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[i]ARMSTRONG: Upon mutual agreement, I undocked with the use of the Undocking Switch and I used the forward-firing thrusters to back away from the Agena as quickly as possible, using about a 5 second burst. We did not have excessive rates at separation. What would your analysis be there, Dave?
SCOTT: Yes, it looked like a clean separation to me with very low relative rates, and we backed straight off a good 4 or 5 feet before we started tumbling there and lost sight of the Agena. I might add that before we backed off I sent L-Band ON and UHF Enable to the Agena.
ARMSTRONG: Shortly after backing off, we noticed that we were essentially losing control of the spacecraft in roll and yaw and we suspected that we were over the lifetime of these attitude thrusters. The spacecraft was continuing, however, to accelerate, and we were obtaining rates in roll at least that approached 200 to 300 degrees per second, or perhaps more.
SCOTT: Yes, I would agree with that. It looked like even more to me, and it was by far more in roll than in yaw. The roll was the most predominate.
ARMSTRONG: We realized the physiological limits were being approached, and that we were going to have to do something immediately, in order to salvage the situation.[/i] [/B][/QUOTE]
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