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October 5, 2007 John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Vol. 47, No. 21 Discovery waits on Pad 39A for launch Dawn on way to find asteroids between planets Mars and Jupiter S pace shuttle Discovery stands poised for liftoff at Launch Pad 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center, following its arrival at the pad on Sept. 30 for mission STS120. The shuttle began its slow 3.4-mile jour ney to the seaside pad atop the giant crawlertransporter at 6:47 a.m., leaving the Vehicle Assembly Building in the early morning dark ness. Discovery concluded its one-mile-anhour trip at about noon and was secured on the pad at 1:15 p.m. Also at the pad is the payload canister con taining the Italian-built U.S. multi-port module named Harmony, which the STS-120 crew will deliver to the International Space Station. Harmony will be installed in Discovery's pay load bay as launch preparations continue at the pad. Discovery and its seven-astronaut crew are targeted to launch Oct. 23 on the mission, Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Pamela A. Melroy will command the mission. Melroy, a veteran shuttle pilot, is the second woman to command a shuttle. U.S. Marine Col. George sion specialists will be Scott E. Parazynski, U.S. Army Col. Douglas H. Wheelock, Stepha nie D. Wilson and Paolo A. Nespoli, a Euro N ASA's Dawn spacecraft is on its way to study a pair of asteroids after lifting off Sept. 27 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:34 a.m. (photo at left). Mission controllers at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., received telemetry on schedule at 9:44 a.m. indicating Dawn had achieved proper orientation in space and its massive solar array was generating power from the sun. During the next 80 days, spacecraft controllers will test and calibrate the myriad of spacecraft sys tems and subsystems, ensuring Dawn is ready for the long journey ahead. "Dawn will travel back in time by probing deep into the asteroid belt," said Dawn Principal Investi gator Christopher Russell of the University of Cali fornia, Los Angeles. "This is a moment the space science community has been waiting for since interplan Dawn's three-billion-mile odyssey includes explo ration of asteroid Vesta in 2011 and the dwarf planet Ceres in 2015. These two icons of the asteroid belt have been witness to much of our solar system's history. By using Dawn's instruments to study both as teroids, scientists more accurately can compare and contrast the two. Dawn's science instrument suite will measure elemental and mineral composition, shape, sur face topography, tectonic history, and it will seek waterbearing minerals. In addition, the Dawn spacecraft, and how it orbits Vesta and Ceres, will be used to measure NASAs Kennedy Space Center managed the Dawn launch. The Delta 2 launch vehicle was provided by United Launch Alliance. pean Space Agency astronaut from Italy. Zamka, Wheelock and Nespoli will be making their Daniel Tani to the station, allowing Expedition 15/16 Flight Engineer Clayton Anderson to return from the station to Earth aboard Discovery. (Above) While on the launch pad, space shuttle Discovery will undergo inspections and testing to verify its capabilities for a successful launch targeted for Oct. 23.


