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THE AMES

July 19, 1999


Astr gram
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION AMES RESEARCH CENTER, MOFFETT FIELD

on-line at: http://ccf.arc.nasa.gov/dx/

Ames thrives despite NASA budget hardships


— McDonald accepts Administrator’s challenge to lead Center forward
On July 7, Ames’ Center Director Dr. the ranks as Ames Fellows. welfare.” However, McDonald said, cuts in
Henry McDonald delivered his annual as- In the area of air traffic management, the aero budget and the reduced availabil-
sessment of the “State of the Center.” McDonald praised Ames’ role in “provid- ity of program support funds have serious
While his message contained a few eye- ing a suite of computer-based programs” implications, even at Ames. They may well
brow-raising moments, for the most part it that will assist the FAA and its controllers in force the Center to “stand down” a major
was music to the ears of a workforce still managing the system more safely and effi- facility, like the 12-foot pressure wind tun-
nervous from years of government ciently, even with the anticipated increase nel, and face the prospect of further cuts in
downsizing and threats to the very exist- in air traffic over the next few years. In the rotorcraft program. And this may hap-
ence of the Center. pen despite the outstanding per-
McDonald spoke highly of formance of Ames’ personnel in
Ames research efforts and role as a these areas, McDonald fears.
technology provider. Overall, “we Turning his attention to the
have made a great deal of progress space side of the house, McDonald
in becoming accepted as a critical observed that “it now seems clear
contributor to a number of the key that Astrobiology will be the defin-
programs within the Agency,” he ing mission of NASA for the fu-
said. Best of all – “some of these ture.” He reiterated the importance
programs seem destined to be- of Ames role as “both the desig-
come the basis of the NASA of the nated and de facto lead for the
next millennium.” Agency” in this important area. He
McDonald focused his remarks spoke of Ames’ accomplishments
in three areas where major growth in establishing the virtual NASA
is expected, and in which Ames Astrobiology Institute and looked
enjoys NASA lead management to the creation of a major new
responsibility — air traffic man- facility, the Astrobiology Research
agement, astrobiology and infor- Laboratory, “a new purpose-built
mation science and technology. building” to be constructed as part
Before discussing these areas, he of the Moffett development pro-
took time to acknowledge a num- photo by Tom Trower cess over the next few years.
ber of important institutional Center Director Dr. Henry McDonald shares a light moment with the “Information science and tech-
achievement by Ames this year. audience during a question and answer session. nology,” McDonald observed, “is
The stunning success of the clearly the ubiquitous program en-
ISO certification audit proved conclusively particular, he cited the Center Tracon Au- abler across the Agency.” In this arena, he
that “Ames can do management process,” tomation System, the Final Approach Spac- spoke of Ames’ accomplishments in using
McDonald said. It demonstrated that this ing Tool, the Surface Movement Advisor neural net software in a variety of ways —
can never be offered as the “grounds to and the “Direct To” tool as being particu- from assisting damaged aircraft on Earth to
withhold mission-related responsibility from larly valuable.
monitoring, reprogramming and flying
us.” Further, he said, Ames’ safety record of “These tools are expected to save the
deep space missions.
going in excess of one year without a lost- nation’s carriers billions of dollars annually
continued on page 6
time accident is the envy of the Agency. by reducing delays and increasing system
McDonald raved about the progress capacity without compromising safety,”
being made in bringing in external parties he said. He also praised the collaboration
like Stanford University and the University between the aeronautics and information
of California system to be our full partners system directorates that resulted in the
in collaborative research in support of the creation of the Surface Development and
NASA mission. We can now view Moffett as Test Facility (or virtual airport tower), soon
“the Ames endowment,” he said. In addi- to be renamed in memory of its proponent
tion, he spoke with pride of Ames’ upcom- Stan Harke.
ing 60th anniversary; the creation of the McDonald acknowledged that Ames
Ames Hall of Fame and the induction of its has redirected much of its “aero” efforts in
first class of twelve honorees; and the selec- light of the diminished support for aero-
tion of two distinguished researchers, Heinz nautics research within Congress and the
Erzberger and Charles Bauschlicter, to join growing view that it constitutes “industrial

