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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, September 10
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This Week at NASA…

The Ames Research Center was the scene of a gathering of experts from government, industry and academia meeting to discuss the agency’s green aviation research efforts.

Researcher: "…doing research in alternative bio-fuels."

and showcase groundbreaking solutions NASA and its partners are developing to reduce the impact of aviation systems on the environment.

Over a two day period, attendees heard researchers, scientists, technicians and leading policymakers, present on the latest emerging environmentally sensitive aviation technologies.

Jaiwon Shin: "Please join us in welcoming our NASA Administrator, Mr. Bolden."

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden addressed the group on day one of the event.

Charles Bolden: "We're so excited at NASA about the opportunities we’re being given, in the coming years, to help develop solutions to some of our most pressing aviation problems, and create the next generation of air transportation systems that will last generations and make us all safer and make the planet a better place That’s a huge challenge, but we at NASA enthusiastically accept it."

The clock is winding down as NASA astronauts and ground crews continue to ready hardware and facilities for the next shuttle mission to the International Space Station – STS-133. Space shuttle Discovery “rolled over,” from the Kennedy Space Center’s Orbiter Processing Facility-3 to the Vehicle Assembly Building, VAB where it was mated to two solid rocket boosters and a fuel tank. In the meantime, Discovery’s crew, Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, and Mission Specialists Michael Barratt, Tim Kopra, Nicole Stott and Alvin Drew, continue their training for a scheduled November 1 flight.

The administrator graciously gave up a little of his time off this Labor Day to participate in festivities on the National Mall.

Charlie Bolden: "For me, it’s an honor to be asked to come out here with the National Symphony in front of people from all over the country, I have learned by walking around and talking to some people, and actually from all around the world. Just to have them hear the name NASA, as a part of this concert, I think, is really important, and then having heard the music before from Apollo 13, I think they will be moved, as I am, and that’s really important."

Bolden introduced a musical segment from the film Apollo 13 performed by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Emil de Cou. The segment honored the 40th anniversary of the mission.

Charlie Bolden: "I want to thank the NSO for recognizing the great accomplishments of our human spaceflight program with this tribute tonight to Apollo 13. So, I invite you -- enjoy!"

Apollo 13 launched from the Kennedy Space Center on April 11, 1970. The space vehicle crew included Commander Jim Lovell, Command Module pilot John Swigert, and Lunar Module Pilot, Fred Haise. The annual Labor Day Concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Also, over the Labor Day weekend, actor/rapper Mos Def and astronaut Leland Melvin teamed up to share NASA’s Summer of Innovation program with young people at the Instituting Science in Schools Science and Cultural Festival at the Chabot Observatory in Oakland, California, and people attending the Tom Joyner Morning Show Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida.

Mos Def: "Without science and technology, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the radio, television, the internet."

Def and Melvin, using cutting-edge, holographic video technology, shared their enthusiasm for science, technology and exploration, participating in events occurring 3,000 miles apart. Later, at the Reunion, Melvin was part of a the “Legends and Trailblazers panel, which included Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols who played Lieutenant Uhuru on the popular 60’s TV series.

NASA's Summer of Innovation program is a multi-faceted project to promote and improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics in middle schools.

Facilitator: "Just get out there and get good grades, cause that’s the thing, if you want to work at NASA; we take the best and the brightest. We’ll help build you up, but you’ve got to have something for us to start with to begin with."

The Dryden Flight Research Center held a special media event to discuss the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment, a multi-center campaign designed to better understand how tropical storms form and develop into major hurricanes.

Gerry Heymsfield: "With GRIP we are trying to get a lot more high-resolution measurements, and with a single airplane we may only have five-six hours on a storm, with Global Hawk, maybe 15 hours on a single storm."

Media were introduced to the various aircraft involved in the GRIP mission, including the Global Hawk Unmanned Airborne aircraft.

Gerry Heymsfield: "We have several new instruments that provide new measurement capabilities to study hurricanes and we’re coordinating with other federal agencies, NOAA, and the National Science Foundation."

During GRIP each plane will fly at various altitudes and carries a suite of remote sensing instruments to observe and characterize the lifecycle of hurricanes.

The DC-8 aircraft was deployed to Florida and recently flew into the eye of hurricane Earl.
And Now "Centerpieces"…

The Marshall Space Flight Center marked its 50th anniversary with multiple events honoring the work of several generations.

Marshall Space Flight Center leaders unveiled an Alabama historic marker commemorating the formation of the NASA center -- and the subsequent 50 years of Marshall innovation. The marker was placed at the visitor’s center for Redstone Arsenal, Marshall’s home for the past 50 years.

Robert Lightfoot, MSFC Director: "We really appreciate the recognition from our friends, neighbors, colleagues and patrons from Huntsville and the state capital. Thank you from the Marshall Space Flight Center team, at T-plus-50 years and counting."

To commemorate the historic anniversary, Marshall employees posed for an aerial photograph, by forming a giant "50." Immediately following the photo shoot, current and former NASA employees and contractors were invited to a brief social, which included remarks from center director Robert Lightfoot, a panel of astronauts discussing their experiences at the Marshall Center, presentations of vintage photographs from the center’s past, and historical displays, including the office desk of rocket pioneer and the first Marshall director – Dr. Werner Von Braun.

The Cities of Huntsville and Madison, along with Madison County, Alabama declared Sept. 8 "Marshall Space Flight Center Day."

On Sept. 8, 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower visited Huntsville to lead the Marshall Center's dedication ceremony.

President Dwight Eisenhower: "I dedicate this, the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. May this great center be ever worthy of its honored name."

He unveiled a bust of the center's namesake, U.S. Army Gen. George C. Marshall, who received the Nobel Prize in 1953 for overseeing the European Recovery Program or “Marshall Plan,” which secured $13 billion dollars in post-war food, machinery and other aid for Europe.

Baseball Announcer: "Fans don’t forget to visit the Little League Baseball Museum where a special exhibition is now available from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration."

NASA was a big hit at this year's Little League World Series, from the official first pitch thrown from outer space, to the astronaut meet and greet, to the more than16,000 fans who checked out NASA exhibits including the Exploration Experience in 3D. The exhibits were open throughout the Little League World Series tournament, and included a touchable moon rock, demonstrations of what exhibit-goers might look like as astronauts, and displays informing the public about some of the practical research NASA’s is engaged in that benefits everyday life here on earth, and a presentation of a Little League patch flown by space shuttle pilot Colonel Terry Virts during mission STS-130.

And that's This Week at NASA!

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