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March 6 2009Vol. 49, No. 5

Spaceport News

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

OCO mishap tugs at Spaceport's roots

"Only those who dare
to fail greatly can ever
achieve greatly."
-- Robert F. Kennedy
The words of former
Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
resound loudly at Kennedy
Space Center, where work-
ers were saddened by news
that the Taurus XL launch
vehicle, carrying a NASA
satellite designed to study
global warming, failed to
reach orbit after it launched
Feb. 24, from Vandenberg
Air Force Base in California.
"Our whole team, at
a very personal level, is
very disappointed," Taurus
Program Manager John
Brunschwyler said. "We are
very upset with the results."
According to NASA
Launch Director Chuck
Dovale, early indications
are the fairing failed to open
and break away from the
rocket's final stage. The fair-
ing was a clamshell struc-
ture that encapsulated the
Orbiting Carbon Observa-
tory, or OCO, as it traveled
through the atmosphere.
"Seven seconds after

More online
To find out more about the
NASA Mishap Investiga-
tion Board, visit: www.

Stage 2 ignition, we ex-
pected to see fairing separa-
tion," Dovale said. "Shortly
after that, we started getting
indications the fairing did
not separate."
With the added weight
of the fairing, the engine
couldn't deliver enough
push to get OCO into orbit.
It fell to Earth in the Indian
Ocean near Antarctica.
In the past 10 years,
NASA successfully has
flown 56 out of 57 vehicles,
and according to Brunschw-
yler, has never had any is-
sues with this fairing design.
Rick Obenschain,
NASA's deputy director of
Goddard Space Flight
Center in Greenbelt, Md.,
was chosen to lead the
investigation board for the
unsuccessful launch.

On March 3, NASA
selected the members of the
board. They include: Jose
Caraballo, safety manager
at Langley Research Center,
Hampton, Va.; Patricia
Jones, acting chief of the
Human Systems Integration
Division in the Exploration
Technology Directorate
at Ames Research Center,
Moffet Field, Calif.; Richard
Lynch, Aerospace Systems
Engineering, Goddard Space
Flight Center, Greenbelt,
Md.; and Dave Sollberger,
deputy chief engineer of
the NASA Launch Services
Program, Kennedy Space
The ex officio is Ruth
Jones, Safety and Mission
Assurance manager at Mar-
shall Space Flight Center,
Huntsville, Ala.
The board began its
investigation March 3. The
members will gather infor-
mation, analyze the facts,
and identify the failure's
cause or causes and contrib-
uting factors. The MIB will
make recommendations for
actions to prevent a similar

Photo courtesy of Orbital Sciences
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory and its Taurus XL rocket on Launch Complex
576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb 22 A contingency was
declared minutes after liftoff on Feb 24, when the satellite failed to reach orbit An
investigation board has been set up to determine the cause of the launch failure

Inside this issue ...

Joseph Acaba Kepler mission

Space Coast women
engineers honored


Page 3 Page 6

Heritage: Apollo 9
took off 40 years ago

March 6. 2009

Vol. 49, No. 5

Page 2

Page 7

Acaba has close ties to Space Coast

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
Group of local
teachers will be
cheering from a
viewing area at Kennedy
Space Center as science
teacher turned NASA astro-
naut Joseph Acaba boards
space shuttle Discovery
for launch on the STS-119
mission to the International
Space Station. Acaba will
carry their good wishes and
a special memento as the
shuttle lifts off from Launch
Pad 39A.
Though Acaba was born
in Inglewood, Calif., and
raised in Anaheim, Calif., he
has ties to central Florida.
From 1999 to 2000, the
bilingual teacher taught inte-
grated science at Melbourne
High School. He also taught
math and science at Dunnel-
lon Middle School in Marion
County for four years.
The memento he will
carry is a Melbourne High
School bulldog mascot flag
containing a very special

NASA/Jim Grossmann
Astronaut Joseph Acaba taught integrated science at Melbourne High School He
also taught math and science at Dunnellon Middle School in Marion County for four

coin that says "You Make
the Difference." Vicki
Detwiler, a biology teacher
at Melbourne High, was
instrumental in acquiring the
flag for Acaba to carry.
"He made a great
impression on the students
and teachers," Detwiler said.
"He was very creative and
helped the students ap-
preciate their diversity and
potential. He was a natural
in the classroom."

