Apollo 12 Flight Journal - Day 5: Yankee Clipper Rev 14 to 24
110:54:11 Carr: Okay, Dick. You're about a minute from LOS. We're satisfied with your surge tank pressures. You - we'll take a little - look in
a little while at your S-band - next time you come around the horn. We'll be expecting to see you at 111:40 Over.
110:54:28 Gordon: Roger. 111:40.
Public Affairs Office - "A bolter is an aircraft landing on a carrier that misses the arresting wire and has to go around again. Unofficial touchdown
time of Intrepid, 110 hours, 32 minutes, 29 seconds. This was the time the blue touchdown light - lunar contact light - in the LM cabin came on and
from first indications, the landing point is about 350 meters due West of where Surveyor is located in the East wall of the crater. 350 meters
computes out to about 1,120 feet. We've had Loss Of Signal with Yankee Clipper as it went behind the Moon - around the corner. We'll continue to
monitor Air To Ground for further communications with Intrepid."
Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control. The crew of Intrepid are rather quiet at this time, doing some alignments of the Intrepid's
inertial measuring unit, taking sitings on stars, other activities associated with powering down the LM, but we'll leave the circuit up in spite of
the lack of conversation to catch any discussions that take place between Intrepid and the ground. Some 29 minutes until Yankee Clipper comes over the
hill again. This is Apollo Control standing by on live air-ground."
Public Affairs Office - "This is Apollo Control. Lunar Module systems engineer reported to Flight Director, Cliff Charlesworth that at the time of
touchdown, some 3.8 percent of descent propellants were still aboard at shutdown. Still standing by on air ground for resumption of communications
between Intrepid and Mission Control. 22 minutes, 23 seconds until acquisition by Yankee Clipper."
[Rev 15. Flight Plan page 3-88]
111:44:01 Carr: Yankee Clipper, Houston. How do you read?
111:44:16 Gordon: Hello, Houston; Yankee Clipper here.
111:44:18 Carr: Roger, Clipper. Reading you weak but clear.
111:44:24 Carr: Clipper, if you'll give us P00 and Accept; we'll start your update. [Long pause.]
Apollo Flight Journal
in the Technical Air-To-Ground Voice Transcription
on page 358 : @ 04-14-54-11 it's the same conversation in the Flight Journal that say's
"next time you come around the horn. We'll be expecting to see you at 111:40 Over.
110:54:28 Gordon: Roger. 111:40."
but in the Flight Journal the conversation stops there and the Public Affairs Office say's...
"The crew of Intrepid are rather quiet at this time"
"Still standing by on air ground for resumption of communications between Intrepid and Mission Control.
but in the Technical Air-To-Ground Voice Transcription on page 358 you can see the conversation does not end there and the Astronauts are not "rather
quiet at this time".
the conversation continues and @ 04-15-44-01 (page 363) you can see where the conversation starts again according to the Flight Journal transcript
none of this is in the On-board Voice Transcription.
This Apollo 12 Mp3 audio clip
is “supposed” to be a recording of a continuous live
transmission, starting at MET 110:58:04, and is 45 minutes and 51 seconds in duration. If you fast-forward to 12 minutes you will hear Public Affairs
Officer (PAO) say "the crew of intrepid are rather quiet at this time"
Same Apollo 12 Audio clip on ATS Media Player
that is obviously not true because i just showed you above that the conversations did continue
And at 13:18, the PAO mentions that it is “some 29 minutes until Yankee Clipper comes over the hill again” (Yankee Clipper is the Apollo 12 CSM
that is in orbit above the Moon while Astronauts Conrad and Bean were down on the surface in the LM Intrepid). The PAO then ends by saying how
“Apollo Control are standing by on LIVE air-ground”, confirming that the audio is a live transmission.
Here is where it gets interesting. There is more dead air until three minutes later, when at 16 minutes 15 seconds on the MP3, you hear a weird audio
tone - or set of tones actually- that sound briefly then fade off, followed by the PAO announcer coming back on the air and repeating his exact same
statement that he supposedly said live three minutes earlier. The PAO is not repeating it live, but rather it is the EXACT same Public Affairs Officer
statement recorded and spliced back in! This spliced tape PAO dialogue even mentions that there is “some 29 minutes until Yankee Clipper comes over
the hill”, and that “Apollo Control are standing by on LIVE air-ground” again!
[edit on 25-10-2009 by easynow]
[edit on 25-10-2009 by easynow]