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Feb 6 2009 Vol. 49, No. 3

Spaceport News

John F. Kennedy Space Center America's gateway to the universe
www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/snews/spnewstoc.html 4

Astronaut shines

as JAXA's first

to live in space

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
Excitement is build-
ing for the upcoming
STS-119 mission to
the International Space Sta-
tion, especially within Japan
Aerospace Exploration
Agency, or JAXA. The S6
truss and solar arrays will be
delivered, as well as Koichi
Wakata, JAXA's first astro-
naut to live and work on the
orbiting laboratory.
"This is a very big
milestone for Japan's gov-
ernment, as well as for the
Japanese people," Hiroki
Furihata, deputy director of
the JAXA liaison office at
Kennedy Space Center said.
"The JAXA engineers work-
ing on the Kibo elements for
a future mission are excited,
as well."
During the STS-119
mission, Wakata will transfer
to the station and replace
NASA astronaut Sandra

Magnus as Expedition 18
flight engineer. Magnus
will return to Earth aboard
Wakata will spend about
three months on the station.
During the mission he will
operate the station's robotic
arm to help install the S6
truss and solar arrays to the
S5 truss already on the sta-
tion. These fourth and final
set of solar array wings will
complete the station's truss,
or backbone, and provide
enough electricity to fully
power science experiments
in the Columbus and Japa-
nese Kibo laboratories.
Furihata said he has
known Wakata for several
years and had the opportu-
nity to work with him during
design and testing of the
Kibo Pressurized Module
and Japanese Experiment
Minako Holdrum, an
assistant to Furihata, said

NASA/Kim Shiflett
STS-119 Mission Specialist Koichi Wakata is seated in space shuttle Discovery during
the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test in January at Kennedy Space Center

she feels honored to wit-
ness Wakata's launch aboard
"I think I'm the only
JAXA worker who's been
here to see all the Japanese
astronauts launch from
Kennedy," Holdrum said.
"Wakata and I are close in
age, so it feels very much
like one of my classmates
is achieving this 'first' for
the Japanese people and the
Wakata is no stranger
to spaceflight. He flew as
the first Japanese mission
specialist on Endeavour's
STS-72 mission in January
1996. The six-member crew
retrieved the Space Flyer
Unit that launched from
Japan 10 months earlier,
deployed and retrieved the
OAST-Flyer, and con-

ducted two spacewalks to
demonstrate and evaluate
techniques to be used in the
assembly of the International
Space Station.
Wakata also was the first
Japanese astronaut to work
on space station assembly
during Discovery's STS-92
mission in October 2000.
During the 13-day mission,
the seven-member crew at-
tached the Z1 truss and Pres-
surized Mating Adapter 3 to
the station using Discovery's
robotic arm and performed
four spacewalks to config-
ure those elements. That
expansion opened the door
for future assembly missions
and prepared the station for
its first resident crew.
Wakata is not the
first Japanese person to
fly aboard a space shuttle.

Though not an astronaut, Dr.
Mamoru Mohri flew aboard
Endeavour as a payload
specialist on mission STS-47
in September 1992.
The first-ever Japanese
person to fly in space was a
journalist, Toyohiro Aki-
yama, on a Soyuz spacecraft
to the Russian Mir Space
Station in December 1990.
The first Japanese as-
tronaut to conduct a space-
walk was Dr. Takao Doi, on
Columbia's STS-87 mission
in November 1997.
To help Wakata feel at
home on Discovery and the
space station, JAXA will
provide Japanese meals
and snacks, such as ramen
noodles, egg drop soup and
oolong and green teas.
"I am very fortunate.
I feel just lucky to be able
to serve as a crew member
to complete the assembly
of the International Space
Station. When I became an
astronaut 16 years ago, I
always dreamed of working
on the assembly of the Kibo
module and staying aboard
the International Space Sta-
tion. So, for me, this is really
a dream come true," Wakata
As of print time, launch
of Discovery was targeted
for Feb. 19 at 4:41 a.m.

Inside this issue ...

