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Inside this issue...Pages 6-7 KSC Run Page 5 Launch Abort System Page 3 Blast media Page 2 Intern researchNASA, energy group team to pursue space, energy opportunitiesO FIRST robotic teams overcome accident By Bob Granath Spaceport NewsTo SAA Page 5 Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana visits with a team of high school students taking part in the FIRST Robotics Competition's 2013 Orlando Regional on March 8 in the University of Central Florida arena. NASA/Frankie MartinBy Steven Siceloff Spaceport NewsTo FIRST Page 4
Page 2 Interns research ecology along Space Coast By Bob Granath Spaceport News NASA DEVELOP program interns Melissa Oguamanam, left, and Katrina Laygo record data during their research at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on March 12. As part of NASA's DEVELOP program, the agency interns used imagery such as this photograph taken by Landsat 7 on Nov. 10, 2011, to study environmen tal changes. NASA/U.S. Geological Survey NASAA group of NASA interns from the Goddard Space Flight Center visited Florida in early March to conduct environmental research as part of the agency's DEVELOP program. They are, left to right, Melanie Rosenberg, Kristopher Lasko, Katrina Laygo, Brock Blevins and Melissa Oguamanam.NASA/Jim Grossmann
Page 3 By Steven Siceloff Spaceport NewsWorkers pour a concrete mix that utilizes spent material from sandblasting projects at Kennedy Space Center on March 14. The experimental formula is being tested at the Propellants North facility at Kennedy material to use in other ways instead.A concrete mix that utilizes spent material from sandblasting projects at Kennedy Space Center is poured to create a ramp as part of a pilot project March 14.
Page 4 From FIRST Page 1 The Pit Area set up in the University of Central Florida arena is abuzz with teams of high school students preparing their robots for competition in the FIRST Robotics Competition's 2013 Orlando Regional on March 8. NASA/Frankie MartinRobots scramble to score during the FIRST Robotics Competition's 2013 Orlando Regional on March 8.NASA/Frankie Martin
Page 5 Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, left, discusses a Space Act Agreement he just signed with Mike Aller, executive director of the Space Coast Energy Consortium (SCEC) on March 11. Looking on, from left, are Scott Lewit, chairman of the SCECs board of directors; Bennett Boucher, SCEC board member; and NASA/Jim Grossmann From SAA Page 1 By Linda Herridge Spaceport NewsBrian Duffy, ATK Aerospace Systems' vice president and manager of Exploration Systems, talks with members of the media during a viewing of ATKs launch abort motor inside the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center. The abort motor is one of the components of Orions Launch Abort System, which will be used for Exploration Flight Test-1. For more on Orion, click on the photo.NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis CLICK ON PHOTO "In the future, crews aboard the spacecraft are going to feel very comfortable with the abort motor and the entire abort system."Brian Duffy, vice president and program manager of Exploration Systems for ATK Aerospace Group
2013 KSC WALK/RUN Spaceport News Photos by NASA/Jim GrossmannKennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana (center foreground) is among the runners at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility on March 19. At the starting line on the Shuttle Landing Facility runway, a few hundred runners are given the green light to begin the 19th Annual Kennedy Space Center Walk/Run on March 19. Rollerbladers were among the participants who trekked around Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility on March 19. Electronic timing tags were attached to participants' shoes to record their performance times. Some of the more than 40 volunteers hand out participant numbers at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility on March 19. Veronica Komar (holding microphone), event organizer from the KSC Fitness Center, welcomes employees to the 19th Annual Kennedy Space Center Walk/Run on March 19. Joy and relief overcome three "victors" as they cross the nish line of the 19th Annual Kennedy Space Center Walk/Run on March 19.Learn about a few NASA spinoffs that help Lending additional meaning to the term "runway," the KSC Fitness Center sponsored the 19th Annual Kennedy Space Center Walk/Run on March 19 at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) runway. Despite clouds earlier in the day, 276 Ken nedy employees gathered under a bright blue sky at the 5 p.m. race time to begin the trek. Whether running the 5K, 10K or walking a two-mile course, participants got to enjoy the better health. "The KSC run is a great way to showcase ness goals," said Kennedy Director Bob Ca "The runway at the SLF is a unique place to have it, and although they assure me they haven't, it sure seems like the distance be tween the runway markers has been increas ing the last few years. Remember, speed isnt everything; participation is what counts." Runners' results are clocked by an electron ic timing system that automatically records complete event results are available through "The event encourages physical activity and positive spirit at Kennedy," said Veronica nized the event. "It helps employees reach their health and wellness goals beyond the As an added bonus, the participants were treated to a spectacular launch view as a United Launch Alliance Atlas V lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 on a U.S. Air Force mission, carrying the second Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO-2 satellite into orbit. In addition to the participants, the event drew more than 40 volunteers who assisted Komar with the race logistics.
