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Apollo 16

Day Five Part One: Transfer to Lunar Module, Revs 10 and 11

Corrected Transcript and Commentary Copyright 2006 David Woods and Tim Brandt. All rights reserved.

Day 5 Wake up call

91:24

Loss of Signal

91:37

Start of Rev 10

92:06

MCC Shift Changeover

92:15

Acquisition of Signal.
Mass Spectrometer Boom Problem

92:29

Docking Latch Observations

92:43

Loss of Signal

93:34

LM Landing Gear Deployment
and start of Rev 11

93:59

End of Chapter

94:23

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control, Houston, at 91 hours, 24 minutes into the mission. We're standing by now awaiting a wake-up call by CapCom Don Peterson to the crew of Apollo 16. We show Apollo 16 presently with an apolune of 58.9 nautical miles [109.1 kilometres] and a perilune of 10.4 nautical miles [19.3 kilometres].

091 25 41 Peterson Apollo 16, Houston.

091 25 51 Peterson Apollo 16, Houston.

091 26 25 Mattingly: How you down there this morning, Houston?

091 26 27 Peterson Just fine. How are you, 16?

091 26 35 Mattingly: Changing hard.

091 26 37 Peterson Roger. Got about three short items and a SIM bay status, if you're ready.

091 26 50 Mattingly: Okay. Can we hold off on the SIM bay status? And I'll copy your three short items.

091 26 55 Peterson Roger.

091 26 58 Peterson Okay. The first one is - based on our evaluation, your potassium levels are running a little low, and we'd like to recommend that you drink some orange juice this morning. Also, you've got a long day ahead of you, so we'd like to recommend that you eat a bit more food. Second item is terminate Battery Bravo charge. The third item is terminate the jet-on monitor.

091 27 53 Mattingly: Okay, Don.

091 28 02 Mattingly: Okay, Don. Number one, I understand your comment about the potassium low and all that jazz. We've just finished up breakfast, and I think we've eaten almost everything that the LMies have to eat. And we - we've been drinking all the drinks every day. And, if we get a chance, we'll try to get some more - get another juice bag out. We will terminate the Battery B charge and terminate the Jet Monitor, and I understand the way to do the Jet Monitor is - I'll go to - I'll go to the SCS mode and key a Verb 37 Noun 20 and then verify that Noun 26 isn't all zeros again. And I can go back to P20. is that correct?

091 28 55 Peterson Stand by one.

091 29 02 Peterson There's no requirement to go to SCS, 16.

091 29 09 Mattingly: Okay. I can just call [Verb] 37 [Noun] 20 without getting any firings?

091 31 10 Peterson 16, just to be sure we're talking the same thing - to kill the jet-on Monitor, we want to do a Verb 37 Enter, 30 Enter, a Verb 37 Enter, 20 Enter and zero the Noun 26.

091 32 05 Mattingly: Don, I can't get to the Updates Book where that's written down. Would you read it to me slowly, and I'll do that terminate right now.

091 32 11 Peterson Okay, it's Verb 37 Enter, 30 Enter, Verb 37 Enter, 20 Enter, zero the Noun 26.

091 32 31 Peterson And, 16, you're about one minute to LOS, and you're looking good.

091 32 39 Mattingly: Okay. And we're taking an extra orange with potassium this morning.

091 32 43 Peterson Roger.

091 33 06 Mattingly: Houston, 16. Take a look at that biomed off of me and see how it looks. Over.

091 33 14 Peterson Okay.

091 33 20 Mattingly: I got it reset - from yesterday.

091 33 28 Peterson Ken, still looks a little loose.

091 33 35 Mattingly: Well, it's not loose.

091 33 40 Peterson We'll have to take a better look at it next time around, Ken.

091 33 48 Young: Okay. This is John, and the sensors are fixed.

091 34 01 Peterson We've got confusion down here on who we're monitoring, John.

091 34 42 Peterson John, the lead we're concerned with is the sternal lead - the one on your breastbone. You might jiggle it a little bit.

091 35 05 Young: Gee, we're doing that. It sure looks like it's all tight.

091 35 09 Peterson Okay.

091 35 35 Peterson John, you might try putting new sponges on that lead.

[CM transcript starts at 091 35 43 and finishes 091 39 18.]

091 35 43 Young: Okay. I did that last night.

091 35 49 Peterson Okay. We'll pick you up next rev and talk about it.

[Loss of Signal at 91:37]

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control, Houston at 91 hours, 37 minutes into the mission. We've had Loss of Signal with Apollo 16. The last conversation aboard the spacecraft was John Young checking on his biomedical sensors. We're at 91 hours, 37 minutes into the mission and this is Apollo Control, Houston.

091 36 27 Mattingly (CM onboard): Here you go.

091 36 29 Duke (CM onboard): Want to change with me now?

091 37 14 Crew (CM onboard): [Garble].

091 37 54 Young (CM onboard): [Garble].

091 37 56 Mattingly (CM onboard): Share the drink.

091 37 58 Young (CM onboard): [Garble].

091 38 04 Duke (CM onboard): Okay. I'm not gonna make you drink it.

