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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 July 25, 2008 Vol. 48, No. 15 STS-125 crew gets up close look at hardware, equipment Carriers will hold precious cargo aboard Atlantis on STS-125 mission 3 pallets for Hubble servicing arrive T he Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission pallets will not leave Earths at mosphere until October, yet they already have traveled 900 miles. Three of the four large pallets ar rived at NASAs Kennedy Space Center on July 16 after a two-anda-half-day trip from Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md. The pallets that will carry pre cious cargo aboard space shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-125 were unwrapped and steam cleaned in the Canister Rotation Facility before transfer to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, in the centers industrial area. Jim Barcus is the Hubble Space Telescope launch support manager at Goddard. Barcus and several others from Goddard were stationed in the Mission Operations Support Building to help coordinate the transport and arrival of the pallets. Its very near and dear to our hearts to make sure the hardware arrives here safely and as on time as possible, Barcus said. The Super Lightweight Inter changeable Carrier, or SLIC, is a composite carrier that will make the STS-125 mission. According to Barcus, the lighter design allows the shuttle to carry more Hubble Obser vatory hardware to orbit, including the Wide Field Camera 3. The Orbital Replacement Unit Carrier, or ORUC, is a cradletype pallet that will carry two of Hubbles three science experiments. These are the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, or COS and the Fine Guidance Sensors, or FGS. It also will carry replacement gyroscopes. The Flight Support System also arrived at the center. This system will grasp onto Hubble during the mission and provide power to the telescope while it is serviced by By Linda Herridge Spaceport News Workers begin to move a carrier for the STS-125 Hubble servicing mission to nearby scaf folding in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. The carrier, or pallet, will hold the Flight Support System in space shuttle Atlantis payload bay. NASA/Jack Pfaller M embers of the STS125 crew were busy at Kennedy Space Center on July 11-12, familiarizing themselves with the spacecraft that will carry them to service NASAs Hubble Space Tele scope. Shuttle crews frequently visit Kennedy to get handson experience, called a crew equipment interface test, with hardware and equipment for their missions. On STS-125, space shut tle Atlantis crew members will install instruments, gyros, batteries and other compo nents crucial to Hubbles continued success through the year 2013. Launch is targeted for 1:34 a.m. Oct. 8. Veteran astronaut Scott STS-125 Mission Specialist Andrew Feustel checks the thermal protec tion system tiles of space shuttle Atlantis during the crew equipment interface test July 11-12. Launch is targeted for 1:34 a.m. Oct. 8. NASA/Kim Shiett nal shuttle mission to Hubble. Navy Reserve Capt. Gregory Johnson will serve as pilot. Mission specialists include veteran spacewalk ers John Grunsfeld and Mike Michael Good and Megan McArthur. See Pallets Page 8
Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS July 25, 2008 Team tackles challenge of creating lunar outpost The Lunar Attachment Node for Construction Excavation is a lightweight bulldozer blade developed by Kennedy Space Center for use on the Chariot mobility platform, which was developed at Johnson Space Center, to perform site preparation and clearing of areas where a lunar outpost could be deployed. NASA T hirty-nine years after conquering the dream of sending men to the moon, NASA will raise its standards to new heights with the Constella tion Programs lunar landing and launch plans. On June 9, more than 170 employees and summer torium to attend KEA-23: Lunar Landing and Launch. Kennedy Space Centers Engi neering Academy (KEA) provides the centers engineering commu nity with an institution for sharing technical knowledge. In this case, to hear the goals and challenges for further missions to the moon. Of those leading the lunar conquest, surface systems lead engineer for NASAs Advanced Systems Division Rob