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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 



MAC Control 
No. C-115958 



MICROFILMED 



(Title Un< 

GEMINI XI VOICE COMMUNICATIONS 
( AIR-TO-GROUND. GROUND-TO-AIR AND ON-BOARD TRANSCRIPTION ) 



MICROFILMED 



This document contains information affecting 
the national defense of the United States within 
the meaning of the Espionage Laws, Title 18, 
U. S. C, Sec. 793 and 794 Its transmission or 

an unauthorized person is prohibited by low. 



O -H 10 



DOWNGRADED AT 3 YEAR INTERVALS; 
DECLASSIFIED AFTER 12 YEARS. 
DOD DIR 5200 10 



MANNED SPACECRAFT 

HOUSTON, TEXAS 



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cc 


10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 


00:00:00 


cc 


LIFT-OFF. 


00:00:04 


c 


Clock's running. 


00:00:07 


c 


Go, you big Mother! 


00:00:11 


c 


Roll Program. 


00:00:12 


cc 


Roger. Roll. 


00:00:17 


p 


That's beautiful out there! 


00:00:19 


c 


That's a beautiful roll! 


00:00:22 


c 


Roll complete. 


00:00:23 


cc 


Good. 


00:00:25 


c 


Pitch Program. 


00:00:27 


cc 


Roger. Pitch. 


00:00:29 


p 


It sure is pretty. 


00:00:35 


c 


Here comes that squadron. 


00:00:41 


c 


Beautiful ! 


00:00:49 


cc 


50 seconds. 


00:00:50 


cc 


MARK. 


00:00:55 


c 


Roger. Mode 2 delayed. 


00:00:59 


p 




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c 




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p 




00:01:27 


c 


How's she look on IGS? 


00:01:28 


p 


Looks good, Pete. 


00:01:31 


c 


Okay. A little yaw in steering here, 



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00 : 01 : 32 


P 


Yes. ... a little high on the pitch, but it's 
okay. It is about a 10th of a degree. 


00:01:38 


C 


Okay. 705. 


00:01:39 


P 


Mode 2. 


00:01:40 


c 


1 plus 40. 


00:01:41 


Q 




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Roger. Mode 2. 


00 : 01 : 44 




No trouble getting this out right now ... 


00 : 01 : 48 


c 


I've got the sun. I can't see anything without 
putting my hand up. 


00:01:50 


p 


Yes. Give us a DCS Update. 


00:01:52 


cc 


Roger. DCS. 


00:01:56 


c 


About 80,000. Man, we're on our way! 


00:01:57 


p 


Yes. Boy! 


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Man, that ' s great ! 


00 : 02 : 04 


p 


Isn't that something? 


UU ■ UjC • up 




Feels great! 


00 : 02 : 06 


c 


You need to keep in your mind that the son-of-a- 
gun is just about all right. 


00:02:08 


p 




00:02:11 


cc 


You're GO for Staging. 


00:02:13 


c 


Gemini XI is GO. 


00:02:15 


p 


How do those tanks look? 


00:02:16 


c 


Beautiful! 


00:02:17 


p 


Great! 


00:02:22 


c 


We're about - 



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00:02:24 C - We are about a degree and a half high in pitch. 

Stand by for an update. 



00 : 02 : 30 




c-f ar iH Kir -Pi-it" "in it c prnnHR . 


00 : 02 : 34 




I ' ve been ... 


00:02:35 




It's good Staging and engine ignition. 


00:02:38 


P 


A little fast, not bad. 


00:02:41 


cc 


Roger. Staging and engine ignition. 


00:02:48 


p 


Have 2 degrees in yaw, 3 in pitch. Every 


00:02:50 


c 


Okay. We didn't get it. 


00:02:51 


p 


How's Lift-off? 


00:02:52 


c 


I've got it. Got it? 


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Guidance initiate. 


00:02:57 


p 


. . . Lift— of f Pitch Program. 


00:03:00 


cc 


Houston. Roger. 


00:03:02 


c 


Delta-P light back on. 


00:03:03 


p 


Yes. 


00:03:07 


p 


Delta-P light was off at Lift-off. 


00:03:09 


p 


. . . look at. 


00:03:15 


c 


Okay. You can look around, Dick. 


00:03:18 


cc 


This is Houston. Everything looks good. 


00:03:20 


c 


Gemini XI. Roger. 


00:03:26 


c 


Cabin pressure to 54 right now. 


00:03:29 


p 


Looks good. 


00:03:30 


c 


All pressures are good. 


00:03:32 


p 


Delta-P' s are good. 



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C 


Got the horizon yet, Dick? 


00:03:42 


P 


It's beautiful out here. 


00:03:43 


C 


I've got it. I just got it out of the comer of 
window. 


00:03:45 


P 


I got it before Staging. 


00:03:54 


P 


I feel some roll movement. 


00:03:56 


c 


Zero yaw. No rate coming up. 


00:03:57 


P 


No pitch. Rate 00. 


00:04:07 


c 


Say! Remember now, we've got to be all business 


00:04:09 


p 




00:04:13 


c 


Just like we were doing it in the old simulator. 


00:04:14 


P 


Yes. 


00:04:16 


cc 


Gemini XI, this is Houston. You are GO. Over 


00:04:18 


c 


Roger. Gemini XI is GO here. 


00:04:20 


p 


Roger. IGS is all 


00:04:25 


P 


Play back. 


00:04:50 


cc 


MARK. 


00:04:51 


p 


Yawing just a little bit more, about 3/4ths of a 
degree low. 


00:04:57 


c 


Now we 1 re at - we 1 re at 5 minutes . 


00:05:01 


c 


MARK. 


00:05:03 


p 


Roger. 


00:05:12 


cc 


Roger. .8. 


00:05:14 


c 


Roger. Mark .8. 


00:05:15 


p 


IGS power ... the heck out of it. 



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00:05:17 C Roger. .8. 

00:05:27 C Yes. Stand by, coining up. We have 10 seconds. 

00:05:30 P 

00:05:34 P Oh boy! 

00:05:44 C 0AMS Control Power, ON. 

00:05:46 P We're GO. C-Band, DIRECT. 

00:05:49 P Continue just a little. 

00:05:51 C Okay. ... a little. 

00:05:58 CC Gemini XI, you're GO for M equals 1. 

00:06:01 C Check. ... set it up. 

00:06:08 P ... a bunch of junk. 

00:06:10 C Hey! Get to work! 

00:06:11 CC Thruster firing is plus 1. Over. 

00:06:26 CC Gemini XI, I've got your IVI's plus 1 to you. 

00:06:29 C Roger. Plus 1. The IVI's after Separation 39, 1 
left, 0 up and down. 

00:06:38 C I'm burning them. 

00:07:10 P 15 seconds, down. 

00:07:14 C 15 seconds, down. All right? 

00:07:16 P Reading 69. 

00:07:20 P Address 60 Mode is a plus 00089. That gives me 15 

seconds, down. 

00:07:27 C Okay. Stand by. 

00:07:29 P Okay. 



00:07:31 



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00:07:32 C Burn it down. 

00:07:45 C Okay. 

00:07:47 P Okay. We* re burning it. 

00:07:48 C Gone to PULSE, PLAT. 

00:07:54 P Going to PRELAUNCH. 

00:07:55 C Burn jets. Stand by. 

00:07:58 P Wheel 

00:08:02 C Remember to Mark it pitch-up at fairing jets. 

00:08:06 P Okay. 

00:08:08 P Boost-Insert Safe Lever control's OFF. 

00:08:15 C Stowed. Gone back to PULSE. 

00:08:20 P Okay. Safe levers going to RESET. Over. 

00:08:28 C 

00:08:31 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Tour Lift-off was 1/2 second 
late. 

00:08:36 C Gemini XI. Roger. The burn is complete and we're 
just back Alining the Platform. The ATM Program 
is burn? Say again. 

00:08:43 CC Fairings jettisoned. Over. 

00:08:47 C Fairings are jettisoned and gave us quite a pitch- 
up - - 

00:08:53 P 

00:08:54 C 39 forward and 1 left. 

00:08:57 P Good. Gemini, 649, wasn't it? 

00:09:03 C Yes. 

00:09:05 C We changed the Program. 



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00:09:09 C How do you like the waltzing up here, Buddy? 

Right? 

00:09:13 P Getting snippy, isn't it? 

00:09:14 P 

00:09:16 C Yes. Wait a minute. I've got to go into a - PLAT 

here in just a second. 

00:09:30 C Stand by. 

00-09:36 C Okay. Fairings are jettisoned and I've got to get 

the Retro Rocket Squib SAFE. 

00:09:42 P 1, 2, 3, 4. 

00:09:45 C 4. Radar to STANDBY. 

00:09:46 P Just a minute and I'll go over ... 

00:09:51 C That Secondary O2 is locked, and I got a - I got a 

_ we really did get green men, didn't we? 

00:09:55 P We sure did. 

00:10:00 C Gosh, it's hot in this thing! 

00:10:02 P Yes. 

00:10:04 P Oh heck! 

00:10:07 C What's the matter? What? 

00:10:09 P I pulled the Ranger all the way OFF. It's stuck 
on something else. 

00:10:16 P ... over that cable, it's a good spot for it though. 

00:10:21 P Okay. 

00:10:27 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. 1 minute to LOS. 

00:10:29 C Roger. We're starting our 10-fliinute Check List at 

this time. Everything is on schedule. 

00:10:42 P Attitude to roll, continue to burn. 

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00:10:45 C Wait a minute. 

00:11:02 C Okay. ACM is doing just great. 

00:11:06 C Platform's doing just great. 

00:11:13 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. Over. 

00:11:18 C 

00:11:22 CC Roger. This is Houston. You're in an 8? by 151 
orbit. Over. 

00:11:27 P 87 by 151. Sounds perfect. 

00:11:30 C It doesn't feel like the zero-g airplane, does it? 

00:11:31 P No, it's kind of ... 

00:11:32 C Sure the heck isn't! This is something you'll 

never forget. 

00:11:42 C There's a lot of stuff floating around the cabin 

again, I'll tell you that. 

00:11:44 P Yes. 

00:11:45 C A revolution or two will get rid of it. 

00:11:49 C Okay. Let's play with all the good Check Lists. 

00:11:51 P Oh, I've got to get to work. I have some computa- 

tions here, Pete. 

00:11:55 C Oh, okay. Go ahead. 

00:11:57 P I'll get the heaters on. 

00:11:58 P All Heaters ON? 

00:11:59 C H 2 0 Heater's ON. 

00:12:01 C That's enough. 

00:12:07 C Okay. It's PULSE from here and PLAT. Heat it? 

00:12:09 P Yes. Better get my pencil. Don't move that or 

I'll be in trouble. 



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00:12:12 C Darn this thing ... 

00:12:15 P That's what you call telelights. 

no. 12-18 C ... Spacecraft. I'll have to do something else 

W with my gloves. I'll stick them down the foot well. 

00:12:21 P Good thing they put that ... around that thing. 

00:12:24 C What? 

00:12:26 P D-Ring stowed. 

00:12:27 C Okay. 

00:12:31 P Okay. I have the D-Ring stowed and the cover jetti- 
soned. 

00:12:32 C Okay. 

00:12:35 P Got rid of y° urs vet? 

00:12:37 C No. Good point. Another tape. 

00:12:40 C Junk on them? 

00:12:41 P No. Man, it's dirty! It's grease. 

00:12:46 P Okay. Get ready. There mine went. 

00:12:50 C Yes. He's getting ready. 

00:12:52 C There went mine. Gosh! There's junk still on my 

window. 

00:12:55 P I' m al l covered over too. 

00:12:56 C Looks like ice. 

00:12:57 P It has blue streaks all over it. 

00:12:58 C It looks like ice. 

00:13:04 P It does look like a film fog * 

00:13:09 P Okay. On the ... heaters CLOSED. ... CLOSED ... 

00:13:24 P And the Select to ADAPTER. 

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00:13:25 C Yes. 

00:13:27 P Looks cloudy as ever. 

00:13:31 P Main Batteries - coming OFF with the Main Batteries. 

00:13:33 C Okay. 

00:13:41 C Hey! It really paid off in that simulator, didn't 
it? 

00:13:44 P Number 3 is good. 

00:13:45 C What? 

00:13:48 P Number 3 is good. Number 3? Believe a good bat- 
tery. Number 3 is a little ... 

00:13:56 C Gosh darn window! It really makes me mad! Darn 
thing is just all fogged up. 

00:14:02 P Yes. Mine is too. 

00:14:06 P Major - 3 major listings, okay. 

00:14:08 C All right. 

00:14:10 P Jet Fairing, pushed? 

00:14:11 C Jet Fairing was pushed. 

00:14:13 P BIA is SAFE? 

00:14:14 C BIA is SAFE. 

00:14:15 P Okay. Uppers are SAFE? 

00:14:16 C All 4 uppers, SAFE. 

00:14:17 P Maneuver Controller OFF and stowed? 

00:14:18 C It's OFF and stowed. 

00:14:19 P FDR to PLAT? 

00:14:20 C The FDR is to PLAT. 

00:14:21 P FDM to ATTITUDE? 

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00:14:22 


C 


To ATTITUDE. 


00:14:23 


P 


The platform is SEF? 


00:14:24 


c 


The platform is SEF. 


00:14:26 


p 


Attitude Control Mode? 


00:14:30 


c 


Attitude Control is in PLAT. 


00:14:31 


p 


Okay. PLAT. 


00 14:33 


p 


Radar's in STANDBY? 


00:14:34 


c 


Radar's in STANDBY. 


00:14:35 


p 


Window covers jettisoned? 


00:14:36 


c 


The window covers are jettisoned. 


00:14:38 


p 


D-Ring, STOWED? 


00:14:39 


c 


The D-Ring is STOWED. 


00:14:41 


p 


Your left Secondary 0 2 bottle? 


00:14:42 


c 


Shut off. 


00:14:44 


p 


Sequence lights? 


00:14:46 


c 


Sequence lights are going AMBER - - 


00:14:47 


p 


Okay. 


00:14:48 


c 


- - and GREEN. 


00:14:50 


p 


Okay. ... install the reticle on the 16mm camera. 


00:14:54 


c 


The reticle is installed. 


00:14:55 


p 


Let's get out the camera and complete this stuff. 


00:14:57 


c 


Go ahead. I'll take care of the rest of it. 


00:15:05 


c 


Darn! I can't find a place for my gloves. They 
won't go in the same place they did 


00:15:07 


p 


I know. They won't go up here either. ... anymore, 



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00:15:12 C Yes. You have a VW pouch with you. 

00:15:29 C Darn! I'll collect the junk. 

00:15:32 P Boy, there is a lot of debris. 

00:15:35 C What? 

00:15:36 P There's a lot of debris in here. 

00:15:37 C Yes, plus the fact that it's awfully hot. 

00:15:42 C Okay. There's an extra voice tape. 

00:15:46 P Yes. I haven't had a chance to look out yet. 

00:15:49 C Don't bother. We'll look at it on the next revo- 

lution. 

00:15:51 P Okay. 

00:15:52 c T ' v e got to put my gloves in the ... They just 
won't go anywhere else. 

00:16:07 C Say, how did the Pentax lightmeter go? 

00:16:10 C The heck with it. 

00:16:11 P it's supposed to be over there somewhere. 

00:16:12 C Yes, it's behind the food. It's good. 

00:16:14 P ... half we could ... 

00:16:16 C What? 

00:16:17 P 

00:16:19 C I'll get it later. 

00:16:20 P Okay. 

00:16:21 C Let's get the other stuff first. 

00:16:22 C Gosh darn, it's hot in here! 

00:16:27 P 

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00:16:28 C Yes. 

00:16:43 C Well, that practice paid off. 

00:16:45 P 27, this is 20. 

00:16:48 C 47? 

00:16:49 P ... 27 ... 

00:16:59 P Let's practice on 4. 

00:17:02 C Boy, don't scare me J I've got to hear familiar 
numbers. 

00:17:05 P Yes, okay. (Laughter) 

00:17:12 P 27:29 

00:17:16 C See, the time is rapidly going by. 

00:17:21 P Sure the heck is! 

00:20:31 CC Roger. We won't have a Plane Change for you be- 
cause we don't trust this data we've got. Over. 

00:20:37 C Roger. ... no Plane Change ... to the left. Over. 

00:20:44 CC Roger. Copy. 

00:21:29 C Houston, Gemini XI. We had to burn ... 

00:21:34 CC That is affirmative. Over. 

00:21:37 C Houston. Affirmative. 

00:24:15 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS. 

TANANARIVE 

00:34:19 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. Over. 

00:34:26 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. Over. 

00:34:30 P Go ahead, Houston. Read you loud and clear. Be 

advised we're in ... 50 miles ... How do you read 



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00:34:36 CC Roger. Your GET B for the Tunnel Phase Back-up is 

as follows. Over. 

00:34:42 P Stand by 1 minute. 

00:34:48 P Okay. We're ready to copy. 

00:34:50 CC Roger. GET B is 49 plus 43; Address 25, 01396- 

Address 26, 00170; Address 27, 90066. Xra i a plus 
18.9. Yra is minus 8.6. Range is 22.7 miles and 
Range-Rate is 107 feet per second, closing. Over. 

00:35:33 P Gemini XI, ... 

00:35:36 CC Roger. 

00:35:39 C 

00:35:51 c Now have a visual line at about 75 miles and our 

voice ... and radar voice . . . reading is l/2 degree 
in roll, pitch and yaw. 

00:36:01 CC Houston. Roger. 

00:36:07 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Remember your radiator. Over. 

00:36:10 c Roger. We're going to blow right now. 

00:37:16 CC Roger. 

00:38:57 c ... 24.7 miles. 

00:40:51 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS. 

00:40:54 C ... Flight. 

00:40:58 CC Roger. 

CARNARVON 

00:53:59 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

00:54: 01 C Go ahead. Gemini XI. 



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00:54: 


;02 


CC 


Your radiator is GO and we're giving you a GO for 
16-1. 


00:54; 


:05 


C 


Thank you. We're GO here, Bill. 


00:54: 


:27 


C 


70 percent right now. I expect that it will come 
up a couple of percent . . . burn. 


00:54: 


:33 


CC 


Roger. 


00:54: 


:41 


C 


Carnarvon, give us a call 1 minute from LOS and 
remind us about our ECS O2 Heater on MANUAL. We'i 
running in MANUAL. 


00:54: 


:47 


CC 


Roger. 


00:57: 


:21 


CC 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


00:57: 


:24 


c 


Go ahead, Carnarvon. 


00:57: 


:26 


CC 


Go ahead and turn the Heater OFF. We're about 1 
minute to LOS 


00:57: 


:29 


c 


Okay. We're still a little low but we will go a- 
head and turn it off. 

HAWAII 


01:16: 


:13 


CC 


Gemini XI, Hawaii standing by. 


01:16: 


:16 


c 


Okay, Hawaii. We're at 15,000 feet. Roughly 50 
feet a second and I have the Running light bright 
and I have the Staging light. 


01:16: 


:26 


CC 


Copy that. 


01:17: 


:01 


c 


Hawaii, we're on VOX at this time. You can lister 


01:17: 


:04 


CC 


Roger. Copy. 


01:17: 


:09 


p 


42 feet per second, Pete. 


01:17: 


:10 


C 


How much? 


01:17: 


:11 


p 


42 feet per second. 



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01:17:12 




Thank you. 


01:17:13 


P 


A mile and a half. 


01:17:16 


C 


I've got a Fire Cannon light. 






That's what I show. ... That's what I show. 


01 * 17 * 22 




I believe I'll go ahead and brake a little bit. 






Okay. We are 1.3 miles. 


01 : 17 : 26 




Okay. 


01:18:31 


p 


Up .29. 


01:18:36 


c 


I'm going to give you a second. 


01:18:38 


p 


Up .25. 






I've got a Range-Rate for you here. 


01: 18:44 


c 


Okay. Just drop it down on me. Let them fire down. 


01 : 18 : 47 


c 


Yes. I expect to be in a bad quadrant. 


01:18:49 


p 


Yes. 


01:18:54 




Radar shows down and right. 


01:18: 56 




... second. 






All right. 




c 


Back off a little bit. 


01 : 19 : 11 


p 


That's fine. 


01: 19:12 


p 


... 6,000 feet. 


01:19:13 


c 


Yes. 


01:19:15 


p 


1 mile. 


01:19:16 


c 


Looks like I've got the rates about finished. 
Thank you. 


01:19:20 


p 


.98 miles. 



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01:19:22 P Looks like we're getting intermittent firing 

that darn thruster. 







I"t S66DHS "to b©j I gUCSS « 


01 * 19 * 28 




Okay. 


Ul:iy: a 




All four 44 feet per second* 


01:19:35 


C 


Okay. I'm going to go ahead and brake it. 


01 : 19 5 36 




Better brake it now. 


01:1908 




I'll take her right down to 25. 


01 : 19 ' 40 




UKay. .0 miles, j+ouu ieeu. 


01 : 19 ■ 50 


C 


inlnk ne is DrignL • 






He sure is, isn't he. 


01:19:53 


P 


Fantastic ! 


01: 19 1 58 




The thrust ers are popping. 


ui : <xj : uu 






01 : 20 : 03 




Now they ... SOP for awhile 


01 : 20 : 07 


c 


3/4ths long, 4500 feet. 


01:20:09 


p 


What? 


01:20:10 


c 


3/4ths of a mile. 


01:20:11 


p 


Yes. 


01:20:12 


p 


What did I do with those thrusters? 


01:20:13 


c 


They're down to 42. 


01:20:14 


p 


Yes. 


01:20:15 


c 


Here, use mine. 


01:20:16 


p 


Never mind. Never get them in the helmet. 


01:20:18 


c 


Okay. 



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01:20:20 


C 


May use them on the ... 


01:20:21 


P 


Yes. 


01:20:23 


C 


... bit of that. 


01:20:26 


P 


Okay. 16 miles. 


01:20:28 


C 


Okay. 


01:20:29 


c 


Let's slow down a little bit. 


01:20:31 


p 


Let me give you a Range-Rate. 


01:20:32 


c 


What? 


01:20:33 


p 


Let me give you a reading. 


01:20:35 


c 


Where is that thing? 


01:20:36 


p 


Yes. 


01:20:37 


p 


25 per second. 


01:20:39 


c 


Now I want to slow down a little 


01:20:51 


c 


You're out in front of me just a 


01:20:57 


p 


Okay. 


01:20:58 


c 


Looks good. 


01:21:00 


c 


Okay. Let me know when we hit a 


01:21:01 


p 


You are there — 


01:21:05 


p 


A half mile right now. 


01:21:07 


c 


Okay. 


01:21:10 


p 


3000 feet. 


01:21:16 


c 


Now he looks better. 


01:21:26 


p 


Okay. 50 feet a second. 


01:21:27 


c 


What? 



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01:21:28 


P 


19 feet a second. 19. 


01:21:32 


C 


I'm going to close the point. 


01:21:34 


P 


Okay. .4 miles. 


01:21:36 


P 


2400 feet. 


01:21:40 


P 


38. 


01:21:49 


P 


Okay. .35. 


01:21:53 


c 


Let's see Range-Rate. 


01:21:54 


p 


A third of a mile, 2000 feet. 


01:21:57 


c 


That's alined on it. 


01:22:00 


p 


. . . quite a ways out to get a peak . . . You ' re quit* 
a ways out. 


01:22:03 


c 


Okay. 


01:22:06 


p 


You've got 3 feet per second. 


01:22:09 


p 


18 pull off. 


01:22:11 


p 


Pulling off the 10. Take off 9. 


01:22:21 


p 


Boy, is that bright! 


01:22:26 


p 


Quarter of a mile. 25. 


01:22:27 


p 


1500 feet. 


01:22:28 


c 


What? 


01:22:29 


p 


1500 feet. 


01:22:30 


c 


Okay. 


01:22:31 


c 


Give me a Range-Rate, will you? 


01:22:33 


p 


Stand by. 


01:22:42 


p 


It's about the brightest thing I've ever seen! 15 
feet a second. 



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The Agena is out in front of us. 
Okay. 540 feet. 

The Agena is out in front of us ... 
240. 

I'm here. 

Okay, Hawaii. We're here. 

Gemini XI, this is Houston at California standing 
by. 

No MAPS. No MAPS. 

We're not getting any MAPS back from the Agena. 
We tried to send a command to it earlier. We lost 
our radar. ... an angle on our third correction, 
we never could switch antennas and we* re not get- 
ting anything. 

... 50 feet. 

Getting out here where I can see it. 
Gemini XI, go ahead. 



Okay. Looks like he's made it. 



Roger. We copy. 



Gemini XI, Houston. 

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01:26:30 


CC 


Did you get the ACQ lights off? Over. 


01:26:34 


c 


No. We haven't turned them off yet. We'll be . 


01:26:38 


cc 


Roger. 


01:26:39 


p 


Looks like 06 moment. 


01:26:41 


c 


Okay. We're not getting MAPS, but the ACQ lights 
should go off. 


01:26:44 


cc 


Roger. Understand. No MAPS, but the ACQ lights 
went off. 


01:26:50 


c 


Isn't on the radar, is it? 


01:26:51 


p 


Yes. 


01:26:55 


c 


Where is the sun? Can you tell me where the sun 


01:26:57 


p 


It's underneath you. 


01:27:00 


c 


That's the moon you're looking at. 


01:27:04 


p 




01:27:06 


c 




01:27:08 


p 




01:27:09 


c 


There's nothing on the radar. 


01:27:19 


c 


... fogging my window. 


01:27:22 


p 


What? 


01:27:23 


c 


It ' s fogging up the window. 


01:27:29 


p 


Yes. 


01:27:31 


p 


Okay. 180 feet. 


01:27:37 


c 


What? 


01:27:39 


p 


I've got 180 feet. 



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GUAYMAS 

... What's your Range-Rate? 

I'm doing a little Stationkeeping. 

Yes. 

You're at 120 feet right. 

You never found that spot meter, did you? 

No. 

You're supposed to stop at 10. 
... ..22. 
Yes. 
... .22. 

Hello, Houston. Gemini XI. 
This is Houston. Go. 

We're Stationkeeping at about 50 feet,. 
Roger. 

What? 

You're at pitch 0. Very nicely done. 
Thank you. 

I can't see a thing in the cockpit. It's 

Yes. Hello, Houston. Gemini XI. 
Houston, Gemini XI. 



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Houston, this is Gemini XI. 




01:29:39 


CC 


Roger. This is Houston. Go. 




01:29:41 


C 


Roger. TPI reads ... percent. 




01:29:45 


CC 


This is Houston. Roger. Could you go on 
You're pretty hard to read. Over. 


. .? 



01:29:49 C 

01:29:53 CC Roger. Could you put the mike away from your 

mouth a little bit? * 

01:29:59 C How do you read us now, Houston? 

01:30:01 CC Read you loud and clear, Pete. 

01:30:03 P How do you read me now, John? 

01:30:04 CC Much better. 

01:30:06 P Okay. We're Stationkeeping. I'm looking at the 

TDA, and PQI is 56 percent. 8 

01:30:12 CC Roger. Outstanding! 

01:30:15 P Tell Mr. Kraft - would he believe M equals 1. 

01:30:18 CC Beautiful! 

01:30:21 P Joh n, tell Mr. Kraft, would he believe M equals 1. 

01:30:24 CC Roger. He believes it. Over. 

01:30:30 P Say again. 

01:30:32 CC He believes it. 

01:30:47 C Got that. And do we go for Docking? 

01:30:54 CC Roger. Could you send 050 BEACONS OFF and then 010 

S-BAND ON before you dock? Over. 

01:31:05 C You want 050 and what else do you want? 

01:31:08 CC 050 BEACONS OFF and then 010 S-BAND BEACONS ON. 

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01:31:20 C John, ... I don't get any ... Could you check it? 

01:31:28 CC Roger. It's okay and you're GO for Docking. Over. 

TEXAS 

01:33:14 P Houston, this is Gemini XI. Would you want the 

Recorder OFF this time? 

01:33:34 CC Roger. You can turn the Recorder OFF. Over. 

01:33:37 P Roger. I've turned the Recorder OFF ... 

01:33:44 C John, we're going to go ahead and dock at this time. 

01:33:46 CC Roger. You're GO for Docking. 

01:34:17 C We are docked. Beacon lights on. 

01 -34 '25 P Okay, Houston. Post-Docking Check List complete. 

MAIN RED is off. MAIN GREEN is on. SECONDARY HIGH 
is on. SECONDARY LOW is on. ATTITUDE is on . 
POWER is on. Retro light is on. ... light is off. 
Over. 

01:34:39 CC This is Houston. Roger. 

01:34:55 p Houston, Gemini XI. 

01:35:00 CC Go ahead. 

01:35:01 P Roger. We had something funny happen during the 

Rendezvous when we couldn't switch the antennas 
and on our third correction, we had no azimuth or 
elevation. We still had our Range-Rate so we did 
make the third correction based on Dick's back-up. 
We're apparently getting MAP'S now. This last one 
we just met, we got a MAP. 

01:35:29 CC This is Houston. Roger. 

01:35:31 P Houston, this is Gemini XI. I'm going to send the 

Engine Stop to ARMED and check the hardline connec- 
tion. Over. 

01:35:39 CC Houston. Go ahead. 

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01:35:46 P Roger. Satisfactory. 

01:35:57 C Our docked PQI reading is 55 percent. 

01:36:01 CC Houston. Roger. That's just great, Pete. 

01:36:07 C Thank you. 

01:36:25 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Can you check your L-Band 

beacon? We show it still on here. 

01:36:32 C Okay. We'll send it OFF. 

01:36:48 P T x update. 

01:36:51 CC Roger. That's a T x . Over. 

01:36:53 P T x . 

01:39:18 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Check your 0 2 pressure. Over. 

01:39:22 C Roger. We just turned the Manual Heater ON. 

01:39:26 CC That's it. 

01:41:23 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

01:41:27 C All right, Houston. 

01:41:29 CC Roger. We clear to turn the encoder off to get a 
tape dump? Over. 

01:41:35 C Roger. Encoder, OFF. 

01:41:37 CC Roger. 

01:41:38 C We're gyrocompassing right at this time. 

01:42:12 CC Houston. Roger. 

01:42:24 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

01:42:26 CC Go ahead. 

01:42:27 C Roger. ... on at this time. 

01:42:31 CC Roger. 

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01:42: 


:41 


c 


We're going to COMMAND at this time. Telemetry- 
going to COMMAND at this time, Houston. 


01:42: 


; 51 


cc 


Say again. Over. 


01:42: 


:55 


c 


Go ahead. 


01:43: 


:01 




Houston. Roger. 


01:44: 


:32 


cc 


Gemini 
C-Band 


XI, Houston. Can you send a 001 to get the 
Beacon back ON? Over. 


01:44: 


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Houston, you want 001 sent? 


01:44: 


:41 


cc 


That's 


affirm. 


01:45: 


;08 


cc 


Gemini 
tape. 


XI, Houston. We're not going to dump that 
You can turn your Encoder back ON. 


01:45: 


:13 


c 


Okay. 


Encoder back ON. 


01:45: 


:47 


cc 


Gemini XI, this is Houston. Is your Apollo camera 
still going? Over. 


01:45: 


:52 


c 


No. We turned it off after Docking. 


01:45: 


:54 


cc 


Roger. 




01:47: 


:03 


cc 


Gemini 


XI, Houston. Over. 


01:47: 


:09 


cc 


Gemini 


XI, Houston. Over. 


01:47: 


:16 


cc 


Gemini 


XI, Houston. Over. 


01:47: 


:23 


cc 


Gemini 


XI, Houston. Over. 


01 : 47 : 


:34 


cc 


Gemini 


XI, Houston. Over. 


01 : 47 : 


:44 


cc 


Gemini 


XI. Over. 


01:47: 


:46 


c 


Roger. 


Gemini XI. Over. 


01:47 


:48 


cc 


Roger. 
Over. 


Could you turn your Manual Heater OFF? 


01:47: 


:55 


c 


Roger. 


We just went to AUTO. 


01:47: 


:56 


cc 


Roger. 


And would you confirm that your encoder 



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was never off during that time? Over. 



01:48:02 


C 


Confirm. It was never off. 


01:48:04 


CC 


Okay. Thank you. 2 seconds to LOS. 
ASCENSION 


01:53:48 


cc 


Gemini XI, this is Houston at Ascension. Over. 


01:53:52 


c 


Go ahead, Ascension. 


01:53:56 


cc 


Roger. You're nominal. 


01:54:00 


c 


Roger. ... 


01: 54:03 




Roger. Did you find that Spot Meter? Over. 


01:54:07 


c 


I know where it is, John. I just never bothered 
to take it out as fine as we've been. 


01:54:11 


cc 


Roger. 


01:56:49 


c 


Houston, Gemini XI. 


01:56:51 


cc 


Houston. Go. 


01:56:52 


c 


Check point of D-3 is complete. 


01:57:11 


cc 


I understand D-3 complete. Over. 


01:57:14 


c 


What was that? Say again, Houston. 


01:57:20 


cc 


Roger. Understand D-3 complete. Over. 


01:57:23 


c 


That's affirmative. 


01:57:25 


cc 


Roger. 


01:59:43 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 


01:59:45 


c 


Go ahead, Houston. 


01:59:47 


cc 


Roger. We have a nodal update f or you if you have 
time to copy. Over. 



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Just wait 1 second and I'll be with you. Go ahead. 
We're ready to copy. 

Roger. The Nodal Update: 02 plus 37 plus 31. For 
Rev 2, 136.1 degrees east; 1 hour and 49 minutes, 
right ascension. 

Roger. Houston, say again. After the ... 

Roger. It's 136.1 degrees east and 1 hour and 49 
minutes, right ascension. 

Roger. Copy. 

TANANARIVE 

Gemini XI, Houston at Tananarive. Standing by. 

Roger. Be advised we've undocked and we're just 
commencing S-26 at this time. 

This is Houston. Roger. 

Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS. 

CARNARVON 

Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

This is Gemini XI, Carnarvon. Go. 

Roger. Have you completed the S-26? 

Gemini XI. We have completed Mode B, Sequence 1. 
We're doing Mode B, Sequence 2. In another 10 
minutes we will be through. Do you copy? 

Roger. 

You'll probably have to dump it at Hawaii, Bill, 
but it only took us 8 minutes to do the first one. 

Okay. Press on. 

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02:26:56 


CC 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


02:26:57 


C 


Go ahead, Carnarvon. 


02:26:58 


CC 


Would you place the Quantity to read ECS 0 2 ? 


02:27:01 


c 


Roger. On ECS 0 2 . ... we just put the Heater ON 
again. 


02:27:07 


CC 


Roger. 


02:27:10 


c 


Say hello to everybody down there for me. 


02:27:12 


CC 


Sure will. Would you go to H 2 ? 


02:27:21 


c 


Roger. Going to H 2 . 


02:27:36 


CC 


You go ahead and start the purge. 


02:27:U 


c 


Roger. We're ready to start the purge. 


02:27:44 


CC 


Go ahead. 


02:29:54 


CC 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


02:29:55 


C 


Go ahead. 


02:29:56 


CC 


Stand by. I'm going to transmit T x . 


02:29:57 


c 


Roger. Standing by. 


02:31:45 


CC 


1 minute until LOS. 


02:31:48 


c 


Roger. See you next pass. 


02:31:52 


p 


Roger. Sequence 01 is completely finished. I'll 
continue on Computer in Section 2. 


02:31:56 


CC 


HAWAII 


02:50:52 


CC 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. 


02:50:54 


c 


Go ahead, Hawaii. Gemini XI standing by. 



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02:50:57 CC Roger. Place your T/M switch to COMMAND, please. 

02:51:01 C T/M to COMMAND. 

02*51*12 C We're ready to dump the tape. We have an S-26 

Mode B, Sequence 01 and 2 on that 02. Excuse me, 
2 and 3. 

02:51:23 CC Roger. 

02*51:34 C Okay. It's S-26 Mode B, Sequence 01 and Sequence 

02. 

02:51:43 CC Okay. Copy that. 

02:51:50 CC Confirm your Recorder is OFF. 

02:51:57 C Recorder OFF. 

02:51:59 CC Roger. We'll get the tape dump. 

02:54:03 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. I'm going to send a T x . 

02:54:06 C Okay. Standing by. 

02:54:38 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. Would you give me a Propellant 

Quantity readout, please? 

02:54:42 C Roger. Your Propellant Quantity is a - it's about 

49, 50 - 50 percent, something like that. 49-1/2. 

02:54:51 CC Copy. 

02:54:58 C We're getting more efficient as we go along here. 

02:55:01 CC Yes, I noticed that. 

02:55:03 CC How's our weather over Hawaii? 

02:55:05 C We're in DCS Mode, Alining the Platform right now. 

There's a great deal of cloud cover here over the 
Pacific and I see a rather large cloud cover to my 
left, which would be toward the south. Maybe it's 
Frances ca or Gretchen or somebody. 

02:55:22 CC Okay. 

02:55:40 C Let us know when you get the tape dump. We'd like 

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to press on with this S-26. 
02:55:44 CC Roger. Will do. 

02:57:04 C Hawaii, Gemini XI. 

02:57:06 CC Go ahead. 

02:57:07 C Now ask them back there at MCC at the Cape if Neil's 

around - if he ever saw the paint all blistered off 
of the side of the Agena. We've got a great deal 
of paint off and it also looks like it has some sort 
of anodize - anodizing done to it or something. I 
was just wondering, in all the night Stationkeeping 
in front of it, if we didn't put our fuel on it. 

02:57:35 CC Okay. Fine. We'll find that out for you. Inci- 

dently, we're through with tape dump. You can put 
your Recorder back ON and depress. 

02:57:42 C Okay. Back ON. 



03:00:34 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at California. Over. 

03:00:37 P Q2 Ser * 1S Gem±ni XI * startin g s -26 Sequence 

03:00:45 CC Houston. Roger. 

03:01:01 C Houston, be advised we're doing several parts of 

S-26 and I have it 18 inches to the sensors at 
this time. 

03:01:15 C And I can also see the flame reflection of four or 

five thrusters in the TDA. 

03:01:31 CC Houston. Roger. 

03:01:51 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

03:01:54 CC Go ahead. 

03:01:56 C Hey, Tom, did you have a lot of blisters on your 

Agena? Over. 

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Roger. There were some paint blisters on it. 

Roger. We're about to fly near the TDA and there 
are some blisters on this one. 

Roger. We'd like to get some pictures of that. 
Over. 

We've got some. 

It also has a deposit on the unpainted surface that 
looks like salt or anodizing. You know, some sort 
of oxidizing. 

This is Houston. We agree with that. 

I'm finally getting a little braver here in doing 
my Stationkeeping in OAMS and it seems to be pret- 
ty economical. 

Houston. Roger. 



GUAYMAS 



Houston, this is Gemini XI. We have to report the 
Main Propulsion 51 seconds. 

Houston. Roger. 51 seconds. 

Say, Houston, this is Gemini XI. We ran our voice 
tapes within the hour and we didn't get a light, 
and I'm not exactly sure it's working at all. We 
did put a new tape in for S-26 and I'll continue 
when we have a few minutes, but I think we lost 
our voice tape. 

This is Houston. Roger. 
Houston, Gemini XI. 
Houston. Go. 

Did they get that tape dump in from Hawaii yet? 
Did that S-26 data look any good? 

They got data from Carnarvon. 



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03:07:06 C How did it look? 

03:07:08 CC Carnarvon data looks pretty good. 

03:07:10 C Okay. I just wanted to make sure they were getting 

it in the right place. 

03:07:15 CC Roger. I have an Agena Docked Update burn for you, 

if you're ready to copy? 

03:07:20 C Ready to copy. No, wait a minute! He dropped his 

pencil. 

03:07:33 C Okay. We're ready to copy. 

03:07:35 CC Roger. Purpose: Calibration Burn. GET B: 04:28: 

32; Delta-V, 104.4; Delta-T B , - - 

03:07:49 C We're not - - 

03:07:52 CC - - 1 plus 28. 

03:07:54 C John, we're not getting you. You cut out. We got 

1 plus 28 percent. 

03:08:00 CC Roger. The purpose: Plane Change; GET B: 04:28: 

32; Delta-V, 104.4; Delta-T B is 1 plus 28; Address 
27, 0104.4; TPS burn. Over. 

03:08:29 CC TDA north. 

03:08:37 C Now this we understand. Plane Change: 04:28:32; 

Delta-V, 104.4; Duration, 1 plus 28; Address 27, 
0104.4; TDA north. 

03:08:56 CC That is affirmative. 

03:09:01 CC This is Houston. That is correct. 

03:09:04 C Gemini XI. Roger. 

03:09:32 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Will you give us a call on 

UHF Number 2? Over. 



03:09:38 C Roger. Going to UHF Number 2. 

ello, Houston, Gemini XI. 
ou read? 

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03:10:05 C Hello, Houston, Gemini XI. On UHF Number 2 how do 

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03:10:09 CC Houston. Read you loud and clear on UHF Number 2. 

03:10:13 C Gemini XI. Roger. Going back to UHF Number 1. 

03:10:15 CC Roger. 

03:10:59 CC Houston, Gemini XI. Over. 

03:11:01 C Go ahead. 

03:11:03 CC Roger. We want to check and make sure you're re- 

frigerated and your S-4 blood package is working. 
Can you check by feel and see if it's cold? Over. 

03:11:15 C The outside of the package feels like it's putting 

heat into it. It's warm. 

03:11:20 CC Roger. 

03:11:24 C However, the handle is cold. It's quite cold, so 

I'm sure the refrigeration is working. 

03:11:29 CC Roger. That indicates your refrigerator is working. 

03:11:35 CC Can you guys move the mikes away from your mouths? 

I think that is part of our problem on communica- 
tions. Over. 

03:11:43 C How do you read us now? 

03:11:45 CC That's a little better. Try a little farther away. 

03:11:48 C Roger. About 2 inches. We'll be better when we 

get our helmets off and get over in our light- 
weights . 

03:11:49 CC Roger. 

03:11:50 CC That's much improved. Over. 

03:11:56 C Okay. 

03:11:58 P How does this mike sound now? 

03:12:01 CC That's pretty scratchy. 

03:12:03 P Say again? 



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03:12:05 CC 
03:12:07 P 



03:12:29 CC 

03:12:35 C 
03:13:13 C 

03:13:15 CC 

03:13:17 C 

03:13:30 CC 

03:14:07 CC 

03:14:15 C 

03:14:54 P 

03:14:59 CC 

03:18:05 CC 

03:18:07 C 

03:18:09 CC 

03:18:12 C 

03:18:27 CC 



That's a little better. 
Roger. 



TEXAS 



Gemini XI, Houston. Can you turn your velocity - 
your Encoder OFF for a Velocity meter load? 

Roger. Encoder is OFF. 

Houston, Gemini XI. 

Houtson. Go. 

Okay. We're through with the S-26. We're going 
to go ahead with our Pilot Docking. ... you can 
dump the Agena tape any time you want to. 

Houston. Roger. 

Houston, this is - Gemini XI, this is Houston. 
We're taking a tape dump and doing a time reset 
now. Over. 

Okay. Understand. 

Houston, this is Gemini XI. Your Velocity meter 
is loaded and the load is good. 

Understand. 

Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 
Go ahead, Houston. 

Roger. Did you get any MAPS when you undocked? 
Over. 

Roger. We have to be right on top of it to get a 
MAP and we're 70 - 80 feet away. We don't get MAPS 
through our radar. I don't know what the problem 
is. By the time we're in close to it using the 
radar, we get a MAP. 

Houston. Roger. 

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03:18:31 C We're about to record a first here. The Pilot is 

about to dock. 

03:18:37 CC Roger. 

03:19:13 P Houston, Gemini XI. 

03:19:15 CC Go ahead. This is Houston. Go ahead. 

03:19:20 P Roger. Mark one Docking for Richard Gordon. 

03:19:25 CC Roger. We chalked that up. One for the right- 

seaters. 

03:19:32 P Again? 

03:19:33 CC One for the right-seaters . 

03:19:38 P 

03:20:30 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. Over. 

03:20:32 C Yes? 

03:20:34 CC Roger. You can turn your Encoder back ON. The 
tape dump is good. 

03:20:39 C The Encoder is coming ON. 

03:21:34 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. 1 minute to LOS. 

03:21:39 C Roger, Houston. We're right on the Flight Plan. 

Everything is complete so far and we'll press on. 

03:21:46 CC Houston. Roger. 

03:21:51 C PQI is 46 percent fuel remaining. 

03:21:57 CC Houston. Roger. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

03:26:22 CC Gemini XI, RKV CAP COM. 

03:26:27 C Hello RKV. Read you loud and clear. 



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03:26:30 



Roger. Would you turn your Encoder OFF, please? 
We'd like to run a tape dump. 



tape dump. 

03:26:35 C Roger. The Encoder is OFF. 

03:26:38 CC Roger. Thank you. 

03:32:38 CC Gemini XI, RKV . We'll have LOS shortly. Would you 

turn the Encoder back ON? We're through with the 
tape dump. Thank you. 

03:32:47 C Roger. Encoder is back ON and we . . . Flight Plan 

03:32:54 CC Roger. Understand. On the Flight Plan. 

ASCENSION 

03:33:45 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at Ascension standing by. 

03:33:49 C Roger, Houston. We are just cooking up a little 

lunch right now. 

03:33:54 CC Roger. 

03:35:43 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS. 

TANANARIVE 



03:46:11 


CC 


Gemini XI. This is Houston at Tananarive standing 
by. 


03:46:15 


C 


... we are in the process of doing S-26 Mode A. 


03:46:23 


cc 


Houston. Roger. 


03:53:43 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. 15 seconds to LOS. 


03:53:47 


c 


Roger, Houston. We are just completing S-26 Mode 


03:53:55 


cc 


Houston. Roger. 



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COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

04:11:32 C CSQ, Gemini XI . . . Over. 

04:11:37 CC Roger. We're watching you come around. 

04:11:40 C 

04:11:44 CC Roger. I'm sending you the Tx at this time. 

04:11:46 C Roger. 

04:12:06 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. Could you turn your Encoder OFF 
so we can get a tape dump, please? 

04:12:11 C Encoder OFF. 

04:12:28 C CSQ, would you give us a call about 2 minutes from 

LOS? I've got something I want to tell you. 

04:12:34 CC Roger. Will do. I'll give you your GET Time Hack 

at this time. 

04:12:39 CC ... Okay. In about 20 seconds it will be 4 hours 

and 13 minutes. 

04:12:48 C That makes sense. 

04:12:59 CC 3, 2, 

04:13:01 CC MARK. 4 hours and 13 minutes. 

04:13:07 C 

04:13:13 CC Okay, Gemini XI, CSQ. Would you turn your Manual 

heater on and pump that 0 2 pressure up a little 
bit, please? 

04:14:18 C Roger. It's ON. 

04:15:04 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. About a minute and a half to LOS. 

04:15:11 P Roger. ... at the last Docking we turned our Radar 

OFF ... 

04:16:22 CC Say again. I couldn't read you. 

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04:16:24 P Roger. Using the radar, we never could lock on 

the Agena ... 

04:16:34 CC Roger. Understand. 

04:16:38 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. 

04:16:41 CC Cape's got a GO for your PPS burn. 

04:16:43 P Roger. 

04:17:13 P CSQ, Gemini XI. Do you want my . . . 

04:17:19 CC Stand by for awhile, Gemini XI. 

HAWAII 

04:26:45 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

04:26:46 P Go ahead. 

04:26:47 CC Have you got time to send 340? 

04:26:51 P Roger. We'll send 340. What is it? 

04:26:53 CC VM INTERROGATE. 

04:26:54 P Roger. 

04:27:00 P 

04:27:01 CC Roger. 

04:27:50 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. You're GO for the burn. 

04:27:52 P Roger. 

04:28:35 P 501 sent. 

04:28:36 CC Roger. 

04:28:44 CC Confirm Camera ON. 

04:28:54 P Roger. Camera is ON. Sump Tank Cameras are ON. 

04:28:57 CC Roger. 

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04:29:26 


CC 


FTS initiate. 


04:29:28 


C 


Roger. 


04: 29: U 


P 




04:30:36 


P 


We're showing an O2 to water on Section 1 


04:30:46 


CC 


Looks like the Ascent Phase. 


04:30:49 


CC 


Roger. 


04:30:57 


p 


Okay. ... it looks like on my IVI's, 111 
4 right, and 3 up. 


04:31:09 


CC 


Roger. We copied that. 


04:31:13 


C 


Roger. 80 is 110.4 


04:31:19 


CC 


Say again on 80. 


04:31:21 


c 


80 is 110.4 


04:31:24 


CC 


Okay. Copy that. 


04:31:27 


c 


81 is minus 2.7. 


04:31:32 


CC 


Copy. 


04:31:33 


c 


Roger. 82 is minus 3-3* Over. 


04:31:39 


CC 


Roger. We copy that. 


04:31:49 




We have Main Engine time. We have 57 secc 
maining. 


04:31:55 


C 


Secondary propulsion is 3 plus 31. Over. 


04:32:01 


CC 


We copy that also. 


04:32:24 


CC 


What are you showing - on Attitude Test? 


04:32:30 


p 


Attitude Test reads about 73 percent. 


04:32:34 


CC 


Thank you. 



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04:36:15 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston in California. Over. 

04:36:18 C Hawaii ... 

04:36:21 CC Roger. You're about to get off your normal Flight 

Plan. 

04:36:27 C Go ahead. 

04:36:28 CC Would you check your tape to see whether that CO2 

04:36:31 C 

04:36:41 CC They should have told you that right on the ground 

... exposure. We have the plans coming in already. 
We are setting up the detail right now and . . . ex- 
posure time. 

04:36:58 CC Roger. That's good. Have the data for you right 

now. At 5 hours, 11 minutes and 3 seconds, take 
the pictures with the S-29 equipment. Take a pic- 
ture of the Gegenschein, pitch 17 degrees up, at 
sunset; Comet Berran near the Gegenschein, the 
second picture; and the third picture, Comet Kil- 
ston. They are out there and sunset is 5 hours, 
11 minutes and 3 seconds. Over. 

04:37:33 P Roger. We copy. 5 hours, 11 minutes, 3 seconds 

and I think we need ... to comet. All we have is 
the Gegenschein. 

04:37:41 CC Roger. 

04:37:52 P We also need exposure time on the film. 

04:38:02 P And I agree with you, John, riding that PPS is the 

biggest thrill we've had all day! 

04:38:10 CC Thing really moves, doesn't it? 

04:38:12 P ... 

04:38:25 P Hey, John. After all, you are supposed to monitor 

the STP. Look at your rate needle and your yaw ... 



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Roger. 

Be advised we got photographs at the proper settings 
and we got ... Scanners ON and OFF. 

Roger. 

And we get gyroing BEF to SEF on the Spacecraft. 
Roger. 



GUAYMAS 



Houston, Gemini XI. 
Houston. Go. 

I don't understand why our windows got so dirty, 
but both our windows are really dirty. They're 
twice as dirty as they were on Gemini V and we had 
the window covers on. I don't understand. 

Roger. Do you have them on right now? 

Say again. 

You - before or after that PPS bum? Over. 
Can't hear you. 

Was it during the PPS burn that they smudged up? 

No. They've been smudged up ever since we jetti- 
soned the covers - as soon as I got rid of the 
covers. It seemed that as soon as I got rid of 
the covers, the windows were dirty. Now that 
could have been my ijnagination, they could have 
been dirty already, but whatever it was must have 
come off ... because they were dirty just as soon 
as we jettisoned the window covers. 

Roger. 

Gemini XI, Houston. You do have the exposure time 
for the Gegenschein and the Comets, don't you? 



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04:45:37 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 


Ok: 46:02 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 


04:46:04 


P 


Go ahead, Houston. 


04:46:06 


CC 


Roger. You do have exposure time for the Gegen- 
schein and the Comets, don't you? 


04:46:12 


P 


Hold one. Let me look at the photo book. 


04:46:15 


CC 


They're in there, and - - 


04:46:33 


P 


Okay. We've got the time. Roger. 


04:46:43 


CC 


And at 5:26, the Comet KLlston pointing command is 
yaw 143 degrees left and pitch 16 degrees up. Over 


04:46:55 


p 


Yaw 143 degrees where? 


04:46:57 


CC 


143 degrees left and 16 degrees up. Over. 


04:47:05 


p 


That's yaw 143 degrees left and pitch up 16 degrees, 
That makes it 536 plus 00. 


04:47:11 


CC 


Roger. That's yaw 143 degrees left, 143 degrees. 


04:47:17 


p 


Okay , I * ve got it . You 're fading in and out for 
some reason. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 


05:02:24 


C 


Okay, RKV. Be advised we got the camera all put 
together after a bit of a struggle. 


05:02:30 


CC 


Roger. I understand. Very good. 


05:06:21 


CC 


Gemini XI, RKV. We have cleared the tape dump from 
the Agena. You can turn your encoder back on now, 
please . 


05:06:26 


Q 


Roger . Encoder coming back oil at this time . 


05:08:23 


CC 


Gemini XI, RKV. We will have LOS shortly. ... 


05:08:26 


C 


Roger. Be advised ... and we are picking up the 
73 degrees. 


05:08:30 


CC 


Roger . 



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05:21: 


:38 


P 


05:21: 


:43 


cc 


05:21: 


:50 


p 


05:21; 


:56 


cc 


05:23: 


;46 


p 


05:23: 


:47 


cc 


05:23: 


:48 


p 


05:23: 


= 53 


cc 


05:24: 


= 03 


p 


05:24: 


:06 


cc 


05:29: 


:15 


cc 


05:29: 


:20 


p 


05:29 


:36 


cc 


05:44: 


:45 


cc 


05:44 


:49 


c 


05:44 


:51 


cc 



Gemini XI, this is Houston at Tananarive. Standing 

by. 

