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

October 2005

NASA takes Google on journey into space

NASA Ames Research Center, lo- ner will be the American public,” he mon desire to bring a universe of infor-
cated in the heart of California's Silicon added. mation to people around the world,”
Valley, and Mountain View-based “Google and NASA share a com- said Eric Schmidt, Google chief execu-
tive officer. “Imagine having a wide se-

NASA photos by Dominic Hart

lection of images from the Apollo space
mission at your fingertips whenever you
want it. That's just one small example of
how this collaboration could help
broaden technology's role in making the
world a better place.”
"I'm thrilled that NASA Ames Re-
search Center and Google, two of our
region's and our nation's most valuable
and innovative organizations, have
formed a partnership,” said Rep. Anna
G. Eshoo (CA -14th District).
“As Silicon Valley continues to lead
NASA Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation Scott Pace (left), NASA Ames in developing technologies that will
Center Director G. Scott Hubbard (center) and Google’s Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt during guide our nation's economy in the 21st
the recent MOU signing event held at Ames. continued on page 9

Google Inc., on Sept. 28 announced plans

to collaborate on a variety of technol-
ogy-focused research-and-development
activities that will couple some of Earth's
most powerful technology resources.
NASA and Google signed a memo- The announcement of
randum of understanding (MOU) that the MOU between
NASA and Google
outlines plans for cooperation on a vari-
drew a large number
ety of areas, including large-scale data of local media to the
management, massively distributed event.
computing, bio-info-nano convergence,
and encouragement of the entrepreneur-
ial space industry. The MOU also high-
lights plans for Google to develop up to
one million square feet within the NASA
Research Park at Moffett Field.
“Our planned partnership presents
an enormous range of potential benefits
Hubbard outlines Ames' strategies for
to the space program,” said Ames Cen- future during NASA's transformation
ter Director G. Scott Hubbard. “Just a Over the past several weeks, Ames hands meeting held Oct. 12 in the main
few examples are new sensors and ma- has made significant progress in meet- auditorium. “If we all work together, we
terials from collaborations on bio-info- ing various challenges and changes as can get through this.”
nano convergence, improved analysis NASA undergoes a major transforma- For the near term (Fiscal Year 2006
of engineering problems, as well as earth, tion to implement the Vision for Space and Fiscal Year 2007), Hubbard said
life and space science discoveries from Exploration, according to Center Direc- Ames is focusing on reducing its over-
supercomputing and data mining, and tor G. Scott Hubbard. head by 17 percent, maintaining an in-
bringing entrepreneurs into the space “We've made a lot of progress, but vestment account for new bids and pro-
program. While our joint efforts will we have a long way to go,” Hubbard posals for internal research and devel-
told a capacity audience during an all- opment, reshaping its workforce, and
benefit both organizations, the real win-
continued on page 3
NASA Ames hosts Sally Ride science festival for girls
More than 1,100 San Francisco Bay experiments, food and music. As-

NASA photos by Astrid Terlep

Area girls, their parents and their teach- tronaut Janice Foss (left photo, stand-
ing at left of podium) who
works at Ames as the Kepler
science director in Code SSA ,
also spoke alongside Ride.
"It's an honor for Ames to
host this exciting festival. We
are truly pleased to contrib-
ute to Sally's quest to inspire
young people, especially
young girls, to get involved in
science and engineering," said
NASA Ames Center Director
G. Scott Hubbard.
"Women make up only
25 percent of the science, en-
gineering and technology
workforce," said Ride,
founder of Sally Ride Sci-

ers joined former NASA

astronaut Sally Ride on
a journey of scientific
discovery on Oct. 2. bers of girls and young women
NASA Ames hosted who are, or might become, inter-
the Sally Ride Science ested in science, math and tech-
Festival. The educa- nology. The company creates sci-
tional event, designed ence experiences for girls that em-
for girls in grades 5-8, power them, engage them and
featured an inspirational encourage their interests. Current
talk by Ride (above left programs include Sally Ride Sci-
photo, standing at right ence Festivals, Sally Ride Science
of podium), the first Camps, TOYchallenge, and the
American woman to fly Sally Ride Science Club.
in space; workshops For more information about
given by female profes- the Sally Ride science festivals,
sionals in fields ranging visit the Web at http://
from astrobiology to veterinary medi- ence™. "We are delighted to be work- www.sallyridefestivals.com/
cine; and an interactive street fair with ing with NASA Ames to give Silicon
Valley area girls a
chance to explore and
develop their potential
in science at an age
when many begin to
drift away from their
natural interest."
The festival is de-
signed to encourage
girls and young
women to pursue ca-
reers in math, science
and engineering.
Ride founded
Sally Ride Science™ to
support the large num-

Astrogram 2 October 2005

Ames hosts university symposium STS-114 mission
sented the results of their research. specialist visits Ames
The symposium, entitled ‘Aligned
research program symposium: progress
and prospects’ kicked off with intro-
ductions by Dr. Burney Le Boeuf, asso-
ciate vice chancellor for research at the
University of California at Santa Cruz,
and by Dr. Steven Zornetzer, NASA
Ames Deputy Director (Acting).
It was followed by 10-minute pre-
sentations by UC faculty in the general
areas of aerospace, information tech-
nology, biotechnology, robotics/sen-
sors, space science and nanoscience.

Dr. Burney Le Boeuf addressed the recent

UARC symposium at Ames. NASA photos by Dominic Hart

Steve Robinson, mission specialist on the latest

On Oct. 12, Uni- space shuttle flight mission STS-114, visited
versity of California Ames in October to meet with Ames Center
professors who are Director G. Scott Hubbard and the Ames
receiving funding return-to-flight teams. He is seen here speaking
through the NASA to the RTF teams in the N201 auditorium.
Ames University Af-
filiated Research
Center (UARC) pre-

Hubbard outlines strategies for future during transformation

continued from front page
supporting the Vision for Space Explo- pulsion Labora-
ration. In support of the Vision, Hubbard tory.

NASA photo by Tom Trower

announced several appointments to key Working
positions at Ames, as well as several with the Jet Pro-
appointments made by NASA Admin- pulsion Labora-
istrator Michael Griffin to key positions tory and Kennedy
at NASA Headquarters. Space Center,
Hubbard told employees that Ames Ames will design,
will play a key role in the development develop and man-
of the space shuttle's replacement, the age the integrated
Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). James systems health
Reuther will lead a multi-center team management ca-
comprised of representatives from pability for the
Ames, Johnson Space Center and CEV's ground
Kennedy Space Center to develop a ther- processing and
mal protection system for the CEV. automation. The
In addition, Ames will design, de- CEV command
velop and implement the launch mis- module will be
sions systems and the command-and- designed to be re- Ames Center Director G. Scott Hubbard addresses the audience during
control capability for the CEV and the usable and will be the recent all hands meeting at Ames.
new Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV). Ames refurbished after
will be part of a team that includes rep- each flight. capability for the CLV. He said the CLV
resentatives from Johnson Space Cen- Hubbard also noted that Ames will will be a much safer vehicle than the
ter, Goddard Space Flight Center, have a major role in defining and de- space shuttle, and will have a 1/2000
Kennedy Space Center and the Jet Pro- signing the ascent abort/crew escape continued on back page

Astrogram 3 October 2005

Cal Poly students help NASA reduce aircraft noise
Thirteen aerospace engineering stu- "Preliminary results indicate that the this new task, doing most of the grunt
dents from the California Polytechnic SNI approaches will concentrate the work and sharing an enthusiasm that
State University at San Luis Obispo (Cal noise footprint into a narrow area," said you can only get from students," Hange
Poly) spent a part of their summer on a John Zuk, NASA ESTOL vehicle sector added.
lake. This is normal for many college manager at NASA Ames. "Involvement in this NASA research
students, but this lake was the Roger's The tests also confirmed that the project has taken the students' class-
Dry Lake located in California's Mojave

