Robert Kowalski of NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) was presented the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award on October 29, 2012 by Michael Coats, former astronaut and director of Johnson Space Center (JSC). The Silver Snoopy is a small silver lapel pin that has flown on a space shuttle mission. Coats presented a Silver Snoopy that had flown on the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour during STS-134, May 16-June 1, 2011.
Kowalski was recognized for his sustained achievements in the support of NASA's Manned Space Flight Programs. Kowalski's dedication to the safety of the Space Shuttle Program has been demonstrated through his work spanning from subsystem management of the space shuttle RCS systems to development of Depot repair certifications and ensuring the safety and viability of NASA's critical propulsion test infrastructure necessary for testing human spaceflight propulsions systems at the White Sands Test Facility.
The Silver Snoopy is given by NASA's Astronaut Office for outstanding performance to those who have significantly contributed to the space agency's goals for human exploration and development of space. The Silver Snoopy is awarded to less than one percent of the NASA workforce each year.
Charles Schulz's Snoopy was a "flier," and NASA thought he could be an astronaut too. Schulz liked the idea of a "moonlighting" Snoopy and created one. Snoopy became an important member of the NASA Team, and soon went to the Moon. Snoopy has become the astronauts' personal symbol of safety excellence.
Robert Kowalski is an aerospace engineer and was recently selected as Office Chief of the Propulsion Test Office at WSTF. He recently served as acting Office Chief of Technical Services, prior to his selection. His NASA career began in the Propulsion and Power Division at JSC in 1980.
Cheerie R. Patneaude
NASA’s White Sands Test Facility