The recording commences shortly after emergence from behind the Moon on Apollo 10’s journey back to Earth.
This file begins with the crew playing a (rather distorted) clip of Dean Martin singing “Going Back to Houston”, from their battery-powered cassette player.
(From about 47 minutes into the recording, there is some speed variablity in the tape from which Hamish’s copy was made.)
Tape recorded at Honeysuckle Creek and kept by Hamish Lindsay. Digital transfer by Colin Mackellar, April 2018.
The news clipping above predicted that Australian viewers should see post-TEI television from Apollo 10 via Honeysuckle Creek. Indeed they did.
Just after emergence following the Trans Earth Injection burn, the crew activate their Westinghouse Color TV Camera.
During the broadcast, the amazing speed with which they are departing the Moon is apparent. Later in the broadcast, Capcom Joe Engle tells the crew their broadcast is being seen live across Australia, however Commander Tom Stafford is aware that it may be shown in Australia. Near the start of this clip, he announces,
“I hope the Aussies have their sets tuned in because it’s absolutely fantastic here.”