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CAP COMs

List: http://nasa.dataincubator.org/mission/apollo-8.html

00:00:00:00
00:00:05:02   Mike
00:00:37:25
00:01:31:25
00:01:54:28
00:03:38:00
00:03:44:18
00:04:05:40
00:04:06:41
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00:04:26:37
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00:04:37:37
00:04:38:56
00:05:07:22
00:05:31:13
00:05:36:10
00:06:16:50
00:06:28:17   (last log line of Mike's shift; PAO indicates a shift change at 00:06:29:00)

00:06:32:42   (first log line of Ken's shift)
00:09:12:24   Ken
00:09:45:20   George (AFJ marks the current cap com as Ken, even though the crew say "George" once)
00:09:51:25   Charlie (only word in a cut-off transmission, could be a letter C or a name)
00:16:20:13   (last log line of Ken's shift; PAO indicates a shift change at 00:16:23:08)

00:16:38:10   (first log line of Jerry's shift)
00:21:09:27   Jerry
00:21:14:02   (last log line of Jerry's shift)

00:21:41:24   (beginning of conversation with "Good morning, Frank")
00:21:41:31   "Good morning, Frank" -- Frank's not been sleeping; new CAPCOM?
01:00:54:32   Mike
01:00:57:06
01:01:01:31
01:01:08:06
01:06:07:00   Michael
01:06:12:37   Mike
01:06:12:43
01:06:13:06   (end of conversation mentioning Mike, next log line is ...)

01:06:22:25   (... beginning of conversation mentioning Ken)
01:06:22:37   Ken (sounded like start of a shift)
01:07:24:45
01:07:41:44
01:07:43:22
01:08:25:15   Gene (Kranz? But white team wasn't in the rotation for Apollo 8; AFJ says "means Ken")
01:09:35:24   Ken
01:12:16:05
01:12:18:08
01:12:54:20
01:12:57:43
01:13:06:47
01:14:00:06   (hand written note on transcript mentions Ken)
01:14:49:01   (probably the end of Ken's shift)

01:15:38:02   (beginning of conversation mentioning Jerry)
01:15:38:11   Jerry
01:16:08:43
01:16:11:17
01:17:37:44
01:18:07:07
01:19:30:25

01:19:39:27   Flight director (probably Glynn Lunney; black team is on watch)
01:19:42:28     Maybe mark all CAPCOM messages as FLIGHT?

01:19:53:47   Jerry
01:21:16:41
01:22:32:13
01:23:40:57
02:00:30:36   (probably end of Jerry's shift)

02:01:16:34   (Start of the conversation where Mike's name is first used for this shift)
02:01:18:25   Mike
02:01:19:24
02:01:21:16
02:02:08:25
02:02:14:36
02:02:17:10
02:03:18:03
02:03:55:06
02:03:59:03
02:04:05:08
02:04:05:55
02:04:56:21
02:04:58:01
02:05:34:43
02:07:10:28
02:07:17:24
02:07:19:25
02:07:23:35
02:07:25:50
02:07:45:10
02:07:45:23
02:07:51:10   (End of Mike's shift, confirmed with the audio)

02:08:10:06   (Beginning of next shift, confirmed with the audio)
02:08:10:09   Jerry (probably a mistake; the crew seem to have trouble telling Ken & Jerry apart)
02:08:10:12   Jerry (probably a mistake; the crew seem to have trouble telling Ken & Jerry apart)
02:08:44:29   Ken
02:09:19:21
02:12:04:47
02:13:58:21
02:14:33:36
02:14:40:06
02:15:55:10
02:15:55:16   (Last log line of Ken's shift)

02:16:38:09   (Start of the conversation where Jerry is mentioned)
02:16:38:19   Jerry (sounded like start of a shift)
02:18:42:11
02:18:55:56
02:18:55:59
02:22:28:11
02:22:49:18
02:23:45:18
02:23:49:19
03:02:02:01   (Last log line of Jerry's shift)

03:02:11:38   (Start of the conversation where Mike is mentioned)
03:02:11:42   Michael (sounded like start of a shift)
03:02:40:51   Mike
03:02:41:37
03:02:44:37
03:02:46:32
03:03:50:46   Michael
03:03:57:12   Mike
03:04:08:58
03:04:33:04
03:04:51:39
03:04:59:49
03:06:04:36
03:06:27:08
03:06:29:29
03:06:34:46   Michael
03:06:38:42   Mike
03:08:07:56
03:08:08:03
03:08:23:31
03:08:29:33
03:08:53:13
03:08:56:05
03:10:02:27
03:10:13:41
03:10:18:12
03:10:24:14
03:10:31:06
03:10:36:04
03:10:51:53
03:10:54:59   (last line of Mike's shift, probably)

