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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

September 2005

Administrator unveils strategy for space exploration

On Sept. 19, NASA Administrator Station, take four crew members to lu- shuttle because of its in-line design and
Michael Griffin released the results of nar orbit, and eventually maintain up to launch-abort system. NASA chose the
the agency's Exploration Systems Ar- six astronauts on a mission to Mars. shuttle-derived option for its launch sys-
chitecture Study - a blueprint for the Crews and cargo will be carried tem due to its superior safety, cost and
next generation of spacecraft to take into orbit by a space shuttle-derived its availability.

The new ship will be able to ferry crew and supplies to the International Space Station. Plans call for as many as six trips to the outpost a year. In the
meantime, robotic missions will lay the groundwork for lunar exploration. In 2018, humans will return to the moon. Here's how a mission would unfold: A
heavy-lift rocket blasts off, carrying a lunar lander and a "departure stage" needed to leave Earth's orbit (above left). The crew launches separately (above
center), then docks their capsule with the lander and departure stage and heads for the moon (above right).

humans back to the moon and on to launch system, consisting of a solid Specifically, the space shuttle's main
Mars and other destinations. rocket booster and an upper stage pow- engines and solid rocket boosters are
The study makes specific design ered by a shuttle main engine that can reliable and rated for human space flight.
recommendations for a vehicle to carry lift 25 metric tons. The spacecraft also Much of the industrial base and hard-
crews into space, a family of launch will be 10 times safer than the space continued on page 6
vehicles to take crews to the moon and
beyond, and a "lunar mission architec-
ture" for landing on the moon. It also
recommends the technologies NASA Combined Federal Campaign launches
should pursue in the near term.

NASA photo by Tom Trower

The study will assist NASA in
achieving President Bush's Vision for
Space Exploration, which calls for the
agency to safely return the space shuttle
to flight, complete the International
Space Station, return to the moon, and
continue exploration of Mars and be-
yond. America's next generation space-
craft will use an improved, blunt-body
crew capsule, and will accommodate up
to six people. "This spacecraft and its
systems will build upon the foundation
of the proven designs and technologies
used in the Apollo and space shuttle
programs, while having far greater ca-
pability," Griffin said. "It will be able to Members of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) team hold the CFC banner. Left to right:
Former representative for the CFC Bay Area board Herb Finger; deputy chairperson Andy
carry larger and heavier cargos into space
Hocker; Ames campaign chairperson Larry Lasher; loaned executive to the CFC office Dennis
and allow more people to stay on the Romano and Ames representative for the CFC Bay Area board Don Durston. Acting Deputy
moon for longer periods of time." Director Steve Zornetzer was unavailable for the picture.
The new spacecraft can be config-
ured either to support human explorers NASA Ames has an ambitious outstanding and generous member
or fly unpiloted to carry cargo. Its de- goal of raising $240,000 for the Com- and super hero of the community.
sign allows the flexibility to ferry crews bined Federal Campaign (CFC) this Ames can be a good neighbor and
of three astronauts, plus additional sup- year to allow it to stand out as an continued on page 8
plies, to and from the International Space
Ames lauds recipients of 2005 Honor Awards
The 2005 Ames Honor Awards were
presented at a recognition ceremony on Mentor
Sept 1. This center-sponsored program Community Service/Volunteer
features a peer nomination process and Kevin L. Jones Christopher P. McKay
is considered one of Ames' most presti-
gious honors. Congratulations to all
honorees! NASA Employee
Travis A. Liggett Reynaldo J. Gomez
Administrative Professional (JSC Employee)
Betsy Robinson
Lupe M. Velasquez
Project Manager Engineer
Howard N. Cannon Wayne R. Johnson
Best First Paper at Ames and Stephen E. Dunagan Joseph P. Lavelle
Shannon J. Zelinski (co-winners)
Safety and Environment
Richard H. Mogford
Commercialization/Tech Transfer Award Cheryl M. Quinn
Future Air-Traffic-Management Concepts Evaluation Tool
Meyya Meyyappan and Jun Li
William J. Borucki
Student Supervisor/Manager Viktor Stolc
Brooke H. Cole Daniel M. Bufton
Mark H. Kliss
Eugene L. Tu Technical Support
Contractor Employee Serdar Uckun Patricia B. Hudson
David W. Bogdanoff, ELORET John F. Schipper
Nathalie A. Cabrol, SETI Institute
Sergio Castellanos, Solution Quest Technology Development
Brian H. Day, Planners Edwin F. Erickson Technician
Collaborative Robert E. McMurray Kent A. Stednitz
Charissa S. Kolar, Muniz
Technologies, Inc.
Celeste J. Merryman, Lockheed
Martin Engineering
Pepsi Phounrath, Muniz
Technologies, Inc.
Ames RTF teams acknowledged
Michael D. Wong, Raytheon

Airspace Concept Evaluation Team
Ames Child Care Center New
Facility Project
Management Team
Ames Management System
Development and
Certification Team
NASA Ames Video Production NASA photo by Tom Trower
Life Sciences Hyper-G Team NASA Ames Center Director G. Scott Hubbard personally thanked the Ames teams who supported
The New Business Office Group the return to flight (RTF) for the monumental effort put forth by the teams to make RTF possible.
System Evaluation and He addressed them at a reception held in the lobby of Bldg. 200 on Sept. 8 honoring the
contributions of the people in the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, debris transport team, thermal
Assessment Data Analysis Team reentry analysis team, Project Columbia, wind tunnels and public affairs office.
Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel
- MMA Test Team

Astrogram 2 September 2005

NASA Ames celebrates historian Jack Boyd’s birthday
Few people have influenced the cul-
ture and ethos of NASA, and especially

NASA photos by Dominic Hart

of NASA Ames, as profoundly as Jack
Throughout his first 58 years of pub-
lic service, Boyd's work, words and
smiles have welcomed us all into the
Ames family. Perhaps he is like a fine
wine, that only gets deeper and more
enjoyable with age.

I would like to thank my

many friends at Ames for an
unforgettable 80th birthday
party. Those who believe
Gathering of Eagles. From left to right: Former NASA Ames Center Director Hans Mark (third
they have accomplished director, 1969-1977); former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin; former NASA Ames Center Director
something in their lives Henry McDonald (eighth director, 1996 - 2002); Jack Boyd with his grandson Zachery Hovey;
former NASA Ames Center Director Sy Syvertson (fourth director, 1977-1984); and former NASA
should pause for a moment Ames Center Director Bill Ballhaus (fifth director, 1984-1989) at Boyd’s 80th birthday party
and consider all those who celebration bash held at Ames in August.

helped them along the way.

