Briefly, Houston expected that John and Charlie wouldn't be ready to turn the Rover TV camera until after a handover had been made from Honeysuckle to Madrid. Consequently, although Houston had audio from Australia, their communications lines were configured to get TV thru Madrid and no one outside the Honeysuckle Station was able to see the first 8 minutes of the TV transmission.
In the following, readers should recall that at 118:06:31, NASA advanced the mission clocks by 11:48 seconds. At two places in Ed's film clips, we see a digital clock displaying Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on the top line and Ground Elapsed Time (GET) on the second line. Times give in the Journal are 11 minutes 48 seconds behind the displayed values of GET.
At Journal time 165:42:57, Charlie reports the LCRU signal strength is 4 - meaning that it is transmitting at full strength - and that he has set the Mode Select Switch to position 3. The audio signal being recorded in Houston improves dramatically and, at about this time, the TV signal would have been visible in the TV monitors at HSK.
At Journal time 165:43:25, Charlie asks Tony England if they have a picture in Houston and, once Tony tells him that they won't have a picture for another five minutes, Charlie probably goes to John's seat to unload the Equipment Transfer Bag (ETB). Charlie may move away from the LCRU at Journal time 165:43:38, when he tells Tony that "all the battery covers were open." John opened the battery covers at the end of EVA-2 and, from the internal evidence of the Super-8 clips and the dialog, it is unlikely that Charlie closed the battery covers.
Ed von Renouard's three Super-8 clips shot prior to signal acquisition by Madrid have been combined in a single, 56-second-long video file, which is available in two formats:
MP4 Super-8 Clips ( 56 sec )
Quicktime Super-8 Clips ( 56 sec )
Late in EVA-2, at the time John opened the battery covers, he aimed the TV down at the base of the high-gain-antenna mast. At the start of Ed's first clip, we see that the camera is now aimed horizontally but is still centered on the high-gain mast. The battery covers can be seen in the upright, 'open' position just to the left of the mast.
After filming the TV monitor for a few seconds, Ed pans left to show his colleagues at work. He then pans right, past the TV monitor. As he does so, we catch a glimpse of an astronaut elbow at the lefthand edge of the screen. This is almost certainly Charlie, emptying the ETB at John's seat.
At Journal time 165:44:14 tells Charlie that "they've got a good picture at Honeysuckle."
A minute later, at 165:45:16, Tony asks Charlie to put the LCRU Power switch to Internal. Charlie replies that "John can get that, he's right there." The first clip has probably ended by this time.
As mentioned previously, Charlie did not have the TV procedures in his checklist and, now that John has finished with the UV camera, he has joined Charlie at the left front of the Rover to double check what Charlie did. The procedures are on John's cuff checklist pages CDR-27 and CDR-28. After switching LCRU power to Internal, John would have closed the battery covers, which he reported at Journal time 165:46:53. At the start of Ed's second Super-8 clip, we see that the battery covers are closed and we see John working on the righthand side of the TV image. A close examination of his right hand during this clip shows that he is probably not holding the dustbrush - which we see him using in Ed's third clip - suggesting that he may be tidying the LCRU covers at about Journal time 165:46:57, immediately after he closed the battery covers. He may also be noticing that, as he tells Tony, he got dust on the LCRU mirrors when he closed the battery covers.
Ed's third Super-8 clip is a distant shot of the TV monitor, which is at the upper right. In the clip, John is clearly using the dust brush on the LCRU mirrors and on the TV lens. He probably finishes dusting at about Journal time 165:47:40.
As mentioned previously, Madrid acquires the TV signal at Journal time 165:51:02. Consequently, Ed's three, brief Super-8 clips may be the only surviving visual record of this portion of Apollo 16.
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