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Oct 16 2009 Vol 49 No 21

Spaceport News

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


Journey back to moon inspires students, teachers

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
NASA's Lunar Crater
Observation and
Sensing Satellite, or
LCROSS, made an impact
on more than just the moon
when it plunged into the sur-
face shortly after 7:31 a.m.
EDT Oct. 9.
For several weeks lead-
ing up to the event, Kennedy
Space Center's Education
Division conducted work-
shops and special activities
for hundreds of students
and teachers from Brevard
County, Fla., and across the
Dr. Lesley Gamer, lead
for Elementary/Secondary
and Informal Education, said
it's an exciting time to be
part of NASA education.
"The students who
are participating in Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter/
LCROSS education activities
could very well play a role
in sending mankind back to
the moon and on to Mars,"
Garner said. "To help them
achieve this goal it is vital
that we take an active role to
encourage students to pursue
science, technology, engi-

Hundreds of Kennedy Space Center workers gathered early Oct 9 to watch
the LCROSS moon impact at the Operations and Support Building II 5th floor
Conference Room and the Operations and Checkout Mission Briefing Room The
LCROSS mission seeks to test for water ice deposits on the moon, which will pave
the way for future human lunar exploration

neering and mathematics, or
STEM, careers at an early
Those wishing to catch
a live glimpse of the impact
gathered in Kennedy's
Operations and Checkout
Building and the Opera-
tions Support Building II.
Although the cameras on
the impactor went out right
before it hit, the excitement
of the mission's goal did not.

"It's the next step in ex-
ploration for the next genera-
tion," said Laila Rahmatian,
NASA co-op.
While LCROSS inves-
tigators are busy scanning
through data for signs of wa-
ter ice deposits on the moon,
the activities will continue at
NASA's Educator Resource
Center, or ERC, through at
least December, and perhaps

In September and
October, the ERC hosted
Florida students from An-
drew Jackson Middle School
in Titusville; Clearlake
Middle School in Cocoa; and
Girl Scouts from Brevard
and Orange counties, for its
LCROSS-related activities
"On Target" and "Touch
The "On Target" activ-
ity challenged students to
modify a paper cup so it
could zip down a line and
drop a marble onto a target.
The "Touch Down" activ-
ity challenged students to
protect two "astronauts"
during landing by designing
and building a shock-absorb-
ing system, using cardboard,
paper cups, straws and mini-
"The students had a
great time and came back
excited about being able
to accomplish something
special, even though they
usually have difficulty doing
normal classroom book-
work," said Dana McLaurin,
a special education teacher
at Stone Middle School in

See MOON, Page 2

What we said ...
Kennedy Space Center workers
gathered in the Operations
and Checkout Building and the
Operations Support Building II
for a live viewing of the
LCROSS lunar impact
Here's what they said

"It's another day in history."
Jennifer Abernathy, NASA
Launch Services Program

"It took me back to the impact it
had on me when I witnessed the
first moon landing in 1969."
Larry Tucci, ManTech

"Hopefully we'll learn from this
lunar landing how to scale the
blast of an Altair descent stage
impact from an aborted landing
near a lunar outpost."
-Phil Metzger, NASA Engineering
Surface Systems

"Losing the video was not that
big of a deal, as long as they get
the data they need, everything
should be OK. I'm anxiously
awaiting the data and hoping
there's water up there on the
Christopher Han,
United Space Alliance

"I'm kind of disappointed we
lost video, but it still was very
exciting. Hopefully we'll see
what the data has to show."
Don Spratt, NASA

Inside this issue ...

