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SL-IV TIME: 12/16/73

MCI000/I 13:17 CST, 31:19:17 GMT

PAO Greenwich mean time. of signal at Guam. air-to-ground through CC CC data recorder there. CDR PAO 35 seconds now passed we're half

Skylab Control at 19 hours 17 minutes We're now just about in acquisition We_ll bring the llne up live for Guam lasting about 6-1/2 minutes. Skylab, Houston through Guam for 6 minutes. 5, and we plan to dump the voice and

and has and

Roger. Skylab Control at 19 hours 25 Greenwich mean time. Skylab space out of range of the tracking antenna an hour from our next acquisition.

minutes station at Guam Skylab

crew very busy today will be taking a day off tomorrow. And today's activities include a number of photographs of the comet Kohoutek, now traveling at more than 140,000 miles per hour towards the Sun. ItVs now at a distance of about 45,000,000 miles from the solar surface. Closest approach will be 12 days from today. Also scheduled today is an M092, M093 run concluded this morning on Commander Gerald Cart, a number of stereo photos of the - all three crew members, and also some additional comet photography with the S019 later in the day. Skylab crew has been reporting regularly on its handheld photography. Reports yesterday indicated they had photographed the Falkland Current and also a number of islands along the coast of South America. Space photography is not limited to highly sophisticated and automated mapping cameras that click off frame after frame of film, Handheld photography aboard Skylab as that nonlinear computer called "Man" to aim the camera and trip the shutter to capture the details of a specific feature on Earth or out in deep space. A feature that's been selected by individual judgement instead of by the impersonal sweeps of automation. Handheld space photography beBan ii years ago when John Glenn carried a 35-millimeter camera aboard the Mercury spacecraft Friendship and shot pictures of the Earth along its groundtrack through the tiny cabin window. The handheld camera continued to evolve as an important tool in space exploration through the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. The tool was passed to Skylab in the handheld photography tasks that daily have gone up by teleprinter to the space station. During this mission a visual operations book was given to the crew, an extensive book, after a series of 20 lectures by experts in the various fields. That visual observations book is being used in addition to a regular teleprinter messages to the crew. Amoung the Earth features sought through handheld photography from Skylab are large weather systems, pollution VII

SL-IV MCIO00/2 TIME: 13:17 CST, 12/16/73

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in the atmosphere and in the ocean, oceanic volcanic activity, ocean currents and agricultural details such as vegetation and crop patterns, as well as crop killing droughts in arid parts of the world. In the first 20 days of this Skylab flight, almost 150 designated Earth sites or crew selected targets of opportunity have been captured on color film by Hasselblad and Nikon cameras. Enthusiasm for the handheld photography by the Skylab crew is typified in the resent comment by Science Pilot Ed Gibson, talking to the onhoard tape recorder. "l'm very encouraged by the visual observations," he said. "You actually get better at it and you learn what subtleties you're looking for. I'm not at all concerned about having a particular picture called out over again to improve," said Gibson. While aiming a camera at a geological fault zone in New Zealand, Skylab Commander Jerry Carr commented, "I'ii be darned if I can see the fault lines that are shown on the map." Carr's failure to see the feature perhaps points out a limitation of human vision which is cancelled out by the resolution provided by lenses and film. While searching for the fault line in New Zealand, however, Carr detected a possible crossfault in the land structure below which was suggested by the lining up of a river and lake. Crew observations and photography may yield still other surprises in the next two months. Weather conditions, both foul and fair have been photographed during the current Skylab flight, including the effects of terrain features upon local weather. The crew has also photographed the conditions caused by the clash of cold air and warm Gulf Stream water. And additional data was gathered on a large cold water spot in the warm Gulf Stream. Astronauts have also photographed turbulent squawl lines accompanying fast moving fronts. Instances of how man can damage his fragile home planet have also been recorded on film by the Skylab astronauts. The ugly blotches of oil spills in the oceans, the crew specifically photographed a very large oil spill off the coast of Argentina several days ago. Dirty effluent pouring down rivers into the seas and smoke belched from thousands of smoke stacks, automobile exhausts, and large ground flares firesp are all subjects the Skylah crew has recorded. Perhaps man_s failure to preserve the environment will be corrected by such startling visual evidence. The crews photography of croplands and agricultural areas around the world too may aid in better planning of land use and irrigation to foster the highest return of food stuffs from the soil. This is another essential step to help man better understand how to manage the resources of his planet. The value of space photography is a research tool perhaps

SL-IV MCI000/3 TIME: 13:17 CST, 12/16/73

31:19:17

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has come of age in Skylab, with the automated camera and scanners and the Earth resources experiment package, complimented by the smaller handheld cameras, guided by the intuition and curiosity of man. With the new knowledge gained by Skylab, man will benefit now and be better prepared than ever when scientists make regular trips into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle. This is Skylab Control. We're 24 minutes from our next acquisition of signal. It's now 31 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC-IO01/I Time: 13:53 CST 12/16/73

31:19:53

GMT

PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours 54 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station now west of the coast of Chile is about 54 seconds from acquisition of signal through the tracking ship Vanguard. This pass through Vanguard will last a little more than ii minutes. Flight Director's still Charles Lewis and the spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield. CC minutes. Skylab, Houston through Vanguard for 7

CDR Roger, Hank. CC Correction on that time, Jer. Should be about ii minutes on this pass. CDR Okay. CC CDR, Houston. We'd like to get on TV XUV slit, white light display. CDR Okay. I'm off the limb now and going back Sun center. Do you still want it? CC That's affirmative. We'd like it in white light, Jer. CDR Okay. CC CDR, Houston. If you get a break at the panel, or one of the other fellows, we'd like to get the ATM C&D coolant pumps switched over again. We'd like to get PUMP C OFF and back to PUMP Bravo. CDR Okay. I'll get to it in a minute. CC We watched that PUMP C rev(?) at the stations we could see it and it looks as steady as a rock. CDR Okay, Hank. You want PUMP Bravo ON and Charlie OFF. Is that affirmative? CC Roger, Jer. Get Charlie OFF and then bring Bravo ON. CDR Okay. That's complete, Hank. CC Okay. Thank you, and we're about I minute from LOS. We'll see you at Ascension at 09, and that's about 3 minutes from now. CDR Okay. PAO Skylab Control at 20 hours 7 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is passed beyond the range of tracking antenna at Vanguard. Our next acquisition at Ascension is less than 2 minutes away. During this last pass we went back again from PUMP C on the ATM control and display panel coolant loop to PUMP B. After one revolution at PUMP _ with PUMP C on line we saw no variation at all in the flow at the station coverage we had. PUMP C was flowing very well at about 243 to 245 pounds per hour, that's a nominal rate, in fact a little bit higher then we've seen in the past on PUMP C. We've now gone back to PUMP B and the flow came up immediately to

SL-IV MC-1002/I Time: 14:16 CST 12/16/73 CC through

31:20:16

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Canary/Madrid you here.

Skylab, Houston. for 9 minutes.

We're

back got for

with

you of pass there

CC things for (static) CC

Skylab, Houston. We've In regard to the plan Skylab, Houston. We had

a couple the next

a handover

and got caught. A couple of things for you regarding the next pass. We'd like for you to go ahead and fly the Flight Plan as we uplinked it, however we want you to keep a close eye on that region and if you see another flare we want to go after it, of course. In answer to the CDR. He had some question about the XUV slit white light display, and why we wanted to go back to that. Any time we go to Sun center and we're in limb scan there the PRS mirror is trying to track the limb and it puts it up against the stops when we go to the Sun center position is and - we'd prefer that we take the switch back to the white light display position to keep that mirror off the stop. CDR Roger, Hank. I realized that after a couple of minutes. First I thought you were asking me for some TV downlinks, and then I finally wised up and figured out what it was you meant and I remember that. CC Okay, and one other thing. During this last pass we noticed that there was a very small error in the wedges, so at the start of the next pass prior to opening the S054 - S052 door, we'd like you to zero the wedges. CDR Roger, Hank. Ed will be on duty then and I'ii mention it to him. CC And_ the thing that probably happened awhile ago, Jer, was that the you started to drive the wedges before the fine Sun sensor door was fully opened, so that may have been what introduced the small error there. CDR Roger. CC Skylab, Houston. Wetre about i minute from LOS. We'll see you at Guam at 53, and that's about 26 minutes from now. PAO Skylab Control at 20 hours 29 minutes passed a long minutes out pass to Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now of range of the tracking antenna at Madrid, after through Ascension, Canary Islands and Madrid. 24

our next acquisition of signal. That will be at Guam. During the Ascension pass just before the space station went into darkness, Commander Jerry Carr reported that they had a flare observation going at region 00 on the eastern limb of the Sun. Carr said that he would continue observations if the

SL-IV Time:

MC-I002/2 14:16 CST

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12/16/73 ground wanted him to. They did instruct him to continue observations below 400,000 feet or 400-K. Normally observations are terminated at 400,000 feet because they become increasingly difficult through the Earth's atmosphere and data is relatively valuable, however, with the flare activity going on, a special effort was made to gather data all the way down to darkness. They terminated on most of the instruments about 2 minutes before they went into the darkness, and did get some through the Earth's atmosphere. ATM control and display panel coolant loop is still operating fine, Pump B now engaged. Interesting side note. Crew weights are down remarkably little from their prelaunch levels, despite an hour of very vigorous exercise every day. At present Jerry Cart is only 12 ounces lighter than he was on the morning of launch a month ago. His weight, based on the body mass measurements made yesterday aboard the space station is 149 pounds, Just 3/4 of a pound less than 1 month ago today. Surprisingly Carr is a little heavier now than he was a four week - than he was four weeks ago, which was just a few days after launch. Science Pilot Ed Gibson is down about 4 pounds since launch. A weight loss of about 2_I/2 percent, which puts him at 153 pounds. Gibson's exercise program has been the most vigorous ever on any Skylab. Each day he bicycles an equivalent of about 50 miles across level ground. Pilot Bill Pogue the lightest of the 3 astronauts at 145 pounds has lost the same amount as Gibson, 4 pounds, but most of his loss came during the first few days in space, when Pogue suffered from motion sickness. Since that bout of queasiness Pogue's weight has been remarkably stable. He lost a little more than 3 pounds during the first few days and just ounces in the 4 weeks since. Skylab mission now in its second month is a little more than a third over. The crew passed the duration record of the Pete Conrad crew 28 days 49 minutes and 49 seconds on Friday morning. Their health continues to be excellent as they extend their flight beyond what had been a new world record, less than 6 months ago. Three big events coming up during the next 2 weeks. An annular eclipse in which all but the outer rim of the Sun is ohscured will be observed in part during 6 seperate orbits of the Skylab space station. The event on December 21 - 24, just one day before Christmas is to be seen best from locations in South America, the Atlantic Ocean, and northwest Africa, but it will be seen in part over most of the United States, particularly the South and the Eastern portions of the U.S., just at dawn. On Christmas day a special space walk to photograph the comet

less

SL-IV MC-I002/3 Time: 14:16 CST 12/16/73

31:20:16

GMT

Kohoutek is being planned. before the comet passes the

That will take place Sun at a distance of

just 3 days about

13 million miles. Today the comet, still increasing in speed is traveling more than 140,000 miles per hour. Its distance from the Sun about 45 million miles, it's still about 107 million miles from Earth and moving away just about as fast as we're chasing it. December 28th is comet perihelion, its closest pass to the Sun at 13.4 million miles. On December 29th there will be another space walk planned for the Skylab crew. That space walk is planned to gather photography on the comet after its close pass to the Sun to determine what changes have taken place in it, as it's increased in brightness and in temperature by the strength of the Sun. Sun, of course, has been extremely active today region 00 which is Just rotating into view on the left edge of the Sun's disk on what's called the eastern limb has given several flares today including a major M_3 flare, the largest of the mission, Just before the crew awakened this morning. Several flares earlier in the morning from that same active region, still not fully in view on the solar disk. This is Skylab Control. We're almost 20 minutes away from our acquisition at Guam. It's 33 minutes and 15 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

SL-IV TIME: 12/16/73

MC-1003/I 14:52 CST,

31:20:52

GMT

PAO and 4 seconds is now about the tracking last a little time we have here off

Skylab Control at 20 hours 52 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station 54 seconds from acquisition of signal through antenna on Guam. The pass through Guam will less than i0 minutes. And at the present the very beginnings of the handover taking place Control. will be Charles available Lewis, who for a change will of be going shift

in Mission duty at 4,

briefing at 4:30 p.m. central standard 1 briefing room. We're coming up live through Guam. Spacecraft communicator Hank Hartsfield. 9-1/2 CC minutes. Skylah, Houston;

time in now for continues

the Building air-to-ground to be Guam for

we're

through

CC SPT, Houston; I have a correction or update for your S019 maneuver pad message 3134. If you get a chance the Nu - we had a NuZ change which causes us to have to update a little bit. SPT Okay, Hank; I have it. Go ahead. CC Okay, under the fine maneuver there after the 52021, leading out to the right there, the first entry should be 51063, instead of 51005. And the rate that goes with that is minus .51 degrees. The Y should be 51070, and minus .56 degrees; and Z, 50076 plus .62 degrees. SPT Okay, Hank, understand for the fine maneuver 52021; (garble) 51063, 51070, and 50076. For a minus .51 degrees, a minus .56 degrees and plus .62. CC That's correct, Ed. SPT Thank you, Hank. CC Skylab, Houston; we're about 1 minute from LOS. We' ii be coming up on Vanguard at 33 and we plan to dump the recorder there. PAO Skylab Control at 21 hours 3 minutes and 33 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now passing out of range of the tracking antenna at Guam. 30 minutes to our next acquisition; that pass will he at Vanguard. This is Skylab Control at 3 minutes and 49 seconds after the hours. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC-1004/I Time: 15:32 CST 12/16/73

31:21:32

GMT

PAO This is Skylab Control at 21 hours 32 minutes Greenwich mean time. Space station approaching the acquis - the Vanguard tracking site for acquisition. Expect to have communication in about 3/4 of a minute. We'll stand by for the air-to-ground. CC Vanguard CDR you. CC for Skylab, Houston. We're with you through 8 minutes. Roger, Hank. I got several items for Go ahead.

CDR On S019 Hank, two questions. Number one; I presume we're still focusing on tube number 2 for cassette number 2 and it was not in the pad anywhere. I would like to caution the people writing the pads to be sure and put that stuff in there because if we don't keep our check and balance systems going somebody's going to mess up. CC Roger; we copy, and good point. CDR Okay. Also, in the S019 pad it says it would like to have the target, either Betelgeuse or Kohoutek, I should say and. They'd like to have them at 9 o'clock on the left hand reticle. Well, that doesn't tell me enough. Now far out from the center do they want it? And then, Hank the other question is for the documentary photos. I assume we're going to use a 10-millimeter lens unless otherwise specified in the procedures. Is that correct? CC We_ll check it. And CDR, you're - in answer to the first question, you're right. It's 22 for cassette number 2 and we'll try to keep that on the pad. You're right, we should do that, and regards to the pointing, if you look into the reticle there there's a vertical line off to the left of the center line and that's where we want - where that crosses the horizontal line is where we want it the pointing to be. CDR Okay; copy. CC And as a reminder_ CDR, we'd like for you voice record the rotation and tilt settings there on the reference star so we can compare for our pointing. CDR Will do it, Hank. CC Correction on that, Jer. If you could get those to us real-time, it really would help us out and build our pads. CDR Okay, I'll give it a try. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you at Canaries at 53. CDR Hank, did you get my question on the lens for the documentary photos? CC Roger, we're just getting that now, Jer, and the 10-millimeter lens is okay.

to

SL-IV MCI004/2 Time: 15:32 CST 12/16/73

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GMT

CDR Okay, thank you. PAO Loss of si signal through Vanguard. Next acquisition in about i0 minutes through the Canaries. At 21 hours 42 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV Time: 12/16/73

MC-1005/I 15:52

CST

31:21:52

GMT

21

PAO hours

52

minutes

Skylab Control Greenwich mean

here time.

in

Houston, Texas About a minute by for Canary - one

at the

away from acquisition at the Canary communication with the crew through and CC Madrid SPT for 13-1/2 Skylab, Houston; minutes. Roger Hank, let

site. Stand Canaries. we're me through a

mention

anomaly we have on the X-ray image scope which I've noticed over about the past day or so. The lower 40 percent of the scan you do not see on the scope. Some times it's present and sometimes it's not. And for the past two orbits it's not been present. CC Understand the lower 40 percent of the scan you can't see it? the SPT SO54 CC on their That's affirm. X-ray spec. Roger, we copy. On the X-ray image scope

-

CC SPT CC intermittent SPR It was recently occurred CC SPT okay on once

SPT let me verify, was Say again Hank. Roger, let me verify. condition or does it do that It'll this the morning past two and Okay, It's be when orbits I like I that first it's for

that

a

intermittent?

Was that a all the time? several orbits. and It to just you.

looked at it, been missing. to bus mention 2. For it

before

neglected we copy. in bus 1 or

the

X-ray spect under console power distribution. like the Sun did it to us again just has I was with around 6 minutes to go. I believe we're Atlantic anomaly. The PMEC count was up, but APERTURE pumped up to three. CC CC class-M SPT scheduling CC cooperate, CC we'll be we'll from CC see now. in progress down we Roger, we Ed, we've and Hank, there. copy. just checked and

And Hank, looks powering down close to the South the BERYLLIUM

we

do

have

a of

as reported by our you guys got to do

Beta satellite. a better job

could

dumping you at

Well, if old man Sol would Just get a lot of good things done. And, Skylab, Houston, is there the recorder here at Madrid. Houston, at 41, we're that's 1 minute about 34

for

info,

Skylab, Honeysuckle

from LOS, minutes

SPT SPT flare which CC

Jerry

So long Hank. Hey Hank, what (garble) managed Our preliminary

was the size of the previous to get a portion of? figures show it's

SL-IV MC-I005/2 Time: 15:52 CST 12/16/73 Charlis SPT something? CC further than SPT that 3.

31:21:52

GMT

Thank

you.

And his

other we

one was have

a M it any

at

Roger, class-M but this point Ed. Thanks Hank.

don't

PAO Space station has moved out of range of the Madrid tracking site. Expect to reacquire in 32 mintes on the other side of the World. At 22 hours 8 mintues Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV TIME: 12/16/73

MCI006/I 16:10 CST, 31:22:10 GMT

PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours, i0 minutes Greenwich mean time, with a reminder to the newsmen that there will be a change-of-shift briefing at 4:30 p.m. central standard time in Building i, room 135. Participating on the change-of_shift will be the off_goin_ Flight Director, Charles Lewis. At 22 hours, i0 minutes, 29 seconds Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC 1007/1 TIME: 16:51 CST, 12/16/73

31:22:51

GMT

PAO This is Skylab Control at at 22 hours, 51 minutes Greenwich mean time. During the last press conference we acquired via by the tape machine about 3-1/2 minutes of air-to-ground, while the space station was traveling through the area of the Honeysuckle, Australia tracking site. Before we play that for you, we'd like to remind you that the team on - on duty at this time is the polkadot team, under Flight Director Donald R. Puddy. The spacecraft communicator is identified as Lieutenant Commander Robert L. Crippen of the United States Navy. We're about ready now to play the 3-1/2 minutes of air-to-ground. CC Good afternoon Skylab, we're AOS over Honeysuckle for 8 minutes and I understand congratulations are in order that you guys became parents while we were off. CDR That's right. You left at the wrong time, Crip. CC Oh m I happen to be around here in the MOCR when you called it down. CDR Oh, that's right I remember. PLT We owe it all to you, Crip. It really couldn't have done it without your good work. CC I'm sure of that. Did you manage to see diapause? PLT Perhaps something resembling that, Crip, we certainly saw lots of little - of the little fellows crawling around and we haven't had a chance to look at them too closely the past 6 hours or so but I think there might be a couple of more there. CC Roger. PLT We're thinking of a couple of suitable names, Crip. What's your middle name? CC Harry. CC For your information in case you haven't heard the woodpecker, all your Flight Plans should be on board. PLT Roger, we've been looking at them. CDR Houston, CDR. CC Go, CDR. CDR Okay, on that S019 run that we just finished. I did not have time to do any repointing without affecting the exposures themselves so all I can tell you is that the comet, rather than being at 9 o'clock on the vertical crosshair to the left was halfway between that left-hand crosshair and the center cross hair at 9 o_clock. CC CDR Okay, Well, copy that, thank I figured moving you Jet. - trying to repoint

SL-IV MCI007/2 TIME: 16:51 GMT, 12/16/73

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GMT

would only endanger the exposure because there was just very little time in fact, the maneuver only had about 30 seconds to settle out before it was time for the first exposure, we really cut it tight. CC Okay_ copy that. CDR, Houston. Jer can you tell us where Betelgeuse showed up in it? CDR Quite frankly I wasn't even sure I could find Betelgeuse. There were no really bright stars in the field of view and the two that were brightest of the bunch I couldn't really figure out in the star field. Can you tell me what the field of view is of the S019? CC Seven degrees total field of CDR Well in the star field I saw there were two brighter stars, one brighter star 3 o_clock at about 0.9 radius, the other one was 7 o'clock right at the intersection of the lower crosshair and the left vertical crosshair. CC Copy. Skylab, Houston we're from LOS, we'll see you again over Bermuda about at 23:25, 23:25. PAO We'll see Skylab over Bermuda and 57 seconds. And now at 22 hours, 56 seconds mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE view. out there, was out at down at horizontal i minute 37 minutes, in 28 minutes Greenwich

SL-IV Time: 12/16/73

MCI008/I 17:23 CST

31:23:23

GMT

at away the

23

PAO hours

24

minutes

Skylab Control Greenwich

here in mean time. and 3124

Houston, About

a

Texas minute through of the Bermuda

from acquisition through Canaries and Madrid. On station. CC 6 minutes. Standing by Skylab,

Bermuda this the

then on up revolution AOS 1 through

space for

for air,to-ground. Houston. We're Houston. Canary We're 23:33, AOS

CC Skylab, LOS, we'll see you again at that's about 2 minutes away. We CC have CDR CC ii CDR CC moment to CDR chat or you for about

at

minute 23:33,

from and

Skylah, Houstonp Ii minutes. Say Just again_ calling Crlp. AOS.

through

Canary.

We_ve

got

you

for

about

minutes

now. Okay. CDR, Houston. You are you still pretty No, go ahead. got a got tied up? a

CC Okay, in regard to you being pretty close on time a while ago for the maneuver and only having about 30 seconds to settle out. And looking back over what we were doing with the attitude hold maneuvers it sounds like maybe something got a little bit dropped perhaps down here on ground. The problem was that we have not been allowing the any time subsequent through the time that we've given you for attitude hold selection to enter the command for the maneuver. And consequently, we show down here day that the maneuver must've taken about in because it was about a minute behind. have been 2 minutes close to settling a minute time on and a half the end. on the ground toa minute to get And maybe it might we normally allow the

because

CC And just to clarify how you are entering the maneuver commands, is it safe to assume that what you're doing is selecting attitude hold and then entering the coarse maneuver and then entering fine maneuver? we CDR enter the coarse That's negative, Crip. maneuver and leave the What we do is last enter - hold

the last enter until maneuver time. Then at that time, we hit attitude CMG attitude hold and then 1 second later, we hit the final enter. That gets the coarse started then we immediately dial in the fine and that usually takes about 3/4 of a minute to a minute. CC Okay, well that's - that's the quickest way that Just saves you from having to put in those four, but our problem has been not allowing you that that minute to put in the fine command. So, we'll - we'll factor that into our planning here and make sure that that's taken care

SL-IV MCI008/2 Time: 17:23 CST 12/16/73 of cut in

31:23:23

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the future. CDR Okay, it short on that last

good one.

enough,

cause

boy

we

really

CC Skylab, Houston, we're gettin_ ready for a handover here to the Madrid. And we'll be doing a data/ voice recorder dump through Madrid. CC Skylab, Houston, we're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again over Honeysuckle in 37 minutes at 00:20, 00:20. PAO Very quiet pass this time. At 23 hours 45 minutes, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV TIME: 12/16/73

MCI009/I 18:08 CST, 32:00:08 GMT

before We're year the

PAO This is Skylab Control acquisition through the Carnarvon, 8 minutes into the new day, that is standing by for acquisition Houston AOS and at

at 49 seconds Australia site. day 351 of the communication Honeysuckle easy from do that one you to with or

1973, crew. CC

Skylab rather,

Carnarvon, SPT CC

for 15 minutes. Hello Crip, I've got an The last easy one I had you aren't not going to

for you. Ed was me again

about diapause are you? SPT easy. Tomorrow, the Sun looking is in during flare the wait

and

I'm wouldn't do that, this one's really I've been looking at the schedule and with the way it is right now, what I'd llke to do ATM at conference the ATM. and science And then I'm I conference goin_ to to have be the 7 flare like JPT wait,

Housekeeping to take that and off duty, if the flare CC CC of on

7, Jerry's period in

taking care there where one ATM warrants

of tonight. So have Housekeeping essentially a

I'd

and fit in probability

with it.

Okay, Ed And SPT, getting and

we copy Houston, to

all that. Ed well actually send this you up evening a I

all

you, wetre sen maneuver monitoring if the you got

ready sometime

new message would briefly. Is it a We have after

appreciate PLT change a of CC software

time, we Okay, Crip

might what

talk about it brings it on?

system

patch

or are we getting smarter Well, perhaps a little of here that we are standing by

again. both. to load

we go over the procedure with you. And basically it Just takes away the time criticality of getting into a problem and that you don't actually go TACS ONLY anymore during the maneuver. PLT I'll talk to you more about when we get a chance, Crip, I've got lots of question. CC Rog. CC Skylab, Houston Ed for your information, that maneuver monitor message is on board in the teleprinter now so at your convenience, you can take a look at it and do you have SPT time for one more question, Certainly Crip, please, sir. go ahead.

CC evening in one question the answer you the recall power

Okay, in reviewing what went on yesterday regard to the DAS problem that you had, there was we were not sure that we understood as to how went and that is in the cycling of switches do cycling BUS i, OFF the power switch BUS 2 switch? down by the DAS keyboard,

SL-IV MCI009/2 TIME: 18:08 CST, 12/16/73

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SPT Yeah, Crip, I think I answered that probably as best as I ever could yesterday in saying that when I first made a DAS entry, there was no - nothing was reflected in the keyboard; I noticed that the DAS was off and I put it on and I don't recall flicking it through BUS 1 or BUS 2. I - as I said yesterday it's not out of the realm of possibility to happen, but it's improbably because there was no reason for me to do it and I don't usually operate that way. CC Okay, we were unclear on the transcripts here whether that was the switch we were talking about but you did just take it and to the best of your knowledge went from OFF to BUS i? SPT That's affirm, Crip. CC Okeydoke, thank you Ed. SPT The - it locked me out twice there and on the third time in I was able to get i, in fact was it 10131, I think and that's when I hit the enter. CC Rog. SPT Hey, Crip, to further clarify that request on the ATM time, that one pass in the afternoon, what I_d like to do is to just have the option of taking that one, if the flare probability is up. CC Okeydoke. CC Skylab, Houston we're about 30 seconds from LOS. We'll have you again over stateside at MILA at 00:57, that's about 32 minutes away and for the PLT, Bill we've got your phone call set up for that time. PLT Usual 57? CC That's affirmative. PLT Okay, thank you. PAO At 25 minutes 55 seconds Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 56 - 56 minutes 22 seconds Greenwich mean time. Space station is approximately 3/4 of a minute away from acquisition through the MILA, Merritt Island tracking station in Florida. And at this time the crew is scheduled to be evening - to be eating its evening meal. Later tonight there will be an S019 experiment which will require some Skylab space station maneuvering. CC MILA for about 12 minutes. PAO And we'll standby for the air-to-_round. SPT Houston, Skylab. CC Go, Edward. CC Skylab, Houston, go ahead. CC Skylab, Houston, how do you read? CC Skylab, Houston, how do you read? CC Skylab, Houston, how do you read? SPT Hello Crip, got you loud and clear. CC Okay, we had a - some kind of a line problem there I guess. We have got you through Bermuda for about 7 more minutes. way SPT of a CC SPT CC Anything flare? Checking. Crip, let me describe Do so. it to you. down there on the ground in the

SPT Okay, at around 29 25 minutes remaining_ that was around 00:29 or 00:30 Bill observed a plate breaking in XUV in H-alpha. PMEC was rising and going through 570. Beryllium aperture went to 3. We started 54 MOH64 56 in auto short, 82A in short time mode gave a 15 second exposure. 55 went to the mirror line scan with the detectors to override. We took (garble) over to the flare took around I think 15 seconds, put the (garble) on the flare, started 82A and B in a flare mode. PMEC went to just a little above 700 and started to fall. We waited for a little while and then I shut down 82B. We gave it a couple or one series of short times 1/4, wave length short times 1/4, then we got a second peak. Second peak, damn, you could see exceeded 740, the image intensity count was up to around 120, and the berryllium aperture stepped up to 2 alone and went to 3. We restarted 56 and the auto short 54, we continued to run. 55 was in the mirror line scan, and we restarted each of these. And we continued in that mode to the end of the orbit. CC today. SPT a full rise them on the way Okay, we copy. You guys are really gettin_

on up,

the but

But it looks as though you certainly got - the second one. The first one we hit it we went with the plate brightening and a PMEC

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below CC it. SPT

the

threshold, Very Crip, remaining doing some

but

we

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good, let

thanks me give

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things. Frame may want to be next orbit. CC CDR CC CDR understand off on the 2, 3, CC and CDR

for 82A thinking

are now about

at 63, how we

82B 674. You handle the

Copy. Houston, CDR. Go, CDR. Key on this BFS work I'm doing, as I it there'll be no recharges tonight. Just a toplast one. Okay 4. Our impression 2 and 3 need that on a recharge we that should Jer. not have a topeff. recharged Crip, by SPT. me clarify go Jerry's ahead. question. Jer_ you're supposed to be topping off

I"m getting the them last night. CC CDK SPT CDR CC are you SPT wetre still

No_ stand Okay. Houston, SPT, there? Hers let

listening
m

CC is that checklist.

Okay, the I trying to refer you We do want to go ahead

guess maybe the confusion to the right place in the and fill the bottles up

and the pressure is down to about 700. And if you use your recharge procedure it has you use all of the nitrogen tank and the source pressure is down to - to 2 loads to fill the bottles up. So we want you to use the topoff procedure which only uses the 2 nitrogen tanks which allows you to go ahead and fill the things up. And the correct procedure is the _ is the topoff procedure. CDK Okay Crip, I understand. A little note explanation ahout that. CC LOS, and there, would have I been concur. kind of nice about over okay in the 30 details from 01:14 you

of

We're

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and we're going to have you again that's about 4 minutes and if it's Ed. SpT CC at Madrid. TAPE

Madrid I'll

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PAO cussion Madrid in we about expect with pass. the And

We'll

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the

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conference

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that's the space station up, although communication Madrid. range of again in is the

2-i/2 minutes. to have very Standing station - no, 23

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by for the pass Skylab has moved We'll through mean

through out of

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PAO minutes Greenwich in about The three 15 more Skylab

This is mean time. minutes. experiments

Skylab We'll In

Control acquire

at I hour the space

31 station

the meantime a within the next

status report. 24 hours call

for finite instrument pointing using the gyroscopes on board the giant space station. Objective, of course, is to obtain maximum scientific results. Later tonight, the station will be oriented into a position for comet Kohoutek observation usin_ ultraviolet stellar astronomy cameras. Tomorrow an ultraviolet airglow photo study will be made of the comet. This experiment also requires a station maneuvering a station maneuver, and fine tuning_ so to speak, And an Earth resources pass is on schedule also tomorrow, and it too, calls for instrument pointing. Status report on CMG 2, the gyroscope_ which recently had been beset with signature anomalies, has performed well today. It has shown little indication of faltering, but nevertheless flight controllers here active consideration at is being watched closely by the at the space center. And there's no this time for a splashdown earlier I earlier than February the planned end-ofaway from reacquiring through the Carnarvon Greenwich mean time_

than February the 4th, 19 - correction_ the 8th, 1974. That's February 8, 1974 mission day. Oh, we're about 14 minutes at - and incidentally we will reaoquire trackin K station. At this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE 1 hour 33 minutes,

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PAO This is Skylab Control at i hour 46 minutes Greenwich mean time. Coming up on Carnarvon and the evening status report. Stand by for communications with the crew through Carnarvon. CC 9 minutes. Skylab, Houston. We're AOS Carnarvon,

SPT Roger, Crip. CC Rog, and we're standin_ by for the evenin_ status report here if Jet's got it ready. CDR Okay. Here it comes. Sleep: CDR, 5.0, 5.0/heavy: SPT, 8, 6/heavy, 2/light; PLT, 7.45, 7/heavy, and half light. Volume: CDR, i000: SPT, 1250; PLT, 1800. Water gun: CDR, 7462; SPT, 2851; PLT, 8944. Body mass: CDR, 6.323, 6.314, 6.314; SPT, 6.369, 6.368, 6.373; PLT, 6.227, 6.231, 6.233. Exercise: CDR, method Alfa, minus 4 minutes; SPT, no chan_et PLT, no change. Medication: CDR, none; 8PT, none: PLT, Afrin spray, once this morning, once this evening. Clothin_ discarded: CDR, none; SPT, one pair of shorts; PLT, none. Flight Plan deviations: we got no limb volume on the SPT. There was not enough time allocated. We told them some time ago that we needed 30 minutes per man to do that, and they gave us 30 minutes for two people, so we've got that to go. I missed $233, that was right during the medical conference. And our plan is to recover that 233 photo when we do the S019 maneuver for Kohoutek. We'll take the $233 photo out of window 2. DPI8 was not done today, the time allowed was not sufficient. All the time was used in just setting up and there was no time left for any photos. We_ll try to pick some up later this evening if possible. Shoppin_ list accomplishments: removed the CDR foot restraints in the wardroom down around to the table pedestal, and the situation is much improved. And when we get any free time, we're goin_ to take them up from the PLT and the SPT spots. Inoperable equipment: same as last night. We have not had time to troubleshoot DAC 01. Unscheduled stowage: none. Food log: CDR, 6.0 salt, plus one black coffee, minus two coffees with sugars, plus 1.5 water; SPT, zero salt, plus one hard candy, zero water; PLT, 1.5 salt, plus one coffee, minus 1.0 water. Okay, the photo log: 16-millimeter, no change; DAC 01, Charlie X-ray 36, 16; 02, India Romeo 14, 16: 03, Charlie India Iii, 12; 04, Bravo Echo 08, 18; 05_ Bravo Hotel 05, 04. 70-millimeter, Charlie X-ray 17, 116; ETC and ERFP, no change. Drawer A: Alfa i, no change; Alfa 2, no change: Alfa 3, 06, Charlie India 126, full, Charlie India, 125: Alfa 4, no change_ DAC, no chan_e. And that's it, Crip. CC Okeydoke. Very good. I'd say we got all that down. We got a few questions that we're going to -

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going to want to get in. First, I have an item for Ed, up runnin_ the ATM panel, that we did want to change some exposures for 82B, if he_s got time to copy now, and if he doesn't, I'ii get him before this pass is out. SPT Go ahead Crip. CC Okay. On this - this pass you've got going, in the JOP 24_ we want those 82B exposures changed from 5 minutes to i minute and 15 seconds. There's one in the 24 minute - correction - 21 minute remaining time and one at 12 minute remaining time. SPT Okay, Crip. I'm in the postflare. If people want me to move out of postflare, I'd like to know. I_m at building block 8, postflare. CC We're checking on it. CC Okay, while we're looking into that, Jer, could I talk to you a little bit about $019? CDR Roger Crip. CC Okay. What we'd like you to do - do you have the pad handy for this next step - upcoming S019 operations? CDR I_ll have it in 30 seconds. Go ahead. CC Okay. What we're going to ask you to do is to delete the star field 237, and instead we're goinK to ask you - to get you to point at a couple of reference stars to do a pointing check on the thing, CDK Okay. You say cancel field 237, huh? CC That's affirmative. And if you can copy, l_m goin_ to give you those reference stars we want you to center up on. CDR Okay. Go ahead, CC Okay. First star is Aldebaran. Rotation 28.5. Tilt of 22.8. Second star is Spica. Rotation 164.1. Tilt 20.4. CDR Okay. I copied. Aldebaran, rotation 28.5, 22.8. Spica, rotation 164.7, and tilt 20.4. CC That Spica was 164.1. CDR Okay. CC Okay. What we_d like you to do is record the tilt and rotation when the stars are centered, and then we_d like you to read those down real time the next chance we have. Also, the comet has priority, so if you run behind. we want you to go ahead and do the comet photography. And one item we_d like to talk a little bit is about the positionin_ of the comet. You know we talked about before whether they wanted it on the left-hand vertical line. Well, the problem is, are you aware of the 2,degree offset that occurs when you're runnin_ with the prism in as we're doing with the comet operations? CDR l've heard of it. That's about all. tilt END OF TAPE

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CC - the offset that occurs when you're runnin_ with the prism in as we're doing with the comet operations. CDR I've heard of it, that's about all. CC Okay, what happens is, that - the there's a 2-degree difference in your field of view and what the camera sees. Your field of view is offset to the right of what the camera's is. So that's why we want to position the the comet on that left-hand vertical line which is 2 degrees offset. And one item we'd like you to make sure that it is positioned over there as close as you can to that line and we can even take shortening the exposure on the comet up by by as much as 30 seconds to insure that centering occurs. CDR Okay, Crip, I'ii do it. CC Okay, and that's on the left-hand vertical line. CDR Roger. CC Also, one item, we can go ahead and initiate that maneuver i minute early to go to - to the Kohoutek pointing. And I'ii get back to you on that one. We're about 30 seconds from LOS_ and we're going to have you again in about 2 minutes at Honeysuckle. And I'ii continue with the evening questions there if convenient. CDR Okay. CC Stop post flare for Ed_ stop - start JOP 6, Buildin_ Block i_ we need to get that in. CC Skylab, Houston, we're with you through Honeysuckle for a couple more minutes. PLT Ro_er. CC Okay, and one question for the SPT if he has time to answer for it now is, when the SO54 X-ray image VRT truncates the raster, does the Sun image tend to move up - does it appear to move up? SPT Crip, I can't tell right now, because we don't have enough X-ray intensity to trigger off somethin_ continuously. We'll have to answer that when we get a little more. CC is asking does tical axis? Crip_ the Okay_ and the intent of that question appear to shrink the Sun down in the ver-

SPT When we get something hot on here again, I"ii take a look. CC Okay, we"d appreciate it. And we're about i minute from LOS, We_ll see you again over Texas at 02:30, that's in 29 minutes from now. One question I can leave with you as we go over the hill is, did you do you

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recall when EVA and prior was the status

did you perform a reservoir check after the to day 28? And if so, do you remember what of the reservoirs? And the reason we're concerned because SUS 1 was day 28, the reservoir check 30 percent full. In other - 8-1/2 pounds of water that is the PLT. one after I the made EVA, the and SUS 1

asking the question is we're full prior to the EVA and on reservoir was reported to be words, there's 8 and a pound we can't account for. PLT before the EVA, and Okay, I also

this made

checks before

when it was made the other day. to me that within the constraints the reservoir was full. Let us you a better a more intelligent CC Okay, Bill, at your CDR CC convenience.

