Guardian of the Week: Staff Sgt. Rebecca Cone

Name: Staff Sgt. Rebecca Cone

Hometown: Thomasville, Ga.

What is your primary role in GC? Range Aerospace Control Officer competitor

What are you looking to gain from Guardian Challenge? A fourth Schriever Trophy!

Why is the 45th Space Wing going to win again? Because we are the best at everything we do!

Why is a Shark better than a ChickenHawk? Sharks are higher on the food chain and sharks are a lot larger.
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Guardian of the Week: Capt. David Jason Gray

Name: Capt. David Jason Gray

Hometown: Asheville, N.C.

What is your primary role in GC? Senior Mission Flight Control Officer

What are you looking to gain from Guardian Challenge? Knowledge, knowledge, and more knowledge ... though I've been a Flight Control Officer for more than two years, I'm still a relative newcomer when compared to my peers. A good portion of them have been doing this mission for well over a decade! My instructor in this competition is one of those individuals I admire for what they know, and what they bring to the mission day in and day out. I'm hungry for that knowledge and am excited to obtain as much as I can from him. What better venue than GC to do that.
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Weekend of Work as Atlantis Readied for Launch

Space shuttle Atlantis is being loaded with hypergolic propellants this weekend while launch preparations continue for the liftoff of STS-132, targeted for May 14. Hypergolics are chemicals that ignite when they come in contact with each other. The propellants are used in the maneuvering system called the reaction control system, or RCS, that steers the shuttle in space.

Technicians will also close the aft compartment of Atlantis during work at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Kennedy Preps for Cryo Loading as Crew Rehearses MRM-1 Work

Technicians working at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center will simulate loading space shuttle Atlantis with cryogenic propellants as they continue preparations for the launch of the shuttle on STS-132. Liftoff is targeted for May 14 at 2:20 p.m. EDT.
Atlantis' payload is the focus of the crew today as they ready themselves for their role. The six astronauts who will fly the shuttle to the International Space Station are running through the steps they will take during the mission's second flight day involving the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1. The module will be connected to the space station during the mission.

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