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John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News For more about the space shuttle, go to shuttle Jan. 25, 2008 Vol. 48, No. 2 I nnovation described the space shuttle when launch pad almost 27 years ago, and the The latest ingenuity came about as NASA was connector that passes elec trical signals through the space shuttle Atlantis on The prevailing thought is that there is some movement inside the connector that causes to stop touching the metal breaks the electrical cur rent running through the connector and causes the The sensors gauge inside the tank gets too low to keep running the shuttles three main While tests still were under way to determine why the connection was engineers who work on Atlas rockets already had James Whelan, an electrical and avionics United Launch Alliances Atlas program, said a Atlantis showed a problem similar to one he worked on in 1994 with the Cen then was to permanently solder the connecting pins and the socket so the electrical current could not There were signs that approach would work on When the tanking test led the team directly to the connector, thats Bob Arp and Kevin aerospace technicians, The work was not Space Center, where Atlantis remains poised on its launch pad in an By Steve Siceloff Staff Writer Aerospace technicians with United Launch Alliance inspect an electrical wiring harness that has been inserted into a replacement feed-through connector, during preparations to solder the pins to the socket of the connector that will be installed in the external fuel tank for space shuttle Atlantis STS-122 mission. Lloyd Johns of Lockheed Martin attaches the replacement feed-through connector in the engine cutoff, or ECO, sensor system to the internal connector on space shuttle Atlantis external tank. The pins in the replacement connector have been precisely soldered to create a connection that allows sensors inside the tank to send signals to the computers onboard Atlantis. NASA/George Shelton NASA/Kim Shiett European-built Columbus laboratory to the Interna and the redesigned system was done at NASAs Mar shall Space Flight Center Space Shuttle Pro gram managers at Johnson Space Center in Houston also played a large role in the repair and analyzing Stephen Swichkow, and solid rocket booster Kennedy, said establish ing the design and getting the work done in only a agencys determination Normally it would Swichkow said, and we accomplished that in about Whelan said, Its been great that we can NASA is targeting launch Atlantis on its STS


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 25, 2008 A held at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, will set speed they race to more than are tucked inside the shuttle to the International Space NASCAR calls the Great another will be presented to NASCAR By Steve Siceloff Staff Writer Drivers and their crews have been known to pause at the race track to watch a shuttle streak into many uses on Earth, even helping NASCAR drivers The same material that protects the shuttle tures when it re-enters the atmosphere protects NAS NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, left, talks to astronaut Andrew Feustel, who participated in NASCARs Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway. Feustels appearance celebrates NASAs 50th anniver sary and the speedways 50th running of the Daytona 500 in February. NASA/George Shelton NASA and astronauts commemorate historical events, mark milestones and celebrate achieve agency to a wider audience and gives people a chance memorative cargo takes on during STS-122 because the Columbus labora tory the Atlantis crew will install on the space station was developed and built in The cutting-edge research module will be used by institutions based in Europe to study space European representatives ing the European Space pins representing the STS-122 mission also are The seven crew members packed a number ally representing schools they attended or units they There even is a sion Specialist Leland Mel vin attended the University The items are packed to take up very little room inside lockers onboard items also are chosen to weigh very little, but carry a big impact upon their Astronaut celebrates at fan festival by taking several laps around speedway A stronaut Andrew Feustel joined at NASCARs Preseason Thunder Fan Fest on national Speedway in appearance was in cel Feustel, a NASCAR track vehicle traveling his upcoming space shuttle Feustel also toured the speedways garages He teamed up with NAS CAR driver Kurt Busch, including Casey Mears, Matt Kenseth and Carl Ed wards, as well as members In addition to partici the other presented to the space shuttle Atlantis mis sion to repair the Hubble shuttle launch currently is topics/technol ogy/features/ nasanascar For more photos, go to


SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 Jan. 25, 2008 By Tanya Nguyen Staff Writer A thunderous ap plause greeted Kennedy Space Center, returning home to where their mission began in Donned in blue jumpsuits, the crew mem bers met with Kennedy workers in the Training Auditorium to discuss their mission and share Commander Pam Melroy led the group as Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Doug las Wheelock and Paolo the group were Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson and Daniel Tani, who currently resides at the International Space Station and will return to Earth on Atlantis upcom Melroy commended their collaborative work in making the mission suc We really owe a you, everybody at the Kennedy Space Center, everybody who plays a part in launching a to give themselves a round The astronauts en tertained the crowd with aboard the station, even giving viewers a birdsynski repaired a damaged It worked out really him armed with three tools, removing a portion Although the astro nauts had a mission to complete, they always made time to admire the Zamka said he caught that resembled a large he saw Alps in Europe and Hima The mountains ended with the astronauts members working, eating and having a good time in ence took turns asking the You are right on the Wheelock said, describing There is a big wow essentially developed by Melroy said eating MREs created by NASA Probably the biggest change thats happened is MREs, which we used to do, we actually have our ingredients and our own Mike Wetmore, NASAs associate direc technical operations, gave commemorative silver coin the gesture by giving him During the mission, Discoverys crew installed Harmony, a connecting module that will provide Japanese laboratory mod space Discovery Pilot George Zamka happily signs an autograph for a Kennedy employee. A stronauts Rob er, will be added to an that includes Neil Arm strong, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Jim Lovell, Sally were selected by a com lers, journalists, historians tle missions to his credit, Cabana was the command Space Station assembly pilot on mission STS-61B on which three commu nication satellites were deployed, and commander By Elaine M. Marconi Staff Writer Bryan D. OConnor, NASAs chief of Safety and Mission Assurance. Robert D. Cabana, director of the John C. Stennis Space Center. surance with responsibility set the American mens NASA in 1997 and is sion to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope and served at Kennedy Space Center as the Launch and Payload Processing This esteemed assem bly is the seventh group A public ceremony to commemorate the veteran astronauts will be NASA/Jim Grossman NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA/SSC


Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 25, 2008 Scene around Kennedy Space Center Members of the STS-124 crew get a close look at equipment on the Japanese Experi ment Module, called Kibo, in the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center. Crew members are at Kennedy for a crew equipment interface test that includes familiarization with tools and equipment that will be used on the mission. NASA/Kim Shiett Adam Sluis and Amanda Grinter watch orbiter Endeavour roll to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Reader-submitted photo InDyne cable technicians Bill White, left, and Brian Murphy prepare to use pressurized air to blow ber-optic cable through the underground communication duct system on Kennedy. The use of pressurized air allows the ber-optic cable to ride a cushion of air up to 8,000 feet. Reader-submitted photo


Send unique story ideas and interesting photos of workers in action for possible pub lication. Photos should include a short caption describing whats going on, with names and job titles, from left to right. Send e-mail to Spaceport News wants your photos Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 25, 2008 Scene around Kennedy Space Center A baby nine-banded armadillo makes its way along the roadside near Launch Pad 39A. Introduced to Florida in the early 1900s, this species is found statewide in areas with dense ground cover and sandy soil. Nine bands of plates cover the body from shoulder to hip and 12 bands cover the long tail. It has a small, tapered head and snout and a long tongue. Its ears are long and hairless. NASA/Kim Shiett The suspended external tank is mated between the solid rocket boosters installed on the mobile launcher platform in high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. The STS-123 mission is targeted for launch on Endeavour in mid-March. NASA/George Shelton A young alligator crosses a road near the railroad tracks at Kennedy Space Center. NASA/George Shelton Reader-submitted photo InDyne cable technician Joshua Ballew, installs ber optic cable in the communications tunnel beneath Launch Pad B.


Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 25, 2008 Above: Range master Frank Repass, left, watches over ve ofcers of the Emergency Response Team as they prepare to enter the wooden shoot house Jan. 11. Training at the shoot house teaches the men how to sharpen their skill and techniques in clearing build ings of hostages or armed criminals. Right: An armed ofcer res at a makeshift wooden target inside the shoot house. The shooting practice hones their marksmanship skills when confronted by a criminal. NASA/Jack Pfaller photos A camera crew arrived at Kennedy Space Center here to shoot a movie or a highthe newly installed pop-up targets at the security training centers The video will help law said Anthony Burden, a producer company who also produces stories their training skills and make We go through scenarios that The practice drills began at walkway hung overhead, provid ing a birds-eye view inside the as they huddled close to the shoot building one by one with weapons Plastered on the targets was a pic using live ammunition, making sure the bullets struck above the to remove a hostage and arrest a through these courses, they love it, But Repass didnt allow the He had them go through the drill again but this time using a positions as the camera started pop-up targets in unison and went The pop-ups, which make up the pneumatic target system, are connected to a timer designed to The pneumatic system de And because the pop-ups are made with impenetrable armored replace targets each time theyre is spray paint over the area marked The pneumatic target system is considered by Repass to be a better system than paper targets, which tice until last year when the new He likened the target system to an arcade game in which a moles head pops up through random holes and a player has a split second to He said racking up points littered the ground by the time the The camera crew conducted a short interview with Repass and Lucie, where they were to visit art range that involves training with By Tanya Nguyen Staff Writer