And both times, it appeared of bubbles and (garble), that get our signals together and give report. we'd appreciate that and the hill now.

Welre going over Still there, Crip? Ov _ the hill.

PAO And we have received the mission surgeon's report on the state of health of the crew of Skylab IV. I_ll quote, "Crew health is good overall. The pilot used a decreased amount of decongestant today to maintain the clearing of the ear fullness." And that's the end of the medical report on 4 minutes END OF this the Greenwich 31st mean mission time, day this of is Skylab Skylab IV. At Control. 2 hours

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PAO Skylab Control here at 2 hours 30 minutes Greenwich mean time, approachin_ the tracking station or tracking site at Corpus Christi, Texas. And we expect to acquire in about half a minute, we'll stand by. CC Skylab, Houston, we're AOS through Texas and we've got you for 16-1/2 minutes. SPT Crip, while we got the maneuver going here why don't I tell you what we finished up on the last pass. CC Press on. SPT Okay, at the beginning of the pass we a shopping list item i to take a look at the corona. And that was initiated before 400K. And then we went to the got

llm5 roll the tangent - slit tangent to the limb and put the oxygen 6 maximized in the oxygen 6 and got around 27,000 and started the experiment in the postflare mode, that's 56 AUTO, SHORT and 82A SHORT 20 seconds for I0 - every i0 minutes and 82B SHORT (garble) the quarter. 55 MIRROR AUTO RASTER and 54 in the MOS256. When we got your call, we went and did JOP 6, building block i. And I got that all done in time. In looking at the WLC at the beginning of the orbit I could see - I could not see any structure in the corona immediately above the region where the flare occurred. And looking at it again here at the end of the orbit I think I could see a small streamer coming out. It's kind of a subtle difference, so they have to depend upon the film to tell it. What size flare did that come out to be, did it just get a little above a C? CC Okay, the report that we're getting is NOAA _ that it was a C3, and it could be higher. SPT 0kay_ that's what it looked like roughly around here, C2 or so, I guessed that with the PMEC. And let me make one small correction to what information I gave you previously. And that is on the first PMEC rise it just got up to but did not exceed the threshold for a flare. That is 672 that we saw one reading around 670 but did not trigger the flare alarm. The second one however did go above 736, it was the other number I quoted was 740. CC Okay Ed, very good. CC And Ed, if it's convenient now or in one of our subsequent passes we would appreciate a readout on the - on your frames remaining counters. SPT Okay Crip, here it comes. 09308, 02598, 00058, 00668, 04121, and 02701. Those flare modes sure chew it up. CC Okay, we got that Ed. And Ed while we're talking here during the maneuver, don't want to distract anything

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from that, but if you have an opportunity to review that maneuver monitorin_ pad that we sent up earlier, we probably should discuss it. And I think we need to have a discussion prior doing to _ to doing the program load that we're considering later tonight while you guys were asleep. SPT Okay Crip, I'm just looking at it now and it_ll take me a little while to go through it. How many passes yet do we have this evening? CC Oh, we got several more passes, no big rough rush. I didn't want to keep you up late. CC Ed, for your information, we got another 9 minutes on this stateside pass. Then we're going to have you through Madrid and that's a 7-minute pass. And then we've got you once more through Honeysuckle a little bit later, and that's a very short pass through Honeysuckle. SPT Okay Crip, we'll try to get you at Madrid. CC Okay. CC And Skylab, Houston, if we could get you to go ahead and turn pump B on ATM C&D coolant loop off for the night, we would appreciate it. SPT We got it. SPT Hey Crip, entering a maneuver of zero degrees is kind of tricky. CC Yeah well it's kind of a neat way to get the outer gimbal drive logic and still get to where you're going. SPT You folks are getting smarter and smarter all the time. CC there at CDR about right? CC CDR over END OF TAPE - all Yeah, those guys are over. Say Crip, does a nuZ That looks - that Thank you. thinkin_ of minus good. all 1.8 the time

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CDR Okay Crip, I looked through it, do we much time left in this pass. CC We've got about 3-i/2 minutes, Ed, we can certainly start talking here if you'd like. SPT Okay. CC How would you like to work or would you like for me to sort of just verbally repeat what - what we've done there and what our thinking was or do you want to ask some questions on it or what? SPT I hink it's spelled out pretty clearly Crip. Let me just ask a couple questions. Why do we not change the maneuver time in going back to SI? CC It was considered there wasn't any real reason for you to go to it, just means you're probably going to get back there a little later, but there's no - usually no big hurry on going back to SI. SPT Okay, the margin of 6 minutes for the maneuver time if you're trying to get through an ATT HOLD maneuver ZLV where'd the number come from_ how much pad is in it and just how'd they arrived at it rather than say just using the number which you would come up with by right off the event timer CC Okay, we were trying to keep it a fairly simple procedure for you to apply and the 6 minutes came up out of knowing that you would have diverged from your desired attitude by at least 20 degrees prior to getting this TACS only CAUTION and WARNING to come on. And they - that was just figured up as a low enough rate to cover the 20 degrees plus in 6 minutes so that we wouldn't get very many TACS mibs. SPT Okay. CC And it's recognized that we're sacrificing data take time during that period. SPT Well it's better than none at all which in the situation we're in before with the ATT HOLD maneuvers. CC That was our SPT Then this is more of a universal procedure then. It looks pretty good. CC That's affirm. And I Buess the main thing I wanted you to understand is that the fact that this patch, really all it does is just actually keep you from going to a TACS only condition for - with the exceptions of solar inertial experiment pointin_ where that - the likelihood of that is very rare or very low probability of it. But you go everything else will, it'll still ring the bell and it - that does it based on the same parameters. SPT Okay, I think that says that first 3 times at least you got to really keep an eye on it and

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have to make sure that our TACS only indication works. CC That's affirmative. Our initial looking at it what we would like you to do is to continue monitoring just like we've done right now, at least to see how it's going for awhile and we'ze considering the possibility of actually taking you off the panel a little bit later if everything looks like it's working all right. But what we would ask you to do is (garble) monitoring it (garble) still go ahead and to let it go until the CAUTION and WARNING then occurred and then take the action we designated. SPT Okay, that sounds reasonable. While monitoring most of these maneuvers, I've been able to follow the outer gimbal and gee most of them you folks have done an excellant job in coming up with the right maneuver time and times to do the maneuver because we've hardly ever gone anywhere near the stop and want to say we got an inner gimbal up near the stops but not an outer gimbal. I think it's been working real well. CC Okay, we're about to go over the hill here, we'll see you again at Madrid at - in about 4 minutes at 02:52, 02:52. SPT Okay, Crip have them patch it up. CC Okay. CC Skylab, Houston we're AOS Madrid for 6-1/2 minutes. PLT Okay, Crip PLT here, I have a little report on this size i reservoir. CC We'd appreciate it, Bill go ahead. PLT Okay on my checks, of course you know that's the one that's hard to see, not only do you have to sort of check it with the mirror but half the tank is not visible. And I was interpreting that full decal as pointing to the seam in the tank there which was - should correspond to full, well by looking at the ATM coolant reservoir tank here, I have now determined that what I was interpreting as full was actually 50 percent. Now when I first did this check, I don't know some week or so after activation or whenever it was, I guess it was before that I was seeing it at about probably 45 percent maybe even 40 and Ed's report is correct. I would say that he's correct within - he says i0 percent I'd say 30 percent full to 40 percent full. So what we're looking at is probably a lot bf _no more or change in no more than i0 percent. CC Okay, fine, that's - we understand it n ow. I was SPT able to glitch Actually my head how we pulled it off, Crip was up there in the corner and

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someone is attributed that to sending which turned out he an attribute for CC hard that times at No comment. thing is to read after the Cape.

a smaller once.

pointed

head

I can appreciate how tried to do it a few

CC For the SPT or the PLT, I've got a question I'd like to ask you about ILCA? SPT Go, Crip. CC Okay, one of the things we'd been pondering is on Day 347 about 4 days ago, we noticed that the temperature on the ILCA decreased to about 29 degrees where it's previously been reading about 39 degrees and then after the little bit that we went through last night with the DAS and circlingthrowing circuit breakers around we noticed that it came back up to the 39 degrees and we were wondering if poss -

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CC - with the DAS and circling going circuit breakers around. We noticed that it came back up to the 39 degrees and we were wondering if possibly you might have been operating on BUS 2 - At BUS 2 during - during that period. SPT That's affirm_ Crip. We Just never got around to try to sort it out. Wasn't until we asked the other n_ght that we tried to work the problem. CC Okay, Ed, that makes eases the EGIL's mind to know why his temperature is what he anticipated. And did did it - it cleared up last night when you cycled up that circuit breaker that you did not have to turn off switches? SPT question. Crip, I dontt quite understand the

CC No, what I was saying is, that if you lose AC i, that all you have to do is just cycle the breakering you did not have to turn the power switches off to do that. SPT Yeah, that was a misunderstanding on my part. I partially heard what - I guess it was Dick had told Jerry. And apparently all you have to do is to make sure you got fixed on integral and numeric. CC Rog, okay, very good. We're i minute from LOS. We_ll see you again at Tananarive in about 17 minutes and that's at 03:15 and for - just as a reminder, we've got the VTR to dump it so itts not available to you. PAO At 2 hours 59 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours 14 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is coming into range at Tananarive, off the East Coast of Africa. Should have acquisition shortly and communication with the crew. CC Skylab, Houston, AOS Tananarive. We have you for about 5 minutes. CDR Roger_ Crip. I've got the SO19 results for you. CC Ready to copy. CDR Okay, on Aldebaran, the rotation I've finally got it - got it set over at that left-hand vertical reticle line, and on the horizontal center vertical ra - reticle line, the rotation was 27.7 and the tilt was 22.8. I got 166.9 and 18.4, And for Koh - Kohoutek, lets was rotation of 204.8 and a tilt of 21.8. For Spica, see, it

CC Okay, I'm sorry, Jet, that's those are good, we can take them from there. I mislead you a while ago when we - when you're getting reference stars like that you can go ahead and get those in the center since you're actually not doing any photography of them. It's when you're doing the Kohoutek photography that you want it lined up on the left side, but that that's still good. Thank you. CDR Yeah, they ought to be able to do a little subtraction and work that out real well. CC Yeah_ that - that's no problem at all. And I think perhaps you heard me talking to Ed about this patch that we're getting ready to uplink you guys tonight. And our intent is to go ahead and do that tonight while you're asleep use a site coverage and to go ahead and implement it while you're asleep and there should be no problem involved, but per chance you wake up in the middle of the night with a computer switchover you know that might be suspect. CDR Okay. CC Everybody assures me that that won't hap_ though. CDR Promises, promises. CC Roger. And, Jer, also I'd like you to make a a chan_e on your Summary Flight Plan_ it's a small error that we made. That's coming up for tomorrow. CDR Okay, stand by. CDR Go ahead. pen, CC Okay, we lost you there for a minute. The change was down at the bottom - toward the bottom around 00:53, we call out a detail 00:53 for Bill and that actually should be under your column. So if you could make that note on yours, and also inform the PLT about it_ we'd be in good shape. CDR Okay, the detail I have at 00:53 is EREP

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CC That's affirm. It - it's okay on your details, it had just been left off on your summary_ it had been noted under Bill's column instead of yours. I might lose you here, we're supposed to have you for 1 more minute. Honeysuckle will be at 03:38, 03:38 in about 19 minutes. PAO Loss of signal through Tananarive. Reacquire in about 17 minutes. At 3 hours 20 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours 37 minutes Zulu time. Space station is about a half an hour about a minute away from acquisition through Honeysuckle. For a rather low elevation pass, translated that means we'll have them for a rather short period of time. Standing by for the call from CAP COMM to the crew. CC Skylab, Houston, AOS Honeysuckle for a whole minute and a half. CDR Man, don't waste it talking. CC You're Roger that. I'm just going to go ahead and tell you nighty night here and tomorrow since it's your day off we're going to let you sleep in a little bit. And we_ll plan on waking you up at Vanguard. We have a pass at 14:18, so thatts the one we'll give you call at. Is that satisfactory? CDR Yeah, that sounds grand. CC I'm sure Ed would like to get a little extra sleep. I was going to read the news to you if you guys didn't have anything for me here. SPT Only one question Crip. CC Go. SPT How'd the Oilers do? CC Came close. SPT Go ahead and read it. CC 27-24 Cincinnati. SPT Sounds like a good game, they must have put up a good battle. CC Roger that. One item in news, Jerry, I'm told they missed you at the Cub Pack 795 pancake breakfast Saturday. CDR Son of a gun I didn't have my chef's hat
on.

CC Rog, I hear you were pretty good at that. CC I guess the Skylab news centered about yesterday's gypsy moth eggs hatching and going through diapause and all that good stuff. Quick rundown on scores while we're going LOS. And for your information if you need us, Goldstone's next pass is at 04:07, and we are goin_ to be doin_ a data/voice recorder dump, that's about 27 minutes away. As I go over the hill: Dallas Cowboys 30 - St_ Louis Cardinals, 3; LA Rams 30 - Cleveland Browns 17; Redskins 38 Eagles 20; Oakland Raiders 21 Broncos 17; Falcons 14 Saints i0; Buffalo Bills 34 - Jets 14; Kansas City 33 over San Diego 6. O.J. broke Jim Brown's record 2001 yards. PAO That was a good night to the crew of Skylab IV on this the 31st mission day. At 3 hours 41 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours 17 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now 55 seconds from acquisition of signal through the trackin_ ship Vanguard. Pass throuph Vanguard will last approximately 10-1/2 minutes. This time the Flight Director is Charles Lewis and the spacecraft communicator Hank Hartsfield. Expect the crew will be up by this time. We'll be having a callup at this station. This is Skylab Control. We're live now at Vanguard. CC Skylab, Houston. Good morning to you. CDK Good morning, Hank. CC Pretty morning down here. We get about i0 minutes left with you through Vanguard. CC Skylab_ Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We_ll see you at Tananarive at 42, and if we don't see you there_ in regard to the ATM C&D loop powerup for the ATM pass, we_d like, if you would, to delay that to Hawaii so we can watch the pump come up. CDR Okay, Hank. We'll do it. PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours 29 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is passed out of range of the tracking antenna on the ship Vanguard. Our next acquisition is 13 minutes away at Tananarive. This is Skylab Control at 29 minutes and 15 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Greenwich mean from acquisition Tananarive will nicator is Hank 5_1/2 LOS. from CC minutes. CC We'll now. CC there. We're PAO seconds Greenwich out of range of see

Skylab Control at 14 hours 41 minutes time. Skylab space station is now 55 seconds of signal at Tananarive. Pass through last 8-1/2 minutes and the spaceoraft commuHartsfield. Skylab, Houston through Tananarive for

you

Skylab, Houston. at Hawaii at 26

We're i minute from about 36-1/2 minutes

going

Skylab, Houston. We may have dropped out LOS now and we'll see you at Hawaii at 26. Skylab Control at 14 hours 51 minutes 53 mean time. Skylab space station is passed the Tananarive tracking antenna. Our next

acquisition is 34-1/2 minutes away at Hawaii. Today the Skylab crew has some off duty time available to them. So officially the crew day off although in spite of that they will be doing some work on the solar instruments and also an Earth resources pass later in the day. Crew slept this mornin_ until after 8 o'clock central standard time, That's 2 hours later then usual. Scheduled activities between the short off duty periods available Kohoutek photography, ATM solar a late evening Earth resources today will include some studies, a science conference, pass over the Atlantic and

Europe, handheld photography and optional TV, the subject of that to be determined by the erew_ Carr and Pogue will he doln_ the Kohoutek and handheld photography _ith Gibson the only operator on the solar instrument panel. Solar instrument panel includes two sessions at the console primarily concerned with joint observing program 6. Gibson will be making Sun. from Earth scattered Yesterday observations there were a of recent active areas on total of six flares reported just off coming into view. the United States and the Today's

active region 00, which is resources pass will begin

Canadian east coast on track 58 at 7:58 p.m. and run for 20 minutes of data take time. That covers a total of approximately 5700 miles. Altimeter data of the water surface over the Atlantic to determine sea state will be taken to evaluate in detail the performance of the S193 radiometer/seatterometer as a - as a device for detecting changes in the ocean surface. Earth resources data will also be taken of clouds over the Bay of Biscay off the French coast scanner to determine relationships radiation and various meteorlogical resources pass will end as Skylab Mediterranean. resources sensors In the S191 predawn infrared, with the S192 multispectral between outgoing terrestrial phenomena. The Earth goes over Italy and the over Italy the multispectral, Earth and the

hours S192

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S193 microwave sensors will take data of known geothermal areas. The main purpose will be to interpret nighttime S192 infrared imagery for identifying hot water and steam associated thermal areas in the Tusan-Apennine region of Italy. Handheld photo targets scheduled today are concerned with ocean currents. Photos will be taken of current eddies off the west coast of Peru and off southwest Africa and current boundaries in the south Tasman Sea in the Pacific Ocean. Crew is scheduled to retire at i0 o'clock this evening, but the sleep period tonight will be only 6 hours. They'll be up 4 a.m. tomorrow for an early Earth resources pass over the western U.S. Crew have been makin_ regular reports on their handheld photo opportunities including numerous fires seen in South America, snow cover on various areas, fault lines, pollution problems, and also a major oil slick off of the coast of Argentina. Yesterday Pilot Bill Pogue reported seeing approximately 500 _ approximately 50 to i00 small icebergs. The area identified, and he did photograph them with his Hasselblad camera, was 40 degrees west longitude and about 48 degrees south latitude, approximately 700 miles to the east of the Falkland Islands. He said that he had never seen so many icebergs all in a - all together in such a small place, and this is of course very near the southern limits of the Skylab orbit. Pogue also reported on seein_ some very interesting geology in Angola in Africa. Part of southwest Africa he identified sand dunes and several massive thunderstorms. He said that it was a combination of three items of interest_ the geology, the sand dune surfaces, which are being studied by a number of investigators, and also the thunderstorms in the same area. That photography was taken over parts of southwest Africa. This is Skylab Control. We're half an hour from our next acquisition of signal at Hawaii. It's now 56 minutes and 24 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 25-1/2 minutes Greenwich mean time. Wetre now within range of the tracking antenna at Hawaii. We'll bring the llne up live for a pass lastin_ 9 minutes. 9_i/2 any CC minutes. CC time SPT to get pump Skylab, Houston through Hawaii for

And SPT, Houston. B on, on the ATM Okay_ Hank. I'll

We're standing by C&D coolant loop. have to wait until dark and his

233 adapted.

is done. CC SPT now? CC SPT CC

Jerry

is at the MDA with it all Okay. We copy. Okayp Hank. You want Pump Bravo. Okay. Pump Bravo. SPTp Houston. Pump

dark on

to pump

Charlie

Bravo

looks

real

good to us and we've got about 3 minutes left on this pass and if it's possible, we_d sure like to see the NuZ update so we can get some calculations ready by Vanguard. SPT You've got it, Hank. CC Okay. Thank you_ Ed. CC And PLT, Houston. If it's convenient, I_ve got a couple of items for you on the S063 you got coming up. PLT Okay_ Hank. Go. CC Okay, Bill. In regard to the pad you got the message 3224 Alfa, we made an error in the tilt. Down there, it reads 24.6 and it should read 23.1. PLT Roger. Change tilt of 24.6 to 23.1. CC the S063 the data like for field of Okay. We got one other thin_ for you on your running here about 16:49. After you complete take, if it's feasible or convenient to you, we'd you to center, the comet nucleus in the camera FOV view and record the tilt and rotation for us. And

the reason we want this is we're trying to Just get another data point on this AMS pointing accuracy. PLT Rog, After the data take, center the comet nucleus and record rotation and tilt angle. CC Okay, and that does it for that, Bill. Thank you very much and we're about 45 seconds from LOS. We will see you at Vanguard at 56 and we plan to dump the recorder there. PLT Thank you, Hank. PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 36 minutes and 26 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylah space station is now out of range of the tracking antenna in Hawaii. 20 minutes from Vanguard. Last pass, there was some discussion about

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between Pilot Bill Pogue and spacecraft communicator Hank Hartsfield about the use of the S063. It's scheduled for comet operations this morning. Normally, that's used for photographing the Earth's atmosphere. Scheduled operations are to take place right around ii o'clock central standard time, about 17:00 Greenwich mean time. And the Pilot was instructed to also at the conclusion or during the run, to center the comet in the field of view to determine accurate their pointing has been with the articulated mirror system. That articulated mirror system allows them to look around the side of the vehicle and it has been used on a number of instruments. The purpose of the test is to determine exactly how - how good the pointing accuracy has been so far. 19 minutes to Vanguard. 37-1/2 minutes after the hour. This is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 55 minutes and 50 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylah space station is now within range of the tracking antenna on the ship Vanguard. We're live for air-to-ground at Vanguard for about 9-1/2 minutes. CC Skylab, Houston. We're through Vanguard for 9-1/2 minutes and CDR, if it's convenient, we'd like to talk with you checklist things in here. SPT Hank, are you ready for the TV downlink? CDR Roger, Hank. Go ahead, and Ed wants to know if you're ready for a TV downlink? CC Okay, we're checking, CC Skylab, Houston. Web're ready for the TV downlink and CDR, like to talk to you a little bit first about permanent general messages. The other day we noticed you'd called down that you had one missing. Now, how we're working that down here is in the back of the Flight Plan. We've inserted extra pages and each time we get a permanent general message we're pasting it in there, and we've been sending up two copies for you. One to do that with and the other one to put around in the vehicle wherever you thought it would be appropriate to use it best. CDR Okay, Hank. Essentially_ what we're doing, is the ones that are valid are stuck up on the freezer chiller doors, where everybody can see them easily and when they're not valid anymore, we're tossing them out. And, we made the assumption that 008 was not valid after it was used once. CC Okay, you might if you like try what we're doing, like putting them in the Flight Plan that way and at least you have permanent record and we_ve - will try to keep you advised on which ones are still current and tell you when to throw them away. Now, we sent up a message last night re_arding which ones of the permanent general messaRes were still valid, and there's a couple of things I need to talk to you about on that. We've indicated that permanent general message number 4 Delta is valid and that 4 Charlie isn't anymore. Well that's not fully true. In 4 Delta, we're telling you that we're considering deleting the crew monitoring requirement on the maneuvers, and 4 Charlie, which we indicated wasn't valid, has the monitoring procedures in there, so what we"d like you to do is to hang on to 4 Charlie until we make our final decision in regard to crew monitoring. CDR Okay, 4 Delta is stuck right over 4 Charlie, which is over Bravo, which is over Alfa. CC Okay, you're in good shape there. And, the other thing is when we prepared that message we gave you a

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permanent general noticed we uplinked that one. CDR CC message for the

message a 13

13 Alfa

as being valid and last night, which

as you probably will replace

SPT,

Roger. We got it posted. And, a couple of days ago we in regard to the C&D filter

sent up a inspection_

and we'd like to get him to throw that away. It was just a procedure we wanted him to consider, but we've got another one that's in review now, which we think is a little more comprehensive and will do a better job of it. SPT Okay, Hank. CC And that message_ Ed, was 3041 Alfa. SPT Roger. I got it tucked away. Thank you. to CC what happened Okay, yesterday one on other thing_ Jerry, in regard the limb volume measurements,

we weren't trying to cheat you out of any time there. We thought you were only doing the left leg and left arm. We sent up a checklist change which was supposed to indicate that, and the - and it changed the index to the checklist, where it just referred to left arm and left leg, and we're the first to admit that that wasn't very clear and the intent was to only do the left arm and keg, which would only take 15 minutes per crewman, and we should have leg are in the in addition process have of trying to correct deleted - had you delete where change you post was that it that. the We right

and arm columns CDR word came up at? CC all I did was chanKe clear, and it's our it out. The reason in the bind there leg and arm, which CDR dutifuly noted in volume measurements. CC we're the as I say, about it. it was on CDR

in your card Okay. Which

there. that that

Okay. Let me look that up. Essentially the index there, which really isn't very fault_ and we're going to try to straighten we got into this again - the reason we got thought you were taken the shorter right, not in not only doing time. one

was that we would have

Okay, you're the index, but Yeah, and

Hank. I find it the text of the llmb very clear, Jet, and

that's

first to admit it, that we should have in addition, had you delete the column so there'd be no doubt And that was change number 2 to that checklist and message number 1437 Alfa. Okay, I'ii tell you. Don't bother with work the up here. right arm, We'll right just go through leg columns and right we'll now let and

any more paper cancel out all

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change 2 stand where it is. CC Okay, we copy. CC And CDR and SPT, we'd like to apologize for the scheduling conflict we had this morning in regard to 233 and ATM at the same time. We did get your note and we'll try to see that doesn't happen again. CDR Okay, the comet is getting closer and closer to one of the struts out there that supports the ATM, I wouldn't be surprised in the next day or two if we don't find ourselves occulted again. CC Okay. You can keep us posted on that Jar, if you CDR SPT I see CC SPT defined a would. Will in the do. got a moment for me to tell you Hank, you monitors?

what

well defined maybe

helman

Go ahead, Ed. Okay, the corona has got a very (?) streamer, which is exeeptionaly running out at that, looks like around itts

sharply well

and very distinct little less than latitude down to as the

i0 o'clock, above, or at From so is of

the same there on

active south

region 99_ rather than 00. or around, oh_ about 8:30 or

just a uniform series of relatively small streamers with a lot material filled in between them. I don't see anything pronounced over 00. And over on the west limb, we have a streamer which is pretty much the same angle all the way out, that is the sides of it are just linear, or straight, it's not a helmar (?) streamer. That's over at around, oh, 3:30 or so. XUV monitor shows pretty much what wetd expect, 00 being the brightest, 99 showing up and then the other active region over there on the east limb - or, I'm sorry_ on the west llmb. No surprises there. CC Roger. We are copy, Ed, and thank you and our next contact will be at the Hawaii at 17:04 and that's 58 minutes from now. END OF TAPE

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CC And Jer, I don't know whether you've been advised or not, we'd like to give you a brief rundown on what tomorrow looks like and see how it suits you. What we have scheduled tomorrow morning is a geothermal EREP with - it's early getup. In fact it starts at i0:00, will be your wakeup time in order to do it. And we just sort of got ourselves in a box. We have to wait until it gets dark on the CONUS and then we have two opportunities. One's tomorrow and one's today - 2 days later, and it's an even earlier wakeup, and we're trying to keep it within 2 hours of the normal getup, and - and in the same day, tomorrow evening, we've got 201 op scheduled and because of that - and we can't get you to bed before your regular time, which makes it a pretty long day. However, the following day we've scheduled you to sleep later to try to make some of this up. CDR Okay. Let me get this straight. That means tomorrow morning we'll be getting up 2 hours earlier and staying up until normal bed time, next day we'll be able to sleep in? CC Roger. The next morning we'll give you one extra hour's sleep which would mean that would be a 9 hour sleep period, and we could - we did talk DOT into moving the rocket launch up for the 201 tomorrow night. We're going to try that again. And - and we're again running out of windows on that thing. We're sort of caught in the - we're losing our opportunities now, Jer, and it - it kind of hampers the schedule a little that - we're wondering it was okay to you to go ahead and do this. CDR Okay. And we'll just have you owe us one. CC All righty, and we're about 30 seconds from LOS. We'll be coming up on Vanguard at 35 and I believe we've got an ATM conference there for Ed. CDR Roger. PLT And just a quick note, Hank. The - if what I saw in the field of view of the comet, it's relatively centered for this S063 I just performed. Also, I only had 5 seconds between the time I finished my nominal exposure and the time the maneuver started back, and on top of that there was light on the mirror when I did look in there, so I wasn't able to perform scribed. CC PAO that last action. I did use the tilt that you pre-

an

Roger. We copy, Bill. Skylab Control at 17 hours

12 minutes

Greenwich mean time. Skylab is now out of range of the tracking antenna on Hawaii. Our next acquisition, 22 minutes and 40 seconds away, is at Vanguard. The very end of this pass Pilot Bill Pogue mentioned that the S063 operations,

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Skylab

Control

at

16

hours

6

minutes

and

45 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is passed out of range of the tracking antenna on Vanguard ship. Our next acquisition is just about an hour away at Hawaii. During this last pass Science Pilot Ed Gibson gave a brief report on helmet streamer that he had noticed in active region 99 area on by the solar disk. That's part of a number of there areas. three mean at reports given is a conference That crew science members the Science Pilot. scheduled for all will be a little now. after Later the major in the day scientific in by all Greenwich Control

conference and begins hours from 25 seconds

participated after 19:00 This the is Skylab hour.

time, about 3 7 minutes and

PAO 8 seconds Greenwich within range of the there for air-to-ground

Skylab Control at 17 hours 3 minutes and mean time. Skylab space station is now tracking antenna at Hawaii. We're live a little less then 7 minutes. We're through Hawaii you some new momentum second. in I can your get PT

CC Skylab, Houston. for 6 minutes, and we need to uplink bias if we could have the DAS for a SPT such' CC that in you PT long can't with does You have it,

Hank.

CDR, Houston. Are you involved answer a couple questions? No, go ahead. There's no movement, no light. no way

CDR involved CC first,

how

Okay. What we would like to do is ask you it take you to switch the 233 stuff from in the STS? We need that for flight

one window to the planning purposes. CDR the - get only about CC it all about

other

It'll rigged. i0 or 15 Okay.

probably And then minutes. So like to 2 Is

take a half hour to get after that each time it'll if it's in window you 3 now about

and we wanted you to move it 30 minutes for the new setup.

we should allow that correct?

CDR Yes, that's right, because we'll have to do some cardboard cutting and taping and things like that in order to get something set up in window 2. CC I see. Or - in order to avoid the ATM conflict with the 233 you had a, $233 schedule for 23:07 you would, to 19 was the window, to 21:34 to 46 is the conflict. CDR to CC give you CDR the exact we'd like you to move that back, if new window, and that'll avoid that 21:34. Is that the first

Okay.

exposure? Jer,

We'll be getting you a new pad figure to support that time. Okay. Good enough.

up,

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which is comet photography using the camera normally used for photographing airglow in the ultraviolet range, was completed just a few seconds before the maneuver returned to solar inertial. The spacecraft had been maneuvered earlier today to allow that comet photography to take place, and he did not have very much time for locating the comet specifically in the center of field of view, so he followed the instructions from the ground on locating it rather then using visual observations to do so. 22 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. This is Skylab Control at 12 minutes 52 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MCI025/I Time: 11:33 CSt, 12/15/73

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PAO Skylah Control at 17 hours 33 minutes and 50 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now just west of the coast of Chile, about to come in acquisition of signal through Vanguard. Spacecraft communicator is Hartsfield and the Flight Director on duty now is Charles Lewis. CC Skylab, Houston we're through Vanguard for i0 minutes and as a reminder, we're in the NuZ update window and I'ii be turning over for ATM conference. MCC Skylab, Houston. How do you read? SPT Houston, read you loud and clear. How (garble)? MCC Okay. Read you loud and clear. Apparently missed the AOS call. We got about 9 minutes left and as a reminder, we%re in the NuZ window and George is standing by for the ATM. SPT Okay. You got the NuZ update around 5

Hank

minutes ago and George_ go ahead. Good to talk with you. MCC Good morning, Ed. Do you read me okay? You read me okay, Ed? PLT Go ahead, Bill. SPT Loud and clear. Go ahead, George. MCC Okay. The topics for discussion this morning are first of all, suggestions you might have for the planning meeting today. Then, some discussion on the JOP ID spicule results, use of observing time, and then some discussion on coronal loops. So first of all, do you have any suggestions for the planning committee today? SPT Well, depending upon how active region O0 looks for the remainder of the day_ I would say that's something we ought to concentrate on fairly heavily and see if we still can't a good flare rise out of it. That's what I'm shooting for right now and you may want to devote some time to that tomorrow as well as just some normal patrol activity on that as well as the corona above it. MCC Okay. Very good. Okay. I'ii get into the JOP ID spicules. First of all, you recall that these are the observations that you quoted that the limb was building block 28 option B, where you get series of miniRASTER about a m±nute apart time. The data looked excellent and, in fact, contains some suprises. It appears that we can distinguish the tops of some spicules. We can in fact see them appear and disappear from one minute to the next. And the big suprise is in the data that you took at the North Pole. We see four jets of material sticking out from the limb. You apparently could see one of these jets in H-slfa according to the dump tape, The jets of material are about i0 arc seconds wide,

get

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shoot up about 30 to 40 arc seconds above the limb, and have a lifetime of about i0 minutes. In Lyman-Alpha, their peak brightness is 5 i0 or - 5/10 percent of the disk intensity. And we were really amazed to see such dynamic phenomena cause it was in the polar region and it was right in the middle of a coronal hole. And - SPT CC I certainly Go ahead.

SPT I certainly felt that way too, George, when I saw it. I did see some other lower lying activity, but I only pointed out the most prominent and I didntt want to get over enthused about talking about activity at the North Pole. At least someone come up and take me home. MCC (Laughter) Yeah, in fact, we've been talking to Neil Sheeley about it and apparently they see these features in 304. And he said, looking at the coronal at the Poles, in coronal holes is a good place to see these things. So we'll probably try to do it again sometime in a few days or when the Sun quiets down again. SPT Okay. MCC Okay, fine. Next topic is the observing time. You've asked a number questions about it. The first of all, you appear to be making excellent use of the observing time and getting excellent data. 82B and 55 are particularly happy with the results thus far. And as far as we're concerned, modifying the shopping list items to take what you judge is the best type of data on a given phenomena (sic) is fine with us. In fact, we get some of our best data this way. And in the future, we'll try to work in as much observing time as we can, since as you know, it's the best way we can get targets of opportunity like the FR you got the other day. Over. SPT appreciate doing. I'd Okay. Thanks very much, George. I'd any straightforward feedback you have on what we're like to make the optimal use of these instruments of information Yeah. you Okay. can give me, pro on or con, I found list

and any kind appreciate. MCC

One

specific

that

is we've

that these mini-RASTER that you've been running both in shopping in the option 28, on building block 28 or option B on building block 28, are very nice because the - they give us something we didn't get before cause the mirror auto raster's got a nice field of view with 5-minute time resolution. The mirror line scan gives us a good time resolution but has only one dimension. So these mini-rasters you've been running, just like you ran some series on the limb, are really a nice compromise. You get good time resolution and some spatial information. SPT Okay. Very good. Let me point out that You did get a flare rise on the mirror line scan at the very end of this last orbit. Mother Nature did it to us again and put

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right

around

4

minutes

remaining.

MCC is, which I've got We have an abundance you get flares, or kick it up to two a general message SPT MCC SPT

Very good. Oh, speaking of another topic put on a list of the topics, is H-alpha film of film. We have plenty of it. So when you get active regions_ you can usually frames a minute on this tonight Okay. Are we Yes. Okay. Thank and in fact, or tomorrow. in the South you. we'll Atlantic send you anomaly?

