Spaceport news

MISSING IMAGE

Material Information

Title:
Spaceport news
Physical Description:
Serial
Language:
English
Creator:
Kennedy Space Center
Publisher:
External Relations, NASA at KSC
Place of Publication:
Kennedy Space Center, FL
Publication Date:

Subjects

Genre:
serial   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Brevard -- Cape Canaveral -- John F. Kennedy Space Center
Coordinates:
28.524058 x -80.650849 ( Place of Publication )

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
System ID:
UF00099284:00114


This item is only available as the following downloads:


Full Text

PAGE 1

John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/snews/spnews_toc.html June 11, 2010 Vol. 50, No. 12 U.S. Labor, Commerce efforts to help transition INSIDE . Page 2 STS-131 crew returns Page 3 Four astronauts join hall of fame Page 6 Storm session addresses season Page 7 Heritage: U.S. makes STS-132, Atlantis return safely Space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts ended a 12-day journey of more than 4.8 million miles with an 8:48 a.m. EDT landing May 26 at Kennedy Space Center. The third of five shuttle missions planned for 2010, this was the last scheduled flight for Atlantis. The mission, designated STS-132, delivered the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1 to the International Space Station. Ken Ham commanded the flight and was joined by Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Michael Good, Steve Bowen and Piers Sellers. NASA/Rick Wetherington By Linda Herridge Spaceport News A $15 million grant from the Department of Labor and efforts by the Space Industry Task Force to bring more hightechnology jobs to Florida, are just two of the efforts recently implemented to help Kennedy Space Center workers who will be affected by the retirement of NASAs Space Shuttle Program. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis made the grant announcement at the Ken nedy Space Center Visitor Complex on June 2 with NASA Deputy Administra tor Lori Garver and Rep. Suzanne Kosmas of Florida. The grant will assist ap proximately 3,200 ASRC Aerospace Corp., Boeing and United Space Alliance workers, and is in addi tion to the $40 million of Recovery Act funds pledged by President Barack Obama during his visit to the center April 15. During nearly three decades of continuous space cated and talented workers have helped move our nation -and the world as a whole -forward in a broad range of disciplines, Solis said. Today, these hard-work ing Americans need and deserve our support, and I am pleased that this grant will allow them to upgrade their skills further and gain access to work opportunities in high-demand industries. The grant will be award ed to The Brevard Work force Development Board Inc., which will serve as the program operator. Funds will help individuals ranging from entry-level workers to highly skilled professionals. Services will include career guidance, job search skills, resume reviews, skill as sessments and labor market information, as well as train ing and continuing education opportunities. We must take every step possible to maintain the Space Coasts highly skilled work force, and this grant will provide critical support to workers and help them our community, said Rep. Suzanne Kosmas. At the same time, I will continue working to minimize the attract new businesses to the Space Coast in order to strengthen and diversify our economy. On June 4, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, co-chair of the Pres idential Task Force on Space Industry Work Force and De velopment, held a town hall meeting in Orlando to hear directly from local leaders about ways to strengthen the work force. Meeting moderator and Space Florida President Frank DiBello said its vital to preserve and refresh key Kennedy and Cape Canav eral Air Force Station assets that are essential to the nations space future. Other panel members were Assis tant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez, Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, and NASA Associate Adminis trator for Mission Support Woodrow Whitlow. Locke discussed the presidents commitment to job creation and strengthen ing of the economy with the launch of the presidential task force and its $40 million for multiagency initiatives for regional and economic growth. We are committed to this region, Locke said. Were developing a very ambitious and targeted plan to revitalize the Space Coast region. Locke said the president is ensuring that Kennedy and all of NASA have the re sources they need to pursue new avenues of discovery. He also said the task force will be working closely with colleagues throughout the federal government and local leaders to expand the regions economic base, to identify emerging opportuni ties and to ensure that the regions aerospace workers have the training and the resources they need to be an integral part of the regions new economic strategy. Once the task force has gathered the best ideas from throughout the region, Locke said they will owe the presi dent an action plan by Aug. 15 on how the $40 million will be used to further the economic development. Bolden said the highly skilled civil service and contractor work force team is one of NASAs greatest as sets, and their hard work and talents have enabled America to be the worlds premier spacefaring nation. NASAs contributions to the solutions we seek will have country and all of Central Florida, Bolden said.