Energy awareness Buzz Lightyear returns

50 years of service

Heritage: Road to
launch pads turns 45

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From MOON, Page 1
Melbourne, Fla.
Other events included a Bre-
vard In-service Teacher Workshop
on Sept. 14, followed by another
workshop on Oct. 3. Facilitators took
LCROSS activities on the road to
Durbin Creek Elementary School in
Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 15, where
students and their families gathered
for Astronomy Night, and viewed the
moon through telescopes provided
by the ERC.
According to ERC Program
Manager Birdette Brown, with the
University of Central Florida, the
ERC will host LCROSS briefings for
Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Orange
County educators Oct. 17.
Later this month, LCROSS
activities will reach more Florida
students from Willow Creek Middle
School in Vero Beach, Lake High-
land Preparatory School in Orlando,
Trinity School in Tampa, and Mathis
Elementary School in Jacksonville.
LCROSS briefings and activi-
ties already were given to the Indian
River and Gifford libraries in Vero
Beach, Fla., the Citrus Council Girl
Scouts, students visiting from Ennis
Junior High School in Montana,
Lauer Middle School in Pennsyl-
vania, New Covenant School in
Orlando, and Living Science Home
School in Georgia.
LRO/LCROSS press kits and
special DVDs titled, "Let's Kick up
Some Moon Dust," were sent to each
Brevard County school. The ERC
also hosted planetarium shows lead-
ing up to and after the impact.
"We are excited to share STEM
LCROSS hands-on activities with
students and educators," Brown said.
"It is an amazing opportunity to be
able to inspire the next generation
of astronauts, scientists, engineers,
geologists and geographers, as well
as students interested in the many
other career opportunities NASA has
to offer."
The education outreach doesn't
end there. About 30 college under-
graduate and graduate students from
around the country participated in an
online chat with LCROSS Co-In-
vestigator Peter Schultz on Oct. 15.
Schultz also is the director of the
Rhode Island Space Grant through
NASA's Exploration Systems Mis-
sion Directorate.
"Our content is literally 'out of
this world,'" Garner said.

October is Energy Awareness Month

Despite the recent and unex-
pected heat wave, October
is the time of year when
we welcome cooler temperatures
and observe Energy Awareness
This year's energy theme, "A
Sustainable Energy Future: We're
Putting All the Pieces Together,"
encourages everyone to help
acheive and maintain an energy-
efficient future.
When we put all the pieces
together, all of us -- NASA, private
industry and the public -- we have
the means to shape our energy
future and move our nation toward
energy independence.
The 2009 Energy Awareness
Month campaign reminds federal
employees to switch off unneces-
sary lights and equipment, use
efficient Energy Star products and
compact fluorescent light bulbs,
and drive fuel-efficient and alterna-
tive-fuel vehicles.
The National Energy Con-
servation Policy Act requires all
federal agencies to reduce energy
consumption per gross square foot
by 3 percent annually or 30 percent
by 2015.
In addition to the energy
conservation measures above, the
Kennedy Space Center Energy
Working Group calls on all em-
ployees to reduce energy consump-

Ways to conserve
For more ways to conserve
energy in the workplace, click on
the "Bring your Green to Work"
link at:

tion by unplugging equipment that
drains energy even when not in use
and placing trouble calls to report
energy waste in the work area.
Follow Kennedy's slogan,
"Get a Grip on the Power, Save
Energy at KSC."

Water recycling competition

NASA also is calling on fifth-
through eighth-grade students to
participate in a waste limitation
management and recycling design
Participants in the competition
will design and test water recy-
cling systems that could be used
for future exploration of the moon.
The top three teams will receive
awards, and the first place team
will receive a trip to Kennedy.
Teams of up to six students
and one teacher or mentor should
submit their proposals and results
to NASA for evaluation by Feb. 1,

Schools in the United States
and its territories, science muse-
ums, science centers and home
school groups may host teams.
The winning teams will be an-
nounced in May 2010. During the
winning team's visit to Kennedy,
students will gain firsthand knowl-
edge about NASA's missions,
receive behind-the-scenes tours of
launch facilities, and learn about
future aerospace and engineering
The competition is designed
to engage and retain students in
the science, technology, engineer-
ing and math disciplines critical to
NASA's missions.
For information about the
challenge and how to apply, visit:

Musgrave to speak

NASA astronaut Story Mus-
grave will talk about "The Beauty
of Nature, The Art of Technology"
during a presentation at 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 17.
Brevard Community College
is hosting the event at the Cocoa
campus' Florida Solar Energy
Center at 1679 Clearlake Road in
Cocoa, Fla.
For tickets, call 321-727-2311.

