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    Glynn S. Lunney to Receive the AIAA 2014 Goddard Astronautics Award
    Honored for Over 50 Years of Outstanding Contributions to America's Manned Space Program

    April 15, 2014 – Reston, Va. – Glynn S. Lunney, AIAA Fellow, and vice president and program manager, United Space Alliance (retired), Houston, Texas, has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) 2014 Goddard Astronautics Award. Lunney will receive the award on April 30, during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

    The Goddard Astronautics Award is the highest honor AIAA bestows for notable achievements in the field of astronautics. It was endowed by Mrs. Esther Goddard to commemorate her husband, Robert H. Goddard—rocket visionary, pioneer, bold experimentalist, and superb engineer, whose early liquid rocket engine launches set the stage for the development of astronautics.

    Lunney is being honored with the award for “over 50 years of outstanding contributions to America’s manned space program from Project Mercury to the space shuttle and space station.”

    Dr. Christopher C. Kraft, former director of the NASA Johnson Space Center, and NASA’s first flight director, has described Lunney as “a true hero of the space age,” stating that Lunney was “one of the outstanding contributors to the exploration of space over the last four decades.”

    In 1955, Lunney joined the then National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and, after NACA became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958, Lunney played key roles in some of the pivotal moments in space history. Serving as a flight director in mission control, Lunney was on duty during the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Lunney later led one of the teams that helped the Apollo 13 crew avert catastrophe after an explosion disabled their Command Service Module. As technical director of the Apollo–Soyuz test project, Lunney led the U.S. team to the first international docking mission with teams from the Soviet Union. The joint cooperation that Lunney fostered during the Apollo–Soyuz missions established the framework for U.S. and Russian cooperation in the development of the International Space Station. When the Apollo flights ended, Lunney turned to developing approaches for payload customers for the space shuttle and was the space shuttle program manager until early 1985. Departing NASA, Lunney joined Rockwell International where he led unmanned programs, such as the Global Positioning Satellite. He finished his career with the United Space Alliance, managing the space shuttle and space station flight operations.

    Lunney’s other honors include the 1970 Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to the Apollo 13 team; the AIAA’s 1970 Lawrence Sperry Award; the International Astronautical Federation’s 1978 Allan E. Emil Award, and the Rotary Space Achievement Foundation’s 2005 National Space Trophy. Lunney was inducted into the San Diego Air and Space Museum Hall of Fame in 2013.

    For more information on the Goddard Astronautics Award, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at 703.264.7623 or


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