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December 5, 2000

Doug Peterson
Johnson space Center, Houston, TX

Release: J00-83

NASA Astronauts Visit Brigham City and Clearfield

NASA Astronauts Steve Smith and John Young will visit Brigham City and Clearfield on Dec. 6 to present Silver Snoopy Awards to fifteen Thiokol Propulsion employees.

Smith and Young will make the first Snoopy presentations at Thiokol’s Clearfield facility at 10:15 a.m. Presentation of the second set of Silver Snoopy Awards to the Brigham City honorees will be at 12:30 p.m., following a luncheon for Snoopy recipients at the Brigham City location at 11:45 a.m.

The Silver Snoopy is awarded in recognition of the honoree’s outstanding performance, contributions to flight safety and mission success. Each recipient receives a sterling silver Snoopy lapel pin that has flown on a Space Shuttle mission, certificate of appreciation, and commendation letter signed by the astronaut.

Selected as an astronaut in September 1962, Young is the first person to fly in space six times. He explored the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 16 mission in 1972 and commanded the first shuttle flight, STS-1, in 1981. Currently, Young serves as Assistant Director to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) for the technical, operational and safety oversight of all Agency Programs and activities for JSC.

Steve Smith is a veteran of three space flights covering 12 million miles and five space walks totaling over 35 hours. He joined NASA in 1989 in the Mission Operations Directorate. He was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in March 1992 and reported for training in August 1992. Smith currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office.

The astronauts are willing to do print and electronic media interviews depending on schedule constraints.

For additional information about these appearances, and to arrange media visits, please contact Ellen Gillis with the Astronaut Appearances Office at 281-244-8116.


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