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SL-IV Time: 12/9/73 MC800/I 16:56 CST 24:22:56 GMT
PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours, 56 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab completed a pass over the Guam tracking station during the change-of-shift news conference. We have 3 minutes, I0 seconds tape of that pass. We'll play that now. CC Skylab, Houston, hello from the purple gang at Guam for 9 9-1/2 minutes, and we're dumping the data/voice recorder. SPT Hello, purple people. CC Hello there, how're you guys doing today? SPT Well, pretty good. We're (garble) along and things looking up. Tell old Phil he certainly was right about crew moving around the vehicle. We did a stability test this morning, and we're watching Mercury in the white light coronagraph TV display and had Bill and Jer a few motions and he sure shows up around a 400ths of a degree or so will show up quite easily. CC He says just think what it would have been like if he'd been up there moving around. SPT Dick, I'm not going to touch that one. PLT I wish you wouldn't talk like that, Dick, you're going to scare our other CMG. CC (Laughter) Well, I'm trying to sit here with my broken arm talking to you now. SPT What'd you do? CC He just broke it when I said that. CDR I don't believe that, Dick, he's a gentle man. CC And, Skylab, Houston, for the PLT. On your details pad, Bill, coming up here in just a few minutes at 22:56, we got a - a film change on S063 and we have a question about that reticle so that we can prepare good pads for you tomorrow. What we want to know is, does Nikon 04 have a reticle with a cross hairs in it or does it have one of the reticles with the rings-concentric at that camera, would you take a look know which way and that'll effect how row. CDR CC CDR ton's revenge. CC CC SPT to CC get some Z-axis rings in it? When you look at the reticle and let us we write the pad tomor-
Okay, says he will. Okay, thank you. Right now he's taking Roger. SPT, Houston. Go ahead. Hey, drift
Ed, if you have a chance, we'd like data. There's going to be a star
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available per the star tracker pad about 31 minutes coming up. And if you have a chance after that, we if you would acquire the star with the star tracker
remaining wonder and
then leave it acquired until the star is goes down below the horizon or sets and then just make sure that the shutter is closed and we can look at the data and get some information from it. SPT Okay, you'd like to look at (Garble) with minute day remaining to around 6 of night remaining. CC That's affirm, Ed, thanks you much. CC Skylab, Houston, we're 45 seconds from LOS. Vanguard comes up at 23:21. PAO This is Skylab Control. That's the end of the tape. The flight director who has just come on shift is Phil Shaffer, who is the _ubject of some of the conversation early in that pass. CAP COMIM Astronaut, Dick Truly, in the reference to Thornton's Revenge during that pass, was to the treadmill, that Scientist Astronaut, Dr. Bill Thornton developed for this Skylab mission. And Pilot Bill Pogue is exercising on that at the moment. The comet Kohoutek continues to increase in brightness. Observers in Houston can see the comet, if skies are clear, tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m. , located 14 degrees above the horizon in the southeast sky. All over the nation, the comet rises about 2 hours and 20 minutes before the Sun in the southeast sky. For star gazers, the comet appears just below the constellation Libra a diamond-shaped cluster of four stars at the tail end of Scorpio, the Scorpion. Tonight's comet photography will be completed just a few hours before the Earth passes through the plane of Kohoutek's orbit. The comet's orbit is at a slight angle to the orbit of the Earth. Kohoutek passed beneath the orbit of Planet Earth two weeks ago, and will cross above our orbit at the end of January. While we are passing through the orbital plane, we should have an improved view of small particles left millions of miles behind the comet - far beyond the 7 million mile long tail observable by Earth instruments. At the present time, the comet's brightness is estimated at about plus 4 magnitude, or about 600 times fainter than the planet Venus, with a maximum magnitude of minus 4. But the latest measurements indicate the comet has doubled in brightness this past week. Accurate determinations of the magnitude of Kohoutek are really not possible from the Earth. Differences in the instruments used, the skill of the observers, and the atmospheric conditions in various regions of the Earth produce substantial disagreement in descriptions of the comet's brightness, size, and length of tail. Fortunately, careful and regular photographs taken by the Skylab crew from above the Earth's atmosphere will allow scientists 31
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to make exact determinations of the the weeks of growth and decay. Such a simple 35-millimeter camera, will analyzed until the Skylab returns February. Skylab is now 17 minutes through the tracking ship Vanguard. Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab END OF TAPE
comet's brightness during photographs, made with not be able to be Skylab crew returns in away from acquisition At 23 hours, 4 minutes Control.
TIME: 17:20 CST, 24:23:20 GMT 12/9/73 PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours, 20 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is approachSng acquisition through the Vanguard tracking ship. CC Skylab, Houston Vanguard for ii minutes. CREW (garble) CC Skylab, Houston, Go ahead. CDR Dick, this is CDR we're doing our caution and warning check and we're not getting the Klaxton. We're looking at it now to see if we can figure out what the problem is. CC Okay, Jer thanks for letting us know and let us know if you get it out. CDR It's working fine now Dick, it was a little procedural problem. CC Okay, CDR thank you sir. CC SPT, Houston just a reminder we're about 2 minutes from sunset, you might want to go ahead and go to power down for unattended ops and get pointed at active region 96 for us. SPT Okay, Dick. CC Skylab, Houston for CDR, we were trying to figure out here by looking at the procedure, what kind of a procedural error might make that klaxton unavailable to us if you know what it is, when you get a chance there's no 5ig hurry, you might let us know. And also for Ed we assume you just didn't attempt the startraeker thing, over. SPT That's right Dick, l've got them sorbed in 4-1imbing eoaligning here and just slipped by me. I'ii try to get it the next orbit. CC No why don't you wait and let us ask you for it again, Ed and there's no problem we can catch it later. Nothing lost. PLT And the procedural error Dick was that I inhibited both systems, both Delta P systems, I (garble) number 2 and I interpreted it to be both. So I - that's why we didn't get the alarms. CC Okay, no problems thank you for letting us know, we're about a minute from LOS, I'll give you a call just 8 minutes from now at Ascension. SPT Dick, we've got a white talk-back on 82A door, it wasn't open this pass and we have not used it. CC Okay, Ed thank you for letting us know. I had a note here when you got a chance to tell you what we did and where troubleshooting and I'll catch that later when you have time to listen. SPT Okay.
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PAO This is Skylab Control. Vanguard has loss of signal, Ascension will acquire Skylab in 6 minutes, the 82A door has hung up again and attempting to close it, it closed only part way and it's now hung up again. There are no plans to use that instrument again today and during the night the Apollo telescope mount support people here in the Control Center will work up a procedure for the crew to free that door for tomorrow's operation. At 23 hours, 33 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-802/I Time: 17:37 CST 12/9/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours 37 minutes Greenwich mean time. Ascension is about to acquire Skylab. And then that will be followed with Canary acquisition perhaps a few seconds dropout between Ascension and Canary. And Madrid has overlapping coverage with Canary Islands. CC minutes. CDR pins Skylab, On that Houston, little AOS wall Ascension where for 2-1/2
are. SPT It's getting noisy up here. CC What's all that? CDR We've got all kind of sirens and Klaxtons going off. These guys are doing a little testing. CC Roger that. Well_ don't bail out. CC Skylab, Houston, we're about a minute from LOS Ascension. We're going to drop our just shortly, and I'ii give you a call when we get locked up at Canary and Madrid for a long pass. I do have - when you get through with that HK28E, I've got two or three things I'd like to discuss with you. CC Hello Skylab, Houston, we're AOS Canary Island and Madrid for the next 13 minutes. CC Skylab, Houston, we're AOS Canary Islands and Madrid for the next 13 minutes. Out. CDR Houston, Skylab, our caution and warning is complete. CC Okay, Jerry, thank you very much for letting me know. l've got a couple of little notes here that I wanted to talk to you about when you get a chance. One is I have a little description of the S082 door troubleshooting that we're in the process of doing. And also I wanted to ask you a question about flight planning item thatts coming up in a couple of days. CDR Okay, how much more time we got? CC We've still got 5 minutes in this pass and incidentally, Jerry, there's no hurry on these items, we can catch them later if you guys are busy. CDR I tell you what Ed's recording now and he'd probably like to be on this. Why don't we postpone it until he's available? check CC Okay, that's just fine. There are a couple of items, why don't I get up here and pass on to you now which he doesn't need listen to. One is first ehance any one of you guys gets, we'd like to get a REG BUS ADJUST on one and two. And what we request on panel 206 and what
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we're requesting is a 20 degrees counterclockwise. The second note l'd like to get up now is in about a hour or so Bill is scheduled to do a SO73 ops at about 00:45 and in that cue card it says to turn all the wardroom lights out. And I don't know what they're serving in the 0 Club tonight, but it sure is going to get messy if it's pitch black dark, so it turns out that we'd settle for is for you to just to dim the lights as much as you're able to do. But be sure to close the ward room curtain. CDR CC CDR CC PLT counterclockwise. Okay, we sure will Yes sir. And Bill's Okay. Okay Dick. Dick, thank you.
up at the STS now. Both of them 20 degrees
CC Thank you Bill. CDR And Dick, it looks like Kohoutek is still back behind the ATM panel as best we can tell. We'll take another look at the 233 period tonight. CC Okay Jer, I wonder if you have time - we still have about 3 minutes left, let me tell what our little flight planning problem is and you guys can think about it for awhile and get back with us. CDR Okay, go ahead. CC Okay, tomorrow's your day off and the day after is the one we're talking about. We presently have a - a $201 Golf scheduled and the time on that is 05:20 to 07:00 Zulu. And turns out that 07:00 Zulu is like 1 o'clock
the morning here in Houston, so it's going to be a real late night. What we're planning to do at the moment on the Flight plan Plan for that day is first of all is to provide a full 4 hours of eat and pre-sleep time prior to the 201 G operation, and also let you sleep in the following morning to make up for it. Our question is would you also like to get an hour's extra sleep at the start of that day? Over. CC Why don't you guys talk about that and get back with us with what you want to do? CDR Okay, so your proposal is to start the day after tomorrow start i hour later and we'll stay up until 07:00, huh? CC We'll we need to stay up until 07:00 to get the $201 G due to the constraints on getting that experiment accomplished. So the following morning after that we definitely are going to let you sleep in. The question to you is would you like'an hour's extra sleep at the start of that that day, day after tomorrow? CDR Okay, thanks, let us think about that.
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CC All righty. CC Skylab, Houston, we're about 30 from LOS. Guam comes up at 00:20, and we're going the data/voice recorder down there at Guam.
seconds to dump
CDR By the way Dick I got a look at Kohoutek when we did our S063 maneuver, I looked out of window number 2. And therets getting to be so much stray light up there now it's getting harder and harder to see. You dontt see that much of the tail. CC know. PAO loss of signal, At 23 hours 55 Skylab Control. END OF TAPE This is Skylab Control. Guam will acquire Skylab in minutes Greenwich mean time, Madrid has 24-1/2 minutes. this is Roger CDR, thank you for letting us
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PAO time. tracking CC 7 minutes at Guam. PLT CC tell us asked encing frames what kind Skylab is station. and
Zero Hours, 19 minutes approaching acquisition Skylab dumping Roger, Houston we're the data/voice Dick.
Greenwich mean through the Guam AOS Guam for recorder here
PLT, Houston sometime of reticle that camera ago. And also for
don't forget to has in it that we you, we're experiwe_d
difficulty during the
in determining S019 ops and
exactly the number of so sometime this evening
appreciate it if you could look at the film cassette 002 and 003 and give us a frame count on them. PLT Okay. CC Also Bill while you're close to the phone and listening, let me pass this one up to you guys, I'm trying to get the evening questions out of the way early tonight so maybe we can have a quiet evening. The folks that are listening to the transcripts on the dump tapes have said a couple of times that there appears to be some sort of an excessive background noise on Channel A that showed up and sometimes it obscures the speaker when he's speaking softly, one possible thing that haedset is connected up select or switch was on the problem that's not the head the so it. you guys might be causing this to channel A and that ICOM PTT, this could might check around that if any its CCU possibly cause make sure is
PLT Okay, thank you and I'm looking through camera right now and it had the conventional (garble) that had the sort of cross hairs, and little circles in middle. just the Roger, understand one circle in the Negative, circle in right Okay, it has it has the cross center of it, is two circles very and hairs that has
CC and then cOrrect. PLT the split CC PLT CC CC Honeysuckle PLT hourof CC
dead center. Bill thank you
much. circles. Thank you.
Actually I guess there are three Rog, I understand, three circles. comes in
Skylab Houston welre a minute from LOS, up 5 minutes from now. Roger, Dick and we'll take that extra the morning. Okay, very good, we'll sure give it to up
you, you deserve it. towards panel 206, no
Also next time somebody hurry, EGIL would like
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do another tweak on the REG BUS adjust, we'd like REG BUS adjust i, 5 degrees counterclockwise and 2, i0 degrees counterclockwise. No hurry. CDR Okay, REG i, 5 degrees, REG 2 i0 degrees, both counterclockwise. CC Yes sir, that's right. Thank you. PLT The S019 magazine, or whatever it is, reads 45 plates or frames, (garble) and number 2 (garble) Did you want number i, I couldn't find a number 1 in that drawer. CC Negative Number 2 and number 3 and understand number 3 is (garble) 45 and number 2 66. PLT Negative, number 2 is (garble) 00. CC Okay, thank you Bill. PAO This is Skylab Control. Guam has loss of signal, Honeysuckle will acquire Skylab in about 3-1/2 minutes. We'll keep the line up and monitor into the Honeysuckle pass. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-804/I Time: 18:30 CST 12/9/73 CC LOS
Skylab, Houston, we're about a minute at: Honeysuckle. Next station contact is the
Vanguard at 01:02, and for your information - correction next station contact is Canary Islands at 01:19. And for your information there's a message in the teleprinter that describes to you some of our theories as to what's wrong with the CMGs and you might take a look at that and read it at your leisure. SPT Thank you Dick. CC Rog, see you there. SPT Okay. CC Skylab, Houston, one more thing as we go over the hill, Dallas Cowboys 27, Washington Redskins 7. CDR Hey, how about that. CC Roger. PAO This is Skylab Control. Honeysuckle has loss of signal, the next station to acquire will be Canary Islands in 42-1/2 minutes. At zero hours 37 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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MC805/I 19:18 CST, 25:01:18 GMT
PAO 18 minutes acquisition CC Madrid for
This is Skylab Control at i hour, mean time. Skylab approaching the Canary Island station. Skylab Houston, AOS Canary Islands 14 minutes.
SPT Hello, Dick. CC Hello there Ed, how're you guys doing. SPT Well, just finishing up some GRID. How about telling us about the 82A door. if you could please. CC Okay I'ii certainly do it and I've also got a - iln our never-ending quest to keep you guys informed, I've also got a little note here on the ATM, C&D loop status after that. Okay, first is the 82A door. Before I go through this mission note, Ed, let me tell you that we're troubleshooting the door here at this site. We believe that we are going to have a procedure available prior to the first ops in the morning that will allow us to operate the door, however at this moment the analysis is not complete and we're not sure what the cause is, but here's essentially what the troubleshooting we did today to arrive at where we are. We did a little bit of troubleshooting that was interrupted, that was unsuccessful ther - that was interrupted by the stability test that you did so we took a time out and then this afternoon, here's what we did. First we inhibited and then enabled both door motors, we attempted the 82A door open with no joy. Then we inhibited and reenabled both motors and attempted a closure and no joy. We inhibited and reenabled again and - and got - attempted the door opened and the door opened in about - approximately 2 seconds. This series indicates that we were stuck in a position that was very close to full open when this last command was issued. What we then did was inhibited the power on one motor which was the secondary so that this subsequent closure of the motor - excuse me, the subsequent closure of the door in case it got caught up with be soft, so to speak that is only a one motor and sure enough as you saw and reported awhile ago it did get hung up. We're presently troubleshooting. We're We're considering pinning the door open on the next EVA, there are a couple theories as to what's hanging it up and I guess that debate is so - up in the air enough now so we can't really give you an idea as to the cause. However we do think we will have a procedure in the morning that allows to operate up to the EVA, then we may very well pin it open. Over. SPT Okay, thank you Dick. That's kind of surprising that it hangs very close to the open position, I would expect it more close to the close position but maybe
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we can go on out and take a look and see if there's anything possible we can do in the EVA to restore that operation before we have to resort to pinning it. CC Well, it's - one of the theories is that there was a - during testing, prior to launch there was a configuration that - where a piece of GSE was installed behind the door as I understand it, at approximately the position that would allow the closure of - excuse me, would allow full opening to be about 2 seconds away. And the sequence of events during testing may have caused something to happen to the hardware and they're taking back looking at the testing records now to see if that might have had something to do with it but right now, that's just one of the theories. SPT Okay, thank you. CC Okay, the other thing I wanted to tell you about was the note I have here from the EGIL which has to do with the ATM control and display coolant loop status. Several days ago we had you select pump Charlie in this ATM C&D loop and this was done to see if the flow fluctuation that we had seen on the pump Bravo were pump related. Since the fluctuations have continued with pump Charlie we've concluded that the problem is not caused by the pumps themselves, and we're continuing to analyze but so far, we've reached no firm conclusion. The possible causes that we're considering that are being considered now and being looked at, first of all, a potential of air in the loop, secondly a possibility of other contamination in the loop. (Tone) Another possibility is a - pump relief valve opening periodically. And finally possibly anomaly in the flow transducer. The fluctuations are not harmful to the pump, nor do they affect the cooling capability so we feel the present condition is something we can live with. SPT Okay, thank you Dick. Superimposed of your speech, there was a busy signal. CC Roger and we're trying to figure out where that busy signal is coming from. Maybe it's Santa Claus. (Tone) SPT Did INCO get _is call through? CC Say again, Ed. SPT Did INCO get his call through? CC I guess I am Ed, we're chasing down that little problem now and get back to you. CC Skylab, Houston we've located the problem and we're getting ready to switch lines, just shows you how much trouble I have making a phone call. SPT Just g_t to start paying your phone bill, Bill (sic).
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That's the truth.
CC Skylab, Houston how do you read now? SPT Sounds good, Dick. CC Okay and speaking about Santa Claus, you guys might be interested to know that everybody down here is beginning to think about Christmas and in Houston today it's real cold. Today there was a little boy who came through the viewing room that was terribly worried about how Santa Claus was going to find you guys END OF TAPE
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CC there was a was terribly
and in Houston today it's real who came through the viewing about how Santa Clause is going
cold. Today, room that to find
you guys going round and round in the workshop. And he also couldnVt understand what Santa Claus is going to use as a chimney. SPT Well, we got a spare chimney hanging off the side of this thing and all he's got to do is know how to make a good (garble) and we're in. CC Well, we're going to help him with that. PLT Hey, Dick, are we experiencing a partial eclipse of the moon? CC As a matter of fact, Bill, we are. l think I was told earlier that it was going to be about a 10 percent eclipse, but w I can find out real quick a little more about it. up PLT there CC and all of Okay, we've got a great big full moon a sudden, we start loosing a hunk of Rog, Bill. Make sure that the window it.
that you're not looking out of or - make sure that we're leaving the wardroom window curtain closed during S03 - 73 exposures, but that is an eclipse of the Moon that you're looking at. PLT Thank you. CC Carnarvon PLT CC PAO comes up Skylab, Houston. at 01:59. Roger, Dick. See you This is there. Skylab We're I minute to LOS.
of signal. And as Bill Pogue noted, there is a partial eclipse of the Moon underway now. Earlier today, there was some thought given to asking Jerry Carr and Ed Gibson to observe and perhaps photograph this partial eclipse from the wardroom window. However, it became a matter of science straight off between eclipse observation and photography and the S073 photography which Bill Pogue is performing now. Tryi to observe debris behind the comet Kohoutek and the balance went to the 73 photography. Next station to acquire Skylab will be Carnarvon in 25 minutes. At i hour, 34 minutes Greenwich mean timep this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 1 hour, 59 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is approaching acquisition through the Carnarvon tracking station with overlapping coverage through Honeysuckle. CC Skylab, Houston, hello d - at Carnarvon and Honeysuckle for 15 minutes. CDR Roger, Dick. You ready for some TV down-link now? I'm going to roll 90 degrees in just a minute and I've got the white light coronagraph up. CC Stand by. CDR A little bit earlier than scheduled, but it's more convient right now, cause I got a 90 degree ROLL coming up. CC Roger, Jer, we can't take it until we hand over to Honeysuckle. I'ii let you know as soon as we can. That's about 6 well, somewhere in the neighborhood of about 6 minutes from now. CDR CC star. We'd CDR Okay. CDR, Houston. We see you've you to leave it up if possible. Will do it. acquired a
CC Thank you sir. CC Skylab, Houston. Handover is complete between Carnarvon and Honeysuckle, Jerry. You're go for the TV down-link, and we're going to dump the data/voice recorder here at Honeysuckle. CDR now, but we're CC CDR 5400, and now it's you ler, in did it. fact, I've Okay, Dick, I don't have a roll to give at minus 5400, that looks best. Okay. Hey, my roll has drifted. I had minus 5385 and I haven't touched the hand controlinhibited. Okay, it's the NuZ update that
CC Roger. CC CDR, Houston. Be sure before.you leave the panel tonight, no matter what the position of the star tracker shutter is, be sure and put the shutter switch to CLOSE just before you leave, and also on the H-alpha i night interlock switch, we think that one - that one ought to be in normal now. CDR CC comes CDR CC CDR CC Okay, Dick. Roger, and we're about a minute 250. We finally got some Sun spots. Hey, good. from LOS
And the region 96 has got a little Sun Maybe that one will get very active.
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PAO This is Skylab Control. loss of signal. The next station to acquire The Merritt Island station elevation will be revolution so Bermuda will be the next station tues. At 2 hours, 15 minutes Greenwich mean Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
Honeysuckle has will be Bermuda. too low on this in 35-1/2 mintime, this is
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This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 50 Greenwich mean time. Skylab coming up on acquisition the Bermuda station now. Skylab, Houston, AOS Bermuda for 7
CDR Roger Dick, and I got a ATM frame count you. CC Go ahead. CDR Okay, starting with H-Alpha i and just going right: down the line. 11548, 1129, correction 4129 4129 is what that is on the second one. CC Okay. CDR The third one is 138, 1209, 5784, 3863. CC Okay Jerry, thank you sir. CC And CDR, Houston, since tomorrow is your guys day off you're getting some messages that you don't normally see later on this evening we're going to be updating your first update to the master anomaly list that's the Flight Plan that you can put in sometime just to keep yours and ours pretty much up to sync. And also we uplinked I think at the last pass a sort of a dictionary of Flight Ddata File books versus the current changes, l'm advised that's not on board yet but both of those messages will be coming up this evening. CDR Okay Dick, and any thing that happens to come to mind tonight or tomorrow on visual ops, go ahead and send them up too. CC Okay, we'll sure do it. CC Skylab, Houston, we got about 4 minutes left in this pass here at Bermuda. I have some news here for you that I could read up Itm not sure I'ii have time but I could if I don't I can catch it later. Your next pass at the med Madrid is conference. evening status, and the following that is
CDR Go ahead and get started, Dick, CC Okay. Congress is heading into the last 2 weeks of the current session scrambling to clear the calender of various controversial legislation. Foreign aid to Israel, the creation of an independent special Watergate prosecutor, confirmation of a Attorney General, and the resolution of a trade controversy are on tap. The question of whether and when 30 billion social security recipients will gain an ii percent increase in benefits next year remains unanswered today. The House and Senate have approved the two-step boost, but they acted on separate bills. A procedural tangle makes the future of the two bills in the next 2 weeks uncertain. With Congressional leaders shooting
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to end the session by the 21st of December a delay in Social Security increase is in prospect. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan met with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger today. They discussed Israeli's shopping list of military hardware. The United States has agreed to give Israel about one billion dollar's worth of airplanes, tanks and other weapons and equipment, to replace Israel's losses during the 18-day October war. Senator Hatfield says one way to get rid of the energy crisis is to expand the government-backed AMTRACK rail passenger system. He plans to introduce an amendment to the rail service bill asking AMTRACK officials and the U.S. Transportation Department to study new potential routes. Arab oil ministers say they will cut back oil production another 5 percent in January, but still promise to lift their embargo against the United States just as soon as Israel pulls out of occupied Arab territory. At the same time Secretary of State Kissinger thanks Holland and Portugal for their support during the Middle East War, and arranged to dispatch an energy expert to help the Dutch through the Arab boycott. Deposed President Papadopoulos of Greece is settling down to a life of comfort with the help of those who toppled him 2 weeks ago. There are unconfirmed reports that he knew about the coup in advance. Your alma maters did right handily in basketball this weekend. Southern California sneaked by Illinois 71 to 60; Princeton eked out Villanova 77 to 70, and Oklahoma State trounced Nebraska Omaha 90 to 65. I already told you one football score Dallas 27 Washington 7, here's a few more; Baltimore over Miami 16 to 3; St. Louis over Atlanta 32 to 10; Pittsburg over Houston 33 to 7; Philadelphia over the Jets 24 to 23; Cincinnati over Cleveland 34 to 17; Detroit over Chicago 40 to 7; Buffalo over New England 37 to 13; And the New Orleans Saints over San Francisco 16 to I0. We are about 45 seconds from LOS, next station contact is Madrid at 03:02, and I'ii be standing by Jerry for the evening status report there. You guys ought to be thankful for 75 degree up there because the predictions for Houston are freezing temperatures with frost. CDR Well, we appreciate it. Thank a lot for the news Dick. CC Yes sir. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control. Bermuda has loss of signal. Madrid will pick up Skylab in 2-1/2 minutes. We'll keep the line up and monitor through Madrid. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Madrid for 8-1/2 minutes and standing by for the evening status report. CDR Okay Richard. Here it comes. CC Okay. CDR Sleep: CDR, 7.0, 6 heavy, i light; SPT, 7.0, all heavy; PLT, 6.5, 6 heavy, half light. Volume: CDR, 1900; SPT, 2400; PLT, 2100. Water gun readings: CDR, 7172, 2345, 8500; CDR, Body mass: 6.315, 6.312, 6.313; SPT, 6.365, 6.357, 6.365; PLT, 6.228, 6.234, 6.238. Exercise: CDR, method Alfa, leg, 30, 5100, Brav - method Bravo, Alfa, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, i0 minutes, 20 repetitions each. Method Charlie, Charlie, Delta, Foxtrot, 26 minutes, 20 repetitions each. Method Foxtrot, walk, 9, run, i, N/A on repetitions. Springs, 01 minute for 200, toe rises, 02 minutes for 150. SPT, method Bravo, Bravo, Foxtrot, and curls, 16 minutes, 40 repetitions each. Method Foxtrot, springs, 15 minutes, i000, toe rises, 5 minutes, 200. PLT, method Alfa, leg, 35, 5300. Method Bravo, Alfa, Bravo, Delta, Echo, 08, 50 each. Method Charlie, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot and Golf, i0, 20 each. Method Foxtrot, walk, i0, spring 01_ i00 repetitions, toe rises 01, 75. Method Echo, Alfa and Bravo, 02, i0 each. Medications: None by anyone. Garments disposed of today: CDR, one pair of shorts; SPT, one pair of socks, one pair of shorts, trousers and a shirt; PLT, none. Food log: CDR, salt packs_ 5.5, deviations, plus one coffee with sugar, plus one grape drink, plus one apple drink, rehydration water, plus 1.5 SPT, i0.0 salt, plus one tea, plus biscuits, minus 1.0 rehydration water; PLT, plus i0 salt, i0.0, deviations, plus one grape drink, plus one coffee, rehydration water, minus 1.0. Flight Plan deviations: none. Shopping list: none. Inoperable equipment and disposition: DAC 4, transporter 7, transporter 3 has been tested and found to be okay. Unscheduled stowage: none. Photo log: 16-millimeter, Earth observations, HHI53 in eclipse of the Moon, Charlie India, 125, 05, Charlie India 124; Nikon, Nikon 02, Bravo Victor 44, 35; Nikon 03, Charlie India, ii0, 51; Nikon, 4, Bravo, Echo_ 08, 15; Nikon 05, Bravo, Hotel, 01, 31; ETC, no change; EREP, no change. Drawer A configuration: Alfa i, 02, Charlie India, 73, 96, Charlie India, 56; Alfa 2, 05, Charlie India, 93, 72, Charlie India 122; Alfa 3, 06, Charlie India 125, 05, Charlie India, 124; Alfa 4, 03, Charlie India 71, 62, Charlie India, 82. A footnote on this one is that Alfa 4 was reported yesterday as having transporter 3 with 82 percent in it. That was a typographical error. That should be 62. It hasn't been used in days. The DAC is transporter 07, no change
SL IV MC-809/2 Time: 20:59 CST 12/9/73 and and
I owe you frame counts on Nikon i and the 70-millimeter, stand by, I'ii give them to you. CC Okay Jer. CDR Okay, on Nikon 01 is Charlie X-ray 36, 49. 70-millimeter is Charlie X-ray, 47, 153. And that's it. CC Okay, Jerry. Thank you very much. You can - you - with all that talking, you're going to be able to be - to Join the Purple Gang. You're propably purple in the face by now. CDR That's right. All my blood vessels are standing out. CC (Laughter) Roger. Thank you much. We still got about 3 minutes left in this pass. I'm standing by. CDR Okay. I think, Dick, we're going to going to standardize our exercise, and just give you deviations. I'ii work it out and put it on tape as to what - how it's all going to work out, but I think all that reading and all those numbers is unneccessary when we do the same thing nearly every day. CC Okay, Jer. Why don't you think about that and do that: for us. CDR Okay. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC810/I TIME: 21:08 12/9/73 CC and CDR
Okay, us. Okay.
CC CDR, Houston two questions on the evening status report. First of all we copied that no method Alfa exercise on SPT and secondly on the report for Nikon 05, would you confirm - I think you said is DH Ol and we wonder if that should be BH 04, over. SPT Yeah, Dick the old bod took a rest on Alfa today. CC Okay, thank you. CDR You're right Dick, it's BH 04. CC Okay, thank you. CC Skylab, Houston we're about 45 seconds from LOS. Carnarvon comes up at 03:35 and that's a med conference. CDR CC Carnarvon you guys at about 5 minutes Okay, so long. So long. We do have and that's Honeysuckle; after Carnarvon LOS. one pass after it comes up
CDR Okay, see you then. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab has passed out of range of the Madrid station. The next contact will be through Carnarvon. The daily medical conference will be conducted at the Carnarvon station. However we'll bring the line up just prior to acquisition there for any conversation that may take place after the conference at that station. At 3 hours, ii minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC811/I TIME: 21:34 12/9/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours, 34 minutes Greenwich mean time. Carnarvon is about to acquire Skylab and the Honeysuckle station will have acquisition immediately after Carnarvon loses signal. CC Skylab Houston, AOS through Honeysuckle for 5 minutes. CDR Roger, Dick. CC Skylab, Houston we were wondering if you had a chance to look at the SIAs and see if there was a CCU plugged into any of them and maybe get rid of the background noise, over. CDR Yeah I think our big problem, Dick is the one up by the ATM. It frequently gets left on and we just have to go up and remember to keep it turned off. CC Rog, understand. CDR And Dick, I tried to get on Kohoutek at 2:33 time and it just didn't work out, we can't find it. CC Well, I'ii be darn, sorry about that. CDR It's gotta be hidden behind that ATM solar panel, that's all I can see. The starfield seemed to indicate that's probably where it is. I've seen it everytime we've done a 70 degree roll to do, either S063 or one of the other out the SAL window rolls, you can see it very plainly in STS window number 2 but I get the distinct impression that the tail is shorter and I think that's because it's so close to sunrise. CC Roger, Jerry. CC Skylab, Houston we're about a minute from LOS, tonight. You guys have a goodnight sleep and sleep in late in the morning, we'll give you a voice call a couple of hours later than normal so see you tomorrow. CDR Okay, Dick goodnight. CC Goodnight. SPT Goodnight Dick. CC Goodnight Ed. MCC Goodnight Jerry. CREW Goodnight all. MCC Goodnight Bill. CREW Goodnight Duke. CC This is Skylab Control. All of the goodnights have been said and as the CAP COMM Dick Truly reported, wake-up time tomorrow is 8 a.m. central standard time, 2 hours later than usual, with the exception of a few hours of duties throughout the day tomorrow is a crew day off. We do not yet have the report from the Flight Surgeon on the crew health status. As soon as that is recieved, we'll bring it to you. At 3 hours, 52 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-812/I Time: 22:119 CST 12/9/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 4 hours 19 minutes Greenwich mean time. A Mission Surgeon's report crew health for mission day 24 is as follows: The crew remains in good health and spirits and is looking forward to their day off. Signed Eduard C. Burchard, M.D. for W.R. Hawkins M.D. We'll take this release line down now until time. END OF wakeup time At 4 hours TAPE tomorrow morning 19 minutes this 8:00 a.m. central is Skylab Control.
