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Elvia Thompson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1696)

July 14, 2004
 
RELEASE : 04-221
 
 
NASA Teams Honored for Practical Contributions to Society
 
 
NASA today is honoring teams of NASA researchers -- and their industry and university partners -- whose work in safe and affordable air transportation, growth in critical national industries, enhanced national security, and scientific exploration and discovery has contributed to society. The Sixth Annual Turning Goals into Reality Awards in Washington celebrates their accomplishments.

"Over the past 45 years, NASA’s research and technology developments have transformed our society. Today we are celebrating the year's most significant accomplishments that add to this NASA legacy. We are honoring these teams of women and men, along with their industry and university partners, for their contributions," said J. Victor Lebacqz, Ph.D., Associate Administrator for Aeronautics. "Now NASA itself is transforming. The technologies recognized today, and the people behind them, strengthen our capability to achieve the Vision for Space Exploration."

The award ceremony and reception is being held at NASA Headquarters and at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven J. Udvar-Hazy Center at the Washington Dulles International Airport, Va.

A total of 17 teams are receiving awards today. At NASA Headquarters 15 awards are being made for accomplishments in the following areas: Aeronautics Technology, Space Launch Initiative, Mission Science Measurement Technology, Innovative Technology Transfer Partnerships, and Agency Education Outreach Goals.

In addition, this evening at the Udvar-Hazy Center, Dr. Lebacqz will present a special award to the Investigation Organizer Team that supported the work of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will present an award to the advanced information technology infusion team that worked on the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover mission.

A complete list of the winning teams, with synopses of their accomplishments, is available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/62333main_tgir_awards.pdf

For more information about the 2004 Turning Goals into Reality awards, see:

http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/events/tgir/2004/index.htm

For more information about NASA's Aeronautics program, see:

http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov

 

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