Mated Decks Ready for Solar Panels
The MMS instrument deck and spacecraft deck have both been attached to the thrust tube with struts in place to support the decks. Anything color-coded in red is a cover that will be removed before launch. After installing two deployable boom electric field sensors in the thrust tube and attaching the long boom with the magnetic filed sensors attached, the only thing left to be added is an array of solar panels. The solar panels will cover all eight sides of the spacecraft and provide the power for all the instruments and spacecraft components.
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