CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Go ahead, Indian Cap Com.

CAPCOM

Our medical monitor says that we are reading your respiration. I believe this is almost the first time it's come across.

Scott Carpenter

That's very good. I guarantee I'm breathing.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand.

Scott Carpenter

The eye patch is in place, this time.

Scott Carpenter

Going to record—record only at this time.

Scott Carpenter

At 3 hours and 48 minutes and 51 seconds elapsed, I'm taking a good swig of water. It's pretty cool this time. Stretching my legs a tad. It's quite dark. I'm in drifting flight. Oh, boy! It feels good to get that leg stretched out. That one and the right one too.

Scott Carpenter

I drank an awful lot of water and I'm still thirsty. As a matter of fact, I think there— there is a leak in the urinal, I'm sure.

Scott Carpenter

Okay. I'm shaking my head violently from all sides, with eyes closed, up and down, pitch, roll, yaw. Nothing in my stomach; nothing anywhere. There is now—I will try to poke zero, time zero button. Well, I missed it. I was a little disoriented as to exactly where things are, not sure exactly what you want to accomplish by this but there is no problem of orienting. Your—your—inner ears and your mental appraisal of horizontal, you just adapt to this environment, like—like you were born in it. It's a great, great freedom.

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The result of this test is the same under 1g and he describes no difficulty in re-establishing relationships.

Scott Carpenter

Don't let me forget about the shiny finish on the star chart. It makes it very hard to read.

Scott Carpenter

I'm using the photometer now—to try and get—a reading. I saw a com—no, it's the balloon that I see, still drifting aimlessly, lighted by moonlight at this time.

Scott Carpenter

None of the colors are—particularly visible. I think—

Scott Carpenter

Excess cabin water light is on at this time, 03 56 24. Am going to turn it down just a tad— so it will be just about where the suit is. I would say, let's see, from that, that it jumped down to freezing.

Scott Carpenter

Hello, Muchea Cap Com, Aurora Seven. Loud and clear. How me?

CAPCOM

Coming in loud and clear.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Deke, my control mode is manual; gyros are caged; the maneuver switch is off. My fuel reads 45 and 42 [percent]; the oxygen is reading 76 and 100 [percent]; steam vent temperatures are 68 [degrees] on the suit and I just got excess cabin water light; the needle dropped down to 20. Reset cabin water at about 6 and in this capsule it seems optimum settings are right between 6 and 7. Outside of that, all things, all systems are good. And blood pressure is starting now.

CAPCOM

Roger. Okay, starting blood pressure.

Scott Carpenter

The visor has been open for some time, I've been taking some readings on stars through the haze layer with the photometer. The visor is coming closed now.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand visor coming closed.

CAPCOM

I'll give you retro time for end of mission and would like to have you set the clock to this at this time.

Scott Carpenter

Understand, 04 32 34.

Scott Carpenter

Okay. It's going into the clock now—whoop.

CAPCOM

We indicate 35.

Scott Carpenter

I do, too. I overshot. Stand by.

CAPCOM

That's probably close enough for government work.

Scott Carpenter

For you, to the second.

CAPCOM

Roger. Still you indicate 1 second slow on g.e.t.; we indicate you on, on retrotime.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I am reading 04 32 34.

CAPCOM

Would you please exercise prior to your second blood pressure.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I'll give you the calibrated exercise at this time.

Scott Carpenter

Exercise start, now.

Scott Carpenter

Okay, blood pressure start, now. That was 60 cycles in 30 seconds on the exerciser.

CAPCOM

60 cycles in 30 seconds.

CAPCOM

Did you by any chance try T/M keying over the Cape on your last pass?

Scott Carpenter

I think I may have to mark time for tensiometer reading on the balloon.

CAPCOM

Understand you still have the balloon with you. It's possible if you go to deploy position and back to release, you can—

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I've tried that a number of times, Deke. I just can't get rid of it.

CAPCOM

Okay. Well, she'll probably come into your face on retrofire; but I'm sure you'll lose it shortly after that.

Scott Carpenter

Yeah, I figure. I hope so.

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CAPCOM

Okay, for your information, cloud—is five-tenths and it's only one-eighth to the north over Port Moresby; so if you see some lights up in that area, we'd like to know about it.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, I'll let you know.

CAPCOM

Could you give us a c.e.t, hack, please.