Virgin Galactic President at Keynote Awards Banquet »Albuquerque Journal


Virgin Galactic President Michael P. Moses, former NASA air traffic controller, director and launch manager of the Space Shuttle, will be the keynote speaker at the Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards banquet on November 13 in Albuquerque.

According to the company’s website, Moses oversees Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism business on all aspects of space line operations, including WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo vehicle processing, flight planning, astronaut training, and flight crew operations.

He previously worked at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where from 2008 to July 2011 he led all space shuttle processing activities from landing to take-off.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is also expected to say a few words at the November 13 banquet at the Marriot Pyramid Albuquerque. Visit for tickets or sponsorship.

In its 50th year, the annual awards program recognizes individuals for notable contributions to public service and exceptional contributions to their respective communities.

This year’s winners include Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr. Sanjeev Arora from UNMH, who launched the ECHO project in 2003, which today represents a worldwide treatment system for more than 60 disease areas and complex problems with 256 academic centers and 600 projects in 34 countries.

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This year’s other winners are: David Campbell of Rio Rancho; John Heaton of Carlsbad; Joe Mauderly of Albuquerque; Tammie Moe of Gallup; Debbie Moore of Las Cruces; Alicia Ortega from Pojoaque Pueblo; Kyle Rhodes from Farmington / Bloomfield; Eliseo “Cheo” Torres from Albuquerque; and Pat Vincent-Collawn of Albuquerque.

Keynote speaker Moses attended Purdue University and earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in space science from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a two-time recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and other NASA awards and prizes.

George T. Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, blamed Moses for his critical leadership role in building a world-class organization and team.

Banquet cards are $ 75 and $ 750 for a table up to 10. Visit for more information. Visit

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