Scott Carpenter

I have gotten badly behind in the flight plan now.

Scott Carpenter

Okay, evaluating capsule stability at this time. The capsule is most stable.

Scott Carpenter

I seem able to put it at zero rates. All right, I will do that now. At capsule elapsed 02 17 32, I will zero out all rates.

Scott Carpenter

That's as close to zero as I can make it. At 02 17 49, my rates are zero and attitudes are zero plus, or at zero, minus 3, minus 48. Let those rest awhile, and I'll see what we can do about suit temperature.

Scott Carpenter

Cabin is rising. Suit temperature seems to be rising too. I'm going to let it go out until 02 25 00 to see if this is going to bring it down some.

Scott Carpenter

I don't need to exercise. I really don't feel I need the exercise. I would get too warm.

Scott Carpenter

We'll be getting to Muchea shortly.

Scott Carpenter

Have a slight pitch up rate at this time, at 02 19 13. I'll zero that out, now. Fly-by-wire—have a slight yaw left rate—I'll zero out now. Attitudes at this time are minus 30.

Scott Carpenter

Both busses are okay. All—let's see—number two battery is down to 22. One, is 24; three, is 24; standby one and two, are 24; isolated, is 27; main, is 23; main IBU, is 27. Two—two is now up. Main battery number two is up.

Scott Carpenter

I am over the dark side now. The moonrise has not occurred and although I still see the lighted area from the setting sun behind us.

Scott Carpenter

Now, I do have the haze layer at this time. It seems to be brighter than—it's good to open the cabin, open the visor.

Scott Carpenter

The reticle now extincts at about 5.6.

Scott Carpenter

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

CAPCOM

Read you loud and clear also. What's your status?

Scott Carpenter

Roger. My status is good; control mode is fly-by-wire; gyros normal; maneuver off. Fuel is 45-6-70 [percent], that's 45-70 [percent], and oxygen is 84-100 [percent]. I have only one minor problem, and that is my inability to get the suit steam vent temperature down, Deke.

CAPCOM

Roger What's it running now?

Scott Carpenter

Well, I'm reading 70 [degrees]. I'm really a little at a loss as to how to get it down, my suit—-water valve is set now past the marks. This doesn't seem to being it down, and neither does putting it . . . negative. That's wrong. The cabin was past the marks. The suit temperature is at prelaunch value of about four. I'm going to go to a setting of plus 6 at this time and see if that will bring it down below 70 [degrees]. Over.

CAPCOM

Okay. Fine. We're indicating 84 [degrees] suit which is a bit high.

Scott Carpenter

Roger My gage shows 7, 76 [degrees] on the suit.

CAPCOM

Okay. Let me give you a couple of retrotimes here. You have a 2 Dog nominal; Gold is 03 . . . 29; Hotel 04 32 26.

Scott Carpenter

Roger Understand 26.

CAPCOM

We're including your clock is still one second slow.

CAPCOM

G.m.t. hack of 15 10 42—-mark.

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Editor's note: this is 02 25 25 in Capsule Elapsed Time

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I'm right on and so is the backup.

CAPCOM

Roger. Would you send us a blood pressure, please?

CAPCOM

What mode of communications are you using at this time?

Scott Carpenter

I am on UHF high, Deke.

CAPCOM

Fine. Roger. Would you try using your mike button once instead of your VOX. See how this comes in.

Scott Carpenter

Roger Soon as I get through the blood pressure. I can do it now.

Scott Carpenter

This is using the push to talk. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. How now?

CAPCOM

I see no difference. They're identical.

Scott Carpenter

Roger: is the modulation pretty good?

Scott Carpenter

Capsule stability, Deke, is very, very, good. I've noticed that I can put in a 1-degree-per-second rate on the needle just by moving heads and arms,—my head and arms. Over.

CAPCOM

Very good, excellent. For your information, there will be no flares at Woomera on this pass, since the cloud cover won't allow you to see them anyway.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I was unsuccessful last pass.

CAPCOM

Okay, I'm going to send you a Z cal at this time.

CAPCOM

Z cal is coming off.

CAPCOM

On with R cal.

Scott Carpenter

Blood pressure stop.

CAPCOM

Blood pressure stop. Okay, we're going to oscillate R cal a couple of times here in attempt to reset our temperature problem.

CAPCOM

Okay, Rcal off. We suggest you go to manual at this point and preserve your auto fuel. Low at this point.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Going to manual now.

Scott Carpenter

At this time I'm reading 45-70 [percent] on fuel.

CAPCOM

Rog. Understand 45-70 [percent].

Scott Carpenter

Cabin.temperature is 107 [degrees].

CAPCOM

Cabin 107 [degrees].

CAPCOM

I don't believe you've ever received any sunrise, sunset times.

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Scott Carpenter

Roger. Give me the whole lot of them, Deke, or the ones that are coming. Give me rise, set, and rise.

CAPCOM

Roger. Will do. Your next sunrise will be 02 50 00.

CAPCOM

Sunset 03 41 20.

CAPCOM

Sunrise 04 19 00.

CAPCOM

Well, it sounds like you're doing real well up there, Dad.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. It's a little warm.

CAPCOM

I suspect so.

CAPCOM

Been riding your horse the last couple of days.

CAPCOM

For your information, Cape informs that if we don't stay on manual for quite a spell here we'll probably have to end this orbit.

Scott Carpenter

I'll be sure and stay on manual.

CAPCOM

You've got a lot of drift left here yet too.

CAPCOM

You've got drift capability left yet, too.

CAPCOM

Did you see any lights over the Australian . . .?

Scott Carpenter

I did. That is, Roger. I did see some lights. I couldn't identify them, however.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand.

CAPCOM

Would you give us another readout on your suit steam temp? Has this changed any?

Scott Carpenter

It may have gone down just a tad. It's about zero now; I mean about 70 [degrees] now. It was a little bit higher. The visor is closed and I'm beginning to feel a little cooler.

CAPCOM

We indicated 2-degree drop at suit inlet, so it sounds like you're making out a bit.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. My control mode now, Deke, is manual; gyros free; and the maneuver is off.

CAPCOM

Roger. I understand. Manual; gyro free; and maneuver off.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, this is Muchea Cap Com. Are you reading?

Scott Carpenter

Still reading, Muchea.

CAPCOM

We are just kind of leaving you alone. How is your balloon doing, incidentally?

Scott Carpenter

I haven't found it since it got dark. It's—it's—it rambles quite a bit, Deke. It's not inflated fully, and it doesn't stretch out on the line tight like I expected. It bounces in and out and oscillates up and down and sideways. Have no good tensiometer readings yet.

CAPCOM

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

Scott Carpenter

Hello, Woomera. Aurora Seven. Loud and clear. How me?

CAPCOM

Roger. You are loud and clear, also.

CAPCOM

We copied your transmission over Muchea. Understand you still have the balloon on. Is that an affirmative?

Scott Carpenter

That is affirmative. I have the balloon on. However, I haven't seen it for some time. It wanders quite a bit and I do not have it in sight at this moment. I believe that—it might be visible against the earth background at this time.

CAPCOM

Roger. Do you see the moon at all?

Scott Carpenter

I am faced the wrong way and limited in maneuverability I have left because of my fuel state. I can see the terminator between moonlit side, and unmoonlit side. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand.