Apollo 11 Lunar Surface Journal

Raw vs. Corrected Transcript Comparison

Corrected Transcript and Commentary Copyright © 2001 by Eric M. Jones.
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Last revised 14 November 2005.


At this point in the Apollo 11 EVA, Neil is working at the MESA and Buzz has been examining the LM. In the following, after CapCom Bruce McCandless reminds Buzz to remove the close-up camera from the MESA, Buzz joins Neil but suggests that he, Buzz, take the Hasselblad camera and start a plus-Y pan while Neil offloads the close-up camera. As is discussed in the ALSJ, this sequence of events was not immediately obvious but can be worked out from evidence provided by the checklists, the TV, and the Hasselblad images themselves.

Part of the confusion over the question of who took which pictures when arose because of transcript errors as indicated below. Here, the original transcript is shown in italics with the important errors shown in bold type. The corrected transcipt is shown in non-italicized type.

The error at 04 14 43 33, which can be interpreted as Buzz asking if Neil has taken the panorama, is likely to have muddied post-flight interpretations of events.


04 14 42 39 CC: Buzz, this is Houston. Have you removed the closeup camera from the MESA yet? Over.

110:42:39 McCandless: Buzz, this is Houston. Have you removed the close-up camera from the MESA yet? Over.
04 14 42 50 LMP: Negative. Thank you.
110:42:50 Aldrin: Negative. Thank you. (Long Pause)
04 14 43 18 LMP: (Garbled) get the panorama now. Okay.

04 14 43 33 LMP: Did you get it?

110:43:18 Aldrin: (Garbled) get the panorama (garbled)

110:43:20 Armstrong: Okay. (Pause) Got it?

110:43:33 Aldrin: Okay, got it. (Long Pause)

04 14 43 50 CDR: Houston, how does our timeline appear to be going?
110:43:50 Aldrin: Houston, how does our timeline appear to be going?
04 14 43 55 CC: Roger. It looks like you're about a half hour slow on it. We're working on consumables. Over.
110:43:55 McCandless: Roger. It looks like you're about a half hour slow on it. We're working on consumables. Over.
04 14 44 03 CDR: All right.
110:44:03 Aldrin: All right. (Long Pause)


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