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 Testing the Dewar in the  HEPL Labs at Stanford.  The Dewar vessel  Science Mission Flight Dewar as it arrived from Lockheed at Stanford's HEPL Labs.  Looking up at the integrated probe and dewar as it is lifted out of its tilt dolly.  Dewar and pumping station

July 1990  Looking down through an airlock into the dewar. The crinkled silver material at the bottom is actually a super-thin lead foil bag, used to electro-magnetically isolate the main instrument package.  This is one of several expanding lead bags that line the cryogenic dewar. This non-flight bag was removed shortly after a series of thermal tests in the late 1980's.  Looking down through an airlock into the top of a liquid helium dewar. The helium can be seen as liquid in the center of the image. Helium becomes liquid at 2.1 Kelvin. The extreme cold is vital to maintaining the superconducting environment of the gyroscopes.  Mac Keiser inspects a mock-up of the space vehicle.  The porous plug--invented at Stanford, this device allows evaporating helium gas to escape from the dewar, while retaining the superfluid liquid helium inside.