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April 19, 2007 Vol. 12, No.


Four missions AIM spacecraft heading

on schedule for 2007 for launch on April 25
Shuttle Update: The shuttle mis- latest in saving energy with fluorescent
sions for the next year have been re- lighting, renewables, programmable
scheduled, with a change of orbiters for thermostats, and Energy Star purchases.
three of them. The target dates are as fol- Bring your suggestions for energy sav-
lows: ings projects in your work area and share
• STS-117 on Atlantis, June 8 with the Energy Management Office
what you are doing to help KSC conserve
• STS-118 on Endeavour, Aug. 9 energy. Be sure to enter the contest to
• STS-120 on Discovery, Oct. 20 “Guess the KSC April 2007 Electric
• STS-122 on Atlantis, Dec. 6 Bill”!
• STS-123 on Endeavour, Feb. 14 Professional Development Semi-
• STS-124 on Discovery, April 24 nar — The Society of Women Engineers
is sponsoring a one-day professional de-
ELV Update: NASA's AIM You can read the full story at velopment seminar titled “Tools for
spacecraft was mated to the Pegasus XL Technology” on May 17 at the Radisson
rocket on April 4. An integrated flight /12apr_blackholeeclipse.htm?list29875. Resort Hotel at Port Canaveral. SWE in-
simulation was successfully completed Education Opportunity — Univer- vites you to this outstanding program.
last week. Technicians began operations sity of Miami applications are currently This seminar includes a wide variety of
to install the Pegasus fairing around the being accepted for the Master of Science technical and personal development top-
AIM spacecraft, followed by black light in Industrial Engineering program held in ics, including Managing Your Career in
inspection of the fairing and spacecraft. Cape Canaveral that will begin in August. the 21st Century, Developing Your Own
The spacecraft umbilical was discon- Courses are held Friday evenings and Leadership Style, Project Management,
nected and re-routed to allow the payload Saturdays to accommodate working pro- Systems Engineering Initiatives, New
fairing to move into the clean room. fessionals. For more information and to Horizons in Unmanned Systems, How to
The Pegasus rocket with the AIM receive an application/brochure, please Make Difficult Decisions, Global Warm-
spacecraft was installed onto the trans- call Augusto Roca, program administra- ing, and more. Nancy Stewart, vice presi-
porter on April 16. The L-1011 carrier tor, at 305-284-4100, or send e-mail to dent of Walmart, will be the keynote
aircraft arrived at Vandenberg Air Force speaker. Details on this program and reg-
Base April 17. The transport of Pega- istration information are available on the
sus/AIM to the runway for mating opera- SGS Energy Office Celebrates web site at Contact
tions with the L-1011 is scheduled for Earth Day’s Theme: Think Glob- Judy Kersey at for
Sunday. ally…Act Locally…Make the Clear more information.
Energy Choice Every Day — Join the
  NASA Science — NASA's Chandra SGS Energy Management Office on Fri- Countdown is published every Tuesday & Thurs-
X-ray Observatory has observed a re- day at the booth in the KSC HQ Lobby to day for NASA KSC employees. Deadlines are
markable eclipse of a supermassive black celebrate Energy Awareness and Earth 10 a.m. Mondays & Wednesdays. E-mail news to
hole, allowing a disk of hot matter swirl- Day! See the prize for the Energy Hog For questions or
ing around the hole to be measured for Refrigerator Contest — a high-efficiency information, e-mail or call 321-867-2815. You can
the first time. It is located in NGC 1365, also find Countdown on the Web at
Energy Star refrigerator! From 9 a.m. to
a spiral galaxy 60 million light years
3 p.m., more than $1000 in energy sav- untdown-toc.html.
from Earth. ings will be given away! Learn about the