Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Okay, Neil. I've got the table out and the bag deployed.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Roger. And we see the shadow of the LM.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Roger. The little hill just beyond the shadow of the LM is a pair of elongate craters about—probably the pair together is about 40 feet long and 20 feet across, and they're probably 6 feet deep. We'll probably get some more work in there later.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Roger. We see Buzz going about his work.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

For a final orientation, we'd like it to come left about 5 degrees. Over.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Now back to the right about half as much.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Okay. That looks good there, Neil.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Okay. You can make a Mark, Houston. *** deployed.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

And, incidently, you can use the shadow that the staff makes to *** getting it perpendicular ***

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Some of these small depressions *** tend to sink—oh, maybe 2 or 3 inches. *** suggest exactly what the Surveyor pictures showed when they pushed away a little bit. You get a force transmitted through the upper surface of the soil and about 5 or 6 inches of bay breaks loose and moves as if it were caked on the surface, when in fact it really isn't.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

I noticed in the soft spots where we had footprints nearly an inch deep that the soil is very cohesive and it will retain a—will retain a slope of probably 70 degrees along side of the footprints.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Yes. I think that's excellent.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

*** that part? *** a rock here.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

You'll have to extend that one.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Columbia, Columbia, this is Houston. Over.

Michael Collins (CMP)

Houston, Columbia on the high gain. Over.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Columbia, this is Houston. Reading you loud and clear. Over.

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Michael Collins (CMP)

Yes. Reading you loud and clear. How's it going?

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Roger. The EVA is progressing beautifully. I believe they are setting up the flag now.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

I guess you're about the only person around that doesn't have TV coverage of the scene.

Michael Collins (CMP)

That's all right. I don't mind a bit.

Michael Collins (CMP)

How is the quality of the TV?

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Oh, it's beautiful, Mike. It really is.

Michael Collins (CMP)

Oh, gee, that's great! Is the lighting half way decent?

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Yes, indeed. They've got the flag up now and you can see the stars and stripes on the lunar surface.

Michael Collins (CMP)

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

That's good. See if you can pull that end off a little bit. Take that end up a little.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Neil, this is Houston. Radio check. Over.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Roger, Houston. Loud and clear.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Loud and clear, Houston.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

I'd like to evaluate the various paces that a person can *** traveling on the lunar surface. I believe I'm out of your field of view. Is that right, now, Houston?

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

You are in our field of view now.