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May29 2009Vol. 49, No. 11

Spaceport News

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

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Atlantis returns with sensitive payload

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
An intense mission
to service NASA s
Hubble Space Tele-
scope for the fifth and final
time came to an end when
space shuttle Atlantis glided
to a stop at Edwards Air
Force Base in California
at 11:39 a.m. EDT May 24.
With the well-choreographed
work completed in space, an
equally intricate set of tasks
is waiting for workers inside
Kennedy Space Center's Or-
biter Processing Facility-1.
As Atlantis is prepared
for its ferry ride back to Ken-
nedy, more than 30 NASA,
United Space Alliance,
Orbital Sciences, Lockheed
Martin, Analex and God-
dard Space Flight Center
workers are busy preparing
to preserve the returning
Hubble instruments inside
the orbiter's payload bay.
Each worker plays an
important role in the removal
process, and will have a
little longer to prepare than
initially expected since
Florida's unstable weather
thwarted several attempts to

NASA/Carla Thomas, EAFB
Space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-125 mission lands at 11 39 a rnm EDT May 23, at
Edwards Air Force Base in California The crew upgraded NASA's Hubble Space
Telescope and spent nearly 13 days in space

land at Kennedy.
Once inside the or-
biter processing facility, the
orbiter boom sensor system
and shuttle robotic arm will
be repositioned to allow ac-
cess to the Hubble payload.
The orbiter processing
team will then perform a gas-
eous nitrogen, or GN2, purge
to the payload bay to prevent
contamination to the return-
ing Hubble instruments.
Russ Brucker, Atlantis
payload project manager
with USA, said contamina-
tion issues are very important
to consider.
"There were stringent
controls for the Hubble
payload during processing at
Kennedy, and we have them
for payload removal post mis-

sion as well," Brucker said.
Preparations for this
payload removal will take
about 28 to 32 hours, accord-
ing to Ray Propst, USA's
Atlantis flow manager. He is
responsible for all tasks that
occur on the orbiter in the
processing facility.
"It's a large payload,
relatively speaking," Propst
said. "It occupies the entire
payload bay and is one of
the heavier payloads we've
Special platforms will
be put in place to allow
technicians access in and
around the payload bay. The
four payload carriers that
will be removed, the Super
Lightweight Interchange-
able Carrier, the On-orbit

Replacement Unit Carrier,
the Flight Support System
and Multi-Use Lightweight
Equipment Carrier, contain
old Hubble instruments, and
the equipment and tools used
during the STS-125 mission
Technicians will ac-
cess the payload trunnions,
or large pins, holding the
payload carriers in place to
open the latches and attach
the payload strongback
lifting links to them. The
payload strongback is a piece
of ground support equip-
ment, or very large lifting
beam, that spans the length
and width of the orbiter's
payload bay.
Doug Goldsmith, move
director with USA, said re-
moving the Hubble payload
carriers with flight parts is
more complicated, in some
ways, than other payload
removal operations.
"We're using 16 payload
attach points, rather than the
usual eight, for this removal
process," Goldsmith said.
Ground support struc-
tures will hang over the or-
biter to stabilize the payload
for lifting and transporting
to the payload canister. In

Inside this issue ...

NASA artists All Hands Meeting

Model maker Heritage: Able, Baker
S flew 50 years ago

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some instances, payloads are
removed separately, but this
team will lift the entire set of
carriers at the same time.
Goldsmith, several tech-
nicians and quality control
inspectors will be stationed
on platforms around the
orbiter. Other technicians
will circle the payload bay to
monitor the lift process. The
crane controller will keep
in constant communication
with Goldsmith as he lifts
the Hubble payload from
Atlantis' payload bay.
During the process,
technicians will disconnect
the GN2 purge and reconnect
it after the payload is placed
in the payload canister. The
payload removal process will
take about 12 hours.
Steve Hoyle is God-
dard's launch site operations
manager for Hubble. He is
anxious to get the telescope's
old parts back to Goddard so
they can be investigated and
studied for thermal property
degradation and micro me-
teor damage.
"Currently we have no
formal plans to reuse the
Hubble servicing mission
payload carriers," Hoyle said.