I certainly had that Ames assists hurricane relief efforts
opportunity on my birthday, Several members of NASA Ames' DART rescue specialists Mark
when you all helped me and Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team Tangney, Roger Miller, Lynn Bala, Paul
(DART), representing several special- Brown, Eric Mueller, Kelly Kasser and
my family to celebrate it. It ties, have responded to calls for on-the- Erik Rockwell deployed with the 70-
was truly the pinnacle of the scene support of rescue and recovery person California Task Force 3 on Aug.
many events I have efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane 31 to support the search and rescue and
celebrated at NASA. I am Katrina. recovery efforts in the New Orleans area.
Shortly after the disaster occurred, On Sept. 16, CNN covered the rescue of
honored and proud to be a the NASA Ames Emergency Operations a 71-year old man by members of the
part of this incredible Center (EOC) was activated and worked task force. Tangney, deputy chief of
family. I thank you! with the NASA Headquarters EOC and DART, reported that the team was ac-
with other EOCs throughout the agency companied by the Coast Guard, U.S.
-- Ol’ Jack supporting NASA's hurricane relief ef- Fish and Game, and the National Guard,
forts. Robert J. Dolci, director of emer- for security.
gency services at Ames, was called to A three-person emergency commu-
support the Stennis Space Center EOC nications team from NASA Ames flew
For all that he is, his dedication to led by Bill Parsons, who was recently to Huntsville, Ala., to help establish com-
the center has earned him countless named the new director of Stennis, near munications at Michoud. The team also
circles of friends around the center, and Gulfport, Miss. shipped emergency communications
these circles of friends joined together at Both Stennis and the Michoud As- equipment and purchased $50,000 of
Ames to celebrate his 80th birthday on sembly Facility near New Orleans, La., satellite time to support satellite com-
Aug. 19 in the NASA Ames Conference were hit hard by the hurricane. Ap- munications. Team members included
Center. proximately 3,500 NASA civil service Bill Notley and Bill Hunt (QSS) of Code
Like Boyd's office door, the invita- and contractor employees work at the JTN, and Code TN network engineer
tion was open to everyone -- to all those two facilities, in addition to some 4,600 Dave Hartzell. Michael Wright also de-
he has mentored, inspired, advised, re- employees of other federal agencies. ployed to support the emergency com-
lied upon, calmed, researched beside On Aug. 30, DART water rescue munications team in early September.
and committeed with. specialist John Preston was deployed as The Ames team quickly and efficiently
part of a 14-person flood response team set up an emergency satellite/network
sent to the hurricane zone by California and voice communications services at
Task Force 3 out of Menlo Park. The Michoud, providing the first stable com-
team returned to the Bay Area on Sept.16. continued on page 4

Astrogram 3 September 2005

NASA transformation creates challenges, opportunities
During an all-hands meeting on cess that will help take unfunded
Aug. 26, NASA Ames Research Cen- civil servants through FY 2006,
ter Director G. Scott Hubbard out- Hubbard said Ames will initiate re-
lined the changes and challenges fac- ductions in its on-site contractor work
ing Ames during NASA's transfor- force and begin developing a new
mation to meet the requirements of transition work force pool for civil
the Vision for Space Exploration. servants.
Hubbard assured employees that "We will make every effort to
"Ames is not closing or being starved find new work for our civil servant
out." Nonetheless, Hubbard also staff either at Ames or elsewhere in
warned that some of the effects of the NASA," Hubbard vowed. He noted
transformation would be painful for that the centers that are primary ben-
Ames over the next few years as NASA eficiaries of the Vision for Space Ex-
makes the most sweeping changes in ploration cannot hire new employ-
35 years. ees to support the Vision without
Among the challenges facing first consulting with other centers,
Ames is a budget shortfall of some like Ames, to see if the work can be
$250 million in FY 2007, compared done there. NASA photo by Jon-Pierre Wiens
with FY 2004. As a result, Ames has Positive news included the fact
an unfunded work force of about 700 that Ames has been assigned the new nologies. Hubbard predicted that
people in FY 2006 - 300 civil servants Robotic Lunar Exploration Program other opportunities will follow as
and 400 contractors, according to and will play a major role in NASA's Ames demonstrates it can deliver.
Hubbard. Although the center did next lunar mission. In addition, "If we all work together, we can
get a very important boost from the Ames will be on the critical path for manage our way through this valley
agency through the commitment to the CEV with respect to thermal pro- and come out the other side stronger
create an agency-wide transition pro- tection systems and information tech- and healthier," Hubbard asserted.

Ames assists hurricane relief efforts

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munications available to local rescue The next morning they were escorted by ready to provide continuing assistance
personnel. a military convoy to the Michoud As- in a variety of areas, as they have follow-
A water purification team from sembly Facility, where they quickly set ing other natural disasters and terrorist
Ames - IAP contractors Jill Moudy, Matt to work providing potable water (at 3000 attacks. DART members remain on
Clapp, Ian Vines and Danny Garo -- gallons per hour) for the many employ- stand-by, and as many as 50 additional
rolled out the gate on Sept 7, headed for ees working to restore that facility. They DART members could be deployed if
Stennis. Their equipment included a continue to purify more than 50,000 gal- requested by the Federal Emergency
water purification unit, supplies for that lons of potable water every day. Management Agency.
unit, water, provisions, medical packets As the area slowly recovers from For more information about DART,
provided by the Ames Health Unit and the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, visit:
other support equipment. After a 46+- and as Hurricane Rita bears down on index.html
hour drive, the team arrived at Stennis. the same area, members of DART stand

Team NASA holds annual recognition picnic in Chase Park

More than 40 volunteer
docents and their guests were
welcomed at Chase Park on
Sept. 14 in appreciation of
their valuable contributions to
the operation of the Ames
Exploration Encounter (AEE).
Many of the AEE docents also
support the Ames Exploration
Center, JASON Project, Aero
Expo, as well as various other
NASA events.

