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Elvia Thompson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1696)

Sept. 20, 2004
RELEASE : 04-305
Three NASA Women Honored for Aerospace Accomplishments
Women in Aerospace (WIA) will honor three NASA women for their professional aerospace accomplishments during the organization's 19th annual awards program tomorrow in Washington.

Estelle Condon, Associate Center Director for Astrobiology and Space Programs at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Ann Thompson, a research scientist in atmospheric chemistry at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will receive the International Achievement Award.

Dr. Rebecca A. MacKay, Science Advisor to the Materials Division Chief at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award.

"Congratulations to these extraordinary women, who embody the very qualities NASA needs to achieve the Vision for Space Exploration," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "In addition to their own significant accomplishments, they have consistently worked as role models and mentors to enhance the transfer of knowledge to the next generation of explorers. I salute them for their accomplishments and applaud WIA for recognizing them."

WIA will present the awards during a public reception at the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer from 6 to 8 p.m.

WIA will present three other awards at the reception, the Outstanding Leadership Award, the Aerospace Awareness Award, and the Aerospace Educator Award, to women who work in the private sector. WIA is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding women's opportunities for leadership and increasing their visibility in the aerospace community.

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