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June 6, 2008

Paul Foerman, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
(228) 688-1880

STS-124 Space Flight Awareness Honorees

Fourteen employees of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center recently were honored by NASA's Space Flight Awareness Program for their dedication to quality work and flight safety.

The honorees were: Dawn M. Davis, Jason F. Edge, Marleen J. Phillips and Dwayne Keith Stockstill, all of NASA; James Landrum and Eugene I. Necaise, both of Jacobs Technology (NTOG); Rocky Pullman and Edith Thomas, both of Jacobs Technology (FOSC); Vincent A. Moran, Frank Pellegrino, Anthony W. Sones and William "Hamp" Stewart Jr., all of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; Timothy Stiglets of Computer Sciences Corporation; and Jack Hode of Applied Geo Technologies.

In recognition of their contributions to the NASA space program, 13 award recipients recently traveled to Kennedy Space Center, Florida, to witness the launch of space shuttle Discovery on NASA's Mission STS-124. While there, they were honored at an awards ceremony, had dinner with members of the NASA/contractor management team and astronauts and toured the space center.

NASA's Space Flight Awareness Program recognizes outstanding job performances and contributions by civil service and contract workers throughout the year and focuses on excellence in quality and safety in support of human space flight. The award is one of the highest honors presented by NASA to contract employees for their dedication to quality work and flight safety. Recipients must have contributed beyond their normal work requirements toward achieving a particular human space flight program goal; contributed to a major cost savings; been instrumental in developing material that increases reliability, efficiency or performance; assisted in operational improvements; or been a key player in developing a beneficial process improvement.

Built in the 1960s to test the huge engines for the Saturn V moon rockets, Stennis Space Center, in Hancock County, Miss., is America's largest rocket engine test complex. Every space shuttle main engine has been test-fired and proven flight-worthy at SSC since 1975. As part of NASA's new Constellation program, the center also has begun work on a new test stand to prove the rocket engines that will carry Americans back to the moon and on to Mars.

For information about Stennis Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/

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