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July24 2009 Vol 49 No 15

Spaceport News

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

Port eatery hosts
telecon to ISS

Page 2

STS-127 mission a
fruitful team effort

Page 3

Sisters serve space
effort at Kennedy

Page 6

Heritage: Collins
commands shuttle

Page 7

Bolden, Garver begin next mission

What's in a name?
Well, in Charles
F. Bolden Jr.,
there's "bold." And that's
exactly what NASA is in-
heriting with its new admin-
istrator -- bold leadership.
The U.S. Senate con-
firmed Bolden as adminis-
trator and Lori Garver as
deputy administrator
July 15. They officially were
sworn in at NASA Head-
quarters in Washington, on
July 17.
During the confirmation
hearing July 8, Bolden and
Garver addressed the four
main challenges facing the
agency, saying they hope to
turn those challenges into
First, they want to build
upon America's investment
in the International Space
Station, as well as safely
and efficiently fly out the
remaining space shuttle mis-
sions. Second, they want to
accelerate the development
of NASA's next-generation
spacecraft. Third, Bolden
and Garver want NASA to
study Earth's environment
from space. And fourth,
they want NASA to inspire
children to pursue careers in
science, technology, engi-
neering and math.
"I'm excited and ener-
gized about taking on these
challenges," Bolden said.
Senator Bill Nelson,
D-Fla., and Bolden are no
strangers. In January 1986,
they embarked on a 2.5
million mile journey to-
gether aboard space shuttle
Columbia on the STS-61C
mission. During the Senate
confirmation hearing, Nel-

NASA/Bill Ingalls
Charles Bolden Jr is sworn in as 12th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at NASA Head-
quarters in Washington on July 17

son spoke highly of the duo,
but said the president needs
to reignite the imagination
and excitement of NASA's
future endeavors.
"If the president will
give that bold strike, then
that team (Bolden and
Garver), right there, I
believe, can implement it,"

As the first African-
American to lead the
agency, Bolden holds a
bachelor's in electrical sci-
ence from the U.S. Naval
Academy, and a master's in
systems management from
the University of Southern
California. He became an
astronaut in August 1981,

Nelson said. and flew aboard four crucial

NASA/Bll/ Ingalls
Lori Garver, NASA's new deputy admin-
istrator, testifies July 8 at a confirmation
hearing in Washington
space shuttle missions,
including pilot of STS-31,
the mission that deployed
NASA's Hubble Space
Telescope. During his tenure
at NASA, Bolden earned
three Exceptional Service

See BOLDEN, Page 2

"These talented individuals will help
put NASA on course to boldly push
the boundaries of science, aeronautics
and exploration in the 21st century
and ensure the long-term vibrancy of
America's space program."

President Barack Obama

July 24, 2009

Vol 49, No 15

Restaurant hosts telecon to ISS at Port

he opportunity to
talk to an astronaut
usually draws large
crowds. In fact, people come
from around the world for
the opportunity at the Ken-
nedy Space Center Visitor
But how about getting
the chance to talk to them
while they're in space?
Center Director Bob
Cabana came up with the
idea to do it near Kennedy
and organized the telephone
Despite inclement
weather, several hundred
people gathered to talk to
the astronauts aboard the
International Space Station
at Milliken's Reef restaurant
at Port Canaveral, Fla., on
July 10.
The phone call, led by
then-NASA Acting Admin-
istrator Christopher Scolese
and astronaut Peggy Whit-
son, gave workers and their
families an opportunity to
share a toast with astronauts
Michael Barratt and Koichi
Wakata and cosmonaut
Gennady Padalka as they
celebrated more than 100
days on the space station.

Photo courtesy of Scott Andrews/Canon
From left, astronaut Peggy Whitson, Alycia Araj, 11, Dr Kuniaki Shiraki, executive director of the Japan Aerospace Explora-
tion Agency, and then-NASAActing Administrator Christopher Scolese, share in a telephone call from Milliken's Reef in Port
Canaveral, Fla to the International Space Station on July 10

All the astronauts
aboard the station, including
cosmonaut Roman Ro-
manenko, Robert Thirsk of
the Canadian Space Agency
and Frank De Winne of the
European Space Agency
answered questions.
Once Whitson made
initial contact with the help
of mission control at about

5 p.m., Scolese shared
opening remarks with the
"There's lots of people
here with lots of questions,"
Scolese said. "I'm sure the
first is, 'How's it like to
spend 100 days in space.'"
Barratt replied, "For
me it's been wonderful and
flown by so fast."

