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June 1, 2007
John F. Kennedy Space Center - America’s gateway to the universe 
Spaceport News
Vol. 46, No. 11
STS-117 crew members, Atlantis ready to deliver truss segment
Shuttle Launch Experience lifts off new mission at Visitor Complex
(See EXPERIENCE, Page 5)
t press time, the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis andits seven-member crew forNASA’s STS-117 mission to theInternational Space Station isscheduled for June 8 at 7:38 p.m.During the 11-day mission,Atlantis will dock to the stationand crew members will performthree spacewalks. STS-117 is the118th space shuttle flight and the21st flight to the station.The crew will deliver solararrays, batteries and the S3/S4integrated truss segment. Thesegment will be installed to the S1truss on the starboard side of thestation. Together, the S3/S4segments are 45.3 feet long andweigh 35,581 pounds, making thisthe heaviest station element inexistence.The integrated segment is thethird of four power modules thatprovide additional power-genera-tion capability for the station.Expedition 15 crew memberClayton Anderson also will travelaboard Atlantis to relieve Expedi-tion 14 Flight Engineer SunitaWilliams of her duties. Williamswill come back to Earth with thereturning STS-117 crew members.The exchange of Anderson andWilliams was originally plannedfor the STS-118 mission, nowtargeted for launch in August.However, that flight, first set to flyin June, had to be postponed afteran unexpected hail storm damagedAtlantis’ external fuel tank anddelayed STS-117.During the first spacewalk,crew members will mate the S3/S4truss segment and begin poweringit. The second spacewalk includesremoving the restraints that keptthe truss structure rigid duringlaunch, thus allowing the S3 jointto rotate. The crew will performvarious tasks during the thirdspacewalk.
SPACE SHUTTLE Atlantis, mounted on a mobile launch platform, rests on the hardstand of Launch Pad 39A for the STS-117 mission.
 By Steven Siceloff Staff Writer 
t’s tough to stay on the edge of your seat when you’re lying onyour back, but the ShuttleLaunch Experience pulls it off.The Kennedy Space CenterVisitor Complex unveiled the new$60 million attraction on May 25during a grand opening eventincluding more than 40 former andcurrent NASA astronauts.The Experience delivers whatit promises: a simulation of ridinga space shuttle into orbit. There’sthe rumbling sound and shakingseat as the solid rocket boosters areigniting, the jolt of the bolts goingoff to free the shuttle from thelaunch pad and, finally, a slightweightless feeling upon reaching
KENNEDY SPACE Center and State of Florida dignitaries helped launch the opening of the newest attraction atKennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex, the Shuttle Launch Experience. Breaking the ribbon are (left to right)Dan LeBlanc, chief operating officer of the KSC Visitor Complex; Lt. Governor of Florida Jeff Kottkamp; formerastronauts John Young and Bob Crippen; Center Director Bill Parsons; KSC Director of External Relations LisaMalone; and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
SPACEPORT NEWSJune 1, 2007Page 2
Mike BolgerInformation Technology andCommunications Services
rotecting information aboutAmerica’s space program isvitally important as com-puter networks are routinelyattacked by security outsiders. APresidential Directive, signed in2004, will help NASA counterthese threats.The White House measuremeans all government agenciesmust now:• Perform more rigorous proof and documentation of anindividual’s identity;• Provide more secure physicaland logical access to federalfacilities and systems;• Perform background investi-gations for all civil servants,contractors and offsite/remote-onlyusers of information technology,also known as IT; and,• Issue new badges with a smartcard chip to civil servants andcontractors.As a result, NASA is in theprocess of implementing the use of the new badge to allow physicaland information technology accessat all centers. After the new badgesare issued, NASA will implement aphased approach for using thebadge to access controlled areas,computers, systems and applica-tions.Civil servants and contractorsmust undergo a new backgroundinvestigation conducted by theOffice of Personnel Management,as well as a Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint check.The minimum level of investiga-tion is called a National AgencyCheck with written Inquiries, orNACI.Current NASA civil servantsalready have had NACIs. However,if more than 10 years have passedsince their last investigation, a newinvestigation may have to beinitiated.New contractor individuals arecurrently undergoing NACIs. Mostof the existing contractor workforce has not had this investigationand security is working with allcontractor personnel to schedulethe NACI background investiga-tion.The new badge will be issuedthrough the Personal IdentityNIST. This badge will replace allexisting badges for individualsneeding access to NASA physicalproperty or IT assets and who havea relationship with NASA for morethan 180 days.Each badge will contain anencrypted electronic representa-tion of the individual’s finger-prints, a photograph and a certifi-cate that can be matched to areader to allow access to ITresources and area locations.The new badge is the center-piece of the Presidential Directiveand will be issued to all civilservants and contractors byOct. 27.With new badges meeting theNIST standard in use across allgovernment agencies, KSC teammembers’ identities can beimmediately verified at any NASAcenter, which shouldfacilitate access andeliminate most additionalsecurity checks.For more information,contact your directorate’ssecurity points of contact
“The new badge is thecenterpiece of the PresidentialDirective and will be issued to allcivil servants and contractors byOct. 27.”
