Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

And right in this area, there are two craters. The one that's right in front of me now as I look off in about the eleven o'clock position from the spacecraft, about 30 to 35 feet … There's several eral rocks and boulders 6 to 8 inches across … sizes.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

I'm now in the area of the minus Y strut taking some … photographs.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

How's the bulk sample coming, Neil?

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Bulk sample is just being sealed.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Columbia, this is Houston. Go ahead. Over.

Michael Collins (CMP)

Roger. No marks on the LM that time. I did see a suspiciously small white object whose coordinates are —

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Go ahead with the coordinates on the small white object.

Michael Collins (CMP)

Easy—Easy 0.3, 7.6, but I … right on the southwest end of a crater. I think they would know it if they were in such a location. It looks like their LM would be pitched up quite a degree. It's on the southwest wall of a smallish crater.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Roger. Copy Echo 0.3 and 7.6, and -

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Columbia, this is Houston. While I'm talking to you, LOS will be at 111 19 31; AOS, 112 05 43. Over.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Columbia, this is Houston. Did you copy LOS AOS times? Over.

Michael Collins (CMP)

Negative, Houston. You broke. Disregard. I'll get them off the flight plans.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

The jet deflector that's mounted on quad 1 seems to be a good bit more wrinkled *** right now on quad 4.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

You're breaking up again, Buzz.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

I say the jets deflector that's mounted on quad 4 seems to be—the surface of it seems lo be more wrinkled than the one that's on quad 1. Generally, underneath part of the LM seems to have stood up quite well to the *** get some pictures in the aft part of the LM that will illuminate the thermal effects much better than we could get them up here in the front.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

We're going to get some particular photographs of the bulk sample area, Neil?

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

And, Houston? Buzz here. I'm showing 3.78 psi, 63 percent, no flags, adequate, slight warming *** fingered.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Roger. And Neil has 66 percent O2, no flags, minimum cooling, and the suit pressure is 382.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Buzz, this is Houston. Have you removed the closeup camera from the MESA yet? Over.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

*** get the panorama now. Okay.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Houston, how does our timeline appear to be going?

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Roger. It looks like you're about a half hour slow on it. We're working on consumables. Over.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Neil and Buzz, this is Houston. To clarify my last, your consumables are in good shape at this time. The 30 minute reference was with respect to the nominal timeline. Over.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Roger. I understand that.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

I don't note any abnormalities in the LM. The pods seem to be in good shape. The primary and secondary struts are in good shape. Antennas are all in place. There's no evidence of problem underneath the LM due to engine exhaust or drainage of any kind.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

It's very surprising, the very surprising lack of penetration of all four of the foot pads. I'd say if we were to try and determine just how far below the surface they would have penetrated, you'd measure maybe 3 inches, wouldn't you say, Neil?

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

At the most, yes. That Y strut there is probably even less than that.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

I get a picture of the plus Y strut taken from near the descent stage, and I think we'll be able to see a little bit better what the thermal effects are. Seem to be quite minimal.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

There's one picture taken in the right rear of the spacecraft looking at the skirt of the descent stage, shows a quite darkening of the surface color, a rather minimal amount of radiating or etching away or erosion of the surface. On descent, both of us remarked that we could see a large amount of very fine dust particles moving out. It was reported beforehand that we would probably see an upgassing from the surface after actual engine shutdown, but as I recall, I was unable to confirm that.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

This is too big an angle, Neil.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Yes. I think you are right.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

We're back at the minus Z strut now. *** very little force of impact that we actually had.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

And, Neil, if you'll take the camera, I'll get to work on the SEQ bay.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Columbia, Columbia, this is Houston. I notice that -

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Taking some close up pictures of that rock.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

I was saying that, Houston, *** stop and take a photograph or something and then want to start moving again sideways, there's quite a tendency to start doing it with just gradual sideways hops until you start getting ***

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Can you see us underneath the LM over at the SEQ bay, Houston?

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Yes indeed, Buzz. We can see your feet sticking our underneath the structure of the LM descent stage.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Okay. I'm just on the other side of the —

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Now we can see you through the structure of the minus Z secondary strut.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

All right. The doors are open, and it looks like they are going to stay up without any problem.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Columbia, Columbia, this is Houston. We are about to lose you on the OMNI's. Request high gain antenna, REACQ mode Fish 20, yaw 135. Over.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

You want to pick an area, Neil?

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Make that yaw 175, Columbia, yaw 175 on the high gain.

Michael Collins (CMP)

Columbia is locked up on the high gain, Houston.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Houston, the passive seismometer has been deployed manually.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

And the manual deployment of the LR cubed, the little spring that is at the end of the string is pulled off of the picks head. However, I was able to reach up and get hold of the picks head and pull it loose. So, it will be deployed manually, also.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

And, the panorama is complete. *** and the LM—got the LM at 7 30 position at about 60 feet.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

And the doors are closed and locked.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Have you got us a good area picked out?

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Yes. I think right out on that rise out there is probably as good as any.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

I'll probably stay on the high ground there and —

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Watch it; the edge of that crater is—drops —

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Yes. It drops off there, doesn't it?

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Get a couple of close ups on these quite rounded large boulders.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

About 40 feet out—I'd say out at the end of that next —

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

It's going to be a little difficult to find a good level spot here.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

The top of that next little ridge there. Wouldn't that be a pretty good place?

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

All right. Should I put the LR cubed right about here?

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

I'm going to have to get on the other side of this rock here.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

I would go right around that crater to the left there. Isn't that a level spot there?

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

I think this right here is just as level.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

These boulders look like basalt, and they have probably 2 percent white minerals in them, the white crystals. And the thing that I reported as the vesicular before, I'm not—I don't believe I believe that any more. I think that small craters—they look like little impact craters where shot—B B shot has hit the surface.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Houston. I have the seismic experiment flipped over now, and I'm aligning it, but I'm having a little bit of difficulty getting the B B in the center. It wants to move around and around on the outside. ***

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

You're cutting out again, Buzz.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Roger. I say I'm not having too much success in leveling the PSE experiment.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

The laser reflector is installed and the bubble is leveled and the alignment appears to be good.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Neil, this is Houston. Roger. Out.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Hey, you want to take a look at this B B and see what you make out of it?

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

I find it pretty hard to get perfectly level, too.

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Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

That B B likes the outside. It won't go on the inside.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

That little cup is convex now, instead of concave.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Houston, I don't think there's any hope for using this leveling device to come up with an accurate level. It looks to me as though the cup here that the B B is in is now convex instead of concave. Over.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Roger, 11. Press on. If you think it looks level by eyeball, go ahead.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

There you go. Good work; good show. Hey, whoa; stop, stop! Back up.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Houston, as I was spacing the PSE, the right hand solar array deployed automatically. The left hand I had to manually *** the bar at the far end.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

All parts of the solar array are clear of the ground now.

Bruce McCandless (CAPCOM)

Buzz, this is Houston. I understand that you did successfully deploy both solar arrays. Over.