Former Kennedy worker,

astronaut remembered

F emrnando "Frank"
Caldeiro, a NASA
astronaut and former
Kennedy Space Center
employee, died Oct. 3 after
a battle with brain cancer.
He was 51.
Caldeiro was born
June 12, 1958, in Buenos
Aires, Argentina, but
considered New York City
and Merritt Island, Fla., to
be his hometowns. Caldeiro
was the first person of
Argentinean descent to train
for a spaceflight.
Caldeiro joined
Kennedy Space Center in

1991 as a cryogenics and
propulsion systems expert
for the Safety and Mission
Assurance Office. He took
part in 52 space shuttle
launches before being chosen
as an astronaut candidate in
He received his master
of science in engineering
management from the
University of Central Florida.
He is survived by his
wife, the former Donna
Marie Emero of Huntington
Beach, Calif., and two
daughters, Annie and

NASA file/1998
Astronaut Fernando "Frank" Caldeiro in front of space shuttle Discov-
ery as it moves out of Orbiter Processing Facility-2 en route to the
Vehicle Assembly Building in 1998


Oct 16 2009

Page 2

Disney celebrates Buzz Lightyear's return from ISS

By Steven Siceloff
Spaceport News
Buzz Lightyear didn't quite
make it to infinity, but he
went well beyond the realm
of other action figures.
The icon of Disney's "Toy
Story" films spent 15 months on
the International Space Station and
got a ticker-tape parade alongside
real-life moonwalker Buzz Aldrin
and Expedition 18 Commander and
NASA astronaut Mike Finke to
welcome him home to Disney World
in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 2.
"Buzz was the perfect
crewmate," Finke said. "He lifted
our spirits, he didn't talk much and
he didn't eat much, so he left us his
extra portions."
While Buzz Lightyear is a space
ranger, Finke said the character's
best work has been in serving as a
bridge between the fun, fanciful side
of spaceflight and the technical and
scientific skills NASA uses to make
spaceflight happen in real life.
"Buzz is internationally known,
and Buzz is a space ranger, so by
sharing some of Buzz's adventures
with what we do at NASA, it really
highlights a lot of good things for
NASA and shows what we really do,
what astronauts do," Finke said.
The toy's popularity gives
NASA a head start in getting
children's attention in a world in
which focus is short-lived, said Joyce
Winterton, associate administrator
for NASA Education.
"It's something that students and
children can relate to," Winterton
said. "So when they see him going
up in space on the shuttle or the
station it becomes a touch point for
The parade coincided with
a NASA education initiative that
includes an opportunity for students
to propose an experiment which will
be flown on the International Space
Station. There also is a contest to
design a mission patch that will go
into orbit on the station.
"We've got the attention of
thousands of students because of
Buzz Lightyear," Winterton said.
"And hopefully we'll have a large
number of students say let's plan
an experiment. Of those we'll pick
12 that will fly on the International

NASA/Dimitn Gerondidakis
Buzz Lightyear received a space hero's welcome during a ticker-tape parade through Walt Disney
World's Magic Kingdom on Oct 2 The 12-inch-tall action figure spent more than 15 months aboard the
International Space Station and returned to Earth on Sept 11

Space Station, and that's pretty
Disney also developed
and posted several Web-based
educational games for Buzz's launch
and landing based on NASA's
missions and goals.
Finke and Buzz's mission at
Disney's Magic Kingdom also
included teaching school children
about space travel, science and
Veronica Franco, an education
specialist at Kennedy Space
Center, led a number of space-
related demonstrations, including
freezing and crumbling plants using
liquid nitrogen. With help from
"Spaceman" from the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex, she
showed how astronauts get dressed
for a spacewalk.
Then it was Finke's turn to wow
the students with firsthand accounts
from his two, six-month stays in
the weightlessness of space. He
looked at stars, conducted research
on changes to the body and basically
adjusted his body to cope with the
unpredictable nature of things in zero
So what did students want to

NASA/Dimitrn Gerondidakis
Buzz Lightyear and his former International Space
Station crewmate, Mike Finke, share the limelight
in a welcome home parade at Disney World in
Orlando, Fla on Oct 2

hear about first? The technologically
advanced toilet.
Buzz didn't have to learn that
lesson during his time in orbit.
Disney was aware of the
somewhat mixed goals for NASA
and the entertainment company, and
backed down its normal commercial
considerations for the chance to send
Buzz into space.
"You've got to strike a balance,"
said Disney's Duncan Wardle, the
company's global vice president for
Public Relations Integration. "And
it's a hard role for a government
organization sponsored by the