Dr. Kuniaki Shiraki, the
executive director of the Ja-
pan Aerospace Exploration
Agency, or JAXA, didn't
have a question, but rather
gave congratulations to the
ISS crew for its hard work
and ability to get things
Wakata replied, "Thank
you, there is so much beauti-

ful hardware launched from
Kennedy Space Center. It's
wonderful to work with this
crew. I look forward to talk-
ing to you soon when I'm on
the ground."
Alycia Araj, 11, a stu-
dent at St. Mark's Episcopal
Academy in Cocoa, Fla., and
granddaughter of Milliken's
Reef owner Rhoda Brennan,
asked, "What's the hardest
part about being in space?"
Barratt said, "Life up
here is wonderful, but the
hardest thing is being away
from our families ... I think
all of us would agree."
Other questions
included: Does the crew cel-
ebrate a happy hour in space
similar to a Jimmy Buffet
happy hour on Earth? Who,
aboard the ISS served in the
military? What was the most
memorable part of serv-
ing on ISS? What language
do the astronauts speak in
space? How much power do
the solar arrays create? What
do astronauts do for fun?
And can the crew see light-
ning during thunderstorms?
The overall goal of the
event was to promote human
spaceflight awareness.

From BOLDEN, Page 1

Medals, as well as an Outstanding Leader-
ship Medal.
Adding to all of those honors, Bolden
has brought space down to Earth as the
host of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Complex's Shuttle Launch Experience.
"I dream of a day when any American
can launch into space and see the mag-
nificence and grandeur of our home planet
Earth," Bolden said.
Garver, whose first job in Washington
was with space pioneer John Glenn, shares
a similar vision. During the hearing, she
reflected on the agency's current accom-
"If we look at the space station right
now, it is one of the pinnacle, cooperative
efforts we have with the Russians, not to
mention our other partners," Garver said. "I
believe Charlie and I are interested in ex-
ploring those partnerships, exploring com-

mercial development that helps our own
economy, and doing those things that are
more relevant to the American taxpayer."
Garver holds bachelor's in political
science and economics from Colorado Col-
lege, and a master's in science, technology
and public policy from George Washington
From 1998-2001, she served as the
associate administrator of NASA's Office of
Policy and Plans. She also was an execu-
tive director of the National Space Society,
a non-profit organization that seeks to
advance the day when humans will live and
work in space.
Before their confirmation, the duo took
the time to thank their predecessor, Chris
Scolese, for his work as acting administra-
tor since mid-January.
"He (Scolese) represents the very best
of NASA's career civil servant work force.
For his dedicated leadership and service, I
am greatly appreciative," Bolden said.

NASA file/1986
Charles Bolden Jr mans the pilot's seat on space shuttle Columbia's flight deck
prior to re-entry Jan 12, 1986, during the STS 61-C mission


July 24, 2009

Page 2

Processing 'firsts' set stage for STS-127 launch

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
Space shuttle En-
deavour and its
seven-member crew
launched on the STS-127
mission on its sixth attempt,
July 15, at 6:03 p.m., after
five launch attempts were
unsuccessful because of
tanking leaks or weather
issues. The long-awaited
launch was preceded by
a host of "firsts" by Ken-

nedy Space Center's launch
processing team.
Endeavour's Flow
Director Dana Hutcherson
said, before the launch of
the STS-125 mission to the
Hubble Space Telescope,
the processing team worked
around the clock to get both
launch pads ready for Atlan-
tis and Endeavour.
"Essentially we were
working two vehicle flows
in parallel," Hutcherson

Photo courtesy of Scott Andrews/Canon
Propelled by columns of fire, space shuttle Endeavour hurtles into the cloud-
washed sky July 15 at 6 03 p m from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A on
the STS-127 mission This was the mission's sixth launch attempt Endeavourwill
deliver the Exposed Facility and the Experiment Logistics Module-Exposed Section
in the final of three flights dedicated to the assembly of the Japan Aerospace Explo-
ration Agency's Kibo laboratory complex on the International Space Station