MCC Okay. Now, I'll get on to the coronal loops. We're becoming more and more fascinated with these phenomena and we appear to see three separate classes of loops. First of all are the prominence type loops which have strong emission and low temperature lines like Lyman lines, carbon 2, carbon 3. Then a second class are the medium temperature loops which are usually the prettiest loops, structures and these have the strongest and neon VII. And then, finally, are loops which you see in X-ray pictures giving beautiful arch emission in oxygen VI the high temperature and high temperature EV

(?)

lines like silicone XII and iron XVI. And one thing we'd dearly love to see are some spectra of these features when you on the limb. And JOF 2C step 5, is a oh, shopping lest 26 can be used to get these - and the best technique we've seem to come up with is to go to the neon VII llne at detector 3 - go about 20 or 30 arc seconds above the limb and then try rolling back and forth Sun center to see if you can pick up a loop. And then when you get one, zeron zero in on it and get some spectra. SPT Okay. That sounds like a good idea. That one time - I guess it was over a week ago or so, I think I was actually able to see the basis of a start of a loop in H-alpha. And I - I believe Pilot (?) came up and said yes, you did see some loops there. So that may be another way in which I could help locate it. MCC temperature loops Yeah. and the In fact, we find medium temperature that both the low loops may - you us-

ually can see Lyman alpha in both of them, which means that you may be able to see them in H-alpha. Surely the low temperature ones you can. SPT Okay. How was that neon VII 465 line for a very hot one on the flares and suhflares? on MCC that. SPT MCC SPT 5629 MCC line, which we I The I think Okay. Okay. Oh, can you got haven't some seen yesterday. yesterday's might on try that is if don't think we have any data in neon VII

I

data the you

yet. option want.

another line you give you a message

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MCC It has somewhat higher signal than neon VII. SPT Okay. The reason I asked about - hold on go ahead, George. Let me fix something here. Go ahead. MCC Okay. Oh, another reason we're interested in the loops, just might mention is, when 87 was on east limb We had a nice set of east west loops and found we got a subflare in the eastern foot of one loop, then the entire loop brightened up to get a (garble) brightening in the western foot of the loop. Then the whole loop faded and we got another subflare back in eastern - end of loop. Which almost appears like we have material bouncing back and forth in the loop causing flares either side of the loop. SPT The reason I asked about neon VII is I was thinking if we could get some good loops above the limb before we move out, I might try rolling so that we have the bottom part of your mirror auto raster above the limb and put it so we have one neon VII on one of the detectors. Maybe your green position, 772. And if we did get a flare at that time, then of course, you would be getting flare data with neon VII. MCC That's (garble) an excellent suggestion. Yeah, we'd be happy to see you try that. SPT Okay. MCC Oh, another thing on the loops is the fact, since we do seem to see changes in loop structure before and after flares, and that getting occasional snapshots of regions like double 0 to see the preflare loops, it'd be very nice to have. SPT Okay. Let me ask you one other thin_ of immediate interest, and that is, have you been able to detect in oxygen VI, the rise time of intensity near relative to the X-ray? I've been noticing here that if monitor (garble) deactivate (?) (garble) 30,000. Detector just tripped off and we're just up to 50,000. I've got it over right now and I'm wondering how much of a good procedure this could be. Right now, my PMEC is (garble) South Atlantic anomaly (garble) I have (garble) MCC Right. We're going LOS now. We'll see you at Ascension at 50. MCC Yeah, we'll try - we'll look at the data, Ed. END OF TAPE

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12/17/73 SPT (Static) (garble) South Atlantic anomaly (garble) (static) CC Okay, we're going LOS now, we'll see you at Ascension at 50. MCC Yeah, we'll try it - we'll look at the data, Ed. PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 45 minutes and 20 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is passed out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. Our next acquisition is 5 minutes away at Ascension. During this pass over Vanguard, we had a discussion between coinvestigator on the Harvard College Observatory experiment, Dr. George Withbroe, talking to Science Pilot Ed Gibson about a number of things, including spicules on the surface of the Sun. Dr. Withbroe pointed out that jets can be seen traveling up from i0 to 40 arc seconds above the limb, near the north pole. The reason for particular interest in that is that the north pole is notoriously quiet as a region on the Sun, as opposed to the Equator, where most of the major active regions occur. Science Pilot Ed Gibson indicated that the - that he had not gone into great detail discussing activity he saw at the north pole. He said he was afraid someone would come up and take him back down. There are some new things coming out of the ATM research, of course, and have been for quite a while. This apparently another new development based on some of the research from the Skylab mission. This is Skylab Control. We're about 4 minutes from acquisition of signal at Ascension. We'll keep the line up. The Ascension pass is about a 7-1/2 minute one and this was just the first of several science conferences to be held today on the crew day off. They're of course scheduled for showers later in the day and continuing their comet photography; they did complete photography this morning and they will do a Commander Carr will be completing $233 photography this alternoon. That's of course, the twice-daily photography done to keep exact measurements of the brightness and size of the comet. Science Pilot Ed Gibson also said that he had spotted another flare at the end of the last orbit. The same thing that happened to him yesterday about this time, just as they were going into the darkness period of the orbit they observed part of a flare. They have been getting some very good activity starting up now on the Sun. The solar activity still not nearly at its peak but several active regions are beginning to move back onto the disk that faces the Earth. Prominent one right now is region 00, which is located on the southeast - in the southeast quadrant, having just

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eastern disk as

limb it's

of the viewed

disk. That's to the lower from Earth. Little earlier

that - the later operations of $233 were moved up, originally they were scheduled for a little alter 23:00 Greenwich mean time, they've now been moved to 21:34 to 21:46 Greenwich mean time. That's the second operations of comet photography for today. And, the S063 comet photography using ultraviolet airglow cameras was completed successfully a short time ago by Bill Pogue. This is Skylab Control. We're coming up on acquisition of signal about 2 minutes away at Ascension. We'll keep the line live now for air-to-ground. CC Skylab, Houston. We're through Ascension for 6-1/2 minutes and we'll be dumping the tape recorder here. CDR Okay, Hank. CC Skylab, Houston. We uplinked a message last night regarding attitude control with one CMG and what it really is, is a map. How to step through the checklist G&C checklist to bring up the CSM to control the cluster. And we are presently also working on a long teleprinter message which would essentially be all of it on one piece of paper and we're wondering if the map is sufficient or should we continue to work on the big long teleprinter message that does the whole thing? PLT The map is sufficient, Hank. CC Okay. We thank you for that. One other thing, we've got the TV-120 scheduled tomorrow at - that's the moth gypsy moth TV and the moth people are concerned that the larvae may not live that long and request that if you do some optional TV today that you might include at least 2 minutes of TV on the moth. And if you can't include the moth on the TV today, we would still like for you to get a couple of 35-millimeter pictures and moth people are still wanting to do the moth TV tomorrow, whichever way it goes today. SPT Okay, Hank. We'll try to do that. In order to make a little better viewing. Can we take the two vials out of the plastic? We've got - the top has got a couple of pieces of tape there. CC We'll check° CC SPT, Houston. Is the bag that they're is that sealed up? SPT Hank, right now it's not, because we had to, in order to loosen those tops we found we could not do that safely without taking the bag open. So right now those things have a little strip of tape which runs over the top, but still allows some air to get in, along the top of each bottle. And, in,

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I think that's plobably the best way for viewing it also is we took it out of that plastic. It's in the plastic right now, with the top sealed, but we did have to go in there once in order to loosen up the top. CC We don't see any problem then, Ed, and since it's already open to go ahead and get them out so you can get a better look. SPT Okay. CC (Garble) Houston. While we've got you here, we have your phone call set up for Canary and Madrid at 22:49. do we SPT start 22:49. with? Thanks very much. Which antenna

CC Okay. Start on the right and you'll be switching to left. SPT Thank you. CC And, I got a couple of quickies here for you. We're thinking of scheduling the PSS recharges and top off a little more diff - a little differently, to be a little more flexible. What we'd like to do is schedule it in two segments, in other words we'd schedule you 5 minutes to go install it in the recharge station and start the pressurization and then a little later we would schedule another 5 minutes to terminate. We wouldn't do that all time; sometimes we'd schedule all of it together, how do you feel about breaking it up like this? CDR Hank, I think it'll just use a lot of extra paper. The routine I did last night seemed to be reasonable. That is I just charged them and left them on there and came by every 5 or I0 or 15 minutes and looked at them to see how they were doing. CC Okay. So, we'll stick to the plan we're using right now then. And, we're about 40 seconds from LOS. We'll be seeing you again at Guam at 18:34 and I think Story will be standing by there for more of your science conference. CDR Okay, Hank. We'll see you then. CDR We'll be ready for Story, Story. CC Correction on that. It'll be Bob Parker. PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 58 minutes and 26 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now passed beyond the range of the tracking antenna on Ascension. As it's going over the African coast, still about 35-1/2 minutes away from it's next acquisition at Guam. In this last pass Science Pilot Ed Gibson was asked if he might take some television photos of the gypsy moths that have hatched and he

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indicated he did have an interest in doing that and there was some discussion about how that might be performed. Scientists here on the ground were a little concerned that the gypsy moths might die before they were photographed. Of course no provision has been made to feed them. There are approximately i000 eggs on the space station and those were in sealed vials for merely an experiment to determine whether or not they'll hatch. There is no requirement to return them to Earth. This is Skylab Control 59 minutes and 20 seconds after the hour END and OF about half an hour from our next acquisition.

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Skylab

Control

at

18 The

hours

33

minutes

and 15 seconds Greenwich is now just 54 seconds Guam tracking antenna. minutes. Present time Lewis and MCC SPT MCC the

mean time. from acquisition Pass through Flight Director

Skylab space station of signal at the Guam will last about 6 is still Charles is Hank Over. ahead. Hartsfield.

spacecraft communicator Skylab, Houston. Hello, Bill. Go (Garble) your

friendly go

science ahead Yes.

man with

down your

here. And Skylab, if you're general and corollary science SPT Oh, it's MCC Okay. SPT MCC I'm Yes. sorry, Let

ready I'll briefing. Bob Parker. Bob, go me start

ahead. out with

a

little

bit

of operational stuff. Today as you probably noticed read the message we're adding Kohoutek to the science ference, and Bill Snoddy, who's a fellow from Marshall been sort programs, or 2 very about much SPT SPT MCC of coordinating will be talking all the ATM to you later and on corollary in about be to out here,

if you conwho's

Kohoutek an hour that

the Kohoutek program. So I won't today. Over. Okay_ Bob. Sounds good (Garble) talking to him. Okay. On - let me start on M509. that We've those checked around bracelets down checklist

discussing us. with and some We've

comments discovered

were

inadvertently to you

returned after we are assuming you worked out satisfactory.

Skylab III. And since we can't resupply them that for starters anyway, that the lash up the other day for the shirtsleeve mode was In the meanwhile, before the suited mode we're to see Over. and seems if we Okay; to can as put far up as very something a little data_s concerned well to simulator

going to be working bit better for you. it all looks good

correlate

so things on that 509 run seem fairly well. The 48 people are very interested in your plate removal from the dinin_ room table and they are interested in how it's going and have you started to do - to remove the second two plates. Over. PLT No, Bob, we haven't. We'll get around to that probably sometime today. And to go back on the cuff checklist, this is the PLT, I just fixed a rubber band on it with _ one of the checklists all bent all out of joint around. Don't worry about MCC Okay. with on it. it. tape, It's and sort I just can't of simple to get work

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thing

bit

If you come up with a better idea, Okay. And we'll probably find you better for you for the suited run. and as of of that

fine. someAt least

We'll take a look and see what you're doing work out in the suit for you. The 48 people about that plate removal, will be interested any sort of 516_type coverage of the removal plates. Over. PLT Well, we'll probably do what do mentation? MCC them, also. FLT DAC and so forth. you. That CC As you're of course well means to they want? They Photo (garble) Okay. aware there just want verbal

see if it'll I was saying course in the other today or of so docu-

comments will be

documentation give us a

interest number and to

transporter

We'll - we'll have it sent up the Sun's getting more active. the auroral activity can be

expected to increase, and we also for handheld $063 photographs of see and I guess I just handed it might be more worthwhile to start next few days. Over. SPT matter of fact I up over the Great to see if [ could Okay, saw some Lakes. see the

have in work for you a pad any aurora you might happen up as a reminder that it looking for those in the idea. As a two nights ago the trying and there was

to

Bob. Thatts a good good aurorae about I was up overlooking hometown of Buffalo

beautiful aurora up north. CC Very good. Yes, it happens that we're over the fat part of the world at nighttime right now so it works out pretty well. Let me give you a look ahead at the week ahead. In the first place we're starting out on the 18 Deltas for Kohoutek on day 34, and we delayed from day 33 as we originally told you day 34 so we can get Alfa Scoe (?) in the field at the same time which we'll try to use the for pointing alignment. solar eclipse, you may On mission day 39 we remember, and the comet have and both we'll

be looking for those things both on that day. Mission day 38, as you probably recall, is the end of the corollary Kohoutek observing. In the meanwhile, S183 with the carousel problems t_ey've been having, will observe tomorrow on day 33 but will not observe on day 36 hut we hope to have the carousel i_i problem resolved and to get back in observations with I-i, which, as the postperihelion Understand that rocket observations you may recall, is the more period. But we're still Hank's talked to you already with 201 scheduled for sensitive working today tomorrow film, in on that. about the night, so

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I won't talk about that. The passes this afternoon and tomorrow mornin_ early if you're not aware are geothermal passes for EREP, and the Earth itself will be dark. One last comment before I go off, Day off right now, if you haven't heard, we're planning for mission day 41. Your next day off will the day after EVA. Seemed to work out best. Over. CDR on i-i if we a better job MCC that to send CDR you'd MC like CDR MC to go CDR MCC to be

Okay, Bob. And on the S183 we'll try to have any more plates get stuck out we'll do of getting the serial number_ or the plate number. Okay. Well, we're working on a mal for up to you right now. Okay. send You guys have any questions? down? No, I guess not Bob. Okay. Talk to you in a week. hill anyway. See you then. Okay. We'll see you. Thanks a lot. Anything

I'm just

about

over

the

CC Skylab, as we go over the hill our next contact will be the Vanguard in at. And at that point we will have Story's story. PAO Skylab Control at 18 hours 41 minutes and 13 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now passed out of range of the tracking antenna on the island of Guam. Our next acquisition of signal will be 12 minutes after the hour, or about 20 minutes from now, at Vanguard. During this last pass Bob Parker, the Skylab Program scientist, conducted a brief conference on corollary and general science with the crew. Later in the day of course, we will also have a conference on Kohoutek with Bill Snoddy, who is the project scientist for Skylab's operations on the comet. Story Muss grave is now come into Mission Control and he's preparing for another science conference on medical area to come up shortly. Bob Parker indicated that the checklist bracelets for in 509 which weren't found by the crew a few days ago when they did their astronaut maneuvering unit run, have now been discovered to have been returned by the last Skylab crew by error, and for that reason this crew will have to make arrangements as as they did this time taping artificial checklists on their arms and doing the same thing essentially for tke suited runs. M509 astronaut maneuvering unit was used by Jerry Cart last week and the run was not quite completed. The checklist bracelets were not found at that time and it was not known where they'd been located. It now has been determined they were inadvertently returned by the last crew.

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Next day off for the crew Bob Parker indicated will not be until mission day 41, which is after the EVA on December 26th, the day after their Christmas EVA. This is Skylab Control. It's now 19 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. 42 minutes and 50 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE.

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PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours 11 minutes Greenwich mean time. The Skylab space station is now to the west of Chili over the South Pacific about 53 seconds from acquisition of signal through the Vanguard tracking ship. The pass through Vanguard will last about ii minutes. Spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield, hut Dr. Story Musgrave, astronaut interested in medical program is going to he here for brief conference with the astronauts at this pass. We're live now for air-to-ground at Vanguard, MCC Skylab AOS through the Vanguard for II minutes and it's time for Story's story. CDR Go ahead with your story. MCC Okay, startin_ out with MI31 that we didn't get to last week. As you know Jerry has been seeing the OGI with greater frequency than he did on the ground. Ed, you've been seeing it about the same. To start with Bill was seeing it slightly less frequently in flight than on the ground and that's about all of it in terms of data. Now, we do have a question for Bill on his last run. He only got about one or two corrects on the lower levels and got four correct at level 14 and we did get his comments on channel A, but we wonder if he could tell us anything more about his last run? PLT Well, I'll tell you. It's difficult. I can't see it. At the low levels I think its a matter of sensitivity threshold in my inner ear or whatever it is that gives me that and as we go up into the higher levels I'm conviced that one of my adaptations over years of flying to high accelerations has be - is for me to block the input of rotational rates or at least attempt to do it. (Static) individual thing that's caused me to not see it, because I can feel I'm rotating and I can hear the motor turning and I flat do not get the illusion. All I get is some vertical motions sometime in that bar. MCC Okay, Bill. Fine. As far as the MS goes, after the initial adaptation period of course_ you all became virtually immune to motion sickness. You were the first crew however to advance to 30 rpm and collating here with SL-III, the crewmen who have the highest resistance on the ground, appear to have less resistance to zero-g type of vestibular stimulation in terms of producing motion sickness and the like and that collates pretty good with our SL-III findings. SPT Story, is that true? Relative to us. I was 30 on the ground and I'm 30 up here and I haven't had any problems.

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MCC Yeah, we're thinking though Ed, that you and Jer induced the resistance down here in other words it wasn't inborn, that you induced that by using the chair and the swimming pool and that sort of thing. SPT Yeah, that's true. MCC Yeah, that is a point in the data that we got to to look at, but we're separating it out in terms of natural-type resistance, but of course, Bill may have attained his through years in the airplanes. Itts hard to say. SPT All right, thank you, Story. MCC In terms of CDR Story, I'm not convinced that this is all motion sickness either. I think a lot of the head fullness and all thatts got a whole lot to do with it and I don't think that's motion at all. all SPT the way I think down. a lot could be digestive track

CDR I think we're overemphasing this motion sickness a heck of a lot. I think we've got the blinders on and we better look around a little bit more and look for some other ideas, because a guy with the insensitivity to motion that Bill's got, to have problems, I think there's something else involved here. People better start looking around a little more and get off this motion sickness kick. PLT I'll support that i00 percent. I think it's - this is not meant to be critical, but I think the experimental design is aiming entirely in the wrong direction, that they got horse blinders on and they got themselves preprogrammed and they've just closed their minds to some rather obvious avenues of approach. I don't - I Just disagree with the discipline that's involved in this experiment design. MCC You're thinking that there may be some other inputs toward sensing motions, such as the cardiovascular system and the like? PLT I think that they ought - I do not know Story, I don't know that much about it, but I think they have preprogrammed themselves and all of their previous investigation has been in this one area and has had limited degrees of suc very good success, I guess, in treating motion sickness, but they got a new arena here a completely new ball game and darn it, they're going to have stop - open their minds again and start looking again. It's just - they can not adapt their previous investigation to this problem. MCC I think they probably are trying to look at all those inputs, Bill.

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CDR your that body, are a apparently whole lot

I

think

the

relocation people to that got to a

of

the

fluids

in And, this

there are some more sensitive to think we that's tend

I would guess than others. to do that with also.

I would be inclined sickness up here. MCC

lot with

Yeah,

agree

PLT One other thing, Story. I think we're really wasting a lot of good crew time here doing this motion sensitivity. MCC Okay. We got your input on that. MCC Moving on to MI71, if you don't have anything more on the MI31, and we've got a lot of good data on there, you've probably plotted some of that yourself. All of yon are at least up to the preflight baseline ranges in terms of efficiency and physical fitness. Ed is starting to improve beyond the physical condition that he had preflight. The vital capacity data is excellent. We're seeing a decrease of about 3 to 5 percent in vital capacity and some good explanations for that are that you have a little more fluid and blood in the chest. If you had say 160 or 200 cc of blood in the chest I - this would not allow you to fill the chest with air. That's a good explanation for the decrease we're seeing. SPT PLT noise. MCC be in the more fluid MCC resolution in the Yeah, it is in the noise and so - it may of the experiment_ but 160 to 200 ce chest could explain it. Now, we like the (garble) PT very much maximum And also a little Sounds Yeah_ 3 logical. to 5 Thank is you, almost Story. in the

percent

on Jet and Ed, especially when you approach your 02 flow, we'd like to get some on Bill sometime. something we missed on SL-III and it does require

bit

of

logistics and that is some mark I - type metabolic studies. Now you have to get that off the upper deck up there, and also there's a certain limited range of exercise you can do with that thing. When you've got a mouthpiece and a hose during the work that. exercise_ you do SPT The but using mark I this the as would be mark I. useful stuff to know how much

Story, well tone you

let me Clark's

ask you a treadmill

little to me

bit about are ways any real really and it what

of keeping your muscle workload or cardiovascular is just about how fast really is _ just varies you can learn from that? PLT Hey,

up as opposed to gettin_ system workout. And_ it want to do those exercises day-to-day and I'm

from Story.

wondering

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Go ahead.

PLT I'd like to add something on that. What I'd like to say is that I'm fully prepared to do anything you want to as long as you give us sufficient time. Now, you remember in setting up this stuff it may require more time than actually doing it, so anytime if you're prepared to maybe give us 3 hours that's asking an awful lot, but that may be what it takes. I'll do anything you ask. It's just that when you say, "Well, it only takes 15 minutes (static) take an hour and a half just to do the set up to get the rig all prepared. So, we'll cooperate any way we can here, but you're going to have to cooperate with us and give us plenty of time for setup and tear down. MCC Okay. We'll do it. MCC And, Ed, you got a good point there, as far as the Mark I and other things go like that. You're not involving enough muscles to approach anywhere near maximum (garble). But - SPT Okay. MCC even using small muscle groups, particularly in isometrics and that type of thing. You can get the heart rate and blood pressure up to levels similar to a third level of MI71. That's a different mechanism, of course. SPT I would think the cardiovascular conditioning we get doing those exercises is negligible, it's really just muscle tone. MCC That's true. MCC Moving on PLT It still feels good to do them. MCC Okay. Moving on to the medical DTOs_ the Pls and Dr. Thornton and they're very thankful for what you've gotten them and I think we're really trying to get at some of the mechanisms the physiological mechanisms causing some of these fluid shifts and the like that we're seeing here. During the early part of the mission, the first 3 to 5 days, we saw a shift of fluid about 2 liters out of each crewman, out of the legs. SPT 2 liters, Story? That's quite a bit. MCC Yeah, we saw about 2 liters, and the other very interesting thing in terms of measurements, we didn't see much change in the arms or the necks. But we did see a very significant decrease in the chest circumference and the waist. and what we're thinking is that you increased in height between

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an inch and 2 inches. And, that that's what caused these decreases in the chest and the abdominal girth. PLT But, Story, we did do an M487 height measurement and those didn't change (static) END OF TAPE

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MCC Moving on? CDR Sure feels good to do them. MCC Okay, moving on to the medical DTOs, the Pls and Dr. Thornton, and they are very thankful for what you've gotten them. And I think we're really trying to get at some of the mechanisms, the physiological mechanisms causing some of these fluid shifts and the like that we're seeing here. During the early part of the mission_ the first 3 to 5 days, we saw a shift of fluid about 2 liters out of each crewman out of the legs. SPT MCC 2 liters, Yeah, we Story? saw about Thatts quite 2 liters. a bit. And the other

very interesting things in terms of measurements, see much change in the arms or the necks_ but significant decrease in the chest circumfernce And what we're thinking is that you increased an inch and 2 inches_ and that's what caused in the chest and the abdominal girth. PLT measurements_ you correlated that MCC the PLT MCC range But and those them? of Storyp didn't we did those Or change.

we didn't we did see a very and the waist. in height between these decreases

M487 did

height Have

they?

Yes, and the data I have increase in height was from We're walking tall, huh? That's right_ and there's

down 3/4 good

here shows to 1-3/4 inches. reason for

that in that the disk, the intervertebral gravity forcing them together_ that they more water and expand it also. And not gravity these that to i muscles of the back_ those good and we things disks also. you would grow SPT g. MCC Hank_s up Bill got a couple Lenoir over So there is in height, Let's Okay. hope And

(?) disks, without any can take up a lot having to use the antitend to compress for thinking you have. it when seconds be we to get LOS back here.

rationale we think can keep 30

l_ve for with

got

of things Ascension

you r and we'll the handheld.

picking

SPT MCC prominence

49

is

Thanks very muchp Story, SPT, Houston. NOAA just out to 2/10 of a radii (sic) And if center. you like,

appreciate it. reported that now and it's like to do shop-

feeding back on itself. ping list item i at Sun SPT PAO 45 seconds out of the acquisition Dr. Story Greenwich tracking

we'd

I'm on my way. Skylab Control

at

19

hours

23

minutes

and

mean time. Skylab antenna's range at

space station Vanguard. Our

has passed next

is about a minute and Musgrave just completed

40 seconds conducting

away at Ascension. the medical conference

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the

members

of

the

crew,

and

there

were

a

number out other

of

things

indicated by that Commander motion crew That

the crew. and Pilot is that both

One of the things pointed both consider something with the early Bill Pogue Commander specifically and Pilot was here that. in

was then the

sickness experienced, comment from

involved

sickness

that

experienced. responded

to by Dr. Bill Thornton, with thumbs up, and he Musgrave 2 liters

sitting back said "Amen" to

Mission Control Also Story to about experienced

pointed out that a shift from each crew member's

in fluid amounting lower body had been

early in the mission and also that the crew member increased in height from about 3/4ths to about l-3/4ths inches due to the expansion in the disks between the sol the pads between the solar (sic) disks. That correction, the pads between the spinal disks. Solar activity also reported right at the end of that pass They hand 2/10 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. indicated that filament 49, which is in the lower rightedge of the Sun on the western limb, has moved out to about of a solar radius, that's a distance of about 80,000 and is a point just now returning on its for their observation about 10 minutes left left data until they reach is lost to some bring the line - Houston with Bill, good. and we to pass own to the solar if they get to in their daytime the 400,000-foot degree. We*re up the disk. the ATM. pass, only level coming up

miles, That's There're

a few minutes at which solar on acquisition. MCC conference. SPT ahead. MCC team out meeting of that

We'll Over.

for Bill Lenoir. visual observations for you. we Go had the

Hello_ Okay, last Friday, and I'll try

we're As got you you

waiting may

remember,

a lot of good information some of it now. We will not sure exactly days section by you to begin with

be sending you an update frequently. And I'm what I mean. We'll probably start in about 2 section in the book so that we don't overwhelm

as

to some of the important facts that came out of the team meeting. The most prevalent feeling was one that we're really astonished by the amount of good work, and the - especially the good observations that we're getting. The detail, things such as the colors, textures, things of this nature, we're very happy with that. And we'll be doing more things trying to get deeper into that actually. The things that we're asking for frequently now you'll see, in the next few days, we'll be emphasising observations and not doing so many photographs, especially of areas that we have photographs of. We'll be trying to concentrate on observations to detect the time changes that we can hopefully see and maybe remember from the last time that we looked at it. Make

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complete observations, as complete as you can, factual obser= vations. By that I mean what you see, and then follow that with your interpretation as to what you think it means. One other thing we will be doing when the Sun angle gets us back over the continental US is we're going to try to pick up a site about which we know considerably and have this as sort of a test case to test certain things to have you look for that we feel are difficult to find_ and see how we do on this. And let me break here a minute and let you get some thoughts in before I go meandering on here. SPT On that latter point, Bill, I think we need to know precisely what we're looking for and have the time to get lined up for it. It's kind of tough to do this efficiently (garble) i0 minutes of preparation. I think you need maybe 15, 20 or so in order to get your maps out and know exactly what you're coming up on and have everything reviewed in your mind because, moving at 4 miles a second, you don't get too much time to look at it. MCC Right. We under _ CDR And Bill, another problem that comes to mind, too, is the fact that every time we're passing over the U.S. in daylight we're usually on an EREP pass. So we're not getting much opportunity to look out the window. MCC That may be true, and we'll have to pick a different area. We do intend to write as detailed a pad several days beforehand as we can explaining exactly what we're looking for, giving you time to digest it and even talk with us about it before we go and do it. The - we're at the period now where the Sun angle is creeping south at the sunrise terminator and north at the sunset terminator, so that we're moving toward ascending tracks in the north and in several weeks here we will actually have the Sun in the United States. One suggestion that I recommend especially on target of opportunity type sites, by that I mean things like the weather phenomenon, many of the ocean phenomenon and things that we just cannot schedule is to reread those sections in the book when you get a chance just to emphasise some of the points that are harder to come by. We've gotten a lot of good information on, some detailed descriptions of things of this nature, but frequently we'll have procedures that are 7, 8, and 9 steps long. And some of the later ones involve comparisons. I think it would be beneficial to go back and reread them. I don't want to take time now to get specific there, but when you get a chance I would strongly recommend doing that. Some of the things that we're moving towards now, in geology now for instance in New Zealand, we'll be scheduling area 107 New Zealand again.

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And we will be stressing observations, What we would like to do is to get many detailed observations and your detailed description of the fault as you see it, what the fault looks like, trying to see the fault zone itself, and also any cross fault - the geology bands, as you mentioned once in New Zealand. So we will be emphasising observations, not photographs. The description that you gave us on the volcanoes, in particular Sakurazima and the Galapagos Islands were excellent. And the volcanologist at the team meetings were just beside themselves with to good words about the SPT Bill, see the Galapagos last good work that you are doing. I'm sorry we missed our opportunity night. It was probably a real good

opportunity, but it just got upstaged by the flare. MCC Roger. We understand that. Actually at dark we're not too sure what you see, we're more interested in if you see anything on the first time around on that. We'll be repeating that so don't let that get you worried here. We've got so much stuff here that we expect to miss a little bit here and there. On the vegetation, we're going to again emphasize observations. We will be repeating areas such as the pampa more frequently than I indicated last week. We'll be looking for things on the order of 5, I0, and 20 day variations. Again mainly on something on to it. observations, like that I realize not photographs try to make a mental that's more difficult so that when you see note of it and hang than it sounds, at Okay,

but we will be looking at the data and trying to get how much of these types of variations so we will be able to determine from an observations point of view. and then an area that we have done a lot of work and intend Again, to we do a want lot more work_ the Falkland to emphasize observations and

Current area. in particular

changes that you detect from orbit to orbit, day to day, colors, textures, shape, things of this nature. One important point here is that in the southern hemisphere the current situation in the makeup is not very well understood at all. And we want to try to concentrate here and also the area east of New Zealand where you have seen interesting features. And try to understand this very well and do as complete a job as we can. We will also be uplinking at some time within the next week or so a new site which represents an Antarctic, a circum Antarctic current region to look for. It's actually south of your track all the time that perhaps you will be able to see something from where you are. On the Falkland Current edge of texture we'll be asking for things such as can you detect the the current by subtle color differentiations and surface differences? Can you distinguish that from the plankton

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upwellings and things of this nature. On the subject of plankton whenever you have IR film that is available we strongly would like IR film of plankton. And this will show up very clearly if indeed it is plankton as a pink on the infrared. We've got another 3 minutes here until LOS, and I've got about 30 minutes worth of things to talk about here, but let me give you a chance here to break in again. Over. SPT Bill, we'll try and put some questions on the recorder. Why don't you go ahead and give us the information. MCC Okay. Getting to the area of the atmosphere, the cloud streaks and the Von Karman eddies, sites 08 and 09, we would be most interested in those over land. At this point we feel that we've got good water coverage on those. We're most interested in those over land and in particular on the cloud streaks. How they might feed into cumulonimbus systems, towering cu and to what extent this represents moisture feeding into the towering cells. Same thing with Von Karman eddies. We have frequently have seen them over the water. We're most interested in whether or not we can find them over land and to what extent. Again we'll be - SPT We've seen a lot of cloud streaks over South about America 2 weeks MCC terested OF TAPE in the northern area around Brazil, ago and it's dark there now. Right. I remember those and but we're that most was in-

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MCC - (Garble) the cloud streets. How they might feed into cumulunimbus systems. Towering cu and to what extent this represents moisture feeding into the towering cells. The same thing Von Karman eddies. We have frequently seen them over the water. We're most interested in whether or not we can find them over land and to what extent. Again SPT We've seen a lot of cloud streets over South America in the northern area around Brazil, but that was about two weeks ago and it's dark there now. MCC Rigkt. And I remember_ those and we're most interested when you see those again try to relate them any cumulus that you see in the vicinity. SPT Okay. MCC And we'll be getting up with more details on that. In the African area which is beginning to become available now in the ascending part of the orbit, the Mali area and Okovanggo Swamp in Botswanan, have many things in common, in particular it is felt that Botswana probably represents a later stage in development of an area much like Mall is now. What we're interested in doing, of course, is looking at the two areas, comparing them, and contrasting them, seeing if indeed Mali is progressing toward the Okovanggo Swamp type phenomenon and features and to what extent we can see where they have common features and where they do not. So we'll be getting more information up to you on that. Again, across the board wind is a very important parameter. You've done very good work on that so far, given the observability of it from space with smoke plumes and things of this nature. We do want to emphasize that it is very important and to continue with that. We have 56 seconds now till LOS. Canaries are next in a minute and a half and Bill Snoddy will be talking Kohoutek to you there. Also, while I'm talking Africa, you'll note that we will beginning to - we are beginning to move up into the area where we will be seeing the dunes. Let me throw one last point in there. You might like to look for is E1 Nino which is a warm current that annually comes down the west coast of South America. It's a great fish killer, and we would be interested in noting any effects of that that you can see from space. So as you come over the west coast of South America every now and then you may just look out. Again, we're primarily interested in observation. Okay. 1 guess that's about all I'm going to try to squeeze in here and I'ii talk to you next week, and any comments you have send them down. We do copy them and we try to respond. Over. SPT Bill, you gotten lots of good ideas here, I'm wondering if you could send a little checklist up on teleprinter like the E1 Nino. up MCC two or three at a Okay. time We sure will. We'll be sending here over the next several days. these

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PAO Skylab Control. We've gone loss of signal but we're just about to be reacquired. Bill Snoddy is now plugging in at the console next to the flight director and is ready for the Kohoutek briefing. CC Skylab, Houston. We're through Canary, Madrid for 7 minutes. And for info we've got the S063 pad on board and a (garble) for the S054, and Bill Snoddy's ready to go with the Kohoutek briefing. MCC Good afternoon, gentlemen. Want to bring you up to date on the status of the comet as seen from the ground and also if we have time comment a little bit on the observing program you're carrying out up there. First of all we sent you up the visual magnitudes the other day. These are based on a wide scatter in visual observations. We did (garble) to them. And the (garble), you'll notice, all slightly below the bottom curve if you've got it out that you got in your package up there. Smithsonian says that these visual observations correspond to photographic magnitude pretty well in agreement with your bottom curve and they"re standing by their prediction of a maximum magnitude of around minus 4. The scatter in visual observations points out the importance of the $233 observations you're making. We hope they will have a good continuous record of the growth and brightness. Also, I might point out that both tails of the comet are there. You can't see them because they both lie in a plane that's along you're line of sight. And therefore the white tail is masking the blue gas tail. With the filters you have on board, though, the sensors are picking up the different tails. Also, I might point out that the comet is rapidly becoming unobservable from the ground, in fact we just about lost it here. As you can probably guess there continues to be watch for its scientific and public interest in the comet. This makes us all the more interested in any kind of observations you might make on it. In addition to the tail length information and so forth being given us which is great, you might also be on the lookout for any changes in in noticable structure that might exist, any variations in brightness, there's some predictons that the nucleus will become increasingly bright relative to the Coma and so you might be on the lookout for a bright spot in the Coma. Also be on the alert for any temporal changes in bright, ness or structure. It's always possible the thing could split or flare become maybe a i000 times brighter in a matter of a day or two. If you were to detect any changes like this occurring we_d probably would want to to try to change our observing program to get better data on that sort of thing.

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SPT that For MCC there's the first been time

Okay_

Bill.

We'll

try

to

do

that.

Okay. Great. Also, some rather interesting our radio emission was molecule molecule methyl and is

I might mention observations made. detected from cyanamide was more indicative detected. of

comets, This is

and in fact the a rather exotic

the kind of stuff that exists in interstellar space. And this makes the whle operation that much more interesting. Also, OH was detected for the first time in any of our missions since 183 and that was (garble) you're looking for OH in the spatial and temporal distribution. We now know it's there and so we hope we're getting good data over the instruments there. H_alpha was also hope this means detected for the first time that there's a good Lyman-alpha in a comet. emission We which

is needed you know for our JOP 18 pointing. Let me wind up by saying that we appreciate the good work you've been doing with our synoptic observations. You know I believe that y'all did some measurements in white light as we passed the orbital plane on about mission day 24. Ground based stations are pretty well wiped out by full moon plus the twilight. We're hoping that your observations will show up some debris in the plane. The occulatation you did on Pi Scorpio last night was the first time such an occulatation has bee done in UV and it was the only chance we have on Skylab so we're real glad that went off okay. We're going to be starting our JOP 18s on mission day 34. This day was particularly picked because Antares will also be in the field of view and this will give us a chance to do some photo checks on our pointing you tonight discussing Lenoir will be talking Are there any questions before SPT OH. What was procedures. Messages will be sent up exactly what we do want to do and Bill with you about this some more tomorrow. you have on what - on the comet? you first mentioned one you one particular mentioned? molecule to

Billp the

MCC Methyl cyanamlde. That's a - the - it's CH3CN is the formula for it and it's the first time I guess you might say that a parent molecule has been observed and it's more exotic than - it's more complicated than a lot of people had thought you would find in a comet. So this is a interestlnK development. SPT Any speculation then on this source of Kohoutek? MCC SPT origin of I'm Any Kohoutek? sorry. Say speculation again? then on the source or

very

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MCC There haven't heard too much yet. Itts still kind of early_ but it makes it look llke that perhaps the thing was formed further out in the solar system, I would imagine, then some theories would have it. Perhaps out on the outer fringes instead of having been formed in the - inner part of the solar system and somehow moved out into that area. This would appear there. to SPY CDR earlier today of observation number 3. occultation. MCC of We that of have me to indicate Okay. that the comet you. heard me say we have many the (garble) to little more days window into the to may orbital that a was perhaps formed out

Thank

Bill_ you may have it doesn't look llke Kohoutek left out of a (garble) Rog. going It's to that's

beginning

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the

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possibility its (garble)

point and then back out back into the view again. So it not continue in the direction that it's going. But we appreciate your inputs as it develops. CDR Okay. I hope you're right. MCC We_ve got our fingers crossed. PLT MCC PLT Bill_ Okay. You a question we had on T025 equipment. on and make work the first

know

problems

EVA.

