK. 1:40. 


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cc 


MARK. 1 plus 40. You're looking good, V1JLL. 


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c 


Okay. Mode 2. 


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p 


Cabin's 5.5 psid looks good. Fuel cells are good. 


00:01 


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c 


Okay. 


00:01 


:50 


p 


DCS update received. 


00:01 


:5k 


cc 


Roger. DCS. 



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00:01:59 p Secondary O2 is good. 

00:02:01 C Okay. 

00:02:02 P DCS looks good. 

00:02:04 P Pulse is good. 

00:02:11 C Stage 2 tanks look good. 

00:02:13 C Okay. That's about 3 l/2 g's. 

00:02:17 CG Gemini VIII. You're GO from the ground for 

Staging. 

00:02:18 C Roger. 

00:02:20 P Fuel cells look good. 

00:02:23 C Roger. 

00:02:28 P DCS update received. 

00:02:32 CC Roger. DCS. 

00:02:40 C Roger. We have Staging Ignition. 

00:02:42 CC Roger. Staging. 

00:02:43 CC We have Staging. 

00:02:44 C Staging looks good. 

00:02:45 C We're having Wally's fireball here. 

00:02:48 P Yes. 

00:02:49 C Did you see it? 

00:02:52 P Yes, I did. 

00:02:54 CC Understand you have Guidance Initiate. 

00:02:55 P Roger. We have Guidance Initiate. 

00:03:01 P Zero pitch and 1 degree yaw right coming up. 



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00:03:06 CC Roger. Guidance looks good on the ground. 

00:03:08 C Roger. 

00:03:09 CC Coming right up. 

03:03:11 C All systems looking good. 

03:03:13 P Oh, there's the horizonj 

00:03:16 C We finally get to see it. 

00:03:20 P Okay, You're looking good, Coach. 

00:03:25 C Okay. The fuel cells are all solid as a rock. 

00:03:30 P Okay. Everything looks good on the right. 

00:03:32 C Fine. And needles are ... pitch is zero, yaw is 

about a quarter of a degree and steady. 

00: 03: ^tO CC Roger. Your plots are looking very nominal here 

on the ground, VIII. 

00:03: ^43 C Roger. The second stage is a real good machine. 

00:03:^7 C I was going to say a Cadillac, hut I guess I 

better not say that. 

00:03:54 C Coming up on 4 minutes. 

00:04:01 P Cabin pressure is 5.5 psid and holding. 

00:04:04 C Roger. Accelerometers at 4 minutes. 

00:04:11 P Hey, how about that viewi 

00:04:12 C That's fantastic! 

00:04:14 P They were right, weren't they? 

00:04:15 C Boy! Here we go! 

00:04:17 CC Gemini VIII, you're GO from the ground. 

00:04:23 C Roger. Looks good up here. 



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00: 04: to 


P 


There we are. Right on the money. 


00:04:1*4 


C 


Rates are very stable. 


00:04:49 


G 


Little bit of yaw oscillation. 


00:04:54 


P 


Coming up on 5 minutes. 


00:04: 59 


C 


Yes. Coming up on 5 minutes right now. 


00:05:13 


cc 


MARK. V/VR = .08, Gemini VIII. 


00:05:16 


c 


Okay. Mode 3. 


00:05:20 


p 


Zero pitch and yaw a quarter of a degree and 
steady. 


00:05:23 


cc 


You're looking very good here on the ground. 


00:05:25 


p 


Looking good here. 


00:05:2? 


p 


... 


00:05:42 


c 


We've had SECO. 


00:05:44 


cc 


Roger. SECO. 


00:05:52 


p 


Okay. 


00:05:54 


p 


Take your time, Buddy. 


00:05:56 


c 


Okay. 


00:06:01 


cc 


Gemini VIII, you're GO, and give me IVI's whe 
you have time. 


00:06:02 


p 


Thank you. We're thrusting forward. 


00:06:08 


c 


Look at the stuff out front. 


00:06:13 


p 


Burn stop. 


00:06:15 


cc 


Roger. Stop hum. 


00:06:18 


p 


Oops! 


00:06:23 


cc 


Gemini VIII, your 1 -Alpha time is 15:06. 



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03:06:28 P Okay. We got that. 

Od:06:5k C Look at that stuff floating out there. 

03:06:56 P Yes. Some pressure. 

03:07:25 C Okay, Dave. 

03:07:26 P Okay, Neil. Check hearings. 

03:07:28 C Okay. Looks good. 

03:07:30 P Rates look good. 

03:07:32 C Yes. 

03:07:3** P All the way. 

03:07:35 P Fairings are jettisoned. 

00:07:1*2 C We had a pitch-up at fairing jettison. 

03:07:^7 CC Gemini VIII, this is Houston. We understand 

fairings have been jettisoned. 

00:07:52 P That's affirm. 

00:08:05 C Okay. Ready for the first Check List. 

00:08:08 P Stand hy one. 

00:08:09 C Okay. 

00:08:16 P Okay. I'm ready to read, 

00:08:17 C Okay. 

00:08: kl C Gemini VIII's Aline of the Platform. We ap- 
parently have a good Primary Scanner. 

00:08: kl P Okay. ... status. 

00:08:52 C Say again. 

00:08:53 CC Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM. 

00:08:54 P Go ahead, Houston. This is VIII. 

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00:08:56 CC Your orbit is 85 by 155. Your GMT lift-off was 

l6:4l:02. 

00:09:07 C 16:1+1:02. 

00:09:11 P Roger. 

00:09:13 C Okay. Retro squibs (4), SAFE. 

00:09:16 C Okay. Maneuver controller, off and stowed. 

00:09:19 P Off and stowed. 

00:09:23 P D-Ring safety pin, install. 

00:09: 2k P Sequence Light Test. 

00:09:25 C Okay. Here we gol 

00:09:28 P AMBER. 

00:09:30 C Okay. 

00:09:31 P Roger. 

00:09:32 P And RED and GREEN. 

00:09:33 C Good. Dam good. 

00:09:37 P Computer PHELAUNCH. 

00:09:38 C ... just from the IVT's ... after the burn at 18 

with a plane indicating right. Now, heads up. 

00:09:^49 C Okay. Retro ... squibs to CLOSE. 

00:09:53 C Seconday 02 to CLOSE. 

00:09:57 P CAMS Heaters*s circuit breaker craning closed. 

00:09:58 P And it stays closed. 

00:09:59 C Roger. 

00:10:03 P CAMS Heaters's circuit breaker closed. 

00:10:07 P Cryo Quantity to OFF. 

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00:10:08 


C 


Check. 


00:10:12 


C 


We look good all the way. 


00:10:14 


C 


Recorder is coming off* 


00:10:23 


CC 


Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM* I have your 1-4 
time, if you're ready to copy. 


00:10:27 


P 


Go ahead. 


00:10:31 


CC 


Roger. GET RC: 01:00:16; RET IjOOK, 15 plus 21; 
RET RB, 20 plus 08; roll left 85. 


00:10:57 


P 


Roger. 1-4: 01:00:16; RET RB, 20 plus 08; roll 
left 85* And Insertion Check List is complete. 


00:11:17 


CC 


You were cut off there at the end, VIH. 


00:11:20 


P 


Right* I've got the Insertion Check List complete 


00:11:22 


CC 


Roger. Insertion Check List complete. Thank you. 


00:11:24 


P 


Still look good. 


00:11:28 


CC 


If you did not copy, the RET of UOOK was 15 plus 
21. 


00:11:35 


p 


Good old Jim. Thank you. 


00:20:30 


CC 


Gemini VIII, Gemini VHI, Houston CAP COM. Over. 


00:20:34 


C 


Roger. Go ahead. 


00:20:35 


CC 


Roger, Your orbit is changed to 87, 147* You're 
GO for a nominal M equals 4* There will he a 
slight Plane Change. We'll give you that infor- 
mation later and we understand that the ••* tem- 
peratures were hotter than normal and we're re- 
minding you to activate the right unit Number 1 
handle at Time 43. 


00:21:00 


c 


... ^10. 


00:21:07 


c 


Also all systems look okay... 



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00:21:14 


CC 


Roger. All systems are okay and standing by for 
a UHF Number 2 check. 


00:21:17 


C 


Okay. 


00:22:06 


C 


Houston, this is Gemini VIII on your UHF Number 2. 
How do you read? 


00:22:08 


CC 


Roger. Gemini VIII, this is Houston. Reading you 
slightly garbled but loud. How me? 


00:22:13 


C 


... 


00:22:20 


CC 


This is Houston. Roger. 


00:22:23 


C 


Going back to Number 1. 


00:22:25 


CC 


You're going to Number 1. 


00:23:09 


C 


Dave advises that Nuclear Emulsion came on at 23 
minutes. 


00:23:21 


CC 


Roger, Gemini VIII. Nuclear Emulsion on at 23 
minutes. 


00:30:31 


C 


... we are seeing stars at 30 minutes elapsed time, 
and the Spacecraft is ... sunlight. 


00:31:42 


C 


31 minutes. Now we are seeing a lot of stars. 


00:31:44 


P 


That could be a light. 


00:31:49 


C 


... I see a light on the ground. 


00:31:56 


C 


... on the horizon. That's where the light would 
be, I think. 


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You do? 


00:32:03 


C 


I do see thrust er flashings now. Platform Alining 
on the Secondary Scanner. 

TANANARIVE 


00:35:15 


C 


Tananarive, you're unreadable. We ... 



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Gemini VIII, Gemini VHI, Houston CAP COM. 

Hello, Houston CAP COM. Now we're reading you all 
okay. Gemini VIII. 

Roger. This is my first call. Don't forget your 
Radiator to PLOW at 035. 

Okay. Radiator going to FLOW. 

Roger. And around 00: to, the C -Reentry to COMMAND, 
the C -Adapter to CONTINUOUS and the S-3 Experiment. 

I didn't quite get that. Would you. say again, 
please? 

Roger. At 1)0, the C -Reentry to COMMAND, the 
C -Adapter to CONTINUOUS and the Frog Egg Experi- 
ment. 

Roger. We have that. 

Roger. We 're just standing by. 

It reminds me of an oil flame that you see over 
Texas. 

... here ... We're at 38 minutes and I noticed the 
thrusters are firing out the right side only. Now 
this may he a Platform Mode, or it could be due to 
the fact that it 's taking care of the water boiler 
exhaust. 

38 minutes elapsed time. The night side - we have 
a well-definable horizon, but we have stars visible 
below the horizon, and that one property in com- 
paring the horizon is probably the best one to make 
a mark on. 

Okay. At kO minutes and about 10 seconds, the S-3 
Unit Number 1 is activated. 

Okay. 

4l minutes. We're going to Primary Scanner on the 
Horizon Scan and no appreciable difference in Pri- 



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mary or Secondary Scanner operation; going to Pri- 
mary CATCH-UP in 50 minutes and - - 

00:1*0:29 P IVI's are zero. 

00:1*0:1*0 C Well, that's about it. 

00: 1*1:20 P 1A, 9.5; IB, 10.0; 1-Main, 11+.5, 2-Main, 8.0; 2A, 

If. 8; 2B, 5.2; Main bus is 21+.5. 

CARNARVON 

00:1*9:29 CC Gemini VIII, Carnarvon CAP COM, 

00:1*9:33 C Hi there, Carnarvoni Go ahead. 

00: 1*9:3^ CC How you all doing? 

00:1*9:35 C Just fine". 

00:1+9:36 CC Okay. We're showing you real good here on the 

ground. We're giving you a GO on your radiator. 
Put your Evaporator to NORMAL. 

00:1+9:1+3 P Evaporator is NORMAL. 

00:1+9:1+1+ CC Okay. 

OO-.^l+S CC How about your Quantity Read switch to ECS O2 

position and leave it there until I tell you to 
move it. 

00:1+9:53 P Roger. ECS O2. 

00: 1+9: 5*+ CC Okay. I'm showing you in PRELAUNCH. Are you doing 

some computations or can you go into CATCH -UP? 

00:50:00 P Ready for Accelerometer Bias Check any time you are. 

00:50:05 CC Okay. Let's go to CATCH -UP. 

00:50:07 CC Okay. Got you in CATCH-UP. 

00:50:09 CC We need a battery in your fuel cell. 



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00:50:19 P 



00:50:13 ? Roger. The batteries are GO, and - ready to copy 

the fuel cell? 

00:50:16 C Went to CATCH-UP at 50 minutes. IVT's are zero. 
00:50:18 CC Go ahead. 

1A, 9.5; IB, 10.0; 1-Main, 14.5; 2-Main, 8.0; 2A, 
4.8; 2B, 5.2. Main bus is 24.5. 

00:50:38 CC Okay, I copy that. 

00:50:1*0 CC Okay. I'll copy that. 

00:50:47 P ... get the sheet. 

00:50:51 P Get a light in here. 

00:50:53 CC Okay. You're GO for 16-1. 

00:50:54 C Go ahead. All yours. 

00: 50: 56 P Thank you very much. 

00:50:59 C How about that? 

00:51:00 CC You can leave your computer running, you know. 

00:51:02 C Stand Toy. 

00:51:15 CC How about setting up 52 minutes and counting up? 

I'll give you a time hack at that point. 

00:51:18 P Okay. 

00:51:27 CC You like it up there, right? 

'30:51:30 P You bet J 

<X): 51:31 C It's all right! 

00:51:32 CC Very nice! 

00:51:44 C Okay. The computers are running pretty good. 

Hope they keep up like they should. 

00: 51: 51 C I'm up to GET Clock Check, 

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00: 51: 56 


CC 


On your Mark, Stand by. 


00:51:57 


CC 


3, 2, 1, 


00:51:58 


GC 


MARK. 52. 


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c 


Rlfffrh on it. 


00:52:00 


CC 


Okay. We're right with you. 


00:52:04 


c 


And we're ready for the START COMP any time you 
are. 


00:52:23 


CC 


Okay. Quantity Read to OFF. 


00:52:29 


p 


Coming OFF. 



00:52:35 CC Carnarvon. Gemini VIII, if you're ready for the 

Accelerometer Bias Check,we'll start counting. 

00:52:39 C We're ready for your check, sir. 

00:52:41 CC Okay. On my Mark, ... 

00: 52: 42 C Do you want to give the start count so I can start 

my watch? 

00:52:47 CC 3, 2, 1, 

00:52:43 CC MARK. 

00:52:51 C Got it. 

00:52:52 CC Roger. 

00:52:59 P Here. You got the time? 

00:53:00 C Vibrator is normal and we went to START COMP at 53 

minutes. 

00:53:35 CC Did you start S-3 at 40 minutes? 

00:53:37 C That's affirm. 

00:53:38 CC Okay. 

00:53:44 C That was 40 minutes, 10 seconds. 

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00:53:45 CC 40 what? 

00: 53:46 C 40 minutes, 10 seconds. 

00: 53: 47 CC Okay. 

00:54:35 CC Okay, We've cub our computer summaries. You can 

go on to PKELAUNCH any time you want. 

00: 54: 44 C We did put in a couple of pulses in yaw. 

00:5^:50 CC Oh, okay. 

00:55:02 P Any more for us? 

00:55:03 CC Say again. 

00:55:08 P Couldn't do anymore for us thaa you have. We've 

got everything going for us now. 

00:55:10 CC That's what we're here for, isn't it? 

00:55:39 CC Now what did you say about the storms? 

00:55:40 C I say, we have quite a bit of storms just ahead of 

us here. We can see the lightning. 

00:55:47 CC Yes, we could use some rain. 

00:55:51 CC Not like the last time you were here. 

00:55:55 CC Let me know when you're going over to PKELAUNCH, 

00:56:09 CC Roger. Accelerometer "bias count. 

00:56:26 P Okay. We have the addresses if you're ready to 

copy, Carnarvon. 

00:56:27 CC Go ahead. 

00:56:32 P 80, minus 0004; 8l was 00001; 82 was minus 0004. 

00:56:43 CC Okay. I copied all that. Have you in PREIAUNCH 

now. 

00:56:50 CC Okay. I have a little over a minute to LOS. I 



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don't have anything for you. We'll stand by and 
let you count. 

00:58:24 CC Let me have your Core 8l again. 

00:58:29 C Roger. Core 81 was 00001. 

00:58:31 CC Okay. I was right. Thank you. 

01:02:14 C Ejection seat safety to ... - Carnaron GO - and 

shoulder harness was released. 

HAWAII 

01:16:50 CC Hello, Gemini VIII, Gemini 7/6. Over. 

01:16:58 CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii CAP COM. 

01:17:01 CC This is Gemini 7/6 enroute Honolulu. Do you read? 

01:17:06 CC Gemini, this is Hawaii. We have a computer load 

for you. Are you ready? Over. 

01:17:15 C We're all set. 

01:17:16 CC Roger. Transmitting computer load. 

01:17:23 C Roger. Got DCS, Height -Adjust. 

01:17:26 CC Roger. And are you ready to copy the update? 

Over. 

01: 17: kO C Stand by, Hawaii. 

01:17:41 CC Roger. 

01: 17: If? C Go. 

01:17:49 P We have you down there. Looks like a nice day. 

01:17:52 CC Beautiful weather here. 

01:17:55 C Okay. Go with the update, Hawaii. 

01:17:57 CC Roger. GET B: 1:34:37; Delta-V, 2.9; burn time, 



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0 plus 05; yaw 0, pitch 0; Address 25, 90029; 
Address 26, all zeros; Address 27, all zeros; 
thrusters forward; Maneuver Retrograde. Did you 
copy? 

That is 26, all zeros. Roger. 27, all zeros. 
Thrusters forward and Maneuver's Retrograde. Did 
you copy? 

Roger, Hawaii. Got it. GET B "burn, 01: 3k 37; 
Delta-V, 2.9; duration, 0 plus 05; yaw 0, pitch 0; 
Address 25, 90029; 26 all zeros; 27 all zeros; 
both confirmed; thrusters forward; Maneuver's Retro. 

