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May 22, 2007 Vol. 12, No. 38 Hypergolic propellant loads on Atlantis this week BEST

May 22, 2007

Vol. 12, No. 38

Hypergolic propellant loads on Atlantis this week

BEST BBQ ticket sales open through mid-June

this week BEST BBQ ticket sales open through mid-June The S3/S4 payload has been installed in

The S3/S4 payload has been installed in Atlantis' payload bay. Preparations have begun for hypergolic

propellant loading, which is scheduled for this week.

Shuttle Update:

The orbiter weather cur-

The orbiter weather cur-

tain walls have been extended, providing

tain walls have been extended, providing

additional protection to the vehicle.

additional protection to the vehicle.

Stay for the Fun." Tickets are on sale

Tickets are on sale

Stay for the Fun."

BEST BBQ: "Come for the Food;

BEST BBQ: "Come for the Food;

through June 15 for the annual BEST

through June 15 for the annual BEST

BBQ on June 22. You must have a ticket

BBQ on June 22. You must have a ticket

to enter. Cost is $10 or $14 based on se-

to enter. Cost is $10 or $14 based on se-

lection; students pay only $5. The site is

lection; students pay only $5. The site is

KARS Park 1, Area 1, and the hours are

KARS Park 1, Area 1, and the hours are

3 3

5 5

to 6 p.m. Food will be served from 3 to

to 6 p.m. Food will be served from 3 to

p.m.

p.m.

Tickets Tickets may may be be purchased purchased from: from:

Maria Maria Bland, Bland, HQ HQ 2641B; 2641B; Wanda Wanda Petty, Petty,

HQ 2114B; Benita DeSuza, HQ 3350D

HQ 2114B; Benita DeSuza, HQ 3350D

(students); Maxine Daniels, SSPF

(students); Maxine Daniels, SSPF

3228X; Valarie Franklin, O&C Bldg.

3228X; Valarie Franklin, O&C Bldg.

1020A; Charmel Jones, O&C Bldg.

1020A; Charmel Jones, O&C Bldg.

1073M2; Maggie Forbes, O&C Bldg.

1073M2; Maggie Forbes, O&C Bldg.

5318Q; Linnette Daniels, Hangar

5318Q; Linnette Daniels, Hangar

N/CCAFS; Patricia Johnson, Hangar R

N/CCAFS; Patricia Johnson, Hangar R

Room 138; and Debra Dukes, RPSF

Room 138; and Debra Dukes, RPSF

Room 103.

Room 103.

NASA’s next venture into the solar sys-

NASA’s next venture into the solar sys-

Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt —

Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt —

tem is the ambitious and exciting Dawn

tem is the ambitious and exciting Dawn

mission, planned for launch between June

mission, planned for launch between June

30 30

and July 19. This week the space-

and July 19. This week the space-

craft's solar array panels are being at-

craft's solar array panels are being at-

tached.

tached.

The The alien alien landscapes landscapes Dawn Dawn will will re- re-

veal veal should should provide provide humankind humankind with with a a

new new perspective perspective on on the the solar solar system. system.

Remnants Remnants from from the the time time that that planets planets were were

formed, formed, planetary planetary bodies bodies Ceres Ceres and and Vesta Vesta

hold hold clues clues that that will will help help scientists scientists under- under-

stand stand the the dawn dawn of of the the solar solar system. system.

Dawn Dawn will will be be the the first first spacecraft spacecraft ever ever to to

orbit orbit an an object object in in the the asteroid asteroid belt belt and and the the

first first ever ever to to orbit orbit two two targets. targets. Such Such a a

mission mission would would be be impossible impossible without without the the

use use of of ion ion propulsion, propulsion, a a technology technology that that

has has mostly mostly been been in in the the domain domain of of science science

fiction. fiction.

You You can can learn learn more more about about this this mis- mis-

sion sion on on Friday Friday from from Dr. Dr. Marc Marc D. D. Ray- Ray-

man, man, project project system system engineer, engineer, at at 11:30 11:30

a.m. a.m. in in the the O&C O&C Mission Mission Briefing Briefing Room. Room.

Diversity Event Slogan Contest —

Diversity Event Slogan Contest —

The Office of Diversity and Equal Op-

The Office of Diversity and Equal Op-

portunity is preparing for its fourth an-

portunity is preparing for its fourth an-

nual Diversity Event, to be held in

nual Diversity Event, to be held in

September. The office is holding a slogan

September. The office is holding a slogan

contest open to NASA and contractor

contest open to NASA and contractor

personnel at KSC. Entries should repre-

personnel at KSC. Entries should repre-

sent KSC's commitment to diversity, re-

sent KSC's commitment to diversity, re-

spect and inclusion for all, and a

spect and inclusion for all, and a

discrimination-free workplace. The staff

discrimination-free workplace. The staff

will select the slogan which best repre-

will select the slogan which best repre-

sents these values. Please e-mail your

sents these values. Please e-mail your

by

slogan to

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put put the the words words SLOGAN SLOGAN CONTEST CONTEST in in

the the subject subject line. line. The The selected selected slogan slogan will will

be be announced announced in in June June and and will will be be used used as as

this this year's year's diversity diversity event event theme, theme, re- re-

flected flected in in all all media media advertising advertising the the event. event.

Become Become a a champion champion for for diversity diversity by by

submitting submitting a a winning winning slogan. slogan.

enth enth and and eighth eighth grade grade girls girls can can still still regis- regis-

ter ter for for the the Robotics Robotics Summer Summer Camp Camp for for

Robotics Robotics Camp Camp for for Girls Girls — — Sev- Sev-

Girls Girls being being offered offered by by the the Society Society of of

Women Women Engineers Engineers in in Cocoa Cocoa Beach Beach

June June 18-22. 18-22. This This fun fun and and exciting exciting camp camp

is is an an opportunity opportunity for for the the girls girls to to be be crea- crea-

tive tive while while building building and and programming programming a a

robot robot to to complete complete a a mission mission and and compete compete

at at the the end end of of the the week. week. This This program program will will

use use the the VEX VEX robot robot -- -- construction construction is is simi- simi-

lar lar to to an an erector erector set set and and is is programmed programmed

with with a a C C language language derivative, derivative, EasyC. EasyC.

Fourth Fourth to to sixth sixth grade grade girls girls can can also also

learn learn robotics robotics at at the the LEGO LEGO Robotics Robotics

Summer Summer Camp Camp for for Girls Girls in in Cocoa Cocoa Beach. Beach.

There There are are two two sessions sessions of of this this one-week one-week

program program scheduled scheduled for for the the week week of of June June 4 4

and and the the week week of of June June 11. 11.

will will include include building building a a robot robot using using the the

LEGO LEGO Mindstorms Mindstorms NXT NXT kits kits and and pro- pro-

gramming gramming it it with with a a graphical graphical language language

developed developed specifically specifically for for the the robot. robot. A A

competition competition will will be be held held at at the the end end of of

each each week. week.

This This program program

Registration Registration information information is is on on the the

Hurricane Preparedness Week —

The week of May 20 is designated "Hur-

The week of May 20 is designated "Hur-

Hurricane Preparedness Week —

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ricane Preparedness Week" throughout

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view these important preparation steps

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before the season starts on June 1.

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