Do we plan to use that on the EVA next week, need some maintenance suggestions on how to setting knob, how to fix that thing so it'll MCC to use that down here. PLT ago for and you It looks Yes. We're can believe like there Thank you.

if so I that exposure outside?

working on that. We do expect it's being worked very thoroughly should be no problem we hope.

you

CC I told you the the CDR coming CDR CC at Guam at 09,

Skylab, Houston. One quickie here. A while S063 pad, I should have said S0233 pad. That's up here shortly. Okay. We're about 20 seconds from LOS. We'll see and we plan to dump the recorder there. I got the S054 mal and I'll minutes. Also what prominoff the location? I think 19 hours space it 44 should minutes is have and now

SPT put something ence - was been 46 CC around PAO seconds

Okay, Hank. And on tape on it next few that you said that blew Roger. ii0. Skylab Control time. at It was

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out of range of the tracking antenna our science conferences today. Bill Flight Center, who is the probJect

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PAO tracking antenna at Madrid. That concludes our science conferences today. Bill Snoddy of the Marshall Space Flight Center who is the Project Scientist on Skylab's Kohoutek operations was doing that briefing. 24-1/2 minutes away from our next acquisition of signal at Guam. Just previous to this briefing, Bill Lenoir spoke with the crew on handheld photography and indicated that in the future, emphasis will be placed on observations more than photography. That is of course, an important part of the visual observations program. Meeting was held Friday with investigators who originally were the instructors for the Skylab crew. 20 hours of lectures given to the crew on various observations from space. That meeting on Friday, indicated that they were quite satisfied with the results so far and with the excellent discussion of volcanoes and other things that had been reported by the crew. A U.S. test site is being designed for use of the crew in testing their visual acuity to determine what can be seen and what cannot be seen from space and that test site has not yet been entirely decided upon. But there will be a final decision made on that and exact details of what should be observed in that area. At that time, detailed pads will be sent up to the crew in advance. Also, a Bill Lenoir indicated that the visual observations staff are interested in doing some more work on the volcanoes including those in Galapagos after some very excellent photos were taken there and also at Sakurazima in Japan. Bill Lenoir also indicated a strong request for infrared photography of plankton blooms when that's available. Skylab crew has no infrared film available specifically for visual observations. However, they are permitted to use remaining infrared film after medical photography has been taken. They have, I believe, done that in the past and they will probably attempt to make some infrared photos of plankton during the next few days. Also, some additional studies of the African area of Mali and also in Botswana. Some scientists now have the view that the Okovanggo Swamp in Botswana, may be due to may be a later stage of the same kind of conditions that are now affecting Mali. The crew was also asked to look for a fish killing current on the west coast of South America. Bill Snoddy talked about the maximum magnitude of the comet Kohoutek. It's still expected to be about minus 4 - that's the prediction that scientists have with stuck with now for a good many months. Although the comet originally appeared to be running a little bit below that scale, it did brighten very substantially in the last few days. It's now about 43,000,000 miles from the Sun and becoming increasingly bright. The minus 4 magnitude

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would make it several times - approximately 25 times as bright as Halley's Comet on its last passage. Also Bill Shoddy pointed out something discovered many days ago by radio astronomy that is that methyl cyanide is - has been detected in the comet. That's a complex molecule consisting of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen. First time any molecule that complex has ever been discovered in a comet and also the first time any radio emission has ever been detected from a comet. comet and when Last night, the it was occulting Skylab crew photographed a star by the name of the Pi

Scorpio in the constellation of Scorpius, that occultation was the first time that a star light has ever been blocked out and photographed as the comet passed through it and should give some indications in addition of the absorption spectra - that is to say the pattern of comet has in absorbing light energy from a star. Bill Snoddy was asked about what the indication of more complex molecule may mean. The molecule is associated with inner galactic space rather than inner solar system spaces. So he said that it may perhaps indicate that the comet was formed further out at a greater distance from the Sun than previously been suspected. That, of course, is mere speculation at this t_me. Not much chance has been had to look at thorough data on the comet. Of course, it has not yet reached its maximum magnitude and its maximum opportunity for gathering data. Skylab data, for the most part is being retained on the space station in film and will be returned later in the mission. That, of course, means that most of the comet studies will not be substantially benefited until after February 8th when the crew is due to return. Bill Snoddy also indicated that although it appears now that the comet is moving into a point - to point in the window of the space station where it can't been seen, the relation of the comet to the Earth may be modified in the next few days in such a way that it will return back to better viewing position for the crew. It's of course, moving along its orbit toward the Sun, it'll reach the Sun just ii days from today. About a distance of 13.5 million miles above the surface and that will its point of perihelion. The crew will be photographing it on a space walk on the 25th and are expected to photograph it again on the 29th on a second space walk. Skylab crew tonight will run an Earth resources survey across the north Atlantic and Europe that will mix the more traditional investigations of sea state and ocean weather with a survey of known sources of geothermal energy from within the Earth. Weather and sea state data gathering with the S193 radiometer/scatterometer/ altimeter, and the 192 multispectral scanner, will span the north Atlantic from the U.S. east coast to the Bay of Biscay

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west coast. be directed Skylab makes None will will

All the space station's toward geothermal energy a night time transient of the photographic be used in today's be in use. The Earth pass. sea state

remote sources down the resources Only studies

Italian peninsula. survey instruments electronic scanners

across the north Atlantic during the night are to Joseph T. McGooghan (?) of the NASA Wallops Virginia. the S193 McGoohan performance is especially as it scans a concerned variety

major interest stations in

with evaluating of sea states

and wave conditions. Just before crossing the French coast of St. Nazaire, Skylab's remote sensing instruments will scan weather systems and weather producing cloud formations in the Bay of Biscay. These weather investigations are for Dr. Villevieille of the Bureau of Space Weather Studies in Paris. That's the Bureau d'Etudes Meteorologic Spatiales. As Skylab crosses the French coast, the sensors will gather data on geologic alignments and structural characteristics such as faults and (garble) the the data in the region of southern will go of France Weather to France leading up to Jacques Guillemot of for integration into systems, scanned characteristic by the space Alps. The return data Institute of Petroleum from other sources. French sensors

of the station's

alpine region will be for Dr. Villevieille

who also was conditions. relationship

interested in the Bay of Biscay weather Snow covered in northern Italy and its to (garble) and other sources of geothermal today's Earth resources survey. will receive data from this Roberto Cassinis of Geolab in

energy is a task site for Two Principal Investigators region. They are Professor

Milan and Dr. Bodechtel of the University of Munich Institute for General and Related Geology and Minerology. Dr. Bodechtel is concerned with geologic mapping of the Tuscan Apennire region of Italy and Professor Cassinls with volcanic activity parallels gathered the into in his homeland. As Skylab's groundtrack briefly the western Italian coastline, data will be on the circulation and transport of sediment and of outflow Sea near from the rivers Island and streams emptying of Elba. These data

behavior Tyrrhenian

will go to Attilio in Rome. Tapping below the surface idea, Skylab will Larderello, Italyp exploited for the will record surface of calibrating resources in the other

Moretti of the Geological Survey of Italy Mother Natu - Mother Nature's boiler deep for an energy source is by no means a new pass over geothermal field of Ledernal southwest of Florence that has been past 60 years. temperature data parts for of Skylab's differentials remote as a sensors means

locating the world.

geothermal energy The Larderello

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geothermal field seems to be completely in harmony with the surrounding countryside and its people, for example the field's wells, pipelines and power plants share the land with the vineyards and orchards, and farms. A similar situation of coexistence with the surroundings is the only active geothermal field in the United States. The Geysers, in northern California, which tap dry steam to produce one kilowatt hour for 20 pounds of steam, before development of The Geysers power production, the area was wilderness, much of which was devoted to deer foraging by huntinK clubs. After development the same wilderness use is maintained with the addition of grazing lands for cattle. This is Skylab Control we're 15-1/2 minutes from our next acquisition of signal, at 54 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylah Control at 20 hours 8 minutes and 40 seconds Greenwich mean time. We're now coming within range of the tracking antenna on Guam. We'll bring the line up live for air-to-ground at Guam. The pass will have Spacecraft Communicator Hank Hartsfield back on the console. CC $kylah_ Houston. We're over Guam for minutes and we'll he dumping the recorder here. CC PLT, Houston. Are you free to answer a question? PLT Yes sir, go. CC Okay. We were wondering how you'd feel about operating as the observer on MO - M509 with a hot mike instead of PTT, so we could hear the thruster sound throughout. It would help the PI to analyze the film he has and his data a little better if he knew exactly when the thrusters were firing. PLT Sounds like an excellent suggestion. I thought of it, but I didn't want to do it because the checklist didn't call for it. 9_i/2 CC Okay_ well_ with the earplugs, the only problem you'd have to worry about is the noise feeding back you know into the mike there and bothering you, but you got a feel for that running - while you were PTT. Do you think it would bother you? PLT I think I can turn the volume down a little bit. CC Okay_ then we will get you a change up it that way, then, if it's okay with you. PLT Yeah, I think that's a good idea. Hank, I have one for you. CC Go ahead. to do PLT S063 is still set up and I'm not questioning it but, I just thought I'd mention it. Since it was a day off and you're trying to make it easier, I would if we're going to remove that in the morning, I would rather do it today. If we got more observations tomorrow, fine, leave it the way it is. CC Okay. I'ii take a quick look. CC What we have scheduled right now, Bill, is a stow 2 for in the morning and leaving the AMS there for an S183 prep that's right behind it. PLT Okay. It'd be all right with me to de that today to relax the time line in the morning since apparently that's going to be fairly tight. CC PLT, Houston. Are you just going to do

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63 stow or are you going to try to do the 183 prep also? PLT I'll do both, if it's okay with you. Now, I'm not trying to tell you how to do it, but, I'm just saying that since you'd already mentioned it's going to be sort of crowded tomorrow, I - we're going to have you know some spare time here and it isn't all that much now, but it does become sort of a problem if you're really against the time line problem. CC Okay. We'll see if I can get an answer to that. PLT Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. Whenever it's convenient we'd like to get the MPC ROLL to INHIBIT at the ATM. PLT That's in work. SPT Hank, I show on the time line here that I was going to be working the flare wait and I was going to go Sun center and take a look at the prominence and see whether there was any effect of that blowing off. Is there something that you folks want to carry on unattended or what's your plans? CC I'ii check it. CC you're going to S063 stow 2 and ittll be a stow prep And, while we're checking that PLT, if do a stow followed by the prep_ wetll do an a 183 prep 3, if you're just going to stow 3.

PLT Roger. I'll do a 63 stow 2 and a 183 3. CC And, PLT, one other thing you might, if you got a little free time, you might look at. When we read the transcript from the ERBP_ we noticed that two of the meter readings were excessively higk_ and those were Alfa 2 and Charlie 4, and for example Alfa 2 read 92 percent, it should have read 52 percent and Charlie 4, 98, when it should have been between 65 and 75. And one thing that might account for that would be if the align switch down at the cooler door station was left in the align position, so if you get a chance, wouldn't mind you removing the 192 cover and checking the position of that align switch_ it should be in off. PLT Okay, Hank. Thank you. Itll do it and I thought I did that, but I_Ii check it again. CC And, SPT, Houston. We have nothing planned unattended, you can continue your flare wait, if you like. SPT Okay. l_m Sun center right now, do they do they like a standard, I can go ahead and give them that. That's for S052. CC Okay, we'll check.

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you now.

Okay, Ed. We'll take the standard. Okay, Hank. Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from at Vanguard at 50 and that's about

SPT Okay, Hank, and my response to the S054 (garble) mal's on tape, which you're just dumping right now. they want they can pick it up. CC If you got some quick words, go ahead. SPT I just show the positioning of - we're playing out where the thing is positioned. Essentially it's bottom 40 percent or so is - is not there, it looks as though the whole image is just shifted up to the top of the display. CC Roger; we copy. PAO Skylab Control at 20 hours 20 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now out of acquisition at Guam. Our next acquisition 29 minutes away will be at Vanguard. This is Skylab Control at 21 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 20 hours 48 minutes Greenwich mean time. 50 seconds away from acquisition through Vanguard on this the last pass that Vanguard will be up for today. Starting the 3137th revolution. Kind of a light day for the crew today, they day off, it says here. We'll stand by for air-to,ground. CC 9 minutes. SPT CC Skylab, Houston through Vanguard for

Houston, SPT. Go ahead.

SPT Yeah, Hank, at the conclusion of the standard, I took a look at the corona and could not see a real significant change, although it certainly was some out there on the west limb. The one large streamer which I reported this morning having fairly sharply defined edges maybe a lO-degree or so across was fairly diffusely defined and it looked a little bit stronger, but I could not see any lines of running across the, say, tangential, or anything reflecting a transient as we talked about it. But there was some changes. I'ii try to get another shopping list item i in at the end of this orbit. CC Roger; we copy. CC Skylab, Houston for the CDR. For information MMP showed TACS usage if we inhibit the momentum dump for this S 233 so we will not inhibit. The dump will be in progress, however, we still would like you to take the pictures. CDR Roger, Hank. I just got out of the shower. What time is that? CC I think it's about 45 minutes from now. Let me make real sure here. It comes at 21:34, Jer, that's about 50 minutes. CDR CC CC from LOS. ii minutes We'll see from now. Okay_ I'ii be ready. Make that 40 minutes. Skylab, Houston. We're you at Canaries at i0,

about and

45 seconds about

that's

PAO We've had loss of signal through Vanguard. Next acquisition is at the Canary Island tracking station in i0 minutes. At 20 hours 59 minutes 55 seconds Zulu time this is Skylah Control. END OF rAPE

SL-IV MCI034/I TIME: 15:08 CST, 12/17/73

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GMT

PAO This is Skylab Control at 21 hours, 9 minutes Greenwich mean time. Space station is approaching the Canary Island tracking site and we'll stand by for communication to crew, for CC 14 minutes. Skylab, Houston through Canary and Madrid

CC PLT, Houston just for info, you really you really bailed us out there on that Flight Plan by getting that stow and prep done for us, we had to fudge a little of that time that you got rid of there and - for C&D troubleshooting when we got in a squeeze. PLT CC PLT CC PLT 3's complete carrousel in on that. CC morning. PLT CC we'll see you dump. That's on CDR the Kohoutek CC CDR me a CC Jer, at 35 Rog, 63 is stowed in 183 Good work, thank you. Hank, PLT here. Go ahead. (garble) position.

So we keep each other honest, 183 prep with the exception of the installation of the the DAC. Of course I didn't have any information Roger, Bill that's thank scheduled for in the

Beautiful,

you.

Skylab, Houston we're 1 minute to LOS, Honeysuckle at 58 with a data recorder minutes from now. $233 Hank, you better quickly event; I don't have the Okay, the pad should have be slip pad. me the data

Jer . Give ago, mal. you

on board lost or

there,

rise it

time

Well, it must real quick. That have

got

something.

should

was one we shipped up about a hour been on board along with that S054

CDR got a time CC CDR CC

you

Well, the fact is I don't have it, have can give me real quick. Time of rise, 21:39:17. 21:39:17, how about the first break. 21:43.

PA0 Now the Skylab space station has moved out of range of Madrid, we'll next acquire the space station in half an hour through the Honeysuckle, Australia tracking site. We have scheduled a change-of-shift briefing at 4:15 p.m. central standard time in Building i, the news center room 135. The off-going Flight Director Charles Lewis will participate as will Doctor George G. Armstrong Jr. who is off-going Flight Surgeon and Doctor Gerald L. Homick who is the principal coordinating scientist on the MI31 Human Vestibular

SL-IV MCI034/2 TIME: 15:08 CST, 12/17/73

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experiment. Once again scheduled for 4:15 p.m. room 135. At 21 hours, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

that change-of-shift briefing is central standard time in Building i, 26-1/2 minutes Greenwich mean time,

SL-IV Time:

MC-I035/I 15:57 CST

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12/17/73 PAO This is Skylab Control at 21 hours 57 mlnutes Greenwich mean time. The space station is coming into range of Honeysuckle tracking site on the east coat of Australia. And we expect to acquire it in about a half a minute on this, the 3,137th revolution. CC Skylab, Houston, through Honeysuckle for 7 minutes. to CC look at the 192 PLT, ALIGN Houston. switch? Did you ever have a chance

PLT in VISIBLE. it's in OFF. CC PLT

That's affirmative, Hank, I checked it but I guess it - it Roger, That's and you put it back affirmative.

and it was looks like to OFF.

CC Okay, thank you, sir. PLT My error. CC No problem. CC And, Skylab; Houston for the CDR. Do you recall about what time you started the M509 5 Alfa? CDR 30 minutes ago, Hank. CC Okay t thank you, sir. CDR l_ve got my timer set. I'm going to do Bravo when an hour has expired. CC Roger_ we copy. CDR Houston, CDR. l've got a slider map setting of minus correction 7.5 east at 175858. Is that correct for ascending node? CC We'll check it. CC CDR, Houston. That looks good to us. CDR Okay, thanks. CC And, CDR, we're watching the 02 buildup. It looks like you_ll be able to stop it a little early, say about 22:15, at the conclusion of the 45 minutes rather than the full hour. And also, for a note, we'd llke to make a little change. At the conclusion of the 5 Bravo, we would like you to put the switches back to COMMAND rather than as called out in the checklist. CDH Will do. CC Skylab, Houston, we're about 1 minute from LOS. For information the - we sent up a pad, it should be on board now entitled "any photos". It concerns taking photos of the removal of the wardroom plate that you asked aSout earl±er. And we'll see you at Canaries at 49. And as a rem±nder for SPT, that's his phone call. SPT Okay. Thanks, Hank. PAO We've had loss of signal with the space station through Honeysuckle. We'll next see them at the

SL-IV MC-I035/2 Time: 15:57 CST 12/17/73 Canary Island

32:21:57

GMT

tracking

site

in

about

41

minutes.

We're

still advertising a 4:15 p.m. central standard time change of shift briefing. There is at this time a change of flight controllers underway. We anticipate that the flight director, Charles Lewis, will be heading for Building 1 very shortly. He'll be assisted in this afternoons Press Conference by Dr. Geroge G. Armstrong, Jr. who is the offgoing Flight Surgeon, and Dr. Gerald Lo Homick who is one of the principal imvestigators for one of the medical experiments identified has the MI31. At 22 hours 8 minutes Greenwich END OF mean time, this is Skylab Control.

TAPE

SL-IV TIME: 12/17/73

MCI036/I 17:03 CST, 32:23:03 GMT

PAO This is Skylah Control at 23 hours, 3 minutes Greenwich mean time. During £he change_of-shift briefing, we acquired approximately 3 minutes of communication with the crew as they passed through the area of the Canary Island and Madrid tracking station. We have a new team of flight controllers on at this time, they're identified Puddy play time. as the pink polkadot team under Flight and the spacecraft communicator is Bob the air-to-ground which we transcribed CC Canary Director Crippin. for you Donald We'll at this

good once clean

Good afternoon Skylab, you're AOS through for 12 minutes. You guys enjoying your day off. CDR We're just having a ball, Crip. CC Sounds like it, showering and all those things, right? CDR a week, CC ship CDR CDR all up whether there. That's right. How's all the eyes open. crimson gang down there, is Yeah man, we take one we need it or not. Well I'm glad to hear of those every a

you're

running

they easy drag

got

their

CC for us, a little CDR CC nice CDR

Wide awake, wide awake. it's that summary that we kind sometimes. Very Good. to get It's a out and Good Oh beautiful see the

This detail of kind of

Pretty nice. nice

day here daylight a nice I like

in Houston little bit. mean in

town.

show, yeah,

weather it's running

temperature the 60s,

CC and CDR CC

comfortable. Oh, thatts Of course some and of they our got great. all parts gentlemen like i0

of

the

country

can't

really say that_ have been reporting Washington D. CDK to get warm. C.

here inches they

from headquarters of snow in come down to Houston

still coming Son-of-a-gun.

down. Did

CC to get down here and question is whether to get them through sides are ready for looks even CDR like CC get us we'll a be

Well I think there's some currently trying others trying to get back and the the transportation is going to be able the weather or not. I believe both the exchange. I was flying just looking at my slider map, over there about 8 o_clock tonight. looks to go pretty close. Might out and see you come even by. - might

good

Yeah, chance

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I had an occasion to be out flying around about a week ago and saw you pass over. Even in AB, I couldn't catch you. CDR Crip, I was talking about Washington, it looks llke we'll miss Houston by quite a distance. CC Yeah, you're right. I just picked up my slider there and (garble) say that wouldn't work. I'm afraid it's going to be clouded up around Washington so I don't believe they'll be able to see you. CDR Crip_ I terminated the 02 fill in about 50 minutes rather than an hour and looks like our personal pressure is a little over 3.9. CC Okay, we concur on that pressure. EGIL says you get an atta boy for that Jer. CDR I'ii take all of those I can get. CC Skylab, Houston wetre about 30 seconds from LOS, see you again over Carnarvon in 27 minutes at 23:28, 23:28. PAO That completes the air-to-ground that we had acquired while we had the press conference. We'll reacquire again in 20 minutes and at 23 hours, 7 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC-I037/I Time: 17:27 CST 12/17/73

32:23:27

GMT

PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours 26 minutes Greenwich mean time. Space station is approaching the Carnarvon tracking site at this time. And we expect to have communication with the crew in about 3/4 of a minute. Meanwhile we'll stand by for communication. SPT Hank, are you ready for the TV downlink? MCC Crip is but we're not quite ready. SPT Okay, and would you like me to interrupt the extended standard going on the WLC in order to give you some corona? CC CC question We'll check on that for you Ed, while I'm trying to get got a moment for some info on Ed. an answer on a prominence

that 59?

you

SPT Go ahead Crip. CC I don't whether you've noticed it or not but they're telling us that 59 coming over the the limb there now is is fairly - fairly large and we can - we can break the extended standard to get the TV. I'll tell you when we're ready for the TV though. And what we would like you to do in this observing time if you would point at 59 and suggested shopping llst items are ii, 12_ 13, and 31. And after you finish up the ops we're going to request that you go ahead and leave it pointed at prominence 59 for unattended operations tonight. SPT Okay Crip, I'll go ahead and take a look at it. Thank you. CC Okay, also we have - we're reviewing a message right now that is going to be coming up for closeout on H-alpha basically to allow us to to go ahead and take H-alpha photographs unattended. SPT Okay. CC Okay Ed, we're ready for the TV now. SPT Okay, coming with the XU m - monitor first. CC SPT, Houston, Ed we'll that message for you shortly and it's only the closeout for this evening. We're going to hand over to Honeysuckle and I'm probably out shortly, I'll give you a call when the complete. SPT Okay Crip. CC Skylab, Houston, we've handover, talking to you through Honeysuckle minutes. LOS, 00:17. CC next At station 00:17 be uplinking applicable for to get ready going to drop handover is

completed the for 5 more

Skylab, Houston_ we're 1 minute from contact is over Bermuda in 36 minutes at we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump.

SL-IV MC-I037/2 Time: 17:27 CST 12/17/73

32:23:27

GMT

And for your information you're go for the EREP pass this evening. And at your convenience we can kind of talk a little bit about what the weather is, although it's going to be kind of dark down there. CDR CC to you CDR Go ahead Bob, we're all ears. We're going over the hill here, stateside. Okay. Loss of signal in 32 minutes. this is Skylab we can

talk

over

PAO acquisition Bermuda Greenwich mean time END OF TAPE

through Honeysuckle, next At 23 hours 43 minutes Control.

SL-IV MCI038/I TIME: 18:14 CST, 12/17/73 PAO seconds

33:00:14

GMT

43

into

day

This is Skylab Control of the year 352. About

at 14 minutes, 3/4 of a minute

away from acquisition through the Merritt Island tracking site in Florida. We're standing by for communication with the crew. CC Skylab, Houston correction 10-1/2 minutes and we'll recorder dump here. SPT Hi'ya Crip. AOS, Bermuda for ii be doing a data/voice -

CC Rog, and I can give you a quick synopsis of what the weather situation is for the EREP pass again here or over the upcoming Madrid and it's really very brief and so whenever you're convenience. PLT Go on Crip, we'll take it now. CC Okay. Basically the first portion of your pass is an altimeter pass along the Atlantic coast and it's just getting varying wind conditions over the sea and they've got about 30 knots up around Newfoundland so that's a pretty good situation for them. The second portion of your pass picks up just to the west of France, the Bay of Biscay area and again that's going to work out okay for the rad data, however most of Europe is pretty well clobbered for weather and it's supposed to be primarily a geothermal pass for 192 and we don't really anticipate getting much data on that. But the rad and the altimeter data should be good for the PLT and both pass. of those are mandatory sites, so we are go

Roger, copy.

CC And also for you probably Bill, I've got some reconfiguring that we would like you to do prior to going into the maneuver and if you have time, I'd like to give it to you so you can jot it down and initiate it at your convenience in the preps. PLT Ready to copy. CC Okay. As we always do before an EREP pass on panel 206, we would like you to mark the position of the REG-ADJUST BUS, 2 pots only and then adjust the REG ADJUST BUS to i0 degrees clockwise. PLT Roger, mark the REG ADJUST BUS 2 pots turn it around i0 degrees clockwise. CC Rog, and in addition to that we would like to do a little bit of powering down for this pass and if you would perform steps 5 and 7 of the pre EREP power down on your SWS systems checklist page 2-15. PLT Roger, that's steps 5 and 7 not 5-7 on pre EREP power down page 2-15 SWS system checklist. then CC return to solar That's correct 5 and 7. Okay after you inertial to get you back in the original power

SL-IV MCI038/2 TIME: 18:14 CST, 12/17/73

38:00:14

GMT

configuration, you should perform steps 2 and 4 of the post EREP power up per your SWS systems checklist page 2-16 and return the REG-ADJUST BUS 2 to its original marking. PLT Roger, Post Solar inertial step 2 and 4, page 2-16 SWS system checklist post EREP power up, and REG-ADJUST BUS 2 to the mark I made before. CC That's all of it Bill, thank you very much. PLT Roger. CDR Say Crip would you ask the (garble) in the backroom if they'd like me to leave the reference switch to mechanical. (garble) CC We're checking that. SPT I plan to leave the grading at mechanical refernce 102. CC Ed, what we'd like you to do is to go ahead and set it up like that and then you can switch back to optical so it will be in good shape for tomorrow. SPT Oh, okay, will do. SPT That prominence Crip, certainly is a beautiful one, it's very extensive and I think we'll have no trouble getting some good data on it over the next day or so. I was just working on the (garble) (garble) which appeared to be the most prominent but it sure is an extensive one and it looks as though it's right underneath the very pronounced streamer which I mentioned this morning and when I looked at it tonight it's even more pronounced, a very large helmet streamer with an exceptionally dense streamer running all the way out and this (garble) which is 4-1/2 radii. CC Rog, it sounds like if they - there's word coming in from Mavna Loa that they think this might be the biggest thing that's come around in 20 years. SPT And I spent all day waiting for 00 to show me your stuff but nothing happened. CC Oh, well that' s the way things usually go. SPT We managed so far in the past couple of days to get three flares just going into the backside. CC Good timing. We'll try to work and see if we can't schedule it a little bit better for you. CDR Talk to SAO, would you? We did manage however to get some good mirror line scan data on one flare rise this morning. CC Very good and you've got several rises then it sounds like. SPT reasonable. CC I'd I think still llke Roger. the one we to get one got yesterday was a little bit earlier though.

SL-IV MCI038/3 TIME: 18:14 CST, 12/17/73 CC from ]LOS, we'll 00:31, 00:31. END OF TAPE

33:00:14

GMT

see

Skylab, Houston we're about you again in about 4 minutes

30 seconds over Madrid

at

SL-IV MC-I039/I Time: 18:27 CST 12/17/73

33:00:27

GMT

PAO And we've had loss of signal through the tracking station at MILA and Bermuda. We'll pick them up again at 3 minutes at Madrid. Standing by. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS through Madrid for 7-1/2 minutes. CC SPT, Houston. Ed, you got a moment to answer a question, please, sir? SPT Be glad to, Crip. Go ahead. CC Rog, we noticed that you still got your TV MONS on and the ROLL is not set as for unattended tonight. Are you planning on trying to get in some additional observations before you commence maneuver? SPT Oh, no, I hadn't, Crip. I had not just turned MONITORS off. And as far as the roll, when I was requested to leave the pointing where I had it, I had not I thought that included the roll. I_ll go ahead and roll it to what we have here on the pad, if that's what they prefer. CC Rog, that's what SPT (garble) CC - That's what they'd like, minus 5400. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again at Carnarvon at 26 minutes at 01:04, 01:04. PAO We've had loss of signal through Madrid. We'll reaequire again in 24 minutes. At 39 minutes Greenwich mean time into the new day, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV

MCI040/I CST, 33:01:02 GMT

TIME: 19:02 12/17/73

PAO This is Skylab Control at 1 hour, 2 minutes Greenwich mean time. And the space station is coming up on acquisition through Carnarvon and then onto Honeysuckle. The crew at this time is about ready to start its preparation for Earth resources pass number 16_ along track 58. The actual data take of that particular pass won't transpire until about 8:00 central standard time, however there is some preparation required before the data take starts. And that will start over the east coast of the U.S. continue out into the North Atlantic over western Europe and on the peninsula of Italy. And we're standing by for the air-to-ground. CC Skylab, Houston we're AOS Carnarvon for i0 minutes and we will need the DAS so that we can get in the NAV update. As soon as we get through with it, we_ll give it back to you so you can get started on your maneuver prep. SPT Okay, Crip, you have it. CC Thank you, sir. CC Skylab, Houston we've completed the NAV update and the DAS belongs to you gentlemen again. SPT Thank you Crip. CC SPT_ Houston looks like we caught you with one Ed, when we sent you back to do that roll, we show it's still enabled and we need you to inhibit it, please. SPT 56 the way requested after the Z-LV. CC Ed, you can Well, never the roll. Crip, I have configured the H-alpha and on that pad. Would you rather I do that any difference did copy about it off, you inhibited

No that shouldn't make have it configured now and you mind, G&S says you just turned

SPT And Crip_ I worked a little today on trying to get the TV using the closeup lens set up for coverage of your favorite topic and I found that the use of that closeup lens at least on our monitor still does not give a very - make a closeup enough view of the little fellows inside the tubes, so I'm not sure that you're going to get that much out of it. It's a closeup lens but it's really not meant for something at small. CC Okay, we copy and understood. Did you take any at all any of the TV, then? SPT No I was working on trying to get the optimum distance for focus and it's - requires a little more juryrigging in order to get a steady picture and I got part way through it and I have not taken any pictures yet. I see I've got it lined up for tomorrow.

SL-IV MCI040/2 TIME: 19:02 CST, ].2/17/73

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GMT

CC Okay, Ed that sounds good, at your convenience, when you can get it. SPT Okay, has anyone tried down there to see what they can do with the closeup lens? I mean actually looked at the - what they get out and see what the resolution actually is. CC Good point, we'll check. SPT The monitor that we have is not that good as you know, the resolution is not as high as you'd like so if someone could come up with a recommended distance in order to get the correct focus, certainly the depth of field is not very large and if someone could look at the analagous situation we're facing and recommend the distance and settings that might give you a better picture. CC Sounds like an excellent idea, we'll see if we can round something up like that, see if we can find some hatched moth eggs to - to go look at. SPT You ought to have some around_ Crip, just look around in a few doors at home, there's got to be something. CC I'm sure we can either do that or find a substitute. CC Skylab, Houston we're i minute from LOS, we'll have you again in about a minute and a half through Honeysuckle. SPT Roger, Houston. CC Skylab, Houston AOS through Honeysuckle. CC Skylab, Houston we're i minute from LOS, we'll have you again over Texas in 30 minutes at 01:48, 01:48 see you in the maneuver and itts looking good. SPT Thank you Houston, talk to you then. CC Roger. PAO We've had loss of signal through the Honeysuckle tracking site. Back again in 27 minutes. At i hour 20 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE good

SL-IV MC-1041/I Time: 19:46 CST 12/17/73

33:01:46

GMT

PAO This is Skylab Control at 1 hour 46 minutes Greenwich mean time. A minute and a half away from acquisition through the Texas tracking station. At this time the crew should be very deeply involved in preparation for Earth resources survey number 16. That's the pass that the data take will start over the east coast of the U.S. and head up through the north Atlantic cross western Europe and come into Italy. And it basically is an investigation of geothermal energy and of sea states. We're about 45 seconds away from acquiring the space station we'll stand by for the air,to,ground. CDR - Bravo 8 is i; Bravo 9 is 58; Charlie 2, 44; Charlie 3, 88; Charlie 4, 71; Charlie 5, 83: Charlie 6, 47; Charlie 7 is 52 - make that 51; and Delta 2 is reading 86; Delta 3 is 84; Delta 4 is 80 - is 72; Delta 5 is (garble); Delta 6 is down to 57 now; and Delta 7 is i0 on monitor Delta 6. Texas CC for CDR SPT CC about 16 Skylab, Houston copying you on VOX through 15-1/2 minutes. Okay. Just finished a monitoring check. Hello Crip, I got some questions for you. Go Ed.

SPT Okay_ in the first maneuver the Y, shouldn't that been a plus (garble) I think the entry is the same but I think the dus - the degrees - was should have been plus 4.36. And secondly - PLT Acapulco is over to the left. SPT - - the maneuver we're going to do after this one coming up that's the last fine maneuver before the SI. Is that one for - PLT SPT experiment ii? CC attitude to get vectors. SPT PLT PLT and take CDR PLT CDR PLT CDR PLT CDR Kill the lights - - (garble) considerations That's for going back principal axis tangent Okay, thank you. or for

the

to the offset to the gravity

here

a

Ed, do you mind if we kill the lights? Well there's Acapulco at night. Come look at this. See that little bay down there? Uh-huh. Beautiful. Mexico City's - Mexico City - - - coming up next. There it is. Gosh, really great, huh? Holy cow.

SL-IV MC-I041/2 Time: 19:46 CST 12/17/73 PLT CDR five-pointed PLT CDR CC view. CDR

33:01:46

GMT

star,

Look at the visibility. Looks as if Mexico City looks like a big doesn't it. There's Guadalajara up and to the left. Yep. Sounds like you guys are getting a pretty Yeah.

PLT Yeah, gosh, tremendous. CDR Mexico City's lights are laid out in such a way or the city's laid out in such a way that it looks like a five_pointed star. PLT So we can even see some beacon flashing down there, maybe it's a search light. CC For the SPT, Ed did I understand your question on the first Y fine maneuver_ the 50644, that is supposed to be plus 4.20 degrees, SPT there's a (garble) CDR Say again. SPT No, no, nothing; I'ii tell you later. PLT You see that bright spot down there is Acapulco, that very bright spot? CDR Yeah. PLT CDR PLT there. CDR Okay, S192 DOOR is OPEN, the READY light is out or the DOOR CLOSE light is out, waiting for a READY light. CDR READY light's ON, MODE's going to CHECK. S190 HEATER SWITCH OFF light is OFF. 17 window pushes and the over temp both push to test okay. Okay let's do the preoperation configuration. TAPE RECORDER is ON, READY light is ON, 92, POWER's ON, READY's out; MODE, CHECK, DOOR, OPEN. 91 is ONp the COOLER is ON and the DOOR is OPEN. 90 is OFF, the READY is out and stand by, and the DOOR is OPEN because we're rubbernecking through it. At 93R stand by, READY out; SCATTEROMETER OFF, READY out. ALTIMETER, OFF, READY, out. 94, ON _ excuse me ON, READY, off. PLT Okay, come quick you can see the whole Texas coast from Brownsville to Houston_ Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Lake Charles. CDR PLT one on the darkness. Holy cow. Look and there's you can see Galveston Brownsville and the big Bay outlined by the Illuminated Huh. Let's look church and steeple. we're coming

see where

coast

SL-IV MC-I041/3 Time: 19:46 CST 12/17/73 CDR PLT see Fort Worth. CDR CC CDR PLT CDR PLT CDR EREP PLT CDR PLT a tremendous better. The PLT view. whole

33:01:46

GMT

Yep. San Antonio,

Austin.

Let's

see

if we can

I can't quite crane my neck far enough. Okay. Told you it was pretty weather out there. Sure is. Sure is. (garble) Trying to see the Dome. Okay, I'm 45 seconds from my first action

here

New Orleans. - - START's at 58:15. See New Orleans down there. This is just like the gulf coast looks clear Yeah.

Gosh

what only

one over Europe as a bell.

CDR Tell you the (garble) on the water? PLT Yeah, that's what he's talking about. There's quite a few of them over there, I don't see any on fire, though. CDR Okay, on my mark it_ll be 54:15. Stand by - RADIOMETER is going OFF. Next mark will be at 58:15 with an EREP, START. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MCI042/I TIME: 19:54 CST, 12/17/73 CC Pensacola.

33:01:54

GMT

Looks

like

you're

going

to pass

just

about

over in at

PLT Yeah, we have the whole Florida peninsula site all the way down to the Keys. Miami's lit up, look - you can see Miami Beach, Tampa, St. Pete. CDR Oh, Boy. PLT You can see the whole thing. CDR Now it's just down there around the everglades is the only place that therets no lights. PLT Tallahassee. That's right. Pensacola, where I first learned to fly. (Garble) the whole eastern seaboard, too much. CDR Well they got snow in Washington so it's gotta be cloudy up there. PLT Coming up Atlanta. CREW (Garble) PLT Yeah. Well that main route there goes all the way up to Atlanta see. CDR Tallahasse to Atlanta? PLT Yeah. the CDR interstate PLT CDR PLT CDR PLT Old Tal you can see the - you can see highway all the way down the center of Florida. That's right. Right down the middle of it like a backbone. There's the Cape, you can see the Cape plain. Yeah. Orlando. Merritt Island, the whole Cocoa Beach doesn't seem smear. yeah it's all lit the

CDR PLT up fairly well. SPT good looking and PLT clear. CDR CREW CDR PLT

Sounds like you guys are getting I got to watch this darn C&D panel. (Garble) left the East coast now Yeah. Look at this That's gotta Yeah. just - action be Savannah zero

is still

geez.

