JULY 2006 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 22nd Year of Publication
Mark your calendar for the
GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Join us to
welcome our guests, the 2006 Class of
Mark your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
The monthly luncheon is
cancelled; however, mark your calendar for the GRAA Crab Feast at the Barney
Holiday 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 be a 12-hour excursion, leaving
COMMENTS FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT: Ms. Paula Becker, biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR), provided June luncheon attendees an informative synopsis of the Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey Gap Analysis Project (MDN-GAP) which was initiated in 1991 as a cooperative effort between the MD DNR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The goal of the MDN-GAP was, basically, to keep common species common by identifying those species and plant communities that are not adequately represented in existing conservation lands. Common species are those not currently threatened with extinction. By identifying their habitats, gap analysis gives land managers, land stewards, and natural resource groups information they need to make better-informed decisions when identifying priority areas for conservation. The Mid-Atlantic area, composed of a complex matrix of different elements, made landscape characterization a challenging task. The researchers coordinated with NASA personnel to use Landsat 5 satellite imagery from 1991-1993, aerial videography from 1996-1997 taken from NASA aircraft, and other available databases to assign distinct classes (i.e., wetland and beach, upland forest, urban/disturbed/agricultural, and water) to the more than 12 million acres in the study area. While the MDN-GAP process is too complex to synopsize here, the scientific results provide a baseline upon which more detailed studies and efforts needed for the long-term conservation of biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic area may be placed. For more information on the National Gap Analysis Project and current research efforts, check out the following web site: http://gapanalysis.nbii.gov.
ELECTION RESULTS: On June 13th, the following members were elected to the GRAA Board of Directors: Dick Baker, Charlie Boyle, Ron Browning, Barbara Hamilton, Strat Laios, Dave Moulton, and Bob Wigand. We extend appreciation to all members who voted either by mail or in person at the June luncheon meeting. Officers from the Board of Directors are President Ron Browning, Vice President Dick Baker, Secretary Barbara Hamilton, and Treasurer Bob Wigand.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports that donations were received from the following members: Stan Corwin, Bob Davis, Steve Dolan, Dave Douds, and Chuck Woodyard.
ROAD CLEANUP: Following the June luncheon, six stalwart
members (Elaine Bobbitt, Toni Durantine, Hank Maurer, Dave Moulton, Ralph
Welsh, and Bob Wigand) cleaned up the portion of
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN JULY:
§ July 2, 1965: Delta launched the Television and Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) X, also known as TIROS 10. TIROS X was a sun-synchronous meteorological spacecraft designed to develop improved capabilities for obtaining and using TV cloudcover pictures from satellites and operated as an interim operational satellite. TIROS X was the first Weather Bureau-funded TIROS.
§ July 28, 1967: Thor-Agena launched the Orbiting Geophysical Observatory (OGO) IV, also known as OGO 4. OGO IV was a large observatory instrumented with experiments designed to study the interrelationships between the aurora and airglow emissions, energetic particle activity, geomagnetic field variation, ionospheric ionization and recombination, and atmospheric heating which take place during a period of increased solar activity.
§ July 2, 1996: Pegasus XL launched the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer Earth Probe (TOMS-EP), the goal of which was to continue the high-resolution global mapping of total ozone on a daily basis as well as to detect global ozone trends to verify depletion predicted by atmospheric chemistry models.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
Robert O. Aller, of
William S. “Bill” Bethea, of
Donald J. Carlson, of
Raymond DiSilvestre, Sr., of
Wilber B. “Bill” Huston, of
Yoram J. Kaufman, of
Carol D. Lundregan, of
Robert J. McCaffery, of
Kenneth McDonald, of Rural Retreat, VA, passed away on May 22nd, after a
courageous battle with lung cancer. He
was a Mission Planner and worked with French aerospace scientists, specialists
and technicians on Ariane and SPOT and also represented Goddard at the
Harlan L. Whitten, of
ENVELOPE STUFFERS FOR JUNE: Jody Fillmann, Marj Gallagher, Jackie Gasch, Marge Gustafson, Barbara Hamilton, Aleta Johnson, Rose McChesney, Elaine Montgomery, Dave Moulton, Ewald Schmidt, Agnes Smith, Eloise Tarter, Bob Wigand, and Frank Wrigley. Although Frank Wrigley only showed up long enough to say hello, the group agreed to include his name due to his long-standing commitment to this monthly task.
E-MAIL ADDRESS UPDATES: Stanley (and Judy) Corwin (email@example.com); Daniel L. Endres (firstname.lastname@example.org); Vincent A. Guidice (email@example.com); George E. MacVeigh (firstname.lastname@example.org); Joseph B. Seek (JILSeek@verizon.net); Barry Sherman (Sherman_b@comcast.net); Mary Watts (email@example.com).
THE WHOLE TRUTH, NOTHING BUT: Why don’t retirees mind being called seniors?
Answer: The term comes with a 10 percent discount.
THANKS TO DONORS OF SATELLITE MODELS: Dr. William “Bill” Nordberg’s widow, Trixi, thanks GRAA members Robert Moss, Ralph Shapiro, and Nicholas Short for their donations of satellite models in response to her call for such items to be sent to placed in the new wing of a museum in Fehring, Austria, that will honor Dr. Nordberg’s many Goddard accomplishments.
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS:
§ Stan Corwin wrote, “Judy and I appreciate all the work you do to keep us informed about Goddard via the newsletter. Thanks to all you dedicated mailing envelope stuffers. I’m especially glad to see so many of my old co-workers and friends in that group.”
Robert Davis wrote, “Enclosed is a small check for the fine continuing effort by
GRAA about GSFC activities. After 17
years of living in Brock Hall Estates in Upper Marlboro, MD, Ruth and I have
moved to a new apartment in the Riderwood community in
§ Ken Dolan wrote, “I enjoy the monthly newsletter. The letters and archival news brings back so many memories. Every June I get sentimental remembering participating in my first NASA launch, OGO-B. I was sorry to read about the passing of Charlie Katz. He was a great mentor when I was a young engineer on the OAO program.
§ Leonard Rabb wrote, “I just received the June 2006 newsletter and saw that Charles Katz had passed away. That brief statement did not do justice to him! I would like the current Goddard employees and retirees to know that Mr. Katz was part of the original group that started GSFC and that he contributed in too many ways to list. He set the standards of dedication and performance that makes GSFC what it is today.” [Note: Ye Ed apologizes for what was perceived as a slight to the accomplished career of Mr. Katz. Unfortunately, no additional information was available when the June issue went to press].
RECENT RETIREES: Donald G. Abrams, William R. Braun, Lynn B. Clark, Elly D. Cleaver, Michael D. Femiano, Frederick W. McCaleb, Frederick I. Meader, George T. Roach, Epaminondas G. Stassinopoulos, and Marguerite A. Tallant.