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PAO Skylab Control at ll hours 55 minutes and 40 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now within range of the Goldstone tracking antenna for a pass over the United States. The pass over the U.S. will last a little more than 16 minutes, and during the next 4 minutes or so we should have a wakeup call to the crew of the Skylab mission. For the line live now for the air-to-ground through the United States station. SC (Music: "Ely's Coming") CDR Morning, Houston, this is Skylab. Time to get up and watch us fly over. CC Hey, thanks for waking us up down here. That was great. We're all going to run out of Mission Control and look up at you as you go over. SPT Morning, gang. CC Good morning up there. PLT Morning, Dick. CC Good morning, sir. You guys get a good night's sleep? PLT Pretty good. CC Skylab, Houston. As you guys get prepared, I hope to look down and see what the city of Houston looks like early in the morning, you might tell us what it does look like. sure that Bill is hustling due to that first note on the first part of his details about eating early so he can have a little time in between breakfast and PT. I have one correction to the Detail Flight Plan that I'd like to get up here at this site. And that is that on the SPT and the PLT details at 12:17, the handheld opportunity is the wrong number. It should be 101-15

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vice 105-15, and that's a metropolitan area, the city of Brazilia. And the EREP officer reports that the weather over Brazilia is supposed to be good. So if Jerry or Ed has a chance to get it, it's handheld 101-15. Out. CDR CC Roger, Okay. Dick. Thanks.

SPT Houston looks pretty good early in the morning, there Dick. It's pretty sprawling. It reaches a lot more - further out than I thought it would. Looks like a good place to live. CC Well it is. We had a couple of guys go out a while ago to look up into the sky and try to see the comet this morning, but from down here the haze was kind of bad, and no chance. LOS. hour CC Skylab, Houston, we're about a minute from The purple gang isn't going to see you for about another and 20 minutes. I'ii give you a call at Goldstone at 13:32. CDR Roger. We'll see you then. CC Roger. Have fun on the long way around.

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CC Skylab, Houston. As we go over the hill it looks like the flow on the ATM C&D loop is going down. You might go up and listen to itl and see if you hear that gurgle sound we've been trying to get you to listen for. CDR Okay. CC Rog. You might also check the delta P light down. on panel 203. We just saw the flow begin to start

PAO Skylab Clontrol at 12 hours 13 minutes Greenwich mean time. We've gone out of range of the tracking antennas over the continental United States. Our next acquisition of signal is almost an hour and 20 minutes from now. That will again be at Goldstone tracking antenna in California. This morning the crew awakened the ground with Three "Ely's Coming." That wakeup call coming just a minutes before the ground normally would awaken Instructions were given to the crew on the first photo error teleprinter in it and pad that they have. that was corrected. There The site Dog Night's couple of the crew. handheld

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morning to take place about i0 minutes from now is Brazilia, the capital city of Brazil. The goal is there to photograph Brazilia, a relatively new city, and a plains city. This is one of the 20 cities to be studied by the Skylah mission using handheld photography. The primary goal of the observation to be - to determine the type of metropolitan area and the type of is of a developement plains city, that is Brazilia. occurring. Other And cities the study today to be studied are

mountain cities, desert, sea coast, river, and delta cities. And they include such cities as, the United States, St. Louis, Missouri, a river city, New Orleans which is a delta city, and Phoenix, Arizona which is a desert city. And at the very end crew the loop last find data touch down END of that pass to go back ATM control Spacecraft and listen and display Communicator, for a little panel coolant Dick Truly told the sound of gurgling in loop. That coolant

has been getting some fluctuations in flow during the couple of weeks, and because of that they are trying to out now what might he causing that and get some additional on it. ATM cooling loop is primarily used for keeping the temperatures of the control panel for the solar telescopes to a level below 105 degrees. And they are OF TAPE

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PAO - a couple weeks, and because of that they're trying to find out now what might be causing that and get some additional data on it. ATM cooling loop is primarily used for keeping tlhe touch temperatures of the control panel for the solar telescopes down to a level below 105 degrees, and they are - there is some concern that if that should fail or clog up that there would be a problem with not being able to touch it for long periods of time, and possibly might require a slight powerdown. That has not, ever, happened yet. We have had a couple of stops in the in the flow in past times today. There's just a very mild reduction in flow. This is Skylab Control. Our next acquisition an hour and a quarter from now at about 13:30 Greenwich mean time. This is Skylab Control at 12:15 Greenwich mean time. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 31 minutes Greenwich mean time. We're now approaching acquisition at the Goldstone tracking antenna in California. 52 seconds to acquisition there. Pass through Goldstone and Texas should last approximately 15 minutes. We're in the process of changing shift here in Mission Control with Flight Director Don Puddy coming on duty, but Dick Truly is still on at the CAP COMM's position so we'll have a callup probably from him at this pass over Goldstone. This is Skylab Control. We're alive now for a continental U.S. pass. CC Skylab, Houston. Hello stateside for 14 minutes. CDR Hello, Richard. On that EREP, - ATM coolant loop, yea verily, old Charlie was right. We got a low DELTA-P light up there, but he blew it on the noise. It's not a gurgle, it's just a whine. CC No gurgle but a whine, huh? CDR Right. Actually it's lack of a whine. Sounds like the pump is - oh, you're pumping air or it's well, I think it would whine more if it was pumping air. But there's a definite decrease in the whine that you hear while the pump's running. And then when the DELTA-P light came back off again and the pump started pumping again, you could hear it coming in louder. CC Roger. About how long did this last, Jer? CDR Oh, I think it was about 3 minutes. CC Roger. Well, I'm glad we were AOS at least there for a few seconds so we could see it coming and get you up there to look at it. CDR Yes. That was a good call, Dick.

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CC Say, Jerry, while I'm talking to you, I'd like to make one minor correction to your detail pad for today. CDR Okay. Go ahead. CC Roger. At a time of 19:28 down there where it says S183 FI, and it says use PLT OPS pad. There is no PLT OPS ops pad. It's your pad and and so you can just delete that or put it in parentheses, that the film installation information is on the S183 pad that's addressed to you. CDR Okay. Copy, Dick. CC Okay. A couple other things. I'm sure you've looked through the pads already this morning, but there is one concerning S183 and - and it's status, some words on S183 that we that you ought to be aware of and you might take a look at. And also for the friendly SPT today so he can make his plans. His family COMM is set up this evening at a time of 01:32 at Bermuda. And we'll remind him again later. 01:32. CDR Okay. Very good, Dick, and one thing for you. At 05:00 Zulu this morning I sent down a special message for Jerry Hordinsky. It's a little farewell note to Dee O'Hara. So would you give Jerry a call and let him know that it's on tape and itts got time tag 05:00 Zulu and ask him to get it? CC I will certainly do that, Jer. PLT Dick PLT - And - Houston, Skylab; PLT. CC Roger, Bill. Go ahead. PLT Roger. Kohoutek has really got a significant tail now. I can see it with the naked eye and also the binoculars. It looks like it's grown quite a bit since the last time I took observation. So it ought to become, you know, visible from the ground shortly if it isn't already. CC Roger. We'd love to have any description you can give us of it. PLT Okay. There's a fairly bright star near the end of its tail. Actually, I don't know; the astonomer would probably know which star I'm talking about, but the tail extends from the head of the comet back to to that star which - for which I don't know the name. And I don't know; just judging, lld say 2 to 3 degrees is the length of the tail. And it's significantly brighter and longer and more distinct than it was previously. That was yesterday - yesterday morning or day before yesterday, the last time I took a good look at it with the binocs. And I was able to keep it in view even as the Sun was coming up, so it seems to be brightening considerably. I don't want to give any undue hope of it being very - real bright, but I can definitely see it with the unaided eye and I can see the tail.

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CC And Skylab, Houston for CDR and PLT, we were kind of expecting to see some TV from TV 16 on the VTR so far, and I notice it's not there. Just a reminder that it was listed for this morning's operation. CDR Yeah. We're just getting ready to start it now, Dick. CC Okay. Good. CC Skylab, Houston. We're about 45 seconds from LOS. Vanguard comes up at 13:57. PA0 Skylab Control at 13 hours 47 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has now passed out of range of continental U.S. stations, that last transmission coming through Corpus Christi. Our next acquisition of signal is 8 minutes and 45 seconds from now and that'll be at the Vanguard tracking ship. Conversation with Pilot Bill Pogue about the comet Kohoutek, today. Pogue reports that Kohoutek has grown significantly and he said a tail of 2 to 3 degrees is visible in the eye. That would indicate a tail of 5 or 6 million miles in length, that's visible to the eye. And of course, the tail does extend much beyond that. It has been reported by ground stations that the tail may run over 13 million miles to some photographic instruments. Of course_ tail determination is largely based on the amount of light that can be received by an instrument. And the space station's instrument should be able to indicate a tail even longer than that. An attempt was made a few nights ago to get photography approximately 50 million miles behind the comet. And also a distance up to 200 million miles behind the comet to determine whether or not there were remnant particles in the comet's orbit. The crew of Skylab Commander Carr, Science Pilot Gibson and Pilot Pogue will be completing their fourth week in space today. They'll be setting a record tomorrow morning that That record is a 28-day 49-minute, 49-second record of the first Skylab crew. At that time that was of course, longest space mission, that's less than 6 months ago. The original crew spent just over 28 days aboard the space station. That-since broken record will be passed by Carr, Gibson, and Pogue tomorrow at 8:51 a.m. central standard time. That record, of course, has been broken since by the second Skylab crew, which extended it by more than double that to more than 59 days in space. Since their launch on November 16th, the Skylab crew has circled the Earth more than 400 times. When they woke up this morning at 6 o'clock, they had passed the ll-million-mile mark in space. Today's activities include 9 passes on the Apollo telescope mount, and some Kohoutek photography, as well as medical experiments, both M131 and the M092 experiment, which will be performed today on Commander Cart. Today's joint observation program on the Sun includes

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a study of the inner and outer solar corona over a series of day and night cycles. The data to support our - support investigations of the rate of expansion of various parts of the solar atmosphere and the effects of atmospheric expansion or solar wind on the structures. More observations of coronal structures or atmospheric structures at the Sun's

limb or edge at the base temperature solar radii space station able to see the edge of

will be conducted today. The crew will be looking of the coronal structures to get density and structure of the lower corona. From about 1/2 out to 6 doesn't very fine the Sun. solar radii. Of have the problem details of solar And those details course, the Skylab of atmosphere, so structure far from would be obscured theytre to

instruments located on Earth. The white light coronagraph is the instrument most commonly used for studying the outer atmosphere of the Sun. There are_ of course similar instruments studying white light, that is to say visible light, in the outer atmosphere on Earth. But they canlt extend very far out because of the problem of distorting by the atmosphere of the planet. A coronal hole at the South Pole of the Sun will be one of the subjects studied in today's ATM. Data will be recorded regarding the velocity field in and around the hole to corroborate existing evidence of apparent solar wind enhancment over those holes. And_ also, the resultant of geomagnetio disturbances here on Earth. They'll get more than 6 hours of data today from the solar observations. This morning, Jerry Carr's the subject of MO92, MI71, that's the lower body negative pressure and the metabolic activity medical experiments. Science Pilot Ed Gibsonts the monitor for those. After lunch, Gibson observes Pogue as he performs the MI31 human vestibular function experiment. Kohoutek photography was performed this morning by Bill Pogue. It will be performed this afternoon by Jerry Carr. Handhold photography of the Philippine Fault Zone and Manila metropolitan development patterns is scheduled for about 5:05 p.m. central standard time today. And other handhold photos included Brazilia, which is to be photographed during that early morning pass. Weather conditions were reported to be very good there. We don't have any information as to whether the crew completed that photo assignment. Also scheduled for optional handhold photography today are the Orne Seamount, the - which is a mountain peak located about 95 feet below the surface of the South Pacific. The Australian Bight south END OF Current, Australian Bight being of Australia. Patterns of wheat TAPE a large bay area in the

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PAO patterns of wheat production on the continent of Australia, and insect infestation around the city of Perth. The erew is scheduled to go to sleep tonight at i0 o'clock, and Commander Carr will be the on-duty officer tonight after the crew goes to sleep. Today's activity does include a very busy schedule on optional handheld photography, that's part of the visual observations program the crew has been conducting so far on the mission. And so far that appears to be an excellent source of information. The crew has available to them almost 2000 frames of photographic film for their 35-millimeter and 70-millimeter cameras. They are expected to get not only a good deal of new photography of areas of the Earth, but also some interesting comments. All - all the crew members received about 20 hours of training before the mission began. And that very intensive training and also the visual operations - observations book that they have should help them make comments about ground targets that will instruct scientists as to what can be seen from space. A lot of this is preparation for Shuttle missions in which the scientists themselves may be able to go into space And we hope that by that time we will be able to do a much better job of training people for observation of the Earth from orbit. We're about 2-1/2 minutes now from acquisition of signal at the Vanguard tracking antenna. We'll bring the line up live for air-to-ground through Vanguard. The pass through Vanguard should last approximately i0 minutes. And that will be about 12 minutes then before we go loss of signal again. Handover's still taking place here in Mission Control with Flight Director Don Puddy taking over from Phil Shaffer. CC Good morning, Skylabo The crimson team is with you. AOS over Vanguard for ii minutes. And I hope we're not going to talk about moth eggs today. SPT Now that you mention it, Crip. CC I heard you guys gave us a little music this morning. Sorry I missed it. CDR Well, we decided you were about due for a little Three Dog Night. CC We'll see if we can't return the favor some day. CC CDR Night Christmas CC SPT One of my favorite groups. Why don't you play us a little Three music some time like "Joy to the World"? You're reading my mind. Houston, SPT. Dog

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CC Go SPT. SPT Hey Crip, the Sun center position for S052 has changed a little bit on the FINE SUN SENSOR readout. CC Copy, the Sun center position has changed. Can you - SPT Yeah. Yeah, it was in LEFT/RIGHT minus 33, it still is that. It used to be plus 3 and UP/DOWN, now it's plus 6. 3 arc seconds drift in about 2 days. CC Our initial thought on that is that it is probably due to switching fine Sun sensors. And I'm assuming this is with no bias, in right? SPT No, right after we switched fine Sun sensors I looked at it and wrote down the numbers. So it was actually was yesterday, I guess then. So it really is only over 1 day. I had a plus 3, and I'm sorry, plus 3 and LEFT/RIGHT is what has changed. Now it is plus 6. UP/DOWN is minus 33 and that's remained the same. CC Okay, copy. It was from plus 3 to plus 6 since yesterday in UP, and correction, LEFT/RIGHT. And the UP/DOWN is minus 33. SPT That's right. I've noticed a similar drift when we were on the other FINE SUN SENSOR. I din't report the details, however. I'll try to keep up with this one. CC Okay. And just for clarification Ed, can you say is that's with BIAS IN or OUT? CDR Crip, we're all finished with the VTR. SPT Hold on, Crip, I'll put the ATM work on it, and then it'll be all set. Copy that. SPT, Houston. Ed, regarding the difference you've seen in S052 from that LEFT/RIGHT drift, I guess we don't consider that 52 is probably that accurate and that could explain that slight change. Regarding our switch to the SECONDARY FINE SUN SENSOR, we told you yesterday we may be doing another four-limb coalignment, and switching back to the PRIMARY. WeVre probably going to go ahead and get another four-limb coalignment on the SECONDARY as another data point within the next couple of days before we do any switching, if we do any switching. SPT Okay, thank you, Bob. CC Rog. And Ed, for you, or CDR or somebody, I guess we've got Tananarive coming up in about 19 minutes. Itts not obvious to us that we really need comm through there, but we don't have any command capability through Vanguard here, do we can't select the correct antenna. At your option, if we want comm through Tananarive we need somebody to go to the command module and get about three switches for us. I can give you those if somebody can copy them down. CC CC

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CDR Go ahead, Crip. CC Okay, all it is, is select omni B tape recorder forward_ rewind switch to OFF, and then a COMMAND RESET. CC Correction on that. Instead of omni B, itts omni Delta. SPT Okay, omni Delta tape recorder forward to OFF and COMMAND RESET. CC That's correct. And if you do it, we need you to do it in that order to keep from losing some data. And we're about 30 seconds from LOS. Tananarive is in 17-1/2 minutes at 14:25, 14:25. If we miss that pass or you elect not to make that selection, Goldstone is an hour and 5 minutes at 15:12, 15:12. SPT Okay Crip, looking at the corona the streamer structure which is up at i0 o'clock which was a single one yesterday has split into two very bright streamers. The one down there at 8 o'clock, the single one is still there but there is some structure between 8 and 8:30 about half the distance out to the edge of the display which is now there. Fairly diffused but it was not there yesterday. The one over there at 3 o'clock or so over there remains unchanged. (Garble). CC Over the hill, Ed. We'll try to look at it on the downlink. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours, 8 minutes, Greenwich Mean Time. Skylab Space station has now passed out out range of the tracking antenna at Vanguard. About 16-1/2 minutes to acquisition at Tananarive. Expect the relatively brief pass at Tananarive, about a 4-1/2 minute one, and we may have a little problem with voice there. The instruction given by spacecraft communieator Bob Crippen, whose just come on duty was to modify the antenna so they could pick up voice through Tananarive where we have a low elevation pass. At the very end of that pass, Ed Gibson,Scientist Pilot, was giving a brief report on what he could see on the Sun. He has been putting a little TV on the ATM. That solar television about 5 minutes of it put on at Vanguard during the daylight pass there was in addition to about 16-1/2 minutes of personal hygiene photography that the crew put on this morning. 15-1/2 minutes to acquisition at Tananarive. That's now 9 minutes after the hour and this is Skylab Control. PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours, 23 minutes, Greenwich mean time. We're coming up on acquisition of signal through Tananarive voice relay station on the island of Madagascar. We'll bring the line up live now for air-to-ground. Spacecra _ communicator is Bob Crippen. SPT Houston, Skylab. CC Hello, Edward, we're with you here for about 2-1/2 minutes. SPT Okay, just checking to see if you were there. Do you want me to reconfigure after you go over the hill? CC No, we can handle that at Goldstone when we (garble). CDR All right, Houston, CDR. CC Go CDR. CDR Looking over some checklist cue card changes here, I find that we do not have change number i to (garble) comet cue card. I'm wondering if that's the cue card itself. No that's the entire cue card that was teleprinted up to us. CC We'll check that for you. CDR Okay. CC Okay, Jerry, you're right. That was the whole new card. Was classified as change i. CDR Okay. Thanks. CC Skylab, Houston. We're probably going to go LOS here in about I minute and we'll see you again at 46 minutes over Goldstone at 15:12.

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PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours, 29 minutes and 45 seconds. Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has now gone out of range of the tracking antenna at Tananarive° About 41 minutes to our next acquisition of signal, and that will be at Goldstone where we'll have a 4-minute pass. Spacecraft communicator now is Bob Crippen. Crew all working very quietly at this time. Indication is that they have about 21-1/2 minutes on the tape recorder, which includes 5 minutes of ATM TV and about 16 minutes of TV 16, which is the personal hygiene television. 17 END PAO seconds OF TAPE after the This is Skylab hour. Control at 30 minutes and

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Greenwich mean time. Wetre now about 56 seconds from acquisition of signal through the tracking antenna at Goldstone. The pass through Goldstone's a brief one, about 4 minutes, and the spacecraft communicator is Bob Crippen. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Goldstone for 2-1/2 minutes. We see you en route back to solar inertial. CDR Houston, did you (garble) the crew alert? CC Negative. Stand by. CC Skylab, Houston. We copy the crew alert. We're checking systems and we haven't seen anything yet that would cause it. SPT Okay. Houston, we just got a second crew alert about 15 seconds ago. CC Okay. We copied that one also. We're still looking. CC Skylab, Houston. We seem to be getting that alert coincident with us trying to do some antenna commanding. Would you check the COMMAND RESET in the command module that went back to center position. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again at Vanguard in about 18 minutes. At Vanguard is at 15:33 we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump there. It's also scheduled for the ATM conference, and we don't - don't see any system problems at this time. CDR Okay, Crip. The switch is now back to the center position. It was not. CC Okay. That was probably our problem. PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 16 minutes and 48 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now passed out of range of the tracking antenna at Goldstone. Did have a couple of crew alerts reported there. CAUTION and WARNING system activated twice when attempt was made from the ground to command the antennas on the space station. Problem was discovered by the crew. The switch which allows command to take place from the ground was in the RESET position which didn't permit commands to go through and that did cause CAUTION and WARNING at two points. Those were two commands attempted at this end, and once the switch was reset it worked properly. Our next acquisition of signal is 16 minutes away at Vanguard. This is Skylab Control at 17-1/2 minutes after the hour. PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 32 minutes and 27 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now about 53 seconds from acquisition of signal through the Vanguard tracking ship. Pass through Vanguard should last approximately 10 to ii minutes. We'll bring the line up live now for air-to-ground through Vanguard.

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Skylab, Houston. recorder dump.

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SPT Okay. Very good. Go ahead, Bill. MCC Okay, Ed. Let me just start off going real quick through today's plan here. We've got seven sets of JOP 26 BBIO's where we're looking at the limb, plus 2 and minus 2 - that's backwards, minus 2 and plus 2 arc minutes, primarily to get comparative spectra for 82B. At the same time 55 will be getting a - oh, I don't know what the right word is - a mini super raster of the limb. They'll be getting a limb swath there. We chose the south pole because its boundary is harper at the coronal hole there and historically it's better, a little bit more active with plumes and things of this nature then the north pole has been. During this, one of the S055 detector settings is 874 MECHANICAL, which has an optical equivalent of 772, and just for your information that's the old 766 OPTICAl, to put neon 7 in the middle edge. The old number was a of both neon 7 and carbon 3 the neon 7 (garble) 465 line SPT May I have I'ii write it down here. although this is now optimized of the band rather than on the compromise to get a little bit and now we're optimizing to get right in the middle. that wavelength again, Bill?

MCC Okay. It's neon VII line at (garble) of 465. SPT Grating setting from 766 to what? MCC 772 OPTICAL and we're listing it today at 874 MECHANICAL, which brings me to my next point. Early in the day we put the switch to MECHANICAL reference and we leave if there for a major part of the day because if we did not do that you had something like 9 or lO times on five orbits that you had to swap back and forth from OPTICAL to MECHANICAL. We thought that was probably bad so we put it in MECHANICAL early_ left it there for the whole time, and then we put it back to OPTICAL later on. SPT Okay. That's a good way to work, we'll all remember to (garble) MECHANICAL. MCC Okay. Basically that's a quick look at today other than what you could see yourself looking at the schedule. One point for tomorrow. We have no JOP 18D, as you're probably aware by now. This was deleted. It appeared that only 52 would be able to see it and get any useful data. We're not a i00 percent sure we understand all the ramifications of the pointing test so we have deleted that JOP 18D. We will be picking up the next one at mission day 33, which is 5 days from now. SPT Okay. Did you delete it because of, you wanted more time to study it or because you wanted an increased brightness?

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MCC Both. And at this point the brightness isn't sufficient that we think very many experiments will be getting any useful data. So we wanted really a little bit of both. SPT Okay. MCC Okay. Now, on tomorrowts plan_ let me get any input you've got to tomorrow's plan. We're looking at like about five and a half orbits' worth of ATM. One thing here, we do not have the TV downlink today in order to get XUV MON. If you've got any thoughts from the XUV MON or anything that looks different, and worth pointing out to us for our planning conference at noon, if you tell it to me now I'll make sure everybody's aware of it. SPT I just put some on the VTR. You will not have that in time? MCC Negative. Apparently we don't have the time to dump that and get it back in to here prior to the planning conference. SPT Okay, on the XUV MONITOR what shows up essentially is the activations which have been called out on the pad. And also some plage over by CC Could I break in for a minute? Bill, would you turn off high voltage detectors 6 and 7 please? SPT Okay, it shows up over there by filament 52. In the XUV monitor I don't see anything that's out of the ordinary or worth pursuing. The corona over on the east limb has been changing. The streamer now at i0:00 has broken into two very distinct, very sharply as we have had a fair amount of And also the Smith longitude is defined change pretty streamers_ over there much close seeing recently. to the

limb, and the Herman longitude is just coming around right after that. I think we ought to keep a close eye on the corona and try to schedule in as many observations of that as we can, we'll try to slip in as many shopping list items as we can. That's the only thing that I see on the Sun that has any appreciable time rate of change. A coronal hole boundary to the south is good to work. Itts not as sharply defined as we've seen before, that is 2 days (garble). The prominence and filaments are not very dense. I did see a prominence, if you will, or maybe it was a small surge up at the north pole earlier this morning. That's in difference to your statement about most of it being in the south. I guess happened to be one up there this morning. What you're doing as far as the spectra of the limb - the southeast quadrant looks good. It's probably as useful as we can do with the Sun we have. And the other question is, chromosphere network again, I'm wondering whether they have really explored that, particular look for spectra of downdrafts, or looked at downdrafts at all in detail, try to understand the - what really goes on at the vertices.

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of several cells coming together. lines which we're supposed to be have not tried that yet. END OF TAPE

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SPT Another question is chromospheric network again; I'm wondering whether they have really expolored that, particular look for spect=a of downdraft, or looked at downdraft at all in detail, try to understand the - what really goes on at the - (garble) of several cells coming together. We have carbon lines which we're supposed to be able to find them in, and I've not tried that yet, and I'm wondering how useful it is, and I'm wondering whether we want to get some spectra there. We could, matter of fact we could do on any one of these a 9 by 9, spectra. That is take degrees, one particular position and then (garble) conditions (garble) spectra. Whether that would be useful in the downdraft, l'm not sure. Or line profiles; and again if we need information here on which lines would be the best to do line profiles, (garble) That holds tru for almost all of the (garble) now we have up here. We know which frames are most prominent, but they may not be (garble) line profile then. MCC Okay, Ed. One thing we did talk about, chromospheric networks a bit earlier. So now the reason we are not doing it is there's a conclusion that the 82B slit is too long to really look at the boundaries there without and the internal part of the network without filling in too much with other things. If 55 does have some data and they will be returning later. The other thing that's appropriate here is that particular J0P and series of building blocks does not burn up 82B film as much as the JOPs that we're concentrating on now. So in our attempt to usefully use the 82B film prior to the comet observations, we've gone away from chromospheric networks. We will return to them later primarily with S055 though. SPT Okay, I understand that. In use of a nonchromospheric network, that is a slit, there may be some portions where excess - especially at self-center where we only get the spectra from the relatively bright portions of the belt or in certain lines of the boundaries and maybe they can think a little more about that. I won't push that one . MCC Okay, and your remarks on the corona are well taken here. The 52 PIs and team here certainly do want to thank you for the SK-its you've been giving that's good work and you got the work on the STANDARD MODE being okay occasionally, when that looks like a good thing to do that'll fit in. So that they're very happy with the way those are coming along. CDR Okay, very good. That's where we put a little of the emphasis because that's where the activity looks, I certainly hope that when ... shows up we're going to see a lot more activity.

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MCC Yeah, so do we. Incidentally speaking of that, the forcast here for the next 7 days a to whatts coming up; we've got a couple of filaments; we've got F-37 which should be coming over the limb beginning tomorrow, finishing limb passage the following day. Now make that day after tomorrow_ finishing the following day, at which time active regions 93 and 98 should be returning. The day after that is a crew day off. The following day is a big day. Active regions 87, 92 return; we have a comet, 18-D that day and also L-4, the lunar libration point JOP i0 will be worked that day. Then F-39 returns, active region 96. And finally on mission day 36 which is 8 days away, we have another comet JOP and right now the target is at the first one that 82B will participate in. SPT Okay, that all sounds very good. That that brings up a point if - everyonets setting up a 7-day forecast on ATM activity major blocks - feel free; that would be useful information for the planning. Also on 82B, I would like to have about an hour or so of time to look over and correlate the pad which get all the information it all. you send up with the JOP Summary Sheet, in there, and make sure we understand

MCC Okay, we'll start sending 7-day forecasts. We've put those out twice a week, Wednesday afternoon and Sunday afternoon_ and I didn't copy the request on the 82B. SPT Okay, that's (garble) delta. I would like have about an hour in which time to take the pad which is sent up and transpose that information into the JOP Summary Sheet and make sure I understand it all before we actually get going. And I think maybe the night before would be a better time to do it or at least 2 to 3 hours ahead of time. MCC Okay, we copy that request. We'll see what we can do. SPT Okay. Other than that the Sun looks rela-

to

tively quiet, and probably what you've got lined up for today is a reasonable compromise. MCC Okay, Ed, we're i minute from LOS. Tananarive is next at 15:58, and let's see that's in about 14 minutes. Couple of other quickies here. $54 work on EVA repair is proceeding; Rusty's getting pretty deeply involved in that We're looking at adding that on, maybe perhaps to the Christmas Day EVA for a fix to put it in filter 3 permanently. One comment here on visibility. The pointing test, I dontt know whether you noticed it or not but when you had Mercury at the 6 o'clock position, at 2 o'clock right at the edge of the field of view was Bet@ Sco and it shows up on the downlink. At that time, Beta Sco had a magnitude of 2.9, Mercury
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had a magnitude we feel that's perhaps a lower Over. SPT there. before see We ... CC anymore got and so

of minus $.5. Being right at the edge there, the best vSsibility, but it does show up limit to what we hoped to be able to see. Okay. I wish I could tell you ... were

fixated on Mercury and starting working (garble) didn't really look around to see anything else. Okay, Ed, you're over the hill. We can't we'll talk to you tomorrow.

PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours, 45 minutes and 8 seconds, Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now over the South Atlantic, 12-1/2 minutes from acquisition of signal at Tananarive. During the Vanguard pass we had the science conference on solar astronomy that was with Bill Lenoir here on the ground talking to Ed Gibson the Science Pilot aboard the space by Bill Lenoir is that station. the first One of the operations things of the pointed out ATM solar

telescopes are now scheduled for mission day 33; that's 5 days from today. Originally they had them planned for today but the decision has been postponed now so that the first operations of the comet photography with the solar equipment will be scheduled for mission day 33. Also Ed Gibson asked for a 7-day forecast specifically on ATM to help him in his own science planning explained to him on Mercury, for and at the very end of the pass, Bill Lenoir that, when they were doing the experiment pointing purposes, there was a star visible

on the field of view, and that was Beta Sco, with a magnitude of plus 2.9. That magnitude is just a little bit brighter than the comet Kohoutek is at the present time and it was visible at that time. Ed Gibson said that he hadn't noticed that, that of course they had been concentrating on Mercury which has a magnitude of minus .5. Minus .5 magnitude being several times brighter than the plus 2.9. ii minutes to our next acquisition of signal. It's now 46 minutes and 43 END seconds OF TAPE after the hour. This is Skylab Control.

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at 15 hours 56 minutes and We're now 55 seconds from

acquisition of signal at Tananarlve. Pass through Tananarive will be the long one lasting almost i0 minutes, depending on how well we're able to get voice relay through Tananarive. Spacecraft Communicator is now Bob Crippen again, Bill Lenoir having conducting the ATM conference over Vanguard in that last pass. We_ll bring the line up live now for air-toground through the voice relay station at Tananarive at the island of Madagascar. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Tananarive 8-1/2 minutes. CC Skylab, Houston. Does either the CDR SPT have a moment to chat? SPT Go ahead, Crip. CC Roger, Ed. Last night we sent a MO92 observer cue card change regarding configuration of the experiment recorder selection. And basically, the intent of it was just to tell you to leave it - leave B selected on EXPERIMENT i and 2, because of that - that knob is slipping. And did you all get a chance to look at that and do you understand it? or SPT Okay, Crip. We got it and we understand it. CC Okay, Ed. There was one thing on that first portion there. Looks a little bit misleading. It tells you to put a verify after EXPERIMENT 1 and EXPERIMENT 2 ON. Actually that verify really refers to the EXPERIMENT I-B and EXPERIMENT 2-B. SPT Okay, Crip. We understand that. I don't think we'll have a problem with it again, because we're all aware of the - the bind you can get into. We all, now, any time we have the selected - if it's not there already go over to A. And then just up one. CC Rog. Okay. We were just trying to save you from that problem. Aqd about the only time, I think, we'll go out of B, now, is when we're running 509. SPT Okay. Very good. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again at Hawaii in 36 minutes at 16:42, 16:42. PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 8 minutes and 18 seconds Greenwich mean time. We've had loss of signal through the Tananarive voice relay station. 34 minutes to out next acquisition. That will be at the Hawaiian Islands. This is Skylab Control at 8-1/2 minutes after the hour. PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 41 minutes and 26 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is

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The pass through Hawaii will last about 9 minutes. And spacecraft communicator, at this time, is Bob Crippen. We_ll bring the line up live now for air-to-ground through Hawaii. We've had a report, already, from telemetry that the medical experiment is underway. M092 on Commander Carr, with Science Pilot Ed Gibson observing. The line is live now for air-to-ground through Hawaii for the next 9 minutes. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Hawaii 8-1/2 minutes. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 52 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space staiton is now out of range of the tracking antenna at Hawaii. We're 20 minutes from our next acquisition of signal at Vanguard. During this last pass the lower body negative pressure device was in operation. Apparently that run looks now as if it were comple as if it has been completed on the Commander. It began at minus 40 level at the beginning of the pass and he did go through the minus 50 level. We don't know whether the run was totally completed satisfactorily, but at this time the telemetry here in Mission Control shows no no delta pressure on the lower body negative pressure device, which would indicate that the run does appear to be complete. That means he'll be moving on now to the metabolic activity portion of it which requires him to strap up and sit on the bicycle ergometer and peddle and breathe for a while so the doctors can keep track of his work rate. 19-i/2 minutes to Vanguard. This is Skylab Control at 52 minutes and 47 seconds after the hour. PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours Ii minutes 15 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now Just west of the coast of Chile. Acquisition of signal through the Vanguard tracking ship is about 49 seconds away. Beginning to get acquisition at this time so we'll bring up the line live for air-to-ground through the Vanguard tracking ship. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Vanguard doing a data/voice recorder dump. CC Skylab, Houston. LOS in i minute. Hawaii in 58 minutes at 18:51, 18:51. Correction on that. Hawaii at 18:19, 18:19. PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 22 minutes and 22 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now over the South Atlantic and is passed out of range of the tracking antenna at Vanguard. Got a long pass now. 56 minutes before our next acquisition at Hawaii, as Skylab passes over mid-Africa where there are no tracking antennas within reach. The present time Commander Cart is scheduled

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to be beginning the MI71 experiment, that's the metabolic activity experiment using the bicycle ergometer. Apparently he hasn't gotten hooked up yet for that, but he appears to be in the process of doing the attachment of the necessary electrodes and other devices for the experiment. And at the ATM Pilot Bill Pogue should have been working during that pass. He's still got about 16-1/2 minutes of daylight as he crosses the South Atlantic and part of Africa. This afternoon at 1:30 p.m., central standard time, that's 19:30 Greenwich mean time, about 2 hours from now there'll be a press conference. That press conference is the 28-day mission review of the Skylab flight. Participants in the afternoon press conference are William Schneider, the Skylab Program Director from NASA Headquarters in Washington, Kenneth Kleinknecht, the Skylab Program Manager for the Johnson Space Center, and Stan Reinartz, the Deputy Skylab Program Manager from the Marshall Space Plight Center. Again, that press conference the 28-day mission review of Skylab will be held in the Building 1 briefing room at 1:30 p.m. central standard time today. This is Skylab Control. It's now 24 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

l SL-IV Time: 12/13/73 PAO Greenwich mean from acquisition Hawaii. We_ll MC909/I 12:18 I GMT i Skylab Control, at 18 hours, 18 minutes, Skylab space station is now 55 seconds signal through the tracking antenna at the line up llve for air-to-ground. At

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present time spacecraft communicator is Bob Crippin and the Flight Director is Don Puddy. Earlier today the crew was informed that the first comet operations are going to be begun on mission day 33 for the solar telescopes. We'll give you a little explanation of that and something about the ATM control panel momentarily. We're alive now for air-to-ground Hawaii. CC Hawaii that for 7-1/2 CC long LOS. CC to maybe chat SPT CC too far. SPT other, CC future planning_ CDR CC talk? We've got CDR CC tell you what we it for awhile. CDR he'll be with Skylab, minutes. Bet you Houston. guys didn't Back even with miss you us through during

at

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CDR, you happen to have an opportunity little bit. Hold on, Crip, he just stepped out. Okay. Hope he, hope he didn't step out He and a Mark I are tussling with each

you in a minute. Okay, no sweat. Just wanted to talk about and ops, and we can do that any time. Houston. CDR, go ahead. Hello, Jer, is this a convenient time to about a minute and a half left here. Thatls fine. Is that enough time? Oh, yeah. I - give you time to, - I can want to talk about and then you can think about Okay.