October 5, 2007 Page 2 By Steven Siceloff Staff Writer S ometimes launches just hap pen too close together. Not that anyone's complaining. That was the case for the Launch Services Program, or LSP, which had a series of missions so close together that by the time the program got a chance to celebrate its 50th launch, 51 successes were already on the books. Four hundred LSP and support auditorium at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to mark the occasion and watch a special complishments and importance in NASA's mission. Simultaneously, sion. As noted by the title of the to Space" in the form of a team that brings a NASA payload together with the right rocket and launches the mission. "We take a mission from its inception and we know what the science is, what the technologies are and we put it all together and integrate it into a launch vehicle to put it out to go do its science," Launch Manager Omar Baez said. The program is based at Ken nedy and was formed as a way to unify similar operations spread Although Kennedy is the home for the LSP, its operations stretch well beyond the launch pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The LSP team routinely oversees launches from NASA's Vandenberg Air Force Base facilities in Cali fornia, and has launched missions from Kodiak Island in Alaska and Wallops Island, Va. The team also uses several different boosters for its missions, including Delta and Atlas rockets from United Launch Alliance and Pegasus and Taurus rockets from Orbital Sciences. The LSP history also includes missions aboard rock ets that have since retired, such as the Lockheed Martin Titan IV. The Deep Space-1 mission of 1998, which tested ion propulsion be overseen by the LSP. The launch also incorporated the Sedsat mis sion. The 50th mission began when an Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket lofted the AIM satellite into orbit in April to study high cloud forma tions. In between, LSP launches dispatched several orbiters and landers to Mars, launched numer ous advanced satellites to study Year marks 50+ launches for LSP The Delta II rocket with its Mars Explora tion Rover, or MER-A, payload leaps off the launch pad to begin its journey to Mars. MER-A, known as Spirit, is the rst of two rovers being launched to Mars. Liftoff occurred on time at 1:58 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Earth from orbit and sent the New Horizons probe toward the farthest reaches of the solar system. No matter where the mission the payloads and rockets always get careful attention, though some mis sions require more than others. Launch Manager Chuck Dovale points to the CALIPSO/ CloudSat mission of April 2006 as the most challenging of the pro gram. The launch occurred on the fourth try, showcasing the team's determination to get the launch just right. "There was a huge sigh of re lief when the vehicle lifted off and was successful," Dovale said. The challenges add to the thrill agreed. "You can't help but sit back and look at that whole team per form and not have a part that says it is fun," said Steve Francois, director of the Launch Services Program. Francois offered awards to the team that produced and oversaw the the whole LSP team for making 50 launches a reality. Going green in center cafeterias makes cents W hile one side of Kenne dy Space Center is char acterized by gravity-de fying spacecraft and exciting tech nology, another facet is its wildlife refuge made up of serene waters and varied animals. To preserve this delicate combination which pro vides employees with a distinctive work environment, Lackmann Cu linary Services initiated a reusable drinking cup project. The seven center cafeterias were using 20,000 Styrofoam cups monthly. Styrofoam, which isnt recyclable, takes 2,000 years to de compose. Once discarded, the cups such as methane and carbon diox ide, which are two greenhouse gas es contributing to global warming. Beginning this month, Lackmann will reduce this factor by selling re usable, cost-saving and dishwashersafe 20-ounce drink and 16-ounce coffee mugs for $2.50, with 50-cent This new plan has sparked a domino effect. Lackmann will also stop selling 20-ounce plastic bottles of soft drinks. While customers may be fond of these bottles, the are worth the growing pains. Making these cool the plastic, and once theyre used, they will never decompose. The cafeterias are also already stocked with napkins made of re cycled paper. Maureen Legg, Lackmann project manager, also encourages employees to take advantage of all ties for conservation, such as using China dishes when dining at the cafeterias. She also explained that these new cups do not pose sanitary risks because the lids have to be When we try something new, employees can be skeptical, but (these are) things they can easily do with an added bonus for them, Legg said. It may seem that initiatives like this are hard to accomplish, but with thorough research and plan ning, anybody can make a posi tive impact on the environment. The Logistics Building Cafeteria Manager Debra Jones prompted this initiative after watching an environmental television series and participating in the centers energy and environmental awareness ac tivities. After researching Styro foam alternatives and presenting her proposal, she was very pleased when NASA staff quickly approved Trying out the new cups in the cafeteria are (left) Maureen Legg, project manager, and Debra Jones, the Logistics Building cafeteria manager. Staff Writer SPACEPORT NEWS