091 38 10 Mattingly (CM onboard): You want yours, Charlie?

091 38 12 Duke (CM onboard): [Garble].

091 38 14 Mattingly (CM onboard): There you are.

091 38 19 Young (CM onboard): I got a [garble].

091 38 22 Mattingly (CM onboard): Okay.

091 38 38 Young (CM onboard): [Garble] to the [garble] very cold.

091 39 00 Young (CM onboard): Okay, we're eating.

091 39 03 Mattingly (CM onboard): Okay, have you got all the - got all the bags filled with tools and all that stuff?

091 39 14 Young (CM onboard): Yeah, we're...

091 39 16 Mattingly (CM onboard): You got the pills down there, Charlie?

091 39 18 Duke (CM onboard): Sure [garble] right there.

[No CM transcript until 093:54:31]

[Begin Lunar Rev 10 at 092 06]

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control at 92 hours, 15 minutes Ground Elapsed Time and some 13 minutes [and] 12 seconds until Apollo 16 reappears from behind the Moon in its tenth lunar orbit. Gerry Griffin's Gold Team of flight controllers settled in for the day's activities leading up to powered descent and lunar landing. The offgoing shift of flight controllers have practically all left the room having debriefed their replacements. There will not be a change of shift briefing. Repeat will not be a change of shift briefing, in as much as the preceding shift was primarily a sleep shift. Apollo 16 still in a 59 by 10.6 nautical mile [109.3 by 19.6 kilometre] lunar orbit, current velocity - orbital velocity 5,355 feet [1,632 metres] per second, and current altitude at this point in the orbit 44.8 nautical miles [83.0 kilometres]. 11 minutes [and] 57 seconds to Apollo 16 acquisition. At 92:16 this is Apollo Control

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control [at] 92 hours, 27 minutes into the mission of Apollo 16. Less than a minute away from Apollo 16 reappearance around the eastern limb of the Moon on lunar orbit number 10. On this next front side pass, the main concern of the crew will be transferring quite a few of the pieces of gear and equipment into the lunar module, getting the Lunar Module prepared for the descent and landing at the Descartes landing site. Six minutes away, we may be a few moments late getting acquisition because of the apparent position of the high gain antenna as seen on the ground by the communications officer. Waiting for confirmation of Acquisition Of Signal by the tracking network. Flight director Gerry Griffin is polling all of his flight controllers on the current status and preparation for the landing phase. Getting all of the details worked out [and resolving] any minor problems, the different positions, console positions, [they] might have.

092 29 40 Irwin 16, this is Houston. Standing by.

092 29 46 Mattingly: Hello, Jim.

092 29 47 Irwin Morning.

092 29 49 Mattingly: We're in the process of a little suit donning here, and we've got one problem. I went to retract the mass spectrometer, and the gamma ray boom came in fine, but the mass spectrometer boom indicates to barber pole and has stayed barber pole about ten minutes. I went ahead and enabled the jets. And I'd like for you to take a look at the - at the - telemetry talkback on the boom, and see if you can suggest something for me to do.

092 30 15 Irwin Okay, we copy.

092 30 16 Mattingly: Barber pole. It's a total barber pole.

092 30 18 Irwin We copy, Ken.

092 30 20 Mattingly: Okay.

092 31 19 Irwin 16, this is Houston. We're wondering if you've gone through the malfunction procedure for that Boom Retraction on page 1-24 of the Systems Handbook?

092 31 31 Mattingly: Well, I looked and didn't find one that was appropriate.

092 31 35 Irwin Okay. I guess you're right, Ken.

092 31 48 Mattingly: We're pretty busy, as you knows Jim: and so I'd really appreciate it if you could talk me through whatever steps you want.

092 31 53 Irwin Okay; understand.

092 32 30 Irwin 16, this is Houston. We'd like you to put the Mass Spec Boom switch to the Off position. That's if it's not there already.

092 32 39 Mattingly: Okay. And when I do, it goes to gray.

092 32 45 Irwin Understand, it goes to gray.

092 32 52 Mattingly: That's affirmative.

092 35 00 Irwin 16, this is Houston. We had understood that you had activated all your RCS jets. We show you still in the SIM bay configuration.

092 35 19 Mattingly: Okay. Thank you. I have the switches with the circuit breakers I had left out.

092 35 25 Irwin Roger.

092 35 38 Irwin 16, this is Houston. You can go normal acquisition procedures on the S-band.

092 35 45 Mattingly: Okay.

092 36 19 Mattingly: Jim, what did you want me to do with that high gain?

092 36 24 Irwin We wanted you to go through normal acquisition procedures.

092 37 19 Irwin 16, will you go Auto on the high gain?

092 37 26 Mattingly: You have it.

092 37 29 Irwin Okay.

092 38 14 Irwin Six - Never mind.

092 38 46 Irwin Okay, 16. This is Houston. We have SIM bay data now. Will you go back to Retract on the - on the Boom switch?

092 38 59 Mattingly: Okay. You have Retract, Jim.

092 39 10 Irwin Roger.

092 40 09 Irwin 16, this is Houston. Will you check the talkback on that boom, and tell us whether it's full barber pole or a partial?

