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Feb 20 2009 Vol. 49, No. 4

Spaceport News

John F. Kennedy Space Center America's gateway to the universe

NASA Advisory Council digs facts for future

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
The NASA Advisory
Council recently
spent two days at
Kennedy Space Center
gathering facts and updates
for its quarterly meeting.
Then, more than 30 coun-
cil members presented the
information and proposed
recommendations during an
open session at the Cocoa
Beach Hilton on Feb. 5.
The Council Chair-
person Dr. Kenneth Ford
moderated presentations
from six committees:
Aeronautics, Audit and Fi-
nance, Exploration, Human
Capital, Science, and Space
"The council com-
pleted two productive days
of fact-finding meetings in
preparation for the public
meeting," said Ford, who is
founder and director of the
Florida Institute for Human
and Machine Cognition. "It
is an honor and a privilege
to serve on the NASA Advi-
sory Council."
Among the presenters
were retired astronaut Eileen

Retired astronaut Eileen Collins and members of the NASA Advisory Council's Space Operations and Exploral
Committees visit the SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 on Feb 3, to g
on the Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled for its first launch in June 2009

Collins, chairperson of the
Space Operations Com-
mittee; ex-officio member
Dr. Ray Colladay of the
Aeronautics Committee, and
Dr. R. James Milgram, a
professor in the Department
of Mathematics at Stanford
University and Human
Capital Committee member.
Collins and the Space
Operations Committee
visited the SpaceX facility
at Cape Canaveral Air Force

Station's Launch Complex
40 to get an update on the
Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled
for its first launch in June
Collins gave brief
overviews of NASA's plans
to increase the number of
Expedition crew members
aboard the International
Space Station, the Soyuz
anomaly investigation and
space shuttle extension op-

One of the S]
Operations Comr
document human
lessons learned.
Colladay's pr
tion focused on a
its economic imp
U.S. and the world
the industry repre
percent of the gro
tic product, or Gi
has a $3.5 trillion

More online
To find out more about
the NASA Advisory
Council, visit: http://

"NASA plays a vital
role in developing the
technologies that contribute
to the agency's research and
development for commercial
aviation," Colladay said.
Colladay said there may
be a three-fold increase in
air traffic during the next 30
NAC/Tom Jones
years and that environmen-
et an update tally-responsible initiatives
are needed to reduce emis-
sions and fuel consumption.
pace The Aeronautics Committee
mittee's recommended the council
was to form a task force to get ex-
spaceflight eternal community input on
environmental issues.
resenta- Milgram, the first math-
viation and ematician on the council,
act on the gave an update on NASA's
d. He said public television channel.
sents 8 The Human Capital Com-
iss domes- mittee recommends an ex-
DP, and ternal review of the channel
See COUNCIL, Page 8

Inside this issue ...

Hurricane awareness OCO mission

Launching Leaders Heritage: Delta II
S celebrates 20 years

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Vol. 49, No. 4

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KSC picnic offers something for everyone

The 30th annual Kennedy
Space Center All-American
Picnic on March 7 could be
the best one yet.
"We're going to go back to the
basics and barbecue will do that,"
Picnic Chairman Ned Voska said.
"And there is so much to do this
Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q
restaurant will provide a traditional
barbeque meal, and for the first
time, tickets will be sold exclusively
for a vegetarian meal.
The picnic, from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m., at KARS Park I is themed
"Celebrating Three Decades of Fun,
Food, and Family."
"The picnic will offer fun
and exciting activities for all age
groups, including new games, such
as human jousting and cornhole for
the Generation X,Y and Z folks."
Voska said. "We've really focused
on having something for everyone."
Some of the scheduled events

include live enter-
tainment, com-
munity exhibits,
children's games,
including a new
sand art craft, the
popular Guitar
Hero and Rock
Band, a car and Ned Voska
motorcycle show,
chili cook-off, astronaut autographs
and more.
Also, the Brevard County
Sherriff's Office will offer finger-
print cards for children.
This year's picnic will continue
the Spaceport's dedication to go
green and benefit the area's natural
surroundings. The plate you eat
from, the cup your drink from and
the utensils you use eventually will
become soil for use at Walt Disney
"It's a way for us to contribute
to preserving our environment,"
Voska said.

