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The Space Foundation is an American nonprofit organization, the mission of which is to advocate for all sectors of the global space industry through space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events. It was founded in 1983.[1]


Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the foundation's headquarters includes team offices, as well as conference and other facilities. Other offices are in Washington, D.C., Texas, and Florida.[2]


The Space Foundation delivers K-12 student programs in laboratory, classroom and after-school settings. Programs include STEM, social studies, history, the arts and literature and are available to individual classes, school districts, public and private school, colleges and universities offering education curriculum and homeschool organizations.[3][better source needed]

Space Symposium

The Space Foundation hosts the annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor Hotel. The Space Symposium features presentations and panels that provide insight into space developments and the latest on critical industry issues. Each year, several awards are presented at the Space Symposium recognizing achievements in various space arenas.

The symposium includes an annual fundraiser called "Yuri's Night", named in honour of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. In 2022, the foundation renamed the fundraiser as "A Celebration of Space: Discover What’s Next" due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.[4]


General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

The General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Space Foundation, presented annually at a special luncheon held during the Space Symposium. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to the welfare or betterment of humankind through the exploration, development and use of space, or the use of space technology, information, themes or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity. Nominations are solicited throughout the global space industry and the honoree is selected by the Space Foundation's Board of Directors. Recipients of the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award include:[5]

Year Recipient
2023 Daniel Goldin
2022 Joanne M. Maguire
2021 Patti Grace Smith
2020 Gene Kranz
2019 Thomas P. Stafford
2018 Christopher Columbus "Chris" Kraft Jr.
2017 Piers Sellers[6]
2016 VADM Richard H. Truly, USN (Ret.)
2015 Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA)
2014 A. Thomas Young
2013 NASA Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride
2012 General Thomas S. Moorman Jr., USAF (Retired)
2011 Charles Elachi, Ph.D.
2010 Captain John W. Young, USN (Retired)
2009 The Honorable Peter B. Teets
2008 Hans Mark, Ph.D.
2007 Simon Ramo, Ph.D.
2006 Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D.
2005 The Honorable Edward C. Aldridge Jr.
2004 General Bernard A. Schriever, USAF (Retired)
2003 Captain James A. Jim Lovell Jr., USN (Retired)
2002 Norman R. Augustine

Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

The Space Foundation, in conjunction with the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), annually presents the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award to recognize outstanding contributions to creative and innovative use of technology in education by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel.[7] Winners of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award include:

Year Winner
2023 Rachel Harrington
2022 Dan Saldana
2021 N/A
2020 Kaci Heins
2019 Jill Gilford
2018 Diego Martinez
2017 Ashlie Blackstone Smith
2016 Margaret Rhule Baguio
2015 June Scobee Rodgers, Ph.D.
2014 Lynne F. Zielinski
2013 Daniel R. Newmyer, a science and math teacher for Center High School in rural southern Colorado.
2012 Dr. Cynthia Waters, director of aviation for The Aviation Academy at T.W. Andrews High School in High Point, N.C.
2011 Charles County (Md.) Public Schools Superintendent James E. Richmond
2010 Allen V. Robnett
2009 Ricardo V. Soria
2008 Kevin L. Simmons
2007 Luther W. Richardson
2006 Kathy R. Brandon
2005 Ronald F. Dantowitz
2004 Charles Geach
2003 Brian Copes
2002 Thomas F. Hunt, Frank E. Waller
2001 Lori Byrnes

Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award

The Space Foundation annually presents the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award in memory of Douglas S. Morrow, renowned Academy Award-winning writer and producer, space advocate and former Space Foundation Board Member, to an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to the public awareness and understanding of space programs. Winners of the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award include:[8]

Year Winner
2023 United States Postal Service (USPS)
2022 Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX
2021 Bill Ingalls
2020 Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM)
2019 National Space Council and its Chair, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence
2018 Margot Lee Shetterly
2017 DigitalGlobe and The Associated Press
2016 Andy Weir, author
2015 NASA/Industry Exploration Flight Test 1 team
2014 Col. Chris Hadfield (Ret.), former Canadian astronaut
2013 Bill Nye the Science Guy and chief executive officer of the Planetary Society
2012 NASA Social Media Team
2011 Space Journalists Jay Barbree (NBC News), Marcia Dunn (The Associated Press) and Bill Harwood (CBS News)
2010 Leonard Nimoy
2009 Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D.
2008 Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
2007 Colonel Eileen M. Collins, USAF (Retired)
2006 Tom Hanks
2005 The Ansari X-Prize Foundation
2004 Life magazine
2003 Robert T. McCall
2002 Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry
2001 Popular Science Magazine
2000 Space Awareness Alliance
1999 The Crew of Space Shuttle Mission STS-95
1998 NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
1997 The Cable News Network (CNN)
1996 The Apollo 13 film team
1995 Discovery Communications, Inc.

Space Achievement Award

The Space Foundation's Space Achievement Award recognizes individuals or organizations for space achievement, a breakthrough space technology or program or other achievements representing critical milestones in the evolution of space exploration and development. Winners of the Space Achievement Award include:[9]

Year Winner
2023 NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) team
2022 International Astronautical Federation
2021 United States Space Force (USSF)
2020 International Space Station partners
2019 Peter Wilhelm, former Director, Naval Center for Space Technology

Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company

2018 Space Security and Defense Program
2017 The Space Mission of Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko
2016 SpaceX
2015 Boeing X-37 Team[10]
2014 U.S. Air Force GPS team
2013 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
2012 Dr. Junichiro Kawaguchi, JAXA
2011 SpaceX and Télécoms Sans Frontières
2010 Hubble Space Telescope Repair Mission team
2009 China's Shenzhou 7 Mission
2008 United States Air Force
2007 Bigelow Aerospace
2006 The U.S. Titan Launch Vehicle Team: Lockheed Martin, United States Air Force, The Aerospace Corporation, NASA
2005 SpaceShipOne team
2004 Ariane 4 launch team
2003 U.S. Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Team; Lockheed Martin Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Team; The Boeing Company Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Team
2002 NASA/Industry Galileo space probe team and the men and women of United States Space Command and its component organizations
2001 Hubble Space Telescope team
2000 Sea Launch
1999 NASA-Boeing International Space Station team
1998 General Thomas S. Moorman Jr., USAF (Retired)
1997 Captain James Jim Lovell, USN (Retired)
1996 American Astronautical Society
1995 Air University (United States Air Force)

John L. Jack, Swigert Jr., Award for Space Exploration

The John L. "Jack" Swigert Jr., Award for Space Exploration recognizes extraordinary accomplishments by a company, space agency or consortium of organizations in the realm of space exploration and discovery. The award is in memory of astronaut John L. 'Jack' Swigert Jr., one of the inspirations for creating the Space Foundation. Winners of the John L. Jack Swigert Jr., Award for Space Exploration include:[11]

Year Winner
2023 James Webb Space Telescope team
2022 NASA and the University of Arizona OSIRIS-REx team
2021 NASA JPL Mars Ingenuity helicopter team
2020 NASA JPL InSight-Mars Cube One
2019 NASA Dawn mission
2018 Cassini mission team
2017 No award
2016 Pluto New Horizons exploration team
2015 Rosetta comet exploration team
2014 No award
2013 NASA Mars Science Laboratory mission team
2012 NASA Kepler Mission
2011 No award
2010 The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission team
2009 NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander team
2008 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
2007 The California Institute of Technology
2006 Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D.
2005 NASA's Mars Exploration Team from Jet Propulsion Laboratory
2004 President George W. Bush

Space Technology Hall of Fame

The Space Technology Hall of Fame was created in 1988 by the Space Foundation with cooperation from NASA and is administered by the Space Foundation.[12][13][14][15] The foundation annually honors groups and individuals that, according to the organization, "transform technology originally developed for space exploration into products that help improve the quality of life here on Earth".[12][13][16]

Since 1988, it has been inducting dozens of technologies and honoring hundreds of organizations and individuals that transform technology originally developed for space exploration into products that help improve the quality of life on Earth.

Year Inductee
2018 Evinrude/BRP MSFC-398 and Miniaturized Laser Communication Terminals by Mynaric and DLR
2017 ActivePure RCI and Florikan E.S.A. SNR Fertilizer
2016 Medtronic LaRC S-I and WATEX
2015 Chronos Vision Technology and Seismic Damper Technology
2014 International Cospas-Sarsat Programme and NeuroArm-Symbis Space Robotics
2013 GATR Inflatable Satellite Communication System[17] a portable, rapidly deployed, inflatable antenna that targets a geostationary satellite to establish critical communications links and Mediphan DistanceDoc and MedRecorder,[17] compact low-power ultrasound devices that can be used as a diagnostic tool where large scanning equipment is impractical.
2012 Flexible Aerogel (Aspen Aerogels, Aspen Systems and NASA Kennedy Space Center) and high-resolution optical sensing fire detection (FireWatch system from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and IQ Wireless)
2011 Commercial Earth-Imaging Satellites (GeoEye and DigitalGlobe) and Intrifuge CellXpansion (NASA Johnson Space Center, Regenetech and Synthecon)
2010 Eagle Eyes and Digital Fly-By-Wire
2009 Aerodynamic Vehicle Design and Micro Algae Nutritional Supplements[18]
2008 ArterioVision, Petroleum Remediation Product and ResQPOD
2007 Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron and Microbial Check Valve
2006 iRobot PackBot Tactical Mobile Robot and Novariant AutoFarm RTK AutoSteer
2005 Hyperspectral Imaging Systems, NanoCeram Superfilters, InnerVue Diagnostic Scope System, InnerVue Diagnostic Scope System and Outlast Technologies, Inc. Smart Fabric Technology
2004 Multi-Junction (MJ) Space Solar Cells, LADARVision 4000, Precision Global Positioning System (GPS) Software and MedStar Monitoring System
2003 Cochlear Implant, Virtual Window, VisiScreen (Ocular Screening System, Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit Technology, Humanitarian Demining Device and Digital Latching Valve
2002 Satellite Radio Technology
2001 Data Matrix Symbology, Video Image Stabilization and Registration (VISAR) and Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIP)
2000 X-1R Advanced Lubricants, DirecTV and Light-Emitting Diodes for medical applications
1999 Heart Defibrillator Energy Source, Miniature Accelerometer, Active Pixel Sensor and DeBakey Blood Pump
1998 Global Positioning System and Tempur Foam
1997 ACTS Gigabit Satellite Network and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Technology
1996 Radiant Barrier, Anti-Shock Trousers and Fire-Resistant Aircraft Seats
1995 Parawings or Hang Gliders and Anti-Corrosion Coatings
1994 Excimer Laser Angioplasty System and Digital Image Processing - Medical Applications
1993 Physiological Monitoring Instrumentation and Liquid-Cooled Garments
1992 Earth Resources Laboratory Applications Software and Direct Readout Satellite System
1991 Automatic Implantable Cardiovertor Defibrillator and PMR-15 Polymide Resin
1990 Heat Pipe Systems & Safety Grooving
1989 Cordless Tools, Scratch Resistant Lenses and Fabric Roof Structures
1988 Improved Firefighter's Breathing System, NASA Structural Analysis Computer Software,[17] Sewage Treatment With Water Hyacinths, Programmable Implantable Medication System and Power Factor Controller.



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