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Date: Tue Apr 09 2002 - 06:30:02 PDT
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Subject: Cornell News: Veverka named Laureate
Cornell space scientist Joseph Veverka named Aviation Week 'laureate'
FOR RELEASE: April 8, 2002
Contact: David Brand
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Joseph Veverka, professor and chair of the Department
of Astronomy at Cornell University and a leading mission scientist
for NASA, has been named a 2001 "laureate" by the magazine Aviation
Week & Space Technology for his accomplishments in space sciences.
The magazine, which is published by McGraw-Hill, will present a
trophy to Veverka and the other laureates during ceremonies April 16
at the National Air and Space Museum.
Currently, Veverka leads the Comet Nucleus Tour (Contour), NASA's
$154 million mission to fly close to at least two comets, providing
the first detailed look into the nucleus of a comet. He is the
principal investigator for the mission, scheduled for launch in July,
and manages the science team, the science data center and the
education and public outreach team. The award is the largest single
mission grant in Cornell's history.
Veverka has been a part of numerous space projects, including serving
with his late colleague, Carl Sagan, on Mariner 9, the benchmark
mission that took global photographs of Mars. It was this mission
that uncovered dry riverbeds and the enormity of Vallis Marineris
(Mariner Valley), which dwarfs Earth's Grand Canyon.
He also was an astronomer for the Viking mission to Mars; the Voyager
mission to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and beyond; the Galileo
mission to Jupiter; and the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, NEAR, on
which he helped to engineer the controlled landing on 433 Eros in
February 2000, the Ūrst landing on an asteroid.
Related World Wide Web sites: The following site provides
additional information on this news release.
o Contour mission: <http://www.contour2002.org/>
The web version of this release may be found at
Cornell University News Service
Ithaca, NY 14853
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