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Spaceport News f

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


INSIDE...
KSCVC earns
top business honor


Page 2
Physicist named
Kennedy's best


Page 3


'Moon Trees'
continue to grow
I --- gu u u m


Page 6
Heritage: 2009
in pictures


Page 7


WISE keeping


its cool before


infrared mission


By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
NASA's Wide-field
Infrared Survey
Explorer, or WISE,
kept its cool as it waited to
launch into space aboard a
Delta II rocket from Space
Launch Complex-2 at Van-
denberg Air Force Base in
California.
Unlike any other
spacecraft processed
by the agency's Launch
Services Program, or LSP,
at Kennedy Space Center,
preparing WISE for its
launch presented some
chilly challenges.
Before WISE was
mated to the payload
fairing, engineers and
technicians encased the
telescope's sensitive
instrument in super-
cold solid hydrogen at
the Astrotech payload
processing facility at
Vandenberg.
Armando Piloto, the
WISE mission manager in
the Flight Projects Office
of LSP, said the group
has been working on the
mission since 2003, with a
significant amount of work
and trade studies completed
in order to find a good
launch vehicle solution for
the spacecraft.
"The team completed
a great deal of excellent
work to get to this point
in the processing flow,"


WORD ON THE STREET
With WISE being the latest
addition to NASA's
acronym dictionary, what
is your favorite
NASA acronym?
Page 8

Piloto said. "A driving
requirement for infrared
spacecraft is that the
telescope must be cooler
than the objects it will
observe in space."
The science payload
was built by the Space
Dynamics Laboratory
in Logan, Utah, and
the spacecraft was built
by Ball Aerospace and
Technologies Corp. in
Boulder, Colo.
Dr. Fengchuan Liu is
the WISE deputy project
manager at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena, Calif. Liu
explained that infrared
light, which humans can't
see, has longer wavelengths
and is good for seeing

See WISE, Page 3


Launch info
As of presstime, the launch
of NASA's Wide-field Infrared
Survey Explorer aboard a
Delta II was scheduled for
Dec 11 The launch window
was from 9 09 to 9 23 a m EST
For complete coverage and
photos, go to
www.nasa.gov/wise


NASA
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer wrapped in the outer nose cone, or
fairing, that will protect it during its launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif


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Cabana reaches students through Digital Learning Network


By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
When students can't par-
ticipate in educational
events in person at Ken-
nedy, the center broadcasts to them
live by way of the Digital Learning
Network, or DLN.
Dressed in his blue astronaut
jacket, Center Director Bob Ca-
bana, a first-time DLN guest, spoke
to 200 students Dec. 8.
"It was fun talking to the
students," Cabana said. "If we can't
do it in person, then the DLN is the
next best way to reach them."
During the hour-long interac-
tion, Cabana answered questions
about his education and career,
launching and flying a space
shuttle, eating space food, wearing
a spacesuit and adjusting to weight-
lessness in space.
He spoke to students and their
teachers from Conyers Middle
School in Conyers, Ga.; Farnsworth
Aerospace Magnet School in St.
Paul, Minn.; Vintage Math Sci-
ence Technology Magnet School
in North Hills, Calif.; and students
from the middle school he attended,
Folwell Middle School, in Min-
neapolis, Minn., during the "Amer-
ica's Spaceport: John F. Kennedy
Space Center" DLN module.


NASA/Jack Pfaller
Center Director Bob Cabana addresses 200 students around the country during a Digital Learning
Network event Dec 8 at the Educator Resource Center


Cabana told the students it's
important to have goals and work
hard in school. When asked about
valuable lessons he's learned during
his career he said, "Always do your
best, be kind and considerate of
other people and have integrity."
DLN Coordinator Damon Tal-
ley, with Oklahoma State Univer-
sity, is responsible for the develop-
ment, delivery and production of all
live interactive videoconferences
for the center's Education Division,


and serves as presenter and modera-
tor during DLN events.
"It's so important to reach stu-
dents across the country who can't
travel to Kennedy," Talley said.
"Since its start at Kennedy in 2005,
DLN has reached 38,413 students
inK-12."
NASA's DLN was formed in
2003 and the program is funded
in part by the agency's NASA
Explorer Schools program and the
Johnson Space Center in Houston.


