NOVEMBER 2006 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 22nd Year of Publication
your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
A speaker has yet to be announced. (See Update below).
Reservations are required, so please call
|There will be no GRAA Luncheon due to the many holiday-related activities throughout December.|
January 9, 2007
|Mark your calendar for the GRAA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Paul Newman will be speaking about the latest findings on the changing size of the hole in the ozone layer. A gifted and popular speaker, he is assigned to the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch of the Laboratory for Atmospheres (Code 613).|
|June 24, 2007||Are
you yearning to go on a cruise next year?
GRAA Travel has one planned from
COMMENTS FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT:
GRAA congratulates Dr. John C. Mather, Goddard’s own, for being
selected to share the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics with Dr. George Smoot
Our featured speaker at the October luncheon was Carmel Conaty, Manager
of the Goddard Visitor Center (VC).
An engineer from the Systems Engineering Services and Advanced Concepts
Branch on assignment to the VC, she described the recent upgrades to the
VC and the goals in educating the public about NASA’s mission and products
and in providing interactive educational experiences in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics. “Science
on a Sphere,” a new feature, displays various solar and meteorological
phenomena on a global basis. Hurricane
and typhoon pictures for the entire 2005 season are exhibited as they build
over the water and move across land.
Following lunch, several members took a tour of the VC and the Goddard
clean room where, assuming NASA Administrator Griffin’s imminent approval
(scheduled to be announced on October 31st or November 1st),
the next Hubble servicing mission’s new instruments and equipment are being
prepared for an early 2008 launch.
The search continues for the slow-scan TV tapes that were captured at various tracking stations during the Apollo 11 mission. There are 240 of the 14-inch in diameter, 15-pound tapes that have not yet been located. GRAA members have been asked to assist in the search to locate them. Contact Karen Flynn (301-286-5085) or Dick Nafzger (301-286-3006) if you or anyone you know has knowledge of the following items: manned flight operations procedures (formal and informal) covering the 1969 to mid-1970’s time period; technical use of the data – voice, telemetry analysis, etc.; Manned Flight or Records Management files for these types of tapes; and operations of the Building 16 degaussing facility.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports that donations were received from the following members: Tom Gunshinan, Larry Hull, Paul Karpiscak, Franz Lengenfelder, and Al Sherman.
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER:
29, 1965: Thor-Agena launched
Explorer 31 (also known as Direct Measurement Explorer-A) and Alouette
II. Explorer 31 was instrumented
to make direct measurements of selected ionospheric parameters at the spacecraft
and carried seven experiments. Aloulette
II was part of a collaborative series of satellites between the
§ November 5, 1967: Atlas-Agena launched ATS III (also known as Applications Technology Satellite-3). ATS III was one of a series of spacecraft designed to demonstrate the utility and feasibility of a variety of technological and scientific activities that could be carried out by an earth-synchronous spacecraft and carried 11 experiments.
§ November 13, 1978: Atlas-Centaur launched HEAO B (also known as High Energy Astronomical Observatory B). HEAO B was the first X-ray observatory to open the utilization of its facility to a larger astronomical community via a Guest Observer Program. Its primary objective was to study the high-energy universe, pulsars, neutron stars, black holes, quasars, radio galaxies, and supernovas.
ENVELOPE STUFFERS FOR OCTOBER: Envelope stuffers for the October issue were Jody Fillmann, Marj Gallagher, Jackie Gasch, Marge Gustafson, Barbara Hamilton, Aleta Johnson, Elaine Montgomery, Dave Moulton, Agnes Smith, Eloise Tarter, and Frank Wrigley.
