Space Shuttle crew thanks Thomason with Silver Snoopy
Arthur Thomason ’97 was presented a Silver Snoopy in October from Astronaut Robert Behnken and the STS-123 Crew that worked on the March 2008 Space Shuttle Mission. The award was given for his outstanding support of the U.S. space programs in his position as extra-vehicular activity — space walk — task manager for the crew.
Thomason is an engineer for Barrios at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. His job involves training and support for astronauts for space shuttle and space station missions.
Thomason was directly responsible for the development of all EVA procedures used during the first five EVA missions scheduled and executed at the International Space Station. He was critical in the re-planning associated with the addition of the mission's fifth EVA late in the training flow and the development of a plan to get the crew members trained for the tile repair simulation in time for its execution during the mission.
Thomason earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Hendrix College and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M before taking a position with Barrios and NASA in 2002.