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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 April 16, 2010 Vol. 50, No. 7 Cabana: Were ready for future work assignments Inside this issue . Phone call to ISS Page 6 T o move forward, you have to take steps . some big, some small, some leaps and bounds. NASA Adminis trator Charlie Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, along with cen ter directors and program managers, recently took new direction for Americas space agency. Pending congressional approval, NASA will create include activities in explora tion technology and devel opment, heavy-lift rockets and rocket propulsion tech nology, exploration precur sor robotic missions, human research and commercial I think this is where we want to be as a space center. We want to be able to do it all. We want to be the nations premier launch complex for whatever the future brings, said Center Director Bob Cabana during an All-Hands Meeting on April 9. Now that weve got the center assignments, weve gone from having one program (NASAs Launch Services Program) to having three. will be a Commercial Crew Development Program a deputy program manager Space Center in Houston. $500 million in Fiscal Year 2011 and $5.8 billion ter private sector transporta tion services to Earth orbit. When you consider all thats required to stand up a new program, especially a new commercial program like this thats actually de signed to launch humans to space, and what that entails and what it takes, thats a pretty tall order, Cabana said. To have that entrusted to us says a lot. So, now that weve actually gotten it here, weve got to stand up and deliver. Were going to have to work very closely with the see them as working on the crew vehicle and the crew aspect of it, Cabana said. But the program is going to be here. Were going to integrate the whole thing, were going to be procuring the rockets, were going to be doing the launching. The second new program will transform Kennedy into a 21st Century Launch Complex. To do so, the center will manage $429 million in FY 2011 and $1.9 billion to modernize all of Center Director Bob Cabana addresses workers in the Training Auditorium for an All-Hands Meeting on April 9. Cabana answered questions and discussed the current activities at Kennedy, including the centers next steps in implementing the new exploration strategy outlined in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal. See ALL-HANDS Page 3 SLF documented Page 2 NASA For more details on the NASA center work assignments and more information about the agencys Fiscal Year 2011 budget, visit: www.nasa.gov/budget More online Page 3 Small business award Heritage: Apollo 13 40 years ago Page 7
Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS April 16, 2010 Solar farms at Kennedy generating power to homes By Linda Herridge Spaceport News A few days before Discov ery and its seven-member STS-131 crew glide to a safe landing at Kennedys Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, efforts will begin to record the facility for historical purposes. Kennedys Center Operations Directorate will lead the efforts to properly document and photograph the SLF runway, where NASAs times since 1984. The Landing Aids Control Building and Mate-Demate Device also will be recorded. According to Barbara Naylor, Kennedys historic preservation determined that the SLF, as well as other Kennedy sites, were eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or NRHP. We began this historical re cordation process about three years ago, Naylor said. Kennedy is being proactive in completing the historical documentation on all of the facilities listed and eligible on the NRHP so that this information will be avail able for the public and completed for NASA to support future projects. Naylor said the documentation must meet Secretary of the Inte rior Standards to be accepted into the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey and His toric American Engineering Record archival collections. Proper docu mentation includes a written history of the facility, black-and-white large format archival quality photographs, negatives, and as-built drawings or schematics. The photo effort is completed by using a special camera that takes cessed on archival quality paper that lasts for more than 100 years, Naylor said. Kennedys Medical and Envi ronmental Support Contractor, Inno vative Health Applications LLC, will manage the effort. Shannah Trout, the cultural resource specialist with IHA, said the company will bring in an architectural historian to accom pany the independent photographer during the documentation. The historian helps to deter mine the best exterior and interior views, angles, and close-up photos, Trout said. Its also important to document any special equipment facility. Kennedy completed the docu mentation of the crawler-transporter, mobile launcher platform, Launch Pad 39A, Vehicle Assembly Build ing, Launch Control Center, Opera tions and Checkout Building high bay, Thermal Protection System Fa cility, and Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility. The Canister Rotation Facility and payload canister also will be completed this year. Naylor said other assets being considered for the agencys Space Transportation System historical documentation include the