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Thursday, June 16, 2011

NASA Space Flight Awareness Program Recognizes Ames Employee Espinosa

Rebecca Strecker
NASA Public Affairs Office

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. – Paul Espinosa of Belmont, Calif., a NASA senior project manager at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., was recognized recently by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program for outstanding support of human space flight. Espinosa was honored for his contributions in developing hardware and procedures needed to enable life science experiments and biological research aboard the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

In recognition of such flight program contributions, Espinosa traveled to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a tour of the center and to participate in activities in conjunction with the rollout of space shuttle Atlantis to Launch Pad 39A for the scheduled STS-135 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.

NASA’s Ames Research Center is a leader in information technology research with a focus on supercomputing, networking and intelligent systems. Ames also is a leader in nanotechnology, fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace and thermal protection systems, and human factors research.

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