Celebrate Space 2013 Photos
to view all the amazing photos from our Celebrate Space 2013 Dinner.
Congratulations to the 2013 Harry Kolcum Honorees: Andrea Farmer and John Zarella
Andrea Farmer, APR, CPRC, is senior public relations manager of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts on behalf of NASA. For nearly 10 years she has told the NASA and KSC story and inspired support for the space program. She is responsible for community and media relations, including social media, crisis communications and news content. She was a key player in promoting the opening of the new Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction, gaining worldwide attention of Florida's Space Coast. She is a native of Melbourne, Fla., and earned her bachelors of science in business administration from the University of Central Florida. She has worked for the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Andrea lives in Titusville with her husband, Michael.
John Zarrella is CNN’s Miami correspondent, named to this position when the Miami bureau was established in December 1983. He is responsible for CNN's coverage of news in Florida, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and has covered every major hurricane to hit Florida and the Gulf Coast. He is a principal correspondent for CNN’s coverage of the U.S. space program, covering such events such as John Glenn’s 1998 return to space, the Mars Pathfinder mission and numerous other launches. John was the CNN network correspondent on site during the 1986 Challenger disaster. In 2011, he covered the final flights of the Space Shuttle program. He joined CNN in November 1981 as executive producer at CNN world headquarters in Atlanta, having previously worked for stations in South Florida, Baltimore and Atlanta. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Thomas University, formerly Biscayne College, where he helped establish the college’s journalism program. John lives in Davie, Florida, with his wife, Robin. They have four children.
Congratulations to 2013 Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Awards
The National Space Club Florida Committee each year recognizes up to three people
for life-long achievement and contributions to the U.S. space program. Nominees
come from government, military or commercial organizations. They may be retired
or currently employed in continuous service for a substantial period. This year's
honorees are Conrad Perez
, Stephen Francois
. Click here to read about
each Lifetime Achievement winner's biography.
The Rising Star Award is targeted toward younger achievers and is presented in conjunction
with the NSC Lifetime Achievement Award. This year's honoree is Lt. Rachael
. Click here to read about the Rising
Star winner's biography.
30 Days of Giving
Share the spirit of the holidays by giving to those in need during 30 Days of Giving
at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Support the Brevard Sharing Centers
with a canned good donation and save up to 70% on admission for up to six people
from Nov. 1 - 30.
Click here for more details.
Thanks to the companies/individuals who have contributed to this year’s Space
United Launch Alliance
Senator Thad Altman
Todd & Annis Halvorson
Dr. Mary Kalen Romjue
Dr. Al Koller
The NSC thanks the following Celebrate Space sponsors
- Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
- Booz Allen
- Chenega Security and Support Solutions
- Delaware North Parks & Resorts
- Inomedic Health Applications, Inc.
- Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union
- L2 Aerospace LLC
- Lockheed Martin
- Space Coast Launch Services
- Space Florida
- Space X
- The Hilton Oceanfront Hotel
- United Launch Alliance
See book synopsis for author and NSC member Lamar Russell: The Silence and the Salvage
When space shuttles reenter the atmosphere, the astronaut crews watch the red and pink plasma streaking past their windows. They refer to the fiery red plasma as “the beast.” It is outside, and it is trying to claw its way in. Over the western United States, the beast had found its way into a crack in the wing of the shuttle Columbia. NASA lost contact with the returning space shuttle 200,000 feet over Dallas and fifteen minutes from home. Its charred pieces rained down on east Texas. Seven heroes were out there. Someone had to find them.
This narrative details the personal experiences of the recovery team who worked in Louisiana and Texas to collect the remains of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The story follows the NASA team as it spent a cold February at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, where it established a secure debris collection center and where it formed close bonds with the airmen of the 2nd Bomb Wing who were preparing to go to war in Iraq. The narrative follows the team to Lufkin, Texas where it managed the recovery of material parts and human remains from the 200 mile long Texas debris field. The account describes how NASA and FEMA combined to form a powerful team. NASA applied science to the chaos of the debris collection while FEMA brought the U.S. Forest Service and other materiel resources from all over America to walk the square miles and pick up the debris. This account provides descriptions of other searches outside Texas along the final ground track from the California coast, across Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The book also describes the other teams who were organized to investigate and close out over 1500 reports from 35 other states reaching to the Atlantic coast. In the end, they had managed an effort that spanned an entire continent. “Briars, Chaps and Snakes” describes the average day for the NASA and U.S. Forest Service personnel who walked the fields in freezing temperatures, starting before dawn and ending after dusk. There were good days and bad days. The memorial services and the slow cadence of the honor guards for the recovered crew remains were sad days. “Lufkin Downtown Hoedown” and “Fresh Air Cowboys” describe how unexpected humor in the midst of tragedy occurred on the good days.
This book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.
