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.. born unto you 'rintt of 'turt SPACEPORT NEWS Vol. 1, No.2 NASA Launch Operations Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida December 20, 1962 1962 has been NASA's most active and productive year at Cape Canaveral. Globe -girdling astronauts John Glenn, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra shared the spotlight with the mighty Saturn rocket and a dozen or Photos Pages 4 and 5 so important spacecraft, from Echo to Explorer and Tiros to Telstar. On July 1st, the Launch Operations Center was acti vated, with Dr. Kurt H. De bus as Director. Following is a month-bymonth report of significant NASA Canaveral activities. JANUARY An Echo ball0 0 n was launched at the Cape on January 15th on a vertical flight test, but the sphere ripped apart during the inflation process. On January 26th a lunaraimed Ranger III spacecraft missed its mark by 23,000 miles due to excessive acceleration, and went into a solar orbit. FEBRUARY Two weeks later, Tiros IV, launched by a three stage Delta into a near-circular or bit, used a new type wide angle lens to transmit "striking weather pictures of ex cellent quality." Boosted by Atlas 109-D, Friendship 7, wit h John Glenn aboard, successfully orbited earth three times on (See A BIG, Page 3) .. .1 I q i I AN ARTIST'S CONCEPT shows a crawler-transporter ca.rrying an Advanced Saturn rocket a.nd its launcher-umbilical-tower. Amer ican industry has bee,n asked by NASA's Launch Operations Center to submit proposals for the unique piece of equipment by January 15. A definite contract for the crawler-transporter is t'o be awarded by March 1. Orbiting Pigski.ns Tangerine Bowl fans may be in for a wide-open game, full of launched footballs New Year's Day, as a result of a Cape tour yesterday. The Houston Cougars and IVliami of Ohio's Redskins meet Saturday afternoon in Orlando's 17th annual TangeL ine Bowl. Both squads may still have space on their minds after he ceiving a tour of NASA-Cape facilities Wednesday. Bidders Meet To Discuss 39 Crawler NASA's Launch Operations Center has asked for propos als on a huge machine called a crawler-transporter which will be used to move the Ad vanced Saturn rocket and a major part of its ground support equipment in a package to the launch site. Some 22 companies were represented at a pre-proposal conference yesterday called by LOC's Procurement and Contracts Office. The representatives have until January 15 to submit their proposal for the unique machine. No Estimate M. E. Haworth, Jr., chief of the Contracts Branch of P&C, said, "A definite contract will be executed on or before March 1, 1963." Haworth, answering an inquiry from a company representative, declined to disclose the government's cost estimate for the crawler-transporter. "This is a nonconstruction project," he explain ed, "and the policy is not to release estimates on such pro_ jects." The transporter-crawler will look something like a huge square platform supported at each corner by a military tank. It measures 131 feet long and 114 feet wide. It must be capable of moving an erected Advanced Saturn and its launcher-umbili cal-tower (LUT) a distance of some three miles at a speed (See BIDDERS, Page 7)

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Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS December 20, 1962 SPOTL1[; ." .. .:(. CALCULATED RISK lt has been said that man is the only creature brought into this world who realizes that he must leave it. lt follows then that he should be concerned with the manner and time of his going. As a reaRoning creature, he is also aware that all endeavor involves an element of risk, and that the timeliness of his demise depends to a considerable degree upon his ability to calculate the risks involved in his actions and to formulate effective plans to circumvent them. Nowhere is this more clearly demon3trated than at the Cape. The fact that we have conducted our operations in an environment of extreme risk, with an almost incredible record of safety, is a tribute to the care and thought given by all NASA personnel to each minute detail. Ironic, isn't it, that in our "off duty" activities we appear to disregard or ignore a much greater risk? Experience has shown that we are approximately four times safer at work than at home or enroute. Safety experts have stated that travel in heavy traffic requires an average of 200 decisions, either conscious or sub conscious, per mile of travel. Although we can make these decisions with the cold efficiency of the computer which dis gorges our pay checks, how about the others with whom we must share these decisions? Can we trust them to evaluate the calculated risk involved, and come up with an answer which will be acceptable to