HOLIDAY ISSUE – DEC 07/JAN 08 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 23rd Year of Publication
your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Orlando Figueroa, Director of Applied
Engineering and Technology, will be our guest speaker. We anticipate his presentation will include
information on engineering challenges on the Goddard horizon in the near
future. Reservations are required, so
Barney Hoyt will again host
his “annual” Super Bowl Party at the Barney and
Mark your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
COMMENTS FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT: This being our
last newsletter for 2007 and our first for 2008, allow me to thank you all for
the generous support and patience during the transition from NASA-provided
direct mailing to e-mail and GRAA-paid bulk mail. I want to recognize several members for their
tremendous efforts in implementing the changes.
Bob Wigand took on the IRS and got us tax-exempt status. Dave Moulton reformatted the newsletter for
bulk mail distribution and conquered the complex postal service rules to obtain
the lowest possible mailing rates. Marge
Gustafson and her dedicated team turned from “stuffers” into “labelers.” Strat Laios worked on the GRAA databases with
Goddard folks to make our e-mail distribution process feasible. The net result of all this attention to
detail is that GRAA remains viable and can sustain our monthly expenditures
with your continued tax-deductible donations.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. HAVE A
SAFE AND JOYOUS
Dr. Peter Hildebrand, recently selected to be Deputy
Director for the Sciences and Exploration Directorate, provided November
luncheon attendees with an interesting and thought-provoking presentation
titled “Water Resources and Climate Change.”
He showed historical and recent data to demonstrate upward trends in
worldwide temperatures and atmospheric greenhouse gases over the past
half-century when compared to prior centuries.
Most warming is in the northern hemisphere, given its greater land mass. Precipitation has increased 50 percent over
this same area while being reduced by 50 percent over
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports tax-deductible donations were received from the following members: John Adolphsen, John and Lorraine Armiger, Ed Dalkiewicz, Flo Hickle, Bill Mack, Al Opp, and Joseph (Bill) Pohl of Eagle Publishing Company of Boca.
GRAA NEWSLETTER 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 to our Lanham address
or send an e-mail to Strat Laios at
YOU CAN HELP GRAA’S BOTTOM LINE: About 650 members have signed up to receive our newsletter via e-mail and we have encountered few problems with the process. We know many other members use e-mail on a daily or weekly basis and encourage all of you to sign up (see the above item to sign up). We’re hoping to see many more of our nearly 2,500 members sign up for this service, as it will certainly help, from a financial perspective, in keeping the newsletter coming your way in the New Year. Since December 31st is rapidly approaching, you might even consider sending GRAA a check and using the donation as a deduction on your 2007 income taxes.
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH: Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN DECEMBER OR JANUARY:
December 12, 1970: The Uhuru (Swahili for freedom) spacecraft,
also known as SAS-1, SAS-A and Explorer 42, was launched from the San Marco
platform off the coast of
§ January 26, 1978: Thor-Delta launched the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE). It was a joint enterprise between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the British Science Research Council. It was the first satellite totally dedicated to ultraviolet astronomy. The objectives of the IUE’s studies were many: faint stars, quasars, comets, gas streams, extragalactic objects, and the interstellar medium.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
George G. Gerondakis, of Pawley’s
Donald E. Jamison, of
Dr. John H. McElroy, of
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS:
Flo Hickle wrote, “Thanks so much for
sending your newsletter. I moved to
Betty Parker Sanders wrote, “I love
receiving the GRAA Newsletter – it is so inspiring and I’m glad to learn of all
the “doings” in
Muller is hoping to reach as many people who have worked on Project Vanguard as
possible. He hopes they’ll all get
together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vanguard 1 next March 17th and he
doesn’t want to leave anyone out. If
anyone can help Ron with names, addresses, phone numbers, and/or e-mail
addresses, please contact him at 301-868-0383, by e-mail at
TRANSFER YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO STUDENTS: A non-profit organization called Retired Scientists, Engineers and Technicians (ReSET) is seeking volunteers to work with elementary school students doing hands-on science experiments. Their goal is to stimulate enthusiasm for sciences and related fields and to inform students about careers in those fields. Interested volunteers should contact John Meagher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-250-0236.