CC During this morning's ATM conference, Bill and Ed, Bill Lenoir when he was talking to Ed was talking about the ATM future ops and trying to give him a rundown on it and talked about perhaps finding, giving some detail as to what particular JOP they were planning in the future. That sort of falls in line with the 7-day forecast that we now send you up, however, with the science conference going on down here, that, - that thing quite often changes in quite a bit less time than the 7 days, so we_ve been pondering perhaps adding some more details to that and covering perhaps not 7 days but 5 to 7 days or something that you might think would be worthwhile and uplinking it to you with a little bit more frequency. would like for you ponder whether that might be a good idea or at not. We're Vanguard in about 30 seconds from 24 minutes at 18:51, LOS, 18:51. we'll have you

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CDR Okay Bob, let us think about it, right offhand it sounds like a real good idea. We'll talk about it again next time. CC Okay, and we would also be thinking about including more detail in such items as EREP and perhaps corollary if it seemed applicable. CDR Yeah, I think that sounds pretty good. PAO - - minutes and 30 seconds, Greenwich mean time, Skylab space station has now passed out of range of the tracking antenna at Hawaii and is about to cross the equator in the mid-Pacific. We're 22-1/2 minutes from our next acquisition of signal at Vanguard. Little talk there with Bob Crippen telling Commander Carr that they were considering, the ground is considering setting up regular up-to-date reports on the following days activities. They are now presently sending up once-aweek reports on the next 7 days. They are thinking about making those briefer reports, perhaps a 3-day report coming up twice a week. That was requested earlier today by Ed Gibson during the morning science conference on solar astronomy with Bill Lenoir. First comet operation using the solar instruments are now set for mission day 33, that's 5 days from today. Today is mission day 28. That was originally scheduled for as early as mission day 29 or tomorrow, but after close consideration of the comet's brightness and other crew activities, the ATM personnel_ on solar observers and so forth, decided that, that should be postponed to mission day 33, because primarily only ii minutes of white light coronagraph data would be likely to be gotten tomorrow for a number of reasons. One, the Comet brightness is still considered to be fairly low and perhaps is too dim for good data. And also the S082B film has not yet reached the point in the film where it has high-sensitivity film especially selected for the comet, so it wouldn't be possible to use the S082B yet. And also the third consideration, for the ii minutes of white light coronagraph data would require 6 hours of crew time. All three crew members are expected to participate in the first observations of the comet to familiarize themselves with the operations and, that would require a total of 6 crew hours. That was considered to be too large an expenditure of time for the relatively small results expected from ii minutes of white light eoronagraph and also because it was possible that the comet's brightness has yet not reached the magnitude where it would be really possible to study it. At the present time the magnitude of the nucleus which of course, is the smallest part of the comet is about plus 4. The crew indicated that they had not noticed a star of plus 3 magnitude approximately during their test of the pointing of the ATM instruments on Mercury

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that was performed several days ago. Earlier this morning there was a problem with the ATM cooling loop for the control and display panel. That problem has been going on and troubleshooting procedures have been underway for several days here in mission control. The cooling line is a water-filled line wlth_ of course, additives that runs through the - control and display panel for the space station's Solar instruments. More than a hundred different times during the current mission, the coolant loop has a noticeable brief reduction in the rate of flow. This morning's reduction was approximately a 3-minute reduction and it did go to a full stop. Crew reported there was a gur _ing sound and also a high-pltched whine for a short period of time. Mission control electrical and general instrumentation and life support systems engineer believes that that's probably due to a contamination in the line or possibly a problem with one of the pumps. There is a second pump not being used yet, and that could be brought on. After the ATM loop was turned on, beginning the mission, the variations were noticed from the very beginning and flight controllers shifted more than a week ago to - from pump B to pump C, in an attempt to determine if it was the pump that was at fault. Since that time, course, it's been determined that same way and it then was believed that Earlier it was considered that it might transducer which indicates flow rate. now that it is don't know how emergency. it keeps the in fact serious pump C performs the it might be in the line. be a problem with the They're quite confident Although to be one that is is they an that

a problem in the line. it is, it's not considered two the

The cooling loop serves control panel cool and

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for touch temperatures. They would If the controlling, the control and loop were to failit would require

like to keep display less use of

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television monitors which tend to heat the panel op. Although they generate only about 40 or 50 watts of electricity each, they do tend to heat the panel up; but would probably limit them for to 105 degree limit, to 15 minutes of operation per revolution that would be approximately one-third of the available time and only one monitor could be operated at a time. It it would loop the could be be about END OF might be mean that EREP tape used only a 58-hundred some limitation on the experiments. Also without a control and display panel coolant recorders, Earth resources tape recorders for 24-minute passes; that of course would mile - -

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PAO - minutes of operation per revolution. That would be at approximately one-third of the available time, and only one monitor could b_ operated at a time. That might be some limitation on the experiments. Also it'd mean that without a control and display panel coolant loop the EREP tape recorders, Earth resources tape recorders, could be used only for 24-minute passes. That of course would be about a 5800-mile-long groundtrack, and that 24-minute pass would be - would require a 10-hour cooldown period afterwards so that it'll be impossible to run back-to-back Earth resources passes. Present time it's working still well, although there have been some fluctuations, and there was, of course, one this morning noticed right after the crew woke up. Crew did monitor that and reported to Ground Control that they did hear a whine and also - to bypass the Earth resources tape recorder section of the line. That, however, has had no effect apparently. This is Skylab Control. 17 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. It's now 33 minutes and 26 seconds after the hour. and PAO 32 seconds Skylab Control at 18 hours Greenwich mean time. We're now Vanguard a little live noe 49 minutes 55 seconds

from acquisition of signal at the Pass through Vanguard should last utes, and we'll bring the line up through that station.

tracking ship. less than i0 minfor air-to-ground

CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Vanguard i0 minutes. CDR Roger, Crip. CC And for the CDR regarding our previous discussion regarding forecasting, we would appreciate it, Jet, if you'd come up with that - a reasonable idea for you to give us some guidelines on how often you would like it uplinked to you and for what duration you would recommend that we cover - number of days. CDR Okay, Crip. We sure will. CC PLT, Houston. If you can work it in for us at the end of this rev we would appreciate it if you can give us a - a STANDARD on 52, a STANDARD MODE at the roll of minus 5400. PLT Will do, Crip. CC Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. Welre 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again in 6-1/2 minutes over Ascension at 19:06, 19:06, and we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump there. CC Bill, in the blind. If you can hear me we'd like XUV SLIT to WHITE LIGHT DISPLAY. and PAO 24 seconds Skylab Control at 19 hours greenwich mean time. That last 1 minute call from Bob

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Crippen went up after we had loss of signal through Vanguard, according to our telemetry Nere. But he did want to get a message in on changing the configuration of the solar telescopes. We're coming up again on another acquisition in 4 minutes from now and we expect that message will go through to them. Still about ii minutes of daylight left for the this Skylab solar pass. 1:30 p.m. today, not too long from now, there'll be a press conference with William C. Schneider, the Skylab Program Director, Kenneth Kleinknecht, the Skylab Program Manager for the Johnson Space Center, and Stan Reinartz, the Deputy Skylab Program Manager from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. That's at 1:30 p.m. central standard time, and that will be the 28-day mission review of the present Skylab mission. Today is the crew's 28th mission day. They'll ble breaking the mark of the first Skylab crew tomorrow morning. We'll leave the line up live for air-to-ground through Aslcensin. The Ascension pass is about a 6-1/2 minute pass. We're still about 3-1/2 minutes from acquisition of signal _t that antenna. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Ascension, and we have you for about 6-1/2 minutes, doing the data/voice recorder dump. And Bill, under the TV section on XUV SLIT would you take that to WHITE LIGHT DISPLAY for us? PLT Rog; I've already got it on. CC We showed you in - still in the LIMB POINTING mode and we need to go to WHITE LIGHT DISPLAY, should have warmed while ago when I asked for that STANDARD mode. PLT Okay. I've got it. CC Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. We'll see you again in about over Guam for a short pass at 19:51, 19:51. PLT If you folks could leave the tape recorder going while I finish up M487 I'd appreciate it. CC Okeydoke. PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours 13 minutes and 43 seconds Greenwich mean time. We've had loss of signal at Asscension. Our next acquisition is 37 minutes away from Guam. A reminder, that press conference at 1:30 p.m. with william Schneider, the Skylab Program Director, Kenneth Kleinknecht, the Skylab Program Manager for Johnson Space Center, and Stan Reinartz, the Deputy Skylab Program Manager from Marshall Space Flight Center_ will be under way in the Building i briefing room in about 15 minutes from now. This is Skylab Control. It's now 14 minutes and 12 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylah Control at 20 hours 25 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab about a minute and a half away from the Vanguard tracking ship. We have a minute's worth of tape from the Guam site during the news conference. We'll play that and then go into Vanguard pass live. CC Skylab, Houston, we're AOS Guam for 2-1/2 minutes and we're going to be doing a data/voice recorder dump here. CDK Roger, Houston. CC Skylab, Houston, we're about 30 seconds from LOS. We'll see you again over Goldstone in 35 minutes. And we'll also be doing a data voice recorder dump there to pick up some data that we missed out on earlier and that's at 20:28, 20:28. PAO This is Skylab Control that's the end of the tape. We're up live about 40 seconds to acquisition at Vanguard. CC Skylab, Houston, we're AOS through Vanguard for ii minutes. We'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump here. CDR Roger, Crip. And on the subject of forecast, I think maybe - what I'd like to suggest is that we do something like a 5-day forecast every 3 days. That way it gives us two - two chances to mull over about every day that you got forecasted. And 5 days probably is as far as you guys would want to forecast anyway, I would imagine. And every 3 days sounds like a reasonable frequency. CC Okay, it so happens you hit pretty close to what - Mr. Puddy here was thinking you would. So, 5 every - a forecast for 5 days every 3 days and we'll we'll try to get that in work and get that up to you pretty soon. Hey, Jer, while I got you on the line here, we've been seeing that you've been cranking down your temperature, or trying to crank down your temperature in - in the workshop there. And we it's getting up about 78 degrees or so. And it so happens that the cooling system's putting out about all it's got so it's not really accomplishing much turning that thing down. A recommendation if - if you're getting a little bit warm is you might use the technique they tried on previous flights, of taking a portable fan up in the dome area by the hatch there and blowing from the workshop back up towards over that heat exchanger, towards the MDA. CDR Okay, thank you, Crip. We'll give it a go. CC Okeydoke. I take it is getting a little bit warm in there. CDR Houston, CDR.

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2. Just as I was finishing the last - you know the second and last exposures, which was a times one quarter. The mirror went unstable, it really went bananas while it was going from minus 45 down to about plus 1 or 2_ and then back up to minus 45. I stopped it and got it going on the next one. It seems to have stabilized now, and its not pulling any more funnies. I tried to shift to a short wavelength on on the last one and it wouldn't do it. I waited a little while and tried it again and it shifted over to a short now. So, I'm redoing the - the one on this one, it's a normal wavelength short. CC Okay, believe we copy all that. Let us think about it for awhile. And if we get a reoccurence, please let us know. CDR Okay. They seem to be just kind of random funnies. CDR Houston, I might add also, that very frequently the limb offset will dither between 1 and 2, rather than staying stable_ at i offset value. CC I - I'm being told that's a normal condition, Jer. And we're looking at it right now, and it looks pretty good to us at this moment. CDR Yeah, it's looking very stable right now. CC Okeydoke. CC Skylab, Houston, we're 1 minute from LOS. We'll have you again over Ascension in 3 minutes. And that's at 20:41. And for your information, we show the VTR is essentially full right now, we're going to take control of it, and we'll be dumping it tonight during your sleep period. CDR Okay. PAO This is Skylab Control. Vanguard has loss of signal. Over the Ascension Island station will pick up Skylab in about a minute and a half. We'll continue to keep the line up and monitor through Ascension. END OF TAPE

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CC Skylab, Houston; AOS Ascension 9 minutes. CDR Roger Crip, and you better have them teleprint up a message 2904 Alfa again, the PLT details looks like the first couple of lines didn't make it. CC Okay, you're very much on the alert for the woodpecker working. CDR Yeah he's doing such a good job we'll have to feed him some moth eegs. CC We'll never know if they go into diapause if you do that. CDR We've given up hope. CC Yeah we got more than 40 days yet, never give up hope. CDR It's kind of nerve wracking waiting another 40 days to become parents though. CC You ought to know Jerry. CC CDR, Houston, we've resent that message, it should be on board now and when you get a chance were the first two lines completely missing or just unreadable on that message? CDR No they were missing Crip. CC Okay, understand. Just skipped a couple of blanks. CDR That's affirmative. It's coming in now. CC Jer, we copy we're dropping off in flow again on the ATM C&D, you got time we'd appreciate if you could check the sound also the Delta-P light. CDR Okay, we got the Delta-P light and the message came up okay for the PLT. CC Copy that. We're 1 minute from LOS we'll have you again at Guam in 36 minutes at 21:25, 21:25. We'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump there. And can you tell us if you hit a stop on the 82B auxiliary timer prior to selecting wavelength short when you had the problem awhile ago? CDR As I remember Crip it had already timed out on a normal and it was due for a times one quarter and it was sitting there with a ready light. I tried going to to short to see if would go there and it wouldn't go to short and it appeared that I'd just done a normal sequence in long. So I left it in short and did the times one quarter sequence and after that put it to long and it went right in with no problem. CC Okay, you did not - I take it you did not hit a stop then? CDR Not that I remember. CC And can yon tell us if that stop problem

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- the wavelength problem occurred in the building block i0 just after the mirror oscillation? CDR No that was about two building blocks later. CC Okay, thank you. CDR That's w_y I said it appeared to be a funny because it didn't occur close enough to the oscillation to be connected with it. CC Okeydoke, and we copy the flows starting to come back up about now. For your information we indicated it went all the way to zero. PAO This is Skylab Control CDR It sounds like that noise in the airlock module is where the pump is. It's sort of a whining noise and as you were talking to me saying that the pressure was (garble) it - it wounded like the pump was (garble) - CC Over the hill, Jer, I can't get you. PAO This is Skylab Control we had loss of signal at Ascension. Before Jerry Cart could complete description of the ATM control and display console coolant loop. Flight Controllers here in Mission Control just shortly before LOS had noticed the pressure dropping off again, as it has done several times during this flight. Asked the crew to listen to the pump to the loop to see what kind of sound they heard. Pressure went to zero and then started back up again and it was coming up as we had LOS. Skylab Commander Carr was describing what he'd heard has we had loss of signal. We did hear him mention a whining sound. That's the same description they had reported earlier today when the situation occurred previously. Skylab is 31 minutes away from acquisition at Guam at 20 hours 54 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. random mirror END OF TAPE

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PAO This is ISkylab Control at 21 hours 24 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is about to be acquired through the Guam t_acking station. CC Skylab, Houston AOS Guam i0 minutes. And Skylab will be doing a data/voice recorder dump here. CC For the CDR, Jer we missed your dissertation on what the sound of the pump was like as you were going over the hill. If you have time this pass we would appreciate hearing what you have to say. CDR Roger, Crip. Is that a pump we're listening to or is that a flow control valve? CC Could be a pump. CDR Okay, it really sounds very, very unwell. The normal full up running pumps sound is a nice high hum or buzz. And when - when the light starts flashing and you go over and listen to it, you can hear the pump lugging down like it's being loaded down very badly. And the - the hum or the buzz or the whine what ever you want to call it begins to sort of undulate in a random fashion. It's not a constant frequency oscillation of any kind. It goes down to a low frequency and then creeps its way part way up and then staggers back down though. It sounds just like a pump being loaded down very heavily. And finally when the light goes out, and everything is balanced out again the pump sounds normal. And once during this last night pass it did it again, and Ed and I both laid there and listened to it. It just sound like that the pump is being loaded down something fierce. CC Okay, we copy all that, appreciate you taking the time to check it for us. CDR Roger. CC Skylab for your information regarding the moth eggs. I'm being told that really we might expect few of them to break diapause in late January or early February. But most should be in March unless something unexpected happens. CC Would you believe I said all that with out giggling CDR CC once. You're I keep doing trying. better, Crip. the the unexpected?

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CC Skylab, Houston we're i minute from LOS. We'll see you over the Vanguard in 31 minutes, thatts at 22:05, 22:05. That's assuming that Bruce hasn't taken the mike by then. PAO This is Skylab Control. Guam has loss of signal. Skylab will be within range of the tracking ship Vanguard in 28-1/2 minutes. At 21 hours 36 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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acquisition through the tracking ship Vanguard. CC Skylab, this is Houston, through the Vanguard for i0 minutes. A question for the PLT. When we went over the hill at LOS, we didn't notice you emersed the S193 operations did they come off as scheduled? Over. PLT I got one of the exposures the MI31, did not finish until 45 and that only gave me time when I got setup to do the 1/12. 60 exposure. CC Okay, we copy. CDR Houston, CDR. CC Go ahead, Houston. CDR Roger, I don't know if this was planned or not, but when we put the carrousel in and turned the power on we found that setting position 9 we had to advance it to auto to 21. CC Okay, wait a minute run that one by again 3 Jerry. You installed the carrousel, you turned the power on and the plate thing read number 9, right? CDR That's affirmative. So, we had to go ahead and reset until it went up to number 21. And I'm wondering if that's what you expected on the ground? CC I don't think that's what we expected, but confirm for me that you made the one exposure that you made was 12 plates farther down from where you installed it, is that correct? CDR Oh, I guess that's what it means, if you take 9 from 21. CC Yeah, okay, I'm just trying to make sure we were all talking the same language. Okay, we got a little bit of time until the next set of ops in 2 hours, we'll get back to you with some talk on the subject. But don't try to remove the carrousel or do anything to it in the meantime. CDR Okay. PLT Bruce, I have a question for ATM. CC Fire when ready. PLT I'm finishing up a pad, so I was getting ready to set up the grating's for the next watch and the grating that called out is 594, and I think that's optical reference. Everything all day long has been mechanical reference, but I think that's probably the 492 line. Would you check on that so I can get the set up, and get the next person briefed properly? CC PLT, this is Houston. That's correct. The number is 594, and it is intended to be an optical reference. PLT Rog_ 594, optical reference. Thank you very much. CC Roger.

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CC Skylab, this is Houston, i minute to LOS, Next station contact in ii minutes through Canary Island at 22:25, Out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab is out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. Canary Island station will acquire Skylab in 9-1/2 minutes, At 22 hours 16 minutes Greenwich mean time. This is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours 24 minutes Greenwich mean time. Canary Island station will acquire Skylab in about 40 seconds, wetll stand by for that pass which will carry Skylab through the Madrid station also. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Canary Island and Madrid for 13 minutes. Out. CC Okay, it sounds like we've got a better lockon now at 12-1/2 minutes remaining in the Canary/Madrid pass. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston; i minute to LOS, next station contact in 27 minutes through Guam at 23:06. Out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab is out of range of the Madrid station. Guam will be the next station contact in about 26 minutes. Flight Director Don Puddy is scheduled his change-of-shift news conference for 5:15 p.m. central standard time in the news center briefing room in Building i. 5:15 p.m. for the change-of-shift briefing with Flight Director Don Puddy. At 22 hours 40 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours 4 minutes Greenwich mean time. Guam is about to acquire Skylab. We'll stand by for that pass. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Guam for 4 minutes. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston 1 minute till Next station contact in 6 minutes through Honeysuckle at 23:15. Out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab's a minute away from acquisition at the Honeysuckle station, 5-minute pass there. We'll keep the line up and monitor that pass. The change-of-shift news conference with Flight Director, Don Puddy will begin immediately after the Honeysuckle pass. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Honeysuckle Creek for 4-1/2 minutes for the CDR. Over. CDR Go ahead Bruce. LOS. Creek CC Okay, I got some words for you on S183 situation, but first off a question. I believe you were the last person to operate S183 with the other carrousel, carrousel 2-2 in place. And can you recall advancing the film back to the 01 position prior to turning the power off at the end of your operation period? Over. CDR Frankly no Bruce, it was much too long ago. CC Rog, we copy and we understand. Some time later on today if you could, check carrousel 2-2 and see if the dot is lined up with the film gate. We think that probably what happened is between, maybe one person doing the operation and another doing the stow it was removed while setting on plate 9 which would be about a 90-degree misalignment. But getting back to the 183 K operations impending what we would like you to do is not to advance the carrousel. Take the Kohoutek exposure using the next film plate. The indicator should read number 22 when you power up. However, if it does not read 22 record the number and press on with the exposure and the ops, and at the end of the operations advise us of your status. If the indicator, and do not turn the power off until we get back to you, if the indicator does read 22 when you power up then you're go to - go ahead and remove the carrousel at the end of operations in accordance with the stow by advancing it to the 09 position and remove it on that. After carrousel removal you want to resync the spectrograph assembly back to 1 that is back to 01 by turning the power on the plate advance switch to reset and hold it, and then off when the

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12/13/73 indicator reads 01 CDR out, is that right? CC CDR number 2-2 if the then that's what the tape of that taped it. I I was doing on tape of the data. On it to come up on ahead and remove to i. If it does plate anyway and CC and power back it to off. Over. Okay, that's with the film carrousel That's correct.

Okay, now going back to carrousel procedure said to go back to zero I did. I think if they will review last operation, I - I think I probably was putting every single step that I so they should be able to dig it out this particular one now, we'll expect flight number 22. If it does we'll go it and step it on down to zero or correction not come up on 22 we_ll take the next then hold until we hear from you. That's correct if if it does come

up on 22 go ahead and make the exposure on that plate and when you get through with that exposure remove it by advancing it to 9, and remove on 9 then resync things. If it doesn't come up on 22 as you said, record the number take the exposure and leave the power on until you get back to us. Over. CDR Okay, Bruce understand. CC And we got 1 minutes till LOS here. Next station contact through Canary Islands in 45 minutes, at the time of 00:04, see you there. CDR See you later Bruce. PAO This is Skylab Control. Honeysuckle has loss of signal. The next station is Canary Island in 43-1/2 minutes. The change of shift news conference with Flight Director, Don Puddy will begin momentarily in the building 1 briefing room. At 23 hours 20 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is pass midnight Greenwich mean on pass beginning at Canary the Madrid tracking station. CC Skylab, and Madrid for 14 minutes. tape

Skylab time. Island this We'll

Control at 3 minutes Skylab is coming up and extending through through Canary a data/voice

is Houston be dumping

recorder at Madrid. Out. PA0 This is Skylab Control. Skylab is maneuvering to the S183 experiment attitude for comet Kohoutek photography. CC Skylab, this is Houston, i minute till LOS. Next station contact in 28 minutes - 34 minutes through Honeysuckle Creek at 00:51. Out. CDR Roger, Bruce and we're looking at frame 22 on S183. CC Hey, that's good news Jerry. Thank you. PAO This is Skylab Control, Madrid has loss of signal. The next station will be Honeysuckle in 33 minutes. At 17 minutes pass midnight Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 0 hours 49 minutes Greenwich mean time. Honeysuckle is about to acquire Skylab. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Honeysuckle Creek for 7-1/2 minutes. Out. CDR Roger Bruce. On S183 I sequenced it around to station number 9, removed the canister, and we had one frame sticking out again, clear out. I looked it over and it was intact. I pushed it in and the hatch closed and I removed a piece of glass. CC Okay, we copy. What did the piece of glass look like? CDR Stand by I'll describe it to you. CDR Okay, it's another piece of the emulsion glass. This time I got a corner. The sides of the corner are about a half inch by about 5/8 of inch respectively, and the third side of it is almost smooth perfect arc. And there's about 1/8 of an inch or 3/32 of an inch boundary around the glass before you get to the - the - the emulsion; that is a clear boundary. And the emulsion is the whitish yellow looking emulsion. CC Okay, we copy that. On the one that was sticking out, which you pushed back in, did you notice the number on it? Over. number CDR on No, it. the light was too dim to see the

CC Okay, we copy. Thank you for your report. CDR Roger. SPT Houston, SPT. CC Skylab for the CDR. In connection with S183, if we come up with another instance of a plate jamming in the partially extended position, what we would like you to do is remove that plate rather than pushing it back in, and let the hatch go closed and then we can get the number off it and find out where we really stand on things. Over. CDR Okay. CC And for the SPT, go ahead, sorry about that. SPT Okay Bruce, I'd like to verify that 82B or 82A was to participate. And JOP 1 or building block IC rather than or IB rather than IA. I would think they'd rather have a roll of zero rather than minus 5400. CC with the pad as a part of SPT could give everything that chip SPT, this is Houston. you have on board which Bravo rather than Alfa. We'd like to go is operating 82A Over. if sometime they it goes against

Okay Bruce, I'm wondering me some reasoning for that, because we've learned about the instrument.

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can work it in for the evening status report this evening, we'd like to get the daily scribe mark position report on carrousel ll and 22. Over. CDR Okay Bruce. CC And we don't you to realign anything there Jerry. Just use one of the ATM overlays or something and get us an angle reading as close as you could, so we can figure out what's really setting on and what's doing. We'd appreciate it. PLT Roger Bruce. PLT Bruce we just took a look at i-i the one he just got through using. The drill hole mark was clocked about l0 degrees counterclockwise from the slot position, using that as the 12 o'clock position. So it's you know like about 11:15 on the clock. CC Okay, we copy. Thank you. We copy i0 degrees counterclockwise. PLT Rog. CC Skylab, this is Houston; 1 minute to LOS, next station contact in 34 minutes through Merritt Island at 01:31. Bermuda at 01:31 will be SPT private phone call right antenna shifting to left as the pass progresses. Over. SPT Thank you Bruce. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab has moved out of range of the Honeysuckle station. The Merritt Island, Florida station will pick up Skylab in 33 minutes. At 0 hours 58 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 1 hour 30 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is about to begin a pass at the Merritt Island, Florida tracking station that will extend through the Bermuda station. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Merritt Island and Bermuda for 12-1/2 minutes. SPT private phone call coming up over Bermuda in about 45 seconds, right antenna switching to left. Out. SPT Roger, Bruce. PAO This is Skylab Control. This is dinner time for the Commander and the Pilot. Science Pilot's dinner time was about an hour ago to enable him back on to the Apollo telescope mount console. his phone call he'll go back on the ATM console other hour or so. CC Skylab, this to LOS. Next station contact in Madrid at 01:46. Out. to get Following for an-

is Houston 30 seconds 3-1/3 minutes through

PAO This is Skylab Control. Bermuda has loss of signal. Madrid will pick up Skylab in less than 3 minutes. We'll keep the line up and monitor through Madrid. END OF TAPE

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Skylab this is Houston, through Madrid minutes. We'll be dumping the data/voice tape at Carnarvon next site, and also the evening status

at Carnarvon. CC Skylab, this is Houston, i minute to LOS. Next station contact in 26 minutes through Carnarvon at 02:19, with the data/voice tape recorder dump. And we'll be standing by at AOS for the evening status and carrousel report. Over. CDR Roger, Bruce. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab is out of range of the Madrid station now. The next station will be Carnarvon in 24 minutes. At i hour 55 minutes Greenwich mean END time, OF TAPE this is Skylab Control.

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PAO This is Skylah Control at 2 hours 18 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab coming off upon a pass through Carnarvon and Honeysuckle. The evening status report will he made during the Carnarvon pass. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Carnarvon and Honeysuckle for 15 minutes. Go ahead with the evening status report. Over. CDR Okay Bruce. Sleep: CDR, 7.0, 5 heavy 2 light; SPT, 7.5, 5 heavy, 2-1/2 light; PLT, 6.5, 6-1/2 heavy. Volume; CDR, 1200; SPT, 1250; PLT, 1500. Water gun: CDR, 7357; SPT, 2684; PLT, 8790. Body mass: CDR, 6.319, 6.318, 6.317; SPT, 6.366, 6.369, 636 - correction, 6.371; PLT, 6.240, 6.246, 6.246. Exercise: CDR, method Alfa correction - method Foxtrot, walk, plus 2 minutes; SPT, no change; PLT, no change. Medications: none for anyone. Garments disposed of: CDR, one pair of shorts, one T-shirt, one pair of socks; SPT, none; PLT, none. Food log: CDR, salt, zero, deviations, minus one coffee with sugar, rehydration water, zero; SPT, 11.5 salt, deviations, none, water, plus 28 ounces; PLT, salt, zero, plus deviations, plus one butter cookies, rehydration water, zero. Flight Plan deviations: none. Shopping llst accomplishments: none. Inoperable equipment: none. Unscheduled stowage: none. Photo log: 16-millimeter, one 40-foot DAC; S183 ops, Uniform Alfa 04, 88, NA; Nikon, 01, Charlie India, 36, 27; 02, no change, 03, Charlie India, ii0, 55; 04, no change; 05, Bravo Hotel, 04, 53. 70-millimeter, Charlie X-ray, 47, 050; ETC, no change; EREP, no change. Drawer A configuration: no change. S183 carrousels: i-i, the drilled hole is 15 degrees counterclockwise from the shutter; 2-2, the line is perpendicular to the shutter, that's 90 degrees. We don't know which way. CDR out. CC Okay, Jerry, we copy that, and that's where we expected - sort of anticipated the S183 thing would sit, and Iive got a couple of evening questions for you if you all feel like meet the press time here. CDR Okay. Go ahead. CC For the PLT tomorrow on the M509 preparation, during prep battery number 6 will be installed in the ASMU. Battery 7 left in the donning station where it will be put on charge for 3 or 4 hours with the topoff. In his details or in his Flight Plan at about 18:45, there's a BAT 7 termination and BAT 6 initiate charge, and we'd like to do the BAT 6 charge with the battery left in pl&ce in the ASMU. And you can follow the appropriate page in the checklist - Maneuvering Experiments Checklist 1-2 for battery chlarging while installed. Over. PLT Rog. Copy Bruce. CC Okay. Oin the ATM world, we're still looking

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at the S082B mirror problem. And you could help us out on this in a couple of ways. First, is if you observe the 82B mirror oscillation again, we'd like you to switch immediately to the XUV slit white light display, and report any oscillations or offselet - or offsets. Then you can go ahead and reselect limb scan, limb pointing and resume operations. With regard to what you have seen on the mirror oscillations, did you see the oscillation on both the XUV mirror meter display and on the counter 3 display of limb offset. Over. PLT Bruce, I was only looking at counter 3. CC Okay, we're just trying to get ducks in a row here. And with respect to S082B wavelength talkback predisperser, I told you to go to the command position during today's operations. This is an idiosyncrasy of the instrument, which has occurred frequency (sic) during the prelaunch testing. shows up either when operating in an auto mode or when commanded from the C&D console. The cause of the anomaly is unknown and further details and corrective actions on this can be found under XUV slit operational procedures, page 13-3 in the ATM Malfunction Procedures. Over. PLT Okay Bruce. I guess all it cost us was few frames of film taken at the wrong value. CC Roger. And for Ed, have you been able to measure the white light coronagraph obliqueness between MON 1 and MON 2? Over.

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SPT No, not yet, Bruce. CC Okay. Now for some good news. On tomorrow's Flight Plan on day 29, we're deleting the leg blood pressure activity from the Flight Plan. This effects the PLT. Over. END OF TAPE

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He heard you Bruce. Okay, we'll remind you again tomorrow, 21:00 Zulu. Also for the PLT, in looking

through the dump tapes we have not yet received data on the mission day ll limb volume measurements. And our conclusion is that it was not accomplished. Is this correct? CDR Bruce, this is the CDR. I'm going to go back and research my whole flight plan. But the latest the last data we have on the measurements was day 327. CC Okay, we copy and thank you. For the SPT. Were you able to accomplish M487-2 Bravo yesterday? SPT Did it this morning. CC Okay, mighty fine, sorry to bug you. CC And again for the SPT we have a note here from time and motion study people. After looking at the TV presentation of your suit donning after seeing the playback suit donning tonight it brings to mind that during one g training Dr. Gibson always has the most pained expressions during the donning of the suit. The MISI personnel commented on this several times and developed the " SPT grimace quotient". They would like pass along to you that they have reviewed the suit donning TV dump, and feel that your grimace quotient for the zero g operations is several magnitudes less than the one g one. Over. SPT I kept them honest on the DAC though, Bruce. CC Okay, we copy, thank you. CDR You should have heard what he was saying while he wasn't grimacing though. CC I think Itm glad I couldn't hear. CC And that about winds up the evening status report/evening questions. When we get the news if we get it before you turn in we'll read some up. I remind you the med-conference is the Merritt Island pass at 03:06 and we've got about 6 minutes of station time remaining here but I have no further traffic. Over. CDR Bruce, tomorrow I see on the schedule we have an ETC setup again and an MISI. I wonder would you like to have somebody take a picture of Ed setting up to take a picture of ETC? CC Well, he's been through that routine so many times he probably has that pretty well polished. I think we better just stick with the flight plan. CT In England? I'ii I'ii verify that. Yeah, fine. CC Skylab, this is Houston; i minute to LOS_ next station contact in 31 minutes through Corpus Christi but Merritt Island in 32 minutes at 03:06 is your private medical conference for this evening running on through 03:16

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12/13/73 We may see you at the tail end over Bermuda. Out. PAO This is _kylab Control. The Skylab space station is out of range of Honeysuckle now. The station at Corpus Christi, Texas will acquire in 30 minutes. At 2 hours 35 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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CC_ Skylab Houston, we're back in again. We see tha[ you've shut down the coolant loop. This is nothing critical, and I got about a minute or so worth of background on it for you, which we'll try and get up over Bermuda or Madrid after the medical conference. And I guess from the time stand point I'ii the medics after one question. CC In fact, I think until Bermuda. Out. turn I'ii you hold over that to question

PAO This is Skylab Control. The evening medical status conference is underway now through the Merritt Island station. The ATM control and display panel coolant loop has been shut down for the evening. The plan now is to shut that loop down each night and reactivate it in the morning. The CAP COMM Bruce McCandless, will inform the crew of the rationale behind this decision after the medical conference is over. after CC the medical Skylab, conference. this is Houston Over. back with you

SPT Roger. CC Okay, we had a little bit of a comm problem there with the noise and all that before. What we asked you to do was to shut down the ATM C&D coolant loop after unattended operations. And of course this you did, and it's going to be standard operating procedure for the foreseeable future here. As your undoubtedly aware of the frequency of deep flow stoppages in the C&D loop has been increasing over the last few days. We're still investigating the causes of this. And in this connection in the near future we will be scheduling you to do a detail inspection of the ATM coolant loop reservoir blotter probably with a pen light and anything else that we can work out in the way of inspection procedures. Later on we will probably also ask you to do a filter change out and dismantle and inspect the filter that was removed. And of course as the third step of this, as I mentioned, we'll be shutting the coolant loop down every evening after the last scheduled operation and powering it up in the morning. For the next couple of days we'll give you calls for the power up and down until we get a checklist change processed through the mill here. The three leading candidates for the causes of the problems with the coolant loop are gas, contamination in the loop, and pump anomalies. As you know we have shut down pump A figuring it to be failed. Pumps Bravo and Charlie are, if it's a pump anomaly, exhibiting the same sort of anomalies, maybe slightly different levels.

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The testing and analysis thathave been done to date, particular in St. Louis, do not support the circulating gas theory. In fact, the results they got were actually contrary indicators of circulating gas. So we feel pretty sure that it's either contamination or pump trouble. CDR Okay Bruce. I can hardly wait for that checklist change. CC Well, surprising you mentioned that because I have the singular honor of informing you that the teleprinter paper is low again. And we would like very much for you to change it out before you turn in this evening, so we can press on with our checklist change uplink, although the one that you referenced won't be amongst them tonight. And we've got about 35 seconds to LOS. Next station contact is in 4-1/2 minutes through Madrid at 03:24, and I'ii be talking to you there. Over. CDR Okay Bruce. So long. CC And as we go over the hill, in the photo status report this evening, you reported that Charlle X-ray 47 was in the Hasselblad. We think this probsbly should have been Charlie X-ray 17 instead of 47, which you reported last evening. I wonder if you could check it during the LOS period? And if you did change it out, where was Charlie X-ray 17 stowed? Over. CDR No. You're right. It was 17. CC Okay. Talk to you over Madrid with the
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PAO This is Skylab Control. Bermuda has loss of signal. Madrid will pick up Skylab in about 3-1/2 minutes. We'll keep the line up and monitor through that station as CAP COMM Bruce HcCandless informed the crew that Apollo Telescope Mount control and display panel coolant loop will be shut down each evening and reactivated each morning. He reported on the three most suspect causes for the flow fluctuations in that loop, gas in the line, contamination, or a pump problem. Troubleshooting is still going forward in this area and the experts are still looking at the data. Have not determined yet what the problem is. We're a little over 2 minutes away from Madrid acquisition. END OF TAPE

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reeonfiguration up in! the airlock module. Over. CDR Roger, go ahead. CC Okay. During some of the earlier EREP passes on this mission, the secondary amp hour integrator on some of the PCGs got out of sync with the primary switch were in control, and they've been very slowly catching up. However, to hasten this process of catching up, we're going to command the secondary amp hour integrators on PCGs 5 and 6, into control of PCGs 5 anld 6. more rapidly. And we'll keep you Over. And catch them advised of the up a lot status.

CDR Roger. CC And in the news this evening, there's some good news and some bad news. First the bad news, General Motors Corporation upped its wholesale prices to dealers, by an average of $150 dollars per car and truck shipped out today. This is about a 4 percent price hike bringing the price increase at retail, for equipped vehicles to an average of $188 dollars. Chrysler, Ford, and American Motors say they will do likewise. Although the increase becomes effective rod _, bona fide orders in dealers hands would have customer protection through December 15th. Billionaire recluse Howard Hughes made the news today. Officials at the Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, say, he and three other aviation pioneers will be inducted into the Hall of Fame tomorrow. Hughes is credited for furthering commercial aviation and medical research and for his prototype of the revolutionary fighter interceptor airplane used in World War II. He also took active part in the development of the Lockheed Constellation aircraft and that famous wooden flying boat the Hercules. Colonel Bernt Balchen, who died earlier this year is to be honored as the first man to pilot a plane over both the North and South Pole. Brigadier General Charles Yeager will be honored as a double Ace of World War II and the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Dr. E.A. Sperry gets honored for sol_ing a number of aeronautical problems and his - and for His work with the gyroscope. The British government cut England's 40-hour work week in half today. Prime Minister Edward Heath said he was ordering the action, effective next Monday, because work slowdowns by coal miners, electrical workers and railroad engineers were cutting into Britain's power output at a time of oil shortages due to the Arab boycott. Three airlines announced flight personnel cutbacks today, because of fuel shortages. Allegheny Airlines, which serves the northeast part of the U.S. said it will cut flights by 30 percent. Eastern Airlines say they will lay off

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440 pilots by the first quarter of 1974. This is in addition to the 360 pilots due for furlough come January. They're also laying off another 2100 mechanics, agents, and 350 management personel over and above the 500 already announced. Pan American World Airways says i000 cabin attendants will be furloughed effective January 10th. They've already laid off 160 pilots. Independent truck drivers began a 2-day work stoppage today. The big rigs still plying the highways occasionally ran into flying bullets and bricks. Incidents of violence and vandalism have been reported at Pennsylvania and Ohio. Washington: The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved Ohio Senator William B. Saxbe to be Attorney General. The was vote was 15 to i. Senator Ervin, of North Carolina, cast the no vote. He claims Saxbe is constitutionally House for appointment. Again in Washington. The ouse voted 221 to 192 to bar fuel for busing children beyond neighborhood schools. It also voted 256 to 155 to remove coal from the emergency energy bill's restrictions on profits by in - industry. The Agriculture Department said today an investigation by the department's Inspector General has cleared Kenneth Frick, head of the Agricultural Stablization and Conservation Service of any wrongdoing. The investigation was triggered by an anonymous letter questioning Fricks traveling to his home state of California at government expense. U.S. Secretary of State Kissinger arrived in Cairo today preparing for the Middle East peace conference scheduled next week. While in Algiers yesterday he met with Algerian President Houari Boumedienne and made progress on resuming diplomatic relations broken in 1967. Algerian Foreign Minister Aziz Boutaflika called the meeting a turning point in relations between the two countries. Police in Rome say billionaire J. Paul Getty's 17-year-old grandson may be returned by kidnappers any day now. It is rumored the family has paid out 3.4 million dollars in ransom. James Vorenberg , the Harvard Law School professor who quit as special consultant to the special Watergate Prosecutor when Archibald Cox was fired, announced today he is returning to aid Cox's successor Leon Jaworski, who reportedly made a personal request for his services. George Matesky, the "Mad Bomber" of yesteryear was freed in New York today after 17 years in a mental ward. He was arrested January 21, 1957 after planting 32 bombs in public places of New York City including Radio City Music Hall and Grand Central Station during the years from 1940 to 1957. Nobody was every killed, but 22 persons were injured by his bomb explosions. Matesky allegedly terrorized New York to draw attention to his claim that Consolidated Edison Company had cheated him out of compensation for turberculosis

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generated by an on-the-job accident. When questioned today as to his plans, Matesky said, "he would write a book." Tornadoes struck Tennessee add Georgia today after causing havoc at Denver, Colorado, yesterday. Today's estimates run well over 2 million dollars _orth of damage and injuries to at least 24 persons. Fourty-four houses and 8 mobil homes were reported destroyed and about 30 houses damaged. Most of the havoc was in the residential areas located 50 miles North - of Atlantic. The st - of Atlanta. The stock market nosedived lower again today. Analysts blame worries about the energy crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average which sank more than 40 points Tuesday and Wednesday lost another i0 points more to close at 800.43. Declines overran advances by a more than 3 to i margin in moderately active trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The market staged a brief rally this morning but lost ground after the British announcement that a drastic cut in energy supplies in that country would mean a 2-1/2 day work week for most businesses. Analysts also say Wall Street was disturbed by the confusion caused by the new Federal Energy Agency announcement yesterday of a 25 percent cut in domestic gasoline production, that we passed on to you, however, this was later announced by White House aides to be only a 5 percent cut. And the good news is that's all of the bad news for tonight. Over. SPT How'd you like a frame count, Bruce? CC Lay it on us, fast. SPT 3349, 119, 911, 4984, 3320, and I neglected H-alpha at the beginning which is 10310. CC Okay, we got them Ed, zero seconds to LOS. Next station contact in 28 minutes, Carnarvon at 03:59, last pass of the evening. Out. PAO This is Skylab Control. Madrid has loss of signal. Skylab will be in range of the Carnarvon station in 27 minutes. We have the mission surgeon's daily report on crew health for today, on Mission day 28. Crew health remains excellent. Sleep, exercise, and eating patterns are good, signed Jerry Hordinsky, M.D., for Dr. W.R. Hawkins, M.D. Carnarvon will be the last pass of the evening before bedtime for the crew. We'll come back up just prior to acquisition there. At 3 hours 33 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours 58 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab is about 50 seconds away from acquisition at the Carnarvon station. CC 8kylab, this is Houston through Carnarvon for 4 minutes, last pass of the evening. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston. 2 minutes to LOS. There's no real convenient wakeup site in the morning. We'll give you a call through Carnarvon at 12:12 Zulu, however we suggest you set your portable timers as alarm clocks to wake up at 12:00 Z. Over. CDR Okay Bruce. CC Roger, good night. CDR Good night. PAO This is Skylab Control. Skylab is out of range of the Carnarvon station now. That was the last pass of the evening before bedtime. We've said good night to the crew. Wakeup tomorrow morning will be at this same station, Carnarvon at 6:12 a.m. central standard time. We'll take this line down now until that time. At 4 hours 5 minute Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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acquisition of signal at the Carnarvon, Australia tracking station. The pass through Carnarvon will last a little less than 6 minutes. This will be the morning wakeup call from the ground, and we do expect the crew will probably be - awake for the last i0 or 12 minutes. The line is live now for airto-ground through Carnarvon. CC (Music: "The Blue Tail Fly".) CC Skylab, Houston, good morning. We've got 4 minutes left here in the pass at Carnarvon. CDR Morning, Richard. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute to LOS. Guam comes up at 12:27. PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 19 minutes 20 seconds Greenwich mean time. We're now out of range of the tracking antenna at Carnarvon, Australia. 7 minutes and 14 seconds to acquisition at Guam. The crew was awakened this morning by Spacecraft Communicator Dick Truly and Burl Ives singing "The Blue Tail Fly". We'll bring the line down now and bring it back up in another 5 minutes for the Guam pass. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 25 minutes and 42 seconds Greenwich mean time. A Skylab space station is now just about to come in acquisition of signal through the Guam tracking antenna. The pass through Guam should last a little less than 5 minutes. We'll bring the line up live now for our spacecraft communicator Dick Truly. CC Skylab, Houston; Guam for 4 minutes. Out. CC Skylab, Houston; we're i minute from LOS, Guam. Goldstone comes up at 12:49, and we're going to dump the data/voice recorder at Goldstone. Out. PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 32 minutes and 35 seconds Greenwich mean time. We're now 16 minutes from acquisition of signal at Goldstone and we've just gone out of range of the tracking antenna at Guam. This is Skylah Control at 32 minutes and 47 seconds after the hour. PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 47 minutes and 47 seconds Greenwich mean time. Wetre now 54 seconds from acquisition of signal through the Goldstone tracking station. The pass through Goldstone and Texas should last approximately 15 minutes. We'll bring the line up live now for air-to-ground through the Continental U.S. stations. CC Hello, Skylab, Houston; stateside for 15 minutes. CDR Roger, Dick. CC Roger, and we're going to be dumping the data/voice recorder here at Goldstone. CC Skylab, Houston; this morning whenever you've collected your load of paper from the woodpecker I've got a couple of comments for the SPT and the PLT. SPT We'll be with you in a few minutes, Dick. CC Okay, no problem. We still have ii minutes left in this pass; lots of time. CC And, SPT, Houston. We see a couple of switch throwings on the ATM° If you're up there I need to give you a couple of reminders about a couple of those pads that are up there. SPT Go ahead, Dick. CC Roger, Ed. First thing is is we'd like to make sure you get the ATM coolant pumps Charlie on panel 203 on prior to doing any extensive operations this morning, since we turned it off last night. Second item is, we sent up a in addition to the SAP pad we sent up a solar activity update pad that was message 2952 Alfa. We want you to he sure and read that ome before you start operations this morning. And just a reminder, down at the bottom of it it includes a pen and ink correction to the ATM schedule pad.

