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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 Oct. 17, 2008 Vol. 48, No. 21 Parsons thanks KSC work force Inside this issue . Page 2 Heavy lifting A s I end my NASA career here at Ken nedy Space Center, I want to thank you all for the support you have given to me and the dedication that you have to Americas space program. I began my NASA ca reer here at Kennedy Space Center in 1990. In a sense, Ive come full circle. In November of 1985, I was given the opportunity to see a space shuttle launch, and it was at that moment that I knew I wanted to be part of the space program. My time with NASA has been extremely reward ing in many ways, but made more special because of the talented people I have worked with across all the NASA centers. Kennedy Space Center employees are people I have had the op portunity to work alongside. This agency is remarkable, and as I have said on more than one occasion, it is the people who make the agency what it is. Through triumphs and tragedies we have faced challenges together as a team. I have had the oppor tunity to work at several centers in various positions, is that people across the agency have pride in the work they do. With the ac complishments of this past year, Kennedy Space Center employees should indeed feel a great sense of pride in their work. As the center prepares for the upcoming launches of humans and payloads and the work of the Con stellation Program, I know the center will be in good hands with Bob Cabana. Ive known Bob for a long time. He is an exceptional leader, and Im glad that he will be stepping in to lead the center. It has been my privilege to serve as center director over the past few years. Thank you all for allowing me the opportunity to serve with you. It is with a heavy heart that I leave NASA, but I look forward to all of your future successes. STS-124 Crew Return Page 3 Visitor Complex celebrates NASAs 50th Anniversary Page 8 Bill Parsons NASA Robert Cabana NASA F ormer astronaut and Naval aviator Robert Cabana is Kennedys new director. Cabana, a native of Min nesota, comes from Stennis Space Center in Missis sippi where he served as the Center Director for the past year. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971 with a bachelor of science in mathematics and was com U.S. Marine Corps. shuttle missions, serving as the pilot of Discovery missions STS-41 in October 1990 and STS-53 in De cember 1992; commander of Columbia on STS-65 in July 1994 and commander of Endeavour on STS-88 Station assembly mission in December 1998. Before being named the director at Stennis in October 2007, Cabana served as deputy director of Johnson Space Center. In addition, Cabana has worked as chief of NASAs of international operations for the International Space Station Program; director of NASAs Human Space Flight Program in Russia; deputy director of the International Space Station Program; and director of Flight Crew Operations. Bob has seen it all and done it all in human space open, collaborative style, NASA Administrator Mi Parsons as Director of Ken nedy Space Center. Heritage: Pioneer 1 launched 50 years ago Page 7 Cabana to step in as new director It is with a heavy heart that I leave NASA, but I look forward to all of your future successes . Bill Parsons

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Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Oct. 17, 2008 Getting shuttle vertical a delicate task M ost crane operators dont use words like ballet and pirouette when describing their work. But, most crane operators dont perform the delicate task of maneuvering a space shuttle several hundred feet in the air, sometimes with only inches to spare. Before each mission, the space rolled from its processing hangar to the center transfer aisle of the massive Vehicle Assembly Building at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Once there, the process vertical position, take it up and over a 170-foot high transom, and then carefully lower it into one of two high bays where the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters are waiting on one of the mobile launcher platforms. Its a ballet, it really is, says Del Dewees, a lead mechanical tech nician and veteran crane operator or ground controller for more than 95 shuttle lifts, but its fun once youve done it a couple dozen times. The process, which calls for a team of about 16 technicians and normally takes between 20 and 24 hours, requires skill and precision. At the center of the operation are two pairs of crane operators and a ground controller. Once the shuttle is maneuvered into the vertical position using a 175-ton crane, its discon nected and attached to a 325-ton crane. The operator, located in a tiny the lift as the ground controller guides him from below. While all the focus would seem to be on the crane operators, Dewees says the harder and equally important job is that of the ground controller, who acts as the eyes of the operators. Ground control is a lot harder than operating the crane. Thats the hard part, but the fun part too. Youre their eyes. he says. Crane operat ing is one thing, but theyre doing what theyre told to do. But ground