CDR Just straight down, Charleston coming up. PLT That's right. PLT Cape Hatteras can't be far behind. CDR Got to be Columbus and Augusta. (Garble) PLT Say it's too bad you can't make a picture of this. This is very good demographic data, it's just too bad you can't record it. What we need is an IR (Garble) camera. Look at the exquisite detail down there. The right - with the

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MCI042/2 19:54 CST, 33:01:54 GMT

camera you could Lake - golly you Starting to pick CDR PLT looks to me like CDR Wilmington? PLT CDR Carolina down PLY PLT all can

really do a proper job. Hey, you can see can see all the way to Lake Michigan. Chicago. up a few clouds now. Oh, yeah. Wait a minute, is Washington clouded over, Let's see we're just going over is that

there

(garble) (garble) at Cherry Yeah. If you get Michigan.

left, that's Point. over Move here over a

New

Bern,

North

minute I to be

you am. pick right

can You up down look

see

the way to Lake see Chicago, PLT cloud cover. Okay here. CDR that CDR CDR isn't PLT it?

where

I

Okay, now we're starting - Washington has got to Yeah there's Norfolk down

the_e,

at

Langley, The whole Now this

Norfolk. area. is Washington right over here

CDR PLT CDR PLT CDR clouds have PLT CDR gonna PLT CD R CDR CDR PLT CDR on at PLT PLT CC get the flow, PLT CDR CC

Yeah_ Washington, Baltimore. Baltimore_ right. Hey tell your Baltimore folks Washington Washington folks they can go cleared.

home,

the

l'm

need

some

Looks pretty clear, some clouds but (garble). Okay, I've got an EREP start to do here, light (garble). Yeah, I don't know. I'Ii see if I can do without lights. Stand by for EREP start. MARK. EREP start at 58:21. See the Delaware Peninsula. ALTIMETER is ON, I got behind. ALTIMETER EREP started at 21. Ak we're (Garble) Jer let's stop it. Okay, lights Can you guys coming verify on. for us that we did

went

31,

the

the

valves_ EREP valves to flow_ please. Verify that Ed. Did not get there. Put it there for us we'd appreciate

it.

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It's there now.

CDR Okay, next mark will be 02, 01, 45. I've got an altimeter UNLOCK light but I still got a READY liKht. Okay, it just blinked, went out and now it's back on. Now it's out. CC Jerry, you can delay your 183 alfa standby to 02:01:55. CDR Okay, We'll pick up that I0 seconds I lost at the beginning. CC That's fine. be CDR Okay we're passing 01:45 on my mark it'll 01:55. Stand by CDR MARK. ALTIMETER to STANDBY, EREP stop. Changing the altimeter range to 63, MODE to 2 END OF TAPE

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CDR - - 5. Stand by CDR MARK, ALTIMETER, to STANDBY, EREP, STOP. Changing the ALTIMETER RANGE to 63, MODE to 2, RADIOMETER is going to STANDBY. CC We enjoyed the - the ride over the clear coast there with you guys. CDR I tell you we did too. I'm sorry I let it get to the C&D panel. I was late. But it was worth it. CC CDR that here No sweat, no problem at all. I don't believe I have ever seen opportunity to see if from it up

clear before and the is just fantastic.

PLT It is, and it's tanit's just so seldom, of course you're in Z-LV only in an EREP pass, that you can look out the big picture window. Boy that was trem - I ju the whole southeast quarter - a little bit more CDR Yeah. PLT It was clear. CDR droplets on PLT CDR artery It looks it. Uh-huh. Doesn't it? like a spider web with water

SPT Say, Crip could you see every major running all over the whole eastern side of the country. CC Yeah, it must have cleared up considerably up there from where they were having that snow, and consider you guys filled a visual ops VTO. CDR Very good. PLT Yeah, it looked like the clouds started just to the south of the D.C. area, and right over D.C., it looks like may have been a solid over if you were looking from the city, but from up here it looked like had about 6/10. You know integrated over a i00 - 200-mile area. CC Rog, and we're about 30 seconds from We'll pick you up again at Madrid in about 5 minutes, And we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump there. SPT Say, Crip, it really was ashamed that we did not have a camera out with some high speed film because demographic study could really benefit by a pass like that one. LOS. 02:08. CC PLT for CDR a camera PLT with Rog. Boy, that -

This would have been a good opportunity that super sensitive film that Yeah.

SL-IV MCI043/2 Time: 20:02, 12/17/73 CDR night. you PLT get clear CDR

CST,

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Some

of that we're just

taking

pictures

at when

area

It's - it's that that. Yeah.

a rare

opportunity

PLT CDR population PLT right out CDR
area.

You get the country clear. Don't you think the people

- the

of

their

Yeah, but the demographers would go gourds looking at that. And those folks studying the metropolitan Yeah. Where - The areas allAll the HHI01 sites.

the much and how

PLT CDR PLT CDR sites.

Miami

is one of

PLT It was an oblique but it was still better data than you - CDR Yeah, Mexico City's one of the sites we' re looking right down at that. I couldn't get over much Mexico City looks like a star. Did you PLT Yeah. CDR See that? PLT Yeah. PAO expect PLT to Keeping the line up. The Atlantic reacquire in about 3 minutes through Madrid. - - I think it'd be worth a whole roll

Ocean of

film. But I imagine it's all allocated. CC Guys we' re back with you through Madrid for 7 minutes. Doing a data/voice recorder dump. CDR Rog, Crip. On my mark it'll be 09:00. Stand by CDR MARK. SCATTEROMETER is going to STANDBY. EREP, START in 55 seconds. Bill, I'm going to need a VTS AUTO CAL at 10:06. PLT CDR EREP START. to Okay, give it to you. That would be 6 seconds I'ii be looking at the a_ter VTS, AUTO START

it

PLT you. CDR CDR Stand by CDR PLT CDR

I'ii

give

Okay. On my mark

it'll

be

02:10

and

zero

seconds.

MARK. EREP, START. Standing by for CAL. Stand by -

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CDR/PLT MARK. CDR AUTO CAL. On my mark it'll be 10:12 CDR MARK. 194 MODE, to MANUAL. On my mark it'll be 10:20. Stand by CDR MARK. RADIOMETER, ON. CC Coming up over the coast, don't expect you' re going to be able CDR Yeah, it looks pretty black down there. PLT Did you notice how he fogged that window up that guard up (Chuckle) were you looking? CDR No, I didn't notice that. Window protector, huh? PLT Yeah. CDR there. CC left. Are we over Oh, yeah, there's a few northern France, now? That's affirm. lights down

CDR Okay, we can see England over to the I tell you that country's really lit up. PLT Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, you can see all the way from lands end to London. Son of a gun. CDR Okay, at 12:30, the RADIOMETER is going to STANDBY. PLT (Garble) for 14:40. CDR CDR an S191 OF TAPE On my mark it'll be 12:30. Stand by MARK. RADIOMETER to STANDBY. Looking light.

for END

READY

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CDR Looking for S191 READY light. GDR MARK S191 ready on at 45 going to reference 6. My mark it'll be 1258. Stand by CDR MARK. It's SCATTEROMETER is ON, RADIOMETERs ON. There's a large city below us, slightly left. PLT Strait of Gibraltar, are we over Gibraltar, Crip? CC No you should be coming up just about northern Italy. PLT Okay. Am I off on that one. CDR Okay mark 192 mode to ready in 56. PLT Okay stand by for 14:40. That same river mouth I thought was the Straits the other night. So we were CDR Oh, that's Barcelona down there on the coastline PLT Yeah. CDR we're coming right over what looks like maybe the Riviera. Cote d'Azur. PLT Stand by for 1440. PLT MARK. Okay (garble) high on high. Again 2, 3, 4, 5, we're up to 5 again. CC Okay, we're about 30 seconds from LOS, we'll see you again at Carnarvon 02:45, 02:45, that's about 31 minutes away. CDR Okay, Grip we'll see you then. CDR We went right over Monaco. PLT (Garble) 4, 5, OFF. On HIGH 3 CC Sounds like a the weather was a little bit better than we were thinking it was going to be. CDR Well there a light - there's a light overcast. You can see the lights through the clouds I think. It's over a large city in northern Italy now, I was just looking to see what it might see. PLT High 5, 4, 3 - HALT, 5 ON, 4. Lights off on high 4, (garble) on high PAO We've had loss of signal through Madrid. Terminating what apparently was a fairly successful Earth survey pass. A descriptive one if no less since a lot of the area prior to the start of the EREP pass was relatively clear affording the Skylab IV crew with an excellent view. And they reciprocated by telling us Earthlings how wonderful it was to look down from space. In 27 minutes we'll reacquire at 2 hours 18 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skyla5 Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC- i045/i Time: 20:44 CST 12/17/73

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 44 minutes Greenwich mean time. Less than a minute away from acquisition through Carnarvon, and we expect that will be a rather short pass, low elevation pass so to speak. So we may not get very much communication with the crew on that pass. Next station coming up after Carnarvon is Honeysuckle. According to the Flight Plan the crew at this time is in its post-Earth resources pass preparation. Standing by. CC Skylab, Houston, AOS Carnarvon. We have you for about 2-1/2 minutes. PLT Roger Crip, l'm doing a teleprinter paper changeout right now. CC Okay, we copy that. Thank you Bill. CDR And Crip there was a surprisingly large amount of tape left over_ it kind of bothered me some. Charlie 8 was reading 15 percent _ and I guess it took about 3 seconds for the tape to run off at fast forward. That surprised me in light of the fact that in the remarks on my pad they indicated that we might not have enough for the second EREP, START. I can confirm we had TAPE MOTION, though, throughout the pass. CC Okay_ we copy that. CC EREP people would like to thank you for that beautiful pass and description you gave us when you went went around. And for your information tomorrow morning on a downward pass through California and back into Mexico the weather should be just about they it looked tonight. And it should be nice and clear for you. PLT Say, very good. Thank you Crip. SPT Say Crip, that was an awe-inspiring site. There was certainly an awful lot of major highways, you could see all across the whole eastern United States. And lots of, of course the large towns and all the small towns at intersections, and even some of the smaller ones just along the roads all showed up. It was a beautiful site. CC Certainly sounded like it. And for us poor guys that got to sit down on the ground it's kind of enjoyable to at least sort of seem like we're going with you. SPT I guess our only regret is that we didn't have any film on board or at least loaded in cameras and ready to go. Like we could have brought back some good pictures for you. PLT One minor correction what I called out Lake Michigan and Chicago is actually is Lake Erie and Detroit. CC Okay, we certainly wouldn't want to confuse those. Thank you Bill. Hey regarding your comments about being able to take pictures we've been thinking about that and we - would you like us to do a little work _Io see

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could set something up SPT Yeah, we would really be useful. at of

like that certainly

for tomorrow would Crip.

morning? I think

CC pick you up SPT could come out

Okay, we're going LOS and we're going Honeysuckle in about 6 minutes. I think a lot of useful information pictures like that.

PA0 Space station has moved out of range at Carnarvon° Consequently we've lost the capability to maintain any more communication. We'll take the line down at in END 2 hours 49 minutes about 5 minutes. OF TAPE Greenwich mean time and come back up

SL-IV MC-i046/i Time: 20:52 CST 12/17/73

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 53 minutes Greenwich mean time. 3/4 of a minute away to acquisition through Honeysuckle. The crew apparently had a good Earth resources pass, the one just finished. And certainly was impressed by the view that it had over the U.S. the earlier pass as attested by their repeated conversations about that. We'll standby for air-toground with Skylab-IV. CC Skylab, Houston through Honeysuckle and we have you for about 1-1/2 minutes. us up faint going up on yet, PLT Crip, a couple of things. Would you send a teleprinter test message, it was getting awful there and I changed that roll. And also if you are to send us up too I guess, has the general message come the CMG troubleshooting yet? CC I don't believe we've uplinked that let me standby i.

on

CC Yeah, that hasn't gone yet, we're prepared to do that shortly though. And we need, Bill, for you to go 5 degrees cou - clockwise, 5 degrees clockwise on REG ADJUST BUS 2. PLT Roger, 5 clockwise. PLT How's that look to you Crip? CC We're checking it and we'll be unable to get a test message out this is too short a pass here, wetll try to get it over stateside. We're about to go LOS, we'll have you again at Goldstone at 03:24, that's about 28 minutes away. And we"ll be standing by for the evening status report there. SPT Okay, thank you Crip. And we do hear the woodpecker working right now and also the visual ops pad 3332, would you read some of that please, that's awful faint. CC Okay, visual ops, we'll send it again. SPT Thank you. PAO Skylab just skirted the edge of the two down under tracking stations as attested by the fact that they were both short passes. We'll reacquire in about 27 minutes. At 2 hours 57 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MCI047/I TIME: 2].:13 CST, 12/17/73

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours, 14 minutes Greenwich mean time. Under the heading of incidental information passed on December 17th, also known as Skylab-IV experiment status as of mission day 31 let us pass this information on to you. Long before the Skylab-IV crew was launched to make the final visit to the space station, Earthbound planners attempted to compile a timetable of ideal experiments, total hours to be aimed for at mission end. The numbers as we said are ideal in that they assume everything aboard Skylab that is those human and mechanical things are going to work out all right. A runnin B tally of how many man hours have been spent on each experiment is kept by the Flight Activities Officer here at Mission Control Center and these running totals are computed against a planned mission end total. And as of Mission day 31 which was yesterday, the medical experiments had loBged 157 hours and 26 minutes of time toward an expected 437 hours and 54 minutes total. The Apollo telescope man hours were 160 hours and 24 minutes toward a planned 516 hours, 12 minutes total. In the Earth resources survey category 4 hours and 48 minutes of collecting data have been - have been accumulated compared to 18 hours expected by end of mission. Of the 50 Earth resources surveys that have been planned, 15 have been run or scheduled. Surveys canceled because of weather are counted in the 15. In the so-called corollary category of experiments, that is a sort of catch all of experiments that are not medical nor solar physics nor Earth resources, 58 hours and 28 minutes have been spent toward a planned 309 hours, 41 minute total. Corollary experiments used in observing the Comet Kohoutek have logged 32 hours and 39 minutes toward a planned total of 142 hours and 4 minutes. And of the 14 hours, 48 minutes plan for running student experiments, those experiments selected from proposals from high school science students across the country, 2 hours and 50 minutes have been logged. The tally is also kept of non-experiment crew man hours, for example 21 hours and 36 minutes were planned for sub-system detail test objectives - really engineering tests of equipment aboard the space station. Out of that amount 14 hours and 41 minutes have been spent so far. Another catchall category of activities that are neither experiments nor test objectives are lumped together in what is called Operational man hours. These include such things as suit drying, handheld photos, TV equipment transfer, and sleep and meals. The crew has spent 1654 hours and 9 minutes toward a man hour total of 4375, that's 4375 hours of operational activities. The

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information just passed to you was compiled earlier today by Robert T. White, a member of the JSC Public Affairs Office. At 3 hours 18 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC1048/I Time: 21:22 CST, 12/17/73

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PAO Skylab Control, here at 3 hours 23 minutes Greenwich mean time. Space station is approaching the west coast of Mexico on a pass that'll take it into a northeastern direction over the continental United States. As a matter of fact, it will fly nearly over Phoenix, Arizona, this time. About 25 seconds before we acquire the space station. Stand by for the call from the Spacecraft Communicator. CC Skylab, Houston, we're AOS stateside minutes. Standing by for your evening status report. SPT Okay, Crip Jerry'll be with you in a moment. I repointed the ATM so they would be looking at the prominence. We apparently last time we rolled about Sun center rather than about the prominence, when we put that roll in. And so they've got 55 MIRROR AUTO RASTER ought to cover it real well. The prominence is big, so darned big though, I'm not sure it'll fit the whole darned thing in the MIRROR AUTO RASTER but it's pretty much centered on the prominence. CC Okay, we got that thank you very much. SPT Crip, I wish we could send you down some H-alpha to take a look at it, I'm not sure whether your displays are good enough but the si - the size of it has got beautiful structure in it. The southern feet of it, foot of it has got a lot of vertical threads in it, just numerous ones, I'm sure we could lay the 82B slit right along those threads although the slit would be vertical. The northern portion is very dense right close to the foot, which is a little bit smaller up north. Sure is mammoth and it's beautiful. CC Sounds like it. If you got a pencil handy I can give you a recommendation for film for sho shooting in tomorrow's EREP pass. SPT We're ready to copy, Crip, go ahead. CC Okay, we recommend that you rewind the IRI4, presently in Nikon 02, leaving in a sufficient amount of tail for rethreading and then load Bravo Victor 43 which is in F30 of the vault in Nikon 02. And recommend the 6517 millimeter lens, you got a full roll of 46 frames, and it's all available to you to shoot as you see fit. SPT Okay, Crip, I understand rewind what we have on Nikon 02 which is IRI4, and put in Bravo Victor 43 which is in F30, 55-millimeter, 46 frames. Thank you. CC Rog, and I got a couple more notes while I'm standing by for Jer, if he's not ready to come with it yet. CDR Okay, I'm ready now. CC Okay, then we've got a new visual ops

SL-IV MCI04 8/2 Time: 21:22 CST, 12/17/73 pad on board CC momentarily standing by CC in due for

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the

teleprinter and if you could Skylab, Houston, we're dropping out to handover and when Jer's ready we're the evening stat now. We would like a reading on what the

teleprinter messages look like. Skylab, Houston, you copy my last? Skyiab, Houston, how do you read? CDR Hello, Houston, how do you read Skyl ab now? CC Okay, looks like we're back together again. And we' re ready for the evening stat if you are. And we got a couple of teleprinter messages up there. We'd appreciate it if somebody takes a look at it. CDR Houston, Skylab how do you read? CC How do you read Jer? CDR Crip, read you loud and clear, how me? CC Same. We're standing by for the evening status report. And we got a couple of new teleprinter messages we'd appreciate if somebody'd check the quality. CDR Okay, they look fine. Okay, CDR, on sleep: 8.5, 8.5/heavy; SPT, 8.0, 7/heavy, i/light; PLT, 9.0, 8.5/ heavy, half/light. Volume: CDR, 1350; 1700; 2000, that's CDR, SPT, and PLT, in that order. Water gun: CDR, 7489; SPT, 2928; PLT, 8963. Body mass: CDR, 6.307, 6.306, 6.309; SPT, 6.363, 6.369, 6.369; PLT, 6.228, 6.225, 6.228. Exercise: CDR, Method Alfa, minus 2 minutes. SPT, no change. PLT, no change. Medications and clothing: CDR, no medication, one pair of socks. SPT, no medication, one pair of socks. PLT, Afrin three times today, one pair of trousers, two T-shirts, two shorts, three pair of socks. Food log: CDR, 5.5 salt, zero deviations, plus two water. SPT, 1.5 salt, zero deviations, zero water. PLT, 8.5 salt, zero deviations, zero water. Flight Plan deviations: none. Shopping list accomplishments: Delta Papa, 14 Bravo, Delta Papa, 18. Inoperable equipment: disposition DAC 01 is okay for all modes except time, in the time mode it jams up. Unscheduled stowage: none. And if we get time later this evening we hope to do - to take up one of the other foot restraints at the food table and we'll get it on TV. Photo log: 16-millimeter; Delta Papa, 14, Bravo, Charlie India, 126, 96, Charlie India, 125. Delta Papa, 18, Charlie India, 126, 67, Charlie India, 125. Okay, on the Nikons we'll give you a count on 01 when we get to it, 02 is no change, 03, no change, 04, is Bro - Bravo Echo, 08, 22, 05 is Bravo Hotel, 05, 12. 70-millimeter is Charlie X-ray, 17, 120. ETC, no change, EREP, no change. Alfa 1 in drawer configuration, Alfa I no change, Alfa 2, no change, Alfa 3, 05, Charlie India, 126, 67, Charlie India 125, Alfa 4, no change, back no change. And we owe you a count on Nikon 01. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MCI049/I Time: 21:32 CST 12117173 CC other item subject. away

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here

for

Okay, very good, the SPT regarding

Jer. that

I've got one TV of my favorite

SPT Go ahead, Crip. I know you can't keep from it. CC Roger that. Our recommendation on the TV right now is that you try getting 4-1/2 to 5 inches away from it, and then take the zoom lens and go zooming in from 50 towards 150, until you get the best picture. And try it with that. SPT Okay, Crip. Understand 4-1/2 to 5 inches away and zoom in at between 50 and 150. CC That's affirm. Start start zooming up to 150 and stop wherever like the best to you. And be advised, of (garble) is fairly critical on this one. half an inch. Okay. 36 SPT I'll give it CDR with 16 frames. it at 50 and just it - it seems course, the It's about a

Rog, Crip, that's what I understand. a go. Thank you. And, Crip, Nikon 01 is Charlie X-ray

CC Okay, and we're getting ready to hand over to med conference here in about i minute. And Jerry Hordinsky is standing by to talk to you. I'ii have another pass at Madrid at 03:45, we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump and I'ii have a couple of items for you there. CDR Okay. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS through Madrid. Got you for about 9 minutes and we're doing a data/ voice recorder dump. Got a few items I need to run over with you, if you got time. PLT I'ii talk to you, Crip, they're tied up removing leg pedestals. CC Removing pedestals. Very good. One item we're going to need to get today is an ATM film counter reading. Also - and I was talking to Ed a while ago, and giving him that procedure for the TV, I forgot to tell him that he needs to set focus at infinity. PLT Okay, copied that. CC And Jer's concern a while ago regarding the EREP tape, it came out just about like we were expecting it. So it - al - everything was hunky-dory there. PLT Roger. CC And, I might as well tell you now - I'm sure you saw it on your Flight Plan. We'll be waking you up at i0:00 in the morning, coming up over Texas. PLT Okay, l'm going to run up and get the frame count for you.

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CC Okeydoke, I'll wait till yon get there. PLT Okay, frame count, 9070, 2326, 55659, 3984, 2637. CC Okay, appreciated that. And you had a question the other night, I believe regarding your operations on SO63 during the air-glow, and you were wondering if we centered the air-glow what - whether you should center it such that the entire field of view is in the sight, as if you were seeing a full field of view or the - whether it should be truncated. And the way you were doing it was correct. It should be centered, and it will be cut off because the line of sight of your viewing device is off-set from that of the AMS. PLT Okay, I think I was I think I understand that and I'ii continue doing it the same way, Crip. Thank you. CC Okay, I didn't say that very good, but the camera does get its - the entire horizon and it's just your viewing device there has it off-set. PLT Okay, that explains that answers the question. I didn't ask it very well either. But I see what you're talking about. CC Okay, and one other item, we talked a few nights ago about it looked like you were getting a little bit warm, and prior to the EREP, the airlock module 60 degree wall heaters and the MDA 70 degree wall heaters were commanded off for power reasons. And we're going to command the AM 60 degree wall heaters back on and leave the MDA 70 degree wall heaters off to improve the thermal environment in the workshop. And we're wondering if you had ever installed the portable fan, if so, did you notice any difference in the OWS temp? PLT Yeah, Jer installed it up by the dome hatch pointed down toward the aft compartment and we couldn't notice any difference on the reading, but we noticed a subjective difference - at least I thought it made a - a little bit of difference, - a considerable difference, in fact. the CC workshop? PLT Okay, That's understand affirm. you had it blowing into

CC Okay, the way that we've been using that before was to blow it such that it was blowing air on the heat exchanger itself. PLT Maybe I've got it wrong, let me go take a look at it. CC (garb le).

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PLT It's pointed it down, Crip. CC Okay, it's entirely up to you guys what ever way you' re comfortable. The way we had used it previously though, was to orient it such that it was blowing up over the heat exchangers. PLT Okay, strange though, but it sure did seem to make a lot of difference the way it was. CC Well, that may be more comfortable, I don't know if we've tried it like that before. PLT CC message on to have to The woodpecker's Rog, and we just C&D coolant luloop tomorrow. working away. sent up that nice long procedure you' re going

the run

PLT Okay. CC While you guys are there, I've got - got a few news items I could just read over while you're working, if you would like. We've got you for about 4 more minutes. CDR Sure would, Crip, go ahead. CC Okay, one item perhaps of interest : Dr. Charles Greeley Abbot, a pioneerpioneering astronomer who believed the energy source of the future to be the Sun died today, and he was i01 years old. Abbot was associated with the Smithsonian Institution for overEND OF TAPE

SL-IV MC-1050/I Time: 21:51 CST 12/17/73 CC Abbot, a pioneer energy source of he was i01 years

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Perhaps of interest Dr. Charles Greeley - pioneerin_ astronomer who believed the the future to be the Sun died today. And old. Abbot was associated with the Smithsonian

Institute for over three-quarters of a century, joining the staff in i[895. In 1928 he became secretary, or chief executive officer. The eastern United States shivered Monday as the big - first big storm of the season struck an area from northern Georgia to the tip of Maine, delaying commuters and snarling traffic everywhere. The New York and American Stock Exchanges Exchanges delayed opening for an hour as traders and clerical personnel struggled through the snow, sleet and freezing rain to reach the Wall Street area. Six inches of snow covered the nation's Capital, slowed traffic to a crawl, and resulted in hundreds of minor auto accidents and causing the closing of most schools. I understand that was up to i0 inches on my last report. It sounds like maybe some of it cleared off from what you reported earlier on your - on your pass. Israel and Egypt may agree quickly to separate their armies on the Suez front, but an overall Middle East settlement may be harder to get than the Vietnam truce. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger flew to Portugal from Israel, where he won acceptance of agenda priorities for the Arab-Israeli peace conference scheduled to begin Friday in Geneva. And I believe that sort of hits the highlights of the items that we were given here. night PLT football? to find Okay, thank you Crip, what and about Monday had

CC a chance

Nobody's out.

told me yet,

I haven't

PLT What do you do during those LOS periods? CC Review 6 pages of messages worth of studying how to repair coolant loops. CC I understand the Liberty Bowl is going on tonight and North Carolina State is ahead of Kansas 7 to nothing. And I don't believe we had a pro game going tonight. PLT Thank you Crip. CC Can you give us the status if the VTR, are you going to be shooting any more TV, or is that about completed? SPT No, we're going to use it a little bit more here Crip. We got one (garble) out and we're going to get the other one out. But first I had my I had to get my back to the camera so we cut it off. CC Okay, very good. We're a minute from LOS, and we_ll leave you guys alone for the rest of the night.

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give you the next station contact, it's going to be Tananarive at 04:06 if you guys need to give us a call. CC Nighty night. PLT Good night Crip. PAO We've had loss of signal through the Madrid tracking station. We have no more scheduled air-toground communication although we will be reacquiring the space craft in i0 minutes through Tananarive. The Skylab crew has an early wakeup, as a matter of fact they've got a long day tomorrow, an early wakeup, 4:00 a.m. at which time they will make preparation for an Earth resources pass identified as EREP pass 17 over track 63. They also have medical experiments on tap for tomorrow. And a liberal period of time at the ATM console for solar observation. And of course there's a considerable amount of comet work tomorrow also. At off here. END OF 3 hours 56 minutes Greenwich meantime we are signing

TAPE

SL-IV MCI051/I TIME: 22:10 CST, 12/17/73 CC

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We forgot

one

item

and we

need

to secure

the ATM C&D coolant loop, so if we could get somebody to go up to panel 203 and turn it off pump Bravo, we would appreciate it. CDR Okay, Crip and we've got both floor plates up, we're going to hit the sack now and we didn't get any photos of it we got it on television instead. to CC have to CDR PLT CC more. give you Okay, good work. We appreciate a call again. No sweat. Turned Bravos off, Roger, gentlemen, I'll it, Sorry

say nighty-night

once

PAO This is Skylab Control at - this is Skylab Control at 4 hours 17 minutes Greenwich mean time. I can't read the clock. Just - at the just concluded Tananarive pass we had a few words from the crew to the ground, let's roll END OF TAPE

SL-IV MCI052/I Time: 23:08 CST 12/17/73

33:05:08

GMT

PAD 9 GMT. We have the Mission surgeon's daily report on crew health. Skylab mission day 32, December 7, 197 - December 17, 1973. Crew health remains good. Today should be the last day of decongestant use by the pilot. Symptoms were gone but the decongestant was taken prophylactically today as per instructions from the ground. A minimal rash was noted on the pilot's back and evaluation is continuing. Signed by Dr. Jerry Hordinsky, Crew Surgeon. This is Skylab Control at 5 hours i0 minutes Greenwich mean time. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC 1053/i Time: 0_:57 CST, 12/18/73

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GMT

PAO Skylab Control at 9 hours 57 minutes 38 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now in acquisition of signal at the Goldstone tracking antenna. We have a pass through the United States, lasting another 15 minutes. And the wake-up call should come over the U.S. The spacecraft communicator at this time is Story Musgrave. CC Good morning, Skylab. We_ve got you stateside for 11-1/2 minutes. CC Skylab, we're about 8 minutes to LOS. We are GO for your early EREP pass. I've got about four things for you to do between now and the EREP pass. And after this stateside pass we won't be seeing you for an hour and 30 minutes. We_ve got an hour and 30-minute LOS. So if someone could copy some things down, appreciate it. PLT Okay, Story. Give me about i0 seconds and you can start talking. CC Okay, Bill. PLT Ready to go. CC Okay. Panel 206, REG ADJUST, bus 2, rotate clockwise 10 degrees. PLT Got it. Okay. And for Ed. On his maneuver pad, the SI MODE GMT to 12:15:00. PLT 12:15:00. Got it Story. CC Right. That's going back to SI. In the maneuvers to the SI attitude, The changes will be: X, no change; Y, minus 0.040, Z_ minus 0°010. PLT Roger. X, no changel Y, minus 0.040; and Z, minus 0.010. CC That's right. And this is to avoid a change zero momentum point going back to SI. And on your photography And we_d like you to also check up there, be sure that you do have the EREP pad in the teleprinter. PLT Okay. I just got the pads. I think we've got the - all the EREP pads that we _ave, last night. Stand by. SPT CC CC PLT How's that REG adjustment Okay. And one last thing, Bill. Go. look to you, for CC

Story?

CC On your handheld photography out the EREP window for metropolitan areas, aperture to max, that's F2, shutter speed i over 125. PLT Roger. Understand. That's - about 4000 ASA black and white, right? I'm sure it is, Story. That's the one they give us a special load on yesterday evening. CC Stand by i.

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CC PLT CC like you to back off rotate counterclockwise PLT CC CC PLT CC now. CC station will be

And that's all I've got for you. Okay, Story. And, Ed, if you're up in the STS, we'd 5 degrees on reg adjust, bus 2. That's 5 degrees. Okay, Story, How does that look? We're looking. We're GO, looks _ood. Anything else? No. That'_s it. We_ll leave you alone from LOS. Next and a half. And

Skylab, we're a minute Goldstone in about an hour

we'll need someone to turn on ATM C&D coolant loop pump Bravo, prior to bringing up that ATM coolant loop. There's nothing in your checklist that tells you to do that. SPT Okay, Story, we've got it. CC Thanks, Ed. END OF TAPE

SL-IV Time: 12/18/73

MCI054/I 04:13 CST, 33:10:13 GMT

SPT Okay, Story. We got it. CC Thanks, Ed. PAO Skylab Control at 10 hours 13 minutes 50 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed out of range of the U.S. tracking antennas. Our next aequisition'_s an hour and 19 minutes away at Goldstone. Spacecraft will make a very low-elevation pass within the range of the Vanguard antennas. However, it's been determined that that's not elevation below necessary the normal to bring minimum them up. It's level. Skylah very low crewmen

Gerald Carr, Ed Gibson, and Bill Pogue are up 2 hours early this morning at 4 a.m. central standard time to do an early Earth resources pass down across California and western Mexico gathering geothermal data on possible areas for developments as sources of power generation. The data take on this Earth resources pass along track 63 will begin at 5;31 a.m, for 21 minutes of duration, covering a distance of approximately 6000 miles. Other data to he taken on the Earth resources pass will include altimeter data over water and a check of the accuracy for the principal investigators performance. S193 microwave of spacecraft attitude and pointing plus some evaluation of sensor radiometer scatterometer/altimeter

will he used to send signals to the Goldstone tracking antenna to verify the pointing accuracy. ATM solar studies, Kohoutek photography_ gypsy moth television, control and display panel coolant loop troubleshooting and one medical experiment are scheduled during the day. Another attempt to photograph the changes in the upper levels of Earth's atmosphere as it is pierced by a rocket will be made by the Skylab crew this evening at around 8:42 p.m, as they pass over the Pacific Ocean. The $201 far ultraviolet electronographic camera carried up by the crew will be used. The rocket is scheduled to be launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. Carr and Pogue will spend several hours today troubleshooting the solar instrument control and display panel coolant loop problem. They plan to remove a filter, inspect the filter for contamination. And if contamination is found, the water the water/gas separation device thatts normally used in the EVA suit coolant loop, will be used to remove contamination from the coolant. Solar activity today will consider of the study of solar _ a solar prominence on the northeast limb of the Sun, under joint observing program number 4. Also to be studied w_ll be an act±re region in the eastern hemisphere of the Sun under A JOP verify brat!on JOP 25A. Gibson looked at this area briefly yesterday. I0 exercise is also scheduled today. This will be to the accumulation of dust particles near the lunar li_ point to be observed and to determine the density and

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MCI054/2 04:13 CST, 33:10:13 GMT

dimensions of the accumulation region. ATM data take today during seven console sessions will be 5 hours and i0 minutes. At midday, the crew will record some television of the gypsy moths. Pogue will be the subject in the afternoon of the M092/MI71 lower body negative pressure and metabolic activity medical experiment. Handheld photo options for today, include the western end of the Sossus Vlei dry riverbed in Southwest Africa where disrupted dunes can be seen in the Namib Desert and the northern end of the Namib dunes just south of the Kuiseb River which enters the Atlantic Ocean at Walvis Bay, Other handheld photo optional targets are the Atacama Fault in the Circum Pacific fault zone in the northern part of Chile along with metropolitan development patterns in the desert Anto _ Antofagasta, Chile. The S163 ultraviolet panorama camera will be used to photograph Kohoutek today and also to photograph and measure the ultraviolet brightness of star fields. Crew will retire at I0 o'clock this evening and be permitted to sleep an extra hour Wednesday morning. This is Skylab Control. And hour and a quarter before our next acquisition standard time, the hour. END OF TAPE of It's signal at approximately now 17 minutes and 52 5:30 seconds central after city of

SL-IV MC-I055/I Time: 05:30 CST 12/18/73

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PAO Skylab Control at ii hours 31 minutes. We're coming up now on Goldstone with the beginning of an Earth resources pass. We'll bring the line up in case the crew have already begun their Earth resources activities and should be on live. to the 193 PLT Jer. CDR water. going Kill those lights to for awhile, we're if you out want

There's

nothing

see,

over

PLT ALTIMETER PLT unlock light. now. and

Stand by on my mark it'll be ON. Stand by. MARK. ALTIMETER ON. I have Stand by, I'Ii watch it.

33 minutes. an ALTIMETER

6.

PLT Staying OUT. CC got you stateside PLT PLT PLT Stand by for 34 PLT CC here.

ALTIMETER unlock light is OUT. Blinking Good. Bill, we're reading you loud and clear 14 minutes. Good, Story. Standing by for 33:46. Okay, READY light came on at 45, REFERENCE minutes even. MARK. SCAT to STANDBY. And, your vehicle is looking good from

down

PLT Thank you, Story. SPT Story, would you clarify that that setting was a 1.2, I believe you said wide open this morning and I copied 2.04 CC That's F2 and shutter speed 1/125. SPT Okay. Thank you. CDR Okay, I minute to go on the Nadir step. PLT Standing by for 35:18. PLT MARK. ALTIMETER to STANDBY. Stand by. PLT MARK. 35:24 RADIOMETER to STANDBY at 35:30. PLT 35:39. green /92 PLT light, PLT CDR CDR CDR CDR MODE good. ALTIMETER (garble) okay, MARK at 36, we've started the Nadir step. Tracking through zero. Okay, MARK. it's minus 5, going to plus 5. MARK. Plus 5. to MARK. READY. MARK. RADIOMETER ON and standing by for Stand by. 192 MODE to READY. Tape motion

SL-IV MC-I055/2 Time: 05:30 CST 12/18/73 CDR and SPT we're CC CDR CDR PLT CDR CDR PLT PLT CDR PLT CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR SPT CDR PLT SPT CDR SPT SPT along it. PLT last night. CDR PLT tremendous CDR CDR PLT CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR PLT getting

33:11:30

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MARK.

Minus

5. wide open again

Okay, Story, it looks good some good data Okay. MARK. Plus 5. Nadir. MARK. Minus 5. Standing by for 37:10. MARK. Plus 5. Nadir. Stand by. MARK. RAD to STANDBY. MARK. Minus 5. Okay, 16. SCAT, MARK. Plus 5. Nadir. MARK. Minus 5. MARK. Plus 5. Nadir MARK. Minus 5. MARK. Plus 5. San Francisco Nadir. ON; RAD,

ON.

sure

is

impressive.

Getting some good pictures? Sure am. (Garble) minus five. - - got some good coverage for them. Got every major artery and every small Great. Too bad we didn't have a camera

town

MARK. Plus 5. Yeah, Man that's tremendous view. Nadir. MARK. Minus 5. And, these things MARK. Plus 5. are

boy, I'll say. - that was just

a

looking down

good

here,

Yeah, lots of lights MARK. Minus 5. MARK. Plus 5. Nadir. MARK. Minus 5. MARK. Plus 5. MARK. Minus 5. Standing by

there.

for 39:44.

SL-IV MC-I055/3 Time: 05:30 CST 12/18/73 CDR CDR PLT CDR PLT PLT CDR PLT CDR PLT CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR PLT CDR and PLT I'm not CDR CDR CC CDR PLT CC SPT PLT CDR CDR PLT PLT CDR PLT CDR CC CDR PLT CDR PLT CDR CDR PLT CDR turning

33:11:30

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MARK. Plus 5. Nadir. MARK. 192 MODE to CHECK. MARK. Minus 5. Check the tape motion. Okay. MARK. Plus 5. Stand by on my mark. Nadir. MARK. MARK. MARK. Nadir. MARK. MARK. Nadir. (garble) Minus 5. Plus 5. Minus 5. Plus 5. to confirm to one at thing. 35:18 DOWNLINK to OFF.

