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Jan. 27, 2012 Vol. 52, No. 2 Visitors dig Atlantis permanent home John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Inside this issue... Page 4 Tribute Plaque W ith space shuttle Atlantis reer in the history books, its next mission -to inform and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex -is one step closer to re struction of a new 65,000-squarefoot exhibit at the complexs Space Shuttle Plaza, where NASAs fourth space-rated orbiter will be the main attraction. It is an honor to create the home for space shuttle Atlantis and to work with NASA to tell its story to the world, said Jeremy Jacobs, of Delaware North Companies, for NASA. Jacobs; Janet Petro, Kennedy Space Center deputy director; Chris the Kennedy Space Center Visitor the construction site. From October 1985 to July 2011, Atlantis helped carry the nations astronauts and payloads on journeys sian space station Mir and aided in the construction of the Interna tional Space Station. From Atlantis payload bay, NASA deployed the Atlantis also was the last shuttle to brate this milestone, fortunate we reminder of the limitless potential of the citizens of the United States of America, and inspire those who will By Anna Heiney Spaceport News During a ceremony Jan. 18 in the Space Shuttle Plaza at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) in Florida, state and local dignitaries break CLICK ON PHOTO See ATLANTIS Page 6 Page 2 Page 3 Sustainability Plan Page 6 Stanley Cup Visit


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 27, 2012 unique squadron of Space Center on Jan. 19, where they will be reassem bled and put to work with a use them for research and ers Inc. from the Italian Air had four of the aircraft, but company to pursue a number of different opportunities. With nine aircraft at his of customers. As impor tantly, the company will ments. where we can really start Space Florida and Embrycompany. soar to some 70,000 feet and speed past Mach 2, it can be used to launch small satel about the size of a Sparrow missile, has already been tested in a series of taxi runs will be conducted in the next is set to take place in the summer. take small experiments into space, but not into orbit. Instead, the rocket will para chute back to Earth and be launch about 100 suborbital missions a year from the performance in some areas. a decades-old, supersonic craft. Known as "the missile with a man in it" because of Kelly Johnson, the aerospace Able to reach a top speed a second career with NASA in the 1960s. It helped train and to keep their skills up F-18 can do, we can do with this aircraft, performancefor the company. add another 100 missions not expected to end with machinery and experiments, spacecraft to launch humans into space in partnerships with NASA, some of those companies are already talk and other situations, just as past decades. the new aircraft cleaned and other components will be taken apart and cleaned, and added to the new aircraft, too. It will take about three one, but the squadron should be ready in six months. said. NASA/Gianni Woods By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News


Page 3 Jan. 27, 2012SPACEPORT NEWSSustainability plan good indicator of green effortsKennedy Space Center con tinues to lead the way in its commitment to reuse, recycle and repurpose resources in order to reduce its footprint and conserve the environment, and recently went another step further ability Plan. In line with the federal governments mandate and NASAs Strategic Sustain ability Performance Plan, Kennedy recently released the plan which includes 12 goals or areas of concern and hundreds of ways to meet these goals. The plan could possibly serve as an example for other NASA centers, as well as the exter nal community. In support of the centers Sustainability Program, we commit to balancing environmental, social and economic concerns with the centers mission obligations as the nations gateway to space, said Kennedy Director Bob Cabana. The plan was created by more than 100 NASA and contractor workers, led by Kennedys Center Operations Directorate and the newly formed Sustainability Steer ing Committee. Throughout 2011, teams were formed to develop shortand longterm goals as well as strate gies and projects to achieve those goals. It is exciting to wit ness how sustainability is being embraced by center leadership, said Olga Dominguez, NASAs asof Strategic Infrastructure. Ken nedy Space Center has a great team working sustainability and is a leader for the agency. The Sustainability Plan goals are to: reduce greenhouse gas emis sions; design and build sustainable buildings, facilities and infrastruc ture; conserve and manage water resources; minimize waste and prevent pollution; purchase sustain able products and services; man age electronic equipment and data centers responsibly; and integrate sustainability into local and regional planning. Also, the goals aim to: increase work force satisfaction, promote sustainable food services, con serve and improve the resiliency of our natural resources, effectively communicate the centers sustainability initiatives; and conduct pilot sustainability projects. Getting people to talk about how the center can save our precious resources plan was taking shape, said Denise Thaller, chief of Kennedy's Medical and Environmental Manage ment Division in Center Operations. Frank Kline is Envi ronmental Management Branch lead and worked with mul tiple teams to develop sustainability plans, with a concentration on the environment and infrastructure. Kline said one of the ideas related to waste management and recy cling would be to use smart phones that can use Quick Response (QR) codes. These QR codes would be placed on waste/recycling contain ers. Employees would scan the codes with their phones to indicate when service is actually required. The use of these codes would eliminate milk runs where recycling vendors walk around and check each can once a week, and replaces it with a system that will make all Kennedy team members responsible for their sustainability, Kline said. Benjamin Bryant is the chief Information Technology and Communication Services. His main area of focus was electronic stewardship and data centers. Our largest effort with the largest payback in terms of energy conser vation is data center consolidation, Bryant said. Data centers are one of the largest consumers of energy in any organization, company or government agency. If we are successful in consolidating data centers down to one, then our energy savIt has become obvious that if we do not do something to reduce the consumption of our natural re sources, then future generations will be without, Bryant said. I believe it is the responsibility of all of us, especially the government, to set an example, and who better to set the example at NASA than the center that sits in the middle of a national wildlife refuge. Thaller said the communications group is developing an awareness campaign that will help get the word out about sustainability efforts and what we all can do to contrib ute. The challenge will be to engage the work force and keep the mo mentum up over time, Thaller said. Kennedy is in a transition phase, and if we hope to remain the pre mier launch facility in the U.S., we all need to realize that sustainable are our new mission, Kline said. By Linda Herridge Spaceport News NASA/Jim Grossmann The Quick Response code (QR Code) for Kennedy Space Center The Quick Response code (QR Code) for Kennedy Space Center Sustainability Plan


Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 27, 2012 Plaque left in Atlantis a tribute to shuttle workers A simple, plastic plaque left in side space shuttle Atlantis following the last mission of NASAs shuttle program is a priceless trib ute to the work force, said one of the managers who worked with the spacecraft for more than 20 years. "I was just overwhelmed left it, and humbled that they thought of us," said Walter "Buddy" McKenzie, who manages the forward and midbody sections of Atlantis for United Space Alliance, or USA. The plaque was carried into orbit with astronaut Chris Ferguson, who com Program's 30 years of mis sions. It's an 8-inch by 8inch plaque, sized precisely in the cockpit. Ferguson placed it there before he left the shuttle following its July 21, 2011, landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "We wanted to thank the people who made it all possible," Ferguson said recently. "It wasn't a promo tion, it was just a way for the astronauts who have used this vehicle for 30 years to go back and forth safely to space to thank the people who made it happen day in and day out. The bottom line is, it was a tribute to them who made it all happen." The plaque remained inside Atlantis for about a week before it was taken out and put in a display case in Orbiter Processing Facility-2 for people who don't go inside the crew compartment. "That's for everybody who participated and did the world-class jobs that they did," McKenzie said. The plaque will go on display with Atlantis when the spacecraft is moved to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. "It deserves (to be displayed) not because we put it there, but because of what it stands for, the men and women who spent a generation making the or biters safe for astronauts," said Ferguson. The plaque was not the tis. The crew for the STS-132 mission in 2010, supposed to be Atlantis' last mission, put a mis sion decal inside the crew compartment and auto graphed around it with an inscription marking, as STS-132 Commander Ken mission." McKenzie said every thank-you is welcome, no matter what form it takes. "The payoff for us is that we get the vehicles ready and it takes everybody to do the job, and the astro nauts get to go do their job up there," McKenzie said. "It's a tribute to the workers and it can't be said any bet ter than what they did." By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News NASA/Ken Thornsley Make 2012 the year to become fully engaged M ost of us wish we had more time in the day. More time to spend with our loved ones. More time to mark off our to-do list at work. More time to cook nutritious meals. More time to hit up the gym. More time to give back to our community. But what if the key to achieving our goals wasnt limited by the clock on the wall? During Kennedy Space Centers the year on Jan. 24, Raquel Garzon from the Human Performance Insti tute (HPI) in Orlando, Fla., told the centers leaders the key to reaching our peak performance as individu als and organizations is not about managing time, its about managing our energy. The contractor managing Ken hosted this months forum, which challenged the group to begin connecting health and wellness to safety and mission assur ance in 2012. We need to begin to think about the whole said. When the whole person is connected, we get better focus, bet ter energy and better safety. Garzon, who is HPIs senior vice president of executive training and director of nutrition, said most Americans are stuck in a perpetual energy crisis. If all of a sudden one of your thing you would do is go work out, wouldnt you? Garzon asked. Most of us, if given more time, what would we do with it? More of the same stuff that were already doing . and thats the truth. She came equipped with decades of sci to show that the human body is capable of growing physi cal, mental, emotional and spiritual energy to combat this crisis. these moments, and its the energy that you bring to these moments that really determines the outcome of your work, your relationships, the ability to inspire, to mentor, to create, to innovate and to make decisions, she said. So, how do we expand our energy and become fully engaged in the things that matter to us? Well, Garzon said, it starts with breaking old habits by introducing experiences that will help you establish new ones. Your life serves as a training op portunity for you to build and invest in capacities that you are going to need, Garzon said. Center Director Bob Cabana wel comed the challenge by saying, "It's a new year with new opportunities to excel." Those opportunities include investing energy in the agencys Commercial Crew Program, build ing and upgrading the centers infrastructure for the Ground Sys tems Development and Operations Program, and continuing to process robotic missions for the Launch Services Program. Its the unique opportunities to advance the nation's mission acon tinue to spark that energetic spirit of Kennedys work force for decades to come. meaningless. But energy that is invested in our life's purpose can make extraordinary things happen, Garzon said. By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News More information assessment-tools


