SEPTEMBER 2006 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 22nd Year of Publication
The regular monthly
luncheon is cancelled; however, mark your calendar for the GRAA Crab Feast at
the Barney and
Mark your calendar for the GRAA luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
Mark your calendar for the GRAA luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
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 essentially be a 12-hour
excursion, leaving the
June 24, 2007
Are you hankering to take a
cruise? GRAA Travel has one planned
FROM RON BROWNING, GRAA PRESIDENT:
Our speaker at the August luncheon was Rob Gutro, a Goddard
meteorologist who also does weather forecasting on local radio. Rob described how hurricanes are formed and
tracked using NASA satellite data and imagery.
He showed photos of storms forming over Africa and migrating to
The NASA hurricane resource web page (http://www.nasa.gov/hurricanes) is an available and continually updated source for the public to view visuals and animation from various satellite and airborne Light Detecting and Ranging (LIDAR) observations. Another source of information is Google Earth (http://www.earth.google.com), which displays images that can be zoomed in to street detail. This resource has, for example, been used for comparative data before and after Hurricane Katrina over most of the southern US.
We received a thank you note and class photo from the 2006 Class of NASA Academy interns expressing their pleasure in meeting, talking with, and gaining insight from our experiences. You may find it amazing, but our stories of challenges and achievements experienced in the past still seem to fascinate younger generations of probable scientists.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Bob Wigand reports that donations were received from the following members: Elva Bailey, Floyd Ford, H. K. Lee, and Len Lewis.
FROM THE GODDARD ARCHIVES - IT HAPPENED IN SEPTEMBER:
§ September 18, 1962: Thor-Delta launched Television and Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) VI, the objective of which was to continue research and development of the meteorological satellite information system, to maintain an operational TIROS in orbit for an extended period of time, and to obtain improved data for operational use in weather forecasting during hurricane seasons.
§ September 23, 1972: Delta launched Explorer 47/Interplanetary Monitoring Probe (IMP) 9 (some sources indicate IMP 7 and some sources indicate it was launched on September 22nd) that investigated cislunar radiation, the Earth’s magnetosphere, and interplanetary magnetic fields. This spacecraft engaged in practical applications and uses of space technology such as weather and communications.
§ September 20, 1979: Atlas-Centaur launched High Energy Astrophysics Observatory (HEAO) 3, a survey mission operating in the hard X-ray and gamma ray band.
ENVELOPE STUFFERS FOR AUGUST: George Abid, Jackie Gasch, Marge Gustafson, Barbara Hamilton, Aleta Johnson, Rose McChesney, Elaine Montgomery, Dave Moulton, Ewald Schmidt, Bill Shields, Eloise Tarter, and Frank Wrigley.
ROAD CLEANUP: GRAA’s next cleanup of Good Luck Road will be
held on September 30 (Saturday) in conjunction with Prince George’s County’s
Livable Communities Initiative.
Participants should meet at 10:00 a.m. at the
E-MAIL ADDRESS UPDATES: Tom J. Canning (Gypsies_2@msn.com); Floyd E. Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org); Nancy Kupperian (email@example.com); H. Robert Lynn (BandSLynn@cox.net); and Mary A. Trimble (firstname.lastname@example.org).
IT’S TIME TO PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAPS: You may have recently read or heard in the media that NASA is attempting to locate several thousand telemetry tapes sent from tracking sites around the world (particularly from sites located in Goldstone, CA, and Honeysuckle Creek, Australia) that include Apollo 11’s touchdown in the Sea of Tranquility in July 1969. The tapes include images of Neil Armstrong’s landing on the lunar surface televised around the world on that momentous occasion. The 14-track, 14-inch tapes are missing and a search is underway to locate them. Given technological advances achieved during the past 37 years, the thought is that a digital makeover would yield far sharper images than we viewed on our television sets on that summer night in 1969. If you have any knowledge of what may have happened to these magnetic tapes, please contact Dick Nafzger via e-mail (Richard.L.Nafzger@nasa.gov) or telephone (301-286-3006). In addition, if you have a copy, or know where there is a copy, of the Apollo 11 Network Operations Directive (NOD), please let Dick know. The NOD (aka: NCG-725) was a multi-volume GSFC document spelling out what tracking stations were expected to do to support the Apollo missions (e.g., where the recorded tapes were to be sent, who was to receive the tapes, and how they were to be stored). More information can be found at http://honeysucklecreek.net/Apollo_11/tapes/index.html.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WHOLE TRUTH, NOTHING BUT: Why don’t retirees mind being called seniors?
Answer: The term frequently comes with a 10 percent discount.
REMEMBERING OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES:
William H. “Boots” Cullember, of
Judith A. Hasenei, of
James S. O’Brien, of
William A. Ostaff, of
Robert A. Perry, of
LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS:
§ Elva Bailey wrote, “Please find enclosed a check as one small contribution to the work of you few diligent volunteers. Keep the newsletters coming.”
§ Floyd E. Ford wrote, “I really look forward to receiving the newsletter each month. Thanks to the retirees who contribute their time and effort to the organization. I have enclosed a small contribution to help with the cost of the newsletter and other administrative costs.”
Hay K. Lee wrote, “I really enjoy the GRAA newsletters and updates. I worked for POMD for over 20 years, and it
was very rewarding! I used to brag to
all who would listen that my daughter, May-Lily, was a most outstanding
entertainer. She performed magic shows
for McDonald’s, Christmas shows, and weekly shows for Channel 13. Oprah Winfrey was a local news reporter there
at Channel 13 at the time. For the last
15 years May-Lily has hosted a show called Virginia Currents on Channel 56
every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. I hope all my
former colleagues will see the show and call me (301-552-2221) with
comments. I have heard from Henry Obler
and weekly from Andy Mazurick, as well as a few calls from Nora Ney (former
cashier in the Building 21 Cafeteria).
Many thanks for the GRAA Newsletter.
[Note from Ye Ed: May-Lily is an
accomplished, Emmy-award winning television personality who graduated with a
journalism degree from the
§ H. Robert Lynn wrote, “It is always a pleasure to receive the newsletter.”
GEWA FISHING TRIP TO BREILLE,
NEW JERSEY: GRAA members are invited to participate in a
fishing trip near the shipwrecks off the coast of
GEWA EXCHANGE STORE ITEM OF
INTEREST: Are you up for a trip on November 9-10 to the
Tropicana Casino in