us? Should we settle for a level of safety less than that which we accept at work? '{ALL NIGHiIROLL, PiTCH AND YAW/" At this time of year, when even the most case-hardened of us feel that glow which only good will, (and good eggnog) can bring, wouldn't it be a nice gesture to be a little more Universal Messageconsiderate of the other fellow? Wouldn't it be nice to extend to him those little traffic Four years ago yestercourtesies we have just about despaired of receiving? Most day a special Christmas of all, wouldn't it help us all to have a Merry Christmas? message by President Ei senhower was sent into anP. V. King earth orbit along with its Chief, Safety Office Atlas 10-B booster. Although the satellite Project Score -has out lived its usefulness, the message it beamed, "PeacePEACE ON EARTH -AND IN SPACE on earth, good will toward Timing on the announcement to the U.N. of a coopera men," has transcended centive United States-Russian space exploration program fits perturies. fectly into the Christmas spirit of things. The program calls for peaceful scientific exploration of outer space via a global weather satellite system, a world No Paper Next Week geomagnetic survey and a passive communications satellite, Spaceport News will not be Echo II. published next week because The idea for the program was born when Soviet Chair of the long Christmas Holiman Nikita Khrushchev cabled congratulations to President day. Our next issue will be Kennedy last February following Astronaut John Glenn's suc on January 3, 1963. cessful earth orbital flight. The staff extends seasonsIn the note, Khrushchev suggested the U. S. and his greetings to all NASA-AMR country get together on outer space programs. The President employees. responded affirmatively, and in late March, Dr. Hugh L. Dryden, Deputy Administrator of NASA and Soviet AcaTECH INFO ARTIST DESIGNS NEWS LOGO In the inevitable hour shuffling at the printers last week, a few paragraphs of copy were "scrubbed." One of these gave credit to the artist who designed Spaceport News' logo Cece Bibby of Technical Information's Graphics section. Cece, of course, is well known for her designs on Pro_ ject Mercury's spacecraft, the most recent being the Sigma 7 that adorned Astronaut Wally Schirra's capsule. She explains the logo's futuristic arrow shape as sym bolic of NASA's ever-deepening penetration of space. To prove her versatility, Cece also designed the more-downto-earth Christmas art on our cover this week. She's a talented girl. demician A. A. Blagonravov began preliminary talks. Once these areas of cooperation were determined, they were submitted and approved by the respective governments. SPACEPORT ----.... A date to put the working groups together to implement the programs will soon be set. America and Russia working cooperatively in space surely will be a solid step toward the overriding goal of everPublished every Thursday by the National anti Spat'.lasting peace on earth. Administration's Launch Operations Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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December 20, 1962 SPACEPORT NEWS A Big, Busy Year For NASA (Continued from Page 1) February 20th, and re-entered east of Grand Turk Island. The oft postponed flight, viewed on TV by an estimated 60 million Americans, covered 81,000 miles in just under five hours. Three days later, President Kennedy greeted Glenn at Canaveral's skid strip, after the spaceman's motorcade from Patrick Air Force Base. At Hanger S. ceremonies, Kennedy awarded NASA Distinguished Service Medals to Glenn and Robert R. Gilruth, Director of Project Mercury. MARCH On the 7th OSO I (Orbiting Solar Observatory) was loft ed into space by the reliable Delta booster. The 458-pound satellite immediately began sen din g back signals on the sun's radiation in the ultraviolet, xray and gamma ray regions from its position above the filtering layer of the earth's atmosphere. APRIL Ranger IV was launched by an Atlas-Agena on the 23rd. It traveled 231,486 miles, and crash-impacted on the moon's dark side three days later. On April 25th, Saturn SA-2 SPAtE ALMANAC A CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS IN SPACE EXPLORATION AND RESEARCH. Five Years Ago Dec. 19, 1957 -The first Thor using all-inertial guid ance was launched from the Cape. Thor-Able, Thor-Agena, Thor Delta and Delta launch vehicles were developed from the original Thor. Three Years Ago Dec. 22, 1959-NASA, with the cooperation of the Canadian government, launched the first Javelin, a four-stage 'sounding rocket, from Wal lops Island. It rose to an altitude of 560 miles. Dec. 31, 1959-Mercury astronauts completed basic and theoretical studies in their training program and began practical engineering studies. generated 1.3 million