092 40 22 Mattingly: It's the same as it's been, Jim. It's a barber pole, full.

092 40 27 Irwin Okays we copy; a full barber pole. We show it partially retracted within acceptable limits.

092 40 38 Mattingly: What do you mean partially retracted? Does that mean your telemetry point has cinched closure?

092 40 44 Irwin That's affirmative.

092 40 49 Mattingly: Okay, then I'll put it back into the Off position?

092 40 53 Irwin Stand by, Ken. I think we - we want it in Retract.

092 40 59 Mattingly: Okay, I'll leave it in Retract.

092 41 04 Irwin Okay, you could put the Retract switch back to the Off position.

092 41 14 Mattingly: Okay, Retract is Off.

092 41 16 Irwin Roger.

092 41 19 Mattingly: If you can watch that thing on telemetry, I can extend it enough to clear it and then try a Retract again.

092 41 30 Irwin Okay, let's - We're within limits, Ken. Let's hold what we have.

092 41 39 Mattingly: Okay.

092 43 47 Mattingly: Okay, Jim. On the docking latch number 10, I've got some observations, if you're ready.

092 43 56 Irwin Roger. We're ready, Ken. Go ahead.

092 44 01 Mattingly: Okay, when I look in under the LM umbilical connector cover, the roller cam looks normal, and everything I can see from that side looks correct. When I look under the cover on the right side - that's the probe connector cover - I look at the bungee in the - the little arm that sticks out from the bottom of the cam - when I compare it to another latch, it doesn't stick out as far; in fact, the back of this part - this inner piece of the bell crank - I can get the part number on it, and it's - it's flush; whereas, on the other end, it sticks out and it shows the pin; so it looks like it hasn't come over center. Sorry I don't have the right part nomenclature.

092 44 51 Irwin Roger; we copy.

092 44 52 Mattingly: If you had a docking latch on the table there, somewhere, you could see what I'm looking at.

092 45 33 Irwin Ken, this is Houston. Can you see anything that might be obstructing or interfering with that cam action?

092 45 42 Mattingly: No, sir; I can't.

092 45 44 Irwin Okay.

092 46 28 Irwin Okay, 16; this is Houston. if you go to P00 and Accept, we'll up-link you. Okay, just Accept.

092 46 41 Mattingly: You're there.

092 49 24 Irwin Okay, 16; this is Houston. You can go back to Block.

092 49 42 Irwin 16, this is Houston. Did you copy?

092 49 47 Mattingly: Yeah, you got it.

092 49 L$ Irwin Roger.

092 58 51 Mattingly: Houston, we just passed over the good landing site, and you can see the whole area. Stands out very nicely just like the model.

092 59 01 Irwin Very good, Ken. Thank you.

092 59 39 Mattingly: Houston, from my present positions I can't be sure exactly where I am because I just looked out the window again but - we passed over a large crater, and it has three little domes in the bottom of it with craters in the top of them; and they look like very subtle cinder cones. I'll try to mark that guy on the way back. It's one of a cluster of two large ones and several smaller ones.

093 00 03 Irwin Roger. We copy, Ken.

093 01 30 Irwin 16, this is - Houston. Will you give us another reading on that docking tunnel index when you have an opportunity?

093 01 40 Mattingly: It's still the same thing: minus 3.5.

093 01 43 Irwin Roger. Minus 3.5.

093 01 48 Mattingly: Affirm.

093 06 07 Irwin 16, this is Houston -

093 06 09 Mattingly: Houston, 16.

093 06 10 Irwin We have filmed the - Go ahead, 16.

093 06 15 Mattingly: Okay. John and Charlie got their suits on and they're in the LM. Is there any reason they shouldn't go ahead and power up and get some cooling?

093 06 25 Irwin Stand by.

093 06 33 Irwin Okay, let's proceed, Ken.

093 06 38 Mattingly: Okay, we'll proceed.

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control. Apollo 16 commander, John Young and Lunar Module pilot, Charlie Duke are running almost 40 minutes ahead of the Flight Plan. And as much as they've already donned their pressure suits and they're in the Lunar Module, preparing to power it up. Flight plan calls for transfer...

093 07 21 Mattingly: Houston; Orion on internal power at 93:07.

093 07 25 Irwin Roger.

093 07 46 Irwin And, Ken, this is Houston. The reason for that undervoltage last night was that the - all the heaters just happened to come on at that particular time.

093 07 59 Mattingly: Say again, Jim. We were cycling over to relief dump at the time (chuckle).

093 08 04 Irwin I'll talk to you later.

093 08 09 Mattingly: Okay. Did you get my call on the LM power at 93:07?

093 08 14 Irwin Sure did; 93:07.

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control. Some 25 minutes remaining now in this front side pass in the tenth lunar orbit of Apollo 16. Before the stilled docked Orion and Casper who are on the corner on the western limb of the Moon and still on the tenth lunar orbit. This is Apollo Control.

093 10 34 Irwin 16, this is Houston. S-Band Aux Sci switched to Off. Over.

093 10 45 Mattingly: That's Off.