PAGE 2

Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS May 28, 2010 Power, patience persevere during STS-131 mission B ody builders around the world have every right to envy the crew of STS-131. In April, Commander Alan Poindexter, Pilot James P. Dutton Jr., and Mission Specialists Rick Mastrac chio, Clayton Anderson, Dorothy Metcalf-Linden burger, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki delivered 6 tons of supplies to the In ternational Space Station . and moved all of it by hand. Five of the crew mem bers stopped by Kennedy Space Centers Operations Support Building II on June 2 to talk about their ride into orbit aboard space shuttle Discovery and their success ful 15-day mission. Clay actually had to pick this ammonia tank up, its weight about 1,800 pounds, said Poindexter. He picked it up and held it up over his head. Here on Earth, that same ammonia tank was moved around by a large crane during processing in the Space Station Process ing Facility. While lifting the tank in space seemed like a synch, even while wearing a 350-pound spacesuit and carrying around an additional 50 pounds of tools, it didnt Anderson and Poindexter tried for hours to poke, prod and push the tank into place and Kennedy workers erupted in laughter when Poindexter described the battle. Then, Houston came up and said, Hey, try it with this little 6-ounce hammer, said Poindexter. So, we tried this 6-ounce hammer on the 1,800-pound tank and, of course, thats not going to help at all. It eventually took a re-install and whole lot of wiggling to make the tank sit By Rebecca Sprague Spaceport News correctly in its place outside the station. So, how does an astro space to perform that kind of work? Metcalf-Lindenburger talked about the advanced resistive exercise device being a great way for shuttle and station crew members to stay in shape. She also spoke about how much taller they are in orbit. We discovered that we all had about another inch to brag about to our friends on the ground, Metcalf-Lin denburger said. In their space time, they around, messing around with their food, and playing musi cal instruments and catch. They even taught school children that science works in space, too. And even though their parents werent up there to nag them about picking up their bedrooms . they did it anyway. We try to be good stewards of the places that weve been, said Wilson. So, we do a little bit of housekeeping inside the airlock, making everything neat and tidy, and also in the 1 is now a common place to have meals. The shuttle and station crews even celebrated Party in Node 1. Actually, it was really delicious, Poindexter said. It tasted pretty much like it would here on the ground. It was a busy mission for the crew that supplied the space station with vital components and enough sci ence racks and experiments for months to come. They wrapped up their crew return event with some questions and a heartfelt thank you to the Kennedy team that pre STS-131 Commander Alan Poindexter signs a poster during a crew return event in the Operations Support Building II at Kennedy on June 2. The crew launched from Kennedys Launch Pad 39A aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 5. NASA/Kim Shiflett The launch mount of a new mobile launcher, or ML, that could support future human spaceflight now is complete at Kennedy. The construction is taking place in Launch Complex 39 in the mobile launcher park site north of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The new launcher is 355 feet tall and has multiple platforms for personnel access. NASA/ Troy Cryder Constellation Ground Operations completes milestone M ore than 1,600 personnel and industry partners successfully completed a review of the Constellation Programs ground system preliminary designs at Ken nedy Space Center on June 2. The review examined ground systems and operations development progress, ranging from launch pad refurbishment, Vehicle Assembly launcher construction, to Orion spacecraft and Ares I launch vehicle element assembly and integration. It concentrated on the technical and managerial challenges faced in ex and operations development effort at Kennedy in more than 35 years. Progressing to this phase on a project of this magnitude is a tremendous accomplishment, said Dale Thomas, acting manager of the Constellation Program. It was one of the cleanest design reviews Ive witnessed, the result of outstand ing work by the Ground Operations Project. Ground operations development is based upon the evolving knowl edge of requirements for launching a human-rated vehicle into space and lessons learned during almost 30 years of launching the space shuttle. One of the goals of the review was to demonstrate progress in reducing ground processing hours, increas reducing ground operations costs. Because of the early emphasis the Constellation Program placed on making our processing effort more affordable, we were able to embed ground operations expertise into the said Pepper Phillips, Ground Opera tions Project manager. A preliminary design review is one of a series of reviews performed or, in the case of ground opera tions, builds the ground hardware and facilities infrastructure needed to process and integrate a launch vehicle. The review process serves as a gate between development stages of a system and progresses to more detailed parts of the system design, assessing the system to ensure it will meet all NASA requirements for safe With the completion of this review, the Ground Operations Project will progress to the detailed design phase for all elements of ground operations and processing. The next key milestone will be the Critical Design Review, where the tions and processing elements will be reviewed prior to entering integration and testing. Although the proposed FY2011 budget for NASA cancels the Con stellation Program, the agency is continuing to fully comply with pro visions of the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which prohibits terminating or eliminating Constella tion activities. Johnson Space Center Public Affairs contributed to this article.

