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Last updated March 20, 2006

Editor's Note: This material is compiled from one or more separate onboard transcripts, plus the ground-based PAO and Technical transcripts. Where there is an overlap, the original transcripts sometimes disagree on the wording, the speaker, and the exact time. I've chosen one version as the most likely transcription, and listed the conflicts in separate footnotes, identified by source and tape number. For example, the first section uses Tape 17-03407 as the baseline, with differences from Tape 17-03404.

Transcript:

[Primary Tape: 17-03407]

00 00 03 39
CDR: Okay, Bob, I do confirm guidance.*
LMP:  And ELS sep circuit breakers, when you get a chance there, Gene.*

Footnotes:

00 00 03 39 CDR: Okay, Bob, I do confirm guidance.
17-03407: Okay, Bob, I do confirm guidance.
17-03404: Okay, Bob. I just confirmed guidance.

LMP: And ELS sep circuit breakers, when you get a chance there, Gene.
17-03407: CMP And ELS sep circuit breakers, when you get a chance there, Gene.
17-03404: LMP And the ELS SEP circuit breakers when you get a chance to, Gene.

Since the taped voices were of variable quality to start with, and the tapes were downloaded over variable quality radio connections, it's not surprising that there are differences. In this particular case, "I just confirmed guidance" sounds more like Cernan than "I do confirm guidance". The "ELS SEP circuit breakers" request was more likely by the LMP and CMP, because Schmitt was calling off the checklist during launch.

-- Eric Hartwell, January 17, 2006

Alternate Sources

Legend
CDR:
CMP:
LMP: 
SC:
MS:
Commander Eugene A. Cernan
Command Module Pilot Ronald E. Evans
Lunar Module Pilot Harrison P. (Jack) Scbmitt
Unidentifiable Crewmember
Multiple Speakers
CC:
LCC:
Capsule Communicator (CAP COMM)
Launch Control Center
... A series of three dots (...) is used to designate those portions of the communications that could not be transcribed because of garbling
- One dash (-) is used to indicate a speaker's pause or a self-interruption.
- - Two dashes (- -) are used to indicate an interruption by another speaker or a point at which a recording was abruptly terminated.
  [Editor's notes are in square brackets and italics]
00 00 01 34 17-03407: CDR: Mark, mode 1 Charlie.
17-03407: CDR - - I Charlie - -
PAO: SC Mark, mode 1 Charlie.
00 00 02 06 CC: Roger, 17, you're go
17-03407: 17, you're GO.
PAO: Roger, 17, you're go.
00 00 02 23 CC: Roger. Inboard.
Tech only
00 00 02 26 17-03407: CDR: Okay, it's 19.
CDR: Now at 41.
CMP:
41, okay.
CDR:
3-1/2 g's. Hold on.
CMP:
Okay.
CDR:
Five seconds. Pushing 4 g's.
CMP:
4 g's.
CDR:
Told you to hold on. Look at that son of a gun.
CMP:
Man .... criminy (laughter).
17-03404: Attributes all comments 02 26 to 02 49 to CDR, not CDR/CMP.
CDR Okay; it's 19. Now it's 41 - 41. 3-1/2 g. Hold on. Okay. Five seconds. Pushing 4 g - 4 g. It's starting to hold on. Look at that son-of-a-gun! Man, this is ... (Laughter)
00 00 03 02 CMP: Okay; stand by to tower.*  
17-03407: CMP Okay, stand by to ...
17-03404: CDR Okay; stand by to tower.

LMP: Sure felt like it. Stand by; hold it. I think we saw them all from here.*
17-03407: CDR Sure felt like it. Stand by; hold it.
Tech: LMP Sure felt like it. I think we saw them all from here.
17-03404: LMP Sure felt like it. Stand by. Hold it. I think we saw them all from here.
17-03407: LMP I think we saw them all from here.
00 00 03 15 CMP: Say, this is smooth.
17-03407: CMP Hey, this is smooth.
17-03404: LMP Say, this is smooth.

LMP Okay. I got the tower switches on ...
17-03407: LMP Okay. I got the tower switches ... CDR Come on, baby. Go.
17-03404: CDR Okay. I've got the tower switches on ... , baby.

CDR: Come on, baby. Go.