And, Story, I'd like MARK. Minus 5. I turned the ALTIMETER it on again til 44:32 MARK. Plus 5. Nadir. We'll MARK.

STANDBY

get you an answer. Minus 5.

- - makes me suspicious. 44:32 is verified, Bill. Must of picked up a little Stand by for 42:12. MARK. Minus 5. MARK. Plus 5. Stand by. MARK. 192 MODE to READY. Nadir. 5. RANGE 65. MARK. Minus 5. 44:32 is Plus 5. Roger. Nadir. verified on

sunlight.

ALTIMETER

-

the ALTIMTER,

Bill.

Thank you, Story. MARK. Minus 5. MARK. Plus 5. Everything's Nadir. looking good.

SL-IV MC-I055/4 Time: 05:30 CST 12/18/73 PLT CDR CDR CDR SPT SPT CDR CC CDR SPT CC CDR CDR PLT CDR CDR PLT PLT CDR PLT CDR CDR PLT PLT CDR PLT PLT PLT CDR PLT END OF TAPE

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Tape recorder's (garble) MARK. Minus 5. MARK. Plus 5. Nadir. MARK. Minus 5. Sunrise, Story. MARK. Plus 5. Say again. Nadir. Sunrise. Completion of photos. Thank you. MARK. Minus 5. MARK. Plus 5. Coming up on 44. Nadir. MARK. Minus 5. Stand by. MARK. 192 MODE to STANDBY. MARK. Plus 5. -(garble) Nadir. MARK. Minus

5.

Stand by. 44:18 on my mark. MARK. SCAT to STANDBY at - MARK. Plus 5. 20. MARK. RAD to STANDBY. 26. Nadir. MARK. RAD, OFF.

SL-IV MC-I056/I Time: 05:44 CST, 12/18/73 PLT PLT CDR PLT PLT CDR PLT CDR PLT PLT CDR PLT it READY CDR PLT good. CDR PLT CDR CDR SPT PLT like. CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR CDR PLT PLT PLT VTS

33:11:44

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On my mark. MARK. SCAT to STANDBY at 20. Mark plus 5. MARK, RAD to STANDBY. B6. Nadir. MARK. RAD OFF. Mark minus 5. Stand by. MARK. ALTIMETER ON. READY light Mark plus 5. ALTIMETER UNLOCK (gArble) at 41. LIGHT. Nadir. ALTIMETER UNLOCK light is blinking.

ON

green.

Show

It's

quit

now,

MARK. Minus 5 Still have a READY Mark plus 5. Nadir. MARK. Minus 5. The old altimeter's

light.

hanginR

in there

it

looks

Mark plus 5. Nadir Mark minus 5. Mark plus 5. Nadir. Mark minus 5 That's the end of the On my mark 46:10 Stand by. MARK. REF 2. it'll

swath. be REF 2 on 191.

PLT And Jer, in about i minute I'ii do the AUTO CAL. I'ii give you a call. CDR All right. CC Skylab, we're a minute from LOS. About i0 minutes to Vanguard. Be dumping the data/voice there. We'd like a verification that you did go to EREP coolant valve to flow. PLT That's affirm. We did, Story. CC Okay. And we'd like you to go ahead and enter the maneuver time back to SI, so we can take a look at it over this station. SPT Okay. PLT And I've got an ALTIMETER UNLOCK now.

SL-IV MC-I056/2 Time: 05:44 CST, 12/18/73 but I

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still have a ready light. PLT Okay, Jer. I need - I'ii get it. CDR All right. I'ii get it. PLT Stand by. 47:20 is 15 seconds, PLT Okay. 5 seconds. Stand by. PLT MARK. VTS AUTO CAL. CDR You have it. PLT Thank you. PLT (Garble) 15. PLT Okay. I still have oh, PLT No. It just went out. The READY light went out at 26. On the altimeter_ turned it off. I go to standby in 50 seconds anyway. Now I'ii go ahead and get a little bit more. CC You've got a good maneuver time, Skylab. you in about i0 minutes. PLT Okay, Story. PAO Skylab Control at ii hours 48 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station still working through the end of that Earth resources pass. It's now running out of the range of the tracking antenna at Texas. Our next acquisition is about 9_I/2 minutes away at Vanguard. This is Skylab Control at 48 minutes after the hour. See END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC-I057/I Time: 05:55 CST 12/18/73

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PAO Skylab Control at ii hours 55 minutes and 37 seconds Greenwich mean time Skylab space station is now coming baCk within range of the tracking antenna aboard the ship Vanguard which is just off - out of the docks in its harbor. We're going to bring the line up live for airto,ground from the space station. PLT (Static) country here, isn't it? CDR Yeah. Look at the stain in the top of that mountain down there - PLT Yes. CDR That looks like an old volcano. CC Got you for here. SPT PLT that. PLT i0 Skylab, we're reading you loud and clear. minutes, Vanguard and be dumping the data/voice Roger, Story. Great Sun angle for at all that erosion 3.

at

Man,

look

relief here stand out.

too.

Look

SPT Story, this was another view you would've liked. San Francisco is really layed out. A sprawling manner all the waF down the whole Bay area. I think we got some good shots of San Francisco_ Monterrey, San Joaquin Valley, and all t_e major arteries and lots of small town along the way. The (garble) EREP guys ought to be able to use it. CC Okay, Ed. I'd be thrilled just to look at the water. SPT Story, I know that feeling. PLT Look at the straight line down here, Jer. Come here. This is not that area where they were looking for these look over here to the - look at that straight line through there. almost CDR like PLT a power Hank in there, Story. line or something. Yeah. It'll have ah, yes,

CDR It's manmade though. But it is straight as dye. Little town or something along here. PLT Yeah, here's a major area here. I wonder what this - a builtup area. Look at all the agricultural area. CDR Oh, yeah. Major city. PLT I'm going to take a picture of that because that looks like a _ maybe a CDR Slater map (?) drift off, Ed. SPT (Garble) CDR Biggie. Headed down that was last time I saw it. PLT 4. a past CDR the Pan American That straight looks like highway. Okay. Thank a highway. you. We're

SL-IV MC-I057/2 Time: 05:55 CST 12/18/73 PLT us to CDR PLT there PLT CDR guess, PLT CDR

33:11:55

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want

get

down

Hey, Jer, this looks like that city they picture of some time back. Brazilia? No. No, no. Not Brazilia. You see that river that funny pattern that you (Garble) river down there. a Let's see. That's the Rio Parana (?), I

Oh_ no. We're too far south. We're coming out on Montevideo and Buenos Aires. That area you took a picture of was the northern Pampas. You can see Montevideo up ahead. Coming up on swampland there at the left. CDR Lots of agriculture in here. It's all bery well layed out. They got a lot of water, good rivers. And we're coming up on Montevideo. Huge manmade lake right there below us. Looks like Rayburn or Livingston or one of those. Be the reservoir for Montevideo CDR Here. PLT CDR PLT CDR PLT CDR there. PLT CDR PLT CDR PLT CDR PLT CDR PLT PLT PLT CDR CDR clouds. PLT Okay. That was number Look out there. There's 4 and Now come back here Okay. Over to the left. Oh, yeah. See the dark blue? and 127. Okay, thank you. See right over there? Oh yeah. Right out Yeah. That current to the north, Patterns down

take

some more.

Okay. Perhaps if you (garble) (garble) Today's straight 52, isn't it? Right. (Garble) Right down there between Yeah. Probably going to be difficult

those

two

PLT photograph. PLT CDR whether I should

to get

the

Okay. But (garble) stop it down or

got stopped - Well

down.

I don't

know

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PLT Begin with 06. PLT 0 I recorded that the photograph it 06. PLT Give me a hand. I wish I had better sense of direction when I see this stuff. CC Skylab, we're 30 seconds to LOS. It's about 20 minutes to Tananarive. Your solar activity pad is in the teleprinter, We uplinked two of them today. PLT Roger, Story. SPT Okay, Story. Thank you very much. We're all absorbed in looking at plankton blooming would you believe, still way out this far. We're able to follow at a good (garble). We went over a very good bloom at around 12:06:30. CDR A whole lot of it out here now. CC Okay, Ed. PLT Yep. Now wait a minute now. CDR They're swirling. PLT They're up in the (garble). CDR Sure are. PLT That looks like a fairly large swirl pattern there. (garble). PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 8 minutes Greenwicc mean time. Skylab space station is new passed beyond range of the tracking ship Vanguard. Our next acquisition is about 16 minutes away. That will be Tananarive where we'll have about a 5_minute pass. The Earth resources pass this morning, apparentlu went off very well. A predawn pass for the most part over the west coast, primarily looking for geothermal activity and also for some weather. This is Skylab Centre.. It's now 9 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC-I058/I Time: 06:24 CST, 12/18/73 PAO

33:12:24

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Skylab

Control

at 12 hours

24 minutes

and 28 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now coming within range of the tracking antenna at Tananarive. The pass will last about 5 minutes and the spacecraft communicator is still Story Musgrave. CC Skylab, AOS Tananarive 5 minutes. CC Skylab, we're a couple of minutes from LOS. About 45 minutes to Goldstone at 13:12. PAO Skylab control at 12 hours 30 minutes and 48 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now out of range at Tananarive. 42 minutes to our next acquisition of signal at Goldstone tracking antenna at Goldstone, California. Earth resources pass, this morning, was completed successfully. The purpose of that pass was primarily geothermal energy research. Before most Americans crawled out of their beds, the astronauts, Jerry Carr, Ed Gibson, and Bill Pogue, were gathering data to aid scientists in relieving the Nation's energy shortage. The Skylab crew pointed the space station's electronic scanners at sites along a 6000-mile path from the Pacific Ocean more than a thousand miles west of the Oregon Coast to Equador. The Earth survey, which included much of California and western Mexico, recorded the characteristics of well-known geothermal regions where the Earth's inner heat comes near the surface as superheated water or steam. Skylab's electronic scanners have already observed hundreds, of thousands of square miles in the United States, gathering data on slight temperature variations at the surface By observing known geothermal areas this morning, Skylab research may make it possible to spot the best locations for virtually unlimited sources of energy. The Earth's inner heat is already used to generate electrical power in northern California and in several foreign countries, including Iceland, Italy. Thanks to Skylab's predawn Earth survey, that natural energy source may some day be available to far more Americans. This is Skylab control 40-i/2 minutes before our next acquisition of signal. It's 32 minutes and 18 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC-I059/I Time: 07:11 CST 12/18/73

33:13:11

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PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 12 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now west of the California coast and just about to be acquired through the Goldstone tracking antenna. This pass through Goldstone will last about 4 minutes and the spacecraft communicator still on duty is Story Musgrave. Present time we're beginning our handover procedure here with Charles Lewis's Flight Team coming on. We're live now for air-to-ground at Goldstone. CC Skylab, AOS Goldstone, 4 minutes. CC Ed, you at the ATM? CDR That's negative, Story. He's down in the lower area here, right now. PLT PLT's up here. CC Okay, Bill, if you'll float on over to panel 206, REG adjust BUS 2, counterclockwise 15 degrees, for post - EREP adjust. PLT That's complete. CC Thank you. CDR Story, I got some data on the EREP C&D coolant filters. CC Go. CDR Okay, I followed step Delta and have looked at it for and I don't see any discoloration or that indicating microbial growth. I there, it looks like little pieces of the procedures up through debris or microbial growth slime or anything like did find some debris in - well, it looks like

human little pieces of human skin. I took one of the larger pieces and put it on the end of my finger and let it dry and then rubbed it with my thumb and it immediately disappeared into sort of a dry power or just kinda smeared over my finger. And, what it really looks like is little bits of lubricant that have gathered together and become sort of a little plate of lubricant about - and it looks white like a little piece of skin and when you put it on the end of your finger and let it dry and then smear it with your thumb, it just kinda disappears right into your skin. CC Okay. CDR Alright, what I found was of less than a millimeter size. I found five pieces. Of 1-millimeter size, I found six pieces and I found four pieces of the 2-millimeter size. And, I would say, considering the surface area of that filter and the number of pieces I found, I'd say we probably got a negligible amount of contamination. CC Okay. CDR So, my question to you is shall we consider

SL-IV MC-I059/2 Time: 07:11 CST 12/18/73 the

33:13:11

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filter clean or do you want to do a flush? CC Jer, we'd like to stand by on that one, til Vanguard, that's about 18 minutes from now. We're 30 seconds from LOS. Be dumping the data/voice at Vanguard. CDR Okay. I've reassembled the filter back on in that, case you and I'll CC want us to bring stand by. Thanks. it back or something like

(]DR Story, I might also add that there was an awful lot of air in orsome sort of - an awful lot of gas in the liquid when I disconnected both QDs, I got a lot of bubbles and foam, at the QD, and when I took the filter barrel off, there was a lot of bubbles in the water in the barrel. CC Got it, Jer. CDR And there are many tiny bubbles entrained along the long folds in the filter. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 18 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is now out of range of Goldstone and about 16-1/2 minutes away from Vanguard. During this pass Story Musgrave was talking with Commander Carr about the Earth resources and ATM control and display panel coolant loop. That loop has now been partially disassembled, the filter removed from it. No microbial growth was discovered in it but, was discovered on the part of the Commander, who's been doing the ATM inspection, that some pieces of material, which look a little like human skin at first, but turn into a powder and disappear when rubbed. Were found on the system. There were a total of 15 pieces found, most of them very small pieces. And, Commander Carr indicated he didn't think that was very much in the way of contaminant. He did say however, that he saw lots of bubbles and foam in the system, an indication that there is a good deal of air in the system. So, right now, rather than making a quick decision, the environmental officer here is talking over the possibility of what steps might be taken with the system and whether or not those small pieces of material might have been the cause, suspicion right now is that they are not. 15 minutes away from our next acquisition of signal. This is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV Time: 12/18/73

MCI060/I 07:33 CST, 33:13:33 GMT

and

PAO 37 seconds

gkylab Control Greenwich mean time.

at

13 hours We're now

33 minutes just 55 seconds

from acquisition of signal at the Vanguard tracking ship. The pass through Vanguard will last about ii minutes. EGIL apparently now made the decision and passed along to the Flight Director the suggestion that the liquid gas separator be used to eliminate both the scaling discovered on the filter of the ATM C&D loop and also to eliminate the gas. Wetre live for air-to-ground. CC Skylab, AOS through the Vanguard for i0 minutes. Be dumping the data/voice here. CDR Roger, Story and we got an ATM pass to go here. What about the C&D coolant loop? CC Okay. We think there may be even more contamination than just what your seeing there and also we're quite surprised at having the gas bubbles in there. So we would llke you to press on with the procedure and do the flush. As you described and as you feel, there's probably no microbial buildup there. So you need not go through the IMSS procedures to get a microbial sample. But we would llke some kind of sample. CDR Okay. We'll just save the whole filter. Now, the next be ending up CC to llve with question in a one those is, how about monitor for 15 That's affirmative, constraints. Okay. Story, That's Okay. what touch I had is ATM? Are we going minutes mode? Jerry. You'll to have now

Touch

CDR SPT temperature? CC SPT

that

constraint

based

on?

temperature, Ed. it on for around

5 minutes

or so here in the beginning to get the first building block underway and I haven't detected any rise in temperature at all and I will need it ON for this JOP 4 that we're doing. And may be longer than a cumulative of 15. And I'm wondering whether we can just use the touch temperature we experience here as opposed to a flat 15 total minutes out of the orbit. CC It sounds good, Ed. SPT Thank you. CC And just a reminder. There's no integral lighting. SPT CC photography you got a CC CDR CC Okay. We can do without that easily. And Ed, there's no hurry. I've got some you for the gypsy moths. Any time when copy. CDR, Houston. Go ahead. Jer, you've got a family comm over Ascension

pad moment

for to

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18:42. I will be reminding you prior to that pass. you get done taking a sample out, Bill will take up on that C&D loop. CDR Okay. SPT Story. Go ahead with the photography

And after the flush

information,

CC Okay. Ed, since we didn't get any TV 81 on that on mission day 32, so we're requesting a 35-millimeter photo. Locate the gypsy moth vials within i foot of a light, not a high,intensity light. Nikon 03, CI film, 55-millimeter lens, use E-2 adapter, f/2, and i over 160 seconds. SPT Okay, Story. I'ii give you what I copied on just a little bit. i foot of a lightp not a high-intensity light, 55_millimeter, E-2 - which I'm not quite too sure with (garble) to f setting, of f/2, i/i0 of a second, Nikon 03, and CI film. And I'll find you a location of the E-2 adaptor SPT Okay. That's Nikon 02, CI film on the E-2 adapter, 1/160th of a second. CC Yeah, Nikon 03. CDR Houston, CDR. CC Go ahead, Jer. CDR Roger. Do you want to use a new filter now after we flush or do you want to reuse the old filter and have me take samples out of it? CC procedure. CDR That'll Okay. be a new filter, Jer per the

CC Jer, in reference to the new filter, your question, that refers to the very end of the procedure, right? CDR That's affirmative, Story. CC Okay. We just didn't want you to trouble to put a new one in at this point, prior to Bill's doing the flush. CDR No, I just wanted to make sure, establish that we weren't going to try to use this filter over again and I was just going to take samples from it. CC Okay. And Bill will stow it in step 7. SPT Okay, Story. I got a couple of things for you. I guess some questions about the Z-LV maneuver pad we just had. CC Okay. Go. SPT Okay. Under the last fine maneuver, there was a 52021 omitted and I'm wondering whether that was omitted off the original pad or we had teleprinter problem. And the maneuver in SI, I got a consistent Y-dot of minus 0.026, plus or minus say 0.002. That's in contrast to the 0.04 we were given. And thirdly, a question you asked me a long time

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ago about vials. three vials from removed. CC two photos in F_523. SPT CC Tananrive of the

We the

got 4 ED63.

centimeters That's with got and

from most

the of

bottom, filling the plant gowth like located

Okay. We gypsy moths photos we're

that_ Ed and we'd the E-2 adapter's

in

20

Two And minutes.

and F-523. Thank you. going LOS here. See you at

over

PAO Skylab Control and 40 seconds Greenwich mean time. has now passed out of range of the 13 minutes to our next acquisition this last pass, Commander Carr was hook up the liquid gas separator to and display panel coolant loop, to do a more thorough filtering the gas bubbles that were pointed

13 hours 45 minutes Skylah space station tracking ship Vanguard. at Tananarive. During given instructions to a - the ATM control of that also to line by is eliminate

The purpose of the line, out in the

Commander Carr. There was not any expectation that we find gas in there although to that was considered a possibility. So liquid gas separator is now is use. The filter that's normally in the llne that was taken out and inspected by Commander Carr, can eliminate particles up in the range of i0 to 20 microns or about approximately 0°01 of a millimeter. But the liquid gas separator can pick up particles about one-fifth that size, extremely tiny particles in the 2 - to 3-micron range. While the liquid gas separator is in operation on the ATM control and display panel coolant loop is disengaged, the touch solar temperatures instruments going now. noticed of may the control and reach undesirable Ed Gibson that he in display levels. panel for the That was the solar 5 minutes The

that

discussion instruments and hadn't

on with He said any

who's working at the used the TV for about touch temperature.

increase

primary effect of shutting off that control and display panel coolant loop is to warm up the panel itself. The desired level is set at 105 degrees for touch temperature. To maintain that temperature, it's necessary to run the TV monitors only about 15 minutes on each revolution. However_ Ed Gibson will be running them on until he notices undesirable temperatures at which time he'll shut them down. That should give us some new information too. At the same time, about what range we might expect for use of those TV cameras. Present expectation would be that for the 105-degree level, which is very - still a very cool temperature, it would be necessary to run the TV monitors only one-thlrd of each revolution and 1 monitor for a 15-minute period. That would limit the ability of the crew to observe the Sun and also limit their a only

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ability to point the instruments. At the same time, of course, second effect of the ATM control and display panel coolant loop is to cool the Earth resources tape recorders. That Earth resources pass has already been completed this morning successfully with the coolant loop on. Cooling loop was shut down after the Earth resources pa - END OF TAPE

the

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PAO - - point the instruments. At the same time, of course, the second affect of the ATM control and display panel coolant loop is to cool the Earth resources tape recorders. That Earth resources pass is already completed this morning successfully with the coolant loop on. The coolant loop was shut down after the Earth resources pass for the inspection. It's expected to take several hours for the cleanout to be completed, using a liquid gas separator. Only about an hour of crew time is required, but it'll be one of several passes through the liquid gas separator to attempt to clean it thoroughly. There is sufficient liquid in the coolant system. The aceumulator's about 45 percent full, so there is not a shortage of liquid that's causing the gas. But gas has, apparently, gotten into the solution, mainly water, that's run through the coolant loop. i0 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. Just about 49 minutes after the hour. This is Skylab Control. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 58 minutes Greenwich mean time. The Skylab space station is now about 55 seconds from acquisition of signal through Tananarive on the Island of Madagascar. This pass through Tananarive will last a little less than i0 minutes. We have a handover going on here in Mission Control. Story Musgrave, the present spacecraft communicator, is in the process of handing over to Hank Hartsfield, who'll probably pick up on this pass, and Charles Lewis is now taking over as Flight Director for Milton Windler. We're coming up on signal from Tananarive. And we'll bring the line up live for air-to-ground. CC Skylab, Houston. We've got you for 8-1/2 minutes through Tananarive. Good morning. CDR Good morning, Hank. SPT Hank, I wonder if you could get the ATM people to clarify something for me, please? CC Wilco. SPT building block ii. that I have, 82A was I'm wondering whether there's an error on CC SPT looks like. I'm working at: the base Okay. I'm right now, doing JOP 4A, step And it says omit 82A. And on the sheet never in that building block. And we've missed a change, or whether the pad? I'll check it. 4

Okay. And let me tell you what the corona The ray, which is right above the prominence on, the large prominence at B59, is more extensive now. It still looks like a helmet streamer at the

the base. It's a very strong streamer, high-intensity streamer structure all the way out. But it's broader at base and appears to have a secondary streamer, relatively

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small yet, but just a little bit to the south of it, instead of south of the axis of the major one. The east limb - No, the west limb:, excuse me, is - doesn't have very much structure at all except for one fairly prominant streamer at around 2 o'clock, but relatively low brightness. CC We copy, Ed. And that was a pad error. SPT Okay. Thank you, Hank. XUV monitor shows that the three active regions we're concerned about, show up real well. 00, 01, and also 02 now is showing up as a distinct brightening in the XUV MON. The rest of the disk shows the other active regions with relatively low intensity. It looks as though we've got something good coming around the corner here. CC Well, we certainly hope so. And in regard to your question regarding the Z-LV maneuver, the Y (garble) question there, we got that out of the simulator at Marshall. But that's all we can tell you at this point. We're going to take a look at it. And the mission of the 52021 was error. SPT Oh, okay. Thank you, Hank. I'd like to check those just to make sure we got a teleprinter that's not beeping out blocks. CC Roger. That's a good thing to do. CC Skylab, Houston. This is mainly for the PLT but it concerns all of you. Based on the SO19 pointing verification we did on mission day 31, we believe that there's a 1-1/2 degree bias in the AMS tilt. And we're correcting the pads for this bias. And this evening in the 183, we plan to do a pointing check in the SI attitude to verify this. This check will rule out any possibility that maneuver error is causing the problem. And we've included two reference spars on the PLT's S183 pad for today to satisfy this pointing verification. And there should be, approximately, 6 minutes of night left for the PLT after the 183 data take to do this pointing ver, and we'd appreciate you getting that in. And we are about 45 seconds from LOS. We'll see you at Hawaii at 43. SPT Okay. Thank you, Hank. I'm working on the prominence right now, and we've got an awful lot of good bright thread structure to work on. It looks like a very useful thing to be doing right now and the monitor shows it up real well. CC Roger. We copy, Ed. PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours 9 minutes and 40 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now over the Indian Ocean and is out of range of Tananarive. 33 minutes and 48 seconds before our next acquisition at Hawaii. a pad

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At the present time, Science Pilot Ed Gibson is at the ATM console working on solar experiments and indicating that he's seen some very interesting things on the surfare of the Sun. He'll be working there a good part of the day. A total of about 5 hours of ATM activity data takings expected today. This is Skylab Control at i0 minutes and 15 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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Skylab Greenwich mean

Control time.

at Skylab

14

hours space

40

minutes is

and over

station

the North acquisition there, so which may

Pacific 2 minutes before we're at Hawaii. We have had some we're bringing the line up for last about i0 minutes.

suppose to have early signal indications a pass through Hawaii,

CC Skylab, Houston. We're through Hawaii for 9 minutes and for the PLT, when you get a break there in your checks, we would like to verify that on panel 235, that's up where the reservoir is, that the coolant - reservoir pressure valve is open. PLT CC you can and conference. SPT MCC couple of solar is quite a beauty for the Stand No SPT. Okay, Okay, thoughts. here on rush by. on Bill that, Lenoir Bill. standing Get it by whenever for the ATM

Bill. let me

Ready, hit you

go ahead. first here

with

a

P59, as the east

I'm sure you have limb. We show it

observed_ about

a 44-degree arc and we're showing Doppler activity on the north and south extremes. It's moderately quiet in between. There appears to be some hint of a connection between P59 and F60, and if that is indeed the fact, then it extends to about a 70-degree has calmed arc, down which is and appears quite to a be long one. Active fading somewhat. region It has 00 two

small imbedded on and off. in the general

filiments in it. We're there is some activity Active region 02 is new and young, we feel. It's area of the old 87/92, the big performer on the here is the possibility in active region 02 setting the entire prominence 59. mind while obviously you're -

last rev_ and one intriguing thought of a flare or something originating off a chain reaction all up and down So, that's looking at SPT MCC back SPT on 1946 something the Sun

that you might keep in here today. Today's plan That has been in mind. Say again.

That has been in mind. (garble). That's very much in

Thinking mind. Go

ahead.

MCC P59 and active of our JOP i0. step in performing the a JOP JOP

Okay. Today's plan obviously emphasizes region 00. We're getting some double duty out That's serves as both the JOP i0 and the first 26. 26 The duty so-called for us. JOP 25 Alfa's Our preliminary again are thoughts on

tomorrow are and the area incidentally

again to study prominence 59, active region 00, of 87/92 returning and these were put together before 02 was known about and we also have a 2 two-rev

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observation of the comet. Let me give you some time here to give us some inputs and whatever thoughts you've got. SPT Okay, Bill. It's pretty much as you have stated it. I was thinking pretty much along the same lines. We ought to do some patrol work on active region 00 and 02. 02 shows up quite distinctly as a separate brightening in XUV monitor. You've got to look at the corona at least once in order _ with either a shopping list item 2 with a standard or a quickie. And we certainly ought to be looking at those the prominence and studying the (garble) structure and the spectra. Then we can do a JOP 4, which we've just got done doing a little bit of and lastly, we ought (garble) flares, which needs 54 in there mode. And I would appreciate hearing anything from the ground when activity starts to pick up again. Always have my eyeballs pretty much glued onto the prominence (garble) active region and if anything does start to come off either in the radio range or a subflare, if we happen to be in anomaly and not see the PMEC, I would appreciate hearing from you so I could put a little more attention onto that. The prominence itself I have seen with - where there's a major arc in it and I have put a lot on tape in the way of a description. What I did not get was what filament as you thought it was linked to. Will you clarify that again, please? MCC We're not i00 percent sure, but it looks like it might be connected to filaments 60, that's the one that's right in front of 02. Between 02 and the 01/00 complex. There's a hint that it might connect just north of the east limb there. SPT Okay. I have looked at the prominence in H-alpha and I got an excellent view of it up here. I put most of it on tape, but just in general, I see one, two, three, four arches and with a lot of long material down to the south fairly close to the limb, which may be that filament you're talking of. I'ii take a better look at it, when I get a chance. MCC Okay, Ed, let's see. We got another 4 minutes. Let me just real quickly brief you on the comet plans for tomorrow. And, the pointing test that we would like to embed in that. The plan is, it will take two orbits right after a momentum dump, we will do the maneuver out and acquire the comet at the 6 o'clock position for S052. We will have a 90_degree roll in it and frankly I've forgotten whether it's plus or minus. We will do the 52 data take there then we will go into the known as antares, should pointing test. be in the field Alpha Scol, of view and affectionately we will

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be using that to do the delta pointing test that we let me get back at in a minute here, for the rest of that orbit, then we'll sit for the nighttime. The following day pass will take the 82 and 55 data after having maneuvered the comet to the center, then we will do the maneuver back. Now the pointing test, what we would like to do, is we will pass you a pad that will maneuver Alpha Sco to the 6 o'clock position, a lot like Mercury was. We will have you put the overlay on in such a fashion that we think the roll ambiguity should be taken ont. You can maneuver up/down and we'll give you the numbers for that. About 30 arc minutes octal, rather that's 0.30 of a degree octal and you should travel parallel to your up/down lines. If you do not then we ask that you rotate the grid until you think it'll work. Do the maneuver back and again see if you're parallel. Repeat that until you do get parallel, then take a crosstrack left/right and verify that that's parallel. We will take all those numbers from you, in particular we hope that will get rid of the roll ambiguity, we think it should also get rid of some of the overshoot, so that, hopefully, we'll be able to by just by rolling that grid, be able to accurately point. This is very important to 82, obviously they need to point very precisely at the nucleus. They are willing to give up their data take time on the following orbit. The second orbit if necessary in order to fine tune this pointing, in order to assure good data later. We'll be honing up these precedures today. Bob Crippen will be running it in SLS this afternoon, we hopefully we'll get it up to you tonight before you go to bed so that you can look at it and I'ii be able to discuss it with you again tomorrow morning before you do it. MCC Okay, Hank's got a message for you here, and then let me get some thoughts from you. CC Skylab, Houston. We are seeing that the N2 reg pressure is dropping and it's effecting the mol sieve (garble) cycle, we_d like to verify that the 150 psi reg A is open and B is off and if that is not the case, or if that is the case, we would llke to swap regs. Go to reg B on and reg off A off. PLT It was off; it's on now. CC Okay, Ed, go ahead. MCC Okay, Ed, you can go ahead. We're i minute from LOS. Vanguard is next in 22 minutes. SPT Okay, I would like to have a at least an hour or so of time to look over that pad and get the information incorporating into the sheet before I really have to

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MCC Okay, we'll try to give you that either tonight or in the morning. SPT Okay, I hope it doesn't come up too late tonight. We were up kinda late last night and I'd like to get a good night's sleep. MCC Roger. I certainly do appreciate that and we're going great guns here with a little bit of computer problems turning it out. One parting thought here that I'm sure you're already doing, pass on to Bill and Jerry. Anytime S054 is not operating or whenever they have finished their operations in a building block, they would be quite happy to be put into the flare wait configuration of shopping list 31. SPT Okay. I'ii try to remember that and do The unattended pointing for this orbit. What did 56 really want to look at? They give me a roll of minus a thousand and I'm not really sure (static) MCC Okay, Ed, you're over the hill. We'll get back to at the area END OF TAPE you through over by 00. Vanguard. I believe they're looking it.

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PAO Greenwich of range mean time. of Hawaii.

Skylab Skylab During

Control

at

14

hours

53

minutes out Ed

space station has this pass, Science

passed Pilot

Gibson was given a briefing by Bill Lenoir on the ATM operations. That's a regular occurrence here in Mission Control, with discussion of what's being done on the Sun, what changes are taking place, and some interchange between Science Pilot Gibson, who':s in charge of the scientific experiments aboard the space station, and Bill Lenoir here on the ground. 20 minutes to acquisition of signal at Vanguard. 53 minutes and 22 seconds after the hour, this is Skylab Control. PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 12 minutes and 14 is now seconds Greewnich over the Pacific, mean just time. to the The west Skylab space of the Coast ship and station of Vanguard. the Vanguard be

Chile, about to be acquired Pass through Vanguard will spacecraft communicator is for CC i0 minutes. CC dumping the recorder Skylab

through the tracking last about i0 minutes Hank Hartsfield. 9 Houston. for We're your through info,

And, Skylab_ here.

we'll

CC Skylab, Houston. I think for the PLT, we had a lot of noise on the loop when you reported about the valves. I guess, we'd like to know what the position of the 150 psi N2 regs valves were, and then which one you turned on? A PLT back on. CC CC that the ATM coolant Is that correct? per PLT your CC just wanted reservoir. PLT again. CC That'll help us to the part where we're running the gas out of the system. PLT Rog_ when pumps we try - when you get and trying to get the to verify instructions. I need that Okay. it I We was didn't open it. want right I'ii it closed. or it We at up the there open Hank. Okay. They We both copy. were Thank off and I turned

you. on Panel 235, was open. And I closed it,

And, PLT. reservoir That is

I assume pressure

that valve

correct,

Hank.

closed

CC Got a general note here you - all of you might be interested in. Soyuz 13 spacecraft was launched at 11:55 Zulu_ this morning. The commander is Piotr Klimuk and the Flight Engineer is Valentin Lebedev. Both crewmen are in fine shape and all systems are working well. The

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purpose of the flight is to explore near Earth space, with astrophysical studies of stars and study the Earth surfaces. The flight will also permit evaluation to be made. And they're maintaining contact with radio and TV with the crew now. CDR Roger, Hank. SPT Say, Hank. end of the last orbit. Clarify is pointed with the mirror line point of the active region. And The brightest point in H-alpha, END OF TAPE We wish them smooth sailing. I think we dropped out at the the pointing of 55, that scan going across the brightest also extending off the limb. anyway.

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CC Roger. That is correct, Ed, and we did that on purpose. We've noticed in some of our data that on a mirror line scan, or alternate lines, occasionally it shifts over 2-1/2 arc seconds. And we were just trying to get some data on that and take a look at it. SPT Oh, okay. Thank you, Dick. There - there' re just some good data on the brightest point in that our active region also. CC And SPT, Houston, we're just got a report in there at 14:47 Z. That's about 30 minutes a go. There's some activity in active region 00. There was a dark filament beginning to form in the leader. SPT Okay. Thank you, Dick. Going to be an interesting next couple of orbits. While I was setting up the pointing, I took a look at the filament in the prominence for possible inner connections. And the filament, I believe at 60, extends almost all the way up the - where it turns and goes out to the prominence - a distance of around 1 arc minute. I could not see a prominence but I - or a filament, but I can see a filament channel. So maybe there is a connection there. CC Roger. We copy, Ed. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you at Hawaii at 20, 58 minutes from now. PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 23 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed out of range at the tracking ship Vanguard. Our next acquisition is about 57 minutes away at Hawaii. This is Skylab Control at 23 minutes and 26 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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20

We're

Skylab Control at 16 hours coming up on acquisition of

19 minutes signal now

and at

Hawaii. Skylab spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield and the Flight Director at the current time is Charles Lewis We're alive now for air-to-ground at Hawaii. CC Skylab, Houston. We're through Hawaii for 7-1/2 minutes. SPT Kog; Hello, Houston. At 16:00 even, we got a caution tone. The indication on the ATM alert, rate signaled up on rate gyro number 2 in the y axis. Was calling up the readout, i and 2 were - within 0 of plus or minus .002. 3 was 0 plus or minus .005, beneath fluctuation that were 2 of the 066620_ indicating a wide failure. The - 0 (?) 3 were put back in control of the (.garble) management enable that were checked, and so far it looks okay. CC Roger; we copy. CC SPT, Houston. Could it have been possible that someone bumped the six pack about the time this happened? We know you discovered that those things are very sensitive to being bumped. SPT Hank, I don't believe so. No one was up there at the time. CC Okay, we copy. PLT Houston, PLT. I have some 183 information for you. CC CC PLT Go ahead, Ed. I mean Bill. The rotation and

tilt

on

Canopus

225.3,

16.9,

on regular CC Canopus. 140.2 PLT PLT still

rotation is 140.2, tilt 01.8. Roger; we copy. 225.3 and 16.9 for and 01.8 for regular. That's affirm. ATM C&D loop troubleshooting is

in progress, but I'm moving along sort of slowly. CC Okay, Bill, and we see the loop running now. Are you on the first 15 minute run? PLT Negative. I'm on the second 15 minute run and Jerry's up there now. I had to skedaddle because you can't have any light up there while he's photographing the comet. CC Okay, and I might point out that the - when get the 2_hour run going on the _ with your timer, that one be okay. But when you start the second one, which will be down around 17:45 or thereabouts_ whenever your timer goes off, you needen+t to bother to set the timer for the second will

you

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the Flight Plan calls out for, because we're just it run until Jerry tears the set up down later Okay, thank you.

