Scott Carpenter

Roger. My mode is auto, gyro normal, maneuver off.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Kano Cap Com. Be sure you're on fly-by-wire before going through the procedures for uncaging.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Roger. Understand.

Scott Carpenter

I'm going to be unable to complete the MIT pictures on this pass, I believe. Negative, negative, I can fix the problem. Too much film was out of the canister, that was the problem. Film is now in tight. The small back going on now.

Scott Carpenter

At 00 29 43, the first time I was able to get horizon pictures with MIT film. Set at F8 and 125th. A picture to the south into the sun, directly down my flight path is number two. Number three, 15 degrees north at capsule elapse 00 30 17.

Scott Carpenter

Stowing the camera at this time. Going to the gyro uncaging procedure at this time. Fly-by-wire, now. Gyros going to cage. Maneuver at this point is on.

Scott Carpenter

Pitching down, yawing left.

Comm Tech

Aurora Seven, Aurora Seven, Aurora Seven. This is I.O.S. Com Tech on HF and UHF. How do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, Indian Com Tech. Aurora Seven reading you weak but readable. Go ahead.

Comm Tech

Aurora Seven, Aurora Seven. This is I.O.S. Com Tech on HF and UHF. How do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

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

Scott Carpenter

Hello, Indian Cap Com, Indian Cap Com, Aurora Seven. How do you read?

Scott Carpenter

Hello, Indian Cap Com, Indian Cap Com, Aurora Seven. How do you read?

Scott Carpenter

At 00 34 28, I'm increasing the cabin water valve and the suit valve to 6 [degrees]. Steam vent temperature now reads 65 and 75 [degrees].

Scott Carpenter

Mark African coastal passage, about 20 seconds ago.

Scott Carpenter

I'm using the airglow filter at this time. Visor is coming open for a better look at that. Hello, Indian Cap Com, Aurora Seven. Do you read?

Scott Carpenter

Maneuver [switch] is going off at this time, and I'm going to aline manually to retroattitude.

Scott Carpenter

Station calling Aurora Seven. Say again.

Scott Carpenter

Okay. That took me some time to aline my attitudes properly. Three more pictures with MIT film: 2, 3, directly into the sun at an elapsed time of 00 39 42.

Scott Carpenter

Okay, going through …

Scott Carpenter

The big back is going on the camera at this time. There was a period there when nothing was recorded because I was in VOX power off, instead of record. The big …

Scott Carpenter

At 00 43 02, I think my gyros are properly alined.

Scott Carpenter

What in the world happened to the periscope?

Scott Carpenter

Oh, its' dark, that's what happened. It's facing a dark earth. Sunset F16 to F, okay; we'll start with F16. Up north, coming south. Try some at 250.

Scott Carpenter

It's getting darker. Let me see. Muchea contact, sometime. Oh, look at that sun.

Scott Carpenter

F5.6 That was those last four, were F3.8. It's quite dark. I didn't begin to get time to dark-adapt.

Scott Carpenter

Photo lights are off. Cabin lights are going to red at this time. Oh, man, a wide, a beautiful, beautiful red like in John's pictures. Going to fly-by-wire.

Scott Carpenter

It is a reflection. It is a reflection in the window. That's too bad.

Scott Carpenter

I see at this point; I'm not sure I am recording on VOX record. I will go to transmit. I have Venus, now approaching the horizon.

Scott Carpenter

It's about 30 degrees up. It's just coming into view. Bright and unblinking. I cannot—I can see some other stars down below Venus. Going back to ASCS than at this time.

Scott Carpenter

Bright, bright blue horizon band as the sun gets lower and lower—the horizon band still glows. It looks like five times the width of the—the diameter of the sun. I'm at—now at 00 47 34 elapsed.

Scott Carpenter

It's now nearly dark, and I can't believe I'm where I am.

Scott Carpenter

Oh, dear, I've used too much fuel.

Scott Carpenter

Well, I'm going to have to increase. Let's see, going to ASCS at this time.

Scott Carpenter

My fuel reads 75-100 [percent] at this time. The window—is Venus occlude. No, that—that is not correct. Venus did not occlude. I'm getting out the equipment to measure Venus occlusion.

Scott Carpenter

There is too much red light in the cockpit from the time correlation. Venus at above the—horizon.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven. This is Muchea Cap Com. How do you read?

Scott Carpenter

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

CAPCOM

Rog. Coming in very good, dad. Sound very good. How's things going?

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Things axe going very well. My status is very good. The capsule status is very good. The control mode is normal. Automatic gyros normal and maneuver off. Fuel is 72-100 [percent]. Oxygen 88-100 [percent]. Everything is normal with the exception of—-the fact that I am a tad behind in the flight plan. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand.

Scott Carpenter

Blood pressure is starting now.

