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June 14, 2005

NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
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Wilson Awarded NASA Public Service Medal

John A. Wilson, InDyne Inc.'s Education Program Development Director for the Infinity Science Center at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC), was awarded NASA's prestigious Public Service Medal.

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

The NASA Public Service Medal is given to an individual who is not a government employee. It recognizes exceptional contributions to NASA's mission. Wilson was given the award for designing an innovative national program, "FMA Live! Where Science Rocks." The live stage production uses actors, music and demonstrations to teach students science principles. Sponsored by Honeywell International Inc., the show has traveled across the country, winning accolades from NASA Headquarters as well as from students and teachers. Wilson also provided technical assistance to establish and implement a successful remote sensing education and training program for Mississippi.

Wilson, a resident of Lyman, Miss., is a graduate of Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal, Mo.

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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