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Nominate Now for Space Technology Hall of Fame®
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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, 65 technologies have been inducted.
The Space Foundation is now seeking nominations for induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame® for 2012. Anyone can submit a nomination of a technology that was developed anywhere in the world for use in space and then modified or adopted for use on Earth. Nomination information, including online and downloadable nomination forms, is available at www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org.The deadline is Wednesday, August 31.
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 2011 inductees were two diverse technologies: Commercial Earth-Imaging Satellites, which have broad-reaching applications for national security, logistics and disaster prevention and relief; and Intrifuge CellXpansion technology, which promises help for a wide variety of diseases.
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 2012 inductees and honorees will be part of the 28th National Space Symposium, which will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 16-19, 2012. 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 www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org.
Pictured: The 2011 Space Technology Hall of Fame® honorees: Tinh Trinh, Ray Schwarz and Dr. David Wolf, NASA Johnson Space Center
This article is part of Space Watch: July 2011 (Volume: 10, Issue: 7).
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