Roger. We're taking our last Gegenschein at this 
time and ready to go for the Comet. 

Houston. Roger. 

I had a real wrestling match with that camera. We 
finally got it all together. 

This is Houston. That sometimes is that way. 

Houston, Gemini XI. 

Go ahead. Over. 

Gegenschein complete. We are going to the Comet. 

Roger. I understand that Comet Barban is near the 
Gegenschein. Over. 

Okay. It probably is in the same photograph with 
it then. 

Roger. 

Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS. 

Roger. 1 minute to LOS. The Comet photographs are 
complete. We are going to TDA forward, Spacecraft 
BEF, at this time. 

Roger. 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

Gemini XI, CSQ CAP COM. 

Hello CSQ, Gemini XI here. Go ahead. 

Roger. We've got you GO on the ground here. Send 
your T^. 



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05:44:55 C Roger. We're GO up here and we've completed every- 

thing ... 

05:45:00 CC Roger. 

05:46:58 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. 

05:47:00 P Go ahead. 

05:47:01 CC Okay. We notice you have the Dead-Band narrow. 
We sent a Command 451. 

05:47:11 C Roger. 

05:48:03 CC ... CSQ. 

05:48:06 P Go ahead. 

05:48:07 CC Have you sent ... low, Command 460? 

05:48:12 P Roger. ... 

05:49:36 P CSQ, Gemini XI. ... one. 

05:49:41 CC Roger. 

05:52:14 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. About a minute to LOS. 

05:52:17 P Roger. How do we look? 

05:52:19 CC You're looking real good here on the ground. 

05:52:22 CC You still have your L-Band ON. 

05:52:24 P Say again. 

05:52:26 CC We show you still have the L-Band Beacon ON. 

05:53:30 CC It's in Command 000. 

05:53:35 C Roger. 

05:53:37 C CSQ, this is Gemini XI Command Pilot. ... 

05:53:41 CC We read you loud and clear. 

05:53:43 C Roger. ...Thank you. 



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HAWAII 



06:02: 


:32 


CC 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. 


06:02: 


:34 


P 


Gemini XI. Go ahead. 


06:02: 


:35 


CC 


Roger. I have a Flight Plan Update for you. 


06:02: 


:40 


p 


Wait one. 




:41 


CC 






:03 






06:03: 


:04 


CC 


Okay. Over Hawaii at 07 : 38: 00 j Crew Status Report. 


06:03: 


:15 


c 


We have that Flight Plan. 


06:03: 


:17 


CC 


Okay. At 08:00:00, purge fuel cells, Section 2, 
Step 1. 


06:03: 


:28 


c 


Roger. 




:38 




got a minute. 


06:03: 


:41 


c 


Go ahead. 


06:03: 


:45 


CC 


Okay. This is in regard to the L-Band problem you 
had during the S— 26 where you mentioned something 
about you didn't have L-Band lock, but you sent 
commands and you verified the commands , or some- 
thing like that. Could you explain a little bit? 


06:03: 


:54 


p 


Roger. We had no Lock light and the radar was not 
locked-on, but when we'd send a command, we'd get 
it back. 


06:04: 


:02 


CC 


How about that I 


06:04: 


:04 


p 


Yes. That's what I said. How about that! 


06:04: 


:06 


c 


A little more to that story too. When we undocked 



the second time, I used the hardline switch and 
after we did the last S-26 and came back into the 
Docking position, we did not have a Dock light. I 
don't believe the cone was completely unrigidized, 

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so I turned the radar on and it said 220. Got a 
MAP and got a Dock light, but we never did get a 
Radar Lock-on light. 

I see. Evidently you were not squeezed in there 
good enough. 

That could be. 

Okay. Someone somewhere copied that you had a 
little bit of a problem with your down-thrust era 
during your Terminal Phase maneuvers. Did you? 

I kind of had the impression that when I was firing 
down, I was getting intermittent firing. But I 
can't prove that. 

Okay. 

Gemini XI, Hawaii. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. I'd like to know if Dick, while he was try- 
ing his Docking practice, used that down-thruster 
at all. 

We haven't noticed it recently in that thing. It 
seemed to be okay at the start. 

I see. Did you use that down-thruster at all, Dick, 
when you tried your Docking? 

Yes. I sure did. I didn't notice anything wrong 
with it. I think Pete's is all right now too. 

Oh, I see. Okay. We thought maybe it was in one 
of those controllers. 

We were correcting line-of -eight rates and I was 
firing long - you know 2, 3, or 4-second bursts 
out of it - and I thought I could hear it firing 
intermittently. It could have been the Rate Com- 
mand System, but it just sounded different to me. 
It didn't sound like I was getting it steadily. 

Okay. 

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06:07:14 C In all the Docking work and Stationkeeping and 

everything, we've just been blipping it and it 
has always fired for us. 

06:07:23 CC Okay. We copy that, 

06:07:24 P Hawaii, Gemini XI. 

06:07:25 CC Go ahead. 

06:07:26 P We have powered-down per the Flight Plan. 

06:07:28 CC Roger. My - we are monitoring all that down here. 

06:07:31 P Okay. 

06:07:32 CC All your systems look perfect. 

06:07:35 P Okay and the PQI is 43 percent fuel remaining. 

06:07:39 CC Thank you. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

06:37:17 CC Gemini XI, RKV. 

06:37:20 C Go ahead. 

06:37:21 CC Roger. Would you place your Quantity Read switch 

to the 0 2 position please? Thank you. 

06:37:26 C Roger. 

06:37:31 CC 235 on 0 2 . 

06:37:35 CC Okay and would you place it to H 2 , please? 

06:37:39 C Roger. 

06:37:47 CC H 2 is 252. 252. 

06:37:53 CC Gemini XI. I have a PLA Update for you when you 
are ready to copy. That will be Block 2. 

06:3e:03 P Pilot ready to copy. 

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06:38:06 CC Roger. Area 8-3: 11:48:13; 21 plus 29, 27 plus 

40; roll left 58, roll right 5 - whoops, I'll 
say again. Roll left 85, roll right 95. Area 
9-Delta: 12:44:33; 20 plus 27, 25 plus 54; roll 
left 85, roll right 95. Area 10-2: 14:17:5 ...; 
20 plus 20, 25 plus 52. Area 11-2: 15:53:24; 20 
plus 18, 26 plus 00. Area 12-2: 17:31:41; 20 plus 
31, 26 plus 23. Area 13-1: 18:57:12; 20 plus 18, 
26 plus 13. Area 14-1: 20:32:55; 20 plus 35, 26 
plus 43- 

06:40:11 CC Last one. Area 15-1: 22:08:15; 20 plus 51, 26 

plus 57. Bank angle for all areas is roll left 
85, roll right 95- Weather is good in all areas 
and they include a Sep Maneuver. Over. 

06:40:38 P This is Gemini XI. Roger. Copy. 

06:40:44 CC We have nothing else for you at this time. We're 

standing by. 

06:40:47 ? Roger. Quantity Read switch back to OFF? 

06:40:52 CC Roger. Would you go back to OFF, please. 

06:40:58 C RKV, this is Gemini XI. I'd like you to pass to 

Houston that the windows are so dirty that the 
one on the EVA - we'd like to have permission 
to try and clean one. 

06:41:11 CC Roger. Stand by. We'll see what they have to say. 

06:41:13 C Well, they can think it over for the night and let 

us know tomorrow. 

06:41:17 C ... the windows are so dirty that we'd like to do 

something about them. 

06:41:19 CC Okay. Flight says he has copied that and they'll 

give you information tomorrow. 

06:41:25 C Fine. 

06:43=29 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We'll have LOS in approximately 

a minute. 

06:43:33 C Thank you. We're getting ready to have the Pilot 

do his night Undock and Dock. Over. 



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06:43:39 CC Roger. 

TANANARIVE 

06:57:26 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. Over. 

06:57:28 C Say again. This is Gemini XI. 

06:57:33 CC Roger. How was your Docking practice? Over. 

06:57:38 C Oh, it went just fine. Dick backed her out and 

backed her right back in there again. We're on the 
Flight Plan. PQI is 4 - 4 percent or so. 43 per- 
cent fuel remaining. 

06:57:52 CC Roger. Superb! 

06:57:55 C Say again. 

06:57:57 CC That's great, Pete. 

06:58:00 C I've got a lot of noise, John, and can't under- 

stand you. 

06:58:11 CC Roger. I just want to say you guys really had a 

great day. It's wonderful. 

06:58:19 P Thank you very much. 

06:58:30 C ... dump the tape over CSQ and we've already - 

so if you'd like a Crew Status Report now, we can 
give it to you. 

06:58:46 CC Roger. That's your desire. Over. 

06:58:51 C Okay. We ate Meal 1 - Day 1, Meal C. Dick ate 

everything and I have eaten everything except the 
brownies and I'll give you a water gun reading in 
just a second. 

06:59:07 CC Roger. 

06:59:10 C Roger. The water gun reads 617 and I'd say that 

was about - - 

06:59:16 P 450 to start. 

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06:59: 


:17 


c 


equally split between the two of us and it was 

450 to start. 


06:59: 


= 23 


CC 


Roger. 


06:59: 


:30 


cc 


I have a nodal update for you if you are ready to 
copy. Over. 


06 : 59: 


:41 


c 


Roger. We're ready to copy. 


06:59: 


:53 


CC 


Roger. The Time is 10 hours, 8 minutes and 56 sec- 
onds per Revolution 7* 21.1 degrees east. 1 hour, 
42 minutes, right ascension. Over. 


0?:00: 


:06 


c 


Roger. I copy 10 hours, 8 minutes, 56 seconds. 
... 21.1 east. Ripht ascension is 1 plus 42. 


07:00: 


:16 


cc 


That's correct. Over. 


07:04: 


:20 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS. 


07:04: 


:24 


c 


Roger. We read you loud and clear now. Much 
better than before. 


07:04: 


:30 


cc 


Roger. Your copy improved too since you went to 
light-weights. Over. 


07:04: 


:35 


c 


Yes. I finally got mine off. I couldn't get it 
off for awhile there. 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 


07:20: 


:19 


cc 


Gemini XI, CSQ. 


07:20: 


:22 


c 


Go ahead, CSQ. 


07:20: 


:24 


cc 


Roger. We are going to send you a T x at this time. 


07:20: 


28 


c 


Roger, Flight. 


07:20: 


:30 


cc 


Like to have you turn your encoder off so we can get 
a tape dump from the Agena. 


07:20: 


35 


c 


Roger. Encoder is on OFF. 



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07 : 21 t 14 


cc 


Gemini XI, you are GO here on the ground. We'll 
be standing by. 


07:21:18 


c 


Roger. 


07:26:13 


cc 


Gemini XI. CSQ. 


07:26: 15 




Go ahead CSQ. 




cc 


Okay. We're showing you running a little bit high 
here on your amperage. Have you completed all of 
your Power-Down Check List? 


07:26:23 


c 


No, we haven't yet, but we will in just a few 
minutes . 


07 : 26 : 27 


cc 




07:26:49 


cc 


Gemini XI, CSQ. You can turn your Encoder back ON. 
We have completed the tape dump. 


07 : 26 : 54 


c 


Roger. 


07:27:44 


cc 


Gemini XI, 1 minute to LOS. I'll be standing by. 


07:27:48 


c 


Roger. 

HAWAII 


07:39:01 


cc 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. 


07:39:15 


cc 


Gemini XI, Hawaii CAP COM. 


07:39:22 


c 


jioger, nawan. inis is ueiuini ai, uu cmeau. 


r\n .10.01 




What's the position of your Real-Time T^l switch? 


07:39:31 


c 


It's in the COMMAND position. 


07:39:34 


cc 


Roger. How about putting it to REAL-TIME and ACQ- 
AID. 


07:39:37 


c 


Roger. REAL-TIME and ACQ. 


07:39:57 


cc 


Would you go back to COMMAND? 



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07:39:59 C Back to COMMAND. 

07:42:36 Cf: Gemini XT. Hawaii. 

07: 4?: 42 r. Go ahead 

07:42:43 SC Okay. During your sleep period - well, before your 

sleep period - we'd like you to pump up that 0? 
tank pressure to 765. 

07:42:52 C Roger. 765. 

07:42:54 CC Right. At the present decay rate, we've got about 

100 psi per hour. 

07:42:59 C All right. 

07:43:00 GC It'll probably go a little bit low during the sleep 

period, so if either one of you gentlemen wake up, 
you might pump it up during the night. 

07:43:07 C Okay. 

07:43:13 CC And don't go above 765. 

07:43:16 C Roger. 

07:44:09 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

07:44:11 C Go ahead. 

07:44:12 CC Okay. Would you send a RESET TIMER for us 

060? 

07:44:16 C Roger. 060. It's reset. 

07:45:26 CC Ml right. Thank you. 

07:46:14 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 1 minute to LOS. Standing by. 

07:46:17 C Roger. 

07:46:22 C We'll go ahead and power-down UHF now. Thank you 
very much and good night. 

07:46:26 CC And a good night to you. 



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HOUSTON 



Gemini XI, Houston. 

Pilot here. How are you? 

Just fine. How do you feel this morning? 

Bright eyed and bushy tailed. 

Roger. Good show. Get a quick shower and shave 
and get back to work. 

Should we take a little snooze just now? Are we 
powered-up or do we wait for the platform to come 
up? 

Roger. When you get the time, send 060, which is 
RESET TIME RESET to the Agena. 

Roger. Going 060. Yes, and it's validated. 

Roger. 

I've got some details for you when you are ready 
to copy. 

We're ready. Go ahead. 

Yes. I T ve been thinking about this wide-band busi- 
ness and having no radar lock, and it concerns me 
a little bit about our counter exercise. I don't 
know what you people have been thinking about on 
the ground. I think there should be some way 
before we undock with tether hooked-up so we can 
ascertain if we can control the Agena from the 
Gemini. Maybe we had better undock again, one of 
these days, and power-up the radar over a station 
and see if we really are getting commands into it 
or not. 

Roger. Gemini XI. We have been kicking that a- 
round down here also and we are going to give you 
some more information on it, plus probably ask 
you a few questions on Revolution 13 as you pass 
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Very well. 

Gemini XI, Houston. Our ground indication shows 
that, even though you are not getting any MAP 
lights, there is every indication here that all 
your commands are getting into the Agena. 

Okay. That sounds pretty good. We sometimes got 
a MAP and sometimes we didn't. The one suspicion 
we had that we didn't get a MAP, was that we never 
could. When we had radar lock, we didn't get a 
MAP, excepting the switch of antennas during radar 
tracking. We tried both positions and we should 
have gotten a MAP on one of them. We should have 
gotten a MAP on both of them. 

Roger. Pete, there's been a lot of question as to 
exactly how long you're holding the Transmit switch 
in the TRANSMIT position while waiting for a light 
when you're undocked. 

What would you say, couple of seconds? 

Roger. That's what we thought. We just wanted to 
verify it. 

Don't forget now. While we were Stationkeeping we 
never could get radar lock-on. I implied that the 
Lock-on light was still working. That's why I'm 
confused, because apparently we get MAPS without 
the radar being locked-on. Is that possible? 

Right now, Gemini XI, from the best of our indica- 
tions down here on the ground, we think the problem 
is in the return circuitry from the Agena to you 
in both the MAP and the Radar Lock-on light. This 
is the one thing that would explain both the anom- 
alies that you have seen. 

Okay. 

But we'll be talking with you more about it when 
you come over the States in about an hour and a 
half. 

Okay. 

Gemini XI, Houston. 

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All right, Houston. 

Roger. When you do come across the States, we 
are going to want to not only talk about the MAP 
lights and the Lock-on light, but we are going to 
try to get some sort of feel for the FDI problem 
you had at the same cime and see if we can get 
some correlation between all those three anamolies. 

Okay. I can give you a little bit on that right 
now. It's just that the FDI Started to wander off 
in pitch and yaw. We nearly broke lock and we 
tried to switch the antennas and they wouldn't 
switch. And it made our third solution bad. 



CANARY ISLANDS 



Gemini XI, Canary. 

Good morning, Canary. Gemini XI here. 
How's it looking up there? 
Just fine. 

Okay. We're having a standby for T x here. 
Standing by. 

Okay, Gemini XI. We show you GO on the ground 
here. We have a Flight Plan Update for you to 
copy during this pass and we'll start your fuel 
cell purge in a second. 

Roger. We're ready to copy the Flight Plan Update 
at this time and then the fuel cell. 

Okay. Title: Node at 16:10:00; Rev 11; 71 degrees 
west; 1 hour 34 minutes, right ascension. Title: 
Sierra 11 at 17:14:12; Sequence Number 02; Load 
Number ALFA. That's the end of the Flight Plan. 

Roger. 

We're ready for your fuel cell purge at your con- 
venience. Section 1, then 2. 



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16:23:32 


P 


Roger. Stand by. 


16:23:51 


P 


Okay. I'm starting the hydrogen on Cell Number 1. 


16:23:54 


CC 


Roger. Understand. 


16:24:10 


P 


Okay. Start the hydrogen on Number 2. 


16:24:15 


CC 


Roger. 


16:24:44 


p 


Okay. Starting the oxygen to Number 1. 


16:24:50 


CC 


Roger. Understand. 


16:26:47 


p 


The oxygen complete to 1, flowing to Number 2. 


16:26:50 


CC 


Roger. 


16:28:54 


p 


Canary f the fuel cell purge is complete. The plat- 
form just came up on the line. 


16:28:59 


CC 


Roger. Would you place your Cryo switch to 0 2 ? 


16:29:03 


p 


Roger. 0 2 . 


16:29:27 


CC 


Okay. Cryo switch to H 2 . 


16:29:30 


p 


Roger. H 2 . 


16:29:41 


CC 


Cryo switch OFF. 


16:29:44 


p 




16:29:47 


CC 


Okay. We are less than a minute to our LOS here 
and you're still looking good on the ground. Both 
vehicles are real good and I think they will talk 
to you a little bit more on the FDI later on. You 
were cut out over Antigua at LOS, and we don't 
have enough time to talk about it here. 


16:30:04 


p 


Okay. We are going to FC1 and Alining the Plat- 
form. 


16:30;08 


CC 


Roger. Understand. 


16:52:18 


c 


00 minutes and we've just spent 15 minutes working 
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16:52:24 P Testing voice recorder. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 4, 3, 

2, 1. 



CARNARVON 

16:59:50 C Good morning, Carnarvon, Gemini XI here. 

16:59:54 CC Go ahead, Gemini XI. 

16:59:55 C Roger. We're GO. 

16:59:57 CC Roger. 

16:59:59 C Ready for the Crew Status Report? 

17:00:01 CC Okay. 

17:00:03 C Command Pilot ate Meal 4th day, Meal A. And ate 

everything but three bacon cubes and six cinnamon 
toasts. 

17:00:16 CC Roger. 

17:00:17 C And the Pilot ate the 4th day Meal A, all but four 

bacon squares and two cinnamon toasts . 

17:00:27 CC Roger. 

17:00:28 C And the water gun ... 04. 

17:00:33 CC Didn't catch that, Pete. Say it again. 

17:00:35 C 804. 

17:00:38 CC Roger. 

17:00:40 C And both crew members slept 4 hours well. 

17:00:44 CC Roger. 

17:00:49 C We have gyrocompass and TDA south and SC-1 and 

we're standing by to power-down the Agena and do 
our S-ll Sequence Mode 2. 



17:01:02 CC Roger. 

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17:01:20 


C 


Carnarvon, Gemini XI. 


17:01:21 


CC 


Go ahead. 


17:01:23 


C 


Roger. About 8 hours into the flight, our RCS 
Ring A light came on and we went to RCS Heaters 
and slept with them all night. We've just been 
checking now, when we have had the heaters on all 
night, but we show that we need RCS heat on both 
rings. 


17:01:42 


CC 


Roger. 


17:02:28 


C 


Also Carnarvon, when we cycle the circuit breakers, 


17:02:37 


CC 


Roger" 3117 POW6r 0n a " PS " 


17:03:50 


CC 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


17:03:53 


c 


Go ahead. 


17:03:54 


cc 


Okay, Pete. The instrumentation on the RCS looks 
good and it appears that you'll have to continue 
to play with the heaters • 


17:04:00 


c 


Okay. We ' 11 just leave them on 


17:04:02 


cc 




17:04:27 


cc 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


17:04:29 


c 


Go ahead. 


17:04:30 


cc 


The amps that you'll be drawing will be about .25 
so you probably wouldn't see it. 


17:04:34 


c 


Okay. 


17:05:01 


cc 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. We'j?e coming up on LOS. 


17:05:05 


c 


Roger. See you next pass. 


17:05:06 


cc 


Roger. Roger. 


17:13:30 


c 


We are starting the S-ll photographs. The recorder 
is on and the time is 17:13:30. 



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17:13:40 P We don't have a horizon yet. Right? 

17:13:43 P Pitch-down not quite 20 degrees. Rolled left; 

sliding down about 5-10 degrees. Still drifting 
down slowly. 

17:14:16 P Sunset. 

17:14:39 C ... Got a horizon yet? 

17:14:42 P I don't see one. 

17:14:48 C We might get some stars up there. 

17:14:52 P We just might. 

17:14:57 C Yes. How about that? (Laughter) 

17:15:01 P Now I've got a horizon down here. 

17:15:02 C Where are you with respect to it? 

17:15:06 P Above it. 

17:15:08 C You're above it. Okay, how does the roll look? 

17:15:11 P A little bit of a degree. 

17:15:26 C How is the roll coming? 

17:15:33 P Y aw a little to the left. 

17:15:59 C How are you doing? 

17:16:01 P Coming down. 

17:16:21 P A little to the left of the horizon. Going 
straight down. 

17:16:51 C 10 minutes towards the horizon. The wings are 
almost level, now. 

17:16:56 P Roger. The nose is sliding down. 

17:17:01 C You're pitched down about 35 degrees. 



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17:17:06 


C 


Dad gum! 


17:17:07 


P 


And we're at 40 in the GME, bore up. 


17:17:16 


P 


Secure your rates right there. All axes. 


17:17:20 


C 


How's that? 


17 :17:26 


p 


Pxtch— up 9 pxtch - up ! 


17:17:28 


c 


How's that? Yes, you've got it. 


17:17:36 


c 


Hey, you're rolling right. 


17:18:04 


c 


That's all right. You're going like heck, going 
up now. 


17:18:07 


p 


I'm going like heck. 



17:18:08 C Yes, but don't get it - you had better start taking 

her down if you're getting close. 

17:18:14 C Okay. You're right on. Hold it now. Those rates 

are pretty, you know? You're within 4 or 5 blips 
of it. 



17:18:22 


P 


Time me for 10 seconds, will you? 


17:18:23 


C 


Okay. Stand by. 


17:18:26 


C 


MARK. 


17:18:28 


P 


Do it over again. 


17:18:30 


c 


Stand by. 


17:18:31 


c 


MARK. 


17:18:37 


c 


Stand by. 2, 1. 


17:18:41 


c 


MARK. 






HOUSTON 


17:44:27 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. 



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Go ahead. 

Roger. We've been looking at your Agena since 
last night and there seems to be some sort of 
anomaly in the clock system. We don't know whether 
it is the clock itself, the accumulator that stores 
the pulses from the clock, or the T/M readout that 
we get down from the Agena. So we're planning, on 
your next pass over Carnarvon, to have you turn 
your Encoder OFF. We'll send up some information 
to the Agena and then read it out on your pass over 
the States and try to establish if there is any 
problem at all with the Agena clock. Over. 

Houston, Gemini XI. 

Go ahead, Gemini XI. 

S-ll is complete. 

Roger. 

Did you copy that information on that Agena clock 
test? 

Gemini XI, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. Did you copy the information concerning 
this Agena clock test we're going to run over 
Carnarvon? 

Yes, we did. 

Roger. 

Do you have time to talk about this HAP problem 
now? 

Okay. 

Roger. We have been analyzing the problem here on 
the ground. We'd like to send up our thoughts and 
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17:47=29 CC First of all, we have been able to determine down 

here that the Agena seems to have responded to all 
the commands that you sent it. Even though you 
have not received any MAPS, we have received the 
MAPS on the ground when you sent the command. Over. 

17:47:47 C Okay. 

17:47:56 CC When the Spacecraft had no indication of radar lock 

during your S-26 docking radar, the encoders were 
locked-on, as the L-Bands were commanded and the 
MAPS were received. By that I mean, even though 
you weren't receiving radar lock-on indications 
at that time, we indicated that you were locked 
and the L-Band commands were being executed. 

17:48:21 C Okay. Now our radar and lock display was not show- 

ing they were locked-on. Nor was the digital read- 
out of the computer showing that we were locked-on. 
So our MAPS may have been getting in, but our radar 
was not reading correctly to us either. 

17:48:39 CC What was the light at this time? Was it on or off? 

17:48:45 C The light was off. 

17:48:47 CC Roger. 

17:48:49 C The Lock-on light was off and we received no MAP 

lights. And then later, we would still have Lock- 
on light off and we'd get a MAP when we got in 
real close. 

17:49:02 CC On those occasions when your radar locked-on - at 

that time, were you getting Range and Range-Rate? 

17:49:07 C No. 

17:49:10 CC At any time on your original Rendezvous, when you 

were attempting to switch the antennas, did you 
notice either an improvement or degradation that 
led you to believe that you were not actually 
switching antennas? 

17:49:28 C Well, everything was going just fine and then the 

radar azimuth and elevation wandered off about 3 
degrees, indicating that the target was moving 
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realized, looking out the sight, that it was not 
doing that, and Dick tried to switch the antennas 
right there and they never would switch. From 
that time on, which was about 40 minutes elapsed 
time into the Rendezvous - about an hour and five 
minutes total, we never have had good radar azi- 
muth and elevation. The elevation came back in, 
but the azimuth never did. 

Roger. And during this time the Range and Range- 
Rate was good? 

Yes. It was good, but it was doing quite a bit of 
wandering itself, especially Range-Rate and lock. 

Roger. Do you feel then that the MAP light and 
the erroneous FDI indications are a part of the 
same problem? 

Gosh! We had not sent commands to the Agena prior 
to this. And therefore, the first time we tried 
to send a command to the Agena, to change the 
antennas, we noticed the problem. We never got a 
MAP light. 

Roger. 

Gemini XI, Houston. We're going to work with the 
information that you gave us now. Our first opin- 
ion is, once again, that all the commands you're 
sending are getting in, even though you don't seem 
to be able to get a MAP light onboard the Space- 
craft. 

Well, now do you realize that while we're docked, 
we're getting' MAPS just fine. It's only when we 
are undocked and using the radar. 

Roger. We understand. 

Okay. 

Houston, do you read? 

That's negative, Gemini XI. Say again. 

Roger. We're standing by to commence the Apollo 
Sump Tank 1800. 

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17:52:30 C Roger. 

17:52:44 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Are you saying that during 

your S-26 experiment you were unable to get the 
radar to lock-on? You could never get Range or 
Range-Rate information at that time? 

17:52:57 C It locked once about - 20 feet from the vehicle and 

it never locked-on again after that. 

17:53:04 CC Roger. 

17:53:10 C And after that, sometimes we got a MAP light, but 

most of the time we didn't. 

17:53:21 CC Roger. We don't see any real problem that's going 

to hurt your Tethering or any other portion of 
the mission right now, but we'll continue work on 
it down here. 

17:53:34 C Okay. 

CANARY ISLANDS 



17:57:25 CC Gemini XI, Canaries. You need not answer. We 

show you GO on the ground. We will be monitoring 
your experiment. 

17:57:33 C Roger. We're at 2 minutes and 10 seconds and we'll 

be pitching up to 3-1/2 degrees per second at 5 
minutes . 

17:57:41 CC Roger. 

17:59:00 CC Gemini XI, Canaries. 

17:59:03 C Go ahead, Canaries. 

17:59:04 CC Okay. You want to turn on your 0 2 Tank Heater? 

17:59:08 C Okay. 

17:59:09 CC Okay. Looks like it's dropped down a little bit. 

Now I'm going to hit you with a T x here. 

17:59:13 C Okay. 

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17:59:36 


C 


Canaries, Gemini XI. 


17:59:37 


CC 


Go ahead. 


17:59:38 


c 


Say hello to everybody down there for me, please. 


17:59:40 


cc 


Sure will. 






Thank you . 


18:00:09 


cc 


They all said to drop in and see them sometime. 


18:00:11 


c 


Boy, I'd sure like to come back. 


18:00:15 


c 


Stand by. In 10 seconds we're going to 3-1/2 de- 






grees . 


18:00:18 


cc 


Roger 






CARNARVON 


18:34:37 


cc 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


18:34:39 


c 


Go ahead, Carnarvon. 



18:34:43 CC Roger. Last night we had an Agena clock jump about 

4 hours and 30 minutes and we would like to try and 
determine whether or not the problem was, in fact, 
in the Agena clock itself or if it's in the telem- 
etry system. And so what we've done is we've ginned 
up the Load-16 command words and we would like to 
have the first eight or, in fact, all 16 be executed 
over the States this next pass. Now, these commands 
are prefatory commands. They're pitch-yaw minus and 
pitch-yaw plus and pitch-yaw low-rate and pitch-yaw 
high-rate. And this will tell us whether or not, 
based on the time labels, weak - hard to believe the 
telemetry clock or blame the Spacecraft clock. 

18:35:31 CC Did you copy that? 

18:35:44 C Okay. Go ahead, Bill. We were just in the middle 

of the Apollo thing here. 

18:35:47 CC Roger. Copy what I said? 

18:35:48 C Yes. I copied it. 

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18:35:51 CC Okay. If you want to turn the encoder off, we'll 

transmit the load to you. 

18:35:54 C Okay. Encoder's going off. 

18:35:55 CC Okay. 

18:36:26 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

18:36:27 C Go ahead. 

18:36:29 CC Okay. We transmitted a load and we've got a Com- 

pare. 

18:36:32 C And you have a what? 

18:36:34 CC We have a Memory Compare. You have a good load. 

18:36:36 C Okay. 

18:36:37 CC Okay. The first command should execute over the 

States about - I think about 7 minutes after you 
get acquisition at Texas. 

18:36:46 C Okay. Now you don't want us to turn the Agena 

back on or anything. Is that correct? 

18:36:49 CC Stand by. I want to send SPC ENABLE . 

18:37:08 CC Okay. You can turn the Encoder back ON . 

18:37:15 C Okay. The Encoder's back ON. Do you want us to 

leave the Agena off until it passes by the States? 
Is that correct? 

18:37:22 CC It doesn't make any difference. 

18:38:30 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

18:38:32 C Go ahead. 

18:38:34 CC Okay. This command load we sent you, Pete, doesn't 

have effect at all on the Flight Plan. I think 
you're supposed to - let's see, ECS ON about 19 
hours, isn't it? 

18:38:43 C Right. We'll just go ahead with the Flight Plan 

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18:38:46 CC Roger. 

18:38:54 CC I might pass along to you, when the last commands 

are executed you'll end up in pitch-yaw minus and 
pitr.h-yaw low. Low rate. 

18:39:03 C Roger. 

18:40:56 CC 1 minute to LOS. 

18:41:00 C Roger. We're just on our last end of the Apollo 

Sump Tank experiment. We'll have it finished up 
for you at the States. 

18:41:06 CC Roger. 



19:16:46 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 

19:16:51 C Go ahead, Houston. 

19:16:53 CC Roger. Could you please verify for us that your 

Camera circuit breaker is ON? 

19:17:00 C Is that the Apollo Sump Tank Camera circuit breaker? 

19:17:03 CC That's affirmative. 

19:17:06 C Yes. It's ON. 

19:17:08 CC Roger. On your pass over Carnarvon, we did not 

copy any current on that particular circuit. 

19:17:18 C We looked at the cameras and we did all the exper- 

iments . 

19:17:20 CC Roger. 

19:17:22 C The circuit breaker's been on all that time. We've 

got a little anomaly for you. 

19:17:26 CC Go ahead. 

19-17:28 C Okay. We have a Number 8 Thruster that's not up 

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it's completely out or not. I susiect that it's 
hardly putting out anything. 

Roger. 

Gemini XT, Houston. In regard to this camera PIE, 
were you cycling your Sump Camera on and off over 
the Carnarvon pass? Over. 

Were we cycling it on and off? 

That's affirmative. 

It might nave only come .-n once or twice while we 
were actually over Carnai von. 

Roger. That's probably the problem right there. 

We did a great deal of camera cycling prior to 
Carnarvon and then we were in sort of a wait per- 
iod there. I'm sure we turned it on once or twice 
over Carnarvon, though. 

Roger. They didn't monitor you continuously, but 
the majority of the time they were looking, they 
did not see any current flow in that circuit. 

Okay. We did check the circuit breaker several 
times during the experiment and it never came off 
or anything. 

Roger. We've got some information, if you are 
ready to copy, concerning the Window Wipe. Over. 

Go ahead. 

Roger. If your time line permits during the umbil- 
ical EVA, we recommend that you use a dry rag and 
wipe half of the Command Pilot ' s window while you 1 re 
changing the 16mm film pack, or as time permits, 
sometime in that sequence. Later, evaluate the re- 
sults to determine if you want to wipe the remain- 
der of the window later in the EVA, and if you do, 
do so when you get the opportunity. We'd like you 
to retrieve the rag for evaluations, but suggest 
that you attempt to stow it to decrease any possible 
out-gassing into the cabin. One possibility here 
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pedestal Volkswagen pouches. Over. 

Roger. We'll go ahead and do that. I estimate 
that 50 percent of my window dirt is on the inside 
of the outer pane; however, the outer pane - out- 
side the outer pane - is covered very badly. My 
window is almost useless for photography. 

Roger. How about the Pilot's side? 

It's pretty dirty, too, but it's not quite as bad 
as mine. 

Roger. 

What we're trying to do here right now, Al, is 
catch a little nap prior to EVA Prep. 

Sounds good. We'll hold down the conversation then. 

Okay. 

Gemini XI, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

One last comment here. Could we get you to turn 
on the Sump Camera and also the Camera circuit 
breaker and ... it for just about 10 seconds? 
We'll monitor it here on the ground and see if 
you have a problem or not. 

Okay. Stand by. Camera's on at this time. 

Looks okay, Gemini XI. Apparently the problem was 
in the monitoring at Carnarvon. They probably 
weren't looking while you were operating the cam- 
era. It looks good here. 

Okay. 

Intend to power-down here for the next 40 minutes 
and start the EVA Prep on time. 

Roger. And could you give us any information as 
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19:21:55 C During the Apollo Sump Tank flying in DIRECT, I 

noticed that when I got - wait a minute, I have 
it written down here - yaw left, I've got roll 
right. I think that's Number 8, isn't it? 

19:22:13 CC That's affirmative. 

19:22:16 C Oka> . And I was getting a ... Alpna roll out of 

it so I suspected that it was just about out of 
snuff. 

19:22:27 CC 

19:22:29 C I just thought I would mention it to you. 

19:22:31 CC ... Roger, Gemini XI. 

19:22:49 C Another thing we did determine is that our voice 

tape is running. We just don't have any light. 

19:22:56 CC Roger. Understand it's running, but your light 

isn't operational. That's good. 

19:23:38 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Would you also check your 

0 2 pressure? Over. 

19:23:44 C Okay. 

19:23:49 C It's about 670. We're going to just leave it the 

way it is and go to sleep here. We'll pump it up 
when we start the EVA Prep. 

19:23:55 CC Roger. 



CARNARVON 



20:09:33 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

20:09:35 P Go ahead, Carnarvon. 



Roger. Wanted to bring you up to date on this 
experiment we ran on the Agena. The ground in- 
dications are that the clock in the Agena did, 
in fact, skip 4 hours plus, so we're going to 
bias our loads, based on that time. And we'd 
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to turn off the encoder, we'll send you a load 
with all max time labels. 

Okay. Encoder's OFF. 

Roger. 

Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 
Go. 

Okay. You've got a good load and we've transmitted 
SPC DISABLE. You can turn the Encoder back ON, 

Roger. Encoder back ON. 

And we're giving you a GO for 30-1. 

Roger. We're GO here. Be advised that we are 
starting our EVA Prep. 

Roger. 

I've got a small PLA Block Update for you when 
you're ready to copy. 

Okay. Wait. 

Okay. Ready to copy. 

Okay. The weather in all three areas is good. 
SEP Maneuver is required. The bank angles are 
roll left 85 and roll right 95 for all three areas. 
First area is 16-1: 23:43:48; 21 plus 12, 27 
plus 17. Area 17-4: 26:34:12; 20 plus 36, 26 
plus 43. Area 18-4: 28:09:34; 20 plus 50 and 
26 plus 48. 

Roger. Copied. 

Okay. On your EVA, your time is 24:02:09; that's 
sunrise plus 10 minutes. 

Say it again, Bill. 

That's 24:02:09. 

Roger. 

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20:13:12 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

20:13:14 P Go ahead. 

20:13:16 GC On this Number 8 Thruster, when you get a chance 

you might try and turn circuit breaker Number 7 
OFF and yaw left and see what happens. And also, 
you might try your Secondary Drivers if you haven't 
already. 

20:13:27 P Okay. We will. We weren't too concerned until we 

were going to be reading it off of Agena. We've 
been pretty busy. 

20:13:33 CC Roger. 

20:14:25 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

20:14:27 P Go ahead. 

20:14:28 CC Did you go ahead and complete your fuel cell purge? 

20:14:33 P No. We haven't done it yet. 

20:14:35 CC Okay. 

CANTON ISLAND 

20:30:30 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston standing by at Canton. 

20:34:36 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute and 30 seconds to 

LOS at Canton. 

20:34:42 P Gemini XI. Roger. 



20:47:59 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston standing by at Guaymas. 

20:48:04 P Roger. Houston, we're progressing right along here. 

20:48:11 CC Roger. Have you completed your fuel cell purge? 

Over. 



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20:48:15 P No. We haven't done that yet. What we'd like to 

do is wait until about an hour before the EVA and 
we'll get it in then. Okay? 

20:48:26 P Or would you prefer we did it right now? 

20:48:31 CC Houston. Wait. 

20:49:43 CC Gemini XI, Houston. That sounds like a good idea 

to wait until just before EVA. Over. 

20:49:47 C Okay. 

20:49:52 C We're on Page 4 of our Cross-Suit Check List. About 

half way down, if you're interested in where we 
are - just getting ready to unstow ELSS. 

20:50:03 CC Roger. What's it like? 

20:50:06 C Say again? 

BERMUDA 

21:02:38 CC Houston, Gemini XI. 

21:02:41 CC Houston, go ahead. 

21:02:53 CC Roger. I understand that our EVA time is 24:02:09. 

Is that correct? 

21:03:01 CC Roger. Sunrise plus 10 - 24:02:09. 

21:03:05 C Okay. We're way ahead of schedule here so we're 

going power down for a little rest. 

21:03:13 CC Roger. 

21:03:14 C And if you have anything, why - we've got some 

time off right now. 

21:05:11 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 30 seconds to LOS at Bermuda. 

21:05:16 P Roger. 



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TEXAS 



Gemini XI, Houston in Texas standing by. 

Okay. Houston, this is Gemini XI. We're going to 
purge the fuel cells at this time. We got so far 
ahead of the game here that we were dumping oxygen 
overboard while Dick was on the ELSS, so we put him 
back on the Ship's system again. And we've stopped 
at Page 7. We're going to hold up until we get 
to the next darkness-pass before we go any further. 
We're a couple of steps from being ready to go. 

Houston. Roger. 

And we're letting the Manual heater cool off a 
little bit. We're running on all-down j we're 
only indicating at 480 down. We'll run it to 800 
here in a little bit. 

... Hydrogen pressure on fuel cell Number 2. 
Roger. 

Hydrogen Number 1. 
Oxygen in Number 2. 
Roger. 

... on to Number 1. 
Roger. 

Fuel cell purge is complete. Cross-Summary is OFF. 
Manual Heater is going back ON. 

Houston. Roger. 

Gemini XI, Houston. Cryo H 2 readout for about 30 
seconds. 

Roger. H 2 . 



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22:36:07 CC Gemini XI , Houston. Over. 

22:36:09 C Go ahead. 

22:36:11 CC Roger. You're now on the Ship's system; you're 

no longer on umbilical right now. Is that correct? 

22:36:16 C That's right. We put that back on Ship's system. 

We were just losing oxygen faster than we could 
afford it. 

22:36:23 CC Roger. 

22:36:53 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

22:36:57 CC Go ahead. This is Houston. Go ahead. 

22:37:02 C Roger. When we were doing that Apollo Sump Tank 

Camera business we referred to 10 feet-per-second 
out-of-plane to the south and then take it back 
out again 15 feet, but in doing the experiment we 
wandered off so I was curious as to - we actually 
put a little Retrograde maneuver in and a little 
down in, and I was wondering what our orbit is now. 

22:37:36 CC This is Houston. We'll get it immediately. 

22:37:43 C 

22:37:45 CC You're in a 166.4 by 154.6, Pete. 

22:37:51 C You cut out. Say it again. 

22:37:55 CC You're in a 166.4 by 154.6. Over. 

22:38:00 C Okay. 

22:41:22 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 30 seconds to LOS at Antigua. 

22:41:27 P Roger, Houston. We are going to turn the gyro a- 

round to 90 degrees here after the pass and get 
ready for the next revolution. 

22:41:38 CC This is Houston. Roger. 

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22:45:54 CC Gemini XI, Canary. 

22:45:56 P Hello, Canary. This is Gemini XI here. Go ahead. 

22:45:58 CC Okay. We show you GO on the ground. We have noth- 

ing special for you at this time. This will be our 
last pass with you for this series. We'll see you 
in the morning. Be good. 

22:46:10 P Roger. Thank you. 



22:52:11 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at Kano. Stand by. 

22:52:13 C Roger, Houston. We just gyrocompassed to TDA south 
and we are standing by to pick up EVA again. 

22:52:22 CC Roger. 

22:52:35 C Say again, this is Gemini XI. 

22:53:39 CC This is Houston. We didn't call you. Over. 

22:53:43 P Somebody else came up on UHF, John. 

22:53:47 CC Roger. 

22:53:53 CC This is Houston. Go. 

22:54:57 C This is Gemini XI, Houston. We didn't call. 

22:57:47 CC Houston, Gemini XI. 1 minute. 

22:57:49 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS. 

22:57:57 C ... Houston. 

22:57:58 C Houston, what's the next station that you pick us 
up on? 



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TANANARIVE 



23:03:54 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at Tananarive and 

standing by. 



23 : 03 : 


:59 




Roger, Houston. 


23:04: 


:02 


CC 


Good morning. 


23:04: 


:05 


P 


Tananarive, Gemini XI. 


23:04: 


:07 


CC 


Gemini XI, this is Houston. Read you 5 by 5. How 


23:04: 


:11 




Can read you the same; have a question for you. 
We figure that at 23:36:09 we'll roll right 80 
degrees and go Inert ial on the Agena, and that 
should leave us at the proper angle at sunrise 
plus 4 minutes. Will you check that? 


23:04: 


:41 


CC 


Roger. Understand. Roll right 80 degrees at 
36:09 and we'll check that out for you. 


23:04: 


:48 




Thank you . 


23:10: 


:48 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 


23:10: 


:51 


C 


Go ahead, Houston. 


23 : 10 : 


:54 


CC 


Roger. I'd like you to put your Roll Jet switch 
to PITCH. Over. 


23:11: 


:00 


CC 


So you'll have full roll authority. 


23:11: 


:03 


c 


Okay. 


23:11: 


:06 


CC 


And you should - we figure that ought to be okay. 


23:11: 


:14 


c 


That's not the problem, John. The problem is Dick 
will be in a hard suit ... at that time and he 
can't control the Agena ON and OFF. 


23:11: 


:25 


CC 


Roger. Understand that. 


23:11: 


:32 


c 


So what we'd like to do is roll right 80 degrees 
at 23:36:09. That should do the same thing, 



shouldn't it. 

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23:11:35 


CC 


Roger. That's affirmative. 


23:11:42 


C 


Okay. That's what we are going to do. 


23:11:50 


CC 


Gemini XI, we're 1 minute to LOS at Tananarive. 


23:12:03 


c 


Roger. Standing by. 


23:12:19 


c 


This is Gemini XI. How do you read us on VOX? 
Over. 


23:12:23 


cc 


Read you loud and clear, Pete. 


23:12:26 


p 


All clear. How do you read me, John? 


23:12:30 


cc 


Got a loud garble, Dick. 


23:12:33 


p 


Roger. How do you read me now? 


23:12:37 


cc 


About the same. We can understand you. 


23:12:40 


p 


Okay. 

CARNARVON 


23:21:17 


cc 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 



23:21:19 C Go ahead, Carnarvon. Gemini XI here. 

23:21:22 CC Roger. We'd like you to send RESET TIMER RESET 

Command 060 to the Agena, 

23:21:28 C Roger. We're doing that at this time. 

23:21:29 CC Okay. 

23:21:33 C Roger. It's sent. We got a MAP. 

23:21:40 CC We'd like to give you a GO for depressing the cabin. 

23:21:43 C Okay. We're GO up here. We have about five steps 

to complete which we will do after we go Inertial. 

23:21:45 CC Roger. 



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CANTON ISLAND 



23 : 40: 34 


CC 


Gemini XI, this is Houston at Canton. Standing by. 


23:41:14 


cc 


Gemini XI, this is Houston at Canton. Standing by. 


23 : 41 : 23 


c 


Roger, Houston. 




p 


Can you see it now? Have you got it off? 


23:44:07 


c 


Going to hold that lever on, so get it ON. 


23:44:10 


p 


Hold still for awhile. 


23:44:22 


G 


The right helmet is stuck. 


23:44:36 


p 


Okay. There's one side gone. 


23:44:38 


c 


Okay. 


23 : 44 : 40 


c 


If you get the other side, you've got it made. 

HAWAII 


23:48:50 


cc 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. Standing by. 




c 


Roger, Hawaii. 


23:48:59 


c 


We're all ready to go. 


23:49:02 


cc 


Okay. 


23:49:03 


c 


We're going to have to run this ECS heater all the 
time this pass because the ELSS keeps ... We have 
to run it all the time to keep the pressure up. 


23:49:14 


cc 


Okay. We copy that. 


23:49:21 


cc 


We show your pressure here good on the ground and 
your quantity up to about 80 percent. 


23:49:26 


c 


Roger. 


23:49:27 


cc 


And your current looks good. 



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23:49:30 C Okay. 

23:53:24 P Almost didn't. 

23:53:29 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 1 minute to LOS. All systems 

look good on the ground. You are GO for your 
stateside KVA. Good luck to Dick. 

CALIFORNIA 

23:55:40 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at California. Standing 

by. 

23:56:11 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at California. Standing 

by. Over. 

23:56:15 C Roger, Houston. This is Gemini XI ... 

23:56:23 CC Roger. 



24:00:32 C Houston, we're over on VOX. How do you read us? 

24:00:35 CC Read you loud and clear. 

24:00:37 C Roger. You're the same. 

24:00:42 C We are just standing by to open the hatch. 

24:01:09 C Now we are just passing San Diego, just south of 

San Diego, 

24:01:15 CC That's right. 

24:01:24 C Dick is standing up. 

24:01:25 P Can we open the hatch? 

24:01:28 C Roger. Going to have to open that just a ... 

Want to try that one more time over there. 

24:01:33 P Okay. 

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TEXAS 



24:02:00 


C 


Get it. 


24:02:01 


P 


Almost. 


24:02:02 


c 


Yes. You did. Good show! 


24:02:05 


c 


Open the hatch. 


24:02:07 


p 


Okay. Hatch is coming open. 


24:02:19 


c 


Now listen, this mirror is in the way. 


24:02:22 


p 


Wait a minute! 


24:02:25 


c 


Hold the hatch down. 


24:02:32 


cc 


Roger. Do that! 


24:02:34 


c 


In the locked position. 


24:02:35 


cc 


Make sure you don't overrun your recorder. 


24:02:36 


c 


Open it slowly. 


24:02:42 


p 


Is that all right? 


24:02:44 


c 


All right. Go ahead. 


24:02:46 


c 


Get it? 


24:02:47 


p 


Hatch is open. 


24:02:50 


p 


It's a beautiful day! 


24:02:55 


c 


... in the cockpit. 


24:02:58 


p 


(Laughter) 


24:03:02 


c 


Easy. 


24:03:05 


c 


Here come the garbage bags ... 


24:03:09 


p 


Okay. 


24:03:10 


c 


It's yours. 



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24:03:13 P Where is it? 

24:03:15 C Right up in front of you. 

24:03:17 C ... out there and give it a pitch. 

24:03:24 C Here is another garbage bag. 

24:03:25 P Okay. 

24:03:29 C Hey, hey! You're standing on the MDIU. That's 

a break. Get your feet off of it! 

24:03:35 C It's coming out. 

24:03:40 C It's also coming over on your side. I will - 

24:03:47 C Make sure I hang onto you. 

24:03:49 P Roger. 

24:03:52 C Okay. I got you. 

24=03:54 P Verify. Verification of .. . 

24:03:59 C I've got your other foot. 

24:04:02 P 

24:04:04 C Okay. 

24:04:07 P Looks pretty clean back there. S-9 is right here. 

24:04:10 C All right. 

24:04:15 P Going out a little bit. 

24:04:17 C Okay. 

24:04:18 P Just a little. 

24:04:19 C Okay. 

24:04:27 C Take your time. 

24:04:28 P Okay. 

24:04:48 P Still hot. 

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24:04:49 


C 


Where you going? 


24:04:50 


P 


Trying to get high enough ... 


24:04:52 


C 


Won't come in? 


24:04:53 


P 


No. 


24:04:55 


c 


Are you sure? 


24:04:56 


p 


Yes. Here it comes. 


24:04:57 


c 


Okay. 


24:04:59 


c 


Got it tethered? 


24:05:00 


p 


Going down just a little. 


24:05:11 


p 


Okay. 


24:05:14 


c 


You got the S-9? 


24:05:15 


p 


No. 


24:05:16 


c 


It's way over there in front of you. 


24:05:21 


c 


Now it's behind you. 


24:05:23 


p 




24:05:29 


c 


It's out there in front of you. 


24:05:31 


p 


All right now. If I let go, you grab 
line. 


24:05:39 


c 


The seat is GO. 


24:05:42 


c 


I got the S-9. ... 


24:05:45 


p 


Okay. 


24:05:47 


c 


All right. Have you got something to 


24:05:49 


p 


Yes. 


24:05:50 


c 


Okay. You hold on to it while I 


24:05:51 


p 


All right. 



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24:05:52 C You're on your own. 

24:05:53 P Okay. 

24:05:56 C Now for me to get the tether. 

24:06:01 P Now I see why it takes a long time. 

24:06:05 C 

24:06:12 P Okay. Just a little and I'll have it tethered here. 

24:06:24 P The S-9 is tethered to me and it's untethered from 

you. Here are your tethers. 

24:06:34 C I'm holding it. Pull it in any time. Throw it 

out and let go of it. 

24:06:39 C Okay. 

24:06:41 P Are you going to hold my leg again? 

24:06:43 C No. Wait a minute. Just a second. 

24:06:49 P It's going down between my legs and in my way. ... 

24:07:04 C All right. Now let me deploy this ... I'm going 

to hang onto you by the D-16 tether. I can't get 
that other thing. 

24:07:20 P Okay. 

24:07:21 C All right. Now what are you doing? 

24:07:23 P I'm going to slip the panel in. 

24:07:24 C Okay. I've got hold of you. 

24:07:29 P Okay. 

24:07:31 C Yes. Okay. Now the question is, what's next? 

24:06:01 P Well. We'll ... to the tether, I guess. 

24:08:04 C Now the EV camera cover off. 

24:08:12 C Sequence 02. 

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87 



24:08:13 P Now let me hang on to you. 

24:08:14 P I've got to rest here a minute, though. 

24:08:15 C Okay. 

24:08:16 P And I'm ... 

24:08:20 P How much tether have you got left? 

24:08:22 C Oh, I'm hanging on to you right now. You want me 
to hang on to you? 

24:08:24 P No. How much tether do you have? 

24:08:28 C Tether do I have out? 

24:08:30 P Yes. How much do I need? 

24:08:31 C I'm hanging on to you right now. Tight. Don't 
have any yet. 

24:08:35 P Well, let's go get that tether. Let me have some 
tether out. 

24:08:38 C Oh. Okay. Just a minute - I'll let you go. 

24:08:41 P Hold on about 3.7. 

24:08:46 P ... suit right now. 

24:08:48 C I've got about 6 feet of tether out now. 

24:08:51 C Yes. Looks like it will be enough. 

24:08:53 P Okay. 

24:09:0? C Make that your back foot here. 

24:09:10 C Not any more. You're on your own. 

24:09:13 C I see your foot in front of the window. 

24:09:17 P Go ahead and turn the camera on. 

24:09:19 C Shoot it. 

24:09:21 P Missed it. Pull me down. 

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24:09:23 C Okay. 

24:09:24 C Keep on. You're coming right back. 

24:09:26 P Easyl 

24:09:27 C All right. I just gave you a little tug. 

24:09:28 P Easy. I can't see where I'm going. 

24:09:31 C All right. You're going in back of the adapter 
there . 

24:09:33 P Pull me back a little more. 

24:09:37 C How are you doing? 

24:09:39 P Pull me up. 

24:09:42 P Okay. 

24:09:45 P Okay. Let's try that again. 

24:09:48 C Okay. Let me know when you are going to go. 

24:09:53 P Let me have some. 

24:09:56 C You have it. 

24:09:58 C Unless you're hung on something out there. 

24:10:01 C Got it! Good show: 

24:10:05 P Okay. 

