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John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Nov. 26, 2011 Vol. 51, No. 23 Curiosity heads for Mars By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News N ASAs Mars Science Labo ratory (MSL) is taking a toolbox to Mars that any re searcher would be proud of. A drill, metallic brush and even a laser are part of the gear set the MSL rover, called Curiosity, is taking to the Red Planet in the most ambitious effort yet to discern exactly what is on the surface. The spacecraft launched Nov. 26 atop an Atlas V rocket at 10:02 a.m. It will take more than eight months on its path to Mars. Landing is ex pected in early August 2012. Although calling the mission Mars Science Laboratory might suggest it will stay in one place, but Curiosity actually will travel some 12 miles inside Gale Crater during car or small SUV, the rover weighs payload is 10 times more massive than the instrument sets taken to Mars by previous rovers. Mobile launcher makes trek to Pad 39B T he mobile launcher made the longest trip of its young life Nov. 16 to begin a two-week series of structural tests at Launch Center. In anticipation of launching NASAs Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket later in this decade, engineers wanted to check the mobile launcher, or ML, in a number of categories ranging from how it would behave moving atop a crawl er-transporter to how well its systems mesh with the infrastructure at pad renovations during the past year. We have the time and will be able will assist in the development of the manager. NASAs 21st Century Ground Systems Program is oversee ing the mobile launchers construc to the launch pad. By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News Inside this issue ... Senate Testimony Page 2 Page 4 CCP Homegrown Page 6 Alligator Workshop See ML Page 3 NASAs Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft, sealed inside its payload fairing atop an Atlas V rocket, clears the tower at Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. MSL lifted off from at 10:02 a.m. EST Nov. 26, beginning a 9-month interplanetary cruise to Mars. For more on the mission, click on the photo. See MSL Page 2 NASA/Bill White LEGO Learning Page 3 CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Nov. 26, 2011 Cabana, NASA leaders testify before Senate Subcommittee By Melanie Carlson Spaceport News ennedy Space Center Di rector Robert Cabana, along with NASA Admin Space Center Director Michael Coats and Marshall Space Flight Center Director Robert Lightfoot, Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space on Nov. 17. Florida, the subcommittee hear ing on NASAs Human Space Exploration: Direction, Strategy and Progress was held to discuss NASAs plans for human explora ects and activities for developing the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, Orion spacecraft and (re lated) ground support. NASA was given the opportunity to articulate the agencys goals for human ex ploration and how they complement International Space Station support and use, technology development, international collaboration and com mercial activities. During the hearing, Cabana dy. He told subcommittee members, As we transition to the future, we have focused on providing a strong institutional core that is more ef steps in making this happen include reducing our footprint and replacing aging infrastructure with greener technologies, partnering with fed eral, state and commercial entities better support future operations. Cabana next outlined for mem bers the various programs and complishments. Planning and Development Of agreements have been signed or are in discussion, the most notable be ing between Space Florida and the space center for use of the Orbiter operations. Cabana also noted that restruc for the Space Launch System. The pad is being redesigned to support the Orion Multi Purpose Crew Ve hicle (MPCV). He also told members of the subcommitee that the 21st Century Ground Systems Program will focus on building a true multi-user launch complex. Investments in 21st Century focus on development of the ground systems that not only support the Space Launch System and Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle, but provide a common infrastructure for other government and commercial users, he said. Cabana also discussed the Com mercial Crew Program. Established to provide a commercial space transportation system to take U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station, this effort will reduce our dependence on Russia and allow us to focus our energy on exploration beyond our home planet, Cabana explained. Finally, Cabana told subcommit tee members the agencys Launch Services Program (LSP), based at bridge to space for NASAs science missions by procuring and manag ing commercial launch services. He also noted that LSP will manage the upcoming launch of the Mars Sci ence Laboratory. moving forward. The potential exists Coast through further development of the 21st Century Ground Systems Program, the growth of commercial crew services and the continued accomplishments of the Launch Ser vices Program. We are committed to the success of these programs and the success of NASAs future explo ration in space. Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana committee on Science and Space on Nov. 17. NASA Television image This is a vehicle on Mars, cruising around, drilling into rocks, chipping away at stuff to see what that planets made out of, said Omar of the MSL mission. And even if it didnt do that, if it took pictures, the value in that is tremendous. Curiosity will be the fourth NASA rover to touch down the surface and began several months of analysis that sug gested early Mars was a lot like Earth, with water at the surface and a thicker atmo sphere. Curiosity will survey the Martian Gale Crater in search of the answers to one of the most intriguing ques tions of modern science. The hope is that we can land there, and basically, unlock the secrets of an environment that existed there a few billion years ago on Mars that was potentially a place that life could have survived, said Ashwin Va scientist. diameter crater with a mountain in the middle of it. Pictures taken from Mars orbit shows layers of miner als and soils in the crater that make up a picture like the colored bands on the walls of the Grand Canyon on Earth. Whats special about Gale is it has the thickest package of sediment that weve been able to identify on Mars, so it represents a lot of time and hopefully well get some idea about what has happened over time, said Pamela Conrad, MSL deputy principal investigator. Researchers may be able to look at images from inside the crater and see a history book of Martian geology. osity than pictures. A laser tiny segments of rocks so an out what they are made of. A drill at the end of the rovers 7-foot-long arm will pull samples that can be tested in one of the rovers analytical tools. The MSL rover is es sentially like a geologist in a self-contained laboratory and the capabilities that exist are probably the next best thing to sending a human to do the ing, MSLs mission man ager for the Launch Services Program. mission, the Curiosity rover was designed for a more powerful energy source than solar arrays, the technology used on the previous rovers. The Department of Energy built for NASA a nuclearpowered electrical system in stead, called a multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator, or MMRTG. It has no moving parts, but con verts heat from a small core of plutonium into about 110 watts of electricity aroundthe-clock all year. Having this important change and novel power sup ply will enable us to make important measurements every day, all year, Conrad said. NASA also takes extra precautions because of the power supply, including working with other federal agencies to ensure its safety on Earth and during launch. The way the RTG is en cased, this things in a safe, for all intents and purposes, that extra step in making sure that this material is safe guarded and wont harm the planet. Mars has been a focus of Earths attention since it sky by the ancients. Every astronomical invention from telescopes to early space more about the planet. Curiosity and its builders and research team expect to add their own wealth of in formation to what is known about the red planet. Twenty years from now I think theyll look back on this and consider this a true landmark mission, a great stepping stone for human exploration beyond Earth orbit, Harding said. It will certainly be one for the his tory books. From MSL Page 1


Page 3 Nov. 26, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS LEGOs allow kids to Build the Future at Visitor Complex By Stephanie Covey Spaceport News Curiosity drove Space Center Visitor the launch of NASAs Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. The rover wont miss its was a programmable LEGO robot that was part of the event designed to inspire children and the young at heart about the current Mars mission and future space exploration. The event, part of the Space Act Agreement be tween NASA and LEGO, is designed to inspire students of every age to consider an education and careers in science, technology, engi neering and mathematics, or STEM. LEGO bricks before decid ing it could be turned into a space shuttle. I love space. I went to Space Camp and I really like LEGOs, he said. neer or a basketball player when he grows up. He likes LEGO bricks because you can build anything out of the plastic pieces. student from the University of Central Florida, worked event as part of his co-op The cool thing about LEGO bricks is that they are an educational tool, said Wood. We played with them when we were kids, and now they can be used to encourage children and adults to study and pursue careers in STEM. and launch pad with his Thanksgiving holiday vacation from Georgia. The boys said they love visiting always have annual passes. My dad wanted to go From ML Page 1 the move is complete. crawlerway, the mobile launcher is substantially different from the mo bile launcher platforms that carried space shuttles to the launch pads for steel tower reminiscent of the ones that serviced the Saturn V rockets 70s. structure as tall as the ML stood at The ML had been moved once before, but not very far. It was repositioned at its worksite beside October 2010. Although it was originally en visioned to host a slim rocket, the the Space Launch System, or SLS, a rocket that is in the same lifting category as the Saturn V. strengthening the supports in the base and widening the exhaust port the rocket will stand over. The MLs exhaust port now is a 22-foot square. foot rectangle. Swing arms will be added to the vide fueling and venting, along with electrical and communication links, to the different stages of the rocket. A crew access arm also will be added to reach out to NASAs new Orion spacecraft at the top of the rocket. structure will be lighter than the shuttles mobile launcher platform. The tower was built atop a million pounds. its own staged makeover since it last hosted a space shuttle. The pads built for the shuttle, was removed recently, and workers refurbished the pads network of cables and plumb ing. The tests of the ML will determine at the pad need to be realigned, while also assessing future changes needed to the pad to permit the ML to perform its work of preparation and launch. The launch pad still has plenty including a likely redesign of the several different kinds of rockets, including the SLS and commercial boosters and spacecraft. will be moved back to its worksite. Many of the structures that will be added to the ML will see their de segments of ground support equip ment can be evaluated under realistic conditions. ted with its swing arms and other be taken again to the pad for more testing. The ML is scheduled to carry an SLS heavy-lift