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Nahunta native gets NASA award

Special to SEGAZINE

nasaNASA’s Stennis Space Center employee Paul Foerman, a native of Nahunta and resident of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, received the prestigious Silver Snoopy award June 11 during a special onsite ceremony.

Foerman is the public affairs lead for the NASA Office of Communications. He was recognized for outstanding contributions and efforts in sharing the journey of space exploration with the public and inspiring the next generation of explorers.

Astronaut Mike Fincke presented the award. Foerman received a Silver Snoopy lapel pin flown on space shuttle Endeavour during its STS-134 mission, along with a letter of commendation and certificate signed by Fincke.

Fincke served as science officer and flight engineer on the Expedition 9 mission in 2004, spending six months aboard the International Space Station. He served as commander of Expedition 18, which spanned a six-month period in 2008-9. Fincke was a mission specialist on STS-134 in 2011, the final flight of shuttle Endeavour.

The Silver Snoopy is the astronauts’ personal award and is presented to less than 1 percent of the total NASA workforce annually. The award is presented by a member of the astronaut corps representing its core principles for outstanding flight safety and mission success.

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