Visual challenge no obstacle to running with coworkers SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 October 5, 2007 Intercenter Walk/Run challenges all Randall Crosby (left), with Chaz Wendling W hether walking, running or rolling, employees of Kennedy Space Center showed their mettle Sept. 25 during the annual Intercenter Run. With a start called by Center Director Bill Parsons, hundreds made their way around the Shuttle Landing Facility, withstanding scattered storm clouds and even light rain. Besides the ac ing dinner catered by Kelseys restaurant in Titusville. Jeanne Ryba of NASAs Public Affairs division has taken part in the Ryba, as well as getting to mix with others from around the center. Unit ed Space Alliance and the Air Force were also well represented. Ryba especially enjoyed the opportunity for a pre-race massage to loosen up the joints, especially the ankles, she said. Kennedys own mas seuse, Valerie Jaramillo, provided the massages to participants. Although participation was down this year, possibly due to the rain postponement from the week before, 330 people entered. Gabe Gabrielle, blindfolded, with Michael Bell, right Bill Parsons Runners and walkers (above) from across the center and CCAFS endured heat, humidity and even showers during the annual intercenter run. They enjoyed a catered meal at the nish line (right). Ray Sullivan Jimmie Wright S ince Randall Crosby, owner of the Headquarters Building snack bar, ran cross country as a teen, it may not be surprising that he participated in this years Inter center Walk/Run. However, Crosby, who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at age eight, is legally blind. Furthermore, with the help of a blindfold, Crosbys friend Gabe Gabrielle was able to better under stand Crosbys experiences during the Sept. 25 event. My favorite part was hearing all the people cheering and clap ping for (Crosby). He is such an inspiration, Gabrielle said. Never underestimate the power of your mind or the determination of some one who believes in their ability to achieve a goal, regardless of what obstacles we think they have. SGS Facility Programmer Gabrielle and his guide, Michael Bell, a NASA Center Operations employee, held on to a 24-inch rope for assistance, but Gabrielle still felt insecure not knowing if he was running straight or diagonal. He had also blindfolded himself 15 minutes before the race and was immediately intimidated by his new world. Crosby praised Gabrielle for wearing a blindfold during the run. People often say, I cant imagine what its like to be blind, but Gabe took it a step further and found out. He has a genuine regard for and an appreciation of what a disabled per son must overcome to function on a day-to-day basis. Crosby was guided by Chaz Wendling, a NASA Center Operations employee.


Page 4 October 5, 2007 By Steven Siceloff Staff Writer T he Ares rockets that will take over for the space shut tle and carry humans to the moon are closer to lifting off from the drawing board. under way at Launch Pad 39B, the Launch Control Center and the Ve hicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to accom Ares I rocket in April 2009. At the same time, workers in Kennedys Assembly and Refur bishment Facility and Parachute Refurbishment Facility are work launch test. It is all part of a plan to use rockets based largely on technol ogy proven in the Space Shuttle Program as the foundation for America's next generation of crewed spacecraft. One rocket, the Ares I, will pick up where the shut tle leaves off as Americas prime vehicle for launching humans. The other, Ares V, will launch every thing else needed for trips to the moon. The demonstration rocket for just like the rocket that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station in the next decade moon beginning in 2020. plus shuttle solid rocket booster to ment, a non-working upper stage and a boilerplate capsule built to the dimensions of the Orion space craft that will carry humans to Earth orbit. the capsule will carry only instru ments and will launch on a ballistic trajectory into the South Atlantic Ocean. This will allow engineers to study the conditions Ares I will experience at liftoff, while the solid rocket is thundering toward space and when the second-stage rocket and spacecraft separate. and Orion spacecraft simulators is uled for no later than 2015. Although the rocket is a new design, NASA is following a plan that allows the agency to use many facilities that already exist. "The infrastructure we have for shuttle is mainly what we're going to use," said Pepper Phillips, manager of Kennedy's Ground Op erations Project in the Constellation Program. Constellation encompasses the Ares rockets and the Orion capsules under development, as well as the lunar landers and surface systems that will be used by astronauts ex ploring the moon. Here is a detailed look at the changes