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Artists paint adventurous works of NASA

By Steven Siceloff
Spaceport News

James Webb garnered
tremendous praise for
his management acu-
men as NASA's administra-
tor during the race to space
and the moon. But along
with setting a course for a
clearly left-brained organi-
zation focused on engineer-
ing and inventing technol-
ogy, Webb also gave NASA
room for the right-brain to
breathe a bit.
In 1962, Webb sent a
two-paragraph memo that
suggested involving artists
to help tell the agency's
story of adventure.
That was all James
Dean needed to start a
program that would produce
a bold catalog of almost
3,000 pieces of artwork
during the course of NASA's
first 50 years.
Some of the pieces
are utterly realistic scenes,
such as the painting by
Norman Rockwell that
depicts Gemini astronauts
Gus Grissom and John
Young suiting up before
launch. There's a Mars
landscape made inside the
prototype wheel of one of
the Mars rovers. Others are
more abstract, including a
black star made from the
shredded rubber of a space
shuttle tire to commemorate
Columbia's STS-107
"You could take seven
or eight artists out, looking
at the same launch, and each
one would have a totally
different point of view,"
Dean said. "Some would
see it in an abstract, almost
spiritual way, some would
be totally realistic in their
view and some would go
so far beyond the physical
Photographs show us
how human eyes see a space
launch, but it takes an artist
to show us the different
ways the mind sees, feels

NASA/Cory Huston
Many pieces of NASA's art collection are on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex The two-story gallery exhibits
paintings, photographs and drawings, showcasing the different ways artists express what they see

NASA/Cory Huston
This Norman Rockwell painting is on display in the Debus Center at the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex It shows astronauts John Young and Gus Grissom
suiting up for the first flight of the Gemini Program in March 1965 Rockwell
visited Kennedy to meet the astronauts, but when he returned home, he found
his photographs of the visit inadequate to complete the painting NASA allowed
Rockwell to borrow a Gemini spacesuit for a week

and reacts to such an event,
Dean said in giving Webb
credit for recognizing a
need for different eyes
to chronicle the agency's
"That's the beauty
of art," said Bert Ulrich,
curator of NASA's art
program. "That it reaches
people in different ways.
The idea is that art is
another way to inspire
An artist also could

show a wide range of
emotions that engineers and
managers possess.
"Artists are really
emotional types who can
project themselves into it
and really get a lot out of the
experience," Dean said.
The first team of artists
set off in time to see the
last launch of the Mercury
Program Gordon Cooper's
Faith 7 flight May 15, 1963.
Most of the group stayed on
land and watched from Cape

Canaveral while another
artist went out on the Navy
ship that would recover
Cooper and his spacecraft.
After the launch,
the artists were free to
create whatever work
inspired them. Their
pieces formed the core of
NASA's first exhibit at the
National Gallery of Art in
Washington, D.C.
For their efforts, each
artist received an $800
honorarium. Travel costs
had to come out of that total,
as well.
"It wasn't a lot of
money, even in the early
1960s," Dean said.
There was enormous
public interest though, so
the agency never had trouble
finding artists willing to take
on the task.
"Artists share
something with scientists
and astronauts in that
they are adventurers,"
Ulrich said. "Artists try
to interpret the unknown
and they do that with their
The artists soon
traveled to all of NASA's
facilities, recording events
far from the launch site

in mediums ranging
from pencils and pens
to watercolors and ink.
Later, as the Space Shuttle
Program was in full force,
NASA enlisted musicians,
poets and others for more
variety. Patti LaBelle even
recorded a space-themed
song, "Way Up There."
Norman Rockwell,
Robert T. McCall, Andy
Warhol and Annie Leibovitz
are some of the well-known
names to take part in the
program, but, reaching out
to the National Gallery's
expertise, the agency made
sure to include up-and-
coming artists, again, to
encourage variety.
The biggest event for
the program was the Apollo
11 mission in July 1969,
Dean said. The first time
humans would walk on
the moon would be one of
the most historic moments
in history, so the roster
of artists grew and their
locations varied.
Some went to mission
control at NASA's Johnson
Space Center in Houston,
one went out on the aircraft
carrier that picked up Neil
Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and
Michael Collins from the
Pacific Ocean and others
went to NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida to
see the Saturn V rocket lift
off. Dean accompanied the
group to Kennedy.
"It was like the eighth
wonder of the world to see
that Saturn V illuminated
in the night and to hear
the alligators and the night
birds and the insects," Dean
said. "It was an incredible
The mission's success
and significance was not
lost on the National Gallery
either. The director called
Dean soon after the moon
landing and slated an
exhibition of the work in

