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John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Jan. 8, 2010 Vol. 50, No. 1 KSC helps NASA return to moon in 2009, looks beyond By Allard Beutel Spaceport News K ennedy teams launched 14 mis sions in 2009 -eight on expendable launch The expendable launch vehicle mission that the most detailed data investigation concluded the See KENNEDY Page 2 INSIDE . An Atlas V rocket with NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, shoot toward the moon from Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 18 at 5:32 p.m. Photo courtesy of Scott Andrews/Canon Page 3 Spaceport ERT places third Page 7 Heritage: LDEF retrieved in 1990 Page 6 Chemist named Kennedys best Page 3 South Florida students visit


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 8, 2010 From KENNEDY Page 1 Center Director Bob Cabana, left, congratulates Roderick Roche, senior manager of SunPower Corp.s Project Management Office of North America, for his part in the construction of NASAs first large-scale solar power generation facility. Eric Silagy, Florida Power & Light Company vice president and chief development officer, looks on. The facility is the first element of a major renewable energy project under construction as Kennedy continues to expand its environmentally friendly and recycling initiatives. NASA/Jim Grossmann An online enthusiast tweets during STS-129 mission preflight briefings. More than 100 Tweeters from 21 states and four countries with an estimated 150,000 followers took part in Kennedys first Tweet up event. NASA/Amanda Diller


SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 Jan. 8, 2010 Spaceport ERT takes third in top competition South Florida undergraduates launch weather balloon, future A place among 52 teams at the 27th For more on the competition, go to: More online Kennedys Emergency Response Team, or ERT, carries an officer pretending to be injured out of a simulated chemical environment at the 27th annual SWAT Round-Up International 2009 event. The team traveled over a canal and engaged in several simulated threats during the officer rescue challenge. Photo courtesy of Mark Weaver and into a simulated chemical envi team competed in the individual in exchanging ideas and discussing S someday invent a out Building and they set The activities culminat The hope is these les


Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 8, 2010Page 5SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 8, 2010 Scenes Around Kennedy Space CenterCenter Director Bob Cabana welcomes sixth-grade students to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex during Brevard Space Week 2009 in December. Space week events introduce students to space exploration activities at Kennedy, including hands-on projects and listening to an astronaut talk about spaceflight. Since 2004, more than 25,000 sixth-grade students have participated in this innovative program, with 5,200 more expected to participate this year. Space week events are sponsored by NASA Education, the Brevard Schools Foundation, Delaware North Parks and Resorts, and the Florida Chapter of the National Space Club. NASA/Jim Grossmann Workers dressed in clean room attire, known as bunny suits, prepare to shut the hatch on the International Space Stations Tranquility module in the Space Station Processing Facility on Dec. 14. Hatch closure is the final major processing milestone before transportation to Launch Pad 39A, scheduled for Jan. 15. Workers monitor NASAs GOES-P meteorological satellite at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., on Dec. 17. GOES-P, the latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, was developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. NASA/Jim Grossmann NASA/Glenn Benson Kennedys Child Development Center hosted its annual Holiday Celebration on Dec. 11. Activities included a gift exchange and a party afterward. Infants, toddlers and pre-school classes had the opportunity to meet Santa Claus and share their holiday wish list. Kids, ages 3 and 4, left, put on a program for parents.CDC celebrates holiday season A transportation case protecting the Russian-built Mini Research Module 1, or MRM1, awaits offloading from a Ukranian/Russian aircraft at the Shuttle Landing Facility on Dec. 17. Rassvet, the second in a series of new pressurized components for Russia, will be permanently attached to the International Space Stations Zarya module during space shuttle Atlantis STS-132 mission. Launch is targeted for May 14.NASA/Jack Pfaller NASA/Jack PfallerThe tower on a new mobile launcher, or ML, for NASAs Constellation Program continues to grow behind the Vehicle Assembly Building as the seventh segment balances into position Dec. 21. When completed, the tower will be about 345 feet tall and have multiple platforms for personnel access. Send photos of yourself and/or your co-workers in action for possible publication. Photos should include a short cap tion describing whats going on, with names and job titles, from left to right. Also, if you have a good story idea chime in. Send your story ideas or photos to: en KSC-SpaceportNews@mail.nasa.govSpaceport News wants your input


Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 8, 2010 Chemist earns title as Kennedys best in 2009 By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News Y Gibson and his team spend NASA/Jack Pfaller Tracy Gibson is researching wire coverings that heal themselves, resulting in safer aircraft and space travel. Gibson was given Kennedys first Engineer/Scientist of the Year award for contractor employees at a ceremony Dec. 1. Engineers the foundation of space exploration E technology development to the space shuttle, to develop habitation By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News See ENGINEERS Page 7


Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 8, 2010 Remembering Our Heritage By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian Retrieval of LDEF provided resolution, better data NASAs Long Duration Exposure Facility, or LDEF, was deployed in orbit April 7, 1984, by space shuttle Challenger. Retrieval was scheduled for March 19, 1985, 11 months after deployment. LDEF eventually was retrieved Jan. 12, 1990, by space shuttle Columbia. Above is an overall side view of bays A through E on rows 2 through 5 with the LDEF on the remote manipulator system arm and the Earth in the background Jan. 12, 1990. NASA file/1990 L mation vital to the de changes and collisions designed to study the The 11-ton satel est shuttle at that time placed in a special technicians began to included detailing the ing the most publicity The photo-docu mentation and dein 69 months in space nents and systems that such as the space implementation, lead launch site, academia, Thompson usually touches depending on a mission, but it almost can handle the From ENGINEERS Page 6 WORD ON THE STREET NASA resolved to retrieve the Long Duration Exposure Facility in 1990. What is your New Years resolution? Page 8


Page 8SPACEPORT NEWSJan. 8, 2010 John F. Kennedy Space CenterManaging editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca SpragueEditorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group.NASA at KSC is on the Internet at USGPO: 733-049/600142Spaceport News three weeks NASA resolved to retrieve the Long Duration Exposure Facility in 1990. What is your New Years resolution?Workout, because my family bugs me about it all the time I am going to attend every Georgia Tech home Lowell Primm, with ASRC Aerospace Corp.WORD STREETON THE Eric Crickon, with Brevard Achievement Center Didnt make any New Years resolutions at all because Larry Third, with NASAI just want to lose weight, get healthy and improve my John Knight, with NASAGet skinny . it was my wifes idea. And Ive been Jeppie Compton, with NASA Looking up and ahead . No earlier than Feb. 2 Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9, Window 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST No earlier than Feb. 3 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, SDO; 10:53 to 11:53 a.m. EST Targeted for Feb. 7 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-130; 4:39 a.m. EST No earlier than Feb. 25 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GOES-P; Window 6:28 to 7:18 p.m. EST Targeted for March 18 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-131; 1:34 p.m. EDT Targeted for April 19 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, OTV; TBD Targeted for May Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GPS IIF-1; TBD Targeted for May 14 Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-132; 2:28 p.m. EDT Targeted for July 29 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-134; 7:51 a.m. EDT Targeted for Sept. 16 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-133; 11:57 a.m. EDT No earlier than Oct. 1 Launch/VAFB: Taurus, Glory; TBD Aug. 5, 2011 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, Juno; TBD Aug. 15, 2011 Launch/Reagan Test Site: Atlas V, NuSTAR; TBD Sept. 8, 2011 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II Heavy, GRAIL; TBD To Be Determined Launch/VAFB: Delta II, Aquarius / SAC-D Satellite; TBD To Be Determined Launch/VAFS: Delta II, NPP; TBD No Earlier Than October 2011 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, Mars Science Laboratory; TBD The National Space Club is requesting nominations for the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award. It will be presented at the NSCs annual Debus Dinner on April 17, in the Debus Conference Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The award is presented annually in recognition for significant contributions to the advancement, awareness and improvement of aerospace in Florida. Nominations must be made in writing and mailed by Jan. 22 to: Attention: Debus Award Selection Committee, P.O. Box 21243 Kennedy Space Center, FL 32815-0243 en Space club calls for Debus award nominations NASA offers lunar exploration competition for studentsNASAs Exploration Systems Mission Directorate is accepting proposals until Feb. 28 from teams of undergraduate and graduate students for its inaugural Lunabotics Mining Competition. The event will be at the Astronaut Hall of Fame near Kennedy on May 25-28. Teams will design and build excavation systems that could be used for future lunar exploration. Designs will be tested in a head-to-head challenge to see which can excavate the most simulated lunar regolith, or dirt, during a specific timeframe. The competition also involves submittal of a systems engineering paper, as well as an educational outreach project. The competition is designed to engage and retain students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASAs missions. For information on the competition and how to register, go to: technology/lunabotics.html For information about NASAs education programs, go to: