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Oct. 19, 2012 Vol. 52, No. 21 John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Inside . Page 2 Umbilical arm ready for testing Page 3 Blue Origin tests engine thrust chamber Page 6 New food service brings fresh ideas Page 7 Station experiment to test fresh food By Linda Herridge Spaceport News Workers celebrate milestone move T he Oct. 17 move of space shuttle At lantis from Orbiter Processing Facility-2to the Vehicle Assembly Build ing gave employees at Kennedy Space Center an opportunity to celebrate. The milestone completed preparations for display at Kennedy's visitor complex. Atlantis will remain in the VAB on display until it is at Kennedy's visitor com plex next month. During the move, Atlantis stopped on the towway for a photo opportunity. For several hours there was a constant crowd of Kennedy employees who brought cameras to take pictures with the shuttle prior to its move to the visitor complex, slated for early November. Adding to the event's festive nature, representatives from the NASA Exchange were on hand with ice cream and other refreshments. Buddy McKenzie, the United Space Alliance (USA) manager for Atlan tis' forward and midbody looks forward to seeing the shuttle on display in the new museum. "If seeing Atlantis on display inspires even one young child, then it's all worth it," McKenzie said. "It's not the end -I think of it as a beginning." Preparations for the move to Atlantis' new home included closing of the shuttle's crew hatch on Oct. 11. hatch closure on Endeavour, Bob Cabana, director of Kennedy and a former space shuttle commander, lent a hand in bay 2 of the Orbiter Processing Facility as USA technicians Danny Brown and Dave Chodkowski performed the task. Cabana turned the special T-shaped tool, which is much like a key, to lock the hatch in place. Through this crew hatch, 207 astronauts passed to enter Atlantis and take their seats for launch on 33 space shuttle missions. "This is the end of an era," Cabana said. "Atlantis is going to have a really nice home at the visitor com plex." "The team preparing Atlantis for display has used the same pride and integrity they had as Atlantis was said Bart Pannullo, NASA's Transition and Retirement vehicle manager. "Atlantis is the last space shuttle at Kennedy, the last enzie who helped direct the that as the caretakers, we deliver it to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Com plex." The move to the museum being built especially for the historic spacecraft is sched uled for Nov. 2. Cabana is looking even further ahead. "The good side of this is that Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour will be able to tell the space shuttle story to millions for years to come." Employees at Kennedy Space Center admire space shuttle Atlantis as it moves from Orbiter Processing Facility-2 to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Oct. 17. Atlantis will be moved to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in November where it will be placed on public display. NASA/Jim Grossmann

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Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Oct. 19, 2012 Space Launch System umbilical arm ready for testing S ystem installation and inte gration of a test umbilical arm recently was completed at Kennedy Space Center. Compo nents of this arm eventually will be mounted on the new mobile launch er tower to support vital functions on NASA's Space Launch System, or SLS, an advanced heavy-lift rocket that will provide the capabil ity for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. A key element of NASA's plan for future exploration, SLS will boost the Orion spacecraft designed for crews of up to four astronauts traveling on deep-space missions to asteroids and eventually Mars. The test umbilical arm will sup port cryogenic, or super-cold, pro pellant loading for the new rocket's propulsion systems. It recently was mounted to the mobile launcher tower simulator at Kennedy's Launch Equipment Test Facility, or LETF, for further checkouts and simulations. The results and lessons learned from the testing will be used to develop the next round of umbilical hardware. When testing is complete, some of the hardware will be reused as part of the Orion service module umbilical on the mobile launcher. The Orion spacecraft consists of two main parts: a conical crew mod ule and a cylindrical service module holding the spacecraft's propulsion system and expendable supplies. The service module umbilical arm supports the primary power and environmental control systems of the spacecraft. "Design work on the umbilical arm began in 2008," said Steve Larsen, lead design engineer for liquid oxygen systems in NASA's Engineering and Technology Direc torate. "The umbilical was originally developed as part of the Constella tion program to provide propellant, pneumatic services, power and data connections to the Ares I launch