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[i]WORDEN: The main chutes came out at 10,000; the drogues released just a few seconds before that. The main chutes came out at 10,000 and at about 8,000 we got the cabin configured and started the fuel dump.
SCOTT: When you saw the mains come out, you saw three chutes. Is that right?
WORDEN: That's right. I saw three chutes come out, reef, then disreefed, and I had three full chutes in view. When we started the fuel dump, my view of the main chutes was obscured by a cloud of fuel that was going by the window.
SCOTT: A big red cloud.
WORDEN: A big red cloud going by the window. When we finished the fuel dump and the view cleared, I could see that one of the chutes was not fully inflated anymore.
SCOTT: I think that was just about the time we got a call from Recovery that we had a streamer. Right?
WORDEN: That was just about the same time.
WORDEN: I think they had seen it before they gave us a call. It was just about that time when I picked up the chutes again in view.
SCOTT: We might add that that was a very good call for them to inform us at that time. That was an indicator that we had less time to get everything done on the way down than we had normally planned; especially after you confirmed it. The dump and the purge went according to plan. Jim was going through the checklist and I had the feeling you were having to really hustle to get things done.[/i]
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[i]WORDEN: We came pretty close to that chopper, which could have been disastrous.
SCOTT: We came down expecting to have a rather solid impact, which we had. I had the feeling we hit pretty flat. There was no apparent roll to the spacecraft at all. I could see water up over the windows after we hit. You all got the main release and the circuit breakers, and we ended up in a very stable 1 condition with no rocking or anything.
WORDEN: That was surprising that we went straight down and straight back up, and there wasn't any motion at all, hardly, except for the sea swell.[/i] [/B][/QUOTE]
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