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Triumphs, milestones highlight 2013 Kennedy Space Center accomplished many milestones in 2013 as it contin ued to transition from a historically govern ment-only launch facility to an affordable, sustainable, multiuser spaceport for both government and commercial customers. Its been an exciting and productive year here at Kennedy, said Director Bob Cabana. We have made tremendous prog ress in 2013. As challenging and exciting as this year has been, next year will be even more so as we continue to implement the plan weve charted for our future. Launch Services Programen The Launch Services Program (LSP), managed at Kennedy, began 2013 with the successful launch of NASAs TDRS-K satellite Jan. 30 aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. LSP followed up with another launch, less than a month later, when NASAs Landsat Data Continuity Mission roared into space Feb. 11 aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A second LSP launch from the west coast occurred on June 27, when NASAs Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft was placed in orbit by a Pegasus XL rocket. On Nov. 18, a ULA Atlas V lifted off from CCAFS and sent the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) space craft on its way to study the Red Planets upper atmosphere. Scientists expect data gathered during the MAVEN mission will help explain how Mars climate has changed due to the loss of atmospheric gases. MAVEN will enter a Mars orbit in Sep tember 2014 to begin its one-year research mission. The program also successfully launched 16 CubeSats as secondary payloads on rocket launches. Ground Systems Development and Operations ProgramThe Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program continued to upgrade or modify several facilities and ground support equipment to be ready to support the processing and launch of NASAs Exploration Flight Test-1 in 2014 and the agencys Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft in 2017. At Launch Pad 39B, construction crews the crawler tracks to make way for a new An aerial view shows construction progress at Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center on May 6, 2013. By Linda Herridge Spaceport NewsTo 2013 Page 4


Page 2 Page 3 Rovers Spirit, Opportunity celebrate 10th anniversary on Red PlanetAndroids rolling along distant planets once were only the stuff of science Engineers and scientists test the Mars Exploration Rover-B, also known as Opportunity, for mobility and maneuverability in Kennedy Space Centers Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility on March 21, 2003. A Delta II rocket with its Mars Exploration Rover-A, or Spirit, lifts off Launch Complex 17-A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 10, 2003. By Bob Granath Spaceport News The hard geological science of reaching out operate and is currently positioned on by orbiting spacecraft suggest the possible spacecraft is scheduled to begin orbiting


Page 4 Page 5 KSC in 2013: Accomplishments and Milestones Orionen Center Planning and Development International Space Station and Payload Processing en Technologyen From 2013 Page 1 More online For more about other missions and programs supported by Kennedy Space Center, visit: Technicians prepare the main parachute of the Orion spacecraft for lifting by crane inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 10, 2013. The parachute will be prepared for installation on Orion. The Orion spacecraft is for launch atop a Delta IV rocket in September 2014. Orion is scheduled to launch atop NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis NASA/Jim Grossmann


Page 6 Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center processing inside the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville on Jan. 3. TDRS-L is being prepared for encapsulation inside its payload fairing prior to being transported to Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where it is scheduled to launch atop an Atlas V rocket Jan. 23. For more information, click on the photo. Technicians move a solid rocket motor to a different transporter inside the Solid Rocket Motor Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force atmosphere. Scientists will analyze this data to improve our understanding of the natural processes and human activities that regulate the abundance and distribution of this important atmospheric gas. For more information about OCO, click on the photo. The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will present a special performance in appreciation of former and current Kennedy Space Center employees and their families. The symphony will perform Gustav Holsts The Planets at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Melbourne. In addition to the music, high-denition images from NASA will be projected on a screen. This performance will highlight the space program and its impact to our local community during the past 50 years. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and available at Discounted tickets also are available through the Space Coast Symphonys Symphony for Everyone Program. Children and students 18 and younger are admitted free. Refreshments will be available and parking is free. For more information, call (855) 252-7276 or Rebecca Lewis of the Event Management and Guest Operations Ofce at (321) 867-4053. Space Coast Symphony honors past, present Kennedy workers with HD performance