control, thats the guy who really has to coordinate both cranes and they have to do exactly what he tells You have to pick it up horizontally and you have to rotate it with both cranes. When it comes out great, it looks like theres nothing to it. Dewees assists in certifying the roughly 40 operators trained in the serious work of maneuvering the space hardware high overhead. In addition to the crane operations, the team is responsible for the mainte nance and operation of more than 800 pieces of equipment in the cav ernous building, including the giant doors, which they must ride to the top for service. Given the scale of the building and the jobs involved, its obviously not a place for the faint-hearted. Certainly a calm and steady hand is required as the crane op erator guides the dangling shuttle Spaceport News toward the high bay. We take it out in the middle of the bay so we can pirouette it, then bring it back on the mark, says Dewees. We have to get it perfectly lined up before we lower it down. Once inside the high bay, there is little margin for error. Between the platforms, which are retracted, and the tank, you have interference from the wings, and you have just inches of clearance, he explains. With a description like that, many people might think his job sounds stressful, but not Dewees. He grew up near the space center and remembers driving in the truck with his father as they heard the sound of pilings being driven during construction of the Vehicle Assembly Building. He watched as the Mercury astronauts lifted off from Cape Canaveral to pioneer Even after working around space hardware for almost 30 years, he says simply, its one of those jobs that never gets old. Suspended by the 325-ton crane, Endeavour slowly rises inside the Vehicle Assembly Building. The process, which calls for a team of about 16 technicians, takes between 20 and 24 hours.

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SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 Oct. 17, 2008 STS-124 crew returns with message of hope Columbia Debris Loan Program propels progress Columbia was such a pain ful experience for all of us; people of her crew we must learn all we On Sept. 10, those inspir ing words of Pam Melroy echoed through Kennedy Space Centers Training Auditorium. As lead for the Columbia crew module reconstruction and Astronaut bia Research and Preservation Team, Melroy was one of six speakers at the Kennedy Engineering Acade mys 28th venue: The Columbia Debris Loan Program. In the pursuit of research and understanding, the program provides a process for NASA to loan Colum and technology educators. It also allows groups outside of NASA to participate in the joint quest of progress, including high school and college students. Rick Russell, NASA orbiter project engineer, contributed to the reconstruction efforts for Columbia. He said an analysis of the debris played a role in pinpointing the improve vehicle readiness for future Research performed by Glenn Research Center Chemist Jim Sutter and Kennedy Materials Engineer Clara Wright helped develop new design considerations for future spacecraft. Danny Olivas, mission special ist and member of the Spacecraft Crew Survival Integrated Investiga tion Team, agreed. When Columbia came home, she brought back a wealth of infor mation, Olivas said. Its hard to predict the unpredictable, but this will only help to further our efforts. Steve McDanels, NASA Mate rials Engineering Branch chief, said this fall, universities will implement investigations of Columbia debris in failure analysis classes as part of their materials engineering curricu lum. One of the great focuses of the program is to whet students curios said. It will help create a pipeline of people willing to ensure that the next generation of space vehicles is as safe as possible. KEA also hosted its 29th venue Columbia STS-107 Foam Impact Analysis on Sept. 16, where NASA Aerospace Engineer Matthew Melis provided additional insight into the role of ballistic impact research for the accident investigation. As a part of the NASA Impact Analysis Development effort, Melis and a large number of contribut ing personnel conducted impact tests and ballistic impact research that characterized a number of real and potential threats to the shuttles thermal protection system during launch. A lot of important lessons were learned from the Columbia research that will assist in Orion development, in both the testing and analyses arenas, Melis said. We are continually committed to making sure our astronauts are as safe as humanly possible. In remembrance of Columbias mission, the debris is cataloged in the Shuttle Interagency Debris Database System and displayed for visitors in the Vehicle Assembly Buildings Preservation Room. By Kate Frakes Spaceport News D etails of an eventmission were shared with workers Sept. 29, when STS-124 crew members returned to Ken nedy Space Center. Pilot Ken Ham and Mission Specialists Mike Fossum, Ron Garan and Ja pan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, shared their expe riences using a video pre sentation, personal stories and a little bit of humor. The crew launched aboard space shuttle Discov ery on May 31, carrying