MC-813/I 08:04 CST
12/10/73 PAO This is Skylab Control. 14:03 Greenwich mean time, and it's wakeup time for Skylab IV crew. Spacecraft communicator, Bob Crippen, will make the first call to the crew during this stateside pass, probably with a music wakeup. We'll stand by for the next 12 or so minutes for Goldstone, Texas, and MILA. CC (Music) PLT Morning, Houston. CC Good morning, guys. (Music) Crip's (garble) site with you. PLT Which crew is Crippen? CC We got a whole team of Crippens down here. CDR The Scarlet Pumpernickels. CC Are we going to get the toothpaste act again? Has Ed been practicing up? CC (Music) SPT No, we decided to junk that routine. CC Coming out with a better one? SPT I'ii brush them when I get back, Crip° CC Okeydoke. For your information we're AOS through the states and we got you for about 13 more minutes. CC END OF TAPE Music)
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CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you over the Vanguard in about i0 minutes at 14:30, 14_30. And, we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump. SPT Roger, Crip. We'll see you there. PAO This is Skylab Control. A loss of signal through the MILA tracking station. Tracking ship Vanguard for the first time, today, coming up in about 8 minutes. Crew awakened by uplink of the Tijuana Brass, playing "The Lonely Bull." Probably several schools of thought on whether that's the best way to wake up or not. The crew of Skylab IV have a day off today. And, this is their 25th day into the mission, which is scheduled for a recordbreaking 84 days. Being a day off doesn't necessarily mean they have nothing to do. But, they will have fewer chairs chores to occupy their time, permitting them to do their own thing during off-duty periods, including taking a shower. Today's major activity will be with the Apollo telescope mount. Other items will include comet Kohoutek photography, optional handheld phototargets at various times during the day and a science conference at day's end. The telescope activity today will include the launch of a Black Brant calibration rocket to check for possible degradation of detectors and optics on Skylab's S055 experiment. This experiment, the ultraviolet scanning polychromator spectro heliometer, observes temperal changes in the ultraviolet radiation emitted by several types of solar regions. The purpose of the Harvard College Observatory calibration rocket, is to compare detectors and optics in the rocket, to those on board Skylab's S055 solar experiment instrument. The rocket will be launched at 1:20 p.m. central standard time, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. It will reach an altitude of 240 kilometers, which translates out as 150 statute miles and will be aimed at a spot on the Sun, that is being observed by the Skylab ATM instruments. The 493-pound rocket payload will be aimed by an onboard guidance system. To verify it's accuracy a 35-millimeter Nikon camera in the rocket payload will take photos of the solar disk every 12 seconds during the calibration period. These photos will be processed later to ascertain that the proper area on the Sun was in the site of the spectroscanners in the rocket. The entire flight of the rocket from lift-off to landing by parachute will be 30 minutes. Recovery will be made on the White Sands Missile Range. In the event there has been any degradation in the S055 optics or detectors, adjustments will be made during the final data reduction to compensate
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degradation. During four data take sessions at the ATM some 3 hours and 20 minutes of solar data will be by the Skylab crew, today. Science Pilot Ed Gibson at the ATM console for most of the data take. Commander
Jerry Carr will spend one session at the ATM console, today. Pilot Bill Pogue will be taking photos of comet Kohoutek throughout the day, plus photos of optional targets on Earth. Optional handhold photo target for today, include photographing two tropical storms. One in the South Pacific, off the Fiji Islands and another in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of India. Other handheld photo targets include looking at the tidal action around islands and in the fjord areas of the South Coast of Chili in South America. This tidal action may have development potential as a potential energy source for generating electricity. Another photo target will be island wakes and vortices in the Southwest Pacific around the Solomons, Fijis, and New Caledonia. Island wakes create turbulance to considerable depths and bring nutrients to the surface waters, which can produce conditions suitable for the existence of major fisheries. A phototarget of the New Zealand Alpine Fault in the Circan (?) Pacific Fault Zone is a potential source of information for use in detecting major trends of other fault zones. The crew's sleep period begins at i0 p.m., tonight, central time and Gibson will be on duty, should a call to the crew be necessary during the night. 3 minutes to acquisition tracking ship Vanguard and since we're so close we might as well stay up in live here. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-815/I TIME: 08:27 CST, 12110173
CC Skylab, Houston; we're AOS at Vanguard 9-1/2 minutes. CDR Roger, Crip. CC Roger. And for Jer, there, they got a Nu Z update time just starting about now, and somebody can work that in. And wanted to call all of your attention, particularly Jerry's, to a permanent general message we sent up regarding 82A's door, TGM-10, before he gets into his ATM operations this morning. It's basically what to do in case the thing doesn't open properly. And I can talk about that if there's any questions on it. CDR Okay, thanks Crip. CDR Okay, Crip, the Nu Zis complete. CC Roger. Copy. CC Bill, got one item, a small change on your details today. If you got them handy we can get it now, or it's no hurry. We can get it later. PLT Give me about 2 minutes. for CC Okay. PLT Okay, Crip, PLT here in the (garble) details (garble). CC Okay, at 16:41 we have a 63 operation and we refer to a remote control cable to be used, and actually we should have been saying the manual shutter release cable. PLT CC CC We'll see at 15:42. No sweat; understand. Okay, very good. Thank you. Skylab, Houston; we're I minute from LOS. again over Goldstone in an hour and 3 minutes
CDR Roger, Crip. SPT We going to have a conversation with Paul Patterson there, Crip? CC I'm sorry Ed, I couldn't hear that one. Say again. SPT Are we going to have a talk with Paul Patterson sometime today? Is it over Goldstone? CC You've got science conference scheduled for about 02:00 this evening. And I'm not sure whether Paul's in that group or not. SPT Thank you. SPT Bill Lenoir coming in, then, over Goldstone? CC I didn't tell you the truth. At 15:42 you do have a conference scheduled over Goldstone, and Paul will be here. SPT (garble) PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal
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tracking ship Vanguard. misses all other stations
track of the space we hit Goldstone
again for the final stateside pass of the morning. That's an hour and I minute from now, at which time we shall return. At 14:40 Greenwich mean time, Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-S16/I Time: 09:41 CST 12/10/73
PAO This is Skylab Control, 15:41 Greenwich mean time. Acquisition in 50 seconds through tracking station Goldstone. Scheduled during this pass will be the Apollo telescope mount operations conference between the Science Pilot, Ed Gibson, and Scientist Astronaut_Dr. Bill Lenoir, who is standing by to talk with Gibson. This is a routine conference scheduled each morning. Acquisition in about 25 seconds through Goldtone. Standing by. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS Goldstone for ii minutes, and before I turn the mike over to Paul Patterson I'd like to correct our pointing for the CALROC today. CDR Okay, go ahead. CC Okay. We're in - it has (?) for quiet region i, left, 160. We would like to change that to LEFT 145. The up, down, and roll remains the same. Okay; and TV's looking good to us. CDR Okay. CC And, Jer, just one other item be - I don't know if you've already activated it or not, but sometime today you might try using your X-RAY IMAGE scope while your X-RAY SPECT switch is in BUS i. We think that that should work in BUS i and you wouldn't have to switch it back and forth. And I going to turn the mike over to Paul Patterson now. MCC Good morning, Jerry, Ed, and Bill. CDR Good morning, Paul. MCC I have a few topics which I thought we could discuss in the time remaining, but first I'd like to know if you have any questions you'd like to ask of the NRL group. CDR Yes, Paul, there is one and that was the 4-11mb coalignment which we've done. It turns out that the biasls has changed in left/right, and I found that rather strange, and also right after I did the 4-limb coallgnment I went out to the limb to see if I could put the slits (garble) to the limb and it turned out not to be an up/down of zero. That's all on tape, and I'm wondering whether you had a chance to look at itand tell us what effect it has on our pointing. MCC I would - come in early this morning but I couldn't find the tape of the the transcript of the tape, but I will look at that. The specs and the science console are looking into that and however, it is interesting it - also for CALROC today. So we'll have some sort of an answer back to this morning on the results of the coalignmerit. By the way, you might be interested in knowing that the Sun is quite quiet because the west limb is sort of io-
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near Pop Pogue's (?) Pocket, and the east limb will be approaching Hole's Hump in a few days. So you can expect some - some quiet - some lack of activity the next couple of days. CDR I knew we'd get blamed for it. MCC Yes. - CDR MCC (Laughter) The - first off I'd like to cover is
the one about the use of the 82B film. You may have noticed from the curves of film rates that we gave you that we have roughly 450 frames to use before we get into the type i01 fast film, which we'd intended to use on the comet. Our policy is we'd like reluctant that the Sun is our highest priority, and although to support the comet studies, we're extremely to waste the film just to reach the i01. So what
we thought we'd come up with is some sort of a strategy where we could arrange to take as many frames as we could as well as we could before that time, and what we're going to try to do, and you can expect to see this on the pad in the next few days, is take a number of building block 13s, that is three-orbit limb scans; we'll try to take some atmospheric extinction observations to study air pollution, and at the end of the week, when active region 87 comes up over the east limb and the activity picks up, we'll try to do some we'll ask you to do some systematic studies of the active region. And between those three topics we hope to get much closer to the i01 film. SPT Okay; that's good, Paul. We have noticed have been aware of the problem, and the unfortunate part is of the activity is is rather quiet, which calls for long exposures of most of the features you've studied. So we've up taking long exposures even in some of the shopping list items. So it's - I kind of got caught between a quiet Sun and Kohoutek coming up. We'll do our best to make good use of it. most ended
MCC Thank you. We do appreciate the unscheduled observations you have made, and please feel free to use - to make any independent observations you want which you are intersting to you, as the author of the Quiet Sun book, or which you think we might like to have. We are interested in shopping list 5 where we can get a real good look at a prominent boundary and then get a reference spectrum for comparison, which is something you can always do on the quiet sun. SPT Okay. We'll try and get through to do that for you, especially get the background study. The The problem has always been that we do the shopping list items at the end of an orbit and you have just about enough time to get the first exposure but not the second.
SL-IV MC-816/3 Time: 09:41 CST 12/10/73 MCC SPT MCC was was the exposure arranged?
Yes. Go ahead, Paul. Okay. The next topic cue card. Is it clear I wanted the to discuss way it
SPT Yes it is, Paul, it's quite well written, and I can understand what it - what it's (garble). And I have referred to it occasionally for shopping list items. MCC Okay. I have a couple of comments on it. The first is at the very first under section called activity, where I put point brightenings, I imagined you probably figured this out, but I just want to make sure there was no confusion. What I call point brightenings are those fluctuating bright spots near the neutral area (?) of an active region to the where onset you hope to sort of _usubflare or in we of catch a flare. some instability prior
SPT (garble), either bright point and
Yes. You're talking about a B(?) visible (?) H-alpha or something which we are in a see fluctuate in one of the 55 lines.
MCC Yes. The sort of things that you saw on the XUV monitor picture that the feet - or the 82A picture at the feet of the magnetic field loops in an active region. And when you do point - now of course you'll be wanting to use the other instruments at the time, but if by any chance you're only using the 82B and you feel like you could roll, what we'd like you to do if you could is try to locate the conjugate points of the loop. They probably both will be bright if there's any sort of preflare particle acceleration occuring down the loops - the lines of the loop to the surface of tlhe Sun, and if you were to lay the slit along both of those why we could double our intensity in the spectrum. SPT Are you saying to put that slit that perpendicular to the neutral line? MCC SPT MCC In that particular case it would be, yes. Okay. But don't just lock on that. You know
you have - just use your judgement. One spot is sufficiently bright, as I think you remember from seeing the spectra at the Cape that we showed you. SPT Okay. MCC Another thing is - you may notice that I've set outside points having radii, and that's just a reference to our scattered light pro - problem in the longer portion of the short wavelength range. And we would like to stick as close to the limb as we could for most studies, to minimize the contamination of our spectra there. The topic, comparative spectra, you'll notice in the observations off
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the limb on the prominence, on spicules, and on the active region loops and polar plumes, I have included background. As we've talked before, the name of the game of the 82B slit is comparative spectra, and I just wanted to answer the question that you raised earlier in the week. To us that means a systematic spacial pointing where you sort of use the slit as a scalpel to dissect the feature by going across it or along it in some sort of systematic way. Or, for a feature where you'd have extraneous light, a backgr - a spectrum on the feature and then off the feature to get a background or a reference spectrum and then, for events or things that change with time, we'd like a comparative spectra after the event has occurred. So to - so you get a spectra during the event and then after. So there are sort of three phases to comparative spectra, and I hope I've answered your question there. SPT Yes. That's the answer to the question. The problem arises in that the amount of time that it takes to do that, and also the pointing - changing of the pointing where we have other epxeriments in operation and I'ii try and do as much as I possibly can along that line without interfering with the other experiment operations. MCC Yes. We're aware of the problem. Okay. I would like to mention one thing that we have we tal discussed before, and that's the use of the 82A film. There hasn't been much activity so we haven't brought this topic up before, but Bill Lenoir will be speaking to you a little later in the week, just before activity picks up, to discuss the use of sequences of 82A exposures and to give you s - free rein to go hunting for subflares and flares. And he'll be covering that later. SPT Okay. MCC Okay. The last topic I have is the question of how well we're doing on packing the cycles for you, and whether you'd like END OF TAPE
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12/10/73 MCC film. - - before and that's the use of the hasn't been too much activity so we haven't
brought this topic up before. But, Bill Lenoir will be speaking to you, a little later in the week, just before activity picks up, to discuss the use of sequences of 82A exposures and to give you free reign to go hunting for subflares and flares. And, he'll be covering that later. SPT Okay. MCC Okay. The last topic I have is the question of how well we're doing on packing the cycles for you and whether you'd like some more time to do freelance observations. SPT Time in general. Bill and Jerry, both, feel that the time which they're getting at the ATM is just about right. And, I, personally, would like to get more. I'd like to get an about an extra two orbits a day, if there's a place for me to squeeze that in, without squeezing it out of the sleep too much. MCC Are you - MCC Excuse me, Ed. SPT Okay, and also on time, the day off. I could certainly use a little bit more llke today we - as I look at the pad there's not a lot of meat in it, in terms of the ATM observations and I certainly would like to see more. MCC Are you referring to just time made available to you, to use the ATM panel, or time out of the portion of the day that we're alloted, that we would ought not schedule, hut leave open for you? SPT What I'm talking about is both, Paul. I don't see why I couldn't be performing some of the operations or some of the observations which the Pls would like to see performed, but don't have time, in the current also I st_ll - I would like to have some more planning. And time available
also, you know to explore some of the things which I find interesting. One of the problems has always been when it comes at the end of a - an orbit. You pretty much just get started on something, say like a bright point, which I was looking for yesterday and had a tough time locating, by the time I finally got on it, it was a little bit late and I'm note sure I really got on it. Then I could not get a comparative spectra or could I do a GRATING AUTO SCAN with the MIRROR AUTO RASTER and a host of other things that are reakky required
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in order to complete a good observation. So, I guess, l'd rather see a maybe a pack a couple packed orbits and then something free as opposed to a little bit at the end. Because it just - The end just doesn't allow you to do a complete job on any given thing. CC Skylab, Houston. 15 seconds to LOS. We'll have you again at Vanguard in 12-1/2 minutes. 16:05 for a data/voice recorder dump. MCC Okay, Ed. Well, we'll take that into account in planning and I'm sure other people have heard what you said and we'll be considering it. SPT Okay, let me mention a couple of o _er things. One is the 56 long exposures versus the activity. We've been trying to give them long exposures, fairly long, because we don't have much activity and we realize the intensities are relatively low. 55, l'm wondering whether any of their data has shown changes in time of the spicules. 52 corona has looked rather quiet and we have not noticed any transients at all and I'm wondering whether there's been anything picked up via the ground. (Garble) MCC Over the hill, Ed. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Goldstone. ii minutes to tracking ship Vanguard. Scientist-Astronaut Bill Lenoir gave over his morning ATM conference time to Dr. Paul Patterson, who is a solar physicist with Ball Bros. Research. A Colorado firm, which has been involved in some of the crew training on ATM operations. He had a lengthy discussion with Science Pilot Ed Gibson on some of the rationale and operational aspects of ATM operation. Returning in i0 minutes for tracking ship Vanguard. That was the final stateside pass of the morning. At 15:55 Greenwich mean time Skylab Control. PAO This is Skylab Control. 16:04 Greenwich mean time. Acquisition forthcoming at tracking ship Vanguard in about 45 seconds. Space station Skylab nearing the end of revolution 3032. Skylab, Houston. AOS Vanguard and wetre a data/voice recorder dump here. CDR Okay. CC Hey, Jer, wanted to make sure that with that pointing change I gave you awhile ago for the quiet re_ion that you understood that that was applicable for the rest of doing CC
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the day, and the reason is the 4-11mb coalignment is changed what the original numbers we would give you. CDR Okay, Crip. We understand. We've got it written down on the pad. CC Okeydoke, very good. And I also did it rather quickly, did you understand what I was saying about checking out your little X-ray scope there on bus i? CDR Yeah, that's right. We're gonna check it out now. CC CDR Okay. Works Whenever you want fine on bus i. to.
CC Okay. That's what we concluded down here, that means that that switching it back and forth from all that unattended is unnecessary. CDR How's the TV you got? I think the first white light coronagraph you got at a roll of 10800 probably wasn't too good. We were busy and didn't have time to focus it up well. CC Looked pretty good to us. CC Jer, I know you're busy there running the pass. Would like to discuss a few things there about scheduling of ATM, either - with you and Ed, because we think we got some conflicting information about what we're supposed to be doing. We can either do it now or later on in the day. SPT Go ahead, Crip. We're both here. CC Okay. First, I guess, six to seven ATM passes a day is probably pretty close to the max that we're going to be able to put down for you and some days we may be able to beat that a little bit but not too often. And considering the ratio that we're now giving between splitting it up between all three of you, Ed said that he wanted some more passes but if we're not able to increase the number of passes, does he want to take some that you guys are now doing or what? SPT No, that's negative, Crip. I think they need to get one or two passes a day to keep up on it and also just because they enjoy doing it. I guess I'm thinking further down the road when EREP is - doesn't have a favorable observing period, at which time I think the ATM will probably pick up a little bit. CC Okay. We are, you know, sort of out of the CONUS EREP cycle right now. We will be getting some over other but, of course, with not the frequency that we_ve been doing areas
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over CONUS, so - and we are going to try to maximize corrolary and ATM during this period, so in some circumstances, we may be able to increase the ATM passes, but it gets pretty tight on trying to schedule. CDR Okay, Crip, I think if you just give Bill and I one, no more than two a day, I think that'll be plenty. Why don't you do something like three a day for us and one of us will take one and the other one take two and then give the rest to Ed. And, on days when you're about one ATM pass short, just give each of us one. CC Okay. We got that. Now, what Ed was talking about, I guess he wants several in a row and to pack them pretty tight on the first couple and then sort of give him one that's got lots of time for him to do shopping list kind of items, is that correct? SPT Yeah, yeah, that's affirm, Crip. Pack them so that they're at least feasible to do, because I hate to end up without getting their observations done, and then at the - any time they choose during the day, which is, you know, at their preference put the observing time, which they were going to schedule into one pass. That doesn't mean that one pass can't include other things but I'm saying try to lump it all together in one continuous time, because I think I can do more for them that way. CC Okay. Believe we got that. Now, regarding your day off, Jer gave us some word the other day about four ATM passes max on a day off, now I'm sure that when we did that we weren't planning on - or when you said that you were - didn't know you were going to stick you with a JOP 12, but that's the reason like today that there are only four ATM passes scheduled. And, if you have any desires we currently have got a couple of passes that are scheduled for unattended ops and we can certainly give those to you. SPT Okay. I think when we got into the bind last time was when - our last day off, if you recall, was one of the harder days we've worked since we were up here. That's because we were doing everything, ATM, EREP and a host of other things. When we do have pretty much of a free cycle here - free time but not EREP, then - END OF TAPE
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MC818/I i0:ii CST, 25:16:11 GMT
- - give Okay, I
to you. where we
bind last time was when our last day off, if you recall, was one of the harder days we've worked since we were up here. That's because we were doing everything, ATM, EREP, and a host of other things. When we do have too much of a cycle looks here, like a a free good - free number, time and but let's not EREP, just work then with four that still if
I can get four passes. And we_ll see how things go from there. I have a desire for for more, but unfortunately we don't get the rest if we go for more right now. So, let's just try to work for four now and see how that works out. CC we've talk got CDR to it for in a Okay, we'll today then. We're second. going leave to the Flight again, Plan we'll as then
CC CDR today. You can passes I think he
Okay, no sweat, we got - got all day. Okay, Crip, Ed's only got three of them If you could spare one of your unattended could use it.
CC Okay, that that was originally supposed to have been for four for him, but somehow the scheduling has ended up giving you the one. And let me tell you stand by a moment CDR conference CC At any rate, for the other CDR ATM CC our druthers today. SPT would That's probably because we during this one. That's probably - probably stand by i and I'll give you the ones and you can select one. Okay. SPT, be if Houston. you want go ED, to I get can an had the the
the reason. times available
CC Okay, Ed, we've got an unattended OPS scheduled at 17:17, and you can have all of that if you'd like it. The other one is the 18:50 pass. That is our midday synoptic. If you do take that one, we would like you to do a building block 2 in it for us. CC 17:17 pass you can do anything you want to. SPT anything take out CC SPT Crip, I'ii take the 17:17. And is there in there which - me moving in there which would which they want done, I'd be glad to do it? Nope, it's all yours. Very good, thank you.
SL-IV MC818/2 TIME: i0:ii 12/10/73 CC
CC Skylab, Houston; we're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again in 16 minutes over Tananarive at 16:32, 16:32. PAO This is Skylab Control; loss of signal through tracking ship Vanguard. Reacquisition of space station Skylab in 14 minutes through the voice relay station at Tananarive. Dr. Royce Hawkins of the Medical Operations office at Johnson Space Center, at 2 p.m. today will hold a briefing on the medical condition, health status of the Skylab IV crew. Also, Dr. Hawkins will be accompanied by several medical experiment principal investigators. That's at 2 p.m. central time in the Houston News Room. We'll be back in 13 minutes for Tananarive. At 16:18 Greenwich mean time, Skylab Control. PAO This is Skylab Control; 16:31 Greenwich mean time. Acquisition upcoming in 50 seconds through voice relay station at Tananarive for which we are standing by. CC Skylab, Houston; AOS Tananarive for 8-1/2 minutes. CC And, SPT, Houston. You got a moment to talk, Ed? SPT Go ahead, Crip. CC Okeydoke. I'm going to have to renege on what I told you a while ago. That rev at 17:17 is being devoted to CALROC. We're consequently - we are going to need to run that one from the ground. Like to give you that 18:51 rev and request that you do a building block 2 in there for us for the midday synoptic. SPT Hang on, Crip. Let me take a look at the schedule. Be right with you. CC Okay. That's right around what currently you've got scheduled as chow time. SPT 18:50, Crip? CC That's affirmative. SPT Okay, I'll take it. CC Sorry your - sorry we had to change our minds there. SPT Okay, you want a building block 1 or 2? CC 2; data (?) 2. SPT Oh, okay, that's no problem. Thank you. CDR Okay, Crip, you might have noticed I had to use our little procedure to open the doors at sunrise, and now it looks like I'm going to have to use it again for this pass. CC Okay, we - we copy that. And Jer, one thing that may not be self explanitory on that procedure is
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what that does for us is allows us to open motors and close them with one motor. And ever close them with two further into the stock. motors because -
them with two we don't want just driving it
CC And, Jer, would probably be helpful for us from just to know roughly how many times you end up having to do that. CDR Okay. CC And, CDR, Houston. When you finish up there at the ATM I got one little correction that we need to make to the message that we sent you up on checklist status. CDR Okay, CC Okay, We can catch it later in CDR Okay, like it's been (static). CC over the maneuver CC END OF TAPE hill time I'll call you in a few minutes. again there's no rush on that one. the day too if you'd like. Crip, (static) the job here. It looks Going sure
Skylab, Houston; in the blind. hill at Hawaii at 17:16. And make is loaded in 15 minutes. Skylab, Houston. How are you
SL-IV MC-819/I Time: 10:39 CST 12110173 CC CC CDR
Skylab, Houston. Skylab, Houston. Loud and clear.
reading? read now?
CC Okay. We're about ready to drop out here. Hawaii's going to be at 17:16 in about 36 minutes. Like to remind you to make sure that you load maneuver time of 15 minutes for the upcoming maneuver. CDR Okay. And did you copy my remarks on this 82A door message? CC Negative. CDR Okay. I said it looks like the message is slanted toward opening the door rather than closing it, and what I've done is inhibit the primary motor (garble) CC Going over the hill, Jerry, We'll talk to you later about it. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Tananarive. In fact it was LOS during a good part of pass. The difficulties of the antenna at Tananarive maintaining lock on the space station. 35 minutes to next station, which is Hawaii, at which time we'll be back. At 16:41 Greenwich mean time, Skylab Control. CDR Roger, Crip. Hey, a question comes to mind here. On these maneuvers that we're doing for S063 and the like, those are our best opportunities really to get a photo of Kohoutek with the Nikon. I wonder if they would be interested in having us do it then. CC We'll ask around here, Jet. CC CDR, Houston. It is our opinion that you probably aren't able to mount the camera in any way securely at $2 window, and consequently you can't get it as stable a photograph as you can when we're back in the other attitude. Can you enlighten us a little bit about that? CDR Oh, I think we can jury-rig it. We'd have to do without a remote cable. CC Okay, Jet. Why don't you let us think about that. Right now we - we'd just as soon go ahead and schedule them out of the $3 window, but when you're back in solar inertial. CDR Okay. CC Jer, I don't really think as to why you couldn't use the little manual release on the on the - on window $2. Could little? CDR pass. CC wasn't using it Ah ha. But in other situations where you probably could, like it (garble) he Oh, well because Bill's we understood shutter you enlighten it at this that
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CDR Yes, that's affirmative. CC Okay. PLT I think we're a little bit ahead of you, Crip. We've been talking about that, and most of the time when Jer's able to see that itts during a maneuver which is being performed for an observation at the minus-Z SAL in which is :required the use of the manual shutter release. The remote operation of the remote shutter release cable. CC Rog. I guess that since we've been talking about getting minute exposures it doesn't seem that we can reasonably do that during the maneuver. PLT If (garble) by the triggering of the time manually and the release of it manually, Jer could do it. CDR Crip, this is not during the maneuver. This is during that stable period of time when the guy down at the minus-Z SAL is doing his thing. CC Okay. Okay. l'm sorry. We got - I got confused. I get confused easily on Monday mornings, l'm with you. But that would mean that you couldn't do them at the same time then again. Okay. I guess if you could do that then certainly you could get better photographs than we can get out of the $3 window. CDR Yes. That's affirmative. There's just nothing in the $3 window to see right now. By the time that comet would come out behind from behind the ATM panel it's going to be sunrise. CC Rog. PLT Also, Crip. Another flight planning note, this is the second time since you told us about crew gyrations that you scheduled PT, the SO or some observation right in the middle of a PT period. CC Okay. This CDR Tell them it's awful hard to do PT without moving around. CC Yes, yes. Understand. Okay. So noted. CC Skylab, Houston, we're i minute from LOS. We'll see you again at Vanguard at 22 - in about 22 minutes at 17:44. And we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump there. CDR Roger. So long. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Hawaii. Acquisition at that station was about 1-1/2 minutes earlier than the clock here indicated that the spacecraft would be coming over the horizon at Hawaii. Next station in 20 minutes tracking ship Vanguard. And at 17:23 Greenwich mean time, Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-820/i Time: 11:43 CST 12/10/73
PAO This is Skylab Control, 17:43 Greenwich mean time. Acquisition at tracking ship Vanguard in 50 seconds. Network controller reports that the tracking ship Vanguard is in rain showers, Spring rain showers in that part of the world, and that some of the data relayed back from the ship may be somewhat ratty, as the word was used. We'll stand by here for tracking ship Vanguard. CC Skylab, Houston, we're AOS Vanguard, and we have you for about i0 minutes. CC And Skylab, we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump here. CDR Roger. CC CDR, Houston. Jer, earlier we were having a discussion on that 82A door procedure, and it was just about the time we were breaking up and going LOS, and we never got your the full gist of what you were talking about. At your convenience, we can go ahead and talk about that again some time. CDR Okay Crip, we're coming up on some HH30 Alfa pictures now and I'ii be back with you in just a couple of minutes. CC Okay, no sweat. Just wanted to let you know that we hadn't gotten it all. SPT Hey Crip, I saw some pretty good size waves down here by the fjords in Chile. It looks like there's a fair amount water moving into those. The waves run primarily perpendicular to the flow and perpendicular to the coast line, and kind of bow in towards the opening of the fjords. They're falling in fairly long wavelengths, too. CC It sounds like they're having some rough weather. I understand you're coming up over Vanguard. It gets pretty heavy rain on the Atlantic side here. SPT Yes [?] We broke out of the clouds just in time to see a fair amount of it. I wish we had some fjords up around Houston, we could get a little more energy out of them. CC Rog. And Ed, we need somebody to inhibit the manual pointing control for us for this unattended pass. CDR Okay Crip, my comments on 82 Alfa were that it looked to me like the procedures you sent up were mainly biased toward getting the doors opened and not getting them closed. And I'm glad you mentioned the fact that you should only use one door to close them or one motor to close them with because I think I would have been inclined on the basis of pad or that uplink to use both motors. CC Okay Jer, the thing maybe is misleading a little bit, but the intent had been that this procedure probably should handle it both ways. It starts out if the 82A door talkback is white at sunrise. And normally your condition there that
SL-IV MC- g20/2 Time: 11:43 CST 12/10/73 would have been
when you come up to sunrise to use it, well it's still white. Of course since that one doesn't automatically open, doesn't automatically open by the computer. And the bit of inhibiting the motors and enabling them again is there simply to reset that timer. And I guess situation is also if the procedure works well, if for some reason you have tried to open them and they didn't, it allows you to go ahead and put both motors on and to open it and then go back to the single motor. And we do want to stay away from any situation that would put both motors on trying to close it, though. CDR Okay, but I still had a white when it came to sunset time. And in order to close it I just inhibited both of them and came back on with the primary only, and it went to b arberpole. CC And unfortunately that - that's misleading. That's really a situation where you get a false indication at that time. The wiring is such that it just shows the last positien that you commanded it. It doesn't really reflect the position of the door. CDR Okay, I understand. In other words, we won't worry about it too much at sunset, at sunrise we're concerned. CC That's affirm. What we just you don't have to pay any attention to it at sunset, just go ahead and let it stay white. And then when you get ready to use it at sunrise to go through the further [?] procedure. CDR Okay, very good. SPT Crip, I think we got some good data on those fjords in Chile. We got a little DAC film on it at 2 frames a second to show the motion, some 300 millimeter and 100 millimeter. CC Okay, real good. We'll pass that on to Bill. And he's going to be talking to you later on tonight about a bunch of visual OPS anyhow. You talking while you're pumping? SPT No, I've got Bill pedaling for me now. CC Ah-hah. CDR Hey Crip, we're looking at a ice flow which is pretty large. We've got one large block which is about a dime at arm's length. CC Okeydoke. If it looks like a dime from there, it must be a pretty big one, CC And Skylab, we're i minute from LOS. We'll see you again over Tananarive in about 15 minutes at 18:09, 18:09. And for the CDR, wondered if he would like for us to
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resend that permanent general message regarding the 82A doors to make it a little bit clearer that that is exactly when that is applicable, and the fact that we want you to use two motors and one to close. Just make sure nobody forgets it. CDR Crip, leave it like it is. We're putting a little note on the bottom ourselves. CC Okay, fine and dandy. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through tracking ship Vanguard. Science Pilot Gibson was successful in photographing and observing some of the wave action along the south coast of Chile and also reported seeing a very large ice flow in the Atlantic, which to him was the size of a dime, at arm's length. I suppose someone clever in trigonometry could figure out what that would subtend at the Earth's surface from that altitude. Today's calibration rocket launch is now counting down for a i:00 p.m. central standard time launch. After the rocket flight is completed and evaluated for performance, Science Pilot Ed Gibson will spend the following three afternoon daylight periods pointing the Harvard College Observatory's unltraviolet spectrometer, S055, at the same area of the Sun as the rocket's instruments surveyed earlier. Because the area of the Sun scan by the rocket is a very quiet section, and just below the Sun Center, virtually no change will occur between the rocket data take and Gibson's afternoon observations. Today's calibration rocket will allow Skylab's data to be compared to a standard light source to allow precise scientific interpretation of Solar data. I've been handed a note to the effect that a dime held at arm's length would subtend about a 5-mile diameter ice flow from orbital • _it_tude. _ Back in ii minutes for Tananarive. At 17:57 Greenwich mean END time, OF TAPE Skylab Control.
SL-IV MC-821/I Time: 12:08 CST 12/10/73
PAO This is Skylab Control. 18:07 Greenwich mean time and 50 seconds away from acquisition through tracking - voice relay station Tananarive, final pass today. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Tananarive for 4 minutes. CC minutes. for not Skylab, Houston. AOS Tananarive for 3
CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS Tananarive about 2-1/2 more minutes. The comm fading in and out. sure whether you got me now. In the blind, Hawaii at 18:51. CDR You're almost impossible to read, Crip. CC Roger. Hawaii 40 minutes, 18:51. CDR Okay. Copy. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Tananarive. 35 minutes to Hawaii. We'll return at that time for the final Hawaii pass of the day. At 18:16 Greenwich mean time, Skylab Control. PAO This is Skylab Control, 18:50 Greenwich mean time. Final Hawaii pass of the day upcoming in less than a minute. Calibration rocket launch still on time for i p.m. time. liftoff at White Sands Missile Range, i p.m. central
CC CC a little bit more towards
Skylab, Houston. AOS Hawaii I0 minutes. SPT, and we see that 52 is pointed off too much for it, need to either go a little bit sunset or close that door.
CC Thank you, sir. SPT Crip, I think that 82A was to be omitted from building block 2. What about 54? CC Checking, Ed. Stand by i. Ed, we want 54 to run. SPT Okay. SPT Does 55 them want any particular grating position? CC Checking. SPT Does 55 want their MIRROR AUTO RASTER in any particular grating position? CC We're checking on it for you. Where we're at now looks good, Ed. CC CDR, Houston if you're available, there's a couple of questions to ask you. If not, if that's you riding the bike or something, we can check with you later. CDR Okay. l'm on the bike, but I can listen. CC Jer, I was just going to ask you on that switching that - taking the camera the comet out of 52. That sounds like a pretty good option to us, but we - we're wanting
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to get two photographs a day, which would mean we'd probably be wanting to get one out of $2 when you were maneuvered over for SAL ops, and another one when you were in solar inertial which will require you getting a photograph out of $3. And the question is, do you think you can switch them back and forth? In other words, do one like in the morning and one in the evening, and if you do, would you like to have a little time scheduled for that if we do it? CDR I think the initial setup would take a little time. After that I don't think it'll be any problem_ the big thing is waiting until it comes into sight on $3. I guess the problem is, Crip, if we don't have two maneuvers a day to on SAL attitude, might as well give up on it because we're not getting anything out of $3. CC Okay; copy. You're saying that $3 is just not - not at all visible. CDR That's right. Not yet. CC Copy. CDR Either Bill or I goes up and we look about two or three times a day and we still haven't seen it. CC Jer, if we set up to take out of $2, what's a reasonable time? 15 minutes, 30 minutes for the initial prep for getting some kind of apparatus where you can connect it there? CDR I think 30 minutes the first time and then after that we'll just need the normal time. CC Okay; fine. CDR What we're doing is we're cutting cardboard out, spacers and things. It makes a pretty good restraint. CC Okeydoke. CDR Bill calls it his origami structure. CC Yes. Glad he's good at that. SPT Say, Crip. If we do not plan to use 82A during an orbit, would you want us to go to the procedure callup or just leave the talkback white? CC Consensus here is leave it white. We're about 1 minute from LOS - 30 seconds rather. We're going have you again over the Vanguard in about 22, 22 minutes. Can you tell us, Ed, whether you tried to cycle that door open this time? SPT No, I did not, Crip. END OF TAPE to
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PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Hawaii tracking station. Tracking ship Vanguard in 20 minutes. After Vanguard, the next station will be Vanguard again. One whole revolution with only one station. Ground track slides in between all the other stations, out of range, for a period of about 20 minutes at Vanguard is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE an hour and a half. at 19:02 Greenwich We'll return in mean time. This
SL-IV MC823/I TIME: 13:23 12/10/73
PAO This is Skylab Control; 19:22 Greenwich mean time. Acquisition at tracking ship Vanguard in 50 seconds. The calibration rocket from White Sands Missle Range lifted off at 01:i0 p.m. central time. peak altitude at about 4-1/2 minutes later at time. Peak altitude was 167.5 statute miles. Reached it's 01:14:35 central All sensors
were reported operational. On the way back down the payload parachute popped open at 01:18:35 approximately. Standing by here for Vanguard acquisition. CC Skylab, Houston; AOS Vanguard, and we have you for about 8 minutes. CC Skylab, Houston; we are doing a data voice recorder dump here. CDR Roger, Crip. CC Okeydoke. And for Ed's information, the CALROC got off okay, and everything looks i00 percent. And I've got the modification to the pointing data for a quiet region 1 for his subsequent building blocks if he could copy. \SPT Go ahead, Bob. CC Roger, want to make that up plus 40. And the left previous modification that I gave you is okay, minus 145. SPT Quiet region 1 is up, plus 40, and left minus 145. CC Roger. And roll remains the same. CC And, CDR, Houston, if you have an opportunity I can give you the change to the message we sent you on checklist updates. CC The change to the change to the change. CDR Okay, Crip, let her go. CC Okay, we sent you a message 2554 which was checklist change status, and you can change the change that said we changed (laughter) the SWS hALF procedures. You can delete the SWS hALF procedure and change 01. We have not made the (laughter) no changes to the change. CDR Say again. CC Where we have down SWS hALF procedures, change 001, you can delete that. No changes have been made to the SWS hALF procedures. CDR Hey, you made it without laughing; good show. CC It was hard. it CDR right. CC I'm going to keep you'd do at you that until you did
to me, Jer.
SL-IV MC823/2 TIME: 13:23 12/10/73 SPT could you CC SPT CAP COMMs CC to get me CC main high CC i,
Say, Crip, I was over on channel A, explain that last comment to me, please? We I'll put it on tape for you. Don't you know it ain't dignified for to giggle? You're right. Flight's still trying to explain it to him. Ed, we need high voltage off on 55; voltage off. Correction on my last. For detectors
2, 3, and 4 we want the HIGH VOLTAGE OFF on those. SPT Okay, Crip, I took MAIN HIGH VOLTAGE OFF, and detectors i, 2 off, and I had 3 and 4 off. Were you not configured right when we came up? CC Okay, we want the main high voltage on, Ed. That was a mistake on my part. And wanted to ensure that detectors i, 2, and 3 were off. SPT Okay, i, 2, and 3 are off. Do you have a problem down there; or up here? CC Okay, we were indicating i, 2, and 3 and 4 were all on, and when you were going to reference, optical reference, we thought there was going to be a problem. Apparently it was in the configuration we come up in. SPT Yeah, Crip, when we came up we were running, and I was running both zero auto raster and a GRATING AUTO SCAN at the same time, so I had to go to experiment stop. I assumed you were in nonatte ded (?) configuration and I wondered whether you also had those detectors on. CC That's affirm. We had had the detectors on, that was the though. SPT detectors off? CC CC at this time. with SPT MAIN HIGH problem. Okay, We're Houston - we're commands okay to rignt turn now those
Let me verify the Okay, Ed, we show
status all the detectors. all detectors off I'm in the STOP MODE We're had
Hey, Crip, I show VOLTAGE to OVERRIDE.
