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John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Feb. 8, 2008 Vol. 48, No. 3 As of press time, the launch of STS-122 was scheduled for Feb. 7. For complete cover age and photos, go to For more about the space shuttle, go to STS-122 crew eager to start mission Space shuttle Atlantis is revealed on Launch Pad 39A at NASAs Ken nedy Space Center after the rotating service structure, or RSS, at left of the pad was rolled back. After their arrival at NASAs Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Atlantis crew members head to greet the media waiting for them. From left are Commander Steve Frick, Pilot Alan Poindexter, and Mission Specialists Leland Melvin, Rex Walheim, Hans Schlegel, Stanley Love and Leopold Eyharts. Eyharts and Schlegel represent the European Space Agency. NASA/Amanda Diller NASA/Kim Shiett Delivery of Columbus lab highlights trip S pace shuttle Atlan tis 11-day mission will deliver a key component to continue constructing the Interna tional Space Station. three spacewalks, astronauts will install the Columbus laboratory on the orbiting outpost. astronauts will enter the European Space Agencys expanding the research providing crew members and scientists around the world the ability to physical and materials sci ence experiments. The Columbus labora tory is Europes largest contribution to the con The shuttle also will deliver a new crew mem ber and bring back another two-month mission. In addition to the Atlantis will deliver ex in orbit. During the past year a connecting module have and to provide a pathway to new modules. But the over the next two missions Japan Aerospace Explora tion Agencys module, called Kibo. Astronaut Leland Melvin will operate the robot arm on the Interna tional Space Station dur ing the mission to move the Columbus laboratory bay and attach it to the station. Because the astro nauts will be working with two long robot arms dur ing spacewalks in which two astronauts are outside the station, each move is highly choreographed and It routinely takes the actual duties are car ried out in space. As the lead on three spacewalks, Rex Walheim goes into space with a lot spacewalks will include astronaut Stanley Love, who also will help Melvin with the space stations robot arm. The crew also in cludes European Space Agency astronauts Hans France. STS-122 is the 121st


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 8, 2008 Kennedy Director Bill Parsons has his ngerprints checked by Ofcer Clayton Roberts of the Visitors Record Center. Parsons was among several NASA leaders who received the new badge. NASA/Jim Grossman For more information, go to http://hspd12. For questions or feedback, send an e-mail to kschspd12team@ K ennedy Space Center Diretor Bill Parsons led tection when he received the new NASA security badge Jan. 25 at the Visi tors Record Center in the Headquarters Building. Parsons and several other Kennedy leaders received their new badges July, all 16,000 spaceport employees are projected to be wearing their new badges. Currently, the center has received 650 badges. More than a encoded and are already being distributed. cyber-terrorism occurring, we need to have capabili steps in achieving that, Parsons said. The new badge sup ports a secured electronic process to gain access to systems using tools such as badge readers at each desktop and certain build ings. For higher-risk areas tor system will be used which requires a badge Staff Writer New NASA badges arrive at Kennedy number. The new badges have a computer chip holding an employees authentication, but no This new system deters ist exploitation. response to a Homeland Security presidential employees and contrac tors, signed by President Aug. 27, 2004. all government agencies With the kinds of cyber-terrorism occurring, we need to have capabilities to secure our information. This is one of the rst steps in achieving that . Bill Parsons, Kennedy Space Center Director T he gateway to space turned into the gateway to ited Kennedy Space Cen United States. continents except Antarc tica watched as techni cians readied the Japanese launch to the International Space Station. They also saw NASA and contrac tor employees, received an up-close look at space shuttle Discovery in its hangar and viewed Atlan as technicians prepared ing mission to the space station. The research and the science that is available here is incredible, said The diplomatic corps the largest in the world, with embassies, missions over the planet. Asked what theyd like to see in America, the community science centers. Kennedy was a natural starting point, said Ambassador Nancy Brinker, the U.S. The trip is a chance to engage people person ally and experience our all, America is not just Washington. The State Department said the visit to Kennedy tours ever undertaken by the diplomatic corps. Dazzled by the space hardware and the scope cal reach, the dignitaries said they were equally impressed by the interna space station. Collaboration in such technology projects said Ambassador Mark The Space Station rope, Japan and Canada, along with NASAs own station segments, was a Kennedy, Noghes said. ing, very encouraging, he said. NASAs Kelvin Manning, who is leading the Constellation Program the ambassadors. I think people are mostly taken aback by he said. The hardware the diplomats wasnt content to just see the ing into orbit; Papua sador, Evan Paki, said he wanted to make a trip to Space Center welcomes dozens of diplomats By Steve Siceloff Staff Writer A group of diplomats enjoys the sights of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Ambassadors from 45 nations visited Kennedy. NASA/Kim Shiett


SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 Feb. 8 2008 A world gathered Feb. 1 at the Space Mir ror Memorial to honor space shuttle Columbias STS-107 mission on the accident. The courtyard at the memorial at Kennedy Space Centers Visitor Complex echoed with members Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel astronaut, Ilan Ramon. Today is a day when we remind ourselves that not quitting has high cost or can have high costs, said NASA Administra the people who remain behind and bear them, we want them always to know Columbias seven astronauts were lost during re-entry to Earths atmo 16-day science mission. The mission com manders widow, Evelyn Husband-Thompson, ad dressed the audience in a breaking as she recalled hearing the news about the shuttle. went through so much that day, she said. We so miss them and we will honor their memory and contribution to our nation today. held pink, white, red or or ange long-stemmed roses NASA commemorates Columbia loss Staff Writer Evelyn Husband-Thompson, widow of STS-107 Commander Rick Hus band, looks at the Space Mirror Memorial with daughter, Laura, and son, Matthew, after a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, marking the fth anniversary of the loss of Columbia. NASA/George Shelton NASA honors the crew of Columbia on the ve-year anniversary with a ceremony Feb. 1 at the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Speakers included, from left, G. Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization; Luther Richardson, winner of the 2007 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award; William Readdy, former space shuttle commander; Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for space operations; Eileen Collins, former astronaut; Bill Parsons, Kennedy Space Center director; and Evelyn Husband-Thompson, widow of commander Rick Husband. NASA/George Shelton which they tucked into ceremony ended. Former astronaut Eileen Collins, who Columbia in 2005, said the tragedy was not in vain because it showed NASA to be learned. In honoring their lives, she stressed the space exploration. (Astronauts) have is important to our planet Collins said. At some will leave our planet on a routine basis. And I be tion will not only serve to better. Kennedy Space Cen ter Director Bill Parsons echoed her sentiments. While we grieve their loss with heavy hearts, this nation honors ing the journey they were such strong advocates build upon our past and in every small step we take. Anita Pantano, who Support, kept her head down as she clasped three roses. Im always thinking she said through tears. The public lined the rails at the memorial to take part in the hour-long service and remember the STS-107 crew. We wanted to come selves, said Larry Schwe honor to be here, and it seems more real. the ceremony included NASAs associate admin erations; William Readdy, mander; Luther Richard Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award; and


Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 8, 2008 Scene around Kennedy Space Center Wes Johnson (NASA, KSC, Cryogenics Test Laboratory), Walt Hateld (ASRC, Cryogenics Test Laboratory), Mike Berger (MAF Quality), Gary Wall (ASRC, Cryogenics Test Laboratory), Fred Lockart (Lockheed Martin Quality) and Eric Gore (NASA, KSC, Hazard Warnings) perform a helium leak check of a newly soldered external tank feedthrough at the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at Kennedy. A pair of sandhill cranes searches for food near the Headquarters Building at Kennedy. Floridas sandhill crane population increases as cranes from northern states spend the winter here. Reader-submitted photo NASA/Jim Grossman Kennedy Space Center employees Paul Atkins and his wife, Donna, took the Spaceport News with them on a 15-day cruise to Antarctica on the MS Bremen. Their itinerary took them along both sides of the Antarctic peninsula. They made many landings by Zodiac boat at penguin colonies, historic sites and glaciers. Reader-submitted photo


Also, send photos of workers in action for possible publication. Photos should include a short caption describing whats going on, with names and job titles, from left to right. Spaceport News seeks your input Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 8, 2008 Scene around Kennedy Space Center Julie Green, fourth from left, Amanda Grinter and the 2Xtreem bike-building crew are shown with the Apollo Tribute bike. Reader-submitted photo InDyne cable technicians Herbert Fogg and Glen Roach splice ber-optic cables on the Pad 39A xed service structure. Reader-submitted photo An American coot looks down into a pond near Kennedy. Abundant around the center in the winter, coots inhabit open ponds and marshes and, in winter, saltwater bays and inlets. NASA/Ken Thorsley NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis A yellow rat snake slithers through the grass on Kennedy Space Center. They are considered the best tree-climbing snake in Florida. How many generations has your family worked at KSC? Spaceport News wants to know. If you would like to share your familys history at Kennedy, send an e-mail to Your family may be featured in a future issue.


Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 8, 2008 E ach year, brilliant scientists and engi neers contribute to the nations space program through their innovative, tions and discoveries. To recognize their impact, they were honored at the annual Space Act Awards luncheon. This years event revered about 150 people on Jan. 24 at the Court yard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach, Fla. nology Programs and Part the ceremony by welcom ing attendees. You are the heart and tive Partnerships Program does, he said. Applied Technology Deputy Director Ric Hurt encouraged the winners motivating their colleagues through example. contribution and helped there was a problem, you associated with new pro cesses. You step out and are brave, and create a culture Following the meal, guest speaker Jack Stuster, vice president and princi pal scientist with Anacapa Sciences Inc., began his discussion about past and Stuster specializes in measuring and enhancing extreme environments. He contributes to the develop long-duration space mis sions. In addition to his work an Space Agency, Stuster by U.S. Navy SEALs, ex plosive ordnance disposal maintenance person nel and military leaders. He has directed several involving military person extended durations. Stuster recently com winter-over experiences audience and has docu mented in his book, Bold Polar and Space Explora tion. According to Stu learned about isolation and expeditions can and should be applied to NASAs he discussed were Chris topher Columbus, Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shack leton and Richard E. Byrd. Stuster advises todays ex plorers to establish a spirit select compatible crew mates, simulate everything, and never underestimate supply. John Yadvish, NASAs tive Partnerships, said to the award winners, Your creative genius is vital to this nation. You inventors are real heroes. Tony Maturo, NASAs and Contributions Board, reiterated the importance NASA what it is today and what it will be tomorrow, Maturo said. Carol Dunn, Kenne presented the awards six patents. For Dunns dedication to the program, ceremony. Staff Writer Space Act Awards luncheon honors inventors The 2007 patent awardees are, from left, Jacqueline Quinn, Clyde F. Parrish, Jose Perotti, Norman N. Blalock, Angel Lucena, Pedro J. Medelius, Jose J. Amador and Dale E. Lueck. NASA/George Shelton NASA Guy Bedette Robert Breakeld Christopher Bond Kathleen Brooks LeNetra Clayton Michael Conroy Michael Dininny Priscilla Elfrey Doug England James Fesmire Philip Gvozd Bruce Hardman Paul Hintze Teresa Lawhorn Kurt Leucht Lewis Lineberger William Little Alan Littleeld Janice Lomness Angel Lucena Paul Mackey Rebecca Mazzone Christopher Moffatt Thomas Moss Rolando Nieves Clyde Parrish (Ret.) Jose Perotti Jacqueline Quinn Jorge Rivera Luke Roberson Josephine Santiago Jared Sass Paul Schwindt Priscilla Stanley Trent Smith Stanley Starr Martin Steele Charles Stevenson Coleen Taylor William Toler Emilio Valencia Bruce Vu Martha Williams Robert Younquist Edgar Zapata ASRC Bradley Burns Robert Cox Wayne Crawford Joseph Dean Jesus Dominguez Carl Hallberg William Haskell Christopher Immer Steven Klinko John Lane Brian Larson Carlos Mata Pedro Medelius David Miller Kevin Murtland Marshall Scott. Jr. Stephen Simmons Ivan Townsend Carlos Zavala BOEING AEROSPACE Samuel Amundsen Danom Buck Calvin Dunn Judy Gerard John Hart Carmen Moore Robert Mraz Darrin Orr DYNAMAC CORP. Leonard Reinhart ENSCO, INC. William Bauman Winifred Lambert Robert Lane David Short 2007 SPACE ACT AWARDS RECIPIENTS Mark Wheeler INDYNE, INC. Katherine Bussey Mark Fresa Stephanie Webb SGS Patricia Davis Donald DiMarzio Deborah Funkhouser Richard Saylor Smita Solanky SIERRA LOBO, INC. Max Kandula UNITED SPACE ALLIANCE Oliver Campbell Jeffrey Cheatham Thomas Clark Elliott Clement Benjamin Daniel Charles Ellis Ross Goodwin Angela Hammond Elizabeth Haser Paul Hargrove David Hermanson Richard Knochelmann Caryl McEndree Debra Miner Raymond Pestik Antonio Rodriguez Alfred Schmidt Thomas Trovillion Mark Wollam UCF Christian Clausen Cherie Geiger Laura Filipek


Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS Feb. 8, 2008 Navy satellite linked military forces 30 years ago The Fleet Satellite Communication System qualication model undergoes testing in an echoic chamber at TRW Space and Defense Systems Group. NASA le I launched a naval com munications satellite in what would become the Forces. ity satellite, Fleet Satel lite Communications, or aboard an Atlas-Centaur gave the Navy, Air Force, Presidential Command Net work worldwide access to securely communicate with each other. nounced Fleet-Sat-Com, provided reliable and secure communications among ships, submarines, planes and military ground systems. It provided 30 voice and 12 teletype chan nels in UHF, or ultra-high Staff Writer stacked hexagonal mod ules with an aluminum structure, antennas and two wing-like solar arrays. the UHF and super-highequipment and antennas. Former Kennedy Space Center director For rest McCartney recalls the satellites having created the communication system. ered the military services, particularly the Navy and the Air Force, into an arena tions, said McCartney, director at the Air Force Space Division. The satel lite permitted naval vessels, as well as airplanes, to have satellite communications When the vehicle shroud went over the just like closing the door, tor. From that time on, the hope that everything was alright. Space Systems, which made the satellites, col laborated to ensure they handled by TRW employ ees with minimal oversight by NASA, said Jim Weir McCartney gave the ap proval, NASA transported and integrated it onto the launch vehicle. ellites provided the military with communication cover age all over the globe. We had seven suc launches alone that year, said Terry Terhune, who was NASAs engineering sion. the satellite launches. The Centaur has continued to be used in other missions, atop a Titan booster in its way to Saturn. W hat could be described as a high energy and nostalgia at the Radisson Resort in Port Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 31, as the NASA Alumni League and NASAs Kennedy Space Center celebrated the 50th aboard a Jupiter C launch Complex 26 at Cape Ca naveral Air Force Station. The Jupiter C was Celebrations mark 50 years since Explorer I launch Staff Writer later renamed Juno 1. activities played on a large Missile Agency, Jet Propul sion Laboratory and the Air Force shared memories and introduced the younger generation to the nations port contractors were the Chrysler Missile Divi sion, the Ford Instrument Division, the Rocketdyne, RCA and Pan Am World Airways. event planners, served as was an experimental elec tronics engineering techni ment compartment and Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director Janet its hard work. Col. Scott Henderson, senting the 45th Launch Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., said the legacy the team established helped bond the group together. Many who were with the Army Ballistic Missile Agency continued on with This day 50 years ago, we witnessed Ameri can history. Explorer 1 is history, said Ike Rigell, NASA Alumni League. Guests who attended Explorer 1s celebration received a Feb. 1, 1958, reprint of the Huntsville Times and a personalized certicate of attendance. Honorees and spouses also received a special 50th anniversary pin. NASA/Amanda Diller


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 ofcial 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 Looking ahead Target March 11 Launch from KSC: Endeavour, STS-123; at 2:31 a.m. Target 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 Target July 20 Under review KSC All-American Picnic Launch from CCAFS: Delta IV Mission: GOES-O Under review Target Dec. 1 Launch from KSC: Endeavour, STS-126 Launch from CCAFS: Atlas V Mission: SDO Launch from CCAFS: Atlas V Mission: LRO/LCROSS Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS Three, four or even ve? Spaceport News wants to know. If you would like to share your familys history at Kennedy, send an e-mail to KSC-Spaceport-News@mail. Your family may be featured in a future issue. How many generations has your family worked at KSC? Feb. 8, 2008 Target March 13 Launch from CCAFS: Delta II; at 2:15 a.m. Target July 16 Launch from CCAFS: Delta II Mission: STSS Demo Target Feb. 16, 2009 Launch from CCAFS: Delta II Mission: Kepler What do you like most about working at Kennedy? I get to work in the space program and not many people can say that. We do here what no one else does in the world. Maryellen Powell, Executive Assistant for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc. Alex Garcia, Launch Accessories Engineer with United Space Alliance Nicole Benzenhafer, Lead Coordinator for NASA Exchange Fred Hernandez, Launch Accessories Engineer with United Space Alliance Its a safe, clean environment with nice hours . I grew up in the area. Getting to work with really high-tech equipment and doing what no one else can do. Everyone here has a positive attitude and is fun to work with. Target March 21 Launch from CCAFS: Atlas V Mission: ICO G1 NASA Employees of the Month: February Employees of the Month for February are, from left, Joy N. Huff, Engineering Director ate; Vickie Unrue, Center Operations; James P. Bjornbak, Engineering Directorate; Lorin Atkinson, Launch Integration Ofce; Joel Chivers, Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate; Shermane Martino, Chief Financial Ofce; Tony Anania, Information Technology and Communications Services; and Michael Waugh, International Space Station and Space craft Processing Directorate. Not pictured are Don Hammel, Constellation Project Ofce; Ray Rutkowski, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate and William Benson, Launch Services Program. NASA Federally Employed Women invites Kennedy Space Center employees to attend a one-day Annual Train March 5 or 6 at the Cocoa Beach Holiday Inn. Washington, D.C., will give the keynote address, Making Waves: Becoming a Winner. and Social Etiquette by Lily Ye in My Corner: Mentoring Strategies West Chester, Pa. www.ksc. w NASA civil using SATERN. All attendees (including ment or purchase orders are due by Feb 22. Johanna Velasquez at johanna. or Sandy Eliason at FEW offers annual training program Edwin Sharpe, Reliability Engineer with United Space Alliance Target May 9 Launch from CCAFS: Delta IV-H NROL-26