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Nominate Now for the 2014 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

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The Space Foundation is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the annual General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award.

Honoring its late, long-time chairman, Gen. James E. Hill, USAF, Ret., the award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to humankind through exploration, development and use of space, or through use of space technology, information or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity.

Nominations must be received by Sept. 30, 2013, and the award will be presented at a special luncheon during the Space Foundation’s 30th Space Symposium, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., in May 2014.

The 2013 award was presented posthumously to two former NASA astronauts – Neil A. Armstrong and Sally K. Ride, Ph.D.

Any person may nominate a candidate for the award, with the exception that individuals may not nominate themselves.

The nomination criteria must meet at least two of the following measures:

  • Significantly advanced the state-of-the-art of space technology
  • Significantly advanced humankind’s understanding of space or space technology
  • Significantly contributed to public understanding of, or support for, space endeavors
  • Significantly and positively shaped governmental policy toward space
  • Effectively interpreted, through visual or other communicative arts, the majesty and importance of space
  • Effectively provided – by management, advocacy or design – significant, enduring or crucial space systems or infrastructure
  • Effectively employed space technologies, research systems, or space-derived data to improve the human condition through the artistic, scientific or humanistic endeavor

Exemplification of Mission Criteria
The mission of the Space Foundation is “To advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Nominees must exemplify the Space Foundation mission by meeting at least three of the following criteria:

Has written or published papers, textbooks, articles, etc., relating to the exploration, development or utilization of space, or has spoken in public forums such as conferences and symposia
Has been active in promoting and disseminating information about space exploration, development or utilization through any medium
Has been active with non-space-related groups – whether professional, fraternal, industrial, academic or community based – resulting in a transfer of space knowledge to other professions or groups
Has been active in community or public service not related to normal job responsibilities
Has volunteered or otherwise contributed significant or extended effort on behalf of the Space Foundation and its mission

To Submit a Nomination
Submit a nomination in the form of a letter, not to exceed two pages, by Sept. 30, 2013, addressed to:

Elliot Pulham, Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation
4425 Arrowswest Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907

Upon ratification by the Space Foundation Board of Directors, the honoree will be notified immediately in writing. Questions may be directed to Space Foundation Vice President – Human Resources & Administration Kathleen Vinson at [email protected].


Pictured: Space Foundation Chairman Martin C. Faga (right) and former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin (center) with the family members of the 2013 Hill Award recipients – Neil A. Armstrong and Sally K. Ride, Ph.D. (awarded posthumously).


This article is part of Space Watch: September 2013 (Volume: 12, Issue: 9).