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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 May 16, 2008 Vol. 48, No. 9 Quartet enters Astronaut Hall of Fame F our astronauts who helped stretch the boundaries of the bilities strode into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 3 to take their places heroes. Loren Shriver, Bryan ored for their roles in some ments. Their work included, respectively, deploying scope, studying life sciences in orbit, studying endurance in space and laying in orbit the cornerstone of the Inter national Space Station. Surrounded by their peers on a stage beneath a Saturn V moon rocket at honored for their contribu tions to the space program while outside a shuttle cockpit. still serve as NASA ex ecutives. Shriver is a vice president of the United work while an astronaut played a large role in the improvement of space shuttle systems. Since retiring from NASA, Blaha has served in the Executive Management Group of the United Services Automobile Association. Their professional ac complishments well known, each inductee listened as their personal characters were highlighted by Hall of Fame members. of the very Italian Dr. Guido Sarducci, former astronaut Brewster Shaw told the crowd. Then he described audio tapes. Former astronaut By Steven Siceloff Staff Writer bate, alluding to the delight in bringing up a political story they know will set to pounding on any nearby furniture. includes so many titles that former astronaut Michael hold a job. plishments include studying human endurance in space by spending 128 days on the Russian space station Mir. But former astronaut Fred Gregory jabbed that anyone who talked to Blaha was un knowingly about to try their own endurance because the astronaut likes to talk in exquisite detail about any subject, all the while prom ising to take only a minute Asking which high school Blaha graduated from, Gregory said he ended of the school, the name of signature wrestling move of NASA Twenty-ve Hall of Fame astronauts attended the ceremony for inductees, from left, Loren Shriver, Bryan OConnor, John Blaha and Robert Cabana. the team and exactly how to perform it. Together, the four men make up the seventh class of space shuttle astronauts in ducted into the hall of fame. They were chosen by a com mittee of former astronauts and aerospace journalists. The ceremony was part of the work by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to and mathematic studies. The foundation sponsors 20 col lege scholarships of $10,000 each for science and math students. Al Worden, a former astronaut who orbited the moon on Apollo 15, said the foundation now offers the largest monetary merit awards in the United States for math and science under graduates. The inductions also came on the same weekend that the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame opened its space shuttle wing marking the ac complishments the program. T he STS-123 crew re May 8 to discuss their two-week plus visit to space. During the visit, which took place at the Operations Sup port Building II, they shared their personal stories, photos and video from their chal lenging journey. Staff Writer Dominic Gorie, com manded the mission. Gregory Mission specialists included Rick Linnehan, Robert L. Behnken, Mike Foreman and Agency astronaut Takao Doi. Behnken and Foreman. The mission also delivered NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman to the station and returned Euro pean Space Agency astronaut Lopold Eyharts to Earth. They crew traveled to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Endeav our. They began their journey March 11 and returned March 26. During the mission, they Logistics Module and the tem to the Station. STS-123 Pilot Gregory H. Johnson, center, and the rest of the crew signed autographs at a return ceremony May 8. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis Space shuttle wing opens at Astronaut HOF, Page 3
Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS May 16, 2008 Kennedy renews economic partnership with EDC Center workers share faith during National Day of Prayer I tion and energy through various personal methods, but on May 1, they joined at the 57th annual obser vance of the National Day of Prayer. the verse from Psalm 28:7 which states: The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. nies Rev. Arnold Postell welcomed the group at the Training Auditorium and delivered an opening of the Advanced Planning the National Anthem while the Quiet Quartet signed the song. Fostering a mood Praise Band performed Staff Writer popular worship music as well Madura and retired employ presidential and gubernato rial proclamations, respec tively. Medura conveyed of how American people trust in the power of prayer during times of joy and sad ness, and how it has guided our leaders and shaped the how Floridians have prayed for guidance, comfort and protection, and asked for blessing for the state. Ed Markowski, a Launch Vehicle Process ing employee, offered encouraging guidance such as praying for our leaders regardless of any nega tive opinions of them and to have faith that prayer changes situations. Mar kowski, who plans to retire soon, has a long history of contributing to the National Day of Prayer. Prior to his comments, he received a national task force chair, Shirley Dobson, thanking him for his dedication. the Applied Technology