NASA photo by Tom Tschida of Dryden

The students were participating in
the C-17 flight noise mitigation study, a
NASA experiment that may one day
make the world a quieter place.
Currently, a house within an
airport's flight path must have triple-
pane windows, special doors and extra
attic and wall insulation to keep aircraft
noise out. Researchers from NASA Ames
and Dryden Flight Research Center want
to eliminate or at least reduce the need
for these often-costly modifications.
To do so, NASA, through the Ve-
hicle System Program, is working to
reduce the 'noise footprint' produced by
aircraft. A key component of this plan is
the development of extreme short-take- United States Air Force Test Center's C 17 Globemaster III aircraft with the aeronautics engineering
team at Edwards Air Force Base. Front row, left to right: Matt Peperak (CENTRA); Craig Hange
(Ames); Doug Wardwell (Ames); Lauren Fong (Cal Poly); Julia de la Montanya (Cal Poly); Cahit
Kitaplioglu (Ames); Cassy Anthony (Cal Poly); Natalia Sanchez (Cal Poly); Abagail Liddle (Cal Poly);
Erika Berg (Cal Poly); and Kate Van Dellen (Cal Poly). Back row, left to right: John Zuk (Ames); Prof.
Dave Hall (Cal Poly); Bryan Reinero (AerospaceComputing Inc); Clif Horne (Ames); Andrew Welborn
(Cal Poly); Zach Nichols (Cal Poly); Josh Caldwell (Cal Poly); Chris Miller (Dryden); Tim Naumowicz
(Ames); Nate Burnside (AerospaceComputing Inc.); Scott Peery (Cal Poly); Brady Mitchell (Cal Poly)
and Erik Kurth (Cal Poly).

curved approaches posed no significant room curriculum and given it a hands-

safety concerns and provided current on application," said Cal Poly student
NASA photo by Craig Hange commercial aircraft ride quality. lead Erika Berg.
Left to right Nate Burnside "The landing approaches were The students also designed and built
(AerospaceComputing Inc); Eric Kurth and simple and safe," said NASA research the portable workstations (made out of
Abagail Liddle (Cal Poly); Doug Wardell, Clif
pilot Frank Batteas. inexpensive PVC pipe and heavy fabric)
Horne and Cahit Kitaplioglu in the NASA Ames
Aeroacoustics Lab.
The successful tests were made pos- that the computer equipment sat in while
sible by the extraordinary efforts and being used on the lakebed.
off and landing (ESTOL) aircraft and ingenuity of the team to meet the chal- The data collected during the tests
procedures. The ultimate goal is to keep lenges of a limited budget and a short- will be very valuable for future research
aircraft noise within an airport's prop- ened test schedule, according to Craig supporting ESTOL aircraft and may have
erty. Hange, NASA Ames project manager a significant impact on airport opera-
On Sept. 10, NASA demonstrated and principle investigator for the C-17 tions around the country.
that aircraft capable of ESTOL could study. "An aircraft that could use the
concentrate aircraft noise to a narrow "The team came up with a totally shorter runways of smaller regional and
area. new way of taking noise data over a community airports could bring com-
Seventeen microphones, covering large area that not only worked well, mercial air travel to approximately 97
approximately 15 square miles, were but was less expensive by using com- percent of the U.S. population because
positioned on the dry lakebed to record mercially available parts and software," most Americans live within a half-hour
the noise foot print of the United States said Hange. "They not only put in their of an airport," said Zuk.
Air Force Test Center's C-17 Globemaster ideas, but a lot of hard work made it a The C-17 study team was comprised
III as it made various landing ap- reality." of members from NASA Ames and
proaches. In addition to conventional "The Dryden personnel did more Dryden, the United States Air Force,
straight-in approaches, a new type of than their share to make sure the C-17 California Polytechnic State University
simultaneous and non-interfering (SNI) was ready and the flights would hap- at San Luis Obispo, Northrop Grumman,
approach was flown. This new approach pen," said Hange. Los Angeles and CENTRA Technology,
is similar to a descending spiral over the "The Cal Poly students and faculty Inc., Arlington, Va.
landing site. also deserve a lot of credit for taking on continued on page 10

Astrogram 4 October 2005

Ames transit subsidy saves employees commute money
In California, gasoline prices have Silicon Valley ($2.928), average mile per Although the subsidy comes from
risen dramatically - 45 percent between gallon for California cars (20) and aver- civil service payroll, and thus is not avail-
September 2004 and September 2005 - to age miles driven by Californians per able to Ames contractors, many Ames
a current average of $2.928 in Silicon day (36). (Source: California's Flex Your contracting companies such as the
Valley (California Energy Commission, Power at the Pump campaign) United States Army, Integrated Science
Oct. 3, 2005). These increases have hit NASA Ames offers its employees Solutions Inc. (ISSi) and Planners Col-
everyone in the pocketbook. an incentive to try transportation other laborative offer similar subsidies to their
Furthermore, our fuel consumption than a single-occupant automobile. A employees.
threatens our environment and exacer- monthly $100 transit subsidy is avail- “We began offering a commute al-
able to all civil ser- ternatives subsidy to encourage a less
vants - a dollar stressful commute to work for our em-
amount large ployees, and to encourage environmen-
enough to cover tal awareness since automobiles are the
typical transporta- Bay Area's most significant cause of
tion costs for one pollution,” stated Ceil McCloy, ISSi's
month. Subsidies CEO. “Now with gas prices at their
can be used on current exorbitant levels, the subsidy
C a l t r a i n , also allows us to offer a cost-savings
Altamont Com- option for our employees' daily com-
muter Express mute.”
bates global warming; the transporta- Service (ACE Train), Amtrak Capital If you are employed by a NASA
tion sector accounts for 58 percent of Corridor train service, San Francisco Ames contractor, contact your human
California's carbon dioxide emissions Municipal Railway (Muni), Bay Area resources department to find out if your
and 49 percent of California's total green- Rapid Transit (BART) and Valley Trans- company offers a commute alternatives
house gas emissions. The combination portation Authority (VTA) buses and program. If a program does not cur-
of less fuel-efficient vehicles, energy light rail service. rently exist, encourage your company
shortages due to recent natural disas- Using the subsidy is simple. Ames to adopt one.
ters, slow refinery growth and import- civil servants must first apply by bring- We can all help increase our pocket-
ing difficulties imply that a significant ing their badge to Amanda Dunham, books and decrease air pollution by
price decrease is unlikely in the near Ames commute alternatives program making a personal decision to use alter-
future. With fuel costs estimated to run manager, ext. 4-6896, at the motor pool native transportation.
upward of $1,897 per year for the aver- building N-251. Once an employee's To learn more about commute alter-
age Silicon Valley driver (and that's for application has been accepted, an e-mail natives and find links to local transit
a non-SUV owner!), residents are begin- goes out each month alerting them to agencies, visit the Ames Commute Al-
ning to consider alternative forms of ticket availability. Tickets can be re- ternatives Program Web site at
transportation. Total cost is based on served in advance, although a badge is jf.arc.nasa.gov/NASA_Only/acap/
average price per gallon for gasoline in required for pick-up. index.html. BY STACY ST. LOUIS

