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Sept. 7, 2012 Vol. 52, No. 18 Spaceport News John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Radiation Belt Storm Probes begin two-year mission Early morning liftoff team from the University of Iowa. The mission uses two probes soa major success for scientists can distinguish transient Launch Service Program features from those that are there for a longer period, or may be changing, By Anna Heiney Fox said. Spaceport News Based at Kennedy Space Center, the Launch Services Program (LSP) N ASA's Radiation Belt Storm was involved in prelaunch planning Probes (RBSP) are bound for the RBSP mission for several for the heart of the Earth' s years. radiation belts after an early-morn NASA Launch Manager Tim ing launch from Cape Canaveral Air Dunn said, "The team has been Force Station on Aug. 30. The Unit preparing in total for about six years ed Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket for the RBSP mission. The early carrying the twin probes lifted off planning began that long ago, back from Space Launch Complex-41 at in about the 2006 timeframe. The 4:05 a.m. EDT. core team came in at about contract The Van Allen radiation belts award time in March of 2009. So are two concentric, wide rings of we've been very heavily involved high-intensity particles encircling the with RBSP for the last three years." Earth's equator. This dynamic region Rex Engelhardt, LSP's mission changes in response to the sun, with manager for RBSP, worked on the the potential to affect GPS satel project since 2006. He pointed out lites, satellite television and more. that ensuring the separation of both The RBSP mission aims to study spacecraft from the Centaur upper this ever-changing environment in stage, after launch, required some greater detail than ever before. extra attention. The RBSP mission is part of "You've got to point it in the right NASA's Living with a Star program, direction, spin it back up again, which is managed by the agency's separate the second (probe), then Goddard Space Flight Center in you've got to spin the Centaur back Greenbelt, Md. The Applied Phys down again, and quietly back away," ics Laboratory team built the RBSP Engelhardt said. spacecraft and will manage the mis sion for NASA. their proper orbits, they'll undergo a The discovery of the radiation two-month "commissioning period." belts dates back to the dawn of This offers the team plenty of time the space age. Their existence was to extend the instrumentation booms, detected in 1958 by a Geiger counter check out the probes' health and safety, and ensure the electronics are The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes, or RBSP, lifts off 1, built by James Van Allen and his working. Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:05 a.m. EDT on Aug. 30. CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Rusty Backer Armstrong remembered Topping out Exploration Park update Harvest Experiments Inside this issue... Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 6
Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 7, 2012 Workers praise Armstrong as an American hero By Bob Granath Spaceport News E mployees at NASA's Kennedy Space Cen ter paused recently to remember Neil Armstrong, on the moon and one of America's greatest heroes of exploration. Armstrong died Aug. 25 at the age of 82. During a brief wreathlaying ceremony on Aug. 31, Bob Cabana, Kennedy's center director, described Armstrong as a role model. Neil Armstrong was a true American hero, and one of the nicest gentlemen around," he said. "He was the epitome of what an engi neering test pilot should be." Cabana added that Arm strong was greatly interested in Kennedy's path forward to the future. "Neil's one small step for man was the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people down on the ground," he said. "His step was only the beginning of a very long journey that we must now continue as we prepare to move even further from our home planet and continue this quest in our exploration of space." Armstrong's family shared the news of his passing following complications from recent cardiovascular procedures: "Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfa ther, brother and friend," the family statement read. "Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job." Tributes honoring Arm strong have been numerous. "Neil was among the greatest of American heroes not just of his time, but of all time," President Barack Obama said in a statement released by the White House. "When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire na tion . they set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable that with enough drive and inge nuity, anything is possible." NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, like Cabana a former astronaut, also reacted to the loss of a fellow former astronaut. "Besides being one of America's greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all," Bolden said. Fellow Apollo 11 moon walker Buzz Aldrin also skills. "I know