Goddard Retirees and Alumni Association
OCTOBER 2004 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 20th Year of Publication
Oct 12 GRAA Regular Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required, so please call 301-937-7762 in advance.
Oct 26 NIMBUS 40th
Nov 4 GRAA
and Orbital Club Dinner Theatre at the Bea and
Nov 9 GRAA Regular Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required, so please call 301-937-7762 in advance.
Dec 9 Shopping, theatre (Christmas show at the
American Music Theatre), and dinner.
Dec 14 As is our custom, there is no GRAA Regular Luncheon due to the many holiday-related activities scheduled throughout December. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Jan 11, 2005 GRAA Regular Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. This event will include the Echo Project Reunion. The Echo Project was launched 40 years ago last January. Plan to attend, visit with old friends, and remember this very visible satellite. Vintage video taken from the launch vehicle will be shown. Ron Muller and John Thole are orchestrating this special reunion activity. Reservations are required, so please call 301-937-7762 in advance.
Apr 21, 2005 Eastern
Caribbean 10-day cruise on Holland America from Norfolk, VA, to the Bahamas,
St, Thomas, Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico. Cruise fares vary from $1,275 inside to
$1,750 outside with veranda. The fares
include fixed fees of $238 covering port taxes and other miscellaneous charges. This same cruise is available on February 17,
2005, by joining a group from
FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT:
Dr. John Mather, Project Scientist, gave a most interesting and
insightful presentation at the September luncheon on the James Webb Space
Telescope (JWST) – the next generation space telescope. THE JWST is being developed by a partnership
made up of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, with
each providing their own unique expertise.
The goal of the JWST is to “view” the very first events that occurred
after the Big Bang, the first stars and how they were formed, and the origin
and evolution of the first galaxies.
Detailed design of the spacecraft and instruments is underway. Their greatest engineering challenge is the
beryllium multifaceted 25-square-meter mirror.
When the JWST is launched on an Ariane V in 2011, it will be positioned
at a Lagrangian point millions of miles from earth. It will take several months to reach final
orbit and fully deploy. Dr. Mather
showed an animated version of deployment and described the three scientific
instruments: Infrared Camera,
Spectrograph, and Mid-Infrared Camera/Spectrometer. JWST is not designed for servicing, but is
expected to last ten years, with a five-year life for the solid hydrogen
cryogenic. The JWST is a scientific
follow-on and not a replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), but the
Science Institute at
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports that a donation was received from Bernard Peavey.
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES – IT HAPPENED IN OCTOBER:
October 27, 1962: Thor-Delta launched Explorer 15/SERB to study the effects of a high-altitude nuclear blast.
October 18, 1967: Delta launched OSO IV, which provided the first extreme UV pictures of the sun.
October 24, 1978: Delta launched Nimbus VII, an environmental/weather research satellite, which monitored the ozone layer for 15 years.
ENVELOPE STUFFERS FOR SEPTEMBER:
Roland and Anne Van Allen, Marge Gustafson, Frank Wrigley, Barbara Hamilton, Bob Wigand, Agnes Smith, Elaine Montgomery, and Dave Moulton.
CLEANUP: Our quarterly trash
pickup was successfully completed following the September meeting. Volunteers Elaine Montgomery, Hank Maurer,
Ron Browning, and Bob Wigand collected eight trash bags from
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS!!! (AND WE WOULDN’T MIND MORE):
Frank Carr wrote, “Living
CHANGES TO E-MAIL ADDRESSES:
John Schmidt’s new address is email@example.com
William Schoene’s new address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh Turnbull’s new address is email@example.com
Ed Danko’s new address is ED_JEANNEDANKO@MAN.COM
Bruce Clark’s new address is firstname.lastname@example.org
RECENT RETIREES: Joyce Corley, Carol Jo Crannell, Eugene Davidoff, Herbert Durbeck, Sharon Foster, James Heirtzler, Larry Hull, Richard Karas, Jonathan Ormes, Larry Orwig, Arlene Peterson, Merritt Pharo, Catherine Simkins, Theodore Southerland, William Webb, and Donald Wood.
GEWA: The Fall Crafts Fair is scheduled for November 9 in the Building 8 Auditorium. For more information, check out GEWA’s web site (gewa.gsfc.nasa.gov) and/or contact Kenneth Dearth at 301-286-3003.
Santa Claus is looking for some part-time elves on December 9 (or possibly December 10) to help wrap gifts as well as on December 11 to help with the annual Children’s Christmas Party. If interested in volunteering, contact Alberta Moran at 301-937-7762.
Want to make your Monday mornings a little brighter? Stop by the GEWA Store anytime between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. for “Sunny Monday.” Everything in the store is 10% off, including already reduced items. It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, so shop Monday mornings for discounted prices.
Now that football is once again on many of our minds, the GEWA Store has many items (including caps, banners, ornaments, and soft snow globes) adorned with the logos of the Redskins, Ravens, Cowboys (ugh!), and the University of Maryland. Stop by the store and pick up an item to demonstrate to your friends you are a devoted fan of your favorite team.
OUR HEARTFELT THOUGHTS GO OUT TO ALL FORMER COLLEAGUES WHO
SUFFERED PROPERTY DAMAGE OR WERE OTHERWISE INCONVENIENCED DURING AND AFTER