03:11:42:18   (first line of Ken's shift, probably)
03:11:59:52   Jerry
03:12:00:26   "That's Ken isn't it?"
03:12:08:42   Ken
03:12:29:01
03:12:30:55
03:12:39:45
03:12:42:08
03:13:59:25
03:14:10:34
03:14:11:18
03:14:16:17
03:14:21:12
03:14:26:54
03:14:52:21
03:15:40:57
03:15:44:33
03:16:31:20
03:16:32:20
03:17:36:33
03:17:53:31   (last log line before Deke)

03:17:54:06   Deke (just briefly, to say merry Christmas)
03:17:55:07   (last log line in the conversation with Deke)

03:17:57:01   (first log line after Deke, probably back to Ken)
03:17:59:30   (last log line before Jack)

03:17:59:31   Typhoid Jack (PAO says Jack Schmitt)
03:18:01:52   (last log line in the conversation with Jack, probably)

03:18:07:21   (first log line after Jack, probably back to Ken)
03:19:10:22   Ken
03:19:11:59
03:19:14:33
03:19:36:11
03:19:40:08
03:19:53:16   (probably the last log line of Ken's shift: PAO mentions a shift change at 03:20:14:00)

03:20:22:22   (first log line of the next shift; Glynn Lunney's team according to PAO)
03:21:01:23   Jerry
03:23:21:22
03:23:21:33
03:23:22:02
03:23:29:01
03:23:43:55
04:00:33:49
04:00:33:52
04:00:35:25
04:02:04:58
04:02:05:28
04:02:06:53
04:02:58:01
04:04:13:56
04:04:41:47
04:04:50:21
04:04:54:25   Carr
04:04:55:58   Jerry
04:05:03:29
04:05:29:28
04:05:41:18
04:05:41:32   (Last log line before conversation mentioning Mike)

04:05:51:03   (First log line in conversation with Mike)
04:05:51:13   Michael
04:06:07:13
04:06:09:40   Mike
04:06:16:11   Michael
04:06:16:34
04:06:17:58   Mike
04:06:20:21
04:06:21:28
04:06:34:42
04:06:43:31
04:07:17:58
04:08:07:16
04:08:21:26
04:08:23:46
04:08:35:15
04:08:45:36
04:08:47:09
04:09:10:28
04:09:49:27
04:09:50:47
04:10:30:15
04:10:38:21
04:10:49:45
04:11:03:59
04:11:06:22   Micheal
04:11:07:57   Mike
04:11:19:31
04:11:42:29
04:12:13:10
04:12:33:25
04:12:34:02
04:12:56:42
04:12:57:32
04:13:01:08
04:13:12:20
04:13:13:08
04:13:16:14   Micheal
04:13:17:55   Mike
04:13:20:53
04:13:25:21   (probably the last line of Mike's shift)

04:13:55:51   (first line of the conversation mentioning Ken)
04:13:56:06   Ken
04:13:59:20
04:14:16:35
04:14:18:30
04:14:40:33
04:14:45:15
04:14:53:39
04:15:07:32
04:15:16:24
04:15:17:08
04:15:32:04
04:15:34:10
04:15:37:24
04:16:10:48
04:16:25:01
04:16:27:38
04:16:43:00
04:16:46:58
04:16:51:58
04:17:45:11
04:18:28:47
04:18:32:58
04:18:48:44   (Transcript says "Jim", but more likely to be "Ken". AFJ says "Ken".)
04:18:54:35
04:19:06:41
04:19:52:17
04:20:07:28
04:20:54:58
04:21:15:56
04:21:25:13
04:22:17:56   "We are getting ready for a shift turnover"
04:22:21:04
04:22:30:26
04:22:33:41
04:23:42:46   (probably the last line of Ken's shift)

04:23:44:51   (first line of the conversation where Jerry is mentioned)
04:23:44:58   Jerry
05:00:28:59
05:00:35:20
05:00:42:43
05:00:59:52
05:01:01:17
05:01:01:27
05:01:08:29
05:01:09:25   Ken (but this seems to be a mistake)
05:01:11:20   Jerry
05:03:23:48
05:03:26:27
05:03:31:10
05:03:31:14
05:03:33:24
05:03:33:59
05:04:02:26
05:04:13:40
05:05:08:48
05:05:09:54
05:06:40:22
05:07:22:12
05:07:23:14
05:07:24:57
05:07:27:40
05:07:43:30
05:08:01:59
05:08:03:27
05:08:17:03
05:08:17:23
05:08:19:52
05:08:21:32
05:08:48:09
05:08:55:40
05:09:08:16
05:09:13:20   (probably the last line of Jerry's shift, he just referred to "the next voice you hear")

05:09:22:39   (first line of the new shift)
05:09:22:46   Michael Collins
05:10:14:30   Mike
05:10:15:25
05:10:17:58
05:10:19:50
05:12:05:03
05:12:12:38
05:12:17:50
05:12:21:09
05:13:06:56
05:13:13:28
05:14:38:02
05:14:39:03
05:14:41:02
05:15:07:34
05:16:01:38
05:16:03:40
05:16:34:42   Micheal
05:16:35:47   Mike
05:18:19:38
05:19:08:47
05:19:08:57   (end of green team's final shift of the mission)

