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May15 2009 Vol. 49, No. 10


Spaceport News

John F. Kennedy Space Center America's gateway to the universe
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INSIDE...

Momentos head
for Hubble


Page 2
Astronauts enter
hall of fame


Page 3


Comedian treads
in space


Page 6


Heritage:
Apollo 10
orbits moon


Page 7


Atlantis heads for Hubble



on final upgrade mission

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News


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Hubble inspires astronauts to bring moments


By Steven Siceloff
Spaceport News
From a model of NASA's
Hubble Space Telescope to
a patch from the New York
City Sanitation Department, the
STS-125 mission astronauts are
marking the flight by taking a wide
variety of mementos with them into
orbit.
The crew of seven will spend
11 days in space upgrading Hubble
during what is expected to be the
last shuttle mission to the venerable
observatory.
That mission is reflected in
several items that make up the
astronauts' official flight kit. There's
a pocket telescope and a 1.5-inch
diameter telescope lens. By com-
parison, the Hubble mirror is almost
eight feet across.
The astronauts also are taking


From HUBBLE, Page 1


"It (COS) is designed to study
large-scale structure of the universe
and how galaxies, stars and planets
formed and evolved," said Debbie
Hahn, the STS-125 payload man-
ager. "It will help determine how ele-
ments needed for life, such as carbon
and iron, first formed and how their
abundance have increased over the
lifetime of the universe."
The Wide Field Camera 3 will
be able to span our vast electromag-
netic spectrum. It is the only instru-
ment on Hubble with this capability.
Combined with the repair of the


a basketball that astronomer Edwin
Hubble, the namesake of the space
telescope, played with while on the
Harvard University basketball team.
The ball has been deflated so it will
not take up as much room inside the
shuttle.
While outer space is boundless,
the space inside the shuttle is ex-
tremely limited. That's why NASA
allows astronauts a small amount of
room on each mission for collect-
ibles or things they want to carry to
mark their achievements. Some of
the items reflect organizations as-
tronauts were a part of, while others
are taken up to give to friends when
they get back.
Several schools are represented
in the flight kit, including Clear
Springs High School in League
City, Texas, Schmitz Park Elemen-
tary in Seattle, and Lake Orion High
School in Lake Orion, Mich.
Three conductor batons will be
stowed inside Atlantis, including
one from the Houston Symphony
orchestra.
Atlantis also will take a ticket
stub from the 2006 U.S. Open and a
swimming cap from the U.S. Olym-
pic swim team.
While some of the items look
at the recent past as far as Hubble's
extraordinary accomplishments,
a couple items look forward to
NASA's new spacecraft. There is
a patch and decal from the Orion
crew exploration vehicle project,
which is developing the capsule in-
tended to carry astronauts into space



Advanced Camera for Surveys, these
two instruments could create Hubble
imaging history.
The Space Telescope Imaging
Spectrograph is the most versatile
spectrograph to fly on Hubble. The
crew will replace an electronics
board in one of the spectrograph's
main electronics boxes to restore its
power supply.
A new Science Instrument Com-
mand and Data handling system will
replace the one that failed in Hubble
last year and delayed Atlantis' mis-
sion.
"Getting to this point has been
challenging, but your team (Ken-


The STS-125 mission astronauts are taking scores of moments up to NASA's Hubble Space
Telescope, and will return them to Earth for space enthusiasts and friends STS-125 is the fifth and
final shuttle Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission Upgrades are intended to keep the telescope
operating through at least 2014


after the shuttles retire.
The agency itself also includes
scores of souvenirs that are some-
times passed out to workers and
managers, or given to world leaders.
There are 625 mission patches,
plus 600 American flags.
Another 700 sheets of Space



nedy), the whole team, everyone has
pulled together. We're taking a little
piece of all of us into space," said
STS-125 Commander Scott Altman
to Leinbach, moments before liftoff.
NASA's Hubble Space Tele-
scope was deployed on April 25,
1990, during Discovery's STS-31
mission. Previous servicing missions
are Endeavour's STS-61 mission
in December 1993; Discovery's
STS-82 mission in February 1997;
Discovery's STS-103 mission in
December 1999; and Columbia's
STS-109 mission in March 2002.
Atlantis is scheduled to land at
Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility


Shuttle Program bookmarks also
will fly with Atlantis.
As you might imagine, there
are more Hubble commemorative
items on STS-125 than anything
else. Those are 5,643 patches
reflecting different aspects of the
telescope program.



at 11:41 a.m. EDT May 22. The pay-
load carriers with old Hubble parts
will be removed from Atlantis' pay-
load bay and transported to Goddard
Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,
Md. The old parts will be studied for
thermal property degradation and
micrometeorite damage.
Space shuttle Endeavour is on
Launch Pad 39B during Atlantis'
Hubble mission and is designated
STS-400 in the unlikely event it
is needed for a rescue flight. After
Atlantis lands, Endeavour will roll
around to Launch Pad 39A on
May 30, for its next flight, STS-127
to the International Space Station.


