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TDRS-K replenishes NASA Space NetworkT By Steven Siceloff Spaceport NewsTo TDRS-K Page 3 Inside this issue...In remembrance Page 6 Page 3 Hard-working miner Page 7 Tornado season Page 8 Spinoffs of the heart W By Anna Heiney Spaceport NewsThe United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket carrying NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K) streaks past the lighthouse on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after launch ing from Space Launch Complex 41 at 8:48 p.m. on Jan. 30. The TDRS-K spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services. For more information on the mission, click on the photo.NASA/Rick Wetherington CLICK ON PHOTOLDCM to obtain precious imageryTo LDCM Page 2


Page 2 'Our duty is to get our crews home safely T Safety NoteEd Mango Manager, Commercial Crew Program (CCP) From LDCM Page 1 Technicians encapsulate the NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite in its payload fairing at the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Liftoff is planned for Feb. 11 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. For more information, click on the photo. NASA/VAFB CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 3 Day of Remembrance honors fallen astronauts By Bob Granath Spaceport News visitor complex during NASA's Day of Remembrance on Feb. 1. NASA/Jim Grossmann From TDRS-K Page 1 Fireworks begin as NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K) heads to orbit from Cape Canaveral on Jan. 30. NASA/George Roberts Here are some interesting tweets from the TDRS-K launch selected by the Spaceport News team to share with its readers. Christina Strommer @jamminpsu So the kids & I watched the rocket launch on my iPhone since we werent home. Really cool! Technology rocks. #TDRS #NASASocial Tim Bailey @tim846 My mom sent me a text letting me know she heard & saw the #TDRS K #AtlasV launch tonight :-) iJason Blog @iJasonblog WOW! What a perfect viewing night for the #TDRS-K launch! Could see it the whole way for a long time from Southwest Orlando!! Jennifer Doctor @jidoctor That was AWESOME!!! #TDRS #NASASocial can we do it again?!?


Scenes Around Kennedy Space CenterLuna*Bot, the mascot and new member of the NASA Lunabotics team, makes its debut. This robotic mascot will be used as an ambassador of sorts to promote the Lunabotics Mining Competition held annually at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in May. Lunabotics felt the need to increase its outreach toward elementary-school-age girls, and thus, Luna*Bot!'s pink and purple colors were selected for their popularity among this demographic.CLICK ON IMAGE NASA image A happy youngster saddles up during the Child Development Centers Wild, Wild West day Jan. 25 at Kennedy Space Center. Children had the opportunity to ride ponies, as well as make some new rabbit friends (below). Kids go Wild, Wild West at CDCPhotos by NASA/Frankie Martin Doug Carraway, right, celebrated his retirement from URS Corp. on Jan. 30 at OSB I with family, friends and co-workers. Carraway started his career at Kennedy Space Center with Wackenhut Kennedy -from the Halon systems of yesterday to the sprinkler systems of today. Reader-submitted photosRetirement celebrationsWorkers from Canaveral Construction in Mims, Fla., have removed the Alabama river rock from one side of the crawlerway near Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center. The crawlerway is being upgraded to improve the foundation and prepare it to support the weight of NASAs Space Launch System (SLS) and mobile launcher on the crawler-transporter during rollout. Workers are removing the original rock and restoring the layer of lime rock below to its original depth of three feet. Then, new river rock will be added on top. The Ground Systems Develop upgrades in the next issue of "Spaceport News." For more information about GSDO, click on the photo. NASA/Jim Grossmann CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Jim Grossmann Kennedy Space Center narcotics K-9 handler Wendy Law introduces 3-year-old King during a visit to the Press Site news room Feb. 5. King, a Groenendael or black Belgian Malinois, is replacing the hard-working Nero who is retiring from active narcotics and patrol duty after 10 years of service. Law began her career at Kennedy in 1988. Since then she has been Jackie Henderson, Lynn Meadows and Larry Guilford are retiring! A celebration with their family, friends and co-workers was held in the ISC Central Supply Facility on Jan. 31. From left are Henderson; Meadows; Frank Kler, Yang Enterprises project manager; Guilford; and John Muzzy, ISC Logistics Division manager. The combined tenure of this trio is nearly 100 years in support of Kennedy Space Center.