CC squared away left some on
Okay, that that all looks good. now. And the problem was that we had in the unattended OPS.
SPT Okay, I also have a scan spect alert light which I cannot get rid of. Even cycling HIGH VOLTAGE ENABLE RESET 1 to RESET and OFF again. It's back on. CC You're saying that gets rid of it or does not get rid of it?
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SPT It does not get rid of it. CC Okay, we copy. CC Okay, and Ed, we've been doing some big dumps and we'd like to get in enough zu - NuZ update sometime between 20:50 and 21:14. SPT 20:50, okay. CC Okay, Skylab, we're about 30 seconds from LOS. We've got a nice long period where I can't bug you anymore, an hour and 28 minutes to the next Vanguard pass. That's going to be at 21:00. SPT Crip, you got any good words on how to get rid of the SCAN SPECT alert light? And how does the system look down there? CC We're looking at and I'm afraid I haven't got any words. CC Try turning the detectors back on and it should go away; 1 and 2. PAO Skylab Control; loss of signal through the tracking ship Vanguard. Next station will be Vanguard again in an hour and 27 minutes. At 2 o'clock central time in the Houston News Room there will be a medical status briefing on crew health by Dr. Royce Hawkins. And three medical experiment principal investigators will take part in this briefing; Ed Michel, who's the Principal Investigator for MI71 metobolic activity; Dr. R. L. Johnson, M092 lower body negative pressure; and they - Dr. J. L. Homick of Johnson Space Center, who's discipline in experiment unable to locate. Any Skylab ground station passes taking place during this briefing will be transcribed - recorded on tape for delayed playback. At 19:34 GMT, Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-824/I Time: 14:59 12/10/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 20 hours 59 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is approaching acquisition through the tracking ship Vanguard. CC Skylab, Houston, welre AOS Vanguard, and we have you for about ii minutes. SPT Hello Cripp, we're on the fifth of the fifth out of six of the mirror auto rasters for 55. I'm not down to 82A as yet, when I tried the procedure we have, it turns out that it sets the stop command at 55 when we turn off both motors because they dontt have a door OPEN signal. So I wanted to make sure I got the slides done before I tried that again. I tried it twice now with the 82A door with still a (garble) talk back, and l'm going to give it a try here as soon as I finish up this one mirror auto rasters once again. CC Okay, we got it. CC And Ed while we were going over the hill while ago and we were having that problem was that we had left the configuration of a mirror auto raster and we had not senta So you turned always had a mirror off the detectors. Wondered Yes if I auto raster So that was you'd did get the I with 55, the 55 such that stop command problem it had to that.
going, really light noticed
and we had not also what was causing out that on the we had
our problem. (garble). SPT'
a mirror auto raster going fairly early in the game so I put a DAS command in through the switch selector 4. And then I also did get the lights up by cycling all the power - all the (garble) high voltage on and off. CC Good Ed. Solved all of our problems, thank you. SPT to take these door? CC Cripp, exposures Let me would with check you confirm the light that Ed. that they indication want me on the
CC Skylab_ Houston, wonder if either Bill or Jerry are available to test - to check duct 2 flow on panel 617 for us. We've got an indication down here looks sort of like the telemetry problem we had with duct i, we'd like to verify it. CC And Ed, we're still question answered on 82A. CDR Okay Cripp, what do CC Okay, just want you on duct 2 flow panel 617. CDR Okay. trying to get your
you need to know? to give us a reading
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CDR It looks like it's about 490. CC Copy 490. CC SPT, Houston, regarding your question on 82A. We do not want to take the frames with the (garble) indication, what we would like you to do is after this - if you have time after this mirror auto raster on 55 the to try going to your procedure of inhibiting the door motors and then enabling them again. SPT Okay Cripp, I've been through that three times now, I'ii give it another try. CC You've all ready tried it three times huh? SPT That's affirm. SPT I'ii give it a go once more with you folks looking at it if you like. CC Yeah, we'd like to wait till the raster finishes. And we got you for about 4 more minutes. SPT Okay. And Cripp we didn't get that NuZ update in until just about 33 remaining in this orbit, you changed the experiment roll from 5400 to 5390. And I figure that ought to be about a 4 arc second errro in the pointing for 55. CC Okay, we got it thank you. CC PLT, Houston, you got a moment Bill, we'd like to talk a little bit about 509 and batteries? CC And if you're tied up now_ we'll catch later. CDR He'll be right there. PLT Go Cripp. CC Okay, just wanted to tell you, when you terminate the charge on battery 7 do not start charging battery 6. 509 has been delayed until mission day 29 about 4 days away, and we don't want to charge a battery until just prior to the run. PLT Okay, after - okay and say again that which battery. CC Battery 7, I believe you had that scheduled around 01:30 this evening. PLT Okay, and you want me to charge battery 6, but not 7, or was it the other way around? CC No. you 7 PLT don't Okay, start 6. understand, so when I terminate
CC That is correct. That's good. And a break for SPT. We're seeing a little bit of funnies on the doors on the inner door and the outer door seem to have reverse signs right now Ed. And we'd like you to just stop
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messing with 82A right now. SPT Okay Crlpp. CC Skylab, Houston, we're 1 minute from LOS, will see you again in about 3-1/2 minutes over Ascension at 21:14 and we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump there. SPT Okay Cripp on the permanent general message number i0 which you sent up, I presume then that the last line on there which says repeat steps i and 2 up to three times and then complete steps 3 and 4. You probably want us to eliminate that (garble) then complete steps 3 and 4. CC Well the 3 and 4 was assuming that we got the thing open. SPT Oh okay, that's not the way I read it. And but I did hold up anyway. Thank you. CC Ed, would you put it back on a single motor for leaving it? PAO This is Skylab Control. Vanguard has loss of signal. The Ascension Island station will acquire Skylab in 2 minutes. Flight Director Don Puddy, the off going Flight Director estimates that his change of shift briefing will begin at 5:30 p.m. central standard time in the news center briefing room at JSC. 5:30 p.m. central standard time for the change of shift news conference with Flight Director Don Puddy. We'll keep the line up and monitor the Ascension pass. Asquisition at Ascension in just over i minute. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC825/I TIME: 15:12 12/10/73 CC 9 minutes. ing CC the 82A SPT
SPT, Houston did you copy my last regardmotor that we wanted to leave it with only - Affirm.
CC - - only one motor on so we wanted to go back through step 3, but we of course do not want to operate until problem a little bit. SPT We've got 40047 entered twice, Crip. CC Okay, thank you. PLT Houston, Skylab; PLT. CC Go, Bill. PLT Roger, subject is the S063 comet cue card. CC Rog. PLT Under S063, Charlie, Sierra, Tango i, 2, 3, I have a suggestion for them to research. Following the wiring on the - I guess it's near the end of it, there is a line that says, stow T025 filter holder, (S) (F502). The next step is install canister dust cover, F502 on canister adapter. Then the next step is remove T025 canister with one-quarter inch Allen bit, et cetera. Somewhere right along in there I think what should have pressurize SAL or pressurize AMS or something procedure on the SAL decal. CC Okay, we'll look into that. SPT Hey Crip, I suggest that I continue on using the roll I have right now of 5390, unless they'd like me to roll to the 5400. CC We'll check that for you. CC Ed, minus 5390's fine; you can stay right there. SPT Thank you. CC Skylab Houston we're i minute from LOS, we'll see you again at Guam in 35 minutes at 21:58, 21:58. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab has moved out of range of Ascension's antennas now. The next station will be Guam in 33-1/2 minutes. Skylab Astronauts Jerry Carr, Ed Gibson and Bill Pogue have partial day off today_ but tomorrow they will stay awake an extra 3 hours until i a.m. Wednesday, to gather scientific data on the upper atmosphere. The long night's work has been scheduled to take advantage of a rocket-launch planned by the Department of Defense for about midnight tomorrow. The rocket is expected to be a Minute Man missle. Will be launched from western test range at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
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as a scheduled military test launch. The rocket will be observed up to more than 150 miles in altitude as it travels toward Eniwetok, Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Using the FAR ultraviolet electronographic camera the crew brought up in the command module. The Skylab astronauts will photograph the changes that occur as the rocket pierces the upper levels of the atmosphere. Three stages of rocket effects are to be photographed, first the FAR ultraviolet camera will record the bright light of the rocket's exhaust. Then the rocket's effect on the ionized upper atmoshere will be recorded, and final the camera will detect the changes along the path of the missile, along the wake of the missile. At the time of the rocket's passage through the upper atmosphere, Skylab will be moving toward the northeast across the Pacific Ocean on ground track 44. Because the Defense Department's rocket will be moving to the west as the space station moves north east, both the exact timing of Skylab photography and the precise pointing of the movable mirrors used to direct light from the area to be photographed into the scientific airlock that holds the electronographic camera will be very difficult. At its closest the orbiting laborat-o-ry will more than 300 miles from the Minute Man and for some of the photography it will be as far as i000 miles away. To adjust the mirrors and operate the camera, both the Pilot Bill Pogue and the Science Pilot Ed Gibson, will have to work at the small airlock on the side of the workshop away from the Sun. The Commander Jerry Carr will monitor the space station maneuvers required to perform the photography. This complex photographic activity keeping the crew up much later than usual may reveal the mechanics of the upper atmosphere including the reason for a very strange phenomenon, first photographed last year from the surface of the Moon. A FAR ultraviolet electronographic camera just like that being used on Skylab for the study of the Comet Kohoutek was taken to the Moon aboard Apollo 16. Photographs taken by the 16 crew of the Earth showed two bands of oxygen atoms in the upper atmoshpere on either side of the magnetic equator. Although some scientists had suspected such areas called the tropical airglow bands might exist they had never before been photographed. The Apollo film was dramatic evidence for a phenomenon in Earthts upper atmosphere_ A new discovery has never been confirmed by independent evidence and later this week the Skylab crew will attempt to photograph the airglow bands from about a thousand miles away in an attempt to determine the the thickness of the zones. The Skylab photography may also detect movement of the airglow bands produced by changes in the Earth's position_ rotation, and solar winds. At the present time
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atmospheric scientists believe that the tropical airglow bands are produced by updrafts of electrons, which move away from the Earth freely in the near vaccum of the upper atmoshpere_ The electrons moving outward collide with oxygen ions, recombining to form oxygen atoms that can be photographed with Skylab's special ultraviolet camera. The tropical oxygen airglow is not yet well understood but the photography of Tuesday night's rocket passage through the atmosphere may help to confirm the current theory. The rocket's rapid movement should create an artificial updraft of electrons producing a temporary airglow in the skies over the Pacific. Such an oxygen airglow is invisible to human viewers, its light wavelengths are too short to be seen by astronauts or observers on the ground. The cameras like the S201 which use a highly scientific - highly sensitive photocathode and shoots electron END OF TAPE
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PAO Used a highly scientific - highly senstive photocathode and shoots electrons at its 35-millimeter film_ can detect the ultraviolet light, most of which is scattered by the atmosphere and not detectable from the planet surface. Only about 2 minutes are set aside for the rapid series of photographs showing the rocket's affect on the upper electrified atmosphere° To aid in the precise timing and pointing necessary for the photography, the exact moment of launch will be relayed to the Mission Control Center here in Houston by way of hot line direct from Launch Operations at the Western Test Range. A total of 15 photographs of rocket's passage will be taken by Pogue with Gibson adjusting the mirror to three different positions in the short time the Skylab crew will be able to photograph the event. The complex dynamics of the upper atmdsphere where the Sun's energy directly affects the Earth and its weather, are only a part of tomorrow's night scheduled operation of $201. The comet camera will also take a series of photographs of the remnants of exploded star the Crab Nebula several thousand light years from our solar system. And a relatively close neighbor compared to many astronomical bodies was a spectacular star when it exploded some 9 centuries ago. The brilliant super nova observed by earthlings and recorded in historical documents created a gigantic shock wave traveling through space at a speed of several million miles per hour. The mass of materials ejected from the exploded star produced t_he Crab Nebul leaving a pulsing neutron star or a pulsar at its center. The series of photographs made with Skylab's camera once the backup model for the Apollo 16 flight, but specifie_lly modified a few months ago to fit the space station needs, the series of photographs will help determine the state of the gases in the expanding nebula. While light takes several thousand years to reach Earth from the Crab Nebula three other targets to be photographed during the midnight experiment period are so far away that the light we receive began its journey long before man walked the Earth. Three clusters of galaxies hundreds of millions of light years from Earth will be photographed with the special camera. Recording hydrogen between the huge collection of stars far beyond the reach of man. Guam. Skylab END OF Skylab now about 25 minutes away At 21 hours 33 minutes Greenwich Control. TAPE from acquisition mean time, this through is
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 21 hours minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is moving within of the Guam station now.
CC Skylab, Houston, AOS Guam 9 minutes. SPT Rog, hello, Houston. We're still looking at a white talkback on 82A and I have not tried to reconfigure an innercommand since your last request. Anything you'd like me to try on it? CC No, I think we need - need to think about that one for awhile Ed. SPT Okay, Crip, your last comment was that doors had opposite signs, which I didntt quite understand. CC Okay, we're talking about the locked door on on 82A and we'll see if we can get that clarified. CC And Ed, that's - that still didn't clear it. We get telemetry information which tells us what that little inner door or locked door on 82A is doing but you you can't see that of course. And yours is a you were reflecting the position of the outer door the thermal shield door. SPT Okay, I understand Crip. Is the inner door hanging up also? CC Ed, a little bit more information about that, no, the inner door is not hanging up, the - the problem was that we got an indication here that that they were in opposite conditions that we had not seen before and that was causing us a little bit of concern. But we believe that we we understand that problem now. The only problem is really associated with the thermal shield door and trying to open it up. SPT Okay, thank you Crip. CC Skylab, Houston, we're about 20 seconds from LOS. We have two of the three flight plans sets on board and we realize that tomorrow is a very long day, we've tried to make up for it in the following day being a shorter about a 20 total man hours. Crimson team's going off for now. We'll have you AOS again at Vanguard in about 30 minutes at 22:38, 22:38. SPT So long, Crip. CC Bye-bye. CDR We'll see you Bob. CC See you manana. And ATM promises me we're going to have a better day. PAO This is Skylab Control, Guam has loss of signal. The next station is the tracking ship Vanguard in 29 minutes. The Flight Controller team handover is underway in the Control Center. The new Flight Director will be Phll the
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Shaffer, the new CAP Flight Director has shift news conference At 22 hours 9 minutes END OF TAPE
COMM is Dick Truly. The off-going Don Puddy has scheduled his change-offor 5:30 p.m. central standard time. Greenwich mean this This is Skylab Control.
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours 36 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab approaching acquisition through the tracking ship Vanguard. CC Skylab, hello from the purple gang at the Vanguard for i0 minutes. PLT Hello, there. CC Good afternoon, you guys having fun today? PLT Yeah, we're having a lot of fun, we've been taking quite a few handheld photographs. I just there was a tropical storm down there by the (garble) got a series of about i0 of the (garble). Looks like there's a lot of associated activity with that thing, too. CC Roger, I think you've already heard that the CAL ROC launch went very well, we have now recovered the payload and the films been developed. And as a matter of fact I have a change for Ed, on the ATM schedule pad. A pointing change, for the daylight cycle starting at 23:30. SPT Go ahead Dick. CC Okay, where those up and left numbers that were previously changed, the up number remains at plus 40, the left number I'd like to change again. And this is based on the CAL ROC data, it should read minus 120, for left. SPT Okay, Dick, plus 40, and minus 120. Thank you. CC Yes sir. SPT And Dick, as you probably know, we've had a few problems with the 82A door, again today. If the folks down there could find anyway to as sure themselves they got a good door open, I'd be glad to get some exposures to this orbit or the next one for them. CC Roger, Ed, we have been - our team has been getting up the speed and getting handover the last hour, and if we get to that point this evening we - you'll be the first to know. SPT Thank you. CC SPT, Houston, back to the subject of the 82 door, when we get to Ascension, the upcoming pass, and I'ii remind you again when we get there. It'll be during the night, we are going to be doing some ground commanding to re-establish our confidence in door operations and then maybe we can go back to operating 8 - 82. SPT Okay, Dick_ thank you. CC Yes sir. CC Skylab, Houston, i minute to LOS. Ascension comes up at 22:55. PAO This is Skylab Control, As - Ascension will be the next station to acquire Skylab. Vanguard has
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loss of signal. Island station Greenwich mean END OF TAPE
Skylab will be within range of the in about 5-1/2 minutes. At 22 hours time. This is Skylab Control.
Ascension 49 minutes
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours, 53 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is about to begin a long acquisition pass starting at the Ascension Station going through the Madrid station. CC Skylab, Houston we're AOS Ascension and Canary for the next 13 minutes and we're going to be doing some ATM commanding on the S082 door here. SPT Houston, SPT. CC Go ahead Ed. SPT, Houston go ahead. SPT Hello Dick, I'm wondering if I have any CC SPT, Houston you got caught right in the middle of a handover and I didn't copy what you said, say again please, over. PLT Roger, Dick he was wondering if he had a VHF comm set up for today. CC Yes sir, as a matter of fact he does and it's Canary Island at a time of 00:36. PLT Roger, 00:36. CC Roger, Bill and for yon tomorrow, I haVen't set it up yet because we haven't picked a pass yet but I'll let you know. PLT Thank you. SPT Thank you Dick. CC Roger. SPT Dick, I know that there is a little E time involved and it does make it hard but is there a way for us to either get an - an update in the morning or sometime maybe a couple - at least 6 hours ahead of time so we can plan the day accordingly. CC It certainly is, Ed. We'll get it up to you. SPT Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston for the CDR, just for our information are you guys planning on doing any crew option TV today? CDR Yeah, we're just kind of getting it up now. CC Okay, good. Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston we're about 30 seconds from LOS, Guam comes up at 23:36 and the preliminary results from our commanding on the S082 is that we are unable to get a - get the thermal shield door opened using either of the heat of the primary or the secondary motor so we're going to continue to think about it and keep you updated. PAO This is Skylab Control. The Skylab space station has passed out of range of the Madrid tracking station. Guam will acquire Skylab in 25-1/2 minutes. At
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23 hours, i0 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control with a reminder that the change-of-shift news conference with Flight Director Don Puddy is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. central standard time, 20 minutes from now. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 minutes past midnight Greenwich mean time. During the change of shift news conference Skylab was in contact with the Guam and Honeysuckle stations. We taped i0 minutes 45 seconds of conversation over those two stations, we'll play that now. CC AOS Guam for 7 minutes. CDR Roger Dick, Have you folks down there noticed the humidity - relative humidity is gone up some in here. on CC that. Roger Jerry, stand by and let me check
CDR The reason why I'm asking is our old friend the icy spot in the ward room window is forming a little fog right where the ice was before. And we suspect that just because we took the showers and everything today we probably got the relative humidity up quite a bit. CC Rog, Jerry, hang on a second. CC CDR, Houston, the answer to your question is yes the relative humidity has increased and we do think it's due to the showers. The dewpoint is about 4 degrees higher than it normally runs and so that probably is the source of that moisture. CDR Roger_ just about the time sunrise occurs and when the Sun angle is low we see the moisture about the middle of the day-side pass when the Sun angle gets pretty high it seem to disappear and then it comes back again. CC Roger, probably won't be too long before you guys have to clean it out again. CDR Yeah I think you're right. CC Hey Jerry, I'm not sure what you all are up to, but a bunch of passes this evening are going to be devoted to science conference. And I've got a little of evening questions and notes and this and that and so when ever you're in a listening or visiting mood I'd like to talk to you about them. CDR Go ahead, we're just puttering around. CC Okay, let me go through them as I get to them. First of all this one is on EREP, I have two here on EREP one's a question. After the last EREP pass we looked at the voice tapes and we couldn't find any tape measurement listed on the tapes and so when you have a minute we wonder if you and would make a that'll help CDR CC tape measurement of the EREP us in our planning. That was 4.4 centimeters. Okay thank you very much. tape remaining
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CC Next one is not a question but just a note here and it goes back to EREP 14, and I didn't hear you guys ask this question but apparently there was a question or some conversation as to why the S193 radiometer was switched from standby then to off and then later back to standby. It turns out that the radiometer AGC will saturate if the radiometer altimeter operations. 12-23 of the checklist just thought you'd let callout on the pad and the in. CDR time, CC You it didn't is left in standby during There is a mention of this on page if you're that interested, but we you know that that was an accurate that was the reason for it.
Okay, I remember questioning that at seem too logical. 0kay. Here's another one wetre interested that some wear on the treadmill and we've
been talking about some ways if we could use some things on board to replace the treadmill. Specifically one of the things that's been discussed is those - you know on the inside of the film vault doors those dust covers are made of milled Teflon and we've had some guys looking at how those might be substituted for the treadmill. In order to help us we were wondering if you could expand any on the - on the magnitude of the wear on the tr - of the treadmill Teflon pad; And also cold another flowing. CDR question was Well, does we'll the have pad to itself look at appear it a to be
bit. The area I was talking about the wear is in the forward third where the where the metal folds, you know the metal plate underneath it. There's sort of Just a trace of a ridge there, and the Teflon there you can feel it in your socks as you're walking. CC Okay Jerry. We're going to continue to try to different CDR make Teflon with might CC any think if it of a way does get Okay. And of to to replace that thing or use the point where you need on of something to - stand can by. you
Jerry, while we're - of the magnitude
this subject how much the
is worn at the place that you can feel the ridge your toes and no sense in answering right now but you take a look at it and let us know later. CDR Dick, I just went over and looked it over again and it doesn't look like to me like it's worn much when at all. I mentioned The And thing it the that's Roger down is I first the was just time is place trying to that sure it's point does going out look to go like
a wear point. if it goes_ CC a little more
where Maybe necessary
understand. here than
expending trying to
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solve it for you. CDR Yeah, you might be. It doesn't look too bad yet, I was just kind of raising the alarm flag so people wouldn't be surprised if it did break up later. CC Okay. I do have a couple of more notes here, but I'm going to have to get briefed on this one so hang on a second I'ii get back with you. CDR Okay. CC Skylab, Houston, we're about 40 seconds from Los. Honeysuckle comes up here in just about 5 more minutes. And for the SPT all of our indications on the 82A door are that the thing is stuck OPEN. What we'd like you to do is to operate the door this pass normally. You will have no ready light, we want you to ignore the door talk back and be sure and confirm the grating short or long before starting the exposure. Over. SPT Okay Dick I Sure will. There's only 2 exposures called out for this orbit. Would they like me to go back and try and pick up a few of them previous? I can do that quite easily. CC Stand by. CC Skylab, Houston for the SPT. We would like i extra 5 minute exposure wave length long. SPT Five minutes long, I've got it thank you Dick. CC Roger. and Jerry I've got another couple of questions and I'ii get them at Honeysuckle. CDR Okay Dick. CC And SPT, Houston, if you read in the operations of the door we want you to ignore for this next pass that permanent general message 10 to change your procedures. Just operate the door normally per the original cue card. SPT You mean with the door switch. CC That's affirmative. SPT Okay Dick, l'm also looking at a white talk back for the wave length, and I'm not sure what that's telling me. Is there a way I can clear that and find out where I really am? CC Rog, we think it'll clear when you open the door. SPT CC SPT I had the END OF It did, thank you. Roger. Say Dick just as I did open I got the -
I got - when
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CC Yeah, it'll clear when you open the door. SPT It did thank you. CC Roger. CDR Say, Dick just as I did that I got - when I had the door open I got the flare enable talkback went white which we usually does during o - door opening and then it went barber pole which it usually does when it's pulled open. I not sure whether that fits in with your diagnosis but it looks good. CC Okay, Ed thank you. CC Skylab, Houston AOS Honeysuckle a short pass for about 3 minutes and I got a couple of more questions I can get out if you guys still are near the phone. CDR Go ahead. CC Okay, the other day I mentioned to Ed and requested him to estimate the amount in inches this is on the ED63, the amount in inches of agar left in the valve, he said he'd do that but we haven't found that recorded on channel A anywhere and if you haven't done it we would like you to re-record that data. We're interested in this since we're planning on planting some rice in the vials and growing some rice to help satisfy your voracious appetite. SPT I knew you'd find a way to get me to do it, Dick. CC Well I'm going to keep trying. I got one more for you guys and this is on the subject of the Nikon batteries. We're interested in keeping good track of the batteries because we want to make sure we have - we understand the status and have good batteries for the EVAs toward the end of the mission. Sometime when you get a chance, we'd like to know the serial numbers of the batteries in Nikon 01 and 02, we'd also like to know whether the battery that's in Nikon 01 has been changed out since EVA number 1 and finally one reminder since everybody around here is conserving energy, when you're this is in the cue cards but when you are using the electric Nikons, we_d prefer you to use them in the manual mode whenever that's possible. CDR Roger Dick we've been trying to do that. CC Okay. CDR And the one in Nikon 01 is 1052. CC Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston we're about 45 seconds from LOS, Vanguard comes up at 00:16 and Jerry have you guys changed that one in Nikon 01 since the EVA? CDR That's negative. CC Okay.
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 13 minutes past midnight Greenwich mean time. That's the end of the tape and Skylab is about 3 minutes away from acquisition tracking ship Vanguard. We'll keep the line up and monitor the Vanguard pass. CC Skylab, Houston AOS Vanguard for 6 minutes. PLT Roger, Dick. SPT Houston, SPT. CC Go ahead Ed. SPT Okay_ for the unattended ops, Dick, I've been able to locate a bright point, l'ts not one of the brighter ones I've never seen. It only gets up to around 700 or so. It's fairly small that is, it takes fairly precise pointing to get on top of it. It is fairly close to the equator but I do not see any activity around it in H-alpha so I do think we were going to have a bright point and I have identified it as such in the XUV monitor picture. The coordinates are a roll of minus 5400, an up/down of minus 0127 and a left/right of minus 0182. And I maximized this location using oxygen 6, detector 3 at a GRATING of all balls. CC Okay, Ed stand by a second. SPT Okay, also right now I have the 55 mirror at the SLIT position. If they'd like me to move that down to 25 1 can but I thought that - and then move up a corresponding 85 arc seconds. But what I was hoping to do is to get out in time enough to give 82B an exposure but I never got there. CC 0 - and Skylab, Houston we'd like you to leave the pointing as it is and go to line 25, I thought you must be listening to the ATM's backroom loop because when you started talking about that they were talking about where to ask you to point for this unattended ops. Sounds good. CC Skylab, Houston we're about 30 seconds from LOS, Canary Island comes up at 00:36 and a reminder for Ed, your family comm is set up there at Canary 00:36. SPT Very good thank you, Dick. CC Roger. PAO This is Skylab Control. Vanguard has loss of signal, the next station will be Canary Islands in ii-i/2 minutes. At zero hours, 24 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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This is Skylab Control, at 0 hours 34 mean time. Skylab is approaching acquisition
through the Canary Island station. And there will be overlapping coverage through Madrid. CC Skylah, Houston, AOS Canary and Madrid for 13 minutes. SPT Roger, Dick. CC And I forgot to mention to Ed but he should use the left antenna. We think that's the best. CC Skylab, Houston, for the CDR or the PLT, in ATM closeout we need one item which is a SO56 stop, we see the shutter open. And we'd also like a frame count when convenient. CDR Stand by, I'ii get it right for you. CC Roger. CDR Okay, Dick, there's a 56 stop. CC Okay. CDR Okay, the frame count is 11355, 3987, 133, 1198, 5697, and 3791. CC And, Roger, Jerry don't leave the panel. Just a second I think we may have one more request. Stand by. CDR Okay. CC CDR, Houston, we did not get a shutter close there on - on 56, what we'd like you to do is open the airlock then issue a stop, and then close the airloek. Over. CDR Okay, how's that? CC Roger, stand by i. CC CDR, Houston we still show the shutter open so we're going to have to think about it and understand the problem For now we'd like camera power to go off and then you can go ahead and leave the panel, thank you much. CDR You were cut, Dick, say again. CC Roger, we still show the shutter open so we're going to have to think about that one for a little while, so before you leave the panel we'd l%ke you to go camera power to off and then it's okay for you to go back to what you were doing. CDR Okay, what do you say I cycle the camera airlock switch again, but this time leave a good five seconds between that and the stop switch? I gave about 2 last time. CC Okay, we're willing to try that again Jerry. CDR All right we'll put 5 seconds between each switch throwing. CC Okay.
SL-IV MC832/2 Time: 18:35 12/10/73 CDR CC open so I secure.
Okay, how does that look? No, joy, Jerry. The shutter's still we'd llke the camera power off and then
CDR Okay, camera power's off. PAO This is Skylab Control, Madrid has loss of signal. The next station will be Carnarvon - station will be Honeysuckle in 32-i/2 minutes. At 0 hours 50 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at i hour, 22 minutes Greenwich mean time. Honeysuckle is about to acquire Skylab. CC Skylab, we're AOS Honeysuckle for the next 8 minutes and we're dumping the data/voice recorder here. CDR Roger, Dick we're just finishing up our dinner and then we're going to get on our TV session. CC Roger, Jerry I'd like to read a message to you if you're listening. CDR Go ahead. CC Roger. Dr. Nikolay Gurovskly and members of the Soviet delegation of the joint working group in the space biology and medicine wish to extend sincere congratulations to the Skylab-IV crew for the tremendous contribution you are making toward procuring medical data which will provide the base for future manned space flight efforts. The delegation have been privileged to visit the Control Center and to hear reports on your progress while exchanging data on the two previous Skylab flights with Dr. Berry and his delegation. They wish you a most successful mission and a safe landing. CDR Thank you Dick and please tell the gentlemen that we appreciate their good wishes, thank you. CC We'll certainly do that, thank you. CC Skylab Houston we're i minute to LOS, Bermuda comes up at 02:07 and that'll be the first of the science conferences and our guest Dr. Story Musgrave will be talking to you there, I think. CDR Roger, Dick, CC Skylab, Houston one last switch on the ATM configuration wonder if somebody would check the EVA aut - auto door switch to storage please. CDR Will do, Ed's on his way. CC Okay. SPT What's the status on 56, CC Tell you later. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab is out of range of Honeysuckle. Bermuda will be the next station 34-i/2 minutes. At i hour, 32 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 6 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is approaching acquisition through Bermuda and the start of the Science conference with the crew. CC Skylab AOS through Bermuda for 7 minutes. CDR Roger. CC And Jer this is your med science conference. CDR Roger go ahead. CC Okay, we'll discuss things a little bit out of order here to be sure that I get to some questions that have been sent down by Ed. The first one is the purpose of TV-II7, although it's not titled such it really is an experiment in electrophoresis. Although it is entitled a particle mobility. An electrophoresis is used here on the ground to separate things such as proteins which have electrical charges on them and to separate cells in human blood and the like. And the advantages in doing this in zero g are that you don't have the convective currents or don't have the sedimentation that you have down here in one g. And we did fly an electrophoresis experiment successfully on Apollo 17 and we also had one, a large one it was going to be launched on Skylab but we ran out of weight space. And we're sure that we will be using electrophoresis on the Shuttle for things like separation of proteins and vaccines and the like. SPT Okay thank you Story. Think they got some useful information from what was done. CC So that was going to be just a photographic demonstration of electrophoresis in the zero g environment. Now I'ii skip ahead on to M133 because I caught one of your questions that came down on the tapes, Ed. SPT Okay. CC First of all Dr. Frost wants to thank you for running his experiment even though it wasn't scheduled :for your mission. He's very appreciative of it, and he's getting a lot of data. I'ii quickly summarize the data you're getting. In terms of total rest, that's of course when you've got the cap on and the machine running your averaging and that's over the runs we got 6.8 hours a night of total rest. Total sleep about 6.1. And terms of stages, stage i you're running 6.9 percent, stage 2, 41, stage 3, 19, stage 4, 12, and (garble) sleep about 20. Now in terms of comparison with the other 2 missions you're running a little bit closer to Joe Kerwin on SL-II than Owen Garriott. In other words you're running a little heavier in the deeper stages of sleep, that's stage 3 and stage 4. For the comparison Owen, his stage 3 was only 6 percent yours
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is 19 percent. Owen's stage 4 was 0.5 percent and yours is 12. So you're running a little bit more high percentage in the deeper stages of sleep. SPT Okay thank you Story. Shows what you can do if you work at it. CC And you also had a question on channel B about how your last run went. You had some skepticism about the data. The data came out fine. SPT Very good, thank you. CC And some of this stuff may be a little redundant to you because you may be plotting this data on your onboard charts but I'ii press on anyway. As you probably know, Jer and Bill their weights are very close to prelaunch weights, Jer is only within a half pound of launch weight which is doing extremely well, and Bill is only down 4 pounds. Ed's down about 5 pounds. And Ed your caloric intake prelaunch was about 200 kilocalories above what the nominal menu was and Jet and Bill's stayed about the same. You probably need at least about 200 kilocalories above the normal during flight. At present you're running, oh, less than a hundred above the nominal. And in considering all the exercise you're doing you probably need just a little more. SPT Okay, l'm all for that Story if we can just find a way of working it out. CC Yeah that's true we've got a lot to do there. We are going to Flight Plan when we get a chance an inventory of the food - that's total inventory of the food. The ground inventory that we have down here we don_t have a awful lot of reliance in. But we think the total overage to about 350 SPT around. start we have for a fully planned mission amounts calories per day above the nominal menu. Okay that ought to be enough to go
CDR I hope it is, otherwise he's going to gnawing on our leg. CC Okay. And Ed the Pls thank you for the exercising weight loss measurements you take. The weight loss is about 1.85 pounds. And at that 7000 watt-minutes they put at about 400 kilocalories which represents 2 ounces of fat or if you were burning protein or sugar that'd be about 4 ounces of protein and 4 ounces of sugar. SPT Okay thank you Story I think I'm in better shape now then when I came up here, I certainly feel that way on the bike. CC Yeah I think we can agree with that.