PAGE 3

SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 May 28, 2010 Lunabots dig Kennedys inaugural mining competition By Linda Herridge Spaceport News O ne thing is certain -lunabots come in all shapes and sizes, and can have a positive impact on the students who design them. The impact was evident when more than 20 college and university teams from around the coun try descended on the Ken nedy Space Center Visitor Complexs Astronaut Hall of Fame, May 27-28, for NASAs inaugural Lunabo tics Mining Competition. Coordinated and hosted by Kennedy Space Centers Education Programs and University Research Divi sion, the mining competition featured several categories that teams could compete in to accumulate points. These included designing and building a remote-controlled or autonomous excavator, or lunabot, for competition, writing a systems engineer ing paper, coordinating informal education outreach to K-12 students, a lunabo tics mining slide presentation and team spirit. Kennedy Deputy Direc tor Janet Petro welcomed of competition and encour aged them to concentrate on science, technology, engi neering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The examples of NASAs presence in the ar eas of research and develop ment and technology devel opment continue to abound, and the data that is collected is invaluable, Petro said. Your talents are essential to ensuring an agency such as NASA, whose fundamental objective is exploration, can achieve its full potential. Lunabotics Mining Competition Project Man ager Gloria Murphy said the competition exceeded all expectations. ted from this competition by selecting it as their senior de sign project, which allowed them to actually design and build something, Murphy said. When the lunar dust settled, several teams rose to the top, including Montana State University with their Modular Unmanned Lunar Excavator, or M.U.L.E., place in the mining category and $5,000 in scholarships, for successfully maneuver ing the M.U.L.E. around a collect the most lunar simu lant, about 46 pounds, and depositing it in a container within 15 minutes. It was an incred ible moment for the team, said Dr. Brock LaMeres, the teams faculty advisor. Winning the digging contest was surreal considering the caliber of the other schools that participated. The team also won the Joe Kosmo Award for Excel lence for achieving the most cumulative points. They received a school trophy, nedy VIP launch invita tions and travel expenses to participate in a NASA Desert The team decided from day one that they wanted to compete for the Joe Kosmo award. They studied the requirements and did every thing they could to accu mulate points in each of the categories, LaMeres said. to participate next year. Team AETHER from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach received the outreach award for their lunabot, Kraken. According to the teams faculty advisor, Charles Re inholtz, they interacted with helped run the regional and state For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Tech nical Challenge Competition. The students visited Mainland and Spruce Creek High Schools, mentored the Spruce Creek Robotics team and helped fabricate compo nents for them. They took it one step further by inviting a local high school student to par ticipate on the lunabot team, Reinholtz said. Murphy said outreach is an important component of the competition, because its vital to encourage and men tor the younger generation. Reinholtz said most engineering students today University students tune up and tinker with their remote controlled or autonomous excavators, called lunabots, in front of the Lunarena at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complexs Astronaut Hall of Fame. Twenty-two teams from around the country maneuvered their lunabots in about 60 tons of ultra-fine simulated lunar soil, called BP-1, for NASAs first Lunabotics Mining Competition on May 27-28. NASA/Jack Pfaller See LUNABOTICS Page 6 Quartet joins 2010 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame class The 2010 Astronaut Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Guy Bluford Jr., Kathy Thornton, Frank Culbertson Jr. and Ken Bowersox were honored at a ceremony June 5 at Kennedys Visitor Complex. NASA/Jack Pfaller A stronauts Guion Bluford, Jr., Kenneth Bowersox, Frank Culbertson, Jr., and Kathryn Thornton joined an elite group of American space heroes as they were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on June 5 during a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. As the ninth group of space shuttle astronauts to be named to the hall, the group possesses an impressive resume. Bluford, was the first African-American to fly in space. Ken Bowersox was the pilot of the first maintenance mission to restore NASAs Hubble Space Telescope and later commanded Expedition 6 aboard the International Space Station. He also commanded the STS-82 servicing mission to Hubble. Frank Culbertson Jr. was commander of the first space shuttle night landing at Kennedy and led the third Expedition crew on the space station. Kathy Thornton served as a mission specialist during STS-49, which saw the first threeperson spacewalk and later helped repair and upgrade Hubble as a spacewalker on STS-61. NASA Administrator and hall member Charles Bolden, who attended the outdoor ceremony, called this years inductees a special class of astronauts. One of the things that is striking to me in addition to their professional prowess, they are probably four of the most spectacular, just downright good human beings I have had the opportunity to know, Bolden said. The event, hosted by actor and self-proclaimed space geek Jon Cryer of CBS Televisions Two and a Half Men, had its share of laughs and former astronaut Dick Covey brought the house down during his introduction of Bowersox. Bluford Jr. was introduced by Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats. Bolden presented Culbertson. STS-49 Commander Dan Brandenstein praised Thornton during his presentation of her.