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May 15, 2009


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NASA/Jim Grossmann
The three newest inductees into the U S Astronaut Hall of Fame proudly join current members during an induction ceremony May 2, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex In front, from left, are George "Pinky"
Nelson, one of only six space shuttle astronauts to fly untethered in space using NASA's Manned Maneuvering Unit, William Shepherd, commander of the first crew to live aboard the International Space Station, and James
Wetherbee, commander of the longest-docked shuttle mission with space station Mir More than 20 hall of fame astronauts attended, including Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Scott Carpenter, James "Jim" Lovell and Bob Crippen


Trio of shuttle astronauts join hall of fame


Commanding five
of six space shuttle
missions and guiding
Discovery to within 30 feet
of space station Mir might
inflate anyone's ego. But not
astronaut Jim Wetherbee. His
wife, Robin, manages to keep
the space explorer grounded.
After coming home from a
mission, Wetherbee said his
wife told him: "Great flight,
big boy. Now take out the
garbage."
Humility was one of
the many things Wetherbee
gave thanks for as he joined
George "Pinky" Nelson and
William Shepherd for induc-
tion into the U.S. Astronaut
Hall of Fame during a cer-
emony at the Kennedy Space
Center Visitor Complex on
May 2.
About 600 people hon-
ored the trio as they increased
the number of space explor-
ers enshrined in the hall of
fame to 73.


Did you know?
With the inductions of George
"Pinky" Nelson and Jim Weth-
erbee, all the original members
of the astronaut band Max Q,
which was formed in 1987, are
now in the U S Astronaut Hall
of Fame


This eighth group of
space shuttle astronauts was
welcomed to the ranks of leg-
endary space pioneers, such
as Neil Armstrong, Edwin
"Buzz" Aldrin, John Glenn,
Alan Shepard, Sally Ride and
John Young. Earlier induct-
ees represent the Mercury,
Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and
Apollo-Soyuz programs.
Along with his space
shuttle endeavors, Wether-
bee also served as deputy
director and director of
Flight Crew Operations at
NASA's Johnson Space
Center in Houston. Today,


he is a safety auditor with
BP Global, one of the larg-
est energy companies in the
world.
"I've learned a lot over
my prestigious career,"
Wetherbee said. "I really
appreciate everything I've
learned."
Nelson was a member
of the first spacewalking
team to repair a satellite in
Earth's orbit. He flew three
space shuttle missions dur-
ing the 11 years he was in
the Astronaut Corps, from
1978 to 1989.
Nelson claims the
distinction of being the only
American to test-fly the
Russian Manned Maneuver-
ing Unit, which he did in
1989 in Moscow.
He now serves as direc-
tor of the Science, Math-
ematics, and Technology
Education Program at West-
ern Washington University.


"Every giant leap is re-
ally made up of many small
steps," Nelson said. "I'm
proud to have played a part in
some of those steps."
Shepherd, a four-time
space shuttle astronaut and
recipient of the Congressional
Space Medal of Honor, was
assigned to NASA from the
U.S. Navy SEALs commu-
nity.
Shepherd is widely
known for filming segments
of "Space Station," an award-
winning IMAX 3-D film
depicting the ground develop-
ment and on-orbit construc-
tion of the International
Space Station.
He commanded the first
mission to the space sta-
tion and lived and worked
there for 141 days, from
October 2000 to March 2001.
Shepherd is now the sci-
ence advisor to U.S. Special
Operations Command, where
he manages to develop new


technologies and capabilities
for the nation's special opera-
tions forces.
"I feel very privileged
to be part of the Astronaut
Corps," Shepherd said, "and
to be put in space by the folks
who work (at Kennedy) to
build vehicles and help oper-
ate them."
Also introduced at the
ceremony were 24 exist-
ing members of the U.S.
Astronaut Hall of Fame:
John Blaha, Vance Brand,
Dan Brandenstein, Bob
Cabana, Scott Carpenter,
Bob Crippen, Walt Cunning-
ham, Charles Duke, Gordon
Fullerton, Owen Garriott, Ed
Gibson, Robert "Hoot" Gib-
son, Richard Gordon, Fred
Gregory, Hank Hartsfield,
Rick Hauck, Steven Hawley,
Jeff Hoffman, James "Jim"
Lovell, Bruce McCandless,
Edgar Mitchell, Brewster
Shaw, Loren Shriver and Al
Worden.


