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Page 2 Atlantis sheds its skin Inside... DuPont winners visit Page 9 Page 6 Electronics collected Page 8 Launch pad repairs begin Cabana earns Debus Award T he National Space Club Florida Committee pre sented Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana with its prestigious Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award on April 27. A former U.S. Marine Corps aviator and NASA astronaut, Cabana was honored at the Debus Award dinner at Ken nedys visitor complex. Named the Debus Award was created to ments and contributions made in Florida to American aero space efforts. Bobs devotion to his coun try and the U.S. space program has been exemplary, said National Space Club Florida Committee Chairman Jim Mc Carthy. He started his career as a naval test pilot, became an astronaut and has most recently provided exceptional leadership as Kennedys center director program into retirement. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was on hand at the event and also praised Cabanas work. I cannot say enough about the job Bob Cabana has done as the director of the Kennedy Space Center, Bolden said. Hes an incredible leader and thats why hes being recog nized. Hes an inspirational leader that people want to fol low and be like. Bolden noted that Cabana now is helping lead the Florida spaceport into the future. We are looking at new ways of doing business, he said. Were trying to integrate more of industry into the work that we do here trying to bring in more private industry and convert the Kennedy Space Center into a multiuser facility. All thats come about because of Bobs can-do attitude. The Debus Award was created by the space clubs Florida Committee to recognize contributions made in Florida to American aerospace ef forts. Kurt Debus organization conducted launches of the early military missiles and space vehicles. His work included di recting the design, construction and operation of the Saturn V launch facilities for the Apollo moon landing program. In accepting the award, Cabana gave credit to the men and women who work at Americas spaceport. Its not about me, he said. Its about this truly amazing team here at Kennedy. I truly believe we are making our dreams a reality. By Bob Granath Spaceport News National Space Club Florida Committee Chairman Jim McCarthy, left, presents the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award to Kennedys Director, Bob Cabana at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on April 27. For more, click on the photo. NASA/Jim Grossmann CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 2 Atlantis sheds skin for June 29 open ing By Bob Granath Spaceport News Construction contines for the one-of-a kind, 90,000-squarefoot educational attraction that will feature a 360-degree, multilevel view of Atlantis. The facility is scheduled to open to the public June 29. "We're on schedule," said Macy. "We feel very comfort able about that now." In mid-November, Atlan tis was raised 30 feet off the ground and rotated 43.21 degrees to be displayed as if it were in space. Its portside wingtip is only 7.5 feet off the ground. Atlantis is being held in place by two support beams attached where the spacecraft was mounted atop the Shuttle Boeing 747, for cross-country Theres nothing else like this, Macy said. The way its shown to the public and presented is like no place else on Earth. Once inside the exhibit, visitors will see Atlantis as At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, construction crews removed 16,000 square feet of plastic shrink-wrap from space shuttle Atlantis on April 25. The spacecraft had been enclosed in the shrink-wrap since November 2012 to protect the artifact from dust and debris during construction of the 90,000-square-foot facility that houses Atlantis and its associated displays. NASA/Cory Huston it appeared in space with the payload bay doors opened and Atlantis Canadarm remote ma nipulator system -its robotic arm -installed and extended. "We have to take the plas tic off to allow us to open the payload bay doors," Macy said. "We've never done this before, but we've got a great plan. We've got United Space Alli ance guys who have worked on the shuttle for over 30 years, we have NASA oversight, we've got plenty of engineers, and weve got some really smart people working on this." United Space Alliance was NASA's Space Program Opera tions Contractor, responsible for processing the shuttles between missions. International Space Station and 2011. "She's had 33 missions in space and traveled over 12 mil lion miles," Macy said, noting that Atlantis has had a stellar 26-year career. Displays will tell the 30-year story of the entire Space Shuttle Program, including a focus on the contributions of thousands of people working behind the scenes. There will be great detail in the information avail able in the displays for visitors to enjoy. "It will also be presented in a way that's entertaining," Macy said. "There are over 60 interactive exhibits. What we've learned is we have to entertain as we educate." The exhibits and simulators will provide guests a neverbefore-experienced perspective on the shuttles complex sys tems, components and capabili ties, and is being designed for explorers of all ages. NASA/Cory Huston Construction crews began removing 16,000 square feet of plastic shrink-wrap from space shuttle Atlantis on April 25 