More online
To volunteer for the 30th Annual
All-American Picnic or for more
information, visit: http://ksc

Waste collection stations will
be located throughout the park and
a mobile recycling unit from Somat
Waste Reduction Technology will
be on-site to pulp the waste mate-
Voska says there are many
things that go into a successful
picnic for about 6,000 people. "We
need two things from our workers
here at KSC: Buy your tickets early
and volunteer to help."
Volunteers who serve a mini-
mum of two hours can purchase a
discount ticket for $4 and will
receive a "2009 KSC All-American
Picnic Volunteer" baseball hat.
High school students serving as

volunteers also can earn community
service hours, including time toward
a Bright Futures scholarship. If you
or your student is interested in vol-
unteering, or for more information
about the picnic, visit, http://kscpic-
Tickets are on sale from Feb.
23 to March 4; $7 for adults with a
choice of meat or veggie ticket, and
$4 for children, ages 3 through 12.
Children ages 2 and younger get in
free, but require a ticket. A limited
number of tickets will be available
the day of the picnic; $10 for adults,
and $6 for children.
Advance tickets are available at
locations around Kennedy and more
information will be provided in the
"KSC Daily News."
All Kennedy civil service,
contractor, and Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station personnel associated
with a NASA program, and their
families, are invited to attend.

Centers share hurricane lessons learned at Kennedy forum

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News

R representatives from
several NASA
enters and Head-
quarters met at Kennedy
Space Center for a two-day
Hurricane Multi-Center
Safety and Knowledge
Sharing Forum. The forum
was organized by Bobby
Watkins and Joe Dowdy,
chiefs of staff at Johnson
Space Center and Kennedy,
Participants included
Kennedy, Johnson, Stennis
Space Center in Mississippi,
Langley Research Center
in Hampton, Va., NASA
Shared Service Center at
Stennis, Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans,
La., and NASA Headquar-
ters Emergency Operation
Center in Washington, D.C.
Presentations focused on
lessons learned and best
practices from recent storm

NASA file/2008
Hurricane Ike, as seen in this photo taken from the International Space Station,
was among the hurricanes discussed at the Hurricane Multi-Center Safety and
Knowledge Sharing Forum at Kennedy Space Center on Feb 13

Discussions covered
employee direction and
accountability, commu-
nications, infrastructure,
timelines for closing and
reopening, recovery and
employee assistance.
"The goal was to share
best practices and lessons

learned among the various
centers to strengthen our
preparation and response
to future natural disasters,"
Watkins said.
Johnson's presentation
covered lessons learned
from Hurricane Ike. The
storm hit Galveston, Texas,
and surrounding areas Sept.

13, 2008, at 3 a.m. CST.
Ike caused 20 deaths, and
several indirect deaths after
the storm passed. Many of
the center's workers suf-
fered severe damage to their
Lessons learned from
Ike included: deciding
when to close the center;
how to communicate with
workers without computers
or phones, including cell
phones; going from a senior
staff relocation team to a
smaller communications
team; the need for a center-
wide integrated timeline;
the processes and criteria
for a safe center reopening;
the importance of industrial
hygiene and information
technology; how best to
assess damage; and the need
for a share-drive policy.
"Hurricane's are a part
of our life here on the Space
Coast and this forum has
proven to be an outstand-
ing opportunity to share

experiences so that we are
better prepared to meet the
challenges that will most as-
suredly come in the future,"
Dowdy said.
During breakout ses-
sions, groups focused on in-
frastructure and information
technology, timelines for
center closing and reopen-
ing, employee direction and
accountability, center recov-
ery processes, procurement,
life sciences and employee
recovery assistance, com-
munications, knowledge
management and safety.
Discussions focused on
shared capabilities, dis-
placed workers, communi-
cation options and develop-
ing a multi-center training
"The forum gave us an
opportunity to figure out
ways to control risks as each
center plans for the up-
coming hurricane season,"
Watkins said.