Directorate, focused on and shared many instances where astronauts have relied on it before, during and Banks said he felt the nation was made up by the heart of its people, and he also prayed for leaders who have and make tough decisions. Petro followed and said, Prayer is an individual thing, but it can bring people together in community, and we are a community here at Pastor Ivory Pat Webb concluded the event by encouraging everyone to pray and bless others. For more information on the National Day of Prayer, visit: www.ndptf.org/home/ home.html Kennedy workers observed the National Day of Prayer on May 1 at the Training Auditorium. NASA/Kim Shiett T he Economic Devel partnership with NASA and a signing ceremony at the headquarters building. sons signed a Nonreimburs able Space Act Agreement for an economic development partnership. Weatherman said the agreement shows the com munity that there is a strong forcing the partnership was important, particularly in light of upcoming changes. the new agreement will strengthening, retaining and existing customers and ensure the county maintains its criti cal advantage as the prime location for the aerospace industry to conduct business. Present during the sign Board George Mikitarian said he was pleased with the cooperative agreement that Dave Pierce is the cen manager in the Government division of the External Rela tions Directorate. He said the agreement supports exist ing and future missions at areas of cooperation. These include promoting the com nedy facilities and increasing awareness of the Innovative Partnership Program. We have a very good partnership going with the very pleased. Staff Writer Did you know? This is the second Space Act Agreement that the EDC has signed with Kennedy. The rst agreement was signed in 2005 and emphasized economic cooperation. George Mikitarian, EDC chairman of the board, watches as Linda Weatherman, EDC president and CEO and Kennedy Director Bill Parsons sign a Nonreimbursable Space Act Agreement to strengthen the economic development partnership between the EDC and Kennedy. NASA/Kim Shiett
SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 May 16, 2008 NASA This Laser Scaling Device was used in forensic scene reconstruction efforts in the 2006 investigation of civilian deaths in Iraq. Kennedy technology shines light on criminal investigations A technology devel the space shuttle recently was used by the U.S. Navy during a criminal investi gation in the Middle East. Device originally was de veloped to help technicians assess the damage to the space shuttle external tank after a hailstorm. According to Special Agent Thomas Brady, a regional forensic consultant nal Investigative Service Device was used in forensic scene reconstruction efforts during the 2006 investiga tion of civilian deaths in Haditha, Iraq. Brady said the device is used to measure bloodstains, bullet defects and other items of forensic interest in environments where the use of a scale is not practical. It was incorporated into a tactical crime scene kit used for incident scenes in high risk areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan. We use the device in special agents to the use of the device during high risk operations training programs conducted at the academy at the Federal Law Enforce Glynco, Ga. The course teaches potential users how to employ the scaling device in scene documentation and forensic reconstruction efforts. The Laser Scaling Device attaches to a camera and uses two lasers that project a set of evenly of view. Developed by Dr. William Haskell and Robert ware originally provided a scaling guide to onesixteenth of an inch at 80 feet, to comply with shuttle requirements. The accompanying software, developed by Dr. Dr. Youngquist, converts the pattern in the photo image and computes the distance scale for the whole image, saving valuable time in es tablishing and documenting measurements. This device is one of many that the Applied Phys ics Lab has developed for the Space Shuttle Program, Youngquist said. The unique aspect here is really due to the efforts of the Staff Writer in recognizing its pertinence to crime scene analysis. NASA granted a license to BAE Systems Products Group, formerly called Armor Forensics, in commercialize the technol ogy for law enforcement. Brady said the device has proven invaluable in hostile areas where condi tions demand expedited scene documentation and where it is not possible to use traditional measuring devices. The software by it self also was used to import photographs from a stateside shooting scene to determine several critical bloodstains. agents, Brady said. The very fact that a device with its origins in the space pro gram is now being employed to assist in forensic investi gations is indeed exciting. A stronaut Hall of Fam ers were on hand to help celebrate the grand opening of the new Space Shuttle: The Astro naut Experiences exhibit at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 2. Legendary Story Musgrave, along with 2008 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees Loren open the exhibit. The new wing celebrates the extraordinary talents, courage and accomplishments of hall of fame astronauts of the space shuttle era. The exhibit features astronaut testimonials, unique personal experiences and more than 60 authentic artifacts to chronicle major milestones and space travel accomplishments