# April 2005 Archives

## Elektron Problems Continue

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 29 April 2005

"Update on Elektron: After yesterday's two unsuccessful tries at restarting the Elektron O2 generator (one before, one after an effort by Krikalev to repair a leak in the nitrogen feed hose), ground specialists are considering plans to replace the currently installed BZh-7 (Liquid Unit #7) with the spare (but used) BZh-6 in the near future (BZh-6 was checked out for functionality by Sharipov on 4/7-8). As of last night, the pressure onboard the ISS was within Flight Rule limits, and specialists believe another O2 repress from 17 Progress tanks may be necessary over the weekend ahead."

## New Report Seeks Aeronautics Increase

Report contradicts Bush NASA plan, Daily Press

"NASA should spend billions more dollars on aeronautics research to keep the United States from slipping further behind Europe, according to a new strategic plan prepared for Congress. If implemented - and that's a big if - the plan would restore aeronautics funding to 1998 levels and likely soften drastic budget cuts that the Bush administration has planned for NASA Langley Research Center, industry observers say."

National Institute of Aerospace

## Shuttle Team Comments on Launch Slip

Transcript of a NASA Press Briefing with Bill Parsons, Wayne Hale, and Bill Gerstenmaier

"MR. HALE: Well, I'd just say that one of the things we've learned, or I've learned anyway, is you have to be very careful with your every-day intuition in this business because what we're dealing with defies every-day intuition, whether you're talking about orbital mechanics or in fact ice."

## Today's Telecon With Griffin and Readdy

"[Griffin] Part of the problem, I think, is that as the decades have gone by, when we have been able to do human space flight, we've come to accept it as more or less routine. From an engineering point of view, it isn't. When some of us--some of you weren't even born, but when some of us were, say, 12 years and we launched Alan Shepherd (sic), everybody knew that Al was risking his life. That's why they were heroes. The people who get on the shuttle today and fly it or who have flown it, such as my compatriot here, are every bit as much heroes as Al Shepherd (sic), Gus Grissom, John Glenn on his first flight, every bit as bold, courageous, and risk-taking, as were the astronauts of a generation or two generations ago."

## Stafford/Covey Waved Off

"The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group is postponing its public meeting and news conference scheduled for Friday, May 6, in Houston. New dates for a public meeting and media briefing have not been set."

## Hutchison on STS-114 Decision

Editor's note: commenting on this release, Sen. Hutchison's press officer, Chris Paulitz, added "Last night, when Sen. Hutchison spoke with Dr. Griffin, she told him she worked hard to get him confirmed quickly just for this purpose -- so he would have ample time to look at the systems thoroughly before launch. This is exactly why, as subcommittee chair, she worked so hard to get him confirmed in a timely manner through her committee."

## Minutes from MIke Griffin's Weekly Tag-up

NASA Senior Management ViTS Minutes 25 April 2005

"- Dr. Griffin also talked about the New York Times story that referenced internal documents forwarded to Times reporters. The documents indicated NASA had changed at least some of the statistical methods used to understand the risks of ice, foam insulation, or other launch debris impacts. The fact that the documents were leaked did not matter to Dr. Griffin, as it cannot be stopped anyway. However he said that when we talk about changing the NASA culture, he would like to change the "need" to leak information."

## The Full Story

Editor's note: The following appears in Space News: "According to sources closely tracking the effort, Shank and senior NASA officials met behind closed doors April 22 to discuss what to do about the current CEV solicitation. Notably absent from the meeting was Craig Steidle, NASA's associate administrator for exploration systems, who was taking a personal day while options were being discussed about the single biggest acquisition managed by his organization."

According to knowledgeable NASA sources, Steidle's staff actually readjusted his schedule several times - because Mike Griffin's office changed this meeting date several times. In the end, Steidle was not able to adjust his schedule to make the final meeting date due to a previous appointment.

Editor's note: In addition, NASA sources note that Steidle met with Mike Griffin for more than 2 hours on 21 April. This is all in sharp contrast to what is hinted at by Space News. Curiously, NASA PAO did not try (or care enough) to fix this published misinterpretation of Steidle's participation in these important discussions - even though internal meeting minutes (below) provide an explanation:

NASA Senior Management ViTS Minutes 25 April 2005

"- [Dr. Griffin] apologized to Craig Steidle for scheduling a meeting with him, which caused Adm. Steidle to cancel an event on his calendar. Dr. Griffin later had to cancel the meeting."

## ESMD ICP and BAA for ESR&T On Hold

"As I'm sure you are aware, there are a number of acceleration actions being implemented at the request of the NASA Administrator. Many of these involve acquisition approaches and planning (including schedules) for major systems developments by ESMD. As a result, it is premature to continue with the previously planned Intramural Call for Proposals (ICP) and the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Exploration Systems Research and Technology (ESR&T) and Human Systems Research & Technology (HSRT) programs until we can be assured that our technology investments are properly aligned."

## Its Official: STS-114 Slipped to July

Editor's update: NASA will hold a press conference on Friday at 10:30 am EDT at NASA Headquarters with Bill Readdy and Mike Griffin. This will be followed at 11:30 am EDT by another press event from Johnson Space Center. Both events will air live on NASA TV.

Editor's note: Around 6:00 pm EDT Thursday evening NASA decided to delay the launch of STS-114 until July. The new launch window extends from 12 - 31 July. Although NASA will eventually have to roll Discovery back to the VAB for External Tank modifications, it is not likely to do so right away. Instead, NASA will continue to conduct tests at the pad to better understand several anomalies observed during tests last week - tests that could only have been done at the pad.

## NASA Staff go to Congress to do Earth Science Damage Control

Editor's note: Senior NASA personnel spent the better part of the day on Capitol Hill doing damage control with regard to NASA's Earth Science programs - and the issues highlighted in Thursday's hearing and the new NAS report.

## ECLSS Problems on ISS

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 April 2005

"Update on Elektron: This morning s attempt at reactivating the Elektron was not successful. Telemetry data are being analyzed at present, to assist in the development of further troubleshooting steps.
Update on SKV Dehumidifiers: The Russian air conditioners are still not producing water for the condensate recovery system."

## More on ISS Science Cuts

Life Science Research on Space Station Is Headed for Big Cuts, Science (subscription)

"Baldwin says the space biology effort would be "decimated" in the new plan. Both he and Charles Oman, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) aerospace engineer tracking the research plan, expect that the animal research facilities will be dropped. In addition, documents first posted last week by the Web site NASAWatch show that the agency will roughly halve the number of station racks in use aboard the space station to four; limit astronaut hours from the 15 hours planned to 10 hours; and slice funding for integrating the experiments into the racks by 38% starting in 2006. NASA Deputy Chief Scientist Howard Ross says that the document, to be completed next month, is only "for planning purposes." And he rejects the notion that the community has been excluded from discussions."

NASA Internal Presentation: FY06 ISS Program Budget Challenge POIF

"Programmatic Direction:

It is now acceptable to have a loss of science caused by either system failure, loss of detailed planning, or personnel error.
Maximizing planning to achieve the most out of crew time is no longer a requirement.
Customer Satisfaction is no longer a requirement."

## STS-114 Launch Slip - to July?

NASA ponders launch delay, Orlando Sentinel

"NASA managers are close to deciding whether to delay the space shuttle's return to flight from May until July to reduce the risk of damaging ice debris breaking off the ship's external fuel tank."