More online

For more about Kennedy's Digital
Learning Network, go to:
http://dln.nasa.gov/dln.



It is an agencywide education pro-
gram that uses content from all 10
NASA centers.
The DLN mission is to inspire,
engage and educate students and
teachers, connecting them with
NASA scientists, engineers and
education specialists through
interactive technology, including
videoconferencing and Webcast-
ing. DLN focuses on four mission
directorates: Aeronautics Research,
Exploration Systems, Science, and
Space Operations.
According to Cheryl Johnson,
NASA DLN project specialist, the
goal was to make a network of
NASA centers with the capabilities
and resources to promote high-
quality, interactive and educational
programs for teachers and students.
"All of the modules adhere to
the Education National Standards,"
Johnson said. "The America's
Spaceport module is the second
most popular and requested module
throughout the nation."


Delaware North, visitor complex earn top business honor


NASA
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Com-
plex Chief Operating Officer Bill Moore
is all smiles as he holds the trophy for
winning Business of the Year


As the world cel-
ebrates a new year,
the operators of
the Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex will look
to build upon a successful
2009.
Delaware North Com-
panies Parks and Resorts
division was recognized
as Business of the Year at
the 18th annual FLORIDA
TODAY Volunteer Recog-
nition Awards ceremony.
Local business and com-
munity leaders, volunteers,
and Kennedy Director Bob
Cabana gathered to honor
the complex at Brevard
Community College in


Cocoa, Fla., on Nov. 19.
The complex's Chief
Operating Officer Bill
Moore accepted the award
on behalf of the company
and fellow employees.
"Delaware North's
managers and associates
at the Visitor Complex
are strongly committed to
improving the community
and making Kennedy Space
Center a must-see attraction
for visitors," said Moore. "I
am very proud of what they
do and how much they do."
During the ceremony,
the complex was recognized
for its dedication to com-
munity service, education


efforts, improving small
businesses and green initia-
tives. Also noted was the
leadership example set by
Delaware North's senior
managers, who are involved
in a wide variety of charita-
ble organizations, including
the Make-A-Wish Founda-
tion and the American Red
Cross.
Additionally, this year's
Salute to Brevard Residents
weekend successfully col-
lected more than 16 tons of
food for the local commu-
nity.
"There's so much need
in this community," Moore
said. "It's very humbling."


The Volunteer Recogni-
tion Awards were created to
acknowledge the countless
hours and endless contri-
butions that individuals,
businesses and organiza-
tions make to the local com-
munity every day. Brevard
County's local United Way
submitted the complex's
nomination for its continued
support, including a contri-
bution of $42,000 in 2008.
Moore said, "We know
these are tough times and
not everyone is as fortunate
as we are, working in an
extraordinary place like
Kennedy. So we are eager to
give something back."


SPACEPORT NEWS


Dec 11 2009


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Physicist earns title as Kennedy's best in 2009


By Steven Siceloff
Spaceport News
Bob Youngquist rarely is
happier than when he's solv-
ing problems for the space
program.
As someone might expect,
the launch business offers plenty
of unusual opportunities for
Youngquist and NASA Kennedy
Space Center's Applied Physics
Laboratory, which he leads.
A day can bring in a request to
find a better way to dry a shuttle's
heat shield tile, a need to improve
an existing hydrogen fire detector
or a chance to predict the outcome
if a solid rocket booster accidentally
ignited inside the Vehicle Assembly
Building.
"I come into work every day
expecting to think and hoping to
solve something," Youngquist said.
"Anytime where you can come to
work and it's a different duty ...
I don't see how you could have a
better job than that."
His enthusiasm and the
solutions developed by him and the
lab earned the 20-year Kennedy
veteran the center's first Engineer/


Editor's note

Tracy Gibson with ASRC
Aerospace Corp. also received
the Engineer/Scientist of the Year
award for exceptional technical
excellence and leadership in the
development of ground and surface
systems technologies supporting
the NASA Space Operations and
Exploration Missions.
Look for a feature about Gib-
son in the next issue of Spaceport
News on Jan. 8, 2010.


