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.