pounds of th l' U s t to successfully boost water filled upper stage 65 miles out. The upper stages were purposely detonated for a high -altitude water experiment (Project High Water). The next day Ariel I, the world's firs t international satellite, was launched into orbit by a Delta. The 132-pound spacecraft carried six British experiments to make integrated measurements in the ionosphere. MAY On the 8th, NASA's first Atlas-Centaur shot, aimed for a 300-mile altitude, exploded 55 seconds after launch. Nine days later, the first in a series of 80 Nike smoke rocket probes to determine wind patterns over Canaveral was launched. It soared 80, 000 feet and laid down a white smoke screen for photographic study. Following an almost faultless cormtdown, Aurora 7, piloted by Scott Carpenter, three times circled earth for a distance of 81,200 miles. The flight on the 24th was highly successful. The same day, the House of Representatives approved NASA's fiscal'63 budget of $3.67 billion. JUNE On the 19th, a Delta boost edi Tiros V into an elliptical orbit to send back pictures of cloud formations and detect the origin, formation and movement of hurricanes, typhoons and other storms. JULY Telstar, the first intercontinental communications satellite, was lofted into space on the lOth atop a NASADelta booster. A rigidized Echo-type bal loon, nicknamed Big Shot, was propelled on the 18th 922 miles into space in an inflation test. The largest manmade object ever sent into space, the 13-story balloon was visible from Cape Canaveral for 10 minutes. On the 21st NASA selected a design for the advanced Saturn launch complex northwest of the Cape, featuring a 2,500 -ton crawler mode ve hicle recommended by LOC. On July 22, Mariner I, aimed for a Venus flyby, was destroyed after 290 seconds of flight when the AtlasPRESIDENT KENNEDY and his party were given a Saturn briefing in September by Major Rocco Petrone (left), Chief, Heavy Space Ve hicles Systems Office. Left to right are NASA Administrator James E. Webb, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, LOC Director Dr. Kurt H. Debus, President Kennedy and AFMTC Commander, Major General L. I'. Davis. Agena B vehicle swerved off course. AUGUST Mariner II was sent on a 182,000,000 mile flight to Venus following a successful Atlas-Agena B launch at Canaveral on the 27th. The record-setting spacecraft carried six ex peri men t s. It passed within 21,000 miles of Venus last week. SEPTEMBER On Sept. 11th President Kennedy made his second trip to Canaveral within seven months for a thorough in spection of facilities. He toured several NASA installa_ tions and was briefed on the Saturn program by Major Rocco Petrone and on Mercury by G. Merritt Preston. Chosen from a field of 253 applicants, nine new astronauts were announced on the 17th. They were Neil Armstrong, AF Maj. Frank Borman, Navy Lt. Charles Conrad, Navy Lt. Cdr. James Lovell, AF Capt. James McDivitt, Elliot See, AF Capts. Thomas Stafford and Edward White and Navy Lt. Cdr. John Young. The next morning Tiros VI sailed into' orbit atop the ever-reliable Delta vehicle. By mid -afternoon, the satellite was transmitting useable pictures for weather forecasting. OCTOBER Explorer XIV, a satellite to study natural and manmade radiation in space, was I a u n c h e d from Canaveral aboard a Delta on the 2nd. Several hours later, on Oct. 3rd, Astronaut Wally Schirra piloted his Sigma 7 spacecraft through a six -orbit flight following a near per-Page 3 feet countdown on the MA-8 vehicle. On the 18th, Atlas-Agena B, carrying Ranger V, was launched, attained parking or bit, and then re-ignited on its way to the moon. The spacecraft's solar cells did not pro vide power, however, making it impossible for reception of flight-path correction signal and rendering its television cameras useless. Three days later, its bat tel' i e s dead, Ranger V passed within 450 miles of the moon on its way into a solar orbit. Explorer XV, a 98-pound satellite designed to study the artificial radiation belt created by U. S. high-altitude nuclear e x p los ion s, was launched on the 27th atop a Delta. NOVEMBER Carrying a 95-ton payload of water in its dummy second stage, a third Saturn, SA-3, followed its two predecessors on a highly successful flight into space on November 16th. It went a distance of 270 miles. This was the first .launch with a fully fueled first stage. Generating 1.3 million pounds of thrust, the rocket reached a peak speed of 4,000 mph. DECEMBER As 1962 drew to a close, a three -stage Delta lofted NASA's RELAY communications satellite into orbit on Dec. 13th. On Dec. 14th, Mariner II breezed within 22,000 miles of Venus and, despite some earlier problems, began to transmit data to give man his first close look at our neighboring planet.