See ARTISTS, Page 3


May 29, 2009

Page 2

Director encourages workers to remain on task

Time flies when
you're having fun
also holds true when
you're busy. And the Ken-
nedy Space Center team
can relate to both, with two
successful shuttle launches,
three expendable launch ve-
hicle launches and the ramp
up of the Constellation Pro-
gram in just a few months.
During an All Hands
Meeting in the Operations
and Support Building II on
May 14, Center Director
Bob Cabana reflected on the
team's recent successes, as
well as the future.
"We're going to get this
mission (STS-125) home
safely. We're going to get
that next space station
flight off in June. We've got
another space station flight
coming up in August," Ca-
bana said. "And sometime
this year, hopefully in the
fall, early fall, we'll get the
Ares I-X flight (test) off."
With the retirement of the
Space Shuttle Program in
2010, rumors of the Constel-
lation Program's ability to
move forward have been

NASA/Jim Grossmann
Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana addresses workers' concerns and answers questions at the All Hands Meeting

in the Operations Support Building II on Ni

swirling in the news media
and on space blogs. Cabana
encouraged the Kennedy
team to block out rumors
and focus on the task at
hand, and also added a firm
reassurance: "The overall
program is within budget
and it's on schedule," Ca-
bana said.
He also helped workers
to see the big picture by
comparing the Constellation
Program to the International
Space Station Program. He
showed a photo of the space
station 10 years ago, with
the U.S.-built Unity node

and the Russian-built Zarya
module, somewhat bleak
compared to what it looks
like today.
"Remember 10 years ago,
12 years ago, when space
station was a shell over in
the Space Station Processing
Facility and the node was
just being finally checked
out and completed," Cabana
said. "Well, look at Constel-
lation, kind of put things in
perspective. We're making
modifications. We're stack-
ing Ares I-X. Think about
where we're going to be in
10 years."

It's not just the Ares I-X
flight test that's making
progress. Ares I is moving
full steam ahead, too. The
new mobile launch platform
is under construction, the
new lighting protection
system is in place at Launch
Pad 39B, the Operations and
Checkout Building is being
renovated into a world-class
processing facility for the
Orion spacecraft, and the
mock-up recovery capsule
successfully completed
open-water testing recently.
Ares V work is on the hori-
zon too.

\\ lui "\ c really want
to build is that heavy-lift
vehicle (Ares V) that will
allow us to go back to the
moon and beyond," Cabana
said. "With the system that
we put together right now,
it's not just a low-Earth
orbit system, a lunar system,
or a Mars system. We can
go anywhere, we can do
ii\ thiniiii and that's why it's
so important to our future in
space exploration."
According to Cabana,
NASA will continue to fly
rockets, explore space and
launch scientific spacecraft
well into the future. He
also said to keep the work
flowing at Kennedy the team
needs to remember the fol-
"Deliver a quality product,
on time, within budget. If we
show we are value added,
that we're meeting our com-
mitments to the programs,
that we do things efficiently,
effectively, cost efficient,
that what we deliver works,
we're going to continue to
get work and be successful."