24:10:09 C Both cameras are running. 

24:10:12 C How are you doing? 

24:10:13 P All right here. 

24:10:14 C What? 

24:10:15 P I'm here, I guess. 

24:10:17 C Sure are. Ride 'em, cowboy! 

24:10:21 C Say, why don't you sit down and take a rest? 

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89 



24:10:30 C How are you doing? 

24:10:31 P Tired, Pete. 

24:10:32 C All right- Just rest. You've got plenty of time. 

You've only been out 9 minutes. 

24:10:39 P I'm going to turn off both cameras. ... Okay. 

That Camera is OFF and that Camera is OFF. Pitch 
slow a little bit. 

24:10:51 C Take your time. 

24:11:01 C Hey! You ought to see him, Houston. He's riding 

it like a cowboy! 

24:11:07 CC Houston, Roger. 

24:11:10 P Hey, Pete! The voice recorder's not on. Recorder's 

ON now. 

24:11:14 C We're 9 minutes, 50 seconds into the EVA. 

24:11:18 C ... Nose breather. How you doing? 

24:11:22 P I'm breathing hard. 

24:11:23 C Yes. Well, just relax. 

24:11:34 C Little more work involved. Right? 

24:11:35 P ?es. 

24:11:38 C Looking awfully silly sitting out there on front 

of the Spacecraft. I'll tell you that. 

24:11:46 P Looks cute. 

24:11:50 P Okay. 

24:12:02 C ... picked this hatch angle because the sun's shin- 

ing right on my head. 

24:12:12 C Take it easy! 

24:12:21 P 



24:12:37 C How are you doing? 

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p 


Okay. 


24:12: 


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You got that all right . 


24:12: 


: 57 


p 




24:12: 


: 53 




You 're way ahead of the gam 6 . 


24 : 13 ' 


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Go ahead slowly* 


24:13: 


:10 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. 


24:13; 


:11 


c 


Go ahead, Houston. 


24:13: 


:13 


cc 


Roger. Can you go off VOX? Over. We can't get 
through to you • 


24: 13 ; 


:16 






24:13: 


:22 


c 


Wait a moment and go off VOX. 


24:13: 


:25 


c 


Say again, Houston. 


24:13: 


:28 


cc 


Roger. We'd appreciate it if you'd stay off VOX 
so we can get through to you. Over. 


24:13: 


:33 


c 


Okay. Dick is breathing rapidly. He's resting 
up on the front now. 


24:13: 


:37 


cc 


Roger. He keeps the VOX cutting all the time. 


24:14: 


:23 


c 


He's got the tether on there and he's just sitting 



up there resting. He's breathing pretty hard and 
he's about to get it all tightened down and crawl 
on the docking part of ... 



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24:14:35 CC Roger. 

24:14:48 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Turn on your Manual heater . 

Over. 

24:14:55 C Okay. Manual Heater is ON. 

24:14:57 CC Roger. 

24:16:45 CC Gemini XI, Houston. A minute and 30 seconds until 

LOS at Antigua. 

24:16:52 C Roger, Houston. I've got him back in the cockpit 

and he's resting. We've got the tether hooked up. 

24:17:58 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Did you get the Docking mirror 

up? Over. 

24:18:01 C No. We decided to skip that one. 

24:18:05 CC Roger. 

ASCENSION 



24:23:40 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at Ascension, standing 

by. 

24:23:51 P Houston, we're just resting and changing the film. 

24:23:55 CC Roger. 

24:26:18 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. How's everything going? 

24:26:22 C We're just resting. We're getting ready to do D-16 

in a minute. We're taking a 5-minute rest here. 
We can rest another 3 minutes. 

24:26:30 CC Roger. That's a good idea. 

24:26:46 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. Could you check your 

Og pressure? 

24:26:52 C Yes. It's 625. The ECS - that heater's been on 

ever since you said to put it on. 

24:31:27 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. We want to turn the 

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Manual Heater OFF. Over. 
24:32:19 CC Over. 

TANANARIVE 

24:40:01 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston over at Tananarive. 

24:40:18 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Tananarive. Over. 

24:40:25 C Hello, Houston. Gemini XI here. 

24:40:28 CC Roger. This is Houston. I'd like to put your 

0 2 heat to AUTO. Over. 

24:40:33 C Yes. Listen, I just brought Dick back in. We are 

repressing the cabin right now. He got so hot and 
sweaty, he couldn't see. 

24:40:44 CC Roger. 

24:40:46 C So we're back inside now and we're about 1-1/2 down 

in pressure and he's resting. 

24:40:53 CC Roger. 

24:41:00 C And I have the heater at MANUAL at the moment. 

24:41:01 CC Houston* Roger. 

24:41:17 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

24:46:22 C Go ahead, Houston. 

24:46:23 CC Roger. Is your heater on AUTO yet? Over. 

24:46:26 C Yes. I've got the heater on AUTO and we're repress- 

ing with the ELSS. 

24:46:34 CC Roger. I know how it is when you get to where you 

can't see. You have to close the lid. 

24:46:50 C I believe you're right, John. 

24:46:51 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS at Tananarive. 

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CARNARVON 



24:56:17 


CC 


24:56:19 


C 


24:56:22 


CC 


24:56:26 


C 


24:56:29 


CC 


24:56:36 


C 



Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 
Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

Roger. We're standing by here. It looks like 
you've got the cabin repressured. 

Roger. We just untangled all the junk. 

Roger. 

Okay. Let me recap for everybody. We stayed out 
about 44 minutes there, and Dick got so much sweat 
in his right eye that he couldn't see any more out 
of his right eye. Therefore, I didn't want him to 
get any hotter doing any more work back there with 
the possibility of not being able to see out of the 
other one. So I called him in and we retrieved 
the S-9, and we hooked up the tether on to the 
Gemini from the Agena and we quit there. We re- 
trieved the outside EVA film and the inside EVA 
film and that's where we stand right now. We're 
just resting and he's getting the vision back 
in his eye, and we're cleaning up the Spacecraft 
preparatory for a garbage dump later. 

24:57:33 CC Roger. What did you think about the systems' per- 

formance? 

24:57:36 C Say again? 

24:57:37 CC What did you think about the performance of the 

systems? 

24:57:41 C Say again, Carnarvon. 

24:57:43 CC I say, what did you think about the performance of 

the systems? 

24:57:46 C Well, the Spacecraft systems are fine. I'll let 

Dick tell you what he thought about the ELSS. 

24:57:55 P The ELSS itself was okay. I was on MEDIUM FLOW 

until after I got into the tether operation where 
I went to HIGH FLOW and actually was pretty good, 

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but there was so much sweat rolling down my face 
I had to stop ... for awhile. 

24:58:16 CC Roger. We got that. 

24:58:38 CC How's the eye doing now, Dick? 

24:58:43 P It's okay now. It's just normal sweat. 

24:58:57 C I think the biggest problem that we encountered 

with the sweat is that even though he rested for 
5 or 6 minutes, it wouldn't evaporate and he had 
no way of getting it out of his eye. 

25:04:10 CC We're coming up on LOS, Gemini XI. 

25:04:12 C Gemini XI, Roger. 

25:04:16 C We're still wrestling with the umbilical in here. 

25:04:19 CC Roger. 

HAWAII 

25:21:57 C Houston, this is Gemini XI. You're coining through 

very poorly. 

25:22:00 CC Gemini XI, this is Hawaii. 

25:22:02 C Hello, Hawaii. Read you loud and clear now. 

25:22:04 CC Okay. I don't know who was calling you. 

25:23:02 CC Say again, Hawaii. 

25:23:05 CC Will you check your BIO MED Instrumentation circuit 

breaker? 

25:23:09 C Okay. 

25:23:11 C It was - it was OFF. We must have hit it OFF. 

25:23:15 CC Okay. Thank you. 

25:23:29 C Say, we'll probably dump the garbage over the 

States. We have most of it packed away. 



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25:23:36 CC Okay. Fine. You're going to have to boost up 

that 0 2 Tank pressure a little bit. 

25:23:40 C It's on it's way up now. 

25:23:U CC Okay. 

25:23:43 CC Your Quantity looks good. Secondary, if the bot- 

tles are okay. 

25:23:48 C Roger. 

^5:24:44 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

25:24:46 C Go ahead. 

25:24:47 CC There is no big hurry on jettisoning all that 

equipment. Kind of take your time and relax. 
Any time will do. 

25:24:54 C Yes. We're in fairly good order here. We have 

- as a matter of fact, if you'd like a copy, 
we'll tell you what we're going to jettison. 

25:25:03 CC Go ahead. 

25:25:05 C Okay. We have both the ELSS straps; both Y con- 

nectors; one 30-foot umbilical; one pair of de- 
bris cutters; EVA long camera cables; EVA camera 
mount; two Apollo Sump Tank covers; wrist mirror; 
all lanyards. We also jettisoned the bags that 
we planned to jettison that the EVA hoses were 
still ... and we dumped some general garbage at 
the first hatch opening. 

25:26:01 CC Okay. Fine. 

25:26:13 CC How much weight was all that general garbage? 

25:26:15 C It was two food bags with garbage in them - no, 

I guess it was four food bags. 

25:26:28 CC Okay. We copied that. 

25:26:30 C Okay. That was about it. 



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1 minute to LOS. Standing by. 

Roger. Do we have permission to go ahead and de- 
pressurize over the States? 

What? You're GO from here. 

Okay. 

CALIFORNIA 

Gemini XI, this is Houston at California. Over. 
Gemini XI, Houston at California. Over. 
Hold it. Go ahead, Houston. Gemini XI here. 
All right. Just standing by. 

Also, when you get ready to depress, we're going 
to dump this garbage. 

Houston. Roger. 

Gemini XI, this is Houston. You plan to jettison 
the ELSS too, don't you? Over. 

That's affirmative. 
GUAYMAS 

Houston, Gemini XI is depressing at this time. 
This is Houston. Roger. 

Houston, the cabin is depressed and the hatch 
is open. 

Houston. Roger. 

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25:38:44 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Is your Manual Heater ON? Over. 

25:38:59 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Do you want to check your Man- 

ual heat? It looks like you're venting 0 2 . Over. 

25:39:05 C It was ON. We'll turn it OFF. We had it right up 

to the top and we just closed the hatch, and we are 
just dogging it down right now. 

25:39:23 CC Houston. Roger. 

25:39:53 C Houston, we are repressing at this time. 

25:39:56 CC Houston. Roger. 

25:40:23 C Going back to the Manual heater. 

25:44:53 CC 

25:45:23 C Hello, Houston, Gemini XI. 

25:45:34 CC Houston. Go ahead. 

25:45:36 C Roger. We've got the cabin repressurized. 

25:45:42 CC Roger. You can go ahead and power-down and we'll 

do S-ll at the normal time. Over. 

25:45:48 C Roger. 

25:45:55 C It's going to take us a little while, John, to 

regroup here. We still have some summaries to do 
and you want us to power -down about what time? 

25:46:04 CC Roger. At your discretion. Over. No hurry. 

25:46:05 C Okay. 

25:46:10 CC Did you have any luck wiping the window? Over. 

25:46:13 C We didn't try. 

25:46:14 CC Roger. 



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ANTIGUA 



25:52:28 CC Gemini XI, Houston. A minute and a half to LOS at 

Antigua. 

25:52:33 C Gemini XI, Roger. 



ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

25:57:52 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We have nothing for you. We are 

standing by. 

25:57:57 C Okay. 

26:01:06 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We'll have LOS shortly. 

26:01:32 C RKV, Gemini XI. What's your latitude and longitude? 

26:01:39 CC 19 south, 39 west. 

26:01:45 C Gemini XI, Roger. 

26:01:1+7 C Roger. 

ASCENSION 

26:02:3^ CC Gemini XI, this is Houston standing by at Ascension. 

Over . 



26:02:39 


C 


Roger. How about a nodal update? 


26:02:1+2 


CC 


We're getting it right this minute. 


26:02:1+1+ 


C 


Thank you. 


26:06:59 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS at Ascension. 


26:07:03 


C 


Roger. 


26:07:20 


C 


Houston, Gemini XI. 


26:07:22 


CC 


Go ahead. 



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26:07: 


:23 


C 


We're going to eat lunch at 28:00:00. 


26:07: 


:31 


CC 


Say again . Over . 


26:07: 


:3^ 


C 


I said we're going to eat lunch and pick up at 
28:00:00. 


26:07: 


;39 


CC 


Roger . 

TANANARIVE 


26:16: 


:UU 


CC 


Gemini XI, this is Houston at Tananarive. Over. 


26:16: 


:k8 


C 


Gemini XI, go ahead. 


26:16: 


:50 


CC 


Roger. We have this Nodal Update. Over. 


26:l6: 


:53 


C 


Go ahead. 


26:16: 


:56 


CC 


Time, 26 plus hi plus 3^: Revolution 17; 127.1 
degrees east; 1 hour, 21 minutes, right ascension 
Over. 


26:17: 


:2k 


C 


Roger. Say again Rev number, please. 


26:17: 


:28 


CC 


Rev 17. Over. 


26:17: 


:31 


C 


Roger. 17. 


26:22: 


:5h 


CC 


Gemini XI , Houston . We 've got 1 minute to LOS at 
Tananarive. 


26:22: 


:56 


c 


Roger . 

CARNARVON 


26:32: 


:59 


CC 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. We're standing by. 


26:33: 


:02 


p 


Carnarvon, XI. Roger. 


26:33: 


:21 


p 


Carnarvon, our status at this time is: we have 



restowed and we're gaining - just starting to eat - 
and we expect to pick up our Flight Plan at 38 plus 
00 plus 00. 



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26:33:35 CC Roger. 

26:33:^3 p What you need is one, Pete. 

26:33:1+6 C I'm with you. How about a couple of them? 

26:3^:35 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

26:3^:37 C Go. 

26:3^:38 CC The pilot's sternal EKG sensor - we're not getting 

a very good reading down here. Could you ask Dick 
to press the sensor against his body? 

26:3^7 C Which one? 

26:3*+: *+8 CC His sternal EKG. 

26:3^:58 C How's it doing now? 

26:35:03 CC Not any better. 

26:35:07 CC Coming in now. 

26:35:15 CC Okay. It looks good now. 

26:35:39 C Now that we dumped the garbage, this place looks 
like the grand ballroom up here. 

26:35:50 CC You're going to have a lot of fun tomorrow. 

26:35:53 C Yes. 

26:35:57 P We have a long day today to go yet. 

26:36:10 CC I don't know if you and I can survive a 23-minute 

pass. 



26:36:16 


P 


We '11 3ee you when? 


26:36:17 


CC 


I'm going home and study. 


26:36:51 


CC 


30 seconds to LOS. 


26:36:53 


C 


Roger. Do we have you next trip? 


26:36:56 


CC 


Negative. We'll see you tomorrow morning 



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26:36:58 


C 


Okay. Thank you. 


26:37:01 


CC 


Roger . 






HAWAII 


26:58:39 


CC 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. 


26:58:41 


P 


Go ahead, Hawaii. 


26:58:43 


CC 


Roger. I've got some questions I'd like to ask 



26:58 


1+8 


P 


26:58 


50 


CC 


26:58 


53 


P 


26:58 


56 


CC 


26:58 


59 


p 


26:59 


01 


CC 


26:59 


ok 


p 


26:59 


06 


CC 


26:59 


27 


CC 


26:59 


hi 


C 


26:59 


1+8 


CC 


27:00 


1+8 


CC 


27:00 


51 


C 


27:00 


52 


CC 



you about what you jettisoned. 
Yes . Roger . Go . 

Okay. What about the sextant brackets? 
Yes. They're still aboard. 
Okay. And the umbilical stowage rack? 
That's still aboard. 

And the umbilical stowage bag for scraps? 

They 're gone . 

Okay. 

Gemini XI, this is Hawaii. We have a little test 
we'd like you to try with regard to the T or TCA 
Number 8 Thruster, and Houston will talk to you 
about it over California. They want to know whether 
or not - what your feelings are - Just whether or 
not you'd like to go along with this test. 

Sure. 

Okay. 

Are you playing around with the circuit breaker? 

Yes. That's affirm. 

Okay. 

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27:00:56 


C 


Sounds like it's firing. 


27:00:58 


GC 


All right. It did. Looks okay down here now. 


27:01:02 


C 


Say again? 


27:01:04 


CC 


Looks okay now. And it did fire when you said it 
fired. 


27:01:11 


C 


Yes. I try to listen to both 7 and 8 - one at a 
time - but usually . . . they sound the same , don ' t 
they? 


27:01:22 


CC 


Looks like the problem has rectified itself. 


27:01:26 


C 


Well, it may still be a little soft. That I can'1 
tell. I've got the Agena ON. 


27:04:18 


CC 


Gemini XI, this is Hawaii. Will you go to C0MMANI 
on your T/M switch? 


27:04:21 


c 


Roger. COMMAND. 


27:04:27 


CC 


I'm going to transmit a T x . 


27:04:28 


c 


Roger. 


27:04:41 


CC 


Okay. We have 1 minute to LOS. All systems are 
GO on the ground. 


27:04:47 


c 


Gemini XI. 

CALIFORNIA 


27:06:48 


CC 


Gemini XI, this is Houston at California. Over. 


27:06:52 


c 


This is Gemini XL. Go. 


27:06:54 


CC 


Roger. Are you ready to copy this? TCA Number 8 
Test Procedure consists of 10 steps. Over. 


27:07:07 


c 


Be with you in a second, John. 



27:07:11 CC Okay. And we want to do it over Texas 30 they can 

get the data in REAL-TIME telemetry and look at it. 



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27:07:18 C Okay. Let's go. 

27:07:23 CC The first step is a Spacecraft Sense Control with 

Agena ACS OFF at three commands, 300, 350 and kOO. 
And then, Number 2 is direct load, three attitude 
drivers to primary ACME Control, Circuit Breakers 
1 and 2 ON. Number k is yaw left to observe the 
roll rate effect, and if the roll rate exists - 
that's Number 5 - open ard close Circuit Breaker 
Number 8 and see if the roll rate effect remains. 
Number 6, if you have a roll rate, open Circuit 
Breaker Number 7. Number 7, yaw left for 5 seconds. 
Number 8, if no thrust, switch to SECONDARY DRIVERS 
and yaw again. Number 9, if degraded thrust or 
still no thrust with SECONDARY DRIVERS, pulse in 
yaw 20 times. And Number 10 is close Circuit 
Breaker Number 7 and yaw left again. Do you want 
me to say again all after Number 1? 



27:09:28 


C 


No. I think we are with you, John. 


27:09:30 


CC 


Okay. 


27:09:35 


C 


Okay . You want us to do this over Texas so you 
can look at it. Is that right? 


27:09:39 


CC 


Yes Sir, and I'll tell you when you get to Texas. 


27:09:i+3 


C 


Okay. 

TEXAS 


27:ll:U7 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. You're in Texas now. 


27:11:51 


C 


Okay. ACS going off at this time. 


27:11:55 


CC 


Roger . 


27:12:06 


C 


Standing by to yaw left on my Mark. 


27:12:10 


C 


MARK. Roll right. 


27:12:22 


cc 


Roger . 


27:12:47 


c 


Okay. Number 8 yawed left. And we rolled right. 



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27:12:53 P Roger. We rolled to the right. 

27:12:56 CC Roger. 

27:13:09 C We've got a soft thruster, John. 

27:14:19 CC Are you on Step Number 6 now? 

27:14:29 C We already did that, John. I just did that and 

Number 8 Thruster doesn't work. It appears to be 
a little softer than Number 7. 

27:14:36 CC 

27:15:34 c We've got them all closed and we're going to yaw 

left again. 

27:15:38 CC Roger. 

27:16:15 CC Did you get the same thing when you tried it the 

last time? 

27:16:19 C Yes. We got the same thing, John. It's just that 

Number 8 is soft. 

27:16:23 CC Roger. The SECONDARY DRIVERS didn't do it. 

27:16:35 C Okay. We're going to SECONDARY . 

27:17:05 CC Roger. Did you go to SECONDARY after the OAMS 

Fire switch was ON? Over. 

27:17:09 C Roger. We just went to SECONDARY with OAMS Fire 

switch ON and we got the same result. 

27:17:19 CC Roger. 

27:18:23 CC Gemini XI, Houston. ACS's back ON now? Over. 

27:18:27 C Roger. ACS is back ON. We're gyrocompassing TDA 

aft FC1. 

27: 18: jj2 CC Roger. 

27:19:58 C Houston, XI. 

27:20:00 CC Yes Sir. Houston, over. Houston, go ahead. 

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Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. You called. Over. 

No. But one thing that's come up here in the last 
hour or so - we noticed switching through our Pro- 
pellant Gage, our Prop Gage, the temperature side 
seems to be intermittent. It seems to have an open 
in it, and almost any one of the selections, it will 
jump up and down and go to zero - go to low-scale- 
off and come back and then read the temperature 
correctly . 



ANTIGUA 



Gemini XI, Houston. Could you get a source pressure 
and a prop quantity? Over. 

Roger. The first pressure is 1720 pounds - temper- 
ature is 59, and the PQI reads about ^1 percent. 

This is Houston. Roger. 

Did you copy my last on the PQI temperature - I 
mean on the Prop Gage temperature? 

That's affirmative. Over. 

Okay. 



ROSE KNOT VICTOR 



Gemini XI, RKV. We're standing by. We have nothing 
for you. 

Gemini XI. Roger. 

Gemini XI, RKV. We'll have LOS in about a minute. 

Gemini XI, Houston at Ascension, standing by. 



Roger . 

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TANANARIVE 



27:52:21 


cc 


Gemini XI, this is Houston at Tananarive, standing 
by. 


27:52:26 


c 


Houston, Gemini XI. Do you hear - how do we read? 


27:52:29 


cc 


Read you loud and clear. 


27:52:31 


c 


Okay . We had wing . . . here off to my left - large 
object tumbling at about one revolution per second. 
We flew - we had him in sight -I'd say fairly 
close to us - I don't know - it could depend on how 
big he is and I guess it could have been anything 
from our ELSS to something else. We took some 
pictures of it. 


27:52:59 


cc 


Roger . 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 


28:15:43 


cc 


Gemini XI, CSQ. 


28:15:57 


c 


Hello, CSQ. Gemini XI here. 


28:15:59 


cc 


Rogsr • How 8X6 you. today? 


28:16:01 


c 


We are running our H2 Manual heater to 67O. Would 
you confirm that 670 psi on our gage? 


28:16:10 


cc 


That is affirmative. That's 670 on-board. 


28:16:14 


c 


Okay . We 've had it on for about 4 minutes . . . 


28:16:20 


cc 


Roger. We'll keep an eye on it down here, too. 


28:16:23 


c 


Okay. We purged the fuel cells at 28:00:00. 


28:16:27 


cc 


Roger. I'll give you a Tx at this time. 


28:16:30 


c 


Thank you. 


28:16:37 


cc 


Okay. I have a small Flight Plan Update for you 
when you're ready to copy. 


28:16:44 


c 


Ready to copy. 



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28:16: 


:U6 


CC 


Okay. Hawaii, at 28:33:OU you'll get a PLA. 


28:16: 


:53 


C 


Copy. 


28:16: 


:57 


CC 


S-ll. At 29:16:5^, Sequence 01, Load Able. S-ll 
with platform powered-up. 


28:17: 


:13 


C 


Roger. S-ll with platform powered-up. Go to 
Platform at this time. 


28:17: 


:20 


CC 


Okay. After the S-ll, purge Section 01, then 02, 
and then power -down. Complete the purge at 31 
plus 30. 


28:17: 


•M 


c 


That is S-ll. 


28:17: 


■M 


CC 


At 29:49:19 Sequence 03; Load Able. Last item. 
At CSQ at 31:27:00, we want a Crew Status Report. 
This is the end of the Flight Plan Update. Over. 


28:l8: 


:09 




Roger . Just give me the time on the purge again . 


28:18; 




CC 


Okay. That'll be after the S-ll - the first S-ll. 


28:18: 


:22 


c 


Okay. Actually they're together there. Then came 
Sequence 01 and Sequence 03 . 


28:18: 


:31 


CC 


Say again. 




:33 




I say they're together in time. It'll be after 
the last S-ll. 


28:18: 


*3 


CC 


That 's affirmative . 


28:19: 


:35 


c 


CSQ, Gemini XI. 


28:19: 


:38 


CC 


Roger. Go ahead. 


28:19: 


il40 


C 


We have another little novelty for you to think 
about. Every time we turn on the Cryo Quantity 
to the 02 or H2 position, we get a very dull down- 
cycle tone in the earphone set. Maybe something 
new and keep on with that . . . system. 


28:19: 


59 


CC 


Roger . Will advise in a minute . 


28:20: 


21 


CC 


Gemini XI, CSQ. 


28:20: 


2k 


C 


Go ahead. 



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28:20:25 CC Okay. Would you have the Pilot press on his sternal 

EKG sensor? 

28:20:30 C 

28:20:57 CC Okay. We are getting a good reading on that sen- 

sor now. 

28:21:00 C Okay. 

28:22:18 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. About a minute to LOS and we'll be 

standing by. 

28:22:22 C Okay. 



28:34:00 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

28:34:02 C Go ahead, Hawaii. 

28:34:03 CC Roger. All set to check here on the ground. I 

have a PLA Update for you. 

28:34:07 C Well, I've been hanging on to this Manual H 2 Heater 

for the last 20 minutes and we're still on to get- 
ting it up. Just a second and we'll get the copy. 

28:34:18 C Okay. 

28:34:40 CC Okay. Area 19-4: 29:45:13; 20 plus 47, 26 plus 

52. Bank angle for all areas: roll left 85, roll 
right 95. Area 20-3: 31:05:24; 20 plus 06, 26 
plus 12. Area 21-3: 32:40:38; 20 plus 22, 26 
plus 35- Area 22-3: 34:15:29; 20 plus 43, 27 
plus 02. Sep Maneuver for all areas and marginal 
weather in 22-3. 

28:36:19 C This is Gemini XI. Copied. 

28:36:21 CC Roger. 

28:36:42 C Hawaii, Gemini XI. 

28:36:43 CC Go ahead. 

28:36:44 C They want us to leave the Hg Quantity Read switch 

ON all night. Is that right? 



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28:36:52 CC Now, let me check that. 

28:37:03 CC That's affirmative, Gemini XI. 

28:37:05 C Okay. 

28:37:1+5 CC While your Hydrogen Tank pressure is rising very 

slowly . 

28:37:^8 C Yes. We've been over here. It's been taking us 

25 minutes to get it up there. 

28:37:52 CC Not but 2 more days, then you can quit. 

28:37:55 C Thanks. 

28:38:56 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

28:38:58 C Go ahead. 

28:38:59 CC Our temperature on the L-Band is getting a little 

low. Will you send 071 for us please? 

28:39:04 C Roger. Going 071 L-BAND ON. 

28:39:08 CC And we have. Thank you. 

28:39:11 C Roger. 

28:1+0:22 C Gemini XI, Hawaii. Go back to AUTO. 

28:1+0:23 CC The pressure rise is normal for this point. 

28:1+0:26 C Whoopee! (Laughter) You know, I dragged you three- 

quarters of the way around the world to do that! 

28:UO:53 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. Evidently the pressure rise is 

normal for this portion of the flight, on that 
same question. 

28:1+1:00 C Okay. 

28:1+1:01+ CC We have 1 minute to LOS and we're standing by. 

28:1+1:08 C Okay. We're on the Flight Plan; we got the update 

copy. We're standing by to do the S-ll, Sequences 
01 and 03. 



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28:41:19 


CC 


Okay. 


We'll see you next time around. 


28:41:21 


C 


Roger . 










GUAYMAS 


28:45:18 


CC 


Gemini 


XI, Houston at Guaymas. Over. 


28:45:21 


C 


Hello, 


Houston. Gemini XI here. 


28:45:25 


CC 


Roger . 


This is Houston standing by. 


28:45:29 


c 


Okay. 




28:47:28 


c 


Houston 


, Gemini XI. 


28:47:30 


cc 


This is 


Houston . Go . 


28:47:32 


c 


Roger . 


This Update time on the Sequence 



S-ll. Is that sunrise - 28:49:19? 
28:47:50 CC It's sunrise minus 4 minutes. Over. 

28:47:53 C Okay. Right. Thank you. 

28:48:07 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 
28:48:09 C Go ahead. 

28:48:11 CC Is this tone you get on the 0 2 H 2 Cryo continuous or 

does it last for about 30 seconds when you first 
switch to it? Over. 

28:48:21 C It's continuous. 

28:48:23 CC Roger. 

28:48:25 C There's something here; I never heard it before. 

About a couple hours ago we turned it on and off 
and stepping in the sound cycle tones, and they 
are very dull in the ear. They may have been there, 
but I just can't tell you. 

28:48:50 CC Do you think you could sleep with it ON? This is 

Houston . Over . 



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28:48:53 


C 


Oh, yes. 


28:48:56 


GC 


Roger . 


28:50:42 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. 10 seconds to LOS at Guaymas . 


28:50:46 


c 


Roger . 






ROSE KNOT VICTOR 


29:06:38 


c 


RKV, Gemini XI. Over. 


29:06:40 


CC 


Gemini XI, go. 


29:06:1+4 


c 


Go ... 


29:06:51 


CC 


Roger. Go ahead. 


29:06:53 


c 


Roger. Nine event. 


29:06:58 


CC 


Right . 


29:07:00 


c 


And the RED ... looks like .11. 


29:07:08 


CC 


Roger. Copy .11. 


29:07:12 


c 


That's as close as I can make it. 


29:07:14 


CC 


Roger . 


29:14:05 


CC 


Gemini XI, RKV. We'll have LOS in about 1 minute 




You look good from here. 


29:14:11 


c 


Roger. We're just standing by to do S-ll. 


29:14:14 


CC 


Roger . 






TANANARIVE 


29:28:07 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston at Tananarive. Standing by. 


29:28:27 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. Standing by at Tananarive. 



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29:29:29 


C 


Hello there, Houston CAP COM. Gemini XI here. 
How do you read? 


29:29:35 


cc 


Roger, Gemini XI. This is Houston standing by at 
Tananarive . 


29:29:41 


c 


Roger. We're in the middle of the S-ll ... 


29:29:U7 


cc 


Roger . 


29:35:22 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute until LOS at Tanana- 
rive. 


29:35:27 


c 


Roger, Houston. 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 


29:51:36 


cc 


Gemini XI, CSQ CAP COM. Standing by. 


29: 51: to 


c 


Roger, CSQ. 


29:51:46 


cc 


Roger. I'm sending you a T x . 


29:53:27 


c 


CSQ, Gemini XI. 


29:53:31 


cc 


Go, Gemini XI. 


29:53:32 


c 


CSQ, do they want us to power -down a platform? 


29:53:37 


cc 


I believe so. Stand by 1 minute. 


29 : 53 : 40 


c 


Okay. 


29:54:13 


cc 


Gemini XI, this is CSQ. Stand by on that power- 
down . 


29:54:17 


c 


Thank you. Standing by. 


29:55:29 


cc 


Gemini XI, CSQ. 


29:55:32 


c 


Go ahead. 


29:55:33 


cc 


Okay. Did you purge after that first S-ll? 


29:55:37 


c 


No. We ran right through that into the other one. 



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We'll have to purge now. 



29: 55 : 4l 




Okay . Do your purging now and 
down after the purge. 


29:S5:M+ 


P 


Okay. 


29:56:02 


P 


We're going to purge them now. 


29:56:05 


CC 


Roger. We're copying that. 


29:56:17 


P 


Complete on Section 1 . 


29:56:20 


CC 


Roger . 


29:56:58 


c 


The oxygen is on Section 2. 


29:57:03 


cc 


Say again, Gemini XI. 


29:57:04 


c 


The oxygen is on Section 2. 


29:57:07 


cc 


Roger . 



HAWAII 



30:08 


27 


CC 


Gemini 


XI, 


Hawaii . 


30:08 


29 


C 


Gemini 


XI, 


go. 


30:08 


30 


CC 


Okay. 


I'd 


like to activate the S-k around for a 



package. 



30:C3:35 


c 


Roger . Standing by . 


30:08:36 


cc 


You're standing by? Okay. About 20 seconds. 


30:08:41 


c 


Roger . 


30:08:55 


cc 


5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 


30:09:00 


cc 


MARK. 


30:09:02 


c 


Roger. It's activated. 


30:09:11 


cc 


Okay. Would you place your Quantity Read switch 



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to 0 2 , please? 
30:09:30 CC Okay. Back to H 2 . 

30:09:44 CC I have a PLA Update for you. 

30:09:49 P Stand by. 

30:10:09 P Okay. 

30:10:11 P Go ahead. 

30:10:13 CC Okay. Area: 23-Delta; 35:14:19; 20 plus 11, 25 

plus 12. Bank angle for all areas: roll left 85, 
roll right 95. 24-Delta: 36:48:57; 19 plus 57, 24 
plus 53. 25-2: 38:24:37; 19 plus 4l, 25 plus 07. 
26-2: 39:59:57; 19 plus 45 , 25 plus 21. 27-Echo: 
41:31:00; 34 plus 1+8, 38 plus 20. 28-1: 1+3:13:35; 
3k plus 01, 37 plus k7. 29-1 : 45:01:44; 20 plus 
16, 26 plus 06. 30-1: 46:37:05; 20 plus 19, 26 
plus 11. Sep Maneuver for all areas and weather 
is good in all areas. And I have a note for two 
of these areas. For Area 27-Echo and 28-1. Fire 
Rockets 1, 2 and 3 only at 0 degrees pitch attitude. 
Stand by for a minute. 



30:13:45 


CC 


Retro-ball reading for 27-Echo is -23 degrees; for 
28-1, it's 27 degrees. 


30:14:08 


C 


I'm not sure we quite understand this Retro-ball 
angle . 


30:14:11+ 


cc 


We'll check on it for you. Stand by. 


30:15:08 


CC 


We've got them thinking. 


30:15:12 


c 


Very good. 


30:15:25 


c 


The guy that made them up probably went home on the 
last shift. 


30:15:29 


cc 


I tried to call him before the pass and he was out 
of the office. 


30:16:01 


cc 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. 


30:16:03 


c 


Go ahead. 


30:16:04 


cc 


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30:16:09 C Okay. 

30-17-10 CC Gemini XI, this is Hawaii. We're going to lose you 

in a little bit. Maybe I'll have an answer for you 
on those ball angles for you over RKV. 

30:17:17 C Okay. Thank you. 

30:17:2^ P We'll run this gage up to where it was the last time. 

30:17:27 CC Okay. We copy that. 

30:17:30 P Yes. We want Flight to extend these LOS. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

30:1+2:1+3 CC Gemini XI, RKV. Would you turn the Encoder OFF 

please, so we can load a VM for it? 

30:1+2:50 P Roger. Encoder going OFF. 

30:1+3:00 CC Okay. I have that information for you on the ball 

angles, if one of you is ready to copy. 

30:1+3:08 P Ready to copy. 

30:1+3:10 CC Okay. Ball angles for those two areas are based on 

different true anomalies than what were discussed 
with you. For Area 27-E, it's based on a true 
anomaly of 208 degrees; for Area 28-1, it's based 
on a true anomaly of 212 degrees. If you're going 
to do an OAMS Retro, it will be based on a true 
anomaly of 190 degrees and the other pertinent 
information associated with an OAMS Retro will be 
updated to you at that time. Do you copy? 

30:1+3:52 P We copy and understand. 

30:1+3:51+ CC Roger. Very good. Also, we have a brief two-item 

Flight Plan Update for you. 

30;l+l+:02 P Go ahead. 

30:¥+:0l+ CC Okay. The first item is for Node: Time, 3l+:12:39; 

it will be Rev 22; will be 11.7 degrees east, 01:12 
right ascension. Second item is at Antigua at a 
time of 1+0:15:30. You'll have a Crew Status Report. 
Over . 

30:1+1+: 1+2 P Gemini XI copies. 

30 :!+!+: 1+5 CC Roger. That's all we have for you at this time. 

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We have a Delta-VM in and you can turn your Encoder 
back ON. 



30:44:53 


P 


Encoder is ON. 


30:44:54 


CC 


Roger . 


30:45:11 


C 


RKV, Gemini XI. 


30:45:13 


CC 


Roger. Gemini XI. 


30:45:15 


C 


Roger. Would you check with the Surgeon down there' 
I'd like to take a foxtrot. 


30:45:24 


CC 


Stand by. 


30:45:40 


CC 


Roger. We concur with the foxtrot. 


30:45:43 


C 


Okay. 


30:45:45 


C 


Computer at this time. 


30:45:47 


CC 


Roger . 


30:49:43 


CC 


Gemini XI. We have an update for you. Height- 
Adjust. 


30:49:49 


p 


Roger. Wait. 


30:50:04 


p 


We're ready to copy. 


30:50:06 


CC 


Okay. We'll probably have LOS during this. GET B: 
40:29:59; Delta-V, 912.3; Delta-TD, 01 plus 50; 
Core 25 » 01923; thrusters, TPS; Maneuver, Forward 
Posigrade . Over . 

TANANARIVE 


31:07:00 


CC 


Gemini XI. Houston. 


31:07:04 


p 


Gemini XI. Go ahead. 


31:07:07 


CC 


You gained two numbers on me. Listen, Dick, are 
you on two B- Pumps yet? 


31:07:14 


p 


No. 


31:07:15 


CC 


Let's go to two B -Pumps now. 


31:07:18 


p 


Okay. 


31:07:22 


p 


We 're on two B-Pumps . 


31:07:24 


CC 


Okay. We're standing by. 



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31: 


:07: 


:30 


P 


They've got you doing something. 


31: 


:07: 


:32 


cc 


Yes. It's about time I did something. 


31: 


:07: 


:35 


p 


Say again? 


31: 


:07; 


:36 


cc 


About time I did something. 


31: 


:07: 


:38 


p 


(Laughter) 


31: 


:07: 


'M 


cc 


I have handball in l/2 hour. 


31: 


:07: 


:k6 


p 


Roger . 










COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 


31: 


:27: 


:31 


cc 


Gemini XI, CSQ CAP COM. 


31: 


:27: 


:35 


c 


Go ahead, CSQ. Gemini XI here. 


31: 


:27: 


:37 


cc 


Okay. You can turn your Hg Heater OFF now. 


31: 


:27: 


;kl 


c 


Go from AUTO to OFF? 


31: 


:27: 


'M 


cc 


That's affirm. 


31: 


:27; 


:h7 


c 


Roger, Charlie. 


31: 


:27: 


;l+8 


cc 


Okay. We want to send you a 


31: 


:27: 


:50 


cc 


And we are ready for your Crew Status Report. 


31: 


:27: 


:55 


c 


Roger . Coming down . 


31: 


:28: 


iOl 


c 


Let's see, for the Command Pilot: lunch, ate 



2- Charlie and Command Pilot ate non-solid. For 
dinner, eating Meal 3-Charlie. We are still in 
the process of eating that. I would suspect the 
Command Pilot ate 2-Charlie for lunch and two-thirds 
... and the Pilot is in the process of eating Meal 

3 - Charlie right now - everything. The gun count 
reads 10U0 and it's adequately input. 

31:28:57 CC Roger. Copy all that. 



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31:29:00 CC Did you get all that Agena Burn Update over RKV? 

31:29:05 C Roger. We'll read it back to you just as soon as 

we get it. Right? 

31:29:17 P Roger. Copy the translation 1+0:29:55. The on- 

board 2.3 duration, 01 plus 50; Core 25, 09123; 
Forward Posigrade. Over. 

31:29:37 CC That's a PPS burn. 

31:29:39 P Roger. You got it all. 

31:29: kO CC Okay. We would like you and the Pilot, just before 

your sleep period, to hold both of the EKG External 
Sternal Sensors about 5 minutes, and hold them 
firmly depressed to the body. We figure that they 
may stick down there, and if we leave them loose 
overnight the adhesive may dry up. 

31:30:06 C Roger. Understand. 

31:30:12 CC Would you turn your Encoder OFF? We want to reset 

the clock and turn the L-Band OFF. 

31:30:19 P Roger. The Encoder is OFF. 

31:31:08 CC Okay. We'll check your VM words at RKV and if 

they're good you can turn your Encoder back ON. 

31:31:13 C Roger. Encoder's ON. 

31: 33: to- CC Gemini XI, CSQ. 

31:33:^3 C Go. 

31:33:^5 CC Okay. We have about a minute before LOS and we'll 

be standing by. Have a good night's sleep. 

31:33:51 C Roger. Thank you. We need it. 

CANARY ISLANDS 

38:53:26 CC Gemini XI, Canary CAP COM. 

38:53:^5 CC Gemini XI, Canary. 



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38:53: 


1+6 


P 


Here. 


38:5^: 


00 


CC 


Gemini XI, Canary CAP COM. 


38:5i+: 


:03 


cc 


Warming up. 


38:5^: 


:07 


cc 


Hello there, Gemini XI. How are you feeling? 


38:5^: 


:09 


p 


Just fine. We've been up for about 20 minutes 
and we're starting to configure for High-Altitude. 


38:5^: 


:15 


cc 


Roger. We're allowed to wake you up about 30 
minutes early this morning to let you have enough 
time to get ready. 


38:5^: 


:2l 


p 


Okay. 


38:5^: 


:23 


cc 


Okay. I'd like you to place your H 2 Heater to the 
AUTO position if you would. 


38:5^ 


:27 


p 


Roger. H 2 to AUTO. 


38:5^ 


:30 


cc 


Okay . And at your convenience would you send 
RESET TIMER RESET to the Agena 060? 


38:5^: 


:38 


p 


Roger. We're doing that now. 


38:5^: 


ikl 


p 


And I think we'd like to go ahead and start the 
power -up early, if that's all right. 


38: 5^: 


>M 


cc 


Roger. Go ahead and fire it up. 


38:5^: 


:53 


cc 


Like to remind you that before your next pass is 
up to go to TDA forward. 


38:55: 


:00 


p 


Roger. We're going to start ... 


38:55: 


:06 


cc 


That's about all we have for this time. I guess 
the next time we see you we'll be pumping you up 
a little bit. 


38:55: 


:13 


c 


Roger . 


38:55: 


:^3 


c 


Canaries, Gemini XI. We'll go ahead and purge the 
fuel cells shortly. 


38:55: 




cc 


Okay. 



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38:56:37 


CC 


Gemini XI, Canary. 


38:56:38 


c 


Go ahead. 


38: 56:39 


cc 


Would you confirm that S-9 is stowed properly, 
please? 


38:56:43 


c 


Roger. It's been on the floor all night. 


38:56:46 


cc 


Okay. 


38:56:1+9 




Facing aft. 


38:56:50 


cc 


Roger . 


38:56:51 


cc 


On the floor, facing aft. 


38:57:38 


cc 


Gemini XI, Canaries. Would you place CRYO switch 
to O2, please? 


38:57:43 


c 


Roger, to O2 and commencing fuel cell purge, Sec- 
tion 1, Ifydrogen. 


38: 58:04 


c 


Okay. Going to Section 2, Hydrogen. 


38:58:09 


cc 


Roger . 


38:58:31 


c 


You ought to be able to see us go by down there 
this morning. 


38:58:35 


cc 


I don't know if anybody's outside right now. 


38:58:40 


p 


Now we're purging the oxygen on Number 1. 


38:58:42 


cc 


Roger . 


38: 59:07 




Gemini XI to Houston. I sure don't hold much hope 
for the pictures taken out of the left window, fty 
window is extremely dirty. 


38:59:15 


cc 


Smokey will do. 


38:59:27 


cc 


Gemini XI, would you reconfirm your gyrocompassing 
please? 


38:59:30 


c 


Roger. We're going TDA south and then we'll be 
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Okay. 

Gemini XI, we're just about at LOS. We'll see you 
our next pass . 

Roger . 

KANO 

Gemini XI, Houston. 
Go ahead, Houston. 

We've only got about 30 seconds on this pass. I 
can start giving you some of your high- altitude, 
reentry data if you're ready to copy. 

Wait. 

Hey, Houston, we've got something for you! We'll 
pick you up later . 

Roger. We're running pretty short anyway. 

Okay. We have started sending commands to the 
Agena and we only get MAP on the 2nd time we send 
the same command. 

Roger. Is it performing as per your command? 
Say again? 

Is it performing as you command it, even though 
you only get a MAP the second time? 

Well, I'm not sure of that. We just discovered it 
when we started. 

HOUSTON 

Gemini XI, Houston 
Go, Houston. 

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Go ahead, Houston. 

Roger. You're garbling a little bit. Could you 
turn your Encoder switch OFF? 

Roger. It's OFF. 

Roger. How does the Agena look now? When you 
faded out over the last station, you had a problem 
with it. Over. 

Well, every once in awhile we don't get a MAP and 
we have to send the command a couple of times, and 
then we'll finally get a MAP. We're in FC2 right 
now, gyrocompass ing BEF. 

Roger. Your - for your information, when you were 
over the Canaries, we saw you send two commands each 
time for GEO RATE and PITCH Horizon Sensors. We 
got MAPS for both of the commands, both times, and 
the function was executed on your first command. 
Over. 

Okay. Apparently we're not getting a MAP light 
back. That's all. 

Roger. At least right now, it looks like all the 
commands are getting through even though you don't 
get the MAP light. Have you taken a look as far 
as the status display panel lights or approach 
lights? 

No, we didn't try those. How about our GET time 
hack? 

Roger. I'll give you a time hack at GET 1+0:18:00, 
and that's about 25 seconds from now. Time will 
be U0:l8:00. 

5, 1+, 3, 2, 1. 

MARK. 

That's 1+0:18:00 

Roger. We're right with you. Time of burn is still 
1+0 plus 29 plus 59, 1 plus 59- Is that correct? 



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That is correct. As you approach the Canary Islands 
we will verify, on the ground, that you actually 
are in Flight Control Mode 7 and monitor all your 
commands, but you presently have a GO for the burn, 
and unless you hear from us, you'll execute the 
burn on time. Over. 

Okay. 

Houston, Gemini XI. 

Houston, Gemini XI. 

Go ahead, Gemini XI. 

Can we have the encoder back? 

That's affirm. Turn the Encoder ON at this time 
and we would like to send approach lights ON, and 
we'll monitor you from the ground. 

Okay. 

Are you ready to copy your OAMS Reentry Inertial 
platform update? 

Go ahead. 

GET of 5 degrees: 1+0:32:39- GET 275 degrees: 
4l:51:OU. For Area 27-Echo: GET B 1+1:22:39; 
Delta-V, 2l+0; burn time, 5 plus 00; Address 25, 
921+00; ball reading, UP 3. For Area 28-1: GET B 
1+3:05:00; Delta-V, 2U0; burn time, 5 plus 00; 
Address 25, 921+00; ball reading, UP 1. In both 
of these, OAMS reentries are roll left 55 degrees. 
Over. 

Okay. I didn't get the 5-degrees ball time, please, 
and the first thing after that. 

Roger. The GET of 5 degrees on the ball is 1+0:32:39. 
The GET of 275 degrees on the ball is 1+1:51:0U. Did 
you copy that? 

Got it. Thank you. 

Roger. Another possible problem that could be 



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causing these MAP - intermittent MAPS, is a - your 
L-Band beacon seems to be cooling off fairly rapidly 
at night. Suggest you send 071. This will turn it 
ON, allow it to warm up and perhaps we can get 
some better MAPS. 

to: 21: It? C Okay. 

40:21:54 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Also, you have a GO for 1*51. 

40:21:58 c Roger. 

40:22:14 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Your approach lights look good 

from here. You're clear to turn them OFF, 

40:22:20 C Affirm. 

40:22:32 CC Yes, Sir ... 

40:22:36 C Say again? 

40:22:57 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Could you give us an abbre- 

viated Crew Status Report? 

40j23:00 C Roger. We haven't eaten this morning. 

40:23:05 CC Roger. Thank you. 

40:23:07 C We slept about 5 hours. 

40:23:11 CC Roger. 

40:23:12 c And I can't read the water gun. It's locked up. 

40:23:33 CC Have a good ride up there. 

40:23:34 C Thank you. 

40:25:03 P 2 minutes to 57. 

40:25:08 P Count 1 minute. 

40:25:10 P Count 2 minuteB. 

40:25:15 P Here comes the sun. 

40:25:20 C 

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UO:25:21 P You're not going to be able to see it. It's Just 
like John said. 

to: 25: 38 P You have over k minutes to the burn. The sun will 
be up another 16 degrees. It will be right over 
the top. 

1+0:25:50 P 5 minutes to burn. 

1+0:26:01+ P 1 minute. 

1+0:26:53 P 10 seconds. 

1+0:26:58 P Stand by. 

1+0:26:59 P 5, k, 3, 2, 1. 

1+0:27:01+ P MARK. 

1+0:27:05 P 5-1+71. 

1+0:27:08 C 1+71. 

1+0:27:09 P 571. 

1+0:27:10 C 571 MAP. 

1+0:27:12 P 201. 

1+0:27:16 C 201 MAP. 

1+0:27:20 P 371. 

1+0:27:22 C 371 MAP. 

1+0:27:21+ P 271. 

1+0:27:27 C 271 MAP. 

1+0:27:28 P Okay. Standing by for 59- 

1+0:27:29 C What do I stand by for ... 

1+0:27:31 P What? 

1+0:27:32 C What are . . . 



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1+0:27:3*+ P Oi+l. 

1+0:27:1+1+ P I'm going to go ahead and get the Start Comp 1. 

CANARY ISLANDS 

1+0:28:21 CC Gemini XI, Canaries. 

1+0:28:23 C Go ahead. 

1+0:28:24 CC Okay. We show your vehicle is GO. We're standing 

by for record data on VM ENABLE. 

1+0:28:30 C Roger. 

1+0:29:37 CC Gemini XI, you're GO for the burn. 

1+0:30:09 C Roger. 

to: 31: 37 C The ... is solid and it's really holding. 

1+0:31:^3 CC Say again, Gemini XI. 

1+0:31:1+1+ C Looking good, looking good. 

kO:31:k5 CC Roger. Roger. 

to: 31: 1+6 C Stand by for cut-off. 

1+0:31:52 CC Cut-off. 

1+0:31:55 C Whoop-pee -do! 500 ride. 

1+0:31:59 CC Looks real good from here. Looks real good from 
here, Gemini XI. 

1+0:32:03 C Roger, Bob. We used 31 feet per second of main 
propulsion left. 

to:32:07 CC Would you say again, please? 

1+0:32:08 C We have 1+1 seconds of main propulsion left. 

1+0:32:12 CC Roger. 



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1+0:32:16 


C 


Negative . 31 ♦ 


UO:32:l8 


cc 


Roger . 31 . 


40:32:51 


c 


Okay. 80 reads 918. 


40:32:57 


cc 


Say again. Say again, Gemini XI. 


40:32:59 


c 


I said 80 at 918 and the 8l reads 8l. 


40:33:08 


cc 


That was 80 reads 9l8 and 8l reads 8l? 


40:33:12 


c 


Affirmative. And 82 reads 51. Over. 


40:33:15 


cc 


Roger. 82, 51. 


40:33:48 


c 


Canaries, Gemini XI. 


40:33:49 


cc 


Go ahead, Gemini XI. 


40:33:50 


cc 


Stand by. 


40:33:51 


c 


Roger, I just got the platform to free 



to free at 40:33:30, and would you have them com- 
pute the ball angles for that time, please, Sir? 



40:34:03 


cc 


Will do. 




40 : 34:15 


cc 


They're working on 


it now, Gemini XI. 


40:34:18 


c 


Okay. 




40:34:34 


cc 


Gemini XI, this is 


Canaries. Here at our LOS 



They'll get that to you as soon as they can. 



40:34:38 


C 


Okay. 






CARNARVON 


41:02:32 


C 


Carnarvon, Gemini XI. 


41:02:34 


CC 


Hello up there. 


41:02:36 


C 


How long have you had us? 



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Ul:02:37 


CC 


We 've just had you about a minute here . 


4i:02:4o 


C 


I'll tell you, it's GO up here and the world's round 


41:02:43 


CC 


You have a good view? 


41:02:45 


C 


I mean it's spectacular I 


Ul:02:U7 


P 


Bill, it's really fantastic: You wouldn't believe 
it! 


Ul:02:50 


c 


I tried to yippee out the left window and - - 


41:02:55 


p 




41:02:57 


c 


- - ... under our nose and you're out the right 
window . 


41:02:59 


CC 


Get some pictures out the right window, not the 
left. 


41:03:02 


c 


Actually, we're taking them all out the right win- 
dow except the 75mm 16 camera. 


4l : 03 : 08 


CC 


Roger . 


41:03:09 


CC 


Okay. I have your ball reading for you when you're 
ready to copy . 


41:03:15 


c 


Okay . Wait . 


41:03:22 


c 


Okay . Ready to copy . 


41:03:23 


cc 


Okay. Will you turn the Encoder OFF and we'll go 
ahead and get our Agena tape dump. 


41:03:27 


c 


Okay. 


41:03:31 


cc 


Okay. For Area 27- Easy, your ball reading is UP 7. 
Your Area 28-1, your ball reading is UP 4. 


41:03:50 


c 


Okay. We copy. 



41:04:15 CC You released the ball 8 degrees past perigee. 

41:04:18 C Okay. 8 degrees. Roger. 



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1+1:04:36 C I'll tell you, you can't believe it I 

41:04:42 C Just out of my left window I can see all the way 
from - - 

41:04:45 P 

41:04:47 C - - the end, around the top of the world all the 
way around about 150 degrees, including the hori- 
zon all the way around. 

1+1:05:05 CC Okay. We're going to up-link you with a VM word 
for your Retro burn. 

41:05:09 C Okay. 

1+1:05:13 C What's our orbit? 

1+1:05:16 CC 156 by 742. 