NASA photo by Astrid Terlep

Astrogram 4 September 2005

‘Security Week’ events hosted at NASA Ames
From Sept. 6 to Sept. 9, NASA

NASA photos by Tom Trower

Ames observed ‘Security Week,’ a
NASA-wide event designed to promote
information and physical security
awareness throughout the agency. In
support of Security Week, Code J Center
Operations sponsored a 2-day, center-
wide security event, planned and hosted
by subject matter experts from the Code
JT Information Technology (IT) Security
Awareness team and the Code JP Pro-
tective Services Awareness team.
Together, the teams staffed tables
in the Ames Cafeteria, providing secu-
rity-related materials, answering ques-
tions, showing security videos and
distributing small give-away items to
help keep everyone mindful of security
on a day-to-day basis. Other NASA
centers also took part in Security Week, Staffing the tables during the two-day event, representing both Protective Services and IT
hosting their own center-wide events Security Awareness Teams are: (seated left to right) Karol Broussard, Elizabeth Mulleda,
for the week. Tony Damian (standing), Kimberley Walsh, Nicole Le (standing), Suzanne Meyer, Helen
BY ROSALIND MILLER Stewart and Rosalind Miller. Ames historian Jack Boyd (far right) takes the IT security quiz
challenge to win additional give-away items.

Ask the ‘Protective Services Wizard’

Contraband found during vehicle inspections

What types of contraband items store or use firearms or other danger- belt buckle knife, leaded cane, zip
are located during random vehicle ous weapons, explosives or other in- gun, shuriken, unconventional pistol,
inspections? cendiary devices, or other dangerous lipstick case knife, cane sword, shobi-
instrument or material likely to pro- zue, air gauge knife, writing pen knife,
Answer: duce substantial injury or damage to metal military practice hand-grenade
The following items have been persom or property.” or metal replica hand-grenade, or in-
found during vehicle inspections: Per section 12020 PC, these dan- strument or weapon of the kind com-
Firearms, unlawful knives, unlawful gerous weapons include: “any cane monly known as a blackjack slung-
weapons (brass knuckles, billy clubs, gun or wallet gun, undetectable fire- shot, billy or sand-club, sap, sandbag,
etc.), drugs and drug paraphernalia. arm, a firearm which is not immedi- or dirk or dagger.”
Per the Code of Federal Regula- ately recognizable as a firearm, any Do you have a question for the
tions, Title 14, Volume 5, camouflage firearm container, ammu- Protective Services Wizard? Then
(14CFR1204.1003) “Unauthorized in- nition which contains or consists of forward your security question to
troduction of weapons or dangerous flechette dart, any bullet containing You can
materials is prohibited on NASA real or carrying an explosive agent, ballis- also visit the Protective Services Web
property or installations. Unless spe- tic knife, multi-burst trigger activator, site at for
cifically authorized by NASA, you nun-chaku, short-barreled shotgun, further information.
may not carry, transport, introduce, short-barreled rifle, metal knuckles,

Astrogram 5 September 2005

NASA finds green crystals in Comet Tempel 1
Green sand found on the big island “The insides of comet Tempel 1 look Tempel 1 travels close to the sun
of Hawaii resembles olivine crystals in very much like the outsides of comets during part of the comet's orbit, and
the icy interior of comet Tempel 1, ac- that have not been 'cooked' by passages strong sunlight hits the comet, causing
cording to a NASA Ames astrophysi- close to the sun," Wooden said. She ex- its surface gases and other particles to
cist. plained that there might be green sili- fly off into space. These particles are
Scientists revealed that they detected cates on the surfaces of comets that what make up a comet's tail, which forms
green silicate crystals (olivine) in Tempel swarm in the outer reaches of the solar nearer the sun. "In Tempel 1's case, it has
1 similar to, but smaller than, Hawaiian system and are not exposed to intense passed near the sun so many times that
green sand particles, according to ar- sunshine. it has lost much of its surface gases and
particles," said Wooden.
"What's incredible to me is that the
surface - or maybe the fluffiness of the
body of Tempel 1 -- is protecting the
primitive particles and gases just below
the surface from being out-gassed," ven-
tured Wooden.
"We discovered crystalline silicates
in the dust that flew from the comet after
its collision with the Deep Impact 'im-
pactor.' We don't usually see these sili-
cates in comets that have been 'cooked'
Photos courtesy of Gemini Observatory/AURA. by the sun," Wooden explained.
Gemini mid-infrared, false color images of comet Tempel 1 minutes before impact (left), 3 hours after Digital images of olivine particles
(center) and 24 hours after impact (right.) from a green sand beach in Hawaii and
other images related to this story can be
found at:
ticles by the researchers in the Sept. 15, Another comet, Hale-Bopp, was so ters/ames/multimedia/images/2005/
2005, issue of the journal Science Ex- active that it released green silicate crys- olivine.html
press. They made their observations tals as it passed close to the sun in 1997, A movie is available on-line that
before, during and after the NASA Deep according to Wooden. shows the collision of the comet with
Impact spacecraft's 820-pound 'impac- "However, the Deep Impact Deep Impact's projectile: http://
tor' collided with the comet in early July spacecraft's 'impactor' had to blast the w w w . n a s a . g o v / m o v /
2005, as planned, so astronomers could green silicate crystals from the interior
determine what is in comets. The papers of the comet Tempel 1 for us to see them
outline findings scientists made using with our ground-based instruments," BY JOHN BLUCK
infrared detectors on the Gemini and she noted.
Subaru telescopes in Hawaii.
"The silicate crystals are talcum pow- Space exploration strategy unveiled
der-size, but they are made of the same
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materials as the green sand beaches in
Hawaii," said Ames' Diane Wooden, a ware to support this option are already other world, and will build confidence
co-author of both papers. The principal in place, which will significantly lower that astronauts can venture still farther
author of the Gemini Telescope paper is development costs. Future lunar explo- into space and stay for longer periods.
ration missions will be supported by a NASA's return to the moon will open
David Harker, University of California,
heavy cargo launch vehicle consisting opportunities for fundamental science
San Diego. Seiji Sugita of the University of five space shuttle main engines, and in astrobiology, lunar geology, exobiol-
of Tokyo is the principal author of the two five-segment shuttle solid-propel- ogy, astronomy and physics.
second Subaru Telescope paper. lant rocket boosters. This combination The journey will start with robotic
"Following the collision of the comet yields a lift capability of 106 metric tons missions between 2008 and 2011 to study,
with the 'impactor,' there was a short- to low Earth orbit, and 125 metric tons, map and learn about the lunar surface.
lived gas geyser associated with the if it incorporates an Earth-departure These early missions will help deter-
impact site that carried the crystals from stage. Although primarily designed to mine lunar landing sites and whether
Tempel 1 into space," Wooden said. "The carry cargo, this system can be human- resources, such as oxygen, hydrogen
Gemini and the Subaru telescopes are rated to carry crew into orbit. and metals, are available for use in
two of the biggest in the world, and we The study lays out a deliberate, mile- NASA's long-term lunar exploration
were able to focus in on the green dust stone-driven journey to the moon for objectives.
particles in the jet and ejecta - something NASA. Returning to the moon and sus- Griffin stated that all NASA field
that most space-borne telescopes could taining a presence there will demon- centers will participate in the new ex-
not see in infrared light," she noted. strate that humans can survive on an- ploration initiative.

