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Silver Snoopy Awards Presented On Oct. 8

By ELAINE GAUSE
Public Services Office

NASA Astronaut John H. Casper visited Langley Research Center on Oct. 8 to present Silver Snoopy awards to two Langley employees and one contractor.

Silver Snoopy awards recognize outstanding performance contributing to space flight safety and mission success. Fewer than 1 percent of NASA’s space program workforce receives the award annually.

This year’s award-winners from Langley were Brooke M. Anderson, Thomas A. Grepiotis and John W. Wilson.

They each received a sterling silver Snoopy lapel pin that has flown on a Shuttle mission, plus a certificate of appreciation and commendation letter, both signed by Casper, a veteran of four Shuttle flights.

  • Anderson, a research engineer with Swales Aerospace, developed a detailed shielding model of the Shuttle spacesuit and a new model for fabric porosity and cooling tube non-uniformity that will be used in astronaut risk assessment during Shuttle and International Space Station operations.

  • Grepiotis, an engineering technician in Langley’s Systems Engineering Competency, helped develop and test many spaceflight experiments, including: Evaluation of Space Environment and Effects on Materials (ESEM), Halogen Occultation Experiment (HALOE), Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE), and Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE).

  • Wilson, a senior research scientist in Langley’s Structures and Materials Competency, lead a team in evaluating current Shuttle spacesuit material lay up, demonstrating that the fabrics provide less than half of the radiation protection assumed by prior methods. The team’s efforts resulted in the formation of a new team to develop materials that would overcome earlier performance.

Photo; caption follows

NASA Astronaut John H. Casper (second from right) poses with Langley Research Center’s Silver Snoopy award-winners (left to right): John W. Wilson, Brooke M. Anderson and Thomas A. Grepiotis.

Photo by Jeff Caplan


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