## House Science Committee Hearings on NASA Earth Science

Experts: Severe Budget Cuts Threaten Vitality of NASA Earth Science Programs, House Science Committee

House Science Committee Democrats Decry Budget Cuts, Lack of Clear Direction in NASA's Earth Science Program

"The bottom line appears to be that NASA's Earth Science program faces the prospect of being marginalized in the coming years as the agency puts its focus on the President's exploration initiative," remarked Ranking Member Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN)."

NASA Earth Science Programs to be Topic of Congressional Hearing, House Science Committee

## Philip Morrison

Editor's note: Noted physicist Philip Morrison died on 22 April 2005. Details to follow.

Philip Morrison, 89, Builder of First Atom Bomb, Dies

## Shared Services Decision - Imminent?

New NASA spots, current defense posts hang in the balance, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Within days, the federal government will decide whether Northeast Ohio gets a new NASA office center in Brook Park and keeps a Defense Department agency in Cleveland that handles payroll for thousands of service men and women and their families. The two facilities would have a combined payroll of more than $85 million a year." ## O'Keefe Speaks Up Step by step, NASA is doing what it takes to 'fix the culture', OpEd, Sean O'Keefe, USA Today "Of course, there are those within the agency and in the space-exploration community who still aren't convinced. USA TODAY recently reported the views of those who think NASA's culture has not been fixed. Debates have emerged, as reported Friday in The New York Times, on the methods for measuring the actions taken to meet the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Such opinions show the dialogue is continuing." ## Expedition 10 Crew Is Home "After traveling more than 78 million miles aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 10 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov returned to Earth today. With them was ESA Astronaut Roberto Vittori." NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 April 2005 ## "The Hammer" and Space DeLay's Grab for NASA, The Nation "Then in February, the Republican leadership reorganized the House Appropriations Committee. Authority for NASA was yanked from the subcommittee on veterans and housing and handed to the subcommittee in charge of the State and Justice departments. This was a promotion for NASA. It was also seen on Capitol Hill as an act of revenge. The reorganization plan, said David Obey, the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, was "simply payback." ## Sen. Allen's Visit to LaRC Editor's note: The following summary of Sen. Allen's visit to LaRC on Friday was submitted by a NASA Watch reader: "Here is a fairly brief synopsis of what happened today at NASA Langley Research Center. First it should be noted that there was never any official notification by NASA management to LaRC employees that Senator Allen was going to visit LaRC, meet with senior management, and then have a press conference outside of the main LaRC gate. The only indication was a sign inside of LaRC, which read "Welcome Senator Allen" or something very close to that. Fortunately, NASA WATCH, apparently based on tips from NASA employees (not sure how they knew unless they are some of the few in the know for these kinds of things), posted the news that Senator Allen was coming to LaRC for a press conference. ## Sun-Solar System Connection Guest Investigators Program Delayed NASA Internal Memo: ROSES 2005 NASA Research Announcement Amendment:Postponement of Sun-Solar System Connection Guest Investigators Program "On or about April 25, NASA will amend the ROSES 2005 NASA Research Announcement to postpone the solicitation of proposals in the Sun-Solar System Connection Guest Investigators program until after a senior review that will be held in fall 2005. No new proposal due date is being announced at this time." ## DeLay and Griffin Thank Each Other "NASA's new administrator, Michael Griffin, thanked DeLay for his support of the nation's spaceflight efforts. "Whatever side of the aisle you are on, Tom DeLay has been a tireless friend of the agency," Griffin said." ## Discovery 2005 AO Release Delayed Posted on the NSPIRES website: "Discovery 2005 AO: The Discovery 2005 AO will not be released on April 22, 2005. NASA has received a Congressional inquiry regarding the guidelines followed, and decisions made, with respect to the Discovery 2004 AO. NASA will release the Discovery 2005 AO as soon as possible." ## Looks Like NASA Watch is in the Dog House (Once Again) Editor's note: NASA JSC PAO is holding a telecon between the news media and John Muratore and Wayne Hale today to address issue raised in this morning's edition of the NY Times. The telecon was to start at 5:00 pm EDT. As has been the habit the past few years, an email alert - or, if it is really last minute, a phone call is made to alert the media to such events and how to participate and ask questions. Up until today PAO has been very, very good at keeping me on the list for such events. Not any more. I've heard that some feathers really got ruffled on the 9th floor this morning when they read NASA Watch. Editor's note: I called down to JSC to see if I could participate (since the event had not yet started) and they told me "No". ## Notes from Griffin's Weekly Tag-up NASA Internal Memo: Enterprise Council (EC) ViTS 19 April 2005 (Agency's Weekly Meeting with NASA Senior Managers) Highlights: "- Dr. Griffin is reorganizing the reporting structure so that the Center Directors report directly to Code A, a model similar to the aerospace matrix model that he is used to." "- He is establishing an "Associate Administrator" position that will be responsible for day-to-day activities of the Agency. He and Fred Gregory (who will remain the Deputy Administrator) will focus their efforts on the external needs of the Agency, and the new position will focus on the internal needs. The position will be competed, and he does not have anyone in mind for this role. Courtney Stadd will act in that role until a permanent incumbent is named." "- Previously NASA had one NASA Advisory Committee, and Mr. O'Keefe split the committee in two. Dr. Griffin is recombining the committee back into one committee, and he will select people that he respects as members. Also the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, which is mandated, will be staffed by people he admires and respects. He will be elevating their role and status." "- ARC asked the new administrator what his thoughts were with regard to the Aldredge Commission Report. Dr. Griffin said the most controversial aspect of the report was converting Centers to Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). NASA talked about converting Centers to FFRDCs when he was last at NASA, and he does not support the concept. There is a place for Government research facilities." ## Changes to PAO, Education, and Legislative Affairs NASA Internal Memo: Enterprise Council (EC) ViTS 19 April 2005 (Agency's Weekly Meeting with NASA Senior Managers) "- During his confirmation hearing, Dr. Griffin heard that NASA often meets itself in the marketplace. He explained that sometimes NASA people go to Congress with different stories. He stressed the need to communicate one story to avoid confusion. In the future, when someone goes to the Hill on a request from Congress, make sure that Code A, the Office of Legislative Affairs, and the Office of Public Affairs know so there is coordination of one NASA message." "- Dr. Griffin will move the Office of Education under the new Office of Strategic Communications." and "- Joe Davis is the new AA for Strategic Communications." Editor's note: Davis once worked as a spokesman for DOE. No word yet on who the permanent heads of PAO or Legislative Affairs will be. It would be really nice to see Grififn fix the dysfunctional relationship between these various facets of NASA's public face once and for all. ## Soyuz Battery Problems May Cause Change In Reentry Procedures "Soyuz-215/9S Status: The backup/reserve battery of the Soyuz 9S vehicle is known to be degraded, with some unquantifiable charge remaining. TsUP/Moscow is considering a modified return/descent plan by reducing the time between undocking and landing, requiring lower-than-nominal battery capacity to reduce reliance on the reserve battery." ## Allen to Visit LaRC Allen, NASA Langley chief discuss budget, Daily Press "Sen. George Allen met with NASA Langley Research Center Director Roy Bridges, several area city leaders and about 50 NASA Langley employees today to discuss restoring aeronautics funding to the 2006 federal budget." Editor's note: According to several_sources@nasa.gov, Sen. Allen (R-VA) plans to be at NASA LaRC on Friday to speak with employees. Stay tuned for details. Editor's update: According to LaRC Public affairs office, Sen. Allen will be holding a press conference in front of the LaRC main gate today at 2:15 PM. ## Dealing With The Gap "When asked how the Bush administration plans to address the looming four-year gap from the retirement of the space shuttle in 2010 to the first manned flight of the Crew Exploration Vehicle in 2014; a time when the U.S. will have no human access to space, its chief scientist had a two-word answer. Mike Griffin." ## NY Times on Looming Shuttle Safety Concerns "Experts who have seen the documents say they do not suggest that the shuttle Discovery - scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 22 - is unsafe, but a small but forceful minority say they worry that NASA is repeating a practice that contributed to the Columbia disaster: playing down risks to continue sending humans into space. The documents were given to The New York Times by several NASA employees, who did so on the condition of anonymity, saying they feared retribution." "James Wetherbee, a former shuttle commander and safety official who recently retired from NASA..." Editor's note: No one - neither Wetherbee - or the reporter who quotes him - makes note that Wetherbee is currently being paid as a NASA consultant - and that he was hired to help JSC and NASA improve "culture". ## NASA Docking TIM Agenda and Non Disclosure Agreement Notification "Please use this message as a reminder that one week from today, on Friday April 22, the ESMD ADBS Docking ICP Project is hosting a Docking Technical Forum across NASA Parkway from the Johnson Space Center at the Nassau Bay Hilton." ## Personnel Moves on the 9th Floor "- He is establishing an "Associate Administrator" position that will be responsible for day-to-day activities of the Agency. He and Fred Gregory (who will remain the Deputy Administrator) will focus their efforts on the external needs of the Agency, and the new position will focus on the internal needs. The position will be competed, and he does not have anyone in mind for this role. Courtney Stadd will act in that role until a permanent incumbent is named." Editor's update: 21 April: Courtney Stadd now has a mail code/room location (9F44 - the Administrator's suite) and a phone number (202 358-1808). It would certainly seem like Stadd is working within NASA Headquarters - which is exactly what many people have been reporting. Curiously, no one has made any announcement to that effect. Earlier post about Stadd moving (back) to NASA. Editor's note: 17 April: Former House Science Committee staffer Chris Shank will start at NASA HQ on Monday working directly for Mike Griffin on the 9th floor. Word has it that Scott Pace, Liam Sarsfield, Jim Frelk (all ex-RAND alums) are moving up to the 9th floor - and that Courtney Stadd (who also consults for Bigelow Aerospace) may also come on board as a consultant to NASA - also on the 9th floor. His role would similar to the one he held under Dan Goldin: if not chief of staff, then at least something like that as the most senior advisor to Mike Griffin. The probability that Stadd will play some role seems rather high given that he has already been assigned a nasa.gov email address [omitted here to save him from spam] - one listed as "Organization: A, Employer: NASA uniqueIdentifier: HQ009859". Meanwhile, John Schumacher and Mary Kicza are moving off of the 9th floor. The reason given was rather straightforward: that more office space was needed for Mike Griffin's incoming staff ## Science To Suffer on ISS under FY06 Budget NASA Internal Presentation: FY06 ISS Program Budget Challenge POIF "Programmatic Direction: It is now acceptable to have a loss of science caused by either system failure, loss of detailed planning, or personnel error. Maximizing planning to achieve the most out of crew time is no longer a requirement. Customer Satisfaction is no longer a requirement." ## "Science" on NASA Science NASA Redux editorial, Science (subscription) "Bashing the president on his new exploration vision is probably a waste of breath. A more effective approach would be to insist that exploration is what NASA's science is all about, whether studying the oceans, extrasolar stars, or a Mars ravine, and whether it's done by humans or robots. Finding more money will be hard in a domestic discretionary budget squeezed by growing entitlements and the effect of the tax cuts. But the White House and the Congress must recognize that NASA's superb and diverse research programs should benefit from the president's vision rather than pay a price for it. Let's hope that Griffin, who once observed that the competition between robotic and human missions should not become a zero-sum game, will summon that same wisdom and diplomacy to keep the best science at NASA intact and thriving." ## How Do You Detect Culture Changes - or Lack Thereof? "[John] Clark, who was married to Columbia astronaut Laurel Clark, bristles when he hears culture gurus and NASA leaders constantly pointing out that change takes time. "Well, guess what? It never changed after Challenger, so the idea that you can't see these changes quickly - therefore, don't worry if you don't see them - that's the wrong answer," Clark says." Transcript of Press Conference with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin 18 April 2005 Question "...will you know or be satisfied that the cultural changes that some say are needed for safety are being implemented or will have been implemented to your satisfaction for flight?" Griffin: "I don't know because I don't know how to measure cultural change. I--you know, culture is something that you feel, and I'm now reimmersing myself in the NASA culture after a departure of 11 years in which I was in industry and other government laboratories and other government operations. So I don't know how to answer your question." ## True Cause of MSFC Lawnmowing Moratorium Emerges "According to documents obtained by WTOP through the Freedom of Information Act, NASA cannot account for thousands of items in its inventory. Those items include everything from lawn mowers to rocket launchers." NASA MSFC Memo: Let the Grass Grow Tall "Please accept the fact that the Center grounds are not going to be kept in a manner that we are accustomed to and do not blame the Grounds and Landscaping Contractors." ## Integrated Asset Management (IAM) Project Status NASA Internal Memo: IAM Update "We recognize that, while Headquarters continues to assess the budget and scope of IAM, some of you have been compelled to react independently of an Agency budget decision. I can assure you that an Agency position is forthcoming; unfortunately, I cannot predict when that position will be announced. Given the sizable costs and the significant strategic impact of IAM, the decision will likely not get made until after the new Administrator is on board. Meanwhile, to protect the prerogatives of the new Administrator, we should not assume or act as if a decision has been made one way or the other." ## Roadmaps Cut Short Balancing the Right Stuff, Science (subscription) "NASA managers insist that the president's vision is fundamentally friendly to science. "Science activities are built into the foundation of the exploration vision," James Garvin, NASA's chief scientist, told the American Astronautical Society at a 29 March meeting in Greenbelt, Maryland. He argues that exploration "is a scientific journey," citing the ambitious plans for lunar and Mars exploration. And Diaz notes that a series of "road maps" being assembled will lay out the long-term direction of science and be completed in time to influence the 2007 budget submission this fall." Transcript of Press Conference with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin 18 April 2005 "I don't think the roadmap activities are on a pace that is consistent with the decision-making that we have to do. I will probably be establishing focused, small teams representing the breadth of experience throughout NASA, throughout the centers and targeted other institutions as necessary, in order to be helping with some of these larger scale architectural issues." ## Chickens in Space "It will be part of JSC's educational outreach program, which seeks to foster the next generation of explorers by encouraging young people to study technical subjects. The facility will give area students an opportunity to see first-hand the importance of habitat conservation and protection." Editor's note: This is the lamest attempt I have ever seen by NASA PAO to take some local community relations effort - one done at a NASA field center for overt, local political reasons - and contrive a link to the agency's chartered purpose - as if that is why the project is being done in the first place. Oh wait - don't they have longhorns at JSC too - hosted for the same purpose? Hmmm, can you eat these chickens? Then you could add life support and in situ resource utilization to the justification list too ... ## Some Centers Compete for work, Others do not? "Marshall Space Flight Center will not have to compete with other NASA centers or aerospace companies for launch vehicle work, Marshall Director Dave King told a group of community leaders Wednesday." Editor's note: Hmmm. This is interesting. Griffin now seems to be reversing the approach that had been taken prior to his arrival - i.e. that field centers would now have to compete for things. Either that - or he is giving MSFC some sort of special treatment. Also, it would seem that in some important ways, MSFC is now immune from the need to outsource. Here is what Griffin actually said publicly on Monday: ## Wolf Pushes NASA To Keep Employees in the Loop Space agency officials hope to cut layoffs, Daily Press "Virginia Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Fairfax, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, expressed concern that anxiety over job cuts and a lack of information coming from NASA headquarters has dampened morale among NASA's employees. Wolf urged NASA officials to issue a memo to employees in coming weeks to update them on the status of job changes. He said employees face too much uncertainty over whether their jobs will be safe. "I've got to believe people are beginning to put resumes out on the street," he told Gregory. "Is there a comfort message here that they should hold off?" ## RTF Telecon Notes - 22 May is the new target launch date 3:53 pm EDT: Waiting 20+ minutes for telecon to start. PAO is having a problem rounding up the participants. Bill Parsons: The DCR (Design