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1 At the reception in Honolulu, Admiral McCain greets the crew. McCain was Commanding the US Pacific fleet at the time, and the commentary makes note that his son is currently being held prisoner by the North Vietnamese. The son is of course John McCain, later to become a Republican senator, who remained in captivity till 1973. 

2 Interesting conversation between surgeon and someone in The White House about Nixon's idea to be on the aircraft carrier that meets the returning capsule at splashdown. Seems that everyone thinks this is a bad plan, but Nixon is considering it. They are looking for a possible splashdown zone so they can start working on how to get The President there, but it's too early to confirm where it's going to be.


A time of tension (amongst many). MIT mainframe seems to be running the numbers on the LEM engine burn for the free return, but it doesn't look like they are going to have them done in time. So it's all down to the manual calculations. Brings to life the reality of computing speeds in 1970. You can hear the anxiety in the voices, Guidance and Flight Dynamics guys particularly, as it builds toward the burn. A few minutes later they and the crew do the burn, almost perfectly.


You'd think they'd have a permanently open/direct line (!), but they have to find the right guy. Sounds like quite a big party in the background.

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