July 19, 1999 Communication for the information technology


Theage
Ames Astrogram — 1
Human Interest/International Cooperation
Ames scientists travel to Spain to
return historic treasure
Have you ever heard of a school that had never flown themselves,
teaches its students to perform surgeries the experience of others and
and experiments in space? Would you have their own imagination be-
even thought of a doctor trying to catch a came the textbook for the
flying scalpel? Probably not! But that is crew on how to operate with
exactly what two young, energetic and no gravity present. And there
talented crew trainers taught astronauts to is no doubt that working in
do here at Ames. this laboratory demanded
About two years ago, Alexandra Branson unique training. While every-
and Justine Grove, two Lockheed Martin body worked really hard, the
scientists, were assigned to Neurolab, a training process was also very
NASA research mission dedicated to the enjoyable. It is not often that
study of the nervous system. Fifteen two young and eager biolo-
Neurolab investigators had designed scien- gists get an opportunity to
tific experiments to find out how gravity work with highly skilled pro-
effects the nervous system. Alexandra’s fessionals on material that will
and Justine’s job was to develop procedures go into space.
and teach them to the astronauts so they Two years of Alexandra’s
could conduct the experiments and collect and Justine’s extremely inten-
the scientific data needed to successfully sive work were eventually
complete the study--regardless of the un- appreciated, not only by the
usual microgravity environment. crew members and investiga-
They had seven astronauts to explain 15 tors in their own country, but
experiments to seven scientists to instruct even by the Spanish crown.
on the performance of complex experi- NASA’s Neurolab mission had
ments in a very unusual setting. Since they become a successful continu-
ation of something Certificate of achievement honored to the Neurolab mission by
the Cajal Institute with the depiction of the historic Cajal slide.
that started a century
ago by Santiago
Ramon y Cajal, a Spanish scientist
who made the first neurological “Our visit was a little over a week. We
slides that depicted individual neu- attended many dinners and social events in
rons as the building components of celebration of Neurolab,” remembers
the nervous system. These slides Justine. The excitement about the event
were given by the “Ramon y Cajal” was everywhere.
Institute of Neurobiology of the “The King showed his great interest in
Spanish Council for Scientific Re- NASA activities and spoke for a long time
search (CSIC) to NASA’s Neurolab with all the crew members,” said Dr. Garcia-
mission to fly in space as a symbol Segura. Dr. Garcia-Sagura also emphasized
of scientific progress in this field. the great importance of the collaboration
The presence of the historic Cajal between Spanish scientists and NASA re-
slides added to the crew’s confi- searchers and reinforced the Spanish public’s
dence and pride in what they were interest in NASA activities. After returning
working on and for what had been the Cajal slides to Juan Carlos I and Her
achieved. This piece of neuroscience Majesty, the Spanish Minister for Science
history became sort of a lucky charm and Education presented NASA with the
for the space researchers. gold medal for its contribution to neuro-
Once the mission had been suc- science.
cessfully completed, Kerry Walton, “The audience with the King of Spain
the Neurolab investigator who ini- and the gold medal award to NASA from
tiated the idea of taking the slides in the CSIC are two good examples of the
space, got an invitation from the success of this visit,” says Dr. Javier DeFelipe
Spanish Council for Scientific Re- of CSIC. “This event is very important
search to bring the treasure back because it represents a unique opportunity
Crew trainers Alexandra Branson (left) and Justine home and present it to the King. to make neuroscientists’ work known be-
Grove (right) outside of the Institute of Neurobiology
Alexandra and Justine gladly joined yond the world of neuroscience.”
in Madrid in the company of Ricardo Martinez Murillo
(center), Director of CSIC who sponsored their NASA the Neurolab crew as they traveled Enjoyment and satisfaction with a job
trip to Spain. to the “Ramon y Cajal” Institute of well done fulfilled the hearts of NASA astro-
Neurology in Madrid. continued on next page

2 — The Ames Astrogram July 19, 1999


Educational Outreach
Space settlement contest award
winners tour Ames
More than 80 students, teachers and
parents spent Monday, June 21 touring
Ames.
The students were award winners in the
sixth annual Space Settlement Design con-
test. This year’s contest drew 258 submis-
sions from over 900 students with guidance
from 34 teachers. Entries came from Canada,
India, Jordan, Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru,
Spain and the United States. For details on
the 1999 contest see: http://
science.nas.nasa.gov/Services/Education/
SpaceSettlement/Contest/Results/99/
The tourists were engaged in learning
activities in both the Ames Ames Aerospace
Encounter and Space Camp California in
the morning. Afternoon visitations included
stops at the Space Station Biological Re-
Space Settlement design contest award winners pose alongside a Shuttle model
search Project mockup, the Lunar Prospec-
outside the Ames Visitor Center.
tor control room, the NFAC wind tunnel,
the Crew Vehicle Systems Research Facility,
and the NAS visualization lab and computer single asteroid can build space colonies activities may be found at: http://
room. with living space equal to about 500 times science.nas.nasa.gov/Services/Education/
Participating student groups came from the surface of the earth. SpaceSettlement/
Canada, Florida, New Jersey and California, Entries for next year’s contest will be The contest and related web page are
including 6th-12th grade students world- due on March 31, 2000. Encourage your funded and operated by Code IN (NAS).
wide. children and teachers to participate. Mate-
rials that support space settlement design BY BRYAN YAGER
Credit goes to all Ames volunteers who
provided support in making this an exciting
and unique educational experience for all of
the tourists.
Ames s scientists Travel to Spain to
Grades 6-9 and 10-12 were judged as
separate categories, except for the grand
return historic treasure
continued from previous page
prize. The students developed space settle-
ment designs and related materials and
then submitted them to Ames for judging.
Many teachers used the contest as an in-
structional thematic in their science curricu-
lum. It not only promotes team building,
but this project-web based learning tool
also allows teachers a vehicle to address
national science standards.
Space colonies are seen as permanent
communities in orbit, as opposed to living
on the Moon or on the other planets. The
work of Princeton physicist Dr. O'Neill and
others have shown that such colonies are
technically feasible, although expensive. Set-
tlers of this high frontier are expected to live Neurolab crew and biologists enjoy the festivities during the visit to the
inside large air-tight rotating structures hold- University of Madrid.
ing hundreds, thousands or even millions of
nauts and scientists and their Spanish col- Such recognition of Neurolab’s accom-
people along with animals, plants and single
leagues as well. The Spanish minds, on the plishments were extremely gratifying for
celled organisms vital to comfort and sur-
other hand, were most affected by the Alexandra and Justine, our crew trainers
vival. There are many advantages to living
professionalism of NASA’s specialists: “I who devoted so much effort and time to
in orbit; zero-g recreation, environmental
was impressed by their technical skills and ensure Neurolab’s success. So, while every-
independence, plentiful solar energy, and
scientific knowledge, and they left a very body bows to the King, we take our hats off
terrific views to name a few.
good impression here in Spain,” says Dr. to them for the great job they have per-
There is plenty of room for everyone
DeFelipe. formed.
who wants to go; the materials from a
BY VICTORIA KUSHNIR