rocket to the pad astronaut crew, is intended to evalu ate the design before the rocket and spacecraft are used to take astronauts deeper into space than ever before. Kids of all ages attended LEGO Build the Future at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Nov. 23. The event is designed to inspire children and the young at heart about the current Mars mission and future space exploration. For more information, click on the photo. Miles. I saw a LEGO sign and thought it looked pretty could build something pretty cool. Wood said he looks for ward to watching the adults revert to their inner-child, allowing their imaginations to run wild. Children of all ages are encouraged by volunteers to build the future of space exploration with the LEGO bricks. Their creations were put on display in the Hubble Annex in the IMAX theater. Most participants build rovers, space ships, space habitats and even robots, but the most interesting designs community, a satellite and a town hall. event LEGO and NASA Future plans include inviting groups to focus on particular well as hosting LEGO events around future launches at CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Nov. 26, 2011 Homegrown designs sprout for Commercial Crew Program T he expression goes, Necessity is the mother of inven tion. And right now there is a need for NASA and the United States to have reliable access to low Earth orbit from homegrown sources. So, NASAs Com mercial Crew Program and a number of American-led private companies are working together on new and innovative plans to do For example, when to the International Space Station again after be ing launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., they could do so atop the same vehicle that rocketed the agencys Curiosity rover toward the surface of Mars this weekend. The United Launch Alli ance (ULA) Atlas V rocket system being matured for CCP media learned dur ing a program update from Center and facilities tour on Nov. 22. Andy Aldrin, director of business development for ULA, said the companys goal is to make the Atlas V safe for astronaut crews without altering its proven design and successful track record. the same vehicle with the addition of an emergency detection system, Aldrin Operations Center (ASOC) on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) where another Atlas V is be ing processed for a military launch next February. Six other aerospace com panies, including Alliant Sierra Nevada Corp., and Space Exploration Tech nologies (SpaceX), are working on launch vehicle and spacecraft designs under CCPs Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) activities. Ed Mango, CCPs pro gram manager, said hes pleased with the innovative solutions each company is bringing to the table to drive down the cost of space travel. Mango said each company has a real shot at taking crews to the space station or other low Earth orbit destinations around the middle of the decade. Its like youre trying to climb a mountain and theres three or four ways to get to the top the moun tain, Mango said. One guy might be higher at one point in the climb, but hes got a tougher road ahead of him. Another guy might be taking the long way around the mountain, but it might be an easier way to get to the top. An example of one of the innovating solutions Mango using spin-form technol ogy rather than traditional welding to manufacture its CST-100 spacecraft or developing a land landing system to reduce salt water from compromising the integrity of the spacecraft during ocean landings. provide a safe and afford able crew transportation system to NASA, said Chuck Hardison, the pro duction and ground opera ing Co.s Commercial Crew Transportation System in company is leasing OPFFacility (PCC) and Space Shuttle Main Engine Shop to design, manufacture and integrate its capsule capable of carrying up to seven astronauts into space. On Space Launch Com received a status update on SpaceX, which is busy pre paring for the launch of its capsule under NASAs Commercial Orbital Trans portation System (COTS) Program. The goal of the program is to take cargo to the space station. For CCP, though, the company is working to make those same systems safe for human travel. Scott Henderson, director of mis sion assurance for SpaceX, said one such safety measure under discussion is a launch abort system that would push astronauts away from the launch pad in the event of an emergency, which is different than tradi tional pull systems. Its the freedom to devel op those solutions, and at a necessary pace that provides to enable NASAs astro nauts transportation to-andfrom the International Space years and help open up space to more people than ever before. By Rebecca Regan Spaceport News Ed Mango, program manager for NASAs Commercial Crew Program (CCP), updates media Nov. 22 on the progress of Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) activities in which seven aerospace companies are maturing launch vehicle and spacecraft systems designed to take astronauts to the International Space Station. The goal of the program is to drive down the cost of space travel as well as open up space to more people than ever before by balancing industrys ence. For more information, click on the photo. CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Jim Grossmann NASA/Jim Grossmann Chuck Hardison, the production and ground operations manager of The Boeing Co.s Commercial Crew Transportation System, talks to media about plans to take NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in Orbiter Processing Facility-3 (OPF-3) at Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 22. NASA/Jim Grossmann Scott Henderson, director of mission assurance for Space Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), talks to media Nov. 22 about making its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule safe for humans at Space Launch Com plex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.