Detwiler hopes the flag
will be returned to Mel-
bourne High so a special
tribute to Acaba can be held
in the school's new science
She and a group of
teachers heard Acaba speak
at a Florida Association of
Science Teachers, or FAST,
conference in Orlando in
2007. Detwiler said it was
great to see him and do some
catching up.

"He was an outstanding
role model for the students,"
said Melbourne High School
Principal James Willcoxon.
"We really enjoyed having
Joe at our school."
During STS-119, Acaba
will be on the flight deck as
mission specialist 1 during
ascent and entry. He will
operate the shuttle's robotic
arm and perform two space-
walks to help attach the S6
truss and final set of large
solar arrays to the station.
Acaba earned a bache-
lor's degree in geology from
the University of Califor-
nia-Santa Barbara in 1990,
and a Master of Science in
geology from the University
of Arizona in 1992.
He worked as a hydro-
geologist in Los Angeles
and spent two years in the
U.S. Peace Corps where
he taught modem teaching
methods to more than 300
teachers in the Dominican
Republic. Acaba also served
as the island manager of the
Caribbean Marine Research
Center at Lee Stocking

Island in the Bahamas, and
the shoreline revegetation
coordinator in Vero Beach,
Fla., where he planned,
designed and implemented
a mangrove revegetation
The 41-year-old father
of three is the first person
of Puerto Rican heritage to
become a NASA astronaut.
In February 2006, Acaba
completed astronaut candi-
date training, which included
scientific and technical
briefings, intensive instruc-
tion in shuttle and Interna-
tional Space Station systems,
physiological training, T-38
flight training and water and
wilderness survival training.
He was then assigned
to the Hardware Integration
Team in the Space Station
Branch working technical
issues with European Space
Agency hardware before his
assignment to the STS-119
As of press time, the
STS-119 launch is tenta-
tively targeted for March 12
at 8:54 p.m.

Stuffed duck, flags to ride up with Discovery

By Steven Siceloff
Spaceport News
From a NASCAR driver's
flag to a purple stuffed duck,
the collection of orbital me-
mentos chosen by the astronauts of
space shuttle Discovery's STS-119
mission highlight a diverse set of
influences and interests.
The stuffed duck, one of
several toy animals making the
trip, represents the Japanese city of
Saitama, which is the hometown of
Koichi Wakata. He will fly to the
International Space Station and stay
as a new member of its three-person
crew. The duck will return to Earth
with Discovery.
STS-119 spacewalkers Richard
Arnold and Joseph Acaba, both
former teachers, will fly mementos,

"What personal item wo
you like flown up
to space and back?"

such as small flags, from son
the schools where they taught
Among the assortment o
being flown is a National Gu.
design from Dale Earnhardt J
racing team. Earnhardt races
NASCAR's Sprint Cup Serie
No. 88 car sponsored in part
National Guard.
Pilot and first-time flier T
Antonelli arranged for Discov
carry a green flag for Andretti
Racing, the team of IndyCar r
Danica Patrick. Antonelli is e:

to serve as official starter for an In-
ET dyCar race after Discovery's flight.
uld The shuttle also will carry an
extra spacesuit of sorts, although it
would be too small for any of the
Page 8 crew members. The astronauts are
taking the child-size garment into
ne of orbit for the Maryland Science Cen-
t. ter in Baltimore. The suit is orange
f flags and resembles the pressure suits
ard crew members wear during the climb
[r. 's toward space and the return to Earth.
in All the items are expected to be
s in the displayed prominently after they are
by the returned to their owners following
the flight. They serve as inspira-
bny tional objects for people who have
ery to never been into space or children
Green who may set out on a scientific
acer career in hopes of one day reaching


orbit themselves.

There are at least eight items
that are not expected to survive long
enough to make the flight home,
however. They are eight chocolate
bars made by a company in India
that gives part of its profits to con-
servation groups protecting endan-
gered species throughout the world.
Steve Swanson, a mission
specialist who will make several
spacewalks during STS-119, asked
for the dark chocolate bars to be
packed aboard and eaten as dessert
during one of the meals with the
shuttle and space station crews.
Scores of objects are on display
all over the world from previous
space missions, and space shuttles
typically carry a number of tokens
that are handed out in recognition of
employees and others.