Employee emergency contact data

In the event of an emergency, it is providing critical last-minute wind Internet Web site at https://
critical that employers, family and tunnel testing that enabled NASA man- onenasa.ndc.nasa.gov/index.cfm.
friends are able to stay in contact with agers to give the STS-114 crew the go- Type in your name and your UUPIC
those closest to them. In the wake of ahead to land without another repair will appear. If you have forgotten your
hurricane Katrina, there were more EVA. Unfortunately, much of the PIN, you may contact either Mary Perez
than 100 employees who could not be needed information was missing. at ext 4-6865 or e-mail
accounted for due to their emergency To prevent these problems from Mary.E.Perez@nasa.gov or Desiree
contact information not being up to occurring in another emergency at Barrientez at ext 4-5599 or e-mail at
date or complete. Seeing the need for Ames, all Ames employees should log dbarrientez@mail.arc.nasa.gov.
emergency contact information first into EECS and verify that their emer- Once you have your UUPIC and
hand provides a tremendous opportu- gency contact information is up to date. PIN, visit the Web at https://
nity for improvement at Ames. If you are unfamiliar with the EECS, a benefitstatement.nasa.gov/NEBS/
Ames currently uses the Employee point of contact in each branch will EBS_Login.cfm Instructions on how to
Emergency Contact System (EECS), assist you in completing the process. enter your contact data are available on
which is designed to store all employ- To access the EECS, you will need this Web site. Your emergency infor-
ees’ contact information in case of emer- your universal unique personal iden- mation will become part of the NASA
gencies. Use of this system was needed tification code (UUPIC) and PIN. To Employee Benefit System (NEBS) and
recently when Ames was tasked with obtain your UUPIC, you can visit the you will be able to update it at any time.

Astrogram 5 October 2005

NASA discovers life's building blocks are common in space
A team of NASA Ames exobiology The team used data from the Euro- For more information about this re-
researchers recently revealed that or- pean Space Agency's Infrared Space search on the Web, visit http://
ganic chemicals, which play a crucial Observatory satellite. www.astrochem.org/PANHS.html
role in the chemistry of life, are common BY JOHN BLUCK
in space.
"Our work shows a class of com-
pounds that is critical to biochemistry is
prevalent throughout the universe," said
Douglas Hudgins, an astronomer at Ames hosts US Treasury visit
Ames. He is principal author of a study

NASA photo by Tom Trower

detailing the team's findings that ap-
peared in the Oct. 10 issue of the Astro-
physical Journal.
"NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
has shown complex organic molecules
called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
(PAHs) are found in every nook and
cranny of our galaxy. While this is im-
portant to astronomers, it has been of
little interest to astrobiologists, scien-
tists who search for life beyond Earth.
Normal PAHs aren't really important to
biology," Hudgins said. "However, our Ames CFO Tom Moyles(second from left) recently hosted U.S. Treasury officials from the San
work shows the lion's share of the PAHs Francisco Financial Center. Regional Director Philip Belsie and his staff visited Ames to begin
planning the next Financial Center Customer Advisory Board meeting, which will be hosted by
in space also carry nitrogen in their struc-
Ames next February. Moyles was appointed chairman of this board in June 2005.
tures. That changes everything."
"Much of the chemistry of life, in-
cluding DNA, requires organic mol-
ecules that contain nitrogen," said team
member Louis Allamandola, an
astrochemist at Ames. "Chlorophyll,
Ames Fire Department parade held
the substance that enables photosynthe-

NASA photo by Jon-Pierre Wiens

sis in plants, is a good example of this
class of compounds, called polycyclic
aromatic nitrogen heterocycles, or
PANHs. Ironically, PANHs are formed
in abundance around dying stars. So
even in death, the seeds of life are sewn,"
Allamandola said.
The Ames team studied the infrared
"fingerprint" of PANHs in laboratory
experiments and with computer simu-
lations to learn more about infrared ra-
diation that astronomers have detected
coming from space.
Ames/Moffett fire fighters during the recent parade that passed through Ames, are seen here
"A desktop computer was used to holding the fundraiser check. Left to right: Fire Captain Matthew Spark; firefighters Tim Frasch,
simulate molecules that are currently Heather Turman, John Byrne, Brian Hutchinson, Leon Pennyman, Bobby Ott, Ed Henderson,
impossible to make and study in a labo- Fire Captain Scott Dutro; firefighters Jaymes Smith and Robert Abrahamson
ratory because of the extreme condi-
tions in space," said team member The NASA Ames Fire Department was the third stop in a parade
Charles Bauschlicher, also of Ames. "We featuring vehicles from several Bay Area fire departments in August. A
simulated the PANH molecules," he check for $2,250 was presented from Ames to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn
explained. Bauschlicher and colleagues Foundation. The Ames Fire Department holds several fundraisers through-
found that these simulated PANH mol- out the year, including pankcake breakfasts. The check is representative of
ecules precisely matched the radiation the money raised at Ames throughout the year.
measurements taken of organic mol-
ecules in space.
Astrogram 6 October 2005
Ames Safety Awards Program (ASAP) II awards presented
Under the Ames Safety Awards Pro- Instrumentation Team: Housekeeping Team
gram (ASAP) II, Ames recognized 67 William Vanzuylen, Ron Payne Cathy Prudencio, Lita Dizon
employees for their outstanding accom- Sally Shaw, Phyllis Reutzel
plishments in improving health and Tier Level 2 - Individual awards Tony Arroyo, Christine Johnson
safety during the 2nd trimester in 2005. My Trang, Art Joly, Maurice Gray, Eleanor Monteleone
ASAP II was established to recog- Richard Mogford, Cheryl Quinn, Della Ivey, Du Luu-Huynh
nize employee actions, behavior and/or Orlando Santos, Nicholas Scott and Angelina Reguindin
job performance that result in improved Reginald Waddell,
health and safety conditions at the cen- Elizabeth Mulleda, Max Sanchez, Tier Level 1 - Individual awards
ter. Nicole Rayl, Terry Reicher, Lori McNeill, Earnestine Parker
There are four levels of awards, tier Thomas Vahle, Thomas Clausen, Katrina Francis, Erlinda Fox
four being the highest level of achieve- Sergio Castellanos and Mario Perez
ment. The ASAP II board evaluates and Richard Wisniewski
each nomination and selects the tier level Each of these employees and teams
that most represents the actions and ac- Tier Level 1 - Team awards was nominated by their colleagues for
complishments of that nomination. Construction Safety Group: their outstanding actions and accom-
A team of two individuals received Monty Cassick, Peter Goldsmith plishments in improving health and
the Tier Level 3 Team Award for this AC Mosher, Yung Nguyen safety conditions at Ames.
trimester. George Sutton and Nelson Clarence Smith
Hsu worked with the Restoration Elec- and George Williams
trical Distribution Systems (REDS) de-
sign team to permanently relocate all
underground gas-filled electrical
switches to a location above ground. A
total of 32 underground switches were
replaced with the above ground switches
Chili cookoff is quite a crowd pleaser
as part of the REDS construction of fa- A great time was
cilities project. had by all who attended
this year’s 9th annual
Tier Level 3 - Team awards Ames Exchange chili
Relocation Of Underground cook-off held Oct. 6.
Gas Filled Electrical Switches: This year's theme
George Sutton, Nelson Hsu was Tropical Adven-
ture. Free frozen fruit
Tier Level 3 - Individual awards bars were available for
Donald Mendoza all. Tropical Vibrations
provided the music and
Tier Level 2 - Team awards free airbrush tattoos and
AED Team a Polaroid photo booth
Jackie Nielson, Terri Castrejon, were on hand for those
Miriam Glazer, Jennifer Chan, who dared! 5-Alarm Chili
Mark Tangney, Nancy Dunagan Thirteen teams vied for the top Revenge of the Death Cult Chili
Richard Kurkowski, John Burns prize of the ‘Peoples Choice Award.’
Justin Crone, Sergio Castellanos Best Presentation
Debra Narasaki, Lynne Engelbert This year's winners were: Tessada #1
Don Dains, Kathleen Starmer Peoples Choice 1st place
Dan Wilkins, Matt Linton Asani
Iris Lubitz, Femy McGrath
Rho Christensen, Garrett Dang Peoples Choice 2nd place
Elizabeth Mulleda, Dan Gundo Big Kahuna Willies Chili
Horacio Chavez
Judges Choice 1st place
European Modular Cultivation Big Kahuna Willies Chili
System Team:
Robert Bowman,Araceli Maldonado
NASA photos by Tom Trower