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December 20, 1962 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 5 .. .SPACECRAFT TIROS MERCURY TELSTAR RANGER RELAY OSO...,.J EXPLORER MARINER ECHO

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Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS December 20, 1962 CAPE VISITOR Dr. Edward C. Welsh (left), executive secretary of the 'National Aeronautics Space Council, and Dr. Kurt H. Debus, LO'C Director, a,re given a pre-launch briefing on RELAY by Robert Pickard, (right) GSFC Spacecraft Manager for the project. NEEDY FAMI'LIES will benefit from a $50 donation to the Salvation Army by the NASA Women's Social Club. Here Capt. Vernon R. Hall accepts the check from Mrs. Mary Coleman, treasurer of the grou,p. Other officers are Mrs. Ellburta Williams, president; Mrs. Pauline Rudolph, vice president, Mrs. Dorothy Parker, secretary; and Mrs. Mary Ann Settle, chaplain. Membership in the club, which meets the second Tuesday of each month, is open to all women employed by NASA or NASA contractors. Mariner Probe Best Ever; Mute RELAY Orbits Earth Scientists were elated withX-15 MODIFIED data relayed to earth by the record-setting Mariner-II, butFOR 'FOLLOW ON' were disappointed at RETESTING PROGRAM LAY's muteness. Initial modifications to the Mariner II, launched here X-15 aircraft have been made August 27th, sent back inby North American Aviation, formation on the cloud cover and the experimental aircraft and surface of Venus from 36 has been returned to NASA's million miles in space. Flight Research Center, EdRELAY, NASA's active re wards, Cal. peater communications satelThe modifications, for the lite, suffered a power loss, "Follow On" program, enable however, following its successthe record-setting X-15 to ful orbit last Thursday. carry new equipment for fuOn the most successful inture research flights. terplanetary probe ever, Mar "Follow On" is a two-year iner-II scanned Venus for 42 series of flights in which the minutes Friday. X-15 will be used as a test bed Scientists at Cal Tech's Jetfor future scientific research Propulsion Laboratories willprojects. be studying data received Under the modification a from the flyby for several window has been installed in weeks. the under side of the aircraft's The odd-shaped spacecraftfuselage, and a camera moun passed within 22,000 miles of ted on the inside of the X-15's Venus. Closest point in thestructure. pass occurred at 3 :01 p.m. This project will be used NASA officials said Mar to study the optical degradiner's observation systemation resulting from observa worked perfectly, and called t ion s through hypersonic the historic mission an unboundary layers and shock qualified success. waves. It was the closest a space Scheduled for next month craft ever came to anotheror in February, the first planet. Russia sent a probeflights will be made at differpast Venus some time agoent altitudes and speeds. but it didn't pass as close:The "Follow On" program and its radios were silent. will probably add 35 flights to the aircraft's schedule. Graphics Contract GoesX-15 No. 1 has already made 32 flights in the basic To California Company program of aerodynamic reA $160,000 contract hassearch. It has been flown to been awarded by LaC to aan altitude of 246,700 feet California company for repro(nearly 47 miles), and at duction and photographic pro speeds of 4,104 mph. cessing services. NASA Chief Research Pilot The small business "setJoseph A. Walker set both re aside" contract is with Econ cords. omy Blueprint and Supply Co., Division of ContinentalSecurity Tops Offices Graphics Inc., Los Angeles. In Christmas $ Drive The company was one of 56 solicited by LaC's ProcureLaC Security led all NASAment and Contracts Office. AMR offices with 100 percent Under the contract, Econoparticipation in the Christmy Blueprint and Supply will mas contributions-for-theprovide reproduction proces needy campaign which ended sing services for reports techyesterday. nical forms, bulletins, etc., inThe drive was set up to colsupport of all NASA prolect money that otherwise grams at AMR. would have gone for employee interchange of Christmas The initial period of the cards. contract is from December 20 More than $500 was receiv 1962, to June 30,1963, with ed and will be turned over to option to NASA to continue the Salvation Army. the services as required.