taxpayer, but you've got to excite the
next generation of space travelers."
Buzz has proven an attraction in
ways Wardle said he didn't expect.
For instance, a U.S. Air Force
officer at Edwards Air Force Base
in California asked for a photo with
Buzz after space shuttle Discovery
touched down there in September
ending the STS-128 mission.
But the idea was hardly a
certainty when Wardle pitched it to a
roomful of NASA officials.
"My sense was 50 percent loved
the idea but probably didn't want to
say it, and 50 percent of the room
wanted to pick me up and throw me
out the window," Wardle recalled.
Once the plan was approved,
there was still a significant hurdle
for the project: 12-inch Buzz
Lightyear action figures had gone
out of production months before
and Wardle's team of employees
could not find them in any store,
warehouse or anywhere else.
"I was driving back to the office,
and I got a call and all I heard was
a voice, 'To Infinity and Beyond,'"
Wardle said. "Then my wife said,
'Found it, it's been underneath (my
son's) bed. It's been there six months
collecting dust. And I was like,
'Right, that's it then, that's the Buzz
Lightyear that's going into space.
Wasn't quite in the plan, but..."
That Buzz went from bedroom
floor to Houston in days, and into
orbit a couple months later. At
that point, there was not any talk
of bringing the action figure back.
Instead, he would stay on the station
as a permanent resident, including
during the station's fiery entry when
it eventually is de-orbited.
Wardle provided the winning
argument for bringing Buzz back
on the shuttle: "I said, guys, if you
incinerate Buzz Lightyear, I'll have
to tell the world's children."
So with his flight home
approved, Buzz moved into
Discovery during STS-128 and
returned to Earth. His education
mission is not over though. Plans
call for him to be displayed in the
Smithsonian's National Air and
Space Museum in Washington,
Wardle said.
"This one is going to be hard to
top," Finke said.

Oct 16 2009


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SceWeArD KeCy Spaces Center

Maria Tellado, left, and Cindy Gooden attend the brown bag lunch and learn Oct 2 hosted by the Hispanic Outreach and Leader-
ship Alliance team, or HOLA, and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity Miguel Rodriguez, the office's deputy director,
shared his personal journey and perspectives on leadership Hispanic heritage month is observed Sept 15 to Oct 15

NASA/Jack Pfaller
Workers monitor the progress of space shuttle Atlantis as it backs out of Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for its move to the Vehicle
Assembly Building The rollover began at about 7 a m EDTandwas completed at 8 25 am Liftoff of Atlantis on its STS-129 mis-
sion to the International Space Station is targeted for Nov 12

NASA/ Troy Cryder
Volunteers portraying astronauts are transported to helicopters as part of a Mode II-IV exercise Oct 1 that allows teams to practice an emergency response at Launch Pad 39A,
including helicopter evacuation to local hospitals The exercise involves NASA fire rescue personnel, volunteers portraying astronauts with simulated injuries, helicopters and
personnel from the U S Air Force's 920th Rescue Wing and medical trauma teams at three Central Florida hospitals

This girl was among thousands of visitors to tour the Kennedy Space Center display during the Home and Patio Show at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla, Oct 1-4 Kennedy's Display Outreach Team supported the event with interactive
and informational displays This one identifies general household goods that have ties to space exploration

Connie Phillips reads a firefighter book to a group of youngsters during Fire Safety Week at the Child Development Center at
Kennedy Space Center The children are Lisa Morgan, Lucas Sims, Everett Cox, Sydney Freeland and Kane Paglialonga

NASA/Amanda Diller
Workers position the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO spacecraft, onto a work stand during preparations for propulsion
system testing and leak checks at the Astrotech Space Operations Facility in Titusville, Fla SDO is the first space weather re-
search network mission in NASA's Living With a Star Program The spacecraft's long-term measurements will give solar scientists
in-depth information about changes in the sun's magnetic field and insight into how they affect Earth Liftoff on an Atlas V rocket is
planned for Feb 3, 2010


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NASA/Jim Grossmann
Charlie Buchanan, a design engineer with EG&G Technical Services, recently was recognized for 50 years of service at the spaceport Buchanan's journey began in 1959 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's
Complex 30 blockhouse where he was a draftsman

