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January 12, 2007 Vol. 46, No.

Spaceport News
John F. Kennedy Space Center - America’s gateway to the universe

Parsons begins tenure as ninth KSC director

By Jennifer Wolfinger to-flight activities for the agency equally important)
Staff Writer and played a major role in the missions at KSC.
success of Discovery’s STS-114 “We’re flying out

illiam “Bill” Parsons mission. the shuttle, gearing
looks forward to the In 2005, he assumed duties as up for Constellation
challenges, opportuni- Stennis Space Center director for a and supporting other
ties and people he’ll encounter as second time (the first was in 2002) important responsi-
the ninth Kennedy Space Center to lead hurricane recovery efforts bilities, such as
director, and he’ll rely on his at Stennis in Mississippi and the completion of the
steadfast leadership values to Michoud Assembly Facility in International Space
guide him. New Orleans. Station and launch-
“We need to be responsible, we “The biggest thing I’ve learned ing expendable
need to be accountable, and we is that the civil service and launch vehicles,” he
need to be credible with all of our contractor work force responds to said.
stakeholders,” he said. “I believe adversity in the most amazing “We need to keep
in honesty and integrity. They are way,” he explained. “Regarding focused on all of
the basic values I have always Columbia, they responded with these priorities. The
lived by. rigor, discipline and superior work force is going
“I believe in treating all people engineering to fix problems. to be enthusiastic
with respect. I expect everyone to Following Hurricane Katrina, about new programs
be professional and respectful with the agency encouraged me to take and it’s human nature
how we conduct ourselves. I care of the people at Stennis and to want to work on
consider it the foundation for Michoud. It’s great to work for an the future, but we
leadership.” agency that takes care of its need to do so while
Parsons has served in various people. If we take care of our staying focused on
NASA leadership capacities during people, the mission will be current goals.”
difficult and exciting times. When accomplished.” To prepare for the KENNEDY SPACE Center Director Bill Parsons
appointed as Space Shuttle According to Parsons, a task shakes hands with former Director Jim Kennedy
Program manager in 2003, he led facing workers today is appropri- (See PARSONS, in the director’s office on the fourth floor of the
the post-Columbia accident return- ately juggling the diverse (but Page 2) Headquarters Building. Parsons began his new
job Jan. 3.

NASA’s THEMIS prepares for February launch

ASA’s Time History of the spectacular sudden brightening
Events and Macroscale of the aurora borealis and aurora
Interactions During australis — the fiery skies over the
Substorms (THEMIS) spacecraft Earth’s northern and southern
recently arrived in Florida to begin polar regions. These lights are the
final testing and launch prepara- visible manifestations of invisible
tions. THEMIS is scheduled to lift energy releases, called geomag-
off on Feb. 15 aboard a Delta II netic substorms, in near-Earth
rocket from Launch Complex 17-B space. THEMIS will not only seek
on the Cape Canaveral Air to answer where and when
Force Station. substorms start, but will also
THEMIS consists of five provide clues as to how and why
identical probes, the largest these space storms create havoc on
number of scientific satellites ever satellites, terrestrial power grids
launched into orbit aboard a single and communication systems.
rocket. This unique constellation THEMIS is the fifth medium-class
of satellites will resolve the AT ASTROTECH Space Operations in Titusville, an employee examines
tantalizing mystery of what causes (See THEMIS, Page 7) connections on the THEMIS spacecraft, expected to launch Feb. 15.
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Center Director Bill Parsons addresses employees

