Goddard Retirees and
P.O. Box 163,
Lanham, MD 20703-0163
AUGUST 2008 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 24th Year of Publication
Late October or early November
Mark your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30
a.m. Reservations are required, so
please call Alberta
Moran at 301-937-7762 no later than noon on Friday, August 8th.
Mark your calendar for the GRAA
Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
Although details have not been
finalized, Alberta Moran is working up a
tour of the Antietam battlefield to be
directed by John Baniszewski, registered battlefield guide and GRAA
member. The trip will include a tasty
meal at a restaurant along the way. We
will include details of the trip in the September newsletter.
Mark your calendar for the annual
“Magic of a Musical Christmas” trip to Lancaster,
PA. Included in the trip will be opportunities
for holiday shopping at the more than 100 outlets at Rockvale Square, the 2008 Christmas
Show (first and second row seating) at the American Music Theatre, and the
delicious Prime Rib Buffet at Arthur’s Restaurant. Tickets are only $99 per person, payable at
the time of reservation. Only 40
tickets will be available. Contact Alberta Moran at
301-937-7762 for reservations.
COMMENTS FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT: NASA Goddard
Academy interns were our
guests at July’s GRAA Luncheon, and it is always a pleasure to meet and talk
with them. We learn about the new
research and operational programs they are working on and they learn how our
experiences might relate. They
enthusiastically described their research projects at Goddard and their
academic pursuits in science and engineering disciplines. The Academy this year is comprised of sixteen
interns from the United States,
two from France, and one PhD
candidate from Japan. In addition to their individual research
projects, for their ten-week stint at Goddard they selected as a group project
to study the role of space commercialization in lunar landings, working at the
International Space Station, and sending people into space. They are assessing the feasibility of using industry
partnerships and government-sponsored prizes to gain wider participation and
We also learned from Goddard Academy Program Director
Dave Rosage that NASA on average has 15 percent of former Academy interns
employed at various NASA centers.
REPORT: Bob Wigand reports that tax-deductible
contributions were received from the following:
Ron Bierwagen, Wes Bodin, Ed Carberry, Ken Dolan, Dave Douds, Dave
Harris, Jerre Hartman, John (“Jack”)
Hodge, Henry Hoffman, Jean Hubbard, Sallylee Hunter, Tom Keating, Vern Krueger,
Tom Long, Ed Lowe, Marie Marr, Hugh O’Donnell, Earl Quirey, Ed and Phyllis
Radovich, Carl Roberts, Jim Shiue, John South, and the estate of Wanda
Wigand. The latter, a bequest of
$10,000, was given in the hope that some GRAA members or their spouses would be
encouraged to bequeath similar amounts to GRAA.
If 100 of 2,500 members were to do so, GRAA would be able to operate
from an endowment, free of further reductions in Goddard support caused by
RETIREES: William H. Browne, Dr. Jan M. Hollis, Harold
E. Mitchell, and Terry M. Potterton.
“READ YOU LOUD AND CLEAR!” STILL AVAILABLE: We still have
a few copies of the Story of NASA’s Spaceflight Tracking and Data network available. If you would like to be sent a copy, send us a
check for $5.00 (to cover postage) to our Lanham
address. If you want to pick up a copy
at the August luncheon, send us a note to that effect or e-mail Strat Laios (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and ask him to reserve a copy for you.
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH: My idea for
housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
GRAA MAILINGS: If you no longer wish to
receive GRAA mailings, please send a note to our Lanham address or an e-mail to
Dave Moulton at email@example.com.
If you have moved or want to make corrections to the address on your
mailing label, write us or send an e-mail to Strat Laios at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you already receive your newsletter via
e-mail, please let Strat know when your e-mail address changes. If you are interested in receiving the
newsletter by e-mail, simply notify Strat.
GODDARD ARCHIVES – IT HAPPENED IN AUGUST: On August 2, 1991, Space
Shuttle Atlantis/STS-43 deployed the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-E
(TDRS-E, and TDRS-5 after activation) about six hours after being launched from
Kennedy Space Center, FL.
At the time, TDRS-5 became the spare for the TDRS System.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
Fellerman, of Hunt Valley, MD,
passed away on July 6th.
Flores-Amaya, of Greenbelt, MD, passed away on July 2nd.
Victor R. Simas, of Lanham, MD, passed away on June 18th. He was in charge of the Receiver Section at
the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) while working on the Vanguard Project and
then transferred to Goddard at its inception.
His receivers at NRL became the basis of the old Minitrack Network and
he worked principally in the Tracking and Data Network during his career with
NASA. In his spare time at NRL and Goddard he organized a dance band and played
at many local clubs.
GODDARD CENTER DIRECTOR NAMED: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin recently
announced that Robert D. Strain will be Goddard’s next Center Director. Mr. Strain is currently the head of the Space
Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. He will assume the duties of Center Director
on August 4th.
OPPORTUNITY AT GODDARD’S LAUNCHFEST EVENT: Goddard’s
Office of Public Affairs is seeking volunteers from the GRAA family to help out
during the Center’s LaunchFest event on Saturday, September 13th,
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LaunchFest
is a community event, and Goddard is excited to host this event because it has
not opened its doors to the public since 2004.
LaunchFest will celebrate Goddard’s several upcoming missions and also
give the public an inside look at the facilities and culture of the
Center. The day will include a variety
of activities, demonstrations, tours, live entertainment, and much more. Volunteers are essential to the success of
any event, and the hope is that GRAA members will be willing to provide day-of
volunteer support. The Center is
currently developing a perk package for volunteers, with perhaps the best
incentive being that volunteers need only help out for half the day. If you are interested in signing up,
please contact Leslee Cork, Volunteer Coordinator, at 301-286-0676 or via
e-mail at Leslee.M.Cork@nasa.gov.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE: Dr. Jeffrey N. Shaumeyer, President of Ars
Hermeneutica, Limited, of Bowie,
MD, is seeking a Goddard retiree
to help get his non-profit science and education corporation off the
ground. Check out http://www.arshermeneutica.org/position.php
to read the position description. For
additional information about this opportunity, contact Dr. Shaumeyer at 301-742-3236.