PAGE 4

Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS May 28, 2010 Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS May 28, 2010 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center Inside shuttle Atlantis crew compartment, a United Space Alliance employee begins to power down the vehicle for towback from the Shuttle Landing Facility runway to Orbiter Processing Facility-1 at Kennedy on May 26. After every shuttle landing, about 150 trained workers assist the crew out and then make the vehicle safe for towing atop a large diesel-driven tractor. A train delivers the last space shuttle solid rocket booster segments to the Jay Jay Rail Yard in Titusville, Fla., on May 27. Six Florida East Coast Railway cars transported the segments on their cross-county journey from the ATK solid rocket booster plant in Promontory, Utah. NASA senior managers and astronaut Mike Massimino hopped aboard the train in Jacksonville, Fla., for the final leg of the trip. The booster segments will be used for shuttle Atlantis on what currently is planned as the launch on need, or potential rescue mission for the final scheduled shuttle flight, Endeavours STS-134 mission. NASA/ Troy Cryder NASA/Jack Pfaller For NASA Center Director Bob Cabana is an honorary member of the Pink Team, shown above, during the FIRST regional robotic competition in March at the University of Central Florida arena. Comprised of students from Rockledge, Viera and Cocoa Beach, the group had six weeks to design and build a robot to perform particular objectives. The Pink Team was a division winner in the Archimedes Division during the World Championships in April at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta with a robot that was a cross between a soccer player and foosball. For more on the Pink Team, go to, http://thepinkteam.org/ SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 test rocket at 2:45 p.m. EDT on June 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Stations Launch Complex-40. According to SpaceX, the Dragon spacecraft mock-up reached orbit. Photo courtesy of ChrisThompson/SpaceX For NASA A portion of Southwest 107th Court in Miami was designated Hugo Delgado Way in memory of his contributions to the community, his family and NASA. Hugo Delgado was born in Cuba and moved to the United States in 1964. He attended Coral Way Elementary School, Shenandoah Middle School, Miami Senior High, and the University of Miami, where he received his degree in electrical engineering. Delgado began his career at Kennedy in 1979, and was the chief of the Electrical Division of the Engineering Directorate. NASA/Kim Shiflett Center Director Bob Cabana addresses the National Space Club Florida Committee at its monthly meeting June 8 at the Radisson at the Port in Cape Canaveral, Fla. His speech, titled KSC -Today and Tomorrow, addressed possible changes to the space shuttle launch schedule later this month. He also added that while low Earth orbit may gradually be turned over to the private sector, international partners have shown interest in cooperating in going beyond low Earth orbit with NASA leading the way. He said NASA will need to develop new propulsion systems for crews to go to Mars. He added that he hopes Kennedy eventually can be made the ultimate home for all future commercial and government launch endeavors. We want to launch it all, Cabana said.

PAGE 5

Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS May 28, 2010 Season begins for hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms 45th Space Wing Shuttle Launch Weather Officer Kathy Winters reviews Tropical Storm Fays effects during hurricane awareness training in the Training Auditorium on June 1. The storm closed Kennedy for several days in August 2008. NASA/Jack Pfaller F lorida summers are known for their dynamic weather. It means the start of the Atlantic hurricane season and the onset of afternoon thunderstorms that bring with them copious amounts of rain, lightning and even tornadoes. Kennedy Space Center employees attended hur ricane awareness training in the Training Auditorium on June 1 to prepare for this years season. The presentation, hosted by NASA Emergency Man ager Wayne Kee, featured Brevard County Emergency Management Director Bob Lay, 45th Space Wing Kathy Winters, and John Cosat, chief of Space Gate way Supports emergency management team. The 45th Weather Squadron provides general information concerning the development of a storm, including intensity, direc tion and speed of movement. This information is used to determine the appropriate hurricane condition, also known as HURCON. The center director and commander of 45th Space Wing jointly declare hur ricane conditions based on the arrival of hurricane-as sociated winds of 58 mph or greater. Kennedys Hur ricane Management Team recommends to the center director the announcement of a HURCON. The condition simply indicates how soon to expect the storms force to affect this area, as follows: Hurricane Condition IV: Expected to reach Kennedy within 72 hours. Hurricane Condition III: Expected to reach Ken nedy within 48 hours. Hurricane Condition II: Expected to reach Kennedy within 24 hours. Hurricane Condition I: Expected to reach Kennedy within 12 hours. If the hurricane is within 24 hours of Kennedy, or HURCON II, and it is a cat egory 2 or higher, the center likely will be evacuated. Along with hurricanes, there are several other severe weather factors workers should keep in mind. Tornado safety is an easy two-step process. Step No. 1, Have A Plan: Identify the safest room in your building and ensure everyone knows where it is located. The sa f est rooms are on windows, farther inside and smaller with solid construc tion. People in mobile homes or other weak portable buildings should seek proper shelter elsewhere. Also, a common myth is to open windows and let the buil d ing breathe. Houses do not explode from decom pression in a tornado and opening a window actually increases the danger. Step No. 2, Stay In formed: The 45th Weather Squadron signals the po tential for severe weather at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in their daily 24-hour and weekly planning fore casts, which are available at www.patrick.af.mil If a threat continues, the squadron issues a severeweather watch with a d e sired lead time of four hours. If tornadoes are imminent or observed, they issue a tor nado warning with a desired If you receive a warning, follow local a d verse weather procedures. The National Weather Service in Melbourne gives the potential for severe weather in its general fore casts, issues a tornado watch when conditions are likely to produce torn a does, and is sues a tornado warning when one has been detected. At home, purchase a NOAA All Hazards Radio and sign up for a text-mes sage or e-mail alert service for your cell phone and keep both devices by your bed. When it comes to light ning safety on center, listen for the following advisories. See SEASON Page 8 The M.U.L.E. Team from Montana State University accepts a check for its lunabot, which came in first place at NASAs first Lunabotics Mining Competition. Center Director Bob Cabana, left, Joe Kosmo, a senior project engineer at Johnson Space Center, and Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Education Lead Jerry Hartman, back right, attended the ceremony at Kennedys Apollo/Saturn V Center on May 28. NASA/Jack Pfaller have little or no opportunity to put their theoretical learning into practice. In engineering, theory and practice must be developed togeth er, Reinholtz said. Team AETHER said they already are planning for next years competition. Other winners were Team Pum pernickel of Auburn University for the systems engineering paper; team A.R.T.E.M.I.S. of Western Kentucky University for the slide presenta tion; and iDigU of the University of Southern Indiana for team spirit. Our goal was for it to be an event that the students would remember for the rest of their lives. The icing on the cake was giving the students the opportunity to view the STS-132 landing and the Delta IV launch, Murphy said. The mining competition is a NASA Exploration Systems Mis sion Directorate project designed to engage and retain students in STEM tive environment which may result in innovative ideas and solutions that could be applied to actual lunar excavation for NASA. Rob Mueller, head judge and chief of the NASA KSC Surface displayed a variety of unique and innovative designs. The judges were very im pressed by the high level of technical skills displayed by all the students and especially by the outstand ing sportsmanship, Mueller said, which included competitors giving each other spare parts. From LUNABOTICS Page 3

PAGE 6

Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS May 28, 2010 Remembering Our Heritage By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian Astronaut Edward White became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go, effectively setting himself adrift in the zero gravity of space on June 3, 1965. The visor of his helmet is gold plated to protect him from the unfiltered rays of the sun. Gemini-Titan 4, or GT-4, lifts off June, 3, 1965, carrying astronauts James McDivitt and Edward White for a four-day mission. This flight included the first spacewalk by an American astronaut, performed by White. NASA file/1965 NASA file/1965 I n 1965, the space race was not about speed but walking -spacewalk ing, that is. Cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov stepped outside his Voskhod 2 spacecraft on March 18 to make the known in space jargon as an EVA. NASA astronaut Edward White was in hot pursuit, exiting his Gemini 4 capsule on June 3 on American space program. White and crewmate James McDivitt left the starting gate at 11:16 a.m. EDT on June 3 from Launch Complex 19 at Cape Ca naveral Air Force Station aboard a Titan II rocket. After attempts to ren dezvous with the rockets second stage were unsuc cessful, White journeyed outside the capsule -hoses hooked up and zip gun in hand. Oxygen was fed to his spacesuit by a 25-foot um bilical connected to a chestmounted pressure regulator and ventilation assembly. The design of the Gemini spacesuit provided improved arm and shoul der mobility compared to the Mercury suit. Instead of fabric-type joints, the Gemini suit used a pressure bladder covered by a linknet restraint layer that made pressurized. The net layer served as a structural shell, similar to the way a tire contained the pressure load of an inner tube before the advent of tubeless tires. White propelled himself away from the spacecraft with bursts from the zip gun, a compressed-gas ma neuvering unit. Radio listeners heard White describe his breathtaking view of Earth and how well he was feeling. When the planned 10-min ute walk doubled in length, the Mission Control Center ordered him back inside the capsule. Its the saddest mo ment of my life, White White reported that he found the experience exhila rating, an indication that he produced plenty of endor phins. His pulse -150 beats per minute at the beginning of the excursion -rose to 178 just before he opened the hatch. Former Shuttle Launch Director Bob Sieck was one of the Gemini spacecraft systems engineers respon sible for the bio-medical instrumentation used on the mission. We took electrocardio gram and phonocardiogram measurements on all the Gemini astronauts, as well as recorded their respiration rates, Sieck said. A phonocardiogram records the sounds gener ated inside the body, Sieck further explained, the same sounds a doctor would hear if he were examining a in their jump suits to a trail er at Pad 16, near the pad they were launching from. There, a team of medical technicians, bio-medical geon were assembled. After the appropriate places on the astronauts bodies were shaved, the team positioned and secured the sensors, installed the harness, and checked to determine they were working properly. They used equipment in the trailer that simulated the spacecraft umbilical and instrumentation system. After a successful test, the astronauts put on their spacesuits, and the sensors were tested again. The team then reported to the block house while the crew settled in their capsule on Pad 19. We never had a problem with the sensors or the equipment inside the suits that I can recall once they got in the spacecraft, Sieck said. When you see a nurse on a hospital ward monitoring a dozen patients, remember that NASAs developed the technology that we take for granted today. The capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on June 7 after 97 hours and 56 minutes in space, ending the 62-orbit mission. The astronauts in the Gemini Program spent a total of 12 hours and 12 minutes in nine of the 239 EVAs NASA astronauts have completed.