CMP: Okay, 15. There she goes.
17-03407: CMP Okay, 15. There she goes.
17-03404: CDR GO. Okay; 13. There she goes!

LMP: Okay. we just had skirt sep.
17-03407: LMP Okay. We do have skirt sep.
Tech: 00 00 03 15 SC Say, we just had skirt sep.
00 00 03 18 CC: Roger. We confirm skirt sep.
17-03407: We confirm skirt sep.
Tech: 00 00 03 18 Roger. We confirm skirt sep.
00 00 03 24 LMP: 19, 16, 17, 18, 15, 13.
17-03407: LMP 19, 16, 17, 18 - -
17-03404: CDR 19, 16, 17, 18, 15, 13.

CDR: Watch it Jack. There goes the tower!
MS:
There goes the tower! There she goes!
17-03407: CDR Watch it Jack. There goes the tower! MS There goes the tower! There she goes!
Tech: CDR There goes the tower. Oh, there she goes!
CC: Roger. The tower. You're Mode II.
17-03407: The tower. You're Mode II.
Tech: Roger. The tower; you're Mode II.
00 00 03 39 CDR: Okay, Bob, I just confirmed guidance.
17-03407: Okay, Bob, I do confirm guidance.
17-03404: Okay, Bob. I just confirmed guidance.
Tech: Okay, Bob. I just confirmed guidance.
PAO: Okay, Bob. I just confirmed that.
00 00 03 39b LMP: And the ELS SEP circuit breakers when you get a chance to, Gene.
17-03407: CMP And ELS sep circuit breakers, when you get a chance there, Gene.
17-03404: LMP And the ELS SEP circuit breakers when you get a chance to, Gene.
00 00 03 45 LMP : By the way, the cabin sealed. / CDR/LMP: (Laughter)
17-03407: LMP By the way, the cabin sealed. CDR/LMP (Laughter)
17-03404: CDR By the way, the cabin's sealed (laughter).

CDR: Okay, guys. We got a long way to go.
17-03407: Okay, guys. We got a long way to go.
17-03404: You guys, we've got a long way to go.

LMP: Okay; ... I'll see what in heck went wrong here. Let's see.
17-03407: Okay. I'll see where we're ... here.
17-03404: Okay; ... I'll see what in heck went wrong here. Let's see.
00 00 04 08 CDR: Okay. It's a - it looks pretty good.
CMP: We get a freeze here on the 04:30.
CMP: I can't - barely see that, let's see.
17-03407: CDR Okay. It's a - it looks pretty good. CMP We got a freeze here on the 04:30. CMP I can't - barely see that, let's see.
17-03404: CDR Okay; it - it looks pretty good. Let me get a freeze here on the 04:30. I can barely see that. Let's see.
00 00 05 26 CDR: Are we getting anything yet, Ron?
17-03404: I forget anything yet, Ron?
17-03409: Are we getting anything yet, Ron?
00 00 06 22a CC: Roger. And, 17, we copy the gimbals and watched them and they look good.
17-03404: Roger. And, 17, we - -
Tech: Roger. And, 17, we copied the gimbals and watched them and they looked good.
PAO: Roger, 17. We copy the gimbal and watched them and they look good.
00 00 06 22b CMP: One g? (Laughter) Just like sitting on the pad, isn't it? That's all there is to her.
17-03404: 1 g. Just like sitting on the pad, isn't it? ...
17-03409: One g? (Laughter) Just like sitting on the pad, isn't it? That's all there is to her.
00 00 06 22c LMP: Down to about 9 - 90 percent.
17-03404: Down to 90 percent.
17-03409: Down to about 9 - 90 percent.
00 00 06 22d LMP: No, on the hydrogen tank.
17-03404: No, on the hydrogen.
17-03409: No, on the hydrogen tank.
00 00 06 22e CMP: Hydrogen tank 3, then.
17-03404: Hydrogen tank 3.
17-03409: Hydrogen tank 3, then.
00 00 06 51 CC: Roger.
Tech only
00 00 06 51a CDR: Okay; 7 minutes, 6 degrees. Yes - -
17-03404: CMP Okay; 7 minutes, ... degrees.
17-03409: CDR Okay; 7 minutes, 6 degrees. Yes - -
00 00 06 51b CDR: Seven ... , 6 degrees. How does that sound?
17-03404: Seven ... , 6 degrees. How does that sound?
17-03409: - - 7, and I'm 6 degrees. How does that sound?
00 00 06 51c CDR: We got altitude. We're going to start - -
17-03404: We go to ...
17-03409: We got altitude. We're going to start - -
00 00 06 51d CMP: We're half a mile, half mile high.
17-03404: We're half a mile, half mile high.
17-03409: ... We're at half a mile, half a mile high.
00 00 07 08 SC: (Cough)* / CC Roger.*
17-03409 only
00 00 07 08b CMP: (Laughter) Man! / LMP: So am I - I'll tell you (laughter).
17-03404: CMP (Laughter) Man! LMP So am I - I'll tell you (laughter).
17-03409: CMP (Laughter) Man! So am I. (Cough) I'll tell you (laughter).
00 00 07 29 CMP:  Okay. Inboard at 07:41 - -
17-03409 only