of more than two decades. With the addition of the Space Shuttle program, No more comprehensive collec tion of personal space memo rabilia from the American space exploration program, LeBlanc said. Other exhibits cover the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Parsons said all the men nedy are extremely proud to be a part of launching humans into space. We really appreciate the fact that the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame was able to put together this exhibit that shows the space shuttle as tronauts and tells their story, Parsons said. I hope we open another wing in the future that tells about the astronauts who go back to the moon. Shriver and Blaha liked the new exhibit and said it was great to see the focus on astronaut accomplishments in space. sion, STS-1, said last month marked the 27th anniversary wonderful that we have 26 shuttle astronauts as part of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of The exhibit opening was part of a two-day celebration to induct four astronauts into the Astronaut Hall of Fame for 2008. New exhibit showcases accomplishments of shuttle astronauts Staff Writer NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fames new Space Shuttle: The Astronaut Experiences exhibit features equipment, letters and astronaut suits.
Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Scene Around Kennedy Space Center May 16, 2008 Implosion demolishes Launch Complex 40 to make room for SpaceXs new Falcon rocket launches Joe Dowdy, left, special operations manager in the Ofce of the Direc tor at Kennedy, accepts recognition from International President of Toastmasters International Chris Ford for continu ing support of the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Program. A crawler transporter moves space shuttle Discovery along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assem bly Building to Launch Pad 39A (in the distance at right) to prepare for the STS-124 mission. The 3.4-mile journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building began at 11:47 p.m. EST on May 2. The shuttle arrived at the launch pad at 4:25 a.m. May 3 and was secured, or hard down, at 6:06 a.m. NASA/ Troy Cryder for NASA From left: Mission Specialists Ron Garan, Karen Nyberg, Akihiko Hoshide and Mike Fossum, Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham and Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff stand on the 205-foot level of Launch Pad 39A. Behind the STS-124 crew is the orange external tank and top of a solid rocket booster. The crew completed the launch dress rehearsal known as the terminal countdown demonstration test May 9. Discoverys launch is targeted for May 31.
Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Scene Around Kennedy Space Center May 16, 2008 Implosion demolishes Launch Complex 40 to make room for SpaceXs new Falcon rocket launches From left: Mission Specialists Ron Garan, Karen Nyberg, Akihiko Hoshide and Mike Fossum, Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham and Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff stand on the 205-foot level of Launch Pad 39A. Behind the STS-124 crew is the orange external tank and top of a solid rocket booster. The crew completed the launch dress rehearsal known as the terminal countdown demonstration test May 9. Discoverys launch is targeted for May 31. NASA/Kim Shiett Workers put together a cabinet to hold equipment that will support the future Ares rocket launches as part of the Constellation Program in Firing Room No. 1 in the Launch Control Center at Kennedy. NASA/Kim Shiett Autumn shows her mom, Daphne Charvet, who works at the Thermal Protection System Facility, the international sign for keeping noise down to a low roar during the Mothers Day Tea on May 9 at the Kennedy Child Development Center. NASA/Candrea Thomas
Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS May 16, 2008 M arion Sees asks more from his desk than as holding paper or keeping his also operates as a workbench and laboratory. is MacGyver, and just like the inventive guru from the adventure television series, Sees gets a lot out of all the hardware around him. His ingenuity is in service of the Space Shuttle Program as a technical staff worker at United Space Alliance. Working in the naveral, he is part of the sizeable work force that prepares and re An Allen wrench and small socket, for example, becomes the starting point for a wrench that can reach inside the control box for the Without it, a multitude of carefully placed circuit boards would have to be taken out of the box, the box rebuilt and the whole keep a vital shuttle component out of service for months. For Sees, part of the reward is in the opportunity to do exacting work on a crucial system. I enjoy working with my hands whenever, but the criticality of everything is motivating, he said. An old speedometer cable and porated into tools and procedures We get involved in stuff ev ing equipment, he said. I seldom problem until I get into it, he said. I really approach everything with, thinking outside the box. The result can be the mixed picture of a 52-pound bolt that will hold the orbiter to the external tank resting on a set of wheels usu ally seen on the bottom of a rolling toolbox. The wheels, attached to a couple pieces of wood, do as they are supposed to. They let techni cian Rita Roberts work on the bolt under a microscope