GRAA IS FACING A SEVERE BUDGET CRUNCH: GRAA has recently been notified that, due to Goddard’s austere FY2007 budget, the Center will no longer be able to provide funding for the costs associated with the monthly mailing of the GRAA Newsletter and Goddard View. This decision presents an obvious dilemma for our association, a solution for which is under considered by the GRAA Board of Directors (BOD). On behalf of the GRAA BOD, Ye Ed hopes that a solution can be reached soon that will somehow allow GRAA to continue distributing the newsletter, although this is not a foregone conclusion. This is a serious situation, especially since the Center has provided funding for distribution of the GRAA Newsletter for the past 22 years. GRAA’s meager treasury cannot possibly sustain the monthly postal charges. As we go to press with this issue, suffice it to say that the BOD will be meeting as soon as possible to consider all available options and will notify the membership of its decision. If you have comments regarding this late-breaking news or potential alternatives for continuing distribution of the newsletter, please forward your comments as soon as possible to Ron Browning to GRAA’s Seabrook address at the top of the front page or via e-mail to email@example.com.
On September 30th, a team of GRAA members (Ron Browning,
Elaine Montgomery, Dave Moulton, Paul Rall, Ewald Schmidt, and Bob Wigand)
cleaned up the portion of
DO NOT TREAD LIGHTLY:
Peter Hui and Charlie Boyle won age-group gold awards in the 1500-meter
racewalk on September 21st in the Maryland Senior Olympics at
E-MAIL ADDRESS UPDATES: Barbara Cherry (firstname.lastname@example.org); Dave Cissell (email@example.com); Ruth Findlay (firstname.lastname@example.org); and Franz Lengenfelder (email@example.com).
GRAA NEWSLETTER MAILINGS: If you no longer wish to receive GRAA mailings, please forward a note to our Seabrook address or an e-mail to Dave Moulton at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have moved or want to correct the address on your mailing label, write to our Seabrook address or send an e-mail to Strat Laios at email@example.com.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS:
§ Joan Robbins wrote, “Enjoying life on the lake. I look forward to your newsletter!”
wrote, “Thank you all for your efforts and best regards to Alberta Moran.”
[Ye Ed notes that Tony is 94-1/2 years young and that
§ Al Sherman wrote, “I greatly enjoy reading the GRAA Newsletter. Keep up the good work! Enclosed is a donation.”
§ Larry Hull wrote, “I enjoy the GRAA Newsletter and enclose a small contribution to help cover costs. Having played a very small role in the COBE mission, I was pleased to hear that John Mather, principal investigator for the mission and senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope mission, shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics.”
§ Thomas Gunshinan wrote, “The enclosed check is to help carry on the association’s newsletter.”
wrote, “Thanks for the monthly newsletter, as my wife and I enjoy reading
it. Special thanks go out to
Bob Wigand, Frank Wrigley
and Ewald Schmidt, because I still remember you all from work when we had
an MSFN and Nascom. We live
GEWA EXCHANGE STORE ITEM OF INTEREST: You may not be aware that GEWA now has a wide variety of space-related items available for your on-line shopping, especially for your fast-approaching holiday shopping. Please let all your relatives, friends and neighbors that this service is available to everyone. To access the on-line web site, just go to http:www.spaceshoponline.com and follow the directions for your NASA-related shopping needs.
This year’s Children’s Holiday Party is scheduled for Saturday, December 16th in the Building 8 Auditorium and the Toy Liquidation Sale is scheduled for Monday, December 18th. If you want to register for the Children’s Holiday Party or desire information about the Toy Liquidation Sale, contact Keith Corsi (301-286-4035) or Susan Rambo (301-286-8776).
Shop early at the GEWA Exchange Store (Monday mornings before 11:00 a.m.) and receive a discount of 10% on all purchases.
THE WHOLE TRUTH, NOTHING BUT: Why do retirees count pennies? Answer: They’re the only people who have the time.
At the meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, GRAA Board Member Charlie Boyle will
speak on the digital technology now revolutionizing publishing and marketing
(e.g., amazon.com). You can now produce your own professional-appearing
books. People are now doing so (for personal use, sale or gifts) on topics
that cover fiction, textbooks, memoirs, how-to guides, family histories,
biographies, diaries, cookbooks, favorite stories, humor, etc.. Charlie
will describe his visits to digital factories in the