Bill ParsonsCenter Director
e are nearly one monthremoved from the tragicviolence that transpiredat the Johnson Space Center onApril 20. Following the boldleadership of Linda Beverly, ourresilient NASA family movedswiftly from mourning a death tocelebrating the life of her latehusband and NASA engineerDavid Beverly.As we continue to support andencourage our teammates inHouston, we press on with thenoble work that lies ahead.Nevertheless, let us remember thewords of Robert F. Kennedy whenhe said, “Tragedy is a tool for theliving to gain wisdom.”As Kennedy Space Centeremployees, we take great pride inour many world-class achieve-ments, but we also take time tolearn in times of great loss.The phrase “senseless vio-lence” is often used to describeevents like those we saw inHouston and Blacksburg, Va.Violence of any kind in theworkplace is senseless, but itsabsolute failure to solve problemsmakes it particularly futile.No one wins and trouble isonly multiplied for the aggressorand innocent bystanders.The overwhelming majority of us strive daily to do the right andproper thing when it comes to ourwork and work relationships. Still,I urge the entire Kennedy team tobe mindful of the many resourcesfor comfort, discussion andconflict resolution that areavailable across our center.I do believe that the mostimportant tool we possess is ineach of us. That is, simply, thespirit of caring.We will take care of each other,offer peaceful support and lead byexample.
Kennedy Space CenterDeputy Director Janet Petro
he May NASA employees of the month include, from left, Matthew Mattingly, Engineering Directorate;Leonard Duncil, Launch Services Program; Brian Burns, Information Technology and CommunicationsServices; Ginny Kinslow, Engineering Directorate; Joyce McDowell, Procurement Office; Mark Biesack,International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing; Bill Roy, Launch Integration Office; David Diaz,Launch Vehicle Processing; and John Shaffer, Center Operations. Not pictured are Patricia Nicolik, Constella-tion Project Office and Richard Lamoreaux, Safety and Mission Assurance.
May NASA employees of the month
different evolutionary pathconstrained by the diversity of processes that operated during thefirst few million years of solarsystem evolution.Dawn has much to offer thepublic. The mission brings imagesof varied landscapes on previouslyunseen worlds, including moun-tains, canyons and, possibly,ancient lakebeds and gullies.Students can follow themission over an entire kindergar-ten through 12th grade experienceas the mission is built, and thespacecraft cruises to Vesta andCeres and returns data. The publicwill be able to participate throughthe Solar System AmbassadorsProgram at
and via theWeb at
.The primary question themission addresses is what role sizeand water play in determining theevolution of the planets. Ceres andVesta are the right two bodies withwhich to address this question, asthey are the most massive of theprotoplanets, baby planets whosegrowth was interrupted by theformation of Jupiter.Ceres is very primitive and wetwhile Vesta is evolved and dry.The instruments to be flown areflight-proven and similar to thoseused for missions involvingMercury, Mars, the moon, Eros andcomets.There are three principalscientific drivers for the mission.The first is that it captures theearliest moments in the origin of the solar system, helping tounderstand the conditions underwhich these objects formed.Second, Dawn determines thenature of the building blocks fromwhich the terrestrial planetsformed, improving mankind’sunderstanding of this formation.Finally, it contrasts the formationand evolution of two small planetsthat followed very differentevolutionary paths to helpunderstand what controls thatevolution.
Petro begins tenureas deputy director
anet Petro has joined theKennedy Space Centersenior management team asdeputy director. She resides inIndian Harbor Beach with herdaughter, Hannah, and son,Andrew.