WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- S. Pete Worden, the director of NASA's Ames Research Center, has been presented with the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award for leadership in space exploration.
Worden has written or co-written more than 150 scientific technical papers in astrophysics, space sciences and strategic studies and served as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions. Before becoming the Ames Research Center's director, he was a research professor of astronomy, optical sciences and planetary sciences at the University of Arizona.
The Arthur C. Clarke award recognizes initiatives or new inventions with recent impact or particular promise for satellite communications and society.
"Like Sir Arthur, Pete Worden was 'in at the beginning' of countless courageous departures -- among them the Strategic Defense Initiative, the revitalization of civil space exploration and Earth monitoring, and programs to get mankind at a working distance from Near Earth Objects," Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Chairman Tedson Meyers said.
Worden's biography is available at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/about/centerdirector.html.