Certification Review) was held yesterday. DCR went well. Bill Readdy, Mike Kostelnik, Mike Griffin and four Space Operation Center Directors attended.There was still some analysis that remained to be done prior to FRR (Flight Readiness Review). We also have some remaining debris work to do. After DCR, we decided to pick another launch date. 22 May is the new target launch date. Launch time is 1:03 PM EDT - with a 5 minute window. ## A RIF-ed Employee Speaks Up Reader comment: "I am one of the 18 RIF-ed employees at NASA-Langley Research Center. There seems to be some double dealing in the whole matter. ## The Risk of Speaking Up at NASA NASA LaRC Internal Memo: CD COMM # 2005-6 Safety Reporting "I wish to address the issue of "Fear of Reprisal" raised in the Daily Press article last Sunday with regard to the stand-down in our aviation organization in 2003. While I am not going to rehash all of the events mentioned in the article, I want to let you know that we have strengthened organizational and safety valves at the Center and put new ones in place that can be used to identify safety concerns without fear of reprisal." Fear of reprisals, Daily Press ## NASA's FY 2006 budget request - House Appropriations ## Senate Hearing on Space Station Science Sen. Hutchison Promises "Reinvigorated" NASA Subcommittee "Sen. Hutchison initiated the idea to pursue a national laboratory designation for the ISS. NASA officials noted that they had begun to look at long-term plans for ISS utilization in 2003. At Sen. Hutchison's urging, the officials stated they will revisit those earlier planning efforts." Senator Hutchison to Chair International Space StationHearing ## Commercial Space Hearings Science Committee Democrats Explore Future of Commercial Space Flight Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Hearing Charter: Future Markets for Commercial Space "On Wednesday, April 20, at 9:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics will hold a hearing to examine the future of the commercial space market and the government's role in that future." ## Layoffs Underway at LaRC 18 will lose jobs at NASA Langley, Richmond Times Dispatch NASA Langley hands out pink slips, Daily Press "According to the center's director, about 700 government workers and 300 contractors may have to leave under President Bush's proposed 2006 budget. That would slash about a fourth of the 3,900 civil servants and contractors who work at Langley." ## Stale Spinoffs: Tang and Teflon Anyone? "Speakers from many walks of life will present stories of how space exploration led to products that benefit people on Earth, such as: - Space suit technology that has given children afflicted with an unusual disease a new lease on life. - Technology used to monitor astronaut health in space that has been used by doctors to help treat people in remote regions across the globe. - Microspheres that have been used by industry to clean up major oil spills. - Digital implantable hearing aid technology that has restored hearing to over 60,000 people." Editor's comment: NASA needs to get some new spinoffs to hype. These ones are all at least a decade old and are quite stale. Indeed, given that NASA's new charter, the VSE, is centered around exploration - for exploration's sake - why even bother with pushing these quasi-relevant, often quasi-contrived spin-offs at all? But, if the ISS is also to do science other than that which is directly in support of the VSE, then shouldn't NASA be looking for better, more current public justifications for such research? Editor's update: If you tuned into this morning's Senate hearing on ISS science, you'd have heard a rapid-fire recitation of very recent - indeed current - direct-benefit/spinoffs/dual-use technologies from Bill Readdy, Micke Fincke, and Howard Ross. It would seem that one part of NASA (Exploration Systems Mission Directorate's Innovative Partnerships Program Benefits Manager) does not know what other parts of the agency (ISS - Space Operations Mission Directorate) are doing. ## Top Secret VSE Work at MSFC? NASA Presolicitation Notice: MSFC Scenario Based Planning Services "Arcata Associates, Inc. intends to negotiate on an emergency, sole source basis with Incucomm/Lone Star Aerospace LP, for Consulting Services to assist with development and execution of strategic Scenario Based Planning exercises to support NASA activities at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Subject topics may include but are not limited to, agency transformation, space exploration initiatives and return to flight. The service provider must have demonstrated competence in analysis of both propulsion and communications systems, expertise in scenario based planning, and at least one immediately available senior level executive cleared to Top Secret - EBI level to act as a facilitator." Editor's update: Why does someone need "Top Secret" clearance to provide MSFC with advice on "agency transformation, space exploration initiatives and return to flight" ? Reader comment: "Answer: nuclear propulsion systems. Some people were all excited to work on Prometheus and JIMO until they got the clearance forms and read the "Adverse Information Act" that they would be required to sign and adhere to. There was an uproar." ## Treating ALL NASA Employees With Respect Editor's note: Many of you may have noticed NASA PAO Chief Glenn Mahone's rather sudden departure from NASA. No, it is not, as this picture might suggest, because Glenn wanted to join a revival of Earth, Wind, and Fire. NASA Watch has discovered the true reason behind his departure: Glenn was beamed aboard a cloaked Romulan war bird in Low Earth orbit where he is now fulfilling a long time ambition: to captain a starship -- with live weaponry and all media editorial office locations loaded into the phaser targeting computers. [See enlarged picture] Seriously, on a personal note: public affairs is a thankless job. For that matter, so is legislative affairs. I think the paltry, public farewell given Lee Forsgren and Glenn Mahone sucks -- big time. Sean O'Keefe did not do it this way. Neither did Dan Goldin (at least publicly). Regardless of what you think of their accomplishments, these two guys busted their butts on behalf of the agency. Indeed, I know: I have seen it with my own eyes. A short press release, without even the common courtesy of a one sentence commentary by the NASA Administrator, is not the best message to be sending to the NASA workforce as whole - especially when a RIF is already underway at LaRC - and the rest of the agency is jittery about ill-defined changes that lie ahead. Mike: All NASA employees, regardless of rank, deserve a proper thank you for services rendered. Recall how Goldin treated you back in the Space Station Freedom days after you gave your job all that you could offer - with integrity. On your first day on the job as NASA Administrator you pledged to make all decisions regarding personnel matters in the open in a "humane" fashion. It would seem that you have already faltered on at least two accounts. Editor's update: Well ... the folks on the 9th floor were not at all pleased with this particular post on NASA Watch. Indeed, they were rather upset. For this new executive staff to be this thin-skinned with regard to criticism, this early on - especially when thousands of NASA and contractor employees face imminent and possibly involuntary departure from the agency - is not a good sign. ## Griffin Faces the Press "NASA Administrator Mike Griffin met with the press at NASA Headquarters for the first time on Monday - after only 3 days on the job. The rocket scientist/engineer in Griffin clearly stood out. When he knew something abut a topic - he was straightforward and to the point in his responses. When he did not know enough about a topic to comment, he admitted so, and said that he needed to study up before responding. Engineers like facts. Griffin clearly does not like to speculate at least in public." ## Mahone's Farewell NASA Internal Memo: Message to NASA's Senior Staff from Glenn Mahone "In my resignation letter to Administrator Griffin, I expressed the view that I've been privileged to serve and work with some of the most talented, visionary and dedicated men and women in public service. I have indeed been blessed and honored to work alongside such a wonderful cadre of professionals." ## Griffin Press Conference Excerpts (More to follow) Editor's note: On personnel changes at HQ: Griffin said there would be some but would only provide specifics on one: that Scott Pace, "a non career SES", would lead a new Program Analysis and Evaluation Office. On CEV acceleration: "we are going to rethink our entire program in that area because, as is well known, publicly released, we're talking about flying the CEV with crew in 2014. Members of Congress have indicated to me that they consider that unacceptable. People in the Executive branch have indicated that they think that it is not advisable. And it doesn't work for me either. So, we're going to be reviewing those plans. If that requires that we delay the responses to the RFP that is out on the street, then so be it. Better to take a little time up front and get what we really want." On Roadmapping: "I don't think that the roadmap activities are on a pace that is consistent with the decision making that we have to do. I will probably be establishing focused, small teams, representing a breadth of experience throughout NASA - throughout the centers - and targeted other institutions as necessary in order to be helping with some of these larger scale architectural issues." ## Walt Anderson's FINDS Disappears - almost$200,000,000 - Telecom Tycoon Used International Financial Labyrinth, Washington Post