Scientist of the Year award.
It's a far different career
outcome than Youngquist expected.
Youngquist earned two
bachelor's degrees in math and
physics and then turned to applied
physics for his master's degree.
He followed that with a doctorate
in applied physics from Stanford
University in California.
"I was planning on being a
professor," the physicist said. "I had
never considered aerospace."
Working at University College
London in England was wearing
Youngquist out, though, and he
came back to the United States.
Youngquist had lived in Florida
since he was seven, having moved
down from New York, so the
Space Coast was a natural home
base for him. He took a post with a
contractor in 1988, then moved to a
NASA position in 1999.
With a specialty in fiber optics
just as the field was burgeoning,
Youngquist earned nine patents. His
work at Kennedy would earn nine
more.
Throughout the 1990s, almost
all the work the lab did was focused
on the Space Shuttle Program. It
often dealt with ground support
equipment, launch needs and
inventions to help analyze shuttle
components after a mission.
The current decade has seen
a shift as the engineers turn their
attention to the needs of the
Constellation Program. They also
work with the Launch Services
Program on the expendable rockets
that loft scientific and observation
spacecraft for the agency. These
days, shuttle program work
accounts for 40 percent of the lab's
manifest.
Still, Youngquist said he


NASA/Glenn Benson
Bob Youngquist, who wanted to be a college professor before finding his niche in the aerospace indus-
try, has earned 18 patents, nine of which while working at NASA Youngquist was given Kennedy's first
Engineer/Scientist of the Year award at a ceremony Dec 1


doesn't know what to expect.
Depending on the problem, a
solution can be as simple as
suggesting a new way to do
something, or it might require an
invention.
"There have been so many
unique days out here," he said. "I
spent a Sunday afternoon at the top
of the fixed service structure with
acoustic equipment measuring the
pressure waves as they set cannons
off to scare away birds."
With seven other NASA
engineers in the lab, Youngquist


doesn't have to research and solve
each problem himself.
"It's a very diverse lab and we
get involved with a large number of
activities," he said.
The award also is a recognition
of Youngquist's work with students
and engineers working toward
higher degrees.
When engineering and math
students visit the lab, Youngquist
said "in almost every case these
students unanimously agree that this
is where they would like to work."


From WISE, Page 1
objects that are cold, dusty
and older.
Liu said the WISE
telescope and its detectors
need to be kept very cold so
there is no other heat source
that could interfere with
the glow of objects it will


observe. Asteroids, cool
dim stars, dusty galaxies
and other objects that might
otherwise be hidden from
optical telescopes, such
as NASA's Hubble Space
Telescope, can range in
temperature from minus
330 to 1,300 degrees F.
WISE will circle the


Earth over the north and
south poles and map the
entire sky at four infrared
wavelengths with sensitivity
hundreds of times greater
than its predecessors. It will
scan the entire sky one-and-
a-half times in nine months
in search of hidden cosmic
objects.


Liu said WISE will
uncover objects never
seen before, including the
coolest stars, the universe's
most luminous galaxies and
some of the darkest near-
Earth asteroids and comets.
The data WISE collects
will serve as navigation
charts for other missions,


pointing them to the most
interesting targets.
Liu said, "It will
help answer fundamental
questions about the
origins of planets, stars
and galaxies, and provide
a mountain of data for
astronomers to investigate
for decades to come."