Remembering Our Heritage By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS Jan. 25, 2008 Enjoy a 50th-anniversary cel ebration of Explorer I at the Radis son Resort in Cape Canaveral on Jan. 31. Registration and a recep tion will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. For reservations or additional information, contact NASA Alumni League Special Events Coordinator Norman Perry at 321-267-0168 ( ) or Harry Shockey at 321-636-5878 ( ). Explorer I event A view of the bottom half of the Jupiter C launch vehicle during prelaunch activities for the launch of the Explorer 1 satellite. Firing room (mission control) personnel prepare for the launch of Explorer I. A merica sprinted into the cal NASA Alumni League chapter, the Vanguard rocket to carry the stone rocket had been developed per stages designed by the Jet vehicle, called the Jupiter C, had remaining Jupiter C hardware was Norman Perry was an engi neering technician in the ABMAs Prototype Shop where the Jupiter C to the Cape, and I was surprised ing system, installed in the rockets A technician was busy hammer ing out the ripples with a rubber An engineer in the Missile Fir ing Laboratory, Rigell had respon logic circuitry in the rocket and the The written countdown procedure the rockets systems, we did not ity in the small blockhouse, could make changes as necessary on the As the launch campaign began, the weather was bitter cold and high-velocity, upper-level winds caused delays two days in a Harry Shockey, an ABMA me chanical technician on Pad 26, was Matador launches and an original The wire on the engine cover had to stop to plug up the air in launch attempt despite another Project at Kennedy Space Center, spinning up the tub with the upper gized the spin system using a DC power generator installed under Another ABMA electrical engineer, Milt Chambers, was V-2 autopilot, with the pitch gyro set up the integrating accelerometer the Jupiter C reached the right ment indicating the rudders on the rocket and all other measurements tion belt around Earth, as predicted plorer I launch, the National Aero nautics and Space Administration, Americas civilian space agency, NASA le photos


John F. Kennedy Space Center Acting managing editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corey Schubert Editorial support provided by InDyne, Inc. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at USGPO: 733-049/600142 Spaceport News Spaceport News is an of cial publication of the Kennedy Space Center and is published on alternate Fridays by External Relations in the interest of KSC civil service and contractor employees. Contributions are welcome and should be submitted three weeks before publication to the Media Services Branch, IDI-011. E-mail submissions can be sent to Target mid-March Launch from KSC: Endeavour, STS-123 Oct. 28 Target April 24 March 29 Target May 16 Launch from KSC: Discovery, STS-124; at 8:26 a.m. Launch from CCAFS: Delta II Mission: GLAST Launch from KSC: Atlantis, STS-125; at 8:24 a.m. Target July 20 Target Aug. 7 KSC All-American Picnic Launch from CCAFS: Delta IV Mission: GOES-O Target Sept. 18 Target Dec. 1 Launch from KSC: Endeavour, STS-126; at 8:08 p.m. Launch from CCAFS: Atlas V Mission: SDO Launch from CCAFS: Atlas V Mission: LRO/LCROSS Launch from KSC: Atlantis, STS-122; at 2:45 p.m. Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS Do you have an exciting photo taken at Kennedy Space Center or a great idea for a story? Spaceport News wants you to share it. We want to highlight the people and places that make up the spaceport. Photos should include a short caption with the names and job titles of those pictured, from left to right, and be at least 300 dpi. Send them to Dont forget! Spaceport News wants your photos, feedback Jan. 25, 2008 Target March 13 Launch from CCAFS: Delta II Mission: GPS IIR-19 Target Feb. 7 Target July 16 Launch from CCAFS: Delta II Mission: STSS Demo Target Feb. 16, 2009 Launch from CCAFS: Delta II Mission: Kepler 2008 FIRST Robotics Competition set for March 13-15 NASA/Kim Shi ett Where do you plan to watch the launch of STS-122? Outside of the Headquarters Building . Ill be here. From the operation television facility in the LCC. At KARS Park where the public can now view launches. The Banana River VIP site with several of my co-workers. From the Industrial Area because Ill be working a 12-hour shift. 7:07-7:09 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 Approach: 10 degrees above SSW Departure: 28 degrees above SSE Space Station sighting Kennedy Space Center Director Bill Parsons, left, talks to students from Titusville, Fla., about their robot during last years FIRST robotics event at the University of Central Florida Arena. The university will host the 2008 FIRST Robotics Competition from March 13-15. The competition is an exciting, multinational contest that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. For more information, go to www. orida March 21 Launch from CCAFS: Atlas V Mission: ICO G1 The Astronauts Memorial Foundation will host a ceremony at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center the space shuttle Columbia the Columbia accident The public is invited to attend and will be carried live on NASA The Astronauts Memorial Foundation honors and memorializes astronauts who have the nation and the space The Visitor guests and visitors throughout the day to place at the www.