CAPCOM

What was that on your yaw?

Scott Carpenter

I have the yaw needle on the 250 stop.

Scott Carpenter

I will not cage until after I get rid of the balloon, and then I can start a slow yaw to the left to pick it off the stop.

CAPCOM

Roger. Can you turn your wobulator on now and leave it on?

Scott Carpenter

Roger. It has been on, and I haven't touched it.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand.

Scott Carpenter

Do you want it off?

CAPCOM

Roger. On and off in approximately 20-second intervals.

Scott Carpenter

Okay, wobulator going off—Now.

CAPCOM

Roger. We're relaying this.

Scott Carpenter

Am I in a position to do a 360 [degree] roll for them at this time?

CAPCOM

Your 00 yaw; you do have a yaw input in.

Scott Carpenter

Could we do this 360 [degree] roll on this pass at White Sands?

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cape Cap Com.

Scott Carpenter

Roger Cape. Loud and clear and break, break. Guaymas, the wobulator is back on now.

Scott Carpenter

Roger Cape. Go ahead.

CAPCOM

Roger Aurora Seven, Cape Cap Com back on HF. Give me your report.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. Control mode, manual; gyros normal; the maneuver switch is off. Fuel is 45-45 [percent]; oxygen is 70 [percent], or, correction, oxygen is 80 and 100 [percent]. Suit temperature is 68 [degrees], now and coming down pretty well. Suit steam vent temperature is 69 [degrees], and beginning to be a little more comfortable. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger: and how do you feel, now?

Scott Carpenter

I feel pretty good. Still warm.

CAPCOM

Okay, sounds like you'll be all right.

CAPCOM

Did you—your normal balloon release time will be 3 plus 34, Scott?

CAPCOM

Roger, can you describe the balloon and its actions a little to us?

Scott Carpenter

Yes, it has a random drift. There is no oscillation that I can predict whatsoever. The—the line leading to the balloon sometimes is tight; sometimes is loose—loose enough, so that there are loops in it. Its—its behaviour is strictly random as far as I can tell. The balloon is not inflated well either. It's an oblong shape out there, rather than a round figure; and I believe when the sun is on it, the day-glow orange is the most brilliant, and the silver. That's about all I can tell you, Gus.

CAPCOM

Roger. Surgeon suggests that you drink as much water as you can. Drink it as often as you can.

CAPCOM

Retrosequence times for area 3 B and 3 C are nominal.

Scott Carpenter

3 B and 3 C nominal. Roger.

CAPCOM

And we recommend you go to normal on your gyros with the maneuver switch off.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. The gyros are normal and the maneuver switch is off.

CAPCOM

Would you give us your—your temperature control valve settings, please?

Scott Carpenter

Roger, suit is 7.5, cabin is about 10. That's 10 on the cabin and 5 on the inverters. Over.

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CAPCOM

Stand by for Z cal.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, standing by.

Scott Carpenter

Mark a tensiometer reading. It's as tight as I've—as it gets.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cap Com.

Scott Carpenter

Go ahead, Cap Com.

CAPCOM

. . . drifting flight yet?

CAPCOM

Have you done any drifting flight?

Scott Carpenter

That is Roger. And if I am to save fuel for retrosequence, I think I better start again. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, I agree with you.

Scott Carpenter

My control mode is now manual; gyros are caged, and I will allow the capsule to drift for a little while.

CAPCOM

Roger, and John suggests you try to look back, towards the darkness, at sunrise to see those particles.

Scott Carpenter

Toward the darkness.

CAPCOM

Roger. At sunrise, try to look toward the darkness.

Scott Carpenter

Okay, I have done that, and—and—tell him no joy.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, are you in drifting flight?

Scott Carpenter

I am looking down almost vertically. It's possible to distinguish, I believe, four separate cloud layers.

Scott Carpenter

Balloon—I'll maneuver enough to get the balloon out in trail so I can photograph its departure.

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Scott Carpenter

I, incidently, have those little particles visible in the periscope at this time.

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand the periscope.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cap Com.

CAPCOM

We're still fairly happy with your fuel state now. Don't let—we'd like for you not to let either get down below 40 percent.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. I'll try. I have balloon jettison on and off, and I can't get rid of it.

CAPCOM

Understand that you can't get rid of the balloon.

Scott Carpenter

That's right. It will not jettison.

CAPCOM

Aurora seven, Cap Com.

Scott Carpenter

Go ahead, Cap Com.

CAPCOM

Give us your blood pressure and fuel reading.

Scott Carpenter

Okay. Fuel is 45-42 [percent]. Blood pressure on the air.

Scott Carpenter

I have the particles visible still. They're streaming aft, but in an arc of maybe a 120 or 130 degrees.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cap Com. Say again.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, I have these particles drifting aft again, but they do not parallel the line to the balloon exactly. They drift aft within an arc of maybe 120 to 130 degrees.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cap Com. Can you give us a comment on the zero g experiment?

Scott Carpenter

Roger. At this moment, the fluid is all gathered around the standpipe; the standpipe appears to be full and the fluid outside the standpipe is about halfway up. There is a rather large meniscus. I'd say about 60° meniscus.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Cap Com. Repeat as much of your last message as you can.

Scott Carpenter

Roger. The standpipe is full of the fluid. The fluid is halfway up the outside of the standpipe—a rather large meniscus, on angle of about 60 degrees. Over.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, Aurora Seven, this is Canary Cap Com on HF. Do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Hello, hello, Canary Cap Com, Aurora Seven. Reading you loud and clear; HF. Transmitting HF. How do you read? Over.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, this is Canary Cap Com on HF. Do you read? Over.

Scott Carpenter

Roger, Canary Cap Com. Reading you loud and clear; HF. How me? Over.

Scott Carpenter

These pictures of the—small groups of closely knit clouds are south of Canary, third orbit.

Scott Carpenter

This must be crossing [Intertropical Convergence Zone] (ITCZ). I have never seen weather quite like this.

CAPCOM

This is Canary Cap Com on HF. Do you receive? Over.

CAPCOM

Aurora Seven, this is Canary Cap Com. We had no transmissions from you. This is Canary Islands, signing out.

Scott Carpenter

I have the Voasmeter out at this time.

Scott Carpenter

Hello, Canary Cap Com, Aurora Seven. Reading you loud and clear. How me?

CAPCOM

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

Scott Carpenter

Go ahead, Canary. Reading you loud and clear.

Scott Carpenter

I am going—I am in the record only position now. I think the best answer to the autokinesis—is that there is none. I noticed none—and I tend to aline the horizontal with my head—it—a horizontal line under zero g is a line parallel to the line drawn between your eyes. I don't get autokinesis. I don't get—now wait a minute, maybe I'm beginning to.

Scott Carpenter

I should remark that at 3 26 33, I have.in the sky, at any time, 10 particles. They no doubt appear to glow to me. They appeared to be little pieces of frost. However. some appear to be way, way far away. There are two—that look like they might be a 100 yards away. I haven't operated the thruster not for some time. Here are two in closer. Now a densiometer reading on these that are in close. Extinct at 5.5, the elapsed time is 3 27 39. I am unable to see any stars in the black sky at this time. However, these little snowflakes are clearly visible.