hat a year 2006 turned out to be at Kennedy Space Center! Three successful shuttle
missions, culminating in the spectacular night launch of STS-116 with Joan
Higginbotham, one of KSC’s own, on her first spaceflight. Five successful ex-
pendable launches highlighting missions to study the sun, track the Earth’s weather and
Awards climate activities, as well as send the first mission dedicated to reaching and understanding
Pluto. In addition, we processed the S3/S4 truss, P5 truss, multi-purpose logistics modules
and other International Space Station hardware that has flown, or will fly in the near future.
We have kicked off the Constellation Program at KSC and made substantial progress in
the decisions regarding our role, and participated in the system requirements reviews through-
out the program. In addition, through partnering with the state of Florida, the Kennedy Space
Center will be getting a major portion of the Orion spacecraft work performed by Lockheed
Martin at the Operations and Checkout Building.
Bill Parsons There are plenty of other accomplishments I could list, but these are just a few that really
Center Director
stand out. We had a tremendous year, helping to set the stage for all of the challenges that lie
ahead in 2007! I also must take a moment to congratulate Jim Kennedy on a great career
and his dedicated service to NASA and KSC. Jim and his wife, Bernie, have given their “I value the importance of communications
hearts in service to this agency and, as we bid them farewell, we also know that they will from all of the directors here at the center
be close by in Cocoa Beach. It was an honor to serve as Jim’s deputy and work with him and will use this venue to have various
senior managers communicate important
this past year. Jim, your many friends at KSC wish you and your family all the best as
topics and activities that are ongoing in
you take on the next phase of your lives. their areas.”
I will be continuing this column on a periodic basis, but I will be taking a slightly
different approach. I value the importance of communications from all of the directors here at the center and will use this venue to
have various senior managers communicate important topics and activities that are ongoing in their areas. I feel this will be a
benefit to everyone as we move into an amazing and historic time at the center.
For me, it is a truly humbling experience to represent the people of the Kennedy Space Center as their director. As we con-
tinue the journey set forth in the Vision for Space Exploration and face the many challenges that are in front of us, I know that I
will be working with the finest launch and landing folks in the business. We must remain diligent and always know that it is the
responsibility of every individual to ensure we have the highest-quality flight hardware and perform every function here at KSC
in the safest manner. We must understand and willingly accept the risk required to perform this important and noble work for our
nation. I salute each of you and look forward to an even better 2007. Thank you for taking this journey with me!

PARSONS . . . through the decisions I make in the January NASA employees of the month
(Continued from Page 1) future.”
Overall, Parsons considers his
future and unify senior managers, grandfathers his most powerful
he will lead a three-day, off-site influences.
meeting. The group will spend “They were hard-working, self-
time aligning KSC’s role, responsi- taught, strong, southern gentle-
bilities and goals with the men,” he said. “When faced with a
agency’s strategic plan. tough decision, I ask, ‘What would
Parsons said a combination of my grandfathers do?’ ”
mentors and friends helped to Although a Mississippian,
guide him throughout his career. Parsons joined NASA at KSC in
His predecessor, Jim Kennedy, 1990 and considers this center his
assisted in preparing Parsons for home in the agency.
the director role by sharing all “It’s an unbelievable honor to
leadership responsibilities with represent the men and women of
him. Kennedy Space Center. I couldn’t
“I have a great deal of energy have dreamed it any better,” he
and enthusiasm about the role, but said. “The people here have proven THE JANUARY NASA employees of the month, from left, include Wayne
I have anxiety about following in themselves and I’m confident in Beaulieu, Cape Canaveral Spaceport Management Office; Amber
Philman, External Relations; Jack Keifenheim, Payload Processing; Brad
the footsteps of people I admire their capabilities. We’ve been
Neal, Information Technology and Communications Services; David
and respect,” he said. “I don’t want given a great vision for the agency Rosenthal, Human Resources Office; Renee Minor, Procurement Office;
to let them down, but mostly I and for the future. As Mr. Kennedy and Timothy Honeycutt, Constellation Project Office. Not pictured are
don’t want to let down the people has said, ‘the future is bright.’ I Eduardo Lopez del Castillo, Office of the Chief Engineer; Charles Griffen,
of Kennedy Space Center. I want to look forward to being part of this Applied Technology; Timothy Potter, Launch Vehicle Processing; Lynn
gain their trust and confidence noble task.” Barnette, Safety and Mission Assurance; Dung Trang, Center Operations;
and Jane Motz and Kolaleh Torkaman, Launch Services Program.
January 12, 2007 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3