orbiters, solid rocket boosters, external fuel tank, space shuttle main engines and the shuttle carrier aircraft being lead Houston. As of presstime, Discovery was scheduled to land April 19 at 8:53 a.m. EDT, bringing home Com Rick Mastracchio, Clayton Ander son, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, space Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki. SLF to go down in history as a story to be told NASA An independent documentation team prepares to record Kennedys Launch Complex 39A. From left, are Architectural Historian Trish Slovinac with Archaeological Consultants Inc., her assistant Nigel Rudolph, and photographer Penny Rogo Bailes. C lean energy has arrived as Florida Power & Lights new Space Coast Next Gen eration Solar Energy Center at Kennedy now is supplying power to Florida households. Center Director Bob Cabana joined FPL President and CEO Armando Olivera the solar energy center April 8. The energy center is the result of a public-private partnership between NASA and FPL. NASA is a pioneer in the use of solar power for space exploration, so its with FPL to expand the use of that renewable energy source at Kennedy, where many of those missions were launched, Cabana said. This type of commercial partnership with NASA helps provide Florida residents, and Americas space pro gram, with new sources of green power that reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and improve the environment. Olivera said that like NASA, FPL is looking be yond the horizon. Nearly 50 years ago, NASAs Kennedy Space Center was born of a dream to enable humankind to ex plore the mysteries of space. Today, we gather on the same ground to celebrate the birth of a new dream: a clean energy future for Florida built on renewable energy from the sun, Olivera said. FPLs Space Coast Next Generation Solar En ergy Center is an important part of our states cleanenergy future, but large-scale solar projects like this one also have a very positive im pact on the economy today, Olivera added. The new solar photo voltaic power facility was designed and built by SunPower Corp., using pan available. The 35,000 solar panel facility, occupying 60 acres on NASA property at Kennedy, is producing 10 megawatts of clean, emis sions-free power, which is enough energy to serve about 1,100 homes. The solar facility is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more the life of the project, which is equivalent to removing 1,800 cars from the road each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protec tion Agency. U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas said that Florida is poised to be a leader in Americas growing clean-en ergy economy, which natu rally includes solar power. This joint effort between NASA and FPL is an example of how we can create jobs while investing in common-sense solutions to the economic, environ mental and national security challenges we face today, Kosmas said. Olivera said when com bined with the other solar plants that FPL is building, it will make Florida No. 2 in the nation for solar power. Armando Olivera, Florida Power & Light president and CEO hands a pen to Center Director Bob Cabana after signing a certificate officially commissioning the newly constructed solar power facility at Kennedy. Looking on are U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas of Florida, left, and Eric Draper, Audubon Society. NASA/Jim Grossmann By Linda Herridge Spaceport News
SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 April 16, 2010 Kennedys facilities. The goal is to augment NASAs current and future operations to achieve safe, increased operational ef cost for all customers, said Garver during a media want to facilitate multiple launches of different types of vehicles from different companies carrying both hu mans and cargo in a timely fashion. Its a pretty compre hensive package that really sets us up to have really a responsive and forwardlooking range to go launch the kind of missions we expect to in the future as well as support a whole va riety of test missions, said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASAs Space Operations Mission Directorate. Kennedy also will house a Flagship Technology Demonstrations Deputy responsible for $424 million in FY 2011 and $6 billion demonstrate transforma tional technologies for next capabilities. The Space Shuttle Program will receive an ad ditional three months worth of funding, or $600 million, to process and launch all remaining shuttle payloads and vehicles bound for the International Space Station. Wrapping up construction of the orbiting outpost will allow crews to devote their time to science and research. Other projects and pro grams will include payload processing, improving the range, environmental reme diation, education, heavylift technology, and research and development. The Launch Services Program will continue launching expendable launch vehicles, and will likely receive more work with the proposed robotics precursor missions. I want to capture what LSP has done as part of our commercial crew effort, Cabana said. This new commercial crew (program), it cant be just like LSP, but it cant be like the space shuttle either. Its got to be somewhere in the middle. expertise that we want to capture. Steps to follow include congressional approval and