AUGUST 2006 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 22nd Year of Publication
your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
The Office of Public Affairs is in the process of identifying an
available speaker from the expert severe storm scientists supporting Goddard’s
participation in the NASA/GSFC “Hurricane Campaign.”
Reservations are required, so please call
monthly luncheon is cancelled; however, mark your calendar for the GRAA
Crab Feast at the Barney and
|October 10||Mark your calendar the GRAA luncheon at 11:30 a.m.|
shopping trip and music theater event in Lancaster, PA, at the cost of
$90. The trip includes bus
transportation, shopping at Rockvale Square (with over 100 outlets), second
or third row seats for the 2006 Christmas Show at the American Music Theatre,
and a prime rib buffet dinner at Arthur’s.
This will essentially be a 12-hour excursion, leaving the
COMMENTS FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT:
One of the highlights of our luncheon program throughout the year
is when we host the
John Boeckel, retired Director of Engineering, and his wife, Emily,
are leaving the
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports that donations were received from the following members: Ron Britner, Jim Gavura, Alex Lawrence, and Freda Mae Long.
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN AUGUST:
§ August 16, 1961: Thor-Delta launched Explorer 12/S-3, a spin-stabilized, solar-cell-powered spacecraft instrumented to measure cosmic-ray particles, trapped particles, solar wind protons, and magnetospheric and interplanetary magnetic fields.
§ August 12, 1969: Atlas-Centaur launched Applications Technology Satellite (ATS) V, the objective of which was to evaluate gravity-gradient stabilization and new imaging techniques for meteorological data retrieval (the same as the failed ATS IV).
§ August 3, 1981: Delta launched Dynamics Explorer (DE) , which involved two spacecraft (A & B or 1 & 2) to study the interaction between the hot, thin, convecting plasma of Earth’s magnetosphere and the cooler, denser plasmas and gases co-rotating in the ionosphere and upper atmosphere.
ENVELOPE STUFFERS FOR JULY: Marge Gustafson, Barbara Hamilton, Rose McChesney, Elaine Montgomery, Dave Moulton, Agnes Smith, and Eloise Tarter.
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THE WHOLE TRUTH, NOTHING BUT: How many retirees does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
D. (Bob) Peavler,
H. Sinclair, Jr.,
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS:
wrote, “I moved to
§ Jim Gavura wrote, “Enclosed please find a donation to help cover the costs of the monthly newsletter mailings. I enjoy reading them, as they provide an opportunity to keep up with the ongoing activities “back east,” as well as some of the “old gang.” Keep up the good work and thanks for your dedication.”
§ Alex Lawrence wrote, “Thanks for sending the newsletter, as I truly enjoy reading about the status of GSFC retirees. I will certainly plan to visit one the “functions” and/or join a “work” group.”
wrote, “STS-121 - what a great
mission. Congratulations to
all those who helped, both past and present.
My wife, Diane, and I are still volunteers at a school for inner-city
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER:
Many medical experts say that all men will contract prostate cancer
if they live long enough. Whether
true or not, current statistics do indicate that one man in every six will
be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
Excluding skin cancer, it is the second leading cause of male cancer
deaths (after lung cancer). It
is also the most common cancer in American men.
We have passed on information in the past about prostate cancer,
but it never stops being a medical priority that every male over age 50
should be periodically tested by his physician, especially given that the
disease is normally slow growing and noticeable symptoms may not be experienced
for many years after its onset. There
are a couple reasons we are showcasing prostate cancer again this month.
Firstly, September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Prostate
Cancer Awareness Week will occur during the period September 17th
through 23rd. During
that week, many medical facilities around the country will be administering
free or low-cost screening tests.
If you are interested in such a screening, simply check out the
Prostate Cancer Education Council’s web site at http://www.pcaw.com.
Scroll down a bit and click on the Screening Site Locator, then
on the next screen submit your Zip Code for a screening site located near
your home. Then just call the
contact number that pops up and ask for additional information or a screening
appointment. Secondly, retiree
Ed Falkenhayn encourages former male colleagues to consider attending a
patient-oriented conference focusing on detection and treatment.
The next conference in the
WAS A GENUINE SUCCESS, WITH HELP FROM GODDARD:
Surely readers of this newsletter were proud to have witnessed the
launch and landing of STS-121. Despite
losing a “spatula” in space during one of the space walks, the mission
was an unqualified success. You
may not realize that Astronaut Piers Sellers got his first NASA experience
at Goddard. Born and brought
Did you get tired of the rain we received in the
Mail Supplies – Do you need to mail a CD, an article of clothing, or any other item that you don’t necessarily need a box for when a padded envelope will fit the bill? If so, GEWA will come to the rescue once again! In fact, GEWA has recently received in such a varied selection of padded envelopes that you have a hard time even filling the larger envelopes. Of course, not only does GEWA have a wide selection of envelopes, its stock includes other mailing supplies to help make any type of shipment a real easy chore.