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John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News Aug. 8, 2008 Vol. 48, No. 16 Kennedy, CCAFS award contracts in changeover Teacher workshop focuses on getting families involved K ennedy Space Cen ters contracts tran sition team is work ing to make the changeover from the centers two largest institutional contracts, the Joint Base Operations and Support Contract and Ken nedy Integrated Commu nications Services, as easy as possible. As the current contract end date of Sept. 30 nears, several of the 15 new contracts recently were awarded by Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At Kennedy, the Institu tional Services Contract, or ISC, was awarded to EG&G Technical Services Inc., of Gaithersburg, Md. The Information Management and Communication Sup port contract, or IMCS, was awarded to Abacus Technol ogy Corp., of Chevy Chase, Md. The Technical Train ing, or KISS, contract was awarded to REDE-Critique of Metairie, La. The Medical/Environ mental Support Services contract was awarded Aug. 4 to Innovative Health Applications, LLC or IHA, of Cape Canaveral, Fla. At CCAFS, the Infra structure Ops and Mainte nance Services, or IOMS, contract was awarded to InDyne Inc., of Reston, Va. The Consolidated Refuse Collection and Disposal Ser vices contract was awarded to Dorado Services Inc., of Sanford, Fla., while the Fire Protection, Emergency Man agement/Emergency Medical Services, or FEMS, contract was awarded to Wackenhut Services Inc., of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Vehicle Operations and Maintenance Services contract was award ed to Hallmark-Phoenix 3 of Houston, Texas. EG&G is very excited to be back at Kennedy, said ISC General Manager Kirt Bush. We have a transition team in place to make sure everything goes smoothly. The company held open houses in July, which were attended by more than 1,100 employees. An open house for secondand third-shift workers is planned for early August. Bush said they also plan to hold town hall By Linda Herridge Spaceport News See Contracts Page 3 Two e-mail accounts have been set up to accept feedback, questions or con cerns to help ensure a smooth transition into the new contracts. KSC-JBOSC-Transi and KSC-KICS-Tran sition@mail.nasa. gov. E-mail opinion A s NASA prepares for the future of space exploration, the nations educators are preparing to teach future lunar explorers. From July 20 through July 25, Ken nedy Space Center helped out with this initiative by hosting the NASA Explorer Schools 2008 Focus on Family Involvement Work shop. Throughout the week, a team of 21 teachers from across the United States got to check out the latest prod ucts and services in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, as its called. NASA Explorer Schools is an initiative that promotes and supports the incorporation of NASA content and programs into STEM curricula for fourththrough ninth-grades. This years workshop focused on family involvement, aimed at teaching teachers how to hold fun and success ful family activity nights at their own schools and promote family interest in STEM learning and NASA programs. NASA education spe cialist Priscilla Moore and NES coordinator Clarence Bostic planned this years workshop at Kennedy. Throughout the workshop we provided the opportunities and tools necessary for teachers to bring STEM-focused family activity nights to their own schools, Moore said. We hope we have introduced them to different, fun and effective strategies to create and promote these activity nights successfully. This years workshop kicked off with an overview of the NES developed fam ily-tools handbook, a look at NASAs Digital Learn ing Network and the Lunar Challenge project. Teachers then got their hands dirty by creating a By Alessandra Vaughan Spaceport News For more informa tion about the NASA Explorer Schools program, go to http://explorer More online See Family Page 8 Twenty-one teachers from around the country met at Kennedy Space Center to check out the latest products and services in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM NASA/Kim Shiett


Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Aug. 8, 2008 Radio waves from space inspire young minds S tudents take a microphone in hand and start speaking into it. Theyre not making an an nouncement over their schools PA system; theyre talking with crew members aboard the International Space Station. For an incredible few moments, students communicate with the space inhabitants, asking questions about what its like living and working in space. Amateur, or ham radio, as its often called, dates back to the early 1900s. Today, it helps many astronauts and cosmonauts feel more connected By Elaine M. Marconi Spaceport News to home and Earth while in space. Amateur Radio on the Interna tional Space Station, or ARISS, is a program supported by a team of volunteer radio operators formed to build and operate radio equipment to facilitate communication between the orbiting outpost and Earth. Sponsored by NASA, the Amer ican Radio Relay League, or ARRL, and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT, ARISS affords students the opportunity to develop their interests in technology, science and the space program. Since 1983, dozens of astro nauts have used the Space Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment, or SAREX, to talk with thousands of students from their temporary home in space. Space shuttle Atlantis on the ham radio gear to the space station, which was put into use by Expe permanent crew. Rita Wright, a former science teacher from the Burbank School in Illinois and ARISS team member, recalls the initial attempt at contact ing the space station in December 2000. Although a powerful snow storm caused it to take three days to set up a connection, the atmosphere was ripe with excitement, Wright said. As the space station orbited al most directly overhead, the connec tion was made and everyone heard the voice of NASA astronaut and Expedition 1 Commander William Shepherd come through loud and clear. Fourteen students posed their pre-written questions to Shepherd before the station slipped over the horizon and out of radio range. In the spring of the next year, Shepherd visited the Burbank School and captivated students, teachers and parents alike. Tony Hutchison, Australias national ARISS coordinator, visited his hometown of Bordertown to set up a telebridge linkup from the Bordertown Primary School to the space station. Nearly 500 students and guests, along with local TV and library and poured out into the yard as 15 students asked NASA astro naut Dan Bursch their questions. Its not only students who NASA astronauts. Kenneth Ransom is the space station ham radio project engineer liaison between NASA and ARISS at Johnson Space Center in Hous ton. Ransom recently coordinated a call between NASA astronaut and Expedition 16/17 Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman and young patients at the Arnold Palmer Hospital For Children in Orlando, Fla. The youngsters were all smiles, Ransom said. The call lifted their spirits and took their minds off their condition for that period of time. NASA astronaut and Expedi tion 12 Commander Bill McArthur has been an avid ham radio opera tor since he was introduced to the hobby in high school. What makes the program work is not what we do on the space sta tion; but the individuals who go into schools set up the equipment, teach and then allow us to talk to the young people, McArthur said. NASA astronaut and Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur talks on the ARISS during a scheduled amateur radio session. McArthur has been interested in ham radio operations since high school. NASA le NASA empowers leaders of tomorrow at networking event A round the world NASA is known and revered for its lead ership in space exploration and discovery. On July 31 Kennedy Space Center car ried on that leading tradition by holding the Energizing Our Emerging Leaders event. Young Professionals of Brevard, or ypB, and United Way Emerging Lead ers helped Organizational Development Specialist Clay Yonce host the event. Hundreds of Kennedy employees, including those early in their career and sea soned professionals packed the Training Auditorium for the event. The purpose of this event was to excite people about becoming leaders, as well as to let emerging leaders know what it takes to attain leadership roles, Yonce said. United Way Emerging Leaders and ypB are two organizations focused on inspiring and empowering the next generation of lead ers. Kennedys partnership with organizations like these will help the Space Coast thrive as it moves from the Space Shuttle Program to the Constellation Program. Kennedy Center Direc tor Bill Parsons opened the event and a panel of profes sional leaders followed. Attendees were given the opportunity to ask managers from Kennedy about their insights into what it takes to be a good leader. Representa tives from ypB and United Way Emerging Leaders told the audience about their re spective groups and outlined social networking. Social networking is a great way to get people talk ing about leadership develop ment, as it helps people to connect with others in the community and share best practices, Yonce said. It was great to see KSC management show such an interest in the young profes sionals here at Kennedy, said Jessica Rodriguez from the Constellation Logistics professional development is a humbling reminder that we truly are the future of KSC. Exciting the future lead ers of Kennedy is important because they will be more than just directors and man agers; they also will serve Kennedys future missions to the moon and beyond. By Alessandra Vaughan Spaceport News


SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 Aug. 8, 2008 Program challenges gifted students with lunar situations H igh school students from 35 Florida schools recently experienced what it might be like to land a rocket on the moon or excavate the lunar surface. During two one-week sessions, eager students worked alongside NASA mentors at Kennedy Space Center to participate in a Governors School pilot program for the gifted. NASAs involvement in the pilot program included hosting the student groups and creating research proj ects that explore challenges related to lunar exploration. These challenges included lunar landing, lunar excavat ing and protecting a pres surized habitat. At the end of each session, the students presented their solutions to a NASA panel of engineers and education coordinators. Dr. Lesley Garner, at Kennedy, coordinated NASAs portion of the pilot program. Garner hopes the By Linda Herridge Spaceport News students will have a greater understanding of academic majors they can pursue in science, technology, engi neering and mathematics for careers they didnt know existed. Funding for the pilot program was provided by the state of Florida and given to three universities, Florida Tech, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Florida State University, to plan and pilot test the program. Space Florida, NASA and Delaware North Park Services provided the curriculum. Kennedy mentors were Drs. Bob Youngquist and Philip Metzger, as well as Rob Mueller and Greg Gal loway, all from Kennedys Applied Technology Direc torate. They presented real space-related problems for the students to solve, along with hands-on activities. Bailee Williams, a se nior at Hardee Senior High in Wauchula, was one of six students who conducted a team experiment to simulate excavating on the moon. This isnt something I get to do everyday, so its great I was able to partici pate in a program like this, Williams said. When she re turns to her school she will give a presentation to her physics teacher and class mates on what she learned. Corbin Ferris, a senior at St. Augustine High, said the best parts of his experi ence at Kennedy were the group projects and learning about new technologies. Ferris learned about current methods for locat ing and measuring defects in orbiter windows. With Dr. Youngquist as mentor, Ferris and his team mem bers learned about optical techniques and carried out discussions of how they could be utilized in a space station or lunar habitat scenario. Ferris, who is looking into a career in engineering, said it was interesting to see all the types of available jobs at NASA. NASA research will fresh out of the box solutions for future lunar missions, Garner said. It was a win-win situation; and I hope a sustainable Gover nors School for the gifted is the end product. Kennedy Space Center mentor Dr. Bob Youngquist taught St. Augustine High School senior Corbin Ferris about optical techniques and how they could better be used in space. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis meetings to keep employees updated on the transition. According to Bush, incumbent workers will be consid to NASA is to hire the very best people, Bush said. Incumbents may submit an application online at www.egginc. com/isc/careers. The interview process will start in mid-August, with completion by early September. Bush said there are more than 600 jobs posted on the companys Web site at He encouraged employees to check the site weekly for updates. A newsletter will be issued every two weeks and posted online. Printed copies will be available at Kennedys Headquarters Building, in Abacus Technology Corp. held several open house gatherings in July for incumbents. According to Abacus IMCS Program Manager Bobby Bruckner, the company intends to interview all incumbents who submit applications and complete the hiring process by the end of August. We know this is where the talent is, Bruckner said. Though the transition period can be stressful, its important for the work force to remain focused on the shuttle launch, which will occur very shortly after our contract begins. The NASA Protective Services Contract is presently on hold pend ing a decision by the Government The selected contractor, Coastal International Security Inc. has been directed by the NASA Contracting notice. The GAO decision is ex pected to be provided not later than Sept. 20, 2008. One of our goals is to keep the work force informed about what is happening during the transition phase, said Peggy Parrish, who is the team communications lead. We will disseminate information as much as possible about changes af fecting the Kennedy work force prior to the new contracts starting. According to Joyce Riquelme, deputy director of Cape Canaveral the contract transition team lead, a series of town hall meetings will be held beginning in September. The meetings will include representatives from all of the new contractor organizations and provide a forum for customers and stakehold ers to hear an overview of what will be changing as the new contracts begin. Contracts not yet awarded at Kennedy as of Aug. 5 include, Mail Distribution Services, Custodial Services, and Grounds Maintenance and Pest Control. Those not awarded yet at CCAFS include Security Protection Services and Installation Support. For more information on these and other contracts not yet awarded, visit the contract transition Web site at dex.htm. In addition, two e-mail accounts have been set up to accept feedback, questions or concerns to help ensure a smooth transition into the new contracts. The global addresses are: KSC-JBOSC-Transition@mail.nasa. gov and KSC-KICS-Transition@ More information will appear in issues of the KSC Daily News and the contracts transition Web site. From Contracts Page 1


