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Author Topic: 033:56:11 Recovery team bartering. Beer vs. Pineapples  (Read 4050 times)

Offline ke6jjj

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033:56:11 Recovery team bartering. Beer vs. Pineapples
« on: November 20, 2023, 03:27:06 pm »
https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=033:56:11&ch=33

Recovery Houston (id unknown) offers Recovery Pacific (id unknown, but likely on a ship in the Pacific) a trade of a six pack of "Cold Pearl" for two pineapples on return. Haggling ensues.

« Last Edit: November 20, 2023, 10:14:11 pm by ke6jjj »

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Re: 033:56:11 Recovery team bartering. Beer vs. Pineapples
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2023, 10:04:47 pm »
I found this particular gem because it's just one minute past a much more important historical artifact: confirmation that the IRIG-B time signal encoded on the MOCR tapes is lock-step with the clocks used by the human controllers and support crew. Just a minute before this barter there is an exchange between Houston Recover and Pacific Recovery where Houston clearly counts down the GMT and GET clocks so that Pacific Recovery can adjust their ship clocks to match.

In the attached annotated spectrogram, the speaker speaks the phrase "eight, nine, MARK, 50 seconds". Below each utterance are the time code markers output by the IRIG-B decoder software that we wrote for Apollo In Real Time. The "MARK" phrase lines up perfectly with the GET timestamp "33:53:50" / GMT timestamp "1970-04-14T05:06:50".

https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=033:53:36&ch=33
« Last Edit: November 20, 2023, 10:11:04 pm by ke6jjj »

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Re: 033:56:11 Recovery team bartering. Beer vs. Pineapples
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2023, 08:19:26 am »
I found this particular gem because it's just one minute past a much more important historical artifact: confirmation that the IRIG-B time signal encoded on the MOCR tapes is lock-step with the clocks used by the human controllers and support crew. Just a minute before this barter there is an exchange between Houston Recover and Pacific Recovery where Houston clearly counts down the GMT and GET clocks so that Pacific Recovery can adjust their ship clocks to match.

In the attached annotated spectrogram, the speaker speaks the phrase "eight, nine, MARK, 50 seconds". Below each utterance are the time code markers output by the IRIG-B decoder software that we wrote for Apollo In Real Time. The "MARK" phrase lines up perfectly with the GET timestamp "33:53:50" / GMT timestamp "1970-04-14T05:06:50".

https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=033:53:36&ch=33

This is an absolute gem of a find. Thanks for locating this. It really truly drives home how history was made 53 years ago, and how we sometimes take for granted that what we're listening to is just the digital facsimile of the media of that era.

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Re: 033:56:11 Recovery team bartering. Beer vs. Pineapples
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2023, 08:23:41 am »
https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=033:56:11&ch=33

Recovery Houston (id unknown) offers Recovery Pacific (id unknown, but likely on a ship in the Pacific) a trade of a six pack of "Cold Pearl" for two pineapples on return. Haggling ensues.

To further emphasize the human quality of what these ironclad-willed flight controllers do on a daily basis, you want to know what EECOM John Aaron was doing at the exact same time that RECOVERY was making a trade for pineapples?

Looking for a trash can.

Link: https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=033:57:52&ch=17

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Re: 033:56:11 Recovery team bartering. Beer vs. Pineapples
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2023, 04:29:16 pm »
I found this particular gem because it's just one minute past a much more important historical artifact: confirmation that the IRIG-B time signal encoded on the MOCR tapes is lock-step with the clocks used by the human controllers and support crew. Just a minute before this barter there is an exchange between Houston Recover and Pacific Recovery where Houston clearly counts down the GMT and GET clocks so that Pacific Recovery can adjust their ship clocks to match.

In the attached annotated spectrogram, the speaker speaks the phrase "eight, nine, MARK, 50 seconds". Below each utterance are the time code markers output by the IRIG-B decoder software that we wrote for Apollo In Real Time. The "MARK" phrase lines up perfectly with the GET timestamp "33:53:50" / GMT timestamp "1970-04-14T05:06:50".

https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/?t=033:53:36&ch=33

I love this so much. For those of you unaware, @ke6jjj is the person who wrote the algorithm that we used to restore the mission control audio back to mission time.