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Also on your details pad this morning you've got the first bright and early NuZ update. And that opportunity's coming up in about 8 minutes at 13:02. SPT Okay, Dick, I got them all. Thank you. CC Yes, sir. PLT Dick, PLT here. What pad do you have for a change for me on? CC Roger, Bil ! . It isn't even a change, I can tell you real fast. We sent up in preparations for your M509 preps, we inadvertingly uplinked the wrong message and then we sent the correct one. Your message number that you should use for that this morning is 2937 Alfa. And 2937 with no change letter should be thrown in the trash this morning. PLT (garble) . CC That's right, 2937 Alfa. And just anothher reminder on that pad and also the one for Jerry that supports M509_ you'll need to use those same pads tomorrow. So after you get through with the prep today be sure and don't throw them away and you can use them again tomorrow. CC And, Bill, I have one more item for you that you might want to jot down for your own planning. Your family COMM is set up this afternoon at 01:35 Zulu; the Carnarvon pass 01:35. PLT Roger, 01:35. CC Yes. SPT Houston, SPT. CC Yes sir, Ed, go ahead. SPT I'm looking at the white light coronagraph display. The streamer which was there at ii o'clock_ I'm sorry at 8 o'clock, which was fairly intent and very narrow_ is still evident but it's a little less bright, just barely (garble). And the remainder of the corona looks pretty much unchanged. I'm going over there and take a look and see what it looks like in H-alpha after I get my shopping list i. CC Okay, Ed, thanks for the update. CC Skylab, Houston; we're i minute to LOS. Vanguard comes up at 14:50. CDR Roger. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 4 minutes and 19 seconds Greenwich mean time. Wetre now 8 minutes and 44 seconds from acquisition at Vanguard and we've just gone out of range of the Texas antenna. This is Skylab Control at 4 minutes and 32 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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acquisition of signal through the tracking ship Vanguard. Pass through Vanguard should last approximately 10-i/2 minutes and we'll bring the line up live now for air-to-ground. CC Skylab, Houston. Vanguard for 7 minutes. SPT Houston, SPT. CC Go ahead, Ed. SPT Hello, Dick. I had a chance to go over and look at the limb in H-alpha now over the east side. And I don't see any prominence activity around 260. However, down around 240, there is some. I've got to get some coverage with the 55 mirror auto rasters down to line 14 or so all the way from 240 up to 270. And the patrol (garble) 56 and the shopping list item 2. What I'ii - get a little time t 9 I'ii wait and roll the 82B slit (garble) to change it to the limb and give them subnormal exposures just a couple are seconds off the limb, all the way up. CC Okay, Ed. Copied. SPT Looking at the XUV monitor picture, the - in general, it pretty much remains the same except over the east limb at ar - between 260 and 270 looks like we have something fairly hot coming around the corner. Even though we do get a lot of limb brightening and line of sight increase because of the double limb effect over there, it still looks pretty bright. CC Good show. Maybe something hot's coming. SPT Sure hope so. CC Roger. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 45 seconds from LOS at Vanguard. Tananarive comes up at 13:42. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 25 minutes and 5 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now crossing the South Atlantic and is out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. 16 minutes and 23 seconds to acquisition at the voice relay station at Tananarive on the Island of Madagascar. This is Skylab Control. It's now 25 minutes and 22 seconds after the hour. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 40 minutes and 40 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now 54 seconds from acquisition of signal at Tananarive. The pass through Tananarive should last approximately 3 minutes - a very brief pass through this tracking station. We'll bring the line up live now for air-to-ground through Tananarive. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Tananarive for 3 minutes. CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute to LOS from Tananarive. Goldstone comes up in about 45 minutes from now at 14:29 and we're going to be turning over to the famed Crimson team. So We'll see you guys in the morning.

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PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 45 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed out of range of the tracking antenna at Tananarive. We're now just about an hour from the Skylab crew's breaking of the record set by the first Skylab crew of Pete Conrad. That record 28 days, 49 minutes and 49 seconds will be broken this morning at 8:51 and 12 seconds. Astronauts working aboard the Skylab space station are going to be surveying the Earth with electronic scanners and special cameras this afternoon. This morning, Gerald Carr and William Pogue should be in the process of preparing the astronaut maneuvering unit. That's a nitrogen powered backpack being tested for future use in repairing satellites and for other work outside the space shuttle. Skylab's ultraviolet star camera will be pointed at the growing comet Kohoutek this morning. The comet_ now just 50,000,000 miles from the Sun, continues to grow in size and brightness as it speeds along it looping course at more than 130,000 miles per hour. Bill Pogue and Science Pilot Ed Gibson will spend several hours today gathering solar photography. Just a short time ago, Science Pilot Gibson, who is at work at the ATM control and display panel, indicated that he could see some signs of limb brightening - that is, to say brightness around the edge of the Sun that would appear to indicate an active region coming back into view. We do expect in the next couple of days that active region 87, which was quite prominent during the last mission, are quite prominent during the last pass around the Sun, may be coming back into view in the next few days. Scientists on the ground are anxiously awaiting for the added benefits of a solar eclipse. That eclipse, called an annullar eclipse, because it leaves a disk of sunlight around the edge, is expected to block the center of the Sun on December 24th. Skylab's instruments will view parts of the eclipse during six separate orbits, three of which will be operated by the ground unmanned before the crew is up at work and three which will be operated by the crew. Part of the day-before-Christmas solar eclipse will be seen near dawn for most of the United States, including the East Coast, Southeast and parts of the Midwest. This morning, the flight crew of Phil Shaffer, now going off duty, has been working on a 5-day forecast to be sent up to the crew later. That 5-day forecast will be one of the new changes for the crew. They did ask a little more detail on what would be going on and they'd like more frequent updates. So they will be getting a 5-day forecast twice a week. 5-day forecast for this week indicates that on day 30, which is tomorrow, they'll be doing S063 comet operations and airglow operations, M092 medical experiment on the Science Pilot,

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solar inertial pass to use the Earth terrain camera over Paraguay. Their first run of the M509, that's the astronaut manvuering unit of which TV 36-B is scheduled, the commander will be making the run. An ambient food inventory, and of course their daily operations of $233. Mission day 31, medical experiments again. This time_ M092 on the commander. Comet observations, twice with S019. Photo planned to get stellar absorption spectra through the comet's tail. S063 airglow experiment set - scheduled for mission day 31, which is Sunday. $201, comet operations - that's the comet camera far ultraviviolet electronigraphic (sic) camera that was sent up with this crew. And also a plan on doing some troubleshooting of this control and display panel coolant loop. That's the one that has shown fluid reductions a number of times and some indication that the pumplmay be in trouble. There is of course, a backup pump on that line. But they are concerned that it may increase the touch temperatures of the instruments and for that reason, limit the amount of use of the TV monitors. So they are going to do a coolant loop troubleshooting on mission day 31, 2 days from today. Mission day 32, which is Monday, is the crew day off. On the crew day off, they will be doing, however, S183 comet operations. Theytll also do an Earth resources pass, a predawn geothermal pass over Italy, on track 58. S063 ozone observations are also scheduled for Monday. And a possibility for the crew day off, is TV 81, which is of course their crew choice television. Mission day 33 which is next Tuesday - END OF TAPE

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Monday. And a possibility for the crew day off is TV 81, which is of course the crew choice television. Mission day 33, which is next Tuesday, is scheduled to be the first comet observations with the solar telescope equipment. Also scheduled for that day is a run of M092 on the Pilot, Bill Pogue and an Earth Resources pass that will require an early wakeup time. That's a predawn geothermal pass, as well as the one that is scheduled for the crew day off. And that one will take place over the Western United States and Central America. There are, of course_ Skylab instruments that are capable of seeing in the dark, essentially. And that's the purpose of that pass. They'll be using their thermal sensor on the multispectral scanner and possibly the infrared spectrometer. S063 ozone and comet observations are scheduled for Tuesday. And so is an atmospheric observation by the $201 comet camera. Also scheduled TV 77-2 for Tuesday's activities. Mission day 34 which is next Wednesday, M092, again will be performed on Sience Pilot Ed Gibson and a second run of M509, thatts the astronaut maneuvering unit. S019 comet observation and, of course, continuing solar activity which is scheduled for all of the days, as is the $233 twice daily comet observations. Today's activities are primarily a major EREP activity this afternoon after Earth resources pass and on Earth limb observation, scheduled for later today. This morning the preparation of M509 astronaut maneuvering unit, a comet photography with S019 today; that's also scheduled this morning with the commander doing the operations, and extended activity on ATM. Also scheduled for this afternoon is a run of MO92 on Science Pilot I'm sorry_ on Pilot Bill Pogue. This is Skylab Control, we're now 37-1/2 minutes from our next acquisition of signal. It's 51 minutes and 25 seconds after the hour. PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours 27 minutes and 47 seconds Greenwich mean time. We're now 55 seconds from acquisition of signal through the Goldstone tracking antenna. This pass through Goldstone should last a little less than 5 minutes. This time spacecraft communicator, Bob Crippen has taken over from Dick Truly and he'll be giving up the call. CC Good morning, Skylab° AOS Goldstone 4-1/2 minutes. CDR Good morning, Red Men. CC Good morning. Howts everything up in the Sky?

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CDR Doing fine. Just finished looking at Kohoutek. It's getting longer and stronger. CC Very good. Been going outside to see it in the morning. Haven't been able to do it with the naked eye yet. CDR No, Bill's been able to see it unaided for some time. And I saw it a couple of times out of the command module and haven't seen it since until last night and this morning, And you can see it again CC Very good. CC PLT, Houston. You got a moment, Bill? PLT Stand by i, Crip. CC Okay. No rush. CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. We'll see you again over the Vanguard in about 17 minutes at 14:50, 14:50. We'll be doing a data voice recorder dump. And Bill, all I was wanting to do was to make sure that you'd gotten the pen and inks that were called up this morning for this upcoming pass, which just said in the first or in the two J0P 24's you have coming up that we wanted mirror auto rasters for 55 and do an option B. PLT That's written in there, Crip. CC Very good. PLT I see it. CC Okay. PLT Thank you for reminding me. SPT Houston, SPT. CC About to go over the hill. Go. SPT Get you (Garble) CC later. PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours 34 minutes and 34 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now south of Baja, California. 15 minutes to our next acquisition of signal at the Vanguard tracking ship. During this last pass, Commander Jerry Carr, who performed the $233 twice daily comet photography, the morning run of that, indicated that he could see the comet quite clearly and it was brighter than before, and also longer. That has been the report. Here on Earth, it's a little bit more difficult now to observe the comet. It's coming up closer and closer to twilight and as a result, twilight brightening, that is brightening of the atmosphere is interfering with the viewing of the comet. It is still visible about 2 hours before sunrise every morning throughout the United States. Also, here in Mission Control a clock with bright letters has been lit up for the eastern test range at Cape Kennedy. You're unreadable. Have to catch you

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That's a pad test being performed on the Skylab rescue vehicle, which is now being prepared for use in the event something should go wrong later in the mission. Eastern test range clock is for pad test today at Cape Kennedy. 14 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. This is Skyla5 Control at 36 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours 49 minutes Greenwich mean time. We're now 55 seconds from acquisition of signal through the tracking ship Vanguard. The pass through Vanguard should last approximately ii minutes. Spacecraft communicator is Bob Crippen. And we're live now for air-to-ground at Vanguard. CC Skylab, Houston; AOS Vanguard. We have you for about ii minutes and we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump here. CDR Roger, Crip. CC i0, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, i, MARK. You guys have now been in orbit as long as the SL-II crew. Congratulations. CDR learned how to count Thank down you, from Crip. Hey, i0 backwards I see too. you finally

CC Truly retrained me this morning. CDR My golly, you're trainable. CC He claims he!s got to do it everytime I leave the console though. CDR Now maybe you'll teach us, Crip. CC Lots of luck on that. I can't teach myself anything. CDR You know, Crip, it's hard to believe that Pete and his guys went home on the 28th day because we kind of get the feeling we're just getting started. CC Well, it probably all depends on your point of view. When you go up there planning to stay 80 and some odd days, well, that - that's the best view to look at it. CDR SPT CC SPT CC SPT thing which I guess so. Houston, SPT. Go, SPT. Morning, Crip. Good morning, Edward. I'm looking at the XUV monitor and one not mention earlier was that there is

I did

a very prominent bright point located at around 241 degrees .39 radii. Or more specifically it was at a roll of minus 1728, up/down a plus 2, and a left/right around 378. It appears as an enhancement in the cromospheric network close to the vertice (sic) of a couple of cells. And it also has pretty much filled in a small filament channel which was running east west yesterday off of a larger filament channel running north south from the South Pole. Now I'ii talk a little bit more to it about when we get to Bill in the conference later on. But it may be something we want to keep an eye on today.

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CC SPT your life until trash airlock. CC SPT CC SPT EVA to the CC believe. CC SPT to do it.

Okay, appreciate that rundown on it, Ed. You know, Crip, something's missing from you've tried to biocide the inside of a That's lots of fun, huh? This place is superclean. Very good. Everybody's a good housekeeper. The CDR's made plans for the SPT to go airlock to straighten up the 02 tank. That'd be kind of a tight squeeze, I You think you could curl up and - (Garble) strong arm of the ejector ought If could curl up enough to climb in there That's at least got to be more fun than you (garble) at it. Had a little of that, too, Crip. Yes, I can - I can sympathize with that

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one. CDR Ed is captain of the head today. CC Congratulations, captain of the head. CC That's good training. SPT I told the CDR I wanted to get ahead and have a little authority, so he put me in the head and gave me a little authority. CC Very little. CC Tried to get ahead in this world. CC Skylab, Houston; we're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again in 14 minutes over Tananarive at 15:14, 15:14. SPT Roger, Crip. We'll see you then. CC Roger, doger. PAO Sk_lab Control at 15 hours 1 minute and 38 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylah space station is now over the South Atlantic and has passed out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. During this last pass we had some conversation between Science Pilot Ed Gibson who was talking about cleaning the trash airlock with biocide. He said the space station was extremely clean, and of course, as we know from previous studies it is, in fact, about as clean as a surgical operating room. And also Bob Crippen, the spacecraft communicator, told the crew that they had now passed the record set by the first Skylab team of Pete Conrad, Joseph Kerwin and Paul Weitz. That record was 29 days

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PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 13 minutes end 27 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now just south of the Cape of Good Hope about to he acquired through voice relay station at Tananarive on the island of Madagasgar. The pass through Tananarive should last about 10-1/2 minutes. The Spacecraft Communicator is still Bob Crippen. This is Skylab Control, we're live now for air-to-ground at Tananarive. CC Skylab, Houston, we're AOS Tananarive for 9 minutes. CDR CC TV 47 is complete, Very good. Crip.

CC CDR, Houston. Are you busy now, Jer, or could I give you something that we need to change on this upcoming housekeeping in the command module today? CDR No, go ahead. CC Okay, I can tell you what it is, might give you time to pull out the CSM Systems Checklist to note it. This is going to be a change for today only, and it's not a permanent change to the checklist. Do you have that CSM Systems Checklist handy? take CDR notes. It's up in the command module, but I'ii

CC Okay. On page 4-3 of the Systems Checklist we would like you for today only on the suits to not do the suit heat exchanger primary glycol valve to FLOW i minute and then back to BYPASS. We're just going to leave it where it is. And the reasoning behind this is you might recall that it leaked back on Al's flight, and in test at the rescue vehicle at the Cape it has leaked also. And since it's not leaking now we decided to - think that weld be better off not cycling it or at least it's going to minimize of inducing a leak. And we're considering making permanent change, but we haventt done that yet. CDR primary flow CC that one. test Okay, that's page 4-3. for i minute. That's affirmative. We It's the probability this a the suit heat exchanger

do not want

to do

CDR Okay. CC Skylab, Houston, we're i minute from LOS. We'll have you again in Hawaii in 36 minutes at 5 -oh, it's about 16:00. And I guess you'll be out looking at the comet at that time. I'm being told that wetre misprouncing the name of it, that it's not Kohoutek, but Kohoutek. PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 25 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now over the Indian Ocean and is voice relay station. out of range of At the present the Tananarive tracking time we're approximately

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35 minutes from our next acquisition of signal and that will be at Hawaii. During this last pass the crew was told that they should not be cycling the suit heat exchanger glycol loop valve. That glycol loop valve which is in the command module is cycled once a week and has been during this mission but a careful look at the rescue vehicle down at Cape Kennedy and also at the previous Skylab command module indicates that the valve itself is responsible for a very slight glycol leak. That leak was spotted by the last Skylab crew and had to be wiped up a number of times during the flight. They think now that the valve itself may be irritated by that cycling. The cycling is normally to keep the valve operating properly to keep it from sticking in a position, but they feel that in order to keep it from leaking they'd rather not be cycling it every week as they have been doing. It won't he used, of course, until the crew returns. The leak wasn't a problem on the previous mission although it was a bit messy, and glycol is not something we like to see leaking from the coolant loop. So that valve cycling will not be done weekly as it has been so far during the mission. This is Skylah Control. 33 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. It is now 26 minutes and 26 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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the tracking reported to us

antenna in Hawaii. that they had some They can't So there will down llnk is pass. It is

problem with a power loss in their reel house. position their antenna for S-band reception. be no crew voice expected on this pass. The probably going to be inhibited for the entire

possible to use the VHF - that's the circuit used for private conversation through the command module. But flight director has asked that not be done. They should - the crew should be able to hear instructions, however, from CAP COMM Bob Crippen. We're going live now for conversation with Bob Crippen talking to the crew and they will not be responding probably for the entire pass. Network informs us that they've cleared up the problem in Hawaii so we may get some conversation after all. CC Skylab, Houston. We're A0S over Hawaii for 6 minutes and see you're going back to solar inertial. CC Skylab, Houston. We are AOS over Hawaii for about 4 minutes, I think. SPT here. CC CC discrepency details as Very good. Ed, while you're there, there's a small bottom of your S019 maneuver pad and your to do a Nu update. And the 16:18 time is Z We got you, Crip. Maneuver looks good from

on the to when

probably the best one to start with. SPT Copy, Crip. 16:18. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again at Vanguard in 22 minutes at 16:28 and that one's scheduled for Dr. Lenoir to talk to you, Ed. SPT Okay CrOp. Look forward to it. PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 8 minutes and 18 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station now in the north Pacific is out of range of the tracking antenna at Hawaii. We're 20 minutes from acquisition through the Vanguard tracking ship. This time this morning, S019 operations should be underway. That's comet photography by Commander Carr. S019, of course, is an instrument used for other purposes than comets. But it's one of the dozen instruments will be used to focus on the comet It's now END OF Kohoutek 8 minutes during the 50 seconds mission. after the This hour. is Skylab Control.

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PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 27 minutes and 40 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now about 53 seconds from acquisition of signal through the tracking ship at Vanguard. That Vanguard tracking ship pass should last approximately i0 minutes. Wet11 bring the line up live for air-to-ground. Spacecraft communicator is Bob Crippen. MCC Skylab, Houston with the ATM pass here through the Vanguard for 9-1/2 minutes. SPT Hello, Bill. Go ahead. MCC Okay, Ed. This morning we've got the Quiet Sun revisited here and that's dedicated to that well known biographer of solar inactivity, what's his name. MCC Okay, Ed. A couple of quick items here on today's plan. The first thing to point out is, you do have two orbits with significant amounts of observing time. This is in response to your request at the conference a couple of days ago, that your observing time be saved up and be given to you in blocks. You've already had part of it. The other reasoning behind it was that we were really unable to schedule in some of the inputs that you had to the planning conference, in particular studying the east limb. We thought we'd give you significant time here, that if you chose, you could put together a program of your own in that area. So that SPT Okay. MCC that's available for you. The JOP 24, which is really 82 Bravo's synoptic type JOP here is just coming up on about a day and a day and a half two day centers. JOP 26 we repeat on the west limb. We chose the west limb really because we thought we knew what to expect there. And on the east limb with some of the activity that's behind it we weren't totally sure what to expect on that. SPT Okay. I'll just answer your question on that one later, but go ahead. MCC Okay. live got one extra here on that and it concerns the 82B's operation on those BB 10s. Today we're doing an exposure normal sequence of three for the first 82B, and then we're doing a single 2-1/2 second exposure for the second sequence in there. And a reminder as to the most accurate way of timing that is to use the 82B OPS timer. And SPT Okay. I got that. MCC Okay. And be sure to turn it off. You might remind Jerry about that he will be doing those similar EREP alternates. in case things therets during no EREP, because his, in the no

SPT Okay. MCC Similarly, we have a four-limb the no EREP alternate. We'll pick that up tomorrow if in the likely event that EREP does fly.

coalign or the

in next

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SPT Okay. MCC That's about it for the day. We've got the quiet Sun and that's what motivated our choice of selected shopping list items. The NOAA people tell me that they greatly appreciate your comments, both on the white light eoronograph and the XUV MON, and it definitely is a significant input to their forecasting. Tomorrow, filament 37 starts its limb passage, which you will finish the following day. Similarly 2 days from now active regions 93 and 98 will begin limb passage. So those ideas are in our mind here for future planning. And right now, why don't I turn it back over to you and you tell me what you see and what you think we ought to be doing? SPT Okay. First of all in the corona, the bright narrow streamers which were at the edge of the streamer activity at around 8 and i0 have decreased in intensity significantly and they're still there. The one at i0 appears to have moved up a little more towards the north, so there is some changes going on in the corona in that area. I did not see any real evidence though of a blowoff of a filament or any kind of a transient when I looked at it. In the XUV monitor, we have a bright area on the limb which we would expect of around 240 to 270. And itts exceptionally bright, even considering looking at a double limb and limb brightening. It still looks significantly bright. So I think we've got something just around the corner. Third point is the bright point, which has come up over the past - one day and which I'm taking some observations on right now. It appears at around 241 degrees at .39 radii, or right now, what I'm looking at is a roll of minus 5393 up/down of plus and 311 in a (garble) rate of minus a 182. It appears as a enhancement in the chromospheric network in H-alpha and - very (garble) localized when looking at it in the XUV monitor. However, the whole area appears rather broad. And looking at it with the 55 in oxygen 6. So I would think that this ought to be something we ought to be following also today. I looks like - I wouldn't say call it a EFR (sic). I'm not quite too sure what label to put on it as yet. But it is in the instrument in the chromospheric network and a significant bright point, which has grown in 24 hours in the XUV. So as far as making any recommendations, I guess, I would look for a JOP 17A, step i, building block ii, followed by step 4, building block 36A on that bright point sometime today. Right now I'm doing a little shopping list item on it, getting a mirror auto raster and an exposure short wavelength (?) (static) normal 82B on it. And a patrol short for 56. Second thing is that I was going to ask about JOP 26 and why we were working over in that part of the limh we were in, opposed to, say, working at the left limb at rolls of 0000, 0600, 1200, and 1800 to study the activity which is slipping (?) around the corner.

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you

want the after

to

be

able

to

predict

what

you're

going

to

see, we

perhaps MCC going

east

limb or the west limb is the safest. Okay. That was our feeling here, that quiet limb. And we thought that we could it

reliably SPT I took a few solar north. segment south joined

on the west limb. Okay. There's also a filament, which observations on this morning at around 236 degrees Thatts on your prominence. And there's another of that location and I cannot see whether they're

get

in the H-alpha, yet. MCC Okay. Thank you. Got that. SPT Okay. That's the only things that I see from here. I think the bright point's king of interesting because it has come up and it appears enhanced on the network. MCC Okay. Fine. We have seen a little bit of that. And we were tentatively calling it an emerging flux region. But I think from your vantage point, you've got a lot more visibility into that than we do in real time. SPT It may very well be. But I didn't want to put that label on it until I saw some more manifestations of a flux region. Something magnetically is happening there, not sure we're going to see sun spots in the dipole up here. MCC Okay. Sounds - Sounds real fine. Let me answer a question you asked yesterday. Regarding the roll for 82 Alfa on a building block i, the question was why we were running at the minus 5400 roll rather than the zero roll? And the answer was related to the JOP 26s we were doing, we were studying the south polar regions. wanted to get an 82A spectrum where the dispersion was in the polar region for supporting that JOP. SPT Oh, okay. I understand that. We clear but I'm

MCC Okay and that's not an everyday occurance. That's that time only. Call your attention to the fact there's a the solar update pad which talked about the eruptive prominence on the limb, etc. At the tail end of it, there are a few schedule changes. Just want to remind you that they're down there - that's sort of a hidden trap that you might forget. Got a few words here from 55. SPT I think we're past that time. Those were at 14:30 pass. MCC Oh. Sorry about that. You're right. I'd forgotten we're a little bit later in the day here. A couple of words here for 55. Let's see first, we've got 1 minute till LOS and the next station is Tananarive in 16 minutes. And some words from 55. They want you to know that they do see spicules and they find them very interesting. The crew day off on Monday, I've got George Withbroe coming in to talk to you about the details of what 55 sees there and also what

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their plans are for the active Sun when it rounds the limb the following day, the active sun being defined as 87/92. also, at some point in the next 2, 3, 4 days_ what I'd llke to do is at the tailend of one of these, just give you a real quickie outline and looksee into the ATM experiment's comet plan based on how and what each individual to get. Does that sound END OF TAPE we understand the experiment intends okay to you? pointing to do and

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MCC - - find them very interesting. The crew day off on Monday, I've got George Withroe coming in to talk to you about the details of what 55 sees there, and also what their plans are for the active Sun when it rounds the len the following day. This active Sun being defined at 8792. And also, at some point in the next 2, 3, 4 days, what I'd like to do is, at the tail end of one of these, just give you a real quickie outline and look see into the ATM experiments comet plan based on well - how well we understand the pointing test went and what each individual experiment intends to do and hopes to get. Does that sound okay to you? SPT Yeah, that sounds very good, Bill, I'd like to hear that. And also, if we could get sent up on a teleprinter the comet magnitude versus time that we've experienced so far, I'd like to plop that out here, versus the expected data, just to get a feel for how it's coming along. MCC Okay, fine, we'll do that for you. CDR Very good. I'ii give you words on the comet probably the next pass. I had a chance to look at it this pass night site. MCC Okay, fine. We'll talk to you tomorrow. PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 39 minutes Greenwich mean time. The Skylab space station is now out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. 14-i/2 minutes to our next acquisition of signal, that will be at Tananarive. Conversation was with Bill Lenoir, who's conducting the ATM briefings and conferences with the crew, while Ed Gibson the Science Pilot was responding indicating he will be giving us some information later on the comet Kohoutek, Kohoutek observations and that he - he did make some observation of the comet himself, We suspect if he hasn't done so already the Science Pilot may be able to able to make a determination of the brightness of the comet. It's now behome very difficult for ground base observers to determine its magnitude. The comet rises about 2 hours before the Sun, but by the time good observations are possible it rises only very slight amount above the horizon. By the time a good observation is possible, twilight is interfering with it, and of course, the Earth's atmosphere makes it almost impossible to get a good accurate determination of magnitude. Here in the Kohoutek Control Room scientists report that they haven't had any measurements of magnitude for the last couple of days because of the twilight problem. Indications the crew have made over the last few days or two days, would indicate that it has gotten a great deal brighter, perhaps on the order of a magnitude brighter than it had been a week ago. Last readings we had would - would indicate that about a magnitude

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of just a little bit higher than 3, about 3.2, 3.3, would be the present reading on the comet. That would indicate that it's about i0 to 12 times as bright as the dimmest stars in the heavens and still a long way from its brightest crown. Teams that have been studing magnitude indicate that they still expect it to reach about i00 times its current brightness. Two weeks from today; of course, the comet will pass the Sun at its closest point about 13.4 million miles above the surface. It will be at its brightest when it's nearest the Sun but it will continue to be quite bright in the period after perihelion which is December 28th for a period of several weeks after that as it moves away from the Sun again, and during which time it'll also be moving a little bit closer to the Earth. 12 minutes to our next acquisition. 38 seconds This is Skylab after the hour. Control at 41 minutes and

PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 52 minutes and 49 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now over the southern part of Africa. About 50 seconds from acquisition of signal through the voice relay station at Tananarive from the Madagascar Republic. We'll bring the line up live now for air-to-ground through Tananarive. CC Skylab, Houston; we're AOS through Tananarive for about 2-1/2 minutes. CC And for the CDR_ Jet, if you got a got a minute we'd appreciate hearing that the SO19 operations on Kohoutek came off okay. CDR Yes they did, Crip; no hitches. CC Okeydoke, very good. I don't know if you heard. We had a sort of a scratchy pass the last time over Tananarive, and I was informed that we've been pronouncing the comet's name incorrectly. That where as I've been calling it Kohoutek, it's actually Kohoutek. CDR Roger. CDR Can't win them all, Crip. CC Roger that. FLIGHT tells me that goes along with the Gypsy Moose. CDR Right; at least you knew how to pronounce diapause. CC I only did that after Ed said it. CC We're 1 minute from LOS and we'll see you again over Hawaii in about 39 minutes, at 17:36, 17:36. We'll be doing a data voice recorder dump there. CDR I never should have let you brief me before I left, Crip.

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CC You're lucky you didn't make that mistake. PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 59 minutes and 15 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed beyond the range of the tracking antenna at Tananarive. Our next acquisition is 36 minutes away at Hawaii. On this pass some more conversation between Science Pilot Ed Gibson this time, and spacecraft communicator Bob Crippen about the proper pronounceation of the name of the founder of comet 1973F. That Czechoslovakian gentleman who worked at the Hamberg Observatory will be here in Houston following Christmas at about the time of perihelion for the comet, and at that time l_m sure wetll get a much better understanding of the proper pronounceation of the gentleman's name. This is Skylab Control at 17 hours Greenwich mean time. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 34 minutes and 40 seconds Greenwich mean time. The Skylab space station now crossing the North Pacific northwest of Hawaii. There's about 50 seconds from acquisition of signal at the Hawaiian Islands tracking station. Pass through Hawaii will last about 9-1/2 minutes. The spacecraft communicator, Bob Crippen. We're live now for air-to-ground through Hawaii. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Hawaii doing a data/voice recorder dump. We've got you for about i0 minutes. SPT Hello, Crip. Let me talk to you about comet Kohoutek. CC Talk to me, Edward. SPT Okay. The night side before last, I got a chance to look at it, while the folks were working on S019. And it certainly is growing fast from what I saw yesterday. The tail appears to be about 4 degrees in arc length and visible with the binoculars. The length to width ratio is estimated to be around 20. That puts the width at something like 1/5 of a degree. The full width is acheived around say, three widths back (garble) of 3/5 of a degree. And from there on it's pretty uniform and very straight. It starts to CC Hey, Ed. SPT - - (garble) intensity. CC Ed, l'm having a hard time hearing you. Either you're little far from the mike or something. CC Didn't mean for you to stop talking, though. SPT Okay, Crip. I'ii talk to you again on another pass. I've got to get the ATM going. CC Okay. Fine. CC And you're coming through loud and clear now. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll have you again in about 23 minutes over Vanguard at 18:07. And maybe, Bill, you can tell us how the Faulklin (?) current photograph turned at that time. PLT Okay. PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 46 minutes and 38 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has now passed south of Hawaii and out of range of the tracking antenna there. 20 minutes of loss of signal now before our next acquisition at the Vanguard tracking ship. Beginning of this pass, Science Pilot Ed Gibson talking about comet 1973 F, the comet Kohoutek. That discussion was relatively brief and Science Pilot Gibson said he would go on in a little more detail a little bit later. He was beginning his operations on the ATM solar instruments. His indications are, I'm sure the crew has surprised some people here on the ground. The people in the Kohoutek control room, back room of Mission Control,

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that

they

had

not

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able

to

get

good

readings

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ground based very difficult Science Pilot than when he Pilot of the

observed - observations of the comet. It's now to determine its brightness, but Gibson said that it was much brighter today saw it yesterday. Yesterday, Bill Pogue, the Skylab Mission said that he found it to be

much brighter than it had been the previous day. So, apparently the comet is growing substantial in brightness and in length. Yesterday, Bill Pogue said that he estimated its length at 2 to 3 degrees, apparently using the binoculars for that estimate. Today, Science Pilot Ed Gibson says that it's about about 7-1/2 4 degrees million long. miles the 4 in degrees length. would That's, It correspond of course, would be a to the good deal

visible

length

through

binoculars.

longer than that if more detailed observations were possible with telescopes or with cameras. Of course, on the $233 experiment, using the Nikon 35-millimeter camera, it will be possible to determine the length with a little bit more precision and also the brightness with some somewhat more We may get a question up to the crew today, to ask them to estimate the magnitude of the comet. They can do that by using their binoculars. The technique is to defoeus the binoculars, that is to put them out of focus on a star of known magnitude and then compare that to the brightness of the comet. That's, of course, a technique that's used by ground obs - ground observers do have the contend with. Science observers, interference Pilot Gibson as well. But, the ground of the atmosphere to also said that the precision.

length of the comet being 7-1/2 million miles was about 20 times as long as it was wide. And that would be that mean that the estimated width of the comet is about 400,000 miles. That's point end miles nearly a half a million miles across, with behind is about closest the widest the forward 50 million coming more than a million miles of the comet. Comet at this time from the Sun. It will reach its

point 13.4 million miles two weeks from today. Currently, its speed is estimated at about 130 miles per hour. That's very fast, but not fast enough to be noticed in observing it from Earth. We should get more indication on the comet later in the day. And we'll certainly be paying attention for that. This afternoon the Skylab crew will be performing an Earth resources pass, the thirteenth of this mission. of time. front. That The pass will Vientiane first site Thunder scheduled - The crewmen over Thailand for observation will be turned on northwest at 23:52:50 Greenwich mean is an Indonesian storm the with

storms for

located over observations

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that's a scanning device on an - a device that's used for a very small points and can be pointed by one of the crew members. Also, scheduled for the use - with the S191 is uniform sites around Alice Springs. They're attempting to gather data either on large lakes, barron fields, or rock outcrops, trying to get some data on a uniform area to determine exactly what sort of response that will get in the instrument. That, of course, will aid them in detecting similar areas in other parts of the Earth, and in determining what the characteristics or signatures of those areas are. Also, a broken hill area in mid-Australia or possibly Canberra will be located with the S191 infrared spectrometer. Operator for the infrared spectrometer today, or the man who points it by using a viewfinder tracking system telescope, is Commander Jerry Cart. The 193, multi - microwave radiometer and altimeter will be in use, as well, over the water areas around Borneo, and they will be using the altimeter portion of that instrument for looking at the Java Slope. That's an area where the water surface, itself, is depressed. It's depressed due to a subsurface depression that is very very deep under the water off the coast of Java. That subsurface depression caused by the volcanic uplift of those islands, can be detected in a surface depression. Also_ scheduled are SI90A camera activity. That's, of course, the 6-band multispectral photographic facility. A series of six cameras will be used over Borneo, the water areas around there. part of Java, and all the way to the Australia Coast. It'll also be used over Aus - Alice Springs, Australia in the center of the continent and the southeastern portion of Australia including Canberra. The multispectral scanner 192 will be used over Borneo and also over the Alice Springs area. Pass ends at 24:15:40 Greenwich mean time in the waters between Australia and New Zealand. This is Skylab Control. We're a little less than 15 minutes from acquisition of signal at Vanguard. It's now 52 minutes and 20 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 18 hours 6 minutes and 10 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station now 54 seconds from acquisition of signal through the tracking ship Vanguard. Pass through Vanguard should last about 9-1/2 minutes. Skylab spacecraft communicator is Bob Crippen. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Vanguard, 9-1/2 minutes. CC CDR, Houston. You got a chance to chat this pass or have I caught you right in the middle of your exercises? CDR I'm right in the middle right now. What you need? CC Oh, there a couple of items and questions and so forth I wanted to go over with you. Why don't you - we'll pick them up later. CDR Go ahead. I'm taking a short rest period. CC Okay. Yesterday, on 183, you stated that the com_ was not centered in the field of view and you said it was about 0.6 or 0.7 from the center. Can you tell us whether you were talking about in as a percentage of the total field of view or were you talking about degrees? CDR No, I was using the same sort of pointing reference as we did from the Sun. That is, the center of the viewing area is zero and you got to radius out. It was about 6/10ths of a radius out. CC Okay. Copied. 6/lOths of a radius. CC Okay and Jer, one other item we have is that you may have seen the checklist changes we sent up in the command module about isolating the RCS PSM B valve, and we're going to ask you to end up closing that thing. We'd like you to do it over a ground pass at your convenience. And you do have that CM-7 scheduled which you can do at Just about any time. And if you want to delay that till, when we have another ground station pass, that will be fine and we can pick it up all up at once. CDR Okay. I'd say sometime in the next 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour'd be fine. do CC Okay. I - to tell you what we got coming up on passes - we have Ascension at 18:23, and that's about 13 minutes away and unfortunately we don't have another pass 19:44. That's back around over Vanguard again. But therels no hurry. If you want to pick up the CM-7 and pick up this valve later, that'll he fine. CDR Okay. I've already done the first part of CM-7. I'ii pick up the last part of it and this valve deal on the Vanguard pass. CC Okay. That111 be fine. And CDR That is unless the boys object to leaving that the secondary loop so long.

on

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CC CDR

There's no Very good.

objection

to

that.

