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.

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