July 19, 1999 The Ames Astrogram — 3


Shuttle Activities
Ames has major interest in STS-93 Shuttle mission
Ames played several important roles in onstrated the ability of a tiny biology sen-
the STS-93 shuttle mission, the first shuttle sors unit to monitor onboard cell cultures.
mission commanded by a woman, Col. The new sensor, Biona-C, may serve as a
Eileen Collins, United States Air Force. Ames’ pint-sized “chemistry lab” in future mis-
involvement in the mission included a life sions (see story next page).
science experiment, a technology demon- Col. Collins and members of her crew
stration, crew training and an education came to Ames to train in the Vertical Motion
program. In addition, one of the outstand- Simulator (VMS), a state-of-the-art flight
ing STS-93 crewmembers, Steven Hawley, simulator. The VMS, operated by Ames’
served as the Associate Director of NASA Simulation Experiments Branch, allows as-
Ames from 1990 to 1992. tronauts to practice their Shuttle approach
The Small Payloads Team from Ames’ and landing skills prior to going into space
Life Sciences Division managed the devel- Ames’ Quest education program sent
opment of Dr. Haig Keshishian’s experi- three local high school students to KSC for
ment to study the effects of spaceflight on the launch. The students wrote daily on-
the developing nervous system using ge- line journals to share their experience with
netically engineered fruit flies (see story others. A follow-up webcast with Eileen
below). This experiment represents the first Collins is planned – see http:// energy regions of the universe. Additional
time that a species has been specifically quest.arc.nasa.gov for further information. information about the mission can be found
designed to fly in space. The primary objective of the mission at http://www.shuttlepresskit.com/
The Sensors2000! Team from Ames’ was to deploy the Chandra X-Ray observa- index.html.
Office of Research and Development dem- tory, designed to observe X-rays from high- BY KATHLEEN BURTON

Ames flies fruit flies on STS-93


It’s a remarkable fly that has a glowing how synapses differentiate and develop to phila were once again chilled to stop fur-
nervous system. It’s an even more remark- their mature form during embryonic and ther development. The Drosophila re-
able fly that can orbit the Earth every 90 post-embryonic life. Synapses are the mained chilled until Dr. Keshishian was
minutes – especially when it’s still larvae, communication junctures between nerves ready to begin his postflight analyses of
and doesn’t have wings! However, that’s where signals are transferred from one nerve their nervous system.
exactly what 30 thousand genetically engi- to the other. And why did the flies have glowing
neered fruit fly eggs and larvae did during One of the challenges for the Ames’ nervous systems? Well, as you can imagine,
small payloads fruit fly nerves and synapses are extremely
team that man- small. To facilitate his analyses, Dr.
aged this ex- Keshishian inserted a naturally occurring
periment was jellyfish gene – Green Fluorescent Protein –
to ensure that into the Drosophila. This resulted in a
the develop- special line of fruit flies that have nervous
ment of the systems that glow.
fruit flies’ ner- BY LAURA LEWIS
vous system
occurred while
the Drosophila
The nervous system of this genetically engineered fruit fly larvae can be
clearly seen thanks to a jelly fish gene that makes it glow.
eggs and larvae
were actually in Bill Harper
microgravity.
This was ac-
remembered...
an experiment on the STS-93 mission. The complished by flying the experiment in the William "Bill" Harper passed away
experiment, officially titled “Synaptogenesis incubator containment module (ICM) pro- on June 12 of this year after a brief bout
in Microgravity (NIH.B1),“ was designed by vided through a collaborative agreement with cancer. Bill retired in 1988 after
Dr. Haig Keshishian at Yale University to between NASA and BioServe, Inc. The ICM 33 years of government service as an
study how microgravity and spaceflight is basically a suitcase-sized unit that fits into instrumentation engineer with the
affect the developing nervous system of a Shuttle middeck locker. Within the ICM Ames unitary wind tunnel complex.
Drosophila melanogastor, better known as are eight individually controlled incubators He recently moved to Grants Pass,
the fruit fly. Specifically, Dr. Keshishian was that look something like tennis ball cans. Oregon and is survived by his wife of 26
studying how nerves that control move- The ICM provided the ability to launch the years, Diane Harper, and a large family
ment navigate through the embryonic cen- eggs and larvae at 11ºC – a temperature and many loving friends. His wife
tral nervous system and get to the appropri- where their development was nearly wishes to thank all their friends for the
ate muscle fibers they will control; how stopped. Once in space the ICM automati- cards and messages they received dur-
these motor neurons actually innervate, or cally warmed up to 25ºC and development ing his illness.
attach to their respective muscle fibers; and began. Before returning to earth the Droso-