I am joined by millions of others in mourn ing the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew," he said. Armstrong was born Aug. 5, 1930, on his grandfather's farm near Wapakoneta, began at an early age. He moved from building model Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana addresses employees and guests gathered for a brief ceremony on Aug. 31 to honor Neil Armstrong, who died Aug. 25 at the age of 82. Armstrong was hailed by Cabana as one of our heroes and a truly great American. lessons at 15. While most American teenagers look for ward to receiving a driver's license, Armstrong earned his pilot's license before he could drive a car. Putting his college work aside, Armstrong was a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952, After leaving active duty, he continued serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1960. Armstrong completed his work at Purdue University in 1955 earning a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engi neering. That same year he joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronau tics, or NACA, NASA's predecessor organization, as a research pilot at Lewis Laboratory in Cleveland. He later transferred to NACA's High Speed Flight Research Station at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. As project pilot, he was in the forefront of the development of many high-speed aircraft, X-15 to the edge of space seven times. In September 1962, Armstrong was offered an opportunity to join NASA's expanding astronaut corps which he accepted without hesitation. Armstrong was command pilot for Gemini 8 in March 1966. He and David Scott successfully performed the orbit, linking their Gemini capsule with an Agena target satellite, a crucial step in preparing for future trips to the moon. After serving as backup commander to Frank and circle the moon in 1968, Armstrong was selected to lunar landing mission. With much of Earth's pop ulation watching, Armstrong, along with lunar module pilot Aldrin and command module pilot Mike Collins, lifted off from Kennedy on July 16, 1969. "Neil and I trained togeth er as technical partners, but were also good friends who will always be connected through our participation in the Apollo 11 mission," Al drin recently said. "Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us." "When you have hundreds of thousands of people all doing their job a little better than they have to, you get an improvement in perfor mance," Armstrong said in a NASA oral history interview in 2001. "And that's the only reason we could have pulled this whole thing off." Looking to the future, Bolden noted that Armstrong helped pave the way. "As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong," he said. While tributes for Arm strong arrived from all areas of the world, his family had a suggestion. "For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple re quest. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink." CLICK ON PHOTO
Page 3 Sept. 7, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS Atlantis' new home at visitor complex topped out By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News T he new home for space shuttle Atlantis was topped out Wednesday with its high est beam in a milestone ceremony marking the continuing construction of a 90,000-square-foot exhibit hall at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. "Topping out of a building is always a special occa sion," said Bob Cabana, di rector of NASA's Kennedy Space Center and a former space shuttle commander. "I remember when Joe Tanner was doing a spacewalk and he topped off the International Space Station, the highest point on it, and he had brought a facsimile of a tree on it." The 38-foot-long, one-ton steel beam was lifted 116 feet off the ground where workers locked it into place. A small tree and American beam, which was signed by hundreds of contractor and NASA employees. Roy Tharpe added his signature at the last moment, continuing a tradition he be gan in the early 1960s when he signed the top beam of the Vehicle Assembly Building. "I just thought it was important that I show my re spect for the space program and the accomplishments we've made," Tharpe said. "I'm getting old, but this work never gets old." Construction is far from complete on the structure. Now mostly a framework of steel beams, workers will enclose the space in the next couple of months, careful to leave one wall open so Atlantis can be rolled in and it. It will take some 1,400 tons of steel to complete the structure. The exhibit is being built by Delaware North, which manages and operates the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for NASA. Tim Macy, director of Project Development for the visitor complex, said the exhibit is scheduled to open during the July Fourth weekend in 2013. Atlantis will be the last shuttle to move out of the operational area at Kennedy. The move will take place Nov. 2, with the shuttle attached to the orbiter transport vehicle, or OTV, that carried the shuttles for years from their