1+1:05:22 CC That's 156 by 742. 

1+1:05:29 C Have a period for us? 

1+1:05:31 CC Stand by. 

1+1:05:1+3 CC 101. 5. 

1+1:05:1+6 CC 101. 5. 

1+1:05:51 C 101. 5. Thank you. 

1+1:05:57 CC You got a good VM load. 

1+1:06:00 C Okay. 

1+1:06:08 CC Okay. I have your GET of apogee. 

1+1:06:11 C Roger. 

1+1:06:13 CC 1+1 plus 21 plus 58. 

1+1:06:18 C First apogee, 1+1:21:58. 

1+1:06:20 CC Roger. 

1+1:06:24 C Have you got a Retro time for us? 



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1+1:06:28 CC Stand by. 

1+1:06:36 CC The one you have is good, Pete. 

1+1:06:1+5 C The one that I have is good? What one is that? 

1+1:06:1+7 CC You should have 27-Easy. 

1+1:06:52 C I mean the Retro burn fire with the PPS. 

1+1:06:58 CC Okay. Stand by. 

1+1:07:19 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

1+1:07:20 C Go ahead. 

1+1:07:22 CC Okay. Your time for that burn is 1+0:29:59. 

1+1:07:27 CC Negative, That's the first time. 

1+1:07:32 CC I'm sorry, Pete. Stand by. 

1+1:08:05 CC 1*11 have the time for you in a second, Pete. 

1+1:08:06 C Okay. 

1+1:08:21+ CC That time is 1+3:52:38. 

1+1:08:32 C 1+3:52:38 Retro burn? 

1+1:08:36 CC That's affirm. 

1+1:09:22 C And for your information, our dosimeter reads .3 
rads per hour up here. 

1+1:09:28 CC Roger. 

1+1:09:31 C And number of amps, 11. 

1+1:09:36 CC Roger. 

1+1:09:55 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

1+1:09:59 CC I have a Flight Plan Update for you, when you're 
ready to copy. 

1+1:11:01 C Okay. Wait. 

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Ul: 


:11: 


:07 


C 


Go ahead. 


Ul: 


:11: 


:09 


CC 


Okay. The first is a node: Time, UO:13:31; Rev 
26, 80.6 degrees west; 1 hour, U minutes, right 
ascension . 


Ul; 


:11: 


:31 


CC 


Ul:21:57; apogee Rev 26. 


ia: 


:11: 


:U2 


CC 


S-ll, Ul:29:58; Sequence Number OU; the Mode is A. 


1+1 




' 53 






Ul: 




:09 






Ul: 










la: 


:13: 


:07 


CC 


We've completed the dump tape. You can go ahead 
and put the Encoder ON. 


»a: 


:13: 


:11 


C 


Roger. The Encoder is ON. 


l+l: 


:13: 


:33 


CC 


Why don't you talk to us about the view? 


1+1: 


:13: 


:36 


Q 


because we're very busy. We're looking straight 
down over Austrailia now. We have a terminator at 
our right window. We have the whole southern part 
of the world out one window. Utterly fantastic * 


Ul: 


:13: 


;58 


P 


Yes . Now here comes the terminator behind me 
Pete. Moving like a streak. 


Ul: 


au : 


:05 


c 


Okay. Give me a hand with the rest of this stuff. 


Ul: 


:lU: 


:07 


p 


Okay. 


Ul: 


:lU: 


:13 


c 


Now, back off VOX for a second. 


Ul: 


:1U: 


:5l 


c 


We're setting up for S-ll now. 


Ul: 


:lU: 


:5U 


cc 


Roger . 


Ul: 


:15: 


06 


c 


Okay. Get us 2nd Apogee time. 


Ul: 


:15: 


09 


cc 


Stand by. 


Ul: 


15:10 


c 


Okay. 



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1+1:16:28 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

1+1:16:31 C Go. 

1+1:16:32 CC Okay. Second apogee will be 43:03:28. 

1+1:17:51 C You copy, Carnarvon? 

1+1:17:52 CC That's negative; we've lost T./M on you. Say again? 

1+1:18:06 C Hello, Carnarvon. 

1+1:18:29 C Hello, Carnarvon. 

1+1:18:32 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

1+1:18:50 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

1+1:19:03 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

1+1:19:05 C Go ahead. 

1+1:19:06 CC How do you read? 

1+1:19:08 C Say again? 

1+1:19:09 CC How do you read me? 

1+1:19:10 C You're very weak. I think maybe our antenna's 
underneath us and blocking you. 

1+1:19:15 CC Roger. Did you get that second apogee time? 

1+1:19:18 C 1+3:03:06. Is that correct? 

1+1:19:22 CC It's 1+3:03:28. 

1+1:21:17 C How do you read, Carnarvon? 

1+1:21:19 CC Read you loud and clear. How me? 

1+1:21:21 C You're very weak. 

1+1:21:30 CC The T/M has been dropping in and out for about 
the last 2 minutes. 

1+1:21:32 C Yes. We have a low angle plus, I guess, our range 

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is pretty far. We're almost on the other end of 
Australia. We should be coming up on apogee in 
l8 seconds. 



1+1:21:58 C MARK. Apogee. 

41:22: 08 CC Roger. 



Ul: 26:30 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Canton standing by for a 15- 

minute pass. 

Ul:26:35 C Hello there, Houston! This is Gemini XI. 

41:26:39 CC Sound great up there, Pete! 

41:26:41 C What's that? 

41:26:42 CC Sound like you're really way up there! 

41:26:49 C Say again? 

41:30:06 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

41:30:08 C Go ahead. 

41:30:10 CC Roger. Could you see New Zealand down south there? 

41:30:13 C Could we see what? 

41:30:15 CC New Zealand. 

41:30:19 C Say again? 

41:30:21 CC Roger. I just asked, could you see New Zealand 

down south? 

41:30:27 C No. I don't think we did, John. We were passing 

the terminator . 

41:30:34 CC Roger. 

41:30:51 C We're still in daylight up here and the sun is 

just a couple 3 degrees from setting - may be 



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another few minutes. And the terminator passed 
us a long time ago. 

1*1:31:07 CC Roger. 

1+1:31:55 CC All you need is a bigger fuel tank. Right? 

U1: 41: 07 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 30 seconds to LOS. 

Ul;l+l:10 C Roger. Houston, we're presently with the S-ll. 

l+l:Ul:ll+ CC Roger. 

TEXAS 

1+1:58:07 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Texas. Over. 

1+1:58:12 C Gemini XI, go ahead. 

1+1:58:11+ CC Roger. Standing by. 
1+1:58:16 C Okay. 

l+2;0l+:10 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

1+2:01+: 12 c Go ahead, Houston. 

1+2 : 01+ : 13 CC Roger. We have a Dock Burn Update for you. Over. 

l+2:0l+:17 C Roger. Ready to copy. 

l+2:0l+:U8 c We're ready to copy. 

1+2:04:59 C Ready to copy, Houston. 

1+2:05:02 CC Roger. Purpose is Height-Adjust. GET B 1+3 plus 52 

plus 39; Delta-V, 911.8; Delta-TB, 01 plus 1+8: 
Address 25, 99118; PPS Burn TDA aft, Retrograde. 

1+2:05:1+9 CC The VM word you have is good. 

1+2:05:53 C Roger. Understand the VM load is good. 

1+2:06:00 CC That's affirmative. If you turn your Encoder OFF, 

we'll look at it one more time. 

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135 



U2:06:05 C Okay. 

1+2:06:30 CC Gemini XI, Houston. The word is good. You can 

turn your Encoder ON. Over. 

1+2:06:3*+ C Roger. 

1+2:10:10 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute and 30 seconds to 

LOS at Bermuda. 



CANARY ISLANDS 

1+2:15:01 CC Gemini XI, Canaries. 

1+2:15:03 C Go ahead, Canaries. 

1+2:15:05 CC Roger. We'd like to dump the Agena, if you'd turn 

your Encoder OFF. 

1+2:15:08 C Roger. 

1+2:20:1+8 CC Gemini XI, Canary. 

1+2:20:1+9 C Go ahead. 

1+2:20:51 CC Okay. You can turn your Encoder back ON. 

1+2:20:52 C Roger. 

1+2:20:55 CC I guess you're on your back-up now. 

1+2:20:58 C Roger. 

1+2:23:32 CC Hello, Gemini XI, this Is Canaries. You're just 

about our LOS. You're still good. We'll see you 
your next time around. 

1+2:23:36 C Roger. 



l+2:2l+:17 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Kano, standing by. 

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42: 21+: 22 


C 


Roger. This Is Gemini XI. We're taking pictures. 


42:24:35 


CC 


1 minute to LOS. You're 330 miles. 


42: 24: 39 


C 


Roger. Who is this? Canary? 


42:24:43 


CC 


This is Houston at Kano. 


42:24:45 


C 


Okay . Roger . 

TANANARIVE 


42:36:15 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston at Tananarive. Over. 


42:36:18 


c 


Hello there, Houston, Gemini XI. Read you loud and 
clear. 


42:36:22 


CC 


Roger. You're at 435 miles now. 


42:36:27 


c 


Roger. We're just passing the coast of Africa now. 


42:38:31 


p 


Still with us, Houston? 


42:38:35 


CC 


This is Houston. Go ahead. 


42* 38 • 38 


C 


I was wondering if you read us ... 


42:38:45 




This is Houston. Say again. Over. 


42:38:47 




Roger. I was just checking to see if you still 
read us . 


42:38:51 


CC 


Roger. You're at 485 miles now. 


42:38:54 


c 


Roger . 


42:47:06 


p 


Carnarvon, Gemini XI. Do you read? 


42:47:09 


cc 


Roger. Go ahead. 


42:47:12 


CC 


This is Tananarive. Over. 


42:47:15 


p 


Telemetry - - 


42:47:23 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 



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1+2: 1+7: 


:27 


P 


- - Say something, Houston. 


1+2:1+7: 


:28 


CC 


Roger. Didn't read you last. Over. 




.38 




Gr6mj.nl. XT this is Houston • You ti&vfi 3® seconds 
until LOS and then you're at 625 miles. 

CARNARVON 


1*2:50: 


:35 


C 


Carnarvon, Gemini XI. 


1+2:50: 


:37 


CC 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


1+2:50: 


:39 


c 


How do you read me? Have me in sight? 


1+2:50: 


:l+2 


CC 


Roger, We still haven't locked up on you, Pete. 


1+2: 50: 


.45 


Q 


Say again ? 




■1+6 




I say we haven 't locked up solid your telemetry 
yet. 


1+2: 50: 


:l+9 


c 


Okay. 


1+2:51: 


:38 


c 


Carnarvon, Gemini XI. 


1*2:51: 


;l+0 


CC 


Go ahead. 




:*+:j 




(jo aneacL, Lremim ax* 






CC 


Gemini XI Carnarvon . 


1+2:53: 


:38 


c 


Loud and clear. How me? 


1+2: 53> 


■1+0 




Loud and clear . You want to turn your Encoder OFF 
and we'll start the dump. 


1+2:53: 


•M 


c 


Okay. 


1+2:53: 


: l+8 


c 


We've rolled around to where we're slightly pitched 
down, but we rolled into the orbital plane now, 
preparatory to setting up the Agena. 


1+2:5*+: 


:01 


CC 


Roger . 



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42:54:05 C We have you in sight down there, loud and clear. 

42:54:11 CC How's the weather? 

42:54:13 C Just out ... we got some clouds, hut that's ahout 

it. 

42:54:22 CC stand hy. I'm going to transmit you a Tx. 

42:54:24 C Okay. 

1+2:55:13 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

42:55:15 C Go ahead. 

42:55:16 CC I'll give GET time hack at 42:56:00. About 40 
seconds. 

42:55:22 C Okay. 

42:55:56 CC Stand by. 

42:55:57 CC 3, 2, l. 

42:56:00 CC MARK* 

42:56:02 P Roger. We're right with you. 

42:56:03 CC Roger. 

42:56:05 P And 2nd GET, 42:03:06. Is that correct? 

42:56:10 CC That was 28. 

42:56:16 P What was 28? 

42:56:18 CC The seconds. 

42:56:21 p 43:03:28? 

42:56:24 CC That's affirm. 

42:56:25 P Thank you. 

42:56:35 P And the Retro burn time is till 43:52:39? 

42:56:41 CC Roger. 

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1+2: 59:01 


C 


Carnarvon, can we have the encoder back? 


•+2:59:05 


CC 


Stand by. 


1+2:59:11+ 


CC 


Okay. You've got it back. 


1+2:59:15 


C 


Okay. 


1+2:59:17 


CC 


Stand by. Gemini XI. 


1+2:59:20 


c 


Stand by. 


1+2:59:27 


c 


Encoder's OFF yet? 


1+2:59:32 


c 


Bill, let me have it, we need it. Will you please? 


1+2:59:35 


CC 


Okay. It's all yours. 


1+2:59:37 


c 


Okay. Thank you much. 


1+3:02:19 


p 


Carnarvon, Gemini XI. 


1+3 : 02 : 21 


CC 


Go ahead Gemini YT . 


1+3 : 02 : 23 




Be bringing the Agena up in 1 minute . 




CC 


Roger . 


1*3 : 03 : 1+2 




Carnarvon, we should be in S£F, gyrocompassing at 
this time, BEF-SEF to the Spacecraft. 


1+3:03:51 


CC 


Roger. Looks good. 


1+3:08:12 


CC 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


1+3:08:11+ 


c 


Go ahead. 


1+3:08:15 


CC 


Could you give us a PQI readout? 


1+3:08:17 


c 


Roger. PQI looks like about 35 percent. 


1+3:08:22 


CC 


Roger . 


1+3:08:27 


C 


We were as normal as it could be. 


1+3:10:31 


CC 


1 minute to LOS. 



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1+3:10:33 C How much? 

U3:10:35 CC 1 minute, 

1+3:10:36 C Okay. See you next pass. 

^3:10:39 CC Roger. 

CANTON 

1+3:16:1+9 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Canton standing by. 

1+3:16:52 C Roger, Houston. Gemini XI here. Everything seems 

to be going okay. Stand by for Retrograde. 

1+3:17:01 CC Roger. 653 miles now, coming down. 

1+3:17:06 C Say again? 

1+3:17:09 CC 650 miles now, coming down. 

1+3:17:12 C Roger. 

1+3:17:21 p Canton, It really is round up here! 

1+3:17:27 CC That's them all right. We figure you've got the 

1000 kilometer time-to-climb. 

1+3:17:3!+ P It didn't take long, did it? 

1+3:18:01 p Houston, radiation revised is .2 rads per hour 

and we have 11 events. Over. 

1+3:18:10 CC Roger. Say again events. Over. 

1+3:18:13 P Gemini XI. Gemini XI. 

1+3:18:15 CC Roger. 

1+3:18:18 CC Sounds like it's safer up there than a chest x-ray. 

1+3:18:22 p That's affirmative. 

1+3:19:1+1 P Nothing like actual day though. Right? 



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1+3:19:53 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. Do you have any com- 

ments on the view, the colors and everything you 
can get to? 

1+3 : 20: 00 C I tell you one thing, it really is blue. That 

water really stands out and everything looks blue. 
Obviously the curvature of the earth stands out 
a lot. A lot of cloud coverage over the ocean. 
The ocean area, Africa, India and Australia were 
clear, however. 

1+3:21:22 CC Houston. Roger. 

1+3:21:24 C Looking straight down, you can still see just as 

clearly down as before. There's no loss of color 
and the details are still extremely good, even at 
that altitude. 

1+3:21:32 CC Roger. 

1+3:21:38 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

1+3:21:1+0 CC Houston. Go. 

1+3:21:1+3 C Roger. We've gotten a little behind after first 

... and see if we can catch up. 

1+3:21:55 CC Houston. Roger. 

1+3:29:5*+ CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. 1 minute and 30 sec- 

onds until LOS at Canton. 

1+3:29:59 C Roger, Houston. Standing by. 

1+3:30:58 CC Canton approaching LOS. 

1+3:31:01 P Gemini XI. 

GUAYMAS 

h3:kO'.35 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Guaymas. Stand by. 

1+3:1+0:38 P Roger, Houston. We're standing by. 

1+3:^0:53 P Houston, Gemini XI. How does Agena attitude look 

right now? 

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43:41:03 


CC 


Roger. We'll tell you when you get to 


Texas . 


43:41:06 


P 


Roger . 

TEXAS 






43:43:13 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. We show you i 
your attitude holding good. 


an SC- 


-2, with 


43:43:19 


P 


Gemini XI. Roger. 






43:43:22 


CC 


If you will turn your Encoder OFF 
VM load one more time . 


, we'll check 


43:43:25 


P 


Roger. You want Encoder OFF, you 


say? 




43:43:47 


CC 


Gemini XI , Houston . You can turn 
ON. Your VM load is good. 


your 


Encoder 


43:43:52 


P 


Roger . 






43:50:20 


P 


We're at SC-7, Houston. 






43:50:23 


CC 


Roger. We show that down here. 






43:52:14 


CC 


Show your VM ENABLE. 






43:52:19 


P 


Roger, Houston. 






43:52:42 


P 


501. 






43:52:44 


CC 


Roger . 501 . 






43:53:15 


CC 


We show your 16 pounders going. 






43 : 53 : 21 


p 


Roger. We have a leak. 






43:5^:32 


P 


Good burn? 






43:5'+:3 1 + 


CC 


Roger . 







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Hello, Houston, 'tills is Gemini XX. 


43-55-09 




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cc 








Address 8l reads 0013 • 








i+3 ; 55:25 


p 


Address 82 reads -0122. Over. 


1+3:55:35 


cc 


Roger . 


1+3:55:14.2 


p 


It looks like a couple of Hl+B's, side by side, John. 


14.3:55:1+7 


cc 


Really something, isn't it' 


1+3:56:19 


p 




1+3:56:26 




Roger » In a second* 






I got the blue movies of all three burns, and they 
ought to be interesting since the lighting condi- 
tions were different on each one. 


1+3: 56:1+1+ 


cc 


Houston . Roger . 


1+3:57:0*+ 


cc 


Houston. Your VM still ON? 


^-3 1 57:11 




Say again , John . 


1+3:57:16 


cc 


Roger. Is your VM still ON? Over. 


43:57:19 


p 


Roger. I thought I said 520. I'll check it again. 


1+3:57:26 


p 


520. Check it. 


1+3:57:30 


cc 


Roger. It's DISABLE now. 


1+3:57:32 


p 


Roger. Thank you. 


1+3:57:1+8 


cc 


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43:57:52 P That's not bad for a couple of big burns, is it? 

43:57:56 CC That's outstanding, I'd say! 

43:58:01 p Tell Neil it doesn't look like we have to make those 

tune-up SPS burns for him. 

43:58:06 CC That's a big disappointment to me, Dick. 

^3:58:10 P Sorry about that, old Buddy. 

43:58:12 CC Maybe next time. 

43:58:37 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 30 seconds till LOS at Bermuda. 

43:58:40 C Roger. 

43:58:45 CC That was a good show up there. 

43:58:47 C Thank you, John. 

43:58:50 P We have a long day ahead of us. 

43:58:52 CC Sure do. 

CANARY ISLANDS 

44:02:12 CC Gemini XI, Canaries. 

44:02:15 P Yes. 

44:02:16 CC Okay. I'd appreciate it if you would turn your 

Encoder OFF so we can dump the Agena. 

44:02:21 p Encoder's OFF. 

44:02:22 CC Okay. Thank you. 

44:02:25 CC We're going to hit you with a T x here. 

44:02:29 p Roger. 

44:02:57 CC Okay. Gemini XI, Canaries. We're ready for your 

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Roger . 

When you have time, I have a PLA Update for you. 
Roger, 

Purging oxygen. 

Gemini XI. You ready to copy PLA? 

This is Gemini XI. Stand by. 

Roger. We're standing by. 

This is Gemini XI. Go ahead, will you? 

Okay. Area 31-4: 49:28:28; 20 plus 20, 26 plus 05. 
Area 32-4: 51:04:03; 20 plus 21, 26 plus 12. 
Area 33-4: 52:39:40; 20 plus 18, 26 plus 17. 
Area 34-3: 53:58:15; 20 plus 17, 25 plus 56. 
Area 35-3: 55:34:31; 20 plus 17, 26 plus 08. 
Area 36-3: 57:10:31; 20 plus 17, 26 plus 19 . 
Area 37-3: 58:49:21; 20 plus 21, 26 plus 16. 
Bank angles for all areas: roll left 85, roll 
right 95. Weather in all areas good. SEP Maneuver 
required on all areas. Did you copy? 



44:07:31 


P 


Gemini XI, copy. 1 minute to go on the oxygen 
purge. 


44:07:36 


CC 


Roger . 


44:08:20 


CC 


Okay, Gemini XI, Canaries. You can turn your 
Encoder back ON. 


44:08:24 


P 


Roger. Encoder's ON and oxygen purge is complete 
right now. 


44:08:40 


CC 


Gemini XI, this is Canaries. Did you do an H 2 ? 


44:08:43 


p 


That's affirmative. 


44:08:45 


cc 


We didn't see it on the ground here. We'll play 
it back after you pass. 


44:08:48 


cc 


Okay. Would you place your Cryo switch to O2, 
please? 



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44:08:54 P Roger. 0 2 . 

44:08:59 CC Would you place your Cryo switch load to H 2 , please? 

44:09:02 P 

44:10:04 CC Okay. Gemini XI, this is Canaries. You can place 

your Cryo switch OFF. 

44:10:09 P Roger. 

44:10:10 CC That's all we have for you this time. 

44:10:11 P Roger. And we're all GO up here. 

44:10:13 CC Roger. We show you GO on the ground. 

KANO 

44:13:51 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at Kano. Stand by. 

44:13:56 C Roger, Houston. 

44:14:37 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

44:14:39 CC Go ahead. 

44:14:41 c Ask the Flight Surgeon if I'm supposed to take 

another foxtrot. For I am GO for today. 

44:15:04 CC This is Houston. Will you say that again? Over. 

44:15:07 C Roger. Ask the Flight Surgeon if I should take 

another foxtrot? 

44:15:25 CC Go ahead. Over, 

44:15:28 c Say again? 

44:15:31 CC This is Houston. Go ahead and take it. Over. 

44:15:32 C Okay. We'll make the EVA on time. 

44:15:36 CC Roger. 



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Gemini XI, Houston. On that foxtrot, are you having 
any problems? Over. 

I'm not having any problems; it's just that I don't 
like to stop and take time . 

Roger . 

TANANARIVE 

Gemini XI, Houston at Tananarive. 
Roger . 

We're trying to grab a quick, bite 
had anything to eat yet today. 

Roger. Go to it. 

What was that? 

Be our guest. 

CARNARVON 

Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

Go ahead. 

Have you finished your lunch yet? 

Just finishing up. We'll be starting our EVA Prep 
here shortly. 

Okay. We would like to get a Crew Status Report 
from you. 

Okay. Wait. 

The Pilot ate Day 2, Meal A, everything but the 
solids. The Command Pilot ate Day 3, Meal B and 
everything but the solids. And the water gun - 
the water gun reads 1167. 



Stand by. 



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44:38:49 CC Roger. 

44:38:54 CC And I've got an S-13 Update for you when you are 

ready to copy . 

44:39:01 C Okay. Wait. 

44: 39:05 P Okay. Go ahead with it. 

44:39:07 CC Okay. The Time is 45:00:00, Mode A; Address 25, 

99786; Address 26, 91139: Address 27, 91713; sunset, 
46:12:35. 

44:39:40 P Gemini XI. Copy. 

44:39:42 CC Roger. 

CANTON 

44:58:22 CC Gemini XI. Houston from Canton. Over. 

44:58:26 C Wait. 

44:58:42 C Go ahead, Houston. 

44:58:45 CC Roger. Have you been thinking about this window 

cleaning? Over . 

44:58:49 C Say again? 

44:58:50 CC Have you been thinking about this window cleaning 

during the stand up EVA? Over. 

44:58:56 C No. I don't think he can reach either one. 

44:59:00 CC Roger. We were worried about that he might put 

inadvertent tension on the hoses reaching the win- 
dows, and the probability exists that you can't 
reach either of them. Over. 

44:59:16 C Okay. Now we only plan to try. 

44:59:18 CC Okay. 



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GUAYMAS 



1+5:15: 


:l+o 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston at Guaymas. Stand by. 


1+5:15: 


:kk 


c 


Roger . 


1+5:15: 


: l+8 


c 


We're progressing. We're a little late, "but I 
think we'll make it all right. 


1+5:15: 


:5U 


cc 


This is Houston. Roger. 


1+5:20: 


tUk 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 


1+5:20: 


:i+6 


p 


Gemini XI. Go. 


1+5:20: 


:l+7 


cc 


Roger. You want to pump up that Manual heat when 
you get a chance? Over. 


1+5:20: 




p 


Roger. Manual O2 going up. We're getting ready 
for a Suit Integrity Mission Check. 


1+5:20: 


:58 


cc 


Roger . 

TEXAS 


1+5:26: 


:39 


c 


Houston, Gemini XI. 


1+5:26: 


:l+l 


cc 


Go ahead. 


1+5:26; 


*3 


c 


We missed . . . could you find . . . for us for about 
1+5:1+0:00? 


1+5:26: 


:59 


cc 


Roger. We'll WDrk on it. 


1+5:27: 


\0k 


c 


Okay. We're going to make it on time. 


1+5:27: 


:06 


cc 


Roger . 


1+5:29: 


:50 


c 


Houston, Gemini XI. 


1+5:29: 


52 


cc 


Go ahead. Over. 


1+5:29: 


■■5h 


c 


We have both A -Pumps on for the Check List and we' 
missed Suit Integrity Checks on both Pilot and 



Command Pilot. 

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1*5:30:06 CC Roger. We saw them down here. Looks good to us, too. 

1+5:30:09 C Okay. 

45:30:1+6 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

1+5:30:51 C Go ahead. 

45: 30: 53 CC Could you send a RESET TIMER RESET, 060? 

1+5:30:59 C 060. Roger. 

1+5:31:03 CC Near the point command for 1+5:1+0? Over. 

1+5:31:08 C 

1+5:31:14 P Bring it in slow and we'll put it in the computer 
direct. 

1+5:31:18 CC Roger. 2l+, 081+73 ; 26 , 05027. 

1+5:31:43 C Got it. 

45:31:44 CC 27, 91713. 

45:32:00 C Got it. Thank you. 

45:32:03 CC Roger. And sunset is still 46:12:35. 

45:32:07 C 46:12:35. 

45:32:58 C Houston, this is Gemini XI. 

45:33:02 CC Go ahead. Over. 

45:33:03 C At the bottom of the Check List, it says that Pri- 
mary A, Secondary B. Which do you want? 

45:33:14 CC Primary A, Secondary B is good. Over. 

45:33:18 C Okay. 

CANARY ISLANDS 
45:38:19 CC Gemini XI, Canary here. 

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1+5:38: 


:20 


C 


Go ahead. 


1+5:38: 


:22 


CC 


Okay. We have nothing for you at this time. Both 
vehicles are GO and we are standing by. 


1+5:38: 


:25 


C 


Okay. 

KANO 


U5:l*5: 


;l+6 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston at Kano. Standing by. 


1+5:^5; 


:50 


C 


Roger . Houston . 


U5:51: 


:l+2 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute to LOS at Kano. 


1+5:51: 


:l+8 


C 


Roger, Houston. 

TANANARIVE 


1+5:57: 


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CC 


Gemini XI , Houston at Tananarive . Standing by . 


1+5: 57: 


:20 


c 




l+6:0l+: 


'M 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute and 30 seconds to 
LOS at Tananarive. 


l+6:0l+: 


:l+8 


c 


Roger. We are depressurizing. 


l+6:0l+: 


:53 


CC 


Houston. Understand you're depressurizing. 


l+6:0l+: 


:56 


c 


That's affirmative. 

CARNARVON 


1+6:13: 


:57 


cc 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon CAP COM. We're standing by. 


1+6:14: 


;01 


c 


Roger. We're depressurized. We have the cameras 
installed between the hatch and we're just waiting 
to pick up the stars. We haven't got them yet. 


l+6:ll+: 


:09 


CC 


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1*6:21:25 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. We're 1 minute to LOS. 

U6:21:29 C Roger. We're taking pictures at this time. We're 

on the first series Shaula. 

k6:21:3k CC Roger. 



^6:33:31+ CC Gemini XI, Houston at Canton. Standing by. 

^:33:38 C Roger, Gemini XI. ... 

^6:33:51 c Hey, Houston! You read me? 

^6:33:5^ CC Roger. You're very garbled, Pete. Say again. Over. 

^6:33:56 C Okay. I'm just bitterly complaining about the 

grease on my window. It's so bad that I can't even 
see the stars. All I can see are principal stars 
out of it. The grease is on the inside of the outer 
pane. 

Jf6:3*+:13 CC Roger. Inside the outer pane? 

i+6: 3^:18 C Roger. We're going along just fine. We wouldn't 

be doing this well if we didn't have the Agena 
working for us. 

U6: 3^:26 CC Roger. Need the pointing commands to see the star - 

to get the star. 

1+6:3^:31 C Yes. We used first ... we're locked up on Antares 

right now, doing great on heading for Aries. We 
might get all three of them. 

k6:3k: kk CC Roger. Great! 

1+6:3^1*8 C Say again? 

1+6:3^:49 CC That'll be wonderful I 



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1+6:40:11 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii standing by. 

46:1+0:15 C Roger. Hawaii. 

1+6:1+2:13 C Say, Hawaii, we're on Orion, our last set. We got 

all three sets. 

1+6:1+2:18 CC Fine job! 

1+6:1+2:25 C Okay. We plan to fly ... We plan to roll left 80 

degrees, and keep it on the horizon. Is that okay 
with everybody from Thermo? 

1+6:1+2:1+3 CC Okay. That's all right. 

1+6:1+1+: 29 C Hawaii, Gemini XI. 

l+6:l+l+:30 CC Go ahead. 

l+6:l+l+:32 C Have we got enough oxygen? We'd just as soon come 

back in, repress and open it up again on the next 
night pass. 

l+6:l+l+:39 CC Let me get a check here. 

1+6:1+1+: 1+2 C Okay. Otherwise, we'll stay in here. 

1+6:1+5:08 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

1+6:1+5:10 C Go ahead. 

1+6:1+5:11 CC Okay. We show about 56 percent. You've got enough 

to get back in and out again. 

1+6:1+5:15 C Okay. We may stay and take some pictures for awhile. 

1+6:1+5:18 CC Okay. Very good. 

1+6:1+6:50 CC In case you want to take some pictures of Houston, 

there is no cloud cover there, Gemini XI. 

1+6:1+6:53 C Okay, Hawaii. We're going to. We're going to stay 

out. 



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46:46:57 CC Okay. 

1+6:1*6:59 C We'll take an EVA. 

46:47:01 CC Sounds like a winner! 

46:47:05 C Hey, could you - I got PftI covered up. Could you 

tell how much fuel I'm using? I nave the impres- 
sion I'm using a batch. 



46:51:18 CC Gemini XI, Houston at California. Over. 

46:51:21 c Roger. 

1+6:51:24 CC Roger. You used about 25 pounds of fuel since 
Carnarvon . Over . 

1+6:51:29 CC ... Over. 

1+6:52:59 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

1+6:53:01 CC This is Houston. Go ahead. 

46:53:03 C How much fuel did you say we used? 

46:53:06 CC 25 pounds of propellant. Over. 

46:53:09 C How much? 

46:53:10 CC 25 pounds from Carnarvon to Hawaii. 

46:53:15 C You're very weak. I can't hear you. 

46:53:19 C I've got a drop of 5 pounds. 

46:53:24 CC That's 25 pounds, Pete. 

46:53:28 C Roger ... 5 pounds. 

46:53:32 C 

46:53:41 C Say, John, where are we? 



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1+6: 


:53: 


;!+3 




You're right over Baja California. 


1+6: 


:53: 


•M 


C 


. . . covered with clouds . 


1+6: 


:53: 


:57 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. You have used 25 pounds. Ove 


1+6: 


:5l+: 


:0l+ 




fore, John. You're much better on that transmitte 


1+6: 


t5U: 


:12 


C 


Okay. It'll probably cost us another 35 or 1+0 
pounds • Is that too much? 


1+6: 


:5i+: 


:21 


CC 


guys up early tomorrow, you know. 


1+6 ■ 




'26 




Yes • That ' s what ' s bothering me . 


1+6: 




:39 


c 


I'm showing 33 percent. 


1+6: 


:5l+: 


;l+3 






1+6: 


:56: 


:19 


CC 


Looks like you're somewhere around El Paso now, 
Gemini XI. 


1+6: 


:56: 


135 


c 


Hey, John, I think we knocked suit fan Number 1 
OFF. We just turned it back ON again. You can 
see that on the ground. 


1+6: 


:56: 


;!+!+ 


CC 


Roger. 


1+6: 


:56: 


:53 


c 


Say again? 


1+6: 


:56: 


:59 


c 


Man, does Houston ever look beautiful down there I 


1+6: 


:57: 


;08 


c 


Tell Doctor Jones he's going to get his pictures. 


U6: 


:57: 


:13 


c 


We got this camera tied to the Spacecraft. 


1+6: 


57: 


:21 


CC 


Roger . 


1+6: 


57: 


:2l+ 


c 


Say again? 


1+6: 


57: 


:25 


CC 


Your approaching MSC now. 



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46:57:28 C Tell Doctor Jones he's going to have his pictures. 

46:57:32 CC Roger. Appreciate that. 

46:57:35 C It's beautiful down there. It's gorgeous! 

46:57:45 C Oh, this is no job, it's a privilege. 

46:57:49 CC Roger. Do you see those kids on the roof? 

46:57:55 C They'd better not be there. ... while he's taking 

the good view, I'm getting burned up looking into 
the sun. That's a real nice guy. 

46:59:26 C Where are we, John? 

46:59:29 CC Should be right over New Orleans. 

46:59:31 C Okay. 

46:59:34 CC Maybe Pensacola or Mobile. 

46:59:37 C Okay. I've got myself orientated now. I see 

Florida. 

46:59:^5 C We're drifting in RATE COMMAND at 80 degrees, roll 

left and pitch down about 30. We've got sun on top 
of the hatch. 

46:59:52 CC Roger. 

47:00:42 C Man, are we going to get a spectacular shot of the 

Cape, tooi 

47:00:58 CC Roger. It looks like you're going to be a little 

north of there. 

47:03:56 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Do you require a point command 

for the next star? Over. 

47:04:03 C No. We'll find it. 

47:04:05 CC Roger. We've got some if you want to hear them. 

Be a little rough in that hard suit. 

47:04:09 C Hey, thanks a lot. You guys are all right. 



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l+7:Ol+:13 C We'll use the old one. That's close enough for 

Government work. 

*+7 : 01+ : 16 CC Right. 

1+7:09:53 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

1+7:09: 55 C Yes. 

1+7:09:58 CC Roger. From Carnarvon you have used about 50 pounds 

of propellant so far. Over. 

1+7:10:01 C Okay. Can you give me a cutoff for the early wake- 

up? 

1+7:10:12 CC I guess. 

1+7:10:13 CC Roger. No cutoff. Over. 

1+7:10:16 C Okay. 

1+7:10:28 CC 1 minute to LOS, Gemini XT. 

ASCENSION 

1+7:17:52 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at Ascension. Over. 

1+7:17:55 C I hear you, Houston. Gemini XI. We are just 

standing by to make a night pass. 

1+7:18:00 CC Roger. 

1+7:22:52 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at Ascension. 1 minute 

to LOS. Over. 

1+7:22:56 C Okay. We're standing by. 

1+7:23:09 C Where's the perimeter? At Tananarive? 

1+7:23:20 CC Roger. Sunset's at 1+7:^2:57. Over. 

1+7:23:25 C Roger. Thank you. 



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47:33:04 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Tananarive. Standing by. 

Over. 

47:34:01 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Tananarive. Standing by. 

47:34:05 P Roger. You've got two guys taking catnaps up here, 

that's all. 

47:34:15 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. Say again. Over. 

47:34:18 P I sa i d we were taking a catnap. 

47:3^:23 CC Roger. That's a first. First sleeping in a vacuum. 

47:34:28 P Roger. We both Just fell asleep here and ... and 

woke us both up. 

47:34:40 C Hey, John, 3ome moving thing went straight over 

the Spacecraft. 

47:34:45 CC This is Houston. Say again. Over. 

47:34:49 C Some moving thing went straight over the Spacecraft. 

47:34:59 C We've been letting little pieces of Velcro go and 

they all Just take off straight up, right out of 
the Spacecraft, although we're rolled over on our 
side. 

47:35:14 CC Roger. I think that's the Collins effect or the 

Cernan effect. Over. 

47:35:24 P Well, it seems to work. 

47:35:35 P 

47:40:08 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute 30 seconds till LOS 

at Tananarive. Over. 

47:40:12 p Roger. We just passed through the dark band. 

47:40:15 CC Roger. 

47:42:36 C We've got the Recorder ON and it's daytime EVA Test, 

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and Dick's looking for stars outside the hatch in 
the daytime and he can't see any. I'm in here 
with nothing but my faceplate between me and the 
black sky and the shadow. I can 't see any stars 
through the open hatch, either. 

47:42:53 C I don't have too big a sky to look at. 

47:42:56 C The Recorder is ON. 

47:42:58 P Oh, it's off to my right. 

47:43:01 C It's off to your right. Okay. 

47:43:02 P I've got it. There goes the sun. Finally: 

47:43:20 C I got it. 

47:43:22 P Oh noi That's something shining off that light. 

47:43:31 C See any yet? 

47:43:34 P No. I think we've go to yaw off to the right. 

47:43:47 P I don't know where we are. 

47:43:51 C Now just a minute. We're pitched up, that's all. 

47:43:54 P What? 

47:43:55 C We're pitched straight up and rolled left 90 degrees 
from the Orbital Track. 

47:44:06 C Think the star's coming toward me. 

47:44:12 P They should be right in front of us. 

47:44:14 C See any stars yet? 

47:44:16 P Okay, okay. Yaw right. 

47:44:18 C Yaw right? 

47:44:20 P Yes. 

47:44:21 p Don't bump it. I've got it all. 



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1+7: hk: 2k p Yaw right. 

1+7: Mm 26 P Yaw right! 

1*7: M*: 28 C I am yawing right. 

1+7:1+!+: 29 P No you're not. 

k7:kk:3k C I *m yawing right . 

l+7:M+:35 P You're rolling. Go on. 

l+7:M+:37 C I may be rolling, but I'm also yawing right. 

klzkkzkO P Okay, okay. Now they 're showing . Where do you 
want An tares? 

kl: kk-M P Where do you want Antares? 

k7:kk:k8 C I want it right in front of the darn Spacecraft. 

k7:kk:50 p Where do you want Pleiades? 

1+7: l+l+:52 C Off the right wing. 

k7:kk:5k P Okay, you've got to roll 100 degrees. 

l+7:M+:56 C No I don't. 

1+7: Mm 57 P To the right. 

1+7:1+1+: 58 C No I don't. 

l+7:M+:59 P Yes you do. 

1+7:1+5:00 C No I don't. I want to - is the - Antares to my 
left? 

1+7:1+5:02 P No, it's to your right. 

1+7:1+5:01+ C To my right? 

1+7:1+5:06 P Yes. 

l+7:!+5:08 C Boy, am I backwards today! 

1+7:1+5:10 C Now I see it. Yes. Okay. 

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l6i 


47:45:13 


P 


Roll 108. 




47:45:15 


C 


Yes, just a minute. 




47:45:20 


C 


Hey, we're rolling the wrong way. 




47:45:22 


P 


You are rolling 108. I don't care which way 


you go. 


47:45:24 


P 


Yes, but - - 




47:45:51 


P 


... see Antares. 




47:45:53 


C 


Yes, I think I do. I don't know. 




47:45:56 


P 


It's off to your right. 




47:45:59 


P 


She's rolling right. And straight up. It's 
up. 


straight 


47:46:02 


c 


Yes, I see it. 




47:46:06 


p 


There you go. 




47:46:20 


c 


Yes, I've lost it again, ... 




47:46:21 


p 


No. 




47:46:28 


c 


Now I can't see it. Wait a minute! Wait a minute I 


47:46:29 


c 


I've got to yaw left to get there. 




47:46:32 


p 


That was a had thrust. 




47:46:33 


p 


That's correct. That's correct. 




47:46:34 


c 


Okay. 




47:46:35 


p 


That's it, right there. 




47:46:36 


c 


All right. Just a minute. 




47:46:39 


c 


Wait a minute! 




47:46:41 


p 


That's beautiful! 




47:46:42 


c 


All right. 




47:46:45 


p 


Are you ready? 

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47:46:47 C No. Just a minute. Hey, you're close enough, 

aren't you? 

47:46:54 P Turn on the Agena. 

47:46:56 C It's on. 

47:1+6:57 P Okay. 

^ 7:U6:5 9 C The attitude control system is on. We'd better 

stabilize for awhile. 

47:^7:10 p it's going to be about 10 degrees up in the window 

I can't help that. 

1+7:U7:27 P Okay, it's going to be real cheap. We're going to 

get all the pictures right here without even moving 
All I've got to do is roll. 

1+7:1+7:33 C Which way? 

1+7:1+7:31+ P Roll right, pitch-yaw in the center. 

1+7:47:37 C What do you do if you get under the left wing again? 

1+7:47:39 P Okay, okay! 

47:1+7:1+1 C What? 

1+7:1+7:1+2 P okay. I missed it. 

1+7:47:1+1+ G Okay. We'll give it 5 more seconds. 

1+7:47:1+6 p okay. 

1+7:1+7:1+7 C Standby. 

47:1+7:1+9 C MARK. 

47:47:51 P Wait a minute J 

47:47:54 c Okay. 5. Right there. 

47:47:55 P Yes . I wish you hadn *t done that. Let's see: 14, 

47:48:12 p stop! 



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1+7:1+8:15 


C 


What's the matter? 


1+7:1+8:16 


P 


I'm not sure I took that picture. Try again 


1+7:1+8:22 


P 


Say when . 


1+7:1+8:23 


C 


Stand by. 


1+7: U8:21+ 


c 


MARK. 


1+7:1+8:1+1+ 


c 


Stand by. 


1+7:1+8:1+5 


p 


Stop. 


1+7:^8:1+9 


c 


Are you ready? 


hl:k8:53 


p 


Yes. 


1+7:1+8: 5^ 


c 


MARK. 


1+7:45:55 


p 


Okay. 


1+7:1+8:57 


p 


Okay. Antares really looked beautiful. 


U7:U9:13 


c 


Stop it. 


1+7:1+9:1)+ 


p 


Okay. 








1+7:1+9:16 


cc 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. We're standing by. 


1+7:1+9:19 


c 


Roger. We're taking pictures. Stand by. 


1+7:49:21 


p 


Okay. 


1+7:1+9:22 


c 


MARK. 


1+7:1+9:21+ 


p 


Okay. 


1+7:1+9:1+1+ 


c 


Stop it. 


1+7:1+9:1+5 


p 


Okay. 



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lft CONFIDENTIAL 

1+7:49:1+7 C Next two at 1 minute each. Ready? 

47:49:49 p No . okay. 

1+7:49:50 C Stand by. 

1+7:49:51+ C MARK. 

1+7:50:00 c Take your time. We've got lots of time. We don't 
have to go anywhere. We're just going to move just 
a little bit. 

1+7:50:36 P This has been a long minute. 

47:50:39 C 15 seconds to go. 

1+7:50:51 C Stand by. 

47:50:54 C stop. 

47:51:02 c Stand by. 

47:51:05 p Okay. 

47:51:09 C MARK. 

47:52:03 C Stand by. 

47:52:09 C Stop. 

47:52:11 C Okay. 1 minute. Did you fall asleep? 

47:52:13 P No. 

47:52:20 C Okay. 

47:52:23 C Stand by. We'll have to wait a minute or 2 while 

I get it on the even one. We've got plenty of time. 
Are you getting tired? 

47:52:34 p Yes. 

47:52:35 C Okay. Standby. 

47:52:36 p Okay. 

^7:52:37 C MARK. It'll what? 



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165 



^7:53: 


:3T 


C 


You know what's going to happen, don't you? 


^7:53: 


\k0 


P 


What? 


V7:53: 


\ hi 


c 


It 1 s going to run into the horizon before we get 
them all . 


U7:53: 


:kh 


p 


Maybe . 


^7: 53: 


: 50 


c 


What? 


^7: 53: 


:51 






^■7:53: 


: 52 




The ... I say > I can't make 2 minutes go any faster. 


4-7:5^: 






You could pop in and. turn off the Agena when we get 
done and get . . . 


i+7:5^: 


:12 


c 


What? 




:1*+ 


p 


It feels like - - 


47:5*+: 


:17 




What? 


47: 5*+: 


'l8 




- - It feels like 5 minutes out here. 


5*+: 






Well, I don't know. I'm liable to lose track. 6 
or 7 minutes was what I was shooting for here. 


47:5^: 


:28 


c 


15 seconds. 


1+7: 5*+: 


:35 


c 


MARK. 


^7:5^: 


:36 


p 


What? 


U7:5^: 


:37 


c 


MARK. 


1+7:5*+: 


:38 


p 


Okay. 


1+7:5*+: 


•39 


c 


Pop off and turn off the Agena. 


1+7:5*+: 


■Ml 


p 




1+7:5*+: 


:k2 


c 


Easy does it now. No rush. Just stay right where 
you are, because I - what? 


1+7:5*+: 


:50 


p 


It's OFF. 



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47:54: 52 


c 


It's OFF? 


47:54:54 


p 


Yes. 


^7:54:55 


c 


Okay. Just stay right where you are. 


47:55:03 


p 


Hey, there's ShaulaJ 


47:55:05 


c 


Okay. 


47:55:26 


c 


All right. Turn on the Agena. 


47:55:27 


p 


What? 


47:55:28 


c 


Turn on the Agena. 


47:55:30 


p 




47:55:31 


c 


What? 


47:55:32 


p 


Get set. 


47:55:33 


p 


It's ON. 


47:55:34 


c 


Okay, let's start again. 


^7:55:35 


p 


Okay. Stand by. 


47:55:37 


c 


Any time you're ready. 


47:55:39 


p 


Let me attach the film. 


47:55:41 


c 


Okay, but it's got to settle down for a minute. 


47:55:44 


p 


Okay. 


47:55:45 


c 


Stand by. 


47:55:49 


p 


I can't see Shaula. It's on his nose. 


47:55:50 


c 


I couldn't either until the nose came to your right. 


47:55:53 


p 


Oh, I've got it now. I see it. It's okay. 


47:55:54 


p 


That's good. 


47:55:56 


p 


We'd better let it settle down for about 30 seconds. 



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1+7:55:59 


C 


Okay. 


1+7: 56:02 


P 


We're just barely going to get 


1+7: 56:07 


C 


Okay. Stand by. 


U7: 56:08 


c 


MARK. 


1+7:56:29 


c 


MARK. 


1+7:56:30 


c 


Okay? 


1+7:56:33 


p 


Any time you're ready. 


1+7:56:31+ 


c 


Advance to FILM. 


1+7:56:1+2 


p 


Okay. 


i+7: 56:1+1+ 


c 


Stand by. 


1+7:56:1+5 


c 


MARK. 


1+7:56:56 


cc 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. We're 1 


1+7:56:59 


c 


Roger . 


1+7:57:05 


c 


Stop. 


1+7:57:06 


p 


Okay. 


1+7:57:08 


c 


One more of those. 


1+7:57:11 


c 


Ready? 


1+7:57:12 


p 


Okay. 


1+7:57:13 


c 


Stand by. 


1+7:57:1 1 + 


c 


MARK. 


1+7:57:3!+ 


c 


Stop. 


l+7:57:!+0 


c 


Ready again? 


1+7:57: *+2 


c 


Stand by. 


i+7:57:!+3 


c 


MARK. 



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P 


Okay. 


1+7:57:59 


P 


This is a 1 -minute one, isn't it? 


U7:58:00 


C 


Yes. 


1+7:58:29 


c 


MARK. 


hit 58:30 


p 


Good flares down there in Australia. 


Vf: 58:31+ 


c 


Yes. 


^7:58:35 


c 


Stand by. 


k7:58:hk 


c 


MARK. 


1+7:58:1+5 


p 


Okay. 


1+7:58:1+8 


p 


We aren't going to get the 2-minute one. 


1+7:58:50 


c 


Yes we are! 


1+7:58:53 


p 


No. Not enough left. 


1+7:58:51+ 


c 


On my Mark. 


1+7:58:55 


c 


MARK. 


1*7:58:57 


p 


Not enough left. 


1+7:58:58 


c 


Yes there is. 


1+7:58:59 


p 


No. 


1+7: 59:00 


c 


This is a 1-more-minute one. 


47:59:01 


p 


Yes. Torn it off. 


1+7:59:03 


p 


Yes. 


^7: 59:05 


c 


I can add up the number of degrees on the 


V/: 59:08 


c 


That's about 10. 


1+7:59:20 


p 


We'll just make it. 


i+7: 59:^2 


c 


Stand by for 5 seconds. 



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169 



1+7:59:56 


C 


2, 1 - 




1+7:59:57 


C 


Stop. 




1+7:59:58 


C 


Okay . One 2-mlnute one . 




^7:59:59 


P 


Okay. Any time you're ready. 




1+8:00:00 


C 


Hit it: 




1+8:00:01 


P 


Okay. 




1+8:00:02 


C 


MARK. 




1+8:00:03 


P 


Okay. 




48:00:01+ 


P 


225 to be 1+25. 








I guess all we have to do is - we can either yaw 
over the top or yaw around the horizon. I think 
it would be best to yaw over the top. Our line's 
right on the Orbital Track, isn't it? 


48:00:38 


P 


Yes. 




1+8:00:1+0 


P 


We are supposed to do it. 




1+8:00:1+1+ 


c 


What? 




1+8:00:1+5 


p 


That's what we're supposed to be on. 




48:00:1+6 


c 


That's what I said. 




1+8:00:1+7 


p 


Either way. 




1+8:00:1+8 


c 


What? 




U8:00: 50 


p 


I said either way. 




1+8:00:52 


p 


Well, I have to get to Orion next. 




1+8:00:5!+ 


c 


That's what I was saying. Pitch or yaw? 




1+8:00:55 


p 


Well, I think yaw is the shortest way, isn' 
Off the Orbital Track? 


r t it? 


1+8:00:58 


c 


Yes. 





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48:01:05 P Try it one more time. 

48:01:07 C I'll hold another minute. 

48:01:08 P okay. 

48:01:10 C Shoot it over there. 

48:01:12 P What? 

48:01:46 C 20 seconds. 

48:02:06 C MARK. 

48:02:07 C Any time you want to turn the Agena off. 

48:02:21 p it' 8 OFF. 

48:02:23 C Okay. 

48:02:24 C I'm going to use DIRECT now so look out. Don't 
hit the hand controller. 

48:02:31 c Is the tape recorder on? 

48:02:33 P Yes. 

48:02:34 C Okay. ... still right now. I have to check out 
something . 

48:02:38 P What's the matter? 

48:02:46 C I just want to make sure this pitch thing was GO. 

48:02:52 P okay. It is. 

48:03:00 C Now somewhere - I know - I bet it pitched down just 
a bit. 

48:03:08 p 

48:03:10 c What? 

48:03:12 C Well, I'll pitch it up - I'm yawing up the Orbital 
Track. 

48:03:15 P Yes. 



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171 



1+8:03:16 C Okay. 

1+8:03:17 P What did you pitch-down for? 

1+8:03:19 C Because I think Orion is under our nose a little 

bit. It's a little bit to the right of the Orbital 
Track, isn't it? 

1+8:03:25 P Yes, but that would make it to the left, where we're 

drifting right BEF. 

1+8:03:29 C What? 

1+8:03:32 P We're going to go BEF. 

1+8:03:34 C Well, you let me figure it out on the ball. 

1+8:03:37 P Okay. 

1+8:03:38 C (Laughter). You tell me where he is . I think I'm 

going in the right direction. 

1+8:03:41 P Okay. 

1+8:03:42 C That's the best I know. 

1+8: 03:1+!+ P Keep going. 

1+8:03:5!+ C Now to play it straight up in the sky and we're 

yawing to the right of the Orbital Track, just a 
little bit on a road less 90. Now Orion should be 
perpendicular to us someplace. Maybe in our nose. 
That's what's bothering me. 

l+8:0l+:13 P Well, there is ... 

l+8:0l+:15 C Well, you know how to steer me. 

l+8:0l+:l8 P Yes. 

l+8:0l+:19 C What? 

l+8:0l+:20 P Yes. I know. I'm going to steer you - pitch it 

back up the way I wanted you to be . 

1+8:04:26 C You want me to pitch-up? 

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172 




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48:04:28 


P 


Yes. 


48:04:30 


C 


All right. Pitching up. 


48:04:32 


P 


Okay. 


48:04:38 


c 


Do you want me to stop yawing? 


kd:0k:39 


p 


No, keep going. 


1+8:04: 41 


c 


Okay. 


48:04:44 


p 


Pitch-up a little more. 


48:04:50 


p 


Keep going. 


48:04:59 


c 


Great, isn't it? 


48:05:01 


p 


Yes. 


48:05:02 


c 


Okay. 


48:05:04 


p 


Now stop and roll left. 


48:05:06 


c 


Wait a minute. Let's - let that do it. 


48:05:09 


c 


All right, now. 


48:05:11 


p 


I want Betelgeuse on your left flank. 


48:05:15 


c 


Okay. Like I said, roll left. 


48:05:17 


p 


Roll left. 


