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December 2002, New NASA–One NASA
In his State of the Center 2002 Address, New NASA—One NASA: Glenn's Contributions, Center Director Donald Campbell spoke of "revolutionary changes" over the year that will transform NASA into a more focused and unified Agency.

November 2002, NASA honors minority contract support
Glenn's Carl Siliski was one of three recipients of a NASA Exceptional Achievement medal presented by NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe during the Agency's annual Minority Business and Advocates Awards ceremony.

October 2002, Administrator visits
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe reaffirmed his commitment to adopting three guiding principles of a great organization—professionalism, resources, and recognition—during an All Hands Address.

September 2002, Virtual propulsion system meets real-time diagnostics system
Glenn researchers demonstrated sucessful real-time fault detection and isolation of a virtual main propulsion system.

August 2002 Glenn leads ion engine development
NASA's Office of Space Science has awarded approximately $21 million to Glenn to develop a next-generation ion propulsion system that could revolutionize the way we send science missions deeper into the solar system.

July 2002, Landis among scientists chosen for mars mission
Dr. Geoffrey Landis, Photovoltaics and Space Environment Effects Branch, is one of 28 scientists selected to participate in the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover mission.

June 2002, Aerospace technology garners NASA awards
Six new Glenn-led technologies involving advanced space travel, aviation safety, and more efficient airplane engines win NASA Turning Goals Into Reality awards.

May 2002, NASA selects government and commercial invention of the year
Glenn researchers win the NASA Government Invention of the Year awards for a hollow cathode assembly that is the primary component of the space station's plasma contactor system.

April 2002, NASA develops blueprint to address aviation issues
NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology released an integrated strategy, or blueprint, that identifies four elements on which NASA will focus: the digital airspace, revolutionary vehicles, security and safety, and a state-of-the-art, educated workforce.

March 2002, Administrator O'Keefe gets acquainted with Glenn
Glenn employees and business and community leaders extended a warm welcome to NASA Adminstrator Sean O'Keefe, who was accompanied by Senator John H. Glenn, on his first visit to the Center.

February 2002, NASA bids farewell to deep space 1: Glenn's ion engine earns its wings
Major risk reduction testing of a payload fairing for the Boeing Company's new Delta IV launch vehicle was conducted in the Space Power Facility (SPF) at Glenn's Plum Brook Station.

January 2002, Plum Brook Station: Risk reduction in the SPF—A wise investment
Glenn researchers played a key role by developing the ion engine that propelled Deep Space 1 into the solar system.