already under way around Kennedy to get ready for that test what needs to be done so the Con stellation Program can begin Ares I crewed missions, as well as Ares V missions beyond 2015. Launch Pad 39B Role in Constellation : Launch Status : Launch Pad 39B has hosted its last planned space shuttle launch, though it will be kept is called for during the last Hubble Space Telescope repair mission in September 2008. Then major work The Ares I inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (drawing). will begin. To be done tating service structures standing at Launch Pad 39B will be dismantled Ares I will be built onto a new mo bile launch platform. The gantry for the shuttle doesn't reach much higher than the top of the four segments of the sol id rocket booster. Pad access above the current shuttle launch pad structure will not be required for the solid rocket booster are inert. For the test scheduled in 2012 and astronauts will need access to the highest levels of the rocket and capsule. When the Ares I rocket rolls out to the launch pad on the back of the same crawler-transport ers used now, its launch gantry will be with it. The mobile launchers will nestle under three lightning protection towers to be erected around the pad area. Kennedy's Constellation managers say the Ares' time at the than the three weeks or more the shuttle requires. This clean pad approach minimizes equipment and servicing at the launch pad. It is the same plan NASA used with the Saturn V rockets and the launch industry employs it with more modern boosters. The launch pad will also get a new emergency escape system for astronauts, one that looks very much like a roller coaster. Cars riding on a rail will replace the familiar baskets hanging from steel cables. Launch Pad 39A Role in Constellation : Launch Pad 39A will be the home of the Ares V rocket, a behemoth vehicle almost as tall as the Saturn V, and even more powerful. The Ares V will not carry a crew, but is slated to loft a lunar lander and a fueled upper stage that will connect with an Orion capsule in Earth orbit. The upper stage from the Ares V will ignite to send the Orion and lander toward the moon. Changes planned, in progress for Kennedys future in Constellation Program SPACEPORT NEWS


Changes planned, in progress for Kennedys future in Constellation Program Page 5 October 5, 2007 Status : The launch complex that saw the liftoff of Apollo 11 to the moon will be used for the space shuttle until the orbiters are retired around 2010. Vehicle Assembly Building Role in Constellation : The gi ant hangar used to stack the Saturn V rocket and space shuttles will retain that role in the Constellation Program. It is the only structure at Kennedy tall enough to accommo date the Ares rockets. Status : The building's high bay 3 is undergoing minor chang The new vehicle is about 150 feet taller than the shuttle orbiter, so bigger changes will be needed platforms similar to those used in Apollo will give workers the ac cess they need to stack the pieces and process the rocket for launch. To be done : After the shuttle converted to handle the mammoth Ares V rockets. Cranes that as sembled the last rockets destined for the moon will again be used to attach pieces for a moon ship. Launch Control Center Firing Room 1 Role in Constellation : Fir ing Room 1 already holds the launch of a space shuttle and sup porting the Apollo Program. Now it is poised to take on the task of shuttles' replacement. Status : The expansive room inside the Launch Control Center is gutted and the windows on the doors are papered over. It won't stay that way for long, though, because NASA wants members of its launch team to begin practicing with the new equipment and pro cedures in summer 2008. About that launch team: While it takes more than 200 peo ple in the Launch Control Center at Kennedy to launch a space shuttle mission, Phillips said the Ares launch team is targeted to number fewer than 50. "This vehicle is far less complex than a shuttle sys tem," Phillips said. "We recognize it's a less complex ve hicle, so we're look ing to use a simpler launch control sys tem." Assembly and Refurbishment Facility Role in Con stellation : Employ ees in the Assembly and Refurbishment Facility process the nosecones and aft skirts of the shuttle solid rocket boost ers before they are bolted onto the fueled segments. The Ares 1 doesn't require a booster nosecone, but the Ares V on Launch Pad 39B (drawing). ready being prepped. Status : Engineers are modify ing the aft skirt so it can behave a bit differently as the main booster for the Ares I. C.J. Smith of Unit ed Space Alliance noted the small rockets that push a booster away from a shuttle during launch will be used to help separate the upper stage from the solid rocket after Parachute Refurbishment Facility Role in Constellation: Para chutes will allow controlled re turns to Earth for both the Orion capsule and the Ares I solid rocket booster. The refurbishment center the program ready and will over haul them for reuse. Status : Parachutes are already being stitched for upcoming drop tests in Yuma, Ariz. Mobile Launch Platforms Role in Constellation : NASA will stick with mobile launch platforms throughout