48:05:27 


p 


You want Orion in the center, don't you? 


48:05:29 


c 


Yes. Is that the third star in the solar? 


48:05:35 


p 


Yes. Okay. 


48:05:40 


c 


We're going to run out of tape. 


48:05:45 


p 


Well, we've got lots of time. Lots of photographs. 


48:05:50 


p 


Because this thing is going to go all the way across 
the sky. 


48:05:54 


c 


Yes . ... 



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48:05:56 


P 


Yes. 


U8:05:57 


C 


Just a second. 


1+8:06:06 


C 


I can't see Betelgeuse. It's in my - - 


1+8:06:07 


P 


That's better. 


1+8:06:08 


C 


What? 


1+8:06:09 


P 


That's better. 


1+8:06:11 


c 


All right, leave it. 


1+8:06:12 


p 


Your roll's good. 


1+8:06:13 


c 


All right. 


1+8:06:15 


c 


Turn the Agena on. 


1+8:06:16 


p 


Okay. 


1+8:06:20 




The Agena ' s ON • 


1+8:06:21 


c 


Okay • Control ' s OFF • 


1+8:06:25 




Let it settle down? 


1+8:06:28 


c 


All right. We won't move again from here. We will 
use INGRESS position when you're ready. 


1+8:06:^ 


p 


Okay, 


1+8:06:M+ 


c 


That ought to settle down for about 35 or 1+0 seconds. 


1+8:06:1+9 


p 


Looks perfect. 


1+8:06:58 


p 


Any time. 


1+8:07:00 


c 


I have to let it settle down for awhile. 


1+8:07:03 


c 


We've got plenty of time. 


1+8:07:10 


c 


In 8 seconds, are you ready? 


1+8:07:13 


p 


Yes. I'm ready. 



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L.^JINrlUtN 1 IAL 


48:07:14 


C 


Okay. 


48:07:16 


C 


Stand by. 


48:07:17 


C 


MARK. 


48:07:18 


P 


Got it. 


48:07:38 


C 


NARK. 


48:07:39 


P 


Okay. 


48:07:47 


C 


Are you ready? 


48:07:48 


P 


Yes. 


48:07:49 


C 


Stand by. 


48:07:50 


C 


MARK. 


48:08:10 


C 


Stop. 


48:08:11 


P 


Okay. 


48:08:16 


c 


Tell me when you're ready. 


48:08:18 


p 


All ready. 


48:08:19 


c 


MARK. 


48:08:20 


c 


MARK. 


48:08:21 


p 


Okay. 


48:08:39 


c 


Stand by. Ready for stop. 


48:08:41 


p 


Okay. 


48:08:45 


c 


Let me know when you're ready. 


48:08:47 


p 


Ready. 


48:08:48 


c 


Stand by. 


48:08:52 


c 


MARK. 


48:08:53 


p 


Got you. 



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48:09:01* 


C 


Say 1 minute, I want 12:50. 


1+8:09:06 


P 


Okay. 


48:09:08 


c 


It's now 11:30. 


48:09:17 


c 


Zero attitude. 


48:09:21 


c 


He's just where you want him. 


48:09:46 


p 


How long is it? 


48:09:47 


c 


You've got 5 seconds. 


48:09:53 


c 


MARK. 


48:09:55 


c 


And another 1 -minute one. 


48:09:58 


p 


Okay. 


48:09:59 


c 


Stand by. 


48:10:02 


c 


MARK. 


48:10:04 


p 


12:25. Stop at 13:25. 


48:10:14 


c 


We've Just been up for 2 days and 10 


48:10:23 


p 


You can't beat that. 


48:10:24 


c 


What? 


48:10:25 


p 


I said you can't beat that. 


48:10:59 


c 


5 seconds. 


48:11:07 


p 


10 minutes. 


48:11:11 


c 


Right. One more picture. 2 minutes. 


48:11:16 


c 


Let me know when you're ready. 


48:11:17 


p 


Ready. 


48:11:19 


p 


Wait a minute. 


48:11:20 


p 


I'm ready. 



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48:11:21 


C 


Stand by. 


48:11:22 


C 


MARK. 


48:11:23 


C 


13:45 and we'll send it off at 15:4?. 


48:11:26 


C 


I didn't think we'd get this many done. 


48:12:03 


C 


30 percent fuel remaining. 


48:12:08 


C 


308 pounds. 


48 : 12 : 10 


P 


That will do the Job. 


48:12:16 


c 


Okay. We've got 1 minute to go. 


48:12:54 


c 


Hey, you don't have to stand up to get that 1 
out of there, do you? 


48:12:58 


p 


No. 


48:12:59 


c 


You're in a good position to EGRESS. Aren't 
EGRESS? 


48:13:01 


p 


I think so. 



48:13:03 C We'll turn up the lights WHITE on the inside and 

on my side, and you can look at that seal all around 
and then we'll just get in. Okay? 



48:13:10 


P 


Okay. 


48:13:13 


C 


Time is 10 seconds. 


48:13:22 


C 


You can stop taking your pictures. 


48:13:24 


P 


Okay. 


48:13:26 


P 


I'm going to go WHITE light. 


48:13:31 


P 


How's that? 


48:13:33 


C 


All right. Take it easy now. 


48:13:36 


c 


AMB to Gamma. 


48:13:40 


c 


Does^your tether need to be loosened 



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177 



48:13:46 


P 


I don't think so. 








1+8:13:51 


C 


All right, now Just a minute. Let me get the cam- 
era out of the way and my hand over here . All 
right. I'm ready. 


1+8:13:56 


C 


Wait a minute. Give me time to get the tether in 
here. Okay. Go ahead. 


48:14:01 


C 


There you go. How's the hatch seal - clean all 
the way around? 


48:14:05 




How about all of this ... 


48 : l4 : 09 










Wait a minute now. Be sure you check it down. 
Just let me get the hoses up out of the way. 


48:14:26 


P 


Another minute. 


48:14:27 


C 


What? 


48:14:28 


P 


About a minute. 


48:14:29 


C 


Wait a minute. 


48:14:30 


C 


All right. Now your hoses are inside. Good shape. 
HAWAII 


48:14:31 


CC 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. Standing by. 


48:14:44 


c 


Come on, Dick. 


48:14:51 


c 


Now is it in? 


48:14:52 


P 


What? 


48:14:53 


c 


Pull it in. 


48:14:54 


P 


Okay. On ray head. Here, wait a minute. 



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48:14:56 P Hey, ... all the way. 

(Laughter ) 
48:15:06 c 2, 3, get off. 

48:15:16 C Okay. There you go. Put it in NEUTRAL. 

48:15:24 C Okay. Here goes the fan end. I can't see your 

dogs, but it looks to me like you're in all right. 
Turn your light on. 

48:15:32 C I'll get you ... Yes, they're all in all right. 

Look around the hatch. Do you see anything? 

48:15:39 P No. 

48:15:41 C Okay. 

48:15:42 P That's in. Cabin vent's on CLOSED and Repress 

coming ON. 

48:15:51 C Hello, Hawaii. Oemini XI here. We were in the 

middle of INGRESS when you called. We have closed 
the hatch and we have started to Repress, and we 've 
got all of S-13 complete. 

48:16:07 CC Okay. We copy all that. 

48:16:10 CC Standing by until you're Repress. 

48:16:16 C I've got - showing about 2/lOths of a pound now. 

48:16:33 P Boy, my legs are tired. 

48:16:35 C Your - I'm tired all over. Man, I'm beat I 

48:17:17 P We went to MANUAL HEATER and we hold at 700 psi. 
We shot 1 psi. 

48:17:20 CC Roger. 

48:17:28 CC How about that! Your meter reads just like ours. 

48:17:33 C Just wanted to check on the ground to see how you're 

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48:17:37 C Are we GO? 

48:17:38 CC According to mine you are, fourth time. 

48:17:45 C Roger. Thank you. 

48:17:53 P It's a beautiful night you have down there. 

48:17:56 CC Haven't had a chance to look, at it yet, 

48:18:06 CC Incidentally, we're ginning up a little L-Band 

Test for you guys during the Tether Exercise. 
They'll pass that up over the States. 

48:18:15 P Roger. 

48:22:13 P Hawaii, Gemini XI. 

48:22:15 CC Go ahead. 

48:22:16 P Okay. We shut off the Repress. We're at about 

4.8. Will the regulator top it off? 

48:22:18 CC Okay. We concur. 

48:22:27 P Boy, does it feel good to get that pressure off! 

48:22:31 CC I'll bet it does. We have a minute for LOS. We 

will stand by in case you have anything else. 

48:22:36 C Okay. We'll stick to the schedule for Dick hasn't 

looked at the Flight Plan here. 

48:22:42 CC Let's see. You've got all your Post-Ingress pro- 

cedures, then you have to purge. 

48:22:48 P Is that over the States? 

48:22:50 CC No, that's over Carnarvon. 

48:22:51 P Excellent, excellent I 

CALIFORNIA 

48:24:59 CC Gemini XI, Houston at California. Over. 

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Roger, Houston. Waiting to switch onto our Post- 
Ingress . 

Roger . 

We have a 9-step L-Band Test procedure for you when 
you're ready to copy. Over. 

Okay. Wait. 

Okay. I'm ready to copy. 

Okay, Gemini XI. Just prior to Undocking, we'd 
like to have you in the following configuration: 
have the L-Band in STANDBY 5 minutes prior to 
Undocking; have your computer in NAV; turn on the 
Agena. Transponder at 071; and then turn your 
Encoder OFF. After that, the ground will send 
SPIRAL SELECT and then you'll be clear to undock. 
Now after undocking, you'll want to hold a bore- 
sight at about 20 feet separation. After that, turn 
your Radar ON. We'll look at the antenna you're 
locked-on for about 3 minutes and if you're on the 
Spiral, we'll send DIPOLE SELECT. That will be 
from the ground. After that, you'll be clear to 
turn your Encoder back ON again. After 1 more 
minute of boresight, we'd like you to send ACQ LIGHTS 
ON and OFF, 251 and 250. We'd also like you to 
report azimuth, elevation, locked-on range, Range- 
Rate, and MAP. You can leave your Radar ON for 
the stateside pass. 

Okay. 

Let's see if I've got it all. L-Band to STANDBY 
5 minutes prior to Undock, computer at NAV, and 
now the L-Band and Agena 071. Then turn our Enco- 
der OFF. The ground will send SPIRAL SELECT. Back 
out, after undocked 20 feet, turn Radar ON, and 
we'll look at it for 3 minutes. The ground will 
send DIPOLE SELECT, and we can turn our Encoder ON 
and you will look for 1 more minute. Then you want 
us to send ACQ LIGHTS ON and ACQ LIGHTS OFF, 251 
and 250. After that, you want a report on the 
azimuth, elevation, range, Range-Rate, and MAP. 

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for you. 

1+8:28:1+6 P Roger. Wait. 

1+8:29:06 P All ready to copy. 

1+8:29:09 CC Roger. Node: 1+9:36:55; Rev 31, 135.5 east; 0 
hours 53 minutes, right ascension. 

1+8:29:32 P Say again the longitude, local elevation angle, and 

the right ascension. 



1+8:29:1+6 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston through Guaymas. Do 

you read? 

1+8:29:58 CC Gemini XI, Houston through Guaymas. Do you read? 

1+8:30:00 P Yes. Say the longitude and right ascension again. 

1+8:30:08 CC Roger. We faded through California. That's 135.5 

east; 0 hours 53 minutes, right ascension. 

1+8:30:15 P Say it again. 

1+8:30:25 P Say again 135.5 what? 

1+8:30:30 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston through Texas. That 

was 135.5 east; 0 hours 53 minutes, right ascension. 

1+8:30:1+1 P Copy. 

1+8:30:1+3 CC Thank you. 

1+8:1+1:21 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

1+8:1+1:23 C Go ahead. 

1+8:1+1:21+ CC Roger. Could you check your BI0-MED circuit 
breaker? Over. 

l+8:Ul:28 C It's off. We'll get it on in just a second. 

1+8:1+1:32 P I had it off when I changed the Stand-up cable. 

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1+8:1+1:36 CC Roger. 

1+8:1+1:1+1 P It's ON. 

1+8:1+2:1+2 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

1+8:1+2:1+3 C Go ahead. 

1+8:1+2:1+1+ CC Roger. Can you check your A -Pumps? Over. 

1+8:1+2:50 CC Want both A -Pumps. Over. 

1+8:1+2:51 P Primary A is ON. Secondary B is ON. 

1+8:1+2:51+ C Okay. A is ON in the Primary, and B is ON in the 

Primary. Do you want to put the other A -Pump ON? 

1+8:1+3:05 CC Roger. You're fully powered. 

1+8:1+3:07 C Say again? 

1+8:1+3:08 CC Roger. You're power ed-up. Over. 

1+8:1+3:11 C Okay. We'll put the A ON in the Secondary. 

1+8:1+6:06 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute and 20 seconds to LOS 

at Antigua. 

1+8:1+6:13 C Roger. I have a feeling we're a little bit behind. 

We'll see how we progress. We'll let you know 
over Carnarvon. We're pretty busy. 

1+8:1+6:22 CC Roger. That was a lot of EVA. 

1+8:1+6:25 C Yes. 

1+8:1+6:35 C Nerve-racking if nothing else. Right, Charlie? 

1+8:1+6:1+0 CC Right. The new world's outdoor record. 

1+8:1+6:1+1+ C Roger. 

ASCENSION 

1+8:53:^9 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Ascension. Standing by. 

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U8:53:51 C Roger. 

48:58:31 CC Hello. Can you read me? 

1+8:59:08 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Did you call? 

1+8:59:11 C Negative. 

1+8:59:23 P We're going to hate to leave this Agena. We're 

pretty tied to it. 

1+8:59:27 CC Say again? 

1+8:59:29 P I Bay we're going to hate to leave this Agena. 

We're pretty tied to it. 

14-8:59:33 CC Sure are. 

48: 59:37 P ••• ' t;fle formation 7 seconds Primary Propulsion, 

3 minutes and 19 Beconds. Secondary Propulsion 
and k3 percent oxygen. 

1+8:59:51 CC Roger. 



1+9:09:58 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

1+9:10:06 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Say again? 

1+9:10:08 C Roger. Al, we've inadvertently knocked off our 

electronic timer. Could you give us a GMT time 
hack? 

1+9:10:15 CC Roger. We'll give you one in about k-5 seconds. 

It will be timed 1+9:11:00. 

1+9:10:26 C Roger. 

1+9:10:32 CC About 30 seconds now. 

1+9:10:35 C Roger. Understand 1+9:11:00. Count us down, please. 

I+9:10:U0 CC Roger. 

1+9:10:52 CC 10 seconds. 

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1+9:10:56 CC 5> 4, 3, 2, l. 

49:11:01 CC MARK. 

1+9:11:02 CC 49:11:00. 

49:11:12 P Roger. Missed hack at 10. 

49:11:13 CC We missed it. We can try for 20. 

49:11:16 P Make it 15? 

49:11:20 CC l, 

49:11:21 CC MARK. 

49:11:22 CC That was 20 seconds. 

49:11:31 P Shows a lot of ... 

49:11:33 CC Roger. We'll go all the way to 49:12:00. 

49:11:43 CC 15 more seconds. 

49:11:51 CC 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, l, 

49:12:01 CC MARK. 

49:12:02 CC 49:12:00. 

49:12:06 P Okay. We are with you. 

49:12:07 CC Roger. 

49:13:31 P Houston, Gemini XI. 

49:13:34 CC Go ahead, Gemini XI. 

49:13:35 P Al, I can't get any MAPS from the Agena unless I 

turn the L-Band ON, and then when I turn the L-Band 
ON, everything seems to be okay. 

49:13:44 CC Roger. I understand you can't get commands in 

unless you turn L-Band ON and when you do, every- 
thing 's okay. Is that correct? 

49:13:50 P Well, at least they don't get any MAPS back. We 

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couldn't get the STP to turn OFF, so that's correct. 
49:14:09 CC Roger, Gemini XI. 

49:14:51 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 

1+9:14:55 P Go ahead. 

1+9:14:56 CC Did you say that when you do command the STP ON and 
you do not receive a MAP light - the STP does, in 
fact, come ON? 

49:15:09 P That's affirmative, Al. 

49:15:10 C It was ON and I tried to command it OFF and it 

wouldn't go OFF. I had to turn the L-Band ON to 
get anything into the Agena at all. 

49:15:20 CC I understand. 

49:15:46 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 

49:15:48 P Go ahead. 

49:15:49 CC Could you turn L-Band OFF and then cycle the On/ 

Stop switch and check the results? 

49:15:58 P I've already done that and the logic is correct. 

The On/Stop switch, that's fine, Al. 

49:16:03 CC Roger. I understand it functions with the L-Band 

OFF. 

49:16:06 P Affirmative. 

49:16:32 P Houston, Gemini XI. 

49:16:35 CC Go ahead, Gemini XT. 

49:16:37 P Al, we're still playing and I just turned the 

L-Band OFF and everything works okay now. Could 
it be the temperature of the L-Band? 

49:17:08 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 

49:17:09 P Go. 



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49:17:10 CC Roger. We checked the temperature and it's 58 

degrees which is normal. 



CARNARVON 

49:25:31 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

1+9:25:32 C Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

49:25:35 CC You can go ahead and start your fuel cell purge. 

49:25:38 C Okay. I have a question. I don't understand how 

we can do the Non Spun Up Stationkeeping and this 
L-Band exercise at the same time. 

1+9:25:48 CC Okay. Stand by. 

49:26:16 CC Give me the Mark when you start the purge. 

49:26:17 C Okay. We're getting ready. 

49:26:22 C All right. Hydrogen on Number 1. 

49:26:27 CC Roger. And I've got a sunrise time for your Tether 

Exercise. 

49:26:31 C Shoot. 

49:26:32 CC 49:49:47. 

49:26:53 C Okay. We had a DELTA-P light on the hydrogen for 

the first time. 

49:26:57 CC Roger. 

49:26:59 C Yes. We're getting it on the other one ... 

49:27:03 CC Yes. We see it on the ground. 

49:27:26 C Oxygen on 1. 

49:27:29 CC Is the Crossover OPEN? 

49:27:32 P Yes. It's OPEN. 



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1+^ * 27 * Hi 




Okay. Carnarvon, be advised that right ... I 
turned off the Auto and Manual Retro circuit break- 
ers, Retro Sequence Control 1 and 2. Attitude 
Indicator Retro circuit breaker is OPEN. That 
leaves me three switches to go to jettison the 
tether. That's a configuration we'll start in. 


1+9:28:02 


P 


Excuse me, I have RCS Squibs 1 and 2 OPEN also. 


1+9:28:06 


CC 


Roger. 


1+9:28:16 


CC 


On that L-Band problem you had in commanding, did 
that happen about the same time that you had that 
Electronic Timer circuit breaker OFF? 


lifl. Ofl. Oli 

M-y : eo 1 cm 




Yes. That's possible. 


1+9 J 28 : 27 






),n, OA. OO 

4y : co : 




I apparently knocked it OFF when I was in the back 
stowage box - - 


1+9:28:33 


CC 


Roger . 


1+9:28:37 


c 


- - and it was OFF about 1+ or 5 minutes. 


l+9:29:!+l 


cc 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


1+9:29:1+2 


c 


Go ahead. 


1+9:29:1+1+ 


cc 


What do you think the problem is, Pete, in perform- 
Spun Up? 


1+9:29:51 


cc 


Non Spun Up. 


1+9:29:53 


c 


They say to f^y in front of it at 20 feet and if 
we 're going to - do you want to try and just do 
it once we get undocked? Is that the idea? 


1+9:30:03 


cc 


Yes. 


1+9:30:07 


c 


Okay. The 20 feet was confusing me. 


1+9:30:10 


cc 


Okay. 


1+9:30:18 


cc 


Roger. After you've undocked, turn the Radar OFF 
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49:30: 


:24 


cc 


That's turning it ON at 20 feet. 


49:30: 


:26 


G 


Okay . 


49:30: 


:29 


C 


Okay. Oxygen done in Number 1. Going on Number 2. 


49:30: 


:32 


CC 


Roger . 


49:31: 


:16 


CC 


1 minute to LOS. 


49:31: 


:17 


C 


Roger . 


49:31: 


:23 


CC 


And we'll see you tomorrow morning. 


49:31: 


:25 


C 


Okay. 


49:31: 


:35 


C 


Pretty nice day today, Bill. You guys look great 
from 750. 


49:31: 


:39 


CC 


You'd better bring the pictures back! 


49:31: 


:40 


p 


Yes. We've got them, I hope. 


49:31: 


:58 


C 


Go have a ... for me, will you? 


49:32: 


:01 


CC 


I sure will, and in fact I might bring you guys bacl 
a couple. 


49:32; 


:04 




Yes. I'd appreciate it. 
HAWAII 


49:50; 


:45 


CC 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. 


49:50: 


:46 


C 


Roger, Hawaii. This is Gemini XI, and we've un- 
docked from the Agena ... 


49:50: 


:50 


p 


The Agena is at an Inertial Attitude; pitch down 
30 degrees below level vertical and we're pulling 
out the tether. 


49:50: 


:57 


CC 


Okay. 


49:51: 


:35 


c 


We sort of upset the Agena a little bit with the 
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izing back into his attitude again. 
49:51:45 CC Okay. 

49:51:!+? C Into his attitude again. 

49:51:52 C The tether is not flopping at all and is maintain- 

ing tension very nicely. 

1+9:51:54 CC Copy. 

1+9:51:57 C I just came on with the radar and I don't have any 

lock. I came on with the radar ... 

i+9: 52:04 CC Okay. Why don't you go off with the radar. 

1+9:52:12 C Okay. Radar's OFF. 

1+9:52:13 CC Okay. Turn your Encoder OFF. 

1+9:52:11+ P Encoder's OFF. 

1+9:52:16 CC Okay. I'm going to command SPIRAL ANTENNA from 

the ground. 

1+9:52:18 C Roger. 

1+9:52:25 CC Okay. We're cycling here. Let's hold it there 

for a minute. Let's hold it. 

1+9:52:1+2 CC Okay. Do you want to turn your Encoder ON? 

1+9:52:1+5 C Okay. Encoder coming ON. 

1+9:52:1+8 CC And turn on the radar. 

1+9:53:01+ C This figure is starting down a little bit poorly for 

the End Spun Up because I just got to the end of 
the tether . . . 

1+9:53:34 CC Roger. 

49:53:35 C Okay. It's hung up in the bag now. We didn't get 

it all out. We only got about 50 feet out, and 
I jerked it a little bit. We'll try it again. 

49:53:44 CC Okay. 

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^vJiNrlL/tN 1 IAL 


1+9: 53: ^7 


c 


This is really weirdl 


1+9:53:^9 


cc 


I'll bet. 


^9: 33:50 


c 


Really weird! 


^9:53:51 


cc 


Have you got your OAMS cut off for this exercise? 


i+9:53:56 


c 


Say again? What is it? 


1+9:53:58 


cc 


10 percent. 


1*9:53:59 


c 


Roger . 


l+9:5l+:2i 


cc 


That 10 percent will give you enough for the rest 
of the Flight Plan and your experiments. 


1+9: 5^:25 


c 


Okay. 


1+9:55:00 


c 


Okay . We 've got it ... 


1+9:55:03 


cc 


Say again? 


1+9:55:01+ 


c 


We got it coming out free, the rest of the way . 


1+9:55:22 


cc 


How about having Dick send ACQ, LIGHTS ON and ACQ 
LIGHTS OFF. 


1+9:55:26 


c 


Say again? 


1+9:55:29 


cc 


How about having Dick send ACQ LIGHTS ON and ACQ 
LIGHTS OFF. 


1+9:55:31 


c 


Okay. They're ON. 


1+9:55:33 


cc 


Okay. 


1+9:55:36 


p 


They came oh and they went off, but I have no MAP. 


1+9:55:1+7 


cc 


Both ways? 


1+9:55:1+9 


p 


I have no MAP. 


1+9:55:52 


p 


Affirmative both ways. No MAP, but I do get the 
ACQ light. 


1+9:55:59 


cc 


Okay. 



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We're 10 feet from the end. 


1+9:56:37 


c 


Oh, man, I really upset the Agenal I haven't got 
the end on the swivel yet. I hit it very lightly 
and it just barely upset the Agena. So I'm not 
even going to he able to start the Non Spun Up. 


1+9:56:56 


cc 


Okay . We copied that . 


4y: po:po 




The Non Spun Up « 


49:57:07 


c 


I see what's the matter; it's ON on the handle - 
the right— hand hold handle . 


i+9:57:2U 




Okay, Gemini XI. If you feel like you can't do til 
Non Spun Up business and you want to start the 
Spun Up Exercise, you can have at it. 


1+9:57:30 


c 


We have already passed the point of doing the Non 
Spun Up. 


1+9:57:35 


cc 


Okay. At your discretion then. 


495 5oSH4 




Gemini XI Hawaii. Don't forget the ACS OFF comms 
before the spin. 

CALIFORNIA 


50:00:03 


c 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. 


50:00:07 


cc 


Gemini XI, this is Houston. Go ahead. 


50:00:10 


c 


Okay. Houston. This thing is harder to handle 
out here . I'm going to try and spin it up . I 
can't get it off the handle. 


50:00:18 


cc 


Roger. Is your ACS off at this time? 


50:00:21 


c 


Say again. 


50:00:25 


cc 


Is your ACS off at this time? 


50:00:26 


c 


It is. 


50:00:27 


cc 


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50:00:47 


C 


Could you see if our ACS is OFF ... 


50:00:51 


cc 


We'll, check on it, Gemini XI. 


50:00:56 


c 


Al, I'm not getting any MAPS. 


50:00:58 


cc 


Roger. And we're not going to get any data until 
Texas . 


50:01:13 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. We'd like to recommend that 
you stand by until over Texas where we can verify 
ACS OFF. 


50:01:18 


c 


Roger. 


50:01:21 


c 




50:01:28 


cc 


Roger . 


50:01:55 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. Do you still have lock-on? 


50:01:57 


c 


No • We never had a Lock-on light • 


50:02:02 


cc 


Roger. 


50:02:04 


c 


We never had a Lock-on light. 
GUAYMAS 


50:03:14 


p 


Houston, Gemini XI. 


50:03:15 


cc 


Go ahead, Gemini XI. 


50:03:16 


p 


The nylon tether is completely free at this time. 


50:03:20 


cc 


Roger. 


50:03:22 


p 


It's not stuck to the handle or the docking ... 
It's holding up at two attach points. 


50:03:28 


cc 


Roger. We show your radar locked on to the Agena, 
but apparently the Agena information isn't getting 
back to you. 


50:03:35 


p 


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LIGHTS ON and OFF. 
Roger . 

Now I lost them because - I don't even think I'm 
going to be able to get it started spinning. I 
had the ACS OFF, I guess, and got some rates into 
it and I'm having a hard time Stationkeeping on it. 
I can't really psych out what's going on. 

Roger . 

Gemini XI, Houston. Suggest you turn ACS back ON 
at this time. That would be Command hOl. 

Roger. I'll check it. 

Roger . 

Stand by to turn it off when we get some more in- 
formation - get data at Texas. 

Roger . 

Yes. We've been having some motions from the ground 
going by. The tether is whipping around us and 
I'm really having a hard time figuring out who's on 
first. 

Houston, Roger. 

I hit the end of it a couple of times inadvertently. 
It has a big bow in it, but all of a sudden, the 
next thing you know, you're at the end of it. 

Gemini XI, Houston. We indicate that your ACS is 
ON. You can send ACS OFF, Command 1+00, when you're 
ready . 

Roger. I understand. 

I just got to turn on the tape. Now the tape's ON. 
Here we go. Now wait a minute. Come ahead. 

Roger . 

Turn it up some, 

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50:07:03 C ... 50:07:00. 

50:07:04 P We're coming in; we're coming in. 

50:07:12 P Wish you could get that tight so I can take a 
picture . 

50:07:18 C Well, I got myself ... pretty good right now. 

Whoops I 

50:07:21 P Who? 

50:07:22 c See that? 

50:07:23 P It's still slack. 

50:07:24 C Yes, I know, but it starts to take it out. 

50:07:29 P Ought to take it out somewhere along the line. 

50:07:32 P The Agena's inertial. It isn't going to do much. 

50:07:51 C This tether's doing something that I never thought 

it would do. It's like the Agena and I have a 
skip rope between us and it's rotating and making 
a big loop. And I have things pretty well under 
hand now and it looks like we're skipping rope 
with the thing out here. 

50:08:11 CC Roger. We still indicate on the ground that the 

ACS is on. 

50:08:15 C Yes. I was just trying to get to the end of the 

tether . 

50:08: 18 CC Roger. 

50:08:24 C I *m getting there slowly . 

50:08:27 CC Roger. 

50:08:29 P The loop is getting smaller and smaller. 

50:08:54 C There it is. 

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50:08:58 C Let me see - it's pulling me in. It's got - it's 

got tension in it even when it's spinning. Did you 
see what's happening? Did you see it? 

50:09:0*4- P Did hat - did that pull you in? 

50:09:07 C Heck yes! I didn't touch a thing. 

50:09:10 P Now lean against it just before it pulls you in. 

Lean against it so it can't. 

50:09:11 C Look what it's doing J Man! Have we got a weird 

phenomenon going here. This will take somebody a 
little time to figure out. The tether is still 
doing this spin, like I said. That's the reason 
I can't get the end of it because it keeps a bow 
in it while it's spinning and it has tension in it. 

50:09:38 CC Roger. 

50:09:39 C I can't get it straight. 

50:09:58 P Got it now. 

50:10:04 C Now what I have to do is roll l80. 

50:10:11 CC Gemini XI, Houston. We have indicated you've used 

approximately hO pounds of fuel. Could you give 
us a PQ.I reading if possible? 

50:10:19 C Roger. 22 percent. 

50:10:22 CC Say egain. 

50:10:23 C Roger. It's 22 percent. 22. 

50:10:27 CC Thank you. 

50:10:3!+ C Okay. Stand by to - - 

50:10:36 P To what? 

50:10:38 C - - to send the ACS OFF. I got - the way you spin 

up is backwards. 

50:10:1+U CC Gemini XI, Houston. The consensus here is you'll 

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applying tension to it. Using your own Judgment, 
if you desire, you can initiate the tether - I 
mean ... to initiate the spin from this point. 

50:10:59 P Roger. It's down right now and we're getting in 

position to do the Spin Out Stationkeeping . It's 
out of it. 

50:11:05 CC Good from this point. 

50:11:10 p Boy, How much fuel does that take you? 

50:11:12 C 10 seconds aft and down and that's it. 

50:11:15 p what are they going to say whenever I send ACS OMT 

50:11:22 c yes. We're trying to fly upside-down on it. 

CAPE 

50:11:34 c Houston, Gemini XI. Watch it and let me know if 
I get ACS OFF in there. 

50:11:38 CC Roger. 

50:U:4g p When do you want me to send it? 

50:11:44 C Wait a minute. 

50:11:49 C I'm trying to get on top of him here. 

50:11:59 P Do you have those switches ready to go? 

50:12:01 P yes. 

50:12:03 P Well, figure out which ones they are. 

50:12:05 P Well, the Retropower and that one. 

50:12:07 C Okay. The Jettison switch. I'm getting into 
position now. 

50:12:41 CC Gemini XI, Houston. We still show ACS OM here. 
50:12:43 C Roger. We are just getting up on it right now. 

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50:12:1*6 


C 


Man, this is no easy job I 


50:12:51 


C 


Okay. Are you ready? 


50:12:52 


P 


Yes. 


50:12:53 


C 


ACS OFF. 


50:12:55 


P 


Is ACS OFF? 


50:12:56 


G 


10 seconds. 


50:12:58 


CC 


Roger. We confirm it OFF. 


50:13:00 


C 


Roger. Thank you. 


50:13:03 


P 


What's your attitude? 


50:13:05 


C 


Listen. I've got it OFF. 


50:13:06 


P 


Ohl 


50:13:08 


C 


Well, we've started. 




CC 




50:13:12 


c 


... 


50:13:13 


c 


Yikes ! 


50:13:17 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston, Do you have tension in the 
cauxe ax unis oime i 


50:13:19 


c 


Drag it in. As soon as I backed off and down, it 
stopped. I have a lot of slack in it. 


50:13:29 


p 


The darnedest thing I 've ever seen . 


50:13:31 


c 


This is not going to work. 


50:13:1+1 


c 


As a matter of fact - well, I'll wait and see. 
Hang on. Here goes the jerk. Bong! 


50:13:51 


p 


That's too much. 


50:13:59 


c 


Gosh! The tension must be extremely light because 
we can hardly even feel it, but we did hit the end 



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again. So, by golly, we are oscillating. 
50:14:03 CC Houston. Roger. 

50:14:15 P Okay. He's going over on your side. 

50:14:17 C Keep your eye on him. 

50:14:19 C (Laughter) 

50:14:27 C I'll tell you what though, unless this thing settles 

down a little bit more, I'm going to whistle over on 
the night side this leg. Our yaw angle to them is 
about 35 degrees to either side at this time. 

50:14:35 CC Roger. Did you put full thrust down - to initiate? 

50:14:42 P Either side, right now. 

50:14:48 C Although it seems to be settling down. 

50:15:01 CC Dynamics Guidance. 

50:15:05 C We are spinning, after a fashion. As best I can 

determine, we have spun -up about 45 degrees out of 
the Orbital Plane. 

50:15:17 CC Houston. Roger. 

50:15:21 C Are the Running lights on? 

50:15:23 P Yes, they are on. 

50:15:29 C Al, check and see if I have any of the Running 

lights on? I think I do. 

50:15:36 CC Roger. 

50:15:41 P Shucks I I can't see them. 

50:15:43 C I can't either. 

50:15:51 P I don't see any nylon either. 



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Gemini XI. 

There's tension on it. It's sliding down. Here 
he comes back into view again, I think. Yes, I've 
got him. 

Gemini XI, Houston. You're Running lights are on. 
We show you at approximately 200 pounds of propel- 
lant remaining. 

Roger . 

Shucks I 

Actually, I'm quite surprised. We had a great deal 
of slack in the tether when we stopped firing, or 
right after we stopped firing. Now we have some 
pretty wild attitudes with respect to one another 
and we have lost sight of them a time or two. But 
the tether seems to be - have constant tension in 
it, like we really are spinning. 

Roger. Can you give us a PQI? 

It looks like about 21 percent. 

Man, I don't know about going on the night side with 
this thing. 

No, I have him in sight now. 

What are you going to do when you don't get him 
in sight and your Docking light isn't over there? 

Yes. 

Well, if he stays taut all the time, that would be 

all right. You know I kind of have the feeling 

things are damping out a little bit. Don't you? 

Gemini XI, Houston. We show you 27 minutes from 
sunset. 

Yes. I don't know what direction he'd be going. 



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50:17:31 


C 


I don't either. 


50:17:41 


P 


Where does the general purpose magazine go? 


50:17:43 


C 


In the box. 


50:18:10 


C 


How is he doing out there? 


50:18:11 


P 


Tight. 


50:18:12 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. Can you give ua your feelings 
on how your status is progressing now? 


50:18:15 


c 


Roger. It is really settling down. The attitudes 
have, hut we apparently have constant tension in 
the tether. We have only lost sight of it once. 


50:18:29 


P 


I still have it. 


50:18:30 


c 


What he is doing is - we would up so that our motion 
is mostly at yaw. And he is yawing to about 30 or 
35 degrees on either side of us. We have rolled 
about 90 degrees to him right now and the tether is 
maintaining tension at all times. I'm impressed. 
I didn't figure it would, when we first started. 


50:19:00 


cc 


How do you feel now about going into sunset and 
Spun Up? 


50:19:03 


c 


I think we will go ahead. We will press on. There 
must be some damping in that - in the tether - 
because we had to give 6 feet of slack right after 
I let go of it. It may be that there is some elas- 
ticity to the tether. 


50:19:23 


cc 


Roger . 


50:19:27 


c 


Things are calming down considerably. I believe 
that we are damping. 


50:19:36 


cc 


Houston . Roger . 


50:19:49 


p 


Did you hit the recorder? 


50:19:51 


c 


(Laughter) 


50:19:53 


c 


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thing at the start, would you? 



50:19:55 




No. It sure looked like it was off. 


50:19:58 




Hang on. Here it goes over the top. Wheel 


50:20:17 


P 


They got that clamp on there good and tight, I'll 


50 : 20 : 19 




I bet there's not much tension in the line. 


50:20:29 


C 


What would you say that was, 35 degrees j h3 degrees? 


50:20:31 


P 


What? Pitch-up? ^+5 degrees of axis. 


50:20:3^ 


c 


He seems to be relatively stable to the tether, 
doesn't he? 


50:20:38 


p 


Yes. 


50:20:53 


p 


Look at that! I can't understand it. 


50:20:56 


c 


It's going every which direction. 


50:20:58 


p 


Listen, somebody can sort that out later. I can't 


50:21:05 


cc 


Gemini XI Houston. 30 seconds from LOS* 


50:21:07 


c 


Roger. We'll press on. We've got a lot of tension. 
Now here goes the ... is going into our nose now. 
We've got a lot of tension. Good steady tension. 
I can't even see it oscillating. Looks like we've 
got a good spin going, so that it is going to hold 
it. 


50:21:22 


p 


Do you see him? 


50:21:2U 


cc 


Is it still hO degrees or so out of your Orbital 
Plane? 


50:21:29 


c 


The Agena movement, with respect to the tether, is 
very low. But the Gemini motion, with respect to 
the tether, is the one - we're the ones that have 
all the motion, it seems to me. We're doing the 
1*0 degrees plus or minus. Right now we are just 
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Orbital Plane. I can't really tell. We are rolling 
a little bit too. 

50:22:12 c We do have the Running lights on, you say? 

50:22:15 P Yea. 

50:22:17 C It's been a big day, I'll tell you. I've got this - 

gangbusters. Boy, I didn't think it was going to 
start, did you? How about me making me some food 
or something? 

50:22:39 c What have you got there? Peaches are good. 

50:22: k6 P I hope. Yes. 

50:22:51 C This is pretty darn interesting. That line after 

the first wing-ding didn't - hasn't gained a bit of 
tension in it or slack. 

50:23:03 P Now we're putting a little motion on it. Going 

arovjid by him. 

50:23:08 C Yes. But his - his motion - look at his angle. 

It's onl^r 20 degrees, right? 

50:23:12 P Yes. 

50:23:13 C Ours is the one with the big angle. 

50:23:17 p Listen, I'll croak if this whole thing damps out 
when we get down to real low rates. Right? 

50:23:31 P Yes. 

50:23:32 c I only lost him once. 

50:23:43 p Darn thing is in two parts. 

50:23:46 C Are those good? 

50:23:U8 P What else do you want? 

50:23:51 C I'll eat anything I'm so hungry. The first time 

I've had a chance to think about something else 
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I'll sleep tonight! 

Now you're on the back side of the curve. l8 hours 
to Retrofire. 

I wish I was getting untangled from this "big bear. 
Yes. 

Boy, 3 more hours of that! 

Right now I don't feel so bad about powering down 
on the Maneuvering Controller and - I'll tell you 
what, I'll leave the Maneuvering Controller ON 
and just turn off the OAMS switch. How's that? 

Roger . 

Somebody's calling Gemini XI. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 
Gemini XI, RKV CAP COM. 

Hello RKV, Gemini XI here. Everything is going 
okay. 

Roger. We would like to know what the period of 
Spacecraft oscillation is, if you have any esti- 
mates . 

Well, it started out with the rates around - I 
didn't get the oscillation, but the rates were 
about 1 degree per second going out and they're 
down. I would say they are down to if 2 degree 
per second. The whole thing is beginning to sta- 
bilize pretty well. 

Say, real good! Mighty fine! Glad to hear that! 

Would also like to know if you got an indication 
of the Analog Range or Range-Rates? 

The Analog is showing 00 300,000. 

What is the digital showing? 

2/lOths of a mile or - - 



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50:25:59 CC Roger- Copy 00 300,000. 

50:26:03 C - - Say again, RKV. 

50:26:05 CC Roger. I copy 00 300,000. 

50:26:10 C Yea. Both the Range-Rates are 0 and the Range 
Needle is too, blocked at 300,000 feet. 

50:26:17 CC Okay. Very good. Thank you. 

50:26:19 P Digital Range is 120 on the computer. 

50:26:24 CC Digital Range 120 on the computer? 

50:26:29 p That's affirmative. 

50:26:36 C Say, I have a question for them in Houston. Would 

you tell them that we have been using the 16mm movie 
camera with an l8mm lens in it and I have gotten 
about - well, I got all of this - the camera has 
been on all the time - and I was wondering if they 
want us to change to a 75mm lens, or keep on with 
the 18. 

50:27:03 CC Roger. We will check with them. 

50:27:07 C This has gotten to be downright nice. 

50:27:11 C Why don't you turn the tape off now unless we get 

something unusual going. 

50:27:29 CC Oemini XI, RKV. Stay with the 18. 

50:27:3^ P Okay. 

50:28:21 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We'd like to know if you could 

estimate how long it really takes you to go from 
peak-to-peak on your oscillation. 

50:28:31 C Okay. We'll start telemetry statistics here in a 

minute. 

50:28:36 CC Okay. 

50:29:35 c RKV, Oemini XI. 



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Go, Gemini XI. 

Roger. The oscillations seem to be a little bit 
random. We keep getting coupled into different 
axes and it's rather hard to sort them out. We 
also figure there is probably some fuel sloshing 
around in the Agena, maybe, which is doing it. 

Roger . Copy . 

We've got half an oscillation for about 50 seconds. 
Copy. Half an oscillation in about 50 seconds. 
Gemini XI, RKV. We have about 1 minute to go. 
Okay. We'll press on. 
Roger . 

We'd like to know if you can estimate your rotation 
rates. They'll pick this information up over 
Ascension or Tananarive. 

Say again ? 

They'd like you to know - to know if you can esti- 
mate your rotation rates. They'll pick you up over 
Ascension or Tananarive. 

All right, I'll take that - well, we'll give her 
a try, but we can get coupled up so closely, I 
can't really tell which way we're spinning. 

Okay. 



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Gemini XI, Houston. We're standing by for your 
estimate of your rotation rate. 

Do you want the spin rate we have? 

Gemini XI, Houston. Say again? 

I - I'm having a hard time pointing it out, Al. 

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I 'm very low. Rotation - two-vehicle rotation is 
very low. 

50:33:33 CC Houston. Roger. 

50:33:39 C A piece of ground going by. The Orbital Plane is 

really fouled up. It's very hard to split this 
out. 

50:33:^9 CC Roger. 

50:33:57 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Our ground information indi- 
cates from Agena that it's about kO degrees per 
minute. 

50:3^:09 C 1*0 degrees per minute. Okay. 

50:35:^7 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 30 seconds to LOS. 

TANANARIVE 

50xhy,k2 CC Gemini XI, Houston. We're standing by. 
50: k5:h6 C Roger. Everything is going just fine. 

50:46:05 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

50:46:08 CC Go ahead, Gemini XI. 

50:46:10 C Roger. The Gemini is rolling at about, oh, 2/3rd's 

of a degree per second and the highest pitch and 
yaw rates that we 're seeing right now, when they 
couple, are also about 2/3rd*s of a degree per 
second. 

50:46:32 CC Houston, Roger. 2/3rd's of a degree per second 

in both cases* 

50:46:53 C The fact that the tether is on the docking bar, 

offset from the CG, is advantageous to us in that 
the Agena motion is staying out in front of our 
windows all the time. Therefore, we nave very 
seldom lost sight of it. 

50:47:18 CC Roger. For your information, if you want to use 

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that 75mm lens, you should hand- hold the camera. 

50:47:27 C Okay. I don't think that will be necessary. We've 

got good pictures and the l8 will give you a wider 
field of view. I*ve got one roll magazine at 1 
frame per second now and I plan to run another one 
on the next day pass. 

50:47:40 CC Roger. 

50:49:23 C We are going into the Night Test on the tape recor- 

der. We have no roll-rate and we have 1.2 degrees 
per second on yaw, maximum. Just coming to a little 
roll slightly. The vehicle - our attitude is drop- 
ping half of what it was at the beginning of this 
thing. Now we are oscillating about 20 degrees. 

50:49:48 P Think so? 

50:49:49 C I won't say any more than that. That's all the 

antenna was off the nose. 

50:1+9:5*+ P Yes. 

50:49:55 C We have the Docking light on which shows us the 

tether. We can see the Agena Running lights very 
well. We can see the Agena nose cone very well. 

50:50:07 P Since we first started we have not lost sight of 

the Agena at all. It has been relatively easy to 
keep it in view. Don't even have to go to the 
window. 

50:50:1*+ C I think that's due to the off -set of the Agena, 

don't you? 

50:50:18 P Probably it keeps us tipped down a little bit. 

50:50:22 C It also keeps the Agena pitch down to us. 

50:50:24 P Yes. 

50:50:29 P 

50:42:43 CC Gemini XI, Houston. We're about 1 minute from LOS. 

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as a matter of fact. We might just go to sleep 
on this one. 

50:53:00 C As matter of fact, I think I will. 
50:53:03 CC Roger. 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

51:10:30 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. 

51:10:34 C 

51:10:36 CC Roger. Could you give us a readout of Address 35? 

51:10:1+1 C ... 09 

51:10:52 CC Say again, please, Gemini XI. 

51:10:54 C Roger. Schedule 35 is reading 09999 which is a 

bunch of garbage. Over. 

51:11:02 CC Roger. 

51:11:06 C According to our radar in here, we tried to lock 

intermittently for a short period of time - about 
20 minutes ago and 10 minutes ago - and I've come 
to the conclusion that we must have had some sort 
of failure in our on -board radar. Could you con- 
firm that? 

51:11:29 CC Standby. I 1 11 check. 
51:11:46 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. 
51:11:48 C Go ahead. 

51:11:49 CC They seem to feel that it's in the Agena trans- 

ponder . 

51:11:53 C Okay. Now the Agena is up and to our left and the 

radar shows that it's up. The elevation shows 
that it's down. Apparently we have some sort of 
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51:12:17 CC Roger. Copy. 

51:14:45 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. 

51:14:47 C Go ahead. 

51:14:48 CC Okay. Houston would like you to use a pencil or 

something to see if you can establish any g-field 
effect. 

51:14:56 C Okay. 

51:14:58 CC And, also, they are going to talk to you over 

Hawaii about possibly setting up a higher rate. 

51:15:05 C We have been trying to. No effect. 

51:15:26 CC Gemini XI, we've got about a minute to LOS. 

51:15:28 C Roger. 

51:15:29 CC You're all GO down here on the ground. 

51:15:32 C Thank you. 

51:15:34 C We're GO up here, too. 

51:15:36 CC Roger. 

HAWAII 



51:26:27 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

51:26:29 C Go ahead, Hawaii. 

51:26:31 CC We'd like to get an Agena tape dump, so if you'd 

turn your Encoder OFF, we'll try to get that. 

51:26:36 C Roger. Would you advise Houston that this thing 

is stabilized almost completely. The Agena-Gemini 
oscillations are almost all being done, except in 
roll, and it's sticking right straight out our nose 
on the end of a tight tether in a very nice slow 
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Very good. 

I wouldn't have believed it 2 hours ago. 

We're slowly getting alined through our CG so that 
the Agena is upside-down to us, the way we started 
out. 

We copy that. 

And it is rolling very slightly. We can, every 
once in a while, see a slight sine wave come up 
the tether, and I suspect that it may be some fuel 
in the Agena still sloshing a little bit, ever so 
slightly . 

Okay. I'm going to send you a T x , 
Okay. 

We have to back up our tape dump we *re getting on 
you. Another thing, Pete, we'd like to uplink a 
T R and also a load; that is 1+5-1. We'd like to 
check out your computer. 

Okay. Want us to go PRELAUNCH? 

Affirmative . 

Computer is in PRELAUNCH. 
Roger. 

How about that? We've got it in sync again. 
Okay. 

Here comes your load. 

Well, that was what you were supposed to do, wasn't 
it? 

Right. I thought it would keep your fingers away 
from the Electronic Timer circuit breaker. 

Very sorry about that, but I was upside-down in 
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Okay. 

We're going to have to do a little hustling in 
here today to get everything done. 

We copy that. Understand you've been trying to 
spin it up a little faster. 

Negative. We just got stabilized. I haven't - 
since I let go of the dump back over the States, 
the very first time - I haven't touched a thing. 
I'm powered to Gemini now. 

Okay. How do you feel about, oh, trying to spin 
her up a little bit more? 

I don't know. What '11 it prove? We're nice and 
stable and steady, Stationkeeping right now. We 
do get a little artificial gravity out of it. We 
can stick a camera or something up against the 
bulkhead and it floats back in the direction of the 
tether every time. 

Okay. 

I think all we'd do is waste fuel and I'm sure that 
it would be damped. 

What have you got on Prop Quantity? 

Looks like about 19 percent. 

Another thing is I'm not sure how much line it's 
going to need to de-spin this thing. I'd just as 
soon not shoot a bucket getting all wound up and 
not have anything in my hip pocket to get unwound. 

Okay. 

Gemini XI, Hawaii. 
Go ahead. 

Okay. We'd like to know how you feel about adding 
about a foot-per-second burn in there to see if you 
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51:31:29 C Okay. We'll give her a go whenever you say. 

51:31:35 C How long do they want us to apply the lateral thrust? 
How many seconds? 

51:31:^5 CC Okay. I'll let you know in a minute. 

51:32:19 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

51:32:23 C Go ahead, Hawaii. 

51:32:25 CC Okay. As far as stopping the spin, what they feel 

you should do is probably just jettison the bar and 
that'll give you about 1 or 2-feet-per-second separ- 
ation . 

51:32:39 C What are you saying? 

51:32:Ul CC Rather than just trying to stop the spin, just 

jettison the index bar. 

51:32:1*9 C You want us to just jettison the index bar when 

we're ready to separate? 

51:32:5^ CC That's the feeling at Houston. 

51:32:57 C Okay. You want us to spin -up higher? Is that 

correct? 

51:32:59 CC Okay. With that 3-second burn, is what they were 

thinking about. 

51:3^:19 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

51:3^:21 C Go ahead. 

51:3^:22 CC Okay. You can go back to NAV if you want to, 

51:3^: 2J+ C Okay. I didn't get your last. You want us to 

spin-up higher? Is that correct? 

51:3^:28 CC Roger. 3-second burn. 

51:3^:30 C Okay. 



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Gemini XI, Houston. 
Go ahead. 

We 've got a Pre-Phase Maneuver Update for you when 
you're ready to copy. 

You guys are full of all good things, man. We're 
trying to spin-up faster. Okay. We're ready to 
copy. 

Okay. The GET of B is 53:2^:55; Delta-V, 9-3; 
Address 25, 00055; Address 26, 90075} Address 27, 
00000. You'll be using your Forward-Firing Thrus- 
ters and the maneuver will be Posigrade and up. 
You'll perform this maneuver in COMPONENT. Prior 
to the maneuver, Aline your Platform BEF and get 
a good solid Stationkeeping position with the 
Agena. The pitch attitude is included. Take 
advantage of some network tracking. Over. 

This is Gemini XI, ... 53:24:55; Delta-V, 9-3; 
Address 25, 00055; Address 26, I didn't get; 27 is 
all zips; Forward-Firing Thrusters; Posigrade up. 
Aline Stationkeeping and do it peachy-keen. Give 
me Address 26. 

Roger. 26, 90075- 

Roger. Understand 90075 ... 

We're standing by to spin-up faster now. They want 
us to fire the docking bar to get off them. I 
think that * s ridiculous . ... 

Oh, the sun is shining right in the bottom of that 
reflector, right on the top of my head. It's about 
to burn a hole in it. 

All right. We are almost there. Are you ready? 
Yes. 

Get set, GO. 

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51:1+2:09 


P 


Pass it down, why don't you. Oh shucks! 


51:42:12 


C 


It's okay. It's okay. 


51:^2:15 


P 


Oh, look at the slack! 


51:42:17 


C 


That's what I was afraid of, darn it. 


51:42:21 


P 


Look at all the slack! 


51:^2:26 


P 


Oh shucks! Here we go! 


51:42:32 


c 


Dumb men wouldn't listen to me. That's all on the 
tape too. 


51:42:41 


c 


Hang on. 


51:42:42 


P 


It's going to jerk this thing all to heck. 


51:42:45 


p 


It's going to do the same thing. It's going to 
just start all over again. 


51:42:48 


c 


Oh, look at that! Sure is going to blow that 
docking bar fast. 


51:42:53 


p 


Okay. Power. 


51:42:55 


c 


Retropower ON. 


51:42:57 


p 


Okay. That's all in the Jet - oh man, I won't be 
able to see this thing when I look out. 


51:43:04 


c 


Hello, Houston. 


51:43:05 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. Standing by. 


51:43:06 


p 


You just ruined a good thing. 


51:43:08 


p 


You just ruined a good thing. 


51:43:14 


c 


I can't see. 


51:43:15 


cc 


What does it look like now, Gemini XI? 


51:43:17 


c 


It's wild and we had it nice and steady. 


51:43:21 


p 


Give me that camera. 



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51:1+3:1+3 C We've got about a 60-degree attitude change on him 

and the tether went very slack and we banged out the 
end of it. 

51:1+3:51+ C Oh man! Did you see what that did to the Agena? 

51: 1+3:57 P What did it do? 

51:1+3:59 C Oh man! 

51 :!+!+: 00 CC Are you getting oscillations in yaw and pitch both? 

51;l+l+:02 C We've got oscillations everywhere. 

51:M+:09 C How does it look down there? Kind of tame, I bet. 

51 :!+!+: 19 P This thing is going to damp out here in a little 

bit. 