Page 8 TAGES study gets to roots of station plant growth Astronaut Jeffrey Williams, Expedition 22 commander, works on the payload Advanced Plant Experiments on Orbit-Cambium-Transgenic Arabidopsis Gene Expression System (APEX-TAGES) in the pressurized Japanese Experiment Module aboard the space station on Dec. 15, 2009.By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News Crew image of the Advanced Plant Experiments on Orbit-Transgenic Arabidopsis Gene Expression System (APEX-TAGES) study during Expedition 23.NASA
Page 9 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Inside the Educator Resource Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, science teacher April Lanotte displays some of the materials used to demonstrate NASAs Museum in a Box activities for K-12 students. Lanotte, who is an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow working in NASAs Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, was at Kennedy on March 19 to train education special ists in a new series of lessons and activities.NASA/Jim Grossmann for workers. Kennedy is deconstructing some of the older facilities due to their age and to reduce maintenance and repair costs. NASA/Cory HustonMolly Bauck, president of the Royal Rosarians from Portland, Ore., adds "Royal Water" to a rose planted March 11 to honor Kennedy Space Center contractor and civil service employees for dedicating their lives, skills and knowledge to the U.S. space program for the past 50 years. The ceremony took place in the Rocket Garden at the visitor complex.NASA/Charisse Nahser Workers from Canaveral Construction of Mims, Fla., continue to re-grade the lime rock in sections of the crawlerway leading to Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center on March 13. The crawlerway is being upgraded to improve the foundation and prepare it to support the weight of NASAs Space Launch System and mobile launcher on the crawler-transporter during rollout. For more on the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, click on the photo.NASA/Jim Grossmann CLICK ON PHOTO March 21 at Port Canaveral. It recently was recovered off the coast of Florida during an expedition funded by Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. Bezos also owns Blue Origin, a company NASA is working with as part of its Commercial Crew Program.