Orion high bay ready

Winter tornado
season begins

NOAA-N Prime
satellite launch

Shuttle first landed
at KSC 25 years ago

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NASA/Dimitn Gerondidakis
Representatives from NASA, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co Space Florida and the state of Florida participated in a ceremony Jan 26 to mark the completion of renovations on the historic Operations and
Checkout Building high bay for the Constellation Program Orion, America's future human spaceflight vehicle, will be capable of transporting four crew members to the moon and later will support crew transfers to
Mars The Orion spacecraft also will take astronauts to the International Space Station after space shuttles are retired in 2010 The first operational launch of Orion atop an Ares I rocket is planned for 2015

O&C high bay ready for Orion processing

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
NASA's Constellation Pro-
gram took another giant
step forward as representa-
tives from NASA, Lockheed Martin
Space Systems Co., Space Florida
and the state of Florida helped mark
the completion of renovations to the
historic Operations and Checkout
Building, or O&C, high bay at Ken-
nedy Space Center on Jan. 26.
Kennedy Director Bob Cabana
welcomed participants to the event
and thanked the state of Florida
for their $35 million commitment
toward the high bay renovations.
"This is a real program and we
have real hardware here," Cabana
said. "We're ready for Orion; we're
ready to go back to the moon."
Cabana said the new facility
will create about 400 jobs, which is
important at this time.
"We need to focus on our
future," Cabana said. "With change

comes opportunity."
"The place where mankind
literally reaches for the stars is from
right here in Florida," said Lt. Gov.
Jeff Kottkamp. "We're proud of that
history. We embrace that history, and
it's something we believe everyday
we should work hard to build on."
Kottkamp said that he and the
governor recognize Florida's invalu-
able pool of talented work force in
place at Kennedy.
"We are determined to do all
we can to keep those men and wom-
en right here in the sunshine state
working at NASA, as well as our
fast-emerging commercial aerospace
industries," Kottkamp said.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas,
D-Fla., said the reopening of the
facility is not only symbolic of our
ability to move forward into the
future, but also is very tangible
evidence of what is being done at
Kennedy, and the innovation and
partnerships that are taking place.

"I'm thrilled to be part of this
movement as we go forward into
this next phase," Kosmas said.
Richard Harris, Orion deputy
program manager for Production
Operations with Lockheed Martin,
said the state's investment is a win-
win situation.
"The vision is being realized
at KSC," Harris said. "Today we
celebrate our first goal -- facility
project completed on schedule and
under budget."
The facility, once used to
process space vehicles in the Apollo
era, will serve as the final assem-
bly and checkout facility for the
Orion crew exploration vehicles,
which includes the crew and service
modules. Initial Orion production
processing will begin with vehicle
mock-ups later this year.
Construction contractor Hansel
Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando,
Fla., was awarded the contract by
Lockheed Martin in June 2007.

Workers replaced everything in
the 70,000-square-foot high bay and
the 20,000-square-foot basement,
except the basic structure.
A tour of the facility revealed
new walls, ceilings, paint, air condi-
tioning, wiring, a new state-of-the-
art heavy lift crane and specially-
designed epoxy flooring. Partici-
pants also were able to view mock-
ups of the Orion capsule and a heat
shield. Total renovation costs were
about $55 million.
U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla.,
said that one of the things this
country is universally, undeniably
respected for around the world is the
nation's space program.
"A big part of my job is to con-
tinue to work with our governor, our
legislature, our colleagues in Con-
gress, our county officials, NASA,
the Air Force and Space Florida to
absolutely guarantee that we're go-
ing to remain No. 1 in space," Posey


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NOAA-N 'Prime-time' weather watcher

Then severe
weather ap-
proaches, we
turn to our local meteorolo-
gists and in-home weather
radios for up-to-date infor-
mation. But without space-
based detection, such as
geostationary and polar-or-
biting satellites, life-threat-
ening weather could strike
without warning.
The newest polar-orbiting
satellite is NOAA-N Prime,
set to launch atop a Delta II
rocket from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California on
Feb. 4.
Just as we turn to
experts to keep us safe, the
National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration, or
NOAA, turns to the experts
to safely design and launch
its satellites.
"The launch of another
government agency's satel-
lite is a prime example of
synergies that have evolved
over time," NASA Launch
Director Omar Baez said.
"NOAA is the prime dis-
seminator of valuable
weather, atmospheric and
oceanic data. It recog-
nizes Goddard Space Flight
Center's expertise of procur-
ing and designing satellites,
which in turn recognizes
NASA's Launch Services
Program as the expert at
getting those satellites into
As it orbits Earth's poles,
NOAA-N Prime will collect
information about the atmo-
sphere, cloud cover and sea
surface temperature, which
helps weather experts pre-
dict and monitor hurricanes,
thunderstorms and frontal
"Predicting the weather
is like a three-legged stool,"
John Madura, manager of
the NASA Weather Office
said. "To provide accurate,
high-quality forecasts, we
need models that describe
the physical processes of the
atmosphere, atmospheric