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December 20, 1962 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 7 SEASONAL SOCIALS for NASAAMR people began early this month and are continuing through Sat urday. Technical Information's dinner-dance, above, typifies the holiday festivities. Heavy Space Vehicles Systems, Technical and Scientific Staff, a nd Light/Medium Space Vehicles Systems will wind up the parties next Saturday night at the Officers Club. Yule Gratuities Policies Stated By Legal Office NASA employees have again been cautioned against accepting gratuities during the Christmas season. LOC's Legal Office has issued the following announcement regarding the acceptance of gifts: "Experience has s how n during the Christmas season that some of the NASA em ployees are confronted with the problem of what to do about small gifts which are offered by parties with which NASA has or may have busi ness. The acceptance of gratuities which might be interpreted as being intended to influence an employee's of ficial action is uniformly agreed to be poor practice and is prohibited by General Man_ agement Instruction. 3 -7 -3 dated Aug. 31, 1961. Compliance wit h NASA policy regarding the accept ance of gifts, and gratuities is essentially the responsibility of each NASA employee. When offered a gift or gratuity NASA employees will be guided by the following: A. When the offer is made in person to NASA personnel all gifts should be courteously declined. B. When gifts are received indirectly (Le.; by mail or through a third party) they should be returned to the sender; except that: (1) Advertisement articles of nominal value, (such as calendars and inexpensive ball point pens) may be retained. (2) Perishable items which can not be feasibly returned should be given to a charitable organization of the recipient's choice, with notification of such action to the donor. When a NASA employee finds it awkward to handle a gift situation, the installation personnel office will provide assistance as appropriate. When a gift is returned by the individual, his action should be a matter of record; a copy of his letter, returning his gift, should be forwarded to Personnel Office. NASA installations occas sionally receive identical gifts for general distribution to various staff members. The receipt of such gifts should be reported by mail rooms to the appropriate officials of the installation. Such officials will arrange for return of gifts, and include a courteous explanation of NASA's policy regarding acceptance of gifts and gratuities. Hard Luck For Hill Russ Hill, acting chief, Technical Reports, deser ves a hard luck award. He lost a heartbreaker last week in the newspaper name contest. Hill penciled in the name "Spaceport News," identi cal to the one submitted by winner C. A. Whiteside. He had it typed, for neatness, and somehow it came out "Spacecraft News," for a near miss at a share of the $75 prize. MSFC Agena Program Switched to Cleveland NASA's Agena program, a workhorse in the launching of heavier space scientific payloads, has been transferred from the Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, to the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland. In announcing the shift, NASA Associate Administrator Robert C. Seamans, Jr., said it allows MSFC to wholly concentrate on Saturn vehicle development. Lewis now has two Atlasbased vehicles, Agena and Centaur, which are essential to NASA's program of space sciences. The transfer will be com pleted within three months. Work On Saturn Engine Test Stands Begins At Edwards Air Force Base Work on a $30 million construction project for three new F-l rocket engine test stands has begun at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The single-position stands will be used for testing all F-l engines prior to their de livery to NASA for installation in Saturn C-5 rocket boosters. Each C-5 will use five of the 1.5-million-pound thrust engines. Construction at Edwards is being done under the direction of the Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, for the Marshall Space Flight Center. The three new additions will make a total of five test stands at Edwards. It will be the largest concentration of static testing facilities in the country. The first stand is to be completed in late 1963. All three will be capable of testing engines with up to 2.5 miL lion pounds thrust. The test complex will have all necessary support facili ties, including a blast resistant control center, instrumentation tunnels, electrical support buildings, pre-test buildings, observation bunkers and off-stand and onstand propellant systems. BIDDERS MEET (Continued from Page 1) of one mile an hour, climb a five per cent grade and keep the whole package level. The transporter-crawler itself will weigh upwards of 5.5 million pounds and will be about 20 feet high in its lowered position. It will have a between-the-trucks clearance of eight feet above the ground. An integral part of the Ad vanced Saturn's launch Com plex 39, the crawler mode of transportation was selected after consideration was given to water, rails, and pneumatic tires. The Advanced Saturn will be assembled vertically in a huge Verticle Assembly Building to be constructed at Com plex 39 on Merritt Island. Then, it will be placed on the crawler-transporter along with the LUT and moved to one of four launch pads from which the rocket can be fired.

