AUGUST 2007 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 23rd Year of Publication
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I urge you to continue to share your stories about Goddard missions or other experiences to be showcased in the FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES section. You don’t have to recall the date of an event or experience. You don’t even have to send us a serious story, as retirees are usually up for a good laugh (like when Servomation’s vending machine facility was robbed and the perpetrators required the Security Force first responders to drop their drawers). So, do not hold back on sending your reminiscences. We’ll fill in the dates of events and experiences, as appropriate or necessary. Just send your entries to me (email@example.com) or mail them to the GRAA postal box provided in our masthead above.
Distribution of the newsletter using a combination of bulk mail and e-mail is apparently working fairly well. If you experience any problems receiving the newsletter, do not hesitate to bring them to our attention.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports donations were received from the following: Wes and Carol Bodin, Charles Falkenhan, Ai Fang, Bob Hutchinson, John and Mary Kelly, Bob Kraemer, H. K. Lee, Don Lokerson, Ron Muller, Norman Ness, Paul Rall, and Carl Wagner.
GRAA MEMBER RECEIVES AWARD: In late June,
recent retiree Dr. Hasso Niemann was awarded the Al Seiff Memorial Award during
the 5th International Planetary Probe Workshop in
RECENT RETIREES: Gregory V. Clarke, John E. Dorband, Paulino Graza, Philomin D. (Dory) Josephson, Lewis E. Means, Henry J. Middleton, Barry D. Nims, Wilmert B. (Mert) Page, Charles J. Petruzzo, James D. Robinson, and Diane E. Williams.
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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH: If you look like your passport photo, you are no doubt ready for a trip.
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS:
Saj Durrani wrote, “Two minor nit-picks, just for fun. The announcement about the July 10th event in the July newsletter had two typos (i.e., quests instead of guests and peak instead of peek.” [Note from Ye ED: Saj, it was just a test to determine how closely members read the newsletter. You would have won the contest for being the first to bring the typos to our attention; however, the interns were not able to attend the luncheon, so there were no guests or quests. I have also confirmed there were no peeks or peaks. Therefore, there was no winner this time around, but I wish you better luck with the next test.]
Bob Hutchinson wrote, “My wonderful experiences in MAD productions owe so much to the character and gentle modesty of the very rare gift of Gil Mead to all who were fortunate to know him. Please accept my donation in his memory.”
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN AUGUST:
August 9, 1969: Delta launched the Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO) VI (aka: OSO-G and OSO 6). It was the sixth in a series of satellites to conduct solar physics experiments above the Earth’s atmosphere during a complete solar cycle. The main objectives of OSO VI were acquisition of high spectral-resolution data within the 1-1300 ampere range, observation of solar x-rays in the 20-200 kiloelectron volt range, and observation of high-energy neutron flux in the 20-130 megaelectron volt range. Seven experiments were carried on the spacecraft. Two experiments, located in the sail portion, were designed to point toward the sun. The remaining five experiments were mounted in compartments of the rotating wheel section and scanned the solar disk when the spacecraft was in sunlight. OSO VI was retired on December 31, 1972.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
Robert S. Cooper, of
James J. Fleming, of
William I. Gould, Jr., of
Thomas J. McGann, of
Robert E. Russey, of
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