Editor's note
As of press time,
the launch of a
Delta II carrying the
NOAA-N Prime satellite
was scheduled for Feb. 4.
For complete coverage
and photos, go to:

data to feed the models and
computers big enough to
run the models. Polar-orbit-
ing weather satellites are a
prime source of that data."
Madura also said with
new satellites, such as
NOAA-N Prime, forecasters
can rely less on assumptions
and more on models.
"Our goal is to be able
to say exactly where and at
what time a thunderstorm
will pop up," Madura said.
"For the contractor who
can't pour concrete in the
rain, these satellites increase
their economic value."
The economic values and
life-saving capabilities don't
stop there.
"The spacecraft carries a
Search and Rescue Antenna,
which, along with the previ-
ous NOAA satellites, will
continue the partnership
with the international satel-
lite-aided search and rescue
mission," NASA Mission
Manager David Breedlove
said. "This technology has
been credited with saving
more than 24,000 lives since
Breedlove said processing
of the Delta II and NOAA
spacecraft was progressing
Something else to note,
which is two-fold for this
mission, weather satellites
in orbit will keep an eye on
Vandenberg on launch day,
to help the Launch Manage-
ment Team.
Twenty-one days after
NOAA-N Prime launches,
NASA will transfer opera-
tional control of the satellite
to NOAA.

The first half of the fairing is moved into place around the NOAA-N Prime spacecraft in the launch service tower on Space
Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California The fairing is a molded structure that fits flush with the outside
surface of the rocket and forms an aerodynamically smooth nose cone, protecting the spacecraft during launch and ascent
NOAA-N Prime is the latest polar-orbiting weather satellite developed by NASA for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration Launch of NOAA-N Prime aboard a Delta II rocket was scheduled for Feb 4

Feb 6 2009


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Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center

NASA/Kim Shiflett
Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, left, takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony paying tribute to the
crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues who lost their
lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, during NASA's Day of Remembrance observance at
the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex At right, is Mark Nappi, United Space Alliance vice president of Launch
and Recovery Systems and Florida Site Executive

NASA/Dimitrn Gerondidakis
Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana holds the "Big Ticket," commemorating the 30th Annual KSC All-American Picnic scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at KARS Park I, from 10 a m to 4 p m There will be
classic children's games, a fishing tournament, car show, a variety of musical presentations and much more Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q will provide the food A vegetarian meal also will be provided Tickets are $7, $4
for children 11 and younger Day-of admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children For more information, go to http//kscpicnic ksc nasa gov

NASA/Tim Jacobs
Workers in the Vehicle Assembly Building's extended duration orbiter lab, or EDO, remove the shipping
cover from the fifth segment simulator of the Ares I-X Ares I-X is the test vehicle for the Ares I, which is
part of the Constellation Program Ares I is part of the new rocket system that will carry astronauts to the
International Space Station, back to the moon and on to Mars Ares I-X is targeted for launch in July

NASA/Jack Pfaller
The newly arrived simulator crew module for the Ares 1-X rocket is lowered onto a work stand in High Bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space
Center The launch of the 321-foot-tall, full-scale Ares I-X, targeted for July, will be the first in a series of rocket launches from Kennedy When fully developed, the
16-foot diameter crew module will furnish living space and re-entry protection for astronauts

NASA/Jim Grossmann
The Kennedy Space Center Black Employee Strategy Team, or BEST, hosted an Inaugural Observance in honor of the first African-American Commander-in-Chiefofthe United States on Jan 20 in the Operations and
Checkout Building Workers watched as then-President Elect Barack Obama took the oath of office

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Nighttime twisters can be a nightmare

By 45th Weather Squadron
For Spaceport News
Things that go bump
in the night aren't
always tricks of the
mind. In fact, they can be
dangerous and even deadly.
While overall deaths
from tornadoes have de-
creased in the U.S., twisters
between midnight and dawn
are 2.5 times more likely
to kill, according to a new
study from Northern Illinois
University. It's important
for Space Coast residents to
take that statistic seriously
because the mid-south is the
most vulnerable to nighttime
February through April
is the severe winter-weather
season for east-central
Florida, and tornados are
notorious for touching down
during strong cold fronts
moving into the area. The
stronger the cold front, the
higher the chance intense
tornadoes will spawn.
Because these cold fronts
are fairly easy to predict, the
potential for these tornadoes
usually can be forecasted
a day or more in advance;
but it's always best to be
Tornado safety is an
easy two-step process.
Step No. 1, Have A
Plan: Identify the safest
room in your building and
ensure everyone knows
where it is located. The saf-
est rooms are on the lowest
floor, away from windows,
farther inside and smaller
with solid construction, such
as restrooms, closets and
A strong table and thick
pads can protect against fall-
ing debris and motorcycle,
bicycle and skateboard
helmets can prevent head
People in mobile homes
or other weak portable
buildings should seek proper
shelter elsewhere. Also, a