Workers processed and
prepared Endeavour in the
orbiter processing facility,
or OPF, in 109 days and
rolled the space shuttle
out to Launch Pad 39B on
April 17, for the STS-400
NASA Test Director
Steve Payne said for dual
pad processing, the resourc-
es were split. The ground
processing team worked in
the OPF, Vehicle Assembly
Building and both launch
pads with little or no break
in activity.
Hutcherson said it was
critical to have Endeavour
on the pad and ready for
launch in seven days in the
event of a rescue mission.
Once STS-125 launched, all
resources were dedicated
to getting STS-400 ready
to launch. The team went
as far as beginning launch
After the Hubble ser-
vicing mission was complet-
ed, Endeavour's STS-400
mission became STS-127
on May 21, and the space
shuttle rolled around to
Launch Pad 39A on May 31.
Payne said a lot of work
was accomplished in a two-
week timeframe for Endeav-
our's first launch attempt.
"We had to get smart
and efficient with the use
of the resources we had,"
Payne said.
The Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency's
final Kibo segments were
installed and tested in
Endeavour's payload bay at
the pad. Batteries, equip-
ment and spare parts for the
space station were added in
the middeck.
Hutcherson said the
OPF flow also was chal-
lenging, with a few "firsts"
accomplished to get the
midbody configured and
ready for the payload. The
payload required installa-
tion of more parallel active
latches than normal. A dual

NASA/Kim Shiflett
In Firing Room 4 at Kennedy Space Center, Endeavour Flow Director Dana
Hutcherson and STS-127 Shuttle Launch Director Pete Nickolenko take part in
the tie-cutting ceremony for their inaugural launch as Shuttle Launch Director Mike
Leinbach looks on

latching design was imple-
mented that uses one switch
throw to control multiple
latches and was a first for
any payload upload. Hutch-
erson said an unprecedented
amount of wiring work on
the latches was completed to
prepare the midbody for the
The space shuttle's
external tank was filled six
times, tied with STS-1 in
April 1981, and STS-35 in
December 1990. It also had
been quite a while since
space shuttles sat on both
launch pads at the same
Endeavour was ready to
launch as scheduled on
June 13, when the external
tank's Ground Umbilical
Carrier Plate, or GUCP,
developed a leak during
tanking. After a 96-hour
scrub turnaround for a seal
replacement, the vehicle was
once again ready to launch.
However, the leak proved
far more difficult to resolve
than had been expected, ac-
cording to Payne.
The team went into
high gear and studied the
problem carefully, eventu-
ally detecting a misalign-
ment in the GUCP that
prevented the parts from
fitting together correctly.

After nearly two weeks of
hard work, the alignment
problem was resolved.
Payne said a tanking
test on July 1 verified that
the repair had been success-
ful and the team was once
again ready to proceed with
"It was a herculean
effort," Payne said. "The
entire processing team went
the extra mile."
Endeavour was ready
to launch on July 11, when
severe thunderstorms rolled
over Kennedy and Launch
Pad 39A was struck by
lightning. Launch was
delayed before tanking
while the team verified there
had been no damage to the
vehicle's systems.
A second attempt was
made July 12, but it was
scrubbed due to thunder-
storms in the area. A third
attempt was made on July
13, with a second scrub for
"After a 48-hour delay,
the team tried once again on
July 15, and was rewarded
with a spectacular launch,"
Payne said.
After a 16-day mission
that includes five space-
walks, Endeavour is sched-
uled to land at Kennedy's
Shuttle Landing Facility on
July 31 at 10:52 a.m.

