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May 19, 2010

Rebecca Strecker, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
(228) 688-3249

Stennis Recognizes STS-132 Space Flight Awareness Honorees

Employees of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., and the Defense Contract Management Agency recently were honored by NASA's Space Flight Awareness program for their dedication to quality work and flight safety.

Stennis honorees recognized for their contributions to the nation's space program were: Chuck Heim, Melissa Huggins, David Liberto, Jeff Lott and Rosa Obregon, all with NASA; Chris Barnes, R. Andrew Kuhn and Andy McClendon, both with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; Glen Parker and Sheilah Ware, both with the Jacobs Technology Facility Operating Services Contract Group; Paul "Chip" Smith Jr. and Rodney Wilkinson, both with the Jacobs Technology NASA Test Operations Group; and Danelle Dees with A2 Research.

Others included Lynette Jennings and Ed Mathieson, both with NASA at Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.; Yung "Kit" Tsang with the Defense Contract Management Agency at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, Calif.; and Gary Hess with the Defense Contract Management Agency at ATK Launch Systems in Magna, Utah.

The award recipients traveled to Kennedy Space Center, Florida, to tour the center and to witness the May 14 launch of space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-132 mission to the International Space Station.

NASA's Space Flight Awareness Program recognizes outstanding job performances and contributions by civil service and contract employees throughout the year and focuses on excellence in quality and safety in support of human space flight. The Honoree Award is one of the highest honors presented to 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. Since 1975, every main engine used in the Space Shuttle Program has been test-fired and proven flight-worthy at Stennis. The center also is building a new stand to test-fire the next generation of rocket engines needed to carry astronauts to explore destinations beyond low-Earth orbit.

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

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