More online

Weather safety training
is available from the 45th
Weather Squadron by calling
321-494-7426 or e-mail

common myth is to open
windows and let the build-
ing "breathe." Houses do
not explode from decom-
pression in a tornado and
opening a window actually
increases the danger.
Step No. 2, Stay
Informed: The 45th
Weather Squadron signals
the potential for severe
weather at Kennedy Space
Center and Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station in their

daily 24-hour and weekly
planning forecasts, which
are available at: www.pat-
If a threat continues, the
squadron issues a severe-
weather watch with a de-
sired lead time of four hours.
If tornadoes are imminent
or observed, the squadron
issues a tornado warning
with a desired lead time of
five minutes. If you receive
a warning, follow local ad-
verse weather procedures.
At home, purchase a
NOAA All Hazards Radio,
formerly known as a NOAA
Weather Radio. One of the
main reasons late night
tornadoes are so dangerous
is that people are sleeping
and not aware of weather
warnings. However, a

NOAA All Hazards Radio
will sound an alarm if the
National Weather Service
issues a weather warning for
your area.
This is essential if you
live in an area where there
is no tornado siren. Even if
you live near a siren, it may
not be loud enough to wake
you inside your house.
NOAA radios also
provide alternatives for
the hearing and visually
Be aware that NOAA
radios don't cover 2 percent
of the country, so test the
reception of new radios to
be sure you're covered.
The National Weather
Service in Melbourne gives
the potential for severe
weather in their general

forecasts, issues a tornado
watch when conditions are
likely to produce torna-
does, and issues a tornado
warning when one has been
If severe weather is
likely, review your safety
plan, include your family
and remind everyone where
the safe room is located.
If there is time before the
high winds start, store loose
outside materials and close
protective shutters.
If a tornado or severe
weather watch is issued,
listen for weather warnings
and be ready to act.
Always go to your safe
room if threatening weather
approaches -- there may
not be time for an official

Courtesy of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for NASA
A winter tornado ripped through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla, on Christmas Day in 2006 The National Weather Service confirmed an
F2 tornado, with winds around 120 mph, damaged buildings and aircraft and destroyed a hangar


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Feb 6, 2009

Remembering Our Heritage

First KSC shuttle landing 25 years ago

By Kay Grinter
Reference Librarian
Major milestone in
the Space Shuttle
Program was met
Feb. 11, 1984, as Challenger
smoothly set down on Run-
way 15 at Kennedy Space
Center's Shuttle Landing
Facility, or SLF, becoming
the first spacecraft in NASA
history to land at the same
site from which it launched.
Touchdown came early that
Saturday morning at
7:15 a.m. EST.
Challenger and its crew
made the first landing on a
runway specially designed
to serve the space shuttle
through its operational era,
concluding the almost eight-
day STS 41-B mission. All
previous shuttle missions
had ended at Edwards Air
Force Base in California or,
when weather was unac-
ceptable on both the east
and west coasts, Northrup
Strip at White Sands Space
Harbor in New Mexico.
A decision by Mis-
sion Control at the Johnson
Space Center in Houston on
which landing site would
be used for STS 41-B kept
spectators in suspense until
just about the end of the
Ron Feile, lead air
traffic controller for the
SLF and the Eastern Range
today, was part of the
operations team that made
sure runway readiness was
"We had been monitor-
ing the weather overnight,
and NASA had a strong
history of being afraid of
the dark already," Feile said.
"We had just gone through
this with STS-7 when the
weather was marginal. The
complications are less with
night landings though. The
winds die down, the sun
angle is not a factor, and