093 10 47 Irwin Roger.

093 19 25 Mattingly: Houston, can I give you some torquing angles, or did you copy them?

093 19 29 Irwin We have them, Ken.

093 19 33 Mattingly: Okay, and we're in the maneuver.

093 19 36 Irwin Roger.

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control. The maneuver that was referred to just then by Ken Mattingly aboard the Command Module, Casper, was the maneuver to the undocking attitude which has a Roll 0, Pitch 104, and Yaw 0. Just about on time as called for in the Flight Plan, some 14 minutes and 8 seconds until loss of signal. This is Apollo Control at 93:20.

093 20 23 Irwin Ken, this is Houston. Our plan on the mass spec boom is to leave it where it is, and we're going to ask John and Charlie to check it after undocking, with respect to position.

093 20 46 Mattingly: Okay.

093 20 48 Irwin And when I was trying to talk to you before, I just wanted to give you the word on that undervoltage which y'all had last night. The reason for that was the fact that all the heaters came on at the same time. Over.

093 21 05 Mattingly: Okay, I guess maybe I jumped the gun, but it seemed to me like that - that Master Alarm came on instantly when I hit that switch, and it seemed like the only prudent thing to do was to undo what I just did. I'm glad to hear that, though. Thank you.

093 21 44 Irwin And, Ken, if you're - got a few minutes there - I could give you a - a Flight Plan update, a very short one.

093 21 51 Mattingly: Could - could you hold it? I'm in the middle of - suit donning and canister change.

093 21 56 Irwin Okay.

093 25 11 Irwin Ken, will you have Orion select the aft antenna?

093 25 19 Duke: Okay, Jim. You got it.

093 25 22 Irwin Very good. We're reading you loud and clear.

093 25 27 Duke: And you're really beautiful, too. We are on Page 3-6, Step 6. We'd have been a little bit further along, but we had trouble with John's zipper today.

093 25 38 Young: [Garble] I tried to [garble].

093 26 09 Irwin Orion, will you go Down Voice Backup?

093 26 54 Duke: [Garble] Casper, over. [Garble].

093 27 15 Irwin Casper, this is Houston. If there's anyth - anything significant from Orion, will you relay, because there's excessive noise down here.

093 27 26 Duke: How do you read, Jim?

093 27 42 Irwin Casper, this is Houston. How do you read?

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control. Five minutes away from loss of signal as Apollo 16 passes behind the Moon. Lunar Module cabin now showing at 5.02 pounds per square inch pressure [34.6 kPa]. Suit pressure 4.98 [psi - 34.33 kPa] for both men. Cabin temperature 68F [20C].

093 30 17 Irwin Orion, this is Houston. How do you read?

093 30 22 Mattingly: You're five by, Jim. How me?

093 30 25 Irwin Roger; we're reading you. We still have a lot of noise, but we don't have the big dish up yet.

093 30 32 Duke: Okay, we got a signal strength of about 3.9 on the Aft Omni.

093 30 37 Irwin Roger. Understand 3.9 on the Aft Omni.

093 31 29 Duke: Noisy, ain't it?

093 32 19 Irwin 16, this is Houston. You're two minutes from LOS.

093 32 28 Mattingly: Okay, thank you. [Garble].

093 32 51 Young: Can you read me, Charlie?

093 32 52 Duke: Yeah.

093 32 55 Young: I don't read you.

093 32 56 Duke: You don't have your audio breaker in, do you?

093 32 59 Young: Yeah.

093 33 01 Duke: Did you turn on your stuff?

093 33 04 Young: Yeah.

093 33 15 Duke: How's that? How's that?

093 33 18 Young: That's better. Okay. Thank you. What was that? How did you fix that?

093 33 25 Duke: I Just put my mike closer to my mouth.

093 33 27 Young: Okay, fine. [Garble].

093 33 28 Duke: And talked up a little bit. I've got my Master Volume up full.

093 33 31 Young: Me, too.

093 33 40 Young: Okay, where are you at, Charlie?

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control. We've had Loss Of Signal as Apollo 16, still docked at this time, passed behind the Moon during the end of the 10th lunar orbit. The crew of Apollo 16 considerably ahead of the time-line and getting the Lunar Module manned and checked out. All three crewmen suited at this time. Approximately 46, 47 minutes until acquisition. We'll come back up at acquisition at the start of lunar orbit revolution number 11, lunar orbit number 11, and at 93:35, this is Apollo Control.

093 53 32 Duke (LM onboard): How do you read, Ken?

093 53 34 Mattingly (LM onboard): Loud and clear.

093 53 35 Duke (LM onboard): Wow. You're just super also.

093 53 38 Mattingly (LM onboard): Well, at least we got one improvement over the simulators.

093 53 41 Duke (LM onboard): Boy, I'll say.

093 53 45 Young (LM onboard): Okay. That's really good.

093 53 47 Mattingly (LM onboard): Outstanding.

093 53 48 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. Go...

093 53 49 Mattingly (LM onboard): [Garble] How about a - you need a 16 65 before I get away from here, John?

093 53 56 Young (LM onboard): No, I - no, I - Tell him no.