Engineer celebrates 50-year milestone at spaceport

By Linda Herridge
Spaceport News
Working at Ken-
nedy Space
Center for half a
century can offer someone
many memories. For Charlie
Buchanan, a design engi-
neer with EG&G Technical
Services on the Institutional
Services Contract, his 50
years of Kennedy recollec-
tions brought him back to
the Complex 30 blockhouse
at Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station, where his journey as
a draftsman began.
"I recall when a safety
flight officer had to detonate
a Pershing missile a few sec-
onds into flight," Buchanan
said while remembering
some of his first experi-
encesatthe Cape. It \as. the
biggest nighttime fireworks
display I've ever seen."
Buchanan has wit-
nessed nearly every test
flight and launch from
Kennedy and the Cape, and

was recognized for his many
years of service on Sept.
14. Richard Hatcher, acting
branch manager and lead
architect for ISC Engineering
Services, presented Buchan-
an with a special plaque to
mark the milestone.
"I think what works for
Charlie is that he is always
coming into work with a
smile and a positive attitude,
even when things aren't
going as well as they could,"
Hatcher said.
Buchanan worked on
Project Vanguard for the
Martin Company, now Lock-
heed Martin, in Baltimore.
When the launch vehicle he
worked on was sent to the
Cape in 1959, he transferred
there shortly afterward and
lived in the small community
of Sunrise Beach, Fla. He
moved to Melbourne, Fla., in
May 1962.
Throughout the years
and as contracts changed, he
worked for Boeing Services

International, Space Gate-
way Support, and twice for
EG&G. When his job within
the Apollo Program ended
in 1970, he was laid off for
one year, but returned on the
Base Support Contract in
June 1971.
Since that time, he's
created design packages
for facility remodels, and
acquired the materials and
equipment to complete the
"I'm one of the people
who workers out here don't
like to see," Buchanan joked.
"If they see me, it usually
means they're going to have
to move."
In fact, Buchanan said
he's created the design
packages for nearly every
worker's move from one
room to another, or from one
facility to another.
Buchanan said one of
the challenges of his job was
transitioning from draft-
ing the designs by hand to

learning the computer-aided
design program Micro Sta-
In all his years, Buchan-
an said he's only had three
bad days. The first was the
Apollo 1 fire, the second was
the Challenger accident and
the third was President John
F. Kennedy's assassination.
"It's hard when you
get to know the astronauts
and then a tragedy occurs,"
Buchanan said. "We've seen
a lot... and been through a
lot here."
The most enjoyable part
of his job is meeting and
getting to know so many
people, including most of the
early astronauts.
One of his most memo-
rable experiences was stand-
ing next to Alan Shepard
at the Cape's Skid Strip as
President Kennedy gave
John Glenn an award for his
suborbital flight.
Another time, he at-
tended a semi-formal dance

at the Merritt Island Skating
Rink where astronauts Tom
Stafford and Pete Conrad
wore roller skates and glided
around the dance floor.
While Buchanan
cherishes his early years on
the Space Coast, he also is
looking ahead to the launch
center's future.
"I hope NASA will con-
tinue to move forward with
the Constellation Program
and Ares vehicle," Buchanan
He and wife, June, live
in Rockledge, Fla., and will
celebrate their 54th wedding
anniversary in February.
They have three children,
daughters Yvonne and Janet,
and son, Charles E., and six
June worked for NASA
in the Education Division.
She coordinated several
education and science fair
programs for students, and
retired from Kennedy in


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Oct 16, 2009

Remembering Our Heritage

NASA file/1964 NASA file/2000
The first stretch of the crawlerway between Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Pad 39A began in November 1963 By the end of 1964, it was 83 percent complete For the first test
in June 1965, the crawlerway was paved with asphalt The maximum crawlerway loading reported to date from any Apollo or space shuttle configuration is 18 6 million pounds The Ares V loads are projected to
be up to 35 percent larger The crawlerway is expected to undergo a major "re-rocking" in the coming months

Crawlerway provides 'firm foundation' for Saturn V

By Kay Grinter
Reference Librarian
The lumbering "rollouts" to
the launch pads, the cause of
much excitement in NASA's
launch campaigns at Kennedy Space
Center today, are a direct result of
decisions made 45 years ago during
the Apollo era.
NASA's Chester "Chet"
Wasileski, then chief of Kennedy's
Projects Engineering Office, was
one of the decision-makers in De-
sign Engineering.
"The real debate was how to
move the Saturn V to the launch
pad," Wasileski said. "Our main op-
tions were by rail, wheel or water. I
voted for using a railway."
The Marion Power Shovel
Company was awarded the contract
to build a vehicle capable of trans-
porting the load over a roadway,
based on their success with similar
transporters for the mining industry.
This space-age transporter
would not have wheels, but metal
treads. The combined weight of the
transporter, the mobile launcher and
the Saturn V rocket was projected to
be 17 million pounds. Its roadway
would need a sturdy foundation.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers, the road's builder, also had to