From ARTISTS, Page 2

November 1969, which was a much
tighter timetable than artists are
accustomed to.
"I called them up and said, 'We
really have to get moving,'" Dean
said. "We got some of the most
beautiful artwork you've ever seen."
About 2,100 pieces from the
art program now belong to the
Smithsonian's National Air and
Space Museum, where some are on
display. NASA's collection numbers
about 800, and many of those go on
public viewing, while others can be
seen at NASA field centers.
Don't ask Dean or Ulrich to
pick a favorite, it's like asking a
parent to name a favorite child.
"I think I could tell a story
about every one (of the pieces),"
Dean said.
Rockwell, for example,

desperately wanted a spacesuit so
he could get all the details in his
painting of Grissom and Young
suiting up for the Gemini 3 mission.
But NASA officials refused on
the grounds that there was a lot of
secret technology in the suits and
they couldn't release one. Dean
worked as the go-between, and it
was not looking good.
"I had (Mercury astronaut)
Deke Slayton mad at me on one side
and Norman Rockwell aggravated
at me on the other," Dean said.
The compromise was that a
technician accompanied the suit
to Rockwell's studio and sat with
it every day as Rockwell worked.
The technician's reward was to be
included in the piece as one of the
people helping the astronauts.
Another artist was determined
to sculpt a Saturn lifting off. The
rocket was not a problem, but

capturing the chaos of the smoke
and flame reaching skyward was not
easy in a sculpture.
The solution: molten aluminum
poured over a pile of potatoes. The
aluminum cooked the potatoes and
the artist scooped them out, leaving
the outside aluminum in the rough
shape of the pyramid of rocket
Successful space artists were
not always Earth-bound. Apollo
astronaut and moonwalker Alan
Bean has sketched and painted
space scenes from firsthand
knowledge of seeing the moon up
close while orbiting above Earth.
After retiring from NASA,
Bean continues painting and
incorporating his experiences into
the works.
"Artists never quit," Dean said.
"Even if they don't sell a thing, they
can't stop."

NASA/Cory Huston
This Norman Rockwell painting "Man's First Step
on the Moon" is on display in the Debus Center
at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Rockwell, who visited the Manned Spacecraft
Center (now Johnson Space Center) in Houston, in
1966, predicted with amazing foresight the historic
event that would take place several years later

May 29, 2009


Page 3


Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center

NASA/Jim Grossmann
Sue Butler's extensive contributions in reporting on America's space program were recognized with her induction into
"The Chroniclers," an honor roll of sorts for space journalists Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana presents
Butler with an award April 29, and her name now hangs in the NASA News Center at Kennedy

NASA/Jack Pfaller
At Astrotech in Titusville, Fla, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, is prepared for fairing installation May 15
LRO, along with NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, is set to launch aboard an Atlas
V/Centaur rocket June 17 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex-41

NASA/Kim Shiflett
Behind the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center, an Ares mobile launcher platform is under construction The new base will be lighter than space shuttle mobile launcher platforms so that the
crawler-transporter can pick up the added load of the 345-foot-tall tower and taller rocket Once the structural portion of the mobile launcher is complete, command and control equipment, umbilicals, access
arms and communications equipment will be installed

NASA/Kim Shiflett
In the Assembly and Refurbishment Facility at Kennedy Space Center, technicians watch as the Ares I-X forward skirt
is mated to the forward skirt extension May 17 The forward skirt is the initial piece of first-stage hardware in preparation
for the flight test of NASA's next-generation spacecraft and launch vehicle system Built entirely of armored steel, the
14,000-pound segment is seven feet tall and 12 1/4 feet wide

NASA/TIm Jacobs
In the Operations and Checkout Building's high bay at Kennedy Space Center, technicians test how to put the skin on
NASA/Jack Pfaller the Orion crew module simulator May 18 The skin will cover the capsule's pressure shell and equipment bays Part of
Work is underway at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center to install new windows in the four firing rooms and two vestibule areas The project is being worked in stages, with Firing Room 1, NASA's Constellation Program, Orion is targeted to begin carrying humans to the International Space Station in 2015
(right) first Installation began in September 2008 and is expected to be complete by mid-spring 2010 Work will pause for each space shuttle launch to avoid mission interference and to the moon by 2020