Mueller successful lunar landing. Our goal is to successfully land a crew of four and cargo on the moon at a lunar outpost, on a repeatable basis with safe op erations and reasonable life-cycle costs, Mueller said. To accomplish this feat, Muel ler discussed the main challenges confronting the team, the most crucial being foreign object debris, or FOD. He explained that dur ing lunar landing, rocket engines exhaust plume interacts with the lunar regolith, or the moons soil, causing unknown reactions. By Kate Frakes Spaceport News The interaction causes par ticles to travel at velocities of up to 2,000 meters per second, Mueller said. Thats four times faster than a speeding bullet. Keeping that in mind, Muel ler and his team compiled a list of criteria needed to protect the Altair spacecraft and outpost from the numerous ways FOD could cause damage. He discussed the architec tural considerations for an outpost, the concepts for blast protection and surface stabilization, as well as possible methods for excavation of an outpost that currently is being investigated. Architecture drives the re quirements; the requirements drive the solutions, Mueller said. Playing a crucial part in exhaust plume research, Dr. Philip Metzger, a physicist for Kennedys Applied Technology Directorate, discussed new methods for predict ing the characteristics of landing and launch plume. Our top priorities are to pro tect the spacecraft from itself and to protect surrounding hardware from stirred soil dust particles, Metzger said. The spacecraft needs to launch and land near lunar assets without causing damage to them. Using research from the Apollo and Viking programs, Metzger and his team studied the interactions of the particles and exhaust gases. Like the soil, these assets will provide astronauts with the resources to live and return to Earth. The main focus of our re duce a complex set of interactions into a simple model, Metzger said. Metzger and his team faced numerous challenges obstructing their path to a solution and found the only option is to control plume effects. We dont understand the source of cohesion in the moons soil or the vacuum effects, Metzger said. Unless you have the same environment, its hard to predict an outcome or design experiments. Despite the barriers, the team successfully developed a set of relative characteristics for landing plume, including estimated speeds, altitudes and angles of different gas and soil interactions. With a combined effort, Muel ler and Metzger continue to pursue their mission goals. We are still searching for solutions, Mueller said. Success is a team sport. CFC committee searches for annual campaign slogan I ts time to put on your creative thinking caps for a good cause. The Kennedy Space Center 2008 Combined Federal Cam paign is around the corner and the planning committee wants a slogan for this years campaign. NASA civil servants may participate in the slogan contest, which runs through Aug. 1. Slogans may not ex ceed 60 characters in length, or less. Only one slogan may be submitted per employee. Cheryl Hurst, External Relations deputy director and By Linda Herridge Spaceport News If you are a NASA civil servant, submit your slogan to the CFC Cabinet at http://cfc.ksc.nasa.gov Submit slogan online Previous winning slogans include: 2007 Federal Hearts At Work 2006 Caring & Sharing Combined We Make A Difference 2005 Launching Dreams of Those In Need 2004 YOU Become the Hero by Caring, Sharing, & Giving 2003 Donations DO Make a Difference 2002 Promoting Hope Through Generosity 2001 United We Care this years CFC chairperson said, I want to encourage all employees to participate in this years campaign and continue Kennedys long standing legacy of giving. This includes helping to de termine this years theme. CFC slogans may be submitted to http://cfc.ksc. nasa.gov. Patty Hepburn, slogan contest chairperson, reminds employees that once a slogan has been submitted they will not be able to go back into the application and make changes or updates. Make sure you are happy with the slogan you are submitting before you complete the application, Hepburn said. The winning slogan will be announced during the se nior staff meeting Sept. 15. A special prize will be awarded to the author of the winning slogan. For more information, call Hepburn at 867-2527.
SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 July 25, 2008 Life Support Facility takes LEED by going green W ith the rising cost of fuel and natu ral gas, there is a big push toward becoming July 14, NASAs Kennedy Space Center took one large step in reducing its carbon footprint, by completing construction of the new Life Support Facility, M6-490. The new facility is rec funded building on Kennedy property that will receive the U.S. Green Building Coun also known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Within the next month, the facility will become fully operational and will replace the previous outdated facili ties at the Hangar S complex on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Director of Center Op erations Mike Benik said the new facility provides several process enhancements that will increase worker produc morale. At $6.5 million, the cpnstruction cost of the new facility is comparable to the estimated total price to re pair the original, 45-year-old facilities housing the Life Support operations. Space Gateway Sup port President Mike Flynn said, This addition is a real enables the life support per sonnel to provide even better support to the programs and work that they do. NASA Facilities over saw the design effort by Jones Edmunds & Associ ates and the construction of the facility by RUSH Construction, Inc., both of Titusville. Design and construction of the facility maintained USGBCs green-building principles. Its LEED pro gram encourages principles of sustainable sites, con servation of energy and re sources, the use of recycled and local materials, as well as innovative design ideas. The LEED rating system provides for four possible silver, gold or platinum) de pending upon the number of available points received for successfully incorporating sustainable design, construc tion and operational features. The Life Support Facility is expected to receive the The facilitys Lead Design Engineer Traci Rob inson said, Amongst other features, the new facility carbon monoxide monitor ing for improved indoor air water conservation, high-ef photovoltaics (solar cell technology) and low or no volatile organic compounds in adhesives or paints. Life Support Facility, M6-490 contains three dis tinct areas of operation, in space, a self-contained atmo spheric protective ensemble, or SCAPE, processing area and another processing area for emergency breath ing equipment and oxygen equipment. Another environ ment-friendly feature of the new facility is full recycling capability of paper, plastics, metals, glass and cardboard. The facility houses Wyle Laboratories Life Support Operations person nel supporting Atlas, Delta, Titan and the Space Shuttle Program. With the capabil ity of housing Life Sup port Systems approximate 10,000 pieces of equipment, the building will support the transition from the shuttle program to the Constellation Program. Sustainable facilities are the way of the future and NASA is proud to be a part of that future now, Robin son said. By Kate Frakes Spaceport News Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director Janet Petro cuts the ribbon at a ceremony July 14 marking the ofcial opening of the Life Support Facility, M6-490. Within the next month, the facility will become fully operational and will replace the facilities at the Hangar S complex on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. NASA/Kim Shiett By Linda Herridge Spaceport News Carol Anne Dunn, with Technology Programs and Partnerships Branch at Kennedy contributed to this article. A spacecraft has to make the most of everything it carries off the launch pad, includ ing the fuel that powers its engines. That is where a new gauge from Sierra Lobo Inc., comes in. If future testing goes well, Sierra Lobos Cryo-Tracker Mass Gaug ing System could help NASAs new spacecraft get on their way to the moon and beyond. The Cryo-Tracker reads the amount and checks the condition of extremely cold fuels, such as liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen and oxidiz uses these propellants during launch. Engine control systems use the information to make adjustments to the engines during the climb into is burned, the less fuel a rocket has to carry for launch or burn later in a mission. For example, the weight saved by not having to take fuel could make room for a lunar lander to carry more equipment or another experiment. We are already working with NASA on base-lining the CryoTracker System on the NASA lunar lander and Earth departure stage vehicles and will be providing some systems for test later this year, said Sierra Lobos Director of Research and Technology, Mark Haberbusch. Sierra Lobo, Inc. developed the gauge with funding from NASAs Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Innovative Partner ships Program (IPP) Seed Fund. Haberbusch said having access to the Seed Fund and partnering with NASA enabled the company to qualify various components for through that eliminates the need for any cryogenic electrical connectors like the ones that had problems on space shuttle Atlantis. The STS-122 mission was delayed for two months in late 2007 while the connector NASAs Launch Services Pro gram at Kennedy Space Center also helped sponsor the development of the MGS. Laurie Walls, a Launch Services helped test the technology, along with James Fesmire at Kennedys Cryogenics Testbed Facility. Walls said the systems versatile design allows it to be adapted to a variety of applications for use on expendable launch vehicles, including the Delta and Atlas rockets. Walls said the MGS may be used on launch vehicles and space craft designed for the Constellation Program, propellant ground test ing and storage, as well as research projects. Jan Lomness, manager of the Seed Fund partnerships in the Tech Space Center, said the purpose of the IPP Seed Fund at each NASA center is to infuse new technology into agency programs. Through investments and partnerships, the Seed Fund provides leveraged technology for mission directorates, programs and projects, Lomness said. With its develop ment, the funds ultimate goal is to support projects that focus on tech nological advancements designed to meet the needs of the Space Shuttle Program and the Constellation Program.