4 — The Ames Astrogram July 19, 1999


News from Ames & Around the Agency
STS-93 to carry Ames
Center Briefs sensors developed in-house
Investigation finds design errors
caused WIRE spacecraft failure A tiny chemical lab, no bigger than a The first Biona-C sensors were used in a
NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer deck of cards, may evolve from Ames- prototype artificial liver research program
(WIRE) spacecraft failed because of an developed biology sensors device that flew to measure concentrations of calcium ions,
incorrectly designed electronics box that on board the Space Shuttle Columbia when Ca2+, in flowing blood plasmas in a custom
prematurely fired explosive devices, caus- it thundered into orbit on July 20. instrument called the 'Blood Flow Ion Ana-
ing early ejection of the instrument's tele- "The sensors were de-
scope cover, a NASA board has found. With veloped in-house," said
the premature loss of the telescope's cover, Mike Skidmore, Deputy
the frozen hydrogen used to cool the Manager of the Sensors
telescope's sensitive infrared detectors was
exposed to the Sun. As the telescope 2000! an Ames Code F
warmed, the hydrogen converted into a program.
gas and vented entirely into space within During the STS-93
48 hours of launch. space flight, Biona-C's sen-
Without the frozen hydrogen, the in- sors monitored acid levels
strument could not conduct its scientific in a cell culture carried on
mission. the Shuttle. By combining
Biona-C with computer
Mars images to help scientists find electronics, pumps and
landing site for 2001 lander valves, Ames scientists are
One of the original objectives of the working toward the even-
Mars Global Surveyor's Mars orbiter camera The BIONA-C Rail contains four independent fluid paths that
tual development of a tiny, circulate media to support the cell growth. In each fluid path,
when it was proposed to NASA in 1985 was
to take pictures that would be used to assess automated chemical labo- media flow through a separate bioreactor where fluids transfer
future spacecraft landing sites. Images ob- ratory. across a permeable membrance to the cell culture.
tained since March provide the highest "Project by project, we
resolution views of the planet ever seen. are making miniaturized
Over the past several months, science per- parts that will comprise a portable chemis- lyzer' or Biona. Ames' scientists modified
sonnel have been examining the new data try lab no bigger than a shoebox or a deck the sensors to measure pH in the STS-93
to develop a good understanding of what of cards -- and maybe even smaller," said Cell Culture module.
Mars is like at the meter-scale. These inves- Dr. Carsten Mundt, an electrical engineer In collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Medi-
tigations will help scientists pinpoint a land- in the Sensors 2000! program office. "One
ing site for the Mars Surveyor 2001 lander.
cal Center, Los Angeles, CA, Ames scientists
of our goals is to build smaller and smaller are continuing to develop sensors and
sensors able to make various kinds of physi- measurement systems for use with an ex-
X-34 Rocket plane conducts first cap- ological, chemical and biological measure- perimental bio-artificial liver under devel-
tive-carry flight ments." opment by private industry and targeted
Locked to the belly of its newly modi-
During the flight, fluid ran through for use by patients awaiting transplants.
fied L-1011 carrier aircraft, a test version of
NASA's X-34 rocket plane made its first Biona-C's tubes and across multiple sensors Doctors at Cedars-Sinai use the sensor to
flight June 29 from NASA's Dryden Flight while nourishing the cells. The tubes con- monitor calcium in the external plasma
Research Center, Edwards, CA. The proto- taining the sensors are mounted on an flow and to help control constituent plasma
type of the robotic spacecraft will test new electronics board to save space. "In our elements.
technologies and methods of operations efforts to make a tiny chemical lab, we "The unique integration of fluidics and
needed to develop low-cost reusable space must put computers, electronics and tradi- electronics allows us to have a very-sensi-
vehicles. This captive-carry flight, in which tional laboratory hardware into a small tive, low-noise unit that is modular," said
the aircraft and test vehicle remained com- package, and we must integrate the parts John Hines, Ames' Sensors 2000! program
bined, checked for potentially hazardous
in new, innovative ways," said Charlie manager. "Making smaller 'building-block'
conditions that may have resulted from
modifications made to the L-1011 to en- Friedericks, Ames' Biona-C project engi- modular units will enable us to construct
able it to carry the X-34. neer. tiny, portable chemistry labs."
The Biona-C sensors were part of a 'rail' In another collaborative project with
Third man to walk on Moon dies in that assists cell growth during space flights. the Fetal Treatment Center at the Univer-
motorcycle accident The 12-inch-long rail controls the fluid flow sity of California, San Francisco, scientists
Charles "Pete" Conrad, the third hu- and temperature of the bioreactor car- are developing a "pH pill transmitter." This
man to walk on the moon, died on July 8 in tridges that contain the cells. The Biona-C device must be miniaturized and implant-
a hospital in Ojai, CA, of injuries sustained in rail is one of three that were enclosed in a able in a woman's womb for up to several
a motorcycle accident. He was 69. Cell Culture Module inside a locker in the months to monitor the condition of her
Conrad made history on Nov. 19, 1969, Space Shuttle's mid-deck. fetus. The pill transmitter will be 10mm in
when, as commander of the Apollo 12 Scientists in Ames' Sensors 2000! group diameter and 35mm long.
mission, he and astronaut Alan Bean set
developed Biona-C in cooperation with the Further information can be obtained at
their lunar module "Intrepid" down on the
moon's Ocean of Storms, the second of six Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the Sensors 2000! program Internet URL:
Apollo landings. Silver Spring, MD. In November 1997, http://s2k.arc.nasa.gov
The NASA Administrator remembers scientists at Ames and Walter Reed outlined BY JOHN BLUCK
Pete Conrad as “one of the great aviators requirements for the instrument package
and explorers of the 20th century.” in the Cell Culture Module aboard STS-93
designed to measure pH in cell cultures.