Scene Around Kennedy Space Center Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Aug. 8, 2008 Aug. 8, 2008 Major Trent Tuthill, right, accepts command of Defense Contract Management Agency at Kennedy Space Center, from the DCMA NASA Products Operation Commander, Col. Ray Harris, during a change of command ceremony at the Kennedy Visitor Complex on July 31. Workers from NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center prepare the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, or COS, for instrument testing and integration with the Flight Support System carrier in the clean room of the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center. The COS will be installed on the Hubble Space Telescope during space shuttle Atlantis STS-125 mission. NASA/Jack Pfaller Technicians install a new valve on Atlantis external tank inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. Small dings were found on the sealing surface of the quick disconnect system that handles liquid-hydrogen fuel for the shuttles three main engines The tank was attached to the twin solid rocket boosters Aug. 3 for the STS-125 mission. NASA/Jim Grossman A worker from United Space Alliance prepares to close the payload bay doors on space shuttle Atlantis in Orbiter Processing Facility 1 at Kennedy Space Center. The payload bay has been thoroughly cleaned and is ready to receive the carriers transporting the instruments and equipment needed to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis is targeted to launch Oct. 8. NASA/Jack Pfaller for NASA A pair of ospreys duel near a nest at Kennedy Space Center. Known as a sh hawk, ospreys select sites of opportunity from trees, telephone poles, rocks or even at ground. NASA/Kim Shiett


Scene Around Kennedy Space Center Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Aug. 8, 2008 Aug. 8, 2008 Send photos of yourself and/or your co-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 wants your photos United Space Alliance technicians install Boeing Replacement Insulation 18, or BRI-18, tiles on space shuttle Endeav our during processing activities inside Orbiter Processing Facility 2 at Kennedy Space Center. BRI-18 is the strongest material used for thermal insulation on the orbiters. When coated, it produces a toughened unipiece brous insula tion, providing tiles with improved impact resistance. Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station on its STS-126 mission. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10. NASA/Jack Pfaller Workers spray a heat-resistant concrete called Fondue Fyre into steel grid structures, welded to the wall of the ame trench at Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Fondue Fyre was developed during NASAs Apollo lunar program. NASA/Jack Pfaller A pair of snakes were intertwined recently near Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Kennedy shares a boundary with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a habitat for more than 310 species of birds, 25 mammals, 117 sh species and 65 amphibians and reptiles. for NASA


Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS Aug. 8, 2008 Fiber-optic cables keep ISS a success T ber-optic cables may only be the size of a human hair, but theyre the heart of the International Space Stations communi cation network for video, audio and high-speed data. On July 24, the Kennedy Engineering Academy, or KEA, hosted Lessons Learned from Implement ing Fiber-Optic Cabling in Spacecraft, where engi neers presented new tools and techniques that will more durable and ensure the success of the space station and its laboratories. This was the 24th presentation in an effort to share technol ogy within the engineering community. NASA Aerospace Tech nology Engineer Antonio Pego supported the conver sion from copper wiring to of its advantages. Fiber provides a broader bandwidth for data applications than copper and is resistant to the electro magnetic interference of radios and power lines. It also is lightweight and costs less to maintain, Pego said. The new cabling was uncharted territory for NASA Lead Avionics Engi neer Glenn Perez, who said there was no documented dard for the space station program when Kennedy stations elements in 1997. ber-optic wiring throughout the station meant Kennedy technicians had to imple ment standards for inspect ing the quality and installa they received from outside providers. Kennedy also had to develop a tool to inspect surface, at the end of each strand for particles that could hinder lights ability to led to the development of a customized microscope, or more in-depth inspection of However, Pego said, There still is a high risk of potential damage using inspection tools that require physical contact with the fragile pins inside each con nector. By Kate Frakes Spaceport News Kennedy interns attended the Kennedy Engineering Academys Lessons Learned from Implementing Fiber-Optic Cabling