Space shuttle Challenger makes the first landing on Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility on Feb 11, 1984
Air Force Base in California or Northrup Strip at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico

there are fewer birds near
the runway."
The weather was dicey
for hours before time for
the deorbit bum, but then
relented. Crew members
Vance Brand, Hoot Gibson,
Ronald McNair, Bruce
McCandless and Robert
Stewart walked across
a specially prepared red
carpet to greet the jubilant
crowd on hand for the
historic event.
STS-7, rather than STS
41-B, had been the first
mission scheduled to land
at Kennedy. The STS-7
crew missed the chance to
take the first stroll down
that red carpet when their

landing was diverted to Ed-
wards in June 1983 because
of heavy cloud cover near the
SLF The dignitaries who had
turned out to welcome Sally
Ride, America's first female
astronaut, back to Earth were
Capcom Bryan O'Con-
nor, an astronaut himself,
tried to make light of the
unavoidable change of plans
as he said from his console in
Mission Control:
"A great looking landing
and from the entry team, got
some good news. The good
news is that the beer is very,
very cool this morning; the
bad news is that it's 3,000
miles away."

The first official land-
ing at the SLF was not of a
shuttle at all, but of NASA-
6 on May 21, 1976, with
then-Kennedy Director Lee
Scherer at the controls. At
that time, the landing facil-
ity was called the Orbiter
Landing Facility, or OLF.
"The name was
changed to 'Shuttle Land-
ing Facility' after shuttle
launches began," Feile said.
"Some of the signs on the
gates on the west side of the
runway, out of sight of most
employees and spectators,
are still marked with the old
name to this day."
Scherer, a veteran
naval aviator, made two

NASA file/1984
All previous shuttle missions ended at Edwards

"touch-and-go" landings in
the twin-engine Beechcraft
The landings tested
the approach-and-landing
techniques designed for
use that summer by aircraft
flying onto the center to sup-
port the U.S. Bicentennial
Exposition on Science and
Technology, Third Century
Since 1984, there have
been 67 end-of-mission
shuttle landings at Kennedy,
including three landings
originally scheduled for
Edwards that were diverted
to Florida by uncooperative
weather in California.


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NASA Employees of the Month: February

NASA/Tony Gray
Employees of the month for February are, from left Joy Batterson, Information Technology &
Communication Services, Gerald Green, Center Operations, Derek Petrek, Engineering Directorate,
Paul Brod, Chief Financial Office, Peter Aragona, Engineering Directorate, Douglas Lesho, Safety &
Mission Assurance Directorate, Chad Brown, Constellation Project Office, and Lisa Brawn, Launch
Services Program Not pictured are Susan Barth, Launch Integration Office, and Tina Crass, Launch
Vehicle Processing Directorate

Make plans for annual AAHM Luncheon

February is National African-American History Month, orAAHM, and Kennedy
Space Center is celebrating the outstanding achievements and contributions
made by African-Americans. The annual African-American History Month
Luncheon will be Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Debus Center at the
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Christyl Johnson, assistant associate
administrator with the Office of the NASAAdministrator, will be the guest speaker.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at various locations around Kennedy.

Looking up and ahead

Scheduled for Feb 4

Target Feb 12
Target Feb 23
Scheduled for March 5

March 7
April 24
No earlier than April 28
No earlier than May 5
Target May 12
Target May 15
Target July 11
Target Aug 6
No earlier than Oct 1
No earlier than Oct 8
Target Nov 12
Target Dec 10
Target Feb 11, 2010
Target April 8, 2010

Target May 31, 2010

LaunchNAFB Delta II, NOAA-N Prime, 5 22 am EST
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-119, 7 32 a m
LaunchNAFB Taurus XL, OCO, 4 50 a m
Launch/CCAFS Delta II, Kepler, 10 48 p m EST

KSC All-American Picnic, KARS Park I
Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GOES-O, TBD
Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-125, 1 11 p m
Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-127, 4 52 p m
Launch/KSC Ares I-X test flight/Launch Pad 39B, TBD
Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-128, TBD
LaunchNAFB Taurus, Glory, TBD
Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, SDO, TBD
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-129, TBD
Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-130, TBD
Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-131, TBD
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-132, TBD
Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-133, TBD


With the STS-119 mission taking up the final solar arrays
to the International Space Station, what would you
use solar power for, if you could?

"Heat and cool my house. In fact, we're in
Florida... we already should have them."
Teresa Parham,
with NASA

"Vehicles. I'd put solar panels on the hood
as an alternate to today's engines."
Missi Rocha,
with ASRC Aerospace Corp.

"I'd take advantage of it at home... especially if a
storm knocks out power... you have a backup."
Robert Cannon,
intern with VisTech Corp.

"Everything... heating, cooling ... that would
be the best way to go and stay 'green.'"
Helen Kane,
with NASA

I 'Id heat and cool my house and probably even
run the heat pump on my pool.
Hortense Burt,
with NASA

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