Astrogram 6 September 2005

Retired NASA scientist finds place in history twice
When Dr. Delbert Philpott began American veterans believed to partici- had edited called ‘Hands Across the
his Ames career in the basement of build- pate in a huge celebration in Moscow on Elbe,’ and that he had been trying to
ing 214 in 1964, working on electron May 9. Philpott felt that this 60th anni- give a copy to President Bush and Rus-
microscopes, neither he nor his col- versary gathering would be a great and sian President Putin. Mrs. Bush raised
heartwarming her hand and her assistant ran to her.
experience. He She stated, “Make sure President Bush
also felt some and President Putin get a copy of this
responsibility in book.”
representing the Philpott then asked Mrs. Bush if it
veterans, espe- was possible to get a picture of him with
cially those who President Bush. Mrs. Bush, once again,
were killed. raised her hand and this time, caught
70,000 troops Mr. Bush’s eye. Mrs. Bush let Mr. Bush
were brought in know that Philpott wanted to take a
for tightened se- picture with him. The president re-
curity in Red sponded “you don’t want a picture with
Square. After just one president,” so President Bush
many speeches asked President Putin to join in the pic-
by world lead- ture. Philpott was ecstatic.
ers and miles of Since retiring from NASA, Philpott
military pa- has periodically worked at Ames with
rades, the veter- visiting Russian scientists on the Cos-
ans were invited mos program. His space radiation stud-
Delbert Philpott, 69th Infantry soldier, second from left, reaches out to
Russian soldiers on April 25, 1945.
to the Kremlin ies were flown on three of the Russian
for an official Cosmos satellites. Philpott also partici-
state banquet. pated in flying five pocket mice to the
leagues realized Philpott would find Philpott thought he would be sitting at a moon on Apollo 17 and had experi-
himself in the midst of world events not table with his fellow vets, but upon ments on several shuttle flights. He and
just once, but twice. arriving, he was
Philpott eventually went on to head asked to sit at the
the electron microscope facility and re- ‘Presidents’ Table’
tired in 1990. But long before NASA, with heads of
Philpott was an Army foot solider in states as the repre-
World War II when fate put him squarely sentative of the
in the middle of one of the great turning veterans group.
points in 20th century history, 60 years To his surprise,
ago this year. Philpott was
On April 25, 1945, Russian and seated alongside
American troops joined forces in Torgau, the presidents of
Germany, on the Elbe River. The link-up China and Russia,
unified the eastern and western fronts as well as Presi-
of the war in Europe and effectively dent Bush. He had
divided Germany in two. It marked the the pleasure of sit-
beginning of the Cold War. As one of the ting next to First
69th Infantry soldiers gathered there that Lady Laura Bush.
day, Philpott was photographed in a “I turned to (Left to right) Delbert Philpott, President Bush and Russian President
group of American and Russian soldiers Mrs. Bush and Putin during Philpott’s visit to Moscow in May for the grand
( see above photo) happily reaching out asked her if she commemoration of the ‘Great Patriotic War.’
to greet each other. This historic mo- can do me a fa-
ment was captured by camera and ap- vor.” She looked at me with astonish- his wife later edited the ‘Hands Across
peared in newspapers around the world. ment. “Can you pinch me, because I the Elbe’ book, a collection of some of
Sixty years later, former soldiers don’t believe this is happening,” Philpott the Russian – American link-up stories.
from 50 countries were invited to Russia said.
for a grand commemoration of the ‘Great Mrs. Bush was very gracious and
Patriotic War,’ as the war is known to easy to chat with. Philpott was inform-
Russians. Philpott was one of the 10 ing her about a book that he and his wife

Astrogram 7 September 2005

Be a superhero - support CFC
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
Greater San Francisco Bay Area/Santa Clara and San
Benito Counties

continued from front page

sensitive to those in need around us;
Ames has proven in the past to be the
most generous government donor in the
Bay Area - a reputation to live up to. The
Ames campaign will run from Oct. 12 to
Nov. 1.

Larry Lasher (front, center) CFC chairperson for Ames, at the food bank exhibit in Oakland.

There are two important changes in

the way Combined Federal Campaign
(CFC) operates this year. For the first
time, to improve the efficiency of the
campaign, there has been a 2005 CFC
merger by the Santa Clara/San Benito
counties CFC (those canvassed by Ames)
with the Greater San Francisco Bay Area
CFC. This will lead to better coordina-
tion of the fund-raising efforts and af-
ford substantial cost savings in financial
accounting and auditing. The second Combined Federal Campaign kick off event held recently at the courtyard of the Oakland
big change is the introduction of eCFC, Federal Building.
which enables a simple and private way
of contributing to your favorite charities the Inside-Ames Web site. Check for porting the community;
electronically by using WebTADS. your favorite agencies by using the • Help the less fortunate; and
The Combined Federal Campaign search engine. • Benefit from IRS deduction for
allows you to specify the agencies of A stirring video on the CFC can be charity donation.
your choice to donate to or you may seen on the Web at http:// If you have any questions, contact
wish to give to the CFC in general, which the campaign chairperson, Larry Lasher,
then distributes the money in propor- There are several good reasons to at ext. 4-3076 or the deputy chairperson,
tion to the monies received by the chari- give to the CFC: Andy Hocker at ext 4-4120.
ties designated by other donors. The •Assist the Gulf states hurricane
CFC brochure lists hundreds of agen- and flood relief effort; BY LARRY LASHER
cies to consider and can be viewed on • Exhibit NASA Ames pride in sup- 2005 CFC CHAIRPERSON

Astrogram 8 September 2005

Ames safety week kicks off with VPP STAR recertification
Ames Safety Week, Sept. 19-22, featured a number of programs and
training opportunities to increase employee safety awareness. The week
began with a celebration of Ames’ achievement of VPP recertification at
the STAR level for maintaining an excellent safety and health program.
In recognition of the accomplishment, Occupational Health and Safety
Organization (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) manager
Pauline Caraher presented a plaque to Ames center management and
employee union representatives. Left to right: NASA Ames Deputy
Center Director (acting) Steven Zornetzer, Suzanne Meyer, Christopher
Knight, Pauline Caraher, Michael Dudley, chief, Safety, Environmental
and Mission Assurance Office and Dora Herrera.