NASA recognizes Huddleston for gap filler project

By Jennifer Wolfinger program for many years to come.” As if ensuring the safety of
Staff Writer Huddleston is a NASA me- the space shuttle wasn’t enough,
chanical systems engineer for the Huddleston fills her life with

or Engineering directorate orbiter leading edge subsystem. educational opportunities and
employee Lisa Huddleston, She is responsibile for the work hobbies.
pursuing a career in engi- performed on the orbiter’s rein- “I have always had a wide
neering felt natural because of her forced carbon-carbon components, variety of interests that I pursue
lifelong interest in science and thermal protection system and both at work and outside of
mathematics. thermal control system. work. For example, I am cur-
That inclination resulted in her During Discovery’s STS-114 rently working on my certifica-
becoming a dedicated NASA mission, on-orbit inspections tion as a meteorologist. As a
employee at Kennedy Space discovered gap fillers protruding result of my many different
Center who recently received the from the orbiter’s lower surface, interests, it seems like I have
Employee of the Year award for the and the bonding process was spent most of my life in school,”
newly renamed Launch Vehicle enhanced for safety in December she said. “I also enjoy aikido and
Processing directorate, the office 2005. One of her current projects is making desserts. Working with
she worked for at the time. overseeing the replacement of all my kids in their various sports
“I am part of a very talented gap fillers bonded before that and academic activities takes up
and dedicated team that is very enhanced process began. This the rest of my free time.”
busy and actively participates in a project gained attention and She has earned a bachelor’s
wide variety of investigations and ultimately led to Huddleston’s degree in industrial engineering LISA HUDDLESTON of the
process-improvement activities,” selection as an employee of the from the University of Missouri Engineering directorate is a 2006
said Huddleston, who was sur- year. The experiment focused on and from Florida Tech in NASA employee of the year. She works
prised by the recognition. determining the best and most Melbourne, a master’s degree in on the space shuttle’s reinforced
“If anything, the team that I reliable method to bond gap fillers engineering management and a carbon-carbon components and the
work with every day should be the on the orbiter. doctorate in environmental orbiter’s thermal systems.
‘Employees of the Year.’ To be Additionally, she helped to science/remote sensing. Program as a quality engineer and as
successful, everything we do develop a “Monte Carlo” simula- She joined NASA in 2003 a systems engineer.
requires the full efforts and tion model to better predict the after working with Lockheed Huddleston and her husband,
abilities of everyone on the team, mass of gap fillers and tile putty Martin and United Space Dave, have four children: Jeff, 23,
both contractor and NASA. I repairs that could be expected to Alliance for the previous 15 Melissa, 21, Alicia, 14, and Sara, 12.
appreciate this honor and hope to be released during flight and years. Her roles included They also consider their three dogs,
continue working in the space become a debris concern. working on the Space Shuttle two cats and three birds as family.

Bauschlicher is first to complete NESC online course

on Bauschlicher of Kennedy June, he was delighted to learn the in taking a Web-based course can
Space Center’s Launch academy would be offering the apply online at http://
Services Program has provided same course through its Web site. Participants
experience and feedback that will “I was periodically checking to must be U.S. citizens.
help future participants of the see if the academy might offer the One advantage of a Web-based
NASA Engineering Safety Center course online,” Bauschlicher said. course is that a participant can
Academy’s new online course He found an online version of an work at his or her own pace.
program. earlier classroom course, Space Bauschlicher was able to set aside
The guidance, navigation and Propulsion Systems, and registered time during the workday to
control analyst is the first graduate for that course. complete the course. He was close
of an academy course designed to The NASA Engineering and to finishing the propulsion course
capture the past experiences and Safety Center created the academy when he received an e-mail from
knowledge of senior scientists and and identified 15 key discipline the academy letting him know the
engineers from NASA and pass that experts to be introduced by way of Satellite Attitude Control Systems
information to the current and the classroom courses. The course would be offered online.
first Kennedy employee to
next-generation technical work disciplines range from robotic He completed that course in complete the NASA
force. flight operations and propulsion to two-and-a-half weeks, receiving Engineering Safety Center
Bauschlicher learned about the software and human factors. his certificate in September. Academy’s online program.
academy from a training depart- After a classroom course is Bauschlicher’s e-mails to the Langhorne, the academy’s
ment flier that publicized the completed, the academy produces academy Web team helped the webmaster.
classroom course, Satellite an online version comprised of staff fine tune some of the lessons. “When I needed help about
Attitude Control Systems. Though material from the classroom, “He was excited about taking the something, (Langhorne) and her
slightly disappointed at not being including lectures, slides and other online course and was instrumental team were quick to respond. They
selected for the three-day course at multimedia items. in giving us feedback to enhance usually had the issue resolved in a
the University of Maryland in A NASA employee interested the experience,” said Lorelle day or two.” Bauschlicher said.
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STS-117 crew members begin preparatio

