NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending September 05

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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending September 05
09.05.08
 
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This Week At NASA…

OHIO ASTRONAUT GALA – GRC

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Nineteen astronauts with Ohio roots participated in a NASA 50th Anniversary Gala held in Cleveland. The event highlighted the contributions of 27 astronauts born or now living in Ohio, including Neil Armstrong…

Neil Armstrong: "That’s what we did!"

John Glenn…

John Glenn: "And this gives you confidence you can really do this."

and Jim Lovell…

Jim Lovell: "You either had to have the courage to continue or you were lost."

New York native, astronaut Kevin Kregel also attended. Kregel was named an honorary Buckeye by the state’s governor prior to piloting Discovery on the "all-Ohio" STS-70 in 19-95; his crewmates were Commander Tom Henricks and Mission Specialists Nancy Jane Currie, Don Thomas and Mary Ellen Weber.

Mary Jane Weber SOT: "…That’s my only words of inspiration is to keep your eyes and ears open. Look for the tiniest opportunity to try something new, to seek out new people, new events -- events like today."

LIFE AT 50+ – HQ
NASA joined with the American Association of Retired Persons to host a Life at 50+ Event and Expo at the Washington Convention Center. Both organizations are celebrating a half-century of achievement.

Carl Walz: "It’s really a pleasure to be here and to celebrate AARP and NASA’s mutual 50th anniversary and we are especially happy to participate in this one right here in Washington, DC in our nation’s capital."

During the opening ceremony, Johnson Space Center Director Mike Coats and astronaut Carl Walz presented a photo montage and items flown this year on space shuttle Discovery to Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP, for the organization’s work on behalf of seniors. In turn, Novelli presented NASA with an oversized AARP membership card to mark the agency’s 50th Anniversary. The Life at 50+ Expo showcased many NASA innovations and space hardware.

SHARED SERVICES – SSC

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate the NASA Shared Services Center’s new facility took place at the Stennis Space Center. The building is an energy efficient, multi-story structure funded by NASA and the state of Mississippi. The NSSC is a public-private partnership between NASA and Computer Sciences Corporation that performs select activities in financial management, human resources, information technology, and procurement for all NASA centers.

ASTRONAUT VISITS – GRC
GRC Glenn Research Center employees were visited by crew members of two recent NASA human space flight missions.

Expeditions 16 and 17 Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman was at Glenn’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, where he presented highlights of his three month stay aboard the International Space Station, and his return to Earth with the STS-124 crew aboard space shuttle Discovery.

At Glenn's Lewis Field in Cleveland, Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson briefed center employees on her six-months in space. Whitson, the first female to command the space station spent 377 days in space, more than any other American astronaut.

NASA 50th ANNIVERSARY: Voyager 1
Thirty-one years ago this week, on September 5, 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft was launched on a mission to probe the outer solar system. Voyager 1 was the first NASA mission to provide detailed images of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Almost ten billion miles from Earth, Voyager 1 is operational and is on its way to locate and study the boundaries of the Solar System.

NASA 50th ANNIVERSARY: Marshall Dedication
And 48 years ago, on September 8, 1960, the Marshall Space Flight Center was dedicated by President Eisenhower. The Center was named for Nobel Prize Winner General George C. Marshall who served as the Army Chief of Staff during World War II, and later as Secretary of State, developed the Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe. Eight months after the center’s dedication, the United States sent its first astronaut into space. Today, visitors to Marshall can see the Historic Redstone Test Stand used for the rockets on the Mercury-Redstone vehicle that boosted America’s first astronaut, Alan B. Shepard, on his suborbital flight May 5, 1961.

And that's This Week At NASA!

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