Dec 11 2009


SPACEPORT NEWS


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eenes around Kennedgy pae (enter


NASA
Fifteen space shuttle work force employees and their loved ones take a photo from the Operations and Support Building II's fifth floor after a Flow Director Award ceremony on Oct 30 Each award recipi-
ent was given a certificate and a keepsake shuttle clock for their outstanding dedication and commitment to NASA's Space Shuttle Program The awards recognize shuttle employees who consistently go
above and beyond their normal duties, often working extended hours, weekends and even holidays


NASA/Jack Pfaller
Behind the Vehicle Assembly Building, a crane lowers a fifth tower segment onto four segments already
secured to a new mobile launcher, or ML, being constructed to support NASA's Constellation Program When
completed with five additional segments, the tower will be about 345 feet tall and will have multiple platforms for
personnel access


NASA Employees of the Month: December


NASA/Tony Gray
Employees of the month for December are, from left Kathleen Poole, Chief Financial Office, Employee of the
Quarter Cheryl Johnson, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, Jacob Rogers, Information Technology
and Communications Services, James Behling, Launch Services Program, Harry Batey, Chief Counsel, and
Maggie Forbes, Center Operations Not pictured are, Juan Gordon, Constellation Project Office, Ellen Arens,
Engineering Directorate, Shaun Green, Engineering Directorate, Jeremy Graeber, Launch Vehicle Processing
Directorate, and Gabriel Vazquez Ramos, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate


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NASA/Jim Grossmann
Co-op Corrie Lamkin presents her semester project Dec 3 in the Kennedy Learning Institute Lamkin
was among the students who explained processes, procedures and information they learned during the
past couple of months while working at Kennedy


NASA/Kim Shiflett
Civil service and contractor employees enjoy refreshments and other goodies at the
30th annual KSC Holiday Coffee on Dec 2 and 3 in the Operations and Checkout Building's
Mission Briefing Room and in the Operations and Support Building I's fifth floor conference
room Workers also had the opportunity to take a photo with the KSC Visitor Complex's
Spaceperson


2009 Kennedy Awards

This award is intended to recognize contributions made by NASA employees,
individual citizens, contractors or public organizations to Kennedy endeavors.


NASA
Pamela Adams
Stephen Anthony
Arun Arora
Jon Arrington
William Atkinson
Lawrence Batterson
Joseph Bell
Kent Beringer
Deborah Bitner
Dale Breidenbach
Richard Bukac
Tammy Burlein
David Burris
Jose Camacho
Matthew Carroll
Troy Cochran
Emilio Cruz
Frances Cunningham
Gustavo Diaz
Tyrone Frey
Michael Gardner
Denton Gibson
Janet Gobaira
Jimmy Gonzalez
Cindy Gooden
Brian Graf
Megan Grande
John Graves
James Herndon
Donald Johnson
Lori Jones
Justin Junod
Robert Kuczajda
Roger Liang
Jeannette Lockman

40 Years of Service
William Franklin

Secretarial
Excellence Award
Joette Feeney

Engineer/Scientist
Of The Year Award
Robert Youngquist
Tracy Gibson

Best Of The Best
Tom Tinsler
John Jones
Steven Davis
Robert Straney

Group Achievement
Award
Steven Bliss
Laurie Brown
Chris Carlson
Ann Heimlich


James Lunceford
Kristen Luther
Bonni McClure
Sudhir Mehta
Gisela Meinert
Ramon Mejias
Sonia Miller
Chad Moeller
Robert Morrison
James Nelson
John Newport
Christian O'Conner
Kevin Panik
Bartholomew Pannullo
Derek Petrek
Roger Pierce
Joseph Roeder
Patricia Ross
Jessica Scheffman
Lashanda Slaiman
Lowell Spaulding
Phillip Swihart
Mary Taiclet
Derrick Thomas
Liliana Villarreal
Eugene Walker
Skip Williams
Donald Wilson

United Space Alliance
Keith Braun
Russell Brucker
Jacklyn Duff
Ralph Esposito
Paul Hudson
Brian Johnson

Kevin Herrington
Robert Hubbard
Ken Mulla
Tim Pirlo
Jennifer Sizemore
Bill Sloan
Iris Zimmerman