NASA photo by Tom Trower

NASA Research Park event highlights robotics

The NASA Research Park (NRP)

NASA photos by Dominic Hart

Division hosted an open house and
NRP lecture at Ames on Sept. 20.
The well-attended open house in-
cluded exhibits from a variety of
NRP partners and robotics demon-
strations from NASA's Robotics Al-
liance Project and Carnegie Mellon
University's West Coast Campus.

"Red" Whittaker describes the Grand

Challenge race to be run Oct. 8.

The NRP lecture, presented to

a standing-room-only crowd, fea-
tured famed robotics expert, Dr.
William "Red" Whittaker, who dis-
cussed 'Racing for the Future,' his
team's efforts to win the $2 million
DARPA Grand Challenge Prize.

Students demonstrate speedy,

Guests at the NRP open house enjoy the
student-built robots.

Astrogram 9 September 2005

Aeronautics Director Leroy ‘Skip’ Fletcher bids farewell to Ames
During his six-plus year tenure as of the nation's major airports with fur-
Ames' director for aeronautics, Leroy ther plans for expansion.
'Skip' Fletcher faced the daunting task of Ames also has actively pursued the
balancing the aeronautics traditions and development of remotely controlled and
capabilities developed as a part of the autonomous aircraft and strengthened
the capabilities of Ames' world-class
simulation facilities.
With advances in computer simula-
tion and the implementation of 'full cost
recovery,' physical facilities like wind
tunnels, ballistic ranges and arc jets de-
creased in importance for many deci-
sion makers. Under Fletcher's leader-
ship, Ames was able to maintain much
of that expertise and capability. Ames
Leroy ‘Skip’ Fletcher
strengthened partnerships with tradi-
tional aeronautics partners and actively tunnels, Skip has made a lasting impres-
pursued partnerships with other NASA sion.
Mike George (right) deputy director of centers non-traditional partners. "I have known Skip for about 50
Aeronautics, presents Skip Fletcher with a wind This foresight paid dividends dur- years when we were both a lot younger
tunnel clock as a farewell momento at ing the Mars Exploration Rover mission working in Ames wind tunnels," said
Fletcher's retirement party. Fletcher started his and NASA's Return to Flight efforts. Jack Boyd, NASA Ames historian. "Even
career at NASA working in the Ames wind The wind tunnel, ballistic range and arc then he had the Aggie mentality (Texas
tunnels. jets were integral in verifying the com- A & M) which was 'if it is broken, fix it
puter models used in the redesign of the now', 'if it is not broken, fix it anyway
National Advisory Committee for Aero- space shuttle and subsequent mission because it probably will be broken by
nautics with a need to invest in new support, including emergency wind tun- tomorrow'".
areas. Under Fletcher's leadership, Ames nel tests on the shuttle's thermal blanket "Skip did us a great service by com-
pursued research opportunities in fledg- to determine its safety for re-entry. ing to Ames and I wish him the best in
ling areas of aeronautics. In addition to his contributions to his new/different endeavors. Take care,
"When Skip Fletcher came to Ames, Ames, Fletcher has made significant con- Skip, and 'Hook em Horns'."
he inherited an aeronautics program in tributions to the aeronautics and engi- Fletcher held the post of Ames di-
a state of transition," said NASA Ames neering community. He is a member of rector for aeronautics from Feb. 1, 1999
Research Center Director G. Scott numerous professional organizations in- to Aug. 28, 2005. He returned to the
Hubbard. "He took on the tough chal- cluding the American Institute of Aero- Department of Mechanical Engineering
lenge of helping the organization trans- nautics (AIAA) and the American Soci- at Texas A&M to assume his duties as
form itself with determination, courage, ety of Mechanical Engineers and has Regents and Thomas A. Dietz professor.
vision and skill. Skip's hard work and been recognized numerous times for his "It has been a real pleasure working
leadership are an inspiration to us all." leadership and accomplishments. with the Ames family over the past six-
"Dr. Fletcher has been a valuable "Through his leadership role in the plus years - and my wish is that the
asset to Ames and to the agency during AIAA and wide range of professional center will continue to be the exciting,
his time at Ames. His knowledge of acquaintances in that regard, he has ex- successful center that we have been in
fundamental aerodynamics, coupled panded NASA's impact in the aerospace the past," said Fletcher. "It will take team-
with a ready understanding of new are- community," said Lebacqz. work under the new paradigm of NASA,
nas for research such as air traffic man- As aeronautics director and earlier but I know that you all can do it!"
agement modernization, have helped as a budding engineer in the Ames wind
maintain Ames's continued contribu-
tions to aeronautics," said Associate Ad-
ministrator for Aeronautics Research at Silicon Valley Astronomy lecture presents
NASA Headquarters, J. Victor Lebacqz.
Lebacqz served as Ames' deputy aero- Astronomer Cynthia Phillips will The event is free and open to the
nautics director under Fletcher before give a non-technical, illustrated talk public. Parking on campus costs $2.
taking his post at headquarters. on: Jupiter’s Tantalizing Moon: Water Call the series hotline at (650) 949-
Because of these efforts, the Federal (and Life?) Under the Ice of Europa. 7888 for more information.
Aviation Administration (FAA) looks The event is co-sponsored by
to Ames as the leader in the develop- Date: Oct. 5, 7 p.m. NASA Ames, the Foothill College As-
ment of decision support software and a Place: Smithwick Theater tronomy Program, the SETI Institute
partner in the transformation of the Foothill College and the Astronomical Society of the
National Airspace System. Today, soft- Pacific.
El Monte Road and
ware tools such as Surface Management
Advisor and Multi-Center Traffic Man- Freeway 280
agement Advisor are installed at some Los Altos Hills