Astrogram 7 October 2005

NACA reunion attendees reminisce with former acquaintances
In 1915, the National Advisory Com- and her presence added
mittee for Aeronautics (NACA) was to the event's impor-
founded to advise the United States gov- tance.
ernment to coordinate aeronautics re- NASA Ames Cen-
search, but it quickly became a leading ter Director G. Scott
research organization in aeronautics and Hubbard and his wife
the new field of astronautics. attended as special
When President John F. Kennedy guests.
moved the nation into the 'space race' "We at Ames are
and proposed his bold vision of landing very proud of our
a man on the moon, NACA was the NACA heritage," said
logical organization to form the founda- Hubbard. He went on
tion of a new space agency. On Oct. 1, to praise the theoretical NACA members toured the Ames Exploration Center during their
1958, NACA formally disbanded and and experimental ge- recent reunion visit.
the National Aeronautics and Space Ad- nius of the NACA sci-
ministration was born. entists and engineers like Ames' Harvey
Forty-seven years later, those who Allen, who saw blunt bodies as a safe
worked for the NACA continue to feel way to re-enter Earth's atmosphere.
America's new crew explo-
ration vehicle will use an
improved blunt-body cap-
sule, which will accommo-
date up to six people.
Hubbard said that ge-
nius was prevalent
throughout NACA. The
work of these geniuses led
Vic Peterson, retired Ames, NACA member (left) with
to breakthroughs in aero- Ames Center Director G. Scott Hubbard at the recent
nautics and carries a legacy NACA reunion gala banquet.
of excellence that contin-
ues today at NASA. ing flight experiments.
Hubbard concluded by “Of the many people I enjoyed see-
NASA photo by Vic Peterson saying, "You have been the ing and talking to about the “good old
From left to right: Edie Watson Blackman (former Ames director's secretary); giants on who I, and every- days”, three young ladies stand out in
Jo Dibella and Helen Robinson at the NACA reunion gala banquet. one in NASA, proudly my mind,” said Jack Boyd, Ames' histo-
stand." rian/ombudsman. “Helen Robinson,
passionate about its successes and loyal Throughout the reunion, a large who used to arrange trips for Orville
to its memory. Recently, former em- poolside hospitality room, open from Wright to come from Dayton to Wash-
ployees and their spouses and children dawn to dusk, provided a venue for ington for NACA committee meetings,
gathered for the eleventh NACA reunion never-ending reminiscing about the Jo Dibella who was the secretary to Hugh
to renew acquaintances and to remi- good old days. Dryden, director of NACA and first
nisce about the past. "There are so many good memories NASA deputy administrator, and Edie
The three-day reunion, held Sept. and lots of camaraderie," said Jack Watson, secretary to Harvey Allen and
30 to Oct. 2, 2005, drew 320 people from Suddreth, a 33-year veteran of NACA Hans Mark. They epitomized the
17 states and the District of Columbia. and NASA at Lewis Flight Propulsion strength and the vitality of NACA.”
The event was hosted by NASA Ames, Laboratory, eventually renamed NASA The NACA reunion was the inspired
with attendees ranging in age from 70 to Glenn Research Center. "Everybody can creation of Dibella, who ended her ca-
well beyond 90 and representing all of remember what they did, how things reer serving as the secretary of Hugh
the former NACA centers. They partici- worked together and who did what to Dryden. The first NACA reunion was
pated in one or more of the eight group whom…" Suddreth also recalled how held in 1976. Since 1982, reunions have
activities including a gala banquet and open houses at Lewis inspired him as a been held on a more or less regular
tours of NASA Ames and the Hiller teenager and how the 'air lab guys' from basis. The next reunion will be hosted by
Aviation Museum. Lewis mentored him before he joined NASA Langley Research Center and is
The 11th reunion held special sig- NACA. planned for 2007.
nificance, since 2005 marks the 90th an- Ralph Hallett, who worked at Ames For more information about the re-
niversary of the formation of NACA. from 1946 to 1978, said he came to the union with photos, visit the Web at:
The great grandniece of Orville and reunion (with a chuckle) "to shoot the http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/
Wilbur Wright, Janette Davis Yoerg, was breeze with old guys and to record some m u l t i m e d i a / i m a g e s / 2 0 0 5 /
staying at the same hotel on the night of of the things I did." Hallett worked on nacareunion.html
the buffet dinner and noticed the NACA string gauges and helped improve pres- BY JONAS DINO
gathering. She was invited to the dinner sure cells used for electrical output dur-

Astrogram 8 October 2005

Open house highlights NASA Research Park, CMU research
A very big thank you to NASA Re-
search Park (NRP) partners, robotic
teams, videographers, photographers
and the jazz band that braved changing
weather and even faster- changing plans

Dr. Yvonne Clearwater, second from left, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer
manager of the Ames Robotics Curriculum and CEO of Wheels of Zeus, says NASA's
Clearinghouse, is seen here at the recent NRP mission is good for inspiring education.
Dr. Khalid Al-Ali, director of robotics at Grand Challenge lecture demonstrating botball. Wozniak introduced the featured speaker for
Carnegie Mellon's West coast campus, NASA The Robotics' Curriculum Clearinghouse Web NRP's fall exploration lecture Dr. Red
Research Park, demonstrates robots built by site, launched in January of this year, is the Whittaker, Carnegie Mellon professor of
students attending CMU West's popular Robo number one site for delivering robotics curricula. robotics.
“see and think” to an

NASA photos by Dominic Hart

to enjoy an exciting open house and enthusiastic audience.
‘2005 Grand Challenge Racing for the The event was hosted
Future’ lecture on Sept. 20. by Ames Deputy Di-
The event highlighted NASA Re- rector (Acting) Steve
search Park and Carnegie Mellon Uni- Zornetzer.
versity (CMU) West's advancing part- On Oct. 8 in the
nership in robotics research. Mojave Desert race,
The lecture began with special guest Stanford University's
Steve Wozniak, CEO of the Wheels of “Stanley” crossed the
Zeus, generously praising NASA's mis- finish line approxi-
sion for inspiring students toward higher mately 7 minutes
education. Woz introduced Dr. Red ahead of CMU's Sand-
Whittaker, CMU professor of robotics storm, netting the
and leader of the Red Team in the 2005 Stanford team the $2 Staff from Planners Collaborative, a partner in the NASA Research
Park, discussed Planner's mission with guests at the NRP open
Grand Challenge. Whittaker described million DARPA prize.
house in Bldg. 19.
the challenges of racing vehicles that BY NRP DIVISION