ven as the STS-116 crew integrated truss segment with solar
aboard Discovery orbited arrays (S3/S4) is the prime payload
the Earth in tandem with the of the 11-day mission, scheduled
International Space Station, the to lift off from Kennedy’s Launch
astronauts for the next mission Pad 39A in mid-March. The
reported to Kennedy Space Center segment is a twin to the P3/P4
for two days to check the orbiter segment that was installed by the
and payload for their mission. STS-115 crew in September and
This exercise, known as a crew activated by the STS-116 astro-
equipment interface test, is a nauts during their mission to
standard part of their training. The rewire the station’s power system.
hands-on experience is a vital step Both the port and starboard
in the preparation of all shuttle segments include solar array
crews, helping them gain first-hand “wings” on rotating joints that
knowledge of the flight hardware allow them to remain pointed
they will use during the mission. toward the sun in order to gather
Each crew spends time at solar energy to power the station.
Kennedy working with the actual The STS-117 astronauts will attach
payloads and inspecting the the S3/S4 segment and deploy the
orbiter it will take into space. STS- arrays.
117 will be the 21st shuttle The crew will fly aboard Space
mission to the space station. Shuttle Atlantis, the shuttle that
Commanding the mission is also delivered the P3/P4 truss to
Frederick Sturckow, with Pilot Lee the station. While at Kennedy, the
Archambault joining him in the crew members got a chance to
shuttle’s cockpit. Rounding out thoroughly inspect Atlantis inside
the crew are Mission Specialists the Orbiter Processing Facility
James Reilly, Patrick Forrester, where prelaunch preparations are
Steve Swanson and John Olivas. under way. STS-117 CREW members look at one of the wings on the orbiter Atlantis, their vehi
Specialist Steven Swanson; the others kneeling are Pilot Lee Archambault and Mis
The space station’s starboard
James Reilly.

IN THE Orbiter Processing Facility, STS-117 Mission Specialists (left) Patrick Forrester, Steven Swanson and
(right) James Reilly take a close look at a wheel well on orbiter Atlantis.

STS-117 COMMANDER Rick Sturckow che

cockpit of the orbiter Atlantis, the vehicle fo
January 12, 2007 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 5

ons for starboard truss segment delivery

icle for the mission. At left is Mission

ssion Specialists John (Danny) Olivas and
STS-117 MISSION Specialists Steven Swanson (center) and James Reilly (right) are lowered into
the payload bay of the orbiter Atlantis.

IN THE Orbiter Processing Facility, STS-117 Mission Specialists Danny Olivas

(left) and James Reilly are given information about the camera they will use on
the mission. STS-117 PILOT Lee Archambault checks out the cockpit
of orbiter Atlantis.
ecks out the
or the mission.
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Rocket pioneer Dannenberg recalls early NASA

Konrad Dannenberg talks about the opening days New Mexico. Two of
the last missiles were
of rocket development and space exploration. taken to Florida,
where they were
By Elaine Marconi engineer Fritz Von Opel, who built launched from an
Staff Writer the world’s first rocket-powered area now known as
automobile engine in 1928, Cape Canaveral.