June NASA employees of the month
eventh and eighth gradegirls can register for theRobotics Summer Campfor Girls being offered by theSociety of Women Engineersfrom June 18 to 22 in CocoaBeach. This exciting camp is anopportunity for girls to becreative while building andprogramming a robot to com-plete a mission.Fourth and sixth grade girlscan also learn robotics at theLEGO Robotics Summer Campfor Girls in Cocoa Beach. Thereare two sessions of this one-week program, with onescheduled for June 4-8 and theother June 11-15. A competitionwill be held at the end of eachweek.Registration information ison the Web at
www.swe-sc.org/ Robotics
Engineers group offersrobotics camps for girls
THE JUNE NASA employees of the month include, back row from left, Donald Schiller, Chief Counsel; HudsonDelee, Center Operations; Nelson Lerma, Engineering Directorate; Denton Gibson, Engineering Directorateand Scott Mimbs, Safety and Mission Assurance. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Chris Hinds, HumanResources; Lisa Smith, Constellation Project Office; and Mari Poulin, International Space Station and SpacecraftProcessing. Not pictured are: James Davis, Chief Financial Office; Joye Williamson, Information Technologyand Communications Services; Jack Gardner, Launch Vehicle Processing; and Mark Mertz, LaunchServices Program.
or visit KSC’s Web site for thedirective at
http:// hspd12.ksc.nasa.gov.
Verification process in accordancewith a government-wide standardissued by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, or
SPACEPORT NEWSPage 3June 1, 2007
Employees step up to donate blood for military
KENNEDY SPACE Center employees donate blood in the LearningInstitute for the “Mission Life Force” blood drive May 24.
Hurricane awareness training prepares employees to respond
BOB LAY, director of Brevard County Emergency Management, talks toKennedy employees about dealing with the effects of hurricanes.
 By Linda HerridgeStaff Writer 
ith the effects of the2004 hurricane seasonnot quite faded frommemory, Kennedy Space Centeremployees attended hurricaneawareness training at the TrainingAuditorium last month to preparefor this year’s season. Coordinatedby Space Gateway Support’semergency preparedness group, thepresentation featured BrevardCounty Emergency ManagementDirector Bob Lay, 45th SpaceWing Shuttle Launch WeatherOfficer Kathy Winters, and JohnCosat, chief of JBOSC emergencypreparedness.“Whether the season is busy ornot, it only takes one storm tocome into your area to affect you,”Winters said, adding there is ahigher probability of stormformations for 2007 than last year.During the week of May 7, a joint hurricane exercise involvingKSC, Cape Canaveral Air ForceStation and the 45th Space Wingwas held in conjunction with thestate of Florida. The exercise gavethe KSC director, 45th Space Wingcommander, Spaceport EmergencyOperations Center and otherorganizations the opportunity toreview plans and procedures, andprepare for what is expected to be abusy hurricane season.Lay presented an overview of the potential effects of high winds,storm surges, heavy rainfall, inlandflooding and tornadoes in Brevard.
(See HURRICANE, Page 4)
 By Linda HerridgeStaff Writer 
ennedy Space Center andCape Canaveral Air ForceStation workers stepped upto help the U.S. military servingoverseas and at home by donatingblood to “Mission Life Force,” anArmed Services Blood DriveProgram operated out of FortBragg, N.C. It is the only Depart-ment of Defense donor center inthe United States that maintains awartime contingency stock of blood.Donors filled two locations:Fire Station No. 1 at CapeCanaveral Air Force Station onMay 23, and the Kennedy Learn-ing Institute on May 24. CaptainJason Corley leads the blood driveefforts at Fort Bragg. During thetwo-day visit to KSC and CapeCanaveral Air Force Station,Corley said nearly 300 workersdonated 225 pints of blood.“The response was outstand-ing,” Corley said. “I hope every-one knows that the blood will beused to support troops overseasand here at home. We appreciateSpace Gateway Support’s efforts inhelping to coordinate this blooddrive.”According to Sgt. Amy Brooks,a medical lab specialist attached toFort Bragg, the tested and pro-cessed blood can last for 42 days,and plasma for 40 days. She addedthat fresh frozen plasma can last upto one year. The blood productsare used to treat all military branchsoldiers at war, at home, andpatients at the Womack ArmyMedical Center at Fort Bragg.Space Gateway Support, alongwith NASA and the Air Force,coordinated the blood drive. LeonMcGovern, the SGS director of Engineering Services, helpedcoordinate the blood drive.“It’s the right thing to do,”McGovern said. “And it’s ourobligation to donate blood if wecan.”Daniel Cox, a Boeing em-ployee, said he really wanted togive blood for the troops.“This is the easy part; ourmilitary does the hard part,” Coxsaid.Linda Keene with SpaceGateway Support said she hadn’tgiven blood in a really long time.“I was overdue, and this is forthe military,” Keene said. “It’s agreat feeling to help our troops.”Robert Johnson, with NASA’sApplied Technology group andalso in the Air Force Reserves, saidhe wanted to help the troops in anyway he could.“They deserve our support andprayers,” said Ron Woods of theJohnson Space Center residentoffice at KSC.The response to the “MissionLife Forces” blood drive was sooverwhelming that Fort Bragg isplanning to return later this year.To sponsor a blood drive, contactLinda Ellerbe at Fort Bragg at
, or call910-396-9925/4222.

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