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, as members of the media looked on. L ike a special gift being unwrapped, construction crews began removing 16,000 square feet of plastic shrink-wrap from space shuttle Atlantis on April 25 as work continues for the famed space craft's new $100 million home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Atlantis has been enclosed in the plastic since November of last year to protect it from dust and debris during construction of the facility where it will be displayed. "This is the next step in unveiling Atlantis," said Tim Macy, director of project de velopment for Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts at the visitor complex. "We should have it all off by late tomorrow afternoon." As construction workers con tinued removing plastic, Macy explained that the crews are be ing methodical and meticulous in their work. "This is a priceless artifact," he said. "It is incumbent upon us to take care of her." CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 3 Reverse mentoring sessions create excite ment T he director of Kennedy Space Center did his impression of a chemical engineer and a launch controller and it wasnt that bad, according to the two specialists watching over his ef forts. I just had to say something once and he could put it all together, said Anne Caraccio, who is part of a team developing a reactor to convert trash for deep space missions to usable propellants and other gases. When Im train ing interns or someone whos coming in here ally takes me a couple days. He was just on the ball, he was interested. He would be a good researcher out here. Bob Cabana, a veteran astronaut now lead ing Kennedy, recently worked closely with Caraccio and Sam Har ris, a Flight Operations engineer in NASAs Launch Services Pro Cabana hopes are a series of reverse mentoring sessions. During the two ses sions, each lasting about half a day, Cabana acted as a launch director dur ing a Pegasus simulation with Harris and worked on the trash-to-gas reactor with Caraccio. It was chaotic, Har ris said of the launch simulation, which included several pretend problems for the launch team to work out. Harris had not done such a simulation on console before, where she was the one required to step into conversations and keep everything on track. Cabana, whose career includes time as the Capcom for shuttle advice. He kept saying, Own your net, and that was what I needed to Cabana said the ses sions told him he was right to expect skilled, excited workers. already knew: that Ken nedy has an extremely talented and dedicated By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News NASA Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana listens as Anne Caraccio details the operations of a trash-to-gas reactor during a reverse mentoring ses sion in a lab at Kennedy Space Center on April 24. Truthfully, I enjoyed sitting on console for a simulated Pegasus launch, and setting up and running an experiment in one of our labs. Its a lot more fun than going to meetings and dealing with our budget challenges. Bob Cabana Kennedy Space Center Director workforce that is really enthused about the work theyre doing and the direction were headed, Cabana said. The goal of the reverse mentoring is to improve communications at the center, Cabana said. The participants also had a chance to talk with Ca bana individually about center issues. It gives me the op portunity to hear from our folks in a nonthreatening environment, to learn their concerns and allow them to ask questions of me, he said. It also gives me a chance to personally share the vision we have for Kennedys future to ensure its getting down to everyone. My inten tions are to do whatever I can to improve com munications and ensure everyone knows where were going, and how were going to get there, and that they understand their role in making us successful. The lab work included some unexpected com plications for Cabana to work with, and Caraccio said he helped make the reactor work a bit better. The cooling system for one of our thermal electric coolers over heated because the cooling line failed, so he was head in the reactor it! she said. He was optimizing our system. Im glad we had a failure so he could see what research is really like. Thats how research goes, its fun. Both participants said the nerves they had at I think I was more nervous of the fact that he was an astronaut and head of the Astronaut the center director, Caraccio said. I was more impressed that he was an astronaut coming to do hands-on techni cal work. Thats what was making me nervous. But then his personality totally took the nerves away. The center director didnt spend his day answering emails or let ting himself get distract ed either, they said. He was fully engaged and I really appreciate that, Harris said. I didnt expect it to be as as it was. He was just as passionate as we were. He has the same con cerns and the hopes we have for the center. Cabana said his goal is to continue the individual sessions and get the centers senior leadership involved in similar efforts to keep communications open throughout the center. Truthfully, I enjoyed sitting on console for a simulated Pegasus launch, and setting up and running an experi ment in one of our labs, Cabana said. Its a lot more fun than going to meetings and dealing with our budget chal lenges. But mostly, I enjoyed the opportunity to interact one-on-one with some of our future leaders.