That's correct. Also he advised that Wally Schirra 
has been trying to contact you. His call sign is 
Gemini 7/6. He's inbound to Honolulu. 

Oh, very well. We're standing by. 

Has he got HF? 

Is he trying to contact us by UHF or HF? 

He was on UHF. We haven't heard him for a couple 
of minutes. 

Okay. 

Okay. Let's see how we get the IVT's. What do 
you say? 

Okay. Catch-up and we'll see what happens. 

Zou will? 

... PHELAUNCH ... 

... this ... Forward firing thrusters, Retrograde 
burn at 1:34: 37. 

... that's ih minutes from now. 

Okay. Now we want to do a Platform Aline before 
that. 

It's really not required - for 3 feet per second, 

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I don't think. 

Does that concur with «..? 

What does it say in the Flight Manual? 

• • • 

Gemini, this is Hawaii. We have nothing further 
for you. Standing by. 

Okay. All good and well up here. 

Yes. You want to aline it as good as you can. It 
says 15 minutes prior ... allow Platform Mode to 
aline platform. 

1; 3^:37 is start time. ... 

You understand ... Platform. You can see out the 
window that it's - no, that it's 90 degrees, anyway. 

... 

If you aline it, it takes the ... 
I agree. 

If you aline it in a 3 -feet -per -second burn, if you 
are 10 degrees off on the Platform, it'd be hard for 
us to see it, as far as the Delta-V operation is. 
So why don't we - as we came upon the stage we'll 
put it in SEF for a little while. Well, 5 minutes 
before you're supposed to go to ORBIT RATE. Okay. 
I'll just put it in SEF COMP right now. Kind of 
fun. 

It really kicks it around there, doesn't it? 
Yes. It's winding right up. 

Wonder where we'll be at 1:3^. Oh, I know! It's 
on the - on the - we'll be right over Houston on 
this pass. 

.,. Try and get that camera. 



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01:23:00 


P 


Okay. 


01:23:13 


P 


1: 34 . « » 


01:23:18 


C 


... Hang on. 


01:23:22 


P 


1:34? 


01:23:25 


c 


No, I T m sorry - Yes. 1:34, 


01:23:26 


p 


Okay. All right. All right. Just a minute, 


01:23:3** 


c 


... 


01:23:37 


p 


Okay. 


01:24:20 


p 


We'll have to ask Houston, won't we? 


01:24:22 


c 


Think we're going to have to. 


01:24:24 


p 


Think we ought to. 


01:24:25 


c 


Think we ought to ... 


01:25:00 


p 


OhJ Look at that one. 


01:25:51 


c 


What was that time? 1:34 what? 


01:26:01 


p 


1:34:37. 


01:26:26 


p 


You got your - - 


01:27:05 


c 


What's the matter? 


01:27:08 


p 


UUCl inVKiir^ OCl lo ... 


01:27:10 


c 


Yes. The thermometer's always a nuisance. 


01:27:12 


c 


I'm not sick! Tell them I'm not sick! 


01:27:34 


c 


1:27:33. Right? 


01:27:39 


p 


Well , I would say maybe we *d better do . . . 



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GUAYMAS 



01:27:^42 CC Gemini VIII, Guaymas CAP COM* 

01: 27: kk C Roger. 

01:27:148 P Station calling Gemini VIII, say again. 

01:27:^49 P Station calling Gemini VIII, say again. 

01:27:51 CC Gemini VIII, this is Guaymas. I have a load up- 

date - - 

01:27:56 P Stand "by. He has an update. What kind of update 

do you have, Guaymas? 

01:28:05 CC It's a MAP update. 

01:28:06 P Okay. Standby. 

01:28:08 CC Roger. 

01: 28: 20 CC Okay? 

01:28:22 P Okay. Go ahead. 

01:28:27 CC Time on load - - 

01:28:28 P Beautiful! 

01:28:29 CC Time: 01:07:13; Rev 1, 159»1 degrees east; 16 plus 

00, right ascension. 

01:28:47 P Right. Got you. Node: 01:07:13; Rev 1, 159«1> 

16 plus 00, right ascension. 

01:28:58 CC That's affirmative. We have you GO on the ground. 

01:29:03 P We're going over Baja California now. Can you see 

it? 

01:29:08 C OhJ Look at all those shipsl 

01:29:10 P ... 

_:29:22 P Good. 

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01:29:27 C Okay. I've got to go into a - ORB RATE here. 

01:29:29 P Also Attitude Control, RATE COMMAND. 

01:29:35 C Platform, ORB RATE. 

01:29:36 P Okay. 

01:29:37 C Computer, CATCH-UP. 

01:29:38 C Computer looks good. 

01:29:39 p Okay* 

01:29:42 C FDR, COMP. 

01:29:44 P FDR, COMP. 

01:29:51 C Maneuver Controller, unstow, 

01:29:52 P That's good. 

01:29:53 P Maneuver Controller, ON, 

01:29:56 C Okay. ON. 

01:29:57 P Okay. 

01:30:05 C 1:34:37. How's that? 

01:30:07 P Right. 

01:30:13 P 1:34:37. We want to have a 5 -second burn and for- 
ward firing thrusters will give us a Retrograde 
Maneuver. 

01:30:20 C Okay. I think I'll bum it back. 

01:30:22 P Okay. 

01:30:24 C All right. 

01:30:28 P Sort of like to know how it works. 

01:30:30 C Yes, I think we ought to take a picture. 

01:30:32 P Yes. 



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01:30:49 


C 


Would, tie nice, but I - nice ... 


01:31:04 


P 


Nice cloud formations! 


01:31:08 


P 


Beautiful! Just spectacular! 


01:31:13 


P 


Hope you remember to look up when we start going 
after the Agena. 


01:31:20 


CC 


Gemini VIII, this is Houston CAP COM. We're 
standing by for your burn. 


01:31:28 


GC 


Roger. Got 3 minutes to go. 


01:31:44 


C 


Pressure coming up ... approach. 


01:31:51 


P 


We cross Houston at the hum; it's between Houston 
and - the Cape. 


01:31:56 


C 


Okay. 0°, 0°, 0°, Platform. 


01:32:01 


P 


Okay. ORB RATE and we're CATCH-UP. 


01:32:03 


G 


Standing by to hear ... 


01:32:08 


C 


... the Controller is off and on. START COMP ... 


01:32:22 


P 


I have a shoreline in sight here. I really don't 
have Houston picked out though. 


01:32:30 


C 


• • • 


01:32:46 


P 


We are coming up on 32.42 ... Houston ... 


01:32: 49 


c 


I ' ve got it • 


01:32: 53 


p 


I'm going to push your START COMP 1:33. Right? 


01:32:56 


c 


1:33 START COMP. 


01:32:59 


p 


Now you're going to go back. Right? 


01:33:03 


G 


Aft. I'm going to pull aft. 


"1:33:25 


P 


Save that gas. 



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01:33:30 C Coming up on 1:33:37. 

01:33:34 P Okay, We're 1 minute to burn, going right over 

the coastline now,.. 

01:33:39 CC Roger, VIII. Stand by for a 30-second Mark to 

your burn. 

01:33:42 P Okay. 

01:34:08 CC MARK. 30 seconds to burn. 

01:34:10 P Okay. 

01:34:30 C Keep an eye out the window and see what it looks 

like with this forward firing. 

01:3^:35 C MARK. 

01:34:36 C Burn. 

01:34:37 CC Roger. 

01:34:42 C Purging. 

01: 34: 43 C MARK. 

01:34:44 C 2, 1, burn. 

01:34:46 P Roger. 

01:34:47 C Fine. Burn end. 

01:34:43 C MARK. 

01:34:51 P What number? 

01:34:53 C Minus 0001. 

01:34:54 P I got that. 

01:34:55 P 2. Okay. 82. That's - - 

01:35:08 CC Gemini VIII, this is Houston. We're placing your 

T/M switch to REAL TIME/DELAY TIME. 

01:35:10 C Okay. 

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01:35:13 C Yes. A real good idea. 

01:35:15 P Okay. Let's try it. 

01:35:21 C Wrong way. 

01:35:25 P Address 82 is not the ... 

01:35:27 P Address 82 is minus, so we want to go - - 

01:35:28 C Let's try it again. 

01:35:29 P Okay. 

01:35:33 CC Gemini VIII, this is Houston requesting your Tape 

Playback switch to CONTINUOUS. 

01:35:37 C Oh, shootl Stand by. 

01:35:39 P Stand by, Houston. 

01:35: to CC Roger. Will do. 

01:35:1+2 C Let's try Address 81 again and see what it is. 

01:35:52 P See it? 

01:36:00 C It's building up now. 

01:36:10 P Fine. Okay. Now to put - now you're 82 ... 80, 

81, 82 is down. You should go. Yes. I guess 
you're right. It should go. 

01:36:11+ C I think I was. 

01:36:15 P Okay. I understand. 

01:36:22 CC Gemini VIII. This is Houston. You don't have to 

answer. We'd like to have your computer in 
PRELAUNCH when you can. 

01:36:55 C 

01:37:02 P Okay. 

01:37:03 C That's almost a foot per second. 



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01:37:11 P Computer's in PHELAUNCH. We're putting Tape 

Playback, to COHTINUOUS. 

01:37:1*+ CC Roger. Thank yoiu Understand you were to take out 

residuals. How did it go? 

01:37:24 C Yes, we took out the residuals, hut they seem to 

be building up on us with time. 

01:37:31 CC Roger. That is part of your accelerometer bias. 

01:37:36 C Yes, I think that's right. Are you going to update 

that bias? 

01:37:^3 CC Whenever you're ready, we're going to send you an 

accelerometer update. 

01:37: k6 C Okay. I think we're probably - stand by a minute. 

01: 37: 50 CC Roger. We 're standing by. 

01:37:57 P What was the last number? 

01:37:58 C 81 was a 3. 

01:38:00 C 80 was a zero. 

01:38:07 C Okay. Tell them to go ahead. 

01:38:10 P Okay. Go ahead and send the new bias for us. 

01:38:1^ CC Roger. Coming up. 

01:38:23 C We have not gotten a light yet. 

01:38:26 CC Standby. It 's coming, VIII. 

01:39:01 C Now my impression, Partner, is that 82 hit the 

button. 

01:39:06 P So you're right. 

01:39:11 C Roger. 

01:39:15 C Got a light. Reset. 

01:39:16 CC Roger. Understand you have the light. 

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01:39:29 P Okay. You have the Tape Playback in CONTINUOUS. 

01:39:39 P Hey, we still - they got the Tape Playback in 

CONTINUOUS now. You know that? 

01:39:54 CC Gemini VHI, this is Houston. The accelerometer 

bias update was good. 

01:39:59 C Roger. Thank you. 

01: to: 01 C Say again, Dave. 

01: to: 03 P They have the Tape Playback in CONTINUOUS. We're 

not going to ... 

01: to: 13 C We're really ... update ... 

01: 40: 50 CC Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM here. 

01: to: 53 C Go ahead. 

01: to: 54 CC Roger. Would you please verify that your Antenna 

Select switch is in ADAPTER? Over. 

01:41:01 C Roger. 

01:41:03 CC Thank you. 

01:41:41 CC Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM. I have your Phase 

Adjustment Maneuver update if you're ready to copy. 

01:41:47 P Roger. Go ahead. 

01:41:49 CC Roger. GET B: 2:18:26; Delta-V, 49.3; Delta-T, 

1 plus 07; yaw 0, pitch 0; Core 25, 00493; Cores 
26 and 27, all zeros; thrust ers aft; Maneuver 
Posigrade. Did you copy? 

01:42:27 P Roger. Understand. Phase-Adjust at 02;l8:26: 49.3; 

1 plus 07; yaw 0, pitch 0; 25, 00493; 26 and 27, 
all zeros; aft thrusters; Posigrade. 

01:42:51 CC Roger, Dave. Okay. 

01: 42: 53 P Roger. 

01:42:56 C What was that time, Dave? 

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01:43:00 P The time? 02:18:26. 

01:43:06 CC And Gemini VIII, would you put your Tape Playback 

switch to COMMAND? 

01:43:12 C Tape Playback in COMMAND. 

01: 43: 14 CC Roger. And T/M switch to REAL-TIME and ACQ. 

01:43:18 C REAL-TIME and ACQ. 

01:43:33 P Say, you sort of lose a little bit of voice up 

here, you know. 

01:43:39 p I noticed it on everybody that has flown. 

01:43:49 C Let's see now. Is this - this is Just a one-man 

package? 

01:43:53 P We have some food in here, if you want some food. 

01:43:56 C Well, this is Day 1 Meal B for me, and I think yours 

is in there. I think we ought to go ahead and have 
one because - - 

01:44:02 P Yes. You're right. 

01:44:04 C because we're not going to get much of a chance 

after - we've got the best part of an hour here. 

01:44:35 CC Gemini VIII, this is Houston. You'll probably ex- 

pect an update on that Phase-Adjust Maneuver over 
Ascension. Over. 

01:44:42 C Okay. Understand. 

01:47:05 P Let's see. Have we got everything stowed that we 

want to stow? 

01:47:10 C No, not really. I've got to work on the TV monitor 

a little bit. My helmet - it's really not - doesn't 
really have a place to rest on that. 

01:47:18 P There isn't any. I thought there was supposed to 

be - - 

01:47:20 C Yes, I did too. 

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01:47:25 P We* 11 write it up. 

01:47:37 P Stow in here someday. 

01:47:43 P Day 2, Meal A. 

01:47:44 P See it? 

01:47:45 P There. 

01:47:54 P That doesn't sound right, does it? 

01:47:56 C That's for tomorrow morning, I guess. There must 

be another package over there someplace. Let me 
look in the Flight Plan to make sure. 

01:43:22 C Okay, It's in your right-hand food box. 

01:43:25 P I sort of wanted to get this darn thing cleaned out, 

01:48:29 C Yes. 

01:43:41 P Day 1, Meal B. I'll buy that. 

01:49:32 C Man, that's peculiarl 

01:49:34 P What did you say? 

01:49:37 C The water is kind of peculiar. 

01:49:39 P Oh, great! 

01:49:51 C I think there's some air bubbles in it (water). 

01:49:52 P Is that right? 

01: 49: 53 C Yes. 

01:51:18 C They got some LOX in the water again. 

01:51:20 P Have they had the problem before? 

01:51:22 C Yes, they sure have. 

01: 51: 46 C Ready. 

01: 51: 50 P LOX. 

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01:51:56 C What? 
01:51:58 P Do you want it? 
01:52:00 C Okay. 
01:52:25 P Sure does, 

01:53:33 C I find that there is a lot less room in this 

cockpit than I thought there was. 

01:53:37 p You hoped there was. Bight? 

01:53: ^3 C There's a heck of a lot less room! 

AHTIGUA 

01:53: kk CC Gemini VIII, Gemini VIII, Houston GAP COM. Over. 
01:53:^7 C Go ahead, Houston. 

01:53:li9 CC Soger. I have an update to your Phase -Adjust 

Maneuver if you're ready to copy. 

01:53:56 P Standby. 

01:5^:01 P Just stick it on with Velcro. We'll get it later. 

01:5^:03 CC Are you ready, VHI? 

01:5^:06 P Stand by. We'll be ready in a second. 

01:5^:09 CC Roger. We're standing by, 

01: 5k: 11 C Where the heck did the Flight Plan Book go? 

01:5^:13 P Do you have that? 

01: 5k: 15 C Yes. 

01: 5^:16 C Okay, Let's take a look at it. I got this one. 

01:5^:20 P Okay. Go ahead. 

01:5^:24 P Houston, Gemini VIII. Go ahead. 

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01:5^:26 


CC 


Roger. Your SET burn: 02:18:25; Delta-V, 50.6; 
Delta-T, 1 plus 08; yaw 0, pitch 0; Core 25, 00506; 
Cores 26 and 27, all zeros; thrusters aft, Maneuver 
Posigrade. 


01:55:09 




Roger. Understand. Phase -Adjust: 02:18:25; 
Delta-V, 50.6; 1 plus 08; 0 yaw, 0 pitch; 25, 
OO506; 26 and 27 all zeros; aft thrusters, Posigrade. 


01:55:3^ 


CC 


Roger. That is correct. I hope you're enjoying 
your eating. 


01:55:38 


P 


Oh, it's not bad at all. 


01: 55: to 


G 


They knew! 


01:56:00 


C 


First meal at 1 plus 56, Saw a lot of air bubbles 
in the water. 


01:58:53 


C 


I saw the first star at 1:58 - correction 2:58:30, 
on the second revolution. The ground well lighted... 


02:08:29 


C 


Coming over a bright light on the ground at 2:08:28. 
Start ... light. 


02:18:30 


P 


... seconds. 


02:18:3^ 


P 


Okay. We* re burning. 


02:18:^ 


P 


20 seconds. 


02: 18: 56 


P 


30 seconds. 


02: 19: 10 


P 


h5. 


02:19:2^ 


P 


1 minute. 


02: 19:29 


P 


5. 6. 7. 8. 


02:19:39 


P 


... stop ... 


02:19:1(2 


c 


... Stage 1 and zero. 


02: 19: kh 


p 


Okay. 


02: 19: 53 


c 


Want to burn right. 



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02:19:56 


P 


Okay ... and let's check it. 


02:19:58 


C 


Okay. 


02:20:00 


P 


Don't press. 


02:20:04 


P 


... 


02:20:13 


P 


... you had. a pretty long burn. 


02:20:30 


C 


Want to check it? 


02:20:32 


P 


Yes. 


02:20:37 


c 


We're going to back off and ... 


02:20:42 


p 


... .0 


02:20:44 


c 


Okay. 


02:20:45 


p 


... 


02:20:51 


c 


Zero, zero; you better check ... 


02:20:52 


c 


I can't figure that 82 out. 


02:20:53 


p 


I can't either. 


02:21:01 


p 


... 


02:21:02 


p 


Positive one. 


02:21:03 


c 


... this way? 


02:21:05 


p 


No, its not. 


02:21:06 


c 


Now look at it. 


