Space Foundation Press Releases

Year in Space Mission Wins 2017 Space Achievement Award

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 15, 2017) – When they returned to Earth on March 1, 2016, (March 2 Kazakhstan time) NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko had spent nearly a year in space. Their record-setting 342 days in space is expected to help pave the way for human spaceflight to Mars and other distant destinations.

For that accomplishment, Kelly and Kornienko will receive the Space Foundation’s 2017 Space Achievement Award, which annually recognizes individuals or organizations for critical milestones in the evolution of space exploration and development.

Scott Kelly’s identical twin brother Mark Kelly is a former NASA astronaut, providing scientists with a unique opportunity to study the effects of Scott’s time in space and its impact on his body, compared with that of Mark, who remained on Earth. These studies will provide crucial information in preparing humans physiologically and psychologically for a long-duration manned mission to Mars.

The 2017 Space Achievement Award will be presented on April 3 during the opening ceremony of the 33rd Space Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. The opening ceremony is co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman, and features presentation of top Space Foundation awards.

Past recipients of the Space Achievement Award have included:
2016 SpaceX
2015 X-37B OTV Team
2014 U.S. Air Force GPS Team
2013 NOAA
2012 Junichiro Kawaguchi, Ph.D., JAXA
2011 SpaceX and Telecom sans Frontieres
2010 Hubble Space Telescope Repair Mission Team

About the Space Symposium
To be held April 3-6, the Space Symposium is the annual premier gathering of all sectors of global space leadership. Visit for the agenda and speakers, as well as secure online registration.

Co-sponsors include: a.i. solutions; Airbus Safran Launchers; AGI; ASRC Federal; BAE Systems; Ball Aerospace; Blue Origin; Boeing; Booz Allen Hamilton; The Broadmoor; Colorado Space Coalition; Dynetics; El Pomar Foundation; Euroconsult; Eutelsat; Griffin Communications Group; Harris; Inmarsat; ISPCS; L3 Technologies; Lockheed Martin; Maui Economic Development Board; Northrop Grumman; RBC Signals; Raytheon; Secure World Foundation; SES Government Solutions; SpaceX; SpincraftStellar Solutions; Stratasys; Tesat Spacecom; United Launch Alliance (ULA); USRA; ViaSat; X-1R Corporation. Our media partners are Aviation Week; ROOM; Satnews; Space News.

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 Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It 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 both of our websites — and — and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

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