51 :!+!+: 21 C I suspect that it will damp. But it sure is wild. 

51:1+1+: 29 CC Are you all skipping the rope up there now? 

51:1+1+: 31 C Ho, we've got the tether tied again. The attitudes 

are pretty good on both the Agena and the Gemini. 

51:1+4:39 CC Roger. Well, everything Is okay down here. We 

are all on the end of these 3-foot ropes. 

51:1+!+: 1+3 C Thanks. 

51:l+l+:l+8 C Yes. That is something nobody thought about, but, 

by golly, if you spin a rope and pull it tight, 
it applies tension and that is exactly what is 
happening to us and why we couldn't get started 
right away. It got back off. The rope would spin 
faster and get tension in it and then it would Jerk 
the Agena. 

51:1+5:16 C What time is our next sunset? 

51:45:21 CC Wait. 

51:1+5:28 P I think we ought to give that control back to the 

Agena. 

51:1+5:36 C Yes. That's going to damp, by golly. 

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51: 1+5: 38 P It wij.1 take a little while, though. 

51:45:1+5 P The rates are higher than we have seen them before - 

2 degrees per second right there. 

51:1+5:50 C What would happen if I damp some of it? 

51:1+5:51 CC Gemini XI, Houston. About 28 minutes. 52:13. 

51:1+5:52 P I don't know; try it. Yaw right. 

51:^5:55 C Let me just try it in PULSE. 

51: ^6: 00 P When the tether' 3 taut. 

51:1+6:02 C Is it taut? 

51:1+6:03 P Yaw right. 

51:1+6:07 P Pitch-down. 

51:46:09 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Did you copy sunset time about 

28 minutes? 

51:46:14 C Okay. I'll tell you what I'm doing right now. I'm 

in PULSE and I am trying to damp the Gemini rates 
a little bit. 

51:U6:22 CC Roger. 

51:1+6:21+ P Where is he? 

51:1+6:25 C Is the tether taut? 

51:46:26 P He's okay. 

51;i+6:27 C Okay. 

51:46:39 CC Gemini XI, Houston. We're just about to LOS. 

51:1+6:1+5 C I think that has had a decidedly beneficial effect 

on the whole thing, don't you? 

51:46:49 P Yes. 

51:1+6:50 C I think we - I think he peek-a-booed it a little 

bit. 



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51:46:54 


P 


It seems to have . 


51:46:56 


P 


Watch it there. 


51:47:17 


P 


Where? 


51:47:18 


C 


Just blinked on. 


51:47:20 


P 


It worked. 


51:^7:21 


C 


How about that? 


51:^9:21 


c 




51:49:21+ 


p 


Can't waste any of these. 


51:49:26 


p 


I need a little help. 


51:1+9:27 


c 


Okay. 


51:1+9:28 


p 


Take those out for me, and then you < 
back again. 


51:1+9:31 


c 


I just found the - a couple of clean 


51: 1+9:43 


p 


Yes. I've got a couple in here too. ] 


51:49:55 


p 


- - do this - has a glass. 


51:49:57 


c 


Is that used? 


51:49:58 


p 


Yes. 


51:50:00 


c 


Leave it right there. 


51:50:02 


c 


Either that or go in the back box. ' 


51:50:04 


p 


Back box? 


51:50:05 


c 


Yes . 


51:50:06 


p 


All right. 


51:50:07 


c 


Because of heat? 


51:50:08 


p 


Yes. Hold it. 


51:50:09 


c 


Okay. 


51:50:12 


p 


Get this stuff put away. 


51:50:16 


c 


Hey, that peek-a-booed it. 


51:50:19 


p 


Yes. You're right, it did. 


51:50:21 


c 


Don't tell them though. 


51:50:24 


c 


Where* d the other strap go. Darn it. 



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51:50:30 C I'll put those in my pocket. You hang on to - throw 

them down the foot well. 

51:50:35 P Put those in your pocket. 

51:50:1+0 C Only three of them. Three used tapes. 

51:50:43 P Okay. 

51:50:44 C Got the other four coming. 

51:50:46 P Here are two more coming. 

51:50:48 C Can only hold so many things at one time. 

51:50:52 C Two of those are logged, hut the rest of them 

ought to be logged. 

51:51:02 P Oh ... that makes me mad.' 

51:51:04 C Yes. You can't win them all. ... We got that S-13. 

I never thought we'd get all of those. Listen 
man, that Agena came through. We've got enough 
training under our belt to get that gosh darn 
stuff done in a hurry. We're really pressed for 
time. 

51:51:30 P Where is the log book? 

51:51:32 C Right there. 

51:51:34 P Yes. Better log these tapes in. 

51:51:38 C Okay. On the tape cartridge I used, the Tape lights 

just started to work on this last cartridge, for 
some strange reason. 

51:51:48 C It helped in that the Agena has settled down again 

and it helped to take out the Gemini rates for pulse. 



51:51:51 


P 


Okay. 


51:52:02 


C 


Oops! That's got to go in the back locker, I guess, 


51:52:16 


C 


What country did we pass over down there? Brazil? 


51:52:19 


P 


I think so. I can't really tell from here. 


51:52:37 


C 


Gosh darn, you're clumsy. 


51:52:40 


P 


That's what we like, good old rates. 


51:52:42 


C 


Yes. 


51:52:43 


P 


Good old rates. 



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51:56:27 C See that sine wave? That just does that every 

once in awhile. 

51:56:36 P Okay, let's turn this off. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

52:00:01 CC Gemini XI, RKV. 

52:00:03 P Hello, RKV. Gemini XI here. 

52:00:06 CC We're showing the Encoder as being OFF at the 

present. 

52:00:12 P Roger. It's OFF. 

52:00:lU CC Okay. You can turn it back ON. 

52:00:16 P Okay. 

52:00:20 CC Yes, we have it. 

52:00:22 C This last pass I guess we didn't put it back ON. 

52:00:21+ C You can tell Houston that it got pretty wild here. 

So I just went back to tell them the Gemini rates 
and that shut the whole system down and it's real 
stable again. I guess we are rotating slightly 
faster. Can you read out on the Agena and tell us? 

52:00:1*3 CC Roger. We'll give you a check on here very shortly. 

52:00:14-7 CC It sounds like damping the rates on the Agena 

stabilizes the whole system. Is that correct? 

52:00:53 P Damping the rates on the Gemini stabilizes the 

whole system. 

52:00:58 CC Roger. 

52:01:00 P But the Gemini, for some reason, always has had 

wilder attitude excursions at the beginning than 
the Agena. And it was the same way this time. The 
Agena stayed relatively stable, but the Gemini 
seemed to wind up, for some reason. 

52:01:16 CC Okay. 

52:01:54 CC Okay, Gemini XI. We're looking at the rates here 

on the ground. They're in two axes on the Agena 
and we're having a little problem coming up with 



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anything that's different for you. 

52:02:09 P We fired the aft about 4 seconds and the down 4 
seconds or so - on this last one, - so we should 
hare added some More to it. I can't really tell 
myself. 

52:02:21 CC Roger. 

52:04:27 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We're unable to get you anything 
on these rates from the ground. We'll look at the 
data post-pass and maybe get a better idea on it. 

52:0407 P Okay. 

52:04:40 CC I'm sorry about that. 

52:07:40 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We'll hare LOS in about 30 seconds 
here. 

52:07:45 P Roger. RKV. See you next pass. 
52:07:47 CC Roger. 

52:19:43 C Okay, the time is 52:19:47 and the Agena is stabil- 
ized and rery stable on this ninth pass. 

52:19:52 P And you might mention there is an artifical gravity 
field. A very strong one. It makes the camera move 
back to the rear of the bus rery rapidly. 

52:20:04 C What did I do with the food package. I know you're 
In here somewhere. Ton sure you don't have a food 
package over there that is mine? 

52:20:13 P A silver one. 

52:20:14 C Do you have two silver ones over there? 

52:20:15 P No, Just one. 

52:20:16 C I always put them under my seat. It could have 

slipped out anywhere. ... and one life vest. Oh, 
here he is. There he is. 

52:20:29 C (Singing) 

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Man, am I stuffed up. If the ... doctor ... 
So am I. 

... would just let us carry a little old squirt gun 
up. 

Afrin. 

Afrin or something long like I always carry in my 
flight suit, so that when I get up to go, I get up 
to go without having to call a National Emergency to 
nine ground stations. It would be great. It's all 
dry air. 

Gemini XI, Houston. 

Hello there, Houston. Gemini XI. Go ahead. 

Roger. How's it going up there, Pete? 

Well, I think we found the secret to success is to 
damp the Gemini rates and you've got much higher 
rotation than we ... they are stable large excursions 
with the Earth and the whole combination settled 
down and we're quite stable again. As a matter of 
fact, we're eating. 

Roger. We've got some information for you - for 
after tether jettison. Are you ready to copy? 

We what? 

What kind of information is it? 

Roger. We've got two types. Got one - a procedure 
to execute the minute you jettison the tether. By 
that we mean send Command 401, which is ACS ON, to 
the Agena and then just as soon as possible after 
that, close to a Stationkeeping position in line BEF. 

Okay. That was our plan, Al. We were going to wait 
and when we got on the day side, pick the Agena up 
on the horizon. At the same time, we were going to 
go ACS ON, fire forward until we get the slack off 
the tether, blow the bar, and drop the rate. 



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Roger. We also have another procedure to check 
out - the Radar Fire 2 and doing Agena SEP. Are 
you ready to copy? It's about five or six steps. 

Hold. 

Roger. 

Okay. We're ready to copy. 

Roger. One is after you complete the Platform 
Alinement, put your computer in NAV, turn on the 
radar and the transponder. Next, perform the Re- 
rendezvous Posigrade SEP burn on schedule. 

Tou are breaking up. Could you start at the begin- 
ning again? 

Roger. Step One - after you complete the Platform 
Alinement, put your computer to NAV and turn on the 
radar and transponder. Did you copy that much? 

Yes. 

Okay. Step Two - perform Re-rendezvous Posigrade 
SEP burn on schedule. 

Roger. 

Three - when you're over Hawaii, they will ask you 
to send SPIRAL SELECT, which is Command 270. Then 
they want you to bore sight on the Agena for 2 min- 
utes and send ACQ LIGHTS OFF, which is Command 250, 
and ON, which is Command 251. Did you copy that far? 

Tes. 

Roger. When that's complete, go to the Platform 
mode. When you're over the CSQ, they will ask you 
to send that DIPOLE SELECT, which is Command 260. 
Then, they want you to boresight on the Agena for 1 
minute and send ACQ LIGHTS OFF and ON again. 

Roger. 

Now this completes the procedure and you can continue 
then on your normal Flight Plan. 



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52:25:19 P Roger. 

52:28:31 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 

52:28:32 P Go ahead, Houston. 

52:28:33 P Go ahead, Houston. 

52:28:34 CC Roger. We're about a minute from LOS. We've been 

discussing your procedure for separating from the 
Agena. We'd like to suggest that you not get too 
much slack in the tether prior to the time you blow 
the bar. Over. 

52:28:51 P Yes. Our plan is to go 401 just as soon as we have 

at least a little bit of slack and I'm going to 
jettison at the same time. 

52:29:01 CC Roger. We concur. 

52:29:03 P Okay. 

52:29:05 P Great minds think alike. 

52:29:10 C Say Al, on this Separation burn, what thrusters did 

you want to use on that? 

52:29:16 CC Say again, Gemini XI. 

52:29:18 C Thrusters on the Separation bum. 

52:29:20 CC Roger. You'll be BEF and you'll be using your 

forward-firing thrusters. 

52:29:26 C That's the BEF for firing. Thank you. 

52:29:36 CC Gemini XI, Houston. I guess you'll be doing that 

in component. 

52:32:53 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 

52:32:54 C Those are tape recorders and we've never seen the 

bottom of the Agena all the time, even when it is 
rolling or anything. It is always rolling so that 
the tether's been through the CG and we've always 
seen the top of the Agena. 



52:33:07 P What did you say? 

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(Laughter) 

Would you say that again, please? 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

Gemini XI, CSQ CAP COM. 

Hello CSQ, Gemini XI. Standing by. 

Roger. We have nothing for you. We will be stand- 
ing by. 

Okay. 

CSQ, Gemini XI. 
Go, Gemini XI. 

Roger. We've just been Stationkeeping around it. 
Everything steadies out. We have a decided im- 
pression that the Non Spun Up Stationkeeping would 
probably work also, if you gave it enough time. 
Now we had just gotten to the point of no return 
when we couldn't get the tether off that one handle 
when we got all wrapped around the axle here . ... 
That also would work, if you give it enough time 
and if you pick it up before you release the two 
vehicles. 

Roger. Copy. 

Tell me when we've got about a minute to LOS, 
Standing by. 

Right here we are just coming out of the sunlight. 
Roger. Copy. 
The tape is OK. 
Whew, boy that . . . 

How in the heck do they get sunlight there? Over. 
Thought it was just a little sunlight. 



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52:53:21 C Get ready to turn your camera on too. 

52:53:23 P Yes. 

52:53:32 C I'd sure like to have the sun behind me. 

52:53:34 P tfe're going over 90 degrees right now. 

52:53:35 C What? 

52:53:36 P We're going 90 degrees right now. 

52:53:38 C Yes. 

52:53:50 P I don't see any big rush, do you? 

52:53:52 C No. 

52:53:53 C Got to get that burn in - 53 when? 

52:53:54 P 53:53:24. 

52:53:57 C Oh gosh, I'll never get it done in time. 

52:54:02 P All right. Where did the horizon go? 

52:54:04 C It's coining up on my left 6. Under here, into the 

sun again, right? 

52:54:08 P I've got it. 

52:54:10 C Now it's going to be alongside the sun, is that 

right? 

52:54:14 C Tes. We're going to be almost heads-up when we get 

there. 

52:54:20 P The camera is on. , 

52:54:23 C All right. I'm first going to go to RATE COMMAND 

in and fire towards him and track him and jettison 
fire as the tether goes slack. 

52:54:38 C That's terminator, isn't it? 

52:54:42 P What the heck is this? 



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52:54:45 


C 


It's a terminator. 


52:54:47 


P 


That's all right. Oh shucks, we're in the wrong 
place, aren't we? 


52:54:49 


C 


Well, let's go ahead anyhow. 


52:54:52 


P 


Tou want to do it now? 


52:54:53 


C 


Let's wait one more turn. 


52:54:55 


P 


We're upside down and everything. 


52:54:57 


c 


Tes, darn it. 


52:55:02 


c 


I have that. Rushing us again. 


52:55:04 


c 


Why do they keep rushing us? Man oh man, they 
don't understand. 


52:55:11 


c 


52? We'll never get that. 


52:55:13 


p 


53:24 - - 


52:55:15 


c 


Tou got that burn entered? 


52:55:16 


p 


No. 


52:55:17 


c 


Tou enter it right now while we've got time. 


52:55:21 


c 


Computer is in - wait a minute - Computer's in NAV, 


52:55:26 


p 


Just leave it there. 


52:55:28 


c 


I need the logic for forward-firing thrusters in 
also. 


52:55:33 


p 


Okay, what the heck is that? Do you remember? 


52:55:35 


c 


It's in the book. 


52:55:36 


p 


I know it is, but I'm trying to remember it. 55 - 


52:55:42 


c 


55, all nines I think. 


52:55:54 


c 


Hustling us lately. 



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52:56:15 P 55, all nines. 

52:56:26 P You're all set to burn so you'd better start count- 

ing it. 

52:56:28 C Tes, yes, yes. The platform burn. 

52:56:30 P The time of burn better be 9.3. 

52:56:35 C Is it up? Posigrade? 

52:56:39 P Posigrade and up. So you'll be looking down a 

little bit. 

52:56:46 P We're going to get going, right? 

52:56:49 C Well, I don't know. It depends on where we are. 

52:56:52 P Isn't that gosh darn sun up high enough yet? 

52:56:59 C We're right at the very top. Now we're on top 

again. 

52:57:04 C We're going to cut beyond, right into the sun. 

52:57:09 P Shucks, now it's 60 degrees. We might be up - might 

be a little north of it. 

52:57:14 P It's still rolling on us. 

52:57:16 C Unfortunately, it's going to be in the wrong window. 

Boy, it's so dirty I can't see my hand in front of 
my face. 

52:57:34 C Hey, everything's working well, Bill. It's in the 

right axis. 

52:57:40 P Where the heck is the darn horizon? 

52:57:42 C Watch it! The tape recorder's on. 

52:57:45 P Sorry about that. 

52:57:51 C Well, I'm not sure the terminator's gone by yet. 

52:57:52 P I wish we had the horizon. 



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52:57:54 C Where's the horizon? What's taking the sun so long 

to get here? 

52:57=59 C It's always there when you don't want it; it's low 

when you do want it. 

52:58:04 P We've got 25 minutes to get this done. 

52:58:06 C Yes. If we don't get it done, we can do it on the 

next revolution in the same place. 

52:58:11 p Oh, it's going to be okay. You want to do it now? 

52:58:13 C What? 

52:58:14 P Tou going - oh - have it okay? 

52:58:15 C Oh, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! 

52:58:16 P What? 

52:58:17 C Tes, yes, yes! 

52:58:18 P As soon as it gets on the horizon I'm going to do it. 

52:58:21 C All right, just a minute now. ^ 

52:58:22 P Come on. Get with it. 

52:58:23 C Okay. 

52:58:24 P There it goes. Tou want to go forward? 

52:58:29 C Yes, go ahead. 

52:58:30 C Straight command, 

52:58:31 P Forward. I sent it. 

52:58:33 C Okay. 

52:58:34 C There it is. 

52:58:35 P Blow it off there. 

52:58:36 C Oh, oh! There it went. Boy, it went! Back up. 

Now, stop right there. Just stop right there. 

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52:58:48 P Watch out for that bunch of wire. Don't get too 

close, Pete, you know that nylon's floating up 
there. 

52:58:52 C Yes. 

52:58:54 C Oh gosh! I forgot to turn the camera on. 

52:58:56 P That's all right. 

52:58:57 C Isn't that peachy? 

52:58:58 P That's all right. Just leave it on now. 

52:59:02 C Man, you'd think it'd go the first time. 

52:59:03 P Well, you didn't get zeroed in on it. 

52:59:06 P Okay. Now - now I want to pitch the Agena 

52:59:09 C New wait a minute. You just leave the Agena alone 
for awhile. 

52:59:14 P You go ahead and lower your platform down. 

52:59:16 C No, I've got a lot of work to do first. 

52:59:17 P What? 

52:59:18 C I've got to get around in front. 

52:59:23 P Look out for what 

52:59:24 C I don't understand 

52:59:25 P It's going to come down now. 

52:59:33 P Just upside down. All I've got to do is yaw it. 

Pitch It one time. See how there's nothing to that? 

52:59:40 C No, Came out real well. We were set up real well 

for that to happen. 

52:59:51 C Now I'm going the wrong way. 

52:59:53 P Whom are we near? Hey, you've got to get over that 

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52:59:55 C Yea. 

52:59:59 P Look out for the nylon strap coming up. 

53:00:16 C It's going to hit us probably. 

53:00:23 C Can't worry about it now. 

53:00:28 P Why don't you let it run out? 

53:00:30 C I never even know when it's run in. 

53:00:32 P Yes, let it run. 

53:00:33 C We left the Agena exactly upside down. 

53:00:35 P Yes. That's all right. Pitch it over. I'd do 

that right now. 

53:00:45 C Now don't do it until I get the Stationkeeping 

attitude, that's all. I just don't want to get - 
you know - too many things working at once. Let's 
get the Spacecraft squared away because the ground 
always squares him away. 

53:01:11 C You get a good PAO for them after we get round in 

front of it. 

53:01:23 C Look at the tether sticking straight outr 

53:01:27 P Turn the camera back ON again. 

53:01:40 P Reset all your stuff? Got that switch OFF? 

53:01:42 C No, wait a minute. That's - Retro Power, OFF ... 

up to SAFE. 

53:01:47 P Retro Power's OFF? 

53:01:49 C Retro squibs are ON. That's ON. That's ON. That's 
ON. That's ON. 

53:01:53 P That switch is OFF? 

53:01:55 C Which switch? 

53:01:56 P This up here. 

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Tes. It's OFF. 

Which way are we moving anyway? 
All I'm doing is flying a ball. 
What the heck is it on? 
What? 

I'm on the Agena. 

You've got to get around a long way to see it. 
Gemini XI, Hawaii. 
Go ahead. 

Gemini XI, go ahead. 

Hey, I got both of you. I have an update for your 
Pre-Staging Maneuver. 

Okay. Go ahead. 

Okay. GET B: 53:24:56; Delta-V, 8.8; Core 25, 
00051; Core 26, 90071; Core 27, zips; thrusters, 
forward; maneuver is Posigrade up. 

This is Gemini XI. Copied 53:24:56; Delta-V, 8.8; 
Core 25, 00051; Core 26, 90071; 27, zips; forward 
thrusters; Posigrade up. Over. 

That's affirmative. 

Roger. 

Okay. Now. 

We just got loose from the Agena. It's got a 100- 
foot tether flying all over the place, but we're 
riding the platform, Stationkeeping. And we left 
it with the engine forward and upside-down. We'll 
square it away for you while we're sitting here 
alining the platform. 



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53:04:16 C We don't want you to have to work too hard down 

there . 

53:04:21 CC Understand. 

53:04:30 P Are you minding the platform there like 

53:04:33 C I'm in BEF scan - - 

53:04:35 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

53:04:36 C Go. 

53:04:38 CC You've been requested to leave the Agena alone. 

53:04:40 C Don't think I can handle it? 

53:04:42 CC (Laughter) We really think you can handle it all 

right. It's just that we want, you know, to try 
it out with this Radar Test we're about to perform. 

53:04:52 P Okay. Let's set up the Radar Test. What is it, 

whatever it is. Roger. 

53:04:56 CC Have one more little update for you. 

53:04:58 P Go ahead. 

53:05:00 CC Okay. It's 53:11:00; C-Adapter to CONTINUOUS. 

53:05:17 P Roger. 

53:05:18 C Did you receive the PAO photograph and all that 

good stuff? 

53:05:20 P I didn't hear it. 

53:05:23 CC Why don't you give a little rundown on that Separ- 

ation or about the jettison of the tether. 

53:05:28 C Roger. What we did is get it on the horizon. We 

went ACS ON, RATE COMMAND. Fired up and forward 
to stop the translation. I hit the Jettison switch 
and nothing happened. I hit it again and it blew. 
All switches were set. I don't know why it didn't 
fire the first time. And everything stopped real 
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away and we got squared away without using too 
much fuel. And we're Stationkeeping BEF, Platform 
Alining right now. 



53:06:03 CC Okay. We copy that. 

53:06:12 C And the tether is just slowly sailing around all 

the way up trying to see one way and then all the 
way trying to see the other way. 

53:06:32 C I wonder how our Platform's doing. 

53:06:34 C You alining it? 

53:06:36 P Heck yes, I'm alining it! 

53:06:37 C It should be okay. What seems to be the matter 

with it? 

53:06:39 C Well, I just wonder how close it is to being in 

alinement . 

53:06:43 P It's okay until 

53:06:44 CC Gemini XI, this is Hawaii. Is that update that 

they gave you at Tananarive in regard to this 
test? They implied Hawaii was going to tell you 
to send SPIRAL SELECT . It'll be RKV instead. 

53:06:56 P Roger. 

53:07:03 C Did you get this end of it? You did didn't you? 

53:07:12 C Now computer Address I guess. 

53:07:16 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

53:07:17 C Go. 

53:07:18 CC Roger. Do us a favor and put the Agena in FC1. 

53:07:23 C Roger. 

53:07:30 P Your word is my Agena command. 
(Laughter) 

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53:07:38 CC Can't do without you, Dick. 

53:07:54 C How about checking them for me because I didn't get 

a MAP on anything. See if that stuff is in it. 

53:07:59 CC Roger. Then everything is okay. Thank you much. 

53:08:02 C Okay. 

53:08:08 C Yes. The tether is slowly wrapping itself around 

it like a Christmas present. 

53:08:15 CC (Laughter) You make it sound so dramatic. 

53:08:18 C Wait until you see the movies. 

53:08:21 C I think I'm just about out of film now. 

53:08:27 C Yes. It wrapped itself around one end and then it 

wrapped itself around the other end and it's slowly 
wrapping itself around the big engine now. 

53:08:36 CC Let's have hope that it doesn't go around the 

horizon sensor. 

53:08:40 P It's clear. They're both clear. 

53:08:43 C Are they? I can't see them. Matter of fact, it 

is wrapped around the horizon sensor. 

53:08:47 P Wo, this one on this side is clear. There's a red 

flag by it there. See, it's above it? 

53:08:53 C I can't see that. The nose is in the way. Oh, 

I'm Stationkeeping on the Agena. 

53:09:00 P Let me see about getting a minute here for you. 

53:09:06 C Says 5 aft and 7 up? 

53:09:09 P Yes. 

53:09:10 C Computer Address and pitch up. 

53:09:16 P 

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53:09:26 


P 


We in computer Address? 


53:09:28 


C 


We're in computer Address, says pitch up and then 
roll heads down. 


53:09:33 


P 


Oh, oh. 


53:09:34 


C 


Listen, I'm going to fire just this way in com- 
ponents. All right? 


53:09:40 


P 


Yes. That's fine. How are you going to get 80 
and 81 out of there? Oh, you can still do it. 


53:09:45 


c 


Just read them in components. 


53:09:46 


p 


Just want to be especially perfect on this thing. 


53:09:52 


cc 


1 minute to LOS. Houston standing by. 


53:09:54 


p 


Roger. 


53:09:59 


c 


Well, I could roll heads down 5, but I don't think 
I'd better. 


53:10:04 


p 


. . . time . . . 


53:10:06 


c 


Now it's going to wrap itself - all the way around 
it. 


53:10:11 


p 


Yes. It's 24 minutes. You got 14 minutes of Plat- 
form Alining. 


53:10:16 


c 


Yes. 


53:10:18 


c 


Did I get those aft-firing thrusters in there again? 


53:10:21 


p 


Goodness. See if I got that. 


53:10:24 


c 


Yes. But it asked where it heads down doesn't it? 


53:10:28 


p 


Why should it, if they're aft firing? 


53:10:31 


c 


I don't know. Check and see. Maybe just 


53:10:38 


p 


That's all right. I guess the needles will be all 



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53:10:40 C Look, I'll just fire, I'll just go to ORB RATE and 

fire on the horizon. Fire up the components. That's 
the best I can do. Okay. 

53:10:52 P Yes. 

53:10:56 C Unless you want me to stop and roll heads down 

53:10:58 P No. Heck no. Continue alining. Let's get a good 
alinement . 

53:11:10 C Think they'll hit us this time? 

53:11:11 P Heck. Heck no. 

53:11:26 C Heck. It has to be hitting it. 

53:11:28 P It is. 

53:11:32 C I can't do anything. 

53:11:45 C 80 or 87.2. Is that the burn? 

53:11:50 P I have 82. ... component is 7.1 ... bum. ... 

53:12:00 C They want me to burn up and aft. 

53:12:02 P That's a - boy 71 and 51. 

53:12:04 C Okay. You ready to tell which way to burn to get 
the residuals out? 

53:12:09 P Oh. I think I am. 

53:12:11 C Give them to me one time to see if I'm right. 

53:12:14 C Want to try it right now? 

53:12:16 P No, I've got it completed. 81 is - - 

53:12:18 C Hey, yes you'd better re-cycle this whole "gismo". 

53:12:21 P Why? 

53:12:22 C Because I'm firing the maneuver thrusters - Station- 
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53=12:26 


P 


Oh you are? 


53:12:27 


C 


Sure. We're not just sitting out here for nothing. 
Now set it all up again. 


53:12:30 


P 


Don't have to set it up. 


53:12:33 


c 


Yes you do. You could be aft fire and ... cabin 
Gemini. 


53:12:36 


p 


The other is in. 


53:12:42 


p 


Hear that? That's in - that doesn't change, but 
the ... is not in. I'll put it in. 


53:12:52 


c 


I'll let you know when you can Start Comp. 


53:12:54 


p 


What? 


53:12:55 


c 


What did you Start Comp for? 


53:12:59 


p 


Just to play with it. 


53:13:00 


c 


Oh, oh. Excuse me. Got you. 


53:13:05 


p 


Now it's got to be done before you can Start Comp. 


53:13:07 


c 


Okay. What's the bum? 


53:13:11 


p 


20 - 53:24:56. 


53=13:16 


c 


24:56. 


53 : 13 : 26 


c 


What ' s the propellant read? 


53:13 : 27 


p 


Let me know when I can Start Comp. 


53:13:28 


c 


Okay. 17 percent. 


53:13:32 




It's going to be a cheap Rendezvous. Are we gomg 
to do another burn like this again? 


53:13:38 


c 


Sure. 


53:13=39 


p 


What? 


53:13=40 


c 


Sure. 



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One revolution later? 

Yes. Let's see, vre used most of our fuel out of 
maneuver thrusters, didn't we? Yes, we used about 
half and half, didn't we? 

Yes. 

So what's that going to do to our oxidizer tank? 
VW tank? 

Heck. All those guys got to do is wait till that 
darn Agena goes around the world and it'll be right 
side up again. 

Yes. 

Look at that nozzle. It's cleaner than a pin. 
Yes. 

Look how clean it is. 

You're right in the way; I can't take a picture of 
it though. That's too bad. 

I'm in the way? I'll move over, if you want. 

You're going to have to move down if you want me to 
do anything ... put it up here - we're way up in 
the sky. 

We're not up in the sky. We're wings level. 

No. 

Yes. 

Way up in the sky? 
Yes. 

Something else we've got to talk about is how we're 
going to do this Rendezvous tonight. Better break 
out your Rendezvous Book again. Where did you out 
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53:14:51 P It's right here. 

53:14:52 C Okay. We'll set up the 130 procedures - okay? 

53:14:58 P Okay. 

53:14:59 C It's a good thing you've computed it. You aren't 

going to have radar? 

53:15:03 P That's right. Must be scrapped. I almost died 

when that darn ... hit the fire out there. I saw 
a couple of little flames go sputter, sputter from 
it. 

53:15:16 C Yes. I don't understand what happened. I think 

when I hit it the second time, I got another squib 
to fire or something. 

53:15:21 P Why don't you move down a bit? 

53:15:23 C Down? 

53:15:24 P Yes. That did it. 

53:15:28 P 53:24:56. 

53:15:32 C 53 what? 

53:15:34 P 24:56. 

53:15:51 C Isn't she pretty? 

53:15:52 P Yes, it's pretty. Move down just a little mere, a 

little more. 

53:15:56 C Those darn - now, a little more. It's drifting down. 

53:16:05 P Take this one with a Hasselblad. 

53:16:06 C Why don't you get the horizon in. It's drifting down. 

That tether is initially going to stabilize a degree. 
That bird took it the long way, didn't it? 

53:16:33 P Sure did. Hate to see it go. 

53:16:38 C Gee, never thought we'd get all this done. 



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53:16:45 


P 


Why not? 


53:16:46 


C 


Is that plate split on the side? 


53:16:47 


P 


The what? 


53:16:48 


C 


That thin plate. 


53:16:49 


P 


What thin plate? 


53:16:50 


c 


See it? There on the aide of the engine. Or is 
that just a shield? 


53:16:57 


p 


I don't know what you're talking about. The nozzle 
itself? 


53 : 16 : 59 


c 


Yes. Down the side of the nozzle. The plate at the 
aft nozzle, to the left. 


53:17:04 


p 


That's that - what do they call it. Sump tank, or 
what the devil is that - turbine overboard. I don't 
think that's split there. (Whistling) 


53=17:30 


c 


We hit it right dab, smack in the bottom. 


53:17:33 


p 


About 7 minutes. 


53:17:34 


c 


What? 


53:17:36 


p 


I guess I'm just nearsighted. 


53:17:40 


p 


Little more down and I'll be able to take a good 
picture. 


53:17:42 


c 


She's drifting down slowly. 


53:17:57 


c 


Wait till that - till you get the tether out the 
other side, there. 


53:18:14 


p 


What kind of crap is in my nose? 


53:18:18 


c 


I don't even dare look at mine. 


53:18:21 


p 


Look at that. 


53:18:22 


c 


What? 



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53:18:28 


P 


It's just hanging overboard. 


53:18:33 


C 


Just a little cut. 


53:23:09 


C 


Okay. We're getting ready to make the Sep burn. 
Go ahead. Go to ORB RATE. 


53:24:16 


P 


ORB RATE - RATE COMMAND. I'll wait for you 30 


53 : 24 : 25 






53 : 24 : 28 


p 


You're going to go to RATE COMMAND right now? Okay? 
Ready? 


53:24:35 


C 


Okay. 


53:24:36 


P 


RATE COMMAND. 


53:24:37 


c 


Leave it. Use BEF. It's better to burn BEF. 


53:24:40 




Use Start Coinp* 


53:24:42 




Okay. Go into BEF. 


53:24:45 




Why are you going to do it that way? 


53:24:47 


c 


What? Because the needles will stay in the right 
configuration. 


53:24:52 


p 


Okay. 


53:24:54 


c 


Stand by. 


53:24:57 


p 


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there, look there - what was that darn thing - look 
at it move that - - 


53:25:13 


c 


Yes. 


53:25:14 


p 


tether. Okay. When are you going to quit - 

got residuals for you if you want them. 


53:25:28 


c 


Wait a minute. Okay. 


53:25:38 


p 


Hold it right there. Don't move anything. Aft l/lOt 
- just flip it, that's enough, that's enough, that's 



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zero right there. 
53:25:47 C Okay. 

53:25:48 P Let me get the others for you. Just flip it forward 

1/I0th. Darn - too hard. That's l/lOth. Now leave 
it alone. You're flipping too hard. Okay. Left. 

53:26:10 C Left? 

53:26:11 P Left, less than that. I think it'll do it though. 

Okay, that's 080. One is zero. See what 82 reads. 
82 reads zero, let's go back to 80. Okay, it's aft 
2/lOths. Pull it out; that's enough, that's enough. 
Okay, it shows forward l/lOth now, you - 2/lOths - 
that's enough, that's close enough - I'll get - 
that's close enough. Here put this away. 

53:26:50 P Suppose we pitch down and get the Agena. We have a 

little test to perform here. 

53:27:12 C I wish they hadn't done that. 

53:27:13 P Done what? 

53:27:14 C Fired aft. That stupid - remind me to give him heck 

about that. 

53:27:18 P I'm sure they wanted you to keep the Agena in sight. 

53:27:21 C Who gives a darn - the most Important thing is to do 

the burn right. Heck, I could have done it right 

alongside of them. 

53:27:27 P Yes. You got it out there. You got all the com- 

ponents out? Practically no sweat. 

53:27:30 C Yes, but what a way to do it. 

53:27:35 P That's all right. 

53:27:36 C Where is he? 

53:27:37 P I don't know - I don't have him yet. 

53:27:41 C Didn't take long, did it? 



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53:27:43 P Radar shows down and ... left. 

53:27:47 C Radar has been reading that all day. Should have 

climbed up on them instead of passing that up ... 
... keep that somewhere. 

53:28:11 P Get those ACQ lights on. 

53:28:20 C I couldn't find New York City if it was 5 feet in 

front of me at this window. 

53:28:28 P Oh, there it is - there it is! 

53:28:29 C Where? 

53:28:30 P Right down below us. 

53:28:31 C Where? 

53:28:32 P Pitch down, pitch down, pitch down! 

53:28:34 C It's coming down. 

53:28:37 P Going along directly below us. 

53:28:41 C Oh, there he is, yes. How about that? 

53:28:47 P Radar is still loused up, isn't it? 

53:28:48 C Yes. What are we supposed to do now? 

53:28:50 P Go, RKV, they're supposed to send commands to it - 

boresight on it. 

53:28:59 C Where is he? Keep in sight. 

53:29:01 P Straight ahead of you. You got it in PULSE? 

53:29:04 C Yes. 

53:29:05 P Okay. Let me slow this pitch rate down some. 

53:29:16 P Boy, it really moves along the ground! No wonder 

Tom and Gene had trouble with that thing. 

53:29:21 C Look at that tether out behind it. 



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53:29:22 


C 


Yes. 


53:29:23 


P 


That is really amazing, isn't it? 


53:29:47 


C 


Now you know you're going 17,500 miles an hour. 


53:29:49 


P 


You know you're moving. 


53:29:50 


C 


Look at that ... along over the ground. 


53:29:52 


P 


What the heck is this doing out here? 


53:29:54 


C 


You told me you were going to stow it in your aft 
box, so I put it there so you could stow it in your 
aft box. 


53:29:59 


P 


Hush. 


53:30:09 


C 


What are we supposed to do in this dingy test - just 
keep pointing at them? 


53:30:13 


P 


Yes. We're going to go SPIRAL, 


53:30:16 


C 


What land is that? 


53:30:18 


P 


Set 270 BORES IGHT for 2 minutes, ACQ OFF and ON. 
See if I can get it to do it. Well, it's got to be 
South America because we're going to be over the 
RKV shortly. 


53:30:33 


c 


Rendezvousing from over the top must have been 
fantastic. 


53:30:35 


p 


As long as you can see it, it's all right though, 
you know that? Look at that. 


53:30:40 


c 


Yes, but how do you know what you're doing? Grab 
a picture of that with the 70. That is picturesque. 


53:30:55 


p 


56? 


53:30:57 


c 


I don't know. Use the spot meter but you're missing 
the terrain. 


53:31:01 


p 


One or the other, boy. 



53:31:04 C I'll check it and see if I got it. If I missed the 

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the terrain, I missed it. Where did he go? 
53:31:11 P Here he is. 

53:31:13 C 15, 15, 15, is 1250. 
53:31:22 P That's just about right. 

53:31:24 C Yes. I get all that roll and everything ... going. 

I can't track him over the ground. 

53:31:30 P South American coast. 

53:31:33 C Liable to get that weather ... 

53:31:38 P What are we doing up this time of night, anyway? 

53:31:40 C Up? It's only 3:15! 

53:31:42 P What are we doing over South America? 

53:31:45 C We're just starting our South American passes. 

53:31:54 P Look at ' tiiat rascal S° J 

53:32:01 C Darn it. 

53:32:02 P What's the matter? 

53:32:04 C Oh, I'm just mean. Where is he? Oh, there he is, 

down there. 

53:32:13 P RKV, Gemini XI. Over. 

53:32:18 C Oh, that's pretty country. Get the Agena and the 

country. Get everything. 

53:32:28 P Wait '11 it comes out here in the brown. 

53*32-30 C Wish I'd had some film in my 65mm camera. Too late 

now. I can't win them all. Tou were always holler- 
ing about that 75mm. 

53:32:58 P ... PKV sent 270 BORES IGHT . 2 minutes. 270 is 

dipole . 

53:33:12 C Man, is that hard, trying to track them with this 

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sight t 



53:33:16 


p 


You ought to look at it with your naked eye, just 
as easy or better. 


5303:21 


c 


Yes, but what I'm trying to do is to see that we're 
stcijring Fxght on ui — plcinc* 


53:33:25 


p 


RKV, Gemini XI. Over. 


53:33:34 


c 


I'd say we've got 15 percent fuel remaining. That's 
somewhere around 160 pounds* Look at that geography 1 






Yes. Maybe I can get some more pictures of that. 


53 :33 : 52 






53 :33 : 55 




Now I've reset it. It's going to be awfully dull 
down there. 


53:33:57 


p 


It 1 s at 13-1/2, which is a R-6 at 254. 


53:34:15 


C 


Grot that thing calibrated for 64, haven't you? 


53:34:26 


p 


No, it's set on 64. 


53:34:28 


C 


I can still see the tether. 


53:34:30 


P 


Yes, I can too. 


53:34:35 


c 


Wonder how far away we 


53:34:36 


p 


Ask for digital range once and see if that does 
anything. 


53:34:45 


p 


It shows at .2 which we had when it konked out. 


53:34:57 


p 


That's fun watching that go across that ground, 
isn't it? 


53:35:00 


c 


Yes, yes. You know what we're doing right now? 
We fired Posigrade and up. 


53:35:09 


p 


Which, with both of them, make us climb. 


53:35:11 


c 


We're climbing straight up in the air. We've been 
hanging right out here in front of him. 



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53:35:16 P Yes. We're straightened out now. 

53:35:17 C No. We're climbing straight up from him. 

53:35=19 P Yes. 

53:35:20 C Straight up. He's obviously getting smaller and 

we were sitting right on top of the ball. 

53:35:24 P Yes, but we didn't start there. We started down 

flatter. We're just on - wait a minute. 

53:35:30 C yes, but what I'm saying, is right now we're 

climbing straight up. All the time that we're 
over him - right now we are going up - straight up 
from him. 

53:35:39 p Now we're starting to go backwards. 

53:35:42 C Very little, though. 

53:35:44 P Well, it will get more and more. 

53:35:47 C Boy, we just don't have any radar at all, but we 

really lucked out, I guarantee you that, Father. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

53:35:54 C RKV, Gemini XI. Over. 

53:35:58 CC Gemini XI, RKV. 

53:35:59 P Roger. We have the Agena in sight. It's below us 

a couple of miles. I don't get any Range or Range- 
Rate information on the radar. Standing by to run 
these tests with you. Standing by to send DIPOLE 
and then ACQ lights ON and OFF, whenever you're 
ready. 

53:36:16 CC Roger. T/M is a little bit shaky yet. Stand by 

for just another minute or so. 

53:36:25 P Okay. 

53:36:30 CC Okay. It's looking good here on the ground. We're 

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53:36:35 C Roger. Sending 270. MARK. 

53:36:40 C We saw a MAP here on the ground and we also have the 

event confirmed. 

53:36:45 C Roger. No MAP lighting on the Spacecraft. Setting 
250, 251 after 2 minutes. 

53:36:52 C Roger. Sure looks pretty moving along that South 

American ground. 

53:37:03 P Darn right. 

53:37:06 CC Hey. Be advised that we're also scheduled for fuel 
cell purge during this pass, Section 2 and then 
Section 1. 

53:37:13 C Roger. I'll let you know when I commence. 

53:37:16 C Okay. 

53:37:17 P How long do you want me to boresight them? 

53:37:18 C How long do you want me to boresight them? 

53:37:20 CC 2 minutes. 

53:37:23 CC I think they wanted about 2 minutes or something 
like that. 

53:37:26 C Okay. We're tracking them. 

53:37:30 CC 1 minute's probably good enough - 1 to 2 minutes. 

53:37:33 C Okay. What do you show on the ACQ light, ON or OFF? 

53:37:37 CC We show the ACQ light ON at the present time. 

53:37:40 C Okay. Sending OFF. MARK. What did you get? 

53:37:42 CC Confirm ACQ light did come OFF. 

53:37:47 C Roger. Sending 251. MARK, 

53:37:51 CC And the ACQ light did come back ON. 

53:37:53 P Okay. We're getting through to it, I guess. 

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We have no Radar light and I'm not receiving any 
MAP lights. I have no radar Range or Range-Rate. 

53:38:03 C No azimuth or elevation? 

53:38:04 P No azimuth or elevation, either. 

53*38*06 C Have the azimuth elevation error locked at 1-1/2 

degrees pitched in, and 1-1/2 degrees yaw left. 

53:38:22 CC Roger. 

53:38:23 P My residual readout and Addresses 36 and 35 are the 

same as they were Monday when everything quit. 

53:38:33 CC Okay. 

53:38:35 P And I guess that's enough of that test here. The 

next one's over CSQ. I'm going to start the fuel 
cell purge. Crossover is ON. 

53:38:43 C I'm going to have to keep boresighted if we want to 

53:38:45 P No, you're not. 

53:38:47 C Why - supposed to boresight over CSQ. 

53:38:49 P ^es, but Platform mode will do it. 

53:38:52 P Oh, we will be all the way around? 

53:38:54 P That's what they say. 

53:38:57 C Do you want to leave them? 

53:38:59 P RKV. Was that Section 2 first? 

53:39:02 CC That's affirm. We'd like to start Section 2 first. 

53:39:05 P Roger. Hydrogen. MARK. 

53*39*07 CC Okay. And then I have some updates for you. One 
of them is a Standoff Maneuver Update, when you're 
ready to copy. 

53:39:13 P Stand by until we get through with this purge. 

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53:39:17 C Standoff Maneuver Update? What's your DELTA-P 

read with that light ON? 

53:39:25 P I won't get it now. It shouldn't do that. 

53:39:28 C We're at - at .8. 

53:39:32 P Hydrogen DELTA-P on Section 2 at .8. Section 1 

Hydrogen. MARK. 

53:39=40 CC Roger. 

53:39:52 P DELTA-P light at the end of the purge at approxi- 

mately .85. 

53:39:58 CC Roger. No sweat. 

53:40:01 P Oxygen on Section 2. MARK. 

53:40:03 CC Roger. Are you ready to copy during the time you 

run the O2 purge? 

53:40:13 P That's affirmative. You can go ahead. 

53:40:23 CC Okay. Maneuver purpose is Standoff Maneuver. GET B: 

54:37:27; Delta-V, 8.9; burn tins is 0 plus 11; yaw, 
18 degrees; pitch, 56 up; Address 25 is 90050,* 26, 
74; 27 all zeros; thrust ers, aft; maneuver, Posigrade 
up; and this is the maneuver for the D-3, Mode A burn. 

53:41:11 P Roger. I understand. Give me Address 26 again 

please? 

53:41:14 CC Roger. 26 is 90074. 

53:41:17 P Roger. Standoff burn 54:37:27; 8.9; 0 plus 11; 18 
degrees yaw; 56 degrees pitch up; 25, 90050; 26, 
90074; zips for 27; aft, Posigrade up. Over. 

53:41:39 CC Sorry about that. Yaw is 180 and maneuver is 
Retrograde up. 

53:41:49 C What are they doing to us? 

53:41:52 P Roger. 180 and Retrograde up. 

53:41:57 CC Roger. And I have a conple of items for Flight Plan 

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Update here too. 

53:41:59 P Stand by. Just about through with the oxygen. 

53:42:01 C Why yaw? What do we put yaw in for? 

53:42:04 P I don't know. 

53:42:09 C What do we put yaw in for? 

53:42:11 P Because they want you to use the aft-firing 

thrusters, 

53:42:15 C What? It doesn't make a difference what thrusters 

we use. What do we want to put in yaw for? 

53:42:21 P It's 180 degrees - you're BEF. 

53:42:23 C But why fire yaw? 

53:42:26 P 180 degrees? 

53:42:28 CC We're using the aft thrusters for the Calibration 

burn. 

53:42:33 P He didn't say 18 and he changed it to 180 - that's 

BEF only. 

53:42:37 C You'll have to explain it to me - you've got me 

confused, 

53:42:42 P Okay. 

53:42:47 C Everything should be fired at - they are fired out 

of the F-ll thrusters, is that what you're telling 
me? 

53:42:52 P Yes. This one is. That's why you're 180 yaw. 

Because it's a Retrograde burn. 

53:42:59 C Okay. Look at the dam end of the tether all lit 

up. 

53:43:05 P Yes. It's fantastic. 1 more minute on the oxygen. 

53:43:13 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We're going to have LOS shortly. 

I'd like to get the rest of this information to you. 



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Okay. Go ahead. 

Roger. Did you understand that this was a D-3, 
Mode-A, Retrograde burn, in addition to the Stand- 
off? 

Gemini XI, do you copy? 
Negative. I didn't copy that. 
Go ahead. I didn't copy. 

Roger. Did you understand that the maneuver is 
also a D-3, Mode-A? 

That's affirmative. That's affirmative. 

Okay. Update for D-15: Start Time, 54:32:12; leave 
door closed until immediately after Standoff Man- 
euver. Power-down computer after maneuver. The 
second item is delete the power-down at 54:05 and 
move it to 57:30:00. 

I've got the answer to the next one. Forget it. 
Leave the door closed, obviously. 

Yes. While we're making that burn. 

Yes. 

Why Mode 37? 

Just going to warm up, I guess. 

Okay. I can't track him anymore, so I'm going to - 
yes - which way am I supposed to Aline the Platform? 

You don't want to aline it, it's already in line. 

I thought you just told me we were going to Aline 
the Platform, again. 

No. All I said was Platform mode ... CSQ. Make 
these other tests, that's all that was there. 

What time is the next burn? 



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53:44:57 C And it's BEF. Fire in the aft-firing thrust ers. 

It's Posigrade, then we go on Retrograde. Okay? 

53:45:13 P Stuck that way up here. 

53:45:16 C Oh: Excuse me, lady. 



53:56:52 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 

53:56:54 C Hello, Houston. 

53:56:56 CC Roger. Could you send Command 50 which is C and 

S-BAND BEACON OFF to the Agena and Command 10 for 

BEACONS ON? 

53:57:16 C Is that Command 050? 

53:57:18 CC That's affirm. 050 and 010. 

53:57:25 C Now, we're playing SEF. 

53:57:35 P Houston, they've been sent. Are they in? 

53:57:47 CC Roger. We can't tell. You're presently yaw 180. 

Is that correct? 

53:57:54 P Negative. We're 000 right now. 

53:57:59 CC Roger. But on the Standoff Maneuver, yaw would be 

180. Is that correct? 

53:58:04 P That's affirmative. We're BEF and aft firing 

thrust ers. 

53:58:07 CC Roger. 

53:58:08 P I thought you said yaw 1.8. That had me buffaloed. 

53:58:15 CC Roger. Were you able to copy the D-15 Update? 

53:58:19 P No. Would you give it to us, please? 

53:58:21 CC Roger. 

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Start Time: 54:32:12; leave the door closed until 
immediately after the Standoff Maneuver. Power- - 
down computer after Standoff Maneuver. Another 
note, delete the power-down at 54:05:00 and power- 
down instead at 57:30:00. That will keep you 
powered-up for the D-15. 

Roger. Understand D-15 Start Time: 54:32:12; leave 
the door closed until^affcer the Standoff Maneuver. 
Delete the powered-down point, command powered-down 
after D-15. 

Affirmative. 

Roger. ... we're with you. 

Gemini XI, Houston.' About a minute to LOS. 

Roger. Houston. " 



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Gemini XI. 
Gemini XI, CSQ. 

Roger. We're standing by to do this Radar Test 
with the Agena target. 

Roger. Will you send Command 260? 

Roger. 260 Command. 

Okay. We have the vent down here. 

Roger. 

Okay. Boreaight for about 1 minute. Right? 
Roger. Then send 250 and 251 again. Right? 
That's affirmative. 

Now it seems to work every time, but boy, you sure 
never know it from over here. 



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54 : 20 : 10 


CC 


Roger. 


54:20:13 


CC 


Okay. I'd like to have you send Command 060. 
That's the TIMER RESET. 


54=20:21 


P 


060. 


54:20:26 


P 


Did you get it? 


54:20:23 


CC 


Roger. 


54:20:54 




Gemini XI CSQ, 


54:20:55 


p 


Go. 


54:20:57 


CC 


Okay. You can vent your H2 tank vacuum. 


54 : 21 : 03 




Roger. Let's give her these commands for the . 
first. Shall we? 


54:21:06 


CC 


Roger. 


54:21:07 


CC 


Roger. Standing by for 250. 


54:21:12 


p 


250 being sent. 


54:21:15 


CC 


Roger. We have a MAP and vent. 


54:21:17 


p 


Roger. Going back 251. 


54:21:24 


p 


251 being sent. 


54:21:27 


CC 


Have a MAP and vent. 


54:21:29 


p 


Roger. We'll go to the vent. 


54:21:45 


CC 


CSQ standing by for the H2 tank to vent. 


54:21:48 


CC 


Roger. 


54:21:54 


p 


Roger. We ... 


54:21:58 


CC 


Copy. 


54:21:59 


p 




54:22:08 


p 


Roger. We're going to jack it up to 670 now. 



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54:22:13 CC Say again, Gemini XI. 

54:22:14 P We're going to jack the hydrogen up to 670. 

54:22:16 CC No. You can delete that at this time. We'll 

catch it a little bit later. 

54:22:21 P That's very good. 

54:22:41 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. 

54:22:42 P Go ahead. 

54:22:44 CC Have you had any change on your Range, Range-Rate, 
Azimuth, or Elevation? 

54:22:49 P That's negative. Let me check one more time. We'd 

like to power-down radar and turn 180. 

54:22:57 P Address 36 still reads 120 feet and 35 reads all 9's. 

54:23:04 CC Roger. Copy. 

54:23:07 P Should we turn our Radar off? 

54:23:09 CC Stand by. 

54:23:23 CC Roger. You can go ahead and power the radar down. 

54:23:25 P Roger. 

54:23:35 P This is Gemini XI. We're going to 180. 

54:23:39 CC Roger. 

54:25:06 C Reversed nominally FD ... I copied them all. Hung 

up at 

54:25:07 P 270. 

54:25:11 C 270. Gimbal angle - Just - darn near didn't 

flip. 

54:25:18 P You must have hit it right on the button, then. 

54:25:20 C I guess I did. 



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54:25:25 C What's your ball read? 

54:25:27 P 23C. 

54:25:28 P MARK. 

54:25:30 C Okay. 

54:25:31 C Where's your little index, right at the top? 

54:25:35 C No, mine's 3-3/4 to the right. Is yours at the 
top? 

54:26:23 P Pete, I want you to bum this for just 11 seconds 
till I get the reading out of A for D-3. 

54:26:29 C Gosh darn, I wouldn't worry about that. 

54:26:32 P It's all right. It won't take me that long. 

54:26:33 C Okay. Okay. I've gone BEF PLAT. Continue PLAT 
aft. 

54:26:49 CC Gemini XI, we've got about a minute to LOS. 

54:26:51 P Gemini XI. Roger. Thank you very much. 