02:21:08 


p 


Okay. You're right. 


02:21:13 


c 


We were putting in 8l. That's what 






CARNARVON 


02:24:07 


cc 


Gemini VIII, Carnarvon CAP COM. 



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02:24: 12 


C 


Hello, Carnarvon. Gemini VHI. 


02: 24: 14 


CC 


How you all doing? 


02:24:15 


C 


Okay. We completed our "burn on time, and residua] 
were removed. The CAMS is 88 percent. 


02: 24: 25 


CC 


Okay. Your CAMS Prop is 80 percent? 


02:24:27 


C 


88 percent. 


02:24:28 


CC 


88. Okay. I copy that. You activated S-3 at 
2 plus 10? 


02:24: 35 


c 


Stand "by. 


02:24:40 


c 


No. We missed it. 


02:24:41 


CC 


Say again. 


02: 24: 42 


c 


No. We missed it. 


02: 24: 45 


CC 


Hang on there. 


02:25:14 


CC 


Okay. I have a Plane -Adjust update. Let me know 
when you're ready to copy. 


02:25:23 


c 


Stand "by. 


02:25:35 


c 


Okay. Go ahead. 


02:25:36 


cc 


Okay GET B: 02:45:50; Delta-V, 26.2; burn time, 
0 plus 35; yaw 90 right, pitch 0; Cores 25 and 
26 are zeros; Core 27 , 90262; thrusters aft; 
Maneuver South. Over. 


02:26:30 


c 


Roger. Understand. GET burn: 02:45:50; Delta-V ; 
2o.2; 0 plus 35; yaw 90 right, pitch 0; 25 and 26 
are all zeros; 27, 90262; aft thrusters; Maneuver 
South. 


02: 26: 55 


cc 


Very good. You're looking real fine. Your Agena 
is looking real good, too. 


02: 26: 59 


p 


Thank you. 


02:27:01 


cc 


... 



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02:27:03 P All right. 

02:27:59 CC Okay. You're looking real good. We will hang 

loose here and keep quiet. 

02:28:03 C Roger. Understand. 

02:28:08 GG We'll see you tomorrow. 

02:28:10 C Oh, very well. 

02; 1(6:03 P That's 2 minutes to go. 

02; 1+6:05 C Okay. 

02:1+6:11 P 20 seconds until ... 

02: 146: 13 G Okay. 

02:1+6:15 P 25. 

02:1+6:20 P 30, 31, 32, 33, 3^, 35, 

02:1+6:27 C I think we overdid it a little. We should have 

stopped a little bit early. 

02:1+6:33 P 31 is minus 0001+, 

02:1+6:35 C Now according to my - turn a little left. 

02: 1+6:1+2 C Okay. 

02:1+6:1+3 G Okay now ... 

02:1+6:1+9 P 000 ... 

02:1+6:51 C Plus, over, now a little down. 

02:1+7:00 P 

02:1+7:07 C It's in. 

02:1+7:08 P Okay. 

02:1+7:39 P Push in the little ... 



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02:47:50 C See, I think it takes us a little while for it to 

work on it. To process it. That acceleroraeter ... 

02:47:52 C 
02:47:53 P 

HAWAII 

02:49:13 CC Gemini VHI, Hawaii. 

02:49:16 C Go ahead, Hawaii. 

02: 49: 18 CO Roger. We have you. GO and I have an Agena 

acquisition update when you. 1 re ready to copy. 

02:49:24 C Roger. Go ahead. I have - I'd like to have you 

take a look at our cabin pressure. We're presently 
reading 5»1» 

02:49:31 CC Stand by. 

02:49:40 CC Roger. We have a ground readout of 5* 25. 

02:49:44 C Okay. We'll keep an eye on it. 

02: 49: 46 CC Roger. 

02:49:50 C Go ahead with the acquisition. 

02:49:53 CC Roger. GET of acquisition: 3 plus 07; GET of 

R = 248 nm; GET rendezvous, 3 plus 15; azimuth, 0 
degrees; elevation, 7 degrees; GET sunrise at TPI 
05:37:00, plus or minus 1 minute. Do you copy? 

02:50:58 C Roger. Understand GET of acquisition is 03:07; GET 

of R = 248 nm; GET of rendezvous 03:15; azimuth, 0 
degrees; elevation, 7 degrees; GET of sunrise, 
05:37:00 plus or minus one for TPI. And do you 
have the update for Addressees 24, 53 and 54? 

02:51:29 CC Negative. Stand by. 

02:51:31 C Okay. 



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02:53:11 CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 

02:53:13 C Go ahead. 

02:53:15 CC Roger. Addresses 24, 53 and 54: all nominal and 

we'd like to know how your burn went. 

02:53:23 C Okay. Understand. All nominal on the addresses 

and the burn was on time and the residuals null. 

02:53:28 CC Roger. Copy. 

02:54:2^ CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 

02:54:27 C Go ahead. 

02:54:28 CC Could we get a reading on your CAMS Propellant 

remaining, please? 

02:54:35 C 85 percent. 

02:54:36 CC Copy 85. Thank you. 

02:54:38 C Roger on that. 

GUAYMAS 

03:01:04 CC Gemini VIII, Guaymas CAP COM. 

03:01:08 C Gemini. 

33:01:19 C Everything looks pretty good up here. 

03:01:21 CC Say again, Gemini VIII. 

03:01:23 C Everything looks okay up here. 

03:01:25 CC Okay. We'd like for you to send your ACQ lights 

OFF, Spacecraft Command 251. 

03:02:25 CC Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM. 

03:02:27 C Go ahead. 

03:02:28 CC Roger. We want to give you another burn here very 

shortly. Stand by to copy. GET B: 03:03:41; 



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Delta-V, 2 feet; Posigrade. That'll be 0°, 0°, 0° 
and I'm reading you 02: 54, 

03:02:55 C Okay, Houston. We didn't get that. All we got was 

the GET burn. Say again, please. 

03:03:01 CC Roger. The Delta-V is 2 feet per second, 2 plus 

zero. 

03:03:05 C Two feet per second. 

03:03:07 CC Roger. And its Posigrade. 

03:03:08 C Two feet, Posigrade. Is that correct? 

03:03:12 CC That is correct. 0°, 0°, 0°. 

03:03: l4 C Okay. 

03:03:16 CC Counting 25 seconds to burn. I'll count you down. 

03:03:32 CC 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Burn it. 

03:03: 42 C We got it. 

03:03:44 CC Off, burn. 

03:04:17 CC Gemini VIII, this is Houston. Let me know what the 

results are, will you please? 

03:04:21 C Stand by. 

TEXAS 

03:04:47 C Okay. I think we got it in and have residuals. 

03:04:52 CC This is Houston. Say again, VIII. 

03:04:55 C Roger. The burn was on time and we have the 

residuals. 

03:04:59 CC Roger. Sorry for that hurried up thing b it we had 

some malfunction here; so we had to get y>>u a burn 
in a hurry, and I just thought I'd count :t down 
for you. 



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03:05:09 C Okay. Thank you. 

03:05:15 CC Gemini VIII, this is Houston. How is your Plat- 

form Alinement coming along? 

03:05:22 C Stand lay. 

03:06:00 C Houston, we're not in Alinement right now. Did you 

want us, for some reason, to aline? 

03:06:06 CC Negative. We'd - Roger. We are curious how your 

flight - your Alinement was going since we got an 
extra 2 feet per second, which our tracking had 
indicated had to he put in, and it came at a late 
time, that's all. 

03:06:25 C Okay. We had not alined prior to the burn because 

we didn't have - we didn't think we'd have to have 
the burn. And we believe we still have some bias 
errors in the accelerometers. 

03:06:36 CC Roger. Understand. And also be informed that the 

Agena is now configured TDA north and we were just 
curious how your Alinement has been going. Does 
it look like you've been getting good alinement? 

03: 06: k7 C That's correct. We have been getting good aline- 

ment s, 

03:06:51 CC Roger, VIII. And if you'll switch your T/M switch 

to REAL-TIME and DELAY-TIME for us. 

03:06:57 C REAL-TIME/DELAY-TBIE. 

03:07:27 C Houston, this is VIII. Besides, we don't have a 

lock-on yet. So I guess we'll have to wait until 
we get a lock before we send you 270. 

03:07:36 CC Roger. Understand you don't have a lock-on yet and 

you're going to wait before you send 270. 
Understand. 

03:07: C Negative. It's 251 we're going to send. 

03:08:11 C Houston, Gemini VIII. 

03:08|15 CC Go ahead, VIII. This is Houston. 



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Roger. Would you confirm a - a fuel cell purge at 
this time? 

Roger. Will do. 

We're standing by, 

Gemini VIII, this is Houston. If you go to 
PHEIAUNCH, we'll check your accelerometer bias. 

Okay. Going to PRELAUNCH and you did say you 
wanted the fuel cell purge at this time. Is that 
correct? 

That's right. And we're going to watch it. 

Okay. We're getting intermittent lock-ons on the 
radar. 

VHI, this is Houston. Put your Tape Playback 
switch to CONTINUOUS. 

Roger. To CONTINUOUS. 

Gemini VHI, this is Houston. We're having Delta-P 
lights which was not unusual on GT-7 but you should 
not have them on GT-8. Do you have your Crossover 
on? 

Roger. That's affirm and we have no Delta-P. 
Okay. I'm kind of disappointed. 
We've got a winner up here. 

Gemini VIII, this is Houston. Your accelerometer 
bias is right on and looks very good. 

Okay. Thank you. 

ANTIGUA 



Gemini VIII, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

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03:13:37 CC Roger. Would you place your T/M switch to REAL- 

TIME and ACQ and your Tape Playback switch to 
COMMAND? 

03:13:^3 0 Roger. REAL-TIME and ACQ, and Tape Playback to 

COMMAND. 

03:13:^8 CC And would you place your Cryogenic Quantity switch 

to ECS 0 2 ? 

03:13:53 C Roger. ECS Og. 

03:13:56 P Be advised we did get a Delta-P on the Hg purge on 

Section 2. 

03:1^:01 CC Roger. The Delta-P. 

03:14:09 CC And now will you place your Cryogenic switch to 

FUEL CELL Og? 

03: Ik: k$ CC Gemini VIII, this is Houston. Put your Cryogenic 

Quantity switch to FUEL CELL Hg. 

03: Iki 5k C Roger. 

03:15:15 C Houston, Gemini VIII. Fuel cell purge complete. 

The Crossover is on. 

03:15:20 CC Roger. Understand the fuel cell purge is complete 

and Cryogenic Quantity switch then to OFF, please. 

03:15:26 C Roger. 

03:17:50 CC Gemini VHI, Houston CAi 3 COM. Over. 

03:17:53 C Go ahead. 

03:17:56 CC I have your Coelliptic Maneuver update if you're 

ready to copy. 

03:18:03 C Okay. Go ahead. 

03:18:05 CC GET AB: 03:1+7:3^; Delta-V, 6l.6; Delta-T, 01 plus 

22; yaw zero, pitch 23 degrees down; Core 25, 
OO567; Core 26, 002to; Core 27, all zeros; 
thrusters aft; Posigrade Down. Did you read? 



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Understand. GET ... plus 22, yaw zero, pitch 23 
degrees down ... 



ROSE KNOT VICTOR 



Gemini VIII, RKV CAP COM. 
* • • 

Roger. We did not get the confirmation on that 
maneuver update - - 

Okay NSR: 03:47:34; 6l.6; 01 plus 22; yaw zero, 
pitch 23 degrees down; 25, 00567; 26, 002*40; 27, 
0000; thruster aft; Posigrade Down. 

Gemini VIII, RKV CAP COM. We have an update 

Stand hy one, please. 

Roger, Gemini VIII. Time on that is 03:47:35: 
Delta-V, 61.2; Delta-T, 1 plus 22; yaw, zero 
degrees; pitch, 21 degrees down; Core 25, 00570; 
Core 26, 00224; Core 27, all zeros; thrusters aft; 
Maneuver Posigrade Down. Do you copy? 

Roger. Understand 03:4-7:35; 6l.2; 01 plus 22; 
yaw zero, pitch 21 degrees down; 25, 00570; 26, 
00224; 27 all zeros; aft thrusters; Posigrade Down. 

Roger. That is affirmative. 

Gemini VIII, RKV CAP COM. Will you turn your 
Encoder off. We would like to update the Agena 
with a fresh load. 

Coder's off, and we are making ... 

Roger. Understand. 

Gemini VIII, RKV CAP COM. We're going to send the 
ACQ lights ON to the Agena from the ground here. 

Go ahead. 



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03:29:04 CC Roger. We have it verified by MAP. 

03:29:07 C Roger. We're getting intermittent lock-on at this 

time, 

03:29:11 CC You may turn your Encoder "back on. 

03:29:17 C Coder on. 

03:29:18 CC Roger. 

TANANARIVE 

03:43:39 CC Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM. 

03:43:43 C This is Gemini VHI. Go ahead. 

03:43:46 CC Roger. Do you have solid radar lock-on with the 

Agena? Over. 

03:43:49 C Houston, Gemini VIII reads you loud and clear. 

03:43:55 CC Roger. Do you have solid radar lock-on with the 

Agena? Over. 

03:43:59 C That's affirmative. We have solid radar lock. 

Just a minute and I'll give you our current range. 

03:44:05 CC Roger. Thank you. Sounds good. 

03:44:16 C We're indicating a 158-mile range and elevation of 

about 4 degrees. 

03:44:22 CC Roger. Sounds good and I'm seeing about 3 minutes 

and 9 seconds to your burn. 

03:44:29 C Roger. 

03:49:53 CC Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM. If you have time, 

let us know about your burn. 

03:49:58 C Okay. We're just ... 

03:50:00 CC Roger. 



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Okay. Our bum is complete and the residuals are 
null. 

Roger. Left-hand burn complete; residuals are 

null. Did not get the rest. 



We had lock-on at about 179 miles, and we got radar 
boresighted at something like 156; and the needles 
are relatively steady; they look pretty good. The 
yaw needle is wavering back and forth, perhaps plus 
or minus 1 degree. And a note here that the 
trouble we f ve had is getting rid of the residuals. 
We bring the residuals down to a small number, and 
then the next reading they would increase, and the 
next reading they would decrease. It would be 
difficult to tell when we got to actual zero 
residual. The Ground said we didn't have any. 
The accelerometer bias had looked good, but it 
looks like something is getting to us here. 

... Losing all star reference here at about 19 
minutes. The stars are disappearing and I have ... 
underneath. 



COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 



Gemini VIII, CSQ. Com check. How do you read? 
Over. 

Gemini VIII, CSQ. We read you loud and clear. 

Roger. We have you GO on the ground. All systems 
are GO. 

Okay. Everything looks all right here. 

Okay. What we'd like you to do is turn your 
Encoder off. We'd like to send the Agena load to 
clear out all the Agena memory. 

Okay. Stand by. 

Okay. The Encoder is off. 



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04:08:28 CC Roger. Thank you. 

04:08:39 P CSQ, Gemini VIII. 

Ok: 08:4l CC Go ahead. 

04:08:42 P Got a data point. Ready to copy? 

04:08:43 CC Go ahead. 

04:08:45 P Data Point 10: 4.8, 126. 65, 156 , 290.8 , 6o4. Looks 

like we're about 5 minutes late. 

04:08:59 CC Roger. Copy. 

04:09:50 CC Gemini VIII, CSQ. You can turn your Encoder hack 

on at this time. 

04:09:54 P Okay. Got it back on. 

04:11:20 C CSQ, Gemini VIII with a data point. Ready? 

04:11:22 CC Roger. 

04:11:23 CC Go ahead. 

04:11:24 P Number 12: 6.2, 121.59, 151, 273.4, 570. 

04:11:36 CC Okay. I copy. 

04:11:38 P Roger. 

04:12:56 P CSQ, Gemini VIII with another point. Ready? 

04:12:58 CC Go ahead. 

04:12:59 P 5.6, 119.05, 152, 273.4, 564. 

04:13:10 CC Roger. That's the Data Point 13. Affirmative? 

04:13:13 P That's correct. 

HAWAII 

04:23:25 CC Gemini VUI, Hawaii CAP COM. 

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04:23:32 C Go ahead, Hawaii. 

04:23:33 CC Roger. We'd like you to turn the Recorder off. 

We're going to reconfigure the beacons and get a 
tape dump. 

04:23:38 C Okay. Recorder coming off. 

04:23:41 CC And will you place your T/M switch to REAL-TIME/ 

DELAY-TIME position, please? 

04:24:45 CC Roger. Go ahead. Ready to copy. 

04:24:57 P Point Number 20: 7.4, 101.07, 155, 216.9, 4?2. 

04:25:01 CC Roger. Copy. 

04:25:42 CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii. We'd like to get an CAMS 

Propellant readout when you have a minute. 

04:25:1+6 P 75 percent. 

04:25:^ CC Copy. 75. 

04:26:43 CC Roger. Ready to copy. 

04:26:47 P Number 21: 7.0, 98.50, 154 , 207.4 , 434. 

04:26:58 CC Flight copies. 

04:28:02 P Hawaii, Gemini VIII with another point. 

04:28:05 CC Ready to copy. 

04:28:06 P Number 22: 7.4, 95.93, 159, 201.9, tel. 

04:28:19 CC Roger. Copy. And you can place your T/M switch 

back to REAL -TIME/ACQ -AID position. 

04:28:23 P REAL-TIME/ACQ-AID. 

GUAYMAS 



04:36:13 CC Gemini VIII, Guaymas CAP COM. We have you GO on 

the ground. We are standing by. 



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04:36:44 C Guaymas, Gemini VIII with a data point. 

04:36:47 GC Go ahead. 

04:36:48 C Number 27: 8.4,- 83.26, 149, 166.9, 349. 

04:37:00 CC Guaymas copy. 

04:38:07 C Gemini VIII with a point. Ready to copy? 

04:38:09 CC Copy. 

04:38:11 C Number 28: 9.1, 80.75, 151, 157.8, 332. 

