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2009 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award

Known for his enthusiastic, comprehensible, and clever explanations of the mysteries of space to the general public, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D., is the recipient of the Space Foundation's 2009 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award. The award will be presented during the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 25th National Space Symposium on March 30.

"Neil Tyson is the intergalactic space poet laureate of our time," said Elliot Pulham, Space Foundation chief executive officer. "He connects people with the universe with wit, humor and astrophysical genius that has proven irresistible to his millions of readers, viewers, students, lecture guests, and fans the world over."

Dr. Tyson's impressive career in space public outreach has included nine books and numerous writings in dozens of professional publications, including monthly essays for Natural History magazine. His book, Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, co-written with Donald Goldsmith, is the companion book to the PBS-NOVA 4-part mini-series Origins, in which Dr. Tyson serves as on-camera host. Dr. Tyson also appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, which is an accessible look at the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe.

Dr. Tyson's latest two books are the playful and informative Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, which was a New York Times bestseller, and The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet, chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto's planetary status.

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