Carlsbad man receives medal from King of Sweden

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A NASA scientist from Carlsbad has earned a medal from the King of Sweden.

Compton tucker was awarded the 2014 Vega Medal last month at the royal castle in Stockholm.

The medal is awarded every three years to a person who has shown excellence in geography, exploration or archaeology.

According to the Current-Argus, Tucker earned the award for his work in using remote sensing to help track food shortages across the world.

Tucker is a climate scientist for NASA.

He graduated from Carlsbad High School. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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