National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Communication for the Information Technology Age
President Bush lays out bold new space vision
-- foresees robotic, human missions to moon, Mars and beyond
the aging space shuttle will be returned
President George W. to flight “consistent with safety concerns
Bush delivers remarks on and the recommendations” of the Co-
U.S. space policy at lumbia Accident Investigation Board.
NASA Headquarters in “The shuttle’s chief purpose over the
Washington, D.C., on next several years will be to help finish
Jan. 14. The president assembly of the International Space Sta-
committed the United
tion,” Bush said. The president added
States to a long-term
human and robotic
that in 2010, after nearly 30 years of
program to explore the service, the space shuttle will be retired.
solar system, starting Bush, whose remarks were punctu-
with a return to the ated by applause from the capacity au-
moon that will ultimately dience gathered in an auditorium at
enable future exploration NASA Headquarters, said his second
of Mars and other goal will be to begin developing a new
destinations. manned exploration vehicle – the first of
its kind since the Apollo command mod-
ule – to explore other worlds.
White House photo by Eric Draper continued on page 2
During an historic announcement
delivered Jan.14, 2004 from NASA Head-
quarters in Washington, D.C., President
NASA’s ‘Spirit’ soars with
George W. Bush unveiled a sweeping
new vision for the nation’s space explo-
successful Mars rover landing
ration program and outlined the key Scientists cheered, danced and tian atmosphere and bouncing across
roles NASA will play to turn his vision hugged each other on what would prove the brown, rock-strewn surface of the
to be an historic Saturday night Jan. 3 red planet, Spirit sent a radio signal that
into reality. when NASA’s plucky Mars Explora- was received by NASA’s Deep Space
Bush, whose remarks were broad- Network at 8:35
cast live on NASA television, was joined NASA photo by JPL/Cornell
p.m. PST. Mem-
by NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe bers of the mission
as he committed the nation to a long- flight team at
term human and robotic program to NASA’s Jet Pro-
explore space, starting with the moon pulsion Labora-
and later Mars and other destinations in tory (JPL) reacted
the solar system. with whoops of
joy and applause
“Inspired by all that has come be- as they heard the
fore, and guided by clear objectives, to- exciting news.
day we set a new course for America's “This is a big
space program,” Bush declared. “We night for NASA,”
will give NASA a new focus and vision said an ecstatic
for future exploration. We will build NASA Adminis-
new ships to carry man forward into the trator Sean
universe, to gain a new foothold on the O’Keefe. “We’re
moon, and to prepare for new journeys back. I am very,
to worlds beyond our own.” very proud of this
The first color image of Mars taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars team and we’re on
Pledging to make “steady progress, Mars,” O’Keefe
one mission, one voyage, one landing at Exploration Rover Spirit. It is the highest resolution image ever taken on the
surface of another planet. said.
a time,” the president vowed to com- “I feel great,”
plete the International Space Station by said Ames Direc-
2010 to fulfill the United States’ commit- tion Rover (MER) 'Spirit' successfully tor G. Scott Hubbard, who was also
ment to its 15 partner countries. To ac- landed on Mars. present at JPL for the MER landing. “It’s
complish this goal, the president said After plunging through the mar- continued on page 3
President Bush lays out bold new space vision
-- foresees robotic, human missions to moon, Mars and beyond
continued from front page
“The new spacecraft, the Crew Ex- of further space exploration,” and make beginning to meet the challenges and
ploration Vehicle, will be developed and more ambitious missions possible. “ the goals we set today,” Bush said.
However, he stressed that “it’s only a
beginning,” and “future funding deci-
sions will be guided by the progress we
make in achieving our goals,” he cau-
“This will be a great and unifying
mission for NASA, and we know that
you’ll achieve it,” Bush observed. “We
begin this venture knowing that space
travel brings great risks. The loss of the
space shuttle Columbia was less than
one year ago. As one family member
said, ‘The legacy of Columbia must carry
on – for the benefit of our children and
yours.’ The Columbia’s crew did not
turn away from the challenge, and nei-
ther will we,” Bush said.
“Mankind is drawn to the heavens
for the same reason we were once drawn
into unknown lands and across the open
sea, “ Bush concluded. “We choose to
explore space because doing so improves
our lives, and lifts our national spirit. So
White House photo by Eric Draper let us continue the journey.”
President George W. Bush greets shuttle astronauts from right to left, Peggy Whitson, Stephanie “We have a clear mandate,” said
Wilson, John Grunsfeld and Ellen Ochoa at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 14. NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe in a
The President committed the United States to a long-term human and robotic program to explore news conference following the
the solar system, starting with a return to the moon that will ultimately enable future exploration of president’s announcement. And NASA
Mars and other destinations. has the full confidence of the president
in our ability to achieve this vision, he
tested by 2008 and will conduct its first With the experience and knowledge Looking back on the historic ac-
manned mission no later than 2014,” gained on the moon, we will then be continued on page 5
Bush said. The president said the CEV ready to take the
would also be capable of transporting next steps of
White House photo by Eric Draper
astronauts and scientists to the Interna- space explora-
tional Space Station after the space tion: human mis-
shuttle is retired. sions to Mars and
As his third goal, Bush said America to worlds be-
will return to the moon within the next yond,” Bush said.
decade and use the moon as a launching To help
point for future space missions. “Begin- NASA accom-
ning no later than 2008, we will send a plish his goals,
series of robotic missions to the lunar the president
surface to research and prepare for fu- said he will ask
ture human exploration,” Bush said. Congress to in-
“Using the Crew Exploration Vehicle, crease NASA’s
we will undertake extended human mis- current five-year
sions to the moon as early as 2015, with budget of $86 bil-
the goal of living and working there for lion by approxi-
increasingly extended periods,” he mately $1 billion
added. over the next five
“Returning to the moon is an impor- years. “This in- President George W. Bush and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe watch
tant step for our space program,” de- crease, along as Michael Foale, right, commander of the International Space Station,
clared Bush. He predicted that estab- with refocusing welcomes the president during a live television link from space at NASA
lishing an extended human presence on of our space Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 14.
the moon could “vastly reduce the costs agency, is a solid
Astrogram 2 January 2004
NASA’s ‘Spirit’ soars with successful Mars rover landing
continued from front page
a great day to go to Mars.” thermal protection system used in the users downloaded 154 million Web
About three hours later, the jubilant rover’s aeroshell structure. pages between 12 midnight PST Jan. 3
scientists cheered again as Spirit began In addition, the Ames Information and 6:30 a.m. PST Jan. 6. The site was
transmitting its first images of Mars to Sciences and Technology Directorate expected to exceed one billion hits later
Earth, relaying them through the played a significant role by developing in the day on Jan. 6. By comparison, the
agency’s Mars Odyssey orbiter. software technologies and tools, includ- NASA Web portal received a total of 2.8
ing a suite of mission support software billion hits for all of 2003.
“We’re back …and we’re on Mars,” for the ground control and operation of Hundreds of news reporters cov-
the twin rovers. Ames scientists also ered the story at JPL, and their articles
-- Sean O’Keefe, developed the MERboard, a computing and images were printed and broadcast
NASA Administrator platform that provides an immersive throughout the world. Among the news
and interactive computing environment organizations represented at JPL were
“When that first image started com- for team members to view, analyze and the major television networks, BBC,
ing back from Mars, Edmond and I share data from Mars. CNN, Discovery Channel, New York
looked at each other and we had a melt- Ames scientists also are supporting Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles
down,” recalled an emotional Ames the MER mission by providing ‘human- Times, Associated Press, Reuters, San
planetary scientist Nathalie Cabrol, centered computing’ and developing Francisco Chronicle, US News & World
whose husband, Edmond Grin, trav- fatigue countermeasures to help mis- Report, the Boston Globe, Irish Televi-
eled with her to JPL to conduct science sion scientists cope with having to work sion, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today,
operations for the MER mission. around the clock on a Mars day (or ‘sol’) Space News, Houston Chronicle,
Cabrol, along with David Des schedule that is 24 hours and 39 minutes Newsday, Astronomy magazine, Or-
Marais and Michael Sims, is one of three long. ange County Register, Scientific Ameri-
NASA Ames researchers who are co- NASA’s MER mission has attracted can, Astronomy Now and the Chronicle
investigators for the MER mission. As attention among millions of people of Higher Education, among others.
members of the MER mission’s Science around the world. NASA’s Web portal, To reach Mars, Spirit traveled 302.6
Operations Working Group, the three which includes the agency’s home page, million miles (487 million kilometers)
scientists are participating in directing the Mars program Web and the Space- after being launched from Cape
the rover’s day-to-day operations dur- flight Web, received 916 million hits and Canaveral in Florida on June 10, 2003.
ing the mission. continued on page 5
Des Marais is serving as the lead of
the MER working group’s long-term
planning group; Cabrol is working in Ames opens interactive Mars center
the MER geology group and as a docu-
mentarian for the long-term planning A raging winter storm with driving school student Mark Sheldon of
group; Sims is providing robotics and rain and gusting winds did not dampen Irvington High School in Fremont gave
spirits at NASA Ames' gala ribbon-cut- the signal to a pre-programmed autono-
intelligent software expertise for the ting ceremony commemorating the mous rover that he helped design and
mission. opening of the
Sims, who is keeping a journal of the new Mars Center.