processing hangars to the Vehicle As sembly Building. The OTV will take Atlantis on a 9.8-mile journey from the VAB to the headquarters building at Kennedy, then across to the developing Exploration Park for a three-hour stop the visitor complex's exhibit structure. With the retired orbiter inside, workers will be able to complete the building around the shuttle. The shuttle will be lifted onto a stand and tilted at 43.21 degrees that number is intentional with its pay load bay doors open. The shuttle will look as it did in space. Sixty-two exhibits will be erected around it, including a full-scale mockup of the Hubble Space Telescope and a full-scale model of a portion of the International Space Station. "The orbiters are special to us, they're family but re ally this facility is going to tell the story of an amazing 30-year program and this venue is going to be abso lutely outstanding," Cabana said. "This is the place to come see our history and this is the place to come see our future." The exhibits will tell the shuttle program's history with interactive displays and other features that allow visitors to learn as much as they want about the space craft that carried astronauts into space for 30 years. "Every time you come out of those story zones, you look at Atlantis with different eyes to appreciate what we've accomplished," said Louis Berrios, design specialist for Kennedy. "This has been a project that is just on such an amazing pace you sometimes don't get to take a breather and admire what's been done. It wasn't very long ago this was bare concrete with nothing here." The work to get the shuttles to their new homes is close to wrapping up. on display at the Smithson ian's Air and Space Museum for a few months. Endeavour, the youngest of the shuttles, has been out Carrier Aircraft to Los Angeles where it will be put on display at the California Science Center. Enterprise, the proto tests and was used to test shuttle launch, stands on the New York City as a promi nent exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Mu seum. Eventually, each shuttle will be displayed in a unique will be displayed vertically as it was for launch. Atlantis will reveal to visitors a shuttle as it appeared in orbit. Discovery looks like it just landed. CLICK ON PHOTO Complex on Sept. 5. The 90,000-square-foot facility will house space shuttle Atlantis and 62 shuttle program exhibits. A worker signs the steel beam before it was lifted and placed at the top of the exhibit structure being built for space shuttle Atlantis on Sept. 5.
Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 7, 2012 By Linda Herridge Florida also will manage the in progress on landscaping, Spaceport News facilities through subleases irrigation and additional to appropriate tenants. signage, and these should A modern sign now Prior to signing the En be completed by the end of marks the entrance hanced Use Lease, Busacca the month. to Exploration said an Environmental The site is now verticalPark along Space Com Impact Statement (EIS) was ready and all development merce Way near the Ken prepared. entitlements are in place, nedy Space Center Visitor This process, which is Odyssey said. We hope to Complex. Beyond the sign, an inherently public one, much of the 60 acres of included meetings with by the end of 2012 and to land has been cleared, roads the public and addressed break ground on Building A are paved and most of the comments from the public necessary infrastructure is and government agencies, Phase I will include nine Busacca said. sustainable, state-of-the-artA new sign on Space Commerce Way marks the entrance to Exploration Park of construction. near Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Aug. 15. Much of the 60 acres of The EIS did not reveal buildings that will provide The sign also marks 350,000-square-feet of the new entranceway to would affect the original work space. Each building to the SLSL outside the Florida, is the anchor for the Space Life Sciences development plans. is expected to qualify for centers secure perimeter the park. The building cur Laboratory (SLSL). Previ the U.S. Green Building ously, the SLSL entrance will allow greater access rently is being repurposed leading into the park are Councils Leadership in was along State Road 3 on to many users, including to provide for more use by paved and marked. Facil Environmental and Energy foreign nationals, Busacca the commercial space com NASAs Kennedy Space ity infrastructure, includ said. Being in Explora munity. Center, but the entrance ing electrical power, street tion. tion Park will allow tenants Development of the park was rerouted in June as lights, water and sewer, has part of the development of to reside there without the is a partnership between been completed, moving ship Space Florida project Exploration Park, according badging requirements and NASA and Space Florida. Phase I development closer supporting the state of to Mario Busacca, acting extensive security reviews. NASA granted Space to facility construction. Floridas 2020 Vision for manager