consider the wind loads and static
loads, the pressures per square inch
and the duration of those pressures,
the size of the vehicle treads and
the footprint of each. Therefore, the
crawlerway was built to withstand
loads in excess of 12,000 pounds per
square foot.
Preparations to construct the
first stretch of the crawlerway be-
tween the Vehicle Assembly Build-
ing, or VAB, and Launch Pad 39A,
began in November 1963.
The approach was similar to
that of building a highway cause-
way. After excavating any soft
material, more than 3 million cubic
yards of hydraulic fill from the turn
basin were pumped along the route,
compacted with vibratory rollers,
and then proof-rolled with a 100-ton
Its lower 3-foot layer of sand
and shell fill was followed by three-
and-a-half feet of a blended mixture
of fine and course lime rock. The
lime rock was then topped with an
asphalt seal coat. The depth of the
roadway was 7 to 8 feet, depending
on location along the route.
By the end of 1964, the crawler-
way was 83 percent complete.
During the first test of the
crawler in June 1965, high hydraulic
pressures were noted when its trucks

scuffed on the crawlerway during
"The vibrations that resulted
were unexpected and unacceptable,"
Wasileski said.
The treads also chewed up
large portions of the asphalt surface.
"The asphalt was sticking to the
treads," said NASA's Harrell Cun-
ningham, chief of Kennedy's Roads
and Grounds/Heavy Equipment. "It
had to be removed or it could have
broken the treads."
Harry Shockey was mechani-
cal shop manager for Kennedy's
Technical Shop.
"My supervisors, Albert Zeiler
and Bob Gorman, suggested that
covering the surface with hay might
be an inexpensive alternative,"
Shockey said. "The hay was spread
on the crawlerway north of the VAB
and on the crawler park site. The
crawler moved over the hay, turning
to the right or left, to grind it down
to see what happened.
"It did a fair job, believe it or
not," Shockey recalled, "but made
the worst mess. We decided real fast
that was not the way to go."
River rock was determined to
be most resistant to being crushed
by the crawler, particularly that from
an area in central Alabama which
was covered by the Gulf of Mexico

about a million years ago. It was
placed along the roadbed to a depth
of 4 inches on the straightaway sec-
tions and 8 inches on the curves.
"The crawler's treads ran in the
same place on the crawlerway every
time," Cunningham explained, "and
did not break the rock all the way
He suggested that a spring-tooth
harrow drawn by a tractor, such as
the ones used on the farm where he
grew up, rather than a heavy road
scrapper, be used to bring the unbro-
ken rocks to the surface, allowing
the smaller, finer pieces to settle on
the bottom. The suggestion produced
the best results at less cost to NASA.
The maximum crawlerway
loading reported to date from any
Apollo or space shuttle configura-
tion is 18.6 million pounds. The
Ares V loads are projected to be up
to 35 percent greater.
A study of the crawlerway's
foundation is under way to predict,
with a high level of confidence, the
ability of the crawlerway to support
the weight of the combined crawler-
transporter, new mobile launcher
and Ares V vehicle. The results
will be available by May 2010.
The crawlerway also will undergo
a major "re-rocking" in the coming


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2009 NASA Employees of the Year

The 2009 Kennedy Space Center Employees of the Year, from left Courtney Flugstad, Launch Vehicle
Processing Directorate, Lisa Huddleston, Engineering Directorate, Jennifer Lindsey, Constellation Project
Office, Linda Foster, Launch Services Program, Joy Batterson, Information Technology and Communica-
tions Services, Jacqueline Quinn, Applied Technology Directorate, Dale Breidenbach, Human Resource
Office, and Laura Thayer, Information Technology and Communications Services Not pictured are
Sariah Adams, Chief Counsel, Kevin Decker, Engineering Directorate, Gladys Escobar, Procurement
Office, Kent Beringer, ISS and Spacecraft Processing Directorate, Helen Kane, External Relations,
Suzanne Dininny, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, and Daniel Hull, Center Operations

NASA Employees of the Month: October

NASA/Sandy Joseph
Employees of the month for October are, from left Jonathan Partridge, Center Operations, Staci Leach,
Chief Financial Office, Vu Le, Information Technology and Communications Services, Ember Smith,
Constellation Space Transportation Planning Office, and Robert Summers, Engineering Directorate
Not pictured are Thomas Howard Smith, Constellation Project Office, Madhukar Jalota, Engineering
Directorate, Batholomew Pannullo, Procurement Office, Phillip Swihart, Safety and Mission Assur-
ance Directorate, Jennifer Wahlberg, ISS and Spacecraft Processing Directorate, and Charles Walker,
Launch Services Program

Looking up and ahead ...