ve hicle. After this test, we are planning same for SLS." After the cancelation of the Constellation Program, Kennedy's Ground Systems Development and fabrication of one umbilical system for testing in the LETF and potential use supporting future NASA launch vehicles. In the summer of 2011, EMF Corp. of Merritt Island, Fla., received a contract to fabricate the umbilical arm. The company specializes in manufacturing and de signing custom parts and assemblies for a variety of uses. "After EMF delivered the arm to Kennedy, LETF technicians as test activities," said Jeff Crisafulli, manager of the LETF. An umbilical arm is attached to a simulated portion of the launch umbilical tower at the LETF, and a complex series of simulations will follow. "The primary objective of the tests will be to validate engineering anal ysis models involving the dynamics of the umbilical arm's retraction, stress and thermal conditions at the said. "We'll use the vehicle motion simulator in the LETF to simulate on-pad vehicle sway and liftoff." Some secondary objectives in clude evaluating a new fault-tolerant quick disconnect, measuring the per formance of a new type of insulation for environmental control system pipes, and assessing the viability of the technology for use on the SLS. "Since one of the major roles of the umbilical is to load cryogenic propellants for the launch vehicle's propulsion system, we'll perform tests at both ambient and cryogenic temperatures," Crisafulli said. "For this testing we plan to use liquid nitrogen which costs less, is readily available and far less hazardous than liquid hydrogen." Liquid nitrogen is 321 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, compared to liquid oxygen at 368 degrees below zero and liquid hydrogen at 423 degrees below zero. These commodities bring challenges to hardware due to the extreme cold temperatures involved. Crisafulli noted that an important focus is on the mechanical and elec trical disconnects. "With safety and reliability among our primary concerns, we want to be sure the system is 'fault tolerant,'" he said. "Altogether we plan to run more than 800 different tests with the vehicle motion simulator." By engineering and designing the hardware to be "fault tolerant," it ensures the system will still work if one component fails. "The way the umbilical arm is designed, it retracts away from the SLS rocket by tilting up rather than moving to the side or dropping down," Larsen said. "This allows the umbilical arm to track the vehicle as it is moving up if the primary re lease mechanism fails. The second ary release mechanism is passively engaged when the vehicle reaches a predetermined height." While there is still much to do, Crisafulli believes their systems will be ready to support NASA's future deep-space missions. "LETF testing is on the critical path for mobile launcher opera tional readiness," he said. "There are currently nine different umbilicals at the LETF. Once we complete all the needed simulations, we'll be ready to have the hardware installed on the mobile launcher tower. We'll be ready when Orion and SLS are ready to go." By Bob Granath Spaceport News The umbilical arm is shown mounted on a simulated portion of the launch umbilical tower recently at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Equipment Test Facility. NASA

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Oct. 19, 2012 Page 3 SPACEPORT NEWS More info online For more information about NASA's Commercial Crew Program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ commercialcrew Blue Origin tests rocket engine thrust chamber N ASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner Blue Origin has successfully sembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine. As part of Blue's Reusable Booster System (RBS), the engines are designed eventually to launch the biconic-shaped Space Vehicle the company is developing. The test was part of Blue Origin's work supporting its funded Space Act Agree ment with NASA during Commercial Crew Develop ment Round 2 (CCDev2). CCDev2 continues to bring spacecraft and launch vehicle designs forward to develop a U.S. commer cial crew space transporta tion capability that ultimately could become available for the government and other customers. "Blue Origin continues to be extremely innovative as it develops a crew-capable vehicle for suborbital and Mango, CCP manager. "We're thrilled the compa with success." The test took place early this month on the E-1 test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. Blue Origin engineers successfully com pleted the test by powering the thrust chamber to its full power level. "We are very excited to have demonstrated a new class of high-performance hydrogen engines," said Rob Meyerson, president and program manager of Blue Origin. "Access to the Stennis test facility and its talented operations team was instrumental in conducting full-power testing of this new thrust chamber." As