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John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/snews/spnews_toc.html Feb. 5, 2010 Vol. 50, No. 3 Kennedys exploration, innovation will continue Inside this issue . Page 7 Heritage: Presidents Day brings memories N ews of a new direction for NASA kicked off a busy workweek for the Kennedy team as they prepare to launch one of the agencys last space shuttle missions. A couple of hours ment and Budget rolled out President Barack Obamas year 2011 on Feb. 1, Center Director Bob Cabana held an All-Hands employee future of the center. Change brings with it opportunity, Cabana said, and I think there is a lot of opportunity in this budget request for those of us here at the Kennedy Space Cen ter. We are going to make this work to our advantage. NASAs new budget in cludes extending the life of the International Space Sta shuttle missions safely, supporting the commercial ing Earth study missions, expanding green aviation initiatives, and focusing on science and technology education. To accomplish these objectives, the president has increased NASAs budget $6 billion, an extraordinary show of support in these tough budgetary times, said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. The budget also includes the cancelation of NASAs Constellation Program. To the people who were working on this pro gram, this is like a death in the family. So, you know, everybody needs to under stand that, and we need to give them time to grieve and then we need to give them time to recover, Bolden said. I have an incredible work force of civil servants and civilians. Theyve been through this before. You know, this is just part of the life of being in NASA. This is my life, this is their lives, Bolden con tinued. Give them a little time. Theyll come back and they are going to be as great as theyve always been. Cabana also expressed his appreciation for the Con stellation team. I couldnt be more proud of the team here at KSC and what weve accomplished on Constella tion. He said that the Ares success and that the team has delivered a quality product, on time, and within Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana talks to workers about the future of the center at an All-Hands briefing in the Training Auditorium on Feb. 1, a couple of hours after the Office of Management and Budget rolled out President Barack Obamas federal budget for fiscal year 2011. See KENNEDY Page 2 NASA will award about $50 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to support commercial space transportation efforts. Through an open competition, NASA already has entered into companies: Blue Origin The Boeing Company Paragon Space Development Corp. Sierra Nevada Corp. United Launch Alliance Two companies entered into Space Act Agreements with NASA in 2008 for the development of Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, or COTS, to deliver cargo to the International Space Station after space shuttle retirement: Orbital Sciences Corp. SpaceX NASA/Jim Grossmann Commercial endeavors Page 2 Crew quarters staff Page 3 SDO eyes launch Page 6 Day of Remembrance
Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 5, 2010 A support specialists is looking forward to cheering and waving as space shuttle Endeavours STS-130 crew members exit Kennedys Operations and Checkout Building, board the Astrovan and head to Launch Complex 39. Later, many of them will watch as Endeavour lifts off from pad 39A on Feb. 7 at 4:39 a.m. EST. The teams thoughts and good wishes will go out to Commander George Zam ka, Pilot Terry Virts, and Behnken, Nicholas Patrick, Kathryn Hire and Stephen mission to the International Space Station. The STS-130 crew will deliver and install the Tranquility node and cupola to the station during a 13-day mission. Lauren Lunde, with NASA; Judy Hooper, with United Space Alliance; and several others, take care of the astronauts 24/7 in the Astronaut Crew Quarters and leading up to all shuttle launches. In this home away from home, they work in shifts, with additional staff called in as needed to help cook and clean. The crew is extremely busy when they come in, Hooper said. We could not function without all of the groups efforts to take care of the astronauts. Those who work in the crew quarters include nurses and other astronauts supporting the crew. Inside an area that dates back to the Apollo Program are facilities that have been upgraded throughout the years, including a kitchen, staff conference room, crew conference room, work out room, lounge, laundry room, computer room, suit-up room, dining room, and prime crew sleeping quarters. Lunde and Hooper said its their mission to make the astronauts stay in crew quarters as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Their health and wellbeing are very important, Lunde said. For this rea Kennedys Astronaut Crew Quarters staff are prepared for the STS-130 crew members. From left, are Janet McCrary, attendant and cook with United Space Alliance, or USA; Judy Hooper, crew support specialist with USA; Irene Hancock, attendant and cook with USA; and Lauren Lunde, NASA crew support specialist. Staff takes pride in astronauts home away from home By Linda Herridge Spaceport News son, access to crew quarters is limited to the staff and astronaut support personnel leading up to each launch. Attendants Irene Han both with United Space Alliance going on 10 years, and provide meals for the astronauts and support personnel. It feels like family here, Hancock said. The astronauts share family stories, jokes and laughs with us. The teams typical day begins at 6 a.m. They get the kitchen going for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Laundry and inventory are completed. are tended to, and sleeping quarters and the beach house are cleaned. According to Hooper, the lights in main rooms are adjustable so that daylight can be simulated dur ing the evening, and vice versa, to coincide with