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[i]YOUNG: I'll tell you what happened to me on the launch prep. About 3 minutes prior to launch as I was looking out the window and the Sun was bright overhead my left eye started crying. I had the window down all the way. I normally kept the window up. For launch you want the window down. I couldn't see out of my left eye. It became worse and worse, and it was as bad as it got just prior to launch. It was really bad. I closed my left eye and it was tearing badly. I think it was just due to the brightness.
DUKE: So it made you like snowblind.
YOUNG: Yes. I just couldn't believe it. It was almost like I had something in my eye. I'm sitting there and I can't see out of my left eye and we're going to launch in 2 minutes.
DUKE: I couldn't believe it either. I looked over at him and he looked like both eyes were closed.
YOUNG: Well, there was nothing I could do about it. I sure didn't plan to abort the launch for that. I had my right eye, and I was going to fly it using one eye if I had to. I was going to fly on instruments anyway. You couldn't fly on it out the window on the ground track without really being in good shape. We had at least five guidance systems and four different control modes going for us before I had to use my left eye, so I felt pretty confident. I think it's something you need to think about. Looking out that bright window all the time with a helmet on leaves your eyeballs with no protection.
MATTINGLY: Could you get any relief by holding your hand up?
YOUNG: Yes, I put my hand over my eye and that relieved it. Charlie couldn't figure out what I was doing.
DUKE: I thought you had something in your eye.
YOUNG: You don't want that under the pressure helmet, because you have to look inside the cockpit and you can't get them off. That surface was some bright, and we were looking upslope. We were looking up the rim of this crater. I don't know why it didn't bother Charlie over on his side, but it sure was -- sure got to me.[/i][/B][/QUOTE]
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