part of CCDev2, Blue By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News Bike tour breaks records A total of 559 bicy clists were given a special opportunity to explore NASA's Kennedy Space Center on the morn ing of Oct. 6 during the annual Tour de KSC. The tour enabled employees and their guests to see historic Kennedy facilities, while raising money for local and international charities. The ride encourages exer cise, good health and serves as the kickoff for the annual Combined Federal Cam paign, or CFC. The mission of CFC is to support those in need through a program that is employee focused, in providing all civil service employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life. In brief ceremonies prior to the start of the bicycle ride, center director Bob Cabana said this year's event well exceeded the goal of raising $10,000 and the number of participants was up from 500 a year ago. "We're kicking off the Combined Federal Campaign here at the Kennedy Space Center in style," he said. "We've set a record today for the amount of money raised by our Tour de KSC CFC kickoff event." Cabana then presented a check for $11,180 to Susan McGrath, vice president of resource development for United Way of Brevard County. Tour de KSC co-chairman Bob Willcox, of the Kennedy Information Technology and Communications Services, was pleased with the turnout. "I am personally proud of the Tour de KSC," Willcox said. "We raised $11,180 for such a great cause, the Com bined Federal Campaign. We offer a unique opportunity for our employees to bring family and friends to get a special look at our wonder ful facility in a healthful activity." "The smiles on people's faces before, during, and af ter speak volumes and make all the hard work worth while," Wilcox said. The reaction of Phil Metzger, a research physi cist in Kennedy's Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory, re participants. "My wife and I had so much fun we're wonder ing why we never did this before," Metzger said. "Helping people through the Combined Federal Cam paign, enjoying a beautiful day cycling and seeing the sites at KSC -what could be better than that?" More than 25 volunteers helped make the third Tour de KSC possible, assisting along the way. All riders started at the Kennedy Space Center Visi tor Complex and had the op portunity to choose from up to four tour routes that took cyclists past the Orbiter Pro cessing Facility Bay 2 giving bikers an opportunity to see the space shuttle Atlantis up close, Launch Pad 39B, the Shuttle Landing Facility, and through Kennedy's Industrial Area, passing buildings such as the Space Station Process ing Facility, the Operations and Checkout Building and the Kennedy Headquarters Building. "Stop-and-go" stations strategically located along the routes gave riders a chance to pause for a snack, water break and photo op portunities. Charities chosen for the CFC support a variety of needs across the world, including early education, child protection, animal shelters, health and medi cal research, environmental cleanup, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, aiding the disabled and more. hydrogen engine thrust chamber at NASA's Stennis Space Center in early October. Photo courtesy of Blue Origin Origin also completed a system requirements review of its spacecraft. During the review, engineers and tech nical experts representing NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the com pany assessed the space craft's ability to meet safety and mission requirements to low-Earth orbit. That review also included results from more than 100 wind tunnel tests of the vehicle's aero dynamic design, stability maneuverability. By Bob Granath Spaceport News on Oct. 6. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

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SPACEPORT NEWS Page 4 Oct. 19, 2012 Kennedy supports effort to develop satellite servicing capabilities W ith satellites play ing increasingly important roles in everyday life, NASA is developing the technology to build Earth-orbiting, roving "service stations" capable of extending the life of these spacecraft. Engineers at Kennedy Space Center are assisting the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in developing the concept for bringing a high-technology gas pump, robotic mechanic and tow truck to satellites in space. There are 149 govern ment-owned spacecraft and 275 commercial satellites currently in geosynchronous Earth orbit, or GEO. Placed 22,300 miles above the Earth, these satellites play key roles in communica tions, science, defense and weather monitoring. GEO permits these spacecraft essentially to stay over the same point, allowing for constant coverage of a designated position. This is crucial for satellites relaying meteorology and television tions of the globe. According to Tom Aranyos, technical integra tion manager in NASA's Fluids and Propulsion Divi sion at Kennedy, engineers at the