During a recent visit to the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., NASA astronaut Rick Sturckow presented a Silver Snoopy Award to Alan Brown, news chief and public affairs specialist in the Dryden Office of Strategic Communications. The Silver Snoopy award is a special honor given to NASA employees and contractors in appreciation of their “professionalism, dedication and outstanding support that greatly enhanced space flight safety and mission success.” The award depicts Snoopy, a character from the Peanuts comic strip created by the late Charles M. Schulz. The award is given personally by NASA astronauts whenever possible as it represents the astronauts’ own recognition of excellence. The Silver Snoopy award is one of several awards overseen by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program. The award consists of a sterling silver Silver Snoopy lapel pin flown during a NASA mission, a commendation letter stating the mission the Silver Snoopy pin was flown on and a signed Silver Snoopy certificate.