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The December NAL meeting and luncheon is our annual holiday party, and this year we’ll be at the KSC Visitor Complex (Debus Conference Center), at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 19.  There is no program, just a buffet luncheon prepared by the Delaware North chefs, entertainment and fellowship, featuring our own Sam Haddad for music and fun.
There will be door prizes and social activities for our members and spouses, but space is limited, so early registration is advised and will be limited to parties of four and please, adults only.  Online registration begins on December 1st. 

Deadline for reservations for the December meeting is noon on December 17, but we expect the early opportunity for registration may mean that all will be taken by then. CLICK HERE to register NOW!

Reservations may also be made by responding to Bev Merrilees at: bmerrilees@cfl.rr.com or phone 321-452-5426. Confirmed reservations may also be paid for at the door. 

You will need your new badge or a parking pass to gain access.  If you don’t have a membership badge, ask about one at the registration table for use on your next visit.

Please CLICK HERE for a Parking Pass, and plan to arrive between 11:00 and 11:20.  Park in Lot #4, reserved for our Alumni League members and their guests. A shuttle bus will take you directly to the Debus Center.  

Wishing you all the best for this holiday season!


CLICK HERE to check out the December issue of Spaceport Magazine.

Spaceport Magazine has you covered!

In the December 2017 issue:

  • JPSS-1 to provide more accurate environmental forecasts
  • First Space Launch System rocket hardware turned over to Grounds Systems at KSC
  • Crew Access Arm for Space Launch System arrives at KSC
  • How does your space garden grow?
  • Free flight completes crucial milestone for Dream Chaser
  • Innovation Expo focuses on future technologies
  • NASA Night gives Dreamflight kids opportunity of a lifetime
  • NASA retirees launch new project reaching out to local students
  • Prescribed Burn Working Group wins 2017 Pulaski Award
  • Annual Business Opportunities Expo provides guidance, advice

Check out the December issue of Spaceport Magazine on the ISSUU digital newsstand or click the cover photo. View past issues at the ISSUU digital newsstand here.

To download or view the accessible PDF version or view past PDF issues of the magazine, go to https://go.nasa.gov/2ANqLCQ.

POC: Linda Herridge







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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