CDR Commander Thomas P. Stafford
CMP Command module pilot John W. Young
LMP Lunar module pilot Eugene A. Cernan
O0 O0 44 45 CMP Okay, everything - looks alright. Okay, I've got
Mars in there now, son of a gun ...
O0 00 45 03 LMP What's our chances on ... into the water?
05 13 29 44 CDR Oh - Who did it?
05 13 29 _6 CMP Who did what?
05.13 29 47 LMP What?
05 13 29 4_ CDR Who did it? (Laughter)
05 13 29 51 LMP Where did that come from?
05 13 29 52 CDR Give me a napkin quick. There's a turd floating
through the air.
05 13 29 55 CMP I didn't do it. It ain't one of mine.
05 13 29 57 LMP I don't think it's one of mine.
05 13 29 59 CDR Mine was a little more sticky than that. Throw
05 13 30 06 CMP God almighty.
05 lB 30 08 SC (Laughter)
Let's just say, there's a lot of material in the transcripts that never made it on the news ... and it's the kind of conversation you never hear in science fiction movies either. There are also sublime moments to be had. For instance, on pages 72-73 of the Apollo 11 transcript:
CDR Commander Nell A. Armstrong
CMP Command module pilot Michael Collins
LMP Lunar module pilot Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.
03 04 05 05 CMP Look at those craters in a row. You see them
right - going right out there?
03 04 05 07 CDR ...
03 04 05 08 CMP Look at that line of them.
03 0h 05 15 CMP Something really peppered that one. There's a lot
less variation in color than I would have thought,
you know, looking down?
03 0h 05 26 LMP Yes, but when you look down, you say it's brownish
03 0h 05 29 CMP Sure.
03 0h 05 32 LMP Oh, golly, let me have that camera back. There's
a huge, magnificent crater over here. I wish we
had the other lens on, but God, that's a big
beauty. You want to look at that guy, Neil?
And there's the approach in the LM to the lunar landing site:
03 10 54 01 CDR - - TPI approach. Man, this is really something;
you ought to look at this. You want to watch our
approach into the landing site; you got to watch
right through this window. We're coming over -
we Just passed Mount Marilyn. We're coming up on
Maskelyne series here - straight out ahead, coming
into the landing area.
03 l0 54 21 CMP Houston, we're holding inertial a little while to
study the approach to the landing zone.
03 l0 54 39 CDR See the monocular -
03 10 54 41 CMP I don't either, ...
03 l0 54 44 CDR Is there one?
03 l0 54 50 IMP Well, a crater - -
03 l0 54 51 CMP There go Sidewinder and Diamondback. God, if you
ever saw checkpoints in your life, those are it.
03 l0 54 56 CDR But ... we don't get to see them.
03 10 54 58 CMP You don't?
03 l0 54 59 CDR No, we roll over right here at this little - well,
you see Boot Hill coming up right here?
03 l0 55 06 CMP Yes, yes, yes.
03 l0 55 07 CDR And Just beyond it that's - that crater right on
track there, the big one?
03 l0 55 ll CMP That's Mount Marilyn? Psat Boot Hill?
03 l0 55 13 LMP No, Duke Hill.
03 l0 55 14 CMP Duke Hill?
03 l0 55 15 _ No, I'm sorry ... that's - -
03 l0 55 17 CDR Duke Island, Duke Island.
03 l0 55 20 CMP Oh God, look at that Moltke; he's my favorite ...
Look at that son of a bitch. You see all those
roads - triangular roads leading right past him?
Check it out for yourself at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/mission_trans/AS11_CM.PDF
With these transcripts you get to go behind the scenes and ride along with the astronauts as they make history ... and share their thoughts, feelings, opinions, and more along the way.
For a related post, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2012/08/book-review-man-on-moon-by-andrew.html