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September 14, 2000

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Release: J00-54

Astronaut Eileen M. Collins to Receive French Legion of Honor

Ambassador of France to the United States, François Bujon de l'Estang, will visit the Johnson Space Center on Thursday, September 21 at 4:00 p.m. to present the French Legion of Honor to NASA astronaut Eileen M. Collins (Col., USAF). The award ceremony, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the space center's Building 9, will feature the ambassador personally presenting the insignia of the Legion of Honor to Collins, Commander of STS-93.

The Legion of Honor is awarded for outstanding contributions to mankind. The award is given to Commander Collins, the first female Shuttle commander, for her spirit of cooperation with French astronauts and her part in creating a cooperative relationship between France and NASA. In particular the award honors the STS-93 mission, which included European Space Agency astronaut Michel Tognini from France.

Media representatives wishing to cover the award ceremony must notify the JSC newsroom by fax (281-483-2000) before 5 p.m. CDT Wednesday September 20 for accreditation and badging.


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