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Old 12-22-2005, 12:21 PM
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NASA press release. gave me a chuckle

I got this yesterday from NASA. Gave me a chuckle. This is an official NASA press release. I can vouch for that.

>>> KSC News Center 12/21/05 1:42 PM >>>
12.21.05

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Phone: (321) 867-2468

RELEASE: 104-05

NASA'S KENNEDY SPACE CENTER GIVES RUNWAY ACCESS TO SANTA

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has come to an agreement with
the North Pole to permit Santa Claus and his reindeer exclusive use
of the Shuttle Landing Facility on Christmas Eve.

The jolly fellow plans to use the runway as a rest stop on his global
gift-delivery run. Since Kennedy employees have never seen Santa
during his past visits, they'll closely watch the runway in hopes of
catching a glimpse of him this year.

This is not the first time the agency has opened one of its most
recognizable facilities for outside use. Kennedy recently agreed to
allow two civilian businesses to use the shuttle's runway and its
facilities, as part of a pilot program to expand runway access for
non-NASA activities.

During Santa's brief stop at Kennedy on Christmas Eve, he hopes to
take an up-close look at the facilities that will help return humans
back to the moon and eventually on to Mars.

"Santa has often said he envies NASA's beyond-Earth-orbit journeys,"
said Ima Elf, lead engineer in Santa's workshop. "He prefers
traveling with his reindeer, but Santa has great interest in NASA's
space vehicles. He can't wait for humans to be stationed on the moon
so he can make his first legitimate visit there. He has his own
Vision for Space Exploration and hopes to have an annex shop on the
lunar North Pole in the future."

For more information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/home
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Old 12-22-2005, 01:06 PM
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"Santa has often said he envies NASA's beyond-Earth-orbit journeys,"
said Ima Elf, lead engineer in Santa's workshop. "
Wait a minute... this is an obvious fabrication! Santa is leagues ahead of NASA... Here's proof!



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Old 12-22-2005, 01:12 PM
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That's cute ... my little girl has set up a musical sensor by the tree that goes off when somebody walks infront of it ... and she plans on sleeping in the rocking chair or on the couch so she can hear the sensor go off and catch Santa in the act aahhh to be a kid again
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Wait a minute... this is an obvious fabrication! Santa is leagues ahead of NASA... Here's proof!



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This is a real space station change. Read the stuff in bold. This stuff flew on flight 20P (Russian) on Dec 21. I've removed names and phone numbers.

1. SSCN: 009725 INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION 2. PAGE 1 of 2
3. AUTHORIZATION NEED DATE: CHANGE REQUEST 4. DATE RECEIVED:
November 16, 2005 November 9, 2005
5. INITIATOR’S NAME: ORGANIZATION: TELEPHONE NUMBER:
OB 281-
6. CHANGE TITLE:
Certification of NBA All-Star Game Equipment

7. CONTRACTOR CHANGE ENGINEER: ORG: EC3 TELEPHONE NUMBER:
NASA CHANGE ENGINEER: ORG: EC3 TELEPHONE NUMBER:
8. HARDWARE/SOFTWARE SUPPLIERS AFFECTED - List organization(s) where applicable:
0 ISS Contractor:
0 Khsc (FGB)
0 ASI
0 CSA
0 ESA
0INPE
0 JAXA

0 Roscosmos

0 RSC -E
0 EVA
1 GFE:
Flight Crew Systems 0 Other:


9. BASELINE DOCUMENTS AFFECTED: ITAR CONTROLLED:
Document #: Title: 0 Yes (1724 form required)
0 No

Document #: Title: 0 Yes (1724 form required)
0 No

10. SUSTAINING IMPACTS:
Sustaining Contractor:
Failure History: 1 No
0 Yes (If yes, please describe PRACA, FIAR or other Problem Reporting below):




11. DESCRIPTION OF CHANGE:
Materials only certification of NBA basketball equipment, non-electronic, to support NBA All-Star Game video downlink. Hardware will be shipped to Russia for 20P (launch December 21, 2005).

1) 1 Spalding basketball with NBA All-Star logo inflated 7 to 9 lbs, not to exceed 11 lbs for safety considerations.
2) 2 Caps with NBA All-Star logo
3) 2 long sleeve cotton t-shirts with NBA All-Star logo


Contacts: Requested

12. REASON FOR CHANGE:
International Space Station External Relations Office has requested this hardware fly to support an effort with National Basketball Association to have the ISS crew do a tip-off, pass around on the ISS, and slam dunk at the beginning of the 2006 NBA All Star Game which will be played in Houston in February 2006.

