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Registration for our November luncheon is now closed.  Please contact Bev Merriliees at 321-452-5426 or bmerrileess@cfl.rr.com to be placed on a waiting list.


The NASA Alumni League, Florida Chapter, will hold its November meeting at the Radisson Resort at the Port, Cape Canaveral, at 11:00 am on November 21st.

Our guest speaker will be Billy Stover, Deputy Chief Safety Officer (CSO) for Commercial Crew Program (CCP) at KSC. Following a 45 minute social, we will have a buffet lunch, after which Billy will speak. CLICK HERE to see his resume’. 

Registration for our November luncheon is now closed.  Please contact Bev Merriliees at 321-452-5426 or bmerrileess@cfl.rr.com to be placed on a waiting list.

Check out the November issue of Spaceport Magazine at: November 2017 SpacePort Magazine




September 02, 2017 – RELEASE 17-071
NASA Statement on Nomination for Agency Administrator
The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Friday’s announcement of the intended nomination by President Donald Trump of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine to serve as the 13th NASA administrator:“I am pleased to have Rep. Bridenstine nominated to lead our team. Of course, the nomination must go through the Senate confirmation process, but I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition and sharing the great work the NASA team is doing.“I look forward to working with a new leadership team, and the administration, on NASA’s ongoing mission of exploration and discovery. Our history is amazing, and our future is even brighter, as we continue to build on this nation’s incredible global leadership in human exploration, science, aeronautics and technology.”Bridenstine, a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.For information about NASA’s missions, discoveries and activities, visit:



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The American Space Museum  (formerly the U. S. Space Walk of Fame Museum) has opened a SPACE WORKERS HALL OF HONOR  to identify anyone who has ever worked in any of our space programs.  This is an online (web-based) recognition dedicating an entire page to each and every worker – past and present – to highlight and acknowledge their service.  If you or a family member had any role at all at any time in our space programs, please log on to www.spacehonors.org and create a page spotlighting them.  This project will help preserve our space history and honor those who made it possible!  

You can their website at www.spacewalkoffame.org




Did you know there are TWO NASA/Contractor breakfasts each month?
1.  The first Tuesday of each month at Village Inn, Titusville, 7:30 a.m.
2.  The last Monday of each month at Malibu Restaurant, Rockledge, 8:30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome; no registration is required. Bring an appetitie!
“Now that I’m retired, what can I do to help the space program?”
Check out the Photo ID Project
Frank Bryan, who began this as a personal quest to contribute, says: “There are lots of photos of the old rockets and launch pads in the KSC archives showing people who were part of the team, but the official photos provide no names. Twenty years from now no one will know who was there. With our experience, we can add that information for all who come after us.”
With that as a starting point, the NALFL Photo ID Project (PIP) was born. Join in and add your own personal knowledge by “filling in the blanks” on the historic photos for each program conducted at KSC and leave a fitting legacy for our future.

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  1. R. Wayne Richie says:

    Delighted to have found the KSC Alumni website and see comments from many of my
    old co-workers when I was at KSC in the 60’s and 70’s.

  2. Mark Betancourt says:

    Hello all,

    I’m a freelance writer at Air & Space magazine, and I’m working on an oral history-style article about the development and construction of the Saturn V rocket. I’m especially interested in “experiential” stories from that time, more than the actual technical work. How things felt, the camaraderie, the pressure; any off-the-beaten-path tales about what it was like to work on that epic challenge.

    I’m wondering if you all at NAL might be able to put me in touch with someone from that time who is still around and might be up for an interview.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Mark Betancourt
    Air & Space magazine

    • Richard Weiss says:

      Hi Mark,

      I joined NASA in 1968 as a Mechanical and Propulsion engineer on the first stage (S-1C) of the Saturn V.

      I don’t know exactly what you’re looking for experience wise or what time frame, but if I can help, please feel free to contact me.

      • Mark Beames says:

        Hello Richard,

        I am writing regarding a Kickstarter campaign funding an upcoming documentary entitled “When We Were Apollo”.

        My involvement as a volunteer is a personal one. My father, Robert E. Beames, was a program manager with the General Electric Re-entry Systems for the Apollo Program and worked from 1961 to 1974 on various aspects of the Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs at the Philadelphia, Canaveral and Huntsville locations.

        The program requires a bit more public awareness to make it a reality. If you would, may I ask that you please push this out to the NASA Alumni group? I would be more than happy to speak with you by phone anytime. We have until Oct. 31st.

        This is the website for the campaign –


        Thank you very much for your time, I hope to hear back from you.

        Respectfully yours,

        Mark P. Beames
        Austin Texas

        • Al Koller says:

          I sent a response via our Facebook page, to wit: Hi Mark. I am a Board member of the NASA Alumni League Florida Chapter and am familiar with this project. I met with the project manager, Zachary Weil, when he was here last winter. It’s legitimate and will produce a video that gathers information from workers and families involved with Apollo. Their goal is to share human interest stories and impacts to the people who worked on Apollo. There may be some technical information, but my understanding is that most will be about the social changes, community impacts, and changes to the lifestyles and activities of the people involved. We expect to be interviewed as part of their activities when they are ready – probably sometime after the first of the year. You can see more about it at: http://mailchi.mp/cae1b06d1a30/kickstarter-is-live?e=39a4080eaa.

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