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Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
November 21, 2006
RELEASE : 06-067
Astronauts and NASA Workers Linked by Snoopy Awards
CLEVELAND -- Ten Silver Snoopy Awards were presented at NASA's Glenn Research Center on November 2. Six Glenn employees and four support service contractors were recognized for their significant contributions to the safety and success of human spaceflight.

Astronauts Brent Jett, Dan Burbank, Chris Ferguson, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Joe Tanner, crew members of the STS-115 mission that flew to the International Space Station on space shuttle Atlantis in September, personally presented the awards during their visit to Glenn.

Each recipient was presented a sterling silver Snoopy lapel pin that was flown on STS-115 and a certificate of appreciation and commendation letter, both signed by the astronauts who presented the awards.

Daniel A. Catalano, a resident of Parma Heights and a member of the Advanced Concepts Branch, was recognized for developing and testing the guides and hold-downs for the Robotic Manipulator Unit, which is the robotic interface for the electrical boxes that are part of the Electrical Power System on the International Space Station.

Carolyn J. Clapper, a resident of Strongsville and a member of the Project Control Office, received the award for her support of the space shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board efforts and Return to Flight activities. Additionally, she was recognized for her detailed understanding of NASA's full cost systems and her outstanding relationships with Glenn's Resource Management Office that allowed Glenn to react quickly to all program requests.

Robert R. Corban, a resident of Brunswick and a member of the Mission Operations and Integration Projects Office, was recognized for his leadership in completing the development of the Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF). The technical oversight he provided in scheduling, configuration management, acceptance data package preparation and earned value management ensured that this facility was completed for safe and reliable operations on board the station.

Bruce J. Frankenfield, a Lakewood resident, is a member of the Thermal and Fluid Systems Branch. As a team member of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, Frankenfield performed a thorough and exhaustive test and evaluation of fittings on the International Space Station Node 2 Ammonia System. Because of the extremely caustic nature of the ammonia involved, Frankenfield's work was deemed to have made a significant impact ensuring the safety and reliability of the human spaceflight program.

Robert K. Goldberg, a resident of Strongsville, is a member of the Mechanics and Lifing Branch. Goldberg received his award for his direct responsibility for developing an advanced reinforced carbon-carbon model for use in debris impact analysis by the space shuttle community. His model has been used by NASA's Shuttle Debris Assessment Team and provides a higher level of confidence than with previously used analysis models.

Bart Gruber, a resident of Brunswick and an employee of Zin Technologies, Inc., supports the Exploration Systems Division. Gruber was recognized for his work in leading the integration, test and verification activities for the Fluids Integrated Rack onboard the space station. Gruber developed a standardized test plan template and rack level integration and test program, which resulted in the successful completion of this complex flight system.

Donald A. Jaworske, a resident of Columbia Station and a member of the Electro-Physics Branch, received his award for directing Glenn's contributions to the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) 1 & 2 and 3 & 4. These included seven Glenn experiments on MISSE 1 & 2 and eight Glenn experiments on MISSE 3 & 4, with a total of 170 samples being tested. As a result, a greater understanding of space environmental effects on various types of materials will be achieved.

Scott Lawyer, a resident of Strongsville and an employee of Analex Corporation, supports the Exploration Systems Division. Lawyer was recognized for his oversight in developing the electrical system for the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) for the FCF. This included wire sizing and selection, power distribution, instrumentation and Ethernet, other data bus wiring and ensuring the electrical design met all ISS and mission success safety requirements.

Michael A. Politi, a resident of Chesterland and an employee of Analex Corporation, supports the Advanced Concepts Branch. Politi received his award for his oversight of the design, fabrication, assembly and test of the combustion chamber and the optics bench of the CIR. As a result of Politi's technical leadership, the ambitious design goals for the rack were met, including large volume containment with a maximum design pressure of 120 pounds per square inch.

Mrityunjay Singh, a resident of Strongsville and an employee of Ohio Aerospace Institute, supports the Ceramics Branch. Singh was recognized for the enormous impact his work has had on shuttle safety and Return to Flight programs. His outstanding and critical contributions include development of repair technologies for reinforced carbon-carbon components for the shuttle thermal protection system.

The Silver Snoopy Award reflects the astronauts' personal recognition of workers who have made outstanding contributions to the safety and success of human spaceflight. Managers are ineligible for the award and less than 1 percent of workers in the space program receive the award annually.


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