CC One other item is on the upcoming 92 run that we've got today. We have switched you over to check out a different leg band. I believe you've been running on the Alfa November band and - but we're seeing the same clipping that we've seen on the Charlie Juliet,. But the Charlie Juliett bands have awl - a higher range want you applicable CDR can to go back from now to using those. And thatts on - on all your 92 runs. Okay. Charlie Juliett. going to

and be

we

CC I'll leave you alone for a while and you go back to working up a sweat. CDR Okay. I'm looking out the wardroom window and I see some big ice islands out there, Jim. It's kind of strange. The clouds stay away from the ice islands. There're stratus clouds right up to the edge of the island and then clear over the island. let that. CC some of Assume CDR SPT CC SPT CC you go away mad That's interesting. the Earth resouces kind it has something to do Must be. of with (Laughter) guys wonder being so I'll about cold.

Houston, SPT with the COMM check. Loud and clear, SPT. Okay. You can hear me now. Is that correct? That's correct. I didn't mean to make awhile ago. ATM are

SPT No, you didn't do that. I just didn't nearly have the time to start it over again before I got a pass going here and I got a period of (garble). Instruments taking it by themselves right now. CC Tell us about Kohoutek. that SPT I'm having is When I was - the to use the headset problem and to - the problem get it at the

right distance. Apparently, close and you swore I had it measured 1/2 film width from works. CC SPT got a chance

what I had before, it was too too far and now I've got them the lower lip and I hope that

I

to

Right. Nothing like precision. Okay. Now I tell you about comet Kohoutek. look at it the night before last. The

orbit night binoculars_ Yesterday,

before that, and in looking at it through the I saw the round - the tail of around 4 degrees. I had estimated to be around 3 degrees. And I did

this

by just comparing the field of view in the I could see inside and, you know, measuring angles and so forth, it came off at around mate a length to width ratio of around 24.

binoculars with something distances and 4 degrees. I'd estiThat'll give you

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width of around 53. And again, all this is eyeball. The - it gets to full width around three widths back. That is 3/5th of a degree back from the coma. For the edges, of the tail are very straight from those three widths back. And at around ten or so back, it starts to fade away, and gradually, by 20, it's disappeared. I think a lot of it is dark adaptation . Now the coma itself, relative to the tail, is relatively bright. And I could see nothing in the way of a second tail that is either a bluishwhite tail anywhere. This one was come primarily white which I saw. I cou _ not identify yellow as yet, - had a yellow tinge to it. It's primarily white. I could not see whether the comet itself was eliptical. I think we're a little bit too far out for that. However, comparing it with yesterday, the brightness (garble) and increased as it moves in rapidly toward the Sun. I guess it's now almost a half a solar radius out and itts picking up speed and moving fast. I expect in the next 2 or 3 days we ought to see a some dramatic changes and it's going to be pretty interesting from there on. CC Very good SPT We'll keep looking. CC Thank - Thank you for the excellant description, Ed. PAO Skylab Control at 18 hours 17 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station over the South Atlantic has passed out of range of the tracking antenna of Vanguard ship. 6 minutes and 50 seconds to our acquisition of signal at Ascension. During this pass, a couple of things. lee islands reported as the space station passed near the 50 degrees south mark. That's as far south as it goes. Just to the - just to the east of the coast of South America, they indicated that the clouds over the ice area could be detected as quite prevalent where there was no ice. But where the ice was located, of course, there were no clouds. Explanation being that to produce clouds, you require a certain amount of heat energy in the water. And when you have no heat energy, therets a tendency for the clouds to be dissipated. Science Pilot Ed Gibson gave a more thorough report on the comet and his observations on of it. Said that it increased in length from about degrees yesterday, to 4 degrees today, which would indicate it's about 33 percent longer or it's grown in the vicinity of about 2,000,000 miles in length. He also gave some additional explanation of what it appeared to be in mention that dark adaptation, that is to say that his eyes getting used to the dark had something to do with determining how long it was. That's, of course, one of the problems with determining the length of the comet's tail and its width, depends on the kind of instrument you're using, your location. For ground

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observers, of course, the major problem is the atmospheric conditions, as the atmosphere is more or less cloudy or polluted, it's more and more difficult or less difficult to detect the length of the comet. The longest report given by ground observers is about 13,000,000 miles for length. Although it's expected that some comet material may be found back 50 to i00 or possibly as far back as 200,000,000 miles behind it. Photography has been taken by the Skylab crew to sense materials that are located as far back as 200,000,000 miles. But itVs expected that they should be able to see something back at least 100,000,000 miles behind it. 5 minutes to acquisition of signal of signal at Ascension. The Ascension pass normally would not take place on this revolution. But despite the very low elevation, they've decided to bring up since it is the last pass for another hour and a half otherwise, they would have a Vanguard - the Vanguard pass taking a long period of time between our observations. This is Skylab Control. We'll leave the line up for the 4 minute interval between now and the Ascension pass and we'll notify you just before that begins. END OF TAPE it and

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after from last

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Skylab Control at 22 minutes mean time. Wetre now about a

and 49 minute

seconds

acquisition of signal at Ascension. The pass will about 3-1/2 minutes. Spacecraft communicator, Bob Crippen. CC Skylab, Houston; we're AOS Ascension 3-1/2 minutes. CC PLT, Houston. You got a moment to talk, Bill, about the upcoming EREP (garble) this afternoon? PLT Go ahead, Crip. CC Okay, first item is we do want you to go to - to take the EREP COOLANT VALVE to FLOW prior to - in your prep. And I guess your procedures call for that and everything, but since we've been switching it back and forth on you we didn't know whether you realized what we wanted. But we do want to go to FLOW at the beginning. And then at the end of the thing we'll go back go back to bypass. PLT Has the cooling system settled down now? CC Negative. It's - it's - we're still investigating possibilities of what we might be having to do about it, but for today's OPS PLT Okay, it's duly noted. Anything else? CC Okay, one other item regarding that I guess we kind of like appreciate it if somebody might sort of watch that DELTA-P light on panel 203 during the - this long LOS we got coming up here. We'd be interested to know if the thing does go down. One other item is we call out for you to do a 192 alignment check in your C&D prep. And we would like you to go ahead and do the alignment check but we don't want you to fool around with the focus either on the visible or the thermal channels. You can go ahead and try to peak it with your with your mike, the X - X and Y for visible, and X and Z for thermal. And if we find out later they are peak satisfaetory_ well, we'll go ahead and schedule a complete alignment. PLT Okay, I'll try my best on those things. CC Okay, the thing about it is is that focus, of course, has been so sensitive we don't want to take a chance on messing it up. One other item is the if you're got your C&D pads handy, l'd like to make a couple of corrections. And we are I minute from LOS. Next AOS is over Vanguard again in an PLT Okay, CC Okay, PLT I got CC Okay, following 22:37:00 and add hour and 18 minutes. keep talking. if you've got it handy, it. we would like to delete start fine maneuver at

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didn't put in the the fine maneuver. I don't see it on my pad, but go ahead else you have. Okay. Just that other written down.

CC Okay, basically all we were doing was to put in - we would like to indicate the fine maneuver times on both yours and Jerryls pad at 23:42. And one other item, if you see the DELTA-P light come on while we're LOS, we would like you to secure the ATM monitors. We do not want to leave them on with the pump down. PLT Okay, Crip, I got that one. CC And, Bill, where I was referring previously on that fine maneuver, it goes under your operations remarks under the OPS remarks. PLT Okay, I found it. CC Okay, you might also tell Jer to note it on his pad. Actually Ed's going to be taking care of it so it's really no sweat for you. PLT Okay, now we asked to have it, though. Thank PAO Skylab Control at 18 hours 29 minutes and 17 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is about to cross the Coast of Africa. It's passed out of range of the tracking antenna on the island of Ascension. And hour and 15 minutes will pass before we have another acquisition. That will be again at the tracking ship Vanguard. This is Skylab Control at 29-1/2 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours 43 minutes and 37 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station after a round trip of the world is back to Vanguard 50 seconds from acquisition at the tracking ship there. Pass through Vanguard should last approximately ii minutes and the spacecraft communicator is Bob Crippen. CC Skylab, Houston; AOS Vanguard ii minutes. And we'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump here. Jer if - whenever you work your way up into the command module we can get this one switched. CDR Okay, I'm on my way. CDR Okay, Crip, go ahead. CC Okay, Jet, what we want you to do is to take the service module RCS PSM propellent B to close and verify the talkbaek as barberpole. CDR Okay, understand. PSM Bravo to close and get a barberpole. CC That's affirm. And to give you a little rationale here, I think we told you about it before, but the data from both of the trim burns indicate that either the primary or secondary fuel propellant valves on quad B is still is still leaking through the valves. In order to keep quad B secure from leaks in any of the other quad systems and to preclude the nes - necessity for a real time critical action, we recommend changing the glass in that configuration like we've done now to keep the PSM B valve closed. Did you get a chance to look at those checklist changes regarding this new configuration that we sent up this morning? CDR That's affirmative. CC Okay, we unfortunately have made a minor error in one of them on the SWS deact checklist that we would like to - to correct. And we can either - we could pick that up a little bit later, but what we had done was we had left out PSM on one of them right at the last. We had said service module RCS propellant B open talkback gray, and what we meant was service module RCS PSM propellent B open talkback gray. And I'ii get that when you've got the checklist later. CDR Okay, I've got it in my hand here and I haven't got to that checklist yet. So, I put that in the pad. CDR Okay, that's on message 2942, and it was the last line on that one. CDR All right_ I got it. CC Okay, that makes all of our onboard checklists except the CSM systems checklist contingency procedure

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for CSM soft undocking and reclooking compatible with our new change. And we are - just elected not to put it in there since it would - if we knew we were going to have to go in and do that soft undocking thing, we could be aware of it. And we'll do it real time. CDR Okay, good enough. CC Very good; that handles it for us. Thank you. CDR Okay, Crip, I'll go ahead and get a stack on a primary loop now. CC Very good. CDR By the way, Crip, I've done and undone this overboard vent valve with the cryogenics system so many times that I've kind of forgotten what the configuration ought to be. Where do we stand right now? CC We're checking on it for you, Jer. CDR Okay. CC Jer, we're under the impression that we should he venting into the vehicle now, and that that should have been the situation for about the past week. CDR The polychoke is out, the cryo vent valve is in, and the inner connect hose that connects the cryo vent to the hatch dump has been completely removed. CC Okay, that's - that's the configuration that we thought you were in and thatts the one we want you to remain in. CDR Okay, good. I noticed the cryro tanks and the search tank this morning were both within just a few pounds of each other. CC Okay, that coincides with what we're seeing down here. CC And one other item, Jet, unrelated to that is that we told you last night that we would remind you today on your original Flight Plan that we sent you up yesterday we called out for a leg blood pressure on - on Bill this afternoon, and we wanted that scrubbed. CDR Roger, we remembered that. CC Very good. CC And, CDR, Houston. Jet, if it's convenient we've got Ascension coming up in about 5 minutes and I'd like to give you a short briefing on something that we've been seeing with CMG 2 that - that you ought to be aware of. if Ascension's the convenient place to talk about it. CDR Okay, we'll be ready and waiting. CC Okeydoke.

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CC We'll 19:58, have and PAO you again we'll talk

Skylab,

Houston;

we're

1 minute

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LOS.

in 3 minutes over about the CMG 2 Skylab Control at

Ascension at 19:58, thing there. 19 hours 56 minutes

Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed out of range of the tracking antenna aboard the ship Vanguard. Our next acquisition is just a minute and 45 seconds away at Ascension at which time spacecraft communicator Bob Crippen will talk to the crew about the second of three control moment gyros. Give them a little explanation and some details on the performance of that gyroscope which is used to provide some of the stability for the space station and help it to maintain attitude control. We'll keep the line up live now for the pass through Ascension. The pass should last about 10-1/2 minutes. we CC have you for about Skylab, Houston; ii minutes. we're AOS Ascension, and

CDR Roger. CC Okay, and Jer, if you've got some time and if the other guys are available they might - might want to listen to this little briefing I got on CMG 2. PLT Jerry's listening, and we're standing by. CDR Okay, Crip. CC Okay, I certainly don't want to say anything that's alarming, but we're premission said we're going to try to keep you advised of everything we were saying on the ground here. And that's what I'm going to try to do now to tell you something that we been seeing on CMG number 2. Normally bearing 2 is about - has a temperature about 4 degrees lower than bearing 1 on a CMG. And we have seen on four different occasions this Delta temperature decrease by a small amount. And accompanying that we've also seen an increase in wheel current which is indicative of some increase in friction somewhere. Now, nothing we've seen here is - is an alarming increase, but we did see on CMG number i, about 21 days prior to its failure, a signature very similar to this, only of much greater magnitude. Consequently wetre doing some advance planning here on the ground regarding what we would do if we did lose another CMG. And we hope to uplink you some some details of what this planning consists of probably by tomorrow. CDR Okay, Crip. I got a little - my preliminary from you I guess, about a week ago and that was interesting to read. I also made a few comments to the data priority folks, Phil Shaffer namely yesterday on tape, and I'll expect he'll be getting them today sometime. CC Okay, fine. Can you elaborate on that just

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more,

Jer, Why

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CDR One question I have is, in the event we do end up going into the wide dead band mode, assuming no other RCS usage in the occasional trimburn, what sort of a time period have we got available to us on the wide deab-band mode? CC Well, actually we're referring to a couple of things here. And I'm not specifically which wide dead-band you're referring to right now Jer, so, maybe I'd prefer to wait until we get this message up to you tomorrow which will go into details on all of these. CDR Okay. Those are some of the details that welre going to be interested in. And that is what sort of endurance do we have in the different types of modes that we could go into. CC Okay. Apparently, you were made aware of this problem at some earlier date. And I was not aware that you had been told about it. It sounds like you're aware of the situation. CDR Yeah. We heard about the CMG problems, oh gosh, it's been 2 weeks ago, I think, is when it was first mentioned. And, oh, 5 or 7 days ago, or so, a little preliminary message came up indicating the three major theories as to what the problems might be and what some of the courses of action might possibly be. But it was emphasized that that was strictly a preliminary and that there was more steudy going on. CC Okay. One small amount of information in addition to what you got before. Subsequent research following that last message you got, I guess, was we've been seeing these little glitches on the bottom part of the heater duty cycle, in other words, at the colder temperature and so we're looking at maybe doing some kind of managing of that to keep it from getting down on the colder side. SPT Crip, have they been able to dig back into the data on the - on all the CMGs and find out whether these things have actually occurred at other times other than just before CMG i went out, or at this particular time for CMG 2? CC In our data search it is - we have not found out any more cases of this than what we've reported. CDR Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. One other additional information is we have developed what we call a quaze inertial patch to be loaded in the ATMDC, which reduces the cost per rev around to about I00 to 150-pound seconds, each rev. Also we're working on something similar to that for the command module, which would reduce the RCS cost down to about a third of what it is now.

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CDR Crip, what's our useful number of pound seconds remaining? CC We have 26,000 pound seconds total. We've saved 6000 pound seconds as a rescue dead a redline and that leaves us 20,000 pound seconds available. CDR Thank you. CC Okay. And as I said, we're going to be uplinking a message to you, hopefully, maybe by tomorrow, it'll probably be about the same time we would be loading this APCS quazi inertial patch. And that will go into a lot more detail as to, you know, fuel usage in both (garble) with RCS or with the APCS. SPT Okay. That sounds like a little over a week, Crip. I hope we can come up with some other methods. CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. We'll see you again over Guam in 35 minutes. That's at 20:42, 20:42. CDR Okay, Crip. We'll see you then. CC Roger. PAO Skylab Control at 20 hours 9 minutes and 19 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station now crossing northwest Africa is out of range of the tracking antenna on the island of Ascension. 32 minutes and 40 seeonds to our next acquisition at Guam. During this last pass, Bob Crippen was talking to the crew about the status of working on the control of moment gyroscope number 2. No additional problems have occurred with that lately, but the ground controllers felt that it was about time the crew was inform_ more fully on the status of the work being done, in the event something should happen to the control moment gyro. Very little concern, actually, at this time about the possibility that it will go out of action, but despite that, since it's very important and, in fact, essential to complete the mission, a number of preparations have been made to work without the second control moment gyro. Current indication is that they would be able to go about 8 days on thruster attitude control system gas. That is to say in the backup nitrogen gas that's available on the space station itself. After that 8-day period they would use the reaction control system of the command module, so that gives them a very large pad for return to Earth. But, of course, they're trying to increase that now. And believe that by putting a patch into the computer, that is a new set of instructions into the computer on the command module, they may be able to make it a little more efficient in terms of maintaining attitude for the entire space station. Status Report was very brief and essentially, merely, pointed out that the slight variation about 1 percent drop in wheel speed that has been observed a number of times

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on the second control moment gyro seems to be associated with the lower end of the heater cycle. As the temperatures drop to about 60 degrees, just before the heaters come on, there appears to be, what some people believe, to be a cooling off of the lubricant. And that in turn causes the wheel to slow down. Of course, as the wheel slows down, the electrical energy used to power it, increases and that's about the total extent of the variation. It's been very very small, generally less than a 1 percent reduction in wheel speed and a corresponding increase in current. No changes have taken place in that in the last few days and there has been no additional cause for concern. This was, of course, just the status report on that situation there. Early this evening, the Skylab crew will be making a pass over southeast Asia, Indonesia and Australia. That's a Earth resources pass. Instruments will be turned on over Thialand, but, in fact, they won't begin actual data taking until they reach an area just off the coast of Vietnam, before passing over the Island of Borneo. When they have crossed Borneo, one of the main targets for that area is a severe thunderstorm front over the island, which will be observed using the infrared spectrometer. Although the SI90A camera set, and also the 193 radiometer will be in use at the same time. That area is being studied, primarily, for Dr. David Pitts, whose a Johnson Space Center Scientist concerned with thunderstorm development, and particularly interested in storm growth and prediction of future storms. A number of other experiments also scheduled for that run including a photographic and multispectral scanner data to be gathered for semiautomatic land-use mapping on the Alice Springs, Australia area. Alice Springs an heartland of Australia is to be studied for a number of purposes, including a later study of the potential use of geologic data, data on land-use mapping, agriculture and forestry in the area. That's a wide scale study which also includes the area around Cambrai. Pass ends approximately 23 minutes after it begins. It begins at 23:52 Greenwich mean time and ends at 24:15. It covers a 6500 mile track along the descending track 13 from just north of Borneo to the waters between New Zealand and Australia. Another problem of concern that the crew will be working at a little more closely on Sunday is the occasional variation in the flow of the ATM control and display panel loop. That coolant loop has dropped to zero flu zero flow on END OF TAPE

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PAO Other problems of concern that the crew will be working at a little more closely on Sunday is the occasional variation in the flow of the ATM control and display panel loop. That coolant loop has dropped to zero zero flow on several occasions and it's believed that there may be either a flaw in the pump itself or possibly could be contamination or air in the lines. That's being looked at now and our troubleshooting procedure's being prepared for the crew. They're expected to make some sort of a troubleshooting run on Sunday. Main reasons for concern on that is that should the control and display panel loop shut down completely for extended periods, it would cause temperatures of the control panel to increase beyond the desired level. At the present time, the guideline is 105 degrees for temperature. To offset that possibility of increasing temperatures, the TV monitors that are used for pointing the solar telescopes and also for gathering certain types of data would have to be shut down for approximately two-thirds of an average revolution. That's part of a set of instructions that'll probably be sent up to the crew shortly. And one other reason for concern, there is that the Earth resources tape recorders would be limited to 24-minute passes and there would have to be a 10-hour cool down as the control and display panel coolant loop were to fail com_etely. This expected at this time, there's a backup pump still available. That if it is pump C on the verge of failure, that pump B might still be able to be brought on line without problems. However, they haven't really come to a final determination on that and the troubleshooting procedure will be underway again for the next 24 hours. This is Skylab Control. 27 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. It's now 15 minutes and 16 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 20 hours 41 minutes and 15 seconds Greenwich mean time. We're now 55 seconds from acquisition of signal at Guam. That pass through Guam will last approximately i0 minutes. The spacecraft communicator is still Bob Crippen. Flight Director on duty is Don Puddy. We'll keep the line up live now for air-to-ground through Guam. CC Skylab, Houston. AOS Hawaii, 9-1/2 minutes. Correction AOS Guam. CC LOS. We'll see at 21:22, 21:22. there. Skylab, Houston. We are 1 minute from you again over the Vanguard in about 31 minutes We'll be doing a data/voice recorder dump

CDR Rog, Crip. PAO Skylab Control at 20 hours 53 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed out of range of the tracking antenna at Guam. Our next acquisition is about 27 minutes away. Over the Vanguard station during the last pass, spacecraft communicator Bob Crippen told the crew that they'd like them to shut down one of the valves that feeds the reaction control system of the service module. I'd like to give you an explanation at this time of the problem there. During that last Vanguard pass, Bob Crippen asked the crew to shut down the valve that feeds propellant to the four reaction control system quads or sets of engines on the service module. The valve links the propellant storage module, which supplies additional fuel to any or all of the four quads, to the main fuel lines. The problem, however is located elsewhere in the system. The isolation valve which is used to shut off the fuel tanks specifically for quad B from the fuel line that feeds the quad B engines has shown some signs of leakage. The leak is however, relatively unimportant because it is between the fuel storage tank and the fuel line itself. The line itself 3 on the other hand, is isolated on its opposite end by a separate valve that keeps fuel from flowing out of the line and into the combustion chamber - or, if the engine is shut down due - that valve prevents fuel from flowing out of the line and into space. Problem is other end where the fuel tank connects with the line. Because the fuel tank and fuel line are not isolated from each other because of the leaking isolation valve, fuel from the propellant storage module or PSM, may flow not only to the engines, but also back into the fuel tank. With the valve open, should - if a leak should occur in any of the sets of engines, fuel might flow from the quad B tank into the main line that's fed by the propellant storage module, the backup fuel tanks, and thus might reach other engines and go or possibly go overboard. So the problem is not not one that's serious but in the

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event that one of the quads should begin leaking, fuel would flow from this - this one isolation valve would allow it to flow back into the general system, and thus go out into one of the other engines, and couldn't be isolated. So for that reason the PSM valve has been closed off. The leaking isolation valve doesn't present any problems at this time and it will not cause any loss of fuel whatsoever. It would require a loss of - of valve at the engine and - and of things for fuel to go overboard. During the previous Skylab mission, the valves downstream, that is to say the valve at the engines were found to leak on two quads. At that time an isolation valve upstream, that is near the fuel source, was closed to prevent fuel from moving into the lines that fed the leaking quads. The isolation valve closed to prevent fuel from reaching the lines during the last mission, corresponds to the isolation valve that's now been found to have an imperfect closure on this mission. As I wo - like to repeat that, the isolation valve itself only allows fuel to flow from the tanks into the fuel lines, it does not allow it to flow overboard or to leak inside the engines themselves. So, it's relatively a small problem but in order to keep that fuel from going overboard in the event a leak should occur in any of the engines, they have shut down the PSM or propellant storage module valve. During our last pass we also got some information over Ascension about the command module - about the control moment gyro number 2, checked with some of the personnel here, and have discovered the total amount of fuel now available in the even - in the event that command module control moment gyro number 2 should fail. Is relatively, high and considered to be safe for an extended period, present expectations are that should that control moment gyro fail, we would have sufficient TACS, thruster attitude control systems gas or nitrogen gas, to last at least 8 days, possibly longer. And we'd also have enough reaction control system fuel available to last at least 8 days, and possibly should this patch that's being worked up by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology be completed, that might give an extension of up to 28 days of RCS attitude control. So, it's conceivable that even with the loss of another control moment gyro should that patch be effectively completed it might be possible to continue a mission for up to 36 days. That of course would limit to a large degree the types of maneuvers that could be performed that some calculations have already been begun on maneuvering without a control moment gyro. It indicates that for example, an Earth resources pass might require as much maneuvering fuel as an entire day's - day's solar enertial attitude control. But that those figures are certainly encouraging, that - we have at least enough for 16 days of attitude control and

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possibly enough for up to 36 days of attitude control without the second control moment gyro. Again, to repeat that, problem has not gotten any worse in the last several days, they did get a status report on it however, earlier today. This is Skylab Control 22 minutes and 45 seconds from acquisition of signal at the Vanguard tracking ship. This is Skylab Control at 58 minutes and 15 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 21 hours 19 minutes Greenwich mean time. Space station is coming into acquisition at Vanguard. On this the beginning of the 3,094 rev. We'll stand by for the air-to-ground. SPT Hello, Crip, SPT. CC Your really on the ball Ed. We've got you for about ii minutes through Vanguard doing a data/voice recorder dump. What can we do you for? SPT Okay, in the ATM schedule at ii minutes remaining we have a 55 MIRROR AUTO RASTER detector all mechanical ref with no grating position. CC Looks like you've caught us again. CC Okay, Ed it's mechanical 102 or optical all balls. SPT Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. You guys might have noticed the woodpecker pecking. We've got your flight plans on board for tomorrow. One item of note of course, wetve got you running 509 tomorrow, and we had set up a couple of pads today that actually carry over until tomorrow. We are assuming that you guys are holding on to those. SPT Yeah, we got them Crip. We're going to hang onto them. CC Thank you. CC SPT, Houston. For your information only we noticed a surge over on the limb at 25/1.0. If you get some serving time you might be interested to take a look at it. SPT Yeah, I'd like to Crip. They want me to - at least the pad says to run this thing below 400 K. I'm wondering how mandatory that is as to whether that's to give me leeway or whether that's the observation they really want. SPT Crip, say the position of that surge again, please. CC Okay Ed, you got a GO on pointing at it and it's at 25/1.0. If you elect to go ahead and look at it 82A would like an 80 second exposure short wave length and 55 would just continue to run like they are. SPT Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you again over Ascension in 7-1/2 minutes at 21:39, 21:39. PAO We had relatively limited communication with the crew on this pass. Principally because the commander and the pilot were involved in a medical run.

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The science pilot was at the ATM console viewing the Sun. We expect to have a change-of-shift briefing with the offgoing Flight Director, Donal Puddy and with William Shoddy, who is the Skylab Kohoutek Project Manager participating. That briefing will take place at approximately 4:45 p.m. central standard time in the news center briefing room in building number i. We expect to reacquire the space station in about 5 minutes on what's call a low elevation pass through Ascension, and then carry it on through to the Canary Islands and Madrid. So we'll keep the line up for another 4 or so minutes waiting for the Skylab space station to be reacquired. Standing by at 21 hours 34 minutes Greenwich mean time. END TO TAPE

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CC Skylab, Houston we're AOS through Ascension, we've got you for about 2-1/2 minutes with a short break and then we'll pick you up again at Canary. CC Skylab, Houston we're going to lose you here in about 30 seconds and pick you up in another minute over - over Canary. CC Skylab, Houston we're AOS through Canary and we have you for about i0 minutes. SPT Hey Crip, it was a very good looking surge, it was about an arc minute or so above the limb and very straight up, I got a fair AUTO RASTER work on it and 82A got one exposure however it was not 80 seconds, about - more like a half of that because of the end of 400 K. long CC the exposure SPT CC SPT I'm sorry Ed I didn't understand, was. About 40 seconds rather than 80. Copy. I cut it off at 400 K. how

CC Skylab, Houston we're i minute from LOS, next station contact is over Guam in 26 minutes at 22:21, 22:21, be a data/voice recorder dump there. Ceimson team is going off execute shift for awhile. They'll take a day off and come back Sunday evening doing details and be with you in the evening. You guys have a good time and we'll see you Sunday. SPT You too troops. Enjoy the day off. CDR Sayonara. CC Rog, I'ii probably spend it in the SLS. I finally get a chance to use it now that you guys are gone. PAO We've had loss of signal through the Madrid tracking station. We'll reacquire again in about 24 minutes. At 21 hours, 56 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours, 19 minutes Greenwich mean time. We're about a minute and a half away from acquisition through the Guam tracking site. At this time the crew is collectively involved in preparations for an Earth resources pass, identified as EREP pass 15 over track number 13, according to the schedule. We'll stand by for the air-to-ground through Guam. Expect to have acquisition - expect to be acquired through Guam at about - for about 7 minutes. Standing by. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Guam for 7 minutes. Silver team on down here and we got some information for you regarding your EREP configuration. PLT Roger, Bruce go. CC Okay, Bill due to the energy shortage up there, prior to the EREP pass this evening on panel 206 we'd like to get you to adjust the reg bus pots as follows: reg adjust bus i, 20 degrees clockwise, that's 20 degrees clockwise, bus 2 pot, 25 degrees clockwise, that's 25 degrees clockwise. Also on your SWS Systems Checklist page 2-15, pre-EREP powerdown, we'd like for you to perform steps 2 and 7 which is turning out the some of the lighting down in the workshop and turning off a number of the fans. After the EREP pass is completed, you flip to page 2-16 and perform 2 and 7 of the post-EREP powerup which reverses all that. Also we will command all theamp hour integrators in the airlock module back to primary and by telemetry comand turn off the heaters in the front end of the MDA, over. 2, 25 now? PLT degrees Okay, Bruce reg i, 20 degrees clockwise, clockwise and do you want me to do that right

CC At your convenience. If it's convenient now, it will be fine. PLT Okay and then do the step 2 and 7 on page 2-15 of the Systems - SWS Systems Checklist. EREP prep and reverse that follow on the following page following the EREP. CC Roger, out. And we're dumping your data/voice tape recorder at the present time. CC Skylab, this is Houston just to keep you up to date on the latest situation with the A - ATM, C&D coolant loop. When you came over the hill here at Guam, we noticed that your flow was somewhat below normal. To be more specific it was zero, and in fact it's been coming back up since then and now looks normal. We're working on a procedure down here that involves a partial reservicing

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of the loop which we hope days, over. SPT Okay, reservoir just last orbit full with no bubble.

to have

up

to you

in

a couple

of

Bruce thank you. I looked and it looked pretty good,

at the looked

CC Okay, thank you Ed. CC SPT, this is Houston in the ATM schedule pad for today, we neglected to indicate that the closeout at last pass should have been a powerdown for EREP. That was our fault, we do - we would like to get the panel powered down prior to the EREP pass, over. SPT Okay, Bruce I'll be doing that in a few mom_ts, thank you. CC Roger, thank you. CC Skylab, this is Houston 1-1/2 minutes to LOS, next station contact in 7 minutes through Honeysuckle Creek at 22:33, out. PAO We're in between station passes, that is to say, we're in between Guam and Honeysuckle tracking site. Expect to reacquire again in about 4 minutes. The mean time a reminder that we'll have a change-of-shift briefing at 4:45 p.m. central standard time, with Don Puddy the Flight Director on the off-going shift. And we've also - will have William Shoddy who is the Skylab Kohoutek Project Manager. standing by to participate. We're about 3 minutes from acqu reaquiring, we'll keep the line up. The crew at the present time is involved in preparation for the Earth resources pass, which is scheduled to begin at 23 hours, 52 minutes, and 50 seconds Greenwich mean time, or roughly in an hour and about 20 minutes from now. Keep the line up standing by, reminding you that the new shift on is under Neil Hutchinson and the Spacecraft communicator is Bruce McCandless. Standing by. END OF TAPE

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CC Skylab, this is Houston, through Honeysuckle, Creek for 4 minutes. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston, i minute to LOS. Next station contact in 26-1/2 minutes through the Vanguard at 23:02. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston, correction, next site is Canary Islands in 44 minutes at 23:20. PAO And the space station has moved out of range of the Honeysuckle tracking site. We've lost data here indicating that we will next acquire at approximately 42 minutes through the Canary Island station. At 22 hours 38 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

SL-IV MC946/I Time: 16:46 12/14/73

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours 46 minutes 25 seconds Greenwich mean time. A minute plus over the time for the projected change-of-shift briefing with notice to the news media representives that the Flight Director, Don Puddy is now en route to the news center in Building number i. And he'll have with him Terry Watson who is the Guidance Officer who will be prepared to answer any questions on the CMG should they arise. Expecting to have the change-of-shift briefing momentarily. At 22 hours 47 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Contol. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours 29 minutes Zulu time. During the change of shift briefing space station was acquired through Canary and Madrid. We have about 50 seconds of tape recorded information and then we'll go live from there on, on the balance of this pass. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Canary Island and Madrid for 13 minutes. For the SPT, we'd like to get a REG BUS 2 OPEM CIRCUIT BOLTAGE ADJUST, please. Over. PLT here. by CC Okay, Bill REG BUS 2 counterclockwise degrees. Over. PLT Roger. I'ii be doing it in the next i0 seconds if they want to watch. CC Okay. PLT Okay, take a look at that. CC Looks perfect Bill. Thank you. CC I guess it's the Bay of Biscay and approaching the coast of France. PLT Yes, that checks. Thank you. We got full south coast of England and Dover is sited, beautiful, channel's clear. 5 I can get it for you Bruce. I'm up

the the

CC Roger, it sound like you got a good view. Can you see the White Cliffs? And since I asked you about White Cliffs the flight director wants to know if you can see any grapes. PLT (Chuckle) No, it's really a beautiful view though. Western Europe - half of Western Europe is completely clear. We can see, oh, I would say about the southern quarter of England. CC It must be about midnight. PLT That's affirm. CC Vienna north. of shortly. Okay, This may We're cover now. you should be passing Munich - may be even Berlin visible starting to pick up quite and up to the

PLT cloud

a bit

CC Roger, we copy. CC And 1 minute till LOS here next station contact in 27-1/2 minutes through Carnarvon. At 00:00 Zulu. PLT Roger, Bruce. PAO The space station has moved out of range of the Madrid tracking site at this time. That's the Madrid

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tracking site. And on this pass we will fall out of contact of any of the stations, the ground stations. We will have the Earth resources pass identified as EREP pass number 15, over track number 13. That begins at 23 hours 52 minutes 50 seconds Greenwich mean time. Roughly 16 minutes from now when the space station is over southeast Asia. It's a track that will last about 23 minutes. And we'll have a total length of approximately 35 minutes Greenwich mean time END OF TAPE 6500 miles. At 23 hours this is Skylab Control.

SL-IV MC948/I Time: 17:58 12/14/73

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours 59 minutes Greenwich mean time. We're about a minute and a half from acquisition through the Carnarvon tracking station. We expect at this time that the crew is in its Earth resources pass, identified as EREP pass number 15 over track 13, which takes it over Southeast Asia, across Australia, for a total of about 6500 miles. We'll keep the llne up for the airto-ground which we expect momentarily. CDR I'll be able to get for you. CDR To isolate cells side by side. PLT Okay, I'm going - okay 190 MODE, STANDBY, MEDIUH, INTERVAL, and FRAME 08, INTERVAL 20. RADIOMETER to STANDBY. 93 yellow light is - CDR One of the cells - PLT ON. CDR Even has an overshooting top. PLT ALTIMETER ON at 50 - on the (garble). Two seconds slow on the MODE to AUTO on the 190. CDR Oh, here's - just a couple of real classic cells, just all out by themselves for the world to see. I thought I'd missed my chance to get a good thunderstorm. CC Skylab, this is Houston, with you through Carnarvon and Honeysuckle Creek for 13-1/2 minutes. Out. CDR RoEer, Bruce. CDR Okay, got a good thrunderstorm here, with a nice little overshooting top on it, taking data. Right now going for the anvil, taking data. A dual cell. All right gone for clear water and data. Termination. SPT Is it very clear down there? CDR It is now. Gotta to go for Alice Springs now. 44.9. And set that camera to 12 - 125th - et. Left 6 for Alice. Made it over the north Australian coast I believe. Got clouds. PLT there in that CDR call that Australia. PLT PLT to I0. PLT for 15 seconds. right rock CDR outcoppings. PLT CDR clouds. PLT Standing by area, too. Yeah, maybe for 0320. Man, bit that's too unusual to

I'm a little

quick

STANDBY. MARK. STANDBY. ALTIMETER Okay, UNLOCK

Fast

08,

and

INTERVAL it off land and

light,

turning in range

we're

interested

Ought to be Fortunately, Okay,

a lot of them. all there is now ONand

is a lot a

of

193 is back

I do have

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READY back now. MARK. END

light. Standing by 04:30. And it to STANDBY. Now I got the ALTIMETER On my mark 04:30. And the ALTIMETER to STANDBY. OF TAPE

going UNLOCK

to turn blinking

it

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I'm on (garble) now. M_RK. And the ALTIMETER

On my mark, to STANDBY.

04:30 Be

soaking up the 192 data here. Not either; we're in CHECK. CDR Okay, the clouds are beginning to break it up. Break up. Scattered cirrus, scattered to broken cirrus now, it looks like. All right, from northern Australia down to about central Australia just north of Alice Springs, it was broken to overcast. It's now broken to scattered cirrus and breaking up. Now we're looks llke we're headed for now it's broken low deck, broken strato cu. Okay cameras going on at 45-degree time. Alice Springs where are you? PLT Stand by 06:13 PLT MARK. 190 MODE to AUTO. CDR PLT PLT Ed. CDR Looking for some range land and not finding any. All right, this looks like it's probably range land. Or that either, no it's all wind streaked. Don't see how you can grow anything there. Back out and take another look. PLT Now we're taking 192 data over this area. S Standing by for 07:20 and at 07:20 Ed, ETC, to STANDBY. And 07:20 my mark PLT MARK. Check, ETC to STANDBY. CC All right, there's some good outcroppings right there. Data. PLT And I've got light out and that's 31 MODE to going to STANDBY. SHUTTER SPEED, MEDIUM; FRAME, i0. CDR Okay, little or no outcroppings PLT INTERVAL, 20. Waiting for 09:53. CDR 10.7 right. Okay the clouds over the Alice Springs area were clear, oh, a scattered to broken I would say and most of them were low cumulous. At this moment I'm looking 45 degrees ahead and we're coming into an overcast conditions now. And I must be looking very close to the (garble) test site area. Now we have scattered or broken to overcast clouds, very little ground visible. Looking for vegetation. Oh, that's rocks. SPT Looking up ahead there do you see the clouds starting to thin out? CDR Negative, solid overcast. PLT 09:53 we go to 190 MODE, AUTO again. CDR Now there is little or no ground available to be seen. Okay. 06:20, stand by MARK. 192 MODE to READY.