Lamar Russell Biography
Lamar Russell was employed by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, for forty-five years. He worked in the launch preparation and countdowns of all Apollo Saturn 5 rockets and all Space Shuttle launches. This span of time covered the entire history of sending men to the moon and back, building and utilizing the space shuttles and constructing the International Space Station. During his career he worked as a digital systems engineer, Project Manager, and Division Manager.
A native of Tennessee, Russell earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and later, a Master of Business Administration from Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He occasionally serves as a guest lecturer at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida. He is currently retired and lives in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Debus Center 2013 Dinner Photos
Please click here to view
the photos from our Debus Center 2013 dinner.
Brevard Space Days 2013
Brevard Space Days 2012 was a rousing success with over 6500 Brevard County sixth
graders and their science teachers participating in a full day of organized and
hands-on activities at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). All of us in the National Space
Club can take great pride in knowing that we initiated this program and through
the generosity of individuals and companies like yours have contributed $250,000
towards the program’s overall cost since its inception.
This year’s program will be held over a nine day period from December 3 through
December 13, 2013. The program was started seven years ago and it gets better each
year. From the beginning, funding for this program has come from outside the Brevard
School’s operating budget and is dependent on contributions from the community.
The National Space Club has again pledged a minimum of $25,000 from the aerospace
community towards this important program with the Brevard schools foundation raising
funds from the community at large and through possible grants that match funding
from private industry.
According to a report from the National Science Foundation, the United States could
soon lose its prominence in science and technology with twenty-four nations in 2000
awarding a higher percentage of science and engineering degrees. Space Days has
proven to motivate our school administrators and teachers to increase emphasis on
teaching math and science as well as stimulating student interest. As such, I have
committed the National Space Club to continue sponsorship at the same level as in
On behalf of the National Space Club, I am requesting our community’s financial
help again. All contributions to the National Space Club (a 501c3 entity) will go
directly to Space Days. Contributions should be made to the following:
National Space Club-Florida Committee
P.O. Box 21243
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32815-0243
Robert D. Cabana, Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, Named 2013
Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award
Robert D. Cabana, Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy
Space Center (KSC) in Florida, has been selected by the National Space Club (NSC)
Florida Committee to receive its 2013 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award. Cabana will be honored
at the Debus Award Dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The formal event, which begins
at 6:30 pm, will be held at the Debus Conference Facility at the KSC Visitor Complex.
"Bob’s devotion to his country and the U.S. space program has been exemplary,”
said NSC Chairman Jim McCarthy. “He started his career as a naval test pilot,
became an astronaut and has most recently provided exceptional leadership as NASA
KSC's Center Director for safely flying the Shuttle program into retirement; while
laying out a vision and executing a transformation plan of KSC to be a 21st Century
Launch Complex." The Debus Award was created by the NSC Florida Committee to recognize
significant achievements and contributions made in Florida to American aerospace
efforts. It is named for KSC’s first Director, Dr. Kurt H. Debus.
Cabana is the tenth director of the KSC where he manages a team of approximately
8,600 civil service and contractor employees. Prior to his appointment to Kennedy
in October 2008, the former space shuttle astronaut served as the director of NASA’s
Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cabana graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy
in 1971, with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and was commissioned as an officer
in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test
Pilot School and has logged over 7,000 hours in 36 different aircraft.
Cabana was selected as an astronaut candidate in June of 1985, completing his training
in 1986. He has flown four space shuttle missions serving as the pilot of Discovery
on STS-41 in October 1990, the pilot of Discovery on STS-53 in December 1992, the
commander of Columbia on STS-65 in July 1994, and the commander of Endeavour on
STS-88, the first space station assembly mission, in December 1998.
Before being named the director of Stennis Space Center in October 2007, Cabana
served as deputy director of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston,
Texas. In addition to his duties as an astronaut, Cabana’s NASA experience
includes assignments as deputy chief, Aircraft Operations Division; chief, NASA
Astronaut Office; manager, International Operations; director, International Space
Station Program; deputy, NASA Human Space Flight Program in Russia; deputy, International
Space Station Program; and director, Flight Crew Operations.
He is married to the former Nancy Joan Shimer of Cortland, N.Y. They have three
children; two sons and a daughter.
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Host Public Tours
The 45th Space Wing Public Affairs Office offers free tours of CCAFS originating
at the History Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For reservations, call (321)
494-5945 or e-mail email@example.com. Check www.patrick.af.mil
(lower left corner of page) for further
info including calendars showing open and full tour dates.
Air Force Space and Missile Museum
The Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station preserves
both the hardware and the spirit of United States' ventures into space. The museum
displays numerous missiles, rockets and related space equipment.
Please click here to
visit the Air Force Space and Missile Museum website.
Our mailing address is
Air Force Space and Missile Museum
191 Museum Circle
Patrick AFB, FL 32925-2535
You can reach the Museum Director at 321-853-9171.
Our email addreess is