Scene Around Kennedy Space Center Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS July 25, 2008 July 25, 2008 Reader-submitted photo John Kuhn holds up one of the many gifts he received at his retirement party July 3 after 22 years and 10 months of service as the NASA telephone engineer. Kuhn led the intro duction of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone service to Kennedy. A backhoe is used during repair on the ame trench on Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Damage to the trench occurred during the launch of Discoverys STS-124 mission. Repairs are expected to be complete before the targeted Oct. 8 launch of Atlantis on the STS-125 mission. NASA/Jack Pfaller United Space Alliance workers install a new American ag July 21 on space shuttle Endeavours payload bay for STS-126 mission. The previous ag was removed after normal wear and tear during spaceight. 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. KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Spaceport News wants your photos Kennedy employees and management, along with xed-priced contract workers, show a sign of unity as repairs on Launch Pad 39A ame trench were executed in a timely fashion. Mission patches and crew photos of subsequent launches were given to the contract workers as a token of appreciation for their hard work and dedication of meeting a timely milestone.
Scene Around Kennedy Space Center Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS July 25, 2008 July 25, 2008 A worker closes the oven door of the Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, inside the tile shop at Kennedy Space Center. The tile will be baked at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit to cure the ceramic coating, part of the process to prepare the tiles for installation on space shuttles. NASA/Jim Grossman United Space Alliance workers install a new American ag July 21 on space shuttle Endeavours payload bay for STS-126 mission. The previous ag was removed after normal wear and tear during spaceight. 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. KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Spaceport News wants your photos Kennedy employees and management, along with xed-priced contract workers, show a sign of unity as repairs on Launch Pad 39A ame trench were executed in a timely fashion. Mission patches and crew photos of subsequent launches were given to the contract workers as a token of appreciation for their hard work and dedication of meeting a timely milestone. NASA/Jim Grossman Gale Bantugan, left, and Beverly Bragg hold the cover of the brochure for the Occupa tional Health Conference held July 7-11. It won best of the best Communication Materi als Review (CMR) for Kennedy Space Center. The awards are handed out twice a year. for NASA NASA/Amanda Diller
Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS July 25, 2008 LSP video team earns awards for 50th launch video By Linda Herridge Spaceport News A wesome launches in high interviews with Kennedy Space Center and other NASA cen ter employees are featured in a new Launch Services Program video titled Earths Bridge to Space. Produced by LSP and Lockheed Martin, the video recently earned awards in the 29th Annual Telly Awards competition and the 14th Annual Communicator Awards competition. Executive producer and LSP specialist, Tiffany Nail said the video puts the spotlight on NASA and contractor workers and what they do at Kennedy and other loca tions to support the program. The between LSP and Lockheed Martin, into any competition. Earths Bridge to Space earned the highest honor, a Silver Telly in the public relations catego ry, as well as two Bronze Tellys. The video also earned three Gold Communicator Awards in public relations and motivational categories. The Communicator Award is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence in various categories for communications professionals. We didnt want the video to look like anything that was done before, Nail said. We wanted it to really be different, to go outside the box. Video team members also included United Launch Alliance, InDyne and the Media Services Division of the External Relations Directorate at Kennedy. The video production team also received a NASA Group Achievement Award for creating the outstanding commemorative video, celebrating the programs 50th launch. The video premiered at the LSP celebration event held in the IMAX theater at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center. Contractors, Kenne dy management and LSP employees attended the event. Each employee received a copy of the video, which features interviews, a professional narrator, spectacular launch footage and music to capture the spirit of the launch business. Created in 1978, the Telly Awards honor the