CAPCOM

Okay. Blood pressure starting. We suggest that you do not exercise during the blood pressure since your temp is up.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. This is the story on the suit temp. I have increased two 10-degree marks since lift-off. And now about—well, 15 degrees above launch mark. My steam vent temperatures read 69 and 80 [degrees]. I'll take one more stab at increasing or decreasing temperature by increasing flow rate. If this doesn't work, I'll turn them off and start lower. Over.

CAPCOM

Rog, Understand. I'll give you some retrotimes while you're sending blood pressure. End of orbit is 01 28 18. End of mission is 04 32 28.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Understand. End of orbit 01 28 18 and 04 32 28 for end of orbit. Over. End of mission.

CAPCOM

That's affirmative. We indicate your clock is 1 second slow and this is compensated for.

CAPCOM

G.m.t. time hack at this time—we're coming up on 13 36 57. Mark.

Expand selection up Contract selection down Close
Scott Carpenter

Roger. My G.m.t.—my backup G.m.t. are right in synch, with G.m.t. Over.

Expand selection down Contract selection up

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CAPCOM

That's very good.

CAPCOM

Okay, if you're ready, I'll give you the emergency voice check. We will turn off UHF and HF transmitters for this so that you will not have to change volume.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, standing by.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven. Muchea Cap Com. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 command voice. How do you read?

Scott Carpenter

Roger, Deke. Read you loud and clear, loud and clear emergency voice.

CAPCOM

Very good, Very good. Switching back to UHF.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Muchea Cap Com on UHF. How do you read?

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Muchea Cap Com. Loud and clear. Tell Jerry and Gus and Lewis and—everybody else there, that I worked with “hello.” John Whittler, if you see him, tell him to saddle Butch up. Break, break. Is your cloud cover such that I can expect [to] see light—or flares at Woomera? Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. The cloud coverage here is 3,000 [nautical miles] overcast stratus, and we think you'll probably see them through the clouds. Woomera is clear.

CAPCOM

Seven from Muchea. Would you send us one more blood pressure?

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Starting now.

CAPCOM

We're going to send you a Z cal at this time.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. And—go ahead and send it. I'll—you'll be interested to know that I have no moon, now. The horizon is clearly visible from my present position; that's at 00 54 44 elapsed. I believe the horizon on the dark side with no moon is very good for pitch and roll. The stars are adequate for yaw in, maybe 2 minutes of tracking. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, Understand. Sounds very good. Z cal off; R cal coming on. Mark.

CAPCOM

Suggest that you back the fuel control back to your first black mark.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I'll try that. Going all the way off and back up a little bit lower than where I was.

CAPCOM

Roger. Your suit temperature is down a bit at this point.

CAPCOM

Your suit temperature is down, which is good.

Scott Carpenter

Well, that's a result of an increase in flow lately. I would think that—I'll try increasing rather than decreasing.

Scott Carpenter

Hello, Woomera Cap Com, Aurora Seven. Do you read?

CAPCOM

Roger. This is Woomera. This is Woomera Cap Com. Reading you loud and clear. How me?

CAPCOM

This is Muchea Cap Com. They will not be contacting you for another 3 minutes.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Go ahead, Deke. Just trying to get the word on the flare.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand. I'll give you the settings, correction, the attitudes for the first flare at this time. It would be plus 80 [degrees] yaw, minus 80 [degrees] in pitch.

Scott Carpenter

Roger Understand, Deke. Plus 80 [degrees] yaw, minus 80 [degrees] pitch.

CAPCOM

Roger. Okay. The Cape now advises to keep the suit setting where it was since it's coming down.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I—for your information, I have increased it just slightly. My readings now are 7 [psia] and 7 [psia] on suit and cabin. What are my inverter temperatures and thruster line temperatures, Deke? Are they okay?

CAPCOM

Rog. We are losing you. We are losing you on air-ground. Would you care to contact Woomera at this time?

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Aurora Seven, this is Woomera. Read you loud and clear. How me?

Scott Carpenter

Roger, Woomera. Reading you loud and clear, also. I'd like readout on my inverter temperatures—and mark on your flare. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. We're going to have the flare in approximately 2 minutes. We'll give you a readout on your temperatures.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. And for your information, Rate Command is also working in all axes. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Rate—rate Command in all axes.

Scott Carpenter

That—that signifies that all control systems are operating satisfactorily. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand. All systems okay. We have your temperatures. Your 150 inverter, 152 [degrees]. Your 250 inverter, 167 [degrees]. Do you copy? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Copied, thank you. Standing by.

CAPCOM

We're going to have the flares. All four of them go at approximately 00 [plus] 58 plus 30. We do have an eight by eight coverage.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I am at—plus 80 [degrees] yaw, minus 80 [degrees] pitch now.

CAPCOM

Roger. We'll give you a time hack when we come up to flare test.

CAPCOM

This is Woomera Cap Com, Seven. Surgeon reports all systems look good down here. And Systems reports everything okay on his panel.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Thank you. It looks good to me, also.

CAPCOM

Roger. You are loud and clear. Coming up on the flare test—in approximately 25 seconds.

CAPCOM

Good air-to-ground.