and turn it a touch to line everything up. Towne shares part of the tool duties, and technicians in other sections apply unique skills to the parts themselves. antennas in its inventory one for each shuttle and two spares. We of the material and cut it to an exact match to make a patch. Sees did not begin his space career as a tool master. Instead, he worked as a technical writer in 1966 for the Apollo Program. He took on his current post in 1987 and has been working on shuttle components ever since. never a dull moment, he said. Sees said he has designed or built hundreds and hundreds of log of his own. But there was a rotational hand controller for the orbiter simulator in Houston that tested him. The device is a joystick identical to the the shuttles. Most of its systems are tucked tightly inside a small box beneath the joystick. The challenge was to get around the insides and reach small screws so the stick could be reset without taking the whole thing apart. I worked at it for quite a while. The answer was the old speedometer cable, one built decades ago when the link to the speedometer was a mechani cal cable that would turn inside cable with a screwdriver tip at one end topped off with a turning device at the other. He wrapped to keep from scratching the in side of the controller. he said. Saving the day all in a days work for Kennedys MacGyver By Steven Siceloff Staff Writer Marion Sees said he has designed or built hundreds and hundreds of unique tools. An old speedometer cable and even dental oss have been incorporated into tools and procedures to prepare shuttle parts. NASA/Steven Siceloff
Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS May 16, 2008 By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian NASA le To view a Webcast marking Skylabs 35th anniversary, go to: www.nasa. gov/skylab A view of the Skylab 1 space station orbital workshop showing the micrometeoroid shield missing. A parasol solar shield was later deployed to shade this exposed area. A modied Saturn V rocket, topped by the Skylab space station, lifted off at 1:30 p.m. EDT, May 14, 1973, from Launch Pad 39A. NASA le A lmost 10 years before the and 25 years before the Space Station were connected, NASA launched Skylab. Liftoff four launches in the Skylab Pro A two-stage Saturn V placed the unmanned station into a 270mile orbit. All three station crews were launched by the smaller Saturn IB vehicles. director of Launch Vehicle Op erations which had oversight for all booster stages and the ground support equipment on the mobile launchers. The Saturn IBs were de Rigell explained. A new support platform was installed on the mobile launchers to raise the vehicles to the level of the swingarms on the milkstools, and the name stuck. of the mechanical and propul sion systems division for Launch Vehicle Operations. Processing of the Saturn V vehicle was unique module/command service module lar shield came off during the boost, Loss of the shield was a show stopper. Sixty-three seconds after launch, atmospheric drag caused the meteoroid shield to rip away. It was designed to protect the work shop from space particles and the strap caught on an unopened solar wing, tethering the shield to the lab and prying the opposite wing partly open. As the Saturn V rocket staged, the partially deployed wing and ature inside the crippled lab soared, making the station uninhabitable. The station had four major components: the orbital workshop or OWS, the airlock module or AM, the multiple docking adapter or MDA, and the Apollo telescope mount or ATM. nedy. We sent teams of engineers St. Louis, Mo., and to Huntsville, Ala., to oversee the assembly of the station, outlined Mars. Basi for crew quarters -sleeping, eating, and exercising. The top tank was the living quarters; the bottom tank had a lid and was used for a garbage can. OWS project engineer. Skylab was the best job assignment I ever six months, I spent two weeks in Huntington Beach at the McDonnell Douglas plant where the lab was for two weeks. I moved to Hunting ton Beach for the last six months while the acceptance testing was in progress. My wife, Mona, came Although we were very busy, it was a time I really missed when it was over. project engineer for the combined AM and MDA. The mated AM/ MDA hardware provided a port to which the crew module could dock, a passage for crew entry into the workshop and supported the ATM. I lived in St. Louis for a year while the AM/MDA was undergoing its factory acceptance testing, Weber said. In order to save time when it ous systems engineers would come to St. Louis to monitor the tests. was not required. ATM project engineer and spent ter, where the ATM was assembled and tested by civil service person was tested in the Thermal Vacuum instruments designed to measure and had four solar wings itself, the mission because its power could be shared with the OWS and AM/ MDA, and supplemented the OWS power loss. and Paul Weitz -launched to Sky lab with a new mission: to save the station. They immediately erected a mylar parasol to shade the area where the shield had ripped away and freed the jammed solar panel with a set of metal-cutting tools. Temperatures in the station cooled and partial power was generated. Between May 1973 and Febru ary 1974, Skylab provided three station crews with an orbiting home above our home planet. Their successes onboard the International Space Station.