Targeted for Oct 27 Launch/KSC Ares I-X flight test, Window 8 a m to noon EDT

Targeted for Nov 12
Planned for Nov 23

Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-129, 4 04 p m EST
Landing/KSC Shuttle Landing Facility 11 31 a m EST

Targeted for Nov 14 Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Intelsat 14, 12 48 to 2 18 am EST

Targeted for Nov 18 Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, WGS SV-3, Window 7 45 to 8 30 p m EST

No earlier than Nov 29 Launch/CCAFS Falcon 9, TBD, Window 11 a m to 3 p m EST

Dec 7

LaunchNAFS WISE. Window 9 10 to 9 23 a m EST

No earlier than Feb 3 Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, SDO, 10 53 to 11 53 a m EST

Targeted for Feb 4 Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-130, 6 20 a m EST

Targeted for February Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GPS IIF-1, TBD

No earlier than March 4 Launch/CCAFS Delta IV, GOES-P, TBD

Targeted for March 18 Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-131, 1 08 p m EDT

Targeted for May 14 Launch/KSC Atlantis, STS-132, 3 05 p m EDT

Targeted for May 23 LaunchNAFB Delta II, Aquarius / SAC-D Satellite, TBD

Targeted for July 29 Launch/KSC Endeavour, STS-134, 8 45 a m EDT

Targeted for Sept 16 Launch/KSC Discovery, STS-133, 1 p m EDT

No earlier than Oct 1 LaunchNAFB Taurus, Glory, TBD

Targeted for Fall 2011 Launch/CCAFS Atlas V, Mars Science Laboratory, TBD

DAAWG hosts event Oct. 30
The Disability Awareness and Action Working Group, or DAAWG, is hosting
an event for National Disability Employment Awareness Month on Oct. 30 in
the Kennedy Space Center Training Auditorium.
This year's theme is "Expectation + Opportunity = Full Participation." Aaron
Scheidies, who is a blind world champion triathlete, will be a speaking at the
event at 9 a.m.
An information fair, including representatives from various organizations, will
follow at 10 a.m.
For more information about Scheidies and his triumphs, go to:
For more information about the DAAWG event, call Annie Williams at 321-

Elementary schools to participate

in 'Butterflies in Space' program

Space Florida announced an opportunity for 15 Florida elementary schools
to participate in the "Butterflies in Space" program. Each classroom will host
a butterfly larvae habitat and compare development of their habitat to that of
another test group of larvae flying aboard STS-129, bound for the International
Space Station in November. This program, made possible in collaboration with
BioServe of Colorado, received an overwhelming reply from Florida schools in
response to the initial posting of the opportunity.
Schools selected to participate in the program and receive free butterfly
habitats for their classrooms include:

Freedom 7 Elementary, Cocoa Beach Fifth grade
Golfview Elementary, Rockledge K-sixth grade
Lewis Carroll Elementary, Merritt Island- Fifth grade
Robert Louis Stevenson School of the Arts, Merritt Island- Fifth grade
Union Park Elementary, Orlando K-fifth-grade science labs
Eagle's View Academy, Jacksonville Seventh- and eighth-grade sciences
Aventura City of Excellence School, Aventura Second- and fifth-grade science
Argyle Elementary, Orange Park Fourth-grade math/science/social studies
Hammock Pointe Elementary, Boca Raton Fifth-grade science and writing
Dale Mabry Elementary, Tampa- Fifth-grade science and math
Spirit Elementary, Deltona Fifth grade
Riversink Elementary, Crawfordville First grade
Glenallen Elementary, North Point- K-fifth-grade science
Holm Elementary, Pensacola Fifth-grade math and science
Poinciana Elementary, Naples First-grade science

More than 2,400 students from these schools will directly benefit from the program.

John F Kennedy Space Center

Spaceport News

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is published on alternate Fridays by External Relations in the interest of KSC civil
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