Farouk Systems to Launch Experiments on Shuttle Atlantis
May 17, 2011

Farouk Systems to Launch Experiments on Shuttle Atlantis

Partners with Lone Star College for Student Participation

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Immediate Release—Houston-based Farouk Systems, official hair care sponsor of the Miss Universe Organization and in conjunction with NASA, will make history with its participation in the last mission of the NASA space shuttle mission scheduled for late July. Senior Vice President of Technology for Farouk Systems and former NASA scientist, Dr. Dennis Morrison will prep, load and post-analyze five experiments aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. The experiments will focus on finding new techniques of making hair conditioner using specific vitamins and plant derivatives. 

One student currently enrolled in the CHI Environmental School of Cosmetology at Lone Star College-North Harris will have a chance to assist Dr. Morrison by accompanying him to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the shuttle flight, the student will complete the identical experiment on Earth as the astronauts perform it in space.

 The participating student will submit an essay on the importance of science as it relates to cosmetology. The top five essays submitted will be recognized and the winner announced at a brunch held on June 8, 2011 at the CHI Academy located at Farouk Systems’ headquarters. Houston news personality Kim Davis from Beyond the Headlines will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. 

“The experiments will have real-world implications for the cosmetology industry,” said Dr. Stephen C. Head, president of Lone Star College-North Harris. “It will no doubt enhance the student’s current curriculum and be an invaluable learning experience. We are honored Farouk Systems has allowed us to take part in this special program.”

 “The NASA based technology used in our CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron revolutionized the hair care industry,” said Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems. “We are committed to creating the best products using the most innovative of technologies, and we are proud to share the entire experience with a student from Lone Star College through the CHI Stars Program.” 

About Lone Star College-North Harris

Lone Star College System is the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas and the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. LSCS consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit www.LoneStar.edu

About Farouk Systems, Inc.

Farouk Systems, Inc. is a Houston-based company that manufactures the world-renowned brands CHI and BioSilk with a mission statement of: Education, Environment and Ethics.  With more than 2,500 employees, the company sells its products in over 100 countries.  The company was founded in 1986 when Farouk Shami invented the first ammonia-free lightening system. Following benchmarks include incorporating silk into hair care, originating CHI thermal tool technology and continuous innovation through research to create better, safer products. For more information, go to www.farouk.com.

Retired Shuttle Will Not Land In Houston
April 12, 2011

City of  Houston officials along with families of the Challenger and Columbia Shuttles are no doubt disappointed that NASA did not award a retiring orbiter to our area.

NASA announced the shuttles will go to Los Angeles, Florida, New York and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.


We are heartbroken to learn of the decision that the Space Shuttle will not be allowed to return home to Houston. Home is where the heart is, and Houston has served as the heart of the space shuttle program since its inception nearly four decades ago. All the astronauts lost were Houston’s residents. We again share a collective loss as a result of the political decision to send the space shuttle elsewhere. We had prayed that the incredible sacrifices this community has endured would have allowed the shuttle’s legacy to continue here. Although we disagree with this decision, we will persevere in our support of space exploration, just as we have done in the past. 

Evelyn Husband Thompson
Jonathan Clark
Sandy Anderson
Lorna Onizuka
Cheryl McNair

Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with Republicans Senator John Cornyn and Congressman John Culberson also released the following statements.

Mayor Parker Issues Statement on Shuttle Decision

“This is certainly disappointing, but not entirely unexpected as the Administration has been hinting that Houston would not be a winner in this political competition.  I am disappointed for Houston, the JSC family and the survivors of the Columbia and Challenger missions who paid the ultimate price for the advancement of space exploration.  There was no other city with our history of human space flight or more deserving of a retiring orbiter.  It is unfortunate that political calculations have prevailed in the final decision.”

Cornyn Statement On Administration’s Failure To Retire Orbiter To Rightful Home In Houston 

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding NASA’s rejection of the Johnson Space Center in Houston as one of the retirement locations for their orbiter fleet: 

“Like many Texans, I am disappointed with NASA’s decision to slight the Johnson Space Center as a permanent home for one of the Space Shuttle Orbiters. Houston has played a critical role throughout the life of the space shuttle, but it is clear political favors trumped common sense and fairness in the selection of the final locations for the orbiter fleet. 

“There is no question Houston should have been selected as a final home for one of the orbiters—even Administrator Bolden stated as much. Today’s announcement is an affront to the thousands of dedicated men and women at Johnson Space Center, the greater Houston community and the State of Texas, and I’m deeply disappointed with the Administration’s misguided decision.”

 Statement on Retiring Orbiters  

“For the last 50 years, Houston has been in the business of sending its citizens into space, and we’re proud of the vehicles that our men and women pilot into the unknown.  And so it is that Space City, USA is bereaved of one of its greatest contributions to humanity and the progress of science.”

