Helium Filling, Outdoors Again

This morning the early team showed up to hear in the weather briefing that there would be clouds all morning. Good thing the cryostat is ready for its day of many helium fills, or they might not have had things to do (or, actually, there’s still lots to do). Since the sun sensors require low sun elevation and it was cloudy all morning, we decided to try to go outside in the afternoon. Joseph had also booked some TDRSS time to test the HGA. This led to the unsettling situation where we, by rotating the gondola over rough ground, may have done some damage to the more-fragile-than-expected pointing mechanism of the antenna.

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