March 6 2009

Page 2

Kepler shoots stars for similar planets

Johannes Kepler prob-
ably never considered
that his invention of
refining the telescope would
lead to an observatory in
space bearing his name and
looking for planets similar
to his own.
That is the goal of
NASA's latest tool for
looking out into space. By
joining elements of today's
digital camera with the
basic design of the telescope
Kepler helped develop, sci-
entists plan to scan 100,000
stars in the Milky Way for
telltale signs of planets like
Earth orbiting around them.
Kepler will launch
atop a Delta II rocket from
Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station's Launch Pad 17-B,
currently targeted for
March 6.
Once NASA's Launch
Services Program, or LSP,
gets Kepler to an orbit
where it will watch the stars
without being blocked by
Earth, the spacecraft can
begin to detect planets by
looking for a slight dimming
of light from the stars. It's a
process called planet transit,
and it has already been used
to find planets the size of
Jupiter outside our solar
Finding a much smaller
planet similar to Earth at
such distances requires cut-
ting-edge technology built
into the Kepler spacecraft.
"A planet transit occurs
when a planet passes in
front of its star and blocks
part of the star's light," said
NASA Mission Manager
Armando Piloto. "Kepler
will search for planets in
the habitable zone, which
is a distance from the star
that would have the highest
probability of finding liquid
"These planets, if
discovered, would have the
best chance of supporting
life as we know it."
If Kepler does find an

NASA/Jack Pfaller
NASA's Kepler spacecraft, atop the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, waits for encapsulation in the fairing on Launch
Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Kepler is designed to survey more than 100,000 stars in our galaxy to
determine the number of sun-like stars that have Earth-size and larger planets, including those that lie in a star's "habitable
zone," a region where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist If these Earth-size worlds do exist around stars like our sun,
Kepler is expected to be the first to find them and the first to measure how common they are

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Earth-like planet, it will
take far more research and
new technology to find out
if humans live or could live
there, but that's not stopping
astronomers from doing the
work they can right now.
"Whether or not we find
other Earth-like planets, it
reaffirms the purpose of our
agency, which is explora-
tion," NASA Launch Direc-
tor Omar Baez said. "If we
do find interesting objects,
I would expect we would
study it further, and surely
believe a visit is one of the
potential options."
Kepler is the third
launch in 30 days for LSP,
two of which took place
at California launch pads.
Because Kepler is launch-
ing from Florida, the launch
team can get back to its
home base for a little while.
"Although, our work-
day pace doesn't slow
down," Baez said. "It allows
us a chance to bring our
family life back to some
Slowing down isn't an
option for the LSP team,
because getting a spacecraft
past Earth's orbit takes a
few extra steps.
"All spacecraft that
leave Earth's orbit require
a rigorous testing regimen
to handle the harsh environ-
ment of space," Piloto said.
"Kepler has undergone nu-
merous tests to ready it for
this important mission.
"LSP has a lot of expe-
rience with ground-break-
ing, cutting-edge missions
and is very excited about the
upcoming Kepler launch."

March 6 2009


Page 3



NASA/Jack Pfaller
Technicians check out the solar arrays for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, at the Astrotech
processing facility in Titusville, Fla. Accompanying LRO on its journey to the moon will be the Lunar Crater
Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, a mission that will impact the lunar surface in its search for water
ice. Launch of LRO/LCROSS is targeted for May 20.

NASA/Tim Jacobs
A crane moves theAres I-X crew module simulator in High Bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy
Space Center. Other Ares I-X segments are stacked around the floor of the bay. The launch of the 327-foot-tall, full-
scale Ares I-X, that is targeted for July 2009, will be the first in a series of unpiloted rocket launches from Kennedy.
When fully developed, the 16-foot-diameter crew module will furnish living space and re-entry protection for the

NASA/Tim Jacobs
NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, is displayed after its shipping
material was removed at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla. The satellite's primary mission
is to search for water ice on the moon in a permanently shadowed crater near one of the lunar poles.