July 19, 1999 The Ames Astrogram — 5


Items of Interest
Beat air pollution this summer! Ames thrives
The arrival of summer time means
abundant sunshine, picnics, and outdoor
an hour?). Use an electric-powered motor
or borrow a push mower from a neighbor. despite NASA
activities. But it also signifies the annual
kick-off of the “Spare the Air Day” program.
Use a rake or broom to manicure your lawn.
Fire up your barbecue with an electric or budget
Sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Man-
agement District, the program promotes
chimney briquette starter. Banish your
arsenal of aerosol hair products, replacing
hardships
the use of environmentally friendly activi- them with pump sprays. Turn on a fan, continued from front page
ties on days when the air quality is poor. instead of an air conditioner. He also addressed Ames’ important role
The program is also designed to educate At Ames, you can prevent air pollution in “an extended and much more powerful
the public about alleviating key polluting by avoiding driving. Bring your lunch or concept of Integrated Vehicle Health Man-
activities. walk to your lunch destination. Hop on one agement” that will “reduce operational costs
As you may have guessed, your car is the of the Center’s bikes or walk between build- and unscheduled maintenance in addition
number one culprit. Statistics estimate that ings. Most importantly, commute by using to enhancing safety.” Finally, McDonald
in the Bay Area, cars contribute over 400 alternative transportation. Check out the praised Ames collaboration with SGI, Inc. in
tons of air pollution each day! And if that “Spare the Air” web site at http:// developing a 256-node, supercomputer that
isn’t enough, daily use of hairsprays, house- www.sparetheair.org for a plethora of trans- doesn’t require special handling. Develop-
hold cleaners, gasoline-powered lawn equip- portation links. ment of the next-generation 512-node
ment, recreational boats, and oil-based Ames is also taking steps to reduce air machine, now on the drawing board, “will
paints can pile on an additional 50 tons of pollution this summer. The plant engineer- place Ames and the Agency once more in
pollution per day. ing branch, Code JFP, will avoid using gas- the forefront of scientific computing,” he
But before you grab an oxygen tank, powered mowers and blowers on non-con- said.
there are numerous things you can do to secutive “Spare the Air” days. McDonald addressed Ames efforts to
improve air quality. Practice trip linking-- This summer, make a conscience effort get funds to support Astrobiology augmen-
organize your errands together so that you to do your part to reduce air pollution. tation and the Intelligent Systems initiative.
are not continually restarting your car’s There is a Chinese proverb that symbolizes “Even without these additional funds,” he
engine after it has cooled down. Keep your the message of “Spare the Air Day.” “If you said, “Ames budget, as it stands right now,
tires properly inflated, maintain regular tune- are thinking one year ahead, sow seed. If is relatively flat.” Additional funding at the
ups, and don’t “top off” at the gas station. you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a proposed levels would raise the Ames bud-
Furthermore, give your gas-powered tree. If you are thinking a hundred years get by 10%. This is a far cry from the
lawn mower a break. (Did you know a two- ahead, educate the people.” situation faced by many other centers, par-
stroke gas-powered lawnmower pollutes BY MICHELLE PERRY ticularly those with an aeronautics focus.
the equivalent of 40 late-model cars in just Nonetheless, “with distribution across the
Center uneven,” McDonald observed, “this
will continue to provide pressure for us to
The Full Moon exhibition programs redirect elements of the Center and its
personnel.”
to be held at SFMOMA In closing, McDonald reported that,
while his current tenure as Ames’ Center
Full Moon: Apollo Mission Photographs of the Lunar Landscape opens at the Director under an Inter-Agency Personnel
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on August 20 and will run through January 4, 2000. Agreement will expire soon, he has agreed
to accept NASA Administrator Goldin’s re-
• August 27 at 11 a.m. - Mike Light and photography department curator quest that he remain as Ames’ permanent
Sandra Phillips will have a dialogue about the show in the Phyllis Wattis Center Director. He said that, working to-
theatre as part of the “Art in Conversation” series--this is an informal dialogue gether with the Ames staff, he foresees “a
structure/introduction to the show, with ample time for audience questions. wonderful, exciting, critical role for our-
• October 4 - Gene Cernan and Andy Chaikin will be at the museum for selves in support of this nation’s aerospace
their “Free Tuesday” program--time TBA--educational outreach. program.”
• October 14 will be the reception for the show in the Charles Schwab “I believe that, with your continuing
Room in the evening, on a Thursday night when the entire Museum support, this success will continue,” he said.
stays open late. However, the Ames workforce must remain
• November 4 - Mike Light will give a solo evening artist’s lecture in the Phyllis vigilant and keep pushing forward. The
Wattis theatre on the show, cosponsored by San Francisco Camerawork. success that has been achieved was “hard
This will be directed towards the concerns of a somewhat knowledgeable, won and hotly contested,” he said. “To
art-oriented audience--the hardcore visual and landscape people. retain our position, we have to continue to
perform at a very high level. Other talented
The key coordination person at the museum is Polly Winograd, public groups covet our role. We must invite them
relations manager. Her email is: pwinograd@sfmoma.org. Her phone number is to join with us at the table, but be careful
(415) 357-4173. You can also contact Gail Indvik in Outreach and Educational that we do not become the meal,” he said.
Programming at (415) 357-4922. The address for the museum is 151 Third Street,
San Francisco. BY DAVID MORSE