093 53 59 Duke (LM onboard): No.

093 54 00 Young (LM onboard): I can hear him - I can hear him through your headset.

093 54 03 Duke (LM onboard): Go B to Receive and - and then VHF A to T/R.

093 54 12 Young (LM onboard): Okay. Okay. What's those numbers again?

093 54 16 Duke (LM onboard): 36673 -

093 54 18 Young (LM onboard): That's the LM weight?

093 54 19 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah. And 39329.

[Short period of CM transcript from 093 54 31 to 094 01 38]

093 54 31 Mattingly (CM onboard): We're through with the LM umbilicals, I hope.

093 54 33 Duke (LM onboard): Yes, sir.

093 54 45 Mattingly (CM onboard): There's a lot of [garble] up here.

093 54 57 Duke (LM onboard): Man, this zero gravity is so neat.

093 55 01 Mattingly (CM onboard): I think it's almost as easy to [garble] it was designed [garble] Yes, sir. I'm gonna count them [garble] at least a dozen [garble] Yeah. I'll stow them.

093 55 02 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah. You take the umbilicals onto your side? That's new, huh?

093 55 07 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. On my checklist, it says verify them stowed.

093 55 23 Mattingly (LM onboard): [Garble].

093 55 24 Duke (LM onboard): Huh? Okay.

093 55 39 Duke (LM onboard): It says both electrical umbilicals removed. Drogue - Oh, yeah. It does say remove them.

093 55 23 Mattingly (CM onboard): Yeah. We don't want to - we don't want to leave these up here .... get in the way.

093 55 44 Young (LM onboard): Hey, Ken?

093 55 46 Young (LM onboard): If you get into Min Dead Band Attitude hold, I can go ahead and do this coarse align.

093 55 49 Mattingly (CM onboard): Huh? What?

093 55 49 Duke (LM onboard): Wait - Wait a - No, wait a minute. Let - you can't do it without his numbers. And he's doing the tunnel stuff now.

093 56 00 Young (LM onboard): Okay.

093 56 02 Duke (LM onboard): He wanted you to go - to do the coarse align, but let's do the tun - whatever you think's faster.

093 56 06 Mattingly (CM onboard): Yeah, we're - The only way we'll keep from screwing up is to follow the checklist. Which comes after - comes after the tunnel. Wait a minute. After what? No, sir. I got a coarse align that comes 40 minutes after probe and drogue. If I get out of sync, I'm going to make you run the [garble] Well, you're way ahead of your time line, and I'm just barely hanging on.

093 56 24 Mattingly (LM onboard): [Garble] coarse alignment [garble].

093 56 37 Duke (LM onboard): Okay, go ahead. I just didn't see that. Ours just has us at - way ahead of that.

093 56 39 Mattingly (LM onboard): [Garble].

093 56 42 Duke (LM onboard): Oh, I see what - Okay, you're right. All I'm supposed to do is verify this stuff. Let him get that end, John. We - we're in Fat City. Man, I'm putting a lot of load on this suit in the back...

093 57 13 Young (LM onboard): It's all zipped.

093 57 14 Duke (LM onboard): ...when I straighten my legs up.

093 57 28 Duke (LM onboard): Hey, I don't get much feedback in my mikes. I thought I'd be able to hear myself.

093 57 41 Young (LM onboard): You know what we need is some orange juice things over here - drinks.

093 57 44 Duke (LM onboard): We got some.

093 57 46 Young (LM onboard): Do we?

093 57 47 Duke (LM onboard): Uh-huh.

093 58 09 Young (LM onboard): That water's not leaking, is it?

093 58 10 Duke (LM onboard): No. It's not.

093 58 21 Mattingly (CM onboard): Putting all this stuff in here. Trying to put the food on and then do [garble] food [garble].

093 58 47 Duke (LM onboard): Looks great.

093 58 51 Mattingly (CM onboard): Okay. Let's start on the business. You say put the probe in, huh? I'll probe and drogue [garble] probe and drogue [garble].

093 59 28 Young (LM onboard): I could do the landing gear deploy. You want to do that?

093 59 42 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah, that sounds all right to me. They don't have to see that.

093 59 46 Young (LM onboard): Okay. Tell Ken we're gonna deploy the landing gear.

093 59 51 Duke (LM onboard): Hey, Ken. If you hear a thump, we're gonna deploy the landing gear.

093 59 52 Mattingly (CM onboard): Yeah. Okay.

093 59 59 Young (LM onboard): Okay. Circuit Breaker 11...

[Begin Lunar Rev 11 at 094 00]

094 00 O0 Duke (LM onboard): What page are you on?

094 00 02 Young (LM onboard): It's on Page 1 - 3-17.

094 00 08 Duke (LM onboard): Okay.

094 00 09 Young (LM onboard): Circuit Breaker 11, ED Landing Gear Flag, Close.

094 O0 16 Duke (LM onboard): Okay, Logic Power A, Open.

094 00 19 Young (LM onboard): Logic Power A is Open.

094 00 20 Duke (LM onboard): Master Arm, On.

