CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this is Zanzibar Cap Com. Telemetry indicates all systems go. Medical status go, … reports same, we have a little bit of telemetry drop out. … Standby to pick up IOS in about 3 minutes. Zanzibar Cap Com out.

Comm Tech

Hello, Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. This is Indian Com Tech. …

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven, going on to eye patch.

Comm Tech

Hello, Friendship Seven. Friendship Seven, IOS Com Tech. Over.

John Glenn

Hello, IOS Com Tech, Friendship Seven. Go ahead.

Comm Tech

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. This is Indian Com Tech on HF UHF. How do you read? Over.

John Glenn

IOS, this is Friendship Seven. Do you read? Over.

Comm Tech

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. This is Indian Com Tech on HF UHF. How- do you read? Over.

John Glenn

Indian Com Tech. Read you loud and clear on HF. Over.

Comm Tech

Hello Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven. This is Indian Com Tech on HF UHF. How do you read? Over.

John Glenn

Indian Com Tech, Friendship Seven. Loud and clear, how me?

Comm Tech

Roger, Friendship Seven, reading you loud and clear—

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Had a beautiful sunset and can see the light way out almost up to the northern horizon.

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Spoken on Feb. 20, 1962, 3:28 p.m. UTC (55 years, 7 months ago). Link to this transcript range is: Tweet

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven,. … Over.

John Glenn

Indian Cap Com, I'm receiving you very garbled. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, … , now. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Indian Cap. Over.

John Glenn

Go ahead Indian Cap Com. I read you fairly good now. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Proceed with the rest of your status please. Over.

John Glenn

Say again, Indian. Over.

CAPCOM

Would you give me your status and consumable readings please? Over.

John Glenn

Roger. This is Friendship Seven. My status is very good. I feel fine. Fuel is 90-98 [percent], oxygen 75-100 [percent], amps, 21 present time, cabin pressure holding at 5.5. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, understand, reading you loud and clear now. Over.

John Glenn

Roger, loud and clear.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. At this, MARK, at this present time, I still have some clouds visible below me, the sunset was beautiful. It went down very rapidly. I still have a brilliant blue band clear across the horizon almost covering my whole window. The redness of the sunset I can still see through some of the clouds way over to the left of my course. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, under. …

John Glenn

The sky above is absolutely black, completely black. I can see stars though up above. I do not have any of the constellations identified as yet. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, understand Friendship Seven.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven. Would you confirm you received retrosequence time 1 Delta from Zanzibar? Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Roger, 1 Delta is 00 50 24.

CAPCOM

Roger. I have areas 1 Echo, Foxtrot, and Hotel. Are you prepared to copy? Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Let me know.

John Glenn

All right, go ahead with retrotimes. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Area 1 Echo is one hour, 15 minutes, 42 seconds. I say again, one hour, 15 minutes, 42 seconds. Over.

John Glenn

Roger. One Echo is 01 plus 15 plus 42.

CAPCOM

Roger. Area Foxtrot is one hour, 28 minutes, 50 seconds. I say again, one hour, 28 minutes, 50 seconds.

John Glenn

Roger. Foxtrot is 01 plus 28 plus 50.

CAPCOM

That is affirmative. Area Hotel is four hours, 32 minutes, 42 seconds. Four hours, 32 minutes, 42 seconds. Over.

John Glenn

Roger. 04 plus 32 plus 42. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. That is affirmative. Over.

John Glenn

Roger. This is Friendship Seven. I am having no trouble at all seeing the night horizon. I think the moon is probably coming up behind me. Yes, I can see it in the scope back here and it's making a very white light on the clouds below. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, understand.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, we have launched our flare. You understand it is. … Over.

John Glenn

That is affirmative.

CAPCOM

We have been advised that it has been ignited. Do you see anything? Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Negative. I don't have anything in the scope or out the window.

CAPCOM

Roger, understand.