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John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Feb. 11, 2011 Vol. 51, No. 3 Inside this issue . Day of Remembrance Railroad on track Heritage: MPLMs arrive 10 years ago Page 7 Page 6 Page 3 Page 2 Glory ready to shine By Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Spaceport News Xenon lights illuminate space shuttle Discovery as it makes its nighttime trek, known as rollout, from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 31. NASA/Kim Shiflett See ROLLOUT Page 2 A s New York Yankee great Yogi Berra once said: Its dj vu all over again. to Launch Pad 39A. waiting. Follow along on launch day the countdown milestones from the Launch Control Centers Firing Room 3 as the six STS-133 astronauts prepare to embark on their 11-day journey to the International Space


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 11, 2011 Ceremony pays homage to Challenger crew By Linda Herridge Spaceport News O and shuttles Challenger and our Fallen Heroes, at the to achieve even greater and devotion, and we honor did not continue. I think its winner. the vehicle that returned to these events. the Challenger crew. Remembering NASAs pioneers Apollo 1 Challenger Columbia David Brown Laurel Clark Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, the founding chair of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, honors her late-husband, space shuttle Challengers STS-51L Commander Dick Scobee, on Jan. 28. Challenger broke apart over the Atlantic NASA/Kim Shiflett From ROLLOUT Page 1 Building on Dec. 21. Additional investigations were ers. Five cracked stringers were


Page 3 Feb. 11, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS soot, and it is in those areas that the However, other aerosols desert, reach high enough into the air By Steven Siceloff Spaceport News Taurus XL ready to launch Glory climate spacecraft change. At the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, technicians protective covering, with its attitude control propellant Jan. 23. NASA/Dan Liberotti, VAFB NASA/Roy Allison, VAFB On Jan. 21, the Stage 0/1 interstage is attached to Stage 0 of the four-stage Taurus XL rocket that will Air Force Base in California.


Crews assess a break in a natural gas line in the area north of Kennedys Multi-Function Facility (MFF) on Feb. 2, after it was inadvertently struck by a backhoe. NASA/Jack Pfaller Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS SPACEPORT NEWS Page 5 Feb. 11, 2011 Feb. 11, 2011 Space shuttle Atlantis goes through a routine landing gear test in Kennedys Orbiter Processing Facility-1 on Jan. 25. Technicians are checking to make sure the shuttles wheels, brakes, NASA/Jack Pfaller Scenes Around Kennedy Space Center For NASA For NASA Apollo 14 Capcom Bruce McCandless, left, and Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell take part in the Apollo 14 Anniversary Soire at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complexs Saturn V Center on Jan. 29. The celebration was hosted by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Apollo 14 landed on the lunar surface 40 years ago on Feb. 5, 1971. NASA/Kim Shiflett Retirement Celebrations Photo courtesy of Al Jenkins From top: Napoleon Carroll, special assistant to Kennedys deputy director, right, celebrates his retire Bill Potteiger, Technical Integration Branch chief of the Launch Vehicle Processing Directorates Project Control Office at Kennedy, right, accepts a space shuttle photo, signed by co-workers and friends, during his retirement celebration Jan. 27. At left is George Jacobs, the directorates Project Control Office division chief. David Alonso, a senior advisor for Kennedys Institutional Management for the Associate Director for Business Operations, left, celebrates his retirement with retired Kennedy Associate Administrator for Business Operations Jim Hattaway on Jan. 14. NASA/Troy Cryder Electrical Maintenance Facility Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony The facility will provide new and renovated space for maintenance shops, offices, and Construction and renovation of the energy-efficient facility began in September 2009. The EMF, designed by Jones Edmunds and Associates and constructed by H.W. Davis Construction, is projected to receive Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Below: Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony are, from left, Director of Kennedys and Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana.


Page 6 Feb. 11, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS NASA Railroad played vital role in shuttle booster haul By Anna Heiney Spaceport News F ers on track. shuttle Atlantis targeted junction at the northern the centers Industrial Area. the hardware throughout ville, Fla. charge, starting with a thor Although the train had enough to hold a train with weight over the individual were gathered and taken to isolated staging area on the were rotated to vertical and and the danger involved the crossings, too. Its not was activated in 1963 when into the center. wood crossties were rotting, sure. In addition to the The NASA Railroad train transports the last space shuttle solid rocket booster segments over the Indian River on the 13-mile trip from the Jay Jay Rail Yard in Titusville, Fla., to Kennedy Space Center on May 28, 2010. NASA/Kim Shiflett The NASA Railroad train hauls an Ares I-X segment to the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility at Kennedy Space Center on March 20, 2009. NASA/Jack Pfaller NASA/Jim Grossmann ing one of the last space shuttle solid rocket booster segments on May 28, 2010.


Page 7 Feb. 11, 2011 SPACEPORT NEWS Remembering Our Heritage MPLMs mission success a total team effort By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian NASA file/2004 Station Processing Facility on Feb. 18, 2004. Leonardo is at front left, and Donatello is behind it. Raf faello is at front right. The MPLMs were built by the Italian Space Agency to serve as reusable logistics ing a pressurized environment. On March 8, 2005, a Space Station Processing Facility worker stands by as the Rack Insertion Device moves the Human Research Facility-2 (HRF-2) science rack into the multi-purpose lo Discoverys Return to Flight mission, STS-114. NASA file/2005 August 1999. Bardi. Unlike the shuttles, there is no ing engineering and logistics, and their own. ditional storage. the station. and hung in the station, Higgin the chance.


Looking up and ahead . No Earlier Than June 23 No Earlier Than June 9 Launch/VAFB: Delta II, No Earlier Than July 15 Launch/CCAFS: SpaceX Falcon 9, Did you take part in NASAs Mercury Program?People who worked in NASAs Mercury Program and during the early years of the space program are encouraged to indicate their interest in attending a 50th anniversary Jane Mosconi, Mail Code EX-P, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899. Include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and role you played in the program. If the phone number indicates it is full, call back later. The mailbox only accepts 30 mes sages at a time. volunteers to share their expertise as mentors/colleagues for undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for the summer 2011 session. The dead to create a mentor profile and an opportunity for students. For more information, contact Benita Desuza by e-mail at Page 8SPACEPORT NEWSFeb. 11, 2011 NASA Employees of the Month: February and Jennifer Tharpe, Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate. Not pictured, are Dina Davila, Education NASA/ Tom Farrar John F. Kennedy Space CenterManaging editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca ReganNASA at KSC is on the Internet at Spaceport News three weeks WORD STREETON THE If you could catch a ride aboard the NASA Railroad train, where would you go and why?I would take my co-workers with me to Washington, D.C., to help promote our future. Brenda Heeke, with Boeing Space Operations Co.Id take my daughter, Kristen, skiing in Colorado.Ken Koby, with Boeing Space Operations Co.I would go to middle America to promote NASAs vision to all those youngsters who want to travel to space. They dont get to see what we see here in Florida.Josie Burnett, with NASAId like to go sightseeing Tom Batchelder, with Boeing Space Operations Co. I would put my Prius on board and travel to Utah . to explore to the Canyonlands.Kevin Gill, with Indyne Inc.