6 — The Ames Astrogram July 19, 1999


Events & Classifieds

Calendar Ames Child Care Center Board of Directors Meeting, Hispanic Advisory Committee for Employees, Aug
Ames Bowling League will be starting the 99/00
season at Palo Alto Bowl every Tuesday at 6pm on Sept. 7. Wednesdays, 12 noon to 1 p.m., N-213/Rm. 204,. 5, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., N-241/Rm 237. POC: Mary R.
The season is 33 weeks long and ends April 25 with a POC: Debbie Wood at ext. 4-0256. Valdez, at ext. 4-5819.
banquet the week after. The league is in need of bowlers Ames Multicultural Leadership Council Meeting, Ames African American Advisory Group Meeting,
to join teams, as well as substitutes. POC: Mina Jul 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Galileo Rm/Ames Café. POC: Aug 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. POC: Robert Finnie at
Cappuccio, mcappuccio@mail.arc.nasa.gov, at ext. 4-1313 David Morse, ext. 4-4724 or Sheila Johnson, ext. 4-5054. ext. 4-5230. Contact Robert for meeting place.
or Mike Liu, mliu@mail.arc.nasa.gov, at ext. 4-4357.
NFFE Local 997 Union General Meeting, Jul 21, noon Nat’l Association of Retired Federal Employees, San
Ames Ballroom Dance Club. Tuesdays: Rumba 7/13, to 1 p.m., Bldg. 19/Rm. 2017. Guests welcome. POC: Jose Chapter #50, Meeting, no July meeting; next meeting
7/20, Salsa 7/27, 78/3, 8/10. 3 levels of classes, from Beg. Marianne Mosher at ext. 4-4055. is Aug 6, at the Elk’s Club, 44 W. Alma Avenue, San Jose.
to Int.,5:15 - 6:45pm. Moffett Training and Conference Social hour: 10:30 a.m. Prog. & bus. mtg. follow lunch at
Center, Bldg. 3/Showroom. Women dancers are especially Turning Point, a program that matches adult mentors 11:30 a.m. POCs: Mr. Rod Peery, Pres., (650) 967-9418 or
encouraged to join.POC: Helen Hwang, with teens, is looking for new mentors. The Program is about NARFE 1-800-627-3394.
hwang@dm1.arc.nasa.gov. ABDC Website:http:// being a role model, a friend, and a coach. You will make a
abdc.arc.nasa.gov difference in the next generation of leaders and citizens. The Professional Administrative Council (PAC) Meeting,
training provided will also make a difference in your personal Aug 12, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location TBD. POC:
Model HO/HOn3 Railroad Train Club at Moffett and professional life. To learn more about Turning Point, Janette Rocha, ext. 4-3371.
Field invites train buffs to visit and join the club in Bldg. come to the presentation on July 22, at 12:00 noon - 1:00 in
126, across from the south end of Hangar One. The club N213, room 261. For info, contact Steve, ex 4-4214, or Ames Sailing Club Meeting, Aug 12, 11:30 a.m. to
is in particular need of low voltage electricians and scenery 1 p.m., N-262/Rm. 100. POC: Greg Sherwood, ext. 4-
Carmen Steinberg at (408) 294-0500 ex 14.
builders and maintainers. Work nights are usually on Friday 0429.
nights from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Play time is Sunday Native American Advisory Committee Mtg, Jul 27, 12
noon to 1 p.m., Ames Café. POC: Mike Liu at ext. 4-1132. Ames Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory
from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, call John Donovan at Group Meeting, Aug 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., N-241/Rm.
(408) 735-4954 (work) or (408) 281-2899 (home). Ames Contractor Council Meeting, Aug 4, 11 a.m., B2. POC: Daryl Wong at ext. 4-6889 or Brett Vu at ext. 4-
Jetstream Toastmasters, Mondays, 12 noon to 1 N-200 Comm. Rm. POC: Jack Stanley at ext. 4-2345. 0911.
p.m., N-269/Rm. 179. Guests welcome. POC: Jenny Kahn Environmental, Health and Safety Monthly Ames Amateur Radio Club, Aug 19, 12 noon, N-260/
at ext. 4-6987 or Karen Matsuoka at ext. 4-6184. Information Forum, Aug 5, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Bldg. 19/ Conf. Rm. POC: Mike Herrick, K6EAA at ext. 4-5477.
Rm 1078. POC: Linda Vrabel at ext. 4-0924.