ETC

to AUTO,

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PLT Okay. CDR All right, I'm now 15 degrees to the left of track and I've got a little patch of ground. However it is not vegetated, it is dry and sandy looking. PLT Standing by for 09:53. CC Skylab, this is Houston with the overcast you can scrub the S190 ETC and the DAC operations on 191 for the balance of the pass, over. PLT Thank you Bruce, that's a very good call. CDR Okay, Bruce I'm going to take - I'm going to look for Canberra if I don't have any luck there, we'll give her up. CC Rog, that's the alternate site, sounds like a good plan. END OF TAPE

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CDR Okay, the clouds break, they're broken up till about 15 or 20 miles from the coast and then over the coastline they're scattered cu. CC Okay, which side of that break is Canberra on? Can you see it? CDR I haven't located Canberra yet. But I got a good vegetation area which is what I'm supposed to be going for. CC Okay - CDR Might be the eucalyptus groves are interested in HHI46, I think it is. CC Okay. PLT I didn't understand you, Ed, but at 11:45 and that's coming up in about 30 seconds, the ETC was - we scrubbed that, though. We scrubbed it. CDR Hey, Canberra, where are you. Somemore dark vegetation, very dark vegetation. PLT And, I'm going to go ahead - CDR Which I'm going to go for. PLT - - with JOP i0. PLT And, 11:45 callout to NO GO. No - no ETC. Negative on the ETC, Ed, I'm sure - CDR All right - PLT you heard that call. CDR got data on light vegetation area and data on dark vegetation area. PLT Standing by for 12 minutes - PLT MARK. 191 REFERENCE to 2. CDR Got a farmland area now. PLT And 194 MODE to MANUAL. CDR Data on farmland. breaks PLT of the clouds What are you there? doing - just going in the

CDR Yeah. Okay, we've about run out of opportunities. PLT Okay, the solar interial manevuer is suppose to start here in about 30 seconds. CC Okay, and Bill we do want to get the SHUTTER SPEED on S190, to the SLOW position, before you do the Earth limb stuff. PLT CC i0 PLT seconds. CDR PLT CDR PLT Okay, it's going And 191 AUTO CAL Yes, and stand by to SLOW now. of course. in about 5 seconds -

Okay. Jer. Ready. Stand by on my mark.

SL-IV MC950/2 Time: 18:10 12/14/73 PLT

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MARK.

VTS

AUTO

CAL.

CDR Okay, you got it. PLT Thank you. And that SHUTTER to SLOW. Okay, we're configured for 190 all right. PLT And the S190 interval is i0. So, I think l'm up to date on my 190 configuration. SLOW i0 and I0.. CC Bill? PLT That is affirmative. CC Okay, 46 seconds till LOS. Next station contact in 37 minutes through Bermuda at 00:52. Out. PLT Thanks for the help, Bruce. CC Roger, sounds like a good job there. PLT And coming up 50 40 I should get the READY on the VTS, 191. CDR Must be headed over New Zealand. CC Yes sir, passing over the southern Island. CDR Hey, how about that, I got a good good picture of it. I'm going to take a couple of pictures. PLT Stand by for 15:40. CDR Okay, I'm taking pictures - PLT Okay READY light off. CDR The Alpine fauct. PAO With the sta - with the space station heading over New Zealand out of range of the Honeysuckle tracking site. And with the end of the EREP pass momentarily. At 16 minutes Greenwich mean time into the new day, that is day of the year 349, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE And you verify S190 is in MODE STANDBY,

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12/14/73 PAO This is Skylab Control at 50 minutes Greenwich mean time. About a minute away from acquisition through Bermuda. The crew at this time should be finishing their post-EREP closeout. They have just completed Earth resources pass number 15 over track 13 which was over the southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. A half minute away from acquisition, we'll stand by. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Bermuda for 7-i/2 minutes. Out. SPT Skylab. CC Go ahead, but we're getting a loud squeal in the background Ed. SPT Okay, Bruce. You got a NuZ update at 00:24. Do you want the one that's called for at the beginning of the next daylight cycle?. CC Stand by, please. CC (Garble) Skylab, this is Houston for SPT. I understand that you gave us a NuZ update at 00:24, is that the statement? SPT That's affirm. CC being required for the one at Okay, we didn't see it called anywhere here. But that eliminates 01:24. out as the need

CC Skylab, this is Houston, 30 seconds to LOS. Next station contact 3-1/2 minutes through Madrid. Out. PAO We had limited conversation with the crew through the Bermuda tracking station. Due in part I'm sure to the fact that they had completed their post-EREP work and were in the midst of their dinner. One more thing the schedule - 2 more things on the schedule tonight. The science pilot will spend some additional time approximately an hour at the ATM console. And then later in the evening at about 9:00 p.m. central time pilot will do some additional Kohoutek comet photography. We're just about 2 minutes from reacquiring through Madrid. So it's our intention to leave the line up. We'll stand by for the air-to-ground through Madrid. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Madrid 8-1/2 minutes with a data voice tape recorder dump. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston a minute and half to LOS. Next station contact in 26-1/2 minutes through Carnarvon at 01:36. PLT phone call Carnarvon and Honeysuckle, 01:36 through 01:52, start out on left antenna and switch to right. Over. PLT Roger, Bruce. Thank you very much, left for

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12/14/73 then right. CC PAO this is OF TAPE

time END

Skylab

Roger, out. At i hour 11 minutes Control.

Greenwich

mean

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 1 hour, 34 minutes Greenwich mean time. About a minute away from acquisition through Carnarvon. We'll stand by for the air-to-ground. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Carnarvon and Honeysuckle. And PLT private comm, antenna left, switching to right. We're with you for just about 16 minutes, out. CC Skylab, this is Houston for the SPT. We just saw the last segment of ATM video going to VTR if you're finished with the recorder we'll take it and rewind preparatory to dumping, over. SPT Roger, Bruce it's all on there, go ahead. It's yours thank you. CC Okay, we've got it and we have 2 minutes to LOS, next station contact in 32 minutes through Corpus Christi, Merritt Island and Bermuda. The evening status report at Merritt Island at 02:23. Corpus Christi is AOS at 02:21, out. PAO At 1 hour, 52 minutes, 17 seconds Greenwich mean time. This is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 20 minutes Greenwich mean time. The space station is approaching the continental U.S. That is to say, the tracking sites of the continental U.S. Texas will be the first site to acquire and then MILA. Evening status port evening status report is upcoming, and we'll stand by for conversation with the crew. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Corpus Christi, Merritt Island and Bermuda for 14 minutes. And we're ready for the evening status report whenever you are. CDR Okay Bruce. Here it comes. Sleep: CDR, 7.5, 7/heavy, half/light; SPT, 8.0, 7/heavy, i/light; PLT, 8, 8/heavy. Volume: CDR, 1600; SPT, 1500; PLT, 1900. Water gun readings: CDR, 7384; SPT,2717; PLT, 8823. Body mass: CDR, 6.308, 6.309, 6.307; SPT, 6.377, 6.372, 6.374; PLT, 6.227, 6.226, 6.231. Exercise: CDR, method Alfa, minus 01 minutes; SPT, no change; PLT, no change. Medications: none. Clothing discarded: CDR, none; SPT, one pair of shorts; PLT, none. Plus one tuna spread, one biscuit; PLT, plus 4 salt, zero deviations and zero water (garble) CC Break, break. Break, break. Negative. We picked up with plus one tuna spread and plus one biscuits, which, I gather, must be the SPT. Would you start over please, on the food? CDR Okay. CDR, 16.5, 16.5 salt, plus one butter cookies, zero water; SPT, 4.0 salt, plus one tuna spread, plus one buscuits, and 2 ounces of water; PLT, plus 4 salts, zero deviations, zero water. Flight Plan deviations: none. Shopping list accomplishments: none. Inoperable equipment: DAC 4, transporter 3 combination has jammed again. The transporter was okay on DAC number 2. We will troubleshoot and try to find the cause. Unscheduled stowage: none. CC Okay. We copy. Did you get the MI51 coverage of ETC prep with DAC 4 and another mag. Over. CDR Okay. That's coming. 16-millimeter film; ETC prep done with DAC 9, transporter 05; supplies, Charlie India 93, 63, Michael Tango 06; 140-foot DAC, EREP 15, Charlie Lima 09, 42; M509 prep, (MI51) Charlie India 71, 42, Charlie India, 82; Nikon status: 01, Charlie X-ray 36, 22; 02, no change; 03, no change; 04, no change; 05, Bravo Hotel, 04, 59. 70-millimeter; Charlie X-ray 17, 077. ETC and Charlie Tango ii, 070. EREP, set Tango, that's 8716, 8054, 8929, 8923, 2466, 9787. Drawer A: Alfa i, 02, no change; Alfa 2, 05, Charlie India 93, 63, Mike Tango 06; Alfa 3, 06, no change; Alfa 4, 03, Charlie India 71, 42, Charlie India 82; DAC 07, no change. CC Okay, we got all that, and the frame count

SL IV MC-953/2 Time: 20:20 CST 12/14/73 for Nikon CDR CC SPT CC SPT 03168. 5, is

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that

after That's

your last 233 affirmative.

this

evening?

Okay. Would you like an ATM frame count? Fire when ready, Ed. 09 09974, 03140, 00112, 00828, 04790,

CC Okay. And if you would, please, Ed, ATM coolant loop pumps are all OFF. Just pump Charlie is panel 203. SPT Rog. That's done already. CC And we're reconfiguring the MDA heaters back ON following your EREP pass. And I guess that takes care of the evening status report. C&D ON, END OF TAPE

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TIME: 20:28 12/14/73

CC And we've got some evening questions, if all are of a mood. PLT Go ahead Bruce, if the price is right. CC Okay, off the top, this morning - last night we sent you up for use this morning two general messages concerning the M509 prep for today and tomorrow. Have you hung onto these? If not we can send up duplicates. PLT I got it in my little warm hand right now looking at it. CC Ok - Okay, beautiful. If CDR's the same we will save paper and not send it up again. PLT Yes, it is. CC All right. For the CDR, when you did the S019K ops today, did you look for the comet in the telescope viewfinder of the S019? Over. you CDR Bruce. CC Okay, the thing that we're concerned about is whether it appeared with the head on the intersection of horizontal reticle line with the left vertical line if that's on tape, we'll buy it. CDR Okay, Bruce the head of the comet was at about 530, out about I think it was I think I said 3/10 of a radius out and the tail was almost radially out for a minute was streaming at 530 and it looked to me like it probably was out of the field of the view, the very end of it. I would suggest pointing to put the head of the comet in the upper left quadrant and that should get the whole thing - spike and tail. CC Okay, our intent had been to put the head of the comet over towards the 9 o'clock position with the tail going either straight up or straight down. I'm not sure which from the drawing here and we'll take your comment and work on the pointing. CDR OKay, it was close to being straight down but not very good as far as getting out to 9 o'clock. CC Roger, and for you and Bill with reference to the sunrise problems that you've been having with $233 ops, you'll notice that we've been having you take the first photo in the direction of the comet but about a minute before eometrise. We've also started giving you the anticipated time of comet rise to the nearest second and would like you to begin the second frame that is the frame that's focused on infinity for the comet at comet rise time. One of the purposes of the third frame is to determine how the sky is brightening prior to sunrise. However we want to complete it before actual sunrise or before the sky gets significantly Yes, and all those comments are on tape,

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brighter. If you can give us a mark over the intercom system or on tape when the sky does seem to get significantly brighter or when you first become aware that the Sun is about to peak over the horizon, we'll use this factor in adjusting our sunrise times. And in the light of that did today's pass give you any problem with the sunrise? Over. CDR Okay, this morning the 233 pass went well. The sunrise came after the final exposure was taken and we were in good shape. The comet is now bright enough so that you can see it in the airglow and so that first - that first photo early is probably a pretty good photo and you're probably getting something, too. CC Okay, mighty fine. CDR I'ii tell you what though, I think you were 3 or 4 seconds late on comet rise. I wonder do you want us to watch the comet and start the exposure the instant it clears the airglow or do want us to go by the time? CC Okay, we'd like to go by the time as published on the pad for the time being. CDR Okay. CC And for you Jerry in your detail Flight Plan for tomorrow, that's message 3002 Alfa, we need to change the time for the S063 Kohoutek maneuver from 14:56 _o 14;48. This is necessitated by changing the maneuver uration. CDR Okay, Bruce that's noted. CC And one more question dealing with M509, can you estimate for us the time that was actually required to do the M509 prep today with this prep today run tomorrow type situation. We - we'd like to use this figure to be able to better schedule the future runs and how did it seem to work out? Did I get broken up by handover there? CC Skylab, this is Houston how do you read? CC Skylab, this is Houston how do you read? CC Skylab, Skylab this is Houston, how do you read? CC Skylab, this is Houston, we've lost one of our land lines receiving from you, we understand the Comm Tech at the site is copying you. Madrid in 6-1/2 minutes at 02:41 for the private medical conference, also for a data/voice tape recorder dump. No acknowledgment required if we get you back through Bermuda before LOS, I'ii call again. CC Skylab, this is Houston i minute to LOS, Madrid in 5 minutes. 02:41, private medical conference and data/voice tape recorder dump, out. PAO We've had loss of signal through Bermuda. Reacquire again at Madrid in 3-1/2 minutes. So we'll keep the line up and wait for the reacquistion. END OF TAPE

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PAO We've lost signal through the Madrid tracking site. It was at that site where the evening medical conference took place. We will next acquire the space station in 26 minutes. At 2 hours 49 minutes Greenwich mean time s this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours 14 minutes Greenwich mean time. About a minute away from acquisition at Carnarvon, which might possibly be the last site of the night. We'll stand by for communication with the crew through the tracking site at Carnarvon. CC Skylab this is Houston through Carnarvon for 5 minutes and Honeysuckle Creek a little later for 1 minute. Over. PLT Uh - rog, Bruce, the PLT here. CC Okay, Bill. Due to the problems we had with Bermuda and the land lines, we missed two items here. One is on M509 prep, which you did today for the operation tomorrow, we'd like to get an estimate of the time that was required to do this from you, so that we can better schedule future runs. And in connection with the run tomorrow if you'd way to go or not. CC up to the ATM DC. DAS. indicate whether you think this is Over. And we're sending an NAV update We don't think there's anybody on the

the

PLT Okay. CC And while your thinking about that one on 509 for the SPT, in the evening status report we got a frame count 070 frames in the ETC, and we were expecting to hear about 35 frames used. Can you confirm that it was 70, and if so do you know where the other frames went? PLT Stand by. PLT While we're getting that squared away, our best estimate is for the subject for Jerry's prep this morning at 30 minutes was right. However, I was - I should run serial to him because see my activities takes place afterwards and I was a little bit late getting to the ATM panel because I had to wait until he got through. Now 15 minutes is enough for the observer I think. But it had to be after the subject has done his prep. CC Okay, beautiful comments. Those are the sort of words we like to hear and we'll scheduled it way in the future. CC And this We suggest that you set your for wakeup. Closest site is afraid if you wait until then a little pressed for the ETC Over. PLT talking to the medic that is our last pass of the evening. alarm clocks for 12:00 Zulu 12:05 at Goldstone, but we're to get up, the SPT may be operation early in the morning.

Okay, I copy that. And Bruce, I was and missed my comet. If you can get

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me some other times, l'll get that about oh, 22:20, somewhere along in there. Excuse me 04:20. CC Hey, Bill let's just scrub the comet ops there. I think we are getting enough data so that one gap in the data take with the comet ops won't seriously compromise anything. And we'll just put you over there at the regular time and press on. Over. PLT Okay. And stand by for that ETC comment. SPT That count should be 40 Bruce, 040 not 070. CC Okay, thank you very much Bi - Ed. I got some evening news here it's going to be broken in couple of chunks, but I'ii give it a whirl here. PLT Go ahead. And a

CC The House passed and sent to the Senate today legislation that could put the nation on year-round daylight saving time by the second week in January. The bill would require clocks to be set ahead one hour on the fourth Sunday after it's signed into law. Year-round daylight savings is one of the measures requested by the President to help save fuel. A few hours before the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger today, goverment officials and Western diplomats in the Saudi Arabian capital indicated that King King Faisal might be willing to consider a limited resumption of oil deliveries. This would occure only if Kissinger or President Nixon makes a public announcement calling for Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab land. Seabottoms off the shores of Mississippi, Alabama and Flord_a will be offered to drillers next Thrusday in an effort to uncover two to three billion new barrels of oil. A total of 147 tracts of continental shelf seabottom will be offered for lease by the Department of Interior despite environmentalist objections. We got 38 seconds to LOS. We're coming up on Honeysuckle in 7 minutes for a one minutes pas a minute and a half pass. That'll be the last pass of the evening. President Nixon lit the powered-down national Christmas tree tonight and said, "the spirit of Christmas is not measured by the number of lights on a tree. The spirit of Christmas is measured by the love that each of us has in his heart." Before he pushed the button that illuminated a single star at the top of the 40-foot Colorado blue spruce, the President called attention to the energy crisis that dimmed the usual bright display. The Greek military regime began releasing political detainees today, a day after it promised to free all 300 persons arrested for involvement in demonstrations last month. The Senate passed and sent to the House today a bill to permit the government to use

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aluminum instead of copper in making pennies. The authority was requested because of the high price of copper. The U.S. announced today that seismic signals, presumably from a relatively large Soviet underground nuclear explosion, were recorded in the early morning. Also today, the U.S. G.S. said that it had determined a moderately strong earthquake about I00 miles southwest of Adak Al - Island, Alaska. The agency said there were no reports of damage, although the quake was felt on Adak. U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica said today that he may rule Monday on whether three Watergate tape recordings the White House wants kept secret may be played for a grand jury. Stock prices jumped today as brokers cited renewed hope for a possible end to the Arab oll embargo. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials rose 15.22 to 815.62. The widely-watched index had lost over 50 points in the previous 3 days. Skylab news today centered on your EREP pass and comet observations. In sports, tonight the Houston Aeros seek undisputed possession of second place in the World Hockey Association, West Division, when they visit Minnesota's Fighting Saints. One final word which will be of particular interest to the SPT, concerns a review of The Quiet Sun which appeared in Science Magazine. Donald E. Billings of the University of Colorado, says the technique you used in discussin E the photosphere and chromosphere makes the book an excellent supplement to previous compilations on the Sun. And that's it, we may have had LOS. Over. END OF TAPE

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CC Okay, we had a little keyhole and I guess our calculations on coverage are off here. Did you copy as much of the news as you wanted to copy? CDR We sure did we got the whole thing. CC Okay, very good. We'll talk to you over Honeysuckle and see you in the morning. CDR Actually we got everything but reviews on Ed's book, you'll have to do that again. CC Okay, once more with Hal here, we're getting into the noise here. I'ii do it once more with gusto over Honeysuckle. CC Skylab, this is Houston, with you through Honeysuckle Creek for a minute and 27 seconds. Final pass of the evening, first call in the morning as I mentioned before will be Goldstone at 12:05 recommend you set your alarm. And once with glowing eloquence the item for Ed. His book The Quiet Sun was reviewed in Science Magazine by Donald E. Billings of the University of Colorado, and he says the technique that you used in discussing the photosphere and chromosphere makes the book an excellent supplement to previous compilations on the Sun. Over. SPT Thank you Bruce. CC If you'll like we could record that and play it every morning for wakeup or something? SPT l'm being jerked enough now, Bruce. CC Time to say good night, Dick. PA0 The Skylab crew hBs been given a good night for this their 29th mission day. We have the mission Surgeon's report on the status of the crew's health. And I'ii quote Dr. Jerry Hordinsky. He says, "the 1/3 point of the mission has been reached in good health" and that's the end of quote. Crew will be awakened at approximately 6 a.m. central time tomorrow, at which time they will have another day that is fairly busy with an inventory of food, comet photography, medical experiments in which the science pilot is the subject and the observer is the pilot, an M509 astronaut maneuvering unit exercise involving the commander as the subject and the pilot as the observer, a liberal amount of ATM solar observing; all in all a busy day for mlsion day 30, the 349th day of the year 1973. At 3 hours 31 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 04:34 GMT. The crew of Skylab had a call over the Bermuda station. We had a cau non and warning system light showing here in the Mission Control, and we waked the crew up briefly and they checked and it was a circuit breaker that they had inadvertently thrown in structural transition section. They remedied that. We'll play that tape back for you now. CC Skylab, this is Houston. Observing our telemetry, we noticed a master caution and warning indication. It's system 2 only. You got both a caution and a warning on system 2. All your spacecraft systems look good and we'll continue watching on through Bermuda, which is 04:13 and catch it again in Madrid as you go over the hill. Over. There's no reply required. Out. SPT Houston, there was a circuit breaker thrown inadvertently on the STS panel. No problem up here at all. CC Okay. Mighty fine. Sorry to bother you, but we just wanted to let you know we were keeping an eye out for you. Good night. PAO This is Skylab Control at 04:36 GMT. That will be all for tonight. Signing off. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 4 minutes and 38 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now off the coast of the northern part of the United States and we're about 50 seconds from acquisition of signal through the tracking antenna in Goldstone. The pass through the United States station should last approximately 16 minutes. We'll bring the line up live now as spacecraft communicator is Dick Truly. CC Skylab, Houston. A good morning to you. We're stateside for 15 minutes. CDR Good morning, Dick. CC Good morning. CC And Skylab, Houston. For the SPT, your day starts off with a real hustle this morning. You got a solar inertial ETC ops coming up in just a few minutes over Paraguay. You have a pad in the teleprinter for it and later on this morning, when you guys get the pads out of the teleprinter, I have a few comments to make about them. CDR Okay, Dick. He's up and hustling. CC Roger, Jerry and However, that particular pad has no corrections at all to it. So no problem there. CDR Okay. CC Skylab, Houston. We're going to be handing over from Goldstone to Texas very shortly and we're going to be dumping the data/voice recorder ar Texas. CDR Roger. CC Skylab, Houston. For your information, since we've come AOS here this pass at Goldstone, we are have observed a - another glitch on the CMG number 2 that's very similar in all its indications to the previous ones we've seen. The situation looks fairly stable to us at this time. The momentum dump is ove_ and no problems with that (garble) control. But I just thought we'd advise you of what's going on. CDR Okay, Dick. Thank you. You dropped out just as you were starting the message and we just heard the last part of it. CC Okay. I guess I got caught in the handover, Jerry. What I said was is since we've been AOS here at Goldstone and we did not see it - the previous site before I called you for wakeup at Guam, we've been observing another glitch on CMG-2 which is similar in all its indications with regard to wheel speed, current, and bearing temps, to the previous glitches. The situation looks stable now. Your completed your momentum dump and you're back in solar inertial. No problems with attitude control, but just thought we'd keep you advised. And we still got about 3 minutes here before LOS. CDR Okay. Thanks a lot, Dick. CC Yes, sir.

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CC Skylab, Houston. We're i minute from LOS. The situation on CMG still remains the same. It looks stable. We'll - I'ii give you a call at Vanguard at 12:31. And on the subject of the CMGs, there is one of the messages that we uplinked during the evening is a permanent general message. It discusses some of our philosophy in operating guidelines with regard to potential CMG failures. CDR Thank you, Dick. CC Roger. PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 22 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now over Central America and has passed beyond the range of the Merritt Island tracking antenna. 8 minutes and 20 seconds to acquisition of signal at Vanguard. Skylab crewmen Cart, Gibson_ and Pogue began their at Goldstone. Gibson started the day by stowing the M133 sleep monitor experiment. He was being monitored last night with a special fitted cap to detect and record data on the quantity and quality of his sleep. This morning during the next few minutes, we'll be passing over Paraguay and there'll be a solar inertial pass with the Earth terrain camera to gather oblique photography along track 20/21. That photography is used for topographic mapping which will be provided to Paraguay to cover areas that are relatively unmapped at this time. Data take begins about 6:30 a.m. this morning. That's about 7 minutes from now. Other items on today's Flight Plan include Kohoutek photography, solar studies with the ATM equipment, television of Carr flying the M509 astronaut maneuvering unit, medical experiments, airglow photography and an ambient food inventory. Bill Pogue is scheduled to record the comet Kohoutek this morning at 7:36 a.m. central standard time with the 35-millimeter Nikon camera. And again at 6:29 p.m., the comet will be photographed again by Pogue at 9:05 a.m. with the S063 ultraviolet camera. That latter photography will require a maneuver of the Skylah space station by Jerry Carr and that's the only scheduled maneuver today. Carr will be pilot of the M509 maneuvering unit with Pogue assisting and Gibson will record the action on the video tape recorder for a later TV dump to ground stations. About 20 minutes of television are scheduled for the crew. This will be the first time that this crew has flown the backpack maneuvering unit. The unit was flown several times by previous crews in the spacious orbital workshop interior. ATM studies will include more synoptic observations of the Sun to investigate the evolution of the quiet and active features of the solar surface. A new emerging bright point on the Sun, observed yesterday by Ed Gibson and mentioned several times in the air-to-ground, will be observed under the joint observing program 17 along with some

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observation of prominences and filaments as they crossed the solar disks yesterday. Ed Gibson indicated he could see some signs of brightening on the eastern limb. Those are believed to be associated with active region 84, which should be coming back into view sometime today. Other ATM data will be gathered under JOP 25. That's joint - Joint observing program 25. Interrelated active region complexes filament, filament channels, prominences, and other across. Coronal rays, will be studied under solar features larger cavities, condensations, JOP 26 on the limb of than the 5 and Sun. arc minutes streamers ATM data

take today's five sessions at the console will be about 4 hours and 10 minutes. Handheld photos will be taken today of the Fauklen current off the tip of South America. They are scheduled for 9:42 and 11:20 this morning. Cart and Gibson are scheduled to take an inventory of the remaining food items to verify the total amount of food available aboard Skylab. Inventory exercise will take about 4 hours of crew time in today's Flight Plan. Also scheduled is optional handheld photo targets today include upwelling water and plankton blooms off the west coast of South America at 3:58 p.m. Patterns in wheat production in Australia, at 5:27 p.m. and insect and disease infestation in the Eucalyptus Forrest on the southwest Australian coast at 5:29 p.m. body negative Gibson pressure will be the subject and veetorcardiogram of the M092/93 lower medical experiment

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ultraviolet airglow horizon there around 6 p.m. by Gibson of the Earth's atmosphere.

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atmosphere. The S09 S009 nuclear emulsion experiment will be deployed by Gerald Carr before retiring for the day. The nuclear emulsion strips will be placed by a thin section of the multiple docking adapter wall to allow the high energy particles which have passed through the wall to pass through the emulsion stacks and leave records. The exposed emulsion will be returned to Earth where measurements of variations in thickness and direction of the tracks will be traced through the strips. The energy in charge of the cosmic rays can be determined by this method. Skylab crewmen are scheduled to retire at i0:00 p.m. and Ed Gibson will be the duty man for the sleep period in the event that it is necessary to call them in the night. During this last pass over Vanguard, spacecraft communicator Dick Truly informed the crew that there were some slight variations noticed again on the currents and speeds and temperature and, of course, lower end of the temperature scale on control moment gyro number 2. This is to repeat something that's happened frequently over a long period of time and it's not considered to be any sort of a real problem but they have been keeping their eye on it. The current moved up slightly about 200th to 300th of an amp and wheel speed dropped about 1/2 percent from about 8912, which is a standard area of operating to about 8870, and thatts the way it stands at the loss of signal at Merritt Island. This happened again at the lower end of the heater cycle on the bearings. Bearin_ temperatures around 60 degrees on both bearings. One slight difference between this and previous times is that both bearings are now at the lower end of their cycle. Previously there's been about a 2 degree difference between them. It's not considered to be any problem. Loss in wheel speed was less than a percent and in the vacinity of about 1/2 of a percent and that again repeats something that's happened frequently over the last several weeks. A pad has been sent up to the crew however to discuss the plans for loss of another control moment gyro should that happen and present indications are that there should be sufficient attitude control nitrogen gas and control fuel in the reaction control system the command module to maintain attitude for a period of about 16 days, possibly to be extended to about 36 days if plan to institude a new mode of operation in the control in the command module computers can be brought on line in the next couple of days. So that's an indication that we still have an extended period of time should that second control

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moment gyro go out. About a minute and i0 seconds now to acquisition at Vanguard. We'll leave the line up live for air-to-ground through that tracking ship. The Vanguard pass expected to last about i0 minutes. CC Skylab, Houston. We're AOS Vanguard for about 8-1/2 minutes. The CMG status at AOS looks essentially like it did when we left you at the States. A couple of things. We are gonna have about a little over an hour LOS between Vanguard and our next AOS at Goldstone. One of the things weld like to do here is get the ATM C&D coolant loop running so we can take a look at it while we have AOS. And, I've got a couple or three things to mention to you about the pad. The only correction I have is on the ATM schedule pad, but I do have - there are two or three pads that were - that you can end up throwing away and I'd like to make sure you know about them. CDR Okay, Dick, I'm ready to copy. CC Okay, first of all - And you can pass this on to Ed, Jerry. We sent up a - the S063 Ed's S063 pad and immediately followed it without a space with the PLT's S063 pad. That error was noticed and then a space was put into the teleprinter and we uplinked again the PLT's S063 pad. So Ed should be careful there. He'll get to the end of his pad and he can just cut off the pad that's immediately following it and throw it away. Another thing we had a problem with the command line and we inadvertently uplinked a portion of a permanent general message that had to do with the CMGs. After that problem we did uplink two complete copies of that same message and that was permanent general message 12. So_ you have two good copies and one partial copy and you can throw the partial copy away. CDR Okay. CC Another reminder for Ed and Jerry this morning. One of the messages onboard is the - has to do with the food inventory and you ought to read that one pretty carefully before you get started on the ambient food inventory that you're scheduled for today. Here's a - I have a note here for the PLT, which has to do with his S063. If he looks when you look at it closely, Bill, you'll notice that the vehicle arrives at the S063 attitude about 9 minutes prior to the first data take, start time and that is not a mistake. We did - It just happened to turn out that way due to momentum management considerations and we thought you ought to at least be aware of it_ if you happen to dig out that sack and possibly think something was wrong. PLT Okay, thank you.

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Yes, sir. And, Jerry, if you've got the pad, I have one pen and ink correction to it and through for - on the pads this morning. Okay, that'll take a second. Okay. Ed, will be right with you with the Okay.

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SPT Okay, Dick, go ahead with the change of schedule pad. CC Okay, in the daylight cycle that starts at 16:57 down to the time of 13 minutes remaining in JOP 17 Alfa step 2. We'd like you to jot in there 15 arc seconds and this is the off-pointing required to take you from the bright spot to get the background spectra. Over. SPT Okay, Dick, I got that. That's pretty much the way I've been doing it in the shopping list. Thank you. CC Okay, and Ed, if you're through with the ETC and got another second, I did have a question for you. SPT Go ahead. CC Okay, you did a - you wore the M133 gear last evening and the - our requirements for the mission on the M133 are a total of 9 performances, and you've accomplished about 5 of them so far. There is some talk and some desire the on some peoplels part to get more than 9 performances, as a matter of fact, up to as many as 18. And about the only thing that really bears on whether we do this or not is your desires. If - if you care to do more, we can certainly schedule them in. If you care not to, the requirement is 9 and we'll stick with that. So you might think about that and let us know. SPT Yeah, okay, Dick. That thing really is no problem at all. It's 5 minutes before, 5 minutes after sleep and the guys get good data. I don't see any reason why not to continue on. CC Okay, we'll - we'll take that into consideration, Ed, and you may be seeing more of the 133's other than what was originally planned. SPT Roger. That was the intent when I sent down to those folks and asked what was required in order to get them a little better data or more of it, it's a very small impact and I don't mind doing it. CC Okay, real fine. Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston; we're 1 minute from LOS. Goldstone comes up at 13:43, and we're going to dump the data/voice recorder when we get to Goldstone. I'll remind you again there. CC And, CDR, Houston; as we go over the hill you've got the pleasure of being assigned the first NuZ update of the morning. Just a reminder there, it comes up at 13:00. Out.

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PAO Skylab Control at 12 hours 41 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station now across the South Atlantic, has passed out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. Our next acquisition is more than an hour away at the Goldstone antenna in California. During this last pass the crew was asked to bring up the ATM control and display panel coolant loop. That has now been activated and seems to be working fine. Flow is up around 240, 245 which is the proper range for it, and there doesn't seem to be any problem with it. That, of course, has ceased to flow a couple of times, and there are preparations underway to do a checkout of it, to do a troubleshooting run on the control and display panel coolant loop that keeps the television monitors from overheating the control panel and causing it to be too hot to touch. This is Skylah Control. It's now 41 minutes and 43 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 42 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now just to the west of Oregon, off the coast. About 50 seconds from acquisition of signal through the tracking antenna Goldstone. This pass through Goldstone will be a relatively brief one with Goldstone and Texas both in line about ii minutes. At the present time here in Mission Control, there is some discussion going on about the possibility of cancelling the comet maneuver for this morning depending on the kind of data they get on that control mom_t gyro. They prefer not to put any additional stress on it. We're coming live now for air-to-ground, 20 seconds away for an ll-minute pass over the United States. CC Skylab, Houston. We're stateside for ii minutes. SPT Good morning, Dick. CC Good morning. CC And Skylab, Houston. Be advised our initial look at the CMG is that it looks much more healthy than it did the last time we saw it. We are going to look at it for a few minutes here. In the event we continue to be worried about it, we will scrub the S063 Kohoutek maneuver and ops. And in that event, I had some Flight Plan change for you. But there's no sense reading them up to you unless we make that decision and I'ii get back to you as soon as we know. SPT Okay Dick. Thank you. One thing we could use a little extra time for is the checklist changes which have been mounting up, and right now I can't see Jerry behind all the paper on the wall. CC Okay. CC Skylab, Houston. We've decided not to do the S063 maneuver and the Kohoutek S063 comet ops coming up. So I have some Flight Plan changes I'd like to get up there primarily for the PLT. Over. And Bill, there are changes to your details pad and also the Flight Plan itself. PLT Give me about 30 seconds, start talking, I'ii be ready to copy. CC Okay, Bill. I sure will. PLT I'm ready now, Dick. Go CC Okay. Let's take the Flight Plan first, Bill, which is overview at a time of around 14:30 or so in your column, I want to change the S063 CPR-1 to an APR-I. We're going to do a atmosphere ops on S063. Down below that, where it says S063 COP at a time of about 15:20, delete that. Below that, where it says S063, CS - correction CST-2, delete that. Okay. We're going to - now during that period, that we just made those two deletions, we're going to make a put in an ATM pad. So I want you to jot in there ATM and your own station time there, is 15:13 Zulu. Okay. Furthermore,

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down below that at about 16:40, where it says S063 APR-2, I want to change that to read S063 AOP. And that's the only changes to the Flight Plan. Well, correction - let me make one more over in CDR's.column; it's very simple. At about 15:20 where it says S063-K maneuver, just delete that. Over. CC PLT, Houston. We just handed over. Did you copy those checklist changes. If so, I'ii go on - I mean those pad changes. PLT Houston, Skylab. PLT Houston, Skylab. CC Roger, PLT. Go ahead. PLT Okay. Dropped out just about the time you were explaining the 15:20. Say again all after 15:20 on CDR column. CC delete the S063-K chance for him to talking about. CC Okay. maneuver work on That was a simple one. I just to at 15:20. That might be a good those checklist changes Ed was

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PLT Okay. I'ii just read it very real quickly. CC Okay. Go ahead. PLT All right. Instead of S063 PR PPR CPR-I, it'll be APR-I. And that's at approximately 14:20. In that period, also I delete S063 COP at approximately 15:20. Instead, I pick up an ATM pass starting on station 15:13. I delete APR-2 and make it AOP at approximately 16:45. CC That's correct. Be advised there's a pad in work to support that AOP maneuver and just to be complete, Bill, why don't we let me make a couple of changes on your details pad and then we'll be sure we are together. PLT Okay. And I did delete the CST-2. CC Rog. PLT Go with detail changes. CC Okay. At the entry that's listed there, at 15:05, just delete that entire entry. And replace it with entry 15:13, ATM. And I'ii have a mission note for you on which - we want you to do on that ATM pass. Down there below at 16:15 entry, delete all after S063 and replace it with AOP (pad). So that entry will ready in its entirety, 16:15 S063, AOP (pad). PLT Roger. I delete S063 15:05. Make it 15:13 ATM and that 16:15 entry will read S063 AOP (pad). CC Roger. CDR Houston, CDR. It looks like you have not done the momentum dump inhibit. Shall I crack that off my pad? CC That's affirmative, CDR. We did scratch that inhibit. And Bill, one correction to what I just told you

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on your details pad. I'd like to change that time of 16:15 to a time 16:09 so you'll be getting off ATM a little bit before the daylight period's over to start the S063 on station at 16:09. PLT Roger. 16:09. CC Okay. We're about 50 seconds from LOS. Vanguard comes up at 14:07. And when we get to Vanguard, Bill, I have a mission note here to tell you what we'd like you to do on that daylight cycle on ATM. PLT Roger. CC Thank you very much. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 55 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station now south of Acapulco is out of range of the tracking antenna at Corpus Christi, Texas. 11-1/2 minutes to our next acquisition of signal at Vanguard. During this pass, space craft communicator Dick Truly read up some checklist changes to the crew. After looking at control momenum gyro number 2 details on telemetry here it was decided by Flight Director Phil Shaffer that we should not go with a maneuver for the comet operations which are about an hour away, but instead take conservative course and prevent stress being given to that CMG. Control moment gyro is working properly. It again had one of its little anomalies. Wheel speed dropped by about 1/2 a percent and it is now returning to normal. At the very end of that pass we're getting readings that are typical of the wheel speed, but it has not completely returned to normal stable basis. It's still a little bit below - a fraction of a percent below its standard running speed, and bearing temperature number 2 is still at the low end of the scale, so for that reason it was decided to take the conservative course, eancel the maneuver for a comet operations and also (garble) cancel a momentum dump inhibit, which would stress the control momenum gyro, even though very slightly, perhaps enough to give it some problems. No one really knows whether that would be a difficulty but rather than take the chance they did decide to cancel the comet operations. In place of S063 comet photography this morning we'll be doing an ATM pass with Pilot Bill Pogue at the console and also an S063 atmospheric observation They're be two of them now today, rather than just one. There'll be one this morning and there'll also be one by the science pilot later in the day. So the conservative course has been chosen by Phil Shaffer and that comet operations and maneuver has been passed over for today. The wheel speed does however seem to be coming back to normal and bearing temperatures are expected to start warming up when the heaters come on very shortly. This is Skylab Control 9-1/2 minutes to acquisition at Vanguard. It's now 57 minutes and i0 seconds after the hour. PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours 5 minutes and 39 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now just about to come in range of signal of the tracking ship Vanguard. A pass through Vanguard should last about 11 minutes. Spacecraft communicator continues to be Dick Truly and the Flight Director, Phil Shaffer. We're live now for air-to-ground through Vanguard.