John F. Kennedy Space Center Acting managing editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Editorial support provided by InDyne, Inc. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at www.nasa.gov/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 May 16, 2008 Looking up and ahead NET Dec. 1 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, SDO; TBD NET Nov. 24 Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-125; 9:38 p.m. NET Nov. 5 Target Aug. 28 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GOES-O; TBD Target Oct. 16 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-126; TBD Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, LRO; TBD Target May 31 NET June 3 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-124; at 5:02 p.m. EDT Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, GLAST; 11:45 a.m. NET June 30 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, GPS 2R-20 (M7); 10:37 p.m. NET Aug. 5 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, WGS SV 2; 8:36 p.m. NET June 15 Launch/VAFB: Delta II, OSTM/Jason II; 4:47 I feel good. I really think were heading in the right direction. I hope the transition eventually takes place so we can all keep our jobs. Jeff Thon, NASA Solid Rocket Booster Engineer Paula Miller, Administrative Assistant for United Space Alliance Neil Mizell, Manager, Pad Electrical, INCS, & HWS Engineering with United Space Alliance Jessie Harris, Manager II with United Space Alliance Its a ways away, but were starting to feel the ripples . its a brand new world out there. Im a little worried where were going to be a few years from now. Were always well-informed. Management has done a very good job with that here. Timothy Marge, Instrumentation Systems Engineer (co-op) with United Space Aliiance How do you feel so far about the transition taking place at Kennedy Space Center? D Engineering Academy ses sion, employees got a look included an overview of the related law, budget and hardware that will take astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond. Participants were also able to watch a video that portrayed the entire mission process from launch to taking steps on the lunar earth. On-going and future milestones also were addressed. Some of these hicle Assembly Building and launch In terms of hardware, the Ares I into low Earth orbit and the Ares V will transport cargo to low Earth or bit. Orion will carry crew and cargo to the space station, rendezvous with a lunar landing module and an Earth departure stage, and will return crew members to Earth. The Altair lunar lander will provide life support and a base for weeklong exploration missions, and also provided the origin of the hard ware names. Ares is the Greek equivalent to the Roman God Mars. Orion is a familiar constellation and the name of the Apollo 16 lunar module. Altair is the 12th largest star in the northern hemisphere, he said. The academy was established in May 2007 and coordinates learning resources within in the Engineering Directorate to focus on knowledge sharing and management work force. Workers get look at future Staff Writer For more information, including course presentations, go to: www.kea.ksc.nasa.gov Ares is the Greek equivalent to the Roman God Mars. Orion is a familiar constellation and the name of the Apollo 16 lunar module Altair is the 12th largest star in the northern hemisphere Jon Cowart of the Constellation Project Ofce Send photos of yourself and/or your co-workers in action for possible publication. Photos should include a short caption, with names and job titles, from left to right. Send them to KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Spaceport News wants your photos Nov. 13 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, STSS; TBD