Florida spaceport are supporting the hypergolic propellant refueling portion of the Goddard-led study by servicing spacecraft could expand options in orbit for government and commercial satellite owners. "Kennedy, as part of the Goddard team, is studying and performing preliminary tests for the design, develop testing of the critical subsys tem for an in-orbit hyper golic propellant transfer system," Aranyos said. According to Aranyos, America depends on satel lites in geosynchronous orbit. These expensive spacecraft eventually de velop systems failures or run out of propellant. "Servicing and refueling these satellites can keep them operating longer and in the correct orbit, giving the nation and their owners more value for their investment," he said. Preliminary work with a technology demonstrator is under way on the Interna tional Space Station. The crew of space shuttle Atlan the Robotic Refueling Mis sion, or RRM, hardware to the station in July 2011. During a spacewalk, astro nauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan transferred the RRM onto a temporary platform on the Special Purpose Dexter ous Manipulator, also known as Dextre, a two-armed robot developed by the Canadian Space Agency that serves as part of the station's Mobile Servicing System. RRM now resides on the Express Logistics Carrier 4 platform outside the station. Designed by the same team that developed the in struments and astronaut tools for the Hubble Space Tele scope servicing missions, the four RRM tools cut and ma nipulate wires, unscrew caps, open and close valves and ing that a remote-controlled robot can service and refuel a satellite in orbit. In March 2012, the 12-foot Dextre performed the most intricate operation ever attempted by a space robot: cutting two twisted "lock wires," each 20 thou sandths of an inch (0.5 mil limeters) in diameter using the RRM wire-cutter tool. The RRM refueling demonstration is scheduled to take place on the space station in the fall of 2012. Meanwhile, back on the ground, preparations are ramping up for a second set of activities and task boards to continue RRM operations through 2014. Goddard's study and associated development campaign to advance tech nology readiness levels, or TRLs, of satellite-servicing technologies are the next steps in building capabilities for a fully robotic mainte nance vehicle that could service satellites, including those that were not originally intended to be serviced. Goddard envisions a future in which servicer spacecraft equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system, enhanced robotic arms and tools, and a supply of propellant would be able to autonomously rendezvous and dock with a satellite needing aid. Depending on the type of assistance need ed, the servicing spacecraft "R" capabilities: refueling, repositioning, remote survey, replacing of components or repairing an ailing satellite. The Goddard development campaign is designed to en sure that the capabilities and technologies are matured, vetted and ready for potential future servicing missions. "That will include a pump ing system with high-accu racy metering and hose man agement system to transfer propellant to multiple client locations on existing orbiting satellites, Aranyos said. Since May 2011, Aranyos' technical team has been developing a highly reli able, leak-free hypergolic propellant transfer module capable of high-accuracy metering at high-pressure, propellants, such as nitrogen tetroxide, hydrazine and monomethyl hydrazine are the propellants most fre quently used in satellites. A key milestone in the Kennedy effort was com pleted in August with testing of the low-TRL prototype pump, led by Brian Nufer who heads up the propul sion subsystem team. NASA engineers worked with tech nicians from Sierra Lobo of Fremont, Ohio, under an in stitutional support contract to of proof-of-concept hard ware to see how to pump highly corrosive, toxic, low viscosity and high-density nitrogen tetroxide propellant at required transfer pres sures. Aranyos is pleased with the progress so far. "This is a great partner ship with Goddard," he said. "Through most of Kennedys history, we have received, processed and launched vehicles developed at other centers. Over our 50-year history, weve developed an extensive knowledge base and diverse capabilities. Projects such as this give us an opportunity to put that expertise to work." By Bob Granath Spaceport News This artist's concept shows a servicing spacecraft, left, approaching a satellite needing assistance. NASA is developing the tools needed to bring a high-technology gas pump, robotic mechanic and tow truck to satellites in orbit. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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SPACEPORT NEWS Page 5 Oct. 19, 2012 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Merlin engines ignite under the Falcon 9 rocket at Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Oct. 7. The rocket carried a Dragon capsule to orbit. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, the station three days later. Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth on Oct. 28 for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of southern California. NASA/Rick Wetherington and Tim Powers CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Chris Chamberland 2012 in Port Canaveral, Fla., on Oct. 16. Exhibitors included vendors from product and service areas, such as engineering services, computer technology, communication equipment and services, and construction and safety products. The event was hosted for business leaders who are interested in learning about government contracting opportunities and what local and national vendors have to offer. challenges that life with a disability can create. Harding said has learned from his experiences and is now leading by example because everyone has the right to achieve gainful employment, live independently and have fun. The event was sponsored by the Disability Awareness and Action Working Group, or DAAWG. Turner Classic Movies, or TCM, brought their Classic Film Festival to Ken and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz participated in a panel discussion before the movie started. NASA/Tim Jacobs CLICK ON PHOTO CLICK ON PHOTO

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Page 6 Oct. 19 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS New food service caters to workers fresh ideas L ast year, more than 1,600 Kennedy Space Center work ers responded to a food service survey to determine the best steps the Food Ser vice Program could take. Results showed a major ity of workers wanted three components: providing breakfast and lunch; branded concepts offering breakfast and lunch; fast food/casual dining res taurant providing breakfast and lunch. Employees received what they wanted. And they seem happy about it. Its good that we have the number of options we have now, said Seth Schisler, an engineer with Nelson Engineering. I enjoy that I can go to Star bucks or Subway here on center. Fresh Ideas Southeast LLC, of Columbia, Mo., was awarded concession agreements for the tradi tional cafeteria in Head quarters (M6-399) and a food court featuring four branded concepts in the Multi-Functional Facility, MFF (K6-1145). The top vote getter in the employee survey was a food court and the top choice of eatery to be in that food court was Subway. We wanted to provide complimentary services that provided a variety of options for the workforce, said Xaivian Raymond, NASA Exchange Opera tions program manager for food services. Our primary goal was to get what the employees wanted. "Our new food services agreements represent a new way of doing business here at KSC, the new vendors are no longer subsidized, tomer needs. This means what the customer wants is more important than ever to these vendors." In addition, Fresh Ideas concession agreements include catering capa bilities. The Space Station Processing Facility, or SSPF (M7-360) cafeteria will be meeting venue and will of fer catering at this and other locations across the center. Space Coast Bar-B-Q, operating as Sonnys Real Pit Bar-B-Q, was awarded a concession agreement for the independent branded fast food/casual dining restaurant in the Operations and Checkout (O&C) build ing (M7-355). Sonnys concession agreement also includes catering capa bilities. Sonnys Real Pit Bar-B-Q is scheduled to open in late January or early February; however, they are available for on-site cater ing now. According to Raymond, Fresh Ideas continues to take workers suggestions to improve the food services. In fact, workers originally expressed concerns about of the new food services op erations and requested some other menu options at the food court venues. Since then Fresh Ideas changed some prices and added com bos to bring down costs, and they expanded their menu options at the MFF, Raymond said. Fresh Ideas is eager to change and meet the needs of the customer, Raymond said. Theyll do what ever it takes to make us, the workforce, happy. It is a pleasure working with this concessionaire. According to Raymond, Fresh Ideas is in discussions with other vendors to bring their menus to Kennedy. Fresh Ideas has the abil ity to change out menus and concepts at the food court and will do so as neces sary to meet the customers needs, Raymond said. Photos by NASA/Jim Grossmann Photos by NASA/Jim Grossmann By Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Spaceport News Fresh Ideas Southeast Hours of operations are: Headquarters (M6-0399) MFF (K6-1145) Subway: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starbucks: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Southern Beats: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yo2Go Frozen Yogurt: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://www.freshideasllc.com/ online/kscdining/online-menu.cfm Heart Healthy Program to work with the dining