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CC - - 45 or there abouts whenever your timer goes off. You needn't to bother to set the timer for the second long run as the Flight Plan calls out for. Because we're just going to let it run until Jerry tears the setup down later in the day. PLT Okay. Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you at Vanguard at 52 and we're scheduled to dump the recorder there. CC And Skylab, for info, about an hour ago, at 15:30, we had a subfaint flare out of 00. It peaked about a minute later and no X-ray. CDR Thank you, Hank. PA0 Skylab Control at 16 hours 29 minutes and 13 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed out of range of the tracking antenna on the Hawaiian Islands and we're a little more than 22 minutes until acquisition at Vanguard. During this pass, Science Pilot Ed Gibson informed the ground that he got a caution alert at 16:00 Greenwich mean time, about a half an hour ago. The caution and alert indicated an integral test failure rate in rate gyro in the Y-axis. That's a malfunction that may be due to a number of things. The rate gyro is something that's used to measure the drift of the space station. And information from the nine rategyro scopes are used to determine what changes are necessary to make - necessary to be made in attitude and then they - that through the computer instructs the movement of the control moment gyros. The rate gyroscopes, six of them were replaced on the last mission after we had a number of variations in the performances of some of the original nine. The crew was asked that they possibly bumped into that six-pack which is located in the multiple docking adapter section of the space station. Their reply to that by Science Pilot Gibson was no, that no one was in that area of the space station at the time. However, according to the guidance officer here in Mission Control all six of the rate gyroscopes located in the MDA showed some larger than the normal integrals which would indicate that whatever variation is affecting the Y-axis gyro that caused that integral test failure may also be affecting all six of the rate gyroscopes in that six-pack that was installed in the MDA. The others of course are located elsewhere. No immediate problem with that. The one gyroscope which was giving the inaccurate reading and causing the integral test failure was taken off-line by Ed Gibson using the computer on the space station. The remaining two are sufficient operate it, and that in fact is a normal means of operation. One of them

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from consideration However, there

is

and the other some sort of

two are used a fluctuation There'll These are

in

the performance be some looking

of the drift measuring into that in the next

gyroscopes, hour or so.

of course not directly connected to the control moment gyroscopes except through the computers. The control moment gyroscope number 2, which had given us some glitches several days ago is performing very well at this time. No changes at all noticeable on its wheel speed or its current over the last i0 or 12 hours. And it is now in the cooling-off cycle where with the bearings moving down to the lower 60-degree range again where the previous glitches have occurred. We reach that lower temperature range about once every 12 hours. Also, in this last pass the crew was informed that a subflare has been observed at 15:30 Greenwich mean time, an hour ago in active region 00. No X-rays reported from that area by the satellites in orbit above the Earth. And at this time the ATM control and display panel coolant loop is being filtered on a second run of ]5 minutes through the liquid gas separator. Bill Pogue is - END OF TAPE

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PAO The subflare has been observed at 15:30 Greewnich mean time, an hour ago, in active region 00. No X-rays reported from that area by the satellites in orbit about the Earth. And at this time, the ATM control and display panel coolant loop is being filtered on a second run of 15 minutes through the liquid gas separator, Bill Pogue is monitoring that. Later in the day that'll be run for two hours through the liquid gas separators, a series of cleansing procedures to eliminate some contamination that was discovered in there earlier this morning. Very very slight amount of contamination, but also a considerable amount of gas located in the coolant loop, so that water filled coolant loop is now being purified by using a device which is normally used with EVA equipment, a liquid gas separator for reducing the particles down to a level of about 2 microns. 19 minutes to our next acquisition of signal and 33 minutes after the hour. This is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 50 minutes and 52 seconds Greenwich mean time. We're now approaching acquisition at the Vanguard tracking ship, where we'll have a lO-minute pass. Talking to the guidance officer since that last pass, he says that he's pretty confident that the problem with the rate gyroscopes was a crew member bumping the gyroscopes. And it could have happened up to 45 minutes before that was observed. We have AOS at Vanguard, and we'll give you some more discussion after the pass. CC Skylab, Houston through Vanguard for 10-1/2 minutes. And we'll be dumping the recorder here. CC Skylab_ Houston. No need to acknowledge. For info, the launch tonight has been scrubbed. So $201 will be scrubbed. We're gonna get you to bed an hour early. later on today_ we'll give you a few small Flight Plan changes to accomodate that.

And

CDR Very good, Hank. CC And CDR, if you can answer while you're PT'n there, to help us get tomorrow's Flight Plan squared away, we had Originally scheduled you to get up an hour late. How would you feel about getting up on time and having a more relaxed morning with one addition, and that would be since the Sun is active, we wouldn't - If Ed is willing, we'd like to get in an ATM pass. SPT Good idea for me, Hank. CDR Yeah. I think that's okay, Hank. We'll probably all want to go to bed early tonight. CC Roger. Our plan is to get you to bed an hour earlier than normal tonight. And up on time tomorrow morning. CDR I think that would probably work out fine. LOS. END CC Ascension OF TAPE at Skylab, 07. Houston. We're i minute from

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Skylab Control at 17 hours i minute and mean time. Skylab space station has

passed out of range of Vanguard. We're 5 minutes from acquisition at Ascension. Guidance officers reviewing the data on telemetry from the intergal test failure that was reported by Science Pilot Ed Gibson at 16:00 when he got a crew alert about an hour ago, indicates that there's strong evidence that the rate six pack which is located in the multiple docking adapter was bumped by a member of the crew. A very slight bump would be sufficient to cause a variation in the performance for the rate gyroscopes although it would officer says that it eould've earlier when it although it's a little might have happened, be a very happened brief change. as much as 45 Guidance minutes gyro

difficult determining exactly The way the system works

now is that rates are compared between two gyroscopes and differences are accumulated in a register in the computer are added up as the rates vary then the differences are added up during a 45 minute period, about half a revolution. And then at the end of that half revolution, they're zeroed and they begin accumulating a given level at any revolution off and the then lower the one again. point in - one remains of If the accumulation the revolution - in the two active on line and at passes the half is you switched get

gyroscopes that time

a caution and warning. That did happen during - at 16:00, there was a caution and warning given. One of the two gyroscopes that was on line was shifted off and the lower numbered one_ number 2 in this case, in the Y-axis, was left in control. Ed Gibson went up to the control panel and at time he looked at the displays and apparently got no differences in the readings of the gyroscopes which of course, would happen after bump. The gyroscopes had once again regularized their behavior their readings were very stable and appeared to be the same. That that led him to believe that there was no problem and he went back to the original mode which said, no integral test failure. In other words, there was no major difference. So they went back to operating on two gyroscopes. the installation of the six pack, the system computer selecting the two of the best three. of the three gyroscopes in each axis. The way new is selected between that two axis - two of the gyroscopes in each axis and should there be their behaviors, then the lowered Previous to operated with a The two best it operates permanently difference one is always the and

are a large number

selected automatically. So it appears that that problem was a very brief one and no problem really at all. But very likely due to a just slight disturbance of the rate gyro six pack by the GNS suggests possibly just one of the crew members bumping it slightly. He says there's no other explanation that fits

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the facts that he can see at this time. All of the six rate gyros did show a variation in rate for a very brief period of time. So that problem has been very easily solved. At this time, the ATM control and display panel coolant loop is still being checked out by the crew. Earlier this morning, an inspection was done of the coolant loop and that inspection showed that there was some very - there were some very small pieces of material in the coolant loop and that material apparently it seems to be like a lubricant. That was the way it was described by Jerry Carr this morning. The lubricant apparently accumulates in patches of from approximately less than a millimeter to - up to about a little larger than 2 millimeters in size. Pieces that he described as looking a little like human skin, but when it dries out, it powders and can be rubbed into the skin and disappear. So that wasn't didn't seem like much contaminant to Jerry Carr but EGIL here in Mission Control suggested that it could be a lot - indication of a lot Two will the bit gas more in the lines so they did do the liquid/gas separation. 15-minute runs, essentially completed at this time. They then connect it once more for an additional run through liquid/gas separator. Each one, of course, getting a little finer cleaning out and eliminating more and more of the that was also discovered in the line. That last run will

be allowed to go on until Commander Jerry Carr is ready to put the system back together again and get it running. During that period, pressure does come up somewhat and we run it through the liquid/gas separator and then it's shut down and started up. It has run through two 15-minute periods already and there will be one long period left to be - left to be scheduled. At this time, there is some flow in it. So that indicates the second 15-minute run is well has been monitoring that run clean out the air END OF TAPE underway apparently and Bill Pogue of the liquid/gas separator to

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PA0 the gas separator and then it shut down and started up. It has run through two 15 minute periods already and there will be one long period left to be scheduled. At this time there is some flow in it, so it indicates that second l_-minute run is still underway apparently, and Bill Pogue has been monitoring that run of the liquid gas separator to clean out the air bubbles and the small amount of lubricantlike contaminante that was discovered in the line. The line uses water, primarily, with some additives in it. Coming up acquisition of signal now. Hank Hartsfield is the spacecraft communicator. This pass through Ascension Island will last approximately 6 minutes and 40 seconds. CC Skylab, Houston. Through Ascension for 6-1/2 minutes. SPT Rog; Hank. CC PLT, Houston. On your upcoming ATM pass at 17:55, we have scheduled a NuZ update and we would like to leave the star tracker tracking all of that daylight cycle, if it - through about 18:45, so that we can get some Z-axis drift data. PLT Okay. I'll leave it tracking through 18:45. CC That's affirmative. We appreciate it and don't worry about if you do forget it, we'll remind you at Ascension to close her up. PLT Thank you very much. PLT (Garble) how that coolant loop's looking. CC Flow rates a little low, but it's not totally unexpected. That filter's a little finer than the regular C&D filter and looks okay right now. PLT Rog. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you at Vanguard at 18:29, that's an hour and 15 min an hour and 16 minutes from now. PLT Roger. An hour and 16. PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 15 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed out of range of Ascension and we're beginning a revolution that's going to take about an hour and 15 minutes to get us to Vanguard. During this last pass, continuing with the ATM coolant loop cleanout, using the liquid gas separator that's normally used with space walk equipment. As they pointed out, the flow is rather low on the liquid gas seperator. That's mainly due to the fact that it has a filter that filters to the 2-to-3 micron size, where the regular filter used in the line itself on

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is of the 10-to-20 micron size. In other words it accepts particles of approximately 5 to i0 times as large. That flow is reduced by that, but on the other hand the flow has been coming up steadily which would indicate that it is being cleaned out by the liquid gas separator. It's gone up about i0 to 15 pounds during the last 20 or 30 minutes. So that process is continuing and then it will be cleaned out during a 3 stage operation. 15 minute - Two 15 minute periods and then a longer period, 2 hours or more, when the final filtration is done. That should eliminate the gas from it and also the suspended particulate matter. About and hour and a quarter before we have another acquisition of signal. This is Skylab Control at 16 minutes and 12 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 18 hours 20 minutes Greenwich mean time. The Skylab space station now 55 seconds from acquisition at the Vanguard. Spacecraft communicator at this time is Hank Hartsfield. The pass through Vanguard will last a little more than ii minutes, CDR Houston, Skylab. How do you read? CC Roger. Reading you loud and clear now. We've got about i0 minutes through Vanguard. CDR Okay. I'm about ready to start that water dump. CC Okay. Let her rip. CDR Okay. It's open. CC We copy. CC CDR, Houston. Are you free to copy an update for the Flight Plan this evening? CDR Roger. Go ahead. CC Okay. As we said earlier this applies to everybody. We want you to all go to bed at 03:00 this evening. And to get your Flight Plan up to date, since we're not putting 201 in, at 23:51 on your Flight Plan, where we have you scheduled for 201 prep, we would like to make that an SO19 prep i. But do not do the film install. We'll do that tomorrow. And you might change both your Flight Plan and your details to reflect that. And in addition you have a NuZ update on your details at 03:38. We'd llke to delete that, we're gonna give that to the SPT. CDR Okay. Good enough, Hank. CC And I do have a couple of changes for the SPT. I'll try to get those to him when he's free through with this TV 120 a little later in the day. SPT Good enough. CC And, for info for the PLT, there'll be no change for his Flight Plan, other than going to sleep at 03:00. CDR He copied that, Hank. CC Did he just turn the coolant pump off? PLT That's affirm. We CC Okay. Had us worried there for a minute. saw it drop to zero. PLT Okay. B's coming on shortly. I Just switched to tape recorder coolant on. CC Okay, Real good. This will be the last run until, I guess, Jerry tears it down later in the evening. CC And for your info, the last run, the flow rate, slowly moved up. We're not sure exactly why. Until when we acquired you at this station, it was steady at like a prelaunch value. We hadn't seen it this high the whole mission.

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SPT CC CC about nine anyone have PLT 56. Excuse

Flushing

is

one

of

Bill's

fortes.

been Does high and

(Laughter) Roger. Skylab, Houston. We noticed that there've sequences on SO54 run off, since we saw you last. any comments on that? Yeah. I_ll have to fess up. I was set up at me, 64. And I thought I was doing a 256 JOP. So I did it. Roger. We copy. (Garble) lighting is a bit about it earlier and it sort at least for me. Is

I

my Sun centered CC PLT heard some talk difficult that back

off, by of makes it okay

the way. the if

panel I turn now,

to read, on?

CC That's Roger, Bill. We've got the loop up right and so you can use the panel normally. PLT Okay. I wasn't sure if it was giving us enouKh cooling use. But from what you said earlier, I guess it's functioning fairly well. CC Roger. It looks real good. CC And for info, Skylab, there's a message we just sent up on - new message on 82B film schedule. CDR Hank, my phone call's at 42, is that right? And which antenna? CC CC it is CDR CC to We're checking that Roger_ Jet. That's left. Okay. Thanks. And, SPT, if you're we sent up antenna right now. 18:42 at Ascension.

And

right

to

free in

to

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we'd

like helped END

know if the message you set it up? TAPE

regard

OF

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- - TV 120 helped you set it up. Ha k, you mean TV 120? That's affirmative. do Okay, it in that's justing (?) work right now, bits and snatches throughout the Hank

CC Okay. Well, we sent up the message, you know, in regard to the close-up lense and we're just wondering if that was satisfactory and helped you out okay. SPT Okay. I got a verbal information on the close-up lens early this morning. Is there something on the teleprinter now? CC Okay. The message was within 3338 Alfa and it was entitled, "General Message: TV 120." SPT Yeah. Okay. I got that Hank. I see that. I'm just working on step i right now and I got the other stuff verbally this morning. And I see exactly what was given (garble) works okay and (garble). CC Okay. We're going over the hill, now. see you at Ascension in about 2 minutes. PAO Skylab Control at 18 hours 40 minutes and 25 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is over the South Atlantic out of range of Vanguard and just about a minute and 45 seconds from acquisition at Ascension. During this pass_ Jerry Carr credited Bill Pogue's work in cleaning out the cooling system by saying that flushing is one of Bill's fortes. The ATM control and display panel coolant line which is filled with water and some additives_ is still being cleaned and showing prelaunch flow rates there at the beginning of that pass. However, those levels, about 290 to 295 pounds per hour are about in a neighborhood of 20 percent higher than the standard maximum flow rate as of a few days ago, indicate that the system is getting substantially cleaned out by the process there be - that is now being followed. However, during this pass, we brought on another part of the system, the Earth resources tape recorder part of the system, and we did get some variations and are still getting some variatations in the flow rate. Mostly at a very high level; however, at present, its flow rate is running about 10 percent above the standard. It has been varying during the last few minutes from about 5 to 15 percent above it standard maximum flow rate as of a few days ago. So that looks like the problem may be solved here but the system is - does seem to be getting cleaned out by the liquid gas separator. We're about 30 seconds from acquisition of signal at bring We'll brbring the line up live for air-to-ground there. The pass will last approximately i0_i/2 minutes. We'll i0 CC minutes Skylab, and Houston through Ascension for

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CC And SPT, Houston. There's no need to acknowledge, but if you get a chance to copy the update to your Flight Plan this pass, just give me a call. If not, it's okay. I'll catch you later. CC Skylab, Houston. PLT Go, Hank. CC Is the CDR trying to make his private call? The COMM TECH reports we're not getting anything down. PLT Stand by. CDR Houston, this is Skylab. How do you read? CC Roger. Loud and clear. Go ahead, Jer. CDR Okay. I'm not getting them on VHF at all and I'm properly configured. CC 0 CDR Both antennas CC just reported to getting anything Okay. We're checking. The COMM TECH me that we were having a problem. We weren't down from the bird.

CDR Okay. Houston, Skylab. How do you read? CC I'm reading you loud and clear. CC PLT, Houston. We've got all the data we need on the star tracker. You're clear to close the shutter now. We thank you. PLT Roger. SPT Okay, Hank. Go ahead with the checklist for the Flight Plan, please. CC Okay, Ed. The - we cancelled the CDR's NuZ update and we_d like for you to pick that up if you want to put that on your details. It's 0229 to 0239. SPT Okay, Hank. I got it. CC And on the ATM pass you have at 01:37, it's your option. You can make that a complete daylight pass instead of a partial. The alternate ATM schedule pad that we sent you covers the complete pass. SPT Okay, Hank. Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. We'll see you at Guam at 26 and we're scheduled to dump tile data recorder there. CDR Roger, Hank. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 18 hours 53 minutes and 14 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is over the coast of Africa and out of range of the tracking antenna at Ascension. 33 minutes to our next acquisition of signal at Guam. During this pass, flow rate seems to have stablized pretty much on the ATM control and display panel coolant loop. That water filled loop is running right now about 270 pounds of flow. That's quite a bit higher than we had as the standard flow rate since the beginning of the Skylab activity on the first mission. Before launch the flow rate was about 300 pounds per hour, but since launch, it's been averaging right around 250 pounds per hour. Today it's up to 270, after being run through the liquid/gas separator. It's expected that that might rise again as it had on the previous configuration of the loop and the loop is of course now being used to cool the ATM panel as it normally would do. Expect that that may mean a good results on that coolant loop which had fluctuated some since the Skylab Control. now 54 minutes END OF TAPE beginning of 32 minutes and 24 seconds this Skylab mission. to our acquisition after the hour. at This Guam. is It's

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Skylab Control at 19 hours 25 minutes and Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now from acquisition at Guam. The pass there will last

a little more than i0 minutes. At the present timep the spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield, and Flight Director Charles Lewis is still on duty here in Mission Control. We're live now at for air-to-ground at Guam. CC Skylab, Houston through Guam for l0 minutes and as a reminder, we're dumping the recorder here. CDR Roger, Hank. We're on ATM coolant pump Charlie right now. At about 33, pump Bravo started setting up a real whine. And I got curious. I thought l'd try to see what pump Charlie would do in the same situation. Shifted pumps, and it's running nice and quiet. back to B and see what happens? CC Stand by, and we'll bit, Jer. Just CDR a lot Okay. of noise. Roger. We copied. CDR, Houston. We'd like to go back and Bravo again. And also on the C&D panel, we'd H-ALPHA 190 INTERLOCK switched to NORMAL. Okay. Okay. It's back on and kind of Jerry, could you verify the time you between - on our Vanguard site last rev. No, ago. Okay. I didn't copy correct. 23. Underit was 23. It was about gave Is I did not Would talk you about like to go

it a little light.

have

a DELTA-P

CC CC try pump pump like to get the CDR noisy. CC us 33. It was that correct? ago. stand. CDR CC now. How CDR 7 minutes CC

5 minutes

us

does

I probably said 33. CDR, Houston. Pump looks it sound?

real

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to

CDR It's still pretty noisy. A pretty loud howl. But it's - it's on undulating or anything like that. It's just a higher noise level than Charlie. CC Roger. We copy. CC Skylab, Houston. We're about 40 seconds from LOS. We'll see you at Canaries at 27, about 30 minutes from now. Correction, make that 50 minutes. CDR Roger. PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours 37 minutes and 23 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now passed sition out of range of of signal would the antenna be expected at at Guam. Our next acquiVanguard, 28 minutes away,

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but CAP COMM indicated that we'll be moving on to Canary Islands which is still 50 minutes away. Here in this last pass, got a report on the operations of the ATM cool coolant loop for the control and display panel. Commander Carr indicated that about 5 minutes before the pass began, about 19:23 Greenwich mean time, the pump B which was on line, Bravo which was on line, in the ATM loop, which is now being filtered, began to whine and he switched to pump C. Readings on Pump C indicated it was flowing well - not so well as Pump B. The flow on pump C was about 280 pounds per hour. That's well above the normal operating flow level, which means that the system seems to be performing better now than it has since it was launched. When he pump Pump B was brought back on line during this pass and Bravo performed even better than C had. Pump B now putting out about 295 pounds of - flowing about 295 pounds through the line every hour. That 295 pounds translates to something over 35 gallons an hour of flow. No indication here as It does to whether not appear that noise is anything to worry about. to be. The flow in the line seems to be

excellent, much better than it has been since the space station was launched. About 15 to 20 percent higher flow rates than have been experienced since the prelaunch period. Also the Guidance Officer reported to Flight Director Charles Lewis during this period right before the last pass that after reviewing carefully the computer data from historical tapes, he is now going to revise his judgement that a crew member might have bumped a six pack of rate gyros. The rate gyroscopes earlier today gave an indication of an integral test failure which shows that two of the rate gyroscopes did not agree sufficiently with each other; and that caused a crew alert at 16:00 Greenwich mean time today. At that time, he reported that it looked to him as if it was probable that a crew member may have bumped the six packs since he thought he saw some variation in the rates of all the gyroscopes in the multiple docking adapter. Those rates varying from therates put out by the original rate gyroscopes which are outside the space station. However, now after looking over that data, he says that it turns out that only one rate gyro actually put out an irregular rate and that was rate gyro Y-3, which is the third rate gyro in the Y_axis and that was the cause for the caution alert at 16:00_ when Science Pilot Ed Gibson went - END OF TAPE

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PAO - - which is the third rate gyro on the Y-axis and that was the cause for the caution and alert at 16:00. When Science Pilot Ed Gibson went back up to look at that integral test failure, to determine what the problem was, he found that the rates had all settled down and once again were in agreement with each other. So he switched rate gyro Y_3 back on line. We heard no further problems at all on that rate gyroscope. However, a review of that indicates that there was an unexplained variation in the performance of that gyroscope which is used to measure the drift of the space station away from its attitude. It is not, however, related in any way to the command control moment gyros, which are large - much larger gyroscopes primarily used for attitude control. The rate gyros merely measure the drift and that feeds information to the computer, which is then used to command the control moment gyros, which modify the attitude. So the rate gyros are a completely different area did - One of the rate gyros, one of nine existing ones put out an irregular rate for a short period of time, about 16:00 Greenwich mean time, or shortly before. That problem has gone away and there is no explanation for it yet. But it appears now that previous belief which was that the six pack, might have been bumped accidentally, in the period right before the alarm, has not been verified after a review of the computer tapes. This is Skylab Control 24 minutes and 42 seconds to our next acquisition, if we pick up Vanguard. 45 minutes away at Canary Island, and we'll see if we can't get you better instructions on that. It's now 41 minutes and 43 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours 44 minutes Greenwich mean time. Came back up to give you a report on the Vanguard pass. That pass which was approximately 22 minutes away. It has been cancelled to give the crew of the Vanguard tracking ship a rest. They have had a great many passes over the last period of time over a good many hours since early this morning and they are being let go for the final pass of the day and give a chance for the Vanguard crew to get a little bit of rest. So that Vanguard pass has been cancelled. Our next acquisition is now 32 minutes and 25 seconds away. Correction, that's 42 minutes and 20 seconds away at Canary Islands. This is Skylab Control at 44-1/2 minutes after the hour, END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 20 hour 25 minutes and 43 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now 50 seconds from acquistion at Canary Island. The pass through Canary Island and Madrid tracking station will last approximately 15 minutes. We'll bring the line up live for air-to-ground through Canary Island and Madrid. The Flight Director is still Charles Lewis although Don Puddy has come into Mission Control center and spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield. CC 13-1/2 CDR CDR line 25 or CC CC CDR to the pad STOP? CC for CC to Madrid recorder. CC REFERENCE Skylab, minutes. Roger, Hank. Houston, CDR. line i0? We'll check it. Like to get that on a line 25. Okay, and you want - I guess according it left in MIRROR LINE SCAN rather than That's affirmative. over data Do you want the MIRROR in Houston through Canary and Madrid

you

want

Skylab, Houston_ we'll be handing in a minute or 2. And we'll be dumping the CDR, at 0102. Houston, we'd like to get

a MECHANICAL

CC CDR, Houston_ to clarify that last call since we're in MECHANICAL REFERENCE, we want that rather than the pads all zip there. We need 0102. CDR Say_ again, I was recording, Hank. CC Okay, on the pad for closeout there, we give you a grading of all zips and because we've got MECHANICAL REFERENCE that should be 0102. CDR Okay. CC Skylab_ Houstonp we're i minute from LOS. We_ll see you at Guam at 21:06, and that's 27 minutes. CC And CDR_ Houston_ no need to acknowledge but when you get back to the C&D loop troubleshooting, we'd like to get a check on the reservior there - level. CDR Roger. CC We're just curious if all this flushing took any out of the reservior. PAO Skylab Control at 20 hours 41 minutes and 20 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now over eastern Europe and has gone out of range of the tracking antenna at Madrid. Our next acquisition is 25 minutes away at Guam. During this last pass at the very end of the pass, Spacecraft Communicator Hank Hartsfield, asked Commander Gerald Cart if he had an opportunity to take a look at the

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level That which

on

the

ATM

Control

and

Display

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coolant reservior now

check is is about

to determine 45 percent

whether or not the full, has gone down

that the gas has been separated out of the coolant loop fluid. That fluid is primarily water with some addativies. Present time pump B flowing in the coolant loop, we're having the hi_hest levels that have ever been seen since the Skylab space station was launched, a flow which indicate the system is extremely clean now. And that certainly seems to be a which solar go to would very very good sign for the performance of that loop is essentially keeping touch temperatures down on the instruments panel. Touch temperatures are allowed to 105 degrees, rise above but without the that level unless coolant the TV loop the temperatures monitors were

left off for it's running an indication

a part of each pass. So, nearly 300 pounds per hour of better than 35 gallons

the fact now that pressure, which is of coolant flowing

through the line each hour, is certainly a good sign. That's the highest level, as I said, since prelaunch measurements were made. Prelaunch it was flowing at approximately the same level it's flowing at now, After launch it dropped immediately to about 250 pounds per hour, and it had run - at it's peak had run at the 250 pounds per hour level. Recently, we've had a number of fluctuations during which the flow rate had dropped to zero a number of times and also a two varying points between 0 and 250 for periods up several minutes, Present time it is flowing smoothly 300 without variation - fluctuation on pump B. And to it at is

expected that pump B and pump C are both operating well enough now to be kept on line, A little bit of whining earlier when the pump was operating but that doesn't appear to be a malfunction of any kind. The flow looks too good from for the that, at least Environmental that's General the expectation Instrumentation right now and Life

Support Systems Engineer here at Mission Skylab crew will be making their first look at the comet Kohoutek through the instruments, at instruction of JOP 18B at 8 END a during little TAPE the period after 8 from approximately

Control. Tomorrow taking their first Skylab's solar is set for tomorrow 16:00 to about

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JOP 18D is set for tomorrow at during the period from approximately 16:00 to about little after 18:00 Greenwich mean time, tomorrow morning . That's between about 10 and 12 Houston time in the morning. JOP 18D, which will use several of the instruments to point at the comet Kohoutek will be the first time those instruments have ever been pointed in that direction and it had been delayed a couple of times. First because the comet had not proven as bright as scientists had expected and it was felt the data wouldn't be quite up to standards and then it was delayed again from yesterday to today to gain an additional opportunity to gather data on the absorption spectra of a star. One problem that was indicated with that maneuver a small one which has pretty much been cleared up is the 3 small bursts of thruster attitude control system gas were expected in the run. They are however, during the pointing test and the solar officer here in Mission Control said that that shouldn't pose any problem at all, they'll take that in to account in their calculations of the pointing. So that JOP 18D, the first comet observations with solar instruments is scheduled for tomorrow morning. at Guam, END OF This is Skylab Control 21-1/2 minutes it is now 45 minutes after the hour. TAPE" to acquisition

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PAO Skylab Control at 21 hours 5 minutes and 45 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now approaching acquisition of signal through the tracking antenna on Guam. Spacecraft communicator is still Hank Hartsfield, however Don Puddy has now taken Charles Lewis' place as flight director. The pass through Guam will last approximately 4 minutes and we'll bring the line up live now for air-to-ground there. CC Skylab, Houston through Guam for 3 minutes. when CC you've CDR CC at the got the CDR, Houston, how did the reservior look chance to look at it there? Say, again Hank. Roger, wondering if you had a chance to coolant reservior - with the level of the

look fluid.

ATM

C&D

CDR I'm just on my way up there. CC Skylab, Houston, we're about i minute from LOS. We'll see you at Honeysuckle at 16 and CDR we'll check on that reservior then and we also got one other task on the condesate system. PAO Skylab Control at 21 hours ii minutes and 41 seconds Greenwich mean time. The Skylab Space station has now passed out of range at Guam. We're about 4 minutes from acquisition at Honeysuckle. At this time we're still getting good reading on the flower rate from the ATM coolant loop which is in the process of completing a cleaning. Liquid gas separater was attached to that for several runs beginning earlier this morning. Commander Carr indicated early in his inspection of the filter taken out of that coolant loop, that it contained number of small pieces mostly in 1 millimeter, 2 millimeter size, that were apparently produced by lubricant which had coagulated in the loop. He didn't think that there was much concern about it, but the EGIL said the numbers of small pieces located on the filters might indicate a lot more of the material flowing in the line. Perhaps particles too small to be caught by the filter that's normally used in that line. So liquid gas separator, which is capable of reducing and removing particles that are about 1/5 the size of those that pass through the filter, was attached to the line and several runs have been made with that with results. acquisition We'll leave END OF TAPE a very We're _ what appears about 2 minutes so far to be very good and 50 seconds from pass.

at Honeysuckle where we'll have a 5 minute the line up for air-to-ground there.

SL-IV MCI080/I Time: 15:13 CST, 12/18/73 CC 5 minutes. got now our C&D the

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Skylab,

Houston On the

through

Honeysuckle

for

CDR Ro_er, Hank. the black bladder pushed all where it says dump. CC benefit? CDR Okay, Roger. Jer,

that ATM way down you say

reservoir, it's to the full end once again for

would

I said

it's the

in the ATM

the huh?

coolant reservoir, the black bladder has been pushed all way to the dump, or full end. CC Roger, we copy. CDR The bubbles up in the liquid are about size of birdshot, about the size of - oh, size 6 birdshot. CC Roger, you can still see bubbles in there That's say the quarters affirmative. Ah, there's not a average distance between bubbles of an inch, not too dense.

CDR lot of bubbles l'd is about oh, three

CC CDR, Houston. I wonder if we could get you to do one task for us on the hold - condensate holding tank. We would llke to re-establish our Delta P, so we can keep the water removal system going on heat exchanger, and to do that what we need to do is reconnect the condensate holdin_ tank, inlet hose to the condensate inlet QD for probably just a couple of minutes is all it'll take to reestablish a Delta P. And then we'll disconnect it and let the dump continue. about it. Anyone CDR 16 CC care CDR CC switch in ATM to to 17 Okay, so inches. I'ii far the bladder's moved, I guess tell you when I've completed see some VTR activity.

Skylab, Houston, we comment? The bossman is hard Okay, monitor. we - we were

at work. seeing the video

CC Skylab, Houston, we're about 30 seconds from LOS. We - we will see you again at Canaries at 05 and that's about 44 minutes from now. And in re_ard to reestablishin_ that Delta P, Jer, I guess you'll have to monitor it yourself on the gau_e and then disconnect the hose when it's at re-establish. CDR Say, again, Hank. I was down at the condensate tank and couldn't hear you? CC Okay, we're going over the hill now, Jer. And - and I guess EGIL says it'll be okay to leave it hooked up till we get to Canaries. CDR it back on Okay, again. I just yanked it off, I'll go put

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PAO Skylab Control at 21 hours 22 minutes and 36 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now going over the hill at the Honeysuckle Creek, Australia tracking antenna. Our next acquisition is 42 minutes away at Canary Island. During this last pass, discovered the - here in Mission Control that the switch for the - for the video tape recorder was in the wrong position and Ed Gibson was asked to switch that. He did switch to the portable position at the very end of that run. He had been attempting to photograph the gypsy moths, which hatched a few days ago. Tomorrow there'll be ATM activities that include photography of the comet Kohoutek. And later this afternoon there will be a briefing that's presently scheduled for 4:30 Houston time, that will include George Withbroe of the Harvard College Observatory, one of the experimenters who will gather data with S055 on the comet tomorrow, and also who has some interesting things to report on discoveries of the Sun, based on that SO55 data. There may be other participants in that and we'll give you an update on that later. It's presently scheduled for 4:30 p.m. central standard time. This is Skylab Control 41 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. It's now 24 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MCI081/I Time: 16:04 CST 12/18/73

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours 4 minutes Greenwich mean time. With a reminder to the press that at 4:30 p.m. today central time we'll have a press briefing envolving Dr. George Withbroe. That press briefing will be in building number i, room 135. Dr. Withbroe is associated with the Apollo telescope mount activities. Space station is about a half sec - half a minute away from acquisition through the Canary Island tracking site. And we'll stand by for the call up from Spacecraft Communicator, Bob Crippen. CC you CDR was just on TV. with through going Good afternoon, Skylab. Crippen team Canary for 12 minutes. Crip, strange it should be to you, I to announce that we finally have the moths a small problem that the TV switch

CC I think we might have there. (Chuckle) The last time we showed up there was in mon 1 and not TV. again

CDR I went through the whole thing all over Crip. I think we just completed the whole tape. CC Okay. Understand you got it. Have we seen any new moths? SPT Yeah, I think I saw 1 possibly 2 new fellows crawling around there today. They only last about a day or two so the ones that are crawling are usually fairly recent. CDR You guys better start thinking up some names, Crip. CC I'm not good at namin_ things like that, I thought you guys were. All these are in the wild ones, none in the tame yet. SPT Yep, all wild ones. SPT There's got to be a moral there somewhere. CDR Crip, how does our Delta P look across that condensate holding tank? CC Checking it. CDR How does the Delta P look across the condensate CC connected. we do so. holding We'll tank? It's coming up we want to leave tell you later when to disconnect it it if

up No

CDR Okay. SPT Hey, Crip. Any thought on the singling in our YX's on rate gyro number 2? CC We're still looking at that one Ed. answers as yet. And I wonder if we could find out how

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we got along on the C and D coolant procedure? SPT Okay, Crip. Jerry's been holding up at step J, because of the other things we got going on here. If you want him to press on we'll go ahead. CC Uh - at your convenience you can press on with it not to interfere with your experimental activities here. SPT END OF TAPE Okay. We'll do it.

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CC Skylab, Houston, probably for Bill it might be more convenient. We show experiment 1 tape recorder running, and we'd appreciate it if you can turn it off at your convenience. PLT The run for S183 is through. CC Stand by, sounds like we got a problem then. CC CDR moved That's one for you guys, you're right. Crip, the bladder in the holding tank of the distance, about a little over 2

has feet.

about

2/3

CC Copy, that. Thank you Jer. CDR You ready to shift to pump Charlie? CC Jer, when you've complete it and got it all hooked up as scheduled for switching to the pump, we're ready for it. And we're GO, I guess, to to leave it ON tonight. CDR Okay, well step J said to switch to pump Charlie. Do you want me to wait until I get it all taken apart and set up right? CC I'm sorry, I thought you've already gotten to that - that step. Stand by i. CC We're 30 seconds from LOS. We'll see you again at Carnarvon at 22:45. Jet, you are GO to continue with the step J of turning the pump Charlie ON. You're GO all the way through the procedure. CDR Okay. PAO Space station has moved out of range of Madrid. The tracking site that had it last. We'll reacquire again in approximately 26 minutes through the Carnarvon station. In meantime, a reminder again that there is a scheduled press breifing at 4:30 p.m. central stand - central standard time in room 135 of building number I, involving Dr, George Withbroe who is associated with the ATM experiments. At 22 hours 19 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MCI083/I TIME: 17:02 CST, 12/18/73

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours, 2 minutes Greenwich mean time. During the press conference just concluded the space station was in contact with Carnarvon and with Honeysuckle, the tracking stations in Australia, we acquired approximately 3 and a quarter minutes of tape recorded information as the station passed through those two tracking sites and we'll play that back at this time. CC Skylab, Houston AOS through Carnarvon, we have you for 14 minutes. CDR (garble) Charlie coming on Crip. CC Roger, Jer, we assume that you've just completed housekeeping 81X-ray, then. CDR That's right the new filter's in and I'm going to move on now to step step L. CC Roger. Skylab, Houston we're getting ready to commence a data/voice recorder dump. CC For the CDR, Jer, you got a moment? CDR For you or we, Crip. CC Oh, you're so generous. One little item on this liquid gas separator that the procedure calls for you to stow a little bit later on, we think it might be a good idea to put some red tape on that one or some way identify it. CDR Okay, sure will. CC Thank you sir. CC Skylab, Houston if we got somebody in the vicinity we would like to verify that experiment 1 recorder is off and we'll go ahead and dump it here through Honeysuckle. PLT Rog, it's off Crip you can take it. CC Thank you sir, we got a - got that motion central problem on that one so we can't really tell what the status of it is here on the ground.. CC Skylab, Houston we're about a minute from LOS, we'll have you again at MILA in about 35 minutes, at 23:33, 23:33 and Jer if you can we would appreciate if you'd would verify for us that the EREP valve is in BYPASS. CDR That's verified Crip and we've completed the procedures on that troubleshooting. CC Outstanding. Usually we can tell by decrease in flow on the thing but you're getting so much better flow in it now, we're not use to looking at the numbers. Looking like 280 pounds an hour right now. CDR Hey, that's good. CC Did good work today. CDR There's still lots of bubbles in that reservoir CC though. Yeah but you must have got most of them out.

SL-IV MCI083/2 TIME: 17:02 CST, 12/18/73 CDR to look

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time

at it

When there

I popped that filter off was an awful lot of foam

the snd

first

bubbles. But looks like it wouldn't happen that way this time. CC Very good. CDR Okay, you about ready for me to start securing the condensate dump tank. CC Whenever you think the thing's empty you can go ahead with that and you can just press on leaving it connected to the condensate tank. CDR expression, stud PAO Honeysuckle. At 26 through the Merritt 23 hours, 6 minutes the END OF TAPE Okay, I'll take my little, you'll pardon finder and find out where it is. That completed the air-to-ground at minutes more we'll reacquire again Island tracking station in Florida. Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control.

