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For Release: Sept. 13, 1995

Catherine Watson
Phone: (804) 864-6122

Release No. 95-90


Astronaut to Present "Silver Snoopy" Space Award to NASA Employees

Quick Look: Astronaut Wendy Lawrence will present awards to five NASA Langley employees for their outstanding contributions to the U.S. manned space program. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lawrence will present the Silver Snoopy awards at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at the NASA Langley Pearl Young Theater, 5 N. Dryden St. Lawrence will also make a presentation to students at Hunt-Mapp Middle School, the Portsmouth magnet school for science, math and technology, at 1 p.m.

Astronaut Wendy Lawrence will present five Silver Snoopy awards to NASA Langley Research Center employees at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15. The Silver Snoopy awards began with the Apollo program as a way of recognizing individual workers who contribute to the success of the U.S. manned space program. The Silver Snoopy is based on the dog in Charles Schulz’ Peanuts comic strip.

The five Silver Snoopy award winners are Junilla Applin and Patrick Troutman, Hampton; Dr. Peter A. Gnoffo, Newport News; Curtis R. Regan, Norfolk; and Richard Couch, Matthews County.

Lawrence will also participate in a school assembly at the Hunt-Mapp Middle School in Portsmouth at 1 p.m. During the assembly, Lawrence will show video and photographs taken during her record-breaking 16-day space mission and discuss science careers with the students. Hunt-Mapp Middle School is the Portsmouth magnet school for science, math and technology.

Lawrence was a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-67) in March. Lawrence is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has a master's degree in ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lawrence has more than 1,500 hours of flight time in six different types of helicopters and has made more than 800 shipboard landings. Lawrence was selected as an astronaut in August 1992.

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