staff and provide wellness programming, including Wellness Day events and healthy eating tips. Our Heart Healthy Program notes with individualized signage those items whose calories from fat are less than and deli arrays, display cooking stations are areas where selections can meet individualized needs. Also, all menus have been reviewed and critiqued by the registered dietitian and their corporate chef. Help is always an email away with the Ask The Dietitian program. For more information, email pholmes@freshideasfood.com Yo2Go Frozen Yogurt offers an amazing selection of your visit an adventure for your sweet cravings wraps, tenders and salads. Southern Beats offers Southern comfort hearty meals for individuals craving a taste of home. The Barista offers hot and cold coffee, espressos and other beverages from one of the worlds most notable brands -Star

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Page 7 Oct. 19, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS Station experiment to test fresh food experience W ith all the pre packaged garden ing kits on the market, an exceptionally green thumb isn't necessary to grow your own tasty fresh vegetables here on Earth. The same may hold true for U.S. astronauts living and working aboard the Interna tional Space Station when they receive a newly devel oped Vegetable Production System, called VEGGIE for short, set to launch aboard SpaceX's Dragon capsule on NASA's third Commercial Resupply Services mission. "Our hope is that even though VEGGIE is not a highly complex plant growth apparatus, it will allow the crew to rapidly grow veg etables using a fairly simple nutrient and water delivery approach," said Howard Levine, Ph.D. and chief scientist, Kennedy Space Center International Space Gioia Massa, a postdoc toral fellow in the Surface Systems Group of Kennedy's Engineering Directorate, has been working with the International Space Station the VEGGIE hardware here next year. "VEGGIE could be used to produce faster-growing species of plants, such as lettuce or radishes, bok choy or Chinese cabbage, or even bitter leafy greens" Massa said. "Crops like tomatoes, peas or beans in which you'd set fruit would take a little longer than a 28-day cycle." It may not sound like a big deal to us Earthlings who can just run out to our local produce stand or supermarket when we have a hankering for a salad, but when you're living 200 miles above the surface of the planet, truly fresh food only comes a few times a year. "When the resupply ships get up there, the fresh produce gets eaten almost immediately," Massa said. Weighing in at about 15 pounds and taking up the space of a stove-top micro wave oven, the stowable and deployable VEGGIE system was built by Orbital Tech nologies Corporation, or ORBITEC, in Madison, Wis. The company designed the system to enable low-main tenance experiments, giving astronauts the opportunity to garden recreationally. "Based upon anecdotal evidence, crews report that having plants around was very comforting and helped them feel less out of touch with Earth," Massa said. "You could also think of plants as pets. The crew just likes to nurture them." In simple terms, the VEG GIE system works like this: be adjusted for plants as they grow are attached to a metal frame housing the system's power and light switches. A rooting pillow made of Nomex will contain the planting media, such as soil or claylike particles, along with fertilizer pellets. Seeds either will be preloaded in the pillows on Earth or in serted by astronauts in space. To water the plants, crew members will use a reservoir located beneath the pillows and a root mat to effectively add moisture through an automatic wicking process. VEGGIE is set to join a suite of other Kennedymanaged plant growth facilities that vary in size and complexity, such as the Lada greenhouse unit and the ABRS, short for Ad vanced Biological Research System. VEGGIE is the simplest of the three designs, but has the largest surface area for planting and is ex pected to produce data on a more regular basis. "What's interesting is that plants breathe, just like humans," Levine said. "Initially, biolo gists tried to grow plants in sealed compartments but that didn't work because without carbon dioxide and oxygen to plants for respiration, they won't thrive." VEGGIE system is that it requires only about 115 watts to operate, less than half the energy it takes to power a desktop computer and monitor. The blue, red and green light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are bright enough for crops to grow, for a place where power is at a premium. "We really only need the red and the blue LEDs for good photosynthesis, but we have the option of turning the green LEDs on, which will make the overall light look white, making the plants look green rather than purple," Massa said. Once the facility reaches the station, astronauts will unpack it and install it into one of the station's EXPRESS