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Space Foundation Seeking Outstanding Technologies for 20th Space Technology Hall of Fame Class

09/12/2007

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sep. 12, 2007) -- The Space Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2008 class of inductee technologies for its prestigious Space Technology Hall of Fame. 2008 will mark the 20th anniversary of this program that honors the remarkable innovation of organizations and individuals who transform space technology into commercial products that improve life on Earth. The Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, established the Space Technology Hall of Fame to increase public awareness of the benefits that result from space exploration programs and encourage further innovation.  Nominations for 2008 will be accepted until October 19, 2007.

 “We are delighted with the exceptional nominations we have already received,” stated Kevin Cook, director of space technology awareness for the Space Foundation.  “In anticipation of a sensational 20th anniversary event, we decided to extend the nomination deadline to ensure everyone has an opportunity to submit extraordinary space technologies for recognition.”

Since 1988, the Space Technology Hall of Fame has honored 56 technologies as well as the innovating organizations and individuals behind them. These incredible technologies include life saving medical devices, health improvement technologies, satellite and telecommunication technologies, and many other practical commercial devices that have shaped life as we now know it. Some noteworthy examples of inductee technologies are the DeBakey Heart Pump; the automatic external defibrillator; non-invasive breast biopsy technology; MRI and CAT scan imaging; anti-shock garments; LASIK eye surgery; implantable pacemakers and hearing aids; and technologies that power cellular phones, terrestrial networks, and satellite broadcast television and radio communications.

Anyone may submit a nomination for a technology that originated with the space program and is now used to improve life on Earth. Each nomination is reviewed for completeness, assessed by technical experts, and ranked by a prestigious panel of judges according to Economic Benefit, Public Awareness, Societal Benefit, Longevity, and Public/ Private/ Partnership Investment.

Technologies and innovators selected for induction in 2008 will be recognized during special award ceremonies during the 24th National Space Symposium. Conducted by the Space Foundation, the symposium is the premier annual gathering of the global space community. The 24th National Space Symposium will take place April 7 – 10, 2008, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Additional information about the Space Technology Hall of Fame, including online and downloadable nomination forms and a complete list of inducted technologies, is available at www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity. The Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, trade association services, research and analysis for the global space industry, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom. The Space Foundation has an office in Washington, D.C., and field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation conducts Strategic Space and Defense 2007, 9-11 October in Omaha, Neb. The Space Foundation also conducts the premier annual gathering of the global space community, the National Space Symposium. The 24th National Space Symposium will take place April 7-10, 2008, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org.

 
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