NASA takes Google on journey into space

continued from front page
century, partnerships combining the best sult in new research projects and en- and develop new technologies.
in public sector innovation with the cut- deavors with tremendous potential for Google's innovative search tech-
ting edge of private industry will serve innovation and far-reaching benefit," nologies connect millions of people
as the gold standard in public-private said Mountain View Mayor Matt Neely. around the world with information ev-
partnerships for years to come. The tech- Located on property at Ames, NASA ery day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford
nologies created by the partnership of Research Park is being developed into a doctoral students Larry Page and Sergey
Google and NASA Ames not only will world-class, shared-use educational and Brin, Google today is a top Web prop-
enable and enhance further exploration R&D campus. As part of a comprehen- erty in all major global markets. Google's
of space, they will positively impact the sive plan for this area, new laboratories, targeted advertising program provides
daily lives of all Americans for genera- offices, classrooms, housing, auditori- businesses of all sizes with measurable
tions to come," Eshoo said. ums, museums, a training and confer- results, while enhancing the overall Web
"The City of Mountain View is ex- ence center, open space, parking and experience for users. Google is head-
cited that two of our community's most limited retail facilities are envisioned. quartered in Silicon Valley with offices
innovative and dynamic organizations, The plan calls for NASA to partner with throughout the Americas, Europe and
Google and NASA Ames Research Cen- local communities, academia, private in- Asia. For more information, visit
ter, are forming a new research-and- dustry, non-profit organizations and www.google.com.
development partnership at Ames. This other government agencies in support
new collaboration will undoubtedly re- of NASA's mission to conduct research

Astrogram 9 October 2005

Former Ames employee Randal N. Hitchens passes on
Randal N. Hitchens, age 70, passed
After leaving Ames, he married
away on Sept. 17, 2005 at his home in
Darlene Hatcher on March 8, 2001 in El
Santa Clara, Utah, of pancreatic cancer.
Dorado, Calif. Prior to his death,
Hitchens grew up in Wilmington and
Hitchens and Darlene made a list of all
Claymont, Newcastle, Delaware. After
of the things they wanted to do in their
14 years of formal education, he served
remaining years. The most recent of
10 years in the U.S. Navy and 16 years in
these were skydiving and a trip to Aus-
the U.S. Army Reserves.
tralia. Hitchens was an active member
Hitchens was employed as a facility
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
manager at NASA Ames for 30 years.
Day Saints, serving in many capacities,
He retired in 1997 and worked as a
including that of an ordinance worker
contractor with DMJM and Cambria
in the St. George Temple.
Consulting Inc. until February 2001.
Hitchens is survived by his wife
Hitchens was instrumental in the imple-
Darlene; daughter, Donna; sons, Wayne
mentation of the new fuel management
and Kelley; stepsons,Timothy and
system at Ames. He always gave his
Randal; eight grandchildren; four great
best effort and was proud of the work he
grandchildren; and six sisters.
did at Ames. His many friends recall
that he loved to fish, boat, fly, golf and Randal Hitchens BY JOHN D. WILSON

College interns display their work Students help NASA

continued from page 4
Mutant frogs, robotics education, interns and I truly believe that the
heat shield testing, human factors re- internship program has provided a The Ames team included:
search, autonomous rotocraft project... variety of unique learning environ- John Zuk - ESTOL vehicle
what's not to enjoy? More than 80 ments for all of the students. Thanks sector manager
interns with the Foothill-De Anza for creating the warm and friendly Craig Hange - project manager
environment to showcase our work," and flight principle investigator
NASA photos by Jon Paul Wiens

enthused De Anza student Joanne Li, Doug Wardwell - ground test

research assistant intern in the Hu- conductor and ESTOL deputy
man Factors Division. vehicle sector manager
Clif Horne - principal acoustician,
"We had no idea how many Foot- ground team line supervisor
hill-De Anza students there are [work- Cahit Kitaplioglu - acoustician.
ing at NASA Ames]! It was a delight noise modeling, and ground
to witness the enthusiasm of this es- team line supervisor
sential part of our work force," com- Tim Naumowicz - test support
mented Bernadette Luna, associate and coordination
director for management operations. Stephen Walker - ground test
For 35 years, almost 3,500 Foot- support
Carol Chao, science research assistant intern hill-De Anza interns have made sig- Dave Yaste - ground test support
at NASA Ames, shown during the recent
nificant contributions to NASA Ames. Ames contractors - Aerospace
student poster session held atl the center. Computing Inc.:
Nate Burnside - developer/
integrator noise measurement
Community College District NASA system, ground team line
Ames Internship Program presented supervisor
their work in these areas and more in Bruce Storms - data system
August at the 2nd Annual intern programming and ground
poster display session. With test support
135 guests representing Ames em- Bryan Reinero - ground test
ployees, family, friends and the press, support
the enthusiasm and energy was pal-
pable. Guests were wowed by the For more information about the
breadth and depth of the interns' ef- NASA Vehicle Systems Program, visit
Matthew Mountz, networking assistant the Internet Web site at http://
forts. www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/vsp/
intern, and friend.
"I'm very honored to be one of the

Astrogram 10 October 2005

NASA LDP graduates for 2004-2005 honored
On July 11, 2005, the 31 members of A link to the class' full report and the Craig J. Hegemann, GSFC
the 2004-2005 Leadership Development collaboration handbook can be found Barbara B. Pfarr, GSFC
Program (LDP) celebrated the comple- on the Leadership Development Pro- Tonya West, GSFC
Mabel Jones Matthews, EdD HQ
Elizabeth Bauer, JSC

NASA photo
Montgomery B. Goforth, JSC
Clifton J. McCarra, JSC
Natalie V. Saiz, JSC
Kevin N. Window, JSC
Stephen J. Craft, LaRC
Vicki K. Crisp, LaRC
Pravin K. Aggarwal, MSFC
Cindy C. Campbell, MSFC
Helen J. Cole, MSFC
Stacy M. Counts, MSFC
William D. Greene, MSFC
Robbie E. Hood, MSFC
Andrew S. Keys, MSFC
Terry D. Jackson, SSC
Kevin P. Power, SSC
Vicki M. Zanoni, SSC