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l've got a couple interesting Could you say something about the mechanisms of thirst and a difficult differences SPT meals just subconscious question in how
questions on fluid balance. any subjective feelings for a desire for salt? I know that's
to answer, but have you any feelings, you thirst up there or an urge to eat salt? I usually have a desire for salt with because I like the seasonings. I guess I have a knowledge or desire just because I know I lose goes mostly I take thirst on along with all my shows up
a lost of salt when I exercise. Thirst usually with salt intake or with the water output. But the - in correlation with the salt intake. If salt at one meal in a particular item then the about half an hour to two hours later. CC CDR about the same too. And some salt with that. what causes us other. And of then you CC following of course. get Okay, anything Jer and Bill
My salt and thirst sensations are just as Ed's really. And Bill pretty much agrees of the food is pretty bland and you really want And that really in Bill and my case is to want salt, there doesntt seem to be any course like Ed said when you take the salt
thirsty. Okay. As far as M092 goes you've been that data just as closely as we have on ESS You've had heart rate elevations and blood and on we we've
pressure decreases, and more exaggerated than preflight of course that's to be expected. As per other flights the changes in the leg volumes have been off scale and did change out that leg band and since the new leg band gotten most of those back on scale but they're pretty
exaggerated. The leg blood flow that's been up. And I got about 20 seconds to LOS, we'll see you over Madrid in about 3 minutes we'll be picking up Bill Lenoir with the ATM Science Conference. SPT Thornton's wondering much since CC calf not thing much END device whether we've Okay Story, I have a feeling is helping us out quite a bit the leg volume been using that. Yeah, that may is be has keeping not that and changed up the Bill I'm as maximum
girth was the show as abrupt CDR
next thing I was going to get a decrease as on our previous Yeah we think that's the reason time you're
to. It did missions. and another up how
would you let us know the next tape is left on the recorder? OF TAPE
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CC on previous missions. CDR Yeah, we need think that's the reason, and another thing would you let us know at the next time you're up how much tape's left on the recorder? CC We'll get you an answer to that. CDR Yeah, the VTR. CC You got 20 minutes left on the VTR. PAO This is Skylab Control, Bermuda's had loss of signal to Skylab. The Madrid station will acquire in less than 2 minutes, we'll keep the line up and monitor through Madrid for the continuation of the science conference. CC ready for the visual Hello Skylab, observations this is Houston conference? are you
SPT Sure are Bill, we're ready go ahead. CC Okay, in spite of what Story said I think we'll talk about visual observations here, we got the ATM this morning. Like to just start off here talking about handheld site 33 alfa which you don't have yet. Actually you've done it once under special designation, not alfa. That's the cold eddies in the warm water that you located for us off of Yucatan. Don't know whether anybody's told you yet but that created quite a bit of excitment down here and made tile papers and all that. And we think it's a very significant finding. We are preparing a new topic for the book, 33 alfa, which will have you looking for similar phenomena in the - well in 6 specific areas in the world's oceans and potentially in others if we find it in a significant number of those. Just wanted to pass on the fact that we are doing that and give you a couple of "atta-boys" here for some good work and helping us out on that, over. SPT Okay, Bill, sure hope we can find a few more instances like that, it's been interesting. CC Okay, it really impressed us, itts one of the few occasions that we get to ask you to do something, be able to take your answer and pump it back into the system and have you do something based on your answers so that we make use of you being there in real time. Next topic is upwelling and plankton (garble). You've done some excellent work on those for us. Both off of the coast of Argentina and east of New Zealand, we see that you detected something there also, we certainly want to pass on good words about the descriptions, you're giving us. The observations are really coming through in a splendid fashion as far as being descriptive in allowing us to make - get good information out of your words. I presently am writing up a new topic, 34 alfa which will use the fact that you can detect these
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upwellings and plankton (garble) trying to detect water temperature differences around some of these small islands. And as the new site will explain, this will, has the potential of being used in an energy generation fashion replacing petroleum imports, over. CDR Roger, Bill in the area of plankton growth and blooms and all that, we've been particularly impressed by the Falkland - Falkland current down off the eastern coast of Argentina. CC Yes, so have we, the area with that and the south Atlantic current are converging in there. We've certainly found your observations there interesting and we're going to begin concentrating more heavily on that area. CDR Yeah we've got an awful lot of photo coverage of that - that serpentine bloom area. CC Good, we're hoping you'll keep an eye on it and not necessarily take more shots of it unless you begin to notice some changes in it. SPT Okay, would you at some time discuss the temperature differences and how we're going to see those visually? CC Okay, actually you don't see the temperature difference you see the effects of the cold water coming to the top, basically you're seeing the plankton and the algaethings of this nature in the colder more nutrient fed waters. SPT Okay, yeah that we do understand. CC Okay, moving on here, this Friday we'll will be holding our first team meeting here on the ground where all of the visual observations team members will be coming in, going over the transcripts one at a time, then we'll meet and discuss these from an assesstment point of view to see how we're doing, whether we think that's the way we ought to be doing and making some changes based on that. I would anticipate that we will probably have quite a few new sites come out of that meeting. And we will certainly keep you up to date on the results of that meeting, as a matter of fact the next day off conference will probably devote most of it to the results and discussions emanating from that meeting. SPT I think the material we have up here which all went into that book is excellent, Bill and we're getting a little more proficient in the use of it, our only regret is that we dontt have time to do that as extensive as we like to do the other good things. CC Well, we certainly appreciate the problem. The additions that we have sent up and your handling of them, has this proven satfsfactory or would you suggest that
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handle this in a different fashion? CDR Yeah, it's coming up fine and I - we're not having a bit of trouble with it, we just - we enjoy doing it too. CC Okay, one other question here, we would like to try very hard to keep you in our loop, so to speak, so that we meet everyday selecting sites and looking at what happened the day before and the day before that and what we've been hashing over here is trying to decide a format or what to keep you up to date with how we're doing. For instance, such things as the fact that 146-4, the range land and the pampas we feel has been adequately covered for now. We'd like to come back in a month or so and look at time changes to it, but we don't feel that anything more is required there at this time. Other areas we would like to change the concentration from several of the procedures to some of the other procedures, but we haven't yet homed in on what we think the best format for doing this is. It's probably not worth the time to discuss it now but if you would think about it and put some comments on the tape recorder for us whenever you've got some thoughts. We are getting your comments and it takes about - oh, about a day to a day and a half, before we get them and we do act on them accordingly. CDR Okay and I would think it'd be a good idea if you got a list up to us right away of those areas that you think we've covered adequately and we should lay off of. CC Okay, we'll do that. It turns out most of them have gone away because of the changing Sun angles here but we'll certainly get it up to you within the next day or so. CDR Okay, are you going to talk about New Zealand? CC Hadn't planned on it but we can, go ahead. CDR Okay, you can tell the geologists that we've got some beautiful coverage on it. We did not do the thing tonight because of clouds but we got that yesterday in the evening after bedtime and we got some beautiful coverage I don't - I think they should be able to find their fault lines without any problems. CC Okay, that sounds pretty good on New Zealand and as I recall if you've done that, about the only open item would be the north part of South Island from overhead. I think we have missed that and we'll probably try to schedule that and we_ll lay off of the rest of it. CDR Okay.
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CC Okay, I want to also pass on some good words and atta boys here for the way you're helping us out on the things that are impossible to schedule, things like the END OF TAPE
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attaboys that and
we want to also pass for the way you're to schedule. storms, some of
on some helping The the
good us out like
the things atmosphere
phenomena. on a site these just schedule.
I notice all three of you are picking these up of opportunity basis and we find wetre covering about as rapidly as we're covering the ones that So, that keep up that good work, and one other
point on those sites where you give us an observation only, with no photographs we want to emphasize that those are every bit as important to us as the photographs and we treat those just like photographs. They will be analyzed by the team members especially so since we have them in our hands now. And keep up that good work. We've got about 1 more minute here. we've SPT never used Okay, the data Bill, one acquisition thing I've camera wondered is and as we're
going across an excellent We could get the possible discoloration for. CC We don't DAC film, up anyway CDR
Australia yesterday, I thought, "gee that'll be way to use it at two frames a second or so." a sweep across there and find an awful lot about water resources. And also about the various or other phenomena which we've been looking
Yes, that sounds like a good idea,-Ed. - we the visual observations program don't own any but if you've got some that you're going to shoot that's an excellent way to do it. Now, that's what we just did with transgot about oh, 8 percent of pretty good you. is next and
porter number 6, we scattered information. CC Bill is supposed at 02:52, that'll general science. CDR CC here we'll we're take SPT been real carrying ATM well, thanks over it. the
Okay, and I'm supposed to remind to be doing $233 now, and Carnarvon be Bob Parker talking corollaries Okay, Okay, hill No, he's good. but a if up there And you got for now. to the
according any you
clock for us,
you've coming out
and visual ops and they're both to your help, appreciate it. It's This Madrid the a pleasure to help is Skylab Control. station. Carnarvon science Greenwich conference mean time, you. Skylab is the will this is
CC PAO range now in 24 At 2 hours Control. END OF
out of next station there. Skylab
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 50 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is approaching acquisition at Carnarvon, overlapping average at Honeysuckle. MCC Skylab, Houston, through Carnarvon. Over. SPT Hello, Bob go ahead. MCC Roger, evening gentlemen, I guess I should warn you that at the end of this you'll be going into evening status report as soon as I finish. I'll try and get off before we get to Honeysuckle, so we'll have that time. Let me start off by telling you a little bit more about the 201 observation that I know you're aware of having tomorrow evening. You're aware of the rocket observation of the atmosphere, just reminding you or refreshing your memory in case you weren't really told about it premission, because it was put on late, that we're looking at carefully timed changes of the tilt and rotations and the backup crew, if you haven't heard finds that usually 2 man operation for this is the easiest one handling the tilt and one handling the rotation. As far as we've been able to tell by watching your other work on 01 so far, your changes have met the time constraints very nicely, and we're not very worried at all a bout being able to meet these 15-second intervals. The idea having to keep you up this late for the rocket obviously bothers us, probably as more than it bothers you. I guess I must say as long as we're interested in serving the effect of the night atmosphere of a rocket launch, near midnight and doing it from a U.S. launching site, there's not much we can do to launch it in the middle of your work day. So, it - it was sort of a requirement, launch it very early in the morning or rather late at night and this looked like the first hard opportunity. So we had to press on with that. Over. SPT Okay, good enough, Bob. MCC Okay, as you probably realized if you've been doing any adding and subtracting on your Flight Plans recently in the last couple of days, although we have a major exception coming up tomorrow, we seem to been able to figure out a schedule which as far as we can tell is working out fairly well, about 25 man hours a day for experiments, or something like 2 hours a day for housekeeping. And if you fellows want some changes to that we'd be, you know, very interested in knowing about them. But right now that's the sort of planning we're doing in the long term and that's the sort of planning that went into that 7-day forecast you got up today. Over. CDR We're beginning to enter a stride now, and it - I thinks it's going to work out okay. That seems to
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good plan. MCC Okay, something that requires probably a bit more talk or least I'd like to emphasize a bit more_ it's encouraging to keep us to date on the time requirements of the individual performances of things, particularly, I guess the thing that really has the potential of bitting us is I'm sure you're well aware at this point is all of yanking things in and out of the scientific airlock. In particular, all of you undoubtedly do a lot of time-critical items on your own, at your own time and eonvience which helps you out, it also increases our flexibility in efficiency in scheduling. If we know what those times actually are, for instance, if something's taking - we're scheduling for 20 minutes it actually takes i0 and you think that's fine and using that I0 for something else, we got nothing wrong with that, but it would probably help us in the scheduling items from time to time as far as efficiency is concerned if we knew that was i0, even if you said, hey, but leave us the other i0 for free time. We'll still be ahead in efficiency. So we'd like you to keep that in mind if you find things are taking well either more or less time, keep us informed but that doesn't mean that we're necessarily going to jap you with more stuff. Just it makes it more efficient for us and more - more flexible for us on the ground in figuring out what can be done. Over. CDR Okay, Bob, we'll sure do it. MCC Hey, on the as I say particularly and I'm sure you're well aware and it frustrates us on the ground too, but the Kohoutek program is kind of driving us to it. And we're spending an awful lot of time yanking stuff in and out of the airlock, and I guess any - any particular increases in efficiency that you find there will certainly be a help. In general outlook you've seen the 7-day forecast I might amplify on that a little bit, that you'll be seeing fairly greatly increased ATM program this week. The EREP CONAS window is closed, and so we'll be increasing - having increasing time available and decreasing EREP time. Although it doesn't really show on the 7-day forecast, at the very end you'll find a geothermal path on day 32, in the evening, this is down over Italy. And that's why it can still be sort of within your work day, but then if we're goin - just like the rocket launch, if we're going to do geothermal passes over the United States and do them at decent hours as far as the scientists are concerned in terms of having it fairly much in the middle of the night. We're again forced to a constraint of having to do them on during times which really aren't in the regular crew work day. On day 33 and 34, we're currently looking at passes which would probably require 3 hour early wakeups,
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in order to get these areas in the western U.S. before the Sun gets even too close to the horizon. Further stuff that we're looking at during the next 7 days is increase in Kohoutek programs. Now that the comet is getting closer to the Sun and brighter_ I I might just add as a note of general interest to you guys, you probably get to see the comet better and better, here in Houston since the Moon is getting fuller and actually therefore occupying more of the sky where toward the comet as time goes on. We probably won't have another good view of it until afterperihelion. So you got something on us up there in addition to everything else. During this coming week we'll also start our first JOP 18 Delta, and in anticipation of that this week, you'll probably find an awful lot of S082B usage. Although we won't probably use SO82B on the first JOP 18 Delta, we are right now using a fair amount of film to get down to the sensitive film for the JOP 18 Deltas that are coming up a few days after the end of this coming 7-day period. You'll see a lot of A - SO82B usage in the next week. On the comet also, on day 31, SO19 will be observing a (sic) occultation - END OF TAPE
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MCC A few days after the end of this coming 7- day period. You'll see a lot of S082B usage in the next week. On the comet also on day 31 S019 will be observing a [sic[ occultation of star Pi Scorpii by the comet, so we'll getting a pass which looks at the star before occultation by the comet and then a few hours later a pass when we again look at the same star but this time with the comet in front of trying to look for absorption. Over. CDR Roger Bob. And tonight Bill was doing 233 and the comet has finally peaked down from behind the ATM panels, so we should be able to get a few more pictures. CC Very good, I'm sure they'll be happy to hear that. The other night or yesterday evening you guys did that late S073 pass during the lunar eclipse and I'm not sure whether anybody told you or not the observations that we've been doing the last 3 days of S063 and that observation with S073 were aimed at making observations as the Earth pass through the plane of the comet looking for a particularly heavy concentrations of dust particles in that plane. Over. CDR Hey that's very interesting, I wished we'd known that a little earlier. MCC Sorry to tell you but I think Dick is coming on the line. CC Skylab, Houston, l'd like to break in here and we have a procedure here to CLOSE the SO56 - we need to CLOSE the S056 and H-ALPHA DOORS. On that S056 it
shutter we think what happened by looking at the TM that Ed took a long exposure on S056 and the start/stop was not issued to terminate the experiment and this left the shuttter OPEN. If somebody could clear this for us, the filters in the sunlight, we'd like to go ahead and do this. We'd like to turn 56 camera power to ON, wait 3 seconds then issue a START, wait 5 more seconds and issue a STOP. PLT Okay, he's up there now Dick. CC Okay good, I'ii give it back to Bob, and when you guys are through I'ii be standing by for evening status report. MCC Okay Skylab, I guess I'Ii just use my time that was handed back to me to say good evening, wish you well and talk to you in 7 days. CDR Okay Bob, thanks for calling it was good to talk to you. MCC Okay send us some questions if you have them. CDR We sure will. and CC you're ready And Jerry when you get your to start reading go ahead. book out
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CDR heavy 2 light; SPT 1/2 light. Volume:
Okay here it goes. i0, 8 heavy 2 light; CDR 2000; SPT 1400:
Sleep, CDR, 9.0, 7 PLT 10.5, i0 heavy PLT 1250. Water
gun reading: CDR, 7257; SPT, 2392; PLT, 8585. Body mass: CDR, 6.310, 6.311, 6.311; SPT 6.359, 6.349, 6.354; PLT, 6.238, 6.232, 6.236. Exercise: CDR, Alfa, leg, 5000. Bravo, Alfa, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, i0, 20 each. Method Charlie is Charlie, Delta, Foxtrot, 06, 20 each. Method Foxtrot, walk, 09, run, 01, spring, 01, 200, toe rises, 02, 150. SPT, Alfa, leg, 8340. Method Bravo, Bravo, Foxtrot, and curl, 16, 40 repetitions. Method Foxtrot, spring 15, i000, toe rise, 05, 200. Method Alfa, leg, 6000, method Bravo, Alfa, Bravo, Delta, Echo, 08, 550 each. Method Charlie Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, and Gulf, 10, 20 each. Method Foxtrot, walk, i0, spring, 01, i00, toe rises, 01, 75. Method Echo, Alfa, and Bravo, 02, i0 each. Medication none. Garments disposed of: CDR, one pair of shorts, correction, yeah, one pair of shorts, one T-shirt, one pair of socks; SPT, none; PLT, none. Flight Plan deviation: none. Shopping list accomplishments we did some TV-81, we got some garbled word, we asked how much tape was left on the video tape recorder, and somebody said 3 minutes, and we'd only we'd only used about 5 of what we thought was 30. So it kind of had us non - plus. We ahead and did it and it didn't run dry on us, so you got some in there. CC Okay Jerry. Jerry I think you misunderstand - misunderstood what he said. It was 20 minutes left. So there's no problem it's on - so whatever you put on there is on there. CDR is none. Unscheduled Okay very stowage: good. none. Okay, inoperable equipment On the food menu:
CDR, salt zero deviation minus one coffee with sugar, rehydration water plus 2.0; SPT, four salt, no deviations, no water deviations; PLT, was no salt, plus one coffee, and minus one ounce of rehydration water. And here comes the photo pad: 16-millimeter: Earth observations, HH30 Alfa, Charlie, India, 12!5, now has 00, Charlie India 124. Nikon 01, Charlie X-ray 36, 35, 02 no change, 03 no change, 04 Bravo, Echo, 08, 18, 05 is Bravo Hotel, 04, 36. 70-millimeter is Charlie X-ray 47, 173, needs to be changed. ETC no change, EREP no change. Drawer A configuration: Alfa I, 02 no change, Alfa 2, 0!5 no change, Alfa 3, 06, Charlie India 125, 00, Charlie India 124. Alfa 4 is 03 no change, and the back is 07, no change. CC Okay, Jerry thank you very much and for Ed let me - I think there was, we left one step out of what we'd like you to do to get the S056 shutters squared
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the CAMERA steps
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4 is 03,
CC Okay, Jerry, thank you very much. And for Ed, let me I think there was - we left one step out of what we'd like you to do to get the SO56 sh - shutter squared away. We see the CAMERA POWER'S ON, what we'd like now is the following step. AIRLOCK DOOR to OPEN, then issue a START and wait 5 seconds issue a STOP. Over. CDR Okay, he's on this way back up. CC Okay. And also we'd like to get the H-ALPHA and the 56 DOORS, CLOSED. SPT Okay, Dick, that looks like it did it. CC Okay, thank you much. SPT Okay, Dick_ could you tell me what was the problem that it was never closed after last long exposure. CC That's right. We think what the problem was, Ed, and this is based on looking at the TM after we got it on the ground, that you did a long exposure on SO56, and you just forgot to or omitted the START/STOP command to terminate the exposure. And that's what left the sh shutter open, so there's no problem with the hardware. SPT Okay, we'll just have to watch that one, it's an off-nominal operation and if we get busy and get distracted, we'll just have to pay very close attention to it. Thank you. CC Roger, Ed. And the procedure for the long ex - exposure is listed in - in the building blockc. But it is kind of an off-nominal thing. We're about 30 seconds from LOS. We're going to come up on Texas at 03:39, and the doctor will be there and you'll have your medical conference there. SPT Thank you, Dick. PAO This is Skylab Control. Honeysuckle has loss of signal. The next station to acquire Skylab will be Texas station at Corpus Christi in 30 minutes. At 3 hours, 8 minutes, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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This is Skylab mean time.
at 3 hours, about 45
away from acquisition at the coverage through the Merritt The evening medical conference Texas that site, We'll conference. us one on keep the
Texas Island will line up the and
station with and Bermuda be conducted for
overlapping stations. at the following they now
Well, usually the day before
day after but we took it.
CC Skylab, Houston we've and we're back on air-to-ground, we still Bermuda for the next 9 minutes. PLT Charlie X-ray the Hasselblad quickly another have handheld film Okay, 47 which and with magazine, tomorrow Dick we've changed
handed over got you in out or
I've on me do on
is the the 70-millimeter mag comet light if you could give I'll load that tonight. We scheduled. And either that or
pad (garble) CC CDR part of it was we CC CDR comment. you know had that
in the morning. Okay, Bill stand by please. And Dick on our television tonight, did a suit donning exercise (garble). Skylab Houston how do you read now. Loud and clear. Did you hear my last
CC Roger_ what I got was, on the TV tonight did a suit donning and then you dropped out, I don't what happened at the moment but say again, please. CDR Okay, we thought that had never been done never been televised so we thought we would do and we kind of killed two birds with one stone because week looked or in wanted at it us and to open one it doesnVt It's we're up and look in - there's no a good going suit. to bake
some folks last anyway. So we sign of mildew We got it back
anything like that. the drying cycle and
out the (garble) and put it all back where it belongs. Also the TV thing is pretty broken up because we had to stop and go several times. But I think the television folks down there can edit it and make a pretty good piece of information out of it. CC SPT ready. CC Okay, Jerry thank (Garble), Dick if Roger, we already you you got very want the much. an ATM frame frame count
count think Ed.
Jerry when you were in the command module, I SPT Oh, okay, very good. CC One thing we are interested in though we're looking at star tracker gimbal angles
knowing and we
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suspect that the NuZ update at 01:22 was not performed, is that right? That was on Bill's detail pad. PLT I don't have anything on my details pad. (garble) CC Roger, Bill. The pad I'm looking at is it's pad 2504 Charlie and down there the time of 01:22 NuZ update. CDR Yeah, he was looking at the wrong details, Ed's going up to take care of it. CC Well, I'm not sure - I'm not sure there's a star available now, Jerry so stand by i. CDR Well we can't do it now Dick. We're at a dump; we'll have to wait. As I recall the dumping available (garble) 33 or so remaining in the day. CC Roger, stand by a second please. Skylab, Houston it's about another hour before another opportunity for a NuZ update, we just wanted to make sure we understood what was going on and didn't have some kind of star tracker problem so we're willing to skip that NuZ update for tonight. So don_t sweat it. And PLT, Houston we_d like you to use in answer to you earlier question, we_d like you to use Charlie X-ray 17 and that's located in slot Charlie 29. PLT Charlle 29. CC Skylab, Houston we're i minute to LOS, Madrid is going to come up 4 minutes from now at 03:57 and since we are doing a JOP 12 today, if any of you guys are up, the next NuZ opportunity is 04:30 if you're still up we would appreciate an update and when we get to Madrid I'ii have some news if you'd like to listen. CDR Okay, Dick 1'11 be up. CC Okay. PAO This is Skylab Control. Bermuda has loss of signal. The Madrid station will pick up Skylab in about 3 minutes. We'll keep the line up and monitor through Madrid. END OF TAPE
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CC Skylab, Houston we're AOS Madrid for the next 7-1/2 minutes. And if you'd like to hear some news from the purple people tonight, I got some. CDR Let her go Richard. CC Okay. The Nixon Administration announced today that it will unveil a new national health insurance proposal later this month. Detailed legislation on the subject is expected in January. The government and an environmental group are considering separate suits asserting the Alaska pipeline will give oil giants an unfair monopoly. One suit seeks to halt pipline constructlon scheduled to begin in a few weeks. When complete in 1977, the line will tap the rich oil fields of Alaska's_ North Slope. President Nixon's Operation Candor continues with the disclosure today that a significant number of White House tapes were turned over to special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski. Jaworski has also reeeived two subpoenaed Watergate conversations from U.S. District Jurge Judge John J. Sirica. Secretary of State Kissinger in Brussels today told European allies they should close ranks with the United States to avoid EuropeanAmerican competition. Kissinger defended U.S. policy during the Middle-East War, telling the NATO organization council, Washington's decisions were in the interests of Europe as well as America. Army officials announced today that Rita Johnson of Eldon, Missouri and Joyce Kutsch of Sarver, Pennsylvania, two teenage WACS will become the Army's first female paratroopers. When they complete the five mandatory jumps next week, they'll be sent to Fort Lee Virginia for parachute rigger training. The girls began training about 2 weeks ago. Charitable agencies that distribute food baskets and serve holiday dinners to the needy say their costs are up. Some say budget prices substitutes wlll have to replace more expensive items normally included in the yuletide gifts. The stock market went up today for the third gaining session. Analysts say investors are shaking off fears of an energy crisis and they've gotten back to the business of buying stoeks. The Dow Jones average of 30 Industrials added 13.09 points today to close at 851.44. Active trading on the New York Stock Exchange showed advanced issues better than 2 to i over declines. Gasoline retailers said today they want phase 4 price controls lifted so they can hike prices by at least i to 3 eents per gallon. In Houston meanwhile, the Oil Daily reported that last week's average retail price of regular brand gas, less taxes, was 29.23 cents a gallon compared to 28.96 i week earlier and back in 1972 a price of 24.45. On the sports scene tonight Bill, your alma mater is playing basketball tonight. Oklahoma State University takes on the University of Texas at Stillwater, and Jerry
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the sports writers report today that the University of Southern California is number 19 in the nation. And here's a halftime score from Monday Night Football, the Rams 17, the Giants 3. We're about 45 seconds from LOS, for the last pass of the evening. So we'll give you a call in the morning. See you tomorrow. CDR Thanks, a lot Dick. CDR Good night gang. CC Roger, and the purple gang is going to take a day or so off and then we'll be back on the grave yard shift for another 5 days. Boo. CDR You guys behave yourself. CC They're keeping us off the streets so much we can't help it. PAO This is Skylab Control, the good nights has been said. But there's still about 2 minutes 15 seconds acquisition at Madrid, we'll continue to monitor through loss of signal there. PAO This is Skylab Control, Madrid has loss of signal with Skylab. We have the Mission surgeon's daily report on the crew health for today, mission day 25, it reads no health problems exist. The crew is well rested after the day off, signed Jerry Hordinsky, M.D., for Dr. W,R. Hawkins, M.D. We'll take this line down now until wakeup time tomorrow - tomorrow's wakeup time is 7 a.m., the crew will be allowed to sleep an extra hour in the morning because they will be up an extra 3 hours tomorrow night. At 4 hours 6 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 12:56 Greenwich mean time. Acquisition through tracking station Guam upcoming in about 50 seconds at which station the wakeup call likely will be made to the crew of Skylab IV. So we'll stand up, stand by that is CC CC morning? SPT CC SPT for the wakeup call. (Music: "The Peanut Vender") Skylab, Houston. How are you
Morning, Hank. Just gathering up our marbles. Okay. Is it sleepy up there this morning? Yes indeed.
CC Skylab, Houston, we're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you at Goldstone in 16-1/2 minutes. And that will be coming up at about 21. PAO Skylab Control. Loss of signal through tracking station Guam. Final Guam pass of the morning. 14 minutes until acquisition at Goldstone for a stateside pass. Wakeup music this morning selected by Spacecraft Communicator Hank Hartsfield was "The Peanut Vender" as played by Chet Atkins. The crew of Skylab IV woke up an hour later than normal this morning, and the day's activities will continue until i:00 a.m. central time tomorrow making it an 18-hour working day. The lengthening of today's activities will permit the crew to photograph a Department of Defense Minuteman launch scheduled for around midnight from the Western Test Range at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Skylab IV crewmen plan to use the far ultraviolet electronographic camera to photograph the missile as it travels toward Eniwetok Atoll in the western Pacific at altitudes up to 150 miles. The crew will attempt to record changes that occur as the rocket pierces the upper levels of the atmosphere. During the photography of the flight of the rocket, Skylab will be from 300 to i000 miles away from the rocket's path. This camera will be mounted in the antisolar airlock. Pogue and Gibson will operate and adjust the articulated mirror system while Cart performs maneuvers required to orient the space station for the proper angles to photograph the rocket's path. Prior to this activity the crew will have one of their busiest days operating the Apollo telescope mount gathering data on the Sun. Heavy emphasis on the North Polar Hole and spicules will occupy most of today's ATM time. The spicules are spears of frame flame that are near the limb of the Sun. They're brilliant jets of luminous gas that rise approximately i0,000 kilometers above the surface of the Sun and then fade in 2 to 5 minutes. Some scientists think that the spicules may provide the primary path for material and energy flows into the corona, or they may be nonrelated but dynamic side effects. The North Polar Hole is to be observed extensively by the ATM today. The general
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magnetic fields of the Sun are weaker at the poles. And one theory is that the solar wind may emanate from these areas of the Sun. Data takes on solar activity today by the ATM will total 6 hours and 46 minutes during nine sessions at the ATM console by the three Skylab crewmen. Jerry Carr will be taking photos of Kohoutek in the morning and the evening with a 35-millimeter Nikon camera in the continuing observation of the comet as it approaches the Sun. Bill Pogue will operate the far ultraviolet electronographic camera to take photos of comet Kohoutek in the evening as Jerry Carr maneuvers the Skylab into position. Ed Gibson will be performing more ultraviolet airglow horizon photography, S063, to record the ozone layer in the Earth's atmosphere along with the twilight airglow that occurs in the upper atmosphere. The airglow is caused by chemical reactions in the ozone, oxygen and other gases when they are stimulated by the Sun's radiation. The upper atmoshpere is photographed at twilight against the dark sky of space. Bill Pogue will serve as a subject today in the M092/MI71 lower body negative pressure and metabolic activity experiments with Jerry Carr as the observer. Performing these medical experiments provides information concerning the cardiovascular adaptation during flight and data for predicting the degree of orthostatic intolerance and impairment of physical capability to be expected when the crew returns to Earth. The metabolic effectiveness in doing mechanical work in the environment of space is determined as measurements are taken of oxygen uptake, carbon dioxide output, minute volume, vital capacity, respiratory quotient, heart rate, blood pressure, vectorcardiogram, body weight and body temperature. Handheld photo options for today include ocean currents at the southern tip of South America and especially the Falkland Current. Another photo target is a submarine volcano called Tonga located southwest of Samos in the South Pacific. A major rangeland in northern Australia called Ginham Land is another handheld photo target option today. Skylab IV crew will sack out at i:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and will sleep in until 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. Bill Pogue will be the duty man for the sleep shift. 8 minutes away from Goldstone acquisition. Returning at that time for the stateside pass. At 13:13 Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab END OF Control. TAPE
SL-IV MC-843/I Time: 07:20 CST 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control. 13:20 Greenwich mean time. Coming up on a stateside pass here nearing the end of revolution 3046 for space station Skylab. Acquisition through Goldstone, Texas and Merritt Island Launch Area tracking station. For a total pass of approximately ii minutes, it looks like, Ii or 12 minutes, they're all added together. AOS Goldstone predicted in 15 seconds. CC Skylab, Houston. Through Goldstone and MILA for 14-1/2 minutes. CDR Roger, Hank. CDR (Garble) CC SPT, Houston. SPT Good morning, Hank. Go ahead. CC Good morning. Sorry to bother you here, but, Bill's gonna be talking to you at the next pass at Vanguard and I won't get you again before you're on the ATM. This is really for all three of you. We sent up some checklist changes for the ATM cue cards, which you probably noticed. And, we want to cancel the use of the permanent general message number i0 and we think that the 82A outer door is jammed open and so you're not going to get the appropriate door talkback indication. But, we still need the (sic) open the inner door so the instrument can see the Sun and the checklist changes we sent up will do that. SPT Okay, thank you, Hank. We're gonna let the ESS signal light close the door automatically. CC That's affirmative. CC And, just to remind you, and I'm sure you're aware of it, you also won't have a ready light because it needs that door open signal. SPT Okay, Hank. I think we will get an operate light though. CC That's affirmative. CDR Hank, CDR. Would you give me a syn - (garble) - time for the next pass? CC Okay, we'll work on it, Jer. CC PLT, Houston. PLT Go, Hank. CC (Garble) just a quick one for you, Bill. I need to get to you too, because Bill's gonna talk to ATM the next pass. When you do your S063 prep here, coming up about 14:45; just want to give you the reminder that on the pad it calls for you to install both the manual release shutter pa
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that out, because the checklist cue card that you use there doesn't call for the manual release shutter cable, but we want both of them on there. PLT Okay, now I thought those were one and the same. Now, say it again. CC We want the manual release shutter cable and the remote control timer cable. The timer - you need both of them there and I guess you need them to swap them over, but the cue card only calls for the remote control. PLT Okay, thank you, Hank. PLT Hey, to be perfectly frank, I don't know what that timer is that you're talking about. PLT Okay, Hank. I'm with you now, I know what you mean by S063 timer. CC And, CDR, Houston. The next (garble) set time will be over the next stateside, and we'll give you a reminder there. CDR Okay. CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. Vanguard will be coming up at 47 and that's about 10-1/2 minutes from now. CDR Okay. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through tracking station at MILA. 34 minutes to tracking ship Vanguard and the scheduled ATM conference with Science Pilot Ed Gibson aboard Skylab, and Scientist Astronaut Dr. Bill Lenoir. We'll return at that time. That's 8 minutes to Vanguard. For some reason the AOS clock shows 33 minutes. Didnlt think the Earth had grown in diameter in the short time. Wet11 be back in any - at any rate, whatever time it is for Vanguard at 13:38 Greenwich mean time. Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-844/I Time: 07:45 CST, 12/11/73
PA0 This is Skylab Control; 13:45 Greenwich mean time. Acquisition at tracking ship Vanguard in about 50 seconds. And across Vanguard, we'll have the ATM conference between Science Pilot Ed Gibson and Scientist Astronaut Dr. Bill Lenoir, who is standing by to discuss today's ATM operations. Vanguard in about 30 seconds. CC Skylab, Houston. We're through Vanguard for 8-1/2 minutes. And for the CDR, a reminder that we're in the NuZ update window. And SPT, Bill's standing by for your ATM conference. SPT Good morning, Bill. Go ahead. MCC Okay. We've got about 8 minutes here. And let me start off here with a quickie. Some good news. ATM scheduling over the next week or so, the number of ATM passes is up on a tentative basis here. Today we have nine, tomorrow, tentatively we had six. And then on the rest of the week, it's seven, once, and eight the rest of the time, with two right now scheduled on your day off. But you can change that at your option. You might consider just asking for some totally open orbits to work on your own there. SPT Yeah, I would like to go into the ground rule we established yesterday. I'm trying to get four in or so on the day off. MCC Okay. And, I'm sure, we will be more than happy to accommodate that for you. We had one question here regarding scheduling of ATMs. Tomorrow, on Mission day 28, apparently, we can get another ATM pass that we don't presently own, if you can do it in the time frame from 02 to 03 Zulu. And there's been a lot of confusion here as to just what our guidelines are inside of the presleep period there. And maybe we can get those straight right now if you have a minute. SPT No. That's fine. We have said that we don't want to be working - extend far after 9 o'clock or 0 03. So, heck, something going from 2 to 3 is great. And I'm kind of sad not to see them coming up in that time frame. Go ahead and put it in. MCC Okay. That's the way I remembered it. But, that was one of those things that you get any group of four people together, and you had five different opinions as to what has been said. SPT Okay. Go ahead and do it. MCC Okay. We have one other question here, regarding special one-time-only type operations. The situation arises, well would have arisen today. Later on we wanted to do a special one-time-only thing with 82B. We were debating whether to just go ahead and put it in the
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schedule with the explanation out in the right-hand side or whether it would be better just to refer to a separate one-time general message, describing the duties and things. For instance, it involves something on the order of taking some systematic 82B pointings inside a coronal hole and outside of it, right across the boundary there, and squeezing off a couple of normal sequences. Do you have a feeling for which way you guys would find easiest to work with that? SPT Well, if you could put it with the schedule pad, it would make it a little more convenient. However, we don't want you to shorten the thing up to the point that we end up not doing it the way which you had designed. So the guidelines are, I guess, if it's relatively short and simple, put it with the schedule pad. If it requires a little further explanation, make a general message out if it the same way as you did the other day with the additional work for the four-limb coalignment for 82B. We don't mind having additional information up here at all. We welcome it. MCC Okay. And one other thought here. Some open questions on 400 kilometers versus 250 kilometers. In general, you can run as you know the white light eoronograph 54 and 56 down to 250 kilometers 82B sometimes, 82A no, and 55 preferrably not, especially on something like CALROC, where the information is very definitely important. And a rule of thumb: 250 kilometers in time is about half way between 400 kilometers and the 400-kilometer computer sunset signal. SPT Okay. That's good to know. Thank you. MCC Okay, Ed. I've got one question here, regarding the 0300 ground rule, here. Did your answer apply to just you, or to everybody. We have a pass this afternoon tomorrow, I'm sorry, for Bill that runs from about 02:30 to 03:30, and do we need to truncate that or is he willing to go ahead and do that? PLT I'll go ahead and do it. MCC Okay. Fine. Thank you. And, Ed, on the four-limb coalign that we did, we planned to do another one tomorrow. The "non-round Sun" has us somewhat confused. We suspect that it may be the fact that the left right Sun sensor axis is not perfectly aligned with the gimbal axis for removing the canister. Either it has changed or maybe it never was aligned. And we're going to be scheduling another one tomorrow, to look at this. We frankly, just don't understand all that's going on here. SPT Well, I certainly don't either. And I was very careful in going through it. I think most of the numbers reflect that, except the very end result with the "non-round Sun". And that was quite a surprise.