Page 4 Page 5 Scenes Around Kennedy Space CenterNASA/Daniel CasperRC the Recycle Cat visited the Child Development Center April 25 at Kennedy Space Center to celebrate Earth Month at the center. The children were told why its important to reduce, reuse and recycle, and shown what items to put into their curbside recycling bin. Development and Operations Program. Kennedys Launch Complex 39 is transitioning to support multiple types of rockets and spacecraft. NASA/Gary Thompson Center, overlooks as NASA and Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems leaders sign a Space Act Agreement in July 2011. Sitting, from left, are NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden; Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana; and Mark Sirangelo, head of SNC. Standing, from left, are Riquelme; and John Curry, director of SNCs Integration, Test and Operations. vacancy created by Kerrs retirement. Kennedy Space Center Associate Director Kelvin Manning addresses workers gathered in the KSC Training Auditorium during the National Day of Prayer on May 2. A praise and worship band performed during the event.Photo courtesy of Robert Smith NASA NASA/Daniel Casper


Page 6 DuPont essay winners visit, share story By Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Spaceport News their awards after a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on April 26. For more information on the challenge, click on the photo. Kennedy Space Center Associate Director Kelvin Manning addresses students, teachers, parents and complex April 26. NASA/Jim Grossmann NASA/Jim Grossmann G aurav Garg, a junior high school student from Katy, Texas, wants his dad to get a tattoo. breathing dragons, but a nano tattoo. You see, Gauravs dad has diabetes and by get ting this particular tattoo he can monitor his sugar levels without having times a day. Gaurav wrote an essay and entered it into the DuPont Essay Challenge two years ago, but didnt this time, he took a dif ferent approach. Gaurav decided to do some re search and write I Wish My Dad Got a Tattoo, a thought-provoking essay about this groundvelopment. It earned him a 2013 DuPont Essay Challenge award. I put a lot of work into this and I am grate ful that it paid off this way, Gaurav said. The key, I think, was that I made it personal. Gaurav and three students from schools across the country, along with their teach ers, received DuPont Challenge awards from Kennedy Space Cen ter Associate Director Kelvin Manning and Marc Doyle, Duponts global marketing and product director, during a recognition event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complexs Debus Conference Facility on April 26. They were cho sen from the more than 9,000 essays submitted. This program is outstanding, Manning said. Thousands wrote these four rose to the top. Their teachers and parents should be very proud. The Education Pro grams Division of Ken nedys Education and External Relations Direc torate arranged for the students, along with their parents and teachers, to tour the space center and its working facilities. According to Lesley Fletcher, Kennedys deputy division chief of Education, the center enjoys the opportunity to host these gifted students interested in science, technology, engineer ing and mathematics (STEM) careers. A lot of times when a student is involved in a competition such as this, its the spark that leads to a degree in STEM, said Lesley Fletcher, Ken nedys deputy division chief of Education, and programs such as this one allow us to be in volved with these gifted students. Since its inception 27 years ago, more than 200,000 students in grades seven through 12 from all 50 states and Canada have entered the competition by writing an essay about a scien event or technological application that has cap tured their interest. The reward prizes total $100,000, including U.S. Savings Bonds for every winner and a special awards trip to Orlando that includes visits to Disney World and Ken nedy for the top two students in each division, to be joined by a parent and sponsoring teacher. Those four include senior division grand prize awardee Hugo Yen, a high school student from Fullerton, Calif., Herman, a high school student in Fort Lauder dale, Fla. Winning this provides me more inspiration to continue my pursuit to always try and do better, said Hugo, who wrote an essay on solar tracking. I hope I can just con tinue to learn more about science. The senior division includes grades 10-12. As Ive been exposed to these amazing compe titions and been recog nized, its meant so much to me. Laura said. I love the ability to reach out and communicate. Junior division win ners (seventhto ninthgrade) were grand prize winner Jacob Yoshitake a middle school student in San Diego, Calif., and Gaurav. I consider myself an all-around student and this competition com bined my two favorite passions -writing and science, Jacob said. I want to use my writ ing skills to expose the non-stereotypical side of science. The DuPont Essay Challenge honors space shuttle Challengers STS-51L crew members who gave their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. The DuPont Chal lenge is sponsored by its namesake, the DuPont Co. in collaboration with NASA, NBC Learn, Britannica Digital Learning, the Walt Disney Resort, National Science Teachers Asso ciation and A+ Media. CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 7 Last RCS pod arrives for Orion EFT-1 and on-site engineering and assembly support during instal lation and testing on the crew module. Aerojet Program Director for Human Space, Sam Wiley, said he cant wait for the RCS pods to be installed onto the crew module. We put our heart into our products and the installation work will wrap up more than three years of design and devel opment activities, Wiley said. Were ready to support EFT-1 The pods and their engines will be installed in various locations on the Orion crew module. Two of the single engine pods will be located in the crew modules forward bay, with the remaining pods located in the aft bay. Together they will pro vide full attitude control during Orions re-entry and landing. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry humans farther into space than ever before. The spacecraft will provide emergency abort capability, sustain crews during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep-space return velocities. in 2014 atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV heavy rocket. scheduled for 2017 on NASAs Space Launch System rocket. T he last of eight reaction control system (RCS) pods for NASAs Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) arrived this week at Kennedy Space Centers Op erations and Checkout Building (O&C) from the manufacturer, Aerojet, in Redmond, Wash. tion control system pod marks prepare NASAs Orion crew said Glenn Chinn, the deputy manager of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program in Kennedys Orion Production The pods will provide the critical maneuvers necessary for Orions re-entry into the Earths atmosphere. with subsequent pods arriving March 11, and April 5 and 19. The right-roll thruster pod with two rocket engines was the last to arrive, and joined the other seven pods already in the facility. Before the pods were deliv ered to Kennedy, Aerojet put each of them through a series of tests, including proof pres sure and leak, engine vibration, tance and electrical functional testing. Lockheed Martin will unpack and visually inspect all of the pods. Then technicians will add short propellant line segments and line brackets to each. Beginning in June, the pods will undergo additional proof pressure and leak testing, valve leak testing and rocket engine functional testing. Aerojet will support processing activities that involve the rocket engine pods with procedure reviews, By Linda Herridge Spaceport News Photo courtesy of Aerojet Astronaut Don Pettit watches as a technician works on the Orion crew module inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at Kennedy Space Center on March 21. For more information about Orion, click on the photo. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 8 Workers turn in used electronic devices By Bob Granath Spaceport News O n their way to the moon in Decem to leave low-Earth orbit. They brought of their home planet, which many believe helped spark the environmental move ment in the early 1970s. One element of that effort is to recycle items that would, otherwise, become polluting trash. recognized than the Earthrise image taken by astronaut Bill Anders as the crew came around the moon immediately after enter ing lunar orbit. view in simple perspective. The Earth, from here, is a grand oasis in the big vastness of space, he said. Renowned nature photographer Galen tial environmental photograph ever taken. A little more than a year after the histor in the United States -April 22, 1970. Growing out of that movement was an increased emphasis on the need to recycle. That effort is of growing importance with the ever-increasing amounts of obsolete electronic trash, or e-waste. At Kennedy Space Center, employees are doing their part to recycle electronic gadgets that are becoming an important part of everyday life. Weve been providing opportunities for Kennedy people to turn in old electronic products since 2007, said Frank Kline, Sustainability Group lead within the Envi ronmental Management Branch of Center Operations. Its been well received and we collect quite a bit each time. On Earth Day, April 22, and the day after, Kennedy employees were given another opportunity to turn in electronic products no longer needed at home. We received items such as TVs, computers, VCRs, microwaves and cell phones, Kline said. During the two-day recycle opportu nity, more than 75 employees utilized this event to drop off items. All totaled, Ken nedy collected 15 pallets, or about 6,000 pounds, of electronics. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, Americans own, on average, 24 electronic products per household. The use of electronic products has grown substantially during the past two decades, changing the way and the speed in which communications, information and enter tainment are received. As electronics fail or become obsolete, this stuff needs to be recycled or it winds In addition to the plastic and glass that is easy to see, many of these products contain lead, gold, lithium, you name it. As the stuff sits in the ground, the chemi cals get into the water supply and we may wind up drinking it. While some products are toxic, electron ic products also are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics and glass, all of which require energy to mine or manufacture. As the products are crushed, the individual components are separated for reuse, said Kline. Items such as gold and lead have value and make it economical to recycle. With the cost of land, its more expensive to bury this stuff. It makes more real estate with a garbage dump. Donating or recycling consumer elec tronics also conserves natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing new materials. Kline expressed appreciation to the vol unteers who supported the recycling event in the Kennedy Industrial Area and VAB parking lot. Kline noted that the next opportunity for Kennedy employees to drop off no-longerneeded electronics will be in November later this year. tronic products for recycling on the second day of the electronics collection event April 23 in the Vehicle Assembly Building parking lot. For more on Kennedy Space Centers Sustainability efforts, click on the photo. NASA/Jim Grossmann Approximately 6,000 pounds of electronics were turned in for recycling by Kennedy Space Center employees on April NASA/Jim Grossmann The iconic earthrise photo taken by the crew of Apollo 8 CLICK ON PHOTO