094 00 23 Young (LM onboard): Master Arm is coming On. System B light.

094 00 26 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. Landing Gear Gear Deploys Fire.

094 00 28 Young (LM onboard): Landing Gear Deploy, Fire.

094 00 30 Duke (LM onboard): There they go.

094 00 32 Mattingly (CM onboard): Holy smoke!

094 00 34 Young (LM onboard): Got a- a -

094 00 36 Duke (LM onboard): No doubt in my mind. You get a gray?

094 00 38 Young (LM onboard): Gray.

094 00 39 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. ED 11, Logic Power A, Close.

094 00 41 Young (LM onboard): Logic Power A is closed.

094 00 43 Duke (LM onboard): System A light, On.

094 00 44 Young (LM onboard): It is.

094 00 45 Duke (LM onboard): Fire again.

094 00 48 Young (LM onboard): Fire again, huh? Landing Gear Deploy, Fire again.

094 00 52 Duke (LM onboard): Hey, it's out, John! I can see the front footpad.

094 O0 59 Young (LM onboard): Okay, and then what?

094 01 00 Duke (LM onboard): And then look at the front footpad. Master Arm, Off.

094 01 04 Young (LM onboard): Okay.

094 01 05 Duke (LM onboard): CB 11, ED Logic Power...

094 01 07 Young (LM onboard): Landing Gear Flag, open.

094 01 08 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah, Landing Gear Flag. Man, have we got the condensation in here. Looks like you're serious about this.

094 01 19 Mattingly (CM onboard): Okay. You got the - you got some - three capture latches in there? All righty.

094 01 21 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah, they look okay.

094 01 23 Young (LM onboard): Hey, you - Is this your pair of scissors here, Charlie?

094 O1 27 Duke (LM onboard): In there, yeah.

094 01 28 Young (LM onboard): Did you take them out of here?

094 01 30 Duke (LM onboard): I took them out of the data card kit.

094 01 31 Young (LM onboard): Okay.

094 01 38 Mattingly (CM onboard): Last chance to swap seats, Charlie. I got my LOG all ready.

[End of CM transcript until 094 21 59]

094 01 44 Duke (LM onboard): [Garble] Man, this - this water cooling is so nice, Ken.

094 02 19 Young (LM onboard): Okay, we've done that.

094 02 49 Young (LM onboard): Are you in Auto on the Quads? No. Okay. Going to Auto on the Quads, Charlie.

094 02 54 Duke (LM onboard): Okay.

094 02 56 Young (LM onboard): That was at 94:02 - 02:57.

094 03 05 Duke (LM onboard): Check the quad temps.

094 03 10 Young (LM onboard): Super. They're already up there, ain't they?

094 03 13 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah, I push - those breakers on your side are...

094 03 16 Young (LM onboard): Man -

094 03 17 Duke (LM onboard): ...manual. I mean they're - they cycle on and off by themselves.

094 03 34 Young (LM onboard): Hey, let's get the AOT reticule thing out and put it on.

094 03 40 Duke (LM onboard): Oh. I forgot that. That's part of the housekeeping.

094 03 42 Young (LM onboard): Yeah.

094 03 52 Duke (LM onboard): I wonder how I forgot that?

094 03 58 Young (LM onboard): Is it in there?

094 03 59 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah, here it is.

094 04 11 Duke (LM onboard): Okay, you got it.

094 04 12 Young (LM onboard): What are you, a southpaw?

094 04 13 Duke (LM onboard): I'd look out the - yeah, I'll look out the other way.

094 04 17 Young (LM onboard): Beautiful.

094 04 35 Duke (LM onboard): What's your problem?

094 05 12 Young (LM onboard): Okay, Charlie.

094 05 34 Duke (LM onboard): It's not in here.

094 05 41 Young (LM onboard): What's not?

094 05 42 Duke (LM onboard): That AOT thing.

094 05 43 Young (LM onboard): What AOT thing?

094 05 45 Duke (LM onboard): During the housekeeping.

094 05 49 Young (LM onboard): Don't worry about it, Charlie.

094 05 50 Duke (LM onboard): I know it. I just wanted to write it down for the [Apollo] 17 guys.

094 05 53 Young (LM onboard): Oh.

094 06 11 Duke (LM onboard): My ears have cleared up, John. I mean my sinuses.

094 06 15 Young (LM onboard): Mine, too. You know why?

094 06 17 Duke (LM onboard): Why?

094 06 18 Young (LM onboard): With as much simulator time as we got ... What's the matter, Ken?

094 06 35 Mattingly (LM onboard): [Garble].

094 06 43 Duke (LM onboard): You got three capture.latches.

094 06 44 Mattingly (LM onboard): [Garble].

094 06 46 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah. And it's tight. I can't budge it. You know, I wish I could cut my microphone off on my left side. That way I wouldn't get this drink bag squa - squirted in my face every time.

094 07 12 Young (LM onboard): Pretty exciting, isn't it? [Garble] me another shot of water, Charlie.

094 07 21 Duke (LM onboard): Okay (laughter).

094 07 32 Young (LM onboard): That's good. That's enough.

