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Huntsville club to honor director George Lucas

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — The National Space Club is honoring the director who created the "Star Wars" franchise.

Jodi Weiner, one the event's coordinators, said George Lucas will receive the National Space Club media award, but he was not expected to be there to accept the award Monday.

"We are giving him the award for his works that have promoted space," Weiner said.

NASA Administrator Mike Griffin was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Dr. Wernher von Braun Memorial Dinner in Huntsville.

The awards celebration, established in 1988, honors the memory of von Braun, who led the German team that built missiles in Germany during World War II. After surrendering to the U.S. in May 1945, he worked for America to build guided missiles and the Saturn rockets that put astronauts on the moon.

The club will also present awards in space flight, astronautics, community service, aerospace education and scholarship.

Media winners have included Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, who grew up in Huntsville, and director Ron Howard.

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Information from: The Huntsville Times, www.al.com/hsvtimes/hsv.html

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