NASA photo by Tom Trower
mission scientists' daily activities at JPL, Ames Center
talks of the high excitement and the high Director G. Scott
stress scientists are experiencing as they Hubbard and
adjust to working on a Mars day cycle, Mars Exploration
away from their families and friends. Rover scientists
“At the very least, you can think of David Des Marais
all of this as breaking up the old 9 to 5 and Nathalie
routine,” Sims writes. “Don’t get me Cabrol, co-inves-
wrong – there’s nothing else I’d rather tigators on the
be doing. We all think of this as a great Mars Exploration
privilege to have this chance to work Rover mission,
with these scientific tools on Mars.” took the podium
NASA Ames scientists have made at 10 a.m. and ad-
numerous contributions to help make dressed an atten-
Spirit’s landing so successful. Ames de- tive throng of me-
dia members and
veloped a set of collaborative software Ames staffers.
tools called ‘Marsoweb’ (http:// "We are proud to
marsoweb.nasa.gov.gov) that are used announce the
by planetary scientists to review Mars The new Mars Center opened on Dec. 29, 2003 at NASA Ames to a
opening of our
data and determine the best and safest Mars Center, warm public reception. Over 12,000 visitors toured the center in its
sites for the rover landings. which will give first 10 days of operation.
NASA Ames also contributed to the the community an
MER mission by conducting a series of opportunity to share in the wonder and build at Carnegie Mellon University's
parachute tests in the 80-by-120-foot excitement of exploring Mars," said (CMU) summer 'robocamp,' to cut the
wind tunnel from September 2002 Hubbard. "The center also will serve as ceremonial ribbon.
through January 2003 that helped scien- a dynamic educational resource about The media, who were able to inter-
tists select the optimum parachute de- Mars for the entire Bay area." view presenters after the ceremony,
sign for the rover. Ames also supported Following Hubbard's remarks, high
continued on page 9
the design, manufacture and test of the
Astrogram 3 January 2004
Ames forum explores nanotechnology and homeland security
Nanotechnology’s potential to help arm for Silicon Valley and for the ture of the Bay area economy,” said
with homeland security was the subject country’s economy,” Honda said. Michael Marlaire, NASA Ames’ direc-
of a forum that hundreds of experts “Nanotechnology has the potential to tor for external relations and develop-
create entirely ment.
new industries There also were breakout sessions
and radically for roundtable discussions on the north-
transform the ba- ern California nanotechnology and con-
sis of competition vergence roadmap, presentations of
in other fields,” early stage companies and technologies
Honda added. and various funding opportunities in
The National Sci- this field.
ence Foundation “Nanotechnology provides an enor-
has projected a $1 mous opportunity to increase the sensi-
market within the
NASA photo by Tom Trower
NASA photo by Roger Brimmer
ogy needs, home-
At the recent nanotechnology conference held at Ames, left to right, Center land security
Director G. Scott Hubbard poses with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and nanotechnology
U.S. Representative Mike Honda. R&D, venture
capital and gov-
from industry, academia and govern- ernment funding, and business role and
ment attended on Dec. 15 at the NASA market.
Research Park at NASA Ames. “I'm proud to welcome the
Nanotechnology is the creation of Nanotechnology and Homeland Secu-
materials, devices and systems through rity Forum to the heart of Silicon Val-
the control of matter on the nanometer ley,” said Eshoo. “Our region has for
scale. A nanometer is one-billionth of a decades led the world in developing
meter, roughly 10,000 times smaller than innovative solutions to our most press- Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA, 14th
the width of a human hair. Scientists ing technological challenges. As we ad- District) was a co-host of the recent
predicted that nanotechnology could dress the critical question of how to nanotechnology and homeland security
lead to changes in almost everything strengthen homeland security, I have no forum at NASA Ames and a featured speaker
from computers and medicine to auto- doubt that many of the answers will be during the day-long event.
mobiles and spacecraft. found right here,” Eshoo added.
"NASA is using nanotechnology to The meeting included key partici-
reduce the weight and increase the ca- pants from NASA Ames, other Bay area tivity of sensors for detecting chemical,
pability of spacecraft. One of the stron- federal laboratories (including Lawrence biological and nuclear threats,” said
gest of the nation’s lines of defense could Livermore National Laboratory), uni- Meyya Meyyappan, director of the Cen-
include microscopic sensors and ma- versities, and such companies as ter for Nanotechnology at NASA Ames.
chines derived from our NASA work,” Hewlett-Packard, Genencor Boeing and “The bonus is that the product can come
said Ames Center Director G. Scott representatives from the venture capital in ultra-small size, requiring only low
Hubbard. “This revolutionary, new tech- community and the federal government. power levels,” Meyyappan added.
nology could provide a vital component “It is essential that we bring leading The forum was co-sponsored by:
of the nation’s ongoing efforts to defend thinkers and innovators together to un- Technet, the Bay Area Science and Inno-
against terrorist threats,” Hubbard derstand the tremendous potential of vation Consortium (BASIC), Joint Ven-
stated. nanotechnology and what needs to be ture Silicon Valley Network, Silicon
NASA and U.S. Reprentatives Anna done to further encourage its develop- Valley Manufacturing Group, the Bay
G. Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda ment,” said Lofgren. “I always look for- area Economic Forum, Northern Cali-
co-hosted the Nanotechnology and ward to learning more about the excit- fornia Nanotechnology Initiative,
Homeland Security Forum. Honda is ing work that is being done at NASA NOVA (North Valley Workforce Board)
co-sponsor of the Boehlert-Honda Ames in the area of nanotechnology,” and the cities of Palo Alto, Mountain
Nanotechnology Bill, H.R. 766. After Lofgren continued. View and Sunnyvale, Calif.
emerging from a bipartisan committee, “This forum will provide partici- More information about NASA
the bill resulted in S 189 that President pants with an excellent opportunity to nanotechnology can be found on the
Bush signed into law on Dec. 3. It autho- see and hear first hand much of the work Web at http://www.ipt.arc.nasa.gov
rizes $3.7 billion for research over the and research that is being done in the
next four years for the National areas of homeland security and
Nanotechnology Initiative. nanotechnology, learn of funding op- BY JOHN BLUCK
“This will be a big shot in the portunities and share ideas on the fu-
Astrogram 4 January 2004
House staffer visits NASA Ames NASA’s ‘Spirit’ soars
On Jan. 6, continued from page 5
NASA photos by Dominic Hart
Deputy Associate Spirit’s twin, Mars Exploration Rover
Administrator for Opportunity, was launched July 7, 2003
Legislative Affairs and is scheduled to land on Mars at 9:05
at NASA Head- p.m. PDT on Jan. 24.
quarters Mary D. On Jan. 6, O’Keefe announced plans
Kerwin and minor- to name Spirit’s landing site in Gusev
ity staffer for the Crater as the Columbia Memorial Sta-
House Appropria- tion in honor of the astronauts who died
tions Committee, in the tragic accident of the space shuttle
Subcommittee on Columbia Feb. 1, 2003. A memorial
plaque to Columbia’s seven astronauts
VA HUD and In- and the STS-107 mission is located on
dependent Agen- the back of Spirit’s high-gain antenna.
