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Space Foundation Seeking Space Technology Hall of Fame® Nominations; August 31 is Deadline

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Space Foundation Seeking Space Technology Hall of Fame® Nominations; August 31 is DeadlineCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jul. 7, 2010) — The Space Foundation is now seeking nominations for induction into the prestigious Space Technology Hall of Fame® in 2011. The program honors innovations by organizations and individuals who transform space technology into commercial products that improve life on Earth.

Nomination information, including online and downloadable nomination forms, is available at

The deadline is Tuesday, August 31, and anyone can submit a nomination of a technology that was developed for space and then modified or adopted for use on Earth.

The Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, established the Space Technology Hall of Fame® in 1988 to increase public awareness of the benefits that result from space exploration programs and to encourage further innovation. Since that time, 63 technologies have been inducted.

Inducted technologies include energy-saving technologies, life-saving medical devices, health improvement technologies, satellite and telecommunication technologies, and practical commercial devices. Some noteworthy examples are 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. The 2010 inductees were lenses that protect human eyes from solar radiation, and digital fly-by-wire technology that significantly improves the fuel efficiency, reliability, and cost of modern aircraft.

“Space Technology Hall of Fame inductees are shining examples of how our work in space returns incredible, and sometimes unexpected, benefits for all of us on Earth,” said Space Foundation Director – Space Awareness Programs Kevin Cook, who administers the Space Technology Hall of Fame® for the Space Foundation.

Each nomination is reviewed for completeness, assessed by technical experts, and then ranked by a prestigious panel of judges who look at economic benefit, public awareness, societal benefit, longevity, and public/private/partnership investment.

Award ceremonies for the 2011 inductees and honorees will be part of the 27th National Space Symposium, which will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 11 – 14, 2011. Conducted by the Space Foundation, the Symposium is the premier annual gathering of the global space community.

Additional information about the Space Technology Hall of Fame®, including a complete list of inducted technologies, is available at

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is an international, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry – civil, commercial, military and intelligence. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events, including the National Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity.” An expert in all aspects of the global space industry, the Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.