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Kobie Boykins
Mechanical Engineering section
NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California

More stressful working this way at the Cape?
It's what we call the "pucker factor" - you get nervous, this nervous energy that comes about doing something for the last time, and making sure. You go to sleep and you have nightmares, and it almost keeps you up at night going, "I want to make sure I checked that." Then you go back in, and you walk into the high bay (of PHSF) and you go check it again. And if that doesn't look right, you check it again. And then you might get somebody else to go, "Hey, do you remember doing this, because I remember doing it, but I want to make sure you remember doing it so now we can say we both remember doing it!" So it has a different stress to it. It's a more "relaxed stress," but it's a stress of, Hey, you know what? The next time this thing moves, or the next time this thing does what it's supposed to do, it's going to be on the surface of Mars... So in those terms, it's a stress of Wow, you sort of clench everything up and go okay, I feel it's right and everybody else believes in me, so here we go.

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