Feb 20 2009

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Feb 20 2009SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3

NASA/Randy Beaudoin
The Stage 1, 2 and 3 motors of the Taurus XL rocket are prepared for transfer to Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California The Taurus is the launch vehicle for the Orbiting
Carbon Observatory, or OCO, which is an Earth-orbiting mission sponsored by NASA's Earth System Science Pathfinder Program

C02 hunter key to climate change mystery

About 300 miles
south of Ken-
nedy Space Center,
there's a marine sanctuary
where orange anemones
move freely and yellow-
speckled fish dart behind
coral and sponges. It's
Florida's vibrant underwater
ecosystem; and it could be
in grave danger.
Every time we start our
car or turn on the TV, we
emit carbon dioxide that
settles in the oceans, making
them warmer and a little
more acidic.
"Methane, C02 from
automobiles and fossil fuel
are considered major con-
tributors to current climate
change patterns and the
increasing temperature of
oceans," said Carlton Hall,
Dynamac's chief scientist
and manager of the Ecologi-
cal Program at Kennedy.
Currently, NASA's

Editor's note
As of press time,
the launch of a Taurus
XL rocket carrying
the Orbiting Carbon
Observatory was
scheduled for Feb. 24.
For complete coverage
and photos, go to:

Aqua satellite is detecting
carbon dioxide about six
miles above Earth's surface.
But to really understand
long-term global climate
change, scientists need to
get closer.
A new NASA satellite,
set to launch atop a Taurus
XL rocket from Vandenberg
Air Force Base in Califor-
nia, will do that.
The Orbiting Carbon
Observatory, or OCO, is the
first of its kind, built to mea-

sure and track carbon diox-
ide "sources" and "sinks" in
Earth's atmosphere.
"The OCO mission
is the Launch Services
Program's first primary
Taurus mission and the team
is excited," said NASA
Launch Director Chuck
Dovale. "Although the sys-
tems are very similar to that
of the Pegasus, for which
LSP is very familiar, the
application of this ground
lit rocket system is quite a
bit different than the air lit
"On the heels of a very
successful NOAA-N prime
mission, LSP is proud to be
launching another Earth-ob-
serving spacecraft. With the
new administration having
more of a focus on Earth sci-
ence, LSP looks forward to
contributing to and adding to
NASA's knowledge of Earth
in the years to come."

OCO will look at more
than natural sources and
sinks, which roughly bal-
ance each other out. It also
will study human sources,
that when thrown into the
mix could potentially cause
global warming. And it's not
just ocean reefs that are in
danger. The belief is the ef-
fects of carbon dioxide play
out like a game of dominos.
Coral reefs are natural
barriers that protect islands
and other coastal areas from
beach erosion, changes in
the ocean's salinity can
cause sea mammals to
become vulnerable in their
own environment, and ris-
ing ocean temperatures can
cause algal blooms, such as
red tide.
Here on the Space Coast,
we already may be encoun-
tering the effects first-hand
with severe weather.
"Earth is like a heat

engine," Hall said. "Green-
house gases trap heat and
that energy has to go some-
where. So even though the
actual daily temperatures we
experience seem normal, we
may see stranger hurricane
patterns, colder winters, or
droughts in places where
they've never occurred
"Major advances in
data from satellites, such
as OCO, will help us figure
out how these different
processes are linked and
interlinked. We'll be able to
sort out the puzzle."
"Most citizens can un-
derstand the very tangible
benefits that an Earth-
observing satellite can
provide." Dovale said. "We
certainly are expecting good
things from OCO to help us
better understand how C02
is affecting our planet."

Feb 20 2009


Page 3


Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center

NASA/Jim Grossmann
Pat Archer, left, gets some hands-on training from Troy Cryder during the 2009 Florida Disability Mentoring
Day event Feb 3 Students were matched with mentors who work all around Kennedy Space Center

NASA/Dimitn Gerondidakis
Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger announces the winners of the "Your NASA Dream Experience"
contest Feb 2 in Lakeland, Fla The teacher and two students from Lakeland High School won a three-day
job-shadow experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston

rdL r^~ -Al

NASA/Jim Grossmann
Gunter Wendt stops by Kennedy Space Center on Feb 10 for a tour of Launch Pad 39A Wendt was in
charge of the Kennedy launch tower pad operations during the Mercury and Apollo Programs

NASA/Jack Pfaller

NASA/Jack Pfaller
Nigel Packham, Ph D, associate director with Johnson Space Center's Technical Safety and Mission
Assurance, discusses lessons learned from the Columbia accident at the Kennedy Space Center Engineering
Academy's "Columbia Crew Survival Investigation" presentation Feb 4 in the Kennedy Training Auditorium

Alejandro DuQuesne takes part in the Child Development Center's Wild, Wild West" event Feb 6 at Kennedy Space Center Kids rode ponies and pet pigs in perfect weather at the center