Environmental
Team Award
Raymond Arieux
Lawrence Church
Brice Crossley
Kenneth Culberson
Judith Donall
Alberto Esperon
Sharon Farrar
Christopher MacFarlane
Ronald Funk
Philip Green
Billy Hazelett
Margaret Heimlich
Charles Kincaid
Christina MacDonald


Tyrece Lewis
Wayne Watkins

The Boeing Company
William Bahr
Jeffery Boykin
Michael Dahm
Robert Humeniuk
Mia Little
Joseph Ross
Allen Saad

Lockheed Martin
Astronautics
Albert Hale

ASRCAerospace
Corp.
Tracy Sweet

Abacus Technology
Corp.
Richard Beard

REDE/Critique JV
Wendella Collamore
Rene Lull
Tori McLendon
Laura Sharp
Annesly Wood

Science Applications
International Corp.
George Caruso
Sherri Craig
Harold Donald

Yamil Nieves-Martinez
Timothy Patton
Edward Puls
Martin Rosman
Danny Russ
Jeffrey Saylor
Mark Sorger
Carla Stodgel-Wright
Matthew Taylor
Bruce Terwilliger
Robin Turner
David Ungar
Steven Weaver
Matthew Zbin

Environmental
Individual Award
Garry Broughton
Eric Jespersen

You Make A
Difference Awards
Nicole Delvesco
Leonard Duncil


Jane Jollay
Amy Misakonis
Danny Reilly
Eddy Solon

Millennium
Engineering Inc.
Donald Clarkson
Richard Garzaro
Megan Jaunich
Philip Johnson
Daniel Victor

Dynamac Corp.
Lorretta Filiault
Nishelby King

Analex Corp.
Elliott Hulscher
Stephen Jefferson
John Jones
Latife Kuguoglu
David Loiselle
Matthew Olenick
Christopher Rhodes
Teresa Sauter
Ben Smegelsky

Mantech SRS
International
Joseph LeBlanc

Innovative Health
Applications
Jeanine Meister

Brian Klein
Francis Kline
Linda Shaykhian


Executive Safety
Forum Awards
Harry Moore
Karen Thompson
Dennis Yee

Small Business Prime
Contractor of the Year
Abacus Technology
Corp.

Small Business Sub-
contractor of the Year
Creative Management
Technology Inc.

Large Business Prime
Contractor of the Year
Analex Corp.


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'Moon Trees' flourish around world


By Elaine M. Marconi
Spaceport News

Anything having to do with
the moon remains an unfold-
ing mystery. And "Moon
Trees" are part of that lunar mys-
tique.
Are there actually trees on the
moon? No ... but tree seeds flown
into space by NASA astronaut Stuart
Roosa on the Apollo 14 mission in
1971, now grow strong and tall out
of the Earth's soil.
It all began after Roosa was
selected to pilot the Apollo 14 com-
mand module. As a former smoke
jumper with the U.S. Forest Service,
he was contacted by then chief of the
Forest Service, Ed Cliff, and asked
if he would be willing to take tree
seeds into space.
As his way of paying tribute
to the Forest Service, Roosa agreed
and packed hundreds of seeds from
redwood, loblolly pine, sycamore,
Douglas fir and sweet gum trees into


his personal travel kit. Roosa and
his seeds orbited the moon 34 times
while stationed in the command
module "Kitty Hawk."
Scientists were curious to know
if the seeds, after their journey into
the microgravity of space, would
sprout and look the same as Earth-
grown trees. In the early 70s there
were very few experiments done in
space.
Unfortunately, after returning
to Earth the seed canister burst open
during the decontamination process
and all the different species of seeds,
not only were mixed together, but
thought to be no longer useful and
able to germinate.
After being shipped to the For-
est Service labs, it was found that
most of the seeds did survive and ul-
timately were planted. After 20 years
of growing side-by-side with their
Earth-bound equivalent as controls,
no one could tell the difference.
The seedlings, now known as
Moon Trees, were planted across


