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[i]LOVELL: When I first saw it, I saw that the whole panel, the core panel, was missing off the SM. I could see the interior. I couldn't see any specific damage, but I didn't really know exactly what I was looking at, although there seemed to be a lot of debris hanging out. It looked like insulation-type material hanging out, and the panel went all the way back to the high gain antenna. We saw a streak on the engine bell, and that's about all I saw before I got the camera and started taking pictures of it.
HAISE: I guess the two things that were identified very promptly as specific objects sitting out there were two barrel-looking things. I could see one set of tanks that looked to be in place. The streak on the engine was kind of a green-gray color. When I first looked at the bell, I actually said that it looked like it was cracked. Then it turned around in a yaw maneuver and I looked straight up the bell. It was in good shape; it was not cracked.
SWIGERT: I didn't get down there until much later in the time line and it was at quite a distance. I didn't distinguish any of the streaking. I could distinguish that a panel was missing because of the color difference in the other panels and that particular panel. The SM was in a very slow yaw maneuver, which gave us time to observe it all the way around. I did take about 28 pictures with the 250-mm lens. I used the settings Houston gave me, which was f:8 at 1/250th, and it appeared to me when I saw it that the SPS bell was intact. I did see some debris hanging out of the side and even hanging off the high gain antenna. When the SM turned around, either the debris was on the high gain antenna or was sufficiently far out to the side that it appeared to be hanging off the high gain antenna.
LOVELL: That's what I thought. Something got to the high gain antenna because it did not look natural back there.
SLAYTON: Did you notice whether the barrel was a fuel cell or hydrogen tank? Did it look like it was displaced, or did it look like it was in the proper position?
HAISE: No, it just looked like it was - where I would expect it. I guess, from a few schematic pictures I've seen, it probably was a fuel cell. However, it looked physically mounted the way it should have been.
LOVELL: I didn't see anything big hanging. I saw a lot of stuff straggling out; you know, floating in the breeze.
SWIGERT: I guess the noise at SM SEP was what I expected from what I heard of on previous flights.[/i]
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