of Kennedys Busacca said the SLSL, Florida the right to de Allison Odyssey, senior economic growth in aero which was built and is velop the property under an program manager with Placing the entrance owned by the state of Enhanced Use Lease. Space Space Florida, said work is science and technology. CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News N ASA's Curiosity rover is scouring the Martian surface at Gale Crater with drills, cameras and even a laser so Planet. Curiosity carries no people, instead taking all of its readings by remote control and radioing them back to eager scientists on Earth. It's a story familiar to "Star Wars" fans, thousands of whom gathered in Orlando, Fla., for Celebration VI. For lovers of the galaxy far, far away, the idea of a robotic traveler working diligently far from home is reminiscent of R2-D2's various journeys to Tatooine, Dagobah and Bespin or the Imperial Probe Droid's search around the ice planet Hoth. "From what I've seen, people being able to steer a robot on Mars from so far away is truly amazing," said Ben Burtt, the sound designer R2-D2 a voice mix of electronic He also was trained as a scientist, having majored in physics. "I never could have imagined that being the case back 40 years ago when At that time, even the R2 on the set could barely move down the hallway." While Curiosity represents the technological cutting edge for ro bots landing on other planets, it still lacks the personality and other highWars" machines. No worry, say fans catch up soon enough. vates good science," said Brian Pauley, an Ohio fan who dressed as young hero Luke Skywalker for the event. "When you see something, you say, 'I'd like to do that' and you set about doing it, and then you accomplish it." If they had the chance to send R2-D2 on a scouting mission to a real planet in the solar system, Mars would still get most of the attention. "Mars, that's the best bet," said Evan Greenwood, portraying Glen Marek, or Starkiller. "It's probably the only one that will be terrafor mable at some point. Not nowadays, but it has the best chance. It's the closest to Earth, it's a mini-Earth, so it's the best place for a base. So if an asteroid hits Earth, and if there are people somewhere else, the human race can survive. Until we do that, we're in peril." A more Hoth-like world also got a vote, though. "Pluto would probably be the best to send it to because we don't know anything about Pluto," said an Seale. "It's so far away, it's so hard to send R2-D2 out there where we can't reach that well." The most important thing, the fans said, was to keep exploring, and pushing the boundaries of knowledge outward. "I think we're just scratching the surface," said Tim Martinez, dressed in the menacing black armor of Darth Vader. "I was a big astronaut buff when I was young and Mars has always intrigued me and I think the more that we explore, the more we'll learn and the more there is to explore. Maybe we'll travel there one day." "Every step we take gets us a lit tle bit closer," said David Atteberry, wearing a detailed Mandalorian ar mor costume similar to Boba Fett's attire, "and that's one of the things I found about the Curiosity rover, it's back into space and getting closer to that dream of being able to explore our galaxy."
Sept. 7, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 5 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Launch Services Program (LSP) Manager Amanda Mitskevich, left, was presented with a framed com second from left, vice president of Mission Operations at ULA on Aug. 27 at Kennedy Space Center. Also at the presentation were ULA Program Manager for NASA Missions Vern Thorp and LSP Deputy Program Manager Chuck Dovale. Firing Room 3 of the Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center is undergoing a major reconstruc of the Launch Control Center have served as the brain for launches at NASAs Florida Spaceport. NASA/Frankie Martin Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, former astronaut and Air Force test pilot, stands near the Astrovan and space shuttle Atlantis inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center on Aug. 10. Stafduring his NASA career. CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Eric Reyier to take a tour, called "Living Outdoor Laboratory for Environmental Sustainability," on Sept. 6. Here the unique estuarine ecosystems that are protected from development by the presence of Kennedy and
Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 7, 2012 LED lights shine on plant growth experiments By Linda Herridge Spaceport News W hat kind of food will astronauts eat and what is the best way to grow it during deep space explora tion missions? A group of plant biologists is seeking the answers as it works on one of NASAs Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Habitation Projects at Ken nedy Space Centers Space Life Sciences Laboratory. Gioia Massa, a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Surface Systems group of Kennedys Engineering Di rectorate, works on this AES habitation-related project. For this experiment, Massa said they looked at the responses of a red-leaf lettuce called Outred geous and radish plants to different light sources lighting and solid state red and blue LED lighting. light quality can potentially increase antioxidant proper ties of crops, such as the lettuce used here, Mickens said. The nutrit ional quality of the vegetables meant to feed our astronaut explorers can be controlled by proper selection of lighting used to grow these crops during long-range space missions beyond low Earth orbit. As we learn more about different light sources we product plants that will produce food for the crew, recycle the atmosphere and help to recycle water, Massa said. Ultimately, we would like to develop closed-loop bioregenerative technologies that are self-sustaining, Massa said. Our current supplemental food produc tion system is a step towards this future goal. High stakes elevate importance of 'Malfunction Junction' By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Dr. Matthew Mickens, a plant biologist from North Carolina Agriculture and Techni plants harvested from a plant growth chamber Aug. 3 inside the Space Life Sci ences Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center. The plant experiment at Kennedy is part of the Advanced Exploration Systems program in NASAs Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. and versatile, Massa said. Because of their durability and long life, they are ideal for space missions where re supply of things from Earth is limited. According to Ray Wheeler, lead for advanced life support activities in the Engineering Directorate, using LED lights to grow plants was an idea that originated with NASA as far back as the late 1980s. Matthew Mickens, a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and recipi ent of the NASA-sponsored Harriett G. Jenkins Predoc toral Fellowship, followed the plants growth during his tenure at the center. During a recent harvest of the plants, Mickens measured the plants shoot length, shoot diameter, total fresh mass or the weight of the plants at time of harvest, total dry mass of the edible plant matter accumulated during the growth cycle, and the leaf area index. One of the objectives of the study was to understand the effects of green light on plant growth, Mickens said. For the test, he compared the growth responses of the lettuce and radishes grown under a treatment of red and blue LEDs, and a treatment of broad spectrum white light present. I discovered that there were considerable physi ological differences between the two treatments, Mick ens said. Even subtle changes in W orking side-by-side with designers developing technologies of the future are engineers deciphering what went wrong with some of the technologies of the present. They analyze readouts from preci sion tools, devise ways to test large pieces of rocket hardware without damaging the rocket itself, and burn, blow up or vaporize leftover frag something failed. Think of it as CSI: KSC. NASA's Kennedy Space Center is home to a failure analysis lab system whose ancestral roots extend back to the 1960s when failures were not un common during early days of rocket development. These days, the stakes are far greater for engineers and designers, than a year, let alone an afternoon. tion is the failure analysts. "Everyone's looking to you to come up with the answer," said Chad Carl, who leads the Materials and Processes Engineering Section of the Failure Analysis and Materials Evaluation Lab at Kennedy. Their analyses cover such a wide range of failures of everything from tiny valves in processing equipment to nose cones that the lab is nick named "Malfunction Junction." "It was like solving puzzles all the time," said Rick Rapson, a retired engineer who examined everything from quick-disconnect valves on shuttle components to a propane tank that exploded on a turkey farm in Iowa. "Like a policeman solves crimes by looking at the evidence, you're looking for the piece of the puzzle that caused the event to oc cur and sometimes you had to look But it was pretty rare that you got stumped." Making the work much harder was the fact that when rockets fail, there isn't often much left to study. "When something fails, it's usually a long way away and it's not com ing back, so we won't get to look at it," said Todd Campbell of NASA's Launch Services Program, which is responsible for sending many of the space. The failure analysts and the engi neering teams consider themselves a critical element in minimizing the disruption by tracking down what rockets have the same problem and "If there's something that's supit has a crack in it or there's some unknown, we're called in to solve the and why and what we can do to get engineer in the lab. Working at the agency's primary launch site means Kennedy's analy sis teams work mostly with rockets and ground support equipment, though there are occasional times when the spacecraft also is evaluated to determine its role in a problem. "At the end of the day, it's all about Earth to space," said Dave Sollberg er, deputy chief engineer of NASA's Launch Service Program and the person who determines that a rocket is ready to go from an engineering standpoint. "Our job is not the sci ence of what the satellite does, our job is altitude and velocity to get the spacecraft either to low Earth orbit or on a deep space trajectory." He depends on his team of engi neers and data drawn from stringent evaluations of a rocket's components See ANALYST Page 8
