Phase 9: Splashdown

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Hello, Houston. Apollo 11.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Roger. Good morning. What's the status on midcourse 7?

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Roger. We were going to let you sleep in until about 190 hours. Midcourse 7 is not required.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Apollo 11. Good morning from Houston. Over.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Roger. We saw you up stirring around, and we thought that you were probably eating your breakfast there. Just in general, we'll probably start coming up with the uplink of the state vectors and the target loads and what have you at about 190 50, somewhere in that area, and get you started to work.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

And in the meantime, while you're eating your breakfast there, I've got the Maroon Bugle all standing by here to give you the morning news.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Okay. Apollo 11 remains the prime story with the world awaiting your landing today at about 11 49 a.m. Houston time. In Washington, House tax reformers have fashioned a provision which would make it impossible for wealthy individuals to avoid income tax entirely through tax free investments or special allowances. Under the proposal tentatively adopted by the House Ways and Means Committee, everyone would pay taxes on at least half of their income.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Hang on a minute.

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Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Okay. Okay, Ron. We're ready to go again. Thank you.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Roger. Continuing with the Maroon Bugle. President Nixon surprised your wives with a phone call from San Francisco just before he boarded a plane to fly out to meet you. All of them were very touched by your television broadcast. Jan and Pat watched from Mission Control here. The launch of Intelsat from the Cape was postponed for the fourth time last night. The problem was said to be a malfunctioning nitrogen regulator in the second stage of Delta. A new attempt will be made to launch it tonight. The research submarine Ben Franklin, which is studying the Gulf Stream, set a record by drifting 24 hours from 10 to 100 feet above the ocean floor in 1300 feet of water off the Georgia coast. The mission is led by Jacques Picard. Wally Schirra has been elected to a 5 year term on the board of trustees of the Detroit Institute of Technology. He will serve on the Institute's development committee. Air Canada says it has accepted 2300 reservations for flights to the Moon in the past 5 days. It might be noted that more than 100 have been made by men for their mothers in law. And finally, it appears that rather than killing romantic songs about the Moon, you have inspired hundreds of song writers. Nashville, Tennessee, which probably houses the largest collection of recording companies and song publishers in the country, now reports it is being flooded by Moon songs. Some will make it. The song at the top of the best sellers list this week is, “In the year 2525.” Morning Bugle. Out.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Thank you very much, Ron.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Houston, crew status report: 5.5 7 5.5.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Apollo 11, Houston. Roger. We copy. And I have your consumables update, if you're ready to copy.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Roger. GET 189 plus 00: RCS total minus 1 percent; Alfa minus 11; Bravo plus 10; Charlie minus 1; Delta minus 1; H2 total minus 0.76 pounds; oxygen total plus 17.6 pounds. Over.

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

Okay. It doesn't look like we're going to be able to get quite back on the flight plan.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Not quite; just about though.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Apollo 11, Houston. Request P00 and ACCEPT, and we'll send your REFSMMAT, state vector, and entry target load. Over.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Roger. It'll be coming up.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Apollo 11, Houston. Can you tell us where the visor assemblies ended up, there?

Neil Armstrong (CDR)

We're going to follow your suggestion and stow them under right hand couch.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Roger. Mighty fine. Break. The weather forecast in the landing area right now is 2000 scattered, high scattered, 10 miles. The wind about 080 at 18 knots. You'll have about 3- to 6 foot waves. Your Delta H is plus 10 feet. And it looks like you'll be landing about 10 minutes before sunrise. Over.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Apollo 11, Houston. All three loads are in. The computer is yours. Over.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

And Mike, if you're on loop there, to extend the range and the constant g reentry, here, I've got a little procedure, if you would like to listen to it.

Michael Collins (CMP)

I'm right in the middle of my orange juice. Be with you in about 5 minutes.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Sure, no problem, standing by.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Houston, Apollo 11. Hey, Ron, I wonder if you could give us a good Navy explanation for this Delta H time. Over.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Roger. Let me think about it, and I'll come back.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Collins has got one, but I'm not sure I buy it.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Roger, 11. We don't have to worry about it any more. The altimeter out there is now standard, 29.92; but basically what it means is that if I give you a plus 10 feet, for instance, that means that you will hit the water with the altimeter reading 10 feet. Over.

Buzz Aldrin (LMP)

Ah, Collins was wrong.

Ronald Evans (CAPCOM)

Apollo 11, Houston. I have your entry PAD. Over.