The Space Foundation annually honors outstanding individuals and organizations for achievements in space exploration, advocacy, education, innovation and accomplishment. The 2012 awards were presented throughout the 28th National Space Symposium in April.

General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

The highest honor bestowed by the Space Foundation honors our late, long-time chairman, retired U.S. Air Force General James E. Hill.

RECIPIENT: Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., USAF, Ret., former vice chief of staff of the USAF, former head of Air Force Space Command and former chief of staff of the National Reconnaissance Office for his lifetime commitment to space, including the role he played as one of the original architects of Air Force Space Command and later as a valued space consultant.



Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award

Honors significant contributions to public awareness of and support for space programs. The award's namesake was an Academy Award winning writer and producer, space advocate and early member of our board of directors.

RECIPIENT: The NASA Social Media Team for creative and innovative use of social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, to actively engage millions of people around the world, and even in orbit, in the exciting missions of discovery that continue to be led by America's space agency.



The Space Achievement Award

Honors space technologies, programs or product successes representing critical milestones in the evolution of space exploration and development.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Junichiro Kawaguchi, senior fellow and former program director, Lunar & Planetary Exploration Program Group, at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for designing a maneuvering technique that leverages tidal force with the gravitational pull of the Moon and Earth; restoring JAXA's Martian space probe Nozomi by devising an alternative trajectory using double Earth swingbys; serving as project manager on the Hayabusa asteroid sample-and-return mission; and enhancing public understanding the importance of space exploration. 


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

Honors significant progress and/or discoveries in space exploration.

RECIPIENT: The NASA Kepler Mission, which discovered 61 confirmed extrasolar planets and more than 2,300 planet candidates in the first 16 months of observations. Discoveries included the first unquestionably rocky planet, the first six-planet system, the first small planet in the habitable zone, the first Earth-size planets, the smallest exoplanets ever detected and three worlds that orbit around two stars, establishing a new class of planetary system.



Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

Presented by the Space Foundation, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and NASA, honors outstanding contributions to technology education by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel.

RECIPIENT: Cynthia D. Waters, Ed.D., director of aviation for The Aviation Academy, T.W. Andrews High School, High Point, N.C., for using her experience as an educator, FAA commercial pilot, flight instructor and member of the North Carolina Airport Economic Development Alliance to provide students with career development opportunities in aviation, engineering and aerospace.

We Win Awards, Too

  • Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight Dr. Leroy Chiao - Russian Medal of Merit for Space Exploration
  • Executive Assistant Ewa Folden - Colorado State Air Force Association Medal of Merit
  • Space Foundation Space Shuttle Posters* - Print and Design Excellence Award, Marketing/Promotion from the International Academy of the Visual Arts and Silver Summit Creative Award
  • Introduction to Space Activities* - Integrated Campaigns Distinction Award, Brochure - Business-to-Business, from the International Academy of the Visual Arts and Silver Summit Creative Award
  • Space Foundation International Student Art Contest display - Gold Peak Award, Trade Show Booth or Display, from the Colorado American Marketing Association
  • Space Foundation website - Bronze Peak Award, Company Website, from the Colorado American Marketing Association
  • 28th National Space Symposium - Bronze Peak Award, Event Marketing, from the Colorado American Marketing Association
*Produced by Colorado Springs-based Crystal Peak Design


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