CMP:
Tank pressure is good.
17-03404: CMP Tank pressure is - -
17-03409: CDR Tank pressures .... good.

CDR: Stand by for inboards.
17-03404: CDR Stand by for inboard.
17-03409: CMP Stand by for inboards.
00 00 07 41a CMP: Yes. Sure does, doesn't she?
17-03404: Yes, sure does.
17-03409: Yes. Sure does, doesn't she?
00 00 07 41b LMP: Uh-huh.
17-03404: Uh-huh.
17-03409: Oh !
00 00 08 03 CMP: Gosh, these ... are really good.
17-03404: SC ... are really - -
17-03409: CMP Gosh, these ... are really good.

LMP: Yes.
17-03409: LMP Yes.
00 00 08 03b CDR: Stand by for a PU shift.
17-03404: Stand by for a PU shift.
17-03409: Let's stand by for a PU shift.
00 00 09 16a CC: Roger. We see it, and the thrust is looking good on it.
17-03409: We see it, and the thrust is looking good on it.
Tech: Roger. We see it, and the thrust is looking good on it.
00 00 09 03a CC: Roger, 17. You're GO here.
17-03409: ..., 17. You're GO here.
Roger, 17. You're GO here.
00 00 09 03b CC: Stand by for Mode IV capability.
17-03409: ... Mode IV capability -
Tech, PAO: 00 00 09 18 CC Stand by for Mode IV capability.*
00 00 09 16 CDR: - - a lot to do. We're Mode IV?
17-03409: - - a lot to do. We're Mode IV?
17-03456: LMP We're Mode IV?

CMP: Yes.
17-03409: LMP Yes.
17-03456: CMP Yes.
00 00 10 10a CC: Good show, Gene.
17-03409: ... show, Gene.
Tech, PAO: Good show, Gene.
00 00 10 10b CMP: 30, 347 degrees; 93.5 - Okay, we're a little bit high.
17-03409: CMP 30, 347 degrees. 23.9; Okay. We're a little bit high.
17-03456: CMP 30, 347 degrees; 93.5 - Okay, we're a little bit high.

CDR: Couldn't read a star if I had to.
17-03409: LMP I couldn't see a star if I had to right now.
17-03456: CDR Couldn't read a star if I had to.

LMP: I couldn't either.
17-03409: CMP I couldn't either.
17-03456: LMP I couldn't either.
00 00 10 49 CDR: Okay, the cut-off is VI plus 100. ... - -
17-03409: Okay, the cut-off is VI plus 100 .... copy ... - -
17-03456: Okay, to cut off the DI [?] equipment under ... control.

CMP: VI plus 100. Okay, I'll catch that.
17-03409: VI plus 100. Okay, I'll cut you out.
17-03456: Okay, I'll catch that.

