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Amber Marek                                                                                                                  June 25, 2004
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone:  321/867-2468)

KSC Release No. 47-04

NASA Astronauts Honor Three KSC Civil Service Workers

Three civil service employees here can credit their hard work and determination as the reasons for receiving NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for service to Space Shuttle astronauts. The recipients are Theresa M. Keeney, Hung T. Nguyen and Gary P. Snyder.

All the recipients work in the Space Shuttle Processing Directorate. Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Bob Behnken recognized Keeney for her efforts in developing the process to loan Shuttle Columbia debris for research and technical education purposes. Nguyen was honored for offering helpful wiring suggestions to Shuttle Program management and providing the data to require wiring inspection in select areas. Snyder was recognized for his efforts in assembling and leading a team to define the program requirements for closeout imagery.

Snoopy, of the comic strip "Peanuts," has been the unofficial mascot of NASA's astronaut corps since the earliest days of human space flight. The Silver Snoopy Award was created by the astronauts to honor people who contribute most to the safety and success of human space flight.

The award is presented to no more than 1 percent of the Space Center's workforce each year. Recipients are given a silver pin depicting the famous beagle wearing a space suit. All pins flew on a previous Space Shuttle mission. The awardees also receive a framed certificate and congratulatory letter signed by the presenting astronaut.


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