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National Aeronautics Space Adminislration

and

Lyndon

B, Johnson

Space

Center

Houston.

Texas

77058

AC713 483-5111

Kay Ebeling

ForRelease:

RELEASE NO:

78-53

December l, 1978

Archie R. Beckett of Las Cruces, recentlyreceivedthe NASA Exceptional Service award for his work preparingWhite Sands Test Facilityfor Space Shuttle

Orbiter propulsionsystems testing.

Beckett is a 1951 New Mexico Universitygraduate. A recent retiree,Beckettwas Site ActivationManager at the Las Cruces NASA facility.He was responsiblefor design fabricationand installationof equipmentand materials that updated White Sands for Orbiter testing.The site is now being used for testing and qualificationof Space Shuttle engines.

The ExceptionalService medal is granted for significantachievementor service characterizedby unusual initiativeor creativeability. Beckett re-

ceived the award November 1 at the annual awards ceremonyat the Johnson Space Center.

The Space Shuttle is a reusablespace vehiclewhich will be an integral part of NASA's Space TransportationSystem. The STS will open doors for private and industrialuse and applicationsof near space.

Beckett retired from NASA July 22, 1978, and is living in Las Cruces. His future plans are to specializein sub-terraneanand solar housing.

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