04:38:23 CC Guaymas copy. 

04:39:53 P Guaymas, Gemini VIII with a point. 

04:39:54 CC Go ahead. 

04:39:55 P Number 29: 8.9, 78.27, 152, 150.5, 318. 

04:40:04 CC Guaymas copy. 

TEXAS 

04:40:13 CC This is Houston ... 

04:40:15 P Say again. 

04:40:17 CC This is Houston. We have it and we also have your 

ground TPI backup when you're ready to copy. 

04: 40:23 P Stand by. 

04:40:26 P Okay. We've got a visual on the Agena at 76 miles. 

04:40:30 CC Roger. Understand visual on Agena, 76 miles. 

04:40:35 P At least we have some object in sight, something 

that looks like it could be the Agena. 

04:40:44 CC Understand a visual Agena or Sirius, 76 miles. 

04:40:47 P Yes, it could be a planet. 

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04:41:30 P Guaymas, Gemini VIII. Go ahead with the TPI. 

04:41:33 CC Roger. GET B: 05:13:13; GTNSR, 012538; Delta-V, 

32.6; forward, 32.0; up, 1.7; left, 5.7; BB , 32.5; 
Delta RB , 131; azimuth 27.4; elevation 0. 

04:42:10 P Roger, Guaymas. Real smooth. Stand by. I'll get 

it back to you. 

04:43:16 P Guaymas, Gemini VIII. 

04:43:19 CC This is Houston CAP COM. Go ahead, VIII. 

04:43:21 P Okay. TPI coming back at you. You ready? 

04:43:24 CC All set to go. 

04:43:26 P 05:13:13; 012538, 32.6, 32.0 forward, 1.7 up, 5.7 

left, 32.5, 131, 27.4 on the elevation, and 0 on 
the azimuth. How's that? 

04:43:50 CC The other way around, VIII. The azimuth is 27.4 

and 0 on the elevation. 

04:43:55 P That's what I thought you said. Okay. 

04-: 4-3: 58 CC Otherwise, sounds good. 

04:44:04 CC We'll check that, VIII. That doesn't sound right. 

04:44:13 CC Roger. 27.4 on the elevation. 

04:44:17 C ... Advise at 76 miles we've got what appears to 

be the Agena, and also we have a visual on another 
object which, this time, 56 minutes, is approximate- 
ly 12 degrees above the Agena and appears to be in 
plane with it. It's possible it could be a planet. 

04:44:47 P Got a scanner? 

04:44:50 C Oh, listen, Dave, I've got to aline. 

04:44:53 P Yes. You're 10 degrees right now. 

04:44:57 C Yes. I've got to aline right now. Better quit - - 

04; 45:02 P Houston. Gemini VIII with a point. 



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04:45:11 P Houston, Gemini VIII. 

04:45:16 C Boy, we didn't stay with them very Long, did we? 

04:45:23 C T?I is at 13:13. Right? 

04:45:26 C Does that mean that it's only 16 minutes from now? 

04:45:31 P No, no.' That's - 05:13:13; 5 hours, 13 minutes 

and 13 seconds. 

04:45:35 C Yes. Okay. That's on this watch, which is about 

a half an hour from now. 

04:45:40 P That's better. 

04:45:45 C I want to read 84 now. Stay awake, Kid. 

04:46:30 P 289 degrees. That doesn't look very good. Went 

back up. Okay. Attitude Control, PLAT; pitch 
down to 0°, 0°, 0°; aline for 10 minutes. 

04:46:51 G Okay. I went to PULSE because I want to get a 

little better alinement on the Platform. I'm 
going to hold it right on. 

04:46:57 P They gave us 32 feet per second - we've got an 

Out-Of -Plane that's pretty healthy. 

04:47:02 P 5.7 degrees left. 

04: 47:04 P 32-feet-per-second forward; 1.7 up. So that 

doesn't look too bad. 

04:47:33 C Okay. We have a good solid visual on the Agena at 

56 miles. I'm taking a second look at it with the 
sextant. 

04:55:23 P Loud and clear. 

04:55:30 C I can get an angle of this for you. 

04:55:35 C You have a terrible horizon. Better look at it and 

see. 

04: 55:40 P That-a-boyJ 

04:55:41 C The only way to fly. 

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04:55:1j6 C ... there's nothing there to look at. Doesn't hurt 

to try. Unable to get a horizon there. 

04: 55: 59 P Okay. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

04:58:51 CC Gemini VIII, RKV CAP COM. 

04:58:54 P Go. 

04:58:56 CC Roger. We'd, like to confirm on this TPI that you 

did copy correctly with the elevation at 27.4 up 
and azimuth as 0 degrees. 

04:59:10 C Roger. We understand that. Thank you. 

04: 59: 12 CC Roger. 

04: 59: 14 CC We also show on the ground that the L-Band Coder 

is not locked. 

04:59:25 C Understand that it's not locked. Is that correct? 

04:59:31 CC Roger. That's what we're showing on the ground. 

How are your readings going? 

04:59:34 C We have ... it's on. 

04:59:37 CC Roger. Understand. 

04:59:58 P RKV, got a data point. You ready? 

05:00:00 CC Roger. 

05:00:02 P Number 4l: l4.9, 49.78, 138, 58.7, l42. 

05:00:17 CC Roger. 

05:00:18 CC Also "be advised that your TPI and TPF may be 

approximately 9 minutes late. 

05:01:28 P RKV, RKV. Gemini VIII with a data point. 

05:01:32 CC Roger. Go ahead. 



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05:01:33 P **2: 15.5, 47.74, 137, 45.2. 

05:01:46 CC Roger. And would you confirm that your Encoder is 

on? 

05:01:53 P It's on now. 

05:01:54 CC Roger. Thank, you. 

05:02:18 C Going into darkness at - let's see - 05:02. We 

lost a visual on the Agena and I had the ACQ light 
right away. Range was 45 miles. It's very hard 
to see, but it looks like a sixth-magnitude star, 
I'd say. 

05:03:04 P 23-30 seconds to a readout. 

05:03:36 P Gemini VIII with another point. 

05:03:38 CC Roger. Go ahead. 

05:03:39 P Number 43: 17.2, 1+5.5, 138, 34.3, 102. 

05:03:51 CC Roger. 

05:03:54 C 

05:11:52 C Close Loop. Giving us 26 forward. 

05:11:53 P Okay. 

05:11:54 C 7 left, 6 up. 

05:11:55 P Okay. Attitude Control, RATE COMMAND. Maneuver 

Controller, OK. 

05:12:02 C Okay. Did you get - - 

05:12:04 P 15 seconds till we read out. 

05:12:05 P 10, - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 

05:12:14 P MARK. 

05:12:57 C Oh, boy.' 

05:13:11 P Are you sure you had the right angles? 



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05: 13: l4 C Well, the radar needles were wandering around some, 

Dave. I can't really be sure. I was - as best I 
could - in the middle of the oscillation. 

05:13:28 P I get an horrendous 20 - 25-feet-per-second down, 

Neil. 



05:13:^2 


C 


I just can't see any possible reason for that. 


OS* 1^* 47 


P 


What does the chart look like? 


os* 48 


c 


A plot. We're up above it. 




p 


Yes , but I mean does it look like - - 


05- 13- 59 


c 


I can't talk to you. I've got to figure this. 
I'm sorry, old Buddy. I really have to look at 
this. 


05: 1*1:01+ 


c 


25-feet-per-second forward. Boy, oh boy.' Look 
it J 


05: 14: 16 


p 


Look at the plot. To have 25 down we've got to 
have a tremendous ellipticity. 


05:14:35 


c 


I have to start counting. 


05:14:37 


p 


We're steady right above the line all the way. 


05:14:39 


c 


Okay. We're going to go with the Closed Loop. 


05: 14: 40 


p 


What've you got? 


05:14:42 


c 


25 f orward, 8 left, 3 up, and I'm going to RATE 
COMMAND. 


05: 14: 49 


c 


Ready to back me on the clock? 


05:14:52 


p 


Yes. Any time. 


05:14:54 


c 


3, 2, 1, burn. 


05:14:57 


p 


Good,* 


05:14: 59 


p 


Did you burn at 26: 10? 



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05:15:00 C Ho. That - that's right. I got it. It was about 

30 - 3^ - 36, as a matter of fact. 

05:15:25 P Okay. There's 30 seconds. 

05:15:35 P Okay. Agena is in center of reticle. Attitude 

Control, PULSE. Set your ET to 3 minutes and 
stand by. 

05:15:^ C Okay. I've got it circled. 

05:15:^ C Okay. Get the Controller OFF. Okay. Now again. 

05:15:53 P Okay. I need a readout at 1 minute, which is in 

20 seconds from now. 

05:15:57 C Okay. 

05:15:59 P Don't hit the Computer switch. 

05:16:02 C Right. 

05:16:06 P 10 seconds. 5, h, 3, 2, 1, 

05:16:12 P MARK. 

05:16:1+7 P Start - set your clock for 3 minutes. Can't you 

do that? 

05:16:48 C It gets - it's running 2-3 minutes now. 

05:16:53 P Set it at 3 minutes. I'll start you out. 

05:16:5^ G Okay. ... 

05:17:04 P 10 seconds going up to 2 minutes. 

05:17:13 C Is it 2 minutes? 

05:17:16 P Yes. 

05:17:21 C Okay. Wow we're going to want to send SPIRAL 

ANTENNAS to the Agena. 

05:17:33 C At 5. 



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TANANARIVE 



05:16:21 P About 3 minutes. 

05:18:23 C No, I'm sorry, I've just got too much to do over 

here to catch up with you. 

05:18:34 CC Gemini VIII, this is Houston. You need not answer. 

We're standing by for information. 

05:18:45 C Gemini VIII has burned TPI on Closed Loop. 

05:18:59 P 15 seconds to a readout and then 4 minutes. 

05:19:01 C Okay. 

05:19:11 P 4, 3, 2, 1, 

05:19:16 P MARK. 

05:21:06 C Okay. We need a readout at 7 minutes, which is a 

minute from now. Is that correct? 

05:21:13 P That's correct. A minute from now. 

05:21:16 C Okay. Here goes on the antenna. 

05:21:23 C 270 coming out. 

05:21:24 P Right. 

05:21:25 C 270. I have a MAP. 

05:21:27 P Okay. 

05:21:30 P Yes. That gave us a little radar glitch when you 

did that. 

05:21:33 C That's interesting. 

05:21:35 P Yes. 

05:21:36 C Okay. I have a solution here. At 4.5, 10 -feet - 

per-second down. 

05:21:42 P Okay. 

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05:21:52 


C 


I need a readout in 20 seconds. 


05:22:11 


P 


^ 3, 2, 1, 


05:22:16 


P 


MARK. 


05:22:18 


C 


Sorry. Turn it off. 


05:22:28 


P 


Don't have a good visual. 


05:22:59 


P 


We're still inside the curve. 


05:23:23 


c 


How much? 


05:23:25 


P 


See, right there. 


05:23:59 


p 


Hey, now it's getting our boresights up. 


05:24: 16 


c 


Think those zeros might be lagging a little bit. 


05:24:45 


p 


Okay. 30 seconds to go. 


05:24:49 


c 


Okay. 


05:24:59 


p 


15. 


05:25:09 


p 


5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 


05:25:13 


p 


MARK. 


05:25:23 


c 


Might have been a tenth lower than one you read. 


05:25:25 


p 


Okay. 


05:25:57 


c 


This gives me up just a little - not much. 


05:26:23 


c 


Oh boyj This is bad.' 


05:26:28 


p 


4 forward. 


05:26:30 


c 


And 2-1/2 up. 


05:26:33 


p 


That sounds more like it. 


05:26:59 


c 


Now we're getting 12 forward. 1 right, 6 up. 


05:27:04 


p 


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05:27:08 C Yes. 

05:27:09 P And 6 up? 

05:27:11 C Yes. 

05:27:13 P Your choice. 

05:27:15 C Okay. We'll burn the Closed Loop. 

05:27:16 P Okay. 

05:27:18 C Ready? 

05:27:21 P Any time. 

05:27:23 C 3, 2, 1, burning. 

05:27:28 P Okay. 

05:27:35 P There's 10 seconds. 

05:27:1+5 P Okay. 

05:27:52 P Okay. At 13 minutes we'll need a readout, which 

is coming up in 15 seconds. 

05:27:59 C Okay. I'll be on. 

05:28:11 P 5, k, 3, 2, 1, 

05:28:16 P MARK. 

05:28:17 C It's on. 

05:28:1+2 C 12 miles out. 

05:28:52 C Oh, that looks good.' 

05:28:51+ C Elliptic - we must have had an ellipticity because 

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05:28:59 


P 


We're swinging into it? 


05:29:01 


C 


Yes. 


05:29:06 


C 


Okay. We're getting a little Out-Of -Plane now. 


05:29:21 


C 


Boresight's holding pretty well. 


05:29:30 


P 


Half-way point now. 


05:29:10 


C 


Wasn't on very good. I was about a degree off. 


05:29:^ 


P 


Okay. 1*11 get it later. 


05:29:57 


c 


You on now? 


05:29:59 


p 


Any time you say. 


05:30:06 


c 


Okay. 


05:30:25 


c 


I'm about two-tenths high, I think. 


05:30: hk 


c 


Now we're getting some error ... 


05:30:59 


c 


An error, I'm afraid. 


05:31:06 


p 


Got a Mark in 10 seconds - about 10 seconds. 


05:31:09 


c 


Okay. 


05:31:12 


p 


^ 3, 2, 1, 


05:31:16 


p 


MARK. 


05:32:33 


c 


Range-Rate is pretty erratic, I'm afraid. 


05:32:47 


p 


We've got to get 3 aft and 2-1/2 up. 


05:32:^9 


c 


Okay. I like that. 


05:32:59 


p 


Still sliding out in front of me, but getting into 



the old slot. 



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COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

05:42:09 C Okay. I just don't like the Out-Of-Plane, "but - - 

05:42:11 CC Gemini VIII, CSQ. We have nothing for you. We'll 

be standing by. 

05:42:13 P We're on the way. 

05:42:16 CC Roger. 

05:42:18 P 2 l/2 miles out in Closed Loop. 

05:42:21 CC Roger. 

05:42:28 P Is there any 

05:42:35 C Okay. I'm losing my star background. 

05:42:40 P Okay. 2.1 miles, 45 feet per second - 49 feet per 

second. 

05:42:43 C You're - okay. 

05:42:45 P For this range you're in pretty good shape. You're 

almost nominal for this range. 

05:42:52 C Okay. I'm going to start braking down a little bit 

very shortly here because we're at 15K. We're in- 
side 15K and I'd like to - - 

05:43:04 P Yes, we're inside 15K. 

05:43:08 C How about if I brake off? 

05:43:09 P Yes, I agree. 

05:43:25 C Okay. Now give me a digital range for the remainder 

of 20 seconds . 

05:43:37 P Okay. You're 10,000 feet. 

05:43:40 C Okay. And Range Rate? 

05:43:41 P 44 feet per second, but let me get another readout 

on that. 



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05:43:44 C Okay. I'm reading. 

05:43:47 P Ready. 

05:43:59 P 36 feet per second. 

05:44:08 C We'll have the horizon coming into view pretty soon 

and probably the sun in our eyes. In case that 
happens, I'll have to go to FULL-BRIGHT on the in- 
struments. 

05:44:16 P That's okay. Go ahead. 

05:44:25 C Okay. 

05:44:32 P It looks pretty reasonable to me. 

05:44:35 C Anything you can tell now - - 

05:44:36 P You're looking good. 8100 feet, 39 feet per second, 

I get. 

05:44:40 C I'd better back off a bit. 

05:44:41 P Back off ... 

05:44:42 C Yes. 

05:45:01 C Okay. 30 now. 

05:45:08 P Okay. Let me read out here. 

05:45:20 P 6,000 feet. 

05:45:23 C Okay. 

05:45:25 P 31 feet per second. A little high. 

05:45:30 C Okay. Let's back off a little more. 

05:45:44 P Okay. 

05:45:52 P 5,500 feet. 

05:45:59 P 24 feet per second. 

05:46:04 C Seems the minimum. Pretty good now. 



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/""^"\k 1 CIP\ CK. ITI A 1 

CONrlDENTIAL 


05:46:06 


C 


Where did you get the Range Rate? 


05:46:07 


P 


24 feet per second. 


05:1+6:08 


C 


Pretty good. 


05:46:11 


C 


I '11 be backing down a little more now. 


05:46:23 


P 


Okay. 22 feet per second. 


05:46:25 


C 


• * • 


05:46:32 


P 


I can't. 


05:46:35 


c 


Can't you? 


05:46:36 


p 


No. I "m busy. 


05:46:49 


p 


Okay. 4,500 feet. 


05:46:52 


c 


Okay. 


05:46:59 


p 


17 feet per second. 


05:47:11 


p 


3,700 feet. 


05:47:13 


c 


What was the Range Rate? 


05:47:18 


p 


Coming up. 


05:47:19 


p 


19 feet per second. 


05:47:20 


c 


Okay. I'm going to back off a little more. 


05:47:22 


p 


Okay. 


05:47:44 


c 


Out-Of-Plane seems to be drifting back a little 


05:47:49 


p 


Okay. You're 3,400 feet. 


05:47:59 


p 


17 feet per second. 


05:43:16 


c 


I'm losing my Range Rate. It's ... 


05:48:20 


p 


You're 2,88o feet. 


05:48:32 


p 


You did lose your Range Rate a bit, there. 



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57 



05:48:42 


P 


• • » 


05:48:44 


C 


I can see the back lights, now. 


05 : 48 : 47 


C 


2,500 feet. 


Op » *+o : 50 


P 


Yes. So can I. 


05: i «i:56 


c 


Range Rate? 


«p l.Q »-Q 

05:45:58 


p 


2,400 feet. 


05:48:59 


p 


Range Rate's 10 feet per second. 


05:49:16 


p 


You're now at 2,200 feet. 