merica’s Vision for Space Dannenberg and his colleagues The Army
Exploration sees NASA’s began building their own rockets. relocated
astronauts returning to the Drafted by the German Army in Dannenberg and a
moon, then traveling to Mars and the 1930s, Dannenberg was thrown group of scientists to
beyond. But more than 70 years by his horse and was eventually the Redstone/
ago, Konrad Dannenberg heard released from duty. Because of his Huntsville Army
about going to Mars even before engineering background, he was Ordnance Arsenal in
the first working rocket was built. chosen to work at Peenemünde, Alabama, where they
“Of course, I was a Mars man which would become Germany’s designed and
right from the beginning,” said premier rocket development and developed the first
Dannenberg. test site. large U.S. ballistic
This started a lifelong dedica- His first job there was studying missile, the
tion to develop a vehicle that the injection system of rocket Redstone.
would allow mankind to travel to motors. In those days, igniting The Redstone
the red planet. The technology of rocket engines posed a big rocket with a booster
his designs would ultimately problem because most blew up at stage launched
become the basis for the propul- the time of ignition. Dannenberg Explorer, the first
sion system for NASA’s space became a specialist and ultimately U.S. satellite. It also
shuttle and later play a role in the designed the mixing nozzles of a launched the first
development of the next-genera- working combustion chamber. manned missions
tion spacecraft that will travel to Dannenberg worked alongside with astronauts Alan
Shepard and Gus KONRAD DANNENBERG moved to Texas from
Mars and beyond. some of the rocketry greats like
Germany in 1947 for “Operation Paperclip.”
The 94-year-old recently Wernher von Braun and Kurt Grissom into space.
visited Kennedy to recount his Debus. In the closing days of By 1960, Dannenberg joined 1973 as deputy director of the
early rocket days with amazing World War II, Dannenberg was one NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Program Development Mission
detail for employees. of more than 100 engineers from Center in Huntsville as deputy and Payload Planning Office and
Born in 1912 in Weissenfels, Peenemüende chosen to travel to manager of the Saturn program. as International Space Station
Germany, Dannenberg moved with the U.S. to work on the American With President John F. Kennedy’s program manager for the then-
his family to Hannover, Germany, rocket program under the project pronouncement in 1961 to land a fledgling project.
where he earned his Master of name of “Operation Paperclip.” man on the moon before the end of Dannenberg now serves as a
Science degree in mechanical In January of 1947, the next decade, Dannenberg consultant to the Alabama Space
engineering from the Hannover Dannenberg and the other rocket developed the largest rocket ever and Rocket Center in Huntsville.
Technical University. engineers worked tirelessly at Fort built. He was ultimately awarded He is recognized for his contribu-
Inspired by Austrian amateur Bliss, Texas, designing, building NASA’s Exceptional Service tion in the advancement of
rocketeer Max Valier, who and testing rocketry systems. The Medal for his contributions. America’s space program and has
advocated the use of rockets for test launches took place at the Dannenberg retired from been honored by many organiza-
spaceflight, and automobile White Sands Proving Ground in Marshall Space Flight Center in tions in the industry.

NASA civil servants eligible for International Space University

he Human Resources Development Office at Kennedy Space how they would contribute to the program and what the expected
Center is accepting applications for the International Space benefits are in relation to their academic and professional background
University Summer Session Program, which will be held this and career objectives. This letter must be accompanied by an endorse-
year in Beijing, China. ment letter from the applicant’s director or manager, through their
The two-month program provides students (international graduate- administrative training office, to BA-E.
level students and journeyman-level aerospace professionals) a The complete package must be received by BA-E no later than Jan.
comprehensive educational package covering all disciplines related to 26. This is a center-sponsored training course with tuition, books,
space programs and enterprises. materials and lodging included in the cost. The employee’s organiza-
KSC civil servants who hold a bachelor’s degree are eligible to tion is responsible for travel-related costs.
apply. Preference is given to applicants with higher academic degrees, Information regarding the program can be accessed at http://
exceptional academic and professional qualifications and bilingual Contact Rebecca Lewis (BA-E) at 867-4053 or
skills. for information.
Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest describing
January 12, 2007 SPACEPORT NEWS Page 7