094 07 36 Duke (LM onboard): Come on. Let's chill it down a little bit.

094 07 37 Young (LM onboard): Oh. Think that's enough?

094 07 40 Duke (LM onboard): Umm, that feels good.

094 07 46 Young (LM onboard): A-choo.

094 07 47 Duke (LM onboard): Oh, boy.

094 08 35 Duke (LM onboard): Can't understand why we're down to 91 percent on the Descent O2. Both tanks.

094 08 49 Young (LM onboard): They didn't fill them.

094 08 50 Duke (LM onboard): You don't think so?

094 08 51 Young (LM onboard): Yeah.

094 08 54 Duke (LM onboard): They never told me they weren't going to.

094 09 00 Young (LM onboard): That may be what it reads.

094 09 26 Duke (LM onboard): 13 minutes to AOS. Or thereabouts.

094 09 52 Young (LM onboard): Is Ken pulling latches?

094 09 56 Duke (LM onboard): Hey, Ken.

094 09 57 Mattingly (LM onboard): Yeah.

094 09 58 Duke (LM onboard): You all finished? I'm gonna close the hatch.

094 09 59 Mattingly (LM onboard): Wait a minute.

094 10 00 Duke (LM onboard): Okay.

094 10 05 Young (LM onboard): Is he off comm?

094 10 09 Duke (LM onboard): I don't know.

094 10 10 Young (LM onboard): Don't close the hatch until he gets on comm.

094 10 21 Duke (LM onboard): This zero gravity is so neat.

094 10 23 Young (LM onboard): Hey, Ken.

094 10 50 Mattingly (LM onboard): [Garble].

094 10 52 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. I've checked the exterior. The capture latches are engaged and locked, I got three good ones. And from my side, they're removed, the lock lever's engaged and flush; so we're all set.

094 11 17 Mattingly (LM onboard): [Garble].

094 11 22 Duke (LM onboard): Can you hear me on the comm, Ken?

094 11 24 Mattingly (LM onboard): Yeah, loud and clear.

094 11 25 Duke (LM onboard): Okay.

094 11 27 Young (LM onboard): Yeah, it is, T.K. If you go to Min Deadband Attitude hold and give me a [Verb] 06 [Noun] 20, I'd appreciate it.

094 11 39 Mattingly (LM onboard): Okay. I'll get with it right now.

094 11 42 Duke (LM onboard): Okay, Ken. I'm gonna close the hatch. We'll see you in 3 days, babe.

094 11 47 Mattingly (LM onboard): Okay.

094 11 48 Duke (LM onboard): And don't run off and leave us.

094 12 04 Young (LM onboard): You want me to check and see if it's sealed? Want me to check the seal and see if there's anything in it before you close it? There was nothing in it, huh ?

094 12 17 Duke (LM onboard): Huh-uh.

094 12 32 Young (LM onboard): Got it, huh?

094 12 33 Duke (LM onboard): Uh-huh. Going Auto, Press Reg A A -

094 12 40 Mattingly (LM onboard): Okay, John. I'm in Min Dead Band.

094 12 43 Young (LM onboard): Okay. And give me an 06 20.

094 12 53 Mattingly (LM onboard): Okay. Plus 002.74, plus 109.36, plus 004.57.

094 13 12 Young (LM onboard): Okay. Okay. Plus zero - plus 002.74, plus 109.36, plus 004.57.

094 13 23 Mattingly (LM onboard): That's affirmative.

094 14 01 Duke (LM onboard): Did you get the docking angle written down, John?

094 14 03 Young (LM onboard): It's minus 3-1/2.

094 14 04 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah. Just like in the training units. These -

094 IL 13 Young (LM onboard): What?

094 14 14 Duke (LM onboard): These helmet - these helmet bags, the plate - the - the snap caved in over here and you can't get it snapped.

094 14 37 Young (LM onboard): There. Okay, Charlie. If you got some time, I'd like for you to check me on these angles.

094 14 42 Duke (LM onboard): Okay, Just a minute.

094 15 26 Young (LM onboard): [Garble]. Hey, Ken. You've got to stay in Min Dead Band Att hold until I tell you.

094 15 31 Mattingly (LM onboard): Yeah, I'm not going anywhere.

094 16 03 Young (LM onboard): Charlie, you gonna put your foot on the -

094 16 07 Duke (LM onboard): The hatch?

094 16 08 Young (LM onboard): Yeah. (Laughter)

094 16 19 Duke (LM onboard): Plus 002.74, huh?

094 16 21 Young (LM onboard): Yeah...

094 16 22 Duke (LM onboard): Minus - subtract that. That'll be 6 - that one's correct. 289.36. That one is correct. This is wrong here. 360 minus should be a 370 something.

094 16 48 Young (LM onboard): You got 340 - Yeah, that's a minus.

094 16 50 Duke (LM onboard): 356.

094 16 51 Young (LM onboard): 356, yeah. (Laughter) 356...

094 16 58 Duke (LM onboard): No, it's 355.43.

094 17 00 Young (LM onboard): 355.43.

094 17 03 Duke (LM onboard): Now add that up again and make sure it makes 360.