Page 10 Launch pad of the future takes shape By Linda Herridge Spaceport News Construction is nearly complete on the new hydraulic elevators on Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program and Center Operations continue to upgrade and modify the pad where NASA's Space Launch System with the Orion spacecraft atop it will send humans deeper into space than ever before. The mobile launcher nears the base of Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, passing near one of three 600-foot-tall lightning towers, as it makes its way back to the park site near the Vehicle Assembly Building in November 2011.NASA/Cory Huston "Center Operations has been an integral part of the pad team. Their dedication to the success of the team continues to be extremely important." Jose Perez Morales, GSDO pad element project manager Photo courtesy of URS/Jeffry Miller
Page 11 Spotlight on Commercial Crew DevelopmentBoeing CST-100/Atlas V Sierra Nevada Corp. Dream Chaser/Atlas V SpaceX Dragon/Falcon 9The Boeing Company is working with its chosen CST-100 spacecraft launch provider, United Launch Alliance, toward testing a newly developed liquid oxygen feed line duct that will transfer the super-cold propellant from its onboard liquid oxygen tank to its dual-engine Centaur conguration. The Centaur is the rocket component that will navigate the spacecraft to its intended orbit. Boeing also is preparing for a series of wind tunnel tests, which are important steps toward ensuring its integrated crew transportation system can provide crews a safe ride to orbit. Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems recently hosted discussions with NASA about the Dream Chaser's non-toxic main and reaction control propulsion systems. The reaction control system will give the spacecraft the ability to steer in space by providing small amounts of directional thrust for docking with the International Space Station. The main propulsion system is much more pow erful, and generally capable of providing thrust in one direction for aborts or orbital insertion burns. SNC also discussed with NASA its environmental control and life support systems that will be needed to support a crew. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) continues to work with NASA on plans for a Dragon pad abort test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40. The test will help the company assess the spacecraft's integrated launch abort system, parachutes and supporting avionics. Throughout NASA's human spaceight endeavors, pad abort tests have played an important role in evaluating the ability of a spacecraft's launch abort system to get an astronaut crew to safety in the event of an emergency on the launch pad.By Anna Heiney Spaceport News Early in development, this Radio Frequency Impedance Interrogation (RFII) device that may someday provide advanced telemedicine capabilities in space and for doctors and patients on Earth.NASA/Glenn Benson
KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov. Page 12 NASA Spinoffs: Did you know?For more about NASA Spinoffs, go to http://www.nasa.gov/spinoffs. Technology originally developed for the boots worn on the moon has been applied to athletic shoes in the mid-sole section. A process known as "blow rubber molding" used in producing helmets was applied to create hollow athletic shoe soles designed to Conditions such as motion sickness present space. Utilizing biofeedback training methods, NASA's research led to the invention of Zephyrs consumer device, the HxM, which monitors heart rate, speed, and The Orbotron, a tri-axle exercise machine patterned after a NASA training simulator, has three orbiting rings corresponding to roll, pitch and yaw. The user's stomach remains in the center of all axes, eliminating dizziness. Use of the machine can improve aerobic capacity, strength and endurance.NASA Employees of the Month: March Looking up and ahead . .* All times are Eastern March 28 Assembly Flight: 34S Mission: Expedition 35/36 Launch Vehicle: Soyuz TMA-08M Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Description: Soyuz TMA-08M will carry three Expedition 35/36 crew members to the International Space Station (ISS). No Earlier than April 16 Mission: Orbital Sciences Corp. Test Flight Launch Vehicle: Antares Launch Site: Wallops Flight Facility, Va. Launch Pad: 0A Launch Window: TBD Description: Orbital Sciences is scheduled to test its Antares rocket. Testing will enable the rocket to eventually carry experiments and supplies to the International Space Station. April 18 Mission: ISS Automated Transfer Vehicle 4 Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 Launch Site: Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana Launch Pad: ELA-3 Description: The European Space Agencys ATV-4, also known as the Albert Einstein, will deliver several tons of supplies to the ISS, docking with the Zvezda Service Module, on the Russian segment of the station. April 24 Mission: ISS Resupply Launch Vehicle: ISS Progress 51 Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Description: Progress 51 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the ISS. May 28 Assembly Flight: 35S Mission: Expedition 36/37 Launch Vehicle: Soyuz TMA-09M Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Description: Soyuz TMA-09M will carry three Expedition 36/37 crew members to the ISS. To watch a NASA launch online, go to http://www.nasa.gov/ntv .Employees for the month of March are, from left, Lois M. Clutter, Ground Processing; Michael C. Carbone, Engineering and Technology; Nicholas R. Moss, Center Operations; Timothy R. Lewis, Safety and Mission Assurance; Donna M. McFarr, Engineering and Technology; and Laura A. Ulrich, Launch Services Program. Not pictured is Alex J. Bengoa, Ground Systems Development and Operations. NASA Studies into astronaut exercise in space have led to the development of a rehabilitation aid that applies air pressure to mimic the Earths gravity on a patients lower body in order to unload weight, which reduces the stress placed on the lower body during rehabilitation.