Apollo 8 Audio Highlights
recorded at Honeysuckle Creek
|On the way to the Moon|
|-000:01:01||Launch. Honeysuckle Admin Officer Bernard Scrivener adds tape ID at the start, then Public Affairs audio (Jack King at KSC / Paul Haney at MCC-H). Source switches to Net 1 at 5'50". Recording ends just before LOS through Vanguard. Capcom Mike Collins. (15'31", 7.9MB)|
GO for TLI. (0'10", 570kb)*
TLI burn. – Starts 0'25" before S-IVB ignition.
We have a beautiful view of Florida now. (0'36", 780kb)*
|003:58:30||Receiving VHF music. (0'12", 600kb)*|
|004:17:01||Where are you relative to the booster? (1'52", 1.4MB)*|
|004:26:37||Anything more on this separation manoeuvre? (1'14", 1.1MB)*|
|004:58:23||Weather observations. ‘The window is bigger than the Earth…’ (1'20", 1.1MB)*|
|012:03:01||S-Band Comm Test – ‘Unbelievably good’. ( 13'28", 7MB)|
|017:16:54||Spacecraft lighting. (1'14", 1.1MB)*|
|023:11:45||No need for midcourse correction. (0'52", 910kb)*|
|031:21:51||Deke – words on your health. (0'49", 890kb)*|
|038:44:47||Mike Dinn at Honeysuckle speaks with the crew during comms problems. Downlink audio only. (0'32", 760kb)*|
|042:44:55||Cabin getting chilly. (1'44", 1.3MB)*|
|062:04:00||Houston through Honeysuckle (echo on downlink – monitoring downlink plus Net 1?). (0'50", 920kb)*|
|Start GET||Notes. Times are from the start of this tape.|
This is the full Track 4 of Tape 4 (recorded in the Station Director’s office) leading up to LOS as Apollo 8 passes behind the Moon at 19:48:16 AEST on Christmas Eve.
There are long periods of no communication on this tape.
72'18" Anders reports fuel pressure.
82'52" Carr: 9 minutes to LOS.
90'11" Carr: 2 minutes to LOS.
91'56" Carr: Apollo 8, 10 seconds to go youre
Go all the way.
93'05" At Honeysuckle Creek: Bernard Scrivener announces LOS: Rev. 1, Occultation. onto the tape.
ONBOARD LOS at Lunar Encounter and preparation for the initial LOI burn. This is the first time humans have been completely out of contact with Earth.
Increase in noise at LOS, 10 seconds into this recording.
(1'37", 1.2MB)* Hear other Onboard audio on this page.
In Lunar Orbit
|069:32:59||HSK AOS at emergence on lunar Rev 1. (2'14", 1.6MB)*|
|069:51:02||What does the ole Moon look like from sixty miles? (2'46", 1.8MB)*|
|069:55:28||Over to my right are the Pyrenees. (2'22", 1.6MB)*|
|070:00:00||The terminator is quite sharp. (0'23", 680kb)*|
|070:03:17||Are you sure you didn’t turn off the transmitters at that time? Some crosstalk. (0'38", 800kb)*|
|070:04:14||We want a Go for every rev please. (0'21", 665kb)*|
|070:08:36||Any words on Earthshine? Some crosstalk. (1'22", 1.1MB)|
|071:41:00||Lunar Orbit 2 – 1st TV broadcast from the Moon– through Madrid. (06'57", 3.8MB)|
|084:39:43||I wouldn’t be anywhere else tonight – TK Mattingly. (0'21", 670kb)*|
|086:06:40||Genesis Reading (echo on downlink – monitoring downlink plus Net 1?). (2'05", 1.5MB)*|
|088:33:15||GO for TLI. (0'36", 785kb)|
|On the way home|
|089:33:20||Please be informed there is a Santa Claus – Jim Lovell. AOS after TEI burn. (01'24", 1.2MB)|
|089:41:44||We’d like to try to have you manually acquire on High Gain – comms has been noisy. The HGA has not been locking on automatically. (02'11", 1.5MB).|
|089:45:43||Would you go to Narrow Beam. Hear the difference when Narrow Beam on the HGA is selected. (00'52", 912kb)|
Borman replies, “Thank everybody on the ground for us. It's pretty clear we wouldn”t be anywhere if we didn”t have them doing it for helping us out here.” (01'13", 1.1MB)
|089:59:00||Twas the Night Before Christmas – poem read up by Jack Schmitt. (02'59", 1.9MB)|
|111:16:22||How far are we from home, Ken? – Frank Borman. (05'53", 1.4MB)|
|115:19:57||Borman will not worry about installing hatch clamps to hold the door during re-entry. Mattingly asks him about the ‘Mae West’ life vest accidentally inflated by Jim Lovell at 001:54:45, before TLI. He answers by referrring to the incident at 105:58:19 GET. Now 137,915 nm, 225,419 km, from Earth.|
|145:57:08||Handover from CRO to GWM. “We should have continuous contact except for the blackout period, beginning at 146:51.” (00'36", 780kb)|
|145:41:20||How’s your tracking looking? VHF comm test through Carnarvon. (11'01", 5.8MB)|
GET = Ground Elapsed Time.
© Colin Mackellar, 2018.
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