cies Michelle The aluminum plaque, which measures
Burkett visited approximately six inches in diameter,
NASA Ames. Estelle Condon (right) NASA Ames’ associate director for space programs was attached to the spacecraft in March
They received and projects, provides an overview of Ames missions and capabilities to 2003 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
briefings on Ames’ Michelle Burkett (left) and Mary D. Kerwin (center). Additional information about the
nanotechnology Mars Exploration Rover mission is avail-
and information technology programs and NASA Research Park. They took a able at: http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov
and activities, air traffic management small amount of time at the end of the
day to visit Ames’ BY MICHAEL MEWHINNEY
new visitor center
in its present Editor’s Note: Because of the massive amount
configuration as of publicity the MER story generated, NASA
the Mars Center. Ames public affairs officer Mike Mewhinney,
Kerwin and along with public affairs officers from NASA
Burkett stopped Headquarters and other field centers,
over at Ames on provided media relations support to the JPL
their way back to newsroom staff. He said it was an exciting
Washington, D.C., experience and one that he won’t soon
following their forget. Although he said there were many
visit to JPL for the memorable moments during the four-day
landing of the trip, perhaps one that stands out occurred on
‘Spirit’ rover on Saturday, Jan. 3, after Spirit touched down
Jan. 3 as part of on Mars. “One of the jubilant JPL scientists
began dancing with his wife around the
NASA’s very suc-
newsroom in celebration of the remarkable
cessful Mars Ex- achievement,” he recalled. “ It was pure joy.
David Morse, Ames’ public affairs director, points out the MER landing sites ploration Rover People were cheering and hugging each
and other martian features on a Mars topographic globe to Kerwin and Burkett mission. other and applauding the historic moment.
during their recent visit to the new Ames Mars Center.
Wow – what a night that was!”
Bush lays out bold new space vision
continued from page 2
complishments of the space program, -- roughly the distance from Washing- studying the president’s program very
Bush cited a number of major accom- ton, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts. carefully to determine how best we can
plishments. “Telescopes -- including America has not developed a new ve- help in achieving the president's goals,”
those in space -- have revealed more hicle to advance human exploration in Hubbard said.
than 100 planets in the last decade alone. space in nearly a quarter century. It is “NASA Ames conducts vital R&D
Probes have shown us stunning images time for America to take the next steps.” on the convergence of biotechnology,
of the rings of Saturn and the outer NASA Ames Research Center Di- nanotechnology and information tech-
planets of our solar system. Robotic ex- rector G. Scott Hubbard welcomed the nology; pursues astrobiology research
plorers have found evidence of water -- president’s new vision, vowing that on the origins and evolution of life in the
a key ingredient for life -- on Mars and NASA Ames will play a key role in solar system; and is home to critical
on the moons of Jupiter. At this very helping meet the president’s goals. testing facilities like the arc jets for de-
hour, the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit “NASA Ames Research Center is veloping advanced thermal protection
is searching for evidence of life beyond extremely excited about the president's materials. Our hope and expectation is
the Earth. new national space vision and associ- that NASA Ames will play a significant
Yet for all these successes, much ated space exploration objectives for our role in pursuing the vision and space
remains for us to explore and to learn. In agency. At NASA Ames, we conduct exploration program that the president
the past 30 years, no human being has world-class research and technology has articulated today,” Hubbard con-
set foot on another world, or ventured development in support of all NASA cluded.
farther upward into space than 386 miles exploration missions. So we will be BY MIICHAEL MEWHINNEY
Astrogram 5 January 2004
Aero Expo IV inspires young visitors to NASA Ames
‘Aero Expo IV: A Morning with the craft ramp between
NASA photos by Tom Trower
Wright Brothers at NASA Ames’ was Hangar 1 and Build-
held in December as part of the ‘Centen- ing 158. Aero Village
nial of Flight’ celebration. The NASA encompassed over
Ames Education Office hosted Aero 10,000 square feet of
Ames’ aircraft on static display attract youthful visitors.
A reenactment of the Wright Brother’s conversations was performed
during the Aero Expo IV event held in December.
Expo IV. This year's event brought in tented exhibit space
over 4,000 5th-8th grade students, teach- featuring a 1903
ers and escorts to Ames for three days, Wright Flyer replica
as part of this final centennial celebra- and numerous stu-
tion at the center. dent activities. Adja-
Students view a replica of the Wright Flyer at Aero Expo IV.
A visiting student
experiences the virtual
hang glider at the
recent Aero Expo IV.
Over 4,000 fifth
through eighth graders
Some of the 4,000 school children who visited Ames during the recent enjoyed the centenial
Aero Expo enjoy a range of interactive exhibits and experiences. of flight celebration
hosted by NASA Ames.
Students began their adventure in cent to the village were
the Ames auditorium to experience a re- more than 20 aircraft
enactment of Orville and Wilbur on static display, in-
Wright's conversations leading to the cluding aircraft from
first successfully powered heavier-than- general aviation, the
air flying machine. Running concur- military and NASA.
rently was the Aero Village on the air-
Astrogram 6 January 2004
NASA, Carnegie Mellon make personal robots possible
As NASA's twin robot geologists understand why it’s important for the with cameras mounted on a custom-
'Spirit' and 'Opportunity' were prepar- rovers to be smart.” designed head that can create a pan-
ing to land on Mars this month, a cadre “The Personal Exploration Rover is oramic or 360-degree image. It also can
of 20 smart rovers was deployed at some part of a larger project to develop low- detect obstacles using an optical
of the nation’s most prestigious science cost robotic devices that can be used in rangefinder.
museums to let visitors experience the education, science museums and the Carnegie Mellon and NASA re-
thrill of exploring the red planet. home,” said Daniel Clancy, director of searchers have designed educational
Developed by researchers at information sciences and technology at materials and ongoing support for the
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with NASA Ames. “In future holiday sea- six-month-long exhibits that feature the
sons, you will be rovers. “The gender gap closes when
able to bring one you use robots,” Nourbakhsh said.
of these home for The PER project is funded as part of
your kids. The a four-year grant from NASA to de-
robot will be able velop educational robots. It is supported
to move around through the NASA Ames Intelligent
your house, take Systems Program and Intel. The PERs
pictures, interact are powered by Intel ® Xscale ® technol-
with your dog ogy using the Intel ® PXA255 proces-
and do other sors, which provide high system perfor-
tasks. It’s really mance and low power consumption. The
about the whole rovers run the Linux operating system
creative process and are programmed in Java.
and exploring For more information about CMU’s
how you can personal rover project, see http://www-
program a de- 2.cs.cmu.edu/~personalrover/PER/
vice to do inter- For more information about NASA’s
esting tasks,” he Mars Exploration project, see http://
Exploration BY MICHAEL MEWHINNEY
NASA and Carnegie Mellon’s ‘Personal Exploration Rover.’
mission is part of
support from NASA and Intel Corp., NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a
the Personal Exploration Rovers (PERs) long-term effort of robotic exploration
will reside in a ‘Mars yard,’ specially of the red planet. The current mission is
designed to mimic martian terrain at the to search for clues to past water activity
new visitor center at NASA Ames. on Mars. The spacecraft are targeted to La Follette retires
The new rovers also will be deployed appropriate sites on opposite sides of
in Mars yards at the San Francisco the planet. The rovers they carry will After 36 years of government
Exploratorium; the Smithsonian’s Air drive to promising locations to perform service, Carolyn S. La Follette,
and Space Museum in Washington and on-site geological investigations over the (acting) deputy chief of the acqui-
its new Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles course of their 90-day missions. sition division and deputy procure-
International Airport; and the National While Spirit and Opportunity are ment officer, is retiring.