very best lo cal, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well tions, and work created for the Web. NASA Group Achievement Award recipients were Tiffany Nail, George Diller and Bill Johnson with NASA; Deborah Catalano, John Baker and Will Blakley with Lock heed Martin; Glenn Benson, Lorne Mathre and Margaret Persinger with InDyne; and Matthew Donovan, Julie Hauck and Vern Thorp with United Launch Alliance. For NASA/John Baker The award-winning team includes, from left, Rick Emery, Lockheed Martin; Ed Heick, Ken nedy Space Center; George Diller, KSC; Will Blakley, Lockheed Martin; Tiffany Nail, NASA Launch Services Program; Glenn Benson, InDyne; and Leif Heimbold, Lockheed Martin. Not Pictured are Vern Thorp, United Launch Alliance; Bill Johnson, KSC; Margaret Persinger, In Dyne; John Baker, Lockheed Martin; Julie Hauck, ULA; Matt Donavan, ULA; Debbie Catalano, Lockheed Martin; Lloyd Record, Lockheed Martin; Dave Phillips, KSC; Lori Losey, Dryden Research Flight Center; Dick Ewers, NASA Dryden; and Mike Rein, ULA. For more information on the classes and services offered by KSC Fitness Centers, visit www.tness. ksc.nasa.gov More online I t is never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. That up-beat attitude is what one Kenne dy Space Center employee encourages everyone to live by. Donald Pittman, who has worked at Kennedy since 1998 and is now a me chanical project engineer for the Constellation Program, also wants all employees to know that the resources to centers, one inside Opera tions and Support Building 1 and another inside the Operations and Checkout offers free to all badged employees, cardio-vascular machines, free-weights, group classes and person alized training sessions. nutrition information and healthy recipes on the Fit ness Centers Web site. Pittman said he knew at a young age that staying in shape was important and he maintained his health by weightlifting and physical conditioning. At age 50, Pittman kicked it up a notch and on June 21 he entered, competed and placed second in the Mid-Florida Body building Classic in Orlando, Fla. If I could be an inspi ration to one person to live a healthy lifestyle, I would be content in setting this bodybuilding example, Pittman said. Pittman credits his suc cess to the personal training he received at the O&C Fit ness Center. His trainer, Erik Johnson, created a tailored workout program that fea tured the right combination of exercise, weightlifting and diet. ness centers are fantastic. Our center director and his predecessor recognized the importance of exercise and they were proactive in getting resources, in the form of equipment, classes, nutritionists and train ers, Pittman said. These resources can all be a part of improving the quality of life of every employee. By Alessandra Vaughan Spaceport News for NASA Donald Pittman took home second place in his rst body-building com petition, the Mid-Florida Bodybuilding Classic, in June.
Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS July 25, 2008 Live via satellite is legacy of Syncom II Remembering Our Heritage By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian C ommunications leaped from the pages of science 45 years ago when NASAs Syncom II satellite made the satellite. Liftoff of the second Syncom on July 26, 1963, aboard a Delta rocket from Pad 17A on Cape Canav Syncom, 20 seconds after the command was given to Syncom II was next in line in a series of three spacecraft intended to be the nous orbit. These seem ingly stationary satellites are synchronized with Earths rotation in order to remain on station over a designated point. The Syncom network was planned to provide uninterrupted, 24-hour-aday television and telephone service. NASA alum Jim Johnson was the spacecraft coordinator for the mission, answering to Don Sheppard in Spacecraft Operations. Johnson acted as liaison between the representa tives of Hughes, the satellite manufacturer, and Douglas, prime contractor of the launch vehicle. The satellite looked peculiar sitting on the pad because its apogee kick motor pointed downward, Johnson said. The motors on all three of the vehicles stages pointed upward. The Syncoms were the only way. The launch was man aged by Goddard Space Flight Centers Launch Operations Division, the forerunner of Kennedy Space Centers Unmanned Launch Operations. Hugh Weston was head of Delta Operations. John Neilon was NASAs deputy launch di rector for the mission, under Launch Director Bob Gray. Launching Delta-20 with Syncom II aboard was not easy, Neilon said. Launch was originally scheduled for July 24, but a defective switch in the payload caused a one-day postponement. The count down on July 25 proceeded in an orderly fashion until T-4 minutes when excessive drift in the yaw gyro of the booster caused a 24-hour curred