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NASA/Industry EFT-1 Team Earns 2015 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 17, 2015) - On Dec. 5, 2014, the global space community watched as the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) was launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center. After a two-orbit, four-hour flight that took it further from Earth than any other human-rated spacecraft since Apollo 17 in 1972, it returned safely to a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean near California.

In his congratulations to NASA, Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance and the entire industry-government team involved with this successful first experimental test flight, Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham said, "The world is once again on a firm course of space exploration that will get us out of low Earth orbit, taking humans back to the Moon and on to Mars and beyond. As an early pathfinder for the Orion program, EFT-1 represents a gutsy effort by the entire Orion team to test early, test often and get ahead of the substantial risk involved with any new human rated system."

The flight was the first new U.S.-built human rated space launch system since 1981, and was launched to test various Orion systems, including separation events, avionics, heat shielding, parachutes and recovery operations.

The Space Foundation will honor the NASA/Industry EFT-1 Team for its historic accomplishment with the 2015 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award, to be presented on April 13 during the opening ceremony of the Space Foundation's 31st Space Symposium, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman, and held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA.

About the Morrow Award
The award's namesake was an Academy Award-winning writer and producer, space advocate and early member of the board of directors of the Space Foundation. Designed to recognize those who have made significant contributions to public understanding of, and support for, space programs, the Morrow Award has a long list of distinguished recipients, including during the past decade:

  • 2014 Col. Chris Hadfield (Ret.), former Canadian astronaut
  • 2013 Bill Nye, CEO, The Planetary Society
  • 2012 NASA Social Media Team
  • 2011 Jay Barbree, NBC News; Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press; William Harwood, CBS News
  • 2010 Leonard Nimoy, actor and director
  • 2009 Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist
  • 2008 Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
  • 2007 Col. Eileen M. Collins, USAF (Ret.), former NASA astronaut
  • 2006 Tom Hanks, actor and director

About the Space Symposium
The Space Symposium is the annual gathering of all sectors of the global space community, to be held April 13 - 16 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Visit for secure online registration and complete conference information. A discount on standard industry registration is currently available if paid by March 20, 2015.

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About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.