Science Center in Augusta, Ga. The first looking for water history, museum visi- A reception will be held in her
exhibit opened at NASA Ames in De- tors interacting with the PERs will be honor on Jan. 22 at the NASA Ames
cember; the others later this month. able to search the Mars yards’ rocky Conference Center ballroom, from
“With the Personal Exploration landscapes for organo-fluorescent evi- 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost per per-
Rover, students can learn how robots dence of life.
son is $15, which will include bev-
interact with the world and see for them- While each museum’s exhibit is
selves how the future might look as we unique, they all contain one or more erages, hors d'oeuvres and a gift.
have more and more robots helping us Mars yards populated by rovers. The If you wish to attend, contact
in our everyday life,” said Ames Center identical rovers are 1.2 feet tall, weigh 10 Grace Ann Weiler at ext. 4-5800 or
Director G. Scott Hubbard. pounds and can move 1.6 inches per Mary Valdez at ext. 4-5819.
“Our goal is to excite and inspire second. They have mobility systems
kids about science and technology and similar to those of Spirit and Opportu-
educate people about the role of rovers nity.
and rover autonomy in doing space sci- Visiting 'mission scientists' will ac-
ence,” said project director Illah cess the PERs through a kiosk, and then
Nourbakhsh, associate professor of ro- partner with a rover as it moves through
botics at Carnegie Mellon’s School of the yard, scanning rocks and soil to find
Computer Science. “We want people to signs of life. The rovers are equipped
Astrogram 7 January 2004
Hubbard addresses progress, changes at NASA Ames
During an upbeat, wide-ranging all- be updated annually, will be distributed is our top priority, the safety
hands meeting, NASA Ames Director to Ames employees later this month. programs are scattered, and
G. Scott Hubbard recently brought em- The Ames implementation plan ties the management sends mixed
center's research messages.
and projects back "We will take action on these sug-
to the NASA mis- gestions right away," Hubbard assured
sion and strategic employees. "This is what you have told
plan. It "describes us," he added. Now the question is, "Can
our capabilities senior management deliver?" The next
and talks about step is already under way – the creation
everything we are of a Strategic Research Council, led by
doing, from nano- Steve Zornetzer, and providing strate-
science to super- gic management training for middle
computing," managers. Hubbard noted that the top
Hubbard said. "I priority is working on areas where im-
urge you all to provements can be accomplished
read" the Ames quickly. Management plans to clarify by
implementation early January those concerns not yet
plan. Finally, these fully understood, then establish appro-
elements are in- priate action teams to address solutions.
cluded in each The third and final topic Hubbard
employee's per- addressed was his reorganization of the
formance plans for center's management structure. He be-
NASA photo by Tom Trower the fiscal year. gan by outlining the broad responsibili-
Ames Center Director G. Scott Hubbard responds to questions from the Hubbard then ties of the center's top management offi-
audience during the recent all-hands meeting at NASA Ames. discussed Ames cials. Allen Flynt, deputy director, has
employee input an "exceptional ability to grasp what's
resulting from going on" and serves as the center's chief
ployees up to date on the status of recent November's Safety and Mission Success operating officer. Zornetzer chairs the
strategic management and strategic Week, during which all employees were Strategic Research Council and over-
planning initiatives. He also discussed encouraged to read the report from the sees the center's research programs.
feedback from November's Safety and Columbia Accident Investigation Board Estelle Condon is responsible for re-
Mission Success Week, and announced and determine how to apply the report's viewing projects and the SOFIA pro-
several changes in the center's organiza- messages to their own areas of work. gram. Peter Friedland was recently ap-
tional structure. Among the items submitted by Ames pointed assistant director for technol-
Hubbard began by noting that in a employees were: ogy.
summer 2002 survey of federal employ- • Employees feel the CAIB As part of the reorganization,
ees, Ames received high marks except in report does apply to everyone. Hubbard reduced the number of staff
the areas of pay and compensation, and • There is too little emphasis offices from 21 to five. Staff offices now
strategic management and strategic on developing current and include the Ames Legal Office, Equal
planning. He then explained the five future leaders. Failure should Opportunity Programs Office, SOFIA,
elements of the agency's strategic plan- be an option as we try new the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and
ning process, beginning with the things. the Nanotechnology Center. The goal,
President's Management Agenda, which • We don't think strategically. he explained, is "to get the work, coordi-
outlines the Bush administration's strat- • Do we have sufficient resources nation and management done at the
egy for improving the management and to do the job? lowest level possible."
performance of the federal government. • Do we emphasize process The Federal Aviation Administ-
Next, the NASA strategic plan expands over content? ration's liaison office is now part of the
on the agency's vision and mission state- • We lack a formal and Aerospace Directorate (Code A). A new
ments, and lays out on a high level how effective way to facilitate the directorate, Code E, includes all the
the missions will be carried out. flow of information up and groups that deal with external audiences:
Below the agency's strategic plan down the management chain. Public Affairs (DX), Development (DT),
are the strategies for each of the seven • The contractor/civil servant Technology Partnerships (DK) and the
NASA enterprises (Earth science, space relationship exacerbates the History Office (DH). Michael Marlaire
flight, aerospace technology, space sci- communication problems. will lead the new External Relations and
ence, education, safety and mission as- • The agency should devote Development Office. The goal in estab-
surance, biological and physical re- greater resources to facilitate lishing this new directorate is to "achieve
search). At the field center level, the learning, and place more value greater coordination and a unified mes-
Ames implementation plan reflects what on questioning decisions. sage," Hubbard said.
this center plans to do during the next • In the field of safety, people Another new directorate, the Project
three years. This document, which will feel that although we say safety
continued on page 16
Astrogram 8 January 2004
Ames opens interactive Mars center
continued from page 3
turned out in force at the morning event. people have vis-
All major local television and print me- ited the Mars Cen-
dia attended, including television chan- ter in its first 10
nels 2,4, 5,7 and 11. All ran stories on the days of operation.
evening news. Exhibits in-
Prior to the opening, Scott Hubbard clude a Mars
did preview interviews on KCBS and immersive theater,
where visitors can
see live transmis-
sions of the Mars
landings from mis-
sion control at JPL,
a Mars meteorite
sample a piece of
oped thermal pro- A young visitor checks out the video screen display in the kids’
tection system, and interactive learning room at the Ames Mars Center.
a children's room
where children as young as three can
take part in exploring Mars.
The Personal Exploration Rover
(PER), developed at Carnegie Mellon
University, with support from NASA
and Intel Corp., resides in an interactive
"Mars yard", which mimics martian ter-
Center Director G. Scott Hubbard is
interviewed by Channel 7 news during the
opening ceremony of the new Ames Mars
center on Dec. 29, 2003.
KGO ‘commute’ radio. Feature stories
about the Mars Center opening also ap-
peared in the San Francisco Chronicle
and San Jose Mercury News , on Dec. 29 David Des Marais speaks during the recent
and Dec. 30, respectively. Ames Mars Center opening ceremony.
The morning ceremony was fol-
lowed by the public's first chance to rain. Visitors can 'drive' the 1.2 foot-tall
visit. Approximately 300 enthusiastic rover, which can move at 1.6 inches per
adults, excited children and interested second, on a simulated Mars mision. Its The Personal Exploration Rover at the Ames
teachers 'oohed and aahed' over inter- mobility systems are similar to those of Mars Center is drawing plenty of interest.
active exhibits featuring Mars, the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
Exploration Rover missions and NASA The Mars Center will feature a se- terpreting data from the rover's pan-
Ames' scientific and engineering sup- ries of family nights and star-gazing oramic camera and Microscopic Imager,
port roles in missions to the red planet. parties. The first family night, which which takes high-resolution close-ups
In the evening, undeterred by the was held on Jan. 7 attracted about 350 of Mars rocks and soils. Sims provides
rain, about 300 VIPs attended an hors people. A series of lectures with NASA robotics and intelligent software exper-
d’oeuvres reception. Ames Mars experts will begin in Febru- tise for the mission.