Astrogram 10 September 2005

‘One of a kind’ Jacob Smith passes away in Palo Cedro
An uncommon ‘common’ man died passion. Smith’s other real passion, and attention on helping small churches.
in Palo Cedro, Calif. Jacob Smith passed the center of his life was his undying They purchased a motor home and be-
away on June 28, 2005, surrounded by love for his family … and his God. came a part of MAPS, a volunteer orga-
his wife, his five children, and several During his tenure at Moffett, and in nization that provides construction as-
addition to holding a full-time position sistance for churches who need it. Smith
there, few of the people who worked and Helen traveled throughout Califor-
with Smith every day knew that he also nia and Oregon, working alongside other
served as the superintendent of the volunteers, bringing encouragement and
Peniel Rescue Mission. The skid-row a helping hand to small or struggling
mission (which is no longer in existence) churches that needed assistance with
provided food and clothing for men liv- remodeling or new construction.
ing on the streets of San Jose. And In recent years, Smith and Helen
seven-nights-a-week—for 12 1/2 years were a part of Gideons International, a
— Smith directed the caring ministry of Bible distribution organization that pro-
that mission. Each night, he would go to vides free copies of the scriptures to
the mission, often with his wife and his hotels and motels, hospitals and those in
children, and oversee the preparation of the medical profession, and the Armed
a hot meal, and conduct a gospel service Forces of the United States. Smith’s car
for the street people of San Jose. Smith or van always had several copies of the
was not a preacher. He was, however, Bible handy for distribution to anyone
Jacob Smith someone who cared about people. And he might happen to see. Smith loved to
that concern for people was an incred- go to church on Sundays, and for the
grandchildren, as they sang hymns ible motivating theme throughout his past several years, he and his wife called
around his bedside. Smith was 91 years entire life. Bethel Church in Redding their church
old, and had been married to his wife for One of the primary reasons Smith home.
65 years. moved to Palo Cedro to “retire” was so Most people may not be aware that
Smith was born in Brewton Ala., on he and his wife could begin a foster one out of a hundred people in the United
June 3, 1914. His father died when Smith home for troubled kids. His beautiful States has ‘Smith’ as a last name. But
was very young, and he spent his child- home and acreage in the rolling hills make no mistake about it. Jake Smith
hood being raised by his mother. Life east of Redding provided a wonderful wasn’t one in a hundred. He wasn’t
was difficult for Smith’s family, but he setting for such an endeavor. For sev- even one in a thousand, or one in a
had a wonderful relationship with his eral years after their retirement, Smith million. An uncommon ‘common’ man
brother, Gordon, and his two sisters, and Helen provided a home for troubled died this summer in Palo Cedro. And
Althea and Vivian. Soon after his gradu- kids. They called it ‘Blue Oak Ranch.’ the best epitaph that can be written about
ation from high school, he left Alabama Later in their retirement, working his life is a four-word phrase, ‘He was,
for Chicago, where he lived briefly be- with kids and teens became less feasible quite simply: ‘One of a kind.’
fore making the trek to California. for them, and they decided to focus their BY KEN JONES
Shortly after arriving, he met the love of
his life, Helen Beatrice Evans. And that
love affair continued until he drew his
final breath, as she held his hand. In
other words, when Smith and Helen Festival patrons ‘travel to Mars’
said “Til death do us part,” they meant
it. Throngs of visitors stopped by
Smith and Helen had been resi- the NASA tent at the
dents of the Redding area since they Mountain View Art and Wine
retired from Ames, moving from the Festival on the weekend of
Bay Area to Palo Cedro in 1971. Prior to Sept. 10 to Sept. 11 to learn
that, Smith (his friends called him “Jake”) more about NASA and for a
chance to appear that they
worked for NASA at the Ames Research
had visited Mars. The Ames
Center at Moffett Field, serving as chief Public Affairs and Life Sciences
aircraft inspector for more than 30 years. Divisions organized the exhibit
During that time, he traveled all over the that featured a photo booth
world as part of the Ames Research with a mock Mars landscape
team, doing scientific studies on various background. Photos of over
phenomenan in the atmosphere sur- 1,100 prospective 'Mars
rounding Earth, including the northern astronauts' were snapped over
lights. Smith loved flying airplanes and the two day festival.
scientific expeditions, and he enjoyed
traveling. But working at Moffett Field NASA photo by Astrid Terlep
—and anyone who knew Smith could
tell you this — was not his only love and
Astrogram 11 September 2005
Interns get rare opportunity to solve shuttle problem
After the first scrubbed launch on reconfiguration, ability to acquire force briefing to shuttle program personnel
July 13, 2005, the world waited for the and moment data, and its ability to rep- during a shuttle go/no go launch meet-
go-ahead to launch space shuttle Dis- resent the full-scale aerodynamic char- ing the very next morning (a Saturday).
covery and her crew into orbit for the acteristics of the ice particles. “The experience reinforced what I
first time in two-and-a-half years. What As the project got underway, there am doing and studying in order to be-
the world didn't see, were the many was a clear sense of urgency. “The whole come an engineer. Engineering is excit-
factors involved in getting the green
light for “all systems go.”
In July, James Ross, chief of the
Experimental Aero-Physics Branch, was
briefed about frozen water droplets that
have been accumulating and then drop-
ping off the space shuttle orbiter during
ascent. No wind tunnel tests had ever
been conducted on the drag characteris-
tics of such ice particle shapes. As a
result, the team conducting computa-
tional fluid dynamics (CFD) on the tra-
jectory of these ice particles had to rely
on estimates for the drag characteristics.
This aspect of the analysis had a critical
bearing on whether, and if so, where, Students who participated in NASA's Return-to-Flight efforts (left to right) Derrick Chu,
the particles may impact the orbiter. Amela Zanacic, Kurt Long (advisor), Kristi Stavros and Teresa Quinliven.
Ross approached US Navy flight test
engineer Kurt Long to gather a team to process was chaotic. We were told to get ing!” exclaimed Kristi Stavros, a stu-
conduct a wind tunnel test of ice particle some tools - it didn't matter what kind of dent from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
effects on the shuttle test. tools, just get any tools! And when they “It is great to work with student
Later that same day, five student began drilling holes in the floor of the interns. It allows us to teach the next
interns from Ames' Educational Associ- wind tunnel, it really freaked us out,” generation and receive fresh, new ideas.
ates (EA) program and Summer High explained Zanacic. The holes were This project brought the students out of
School Apprenticeship Research Pro- added to the wind tunnel floor plate to the realm of theory and provided them
gram (SHARP) in the Fluid Mechanics facilitate rapid model mounting and with real-world applicability and a feel-
Laboratory (FML), were diligently work- reconfiguration for this effort; since most ing of self-satisfaction,” said Long.
ing on their summer projects using wind wind tunnel models employ standard- “When you work at NASA, you al-
tunnels when Long presented them with ized mounting lugs, this step is rarely ways hear about the 'glory days of
an opportunity of a lifetime: to team employed. “Scrambling was a lot of NASA,' referring to the 60s and 70s. As
together and provide support for fun,” she laughed. interns, we were able to get a taste of that
NASA's shuttle return-to-flight efforts. The team cut a two-and-half-inch- feeling from the past and experience the
“The team required just over five diameter acrylic sphere into quarters to feeling of teamwork,” said Zanacic. “In-
hours to plan, design/construct hard- simulate the shape of the ice particles terns never think they would get a chance
ware, stop existing wind tunnel testing, affixed to the orbiter. The quarter sphere to work on this type of project. They
reconfigure the wind tunnel, calibrate was then attached to an eight-inch sting, dream of this moment,” added Teresa
instrumentation, collect data, analyze a mounting device with a very sensitive Quinliven, a student from Cal Poly San
data and then provide the data to the balance that would measure forces and Luis Obispo, who missed this opportu-
sponsor,” explained Long. “We had moments on the object in three different nity due to her first flight lesson toward
wind tunnels available since the stu- orientations relative to the flow direc- her helicopter pilot's license.
dents have been working on projects in tion. The model and balance were then Along with Ross, Long, Zanacic, and
them; however, the challenge for this installed within the wind tunnel test Stavros, the other interns and employ-
test was to figure out which wind tunnel section, and the tunnel was run at vari- ees who participated in this project were
to use,” he added. ous speeds to measure the resultant SHARP student Derrick Chu, Matt
"We decided on the FML's test cell forces on the ‘ice particle.’ The resultant Daniels from USRP, Dan Dzoan from
number two wind tunnel and began data were analyzed to ensure accuracy, the Ohlone College Summer Intern Pro-
reconfiguring it for this test," said Amela and then provided to NASA shuttle pro- gram, and engineers Dennis Acosta and
Zanacic, a student from Cal Poly San gram personnel, to help predict the ice Dave Yaste.
Luis Obispo. The team decided to use particle trajectories during the shuttle's BY JENNIFER KREMER
this tunnel because of its ease of ascent. The data also were used in a