Transportation
Ames Classifieds ‘86 VW Cabriolet, 5 speed transmission; dark grey
Vacation rental
Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley Townhse, 3br-2ba,
Ads for the next issue should be sent to metallic color, new top, airconditioner, 92,000 miles, Balcony view, horseback riding, hiking, biking, golf,
astrogram@mail.arc.nasa.gov by the Monday follow- maintained well. $3,500 or B/O. Call (650) 948-4678. river rafting, tennis, ice skating, and more. Summer
ing publication of the present issue and must be
resubmitted for each issue. Ads must involve personal '86 Honda Accord Lxi, Hatchback, 156K mls, rates. (650) 968-4155, DBMcKellar@aol.com
needs or items; (no commercial/third-party ads) and automatic transmission, air conditioning, reclining seats, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 3 bdrm ocean side
will run on space-available basis only. First-time ads are cruise control, tilt wheel, power windows, mirrors, apartment. School headmaster wishes to trade for a 3-
given priority. Ads must include home phone num- steering, brakes. Exc. cond. $2,650. Bill (408) 744-9132. 4 bedroom home/apartment in the Menlo Park/Palo
bers; Ames extensions and email addresses will be Alto area for Dec 21, 1999 --Jan 7, 2000 inclusive. Call
accepted for carpool and lost and found ads only. Due ‘88 Toyota Corolla blue, 4 dr sedan, 5 speed, 133K
mls, exc. cond., orig. owner. $3,100 or B/O (blue book Joe (650) 696-6119 or Russ (787) 726-5745 or email
to the volume of material received, we are unable to rbeecher@caribe.net
verify the accuracy of the statements made in the ads. is $3,600). Call Jackie Signor (650) 723-7421(W); (408)
733-5028 (H). Luxury vacation rental in Tahoe Donner. New
Housing ‘97 Honda Civic EX, immac. white cpe, 5 spd, 35K custom 3,000 sq ft, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom house with
Furnished room. Share bath/kitchen/garden/ mls, well kept & maint, must see $12,500. Call (650) contemporary amenities, cathedral ceilings, and
laundry. Easy transport: bus/train + El Camino + H101/ 851-5290 spectacular panoramic views. Multiple dual-phone jacks
237/85 + Central Expressway. Rent: $560/mo. Call (650) installed for phone and computer connectivity. Call (800)
969-3932 or email at: solemate@best.com ‘98 Honda Prelude (bought April '98), 2.2 Liter 4- 805-8199, send e-mail to tmvrs@telis.org, or get more info
CYL Engine, 4-SPD automatic transmission. White at http://www.tmvr.com/
Available immediately: For commuter and/or diamond exterior, black interior: 16" chrome alloy
intern; a semi-private temporary space in the same wheels, power sunroof, A/C, AM/FM/CD sound system Vacation rentals from Intervals International book of
location as above. Weekly $100 (+ one month). Call w/anti-theft feature, keyless alarm system. Excellent vacation spots, Five Star rentals, In unit meal preperation,
(650) 969-3932 or email at: solemate@best.com condition, need bigger car. 20,000 mls, $20,000. Patty 4 week available, $700.00 a week. Ben or Marilyn (408)
(408) 308-9417. 274-5474 or bmsteele@best.com
Master bdrm available in Mt. View. Large apartment
of professional lady; El Camino & Rengstorff. Gated bldg Miscellaneous
w/pool; convenient to bus 20 mins to downtown Palo Roll top desk, solid, dark wood, must sell-moving.
Alto. Safe $750. Fontella (650) 962-8411. $400. 54 1/2 long; 28 3/4 wide; 45 tall. Helen (408) Lost & Found
English post-doc at Ames needs room to rent, must 586-9107. Moffett Field Lost and Found may be reached via ext.
be near transportation. Dates needed: Sept 6 to Nov 23 Ski/fishing boat. 15.5' Glasspar with an 85 horse 4-5416 at any time. Residents and employees at Ames may
(possibly longer). Email; oliver.de_peyer@virgin.net Johnson outboard motor. New floor, seats, ignition, also use Internet Browser at: http://ccf.arc.nasa.gov/
Fax: 01144 118 9316671. trailer bearings and trailer lights. Needs a little work. codejp/pages/lostFound.html to view a list of found
Room for rent in shared 3bd/2ba Mt. View Asking $1,100 or B/O. John (408) 749-1015. property and obtain specific instructions for reporting lost
townhouse; 2 car garage, patio, quiet area. $600/mo; or found property and how to recover found property. Call
EvenFlow stroller; very clean, dark blue/white, $35. Moffett Field Security Police Investigations Section at ext.4
Rich or Aaron at (650) 968-2478. Call (408) 295-2160. 1359 or email at: mfine@mail.arc.nasa.gov.
Room for rent in Santa Clara home. Near Car stereo: AM/FM/Dolby cassette/CD changer
Pruneridge and San Thomas Expwy. Own bath, kitchen control/anti-theft with 4x20W power, from new car. $40.
and laundry privileges. $550/mo. Call (408) 248-1667. Call (408) 295-2160.
Available immediately: 1bd apt. one mile from
Astrogram deadlines
19" Color TVs - one used exc. condition $40, one
Moffett. No pets. $800 a month. Call (650) 965-0775. new in factory sealed box $120. Nans (510) 790-3506. All Ames employees are invited to
Room for rent in 2 bed apt.,shared housing, $550/ Tent, family, 6-person, screen windows and doors, submit articles relating to Ames projects
month + utilities. 5 min from Ames. Availabe after July 5. canopy and ground tarp, good condition, will deliver, and activities for publication in the
Dave (650) 962-0719. $50 or B/O. Call (707) 546-0898 or email mascy@jps.net Astrogram. When submitting stories or
Apartment for rent: 2 bd/1ba in Sunnyvale Radio-controlled Victoria racing sloop: ready to sail, ads for publication, submit your material,
fourplex, just 3 miles from Ames. Remodeled kitchen, includes radio & stand. $150 or B/O. Call (650) 969-
new paint, carport with extra storage. Available now for
along with any questions, in MS word by
0787.
$1,060/mo. Call (408) 292-4519. e-mail to astrogram@mail.arc.nasa.gov
Apple 17-inch color monitor, model 1705, $200. on or before the deadline.
New Ames postdoc arriving July 10, seeks Antique Mahogany desk, $250 or B/O. Call (408) 378-
"affordable" housing (rental/share) near Moffett. I'm 8633 or email at: rgisler@slip.net
clean, easy to live with. Reply to: DEADLINE PUBLICATION
scottm@darkwing.uoregon.edu or call (831) 338-1286. Kendon folding dirt-bike trailer w/spare tire. TUES, JUL 20 MON, AUG 2
Registered ‘til June 2000, $500. Slide-in pop-top camper
for long bed mini truck. Four wheel camper w/all options TUES, AUG 3 MON, AUG 16
$4,000 or B/O. Pickup shell for long bed mini truck. TUES, AUG 17 MON, AUG 30
Toyota #33 white, broken window $50, Bill (650) 691-
9636.