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Page 8 'PURELY PERSONAL I The Mercury Social Club climaxed the year with a Christmas dance at the Cocoa Armory. The party, attended by 400, sported a five-man combo and stage entertainment. A $100 door prize was won by W. C. Bohn. Winners of lesser amounts in the drawing included R. Midyette, W. Combs, L. D. Gibbons, and R. L. Butler. The armory also was the choice of 400 Facilities Office personnel for another Christmas party. Entertainment ranged from music of the Allffil. White Band to sleightof-hand by Joseph Schertz, Facility Program Officer. Schertz, who was billed as "Darnell the Magician," was joined later by Santa Claus (Alias Bernard Torrence) and the girls from Joey's Twist Lounge. Birthday Bulletins Senior propulsion engineer Gerry Tritto, celebrates a birthday today, and Hugh Weston, Chief, Vehicle Sec tion, adds a year on December 30. From the Facilities Office comes word that Norman Perry and John Parks, Jr., will cut the cake on the 21st and 28th respectively. Quick Trips Georgia "Crackers" planning trips home for the holidays include: Dick Phillips, Bill Harris, Eugene Sweat, and Bobby Spires; all of Procurements and Contracts. Other end-of-year tripsters to southern states will be Kay Tate, Byron Driskill, Thomas Davis, M. E. Haworth, and Sue Weakly. George Read, of P&C, is in New York and Boston to watch pro-basketball ,and hockey, Carole Seanor, Dick McCoy, and Liz Wheeler also plan to make the sojourn northward. With the completion of the Mariner II mission last week, many JPL employees are taking full advantage of the holidays before tackling next year's probes. Out-of-state visits are sche duled for Margaret Giustino, James Lowery, Dorothy Page and Delbert Tosh. Avron Bryan and J. A. McKerley will be in Miami during tHe Orange Bowl Festival, while George White is taking his family to St. Augustine. Facilities Office people will be spread from Ohio to Texas SPACEPORT NEWS CHRISTMAS SPIRIT is evident among these Financial Management Office employees following judging of their decoration contest. Eleanor -Crossman of the winning Accounting branch, assisted by FMO Chief Lewis Melton (right), cuts into the first prize p-ackage of cakes, cookies and candy. 21 Employees R.eceive Safe Driving Awards Donald Hardin, acting chief, Support Services, has presented one and two-year safe driving awards to 21 Management Services, Inc., employees. The awards were made available by the Aetna Casualty and Surety Insurance Company. Management Services pro vides NASA with various transportation services. Drivers who received twoyear awards were E. T. Brinkman, R. K. Carlton, E. L. Hol comb, R. G. Imbt, C. J. Lamar, R. B. Lomax Jr., J. O. Smith and A. E. Streit. One year award winners in cluded A. W. Brown, E. S. Caldwell, E. M. Cave, J. B. Cox, L. D. Dinkins, J. W. Fields, J. R. Frank, J. W. Killingsworth, J. B. Marn, W. P. Putnam, V. D. Smith, H. M. Thompson and H. E. Tredway. next week. Dan Lestmeister and Albert Kempson, Jr., expect to see Christmas quite white in the mid-west, but Raymond Marek and Glenn Graham will look for sunshine in the Lone Star state. Visitors to southeastern states will be Bernard Torrence, Jack Bing, Ruby Legg, Norman Perry, James Rivers and Robert Revels. SANTA'S HELPER, 18-year-old Joyce Joseph (37-24-36, was first Runnerup in Cocoa's Miss Merry Christmas contest. She's the daughter of Mrs. Frances Joseph, Field Projects Branch Office. NASA NEWCOMERS N ASA-AMR added six new employees during the week. Facilities: J.' J. Ashcroft, and George Link. Instrumentation & Planning, A. W. Newman. Launch Support: Claude Wolfe. Procurement & Contracts: Gladys Reed. Technical Information Of fice: Monica Krugman, Harry Handley and Gene Aubry. December 20, 1962 Accounting Tops FMO's Decorators Financial Management Of fice held a Christmas decoration contest and Accounting and Budget finished one-two. Each office received a large, gift-wrapped package of cake, cookies and candy. Theme of the contest was "Christmas i s Christmas wherever you find it." Accounting's winning entry included a perky pair of red bootees hanging in their entrance way, a frosty pink tree, bright red poinsettias and a fat little snow man. A gold angel gracefully perched on a lovely golden tree featured Budget's entry. Also included was a bronze reindeer display. Competition was keen among all offices and each decoration rated an honorable mention. Voucher section set up a king-sized fireplace complete with chimney. Their entry also included a white sleigh loaded with packages. Decorating the office of Financial Management Chief Lewis Melton is the figure of Santa before a fireplace and illuminated by glowing lights. Pauline Rudolph's cashier's cage is decked out with red candles, a lovely miniature manger scene and her name sake, the red-nosed reindeer. Payroll set up a silver tree with blue ornaments. Finally, in the FMD lobby is Santa himself. It is T-5 and counting for his trip around the world. Savings Bond Drive Adds 14 New Members NASA-AMR's savings bond drive added 14 members during the week, boosting the total of new participants to 35. With the 170 members already enrolled here, it adds up to 26.6 per cent total em ployee participation. Langley leads all centers with 59.5 per cent. Local chairman Wally Hudgins of Personnel urged all who are interested to contact their office bond representative for details of the bond program.