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Flying the Sopwith Camel to Glory

Nick The NASA Poobah has been presented with the Silver Snoopy Award, which is the highest honor the Astronaut Office can bestow upon a civilian.  This is a very, VERY big deal within the agency.  The only thing wrong with this is that Nick's presentation is, like, a decade overdue.

The award includes a pin which has been flown aboard a shuttle mission.  Nick's was flown on STS-125 and was presented to him in a classic gotcha by astronaut Mike Massimino, who asked Nick to prepare a slide show for a public status briefing, and then proceeded to turn the whole smash into an awards ceremony.

Longtime The Readers remember Nick The NASA Poobah as my mentor in public education at the Kennedy Space Center, where he taught me how to avoid alligators, middle management, and other deadly beasts.  His dedication to the space program has kept him planted in his position through disaster, Florida heat, and endless corporate crap.  What drove me out of the job, weeping and defeated, (for, as it happens, love is not enough) only made him better able to destroy his enemies.  (Cheerfully!)

Congratulations, my Nick.  There is no better deserving turtle of this little dog.

ATTENTION WHORE UPDATE:  Nick emails, "Remind your friends that I can be found at KSC's Astronaut Encounter, Tuesday through Saturday."  Well, sure, Mr. Pin-Wearing Big Shot! I'm sending all my ugliest friends, and they absolutely won't ask for gluteal autographs, EITHER.

he probably got it for withstanding me at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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Congrats to Nick the NASA Poobah!!

Also, I was at KSC today (finally -- I'm a local and had been putting it off for too long) and it was great! Much better than expected! And I thought of you working there. :D

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaryJ

Felicidades to Nick. a rightly-deserved award; but I'm sure that the respect the astronauts and his fellow NASA coworkers show for him is the best reward for his long career :)

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