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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-30-2007 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
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NASA Honors Legendary Flight Director Gene Kranz

NASA will honor Eugene Francis "Gene" Kranz with the presentation of an Ambassador of Exploration Award for his involvement in the U.S. space program. Kranz will receive the award during a ceremony at 2 p.m. CST on Dec. 6 at the Central Catholic High School. Kranz is a 1951 graduate of Central Catholic. The award will remain at the Toledo school for display.

The award is a moon rock encased in Lucite and mounted for public display as inspiration to a new generation of explorers who will help return humans to the moon and eventually travel on to Mars and beyond. The rock is part of the 842 pounds of samples collected during the six Apollo lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972.

NASA is giving the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the first generation of explorers in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs for realizing America's vision of going to the moon. NASA also is recognizing several key individuals who played significant roles in the early space programs.

Kranz worked on NASA's Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space missions. Kranz was the lead flight director during the Apollo 13 mission. An explosion aboard the spacecraft during Apollo 13 required Kranz and other team members to help resolve the crisis and safely bring the astronauts back to Earth. Kranz was a co-recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the Apollo 13 Mission.


For more information about the Ambassador of Exploration award, see: NASA honoring astronauts, others with moon rocks

Sy Liebergot
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posted 12-02-2007 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well deserved!
Sy

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-07-2007 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Toledo Blade: Kranz presents piece of moon to alma mater for inspiration
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Eugene "Gene" Kranz had been looking forward to yesterday for years to give back to the school that launched his space career.

The former National Aeronautics and Space Administration flight director made famous by actor Ed Harris' portrayal of him in the film Apollo 13 yesterday was awarded the space agency's Ambassador of Exploration Award at his alma mater, Central Catholic High School.


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