CDR: I Just want to hit the ... that's all there is to it.
17-03409: CDR I Just want to hit the ... that's all there is to it.
17-03456: LMP I sure don't want to hit this handle.
00 00 11 32 CC: Roger, Gene. Cut-off time is still holding good, 11 plus 47.
17-03456: Roger, Gene. *** time is still holding good, 11 plus 47.
Tech: Roger, Gene. Cut-off time is still holding good, 11 plus 47.
00 00 11 42 CC: Understand. Cut-off at 42. Roger. We copy.
17-03456: *** Cut-off at 42. *** copy.
Tech: Understand. Cut-off at 42. Roger. We copy.
00 00 52 20 CC: Okay. Can you get a sudden - what switches anywhere, anytime they switch it on?
17-03407: Okay. Can you get a sudden - what switches anywhere - any ... any switches on?
PAO: Okay, can you get a sudden (garble) switches anywhere, anytime they switch it on?
00 00 55 13: LMP: Gotcha. Now what about the Ascension?
17-03407: Roger. Now what about the Ascension?
PAO: Gotcha. Now what about the Ascension.
00 00 55 13 LMP:
17-03407: LMP: - - maybe we'll be able to tell you something.
PAO: I'll just tell you about it.
00 00 58 24 LMP: Gotcha.
17-03407: LMP: Roger.
PAO: Gotcha.
00 01 29 59 CC: Parker can't make it back. He's got to come back on the Gulfstream, so you might have to have Young on for a while after we do a TLI.
Tech: CC: Parker can't make it back. He's got to come back on the ... So you might have to have Young on for a while after we do a TLI.
PAO: He's got to come back on the Gulfstream, so ...
00 01 31 24a CC: That looks real good. Yes, you're over Mexico there, and looks like you're - oh - maybe a hundred miles south of the border there.
Tech: That looks real good. Yes, you're over Mexico there, and looks like you're - oh - maybe a hundred miles south of the border there.
PAO: Yeah, you' re over Mexico there
00 01 31 24b PAO: Beautiful. (garble)
PAO only: Beautiful. (garble)
00 01 35 17 CDR: That's affirm. You're very loud, almost unreadable with the squeal. Bob, why don't you give us the short count?
Tech:: That's affirm. You're very loud, almost unreadable with the squeal. Bob, why don't you give us the short count?
PAO: Al, why don't you give it the short count?
00 01 38 44 CMP: No, I'll catch one here pretty quick.
Tech: No, I'll catch one here pretty quick.
PAO: Naw, I'll catch one here pretty quick.
00 01 48 53
PAO only: CC 17, Houston through ARIA. How do you read?
PAO only: CC 17, Houston through ARIA. How do you read?
00 03 06 15 CDR: You ought to look for the good things rather than the bad.
Tech: You ought to look for the good things rather than the bad.
PAO: Gotta look for the good things rather than the bad
00 03 12 37 CDR: The light is on and we have ignition.
Tech: The lights on and we have ignition.
PAO: SC The light is on and we have ignition.
00 03 43 10
CC: Roger. And we'd like OMNI Delta.
Tech: Roger. And we'd like OMNI Delta.
PAO: Roger. It looks like Hadley Delta.
00 03 48 59 LMP: Isn't it, though? That thing is really stable out there.
Tech: Isn't it, though? That thing is really stable out there.
PAO: I tell you, it's really stable out there.
LMP: Yes. Can you see it at all, Gene?
Tech: Yes. Can you see it at all, Gene?
PAO: Yeah, can you steer it alone, Gene?
00 03 56 35 CMP: It's out now.
Tech: It's out now.
PAO: About now.
00 03 57 29 CMP: Okay, check both circuit breakers; they're IN. Both okay.
Tech: Okay, check both circuit breakers; they're IN. Yes, Okay.
PAO: We checked both circuit breakers and they're both okay
00 04 03 09 CC: Roger. We copy that.
Tech: Roger. We copy that.
PAO: I have to recopy that.
00 04 16 40 CMP: Yes, I'll get them.
Tech: Yes, I'll get them.
PAO: Yeah, I'll get 'em.
00 04 20 53 CDR: Okay, here's one that slipped over.
Tech: Okay, here's one that *** over.
PAO: Yes, here's one that slipped over.
00 04 30 31 Pretty good ham sandwich [(garble) service?]
Tech: Pretty good ham sandwich.
PAO: Pretty good (garble) service.
00 04 32 02 CC: Roger, Gene.
Tech: Roger, Gene.
PAO: Roger, team.
00 04 34 57 LMP: Okay. That the only change?
Tech: Okay. That the only change?
PAO: SC Okay, now can we change?
CC: And no, the next one, the 129.8, change that to 164. And 4.3 on the yaw, change that to zero. It's close enough; zero on the yaw.
Tech: And the - N, the next one, the 129.8, change that to 164. And 4.3 on the yaw, change that to zero. It's close enough; zero on the yaw.
PAO: And, no the next one, the 129-A, change
00 04 39 23 CMP: Okay. We're 6 frames a second. Okay, what - what did ... RANGE ...
Tech: Okay. We're 6 frames a second. Okay, what - what did ... RANGE ...
PAO: SC Okay, we're 6 feet a second. Okay, what it cut in?   SC Range 1.
00 04 43 59 LMP: Okay, ROT CONTROLLERs are ARMED. Okay, I'll wait just a little bit on that - EMS to NORMAL. Get DELTA-V ...
Tech: Okay, ROT CONTROLLERs are ARMED. Okay, I'll wait just a little bit on that - EMS to NORMAL. Get DELTA-V ...
PAO: Okay, both controllers are on.
Okay, I'll wait just a little bit on that. You missed it all. What the hell have you done?
Tech: Okay, EMS to NORMAL? Push right there. Yes.
PAO: Okay, you missed another one. Push right there. Yes.
00 04 48 16+
Tech: Oh, we're at the end. (Laughter) We're at the end - you know.
PAO: SC (laughter) Where'd the empty -   SC Here, are you using this?
00 04 52 04 LMP: The old S-IVB had a flare for the dramatic, but it certainly did its job for us.
Tech: The old S-IVB had a flare for the dramatic, but it certainly did its job for us.
PAO: SC The flare wasn't dramatic, but it certainly did its job for us.
00 04 56 31 CDR: Okay. You have a GO. LMP [CDR?]: And for your reference, at frame 105 I started a few 250-millimeter pictures of the S-IVB.
Tech: CDR Okay. You have a GO. / LMP And for your reference, at frame 105 I started a few 250-millimeter pictures of the S-IVB.
PAO: SC Okay, you have a GO. And for your reference, it's frame 105, I started a few 250 millimeter pictures of the S-IVB.
CC: Roger, Jack [Gene?].
Tech: Roger, Jack.
PAO: CC Roger, Gene.
00 04 59 05 CDR: Well, Ron's at window number 1 - maybe he can tell you a little about it.
Tech: Well, on Ron's window number 1 - maybe he can tell you a little about it.
PAO: SC Ron's at window number 1, maybe he can tell you a little about it.
LMP: That's where the moisture is. I don't know what to take a picture of.
Tech: That's where the moisture is. I don't know what to take a picture of.
PAO: SC I don't know what to think of (garble).
00 04 59 05b LMP: No, I'll change the lens now.*
Tech: Oh, I'll change the lens now.
PAO: SC No, I'll change lens now.