Astrogram 12 September 2005

Migrant students explore space, science and technology at Ames
To inspire the next generation of Ames Exploration Encounter. Under the
explorers…as only NASA can. This is leadership of San Jose Unified School
the task to which we have been assigned District Migrant Education Director
in the Ames Exploration Encounter. Amelia Romero and Principal Albert
From September through June, the Ames Moreno the students were provided a
Exploration Encounter is filled with stu- high-quality and comprehensive edu-
dents from all over California and Ne- cational program for migratory children
this summer.
Before their
visit to the Ames

NASA photos by John Forward

Exploration En-
counter, AEE op-
erations manager
Lorraine Ruiz and Students of migrant families listen attentively
volunteer docent to a science lesson in the Ames Exploration
Renato Piombi pre- Encounter.
sented the program
in Spanish to the mat.
students at their With the support and encourage-
school. Excitement ment of the education division manage-
was high, as the ment, Mark Leon and Laura Shawnee,
students had been as well as Planners Collaborative volun-
watching televi- teer manager Barbara Patterson, opera-
sion and heard tions manager Lorraine Ruiz and assis-
about the Discov- tant manager Lorraine Wentz, 125 Span-
ery mission. Many ish-speaking students were given the
Migrant students who recently visited NASA Ames, seen here at the of them had heard opporutnity to become NASA’s next
Ame Exploration Encounter participating in the interactive exhibits. about astronaut generation of scientists, engineers and
candidate Jose astronauts. Perhaps some day we will
vada. Students from public schools, Hernandez, who also was the son of see one or more of them on the cover of
private schools and home schools have migrant parents. Their goal was to visit Hispanic Engineer magazine.
the opportunity to visit a world-class NASA and meet a “real space celeb- BY LORRAINE RUIZ
facility and to immerse themselves in rity”!
the study of space, science and technol- They certainly
ogy. were not disappointed
There is one group of students whose as they had an oppor-
education is not a first priority, as their tunity to meet NASA
parents are forced to travel from field to Ames’ very own Jolen
field, their lives ruled by growing sea- Flores, Ph.D. They all
sons that don't match the school calen- asked for a copy of the
dar. These children miss weeks or June/July 2005 issue of
months of school. Most face an addi- ‘Hispanic Engineer’
tional challenge because they don't speak magazine so that they
English. These are the children who have could have a copy of
moved more times than the years they Flores ‘ article about
have been alive. These are the migrant how he was named
students. one of the ‘Top His-
Migrant students are among the panics in Technology
neediest students in California schools. and Business.’ Flores
Migrant families move frequently as they gave students an out-
follow work in the agriculture, fishing, standing presentation
dairy or logging industry. Under the No on his career at NASA
Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA), sup- Ames.
port is provided to help reduce the edu- We are very fortu-
cational disruption and other problems nate to have a group of
that result from repeated moves. The docents that volunteer
law states that migrant education ser- in the AEE who took
vices are a priority for those students time out of their sum-
whose education has been interrupted mer vacations to join
during the current school year and who the migrant students
are failing, or are most at risk of failing to visit to the Ames Ex-
meet state content and performance stan- ploration Encounter.
dards. For the first time since
Through a collaborative partnership its inception, the Ames
between NASA Ames Exploration En- Exploration Encounter
counter and San Jose Unified School Program was pre-
District Migrant Education Program, sented in a bilingual/
more than 125 students attended the English/Spanish for-

Astrogram 13 September 2005

Events Calendar Ames Diabetics (AAD), 1st & 3rd Weds, 12 noon to
1 p.m., at Ames Mega Bites, Sun room. Support group
Louis at ext. 4-6810.
POC: Stacy St.