the Constel lation Program, the same concept it has used since the Saturn V. Earlier rockets were small enough to be assembled at the pad. For modify one of the three existing launch platforms to handle the and subsequent launches will use a new mobile platform design. Status : NASA has awarded a contract to Reynolds, Smith and Hills Inc., located on Merritt Is land, for the design of a new mo bile launcher structure dedicated to the Ares I. The platform will hold the rocket and the service structure. Crawler-transporters The work of the crawlertransporters is far from being to the launch pad during Apollo and Skylab and carrying space shuttles back and forth from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pads for almost 30 years, the crawlers are nowhere near re tirement. The vehicles are planned to carry the new rockets, launch platforms and service gantries to the launch complexes. Status: There are no major overhauls planned for the beefy vehicles, but they will need a little more muscle in the form of rein forcement to carry the Ares rock ets. NASA is working to use the crawlers as-is for Ares I, but the Ares V will require more carrying capacity. Phillips said studies are ongoing to determine exactly how much work the crawlers will need. Emergency egress from the Ares V/Orion takes on the semblance of a theme park ride (drawing). SPACEPORT NEWS


Page 6 October 5, 2007 Col. Georgy Mosolov (left); Vitaly Guzhva, assistant professor in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and Dr. Rodney O. Rogers, professor of aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are on a tour in the Orbiter Processing Facility. Behind Mosolov is Dr. David Pedersen, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Embry-Riddle. Space Coast FEW seeks donations for Brevard Sharing Centers T he Space Coast Chapter of Federally Employed Women, known as the FEW, is seeking canned goods and personal care items to assist the Brevard Sharing Centers. The group is helping the charities for "Make a Difference Day" and hopes to collect enough Brevard centers. Suggested items include canned foods, peanut butter, jelly, packaged rice and pasta meals, and other non-perishable items, as well as personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, cream rinse, soap, shaving cream, razors, diapers of all sizes, wipes and toilet paper. The following are contacts at areas with collection boxes for do nations: Irene Laturno 476-2626, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Hangar R&D, room 109; 853-6858, CCAFS 45 CES/CVP building 60600, room 2025; Mary McMains 867-7406, Cen tral Supply Building, Rm. 101; Laurie Brown 867-4166, Cen tral Instrumentation Facility, room 302B; Dawn Partlow 853-5356, CCAFS, E&O Building, room 2030G; Sandra Getter 867-6951, Engineering Development Labora tory, room 203; Linda Rhode 867-2455, Head quarters Building, room 1114A; Debi Bledsoe 867-2028, HQ, room 2142; Mary Baldwin 867-3322, HQ, room 3144; Sandy Eliason 861-9309, Launch Control Center, room 4P23B; Jim Hall 867-1089, Base Support Building, room 141; Charmel Jones 867-2938, Opera tions and Checkout Building, room 1073M2; 861-3837, Operations Support Building, room 5301D; Arden Belt 867-2468, Press Site, room 1000; and 867-6054, Space Station Processing Facility, room 3074D. The project continues through Oct. 26. If you would like to set up a collection box in your area or have questions, contact Sandra Getter at 867-6951 or Cassandra. her idea. This type of effort also supports the Kennedy Environmental Management System teams commitment to a presidential executive order to continue one of the center's guiding principles of environmental stewardship. Its just a fact that be ing aware of your surround ings can present opportuni ties. Little things can make a huge difference, Jones said. Im proud of myself, and it feels awesome that in some way, Im contributing to the planet. GREEN. . Continued From Page 2 R etired Russian MiG chief test pilot Col. Georgy Mo as high as the 114,000-feet altitude 1961 as he toured Kennedy Space Center last month. Mosolov toured the Space Sta tion Processing Facility, Apollo Saturn V Center, Orbiter Processing Facility, Vehicle Assembly Build ing and Launch Pad 39A. He said he enjoyed meeting and talking to workers and noted that everyone was very friendly and gracious. Mosolov said it was interesting to see all the various approaches NASA workers used to solve the many problems facing those who explore space. If you imagine it, you can build it, Mosolov said. He remarked on all the great achievements of mankind evident at the center. Everyone in the world appreciates Americas achievements and contributions to space exploration, Mosolov said. It is a great example of what hu mans can achieve when they have almost impossible goals, but set their minds to it. Russian test pilot Mosolov tours Kennedy Staff Writer The 81-year-old Russian hero Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach on his way to Los Angeles, where he became an hon orary member of the Society for Experimental Test Pilots during a Symposium in Los Angeles. Mosolov was a good friend Gagarin, and was the primary test early 1960s. He is regarded