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Garbled transmissions.

Duke: Rog. Stand by. Copy. Over.

Aldrin: Minus 20; yes, that would be better. Would you like us to pick another antenna?

Armstrong: 150 - you don't want to take too many on this. Should be about 100... - okay -

Collins: Did they say anything about the O2 purge? Over.

Aldrin: Rog.

Armstrong: Find it?

Collins: What I need is - 0.3 to 0.5 on this thing, closer to 3.

Aldrin: Okay.

Collins: You're loud and clear, Owen.

Armstrong: Yes, and then that scares you, because that says you're going retrograde, right?

Armstrong: Okay.

Collins: Okay.

Aldrin: Okay, Noun 81, minus 0, plus 0.4, plus 0.9.

Armstrong: I'll get them.

Garriott: Columbia, Houston. You commented, Neil, that on your approach to the landing spot, you had passed over a football-field-sized crater containing rather large blocks of solid rock perhaps 10 to 15 feet in size. Over.

Collins: Well - no, I haven't tried a whole number of alternatives. We've got a little over 6:50 until TIG.

Collins: All right.

Duke: Roger. We read System A Ascent Fuel, Ascent Oxidizer. And, we're considering - This PTC looks sort of weird to us, so we're considering stopping and starting over again, and we'll be with you in a couple of minutes. [Long pause.]

Collins: Yeah.

Aldrin: Okay, LOX dump about - I guess that'll make it about

Collins: Rog. Okay, you think we can do that?

Duke: Roger. Thank you very much. We'll have you some answers shortly on trajectory. Out.

Aldrin: Roger. Give us 1 minute to check the P23 damage. That's good. Yes, the flicker...

Collins: Okay.

Armstrong: Fastest VOX in the west. (Long Pause) What are you transmitting on up there?

PAO: That conversation between Charlie Duke and Mike Collins referring to the automatic light that comes on in the LM when the hatch is opened. The ship reports it is now 7 miles from the spacecraft.

Duke: Roger. Over.

Aldrin: Getting a little harder to pull out, here.

Collins: Houston, Columbia in (Omni) Delta. Yes.

Aldrin: Going AGS all the way, huh? You're backing into the cable.

Collins: [Garble.] Try that again. Over.

Collins: Okay. I still need a DOI P76 PAD, and a PDI-1 plus 12 P76 PAD, some time at your convenience.

Duke: No, sir. [Long pause.] Over.

Aldrin: What do you know, it works!

Collins: (Faint, joking) How about sending me a fourth gimbal for Christmas. It looked rough as a (corn) cob then.

Aldrin: Okay.

Armstrong: Okay.

Armstrong: You might get it coming sideways here.

Collins: That's a good name, too: Sidewinder and Diamondback.

Duke: Rog. [Pause.]

Armstrong: Roger. Beautiful.

Collins: Well, I got to go in there and dick - - Yes, we have to build up pressure a little bit.

Aldrin: Okay.

Armstrong: Okay, Charlie.

Aldrin: Roger.

Armstrong: I think only in my suit.

Aldrin: Okay.

Collins: Roger.

Armstrong: Okay.

McCandless: We're reading you loud and clear, Buzz. " The communist daily L'Humanite led with a launch picture and devoted its entire back page to an enthusiastic Moon report describing the countdown and launch, the astronauts' wives and families, and backgrounding lunar activities. The boresight star is not available. Go ahead. Out. Over. We recommend stopping PTC at GET of 54:45:00, and this should put you at just about the right roll angle. Over.

Collins: No, no, it's not in there.

Garriott: Columbia, Houston. It looks like we're locked back up again with no delay. If you'd give us a hand on a manual relock, we'd appreciate it. Roger, 11.

Aldrin: Yes.

Armstrong: I think you did that already.

Duke: Eagle, this is Houston. I got a good... You guys are speedy; you beat us to the punch here. [Long pause.]

Aldrin: Houston, Apollo 11.

Duke: Roger. Over.

Aldrin: Houston, Eagle.

Armstrong: [Garble].

