tape 2 transcription
00:00 JOHNSON TV plus tone
01:10 star field
01:36 Franklin: “We’ll be watching, and you’ll see it as soon as we see it.”
01:55 Just for your information, I’ve got cameras charlie and Delta powered up, and pointed straight up, ninety degrees. With the angle information
enabled, so, uh, we’ll be able to find our way around quickly.
“Outstanding, copy Charlie and delta.”
02:47 switch star fields -- slow L to R drift
03:30 “Tom, say again the time of close approach.”
03:39 “The time will be eight hours five-seven minutes”
03:50 Franklin: “Like one minute from now. So we’ll be watching.
03:55 “Copy that.”
05:00 “Columbia, Houston, some further words on the satellite. At nine hours four minutes we’ll catch up and pass from leading to trailing. And
the satellite will be to your right 27 nautical miles out of plane.
05:25 Hoffman: “Is that right as we’re looking out our direction, that is out the port side?”
06:20 switch camera
Silence, slow starfield drift
09:40 “C, Houston, sunrise in about nine minutes, and at that time, we hope to see the satellite. We’ll have lapped it already and we’ll be
ahead of it.”
10:12 bright star field – new
10:26 switch cams
11:02 switch back [note stars all seem to have shapes and thicknesses]
12:12 switch to less starry field [drift rate is LVLH, 4 deg/minute]
Back/forth switching and searching
17:41 switch cam
19:25 “OK, Houston, we’ve got contact, it’s beautiful, we’re gonna get it on the TV’s and downlink to you. We can see the tether.”
“Great news, Franklin, and we’ll look at that picture.”
19:56 Tether appears as cam pans down, shakes and stops motion.
Moving particles criss-cross scene.
21:12: “You guys getting the image?”
21:17 “Franklin, we see a long line, a couple of starlike things, and a lot of things swimming in the foreground. Can you describe what you’re
21:25 Well, the long line is the tether. Um, and there’s a little bit of debris that kinda flies with us, and uh it’s illuminated by the sun. at
such low angles. And there’s a lot of stray light. And it’s getting washed out quickly but Claude is trying to do a quick - good job here
adjusting the cameras.
22:40 Columbia, Houston, that’s a much better view, a lot more contrast .visible.
And how wide does that tether appear to be. It seems to resemble a much wider strand than we’d expect…Can you describe which way the satellite is
visible on that strand?
23:40 Nicollier: “ Here’s the view with camera Charlie, completely unzoomed, and you see the full extent of the tether. I tried to adjust the
focus but I can’t get better than that.
“OK, Claude, thank you.….”
“I’m going to zoom in now.”
More camera adjustments, glare
26:00 one fast-flickering particle drifts slowly
26:30 And we can still see it on our monitors, a very faint straight line. Getting smaller and smaller in size.
We can still see it with you, it’s remarkably straight, thank you, Claude.
26:48 “Range one-one-three.”
Normal earth view, blue horizon along left edge
2856 Hoffman: “Houston, Columbia, I was using both the 20 power binoculars and the 400 power Nikon lens under the body bag, uh, and it only
disappeared in the glare of the sun about 30 seconds ago. The tether looked completely straight. I did not see any bright spots along the tether.
except at the very bottom where there was a bright spot which was unresolvable. for me.
I did not see anything above the satellite.
Thank you, we copy all, Jeff. Good observations. Look forward to your descriptions and photography when you get back.
Earth horizon [right side, vertical], lens glare, on lower left, orbiter port wing tip, port sill.
31:08 Hoffman: “And Tom, as far as the size of the tether, you can get some of the photo/TV people working on this, but it extended..uh, about the
diagonal length of the 400mm lens as seen in the Nikon viewfinder. Seen straight across, it was actually bigger than the horizontal distance but was
about equal to the diameter.
“OK, so in the viewfinder across the diagonal of the 400 lens and that was towards the end of the visibility period. And could you give us an MET
of that point?
Well, I called you down saying I had just lost it in the glare of the Sun about 30 seconds before so you can get it off from that. But it didn’t
seem to change that much over the last couple of minutes.
OK, sounds like oh nine twenty. Thank you.
32:20 Cam tilts; plb view - tail view
3320 earth view, horizon level, deserts separated by left-right body of water, receding
3530 90 seconds out from the ZOE, see you there…
37:35 snow. Then experiment view resumes.
38:14 “Columbia, Houston, West satellite.”
Claude: “Loud and clear, Tom.”
Discuss experiment in progress
57:58 “Columbia, Houston, on TSS we got some great data from the science aboard the satellite during the close approach and we just finished a
Guam pass and get even better data there from the satellite.
Jeff: “Wonderful, well, you know sometimes serendipity makes things roll in science, so let’s hope something will turn up that nobody was
“We think it’s due to the extremely long antenna.”
01:08:48 Columbia, Houston, for claude on triple-F-T, we’d like the air circulation taken back up to five,,, [snip]
01:09:00 “Understand. And for Columbia, Orbit-1 is signing off, being replaced by Orbit-3, got Bob Castle and Bill McArthur here for you, We had
an enjoyable shift with you with the viewing of TSS, the good science data, our hats are off to the pointers who gave you that good steer to see the
satellite, Steve Ramko in particular, and his gang did a great job. FDO tracked it for us all the way in as well. We’ll see yah tomorrow.
Chang: Thanks a lot, Tom, that was great, excellent information, and the satellite was right exactly where you guys said it was gonna be, so my
hat off to the pointers and trackers as well. “
1:11:50 Franklin: “Hey, Tom and Bill, , We just got another sighting, but very very low on the horizon just a little bit to the [one?] side of
Venus, it’s just very faint, and the [garble] coming across the atmosphere. “
CAPCOM: “Thanks, Franklin, we copy.”
01:23:59 PLB camera view of ORION, stars show elongation, Sirius [far left] is even bigger and shows center dimming. Camera pans [rotates field of
view], Sirius shows distinct large shape, shading.
1:31:07 Night horizon view ; bright star setting, elongated shape with dark center. Appears to pass in FRONT of horizon because its darkened
center blocks out light of horizon line. .Star then twinkles, sets, and its little occulting circle vanishes, horizon again fully visible.