"According to SEC filings, Anderson later struck a deal for Feldman to resign as chairman, offering Feldman and his father a way to liquidate hundreds of thousands of Total-Tel shares at far more than the going price. The deal, signed on a day the stock closed at $12.25 a share, obligated Anderson or one of his companies to buy stock from the Feldmans for$16 a share. But before long, the deal was amended to involve another party: the Foundation for the International Non-Governmental Development of Space, a tax-exempt charitable foundation that Anderson created and presided over."

- FINDS website - now mysteriously offline
- FINDS website as it appeared on 21 October 2004
- FINDS information at the Foundation Center (includes links to 2001, 2002, and 2003 IRS filings)

## Langley Begins Removing People

Organizational Changes at NASA Langley Research Center Result in 18 Job Separations

"NASA's first A-76 competitive sourcing decision is being implemented at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., to provide increased efficiency and cost effectiveness in the procurement of metal test article development and general and precision machining services for the Center. The organizational changes being implemented under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 require the use of reduction in force (RIF) procedures to accomplish 18 job separations."

## DART Mission: Partial Success/Partial Failure

"After a successful rendezvous, acquisition of the target spacecraft, and approach to within approximately 300 feet, DART placed itself in the retirement phase before completing all planned proximity operations, ending the mission prematurely. NASA is convening a mishap investigation board to determine the reason for the DART spacecraft anomaly."

NASA Launches DART Spacecraft to Demonstrate Automated Rendezvous Capability

Editor's update: The reason why no images were released - is because there were none. Getting the images was a balance between ground station coverage, DART's position, and its mission phase. Had an image been received, it would have not shown anything due to the events that had transpired. As for releasing data and updates, the problems with DART happened around 11 hours into the mission - late at night and they happened fast. NASA says that it got the information out - around 7:00 am local time the next day - as soon as people knew what had happened. Prior to the sudden shift by DART into retirement mode, everything had been going more or less smooth and and NASA's project manager said that there would have been little to report other than "things are going smooth".

Editor's earlier note: Why has there been no issuance of status reports on DART by NASA? I have looked at MSFC, HQ, Orbital websites - nothing - no reports after initial launch. No photos, videos, nothing. Go figure: a very cool, enabling mission and no one can tune in as it happens. Indeed, you'd think ESMD would be embracing this as the first mission on the way to implementing VSE.

## Interior Decorating- NASA Style

Mission: Cultural, Times Picayune

"The room, which cost $875,000 and took seven months to design and build, is at the heart of the cultural and organizational changes at NASA that were demanded by the federal board that investigated the Columbia accident." Editor's earlier note:$875K? Gee, I hope the chairs are nice and comfy.

## An Unusual Space "Spinoff"

"The original papyrus documents, discovered in an ancient rubbish dump in central Egypt, are often meaningless to the naked eye - decayed, worm-eaten and blackened by the passage of time. But scientists using the new photographic technique, developed from satellite imaging, are bringing the original writing back into view. Academics have hailed it as a development which could lead to a 20 per cent increase in the number of great Greek and Roman works in existence. Some are even predicting a "second Renaissance".

## Glenn Mahone Departing NASA

Editor's note: Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs and Chief of Strategic Communications (acting) Glenn Mahone will be leaving NASA very shortly. Details to follow.

"Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs and Acting Chief of Strategic Communications Glenn Mahone and Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs D. Lee Forsgren announced today they are leaving NASA to pursue other opportunities, effective immediately."

Editor's note: Mike Griffin said that he'd be visiting all of NASA's Centers very soon. What questions do you have for him regarding your center? For those of you who watched Griffin's presentation, what did you think of what he said? Send your comments to nasawatch@reston.com.

## Wolf Comes to Aeronautics' Defense

Rep. Frank Wolf: FY 2006 SSJC Bill WIll Require Adminstration to Develop National Aeronautics Policy

"I support the president's new vision for space exploration. However, it is imperative that we not forget the importance of aeronautics research to our domestic economy. NASA appears to be moving forward with a significantly reduced aeronautics budget and a new research agenda without having a firm road map for the future."