05:49:27 


c 


Range Rate? 


05 :4<?:42 


c 


Range Rate? 


Af* I . a 1,1, 

05 : 49 : 44 


p 


1,900 feet. 


05 :49:59 


p 


10 feet per second. 


05 : 50: 06 


c 


Put in a little ... to the left. 


05 : 50 : 18 


c 


* • • 


05 : 50 : 23 


c 


Back off now. 


05:50:25 


p 


1,680 feet. 


05 :50:28 


p 


7 feet per second. 


05:50:30 


c 


Okay. 


05:50:37 


p 


Chase it down a little bit. 


05 :50:40 


p 


Gad.' That's just amazing.' ... camera 


05:50:44 


c 


• • * 


05:50:48 


p 


• » • 


05:51:30 


p 


Back to work. 


05:51:40 


p 


You're about 1,100 feet. 



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05:51'A7 


P 


5 feet per second. 


05:52:32 


P 


You're 900 feet. 


05:52:35 


P 


5 feet per second. 


05:53:01 


C 


That's just unbelievable.' Unbelievable.' 


05:53:08 


C 


I can't believe it.' 


05:53:10 


P 


Yes, I can't either. Outstanding job, Coach.' 


05:53:13 


C 


Way to go, Partner.' 


05:53:16 


P 


You did it, boy.' You did a good job.* 


05:53:17 


C 


It takes two to tango. 


05:53:20 


P 


Say again? 


05:53:21 


c 


It takes two of us. 


05:53:25 


p 


Okay. We 're at . . . 


05:53:27 


c 


Back off. 


05:53:32 


p 


Okay. We're 700 feet. 


05:53:^2 


p 


11 feet per second. Let me re-do that one. 


05:53:^ 


p 


I like 7. You buy 7 feet per second? 


05:53:52 


c 


Yes. 


05 :53:5o 


-n 

r 


Boy. 1 Look at that sucker.' 


05:5^:06 


P 


That 's beautiful.* 


05:5^:07 


c 


See the dipole? 


05:5^:08 


p 


Do I ever.' I'll say I see everything on that 
fellow.' 


05:5^:17 


p 


I've got lB pictures. 



05:5^:18 P I don't have the range sight on. Hope I'm hitting 

them. 



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59 



05:54:20 P 250 and 11. 

05:54:25 P Got yours set? 

05:54:28 C 

05:54:29 C 

05:54:30 P Yes. 

05:54:32 C I'm in 25. 

05:54:34 P No* Heck no.' 

05:54:36 P Dang target. You should be at infinity, l/ 200 and 

f :16. 

05:54:54 P No, we don't have a spot in here. I guess we'll 

have plenty of time to do that. 

05:55:04 C Okay. Now I'll get hack to work. 

05:55:11 P 240 feet ... 

05:55:23 P 5 feet per second we're still getting. 

05:55:25 C Okay. ... 

05:55:37 C I guess we could turn the ACQ lights off. 

05:55:42 P Yes. I'll go hack to the Check List. 

05:55:52 P Okay. 250 coming up. 

05:55:57 P Got a MAP? 

05:56:01 C Okay. Now 230. 

05:56:02 P Okay. 

05:56:05 P UHF DISABIED. You agree? 

05:56:08 C Yes. 

05:56:10 P Got a MAP? 

05:56:12 CC Gemini VIII, Gemini VIII, this is Houston CAP COM. 

Standing by for any Rendezvous remarks. Over. 



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05:56:19 P You tell them. 

05:56:23 C Flight Houston, this is Gemini VIII. We're Station- 
keeping on the Agena at about 150 feet. 

05:56:30 P 

05:56:35 P Yaw left ... 

05:56:37 P That's good. 

05:56:42 P Right. Now I'll get a better picture. 

05:56:47 P Got the SPOT Meter over there anywhere handy? 

05:56:50 C ... It's supposed to be at the back of the box here. 

05:56:57 P Okay. Stay on the Agena. Don't sweat this one. 

We'll be around for a long time yet. 

05:57:08 P Okay. What does your Propellant Quantity read now? 

05:57:11 C 55 percent. 

05:57:13 P That's nice. 

05:57:20 C Gemini VIII is Stationkeeping on the Agena. 

05:57:32 P Back to the Flight Plan. We just started today. 

05:57:37 C That's right. 

05:57:14 CC Gemini VIII, this is Houston. You are unreadable. 

We will stand by for Hawaii acquisition. 

05:57:38 C Okay. We have here - I guess I can turn the radar 

to STANDBY. 

05:57:42 P Yes, radar STANDBY. 

05:57:54 C 

05:58:13 P 1/200 and f:l6,it says in here. 

05:58:20 P We should have been there at 5:42. We were there 

by 5:58, so we're late - by gosh.' l6 minutes. 



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HAWAII 



05:58:58 


cc 


Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 


05:59:01 


c 


Go ahead. 


05 : 59:03 


cc 


Roffer. How are vou doinc? 


OS :5Q:04 


c 


StationkeeDincr at about 1*50 feet. 


05 :59:08 


cc 


Roger. Have you transmitted UHF DISABLE? 


05:59:11 


c 


That is correct. 


05:59:12 


cc 


Roger. We have an SPC load to transmit. Would you 

F'NA'RTJP -i + nlsDca? 
H/l\hX>Uli U) picaSci 


up .py .±f 




oure wiii. 


up . py . o 


u 


£o-L, coming up. 


up . py • <o 


u 


i axon t get it. we j_l nave to pitch ciown a little 
hit here. 


05:59:35 


p 


We're on a radar STANDBY. No wonder. 


05:59:37 


p 


Radar ON. 


05:59:38 


c 


Was it STANDBY? 


05:59:39 


p 


It was STANDBY ... 


05:59:^1 


c 


Okay. 


05:59:1+4 


P 


Okay. 231. 


05:59:^8 


c 


Got a MAP? 


05:59=52 


p 


I can't find it. 


06:00:18 


cc 


Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 


06:00:20 


c 


Go ahead. 


06:00:23 


cc 


Roger. Would you turn off your Encoder, please? 


06:00:30 


c 


Okay. 



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06:00:35 C Doing a little POA work up here. 

06:00:43 P Our Agena looks in fine shape. The TDA is out. 

It's RigidizecL The whiskers are sticking out as 
expected on the TDA. The dipole is up. The engine 
looks good. And we 've turned the ACQ lights off. 

06:00:45 CC Roger. Copy. 

06:00:52 P I don't believe it.' 

06:00:54 CC Gemini VIII. We'd also like an OAMS propellant 

reading. 

06:00:56 C We're at 55 percent. 

06:00:59 CC Say 59? 

06:01:01 C That's 55 percent. 

06:01:04 CC 55. Roger. 

06:01:06 CC We're standing by to copy the Agena-Status Display 

Panel readings. 

06:01:11 P Yes, you better get it - - 

06:01:12 C Okay. We'll have to get over on that side of it. 

06:01:23 P Better get busy - - 

06:01:24 CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 

06:01:25 C Stationkeeping here. 

06:01:26 P Go ahead. 

06:01:29 CC We have a Yaw Maneuver time for you, if you're 

ready to copy, 

06:01:35 P Okay. Go ahead. 

06:01:37 CC Roger. Yaw Maneuver at 07:10:00. That's GET. 

06:01:48 P Roger. Understand. Yaw Maneuver 07:10:00. 

06:01:52 CC Also, when you are at plus 96 degree heading, the 

Agena will go to Flight Control Mode 7 for 30 seconds. 



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63 



06:02:04 P Understand. 96 degree FC-7 for 30. 

06:02:07 CC And the SPC load we're transmitting contains the 

Agena clock reset. We're very anxious for it to be 
executed even if it cuts short the Platform Paral- 
lelism. 

06:02:20 P What was that? Did you catch it? 

06:02:23 C No I didn't. 

06:02:2*+ C Say that last one again, please. 

06:02:25 CC Roger. The SPC load we're transmitting contains 

a clock reset for the Agena. 

06:02:32 P Roger. 

06:02:33 CC We're anxious for it to be executed - even if it 

means cutting the Platform Parallelism test short. 

06: 02: P Roger. Understand. The SPC has priority over the 

Platform Parallelism. 

06:02:47 P In essence. Is that right? 

06:02:49 CC That's affirmative. 

06:02:51 P Okay. 

06:02:59 C Man.' That's great.' 

06:03:01 P Man, that's really slick.' 

06:03 :08 C A bit of all right.* 

06:03:11 P Okay. The first thing we really have to do - 

Platform Parallelism 06:50 to 07:10. They're giv- 
ing us the SPC loaded Yaw Maneuver. It looks like 
at nominal time. So they're going to give you that 
time. 

06:03:27 P Now I'll check your little Status Display for you. 

06:03:40 P I bet those Lockheed guys are just jumping up and 

down. 

06:03:^1 C The S-10 is on. 

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06:03:U4 P Yes. 
06:03:^7 C Okay. 

06:03:52 C Man, it flies easy,* I'd love to let you do it, 

but - - 

06:03:56 P Oh no.' 

06:03:57 C I think I better get my practice while I can. 

06:03:59 P Man, I'll have my chance. 1 

06:04:00 C Get yours later. Okay? 

06:0l*:0l+ P Yes. I wouldn't even take it if you gave it to 

me. 

06:04:09 P It's up to you; stick with it. 

06:04:11 P More you get now, the better off you're going to be 

when - - 

06:04:13 C Do we have STB bright? 

06:OU:16 P Should have. 

06:04:l8 P I think I'll get the section here in a minute and 

we'll be able to see something. Let me check the 
systems. Cabin pressure, that's good. 

06:0^:28 P Your OAMS source pressure is 190. 

06:0U:35 C 1900? 

06:0^:37 P You always get me on those. 

o6:OU:U0 P ECS O2 is rather high. 810. 

06:04:44 C When that sun comes in, boy it is warm.' 

06:04:52 C Man, this is easy.* 

06:04:53 P Is it really? 

06:Ok:5k C This Stationkeeping, there's nothing to it. 



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65 



06 : Ok : 56 


c 


I can't understand why our recorder isn't working. 


06:05:01 


p 


I don't either, except maybe it's not running. 


06:05 :0k 


p 


Want me to turn to OFF now? 


06:05:07 


c 


Tape recorder is on but just doesn't budge now. 


06:05:09 


c 


Sure does. 


06:05:13 


p 


Oh, oh.' Fuel Cell H2 Heater circuit breaker 
popped. 


06:05:20 


p 


I'm trying to reset it. It's reset. 


06:05:25 


c 


Okay. Now a - this is - this is getting into 
Stationkeeping attitude for EDA. Boy 


06:06:01 


p 


Okay. I can see the Status Display. - Main Green 
Secondary HE, ON; Secondary LO, ON; Power and 
Attitude, ON. 


06:06:11 


c 


Okay. 


06:06:13 


c 


That means everything should be - - 


06:06:15 


p 


I can 't see any dark line on those - just too far 
away now. 


06:06:23 


c 


Okay. 


06:06:25 


p 


I'll give this sextant a 1/10 - a little ... 


06:06:30 


p 


We 're still - - 


06:06:32 


cc 


Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 


06:06:33 


c 


Go ahead. 


06:06:35 


cc 


We'd like to know when you first saw the acquisi- 
tion lights as you approached. 


06:06:39 


c 


We'll have to go back on the data and dig that out, 


06:06:42 


cc 


Roger. 


06:06:43 


c 


About ^5 ... 



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06:06:¥* P No. No it's about 56 miles. Right? 

06:06:52 C No, not 56. I think it was k$ miles. 

06: 06: 53 P We think it was 45 miles, tut we'll have to check 

on the tape. 

06:06:56 CC Roger. Copy. And we're ready to copy the readouts 

if you have them now. 

06:07:05 CC The readings from the Status Display Panel. 

06: 07: OS C Roger. It looks like we're about a - 80 feet out 

still. And we have a Main Red, OFF; Main Green, ON; 
Armed, OFF: Secondary HI, ON; Secondary LO, ON; 
Attitude, ON; Rigid, OFF; Power, ON; and can't quite 
see the dock yet. 

06:07:27 CC Roger. Copy. 

06:07:32 P We're using a sextant to get those. 

06:07:37 CC Understand. 

06:U7:38 P Pretty bright up here. 

06:07:^7 CC Roger. Copy. 

06:07:59 C Okay. Now work it in - I guess the thing to do 

here is to Aline the Platform. 



06:08:11 


C 


Right? 


06:08:12 


C 


Let's see, how much time do we have? 


06:08:16 


P 


We have an hour. 


06:O8:l8 


C 


How much before RKV? How much before the SPC Taw? 


06:08:24 


P 


That's an hour. 


06:08:25 


C 


An hour from now? 


06:08:26 


P 


Yes. 


06:08:27 


P 


But we ought to do the Platform Paralleism before 



then. 



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67 



06:08:29 P Pitch down so I can get the moon in that dock. 

06:08:^9 P Turn around so you can be looking, (whispering) 

I wonder where the heck it is? 

06:08:59 P ... okay. ... 

06:09:20 P Where the heck is that? 

06:09:28 P SPOT meter is in the left-hand little food box. 

Can you get it out? 

06:09:32 C Okay. If you could be quiet for a minute. 

06:09:35 C Let's make sure we don't drift into it. 

06:09:52 P See a scanner and everything. 

06:09:5*1- P Okay. She's all yours. 

06:10:03 C Now you have to keep looking, for me, for a second. 

06:10:04 P Okay. 

06:10:11 C Okay. 

06:10:12 P Okay. I'd like to get some pictures if I can - 

and I'd like to get some good ones. 

06:10:25 C I tried it . . . Darkside is . . . 

06:10:40 P It's as stable as a rock. Isn't it? 

06:11:08 P It sure - - 

06:11:11 P Can you go around and check the dock light? 

06:11:13 C What am I going to pick to Aline the Platform? 

06: 11: 18 P Where you going to do it? 

06:11:20 C We want to try to do the Platform Parallelism ... 

back off and aline it here. 

06:11:25 P Yes. You're right. 

06:11:27 P You're at 6 frames per second. 



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68 CONFIDENTIAL 

06:11:28 C Yes. 

06:11:39 P 

06:11:51 C While I'm here I'd like to Aline the Platform. 

I'm in a good position. 

06:11:56 P Okay. Just yaw left to 10 "before we - - 

06:11:57 C Okay. 

06:12:01 C I can't see it now so - - 

06:12:03 P You're okay. I'll call you. 

06:12:11 P Okay. Now yaw right and you'll be okay. 

06:12:15 P You're on the wrong ... 

06:12:lB C Sorry about that. 

06:12:20 C See him? 

06:12:21 P You're okay. 

06:12:22 P Keep translating. 

06:12:25 P Why don't you go down where you can see? 

06:12:30 C Okay. Aline ... Platform. 

06:13:01 P Let's see. They didn't ever tell us to turn it 

back on, did they? 

06:13:06 CC Hawaii, Gemini VIII. 

06:13:08 P Coder's coming on. Radar's in STANDBY anyway. 

06:13:13 C Okay now ... 

06:13:20 C We might do that now. 

06:13:21 P - - do the what? 

Ob: 13: 22 C - - take a picture of it. 

06:13:23 C Did the Index Bar extend? 



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06:13:24 


C 


Index Bar. 


06:13:29 


P 


Oh yes, why don't you get - no, you want to stay 
here. 


06:13:32 


c 


- - let's take a picture of it. 


06:13:35 


c 


I might do that. 


06:13:41+ 


p 


We're supposed to set up the Agena in Flight Con- 
trol Mode 6, at 06:15 to 06:25. 


Ob : 13 : 51 


rt 
L. 




uo : J.3 : p4 


■n 
.r 


u&ay. 




C 


Yes. 


0b:13 :5o 


P 


So you want to do that? 


06:13:59 


c 


Yes. I'll probably have to back off a little bit. 


06:14:01 


p 


You're supposed to be alining here anyway. 


06:14:03 


c 


I am. 


06:14:11 


c 


Okay. It gives you an idea of what Plat form- Mode 
btationfceeping is like. 


uo : 14 : 14 


r 


Yes . 


uo : ±4 : xp 


c 


It's a sort of a way - - 


06:14:17 


c 


I'd visualized it, except a little farther back. 


06: 14:22 


C 


I can tell. I can usually see that - - 


06 : 14 : 23 


P 


Firing thrusters? 


06:14:25 


P 


Wait a little bit. Okay. Now drifting in a little 
close. Let's say I wanted to fire a little forward 
thruster and wanted to tell you I 'm going to fire a 
little forward thruster and then I wait a little 
bit and you say okay, and then I'll say okay, now. 


06:14:42 


P 


Like that. 


06:14:47 


c 


Okay. Put the Bus Arm to DOCK. 



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06:lU:56 P For your Index Extend? 

06:1^:59 C Oh. I am out of film. 

06:15:01 P ... give it to me and I'll change it. 

06:15:06 P I'll get it. 

06:15:08 P I don't mind. I'll write on the one we did. 

06:15:11 C Okay. 

06:15:27 P What would you recommend for an exposure? 

06:15:30 C I'll tell you in just a minute. 

06:15:U9 P A target - what lens? l8mm lens? 

06:15:51 C Yes, 

06:15:5^ P 1/200 and an f:l6. 

06:15:56 C 1/200 and an f:l6. Okay. 

06:16:30 C Let's Aline the Platform. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

06:32:17 C RKV, Gemini ... 

06:32:19 CC Gemini VIII, RKV. 

06:32:21 C Okay. We're sitting about 2 feet out - - 

06:32:22 CC Go ahead. 

06:32:23 C - - ... We'll go ahead and dock. 

06:32:25 CC Roger. Stand by for a couple of minutes here. 

06:32:^2 CC Okay, Gemini VIII. We have T/M solid. You're 

looking good on the ground. Go ahead and dock. 

06:32:50 C Okay. We're going to go ahead and dock. 



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71 



06: 33: to CC Okay, Gemini VIII. It looks good here from the 

ground. We're showing COME RIGID. Everything looks 
good for the docking. 

