Aerospace Employee Receives Highest NASA Honor

Corporate Staff
posted November 14, 2012

Peter Phillips, center, receives the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal from Lori Garver, NASA deputy administrator, and Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator. Photo courtesy NASA/Paul E. Alers 

Peter Phillips, a systems director based at the Goddard Space Flight Center, recently received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the agency’s highest honor for a non-government employee.

Award recipients “must demonstrate a level of excellence that has made a profound or indelible impact on NASA mission success, and therefore, the contribution is so extraordinary that other forms of recognition by NASA would be inadequate,” according to the NASA website.

Phillips’ citation reads “For outstanding leadership of the joint mission system integration and mission operation readiness team for the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) Mission.”

The NPP weather-satellite mission, which carries advanced sensors and observation equipment, was launched in October, 2011, onboard a Delta II rocket. The satellite was named in honor of the late Verner Suomi, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is often called “the father of satellite meteorology.”