Phase 2: Space

Alan Shepard

Periscope is coming out and the turn-around has started

Alan Shepard

Control movements

Alan Shepard

Okay, switching to manual pitch

Deke Slayton

That's manual pitch

Alan Shepard

Switching to manual yaw

Deke Slayton

… understand, manual yaw

Deke Slayton

Roger Freedom, okay

Alan Shepard

Yaw is okay. Switching to manual roll

Deke Slayton

Okay, looks good …

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Spoken on May 5, 1961, 2:38 p.m. UTC (56 years, 7 months ago). Link to this transcript range is: Tweet

Alan Shepard

On the periscope. What a beautiful view

Alan Shepard

Cloud cover over Florida. 3 to 4 tenths near the eastern coast. Obscures up to Hatteras

Alan Shepard

I can see Okeechobee. Identify Andros Island. Identify the Reefs

Deke Slayton

retro 5 4 3 2 … 1

Alan Shepard

Start retro-sequence. In retro-attitude are green

Alan Shepard

Control is smooth

Alan Shepard

Retro one, very smooth

Alan Shepard

All three retros are fired

Alan Shepard

Okay. Three retros have fired. Retro-jettison is back to arm.

Deke Slayton

The booster …

Alan Shepard

Switching fly-by-wire

Alan Shepard

Roger; do not have a light

Alan Shepard

I do not have a light. I see the straps falling away. I heard a noise. I will use override

Alan Shepard

Override used, the light is green

Alan Shepard

Periscope is retracting

Alan Shepard

I'm on Fly By Wire. Going to re-entry attitude

Deke Slayton

You hit the red on the button