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June 14, 2005

NASA Public Affairs Office
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Mooney Receives NASA Outstanding Leadership Award

Pat F. Mooney, technical assistant to the director of the Propulsion Test Directorate at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC), has received NASA's prestigious J. Harry Guin Outstanding Leadership Award.

SSC Director Adm. Thomas Q. Donaldson V, USN (Ret.) and NASA's Glenn Research Center (Ohio) Director Dr. Julian M. Earls presented the award to Mooney during a ceremony held at SSC on Thursday, June 9, 2005.

NASA's J. Harry Guin Outstanding Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has provided exemplary leadership that has significantly enhanced the role, capability, or professional recognition of SSC within the nation's space, scientific or administrative communities. The award is named in honor of J. Harry Guin, a former director of SSC's Propulsion Test Directorate. Mooney was given the award for his long-term unwavering technical and managerial excellence in rocket engine testing, a career that has spanned nearly 40 years from the Apollo Saturn V Program to Space Shuttle Main Engine testing.

Mooney, a resident of Lacombe, La., and a native of Cairo, Ill., is a graduate of Mississippi State University.

SSC is America's largest rocket engine test complex, and manages NASA's rocket propulsion testing. Besides rocket engine testing, SSC's Applied Sciences Directorate uses remote sensing technology to assist in solving problems related to erosion, agriculture and other practical problems. The center is located in Hancock County near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

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