OCTOBER 2006 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 22nd Year of Publication
your calendar for the GRAA luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
The speaker will be Ms. Carmel Conaty,
|November 14||Mark your calendar for 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
|June 24, 2007||Are
you hankering to go on a cruise? GRAA
Travel has one planned from
COMMENTS FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT:
Apparently everyone who attended the September 12th Crab
Feast had a good time. There
were plenty of heavy crabs, steamed shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, salads, and
some libation to satisfy the palates and quench the thirsts of the 50+
attendees. Out-of-towners included
Bill Meyer and Dick and Barbara Wirth from
It has been brought to my attention that many of you have fond memories of projects/missions you participated in and would like to see recognized in our section entitled From the Goddard Archives – It Happened in (you name the month). Let me know about these projects/missions, your role, and what characteristics (e.g., scientific discoveries, engineering complexities, the first of something) that you think should be noted for fellow retirees. I plan to include such information for the particular month the project/mission was launched in future newsletters. Please forward the information to me via e-mail at email@example.com or by snail mail at the address listed at the top of this page.
The speaker at our October luncheon will be Ms. Carmel Conaty, Goddard Visitor Center (VC) Manager. She will describe changes and new additions to the VC, solicit our help in implementing updates to the museum archives, and provide us with a guided tour of the VC.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports that donations were received from the following members: Art Anderson, John Boeckel, Betty Phelps, Dick Stock, and Dick and Barbara Wirth.
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN OCTOBER:
§ October 6, 1975: Thor-Delta launched Explorer 54 (also known as Atmosphere Explorer-D and AE-D). The purpose of the AE-D mission was to continue the investigation begun by AE-C of the chemical processes and energy transfer mechanisms that control the structure and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere and ionosphere in the region of high absorption of solar energy. Unfortunately, a failure in the solar power panels resulted in the termination of operations on January 29, 1976, after slightly less than 4 months of useful life and the satellite re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere about a month later.
§ October 13, 1978: Atlas launched the Television Infrared Operational Satellite-Next Generation (TIROS-N), the purpose of which was to provide higher resolution, day and night quantitative environmental data on local and global scales with technologically superior instrumentation than that which was available on earlier satellites.
§ October 5, 1984: The Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-41G) launched and deployed the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS), the first of three ERB Experiment platforms, that was designed to investigate how energy from the Sun is absorbed and re-emitted by the Earth. Observations from ERBS were also used to determine the effects of human activities (such as burning fossil fuels) and natural occurrences (such as volcanic eruptions) on the Earth’s radiation balance. Following deployment from STS-41G, Astronaut Sally Ride had to shake the satellite with the remote manipulator arm to get the solar arrays to deploy. Also of note during the STS-41G mission was the Soviet Union’s firing of a laser “warning shot” at the Space Shuttle in response to the America’s Strategic Defense Initiative. The laser beam caused malfunctions to on-board equipment and discomfort/temporary blindness to the crew, leading to a diplomatic protest.
ENVELOPE STUFFERS FOR SEPTEMBER: A record-breaking number of envelope stuffers were on hand and the group completed its mission in just over an hour! Participating were Jody Fillmann, Marj Gallagher, Marge Gustafson, Barbara Hamilton, Aleta Johnson, Rose McChesney, Elaine Montgomery, Dave Moulton, Hugh O’Donnell, Agnes Smith, Ewald Schmidt, Bill Shields, Eloise Tarter, Anne Van Allen, Bob Wigand, and Frank Wrigley.
COMES TO YE ED’S RESCUE:
Retiree Joseph King came to the rescue by resolving the confusion
Ye Ed created in writing about the number of the Interplanetary Monitoring
Platform (IMP) and its launch date cited in the From the Goddard Archives
– It Happened in September item appearing in last month’s newsletter.
Apparently, the correct designation was IMP 7, and there never was
an “IMP 9” spacecraft. IMP
7 was also known as IMP H in its pre-launch mode.
It was launched from Cape Canaveral late in the evening hours of
September 22, 1972, when it was already the next day in
E-MAIL ADDRESS UPDATES: John Boeckel (John_Boeckel@yahoo.com); Irene K. Ferber (firstname.lastname@example.org); Herbert Mitnick (email@example.com); Rosemarna S. Pajerski (RPFL@tampabay.rr.com); and Fidel Rul (sbcglobal.net).
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.
THE WHOLE TRUTH, NOTHING BUT: What is the best way to describe retirement?
Answer: The never-ending coffee break.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
L. “Buddy” Grigsby,
A. “Bob” Kenney,
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS:
§ Art and Mary Anderson wrote, “This small contribution is given with many thanks to all who volunteer with the distribution of the GRAA Newsletter and the Goddard View. It’s always good to hear a little news from “home.”
wrote, “Emily and I have moved to
§ Jean Ganoe wrote, “Thank you for all the hard work you do.”
§ Dick Stock wrote, “The GRAA Newsletter and Goddard View help to keep me up-to-date with NASA programs. I was at Goddard in the early days (1959-1965) and then transferred to NASA Headquarters, where I stayed until 1979 when I joined the private sector. Some of my most enjoyable and exciting days were those spent at Goddard. Thanks, GRAA, and keep the news coming. A check is enclosed to help your efforts.”
§ Anna Yoder wrote, “I deeply appreciate receiving the monthly GRAA Newsletter. Many thanks to each of you who make this possible.”
GEWA’S FALL CRAFT FAIR: GEWA is preparing for its 16th Annual Fall Craft Fair to be held on October 24th (Tuesday) in the Building 8 Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is only $22 per table and is open to retirees. Keep in mind that items must be hand-made, space is limited, and registration closes on October 20th. For additional information and registration details, please contact Sue Rambo at 301-286-8776 or via e-mail at Susan.B.Rambo@nasa.gov. The alternate contact is Kenneth Dearth at 301-286-3003.
STORE ITEM OF INTEREST:
Are you up for a trip on November 9-10 to the Tropicana Casino in
weather sets in, you may want to treat yourself to the unique experience
offered at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in
Are you ever
in the mood for an evening out, but the choices at the movies of late just
don’t impress you? Then why
not go to a dinner theater like Toby’s?
In addition to the Toby’s in
Entertainment books are now available at the GEWA Exchange Store for both the metropolitan Washington and Baltimore areas. The books are $25 each and contain a wealth of coupons that can be redeemed for savings at retail stores, casual and fast food restaurants, sporting events, hotels, etc. The coupons can be used anytime through October 31, 2007. The savings are incredible and the books pay for themselves after just one of two uses.