Ames employees graduating from the NASA Leadership Development Program this year (left to
The vision of the LDP is to create
right) Thomas Berndt, Beverly E. Girten, Dr. Scott Pace, associate administrator for program powerful leaders who align with NASA's
analysis and evaluation, Bryan A. Biegel and Mark P. Loomis. vision, mission and values and who cre-
ate results that matter to the American
tion of their developmental year with a gram home page on the Web at http:// people.
ceremony at NASA Headquarters. ldp.nasa.gov/. Program elements include develop-
The program participants, who rep- Class attendees Vicki Zanoni of mental assignments, a class project, in-
resented nine centers, were the second Stennis Space Center; Bill Green from dividual coaching, training and brief-
graduating class of the NASA Leader- Marshall S pace Flight Center; and Steve ings by NASA and outside leaders. Par-
ship Development Program. The LDP Craft from Langley were elected to speak ticipants must be grades 13-15 and are
replaced the NASA Professional Devel- at the graduation to share their reflec- competitively selected at the agency level
opment Program in support of the tions of the year and their thoughts on BY CHRIS WILLIAMS
agency's emphasis on improving lead- leadership.
ership skills and the ability of leaders to All three spoke of how through the
produce measurable results. LDP they became aware of how their
In his address to the graduates, As- personal vision and values aligned with
America Recycles
sociate Administrator for Program
Analysis and Evaluation Dr. Scott Pace
NASA's vision, mission and values and
how this alignment was key in helping
Day coming
thanked the participants for the contri- to strengthen their ability to be more
butions they made to the agency as part effective leaders.
of their developmental assignments. He
also praised them on the completion of Leadership Development
their class project, ‘Enabling Effective Program Graduates for 2004-2005
Collaboration and Competition.’
This project involved the creation of Thomas W. Berndt, ARC
an easy-to-understand business model Bryan A. Biegel, ARC Join the Ames Environmental
that details how and where work is be- Beverly E. Girten, ARC Services Office at the Mega Bites
ing done within programs and projects Mark P. Loomis, ARC Cafe for a celebration!
across the agency and a set of tools to be Timothy R. Moes, DFRC Date: Nov. 15, 2005
used in developing a business case. Robert D. Draper, GRC Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The class also conducted a series of George C. Madzsar, GRC
surveys and interviews to complete the Jean M. Rogers, GRC For more recycling informa-
collaboration study initiated by the 2003- Carmel A. Conaty, GSFC tion, visit the Web at:
2004 class and created a NASA collabo- Gerard J. Daelemans, GSFC www.americarecyclesday.org
ration handbook.
Astrogram 11 October 2005
Multi-generational families working at NASA Ames
Nina Scheller, Code PMX, recently lead aircraft mechanic for the 40-foot- office gave her access to all areas of both
discovered that she was a third genera- by-80-foot wind tunnel. Ames and Dryden. A series of rota-
tion Ames employee. Her grandfather, Scheller's first remembered experi- tional assignments followed, including
Charles Scheller, sold his farm in Michi- ence of Ames is coming here, at the age that of aviation liaison officer to the
gan (he got tired of the weather and of three with her father, for a Christmas Secretary of the Army for R&D in the
farming) and by way of Indiana and party at Hangar N-211 and going off on Pentagon; chief of the research support
Camino, Calif., (lumber mill) found his her own to explore the base. She division of the Army Aero Flight Dy-
way to Mountain View in 1943. He took promptly got lost. But that didn't stop namics Directorate and so on. In 1997,
a job at the NACA Ames Research Cen- her from returning in 1975 as a high she transferred from the Army to NASA
ter as a janitor in the Aircraft Modifica- school intern working in the Thermal and returned to the Construction of Fa-
tions Branch. He worked in that facility Protection Branch for Dan Leiser on the cilities Office (CofF) at Ames. She then
for 12 years until his death at the age of shuttle tiles. After she graduated from moved to spaceflight hardware projects,
80. SJSU with a BS in aeronautics, having working first on the SSBRP as labora-
Nina's father, Charlie, graduated also earned her single-engine pilot's li- tory support equipment lead and then
from the old Mountain View High School cense, she spent six months traveling with the Stratospheric Observatory for
in 1949 and went to work for Pan Am at around the world and exploring other Infrared Astronomy division.
the San Francisco Airport. He enlisted in opportunities. Scheller has always been interested
the Navy in 1951, during the Korean In 1983, Scheller followed in her in aeronautics and saw Ames as a magi-
War conflict, and was discharged in 1955 father's footsteps and began her career cal place to work. Her time in CofF gave
as a petty officer, aviation machinist at Ames as a verification test engineer her an opportunity to see almost all of
mate. He decided to come to Ames on a subcontract in the 40-foot-by-80- Ames and what goes on here. It also
instead of going back to Pan Am and foot operations branch. Two years later, gave her the opportunity to learn to
was hired as a NACA civil servant - she was hired as an Army civil servant negotiate priorities and work to achieve
beginning first as a gardener and then working for NASA under the NASA win-win situations for those involved.
transitioning to the Aircraft Modifica- Army Joint Agreement. These were very “The best thing about working for Ames
tions Branch, becoming a tool crib atten- busy years for the staff of the 40-foot-by- has been the feeling that you are part of
dant. Within six months, he was work- 80-foot wind tunnel. With the addition something greater than yourself - ex-
ing on test instrument installations un- of the 80-foot-by-120-foot test section, panding man's knowledge of the uni-
der Al Pucchinelli and studying at night dedicated in 1987, the facility became verse.”
to get his power plant and airframe li- known as the National Full-Scale Aero- This is the second in a series of
censes, which he earned in 1956 and dynamics Complex (NFAC). articles about parents and children
1958, respectively. By 1989, it was time to move on to who both work (or have worked)
Reorganization is not a new phe- new opportunities. Scheller joined the at Ames as full-time, permanent em-
nomenon at Ames, and in the early 1960s, Facility Planning Office, headed by ployees (civil service or contractor).
he was transferred to the Simulator Sys- Chuck Castellano, and discovered that If you know of any other such
tems Services Branch, working on a team the NFAC was not the center of the relationships, contact Larry Manning
that built the six-degree-of-freedom universe. She worked closely with Dick at lmanning@mail.arc.nasa.gov.
simulator and the midcourse naviga- Brown and her years in the planning BY LARRY MANNING AND VALERIE ADAMSKI
tion simulator. Both of these facilities
were critical to the success of the Apollo
space program. (Note: These facilities
are shown on pages 430 and 431 respec- Ames opens new child care center
tively in Adventures in Research: A His-
tory of Ames Research Center 1940-
Below: New Facility Committee Chair Cheryl
1965.) One of the highlights during this
Quinn offers thanks to those who contributed to
time period was working with astro- the ACCC New Facility Project during the
nauts Gordon Cooper and Wally Schirra. August open house/grand opening event.
In 1966, he moved to the 40-foot-by-
80-foot wind tunnel, working on the
shuttle, the X-15, helicopters, etc. Charlie
remembers that in those days, the 40-
foot-by-80-foot tunnel was very much
in demand, running two shifts each day.
The Outdoor Aerodynamic Research
Facility (OARF), affectionately known
to the mechanics as “the tomato patch,”
was used as an adjunct of the 40-foot-by-
Former Ames Deputy Center Director
80-foot tunnel. Models were checked
Stan Newberry cuts the ribbon at the
for instrumentation and engine perfor- grand opening for the new Ames Child NASA photos by Tom Trower
mance prior to installation into the tun- Care Center with the help of recent Ames
nel, thus keeping tunnel downtime to a Child Care Center (ACCC) alumni.
minimum. Charlie retired in 1981 as the

Astrogram 12 October 2005

Feeding wildlife at NASA Ames is prohibited
NASA Ames provides habitat for a the risk of disease transmission, bites dangered. Because of this detrimental
wide variety of wildlife. Most of these and fleas dramatically increases because impact, the United States Fish and Wild-
animals, such as the California clapper wild animals are attracted to populated life Service (FWS) has stated that feed-
rail, least tern, salt marsh harvest mouse areas of the center, including the Child ing non-native species on public instal-
and western burrowing owl, occur natu- Care Center. Besides attracting the tar- lations in the region is a violation of the
rally in the San Francisco Bay ecosystem geted species, feeding stations invite Endangered Species Act. Anybody plac-
and are thus considered 'native.' How- other wild animals such as skunks, rac- ing food out for feral cats would be in
ever, NASA Ames also plays host to a coons and opossums, which exacerbate violation of the act, and could be subject
variety of 'non-native' species, which the problem. In addition, the animals to prosecution by FWS.
often upset the natural balance and become dependant upon humans for Because NASA Ames is committed
sometimes have harmful effects on our food. When humans are not available to to protecting its employees' health and
native species. provide food, feral cats will often jump the environment, as well as complying
A non-native animal of particular into open garbage dumpsters to find with applicable laws, it established a
concern is the feral cat, which may have food and end up eating harmful items policy in January 1997 prohibiting the
been initially released by humans, and instead. feeding of non-native animals onsite.
has subsequently reverted to the wild. In addition to these health and safety The Environmental Services Office
The numbers of feral cats can proliferate issues, feeding wild animal predators, would like to reiterate this policy and
when aided by supplementary food pro- particularly non-native animals, dis- ask for your full cooperation in its imple-
vided by well-meaning humans. rupts the natural balance of NASA Ames' mentation.
While it may seem kind to feed ecosystem. Published scientific studies If you have any questions about this
these cats and other wild animals, doing indicate that a ready food supply does policy, contact NASA Ames' wildlife
so poses serious problems. First and not decrease the predatory behavior of biologist Chris Alderete at ext. 4-3532 or
foremost, it compromises the health and these animals but rather increases their calderete@mail.arc.nasa.gov.
safety of our employees and their chil- numbers and strength at the expense of
dren, tenants and visitors. Specifically, native species, some of which are en-

