The Sound of a Happy Team

LARC Sound Lab

Ken Dudley Holly Elliot Joseph Smith and John Connell pose in Langley Research Center’s sound lab. The team shares:  “Through collaboration, we do scientific discovery in materials and nano-technology. Utilizing the specialties of chemistry and electromagnetics our team explores the material world. We search, design, chart and map the unknown vastness of possible chemical compositions looking for unique properties that can be exploited in future technologies. It is almost as exciting as explorers of old pursuing what might be just over the mountain, up the river, or around the bend…and the best part is the smart and extraordinary people with whom you get to go on the journey.”

Out and Allied at NASA

JSC Out and Allied

Members of the Out & Allied Employee Resource Group at Johnson Space Center, their families and their friends are pictured right before taking part in the 35th annual Pride parade in Houston in June 2013.  An estimated 300,000 people attended the nation’s only night time gay pride parade and the Pride Festival preceding the parade.  The Out & Allied ERG hosted a NASA booth at the festival as an outreach activity reaffirming the presence of NASA in the Houston area.  Earlier in the month of June, the ERG released its version of “It Gets Better” video in support of the It Gets Better Project whose mission is to inspire hope for young people facing harassment.  The video has been played on NASA TV and ReelNASA – YouTube, and has over 68,000 likes.  Members of the Out & Allied ERG believe NASA JSC is one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government because its leadership believes in inclusion and diversity, and it values the skills and talents of every individual regardless of differences including sexual orientation or gender identity.



The Vegetable Production System team, called VEGGIE for short, at Kennedy Space Center poses outside of the International Space Station Environment Simulator Chamber #3 within the Space Station Processing Facility. The chamber temporarily houses the VEGGIE facility and VEG-01 hardware. The team is conducting the Simulating Another Science verification test of VEGGIE here on Earth before the unit is flight-certified for use on the International Space Station. VEGGIE is scheduled to launch aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule on a NASA Commercial Resupply Services mission. Pictured from left to right: Front row: Felix Joe, Charmel Jones, Nicole Dufour; Back row: Bryan Onate, Gioia Massa, Gerard Newsham , and Don Metzger.

Flying in Zero-G

Tammy Gafka of the Engineering Branch in the Aircraft Operations Division flies aboard a “zero-g” aircraft in support of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Program operated out of Johnson Space Center.  The aircraft flies multiple parabolas in succession to provide short periods of weightlessness or “zero-g” for the development and verification of space hardware, experiments, crew training and basic research.


Quality and Reliability

The women of the Kennedy Space Center, Safety & Mission Assurance (S&MA) Program Development and Operations Division provide the overall management and integration function for S&MA activities associated with the GSDO, Space Launch System, Shuttle transition and retirement, and Advanced Exploration Systems Projects.  S&MA activities begin at the program/project conceptual phase and continue through requirement and design development, implementation/ integration, testing, and operations.  The Program Development and Operations Division support activation/validation through transfer to operations as specified in the program/project requirements.  In some cases, the Division responsibilities will continue for selected operations’ activities through retirement.  Pictured from left to right: (standing)  Zabrina Wichers, Tiffaney Alexander, Judy Lindholm, Karen Brownrigg (sitting)  Jessica Williams, Lisa DeVries,  Mary (Beth) Satterlee , Pamela Bohn

Launch Services Program Rocket Men

Kennedy Space Center Vandenberg Air Force Base Resident Office personnel representing the Launch Services Program: (from left to right) Bob Rasmison, Randy Beaudoin, Kevin Monette, and Jeff Ehrsam.  The Launch Services Program (LSP) is responsible for launching NASA payloads into space using expendable rockets.  This photo is taken next to the Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus rocket, which will launch the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft on June 26, 2013.  Jeff and Bob work together in integration and engineering as the spacecraft’s liaison at the processing facility and pre-launch site locations. They are responsible for preparing the processing facilities, services and support equipment the spacecraft needs while at Vandenberg.  Randy is an electrical engineer who follows manufacturing, assembly and integration of electrical systems and components to insure compliance with technical specifications and standards.  Kevin is the Safety and Mission Assurance representative providing independent assessment to help determine residual risk associated with launch vehicle flight readiness.  Collectively, their team efforts support the American public and the Launch Service Program mission statement, which is to present leadership and expertise in providing on-time, on-orbit, and on-cost launch services.



Best Place to Work in Space, Too!

Astronaut Kevin Ford onboard the International Space Station – a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit.  It serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and other fields.


Florida Space Day 2013

Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana was joined by employees from across KSC to participate in Florida Space Day 2013 recently.   While in Tallahassee, the Center Director met with several state legislators, including: Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, and Attorney General Pam Bondi to inform them of the integral role KSC plays in NASA’s exciting future and Florida’s economic development.