PAGE 7

Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS May 28, 2010 John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Sprague Editorial support provided by Abacus Technology Corp. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at www.nasa.gov/kennedy USGPO: 733-049/600142 Spaceport News three weeks KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Targeted for July 30 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, AEHF 1; 8:05 to 10:05 a.m. EDT To Be Determined Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9/Dragon C1, NASA COTS Demo 1; TBD Targeted for Sept. 16 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-133; 11:57 a.m. EDT Targeted for Oct. 19 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV Heavy, NROL-32; TBD No earlier than Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-134; TBD late-November Targeted for Nov. 17 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, GPS IIF-2; TBD Nov. 22 Launch/VAFB: Taurus, Glory; TBD Targeted for Nov. 11 Launch/CCAFS: Falcon 9/Dragon C2; 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 Nov. 25, 2011 Looking up and ahead . June 15 Kennedy is hosting its second annual KSC Olympics on June 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at KARS Park I on Hall Road on Merrritt Island. To register, go to: www.surveygizmo.com/s/300554/ kscolympics2010 POC: Clay Yonce, clayton.a.yonce@nasa.gov June 16 EAP is facilitating a Lunch and Learn for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender, or GLBT, support group from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Occupational Health Facility Library. POC: Patricia Bell, 861-8647 or patricia.bell@nasa.gov June 24 KSC On-Site Job Fair in the SSPF and OSB II. Must register on launchnewcareers.com to participate. For more information, visit VOICE at https://hrapps.ksc.nasa.gov/voice June 25 Off-Site Job Fair at the Radisson Resort in Cape Canaveral. Must register on launchnewcareers.com For more information, visit VOICE at https://hrapps.ksc.nasa.gov/voice June 26 The KSC Education Office is hosting a NASA Family Education Night from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Astronaut Hall of Fame. POC: Beverly Davis, 867-3399, beverly.davis@nasa.gov For more, go to the internal Kennedy Events and Schedules Calendar at www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/events/index.html Upcoming events . Local Recorded Hurricane Status Line: 861-7900 or 867-3900 Toll-free Recorded Hurricane Status Line: 866-572-4877 (KSC-HURR) Hurricane Preparedness Training: 861-0978 or 861-3607 Emergency Operations Center: 867-9200 or 867-9201 Emergency Operations Center Web site: http://eoc.ksc.nasa.gov / Weather safety training is available from the 45th Weather Squadron by calling 321-494-7426 or e-mailing 45wscc@patrick.af.mil More information Phase-1, Lightning Watch: Issued up to 30 minutes before light ning is expected to occur within 6 means lightning is close enough to be a reasonable threat Phase-2, Lightning Warning: Issued when lightning is imminent or occurring within 6 miles of the speci When off-base, remember the following levels of lightning safety. Level No. 1, Avoid the haz ard: The National Weather Service Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook is issued each morning and includes a map indicating where lightning will most likely occur dur ing the next 24 hours. To view the daily lightning forecast, go to www. srh.noaa.gov/mlb/ and choose Lo cal beneath the Current Hazards title from the left-side menu. Level No. 2, Know when and where to go: Watch the skies for signs of approaching or locally developing thunderstorms. If you hear thunder, the storm is getting close enough to be a danger -go to a safe place immediately. When indoors, stay away from conducting paths to the outside, such as corded, electrical appliances and wiring, and plumbing. Level No. 3, Risk reduction: If you must be outside with thunder storms in the area, you are in danger. Only do this if there is no alternative. You can reduce your risk, but not eliminate it by avoiding tall isolated objects, and elevated and widebeaches. Open small structures, such as pavilions and rain shelters provide no lightning protection. Level No. 4, First aid: All lightning deaths are from cardiac arrest or stopped breathing at the time of the lightning strike. CPR or rescue breathing is the recommended 911 or 867-7911 if on base. If an Automated available, use it on victims with cardiac arrest. If the cardiac arrest is much better than CPR. If it is not and you should resume CPR. William P. Roeder of the 45th Weather Squadron contributed to this article. From SEASON Page 6