Scott Carpenter

The line is still not taut. I have some pictures of the line just waving out in back. I would say we have about a one-cycle-per-minute oscillation. It's both in pitch and yaw.

CAPCOM

How many cycles per minute?

Scott Carpenter

One cycle per minute, or maybe 1 cycle in a minute and a half.

Scott Carpenter

The moon is just above the horizon at this time.

Scott Carpenter

I have a picture of the balloon.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cap Com. Repeat your last message.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I've got a washer to put away.

Flight

Aurora Seven, Aurora Seven. this is Bermuda Flight. How do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Bermuda Flight, reading you loud and clear.

Flight

Switch wobulator switch off.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Phase shifter.

Scott Carpenter

Phase shifter is off.

Scott Carpenter

Phase shifter is on, now.

CC (Cape)

Aurora Seven, Cap Com. What control mode?

CC (Cape)

Thank you.

Flight

Bermuda Flight. How do you read?

Scott Carpenter

Hello, Bermuda Flight. Reading you loud and clear. How me?

Flight

Will you run a blood pressure, please? Read you loud and clear.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Blood pressure starting now.

Scott Carpenter

I have lost sight of the balloon at this minute.

Scott Carpenter

Also, Bermuda, the balloon not only oscillates in cones in pitch and yaw, it also seems to oscillate in and out toward the capsule; and sometimes the line will be taut, other times it's quite loose.

Scott Carpenter

It's now about 50 degrees off of the flight path.

Scott Carpenter

Pictures of whirls taken, just east of Bermuda, now the balloon line is tight.

Scott Carpenter

At 01 45 30, I have turned the cabin, or the suit-water valve all the way off and back up to one.

Scott Carpenter

I'm taping now the fuel quantity warning lights in preparation for the dark side. I think also excess cabin water I'll tape. It's not a satisfactory lighting arrangement to …

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Scott Carpenter

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

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Aurora Seven, this is Canary Cap Com. How do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

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

CAPCOM

Roger. You're coming into UHF range. Proceed with the short report. Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, Canary. My status is good; the capsule status is good; my control mode is automatic; gyros normal; maneuver off. Fuel 51-68 [percent], oxygen 85-100 [percent]; my cabin steam vent temperature now is picking up and reading about 19, suit steam vent temperature still reading 70 [degrees]. I have backed it off to zero and reset it at one. Over.

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CAPCOM

. . . cabin exhaust temperature. Over.

Scott Carpenter

Cabin exhaust temperature is climbing back up to 19. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Have you been doing any drifting flight? Over.

Scott Carpenter

That is Roger. I did quite a bit of drifting flight on the dark side over Woomera and Canton. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Did you observe any haze layers? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, I did observe haze layers but not the ones that were separated from the horizon that we expected, and that John reported. I'll keep a sharp lookout next time and try to see them after sunset. On the light side there is nothing more than the bright, iridescent blue layer, which separates the actual horizon from the deep black of space. Over.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, you are fading rapidly. You are fading. MCC [Mercury Control Center] is worried about your auto fuel and manual fuel consumption. They recommend that you try to conserve your fuel.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Tell them I am concerned also. I will try and conserve fuel.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Aurora Seven, I cannot read you. Do you read Canary Cap Com? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Canary, copied your message. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand copied message regarding fuel and consumption.

CAPCOM

Surgeon here has requested a blood-pressure transmission.

Scott Carpenter

Blood pressure is coming your way now.

CAPCOM

We are receiving same at Canaries and it looks good.