06:33:^7 C Okay. We're going to cycle our RIGID/STOP switch 

now. 

06:33:50 CC Roger. 

06:33:52 C Flight, we are docked.* 

06:33:58 C Yes. It's a - really a smoothie. 

06:34:01 CC Roger. Hey, congratulations.' This is real good. 

06:34:07 P You couldn't have the thrill down there that we 

have up here. 

06:34:10 CC Ha' Ha.' Ha.' 

06:34:24 C Okay. Just for your information, the Agena was very 

stable and at the present time we are having no 
noticeable oscillations at all. 

06:34:37 CC Roger. Copy. Agena very stable and no noticeable 

oscillations. Very good.' 

06:34:42 C Roger. 

06:35:26 CC Gemini VIII - - 

06:35:29 CC - - RKV. We'd like to update that SPC load that 

did not get in correctly. Could you give us TJHF 
Enable and the Encoder OFF, please? 

06:35:42 C I think we'd rather - can we send it in on the 

Encoder ourselves? 

06:35:52 C You just want to load an SPC again. Correct? 

06:35:55 CC Roger. We did not get all the SPC load in cor- 

rectly over Hawaii, and we want to finish the SPC 
load from here. 

06:36:04 CC And you can not do that from where you are. 

06:36:20 CC Do you copy, Gemini VIII? 



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72 




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06:36:22 


C 


Tes. We copy. We're just discussing it a little 
bit. 


06:36:42 


c 


Okay. We're going to go along with you on that, 
and want you to make double sure that you get the 
right load. 


06:36:50 


cc 


Roger. Wilco. We sure will. 


06:37:08 


cc 


And be advised, Gemini VIII, the SPC at the present 
time is Disabled, so regardless of what your load 
does, we'll still be okay. 


06:37:16 


p 


We *d like you to make double sure. 


06:37:18 


cc 


Roger. 


06:37:21 


cc 


Okay. Can you give us the Encoder OFF, please? 


06:37:22 


p 


It's off. 


06:37:24 


cc 


Roger. Thank you. We are sending the SPC loads. 


06:37:54 


cc 


Okay, Gemini VIII. The SPC's are in. We have re- 
set the Reset Timer, and you may have control back 
again. 


06:38:05 


p 


Thank you very much. 


06:38:07 


cc 


Roger. 


06:39:17 


cc 


Gemini VTII, we would also like to send the V/M 
word. Would you turn the Encoder off, please? 


06:39:26 


c 


Okay. Encoder off. 


06:39:29 


cc 


Roger. We're transmitting the V/M now. 


06:39:38 


cc 


Okay. Turn the Encoder back on. 


06:40:32 


cc 


Gemini VIII, RKV. We're about to have LOS. You're 
looking real good from the ground. Congratulations 
on Rendezvous and Docking. 


06:40:40 


p 


Okay. 


06:40:42 


c 


Thank you, Scotty. 



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73 



06:kO:kQ P 

06:1+8:30 CC Gemini, Scotty confirmed DCC Flight Test CONTINUOUS? 

06:^9:31 C Affirmative. Flight Test to CONTINUOUS. 

06:50:20 CC Minus 3 minutes and counting. CM1. 

06:51:27 C We just completed yawing the Agena to 090 and yaw 

was at precisely 1 1/2 degrees per second on the 
Yaw Maneuver, and it took ... seconds to go 90 
degrees. The Gemini Platform has - may have drifted 
excessively since the last time we alined it; see, 
it was almost an hour ago. 

06:52:03 P Yes, that's right. 

06: 52:18 C The alinements are from 06:13 to 06:23 - let's see - 

we contend that it was the Agena and control systems. 

TANANARIVE 

06:55:00 CC Gemini VIII, Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM. Over. 

06:55:05 C This is Gemini VIII. A - - 

06:55:13 CC Roger, VIII. Reading you loud and clear. I have 

some information for you. Ready to copy? 

06:55:16 P Stand by. 

06:55:19 P What kind of information is it? 

06:55:20 CC Well, first of all, it's about the SPC Yaw Maneu- 

ver. I have some dope for you to follow. 

06:55:35 P Do you mean the SPC Yaw Maneuver? 

06:55:38 CC Roger. We believe we have the load in and we would 

like to have you ENABIE the SPC's and let the Agena 
start coming through. If you run into trouble and 
the Attitude Control System in the Agena goes wild, 
just send in Command 1*00 to turn it off and take 
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06:55:58 P Roger. We understand. 

06:56:01 CC Roger. Okay. Stand by. 

06:56:07 CC I have a nodal update for you. 

06:56:12 P Stand by. 

06:56:15 P Got to get the right book. 

06:56:20 P Go ahead. 

06:56:22 CC Roger. Node: 07:011:46; Rev 5; 67.5 east; 15 plus 

52, right ascension. 

06:56:45 P Roger. Understand. Node: 07:04:46; Rev 5; 67.5 

east; 15 plus 52, right ascension. 

06:56:58 CC Roger. That's correct. And would you verify that 

the L-Bsnd radar is off, please? 

06:57:05 P Roger. We should have OFT command. Do you want us 

to do it again? 

06:57:09 CC No. This is the Spacecraft L-Band radar. 

06:57:15 P Roger. The L-Band in the transponder is off. 

06:57:18 CC Roger. Thank you. And would you put the ECS O2 

heater off? 

06:57:25 P Okay. Going off. 

06:57:27 CC Roger. And T/M down here is saying that the Fuel 

Cell 02 and H2 Heater circuit breaker had opened 
up during the Pacific pass and we would like to know 
if Dave found that circuit breaker open, and did he 
reset it after Hawaii? 

06:57 :4l C That's affirmative. He did find it open and he did 

reset it after Hawaii. 

06:57:46 CC Roger. Big Brother is watching. 

06:57:49 P Say again. 

06:57:51 CC And could you give us an OAMS Propellant Quantity 

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06:57:59 P Okay. 51 percent right now. 

06:58:01 CC Roger. 51 percent. Thank you. 

06:58:41 C Now we yawed around to lBo now for the Parallelism 

Check. It's gone real well. 

06:58:46 CC Understand. You've yawed to 180 for the Parallel- 

ism Check. 

06:58:50 C Right. 

07:02:08 CC Tananarive has LOS. 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

07:17:12 CC Gemini VTII, CSQ CAP COM. Com Check. How do you 

read? 

07:17:15 P We have serious problems here. We're - we're 

tumbling end over end up here. We're disengaged 
from the Agena. 

07:17:22 CC Okay. We got your SPACECRAFT FREE indication here. 

07:17:26 P Say again. 

07:17:28 CC We're showing your SPACECRAFT FREE. 

07:17:31 CC What seems to be the problem? 

07:17:35 C We're rolling up and we can't turn anything off. 

07:17:39 C Continuously increasing in a left roll. 

07:17:^5 CC Roger. 

07:18:22 CC Gemini VIII, CSQ. 

07:18:25 C Stand by. 

07:18:33 p We have a violent left roll here at the present 

time and we can't turn the RCS 's off, and we can't 
fire it, and we certainly have a roll. ... stuck 
hand control. 

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07:18:^5 


CC 


Roger. 


u f : <tu : up 


T> 
C 


Uitay. we re regainxng control, or tine upacecrart 
slowly, in ECS DIRECT. 


07:20:11 


CC 


Roger. Copy. 






We're pulsing the RCS pretty slowly here so we 
don't control roll right. We're trying to kill 
our roll rate. 


07 : 21 : 19 


CC 


Okay. Fine. Keep at it. 


07 : 22 : 35 


CC 


VIII, CSQ. How much RCS have you used and are you 
just on one ring? 


07 : 22 : 1*1 


c 


That's right. We are on one ring, trying to save 
the other ring. We started with two rings, but now 
we are on one ring. 


07 : 22 : 4o 


CC 


Roger. What about RCS usage? 


07:22:51 


c 


Now okay. We 're down to 1700 pounds right now on 
RCS B. 


07:22:57 


CC 


Roger. 


07:22:58 


C 


We now have about - have about 2350 on A. 


07:23:01 


CC 


Okay. Copy. 


07:23:35 


CC 


VIII, CSQ. How are you doing? 


07:23:39 


c 


We're working on it. 


07:23:40 


CC 


Okay. Relax. Everything's okay. 


07:23:51 


c 


The Spacecraft-Agena combination took off. Yaw 
and roll, and we had ACS OFF and affirmative 7 
hours. 


07:2^:01 


CC 


Roger. Understand. Can you see the Agena now? 


07:2^:04 


C 


... up. We turned the Spacecraft system on, tried 



to stabilize, and in so doing we may have burned 
out our lower left thrusters. 



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07:24:13 CC Okay. I copy. Can you - do you have visual 

sighting of the Agena right now? 

07:24:17 P No. We haven't seen the Agena since we undocked 

a little while ago. 

07:24:21 CC Okay. 

07:24:34 P The ... - - 

07:24:38 P - - ... ACS was shut off and a MAP was achieved. 

07:24:42 CC Roger. 

HAWAII 

07:37:23 CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 

07:37:24 P Hello Hawaii, Gemini VIII. 

07:37:25 CC Roger. We'd like a readout on your switch positions 

and OAMS, and on-board reading of your CAMS remain- 
ing. Over. 

07:37:30 P Okay. We have 22 percent showing on the gage. We 

don't have any yaw or roll control, and cannot re- 
gain control of the yaw thrusters, apparently none 
of them. We do have - apparently the pitch thrus- 
ters are operative. And also, we're slowly getting 
beck to the proper attitude here. 

07:38:07 CC Roger. Copy, Gemini, and be advised they're 

planning to come into a -3 area. They're looking 
into 6 or 7-3 at this time. They would like you to 
enter Module 4 and the ATM computer. Over. 

07:38:23 C Okay. We'll go ahead and do that. 

07:38:27 CC And also get into Retro Attitude as soon as 

possible. Over. 

07:38:33 C 

CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 
07:38:51 C Go ahead. 

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Roger. Which systems are you using now? GAMS or 
RCS? 

We're on OAMS right now. 

Roger. And do you have any problem at all with 
the RCS control? 

In DIRECT we're okay. We haven't really thoroughly 
checked out the RCS. That's the only way we got 
it to fire a while ago. 

Roger . Copy. 

Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 

Go ahead. 

Roger. We 'd like you to place your Entry C-Band 
beacon to CONTINUOUS and Flight advises they per- 
sonally prefer 7-3- That will give you approxi- 
mately ll/2 more hours. 

Okay. We do have the Spacecraft under control at 
the present time. We're in slowly drifting flight - 
do have a slight amount of control. We have - 1550 
pounds showing on RCS B and 2kO0 on A. 

Say again on B, please. 

1550. 

Copy. 

Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 
Go ahead. 

Do you have any idea of the Agena position at 
present? Over. 

We saw it about 10 minutes ago. It looked to be 
a mile or so underneath us. 

Roger. Copy. Would you place your T/M switch to 
REAL- TIME/ ACQ- AID, please? 

REAL- TIME/ACQ- AID. 

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(f[ th2ikk CC Could you give us a sequence of events on just 

what happened? Over. 

07:^2:52 C It happened when we were in Agena-Spacecraft com- 

bination of 0°, l80°, 0° and we were stabilized 
there. We had the Attitude Control Power off in 
the Spacecraft, OAMS Attitude Control Power off 
and we sent Okl Command to Agena to turn the re- 
corder on. The Spacecraft -Agena combination 
started a violent roll. 



ROSE KNOT VICTOR 



08:10:U4 CC Gemini VTII, RKV CAP COM. 

08:10:U7 C Go ahead RKV, Gemini VIII. 

08:10:50 CC Roger. Do you have any idea where the Agena is? 

08:10:55 C No, we haven't seen it. 

08:10:57 CC Okay. 

08:11:00 CC Over Hawaii, we were having DOS at the time that 

you were giving us your switch positions . We 
copied as far as you had sent Command Okl RECORDER 
ON, and at that time the Spacecraft started to 
roll. Would you continue from there, specifically 
what your on-board switch positions were and what 
you did with it? 

08:11:23 C We had Attitude Control POWER on and went to RATE 

COMMAND. 

08:11:27 CC Roger. 

08:ll:J+7 C And when we started to yaw - it seems that it was 

the Agena control system. 

08:11:53 CC Roger. 

08:11:5U C Since we did not hear any of our thrusters fire. 

08:11:59 CC Roger. 

08 112:03 CC Stand by . . . 

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And we sent ACS OFF end turned the Spacecraft 
power on, CAMS power on, and tried to regain con- 
trol of the combination. 

Roger. 

And we were just barely able to hold our own, but 
the rates were too excessive for an undocking, so 
we continued to attempt to send an ACS OFF-cycle 
. . . and at the same time we checked our OAMS switch 
position. 

Roger. 

We switched it - we tried to turn our own Space- 
craft Control System off and the combination con- 
tinued to wind up, so we had to go back on before 
the rates became intolerable. 

Roger . 

After we got the rates down to a point where we 
felt we could safely undock, we did so, and man- 
euvered away from the Agena at several feet per 
second as quickly as possible. We had been 
watching our propellant quantity go down from 50 
to below 30 percent. After turning the OAMS off 
and still in bias power and everything - motor 
valves off, we were still rolling; we activated 
the RCS. Did not have any ACME, and we regained 
control of the Spacecraft in DIRECT, slowly. 

Roger . 

Then after getting stabilized, we checked out our 
whole Thrust Control System and found that we had 
no yaw or roll control - or we had no yaw control 
of the yaw thrusters since our roll was in the yaw 
jets, and after that - - 

ACS was really going. 

- - we had - vision; we could see the ACS thrusters 
firing on the Agena when we had ACS off, so we 
felt that something was definitely wrong. 

Roger. 

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08:14:30 C After checking the Spacecraft systems we found 

Thruster Number 8 apparently failed OPEN at the 
present time and this could have been true at the 
time of the incident, although we can't - cannot 
verify that at this time. 

08:14:44 CC Roger. Stand by. We'll update that new Tr time. 

08:14:53 P Got it. 

08:14:54 CC Okay. And I'd also like to send your Load. 

08:15:00 P Reentry Load. 

08: 15: 04 P DCS light on. 

08:15:05 CC The ATM okay? 

08: 15: 06 P ATM has loaded Module 4A and verified 4A. 

06:15:09 C Roger ... 

08:15:10 CC Roger. We're having LOS. We haven't updated your 

Load and Tr. 

08: 15: 16 C Okay. 

08:15:17 CC Okay. Did he have that - - 

08: 15: 18 C What's the Tr? 

08:15:19 CC Tr time is for Area 7-3, which is approximately 

an hour and 15 minutes from now. 

08:15:29 C What's our next AOS? 

08:15:33 CC Next AOS should be CSQ. 

08:15:36 P Give us a time for that, please. 

08:15:51 p 8:52, Tr is at 9 - - 

08:15:53 CC Roger. Should be 8 hours, 52 minutes - 8 hours, 

52 minutes. 

08:16:00 P Okay. Thank you. 

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08:16:03 C We're in the process of restoring for Reentry. 

08:16:21 CC Gemini VIII, RKV. Did you blow the OAMS REG switch? 

08: 16: 27 C No, we have not yet. We thought about it but we 

don't need to yet, I guess. 

08: 16:3^ CC Roger. 

08:16:48 P Oh shoot. 1 How am I ever going to stow that visor? 

I 've got to put the TV monitor in, too. 

08:16:58 C Yes, I know you do. 

08:17:00 C Do you want to do that before you get too tied up? 

08: 18: 10 P We should have asked them about purging the fuel 

cells . 

08: 18: 12 C Yes. Well, let's go ahead and do it. 

08: 18: 22 C Purging fuel cells at 8 minutes and 8 seconds - 

correction, that's 8 hours, 18 minutes. 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

08:52:59 CC Gemini VTII, CSQ. Com check. How do you read? 

08:53:02 P Read you loud and clear. How us? 

08:53:05 CC We read you loud and clear. We have a new Tg 

and Load for you. 

08:53:09 P Okay. The T R we have is counting up. 

08:53:13 CC Say again. 

08:53:14 P The T R we have is counting up. 

08:53:18 CC The Tr you've got is counting up. The one we've 

got is counting down, so don't sweat it. Verify 
that Module kk is loaded. 

08:53:28 P We loaded it and verified it. ... 



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08:53=33 CC Okay. Is your Preretro Check List complete? 

08:53:38 P We just finished it up; continuing stowage proce- 

dure. 

08:53:39 CC Okay. What about your left Secondary 0 2 ? Verify 

that it is open. 

08:53:47 P 

08:53:48 CC Okay. I'm about to transmit a Tr to you. 

08:53:54 P Okay. Go ahead. Got it. 

08:53:59 CC Roger. Verified on the ground. Transmitting a 

Load. 

08:54:15 P 

08:54:23 CC Okay. I have some MDIU quantities for you. First 

of all let's see the ... message. 

08:54:30 P 

08:54:33 P Stand by a second. 

08:54:34 CC Okay. 

08:54:41 C The Tr is ... 

08:54:43 CC Roger. 

08:54:44 CC Okay. Area 7-3: GET RC, 10:04:47; RET, 400K, 22 

plus 02; RET RB, 28 plus 15; bank left 50, bank 
right 60. Did you copy? 

08:55:30 C Roger. Understand. Area 7-3: GET RC, 10:04:47; 

RET 400K, 22 plus 02; RET KB, 28 plus 15; bank 
left 50, right 60. 

08:55:48 CC Roger. I have some MDIU cores for you. 

08:55:52 C Go ahead. 

08:55:54 CC Core 03,33649; Core 04,64690; Core 65,01059; Core 

66,65460; Core 07,34726; Core o8,4o866; Core 
09,31745; Core 10,02510; Core 11,13600. Do you copy? 

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08:57:13 P Roger. Was that third one 654 or 054? 

08:57:13 CC 65. 

