John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. I'm trying to get some pictures of these particles that are outside here. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, that time we have for Golf is 03 00 39. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this is Canton. We also have no indication that your landing bag might be deployed. Over.

John Glenn

Roger. Did someone report landing bag could be down? Over.

CAPCOM

Negative, we had a request to monitor this and to ask you if you heard any flapping, when you had high capsule rates. …

CAPCOM

… this was. Over.

John Glenn

Well, I think they probably thought these particles I saw might have come from that, but these are, there there are thousands of these things, and they go out for, it looks like miles in each direction from me and they move by here very slowly. I saw them at the same spot on the first orbit. Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, what control mode are you in presently?

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. I am in manual. While on the dark side, I aligned myself with the horizon, when up to 0 0 0, and caged the gyros and uncaged again. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven. Will be losing contact any minute now, you have reentry checks to make and approximately 10 minutes, until California contact. Over.

John Glenn

Roger, Friendship Seven.

Comm Tech

Friendship Seven, this is Hawaii Com Tech on UHF and HF. How do you read? Over.

John Glenn

Say again, Com Tech, what station?

Comm Tech

Friendship Seven, Hawaii Com Tech on UHF and HF. How do you read? Over.

John Glenn

Hello Hawaii. Loud and clear; how me? Over.

John Glenn

Hello Hawaii. Friendship Seven. Loud and clear; how me? Over.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this is Hawaii Cap Com, I read you loud and clear. What is your status report? Over.

John Glenn

Roger, Friendship Seven, ah.

G

He has contact, we're putting air-to-ground on.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Fuel 62-74 [percent], oxygen 64-98 [percent], amps 23. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven. The first part of your transmission was broken up; could you say again, fuel?

John Glenn

Roger, fuel 62-74 [percent]. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. Read 62-74 [percent], Friendship Seven. Cape would like to know if you have made the visual check on the gyros yet?

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John Glenn

This is affirmative. During the dark side I went to 0 0 0 as best I could and caged and uncaged the gyros. I'm rechecking this at present time. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger. I'll stand by until you complete your checks and we'd like to get the results.

John Glenn

Roger, Friendship Seven.

John Glenn

Hawaii, this is Friendship Seven. Are we getting scanner ignore? Over.

CAPCOM

There are no ignore indications on the ground as of now, Friendship Seven. Hawaii. Over.

John Glenn

Roger. This is Friendship Seven. When I aligned in, standby one.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Roll appears to be about 20° off. At present time, I am indicating 20° right roll when I am lined up perfectly with the horizon. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven. Understand you still have a 20° error in your attitude indication after caging the gyros.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. That's affirmative. It's drifted off again. It was correct at that time; it apparently has drifted off. It's about 20° off in roll.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, could you give us a readout on all three axes; we'd like to compare ground readouts.

John Glenn

Roger, Friendship Seven. Roll indicates 19 [degrees] right, yaw, 2 [degrees] left, pitch —22 [degrees]. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven. Read you loud and clear.

John Glenn

Friendship Seven, Hawaii Cap Com. Can you estimate the drift rates you are getting?

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Drift rates are very difficult to pick up for some reason. I have not been able to get real accurate drift rates. I feel that. …

CAPCOM

Do you still consider yourself GO for the next orbit?

John Glenn

That is affirmative, I am GO for the next orbit.

CAPCOM

Roger, I understand. At present time ground concurs.

CAPCOM

Could you, could you give me a readout on exhaust temperature, please?

John Glenn

Friendship Seven. Roger. Exhaust temperature, 47 [degrees].

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Hawaii Cap Com. Could you read exhaust temperature please?

John Glenn

Roger. Exhaust temperature 47 [degrees].

CAPCOM

Roger. Understand 47 [degrees].