Staff members from The Johns
Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., will be honored
April 16 by Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine for their contributions
to the NEAR mission to an asteroid and the resulting advancement of space science.
The awards will be given during a ceremony at the National Air & Space Museum
in Washington, D.C.

Thomas B. Coughlin, Robert
W. Farquhar and the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous
mission team will be inducted as 2001 Laureates in the space category.
APL’s Stamatios "Tom" M. Krimigis will be feted as an "honoree"
for his contributions to NASA’s New Horizons
mission to Pluto.

Mr. Coughlin, who lives
in Ellicott City, Md., is programs manager for APL’s Space Department. Plying
his specialties of mission management and mechanical engineering, he has worked
with space missions at APL for 30 years. He oversaw NEAR mission development
and early management of what was the first NASA
Discovery program
— a role that is being recognized by the Aviation
Week award. Earlier work included serving as program manager for the design,
development and fabrication of several fast-track defense department spacecraft
missions and making significant contributions to the Transit Improvement Program
to enhance what was the world’s first satellite navigation system and the Magsat
mission that measured Earth’s magnetic field.

Dr. Farquhar, a specialist
in mission design and orbital mechanics, has been instrumental in Laboratory
space programs for 12 years. He has served as mission director for NEAR, and
is currently mission director for CONTOUR,
a mission that will launch in July to study at least two comets. He also serves
as mission manager for the MESSENGER
mission to Mercury, which is scheduled to launch in 2004 and enter orbit around
the planet in 2009. Prior to APL, Dr. Farquhar worked for NASA for 25 years,
where he developed innovative maneuvers such as “halo orbits” as a member of
the ISEE-3, SOHO and Wind teams and lunar gravity-assist trajectories for several
other missions. He is a resident of Columbia, Md.

The NEAR mission —
the first mission in NASA’s Discovery Program — was managed by APL and
accomplished the spectacular feat of landing the first spacecraft on an asteroid
when it touched down on asteroid Eros on Feb. 12, 2001.

Dr. Krimigis, a physicist
and head of APL’s Space Department, has been a space scientist for more than
40 years and has designed and built instruments that have flown to seven of
the nine planets. His participation in the MESSENGER mission to Mercury and
the New Horizons mission to Pluto will complete the set. His efforts to advance
a mission to Pluto — the last unexplored planet in the solar system —
earned recognition as an “honoree” by Aviation Week. He is a specialist in solar,
interplanetary and magnetospheric physics; serves as a principal investigator
for the Voyager and Cassini probes and is a co-investigator for the Galileo,
Ulysses, and ACE missions. He is a resident of Silver Spring, Md.

The 2001 Laureates will
be presented with trophies at tomorrow’s ceremony and chronicled in the April
29 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology.

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