Atlantis' external fuel tank-solid rocket booster stack switches high bays

NASA/Jack Pfaller
Morehouse College Glee Club performs at the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center
in honor of African-American History Month on Feb 6 The group is the official musical voice of Morehouse
College in Atlanta, Ga -- the nation s largest private liberal arts college for men
A replacement
assembly for
the International
Space Station's
new water
recycling system
is checked out
Feb 5 in the
Space Station
Facility at
Kennedy Space
Center The unit
is part of the
Uine Processing
that removes
impurities from
urine in an
early stage of
the recychng
process The
assembly will
be flown to the
station aboard
space shuttle
Discovery on the
STS-119 mission

NASA/Jack Pfaller

Photos by NASA/Dimiri Gerondidakis
The external fuel tank-solid rocket booster stack move allowed technicians to begin stacking solid rocket boosters for STS-127 in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center


Feb 20,2009 Feb 20,2009

Launching Leaders soak up fun, experience

By Layla Higgins
For Spaceport News
A packed house at
the Kennedy Space
Center Visitor
Complex shows the future
of America's Spaceport is in
good hands. More than 170
people attended the kick-off
event for the newly formed
Kennedy Space Center
Launching Leaders organi-
zation Jan. 28.
The sold-out event
included networking with
co-workers and senior man-
agement, providing some
the opportunity to talk with
mentors they might not have
had the chance to meet on
the job.
The event's keynote
speaker was Space Shuttle
Program Manager John
Shannon. His speech fo-
cused on his leadership phi-
losophy, which he relayed
using personal stories, jokes
and anecdotes.
There also was plenty
of food, mingling and

NASA/Chns Rhodes
More than 170 people mingled at the first Kennedy Space Center Launching Leaders event Jan 28 at the center's visitor complex

entertainment. Refreshments
were served in the IMAX
gallery, home to Kennedy's
art collection. For many em-
ployees, this event was their
first opportunity to check
out the collection's trea-
sures, including an original
Andy Warhol print.
The event concluded
with a 3-D showing of the
film "Magnificent Desola-
tion" in the IMAX Theater.
The film narrates the stories

of the 12 men who walked
on the surface of the moon.
While the film portrays the
first steps on the moon, it
was the perfect conduit to
motivate Kennedy's future
leaders as the center revital-
izes its mission to explore
the moon again, as well as
Launching Leaders was
created to provide social
and professional networking
opportunities and training

for early career profession-
als at Kennedy. Creation of
the group is one of the first
accomplishments of the
action group Refresh, which
is administered through
NASA's Office of Human
Resources. Refresh was
charted to develop interest-
ing and motivating ways to
keep Kennedy employees at
all levels, engaged in work-
ing at the space center.
"The event was very

Find out more
For more on Launching
Leaders, e-mail Clay Yonce
at clayton.a.yonce@nasa.
gov or Layla Higgins at

exhilarating due to the
excitement of all the other
young enthusiastic leaders,
the support of upper man-
agement, and the chance to
learn more about leadership
currently within NASA,"
said Sarah Schilling, NASA
vehicle processing engineer
for space shuttle Atlantis.
Launching Leaders will
continue to provide social
and community events
for both contractor and
civil servant employees. The
group currently is working
on plans to host an event to
celebrate Yuri's Night on
April 4. Announcements
regarding upcoming events
can be found in future issues
of Spaceport News and
center e-mails.

NASA's Space Act Award recognizes a specific scientific or technical innovation of significant value to the agency's aeronautical or space activities


Ellen Arens
Carlos Calle
Janine Captain
Michael Conroy
Adam Dokos
Curtis Dugger
Priscilla Elfrey
Douglas England
James Fesmire
Michael Galluzzi
Laurie Griffin
Philip Gvozd
Wyck Hebert
Paul Hintze
Curtis Ihlefeld
William Little
Janice Lomness
Angel Lucena
Louis MacDowell
Paul Mackey
John Madura
David Mann
Ravi Margasahayam
Rebecca Mazzone

Frank Merceret
Carolyn Mizell
Thomas Moss
Pamela Mullenix
Elkin Norena
Mark Nurge
Matthew Parris
Clyde Parrish (retired)
Jose Perotti
Huang PoTien
Luke Roberson
Josephine Santiago
Jared Sass
Joe Schuh
Linda Shaykhian
Barry Slack
Trent Smith
Priscilla Stanley
Lanetra Tate
William Toler
Emilio Valencia, Jr.
Rudy Werlink
Douglas Willard
Martha Williams
Robert Youngquist