The goal of the Mars Center, located ary. For more information about the
in the large white tent that formerly Shortly after the opening, Mars sci- Mars Center, visit http://
housed Space Camp California, is to entists Cabrol Des Marais and Michael www.arc.nasa.gov. For information
familiarize adults and children with cur- Sims, left for JPL to join the mission and about the Mars Exploration Rovers, visit
rent information about Mars, provide science operations teams. http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer
live coverage transmitted from NASA's Des Marais is lead of the MER work-
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasa- ing group's long-term planning team,
dena, Calif., about the Mars Exploration coordinating the rover's day-to-day op- BY KATHLEEN BURTON
Rovers' missions, and share ongoing re- erations with mission objectives. Cabrol
search about future Mars missions. serves in the rover's geology group, in-
Since the opening, over 12,000
Astrogram 9 January 2004
Over $13,000 awarded to Ames software team
The Space Act Award program,
NASA photo by Dominic Hart
which is coordinated through the Ames
Technology Partnerships Office (Code
EP) is designed to provide official recog-
nition of those inventions and other sci-
entific and technical contributions that
have helped to achieve NASA's aero-
nautical, commercialization and space
goals and to encourage the creation and
reporting of future innovations. The
Inventions and Contributions Board
(ICB) funded by NASA Headquarters is
authorized to recommend the granting
of these monetary awards to civil ser-
vants, contractors and other partners.
The SemanticOrganizer team
recently received recognition in the form The SemanticOrganizer team members, above, recently received Space Act Award recognition.
of a Space Act award for its work. Seated from left to right: Robert Carvalho, Shawn Wolfe, Rich Keller, Ian Sturken and Dan
SemanticOrganizer is a Web-based, col- Berrios. Standing from left to right: Eva Chen (representing James Chen), Deepak Kulkarni, David
laborative knowledge-management and Nishikawa, Kim Hubbard, James Williams, Sergey Yentus, Michael Compton, Dennis Heher,
information-structuring tool that sup- David Hall, Linda Timucin and Ames Deputy Center Director Allen Flynt. Members of the team
ports the collaborative work processes not available for the photo: Brad Bebout, Ling-Jen Chiang, Satyam Dave, Yuri Gawdiak, Jon
of distributed project teams. It com- Guice Hagstrom, Larry Kiser, Tina Panontin, Stephen Rich and Keith Swanson.
bines the functionality of a database,
a document-sharing system, a can be easily customized to match the more information, visit the Web at:
hypermedia information space, and specific information storage and retrieval http://sciencedesk.arc.nasa.gov/
a semantic network into a system that needs of different user communities. For scidesk/
Contractor council awards given monthly activity
NASA photo by Dominic Hart
A statistical summary of activities
of the Protective Services Division's Se-
curity/Law Enforcement and Fire Pro-
tection Services units for the month of
December 2003 is shown below.
Security/Law Enforcement Activity
Contract awards were presented recently to Intrinsyx Technologies SSBRP SW and Delta
Systems Team. Deputy Center Director Allen Flynt (far left) presented the awards.
Fire Protection Activity
In December, the Ames Contrac- contributions to the center's mission
tor Council (ACC) held its 14th an- during fiscal year 2003.
nual Contractor Excellence Awards The council was established in
ceremony. The council's NASA co- 1987 as a contractor-government fo-
chair, Deputy Center Director Allen rum to address common problems
Flynt, joined contractor co-chair Anita and increase contractors' ability to
Fogtman in honoring both individu- respond to the center's changing
als and teams for their outstanding needs.
Astrogram 10 January 2004
Ames celebrates 100 years of powered flight
On Dec. 17, 2003, the anniversary of Fortunately, 'every cloud has a sil- ter break from school to perform the
the first powered flight, the president, ver lining.' The failure to fly only height- tests.
ened the respect
neers and the
public have for
the skill and in-
genuity of the
Fluorescent dye flows over a 1901 Wright Flyer
Ames' Fluid Me- glider model in the NASA Ames Fluid Mechanics
chanics Labora- Lab’s water channel.
tory (FML), as
part of the 'It was an amazing opportunity for
Wright Again me to learn about engineering in the real
project, the cul- world using the ideas and concepts I've
minating tests learned about in school," said Stavros.
were being per- "The staff and engineers of the Fluid
formed to recre- Mechanics Lab were great; they were
ate the methods always ready to help if I had any ques-
the Wrights used tions," she added.
to engineer the Stavros conducted tests in the lab's
1903 Flyer. 2-foot by 2-foot low-speed wind tunnel
"Wright to collect lift and drag measurement on
Again is a recre- a 1903 Wright Flyer model. The results
ation of the will be compared to data gathered by
Wright Brothers' the Wrights and added to the Wright
activities be- Again project’s Web site.
tween 1899 and Stavros hopes to return to Ames in
1903, and this the summer to continue the 'real world'
Kristi Stavros, aeronautical engineering student at Cal Poly, works on a 1903
Wright Flyer model in the 2-foot-by-2-foot slow-speed wind tunnel.
also includes rec- engineering experience.
reating some of The Wright Again project and engi-
their wind tun- neers at the FML hope that positive ex-
nel tests conducted in 1901," said Dr. periences like this will inspire her and
aviation dignitaries from around the Jani Pallis, principal investigator for the others to become the aerospace innova-
world and the public gathered at a rain- Wright Again project. tors for the next century of powered
soaked Kill Devil Hills, N.C., to witness The project seeks to help students flight.
a reenactment of the Wright Brothers' understand the engineering principles "Having Kristi here to perform the
famous flight. Unfortunately, the rep- used by the Wrights and modern engi- culminating test for the Wright Again
lica flyer never made it off the ground. neers by using special activities includ- project is one effort to fulfill NASA’s
ing entries from mission of inspiring the next genera-
the Wrights' en- tion," said Dr Rabi Mehta of the Fluid
gineering jour- Mechanics Lab.
nals and testing The Wright Again project is a part-
of the actual air- nership between Cislunar Aerospace,
foils used by the San Francisco, and The Franklin Insti-
Wrights to de- tute Science Museum, Philadelphia, and
sign their 1903 is sponsored by the Natinal Business
Flyer. Aviation Association, Washington, DC,
In step with with generous support by NASA Ames'
the project's mis- Fluid Mechanics Laboratory.
sion, conducting For more information about the
the test was Kristi Wright Again project, visit: http://
Stavros, a junior www.wrightagain.com
aeronautical ma- For images and a related news re-
NASA photo by Tom Trower jor at California lease about the Wright Again project,
The Ames Exchange provided cake for Ames employees in celebration of the Polytechnic, San visit: http://amesnews.arc.nasa.gov/
100th Anniversary of Flight and the first day of the second hundred years of Luis Obispo. releases/2002/02_120AR.html
flight on Dec. 18 in the Ames Mega Bytes café. Ames historian Jack Boyd, Stavros spent
front center, is seen here with the Ames Mega Bytes café staff. part of her win- BY JONAS DINO
Astrogram 11 January 2004
Art of Leadership Mastery program draws wide interest
The Art of Leadership Mastery pro- plete four learning guides created spe- and improving performance coaching.
gram is an eight-month pilot program cifically for the Ames program. These The ‘Mastery’ program, conceived
developed exclusively for NASA Ames reflection guides can be turned in at and designed before the CAIB issued its
specific times for recommendations with regard to lead-
feedback from ership development and management
the program fa- training, speaks directly to the CAIB’s
cilitator. The concerns of preparing managers for in-
p a r t i c i p a n t s creased roles of responsibility within an
have the consis- integrated approach to career develop-
tency of the same ment. ‘Mastery’ was created with the
facilitator each intention of developing a more inten-
month. tional and integrated development pro-
The other cess for Ames’ current and future lead-
distinguishing ers. Program courses were designed with
aspect of ‘Mas- the intent to achieve leader readiness,
tery’ is the ‘open enable participants to build long-term
program’ - de- partnerships with colleagues, provide a
signed with the curriculum that allows for flexibility and
remaining civil just-in-time training – all the while
‘Art of Leadership Mastery’ facilitator Scott Coady and Kanu Kogod, his servant popula- complementing and being in concert
collaborator, pose with the program logo. tion in mind. It with other NASA development pro-
is ‘open’ in that grams, including the NASA Leadership
an employee is Development Program. ‘Mastery’ is in
and is a lynchpin to LIFE@Ames - ‘Lead- not required (although certainly encour- alignment with NASA’s current initia-
ers Investing for Excellence’ – Ames’ aged) to take more than one course in tive to increase the agency’s internal
integrated approach to leadership de- the program. Although the initial two- coaching capacity -- strengthening the
velopment and management training. day foundations course is prerequisite ability of managers to coach their em-
The underlying principle of the ‘Mas- for taking other courses in the program, ployees as well as providing executive
tery’ program (which began in Septem- any civil servant
ber with its cohort program) is that lead- may sign-up for a
ers bring the future into being through particular course
people. The Art of Leadership Mastery during the year. The
program provides both the hard and ‘open’ program also
soft skills required to enable a program serves as a way for
participant to achieve the next level in those in the cohort
his or her leadership development. The program to make up
coursework for ‘Mastery’ includes ex- absences due to un-
periential and action learning, individual expected events
exercises, and group learning. (travel, illness, etc).