the United States and throughout the
world. Many were planted as part
of the nation's bicentennial celebra-
tion in 1976 and grow at national
landmarks, such as the White House,
Independence Square in Philadel-
phia, state capitols and university
campuses.
There also was a "Moon Tree
1976" planting ceremony at Kenne-
dy Space Center during the center's
Bicentennial Expo on Science and
Technology. That tree still thrives at
the center.
Second-generation trees, called
"half-moon" trees, have been planted
from seeds or cuttings from an
original Moon Tree and are thriving
as well.
Roosa passed away in Decem-
ber of 1994, but the Moon Trees
continue to flourish -- a tribute to our
first visits to the moon and a memo-
rial to Roosa.
A moon sycamore graces
Roosa's grave at Arlington National
Cemetery in Virginia.


Courtesy of Daniel Gruenbaum, Delaware North Corp
The "Moon Tree" planted at the Kennedy Space
Center Visitor Complex courtyard is a sycamore


Pentrack will be missed by co-workers, friends


By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
Kennedy Space Center
co-workers and friends re-
member Thomas Pentrack
as someone who cared about others
more than himself. Pentrack, 45,
who was the deputy director of the
Space Station and Spacecraft Pro-
cessing Directorate, died Nov. 23,
after about a year-long battle with
a rare form of bone cancer. His fu-
neral was Nov. 30, at Divine Mercy
Catholic Church on Merritt Island.
Russell Romanella, director of
the directorate, said he was very for-
tunate to work with Pentrack day in
and day out for many years and that
his welcoming smile always was a
pleasure to see in the morning.
"Tom had a way about him. He
was confident, calming, intelligent,
reassuring, and a good listener,"
Romanella said. "There are people
in your life who impact you and
you'll never be the same. I will miss
him terribly."
"It was a privilege to work with


for NASA
Thomas Pentrack joined NASA in 1989, and
worked in many directorates at Kennedy His last
assignment was deputy director of the Space
Station and Spacecraft Proccessing Directorate

and know Tom," said co-worker
Tammy Belk, who is the director-
ate's administrative officer. "He's
irreplaceable and will always be
missed."
Pentrack's 20-year career with
NASA began at Kennedy in 1989.
He held various positions in the
Space Shuttle Operations Director-


In Remembrance

ate through 1996. He transitioned to
the Space Station Hardware Integra-
tion Office as an operations engineer
in 1996 and was responsible for
overseeing assembly operations,
testing, acceptance and delivery of
the U.S. laboratory "Destiny" at the
center.
In 1998, Pentrack became the
Multi-Element Integration Testing
Branch chief where he led a large
multicenter, multiagency and mul-
tinational test team of international
partners and space station program
engineers.
Beginning in 2001, he served as
the Integration Engineering Branch
chief and was named Engineering
Division chief in January 2004. He
led a large group of contractor and
government engineers who were
responsible for space station flight
element processing, testing and
preparations for launch.
After the Columbia accident in
2003, Pentrack served as the direc-


torate's management representative
to the Columbia recovery efforts,
reconstruction, Columbia Accident
Investigation Board and the Return
to Flight effort.
In 2005, he accepted a remote
assignment at NASA Headquarters
to represent the center on the Explo-
ration Systems Mission Directorate
Systems Engineering and Integration
procurement team and source evalu-
ation board. Pentrack also served as
deputy program manager for launch
vehicles in the Constellation Project
Office at NASA Headquarters.
He received NASA's Excep-
tional Achievement Medal in 2003
for his outstanding leadership in the
Checkout, Assembly and Payload
Processing Services Source Evalu-
ation Board and was recognized as
a Spaceflight Awareness Launch
Honoree in 2004 for his leader-
ship during the Columbia Return to
Flight activities.
Pentrack is survived by his
wife, Monica, and two children,
Michael and Lauren.


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2009 BY THE NUMBERS ...