Wolf: NASA funding will be restored, Daily Press

"Congressman Frank R. Wolf , R-Va., chairman of the subcommittee on NASA appropriations, said he would restore the $54 million that would be cut under President Bush's budget proposal." ## OnStar Ad Features Space Shuttle Columbia Reader Comment: "I am a NASA KSC employee and there is a new commercial for OnStar that just started airing that features the Space Shuttle. The shuttle featured in the commercial isColumbia and I do not have to tell you how much in poor taste this is. I realize that not everyone will recognize that it is Columbia, but for those of us who do (especially the families of the astronauts) it is offensive. I have e-mailed Onstar and I just wanted to pass this on to you in case you wanted to share it." ## Expedition 11 Crew Departs Earth "Launch of Soyuz TMA-6 (Soyuz 10S) carrying the ISS Expedition 11 crew of Sergei Krikalev and John Phillips and ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori occured on time this evening at 8:46 pm EDT. This is Krikalev's sixth flight into space - while both Phillips and Vittori are both making their second trip." ## California Congressional Delegation Goes To Bat for ARC 6 April 2005 Letter From Sen. Barbara Boxer to Frederick Gregory regarding NASA Ames Research Center FY06 Funding Issues "I am writing in regard to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) proposed FY06 budget. I understand that the proposed budget will cut nearly one third of NASA Ames' budget. This could result in the loss of more than 300 jobs at NASA Ames." 31 March 2005 Letter From Reps. Eshoo, Honda, and Lofgren to Michael Griffin regarding NASA Ames Research Center FY06 Funding Issues "Unless action is taken now to avert a financial disaster at NASA Ames in FY06, irreparable damage will be inflicted on the Center and its future viability. Three of Ames' most important core competencies are currently facing severe shortfalls which will require immediate assistance to enable them to fulfill the President's mandate of competition between NASA's Research Centers." Letter from Reps Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda to Rep. Frank Wolf, Chair and Rep. Mollohan, Ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice, and Commerce, and Related Agencies "As you begin deliberations on the Fiscal Year 2006 Science, Justice, State, and Commerce Appropriations bill, we write to bring to your attention a number of important issues that have arisen within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration since the agency was granted unrestrained transfer authority in the FY05 Omnibus Appropriations bill." ## Congressional Record Excerpts: Confirmation Process Congressional Record Excerpts of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's Confirmation Process 13 April 2005 "Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President, as in executive session, I ask unanimous consent that the Commerce Committee be discharged from further consideration of Michael Griffin to be the Administrator of NASA, and that the Senate proceed to executive session for its consideration. I finally ask unanimous consent that the nomination be confirmed, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, that any statements be printed in the RECORD, the President then be immediately notified of the Senate's action, and the Senate then resume legislative session. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered." ## Comic Strip View Of Griffin's Confirmation Klyde Morris has a few things to say about yesterday's confirmation hearing.... ## Griffin Confirmed by Senate Editor's update: 8:00 PM EDT - Mike Griffin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this evening. He may be sworn in as early as tomorrow (Thursday) morning - with an all hands to follow later in the day - or perhaps Friday. "The U.S. Senate tonight confirmed the nomination of Dr. Michael D. Griffin as NASA's 11th Administrator. He is expected to be sworn in later this week." Sen. Hutchison Applauds Confirmation of New NASA Administrator Griffin Commerce Committee Chairman Stevens' Statement on the Nomination and Confirmation of Dr. Michael Griffin to be NASA Administrator "Dr. Griffin succeeds a close friend and former leader of my staff, Sean O'Keefe. Sean did an admirable job getting the agency's finances under control and, more importantly, holding NASA together after the Columbia tragedy. We were lucky NASA had such a leader during that trying time. At the Commerce Committee's hearing on Dr. Griffin's nomination I spoke of my recent travels with Sean, during which I was approached repeatedly by people who raved about Dr. Griffin. They all said he was the man for the job if he could be convinced to accept it. I am pleased the President appointed Dr. Griffin and I look forward to working closely with him and his team of talented professionals." ## Aeronautics-inspired Delay in Griffin's Swearing in? Editor's update: 6:00 PM EDT - According to a knowledgeable Congressional source, "there is a chance that Dr. Griffin's confirmation by the full Senate may happen tonight. It may be done by unanimous consent, without a committee vote." Vote on NASA nominee delayed, Daily Press "A Senate committee delayed a vote on President Bush's nominee to head NASA on Tuesday, after Sen. George Allen of Virginia complained that rocket scientist Michael Griffin didn't adequately explain his position on aeronautics research." Editor's note: Congressional sources note that Sen. Frist has expresed interest in holding the Senate in session on Thursday to vote on Griffin's nomination. Formal swearing in for Griffin would be held on Monday morning, followed by an all-hands address to the agency. Those plans may now be slightly delayed due to Sen. Allen's actions. Editor's update: Congressional sources tell NASA Watch that Allen's concerns about aeronautics have been satisfied and that Allen has released the hold he had placed on Griffin's nomination. Editor's update: I just got a note (2:20 pm EST) originating from the Senate Commerce Committee: "Senate Commerce Committee Co-Chairmen Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye have added the nomination of Dr. Michael Griffin to be the NASA administrator to the Committee's previously scheduled mark-up at 10am on Thursday, April 14 in room 253 of the Russell Building." ## IFMP Budget Cuts Having an Effect NASA HQ IFM Newsletter 11 April 2005 "We're still keeping the IAM project warm and humming, despite the recent sweeping of the grim reaper's scythe through the Program's budget, the detailing away of the IAM project manager, and no real decision made yet on our future. Leaves us in the somewhat odd position of having the GAO as our bedfellow for wanting to see the IFM Program through as originally designed." ## Where are the LaRC A76 RIF Notices? Editor's note: A76 Metals/Machine shop RIF Notices were due to be issued yesterday. However, a last minute decision was made not to let them out on the same day that the incoming NASA Administrator faced confirmation hearings. Rest assured, they will be released - very soon. Editor's update: The following message was sent out within LaRC to explain the delay in RIF notification: "RTD staff, The Office of Human Capital Management has completed the reduction-in-force required to implement the results of the Metallic Test Article and General and Precision Machining (MTAGPM) A-76 Study (also known as the Fabrication A-76). The delivery of reduction-in-force notices in connection with the Fabrication A-76 originally scheduled for Tuesday, 4/12 has been delayed per discussion with NASA HQ. However we expect to deliver the notices in the very near future but no earlier than Thursday, 4/14." ## Confusion at the NY Times as to Who the New Administrator is Editor's note: Earlier today, the online version of the New York Times posted an article on yesterday's NASA Administrator confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate. They included this picture of the "new Adminstrator" - Sean O'Keefe! The picture carried the caption "Sean O'Keefe, the new administrator of NASA, has outlined his goals for the space agency." The Times has since corrected its error. Oh yes, as several readers have pointed out - the photo was not taken on Capitol Hill, but rather in 2002 during a STS-110 briefing. ## Griffin Confirmation Hearings Go Smoothly "Dr. Michael Griffin appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation this morning as President Bush's nominee to be the next Administrator of NASA. The questioning was generally friendly and to the point. Griffin did well and, it would seem, the committee will act to get a vote on his nomination expedited such that he might well be on the job next Monday morning." ## Making the Case for Science in Space Exploring the Universe, Roger Blanford, Physics Today "What is to be done? First we have to adapt, not because we have somehow failed, but because the rules have been changed and there is no going back. We have to make the case anew for space science, using a different vocabulary. We have to explain why all science is exploration, whereas not all exploration is science. In particular, we must not allow science-the systematic and fundamental understanding of the world around us-to be redefined. We should be careful not to disparage the larger part of the vision, which may be unconcerned with science but which is a valid activity for NASA to undertake if it has a popular mandate to do so." ## A Preview of Mike Griffin's Confirmation Hearing NASA's future lies on moon, Mars, USA Today "The White House sees NASA's goals as set, says Keith Cowing, co-author of New Moon Rising: The Making of America's New Space Vision and the Remaking of NASA. "But Congress just sees this as the start of the conversation." ## Yuri's Night is here 49 parties, 18 countries, 6 continents, one planet. The event known as "Yuri's Night: The World Space Party" celebrates 45 years of human space exploration with parties all over the world. Find a party near you! ## LaRC Update NASA LaRC Internal Memo: CTAP Services Available NASA LaRC Internal Memo: Position Descriptions - Center-Wide Update "Recently there have been many questions raised about position descriptions and how to prepare or update a position description, or PD. A position description is required for every civil service employee on the Center. The position description is essentially a pay document which describes the major duties, responsibilities, and organizational relationships of the position. It also serves as the official record of the classification of the job, which categorizes, measures, and assigns a grade to the significant elements of the position." ## Additional Buyout/Early Out Incentive Sessions at NASA HQ "Date/Time/Location: Thursday, April 14, 9 - 10:30 a.m., MIC 5-B and Tuesday, April 19, 2 - 3:30 p.m., MIC 5-B Contact: Brenda Spicer 358-1561" ## NASA Headquarters Newsletter Available Online "Contact: Mary Fenton 358-4817 NASA Internal News and Communications (NASA INC) has launched HQ Now, an online, monthly newsletter that replaces the previous Employee Times (ET) as a means of sharing information among all Headquarters personnel." ## Debate Continues About Shutting Down Interstellar Probes Lost in space, OpEd, Boston Globe "NASA leaders should reject a plan from NASA's Earth-Sun Exploration Division to eliminate the modest$10 million spent on Voyager annually."

