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Nominations Sought for 2006 Space Technology Hall of Fame

05/04/2005

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May. 5, 2005) -- The Space Foundation has received a number of excellent nominations for `down to Earth` technologies to be considered for induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit nominations on or before July 1, 2005, to allow for the rigorous due diligence process that leads to the selection of the 2006 class of Hall of Fame technologies. The Space Technology Hall of Fame, managed by the Space Foundation in partnership with NASA, enters its 18th year of honoring the innovators who transform space-based technology into commercial products and services that improve life on Earth. The program also serves to increase public awareness of the benefits of space technology, and encourage further innovation. The result of successful NASA and private industry research and development efforts, four new technologies were inducted in 2005: The InnerVue Diagnostic Scope System, Outlast Smart Fabric Technology, NanoCeram Superfilters, and Portable Hyperspectral Imaging Systems. Representatives from seven key innovating organizations as well as 23 innovating individuals were honored at a private induction ceremony and a special awards dinner during the 21st National Space Symposium. More than 6,500 registrants, guests, speakers, exhibitors and media attended the 21st National Space Symposium. Hosted by the Space Foundation, the symposium is the premier annual space industry conference anywhere in the world. Space Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Pulham said, "These technologies are great examples of why what we do in space matters on Earth." "As we turn our eyes toward the stars, it is important to remember the life-saving and life-enhancing technologies that space exploration brings back to Earth," said NASA Acting Administrator Frederick Gregory. "The inductees are great examples of how the exploration of space builds value for people on Earth," added Gregory. Technologies and innovators selected for induction will be recognized during special awards ceremonies at the highly anticipated 22nd National Space Symposium, scheduled April 3-6, 2006. Supporting information for each nomination submitted will be reviewed for completeness, assessed by technical experts and ranked by a prestigious panel of judges according to the following criteria: Economic Benefit (10 points) Public Awareness Factor (15 points) Societal Benefit Factor (15 points) Longevity (5 points) Public/Private/Partnership Investment (5 points) For more information and a nomination form, please visit www.spacetechhalloffame.org or call the Foundation at 1-800-691-4000. About the Space Foundation Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. In addition to the National Space Symposium, the Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, Space at the Crossroads, set for May 18, 2005, in Washington, D.C., and Strategic Space 2005, scheduled Oct. 4-6, 2005, in Omaha, Neb. For more information please visit www.spacefoundation.org.

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