May 29, 2009 May 29, 2009

Engineer models hobby after NASA's space programs

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
Louis Achee has a passion
for space shuttles -- those
that sit on Kennedy Space
Center's launch pads and a much
smaller version displayed in a
special glass case in his Titusville,
Fla., home.
Fulfilling a lifelong hobby, the
United Space Alliance, or USA,
systems engineer began to build
a scale model of NASA's space
shuttle Columbia back in the late
1970s. Achee used Balsa wood to
create the 1:42 scale model, which
comes very close to the real thing,
complete with main engines, solid
rocket boosters and an external
"It's a passion of mine,"
Achee said. "Some people climb
Mount Everest, I like to build scale
Using only a Dremel rotary
tool for some of the intricate cut
work, Achee hand cut and sanded
every component. He put the final
touches, including paint, on the
model just in time for Columbia's
liftoff on the STS-1 mission,
April 12, 1981.
"The design is mostly accu-
rate, except for some parts that are
painted specifically so they stand
out for explanation purposes,"
Achee said.
He most recently displayed
and explained the model to local
Girl Scouts pursuing their aero-
space badge during a program at
his home.
Achee relied on 2-D draw-
ings provided by NASA in 1976
and 1978 to create the model. The
orbiter features interior detail,
including a crew cabin along with
midbody frame structure, forward
and aft reaction control system, re-
tractable landing gear, aft compart-
ment and main engines.
The stack model features solid
rocket booster main parachutes and
drogue chutes. The external tank
includes liquid hydrogen and liq-
uid oxygen tanks and an intertank
Achee's shuttle model was
featured in the September 1997
issue of the FineScale Modeler

Spaceport News
wants to know about
your special talent

If you have a hidden
talent or an interesting
hobby, Spaceport News
would like to share it.
Send your information to
or mail it to Spaceport News
at: IMCS-440, Kennedy
Space Center, FL 32899.

magazine. It also has appeared in
Brevard publications throughout
the years, and was an attention-get-
ter at Space Congress events.
Originally from White Castle,
La., Achee came to Kennedy in
1972 to work as a technician for
Honeywell Information Systems.
He worked on technical ground
data systems in the Central Instru-
mentation Facility for the Apollo
16 and 17 missions.
In his off-time, he constructed
small scale models of the Apol-
lo/Saturn V launch vehicle, the
Vehicle Assembly Building and
Launch Complex 39.
Achee moved to the Launch
Control Center in 1976 to work on
the space shuttle launch processing
He left Honeywell in 1997 to
work for USA's Integrated Data
Systems Directorate in the Process
Control Center. He created digital
modeling and console prototypes
for Firing Room 4 renovations, and
most recently for the Constellation
Program's Firing Room 1 design.
As Kennedy and the agency
moves forward with the Ares
I-X flight test, Achee has begun
work on scale models of the Ares
I-X and Ares V rockets in his
workshop. He'll use maple wood
this time though, which is much
stronger than Balsa. The Ares I-X
will be about 8 feet tall. He also is
contemplating the Orion capsule.
"We can't stay with the tech-
nology we have forever," Achee
said. "We have to move forward.
The country needs the will to move

United Space Alliance systems engineer Louis Achee built this 1 42 scale model of space shuttle
Columbia with Balsa wood just in time for the launch of STS-1 in 1981 Achee has built small scale
models of the Apollo/Saturn V launch vehicle, the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Complex 39
His next project will be an 8-foot-tall model of the Ares I-X flight test vehicle made of maple wood


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May 29, 2009

Remembering Our Heritage

Monkeys Able, Baker first to make roundtrip to space

By Kay Grinter
Reference Librarian
Fifty years ago, the impact of
the space environment on
the human body was not yet
On May 28, 1959, two young
female monkeys, dubbed Able and
Baker, made a significant contribu-
tion to space medicine as the first
"guinea pigs" to survive a trip into
space on the Bioflight 2 mission.
Former Kennedy Space Center
Director Bob Crippen recently
toured a south Florida sanctuary,
run by Save the Chimps, for animals
previously used in research.
"There were a lot of unknowns
back in the '50s about how the
human body would react to space,"
Crippen told CNN during the tour,
"and some real bad concerns that
you might die."
Able, a reddish-brown, Ameri-
can-born Rhesus monkey, had a
mean temperament and had to be
sedated before contact with any of
her handlers. She was trained to tap
a modified telegraph key every time
a red light flashed.
Baker, a one-pound, long-tailed
South American squirrel monkey,
was docile by nature. She was wired
with sensors to monitor and send
back information on her heartbeat,
respiration and body temperature.
The U.S. Army Medical Ser-
vice Corps and the Army Ballistic
Missile Agency conducted the
medical experiments with the co-
operation of the U.S. Navy and Air
Force School of Aviation Medicine.
Inserting the monkey capsules
into the Jupiter rocket proved to be
a considerable challenge because
the rocket's nose cone was not de-
signed to accommodate a biological
payload of this size.
Able had to be installed in the
nose cone three days before launch.
During the time on the launch pad,
she was fed through a tube and
wastes were allowed to accumulate
in diapers.
Following the 3:35 a.m. liftoff
from Launch Pad 26B on Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, the
animals were carried to a 300-mile
suborbital altitude, reached speeds