Our Incredible Shrinking Curiosity, Washington Post

"After all, can it be anything but foolish to turn a deaf ear to the most distant human-made objects in the universe -- devices that after nearly three decades of travel are now registering and describing for us the first ripples of interstellar space?"

## Outsourcing Fever Strikes ARC

Future of NASA/Ames hangs on winning new contract jobs, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal

## STS-114 Crew Concerns over "Culture"

Crew: NASA's attitudes still need to change, USA Today

"Collins said that before relying on repair materials to get home, she would like to see them thoroughly tested. Her crew plans to perform tests of some repair techniques, then, after landing, hand the samples to engineers for more tests. "I have always believed that a repair method should be tested in the vacuum of space, brought back home and run through ... a test facility," Collins said.In February, astronauts said that rather than trusting an untested repair, they would prefer to use the space station as a lifeboat in an emergency. NASA estimates that Collins's crew could survive nearly seven weeks on the station."

Confusion Over STS-114 RCC Surveys?

## Cleveland Politicos Continue to Wave Their Arms

Ohio card' played in NASA jobs fight, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Ohio Democratic and Republican politicians cranked up the fight for NASA Glenn Research Center Monday, telling 200 business leaders that proposed budget cuts to the federal space lab jeopardize national security and the U.S. airline industry."

Contractors casualties of NASA Glenn fiscal woes, Crain's Cleveland Business

"NASA Glenn Research Center in Brook Park, running out of money to get through fiscal 2005, has slashed the value of previously awarded contracts in a move that has caused about 70 contract workers to lose their jobs."

Calling on the Prez, Crain's Cleveland Business

"The road to the White House went through Ohio not the moon or Mars. For that reason, a group of state and local politicians say the state should reap the rewards of helping President Bush win the White House."

## LaRC Begins The Shrinking Process

NASA LaRC Memo: CD COMM # 2005-5 Center Transformation Project

"In order to deal with these realities Agencywide, the Aldridge Commission recommended that NASA Centers be converted to Federally Funded Research and Development Centers and subsequent NASA teams are recommending that centers restructure to a "hybrid" form consisting of both civil service and non-governmental components. For research centers it was recommended that the non-governmental partner be a university-based entity like an institute or a University Affiliated Research Center. The new Langley that is born of this recommendation will have fewer employees, less infrastructure, and a smaller base budget."

Editor's note: Charles Elachi has returned to JPL, and is no longer managing NASA's Roadmapping activities. Mary Kicza, Associate Deputy Administrator for System Integration, is Acting Director of Advanced Planning at NASA HQ and manages all Roadmapping. No reason for Elachi's return to JPL has been given.

Editor's Update: According to NASA PAO, when Elachi agreed to take this position at HQ last year, he told Sean O'Keefe that he'd stay on until such time as the Roadmapping activity was fully underway. Now that it is, Elachi felt that he needed to devote all of his energies to being a center director. While serving at HQ Elachi continued to head JPL, making a once a week trip between Washington and Pasadena. Mary Kicza has been appointed acting director until the new Adminsttrator shows up for work and decides who they want to run that activity on a permanent basis.

## Where do you order 100 tons of simulated moon dust?

"American researchers have hardly bothered to study the topic since the United States ended the Apollo program in 1972. And foreign studies on samples from the Soviet Luna program have been widely rejected on the grounds that the studies were flawed. Getting studies rolling again will not be easy. Laurent Sibille, a research scientist with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, estimates that researchers will need 100 tons of space dust for testing in the run-up to a new moon mission."

NASA HQ IFM Newsletter 4 April 2005, NASA HQ

"Would you like to complain about IFMP? Well here's your chance to let it rip. Or even, heaven forbid, pay a compliment....maybe we should have one of those "American Idol" type dial-ins every now and again...until then, here's what we'll be doing. Very soon you will hear much more regarding the Customer Satisfaction Survey that will be conducted by the Competency Center in mid-April."

## National Space Syposium Sessions on NASA TV

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6, 1 p.m. NASA Heads up: "NASA TV will air two special broadcasts live from the 21st National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.: "Return to Flight - All Systems Go," April 5 at 1 p.m. and "The Vision for Space Exploration - Getting There from Here," April 6 at 1 p.m. View these sessions on NASA HQ Channel 3 or online at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv"

## NASA Transformation 101

OneNASA - NASA Transformation March 2005 - Internal Presentation

"NASA is managing transformation changes in an integrated and systematic way in order to ensure that its efforts will produce the results needed to prepare NASA to execute the Vision for Space Exploration. To ensure that all systems, processes, and behaviors that impact mission success are in alignment to drive and sustain real, enduring change, NASA is establishing new organizational constructs, policies, and procedures that reinforce desired ways of operating."

## Cargo Shortfall for ISS When Shuttle Retired

"- Based on current requirements, the cargo vehicle flight rate after Shuttle retirement does not meet the projected re-supply and return needs of ISS
- Requirement reductions alone will not eliminate the transportation shortfall; additional transportation capabilities will be required
- With retirement of the Shuttle, the ISS faces a transportation shortfall based on current requirements
- The ISS Program should continue to pursue alternate means to deliver cargo to and from the ISS
- Exploration systems should pursue the use of the ISS as an engineering/science test bed to develop and prove the systems and crew health measures required for exploration beyond low Earth orbit"

## Extrasolar Planet Photo "Exclusive"?

Evidence for a co-moving sub-stellar companion of GQ Lup, arXiv.org e-Print archive

"We present a companion of the \le 2 Myr young classical T Tauri star GQ Lup in the Lupus star forming region at 140 \pm 50 pc from imaging, astrometry, and spectroscopy. With direct K-band imaging using VLT/NACO, we detected an object 6 mag fainter than GQ Lup located 0.7 arc sec west of it."

Editor's note: In this space.com article: "EXCLUSIVE: First Confirmed Picture of a Planet Beyond the Solar System", posted on 1 April 2004 at 09:04 am ET, a claim of exclusivity is made - at least in the title. This was hardly an "exclusive" for space.com. The entire article (including a picture) space.com was referring to was published the previous day, 31 March, at 11:33:27 GMT on the arXiv.org e-Print archive for anyone in the world to download and see.

## Grumpy IFM Accountants on the 5th Floor Speak

NASA HQ IFM Newsletter 29 March 2005

"Inspector General announces audit of the Integrated Asset Management (IAM) Project: ... The IG maintains its record-breaking run on the investigation of the IFM Program by announcing yet another audit, this time they are going to assess the adequacy of NASAs early planning for requirements and life-cycle operations for the IAM Project; specifically focusing on (amongst other things) ensuring we have effective procedures for planning and monitoring the development of the module, identifying all users, and making sure we have the right set of user requirements obtained following the right set of processes."

Editor's note: I certainly can't imagine why the NASA OIG would want to check up on NASA's financial management system! After all, NASA's IFM Program has been so amazingly timely, accurate, and ahead of schedule these past few years ... Now if only they could pay travel vouchers on time.