as the Chuck Yeager of the old Soviet Union for his many aeronautical accomplishments. many Soviet-era, single-engine jet airplanes, and holds two world speed records and one world al titude record. Mosolov received many awards, including the pres tigious Hero of the Soviet Union Gold Star, the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Medal of Honor. He is the honored citizen of the city of Kharkov and the village of Erma kovkoe in Russia. Mosolovs visit to KSC was arranged by Dr. Rodney Rogers and Shirley Waterhouse, both profes sors at Embry-Riddle. They met him during a visit to Russia in 2002 and returned in 2006 to travel with Mosolov by rail across Siberia from Moscow to Vladivostok. Mosolov said he is forever grateful to explorers such as Amelia Earhart and Chuck Yeager, Russian pilots Valery Chkalov and Mikhail Gromov, and cosmonaut Gagarin ments. Mosolov hopes that future space exploration continues the current U.S. partnership with Rus sia. His main hope is that all of the future aircraft developed will be knowledge and progress. SPACEPORT NEWS


October 5, 2007 Page 7 Remembering Our Heritage Innovative engineering workshop for girls T he Society of Women Engineers will conduct a new program for girls in 7th through 10th grades titled "WOW! That's Engineer ing!" on Oct. 20 at Bayside High School in Palm Bay. the students to experience the creativity and innovation of engineering and technology. Attendees will also meet women engineers and technologists to portunity to choose from more than 10 different activities, including programming robots, learning about tools, creating electronic circuits and learning about design engineering. Registration is open at For information, contact Judy Kersey at or 783-4644. M ore than 4,000 Americans die than 20,000 are injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had only had the information they needed to avoid a disaster. Consider these facts: deaths occur in the home. Se nior citizens who are ages 65 and older, and children under due to an inability to escape are particularly preventable. Having a working smoke alarm reduces by nearly half. The U.S. Fire Administra tion offers the following lifesaving tips that could make a big difference for you and your community. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year. Consider install ing a 10-year lithium batterypowered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened. Know your local emer gency numbers. In most areas, the number is 911. way out of the house with your eyes closed, crawling, or staying low and feeling your way out of the house. Never open doors that are hot to the touch. Teach your family members to stop, drop to the ground and roll if their clothes Designate a meeting place outside and take atten Fire escape planning saves lives, maybe yours dance. Get out and stay out. Remember to escape ment. Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways to escape from each room in the house. For more information on how Prevention Carlray Boswell at 476-5520 or the U.S. Fire Admin istration at 800-238-3358, or visit or Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 7-13 45 years ago: Six orbits and textbook ight for Schirra and Sigma 7 By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian O n Oct. 3, 1962, Walter Schirra Jr. made six orbits of Earth on the MercuryAtlas 8 mission, the third of four ect Mercury. Schirra doubled the in space. Schirra chose the call sign "Sigma 7" for his McDonnell Air craft-built capsule for this mission to evaluate spacecraft systems. "Sigma" is an engineering symbol for "summation." The General Dynamics-built Atlas D rocket was similar to the one used on the previous orbital engines and a hypergolic ignition system added. Project Mercury's launch team had to contend with the usual chal lenges. Eleven days before launch, a faulty valve on the capsule had to be replaced, requiring the capsule be removed from the Atlas booster. Chuck Clary was a NASA experimental electronic instrument maker assigned to the Sigma 7 capsule. Now working part time for United Space Alliance, he recalled: "We built a special instrumentation box for this capsule to take ad ditional temperature and pressure readings. Since it was not a part of the original drawings, we designed it on our desk pads. "The box is still visible in the capsule, which is on display at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titus ville," Clary explained. With launch just days away, a tropical depression formed in the Atlantic Ocean. By the time it reached hurricane strength on Oct. 3, Daisy was not a threat to the Florida coastline. Liftoff from Pad 14 on Cape Canaveral was at 7:15 a.m. EDT, as planned. Adjustment of Schirra's space suit coolant supply was required news conference. Schirra put the problem into perspective: "I have been much hotter in the tent at Cape Canaveral than I ever, ever thought of being in Sigma 7." The successful mission proved not only the feasibility of prolonged drifting in orbit without consuming hydrogen peroxide attitude-control fuel, but also that longer space ger an astronaut. After nine hours and 13 min miles from the aircraft carrier Schirra told the physicians, "I feel Schirra, the only NASA astro human space programs, died May 2, 2007. Walter Schirra Jr. SPACEPORT NEWS


