RUTLAND - Middlebury resident and science writer Louis Varricchio received the Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award. The award is given by the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
Varricchio is a CAP senior member with the rank of second lieutenant; he is affiliated the organization's Rutland Composite Squadron, based at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport.
The award reflects Varricchio's work with CAP and contributions as a community journalist and science writer. He is the writer of the weekly "Seeing Stars" astronomy/space science column appearing in the Addison Eagle and Rutland Tribune newspapers.
A former NASA science writer based at the space agency's Ames Research Center in California, Varricchio is now managing editor of New Market Press publishing; he oversees the Eagle and Tribune. In addition to news work, he is a contributor to various science writing web sites and has produced science programming for public radio and television. He holds undergraduate degrees in communications/writing and a masters of science degree in space studies from the University of North Dakota.
In addition to work with Civil Air Patrol in Vermont, Varricchio is also a member of NASA's JPL Solar System Ambassador program. He is the author of a recent book about lunar science titled, "Inconstant Moon: Discovery and Controversy on the Way to the Moon", published by Xlibris/Random House.
New Market Press' Vermont newspapers have received several news writing awards during Varricchio's tenure as managing editor.