racks. Then, they'll report back to Ken nedy's International Space the setup and work that goes into planting, maintaining and harvesting the crops, as well as the effort that goes into pillow disposal and sanitation. Mary Hummerick, a mi crobiologist at Kennedy, will be awaiting swab samples and frozen plant tissues to return from space so she can analyze them for bacteria and microorganisms that could adversely affect the crew. If those numbers are acceptable, NASA could give the go-ahead for crews to start eating what they grow. NASA is looking into oth er ways to use the VEGGIE facility once its operation is the station. "You could have biobehavioral studies on the ef fect of growing edible plants compared to ornamental tional studies, psychological studies, or you could grow herbs like mint and basil," Massa said. While a successful run of VEGGIE would open innumerable possibilities for future experiments, the near-term goal will be see ing whether the hardware performs as expected on the station come next year. By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News NASA 2011, at Kennedy Space Center. NASA CLICK ON PHOTO

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Page 8 Oct. 19, 2012 SPACEPORT NEWS FROM THE VAULT In celebration of Kennedy Space Center's 50th anniversary, enjoy this vintage photo . John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Assistant managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephanie Covey Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kay Grinter Editorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group. www.nasa.gov/kennedy SP-2012-09-210-KSC Spaceport 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 KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Apollo 12 mission. Kennedy offers many ways to stay in shape A s the old saying goes, An apple a day keeps the doc tor away. Kennedy Space Center is creating a new motto, 30 minutes of exercise a day keeps the health issues away. grams to encourage the workforce to live a more healthy and active lifestyle. Ryan Grist, an intern with the several health and wellness initia tives to help workers get up and out of their seats. On Oct. 1, a six-week program started, the KSC T.E.A.M. (Together Everything and Anything Matters) Wellness Challenge. Eight teams compete against each other by gaining points for participating in daily activities, such as donating blood, keeping a daily food log, and more. At the end of the six weeks, the team with the most points will win a prize donated by the NASA Exchange. We are looking to encourage people to maintain and motivate them to add new aspects to their daily lives. Grist said. cluded several new classes, such as a boot camp class on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.; core classes on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.; and beginning yoga classes on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. As these new health and wellness programs and competitions are form with its other annual events. 11th Annual Indoor Triathlon from Monday, Oct. 15 to Thursday, Nov. 15. Participants may choose between two series, the masters or novice; two different length events, the sprint or distance; and may participate as an individual or with a team. In order to participate in any of the activities you must be a member of to employees. Looking up and ahead . All times are Eastern Oct. 23 NASA Launch/Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 33/34, Soyuz TMA-06M Launch window: Under review Oct. 25 USAF Launch/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (SLC-41): Atlas V, Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) Launch window: Under review Oct. 31 NASA Launch/Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: ISS Progress 49 Launch window: Under review To watch a NASA launch online, go to http://www.nasa.gov/ntv By Brittney Longley Spaceport News Have a drink of water New research from the Institute of Medicine recommends that women should attempt to drink eight glasses a day, while men should drink up to 12 glasses a day of any drink, excluding caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Join a league KARS Park has several leagues throughout the year: KARS Softball League John Robb -867-7730 KARS Flag Football League Scott Colloredo -867-2640 KARS Tennis League Teresa Bollig -264-8575 KARS Flyers Mae McCreary -452-3151 Have fun, go on a run Did you know that Kennedy has had a running club since July? Membership is free to employees. The running groups are as follows: No Runner Left Behind Mondays, 4:30 p.m. Meet and Run O&C Track On the Clock Runners Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. Meet: O&C Gym Group Fitness Room 30-minute timed runs (around Industrial Area) Sunrise Runners Wednesdays, 6 a.m. Meet: O&C East Parking Lot Run Industrial Area 5K+ Runners Mondays, 4:30 p.m. Meet: O&C Track Friday Fun Run Every other Friday, 4:30 p.m. Meet and run different routes