NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program

Published 7:11 pm Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Stennis Space CenterPicayune resident Manning Jones, the roads and grounds shop lead for Jacobs Technology Facility Operating Services Contract at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, was recently recognized by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program for his contributions to flight safety.

Astronaut Jim Kelly and Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Operations Mission Directorate Lynn Cline presented the award to Jones during a ceremony in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Jones was recognized for his pride in the way Stennis appears to visitors and has demonstrated ownership of the site grounds during numerous public test firings and VIP visits.

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Jones, along with 13 other SSC honorees, traveled to Kennedy Space Center in Florida to tour the space center and witness the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on NASA’s STS-122 mission, which was postponed to Jan. 2, 2008.

The SFA Program recognizes outstanding job performances and contributions by civil service and contract workers throughout the year and focuses on excellence in quality and safety in support of human space flight. The award is one of the highest honors presented to NASA and its contract employees for their dedication to quality work and flight safety. Recipients must have contributed beyond their normal work requirements toward achieving a particular human space flight program goal; contributed to a major cost savings; been instrumental in developing material that increases reliability, efficiency or performance; assisted in operational improvements; or been a key player in developing a beneficial process improvement.

Built in the 1960s to test the huge engines for the Saturn V moon rockets, SSC, in Hancock County, Miss., is America’s largest rocket engine test complex. Every space shuttle main engine has been test-fired and proven flight-worthy at SSC since 1975. The center has begun work on a new test stand to test the rocket engines that will carry Americans back to the moon and on to Mars.