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Pasadena : NASA Lauds Engineer

September 25, 1986

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, to Dick Laeser, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer who guided the unmanned Voyager 2 spacecraft during its exploration of the planet Uranus last January. Laeser, 48, has been Voyager project manager since 1981.

The spacecraft was launched in 1977 and has explored Jupiter and Saturn. It is now headed for Neptune and is expected to arrive there in August, 1989, and eventually will continue orbiting the galaxy, JPL spokesman Jim Doyle said.

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