Scenes Around Kennedy Space CenterSPACEPORT NEWSPage 5 Jan. 27, 2012 NASA/Jim Grossmann 2012 NASA Day of Remembrance CLICK ON PHOTO Left: Top right: Bottom right: Kennedy Space forefront, Deputy Director Janet Petro, right, and United Space Alliance Vice President for Aero furthering the cause of exploration space shuttles Challenger and and contractor employees, along respects throughout the day. memorial.


Page 6 Jan. 27, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS more on the Stanley Cup, click on the photo. A owners and coaches of the championship trophy, and Cup, the oldest profes sional sports trophy in North America. it to Kennedy Space Center, thanks mostly to the triumph the team that won the NHL championship that year. Kennedy workers scram trophy, and many waited for pictures taken with the shiny like a once-in-a-lifetime op portunity. Make that twice-in-alifetime. owned by Delaware North Jeremy Jacobs. And much the cup should make one "thank you" to the many From ATLANTIS Page 1 area. the chance to experience a model of the International Space Station. about the hardware, Moore thousands of people -to do NASA Administrator on April 12, 2011, that Atlantis would stay at the comed news came on the on July 21, 2011, its main for the last time on Ken nedys shuttle runway with a predawn touchdown at does mark six months since out here, about three miles At times we had to lick our wounds, at times there were joyous moments, but by the Atlantis entered into its replaced with mock-ups; the rocket, the Space Launch and forward reaction control system, which used toxic propellants, will be cleaned Cruces, N.M. Ultimately, pods will be replaced with replicas. remain close by, the other spacecraft in the shuttle outside of Florida. Shuttle Smithsonians National Air our will be displayed at the California Science Center used in approach and land Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. similarities between them, and the differences that only family could identify, said Janet Petro, deputy director of Kennedy Space Center. Atlantis new home showcase her as the true is. complex, click on the photo. Stanley Cup visit rouses hockey fans By Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Spaceport News Delaware North has operated the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex since 1995. with United Space Alliance the chance to see the Stanley Cup." Lord Frederick Stanley of Preston purchased the professional sports trophy is inscribed, bands often are retired to make room for the names of new champions. from the top of the base and retired to the Hockey Hall of CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 7 Jan. 27, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS Remembering Our Heritage Despite moon miss, Ranger 3 an engineering success By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian he moon so near, yet so only for the moon, but to conquer the way. Jan. 26, 1962, there already had off Space Launch Complex-12 on the launch window from Jan. 22 tions predicted on the lunar surface fuel aboard the Atlas, a leak was Normally, the Atlas would be the launch reset for February, but a liftoff before the January window closed. Was it possible for the repair to be made on the pad from inside the rocket? the Atlas and lowered it into the wooden framework was passed of the fuel tank and assembled inside the 10-foot-diameter tank by and masks. members of the General Dynam bulkhead in time for a launch at tempt on the last day of the window. More information or was awry. Commands radioed to the Atlas continued to ascend under the failed. radioed from the Goldstone track was transmitted. control system then reacquired the spacecraft to its former attitude, and normal cruise operations resumed. continued into solar orbit, for the to deep-space missions today. For example, just this month, tory about 25,000 miles closer to the time of the encounter by about 26. Up to four additional opportu are scheduled, if needed, before its existed. to place Curiousity within a 12-mile


Page 8 Jan. 27, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS John F. Kennedy Space Center Spaceport News Looking up and ahead . Launch windows to be determined 2012 Kennedy Space Center Calendar With the recent groundbreaking for space shuttle Atlantis permanent home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, what would you like to see as part of the future exhibit? Randy Harris, Amy Zimmerman, Ellen Evans, Dennis Moore, Vinicius Ghedine, ON THE WORD STREET