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console so he may be coming up for the air-to-ground here. CC Skylab, Houston. Good morning from the bronze team. We're through Vanguard for ll minutes. CDR Good morning, Hank. CC Skylab, Houston. Just give you a few more words on the CMG problem we had this morning. The problems we've always seen is during maneuvers at low bearing temps. Now the CMG had gotten back to a normal readings all except the bearing temps were still slightly in the region where we could have a problem and we thought the smartest thing to do was just to cancel the maneuver cause we were in that region of possibility of bearing stress. CDR Okay. Thank you, Hank. Glad to know that. SPT Hank, does momentum dump effect it the same way as a maneuver? CC Say again, Ed. SPT Do momentum dumps, since they are maneuvers, in the same category or are they slow enough? CC Roger. The dumps fall in the category of maneuvers but we think this one may have started during a dump. CC And, for the PLT. On the pass coming up, no need to acknowledge, the - we sent you up a little pad that tells you what we want you to do during the ATM pass we just read up to you Flight Plan change. CC And, also for the PLT. Your S063 pad for the AOP is on board. fall PLT Okay, Hank, thank you. CC And, Bill, that's S063 SOP pad has some information you'll need for that prep too. PLT Okay. I better go get it then. Thank you. CC SPT, Houston. I've got one small change for your details we could get out of the way now if it's convenient. SPT Be about i minute, Hank. SPT Okay, Hank, sorry to keep you waiting. Please go ahead. CC Oh, no big rush on it, Ed. In your details down at 16:00, which is quite a ways away yet, it calls for a NuZ update and since we're not doing a maneuver we want to scrub that. SPT CC contact OF TAPE Okay, will do. Thank you. Skylab, Houston. We're going be Tananarive in 15 minutes. LOS. Our

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and 37 seconds has passed out 13-1/2 minutes Skylab Control PAO and 40 seconds

Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. We're now from acquisition at Tananarlve. This is at 18 minutes and 50 seconds after the hour. Skylab Control at 14 hours 31 minutes Greenwich mean time. We're now 55 seconds

from acquisition of signal at Tananarive. The pass through Tananarive will last about 9 minutes. The spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield. Handover has taken place here in Mission Control and the Flight Director on duty now is Charles Lewis. for CC about Skylab, 9 minutes. Skylab, Houston; we dropped out there 4 minutes; we're back with you. We got another left at Tananarive. for Houston; we're through Tananarive

CC for 3 or 5 minutes

CC Skylab, Houston; it sounds like we may be starting to lose lock on you. Our next station is Hawaii at 17, and that's about 37 minutes from now. PAO Skylah Control at 14 hours 41 minutes and 42 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now gone beyond the range of the antenna at Tananarive. 35 minutes and 27 seconds before we have an acquisition again that w_ll be at Hawaii. The present time still some discussion going on concerning control moment gyro number 2. That gryoscope did have a brief interruption in its proper operation with a reduction in wheel speed of about half a percent, and a slight increase in current associated with that. Again as in the past this has occurred when temperatures became very low on the bearings. The temperature normally does remain low for a - relatively long period of time_ several hours before the heaters will come on and begin to warm it up again. Right now the temperature's on bearing, bearing number 2 which is the colder of the two, right around 58 degrees. Wheel speed rpm has come back up now; speeds are back at normal levels. They did drop a fraction of a percent for a period of about an hour th_s morning. And at this time there are have some steps have already been taken of course, limit the stresses to the control moment gyro during this cold period. And one step taken for that purpose was the elimination of the Kohoutek maneuver that was scheduled for this morning. In its place an ATM pass has been scheduled, and possibly a little later in the morning an atmospheric operation of S063. That atmospheric operation too, depends on inhibit momentum dump which may, over the long period of time, present

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some additional stresses to the that's still under consideration before END OF our TAPE next acquisition of

control moment at this time. signal, this is

gyros. About Skylab

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PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 15 minutes and 19 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now north of Hawaii about to come in acquisition of signal at the tracking antenna there. We're 50 seconds away. Spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield. The pass will last about 6 minutes. CC One quick thing, Ed, this is for the PLT. Then I'ii let Bill talk to you. We're not going to do the momentum dump inhibit for his ops coming up here shortly. The rates will be under the maximum for S063 so you can press on. But we won't be doing the dump the dump inhibit. SPT Roger. It'll be easy then. Also, you might tell the S063 people I don't have an illuminated reticle. I've changed the battery again. I don't know if I went from a - I had originally installed one on day 328. Anyway, I don't have a light and I've tried both filaments. MCC Copied. Okay, - okay Ed. Beginning here on the ATM conference for today, today's plan we scheduled a JOP 17A at your request and the main reason we did that was to give you a recommended 82A and B exposures. We really intend for that to be essentially observing time for you. Should you decide that that emerging flux region is worth doing, press on as you see fit. If you decide that itts not worth doing, do anything else if something else looks more important to you. It's really totally your option as to what you do with that time in the orbit. The - we have SPT Okay, Bill. Yeah, let me say I sure appreciate the opportunity to work in that mode and thanks for the - thanks (garble). I think we're going (garble) that region. And as of last night, I have not had a chance to work the ATM panel this morning. But as of last night, that region was still fairly bright in XUV and I could see the chromospheric network breaking around about 3 to 4 cells. So it looked as though something was happening but I guess the NOAA people are saying there is no sunspot. I could not see any last night either. I would appreciate some words from them as to whether they feel this thing's going to become a good active region or relatively small like my ops. CC They really don't know, to tell you the truth on that. They have not assigned it an active region number for fear of applying the kiss of death to it there. They're carrying it as an emerging flux region and they're going to wait and see if it stays around or not. Right now, they don't have a good guess. Part of our thinking that went into this is we found that on SL-III, the good bright point Beta that we got_ we got our very best data when Owen was doing it on his own. We didn't do nearly so well when we tried to schedule

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it because invariabily they wouldn't pan out to be as well as we had hoped. So on this respect, really, you'll be giving us our best crack at getting good data here. SPT Yeah, I think we do have a real advantage up here being able to look at the XUV monitor and compare it with the picture all the time. Because when bright points appear, especially like that one, they really stand out. CC Okay. Good. And just finishing up the plan here for today. The JOP 26 and at the 25 Alphas, the maxiraster really is the real JOP 26 where we're taking the opportunity to extend the 55 rasters over that new active region active area there - out to where the 52 occulting disk leaves off so we can get continuous coverage there. I wanted to mention that because the maxirasters might not have been evident as to what we were doing there. Similarly, as we explained, we'll be doing a four-limb coalign with zero roll a different roll, trying to get at what's going on. On the Sun as we see it this morning, we've got 2 moderately new regions. We're calling active region 99, the one that's right on the west limb, 270, bearing at about 0.95. It has a spot that we can see so far but not really any activity. Active region 00, a (garble) number if I ever heard one, is at 260, right on the limb, one point right on the distance. It has no spots but it's had a fair amount of activity. Quite a few surges and brightenings, thing of this nature. It's possible this might be the old active region 84. But right now, NOAA does not believe that's the case. What we have seen is that the things that occur in active region 00, 00 seems to act as the source and 99 seems to act as the sync. So that the things that are surged or blown out of 00, many of them splash back in the area of 99. To that extent, there ought to be quite a few coronal loops evident between the two. We definitely do feel that they are connected and talking to one another. Double zero is in the same location as P-55. We're not too sure what the status of P-55 is so most of the work we schedule on it today involves what if!s in case it's not there. On the orbit that Bill is doing now, we're recommending ii, 12 and 13 on P-55. In the event he finds P-55 can't be found, we recommend the next 3 shopping list items in order - 21, 3 and 4 on the active region 00 essentially in the same area. And we're 50 seconds here from LOS. Next is Vanguard in some in 23 minutes. words in here. Let me Over. give you a chance to squeeze

SPT Okay. Thank you, Bill for that rundown. Looks like we got something coming around the corner. It's not quite the (garble) longitude I guess yet, but the (garble) longitude, I guess is there and they both look pretty good. I noticed a lot of surging out there yesterday and did get some

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shopping list items down on the surging. And I have recorded the methods that I've been using to make those observations and I'd like feedback as to whether those methods are the ways in which they feel they're going to get the optimum data. That is, shopping list items are invented in there but sometimes bookkeeping might be a little bit hard. But I think I operated the experiment in the optimum mode. MCC Okay. We talk we talked about that this morning, Ed. And our feeling is that the shopping list items are up there for your guidance. Anytime you feel you can get more out of the experiments in any other mode, you're really the boss up there. We need to take advantage of you being there and your real-time decisions. So to that extent, we stand behind you i00 percent. SPT Okay and recognizing the film limitations on each experiment and also what's been a little different here is the 82B with the desire to use their - their cells a little more freely but still useful. So that had to be - I've always tried to get that and I think they've got good backgrounds spectram on some of these also. And I'd like some feedback on that. Today, they recommended a background spectra that was 15 arc seconds distance from where we take the other observations. And I'm wondering whether that 15 arc seconds is an eyeball number or whether they really want just 15 arc seconds. I found yesterday, I had to move out somewhere around 30 or so to get the spectra count down to where it was close to ambient. MCC Okay. My feeling there is that it is just an eyeball figure. Do what you need to do. But we'll get back with you on that. And we'll talk to you tomorrow, Ed. PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 24 minutes Greenwich mean time. We're now 21 minutes from acquisition at Vanguard. During this pass over Hawaii, there was a daily ATM conference with Bill Lenoir to Science Pilot Ed Gibson about operations of the solar telescopes and about present conditions on the Sun. This is Skylab Control at 24 minutes and 17 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control Greenwich mean time. Skylab space coast of Chili, is 53 seconds from through the tracking ship Vanguard. should last about i0 minutes. The Hank Hartsfield. CC i0 minutes. here. And

at 15 hours 44 minutes station now west of the acquisition of signal Pass through Vanguard spacecraft communicator

Skylab, Houston through Vanguard for we'll be dumping the voice/data recorder

SPT Okay, Hank. CC PLT, Houston. Whenever it's convenient to answer, just so we can have all the facts in regard to the reticle, let us try to recoop here. You did try another battery, and you tried both reticle positions in the brightness control, all was no result? PLT That's affirmative. CC Okay. Thank you. CC PLT, Houston. We don't have any further suggestions for you. You'll just have to do the best you can with the tracking without the reticles to aid you. The only other thing that we could try is, try another batter. But I don't think that would do any good. PLT There are not any more. What I plan to do is - try to get the darkened reticle but with a background of airglow and use a slight bias in my tracking in order to enable me to see the reticle in the airglow. CC Roger. We copy. PLT That'd be up/down as you're looking at the hor _on left/right. And I think that that'll give them just about the same information. CC SPT CC Okay. We copy. Houston, SPT. Go ahead.

SPT Say, Hank. Wetve got an essentially good view of the Falkland current again in the plankton blooms along the coast of South America. We were unable to look at the fjords over by Chili, however; it was all the clouded in. But I think we got some excellent data on visual observations, which we've put on tape. And we'll put some more on the Faulkland current and resulting plankton bloom. Also we saw an island wake about i0 minutes or so on those last orbit off the coast of South America, and we're looking for it again, which went on for a good 150 miles or so. It was very pronounced, and we described that on tape, also. CC Okay. We copy, Ed. Thank you. PLT Incidentally, Hank, Jer and I had a chance to see that coloration, which appears to be upwelling to the east of New Zealand. And it's just to the north and east

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Islands.

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We copy, Bill. Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from at Tananarive at 09. That's about 15 Skylab mean About Control at 15 hours 55 minutes time. Skylab space station out 14 minutes before we have and of

acquisition at Tananarive. During this last pass, some discussion with Bill Pogue, who'll be operating the SO63 camera for atmospheric operations photographing the air-glow. He was originally scheduled earlier this morning for comet operations with S063, but the maneuver for the comet was cancelled because of a variation in the rate of the second control moment gyro. That control moment gyro had a glitch that's very similar to previous anomalies. That change about 1/2 percent reduction in the speed of the wheel. And a slight increase in the current that corresponds to that rate reduction. This again, occurring at the lower temperature cycle for the bearing. And it'll take several hours for that bearing to come back up to temperatures where that doesn't happen. They did not want to stress the bearing and to put stress on the second control moment gyro. So for that reason, they cancelled the maneuver which would increase the stress on the attitude control system. And they are also not going to do an inhibit momentum dump, which is a (garble) of putting stress on the control system. But for S063 air-glow operation, today, it is not necessary to do that momentum dump inhibit. The attitude control is within the approved limits for SO63 atmospheric operations. This will be one of two SO63 atmospheric ops scheduled for today. The other one is later, and Science Pilot Ed Gibson is scheduled to do that. During this last pass, Bill Pogue indicated that the SO63 batteries are not giving proper power to the reticle and he was having trouble viewing with it. But he did suggest a technique he'd be able to use to gather data on the airglow that he thought would be satisfactory. The corollary officer here in Mission Control agreed with that. Said it looked like it would be quite good to him. Also, a report, briefly, on the good view of the Falkland current by Science Pilot Ed Gibson. And he also reported an island wake running about 150 miles in length off the South American Coast. Bill Pogue said that he and Jerry Carr, both, saw a northeast - 30 to 50 miles northeast to the Chatham Islands, a noticeable color difference that's believed, due to upwelling of water from beneath the ocean. We're about 11-1/2 minutes from acquisition of signal. This is Skylab Control at 58 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

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Skylab Control at 16 hours 8 minutes and mean time. We're now about 55 seconds

from acquisition of signal through the voice relay station at Tananarive in the Malagasy Republic. This pass through Tananarive should last a little less than 6 minutes. I have line up live for air-to-ground during the pass. CC Skylab, Houston. We're through Tananarive we have about 4 minutes left. CC Skylab, Houston. We're about i minute from LOS Hawaii at 52 and that's 38 minutes from now. PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 16 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now passed beyond the range of the Tananarive antenna. 36 minutes to our next acquisition of signal at Hawaii. This is Skylab Control at 16 minutes after the hour. PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 51 minutes 15 seconds Greenwich mean time. We're 55 seconds from Hawaii and we now have heard an AOS call here in Mission Control. The Hawaii pass will last about i0 minutes and we're live for air-to-ground. CC Skylab, Houston. Through Hawaii for i0 minutes. PLT Rog, Hank. And, I've just finished 35-millimeter magazine Bravo Victor 44 and I'd like to load another one for Ed's operation this afternoon. Would you give me a new magazine? CC Okay, we'll get it for you. PLT 35-millimeter. CC PLT, Houston. We're planning to use IR film for that pass this afternoon and we'll be sending you up a pad a little later to tell you how to set up for it. PLT Okay, Hank. And, also the timer didn't work. I'm going to - I had to take them all manually. I will check out and see if the other timer works and get it ready for Ed. We just put a new timer in that - a new battery in the timer. CC Roger; we copy. And, the only thing we could tell you about the batteries and I'm sure you've already done it, is to maybe look for corrosion down in the contacts or on the batteries themselves. PLT CC PLT empty. Houston, Skylab, PLT. Go ahead. BV44 stowed and kept 37 and the

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CC Roger; we copy. PLT Also, I tried the other timer and on Nikon 2 and_ with no film in it, and I think it should work that way and although the remote cable works and everything the that is the manual remote, the timer does not on Nikon 2. CC Roger; we copy. CC CDR, Houston. No need to acknowledge, but at Vanguard, as soon as you get through with the photos there, just prior to LOS, we'd like to get you to throw a switch up in the command module. We're just giving you a little warning here. What's happened is the pressure is built up in the quad B ox manifold, because we closed the PSM isol valve, and we want to get you up there, over the site and open up quad B's propellant valve, while we can look at it. CC Skylab, Houston. We're about 45 seconds from LOS. We'll be coming up on Vanguard at 23 and we plan to dump the recorder there. PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 3 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed out of range of the tracking antenna on the Hawaiian Islands. Beginning of this pass telemetry indicated that the heater has now come on for the command control momentum gyro bearings. That temperature had dropped to its low level before the bearing began to heat up and we had had some indication of a slight reduction in wheel speed and a slight increase in current. That's an anomaly that has occured previously in the mission and is no concern at the present time, however, in order to reduce stress on the control momentum gyro, it was determined that we should postpone the comet operations of S063 today and in its place solar observation and airglow activity with the S063 were scheduled. The crew also reported some problem with a timer for the Nikon camera number 2 and they'll be doing some more work on that. They have had problems with the Nikon number 2 timer before and it has been solved in the past. Also, at the very end of the pass, Hank Hartsfield, the spacecraft communicator told Commander Jerry Carr that they may be asked to open the quad B propellant valves over Vanguard, which is the next pass. Pressure has been building up in that system since the closing of the propellant storage module valve yesterday. That PSM valve was closed yesterday to prevent possible leakage in the event that valve downstream at one of the engines for the 4 quads on the service module should begin to leak. There is a very slight leak that has been observed in the isolation valve for the quad B fuel tank. We're now 19 minutes from acquisition of signal. This is Skylab Control at 4-1/2 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 22 minutes and 47 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now west of Chili about to be acquired through the Vanguard tracking ship. The pass through Vanguard should last approximately 9 minutes. The spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield. CC Skylab, Houston through Vanguard for 8 minutes. And as a reminder we're dumping the recorder here. SPT Hello, Hank, how's the CMG looking? CC Okay, it's still looking good to us, Ed. CDR Good to hear, thank you. CC CDR, Houston; we're about 3 minutes from LOS now. Would it be convenient now for you to run up to the command module and get that switch for us? CDR Okay, Hank, I'm on my way. CDR Okay, Hank, I'm in the command module. CC Okay, on panel 2 there, Jerry, what we want is the service module RCS quad propellent Bravo to open and verify the primary secondary propellent talkbacks are gray. CDR Okay, that's done and they're both gray. CC Okay, thank you a lot, Jer. CC Skylab, Houston; we're about to go LOS now. We got a long LOS coming up. We'll see you again at Vanguard in an hour and 28 minutes at 19:01. PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 34 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station now over the South Atlantic has passed out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. It'll be almost an hour and a half before they come back in range of signal; it'll again be at Vanguard tracking ship. The last pass they did open the quad B propellent valves. That step was taken to help allow pressure in the - in the propellent lines which are expected that pressure is expected to build up during the coming days as the Beta angle or the Sun angle changes on the space station. Beta angle is increasing at this time which means that the space station will be in the Sun for longer periods of time. That will cause a increased heating of the propellent and would cause it to fill an accumulator along the line. As it turns out that accumulator is probably capable of compensating entirely for the increased volume of propellent. But in the as a special precaution to make sure that the accumulator itself does not have any problems the valve has been open so that the propellent can flow back into the tanks. All of this problem began, of course, when a slight leak in the isolation valve which isolates the lines from the tanks themselves began to - began to crop up. That didn't cause any leakage overboard or any loss of propellent, but it did cause some concern that if

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one of the downstream lines were to fail on any of the quads we might have some flow occurring out - outside the space station. So to prevent that from happening the PSMs, or propellent storage modules_ were isolated themselves, they were shutoff, that prevents fuel from flowing from one quad into any of the other quads. So the stuff today taken just to allow that pressure to bleed off into the main tank rather than to build up and to fill the accumulator in the line. No problem, of course, for that, but thatts an additional safety precaution taken by Mission Control. This is Skylab Control almost an hour and 25 minutes now to the next acquisition of signal. It's 35 minutes and 45 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours Greenwich mean time. We're now about 57 seconds from acquisition of signal through the Vanguard tracking ship. The pass through Vanguard should last approximately 10-1/2 minutes. The spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield and wetll come up live now for air-to-ground through Vanguard. CC Skylab, Houston through Vanguard for 10-1/2 minutes. CDR Roger, Hank. CC And PLT, while you're eating here, got a couple of things I'ii run by you. In regard to the timer thing, the only suggestion we got is get a new battery out of F509 and try them - try it in either timer and we suggest that you if you do that, get a chance to do it, to verify your timer select switch is off before installing the batteries and also remember to turn it off afterwards so we don't run it down. PLT Roger, and I'ii try it in an empty camera too just to make sure the thing's functioning properly. CC Okay and we've done some checking here and it should operate normally on a - an empty camera. I don_t think you have to have a magazine on there. PLT Okay° CC SPT, Houston. On the TV there on panel 130, we need to get the XUV slit white light display. SPT Thank you, Hank. CC Thank you, sir. CC SPT, when you get a break at the console then, give me a call and I got your film load for you for your S063 ops this evening. SPT Okay Hank. Go ahead. Ready to copy. CC Okay. They used up the film we had up there today as you know, and so we want you to load IRI4 and that's in F-36 and put that in Nikon 02, which is empty now. A good time to do that might be at the end of your PT at 23 - approximately 23:15. SPT Okay. Thank you, Hank. CC And Ed, that operation does require that timer so if you don't get that checked out, you or Bill, one, you'll probably have to run in manual like he did. SPT Roger Hank. I've been through that once already. CC Skylab, Houston. We're about i minute from LOS. We'll see you at Ascension at 15 and we plan to dump the voice and data recorder there. PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours 12 minutes and

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26 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has passed out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. We're about 2 minutes from acquisition of signal at Ascension. During this last pass, the conversation was rather limited. Here in Mission Control, the environmental officer is discussing with the Flight Director a possibility of posponing the inspection of the control anddisplay panel coolant loop for the ATM instruments. That coolant loop has occasionally shown some drop in pressure and occasionally had stopped a complete stop in the flow of coolant through the loop which is used to keep touch temperatures low on the ATM panel and also to keep the EREP tape recorder - Earth resources tape recorders cool. Right now, they're considering possible problems with doing any sort of inspection and they'd like to postpone that possibly up to a day to consider ways of performing a more effective inspection and repair job on it if that proves to be feasable. The ATM control and display panel is not essential to the mission although it is important in use - using the television monitors for the ATM instruments that's primarily necessary for some pointing control. At the present time_ it looks as if we'll do a troubleshooting procedure mainly involving removal of the filters and also then possibly cleaning the filters and perhaps replacing them or on the other hand, using a liquid gas separator to clean them clean the line completely if there is contamination in it. We're approaching acquisition of signal now at Ascension. The pass through Ascension will last about 10-1/2 minutes. We'll bring the line up live for air-to-ground. CC Skylab, Houston through Ascension for i0 minutes. SPT CC Houston, Skylab. Go ahead.

SPT Say Hank, l'm looking at a beautiful surge in H-alfa. There's three - two large segments to it and it's moving off pretty fast. I was able to get some mirror line scans truncated down to line 13 on it and thatts about all before we got below 400-K. CC Roger. We copy. SPT Looks like it's moving about 1 arc a minute for - in 2 minutes or so which I think is whistling right along. CC Roger. We copied Ed. We just got the report in from NOAA. SPT Okay. We got a little mirror auto raster data on it and I suspect the next orbit we ought to go Sun center and see what's happening there. CC SPT, on next pass - I guess it'd actually be the CDR, we'd like to start right off with a building

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block 32 and at the end of that_ look at the WLC and if you do see a coronal transient, you might run that program. And if you don't, we'd like to return to the original Flight Plan. schedule. SPT Okay, Hank. Thank you. Sure was a lot of material moving off there in a hurry. CC And Skylab, we're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you Guam at 59. Thatts 35 minutes from now. SPT Okay, Hank. This was not the usual surge which we've seen out there before which usually appears as just a spike moving up and then gradually fading away. Here there was two large pieces of material which was evident H-alfa maybe about a third of an arc minute or so across. Just moving out completely with no material underneath reaching up to them. Looks as though it was just two large pieces of material just blowing right off. CC Roger, We copied. Sounds interesting. SPT I think we got something good coming around the corner. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours 26 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now crossing the coast of Africa, out of range of the Ascension Island tracking station. 33 minutes for our next acquisition of signal at Guam. During this last pass Science Pilot Ed Gibson who's been at work at the control panel for the solar telescope, indicated that he had observed a surge of material from the Sun's eastern limb or the right edge of the solar disk. That surge was described as being two large pieces of material leaving the solar surface and moving out into space. According to his indication the speed is about 1 are minute per 2 minutes which would indicate a speed of in the neighborhood of 800,000 miles per hour. An extremely large amount of material from his discription. He said two large pieces of material and he said it sure was a lot of material moving out in a hurry. And, he indicated it was not just a spike as many surges are but in fact a large mass of material which actually moved away from the surface rather than merely going out and then returning to the surface. Same information was reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just a few moments ago. Their observatories, of course, are active at the present time. Gibson suggested for the next pass we might want to use Sun centered mode, which would of course be suitable for the white light corenagraph that looks at the outer atmosphere of the Sun. And, the indication is that Commander Carr, who will be working at the solar telescopes at that time_ may be doing some white light coronagraph work if there is an indication of transient events in the outer solar atmosphere. Generally, when a flare or a surge of this type occurs, throwing material out through the atmosphere of the Sun, it's frequently the case that major transients occur or large scale changes in the magnetic field and material around the solar astomosphere out to several i00,000 miles can be observed on the white light coronagraph. That, of course, will give the crew an excellent opportunity to get some additional data. Ed Gibson said that he did have an opportunity to do some scanning of that area so, undoubtedly the solar scientists will be quite pleased with the information they got on that surge that just occurred now on the edge of the Sun. As Gibson pointed out a number of active regions now returning to view, moving around the eastern limb of the Sun. Those active regions which have been out of sight now for a couple of weeks are expected to be coming back into view in the next few days. One of them, active region 84, is now on the edge of the Sun, and active region 87, which was a producer of major flares in the last mission, the last part of the mission, may be coming back into view in the next couple of days. This is Skylab Control. Half an hour to our next acquisition of signal at Guam. It's now 29 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 19 hours 58 minutes and 15 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now just 53 seconds from acquisition of signal at Guam. The pass through Guam will last about 9 minutes. Spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield, and the flight director at the present time is Charles Lewis. On the screen here at Mission Control we have a mummichog minnow in an astronaut maneuvering unit. That's the symbol for the flight team of Charles Lewis, and of course, as you know the crew will be using the astronaut maneuvering unit this afternoon. We're live now for air-to-ground at Guam. CC Skylab, Houston; through Guam for 8-1/2 minutes. SPT Houston, we have an announcement. CC Go ahead. SPT We are pleased to announce the birth of our first moth. The attending physicians, Carr, Gibson, and Pogue, described the status of the babies as alive, moving, but somewhat hairy. Their weights are zero, and their masses are very small. The first day first one was born on day 348, sometime in the middle of the afternoon. The physicians were caught off guard and didn't have boiled water or newspapers on hand. At this time there are five babies crawling over their potential brother. The cover is not being removed since they are all of the wild breed. The physicians have delivered successfully several times but not being suitably adapted to moth mothering are ill-prepared to feed the little fellows. Houston; request advice. CC I think Bob is looking for an answer,now. CC Ed, I'm not sure how I'm going to break this to you, but we really don't have any plans to to feed them. SPT Don't we even have any old spider food left over? CC At this point we're not sure whether you owe us cigars or we owe you cigars. PLT And, Hank, a new battery in the remote timer has fixed the problem on SO63 as far as the remote timer is concerned. CC Roger, Bill. Thank you, that's good news. PLT Yeah, a footnote to that; it's sort of hard to understand because both of those timers were off and we just - well I put a new battery in one quite some time ago, but we put a new battery in the second timer only about 3 days ago.

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You

would

think

it would

last

a little

longer than that. If the switch is in OFF at the completion of each run, I can't imagine what's running them down. PLT The position of both of them was in OFF, because I pulled them both out new, you know, when I configured for the first time and then I got the second one out to troubleshoot; both of them were in OFF. And I was wondering if they have any advice as to whether or not to remove the batteries after each use. CC That might be a good suggestion, Bill. Let us talk about that one a bit. PLT Or it may have just been a fluke. SPT Hey, Hank, we show no evidence of the transient in the WLC. Me did get the building block 32, however, and looking at it again in your H-alpha 1 out there we do see some surging still pressing on the limb, but nothing like we saw at the present - at the last orbit, So welre going to go ahead and Jerry's going to press on with what's called for in the - on the pad. And if there's time left over we'll give you another quickie building block at the end. CC Okay, we copy, Ed. CC Skylab, Houston; for your information, the quality of the TV47 yesterday was very good, and the quality also of the voice and ATM TV prior to and after the TV47 was good. SPT Thank you, Hank. CC Skylab, Houston; we're i minute from LOS. We'll see you at Vanguard at 38, and we plan to dump the recorder there. PAO Skylab Control at 20 hours 9 minutes Greenwich mean time. We're now about half an hour from acquisition announcement of signal at from Science Vanguard. Pilot Ed Well, Gibson. that was Skylab a surprise crew now

proud parents of five gypsy moth eggs that have hatched. The gypsy moths were not expected to hatch this early in the mission. That's exactly what the principle investigator who had proposed this experiment had hoped for. The gypsy moths normally would remain in a - stage egg stage for many months, up to 6 months and some people believe up to 9 months. The eggs were the wild ones; 500 of them aboard, 500 laboratory reared eggs. The wild eggs were layed in late August and some hatching had been hoped for perhaps as early as January, this is about a month earlier than that. More eggs were expected to hatch perhaps in February but perhaps not until after the Skylab crew had returned. So, the possibility of taking eggs into space

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is a technique for raising large numbers of moths for a purpose of sterlization and for the eventual elimination of a very serious insect pest now appears to be much more feasible than it had been thought. So, that's certainly a piece of good news, and we should be able to get some more information on that later in the day. Five gypsy moth eggs have hatched aboard the Skylab space station out of a total of a thousand and that's a breakthrough for the Skylab crew. 28 minutes to our next acquisition of signal, this is Skyleb Control at 10-1/2 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO Greenwich at ii for

mean

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Skylab We're

Control coming

at up

20 on

hours 38 acquisition will last

minutes of signal about Vanguard

the Vanguard minutes and CC ii minutes.

tracking we're live And Skylab, we'll

ship. for

The pass air-to-ground.

Houston. be dumping

We're through the recorder.

CDR coolant low delta-P and lasted for about to normal. CC CDR The

Roger, Hank. We had - got a ATM light. And the pump started moaning 2 minutes and then everything went

back

Roger. We copy. Actually, Hank, the sequence of events was: pump started moaning first, and I heard it. I checked it, and then came back and checked the light. And the light came on, oh I suppose, about 20 seconds after it started moaning. Then the frequency of the pump noise, or the loudness of the pump noise went way down. And then it all came back up after 2 minutes. CC Reg. We copy, Jer. Thank you. CC PLT, Houston. Our telemetry seems to indicate that the right legband is reading quite a bit high. So when you go to breaking it down, we would appreciate you taking a look there at the insulation and see if you can find the problem with it. PLT CC reading Will you say again on that, Roger. It looks to us down the right legband is a little Hank? here higher like - a

the good out and

from

bit higher than it should be. So, when you are closing the experiment today, we'd appreciate you taking a look see if you can see any problem with it. PLT Okay. And that's on the right legband. Thank you. CC And we're about a minute from LOS. We'll see you PAO Greenwich at Ascension mean time. at 56. Skylab Control The Skylab itts space now 20 station hours 50 minutes has passed out

of range of the tracking antenna at Ascension. Wetre about 5-1/2 minutes from our next acquisition there. We'll have the pass then, from Ascension going all the way through Canary Island and Madrid. This is Skylab Control. It's now 50 minutes and 26 seconds after the hour. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 20 hours 54 minutes Greenwich mean time. About 59 seconds away from acquisition at Ascension. Standing by for the air-to-ground. CC Skylab, Houston. Through Ascension, Canary, Madrid for 14 minutes. CDR Roger, Hank. CC And, CDR, Houston. A little while back Bill sug _sted that we might remove the battery from the Nikon timer after every use to insure there isn't something in there that's dragging the batteries down. I guess we think that's a pretty good idea, so if you want to do that we_d appreciate it and you might tape the battery to the timer every time when you get through with it, just keep up with it. CDR Okay, fine, Hank. We'll do it. CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you at Guam at 37 and for the SPT, the S063 pad for the pass coming up is on board and that's got your data in there for your prep. SPT Thank you, Hank. PAO Well this was a very quiet trip over the West Coast of Africa_the Mediterranean, and on into eastern Europe, principally because the science pilot was doing a medical experiment and he was being observed by the pilot while the commander was at the Apollo telescope mount viewing the Sun. At 21 hours ii minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO hours Skylab Control Greenwich mean here in Houston, Texas time. About 50 seconds at

21

35

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away from acquisition of the space station through the Guam tracking site. Standing by for the air-to-ground. CC Skylab, Houston, through Guam for 7 minutes. CDR Roger, Hank, and do I have a family call tonight? CC Roger, you sure do, at Carnarvon/Honeysuckle 00:52. CDR Roger, 00:52. CC And you should start on left antenna and switch to the right. CDR Okay. CC PLT, Houston. If it's convenient, did you find anything wrong with that right legband? PLT Negative, Hank, I did not. I looked at it and I put it on tape, but I saw no problem with it. And everything else appeared to be nominal. CC Okay, we copy° CC Skylab, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS, Honeysuckle at 50. PA0 And we've lost all meaningful data through the Guam tracking site. We'll reacquire at - in about 4-1/2 minutes through the Honeysuckle site on a very low elevation pass. So, we'll just keep the line up for about 4 more mintues for that very short pass through Honeysuckle. At 21 hours 46 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. And we're standing by. PAO This is Skylab Control at 21 hours 47 minutes Greenwich mean time with an announcement that we're anticipating at this particular time a 4:30 p.m. central standard time change-of-shift briefing with Flight Director, Charles Lewis, that's the off-going Flight Director, Charles Lewis. Appearing with him will be Dr. Dennis Morrison, who is the who is one of the Gypsy Moth experimenters. Again, the change-of-shift briefing will take place in Building number i news center 3 number 135, 4:30 p.m. central standard time. We're standing by for reacquisition in about 2 minutes through Honeysuckle. CC Skylab, Houston, through Honeysuckle for 2-1/2 minutes. And we noticed that the - we've got both experiment i and experiment 2 recorders running and we'd like to get you to stop the experiment recorder 2 at panel 542. PLT Okay, that was done per checklist, M509. Do you still want it off? CC That's affirm. We're looking at page 7-5 there step 6. It says experiment I to record. Which page

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you find that - putting both of them on? CDR Stand by, Hank, maybe I did that by mistake. Okay, it's just supposed to be one, you're right. CC Skylab, Houston, we're about i minute from LOS. We'll see you at Vanguard at 17. PAO The Skylab space station has moved out of range of Honeysuckle. Next acquisition will be in about 23 minutes. A very short pass through Vanguard, incidentally, the last pass of the day through Vanguard. At 21 hours 55 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 16 hours, oh correction, 22 hours 16 minutes Greenwich mean time. Space station is approximately half minute away from acquisition at Vanguard. This time according to the flight plan the crew should be engaged in the M509 astronaut maneuvering unit exercise with Jerry Carr flying that little old bird, and the pilot, Bill Pogue observing. Science Pilot is in his PT and PH which means physical training and personal hygiene exercise. Standing by in ii seconds for the air-to-ground. CC Skylab, this is Houston through the Vanguard for 6-1/2 minutes. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston one minute till LOS. Next station contact in 13-1/2 minutes through the Canary Islands at 22:37. Out. PAO The voice of the spacecraft commander that you - spacecraft communicator that you just heard was that of Bruce McCandless. Who is a member of the silver team. That is the team under Neil Hutchinson. They are now on duty, having replaced the team headed by Charles Lewis. Who at this time is either in the news center or about to enter the news center on his change of shift briefing which is scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m.. We'll take the line down, and transcribe any - any other air-to-ground that comes up through the Canary station the Canary tracking station. We'll be in acquisition through Canary in about ii minutes. So, at 22 hours 24 minutes Greenwich mean time, standing by for the change of shift briefing this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 22 hours 58 minutes Greenwich mean time. Space station is approaching the subcontinent of India at this particular time having gone through the Canary Island and Madrid tracking stations. And at that time we acquired approximately 90 seconds or rather a minute and half of air-toground. We're prepared to play that to you at this time. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Canary Island and Madrid for 13-1/2 minutes, data/voice tape recorder dump scheduled at Madrid. Out. SPT Hello Bruce. I'd like to make a request on our family comm. CC Request away. SPT Okay, for the next two sessions Bill and I would like to switch. That is Bill would go Sunday, myself Monday, Jer would remain unchanged Tuesday I would Bill would go again Wednesday and myself Thursday, Jerry, Friday, and then we can pick up as usual with Jerry, myself and Bill in that order. It amounts to Bill and I changing twice. CC Okay, I think we can work that in. SPT Thank you very much Bruce. CC Skylab, this is Houston 2 minutes until LOS. Next station contact in 35 minutes through Honeysuckle Creek at 23:24. Out. PAO Well, that concludes the air-to-ground that we acquired during the two passes through Canaries and Madrid. We will reacquire the spacecraft again in about 24 minutes. Very little communication in as much as the commander and the pilot were involved in the M509 nstronaut maneuvering exercise while Science Pilot Ed Gibson was doing physical training and personal hygiene. At 23 hours Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 23 hours 23 minutes Greenwich mean time. About a minute away from acquisition at the Honeysuckle tracking station. The crew is still in the M509 exercise and the science pilot is PTing and PHing, which means physical training and personal hygiening. We'll stand by for the air-to-ground. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Honeysuckle for 8 minutes. Out. CC Skylab, this is Houston. We've got about 6-1/2 minutes left in this pass. If you're tied up, we don't want to interrupt, but if somebody could get over to the squawk box before the end of the pass, we'd appreciate a status report on how 509 is going and we notice the VTR is not running and the TV switch is in ATM 1 instead of PORTABLE. Out. PLT Roger, Bruce. We're running a little late on this first run and we have a question about priority scheduling. We're just wondering if you wanted to scrub anything? Looks like we're running into the S063. Can either terminate this early or we're going to run into S063 time. CC PLT, this is Houston. In assessing our options here, the position that we're working around to is deleting S063 if required and then eating back into this discretionary maneuvers. However, to assist us, I wonder if you could give us some status of what you've completed so far, we can get a better hack on things, llke the maneuvers you've done. Over. PLT Just doing some preliminary checkouts. Just undocked. CC Oh, roger, thank you, Bill. PLT Starting single axis cal now. CC Roger. CC Skylab, this is Houston. A minute and a half until LOS. Next station contact in 37 minutes through Bermuda at the time of 00:08. Scrub S063A op and we recommend that the SPT pick up the PLT's $233 which is scheduled approximately 00:30 to give you a little more flexibility. we'll be talking to you at Bermuda. Over. PLT Thank you very much, Bruce. Sounds like a good way to go. CC And - And for the SPT, if you can do it, our preference on the TV coverage is to be sure and get the HHMU operations. We're not too concerned about the cal maneuver coverage on the TV. Over. PAO The report from the spacecraft is that the crew is about an hour and 15 mintues behind in its for And

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activities on the M509 astronaut maneuvering unit, exercise. And in that respect, the decision has been made here on the ground to commit the Science Pilot, Ed Gibson, to undertake the task of Kohoutek comet photography which is scheduled for roughly 24:30, or 30 minutes into the new day, or approximately an hour from now. To also do some television showing the operation of the handheld maneuvering unit rather than some of the calibration TV that was planned for earlier. At 23 hours 34 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PA0 seconds

Greenwich

This mean

is Skylab Control at time. Space station away at

6 minutes is approxiat to

mently 3/4 - 3/4 of a Bermuda. And when we pass with which

minute acquire

from acquisition Bermuda we expect

up some new instructions to the crew in connection the M509 astronaut maneuvering unit experiment, in effect will reduce some of the exercises and to get back onto the time line. from acquiring and we'll stand by COMM, Bruce McCandless. this is Houston through Bermuda

permit them hopefully About 15 seconds away for the call from CAP for CC the PLT CC Experiment time line, we got some Over. PLT CC family 01:40 you are, phone Zuln, don't PLT we're PLT. Over.

Skylab, Go,

Bruce.