54:26:54 CC Roger. 

54:26:56 C Okay. I was going to do that right at the moment. 

54:27:06 C Sun's giving those horizon sensors ... 

54:27:23 C 

54:27:32 C Try it one more time. 

54:28:03 C Why's it doing that? 

54:28:04 P What is it doing? 

54:28:06 C As soon as I go into the Platform mode it drives it 
off PLAT aft just a little. 

54:28:11 P I'm right on. 

54:28:12 C You are? 



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54:28:13 P Yes. 

54:28:14 C My needles don't have the right ... 

54:28:20 P I'm rl ad center. 

54:28:21 C Okay. Let me - they're coming in now. 

54:28:29 P Okay. 

54:28:32 C Okay. The bum is 37:27, right? 

54:28:35 P Affirm. 

54:28:36 C So 29:?7 would be 8 minutes to burn, right? 
29:27. 

54:28:47 P Yes, yes. 

54:28:51 C 8 minutes to burn here. 

54:28:52 C Okay. Give me a call at 29:27. 

54:28:53 P Okay. 

54:29:13 C Boy! Looks funny not to see the Agena in parts. 

54:29:14 P Doesn't it though? 

54:29:15 C It really does. 

54:29:16 C Just got to get used to them all plastered on the 
front end there. 

54:29:24 P 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 

54:29:29 P MARK. 

54:29:30 P 29:27. 

54:29:31 C 29:27. Is that what you - 8 to that would make it 
37:27. 

54:29:37 P Is that right? 

54:29:39 C 54:37. I could have written down 29 but it looks 
27. 



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54:29:47 


P 


It's 27. I checked it. 


54:29:48 


C 


Okay. 




p 


I have written down 27 . 


54 : 29 : 54 


c 


27. That'll ... 


54:29:57 


c 


(Laughter) You just did. You just did. 


54:30:06 


p 


Well, we just left CSQ - we're coming up over 
Hawaii . 


54:30:10 


c 


All right. 11 seconds is 59:49. Is that right? 


54:30:20 


p 


What? 


54:30:21 


c 


59:49 - counting down. 


54:30:27 


p 


32:12, I would have to start ray clock because it 
matches this MAP over here. 


54:31:47 


c 


Very difficult to determine yaw. I'd sure hate to 
retrofire just looking out the window, wouldn't you' 


54:31:55 


p 


Ye3. It'd be kind of tough. 


54:32:00 


c 


Man! There is a tropical storm for you. He's 
bigger than a typhoon. See it down my window, out 


54:32:07 




Yes I can see it out mine, too. 


54=32:13 


c 


Where are we, anyhow? 


54:32:14 


p 


We're coming up between - we're between Hawaii and 
CSQ. 


54:32:19 


c 


Oh yes. We're - that must be one of them 


54:32:26 


p 


Boy, that's a big one, too, isn't it? Look at the 
size of that thing! 


54:32:50 


c 


Wait till I put my sunglasses on. It's getting to 
be that kind of weather out here again. 


54:33:11 


c 


Okay. How much pitch-up is there in this thing? 



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What are the components? Yes - or is it just your 
retrograde? 

54:33:13 P No. It's pitched-up, too. 

54:33:23 P Wait till I find it for you. It's pitched-up 56 

degrees. 

54:33:27 C Okay. 

54:33:29 C That tells me something right now. 

54:33:33 P You'd better stop alining and do something else. 

54:34:10 C Okay. ORB RATE, Computer. 

54:34:14 C It just pitched down. 

54:34:19 C I've got to roll heads down to fire aft. I've got 

to roll ... it's supposed to be aft. I'm going to 
check 2 seconds. 

54:34:34 P 26, 90074. 

54:34:36 C Okay. 

54:34:37 P Wait a minuter 

54:34:40 P Yes, that's it, 90074. 

54:34:42 C All right. Let me just - - 

54:34:45 C What did you just do? 

54:34:47 P Checking you out. 

54:34:49 C Yes. Okay. Let me see. 

5404:52 P What do you have to roll heads down for? 

54:34:54 C That's the way you fire 1 aft. 

54:34:56 P Is that right? 

54:34:53 C Yes. Does that make the needle come back in? 

54:35:00 P It should. 

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54:35:25 


C 


Coming in there now. 


54=35:26 


P 


Where's she been? 


54:35:28 


C 


That's not too much stuff. 


54:35:32 


C 


Yes. It says pitch up to 86 degrees, says here. 


54:35=56 


C 


Okay. Do you agree? 


54:35:59 


P 


Yes, sir. Right on the button. 


54:36:15 


c 


Okay. Can I hit this? 


54:36:17 


c 


We've got 1 minute to burn. 


54:36:18 


p 


Wait till 30 seconds. 


54:36:20 


c 


Okay, because I want to read it out real closely. 


54:36:25 


p 


I want you to burn for 11 seconds, then stop at 3. 


54:36:26 


c 


I wish you'd quit giving me these ... burns. 


54:36:42 


c 


48. 


54:36:44 


c 


Then you can switch me to RATE COMMAND, aft. 


54:37:00 


c 


Okay. Start Comp. Start Comp. Push to 9 forward. 


54:37:04 


p 


... 9. That's right. 


54:37:06 


c 


Okay. I'm in RATE COMMAND. 


54:37:09 


p 


Yes, I'm ready at any time. 


54:37:11 


c 


You count for me. 


54:37:12 


p 


Okay. 


54:37:13 


p 


Watch your stop at 38. Be ready to fire at 27. 


54:37:23 


p 


7 seconds. You see it. 


54:37:24 


c 


Fire all the way. 


54:37:25 


p 


4, 3, 2, 1, 



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54:37:30 


P 


FIRE. 


54:37:35 


C 


Count 11 seconds, man. 


54:37:36 


P 


Okay. 


54:37:37 


P 


3, 2, 1, 


54:37:40 


P 


MARK. 


54:37:45 


P 


... you have .9. 


54:37:52 


P 


Okay. Command up. 


54:37:54 


C 


Aft. 


54:37:57 


P 


That's right. Fire aft. 


54:38:03 


P 


Stand by and I'll help you with that. 


54:38:08 


P 


Still fire aft. 


54:38:12 


P 


A little more. 


54:38:16 


P 


Stand by. You're at .3 now. 


54:38:20 


C 


That's enough. 


54:38:22 


P 


Let me get another reading. 


54:38:23 


P 


We're right on it. 


54:38:25 


P 


That's it right there. That's zero. 


54:38:26 


c 


Okay. Hit the rest of them. 


54:38:27 


P 


I will. 






HAWAII 


54:38:32 


cc 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. 


54:38:33 


c 


Wait. 


54:38:34 


cc 


Roger. 


54:38:39 


c 


What is it? 



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54:38:40 


P 


Zeros. 


54:38:41 


C 


Are they all zeros? 


54:38:42 


P 


Yes. 


54=38:43 


c 


Okay. That's all I wanted. 


54:38:44 


c 


Go ahead, Hawaii. 


54=38:46 


cc 


Roger. Just letting you know we're standing by. 


54:38:49 


p 


Roger. We just finished firing a burn and I'm 
going to activate the door in the TV set. 


54:38:54 


cc 


Okay. 


54:39:13 


cc 


Gemini XI, Hawaii. We're going to send two com- 
mands to the Agena. HORIZON SENSORS ON and GYRO 
RATE ON. 


54:39:19 


c 


Roger. It's all yours. You want me to turn the 
Encoder OFF? 


54:39:20 


c 


Radar's OFF. 


54:39:21 


cc 


It looks like it's off from the ground. 


54:39:22 


p 


Roger. The Radar's OFF. 


54:39:23 


cc 


Roger. 


54:39=32 


p 


No more Thruster Pilot Maneuvers. Roger. Hope 
there isn't. 


54:39:35 


c 


I didn't fire many. 


54:39:38 


p 


Did you hear it? 


54:39:39 


c 


Yes. 


54:39:42 


c 


Something go by at your window out there? 


54=39:43 


p 


Yes . Correct . 


54:39=49 


p 





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54:39:51 P Let's turn around the other way. 

54=39:53 C Now T am - - 

54:39:54 P Yes. 

54=39=55 C - - it's pitching over the top just like ... 

54:40:02 C ... there's too much in RATE COMMAND again. 

54:41:43 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. 

54:41:45 P Go ahead. 

54=41:46 CC All right. Will you give us a reading on Stack 2- 
Charlie, please? 

54:41:4& P Roger. 2-Charlie is down at the bottom. 

54:41:55 P Roger. It's at 0 amps, 0 volts. 

54:42:04 CC Hawaii - - 

54:42:05 P 

54:42:07 CC - - Say again? 

54:42:12 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii. Might as well turn it off. 

54:42:15 P Roger. Go along with it. 

54:42:46 C Hawaii, Gemini XI. 

54:42:48 CC Go ahead. 

54:42:49 C We plan to say in . . . mode until we get D-15. 

54:42:52 CC Okay. ... mode. 

54:43:29 C Hawaii, Gemini XI. 

54:43:30 CC Go ahead. 

54:43:32 C They must have shorted out because we never saw it 
go. 

54:43:35 CC Okay. 

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54:44:01 


C 


We're going to go ahead and power-down a computer. 


54:44:04 


CC 


Okay. 


54:44:09 


CC 


We confirm you're powered-down. 


54:44:12 


c 


We went ... about going to Prelaunch here. 


54:46:06 


p 


Hello, Hawaii. How's the D-15 equipment looking? 


54:46:09 


CC 


Looks okay here. 


54=46:12 


CC 


We show your recorder monitor is operating normally. 


54:46:14 


p 


Say again. 


54:46:15 


CC 


We show recorder monitor operating normally. 


54:46:19 


p 


Roger. 


54:52:17 


c 


Is the Tape Recorder ON? 


54:52:18 


p 


Yes, the D-15 and watching your urine dump, particles 
going by. I've been photographing. Camera's start. 


54:52:27 


p 




54:52:29 


p 


I wouldn't put you on. 


54=52:30 


c 


No, I see a particle from here. 


54:52:31 


p 


Yes. I did, too, just now. 


54:52:42 


p 


It's urine particles. 


54:52:44 


p 


Pete dumped. 


54:52:46 




Captured a B— 50. 


54:52:48 


p 


Can't cut the noise; Recorder OFF. 


55:02:12 


p 


Roger. Pitching down below the ground. Horizon is 
coming into view but it's cocked at a 45-degree 
angle in the viewing monitor. You can readily see 
the cloud coverage. Fairly prominent thunderstorms 



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55:02:33 C Yes. You can definitely see the cloud coverage 

versus the water area. 

55:02:39 P It stands out very well on this. 

55:02:43 C Whee! Look at that I 

55:02:45 C That's very good. 

55:02:47 P Yes. I'm afraid to ... 

55:02:48 C Why do you suppose it's rolled 45 degrees? 

55:02:50 P I don't know. It's just the way it might be in 
there. 

55:02:54 P I'm not going to be too concerned about that. 

55:02:57 C That thunder actually looks like it's moving down 
this way, doesn't it to you? 

55:03:01 C Maybe it's a distortion or something. The fact 
that we're not pointing straight and looking ... 

55:03:10 C Can you get us a roll now? 

55:03:13 P Is it rolling? 

55:03:15 C Yes, it's rolling. 

55:03:17 C Okay. Now I'll keep in the belly pan - - 

55:03:20 C What's our first task? 

55:03:24 P First task is Section Track in this area. 

55:03:28 C You want - - 

55:03:30 P And already - - 

55:03:31 C What the - - 

55:03:32 P 

55:03:33 C ... There are some islands down there. 

55:03:34 P The next track. 



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55:03:35 P The next task. 

55:03:37 C The next task. 

55:03:38 P There is so much cloud coverage here I doubt 

seriously if you're going to see it through them. 

55:03:46 P You can sure see those cloud layers. 

55:03:53 C That's dangerous. 

55:03:56 C It's really ... I see that ... 

55:04:00 C 

55:04:04 P You guys get back down there where you belong. 

55:04:16 C Okay. I've got coastline coming up. 

55:04:24 P It's quite a ways out there yet. 

55:04:26 C I'll tell you one thing, you might get some good 

terrain photographs. Are we exposing any S-5's? 

55:04:30 P South America. 

55:04:31 C I don't think anybody's got any good pictures down 
that way. You might grab a 

55:04:35 P I got some over there tracking it. The Agena 

across it? 

55:04:44 C Yes, with a different revolution and a different 

place. 

55:04=49 P Yes. I ... 

55:04:52 C So we got some film ... I've got a bet here after 

these two revolutions. 

55:04:57 P ... around up there. 

55:05:05 P How much film have I got to expose here - 30 seconds, 

right? 

55:05:10 C That what you're supposed to get? Say, you can see 

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55:05:14 P Say, take a picture of coastline, readily risible. 

55:05:18 C At 55:05:15. 

55:05:20 P The coastline of South America, western coast. 

55:05:22 C Except for the screwy roll angle on the tube here, 

you probably managed it pretty good. 

55:05:28 P Yes. 

55:05:30 C I want to see how much the terrain ... 

55:05:32 P And it does have a bright spot in the center, 
which is kind of distorting, but you can very 
definitely see the cloud coverage over the ocean 
ends, the dark water and then the coastline very 
prominent . 

55=05:51 C That's right. 

55:05:53 P It should be. 

55:06:01 P Look, Pete, you can actually see those small clouds. 

55:06:03 C Yes. Can you see to make out the mountains? 

55:06:07 P You sure can. Can't you? 

55:06:11 C You sure you're not seeing - seeing clouds instead 
of mountains? 

55:06:15 P No. See those little white - no 

55:06:17 C Yes. 

55:06:18 P See those three clouds right there in front of 

you? 

55:06:19 C I think they are dry lakes, Richard. 

55:06:23 P If they are - - 

55:06:24 P - - yes. 

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seeing are those dry lakes down there. 
55:06:30 C How about that, Kingfish? 

55:06:31 P Sure is. 

55:06:34 C Listen, that's spectacular. 

55:06:37 P Sure are dry lakes. As we approach the coastline 

of South America, we're picking up several dry 
lakes here. We can track if you want to a little 
bit, Pete. Once you've found them you can - go 
down with Pulse. Keeping going down. 

55:06:49 C I mean, ... keep the roll out of it. 

55:06:52 C You're tracking pretty good in the middle. 

55:06:53 P Yes. We're tracking fairly good in the middle - 

we're about an inch from the bottom. A series of 
dry lakes that are readily visible. 

55:07:01 C Why don't you go ahead and take a shot at them. 

55:07:03 P I am. 

55:07:06 C Okay. 

55:07:07 P Okay. That's enough task right at the moment. 

55:07:08 C That's right. 

55:07:11 C Going back to 30. 

55:07:12 P Roger. 

55:07:14 C I'll hold 30. That's a good tracking angle. 

55:07:16 P And as we 

55:07:17 C Holy Christmas, look at how good you can see those 
on the tube. 

55:07:20 C Of course, you have to realize there's great country. 

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55:07:28 C Gone over some spectacular country anyhow. 

55:07:31 C Look at those mountains, will you? 

55:07:33 C I didn't see any of this when I - on our flight. 

It must have been at nighttime or something. 

55:07:37 P Chile - look down here. 

55:07:39 C Yes. 

55:07:40 P Beautiful. 

55:07:45 P Clear off in the waste country, as we scan across 

South America, we can see the mountains and saddles 
of valleys show up in the shadow. On the late after- 
noon the terminator is almost crossing this area as 
we're coming across and the cloud decks are clearly 
visible. Several dry lakes were noted as we hit the 
coastline . 

55:08:17 C Are we crossing the end of the ocean over there? 

55:08:19 P We will eventually. 

55:08:20 C No, we haven't - - 

55:08:21 P But not right now. 

55:08:22 C run into these clouds right here. 

55:08:23 P No, we are still on the land. 

55:08:25 C Oh, yes. 

55:08:27 C I think I better check this voice tape. 

55:08:30 P Okay. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 
55:12:27 CC Gemini XI, RKV. 

55:12:31 C Go ahead, RKV. 

55:12:33 CC Roger. We'd like to ... Spacecraft. We'd like to 

have the Number 1 only, at this time, ON. We would 

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also like the Secondary Loop with the A-Pump OFF 
and the B-Pump ON, 

55:12:48 C Okay. We have it on the B, ON only. 

55:12:54 CC Okay. Secondary B-Pump. 

55:12:56 C The B-Pump and the computer ... 

55:13:00 CC Roger. 

55:13:06 C We really don't need our ... and we can power-in 

here, 

55:13:10 CC Roger. Go ahead. 

55:13:12 C ... Is this affirm? 

55:15:13 P Don't see anything at all. It's the best picture 

I think I've ever recorded 0 n the D-15 camera for 
about 10 seconds per shot and the Record, OFF. This 
thing looks like it's in bad need of adjustment. 

55;15: 3^ c j SUS p ec t the flight of psi and the 0 g's are show- 

ing it has some effect on it or something. 

55:16:44 P I don't see anything. 

55:16:46 C That's too bad. There's nothing out there. 

55:16:54 P Not a thing. 

55:16:57 P Unless we're over water. 

55:17:03 C There's got to be some clouds or something down 

there. I can't understand why we can't see any- 
thing. 

55:17:15 C I don't see anything. Let me pitch up a little bit 

and see if you're really looking at the horizon. 

55:17:17 P Oh, that was a bright light! I wonder what that was 

from. 

55.17:22 C I'd guess the horizon. 

55:17:25 P Yes. There's the horizon. Clearly visible and you 

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can see the airglow. 



55:17:27 


C 


Why should it be the airglow? That's S-30. 


55:17:30 


P 


There's an airglow picture. Taking it now. Let 
me turn the camera on* 


55:17:37 


P 


1, 2, 3, 4, and there's starlight above it. 


55:17:39 


C 


Let it go. 


55:17:44 


P 


Let's try another one. Thruster firing is being 
picked up on it, too. 


55:17:50 


C 


Yes. 


55:17:54 


P 


The thrusters. Thruster firing is coming in on 
top — 


55:17:56 


c 


Stars last night. 



55:17:58 C I almost got the impression that they nay be right 

about the airglow underneath washing out everything. 

55:18:18 P And as we view the horizon we can see several large 

spots of glow - we are right on the horizon - which 
either may be thunderstorms or fires on the horizon. 

55:18:25 C Boy, the stars are beautiful. We'll just test her 

the other way. Now, let's ... 

55:18:46 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We'll have LOS in about 30 seconds. 

55:18:49 C Roger. We're progressing with D-15. 

55:18:56 CC Roger. We've noticed operation of it a couple of 

times. 

55:19:08 C Now, I'll pitch straight down. Okay? 

55:19:10 P Okay. 

55:19:12 P I'll focus this to give us better visibility. 

55:19:46 C Those coelliptic charts we have don't do anything 

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55:19:47 P Well. 

55:19:48 C Yes. The ... always does that. 

55:20:06 P You can still use it. 

55:20:08 C VJhai, did you say? 

55:20:10 P You can still use it. 

55:20:13 C Still use what? The TPI? 

55:20:18 P That's based on the angle and range-rate. That's 
all. Lets you know whether you are high or low. 

55:20:25 C ... on it. ... can we use the radar failure? 

55:20:27 P I don't know about that one. If it breaks we will 

let it go. 

55:20:51 P Give me the water gun. 

55:20:54 C See anything going by down there? 

55:20:56 P No. Clouds maybe, blurry. 

55:21:03 P I'm not seeing clouds go by. Do you? 

55:21:08 C Listen, I couldn't tell you what - yes, there's 

the ground - I can't tell what it looks like. 

55:21:22 P Turn that. Looks like it. 

55:21:25 C ... what? It looks pretty good in color down 

there. 

55:21:32 C Where are we, do you know? 

55:21:34 P Yes. Roughly. 

55:21:42 P Let me check our bearings. Let's see, half-way 

between South America and Africa. 

55:21:54 P You're supposed to scan the sea conditions. If you 

see anything, pick it up. 

55:21:58 C Okay. I can see some clouds going by down there. 

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P 


Yes. That's right. Better watch the clouds. 


55:22:13 


C 


Let's turn the red light on. It's pretty clear 
actually. Lota better than I can see. I think 
that's pretty good. Looks like we're over a pretty 
solid bunch of clouds. 


55:22:32 


P 


Yes. 


55:22:33 


P 


Oh, there's something real shiny right there. 


55:22:34 


c 


Yes. 


55:22:35 


c 


Whatever it is 


55:22:37 


p 


Something moving straight down the scope on our 
left. A real bright spot. Not identified as a 
cloud, but flashing light, possibly. 


55:22:49 


p 


Cloud cover is still going by. 


55:22:51 


c 


I could not see it. 
(Laughter) 


55:22:56 


p 


Kind of weird. Kind of weird. 


55:23:07 


c 


What did you say? 


55:23:10 


p 


Kind of weird. Now there's a pretty cloud picture. 


55:23:15 


c 


Yes. And I can't see it. That's for sure. 


55:23:22 


p 


I can't see it well. 5 seconds of recording clouds. 


55:23:27 


c 


Of course. You pretty well wiped out my night vision 
twice now. (Laughter) 


55:23:41 


p 


How do I light this scanner if I see something other 
than clouds, Pete? See what it comes up to be. 


55=23:53 


c 


Well, you ought to be able to see the water straight 


55:24:00 


p 


Straight up? 


55:24:05 


c 


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P 


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P 


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C 


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P 


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c 


55:24:52 


P 


55:24:56 


c 


55:24:59 


P 


55:25:53 


c 


55:26:15 


c 


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P 


55=26:32 


c 


55=26:41 


p 


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c 


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p 


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p 



I better work my way back up a little bit. 
That • s fine . Stay there . 

That's a good point. That's a pretty good picture. 
Have you lost control of the one in the back? 
I don't think so. 
There are all kinds of 

Clouds. Boy, there sure are. Can't see a doggone 
thing. 

We will be over Africa after a bit. I'm going to 
leave this point 80 degrees. 

You have a shade up to your window? 

No. I've got mine down. 

The problem is, will we be able to see that Agena 
tomorrow? 

Why not daylight? 

Oh. What was that that flashed and went by? Oh, 
I know what it was. It was a meteor. 

Hey! There's another one. 

Heck. 

I just got that better. 
Did you have the tube? 

Yes. But I didn't get a picture of it. Sure is. 
Saw it flashing by the tube, went right straight 
down in front of us. 

Well. Listen, that's not unusual. We'd see meteors 
come in at night and I'd forgotton all about them. 
That's what the heck it was. 

Yes. I didn't get it on this picture, but it sure 

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was prominent on the tube. 

Man, you're going to have to scratch awfully fast 
to get it on the tube* 

I saw it though. I almost got it. I had my thumb 
on it and didn't get to push it. It was gone. 

That's what that was. A meteor. 

Very good. I saw it, too. 

Yea. So you did. You saw it, too. I don't even 
know where to look outside, so I just watched the 
scope and there it came. That was a thrust er fire. 

Yes. 

I could see that. Nothing on the ground but clouds. 
Nothing prominent but clouds. Coming up on Africa. 
I want to get coastline here. Got your picture? 

... clouds ... 

Hold it. There's a bright object in the scope run- 
ning down the left-hand side and I'm not really sure 
what it is. Coastline of Africa is coming up with 
an island off to - to - just a little bit to the 
left. Crossing the coastline of Africa at this 
time. Did you see that, Pete? 

Yes. No. I didn't see what you did. I could see 
all kinds of lights on the ground there when we 
came up on Africa. 

Yes. We just crossed that one. 

You find something you want to 

Better expose that one for 15 seconds. Here's an- 
other one. 

Yes. Yes. Yes. 

Here comes a bright light down the center of the 
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55:28:32 C Is that - I 

55:28:34 P There's several of them - there are several lights 

in here. 

55:28:37 C There are several towns. Now I can see the 

55:28:38 P Looks like camp fires. You can see the lights? 
55:28:39 C Yes. And the way - I'm trying 

55:28:44 P Don't count on the marks other than just to brighten 

bright objects. 

55:28:50 C If you take that tube out and rotate it so that 
objects cross the tube in terminal track, we'd 
both be able to figure out 

55:28:56 P Oh! There's a bright spot. I bet that's a big 

camp fire. I'm taking a shot of that. 

55:28:59 C Wow! Yes 

55:29:05 P Look at the camp fires down there. 

55:29:07 C Now you're seeing probably more than I can see. 

No, you're not either, when I get to a clean part 
of my window, but you're seeing much brighter. 

55:29:13 P Yes. Change the scope so that it's looking directly 

this way. This is the way they're moving. 

55:29:20 C Yes. Now. Oh, look at that! Man, you see - now 

you can see the clouds come in, too. I can - you 
can see the clouds rushing around, too. 

55:29:27 P Okay. Here come clouds by in several objects. On 

the ground these bright spots are probably fires 

55:29:37 C ... might get a thunderstorm here in a minute. 

We're going to pass right over the thunderstorm. 
Lightning several times. 

55:29:43 P ••• several objects. 

55:29:44 C See if you can get the thunderstorm. Those are 

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clouds, right? Or are those cities. 


55:29:46 


P 


Those are probably clouds right there. 


55:29:50 


C 


I'm glad you could - oh, that was lightning 


55:29:56 


P 


What was that? Lightning? Is your thrust er firing? 


55:29:57 


C 


Lightning. 


55:29:58 


P 


Another one. 


55:29:59 


C 


Lightning . 


55:30:01 


P 


There are the thrust era. 


55:30:04 


c 


No. That was lightning. 


55:30:05 


p 


Lightning? 


55:30:06 


c 


Yes. 


55:30:07 


p 


There's some more lightning. 


55:30:08 


c 


That was lightning. 


55:30:09 


p 


I'm taking a picture right - - 


55:30:10 


c 


Lightning. 


55:30:11 


p 


There's lightning. 


55:30:12 


c 


There's lightning. 


55:30:13 


p 


There's lightning again. On the scope. 


55:30:15 


c 


There's lightning. 


55:30:20 


p 


It's picking up very casually. About 10 seconds 
worth of that. 


55:30:37 


p 


Look at the lightning. 


55:30:41 


c 


Yes. Aren't we supposed to track something in 
here? 


55:30:44 


p 


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want to, but I don't know why you want to track 
them. 



55 :30:49 


c 


I though they had search and track-type jazz. 


55 :30: 53 


p 


well, let's see what they have for a timetable here. 
Th'.y have us scanning all the way across. 


55:30:58 


c 


Okay. That's what we'll do. 


55:31:25 


p 


Wonder why this picture is rotated 45 degrees in 
this tube? 


55:31:32 


c 


I don't know. 


55:31:33 


p 


See many fires out there now? 


55:31:39 


c 


No. But there is something that is going to go 
under that you might pick up. A rather large city. 
It's real dim but - I can see it. 


55:31:53 


p 


I'll tell you those fires on the ground really show 


55:32:15 


c 


There's a real tiny light. ... 


55:32:37 


c 


It's only about 20. ... cycle. 


55:32:39 


p 


Yes. 


55:32:53 


c 


Turn on the tape recorder for the ... 


55:32:55 


c 


What? 


55:32:58 


p 


Many fires. Here's a whole stack of fires down 
below us. I'll take a shot at that. 


53:34:00 


c 


A whole stack of fires? 


55:34:01 


p 


Yes. ... 


55:34:03 


c 


Man, I don't believe this is pointed in the same 



55:34:05 P Lots of fires. There's a real boss one right there. 

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55:34:17 C Now tell me If you've got a real, real bright one 

on your left. 

55:34:19 P Yea. Just barely on my left. 

55:34:21 C Yes. 

55:34:22 P Very bright. 

55:34:27 C Okay. Yea. Now you're going to come to a whole 

string of them. 

55:34:31 P No, just pieces. 

55:34:37 C Oh. I'm seeing some really bright ones. 

55:34:41 P Man, there's some just off to the right of us. Just 
barely. 

55:34:44 C All right. They should have gone right down the 

center of the tube. They should be right in the 
center of the tube. 

55:34:51 P There's some off to the right, not quite in the 

center. 

55:34:54 C 

55:34:56 P Check 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 seconds exposure. 

55:34:58 C MARK. 

55:34:59 C Right in the center. 

55:35:01 P Okay. 

55:35:03 C Now. This thing is not boresighted very well. 

That's the one I want. 

55:35:08 C I know this reticle's twisted. Turning the Recorder 

back to ON, right? 

55:35:20 P I can sure see the lights down there. Clouds prom- 

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Where is that coastline of Africa? Should have gone 
across it. 

Do you see anything underneath us? 

I!r. Bunch of clouds. It's a little cloud coverage 
looks like is all. 

I think we passed the coastline. I don't see any- 
thing else out here. 

No. I take that back. 

. . . cancels that out . 

Here's something. I've got an island over here to 
my left. I'm going to track it a little bit and 
it's just off to my left. Got 1, 2, 4 small land- 
marks just barely to the left. Coming into the 
center of the picutre right now. Do you see any- 
thing there, Pete? 

No. Not through the rest of this. 

Well, let that go. 

I'll - I'll - - 

I'll let that go by and 

I can see a small light. 

Yes. 

small light. But most of my problem is again 

that this window is so dirty. Now you are going to 
cros3 a large town in just a second and it's going 
to be in here. Now wait a minute. You're really 
messing us up. Now which way are you going? 

Back-up. 

Okay. 

So we can get it back to the way - back to ORBIT 
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Yes. Yes. Now look, here's a large town - - 
There's one. There's a beauty. 
Yes. Okay. Got him? 

Well, it just went by. There's the coastline. 
Taking a picture of the coastline right now. Just 
moving down the scope just a little bit to our 
right, swing back over and then it's coastline 
right in the center of the picutre. Coastline now 
is covered with clouds. Very good contrast between 
the water and the land. 

We're directly over the coastline right now. Cross- 
ing it now. And photographing the same. Okay. 
We've left the coastline and now are over water. 
Close your eyes a minute. 

Now we have clouds. The tape recorder is still on. 
Roger. It's 55 .'41:00. We are crossing the ocean 
between Africa and India and we're picking up cloud 
streaks on the TV monitor very clearly. Very clear- 
ly, short bursts of the cloud streaks as they appear 
on the scope. 

Are we just crossing a city? There's enough lights 
down there. Man-o-man, there they are! There they 
go right there. They may be cloud streaks ... Boy! 
They're sure blooming across right in front of us. 
I would presume that those are still clouds. 

And the task, as we approach India, will be one of 
scanning until we come up into the Calcutta area. 
We're on a tracking assignment. And then our night 
period will end. More clouds. Very prominent. 

Look at this. Look down. 

I can't see a thing. 

Look. There's one thing that's very obvious to me 
though. This thing - it only works good when you're 
almost straight down. It really doesn't work worth 
a hoot. I wonder if that has anything to do with the 
fact that it may be looking through more airglow at 
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It might be. It might be. 

As long as we stay in the 70 to ^5-degree range, 
you get real good pictures in here. 

Yes, we must be over water. 1 cere's a ship or 
something there. No, that's clouds 

No, that's clouds, I think. The way they are 
moving . 

Clouds ... 

It's hard to tell distinctive features on here. 
Either they're gross to begin with - you know - 
look like large cloud masses. Of course, these 
clouds aren't very large. Look like the scatter 
variety. 

We've got to restart the thing for reentry. 

They'll get to use this TV monitor in the morning. 

Yes. But that's going over my head. Get the 
Spacecraft stuff stowed for reentry. 

... see ... anytime tomorrow we ... too. 

We are. 

I don't know. I'll just get them to update us on 
it. I'm showing about 12 percent down there. ... 
power actually. No, I imagine we used a few pounds 
per pass on this thing. Probably have to use 10 
pounds or so from that 30 tomorrow. We've already 
gotten 30. 

Substracting from the 30. 

As a matter of fact if we can just ... with this 



There come a few more clouds. I expect to see 
shoreline coming up here before too long. There's 
a pretty picture there I'd like to have taken a 
picture of. Clouds, clouds, clouds, clouds, clouds 
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one! That might be a fire down there. Do you see 
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55:46:46 


C 


Some large cities coming up here. Stand by for 
coastline. 


55:46:51 


P 


Here's a city. Here it is. There's probably a 
real large city. There appears to be the coastline 
coming through the scope. 


55:47:08 


P 


Where are we? Are we approaching India? 


55:47:13 


c 


Yes. We just passed a bunch of towns or did you 
miss it? 


55:47:29 


p 


What's that? 


55:47:32 


c 


That track. 


55:47:35 


p 


Yes. It's little bit to Calcutta - - 


55:47:37 


c 


Calcutta ... 


55:47:38 


p 


Shouldn't we go across the river and be at the 
coastline just before daybreak? 


55:47:56 


p 


Man, there's a bunch of fires or that's a city out 
there. Took a picture of that. 


55:48:27 


c 


This thing is so filthy. 


55:48:28 


p 


It really is dirty. 


55:48:34 


c 


It's like your blind spot in your eye at night. 


55:48:36 


p 


Yes. 


55:48:37 


c 


If I get to looking out the center, this reticle 
should - I might as well fly right over New York 
City, I'd never see it. 


55:48:46 


p 


Let's see, let me get up here where I can track for 



Yes, all there are up here are just a few sparkling, 
like bright lights, and I can't tell whether they 
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fires down there. 

55:49:31 C See any fires on the ground? 

55:49:41 C Here comes the horizon though. 

55:49:51 F Yes. Should be approaching the daybreak. Guess 

when we get there we ought to be crossing the coast- 
line. Oh, there was another meteor. 

55:50:13 C It's crazy. 

55:50:14 P Why? 

55:50:15 C Oh, there's one of them. 

55:50:16 P Wow! Look at that! What is that? 

55:50:17 C What? 

55:50:18 P That on our left? Just passed over us. 

55:50:25 C I can't see anything. 

55:50:29 P There's a blossom. Look at that. 

55:50:32 P I'd say that's Calcutta. 

55:50:34 C I can't see 

55:50:37 P What in the world is that reflected light on my 

window? 

55:50:53 P I do believe that was the coastline that we crossed 

there. 

55:51:01 C What do we do here? Stay head locked until next 

...? 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

55.55.55 cC Gemini XI, CSQ. 

55.55.57 p Go, CSQ, Gemini XI here. 



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55:55:59 CC Roger. Would like to get a listing from you of what 

you threw away after the stand-up EVA. 

55:56:08 P Roger. We didn't throw anything away except fruit 

garbage. 

55:56:12 CC Roger. Copy. 

55:56:15 P We had just time to get the rack out of the left- 

hand foot well. That's still in here. 

55:56:22 CC Okay. I have a PIA Update for you when you are 

ready to copy. 

55:56:26 P Wait. 

55:56:^8 P Ready to copy. 

55:56:50 CC Roger. Area 38-Delta: 59=43:29; 20 plus 32 25 

plus 31. Area 39-2: 61:20:02; 20 plus 10, 25 plus 
38. Area 40-2: 62:52:55; 20 plus 05, 25 plus 32. 
Area 41-2: 64:28:41; 20 plus 01, 25 plus 51. Area 
42-1: 65:56:16; 19 plus 44, 25 plus 29. Area 43-1: 
67:43:16; 20 plus 08. 25 plus 54. Area 44-1: 
69:06:39; 20 plus 15, 26 plus 09. Bank angles for 
areas are roll left 85, roll right 95. Weather in 
all areas is good and no Sep Maneuver. 



55:59:05 


P 


Roger. 


55:59:11 


CC 


And I have a Nodal Update for you. 


55:59:16 


P 


Ready to copy. 


55:59:18 


CC 


Roger. Node at 57:07:51: Rev 36; 200.1 degrees 
east; 0 hours, 44 minutes, right ascension. Over. 


55:59:40 


p 


Copy. 


55:59:48 


cc 


And that's about all I have for you this pass. 


55:59:52 


p 


Okay. 


55:59:58 


c 


We have a question for you. 


56:00:00 


cc 


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56:00:01 C With that 2-Charlie shut down on the next fuel cell 

purge, do we purge in the normal manner? 

56:00:13 CC That's affirmative, Gemini XI. 

56:00:15 C Okay. 

56:01:54 C CSQ, this is Gemini XI. 

56:01:59 CC Go ahead, Gemini XI. 

56:02:00 C Also, we'd like to get some idea of what you think 

is our total propellant aboard right now. 

56:02:06 C It's down. 

56:02:12 CC Stand by. 

56:02:43 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. 

56:02:46 CC Okay. It looks like you have about 70 pounds of 

fuel and 115 pounds of oxidizer. 

56:03:05 C Thank you. 

56:03:35 CC About a minute until LOS, Gemini XI. 

56:03:38 C Roger. 

56:03:44 C Tell them that the D-15 is progressing normally. 

56:03:50 CC Roger. Copy. 

HAWAII 

56:14:15 CC Gemini XI. Hawaii standing by. 

56:14:18 C Roger, Hawaii. 

56:19:05 CC 1 minute until LOS. Standing by. 

56:19:08 C Roger. We intend to complete the other half of 

D-15. 

56:19:13 CC Okay. See you tomorrow. 

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56:19:17 


C 


Roger. Roger. 


56:30:56 


P 


Yes, turn it over. Turn the Tape Recorder to ON. 
We exposed approximately 6 minutes of film on that 
first night task. 


56:31:00 


c 


Turn on the tape recorder. We've got the Agena in 
sight visually and - oh - zero, zero, zero here. 


56:31:12 


p 


Which field? 


56:31:13 


c 


I have to check. Just because you see it over the 
bow. It will be right there again, too. 


56:31:14 


c 


It's bothering me. It's not in the right place. 


56:32:05 


p 


Why? 


56:32:06 


c 


Well, he's about ... 2 degrees yawed left, 2 de- 
grees pitched up right now. Where is our bow? 


56:32:12 


p 


2 degrees yawed right, 2 degrees pitched down. 


56:32:15 


c 


Is it really? It should be. 


56:32:17 


p 


It was to the right. 


56:32:25 


c 


Well, about 2 degrees right, about 1 degree pitched 
down right now. Gosh darn, he's loud and clear now. 
Absolutely loud and clear out there. Looks like a 
gosh darn golf course. 


56:32:37 


p 


Yes, I can see it. 


56:32:40 


c 


Hawaii? . . . 


56:32:53 


p 


That's a little too far to the left. 


56:32:58 


p 


Sure, he's loud and clear. Got big things. I was 
looking too low. I better open and close on it and 
see 


56:33:12 


c 


I wish we could just close on it and see what they've 
got him on. They've got him turned - they must have 
him turned 90 degrees to us. Right? 


56:33:22 


c 


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56:33:29 P Gosh yes. Looks like I almost saw the tether flip- 

ping in out there. 

56:33=31 C That's what I say. I think that's what you're see- 

ing. The sun is shining on the tether. 

56:33:34 C 

56:33:46 C Hand me the sextant when you get it out of there. 

That's all I need right now. 

56:36:05 P Sure did. 

56:36:12 C ... Did you see it? 

56:36:15 P Boy! That's making my eyes smart. 

56:36:20 C What did you say? 

56:36:40 P Going to make my eyes smart. 

56:36:58 C What, that 20? 

56:37:00 P Yes. 

56:37:05 C Do you see them? 

56:37:38 P I hear it. 

56:37:39 C ... it's beginning to light up pretty well now. 

56:37:40 P Yes. Sure is. I can pick out that spot there. 

56:37:50 C ... How can you tell? You can see that gosh darn 

group? 

56:38:10 P ... Can you tell which way it was? 

56:38:12 C What? 

56:38:17 C 

56:38:24 P We're off the coast of South America, 

56:38:26 C Take a picture of that right now. We're right on 

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56:38:29 


P 


We're right on the horizon. 


56:42:53 


c 


How about pitching down on that thing'' That ' s in 
the middle of the darn bunch. It's a terrible 
mistake. 


56:43=03 


P 


Bad, bad, bad. 


56:43:04 


P 


We'll see that fellow again. 


56:43:12 


P 


Next pass we'll see how far away he is. 


56:43:19 


c 


With the horizon scanners ... shadow on side ... 


56:43=21 


p 


... horizon scanner supposed to do? ... 


56:43:24 


c 


Well, turn it back OFF. We don't need it right 


56:43:46 


c 




56:43:51 


P 


Same thing you did last one. 


56:43:53 


c 


See the book? 


56:43:55 


P 


No, I haven't. 


56:43:58 


c 


Well, that's a good question. ... 


56:44:27 


p 


Look down there, old buddy. We're supposed to 


56:44:30 


c 


Man j I sin down thsrs^ good, "buddy* 


56:44:32 


P 


210. 


56:44:35 


P 


Yes . Just leave it alone for awhile 


56:44:40 


c 


Play with it awhile, it's filthy. 


56:44:46 


c 


liiaL 9 our isjjinu. 


56:45:22 


p 


I can't get anything out of that. 


56:45:24 


c 


It'll take awhile to step through these filters or 



something. 



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56:45:29 P Yes. We'll get it down there. 

56:45:34 P Hey! There we got 

56:45:39 C What you've got is that the top half of the tube 

isn't working. There's something over it, like 
is there a door that's not open all the way? 

56:45:46 P Could be. 

56:45:47 C Is that what that is? 

56:45:4S P What's that? 

56:45:49 C I bet you the door isn't open all the way or 

something. 

56:45:50 P Yes. Could be. 

56:45:52 C There is something in the way of the tube. 

56:45:54 P What else could it be? 

56:45:56 C And look at all that stuff down there on the ground. 

56:45:57 P Right. 

56:45:58 C Right down there. It's ... 

56:46:01 P 

56:46:12 P It's doing real well. 

56:46:36 C I better get the door open. 

56:46:39 P Then how long will it take to warm up? 

56:46:41 C It is already warm. 

56:46:42 P It must go through a warm-up somehow or other. 

56:46:45 C Yes. 

56:46:51 C Oh boy, thunder. 

56:46:58 P We're right back to where we were, just ground 
going by or clouds or something. 

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56:47:12 


C 


That's lightning on the ground you are seeing. 


56:47:23 


P 


Yes. 


56:47:24 


C 


Here we go. Quite a lot of lightning. 


56:47:26 


c 


Wow, are we passing over some big lightning! 


56:47:28 


p 


Photographing lightning clouds. At the present 
time big flashes of lightning. There's a real 
storm down there right now. 


56:47:39 


c 


Storms are in the same place as they were on 
Gemini V. Every time we got any late-time 
revolution 


56:47:40 


p 


Yes. 


56:47=46 


c 


Where are we? South America? 


56:47:48 


p 


Yes. 


56:47:53 


c 


Yes. It was the same place it was before. 


56:47:55 


p 


Look at those. Look at those storms. 


56:47:58 


c 


I wouldn't want to be driving your airplane 
through there. 


56:48:03 


p 


Boy! 


56:48:12 


c 


Okay. Back at it now. It says to track 30 seconds 
there is an item here we didn't get to - and scan 
across North America. 


56:48:53 


c 


I though we had mice in here and it's the tape 
recorder. 


56:49:00 


p 


What? 


56:49:03 


c 


It's pretty noisy. 


56:49:07 


p 


We're looking straight down on this TV monitor. 
The clouds sure wash everything else out, don't 
they? 


56:49:15 


c 


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the monitor. 

ROSE KNOT VICTOR 

56:49:41 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We have nothing for you this pass. 

We're standing by. 

56:49:51 C All right, RKV. Could you ask Houston how far 

behind the Agena we are? We were watching the day- 
time out there and we were curious as to how far 
we were seeing it. 

56:50:00 CC Okay. They will have information on that statement. 

56:50:03 C Thank you. 

56:50:05 C Our ACQ messages show about 3 seconds difference. 

56:50:12 P What's that? 12 miles? 

56:50:15 C Yes. 

56:50:17 C 1.1 miles a second. 

56:50:22 P Okay. Just general TV on the - it's intensified, 

the lightning strikes. 

56:50:34 P Say, there are some fires down there. Identify 

those things clearly. Right off the bat. 

56:50:36 C Looks like we might be going across the coastline. 

You know this monitor has a spot right in the middle 
I can't get rid of. 

56:50:46 P Seems like everyone I see did, didn't it? 

56:51:03 CC Gemini XI, RKV. They say you are about 16.6 miles 

behind it. 

56:51:10 C Roger. 

56:51:14 C Do they know whether they were opening or closing 

yet? 

56:51:41 CC Okay. They advise that you are gradually closing 

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and that when you wake up tomorrow morning you 
should be about 13.9 miles behind them. 

56:51:51 C Roger. 

56:51:53 C Okay. Here comes a bunch of interesting subjects. 

It looks like we saw this the last time we were 
leaving the coast of South America, as a matter of 
fact. 

56:52:03 P You couldn't have, though, because that's 

56:52:05 C - - remember all this stuff. 

56:52:06 P Yes. But - - 

56:52:10 C Clouds, that's got to be clouds. They're pretty. 

I am going to take a picture of this for the using 
viewers at home. 

56:52:19 P ... get to Africa. 

56:52:21 C Got a little exposed film there to show what we are 

seeing . . . seen on the TV as our coastline, South 
America, Africa, clouds and fires and lightning. 

56:52:36 P Wow! Look at the lightning! The hair on the back 

of your neck. 

56:53:08 C (Laughter) 

56:53:09 P Come on. Give me a break. 

56:53:10 C Oh, boy. Things are beginning to drag a little bit. 

What I need is a few hours of quiet sleep and I'll 
be ready to go again. 

56:53:41 C Don't know what this is, but I'm taking a picture 

anyway. It looks like it might be cloud streaks. 

56:53:45 P Then again, it might very possibly be something in 

the air, thruster firings, dust in your scope. 

56:53:51 



If anybody's wondering why I am not saying anything 
it's because I can't see anything out of my dirty 



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56:53:58 P I can't see anything out of my clean window. 
56:54:00 C Oh, look at that 

56:54:03 P Don't forget that you are - you're not adapted to 

looking in that boob tube there. 

56:54:17 C Now, we're going further up in Africa, right? 

56:54:31 P Yes. 

56:54:32 C Along past South Africa. Just touched the coast- 

line of Saudi Arabia. 

56:54:40 C Yes. 

56:55:07 C Yes. If I see something ... I'm not going to wait 

for you. 

56:55:14 C Where are we supposed to direct it to? 

56:55:22 P I don't know. When I see something interesting I 

track. Search and track all the way through here, 
all the way to Africa. 

56:55:24 C We haven't gotten Africa. 

56:55:26 C I tell you the only thing you want to track on that 

right now is, if you see a light down there that has 
to be a ship. 

56:55:36 P Or an island. 

56:56:00 C We sure have had some interesting cloud formations 

though. 

56:56:05 C I sure don't see anything else, 

56:56:41 CC Gemini XI, RKV. We'll have LOS shortly. 

HOUSTON 

56:56:48 CC Gemini XI, Houston standing by. 

56:56:53 C Howdy, Houston. We're progressing with the last 

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half of D-15. 


56:56:54 


CC 


Roger. 


56:56:58 


P 


Exposing this part of the film. 


56:57:02 


C 


I think we can say we're going to bat 100 percent 
for today. 


56:57:22 


P 


Clouds, clouds and more clouds. I don't see any - 
I should be in the cloud line pretty soon. 


56:57:34 


c 


I bet this has kept him busy on the ground today. 
Man, we've been humping as fast as they could hump 


56:57=37 


p 


Certainly. 


56:57:38 


c 


Oh, yes. 


56:57:41 


c 


(Laughter) 


56:57:58 


p 


Come on. I have to map a coastline here. What 
time is it, 10:25? 


56:58:17 


p 


Well, that's not empty. 


56:58:20 


c 


Yes. Going to get fired down there in the middle 
of the ocean. 


56:58:29 


c 


2 hours, 26 minutes into D-15 test. Approaching 
coast of Africa. Viewing clouds on the monitor. 


56:59:19 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. Could you give a PQI readout? 


56:59:22 


c 


Roger. I'm showing about 11 if I went down there 
and looked at it - if I look at it straight down 
it's showing about 10. 


56:59:38 


CC 


Roger. How has your Number 8 thrust er been per- 
forming? 


56:59:41 


c 




56:59:43 


p 


How do you know that? 


56:59:45 


c 


I've been watching it. 



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56:59:48 P Have you? 

56:59:50 C Yes. 

57:00:05 P So low. 

57 -01 -07 C Don't forget that. Well, hit it again. See that. 

That's your roll hit. Watch. Put it in RATE. Put 
it in RATE. Now, hit the left yaw. See that. 

57:01:22 CC Gemini XI, Houston. How did you say your Number 

8 thruster was performing? 

57:01:29 C Roger. It is still soft. 

57:01:55 C Well. 

57:02:02 P This is the Scan and Track test, but we don't see 

anything interesting. 

57:02:19 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

57:02:36 C It should do best around 70 degrees. 

57:02:38 P Yes. 

57:02:48 P Later on, we can take about 2 minutes of pictures. 

57:03:00 C Is that all you have left? 

57:03:01 P Yes. 

57:03:02 C You take four for that - you have two left on D-15. 

57:03:10 P Yes. Trying to show these people what I'm up 

against. Nothing but slouds. 

57:03:20 C We haven't come to Africa yet, have we? 

57:03:23 P I think I'll wait awhile ... 

57:03:26 C Tape recorder, you are squeaking away! 

57:03:36 C Look at that! 

57:03:39 P Your light worked. 

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57:03:53 


C 


Okay. End of tape. I put this one cartridge in 
here already. Now, why do you suppose the light 
suddenly started to work? 


57:04:02 


C 


If it had only worked on M equals 1, we would 
have had a full tape of it. 


57:04:14 


C 


You recorded this one? 


57:04:16 


P 


No. 


57:04:17 


C 


Write down 51 in your book. 


57:04:19 


P 


What's the one before that? 


57:04:20 


c 


That's what it is, 51. 


57:04:21 


p 


What's the one you just took out? 


57:04:22 


c 


I haven taken it out yet. 


57:04:23 


p 


Oh. 


57:04:24 


c 


Okay. 


57:04:38 


p 


<J5, 57:04:31 - with a new tape in the tape machine. 


57:04:40 


c 


This tape is going to work out about right, too, 
except I was getting - I never knew when I was run- 
ning out of tape in the beginning, and I wondered 
why the light suddenly started working once again 
for no reason at all after two days. 


57:05:10 


p 


I believe that's the coastline ahead right there. 
That's another coastline coming up right now ... 
there it is. 


57:05:15 


c 


Boy, you've gone way by it. 


57:05:17 


p 


Yes, I know. 


57:05:19 


c 


Well, here, let's stop it then. 


57:05:22 


p 


Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. 


57:05:24 


c 


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57:05:31 C Man, you're looking at a - we went so far back so 
many times and rolled back going over the top and 
everything else during this ... I learned the hard 
way. 

57:05:48 C There we go. ... feature. Now we're getting some 

light from Africa. Take a picture of those. 

57:05:55 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 

57:05:57 C Go ahead. 

57:06:00 CO How's the Number 8 thruster been performing? 

57:06:04 C It's still soft. 

57:06:07 CC Roger. 

57:06:10 C It's still putting out something, but we still have 

a roll with it . But it • s all right . It • s not 
bothering us. 

57:06:12 CC Roger. 

57:06:2? ^ We've got to wrap up the D-15 at the end of this 

night pass and I'd say I get 100 percent for today. 

57:06:29 CC Roger. It looks that way from down here. How's the 

D-15 been going? 

57:06:35 C It' s performing very, very well. 

57:06:51 C How's our fuel remaining look to you? 

57:07:01 CC It hasn't changed since the last report we gave you, 
which was 70 pounds of fuel and 115 pounds of oxidi- 
zer. 

57:07:10 C lou know, but I mean does that look all right? Have 

we got enough? 

57:07:21 CC Yes, right now you do. 

57:07:24 P Boy, what a bunch of lightning that was! 

57:07:42 P The contrasts in those big clouds like that are 

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57:07:47 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 

57:07:48 P Go ahead. 

57:07:52 CC Right now we show you about 16 miles behind the 

Agena. We expect tomorrow morning when you wake 
up, you'll decrease this difference to something 
around 14 miles. 

57:08:00 C Okay. We saw - on this last pass in the daylight 

we could look at him - and we were just getting 
a sextant on him when we had to go back to D-15. 

57:08:11 CC Roger. 

57:08:24 C Could you tell me which way he's oriented? Is he 

oriented perpendicular to the Orbital Plane now? 

57:08:37 P ... like the lightning. 

57:08:39 C No, they turned right since there is a ... rate on. 

Remember? 

57:08:46 P That is something interesting I picked out of the 

left side of the scope. It could be fires on the 
ground. 

57:08:49 P Now, it just went off the left side. 

57:09:09 C Gosh darn, that lightning's bright on that tube. 

57:09:20 C The lightning completely bombs out the tube. 

57:09:22 P Yes. 

57:09:24 C It's just too bright. 

57:10:05 C Turn on the tape recorder. 

57:10:07 P Okay. 

57:10:09 C Let that tape recorder run a little bit more. 

57:10:11 P Okay. 

57:12:55 C We should be getting up in there shortly. 



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57:13:02 C Yes, man, I started - 

57:13:03 P There it is right there. 

57:13:05 C Get a picture of that. 

57:13:07 P You want it back? 

57-13:13 P Yes, tighten a little bit. The Persian Gulf is 

coming down there. The Red Sea - to the left, is 
Africa. 

57:13:20 C Yes, there is cloud cover, that's all. 

57:13:31 P ••• the cloud cover. Let's go back the other way. 

57:13:33 C Okay. 

57:13:34 P Here we go. Across into Saudi Arabia just like-a- 

that. 

57:13:43 C Very good. 

57:13:55 p You're a little bit ... 

57:13:58 C Go right down the coastline - there, Saudi Arabia 

right there. 

57:13:59 P Yes. 

