Space Symposium

Sigourney Weaver will Headline Space Technology Hall of Fame® Dinner

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Presented annually by the Space Foundation, the Space Technology Hall of Fame® dinner honors extraordinary technologies originally developed for space that now improve life here on Earth. For 2013, the 25th anniversary of the program, actor Sigourney Weaver will be the featured dinner speaker. The dinner will be held on April 11 as part of the 29th National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wrapping up four days of Space Symposium activities, the dinner is traditionally known for its outstanding speakers, which over the past few years have included astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye the Science Guy®, actor Leonard Nimoy and political satirist P.J. O’Rourke. The dinner is co-sponsored by SpaceX.

About Weaver
Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actor Sigourney Weaver has created a host of memorable characters, both dramatic and comic, in films ranging from Ripley in Alien to Dian Fossey in Gorillas in Mist. Born and educated in New York City, Weaver graduated from Stanford University and received a master’s degree from the Yale School of Drama.

Weaver made her motion picture debut in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Alien. She later reprised the role of Warrant Officer Ripley in James Cameron’s Aliens, which earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best actress. She brought Ripley back to life in David Fincher’s Aliens 3, which she also co-produced, and Alien Resurrection for director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Weaver received a Tony Award nomination for her starring role in Hurlyburly on Broadway, directed by Mike Nichols. For her television work, Weaver received Emmy, Screen Actors’ Guild and Golden Globe nominations for outstanding performance by a female for her role as Mary Griffith in Lifetime’s Prayers for Bobby, which was also Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. She also appeared in the PBS mini-series The Best of Families.

Space Technology Hall of Fame® Celebrates 25 Years
Since 1988, the Space Technology Hall of Fame® has honored those who transform technology originally developed for space exploration into products and services that help improve the quality of life here on Earth. Dozens of technologies and hundreds of individuals and organizations have since been recognized.

About the Space Symposium
The Space Symposium will be held April 8 -11 and offers presentations and panels covering all aspects of space, plus special events and presentation of several prestigious space-related awards. Returning for 2013 will be the New Generation Space Leaders programs for young, up-and-coming space professionals, age 35 and younger.

The Space Symposium is offered in conjunction with Cyber 1.3, which examines the evolution of cyberspace. Separate registration is required for Cyber 1.3 and secure online registration for both is available online at For 2013, active military and government attendees will receive discounted 2010 rates, and industry attendees can save money by registering before Jan. 11.

This article is part of Space Watch: December 2012 (Volume: 11, Issue: 12).