Roger, if you've got your Maneuvering Unit Checklist out on page 8_i, we got a little wonder if you could tell us where you are. And changes to it to economize on time a little. Stand by just i. And for the CDR we've call this and we_ll it. the evening call you to Merritt again later

slipped

your

Island at on this so and where we Headed for

miss on

Out. It's baseline

real nice of rate gyro, we

you Bruce, right now.

position 2 right now. CC Okay, Bill what is we want to delete the discretionary if you've already changed the battery Delete HHMU checkout and cal delete and do about 5 minutes of HHMU frame

want to do then maneuvers and you out, that's fine. HHMU transfer work after yon

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finish up the baseline rate gyro. And our objective is to be completely stowed by 01:00 Zulu. So we would llke you to be docked and starting stowage by 00:15. Over. PLT Okay_ we'll have to move pretty fast then. Thank you very much. CC Roger, out. CC Skylab, this is Houston 1 minute till LOS. Next station contact in 4_i/2 minutes through Madrid, at 00:19. Out. the PAO control center The that opinions one of are pretty the reasons general for the here slip is the has concerned. in

in the M509 astronaut fact that this is the undertaken behind in to do this their time

man first task. line,

maneuvering time that as They're far as

experiment this new crew roughly the M509

an hour run is

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In order to make up the lost time there has been some deletion of M509 run - run activities. Those previously were mentioned on the air,to-ground. Reference was made to HHMU, which of course means handheld maneuvering u - unit. We expect to reacquire the crew in about 2 minutes through the tracking station at Madrid. So we_ll keep the line up for the communication with the crew. The commander is set for a family conversation Greenwich mean time. tonight Oh, at about 1 roughly about hour 40 minutes about an hour and

i0 minutes from now when the space station comes around the next time over MILA, Merritt Island station in Flordia. StandlnK by for communication with Skylab IV. CC Skylab, this is Houston throuEh Madrid for 8 minutes. Out. CDR CC Houston, CDR. Go ahead, Jer.

CDR Okay, we're finished with 509. Tell the guys in Denver, they've got a great simulator. It flies just llke the simulator. CC Okay, we'll do that. Thank you. CDR Essentially Bruce we made a mistake or two, had to replow some ground which is expected I think on the first run through. CC Okay, we copy. Is there anything we can do to help out or you think that having been through it once you got it. CDR Oh, yeah, I think we_ve got it now. It's _ this is just the old learning curve again. I did not get to do any HHMU work because we need to get started stowing. But the bird flies real well and I think it well be a real pleasure to work on from now on, and we'll get the we_ll the kinks CC transfers worked on the out of the procedures. Okay, we copy, then that basically all 3 mode baselines and the cals and you got

work on CDR full debriefing CC CC 20 seconds to

future operations. That'S affirmative. We_ll put a on tape. Roger. Out. Skylab, this is Houston a minute LOS. Next station contact in 26 minutes at 00:52. CDH phone And call as to I mentioned earlier Merritt Island at

and

through we_ve Out .

Carnarvon slipped the

01:40.

CDR CC slipped the

med

Rog, we copy that Bruce. Thank you. And if youtre all still listening we also conference from Bermuda at 03:21 to Madrid

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at 03:34 in order to get better site coverage. The problem there was Bermuda and the evening status report at Corpus Christi were conflicting with each other, Out, CDR Houston, CDR. CC Go ahead, we've got about 2 seconds, CDR Okay, we could not find a bracelet today for the wrist checklist, we had to Jury-rig one. Would you check and see if you can find out from Bean-o where he might have put it? CC Will do that. CDR It was not in the protective helmet kit. PAO Loss of signal at Madrid. Next acquisition is 24 minutes through Carnarvon. At 28 minutes 39 seconds into the new day that is day 350 in the year 1973. This is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 51 minutes, 43 seconds Greenwich mean time. The space station is approaching the Carnarvon tracking site in Australia, and we expect the crew is nearly finished with the stowage of the M509 astronaut maneuvering unit equipment and should be about ready, if they're not doing so now, to start their evening meal. Following that there will be an hour or so of Apollo telescope mount viewing by the science pilot, and then off to bed. About 12 seconds from acquisition, standing by. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Carnarvon and Honeysuckle for 15 minutes. Out. And we'll be dumping your data/voice tape recorder here at Carnarvon. CC Skylab, this is Houston. One minute to LOS. Next station contact in 32 minutes through Corpus Christi at 01:39. Out. PAO And the space station has moved out of range of Honeysuckle on this the 3110th revolution, reacquire at in about 30 minutes through the tracking station at Merrltt Island, Florida. At i hour and 9 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at i hour 38 minutes Greenwich mean time. About a minute away from acquisition at through the MILA - Merritt Island, Florida tracking site. We'll stand by for communications with the crew of Skylab IV through the Florida site. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Corpus Christi, Merritt Island and Bermuda for 14 minutes. Out. CC For the CDR, coming up on his private comm here at Merritt Island_ antenna sequence will be right to left and then left after the handever to Bermuda. Out. CDR Thank you Bruce. CDR Hello Houston. Skylab loud and clear. CC You're coming through on S-band, Jer. CDR Skylab CC Skylab, this is Houston. We just heard you through the handover there. Go ahead. CC Skylab, Skylab. This is Houston. Were you calling? Over. CC Skylab, Skylab. This is Houston. Radio check. Over. CC Skylab, Skylab, Skylab. This is Houston in the blind. We believe you're out of configuration on the comm. Nothing pressing, we'll pick you up again - we still have you for 6 minutes through Bermuda if you're reading us. And we'll pick you up at Madrid at 01:58. CC Hello Skylab. This is Houston on S-band. How do you read? SPT Hello Bruce. How do you read? i, 2, 3, 4, 5. CC Okay. Loud and clear Ed. The ground out of configuration. Had a button not punched in on the They're hooking you onto GOSS i. Were you calling during the handover? Over. was console.

SPT Yeah, that's affirm, Bruce. On the displays BUS i on the ATM, we're not able to get the displays. I understand there's a circuit breaker we can cycle in order to get those back. Do you have the procedure available down there? CC CC cycle is the MAIN Stand by. SPT, Houston. down there in the console INVERTER i LCA breaker. The breaker you want power distribution. Over. to It's

SPT CC CC SPT displays 2 off, and for about 5 seconds,

MAIN LCA I. Thank you. Roger. SPT, Houston. Did that solve your problem? No it did not, Bruce. I took the four cycled the breaker and left it out pushed it back in, did not get displays

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on BUS i. Tried it the second time, with all eight switches OFF on the console power distribution and displays OFF, cycled the breaker out for about 5 seconds, back in, and still did not have displays on US i. CC Okay. Let us work on it. We got about a minute and a half to LOS. Next station contact in 5-1/2 minutes through Madrid at 01:57. SPT Okay. Talk to you then. Thank you, Bruce. CC Is the inverter A - 1 AC circuit breaker in? Over. CC The one right below it SPT That's affirm, Bruce. All circuit breakers on console power distribution are in. CC Okay. Thank you. CC Okay, we're working on that one, Ed, and at Madrid when we come up it'll be a data/voice tape recorder dump. We'll talk to you there. Out. PAO We'll reacquire through Madrid tracking site in 3 minutes. And we'll keep the line up for the air-to-ground there. END OF TAPE

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CC Data/voice know the switches

tape position please.

Skylab, this is Houston through Madrid. recorder dump. For the SPT, we'd like to of your lighting numeric and lighting integrval Over.

SPT They are both off, Bruce. CC Okay. We want them in fixed, please. And SPT Okay, they're in FIXED. CC Okay. And now you can go ahead and cycle the breaker again and see if you get lights. And we understand your original complaint that you were getting no response to any of the four displays which is - that's the bunch with DAS, ORB phase, power system and all that. Over. SPT That's affirm, Bruce. And apparently having those two switches in fixed we have it in Bus i. Thank you. CC Roger, out. SPT sentences CC explanation numeric there. did the Job because now

Bruce, you could of why it works Okay_ with those

probably give me a couple when the switches in FIXED. two switches in OFF, the busses the BUS is just 1 posi-

power to the non-existent

and the integrval lighting That is, the experiment -

tion of the console power distribution switches is wired up to those two numeric integral busses which in turn wired up to the _ the arm of the lighting numeric and lighting integrals switches and in the FIXED position. Why, it's just a straight shot into the regulator output. CDR Okay, thank you. CC And SPT, this is Houston. We show the XUV MON power switch off at present time. We'd like to get it back on. CDR Houston, CDR. CC Go ahead, CDR. CDR Bruce, we have a DAC - DAC number i down here that's Jammed up. It's the camera itself that's jammed and we haven't blown the fuse yet. I got a hunch that the malf the procedures 008 miBht apply here. printer us up another 008. look CC into SPT the that they sent me up in general message I wonder if you would please telecopy of permanent general message can the certainly XUV MON MONITOR 2, and do that. switch I'm not We'll is in also the

Okay, we applicability. Houston,

ON position and so is MON i and a display there. CC Okay, we're hand r corner of the C&D panel. Is that correct. And MON i and SPT That's

getting right to on. lower top

talking on the XUV MON power MON 2? All in the

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of the lower - of the upper panel, right across - above the monitor. XUV MON power switch is right next to the XUV HON doors. CC Roger. PLT Ed, would you give me a frame? CC SPT, this is Houston. We'd like you to cycle XUV MON power switch OFF then back ON. And same with MON 1 and MON 2 switches. SPT That's accomplished. CC Skylab, this is Houston. 30 seconds to LOS. Next station contact in 26 minutes through Carnarvon at 02:31. During this LOS period, we want you to hold your configuration on the XUV MON, the TV MON switches even if it means sacrificing part of a pass. Over. SPT Roger, Houston. Will do. CC Roger, out. PAO At 2 hours 6 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 30 minutes Greenwich mean time. We'll acquire the space station in about 40 seconds through Carnarvon, standing by. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Carnarvon for 6 minutes for the SPT. Over. SPT Go ahead, Houston. CC Okay, Ed, I think we've got out story pieced together here for you, but before we start into it, the whole rationale hinges on one item. When we were trying to get the lighting back, did you cycle the E-Alpha switch on the console power distributionp that's H-Alpha switch 1 of 8. Over. SPT H-Alpha power, yes on that one, that I OFF and then back ON again. CC Okay_ here's the situation, last mission we had a fairly hard short on TV BUS 2 and the even though an O-meter check is shown to be - at least on the surface okay, we don't want to power that up. Consequently we taped the sync generator switch in the center off position. Nowp through a - a very interesting chain of circumstance, the power to the sync generator switch comes from the H-Alpha switch on console power distribution from the C&D buses. And when you turn the H-Alpha switch back ON, the sync generator switch is cunningly rigged to a series of pulsars, therefore, you pulse both TV buses 1 and 2 to the OFF position since the sync generator switch is in center off, so to recover from this position what you need to do is via DAS command - DAS 10131, that's 10131 DAS TV BUS 1 back on and you should he back in commission. Y'all might want to make a mental note that cycling that H-Alpha switch to OFF and then back ON does this to you. Over. SPT Okay, Bruce I understand what you're saying. That switch had been cycled previously, however, with now without that affect. That does surprise me that we have run into that now rather than previously. I'll go ahead and give it a give it a go, though, 10131. CC Roger. SPT How's the XUV MON look to you down there? CC Okay_ we see TV BUS i up now, and it looks good to us. SPT Okay in the process_ however, Bruce I can manage to pick up a computer reject the first time I made that entry - what was fed back to me was a 11131 and I cleared it and then put in a 10131 and still has got a computer reject for me. put

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CC Okay, we copy. SPT Okay, we got i minute to LOS. Next station contact in 7.1/2 minutes through Honeysuckle Creek. No command capability at Honeysuckle. It's a short pass, we'll see you there. And actually we've got a little more than that with you here through Carnarvon. It's a keyhole: we'll be back up. CC SPT, this is Houston. You still read us? Over. SPT Sure do Bruce, go ahead. CC Okay, on telemetry we're showing an interrupt failure in status word 4. Something that we're going to have to look at here but we'd like for you to stay off the DAS until we get it psyched out. SPT Okay, Bruce will do. CC Roger, thank you. SPT And, Bruce, would you please recite the conditions under which you cannot turn the H-Alpha i or H-Alpha 2 power switches OFF? CC Okay, we're not talking about the H-Alpha i and 2 power switches. We're talking about the H-Alpha power switch under console power distribution that second switch in from the left in the group of eight over there and that's the one which, where you turn it off and then hack on causes the problem, although I understand in the past if you're very, very swift and you go from BUS i to BUS 2 you can get by without causing that glitch, but we don't want you to operate that except under our direction. SPT Bruce, that is a switch which I did not throw. I misunderstood your previous question, I thought you meant the power switch down under TV which I didn't (garble) CC See you over Honeysuckle. We're going down. END OF TAPE

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it went in all right. But right now I'm still having the puter reject looking at me and a 52040 one will not clear CC Okay, we copy. SPT 52040 give{,_e 5 and four 7's. CC Understand 52040 gives you what? SPT 57777. CC CC contact in capability there. with back

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CC And actually we got a little more then that you here through Carnarvon. It's a keyhole and we'll be up. CC SPT, this is Houston. Do you still read us? Over. SPT Sure do, Bruce. Go ahead. CC Okay. On telemetry we're showing an interrupt failure in status word 4, It's something we're going to have to look at here, but we'd like you to stay off the DAS until we get it psyched out. SPT Okay, Bruce. Will do. CC Roger; thank you. SPT And Bruce, would you please recite the conditions under which you cannot turn the H-Alpha i or H_Alpha 2 POWER switches OFF? CC Okay. We're not talking about the H-alpha i and 2 POWER switches. We're talking about the H-alpha power switch under console power distribution, that second switch in from the left in the group of eight over there, and that's the one which where we turn it off and then back on, causes the problem although I understand in the past if you're very, very swift and you go from BUS i to BUS 2 you get by without causing that glitch. But we don't want you to operate that except under under our direction. SPT Bruce, that is a - a switch which I did not throw. I misunderstood your previous question. I thought you meant the power switch down under TV, which I did not (garble). CC See you over Honeysuckle. We're going down. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 2 hours 30 m_nutes Greenwich mean time. We_ll acquire the space station in about 40 seconds through Carnarvon. Standing by. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Carnarvon for 6 minute_ for the SPT. Over. SPT CC pieced together here the whole rat±onale to get the lighting on the console power of 8. Over. I put Go ahead_ Houston. Okayp Ed. I think we've got a story for you_ but before we start into it hinges on one item. When we were trying back, did you cycle the H-alpha switch distribution? That's H-alpha switch i

SPT H_ALPHA POWER, yes, ON that one, then OFF and then back ON again. CC Okay. Here's the situation. Last mission we had a fairly hard short on TV bus 2 and even though an 0_meter check is shown it to be at least on the surface okay, we dontt want to power that up. Consequently we taped the SYNC GENERATOR switch in the center OFF position. Now, through a _ a very interesting chain of circumstance, the power to the SYNC GENERATOR switch comes from the H-alpha bus, and the K_alpha bus power is derived through the H-alpha switch on console power distribution from the C&D buses. And when you turn the H_alpha switch OFF, nothing happens. When you turn the H-alpha switch back ON, the SYNC GENERATOR switch is cunningly rigged to a series of pulsars. Therefore, you pulse both TV buses i and 2 to the OFF position since the SYNC GENERATOR switch is in center OFF. So to recover from this position what you need to do is via DAS command - DAS 10131, that's 10131 DAS TV BUS i back on, and you should be back in commission. You_ll might want to make a mental note that cycling that H_alpha switch to OFF and then back to ON does this to you. Over. SPT Okay, Bruce. I understand what you're saying, Tkat switch has been cycled previously, however, without _ without that effect. That - that does surprise me that we have run into that now rather than previously. I'll go ahead and give it a go, though. 10131. CC Roger. SPT How's the XUV MON look to you down there? CC Okay. We see TV bus 1 up now and it looks _ looks good to us. SPT Okay. In the proeessp however, Bruce, I can manage to pick up a computer reject. The first time I made that entry what was fed back to me was a 11131, and I cleared it and then put in a 10131 and it still has got a computer reject for me.

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CC Skylab, this is Houston through Honeysuckle Creek for i minute and 30 seconds, 29-1/2 minutes until next station contact Corpus Christi at 03:14 with the evening status report. Break, break for the SPT. Looking into things further here on the TV bus situation did you cycle either the main C&D 1 circuit breaker, that's the leftmost one in the upper row of circuit breakers, or the C&D experiment i circuit breaker; that's the third one in from the left in the bottom row. Over. SPT That's negative Bruce. And also in response to your previous question about cycling H-alpha. I did not cycle the H-alpha switch under console power distribution. I cycled H-alpha 2 on and off or off and the on again. CC Roger, we copied that. I couldn't respond to you there because we were going down in the noise pretty fast, but we got that transmission. PAO The discussion during the last pass over the Honeysuckle and Carnarvon sites has to do with the digital address system which is a part of the Apollo telescope mount system. Relating further to a series of switch positionings to in order to activate certain of the ATM displays. The problem as such, although it's a minor one, has not yet been solved. Apparently the consensus here is that it is related to proper switch positionings. And what the flight controllers are doing at this particular time now that we are out of control with the - or out of acquisition with the space station is that they are replaying the previous pass and attempting to sort out the exact series of switch positionings, and to come up with a fix for the science pilot when we next acquire him in approximately 24 minutes. We expect to have a solution to the digital address system problem within 20 or so minutes during acquisition through the Texas site. At 2 hours 49 minutes Greenwich mean time this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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before acquiring through Texas. This particular time, the crew is attempting to reconstruct this switch-throwing sequence. We'll stand by for the air-to-ground. CC Skylab, this is Houston through Chorpus Christi, Merritt Island_ and Bermuda for 16-1/2 minutes for the CDR, over. PLT Be right here, Bruce. CC Roger, postpone the evening status report please. Cancel the med conference and we'd like to talk to the SPT. Over. SPT Go ahead, Bruce. CC Okay, Ed, we'd like you to start back when you reported you were having difficulty getting the the lighting on the ATM DC panel and try to walk us through in sequence, every switch, circuit breaker operation that you performed. Over. CDR He's on his way up there, Bruce. CC Roger, thank you. And for the CDR, just to bring you up to date on the situation as we see it right now through a combination of events which we're still trying to completely nail down, but we think we have a pretty good handle on it. You all are locked out of the computer from the DAS, that is, nothing that you're putting into the DAS is getting into the computer because it thinks that there is an inordinate amount of DAS activity and, therefore, it's locking the DAS out. Over. SPT Roger, Bruce, we have something we can do about it? CC We're working on that. We've got a couple of theories going around down here. And the first thing that we need to do to make sure that we head off in the proper direction is to make sure that we understand the exact sequence of events that got us into this situation. CDR Okay. SPT Okay, Bruce, let's go back to where I requested that we - where I stated we wanted to get the displays on the BUS i. CC Okay, we're with you. SPT Say again, Bruce. CC Go ahead, we're with you. SPT Okay, as best I recall, I asked you for the circuit breakers to cycle or the circuit breaker. And you then came back with the INVERTER LCA number i. At that point_ I cycled it and we got no results. I turned off the okay, that's one point where I did cycle the H-alpha. I

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12/15/73 was probably - Well, let's see, I'm pretty sure I must have turned those on before we went through the DAS actions, because we didn't do the DAS until we got well into - well into the ATM orbit. I'm sure I had the displays up for that. CC Okay, at any time, do you recall cycling the - the DAS orbital phase switch up under displays very rapidly from ON to OFF, and from BUS 1 to off to back to BUS i, or rapidly through the center position. What we're looking for is an actuation that would interrupt power for less than 1 second. SPT I don't recall having a specific reason to do that, or remembering to do that, Bruce, but every once in a while when you hit those switches, you've - if it's in the up position for example, and you go to OFF, you can go right through the center position. I don't recall doing it, but I couldn't say that it wasn't done. CC Okay, we copy. SPT Okay, then we went to put the entry into the DAS, and I put in the 10131 with the DAS BUS i. CC Okay, now we - SPT BUS i. CC When you say you put it in, you keyed keyed 10131 then what? SPT I keyed - I keyed and I did not get that display back. I got something which I do not recall exactly. I think it was a ii - was not a _0131. It was ii something, and I cannot recall what it was. I cleared, tried it once again, got that same result, cleared, and on the third time, I got the 10131 looking up at me. I entered that and we got the displays back and then I noticed a computer reject. At that point, I tried a 52040 and it locked me out. I got 5 and four 7's. you CC Okay, we're copying all that. The first time you entered though was when you got a 10131 shown back at you, right? SPT That's affirmative, Bruce. CC Okay, I'm not trying to - to bug you here, we just need to get the sequence down exactly. We got the people up from the (garble) standing by and we're trying to psych it out. The anomaly, if you will, with respect to TV BUS i, I think we can say is completely explained now by taking that H-alpha switch in the back of 8 to OFF, and back on, so what we're working on it right now is the DAS problem with respect to the ATM DC. And we'll keep you posted here. Let me sign off a minute and see what's going on. END OF TAPE

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CC CDR, this is Houston. If you're prepared here while we're working the problem we can copy the evening status report from you. Over. CDR Okay, Bruce here it comes. CDR for sleep: 7.0, 6/heavy, 1/light; SPT, 7.0, 5/heavy, 2/light; PLT, 6.5, 6/heavy, half light. Volume: CDR, 2100; SPT, 1600; PLT, 2300. Water gun: CDR, 7400; SPT, 2758; PLT, 8862. Body mass: CDR, 6.304, 6.303, 6.301; SPT, 6.367, 6.366, 6,368; PLT, 6.235, 6.236, 6.240. Exercise: CDR, Method Alfa minus 3 minutes, Method Charlie, add a new position to the standard, his position Echo 2 minutes_ 10 repetitions. We'll add that on to the standard format for the CDR; SPT, no change; PLT, no change. CDR, Stand by. CDR For the SPT, no Alfa - no Method Alfa was done today. Let's see, medication: CDR, none; SPT, none; PLT, Afrin drops last evening and 3 times today. Clothing disposed of: CDR, 1 pair of shorts, 1 T-shirt, 1 pair of socks; SPT, none; PLT, none. Food log: CDR, 8.5 salt. Are you still with me Houston? CC Yes, but hold for a second please. CC Okay, Jerry go ahead, we just went through handover. I got 8.5 salt. CDR Okay. Plus 1 apple drink, plus i cherry drink, plus 2.0 water; SPT, zero salt, zero deviations, zero water; PLT, 2.0 salt, 2 coffees, i butter cookies, zero rehydration water. Okay, Flight Plan Deviation: S063 deletion. Shopping List items: none. Inoperable equipment: DAC number i is Jammed up, and when I get that permanent general message 08. We'll see what we can do with it. We (garble) that we have blown the fuse yet. We don't want to mess with it until we got what we need. And unscheduled stowage is none. CC Okay, we're still with you. CDR Okay, Photo Log; 16-millimeters: Transporter, 05, M509 which is 151 plus ops; Charlie India 93, 12, Michael Tango 06, and the next one is M509 ops; Charlie India 72, 40, Charlie India 85. I might advise that when removed DAC 01 we replaced it with DAC 09 for the dome position. Nikon 01, Charlfe X-ray 36, 22, 02 India Romeo 14, 41. Bravo Victor 44 was removed and was stowed in Foxtrot 37. Number 3, Charlie India, 110, 60. Number 4_ Bravo Echo 08, 18. Number 5 Bravo'Hotel 05,00, roll Bravo Hotel 04 was removed and stowed in the (garble) bag. EREP: no change. 70-milimeter: Charlie X-ray 17, 105, ETC is Bravo Whisky 03, 042. Drawer A Configuration: Alfa i, 02, no change_ Alfa 2, 05, Charlie India 93, 12, Mike Tango 06; Alfa 3, 06, no change; Alfa 4, 03, no change; DAC 07, Charlle India 2, 40, Charlie India 185. That's it,

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CC Okay. We copy all that, Jer. One thing that comes to mind is you were asked to make a note of the percent remalnln_ on the supplies pool at the completion of MI51 ops for 509 to separate MI51 from 509. Do you have that figure on hand? CDR Okay. It's on the decal. We did not put it in the log. Stand by. We can get it. CC Okay. We'd appreciate for management purposes. Thank you. CC One minute to LOS. Next station contact in 5-1/2 minutes through Madrid at 03:35. This will be a normal station pass. SPT Hey Bruce. Let me real quickly give you the ATM frame count. CC Okay. Fire when ready, Ed. SPT 09714, 02957, 00108, 00803, 04626, and 03072. CC Okay, we've got those. Thank you. CDR Okay Bruce. At the end of 151, the frame was 52. CC Roger. Thank you, Jer. END OF TAPE

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CC Skylab, this is Houston through Madrid for 6-1/2 minutes. Next station contact after Madrid is Tananarive in 22-1/2 minutes. That'll be the last pass of the evening. In case you want us for anything, the one after that is Honeysuckle Creek at 04:21. We see the S055 high voltage switches ON. We'd like to get all seven of them OFF. And we'd also like you to do a standard ATM VC powerdown for unattended configuration on the C&D panel, including ATM C&D pump Charlie OFF at the completion of panel powerdown. Over. PLT We copy that, Bruce. Thank you. CC You got the S055 and the powerdown? PLT It works. CC Okay, and as the mission goes on here this evening, we're going to be executing ground commands to try to clear up the situation and square things away. We anticipate you all going to bed about on schedule here, and we'll call you if we need anything, but the status right now is that it seems like you're locked out of the computer with the DAS. Over. PLT Understand Bruce. Thank you. CC Okay. I'm going to turn you over for the medical conference now and you got a little over 5 minutes remaining. We'll talk to you at Tananarive. PAO We've had loss of signal through the Madrid station. And we'll be back up talking to the crew at Honeysuckle in about 36 minutes. At 3 hours 45 minutes Greenwich mean time, this is Skylab Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 3 hours 57 minutes Greenwich mean time. And we're approaching the station at Tananarive which earlier was down and out of the loop but is now up. We were able to bring the station back up, and we will have air-to-ground for CC (Garble) 4 21 and I've got the evening questions for you. CDR Go ahead, Bruce. CDR Roger Houston, go ahead. CC Stand by. CC And CDR, for your information, our plan of attack is forming up here over Honeysuckle. We are going to try to establish the ground interface with the ATM DC to verify that we have access to it or can gain access to it, and we'll - consequently we'll be commanding there. And there's no real need for you all to stay up. We'll give you a full update on the situation in the morning. Over. CDR Okay Bruce. That'll be fine. CC Okay. The first item that has to do with the gypsy moths. It's really not a question. The control group personnel of the Department of Agriculture and Research Labs at Beltsville, Maryland have reported no hatchings as of yesterday. There is normally a statistical set of early worms or larva approximately equal to i percent during the 6 month diapause. Additional hatching in the next few days of your onboard moths will be highly significant and has already created much interest down here. With respect to the M509 checklist bracelet called out on page 7-2 of the checklist. Our records down here show at the end of the SL-III mission, it was located in W-744. W-744 along with the pressure suit bracelet. You might want to get that in sync with your checklist, and when you run across something like this as you do in the prep yesterday, if you give us a yell, and give us a little more lead-time to get roiling on finding the thing. On the dump tapes covering the period of the S192 alignment check, prior to yesterday's EREP pass, we didn't find any alignment check report. Can you - probably on tape would be the way to do it - give us the final left and right meter readings for the visible alignment, and the rate meter, and the X and Z michrometer settings for the thermal. Over. PLT Okay Bruce. I did that and I followed the checklist and it said if there was no change since the last time not to do anything, and I didn't. It was the same on visible and thermal. CC And PLT And I'ii put it on tape next time. Okay. We copy. No chnage. Beautiful.

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CC Okay. And the name of the star that you inquired about in the tail of the comet earlier today is Sigma Libre, or Sigma of the constellation Libra. It's magnitude is about 3 to 3.5. And did you all work $233 in this evening? Over. SPT That's affirmative, Bruce. We got it. CC Very good Ed, thank you. PLT You got the evening news? CC Yeah, we've got the news right here. I understand that the frame count that you read down on the Nikon doesn't reflect the $233 ops. Okay. President Nixon signed into law today a bill that will temporarily place the U.S. on daylight savings time, starting January 6. I think that's for a period of about 2 years. He said the action could save the equivalent of 150,000 barrels of oil per day. Egypt said today that the Mideast peace conference scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Geneva has been delayed for 3 days. The report came after Secretary of State Kissinger talked for six hours in Damascus with a grim-faced President Kafez Assad of Syria. He then flew to Amman_for a meeting witah King R_ssein of Jordan. Protesting truckers kept their rigs off the road again today after threatening to extend a violence-marked shutdown until Monday to make their complaints heard by Washington and consumers. The protesting drivers, most of them independents who own their own trucks, are angry over higher diesel fuel prices and low speed limits brought on by the energy crisis. Secretary of Labor Peter J. Brennan says his department is studying the possibility of a nationwide 4 day work week because of the energy situation. Aboat 30 Communist troops ambushed and killed an unarmed American officer and wounded four other U.S. soldiers today as their helicopters landed to search for the remains of a GI 12 miles south of Saigon. Vice President Gerald R. Ford and Presidemt Nixon's principal economic advisors met at the White House with Senate and House Republicans to discuss proposals in the economic field that the administration will unveil next year. Trans World Airlines may be back in operation in time to vote Tuesday to accept a contract agreement reached by negotiators. The airline has been grounded since November 4 by strikes. J. Paul Getty, III w_s found alive today, five months after disappearing from Rome, Italy. His mother said that his release cost $2.7 billion $2.7 million in ransom. The 17-year-old grandson of American oil billionaire J. Paul Getty was in good health despite a missing ear. In Skylab news, the wire services have your stories about the gypsy moth eggs. And Ed, the stories quoted your birth announcement in full. Also mentioned was the CMG glitch and the cancelled comet photography. Sports: the Miami Dolphins

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defeated the Detroit Lions 34 to 17. The Pittsburg Steelers took the San Francisco 49ers 37 to 14. On the college basketball front, UCLA beat North Carolina State by a score of 84 to 66, and that's 30 for this evening. Over. CDR Okay Bruce. Thanks a lot. And those bracelets are not in W-744. CC Okay. Thanks a lot, Jer. CDR Yeah, we looked there right after we looked in the protective kit and it wasn't in either place. CC Okay. I guess the bad news is that's all the good news for tonight. Let us work on it. CDR Okay. We did okay with a rubber band today. We can get along that way if you can't find it. CC Okay. We copy. We'll work on it. PAO We've had loss of signal through Tananarive. It's our intention to put the crew to bed here. Wakeup is 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. At - at 4 hours 5 minutes Greenwich mean END time, OF TAPE this is Skylab Control.

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PAO This is Skylab Control at 4 hours 19 minutes Greenwich mean time. We've just received the misin mission surgeon's report on the crew health, and I'd like to pass that on. And I quote, "The crew remains in good health. A deconchest - a decongestant was utilized by the pilot to alleviate mild symptoms of stuffiness in the ear." And that is signed Jerry Hordinsky, Dr. Jerry Hordinsky, for Dr. Hawkins. We'll stand by during this pass over Carnarvon in the event that there is any air-to-ground with the crew. Next down this END PAO We've passed out of range at Honeysuckle. acquisition is Goldstone in 26 minutes. We'll shut for the night. A 4 hours 25 minutes Greenwich mean time, is Skylab Control. OF TAPE

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CC Skylab, Houston. Good morning. We're at Vanguard. We still have about 6 minutes left in this pass and I'm waking you up about i0 minutes early this morning. PLT Good morning, Dick. CC Hi, Bill. Good morning. CC Skylab, Houston. We still have about 3 minutes left in this pass. I thought I'd give you a quick summation of where we are on the DAS, and I need to ask Ed one question prior to going LOS here so we can - you're going to have an hour's LOS so we_d llke to think about it prior to getting to Goldstone. I_iI tell you why in a second. Essentially, we have reeanbled the BIT in the DAS which allows us to command from the ground through our normal primary DAS pass, and we have commanded several items during the night and it's working perfectly okay. We hope to do a short troubleshooting procedure with Ed on the ATM console Just prior to his first ATM pass at the Goldstone AOS at 12:59 to verify that the DAS does work and we do request that no DAS work be done prior to that time. We still have about 2 minutes here and if Ed's available I would like to ask him one question about the activities last evening. SPT Okay_ Dick. Go ahead. CC Okay_ Ed. Last night Bruce asked you about one of the switches as to whether or not you'd ever threw it. l_d like to ask you about another one, and I'm referring to the DAS POWER switch that's on the - and that one is on the lower portion of the console Just to the right of the DAS entry keys itself. And the question is, at any time during the procedure did you ever cycle this switch and if you did was it cycled rapidly? I did go through all the transcripts and you never reported it but we need to ask this question Just to clear up our minds about it. SPT Yes, Dick; that was cycled. I believe it was OFF at the very beginning and I started the entry and noticed that it was off and then turned it - turned it on. I don't recall recycling it rapidly, however. CC Okay. Understand it was OFF at the start and you put it on, and the switch l'm referring to is the DAS POWER switch down there on the bottom right next to the entry keys. SPT That's affirmative, Dick. CC Okay. Ed, if you'll be on the console at the time when your detail pass, whick is 12:59, that's just about AOS Goldstone, I_ll give you a call there and I'll have the troubleshooting procedure for you there. We're about 30 seconds from LOS here. One item that I might tell you

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an hour ago we had a M-3 flare in active reis the largest flare that we've observed on you launched, and so things look like they're

SPT Very good. Thank you, Dick. CC Roger. And Skylab_ if you're listening, like to correct one thing I said. The procedure we're not we're going to use is really not a troubleshooting on the DAS. It's going to be Just a little demonstration that you do have adequate DAS control. Out. END OF TAPE

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and

PAO 34 seconds

Skylab Control Greenwich mean time. acquisition Goldstone of the and Texas

at

12 hours We're now

58 minutes about 55 antenna. 13 minutes.

seconds from Pass through

Goldstone should

tracking last about

During the night the flight controllers have been working on the computer system that controls the giant space station's attitude. Late last niKht the keyboard that's used by the astronauts to give instructions to the computer shut down automatically when an improper signal was received. Backup control was maintained overnight by the ground, but the reason for the skutdo%rn of the DAS, or digital tem, is not yet well understood. Crew is going ing here at Goldstone to reactivate the digital address to be address sys_ attemptsys-

tem, which is the keyboard used to control the computer by the crewmen, and we_ll get an idea of whether or not that's working again. This is Skylab Control. We're alive now for alr_tomground communicator. at Goldstone. Dick Truly is the the spacecraft

CC for 13 minutes, and go ahead and get on

Skylab, Houston. We're AOS stateside Ed, if you're around the ATM C&D we with this DAS demo.

can

SPT Standing by, Dick. Go ahead. CC Okay, Ed. Let me explain to you what we're going to do very quickly and then we'll step right through it. What we're going to have you do is enter three commands using the DAS, the first two will be a function and data command to enter the TAL for your first maneuver today and then assuming those work okay we're going to have you enter the command that you were entering yesterday when we had the problem. That's 10131. Now, what l_d like to do is read the numbers to you and have - and like to give you a GO prior to a _ after entering the number and prior to hittin_ the ENTER and then a GO for the next one. And the first one is 52030. SPT CC ENTER SPT CC SPT good CC to us. ENTER, cleared. Okay. The next one is the switch selector yesterday. 10131. That's keyed. Roger. You're clear to enter that. Okay. Roger, that. ENTER, Okay. That's Okay, cleared. How about keyed. Ed. You're a 50027. GO to ENTER that. Looks How's that Ed. Looks look? good to us. You're GO

to

SPT CC command you SPT CC

entered

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SPT

ENTER

and cleared.

CC Okay, Ed. Looks like we've got a working DAS, so you're GO today for normal ops and using the DAS. Be advised we've - have done and are going to continue to do a whole lot of thinking about exactly how we got into this particular situation, but there's nothing that makes us believe now that the DAS is not working okay. I might add that the - one of the prime contenders for setting the bit that caused this is the cycling of the DAS power swtich, and whether or not that was the thing that caused it or not, it was certainly inadvertent if it was. We thought it'd be a good idea that you might review that note in - it's in the ATM MALS book on page i_4 at the top of the page. So each you just might take a look at that some time when you have a chance. SPT Okay, Dick. We sure will. I'ii get it out. If it was entered, it certainly was an inadvertent actuation. When I entered the 10131 1 got nothing and that threw the switch on and, that made that entry and (garble) subsequent to that everything is as I discussed it with Bruce last night. And it's not a meteorological thing or I haven't (garble) at all to cycle that switch rapidly. However, if you you know yourself you can't recall every small thing that you've done hours before unless you make a special note of it. So I can't guarantee it didn't happen, but it certainly is not the standard mode of operation. CC Okay. No problem there and we just figured that - that one particular note is one of a million you that are ferried in the flight data file somewhere so this might not be a - you know, might be a good time to review it. A couple other things for you, Ed. The reminder you got the first NuZ update this morning. It's listed on your ATM schedule pad. And we see the ATM C&D coolant loop up. SPT That's affirmative, Dick. There was some question in my mind last night as to whether you wanted us to put that on the unattended ops, powerdown and powerup again cue card. Bruce implied that it was supposed to be on there but we haven't received anything to that effect yet. CC Well, that's not entirely true, we don't think, We're still going to take a look at that filter that we've until been holding we think we off putting it on a checklist understand better the situation change in the

hardware in the loop. We have been considering putting it on one of the pads probably your detail pad, to turn it off the end of the day and and turn it on in the morning until we do make that checklist change. And also one other quick question. Could you let us know approximately how long ago you turned the C&D loop on?

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SPT pump low DELTA_P I would estimate trast of photo Houston (?). CC the CC light. The

At light around through

about

15

minutes

ago,

Dick.

And

the

came up - or went 15 seconds or so the bi through

off rather slowly. which is the conthe bisectors for

Okay. Roger, Ed. reason we were on the loop We copy that interested. mornin_ - your report The flow does we'll keep was a on look look the

a little bit low at it for you, flare SPT again CC SPT CC 11:080 SPT which

this

but

Okay, Dick. Thank you. What time you mentioned earlier this morning? Was ii:00 Zulu, I believe. Thank you. Ed, ATM corrects me. The time on pretty close, though. (Garble) ahead of Roger. question it. Wonder operation ahead. During the the 10131

the

flare

was

I

was

ask DAS

you

CC you one more yesterday. SPT CC were entering

SPT, Houston. coneerninK the

if I could on the

Sure can, Dick. Go Okay. Here it is. or attempting to enter

time when and you

got back At any with a but in with a

the ii or whatever it was, the incorrect DAS entry. time in that period did you enter a DAS code that started 5? Over. We know that you entered one after that, that sequence anywhere did you enter one that started 5?