Washington, DC – Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) issued the following statement on the placement of the retiring Space Shuttle Orbiters:

“Today NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden announced that Houston will not receive one of the retiring Space Shuttle Orbiters.  It is sad and unfortunate that politics played such an obvious role in the placement of theses retiring Orbiters. The thought of an Orbiter not coming home to rest at Space Center Houston is truly tragic.  It is analogous to Detroit without a Model-T, or Florence without a da Vinci. 

“For the last 50 years, Houston has been in the business of sending its citizens into space, and we’re proud of the vehicles that our men and women pilot into the unknown.  And so it is that Space City, USA is bereaved of one of its greatest contributions to humanity and the progress of science.”

Greater Houston Partnership Reacts To NASA Funding Bill
September 30, 2010

(news release from GHP)

Houston – The leadership at the Greater Houston Partnership today expressed its enthusiasm over the passage of a Congressional funding bill for NASA. If signed by President Barack Obama, the bill could impact the Houston region by potentially preserving thousands of jobs that appeared to be lost.

“We are pleased at the passage of this bipartisan plan that will help maintain a strong NASA footprint in the Houston region,” said Jeff Moseley, GHP President and CEO. “We look forward to President Obama signing this spending bill so that NASA can get back to its mandate of human space exploration.”

The spending bill enjoyed bipartisan support in the Senate, with that legislative body unanimously approving it this past August. Through some 11th-hour efforts, the House was able to pass and reconcile its own version of the bill last night before Congress convened for the fall election cycle this Friday.


Moseley thanked the local congressional delegation for their continued efforts ensuring the passage of the legislation.


“We applaud our local leadership in Congress, specifically Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rep. Pete Olson, who worked so diligently over this past year to get this done,” Moseley said. “They are a testament to Texas’ ‘can do’ spirit, and their strong belief that this spending bill is right for Texas and right for America.”


Sen. Hutchison Lauds Passage of Bill to Preserve America’s Future in Space
September 30, 2010

Late Wednesday, the House of  Representatives passed legislation negotiated by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) securing NASA’s $19 Billion  2011 fiscal budget.

It is designed to safeguard America’s human spaceflight capabilities, according to supporters, while balancing commercial space investment with a robust mission for NASA.

The bill now lands on President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.

 “I am extremely pleased that the Houston delegation, including Reps. Pete Olson, Gene Green, John Culberson, Kevin Brady, Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Ted Poe, pulled together to gain approval of the Congressional initiative to preserve America’s future in space and protect our proud heritage of exploration,” said Sen. Hutchison.  “This bill represents months and months of hard work and reflects a complex compromise that forged a strong balance between investment in new technology and the evolution of the commercial space market with a continued robust mission for NASA.”  

“Six months ago we were faced with an Administration proposal that would have ended the era of U.S. dominance in space exploration, threatened our utilization of and investment in the International Space Station, and jeopardized America’s leadership in manned space flight.  

“This bill provides needed direction to NASA that will preserve many of the jobs and critical skills the agency would continue to lose amid budgetary uncertainty.  Preserving these skills and applying them directly to the new launch capability and other programs will allow our nation to continue to be the global leader in space,” Sen. Hutchison added. 

The NASA Authorization Act of 2010 addresses the following areas: 

International Space Station (ISS)

The bill would extend full utilization of the ISS through at least 2020 and promote safe and effective operation, maintenance, and maximum utilization of the space station by ensuring that replacement or spare parts are available for delivery and installation to assure sustained operations.  The bill also reserves research space for private entities to encourage a broader range of scientific research.

 Space Shuttle Retirement and Transition

The bill would authorize and direct NASA to fly the space shuttle Launch on Need (LON) flight pending results of a required assessment of safe means of return for astronauts if the shuttle is damaged or unable to return.  The bill also would preserve space shuttle capabilities through 2011 to complete the current manifest of scheduled flights.

 Commercial Crew and Cargo Transportation Capabilities

The bill would direct NASA to continue the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program (COTS) in support of providing cargo services to the ISS and would establish requirements for the definition of milestones and minimum performance objectives to be achieved before procurement authority is granted for commercially developed crew transportation capability. 

Expansion of Human Space Flight Beyond the International Space Station and Low-Earth Orbit

The bill would direct NASA to initiate development of a government-owned, NASA-designed and operated “Space Launch System” (SLS) – a heavy lift launch capability –  as soon as practicable and would establish the end of 2016 as the goal for initial capability to deliver crew and cargo to the ISS.  To facilitate that schedule, the bill allows modification and/or extension of existing contracts.  The bill would require NASA to develop a multi-purpose crew transportation vehicle based on Orion for use with the Space Launch System.  

