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For release: Oct. 15, 1995

Catherine Watson
(804) 864-6122

RELEASE NO. 95-102


Michael Finneran has been named head of the Office of Public Affairs at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. In this position, Finneran supervises all news media relations at the 4,500-employee aeronautics and space facility.

Finneran has worked in Langley’s public affairs office on two separate occasions, initially from September 1991 to March 1993 and then from October 1994 to the present. In between, he served in the public affairs office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Prior to joining NASA, Finneran was a daily newspaper journalist, first as a reporter and then as an editor, and has won several writing awards. He has worked at the Miami Herald; the Virginian Pilot in Norfolk, Va.; the (Bergen) Record in Hackensack, N.J.; and the Fitchburg Sentinel in Fitchburg, Mass.

Key projects he has been involved in at Langley include spearheading publicity for the development of technology for a next-generation supersonic passenger airliner, the transfer of NASA technology to private industry, and the development of advance-warning wind shear sensors for the airline industry. The media campaign for Langley’s Airborne Wind Shear Sensors Program won the Aviation/Space Writers Association 1993 Award of Excellence for Government Public Affairs.

At Goddard, Finneran was responsible for space sciences public affairs. He served as leader of that center’s Comet Shoemaker-Levy public affairs campaign in July 1994, when the comet smashed into Jupiter and Goddard served as the media’s “Comet Central.” He was co-leader of public affairs activities for the Goddard-managed Hubble Space Telescope First Servicing Mission in December 1993.

Finneran has a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts in North Dartmouth, Mass., and lives in Newport News, Va. He may be reached by phone at (804) 864-6121, fax at (804) 864-6333, or by e-mail at:

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