Lockheed Martin recently donated $3,000 to MILA Elementary School for science achievement programs. Shown
holding the check are, from left, Dr. Betsy Butler, MILA principal; Karin Jamison, director of test and support
systems engineering; Herb Yamada, senior test engineer; Adrian Laffitte, director of Florida government relations at
Lockheed; and Sharon Loines, MILA assistant principal.

NASA/Jack Pfaller
Three new towers surround Launch Pad 39B after the final 100-foot-tall lightning mast was installed Feb 13. The new lightning protection system is being built for the Constellation Program and Ares/Orion
launches. Each tower is 500 feet tall with an additional 100-foot-long fiberglass mast atop supporting a wire catenary system. This improved lightning protection system allows for the taller height of the Ares I
rocket compared to the space shuttle. Pad 39B will be the site of the first Ares vehicle launch, including the Ares I-X flight test that is targeted for July 2009.

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NASA/Tim Jacobs
External fuel tank ET-131, which will be used on space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission, moves from the
turn basin to the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 21. The tank was transported to a
high bay for checkout. The tank will help launch the Japanese Experiment Module's Experiment Logistics Module-
Exposed Section, or ELM-ES.


March 6, 2009 March 6, 2009

Women engineers honor outstanding colleagues

"Step with care and great tact
and remember that life's a great
balancing act."
-- Dr. Seuss
No one understands those
words more than a talented
group of women engineers.
That's why Rachel Hutter, director
of engineering at Disney's Animal
Kingdom, quoted Dr. Seuss' "Oh,
the Places You'll Go" to inspire her
colleagues at the Space Coast Sec-
tion Society of Women Engineers'
awards banquet Feb. 24.
Each year, the section honors
women who excel in their field,
advance their organization's mission
and give back to the community.
"Honoring these women pro-
vides visibility to the many highly
significant positions women engi-
neers in our area hold," said Lori
McPherson, president of SWE's
Space Coast Section. "The banquet
helps provide recognition that there
isn't a single important female engi-
neer -- but many, many of them."
The New Woman Engineer
of the Year Award went to Capt.
Lindsey Mahoney, field program
manager for the U.S. Air Force's
45th Space Wing.
Mahoney currently is serving
as the chief of spacecraft integration
for the Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV
-- an uncrewed long-duration, reus-

able space vehicle that can return
experiments to Earth. Mahoney is
lead for integrating the spacecraft
to its Atlas V rocket, including site
procedures, fueling, customer con-
cerns and control room setup.
"I never thought I would be
involved with satellites, but since
my first assignment at Schriever Air
Force Base doing on-orbit satellite
operations, I couldn't picture myself
doing anything else," Mahoney
said. "After on-orbit operations it
seemed like a natural progression to
do launch site mission assurance."
The Technical Achievement
Award went to Donna Waln, cargo
integration engineering manager for
Boeing at Kennedy Space Center.
Waln provides technical leader-

ship for the integration of space
shuttle payloads into the orbiter
cargo bays. Waln's team of engi-
neers currently is providing techni-
cal expertise for the resolution of an
in-flight anomaly on the remotely
operated electrical umbilical, or
ROEU, during shuttle Endeavour's
STS-126 mission. The ROEU is the
most highly complex piece of cargo
integration hardware and is used to
provide power and data to various
payloads, including Multi-Purpose
Logistics Modules, and the Japanese
Experiment Module to be flown on
Endeavour's upcoming STS-127
"I am truly humbled to have
won this award among such amaz-
ing candidates," said Waln. "I feel

List of nominees

Nominees for the Distinguished New Woman Engineer of the Year
Award included, Jessica Beahn, Harris Corp.; Lt. Sofia Calica, U.S. Air
Force; Yashica Hunt, Harris Corp.; Kungun Mathur, Harris Corp.; Tuyet
Nguyen, United Space Alliance; and Elizabeth Spalding, United Space
Alliance. Nominees for the Technical Achievement Award included, Chandra
Connerton, Lockheed Martin; Kirsten Dreggors, Northrop Grumman; Ashley
Funderburke-Swingle, Northrop Grumman; Brenda Kaiser, Harris Corp; and
Martha Meyer, Harris Corp. Nominees for Woman Engineer of the Year Award
included, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA; Kimberly Guodace, United
Space Alliance; Alene Heuser, Harris Corp.; Barbara Kerschner, Lockheed
Martin; and Kelle Wendling, Harris Corp.