08:57:19 P Okay. Coming "back at you: 03,33649; 04,64690; 

65, 01059; 07,3^726; 08,40866; 09,31745; 

10,02510; 11,13600. 

08:58:03 CC Okay. One correction there. That Core 66,65460. 

08:58:12 P Roger. 65460. 

08:58:15 CC That's affirmative. 

08:58:16 P How about 669? 

08:58:27 CC Will you verify that your T^-256 circuit "breaker 

is closed? 

08:58:34 P It's open at the present time. 

08:58:36 CC Okay. Would you close it? 

08:58:37 P Okay. Coming closed. 

08:58:43 CC Okay. We'd like to know what you'd prefer - what 

Attitude Control Mode you'd prefer at Retrofire. 

08:58:54 P I guess we don't have any choice. Okay. We'll 

try the ACME and if that works we'll go to RATE 
COMMAND on the RCS. Okay. We'll Aline the Plat- 
form. 

08:59:09 CC Okay. Have you performed the evaluation on the 

RCS in the ACME position? 

08:59:13 P We're completing our re-storage. The re-storage 

is essentially completed at this time. It will 
he, for all practical purposes, the same as the 
launch configuration, or at least . . . 

08:59:26 CC Okay. We want you to set your Event Timer to 15 

minutes and RKV will get a counting for you. 

08:59:37 P Okay. Now what was that Retrofire time again? 

08:59:41 CC Okay. GET RC, 10:04:47- 



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08 : 59 : 52 P Okay. About an hour from now. 

08:59:56 CC Roger. 

08:59:57 CC I can give you RIW acquisition time, if you'd like. 

09:00:01 C Yes. Go ahead, please. 

09:00:03 CC Okay. 

09:00:05 CC Okay. 09:44:37. 

09:00:09 P Roger. How about a GET time hack? 

09:00:12 CC Okay. We'll give you the GET time hack at 09:01:00. 

09:00:20 P 

09:00:30 CC Let me give you a Mark at 1+5 . We're about to have 

LOS. 

09:00:45 CC MARK. 

09:00:46 P We're with you. 

09:00:43 CC Okay. 

09:00:50 CC We'll pass up the IVI's, Mi's and update the 

channel and all that jazz from RKV. 

HAWAII 

09:10:30 CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii CAP COM. 

09:10:35 C Go ahead, Hawaii, Gemini VIII. 

09:10:40 CC Roger. The Agena Acquisition lights have been 

turned on and if you happen to see it we 'd like 
an estimate on its position. 

09:10:48 C Roger. Understand. 

09:10:52 CC And also we would like to know if you have verified 

the Rate Command Mode. Over. 

09:10:56 C Affirmative. We have verified the Rate Command Mode. 

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Roger. And I have some Reentry data when you are 
ready to copy. 

Go ahead. 

Roger. The IVI: aft, 292; left-right, 0; up - down, 
100. 

Is that up or down? 
That should be down. 
That's 110 ... up. 
Aft 292, down 100. 
Correction. That's 110 up. 
No.' Down.' 

That is probably 110 down. 

Okay. Thet's correct, Gemini. It was corrected 
by Flight, that it is down. 

Okay. Rjj, Rp, plus 77, pitch angle at 400 foot 
nominal; correction, kOOK foot nominal; RET kOOK 
feet, 22 plus 02; beginning of blackout, 2k plus 
k3; end of blackout, 30 plus 01; Drogue Chute, 31 
plus 37; Main Chute, 32 plus 58. And I have your 
recovery area weather and so forth for you, if 
you're ready to copy. 

Let me read these back to you. Rn minus Rp, plus 
77; pitch for 1+OOK, nominal; RET i+OOK, 22 plus 02; 
ETO, 2k plus k3; end blackout, 30 plus 01; Drogue, 
31 plus 37; Main, 32 plus 58. 

That's correct. 

Okay. I'm ready for the rest of it. 
Stand by one. 

Gemini VIII. Rn minus Rp plus 77 is at a bank 
angle of 50. 

Roger. Read you. Bank angle is 50. 

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09:13:39 CC I understand you're ready to copy your landing. 

09:13:42 P Go ahead. 

09:13:44 CC Roger. 5>000 scattered; winds northwest 10; wave 

height 3 feet; altimeter 2986; recovery forces 
call sign: Naha RESCUE 1, GMT 02:58; Nahs SEARCH 1, 
GMT 03: Ml; USS Mason destroyer, no ETA; Spacecraft 
sunrise at elapsed time of 10:08:40; dark horizon 
at Retrofire. A light horizon at kOOK. And your 
on-board - correction - your on-board curve for 
computing backup bank angles and your initial down- 
range deflection are valid. Do you copy? 

09:14:55 P Okay. Understand. Start Retrofire, ... sunrise 

10:08:4o. And understand copy the weather, the 
altimeter 2986, Recovery Naha RESCUE 1 at a GMT 
of 02:58; Naha SEARCH 1 at a GMT of 03:44; Destroyer 
Mason, no ETA. 



09:15:24 CC That is all correct. That's Naha SEARCH 1. 

09:15:29 P Okay. Understand. 

09:15:48 CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii. I have an ETA on the USS 

Mason. 

09:15:55 P Go ahead. 

09:15:56 CC That's GMT 06:54. 

09:16:02 P 06:54. 

09:16:15 CC Be advised that the MDI readouts confirm your OAMS 

good. 

09:16:37 CC Gemini VIII, Hawaii. 

09:16:40 P Go ahead. 

09:16:42 CC Roger. Have you checked Reentry Rate Command Mode? 

Over. 

09:16:48 P No, not yet, but we will. 

09:16:50 CC Roger. Copy. 

09:17:07 CC VIII - 

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09:17:22 CC Gemini VIII, we have nothing further. We are 

standing by. 

09:17:26 P Roger. We have our yaw control back now. We 

just regained Yaw Mode Rate Command and Reentry 
Rate Command. 

09 : 17 : 3^ CC Wonderful.' 

09:17:56 C You understand we do have OAMS now to Aline the 

Platform with? 

09:18:02 CC Copy. You have OAMS to Aline Platform. Is that 







affirm? 




09:18:05 


C 


That's right. We have - we do have 


OAMS. 


09:18:07 


CC 


Very good. Thank you. 




09:19:19 


P 


Give me SCANNER- PRIMARY. 




09:19:21 


P 


The OAMS ATTITUDE CONTROL POWER- ON. 




09:19:29 


P 


Okay. You want to go to BEF now or 


stick with 



this? 

09:19:31 P It's off. 

09: 19: kO C 

09:19:¥3 C Say, we're in pretty good shape here ... 

09:19:50 C We're about ready to start alinement. 

09:19:51 P What does the Check List say? 

09:19:55 C Skip that - let's get on down the line. 

09:19:57 C FDM - RATE 

09:20:05 C ATTITUDE CONTROL- DIRECT 

09:20:10 C ... Control ... 

09:20:19 C Control Spacecraft ATTITUDE to 0°, l80°, 0°. 

P We don't want to hit the adapter. 



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09:20:24 C That's dangerous, isn't it? 

09:20:25 P Yes. ... 

09:20:26 P I'd leave it alone. 

09:20:28 C 

09:20:31 C Okay. Control Spacecraft ATTITUDE to 0°, l8o°, 0°. 

ATTITUDE CONTROL, HORIZON- SCAN . 

09:20:45 P When platform has caged, then go to BEF ... 

09:20:48 C What? 

09:20:50 P Has caged. 

09:20:58 C FDR-PLAT; FDM-ATT 

09:21:04 C ... ATTITUDE CONTROL-PLAT and then Aline Platform. 

09:21:14 P Okay. Store equipment according to Reentry Stowage 

Chart . 



09:21:31 


C 


Stowed. 


09:21:32 


P 


Stowed. 


09:21:34 


C 


We aren't going to put it in. 


09:21:40 


C 


Survival lanyard - Install. 


09:21:45 


P 


Go ahead, Flight. 


09:21:48 


CC 


Connect shoulder harness and lap belt. 


09:22:00 


P 


Okay. Stick in a new voice tape, it says here. 


09:22:05 


C 


Do you have one? 


09:22:12 


p 


I ' 11 get you one . 


09:22:14 


C 


Left Secondary 02 Bottle - OPEN. 


09:22:16 


p 


Okay. It's open. 


09 : 22 : 18 


c 


That goes over here. 



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09:22:20 P Yes. 

09:22:22 C ... to OPEN. 

09:22:28 P It's open. 

09:22:33 C Okay. Left circuit breaker's - closed. 

09:22:1*2 P Yes, it's closed. 

09:22:43 C T R - 256 Circuit Breaker - closed. 

09:22:43 P It's closed. 

09:22:50 C ATT UtD - with FDI's. 

09:22:53 P Roger. 

09:23:00 P Okay. Now the RCS Check, and I guess you've done 

that already? 

09:23:01 C I haven't done the A -Ring. I will. 

09:23:07 C I'll wait to aline for a while. 

09:23:26 C ... Control Power, Platform ORBIT PATE and stable; 

RCS Pressure, Attitude Control back on, Platform 
BEF. The BIT time is 15 minutes - the BIT time on 
the steam valve. Got that? 

09:23:41 P Got that. 

09=23:50 P Faceplate - closed. 

09:24:00 C We'll remember to do that a little later. 

09:24:01 P Yes. Okay. All the Overhead circuit breakers - 

closed? 

09:24:01+ C Roger. 

09:24:07 P Both COOLANT LOOPS - ON. 

09:24:08 C Roger. 

09:24:19 P Do you want to go to PRIMARY ACME logic and PRIMARY 

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09:24:31 C We're going to leave it alone. 

09:24:38 C I think we'll leave it where it is. 

09:24:43 P That's not been working. 

09:24:44 C Yes. Fans 1 and 2. 

09:24:50 P We'd better do that. 

09:24:55 C Yes. 

09:24:57 P Oh, oh.' Sequence System circuit breaker poppedi 

09:25:05 C There they go. 

09:25:09 C I'll reset. 

09:25:12 P Boy! Lately we're having a lot of circuit breakers 

pop.' 

09:25:19 P C - REENTRY, CONTINUOUS. 

09:25:29 P T/M, REAL-TIME; ACQ -AH) and ANTENNA-SELECT, 

REENTRY. 

09:25:30 C To what? 

09:26:26 P REENTRY. 

09:26:29 P Check my batteries. 

09:28:07 CC Might as well pull the HF antenna in, Gemini. 

09:28:45 P Exterior lights, OFF. 

09:28:55 P Okay. We're ready for T R minus 15. 

09:29:07 C Okay. I'd like to have some of those numbers. 

09:29:08 P Yes. The GET RC is 10:04:47. 

09:29:10 C Okay. 

09:29:20 P 400K is 22 plus 02. 

09:29:24 C All right. 

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09:29:26 


P 


Bank left 50; bank right 60. 




09:29:33 


C 


Okay. 




09:29:38 


P 


RET KB, 28 plus 15. 




09:29:^0 


c 


Okay. 




09:29:1+1 


p 


Begin blackout 2k plus 1+3. 




09:29:50 


p 


End blackout, 30 plus 01 j Drogue, 31 Plus 37; 
Main, 32 plus 58; and sunrise 1 minute after 
Ret r of ire. 


09:30:09 




Okay. Wonder where the Agena is? 




09:30:^5 


c 


Let's see - turn radar on; we might get a ran 


09:30:52 


p 


T 7 _ .1,] 1 1 

We couldn't. 




09:31:21 


c 


Oh, let's see - one other thing, 
those coordinates for the landing 


Do you have 
point? 


09:31:31 


p 


136° east , I think. 




09:31:52 


p 


All we have is 1+5-1, 16-1. 




09:32:02 


c 


No, it's not that. The ones they 


gave you. 


09:32:04 


p 


... Stand by. 




09:32:07 


p 


That core. 




09:32:08 


c 


Yes, that's right. 




09:32:09 


p 


50, 10, and 11. Right? 




09:32:19 


c 


Yes, Yesi 25:10, 25. 




09:32:21 


p 


Yes. 




09:32:22 


p 


And 13600. 




09: 32: 2k 


c 


1 - it's what? 36? 




09:32:26 


p 


Yes. 





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09:32:31 


C 


Sure enough. 


09:32:33 


P 


It's right where they said, it would be. 


09:32:43 


C 


7-3 comes right in there in the middle. 


09:32:55 


c 


That was -3» That was the third choice , remote 
areas. 


09:32:58 


p 


Roger. 


09: 33: to 


c 


See if you can get ... 


09:33:48 


p 


I'll have to search awhile. 


09:33:50 


c 


What? 


09:33:52 


p 


I'll have to search awhile. 


09:36:07 


c 


Did you eet the call signs and all that 


09:36:10 


p 


Yes. Nana RESCUE 1 and Naha SEARCH 1 


09:36:12 


c 


Thev should be there about the time we'rp thorp - 
scheduled. 


09:36:16 


p 


Sounds like them now. 


09: 36: 20 


c 


Okinawa. 


09:36:24 


p 


Pardon? 


09:36:25 


c 


Okinawa. 


09:37:43 


c 


Well . I'd like to areue with thpm a limit- +-V10 o-m'n 
home, but I don't know how we can. 


09:37:55 


p 


Yes. 


09:38:02 


c 


I'd hate to land way out in the wilderness. 


09:40:07 


c 


Oh, shoot.' 


09:40:09 


p 


Shoulder harness? 


09:40:12 


c 


I've got a cramp in my shoulder. 



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09: 1+0: kd C Do you want any more water "before we go down? 

09: 1+0: 52 P Yes. Say, we'd better stow that thing.' 

09:1+1:1+8 P Got yours hooked up? 

09:^1:50 C Yes. 

09: *H: 52 C Install voice tape? 

09:42:01+ P Yes. 

09:42:06 C Then down to T R -1. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

O^ikkikS CC Gemini VIII , RKV" CAP COM. 

09:¥+: 1+9 P Go ahead. 

09:l+l+:5l+ CC Roger. Gemini VIII, we have a medical update for 

you. Number 1 is drink water before and after 
Retrofire. Item 2, take one tablet Merazine. Code 
Alpha prior to Retrofire. If you leave Spacecraft, 
leave the medical kit alone. Do you copy? 

09:1+5:26 P Okay ... 

09:1+5:28 CC Negative. 

09:1+5:30 C 

09:1+5:31 CC Roger. 

09:1+5:35 CC ... RET 1+00K for you. 

09:1+5:36 P Okay. 

09:1+5:37 CC RET of 100K - RET of LOOK is 30 plus 38. 

09:1+5:55 P Understand. Thank you. ... 

09:1+5:59 CC Roger. Have you completed your Preretro Check List? 

09:1+6:02 P Roger. We have. 



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95 



09:46:04 CC Roger. What is your evaluation of the REENTRY 

RATE COMMAND? 

09:46:10 P it looks good. 

09:46:14 CC Roger. Understand. 

09:46:25 CC Roger, Gemini VIII. And on this medical update, 

if you do leave the Spacecraft, you should take 
the medical kit along with you. 

09:46:38 P Affirmative. 

09:46:47 P 

09:46:51 CC That's affirmative. Roger. 

09:47:05 CC Gemini VIII, they'll be talking to you over 

Ascension. Ascension acquisition time is 09:52:10. 

09:47:38 P That should be in a couple of minutes. 

09:47:46 CC Roger. That's affirmative. 2 minutes. 

°9:48:05 Okay. The Agena looks real stable. ACS gas 

pressure remains approximately 200 pounds. 

09:48:37 CC Gemini VTII, RKV. Have you seen anything of the 

Agena as yet? 

09:48:42 P Negative, and we have our radar on and it hasn't 

picked up a lock-on. We haven't seen anything 
Flight. 

09:48:49 CC Roger. 

09:48:52 CC You have about one minute to go. 

09:49:37 CC 10 seconds, 3, 2, 1, 

09:49:48 CC MARK. 

09:49:49 C Got it. 

09:49:52 CC Roger. And be advised that your Tr on the Space- 

craft Is in sync. 

09:50:02 C Understand. 

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09:50:09 C Roger. Will you give me another hack at 14 

minutes ? 

09:50:13 CC Roger. We're getting close to LOS. We'll give it 

a try. 

09:50:33 C Go ahead. 

09:50:^1 CC 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 , 

09:50:43 CC MARK, l4 minutes. 

09:50:47 C Got it. 

09:50:53 C Thank you, Flight. 

09:50:57 CC Roger. 

HOUSTON 

09:52:24 CC Roger. Go. 

09:53:37 C Roger. We understand. 

09:53:39 CC Gemini VIII, I have some new rescue data for you. 

You ready to copy? 

09:53:44 C Go ahead. 

09:53:45 CC Roger. Nana RESCUE 1 will he on station at splash- 

down with parajumpers and a flotation collar. The 
USS Mason will he on site ahout 3 hours after 
splash. And a reminder that Core 86 is for lati- 
tude and 87 is for longitude for your check between 
80 and 50K. 

09:54:14 C Okay. ... 

09:54:15 CC And I have a backup yaw star for you for Retro- 

fire minus 4 minutes. Sirius will be 4 degrees 
right of track. 

09:54:27 C Roger. 

09:54:31 CC And we'll be counting in the blind through Kano 

for your Retrofire. 



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97 



09:54:52 CC Gemini VIII, Houston. Do you copy? 

09:54:59 C Roger. 

09:55:04 CC Houston standing by. 

09:56:15 CC Gemini VIII, Houston. There will be no contact 

with us after Retrofire. We might pick you up 
through the CSQ after blackout. We'll be stand- 
ing by for HF after splash. 

09:56:28 C Roger. Understand. 

09:58:38 CC Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM. We've got one more 

minute to LOS. We'll be standing by to hear your 
Tr minus 1 check. 

10:00:29 CC Ascension LOS. 

10:01:52 P Okay. We've not had this yet. 

10:01:54 C We don f t. Just let it stay there. 

P 

10:01:57 C Okay. I'm going to go RCS now and OAMS OFF. 

10:01:58 P Okay. ... 