57:14:19 P Right down the coastline. You're a little bit to 

the right. There you go. There. See it? 

57:14:20 C That looks like a beach there. 

57:14:21 P Yes. 

57:14:24 C That's a beach for the city right there - or there 

might be lights along the coastline, or something. 

57:14:29 P You see that? 

57:14:31 C I can't see anything - 

57:14:33 P Look at that - there's a good picture. 

57:14:36 C Yes, I can. We are, we're going right up the 

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coastline. 

Yes, it's better that way. 

These lines are running diagonally from top left 
to bottom right. 

Yes. How about that? 

Then comes the morning glow. 

Excellent. Only it's not morning yet. That's just 
the airglow going out there. 

Yes. 

What's that power-down time? 57 what? 

Well, that puts it 57=30, Here go some more pic- 
tures. The coastline - slip across the ocean here 
and go to India right now. 

This thing can see a lot more than I can, that's for 
sure. 

Man, I just got a new shot of life in me. I feel 
great. I think I realize we're on the back side of 
the curve. 

Hello, morning. Take a picture of the airglow, 
eastern airglow right there. 

Listen, let's get that right now. Want to? 

Yes, sure do. Let's do that. Can we do the air- 
glow 360? 

I don't know. We can if you want. 

Well, that's one part of it. We'll get that done 
right now. 

Okay, let's get it. 

We won't be able to go around fast enough, will we? 
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57 -18 -36 P I don't think so. The sun will be up before we do. 

You want the night airglow or is this star what you 
want? 

57:18:46 C The Gegenschein and - we better look at the book and 

do it tomorrow. 

57:18:53 C Yes. 

57:19:00 P Look at those stars. 

57:19:03 P ... stars right there. 5 seconds to the airglow, 

eastern horizon, the rising sun. 

57:19:06 C ... the light ... 

57:19:10 P Sure is, sure is. 

57:19:14 P Okay. I am power-down. 

57:19:19 C Power-down right now. 

57:19:20 P Yes, okay. 

57:19; 26 C 

57:19:28 P What's the matter? 

57:19:31 C ... power-down. Wait, turn the lights. 

57:19:33 0 I say power-down. 

57:19:36 P Okay. Power TV tubes. Circuit breaker, OPEN. 

57:19:41 C Circuit breaker is OPEN. 

57:19:47 P Tape Recorder is ... ON. TV Monitor, 57:19:00. 

COASTAL SENTRY QUEBEC 

57:31:56 CC Gemini XI, CSQ CAP COM. 

57:31:58 P CSQ, Gemini XI. Go. 

57:32:00 CC Roger. Have you completed your purge yet? 

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57 = 32:04 P That's affirmative. Just finished it. Pumping up 

the hydrogen pressure 67. 

57:32:10 CC Roger. Okay. Will you turn your T/M switch to 

COMMAND position, please? 

57:32:18 P CSQ, Gemini XI. You're cutting out. Say again. 

57:32:21 CC Would you move your T/M switch to COMMAND position? 

57:32:26 C T/M is in COMMAND, 

57:32:38 CC Okay. I'm going to send you a Tx. 

57:32:41 C Roger. 

57:32:46 CC Okay. I'm ready for your Crew Status Report. 

57:32:54 P Roger. The Command Pilot had Day-4, Meal-B. The 

Pilot, Day-4, Meal-B - solids were left at both of 
those meals, and the Pilot had Day-3, Meal A. He 
shared some of that with the Command Pilot, and the 
Pilot ate most of the solids of the Command Pilot's 
meals. The water gun reads 1427. 

57:33:35 CC Roger. You cut out right after 4-B. Could you 

repeat that, please? 

57:33:46 P Roger. The Command Pilot, Day-4, Meal-B. 

57:33:52 CC That's affirmative. 

57:33:53 P Roger. The Pilot had Day-4, Meal-B, also. Day-3, 

Meal-A, the Command Pilot shared part of that meal. 
The Pilot also ate the solid foods of the Command 
Pilot. 

57:34:08 CC Roger. Copied all that. 

5704:10 CC Would like to get a radiation reading from you. 

57:34:16 C ... stored at the bottom. It's the completion of a 

high orbit today. Rad 11, that's the highest rad 
per hour was . . . particular portion. 

57:34:38 CC Roger. Understand. 



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57:34:42 CC Okay. I want to advise you that the Agena is in 

the Orbital Plane with the TDA aft. 

57:34:50 C Roger. Thank you. We've seen it. 

57:37:25 P CSQ, Gemini XI. 

57:37:27 CC Go ahead, Gemini XI. 

57:37:28 P Roger. We've checked with the Flight Surgeon and 

the Command Pilot is desiring one more foxtrot be- 
fore Retrofire. 

57:37:35 CC Roger. Stand by. 

57:38:02 P Thank you. Thank you. 

57:38:07 P The Pilot thanks you and the Command Pilot thanks 

you. Thank goodness for small favors. 

57:38:18 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. You're not going to take that now, 

are you? 

57:38:23 C Negative. 

57:38:55 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. 

57:38:56 C Go ahead. 

57:38:57 CC Okay. You want to turn your B-Pump ON in the 

Primary-A Loop? 

57:39:04 C Roger. It's ON. We're in the process ... 

57:39:09 CC Roger. We have about a minute to LOS here. This 

will be our last pass keeping you awake. We'll 
see you back in Houston. 

57:39:17 C Yes. Can you give me ... Could you find out what 

time you're going to wake us in the morning? If 
we don't see you again, thank you very, very much. 
We really enjoyed it. 

57:39:26 CC Roger. 

57:39:59 CC Gemini XI, CSQ. They say about 64:40. 



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57:40:04 C Roger, CSQ. 

57:40:06 CC Roger. See you back in Houston, 

57:57:10 C Okay. Time is 57:57:10. We may have gotten the 

manual heater on the H2, but it's going up very 
slowly. Then all of a sudden, it shot up to 670. 
We caught it right at 60; it's 690 right now and 
it may have ended there. I hope not. It went a 
little higher than 670. We loused up. 

57:59:55 C I have to correct my last on the tape. We were 

looking at the O2 Quantity. We haven't gotten the 
H 2 up there yet. It sill reads 620 - had a slight 
louse-up twice on my part. 

58:09:19 C Okay. We've got the H 2 pumped up to the right 

pressure now. It's looking good. It's reading 
... shut it OFF ... 

58:09:49 P Put that on the tape there. 

64:31:55 C lined up on ... Trying to tell ... as we lined 

up on ... about 10 degrees, and 10 and behold, 
there was an Agena up there flashing away. 

64:32:08 P It's Alining itself. 

64:32:11 C See if Houston's up. 

64:32:13 P Hello, Houston, Gemini XI. Are you powered up? 

64:32:20 C It's way off to our left. 

64:32:21 C What the heck is going on? 

64:32:23 C Well, it takes it awhile to Aline. 

64:32:30 P Coming closer to the bowl than that. To your left - 

give it a second ... 

64:33:12 P It takes a good 15 minutes for the Platform to 

Aline itself, so I'm ... You got him out there. 

64:33:18 P Yes. How come the platform lined up the way it 

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64:34:14 P Okay. I wonder if we're doing everything right. 

Let's bring up another light or two here. 

64:34:24 C Okay. We're at SEF, PRELAUNCH, ... Secondary ... 

Primary Drivers ... All these are ON, all these are 
ON. Those are ON, ... Balance ON, Power's ON, ... 
Computer 

64:35=01 P What? 

64:35:08 C Where is he now? 

64:35:14 P Over here. 

64:35:15 C Way over, or 

64:35:17 P 7 degrees. 

64:35:44 C I wish we could have ... plane, too. 

64:35:51 P I believe we're left track ... 

64:36:07 C Maybe we should wait and see. Houston didn't talk 
to us from Antigua. 

64:36:16 P Maybe it's not tijne for it yet. 

HOUSTON 

64:42:55 P Gemini. Houston, Gemini XI. Over. 

64:42:59 CC Roger. This is Houston. Good morning. 

64:43:02 P Good morning. You have permission to power-up now. 

64:43:05 CC Roger. You're cleared to power-up and Aline the 

Platform. 

64:43:09 C We told you to power-up. 

64:43:12 CC Okay. Thank you. 

64:43:13 CC Say, I have whole bunch of stuff for you to copy 

this morning, but before I get into it I want to 
make clear that the primary purpose of this Intercept 



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Manuever that you are going to be receiving is to 
evaluate the ground-vectoring capability. Over. 

64:43:32 C Roger. Roger. 

64:43:34 CC And also, we want you to do S-30 during this night 

pass prior to the end of the Intercept Maneuver. 
Over. 

64=43:53 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

64:43:57 C Go ahead. 

64:43:58 CC Roger. Are you ready to copy? Over. 

64:44:08 C Go ahead, John. 

64:44:09 CC Roger. The first thing is to power-up and Aline 

the Platform, Want you to use the computer only 
for the Intercept Initiation Maneuver. That's at 
64:40. 

64:44:30 C It's 64:40 now. 

64:44:36 CC That's at 64 hours over Canaries. Over. 

64:44:39 C Okay. 

64:44:41 CC And then the fuel cell purge is at the Canaries 

at 65 hours. Over. 

64:44:50 P Roger, John. We already did that. 

64:44:53 CC Roger, Fine. At 65:16 activate the D-15 equipment 

for S-30; that's Sequence 01. Over. 

64:45:06 P Roger. At 65:16, Sequence 01 on the D-15 activated. 

64:45:13 CC Roger. The S-30 is 65:46:33, at sunrise, to 

66:23:05, Sequence 02 thrugh 10. Delete Sequence 
08. Over. 

64:45:38 P Roger. Delete 08. Copy that. 

64:45:41 CC Roger. Your Intercept Initiation Maneuver will be 

given to you over the Canaries. And also, the time 
to start your event timer and 8-day clock for a 

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Spacecraft TPI time will be given to you over there. 
64:45:58 P Okay. 

64:46:00 CC There's a procedure that you can use to get your - 

what would be your fourth Midcourse Correction with 
your radar not operating? You can take the Gemini 
X M equals 4 back-up charts for radar failure and 
enter the back-up charts with your event time that 
you started your clock at TPI, and you can calculate 
your up/down corrections. The Delta-V of the fourth 
Midcourse Correction when it's calculated, and divid- 
ed by 3, will give you - will target you to head. 
Over. 



64:46:43 


P 


Roger, John. Was that for the calculated Rendezvous 
or the Coelliptic? 


64=46:51 


CC 


That's - that's with an Omega-T of 130 degrees 
scaled down. Over. 


64:46:57 


P 


Okay. Understand. 


64:47:03 


CC 


For your Retrofire Platform Alinement, your pre— 
pellant cut-off is 2.5 percent. Over. 


64:47:10 


P 


Roger. 2.5 percent. 


64:47:15 


CC 


And have you got your radar on now? Over. 


64:47:19 


c 


Negative. 


64=47:21 


cc 


Roger. And if you turn it on and check it, the 
target's about 22-23 miles from you. Crer. 


64:47:29 


p 


We have it visually. 


64:47:30 


CC 


Roger. And over Carnarvon we'd like to get an 
elevation and time to the target, just before 
sunset there, so that we can see how nominal your 
Intercept Maneuver burn was. Over. 


64:47:52 


p 


Roger. 


64:47:58 


CC 


You'll also be given an S-4, and activation time 



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Roger. 

Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 
Go ahead. 

Roger. We're going to call this an Agena flyby. 
Over. 

All right. 

Roger. You have the OAMS propellant for it. Over. 
Roger. 2.5. 
That's affirm. 

Gemini XI, Houston. We have Nodal Update for you. 
Over. 

Roger. Go. 

At 64:38:42: Rev 40; 95.3 degrees west; 0 hours 
35 minutes, right ascension. Over. 

Roger. Copy. 

Gemini XI, Houston. Do you have any questions 
about this error intercept? Over. 

I'm not sure I understand the event timer. You're 
going to give us time to start our event timer up 
from zero. Is that correct? 

That's affirmative. It will be just exactly - it's 
a scale-down, 130-degree transfer and so if you start 
your event timer and enter it with the" nominal tijnes, 
you'll do your Midcourse - your back-up, Midcourse 
calculations occur at the nominal times. Over. 

Okay. And the Delta-V transfer is what, nominally 
zero? 

Nominally zero. Yes, Sir. 

You understand you'll be right in the middle of 
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64:50:29 C That's okay. 

64:50:41 CC You have to understand that the important thing is 

to get S-30 and the only Midcourse you'll have a 
chance for is when you'll break out into the sun- 
shine there toward the end. It will be the fourth 
Midcourse of the back-up solution. Over. 

64:50:55 C Roger. Understand fourth Midcourse. 

64:51:09 CC You guys do good work. 

64:51:10 C Thank you. 

64:51:29 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

64:51:35 P Go ahead, John. 

64:51:36 CC Roger. When you turn your L-Band ON, could you 
turn the Encoder ON, too? Over. 

64:51:41 P Roger. 

64:51:47 C L-Band is ON. The Encoder is ON. 

64:51:52 CC Roger. 

64:52:12 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Turn the Encoder OFF, please. 

64:52:16 C Roger. Encoder is OFF. 

64:5*d:ii7 CC Encoder back ON, Gemini XI. 

64:52:29 C Say again? 

64:52:31 CC Encoder, ON. Over. 

64:52:33 C Encoder, ON. 

64:52:38 CC We're at 30 seconds until LOS at Antigua. 

64:52:42 C Roger. Say, is the burn going to be with the aft- 

firing thrust ers, or what? 

64:52:47 CC We have it with the forward-firing thrusters. Is 

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64:52:50 C I guess so. 

CANARY ISLANDS 
64:57:14 CC Gemini XI, Canaries. 

64:57:16 C Go ahead, Canaries. Gemini XI, standing by. 

64:57:21 CC Gemini XI, we have you GO on the ground. 

64:57:33 C Gemini XI, GO here. 

64:59:11 CC 

64:59:16 CC Core 25, 90087; Core 26, 00121; thrusters, for- 

ward; Spacecraft TPI at 66:06:49; Midcourse Cor- 
rection is divided by 3. 

64:59:55 C Roger. 

65:00:02 C We'll start our Mid-timers at 66:06:49, counting 

up at zero. 

65:00:08 CC That's 66:06:49. 

65:00:12 C Roger. That's when we'll start our Mid-timer 

counting up. 

65:00:16 CC That's right. 

65:01:21 CC Okay. Gemini XI, this is Canaries. You can turn 
your Cryo switch OFF. 

65:01:26 C Roger. OFF. 

65:01:34 CC Gemini XI, Canaries. Do you have any questions on 
the maneuvers? 

65:01:38 C Negative. Could you give us the time of next sunset? 

65:01:43 CC Stand by. 

65:02:13 CC Okay. Gemini XI, Canaries here. 

65:02:16 C Go ahead. 



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17 


CC 


Your next sunset is at 65:46:33. Sunrise 66:23:05. 
Did you copy? 


65:02: 


:38 


c 


Roger. 


65:02: 


:55 


c 


Canaries, Gemini XI. 


65:02: 


■ 51 


CC 


Go ahead, Gemini XI. 




■ ?7 


Q 


Roger. Now, on the nominal Range— Rate on the fourth 
Correction, we divide that by 3, too, beside our 
answer. 


65:03: 


:07 


CC 


Negative. 


65:03: 


:08 


c 


We're trying to see what we're going to be closing 
them at . 


65 : 03 : 




CC 


Gemini XI, Just go to your charts for the nominal 
and divide your answer by 3. 


65 : 03 






Rog6r« Undsrstcinci thstt 9 but X w&irb to know if I'm 
really on the nominal. Will my closing rate damp 
be l/3 of what it is on these charts? 


65 : 03 : 


:38 


CC 


Stand by. 


65:03 


= 52 


CC 


Gemini XI, this is Canaries. We don't know for 
sure the answer to that one. 


65 :03 : 


; 57 


c 


Okay. 


65=03: 


:58 


CC 


Should be close though. 


65:04: 


:00 


C 


It should be close to l/3 of what it would be 
nominally on the regular one - can stuff. Right? 


65=04: 


:07 


CC 


Roger. 


65:04: 


:09 


C 


Okay. 

KANO 


65:05: 


:33 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston at Kano. Over. 



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Go ahead, Houston. 

Roger. You understand, you don't divide the angle 
by 3, it's just the - it's just the Delta-V that 
you calculate. Over. 

Right. All I was interested in, John, was if we 
were completely nominal, what would our closing 
rate be there? 

Roger. I think it would be pretty close to being 
R-dot of a 01 divided by 3. 

Okay. In other words, there is nothing we can hack 
out the window without a radar. I don't want to 
run into him. 

No. No. That would be pretty slow, about 15 feet 
per second or so. 

That's what I like to hear. Okay. 

At initiation, Gemini XI, you're goinf to be almost 
25 miles behind. 24.9. Over. 

Okay. I thought we were going to close during the 
night. What happened? 

Haven't determined that yet. Over. 

Say again? 

Roger. We don't know the reason for that. Over. 

Okay. How about the out-of-plane? Are we exactly 
in plane with him? 

1 or 2 feet per second, Pete. It's in the node. 
Okay. Thank you. 

John, I'd say the reason for being behind, we're 
probably in a higher orbit than he is. How's that 
for a barnyard? 

That's impossible, all right. Not very much though; 
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65:07:54 P Yes. We saw him this morning in the darkness. 

65:08:03 C If you guys will send a tanker up, we'll stay up 

a little longer and do some more work. 

65:08:13 CC Roger. The tanker's at Guam. It's on the water. 

65:08:16 C Oh! Sorry about that! 

CARNARVON 

65:32:03 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

65:32:05 P Go ahead, Carnarvon. Gemini XI here. 

65:32:09 CC Roger. At 65:38 I'll give you a Mark to turn the 

S-4 Temp switch OFF. 

65=32:15 C Say again? 

65:32:17 CC I say, at 65:38 I'll give you a Mark to turn the 

S-4 Temp switch OFF. 

65:32:22 C Roger. 

65:32:24 CC How did the burn go? 

65:32:26 C Just fine. We left l/lOth in 82 and 80, 81 was 

zero. 

65:32:32 CC Roger. 

65:32:38 C We started to drop down on them right away. I can 

see that he's got 3 degrees pitch-up on us right 
now. 

65:32:45 CC Roger. 

65:32:48 CC And your elevation angle from the Spacecraft to 

the Agena at the next sunrise will be 59 degrees. 

65:32:55 C Is that pitch to be 59 degrees? Is that correct? 

65:32:57 CC Roger. 



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65 :32: 58 


Q 


Thank you. 


65 :33 :01 


CC 


Dick has a problem with sync on 
him bring up Main Battery Number 


65:33:06 


c 


Roger. 


65:33:09 


p 


Yes, it might do, Bill. 


65:33:11 


CC 


Roger. 


65:33:16 


p 


And Number 3 is coming on. 


65:33:18 


CC 


Roger. 


65=33:20 


c 


That did it. 


65:33:21 


p 


Cleared it up right away. 


65:33:23 


CC 


Roger. 


65:33=31 


C 


Yes, We need the computer, too, 


65=33:35 


CC 


Roger. 


65:33:37 


c 


We'll ran this way. 


65:33:48 


CC 


Main bus is back up to 24. 


65:34:39 


c 


Carnarvon, Gemini XI. 


65=34:40 


CC 


Go ahead. 


65:34:41 


C 


How is the Agena oriented now? 


65:34:44 


CC 


TDA north, lights on. 


65:34=50 


CC 


Minus 90. 


65:34=52 


C 


Roger. Minus 90. 


65=37=56 


CC 


I'll give you a Mark at 65:38. 


65:38:00 


c 


Roger. 


65:38:01 


CC 


MARK. 



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65:38:04 


C 


S-4 is OFF. 


65=38:05 


CC 


Roger. 


65:38:39 


C 


Say, Carnarvon, Gemini XI. Ask them if they - what 
they want us to do about this OX reserve thing back 
here. Just wait for our own reserve to need it? 


65:38:51 


CC 


Okay. 


65:39=22 


CC 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


65:39:23 


C 


Go ahead. 


65:39:24 


CC 


Okay You're fuel critical, so you probably won't 
get to the reserve tank. 


65:39=28 


c 


I'm with you. 


65 :39:33 


CC 


And we're 1 minute to LOS. 


65:39:36 


C 


Roger. See you next revolution. 


65:39=38 


CC 


Roger. 

TEXAS 


66:15:06 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston at Texas. Over. 


66:15:10 


p 


Hello, Houston. Gemini XI here. 


66:15:13 


CC 


Roger. We show that at sunset - sunrise, you 
should have a pitch angle of about 60 degrees. 
Over. 


66:15:20 


p 


Roger. We still see him every once in awhile. 
Everything's going real well. We're just finish- 
ing up S-30. 


66:15:27 


CC 


Roger. 


66:15:28 


p 


We show about 9 percent PQI. 


66:15:33 


CC 


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66:15:53 CC The Woomera tracking data, if you haven't done 

anything, indicate you'll be out in front of him, 
just where you want to be. Over. 

66:16:04 C Roger. 

66:16:28 CC We're going to get some tracking over the States 

and try to give you an estimate of what your fourth 
Midcourse should be - what we think it should be. 
Over. 

66:16:37 C Okay. And if you've got one for us, you want us 

to bum yours? 

66:16:45 CC If you get one, it will be in the ball park, I'm 

sure. 

66:16:49 C Okay. 

66:18:46 CC As soon as you finish S-30, you can turn that Main 
Battery to OFF. Over. 

66:18:52 P Yes. We just turned it OFF prior to TV dump. 

66:18:55 CC Roger. 

66:20:10 CC Is H 2 in the AUTO position? Over. 

66:20:13 CC H 2 Heater. 

66:20:14 P Negative. It's been OFF. 

66:20:16 CC Roger. Could you go to AUTO, please? 

HOUSTON 

66:20:34 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. Say again. Could you 

select AUTO on your H2 Heater? Over. 

66:20:39 P Well, we did. Roger. 

66:20:40 CC Roger. 

66:21:00 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Have you made any corrections 

yet? Over. 

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66:21:04 C Negative. 

66:21:05 CC Roger. 

66:21:10 P No corrections. 

66:21:22 P How does it look? 

66:21:27 CC Looks good right now. 

66:21:48 P 1 have a problem here, John, My window is so 

greasy that I can't see them through the reticle, 
so I have to use a reticle with my left eye and 
track them with my right eye. 

66:22:05 CC Roger. 

66:22:07 P Grease spots right in front of the reticle. 

66:22:43 CC Bet you'll be able to see him okay at sunrise, 

grease or no grease. 

66:22:48 P Okay. 

66:23:05 P Now he's at 55.2 degrees. 

66:23:08 CC Roger. 

66:23:16 P 55.8. 

66:23:24 C He's coming out of sunrise right now. 

66:24:09 P Houston, Gemini XI. 

66:24:11 CC Go. Over. 

66:24:13 P Say, John, all I'll be able to get is enough dial 
correction for this thing. 

66:24:17 CC Roger. We'll try to calculate your fore/aft down 

here. Over. 

66:24:21 P Okay. 

66:25:38 P Houston, Gemini XI. How do you hear on VOX? 

66:25:41 CC Read you loud and clear. 

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66:25:43 


P 


Okay. See if we could use it a little bit. 


66:25:48 


P 


3 minutes. 


66:25:55 


P 


3 minutes; his jet angle is 64.3 degrees. 


66:26:02 


CC 


Roger. 


66:26:12 


P 


Boy, is he bright! 


66:26:29 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 


66:26:31 


p 


Go ahead, John. 


66:26:32 


CC 


Roger. We show 6 forward, 2.4 right and nothing 
up/down. Over. 


66:26:41 


p 


Understand 6 forward, 2.4 right and 0 up and down. 
Is that correct? 


66:26:48 


CC 


Roger. And that time of application is 66:30:36. 
Over. 


66:26:55 


CC 


I'll say again. 66 hours plus 30 plus 36. 


66:27:00 


p 


Roger. 66:30:36. 


66:27:59 


p 


Now a 5-minute break and up front. 


66:28:02 


p 


Yes. That's it. 


66:28:11 


p 


Break out the that's too bright. 


66:28:15 


CC 


Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 


66:28:16 


p 


Roger. 


66:28:17 


CC 


Change that 2.4 right to 2.4 left. Over. 


66:28:20 


p 


I think you were right the first time. 


66:28:22 


CC 


Yes. I rather think so too. 


66:28:28 


CC 


You better look at it out there. 
CANARY ISLANDS 


66:31:34 


p 


Tether. See it floating around? 



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66:31:38 


P 


They have us, Pete. 


66:31:41 


C 


Straight up over top of it. ... 


66:31=45 


P 


(Laughter) 


66:31:49 


c 


Looks like it doubled back on you. 


66:31:51 


c 


What does it read? 


66:31:54 


p 


Okay. 6 percent. 


66:32:02 


cc 


Gemini XI, Canaries. 


66:32:04 


p 


Go, Canaries. Gemini XI here. 


66:32:06 


cc 


Okay. We show both vehicles as GO. We're stand- 
ing by. 


66:32:08 


p 


Roger. 


66:32:23 


cc 


Gemini XI, Canaries. Have you made your Midcourse? 


66:32:26 


c 


That's affirmative and we had 0 up and down for 
correction. We added 6 feet forward. 


66:32:33 


cc 


Roger. 


66:32:34 


c 


I'm close enough to see that the tether has stopped 
moving. It's standing straight up — like it's in 
the gravity grade. 


66:32:40 


cc 


Roger. 


66:32:41 


p 


Look at him in that kind of lighting. 


66:32:45 


c 


Put your eye out. 


66:33:14 


p 


Now it's normally pretty slow. 


66:33:40 


p 


It isn't the shape of the thing. 


66:33:55 


p 


... these sextants. 


66:34:01 


cc 


Roger. 


66:34:05 


c 


That darn tether is just sitting in a gravity grade. 



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66:35:12 C The tether is straight up and down. 

66:35:17 CC Roger. We copy all that, Gemini XI. 

66:35=36 CC It's down on that gage ... 

66:35:57 CC Put 2 - 42, 2 degrees. 

66:36:02 C Listen, I can look - - 

66:36:04 P Rendezvous book. 

66:36:13 CC 42 degrees is 8000 feet. 

66:36:21 CC ... that's 65. 

66:36:29 CC That was 3000 feet when I told you, Pete. 

66:36:52 CC Okay. Mark 2000 feet. 

66:36:56 CC Gemini XI, Canaries. 

66:36:5* C - - Go ahead. 

66:37:00 CC Would you turn your Encoder to OFF so we can turn 
the Agena recorder on for you? 

66:37:13 CC Okay. You can turn your Encoder back to ON. 

66:37:18 CC Gemini XI, Canaries. 

66:37:19 C Roger. Wait. 

66:37:25 P Are you doing all that braking? 

66:37:27 C Yes. 

66:37:52 P Mark 1000 feet. You did it in 55 seconds. That's 
15 feet a second. 

66:38:01 P Put it down. 

66:38:02 P That's the best I can give you. That's all I can 
give you now. 

66:38:11 P That's 1000 feet. How's that for a sextant reading? 



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66:38:15 C Canaries. 

66:38:17 CC Go ahead, Gemini XI. This is Canaries. 

66:38:19 C Are you reading all that? 

66:38:20 CC You're intermittent on your VOX. 

66:38:24 C ... we're here. We're home free and we're just 

sliding in there very pretty now. 

66:38:58 CC Everybody at Houston is real happy with that, Gemini 

XI. 

66:39:03 C He's not any happier than I am, or Dick. 

66:39:07 CC Beautiful! 

66:39:09 CC Flight keeps repeating, beautiful. 

66:39:47 CC Gemini XI, you're just about to our LOS. Every- 

thing's looking real good and we copy your PQI as 
5 percent remaining. 

66:39:54 C I'm still braking a little bit, but we're here, 

about 50 feet out. 

66:39:58 CC Roger. Understand. 50 feet out. 

66:40:12 CC We'd just like to let you know we think that was a 

great flyby. 

66:40:22 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 



66:40:32 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

66:40:34 C Go ahead. 

66:40:35 CC That's tremendous, you guys! That's a wonderful 

flyby! 

66:40:43 C Okay. We're Stationkeeping. Do you want us to do 
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66:40:54 CC Want to do another one? 

66:40:57 C (Laughter) Want to try one for 3 percent? 

66:41:32 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

66:41:34 C Go ahead. 

66:41:36 CC We're going to give you a Mark to activate the blood 
package at 66:43. 

66:41:43 C Okay. 

66:41:45 CC And then all you have to do is a 3-feet-per-second 

Retrograde burn any time before Carnarvon, which 
we're showing coming up at 67:10 about. 

66:41:56 C Okay. 

66:42:07 CC Want to go a C-Reentry CONTINUOUS and C-Adapter 
COMMAND. 

66:42:14 C 66:43:00, John? 

66:42:17 CC Affirmative. 

66:42:35 CC 25 seconds. 

66:42:56 CC 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 

66:43:01 CC MARK. 66:43. 

66:43:04 C Roger. 

66:43:53 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

66:44=01 CC This is Houston. Go. 

66:44:03 C The only thing we haven't found is the docking bar. 

66:44:07 CC That's great! Can you go C-Reentry to CONTINUOUS, 

D-Adapter to COMMAND? Over. 

66:44:15 C Roger. 

66:44:30 CC Roger. And we'll require a Crew Status Report 

any time after you eat today. Over. 

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66:44:36 C Roger, John. 

66:45:14 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

66:45:16 C Go ahead. 

66:45:19 CC Roger. We have a request here to repeat any part 

of the sequences of S-30 performed on the previous 
night, at your discretion, to determine the effect, 
if any, of close-proximity, thruster firings on the 
optical surface of D-15 equipment. 

66:45:38 C Okay. We'll look at it when we go into the dark 

side here. 

66:45:42 CC Roger. And then record the sequences performed} 

the time for that would be Sequence 01 at 66:55 
and then the rest of it at 67 hours and 25 minutes, 
which is about sunset. 

66:46:10 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 30 seconds to LOS. 

66:46:14 C Roger. You want us to perform the 3-foot Retrograde 
any time before Carnarvon. Is that right? 

66:46:19 CC Right. Which is about 67 hours and 10 minutes. 

66:46:32 CC That was great, Pete! 

66:46:35 C Say again? 

66:46:36 CC That was tremendous! 

66:46:37 C Thank you. 

66:46:39 C Maybe we can work the sextant. 

66:46:41 CC Roger. 

66:46:47 CC He's a good man to have. 

67:07:40 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

67:07:43 C Go ahead, Carnarvon. 

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67:07:47 C Just fine. 

67:07:49 CC What time did you burn? 

67:07:53 C Sorry about that. I didn't write that down. Did 

you want that? 

67:07:58 CC That's all right. 

67:08:11 C Be advised that we've programmed Module 4 and 

verified it. 

67:08:16 CC Okay. 

67:08:22 P We are currently restowing, alining SEF, and will 

take a last look at the D-15 and then go BEF for 
final alinement, 

67:08:31 CC Roger. 

67:09:20 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

67:09:22 C Go ahead. 

67:09:23 CC What time did you bring back up Battery 3? 

67:09:27 C Well, we brought the batteries back up when they 

asked us to look at it. And we were Stationkeeping 
on the Agena. 

67:09:38 CC Okay. 

67:09:45 C I just turned it off again now. 

67:09:47 CC Roger. 

67:09:52 C I'll bring it back up when we look at D-15 again. 

67:09:56 CC Okay. 

67:10:02 CC Would you give us a PQI readout? 

67:10:07 C As near as I can see, Bill, it's somewhere between 

4 and 5 percent. 

67:10:11 CC Okay. 



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67:11:01 C Carnarvon, Gemini XI. 

67:11:03 CC Go ahead. 

67:11:05 C As best as I can determine, we're stowed in the 

configuration as published for Reentry, except the 
extra items we've jettisoned. 

67:11:15 CC Roger. 

67:12:56 P Bill, we have two more passes with you, don't we? 

67:13:00 CC That's affirm. 43 and 44 and then the long ride. 

67:13:05 C Okay. Trying to figure out what we're hurrying for. 

I thought we were on our next to last pass. 

67:13:23 P Bill, Module 4 is loaded and verified and we're ... 

in PRELAUNCH . 

67:13:27 CC Okay. 

67:13:43 CC Have you turned D-15 on yet to warm it up? 

67:13:47 P That's negative. We can't now. We're getting 

night horizon out here very shortly. 

67:13:52 CC Roger. 

67:15:04 CC We're 1 minute to LOS, Gemini XI. 

67:15:06 P Roger, Bill. See you next pass. 

67:15:08 CC Roger. 

CANTON 

67:28:57 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Canton. Over. 

67:29:00 P Hello, Houston, Gemini XI. Read you fine. 

67:29:04 CC Roger. A target of opportunity for S-30 is the Agena. 

Over. 



67:29:11 C Say again? 

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Roger. For S-30, recommend target of opportunity 
is the Agena. Over. 


67:29:18 


C 


Roger. The Agena, 


67 : 29 :35 




Hello, Houston, Gemini XI. 


67:29:39 


CC 


Should be about 4 miles ahead of you there, Pete. 


67:29:45 


c 


Roger. We don't have enough gas to do a ... but 
we could do a buster. 


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cc 


Roger. Say again your last? Over. 


67:30:01 


c 


Roger. I say again, we have enough fuel to do a 
buster but not ... 


67:30:10 


cc 


Roger. 


67:30:40 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston. Spacecraft is 4 miles ahead 
of and below the Agena. Over, 


67:30:50 


p 


Roger. 


67:30:53 


c 


Roger. We're lining the BEF. Do you have the ACQ 
lights on? 


67:31:00 


cc 


Roger. The ACQ lights are on. Over. 


67:31:15 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston, Over, 


67:31:17 


c 


Go ahead. 


67:31:19 


cc 


Did you put your Antenna Select to REENTRY? Over. 


67:31:24 


p 


Say again, John? 


67:31:27 


cc 


Your Antenna Select to REENTRY now. Over. 


67:31:29 


c 


Roger. Antenna Select REENTRY. It has been. 


67:31:39 


cc 


Roger, 

GUAYMAS 


67=46:34 


cc 


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67:46:38 C Go ahead. 

67-46:41 CC Roger. We're going to activate - deactivate the 

neurospora blood package at 67 hours and 53 minutes. 

67:46:55 C Roger. Standing by for your call. 

67:46:57 CC Roger, That's the 3-4, Mode C. 

67:47:03 C Roger. 

67:47:26 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

67:47:27 CC Go ahead. Over. 

67:47:31 CC This is Houston. Go ahead. 

67:47:32 C Want us to deactivate both packages. Is that 

correct? 

67:47:36 CC Roger. Both packages. 

67:47:38 C Okay. We'll stand by for your call. 

67:47:56 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

67:47:58 C Go ahead. 

67:47:59 CC Roger, Request a water gun count for our weight 

computations. Over. 

67:48:03 C Roger. Coming up. 

67:48:11 C 1567. 

67:48:14 CC Roger. 

67:48:46 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

67:48:48 CC Go ahead. Over. 

67:48:49 C Roger. We've completed the Flight Plan. We're 

all stowed; we're ready to come home one revolution 
early. 

67:48:58 CC That's not fair! 



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67:49:03 C Hey, John! Change our water guns, Fal. We've been 

drinking. 1574. 

67:49:07 CC Roger. 

67:49:10 C Whoops! 75. 

67:49:12 CC Roger. Have you had a chance to eat yet? Over. 

67=49:17 C Say again? 

67:49:18 CC Did you get a chance to eat yet? Over. 

67:49:20 C No. Just that this morning. I don't think we will. 

67:49:23 CC Roger. 

TEXAS 

67:51:51 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Have you got a Sleep Report for 

us? Over. 

67:51:55 C Actually passed that to Carnarvon, but we'll tell 

you, We slept about 4 hours last night, very well. 

67:52:01 CC Roger. 

67:52:42 CC 20 seconds to deactivation. 

67:52:46 C Roger. 

67:52:58 CC 4, 3, 2, 1 

67:53:01 CC Deactivate, 

67:53:05 C Roger. Both of them are done. 

67:53:43 C Houston, Gemini XI. 

67:53:46 CC Go ahead. Over. 

67:53=48 C Tally-ho! There's the Agena! He's about 12 o'clock 
up 30 degrees. ' 

67:53:53 C I'd like to pass one other thing to you. I had a 

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decided impression on the Rendezvous . that I wasn't 
getting all the thrust that I should get out of 
my down-firing thrust er. 

Roger. Number 16? Over. 

Yes. Down-firing thrust er. 

Roger. 

Was it just like it was on the first Rendezvous? 
Over. 

Was that the one I complained about before? 

Believe so. 

Say again? 

That's affirmative. 

Yes. I couldn't remember whether it was the lateral 
one I complained about before, or the down-firing 
jet. I just don't think I was getting all out of 
it that I should have been getting. 

Roger. 

I guess it'll show up on the records. Right? 

Roger. It was the down-firing one before. Over. 

Yes. Well, had the same problem this time. 

Gemini XI, Houston. Your cabin pressure is down 
to about 4.95 below the regulation pressure we've 
been seeing on it. Over. 

Okay. You say it's .495? 

4.95. 

.95. 

John, I can't tell any difference on our gage, but 
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67:55:39 CC Roger. 

67:55:51 CC Gemini XI, Houston. What was your position relative 

to the target when you started braking? Over. 

67=55:57 C You mean on the ball? 

67:55:59 CC Affirmative. 

67: 56: CO C I was just slightly out in front of him, about 95 

100, 105, 110 degrees. 

67:56:07 CC That's about perfect, isn't it? 

67:56:09 C Yes. It worked out just like we tried it a couple 

of times. 

67:56:15 CC That's outstanding! 

67:56:16 C Coming up about the same place. 

67:56:20 CC Can't beat that! 

67:56:22 C No, after the last correction. Really, he was 

inertial almost all the way in, John. Just changed 
- had to change the needles once because Dick dumped 
the computer on me, but otherwise, I wouldn't have 
had to do that. 

67=56:35 CC Roger. 

67:56:38 P Didn't want him to have too much help. 

67:56:42 CC Roger. How does that Navy man handle that sextant? 

67=56:47 C Like a dream, John. 

67:56:50 CC Roger. I heard that R-dot. 

67:56:54 P What did you think about it? 

67:56:56 CC 55 feet a second. 



BERMUDA 



68:02:43 



CC 



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Bemuda . 



68:02:48 


C 


Roger, tiouston. 


68:02:49 


P 


We'll see you next pass. 

CANARY ISLANDS 


68:07:32 


CC 


Gemini XI, Canary. 


68:07:34 


p 


Go, Canary. Gemini XI here. 


68:07:36 


cc 


Okay. We show you GO on the ground here. I have 
a PIA Update for you when you're ready to copy. 


67:07:45 


p 


Roger. 


68:07:47 


cc 


Okay. Area 45-1: 70:41:38; 20 plus 10, 26 plus 
36. Area 46-4: 73:33:03; 20 plus 09, 26 plus 02. 
a . i n i . nc - no . jn . on ni tie "I ^ ?6 nl n<? ~\ T . Area 
Area 47—4: o .uoi <L{ , *x> p-Lus jo, <co pj.us xj.. iuca 

48-4: 76:44:08; 20 plus 22, 26 plus 29. Bank 
angles all areas: roll left 85, roll right 95. 
Weather good in all areas. No SEP Maneuver required. 
Did you copy? 


68:09:32 


p 


Roger. Copied everything but the 45-1. 


68:09:35 


cc 


45-1: 70:41: 23; 20 plus 10, 26 plus 36. Did you 
copy? 


63:09:52 


p 


That's affirmative. Thank you. 


68:09:54 


cc 


Okay. That's all we have for you this time. We'll 
see you next time around. 


68:09:58 


p 


Roger, 

KAN0 


68:15:52 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston at Kano, standing by. 


68:15=56 


c 


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68:43:18 


CC 


Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 


68:43:20 


c 


Go ahead. 


68:43:22 


cc 


I've got some information for you on 45-1. 


68:43:25 


c 


Okay. We're standing by to copy. 


68:43:31 


cc 


Your pitch gimbal at 400K will be 92. Your horizon 
at Retro will be dark and light at 400K. Begin 
blackout, 22 plus 40; end blackout, 27 plus 56. 
REP of drogue, 29 plus 41; REP of main, 31 plus 
15. Your Retro pitch angle is minus 20 degrees. 


68:44=13 


c 


Copy. 


68:44:18 


cc 


We don't have anything else for you. If you need 
anything, give me a shout. 


68:44:22 


c 


Roger. 


68:44:23 


c 


Do you know what time you'll be giving me, over 
Carnarvon, for my event timer count-down? 


68:44:32 


cc 


We'll update you over the States on that. 


68:44:34 


c 


Thank you. 


68:50:40 


cc 


1 minute to LOS. 


68:50:42 


c 


Roger. See you next trip. 


68:50:45 


cc 


Roger. 

CANTON 


69:02:48 


cc 


Gemini XI, Houston at Canton. Over. 


69:02:50 


c 


Gemini XI, go ahead. 


69:02:54 


cc 


Roger. We have some ground data that show Thrust er 
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a little soft. Did you notice anything? Over. 

69:03:04 C Negative. We've been in Plat mode, but we haven't 

specifically noticed it. 

69:03:11 CC Roger. No sense checking it now. 

69:03:13 C Okay, We missed it a little bit. 

69:03:27 P Yes, John. It just varies very slightly though. 

69:03:31 CC Roger. 

69:10:06 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute, 30 seconds to LOS 

at Canton. 

69:10:13 C Gemini XI. ... 

69:10:18 CC Say again, Gemini XI. Over. 

69:10:27 CC This is Houston, Gemini XI. Gemini XI, Houston. 

Say again. Over. 

69:10:42 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Say again. Over. 

69:10:47 C This is Gemini XI. Say again. 

69:10:50 CC That's what I thought you said. 

69:10:56 C We can't read you, John. Say again. 

69:11:00 CC Roger. We'll get you over the States. Over. 

HAWAII 

69:12:33 CC Hawaii, standing by. 

69:12:36 C Roger, Hawaii. 

69:12:38 P We're in the process of checking our RCS. 

69:12:41 CC Roger. 

CALIFORNIA 

69:20:00 CC Gemini XI, Houston at California. Over. 

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69:20:10 CC Gemini XI, Houston at California. Over. 

69:20:37 CC Gemini XI, Houston at California. Over. 

69:21:01 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

69:21:11 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

69:21:14 C Go, Houston. This is Gemini XI. 

69:21:17 CC Roger. We have some information for your Tr minus 

115 Pre-Retro Check List. Over. 

69:21:23 C Roger. Go ahead. 

69:21:25 CC Roger. GET RC: 70 plus 41 plus 36; RET 400K, 20 

plus 12: RET KB, 26 plus 39. Bank left 50; bank 
right 60. Your begin blackout, end blackout, 
drogue and main times do not change from Carnarvon. 
Normal IVI's 225 aft, 115 down. Say again, 305 
aft. Over. 

69:22:12 C Roger. 

69:22:14 CC 115 down. Initial deflection bank angle at 0, 225 
up. At 55 degrees, 72 up. At 90 degrees, 70 down. 
Your 400K pitch angle did not change and your pitch 
angle at Retrofire, minus 20 degrees. 

69:22:52 C Roger. I have all that, John. 

69:22:54 CC Roger. You'll have a dark Retrofire and at Retro- 
fire Nunki in Sagittarius will be 20 degrees above 
the Retrofire point - above the horizon. Over. 

69:23:10 C Roger. 

69:23:13 CC Right on the boresight. 

69:23:15 C Roger. 

69:23:25 CC Your MDIU quantities are as follows: Address 03, 

65951. That was Address 03. Over. 

69:23:40 C Roger. 03. 

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40331; 09, 15548; 10, 02416; 11, 29000. 

This is Gemini XI. Roger. Copied. 

The weather in Area 45-1 is 2000 scattered and 10 
miles. Wind is 140 at 15 knots; wave height, 2 to 
4 feet; the altimeter setting, 3000. The recovery 
call signs - the ship is the Guam and there are two 
aircraft in the area - Air Boss - call sign, Air 
Boss, Over. 

We copied. 



HOUSTON 



This is - Gemini XI, Houston. If you get a chance, 
can you turn your Main Batteries ON, and check them, 
and give us a voltage readout? Over. 

Do you want to bring them on the line? 

That's affirmative. Over. 

Roger. They all checked out at about 22 volts. 
Roger . 

Hey, I've got another friend out here besides the 
Agena flying to my left and down, and apparently, 
closer. 

Houston. Roger. 

Gemini XI, Houston. We'll send you that load now so 
you can check your MDIU quantities and then the Tr 
will come up to you. 

Roger. 

Gemini XI, Houston. The set-up time on your event 
timer at Carnarvon is IS minutes. Over. 

18 minutes. 

Houston, Gemini XI. The MDIU quantities all checked 



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69:28:31 CC Houston. Roger. Load is confirmed from down here, 

too. 

69:28:37 C Roger. Pre-retro Check List is completed. 

69:28:40 CC Roger. 

69:28:43 P ... and all thrusters, both rings, look good. 

69:28:48 CC Roger. 

69:29:21 CC Your Tr is coming up now. 

69:29:27 C Thank you. We have it. 

69:30:29 CC Gemini XI, Houston. What's the position of that 

other friend you've got up there? 

69:30:33 P I'm afraid that I had a particle flying, but it 

was much bigger than the rest of them. 

69:30:40 CC Roger. 

69:30:43 P He was looking for something else to rendezvous on. 

69:30:49 CC Tell him to try the Guam. 

69:30:52 C ... Roger, You can have a Charlie-5 and the Fox 

...? 

69:31:01 CC Roger. 

69:31:18 CC Can you change your Quantity switch to 0o, please, 

Sir? 

69:31:21 C Roger. Gemini XI has gone to Quantity 02. 

69:32:04 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

69:32:06 C Go ahead. 

69:32:07 CC That ramp time is 35 minutes and 15 seconds after 

Retro. Over. 

69:32:13 C Roger. 35:15. 

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69:39:41 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Do you still have your Mains 

OK? Over. 

69:39:45 C Negative. We turned them OFF. 

69:39:49 CC Could you turn them back ON, please, Sir? 

69:39:52 C Okay. Do you want us to leave them ON? 

69:39:55 CC That's affirmative. 

69:39:57 C Okay. 

CANARY ISLANDS 

69:44:01 CC Gemini XI, Canary CAP COM. 

69:44:04 C Go ahead, Canaries. Gemini XI here. 

69:44:06 CC Okay. Gemini XI. I guess this is our last pass 

until the next mission. We show you GO on the 
ground and wish you luck. 

69:44:13 C Thank you and thanks for all your help, and say 

"Hi" to everybody. 

69:44:17 CC Sure will. 

KANO 

69:50:40 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Kano, standing by. 

69:50:44 C Roger. Gemini XI. 

69:50:46 C Roger, Houston. Gemini XI. 

69:55:19 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute, 30 seconds to LOS 

at Kano. 

69:55:24 C Roger, Houston. 

TANANARIVE 

70-02-04 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Tananarive, standing by. 

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70:02:41 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Tananarive, standing by. 

70:02:44 C Roger, Houston. 

70:04:17 CC Gemini XI, Houston. We'd like to know how you 

like your peanut cubes. Over. 

70:04=23 C Well, except for a couple of swingers, we thought 

they were pretty good. 

70:04:27 CC Roger. 

70:04:47 C You're coming through Tananarive today like you 

were right next door. 

70:04:54 CC It's been a really good communication site this 

time, hasn't it? 

70:04:53 C Sure has. And right now it's the best. 



70:18:47 CC Gemini XI, Carnarvon. 

70:18:49 C Go ahead, Carnarvon. Gemini XI, standing by. 

70:18:51 CC Okay. Have you got 18 minutes set up on your event 
timer? 

70:18:54 C That's affirmative. 

70:18:55 CC Okay. I'll give you a hack then. 

70:19:03 C Gemini advises the computer is in REENTRY. 

70:19:06 CC Roger. 

70:23:30 CC Stand by for a hack. 

70:23:34 CC 3, 2, 1, 

70:23:37 CC MARK. 

70:23:41 C Roger. We have it. 



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70:23:43 P 

70:23:45 CC Okay. 

70:23:56 C Sure appreciate the help from everybody down there 

and our shore sure looks great from 750 miles. 

70:24:02 CC Roger, Pete. The ... want to pass along their 

congratulations and they want to know when you're 
coming back. 

70:24:09 C Whenever they'll let me. 

70:24:15 CC Have a good trip home. 

70:24:17 C Thank you. Thanks to everybody down there. 

70:26:20 CC 1 minute to LOS. 

70:26:22 C Roger. Thank you. 

CANTON 

70:38:55 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston at Canton. Over. 

70:39:06 CC Gemini XI, Houston at Canton. Over. 

70:39=09 C 

70:39:13 CC Roger. And we're at 2:23 now. 

70:39:16 C Roger. 

70:39:36 CC 2 minutes. 

70:40:36 CC Gemini XI, Houston. 1 minute. 

70:40:37 CC 60 seconds. 

70:40:38 C Gemini XI. Roger. 

70:40:45 C 

70:41:07 CC 30 seconds. 



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70:41:27 CC 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 

70:41:37 CC Retrofire! 

70:42:03 P Retrofire 303 aft, 2 right, 118 down. 

70:42:10 CC Houston. Roger. 

70:42:11 C Address 80 reads 302.8. 

70:42:38 C Address 81 reads 1182 ... 118.3. 

70:42:48 CC Houston. Roger. 

70:43:01 C All right, Houston. Retro jet. 

70:43:03 CC Roger. Retro jet. 

70:43:08 C Address 80 after Retro jet : 303.1. 

70:43:16 CC Houston. Roger. 

70:43:18 C ... Automatic Retrofire. 

70:43:22 CC Roger. 

70:43:57 CC We'll give you a hack at 3 minutes. 

70:44:00 C Roger. 

70:44:27 CC 10 seconds. 

70:44:33 CC 4, 3, 2, 1, 

70:44:37 CC MARK. 3 minutes after Retrofire. 

70:44:38 C IVI's counting up. 

HAWAII 

70:45:06 CC Gemini XI, Hawaii, standing by. 

70:45:08 P Roger, Hawaii. We're just going through the Post- 
Retro Check List. 



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70:45:12 CC Roger. 

70:47:41 C Hello, Houston, Gemini XI. Post-Retro Check List 

complete. 

70:47:44 CC Roger. 

70:47:49 CC Okay. Everything looks good here on the ground. 

Gemini XI. Your cabin pressure is good ... hold- 
ing and suit pressure's source pressure looks real 
good. We'll see you back home. 

70:47:58 C Real good. Thank you much. 

70:49:12 CC 1 minute to LOS, Hawaii. 

70:49:17 C Roger. Thank you much for all your help. 

70:49:23 CC You're welcome. It was pleasant. 

70:49:27 C The people went all out, really. 

70:4902 P I agree. 

CALIFORNIA 

70:55:00 CC Gemini XI, Houston at California. Over. 

70:55:32 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 
70:55:35 C Go ahead, Houston. 

70:55:37 CC Roger. The initial downrange field deflection is 

63 nautical miles up. Over. 

70:55:45 C Roger. 

70:55:54 C Roger, John. We're standing by for our Retro ... 

70:55:59 CC Roger. 

GUAYMAS 

70:59:54 CC Gemini XI, Houston. This is based on White Sands 
track and you're over there now. 



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70:59=58 C Roger. 

71:00:16 CC Roger. Your begin-blackout and end-blackout times 

are good. Your RET to drogue is 29 plus 31; RET to 
mail, is 30 plus 55. 

71:00:30 C Roger. That's 29 plus 31 and 30 plus 55. 

71:00:34 CC That's affirmative. 



71:00:59 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Your RET RB is 26 plus 37; 

bank left 44, bank right 54. Over. 

71:01:13 C Roger. RET RB is 26 plus 37; bank left 44, bank 

right 54. Our 400K time was 20 plus 14. 

71:01:30 CC 200K is - 400K is 20 plus 06. Over. 

71:01:35 C Roger. We have 20 plus 14. 

71:01:42 CC 20 plus 06 is 400K time. 

71:01:46 P Roger, John. 

HOUSTON 

71:09:33 CC Gemini XI, Houston. How's it going? 

71:09:44 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

71:10:01 CC Gemini XI, Houston. Over. 

71:10:03 C I'm sorry, Houston. We're right on the money and 

we're in AUTO. 

71:10:07 CC Roger. 

71:10:12 CC What altitude do you have now? Over. 

71:10:17 C We show about ... 3 g's. 



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71:10:21 CC Roger. 

71:10:23 C Just asking for a roll now. 

71:10:30 C Yes. We read you all right. Let's get the sheet 

out. We show over a hundred now. 

71:10:35 CC Roger. 

71:10:36 C S-l, we read you loud and clear. Stand by. 

71:11:21 C Address 86 reads 2418. 

71:11:28 CC Roger. 

71:11:34 C Address 87 reads 29002. 

71:11:41 CC Roger. 

71:11:43 C 40K Telelight on the money with the altimeter. 

71:11:47 CC Roger. 

71:11:48 CC Roger. 

71:12:03 C Roger. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. How are 

you? Over. 

71:12:12 CC Reading you loud and clear. That was a good count 

there. 

71:12:49 C S-l, this is Gemini XI. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 5, 4, 3, 

2, 1. Over. 

GUAM CONTROL 

71:13:39 CC Gemini XI, this is Guam Control. Our lookouts have 

you in sight on my port side. Over. 

71:13:45 CC Gemini XI, this is Houston. You're on TV now. 



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