Page 9 Surface repairs begin at Launch Pad 39B By Linda Herridge Spaceport News R epairing the panels on the surface of Launch Pad 39B and the catacomb roof below them is not a simple task. The pad is be ing prepared to launch NASA's newest rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), and a va riety of launch vehicles. The pathway to the top of the pad sup ported the weight of the crawler-transporter that carried the Apollo/Sat urn stack, and the space shuttle with external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters atop the mobile launcher platform (MLP). Now this pathway is being upgraded to support SLS and a variety of other launch vehicles. We have a number of construction projects go ing on in the same area, so coordination with various contractors will be the major challenge of the work, said Jose Perez Morales, the pad element senior project manager in the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program at Kennedy Space Center. When each of the pads at Launch Complex 39 was constructed, the tor were built above the ground. The two main structures that divide the the platform to support the MLP and launch vehicle. The top of these structures is the roof of the catacombs on both The surface panels and catacomb roof are separated by two inches of lightweight concrete. Over the years, water seeped through the panel joints and accumulated between the top of the catacomb roof and the bottom of the panels. Perez Morales said the water seeped into the concrete and caused it to crumble and some rebar corrosion. Dur Last month, a Speegle Construction worker used a high-pressure hose to remove caulking from between the concrete panels on the surface of Launch Pad 39B. NASA ing a design review last year, Kennedys Center Operations Directorate removed panels to test the structural integrity of the roof and determine the extent of damage to the concrete. The work began Jan. the contractor Speegle Construction used power hoses to remove caulking between the giant panels. When that work is completed, the panels will be surveyed to determine their exact position for future rein stallation before they are removed. There are 176 panels, each weighing about 30,000 pounds. Using a forklift, each panel will be lifted and set aside. All of the sand will be removed, and the struc tural roof of the cata comb will be repaired. A special mat and drain system will be added on top of the roof to remove the water that seeps below the panels. New sand and lightweight concrete will be installed. Then the refurbished panels will be transported back to the pad and reinstalled. Twelve new panels will be fabricated by the contractor to replace the ones that were damaged. The upgrades will take about a year to complete. The catacomb roof provides the structural capability to support the combined weight of the crawler, the mobile launcher and the vehicle as they are transported up the slope to the top of the pad, Perez Morales said. This project will refurbish the struc tural roof to provide that capability for all future SLS and commercial launches. in 2017 on Exploration will send an uncrewed Orion vehicle around the moon. During a design review last year, a concrete panel was removed and Speegle Construction workers tested the structural integrity of the catacomb roof below. NASA


Page 10 Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephanie Covey Looking up and ahead . All times are Eastern 2013 May 28 Mission: Expedition 36/37 Launch Vehicle: Soyuz TMA-09M Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Launch Window: 4:31 p.m. Description: Soyuz TMA-09M will carry three Expedition 36/37 crew members to the ISS. June 5 Mission: ISS Automated Transfer Vehicle 4 Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 Launch Site: Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana Launch Pad: ELA-3 Description: The European Space Agencys ATV-4, also known as the Albert Einstein, will deliver several tons of supplies to the ISS, docking with the Zvezda Service Module on the Russian segment of the station June 15. June 26 Mission: Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Launch Window: 10:25:04 to 10:30:04 p.m. Launch Time: 10:27:34 p.m. Description: IRIS is designed to provide signicant new information to increase our understanding of energy transport into the suns corona and solar wind and provide an archetype for all stellar atmospheres. July 24 Mission: ISS Resupply Launch Vehicle: ISS Progress 52 Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Description: Progress 52 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the ISS. To watch a NASA launch online, go to NASA Employees of the Month: May NASA/Tony Gray Inspired by the technology that carried Neil Armstrongs words from the moon to NASA Mission Control, the 1960s airline industry developed a line of more compact and comfortable headsets for its pilots. Today those advancements continue to evolve in all forms of communications and telephone equipment. Above, United NASA Spinoffs: Did You Know? For more about NASA Spinoffs, go to