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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #80 on: 01/05/2012 05:18 PM »
Crippen: Okay, here is what I wanted you to see.

CapCom: Okay, we are watching. We see the OMS pods. Thatís a great close-up, thanks.

Crippen: I am not sure if youíre getting the color. In what color does that dark panel appearÖ

CapCom: Looks pretty black.

Crippen: Yeah, thatís what it looks like here.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #81 on: 01/05/2012 05:21 PM »
The inflight TPS inspection showed a multi-layer FRSI closeout strip approximately 6x40 inches at the aft edge of the tile/FRSI interface on the right-hand OMS pod was missing. Two left-hand OMS pod tiles were also slightly damaged. Closer inspection of subsequent inflight video showed that the missing FRSI closeout strip had exposed the structural skin panels. Analysis indicated that the affected area would experience entry temperatures of approximately 700 to 750 deg F and some debonding of the exposed graphite epoxy honeycomb face sheets was probable, but no safety issue existed with the entry profile planned. (Excerpt from IFA-MER STS 41-G)

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #82 on: 01/05/2012 05:28 PM »
October 9, 1984 - Q & A with the 41-G crew


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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #83 on: 01/05/2012 05:33 PM »
Paul Reese (?) / AP: Based on the television views that we have seen of you people in your space cabin you sometimes resemble a can of anchovies. I was wondering, for Bob Crippen, when you return are you going to really recommend that seven crew members again are flown aboard the Space Shuttle?

Crippen: Thatís a very tough question, one that I considered a lot prior to taking this mission. I guess the result is that I have found that if people are properly disciplined, at least with the kind of tasks that we have, that we can operate with seven people in the Shuttle.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #84 on: 01/05/2012 05:37 PM »
Morton Dean / CBS: Bob, how difficult or discouraging has it been for you to deal with a mission that has had so many troublesÖ problems?

Crippen: Which mission was that, Morton?

(Laughter)

Morton Dean / CBS: My follow-up isÖ this mission.

Crippen: Okay, Morton, yeah, we have had some problems. I think they have probably been tougher for the ground to deal with. The problem we ran into with the Ku-band antenna I know has certainly given the SIR-B folks some problems trying to get all their data. I believe that Mission Control in Houston has done a marvelous job, as it normally does, in coming up with a work around to allow us to do that. I think thatís been the general tenor of the way we do business. If things donít work out weíll make the best of what we have. I believe we are getting good data for them. We have had a little problem with our FES, but I think we have that under control now. And, as far as we are concerned, things are running along very smoothly.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #85 on: 01/05/2012 05:42 PM »
Rebecca Chase / ABC: This is for Commander Crippen and Sally Ride. Could you compare this mission with the other missions that youíve been on, comparing the problems and the crowded conditions, as well as the accomplishments of what you are doing up there?

Ride: Ah, well, the last mission that I was on with Crip was a great mission. We really didnít have any problems and we had a great time the whole time we were up there. This mission, I guess, any spaceflight is a great spaceflight. We are having an awful lot of fun. We had a few more problems, but so far weíve been pretty successful on all the things that weíve been trying to do. We got the ERBS spacecraft deployed on flight day one, although that was a little bit of a struggle, but it made us all the more happy when we got it out there. And I think on the crowded conditionsÖ It is more crowded with seven people than it was with five. But everybody has been good at trying to stay out of everybodyís way. Itís surely working pretty well. And as far as the heat goes, we are all from Houston, so itís nothing that we are not used to.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-G - Earth Watching and Refueling Stops
« Reply #86 on: 01/05/2012 05:46 PM »
Marc Ö / CTV: This one is for Marc Garneau. Marc, youíve been rather busy up there eight hours a day youíve been conducting experiments, and another eight hours, if you were lucky, youíve been sleeping. Are you getting much time just to gaze out the window and wonder at the splendor of it all?

Garneau:: Yeah, actually Iím getting all the time I can. In fact every time we go over Canada Iím generally stuck at the window having a look out there. I havenít been able to see it all because of some clouds. But certainly I am getting my share of the time at the window and itís absolutely fantastic.

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« Reply #87 on: 01/05/2012 05:49 PM »
Earth watching with the 41-G crew - lean back and enjoy... :)

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