From Damiano (ESA), 21 May
Since it was announced that the launch of MetOp would be delayed, activities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome have focused on putting the satellite into a safe configuration for babysitting.
In fact, in terms of preparation for the launch, the spacecraft has been taken back a few steps. For example, some red tags and protective covers have been reinstalled and the set-up for loading the propellant has been removed. In addition, to preserve the solar array, the lights in the cleanroom have been turned down, which creates a sort of penumbra.
MetOp has been in babysitting mode since 5 May with just a few team members remaining on site to babysit. This involves carrying out some daily and weekly checks on the satellite and the cleanroom, and some periodic maintenance on the battery.
All the team awaits good news.