the Kibo Pressurized Module to the International Space Sta tion. After a 13-day mission and 5.6 million miles, Dis covery landed safely June 14 at Kennedys Shuttle Landing Facility. Ham said he appreci ates each opportunity to share experiences from the mission. He and most of the other crew members have shared their stories at every NASA center and Japan. They recently visited England, Wales and Ireland to encourage students inter ested in science and space. Ham said one of his favorite moments was catch ing sight of the space station as Discovery approached for docking. Its just human nature to remember the good parts and forget the hard stuff. Paul Ermerins, a senior computer drafter with Dynamac Corp., said he looks forward to crew return events. I like to meet the astronauts, hear what they have to say and see the great pictures. Its exciting to be part of the space program, Ermerins said. Judy Casper, software engineer with United Space Alliance, said the visits give workers a good perspective of each crews experiences in space. Its always inter esting and the astronauts all have great senses of humor, Casper said. The mission included three spacewalks with vet Garan. As they stepped away from the shuttle humorously said he advised Garan not to look down. Both performed work on Kibo, and Garan perched atop the stations robotic arm to remove and replace a nitrogen tank assembly on the station starboard truss. Garan said that al though the crew trained for more than a year for the mission, some things rehearsed on the ground dont always go as planned in space. Kibo, weighing in at 32,000 pounds, was the largest module ever carried in the shuttles payload bay. that employed three robotic arms: the shuttle remote ma nipulator system, the space station remote manipulator system and the Japanese remote manipulator system. Hoshide operated the stations robotic arm to pull Kibo out of the shuttles payload bay. With barely a two-inch clearance on each side, Hoshide said the move had to be precise. As each STS-124 crew they said theyre hoping for another chance to launch into space. Prior commitments kept Commander Mark Kelly and Mission Specialist Karen Nyberg from traveling to Kennedy. Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff switched spots with Expedition 16/17 Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman during the mis sion and remains aboard the International Space Station. Spaceport News Mission Specialist Ron Garan, center, and Pilot Ken Ham were among members of the STS-124 crew who shared stories, photos and videos of their journey with Kennedy workers Sept 29.

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Scene Around Kennedy Space Center Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Oct. 17, 2008 Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Oct. 17, 2008 Hundreds of spaceport workers took part in the 2008 Intercenter Walk/Run at the Shuttle Landing Facility on Oct. 1. The two-mile walk/run; 5k run and 10k run were sponsored by KSC Fitness Centers. Employees at the Kennedy Space Center Child Development Center recently received service pins for their outstanding work. Those employees include, back row, from left: Lillieann Mazion (1998), Reshia Nevels (2003), Meridith Dobbins (1997), Janet Barnett (1997), Janet Bloom (1998) and Anita Marshall (1997). Front row, from left: Prapai Cuyno (1996), Mae Caldwell (1998), Connie Phillips (1998), Mai Anderson (1996), Keri Putnam (1998) and Sharon Hodgin (2001). Not pictured, Kristie Tilton (2002). for NASA Lucille Nead, who recently retired from InDyne Inc., enjoyed a party given in her honor Sept. 24 in the Headquarters Engineering Documentation Center. for NASA VIPs took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 3, celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The exhibit, called Eye on the Universe, displays powerful and vibrant images taken by Hubble. Kennedy Space Centers Deputy Director Janet Petro, right, and Program Manager for Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services Mark Jager, left, present awards to Kennedy employees for their outstanding contributions to maintaining a safe workplace during the August Executive Safety Forum. Between Jager and Petro are, from left, Joe Mounts, Tom Shannon, Mark Taffet and Tom Brown. for NASA

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Scene Around Kennedy Space Center Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Oct. 17, 2008 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 to run your photos While in kindergarten at Imperial Estates Elementary in Titusville, 6-year-old Rhiannon read more than 100 books for a reading competition. In September, she was awarded with a basket of space goodies and congratulated by Spaceman and astronaut Jerry Carr at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. for NASA Hundreds of spaceport workers took part in the 2008 Intercenter Walk/Run at the Shuttle Landing Facility on Oct. 1. The two-mile walk/run; 5k run and 10k run were sponsored by KSC Fitness Centers. Hundreds of Kennedy workers attended the Workforce Gala called, Great Employees = Mission Success. The Sept. 27 event featured dinner and dancing.