at 9:33 a.m. Eastern time on July 26. Neilon further ex plained: An on-board to move the satellite out of geosynchronous position at about 22,000 miles. This is the altitude at which the sat ellite is moving at the same angular rate as Earth. Once established in orbit, Syncom II carried via satellite between heads of government on Aug. 23. Originating from the White House and Voice of America studios in Washington, D.C., President John F. Kennedy spoke with Nigerian Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa aboard the USNS Kingsport, anchored in Lagos Harbor, Nigeria. The Kingsport, original ly a World War II-era cargo ship, was converted into the tions ship and provided a surface-based station for satellite tracking and com munications. A distinctive 53-foot white plastic dome, installed on its afterdeck, protected a 30-foot parabolic antenna. Syncom II also fa conference in January 1964, a foretaste of NASA Televi sion operations today. Space reporters sitting in NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., took part in a ques tion-and-answer session with the U.S. delegation to the International Telecom munications Union conven tion under way in Geneva, Switzerland. Transfer of control of Syncom II from NASA to the Department of Defense (DoD) was completed in July 1965. Today, Syncom II is hailed as the harbinger of instant worldwide television and telephone service. NASA le A 53-foot white plastic dome protects a 30-foot stabilized parabolic antenna aboard the USNS Kingsport. This ship served as a station for satellite tracking and communications for NASAs Syncom Project. NASA le Syncom II was launched by NASA on July 26, 1963 from Cape Canaveral. It was the rst geosynchronous communication satellite and its orbit was inclined rather than geostationary.
John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Sprague 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 July 25, 2008 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 At least six months salary. It would be worth it. Who wouldnt want to go into space? Jessie Webb, escort labor, with CL Coatings How much would you pay to be a space tourist? Zero. I have no desire to travel Writner Hostetter, aerospace technician, with United Space Alliance Id pay about $2,500 if I could. Thats about how much we usually spend on our vaction. Wallace Wildenradt, coordinator, with Problem Resolution Center Between a month and six months salary . it depends on what they let me do up there. Jim Pruitt, safety manager, with CL Coatings Nothing. Thats way to far away from family and friends. I couldnt do it. Gale Watson, escort monitor, with MetCon Construction WORD STREET ON THE From Pallets Page 1 mission specialists. Telescope Observatory manager at Goddard, led the efforts to build and test Hubble components and will oversee launch operations. We couldnt run the mission ware components, as well as our interface to the shuttle. A fourth pallet, the Multi-Use Lightweight Equipment, or MULE, will arrive in early August. The MULE will carry navigation sensors and new outer blanket layers for the scope shuttle servicing mission. Science experiment COS is scheduled to arrive July 29, with the FGS following on Aug. 5 and the Wide Field Camera 3 on Aug. 12. The STS-125 mission is targeted to launch at 1:34 a.m. Oct. 8. The excitement is building for this mission, Barcus said. This telescope is a testament to the future of science and engineering and what we have achieved and can achieve in the future. Looking up and ahead No earlier than Dec. 1 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, SDO; TBD No earlier than Nov. 24 Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-125; 1:34 a.m. No earlier than Dec. 16 Target Oct. 8 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GOES-O; TBD Target Nov. 10 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-126; TBD Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, LRO; TBD No earlier than Nov. 20 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, STSS; TBD Target Feb. 12, 2009 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-119; TBD No earlier than Feb. 16 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, Kepler; TBD Target May 15 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-127; TBD Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-128; TBD Target July 30 Family Day at Kennedy Space Center Oct. 18 at the VAB No earlier than Sept. 26 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, NROL-26; TBD An overhead crane lifts the newly arrived ground support equipment for the STS-125 Hubble servicing mission off its transporter in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center. The GSE are carriers, or pallets, that will hold equipment in space shuttle Atlantis payload bay. NASA/Cory Huston