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MCC I can imagine. SPT However, we did have an appreciable change in the bias from these light sensors (garble) up and down. And I would not expect the drift to be as hard as that turned out to be. MCC Right. And there's indications from 52 that all of that change came in within the last 2 days. That they're PES just seem to be going to pot in here as far as the signal they were getting. So that's one of the reasons we want to repeat it. We could not schedule it in today, but we will tomorrow. SPT Okay. MCC And last night, 56 filter 1 was open for something like 1-plus orbit. We're going to not take long exposures on filter 1 for a while here, so it can cool off and settle down and really getting our own confidence back. You might take note of that. I know that's not one of your normal shopping list long filters, but you might just hang off on filter i for awhile. SPT Okay. We certainly will, Bill. MCC And just a note of interest here. Rusty's over at Marshall today, looking at the 54 EVA procedure to see what we could do with them. And, I guess, the sequence sort of, is to see whether or not you can see and reach in there once the camera's removed from the center work station. Then see if you can free it_ get it back to total normal operation, and if not, then spin it backwards to filter 3 and press on from there. So, within a couple of days we should have some more work on that. SPT Okay. MCC Okay. Let me take a pause here. We've got only 2 minutes left, and I haven't given you time to say much of anything. Why don't you go ahead. SPT Well. It looks as though we're going at it with another quiet Sun today, and I was just looking at the XUV monitor picture. The coronal hole up north, which I guess we want to work on, looks about as pronounced as the one in the south, maybe not quite as large, but the boundary is there. There's a filament (?) channel leading down from it, which you kno you know which - what it's associated with. I don't see much in the way of bright plains on the disk. I was able to locate one or two yesterday and put one on for unattended. But there does not appear to be many - many there today. The ones that are there are relatively faint. The active regions coming around the corner on the east limb are not very bright. So it's probably another good day for quiet Sun. The white
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light ooronograph streamers of that
picture has got very prominent - around that about - o'clock
and bright or so
running radial and it's fairly broad at the base (garble) power is very bright. The second brightest one is out just about completely opposite of that at 2 o'clock. But that does not extend down as far, it's not as bright, and it's about as wide, running from maybe 2:30 to or 1:30 to 3:30 1:30 to 2:30, excuse me. And then there's two very faint ones. One at around 9 o'clock excuse me i0 o'clock and one over there about 8:30, which is superimposed on the base of the first one I mentioned. But, no evidence of a transient, just the slowly changing corona as it rotates. MCC Okay, Ed. And we asked everybody yesterday, and every dicipline here concurrs, they dontt see any significant motion on the Sun, either. We're going LOS right about now. Next contact is Goldstone in i hour and 3 minutes, which will be at about 14:59. SPT Okay. Thank you, Bill. MCC Okay. We'll see you tomorrow. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC845_I Time: 07:56 12/11/73 CC SPT CC PAO
29. Okay. Thank you, Bill. See you tomorrow. Okay. We'll see you tomorrow. This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal
through tracking ship Vanguard. Next station in 1 hour and 1 minute will be Goldstone, present groundtrack on this orbit for the space station misses all the other stations. Next rev we'll start picking up Tananarive and Hawaii and the good ship Vanguard, of course practically every revolution for about the next 6. 13:57. Back in an hour. This is Sk_lab Control. PAO This is Skylab Control at 14:57 Greenwich mean time. 50 seconds away from acquisition Goldstone and according to the timeline this morning, the first run of S063 - ultraviolet airglow horizon photography should be underway with the Pilot, Bill Pogue. This experiment photographs in the visible and ultraviolet spectram of the ozone layers of the Earth and twilight airglow around the Earth. The camera's mounted in the scientific airlock, the antisolar scientific airlock, the only one available in as much as the parasol juts out the solar scientific airlock. Principal investigator is Dr. Donald M. Packer of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington. Should be AOS at Goldstone at this time. CC Good morning, Skylab. The crimson team's with you, AOS across Goldstone for 12 minutes. PLT Roger, Crip. CC PLT, Bill you got a moment to talk about the 131 run that you're going to be doing on Ed coming up later? PLT Okay. I'm right here by the minus-Z setting up the 63. Go ahead. CC Okay. There was a checklist change which changed the levels for the 131 OCI test and we wanted to make sure that those got in. It seems they were omitted the last time we did it. It's checklist change 03 to the biomed Checklist and if you've got a pencil handy, I can give you the test levels that we wanted to do. SAL PLT Stand by. I'm going to go down there and cue card - to put it right on that. CC Okay, fine. PLT Okay, Crip. Fire away. CC Okay. The levels are i, 4, 8, I0, and 14. And Ed, you can select one of the monitors for the TV downlink. We're standing by for it. PLT Okay, Bob. Those are already on the cue card. I guess we just overlooked it the last time. CC Okay, fine. CC And for the CDR, if you wanted S009 set the get
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coming I'm on
my way. if you're in specifically the vicinity is 15:03:46 and Betas
And Jer, set times
plus 2 CDR CDR CC CC 131 run 30 rpm. PLT
I00. Roger. Thank you. Okay Crip. It's running Okeydoke. And PLT, Bill, one other did you copying, and it's 30.
MCC SPT, Houston. If you're - can on ATM panel, if you'd select one of the monitors for link, please. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute LOS. We'll see you again in about 12 minutes over at 15:23, 15:23. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of through tracking of the morning, station Skylab nautical miles Takes minutes a minute, and 13
the TV downfrom the Vanguard signal
station Texas for the final stateside pass i0 minutes to tracking ship Vanguard. Space currently in a an orbit measuring 227.3 at Perigee and 243.9 nautical miles at apogee. 33 seconds seconds to - I make beg one your pardon, revolution an hour traveling 33 at
a velocity of 25,077 feet per second. Cabin pressure remaining at 5 pounds per square inch, partial pressure of oxygen is intentially somewhat high at about 3.9 pounds. It's left at a high percentage and - to compensate for the venting of nitrogen which will occur during the runs of the M509 astronaut maneuvering unit later on in the mission. The thrusters on the M509 use nitrogen gas to avoid upsetting the balance between oxygen and nitrogen in the cabin atmosphere, it's purposely kept - the oxygen level is purposely kept high. And the average temperature in the workshop atmosphere at the current time is about 75 degrees. We'll be back in 8 minutes for Vanguard. And at 15:13 Greenwich mean time, this is END Skylah OF Control.
SL-IV MC-846/I Time: 09:21 CST 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 15:21 Greenwich mean time. Space station Skylab crossing the northern portion of the Chilean coast, and about 40 seconds away from acquisition by the tracking ship Vanguard. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS over the Vanguard for 9-1/2 minutes. CC For the CDR. Jerry, you got time to chat a minute in the - in amongst this housekeeping you're doing? CDR Say again, Crip. CC Jerry, I was wondering if you would mind taking a look at the waste processes for us. We saw - have been seeing an elevated temperature since late yesterday afternoon elevated pressure, pardon me, since late yesterday afternoon. On those things we want to make sure that they're all sealed properly. Or have you recently put anything in them that might cause it to be going up? CDR Well, let's see, Crip. We had a put a diekel (?) bag in yesterday and some desiccants. Possibly it was the desiccants. CC Was that (garble) desiccants you did? CDR Yeah, that's right. You know we took a opened the suit yesterday for our television thing and I think the desiccants and one of them may not have been sealed properly. CC Okay. That's probably what's caused it and we appreciate the info, You get a chance to, look at Wolf volcano while ago. CDR We were a bit late. Fernandina volcano is the one that's really smoking up a storm, and we saw a long straight plume heading due east from the mouth of the volcano. CC Okeydoke. CDR Our photos are oblique. CC Okay, fine, thank you. CC Another thing, Jerry. May not be clear to you on your pad there, but, we called out housekeeping 2 Bravo dash 12A, it's not up 2 Bravo dash, it's housekeeping 12A we want there too. CDR Okay, Crip. And also, how about our waste prooesser exhaust pressure, what does it look like right now? I'm pegged out. CC We're checking. CDR When we started our urine dump today, it went from .05 up to about .075 and stabilized and so I went away from it, and now it's pegged out high.
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CC Okay. We've been showing it elevated since about the past 16 hours and I have checked to see if I can get a reading for you right now. CDR Okay. CC Okay. We're reading about .08, which coincides with .008, which coincides, I believe, with what you were reading as pegged high. CDR Yeah, that looks about right. CC Jer, while I'm talking to you here. There's another item that like you to all be aware of. We're still seeing the fluctuations in that ATM C&D coolant loop, and we would appreciate it, then, if you might periodically check or if happen to hear any noise in the place where AI left you the noise sign, if you would inform us about it, so we can see if they coincide with our data showing the glitches. Also notice if you get a pump DELTA-P light, low light. CDR Will do, Crip. CC Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. We're probably gonna loose you a little bit early here. Probably go LOS at any time. We've got Tananarive in about 17 minutes. CDR Roger. CC Okay, and Jer, a little misinformation I gave you on that wa - waste processer pressure. What we're reading is .008, and your meter should not be pegged high. We've had problems with that pegging high before, and it's probably just your meter. If you got any questions on the future, why don't you just give us a call and we'll tell you what it is. CDR Okay, I figured it was the meter, but I thought I'd better make sure everytime I see it. CC Okeydoke, thank you. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through tracking ship Vanguard. 15 minutes to voice relay station Tananarive. Commander Jerry Cart reported getting oblique photos of one of the handheld photo targets, this morning. The Fernandina volcano on the - in one of the Galapagos Islands. These islands are some 600 nautical miles on the coast of Equador, on the Equator. The Galapagos Islands are geologically and biologically unique and are under study by several international groups. The Fernandina Caldera, which was photographed this morning has had a major collapse you
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and five eruptions in the past 5 years and is constantly changing. And, with the photos, it is hoped that the size and shape of any new lava flows can be determined. And, also, the location of any new source vents, relative to the Caldera. 13 minutes to Tananarive, at 15:35, Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC847/I Time: 09:48 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 15:48 Greenwich time. 50 seconds until predicted acquisition through relay station Tananarive. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS at Tananarive and we have you for about 5 minutes. CC Skylab, Houston. Seems that we've might OOMM's breaking up a little bit here in Hawaii - going to be at about 40 minutes at 16:33, 16:33. PAO Skylab Control. Loss of signal at Tananarive. Hawaii in 36 minutes at which time we shall return. mean voice Greenwich mean time. Skylab Control. PAO This is Skylab Control at 16:32 Greenwich mean time. 50 seconds until acquisition for the first time this morning through tracking station Hawaii. Skylab IV Commander Jerry Carr is scheduled at this time to be on the Apollo Telescope Mount operations console on one of many solar observations scheduled for today. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS through Hawaii for about 5 minutes and we' re going to be needing the DAS for this this pass. We'll be giving you a NAV update. You might see orbit save time or jump about 6 seconds during the process. CDR Okay, yon got it. PLT And Crip, could you verify that our experiment i recorder is in fact running? CC It is verified running, Bill. PLT Thank you. SPT Good Crip. We're just now getting started with the MIgI-I. We had to work a little bit on S063 and turns out that the information which Bill needed to set up the S063 was in my pad and that wasn't figured out till a while ago. So we've all been working on it. We think we've got it set up. But we're a little late with 131 - we may have to (garble) it off in order to get 63 in. CC Okay. Copy and understand that the 63 OPS was in your pad when it was supposed to have been in Bill 's . SPT No, the information for the setup was supposed to be in Bill's. That's the camera prep. CC CDR, Houston. We need to be in mechanical reference for this observation on the ATM panel - on S055. CDR Roger. END OF TAPE 15:56
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CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again in 23 minutes over the Vanguard. We'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump and that's at 17:01, 17:01. And, Ed, if either you or Bill get a chance on the subsequent pass, we'd appreciate it if you could relate to us what it was that was confusing that was in your pad vice Bill's because so we can keep it straight in the future. We don't exactly understand where it - what was missing. PLT Okay, Crip. What it was, I was scheduled for Alpha Papa Romeo 3 on S063, which it should apparently carry up to the Alfa Oscar Papa of S063. But, part of the information for the camera setup and all and the filters and everything was on Ed's pad. His Alfa Oscar Papa pad. CC Okay. We were under the impression that all that info should of been on the ops pad, since that was assigned to Ed, but, we'll take a look at that. Thank you. PLT Oh,actually that's the equipment that I worked with, you see, that's experiment (garble). CC Over the hill. PAO Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Hawaii. 21 minutes to tracking ship Vanguard. We'll return at that time. At 16:39 GMT Skylab Control. PAO Skylab Control at 16:59 Greenwich mean time. 50 seconds away from acquisition through tracking ship Vanguard. Standing by for Vanguard acquisition. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS over the Vanguard for the next i0 minutes and we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump. SPT Roger. CC And, we found the problem that Bill and Ed were reiating to and we'll fix it up such that they get two pads, next time. Sorry about that. CDR Houston, CDR. CC Go, CDR. CDR Roger. The guys in the backroom are probably noticed that I'm behind on S055 and go d a question for them. Would they like me to have this MIRROR 3 RASTER, would they like me to truncate it in order to get more of the MIRROR AUTO RASTER at a GRATING of 528, or shall I just go ahead and finish the MIRROR 3 and get as much MIRROR AUTO as I can? CC Checking.
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CDR Which will only be about a minute. CC Jer, what we'd like you to do is after one good RASTER on the 102, we'd like you to go ahead and go to 528 at for the MIRROR AUTO RASTER. CDR Okay. Will do. CC Skylab, Houston. We're about 1 minute from LOS. We're gonna see you again at Tananarive in 15 minutes, 17:25. Jer, can you tell us whether you had a chance to get a GRATING 302 RASTER in or not? CDR Yeah, what happened is, I was having trouble getting the grating set at the right position. I kept missing my opportunity, so I got 302 first, I'm doing 102 now and I'll do 528 last. CC Okay. That's good. That's what we thought but, we weren't positive. And, also, no need for Bill to acknowledge, but his phone call this evening is set up for just about 03:00, and I can make sure he understands that later. PLT Okay, Crip. CC Thank you, Bill. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Vanguard. Final pass through Tananarive voice relay station upcoming in 12 minutes. Returning at that time, this is Skylab Control at 17:12. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-849/i Time: 11:23 CST, 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control; 17:23 Greenwich mean time. 50 minutes - 50 seconds, that is until acquisition at voice relay station Tananarive. Final time across Tananarive today. There'll be approximately 35-minute LOS period after Tananarive until we come across Hawaii, almost directly overhead at that station on the Island of Kouni (sic), 87 degrees. That's 87.7 degrees. That's just 2.3 degrees off straight up. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Tananarive. We have you for about 6 minutes. CC PLT, Houston. You have a moment to talk? CC Are you busy pedaling? CC PLT, Houston. Got a moment to chat, Bill? CDR He'll be right with you. CC Okay. No hurry. CDR We've got another exercise period and a no movement situation both scheduled at the same time, again. PLT Go, Crip. CC Okay. Bill, we copied that you did not get to do the 131 MS portion of the run while ago on Ed. And our recommendation would be, if you've got your Summary Flight Plan handy, is for you to eat early, around 19:00 where we've got a housekeeping period scheduled for you. And then for you to shift it in at about 19:45 there approximately, where Ed has got a housekeeping period. And what is currently scheduled for your eat period. PLT Sounds like an excellent suggestion, Crip. We'll do it_ CC And, Skylab, Houston. There is no constraint in motion for this S063 OPS. On this one here. We will identify on the pad where there is a constraint. CDR Okay. Fine. CC CDR, Houston. Jer, do you have a moment to chat about handhelds and how much time you need to prep for them? CDR Go ahead. CC putting down on 3 minutes prior that an adequate CDR We just blew it CC CDR CC CC from LOS. at 18:08, We'll 18:08. Okay. We're considering right now about your details or whatever is applicable, to time of closest approach. Do you consider adequate amount of time? Yeah. I think 3 to 5 minutes is okay. on the one this morning. Okay. You want 3 or you want 5? I think 5 would be better. 5 it is. Skylab, Houston. have you again in 37 We're about 1 minute minutes over Hawaii
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PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through voice relay station at Tananarive. 34 minutes until the next station, which is Hawaii. We shall return at that time. At 17:33 GMT, Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
MC850/I CST, 26:18:07 GMT
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PAO This is Skylab Control. 18:07 Greenwich mean time. Pass directly over the Hawaii tracking station starting in 50 seconds, midway through revolution 3048 for space station Skylab. We'll stand by as the Hawaii station locks onto the downlink from space station Skylab. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Hawaii and we have you for about i0 minutes. SPT Hello, Crip. Let me tell you about S063° CC Tell me, tell me. SPT Okay. Started off with time ridging (garble) not worked properly and l've got to dig into it and find out what happened there. So all those exposures that were made were done with the manual timing (garble) table. It - as expected took a little OJT at the beginning to work it all out. Turns out to get any kind of adequate tracking, you've got to track it, two directions both with the rotation with a ring and also with the up/down to keep the dash line on the airglow. I think I got around to 6 or 7 good photos, reasonable photos with some reasonable tracking. They got better as they went on and gave about a 2-minute one at the conclusion. But I consider that one pretty much of a OJT one and I'ii see if we cantt get you some - one DAS called out for in the future. The pictures seven were done all alternating filters back and forth. So essentially, what we did get was around two or three exposures which were called out for but most of that was taken up figuring out the three things you've got to change. The rotation on the AMF - AMF, ehe rate (?) track anf finally track plus the manual timing. It's a real octopus operation but I think we're getting there. CC Okay, Ed° Copied. Can you be a little more specific about which frames you missed? SPT You'll have to get that off the tape, Crip. CC Okay. SPT I think what it amounted to is - well hold on I'ii - let me give you - CC That's fine. If you've got it on tape, that's good, Ed. We'll get it off of that. SPT Okay Crip. What was called out for in the way of exposures, frames 1 through 9 were essentially every 3 minutes, take a 64-second exposure alternating between the two filters. Except the first one has two - the first two filters were the same. They're essentially the same exposure. What I did was - seeing as we got a little behind there at the beginning. Just alternate back and forth filters trying to get them roughly 60-to 65-second exposures. They may be a little different than that using the manual timer. The problem is, you have to track and also try to keep an eye on a watch
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work the other three hands too. CC Okay. Appreciate the problem there with the timer being out. Can you say any more words about that
other than it just didn't work? SPT I guess the button is it didn't move the shutter. 11 tried it twice but I didn't have the time to dig into it so I just have to go manual from there on. I'ii go take a look at it now. CC Okay. Copy. CC Ed, one suggestion we have from here is you might check the down counter on that timer - if it - on the camera, excuse me. If it's sitting at zero, you cannot take a photograph with the timer. SPT Okay. Would you say what to check again, please Crip? CC Okay. On the camera itself, there is a down counter; and if that's sitting at zero, it'll not take timed photographs with the timer. SPT No, it's not Crip. It's now sitting on 21. CC Okay. Very good. CC Ed, while I'm talking to you here, I wanted to tell you that that T and this i_ for all of you, actually, that TV you gave us yesterday on your day off was real good. The camera work and the lighting worked out well. The voice quality was good but they would appreciate it if you would still the microphone just a little bit closer to your lips. The quality of the voice that Bill gave later, while you were doing that suit donning, came through very clean. So and yours was just a little bit on te weak side. So if you might try when you're using that mike, putting it a little bit closer to your lips, we would appreciate it. SPT Okay Crip. Will do. Bill was wearing actually wearing the Snoopy cap when he was working. I'ii try and do that. Thank you. CC Okay. Thank you. CC Okay Ed, there's one other item is that before you take that exposure with the timer, you have to insure that you manually cock the camera. The first time, that is. SPT That was done, Crip. CC Okay. That just about exhausts our ideas right now. Let us think about it for a while. CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. We'll have you again over the Vanguard in about 22 minute_; _t 18:39. And Ed_ we assume that you did put the batteries in the timer. (Garble) and - i guess we're checking to see if we got some other batteries onboard now that we might try.
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SPT Okay, Crip. That turned out to be the problem. We took one of the timers out of there and apparently one of the timers had a battery in and one didn't. We were - we got the one without it. I'd like to find out where in the procedures somewhere along the way is either putting battery timers in - we went astray. CC Okay. We'll look into it. Looks like we might have had a problem in the way the procedures were set up there. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Hawaii. Next station in 20 minutes, will be tracking ship Vanguard. Viewing the comet Kohoutek is becoming increasingly difficult for astronomers here on Earth. While the comet grows brighter each day, it now has a powerful rival for its section of the night sky. The full Moon, nearly a million times as bright, produces so much scattered light in Earth's atmosphere, that good views of the comet are very difficult. Despite the interferance of moonlight, the latest measurements of the comet's tail indicate that it is visible for a 13 million miles behind the envelope of gases and dust that form its head. For the next few days, the bright Moon will make the comet more difficult to see. As the comet moves closer to the Sun, at a speed now greater than 120,000 miles per hour or 2000 miles a minute, morning twilight will also make viewing difficult. At the present time, the comet becomes visible just above the southeast horizon about 2 hours before sunrise or about a half hour before the morning sunlight begins to brighten the atmosphere in the eastern sky. While observation is now difficult from the Earth, where observatories pointing their instruments along the horizon are blocked by buildings or tall trees that obscure Kohoutek, the comet is still within easy view of the astronauts aboard Skylab. While the regular observations of the cometts brightness, using a Nikon camera twice each day, are becoming difficult from the command module window, the comet's new position, nearing the Sun, has made it visible from one of the small windows in the structural transition section, between Skylabts docking section and airlock portion of the cluster. The comet's position in the solar system, now less than 60 million miles from the Sun and several million miles inside the orbit of the planet Venus, is bringing it closer to the Moon each day. By December 24_h, when the comet will be about 22 million miles from the Sun in just a few days before its closest approach to the solar surface, the dark moon will nearly block our view of the comet in the morning sunrise. Aboard Skylab, the comet camera will be used to photograph Kohoutek tonight about 7:30 to 8 p.m. Houston time. Meanwhile, using
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a 120-foot radio telescope in Haystackj just west of Bostonp Massachusetts_ astronamers are trying to detect water in the comet. Recent - recent studies of the comet have shown evidence at hydroxyl - a combination of oxygen and hydrogen atoms exists in the comet. This is believed to be a product of the breakdown of water molecules which have been superheated by intense sunlight that radio telescope search not effeeted by the brightness of the Moon will continue throughout the month as the comet increases in brightness to surpass_ scientists expect, every star in the sky. 16 minutes to the tracking ship Vanguard. At 18:22 Greenwich mean time, Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-851/I Time: 12:38 CST 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control. 18:38 Greenwich mean time. Tracking ship Vanguard upcoming in 50 seconds. Next statio_ after Vanguard will be Hawaii. A gap of almost an hour, out of contact. And that Hawaii pass will be the final one of the day, at a fairly low elevation angle of 3-1/2 degrees. Standing by for acquisition Vanguard. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Vanguard 9-1/2 minutes. Doing a data/voice recorder dump. CC Skylab, Houston. We've had the woodpecker working and all your flight plans are onboard. CDR, when you have a chance I would like to talk to you a little bit about the S019 canister, that we're scheduling for tomorrow's ops It's just, I think, it deserves a little bit of explanation. SPT He heard you, Crlp, and he'll be with you in a little bit. CC Okay, Ed, while I've got you there, we're trying to understand the problem of the batteries in the timer and there was an S063 activation, which was on one of your cue cards. It's S063 act handheld, which called for installing batteries in - in the timers and I guess, right now, we are a little bit uncertain as to what of that was done and whether we got the batteries in the timers, also as to which battery is in Nikon 02. So, maybe if you could give us an update on that sometime we could understand the problem better. SPT Okay, Crip. The problem was that on activation, we had two of us working the problem and one assumed that the other guy got that particular thing. We had a timer battery in number i, but not in number 2. Number 2 is the one we picked. You want a timer batteries in number - in the camera or in the timer? CC In - well, I guess we could use them all. Nikon 02 and the timers if you could, and it's not necessary to get that right now, but_ if we could have that down sometime today, we would appreciate it. SPT Okay, Crip. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. Got a nice long one, have you again at Hawaii, a little over an hour from now, at 19:49, 19:49. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through tracking ship Vanguard. 59 minutes to the next station at Hawaii. Moon will called an On December 24, the day before Christmas, the block out the center of the Sun's disk, in what is annular eclipse. A type of eclipse which leaves the
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outer edge of the Sun showing around the dark sphere of the Moon. Skylab solar instruments will be gathering data on the eclipse of the Sun for six consecutive passes. The first three beginning at 10:40 Greenwich mean time or 4:40 a.m. central standard time, ground-controlled will be controlled automatically through unattended operations. At 15:10 Greenwich
mean time on the day before Christmas, the crew will begin a series of three passes in which they can observe portions of the annular eclipse. From the Earth, the anular eclipse will be visible at its maximum along a line that runs from the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Acapulco, across the northern part of South America, over the Atlantic Ocean and on over part of northwest Africa. In annular eclipses, the Sun appears to be larger than the Moon, even when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun, a bright circle, like an orange hula hoop can still be seen. In a total eclipse, on the other hand, the entire solar disk is blocked out. The last total eclipse, for which some of Skylab's telescopes were operated by ground control was June 30th, of this year. For the December 24 annular eclipse, about i0 percent of the Sun's surface will remain visible. Even along the track of a maximum eclipse. Viewers in the central and eastern United States will he able to see a portion of the pre-Christmas elift - eclipse. It will begin just after sunrise, about 7:30 a.m., Houston time and will last as long as 2 hours in southern Florida. Only a small part of the Sun's disk will be blocked out for most U.S. dawn observation. Naturally, careful precautions must be taken to when observing the eclipse, to avoid serious eye injur - eye damage. This is the second annular eclipse this year. A very brief eclipse occurred last January over the southern portion of South America. Though it may seem strange to Americans shivering in their woolen underwear, one of the reasons the annular eclipse frequently comes during the winter season in North America, is that the Sun is now closer to the Earth, than it is during much of the year. Winter and summer are caused by the tilt of the Earth's axis, not by the Earthts distance from the Sun, and with winter in the northern hemisphere we have summer conversely below the Equator. At the same time the Sun is nearer to the Earth, and appears larger, the Moon happens to be further away and seems smaller. Thus it is that the little Moon fails to obliterate the giant Sun. While an annular eclipse is not as useful for scientific observations
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one advantage for students of the Sun is that the Moon provides a sharp-edged occulting disk, making it possible to photograph smaller and more clearly defined solar features as it cuts across the bright surface of the Sun. The Skylab crewmen will never see the maximum level of the eclipse, but the frequent opportunities to see parts of the Sun blocked out by the Moon should provide new information about our nearest star. Information that couldn't be gained without the cooperation of Earth)s only natural satellite. 55 minutes to tracking station Hawaii. We'll return at that time. At 18:53 Greenwich mean time, END OF this TAPE :is Skylab Control.
SL-IV MC-852/I Time: 13:47 CST, 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control; 19:48 Greenwich mean time. About 50 seconds away from acquisition through tracking station Hawaii. Final Hawaii pass of the day. Midway through revolution 3049. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS Hawaii for 3 minutes. CC Skylab, the MOCR down here looks like we reverted back to that other program. It's all of a sudden full of Apollo 17 people. PLT It's always nice to have company. PLT Crip, I have those numbers for you battery numbers. CC Appreciate them. PLT Okay. In Nikon number 2 the battery number 1054, the timer batter is I think it's 1090. If it's not that, itls 1890. CC Okay. CC What about the other timers? There are timers, or did you get a battery in the other timer yet? PLT That was timer number 2 that I gave you, and stand by for timer number i. CC What I was talking about awhile ago, regarding Apollo 17, we've got Captain Cernan and Dr. Rock down here making a presentation in the MOCR to the flight controllers of Apollo 17. PLT Oh. Good show. SPT Crip, the serial number on the 1 - in timer number 1 is 1090, or perhaps 1890. The ink is rather unclear, I believe it's a zero, 1090. PLT Okay. CC Those are the same numbers I got for 2. PLT Stand by, Crip. CC Okay. No sweat. If there's any confusion, we can get lit squared away later. We're about 1 minute from LOS now. We're going to see you over the Vanguard in 26 minutes at 20:17, 20:17. PLT Okay, Crip. Clarification, 1088 is on timer number 2. 1090 or 1890 is on timer number i. CC Okay. We copy, Bill. Thank you very mu ch. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal for the final time today through the Hawaii tracking station. 24 minutes til the next station, which will be the tracking ship Vanguard. END OF TAPE two
SL-IV MC-853/I Time: 13:53 CST 12/11/73
PAO It was a year ago, today, almost to the minute, that Apollo 17 touched down on the Moon, for the final manned lunar landing. This landing was at Taurus Littrow. Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Jack Schmitt, are here in Mission Control, to observe the anniversary and to recognize the support they received from the Flight Control Team. CERNAN Houston, this is Challenger, are you reading? Go ahead, Houston. This Apollo 17 crew Jack Schmitt and myself, Gene Cernan, sort of want to share an anniversary we're having with all of you that are on the loop, that can hear us, cause today is the - a very special day, almost a year ago, to the minute as a matter of fact. Right now at 54 minutes past the hour while Ron Evans was circling the Moon in America, Jack and I were guiding Challenger to a landing in the valley of Taurus Littrow on - there's very fond memories in our hearts and in our minds and we hope all of you share the significance of that moment a year ago with us. We've taken this opportunity of today to present to you here in Mission Control and all those people here at JSC who supported your entire operation, a flag that we carried with us aboard spacecraft America on our flight Apollo 17. I guess the real significance of this flag is manifested in its own history, but to us the flag itself, the fact that we had the opportunity to carry it, sort of represents the dedication and the effort and the courage and the self-sacriface of so many of you people here - here at the Center, who made our mission even possible, much less the success that it was. And the spirit of that feeling and the dedication which you people put forth for us and for the entire Apollo Program I think is very significant of the traditions and the heritage of our country that has allowed our nation to grow into the greatest nation that the world has ever seen. So with, I think you understand, an obviously sincere feeling of humility but an awful lot of great, exciting pride we want to present to you in a way of saying thanks, this flag, that went with us on our mission last December. To Gene and to all of your people who worked _o hard, who worked so dilligently, not for just Apollo 17 and not just for the Apollo Program and all the people involved in it, but for our country and ultimately for the significance and that peace and that hope of all mankind that we speak of so frequently. SCHMITT Okay, if you can read me Houston, I think
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you all remember what I said when we deployed the flag similar to this on the Moon, that that was the flag that flew in the MOCR - aft - during Apollo ii and through Apollo 16 and it's up there and it's up there not only representing the country but representing everyone of you guys. And everybody involved in Apollo through the years. Now, this one went to the same place, but this one's come back and to fly in the MOCR and I hope you'll let it fly here for as long as we're flying in space. You may be interested in a little bit of history. During the Apollo 15 mission Dick Gordon and I started talking about the possibility of flying the MOCR flag if we had a chance to fly and then when Apollo 17 crew was selected Gene and I started talking about it, and we brought it up with Gene Kranz and everybody thought that it was a great idea and that's fortunately with the help of George Abbey and a few other people around the Center we were able to fly it. Typical in NASA history, the flag that flew on Apollo ii was a different size than the flag that was flown subsequently, so we had to make some design modifications in order to carry it. But, I think, everybody was happy to do it and I certainly was happy to have the_opportunity to deploy it, not only personally but I - as I said before, I think for everyone in the room. Thank you very much. KRANZ Okay, on behalf of the Flight Controllers, thel people in Mission Control, for all of our previous space programs, Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, our current program Skylab, and the Mission Controllers who will be flying programs of the future, will accept this flag. The flag shall always stand in the Mission Control Cenfler here, and when we look at it we_ll think that dedication to the job, self sacrifice, attention to detail and craftsmanship are what we need to keep this country great. And to solve any of the problems that we run across in any of the programs of this nation. We thank you very much. SCHMITT Our pleasure. CERNAN Thank you Gene-o and Bill, we - CERNAN Bill (applause) hey-hey. Bill Schneider we thank you for the time during this Skylab Mission, the guys up there we know all personally contribute a great deal towards all the Apollo missions, and we'd like to think that the Apollo missions have contributed something to what they're doing up there and I think they are an extension of what was
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sort of our model on Apollo 17 that it's the beginning, it's not the end. Thank you. PAO Lunar Module Pilot Jack Schmitt putting the flagstaff in the bracket which this morning was moved from the third floor control room down to this control room. PAO This is Skylab Control at 20:00 hours Vanguard tracking ship coming up in 16 minutes. We'll return at that time, Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control. 26:16 Greenwich mean time. Tracking ship Vanguard in about 50 seconds, and following Vanguard will be the first pass of the day over tracking station Ascension Island. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS at Vanguard for 10-1/2 minutes. CDR Roger. CC Hey Jet, you got a moment to chat a little bit about S019 OPS and what we got scheduled for you tomorrow? CDR Yeah. Go ahead, Crip. CC Okay. Tomorrow, we call out for you to do an S019 using canister 2. In the past, you've been using canister 3. Couple days ago, you did an operation wher_ we had intended for you to use canister 2. But apparently, it was overlooked and you continued using 3. And in the process of that last operation, you did make a focus adjustment which set it up for camera or canister 2. However, there it was incorrect since you were still on 3. I guess, tomorrow we're going to schedule for 2. We believe the focus is set correctly for 2 right now. And one of the reasons we're going to 2, is that Carl has discovered that by evacuating his canisters to vacuum, he's getting some fogging of the film. So he does want them pressurized now. And since we want to pressureize them, we figure we might as well go ahead and use it. So we will be using canister 2 now and would like for you to check the focus to make sure you are set on the correct 2. CDR Okay. This is the second 2 for canister 2. Right? CC That's correct. CDR Okay. I sure will. CC Okay. Just wanted you to understand the reason we were going ahead and picking it up now so that we could get that - that canister pressurized and prevent any fogging. CDR Okay. Good enough. I suggest you put a reminder on tomorrow's detail somewhere about or in the pad - the operations pad for 19 to recheck the focus. CC Okay. Sounds llke a good suggestion. I think that maybe we might have said that all ready° CDR Yeah, a good check and balance that way. CC Okay Jer, your Flight Plan details are onboard and it does tell you to do that. CDR Okay. CC PLT, Houston. Bill, do you have a moment to Jot down one small correction on your details for today? PLT Rog, Crip. Go. CC Okay. At 01:32. We've got you scheduled
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for S-201 OPS (comet). We'd like to give you a little more lead time on that and make that 01:25 (garble) 210K OPS or comet 0PS. PLT Will do. CC Thank you. SPT Hello, Crip. I got a question on the post-S063 OPS. CC Go, Edward. SPT Okay. It says "door closing" and that includes pressurizing the AMS. You want to leave the AMS pressurized for a long time or would you want to leave it vented the way it is now? Right now the door is closed but it can vent. CC SPT glow, I went encounter. CC appreciate We'll check that for you. Okay. And the second time through the pretty smoothly this time no major problem Okay. that. Very good. I'm sure the Packers air-
CDR Hey Crip, and we're trying to go back to figure out where - where we ran a snag with those batteries. And where we did was when Bill was doing on page 8-1 of the photoactivatlon, I had said activation of electric Nikon and Nikon timer, and he went ahead and put the battery in one timer and I asked him if he had done anything with the timer. He said yes, and we let it go at that. The instructions - there's enough - referred to any further to any timer than that. So it was a miscue on our part. We should've cross checked each other. CC Okay. We got it. Thank you. CC SPT, Houston. Ed, in answer to your question, we have Bill scheduled to perform the S063 AST (sic) operations which will take care of the SAL. So you can leave that up to him. SPT • Oh, okay. Thank you, Bob. He does have door closing under the completion of my OPS and that's why I did that. Thank you. CC That's affirm, mate. Having closed under yours and then under - so it takes care of the pressurization. SPT Very good. CDR 717 troops out there working? CC That's affirmative. They have completed it and they have presented us with the new American flag. CDR Very good. CC And - You CDR do You good work. folks down there in MOCR deserve it.