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Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS Oct. 17, 2008 Inspired employees earn leadership honors 2008 Combined Federal Campaign runs through Nov. 7 I ts a common joke in most workplaces that senior man agement is out of touch with day-to-day operations. But Constel lation Project Manager Michael Generale hopes what he learned during this years NASA Leader ship Development Program will encourage Kennedy Space Center employees to think differently. The dedication and commit ment of those of us in the trenches are vital for our senior leadership to make the right decisions. It every aspect of their job, Generale said. What I found inspiring and I believe others will too, is that we have a very real and important role to play in the decisions the heads of our agency make. This years Leadership Devel opment Program wrapped up with a graduation ceremony July 22 and included developmental assign ments, a class project, individual NASA leaders. Generale said, in the span of an hour-long meeting, he witnessed NASAs senior managers go from discussing a mechanical issue that threatens a space shuttle launch and an orbital dynamics issue with a space probe, to a command and data handling issue with an experimental aircraft, to environmental issues at a particular center. But it wasnt just NASA lead ers who inspired Generale and his classmates. Outside leaders played a role, too. Stone Kyambadde was a pro fessional soccer player in Uganda when he suffered a debilitating knee injury during a game. Generale says instead of wal lowing in self pity, Kyambadde began coaching soccer to inner-city boys. With limited resources, he teaches 250 boys the sport, as well as compassion, dignity, self respect, love, responsibility and the joy of giving. He demonstrated to me that leadership is not about power or position or education; it is about caring and having the courage to follow your passion, Generale said. Generale continues to follow his passion by spearheading the expansion of his class project. He said NASA does a won derful job reaching children with educational and engaging material, and NASA has a great reputation with the older generation who remembers how NASA became emblematic during the Cold War. But Generale says its the Millennial Generation, the 18to 24-year-olds, who need to be reached. These young people will be the parents of the generation that will colonize the moon and make Mars, Generale said. We need to impress upon them the importance of NASA, so they will encourage their children to pursue careers in science, technology and mathemat ics. Thats the very essence of the leadership program; to create future leaders, who align with NASAs vision, mission and values, and who create results and inspire not just NASA employees but the American people as well. The Leadership Development Program, which has existed since 1995, has ended with the 2008 graduating class to make way for a new program Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program designed for engineers in leadership positions. F or many years the generosity of Ken nedy Space Centers work force has made the Combined Federal Cam Space Coast CFC, one of the most consistently suc cessful federal charity cam paigns across the country. At a time when the complexities of our daily lives provide so many sig pause and come together again as a community for this years Combined Fed eral Campaign. The Space Coast CFC includes Kennedy and all locally represented federal agencies in Brevard County and provides an opportunity for Kennedy work force do nations to reach charitable causes that provide assis tance in our own neighbor hoods, across the country and around the world. The CFC is the worlds largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 300 national and interna tional campaigns helping to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support zations that provide health throughout the world. This years campaign at Kennedy began Oct. 9 and runs through Nov. 7. Our campaign slogan for this year, One Small Gift One Giant Impact was submitted by Rob Kuc zajda, an integration engi neer with the International Space Station and Payload Processing Directorate. This slogan does the job of conveying how much of an impact even a small donation can make in the lives of those in need. This years CFC cabi net has conducted training for key workers and unit coordinators. These individuals are key to the success of the campaign as they will be in direct contact with all NASA employees, provid For more information regarding this years campaign, charitable organizations and local partners, go to: http://cfc.ksc.nasa.gov More online ing information about the campaign and how to make a payroll deduction or cash donation. The words of Winston Churchill, We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give, clearly capture the essence of how the Ken nedy work force shares so freely in the spirit of giving to those in need. We have a focus this year of increasing the participation rate of our employees, and I know that the Kennedy work force will rise to the occasion as it has always done in the past. 2008 KSC/Space Coast CFC Chairwoman We have a very real and important role to play in the decisions the heads of our agency make. Michael Generale, 2007-08 LDP graduate Michael Generale, Kennedy Michael D. Toberman, Dryden Rosalia Toberman, Dryden Dovie E. Lacy, Glenn Terri D. Rodgers, Glenn David M. Wilt, Glenn Dan V. Woods, Headquarters Brady A. Pyle, Johnson Chad R. Rowe, Johnson David A. Dress, Langley Carlos A. Liceaga, Langley Jeff T. Hamilton, Marshall 2007-08 LDP graduates NASA Michael Generale, right, with Kennedy Center Director Bill Parsons, who was the keynote speaker at the LDP graduation in July.

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Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS Oct. 17, 2008 Remembering Our Heritage By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian launched by the 10-day-old National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Although it failed to reach the moon, it did transmit 43 hours of data. Pioneer I was intended to study ionizing micrometeorites near Earth. P ioneer 1 holds the distinction launched under the auspice of the newly formed National Aero nautics and Space Administration, lifting off from Launch Pad 17 on Cape Canaveral Oct. 11, 1958, just 10 days after the agency began op erations. mission, this diminutive 51-pound lunar probe captured the record as space. ries of lunar missions entered by the United States into the International Geophysical Year, or IGY, competi tion. It followed the successful Rus sian Sputnik and American Explorer and Vanguard satellite launches all three demonstrated technologies capable of sustaining a spacecraft in Earths orbit. IGY was a series of global investigations of geophysical phe nomena conducted between July 1957 and December 1958 by scien tists from 67 countries around the world. Among the Earth sciences targeted were aurora and airglow, cosmic rays, geomagnetism, gravity, ionospheric physics, longitude and latitude determinations (precision mapping), meteorology, oceanogra phy, seismology and solar activity. The most dramatic of the new technologies available to investiga tors during the IGY was the rocket. Three weeks after the launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957, William Pickering, the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, ready. Designated Project Red Socks, the proposal declared it imperative for the United States to regain its stature in the eyes of technological advance over the Soviet Union. In early 1958, the proposal came under the consideration of the new Advanced Research Projects Agency, temporarily responsible for the direction of all U.S. space projects, and received the approval of President Dwight Eisenhower. The lunar project began with three Air Force launches using existing rocket stages and a spacecraft built by Ramo-Wooldridges Space Tech nology Laboratories, which later became TRW. Stephen Saliga, chief exhibit designer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is credited for naming described to him as a lunar-orbit ing vehicle with an infrared scan ning device. He suggested Pio neer as its name to help establish the Air Force as the pioneers in space, in the minds of the public. NASA alum John Neilon, former director of Kennedy Space Centers Unmanned Launch Opera tions, said: The Thor-Able used to launch Pioneer 1 was an ancestor of the Delta launch vehicle. It was ballistic missile, topped by the two Vanguard upper stages. Unfortunately, an incorrectly set valve in the upper stage caused an accelerometer to give faulty information leading to a slight error in burnout velocity and angle. The Thor second stage shut down 10 seconds early making the moon unattainable. The spacecraft separated properly from its third-stage rocket, though, and continued to ascend to an altitude of 70,700 miles, about one-third the distance to the moon. The fact that Pioneer 1 failed to get to the vicinity of the moon, which was its primary objective, was somehow converted into a success by being the highest apogee achieved to date, Neilon said. Pioneer 1 returned invaluable determine the radial extent of the ra micrometeorite density in interplan etary space and of the interplanetary complished. magnetic oscillations of the magnet also were made. So much was learned from an instrument package weighing barely 40 pounds and returning a mere 43 hours of data. Pioneer 1 was incinerated in Earths upper atmosphere over the

