NOVEMBER 2007 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 23rd Year of Publication
your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Peter Hildebrand, Chief of the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences
Branch, will be our guest speaker.
His presentation will focus on the hot-button issue of “Water Resources
and Climate Change.” Reservations
are required, so please call
|December 11||There will be no December luncheon due to the many holiday-related activities scheduled throughout December.|
|January 8||Mark your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.|
COMMENTS FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT: Phil Sabelhaus, Goddard’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Program Manager, provided GRAA’s October luncheon attendees an extremely informative overview and status of the JWST. He described the major elements of the JWST Program and the multiple organizations participating in its science and engineering development. The system consists of a 6.5-meter infrared telescope assembled from 18 beryllium elements, an integrated science module with four instruments, a multi-layer sunshield (larger than a tennis court), and a spacecraft bus. NASA’s European partner provides an Ariane 5 for launch in mid-2013 into a Sun-Earth L 2 orbit. Although JWST’s telescope diameter is 2.7 times larger than the Hubble Space Telescope, the overall cost is projected to be one-third less. Goddard provides the integrated science instrument module and systems engineering, as well as program management.
A Journey to the Edge of the Universe:
An Evening with Dr. John Mather was the highlight of this year’s annual
NASA Goddard Reception at the National Air and
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports tax-deductible donations were received from the following members: Arthur and Miriam Alberg, Doris Bickford, Ed Bielecki, James and Patricia Cunningham, Edward and Charlotte Gladding, Dave Manges, Ken Rosette, Bill and Priscilla Struthers, Adam Thompson, Ethel and Don Tinari, Charles and Helen Trevathan, and Eldon Volkmer.
ROAD CLEANUP: Ron Browning, Ralph Welsh, and Bob Wigand helped meet the “Livable Communities Initiative” of Prince George’s County, MD, by collecting eight bags of trash and some waste pipe from the roads on GSFC’s eastern boundary.
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CALLING ALL VANGUARDIANS: On March 17, 2008, the Vanguard One satellite will experience its 50th year in Earth orbit. It will then be the oldest object in space from planet Earth. A small group of former Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and NASA folks has been in communication, and a number of government agencies have been asked to commemorate the event. At this time, no formal celebrations have been scheduled. The National Academy of Sciences has scheduled some seminars to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year, but at this time, this is the only known official observance of Vanguard One. If for no other reason than exchanging greetings on the occasion, our small group would like to know the names, e-mail/home addresses, and telephone numbers of individuals who worked on Project Vanguard at the NRL or with a Vanguard contractor. If you were affiliated with Project Vanguard, please send your name, affiliation, etc., to email@example.com. Once a Project Vanguard celebration materializes, you will be invited to the proceedings.
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH: If you must choose between two evils, choose the one that you’ve never tried before.
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER:
§ November 18, 1989: Delta launched COBE, the purpose of which was to take precise measurements of the diffuse infrared and microwave radiation from the early universe to the limits set by our astrophysical environment. COBE carried three instruments: a Diffuse Infrared Background Experiment to search for the cosmic infrared background radiation, a Differential Microwave Radiometer to map the cosmic radiation sensitivity, and a Far Infrared Absolute Spectrophotometer to compare the spectrum of the cosmic radiation with a precise blackbody. Each instrument yielded a major cosmological discovery.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
Dr. Henry E. Frankel, of
Dr. George P. Newton, of
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS:
· Ed Bielecki wrote, “Keep up the good work! I look forward to the monthly publication for current GSFC news.”
Ethel Tinari wrote, “Keep up the
good work! My husband, Don,
is busy as mayor of the small town of
§ Bill and Priscilla Struthers wrote, “We enjoy the newsletter very much and hope to get back to the luncheons. Keep up the good work and thanks to all who volunteer for the good of the GRAA.”
Art Alberg wrote, “Inasmuch as we
have just returned from our annual three-month tour of
§ Chuck Trevathan wrote, “I always enjoy reading the newsletter - thanks for your great service in keeping all of us out-of-town retirees up-to-date.”
Emil Kirwan wrote, “Well, we finally
bit the bullet and left
Ken Rosette wrote, “I wonder if anyone
still working at GSFC remembers my father, Ed Rosette, from the Negotiations
Branch (Code 251). He retired
from GSFC in 1972 and moved to
Adam Thompson wrote, “My wife, Anne,
and I were recently in Lanham
to list our home with a real estate agent.
We enjoyed visiting with Elaine and Red Montgomery at the Greenbelt
American Legion and at their son’s home.
My wife, Anne, has landscaped our lot in
LEADERSHIP CHANGE ANNOUNCED: Center Director Ed Weiler recently announced that Dorothy (Dolly) Perkins, Deputy Center Director – Technical, has decided to retire at the end of the year. She will be replaced by Dr. Laurie Leshin, currently Director of Sciences and Exploration (Code 600). Dr. Nicholas White, currently Director of the Astrophysics Science Division in Code 600, will become Director of Sciences and Exploration.