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CC That's affirm. Good bunch of guys down here. Brag a little bit. We're about 30 seconds from LOS now. We're going to see you at Ascension at about 4 minutes from now at 20:31, 20:31. We'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump there. CDR Okay. So long. PAO Skylab Control. Loss of signal through tracking ship Vanguard. We're about 2 minutes away from reacquisition through Ascension Island tracking station at approximately 3:32 this afternoon, Houston time, one of the Skylab crewmen will use handheld cameras, such as the Hasselblad with 100-millimeter lens or the 35-millimeter Nikon mounted with a 55-millimeter lens to photograph a submarine volcano, Tonga, located about 200 miles southwest of western Samoa in the Pacific. And in south Atlantic off the southern tip of Africa, navigation charts record numerous seamounts with tops anywhere from 30 to 120 feet below the surface. It is believed that a great number of seamounts are shols and sholds which present potential hazards to shipping remain undiscovered. However, identification of submerged topographic features is difficult. Generally the surface effects which give possible clues to their discovery are water color change, generally lighter colors, current wakes and open oceans, and long wavelengths of the surface waves in the open ocean which are produced by the submerged peak. Today's handheld photo photography will take place along groundtrack 39 which passes about 70 miles west of Tonga. A Nikon with a 300-millimeter lens, will be used for closeup shots of the seamount. The afternoon plhotography is optional but Science Pilot Ed Gibson may interrupt his exercise period to take the shots. 30 seconds now away from reaequisition at tracking station Ascension Island. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-855/I Time: 14:30 CST, 12/11/73
PAO - - which are produced by the submerged peak. Today's handheld photography will take place along groundtrack 39, which passes about 70 miles west of Tonga. A Nikon with a 300-millimeter lens will be used for closeup shots of the sea mount. The afternoon photography is optional, but Science Pilot Ed Gibson may interrupt his exercise period to take the shots. 30 seconds now away from reacquisition at tracking station Ascension Island. Standing by - CC - with you once more through Ascension for 9-1/2 minutes doing a data/voice recorder dump. CDR Can't hear you. CC SPT, Houston. CDR Go ahead, hers listening. CC Okay. Actually, I guess it's for the for you, Bill. We had told Ed earlier that he did not need to pressurize the SAL and we took away that one, "atta boy" that Ed gave us awhile ago (laughter) and we were mistaken. The It looks like we've got a problem on our cue cards there. He should have had it pressurized for you to do the stow. You may have already caught that. PLT Rog_ Crip. CDR That's okay, Cr±p. You've got more atta boys left than we do. CC Not so sure about that. CC Skylab, Houston. We're I minute from LOS. We're going to see you over Guam in about 38 minutes. That's at 2i:!7. And for Jer, on your ATM pass coming up, for the XUV MON, TV downlink, would you hold that 5 minutes to make sure we don't overfill the VTR? CDR Will do. CDR Houston, CDR. CC Go, CDR. About to go over the hill. CDR Will you ask the 183 people if they're satisfied, that they understand the situation on S183. The last batch of questions they sent up indicated that they probably didn't understand too much what I had debriefed. CC We'll check it and talk to you at Guam. CDR Okay. PAO Skylab Control. LOS Ascension. 34 minutes to tracking station Guam. Orbit continuing to precess westward and pickup stations in the western Pacific. We'll return in 33 minutes for the Guam pass. At 24:42 Ground elap - Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV Time: 12/11/73
PAO mean time. revolution
This is Skylab Control. 21:15 Greenwich Acquisition at Guam in 50 seconds. Midway through 3050 for space station Skylab. We'll await the Crippen back on for the the Skylab Apollo
callup by spacecraft communicator Bob crew. Commander Jerry Carr should be telescope mount control console. CC Guam 6-1/2 minutes. CC your last question And, just for the before
CDR. Jet, in reference to we went over the hill as to
we we didn't - had any more 183 questions. with all the answers you've given us to we were wondering if what prompted your whether you'd noticed On the Flight Plan a (garble) scheduled on 183 for Bill to was just in reference to making a final prior to CDR Crip, was doing that ops
We are satisfied the 183 questions and inquiry into that was tomorrow we've got perform and that check on carousel i-i question me here
with it on day 28. No, the reason why I asked the the question list that came up to a lot of the questions and I just wanted to the answers to these
couple of days ago, asked answered in my debriefing that everybody had gotten and were satisfied. we
that I make sure questions
CC Okay_ Jer. We have got the answers and are satisfied; that covered them all. CDR Okay. CC And, the ATM wishes to pass on his congratulations for the past three orbits of limb scan. Those were real fine OPS you guys been doing. CDR We kinda shorted the S055 guys, but we got most of it. CC Believe you got everything that was required in there. PLT CC CC PLT contained the number there was Crip, PLT, with a comment Go, Bill. Go ahead, Bill. Rog. I've completed the in the general message on that is 2637 alfa, no movement of the film and a question.
for the $201 and let's see, and step 2 was performed, and transport box when I tried
to go counterclockwise feel a little more the cue card, S063 in the last column
so I think that probably make the PIs comfortable. And, also got a question on airglow cue card. The last - the flip side asked a question under S - Sierra Tango 2,
SL-IV MC-856/2 Time: 15:15 CST 12/11/73 it says perform if we shouldn't possibility so there and that CC into it.
S019, PR2; 183, PR3; S073, PR2, and I wonder put $201-2 as another an alternate there's a total of four alternate possibilities is a question. IVm not volunteering information. Volunteer information for us. We'll look
CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. We'll see you again over the Vanguard in about 32 minutes at 21:54 and weVll be doing a data/voice recorder dump there. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Guam. Tracking ship Vanguard will be the next station over which the space station Skylab will be crossing. Also on this revolution we'll pick up Ascension, Canary and Madrid an overlapping pass which will run about 14 minutes. 29 minutes to Vanguard. Returning at that time. This is Skylab Control at 21:24 GMT. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC857/I Time: 15:53 12/11/73 PAO minutes through CC Vanguard CDR you. CC CDR approach CC CDR
at 21 hours
Greenwich mean time. Skylab coming up on acquisition the Vanguard tracking ship. Skylab, Houston. We're AOS through the for ii minutes doing a datalvoice recorder dump. Hello, Crip. I've got an easy one for Go. the What diapause? I could use one. do moth eggs look like when they
I don't know Crip - -
that one at all.
CDR Better ask another moth there, Crip. CC I'm looking for another moth down here. CDR I didn't mean to stump you, Crip. Let clarify a little bit more. You can either answer for tame for wild ones.
CC (Laughter) PLT I've been Staring at these little fellows for days and I'ii be darned if_l can notice any change and l'm wondering what I should be looking for. CC Haven't seen any eclosion, huh? CC Hello? I've got Bruce back here backing me up. You think you've been staring at moth eggs, wetve been staring at them up on here on our i0 by 20 for as long as you've been up there too. That's said with respect. PLT I think they're all waiting for the M479. CDR I wish they'd do their thing, Cripo We need something for the spiders to eat. CC You shoudn't say that with the Silver Team coming hatch? out. You guys take any moth balls along in case they do
CDR I wouldn't touch that line with a 10-foot pole. PLT Crip, PLT here. The 131 was finished as per your suggestion and (garble) already. CC Okay. We suspected that from telemetry down here. Appreciate it. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. Ascension at about 3-1/2 minutes from now, 22:08. Crimson guys are turning it over to the silver guys and the Crimson CAP COMM's going to go look up what diapause means. CC See you manana. CDR We'll see you, Crip. Thanks for the pleasant words. CC tonight. CDR CC regain it Roger. Hope you guys don't work too late
I think we've lost control (Laughter) I think you're though.
over that one. right. We'll
SL-IV MC857/2 Time: 15:53 CST, 26:21:53 GMT 12/11/73 CC Next time, I'm bringing my dictionary with me work. CDR Oh, Ed's been laying in the weeds with that one. PAO This is Skylab Control. Ascension - or rather Vanguard has loss of signal. Ascension will acquire in 2 minutes. We'll keep the line up and monitor into Ascension. Here, in the Control Center, the flight control teams are changing. The new Flight Director is Nell Hutchinson. The new CAP COMM, Astronaut Bruce McCandless. Flight Director Don Puddy has scheduled his change-of-shift news conference for 4:30 pm central standard time in the News Center briefing room. 4:30 p.m. central standard time for the change-of-shift news conference with Flight Director Don Puddy. to END OF TAPE
SL-IV Time: 12/11/73 CC 6 CC LOS.
MC-858/I 16:07 CST, 26:22:07 GMT
minutes. Next Islands
Skylab, this is Houston. 1 minute station contact in 1-1/2 minutes through at 22:16. Out. (Garble), Bruce. This is Skylab Control. participant Dr. Page is
Canary PLT PAO
Page will be an additional Shift News Conference. for will will
at the Change-ofthe principal investigator also through camera that the camera Canary to Guam that
$201_ the far-ultraviolet be used for the comet be used in for the rocket
electronographic Kohoutek. It's photography is Houston Out.
CC and Madrid CC LOS. 22:52.
Skylab, this 8-1/2 minutes. Skylab, contact
Next station Out.
this is Houston. in 26-1/2 minutes
i minute through
PAO This is Skylab Control. Madrid has loss of signal. Next station will be Guam in 24-1/2 minutes. Change-of-Shift News Conference with Flight Director Den Puddy and Dr. Thornton Page, principal investigator for S201, the far UV camera, is scheduled to begin in approximately 5 minutes, in the Building i News Center briefing room. At 22 hours 28 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC859/I TIME: 17:14 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours, 14 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is 18-1/2 minutes away from acquisition at the Vanguard tracking ship. During the change-of-shift news conference, Skylab made a pass over the Guam station, there was no conversation during that pass we do have 25 seconds of tape, primary the call-ups from the CAP COMM, we'll play that for you now. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Guam for i0 minutes, out. CC Skylab, this is Houston i minute to LOS, next station contact in 31-1/2 minutes through the Vanguard at 23:33 with a data/voice tape recorder dump, out. PAO This is Skylab Control, that's the end of the tape. Skylab system engineers are stepping up work on troubleshooting procedures for the water-filled cooling line, that runs through the control and display panel for the space station solar instruments. More than a hundred times during the current Skylab mission, the ATM coolant loop has had a noticeable, brief reduction in the rate of flow. These slight changes, read on the telemetry in Mission Control, began shortly after the ATM loop was turned on by the crew during the activation period. In the weeks since the loop was turned on, and the variations were noticed, flight controllers shifted from pump B to pump C in an attempt to determine if the pump itself was at fault. When the new pump had no effect on the flow-rate fluctuations, ground controllers turned their attention to the small device used to measure the flow rate. Without other evidence for comparison, the transducer itself was thcught to be a possible cause of the variations in readings. Yesterday, however, the water flowing through the control panel shut down completely for 3 minutes. During that interval, actual heat transfer was measured. The temperature changes were solid evidence that the flow-rate measuring sensor was working properly. And this new information has increased the attention being paid to the ATM cooling system. Before the mission, most of the effort made by the systems staff was toward ref_lling the much more essential airlock module coolant loop. The smaller ATM loop which uses water, depends on the pair of coolanol-filled airlock module systems that the Skylab crew repaired successfully during their first days aboard the space station. Several procedures for repairing the ATM loop, in case it should stop flowing permanently, are now being developed. If the ATM cooling system were to stop completely, two areas would be effected. First, the control and display panel, from which the astronauts operate Skylab solar telescopes - would become hot to the touch. The present temperature limit,
SL-IV MC860/I Time: 117:31 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours 31 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab coming up within range of the Vanguard tracking ship now. CC Skylab, this is Houston through the Vanguard for 8 minutes. Over. CDR Hello Bruce. CC Okay, we'll dump you the data/voice tape recorder here. How y'all doing? CDR We're all doing greatj we got Bill through the LBNP_ and he's peddling himself blind now. CC Okay. CC Skylab, this is Houston 1 minute to LOS. Next station contact in 12-1/2 minutes through Canary Island at 23:52, with a data/voice tape recorder dump. We were unable to dump the recorders over the Vanguard here due to propargation problems. Out. SPT Houston, SPT. CC Go ahead, Ed, you got about 5 seconds. Over. SPT Okay, I've noticed an appreciable change in the streamer up at 8 o'clock or so. The base is narrowed quite a bit and the whole thing has become elongated, and l've been =rying to get in as many shopping list items i as I possibly can. It just looks like a common streamer which been stretched out. The base is actually narrowing down now, very close to the disk. PAO This is Skylab Control. Vanguard has loss of signal. Canary Island station will pick up Skylab in 10-1/2 minutes. At 23 hours 41 minutes Greenwich mean time_ END OF this TAPE is Skylab Control.
SL-IV MC861/I Time: 17:51 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours 51 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab coming up on acquisition through the Canary Island station with overlapping coverage at Madrid. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Canary Island and Madrid for 14-1/2 minutes. Data/voice tape recorder dump here at Canary. Out. SPT Hello, Houston, SPT. CC Hello, Ed, go ahead. SPT Okay, Bruce, what I was trying to squeeze in there when you went over the hill, was that in looking at the corona the very prominent streamer at 8 o'clock, is both elongated and started to neck down close to the disk, relative to this morning it looks like a helmets streamer which has been stretched out still very bright. But at the base it has started to neck down a little bit, at the conclusion of this last orbit. I've picked up a shopping list item i at the beginning of the orbit and one at the conclusion of the orbit, and I'ii be taking another look at it at the beginning of the next orbit. CC Okay, mighty fine Ed. Sounds like you're right on top of it there. SPT If the folks in the backroom have any other desires for it let me know, I'ii be glad to do it. CC Sounds fine to us, Ed, just keep it up. SPT Okay. I wouldn't called a real coronal transient but it certainly is a fairly swift changing structure. CC what you CDR CC CDR with it have done Now, we're in complete agreement and what you are doing. Houston, CDR. Go ahead Jer. with
Roger, transporter 05 - I've been fooling bit. And looks like we have broken film
with about 30 percent used and about 70 percent remaining. The question we hay e is do we have any empty cassettes up here to use as take-up reels? CC I'm sure we do. Stand by a second. I'ii get you an answer. CDR Okay. CC Okay, Jer, would you believe the one to use is MT05? CDR Thank you. CC Empty 05, that is Mike Tango 05, and it's located in F524. CDR Okay, thank you. CC (Laughter). They really got you on the
SL-IV MC861/2 Time: 17:51 12/11/73
pneumonics on that one. CDR Bruce, out in - how about MT06, 7, 8 or 9, 05 is not there? CC Okay, Jer, go ahead and take 6. CDR Okay, I'll look around a little while and see if I can locate 5 later. CC Yeah, all right but for right now, we'll plan on your using 6 in this application and if you find 5 around let us know where it is? CDR Wilco. CC Skylab, this is Houston a minute and a half to LOS. Next station contact through Honeysuckle Creek at 40 - 00:40 Greenwich mean time in 35 minutes. Out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Madrid has loss of signal. Honeysuckle will acquire Skylab in 33-1/2 minutes. A replay of yesterday's Skylab television transmission is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. central standard time on the television monitors in the JSC news center. To repeat the television transmission from Skylah yesterday will be replayed - video tape replay on the monitors in the center at 6:15, about 7 minutes from now. At 7 minutes past midnight Greenwich mean time. This is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE news
SL-IV MC862/I TIME: 18:39 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 0 hours 39 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is approaching acquisition through the Honeysuckle, Australia station. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Honeysuckle for 4 minutes, out. Make that 8 minutes_ out. CC Skylab, this is Houston for the SPT, over. SPT Go ahead, Bruce. CC Roger, Ed, I have a change here to your 201 Kohoutek maneuver pad, over. SPT Okay, Bruce which pad is it, the first or second? CC It's 2636 Bravo. SPT Go ahead. CC Okay, under the fine maneuver part, you'll see where it says 52021, 50000, 50001, 50000, over. SPT Yep, go ahead. CC Okay, we want to change the change Y to read 50153, which is equivalant to plus 1.07 degrees, change Zulu to read 51035 equivalent to minus 0.29 degrees. And read back the fine maneuver please. SPT Let's see, the total part of the maneuver is the 52021, X is 50000, Y is 50153, Z is 51035. And zero degrees in X, plus 1.17 degrees in Y, and minus 0.29 degrees in Z. CC Okay, your octal was correct, the equivalent the Y-axis is 1.07 positive. SPT 1.07. CC Okay, thank you Ed and 1 minute to LOS, next station contact in 37 minutes through Bermuda at 01:24, happy maneuvering, out. SPT Bruce, we've got a question for the ATM folks. CC Okay, you got 7 seconds, fire away. SPT Looks like the coronal hole boundary at the north is very diffusely defined , and I'm not sure welre getting the kind of data they're after. I would recommend that if we do any more work in the near future, we try the one in the south, The boundary looks to be much straighter and much better defined. PAO This is Skylab Control, Honeysuckle has loss of signal, The next station is Bermuda in 35 minutes. Crew's preparing to maneuver the space station for comet Kohoutek photography. At 49 minutes pass midnight Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. in END OF TAPE
SL-IV TIME: 12/11/73
MC863/I 19:23 CST, 27:01:23 GMT
This is Skylab Control time. Skylab is approaching
1 hour 23 minutes acquisition
through the Bermuda station. CC Skylab, this is Houston with you through Bermuda for 5-1/2 minutes, the maneuver looks good to us, out. CC And just for your information, for the SPT we agree with you on the point of using the southern boundary of the coronal hold in future operations, out. SPT Okay, thanks very much, Bruce. I was going to do that for the next observing period we have, if I can't go back and repeat some of the work we did at the north which I don't think was too satisfactory. CC Okay. SPT Bruce, also we've been giving shopping list item 1 at the beginning and conclusion of each orbit and we can continue to do that if they would like to get a standard mode in there to look at the polarization (garble) (garble) we can go ahead and do that for him also. That is not a shopping list item however, and I'd like to find out from the ground if that's really what they want. CC Okay, we'll get back to you on that. SPT, this is Houston, you're cleared to include a $052 standard in connection with the performance of shopping list 1 whenever you do it on a non-lnterference basis, not to interfere with the other items in the shopping list item or with your regular observing time, over. With your regular performances, over. SPT Okay, I understand, thank you Bruce. CC Skylabp this is Houston, 1 minute to LOS, next station contact in 2 and 1/2 minutes through Canary Island at 01:32, out. PAO This is Skylab Control, Bermuda has loss of signal. Canary will acquire Skylab in 1 minute, we'll keep the line up for the Canary pass and there we'll overlapping coverage through Madrid. and CC Madrid for ii Skylab, minutes, this out. is Houston through 30 seconds data/voice Canary to tape Islands
CC handover recorder PLT CC
Skylab, to Madrid, we'll through Madrid,
this is Houston be dumping your out.
Skylab_ PLT. Go ahead PLT. Roger did ya'll take the recorders? Yes, I called you at the handover, we're data/voice tape recorder here at Maadrid. Okay, thank you. I didn't hear you, in the middle of 201.
PLT CC dumping the PLT I was right
MC863/2 CST, 27:01:23 GMT
TIME: 19:23 12/11/73 CC PLT after the
Okay, sorry. experiment (garble) I'ii is over. just report a nominal procedure
CC PLT, this is Houston, we're going to start another recorder to give you voice recording capability for the balance of this pass. Out. PLT Thank you. CC Skylab this is Houston, i minute to LOS. 26 minutes to the next station which is Carnarvon at 02:08, out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab has passed out of range of the Madrid station. Carnarvon will acquire the space station in 25-1/2 minutes. At 1 hour, 44 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC864/I Time: 20:07 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 7 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is less than a minute away from a pass that begins at Carnarvon and carries through the Honeysuckle, Australia station. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Carnarvon and Honeysuckle Creek for 15-1/2 minutes. Out. And PLT, this is Houston, when you have a minute we'd like to talk over the $201 atmospheric operations pad with you. Over. SPT Go ahead, he's listening. CC Okay, if you would please get out the atmospheric ops pad, it's 2633. CDR Roger, we have it. CC Okay. You all haven't had a chance to really make a dry run on this. And of course with the missile launch being scheduled for one specific time why it's fairly important that you get coordinated on it. As you look down here in the section in which says launch, the salient point is that we want you, for example, to start out with a rotation of 011.9, a titlt of 17.8, you put the power switch ON. The reset switch to START. And then when you get down here to time of 06:10:59, which is change rotation and tilt, what we'd like you to do is start changing the rotation and not the tilt in the first one cause it stays constantee. Change the rotation here in such a manner that you smoothly and uniformly go from 11.9 to 358.7 over the period of 29 seconds is involved. Then you go ahead and step on down another couple of lines, you hit the reset switch to START, again 30 seconds later and i second after that you smoothly and uniformly track from 358.7 to 353.4 in rotation, and 17.8, 21.4. And of course, what you're doing here is your tracking the vehicle as it makes its way into orbit. And the significant point is that we would like you to not start tracking until the time indicated, and then try to time yourselves so that you just make a smooth motion and wind up at the right angle at the right time. And the suggestion has been made as a result of our ground sims here is that one crewman change the rotation while the other one changes the tilt and controls the reset switch. And if you have minute or so before the actual occurrance , CDR and the PLT might give it few minutes and try to run though . Over. CDR Yeah, we plan to do that Bruce, one question here. I get the I can assume then that I'm not going to go the short way from the rotation of 11.9 to 358.7, they want to go the long way? CC Negative, Jerry, we want you to go the short way. That is from Ii through i0,9,8,7,6 just like you're running your own countdown around the 358.7 and then next time keep on going to 353.4. CDR Okay, understand Bruce.
SL-IV MC864/2 Time: 20:07 12/11/73
PLT Also, Bruce, I have a question on the site just above. CC Fire away. PLT Okay. Now I don_t understand that this question to deeply, how this machine works. But all the other field exposures have included a four line entry with a reset switch to START i second before power switch OFF. And T2 doesn't have that line entry. I have some typographical problems in the T12 which I've sorted out. I thought maybe they might have carried over and dumped a line in the T2 pad? T2 CC have? We only Okay. have - What sort of typo errors do you
FLT I've got double line entries and spaces inserted in the middle of the pad. And under the T2 field well normally, you got a power switch ON, reset switch START. Okay that starts the sequence. If you got a reset switch START, followed 1 second later by a power switch OFF, which stops the sequence. Now T2 field doesn't have that reset switch to START, followed by power switch OFF i second later. CC Okay, we copy you Bill. Stand by a second. And would you like us to uplink another a pad to you? get PLT it squared CC PLT ignorance No, we away. Okay. Bruce, - this is all right if I just
I've - I've asked you I just don't know.
CC We're answering - we're working on answering that question with - about the same status right here at the mike and we're getting the answer from the backroom. CC hole coming END OF TAPE: up Skylab, Houston, here. I'ii be back I got a i minute to you shortly. keyOut.
SL-IV TIME: 12/11/73
MC865/I 20:119 CST, 27:02:19 GMT
CC LOS, next at 02:56, PAO
Skylab_ contact This Merritt minutes. is Skylab is
this is Houston_ 1 minute to is 32 minutes through Merritt Skylah Control. Honeysuckle station minutes
loss of signal. Skylah in 30-1/2 mean time, this END OF TAPE
Island, Florida At 2 hours 25 Control.
will acquire Greenwich
SL-IV MC866/I Time: 20:55 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 55 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is nearly in range of the antennas at the Merritt Island Flordia tracking station, and there will be overlapping coverage through the Bermuda station on this pass. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Merritt Island and Bermuda for a grand total of 13 minutes and 20 seconds. We got PLT private comm coming up here at Bermuda at 02:58 which is in about a minute and a half. And they'll pick him up on VHF before we do the S band handover. Over. SPT Bruce which antenna for the VHF? CC Roger, start out on right go to left. SPT Thank you. CC And it's for the other guy. Over. CC Skylab, this is Houston. Houston com tech reports no joy on VHF. Are you configured? Over. CC Skylab, Skylab, this is Houston. Houston com tech reports no joy on VHF. Is the PLT in the command module configured? Over. SPT He's up there and Bill - or Jer's gone up to check. CC Okay. CC Skylab, this is Houston, com teck is reading you on VHF. You apparently aren't reading him. If somebody goes out to the command module you might tell the PLT to go to the left antenna now. PAO of signal. 3 minutes.
This The Madrid We'll keep
is Skylab Control, Bermuda has loss station will acquire Skylab in about the line up, and monitor through that
CC Skylab, this is Houston through Madrid for 7-1/2 minutes, data/voice tape recorder dump next station Carnarvon. And if we have someone handy to the EREP coolant valve on panel 135, would you answer up. Over. CDR Bill's on his way. CC Okay, I thought I might catch him as he came back by from the command module. PLT l'm too fast for you Bruce. Okay what do you want? CC Just call you speedy. Okay we'd like you to cycle a valve 4 or 5 times between the flow and the bypass position. And when you get through with the cycling leave it in bypass. Over PLT Cycle 5 times and leave it in bypass then work. CC Roger. Out. CC You might log it as exercise also never can tell.
I iiii i
SL-IV MC866/2 Time: 20:55 12111173 PLT PLT CC flow rate if we had it loose.
You must have worked it before, Bruce. It's complete. Okay, thank you Bill. We're watching the and our hope was that by cycling it back and contamination lodged in the seats this might
PLT Okay, I'ii stand by here for a couple of minutes if you want me to do it again. CC That's not required Bill, these flow glitches occur typically with a couple of hours between them. ItVll take us a while to watch and see if there's been any real effect on it. PLT Okay, now the valve is in bypass. CC Roger, thank you. CC And Skylab for your general information last time we left the valve in bypass the flow glitches that we saw were smaller in magnitude than in the flow position. we're going to try that for awhile, no answer required. CC Skylab, this is Houston i minute till LOS. Next station contact in 26-1/2 minutes through Carnarvon at 03:47. Out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab is out of range at Madrid station. Carnarvon will acquire the space station in 24-1/2 minutes. At 3 hours 21 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC867/I TIME: 21:45 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours 45 minutes Greenwich mean time. Carnarvon is about to acquire Skylab. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Carnarvon for 9-1/2 minutes with the data/voice tape recorder dump. And if you have a second Bill, I've got some exploration for you on this 201 atmospheric operations pad. PLT Okay, Bruce fire away. CC Okay, everytime that - when you wind up a set of operations on 201, the frame of film which is currently in position to be exposed gets wasted because it stays there until next time you turn the power ON and hit the reset switch. And everytime you hit the reset switch, it takes you back to the beginning of a sequence of Ii frames. The llth frame of which remains in position and remains continues to be exposed until you hit the reset switch the next time, as long as power's ON, the intensifier's working, and all that good stuff. So what we are doing in the T12, T20 and TI0 operations is turning the power ON, hitting the reset switch the first time to bring a fresh frame of film into position and then letting the thing run through its sequence, which takes 3 minutes and 25 seconds, leaving the llth frame in position. Now the 10th frame is about a i00 and some seconds or say a minute and 40 seconds. And by leaving the llth frame position, you'll notice that the time between the two resets is on the order of 9 minutes there or 8-1/2 minutes; so we're getting a long time exposure on that llth frame. Hitting the reset switch the second time brings a fresh frame of film up and there upon you turn the power OFF, and that is the frame that's wasted instead of the llth frame which is already got some time accumulated on it. When we come down into T2, the desired operation is only to get the standard sequence of i0 frames and to shut it off on the llth frame, that is we're not trying for an llth frame time exposure. Consequently there's only one operation for the reset switch and then when you turn the power back ON, hit reset at 09:51, you're bringing a fresh frame again in that llth frame is the one that got wasted, over. PLT Okay, Bruce, that's very good explanation and thank you very much. CC Rog. SPT Houston, SPT. CC Go ahead SPT. SPT Hey Bruce, the talking about earlier today is undergone a fairly marked change. it necked clown very close to the streamer which we've been the pass hour or so has Previously reported that limb. It has done that
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somemore. And now it appears as though it's very thin at the hose and has bloomed out about 1-1/2 maybe 2 solar radiant, and is arcing very slowly up towards the north. It looks as though there has been some activlty associated with that, and a fairly large magnetic field reeonfiguration in the corona. And I would suspect that some observations ought to be taken on this for the time resolution of one half an hour to an hour, whatever is feasible. Right now we're in the building block i, and we're getting some good Sun centered day on it. And I'm wondering if the people in the baekroom would rather that we continue on with the some Sun centered operations or move on to building block 28 and JOP 24? SPT Houston, SPT. CC Go ahead, Ed. SPT Hey, do your folks in the backroom have any comment on that or should we just press on with business as usual doing JOP 24? CC Roger, no comment yet. We have it in work and are you at the ATM now or what? SPT Bill is up here and I'm kind of periodically coming back and forth. CC Okay, we copy. And for your information, we're taking control of the video tape recorder at this time to configure - rewind and configure for dump. PLT Okay, Bruce I didn't quite get all I wanted on there but that's okay, fire away. I did get a little of that coronagraph on it. I didn't get the XUV MON on it yet. CC Okay, that's all right, we're going to go ahead and take it here. PLT Fine. CC PLT, this is Houston. On your schedule pad it calls for two building blocks number 28. We'd like to go ahead and get those in and then if you're fleet of foot and swift of hand, maybe you can work in a building block 32 at the end, over. That'll be on the PLT Okay, I'Ii call them back. CC That'll he on the streamer. PLT Okay. CC Skylab this is Houston i minute to LOS, next station contact in a little over 2 minutes through Honeysuckle Creek at 03:57, out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Carnarvon has loss of signal, however Honeysuckle will pick up Skylah in less than i minute. _ all continue to keep the line up, stand by. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Honeysuckle Creek for 4 minutes. And for the PLT, that building block 32
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is a part of JOP 20, in fact it is JOP 20. And in that connection, we would also like you to omit S054, over. PLT Roger, omit 54 on JOP 20. CC Roger. PLT Building block 321 CC Roger. PLT If I get around to it. END OF TAPE
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CC Skylab, this is Houston_ Next station contact in 29 minutes through at 04:29. Out.
I minute to LOS. Corpus Christi
PAO This is Skylab Control, Skylab is out of range of Honeysuckle now. The station at Corpus Christi, Texas will acquire Skylah in 28 minutes. At 4 hours i minute Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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MC869/I 22:28 CST, 27:04:28 GMT
PAO This is Skylab Control at 4 hours minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is approaching acquisition by the Texas station. The evening status will be taken at this station. CC Corpus Standing Christi, by for Skylab, this is Houston, Merritt Island and Bermuda the evening status report. through for 16-1/2 Over.
CDR CC CDR SPT, 9.0,
Roger, Bruce, here it comes. Let her rip. CDR, sleep: 7.5, 6.0/heavy, 1/llght; PLT, 7.5, 7/heavy,
Volume: CDR, 1300; SPT, 1200; PLT, 2200. Water gun: CDR, 7272; SPT, 2492; PLT, 8641. Body mass: CDR, 6.323, 6.322, 6.321; SPT_ 6.392, 6.392, 6.393; PLT, 6.245, 6.247, 6.248. Exercise: CDR, Method Alfa, leg, 29, 5000. Method Bravo, Alfa, Delta, _ho, Foxtrot, 10, 20 each. Method Charlle, Charlie, Delta, Foxtrot, 06, 20 each. Method Echo, Alfa, Bravo, 03,10 each. Method Foxtrot, walk, i0, run, 01, spring, 02, 300, toe rise, 03 200. SPT, Method Alfa, leg, 40, 8341. Method Bravo, Bravo, Foxtrot, and Curl, 15, 40 each. Method Foxtrot, springs, 10, i000, toe rises, i0, 200. PLT, Alfa, leg, 37, 6000. Bravo - Method Bravo I should say. Alfa, Bravo, Delta, Echo, 08, 50 each. Method Charlie, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Gulf, 10, 20 each. Method Echo, Alfa, Bravo, 02, 10 each. Method Foxtrot, walk, 10, springs, 01, i00, toe rise, 01, 75. Medications: none. Garments disposed of: none. And the Food log: CDR, 3.5 salt, minus one coffee with sugar, plus 2.5 water; SPT, 1.5 salt, plus tuna spread, plus one grape drink, plus 3.5 water; PLT, zero salt, plus one mint, zero water. Plight Plan deviations: SPT read the 02-13 ATM accomplishments: panel, instead housekeeping of the 8-alfa, CDR. Shopping boric acid list 13.
Inoperable equipment disposition: transporter 05 and DAC 09 are okay. DAC 08 is still red tape. Unscheduled stowage: none. Now for the photo log: okay, 16-millimeter: N/A. Nikon 01, Charlie X-ray, 36, 30. Zero Ch - Nikon 02, Bravo Victor, 44, _. Nikon on 03, Charlie India, ii0, 51. Nikon 04, Bravo India, 08, 18. Nikon 05, Bravo Hotel, 04, 41, anticipating 3 exposures tonight for Kohoutek. 70-millimeter: Charlie X-ray, 17, 014. ETC: no change. EREP: no change. Drawer A configuration: Alfa 2, 05, Charlie India, 93, 74, Mike Tango, 06. No change on the rest of the Alfas, Alfa i, Alfa 3, 4 is the back. And that's it. CC CDR, Houston, on Nikon 04, we show it probably should Baker, Echo, that is BEOA for the film type. CDR That's affirmative. Bravo, Echo, 08. CC Okay, we got all that. The evening
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questions are pretty minimal here. Where was That's CI122, which is the former takeup reel - that you wanted to use MT06 to replace? CDR Okay, that's down in Drawer all the rest of them.
CI22 stowed? there, that Foxtrot with
CC Okay, thank you. And to update the information required for our radiation model for the film, when you're using NK05, is it - excuse me_ when you're not using NK05 is it left at STS window number 3 when not in use or where? Over. CDR Yes, that's affirmative, it's left at the window. CC And how about the Hasselblad when it's not in use? CDR Left in the wardroom. CC And what CDR And the same for Nikon 01. CC Okay, Hasselblad's in the wardroom window and NK01 is there also. CDR That's affirmative. CC CDR put away. CC PLT want? CC Okay, thank you. And at night all of these cameras are
Right, we copy, thank you. And I have an ATM frame count, Go with the ATM frame count.
PLT H-Alfa, 01915, 56, 3733, 82-Alfa, 127, 82-Bravo, 4075, 52, 5514, and 54 is reading 3680. CC Okay, we got those Bill. And I have here a retractions of some of my previous detail remarks regarding $201 operations. You may recall how I explained to you how to carefully uniformly and smoothly change the rotation and tilt, spacing it out over the period of time given on the pad. That is incorrect. We are not tracking the vehicle during that previous time. We're changing from one pointing coordinate to another, and what you have is about a frame - exposure on that frame of about 14 seconds. And the time that's given is the start time for change rotation and tilt, is the time after which you should start. And you should be at the new setting by the time listed beside the new rotation and tilt. And it doesn't make any difference whether you go there in big impluse or whether you go there smoothly and slowly. Over. PLT Thanks a lot, that makes that a lot easier. CC I - END OF TAPE
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CC - - (garble) and it doesn't make any difference whether you go there in one big impulse or whether you go there smoothly and slowly, over. PLT Thanks a lot, that makes that a lot easier. CC I thought that would brighten your whole day up. I've been going through quite an evolution down here looking at the ii frame sequence and seeing where all this stuff fits in. It turns out that out of a given ii frame sequence, we get about 4 or 5 usable exposures and the rest of them are blurred during filter changes and repointing and things like that so it's something you got to really look at to understand. PLT I can believe it. CC And if you have no traffic for us here, I have a :news summary which I can read you after our handover. PLT (garble) go. CC Okay, we're now coming to you through the offices of the Bermuda tracking station. And the Navy reported today that six men were killed when fire broke out aboard the Aircraft Carrier Kitty Hawk, under the command of Captain Robert E. Kirksey of California, located about 700 miles east of the Philippines. 38 other men suffered minor burns or smoke :inhalation. The blaze erupted about 8 a.m. eastern standard time and was extinguished an hour later. The ship is still capable of conducting flights. No explosion was reported and the cause of fire has not yet been determined. New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller announced today that he is resigning from his office next Tuseday after 15 years. Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson, Rockefeller's running mate in four campaigns will take over. Rockefeller, age 65, whose term expires December 31 next year said, "he can serve the nation and the State of New York better as Chaimman of the bi-partisan National Commission on Water Quality." Great Britian's 29000 locomotive engineers have rejected a last ditch government appeal to call off their go-slow campaign. The action starts tonight at midnight and could paralyze England's already battered economy. It could also tie-up the state owned railroad system. Cesar Cedeno, 22 year old star outfielder of the ouston Astros baseball team was questioned today by police in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in the shooting death of a 19 year old woman. Cedeno, in the Dominican Republic for winter baseball, says the shooting was an accident. King Hussein of Jordan said today there is "acute danger" of renewed fighting in the Middle East. In West Germany Chancellor Willy Brandt signed an agreement in Prague today that ends 35 years of Czech-German hostility.