NASA/Jack Pfaller
This year, about 30 elements passed through Kennedy's Space Station Processing Facility and Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility International Space Station elements included the S6 truss and final set of
large power-generating solar arrays, the Exposed Section and Exposed Facility for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo module (above), the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo with science
and storage racks, and the COLBERT Treadmill, two Express Logistics Carriers with spare parts Elements for upcoming space station missions include the Tranquility node and Cupola observatory, MPLM
Leonardo, MPLM Donatello and Express Logistics Carrier 4, and an Orbital Replacement Unit and Express Logistics Carrier 3 The team also processed hardware and experiments for several science missions,
including a new camera, gyroscopes and batteries for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope


NASA/Tony Gray- Tom Farrar
NASA's Ares I-X (above) roared off the modified
Launch Pad 39B on Oct 28 at 11 30 a m EDT
The fast-paced assembly of the 327-foot-tall rocket
began in November 2008, paving the way for
rollout less than a year later The flight test lasted
about six minutes from launch to splashdown, pro-
viding an enormous amount of data for developers
of NASA's next-generation spacecraft


Kennedy's scenery changed dramatically this year
with the help of 46 active construction projects,
ranging from the new Launch Pad 39B lightning
protection towers (above) for NASA's Constellation
Program and new institutional support facilities to
hurricane repairs and demolitions Thirty-two facil-
ity projects reached completion in 2009, and 15
new projects broke ground, including the "green"
Propellants North Facility The Life Support Facility
achieved LEED silver certification from the U S
Green Building Council, and the four others were
in the process of being LEED certified


NASA's Launch Services Program, or LSP,
processed and launched seven missions from
two U S coasts this year NOAA-N Prime (left) a
polar-orbiting weather satellite, kicked off the year
aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force
Base on Feb 6 The Orbiting Carbon Observatory
mission was lost when the payload fairing of its
Taurus XL rocket failed to separate during ascent
Feb 24 On March 6, Kepler launched aboard a
Delta II from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a
mission to find Earth-sized planets moving around
the sun LSP also launched the U S Missile De-
fense Agency's STSS-ATRR aboard a Delta II from
Vandenberg on May 5 Two moon-bound missions,
the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Lunar
Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, took off
from the Cape on June 18 aboard an Atlas V LSP
provided advisory support to NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center for the launch of the GOES-0
satellite aboard a Delta IV on June 27 Next, LSP
launched two STSS-Demo satellites aboard a
Delta II on Sept 25 As of presstime, the Wide-field
Infrared Survey Explorer was scheduled to launch
Dec 11 aboard a Delta II from Vandenberg, the
eighth and final launch for LSP in 2009


Shuttle Discovery launched to the International Space Station on March 15, taking with it seven astronauts and the final set of large power-
generating US solar arrays for the STS-119 mission Discovery landed at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility on March 28 Shuttle Atlantis NASA
(above, left) and seven astronauts flew to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on May 11 for the STS-125 mission, the telescope's fifth and fi- In 2009, a NASA program managed by Kennedy's Education
nal servicing mission Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on May 24 Shuttle Endeavour (above, right) and seven STS- Office, Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating
127 astronauts took off toward the orbiting outpost July 15, setting a record for the most humans in space at the same time in the same Research and Education Experience, reached more than 2,000
spacecraft when combined with the station's crew of six The 16-day mission ended July 31 On Aug 28, shuttle Discovery took off again, students nationwide INSPIRE encourages the nation's future
this time on the STS-128 mission to deliver extra supplies and equipment to the space station, including the COLBERT treadmill The fifth generation of explorers, from ninth grade through rising college
and final shuttle mission of the year was STS-129 Shuttle Atlantis launched to the space station Nov 16, taking with it six astronauts and freshman, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering
spare parts Atlantis landed 11 days later, on Nov 27, at Kennedy, marking the last time a shuttle would transport a station crew member and mathematics


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Spaceport News returns in 2010
This is the final issue of Spaceport News in 2009.
Pick up your next edition on Jan. 8, 2010.