Among those attending the Space Coast Section Society of Women Engineers' award banquet Feb 24 were, from left, Lori McPherson, president of the Space Coast Section Society of Women Engineers,
Wendy Martin, director of engineering at Harris Corp, Capt Lindsey Mahoney, field program manager for the U S Air Force's 45th Space Wing, Donna Wain, cargo integration manager for Boeing Co, and
Rachel Hutter, director of attractions engineering services and quality assurance at Walt Disney World Co

very proud and honored to work for
the Boeing Company, and to have
had the opportunity to work on the
Space Shuttle Program for the last
21 years."
Waln said her success wouldn't
be possible without her bosses,
peers, employees and her husband,
who "shares the crazy balancing
act" they call life.
"Balancing work and family
is an ongoing strategic operation,"
McPherson said. "We're all thank-
ful for those employers willing to
provide workplace flexibility. The
end result is a more motivated,
harder-working employee, working
with greater efficiency and a better
overall attitude."
The Woman Engineer of the
Year Award went to Wendy Martin,
director of engineering at Harris
Martin helped with the engi-
neering design of the space station,
as well as provided MPEG encoding
of video and audio for record and
playback on mission computers for
next-generation aircraft. She's also
active with local schools, exposing
young girls to the thrill and satisfac-
tion of engineering.
The section also awarded
$1,000 scholarships to four graduat-
ing seniors who will study engineer-
ing, math or computer science in


Page 6

March 6, 2009

Remembering Our Heritage

Quick switch helped Apollo reach landing goal

This story is the first in a
series of four Apollo articles.

By Kay Grinter
Reference Librarian
The success of Apollo 9 in
March 1969, was essential if
NASA's Apollo Program was
going to meet the fast-approaching
lunar landing deadline, set by then-
President John F. Kennedy. The first
human test of the lunar module, or
LM, was the mission's primary ob-
jective. If the LM did not perform
as expected, a moon landing would
be greatly delayed.
By 1967, NASA had adopted
an alphabetical stairway for reach-
ing the moon in progressive mission
tasks. Following this plan, step A
provided for launch vehicle and
command and service module, or
CSM, development in a series of
test flights. In step B, uncrewed
flights targeted lunar module devel-
opment and proof of the propulsion
and staging systems.
In step C, crew performance
operating the CSM would be evalu-
ated. Step D flights further evalu-
ated crew performance during com-
bined operations of the LM with the
CSM in low-Earth orbit. The step E
flights would do the same in high-
Earth orbit. Lunar-orbit, or deep
space evaluation of the hardware,
would come in step F; with step G
accomplishing the ultimate goal -- a
lunar landing.
Each step would be repeated as
many times as necessary for its suc-
cessful accomplishment.
When it became apparent that
the LM would not be ready in time
to support the plan and still meet
the "end of the decade" landing
goal, NASA managers revamped
the sequence to take advantage of
the readiness of the CSM for hu-
man testing. The newly conceived
mission became Apollo 8, the first
human mission to orbit the moon.
Inserting this new mission into
the schedule meant the cancellation
of the E flight and reassignment of
the already established crews to the
newly ordered missions. Next up

NASA fle/1990
The Apollo 9 command and service module nicknamed "Gumdrop," and lunar module nicknamed "Spider," are shown docked together as Command Module
Pilot David Scott stands in the open hatch Astronaut Russell Schweickart took this photograph of Scott during his spacewalk as he stood on the porch
outside Spider Apollo 9 was an Earth-orbiting mission designed to test docking procedures between the modules, as well as test fly the lunar module in the
relatively safe confines of Earth's orbit

to crew Apollo 9 was Commander
James McDivitt and Command
Module Pilot David Scott, both
veterans of the Gemini Program,
teamed with Lunar Module Pilot
Russell "Rusty" Schweickart, a
Apollo 9, originally a D mis-
sion, was slated to use two Saturn
IB rockets to launch the CSM and
LM separately. To save some of the
time required to process two launch
vehicles, a Saturn V was enlisted to
place both modules in orbit together.
The LM was "key to the whole

