Schar School’s Arnauld Nicogossian Added to National Air and Space Museum’s Wall of Honor for Contributions to Space Medicine

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Originally published on November 24, 2020

The name of Schar School of Policy and Government Distinguished Research Professor Arnauld Nicogossian, M.D., joins those of the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and other aviation pioneers and enthusiasts on the Wall of Honor at the entrance of the popular Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

Nicogossian, whose award-winning book, Space Physiology and Medicine: From Evidence to Practice (Springer) describing medical procedures to ensure the health of astronauts in space environments, was engraved on the Wall of Honor “in recognition of your contribution to our aviation and space exploration heritage…as a permanent testament to your commitment to and passion for flight,” according to the announcement. 

Nicogossian joined George Mason University’s Schar School in 2003 after serving 30 years with NASA.

Nicogossian was the lead physician for NASA’s first international human space flight mission, the U.S.-Soviet Union Apollo-Soyuz test project in 1975. He is the recipient of NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal; NASA’s Contribution and Invention Award; a Presidential Letter of Commendation for Community Services; the S.P. Korolev Medal from the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics; the W. Randolph Lovelace II Award from the American Astronautical Society; and the International Academy of Astronautics Life Sciences Book Award.

The Udvar-Hazy Center welcomes nearly a million-and-a-half visitors a year. Visit foil 63, panel 4, column 3, line 17 to see Nicogossian’s name. Visit foil 63, panel 4, column 3, line 17 to see Nicogossian’s name.

Schar School Distinguished Research Professor Arnauld Nicogossian’s name is engraved on the Wall of Honor at the National Air and Space Museum at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum