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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 March 7, 2008 Vol. 48, No. 5 Work force prepares for Kennedy transition NASA plans new options to assist employees Many top leaders are working to ease the transition from the space shuttle to the Constellation Program. They include: Assisting the transition Members of Congress Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and other state leaders Brevard County Commission Space Florida Economic Development Commission Brevard Workforce Development Board I t almost was impos sible to watch local TV news, listen to the radio or pick up a lo cal newspaper last week without hearing or read ing about thousands of possible job losses at Ken nedy Space Center when space shuttles are retired in two years. NASA Administrator ing a U.S. Senate hearing Feb. 27 that Kennedy will require several thousand Orion spacecraft and Ares rockets than has been needed for shuttles. By design, the new launch and crew vehicles that will carry our astro nauts back to the moon, then to Mars and beyond will require less laborintensive preparation -meaning fewer work ers to process and launch them. That is the only way designing and building the next hardware needed to keep Americas space exploration program constantly moving out into the solar system. NASA knows it wont receive the comparably hefty budgets of the Apollo era, so the agency must live within its means. Kennedy Center Di rector Bill Parsons sees this transition as an opportuni ty, not a problem. Change is an inevitable part of life. This transition is intended to make things better. It will allow us to do more space exploration than we have been doing. Ken nedy has a very motivated work force with a diverse skill base. We will stand up to the challenges presented by the next program. We will adapt. We have time to work the transition and we will do so successfully. While talk of fewer jobs should not be a surprise to anyone who works at the center, its a timely remind er that as the Space Shuttle ishes and the new era of the Constellation Program be gins, the sense of excitement associated with NASAs new longterm exploration plans is coupled with serious ques tions about what lies ahead. And some of those questions come down to a very personal level as members of the technically skilled work force strive to maintain the excellence of the shuttle program, while they wonder how their processing the next genera tion of space vehicles. The main question many workers are asking is a simple and honest one: What will happen to my job? In addition to the KSC Transition Work ing Group addressing all transition-related issues including the work force, NASA has requested as sistance from other leaders and organizations. Many of the states top lead ers in economic, space, employment and com munity issues have been working behind the scenes nedy employees make the transition -either within or outside the space program. The exact number of workers who will be affected is still unclear, but NASA believes that retrain ing employees for the new program -and new work that can be gained at Ken cantly decrease the amount of people without positions. The state is taking numerous legislative ini tiatives to bring new work to the area, such as com mercial space enterprises. Many contractors have developed skill-retention programs, and community and space leaders have held numerous conferences NASA and its contractors are exploring ways to answer the question many workers are asking: What will happen to my job? to discuss future em ployment in the area. The Brevard Workforce Devel opment Board has a legisla tive budget request for the 2008 state session which, if approved, will provide millions of dollars in funding to retrain Ken nedy workers in new posi tions at the center, and aid displaced Brevard workers Kennedy is looking to enter into a Space Act Agreement to work more closely with the board on work force issues. A number of space shuttle workers are expected to use the end of the program as an op portunity to cap off their space careers in retire ment, but others in midcareer will need to look closely at their skills and goals for the future. It will be important for contract employees to take the initiative to learn about their companys retraining and transition plans through their human resource departments. In addition, NASA will con for non-traditional work at Kennedy. Two important goals must simultaneously be pursued over the next two years. First, the space shut tle must continue to be processed and launched with the highest atten tion to safety. Not doing so would affect all future plans. Second, the agency also must ensure the Ken nedy community and the centers facilities evolve to meet the needs of the next major steps in space exploration. The work the Ken nedy team is doing right now is vital for paving the way for future activities, which are among the most ambitious exploration projects ever attempted.

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Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS March 7, 2008 2008 All-American Picnic goes green By Linda Herridge Staff Writer NASA/Amanda Diller From left, Ned Voska, Gladys Morales, Dawn Reynolds, Sandy Massey, Jenifer Kalis, Jack Fox, Kennedy Space Center Director Bill Parsons, Pat Simpkins, AnnaMaria Ruby, John Horan and Samantha Dunscombe show off the Big Ticket for this years All-American Picnic. Food and refreshments will be served in completely biodegradable and compostable plates, bowls, cups, utensils and napkins in an effort to reduce waste at the picnic by 95 to 99 percent. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis T he plate youll use at this years Ken nedy Space Center All-American Picnic eventually may become soil at Walt Disney World later. This years picnic, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 at KARS Park 1, will go green in a the areas natural sur roundings, reduce the im eliminate disposal costs. and refreshments will be served in biodegradable and compostable plates, bowls, cups, utensils and napkins then even cleaned up in green trash bags in an effort to reduce waste at the event by 95 to 99 percent, according to Frank Kline, lead design engineer in the Facilities Division of Center Opera tions. These environmentfriendly efforts at Kennedy and across the agency are in line with a presidential Executive Order to use more domestic, bio-based products. The picnic is a great place to start this process, said Justin Junod, picnic logistics committee chair man in Center Operations. Designated recycling stations will be located throughout the park for collection of compostable and recyclable wastes. A mobile recycling unit from Somat Waste Reduction Technology will be on site to shred the compostable waste material as a dem onstration of the technol ogy. Through an agree ment with Walt Disney World, Kennedy will transport the shredded garbage to its composting facility, where it will be put through a commercial composting process and turned into soil for use in its theme parks. The picnic will fea ture astronaut autograph sessions, a space art exhi bition, a live tiger act, live music, a Guitar Hero III competition and the popu lar Chili Cook-off. Other features include commu nity and Kennedy exhibits, childrens games, a car and motorcycle show, rock climbing walls, a magic act, a dessert contest and more. Tickets are $6, and $3 for children ages 3 through 12. Children ages 2 and younger are admit ted free. On March 27, the cost will increase by $2 per ticket. Tickets go on sale March 17 at NASA Ex change Stores at Head quarters, the Operations and Checkout Building, the Operations and Sup port Building I and the Space Station Processing Facility, as well as the KARS Country Store, Hangar I Annex, Room 210 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and the NASA Shuttle Logistics Depot 2, Cube 649. Jack Fox, chief of the Management Integra Engineering Directorate, is chairman of this years picnic. He said many volunteers are needed to make this years event successful. Those who volunteer for a minimum of two hours can purchase a discounted ticket for $4 and receive a KSC All-American Picnic Vol unteer baseball hat. Fox encourages employees to bring their families out for a day of fun, camaraderie, enter tainment and plenty of food and drinks. Come on out and have a relaxing and enjoyable day with your families and co-workers. Well have something for everyone, Fox said. The greening ef forts at the event were coordinated by Kline, who is also the Leadership in Energy and Environmen tal Design representative for the center, and Junod, along with Kennedys Environmental Program Branch and Dynamac Cor poration environmental specialists who staff the agencys Principal Center for Recycling and Green Purchasing. The 2008 All-Ameri can Picnic will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29. Tickets are $6 and $3 (ages 3 to 12). Kids ages 2 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets increase by $2 after March 26. More than 5,000 Kennedy employees and their family members are expected to attend, so get your tickets early. To volunteer or for more information, go to http://kscpicnic.ksc. nasa.gov Ticket info