05:19:19:04   (start of the next shift)
05:19:29:48   Ken
05:20:28:17
05:20:36:38
05:21:48:37
05:22:01:31
05:22:21:16
05:22:21:36
05:22:53:27
05:22:57:17
06:00:01:14
06:00:01:45
06:01:51:45
06:01:52:28
06:02:27:18
06:03:02:03   (last log line of the mission)

Possible homepage quotes:

  • 00:00:56:55
  • 00:04:59:21
  • 00:04:59:24
  • 00:11:49:16
  • 00:13:28:22
  • 01:01:07:51
  • 01:01:11:48
  • 01:01:12:41
  • 01:16:11:17
  • 01:22:37:17
  • 02:04:54:11
  • 02:14:14:18
  • 02:19:58:01
  • 02:20:04:32
  • 02:20:57:26
  • 02:21:51:04
  • 02:23:46:26
  • 03:08:26:55
  • 03:12:39:52
  • 03:17:34:25
  • 04:05:31:16
  • 04:06:08:39
  • 04:08:31:01
  • 04:13:17:03
  • 04:13:18:15
  • 05:01:11:58

Phases and possible key scenes

  1. Launch (00:00:00:00 – 00:00:11:30)
  2. Earth orbit (00:00:11:31 – 00:02:59:56)
    • Trans lunar injection: 00:02:27:22 – 00:02:59:56
  3. To the Moon (00:02:59:57 – 02:20:58:00)
  4. Lunar orbit (02:21:32:02 – 03:16:51:01)
  5. Towards Earth (03:17:31:12 – 05:21:34:29)
  6. Reentry & Splashdown (05:21:41:31 – 06:03:02:03)

Media to look for:

  • 00:03:28:27 - SIVB
  • 00:03:35:49 - Earth
  • 00:03:56:35 - Big vent from SIVB
  • 00:04:55:12 - SIVB & Earth
  • 00:12:01:30 - Earth
  • 03:02:42:05 - Description of photos taken during the first two lunar orbits
  • 03:03:47:30 - Earth rise photo (time according to the onboard transcript)

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19700005062.pdf is useful for placing photos (there are no precise timestamps, but photo IDs are mapped to the mission phase: TLC, TEC, Lunar rev 1, etc.)

Good images (backgrounds, phase images, avatars, etc.)

Glossary terms

The following terms aren't in the "space" or "apollo" shared glossaries.

Stuff that is standard but not in our existing glossaries:

  • LOX: Liquid OXygen (context: "LOX dump")

Found in the Apollo 8 flight plan:

  • CAL: Calibration angle
  • CDU: Control data unit
  • FAO: Flight Activities Officer
  • FM: Frequency Modulated
  • G&N: Guidance and Navigation
  • HA: Apogee altitude
  • HP: Perigee altitude
  • PAD: Voice Update
  • PC: Pericynthian
  • PCM: Pulse Code Modulation
  • PU: Propellant Utilization
  • RTC: Real-Time Command
  • SEP: Separation
  • TCA: Time of closest approach
  • TLM: Telemetry

From context:

  • JOD: Junior Officer of the Day (from a hand written note on the transcript)
  • MC&W: Master Caution and Warning
  • REV: Revolution (used to mean "lunar orbit", or "rotation of CSM in PTC")

Still not figured out:

  • AEC (context: "AEC leader", related to noise during a comm check)
  • AGC (probably Apollo Guidance Computer?)
  • ALC
  • ASA
  • CPA (AFJ doesn't know what this means)
  • DFD (someone on the team, who substituted for flight while flight was substituting for cap com)
  • DVA (context: "midnight DVA show's back on the air" – related to the music they're playing)
  • GERU (AFJ doesn't know what this means)
  • IFR (context: "use the IFR technique") (instrument flight something?)
  • LV (context: "we have the CSM vector in starting on the LV")
  • MA (context: PADs, e.g. "minus MA")
  • MOKR
  • MPAD (? Mission Planning & Analysis Division according to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEgA16upX9c)
  • POGO (pogo oscillation? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogo_oscillation)
  • RRT (context: "one minute to RRT", just before re-entry)
  • SENS (context: "level SENS")
  • TM (telemetry?)
  • TPIR (maybe related to TPI?)
  • UCDA
  • VABABR, or VABD (possibly a joke? Something to do with the PRD)
  • VEI
  • double umbra (context: something expected to occur at 03:17:07:15) [something like the effect of being lit by both moon and sun, casting a double shadow? like in eclipses]
  • triple bias (context: "we've checked your triple bias, and there's no change")

Other issues

Fixes still to do

  • Page numbering
  • Can we do timestamps with _extra but no speech? Would work well for lunar orbit markers (BEGIN LUNAR REV)

Two comm-techs both labelled as CT

  • 01:14:45:03

Other useful resources

Apollo guidance computer information

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