July 24, 2009


Page 3


Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center

NASA/Jim Grossmann
Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, standing fifth from right, and senior staff members wore "Embrace the Challenge -- Dare to Win" wristbands and gave a thumbs up to send get well wishes to the Interna-
tional Space Station Payload Processing Directorate's Deputy Director Tom Pentrack, who is fighting cancer Kennedy workers can obtain a personalized wristband at distribution points to be announced

NASA/Jack Pfaller
Technicians keep watch as a control moment gyroscope is lifted from its
stand in the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center
The gyroscope is part of the STS-129 payload on space shuttle Atlantis,
which will deliver to the International Space Station two spare gyroscopes,
two nitrogen tank assemblies, two pump modules, an ammonia tank
assembly and a spare latching end effector for the station's robotic arm
STS-129 is targeted to launch Nov 12

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NASA/Jack Pfaller
Workers attach the Ares I-X forward segment to the forward center segment
atop the aft assembly in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space
Center on July 17

Apollo astronauts Edwin "Buzz"
Aldrin, Walt Cunningham, Edgar
Mitchell, Al Worden, Charlie Duke,
Jerry Carr, Vance Brand and Bruce
McCandless celebrated the 40th
anniversary of the Apollo Program on
July 16 at the Apollo Saturn V Center
Personal stories, at times comical,
were shared by the astronauts as
they recalled their flight and training

experiences and took questions from
moderator John Zarrella, a CNN
The ceremony concluded with the
opening of the Apollo Treasures Gal-
lery, a new exhibit at the Visitor Com-
plex that houses rare Apollo artifacts
Guests at the event included Apollo
veterans, current KSC employees,
VIP guests and the general public

Photos by NASA/Kim Shiflett

VIPs, workers gather for

Apollo 40th Anniversary re

p .



July 24, 2009 July 24, 2009


It's 'all in the family' for 3 KSC sisters

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
Besides being sisters, Sha-
ron Lane, Karon Buchner
and Teresa Strobush have
another important thing in com-
mon-they all work at Kennedy
Space Center and have a combined
106 years on the job.
Lane, the oldest of the three, is
an operations and processing spe-
cialist in the Requirements Verifica-
tion and Data Retention Department
for United Space Alliance. She
works in Operations Support Build-
ing II and reviews and closes work
authorization documents for ground
support equipment modifications.
Lane worked for Federal
Electric Corp. beginning in June
1971, and then moved to Computer
Science Corp., Grumman, Lock-
heed and Lockheed Martin through
contract transitions, before settling
in with USA.
Lane said one of the challenges
of her job is staying focused on the
importance of safety first, meeting
schedules, but never forgetting that
lives and hardware depend on fol-
lowing set procedures.
"For 38 years I've been part of
making history," Lane said. "I'm
literally doing what others dream."
Lane said their father worked at
Cape Kennedy, before it was Ken-
nedy Space Center, as a firefighter.
"I was always fascinated by his
job. As long as I can remember, I've
always wanted to be here."
"We hardly see each other, but
just knowing they are not far away
is very comforting, and if we need
each other, we're there," Lane said.
She described a time when
her sister, Buchner, was attending
a meeting in her building and they
walked outside to see the shuttle
"It struck me then that of all the
time we have worked at the center,
this was the first time we had ever
been together to view any of the
launch or landing activities," Lane
Buchner is a program analyst
for NASA in the Launch Vehicle
Processing Directorate. She is
the Kennedy budget manager for
Ares I-X.

NASA/Jim Grossmann

From left, sisters Sharon Lane, Teresa Strobush and Karon Buchner have a combined 106 years of service at Kennedy Space Center

During her junior year in high
school, she had the opportunity to
join NASA as part of the Stay in
School Program. After graduation,
she was offered a full-time job.
I loved being part of the team
making the space exploration dream
come alive," Buchner said. "I
worked full time and went to school
at night to get a bachelor of science
degree in computer information
She said the best part of her job
is seeing a project from develop-
ment through implementation.
"One of the challenges is being
able to find ways to mitigate the
never-ending budget challenges,"
Buchner said.
The youngest of the three,
Strobush works in the Business
Office of the Information Technol-
ogy and Communications Services
She started working at Kennedy
when she was 15 through a school

work program, with her parents'
"I thought it was a great op-
portunity. I saw that my sisters were
enjoying their work with the space
program," Strobush said.
One of the best parts of her job
is being able to help workers get the
materials they need to do their jobs
and meet their milestones.
"It's nice to have someone you
love close to you all the time," Stro-
bush added. "It's nice to have your
big sisters here for support, when
Strobush said she's looking
forward to the U.S. going back to
the moon.
"I was a little young when we
did it the first time, so it would be
great to be able to support the pro-
gram to get us there again.
"Our mom was very proud
of all of us working and making a
difference in the space program,"
Strobush said.