SPACEPORT NEWS Page 5 Nov. 26, 2011 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Each year the Disability Awareness and Action Working Group (DAAWG) partners with the Equal Op members of the Kennedy work force volunteer to mentor students and job-seekers about opportunities at the space center. Beth Smith, program specialist for the education department, said the disability mentor ing day is a great way to inspire students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and it also provides managers with new perspectives and students fresh ideas. NASA The Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon capsule is placed atop its cargo ring inside a processing hangar at Cape Canav eral Air Force Station in Florida on Nov. 16. Later, the combination will be attached to the top of a Falcon 9 rocket on Space Launch Complex-40 for NASAs Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. Technicians install the avionic shelf on the Pegasus XL rocket at a Pegasus booster processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Nov. 21. The avionics contained in this module will issue the launch the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) into space. After the rocket and space high-energy X-ray telescope will conduct a census for black holes, map radioactive material in young supernovae remnants, and study the origins of cosmic rays and the extreme physics around collapsed stars. For more information, click on the photo. Miguel Rodriguez, Kennedy Space Center deputy director for Management, Engineering and Tech nology, presented Dr. Luz Calle, lead scientist and principal investigator at NASAs Corrosion Technology Laboratory, with the Great Minds in STEM 1 Outstanding Technical Achievement Government Award during the 23rd Annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 7. For more on HENAAC, click on the photo. NASA/Randy Beaudoin, VAFB Technicians install the shuttle orbiter galley (SORG) in the middeck of space shuttle Discovery inside Orbiter Processing Facility-1 at Kennedy mission, STS-133, the SORG was removed and where it was cleaned and deserviced. For more information on transition and retirement of the shuttles, click on the photo. STS-135 Mission Specialist Rex Walheim paid a visit to Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 15 and signed items for workers in the Headquarters lobby. Pre-calculus, engineering and physics students at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Fla., listen to Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director Janet Petro speak on work being done at the center during an education outreach event on Nov. 16 in the schools Performing Arts Center. Students also had the opportunity to view a FIRST Robotics robot in action and learn about Kennedys Educate to Innovate (KETI) LEGO Mindstorm activities. For more about the Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incor porating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE, click on the photo. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis CLICK ON PHOTO NASA/Gianni Woods CLICK ON PHOTO For NASA CLICK ON PHOTO NASA CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 6 Nov. 26, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS Health of American alligator focus of annual workshop By Linda Herridge Spaceport News C ritter-cam, temperature sen sors and blood, urine and tis innovative tools being used to study Center and the Merritt Island Na tional Wildlife Refuge (MINWR), located inside the space center. In the environment is, a group of scien tists and researchers from the U.S., annual Alligator Study Workshop. Opening speaker and moderator Dr. Louis Guillette, a professor at the Medical University of South Caro lina (MUSC) in Charleston, said that studying alligators as eco-bellweath At the level of the DNA or hor mones, alligators are almost identical to humans, making links between them possible, Guillette said. These predators are environmental sentinels that warn us of environ mental concerns. Guillette said that by studying alligators, we can establish if there are contaminants or environmental concern for human health or wildlife management. NASA physical scientist Lynne Phillips from the Environmental Center Operations, along with Carlton Hall and Russ Lowers with Innovative Health Applications (IHA), and Guillette coordinated the workshop. Phillips said that the of the collaborative nature of the ecological program at the center. Many of the presentations focused on studies of trace elements in al ligators residing in waters around the center. Other presentations included egg-hatching survival rates and foraging patterns. This data was compared to other study locations including Lake Apopka and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in central Florida, and Guana Lake in northeast Florida. Guillettes opening presentation, American Alligator at MINWR An Overview, revealed that these local American alligators have elevated concentrations of various heavy met dues in their tissues when compared to reference populations at Lake Woodruff and Lake Apopka. display altered thyroid function, as measured by thyroid hormone con centrations in the blood, Guillette said. Although this alteration did not preclude growth under controlled lab conditions, it did alter growth patterns. Although the linkage between a high-iodine diet and thyroid-altering thyroid activity is present. The American