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June 14, 2005

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Byrd Receives NASA Space Flight Awareness Award

Mary R. Byrd, branch chief for test support in the Propulsion Test Directorate at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC), was presented NASA's prestigious Space Flight Awareness Leadership Award.

SSC Director Adm. Thomas Q. Donaldson V, USN (Ret.) and NASA's Glenn Research Center (Ohio) Director Dr. Julian M. Earls presented the award to Byrd during a ceremony held at SSC on Thursday, June 9, 2005.

The NASA Space Flight Awareness Award recognizes outstanding leaders who exemplify loyalty, empowerment, accountability, diversity, excellence, respect, sharing, honesty and integrity. Byrd was given the award for her role in modernizing SSC's A Complex Test Control Center, and for identifying and prioritizing future maintenance projects for Space Shuttle Main Engine test support facilities.

Byrd, a resident of Slidell, La., and a native of Lafayette, La., is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

SSC is America's largest rocket engine test complex, and manages NASA's rocket propulsion testing. Besides rocket engine testing, SSC's Applied Sciences Directorate uses remote sensing technology to assist in solving problems related to erosion, agriculture and other practical problems. The center is located in Hancock County near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

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