Rescoping and Revitalizing Institutional Capabilities

The bill would require a study to identify an approach for the most efficient use and maintenance of NASA facilities and infrastructure, paying specific attention to eliminating unneeded duplication of infrastructure.  It would also prohibit NASA from making any movement or termination of contractors or civil servants or any reorganization or Reduction in Force for reasons other than cause, until Congress receives the required reports and grants legislative authority to make such changes.

NASA Honored With “Spirit of Houston Award”
August 27, 2010

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden travelled  to Houston on Thursday to accept an award  on behalf of all of  the men and women of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or simply NASA.

The City of Houston honored the space agency with the “Spirit of  Houston” Award, which is given annually to a group, individual or organization that represents the pioneer spirit of the city.

You can see more pictures from the event here :http://www.click2houston.com/slideshow/news/24783397/detail.html

It’ s no coincidence that the award was given at a time when the Houston area is concerned about cutbacks in the national space program and potential job losses at the Johnson Space Center.

Earlier in the day, Bolden met with Mayor Annise Parker at city hall to discuss Houston’s history and relationship with the space agency.

 The meeting was facilitated by Houston City Council member Jolanda “Jo” Jones, who was instrumental in bringing the NASA leader to Houston to accept the award. 

Bolden, a former astronaut and retired military General, did not mention space program cuts or layoffs during  his remarks at the dinner later in the evening.

However, when introducing Bolden, Mayor Parker did say, “there is no reason that Houston shouldn’t remain the  center of  space exploration.” 

JSC Director Michael Coats was also on hand to accept the award from the city.

 The  presentation took place during the celebration of the city’s 174th birthday.

Cornyn: We Need A Clear Vision For Human Space Flight
April 14, 2010

 Senator Discusses NASA, Johnson Space Center & Obama’s Kennedy Space Center Visit

 WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today went to the Senate floor to discuss the future of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Johnson Space Center in Texas, and President Obama’s scheduled visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Excerpts and a link to a video clip of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below. The President’s Visit to the Kennedy Space Center: “Mr. President, this week President Obama is scheduled to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Many Americans expect the President to explain his vision for America’s space program in the decades ahead. Such a vision is long overdue from this Administration.

One year after celebrating its 50th year – as well as the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing – the White House has proposed a budget that will force NASA to abandon its historic role in space exploration.” “The Administration wants to terminate NASA’s Constellation program, our nation’s flagship endeavor to return Americans to the moon and beyond. After $9 billion invested over seven years, the President would leave NASA adrift and without a mission. I hope the President will announce that he’s thought better of his decision – and this morning I’d like to take a few minutes to explain why he should do so.” The Johnson Space Center in Texas: “Texas is proud of our close connection with NASA’s human space flight program – and we recognize how it has helped transform the Greater Houston Area into a high-tech leader. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden was quoted recently as saying, ‘with all due respect to everybody who opposes the budget,’ a very serious and real concern is the jobs. General Bolden is correct in one way: the cancellation of Constellation – combined with the retirement of the Space Shuttle – could cost the region as many as 7,000 direct jobs, according to the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.” Strategic Impact for America: “Texans understand that the local economic impact in Greater Houston would be nothing compared to the strategic opportunity cost for the United States. For one thing, the end of the Constellation Program will increase our dependence on Russia to transport Americans to the International Space Station – a Space Station built with billions of American taxpayer dollars. Soon Russia will not be the only nation to surpass the United States in human space flight. All these nations are investing in human space flight not only because they want their flags to be the first to fly on Mars, but also because they know their investments will get a good return.” Role of Private Sector: “The White House believes that the private sector can play a larger role in space exploration – and they are right.

We certainly want to encourage private investment and public-private partnerships in the development of space technologies. We want to help NASA become an even better partner with aerospace entrepreneurs. But NASA cannot pass the baton of human space flight to a runner that is still trying on its shoes.” What President Obama Should Say: “So what should President Obama say when he visits the Kennedy Space Center this week. First, President Obama should recognize the tremendous uncertainty he has created by proposing to end the Constellation program without identifying a viable alternative to it. Second, he should make clear that Congress has the last word on the Constellation program. Third, he should articulate a clear vision for the future of human space flight in our country. And fourth, he should ensure that his budget request will fund his vision – and that it will be carefully aligned with this exploration plan.” Conclusion: “Mr. President, just yesterday a number of American heroes made clear what a vision for American space flight should look like. More than two dozen former astronauts and flight directors – as well as a former NASA Administrator – wrote an open letter to the President. They wrote, America’s greatness lies in her people: she will always have men and women willing to ride rockets into the heavens. I hope President Obama listens to those words.” # # #