John Glenn

Some of them almost float with me. Most of them appear to be moving at about 3 to 5 miles an hour away from me. I'm going just a little faster then they are. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Guaymas Cap Com. We have a scope retract indication on ground. Believe it's ground failure. Over.

John Glenn

That is affirmative. The scope is extended. The scope is extended. Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. A lot of cloud cover. I cannot see land yet. Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Yaw is drifting out of orbit attitude and will bring it back in. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Guaymas. I said the, I have an indication of scope retract. Your say your scope is out, though? Over.

John Glenn

That is affirmative.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, California Cap Com. We have your scope as extended.

John Glenn

That is affirmative, Cal, scope is extended.

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CAPCOM

Roger, we concur here.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Yaw drifted out of limits about 20 degrees to the right. I'm bringing it back in manually at present time. Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Back on ASCS.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Guaymas. You were on ASCS when it started drifting out. Over.

John Glenn

That is affirmative.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Now on fly-by-wire to hold orbit attitude.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. I have the land in sight out the window. Controlling manually, on fly-by-wire.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven. Is the ASCS OK now? Over.

John Glenn

I'll switch back on to it now and see.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Negative. Seems to, well, standby one.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Affirmative. Seems to be controlling now. There may be some drift to the right, however. Over.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. It drifts about out 20° to the right and then gets a large pulse to kick it back over to the left. It goes in about, the rate runs over to about 3 degrees per second, to the left.

John Glenn

It's drifting again in yaw. Over. And once again pulls through.