Collins: Columbia.

Armstrong: Get some tape.

Collins: Yes. You reading them? Is he happy with all those good things?

Garriott: Roger.

Collins: Eagle, Columbia.

Aldrin: Say, I need some of those data books. SPS/G&N: 63059; plus 0.97, minus 0.20; 026:44:57.92; plus 0011.8, minus 0000.3, plus 0017.7; 277 - Are you still copying, Houston? Loud and clear.

McCandless: Roger. (Pause) Columbia, Houston. Standby. Over. Over.

McCandless: Mode IV capability.

Armstrong: I got one.

Duke: Rog, Buzz. [Pause.]

Collins: We've been taking pictures and we've still got four exposures to go, and we'll take those and then pack the camera. Yes sir. Here comes Pitch 1...

Aldrin: ...35, 30 seconds, yes. Negative.

Aldrin: Roger. I'm sure that'll show up. It is the white index, is it not, that you're interested in comparing whether it's in the red or green?

Aldrin: What?

Duke: Stand by. Over. [Pause.]

Armstrong: It is. Oxygen heaters; 1 Off, 2 Auto. Would you stand by a minute?

McCandless: Roger. We're seeing Boot Hill now.

Aldrin: I'll just put a question mark here about... not show our ignorance.

Armstrong: ...okay, Delta-V Thrust A, Normal.

Collins: Yes, yes, yes.

Aldrin: That's right.

Duke: We had some strange noises coming down on the downlink, and it sounded like you had some friends up there. Over. Stand by. [Pause.]

Duke: 11, Houston. Over.

Collins: Roger, Houston.

Duke: Roger. [Long pause.]

PAO: We're predicting third stage shutdown at 11 minutes, 42 seconds. Downrange 1,175 miles, velocity 24,190 mile - feet per second, altitude 102 nautical miles.

PAO: We should have cut-off by this time. The members of the launch team here in the control center monitoring a number of what we call red-line values. We've had Loss Of Signal as the Apollo 11 spacecraft begins its pass around the far side of the Moon at 85 hours, 42 minutes. We'll stand by for the call to the crew. Still Go at 7 minutes, 41 seconds. A voice count exchange between Buzz Aldrin in the Eagle, the Lunar Module, and Charles Duke here in Mission Control Center. This display is static. That should be ready to go in a little less than a minute. The crew will likely describe how the CSI burn went, which is some 5 minutes away from this point. They are now in the Lunar Module. In summary, the spacecraft looks good and the difficulty was caused here on the ground. The astronauts departed from their crew quarters - After checking out their suits, they departed from the crew quarters at 6:27 am and some 27 minutes later, 8 miles away from the crew quarters at the Kennedy Space Center atop the launch pad at complex 39, 6:54 am, the commander, astronaut Neil Armstrong, was the first to board the spacecraft. And we're now 25 minutes, 38 seconds from Trans-Earth Injection. Distance from Earth 9,002 nautical miles. We take that to mean that the drogues deployed on time.

PAO: The Hornet now estimates they are 4 and three-quarters miles away from the spacecraft.

Swim 2: This is Swim 2. [Garble]. [Garble] the water.

Photo 1: This is Photo 1.

Recovery: Hornet, copy. Over. Photo 1.

Photo 1: This is Photo 1. The three swimmers [garble].

Recovery: Roger, Recovery 1. Roger.

Recovery: Roger.

Recovery: [Garble].

Swimmer 1: This is Swimmer 1. Over. Out. The BIG swimmer has transferred [garble] the BIGs [garble].

Swimmer 1: This is Swimmer 1. Earlier [garble] that he had made preparations to commence...

Recovery: This is Hornet, copy affirmative.

Air Boss: Hornet, this is Air Boss. The drogue chutes splashed down approximately 1,500 yards on a bearing of 240 from the Command Module. Condition of the crew?

Recovery: Photo [garble].

Data from The Apollo 11 Flight Journal and The Apollo 11 Surface Journal, mashed up by Leonard Richardson. We came in peace for all mankind.

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