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December 14, 2005

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STENNIS EMPLOYEES RECEIVE COVETED SILVER SNOOPY AWARDS

Six employees at NASA's Stennis Space Center were honored Wednesday, Dec. 14, with a "Silver Snoopy," the personal achievement award given to space program workers by NASA's Astronaut Corps.

They were Mississippi Space Services' Mark Corr and Richard Ferrill, both of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Reginald Hudson of Kenner, La., Annette Moran of Lakeshore, Miss., Anthony Peterson of Long Beach, Miss., and John Znachko of Biloxi, Miss. Mississippi Space Services is the prime contracting agency for NASA's facilities and engineering services at the center; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne assembles and tests the space shuttle main engine for NASA.

Corr and Ferrill each received a Silver Snoopy pin flown on a space shuttle mission; and a letter of commendation and certificate, both signed and presented by Astronaut Eileen Collins, commander for the most recent space shuttle mission, STS-114. Peterson, Hudson, Moran and Znachko also received pins, and letters and certificates signed and presented by STS-114 Mission Specialist Steve Robinson.

The Silver Snoopy Award, initiated 35 years ago, recognizes individuals for professional dedication and outstanding efforts that greatly enhance the safety and success of human space flight missions.

Of all the Space Flight Awareness Awards, the Silver Snoopy best symbolizes the intent and spirit of Space Flight Awareness. An astronaut always presents the Silver Snoopy because it is the astronauts' own award for outstanding performance, contributing to flight safety and mission success. Less than 1 percent of the space program work force receives it annually.

The purpose of the SFA program is to ensure that all employees involved in human space flight are aware of the importance of their roles in promoting astronaut safety and mission success in the critical, challenging task of flying humans in the hostile environment of space.

While at Stennis, Collins and Robinson spoke to Stennis employees at an All-Hands meeting, thanking them for their efforts to return the space shuttle to flight. "By the way, those engines worked great," Collins said. "Thanks for all your hard work."

Collins, a native of Elmira, N.Y., became an astronaut in 1990 after graduating from the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Prior to that assignment, she was an assistant professor in mathematics and a T-41 instructor pilot at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. NASA's first female space shuttle mission commander, she led the seven-member crew of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-114 mission, NASA's return to flight after the 2003 loss of space shuttle Columbia. She has logged over 872 hours in space.

Robinson, a California native, began his NASA career as a student co-op in 1975. He began working full-time at NASA's Ames Research Center, California, in 1979 as a research scientist in the fields of fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, experimental instrumentation and computational scientific visualization. Selected as an astronaut in 1994, Robinson was a mission specialist on STS-114, during which he performed three extravehicular activities (spacewalks). He has logged over 830 hours in space and over 20 spacewalk hours.

 
 

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