Page 7 President extends ISS operations to 2024NASA and President Obamas Administration have agreed to extend the In ternational Space Station (ISS) until at least 2024. Speaking at a global space exploration forum Jan. 9, John ence and Technology Policy, explained the importance of decision. extension plan at the Interna tional Space Exploration Forum (ISEF) in Washington, where leaders from more than 35 spacefaring nations gathered for ing ever held to build political support for global cooperation in space exploration. The U.S. Department of State hosted the meeting. The exploration and uti humankind, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written statement. They further pro mote innovation and economic advancement, and inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue studies and careers in gy, engineering, and mathemat ics. Government-level involve ment in and support for human and robotic space exploration are critical to realizing these with an opportunity to strength en international cooperation through discussions of policy issues relevant to the explora tion, long-term sustainability, development, and utilization of this important domain. of continuing to operate the orbiting laboratory for at least another decade in his remarks. The ISS is a unique facility istrations decision to extend its life until at least 2024 will allow us to maximize its poten our nation and the world, and maintain American leadership in space. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden emphasized in a key note speech the importance of the role space exploration has in space and on Earth, and the ways exploration has led to new technologies. NASA is committed to the space station as a longterm platform to enable the utilization of space for global research and development, Bolden said. Were commit strategy of deep space explora tion, with robotic and human missions to destinations that include near-Earth asteroids, the moon and Mars. And we are committed to our international partnerships and the continued peaceful uses of outer space and unlocking the mysteries of our vast universe. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns spoke at the forum on behalf of the Depart ment of State. We all share a deep stake in extending humanitys reach further into the solar system, advancing innovation further and faster, and extending the people in more places, Burns said. The question facing us today is whether we can muster the courage and political will to advance space exploration and ensure that cooperation contin ues to trump competition. More online For more information about the International Space Station, visit: pages/station/main/index.html NASA News ReportThe sun shines through a truss-based radiator panel and a primary solar array panel on the Earth-orbiting International Space Station in this photograph taken by an Expedition 38 crew member Jan. 2. NASANASA astronaut Mike Hopkins enjoys time in the cupola, which affords the most broad views of Earth.NASA


Page 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Hummel NASA Employees of the Month: January Employees of the Month for January are, from left, Jennifer C. Boelke, Engineering and Technology; Susan E. Danley, Engineering and Technology; William W. Benson, Launch Procurement; Mary A. Thompson, Safety and Mission Assurance; Taylor M. Pitcock, Center Looking up and ahead . .Jan. 23 Mission: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-L (TDRS-L) Launch Vehicle: Atlas V Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Launch Window: 9:05 to 9:45 p.m. EST Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41 Description: TDRS-L is the second of three next-generation satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for the NASA Space Network.To watch a NASA launch online, go to modern avionics system that will guide the most powerful rocket ever built saw is. operating systems for NASAs Space Launch System (SLS) Jan. 9 were integrated and powered up for an inaugu light. When completed, SLS will be capable of powering humans and potential science payloads to deep space. It has the greatest capacity of any launch system ever built, mini mizing cost and risk of deep space journeys. We often compare the avionics system to the bodys central nervous system. We NASA News Reportcant function without one, and neither can the SLS, said Lisa Blue, stages avionics system manager in the SLS Program ville, Ala. Avionics tell the rocket where it should go and end up, and how it should pivot the engines to keep on the right trajectory. Now we have that critical system together, and each unit has powered up successfully, Blue added. Thats a major accomplishment toward get SLS. The Integrated Avionics Test Facilities team provided and installed the structure and simulation capability to model the environments the vehicle will experience during launch. With the avionics hardware ration on the structure and with will replicate what actually will and testing state-of-the-art technology, including the most powerful computer processor Blue said. NASA and Boeing engineers will test the system in early January at the Systems Integration and Test Facility at simulations to see how SLS will perform during launch. Test engineer James Peckham runs an SLS will perform during launch.From left, Wayne Arrington, Gerald Clayton and Ryan MacKrell, all of The Boeing ComIntegration and Test Facility at NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center.