Page 8 October 5, 2007 John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Philman Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anita Barrett Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Corey Schubert Editorial support provided by InDyne, Inc. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is located on the Internet at 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 two weeks before publication to the Media Services Branch, IDI-011. E-mail submissions can be sent to Combined Federal Campaign is near Guest Column T heres more than just football seasons beginning and baseball playoffs happening every year at this time. Around the world, across every federal agency, theres a group of dedicated people who take on the important task of conducting the Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC. This year, our Kennedy Space Center campaign will run from Oct. 9 through Nov. 9. The CFC is the worlds largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 300 national and international campaigns helping to raise mil lions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible nonprot organizations that provide health and human service benets throughout the world. Our local campaign, now ofcially called the Space Coast CFC, includes all federal agencies located within Brevard County, but the campaign is not just about Bre vard. Neighboring counties can, and many do, apply to be included in our local campaign. With many of our federal workers living in neighboring counties, this is a great way to give at work and have your dollars reach charities in your own neighborhood. Youre invited to join us at the 2007 CFC Kickoff Rally from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 9 in the Training Auditorium This years KSC campaign slogan, Federal Hearts at Work, was submitted by Stephenie Hadaway of Safety and Mission Assurance, and its perfect for KSC. We have dem onstrated year after year through our contributions that we have big hearts and put our money where our hearts are. This years committee has conducted training for key workers, and we also held a CFC orientation for new KSC employees. We have been working for months to ensure our campaign provides the information you need if you choose to give. This year, the CFC committee is focusing on local chari ties included in the campaign. Throughout the campaign, weve invited charities to come tell us about their organiza tions. A schedule is included on Kennedys CFC Web site, Finally, youre invited to join us at the 2007 CFC Kickoff Rally from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 9 in the Training Auditorium. I think weve put together an informative hour that will set the stage for a successful campaign. See you there! T hanks to award-winning videographer Glenn Ben son, people around the world are able to witness NASAs unique and exciting milestones. For the second consecu tive year, Benson received the agencys Videographer of the Year Award for the documentation cate gory. The annual award recognizes and rewards videographers for their achievements in improving documentation within NASA. To create his 2006 space shut tle montage entry, Benson had to shoot in an innately uncontrolled environment where conditions such as lighting, scripting and scene staging couldnt be man clearly overcame those challenges, since media professionals from Hollywood, New York and NASA selected him as the best. What an honor to be selected twice. It is truly rewarding to re ceive such an award. It is such a great feeling and an honor to be respected among some truly tal ented people, Benson said. In 1988, Benson, an InDyne Inc. employee, came to Kennedy Space Center to cover launches using video and still photography. In 1995, his work became focused strictly on NASA public affairs. Since then, he has continued cov ering astronaut activities such as training, the traditional launch day breakfast and the astronauts suiting up, and space shuttle and expendable launch vehicle pro cessing and launches. I truly enjoy making pretty pictures. To me there is nothing prettier than coming in early in the morning and photographing the sunrise with the orbiter rolling out in the foreground. What a dream job I have. I am so lucky to do what I do, he said. One of my most memorable assignments was three crew members going to the International Space Station. He is now busy preparing for training and the terminal count down demonstration test. Benson graduated from Daytona Beach Community College in 1984 with an associate of science degree. Prior to joining the space program, he did industrial photography. A 19-year veteran of the space program, Glenn is an out standing videographer. Over the years, he has videoed shuttle pro cessing, astronauts and numerous launches including Soyuz launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia, said Bill Rauckhorst, Bensons manager. If youve ever seen video of the space shuttle at KSC, then youve seen Glenns work. To view his 2006 award entry, visit: Glenn_VOTY.wmv Bensons images garner second video award SPACEPORT NEWS