Page 6 Engineers build hard-working mining robot A By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News With a pair of drums positioned on arms, the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR) can take on a number of different shapes to accomplish its work, as shown here on July 13, 2012. RASSOR, which is 2.5 feet high and expected to weigh 100 pounds, performs a variety of "acrobatics" in October 2012, NASA/Jason Schuler CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Rachel Cox NASA/Rachel Cox


Page 7 Spring tornado season puts spaceport on alert Spaceport News ReportT Step 1: Have a plan! Step 2: Stay informed! The http://www. storm's winds at the Press Site, near the mission countdown clock in front of the turn basin. IN CASE OF EMERGENCY EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM The Emergency Notication System (ENS) provides the ability to send messages to all personnel employed at Kennedy in the event of an emergency or critical situation at a NASA facility. The ENS System will contact personnel by email, telephone, cellular phone and pagers. Make sure NASA has your accurate and up-to-date personal contact information. Employees should enter their information into the User Self-Service (USS) tools, part of the Identify Management and Account Exchange (IdMAX): Under "User Self Service," click "Update-Emergency Notication Information." Then click the "Personal Information" tab. Populate the elds with your information. Click the Update Address button. FACILITY EVACUATION PLANS Kennedy personnel are required to be familiar with the emergency evacuation plans for facilities they utilize. These plans are prepared per KDP-KSC-P-3001 and are submitted by the IMCS EPC to the NASA NEMO and are available at NASA KSC EMERGENCY INFORMATION GUIDE For the NASA KSC Emergency Operations Center home page, go to


John F. Kennedy Space CenterManaging editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Assistant managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephanie Covey Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kay GrinterEditorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group.NASA at KSC is on the Internet at SP-2013-01-005-KSCSpaceport News online on alternate Fridays by Public Affairs in the interest of KSC civil service and contractor employees. Contributions are welcome and should be submitted three weeks before publication to Public Affairs, IMCS-440. Email submissions can be sent to Page 8 NASA Spinoffs: Valentine's Day Edition Looking up and ahead . .* All times are Eastern Feb. 11 Mission: The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401 Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Launch Window: 1:02 to 1:50 p.m. Description: The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is the future of Landsat satellites. It will continue to obtain valuable data and imagery to be used in agriculture, education, business, science and government. Feb. 12 Mission: ISS Resupply Launch Vehicle: ISS Progress 50 Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Description: Progress 50 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station (ISS). March Mission: Orbital Sciences Corporation Test Flight Launch Vehicle: Antares Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility, Va. Launch Pad: 0A Launch Window: TBD Description: The Antares is scheduled for a test ight under NASAs Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with the company. March 1 Mission: SpaceX CRS-2 Commercial Resupply Services ight Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 40 Description: SpaceX CRS-2 will be the second commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station by SpaceX. To watch a NASA launch online, go to NASA Employees of the Month: February Employees of the Month for February are, from left, Bradford Lytle, Engineering and Technology; Jona the Quarter); Christopher Spears, Center Operations; and Martha Williams, Engineering and Technol ogy. Not pictured are Tracy Belford, Chief Council; Douglas Melin, Education and External Relations (Employee of the Quarter); Dwight Rogers, Ground Processing; Rogelio Curiel, Procurement; Gregory Harrigan, Launch Services Program; and Romeo Enriques, Safety and Mission Assurance. NASA technology improved blood pressure management by getting more accurate readings and making the process quicker. NASA technology created a device to enhance blood circulation, which led to the improvement of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). NASA researchers developed a life-saving fetal heart-rate monitor using sensor technology originally created to detect faint sounds on airplane wings. NASA helped pioneer a heart monitoring system used to advance the electrocardio graph (EKG) process.Heart rate monitiors are mobile thanks to NASA technology.With love in the air and Valentine's Day next week . did you know NASA technology is vital to our hearts?NASAPhotos by NASA/Jim Grossmann