SL-IV MCI084/I Time: 17:31 CST, 12/18/73

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours 31 minutes Greenwich mean time. About three quarters of a minute away from acquistion through MILA. Standing by for air-toground. CC have you CDR CC chat? We SPT Crip? CC Yes sir. PLT Hey, Crip, Jet and I'd like to pass on a good word to the people that wrote that procedure for that ATM C&D coolant pump troubleshooting. CC Okay, thank you. I guess it sounded like it worked all okay and looks like we got lots of good pressure. I guess you guys went through it without any any bi_ problem. CC Skylab, Houston, sorry we dropped out there for a minute, we're back with you. Regarding that C&D procedure it sounded like it really worked out fine today, and kind of good to get a good loop and maybe we can quit bugginE you about that thing. I know Hank did did an awful lot of work on getting it put together for you and I'll pass on your words to him. PLT Yeah, I know an awful lot of work was put in on that because that - it flows very nicely and with some of that water system hardware we have to use is not labeled and everything. And (garble), it was worded in such a way that we had no problems. I made - I got slowed down once but that was my fault and it was not the fault of the procedures. They were well written. CC Very good. Thank you for the good words. And you guys are - certainly deserving of congratulations in carryin_ them out so well. SPT Say, Crip, can I talk about two ATM relay items before we start talking the maneuvers? CC Yes sir, press on Ed. SPT Okay, when in observation the large streamer above the prominence is getting a little bit larger at the base towards the cell, looks as though there's either a new structure moving up there or the old one is just - is growing but (garble) and is asymmetrical if it is growing on (garble) something else moving up. And then second, on the 55 they quoted a number of mirror positions to do GRATING AUTO RASTERS here and I think they all assumed that we started at grading 32 and in or mirror position, 32 in the left right for Skylab, Houston, we're AOS about ii minutes. Roger, Crip. Rog, and does the SPT have Can you hold it up for through MILA.

a moment

to

about

5 minutes,

SL-IV MCI084/2 Time: 17:31 CST, 12/18/73

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rather than 33 which we're now operating. So I went ahead and figured we were working on 33 which we actually are and in i0 arc second intervals, which I think was the intent of their procedures. And I'd like to see whether that is really what they're after and also there may be some mod - modifications to the next orbit? on is CC that. We correct. should Okay, Ed, you have been using you're 33 and absolutely right what you've done

SPT Okay, thank you Bob. CC My tern yet? SPT If we can answer the question about the next orbit which also gives mirror positions although that!s not quite as straight forward as this one and l_m wondering whether they assumed 32 or 33 in those positions? CC Okay. We'll check on those. CDR Your tern Crip. CC Thank you sir. Also relating to the next orbit. Last night we sent you up a - a JOP change for building block 39, and we built this schedule assuming that is was not incorpated yet. Can you tell us one way or the other? but SPT I have incorpored everything I've come up let me take a look at this one specifically. Hold on? CC Okay, it's JOP 5 building block 39. SPT No, that has been incorporated but I can run it the old way getting them GRATING AUTO SCAN, that'll give a mirror position rather than a MIRROR AUTO RASTER. and jot the CC run it with it down. the -

Well, l've got some info for you to go ahead MIRROR AUTO RASTER if if you want to

SPT Okay, give me 10 seconds and then give me information, please. SPT Go ahead, Crip. CC Okay. Want detectors OFF, and GRATING at 01:02, (garble). SPT Okay. CC Also, in the subsequent orbit you are scheduled for some TV downlink and what we're planning on doing is rewinding the VTR to the 8 minute blank segment that we got when you were trying to do that p - picture of my favorite subject, and we'll allow that 8 minutes in there_ so don't go over 8 at least. SPT l_m not about to try that the moth dialogue again, What happened there Crip, was I had it all setup and I went whistling down there and got delayed doing the medical experiment, and figured I still had it setup

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meantime, Jerry ran an ATM pass, and had to use the VTR and there we were again. CC Rog, and so what we saw is we had an 8 minute blank segment on it. Then you went ahead and - and did the moths, and what we're going to do is rewind to that blank segment. END OF TAPE

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SPT back broke last blank What that CC with you. CC lock once regarding 8 minutes. SPT I was went

(Garble) You're unreadable we've got bad comm. Get

more going

Okay, sorry about and I didn't get back to the last

that Ed. We - we've your response to my 8 minutes make_ that good some should lean one procedure. discussion use in was the secindicating the one to

remarking along with The with

Yeah, that's fine, that's on is was that there was both attempts, one I got one and and you second the first a little the second

ond discussion. what happened to use. CC seeing Crip. the SPT

pictures

Okay, very good, I'm of the of the moths. The one at the top is

looking named

forward after

you,

CC You're so sweet to me. at some doors opened right now, and it would you went to stowage before we got our sunset you can go back to AUTO, we would appreciate CC Okay CDR CC Houston, Go CDR. CDR

Ed, we're looking appear that maybe signal. So if it.

CDR Hey, I'm between a rock and a hard spot here. I've got S019 set up in the minus Z SAL and now I've got to evacuate this condensate holding tank. If the hoses will reach, is the vacuum utilization system on the plus Z SAL still usable? at CC that, just a Negative second. on that. Let us take a look

CDR Okay. CC Okay, Skylab, we're about 45 seconds from LOS, we'll see you again over Madrid in 4 minutes and that's at 23:33 _ correction at 23:47. And Jer the only solution we see is that you're going to have to pull SO19 out of the SALs and then do the dump. CDR I was afraid of that. CC PAO minutes. the line We CC have CC PLT In up. you the Sorry We'll interest about reacquire of that. the space of AOS a station words, through moment in we'll 3 keep

conservation we're got

for

about

Skylab, Houston 8 minutes.

Madrid. Bill?

PLT, Houston, you Yeah, go Crip.

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CC Rog, we're noting down here that the left/right actuator temperature for the ATM canister is increasing. And it's still about 3 degrees below our limit, but you're going to have sunrise before we see you again. And we'd just like you to make sure when sunrise does GO and the can is supposed to unlock that you make sure that it does not freeze up in left/right. If it does to go ahead and use your procedure of going to solar inertial there. PLT Okay, thank you very much. CC Rog, there was also a question Ed put to us regarding the mirror positions for your upcoming orbit. And we'd like you to just go ahead and use them as the pads. You've got three of them down there, use the last two. PLT Rog, use the last two mirror positions. SPT That's the way I marked it, Crip. CC Okay, thank you Ed. And we're about 30 seconds from LOS, we'll see you again at Carnarvon at 25 minutes, 23:47, 23:47 I can't tell time 00:20, 00:20. PAO Space station moved out of range of Madrid, Next acquisition Carnarvon. At 23 hours 56 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-I¥ McI0g6/I Time: 18:29 12/18/73

CST,

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 29 minutes Greenwich mean time, in the new day of the year that would be 3 - day 353. We're about 40 seconds away from acquisition at Honeysuckle. On this pass which wa - which is the 3,153rd pass of - or - revolution of the space station. Standing by for the call from spacecraft communicator to the crew of Skylab-IV. CC Skylab, Houston, AOS through Honeysuckle for 5 minutes, somebody took away Carnarvon when I wasn't looking. CC Skylab, Houston, we're 1 minute from LOS. Next station contact is over Texas in 32 minutes, that's at 01:07, 01:07. And at your convenience we can start taking the evening status report somewhere around there. it to SPT right now, Crip. CC get hold of you. SPT Okay, You Jerk Okay, Jerry is applying to

better

watch

out,

skipper out

is going the trash

I'll have

to tren -

clean

airlock again. CC Put you in charge of the head once more. PAO Loss of signal through Honeysuckle. A quiet pass, principally because according to the Flight Plan the the crew is involved in a leisurely dinner at this time, at the Skylab round table. We'll reacquire in about a half an hour. At 37 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MCI087/I Time: 19:05 CST 12/18/73

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 1 hour 5 minutes Greenwich mean time. About a minute 20 seconds away from acquisition at Texas. And we're receiving data in here so we'll stand by for communication, the air-toground with the crew, CC Skylab, Houston, we're AOS through Texas, and we've got you for about 14-1/2 minutes. And when ever it's convenient for Jer, we're ready for the evening status report. CDR Okay, how about tomorrow? CC That's convenient for me. I don't think some people down here would agree with us though. CC I've never have been able to write that fast when you give it. CDR Okay, here it goes. Sleep: CDR, 4.0, 4.0/heavy; SPT, 4.8p 4.0/heavy, .8/light; PLT, 4.0, 4.0/heavy. Volume: CDR, 1550; SPT, Ii00; PLT, 1500. Water gun readings: CDR, 7513; SPT, 2959; PLT, 9039. Body mass: CDR, 6.313, 6.315, 6.315; SPT, 6.367, 6.370, 6.368; PLT, 6.237, 6.236, 6.236. Exercise: Deltas, CDR, Method Alfa, minus 12 minutes, minus 2,000 watt-minutes; SPT, Method A was not done: PLT, no change. CDR, let's see all three crewmen no no drugs. CDR, for discarded clothing is a pair of socks; SPT, none; PLT, 1 T-shirt, 1 pair of shorts, 1 shirt_ i pair of socks. The Food log: CDR, 6.5 salt_ plus 1 coffee with sugar, plus 1 grape drink, minus .5 water; SPT, plus i0.0 salt, plus 1 tea, minus 2.0 water; PLT, 8.0 salt, plus 2 coffee, plus 1 grape drink, minus 1.0 salt. No Flight Plan deviations. No Shopping list accomplishments. No Inoperable equipment. Nope - no hold that transporter 03 is jammed. Transporter 03 is jammed, and we'll try to get some troubleshooting done on that, haven't gotten to it yet. Unscheduled stowage: none. Stand by for the Photo. Okay, Photo: 16-millimeter: M487, Housekeeping 60 Echo, Charlie India 72, 00, Charlie India 85. We used transporter 07 in lieu of 03 which waa jammed, and percentage of film used was 40 percent. Okay, Nikon. CC Jer, why don't we hold up for just a minute through handover, and I'll get you after. CC Okay, Jer, we're back with you now through MILA, you can go on. CDR Okay, Nikon 01, no change; 02, Bravo Victor 43, 22; 03, Charlie India lllp 15; 04_ no change; 05, Bravo Hotel 05, 17. 70-millimeter: Charlie X-ray 17, 131. ETC, no change. EREP, no change. Drawer A: Alfa i, no change; Alfa 2, no change; Alfa 3, no change;

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Alfa 4, 03, Charlie India 71, 42, Charlie India 82, jammed; back 07, Charlie india 72, 00, Charlie India 85, used up. That's it. CC Okay, sounds good. Sounds llke you managed to get some shots in of that early EREP pass that you made this morning. One item on wakeup in the morning. Jer, we haven't got a convenient station pass for that. And what recommend is you set the timers, and we'll give you a call at 12:29 over Goldstone. CDR pass the Okay, Crip, we'll Ed do on the his it. his upcoming ATM TV on. We have tomorrow morning's

CC Okay, also for when he's dumping the - putting VTR reposition for that. CC One that - we've you, Jerry, in pad item got the regarding Bill BMMD.

activities photo of send in

scheduled For your be my

to do a documentary information we'll available best that face to you. early got

up a photo CDR the morning. CC has got to

tonight so that will But Crip_ I'm not at I don't know. good in the We were other

there

look

That fuzzy mornings.

you've

CC downlinked in the 509 CDR CC couple we've of had

to us the machine.

just enjoying day when you

some TV that you were driving around

days, you

day doing

Oh yeah, thatts Looks like it. before yesterday stereo photos,

really a lot of fun. Another question we and the day before that's mission day 31

got that and

32. But we haven't been able to find the BMMD readings associated with those, and wonder if you've managed to write them down some - some place. And if so would you please voice record them once more please. CDR I suspect the problem is we didntt do a BMMD at that moment. I guess we better go check the checklist. CC one CDR Okay, I think association with the Okay, well we it does call out stereo photos. blew it. you a about for you

to

do

in

CC regarding you tell CDR attention what END we OF

Okeydoke. Could I ask your 509 run since we're talking us which seat position you used? to used. it what Bill

question it? Could

Roger. I didn't even pay that much ever is called out in the checklist said it, let me go check.

is

TAPE

SL-IV MCI088/I TIME: 19:13 CST, 12/18/73

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CDR (Garble) that much attention to it whatever is called out the checklist is what we used. Bill said it, let me go check. CDR We used Bravo, Crip. CC Okay, used Bravo. Did you perchance use any Mosite on the seat and if so I'Ii take a piece. CDR Negative we didn't. I didn't feel like I needed it. It felt very solid to me and I didn't feel any slosh or slop at all. CC Okay, the reason I'm asking the question is that in reviewing the data, it looks like there it was a CG offset and we were just trying to see if we could explain it a little bit. Awhile ago when you were going through your photo report for us, we did not see any MI51 film taken up which was scheduled in your M092 run today. Can you clarify that for us please. CDR We're checking our checklist, there was none taken. CC Okeydoke. CDR Chalk up two for us. CC Okay, we got that one. On - might talk a little bit about visual ops, I don't know if you noticed but we've been calling out on - when we've been sending up the special Vis ops pad for you to do observation primarily or something of that nature and what we're going to do in the future is to note that on your detail pad, if it's really only observations we want and there's no other information required. And if there is some special emphasis which your book does not explain to you we will go ahead and put avis ops pad up for that but not just for when we want you to observe it only. And in in recognition of that we have - we're on the SPT's details tomorrow, it says he's got a pad and we have deleted that one. CDR Crip, you cut out then, you must've had a little drop out, you better try that one again. CC Okay, I'm sorry, we - we had a handover. It calls out on the SPT's details tomorrow. A 2340 handheld where it says observe only and then it says pad and there was really no additional information to go with that so we're not planning on sending a pad up in association with it. CDR Okay, we'll delete that. The pad that is. CC Rog, okay. Also in relation to the evening status report, it would appear that sometimes when you talk about throwing away clothes that you're talking about - you've maybe been holding them on hand for a few days to use them as rags or something and really in the report what the Pl's interested in getting is when you take them off and not necessarily when you throw them away. So in the future in the evening status

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report if you would relate to us the clothes that are removed for the day. Not planned to be put back on, I guess. CDR Yeah, but Bill does wear his for 4 days. CC Sounds like a personal problem. CDR Okay, we'll do that. CC Very good. One other item for I think we promised Ed, we were going to have an 18D pad up tonight so that you guys could go over that, and we've tried our best but unfortunately we haven't been able to succeed. Bill Lenoir is over in the SLS right now running with, we think is the latest pad but we aren't going to have that ready to go before you guys retire for this evening. Ed, Bill will give you a pretty good rundown of what the thing - what we're planning on doing for tomorrow verbally this morning and I can run over that again if you would like or best we can do otherwise is just to have the pads onboard tonight while you're asleep so you can look at them in the morning. SPT Let's go ahead and run over it again, Crip. CC Okay, basically we're gonna have the JOP 18D pad like we'd always planned so you can fill it in on your checklist. And you're going to go ahead and do move maneuver out so that you're - if the comet comes up in about the 6 o'clock of your field of view and you'll go ahead and do the 52 photographs. Okay, following that in this pad it's going to refer you to a special test which is on it a different pad. A JOP 18D pointing pad. And in it we're going to ask you to go through a series of maneuvers which allows us to determine if the problem has been associated or the problem we got on the last time was associated with roll and I believe that is fairly self explanatory, when you read it what we're asking you to do is basically just maneuvering it back and forth at a single axis and making sure that it goes along that axis. And we are giving you a specific offset that we determined from your last pointing test, a specific roll offset that is. SPT Okay, Crip and we can work that straight off the pad, we don't need a JOP summary sheet or any other paper associated with it? CC No sir that's straight off the pad that you can do this maneuvering portion. And when you get to the end of that you go ahead and go beck to the JOP IgD summary sheet to pick up the repositioning for doing the 82B and 55 portions of it. Now the maneuvering on this special test will probably carry you around through one whole pass. We hope that you're going to be able to complete it on that one and then get into the 82B on the next time that you get comet rise. But if you don't we do want to do the pointing

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even to the point of overriding the 82B stuff. SPT Okay and to what is the magnitude of the star that we'll be working with. CC Think you might have me there. We give you the option on this of using the star or the comet. They're going to be right together and I'll try to get a magnitude here for you shortly. We're going to go LOS in about 30 seconds and we're going to have you again over Madrid in 5 minutes. But that's going to be your med conference at 01:25. Honeysuckle follows at 02:11, 02:11 and I can go ahead and talk to you a little bit more about it. SPT Okay, Crip you talked about a comet rise before and that would imply that it said which makes me wonder how much of the orbit is not usable. CC Okay, we're going to go around and two you'll get comet rise, you'll get set and then we'll come around and get comet rise again and do the other portions of it. For Jerry's information we got a good Delta P on the condensate tank, and we're going over the hill now. SPT Thank you Crip, I've got a couple of questions I'll talk to you later. CC Yes sir. END OF TAPE

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PAO We've had loss of signal through Madrid. We'll reacquire again in about 38 minutes. At 1 hour 33 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO (garble). The report of physican the attending physican on the health of the crew, and I'll read that to you. The crew health is good. The pilot's rash is subsiding under directive care. Observation over the next few days will help us differentiate among the possible specific ideologies. And that is the end of the report, it was signed by Dr. erald Hordinsky. i0 seconds until we acquire the spacecraft at the Honeysuckle tracking station. CC Skylab, Houston, I've got you for 30 seconds, to tell you we're going to get you stateside, at 02:41 over Texas, that's about 30 minutes away. CDR Roger, how does the condensate Delta P look? CC We show it at 41, it's dropped off what slightly from what we thought initially. CDR Okay. That procedure's all complete now. CC Very good, thank you. And for Ed's information, and Terry's there's going to be a star and it's plus 1.2 and I can talk to him some more over stateside. PAO It was a short pass through the Honeysuckle trackin_ site. We'll acquire them again in 27 minutes. At 2 hours 13 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PA0 This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 41 minutes Greenwich mean time. Coming up on Texas and Goldstone on this pass across the states. About 30 seconds away from acquiring the space station for probably the last time tonight in as much as it is a plan to put the crew to bed a hour early, since they were awaken at 4 a.m. central standard time this morning, to do an EREP pass. PAO We're standing by. CC Skylab, Houston welre AOS through Goldstone and we have you for about I0 minutes across the states. Skylab, we see that we've got all of our VTR info on and we're going to take and rewind it for dump, so it's not available for your use. SPT Roger, Crip. CC And also if it's convenient for somebody, we would appreciate it if they could give us a frame remaining count on the ATM C&D tonight. SPT Coming at you Crip, 08 465, 02118, 00053, 00616, 03809, 02462. CC Copy that Ed. And if the CDR is available I would like to ask one little question about putting things down on flight plans. CDR Go ahead. CC Rog, Jer and looking at the flight plans that you had today, it's obvious to me how I would have probably ended up missing that 151 that you had scheduled for 92, in that it sort of followed the split in the page plus it's put down in the very bottom. We were trying to think of ways that we might of made that clearer to you. One of them of course is to put it up before the item or the experiment that is to be photographed, which we will try to do in the future. The other item we were considering doing, and we were wondering whether it was worthwhile or not was putting it in details. Do you would something like that help or just make your details longer? CDR No Crip, I think this was sort of an isolated case. I think probably the way we're doing it is okay. I think probably the most helpful thing would be for me to have the CAP COMM say don't forget. CC Okay, we_ll certainly try to do that in the future, we're CDR That's how you kept us from messing up nuZ updates and missing those all the time, and this might be another good way. CC Okay, we'll try to remind you of those little items as we go through the flight plan in the future. And that's about all the items I had, exercise me, had this evening. The DELTA-P is looking good on the condensate tank

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which we're all thankful for. We didn't want to go through the little ditties that we've had during Al's mission. And I we would - got some evening news for you that I can run through at your convenience. CDR Okay, I think we're all ready. CC Okay, everybody down here in the MOCR enjoys trying to hear me trying to read the evening news also. CDR Do you use sound effects like Bruce does? CC No, I don't I'm not as good as Bruce when it comes to doing things like evening news. Rog and corollary is assuming that we did get S019 back in the SAL and got it all evacuated and ready to use tomorrow. CDR That's affirmative. CC Okay, very good. I'll press on and try to give you some news then. Man may have walked upright more than three million years ago, according to a new find of leg in Ethiopia. If the estimate of the age of the bones is confirmed, the finding would be the first direct evidence that man was walking erect that long ago. The finding was reported in Addis Ababa by Dr. Carl Johanson of Case Western Reserve University_ Cleveland, Ohio, who said he found fossilized human bones last October at the Hadar River basin near the town of Dessie at Wollo Province. Dr. Johanson told the Ethiopian Herald in an interview published Sunday that the find constitutes the only known evidence that man was walking on two legs three or four million years ago. In this country, Dr. Ian Tattersall, physical anthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, said that if the report is correct, it would push back the minimum age at which man walked upright. Dr. Tattersall noted that the Johanson finding would be somewhat older than the findings last year by British anthropologist Richard Leakey. Richard Nixon has scheduled a meeting Wednesday afternoon with chief energy adviser Willian Simon as the deadline approaches for an administration decision on gasoline rationing. Deputy Press Secretary Warren would not predict whether the Wednesday meeting would bring an announcement on rationing. Simon has said he expects a rationing decision to be made this week. And speaking of energy, we did have to clarify for some of the members of the press down here, when we talked about gas that we were talking about only pure nitrogen and didn't have an petroleum products as regards to the Skylab. College Basketball Polls: The UPI rates the teams in the following order. UCLA number i, North Carolina number 2, Notre Dame, number 3, Marquette

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4, Maryland 5, North Carolina State 6, and Indiana 7. AP poll has UCLA number i, Maryland number 2, Norte Dame 3, North Carolina 4, North Carolina State 5, Marquette 6, and Indiana number 7. The Wolfpack of North Carolina State beat Kansas in the Liberty Bowl last night by a score of 31 to 18. And the Reno Turf Club has picked END OF TAPE

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CC North Carolina State, 5, Marquette 6, and Indiana number 7. The Wolfpack of North Carolina State beat Kansas in the Liberty Bowl last night by a score of 31 to 18. And the Reno Turf Club has picked the Miami Dolphins as a 2-1 favorite to win the Supper Bowl. And Minnesota gets in there 3 to i and Dallas and Los Angeles are both rated at 4 to i. And also today the - the ladies over in our office managed to fix one of their great lunches to honor the first two Skylab crews and we missed you guys there. CDR SPT missed Yeah, I'm We missed the lunch. sorry being we couldn't be with the folks there. and

we

CC Rog. We'll get them to work one up when you guys get back, must have put on another i0 pounds. I even got a round of applause from the MOCR down here for starting my news report tonight. I didn't fumble over 3 or 4 times. SPT Well, that's show biz. CC Rog. CDR All you guys in the MOCR better be careful you're going to spoil him. CC Don't worry, they haven't done that yet. SPT Say, Crip. You gonna read the news. CC Thank you. CC You're kind of like the (garble). CC SPT, Houston_ I'm assuming Ed that youtve got no more questions that I can run over with you on that JOP 18D you got tomorrow. Still trying to get Bill back from the SLS. was the SPT Yeah, Crip. The question how much time do we have of common viewing time that it's (garble). CC I'm sorry Ed. I didn't all that question. SPT Okay, Crip I want to know of the orbit will we be able to see the comet of time will we not be able to? CC answer fairly which time didn't I had verses quite get

of what fraction and what period

Okay_ let's see if I can give you that quickly. CC Okay, Ed we've got you for about another minute and half here. And where we had a little key hole. I've got the time available for you that the co - comet is going to be visible. CC SPT, Houston, you read me now okay? SPT Yeah_ I read you now Crip. You were broken up t_ere a little while.

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CC Okay, I'm sorry I dropped out. We're 1 minute from LOS and we're going to say good night to you here. Madrid if you need to call us is going to be at 03:02. That's only about 5_i/2 minutes away. The times that the thing is available is almost the whole day light side. And it's for example, it's on the first time it's going to be from 15:39 to 16:34 and 17:12 to 18:07 on the second rev. SPT CC clear once it tomorrow you've Okay, Crip, thanks very much. Okeydoke, I think it'll be pretty you get a chance to take the pad and go through morning. And we have allotted the hour that take down and put it on your JOP sheet. Okay, I see that in the flight plan, for that, make it got a lot smoother l'm is the first maneuver?

requested_ SPT thanks very much sure. What time

CC Maneuver time is going to be go at hole at 15:51. And that's - that's first estimate on this thing, that don't - well it's probably our - about our six estimate, but that is still eing looked at in the SLS right now, but it should be okay. SPT Okay_ I guess thatts your first and final (garble) CC That's affirmative. Ya'll need to maneuver out to it once and then we'll come back later. Going over the hill. PAO The Spacecraft Communicator gave the crew a good night for this day. However, we're about 3 minutes away from Madrid. And we'll keep the llne up for the pass through Madrid. There's a real good possi_ bility that we'll have some more communication. END OF TAPE

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CC (Music). CDR Good night, Crip. CC Nighty-night guys. CDR Okay, we'll name the next moth Irene. PAO And with the playing ever so softly of Irene Goodnight, Goodnight Irene, I'll See You in my Dreams the ground, tonight, sentimentally tucked the Skylab IV crew into bed, on this the 33rd day of the mission. We'll we'll conclude the broadcasting at this time. At 3 hours 12 minutes 56 seconds Greenwich mean time_ this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 28 minutes and 47 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab crew is about to be awakened at the Goldstone tracking antenna. We're 50 seconds now from acquisition of signal there. The pass through Goldstone will last a little less than 5 minutes. Flight Director at this time is Milton Windler_ and the CAP COMM is Carl Henize. We're going live now for air-to-ground at Goldstone in California. CC good morning on CDR CC through Goldstone at LOS. And we'll see 12:52. very Skylab, this is Houston wishing you a the morning of mission day 34. Good morning, Houston. Skylab, this is Houston talking to you the moment. We have about i minute to you at Vanguard in about 18 minutes at

PAO SKylab Control at 12 hours 35 minutes and 36 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is out of range of the Goldstone tracking antenna. We're 16-1/2 minutes from our next acquisition of signal which will be at Vanguard. This is Skylab Control 35 minutes and 50 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 51 minutes and ]_2 seconds Greenwich mean time. We're now about 55 seconds from acquisition of signal through Vanguard tracking station, where we'll have a i0_i/2 minute pass, Spacecraft communicator at this time is Karl Henize. Expect a change of shift briefing this morning, sometime after 8 o'clock. There will be a Flight Managment Team meeting first and PAO We're live now at Vanguard. CC Skylab, This is Houston. Through Vanguard for the next i0 minutes. Be advised that we will be turning on the primary coolant loop in the next few minutes and you can expect the caution and warning light. CDR Ready, Karl. CC And, I've been asked to remind the pilot about the documentary photo DPI3 this morning of the BMMD. The photo pad is on board for that and also on the film thread pad, that's message 3406A, we should have included the following note, and I'll repeat this later if you want it, but before you thread, transport 07, pull out 6 feet of film from CI74 and cut it off. to do PLT that. CC Thank you very much. I was getting ready

Great.

SPT Houston, SPT. CC Go ahead, Ed. SPT Because P59 has erupted and is no longer very close to the disk, there's very few remannts of it left. Do they want me to press on with the JOP 26, as I am right now which is based on looking at P59? CC Stand by on that one. CC Skylab, Houston. We'd like to send up a nay update and need the DAS for a couple of minutes. SPT You've got it. CC Ed, this is Houston. They say that we'd like to go ahead with JOP 26 but, following that we're not interested in JOP 25, we'd like to have you go ahead with the shopping list according to your best judgment. SPT Okay, thank you. CC On active region 00, they say. SPT That's where I'd be headed it, thank you. CC Ed, This is Houston. We'd like to have the high voltage on, on the X-REA. Thank you. CC Skylab, this is Houston. We have LOS in 1 minute. The primary coolant loop is looking in good shape and we hope you enjoy the slight additional cooling you might

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get. And, we'll be seeing you over Tananarive in about 13 minutes, that's at 13:15. SPT Roger. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 2 minutes and 37 seconds. We're now LOS at Vanguard. Our next acquisition is 12_i/2 minutes away. Skylab crewmen Gerald Carr, Ed Gibson and Bill Pogue begin their 34th day in orbit today. And, they'll be taking their first look at Kohoutek this morning with the solar instruments on the Apollo telescope mount. The crew will be observing the comet against a galactic background and obtaining baseline data for calibration purposes during two orbits today. Ed Gibson and Gerald Carr are scheduled to be working at the console. The ATM instruments to be used for viewing the comet and recording data will be the S052, white light coronagraph, S055, ultraviolet scanning polychromator spectroheliometer and S082, ultraviolet spectroheliograph and the S056, X-ray event ultraviolet telescope. During the first orbit of Kohoutek observation this morning the S052, white light coronagraph will obtain polarization and morphological variation of the coma and tail of the comet. The data will provide density structure for the comet and the determination of the comet's tail's mass. The S052 equipment the advantage of being in the visible range, that is to say from approximately 4000 to 7000 angstroms. It's a solar coronagraph, there are similar instruments on Earth-based at Earth-based observatory but, because this one operates outside the Earthts atmosphere, it provides much higher contrast photography as the comet moves in closer to the Sun. The
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PAO - - at Earth-based observatories, but because this one operates outside the Earth's atmosphere it provides much higher contrast photography as the comet moves in closer to the Sun. The atmosphere obscures most observations of the comet by Earth instruments and_ of course, the coronagraph is one of the most affected by it. The S056 X-ray event, ultraviolet telescope, will be used to observe X-ray fluorescence and radiation in the 2- to 33-angstrom range excited by by solar X-ray activities. The SO56 observations will be unique and exploratory in nature. The X-ray instrument will make the first observation of a comet by an X-ray telescope. About a 27 minute photographic exposure will te taken of the comet. Also during the first orbit of Kohoutek viewing the ATM precise pointing checks will be made by the crew, pointing - by pointing the ATM instruments at a star, in this case Alpha Scorpius, which is better known as Antares. The crew will try to move this star to different positions in the field of view on the TV display grid. A similar activity was participated in by the crew using the planet Mercury as a pointing object. On the second orbit of the Kohoutek observation the experiments SO82B and SO55 will be pointed at the comet. SO55 data, which is transmitted to the ground, will provide information on the hydrogen emission simultaneously on hydrogen Lyman-alpha, beta and gamma, and the Lyman continuum which will give data on the radiance of the hydrogen halo of the comet. Lyman-alpha radiation is emmitted by hydrogen in the far ultraviolet range at about 1200 and - at 1216 angstroms. It was first observed in the solar spectrum by rocket-borne spectrographs. Far ultraviolet radiation, of course, cannot reach the Earth's surface because it is scattered by the atmosphere. Also on the second Kohoutek obsto - observations the SO82B ultraviolet spectroheliograph will be used to obtain data. The data obtained by SO82B will be analyzed to determine metallic diatomic and polyatomic emission lines which are recorded and thus provide some unique data on the chemical composition of the comet. SO82B film, a special load was made for comet observations which is much more sensitive to light than that usually used for observing the Sun. Part of the reason for postponing observations until today was to allow that film to come into a position on - in the film pack. There are approximately 400 frames available for viewing. The SO82B speetroresolution will allow analysis of line profiles to determine temperature and pressure of the comet. The spaclal resolution will allow analysis for effects of solar radiation and solar wind and the ionization and decay rates

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of the observed constituents. SO82B has the special advantage of being able to obtain high-resolution spectrography in the ultraviolet region of particular interest to comet scientists. Comet Kohoutek is of about of i00 It's about 106 approaching the from a distance miles from Sun from of about the Earth, a 37 from million and in a an distance miles. orbit

million

that makes it approximately Its present rate of speed miles per hour. For Earth the constellation Scorpius Mercury tomorrow, December neighbor. closest time on be more the Sun Kohoutek approach to

stationary in relation observers and will 20th, to to 4:24

in regard to the Earth. to the Sun is 157,000 it appears to be in pass inside the orbit of become the Sun's nearest pass a.m. perihelion, or its central standard

is scheduled the Sun, at

December 28th. At than 250,000 miles just a little over

that time per hour, 13 million

the comet's velocity will and it's distance from miles. The comets

closest approach to Earth will be January 15, 1974. It will remain virtually stationary in regard to the Earth until it passes perihelion then it will rapidly come closer during the first weeks of January. At that time it will be - at January 15 it will be 75 million miles from the Earth, and about 60 million of about 118,000 while it's trying miles from the Sun, and miles as it's slowed by to move away. Caution have a rate of speed the Sun's gravity should be observed

while viewing the comet near the Sun in the morning twilight sky between now and December 28th and in the evening sky after that date. Widefield binoculars and small telescopes at low power are useful while viewing the comet. Additional photography today will be made by the Skylab crew by Bill Pogue using the 35-millimeter Nikon camera. That's the continuing photography that crew members have been making to record the exact brightness of the comet. Such experiment is not possible from the surface of the Earth where the atmosphere interferes substantially with readings of exact light. Preparations also photos today will be made with the ultraviolet stellar astronomy or SO19 camera. That's scheduled for 5:48 p.m. Preparations for tomorrow's M509 maneuvering exercise will be made by Carr and Pogue this morning. They'll be charging the batteries for the maneuvering unit. Pogue will do some checks of the SO63 ultraviolet airglow horizon photography equipment, and the T025 35-millimeter Nikon camera END OF TAPE

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PAO - solar astronomy or S019 camera. That's scheduled for 5:48 p.m. Preparations for tomorrow's M509 maneuvering unit exercise will be made by Carr and Pogue this morning. They'll be charging the batteries for the maneuvering unit. Pogue will do some checks of the S063 ultroviolet airglow horizon photography equipment and the T025 35_millimeter Nikon camera to have it ready for the Kohoutek photography scheduled during the spacewalk on Christmas Day. During the the think Thanksgiving Day spacewalk, the crewmen were unable to continue operation of the knob on the camera that sets the exposure time. It started free wheeling and they were unable to change the settings after 5 frames were taken. So the experiment was brought back inside Skylab without completing the planned number of exposures. All three crewmen will be manning the solar console today for acquiring data on the Sun. There are eight sessions scheduled at the ATM with a little over 5 hours of data take. The crew will be looking at solar prominence using JOP 4 on the northeast limb of the Sun. Solar scientist had hoped that it would develop into something big, but during the night it began errupting but not with the spectacular results that had been expected. Synoptic observations of the Sun will be continued and an active region will be observed as it moves across the Sun. Today, Ed Gibson will be the subject for MO92/M171 lower body negative pressure metabolic activity medical experiment. Carr will be the observer. Handheld photo targets for today include two this morning at 08:50 a.m. by Bill Pogue. He's scheduled to shoot the Nambid Desert dunes in Southwest Africa and the Okovango swamps in Northern Botswana. The Okovango swamp that has pointed out a few days ago in a briefing to the crew is believed to be a possible end result that may occur as well in Mall which is now suffering from drought. At 5:45, Ed Gibson is scheduled to shoot handheld photos of insecting infestation near Peruth, Australia. An optional handheld photo target for today is metropolitan development patterns in Lapoz, Bolivia. Today the astronauts will be pointing their Skylab solar telescope at the comet Kohoutek. That will be the first time that's been done on this mission. And of course the first manned observations from space of the comet using such large instruments. There are four instruments altogether observing the comet as it moves at a speed of 157,000 miles an hour. Morning observation of the comet will provide scientist in mission Control with their first electronic look at Kohoutek from Skylab. The comet has been extensivley recorded already by Skylab cameras with the film scheduled to be returned by the crew in early February. But today some data is going to be transmitted direct to ground stations and relayed here to Mission Control. In addition to scanning

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the ultraviolet radiation produced by the large cloud of hydrogen around the comet's small nucleus, the astronauts will transmit their first television pictures to reveal details of Kohoutek's size, shape, density and light intensity. That is, of course, in addition to the photography and uses two of the solar instruments. Earth observers have had very poor view of the comet as it's blotted out by morning twilight and it's become virtually impossible to gather useful data except for the radio astronomy instruments, now from the surface of the Earth. Skylab's expected to provide an immense bonus of information on the comet, which is already the most intensively studied in history. We're about 2 minutes and 50 seconds from acquisition at Tananarive. We'll leave the l_ne up now for air-to-ground there. The pass through Tananarive will last about 10-1/2 minutes. Flight Director is Milton Windier. But we've now begun a process of a handover to Charles Lew_s who's coming on duty. And Carl Henize is the spacecraft com_nicator. Milton Windler will be available for a change-of-shift briefing following Team Meeting which begins shortly after We_ll see if we can get a more definite said he_d like to do it a range of 8:30 to 9:00 immediately a.m. central a Flight Management 8 o'clock this morning. time on that. He in

thereafter, might be standard time this Skylab We'll

morning. Still a few hours away. This is and we're about 2 minutes from Tananarive. llne up live for air-to-ground there. END OF TAPE

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the

Skylab, this is Houston next 9 minutes.

through

CDR Roger, Carl. CC Skylab, this is Houston. We have 2 minutes to LOS. Reception is pretty poor. We'll see over Hawaii at 14:00, about 34 minutes from now. END OF TAPE

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CC We'll have you at 14:00, about 34 minutes now. CC Houston, this is Skylab. 1 minute to LOS, see you over Hawaii at 14:00. CDR Thank you, Carl. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 26 minutes Greenwich mean time. The Skylab space station is out of range now of the antenna at Tananarive. Our next acquisition is about 31-1/2 minutes away at Hawaii on the hour. This morning at Vanguard the primary coolant loop was brought on line. That's the airlock module coolant loop, and one of the main systems one also that had been leaking. The primary coolant loop was brought on line to help keep temperatures down in the orbital workshop. There are some readings now sensors indicating 78 to 79 degrees in there, at least in part, a result of the high Beta angle, that is to say, the large amount of time the Skylab space station has been spending in the Sun. So we've got double cooling now to keep it a little cooler in there. Next acquisition is 34 minutes away. This is Skylab Control at 26 minutes and 45 seconds after the hour. from END OF TAPE

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