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The treaty opens diplomatic ties between buries forever the 1938 Munich Pact that part voted of 6 pre-war Czechoslovakia. to 3 today to give police
and Bonn used to
and annex Court
Washington. The Supreme blanket authority to
conduct a complete search The decision represented a police liberal Petroleum latitude members.
of anyone that they victory for advocates
arrest lawfully. of greater three of
but brought dissent from the court's Eli T. Reich Director of the Office reportedly told Interior Secretary
Rogers Morton yesterday that he is on the verge of resigning. Washington spokesmen say i he does, he'll be replaced by an official from the Office of Management and Budget. Reich, a former Navy Admiral, retired last November to accept the position. Use of census information in a federal computer program aimed at getting millions of Americans into car pools was announced at Washington today. Under Secretary of Commerce, John Tabor - excuse me, Under Secretary of Commerce, John Tabor, said at a press 125 metropolitan over 31 million overwhelmingly in U.S. credit permit easier conference that 1970 areas of 250 thousand workers drove to work today loans to prohibit for Soviet The more trade bill now census people alone. than until goes 5 information from or more showed The house voted billion dollars the Soviets to the Senate. Stein, fuel
emigration. the committe Council
A congressional Chairman of
was told of Economic
today by Herbert Advisors, that
price increases could raise the cost of living in the United States 27 billion dollars next year. Stein said he based his estimate on an expected 50 percent increase in fuel prices. He also predicted that a 30 cent per gallon increase in gasoline prices would be required to balance supply and demand. Pope Paul's Christmas Mass schedule is somewhat in doubt due to the feast day driving ban rules placed in effect today in Italy. The Pople will say Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at midnight on Christmas Eve only if the government suspends the driving ban for the holiday season. If not, the Vatican says Pope Paul will say Mass in the Sistine Chapel for prelates and diplomats only. On Christmas Day, however, the Pope will say Mass at St. Peter's at ii a.m. and give the Apostolic Blessing from St. Peter's balcony Washington the John spokesmen coverage at noon. Katherine Graham, Publisher of the Post will become the first woman ever to receive Peter Zenger Award. University of Arizona say Mrs. Graham earned the honor for her paper's of the Watergate affair. The award is named after
the Colonial publisher who won a major court battle leading to a free press in America. New York. The stock market closed sharply lower today, ending a 3 day rise. The DowJones average of 30 industrials up briefly in mid - morning
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trading closed off 16.96 points at 834.18. Volume on the New York Stock Exchange was 20.10 million shares and declines led advances by a 2 to i margin. The Big Board's composite index of 1,500 common stocks was down .95 at 51 dollars and 20 cents and the American Stock Exchange market value index fell 1.05 to 91.03. Finally, for Bill, Oklahoma State clobbered the University of Texas in that basketball game last night, 83 to 73. And the final score on the Monday Night Football game was Rams 40, Giants 6. And as we say in the publication business, that's 30 sports fans. SPT Thank you, Bruce. CC And I've got a note here to 04 50 in Madrid, there'll be a subframe i dump which I assume is the same as a voice tape recorder dump. And for the CDR, also another note passed to me during the readin B of the news. Is we'd llke you to confirm the quanity remaining on the transporter - transporter 05, that's read down 74 percent end I think earlier in the day, you'd referred to about 30 percent already in the take up reel. CDR Yeah, that was jst a wild estimate to you. Take up reel bubble shows right around 30 percent. That's the one we filed away and it just happens that the supply reel shows about 74, sorry about that. CC Okay, now we expect things like this on the take-up reel, since it can go on asymmetrically and 74 percent it is. CDR Yeah, that's right. CC Skylab, l minute to LOS, the next station contact in 5 minutes through Madrid at 04:51, out. And Madrid is the medical conference, private comm, so we'll next be talking to you through Honeysuckle Creek in 51 minutes at 05:37. PLT Roger, Bruce. CC Skylab, this is Houston we'd like to get a nominal H cage, l0 minutes prior to the $201 maneuver this evening, acknowledge, over. CDR Nominal H cage l0 minutes before (garble). CC Roger, and that's i0 minutes before. PAO This is Skylab Control. Bermuda has loss of signal. Madrid will acquire Skylab in 3-i/2 minutes. The daily medical conference will be conducted at that station. We'll monitor through the Madrid pass, however in case that conference ends before Madrid has loss of signal. We're about 3 minutes away from acquisition at Madrid, we'll keep the line up and monitor on through that pass. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC871/I Time: 22:47 12/11/73 PAO of range occupying Australia mean END time OF
This is Skylab Control. Skylab is out of the Madrid station now, the medical conference that pass. The next station will be Honeysuckle, in 39 minutes. At 4 hours 58 minutes Greenwich this is Skylab Control.
SL-IV HC872/I Time: 23:36 12/11/73 PAO Greenwich pass daily
This is Skylab Control at 5 hours time. Skylab is coming up on a minute station. health We have for today,
36 minutes and half
at the report
Honeysuckle on the crew
the mission surgeon's mission day 26. It
reads, the quarters. Hordinsky, be locking CC
crew remains in excellent health despite the cramped Intraerew harmony remains good. Signed Jerry M.D. for Dr. W.R. Hawkins, M.D.. Honeysuckle should up on the space station momentarily, we'll stand by. Skylab, this is Houston through Honeysuckle pass 1-1/2 minutes. Next station contact through 29 minutes at 06:06. And for your information range problems with the launch vehicle. It may We'll call you at AOS over Goldstone with the If it is scrubbed only that part of the ops pad which will be scrubbed. is concerned You will with still the block do TI2, T2,
Creek. Short Goldstone at we're having be scrubbed. inform _ion. 201 atmospheric headed launch and PLT PLT CC maneuver? PLT wardroom. CC difficulties CC CC CC SPT CC maneuver any art
Over. Rog, Bruce. Skylab, copy. Okay. How's everything Don't know Bruce, doing the maneuver. I'm
going down You to
the the some
SPT, this is Houston. the maneuver? Okay, LOS, we'll SPT, Houston. LOS. talk
Yeah, go ahead Bruce. We're Just wondering we didn't on time. They're wondering if Yeah, Bruce. to we is SI We now. tried We're see it
the having going to
problems? SPT hold, and we're
without maneuvering you over
back Okay, This
CC Goldstone. PAO loss of station signal. in 26
has Goldstone McCandless.
Skylab will be within minutes as reported by
range of the CAP COMM, Bruce
There are range problems at the western test range in California. There is a possibility that the rocket launch, which the crew was to photograph, may he scrubbed. We'll have a - should have a GO or NO GO on that launch at Goldstone. If that launch is cancelled the crew will still perform the far ultraviolet photography on the three galaxies and on the Crab Nebula, eliminating only the rocket photography. At 5 hours 40 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV Time: 12/12/73 PAO minutes
MC873/I 00:05 CST, 27:06:05 GMT
is Skylab Control at 6 hours 5 time. Skylab is about 50 seconds
away from acquisition at the Goldstone, California station. The rocket launch, which had been scheduled for the western test range, has been cancelled due to range problems. The crew will continue with the photography of the Crab Nebula and three galaxies. But the rocket launch has been cancelled. We'll stand by now for a call up to the crew. CC Skylab, this is Houston through the Goldstone, Corpus Christi, Merritt Island and Bermuda. Break, break, the launch has been scrubbed. Over. PLT Roger, Bruce, we're continuing with the exposures. CC Roger, and you'll skip the part that's entitled lau _h and take up again with the T20. PLT Roger. PLT Houston, Skylah, PLT. CC Go ahead, Bill. PLT Roger, on Tango 12 field, we were just a bit late getting to attitude. We started - we waited until we were reasonably stable within degree and a half. I started so we the sequence probably last The and I maybe terminated the last it two on the pad time_ exposures of the problem. to LOS. 06:28.
sequences. CC CC Next station And we'd scrubbed give it PLT CC night. PLT CC bronze
rest of them we should have with no Okay, we copy that Bill. Skylab, this is Houston, 1 minute contact in 6 minutes through Madrid at
just like to say here even though the launch got we all appreciate you staying the extra 3 hours to the old college try for $201. Rog, Bruce, no sweat. Glad to do it. And the old silver team here says good We're going to handover to Hog, good night. On the tarnished our buddies. team which is
. This is Skylah Madrid will acquire 23 minutes Greenwich Control. Skylab in mean time. Bermuda has loss about 4-1/2 minutes. This is Skylah
PAO of signal. At 6 hours Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC874/I TIME: 00:26 12/12/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 6 hours, 26 minutes Greenwich mean time. Madrid is about to acquire Skylab. CC Skylab, Houston through Madrid for 9 minutes. SPT Roger. PAO This is Skylab Control, there's been a Flight Controller team handover in the Mission Control center. The new Flight Director is Chuck Lewis, The CAP COMM now is astronaut Henry Hartsfield. CC CDR, Houston, one thing we'd like to clean up tonight before y'all go to bed if it's okay is, on the photostatius report you listed Nikon 02 Bravo Victor 44 as 36 frames and we're not sure we copied that right. If that's correct, there was no frames counted off of it and that was the camera I think that you used for S063. CDR Okay, Hank. Stand by. I'll check it again° CC And Skylab, Houston we need one more item on the ATM close out, we need to get the S052 mirror position to camera. CC Thank you sir. CDR Yeah, you're right Hank. I read you the mechanical counters instead of the electrical. The proper frame count is 12. CC Roger, we copy thank you Jer. CDR That's a real coincidence that they happen to be the same. CC Skylab, Houston we're about 1 minute from LOS. Thank you for staying up late, we'll see you in the morning, get a good night's rest. CDR Night Hank. PAO This is Skylab Control. Madrid has loss of signal. We've said goodnight to the crew of Skylab. We'll take this line down now until crew wake-up time tomorrow at 9 a.m.. Greenwich mean time. This is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-875/I Time: 09:05 CST, 12/12/73
PAO This is Skylab Control; 15:05 Greenwich mean time. Voice relay station at Tananarive in 50 seconds, at which station the spacecraft communicator, Bob Crippen will make a wake up call to the crew. And following his practice will be preceded by music. The crew's sleeping in a little later this morning because of the late work day, yesterday, extending into this morning past midnight. Standing by for Tananarive. CC Good morning, Skylab. Houston in the blind. We're just passing over Tananarive, so we can't get a good lockup. We'll see you again at Hawaii at 15:49, 15:49. That's about 37 minutes away. And we have the dump inhibited for your upcoming 233. PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Tananarive voice relay station. That station was unsuccessful in maintaining a solid enough lockup and a strong enough signal strength with space station Skylab to effect air-to-ground voice link. Therefore, the wake up will be at Hawaii, which is a very brief pass of 2-1/2 minutes. 35 minutes from now, we'll be back at that time with the belated wake-up. At 15:14 Greenwich mean time, Skylab Control. PAO This is Skylab Control. 15:48 Greenwich mean time. Very short pass over Hawaii, and spacecraft communicator Bob Crippen will attempt again, to wakeup the crew. Tananarive voice relay station earlier this revolution, was unable to lockup on the space station with the equipment out there on the Island of Madagascar. We'll see if it works at Hawaii. CC Good morning, Skylab. We're AOS over Hawaii, and we've only got you for about 2 minutes. GNS and EGIL tell me it looks like you're awake. So I assume you got that call through Tananarive. CDR Negative. We didn't get the call, but we kind of got up by ourselves. CC Okay. Glad you had a chance to sleep in late. We had a little antenna problems trying to acquire through Tananarive where we were originally going to wake you up. And, I guess, just a brief reminder here. We've got a SOO9 set coming up at 15:54:20. And that's about all going right now. A little bit later, perhaps over Vanguard, we might talk about the upcoming trim burn. CDR Okay. CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. We'll have you over the Vanguard in about 26 minutes at 16_17, 16:17. And we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump. Can you tell us whether we managed to get in the 233 this morning?
SL-IV MC- 875/2 Time: 09:05 CST, 12/12/73 PLT good exposures. there's an awful one by.
That's affirmative, Bob. Got two very last one was executed properly, but of sunrise, as was there one on the And I'm standing
last night. The last exposure I took. I'm going to do S009, also. CC Okay, Bill. Thank you excellent. We were a little bit concerned you up, whether you got up there in time. on the ball. CC the G&N CDR affirmative? CC up will CC be when CDR CC CC 15:54:20. at
very much. That's about not having woke These guys are
And we're assuming that we will be bringing Vanguard in prep for the trim burn. And that S009 time was 16:54:20. Is that That's we' re affirm.
And, Jer, you copy. When we get to Vanguard bringing up the G&N for the trim burn? Okay. I'ii have my pad ready. Very good. Bill, in the blind, that S009 time was
PAO This is Skylab Control. The S009 referred to by CAP COMM, Bob Crippen is the SOO9 nuclear emulsion experiment, which is aimed towards studying the charge spectrum of cosmic rays. It uses sensor strips, which are stowed in the multiple docking adapter in a book fashion. At I0 o'clock Houston time, there will be a playback on the monitors in the Houston News Room and on the television line of some Skylab III television, the crew quarters deck tour and the first EVA in Skylab III. Next station in 22 minutes will be tracking ship Vanguard. At 15:55, this is Skyl ab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC876/I Time: 10:16 12/12/73
PA0 This is Skylab Control. 50 minutes 50 seconds, that is, to acquisition at tracking ship Vanguard. It's presently 16:16 Greenwich mean time. Little less than an hour away from the second trim burn for the mission, scheduled at 11:04 a.m. central time. It's a small posigrade burn in about i.i foot per second, using the service module RCS thrusters - CC dump and sorry on the time of 15:54:20? PLT there. I didn't to come up. CC - - ton, I misunderstood the S009 set. AOS Vanguard doing a data/voice recorder a number, Jer, read back to me Did you guys get it, that it was I was up for the time
Rog. I got it, Bob. I was answer you 'cause I was waiting Okay. Very good. And
if Jer is available
and also you, Bill, I guess that's because you're participating in this trim burn, might like to run through a few items if you can, please. PLT Listening. CC Okay. I guess we're blocked up and ready for you to go ahead and start Jer on powering things up. A couple of items I want to run over is of course, we are using the CSM doing the attitude hold with no M - EMP (sic) on your G&C checklist. 614 OPS and wanted to make sure that you do have the change 2 entered. PLT That's affirmative, Bob. CC Okay. And that was just that little step about tape recorder and when to do your AMF function DELTA-V. The other item was it's not very clear on the checklist and we saw it last time that there was several minutes between when standby was selected at the ATM C&D and when CMC AUTO was selected in the command module. And of course, you're in free drift anytime you go to STANDBY until that AUTO is selected. So that time should be minimized. In other words, some coordination should go in there to make sure you switch it over with the minimum amount of time and no control. time. PLT But we'll Okay. watch it. We weren't aware of any lag last
CC Okay. And there is a note at the bottom of your trim pad regarding powering up the optics to look for the OCDU failure (?) that we saw during rendezvous. The - of course, you'll be monitoring that looking for your tracker light and the one thing we did want to emphasize was that if you get a tracker light, we would like to go ahead and troubleshoot it since it had been intermittent previously. However, we don't want that in any way to interfere with your time for your trim burn. We'll come back end get it later if it's necessary.
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PLT Copied. CC Okay. And one other item. I guess we don't anticipate having to do it but the last time we did have to kill some attitude errors with the command module just to minimize - the perturbations when we turned it back over to the APCS and it looked like you had tried to use the translational hand controller and if that won't work, then CMC AUTO. So you'd have to do that with the RHC or a VERB 49. PLT Copied. CC Okay. That's all the items here that we wanted to cover and if you got any questions about it, we'd be glad to try to cover them. We still got you for about 8 more minutes. PLT That ought to about cover it, Crip. If think of anything else, why just come back. CC Okay. Very good. I guess y'all can press on with the powerup so we can look at it from the ground here. PLT Crip, we're just finishing breakfast and it may be a few minutes before we get up there. CC Skylab, Houston. We're going LOS. We'll have you at Tananarive in about 14 minutes. 16:41. PLT Rog, Crip. PAO Skylab Control. Loss of signal through tracking ship Vanguard. It's 12 minutes until final pass over voice relay station in Tananarive which the last revolution was unable to lock onto space statien Skylab with its antenna. Signal strength was too weak to use. Going back to this trim burn scheduled for 11:04 central time this morning, it's in a posigrade direction. A 16-second duration burn of the service module RCS thrusters for a total velocity increase of i.i foot per second and it drives the space station groundtrack back to where it has a repeating groundtrack every 5 days - repetative coverage. At the present time, the groundtrank has drifted about 7 to 8 miles east of the desired track. After the burn, the orbital measurements will change only slightly. Perigee will be 227.1 nautical miles and apogee, 244.7. We'll return in ii minutes for Tananarive at 16:30. This is Skylab Control. you END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC- 877/i Time: 10:40 CST, 12/12/73 PAO AOS at At any voice rate,
This relay station this will be
Tananarive in the final pass
50 seconds, hopefully. over Tananarive
for today, or at least until late evening, when the descending passes across Africa begin nudging across Tananarive. 15 seconds to predicted acquisition. Standing by. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS through Tananarive for 7 minutes. and the CDR ready CC powerup? Roger, to go. Very good. Then there's no problems in Houston. We're all powered up
CDR CC CC LOS. We'll see 17:25. 17:25.
No. Everything went just fine. That's good. Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from again in 37 minutes over Hawaii at
CC Skylab, Houston. I believe my last transmission was broken. We'11 see you again at Hawaii at 17:25 after the burn. CDR CC CDR Okay. We'll Rog. It'll be all over, but the hope there's no shouting. shouting.
PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through voice relay station Tananarive for the final time today. Next station Hawaii in 34 minutes, which will be after the burn - trim burn. Today's main activity will again be operation of the Apollo telescope mount. Joint observing programs called JOPs in space speak. 26 and 9 will be performed today. JOP 9, which is being performed over 30 day-night cycles will begin at i:00 a.m. this morning with unattended operations being directed by ground controllers while the crew was still asleep. JOP 9 is concerned with solar wind and observations will be made of the inner and outer solar corona. Data to support investigations of the rate of expansion of the various parts of the solar corona and the effects of the solar coronal expansion upon coronal structures will be collected from the white light X-ray in XUV corona experiments over the next 2 days. JOP 26 activities today, will include looking at the coronal and chromospheric structures along the quiet west limb of the Sun. During eight manned periods the ATM console today, the Skylab crewmen will take turns gathering some 4 hours and 46 minutes of data. More comet Kohoutek photography with the 35-millimeter Nikon scheduled today. Bill Pogue, earlier, at 9:40 should have then made the first set of pictures and tonight at 8:32,
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Jerry Carr will again photograph the comet with the 35-millimeter camera. The camera presently is in the STS window number 3 instead of the command module window. Following the trim burn coming up in the next few minutes, Jerry Carr will be the subject and Bill Pogue the observer for the human vestibular function Ml31 medical experiment. Purpose of which is to test the crew's susceptibility to motion sickness in the Skylab environment, to acquire more data for understanding the functions of human gravity receptors in the prolonged abscence of gravity, and to test for changes in the sensitivity of the human semicircular canals in the inner ear. The experiment uses a rotating litter chair and other associated equipment for gathering data. At 3:17 p.m. today, Carr will take ultraviolet photographs of large areas of the Milky Way, looking at young hot stars with the ultraviolet stellar astronomy experiment, SOlg, telescopic camera. Also, in the afternoon, Ed Gibson will be the subject, Bill Pogue the observer, performing the MO92, Ml71 lower body negative pressure metabolic activity dual medical experiments. Handheld photo options today include the Lynn seamount 135 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, located on the equator some 3300 nautical miles west of the Ecuadorian Coast. Another photo target option is the Alpine Fault in the Circum-Pacific Fault Zone off the coast of New Zealand. Land use patterns in west Milaysia showing the vegetation disbtribution and major drainage and geological features is another photo option for today. An active volcano called Merapi, on Java and the Indonesian Republic, is the subject of another handheld option photo for the Skylab crewmen today. Crew day will end at i0:00 p.m. central time this evening. Ed Gibson will be the dutyman for the sleep period, wearing a headset in case it's necessary to waken the crew during the scheduled sleep period. ReturningEND OF TAPE
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PAO - - the crewmen today. Crew day will end at i0:00 p.m. central time this evening. Ed Gibson will be the duty man for the sleep period, wearing a headset in case it's necessary to waken the crew during the scheduled sleep period. Returning in 29 minutes for the Hawaii pass. This is Skylab Control at 16:56 GMT. PAO This is Skylab Control. 17:24 - CC Standing by for mark status. CDR Hello, Crip. The burn went on time, no problems with it at all. I got so interested in rates I didn't monitor the optics CDU so I guess you'll have to get that off the down data tape. Everything looked real good. We spent very l_ttle time in standby and I think it only took about 2-1/2 minutes or so for it to get down below .03 degrees so we could shift control back. It took what we considered to be rather uncommonly talkback to go from barber pole to us up. We had low rates very very long time for the CMG cage gray and that's what held early. The burn itself was
smooth as glass for about the first ii seconds, when we finally got over to the edge of the deadband then we got a bunch of firings for attitude control and finished the burn with nice low rate. CC Okay. Sounds good, Jerry. Appreciate full a report. CC And, for the SPT. Ed, you got a moment to chat about your upcoming ATM OP? SPT (Garble) Bob, go ahead. CC Okay, you got a little squeal there, but I take it you can read me okay. If you noticed in this upcoming pad we've got you scheduled for a four-limb coalignment and I believe Bill Lenoir ran through with you the other day about the every time we do a four-limb coalignment we've been seeing a wider discrepancy between the 823 and the fine Sun sensor and it's all in the left/right axis going to the left. Consequently today what we'd like to do is to do the four-llmb coalign on the secondary fine Sun sensor to - as a matter of comparison. And if you've got your pad handy and you've got a pencil and paper I'd like to tell you about how we'd like to go through about switching. SPT Go ahead, Bob. Ready to copy. CC Okay. Following the JOP 9, what we would like you to do is to select SOLAR INERTIAL MODE and then select SECONDARY fine SUN SENSOR and then open the fine Sun sensor door and then go back to experiment pointing and then press on with your pad. that
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CC I can run through that again slower if you'd like to. All we're doing is trying to get out of experiment pointing so that we don't get a transient in when we switch fine Sun sensors. SPT I got it Bob. We go to SI and go to SECONDARY fine SUN SENSOR open the fine sun sensor door go to experiment pointing and then press on. How about at the end of the orbit. You want us to go back to the prime (?). CC No. We want to remain on secondary with that four-limb eoalignment and we'll look at that data and make a decision later as to what else we want to do about it. A point I probably should bring up, it is quite possible that when you go on to the SECONDARY fi_e SUN SENSOR, at first you are gonna have to zero the wedges and it's quite possible you might be on the back side of them. Are you famaliar with that little ditty where you might have to straighten them out? SPT Yeah. That just involves driving it through Sun center. CC That's affirmative, and if they are on the back side it could mean that the thing is actually gonna be moving in the opposite direction from your MPC and it would mean you would have to take it all the way around. SPT Yeah. You just hold the MPC full over until when it goes through Sun center then it comes up if you move away from Sun center. I've seen that in the simulator. CC Okay. Very good. SPT (Garble) thank you, Bob. CC And, Skylab, Houston. I guess, Ed, for you. If you're up at the panel, we did not give you the numbers to put in for reenabling rate gyro redundancy management and if somebody's got the ATM systems checklist and data book page 2-22 handy I can give that so you can go ahead and reenable it. SPT CC SPT CC page 2-22 about it has a series Give me 5 seconds, Bob. Okay. Okay, go ahead. Okay, Ed. If you - are you looking at three/quarters of the way down the page DAS commands for last five of them them, every (garble). That
having blanks in the left not the last five of other one has a blank in it where it says enable That should be a 4 in each one of those blocks. is a 5 Let SPT me check with
Yeah, that's what I've written in here. Bill and see what he put in. Hold on.
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SPT Oh. Okay, I'ii go - how about this maneuver time? CC We can' t see maneuver time so we' re not sure about it and - uh - and Ed, see you putting the DAS commands in. If you could also reenable dumps for us we would appreciate it. PLT Crip, would you verify my experiment i recorder is running? CC It is verified running, Bill. PLT Thank you. SPT Okay, Crip. The rate gyro redundancy management is set up and you got the dump enabled. CC Okay, we copy all that down here. Very good. Thank you, Ed. SPT Thank you, Bob. One thing we also added is a writein to - 2-22, is where it says about the center of the page (garble) are left in .03 we also have written in and momentum talkback changes from cage to gray. CC Copy. SPT That of course is applied to the previous step but we wanted to make it more explicit. CC Roger, that. Okay, and don't know which one of those is necessa_:ily gonna take longer, I guess, from what Jerry implied that it took a long time to get the talkback to go back to gray today. It wouldn't hurt to even let the rates get below that .03 a little bit, too. SPT Yeah, we did that. We got about lower (?) magnitude below that. They were - I think the highest one was .004. CC Okay, very good. SPT If you'd like to go ahead and change that number, we could do it, it's very feasible to get the number to meet the factor of 5 lower, maybe 10. CC Okay, Ed. We'll look into possibly giving you a checklist changeup on that number. CC Skylab, Houston. We're I minute from LOS. We'll see you again over the Vanguard in 22 minutes at 17:55. 17:55 and we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump there. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC879/i Time: 11:34 12/12/73
PAO This is Skylab Control. Loss of signal through Hawaii. The thruster firings mentioned during this pass took place during the trim burn or space station attitude control were not TACS firings of nitrogen gas, but attitude thruster firings in the service module RCS system to maintain attitude for the duration of the burn and apparently the onset of the drift away from the attitude took place about ii seconds into the 16-second burn. Some 22 pounds of RCS propellant were expected or predicted to be used for the trim burn and initial data which still has to be refined as the propellant temperatures settle down, show that approximately 31 pounds which may be somewhat less by the time the data's refined. 31 pounds of RCS propellant were actnally used for the trim burn itself and for the attitude control during the burn. 17 minutes until next station at tracking ship Vanguard. At 17:36 GMT, Skylab Control. PAO This is Skylab Control. 17:54 GMT and 50 seconds from acquisition through tracking ship Vanguard of space station Skylab during the end of its revolution number 3062 around the Earth since launch last May. After Vanguard, the next station will be Hawaii. The groundtrack will miss all other stations. So it'll be about three-quarters of a revolution out of contact. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Vanguard for 9-1/2 minutes. And we are doing a data/voice recorder dump here. CC SPT, Houston. Ed, we're looking at a left count. It's minus 2500 which would almost look like you' re back check that? do it on the backside of the wedge there. Did you
SPT No, I didn't get the LEFT/RIGHT, Bob. I'll now. (Garble) UP/DOWN. Excuse me the LEFT/RIGHT. SPT Yeah, Bob. I got busy working the UP/DOWN and hadn't looked at IEFT/RIGHT yet. They're both squared away. CC Okay. Looks good to us down here now, Ed. CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. Next AOS is 59 minutes away over Hawaii at 19:03 and got that one scheduled for Bill to come in and talk to you, Ed. CC Ed, as we go over the hill, since you're a little bit behind, we do want to get that four-limb coaligned in if we can and forget about the 82B exposures if you get behind. PAO This is Skylab Control. LOS through tracking ship Vanguard. 57 minutes to Hawaii. Final Hawaii pass coming up at which time the ATM conference is scheduled between Science Pilot Ed Gibson aboard Skylab space station and here in Mission Control, with Scientist/Astronaut Bill Lenoir, Dr. Bill Lenoir. We'll return at that time in 56 minutes. At 18:06 GMT, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control; 19:02 Greenwich mean time. Acquisition at Hawaii in about 36 seconds. Final Hawaii pass and during this pass the - MCC - if you're ready, Ed. SPT Okay, Bill. You're a bit broken up, but go ahead. MCC Okay. I'd like to start off here in a little different tack this morning. First thing I'd like to talk about is the conference usefulness as we have been holding it. And tell you about a one slight change here that I'd like to make in the way we're going. Over the past few days, I've been thinking about the conference and how it's been getting along here. And it seemed to me in a couple areas here I've really failed to get at some of the things we wanted to get at. One of the changes that I propose doing here is the first thing of today's conference and several of the next few here. What I'd like to do first is to tell you the sense of the planning meeting that went on the day before, that went into the Flight Plan and the ATM schedule that you will be using that day. Usually these conferences will be in the morning so it'll make more sense. Then I'd like for you to give me inputs that you would like me to make on your behalf to th e planning session. For instance, good science that you think we ought to be doing on the Sun as you see it from your vantage point. And in addition to that, every Wednesday and Sunday, if you've got any long term things, we go through a regular 7-day forecast. So, that tomorrow morning when I call and talk to you, I'll tell you the thinking that went into the schedule you have for that day. And maybe you will have had a chance to do some thinking on your part. And I will make some inputs into that day's planning session which starts at about noon every day 18:00 Zulu, as to what you think we ought to be doing. And we'll throw it up on the board along with everybody elses inputs by discipline and see what happens. Do you have any other thoughts? SPT No. I think you've got some good ideas there. I've been thinking a little bit about it, also, and I find that from my standpoint, if we could move this thing to about midmorning, or at least after the first ATM pass, it would have given me time to look at the Sun and to be thinking a little bit about what is really happening. As it is right now, I can pretty much get my feet on the deck and come roaring up here. And already am not as fully prepared and mentally awake for it as I would like to be. So, I would like to see if we could move this thing back a little bit further in the morning. I don't want to move
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it back so far that it would not be making 12 o'clock planning session, however. MCC Okay. Fine, Ed. We'll give that a try. Incidentally, this morning, the reason that - I should say this afternoon, the reason it's so late, we had an opportunity I:o do it about midmorning, but it would have knocked you out of an ATM pass and given it on to Jerry. And I did'not want to do that. I chose to hold it now, rather than earlier. SPT Okay. MCC Okay. Just some quick thoughts on what went into today's plan here. I think it's fairly obvious that what we're trying to do is to study the quiet Sun in such a fashion that 82B gets good science and uses lots of film at the same time. The JOP 26 is a JOP that we amended last night, in order to accommodate this small lens scan_ microlens scan, whatever you want to call it to look at the chromospheric structure on the quiet west limb. And Jerry will be starting that later on in the orbit that he's in right now. And I think Jerry and Bill will pick up two more instances later on in the day. And then finally, on your next orbit 55 will be looking for velocities in active region 96. And SPT Okay. MCC You might make sure you did put in the change to JOP 26 that came up this morning. SPT I certainly did, and I have a couple of questions along that line which I'll get inot when you've got a few moments I'd like to talk about it. MCC Okay. We've got 3-1/2 minutes left. Why don't you go ahead with that. And also if you've got any inputs you'd like me to take back to the planning meeting that's still going on, I'd be more than happy to do it. SPT Okay. I think what we're doing right now is pretty much it. There's not a heck of a lot in the way of activity.on the Sun, and we might as well be concentrating either on either spicules which we have or chromospheric structure chromospheric spectra, which determine what you're lining up for chromospheric net work. And I noticed we have not been doing much chromospheric network, and I'm wondering whether they have gotten an update on the previous two missions from it. I wontt ask for a response to that one right now, however. The four-limb coalignment came out pretty well. I got it done this past orbit. One thing that I did notice that in going back through all the information for all the previous aligeents I find that Sun is not the same diameter up/down as it is left/right.
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Today the diameter in left/right. And we've seen before. get only a chance got one Now, to to of get them
came itts That
out to be 1950 in up/down and 1968 not greatly different than what I donVt understand. I did not exposures will pick for a always in at those the limb. up later to or be I on towith
the 82B in. I out have
we call limb, I
slit parallel, taken that
the slit as we actually see it, as opposed to the up/down equals 000, but it does call out in the JOP summary sheet, they have the up/down, in the four zeros. And I think we are not getting the data we wanted. I don't think the slit is always tangent to the llmb. Why that is true is still yet to be found out but if we're really looking at the real slit in the real limbin the white light display I feel that's what we ought to go with. MCC Yeah. I concur with that. SPT Okay. got solar north available to work with that rather keep our thinking straight on the disk. Thirdly is relatively long transient A second point. Now that to us, where possible, I'd than 1080. I think it helps as far as where the flares the 52 coronal coverage of restructure the we've like to are
transient, thatwe saw
last night, in looking back at the pictures and thinking about it_ it looks as though the streamer at 8 o'clock had a fair amount of material throwing out from it. And especially all the material which wasn't the base of an open streamer was throwing out and realize that they were relatively straight and very little material was left going to the disk now. I think we did get some good coverage on it. Yesterday, we gave a lot of quickie building blocks whenever we could, beginning in this orbit and a couple - and other times also. MCC Okay, Ed. Break here for just a minute. got about 40 seconds to LOS. Vanguard is next at and that's in about 25 minutes. Now go ahead. SPT Okay. I think we need a fairly quick response on - seeing as Jerry's going to be doing it very soon
is, do we want to put the slit tangent to the limb or do/wn to four zeros. I prefer the former and I think that's the we'll go unless we hear different. MCC Okay. I concur with that. Unless we tell you differently do what you see on the TV with the slit and take whatever up/down you get. is SPT for planning. I'm Okay. And not seeing I guess the second much chromospheric question network
work and I was wondering why if they feel they've already previous missions.
that was true? gotten adequate
I'm not coverage
asking for on the
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MCC Okay fine. I'll make that input. And the NOAA people thank you very much for your description of the southeast limb streamer from last night. And I'll talk to you tomorrow. SPT Very good. Thank you, Bill. Getting more useful all the time, keep up the good work. MCC Okay. We keep trying. PAO This is Skylab Control. LOS Hawaii. And the ATM conference between Scientist Astronaut Bill Lenoir and Science Pilot Ed Gibson, aboard space station Skylab. We'll return in 22 minutes for the tracking ship Vanguard. At 19:11 GMT, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC-881/I Time: 13:32 CST 12/12/73
PAO This is Skylab Control. 19:32 Greenwich mean time. Tracking ship Vanguard will acquire space station Skylab within about 45 seconds. And after a 4-minute gap, the space station will come across Ascension Island tracking station. We'll stay up live for both passes. Standing by in 20 minutes - 20 seconds from AOS at Vanguard. Skylab Control. CC Skylab, Houston. We're A0S Vanguard for 9-i/2 minutes. SPT Houston, SPT. CC Go, SPT. SPT Hey, Crip. I'm sorry, maybe I've been inattentive and I didn't hear it but, I never did get your response yesterday about the appearance of moth eggs, when they go into diapause. CC Okay. I've just been waiting for appropriate time to come back with you on that. It so happens there are two vials of 500 eggs each. One labeled tame and one labeled wild. Diapause refers to the hibernation (laugh) SPT Stay cool, Crip. CC I knew I couldn't do it. SPT I knew I could only get you once though. CC I think that's at least two times. Actually diapause refers to the hi - (laugh) - if I could get Procedures to quit laughing over here - hibernation cycle of the larvae and the egg which lasts 6 to 9 months, normally. Upon hatching (chuckle, chuckle) - I can't believe it (chuckle). SPT You want to save it for Bruce, Crip? CC I just hate to read it during your lunch (chuckle). Actually when the larvae hatch, they're about 3 millimeters long (laugh) and are pure white (laugh) and hairy. SPT Go ahead, Crip, we're all ears. CC White thinks I need help. CC Well, I'll take biomed's word. He says they're 3 millimeters long and appear white and hairy. He says they're primarily veget - vegetarian so I don't guess you guys have got any worry, but they may eat the remaining eggs. And since we've got no food for those larvae they are gonna die at - die shortly. Now in the wild vial there may be eggs of other insects so you might have to watch out for that, such as wasp (chuckle). Since those eggs were gathered in the field rather than grown in the laboratory. Lots of luck. SPT Hey, Crip. Would you repeat all after the first vial contains? SPT seriously, we were Thanks, Crip. We got it. We really would interested in knowing because we've been -
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staring at these fellows for a long time now and trying to figure out what we should be looking for. We have not noticed any change or seen any - any hatching at all. We'll keep an eye on them. CC Okay, Ed. Actually, to be a little bit serious, the time between diapauae and hatching is a very short period of time so actually since you're not staring at them for every moment, at least I assume that you' re not, you probably are not going to see the diapause phase that the first thing that you should notice is the little larvae crawling around there amongst the copper eggs, I guess, and since they're white and hairy they should really stand out. CC And, Ed, one other item I ought to mention. There was a comment earlier about the time that it took this morning for the CAGE flag to go from CAGE shouldhave been 160 seconds. Now, I know estimate, but it should be a standard time nominal H CAGE for it to stay in CAGE for SPT No, Crip. I think it seconds. We were up here watching it and a flag 160 seconds seems like a long time. it, however. CC About as long as when huh? SPT Crip, I hate to keep did say if you could see diapause before did you indicate that you could actually larvae came out? to gray and that it's kinda hard to anytime you do a 160 seconds. probably was 160 when you stare at We did not time you stare at vials, you
pressing you but, the hatching, or see it before the
CC I guess what we' re getting down here is is that, no, we don't - That's going to be a very short period of time and we don't think that you're really gonna be able to catch any of that so - You know, it's on the order of minutes. We really think that the first thing that you'll be able to see is the hatching. in SPT there. Thank you, Crip. Appreciate your hanging
CC CC listening, and that's CDR CC We'll see 19:49. there
Anything for you guys. One item for the CDR, if he happens to be we've got his phone call set up tonight at 00:48 going to be over the Canary/Madrid pass. Thank you, Crip. Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. you again in about 6-1/2 minutes over Ascension at We'll be in regard doing a data/voice to the 82B exposures recorder dump you missed earlier
19:49. and, Ed,
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today. That had been a set of exposures so there's really no place for you to go back and pick them up and you can just forget them and we'll reschedule them. SPT impression that they Crip, - okay. I was were trying to learn it was my a little bit about
where their slit looks relative to the white light limb and that kind of thing. If there're some very short exposures, I can whistle on over to the right la - the right limb and pick that up, heck, inside 3 or 4 minutes. CC SPT END OF TAPE Talk to you Thank you. about it over Ascension.