There are two concurrent and It should be
complementary aspects of the Mastery noted that although
program that distinguish it from past skill building is one
Ames’ leadership programs. One as- aspect of the ‘Mas-
pect is the cohort program, which is tery’ program, its
targeted for high performing leaders main focus is devel-
and those with strong leadership poten- oping people as
tial who are GS level 13 through 15. leaders. The cohort
Applicants to this program have also program courses
committed themselves to all course work are organized into
(10 days over 8 months – the dates pre- three levels and in- Scott Coady with the cohort group at one of their sessions this fall.
viously secured), obtained the commit- clude sequential
ment of their immediate supervisor to cascading prerequi-
attend all the courses and demonstrated sites. Following a two-day foundational coaching for executive management.
personal commitment to grow as lead- course, level two courses focus on self, Ames is utilizing the same resources in
ers. In addition, applicants were asked team, and vision and include skill build- the ‘Mastery’ program as NASA is using
by the representative of the Ames train- ing in the areas of basic communication, in rolling out its initiative. Currently,
ing group to articulate their personal envisioning and moving powerfully to- the Newfield Group is training Jane
reasons for participating as well as their ward the future, effective teaming, and Babicz and the author of the Human
expected personal outcomes. Twenty- leadership and emotional intelligence. Resources group (as well as others across
two cohort participants meet each month Level three courses focus on ‘taking it to the agency) for certification as business
for eight months in course work – and others’ and include coursework in the coaches. The two eventually hope to be
also keep in contact between sessions in areas of collaboration, giving and re- certified by the International Coaching
outside group work and support. Co- ceiving feedback, coaching, leading and Federation.
hort participants have recommended managing change, dealing with diffi-
reading as well as the option to com- cult people, mobilizing others to action, continued on next page
Astrogram 12 January 2004
Good neighbor, safety training and teamwork save toddler
A sense of community, teamwork line through SOLAR (NASA Site for On- has a responsibility for his/her own
and the importance of safety training at line Learning and Resources) or through health and safety, these courses help us
NASA Ames all came to the front when classroom attendance. The courses meet to take care of ourselves, both on and off
Lou Hammett, an administrative sup- the requirements of OSHA (Occupa- the job. We all live and work in a "more
port assistant in Code JH, helped to save tional Safety and Health Administra- or less" hazardous environment. Driv-
life of a 2-year-old baby who was chok- tion). Every NASA civil servant and most ing our cars to work is a hazardous
ing on a piece of hot dog. support contractor staff participate in at environment. Working with computers
On a recent Thursday evening, while least 2 required classes every year. The can cause injuries so it is in our best
watching TV, Hammett’s 6-year-old two classes required by the Ames Safety interest to learn how to avoid hazards.
daughter Franshya heard their neigh- Accountability Program are Building The knowledge gained by employees
bor crying and calling for Hammett’s Emergency Action Plans and Hazard also helps NASA to be in compliance
husband, who was still at work at the Communication. Many employees also with Federal regulations.”
time. The neighbor was running to choose to take CPR/AED, first aid, fire Hammett’s husband, a Vietnam vet-
Hammett’s house with a 2-year-old girl extinguisher training and many other eran who has saved the lives of many
in her arms. Franshya ran to get classes every year. people before, considers Hammett and
Hammett, who was in the laundry room. “The student can gain important his daughters to be his true heroes for
Hammett stopped what she was doing knowledge from participation in these saving the life of a baby. For this coura-
and rushed to help her neighbor. The safety and health classes, which will geous deed, the Council of Milpitas pre-
two houses are linked and separated by help the student avoid accidents or un- sented Hammett with a certificate of
a small fence. The neighbor handed toward health exposures,” said Michael commendation in December.
Hammett the child over the fence. Hulet, who manages the CPR/first aid
In the midst of panic and worry, BY VERONIKA SOUKHOVITSKAYA
training at Ames. “Since each person
which Hammett tried not to show to her
neighbor, she performed the Heimlich
maneuver on the baby, but it didn’t
work. Hammett then got her older
daughter Felice, 14, who was talking on
the phone, to help. She tilted the baby,
Art of Leadership Mastery
while Felice patted the the baby on the
back. Hammett told her neighbor to call
program draws wide interest
911, if this last attempt didn’t work, continued from previous page
because the baby was starting to turn In September 2002, the Ames pro- officer Gail James and the author in-
blue and was foaming at the mouth. gram manager for leadership develop- vited Scott Coady to work with the
Fortunately, Hammett and Felice were ment and management training, the author to customize a program that best
able to remove the piece of hot dog that author, contacted Howard Tokunaga, fit Ames’ needs. From that meeting,
was obstructing the baby’s throat and professor of industrial/organizational ‘Mastery’ was born.
the baby was able to breathe freely again. psychology at San Jose State University, Designer and facilitator of ‘Mastery’
“I was so happy that I was there at regarding the possibility of working to- is Scott Coady. Coady is also the co-
the time and was able to help the baby to gether to conduct a needs assessment to designer and co-leader of the
breathe on her own,” said Hammett. identify and prioritize the training needs groundbreaking and award-winning
“This has never happened to me before, and desires of managers and supervi- Leadership Alchemy Program currently
and I was very worried. But I didn’t sors at Ames. Working in collaboration in its third year at NASA’s Goddard
want to show it to Sonia [the neighbor], with the author, Dr. Tokunaga and Space Flight Center. The Newfield Net-
who was panicking and losing herself. I graduate students in the SJSU Master of work certified Coady as an executive
was truly happy when the baby was Science Program in I/O Psychology con- coach in 1992 and he was certified as a
ok.” ducted eleven focus groups across the ‘Master Somatic’ coach by the Strozzi
Hammett said that this situation different codes at Ames. Those attend- Institute in 2002. He obtained an MBA
shows the importance of having basic ing these voluntary focus groups gener- from Pepperdine University.
safety training and safety skills. ated desired training topics, described The ‘Mastery’ cohort program cur-
Hammett emphasized that the safety perceived barriers and obstacles to re- rently enjoys full participation and is
training she received at NASA Ames ceiving training, and provided sugges- closed to additional participants. How-
supported her. At work she learned tions on how the training function at ever, the ‘Mastery’ open program is open
CPR, first aid skills, and how to stay Ames may be improved. The informa- to interested participants. There is, how-
calm and not panic. Thus, she was able tion received provided much helpful ever, a limit of 24 enrollees per class and
to act quickly and help the baby. input for the concept and design of a as of this writing, our January courses
“You never know when your skills development program that could meet are full. Fill in and sign a training form,
might be useful. I didn’t expect this to the needs of Ames’ managers and su- ARC 301 course application, and mail it
happen that evening. I believe every- pervisors in particular, and the Ames to Janice Shook at M/S: 241-3.
body should have some safety train- population in general. For more information about other
ing,” said Hammett. Cod JH Division Chief Dennis program aspects of LIFE@Ames, feel
There is a wide variety of safety Cunningham’s concern had always been free to contact the author at
training courses available to each em- for an integrated approach to develop- phone ext. 4-4684 or e-mail at
ployee at Ames. There are approxi- ment. After reviewing many vendors email@example.com
mately 50 courses available, either on- during the fall of 2002, Ames’ Training
BY LEE HAYWARD
Astrogram 13 January 2004
Ongoing Event Calendar Environmental, Health and Safety Information
Forum, first Thursday of each month, 8:30 a.m. to
9:30 a.m., Bldg. 221/Rm 155. URL: http://
Ames Amateur Radio Club, third Thursday of Ames Diabetics (AAD), 1st & 3rd Weds, 12 noon to q.arc.nasa.gov/qe/events/EHSseries/ POC: Stacy St.
each month, 12 noon, N-T28 (across from N-255). 1 p.m., at Ames Mega Bites, Sun room. Support group Louis at ext. 4-6810.
