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Lisa Fowler                                                                                                                  March 24, 2004
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-1883)

KSC Release No. 13-04

Nine KSC Workers Honored by NASA Astronauts

Nine civil service and contractor employees at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., recently were presented with NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for service to Space Shuttle astronauts.

Civil Service employees honored were Joseph T. Beardall and William C. Dowdell of the International Space Station/Payload Processing Directorate and Steven M. Neal of the United States Coast Guard.

Contractor employees honored were Paula K. Eri, James J. Druckenmiller, Patricia L. Johnson and Darrell E. Miller of Space Gateway Support; Michael Peacock, and Joseph E. Peters with the Boeing Company NASA Systems.

Astronaut Robert Behnken presented awards to Neal, Eri, Drunkenmiller, Johnson and Miller; Astronaut Jerry Ross presented awards to Beardall and Dowdell; Astronaut Doug Hurley presented to Peacock and Astronaut Kay Hire presented to Peters.

Snoopy, of the comic strip "Peanuts," has been the unofficial mascot of NASA's astronaut corps since the earliest days of human space flight. The Silver Snoopy Award was created by the astronauts to honor persons who contribute most to the safety and success of human space flight.

The award is presented to no more than 1 percent of the space center's work force each year. Recipients are given a silver pin depicting the famous beagle wearing a space suit. All the pins have flown on a previous Space Shuttle mission. The awardees also received a framed certificate and a congratulatory letter signed by the presenting astronaut.

 

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