Louisiana Economic Development Team Receives NASA Public Service Achievement Award
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- NASA leaders recently presented a Public Service Group Achievement Award to representatives of the State of Louisiana's Department of Economic Development. Participating in the award presentation are, from left, Michael Ryschkewitsch, NASA chief engineer at NASA Headquarters in Washington; Don Pierson, assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development; Bob Fudickar, director of technology for the Louisiana Department of Economic Development; and David King, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. King nominated the team for the honor as a result of its substantial contributions to recovery efforts at the Michoud facility in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in August 2005. The award also recognizes the Michoud-Louisiana team's long-term economic investment in the U.S Space Exploration Policy, NASA's plan to retire the space shuttle fleet in 2010 and build a new family of launch vehicles – the Ares I and Ares V rockets and the Orion crew capsule – to safely fly human explorers to the moon and beyond in coming decades. Michoud, which is managed by the Marshall Center, builds and assembles the massive space shuttle external tanks used to loft the shuttle to orbit. Michoud also has been selected to support NASA's Constellation Program, including manufacture and assembly of the upper stage of the Ares I rocket and the structure of the Orion crew capsule. Future anticipated work will be the manufacture and assembly of the Ares V cargo launch vehicle core stage along with its Earth departure stage. The Public Service Group Achievement Award was among honors presented by Ryschkewitsch and King to NASA employees, contractors and business partners June 24 at Marshall's annual Honor Awards ceremonies. (NASA/MSFC)
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