then selection of leadership teams, some of which have already been assigned at Kennedy. Those teams will then work with contractors to determine how many people it will take to support the programs and perform the work. Now the hard part begins, Cabana said. As far as Im concerned, the hardest job you can have is standing up a brand new program, getting the budgets in place, getting the right what it is you need to go do and implementing it. NASA leaders have centers to take on these new tasks. Bolden said, I want to thank all of our NASA work force, both contractor and civil servant, for its com mitment to this agency, its NASAs future is bright, thanks to your creativity and belief in the future. Kennedy team earns NASAs small business award From left, are Glenn Delgado, associate administrator of NASAs Office of Small Business Programs; NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden; Larry Third, Kennedy small business specialist; Center Director Bob Cabana; and Kennedy Procurement Office Director Dudley Cannon. NASA/Jim Grossmann T he Kennedy team has a lot to be proud of and it recently added another accomplish ment to its list: winner of the NASA Small Business Administrators Cup Award for Fiscal Year 2009. On April 5, NASA Administra Small Business Programs Associ ate Administrator Glenn Delgado presented the cup to Center Director Bob Cabana, Small Business Spe cialist Larry Third and Procurement Business Programs is extremely proud to present the 2009 Adminis trators Cup Award to the Kennedy Space Center and to recognize the centers small business program, which consistently develops and implements innovative practices in support of the agencys small busi ness initiatives, Delgado said. VIPs who attended the event in the Operations and Checkout included NASA Associate Admin istration associate administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development; Mitchell Morand, Area III director of the Small Business Administrations Of Walter Wallace, SBA Procurement Center representative for Kennedy. Kennedy senior staff members, pro curement personnel, prime contrac tors and Central Industry Assistance A special thanks goes out to the entire KSC team for making the small business program what it is today. With the teams continued KSC small business program will become even stronger, which in turn, will make the agency program even stronger, Third said. The purpose of the award is to that a NASA center has made to the agencys small business program. The award recognizes success ful and innovative practices that promote small business participation in the initiatives that NASA under takes. The innovative practices that helped Kennedy receive this award include: Operations Support Contract, resulting in four additional awards awards alone contribute in excess of $100 million annually toward the centers small business goals. where vendors are able to talk with representatives from Kennedy and its major prime contractors un der one roof without having to be cleared and badged into Kennedys secured areas. The goal of joint counseling is to provide private industry the maximum opportunity to do business with Kennedy and to present the ultimate team image. to offer joint counseling, and it now is being implemented across the agency. Kennedy Prime Contractor Board -Kennedy and its prime con tractors are committed to increasing competition in contracting, enhanc ing socioeconomic programs and providing private industry the maxi mum opportunity to do business at the center. In order to demonstrate this commitment, Kennedy and its prime contractors joined forces to create a forum, offering "One Face to Industry." From that, the Ken nedy Prime Contractor Board was formed. The NASA Small Business Administrators Cup recognizes the NASA center that has the best over all small business program annually and is sponsored by the NASA Of From ALL-HANDS Page 1
A NASA helicopter made a stop March 26 at Kennedys Child Development Center during Transportation Week, March 22-26, and a very large bunny took photos and played with the youngsters April 2. CDC events thrill the kidsNASA/Jack Pfaller NASA/Gianni Woods Page 4SPACEPORT NEWSApril 16, 2010Page 5SPACEPORT NEWSApril 16, 2010Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Inside a laboratory in the Space Station Processing Facility, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency scientist prepares a sample for the Biological Effects of Space Radiation and Microgravity on Mammalian Cells, or NeuroRad, lab experiment. The experiment is one of several biology and biotechnology, human research, physical, materials science and technology experiments that flew aboard space shuttle Discoverys STS-131 mission to the International Space Station. Janette Martin, left, is presented with a check for $1,444 by Center Director Bob Cabana for the Launching-A-Cure team that will participate in the American Cancer Societys Relay for Life in Rockledge on April 17. The funds came from donations raised during the KSC All-American Picnics Chili Cook-off. As winners of the Chili Cook-offs Peoples Choice Contest, Dawn Meyer, right, and Jennifer Tharpe, second from right, were able to select the charity of their choice for the donation. In Launch Complex 39, steel roof trusses have been installed in the administrative