SPT That's negative, Dick. CC Okay. Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. One request. On the ATM C&D loop the pressure is still not come up, or the flow is still not come up to its normal right - We still have about 2-1/2 minutes here. What we'd like to request if you have a chance is to turn pump Charlie ATM C&D coolant loop pump Charlie off_ and pump Bravo on, and we'll have a chance to look at that between now and the upcoming pass at Vanguard and see if we have the same flow conditions in the loop. SPT Okay, Dick. You got them. Just as I went to turn pump Charlie off we got the low DELTA-P light as before I turned the pump off. And it seemed to go and Just as I turned the pump off. I_m not sure whether it was the switch actuation or Just a light coming up above the pressure for the light to come back on or for the light to go off, and start pump Bravo on and pump low DELTA-P went out within about 12 seconds. CC Okay_ Ed. Thank you very much, and before

we go LOS here I'd like to advise you that PCGs 5 and 6 for operation on the secondary We are going to - and the reason for this

we configured amp hour integrator. is the difference

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in status between the secondary and primary amp hour integraters. We intend to stay in this configuration until the secondary integrators reach i00 percent or the next EREP pass. SPT Okay. Thank you. I think on your previous question about the 5 50,000 entry I can be pretty certain about that one. (Garble) standard (garble) happened which think (garble) to I look at the numbers after I key in before I enter, and there's no reason I'd ever hit a 5. Sp, (garble) reasons l'm sure that that didn't happen. CC Roger, Ed. We didn't think it did but we're just - there's so few things that could cause this. We're trying to cover all the bets and make sure we understand this is so we don't have a DAS problem we don't know about. We're about 25 seconds from LOS. Vanguard comes up at 13:23.

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PAO

Skylab

Control

at

13

hours

13

minutes

Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now passed out of range of the continental U.S.. Our next acquisition is i0 minutes away at Vanguard. During this pass Science Pilot Ed Gibson was given a series of instructions to put into the digital address system and thereby instruct tke computer. Those instructions went into the computer successfully and appeared - that would appear to inform the ground that the digital address system that's used by the crew to instruct the computer is keyboard that's working used, properly the DAS, now. Late last night shut down automatically the when an

improper signal was received by the computer itself. Backup control was maintained during the overnight by the ground and that seemed to inform ground people here that the computer itself was not at fault but only the digital address system. Digital address system is an important part of the computer system. It allows the crew to do a couple of things. One of them is to begin maneuvers - maneuvers would have to be begun by the ground if the digital address system had failed completely. Also, the digital address system allows the crew the full use of the computer. Without it they would he completely dependant on ground use of the computers. That use of the computer might be essential for example in the event that a caution and warning light were to go off. Because one light may inform the crew of several different problems in the space station without the digital address system they couldn't determine which was the problem and would have to wait for ground control to determine that. The computer may have responded last night to either a switch on and been handling part of the off of a power of a light switch control panel. At of power that this switch, happens time it's or to it be could have on another difficult

very

to determine whether either Just a mistake in instruction Pilot Ed Gibson did indicate switch. Tthat can at certain

those things happened or perhaps was given the computer. Science that he may have cycled the power times in the sequence of events

activate the computer's BIT that says you're getting a wrong instruction. Ground is not certain which of those things may have taken placej but they are aware that sometimes cycling of switches that are not related to the computer directly may have some effect on the computer's operation. However, this morning, when they did attempt to bring it back up, it came up successfully after the ground had used overnigh_t. That seems to have solved that well. Thez_ll be using the digital address computer instruction system today as they its backup control problem pretty system, the would normally.

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Today's activities include scheduled medical and experiments as well as continuing photography of Kohoutek. The largest solar flare of the current flight occurred early this morning at 11:08 time, just about 2 hours ago. That was an by the ground. Occurred, of course, while asleep. That does indicate they were having solar activity again, just before the comet pass to the Sun. At the end of this pass, and display panel_s coolant loop which has irregularity about 170 to in flow, indicated a 200 pounds per hour. low flow Standard

solar the Comet Skylab

Greenwich mean M-3 flare reported the crew was still an increase in makes its closest the ATM control been giving some in the range of flow for that

coolant loop is about 245/250 pounds per hour. Took about 15 seconds to warm up according to Ed Gibson, who was handling it. When the ground saw that the coolant flow remained below its normal level, they asked that the pumps be switched to determine whether or not pump C might be at fault, rather than the coolant loop correct_ pump C was off and immediately off and the flow came ground a great deal It could in fact be itself. The indication is thatp that's - pump B was then turned on, pump C turned the low pressure or low flow light went up to its normal level. That helps the in determining where the problem may be. a pump problem at this time rather than is still going procedures closely at

merely a problem in the llne. That of course to be studied for some time and troubleshooting have been worked out for looking a little more

the coolant loop. That coolant loop serves primarily to keep the touch temperatures of the control panel below 105 degrees. It also is used for cooling off the Earth resources tape recorders. This is Skylab Control. We're now 5-1/2 minutes from after and from Pass live Dick ii at acquisition the hour. PAO 22 seconds of signal at Vanguard. at It's 13 hours We're now 17-1/2 minutes

Skylab Control Greenwich mean time.

22 minutes 55 seconds

acquisition of signal through the through Vanguard should last about now for air,to-ground. Spacecraft Truly. CC minutes, Vanguard. SPT CC and we're Skylab_ gonna Houston. dump the

tracking ship Vanguard. ii minutes and we're Communicator is Vanguard recorder for here

We're AOS data/voice

Houston, SPT. Go ahead, Ed. We Say, Dick, active region O0 certainly can see it immineneing XUV monitor as put well

out

SPT something.

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white

light

coronagraph.

In

the

XUV

monitor

we

can

see

that region without the use of the INTEGRATE switch. Certainly is a brilliance thing on the disk now. And, the white light coronagraph shows the streamer which is superimposed upon a smaller one which was there yesterday, a very thin narrow one. Now superimposed on that one is a fairly thick one at the base running 00 and out in it runs that out same pretty position right much straight above for a active radii region or so

and then starts to bend up slight towards the north. Exceptionally strong streamer and a very pronounced change, l do not see any sign of a transient as shortterm transient so I did not go into any kind of a operation associated with that but I think least and we ought to monitor periodically each orbit or so at with a building block 32 or so is certainly in order. CC Roger, Ed. We certainly concur with that I think thatts a good idea. youlve got on VTR. thank with you both the white Any time for getting the PLT and light coronagraph you want it, it for the us. CDR,

SPT Then and XUV monitor information go ahead and take it. CC And, I sometime need to talk this pass. Okay, briefly

CDR CC

Go ahead, Dick. We're Okay, Jerry. For you,

up. I've

got

a

- first

of all on the recommendation you made on DAC 01. What we_d prefer that you do is to perform page 5=i in the Photo Ops Book sometimes rather than permanent general message 008, however, if you do want a copy of 008p we'll be certainly happy to send that one right up. and CDR we threw Okay, it away. Okay. We'll send you one up today. Couple you Jerry. I've got one correction for side of the Flight Plan. Over. Okay. Okay. That's which is yesterday. Okay. Today on this voice the and in Okay, you're a day now. of a a a The time of charge, we_d topoff Good Jerry, gonna or so_ On your series due 24:00, like to the Jerry, where to change that pressure it I think its still an active message

CC of more things your flight CDR says to in CC M509 an M509 the PSS CDR CC to you. message here you on have Delta.

for your

Echo, models

remaining

enough,

Dick.

let me mention one more thing be getting a permanent general but I thought I_d let you know Flight Plan of documentary about 20:45 today, photos that are

for first

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referenced in Photo Ops Book, section 9. We have been thinking about this and we believe that rather than have you methodically go through every single sequence and camera location and so forth in that, that we can meet our objectives in this - in these documentary photos by just having you review the proper scene, in your case today DP-18 prior to taking any shots and then just at 24 frames per second take some general photography of unstaged activities of the reference to see - in other words we don't want you to just have to go by row through every one of those sequences, we think it_ll take too long and you can get the same thing by just gettin_ us some photography. CDR Okay, Dick. Understand.

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CC SPT, Houston; one more request on that active region 00. During your observing time during this daylight cycle we'd appreciate it if you could do a building block 17 for us. And I have one note here for Bill Pogue, and then I'll be all through. SPT Okay, Dick; understand now ! building block 17. CC Roger. CC SPT, Houstonf looks like to us that SO55 high voltage 1 is off and request it on. CC Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston; for the PLT. Yesterday on the S063 airglow ops that you did yesterday morning in a hurry-up fashion when we had the problem with the CMG, we've checked the voice dump tapes and we haven't found any voi - any comments relative to SO63. We're were wondering if you did record anything, and if you didn't to be sure and voice mark the exposures for the S063 ops that are coming up here this morning. And for Jerry, to - this evening you'll be receiving another status on the - the permanent general messages, Jerry, and so you might go through your onboard Flight Plan and take a look at all of those that are valid and you might not have a copy of and we'll be more than happy to send any others up you need. CDR Okay, Dick; thanks. CC Yes, sir. PLT Dick, it's PLT here. You are correct, I did not voice anything. I was having numerous difficulties with various and sundry pieces of the hardware. And I just flat didn't have time to get the headset on prior to exposure time. I was also trying to troubleshoot it as I was taking the exposures. CC Okay, Bill_ no problem. If you_ll get it this morning, we sure appreciate it. PLT Do my best. CC Okay, and Skylab, we're going over the hill. I'll give you a call at Tananarive at 13;50. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 35 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station now over the South Atlantic has passed out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard. We're about 14_i/2 minutes from acquisition at Tananarive. During this last pass the Science Pilot Ed Gibson had gone to the ATM panel and is working on the solar instruments. He indicated that active region 0 to 0 has become much brighter, and is, in fact, the brightest thing on tke disk. Ke did indicate he had seen some streamers but no transients. However, the ATM officer here in Mission Control says that using the telescopes unattended last night with Ground Control, they do believe that they got some of the coronal transient that

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followed that major flare, an M-3 mornin_ at 11:08. So, Ed Gibson the coronal transient by getting He did indicate he's put about 5 recorder. That will be with the to show out any He did it did outer atmosphere. on the Sun near say at the we'll have of the transient say, however, he Active re_ion the eastern limb the disk, activity

flare that started this will now be following up additional data on that. minutes on the video tape white light coronagraph in the outer atmosphere. saw nothing in the 00 is Just below the equator of the disk. That is to certainly Sun during a sign that the next

left of increasing

and it's on the

couple of weeks is approaching of signal, and Control. END OF TAPE

at the very same time that the comet Kohoutek the disk. 13-1/2 minutes to acquisition 36-1/2 minutes after the hour. This is Skylab

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PAO Greenwich

mean

time.

Skylab WeVre

Control at 13 now less than

hours 49 a minute

minutes from

acquisition of signal at Tananarive. The voice relay station there will be in contact for about 8 minutes. Bring the line up live now for air-to-ground. Handover beginning here in Mission Control; Charles Lewis's flight team coming on and Phil Shaffer's going off duty. A DAS problem that concerned the been And Phil Shaffer crew solved. Whatever the same instruction during the overnight had gone wrong has that set off the has now apparently now been set right. problem last night

apparently has been executed properly this morning. So, everything seems to be working fine on the digit digital address system for the ATM computer system. We're alive now for alrmto-ground through Tananarive. CC Skylab, Houston; through Tananarive for 7 minutes. And, Ed, when you get a chance I've got one small update to your AT - ATM ops this pass. SPT Go ahead, Dick. block we_d that 17. CC 17, like if your you to Roger, Ed, when you get to the building experiment roll is not approximately 10800, omit the last 82 Alfa exposure. Over.

SPT Okay, Dick, I was going to ask you about one. We did not refer to a JOP when we specified the And it does make a difference with 82. I have not

taken an 82A exposure as yet, the 20 - second one. We did get one at the beginning of the orbit which I figured would hold until I could get with you folks on it. Do they want one? l_m presently now at minus 5400 in order to give 52 the best view of the corona. If I go to 10800 I go to (garble) putting that on to the pile up. Now I could go to 10800 pretty while if we can follow into roll during - 10800 will probably good. I can do a roll right now, as a matter of fact, I got a couple of experiments between modes. Question another 20 second exposure and then one at the end of at the the be

being then, do they want beginning of this period, orbit? now, so CC be go

very

Or, we're pretty much coming up at the end I would assume they only want one. Roger, Ed. Our recommendation

right would

ahead and roll to 10800 and take the exposure. CC That's retake the 20 _ second exposure that you took earlier. CC And, SPT, Houston. That was a bad call I made on the 20-second exposure. The - It's a 40-second exposure on 82 Alfa. SPT sheets, which change Okay, we had a change was 40 to 20. to our JOP summary

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CC Stand by. CC SPT, Houston. For this exposure, at least, we'd like a 40-second exposure. And we'll check the checklist change and make sure on that. SPT Okay, Dick. CC Thank you, sir. CC Skylab, Houston; for your information ATM coolant loop seems to be running real spiffy on the new pump. So we're going to leave it like this and just watch it for a while. CC Skylab, Houston; we're about a minute from at Tananarive. Hawaii comes up at 14:34. PAO Skylab Control at 13 hours 57 minutes Greenwich mean time. We've had a loss of signal at Tananarive Just before that final call from Spacecraft Communicator Dick Truly. Our next acquisition of signal is 36 minutes away at Hawaii. This is Skylab Control at 57-1/2 minutes after the hour. LOS PAO Skylab Control at 14 hours 32 minutes Greenwich mean time. We're coming up on acquisition of signal at Hawaii and we'll bring the line up for a pass lasting about 6 minutes. MCC Good morning, Skylab. Welcome to the active And we'll be enabling momentum dump here, and then I'm to talk to Ed about ATM. SPT Good morning, Bill. We're ready; go ahead. MCC Okay, let me just give you a couple of quickies here on today's plan. I think you can look at it and figure out what we're doing here with the (garble) wave JOP a couple of active region O0 pointings. The synoptic 82B work on the latitude variation chromo spheric emission. And the important thing here is to note the change to building block 35, which is a change for S054. Just to cover yourself, I'd recommend you do that in pencil if you haven't already done it, in case after the Christmas repairs we need to change that. And a question here regarding JOP 8, building block 17, on page S_25 - S-20 - S-26 on the JOP summary sheets. Noticed this morning you had indicated you had a pen-and-ink to change the 82 Alfa exposure from 40 to 20 seconds. And we show it still at 40 and that's where we want to keep it. SPT Okay, Bill, I'm not up at the panel right now, unfortunately. Jerry's in there taking a Kohoutek photo. Is that the first step which is referenced on 8 Alfa, or is that 8 (garble)? MCC Negative, it's the actual number that appears in the building block itself; on BB_I7 for the 82A exposures. Sun. ready

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be SPT MCC

40

seconds.

And

we

think may

may

-

-

Okay. We think

SPT There was one side of the JOP 8 summary sheet I have 40 remaining, and on the other side I got a change to 20. And I'm trying to go back now for the paper work to find that change. MCC Okay, it's probably not worth (garble) the details here. We've got another 3_i/2 minutes. Perhaps when we changed building block 8, we got that confused somehow and wound up in JOP 8. It's the only thing I can think of. SPT Well, I'll look into it a little bit further, but go ahead. MCC Okay, obviously the Sun is gettin_ more active. The active region 00 is a new area. It's about 5 degrees southeast of the old 93. It's growing and it's apparently unstable. From our vantage point we cannot see it very well. Any observations that you have during the day we'd greatly appreciate you passing them on to us. This is in the area, ineidently, where all of the SL-III inner_ connections from one region to the other were seen, and the loop amount structures. of loops in So we here suspect we'll from this area have and considerable over into brighten-

ings around it. The - one problem here is that the region is almost as bright as a flare, so it's difficult to see when yon do have a flare. The flares that we had not last night were accompanied by a radio burst on the order of 20 to 30 solar fluction of delta. Active region 99 is stable, and that is, inoidently, the old active region 91. And P-59 is the old filiment 37 coming back to give you an idea of how long that'll be along. And while I'm talking about active region 00 and flares here, let me pass on some words from 82 Alfa on their flare operations. They've looked again at some flare data, in particular a 15 June flare on Skylab-II, and they found that their 40-second exposure short wavelength showed rapidly changing spectra. At the peak of the flare minus 1 minute, only the very brightest or the highest temperature lines showed up, in particular iron 24. They found the other lines were coming in at awa a time after the peak. And what they would llke to change the words to you is that if you catch a flare near the peak but not necessarily the rise, if you catch it near the peak they do want to continue into the flare fall in order to watch these other lines coming in as the material cools off. Theylre still very interested in the rise, mainly

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for the spaeial and tempo variations here of the very hottest lines, which really is a misnomer, since the triggering mechanism here is almost certainly nonthermal. But the point is they do want to go into flare fall if you catch it even right at the peak as opposed to forgetting about it. Over. END OF TAPE

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CC very interested variations here misnomer, certainly into flare opposed to SPT in of

the the

- material rise_ very

cools

off.

They're

still temporal is a

mainly hottest

for the spacial and lines, which really

since the nonthermal. fall, if forgetting

triggering mechanism here is almost But, the point is, they do want to go you catch it even right at the peak, as about Okay. which the I it. Over. understand that distinction of with the a relaxation

then from the initial burst than process. because there some reminders CC here. else Vanguard you have. SPT

X-rays, and then

are other

concerned primarly looks like more want have card

So, they want us - still is that type delta. I'll to that effect on a cue is Okay, Ed. next in 22 Yeah. The

to observe it to try and put of Sun machine.

And, we're 30 seconds from LOS, minutes, and go ahead with anything Since the name of the game, I

think, for the next week or two, is to get some good flares, one problem that came up before when we were working on this, is the PMEC. That thing is exceptionally sensitive, as you know, to the South Atlantic anomaly, so that leaves us in the dilemma If we leave it powered up all the time, we've got the flare alarm going off in our ears. If we turn it off, then you tend to forget to turn it back on when you're out of the anomaly. Then you don't get the warning, so we're kinda caught in the middle here, and we're trying to figure a way out of it. I think getting an aluminum count would be helpful. CC Okay, Ed. We will be working on that and we appreciate the problem and we're thinking about it ourselves. And, letO's talking to SPT PAO 18 seconds passed Islands. this about a out see, we're over the hill. George Withhroe will be you tomorrow about S055. Thank you, Bill. Skylah Control at 14 hours 40 minutes and Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station has now of the range of We're 21 minutes Bill ATM of the from tracking antenna acquisition at with Science and indicated taking place as One thing flare act on the Vanguard. Pilot that a to Hawaiian During

pass the

Lenoir was talking solar observations going previous between to be

Ed Gibson there are of

number

changes

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missions. one solar

be looked at region and

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of the Skylab data changes in spectra would indicate that

from the first mission, which showed immediately following a flare. So, although before the Skylab activity flare to flare's

we looked primarly for the rise period of a data on thermal and distance changes in the

growth, we're now interested, too_ in looking at it after the flares occur to see what's happening in the various spectra. 20 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. It's now 41-1/2 minutes after the hour. This is Skylab Control. PAO Skylab Control at 15:00 hours Greenwich mean time. We're now about 56 seconds from acquisition of signal through the tracking ship Vanguard. The Vanguard pass should last a little more than i0 minutes. At the present time the spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield, and we're live for air,to-ground at Vanguard. CC Skylab, Houston. Through Vanguard for i0 minutes. SPT Good morning, Hank. CC Good morning. And, as a reminder to you, we'll be dumping the recorder here at this site. And, also, for whoeverts free, in order to complete the closeout for unattended, we need to get the H-alpha i interlock switch to normal. SPT Okay, Hank, it's to normal. And, also at the conclusion of the last orbit, I left the pointing on Sun center, so that you could look at the corona as the emphasis was placed on thet_ rather than going to the position specified in the pad. CC Okay, we copy, Ed. Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. 1 minute to LOS. We'll see you at Tananarive at 26. PAO Skylab Control at 15 hours 12 minutes and 28 seconds Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now in the South Atlantic anomaly, out of range of the Vanguard tracking ship. 13 minutes from acquisition of signal at Tananarive. In this last pass, the Skylab crew was informed to make sure that everything w/s set up for unattended operations of the solar instruments. The next pass of daylight will be handled unattended, that is to say, by the ground, rather than by a member of the crew. At this time some preprations for $201 photography with the far ultraviolet electrinographic camera are under way_ and also Commander Jerry Carr is in the process of getting hooked up for his lower body negative pressure run. Today's activities include seven sessions on the solar instruments and also the operation of several experiments

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to collect and cmet Kohoutek. observer in are scheduled about 10:42.

photograph Commander

- collect Cart is operations about 8!57 photographs

data and the subject

photograph and Pogue

the the

M092/M093 to begin Infrared

thls morning. They began and they'll run through will be taken of each first subject Commander photographs the purpose member's Commander also be bodies_

crew member during the day. Gibson will be the at about 1:30 this afternoon, followed by Pogue. Cart will be photographed about 5:30 P.M.. The of course, are taken being to gather data which will give some Carr will - and the in minimum clothing, with on temperature of the crew indication of blood flow. other two crew members will

photographed about 2:8:10 2:18 p.m. this afternoon. Stereo photography with all three crew members necessary to do the photo work. They use two Nikon cameras that are held about 36 inches apart. Each crew member taking a picture at the same time of the third. In the continuin_ study of the comet Kohoutek, $233 photographic sessions are scheduled twice again today at 8:28 a.m., this morning and again this evening at 7:21 P.M.. During the morning, with Gibson maneuvering Skylab, Bill Pogue will operate the $201 electronigraphic camera to take Kohoutek photographles in the far ultraviolet range. Two sessions violet solar astronomy experiment, spectra through the comet's tail. the maneuver while Carr operates are planned with $019p ultras to study stellar absorption At 3:51 Gibson will perform the experiment and at the second maneuvering Operations will begin and of $063 about 8:48, by isp of Pogue. today. was

session is scheduled for 8:31 with Pogue Carr_ again, operating the experiment. ultraviolet airglow horizon photography

7:53 a.m. Those should be completed by Gibson about this morning. The ATM work today includes one session Commander Cart, four by Science Pilot Ed Gibson, who the senior scientist on Skylab, and two by Pilot Bill Total data take time is about 5 hours and 17 minutes And, as we reported earlier in the day and M-3 flare

course,

spotted this morning at 11:08 by ground stations, just before the crew was awakened. The crew has turned the equipment on and some data has been gathered on unattended operations of the solar instruments earlier this morning. Handheld photo options for today include the Maria Teresa Reef, about 50 feet below the surface of the South Pacific, west of New Zealand. A great sea and shoals remain allow Skylab to detect hazard to ocean travel. number of mountain peaks beneath the undiscovered, and the surface effect these featuresp which are a potential Another target will be the coastal may

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and near coastal regions of the northern territory of Australia. The Galapagos Islands, 600 nautical miles off the coast of Ecuador, are another handheld photo target option for today. Earlier this morning Skylab crew attempted to activate the digital address system and to command the computer aboard Skylab. That computer has been now commanded successfully, using the DAS. The digital address system was not working properly last night. The problem believed to be a improper instruction sensed by the computer. That improper instruction may have been due to a hardware flaw or it may have been due to some cycling of power switches. At this time it's still not been determined. Backup control was maintained during the overnight by the ground, using a secondary command system; however, the primary system did not operate as the crew went to bed last night. This morning a set of instructions were put into the computer. They were received properly after Ed Gibson entered them and they have been executed. So, that would indicate the computer now can be commanded by the ground by the crew or the ground, which means it's back in it's normal operating mode with no problems. Some addition research will be done on that during the next couple of daysto determine exactly what the problem might have been that caused the digital address system to lock the crew out last night. Also, this morning, we had another brief interruption in the operation of the coolant loop for the ATM control and display panel. That interruption, only for a very short period of time, the flow did not come up to normal levels with pump C. Pump B was activated and it did begin operating immediately at the proper flow level. That would indicate that perhaps some contamination may have been blocking pump C; however, the continuing problem of brief interruptions is not believed to be associated only with pump C, because pump B has shown fluctuations during its periods of operation in the past. Additional troublehooting procedures are still being discussed for that work. This is Skylab Control at 7 minutes to our next acquisition of signal. 18-1/2 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE

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Skylab Control at 15 hours Greenwich mean time. We're now

24 55

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from acquisition of signal at Tananarive. We'll bring the line up llve for acquisition at Tananarive. Hank Hartsfield is the spacecraft communicator. CC Skylab_ Houston through Tananarive for 5-1/2 minutes. SPT Roger, Hank. I got $201 set up and I'm up here doing some JOP summary sheet changes, and while I'm at the panel I'm wondering if any folks would want a shopping llst item (?) (garble) any of your observations. CC Okay. We'll check it out, and did you find out anything on that 40_second change there? SPT No_ I did not, Hank. Let me describe to you the wav we have it right now. On 8 Alfa, the building block 17 on that side, that's $25, it's got a 20-second exposure for _2A. On the reverse side of that JOP summary sheet, or 8 - corresponding to 8 Bravo, building block 17 has remained 40. If you'd llke me to go back and - CC Okay. On - SPT (Garble.) a CC On the building block 17 there on JOP 8 Alfa that one should remain 40. SPT Okay. You want all building block 17 at, to be 40. Is that affirm? CC That's affirmative. SPT Okay. The change which prompted that was either number i, number 2, or number 3 on page 332 or 34 or 35 respectively. CC Okay. We'll check those, l'm looking at change i now, which made a have change to building block 8 and and dropped 3 Alfa SPT Okay. Why don't you give that to me_ Hank, just to make sure we've got this straight. CC Okay. On - on JOP 3 Alfa, building blocks 8 and 9, we changed the 82 Alfa 40-second exposures to 20. And that occurred in three places in each building block. SPT Okay. We have that. CC Would you llke for use to send those three changes up again, Ed, so you can Just make sure we got them right? SPT I think that_d be the best thing to do. CC Okay. We'll work that out. We'll put it together then and ship you up those changes again so we'_ll know weTre straight. SPT Sounds like one too many changes got in.

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CC like SPT CC from LOS. 37 minutes

a

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And Ed, if you have time we could list i, item number i. Okay. Coming up. Skylab, Houston. We're about 1 minute see you at Hawaii at 09 and thatVs about now. Skylab Control at 15 Tananarive reports at the been hours 36 minutes loss of signal.

PAO Greenwich

time.

33 minutes to our next acquisition final instructions there given to the ATM. Some modifications have list the for that spacecraft Control. It's TAPE and they did communicator uplink during

_awaii, Few crew on operation of made in the procedure Hank Hartsfield, last pass, This is

those. that

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a half seconds

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PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 8 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now 55 seconds from acquisition of signal at Hawaii. Pass through Hawaii will last a little less than i0 minutes. Spacecraft communicator right now is Hank Hartsfield. CC minutes. Skylab_ Houston through Hawaii or i0

CC SPT, Houston, We_e gone back and looked at the JOP summary sheet changes and the only one that changes exposure time is change number i_ and we've got that in the (garble) now, and we'll be uplinking that to you here. If we don't get it up in Hawaii we_ll try to get it up to you at Vanguard, and then that way you can verify your chan_es. Skylab, Houston. We can hear you downlinkin_ but we can't read you_ you're very weak. We're tryin_ to straighten out the situation now. CT i voice check. loud CT and CT CT net clear, Houston Houston i. COMM TECH, Hawaii COMM TECH - Hawaii COMM TECH, Houston net i. COMM Hawaii Houston COMM COMM TECH, TECH, Houston Hawaii, COMM TECH, you net

I read

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CT Houston COMM TECH, this is Hawaii COMM TECH. CT Read you loud and clear. CT Roger. You're the same. CC Skylab, Houston. How do you read? CDR Read you loud and clear, Hank, (garble). CC Okay. Read you loud and clear now, Jer. CDR Okay. We Just finished M092 and the right the right leg indication meter faked out high again right after we got started. I suggest we change leg bands before the next M092 run. CC probably do that. CC be commanding the pass. SPT CC Roger; we copy that, Jer, and we'll

Skylab, Houston. For your info we will inhibit momentum dump sometime during this Houston, SPT. Go ahead.

SPT Hank, looking at the white light coronagraph display we got more streamers out there on the limb, one at 230, 240, 270, and 290. The one at 230 is the one most likely resulting fom the flare that was not there yesterday. It has faded out a fair amount from what it was this morning. It's not much of a material at this (?) date. But the central portion is still fairly strong.

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CC Roger. We copy. CC SkylaB, Houston. We're 1 minute from LOS. We'll see you at Vanguard at 40 and we plan to dump the voice and data recorder there and for the CDR, we_ll give you med some more words on that leg band, the situation on the status pad either tonight or tomorrow. CDR Okay. Thank you, Hank. PAO Skylab Control at 16 hours 20 minutes Greenwich mean time. We're now out of range of the tracking antenna on the Hawaiian Islands. 20 minutes to acquisition at Vanguard. Skylab crew was awakened this morning by a new and violent Sun. The solar region 00 has given four flares during the overnight period, tThe last being an M-d, the larg largest flare so far on this mission. While ground controllers were operating the space station solar telescopes that M-3 flare erupted on the Sun's eastern edge. Solar flare's the first indication that the Sun's more active side is once again rotating into view after 2 weeks of relative quiet. Active region 00 is still not come into full view on the disk and is expected to be a very large and active one, and it is at present an unstable region. Solar activity may Be substantial during the next several days as a number of unstable regions move across the disk. Today Commander Gerald Carr and Pilot Bill Pogue will be usinK two of Skylab's special cameras to photograph the growin_ comet Kohoutek. It's speeding toward the Sun at more than 140,000 miles an hour now and constantly accelerating. Only 12 days remain before Kohoutek whirls around the Sun, which is still 45 million miles distant. At its closest approach it'll be about 13-i/2 million miles away. Earlier this mornin_ the Skylab astronauts regained control of the space station's main computer, the computer used for attitude control. The typewriter keyboard that's used for instructing the computer had been automatically shut down by an improper signal last night. Ground control was maintained, however, and the keyboard is now working perfectly again. Durin_ this last pass had an indication from the crew that the leg Band used in the lower body negative pressure device runs apparently is again ac inaccurate today and for that reason there may be a changeout scheduled for that. They'll get instructions tonight on a teleprinter pad. This is Skylab Control. 18-1/2 minutes to acquisition at Vanguard. It's now 22 minutes after the hour. END OF TAPE.

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Skylab Control at mean time. Welre

16 hours presently

39

minutes about

and

54 seconds tracking more than Hartsfield. 8-1/2

from acquisition ship. The pass 9 minutes, and Skylab, Rog. right (garble) for the

of signal through the Vanguard through Vanguard will last a little the spacecraft communicator is Hank Houston. Hello, Hank. Through We got Vanguard some for lighter now. above

CC minutes. SPT

surgery surging, The 82B sllt was around 400 or so CC CC your

in the region that we're working nothing on the X-ray intensity, PMEC or 10450 (?) a small addition

Roger. We copy_ Ed. SPT, Houston. I have

to

were

Flight Plan, whenever you get a break there to copy. SPT Go ahead, Hank. CC Okay, Ed. Last night you read us - there some temperatures read up that were taken on the gyro six

pack and they were a little bit over our limits, and what we'd like to do today in your open housekeeping that you have about 18:00 is have you to repeat those measurements so we can determine if we want to take any further action and the procedures to do that with are found on page 16-3 of the Swiss Systems Checklist. CC What we're gonna do is use the digital thermeter there to verify the readings that we you got yesterday evening. SPT Okay, Hank. I copy. CC Thank you, Ed. SPT Hank, are we in the South Atlantic anomaly? CC That's affirmative. SPT SPT Thought I had one. Hank, the difficulty with the readings on to

those rate gyro six packs, I have - those crystal thermometers, you can read them with a wide range of interpretation. I chose read them the way of coming down from the top and working from the upper colors on down and disregarding what is below that. If you want to work from the other direction you come up with higher readings. I'll go ahead and put the digital thermometer on it and see which way is correct. I know last time 1 did it, it was determined that coming down from the top was the best way to do it. CC Okay. We would like to get it verified, according to that procedure, with if it - they are really up there, in and do the procedure where we transistors LOS. We'll there, and be seeing we're about the digital thermometer we suspect we may have put the grease in around 30 seconds seconds and to go the from

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Hawaii at 50, and that's about an hour from now. PAO Skylab Control at 16:50 Greenwich mean time. We're now out of range of the Vanguard tracking ship_ an hour away from acquisition at Hawaii. During this last pass Science Pilot Ed Gibson asked if the spaceship had moved into the South Atlantic anomaly, and he was told that it was and he was a little disappointed at that news. He said, "I thought I had one". When the space station moves into the South Atlantic anomaly, which is an area where the magnetic field of the Earth is distorted and the Van Allen Belt and radiation go further down into the Earth's atmosphere, in fact below the level of the Skylab space station_ the flare alarms on the ATM console are activated. Higher intensity of radiation in that particular belt of the Earth_ which covers the area from the Cape of Good Hope to most of South America, the southern part of South America, the depression there with higher radiation levels automatically kicks off that flare alert. A little earlier this morning Science Pilot Ed Gibson said he hates to leave the flare alarms disenabled so that he'll miss a flare he's afraid on another pass. But he asked if they couldn't work up a new method of getting a flare alert that was a little bit less likely to react on the South Atlantic anomaly. Nearly an hour before acquisition of signal at Hawaii, It is now 51-1/2 minutes after t_e hour and this is Skylah Control. END OF TAPE

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PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 47 minutes and 40 seconds Greenwich mean time. We're now just about to come within range of the tracking antenna on Hawaii. We'll bring the line up live for air-to-ground through Hawaii. The pass should last between 3 and 5 minutes. CC Skylab, Houston; through Hawaii for 3-1/2 minutes. CC And, SPT, Houston; the maneuver time you loaded for the next maneuver looks good. SPT Thank you, Houston. CC Skylab, Houston; we're i minutes from LOS. We'll see you at Vanguard at at 18, and we're scheduled to dump the data/voice recorder there. That's about 25 minutes from now. got PAO Skylab Control at 17 hours 54 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab has passed out of range of the Hawaiian tracking antenna. Our next acquisition is 24 minutes away at Vanguard. Present time the maneuver for comet observations is underway and looks like it's working very well. That was instructed into the computer earlier today through the DAS that had not been working properly last night. That indicates that the digital address system on the spacecraft is working properly. And we have a good maneuver, no thruster attitude control system gas used so far. Also the instructions for the next maneuver today, also for the observation of the comet, have been put into the digital address system and apparently the computer has accepted those properly. So that would indicate a couple of things. One is that we've got a good maneuver underway, and also that our computer problem which had been due to a faulty signal sent by the computer last night, perhaps three sequencial instructions all accepted by the computer at the same time that caused the digital address system to shut down last night, but appamently that's working perfectly today. It had been tested earlier this morning and appeared to work properly. 23 minutes from acquisition of signal at Vanguard. 55 minutes after the hour, this is Skylab Control. PAO Skylab ontrol at 18 hours 17 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now just west of the Coast of Chile, about 50 seconds from acquisition of signal through the Vanguard tracking ship. The pass through Vanguard will last approximately 10-1/2 minutes. The spacecraft communicator is Hank Hartsfield. CC 10-i/2 minutes. Skylab, Houston; through Vanguard for

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PLT Hello, Hank; PLT here. Could you tell what time my COMM - VNF COMM is scheduled today? CC Roger, Bill. 00:58 at Bermuda - MILA and Bermuda, and it's right to left. PLT Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. Is someone free to go up in - at panel 203 for us? SPT Go ahead, Hank, I'ii get it. CC Okay, Ed. What we want to do is check out ATM C&D coolant pump _arlie. And what we'd like to get you to do is turn Bravo OFF and bring Charlie ON, and listen for ay strange noises and watch the low depth B light for us. It's just for a second there if you would. SPT Okay, Hank. Let me go listen to the pump as it is now and then I'ii do the switch. PAO Skylab Control. A pump switch has been made and it's coming up to pressure on pump Jnow. SPT Okay, Hank, the switch is made. The LOW DELTA-_ light stayed on for about 3 seconds, and it sounds pretty much exactly the same as the pump Bravo. Both are (garble). CC Roger. And I guess we want to leave it that way, Ed, and watch it. So, you can go back to whatever you were doing. CC What we planned to do is, if it runs okay, is about a rev from now we'll go ahead and go back to pump Bravo. But we just wanted to run a check on Charlie. It seems to be doing okay now. me END OF TAPE

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Okay. folks

Hank, how much longer do you have on I can give you those rate gyro temperatures. down there are interested. First in - I'll

read you X, Y, and Z for 5, the crystal first, the digital second. 96, 93.7, 94, 92.4, 94. 94.6. Do the same for rate gyro 6. 95, 93.5, 91, 90.5, 96, 97.5. And there's a lot open to interpretation on those rate gyro crystal kilometers, if you read from the top down you can get reasonable answers. If you read from the bottom up you'll come out maybe up to i0 degrees higher. CC Roger_ we copy, Ed. Thank you. CC Skylab, Houston. We're about 30 seconds from LOS. We'll see you at Ascension at 32. PAO Skylab Control at 18 kours 29 minutes Greenwich mean time. Skylab space station is now out of range of the tracking ship Vanguard, but we're only about 2-1/2 minutes from Ascension Island tracking station. During this last pass the environmental general instrumentation and life support systems engineer here in Mission Control asked that the ATM coolant loop used for the control and display panel be switched from pump B, where it was working about very well, to pump C to determine whether or not pump C itself might be still at fault or still clogged. That switch was made and pressure came up satisfactorily to about 243 pounds per hour. That's approximately the nominal operating range for that pump. However, there was a slight increse in current at the time. That hasn't yet been explained and there's no - no knowledge at this time whether it's a subject for concern. The attitude maneuver required for photography of the comet Kohoutek this morning, that photography completed just a short while ago by Pilot Pogue and the maneuver now has been completed and it was executed perfectly. There were no problems with maneuver at all and no use of nitrogen gas from the thruster attitude control system. The control moment gyro number 2, which had a small anomaly yesterday morning, one of the more significant of the small anomalies however, has not given up any additional problems although we have gone through the lower end of the heater cycle again. It's now at the upper end of that cycle. It reaches the low point about once every 12 hours. This time - this time there was no change in wheel speed or currents, so apparently it's operating very well today. No estimate on whether that's a problem that's likely to get more serious or not. It is conceivable, however, that later on that may become a problem with the second control moment gyro attitude control gyroscope. The present time the crew should be eatin_ their lunch. Later in the day they have more comet operations scheduled and a

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good deal of time left for the is Skylab Control. We're live of Ascension tracking station. last about 9-1/2 minutes. 9-1/2 CC minutes. Skylab,

ATM solar intruments. This now coming up on the island Pass through Ascension will through Ascension for

Houston

CC there's a message we for the rest of the PLT CC from LOS. We'll see minutes from now. PLT

Skylab, Houston. For your information just sent up regarding S082B operations day, for whoever_'s got the next ATM pad, Roger, Hank. Skylab, Houston. We're about 40 seconds you at Guam at 18 and that's about 37 Rog, Hank.

SPT Okay, Hank, Got a question on the 82B, number 2. It says to shorten it by one-fourth. If we're taking a series of three exposures, which one would they like us to knock off? That one-fourtk is a little uncertain in my mind. CC What we mean here is we want the exposure time shortened by a fourth. Well, this - this film this special film is four times as sensitive as the regular film. SPT Oh, okay. I got you. Thank you. PAO Skylab Control at 18 hours 42-1/2 minutes Greenwich mean time. The Skylab space station is now crossing the coast of Africa out of range of the tracking antenna on Ascension Island. 25 minutes to our next acuqisition at Guam. Present time the ATM control on display panel coolant loop is still operating properly with pump C; rate of flow is 243 pounds per hour which is only slightly lower than that of pump B and is nominal for that loop. No additional problems have been seen yet on that. There were no variations in flow rate observed on pump B during the several hours it operated this morning. However, this morning C was turned on originally at the beginning was a reduction in its pressure to about 195 which is a an anomaly, and at that time we pump B at which time it came up to 250 pounds diately. Earlier the crew did indicate they and also that the flow rate indicated a low period of about 15 seconds. Light remained Skylab Control. It's now 43 minutes and 41 hour. END OF TAP E when the pump of the day there pounds per hour, did shift to per hour imme_ heard some whine pressure for a on. This is seconds after the

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