2012 News and Events

  • Former astronaut and Johnson Space Center director Michael Coats presents Silver Snoopy Award to Robert Kowalski at White Sands Test Facility (wstf1012e13580)

    Silver Snoopy Award Presented to Robert Kowalski

    Robert Kowalski of NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) was presented the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award on October 29, 2012 by Michael Coats, former astronaut and director of Johnson Space Center (JSC). The Silver Snoopy is a small silver lapel pin that has flown on a space shuttle mission. Coats presented a Silver Snoopy that had flown on the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour during STS-134, May 16-June 1, 2011.

  • Robert Cort, John McManamen, and Michael Coats wstf1012e13592 (Photo Credit Reed Elliott)

    New Manager and Deputy Manager Announced at White Sands Test Facility

    Former Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats made a special appearance at the White Sands Test Facility in late October 2012 to announce the new site manager and deputy manager: John McManamen and Robert Cort.

  • The NASA White Sands Test Facility displays one of its historic test articles, the Lunar Module...

    Helium-3: One of the most Significant Contributions of the Apollo Missions

    During the 40th Anniversary Commemoration Event for Apollo 17, moonwalker and NASA retired astronaut and geologist Harrison Schmitt said “one of the most significant contributions of the Apollo Missions was confirming the presence of Helium-3 on the moon.”

  • Space Shuttle Endeavour piggybacked on the 747 Shuttle Transport Carrier flies over the White Sands Test Facility located near Las Cruces, NM. wstf0912e11741 (Photo by Reed Elliott)

    Space Shuttle Endeavour pays Tribute to White Sands Test Facility

    Piggybacked on a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at an altitude of about 1500 ft, Space Shuttle Endeavour first flew slowly around White Sands Missile Range before traveling to the White Sands Test Facility (WSTF), to the delight of hundreds of NASA and contractor personnel. After paying tribute to WSTF, Endeavour flew over the city of Las Cruces, NM on the way to its final destination in California.

  • (NASA WSTF Photo) Space Shuttle Atlantis makes a low pass with the Organ Mountains in the background on June 1, 2009.

    Space Shuttle Endeavour to Grace the Skies of Southern New Mexico

    Endeavour’s flight from Kennedy Space Center to Johnson Space Center and the subsequent flight over New Mexico has been delayed due to weather along the gulf coast. Endeavour will now fly over southern NM on Thursday, September 20th, 2012. Detailed information about the flight will be shared via twitter by following #OV105, #SpotTheShuttle, or @EndeavourOverNM on https://twitter.com.

  • ERC employees and their food contributions, which also included back-to-school items. WSTF0812e09787 (Reed Elliott)

    White Sands Test Facility’s Fabulously Fun Food Drive

    Employees from the White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) are shopping again! They are collecting food for two local non-profit agencies: one that is currently feeding 68 children two meals and a snack each day this summer, and another that supplies food for up to 1700 families each month. All this shopping for this many people could be mind-boggling, but employees and their employers at WSTF have it covered.

  • A young Michael Hallock III poses with Astronaut Laurel Clark when Clark was returning to Houston after speaking at the White Sands Test Facility Friends and Family Day in 2002. Clark, who attended middle school in New Mexico, also visited White Sands Space Harbor in 2001 for its 25th Anniversary

    Michael Hallock III Fulfilling his Dream at White Sands Test Facility

    The dream to one day work at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) began with the inclusion of Michael Hallock III in his father’s work at the remote test facility. Michael Hallock Jr. included his family members (daughter Nicola and wife Julie) in his work as an Industrial Engineer in the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. Hallock Jr. drew his family members into the discussions centered at the family table...

  • Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne tests a thruster at NASA's White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M., June 18-21 for Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft. Image credit: Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne

    Thruster Tests Completed for Boeing's CST-100

    Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne tested a thruster for Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft, being developed in collaboration with NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

  • Don Henderson, Materials and Components Laboratories Office, “busts a move” at the IS-HE Day activities.

    WSTF’s Innovation, Safety, Health, and Environment (IS-HE) Day Offered Something for Everyone

    Where else could you go on May 2, 2012 and be able to participate in a robotics demonstration, engineering Olympics,3-on-3 basketball, building water rockets, storytelling, innovation displays, and rap sessions except at the IS-HE Day events at White Sands Test Facility (WSTF).

  • Girls Can! Career Exploration Conference

    It was that time of year again, when the annual Girls Can! Career Exploration Conference was held at Lynn Middle School and coordinated by Bonnie Eisenberg.

  • NMSU president is greeted by the 2nd Engineer Battalion Commander upon arriving at White Sands Missile Range - Photo courtesy of the Missile Ranger

    Bridging the Gap between Student Studies and Employment

    New Mexico State University (NMSU) President Barbara Couture, White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) U.S. Army Brigadier General John G. Ferrari, and NASA’s White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) Manager Frank Benz teamed up to discuss the issues of training and employment with recent NMSU graduates and their WSMR and WSTF employers.

  • Gene Kranz visits White Sands Test Facility

    He still comes across as tough and competent, a hard won effort in the difficult arena of manned spaceflight. And when he talks, people still listen. Gene Kranz, NASA’s Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab Flight Director, visited White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) recently as part of the Apollo 16 40th Anniversary Commemoration Event.

  • Composite Conference 2012

    Composite Conference 2012 Co-sponsored by NASA WSTF

    NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) and the Materials Knowledge Foundation (MKF) are co-hosting Composite Conference 2012, with additional support provided by National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

  • NASA WSTF Fire and Emergency Services personnel

    WSTF Emergency Crews Help Crash Victims

    The White Sands Test Facility emergency services facilitates the remote hazardous testing that is done at the site and assists in the community.


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