program," in McDivitt's words,
"And trying to get it light enough to
fly was a real challenge. We got to
the point where we were filing little
blousons off of castings and things
like that to get the weight down."
During the 10 days following
launch on March 3, the lunar mod-
ule "Spider" did everything it was
expected to do in lunar flight except
land on the moon. Rendezvous
with the CSM "Gumdrop" went
well, and in McDivitt's evaluation,
NASA did a "good job of engineer-
ing it, because we really didn't have
very many big problems with the
"We did a dock burn with the
lunar module. We did a bunch of
oscillating tests with the command
module. We did an EVA (space-
walk). We checked all the alterna-
tive methods of doing star align-
ments. We had multiple burns on the

descent stage. Throttled the engine
up and down through regimes it
probably was never throttled at
when it landed on the moon. And it
worked out really great."
McDivitt left the astronaut
corps after Apollo 9 to ultimately
become manager of the Apollo
Spacecraft Program. He made
the career change, he explained,
because it was "apparent to me that
I wasn't going to be the first guy to
land on the moon, which was im-
portant to me. And being the second
or third guy wasn't that important
to me."
The switch in crews for the
reordered missions was decisive in
who became the first man to walk on
the moon. By the process of crew ro-
tation in place, Pete Conrad, backup
commander for the Apollo 9 crew,
would have been in line for prime
crew commander of Apollo 11.

More online
To read astronaut James McDi-
vitt's oral history interview in its
entirety, visit: www.jsc.nasa.


March 6, 2009

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NASA Employees of the Month: March

NASA/Kevin O'Connell
Employees of the month for March are, from left, Chad Carl, Engineering Directorate, William Manley,
Engineering Directorate, Nathan Gelino, Safety & Mission Assurance Directorate, David Sumner, Center
Operations, Timothy Freeland, Procurement Office, and Sarah Schilling, Launch Vehicle Processing
Directorate Not pictured, include, Sariah Adams, Chief Council, Amos Reckline, Information Technology
& Communications Services, Gary Letchworth, Constellation Project Office, Michael O'Malley, Launch
Services Program, Lisa Stephany, Human Resource Office, and Andres Adorno, External Relations

Looking up and ahead

Targeted for March 6

March 7

Tentatively targeted March 12
No earlier than March 13

No earlier than March 24

No earlier than April 28

Target May 12
Target May 15

No earlier than May 20


No earlier than June 16
No earlier than July 8

Target July 11

Target Aug 6

No earlier than Aug 14
No earlier than Sept 29

No earlier than Oct 1

No earlier than Oct 8
Target November

Target Nov 12

No earlier than Nov 12


Target Dec 10
Target Feb 11, 2010

Target April 8, 2010
Target May 31, 2010

Launch/CCAFS Delta II, Kepler, 10 49 57 p m EST

KSC All-American Picnic, KARS Park I
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-119, 8 54 p m
Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, WGS SV-2, 9 25 p m

Launch/CCAFS Delta II, GPS IIR-20, 4 34 a m

Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GOES-O, 6 24 p m

Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-125, 1 11 p m

Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-127, 4 52 p m

Launch/CCAFS Falcon 9, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Delta II, STSS Demo, TBD
Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, WGS SV-3, TBD

Launch/KSC Ares I-X flight test/Launch Pad 39B, TBD

Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-128, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Delta II, GPS IIR-21, TBD
Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GPS IIF-1, TBD

LaunchNAFB Taurus, Glory, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, SDO, TBD
Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-129, TBD

Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-129, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GOES-P, TBD

Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Commercial Payload, 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


What personal item would you like
flown to space and back ?

* "A scapular that my grandmother wore her
entire life. It is my most-prized possession."
Thomas Ferruzza,
with NASA

"My family Bible. It represents the values
that our country were founded upon."
Jane Dumont,
with REDE/Critique Inc.

"My daughter... because her life-long goal
has always been to be an astronaut."
Alan Littlefield,
with NASA

"I have my kids'shoes that all my children
have worn hanging in my truck."
Richard Snyder,
with NASA

A University of Missouri alumni pennant.
It's where I went to school."
Stephen Van Genderen,
with NASA

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