It takes a village to protect NASA information

and computing technology investments
Virtually every aspect of the NASA
mission is dependent upon information

NASA photo by Tom Trower

technology resources to provide essen-
tial support in accomplishing the
agency's operational, research and man-
agement objectives. The value of NASA's
information and computing resources
and their importance to NASA missions
creates a need for those resources to be
adequately protected to assure confi-
dentiality, integrity and availability of
NASA information as it is processed,
stored and moved within NASA infor-
mation systems and applications.
Here at Ames, several teams of in-
formation technology (IT) security pro-
fessionals are responsible for the over- Pictured above are individuals who serve in critical functional roles supporting Ames center security.
sight of information security practices These include roles in Ames Protective Services Operations, center IT security management, center IT
security operations, Ames CIO Council membership, directorate and organizational security official
at the center. Their role is to develop, representation and Ames PKI operations. Many of the individuals pictured here serve in multiple
maintain and operate the programs that center security roles. Standing from left to right are: Kevin Carbajal, Donald Sullivan, Annette
help Ames meet its information security Randall, Tony Damian, Geoff Lee, Nicole Le, Craig Elario, Dave Tweten, Ray Obrien, Chris Berg, Tony
objectives and the federally mandated Madulara, Dr. Stephanie Langhoff and Dr. Jeffrey Mulligan. Seated from left to right is: Karol
requirements of the Federal Informa- Broussard, Elizabeth Mulleda, Kimberley Walsh, Suzanne Meyer, Helen Stewart and Rosalind Miller.
Kneeling from left to right is John Nguyen, Peter Tam, Alan Bishoff, and Costandi Wahhab.
tion Security Management Act (FISMA).
The teams span a variety of center-
wide functions, including IT security export control, organizational security operations and organizational certified
management and operations, counter official and CIO council representation, system administration.
intelligence, information assurance and Ames public key infrastructure (PKI) BY HELEN STEWART

Astrogram 13 October 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: bmohlenhoff@mail.arc.nasa.gov. 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: http://www.afeu.org. 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: Bob Hilton at ext. 4-2909,
meets at 5:50 p.m. Held in Bldg. 944, the Rec. Center. Ames Mac Support Group Mtg, third Tuesday of ea. bhilton@mail.arc.nasa.gov.
POC: Helen Hwang at helen.hwang@nasa.gov, ext. 4- month, 11:30 a.m.to 1 p.m., Bldg. N262, Rm 180. POC:
1368. Nat'l Association of Retired Federal Employees,
Tony ext. 4-0340. (NARFE). Former and current federal employees. Your
Ames Bowling League, Palo Alto Bowl on Tuesday Ames Model Aircraft Club, flying radio-controlled only contact with Congress. Join to protect your
nights. Seeking full-time bowlers and substitutes. aircraft at the north end of Parsons Ave. on weekend federal retirement. Chptr #50 will then meet on the
Questions to sign up: Mike Liu at ext. 4-1132. mornings. POC: Mark Sumich, ext. 4-6193. first Fri. of each month at HomeTown Buffet, 2670 El
Ames Child Care Center Board of Directors Mtg, Camino (at Kiely), S. Clara, 11 a.m. lunch. POC Earl
Ames Sailing Club Mtg, second Thursday of ea. Keener (408) 241-4459 or NARFE 1-800-627-3394.
every other Thursday (check Web site for meeting dates: month (Feb through Nov), from 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. in
http://accc.arc.nasa.gov), 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., N-210, Bldg. N-262, Rm 100. URL: http://sail.arc.nasa.gov/. Native American Advisory Committee Mtg,
Rm. 205. POC: Cheryl Quinn, ext 4-5793. POC: Becky Hooey, ext. 4-2399. fourth Tues each month, 12 noon to 1 p.m., Bldg. 19,
Ames Contractor Council Mtg, first Wednesday each Rm 1096. POC: Mike Liu at ext. 4-1132.
Environmental Forum, first Thursday of each month,
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 Safety Data Brown Bag Series

The Environmental Services Office
monthly activity NASA-Ames Occupational is hosting the following brown bag event:
A statistical summary of activi- Illness-Injury Data for Calendar Subject: World Wind Project
ties of the Protective Services Year-to-Date 2005 Date: Nov. 17
Division's Security/Law Enforce- Jan. 1, 2005 – Sept. 30, 2005 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
ment and Fire Protection Services Place: Building 221, Room 155
units for the month of Sept. 2005 is Civil Contractors Bring your lunch!
shown below. Servants Speaker: Patrick Hogan
Security/Law Enforcement Activity The Ames Environmental Services
First aid cases 22 16 Office will host Patrick Hogan, program
manager of the World Wind Project,
Lost-time cases 0 8 NASA Ames Learning Technologies
Program, in a discussion of the NASA
Recordable cases 3 18 World Wind project as it relates to the
environment. World Wind is a program
Lost workdays 0 158 that allows the user to zoom from satel-
lite altitude into any place on Earth.
Fire Protection Activity Restricted duty days 0 88 Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery
and shuttle radar topography mission
Above data is as of 10/05/05. May data, World Wind lets each user experi-
be subject to slight adjustment in the ence Earth terrain in visually rich 3D.
event of a new case or new inform- Hogan will discuss how this technology
ation regarding an existing case. can help us better appreciate the envi-
ronmental concept of climate change
using World Wind imagery. For more
information, visit the Web at http://
Environmental forum
Subject: How bad is polluted
storm water run off?
Date: Nov. 3
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Place Building 221, Room 155
Speakers: Christy Ray-Hagenau,
Environmental Compliance
Specialist, ISSi
and Kran Kilpatrick, NASA

Learn about how storm water pol-

lution occurs and how it ultimately im-
pacts water end points, such as local

Astrogram 14 October 2005

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NASA Lodge (N-19) 603-7100 Square Park, $1,000/wk or $3,000/mo. negotiable.
two cats. Please call (650) 279-4084. Open 7 days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Rates Call (650) 349-0238.
from $40 - $50. Paris/France: Fully furnished studio, 5th Arr, Latin
Quarter, Notre Dame and Ile-St. Louis., $1,400/wk.
Ames Swim Center (N-109) 603-8025 negotiable. Call (650) 349-0238.