in Spacecraft on July 24. NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis Fellows set sight on future in space A dvanced space craft, lunar robot ics and high-per formance spacesuits are critical to the future of space exploration. NASAs Exploration Systems Mis sion Directorate, ESMD, is securing that future with the Space Grant Fellowship Project, aimed at strength ening NASAs educational connections with the col lege community. On July 17, the com petitively selected universi ty faculty fellows wrapped Kennedy Space Center by sharing information they gathered at their assigned year, the group successfully created 116 design projects and 146 internships for col lege students. These real-world experiences will serve the mission to train and de velop a skilled work force for NASAs future. Gloria Murphy man ages the ESMD Space Grant Education Project at Kennedy for the ESMD Headquarters. This years 10 faculty collaborated with scientists and engineers throughout sible mentors and technical experts to strengthen the number of student intern ship opportunities and senior design project ideas related to exploration, Murphy said. The faculty fellows also reviewed two senior design courses that are under development for NASA by faculty at Auburn University and Michigan Technological University. Jonathan Lambright, associate professor for the Engineering Technol ogy Department at Savan nah State University, is a newcomer to the faculty fellowship program. Lambright collaborated with the Engineering and Science Directorate at Sten nis Space Center to produce and six student internship opportunities. ESMD is taking a critical role in engag ing college students and getting them interested in the sciences, technologies, engineering and mathemat ics, Lambright said. It can only be for the absolute positive if we establish a relationship with NASA where we develop students vision and mission. By Kate Frakes Spaceport News Nadipuram Prasad, as sociate professor and direc tor of Rio Grande Institute for Soft Computing at New Mexico State University, is one of two participant repeats. Prasad worked with the Science and Engineer ing Directorate at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Technological growth stemming from space ex ploration naturally requires order to better prepare my students, Prasad said. The knowledge gained by fac ulty fellows can be directly transferred to students, providing them with the talents needed to integrate academic resources with NASA work. ESMD collaborated with the Space Grant Con sortia to distribute grants to the national network of colleges and universities. year successfully resulted in 95 student interns dis tributed throughout all 10 senior design projects men tored by NASA technical experts. A new annual ESMD Research Paper Competi tion, as well as the annual ESMD Systems Engineer ing Paper Competition will take place during the 200809 academic year. Students prepare sounding rockets, developed during a NSAA-based senior design class at Utah State University, for launch at a competition. ESMD systems engineers interested in judging competi tions call Gloria Mur phy at 321-867-8934 or visit the ESMD Web site at http://education.ksc. spacegrant Care to judge? for NASA


Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS Aug. 8, 2008 Pioneer Venus 2 delved into Earths twin Remembering Our Heritage By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian E xploration of Venus, often the brightest planet in the night sky, began in earnest 30 years ago. Pioneer Venus 2 lifted off from Launch Pad 36A on Cape Canaveral on Aug. 8, 1978, aboard an At las-Centaur rocket. Venus sometimes is referred to as Earths twin planet. They are similar in size, mass and composition; but thats where the similari ties end. Venus has no ocean and is covered by thick, rapidly spinning clouds that trap surface heat, creating a scorched greenhouse-like world with temperatures hot enough to melt lead. NASA designed the 30 experiments aboard Pioneer Venus 1 and 2 as a coordi nated observation system. Six spacecraft, the largest number ever devoted to one planet at the time, would make the most measure ments at the greatest number of locations. Pioneer Venus 1 began 1978. It was an orbiter that would study the Venus atmosphere and other planet characteristics. Pioneer Venus 2 was the multi-probe phase of the mission. Its large entry probe would make detailed soundings of the lower Venus atmosphere and clouds, while three smaller probes descended through the planets at mosphere and measured atmospheric conditions at widely separated points before impact. NASA alum Jim Womack was chief of pro pulsion and mechanical sys tems for the Atlas-Centaur project and later became director of the Expendable Launch Vehicle Program at Kennedy Space Center. We were very pushed to get the Pioneer Venus missions launched on sched ule because they were major launches for us, Womack said. General Dynamics employees did the hands-on work, with NASA oversee ing the processing at Pad 36A, the oldest of the two pads at Complex 36. The trip to Venus took 123 days. The