Remembering Our Heritage

President Ford helped draft NASA charter, fund Hubble
merica’s space program The decision to make Kennedy
lost an advocate with the Space Center the site for Third
passing of President Gerald Century America, the bicentennial
R. Ford on Dec. 26. exposition on science and technol-
As a member of the House ogy, was made by Ford in 1976.
Select Committee on Astronautics The exposition was the only one
and Space Exploration in 1958, federally sponsored during the
Ford helped draft the original bicentennial year and featured
Space Act that gave NASA its exhibits by 16 government
charter. Later, as minority leader, agencies.
Ford defended spending on space Preparations included the
initiatives, asserting that the display of the largest American
technological spinoffs justified the flag ever painted and a huge
funding. bicentennial symbol on the south
After Ford became president in wall of the Vehicle Assembly
1974, his participation in the space Building. Although the bicenten-
program was often newsworthy. nial emblem has since been
On July 17, 1975, Ford replaced with the NASA logo, the
watched the Apollo-Soyuz Test flag remains and continues to
Project crews on a television inspire KSC’s work force and
PRESIDENT GERALD Ford removes the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft model
monitor in the Oval Office as they visitors to the center.
from a model set depicting the 1975 Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), an
opened the hatches between their In September 1976, President Earth-orbital docking and rendezvous mission with crewmen from the
spacecrafts. The crew members — Ford chose the name “Enterprise” U.S. and USSR. From left to right, Vladamir Shatalov, chief of cosmonaut
cosmonauts Aleksey Leonov and for the first space shuttle orbiter off training; Valeriy Kubasov, ASTP Soviet engineer; Aleksey Leonov, ASTP
Valery Kubasov and astronauts the assembly line. Although the Soviet crew commander; Thomas Stafford, commander of the American
Tom Stafford, Deke Slayton and name was illustrious in U.S. naval crew; Donald Slayton, American docking module pilot; and Vance Brand,
Vance Brand — received an history, lobbying of the White command module pilot for the American crew.
enthusiastic call from Ford that, to House by fans of the television PRESIDENT GERALD
their surprise, lasted nine minutes series “Star Trek” is thought to Ford watches ASTP
instead of the five minutes have influenced his decision. crewmen Thomas
allotted. During Ford’s presidency, the Stafford, Donald
Just days later, Ford addressed space policy directions established Slayton and Valeriy
the Conference on Security and under the Nixon administration Kubasov on television
Cooperation in Europe, in continued. However, the NASA as he talks to them via
Helsinki: “If the Soviet Union and budget began an upward trend, and radio-telephone while
they orbited the Earth
the United States can reach in his last budget, Ford approved
on July 18, 1975, while
agreement so that our astronauts “new starts” for both the Galileo the American Apollo
can fit together the most intricate mission to Jupiter and the Hubble spacecraft and Soviet
scientific equipment, work Space Telescope. Approval of two Soyuz spacecraft were
together, and shake hands 137 major space science programs at docked.
miles out in space, we as statesmen the same time had not happened
have an obligation to do as well before 1977.
on Earth.”

THEMIS . . . (Continued from Page 1) pressurization and leak checks of the reaction control systems.
mission under NASA’s Explorer Program, which was conceived to Each probe will then be moved to the Hazardous Processing Facility
provide frequent flight opportunities for world-class scientific investiga- and placed on a stand in preparation for fueling operations.
tions from space within the heliophysics and astrophysics science areas. Once fueling is complete, each probe will be weighed and individu-
The Explorers Program Office at Goddard Space Flight Center in ally mated to the payload carrier before pyrotechnics are installed. The
Greenbelt, Md., manages this ASA-funded mission. fully integrated THEMIS payload is then ready for spin-balance testing
Now that THEMIS has arrived at the Astrotech payload processing and weighing. The final milestone is mating THEMIS to its upper-stage
facility in Titusville, each of the five probes have been removed from booster. THEMIS will be transported to Pad 17-B for mating to the
the shipping container in preparation for six weeks of testing and launch Delta II rocket in early February. The rocket that will launch THEMIS is
preparations. This includes a functional performance test to verify a Delta II 7925-10. Once the THEMIS payload is atop the launch
the state of health of each of the five probes, installation of bolt vehicle, a final major test will be conducted: an integrated test of the
cutters that will separate each probe from the payload carrier, and Delta II and THEMIS working together.
Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS January 12, 2007