Miscellaneous Ames Swim Center, 25 meter swimming pool open

and heated year round. (80-82 degrees) Lap swim: Mon,
Santa Cruz townhouse, 2 bedrooms plus study, 2
baths, decks, totally furnished, 3 blocks from beach,
The Ames Cat Network needs help finding homes for Weds, Fri, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-6 Tues to Thurs 10 available July, August, September; $1,600 per month.
cats trapped at Moffett. They range from feral to a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Seasonal recreation Call (831) 423-5777 (H) or (831) 277-8476 (C).
abandoned/lost pets. Tested, altered and inoculated. Call swim; swim lessons. Locker rooms w/sauna and shower West Maui vacation at Kahana Falls, across street
Iris at ext. 4-5824 if you or someone you know are facility. Open to all civil servants and contractors. from beach. Thanksgiving week 19-26 Nov 05, $630/
interested in fostering or adopting a cat. Location: Bldg. 109 across the street from the tennis wk. 1bd/2 ba, w/d, fk. For 2 adults, 0 to 2 kids. Call
courts. Fees vary depending on activity. POC: Tana (650) 962-1314 after Aug 7.
Women's casual shoes size 8.5, perfect condition, (1) Windhorst, ext. 3-8025; e-mail: tw4lsb@aol.com
Positively Peppers (Brazil) light medium brown and (1) Ecco San Francisco, Donatello Hotel, small, deluxe
Super feet Gore-Tex black both lace up. $15 ea. Call (408) hotel, one block from Union Square, 4 nights available
234-0025. Vacation Opportunities to be scheduled either together or individually, $150
Combi savvy travel stroller (new cond.), $25; toddler/ per night. Call Barry Cunningham (510) 793-4457 or
Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley Townhse, 3bd/2ba e-mail EZrdrdad@comcast.net
infant life jacket (new cond.), $10; 2 Cenelli 66 road bike equipped, balcony view, horseback riding, hiking, biking,
handlebars, 44 and 42 cm, $8 ea.; Bontrager Ti river rafting, tennis, ice skating and more. Summer Vacation rental. Ferndale - The Victorian Village.
mountainbike handlebar (118g) w/BERTS, $15; campy rates. Call (650) 968-4155 or e-mail Victorian home on Main Street a short stroll to the
front derailer, $5; Various Harken, Schaefer, Servo sailing DBMcKellar@aol.com Village which has been designated as a state historical
cleats and blocks. Kris (408) 243-3348. landmark. Enjoy the many holiday activities which
South Lake Tahoe cottage w/wood fireplace, hot include a Christmas parade and lighting of America's
Womans O'Neil wet suit for cold water surfing, size 8. tub. Rates $50 to $130 per night. Call (650) 967-7659
Very good condition. $25. Call (408) 234-0025. tallest living Christmas tree. Four bedrooms (sleeps
or (650) 704-7732. approx. six), two full baths, large kitchen, dining
Changing table and crib in excellent condition. Both Vacation rental, Bass Lake, 4 mls south of Yosemite. room, parlor w/fireplace, enclosed desk w/hot tub. For
are real wood with natural/clear finish. Changing table is a 3bd/1.5 ba, TV, VCR, MW, frplc, BBQ, priv. boat dock. info call (707) 983-9514.
Pali ($100) and crib is a Simmons with dual slide-down Sleeps 8. $1,050/wk. Call (559) 642-3600 or (650) 390-
panels ($150). See in person. Call (408) 295-2160. Monterey Bay vacation rental at Pajaro Dunes, 20
9668. miles south of Santa Cruz, 3bd/2ba beach house with
Do you like spending you hard-earned money on Big Sur vacation rental, secluded 4bd/2ba house in distinctive architecture. Beautiful ocean and valley
gasoline? Cut your weekday gas bill in half -- carpool with canyon setting. Fully eqpd kitchen. Access to priv. views, only 150 ft from the beach, first-class tennis
me from Fremont. Nancy ext. 4-3258. beach. Tub in patio gdn. Halfway between Carmel and courts. $500/wkend, $200/addl night, including
San Francisco, Donatello Hotel, small, deluxe hotel 1 Big Sur. $175/night for 2; $225 for 4 and $250 for cleaning by the maid service when you depart. Call
block from Union Square, 5 nights available to be more, plus $150 cleaning dep. Call (650) 328-4427. (408) 252-7260.
scheduled either together or individually, $125 per night.
Call Barry Cunningham (510) 793-4457 or e-mail
Cambridge Soundworks and Polk audio PC sound
system. Powered subwoofer with volume control and Polk Astrogram deadlines
audio satellites. $30. Call (408) 295-2160. Ames emergency
Kenwood home theater audio/video receiver with Please submit articles, calendar
remote control: Dolby Digital 5.1; 100[w/ch], black, works
perfectly. $75. Call (408) 295-2160.
and classified advertisements to announcements
astrogram@mail.arc.nasa.gov no
later than the 10th of each month. If
this falls on the weekend or holiday, To hear the centerwide status
then the following business day be- recording, call (650) 604-9999 for in-
Miscellaneous comes the deadline. formation announcements and emer-
‘99 GMC Sierra 4x4 pickup, red Supercab, 5300 vortex For Astrogram questions, con- gency instructions for Ames employ-
V-8, Z-71 and SLE trim, all power options, off road chassis ees. You can also listen to 1700 KHz
package, equalizing hitch and trailer brakes, bed liner and tact Astrid Terlep at the aforemen- AM radio for the same information.
hard tonneau cover, 91,000 miles. Beautiful truck! Great tioned e-mail address or ext. 4-3347.
condition. Call (408) 371-1487.

Astrogram 15 October 2005

Hubbard outlines strategies for future during transformation
continued from page 3
probability of loss of crew, compared work,” Hubbard said. However, warned Hubbard. He urged employees to coop-
with a 1/220 probability of loss of crew Hubbard, “there is still a long way to erate with the Center's workforce tran-
for the space shuttle. go.” Based on current budget projec- sition team that is helping to find work
Hubbard said Ames has been as- tions, new business opportunities and a for transition employees. He also told
signed the program office for the new potential buyout, from zero to 240 civil employees that NASA is requesting an-
Robotic Lunar Exploration Program, servant positions and from 220 to 315 other buyout authority and encouraged
whose goal is to prepare for humans to contractor positions may be unfunded those who are eligible to take the buyout
return to the moon. Ames will use the in this fiscal year. Positions that remain should it be approved.
expertise gained from the Lunar Pros- unfunded could be at risk for a reduc- “Managing our way through FY 06
pector mission that operated from Janu- tion in force (RIF) or layoff. without major damage to our core com-
ary 1998 to September 1999 in support of Hubbard said Ames will make ev- petencies or our strategic future may
the new lunar exploration program and ery effort to reduce contractor layoffs well be the greatest challenge in the
its first mission, the Lunar Reconnais- and avoid a reduction in force of civil history of the Center,” Hubbard de-
sance Orbiter, scheduled to launch in servants. “The goal is no RIF,” vowed clared.
Ames will be a member of a lunar
lander team led by Marshall Space Flight
Center that will operate in the moon's
south polar region for up to 12 months.
Ames Health Unit offers flu shot
Hubbard said Ames' contributions The NASA Ames Health Unit will sleeves to eliminate the need for pri-
might include mission operations sup- be offering flu vaccine in the Health vacy.
port, science instruments, autonomy, Unit (Building 215) on the following 2. The information sheet and con-
robotics, reliable software and integrated dates and times: sent forms will be available at the Health
systems health management. Unit or on line at http://q/qh/health.
Although Ames is making good Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Follow the link to the Influenza vaccine
progress, Hubbard also warned that Nov. 8, 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. information sheet and Influenza vac-
some of the effects of the transformation Nov. 15, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. cine consent form. You can print out
process will be painful for the Center. In Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. these forms, complete them and bring
order to meet the requirements of the them with you to the flu clinic.
transformation process, Hubbard said It is not necessary to make an ap- 3. Please arrive a few minutes early
Ames is continuing to reshape its pointment. Additional clinics may be to allow yourself enough time to read
workforce. scheduled in the future pending vac- and sign the forms if you will be com-
“We have come a long way from cine availability. pleting them at the Health Unit. For
Feb. 7, and our uncovered capacity has Flu Clinic Procedures: more information, contact the Health
been reduced, thanks to a lot of hard 1. Please wear short or loose fitting Unit at ext. 4-5287.

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