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SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 For more information about the STS-123 mis ion, including images and interviews, go to www. nasa.gov/shuttle March 7, 2008 STS-123 crew ready for record mission STS-122 mission a success Space shuttle Atlantis releases its drag chute after main gear touchdown on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASAs Kennedy Space Center after a nearly 5.3 million mile round trip to the International Space Station. During the mission, Atlantis crew installed the Columbus laboratory, leaving a larger space station and one with increased science capabilities. The Columbus research module adds nearly 1,000 cubic feet of habitable volume and affords room for 10 experiment racks, each an independent science lab. Courtesy of Gary Rothstein for NASA The crew for space shuttle Endeavours STS-123 mission takes time out from training activities inside the White Room. From left, top row, are Commander Dominic Gorie and Mission Specialist Mike Foreman, and in the bottom row are Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman and Robert L. Behnken, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson, and Mission Specialists Takao Doi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Rick Linnehan. The crew is at Kennedy for a full launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test or TCDT. NASA/Kim Shiett Space shuttle Endeavour, atop the well-lighted mobile launcher platform, passes the rotating service structure, left, and ame trench, below, on Launch Pad 39A. The journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building began at 11:24 p.m. Feb. 17 and ended at the launch pad at 6:22 a.m. Feb. 18. NASA/Amanda Diller C ommander Domi nic Gorie and his six crewmates are ready for launch on the STS-123 mission to the International Space Station, set for 2:28 a.m. March 11. During space shuttle Endeavours 16-day mis sion, the crew will deliver of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agencys Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agencys two-armed robotic sys tem, Dextre. Five space walks will be conducted One of the best parts of this mission is working with our partners, Japan and Canada with our two prime payloads, Gorie said. Regarding JAXA, we have a superb, com petent group of engineers who has given us a piece of hardware with no is sues. STS-123 will be the the orbiting outpost. Gorie will be joined on STS-123 by Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Robert L. Behnken, Mike Foreman, Rick Lin nehan, Garrett Reisman and Japanese astronaut Takao Doi. Reisman will remain on the station as a resident crew member, engineer Leopold Eyharts of the European Space Agency, who will return home on Endeavour. After two days of evaluating launch prepa rations for the mission, NASAs mission manage readiness of the shuttle, Feb. 29. Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, said there are very few issues being worked. Gerstenmaier stressed the mission will be com plex for the crew. It was a very thor ough review. We covered lots information, lots of data, Gerstenmaier said. The teams are truly ready. Its a tribute to the teams that they worked so well with the vehicle. Theyve done a phenom enal job. STS-123 is the 25th shuttle mission to the In ternational Space Station.

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Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Scene around Kennedy Space Center March 7, 2008 NASA/Jim Grossman From left: InDyne JBOSC Above and Beyond Award winner James Whitehead and his manager, Rick Knutson; InDyne CAPPS Imagery Support Team Team Works Award winners Walter Fritz, Steve Wilson, Melanie Gurnavage, Nancy Strott and John Proferes with their manager, Dick Blondin. Not pictured: Robert Beary and Kevin Gill. Workers prepare the Delta II second stage for GLAST for weighing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,. The Delta rocket will be used to launch the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope on May 16 from Launch Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. NASA/Kim Shiett The United Launch Alliance Delta II rst stage is revealed after the cover was removed from the truck trailer that delivered it to Hangar M on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The GLAST is a powerful space observatory that will aim to will crack the mystery of stupendously powerful explosions known as gamma-ray bursts. NASA/George Shelton NASA Administrator Michael Grifn, right, presents a special distinguished service medal to John J. Tip Talone Jr. following the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-122 mission. NASA/Kim Shiett NASA/Amanda Diller Robert L. Jordan, chairman of the Brevard County School Board, is surrounded by students from West Coast School in Titusville during the 2008 African-American History Month Luncheon at the Kurt Debus Conference Center on Feb. 29.

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Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Scene 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. Spaceport News seeks your input March 7, 2008 A diamondback rattlesnake slithers across the road near Launch Pad 39B. NASA/Kenny Allen The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds y past Launch Pad 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in commemoration of NASAs 50th anniversary. The aircraft had own earlier to support the Daytona 500, also celebrating its 50th anniversary, and chose to y over Kennedy on their way to their next assignment. On the pad, space shuttle Endeavour waits to launch on the STS-123 mission. Photo courtesy of USAF/TSgt. Justin D. Pyle From left, Dionne Jackson, Vernon Gibbs, Terry Williams, Janet Petro, Orlando Melendez, Jay Bonadio and Clara Wright were at the Executive Safety Forum on Feb. 21. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

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Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS March 7, 2008 Members of the R-12/GT-81 Reactivation Test Team and observers signal thumbs up following a successful test completion. SGS/JBOSC, NASA, Northrup Grumman, United Space Alliance and Arctic Slope Research Corp. combined efforts and contributed to the successful project. Operators thaw the recharger tube assemblies that were tested for leaks at cryogenic temperatures for re-torquing operations. W ith so much on the line, NASA joined the Space Gateway Support (SGS)/ Joint Base Operations Support Contract (JBOSC) team and other Spaceport contractors to solve a potentially serious problem which could have affected the launch of space shuttle Atlantis STS-122 mission. On Dec. 13, SGS workers were using a mobile Paul Recharger unit to charge the gaseous oxygen battery on Launch Pad 39A in sup port of the STS-122 launch, when the charger experienced a break high-pressure liquid oxygen. The gaseous oxygen battery is used to Power Reactant and Storage Distri bution Systems. NASA, through SGS, main the Paul Division of the Air Reduc tion Co. The units convert and com press cryogenic forms of liquid air, liquid nitrogen and liquid oxygen into high-pressure gases that can A NASA Mishap Investiga tion Board determined the root cause of the recharger failure was fatigue. NASA requested that SGS Design Engineering redesign the tubing and Wyle/UPC Operations personnel fabricated, inspected and installed the newly designed tub ing. The recharger went back into service after undergoing a series of scheduled runs with nitrogen, breathing air, and oxygen. How ever, on Jan. 24, another tube (same location, different recharger) failed during the oxygen battery recharge at Pad A. At this point, NASA requested analysis and test support from SGS, United Space Alliance, Northrop Grumman, and Arctic Slope Re search Corporation contractor ex perts. The assembled team quickly performed a test run of the prob lematic design and determined that due to vibration, the tubing design NASA approved return ing the rechargers to service with the new design in time to allow SGS/Wyle to support the third and at Pad A. This time, the recharging oper ported the STS-122 launch on time their appreciation to the Reactiva tion Test Team for going above and beyond to get the job done. The agency congratulated the team members for their contribu tion in supporting the launch of space shuttle Atlantis. NASA, groups team up to get STS-122 off ground Knowing why equipment fails, then taking the time to test the new conguration represents the cornerstone of NASAs 50 years of success. Roy Tharpe, Deputy Chief of Operations, SGS/JBOSC For NASA For NASA

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By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS Surprisingly, Landsat-3 shared view for 5 years March 7, 2008 This McDonnell Douglas two-stage Delta launch vehicle helped put the Landsat-3 satellite in orbit to nd energy resources and monitor large-scale environmental effects. The Land sat-3 satellite surpassed its one-year life expectancy by working for more than ve years. NASA le T he third in a series of satellites designed for re petitive remote sensing of conditions on the Earths surface launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on March 5, 1978. The Landsat-3 spacecraft, built by the General Electric Companys Space Division, lifted off atop a McDonnell Douglas two-stage Delta launch vehicle. While weather satellites had been monitoring Earths atmo sphere since 1960, no real ap preciation of terrain data gathered from space existed. The Landsat program was conceived in 1966 largely as a direct result of the demonstrated value of the studies of the orbital photography of Earth resources conducted during the Mercury and Gemini Programs. When the remote-sensing program was proposed, it met with intense opposition from the Bureau of Budgets and those who argued high-altitude aircraft would be Earth observation. The Department of Defense also feared a civilian program such as Landsat would compromise the secrecy of reconnaissance missions. Photographing foreign countries without permission also raised geopolitical concerns. All objections appeased, the program was funded, and eight Landsat satellites launched from Vandenberg between 1972 and 1999 into near polar, sun-synchro nous orbits. A team from Kennedy Space Centers Unmanned Launch Operations conducted the launches. John Neilon, NASAs launch director for the early Landsat missions, recalls that Landsat was not the original name given to the as ERTS-A, or Earth Resources Technology Satellite-A, and lived in orbit as ERTS-1 for several years before being rechristened Landsat-1, he said. Before the second satellite was launched in 1975, Dr. George M. Low, NASA deputy administrator, suggested a new name be found with more public appeal. Since NASA planned a Seasat satellite to study the oceans, Landsat was chosen as the appropriate name for the existing satellite that studied the land. Bud Thacker was at Vanden berg for the launch, although his duty station was at Kennedy. I was chief of NASAs Delta Launch Operations Division, and the Vandenberg launch team was part of my group, he recalled. Gene Lagenfeld and Carl Latham were spacecraft coordinators at the time. Walt Dundon was the PR man at Vandenberg. Neilon further explained: ERTS-1 was one of the few NASA launches from Vandenberg that attracted much press attention. Whenever we launched from Cape Canaveral, there was always a large press contingent that caused us to well-patronized press viewing area. That seldom happened at Vanden berg. For ERTS-1, we did have a held in the Los Angeles area and there were press representatives on site for the launch. AMSATs privately funded OSCAR-8 ham radio satellite pig gybacked on the Landsat-3 launch. Tom Page, a ULO guidance and control engineer on the Delta, was at Vandenberg for the launch and recalled: The Oscar satellite was accompanied to Vandenberg by a volunteer, usually a NASA en gineer from Goddard Space Flight Center who had to take personal leave from his job for the trip. Interestingly, Oscar traveled in its own seat in the passenger compart its escort for protection against rough handling in the cargo bay. Landsat-3 was considered an experimental project and operated by NASA until 1979, when it was declared operational. Responsibil ity then shifted from NASA, a research and development agency, to the National Oceanic and Atmo spheric Administration, or NOAA, the agency charged with operating the weather satellites. Decommissioned in March 1983, Landsat-3 successfully re For more than three decades, Landsat satellites have collected spectral information on Earths surface, creating a historical ar chive unmatched in quality, detail, coverage and length. Landsat-5, launched in March 1984, is still functioning in orbit. Remembering Our Heritage To view Earth images taken by Landsat satellites, go to http:// landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/images View photos online

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John F. Kennedy Space Center Acting managing editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corey Schubert Editorial support provided by InDyne, Inc. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy USGPO: 733-049/600142 Spaceport News Spaceport News is an ofcial publication of the Kennedy Space Center and 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, IDI-011. E-mail submissions can be sent to KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS What is your favorite part of the KSC All-American Picnic? NASA Employees of the Month: March Networking. Its one of the few times I get to see co-workers in a social setting. The food and music were good Becky Hinton, Workers Compensation Administrator for Boeing Inc. Lupe Soto, Management Support Assistant for the Dave Thomas, Logistics Technical Support Specialist with Boeing Co. Joe Black, Materials Specialist for Creative Management Technologies I like to take my kids and I really enjoy the rides and stuff available to them. You get to socialize with the people you work with . and the beer truck. The food . the beer . all of the above. Its all good. Kevin Grant, Electrical Engineer with NASA March 7, 2008 Employees of the month for March include, from left: Charles Walker, Launch Services Program; Steve Chance, External Relations; Christopher R. Parlier, Engineering Director ate; Tammy J. Kennedy, Engineering Directorate; Anthony Bartolone, Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate; Dawn L. Oliver, Chief Counsel Ofce; Doug Durham, Center Operations; Debra Caldwell, Information Technology and Communications Services; and Ralph Fritsche, International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing Directorate. Not shown: Paul Mogan, Constellation Project Ofce; Marcus C. Orr, Procurement Ofce; and Rob Ellison, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. NASA Looking ahead Target Dec. 1 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, SDO; TBD Target Dec. 4 Target Feb. 16, 2009 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, Kepler Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-119; TBD Target Oct. 28 Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-125; 8:24 a.m. Target Aug. 8 Target Aug. 28 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GOES-O; TBD Target Oct. 16 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-126; TBD Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, LRO/LCROSS; TBD Target July 16 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, STSS Demo; TBD Target March 11 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-123; at 2:28 a.m. Target May 25 March 29 Target May 16 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-124; at 7:26 p.m. Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, GLAST; 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. KSC All-American Picnic Target March 13 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II; at 2:09 a.m. Target April 14 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, ICO G1; TBD Target May 9 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV-H, NROL-26; TBD Target June Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, GPS 2R-20 (M7); TBD Target Summer Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, WGS SV 2; TBD Target September Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, GPS 2R-21 (M7); TBD Target November Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, AEHF 1; TBD March 17 KSC All-American Picnic tickets go on sale An osprey ies with a sh in its talons at Kennedy Space Center. The bird is one of more than 500 species of birds that co-exist at Kennedy and the surrounding Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy of Gary Rothstein for NASA