The construction then continued with the magnetometer. The first item built was the magnetometer stand, figures 23 show the construction process. Note than a 2 € cent is photographed next to the stand to give it a scale. For non-European modelers a 2 € cent has exactly the same size as a 1 $ cent. This stand was then painted and later fixed onto the high gain antenna motor (figures 24). Then the magnetometer boom was thermoformed by dipping the styrene rod into boiling water, giving it the proper shape and tempered it into cold water. The boom was then simply positioned in the stand to be sure the shape was correct (figures 25). Then followed the contruction of the magnetometer itself (figures 26). The final construction prior to assembling the magnetometer boom is the magnetometer attachment point. This allows the magnetometer boom to stay in place during launch, cruise and landing phases (figures 27).

The magnetometer was finally painted in black and white and the boom attachment point was fixed onto the lunokhod, figures 28 show the completed magnetometer in its stored position (during launch and cruise phases) while figures 29 show the same magnetometer in its final configuration on the moon while the boom is fully extended allowing the magnetometer to stay away from magnetic interferences coming from the metallic mass of the lunokhod itself.
Fig 23a, b, c, d, e, f, g : Construction of the magnetometer stand - May 2004
Fig 24a, b, c : Magnetometer stand in place - May 2004
Fig 25a, b, c : Magnetometer boom positioned in stand - June 2004
Fig 26a : Magnetometer construction - June 2004
Fig 26b, c, d, e, f, g, h : Magnetometer construction - June 2004
Fig 27a : Magnetometer attachment point - June 2004
Fig 27b, c : Magnetometer attachment point - June 2004
Fig 28a, b : Magnetometer in stored position - August 2004
Fig 29a, b, c : Magnetometer in extended configuration - August 2004
Photos by Vincent Meens - May - August 2004

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