Michael Mewhinney
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington
April 27, 2010
NASA Ames Center Director Receives Arthur C. Clarke Award
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA Ames Research Center Director S. Pete Worden was recognized Tuesday by The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation for his leadership in space exploration.

"I am truly honored to receive the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Foundation's Innovator's Award," said Worden. "This prestigious award recognizes technology trailblazers whom I personally admire, and I am proud to be considered among them."

The award recognizes initiatives or new inventions with recent impact on or with particular promise for satellite communications and society.

The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation's Chairman Tedson J. Meyers said, "Like Sir Arthur, Pete Worden was 'in at the beginning' of countless courageous departures - among them the Strategic Defense Initiative, the revitalization of civil space exploration and Earth monitoring, and programs to get mankind at a working distance from Near Earth Objects."

Worden has written or co-written more than 150 scientific technical papers in astrophysics, space sciences and strategic studies. He also served as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions. Prior to becoming Ames Center Director, he was a research professor of astronomy, optical sciences and planetary sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His primary research was on the development of large space optics for national security and scientific purposes and near Earth asteroids.

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