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PAO Skylab Control. Space station Skylab in a gap now between the Vanguard tracking ship and acquisition upcoming in 4 minutes through Ascension Island. Spacecraft Communicator Bob Crippen had sligkt difficulty keeping his composure there in describing to the Skylab IV crew what the moth eggs ought to look like in their various stages of hibernation and hatching, reading from a description passed to him by the biomed people. The Science Pilot Ed gGibson is supposed to routinely check the vials of moth eggs each night to see if there's any apparent change in their condition and progress from one stage to another. 3 minutes away from Ascension Island. We'll stay up for this short LOS period and be ready for Ascension. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Ascension, 6-1/2 minutes and we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump here. CC And Ed, regarding our previous discussion on the age Of the exposures on the limb, the feeling here is that it would be kind of crowded to - to put them today. We anticipate probably having to do another four-limb coalign maybe tomorrow or the day after and we can reschedule the 82B exposures at that time. So we just a as soon you forget about them today and we'll get them later. SPT Okay. Thank you, Crip. Certainly will do. If anyone's got some thoughts on that four-limb coalignment, and the problems or unanswered questions we have, I'd appreciate hearing from them. CC I don't believe we've got a good explanation for it right now. We're still monitoring it, ourselves. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll have you again over Guam in 37 minutes at 20:33, 20:33. PAO This is Skylab Control. LOS Ascension Island. Next station in 35 minutes, tracking station on Guam Island. The charger battery regulator modules, CBRMs, now showing a 97.3 percent state of charge. Apparently the electrical system in the space station is performing in good form. We'll be back in 34 minutes for Guam. At 19:58 Greenwich mean time, Skyl ab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 20 hours 32 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab approaching acquisition through the Guam tracking station. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Guam, 6 minutes. SPT Roger_ Crip. Have you looked at the tapes yet to see how the LCDS went? CC I don't believe we've got that data, Ed, yet. SPT Okay. CC We'll look at it as soon as we get a chance. guard dump. CC in SPT CC SPT 33 minutes you Skylab, Houston. i minute to LOS. Vanat 21:11, 21:11. Crip, I see you haven't inhibited momentum like me to do that from here? Yes, Ed. I'd appreciate it if you would. It's inhibited.
CC Thank you, sir. That's (laughter. CC That's worth at least one atta boy for yQu. SPT I'm trying to get back up to ground zero. CC You're doing okay. (garble) ball point. PAO This is Skylab Control. Guam has loss of signal. Skylab will be within range of the Vanguard tracking ship in 30-1/2 minutes. At 20 hours 40 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 21 hours l0 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is less than a minute away from acquisition through the Vanguard tracking ship. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Vanguard ii minutes. CDR Roger, Houston. SPT Houston, SPT. CC Go Edward. SPT Okay, Crip. I'm just finishing up the building block 19 here. (Garble) right on schedule I was looking at the XUV monitor and noticed that the activation coming around the corner which is 97 is now the brightest one on the disk. The one which we're working on 96 is relatively bright, but looks like a fairly old agent in the chromosphere network is right up to around one arc minute on the center of it and let's you know it's pretty washed out. Before (garble) the one that's coming around the corner and the (garble) the corona and that streamer which blew off yesterday or the material which moved out through it (garble) stretched it out so that there's only a very faint streamer left. One at 8 and one at i0, almost identical to one another. And the one over there at 230 still remains fairly wide going from around 3 to 2 and it climbs slightly to the north. No evidence of a transient right now. CC Okay, Ed. Thank you. That's a good run down on it. CC Ed, while you're there and looking at the TVs. Could I ask you a question that we've been trying to go over some of the data from the stability test you ran for us the other day. Can you tell us have you ever seen any clocking between the H-alpha reticles in the electronic cross hairs? Like rotation? SPT I believe there may be a slight amount. I think we knew about that before we went though. Hold on, let me take a look again. CC And, Ed, the consensus here seems to be that the effect of seeing 97 brighter than 96 is probably attributable to limb brightening, also data on it indicates that they're probably both about the same brightness and we did see the same effect, I guess, when 96 was coming around the limb. SPT Yeah, thank you, Crip. I was just thinking after I sent it. We just find the site. Thank you. SPT Right now, I cannot see any elogging. The reticles themselves are not you know they both appear straight that is, electronic and mechanical. They don't exactly lie that
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along one another. There's a little waviness in there, but I can't see any evidence of blocking, in either H-alpha 1 or H-alpha 2. CC Okay. The reason I asked the question. It would almost appear from some of the data that we had a bias off of about oh - 4 to 8 degrees on those maneuvers that you were doing the other day and we're still looking at that. SPT Crip, I'm afraid I didn't follow you on the - how you arrived at that biasing from the maneuvers. Which maneuvers in particular? CC The little series of maneuvers you did while you were looking at Mercury. In moving it around, the fact that it didn't end up in the exact spot that you were trying to maneuver it to, we can almost account for the differences in all cases by a slight roll of about oh - 4 degrees or 6 or depending on who you're talking to. And, the fact that the maneuvers always ended up going a little bit further than what you desired. SPT Okay. The clocking may be in the caronagraph itself then and not in the H-alpha. CC Now, we're still just looking at it in time in prep for the 18-Delta that's coming up. SPT What is the intensity of Kohoutek relative to Mercury and should we be able to see it. I think there's some information there when - at what point we're able to see Mercury relative to the occulting disk. I think we can probably extrapolate from that. CC I'ii try to get you some d_ta back on that, Ed. SPT CC we'll see 21:25. END OF Thank you. Skylab, Houston at Ascension in we're about I minute 3 minutes from LOS, at 21:25,
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PAO This is Skylab Control. Vanguard has loss of signal. Ascension will pick up Skylab in about a minute and a half. Wetll keep the line up and monitor. In the Ascension pass there's overlapping coverage through Canaries and Madrid. SPT Okay. CC Skylab, Houston we're back with you through Ascension for 9-1/2 minutes. And Ed, in answer to your previous question regarding the br - relative brightness between Mercury and Kohoutek. Kohoutek is currently somewhere between fourth and fifth magnitude, should be getting closer to the plus 4 by the time we do 18D. Mercury when you looked at it was minus .5, so that's at least a factor of a hundred. Lots of luck. SPT Yeah, okay, thank you Bob. How - we were able to notice - we were able to observe Mercury when it came out from behind the occulting disk and I don't recall the exact deminsions but the filter does have an ap -app - on appreciable radio gradient in it of about a fact of a hundred. So, we're not quite that bad off, and if we might - it might be on the border line. CC Rog. SPT That's if we're enable to initially place it right on the outside of the white light coronography display, I hope that's what they're shooting for, putting right close to the edge. CC Well, where you saw Mercury end up with just about where they were shooting for, and that's relatively - the relative position they're aiming for right now. SPT Yeah, okay, that was pretty good. They might want to look into see where they can move on in any further or whether you buy much in terms of the gradient in that filter. Trade that off versus the certainyy you're getting there. CC Well, I think we maybe a little bit-concern that - we might miss it a little bit and have it end up out of the field of view. SPT Okay, understand. CC Skylab, Houston, we're going to drop out here in about i minute, and we'll have you again in about 2 minutes over Canary. CC Skylab, Houston we are back with you. We have you for about 6-1/2 minutes. And all of your Flight Plans are on board. CC moment to chat? He's right in the middle of a S019, Okay, sorry about that, Bill, I can you got a moment, talk to you. Crip. go PLT CC ahead and Skylab, Houston, CDR, you - you got a
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PLT Go ahead. CC Okay, I guess - l'm sure you're probably concerned about this too, the little problem we had with the 190A filters not being installed. We_ve been doing an evaluation of that to see exactly what it means, in - in terms of sites and what was affected. As it turns out after investigating, fairly thorougly, we found out that we_ve got 6 mandatory sites which we're going to have to repeat and 5 sites for sensor performance data. And we can pick all[ of those up with no problem. PLT Oh, that's very nice to here Crip, I'm really sorry about that. CC Yeah, but - as it turns out it doesntt look like it going to be that big of an impact at all. PLT Thank you very much takes a terrific load off of my mind. CC Roger, that. END OF TAPE
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PAO Skylab, Houston we're i minute from LOS. Next site is Guam in 26 minutes at 22:09, 22:09 where we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump. And by that team - by that time the next team should be on which is the big silver team, and crimson guys are going off. SPT So long to the Crimson Crippens. SPT Thanks for all that good information on the moth eggs, Crip° CC That's why l'm crimson. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab is out of range Madrid. The next station will be Guam in 25 minutes. Flight Director, Don Puddy has scheduled his change of shift news conference for 4:30 p.m. central standard time, in the news center briefing room, 4:30 p.m. central standard time for the change of shift news conference with Flight Director, Don Puddy. At 21 hours 44 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. ENDOF TAPE
SL-IV MC887/I TIME: 16:07 12/11/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours 7 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is approaching acquisition through Gaum. PAO The Flight Director now is Neil Hutchinson, the CAP COMM astronaut, Bruce McCandless. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Guam for i0 minutes with the data/voice tape recorder dump, out. CC Skylab, this is Houston i minute to LOS, next station contact in 31 minutes through the Vanguard at 21:48, out. Make that 22:48. PLT Roger. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylah is out of the Guam station's range now. The next station will be the Vanguard tracking ship in 29-1/2 minutes. The change-of-shift news conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. central standard time, about i0 minutes from now in the building 1 briefing room. Participants will be off-going Flight Director Donald Puddy, and his guidance and navigation assistance officer, Terry White. Beginning tonight, the Skylab crew will be giving mission control a shorter daily status report, and a report that should be easier f0r everyone to understand. Every night for nearly 4 weeks, the astronauts have listed a long series of individual exercises, with tape recorders in Mission Control used to capture the details of the crew members' physical training program. But tonight's status report should be much shorter. Instead of listing each exercise, the number of repetitions, and the amount of time spent using isometrics or any of five exercise devices now aboard the space station, the crew will refer to a standard exercise program. The new exercise program, tailored to the needs and desires of each crewman, will be more strenuous than the actual exercises reported during the past weeks. Flight Surgeon Doctor Charles Ross says the standardized exercises reflect a higher level of work, but seem to be the goal toward which the crew has been striving during their 26 days in orbit. Earlier this week, Skylab medical operations Director Doctor Royce Hawkins said the third Skylab crew was working at a level higher than either previous Skylab crew. Even before setting the new levels of their standardized exercise programs, the Commander, Jerry Cart, and the Pilot, Bill Pogue, were matching the output standard reached by Jack Lousma. Lousma, the pilot of the second manned flight, and a former University of Michigan football player, exercised more virgorously than any of the five other astronauts who have lived and worked aboard Skylab during the first two flights. While Carr and Pogue are at least equaling Lousma's efforts, the Science Pilot, Ed Gibson, is far exceeding them. At recent performance levels, Gibson is doing about 80 percent more than Lousma, Carr, and Pogue. The new standard program, says Doctor Ross, will set a new level. Here's a rundown on the daily exercise program
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today. Jerry Carr will spend 30 minutes bicycling, producing enough energy to cook a modest lunch of soup, eggs, hot dogs, and a small dessert with a microwave oven. Put to work to solve another portion bicycling with carry across the flat land of the energy crisis, Carr's daily would carry him more than 30 miles of the Houston area. In addition to
his 5000 watt-minute bicycling, Carr will spend i0 minutes each day using the Mark I rope-pull exerciser, which provides continuing - continous tension and retracts automatically. The Mark I is a modified version of the commercially available "mini-gym". Carr will make 20 repetitions each of four exercises, knee bends, behind-the-head triceps developers, waist and trunk developers, and a combination of lifts. For 6 minutes daily, Carr uses the springs - making 20 repetitions each of an over-the-head stretch that broadens the upper back, a behind-the-back stretch for the arms and shoulders, and a stretch like that used by archers. Using the teflon treadmill developed by Scientist Astronaut Bill Thornton for the Skylab crew, Carr will walk vigorously for i0 minutes, run for a minute, then do 300 quick, short springs, and 200 rises on his toes. The springs and rises are made against the force of the elastic cords that hold the astronaut against the slick surface of the treadmill. Carr will also do a set of isometric exercises know as the Hordinsky special, named for another of the Flight Surgeons, Doctor Jerry Hordinsky. In the Hordinsky special Carr pushes his legs apart against stationary blocks; then pushes them together with a solid object between his feet. Bill Pogue will perform many of the same exercises, but with higher work levels for several of them. On the bike, Pogue will ride 35 minutes doing 20 percent more work than Jerry Carr. And in just 8 minutes with the Mark I rope device, Pogue will repeat his four selected exercises 50 times each. The pilot has 6 exercises with the multiple spring exerciser making 20 repetitions each in a i0 minute period. In addition to the isometrics suggested by the crew physician Jerry Hordinsky, Pogue will take a 10-minute walk on the treadmill, sometimes known as Thornton's revenge also know as Thorton's plow and he'll also do 75 toe rises and i00 springs. The exercise program for the Science Pilot Ed Gibson, is the most strenuous, say the doctors, but it involves only four exercises. Gibson will bicycle for 40 minutes, generating 8337 watt-minutes 40 percent more than Pogue, and two-thirds again as much as Carr. With the Mark I rope exerciser, the science pilot will do 100 full lifts beginning with his knees bent and stretching to puIl the handle over his head.
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are alotted for the mini-gym use. With the Gibson will be doing a full thousand springs He'll then use the treadmill for a series
teflon over of 200
toe rises. The standardized exercise program shoud shorten evening status reports by nearly half. Only variations from the planned series are to be reported during the more than 8 weeks the crew may remain in space. So far, the exercise program has kept the crew in excellent condition with no medical problems and even though the crew is about to bypass the space record set less than 6 months ago by Pete Conrad and the first Skylab astronauts. The 28 day, 49 minute, 49 seconds the original Skylab crew spent aboard the space station has then a new mark for Man's longest stay in orbit. That since broken record will be passed by Carr, Gibson, and Pogue at 8:51 a.m. central standard time on Friday. At 22 hours, 27 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours Greenwich mean time. Skylab completed the pass over the tracking ship Vanguard shortly before the end of the changeof-shift news conference. And is now about 8 minutes away from acquisition through Canary Islands. We taped 3 minutes of eonverstaion at Vanguard and we'll play that now. CC Skylab, this is Houston through the Vanguard for 9-1/2 minutes. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston. For the CDR, looking at the S055 telemetry, we show that detector 1 is off and we're wondering if that tripped off or if you've turned it off. And are you running per the schedule pad or - are you doing something additional for us? Over. CDR Did you copy Houston. CC Negative, Jerry, we did not. CDR Okay, that was inadvertent on that detector i, I got it on now. What happened is I located a spray on the limb just up above the area where I was doing a JOP 26, and I got some time left over here now after the completion of my work. I'm running a shopping list number 3 on it. I've taken a 82B frame, 240 short, and zero offset, l'm now at a plus 2 offset. I thought I'd try again at a plus 6 offset. CC Beautiful, sounds great to us. Thank you. CDR This spray extends above the spicule height in this area about oh, 1-1/2 times the height of the spicules. CC Okay, we copy that Jer. CC CDR, Houston, we'd like to get an SO82A, short wave length, 40 second long time exposure if you would please? CDR The only problem is we're down below 400 K now. Thank to CC you. CDR i minute CC Okay, Roger, seconds. Roger, I had Jerry, to disregard the that. last 82B up
minute Canary of 23 END
Roger, we copy. And we have about 1 to LOS. Next station contact in 11-1/2 minutes through Island at 23:09. Out. PAO This is Skylab Control. That's the end the tape. Canary will acquire Skylab in 5 minutes. At hours 3 minutes Greenwich mean time, This is Skylab Control. OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours and 7 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is about 50 seconds away from acquisition at the Canary Island station. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Canary Island and Madrid for 13-1/2 minutes, out. CC Skylab, this is Houston 1 and 1/2 minutes to LOS, next station contact in 36 minutes through Honeysuckle Creek at 23:57, out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Madrid has loss of signal. The next station for Skylab will be Honeysuckle in 33-1/2 minutes. At 23 hours, 23 minutes, Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours, 56 minutes Greenwich mean time. Honeysuckle is about to acquire Skylab. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Honeysuckle Creek for 7 minutes with the data/voice tape recorder dump. And CDR private comm coming up next station contact at Canary Island, that's 00:48, out. CDR Roger, Bruce, thank you. CC Skylah, this is Houston i minute till LOS, next station contact in 39 delay that - in 44 minutes through Canary Island, at 00:48, out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab is passed out of range of the Honeysuckle station. Quiet pass. Bill Pogue at the Apollo telescope mount console. We're in the time period set aside for Jerry Carr and Ed Gibson to do their exercises. The next station will be Canary Islands in 47 minutes. At 5 minutes passed midnight, Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 0 hours 46 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab coming up on acquisition through Canaries, and on this pass will carry through the Madrid station. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Canary Island and Madrid for 12 minutes. CDR private phone call left antenna on VHF, out. CC Skylab, this is Houston. 30 seconds to LOS, next station contact in 27 minutes through Carnarvon at 01:27, see you there, out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab is beyond the range of the Madrid station now. Acquisition at Carnarvon in 26 minutes. At i hour 0 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at i hour 25 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab about to be acquired at the Carnarvon station. And there is overlapping coverage through Honeysuckle. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Carnarvon for 8-1/2 minutes. We'll be dumping the data/voice tape recorder at Honeysuckle on the tail end of this overlapping pass. Out. PAO This is Skylab Control. This is dinner time for the crew in Skylab. CC Skylab this is Houston coming to you through Honeysuckle Creek with the data/voice tape recorders dump, out. CDR This is Houston, CDR. CC Go ahead CDR. that 6:04 CDR we might something CC Roger, in my phone call my wife mentioned be visible over Houston tomorrow morning about like that. Would you check that out? We will indeed. Okay. You wanna turn your lights on or something? Yeah, we thought we would wave or And Skylab, we've taken control of the
CDR CC CDR something. CC VTR to dump same. CDR CC LOS, next station Island at 02:14. by
Roger. Skylab, this is Houston, 30 seconds contact in 34 minutes through Merritt Out.
CC And at Merritt Island we'll be standing for the evening status report. CC Also, we're working on the verification of the time you gave us as being the time of closes approach to Houston. We'll get back to you as soon as we get the word on it. CDR Thank you_ Bruce. PAO This is Skylab Control, Honeysuckle has loss of signal. Skylab will next be acquired by the Merritt Island, Flordia station in 33 minutes. At i hour 41 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 13 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab coming up on acquisition through Merritt Island. The evening status report will be given during this pass. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Merritt Island and Bermuda. Standing by for the evening status report. And we're with you for 11-1/2 minutes. Over. CDR Roger Bruce. Be right with you. CDR Okay. You ready to copy? CC Let her rip. CDR Okay. Sleep: CDR, 8.0, 6/heavy, 2/light; SPT, 8.0, 8.0/heavy; PLT, 8.0, 7/heavy, i/light. Volume: CDR, 2250; SPT, 1500; PLT, 1850. Water gun: CDR, 7298; SPT 2531; PLT, 8691. Body mass: CDR, 2.9 - correction, 6.307, 6.307, 6.308; SPT, 6.365, 6.366, 6.364; PLT, 6.242, 6.240, 6.234. Exercise: CDR, standard routine, with the exception of his method Alfa, minus 2 minutes; SPT, no change; PLT, no change. Medications: CDR, SPT, and PLT, none. Garments discarded: CDR, one pair of socks; SPT, one pair of shorts, one T-shirt; PLT, none. Food log: CDR, zero salt, plus one cherry drink, plus 1.0 water; SPT, 9.0 salt, plus one tea, zero water; PLT, zero salt, plus one cherry drink, minus i ounce of water. Okay, Flight Plan deviations: none. Shopping list accomplishments: none. Inoperable equipment disposition: the S183 i-i carrousel has been checked out and restowed. Unscheduled stowage: none. Photo log: no 16-millimeter DAC used today; Nikon 01, Charlie X-ray, 36, 30; Nikon 2, no change; Nikons 3 and 4, no change; Nikon 5, Bravo Hotel 04, 42; 70-millimeter, Charlie X-ray 17, 032; ETC, no change; EREP, no change. Drawer A configuration: no change. That's it. CC Okay, Jerry. We copy all that, and does the Nikon 05 include allowance for the $233 stuff coming up here shortly? CDR CC ister i-i PLT That's affirmative. All righty, and on S183 in the mal, is canservicable now? I can't really tell Bruce. I went through
the procedure, however I found it extremely difficult to rotate the small gear down below with my finger. So I took some pinpliers to reach down in there, and it moved quite easily with the pliers. I aligned it and I will put the rest of that information on tape. The drilled hole was 45 degrees to counterclockwise from the 12 o'clock position using the hatch opening in it's 12 o'clock position reference. I did everything it said, and it just remains to be seen whether or not it will function. CC Okay. Thank you very much Bill. Sounds like you did a very fine job of checking it out there. Now, for the
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evening questions. We have one here that concerns television operations and planning in the future. On the second time that you run through JOP 18, which is 5 days from now on excuse me - on day 33, we would like you to set up the color camera to watch you make the observations. You would use the video select switch to go from the color camera to ATM video after the comet is in view, which is essentially what Ed did on TV 28 a few days ago. The voice we'd be looking for would not be planned narration, but just some conversation about what you're doing. How does that sound to you all? SPT Sounds all right for the second time through Bruce. CC Okaydoke. And also, sometime next week, we'd like to schedule a tour of the cameras and instruments that you're using to study Kohoutek. This particular item is not scripted or arranged in the TV ops book. We can send you up a short pad, giving the sort of things that we want, but you'll pretty much be on your own, have to wing it. We're estimating it will take about an hour of two man time. One for the cameraman and one for the tourguide and narrator. How does sound to you. SPT That sounds great. The more information you give us, of course, the better we'll understand the limitations of the teleprinter, of course. But $201, I don't know too much about and it's the only one we've never really studied as far as the theory of it's operation, so give just a few words on how that thing functions. CC Okay. We'll certainly do that, and we'll try to work up a series of things that you can do in sort of a coherent fashion to have some coherency to the thing as you work through. Last item on the subject of TV is TV 6 of the M092 operations. Stand by a second. CC We're going to have a handover here in about 30 seconds, so I may drop out for a few of them. On M092, we'll be scheduling TV 6 in the not too far distant future here, and as you may recall it's a relatively complex and - END OF TAPE
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CC - - let's see we're going to have an handover here - on M092 will be scheduling TV6 in the not too far distant future here. And as you may recall it's a relitively complex telecast. It uses both cameras and I don't believe you've been through exactly this configuration so you'd probably have to pay fairly close attention to the book to get the scenes to work out right in the ground editing. You'll probably want to put a little extra time into separation for it and we have two options, we can either give you 15 minutes or a half of hour extra before you perform it, for you to spend some time with the checklist and the cameras and the TV ops book. Or if you like to try dry running it once without the VTR before you do it for real, we can schedule it that way. And we'd like your feelings on which way would be preferable, over. PLT We'd much prefer the dry run so we can look at the monitor and get a feel for the time involved_ and, you know, change of scenes and that sort of thing. CC Okay, we copy that. And from the biomed side of the house, if you think back - back on good old mission day ii, the question has been raised as to whether the limb volume measurements were performed on the PLT. We apologize for letting this much time go by before we checked on it but we've been looking for the data in the voice recorder dumps and haven't seen it and we're not sure whether you in fact performed it or not. If you did do it on mission day ll, at your convience we'd would like for you to the information on the voice recorder again, over. CDR Bruce, where would that be recorded. Would it still have been in the biomed or was there some sort of data going into the activation? CC No, that should have been in the section 14, pages, like 14-3 or 4 as the CDR Okay, we're taking a look. CC Biomedical experiment checklist. PLT Okay, and while we're looking that up, going baok to your suggestion regarding some sort of coherent scenario for the review of the comet observation, And if we buy that i00 per cent and based on chronology or any sort of systematic run through in the description of what we've done to date. CC Okay. PLT ii? CC PLT CC pages there. Day 330. 330, thank you. And for the SPT, if you're not flipping Question from the ATM world, they'd like to What day of the year DOY was mission day
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the S052 occulting disk image indicates any obliqueness. so, is the obliqueness the same as displayed on monitor I on monitor 2, over. SPT Objectively Bruce, there is some obliqueness and also I can not now say that there is a difference between the two. However, I can go up, take someone up there, and make a few measurements and give you any eccentricities that there might be involved. CC Okay, we'd appreciate that and you ca_ either give it to us in real time or put it on the dump tape, either way. CC Skylab, this is Houston. 30 seconds to LOS, next: station contact through Madrid in 4 minutes at 02:29 and we'll see you there, out. SPT Roger, Bruce here's a quick question, will I be using that carrousel I-i tomorrow, haven't got to that 183 pad, yet. CC Yes you will Bill. PLT Thank you. PAO This is Skylab Control. Bermuda has loss of signal. Madrid will pick up Skylab in 3 minutes, we'll keep the line up, monitor through the Madrid station. CC Skylab this is Houston through Madrid for 7-1/2 minutes. And for the CDR we confirm that 12:04 Zulu, or 06:04 local time for essentially your closest approach to Houston. Actually it's 12:04:32 and you will be northeast of Houston at that time at an elavation of about 35 degrees and a slant range of about 383 miles, over. CDR Roger, thank you Bruce. CC You still want to flash the light when you go over. CDH We'll do a wig roll. CC Wait'll we run that one on the MMP, the SLS is stacked if you really want to. END OF TAPE
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CC Skylab, this is Houston i minute till LOS. Next station contact in 26 minutes through Carnarvon at 03:03 private medical conference. And for the CDR we have reviewed the dump data from your trim burn. And looking at the 0CDUs we have found no problems with that. Over. PLT Thanks a lot Bruce. He's doing a 233 right now. CC Okeydoke, you can pass it on to him later. CDR I got it Bruce. Comet's rising right on time. CC We're glad to hear that. PA0 This is Skylab Control. Skylab is out of range of the Madrid station. Next station is Carnarvon in 24 minutes. The evening medical conference will be conducted during the Carnarvon pass. Honeysuckle has some overlapping coverage with Carnarvon. We'll - we'll come back up just prior to Carnarvon to pick up any air-ground that may follow the medical conference. At 2 hours 39 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
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PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours 1 minute Greenwich mean time. Skylab about 50 seconds away from acquisition at Carnarvon. And the evening medical status conference at that station. Coverage at Honeysuckle will begin just a few seconds after LOS at Carnarvon. We'll keep the line up for regular air-ground after the end of the medical status conference. CC Skylab, this is Houston, through Honeysuckle for 4 minutes. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston. For the CDR. We need to get another frame count on Nikon 5, when you read it down earlier this evening in the photo log, it showed a count of 42 which would indicate that you only took 1 frame on the $233 operation today instead of the 6 that were intended. Over. CDR CC CDR 47. CC CC LOS. Next Christi at Okay, thank you very much. Skylab, this is Houston, 1 minute to contact in 33 minutes through Corpus Out. I knew you'd catch us eagle What does that mean? It means you're right. The eye. frame count's
PAO This is Skylab Control. Honeysuckle has loss of signal. Texas will acquire Skylab in 28 minutes for a pass that will also cover the Merritt Island, Florida and the Bermuda stations. At 3 hours 18 minutes Greenwich mean time. This is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE
SL IV MC-897/I TIME: 21:45 CST, 12/12/73
PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours, 45 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is a few seconds away from acquisition at Texas. This pass will go through loss of signal at Bermuda. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Corpus Christi, Merritt Island and Bermuda for 16 minutes and I've got a few items for the CDR here and the evening news, over. CDR Go ahead, Bruce. CC Okay, Jer both of these concern the trimburn which you did the other day, during that burn, once again we noticed the service module RCS quad Bravo, fuel manifold pressure and the helium pressure tracking the PSM fuel pressure as the burn progressed, from that we infer that the RCS quad Bravo fuel quad isolation valve is still not feeding properly. There will be a checklist change coming up to you shortly that will shut quad Bravo off from the PSM, that is close the quad Bravo to PSM interconnect, but don't do it until we get that up to you, over. CDR Okay, Bruce thank you. CC About all that that's doing iuagaurding you against leakage through the thrusters in quad A, C, or D, so that if that happened, it will not be able to pull the B fuel down. The other item concerns your question on the cage talkback associated with the nominal H cage which you did after the trimburn. We've analyzed the data and it shows that it was on for 160 seconds which is exactly right and we think the system is functioning as advertised, over. CDR Yeah, we discussed that with Crip a little earlier this afternoon, I guess just standing there and looking at it and waiting for it to go, 160 seconds seems like a long time. PLT And Bruce, PLT with the ATM frame count if you want. CC Okay, let her rip, Bill no need to read off the identification of the instrument, just read them in order from the top down. PLT 10623, 3577, 132, 1014, 5269, 3504. CC Mighty fine, thank you. And understand from our GNS that we just got the final reduction of the data here on this nominal H cage and talkbaek performance so we got the numbers to back it up now. CDR Good enough, Bruce. You might notice on there that the rates were very small this time, and in fact we were well below the .03 degrees per second and very, very quickly after the termination of the burn. I guess
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that's what made it seem like such a long time when you were waiting for that talkback to go gray. CC Roger, we copy. CC And if you're ready I can hold forth for a couple of minutes of world news here. CDR Roger, go ahead. CC And before I go on that, on S055 we need the high voltage switch to detector 1 off and also the grating position to 630. And for the CDR, wakeup in the morning will be through Corpus Christi at 11:59 Zulu. CDR Roger, thanks Bruce. CC Okay, the big news stories of today, centered on the energy crisis. As the White House proposed cutting gasoline production 25 percent effective December 27. The regulations proposed would give priority to emergency service agricultural production, public transportation services and energy producers who buy gasoline in bulk. But retail service stations are at the bottom of the priorities, getting what is left over. Stand by for handover. END OF TAPE
SL-IV MC898/I Time: 21:51 12/12/73
CC In related energy stories, President and Mrs. Nixon will participate Friday in the traditional lighting of the national Christmas tree but the tree itself will not carry lights this year as an energy conservation move; however, it will be spotlighted. And the University of Miami launched an advertising campaign today directed at attracting students who may be forced to miss winter semesters at northern universities due to the fuel shortages. London: Secretary of State Henry Kissinger proposed today that the European allies in Japan join the United States in a crash program to surmount the oil shortage by developing new energy sources and conserving supplies. Kissinger spoke at the end of a crowded day in which he added Algeria to his tour of Arab countries before leaving England. U. S. District John J. Sirica plans to turn over copies of two more subpoenaed presidential tapes to special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski of Houston. The tapes turned over today contain conversations held between President Nixon and aides on March 21, 1973. Foreign Minister bba Eban reaffirmed that Israel will attend the Arab-Israeli peace conference in Geneva next week despite the threat of an Israeli boycott from Defense Minis Minister Moshe Dayan. Storms raked the nation's northernmost corners today, spreading rain and snow in the Northwest and snow in the Northeast. Winds gusting to nearly 60 miles per hour whipped snow and rain in the northern intermountain region and the northern Rockies. 6 to 7 inches of snow covered the ground in Maine. Aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, the weary seaborne skygazers failed to view the comet Kohoutek early today in their last sighting attempt before steaming back to New York. About 200 passengers aroused themselves by 4:30 a.m. eastern standard each day only to stand on the soggy afterdecks vainly searching for an opening in the stubborn mass of gray clouds over the Eastern seaboard. The most celebrated passenger aboard, Lubos Kohoutek, has been trailed by autograph hunters and a television film crew. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory said that the comet appears as a white blob about i0 to 15 degrees above the southeast horizon just before sunrise each day this week. But I guess that's no news to you all. Today it was reported that an instrument aboard Mariner i0 has detected ultraviolet ra - radiation from the Gum Nebula so intense that it corresponds to temperatures as high as I00,000 degrees, i0 times the surface temperature of the Sun and twice the temperature of the hottest stars seen from the Earth and from orbiting satellites. The wire services carried stories today about your trim burn. They quote Jerry, saying, "the burn was smooth as glass." The stock market, which brokers say is confused and bewildered over the extent
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and impact of the nation's fuel shortages fell sharply today. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrlals slumped 23.45 points to 810.73. Not too much in the way of sports today but one interesting slldelight reports that Dallas Cowboy coach Tom Landry has filed a protest with the National Football League over irregularities by the Washington Redskins in their Sunday clash. Landry said, "we had 6 illegal procedure penalties because the Redskin Defense was yelling hut-hut-hut when Roger Staubach was calling signals. We protested to the League office because it's illegal to jam quarterback signals." And that's 30 for tonight. Over. CDR Hut-hut-hut. CC down here adding to of in the it. (Laughter). I'm taking enough Control Room right now without you Just thought we'd do a little flack guys
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SL-IV MC899/I Time: 22:03 12/12/73
PAO This is Skylab Control. Bermuda has loss of signal. The good nights have been said. We have mission surgeon's daily report on crew health for today mission day 27. It reads no health problems exist no medicines are being utilized. Signed Jerry Hordinsky, M.D. for Doctor W.R. Hawkins M.D.. Wake up time tomorrow is 6 a,m. central standard time. We'll take this line down until that time. At 4 hours 4 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE