Telescope Is Good To Go
Dispatch #4 (Wednesday, December 22)
What a satisfaction
to get a successful EVA despite the difficulties encountered in
some of the tasks. It was like in the simulation.
arm operator perspective was the visual cues. The view out the
window is so great, day or night, that I looked out the aft window
99% of the time, sometimes without even checking the numbers on
the RMS panel. The arm flies very well. I like the smooth feeling
on the translation hand controller compared to any of the flying
sticks we use in the simulations.
my eyes against the aft windows, I had the impression to be outside
with my friends Steve and John. To free my hands at all times, I used a Headset Interface Adapter attached to FRED (the space
chair we have at the robotic work station) to key the microphone
with my right foot. I could fly both rotations and translations
and talk on the radio at the same time.
Steven L. Smith, payload commander, holds
onto a handrail during the first space walk of the STS-103
servicing mission with the Hubble Space Telescope .
objective of the mission is now achieved, which means that the
space telescope is good to go on its own and resume science with
its configuration as of today. But we'll work on it more to make
it even more performant.
I had a chance
to go eat "shrimp cocktail fajita" and my french food
"bacon with lentils" as Claude to the controls for a
while and drank herb tea "digerel" to conclude the meal.
I hope you
got to see good video of some of the work done today. The inner
hatch just opened, so I go down in the middeck to congratulate
the space walkers...