13. IMPACT OF NON-INCORPORATION:
PAO media event will not be supported by the ISS Program.

14. REQUESTED PROCESSING: 0 Routine
1 Urgent (Justification Required)

Project is behind the process flow for manifest schedule for December 21, 2005 20P launch. Paperwork and hardware delivery is past due, hardware must be ready to ship by 11/21/05.

SSCN: 009725 INTERNATIONALSPACE STATION Page 2 of 2
CHANGE REQUEST
15. FLIGHT EFFECTIVITY: (List first flight affected followed by all subsequent flight/manifest impacts)
20P

16. SPACE STATION (HW/SW) ELEMENTS AFFECTED:
NASA
0 Airlock
0 APCU
0 ARIS
0 CRV
0 Ext Stowage Plat. _________
0 Flight Support Equipment
0 GFE _________________
0 GSE
0 HAB
0 LAB
0 Mobile Transporter
0 Node 1
0 ORU ___________________
0 Payload ________________
0 Photovoltaic Module (S4, P4, S6, P6)
0 PMA (1, 2, 3)
0 Resupply Return Container
0 Software ________________
0 Standard Payload Rack
0 Truss Segment (Z1, S0, S1, P1, S3,
P3, S5, P5)
1 Other _Flight Crew Sytems_
ROSCOSMOS
0 Docking Compartment 1
0 FGB
0 Life Support Module
0 ORU ________________
0 Progress
0 Research Module
0 Science Power Module
0 Service Module
0 Software _____________
0 Soyuz
0 Other _______________

JAXA
0 CAM
0 Centrifuge Rotor/LSG
0 HTV
0 JEM EF
0 JEM ELM ES
0 JEM ELM PS
0 JEM PM
0 ORU ________________
0 Software _____________
0 Other _______________
ESA
0 ATV
0 Columbus Module
0 Cupola
0 Node 2
0 Node 3
0 ORU ____________________
0 Software ________________
0 Other ___________________

ASI
0 MPLM
0 ORU ___________________
0 Software ________________
0 Other ___________________

CSA
0 MSS
0 ORU ___________________
0 Software ________________
0 SPDM
0 SSRMS
0 Other ___________________
INPE
0 Flight Support Equipment
0 Utilization

COMMON ITEMS
0 ________________________

17. SYSTEM AND FUNCTIONAL IMPACTS:
0 Avionics
0 Business Management
0 Command & Data Handling (C&DH)
0 Communications & Tracking (C&T)
1 Configuration Management (CM)
0 Crew Health Care System (CHeCS)
0 Electrical, Electronic, & Electromechanical
0 Electrical Power System (EPS)
1 Environmental Control System (ECLSS)
0 Extravehicular Activity (EVA)

1 Flight Crew System (FCS)
0 Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C)
0 Human Factors/Flight Crew Integration
0 Launch Package & Stage Management
0 Launch Site/Flight Processing
0 Logistics & Maintenance (L&M)
1 Materials & Processes (M&P)
0 Operations
0 Payloads
0 Pressurized Elements

0 Program Integration
0 Propulsion
0 Robotics
1 Safety & Mission Assurance (S&MA)
0 Simulators/Mock-Ups
0 Software
0 Structures & Mechanisms (S&M)
0 Training
0 Thermal Control System (TCS)
1 Other (Specify) ________PAO_______

18. SAFETY:
Catastrophic
Critical YES
0
0
NO
1
1
19. RISK MITIGATION:
YES 0 NO 1
Risk Numbers Affected: 20. WEIGHT IMPACT: 21. SCHEDULE IMPACT:
1.3 lb Will meet 20P launch
22. COST IMPACT (Dollars):
Contractor:
NASA: EC No Impact
1
0
Less Than 550K
0
1
550K-1M
0
0
1M-10M
0
0
10M-50M
0
0
50M-Over
0
0

23. IMPACT DESCRIPTION:
Materials only certification. Funding ($7K) is covered under ITA 5634.

24. RECOMMENDATION/REMARKS:
Hardware will be provided by OA to EC by 11/20/2005 for upgrade to flight status. OX will coordinate with PAO and CB for stowage, on orbit planning, video downlink, etc.
25. FORWARDING AUTHORIZATION:
Board/Panel: Print Name - Participant / Org & Code: Signature: /s/ W.C. Date: 11/9/05
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I hope that NASA got more than $7K out of the deal!
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