the astronauts circadian sleep rhythms as they prepare for their mission. The lights can be out nearly all day, Hooper said. The crews can be up at night and asleep during the day. Hooper said the unique environment working around astronauts who are trained and ready for their missions more than cancels out the challenges of working long shifts, and ally learned a lot about the space program by just being around the astronauts. Whether the astronauts are here for training or launch, the team keeps tabs on them using a sign-out board. A quick page or phone call brings the astronauts back to crew quarters if needed. The staff operates un der Johnson Space Centers Health Stabilization Program. Twice yearly, the staff undergoes a physical exam and trains regularly on health issues and crew quarters procedures. Lunde said, like many of the astronauts before them, the crew quarters team hopes to keep in touch with the STS-130 astronauts long after their mission is complete. NASA/Jack Pfaller From KENNEDY Page 1 budget. You guys have done all the right things, youve done everything thats been asked of you... and I dont want to lose that, he said. Cabana noted that the work done at Kennedy to support Con stellation will be captured, possibly by commercial entities as they begin to develop their own space vehicles. There is going to be a real emphasis on accelerating the devel opment of commercial cargo and commercial crew to the Interna tional Space Station. Were working on what does that mean to us? What is our role? How do we partner with industries to make them success ful? Cabana said. Were working on that. We are going to make that happen. NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said the $1.9 billion investment to modernize Kennedy supports a true space launch center of the future. We believe this path opens up new markets that would not have existed otherwise, Garver said. We anticipate many, many more launches out of the Kennedy Space Center that will include our robotics sions, those Earth sciences missions and then ultimately commercial crew and cargo. will span to include technology de velopments, which could be demon strated in the proposed Exploration Park, robotic precursor missions with the help of NASAs Launch Services Program, and supporting research and development aboard the International Space Station from the centers Space Life Sciences Laboratory. We were already working on a basis to support the International Space Station as a National Lab, drawing researchers here to the Kennedy Space Center, developing Cabana said. We want to be a part of that and weve already put initiatives in place to help make that happen. Cabana said in the coming weeks he and his team will be ana lyzing the budget to provide more information to the work force, and that the changes made during the past year and a half already have positioned the center for the future. Given this budget request into the framework for the future, Cabana said. He emphasized the changes that weve made to be less program centric and more capabil ity centric, and strengthening an with this new future. Cabana also said he under stands that change often brings with be top priority at the center. cially, we cant have any anxiety. We have one mission this week ... one focus, Cabana said. What we need to focus on is launching space shuttle Endeavour safely on Sunday.
SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 Feb. 5, 2010 The second half of an Atlas V payload fairing is moved into position around NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla. SDO is the first mission in NASAs Living With a Star Program, and the data that it sends back to Earth will be used to create better forecasts of space weather needed to protect aircraft, satellites and astronauts living and working in space. NASA/Jim Grossmann Delivery of space weather data set to spike with SDO S olar storms can wreak havoc on power grids, communica tions systems and delicate satellites. Currently, theres no way to predict severe space weather, but that could change with the heaps of information NASAs Solar Dynamics Observa tory, or SDO, will send back to Earth after its scheduled Feb. 9 launch. The biggest challenge of this mission was the data rate, said Liz Citrin, SDO project manager at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Cen will blast back 1.5 terabytes of information every day . thats equivalent to a halfmillion song downloads. Its unprecedented. Citrin said there was no way to record that much data on board the spacecraft. Instead, the SDO team de signed a mammoth 18-meter radio antenna, as well as a back-up, at White Sands Space Harbor in Las Cruces, the data will be sent out to scientists at Stanford Uni versity in Palo Alto, Calif., the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Lockheed ics Lab in Colorado. The National Oceanic and At mospheric Administrations Space Weather Prediction Center also is expecting to receive quick-look data the moment SDO is operational. Another pretty cool technology developed by the SDO team to handle the data rate was the use of the Ka band, which re cently was put to use for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or SDO has three major in struments on board that will send data back for at least Both the Helioseismic Imaging Assembly, or AIA, will allow scientists to see the entire disc of the sun in very high resolution -4,096 by 4,096 mm CCDs. In comparison, a standard digi tal camera uses a 7.176 by 5.329 mm CCD sensor. AIA also will image the outer layer of the suns atmo sphere, while the Extreme ultraviolet Variability Experi ment, or EVE, measures its ultraviolet spectrum every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day. of the sun to understand its interior and magnetic activ ity. Space weather fore casting is in its infancy . just like hurricane forecasting was years ago. We built up experience in collecting data, designed