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Apollo 13 PAO Mission Commentary Transcript

Apollo 13 PAO Mission Commentary Transcript

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APOLLO13MISSIONCOMMENTARY,4-11-70,11:43a.m.CST1
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1ThisisApollo
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Saturnlaunchcontrolwe'reTminus1hour29minutes57secondsandcounting.Finishingupatthistimeisthechecksoftheemergencydetectionsystem.SkipShovanthetestsupervisornowalsomakingsome...he'sspacecrafttestsupervisor,makingsomecheckswiththevariousmembersofthelaunchcrewinsidethespace-craft.Theboostprotectivecoverhasnowcomeclosed.Thisisthecoverwhichwillprotectthespacecrafthatchbothfromthejettisoningofthelaunchescapesystemandalsoasitdevelopssomefrictionasitgoesupthroughtheheavyearthatmosphere.Thecrewnowastheypreparetheboostprotectivecoverwillalsobegoingaroundthewhiteroomdoingwhat'scalledbreakingupthewhiteroomorgenerallypreparingitforretraction.Oncetheclose-outcrewdepartsthewhiteroomareathatwhiteroomwillberetractedtoastand-byposition.Itwillremaininthatstand-bypositiondownthroughthecountdowntotheTminus5minutemark,atwhichtimeitwillcomebacktothefullyretractedposition.NowTminus1hour28minutes52secondsandcounting,thisisKennedyLaunchControl.ENDOFTAPE
 
APOLLO13MISSIONCOMMENTARY,4
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1PAOThisisApolloSaturnLaunchControl,Tminus1hour,19minutes,58secondsandcounting.Atthistimethecloseoutcrewhasreportedfromthewhiteroomthattheyareinthelaststagesofclearingoutthewhiteroomandmakingitreadyforitsretractedposition.Alsogoingonatthistimearesomecomputercheckswiththelaunchvehicle,thesecomputercheckswillberuncontinuouslythroughoutthefinalportionofthecountdowntoinsurethatthegroundcomputersarecommunicatingproperlywiththecorputersaboardthespacevehicle.Thelaunchcrewhasbeenhavingsomeproblemswithaventvalveinthefirststageoftheliquidoxygentankasmentionedearlier,theliquidoxygenasitdoesboiloff,isventedtotheatmosphere.Oneoftheseventvalvesappearedtobesticking;thatproblemnowdoesappeartobesolvedandithasbeenbroughtclosed.NowatTminus1hour,19minutes,8secondsandcounting,thisisKennedyLaunchControl.ENDOFTAPE
 
APOLLO13MISSIONCOMMENTARY,4-11-70,12:02CST3
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1PAOThisisApollo
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SaturnLaunchControlTminus1hour9minutes59secondsandcounting.Atthistimeinthecommandmodule,Odyssey,thethreecrewmen,spacecraftcommanderJimLovell,commandmodulepilotJackSwigert,andlunarmodulepilotFredHaiseareverybusy.Thespacecraftcommanderandcommandmodulepilotareconfiguringthestabila-zationandcontrolsystemforliftoffandaliningthatsystemwiththeguidanceplatformaboardthespacecraft.Alsogoingonatthistimeisacheckofthelargepropulsionsystemenginebelowtheservicemodule.Thisenginecanbegimbaledinresponsetocommands.Thisisdoneintwowaysandthesesystemsarebeingcheckedoutatthistime.Thereisathumb-wheelcontrolwhichcansettheenginetoapresetpositionforcertainmaneuversandalsoarotationalhandcontrollerwhichcanbeusedfortheactualflightofamaneuver.Thesechecks_arebeingmadenow,theenginebeinggimbaledasspace-craftcommanderJimLovellindicatingthepositionthatheisputtingthesetoandreadoutsarebeingmadetoinsurethattheengineisgimbalingaproperresponse.Alsoatthistimeafinalcheckoutbythecrewoftheentrymonitoringsystem,alsoafinalsettingofthissystem.Ourcountdownproceedingwellatthistime,Tminus1hour8minutes40seconds,thisisKennedyLaunchControl.ENDOFTAPE