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May 10, 2007 Vol. 12, No.


Shuttle crew members shift; Dawn processing

another added to STS-118 goes smoothly
Shuttle Update: NASA astronaut sion is the first in NASA's Scout Pro- NASA is offering $250,000 to the team
and Air Force Col. Benjamin Alvin Drew gram. Phoenix is designed to study the whose system can excavate and deliver as
will join the crew of the STS-118 space history of water and habitability potential much regolith as possible in 30 minutes.
shuttle mission, targeted for launch Aug. in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil. Competitors' machines must use less than
9. Drew will take a seat that opened when 30 W of power, weigh less than 40 kg.
May Is “Asian/Pacific American and excavate more than 150 kg. of the
astronaut Clayton Anderson was moved Heritage Month” — To honor the
to shuttle Atlantis' STS-117 flight, which simulated moon dirt. The unique physical
achievements and contributions of properties of lunar regolith make excava-
is targeted to launch June 8. Anderson Asian/Pacific Americans, KSC is cele-
will begin a long-duration mission on the tion a difficult technical challenge, but it
brating this year’s theme, “Pursuing Ex- is a necessary first step toward uncover-
International Space Station, and current cellence Through Leadership, Diversity
station crew member Suni Williams will ing the moon's resources.
and Unity,” with a collaborative com-
return to Earth aboard Atlantis. Shuttle memoration by USA’s Office of Diversity Hurricane Preparedness
Endeavour will carry Drew on his first and Compliance, the Boeing Asian Week — The week of May 20 is
spaceflight. He will serve as a mission American Professional Association, the designated Hurricane Prepared-
specialist during STS-118, which will de- Japanese Aerospace and Exploration ness Week throughout our state. Each day
liver another segment to continue build- Agency, and the KSC AAPI Working of the week, a featured topic will be pre-
ing the station for completion by 2010. Group. sented at the Web site:
ELV Update: Please join KSC executive leaders
The Dawn spacecraft from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday at the KSC h/intro.shtml. Please take the time to re-
is targeted for launch Training Auditorium. The rich cultural view these important preparation steps
no earlier than June program includes the guest speaker Judge before the season starts on June 1.
30. In the Payload A.B. Majeed, Brevard County Court,
18th Judicial Circuit, and several cultural NASA Science — NASA-supported
Processing Facility at scientists and engineers have successfully
Astrotech, compre- performances. All personnel are invited.
Light traditional refreshments will imme- tested a methane-powered rocket engine.
hensive spacecraft The firing was not only remarkably beau-
system performance testing continues. diately follow.
Please contact Diana Navas at tiful but also may herald a new type of
Instrument final alignment is under way. spacecraft that one day roams the outer
A test of the spacecraft's primary com- or
solar system gathering fuel from planets
munications antenna is scheduled for Paula Nosca Lay at paula.nosca- with any questions. and moons that it visits. You can read the
May 21. The spacecraft solar arrays will full story and see the results at:
be attached and deployed May 21 - 24. NASA News — On Saturday, teams
No spacecraft issues or concerns have from around the nation will compete at /04may_methaneblast.htm?list29875.
arisen during testing to date. the Santa Maria Fairpark in Santa Maria,
Calif., for a total of $250,000 from Countdown is published every Tuesday & Thurs-
The Phoenix Mars Lander Arrives day for NASA KSC employees. Deadlines are
— On May 7, the Phoenix Mars Lander NASA for an autonomously operating
10 a.m. Mondays & Wednesdays. E-mail news to
arrived at the Shuttle Landing Facility system to excavate simulated "lunar re- For questions or
and was transported to the Payload Haz- golith," or the moon's soil. The Regolith information, e-mail or call 321-867-2815. You can
ardous Servicing Facility where it will Excavation Challenge, one of NASA's also find Countdown on the Web at
undergo processing. Scheduled for seven Centennial Challenges, will take
launch in August, the Phoenix Mars Mis- place untdown-toc.html.