Kennedy retail stores offer holiday discounts
The NASA Exchange is holding its annual holiday sale as all seasonal items are 25
percent off, while giftware, memorabilia and clothing are 20 percent off. The sale runs
through Dec. 24.
For more information, contact Sandrine Rouillard at 321-867-1715 or Sandrine.
I.Rouillard@nasa.gov.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering badged Kennedy and
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station employees a 30 percent discount on space-themed
merchandise now through Dec. 24. Select from thousands of items, such as ornaments,
toys, apparel, jewelry, books, mugs, mission merchandise and more, at The Space
Shop inside the visitor complex and the gift shop at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
The Space Shop is open until 5:30 p.m. now through Dec. 20, and will be open until
6 p.m. Dec. 21-24. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is open until 6:30 p.m. now through
Dec. 20, and will be open until 7 p.m.
Dec. 21-24. To visit The Space Shop, present your badge at a group will-call ticket
window (1- 4) for entry.
The discount does not include the KSC bus tour, IMAX movies or Shuttle Launch
Experience. To receive your discount, present your badge at the beginning of the trans-
action. This offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other discount.
For more information, call 321-449-4400.

Lockheed Martin collects supplies for troops in Afghanistan

Lockheed Martin Space System Company's Diversity Council, the Eastern Range
Diversity Council and the Next Generation Leaders are working together in a "Support
the Troops" initiative at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The Support the Troops drive involves collecting food, hygiene items, books, small
games and magazines to send directly to troops deployed in the Kandahar -- Zabul
Province in Afghanistan.
Employees have collected about 100 pounds of donations. Additional items will be
delivered to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Viera, Fla.
Collection efforts began in October and the group started sending supplies in
November.
Collection boxes can be found near many building entrances on Kennedy and
CCAFS. For more information, call 321-476-7147, 321-476-7350 or 321-476-6998.



Looking up and ahead ...

Scheduled for Dec 11 LaunchNAFB WISE, Window 9 09 to 9 23 a m EST

No earlier than Feb 2 Launch/CCAFS Falcon 9, Window 11 a m to 3 p m EST

No earlier than Feb 3 Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, SDO, 10 53 to 11 53 a m EST

Targeted for Feb 4 Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-130, 552 a m EST

No earlier than Feb 25 Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GOES-P, Window 6 28 to 7 18 p m EST

Targeted for March 18 Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-131, 1 34 p m EDT

Targeted for April 19 Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, OTV, TBD

Targeted for May Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GPS IIF-1, TBD

Targeted for May 14 Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-132, 2 28 p m EDT

Targeted for May 23 LaunchNAFB Delta II, Aquarius / SAC-D Satellite, TBD

Targeted for July 29 Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-134, 7 51 a m EDT

Targeted for Sept 16 Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-133, 11 57a m EDT

No earlier than Oct 1 LaunchNAFB Taurus, Glory, TBD

Targeted for Fall 2011 Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Mars Science Laboratory, TBD


WORD #STREET

With WISE being the latest addition to NASA's acronym
dictionary, what is your favorite NASA acronym?


"LOC. Every time I hear it, it reminds me of where we
are ... Launch Operations Center"
Elaine Liston,
with Abacus Technology Corp.


"RFD (Requirements Formulation Document). Because it
reminds me of 'rural-free delivery' back home in Missouri."
Stephen Van Genderen,
with NASA


I "BOC (Base C'petation-s Contract). Every time I see it,
/ think of the band Blue Oyster Cult."
John Brady,
with NASA Exchange



l IECO (Main Engine Cutoff). Whenever I hear it,
i feel like I know the astronauts got up safely "
Cassy Adams,
with Abacus Technology Corp.




VI Ier- al mait sound */,:hhe i.ii.it /'NA4S4 It S ShOt
^ sefe to the poin' an,- sometrnn,( to r.'e ,'i0 oi of
Leroy Smith.
with NASA






John F Kennedy Space Center


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