Space Foundation Accepting Nominations for Lifetime Space Achievement Award
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jul. 16, 2002) -- Nominations for the second annual presentation of the Space Foundation's highest individual award are being accepted now through September 27, 2002. The General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award honors the Foundation's long-time chairman, the late Gen. James E. Hill. The Space Foundation Board of Directors selects the honoree, who will then be honored at the 19th National Space Symposium, April 7-10, 2003. The General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to the welfare or betterment of humankind through the exploration, development and utilization of space, or the use of space technology, information, themes or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity. The award is presented to an individual whose personal or professional contributions in the space arena span a minimum of 20 years. Any person whose distinguished lifetime achievement through the exploration, development or utilization of space - whether technical, managerial, academic, scientific, private, public, political, governmental, journalistic, artistic, astronautic or cosmonautic - has either had space as its primary emphasis or focus, or has been carried out in such manner, is widely recognized as a "champion" of space. The first ever Gen. James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award was presented during the 18th National Space Symposium in April 2002 to Norman R. Augustine, Chairman Emeritus of Lockheed Martin and professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Award recipients are honored with both a massive glass sculpture and an individual award, both created by artists Joy Day and B.E. Johnson. Eligible persons must exemplify the Foundation mission by meeting three of the following specific criteria: publication or public speaking; public relations; interdisciplinary activity; humanitarian service; and Space Foundation service. The mission of the Space Foundation: "To vigorously advance and support civil, commercial and national security space endeavors and educational excellence." Any person may nominate a candidate for the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, but individuals may not nominate themselves. The nomination should be in the form of a letter, no more than two pages in length, addressed to Elliot Pulham, president and chief executive officer at the Space Foundation. The Space Foundation is a national non-profit organization advancing space awareness and education. In addition to the National Space Symposium, the Foundation conducts the International Space Symposium, scheduled in Toulouse, France on September 10-13, 2002. For more information on Space Foundation programs, visit www.spacefoundation.org or call 1-800-691-4000.