building of the Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility. The facility is striving to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Platinum certification. If successful, it will be the first Kennedy facility to achieve this highest of LEED ratings after it is completed in December 2010.NASA/Jim Grossmann The KSC CyberCaf opened April 13 in Headquarters, Room 1242. The goal of the caf is to develop a welcoming and productive area with coffee and gourmet snacks available to purchase, comfortable seating, and working surfaces for employees to congregate and use the facilitys wireless internet 24 hours a day. It will provide a place to prepare pre-briefs and follow-ups, as well as a break area.NASA/Gianni Woods NASA/Jim Grossmann NASA/Jim Grossmann A group of midshipmen stopped by Kennedy in March to familiarize themselves with the operations of the center. From left, are Galvin Moore, Ian Eisenhauer, Sean Derek Freitas and Patrick Abbott, who someday hope to become astronauts.NASAHundreds of space enthusiasts attended the Space Coast Yuris Night on April 10. The National Space Society, along with other local companies and groups, sponsored the event at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Fla. The event included exhibits and attractions, live entertainment, a DJ, special guest speakers, astronaut training simulators, a full-scale shuttle cockpit, grand prize giveaways. NASA/Jack Pfaller Shuttle Atlantis moves from its processing hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building on April 13. The shuttle began its move at 7:20 a.m., took a pause for a photo opportunity with center employees, and arrived at 11:02 a.m. Inside the VAB, Atlantis will be attached to its solid rocket boosters and external tank for the STS-132 mission to the International Space Station targeted for May 14.NASA/Jack Pfaller
Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS April 16, 2010 NASA, nature partner for Earth Day beach cleanup Spaceport News A t the place where NASA spacecraft begin their journey, Earth Day activities bring the focus a little closer to home along the pristine beaches that line Kennedy. Thirty-six-year Kennedy employee Maggie Forbes, an environment protection specialist, said, We decided to do something different this year to support the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. On April 9, buses of volunteers from the Kennedy work force descended on the centers beaches to spend several hours scouring the sand for items that had washed ashore, collecting recyclables and 200 bags of trash. As in other beach cleanups, the volunteers anything from trash tossed overboard by cruise passengers to messages in bottles launched from faraway places. All the collected debris was re trieved and properly disposed of by the program, with much of it being recyclable. Unlike what might be found along a public beach, all of the debris that litters Kennedys restricted beaches washes up from items discarded at sea. While unsightly, the trash also can disturb a sensitive nesting ground for several types of sea turtles. With the space center beaches part of the No. 1 nesting area in the Western Hemisphere for loggerhead sea turtles, the cleanup had to be care fully planned in advance of the beginning of their nesting season. Sea turtle biologist Shanon Gann, a contractor with Innovative Health Applications, sees it as an are good stewards of this land, even if tomorrow all this trash comes right back. We cant control what Mother Nature brings us, so we go back out and clean it up again. While an event like Earth Day can bring extra emphasis and awareness to the thousands of workers at the center, it is just part of the ongoing efforts that continue throughout the year. We have quite a large program out here -larger than any of the (NASA) centers, said Kimberly Finch of Kennedys environmental most of it is wildlife refuge. In everything we do out here, we consider the environmental require ments and impacts, for any kind of activity, from small to large. In the end, the success of the cleanup cant be measured just by the debris collected, but also by the heightened awareness. Astronauts celebrate 100 days on ISS with phone call S itting by the phone, waiting for a call just doesnt seem to happen anymore. That is, unless you are waiting for a call from the International Space Station. And thats what several hundred people were doing as they gathered April 2 to share Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and cosmonaut Oleg Kotov to celebrate 100 days on the station. Center Director Bob Cabana and astronaut Bobby Satcher led the event at Millikens Reef restaurant at Port Canaveral, Fla., which hosted its first space-to-ground After opening statements by Cabana and Satcher, workers and their families and friends lined up to ask the trio in an orbit some 220 miles above Earth questions about their experiences and work in space. Contact was made with the crew at about 5 p.m., with Creamer greeting Cabana. Soon after, Kotov shared a brief discussion with Mikhail Kashitsyn, deputy technical manager and head of the Mini-Research Module-1 prelaunch processing for RSC Energia. Their conversation, of course, was in Russian. Randall Crosby, with the Florida Division of Blind Services and best known as the owner of Crosby Snacks