ASRC Aerospace

Norman Blalock
Charles Buhler
Bradley Burns
Robert Cox, Jr.
Charles Curley
Joseph Curran
Jesus Dominguez
Anthony Eckhoff
John Gates
Terry Greenfield
William Haskell
Christopher Immer
Steven Klinko
John Lane
Carlos Mata
Judith McFall
Pedro Medelius
David Miller
Rebecca Oostdyk
Mindy Ritz
Geoffrey Rowe
Marshall Scott, Jr.
Stephen Simmons
Peter Vokrot
Carlos Zavala


James Henze


Michael Dahm
Phillip Fitzgerald
Eric Hanson
Philip Lintereur
Michael Lombardo
Tiffany Poupart


Richard Birr


Joshua Heise

Space Gateway

Donald DiMarzio
Belle Graziano

Rocky Grider
Michael Helmick
Barbara Kaysen
Steven Leong
John O'Brien
George Schiro
Tom Villane
John Wortman

United Space

Mary Jo AI-Shihabi
Melvin Ayala
Brian Bateman
Martin Belson
George Berry
Joanne Breen
Douglas Buford
John Chamberlin
Jeffrey Cheatham
Brian Elleman
Gail Fischer
Scott Gillespie
David Hanson
Derek Hardin

Charles Harnden
James Hart II
Joseph Jacoby
Jason Kapusta
Patricia Karpinski
Nadean King
Louis Locklear
Caryl McEndree
Claudia Mears
James Mikell
Brent Mitchell
Kyle Nielsen
Elkin Norena
Michael Popovich
Antonio Rodriguez
Dana Sorensen
Jeffrey Thompson

45th Space

Mike McAleenan
Todd McNamara
Johnny Weems
Andrew Schuerger


Page 6

Feb 20,2009

Remembering Our Heritage

Delta II celebrates 20 years of dependability

By Kay Grinter
Reference Librarian
Happy birthday
Delta II!
The program cel-
ebrates 20 years of depend-
able support of America's
space program in February.
The program's first launch
was Feb. 14, 1989, from
Launch Complex 17 on
Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station in Florida, carrying
a Global Positioning System
The United States
government, responding to
the Soviet Union's launch
of Sputnik in 1957, con-
tracted for development the
original Delta rocket. The
design was based on that of
the Thor intermediate-range
ballistic missile. The first
successful Delta launch was
NASA's Echo 1A satellite
Aug. 12, 1960.
Over time, the Delta
rocket evolved into a larger,
more advanced vehicle,
capable of carrying heavier
satellites into orbit. NASA
relied heavily on the Delta
to boost communications,
weather, science and
planetary exploration satel-
lites into orbit until 1980.
U.S. space policy changed
though, with the first launch
of the space shuttle in 1981.
Delta production came to a
halt as NASA made plans to
use the shuttle for satellite
However, following
the loss of space shuttle
Challenger in January 1986,
President Ronald Reagan
announced that shuttles
would no longer carry com-
mercial payloads, opening
the way for the return of
the Delta rocket. Follow-
ing a contract from the U.S.
Air Force for 20 launch
vehicles, the newer, more
powerful Delta II version
emerged in 1989.

NASA file/1990
An Air Force/McDonnell Douglas launch team supports raising of the first stage of Delta II in the gantry at Launch
Complex 17 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station This Delta II, with the Roentgen Satellite, or ROSAT, a cooperative space
X-ray astronomy mission between NASA, Germany and United Kingdom, launched June 1, 1990

NASA alumnus Skip
Mackey was a data manager
in Hangar AE. He supported
every Delta launch, includ-
ing the first 10 years of
Delta II missions, before he
"The Delta evolved
over many years, and there
were only minor differences
in the version that emerged
after the Air Force started
running the program,"
Mackey said. "McDonnell
Douglas, the rocket manu-
facturer, used the NASA

hardware in Hangar AE for
independent data monitor-
ing by McDonnell Douglas
The first NASA payload
launched on the resurrected
Delta II vehicle was the
Roentgen Satellite, or RO-
SAT, an X-ray observatory.
The satellite, developed
through a cooperative pro-
gram between Germany, the
United States and the United
Kingdom, launched June
1, 1990. After a successful
career, ROSAT was deacti-