May 15, 2009


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SPACEPORT NEWS Page 5


Scenes Around



Kennedy Space Center


NASA/Jim Grossmann
Rachel Coleman, left, of Signing Timel and children from the Child Development Center teach sign language to workers during Kennedy Space Center's "It's About Ability" event April 30 Coleman talked to workers about not turning their backs on individuals with disabilities


NASA/Jim Grossmann
Kennedy Space Center marked America's National Day of Prayer in the Training Auditorium on May 7 The theme for this year's observance was "Prayer America's Hope
Participants prayed about the sacrifices of the armed forces and their families, as well as America's space program


NASA/Jim Grossmann
Ares I-X Deputy Mission Manager Jon Cowart talks about the Constellation Program's Ares I-X rocket during the KEA-40 Ares I-X
Staus in the Kennedy Space Center Training Auditorium on May 6


NASA/Jim Grossmann
Teachers create a robot using LEGO NXT kits during the "Not Lost in Spacel Robots Explore Our Universe"
workshop at Kennedy Space Center's Educator Research Center on May 2 Participants maneuvered their
robots through rocky terrain, much like the terrain found on distant planets, and performed tasks, such as
moving an object from one area to another


Reader-submitted photo
A Kennedy Space Center worker tells his co-workers about a Florida native that decided to pay a visit to the Parachute
Refurbishment Facility on April 29


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Far-out! NASA names treadmill after comedian


By Steven Siceloff
Spaceport News
NASA is serious about its
space station crew mem-
bers exercising in orbit, but
that doesn't mean the agency can't
have a little fun along the way.
That's why a treadmill engi-
neers had called simply T-2 for
more than two years is suddenly fa-
mous as the Combined Operational
Load-Bearing External Resistance
Treadmill, or COLBERT. NASA
selected the treadmill's name after
comedian and host Stephen Colbert
of Comedy Central's "The Colbert
Report" took interest during the
Node 3 naming census and urged
his followers to post the name
"Colbert," which received the most
entries.
"I think it's great for NASA
that Mr. Colbert got his audience
interested in the space station,"
said Curt Wiederhoeft of Wyle.
He is the project manager for the
treadmill under the bioastronautics
contract. "Comedy Central attracts
a lot of younger viewers, and the
space program's going to need
the next generation's support and
interest."
Wiederhoeft's team heard
about the name a month ago.
"When they first mentioned it,
it was a distraction that we couldn't
afford because we were on a tight
timetable," he said. No%\ that
we're down here and it's delivered,
it's great. It's a fun thing to think
about."
The treadmill, arguably the
most famous one ever built, will
be the second installed aboard the
space station. NASA requires eight
hours of exercise each day from
the space station crew members as
a group. The one already in space
can handle the load of three crew
members, but would not be enough
for an expanded station crew of six.
Engineers started with a medi-
cal treadmill available to anyone on
Earth. They asked the manufacturer
to nickel plate the parts and make
some other modifications, but it is
fundamentally the same running-in-
place device as the others.
The structures around it are a
different story.
First, without gravity to hold


NASA/Jack Pfaller
A worker inside Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility prepares to pack pieces of
the Combined Load-Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, or COLBERT, for its trip to the International
Space Station The treadmill is named after comedian Stephen Colbert, the host of Comedy Central's
"The Colbert Report" Space shuttle Discovery, targeted to launch Aug 6, 2009, and its STS-128 crew will
deliver the treadmill to the station COLBERT will be transferred and installed in the station's Tranquility
node after it launches next year


the runner to the seel
surface of the
treadmill, design-
ers call on elastic gN'
straps that fit
around the shoul- "
ders and waist to
keep the runner
from rocketing
across the space
station with the
first hard step.
The straps create a feeling of
running while wearing a backpack,
Wiederhoeft said.
Next, designers had to work
out a way to keep the treadmill
from shaking the whole station
with every step. That's easy to do
on Earth, but the station is floating
just like the astronauts and wants to
react against any movement. Even
small actions can shake up delicate
microgravity experiments taking
place inside the station's laborato-
ries.
Developing a system to stop
the vibrations was the biggest chal-
lenge, Wiederhoeft said.
While the first station tread-