at Headquarters, took the phone next. If you ever consider having a need for caf on the space station, Id love to do business up there, Crosby said as the crowd roared in support. Creamer answered: As for a caf in space, we all are simply drooling at the thought of fresh coffee. Embry Riddle student Sasha Wetmore asked: What kind of education has helped you the most in your career? Creamer answered: The pinnacle fields have helped us get where we are, but learning to become the best team member really NASA A girl talks to astronauts Mike Barratt and Koichi Wakata, and cosmonaut Gennady Padalka as they celebrate 100 days on the International Space Station. Astronaut Bobby Satcher, who flew on the STS-129 mission, looks on during the space-to-ground phone call from Millikens Reef in Port Canaveral, Fla., on April 2. has helped us most. Other questions and answer included: Question: How often do astronauts get to speak with their families and whats the loneliest thing about being in space? Answer: We frequently e-mail with our families and the station really is a busy place, so no one is ever lonely. Q: Did you do anything to celebrate your 100 days in space? A: We did sit around the dinner table and discuss the best things that have happened to us . we shared joy of being able to do this together. Q: Do you guys text in space? A: We cant get text message, but we do Tweet from up here. Q: Were you nervous when you first went to space? A: The first time we were really excited, not really nervous. Q: Where do you sleep and how do you sleep? A: We sleep in a compartment about the size of a closet because we dont need to lie down. Greetings were recorded from guests to the crew and are scheduled to be sent up at a later date. The overall goal of the event was to promote human spaceflight awareness. Volunteers from the Kennedy work force descended on the centers beaches April 9 to spend several hours scouring the sand for items that had washed ashore. NASA/ Troy Cryder
Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS April 16, 2010 Remembering Our Heritage Apollo 13 put problem solving to the test By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian On Oct. 29, 1969, the Apollo 13 crew practices deploying the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package, or ALSEP, which they planned to leave behind on the moon. Astronaut James Lovell, commander, left, discusses the project with astronauts Charles Duke, Fred Haise, John Young and an unidentified worker. NASA file/1969 NASA file/1969 The S-II stage for Apollo 13s Saturn V rocket is unloaded from a barge at the Launch Complex 39 turn basin on June 30, 1969. I t was the Age of Aquarius at NASA 40 years ago when Apollo Lovell, lunar module pilot Fred Haise and command aboard. Swigert replaced Thomas Mattingly in the Mattingly was exposed to the measles. Their destination was the Fra Mauro highlands region of the moon. However, the rupture of an oxygen tank on the service module April 13 required that the lunar landing attempt be aborted. Engineers worked round-the-clock to formulate a plan to save the crew. Fortunately, the lunar module Aquarius was undamaged, and the crew was able to use it as their command post and living quarters for the remainder of the flight. The lunar module descent engine provided the propulsion necessary to adjust the flight path and the spacecraft ventured around the moon on a free-return trajectory for re-entry. hours after liftoff, the crew splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The astronauts and spacecraft were recovered safely by the crew aboard Apollo 13 crew returned to Kennedy to give spaceport workers a well employees thronged to the north end of the Vehicle Assembly Building transfer aisle to give the crew a standing ovation, with others observing from the buildings upper decks. It seems a lot longer than three weeks since we left here, Haise said, addressing the crowd. All at once it became apparent that our very survival depended on how our remaining hardware was going to work. The LM didnt miss a beat, he said, and when we reactivated the dormant command module we made the most accurate re-entry of the Apollo Program. We know that behind all this hardware there are an awful lot of people. I want to fly again, he added. Id be anxious to climb aboard any kind of machinery on which you people have worked. WORD ON THE STREET Its been 40 years since Apollo 13 went on its mission. There have been many movies made about space, including Apollo 13. What is your favorite space movie? Page 8 The Apollo 13 spacecraft is moved to a transporter in the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building on Dec. 10, 1969, for its trip to the Vehicle Assembly Building. NASA file/1969 Kennedy celebrates Apollo 13 mission with festivities The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex recently commemorated the 40th anniversary of Apollo 13 with special events. Apollo 13 back-up lunar module pilot and Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke, left photo, signed books and posed for photographs. Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, far right, and lunar module pilot Fred Haise hosted a special Astronaut Encounter that was standing-room-only. The Visitor Complex also hosted a breakfast with the astronauts that sold out.