POC: Michael Wright, KG6BFK, at ext. 4-6262. discusses news affecting diabetics. POC: Bob Mohlenhoff,
ext. 4-2523/e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hispanic Advisory Committee for
Ames Ballroom Dance Club. Classes on Excellence HACE Mtg, first Thurs of month in N255
Tuesdays. Beginning classes meet at 6:15 p.m. Ames Federal Employees Union (AFEU) Mtg, third room 101C from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. POC: Eric
Higher-level class meets at 5:15 p.m. Held in Bldg. 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.
944, the Rec. Center. POC: Helen Hwang, Rm 104. Guests welcome. Info at: http://www.afeu.org.
POC: Marianne Mosher, ext. 4-4055. Jetstream Toastmasters, Mondays, 12 p.m. to 1
p.m., N-269/Rm.179. POC: Becky Brondos at ext. 4-
Ames Bowling League, Palo Alto Bowl on Ames Mac Support Group Mtg, third Tuesday of ea. 1959, email@example.com or Bob Hilton at
Tuesday nights. Seeking full-time bowlers and month, 11:30 a.m.to 1 p.m., Bldg. N262, Rm 180. POC: ext. 4-1783, firstname.lastname@example.org.
substitutes. Questions to sign up: Mike Liu at ext. 4- Julie ext. 4-4694 or Tony ext. 4-0340.
Nat'l Association of Retired Federal Employees,
1132. Ames Model Aircraft Club, flying radio-controlled (NARFE). Former and current federal employees. Your
Ames Child Care Center Board of Directors aircraft at the north end of Parsons Ave. on weekend only contact with Congress. Join to protect your
Mtg, every other Thursday (check Web site for mornings. POC: Mark Sumich, ext. 4-6193. federal retirement. Chptr #50 meets the first Fri. of
meeting dates: http://accc.arc.nasa.gov), 12 noon to Ames Sailing Club Mtg, second Thursday of ea. each month at HomeTown Buffet, 2670 El Camino (at
1:30 p.m., N-210, Rm. 205. POC: Cheryl Quinn, ext 4- month (Feb through Nov), from 11.30 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Kiely), S. Clara, 11 a.m. lunch. POC Earl Keener (408)
5793. special events room in the Ames Visitor Center in N-223. 241-4459 or NARFE 1-800-627-3394.
Ames Contractor Council Mtg, first Wednesday All are welcome. POC: Jeff Smith, ext. 4-2586. Native American Advisory Committee Mtg,
each month, 11 a.m., N-200, Comm. Rm. POC: Anita fourth Tues each month, 12 noon to 1 p.m., Bldg. 19,
Fogtman, ext. 4-4432. Rm 1096. POC: Mike Liu at ext. 4-1132.
Mancini retires from Ames Astronomy lecture
Ronald Mancini has retired from
NASA after over 30 years of service.
branch from 1994-97 and a deputy series presents
division chief from 1997 to 2002.
Mancini was the acting division chief A catered reception will be held
of Systems Engineering (Code FE), a Dr. Eugene Chiang of the Uni-
on Jan. 21, 2004, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00
position he had held since March 2002. versity of California at Berkeley will
p.m., at the NASA Ames Conference
He was involved with a variety of give a non-technical illustrated talk
Center ballroom. A wide variety of
research projects at Ames, including about ‘The Search for Planet X: Ex-
hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will
the SOFIA project, the Vertical Motion ploring the Solar System Beyond
be served. Cost per person is $15,
Simulator, responsibility for the de- Neptune.’
which includes food, beverages and a
velopment of the first Ames life sci- Date: Feb. 11
ence hardware that flew on the shuttle Time: 7 p.m.
If you would like to attend this
in 1982 on STS-3 and the Plant Growth Place: The Smithwick Theater,
event, contact Merle Simbe, Building
Unit. He was the chief of the Mechani- at Foothill College,
N-200, Room 111 or at ext. 4-6315.
cal Systems and Controls Engineering El Monte Road
and Freeway 280,
Los Altos Hills
The event is free and open to the
public. Parking on campus costs $2.
Former operations Call the series hotline at (650) 949-
7888 for more information.
specialist dies Ames Retirements The event is co-sponsored by
NASA Ames, the Foothill College
Johnnie Owen Coleman passed Name: Code: Date: astronomy program, the SETI Insti-
away on Nov. 30, 2003 at his home in Daniel P. Bencze AP 10-31-03 tute and the Astronomical Society of
Carlsbad, Calif. Kenneth L. Warsh DL 12-30-03 the Pacific.
Coleman served as a corpsman in K. C. Shih ARH 1-02-04 Chiang will discuss how new dis-
the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Marianne Silva CR 1-02-04 coveries are revealing an array of
In 1990, after an additional 32 years of Ronald E. Mancini FE 1-02-04 interesting new objects -- including
U.S. government service, he retired from Jose Rustia FM 1-02-04 several mini-planets -- at the out-
the position of facilities operations spe- Carolyn S. Lafollette JA 1-02-04 skirts of our planetary system.
cialist for the Space Research Director- Barbara J. Young JAC 1-02-04
ate at Ames. Scott Maa SFD 1-02-04
He is survived by his wife of 50 K. C. Tsui FEE 1-31-04
years, Joyce, his five children, seven
grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Astrogram 14 January 2004
Ames Classifieds Exchange Information
Ads for the next issue should be sent to For sale: Lake Shasta houseboat, 42' with necessary Information about products, services and
email@example.com and must be resubmitted for permit. Two bedroom one bath. Two four cycle engines - opportunities provided to the employee and contractor
each issue. Ads must involve personal needs or items; (no - for clean environment -- outboards. Fero-concrete hulls, community by the Ames Exchange Council. Visit the
commercial/third-party ads) and will run on a space- for no maintenance or rust. Vinyl siding. Call (650) 968- web site at: http://exchange.arc.nasa.gov
available basis only. First-time ads are given priority. Ads 4155 or e-mail DBMcKellar@aol.com
must include home phone numbers; Ames extensions and
email addresses will be accepted for carpool and lost and
Baby items, all very good-excellent condition: Beyond Galileo N-235 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Emmaljunga stroller/pram/bassinet, blue/white, $150; Pali ext. 4-6873
found ads only. Due to the volume of material received,
crib, $95; Simmons crib mattress, $20; Dutalier glider/
we are unable to verify the accuracy of the statements Ask about NASA customized gifts for special
rocker, $225; footrest, $15; Peg Perego Prima Papa high
made in the ads. Caveat emptor! occasions. Make your reservations for Chase Park
chair, white/blue, $60; Right Start baby jogger, $50; Graco
baby jumper, $15; Exersaucer, $20. Call (408) 356-2156. Mega Bites N-235 (6 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Housing Looking for lawn mower and tiller. Email: ext. 4-5969
firstname.lastname@example.org See daily menu at: http://exchange.arc.nasa.gov
For rent: 3bd/2ba house. $1,900/mo includes,
refrigerator, gardener, wooddeck w/ picnic tabl, vaulted
ceilings w/ skylghts, fruit trees and planter boxes, electrc Mars Center Gift Shop N-943
washr/dry hookups (w/d not included), Moreland schools.
Two car garage w/auto. dr opnr, great neighbors, quiet Lost and Found (10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) ext. 4-5412
NASA logo merchandise, souvenirs, toys, gifts and
neighbrhd and convenient to malls. Utilities not included. Wedding ring in the N202/N233 parking lot in educational items.
No pets, non-smoker preferred. Keith or Veronica (408) November/December 2003 time frame. Contact Betsy
445-8437 for information. Robinson ext. 4-3360 or e-mail her at: Tickets, etc...(N-235, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
For rent: Large 2 bd/1-1/2 ba apt. in 4-plex with Elizabeth.T.Robinson@nasa.gov to claim.
wireless Internet access included. Sunnyvale, close to
Check web site for discounts to local attractions,
Ames. $1,150/mo. N/S. Call (408) 739-3303. For details
http://exchange.arc.nasa.gov and click on tickets.