2011 Page 7 Sept. 7, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS 2012 NASA AWARDS Assurance Organization, Christina Pobjecky Laura Segarra Rebecca L. Lewis as a Contractor PRESIDENTIAL Misty Snopkowski TEAM RANK AWARD Robert Dempsey Kenneth Tenbusch Dallas L. McCarter NASA NASA Exceptional Meritorious Executive William Lane Eddie N. Montalvo Achievement Medal Susan P. Kroskey INDIVIDUAL NASA Scott Thurston Cuong C. Nguyen Cheryl Malloy TEAM Richard D. Nielsen HONOR AWARDS Steven Bigos Sarah Waechter Accepted by Laura Colville, Tracy L. Wetrich NASA Outstanding Henry May Oklahoma State University Director, Human Resources Laura C. Gallaher Terry S. Parnell Leadership Medal BLUE MARBLE HONORABLE MENTION Ellen R. Lamp AWARD Laura M. McDaniel Distinguished Service Mark R. Borsi Roger S. Rudig NASA EMD Directors Accepted by Ewing B. Swaney Robert Russo Hortense B. Burt Medal Randall E. Scott Environment and Energy Michael B. Stevens Award David M. Martin Robert B. Holl Manager, Launch Vehicle Roland Schlierf Thomas N. Williams Clyde D. Shreve Nancy P. Zeitlin TEAM Crew Program Denise Thaller Accepted by Michael W. Csonka Susan D. Sitko Susan P. Kroskey NASA Exceptional Craig Technologies ESC Alice F. Smith Karen D. Lucht Group Philip E. Phillips Public Achievement Scott P. Stilwell Peggy L. Masters Shuttle Program Transition and Program Manager, Medal Retirement Environmental Phillip L. Swihart Wayne W. McClellan Ground Systems Development Erik E. Tormoen Glenn S. Semmel Management Team and Operations Program Robin Bullock Vanessa K. Stromer Accepted by Francis Kline Terry S. Turlington Tara S. Miller Eugene E. Walker Accepted by Wanda Harding, HONORABLE MENTION Alice F. Smith, NASA Christine L. Weaver Mark D. Wiese NASA Ann T. Williams, NASA Lorene B. Williams Distinguished Public NASA Exceptional Amy S. Mangiacapra, United Henry W. Yu NASA Outstanding Service Medal Administrative Space Alliance Public Leadership Medal Achievement Dorothy Couch, Bridget BTC KSC Quality and TEAM Medal United Launch Alliance Safety Achievement Accepted by Bruce Reid, NASA Recognition Ernest G. Tonhauser NASA GROUP Catherine D. Bond Michael L. Young (QASAR) Award Carole-Sue Feagan ACHIEVEMENT PAD B EARLY DEPLOY NASA Exceptional United Space Alliance AWARDS Lifetime Achievement Service Medal NASA Early Career TEAM INDIVIDUAL Achievement Medal Accepted by David P. Humberto Bert T. Garrido Tammy L. Annis Armstrong, NASAKSC HONOR KSC Safety and Mission Todd C. Arnold TEAM Damara M. BelsonAWARDS Assurance Daniel H. Hull NASA Andrew C. Bundy Victoria S. Long TEAM Raoul E. Caimi Ernesto T. Camacho Kristen P. Luther Commendation or Safety Contribution NASA From Within the NASA Brekke E. Coffman Rommel A. Rubio NASA Charles F. Abell Safety and Mission Scott T. Colloredo Alan Alemany Assurance Organization, Georgianna B. Cox William C. Atkinson as a Civil Servant Lesley C. Fletcher Marcia M. Groh Hammond TEAM NASA Silver Dawn M. Borden Todd E. Brandenburg Patrick E. Hanan TEAM Accepted by Marilyn Davidson, Accepted by William Atkinson, Achievement Medal Michael D. Bruder Kathleen A. Milon NASA NASA Dave W. Burris Miguel Morales Mary MacLaughlin Michael L. Canicatti or Safety Contribution Gloria A. Murphy Scott Vangen External to the NASA Hung T. Nguyen Accepted by Denise Thaller, Adam C. Cooper Safety and Mission TEAM Vicki M. Cox Assurance Organization, Accepted by Bruce Reid, NASA NASA Accepting for the team is Billy Frances E. Cunningham as a Civil Servant Gary M. Felker William B. Simmonds McMillan, NASA Rogelio Franco Robert F. Speece Thomas E. Frattin Ground Processing Pamela P. Steel NASA Accepted by Timothy Honeycutt, Ralph Fritsche Derek Bailey NASA Ewing B. Swaney Christopher Bershad Anthony Harris or Safety Contribution Kari L. Heminger-Sperna From Within the NASA Raquel Lumpkin Luke D. Hoffman Safety and Mission Raymond M. Wheeler Billy McMillan Accepted by Brad Postlethwaite, Assurance Organization, Scott B. Wilson Lance Rogers Abacus Technology as a Contractor Brittani Sims NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal Commercial Crew Program Daniel S. Keenan Millennium Engineering and Accepted by Shaqueena Lewis, Larry W. Kiel Accepting for the team is Scott NASA David C. Knoblock Kathy S. Fleming Thurston, NASA Scott W. Koester Steven C. Geis To view a copy of the program Stanley R. Kuhns or Safety Contribution that includes award descriptions Stephen P. Lander External To The NASA Timothy Olinger Accepted by Lisa Saunders, and team members' names, Staci A. Leach Safety And Mission Services Contract. Gennaro Caliendo NASA click on the photo.
