HERNDON, Va., June 11, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently sponsored the 2009 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction gala, an annual scholarship fundraising event held by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). The event honored this year's Astronaut Hall of Fame inductees George "Pinky" Nelson, William Shepherd and Jim Wetherbee.

"Northrop Grumman is honored to contribute to the ASF's efforts in supporting the educational needs of the workforce of the future," said Roy Bridges, director of Space and Science Services for Northrop Grumman Technical Services sector. "Northrop Grumman has a strong commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and by partnering with organizations such as the ASF, we are able to help the next generation of scientists, engineers and technicians achieve their educational goals, while striving to be the best in the world at what they do."

ASF is a non-profit organization established in 1984 by the six surviving members of America's original Mercury astronauts. It provides science and technology scholarships for exceptional college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major. The foundation funds 19 $10,000 scholarships annually and has awarded more than $2.8 million in scholarships nationwide.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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