National Park Service offers wildlife refuge tours

earn more about the Meet at parking area No. 3.
federally protected Merritt A Crabbing We Will Go –
Island National Wildlife Learn about the elusive and
Refuge from members of the delicious blue crab at 10 a.m. Jan.
National Park Service throughout 17. Try some trapping techniques
the year. and get some recipe ideas. Meet at
All programs are subject to the Visitor Information Center for
cancellation and/or rescheduling the one-hour event.
due to staff limitations, weather Fish Mosquito Lagoon – Learn
conditions or other factors. Some tips and tricks for fishing the
programs require reservations, a waters of Mosquito Lagoon at
minimum age or a cost-recovery 1 p.m. Jan. 18. Bring your own
fee. All programs meet the require- tackle if you can, although the tour
ments for the Canaveral National guide will have some supplies.
Seashore Junior Ranger program. Bring water and sunscreen for the
Pontoon Boat Cruise: The two-hour event. Meet at the Visitor
Backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon – Information Center.
Journey with a National Park Canoe Mosquito Lagoon – Join
Ranger on a visit to the colorful a guide on Jan. 19 as you explore
places that lend character to this this rich and diverse estuary up A MANATEE
vital estuary. The pontoon boat, close. Some experience is pre- (above) floats in
Tortuga del Sol, is U.S. Coast ferred. You must be at least 8 years the Haulover
Guard inspected and licensed old and able to paddle. You must Canal near the
captains and experienced mates are wear covered shoes (no sandals or Kennedy Space
Center. The
trained to provide you with a flip-flops). Bring water, sunscreen
center shares a
memorable and safe park water and a hat. Dress to get wet. boundary with the
tour. Individuals with their own kayaks Merritt Island
The two-hour journey begins at or canoes are welcome to join. Life National Wildlife
the Canaveral National Seashore preservers will be provided. Refuge, which
Visitor Center on most weekends, Reservations are taken no more encompasses
weather permitting. Reservations than seven days in advance. Call 92,000 acres that
are required and space is limited. 386-428-3384, ext. 10 to reserve are a habitat for
Cost is $20 per person. Call 386- your spot. Meet at the Visitor more than 331
species of birds,
428-3384, ext. 10 to reserve space. Information Center at 8:45 a.m. to
117 fishes and
Castle Windy Walk – Join a leave promptly at 9:30 a.m. and 65 amphibians.
park ranger at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 as you return around 11 a.m.
walk the Castle Windy trail and Timucuan Talk – Walk to the Hook, Line and Sinker – A few rods; feel free to bring your
learn about the colorful history of top of Turtle Mound at 11 a.m. Jan. two-hour tour discussing bait, rigs own. Meet at the Visitor Informa-
this area. You will also have a 19 and learn what life was like for and tackle tips will begin at 1 p.m. tion Center.
chance to experience the flora and the Timucuan Indians 2,000 years Jan. 25. Other topics will include For program information during
fauna of a Florida hammock. This ago. Bring sunscreen and water. rules and regulations for keeping operating hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.),
is an easy, one-mile round-trip that Meet at Turtle Mound for the one- what you catch. Bring water and call 386-428-3384, ext. 10. Visit
takes approximately one hour. hour tour. sunscreen. The tour guide has a the Web site at

KSC-ODIN e-mail addresses John F. Kennedy Space Center

change Jan. 31 Spaceport News

ennedy Space Center is in the final phase of the KSC NOMAD
e-mail migration and will be decommissioning the KSC-ODIN
Spaceport News is an official publication of the Kennedy Space Center and
e-mail system on Jan. 31. At that time, any e-mail addressed to is published on alternate Fridays by External Relations in the interest of KSC
an address will not deliver and will result in a civil service and contractor employees.
non-delivery report returned to the sender. Please ensure that your Contributions are welcome and should be submitted two weeks before
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applications are not using these addresses for automated messages. If Managing editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Buckingham
you have the old e-mail addresses and they are currently deliverable, Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Stuckey
you can obtain the new e-mail address from the NOMAD global Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Corey Schubert
address list. If you have questions, message the KSC-ODIN e-mail Editorial support provided by InDyne, Inc. Writers Group.
administrator at or NASA at KSC is located on the Internet at
the KSC postmaster at USGPO: 733-049/600124