Press Release

NASA Spaceflight Awareness Program Recognizes Cumberland Man

By SpaceRef Editor
May 12, 2011
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HAMPTON, Va. — For outstanding support of human space flight, NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program recently recognized Norman Knight, an ATK Space Space Systems, Inc., employee at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

Originally from Cumberland, Md., Knight provided technical leadership, expertise, and achievements in the understanding and risk assessment of the stringer cracking in the space shuttle external tank ET-137. He provided support to the External Tank Project and the Marshall Space Flight Center’s engineering organizations.

In recognition of his flight program contributions, Knight traveled to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a tour of the center and to participate in activities in conjunction with the scheduled launch of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station.

NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program recognizes outstanding job performance 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.

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SpaceRef staff editor.