vated Feb. 12, 1999.
Other notable NASA
missions launched on Delta
II vehicles include the Mars
Exploration Rovers Spirit
and Opportunity; Deep
Impact, the first mission
designed to probe beneath
the surface of a comet; and
MESSENGER, now on its
way to becoming the first
spacecraft to orbit the planet
The manufacture of the
Delta vehicles passed to The
Boeing Company follow-

ing the merger of McDon-
nell Douglas and Boeing in
1997. In December 2006,
Boeing and Lockheed
Martin combined their Delta
and Atlas expendable launch
vehicle businesses, forming
the United Launch Alli-
ance, or ULA. Today, ULA
provides launch services to
U.S. government customers,
including NASA, the Air
Force and National Recon-
naissance Office, as well as
commercial customers.
NASA's latest use of
the Delta II was for the
launch of the NOAA-N
Prime weather satellite
Feb. 6 from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California.
NASA's Eric Anderson,
chief of Ground Systems
Integration for Kennedy
Space Center's Launch Ser-
vices Program, or LSP, said:
"The LSP team supported
the NOAA-N Prime launch
from the Launch Vehicle
Data Center in Hangar AE,
transmitting downrange
telemetry through ground
lines to a facility at Vanden-
berg on the Western Range.
We picked up the data from
the Malindi Ground Station
in Kenya, Africa.
"Providing support
from Hangar AE keeps
some members of the team
from having to travel, sav-
ing NASA both time and
money. We also allow some
subject-area experts to fol-
low the mission from the
Launch Vehicle Data Center
so they can stay more
closely involved."
NASA plans to launch
the Kepler spacecraft aboard
a Delta II next month, as
well as the Gravity Recov-
ery and Interior Laboratory,
or GRAIL, mission in 2011.
To date, there have
been 138 successful launch-
es of the very dependable
Delta II vehicle.


Feb 20,2009

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Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb 6 2009

From COUNCIL, Page 1
and noted that NASA currently is
conducting an internal review.
Milgram's presentation also
focused on NASA civil servants
and the importance of maintain-
ing in-house technical capabilities
in science and engineering, which
is 61 percent of the agency's work

Show what you do in prime time

Emmy award winning Myth Merchant Films, in partnership with NASA,
United Space Alliance and PBS-WETA is developing a four-to-six hour series
for prime time television on the Space Shuttle Program, tentatively called "Final
Countdown: The Last Flight of the Space Shuttle."
To mark the retirement of the shuttle in 2010, they are creating a film legacy to
mark not only the last flight itself, but the entire shuttle program as well. During
the course of more than a year, they will follow interesting individuals and their
work within the space program including crane operators, medical scientists to
astronauts, aeronautical engineers and every job and person in between. They
are looking for the stories behind the operation of the space shuttle that have
never been told before; those remarkable jobs and people the public never hears
about- but should.
If you think you have a "personality for TV' or a compelling, but under-
represented job that deserves the public's attention, they are accepting all ideas
and submissions. With a small, non-invasive film crew of just three, they will
begin in the third of fourth quarter of this year and continue production until the
final shuttle mission touches down.
Send your character or story ideas directly to Mary Ann Chevalier, KSC Media
Services, at: Mary.A.Chevalier@nasa.gov.

Looking up and ahead

Target Feb 24
No earlier than Feb 27
Target 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 Taurus XL, OCO, 4 51 30 a m
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-119, 1 32 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

force. The committee recommends
NASA determine whether the cur-
rent co-op program is working to
recruit the best and brightest on a
national scale.
Ford said that the council's rec-
ommendations will be reviewed by
NASA, and many previous recom-
mendations have been implemented.
The council will meet again in April.

"I'd like to see someone who is especially
concerned with our job security."
Otis Deal,
with NASA

"I'd like to see him beat the street and come see
what happens out here."
Debbie Durbin,
with Commercial Siding and Maintenance Co.

"Qualifications, expertise and someone who
has been around the space program."
Debbie Wilson,
with United Space Alliance

H I'd like him or her to not depend on other
countries getting us to the space station.
Philip Harner,
with United Space Alliance


What attributes would you most like
to see in the new NASA administrator?

L "I'd like to see him or her focus on the space
shuttle and International Space Station."
Don Lovelace,
with United Space Alliance

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