discusses news affecting diabetics. POC: Bob Mohlenhoff, The Hispanic Advisory Committee for
Ames Amateur Radio Club, third Thursday of each ext. 4-2523/e-mail at: Excellence HACE Mtg, first Thurs of month in N255
month, 12 noon, N-T28 (across from N-255). POC: Ames Federal Employees Union (AFEU) Mtg, third room 101C from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. POC: Eric
Michael Wright, KG6BFK, at ext. 4-6262. Wednesday of ea. month, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Bldg. 221, Kristich at ext. 4-5137 and Mark Leon at ext. 4-6498.
Ames Ballroom Dance Club. Classes on Tuesdays. Rm 104. Guests welcome. Info at: Jetstream Toastmasters, Mondays, 12 p.m. to 1
Beginning classes meet at 5:15 p.m. Higher-level class POC: Marianne Mosher, ext. 4-4055. p.m., N-269/Rm.179. POC: Becky Brondos at ext. 4-
meets at 5:50 p.m. Held in Bldg. 944, the Rec. Center. Ames Mac Support Group Mtg, third Tuesday of ea. 1959, or Bob Hilton at
POC: Helen Hwang at, ext. 4- month, 11:30 1 p.m., Bldg. N262, Rm 180. POC: ext. 4-1500,
1368. Tony ext. 4-0340. Nat'l Association of Retired Federal Employees,
Ames Bowling League, Palo Alto Bowl on Tuesday Ames Model Aircraft Club, flying radio-controlled (NARFE). Former and current federal employees. Your
nights. Seeking full-time bowlers and substitutes. aircraft at the north end of Parsons Ave. on weekend only contact with Congress. Join to protect your
Questions to sign up: Mike Liu at ext. 4-1132. mornings. POC: Mark Sumich, ext. 4-6193. federal retirement. Chptr #50 will then meet on the
Ames Child Care Center Board of Directors Mtg, first Fri. of each month at HomeTown Buffet, 2670 El
Ames Sailing Club Mtg, second Thursday of ea. Camino (at Kiely), S. Clara, 11 a.m. lunch. POC Earl
every other Thursday (check Web site for meeting dates: month (Feb through Nov), from 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. in, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., N-210, Keener (408) 241-4459 or NARFE 1-800-627-3394.
Bldg. N-262, Rm 100. URL:
Rm. 205. POC: Cheryl Quinn, ext 4-5793. POC: Becky Hooey, ext. 4-2399. Native American Advisory Committee Mtg,
Ames Contractor Council Mtg, first Wednesday each fourth Tues each month, 12 noon to 1 p.m., Bldg. 19,
Environmental Forum, first Thursday of each month, Rm 1096. POC: Mike Liu at ext. 4-1132.
month, 11 a.m., N-200, Comm. Rm. POC: Linda 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Bldg. 221/Rm 155. URL: http://
McCahon, ext. 4-1891.

Protective Services
monthly activity
Environmental Forums scheduled A statistical summary of activi-
ties of the Protective Services
Discussions of current environ- December Division's Security/Law Enforce-
ment and Fire Protection Services
mental events at NASA Ames pre- Title: Vapor Intrusion Study units for the month of August 2005 is
sented by the Environmental Services at Ames shown below.
Office will be held as follows: Presenter: Tom Anderson,
conservation Security/Law Enforcement Activity
October compliance canager,
Title: ISSi and
Groundwater Hydrogeology Sandy Olliges,
and Remedial Technology deputy director,
Used for Groundwater Office of Safety,
Clean-up at NASA Ames Environmental
Presenter: Don Chuck, restoration and Mission
specialist, NASA Assurance, Ames
Date: Oct. 6 Date: Dec. 1 Fire Protection Activity
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Building 221, Room 155 Location: Building 221, Room 155

November To learn more about any of these

Title: Storm Water Regulations presentations, Stacy St. Louis at
at NASA Ames or ext. 4-
Presenter: Christy Ray-Hagenau, 6810.
specialist, ISSi
Date: Nov. 3
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Ames emergency
Location: Building 221, Room 155 announcements
To hear the centerwide status
recording, call (650) 604-9999 for in-
formation announcements and emer-
gency instructions for Ames employ-
ees. You can also listen to 1700 KHz
AM radio for the same information.

Astrogram 14 September 2005

Ames Classifieds Exchange Information
Ads for the next issue should be sent to Information about products, services and and must be resubmitted for opportunities provided to the employee and contractor Incline Village: Forest Pines, Lake Tahoe condo, 3
each issue. Ads must involve personal needs or items; (no community by the Ames Exchange Council. Visit the bd/2ba, sleeps 8. Fireplace, TV/VCR/DVD, MW, W/D,
commercial/third-party ads) and will run on a space- web site at: jacuzzi, sauna, pool. Walk to Lake, close to ski areas.
available basis only. First-time ads are given priority. Ads
must include home phone numbers; Ames extensions and Beyond Galileo N-235 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Visit Web page for pictures: http:// $120/night low season,
email addresses will be accepted for carpool and lost and
ext. 4-6873 $155/night high season (holidays higher) plus $156
found ads only. Due to the volume of material received,
cleaning fee and 12% Nevada room tax. Charlie (650)
we are unable to verify the accuracy of the statements Ask about NASA customized gifts for special
made in the ads. Caveat emptor! occasions.
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SRI, and Palo Alto. Home (650) 591-4840. sofa). Air hockey and football tables. Introductory
See daily menu at: rate $600/wk, once completed rate will be $1000/wk.
Miscellaneous Visitor Center Gift Shop N-943 Security deposit and $100 cleaning fee required. Call
(925) 846-2781.
The Ames Cat Network needs help finding homes for (10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) ext. 4-5412
cats trapped at Moffett. They range from feral to Ski Park City Utah, NASA Ski Week XIV, Feb 5 - 12,
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Astrogram 15 September 2005

FOIA helps shed light on government openness
James Madison once argued that mine an agreed amount of time for the •Exemption 6: Personal Privacy
openness in government will assist citi- extension. Fees are based on categories •Exemption 7: Law Enforcement
zens in making informed choices neces- of requesters. Fees can be charged for Records
sary to a democracy. The Freedom of search, review and reproduction. •Exemption 8: Financial
Information Act, or FOIA, is a unique It is the policy of NASA to make Institutions
way to keep citizens informed about records available to the public to the •Exemption 9: Geological and

NASA's FOIA policy and proce-

dures are publicly published in the Code
of Federal Regulations, 14 CFR 1206.
We rely on the custodians of our NASA
records, the ‘subject matter experts’ to
locate and conduct thorough searches of
records under their direct control, make
copies of the responsive record, and sub-
their government. greatest extent possible, in keeping with mit to the FOIA Office in a timely man-
FOIA was passed by Congress in the spirit of the FOIA, while at the same ner to meet the 20 working day deadline
1966 so citizens can have access to gov- time protecting sensitive information for our initial determination. Since our
ernment records. Any member of the that may be withheld, pursuant to one initial determination may be appealed
public may obtain these records main- of the FOIA exemptions: to NASA Headquarters and thereafter
tained and controlled by the executive to a United States District Court if we do
branch agencies. •Exemption 1: National not provide all the records that the re-
A FOIA request can be made by any Defense- Classified quester was seeking, or if we do not
person, for any reason whatsoever, they •Exemption 2: Internal Rules provide the initial determination itself
do not have to explain or justify their and Practices in a timely manner, managers asked to
requests. Requests have to be made in •Exemption 3: Exempted by provide records for review by the FOIA
writing through mail, fax, electronically another Law Office should regard that task as a prior-
or hand delivered. •Exemption 4: Commercial ity.
By law, an initial determination must and Trade Secrets BY KELLY GARCIA
be made on a FOIA request within 20 •Exemption 5: Inter and Intra
working days. If an extension is needed, Agency Privileged
the FOIA officer and requester deter- Documents

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