"I hope the Constellation pro-
gram will be a major leap in learn-
ing about our universe and I hope
I get a chance to be a part of that
contribution to science," Lane said.
Buchner hopes the government
will continue to see the many ben-
efits NASA has provided and will
continue to fund the space explora-
tion dream.
"With the transition from
shuttle to Constellation, Kennedy
has critical skills, processes and fa-
cilities to support more than just op-
erations," Buchner said. "Kennedy
can continue to provide support to
development, fabrication and imple-
mentation of the new program."
Other family members at the
center included Lane's husband,
Skip, who retired after 38 years;
their sister-in-law, Debbie Hamm,
who worked as a buyer for the
NASA Exchange for 18 years; Rob-
bie Watts, who worked for USA;
Jennifer (Buchner) Watts, Jason
Buchner and Shawn Hamm.


Page 6

July 24, 2009

Remembering Our Heritage

First female commander made 'giant leap' 10 years ago

By Kay Grinter
Reference Librarian
As NASA celebrates
the 40th anniversary
of the Apollo Pro-
gram's "one small step for
man" this week, NASA also
remembers the anniversary
of another equally important
milestone: the launch of the
first space shuttle mission
commanded by a female
In interviews with the
media, the parents of that
astronaut, Eileen Collins,
described her as "a very
ordinary person, a down-to-
earth individual," and well
she may have been seen by
her friends and family.
Professionally though,
as a military pilot and the
first female pilot inducted
into NASA's elite astronaut
corps, Collins was in a
unique "out-of-this-world"
position to become NASA's
first female space shuttle
Female cosmonaut
Valentina Tereshkova was
in the forefront of the space
race when she launched
June 16, 1963, on the Soviet
Union's Vostok 6, becoming
the first woman ever to fly
in space.
Collins was only seven
years old when Tereshkova
orbited Earth. On her "or-
dinary" path, she graduated
from high school in Elmira,
N.Y., in 1974, and took sci-
ence, technology, engineer-
ing and mathematics courses
in college: the STEM
disciplines that NASA
recognizes as providing the
optimum background for
future aerospace engineers
and astronauts.
Her degrees started
with an Associate of Science
in mathematics and sci-
ence from Coming Com-
munity College, followed
by a Bachelor of Arts in
mathematics and economics

NASA file/1999
Commander Eileen Collins consults a checklist while seated at the flight deck Commander's Station in space shuttle Colum-

bia during the STS-93 mission July 29, 19

from Syracuse University in
1978. She graduated from
the U.S. Air Force Under-
graduate Pilot Training
at Vance Air Force Base,
Okla., in 1979, where she
was a T-38 instructor pilot
until 1982.
On June 18, 1983, Sally
Ride earned the distinc-
tion of first female NASA
astronaut to fly in space
when she launched as a
mission specialist with the
crew of space shuttle mis-
sion STS-7. Her assignment
was heralded as a step in the
right direction by propo-
nents of women's rights, but
followed Tereshkova's flight
by 20 years.

Meanwhile, from 1983
to 1985, Collins was a
C-141 aircraft commander
and instructor pilot at Travis
Air Force Base, Calif. She
spent the following year as
a student with the U. S. Air
Force Institute of Tech-
nology, earning a Master
of Science in operations
research from Stanford Uni-
versity in 1986. From 1986
to 1989, she was assigned to
the U.S. Air Force Academy
in Colorado as an assistant
professor in mathematics
and a T-41 instructor pilot.
She earned a Master of Arts
in space systems manage-
ment from Webster Univer-
sity in 1989.