models, tested those models, and now look what we can do, said Citrin. SDO and all of NASAs Living with a Star Program missions will lead to better prediction of space weather. SDO will travel to its geosynchronous transfer or bit aboard an Atlas V rocket, a trip thats been much anticipated. The mission was supposed to launch in August 2008, but the spacecraft team needed a few more months of test time. Atlas manifest chal lenges resulted in the current launch date in 2010. The mission team has been very patient and were all happy to be launching now, said sion manager. NASAs Launch Services Program, or LSP, began processing SDO for launch in July 2009. Engel the team had to consider the spacecrafts high-contamina tion sensitivity. Inside the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., techni enclosure -a four-wall clean enclose that blows air in one side and sucks it out the other -keeping the space craft free of dust, particles, dirt and debris. Another unique aspect of this mission is the rocket itself. Unlike other rockets assembled at the launch pad, Atlas rockets are put together in the Vertical Integration Facility on Launch Com plex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Everything is protected until rollout, which right now is scheduled for Feb. 8, said Engelhardt. If we needed to roll back, we perform a few disconnects and roll it back. The pad is just a slab of con crete, so after launch theres no tower to refurbish. Things are looking good for Engelhardt and his LSP team members, who are ready to kick this year off from their home base. Last year they processed and launched eight missions, three from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This is guaranteed to be the best launch of the year, Engelhardt said. And its scheduled for 10:30 in the morning, so theres no reason to miss it. This is guaranteed to be the best launch of the year. And its scheduled for 10:30 in the morning, so theres no reason to miss it. Rex Engelhardt, SDO mission manager
Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 5, 2010 Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 5, 2010 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center The tenth and final segment of a new mobile launcher, or ML, is attached to the top of the 345-foot-tall tower at Kennedy on Jan. 28. Its base is being made lighter than space shuttle mobile launcher platforms so the crawler-transporter can pick up the heavier load of the tower and a taller rocket. Center Director Bob Cabana holds the Big Ticket for admission to the KSC All-American Picnic, scheduled for March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All civil service, contractors, and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station personnel associated with a NASA program, and their families, are invited to attend. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the picnic, Celebrating more than three decades of family, food, and fun. Food will be provided by Slow & Low Bar-B-Que, and includes either a traditional barbeque or vegetarian meal. Scheduled events include live entertainment, generation XYZ games, childrens games, a car and motorcycle show, the popular chili cook-off, and much more. Tickets go on sale Feb. 17. Prices are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 12 (children 3 and younger get in free). Volunteers will receive a discounted ticket of $5 and a baseball cap. To volunteer, call Sandy Walsh at 867-4255. For questions, call Sam Talluto at 867-3092. NASA/Kim Shiflett Kathryn Morris hugs Pierre, a pony, during the Child Development Centers Wild, Wild West event Jan. 29 at Kennedy Space Center. Kids were able to ride other ponies and meet and greet a pig named Miss Piggy. Kathryn says she was listening to Pierre while giving him a hug. Haiti Earthquake Relief Some Kennedy employees are working together in coordination with the Hospitality Ministry Project of Titusville, Fla., to gather relief supplies for an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. From now until Feb. 26, they will be collecting the following items at products, tents, and dried foods (i.e., beef jerky, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, nuts and Meals Ready to Eat). For more information, call Willie Walker with Abacus Technology Corp. at 321-867-1388. Dr. Bob Youngquist, lead for Kennedys Applied Physics Laboratory, addresses students during the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium visit Jan. 14 at the Educator Resource Center. Students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines received first-hand knowledge of the centers mission objectives and possible career opportunities. A worker secures a potted kumquat tree to the tenth and final tower segment of the new mobile launcher, or ML, being constructed at Kennedy. The custom of Topping Out is a term used to indicate that the final piece of steel is being hoisted into place on a building, bridge or other large structure. NASA/Amanda Diller NASA/Jack Pfaller NASA This Tazzari Italian-designed electric car is one of six electric cars that the NASA Transportation Office put on display Jan. 25 at the Kennedy Learning Institute. Workers got the opportunity to ride and be driven in the alternative-fuel vehicles. NASA/Jim Grossmann NASA/Jim Grossmann NASA/Jim Grossmann The Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex spaceperson greets workers at the Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) in Rockledge, Fla., on Jan. 29. Kennedy Director Bob Cabana awarded a Group Achievement Award to the BAC for the excellent support in the area of public outreach and education programs at Kennedy. NASA/Kim Shiflett Family, friends and co-workers plant an oak tree near Operations and Support Building II on Jan. 19 in memory of Allison Moree. Moree was an environmental worker at Kennedy for several years. She is survived by her husband James, daughter Ashley, and grandson Adam.
Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 5, 2010 STS-129 crew shares mission memories of stickage, football H aving completed a success ful mission to the Interna tional Space Station, the STS-129 mission crew members returned to Kennedy on Jan. 22 to share personal stories of their pic ture-perfect journey. Commander Charlie Hobaugh, Bresnik delivered spare parts to the orbiting laboratory, including a gyroscope. The mission that featured three spacewalks also highlighted the birth celebrate the birth of their child with a cigar -pink for the girls and blue, of course, for the boys. On the morning of Nov. 22, sion Control Center in Houston that when it was time for Bresnik to dole out his pink cigars, he did it the way any astronaut in space would . he my daughter, I had to pass out those bubble gum cigars, Bresnik said. Bresnik, along with Satcher to space. The view outside the vehicle is beautiful and theres nothing like seeing it with your own eyes, Wilmore said. The colors are just so brilliant and indescribable. When they werent working to prepare the station for the arrival of the Tranquility node, which will be upcoming STS-130 mission, they played in their weightless environ ment. A video showing the crew playing football got a lot of laughs in Kennedys Training Auditorium, looked to be a hard hit from Wilm ore. Also during their down time, the astronauts came up with a new form of entertainment called stickage. meet in space . and it appears as if The mission began Nov. 16, with a spectacular and on-time launch and ended when shuttle Atlantis touched down on Kennedys Shuttle Landing Facility on Nov. 27. The mission returned station crew member Nicole Stott to Earth. experience the rotation of launching from and being returned to Earth by a space shuttle. In the future, a used for station crew rotations. spare parts, and other equipment and supplies to the space station was the assembly, resupply and maintenance -one that should keep the station functioning well into the future. Commander Charlie Hobaugh, left, Pilot Barry Wilmore, and Mission Specialist Leland Melvin share a few of their STS-129 mission stories with Kennedy workers and students during the Crew Return event Jan. 22 in the Training Auditorium. Also attending, but not shown are, Mission Specialists Robert Satcher, Michael Foreman and Randy Bresnik. NASA/Kim Shiflett NASA honors heroes with Day of Remembrance By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News N ASA marked the passing of those who gave their all in the name of space explo ration during a wreath-lay ing service at the base of rial at Kennedys Visitor Complex. The service was part of the agencys Day of The national memorial to lost members of the NASA family is etched with the names of 24 people who perished during missions or in training since the American space effort began. President John F. Kennedy characterized this as the most hazardous, dangerous and the greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked, said Center Director Bob Cabana. But its not an adventure without risk. The explorers throughout history have put themselves at risk for the never-ending quest for knowledge that drives us all. Surrounded by former astronauts, NASA workers and space enthusiasts, Cabana spoke of the rewards that have come from the sacrifice of those memorialized on the monument. Weve had our setbacks over the years, but weve always come back stronger, rededicating ourselves to achieving our goal in the safest manner possible, he said. The Astronauts not-for-profit organization that funds math and science scholarships, built the memorial in 1991. It has since been designated by Congress as a national memorial. Cabana was joined in the wreath-laying by Janet Petro, Kennedys deputy United Space Alliance vice president for Launch and The crew members who died in the Apollo 1 fire in 1967, the Challenger explosion in 1986 and Columbias break-up during re-entry in 2003, are included on the memorial. All three accidents occurred during the last week of January or early February of their respective years. Others memorialized Kennedy Director Bob Cabana takes a moment on NASAs Day of Remembrance to honor the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews, as well as other members of the NASA family who lost their lives supporting NASAs mission of exploration. NASA/Kim Shiflett include test pilots for the X-15 and F-104, as well as four astronauts who were killed while flying T-38s. Another died in a commercial plane crash while on NASA business. Cabana, who called the astronauts some of the finest people Ive ever had the pleasure of knowing, said the most fitting tribute to their sacrifice is to continue their goals of space exploration safely. So as we pause today to remember the sacrifice of those on this mirror, lets rededicate ourselves to safely achieving our goals as we transition to a new era of space exploration, he said. This is an exciting time and we honor those who have gone before us by continuing our quest for knowledge in this greatest adventure of all time.
Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 5, 2010 Remembering Our Heritage: Celebrating Presidents Day Visit 50 years ago kicked off presidential presence NASA photos compiled by Elaine Liston President John F. Kennedy visited Cape Canaveral on Feb. 23, 1962, to award astronaut John Glenn and Manned Spacecraft Center Director Robert Gilruth the NASA Distinguished Service Medal during a Project Mercury ceremony. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton watch the launch of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-95 mission, John Glenns return to space, on Oct. 29, 1998. Others attending included astronaut Eileen Collins, left, then NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin and Kennedys current Director Bob Cabana. President Dwight Eisenhower visits Cape Canaveral on Feb. 10, 1960, during the Mercury Program. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958, establishing NASA. President Lyndon Johnson and West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard tour Kennedys Vehicle Assembly Building on Sept. 27, 1966. T his year, Presidents Day is Feb. 15. in 1880 to celebrate George Washing tons birthday. Celebrated on the third Abraham Lincoln and all of those who have served as this nations president. President Dwight Eisenhower was spaceport 50 years ago. After the death of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Launch Op erations Center was renamed Kennedy Space Center by Executive Order. President Richard Nixon congratulates the Apollo 12 launch team in Kennedys Launch Control Center on Nov. 14, 1969. Nixon is the first sitting president to ever attend a launch at Kennedy. Astronaut Neil Armstrong receives the first Congressional Space Medal of Honor from President Jimmy Carter in the Vehicle Assembly Building on Oct. 1, 1978.
Page 8SPACEPORT NEWSFeb. 5, 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 www.nasa.gov/kennedy USGPO: 733-049/600142Spaceport News is published on alternate Fridays by External Relations in the interest of KSC civil service and contractor employees. Contributions are welcome and should be submitted three weeks before publication to the Media Services Branch, IMCS-440. E-mail submissions can be sent to KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Planned Feb. 7 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-130; 4:39 a.m. EST Planned Feb. 19 Landing/KSC-Shuttle Landing Facility; 11:13 p.m. EST No earlier than Feb. 9 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, SDO; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. EST March 1 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GOES-P; Window 6:19 to 7:19 p.m. EST No earlier than March 3 Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9, Window 11 a.m. to 3 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 13 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GPS IIF-1; 3:19 to 3:37 a.m. EDT 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 Nov. 22 Launch/VAFB: Taurus, Glory; TBD Targeted for December Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GPS IIF-2; 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 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, Mars Science Laboratory; TBD October 2011NASA Employees of the Month: February Employees of the month for February are, from left: Barbara Naylor, Center Operations; Rebecca Barnett (Employee of the Quarter), Human Resource Office; Michael Masters, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate; Gregory Katnik, Launch Integration Office; Denton Gibson, Launch Services Program; Robert Brown, Engineering Directorate; William (Keith) Connell, Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate; and Carolyn Bacque, Engineering Directorate. Not pictured are, Elisa Lopez Waller, Chief y STS-130 is the final scheduled night space shuttle launch. What do you like most about night launches?Theyre so much easier to see. They are very similar to Theyre so beautiful. Ive seen a lot of them in my Kathie Murr, with United Space AllianceWORD STREETON THE Loren Lorenz, with Portage Inc.Night launches are the best. I love the fact that they Rosaly Santos-Ebaugh, with NASALove them. My family made a special trip to see STSShaun Green, with NASA Larry Batterson, with NASA Financial Office; and Thomas Fornoff, Information Technology and Communications Services.NASA/Tony Gra Looking up and ahead . Feb. 17 The History of Black Economic Empowerment panel discussion (free) 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mission Briefing Room, Operations and Checkout Facility Feb. 26 African American History Month Breakfast, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Space Station Processing Facility cafeteria, tickets $13 (buy by Feb. 17) March 6 Kennedy All-American Picnic, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT; KARS 1 Park. Tickets go on sale Feb. 17; $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12. Upcoming events .