NASA fle/1959
Monkeys Able (not shown) and Baker (above) were the first living creatures to survive spaceflight in 1959 They were launched to a 300-mile suborbital altitude
and reached a top speed of 10,000 mph They were weightless for nine minutes of their 16-minute flight

of 10,000 mph and experienced
nearly nine minutes of weightless-
The Navy recovered Able and
Baker alive and healthy.
The mission yielded important
data needed before America could
risk sending a human astronaut into
Able and Baker became instant
celebrities when word broke of their
flight into space and even earned a
spot on the cover of Time magazine.

At NASA, their accomplish-
ment provided the foundation to "at
least give people confidence that it
was OK to go put Al Shepard and
the guys up for the first time," Crip-
pen told CNN, referring to the Mer-
cury astronauts chosen by NASA to
make the first spaceflights.
Former Mercury astronaut
Scott Carpenter toured the sanctuary
with Crippen, and told CNN that the
success of Able and Baker's flight
"gave us the resolve to press on."

Able died on the operating
table during the induction of light
anesthesia as doctors were prepar-
ing to remove an electrocardiogram
implant from beneath her skin at the
Army Research Laboratory in Fort
Knox, Ky., on June 1, 1959.
Baker died of kidney failure in
1984, at the age of 27. She is buried
on the grounds of the U.S. Space
and Rocket Center near NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Ala.


May 29, 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

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Target Sept 16, 2010

Targeted for Fall 2011

KSC B E S T BBQ, KARS Park I (Area 2) 3 to 6 p m

Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-127, 7 17 am
Landing/KSC Shuttle Landing Facility 12 16 a m

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, LRO/LCROSS, 3 22 p m
Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GOES-O, 6 14 pm EDT

Launch/CCAFS Falcon 9, TBD

Launch/KSC Discovery, 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-Xflight test/7 a m EDT

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Commercial Payload, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, SDO, TBD


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

Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-133, TBD
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-134, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Mars Science Laboratory, TBD


It was 50 years ago when NASA flew monkeys Able and Baker in
space. Would you allow your pet to be flown in space? Why?

"Yes. If I couldn't go, then my Goldendoodle,
Hector, should get to go."
Mark Borsi,
with NASA

"No. My pets need extra attention they wouldn't be
getting. My two cats have a special diet."
Melanie Carlson,
with Abacus Technology Corp.

"Yes. I'd send my German shepherd and my
black-and-tan coonhound ... why not?"
Bob Finch,
with Creative Management Technology Inc.

"I could t. I have three dogs and I wouldn't want
to send any of them. I love them too much."
Tina Filiatre,
with NASA

B Yes. I'd send my dog. Annie. up there and she'd
come back to Earth a hero."
Lori Uffner,
with Abacus Technology Corp.

John F Kennedy Space Center

Spaceport News

Spaceport News is an official publication of the Kennedy Space Center and
is published on alternate Fridays by External Relations in the interest of KSC civil
service and contractor employees.
Contributions are welcome and should be submitted three weeks before publication
to the Media Services Branch, IMCS-440. E-mail submissions can be sent to

Managing editor . . . . ...... ..................... Candrea Thomas
Editor . . . . ......................... Frank Ochoa-Gonzales
Copy editor . . . . ....... ........................ Rebecca Sprague

Editorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp Writers Group
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