094 17 06 Young (LM onboard): Yeah. Seven and three is ten; five and four is 9, ten, five and four is nine, 101 there we go.

094 17 13 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. Okay. Closed and secured hatch.

094 17 28 Young (LM onboard): Plus 293.76 Enter, plus 289.36 Enter, plus 355.43.

094 17 47 Duke (LM onboard): You did the self-test already, huh, John?

094 17 48 Young (LM onboard): Oh, yeah.

094 17 49 Duke (LM onboard): Okay.

094 17 51 Young (LM onboard): Okay. Plus 293.76, plus 289.36, plus 355.43. Go. Go get them, tiger. Okay.

094 18 14 Duke (LM onboard): Should be 0, 284, and 060.

094 18 22 Young (LM onboard): Yeah, you - he - he was out of attitude, wasn't he?

094 18 25 Duke (LM onboard): Oh, that's right. Yeah.

094 18 27 Young (LM onboard): Okay. Verb 40 Noun 20.

094 18 38 Duke (LM onboard): Maybe you ought to wait until that No Att light goes out.

094 18 40 Young (LM onboard): It ain't gonna ever go out.

094 18 41 Duke (LM onboard): Oh, that's right. You got to release. You're right. Not until you do that, it won't go out.

094 18 51 Young (LM onboard): Now, they said they're gonna change the REFSMMAT, right ?

094 19 00 Duke (LM onboard): Why, what do you want to do?

094 19 01 Young (LM onboard): [Garble].

094 19 06 Duke (LM onboard): You can still set the REFSMMAT flag.

094 19 14 Young (LM onboard): Yeah, I don't see why not.

094 19 19 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. Noun 07 Enter.

094 19 25 Young (LM onboard): Enter, 77 Enter, 10000 Enter, 1 Enter.

094 19 41 Duke (LM onboard): Did you - did you check that REFSMMAT?

094 19 46 Young (LM onboard): No. I'll check it in a second.

094 19 47 Duke (LM onboard): Okay.

094 19 57 Young (LM onboard): It's set.

094 19 58 Duke (LM onboard): Okay.

094 20 03 Young (comm): Okay, Ken. I need an 06 20. On my - on my mark.

094 20 18 Mattingly (comm): Okay. Standing by.

094 20 19 Young (comm): 3, 2, 1 -

094 20 21 Young (comm): Mark.

094 20 22 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. 94:20:20.

094 20 24 Mattingly (comm): 002.69, plus 109.31, plus 004.72.

094 20 38 Young (LM onboard): Plus 002.69, plus 109.31, plus 004.72.

094 20 43 Mattingly (comm): That's affirmative.

094 20 50 Duke (LM onboard): You read out - read mine to me, John.

094 20 53 Young (LM onboard): 294.65, 289.96, 355.02.

094 21 03 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. I got it. All down in here.

094 21 07 Young (LM onboard): Okay. What time was it, Charlie?

094 21 09 Duke (LM onboard): 94:20:20.

094 21 16 Duke (LM onboard): Should have AOS momentarily. You've done the landing gear. Did the DAP.

094 21 29 Young (LM onboard): What else can we do, Charlie?

094 21 31 Duke (LM onboard): Nothing. Let's Just wait until we get AOS and get the comm up. Then we do the E-memory dump.

094 21 39 Young (LM onboard): Okay.

094 21 40 Duke (LM onboard): We got to get an up-link. Then we can start into the RCS, after I get the Ascent Bats checked out.

Public Affairs Officer: This is Apollo Control. 94 hours, 21 minutes into the flight of Apollo 16. Less then a minute away now from acquisition of data and voice from the spacecraft. Coming around now part way through the eleventh lunar revolution. The communications with the two spacecraft have been split at this time, that is a separate CapCom or spacecraft communicator. We'll be talking to Ken Mattingly aboard Casper. Ed Mitchell is the Command Module CapCom. Jim Irwin remains as CapCom to communicate with Young and Duke aboard Orion.

[Short CM transcript portion from 094 21 59 until 094 22 15.

094 22 00 Young (comm): Ken, are we pretty close to being at the undocking attitude?

094 22 02 Mattingly (CM comm): Undocking attitude is 01 plus 40.

094 22 11 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah, we're pretty close.

094 22 15 Young (CM onboard): Okay.

[Break in CM transcript until 095 28 35]

094 22 20 Duke (LM onboard): What time did they say AOS was, Ken?

094 22 23 Young (LM onboard): The reason I ask, Ken, is for this P52, I need to be close to the right attitude to pick up the stars.

094 22 35 Mattingly (LM onboard): It's the same set of time-line procedures we've been using.

094 22 40 Young (LM onboard): I know it. It's just that it's further off on the 8-ball than normal.

094 22 45 Mattingly (LM onboard): Is that gonna be close enough, John?

094 22 49 Duke (LM onboard): Yeah. I think...

094 22 50 Young (LM onboard): Oh, let's try it and see what happens.

094 22 54 Duke (LM onboard): Okay. We Just got them.

094 22 56 Mattingly (LM onboard): Charlie, [garble] AOS any second.

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