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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 service and contractor employees. three weeks KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS Oct. 17, 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. Send them to KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov. Spaceport News wants your photos Looking up and ahead Scheduled for Jan. 26, 2010 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, SDO; TBD No earlier than Feb. 20, 2009 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GOES-O; TBD Target Nov. 14 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-126; 7:55 p.m. No earlier than April 24, 2009 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, LRO/LCROSS; TBD No earlier than April 1, 2009 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, STSS; TBD Target Feb. 12, 2009 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-119; 7:36 a.m. Scheduled for April 10 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, Kepler; TBD Target May 15, 2009 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-127; 4:52 p.m. Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-128; TBD Target July 30, 2009 50th Anniversary celebration at KSC Visitor Complex Oct. 18 No earlier than Nov. 16 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, NROL-26; TBD Target Oct. 15, 2009 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-129; TBD Target Dec. 10, 2009 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-130; TBD Target Feb. 11, 2010 Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-131; TBD Target April 8, 2010 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-132; TBD Target May 31, 2010 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-133; TBD Visitor Complex opens doors to KSC workers, their families J oin colleagues, friends and family as the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex com memorates NASAs 50 th Anniver sary with a day of excitement, con Kennedy and 45 th Space Wing employees and their guests will receive free admission into the main complex Oct. 18 by showing their badges. Admission includes exhibits, shows and attractions, including IMAX movies and the Shuttle Launch Experience. Access into the complex does not include bus tours or admission into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. The celebration swings into high gear as the Rocket Garden hosts three concert performances. Big Head Johnny and the Eskimos take the stage at 3 p.m., followed by Rockit at 5 p.m. Both bands feature members who are Kennedy employ ees. The popular rock band Survivor headlines the show at 7 p.m. Survi vor is best known for its hits Eye of the Tiger and Is This Love. works after the concerts. Fall Concert Series at the Visitor Complex. The Guess Who will ap on Nov. 1. There will be a limited number of free tickets available for employees at the NASA Exchange tickets will be available the week of the concert. For more information on the Visitor Complex and upcoming events this fall, including concerts, special events, new exhibits and the second annual Space & Air Show, visit: http://www.kennedy spacecenter.com More info online T ry to imagine the space shuttle and its crew lifting off space and returning safely without any communication with NASAs ground support team. Mission im possible, right? Effective communi cation is key to NASAs success and Kennedy Space Center will join an agency-wide effort Oct. 20-23, reduce the need to access formal complaint processes. Program, or CMP, is offering a and Management in the Workplace for NASA employees, managers and supervisors. A needs assessment was com pleted through targeted focus groups and interviews with senior manage ment to determine issues that need to be addressed. Therefore, training will be tailored to the needs of Ken nedy employees. Participants will learn basic skills in negotiation and persuasion, and will develop an awareness of communication dynamics to help de situations. Providing Kennedy employees with a new set of tools for working toward early and effective resolution to open and honest communication, said Jim Hattaway, associate director for business operations. Training sessions for employees is Oct. 20-22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the KARS I Conference Room. Training for managers and supervisors is Oct. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the KARS I Conference Room. The one-day course is limited to reach capacity, names will be posted on a waiting list for possible classes in the future. At this time, the course is open only to civilian federal em ployees, but the in future CMP hopes to accommodate contract employees. Three successful pilot programs were completed at NASAs John son Space Center, Glenn Research Center and Marshall Space Flight Center. NASA, Kennedy address ways For more information or help and Management in the Workplace course, call Rob Grant at 867-9169. You can register for the course through SATERN. More info online Register for PM Challenge 2009 The Project Management Challenge Conference is several months away, but registration runs from Nov. 3 to Jan. 30. For more information, visit: http://pmchallenge.gsfc.nasa.gov