Page 8 Sept. 7, 2012SPACEPORT NEWS NASA Employees of the Month: September Employees for the month of September are, from left, James Joyner, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate; Norman Beck, Launch Services Program; Jeffrey Crisafulli, Engineering Directorate; Ken Jackson, Ground Systems Development and Operations; and Jeff Johnson, Center Operations.In celebration of Kennedy Space Center's 50th anniversary, enjoy this vintage photo . .FROM THE VAULT This 1961 photo shows Dr. William H. Pickering, left, JPL director, presenting a Mariner spacecraft model to President John F. Kennedy. NASA Administrator James Webb is standing behind by Venus in 1962, sending back data on its atmosphere, mass, and weather patterns. It stopped 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 www.nasa.gov/kennedy SP-2012-08-180-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 KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.govGround tests routinely are performed rom ANALYST Page 6on components and engines are nd materials to help him feel com rtable that a launcher will perform rocket carrying a satellite into space orrectly. is doing something it has never done Sometimes a launch does not go before. ell, such as two recent occasions "On the LSP side, every launch which payload fairings did not vehicle is brand new," Carl said. "So parate correctly from around the every single time you are dealing acecraft and the missions were with a set of parts coming together st. to make a launch vehicle that have In the past, Sollberger did not have e Kennedy lab to call on since it its an all-new vehicle every single ent the vast amount of its time time." udying space shuttle components. Understand, also, that even when ith the shuttle program winding they are not thinking about a prob own and then retiring, though, the lem or test result, these engineers SP engineer found a sound source still arrive at a solution. f expertise to help his work. "I've popped awake at 3 o'clock in Before, the LSP engineers farmed the morning, bam, there it is, the a-ha sting to outside labs, but that meant moment" Tucker said. "I thought I e engineers and analysts didn't was peacefully sleeping." eet face to face much and the com Rapson came up with the cause of unication back and forth was often the drag chute door popping off the ery formal, Sollberger said. With shuttle at launch of STS-95 while is approach, if something comes up driving into work, six weeks after e engineers can simply walk over they'd started looking into the issue. It turned out the sheer pins holding asily. the door on were not strong enough Much of the work this year has for the design. They were strength entered on making sure the payload ened to solve the issue. iring problems did not extend to "We looked at everything we could ther rockets and missions. While ngineering boards determine a out driving in. The one piece of the ategorical cause for the failure, puzzle, it can be a thing where all of ASA still has upcoming missions a sudden a light comes on." launch. the trick. ozens and dozens of times success "I can't tell you how many times I lly, to an engineer certifying that was on a plane and have been work rocket is ready to safely deliver a ing on my laptop, maybe cleaning up utting-edge spacecraft into orbit, email and out of nowhere it just hits ere still are plenty of things that you, we need to look at that, that's going to be where the answer is," ecause launchers are not reused. Carl said. F a fo c w in se sp lo th sp st W d L o te th m m v th th e c fa o e c N to d fu a c th b Looking up and ahead . .* All times are Eastern 2012 Oct. 4 USAF Launch/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (SLC-37B): Delta 4, GPS 2F-3 Launch window: 8:10 to 8:29 a.m. Dec. 6 NASA Launch/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (SLC-41): Atlas V Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K) Launch window: 12:29 to 1:09 a.m.