large entry A crane in Hangar AO gently lifts the 2,000-pound Pioneer Venus Mul tiprobe for a nal inspection by technicians prior to encapsulation in its protective nose fairing. NASA le The Multiprobe, the second of two Venus-bound spacecraft, was launched by NASA on Aug. 8, 1978 aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket. Together, the two Pioneer Venus missions obtained more data about Venus than all other telescopic observations and previous United States missions combined. NASA le probe on Pioneer Venus 2 was released Nov. 16, 1978, and the three smaller entry probes on Nov. 20. All four probes entered the Venus atmosphere Dec. 9. Destruction was ex pected immediately upon impact. To the surprise of Pioneer Venus scientists, one of the smaller probes survived for 67 minutes after impact, sending back information before the 900 degree temperatures on the planets surface silenced it. Data returned by the probes showed the pres ence of large amounts of rare gases in the Venus atmosphere, suggesting a far larger contribution by the sun to the planets atmosphere than to Earths during the early evolution of the solar system. The Pioneer Venus 1 orbiter was inserted into an elliptical orbit around Venus on Dec. 4, 1978. In phase of its mission. Atmo spheric entry destroyed the spacecraft the following Au gust when its fuel ran out. The total cost of build ing and operating the probes was $83 million. Former NASA Ad ministrator Robert Frosch characterized the mission as a superb success, congrat ulating personnel at NASA centers and those involved from the commercial and


John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Sprague 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 Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS Aug. 8, 2008 Send photos of yourself and/or your co-workers in action for possible publication. Photos should include a short caption, with names and job titles, from left to right. Send them to Spaceport News wants your photos At the Burger King Cape-side. The Blind Man is my second favorite place to go. Lydia Del Rio, program analyst, with NASA Where is the best place to eat at Kennedy Space Center? At the cafeteria here at Headquarters. I just try Steve Stover, engineer, with NASA The Visitor Complex. Delaware North has some of the best food around. I really like the burgers. Chasity Leek, summer intern, with NASA Burger King over on the Air Force side. I really love it because the king serves me lunch. Andi Meyer, program analyst, with NASA Here at Headquarters main cafeteria. It offers the best selection and best variety. Mike Paraway, accountant, with NASA WORD STREET ON THE Looking up and ahead No earlier than Dec. 1 Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, SDO; TBD No earlier than Nov. 24 Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-125; 1:34 a.m. No earlier than Dec. 16 Target Oct. 8 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, GOES-O; TBD Target Nov. 10 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-126; 9:28 p.m. Launch/CCAFS: Atlas V, LRO; TBD No earlier than Nov. 20 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, STSS; TBD Target Feb. 12, 2009 Launch/KSC: Discovery, STS-119; 7:36 a.m. No earlier than Feb. 16 Launch/CCAFS: Delta II, Kepler; TBD Target May 15 Launch/KSC: Endeavour, STS-127; 4:52 p.m. Launch/KSC: Atlantis, STS-128; TBD Target July 30 Family Day at Kennedy Space Center Oct. 18 at HQ No earlier than Sept. 26 Launch/CCAFS: Delta IV, NROL-26; TBD mock lunar colony using recyclable materials. First, a Kennedy engi neer described their role during the development of a lunar colony and then asked teachers to assume the role of engineers themselves. Activities such as this are what Moore and Bostic hope educators will bring to their own family activ ity nights. Other activities included be hind-the-scenes facility tours of the Space Station Processing Facility and Shuttle Landing Facility, as well as grant writing techniques. Teachers also participated in fun space activities, such as a rocket medley where teams built and launched model rockets. This years workshop was a huge success. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it all run smoothly, Moore said. Attendees wrapped up the workshop by sharing how they plan to use the strategies learned to host their own family activity nights in the future. Todays students are tomor rows engineers, scientists and astronauts, Moore said. Hosting programs like this one help to as sure that kids stay interested in math and science and go on to become NASAs future. From SRBs Page 1 Employees of the Month for August are, from left, Thomas Frattin, Launch Services Program; Michael R. Lee, Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate; Michele L. Colon, Engi neering Directorate; Andra Jackson, Information Technology & Communication Services; Joseph Madden, Constellation Project Ofce; Carl (Wayne) Myers, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. Not pictured are: Johnny G. Mathis, Engineering Directorate; and Rodney Brown, Center Operations. NASA Employees of the Month: August NASA