n mill relied on a
powered system
of gyroscopes
and mecha-
nisms to reduce
t vibrations, the
COLBERT's
Vibration Isola-
tion System was
designed to work
S w without power
and be more reli-
able than its predecessor.
The treadmill will rest on
springs that are hooked to damp-
eners. That unit is connected to a
standard-sized rack that has been
extensively reinforced to handle
the power produced by COLBERT
users. The rack alone weighs 2,200
pounds, which is its limit.
COLBERT also is louder
than the first treadmill, a trade-off
Wiederhoeft said is necessary to
increase its reliability.
"Noise and reliability are
fighting against each other here,"
Wiederhoeft said. "With a lot more
time we could have had both quiet
and reliable. We went for reliable,


and did what we could with noise."
Now that the treadmill and its
support system are designed, built
and delivered to NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida, another
team of engineers is getting it ready
to survive the rigorous vibrations of
another kind: launch.
COLBERT has been disas-
sembled into scores of parts and
separated into more than six bags
that will be strapped to racks inside
the Leonardo cargo module. Leon-
ardo, one of NASA's multi-purpose
logistics modules, or MPLMs, will
be carried to the station by space
shuttle Discovery during the STS-
128 mission later this year.
Famous or not, the packing
team intends to make sure every-
thing that is launched reaches the
station in good working order.
"If it's the COLBERT, or if it's
something else, it's still not going
to be useful in orbit if it's broken,"
said Pete Gauthier, packing engi-
neer for United Space Alliance.
"The difference with some-
thing like this is that it's big and it's
heavy, so we have to use our big-
gest bag," he said. "It's easier for
the crew if you have all the pieces
in one bag, but when you have six
bags, you just can't do that."
The astronauts on the sta-
tion are expected to spend about
20 hours putting the whole thing
together, including the vibration
system. After that, the only care
COLBERT should need is an oc-
casional greasing of its bearings.
COLBERT will reside first
inside the Harmony module,
which connects the European and
Japanese laboratories on the sta-
tion. The treadmill rack will be
on the floor of the node, although
in weightlessness the orientation
doesn't matter as much as it does
on Earth.
Later, COLBERT will move
into Tranquility, the station's third
node, which is targeted to launch
aboard STS-130. Current plans call
for COLBERT to be placed against
the wall inside Tranquility.
The treadmill is designed to
last the life of the station. Although
it is built to handle 150,000 miles
of running, it will likely see about
38,000 miles during its time in
orbit, Wiederhoeft said.


SPACEPORT NEWS


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May 15, 2009







Remembering Our Heritage



Lunar module put through its paces on Apollo 10


This story is the second in a
series of four Apollo articles.

By Kay Grinter
Reference Librarian
The 40th anniversary of the
Apollo 10 launch May 18,
1969, from Kennedy Space
Center's Launch Pad 39B also marks
the only time the pad was used to
launch a Saturn V rocket. Liftoff was
just before midnight.
The fourth crewed launch in the
Apollo program, Apollo 10 was a
dress rehearsal for the lunar land-
ing to follow. The mission's primary
objective was to demonstrate that
a lunar module -- the LM -- and a
command module -- the CM -- could
rendezvous in lunar orbit, one of
the last assurances needed before an
actual touchdown on the moon.
On their way to the moon, CM
Pilot John Young separated the CM
called Charlie Brown, from the LM
called Snoopy, then docked with the
LM while Commander Tom Stafford
and LM Pilot Gene Ceman operated
a television camera. Back on Earth,
television viewers were treated to the
first color images from space, includ-
ing the first space maneuver seen in
real time -- the docking of Charlie
Brown with Snoopy.
Stafford's piloting skills were
put to the test when an anomaly in
Snoopy's automatic abort guidance
system caused its ascent stage to
experience extreme gyrations. By
taking over manual control, Stafford
was able to re-establish the proper
attitude.
During an interview in 1997,
Stafford recalled that he and Ceman
"got it squared away in about 20 sec-
onds." However, in the excitement,
"we forgot we were on hot mike,"
he said, "and Apollo 10 became
X-rated."
Once at the moon, Snoopy coast-
ed in the equivalent of a standard
LM insertion orbit of a lunar landing
mission, coming within nine miles of
the lunar surface.
"We came within about 47,000
feet but did not land," Ceman said
during an interview in 2007. "That's
the way it was planned, although


NASA file/1969
Apollo 10 rolls out from Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39B on
March 11, 1969 The Saturn V rocket launched at 12 49 p m May 18, 1969, and became a dress
rehearsal for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission


More online
To read astronauts Tom Stafford
and Gene Cernan's oral history
interviews in their entirety, visit:
www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/
oral histories/participants. htm


originally, one time early on in the
program, the fourth Apollo flight
was going to be the first attempt at
landing."
Although the Apollo 10 crew did
not make the history books for that
historic first step, they set a speed re-
cord still acknowledged in the "Guin-
ness Book of World Records." The
re-entry on their return home May 26,
1969, was at 24,816 mph, the fastest
any humans have ever traveled.
Splashdown in the Pacific Ocean
was a mere 7,000 yards from its
recovery ship, the USS Princeton.
Before modifications to pad 39B
began in 1979 for the shuttle pro-
gram, it also supported four Saturn
IB launches: three with Skylab crews
aboard and one carrying the Ameri-
can team in the Apollo-Soyuz Test
Project.
Now, 20 years later, modifica-
tions to pad 39B to support the Ares
I rocket that will launch the Orion
crew module for NASA's Constella-
tion Program are under way with the
construction of three 600-foot-tall
lightning towers.
Other work will start after the
Ares I-X flight test. The fixed and
rotating service structures will be
removed, a new emergency egress
system constructed, all pad to mobile
launcher interfaces modified, a new
pad deck to mobile launcher elevator
system built, and modem electrical
electronic systems installed.
NASA Launch Pad Senior
Project Manager Jose Perez-Morales
foresees the visual impact these
changes will bring.
"These modifications will
significantly change the landscape
of pad B, especially when the fixed
and rotating service structures are re-
moved." Perez-Morales said. "When
all the work is complete, this launch
pad will look quite a bit different than
it did during the Apollo Program."


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May 15, 2009


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Camp Kennedy Spring Session Begins June 8


Camp Kennedy Space Center offers
children entering second through ninth
grade an out-of-this-world experience to
explore space. Summer camp sessions are
available June 8 through Aug. 14.
Regular tuition is $295 per child, per
session. Badged employees and contrac-
tors of Kennedy, Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station, Patrick Air Force Base and retired
Kennedy personnel can save 15 percent on
regular camp tuition.
The camp's home base is at the U.S.
Astronaut Hall of Fame. Summer camp
hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with ex-
tended early drop-off and late pick-up hours
available free for badged employees.
Campers will receive a complimentary


Commander's Club Annual Pass a full year of
fun at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Com-
plex. Also included are lunches and afternoon
snacks, an official camp KSC T-shirt, graduation
ceremony and certificate of completion.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of
Apollo, a special overnight adventure will be
held on Monday, July 20, at the Apollo/Saturn
V Center where participants will camp out
beneath a Saturn V moon rocket. This special
night is available to campers attending the
week of July 20-24. Campers' family members
also can camp out for $85, plus tax, per person.
Cost includes a 40th anniversary T-shirt, dinner,
breakfast and lunar-themed snacks.
For more information and registration
details, call 321-449-4444 or visit
www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.


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Targeted for Fall 2011


Landing/KSC Shuttle Landing Facility 11 41 a m

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, LRO/LCROSS, 3 22 p m
Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-127, 7 19 am
Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GOES-O, 6 14 pm EDT
Launch/CCAFS Falcon 9, TBD
Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-128, TBD
Launch/CCAFS Delta II, STSS Demo, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Delta II, GPS IIR-21, TBD
Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, WGS SV-3, TBD

Launch/KSC Ares I-X flight test/Launch Pad 39B, TBD
Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Commercial Payload, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, SDO, TBD
Launch/CCAFS WISE, TBD
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-129, TBD
Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GOES-P, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GPS IIF-1, TBD

LaunchNAFB Taurus, Glory, TBD

Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-130, TBD

Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-131, TBD
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-132, TBD

Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-133, TBD
Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Mars Science Laboratory, TBD


WORD STREET

The spaceport is home to many types of animals as seen on Page 5.
What has been your most memorable encounter with wildlife?


a "I walked right up to a bobcat... she didn't move
and I never took my eyes off of her."
Thomas Partin,
with Sierra Lobo Inc.


"I was on Converter Compressor Road and a
bobcat and her cubs crossed my path."
Guy Fazzio,
with Jacobs Engineering


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*"1 was very sad when I came across an alligator
facing off with a manatee."
Cat Houle,
with Yang Enterprises Inc.



"1 ran into a stubborn pig that refused to get out of
the middle of the road... turns out he was hurt."
Larry Griffith,
with Sierra Lobo Inc.




SOn the way to Launch Pad 39B. a bobcat and I
stopped and looked at each other for awhile.
Jeff Simmons.
with EG&G Technical Services Inc.


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Spaceport News


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