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Skylab 4 PAO Mission Commentary 8 of 32

Skylab 4 PAO Mission Commentary 8 of 32

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SL-IVMC700
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:30GMT12
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CCSkylab,Houston,we'reabout30seconds
fromLOS.We'llcallyoua
t
theVanguardat1
5
:47.CDRRoger,Dick.Wethinkwesee
t
hephenomenon
t
ha
t
wasmentionedin
t
hemessage.Wedosee
t
heclouds
t
reetswi
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h
t
hearcsofcumulusoverlayed.Therearesomedifferencesincolor
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f
t
hewa
t
ersurfaceunderneathrunningfromdarkbluetolight
t
o
t
hegreen.TherelsnoSunglinthow-however
t
ohelpusout.
CCRoger,Jerry.Thankyou.
CDRWegrabbedafewNikon55millimeter
picturesofit.
CCOkay.Andwe'reassumingthatifyou'll
getachanceyou'llputamoredetaileddescriptiononthe
taperecorder.
CDRThat'saffirmative.
CCOkay.
PAOSkylabControl,Greenwichmeantime,
15hours,37
m
inu
t
es.We'vehadlossofsignal
t
hrough
t
heMila
t
rackingstation.Nex
t
acquisi
t
ionin8minutes,50seconds,
willbeatVanguard.Thecrewreportsdidseecolorchanges
inthewateron
t
hispassoverYucatan.Theywereasked
t
odescribeunusualenergyin
t
erchangebe
t
weentheatmosphere
andthewater.Theydescribedseeingaacolordifference
inthewaterfromdarkbluetogreen.Theydid
t
akesomephotographs
o
fthecloudstreetsas
t
heywereaskedtodes-cribeandphotographon
t
hispass
t
hrough
t
heYucatanchannel.Nextacquisi
t
ionwillbeVanguardin8minutes,1
5
seconds,thecre
w
intheir21dayinorbi
t
.CommanderGeraldCartwillbeshor
t
lybeginning
t
heMO92
/
MI71lowerbodynegativepressuremetabolicactivityexperimen
t
,whileSciencePilo
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BillPoguewillbeattheApolloTelescopemoun
t
.A2hour-A2-1
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2hourassign
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en
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forhim
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oday.To
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alof6hoursand32minutesisschedule
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[tobespentby
t
hecrewme
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berson
t
heATMtoday.Nex
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acquisi
t
ionwillbeVanguardin7min
u
tes,35seconds,
Greenwichmeantime15hours,39minutes.ThisisSkylab
Control.
CCSkylab,Houston.We'reAOSVanguardfor
9minutes.AndIforgo
tt
owarnyoua
tt
heLOSfor
t
helast
site_butwe'redumpingthedatavoicerecorderhereatVanguard.
CCSkylab,Hous
t
on.We'reabout1minute
fromLOS.Wegot-Wetllseeyouafterthelongwayaroundat
Goldstoneat16:58,that'saboutanhourand4minutesfrom
now.
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CCRoger.WewereJusttalkingaboutthatand
whenwegettoGoldstone,we'llprobablyhaveasuggestion
foryou.
CDROkay.
PAOSkylabControl,Greenwichmeantime,
15hours,56minutes.LossofsignalthroughtheVanguard
trackingstation.NextacquisitionwillbeGoldstonein
ihour,and2minutesfromnow.
PAOThisisSkylabControl,Greenwichmean
time,15hours,56minutes.
ENDOFTAPE
 
SL-IVMC-701
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Time:09:55CST21:15:55GMT
12
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PAOSkylabControl,Greenwichmeantime16
hours41minutes.WewillhaveacquisitionthroughtheGoldstonetrackingstationin16minutes20seconds.OnthepreviouspasstheYucatanphenomenonviewedtodaybySkylabIV
CommanderGeraldCarrisanoceanographicfeaturediscovered
only2weeksagobyDr.RobertStevensonoftheOfficeof
NavalResearch,ScriptsInstituteofOceanographyofLaJolla,California.Thisunusualfeature,describedbyCarrduringthispreviouspassovertheYucatanPeninsulawasdiscoveredbyStevensonwhenviewingSI90Aphotographsfromrecent
Skylabflights.Hedescribedthephenomenonaseddys,cold
watercurre:ntsmovingagainstthenormallywarmmainchannelcurrent.Tihisphenomenonhasneverbeenseenorrecorded
priortoSkylabmissions,accordingtoDr.Stevenson,whoisamemberoftheNASAvisualobservationteamwhichbriefedtheSkylahIVcrewpriortolaunchonmorethani00selectedtargetsofinterestaroundtheglobe.Theeddysareturbulentcoldwatercurrentsmeasuringi0to40milesindiameterandrotateinaclockwisemotioninthewarmerGulfofMexico.Thisdiscowerymaychangetheentirethinkingandtotalunder-standingofthermalenergyoftheoceans.Dr.Stevensonsaidwearecompletelywronginourthinkingpresently.Under-
standingofthisfeaturewillhelpinweatherpredictions
aswellasthefisheryindustry.ThecrewwaspassedupatwopagemessagethismorningontheteleprinterinwhichtheywereaskedtodescribethefeatureasthecrossedovertheYucatanchannelintheGulfofMexicoduringthispreviousrevolution.Carrdescribedthewatercolorasrangingfromdarkbluetogreen.Althoughtheareawaspartiallycoveredwithcumulusclouds,Carrwasabletoseethetelltalecloud
streetswhichrunparallelinanorth-southdirectionon
eithersideofthecoldwatereddys.ThewarmerGulfwater
transfersheattothecooleratmospherecausingcloudforma-
tions.Inthecaseoftheeddystheareaimmediatelyover-headisnormallycloudless,accordingtoDr.Stevenson.Dr.Stevensonaswellasotherinvestigatorswillbemostinter-
estedinthephotographsandfurtherdescriptionsCommander
Cartputsonthetaperecorderofhisfindonthispreviouspass.Themessagethismorningadvisedthecrewthatthisunusualphenomenonwillnotbeviewableagain,becauseoftheSunangle,untilmid-January.TodaywasthelastdayitcouldhavebeenviewedwiththisproperSunangle.Nextacquisitionin13minutesand20secondswillbetheGoldstonetrackingstation.Ai_Greenwichmeantime16hours45minutesthis
isSkylabControl.
PAOSkylabControl,Greenwichmeantime16
hours57minutes.WewillhaveacquisitionthroughGoldstonein50seconds.We'llholdthelineupforthispass.

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