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[i]BEAN: ... The other one was when Pete performed the RCS checkout. When he fired the thrusters on the right side, it knocked over the S-band erectable antenna; so we switched over to the spacecraft S-band which didn't even lose lock. We got some good movies, I think. He fired some of the thrusters, and I took some 16-millimeter movies out the window. Hopefully, the geologist can get some feel for movement of dust with that engine and maybe compare or extrapolate down to the descent engine.
CONRAD: I'm going to have Mission Control look over their data, but that RCS firing on the ground appeared to me to be excellent in that I noticed very ragged thruster firing on the first pass through all thrusters. I don't know why that was. The system should have been pressurized and we should have had solid fluid all the way out to all the thrusters, but, they were very ragged. The first trip around roll, pitch, and yaw, they steadied out to be very solid in firing. I'm sure that if they were ragged this shows on the data on the ground but I want to make sure somebody checks that. I'd hate to have that first portion of lift-off and not have very good thrusters during the very critical time of getting that baby off the descent stage.[/i] [/B][/QUOTE]
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