CMP:
Here, Jack, can you see him good?
[CMP?]: Check the settings there. I took an f/22 stop.
PAO: SC Okay. Here Jack, can you see it good?   /   SC Check the lens now. I took an F-22 stop.
00 05 56 46 CC: Roger. You were talking - the airglow, I guess, is the phenomenon most of the guys had seen before. It's kind of interesting, huh?
Tech: Roger. You were talking - the airglow, I guess, is the phenomenon most of the guys had seen before. It's kind of interesting, huh?
PAO: CAPCOM Roger. You were talking, the air glow low I guess is the phenomenon most interesting thing before us. Kind of interesting.
00 06 00 01 LMP: That's in work. We're taking it slow and easy up here, Bob.
Tech: That's in work. We're taking it slow and easy up here, Bob.
PAO: SC That's been worked. We're taking it slow and easy up here, Bob.
CC: Roger. Understand. I'll just be curious to see if they all fit in that bag.
Tech: Roger. Understand. I'll just be curious to see if they all fit in that bag.
PAO: CAP COM Roger, understand. / SC I'll just be curious to see if they all fit in that bag.
00 07 50 33 CC: Okay, cause we'd just called it out just 5 seconds before you called me.
Tech: Okay; because we'd just called it out. I was just read for you 5 seconds before you called me.
PAO: Okay, cause we'd just called it out just 5 seconds before you called.
00 07 57 21 CMP: And, Houston, 17. You copy the torquing angles now?
Tech: And, Houston, 17. You copying the torquing angles now?
PAO: Houston 17, have you got the torqing angles yet.
00 08 27 46  CC: Going to take something.
Tech: Going to take something.
PAO: CC Did I say something?

 

 

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