alligator has is providing important local data on environmental quality, Guillette said. However, continued loss of freshwater habitats could have a sig stability and growth. Russell Lowers, an aquatic biologist with IHA, shared research results about the variation in nest temperatures of alligators found at Lowers said that in order to get an understanding of the alligator population, an initial check of the environment included a hatch-out study of alligator eggs, tissue and urine collection, and a home-range study beginning in 2006. We have currently captured, mea alligators with an overall average and the wildlife refuge, Lowers said. Over time, some of the alligators for evidence of many components, including sex and stress hormones, contaminants that could be endocrine disrupters. For the alligator hatching study, special temperature sensors were placed at three levels in nests to determine if more males or females are being produced. Lowers said this is done because the temperature in an alligator nest dictates if the offspring will be male or female. Warmer males and cooler nests produce more females. Data gathered from 10 nesting sites in 2011 indicated that the aver age temperature of viable nests at Nests are a fragile environment being affected by sun, rain and the compost material that they are laid in, Lowers said. If the temperature was found that the animals will die. There were three entire nests that died due to high temperatures during the study. nests from 2006 to 2011 reveals average overall yearly success rate done because the female alligator eggs, affecting the growth and pos sibly killing embryonic development within the eggs. 2011, researchers from the Depart Florida in Gainesville, in collabora tion with IHA and NASA aquatic biologists and National Geographics Remote Imaging Department, at tached critter-cams to nine alligators and six alligators at Guana Lake to observe and compare foraging strate gies such as prey capture and success rates using point-of-view video footage. Each camera collected six to eight hours of video during each deployment. Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, the critter-cam units video data that revealed, on aver age, an alligator attempts to capture Attacks occurred more often during sunrise hours, with an average of Nifong said that the alligators mainly used a sit-and-wait tactic fully submerged in the water. Phillips said the team approach in more with less and is part of the eco the value of knowledge that can be gained for everyone concerned with ecosystems and human health and safety. of South Carolina in Charleston, presents an overview of American alligator research during the Fourth Annual Alligator Study Workshop, Nov. 10, at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located at Kennedy Space Center. For more on the work of Guillette, click on the photo. NASA/Gianni Woods CLICK ON PHOTO An adult alligator suns himself recently along a canal at Kennedy Space Center. Photo courtesy of Russ Lowers, Innovative Health Applications A baby alligator emerges from its shell in a nest recently at Kennedy Space Center. Photo courtesy of Russ Lowers, Innovative Health Applications


Page 7 Nov. 26, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS P lants are critical in supporting life on Earth, and with help onboard space shuttle Discoverys transform living in space. partnered with the University of Florida, Miami University in Ohio and Samuel Roberts Noble Foun dation to perform three different experiments in microgravity. The studies concentrated on the effects microgravity has on plant cell walls, root growth patterns and gene regulation within the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Each of the studies has future applications on Earth and in space exploration. Any research in plant biology helps NASA for future long-range space travel in that plants will be part of bioregenerative life support the researchers who participated in 2010 and a distinguished profes sor and chair of the Department of The use of plants to provide a reliable oxygen, food and water source could save the time and money it takes to resupply the International Space Station (ISS), and provide sustainable sources necessary to make long-duration missions a reality. However, before space exploration missions, a better understanding of their biology under microgravity is essential. groups for four months to provide a rapid turnaround experiment And while research takes time, the Space Center as the end of the Space Shuttle Program neared. Howard Levine, a program scien tist for the former ISS Ground Pro said he sees it as a new paradigm experiments. The rapid turnaround and the researchers, saving time and money. Each of the three groups was quite impressed with the payload process enced biologists and engineers were extremely helpful with such a quick published a paper on their intitial gravity in the October 2011 issue of They found that roots of spacegrown seedlings exhibited a sig ground controls in overall growth patterns in that they skewed in one direction. Their hypothesis is that an endogenous response in plants causes the roots to skew and that this default growth response is large ly masked by the normal gravity experienced on the Earths surface. The rapid turnaround was quite challenging, but it was a lot of fun, said Anna-Lisa Paul, research associate professor in the Depart ment of Horticultural