10:02:07 C I'm in RATE COMMAND ACME. 

10:02:09 P Okay. 

10:02:11 C Let's have a time hack here. 

10:02:16 P Okay. 

10:02:17 C Okay. Now. 

10:02:23 P 2:23:04. 

10:02:24 C Good. 

10:02:57 CC Gemini VIII, Houston CAP COM. Verify your Tr minus 

4: 16 complete and we are standing by for you SEP 
ADAPT. 

10:03:06 C Roger. It's complete. 

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10:03:0o 


cc 


Roger, 


10:03:11 


c 


We didn't get a Tg minus 2:56 signal, "but our Tr 
is in sync. 


10:03:17 


CC 


Roger. 


10:03:23 


P 


Okay. Coining around to 1 minute. 


10:03:26 


C 


Okay. 


10:03:40 


P 


Okay. 


10:03:41 


CC 


Stand by for a Mark at 1 minute. Stand by 60 
seconds - 60 seconds. 


10:03:43 


c 


Roger. We have SEP CAMS, SEP ELECT and SEP ADAPT. 


10:04:07 


cc 


Okay. 4l seconds. 


10:04:09 


c 


Okay. 


10:04:14 


cc 


30 seconds. 


10:04:19 


p 


I'm on AUTO RETRO. 


10:04:23 


c 


Okay. Don't do that yet. 


10:04:24 


c 


Retro Rocket Squibs (4) - ARM. 


10:04:25 


p 


1, 2, 3, 4, LIGHT. 


10:04:28 


c 


Okay. 


10:04:34 


cc 


10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, l. 


10:04:47 


cc 


RETROFIRE. 


10:04:51 


p 


Props OFF. 


10:04:52 


c 


Hang in there. 


10:05:11 


p 


Okay. Four retros fired in AUTO RETROFIRE and 292, 
hit; uuvj ana XAJ\ a own. 


10:05:15 
10:05:17 


cc 

c 


Roger. AUTO RETROS. Four retros. 
... aft 000 and 114 down. 



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10:06:50 


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10:06:51 


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10:06:52 


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10:06:53 


p 



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Say again the IVI's. 
That's great. 
Okay. Will you - 
Up 1.3. 

Gemini VIII, Houston. Say again your IVI ' 

Okay. Check Retro. 

Okay. Check Retro. 

Go ahead. Start. 

Retro, check. 

No change in it. 

No changes on the IVI's. 

Got one ACME OFF on the Pulse. 

Okay. Now I want to set up my clock. 

Okay. 

Did the GET clock start? 

Yes. 

Okay. 

You ready for the Post-Retro Check list? 
Yes. 

Okay. RETRO- POWER, SAFE. 
RETRO-POWER, SAFE. 
RETRO- JETT, SAFE. 
SAFE. 

RETRO- ROCKET Squibs, SAFE. 

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10:06:54 


C 


OFF 2, 3, 4, SAFE. 


10:06:59 


P 


FDR, COMP. 


10:07:02 


c 


Roger. FDR, COMP. 


10:07:03 


p 


FDM, RATE. 


10:07:04 


c 


RATE. 


10:07:05 


p 


FDI SCALE RANGE, LO. 


10:07:07 


c 


LO. 


10:07:08 


p 


ATTITUDE CONTROL, PULSE. 


10:07:11 


c 


We are in PULSE, 1 ring. 


10:07:13 


p 


BOOST INSERT CONTROL 1 and 2 circuit breaker, OPEN. 


10:07:16 


c 


BOOST INSERT 1 and 2 are open. 


10:07:17 


p 


Retro Sequence Control 1 and 2 circuit breakers, 
OPEN. 


10:07:21 


c 


Retro Sequence 1 and 2 are open. 


10:07:24 


p 


RCS B Attitude Control Power, OFF. Got it ON to 
System A. 


10:07:28 


p 


Scanner, off. 


10:07:33 


c 


Roger. Scanner off. 


10:07:40 


p 


Tighten and lock restraint harness. 


10:07:46 


c 


Restraint harness did not lock. 


10:07:47 


c 


Okay. It is, but I'm going to have to loosen it 
to pull the pins. 


10:07:49 


p 


Roger. 


10:07:52 


c 


Let's go. 


10:07:54 


p 


Okay. 


10:08:02 


p 


. . . Ring . . . 



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101 



10:08:07 C Okay. You get yours first. Let's get this one 

at a time. 

10:08:09 P Okay. 

10:08:14 P 1*11 get mine. 

10:08:26 C Got yours on? 

10:08:28 P Yes. One more minute, 

10:08:30 C Okay. I'm going to get mine on now. 

10:08:35 P Okay. I'll just tighten along my side ... 

10:08:45 C You got them stowed? 

10:08:48 P No, I haven't got this one little ... stowed. 

10:08:55 C I guess I ought to go ahead. 

10:08:59 P It's hard to see. 

10:09:00 C PRI O2 Heater circuit breaker, OPEN, 

10:09:07 P There's sunlight. 

10:09:12 C Look at the stuff out the right window.' 

10:09:14 P Pretty.* Whoa, hoy* OAMS CONTROL PROP circuit 

"breaker, OPEN. 

10:09:23 P CALEB circuit breaker, OPEN. TAPE RECORDER 

CONTROL, OPEN. 

10:09:31 P ECS O2 HEATER, OFF. 

10:09:33 P Fuel Cell O2 and H2 Heater is off. 

10:09:36 P Section 1 and 2 Power is off. 

10:09:43 P LA., LB, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C - OFF. 

10:09:45 P FDM, RATE. 

10:09:49 P SPF - OFF. 

10:09:52 C ... Harness ... valves ... 

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10:10:09 C Control Spacecraft attitude to: l80° yaw, 170° 

roll. 

10:10:16 P Horizon at the top of the window. 

10:10:19 C That's right. Try it again. 

10:10:23 P ... Next step is UoOK. 

10:10:50 C And it's a long time yet. 

10: 10: 52 P Yes. 

10: 10: 54 C Give me a time if you can. 

10:10:57 P Okay. I might be a couple of seconds off, but it 

will be close. 

10:11:02 C That's all right. 

10:11:04 P I'll give you - can you check 630? 

10:11:07 C Check. 

10:11:09 p Okay. It checks. 

10:11:14 P 5, 3, 2, 1, 

10: 11: 19 P MARK. 

10:11:28 C Fantastic! Almost perfect'. 

10:11:35 P Correct. 

10:11:38 P Right. 

10: 11: kO C All this stuff floating. 

10: 11: k2 P Yes. 

10:11:43 C Okay. kOOK is Tr plus 22. 

10:12:28 C B-Ring ran out about 1300 pounds. 

10:12:29 C Say again? 

10:12:30 C B-Ring ran out about 1300 pounds. 

10:12:35 P Think so, 

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103 



10:12:38 C ... still rising. 

10:24:45 C I keep thinking there's something we've forgotten 

about, but I don't know what it is. 

10:24:54 P We've done everything, as far as I know. 

10:24:57 C Roger. 

10:25:35 P Say again. 

10:25:36 C We're having quite a bit of glare around here. 

10:25:59 C Say, I must do a good job at this so that we land 

close to where the Rescue ... how about that? 

10:26:02 P I *m with you. 

10:26:40 C Nominal pitch angle here. 

10:26:43 P Yes. 

10:26:45 P What is it? 

10:26:47 C I said it was nominal. 

10:26:50 P 400K. 

10:26:54 C I got the needle right at 45. ... 

10:27:09 C Say, are you in ATTITUDE? 

10:27:11 P Yes. I'll stay on RATE for a little while and 

count . . . 

10:27:16 C Okay. 

10:27:24 C Don't yaw too much now. 

10:27:38 C 52 left. 

10:27:45 P Yaw keep right. 

10:28:11 c That's 52. 52 should be ... right. 52 should be 

• • • 

10:28:24 P See it? 

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10:26:26 C That must be ... light. It's 55 plus or 

minus 3. 

10:28:44 P Let's hope. 

10 : 28 : 46 P Pardon. 

10:29:02 P Got 1 minute to Guidance. 

10:29:08 C How's it look to you? 

10:29:40 C The Adapter's burning off to the left. I can 

watch it. 

10:29:43 P Can you, really? 

10:29:45 C Yes. Got . . . See it? It's turning green. 

10:29:48 P Yes. 

10:29:54 P Okay. Should be . . . very shortly. There it goes.' 

Got it? 

10:30:06 C Pretty reasonable already for a starter. 

10:30:10 C Supposed to be 77 plus or minus 50. 

10:30:12 P Yes. 

10:30:13 C Let it ride for about 30 seconds here. 

10:30:15 C Wow we're getting a little light out the window. 

10:30:18 C I'm going to Reentry RATE COMMAND. 

10:30:21 P Okay. 

10:30:23 C Keep an eye on that pressure. 

10:30:25 P Roger. 

10:30:28 P You figure it will die out at what? 

10:30:30 C Yes. 

10:30:34 C There's 30 seconds of Guidance. 



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105 



10:30:36 C Looks to be nice and steady, doesn't it? 

10:30:39 P Yes, it does. 

10: 30: kO C Would you "buy that? 

10:30:^5 P Yes, I'll buy that coming in. 

10:30:57 P We've got aJjnost a minute of Guidance. 

10:31:04 C Okay. I'm going over and picking up the ... 

10:31:21 C Got ... Darn the seat ... 

10:31:23 C Foot in stirrups. 

10:31:30 P Way to go.' 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

10:31:31 CC Gemini VIH , CAP COM on UHF. Over. 

10:31:33 C Something out the window, isn't it? 

10:31:35 P Yes. ... 

10:31:36 CC Gemini VIII, CSQ CAP COM. Do you read? Over. 

10:31:^0 C End of blackout is 30 minutes. 

10:31:^7 C ... your turn. 

10:31:1*9 P Yes. It's probably ... 

10:31:51 C Say again. 

10:31:54 P You'll have to tell me the altitudes because I 

can't see. 

10:31:59 CC Gemini VIII, CSQ CAP COM on HF. Do you read? 

Over. 

10:32:21 P Pitch look good? 

10:32:24 C Your limits? 



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10:32:30 


CC 


Gemini VIII, CSQ CAP COM on UHF. Do you read? 
Over. 


10:33:04 


cc 


Gemini VIII, Gemini VIII, CSQ, CAP COM on UHF. 
you read? Over. 


10:33:23 


c 


I can't get a Reentry Rate ... 


10:33:40 


T") 

r 


Okay. ... Looks pretty good here ... 






Keep an eye on that pressure system* We 've got 
a certain amount of fuel. 


xu: jj:px 


t) 


Okay. Tell me when you want me to call him. 


±0:33:5*+ 




Gemini vlil, Gemini Vlll, CbQ CAP COM on UHF. 
you read? Over. 


10:33:58 


c 


Okay. Let's put the B-Ring on now ... 


10:34:04 


p 


You did get it. 


10:34:15 


c 


... is off. 


10:34:25 


c 


About . . . 


10:34:34 


c 


About 5g. 


10:34:37 


p 


Okay. About 30 seconds to 100K. 


10:34:57 


c 


5g. 


10:35:21 


c 


It 's coming down now. 


10:35:24 


p 


It should be behind me. 


10:35:50 


c 


Is the altimeter working? 


10:35:53 


c 


Coming down in Pitch. 


10:35:55 


p 


Pardon me. 


10:35:58 


c 


Don't forget ... 


10:36:02 


p 


Right. LANDING - ARM, 70K feet. 


10:36:09 


c 


Okay. 



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10:36:28 C Okay. 50K. Ready for the Drogue. 

10:36:31 P Right. 

10:36:33 P Yes. 

10:36:38 C We have a good Drogue. 

10:36:U2 P Yes. Okay. Let's go to RATE COMMAND. 

10:36:1*8 C Okay. 30K. 

10:37:02 C Okay. You can turn to Og HI RATE. 

10:37:05 P Roger. 

10:37:09 C You can ... down any time now. 

10:37:11 P reads. 

10:37:1^ C Okay. Hand releases ... 

10:37:19 p 

10:37:21 C Got a ItOK light. 

10:37:27 P 0k ay« 

10:37:33 P Okay. What's that? About 20K? 

10:37:^0 C Houston, Gemini reads 86, 02505; 87, 13609; good 

Drogue . 

10:37:59 P They all look real good. 

10:38:03 C 10K. 

10:38:0^ C Parachute ready? 

10:38:05 P Yes. 

10:38:06 C Here we go.' 

10:38:16 C We're off' We're off.* 

10:38:17 P Oh, heckJ 



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10:38:18 


C 


They got her.' 


10:38:19 


P 


Good show.' 


10:38:20 


C 


Popped my nose. 


10:38:21 


P 


Should I open my helmet? 


10:38:23 


c 


Can you see? 


10:38:28 


p 


Can I open my helmet, Coach? 


10:38:29 


c 


Okay - - 


10:38:30 


p 


Chief, I've got to open my helmet. 


10:38:31 


c 


Okay. Let's get ready for Landing Attitude 


10:38:35 


c 


Get your thrusters first. 


10:38:38 


p 


RCS A and B PROP MOTOR VALVES - CLOSED. 


10:38:^0 


c 


Yes. 


10:38:42 


p 


With thrusters. 


10:38:45 


c 


They're all out. 


10:38:47 


p 


Go ahead. 


10:38:49 


c 


Okay. Ready? 


10:38:51 


p 


Yes. 


10:38:52 


c 


Very good. 


10:38:54 


p 


Not too had. 


10:38:59 


c 


Okay. We're at 5K. 


10:39:02 


p 


Okay. You want to check the water? 


10:39:11 


c 


Boy.' It stinks.* 


10:39:12 


p 


What? 


10:39:14 


c 


Inside the cockpit. 



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109 



10:39:17 


P 


It's what? 




10:39:20 


C 


A lot of fumes in the cockpit. 




10:39:22 


P 


Yes . Okay. 




10:39:23 


P 


Okay. We've got the Main Chute out. It's 
reefed; we have the single-point release. 
Attitude Indicator Landing circuit breaker 


de- 

- OPEN 


10:39:31 


c 


... Okay. It's OPEN. 




10:39:36 


c 


Go ahead. 




10:39:36 


p 


Okay. Call Recovery Forces. 




10:39:40 


c 


Okay. You give them a call; you know their call 
sign. 


10:39:42 


p 


les . UKay. 




10:39:48 


p 


Hello, Naha RESCUE 1, Naha SEARCH 1, Gemini 


VIII. 


10:39:54 


c 


Do you have water out there? 




10:1+0:09 


p 


All I see is haze. Oh yes, there's water.' 
water.' 


It's 


10:40:11 


c 


Okay. Set your altimeter 2986, 




10:40:26 


p 


2986. Okay. We're ready to go. REPRESS - 


OPEN. 


10:40:27 


p 


Are we down here already? 




10:40:29 


c 


Yes. 




10:40:38 


p 


Let's finish. Water Seal - DOWN (closed). 




10:40:40 


c 


Yes. Yaw left. 




10:40:41 


c 


So we'll have a little turn when we hit. 




10:40:43 


p 


Okay. What is your altitude? 




10:40:44 


c 


1500 feet. 




10:40:45 


p 


... is on. 





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r 


Ktb Heater coming on. Scan Heater circuit 
breaker is open. Computer's off. Platform 


10:40:52 


P 


Kate Gyros are off. 




I* 


H.eJJ.0, Wall a 3 iusoCUE XJana , this is Gemini VXJ 
good shape, coming down very fast, 1,000 fe« 


10:41:11 


P 


Okay. I guess we better get ready. Right? 


10:41:16 


P 


Okay. Snorkle is up and CLOSED. 


10:41:18 


c 


Water seal. 


10:41:19 


p 


Water Seal is coming down - CLOSED. 


10:41:23 


c 


100 feet. 


10:41:28 


p 


Cabin REPRESS - OPEN. 


10:41:33 


p 


Want to jettison Chute? 


10:41:34 


c 


Yes. 


10:41:38 


c 


Okay. 


10:41:47 


c 


Okay. 


10:41:50 


p 


Okay. 


10:41:57 


c 


Everything is okay. 


10:41:58 


p 


So far so good. 


0:41:59 


p 


LAUDING - SAFE. 


10:42:00 


c 


SAFE. 


10:42:01 


p 


Okay. 


10:42:02 


p 


CABIN VENT - DOWN (OPEN). SNORKEL - OPEN. 


10:42:03 


c 


Got it open. The snorkle. It's open? 


10:42:04 


p 


Yes. 


10:42:16 


p 


HF whip circuit breaker - CLOSED* 



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10:42:33 C Power is off. 

10:42:38 P Yes. 

10:42:45 P That Main Chute was sort of - make you think 

again, wouldn't it? 

10:42:47 C Yes. 

10:42:56 P You've done a good job, Boy' 

10:42:57 C Where is it? In the water somewhere? 

10:43:01 P Yes. 

10:43:04 P I was never particularly excited afcout the Navy, 

"but press on.' 

10:43:09 P LANDING - SAIE. 

10:43:14 C Roger. LANDING - SAIE. 

10:43:16 P ... 16 seconds. 

10:43:17 C We update the Landing Bus - ARM? 

10:43:21 P Oh, yes. 

10:43:22 C Okay? 

10:43:33 P Yes. 

10:43:36 P You want to get it out? Okay. You want to turn 

HF on? ... 

10:43:40 C We're off. 

10:43:42 P Did you give them a call? Helmet off and stowed. 

... arm restraints stowed, Lap Belt - Release and 
Stow. Shoulder fittings stowed. 

10:43:43 C I can't hear you. 

10:43:44 P Try it again. 

10:43:52 C Helmet off and is stowed. 

10:43:53 P Want to do that, or you want to wait until this 

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thing clears out a little tit? 
10:1*3:5^ C Yes, I guess so. 

10:1*J*:09 P We're pretty darn close ... 

10: kh:l6 C We're 5 minutes north - yes, 9 minutes north, 

9 miles. . . . 



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