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STS-132 crew arrives at Kennedy John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News May 14, 2010 Vol. 50, No. 10 B oeings STS-132 ager, Eve Stavros, and NASA Mission Man stationed on console in Fir Launch Control Center, as space shuttle Atlantis Launch Pad 39A. Stavros and Boeings Payload Processing Ser prepare the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1, or MRM-1, and an Integrated to the International Space Station. According to Stavros, planning and coordination year ago. NASA, Johnson Space Cen ter in Houston, Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, sia, and the European Aero said. Ashley said another the MRM-1 and the cargo They arrived late in By Linda Herridge Spaceport News Processing Facility, about orbiter integration activi The MRM-1 and as aboard an Antonov Rus Canaveral. For the MRM-1, Boe critical operations training the launch pad. Boeing also coordinated delivery and to ensure payload schedule ous international experi European Space Agency in the Netherlands. NASA/Gianni Woods INSIDE . Page 2 Explorer School Symposium Page 3 STS-130 crew returns Page 6 NASA alums lay foundation Technicians prepare to lift the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1, or MRM-1, out of its transportation container in Kennedys Space Station Processing Facility for its move to the payload canister and transportation to Launch Pad 39A. See STS-132 Page 3 Page 7 Heritage: Delta IV provides durability NASA/Kim Shiflett STS-132 Commander Ken Ham is greeted by Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach upon his arrival at the Space Shuttle Landing Facility. The six veteran astronauts for space shuttle Atlantis final planned mission arrived aboard four NASA T-38 jets by 7 p.m. May 10 to begin final prelaunch preparations.


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS May 14, 2010 NASA Explorer Schools students present projects At Kennedys Educator Resource Center, students participate in a cleaning water activity during the NASA Explorer Schools 2010 Student Symposium. From left, are fifth-graders Samantha Escalon and Thiffany Yeupell from Dr. H. Rodriguez Elementary School in Harlingen, Texas, and Evan Gabriel from John B. Cary Elementary School in Richmond, Va. Students participate in a heavy-lift activity using balloons, paper clips, paper cups and tape during the NASA Explorer Schools 2010 Student Symposium at Kennedys Educator Resource Center. From left, are sixth-graders Christopher Hayward from Phenix City Intermediate School in Alabama, and Jaycob Wade from Johnson Magnet School for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in San Diego, Calif., and third-grader Zachary Lopez from Vintage Magnet School in Sepulveda, Calif. NASA/Kim Shiflett NASA/Kim Shiflett A ing beneath a clock School in Lynn, Mass., to in a reduced or hyper gravity nervous as they presented Lopez said. thirdthrough ninth-grade Explorer Schools around the peers, NASA engineers, scientists and education specialists during the NASA Space Centers Education Division hosted the By Linda Herridge Spaceport News Center Director Bob Ca and their teachers to the Hotel in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Cabana told the students learn. Do your best and dont Jo Ann Charleston, Glenn Research Center in diligently on their research be so involved and interested Charlotte Groty, a Magnet School in Moreno Wallace and Nathan Thorn presented their class research dous opportunities because G plane, either by the teach ers, an astronaut or research specialist in order to gather research data. Eighth-grade students insula Middle School in Lakebay, Wash., tested creek Mills said during the presen During the event, the and participated in several educational activities and nedy and getting to ask engi At the closing event, Acting Deputy Associate recognized the teachers and NASA Explorer Schools They are supported by the National Science Teach ers Association and NASA University. Each year in the spring, NASAs Digital Learning their peers to participate in Priscilla Moore, an education specialist at the agencys content and For more information about NASA Explorer Schools and other NASA education programs, visit: http://explorerschools. and www. More online


SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 May 14, 2010 Crew shares phenomenal view of STS-130 mission NASA/Gianni Woods international diplo Boeing CAPPS practices, regulations and operations as they The cargo car ers, also at Astrotechs Space Station Process ing Facility, CAPPS the Space to Ground Antenna, or SGANT, delivered the integrated on the cargo carrier. packaged and delivered six batteries to EADS Building, CAPPS A technician determines the weight and center of gravity of the Integrated Cargo Carrier in Kennedys Space Station Processing Facility before its move to the payload canister and transportation to Launch Pad 39A for the upcoming STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. carrier in the shuttles payload bay. The Stavros said the both payloads into the delivery to the launch porting installation into Atlantis payload bay. During the 12-day Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett attach the MRM-1 to research capabilities tions. Soyuz and Progress vehicles and provide cargo storage. The Integrated and attached to the space station. From STS-132 Page 1 By Rebecca Sprague Spaceport News S pace shuttle Endeav International Space Station they provided insight into Center Director Bob return event by introducing Pilot Terry Virts, and Mis Hire, Stephen Robinson, Nicholas Patrick and Robert Behnken. covery, Hard giving up that They paid special attention to the international col space agencies -NASA, the Japan Aerospace Explora tion Agency, or JAXA, and the Russian Federal Space We had 11 people all get together and re International Space Station. It took three space their biggest payload -the here on Earth. said. ducted in the U.S. portion space in lab areas. Hire also described that shutter on that big the one thats round in the and see the International The crew of STS-130 returned to Kennedy on April 28 and shared stories and insight of their 13-day mission to the International Space Station. The astronauts signed autographs and took pictures with workers. NASA/Jim Grossmann


Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS May 14, 2010 Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS May 14, 2010 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Send photos of yourself and/or your co-workers in action for possible publication. Photos should include a short caption 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: Spaceport News wants your photos, ideas Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engine technicians install a high-pressure oxidizer turbo pump on space shuttle main engine No. 2062 in Kennedys Space Shuttle Main Engine Processing Facility. The engine, or SSME, is the last one scheduled to be built at Kennedy before the end of the Space Shuttle Program. In front of the engine, from left, are Dan Bode, Teryon Jones, Barry Martin and Jessica Tandy. Behind the engine, from left, are Ryan Mahony and Ken Burley. NASA/Amanda Diller Vernice Armour, Americas first female fighter pilot, spoke to Kennedy workers April 27 in the Training Auditorium. Armour shared her seven steps to success called the From Zero to Breakthrough model, which has been featured on Oprah, CNN, Tyra Banks and NPR. NASA/Cory Huston Workers enjoy a buffet to celebrate the Mexican culture during the 5 de Mayo Fiesta at KARS Park II. Attendees also danced, listened to music and played games. NASA/Amanda Diller Ronald Griffin performed on several saxophones during the annual Mothers Day Tea at the Child Development Center on May 7. NASA/Jim Grossmann Goddard Space Flight Center hosts a Safety and Mission Assurance and Engineering Job Showcase May 6-7 for Kennedy workers at Operations and Support Building II. The Workforce Transition Office also opened three new locations to assist Kennedy employees: Operations Support Building I, Room 1119A, open Tuesdays, noon to 4 p.m.; Central Industry Assistance Office, Building N6-1009, open Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m.; and NASA Shuttle Logistics Depot 1, Room 415-B, open Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. For more information, go to NASA/ Troy Cryder Workers gather at the Training Auditorium during the National Day of Prayer Observance on May 6. Attendees enjoyed a praise and worship band. NASA/Jim Grossmann


Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS May 14, 2010 Bricks keep memories of Kennedy workers alive T rial Foundation and are not only taking steps creating the path. This path, also called Educator Resource Center, or ERC these bricks can leave a last The bricks, sold to only everyone a chance to be recognized as a supporter endeavors. League distributes their por tion to a college scholarship all Brevard Countys robotic The portion that goes Foundation goes directly to Each honoree also receives a personalized and For more information, contact Cathie Gray at 321-452-2887, ext. 5146, or go to www.amfcse. org/spacewalk.htm More info NASA Alumni League President Tom Breakfield, second from right, checks out one of the robots created by the Pink Team, which is sponsored in part by the SpaceWalk of Honor funds. For NASA NASA/Jack Pfaller


Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS May 14, 2010 Remembering Our Heritage NASA file/1998 By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian Delta rocket family celebrates 50 years of durability A solid rocket booster is lifted for installation onto the Boeing Delta 7326 rocket that launched Deep Space 1 at Launch Complex-17A, Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., in 1998. NASA file/1996 Build-up of the Delta II expendable launch vehicle that carried the Mars Global Surveyor is shown at Launch Complex-17A, on Cape Canaveral Air Station in December 1996. I called Delta. The second stage, built by The spin-stabilized third stage, built by the Alleghany Ballistics Laboratory, relied on solid propellant. launch vehicle, NASA as dard Space Flight Center in Maryland, under the vehicles could be developed. provided by a NASA/Doug NASAs Bob Gray. Because a U.S. Air Canaveral Air Force Station, to launch in early May conditions. second stage attitude control the payload did not achieve course, a huge disappoint A second launch, car operated properly, and the the desired orbit. able balloon called Echo. Echo acted as a passive ground station to another. It orbited Earth at an sunlight and could easily be seen by Earthbound observers. Patrick Air Force Base and and that, conversely, NASA tions, especially in the areas During launches and I personally recall said, and taking pardonable I participated in 119 launch Throughout the years, achieved greater capability under McDonnell Douglas, NASA and the Air Force things as strap-on solids Delta launch capability denberg Air Force Base in rocket the ability to launch payloads into high-inclina over inhabited areas. United Launch Alliance, the ration. The Delta launch log counting. Included in that log including Telstars 1 and 2; lites called Explorers; Deep Space 1; both the Mars Global Surveyor and The trite, but correct, and ocean biological activ ity, and cloud and aerosol properties; and the Gravity Recovery and Interior Labo crust to core and to advance


Page 8SPACEPORT NEWSMay 14, 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 Scheduled for May 14 Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-132; 2:20 p.m. EDT May 20 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GPS IIF-1; 11:29 to 11:48 p.m. EDT Planned for May 26 Landing/KSC, Shuttle Landing Facility: Atlantis, STS-132; 8:44 a.m. EDT Targeted for mid Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9/Dragon; Window 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT to late May To Be Determined Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9/Dragon C1, NASA COTS Demo 1; TBD 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 To Be Determined Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9/Dragon C2; TBD No earlier than Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-134; TBD mid-November Targeted for Nov. 17 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, GPS IIF-2; TBD Nov. 22 Launch/VAFB: Taurus, Glory; TBD Targeted for Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, SBIRS GEO-1; TBD Jan. 22, 2011 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, 2011Looking up and ahead . Have you ever met an astronaut? Did you ask him or her a question? And if not, and you could meet an astronaut, what would be the first thing you asked?WORD STREETON THE Yes. I asked him what his biggest challenge was when he got back to Earth.Barbara McCormack, with CNC International Computers and Consultants, Inc.No. Id like to know whats going through their mind during launch and when they experience zero G.Bennett Wight, with Abacus Technologies Corp.No. I would ask for a vivid description of what it was like to be weightless and if they got motion sickness.Christa Casleton, with NASA No. I would ask what goes through their head right before the shuttle launches.Kim Nickerson, with URS Corp. Yes. I asked him how it felt to re-enter the Earths atmosphere after deorbiting.Cory Williams, with Brevard Achievement Center Student winners of the 2010 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition are honored at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on April 30. The DuPont Challenge, which began in 1986, honors the memory of the heroes of the Challenger accident and all who work to encourage the next generation to explore the frontiers of science. The challenge is sponsored by DuPont in collaboration with NASA, The Walt Disney World Resort and the National Science Teachers Association. The objective is to increase scientific literacy among students and to motivate students to excel in communicating scientific ideas. It also recognizes the invaluable role of science teachers in motivating students to communicate scientific ideas through writing.2010 DuPont Challenge Science Essay CompetitionNASA May 17-31 Virtual Job Fair; For more information, go to VOICE @ June 24 KSC On-Site Job Fair; in the SSPF and OSB II (Featuring local and national, private and federal employers. Must register on to participate; For more information, visit VOICE at June 25 Off-Site Job Fair; Radisson in Cape Canaveral. Must register on; For more information, visit VOICE at events .