Sciences at the University of Florida. The ability to conduct robust, replicated science in a time frame is comparable to the way we conduct research in our own laboratories, which is fundamentally a very powerful system. Pauls research and that of her col league Robert Ferl, professor at the University of Florida and co-prin experiment, focused on comparing patterns of gene expression between Arabidopsis seedlings and undif ferentiated Arabidopsis cells, which lack the normal organs that plants use to sense their environment like roots and leaves. Paul and Ferl found that even undifferentiated cells know they are in a micro gravity environment, and further, that they respond in a way that is unique compared to plant seedlings. fessor at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, discovered that plant genes encoding cell-wall structural by microgravity. This is exciting because this research has given us the tools to begin working on designing plants that perform better on Earth and in new hypotheses to explain basic plant-cell function. For example, Foundation team to identify novel components of the molecular ma chinery that allow plant cells to grow normally. According to Levine, plants could contribute to bioregenerative life support systems on long-duration space missions by automatically scrubbing carbon dioxide, creating oxygen, purifying water and produc ing food. There is also a huge psycho in space, said Levine. When you can, a plant is a little piece of home they can bring with them. Microgravity target of current plant experiments By Stephanie Covey Spaceport News By Linda Herridge Spaceport News N Space Centers Emergency Re 2011 SWAT Roundup Inter The competition was held Nov. 7-11 at the Orange Training Facility in Orlando, Fla. sented NASA and competed with about 60 other teams from around the country and the world, including and Special Agent Mark ERT has prepared for and participated in the event for many years, but this year was special. Under Captain Aaron Murrays capable leader ship, we were able to score thats what it takes to win This competition allows the and compete with, as well as learn from, the best teams, bringing back the skills needed to keep the center safe in the event of a critical emergency. Murray and seven ERT Gateway Support, competed These included hostage rescue, the Pricher Scramble (obstacle course and moving tower scramble (rappel and engage an assigned target), and the grueling obstacle course. best that they can, Murray said. Ultimately, all of the competing teams are like one big family. Teams competed each day in a different event and also participated in workshops and training classes led by world-class instructors from the U.S. and other countries, including a dignitary protec tion class and a tactical com mander class. dys ERT received a trophy and SWAT Roundup rings, Cabana and NASA Adminis Murray said, This recognition is a wonderful achievement for NASA and Arabidopsis seedlings


Page 8 Nov. 26, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kay Grinter Editorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at Spaceport News Looking up and ahead . All times are Eastern 2012 Dragon C2/C3; Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Jan. 19 Launch/CCAFS (SLC-37B): Delta IV, WGS 4; Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Jan. 23 Launch/Wallops Flight Facility (Pad 0A): Orbital Sciences Corporation, Taurus II, Launch window: TBD Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Feb. 3 Launch/Kwajalein Atoll: Pegasus XL, NuSTAR; Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Feb. 23 Launch/Wallops Flight Facility (Pad 0A) Orbital Sciences Corporation, Cygnus/Taurus II, Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than April 27 Launch/CCAFS (SLC-41): Atlas V, AEHF 2; Launch window: TBD June Launch/CCAFS SLC-37B): Delta IV-Heavy, NROL-15; Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than June 12 Launch/CCAFS (LC-41): Atlas V, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K); Launch window: TBD No Earlier Than Aug. 23 Launch/CCAFS (LC-41): Atlas V-401, RBSP; Launch window: TBD NASA honors workers with ISS is Alive BBQ I nternational Space Station employees based at NASAs Florida participate in the ISS Is Alive employee recognition bar hosted the celebration to thank who were involved in building the largest, most complex interna and the largest venture in space to date. The station has hosted human life, work and research in space is the prime contractor to NASA for the space station. In addition to designing and building all the NASA and The Boeing Co. hosted the celebration to thank the employees who were involved in building the largest, most complex largest venture in space to date. Burnett, third from left, and Associate Director for Engineering and Technical Operations Russell Romanella, right, are presented plaques and CDs of the song ISS Alive, written and recorded by the Panama Band, during the ISS Is Alive event at Kars Park II on Nov. 17. NASA/Amanda Diller NASA/Amanda Diller also is responsible for ensuring the successful integration of new hardware and software -includ ing components from interna tional partners -as well as for providing sustaining engineering work. International Space Station employees based at Kennedy Space Center participate in the ISS Is Alive employee recognition barbecue celebration at Kars Park II on Nov. 17. NASA/Amanda Diller