Phase 3: Reentry

Gus Grissom

Roger. I'm in reentry attitude.

Alan Shepard

Roger, how does it look out the window now?

Gus Grissom

Ah, the sun is coming in and so all I can see really is just, ah, just darkness. The sky is very black.

Alan Shepard

Roger, you have some more time to look if you like.

Alan Shepard

7 from Cap Com, how do you feel up there?

Gus Grissom

I feel very good, auto fuel is 90, manual is 50.

Alan Shepard

Roger, 0.05 g in 10.

Gus Grissom

OK, everything is very good, ah.

Gus Grissom

I got 0.05 g and roll rate has started.

Gus Grissom

Got a pitch rate in here, OK, g's are starting to build.

Alan Shepard

Roger, reading you loud and clear.

Gus Grissom

Roger, g's are building, we're up to 6.

Gus Grissom

There's about 10; the handle is out from under it; here I got a little pitch rate coming back down through 7.

Alan Shepard

Roger, still sound good.

Gus Grissom

OK, the altimeter is active at 65. There's 60.

Gus Grissom

Okay, I'm getting some contrails, evidently shock wave, 50,000 feet; I'm feeling good. I'm very good, everything is fine.

Gus Grissom

45,000, do you still read?

Alan Shepard

Affirmative. Still reading you. You sound good.

Gus Grissom

OK, 40,000 feet, do you read?

Gus Grissom

35,000 feet, if you read me.

Gus Grissom

30,000 feet, everything is good, everything is good.

Alan Shepard

Bell 7, this is Cap Com. How…

Unknown

Cape, do you read?

Gus Grissom

Approaching drogue chute attitude.

Gus Grissom

There's the drogue chute. The periscope has extended.

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Alan Shepard

This is…we have a green drogue here, 7 how do you read?

Gus Grissom

OK, we're coming down to 15,000 feet, if anyone reads. We're on emergency flow rate, can see out the periscope OK. The drogue chute is good.

Alan Shepard

Roger, understand drogue is good, the periscope is out.

Gus Grissom

There goes the main chute, it's reefed; main chute is good; main chute is good; rate of descent coming down, coming down to – there's 40 feet per second, 30 feet per, 32 feet per second on the main chute, and the landing bag is out green.

Unknown

Ah, it's better than it was, Chuck.

Gus Grissom

Hello, does anybody read Liberty Bell, main chute is good, landing bag is on green.

Alan Shepard

And the landing bag is on green.

ATS

Liberty Bell 7, Liberty Bell 7, this is Atlantic Ship Cap Com. Read you loud and clear. Our telemetry confirms your events. Over.

Gus Grissom

Ah, roger, is anyone reading Liberty Bell 7? Over.

Cardfile 23

Roger, Liberty Bell 7, reading you loud and clear. This is C 23. Over.

Gus Grissom

Atlantic Ship Cap Com, this is Liberty Bell 7, how do you read me? Over.

ATS

Read you loud and clear. Over. Liberty Bell 7, Liberty Bell 7, this is Atlantic Ship Cap Com. How do you read me? Over.

Gus Grissom

Atlantic Ship Cap Com, this is Liberty Bell 7, I read you loud and clear. How, me? Over.

ATS

Roger, Bell 7, read you loud and clear, your status looks good, your systems look good, we confirm your events. Over.

Gus Grissom

Ah, roger, and confirm the fuel has dumped. Over.

ATS

Roger, confirm again, confirm again, has your auto fuel dumped? Over.