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Annoucements & Events
Shuttle development conference
Ames will be the sight of demonstra-
tions and discussions of exciting new tech-
Shuttle upgrade program, or how their
research might benefit from using the
Open forum set
nologies designed to upgrade NASA’s Space Shuttle as a testbed. NASA will conduct an open forum
Shuttle system during the first Space Shuttle To assist Ames personnel to understand meeting to solicit questions, views and
Development Conference to be held at the the Shuttle upgrade program, Jeff Jones of opinions of interested persons or firms
Center on July 28-31. Jointly sponsored by Code IC is holding a series of briefings on concerning NASA’s procurement poli-
NASA and the United Space Alliance, Hous- the program on Thursday July 22 and Tues- cies, practices, and initiatives. The
ton, Texas, the Agency’s Space Shuttle prime day July 27 in the Moffett Training and purpose of the meeting is to have an
contractor, the conference will include tech- Conference Center. open discussion between NASA’s As-
nical sessions, panel discussions, tours of Ames exhibits will highlight thermal sociate Administrator for Procurement,
Ames facilities and a static displays. protection systems, spacecraft docking, industry, and the public. The date for
The Shuttle system still has about 75 Mars rover, neural net technologies, aero- this meeting is August 12, from 9:00
percent of its design life remaining. That space flight simulation, cockpit design, air a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be
fact, in combination with tight Govern- traffic management, a virtual laboratory, held at Ames in the Space Science
ment budgets and the relatively slow pace Astrobiology, robotics, rotorcraft and com- Auditorium, Bldg. N245. For more
of developing reusable launch vehicles, mercial technology. In addition, promi- information, contact Michael R. Basta
means that the Shuttle will continue as the nent Silicon Valley companies like SGI, Inc., at ext. 4-4010.
nation’s primary system for space access for Sun Microsystems, Apple Computer and
a period of an estimated period of 15 to 30 Hewlett Packard are making plans to dis-
years. Consequently, NASA has authorized play their technologies. Exhibits from the
the Shuttle program to allocate $100 mil- SETI Institute, KICU-TV Channel 36, Salinas
lion (to $300 million) per year to upgrade Valley Memorial Health Center, U.S. Space
Astrogram
THE AMES
the system to ensure that it will remain Camp, and Rock-It Science will also be
reliable and versatile well into the next featured.
century. On July 31, Ames and invited California
The Ames ASTROGRAM is an official
Every effort is being made to encourage elected officials will wind-up the event by
publication of the Ames Research Center,
Silicon Valley businesses to attend the con- co-hosting “Space Technology and Educa-
National Aeronautics and Space
ference to see how they might become a tion: A Federal, State and Local Partner-
Administration.
part of the Shuttle program. In addition, ship” day in Hangar 1. Conference exhibits
Ames technical personnel are invited to will be on display to thousands of special Managing Editor.........David Morse
consider how the technologies that they guests from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Editor..........................Astrid Terlep
develop can be incorporated as part of the BY MICHAEL MEWHINNEY
We can be reached via email at:
AND DAVID MORSE
astrogram@mail.arc.nasa.gov or by phone
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