For rent: 5 min. from Ames. 1 bd condo, 840 sqft. NASA Lodge (N-19) 603-7100
Fireplace, view, tile floors, free laundry. $975/mo. Open 7 days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Rates
Available 2/15/04. Mike (650) 961-8162. from $40 - $50.
House for rent in San José,11 miles from Ames. 3bd/
2ba, not furnished. Huge back yard, pets ok, $1,600/mo
Safety Data Vacation Opportunities
plus dep. Paul (408) 294-9958. Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley Townhse, 3bd/2ba.
Civil Contractors View of slopes, close to lifts. Per night: $250, two night
Santa Clara house for rent, 12 miles from Ames. 3bd/ Servants minimum. Includes linens, cleaning, propane fireplace,
1ba, 2 car garage, central heat and A/C, W/D hook ups.
Not recordable fully equipped. Call (650) 968-4155.
Near Santa Clara Univ. $1,400/mo. Call (408) 246-5295.
Nice 3 bd/1.5 ba twnhouse in Mtn. View. Quiet and first aid cases 3 2
South Lake Tahoe cottage w/wood fireplace, hot
very close to Ames. Patio and balcony, fire place, W/D, no
tub. Rates $50 to $130 per night. Call (650) 967-7659
pet , N/S. Has detached one car garage and an assigned
parking lot. $1,700/mo and dep. Call (408) 761-7554.
Recordable no or (650) 704-7732.
For rent: 3 bdrm immaculate house in great Sunnyvale
lost time cases 0 0 Vacation rental, Bass Lake, 4 mls south of Yosemite.
3bd/1.5 ba, TV, VCR, MW, frplc, BBQ, priv. boat dock.
area. 1,800 sq. ft. w/ living room, formal dining room,
Sleeps 8. $1,050/wk. Call (559) 642-3600 or (650) 390-
family room w/fireplace, inside laundry, gardener. No pets. Lost time cases* 0 0 9668.
N/S. $2,600/mo. Call (408) 865-1968 or (408) 316-9742.
Big Sur vacation rental, secluded 4bd/2ba house in
House for rent in Cupertino, 3/2, available Feb 1,
short-term, month-to-month, $1,400/month. E-mail: Restricted duty days 0 0 canyon setting. Fully eqpd kitchen. Access to priv.
beach. Tub in patio gdn. Halfway between Carmel and
Big Sur. $175/night for 2; $225 for 4 and $250 for
Duplex with 1.5 ba/2bd, only ten minutes from NASA. Lost work days 0 0 more, plus $150 cleaning dep. Call (650) 328-4427.
Helen (650) 625-1225.
Incline Village: Forest pines, Lake Tahoe condo, 3
Data above is for December 2003. bd/2 ba, sleeps 8. Fireplc, TV/VCR, MW, W/D, jacuzzi,
Transportation *(Under new OSHA rules, lost time
sauna, pool. $120/night low season; $155/night high
season. $90 cleaning fee and 12% Nevada room tax.
‘74 Mercedes 450SL, good condition, two tops. is defined as lost work days, restricted Charlie (650) 366-1873.
$5,900. Call (650) 325-4725. duty of work transfer.) Tahoe Donner vacation home, 2 bd/2ba. trees,
‘91 BMW 325i convertible, 96K mls, leather interior, deck, sun, fun. Access to pools, spa, golf, horseback
6cd changer, auto windows, heated seats, brand new riding, $280 wkend, $650 week. Call (408) 739-9134.
convertible top, A/C, excellent condition. $8,600 Tim Pine Mountain Lake vacation home. Access to golf,
(408) 406-8242. tennis, lake, swimming, horseback riding, walk to beach.
‘92 Toyota Corolla DX 4-door automatic, one owner, Three bedrooms/sleeps 10. $100/night. Call (408) 799-
all records. 92K mls, super clean. Garaged all times. Check 4052 or (831) 623-4054.
cars.com for photo and details. $3,200. Call (408) 732- Spacious 2 bdrm Maui suite available (can
6180 before 8 p.m.
‘94 Oldsmobile Bravada, SUV, 4 wheel drive, 4D, 110k
Astrogram deadlines accommodate up to 6 people) for 1 week. Cooking
facilities, color TV, swimming pools, access to beach and
mls, automatic. Power steering & windows. Tan leather, much more. Located nearby shopping centers, golf
green exterior. Dual front air bags. ABS brakes. Good courses, and all water activities. $1,200 a week or B/O.
Deadline: Publication: Call (408) 446-4416 for more information.
condition. $4,400 or B/O. Jenny (415) 407-5017.
Jan. 23 Feb. 2004
‘99 Acura TL, excellent condition, 58K mls, $15,700. Feb. 20 Mar. 2004
Rey Salcido (650) 704-5061 (H).
‘00 Volvo S40, 4 door sedan, 42K mls., red, AT, A/C,
PS, PW, PL (rmt), AM/FM w/ CD, MNRF, LTHR, $12,000.
Hank (408) 262-4974. May 25 June 2004
All Ames employees are invited to submit
To hear the centerwide status
Miscellaneous articles relating to Ames projects and activities for recording, call (650) 604-9999 for
Carters rocking basinet w/retractable wheels; white w/
publication in the Astrogram. When submitting information announcements and
blue pattern; has overhead canopy and ample storage stories or ads for publication, submit your mate- emergency instructions for Ames
underneath. Great condition. $20. Call (408) 295-2160. rial, along with any questions, in MS word by e- employees. You can also listen to
mail to: email@example.com on or be-
Graco 2-speed electric baby swing. White enamel
fore the deadline.
1700 KHz AM radio for the same
finish with blue trim. Great condition. $15. Call (408) information.
Astrogram 15 January 2004
Hubbard addresses progress, changes at NASA Ames
continued from page 6
Engineering and Management Director- nancial Management Office (Code C) It also will have responsibility for work-
ate (Code P), will focus on research and and Braxton taking the reins of the Cen- ing with the new NASA Engineering
technology development. Headed by ter Operations Directorate (Code J). Safety Center at NASA Langley Research
Cliff Imprescia, it will include elements Hubbard explained that he asked Center in Virginia.
of codes A, F, J and S, and will empha- Braxton and Moyles to make the switch Finally, the new Code H, the Hu-
size flight hardware and project man- "to take a fresh look" at the functions of man Capital Directorate, will include
agement. The new directorate also will these two large directorates. NASA Ames' education and human re-
assume management responsibilities for Code Q, the Safety, Environmental sources offices. The new directorate was
the development phase of Kepler, SOFIA and Mission Assurance Directorate, will created, Hubbard explained, to elevate
and the SSBRP. assume responsibility for NASA hous- these two important functions to a "more
Tom Moyles and Lewis Braxton will ing at Ames, as well as for the NASA visible position."
swap jobs, with Moyles heading the Fi- chief veterinary officer located at Ames. BY ANN SULLIVAN
Former Ames aerospace engineer
included in ‘Who’s Who’
The National Register’s Who’s Who Division, was titled ‘A Simplified Con-
in Executives and Professionals includes trol System for Predicting the Growth
James Carson Howard, retired aerospace Hormone Response of Human Subjects
engineer of Lockheed Martin and NASA, to Various Physical Activities.
in its 2004-2005 edition. Acting on a suggestion by NASA
Howard grew up in the United King- Headquarters and in order to demon-
dom where he practised aeronautical strate the wide range of applicability of
engineering and naval architecture. this technique, the results were pub-
In response to an invitation from the lished in book form. The book assumed
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, he the form of a special publication and
moved to the U.S. where he explored the was entitled ‘Mathematical Modeling
use of symbolic mathematical computa- of Diverse Phenomena.’ Howard was
tion. This is a technique whereby a listed in ‘Who’s Who’ in September 2003.
computer can be used to formulate math- This year’s edition will be registered
ematical models. at the Library of Congress in Washing-
One of the many papers that were ton, D.C. It is only available to those
published with Dr. D. R. Young under professionals who are included.
the auspices of the Ames Life Sciences
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