Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center

Aug. 8, 2002
RELEASE : 72d-02
John D. Taylor Honored For Role In Space Program
John D. Taylor, a native of Hampton, Va., was among 52 Kennedy Space Center (KSC) employees who were recently honored for their exemplary work at the nation's spaceport.

At KSC, Taylor is a senior integration engineer and is employed by Dynacs Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for a wide range of engineering and technical tasks for the Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) Laboratory. Taylor joined KSC in March 1995.

The Honoree Award is the highest form of recognition bestowed upon an employee by the NASA Space Flight Awareness Program. The 52 employees selected were part of a contingent of 250 NASA and industry employees from throughout the space agency being honored for their professional dedication and outstanding achievement in support of the human spaceflight program.

The Honorees were given a VIP tour of Kennedy Space Center and attended a special reception. Honoring them were several astronauts and senior NASA and industry officials of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station team. The Honorees also watched the STS-111 launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour from a special viewing site on June 5, 2002.

Taylor graduated in 1972 from Newport News High School, Newport News, Va. After high school, he attended the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, where he was awarded a degree in marine electrical design. He earned a bachelor degree in management and finance from Christopher Newport University in 1988.

Taylor and his wife, Deborah, also a KSC employee, currently live in Merritt Island, Fla. They have two children, Alex, 19, an engineering student at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla., and Shelley, 17, a high school student. His mother, Ann C. Taylor, resides in Aurora, Co.

Kennedy Space Center is the launch site and preferred landing site for NASA's Space Shuttles. STS-111 was the fourteenth Space Shuttle flight dedicated to the International Space Station.


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