Not yet satisfied that
she had met her full poten-
tial, she applied and was
selected for the astronaut
program in January 1990,
while attending the U.S. Air
Force Test Pilot School at
Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif., from which she also
As is standard NASA
procedure, she became a
full-fledged astronaut in
July 1991, after her astro-
naut candidate training was
Like all astronauts new
to the corps, Collins had
ground assignments before
her first flight. Initially de-
tailed to orbiter engineering

support, Collins also served
on the astronaut support
team responsible for orbiter
prelaunch checkout, final
launch configuration, crew
ingress and egress, and land-
ing and recovery. In mission
control she served as a
spacecraft communicator,
known as a CAPCOM, and
as the Astronaut Office's
Spacecraft Systems Branch
chief, the chief information
officer, the Shuttle Branch
chief, and the Astronaut
Safety Branch chief.
Collins' first flight as-
signmnent was in the pilot's
seat on shuttle mission
STS-63 in 1995, and again,
on STS-84 in 1997. Col-
lins' next flight made "a
giant leap" for womankind,
serving as commander of
space shuttle Columbia's
STS-93 mission to deploy
the Chandra X-ray Observa-
tory. Launch on July 23,
1999, was 16 long years
after Ride's momentous ride
into the history books.
Following the tragic
loss of space shuttle Colum-
bia in 2003, Collins took
command of NASA's Return
to Flight mission, STS-114,
in 2005, seeing through to
completion the assignment
she had been given before
the accident.
Collins logged more
than 872 hours in space be-
fore she retired from NASA
in May 2006.

Did you know?

There are 23 female
astronauts on active
status in the corps today,
and the 11 astronaut
candidates recently
chosen include three
women. For a complete
listing of their names
and accomplishments,
visit NASA's Web site at:


July 24, 2009

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NASA Employees of the Month: July

NASA/ Tom Farrar
Employees of the month for July are, from left Matthew Smisor, Information Technology and Com-
munications Services, Stephenle Hadaway, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, Timothy
McKelvey, Engineering Directorate, Courtney Flugstad, Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate, James
Pope, Constellation Project Office, David Olsen, Engineering Directorate, and Raymond Wheeler,
Applied Technology Directorate (Employee of the Quarter) Not included are, Joseph Bell, Procurement
Office, John Demko, Launch Services Program, Patricia Scheurer, External Relations (Employee of the
Quarter), Timothy Bass, Chief Counsel, and John Womack, Center Operations

NASA's Communication Policy
As a reminder, NASA's policy for interacting with media and the public can be found online at
POC Allard Beutel, (321) 867-2468

Looking up and ahead ...

July 31
Aug 12

Aug 17

Targeted for Aug 18
Planned for Sept 3

No earlier than Aug 30

September TBD

Sept 15

Sept 30

No earlier than Nov 1

Targeted for Nov 12
Planned for Nov 23

No earlier than Nov 12
No earlier than Nov 24

Late November/Early December

No earlier than Jan 23, 2010

Target Feb 4, 2010
Target March 18, 2010

Target May 14, 2010
Target May 23, 2010

Target July 29, 2010
Target Sept 16, 2010

Targeted for Fall 2011

Landing/KSC Shuttle Landing Facility 10 52 a m EDT
Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, PAN, 4 55 p m EDT

Launch/CCAFS Delta II, GPS IIR-21, 6 35 am EDT

Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-128, 4 25 am EDT
Landing/KSC Shuttle Landing Facility TBD

Launch/KSC Ares I-X flight test, 7 a m EDT

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Commercial Payload, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Delta II, STSS Demo, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, WGS SV-3, 7 38 p m EDT


Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-129, 4 22p m EST
Landing/KSC Shuttle Landing Facility TBD

Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GOES-P, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, SDO, TBD

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

LaunchNAFB Taurus, Glory, TBD

Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-130, 6 20 a m EST

Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-131,1 08 pm EDT
Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-132, 3 05 p m EDT
LaunchNAFB Delta II, Aquarius / SAC-D Satellite, TBD

Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-133, 8 45 am EDT
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-134, 1 pm EDT

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Mars Science Laboratory, TBD


Astronaut Koichi Wakata has spent more than
100 days aboard the International Space Station ...
if you could, how long would you like to stay?

"Maybe a week just to enjoy the experience...
I'd miss the ocean and water."
Megan Cochran,
with Brevard Workforce

"My summer vacation up there would be nice...
you need time to explore."
Joy Antonucci,
with Abacus Technology Corp.

"As long as I possibly could... enjoying that
food .. it's a childhood dream."
Mario Busacca,
with NASA

"Maybe a couple of weeks or so... I'd get up on
the scale every hour I was up there."
Kirt Bush,
with EG&G

SMaybe a week or so ... I'd really miss the
weather changes here.
Christine Coachman,
with Brevard Workforce

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