## Wayne Hale Reflects on ISOS

"So the fundamental question remains, do we have those qualities that made our ancestors successful?Do we have the judgment to weigh it all in the balance? Do we have the character to dare great deeds?

History is watching."

## Jim Wetherbee Speaks Out - Again

Mr. Wetherbee said that even after the Columbia disaster, NASA's management did not see safety clearly, and he noted that the previous administrator, Sean O'Keefe, had spoken about how much risk was "acceptable." "That's the wrong question to be asking," Mr. Wetherbee said. "The question we need to be asking is what risk is necessary, and how do we eliminate the unnecessary risk?"

Editor's note: Wetherbee is just being argumentative and playing with semantics for the sake of this interview. When you ask what risk is "necessary", and then eliminate "unnecessary" risk, you are left with some level of risk, which you obviously have to deem as being "acceptable" as you move forward and fly. That is what O'Keefe - and others - were talking about. If Wetherbee is suggesting that there is no risk in space flight that should be "acceptable", then Americans will never fly in space again - at least not on government vehicles. Is that what you are saying, Jim?

"As has been the case for the past three years, NASA's Space Shuttle family got together for a big meeting - NASA Integrated Space Operations Summit 2005 (ISOS). This year, in Nashville, they had a lot of new guests. The task before the attendees was to look at current human space flight capabilities and how they would need to be changed or "transformed" in the coming years to implement the President's new space policy."

## ESMD Sources Sought Notices Released

"The NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) is hereby soliciting information from potential sources for Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) services in support of the NASA Exploration Initiative (EI), a multi-mission, multi-decade, human and robotic effort to explore the Moon, Mars and beyond using a spiral development process to introduce important new technologies as they mature."

NASA Sources Sought Notice: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovative Partnerships Program

"NASA/HQ Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) is hereby soliciting capability statements from interested small business (all types) sources for the Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT) project in support of the Vision for Space Exploration. This does not preclude a large business from responding."

## An Interesting Interview With Burt Rutan

"It's Mainly Just for Fun", Reason Magazine

Burt Rutan: "When people think of the Wright brothers they think of 1903. I think a more important thing to look at when you make the point you're making is 1908 to 1911, early 1912. We're talking about only a three and a half year time period that started when only 10 people had flown, and ended three and a half years later when thousands of pilots flew hundreds of airplanes in 39 countries."

## NASA Reverses The Tables on Russia

"Yet another NASA source privately advised that the current flap was a part of the "hardball negotiations" but he revealed that NASA negotiators were pulling some hitherto-unrecognized aces out of their sleeves. This person, who requested his name not be divulged, said that the precipitating event was not next April's Soyuz mission, but a seat aboard the STS-121 shuttle flight now slated to follow the first shuttle mission in May. "In response to Russia announcing they will charge the U.S. for Soyuz seats after 2005," the source explained in an e-mail, "NASA is charging Russia for their nationals to ride on the shuttle."

## New NASA Selection Procedures for RUSES 2005, AGU

"Generally one proposal will be selected at random for one grand grant and two runners-up will receive honorable mention in each opportunity, now to be called a drawing."

## Water On (Top) Of Mars

Water on Mars, Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Can you help discover water on Mars? Finding water on different regions on Mars has implications for understanding its complex geologic history, the possible existence of past life and the sustenance of potential future astronauts."

## Another Money Saving Memo from NASA MSFC

MSFC Activity Notice
Letter from David King, MSFC Center Director

"As many of you are aware, due to funding limitations, the Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance contracts have been de-scoped. This was a difficult but necessary decision in order to ensure vital center services continue to function normally in this time of scarce fiscal resources. As a further cost cutting measure and in keeping with our vision of growth here at Marshall, I am asking all Marshall employees, both NASA and contractors, to join me in a new cost-saving initiative. Starting today, I am asking that for the next 9 months, we all join together and not cut our hair.

## Powerboats on Mars

"Despite suggestions in various news tabloids, project scientists were quick to dispell any suggestion that the branched structure seen northeast of the dam-like structure is a marina."

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION FAUX PHOTO CAPTION

Hydroelectric Dams on Mars

February 6, 1998

This picture of a canyon on the Martian surface was obtained a few minutes after 9 PM EST, January 12, 1998 by the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC), during the 85th orbit around Mars of the Mars Global Observer spacecraft. It shows the canyon of Dolls Vallis, one of the Martian valley systems cutting through cratered plains in the Yogi Berra region of Mars. The picture covers an area 9.8 km by 18.5 km (6.1 mi by 11.5 mi), and features as small as 12 m (39 ft) can be seen. The canyon is about 2.5 km (1.6 mi) wide. Rocky outcrops are found along the upper canyon walls; weathered debris is found on the lower canyon slopes and along the canyon floor.

While the exact origin of this canyon is still unknown, some features hint at the possibility that there was abundant water present on the surface during recent Martian history (at least as recent as last month when this photo was taken). Some scientists have suggested that the smooth, highly reflective surface seen within the upper reaches of the canyon could be indicative of a large body of standing water. This is supported by the fact that a large number of erosional features on the walls and surrounding plains have been interpreted as being the product of water-based erosional processes. Mission scientists are cautious, however, in assuming that this is an image of a Martian lake, noting that all of these images are preliminary data and could be due to a myriad of other natural phenomena. Indeed, according to the Project's Chief Scientist, similar large flat areas on the Moon were named after seas and oceans by early astronomers only to be found by later researchers to be dry dusty plains.

Another possible hint at water on Mars is the large semicircular structure which is situated within the canyon itself, one which resembles a dam. A number of scientists have suggested that this structure was formed as debris washed down the canyon during a series of catastrophic floods during periods when Mars climate was far more temperate. Although the structure does exhibit a rather geometric, constructed shape, scientists are reluctant to suggest that this structure is in any way artificial. Large structures such as dams would require a large work force and a substantial budget to complete. So far there is no evidence of any governmental organization or construction industry on Mars. Citing noted astronomer Percival Lowell's drawings of Mars, project scientists have noted that this is not the first time that human observers have looked at the surface of Mars and thought that they saw evidence of water management systems.

Despite suggestions in various news tabloids, project scientists were quick to dispell any suggestion that the branched structure seen northeast of the dam-like structure is a marina. In making this statement, project scientists point out that there is very little air on Mars and that sailboats would be impractical nor is there enough Oxygen to support the internal or external combustion engines used in powerboats.

NASA scientists will continue to analyze this image but urge caution in the interpretation of these preliminary pictures. Only when NASA's sample return missions have landed and returned their cargo to Earth for analysis will NASA be able to make a formal announcement regarding the nature of these features.

## NASA Glenn Develops Astronaut Toothpaste

"While investigating ways of taking proactive steps to generate funding to forestall planned reductions in research jobs, some entrepreneurs at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland have taken to heart the new initiative on NASA branding which recently came down from headquarters: 'In order to sustain the positive brand equity, knowledge about NASA must be built in semantic memory.' "

## Hubble Problem Solved

"Effective today, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has transferred ownership of the Hubble Space Telescope to the small internet firm SLOOH.com."

## Catamarans on Mars

"NASA has just announced it's teaming up with French boat manufacturer, Lagoon, to build the world's first 'space' catamaran which will be deployed for recreational and exploratory use on Mars by the year 2020."

## EADS Space Falls for Space Daily April Fool's Joke

Editor's note: Space Daily posted an April Fool's day Hoax (Bush Cancels Space Shuttle Program) and EADS Space fell for it, Click on image to enlarge