Gus Grissom

Roger. We're in good shape.

RKV CapCom

Roger.

RKV CapCom

Molly Brown, RKV. I'm getting an indication of OAMS thrust forward-firing. I have negative OAMS yaw firing on the ground.

Gus Grissom

We're not doing any firing. We're not even in MANEUVER and ATTITUDE and we haven't touched the handle.

RKV CapCom

Roger.

RKV CapCom

Molly Brown, stand by for Guaymas.

John Young

Outstanding! I see the whole of Mexico.

John Young

I wonder what area of Mexico it is?

Guaymas CapCom

Molly Brown, Guaymas CAP COM.

Guaymas CapCom

Guaymas standing by.

Gus Grissom

It's pretty well clobbered, isn't it?

John Young

Yes.

Gus Grissom

We're going to have a hard time with that tracking task.

John Young

Can you see anything up north there?

Gus Grissom

I never got a chance to look for the Salton Sea, but I think we can see up that way.

Gus Grissom

Nothing but high cirrus.

John Young

Oh, man! Oh, man, you can see all the way across Mexico!

Gus Grissom

You must have it clear down there, huh?

John Young

Yes, it's clear down south, here.

Guaymas CapCom

Molly Brown, Guaymas handing over to Texas.

Gus Grissom

It came out 50 feet on my IVI's. You'll give me a mark now on my burn. Right?

Gus Grissom

Okay. It will be about two minutes before we start it. So you punch off your stopwatch and tell me — give me a mark to stop it—just in case it doesn't go to zero.

Gus Grissom

Read you loud and clear, Texas.

Roger Chaffee (CapCom)

Roger. Texas standing by for your maneuver.

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Gus Grissom

You got that? The IVI's came out 50 ft/sec aft. Right?

John Young

Yes, but it should have been 48. I don't know why it came out to 50. Should we bring it down to 48?

John Young

Well 25—48 is what is in the—48.3 is what's in the load.

Gus Grissom

How we doing on time?

Gus Grissom

Well, good. I guess maybe we probably slowed down that much.

Gus Grissom

Now, it's 51. See?

Gus Grissom

It came up 48 initially. We're at a different place in the orbit. 30 seconds.

John Young

Okay. Are you going to give—you want me to give Texas a mark when you start burning?

Gus Grissom

Twenty seconds to burn. You got that, Texas?

Gus Grissom

Okay. 3 seconds.

Gus Grissom

Key moment First orbit change of a crewed spacecraft, lowering the orbit into an almost circular one: MARK!

John Young

Okay. They appear to be firing good.

Roger Chaffee (CapCom)

Roger. Texas confirms OAMS thruster firing.

Gus Grissom

A bolt just stuck up against the instrument panel.