Page 8SPACEPORT NEWSApril 16, 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 three weeks KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Its been 40 years since Apollo 13 went on its mission. There have been many movies made about space, including Apollo 13. What is your favorite space movie? Apollo 13. I just watched a documentary on it last night. I like the movie because it was based on just the facts. Contact. It showed KSC. It was a really good movie and it even made you think.Albert Studt, with URS Corp.WORD STREETON THE Mike Skirko, with EG&GApollo 13. I really liked the Houston, we have a problem line . and of course, I like Tom Hanks.Alanna Keyser, with Division of Blind ServicesSpace Cowboys. Its a really good movie with a good storyline and I really like Clint Eastwood.Lisa Hokett, with United Space AllianceArmageddon. I really like the soundtrack a lot but it also was very adventurous.Sandy Eliason, with NASA Planned for April 19 Landing/KSC: Discovery, STS-131; 8:53 a.m. EDT Targeted for April 20 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, OTV; TBD Targeted for May 8 Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9/Dragon; Window 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT Targeted for May 14 Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-132; 2:19 p.m. EDT May 20 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GPS IIF-1; 11:29 to 11:48 p.m. EDT No earlier than July 21 Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9/Dragon C1, NASA COTS Demo 1; TBD Targeted for July 29 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-134; 7:51 a.m. EDT Targeted for July 30 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, AEHF 1; 4:52 to 6:52 a.m. EDT Targeted for Sept. 16 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-133; 11:57 a.m. EDT Targeted for Nov. 11 Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9/Dragon C2; TBD Targeted for Nov. 17 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, GPS IIF-2; TBD Nov. 22 Launch/VAFB: Taurus, Glory; TBD Targeted for Jan. 22, 2011 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, SBIRS GEO-1; TBD Aug. 5, 2011 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, Juno; TBD Aug.15, 2011 Launch/Reagan Test Site: Pegasus, 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 Oct. 14, 2011 Looking up and ahead . Roy Tharpe, president of Space Gateway Support, has been selected by the National Space Club Florida Committee to receive its 2010 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award at a dinner April 17. The formal event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be at the Debus Conference Facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For more information, contact LaDonna Neterer at 321-383-6135 or LaDonna.J.Neterer@boeing.com.Tharpe to receive Debus Award on April 17 Join Kennedy on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/NASAKennedy or on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/NASAKennedyWhat are folks saying on facebook?Watching a launch is one of the greatest things in my life!! Its a beautiful sight, a fantastic experience, unbelievable achievement and an awesome piece of work that lies behind it! All the way from Greenland/Denmark: NASA KSC rocks! April 27 From Zero to Breakthrough! Guest speaker Vernice Armour 10 to 11:30 a.m. Training Auditorium April 27 2010 KSC Annual Walk/Run, 5 p.m. Shuttle Landing Facility 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 .