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Space Foundation is Accepting Nominations for 2017 Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 25, 2017) - The Space Foundation is now seeking nominations for induction into the distinguished Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame in 2017. Nominations are open through Wednesday, May 31.

The Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame honors the astronauts, aerospace executives, government officials, scholars and other public and private sector leaders who have contributed most significantly to the evolution, success and development of Colorado's space economy as one of the most important in the nation and world.  

Colorado is a main player in the global business of space. It is "home" to more than 100 astronauts who were born, educated, worked or resided in the state. Colorado has the nation's second-largest aerospace economy, and is also second in the country for private aerospace employment concentration. It is third in the United States for NASA prime contracts, and is the U.S. center for military space.

To honor those who have advanced Colorado's unique legacy in space-related endeavors, the Space Foundation established the Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame in 2016.

​"Colorado is a powerhouse state in aerospace thanks to the many business, government, military and research leaders who have advanced our space capability and inspired our youth for space endeavors," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "The Space Foundation has been a catalyst to propel our economy, and we are proud that they call Colorado home. Congratulations to the courageous leaders with the Space Foundation's Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame."

Anyone may submit a nomination for a Colorado "space hero." A nominee's personal or professional contributions in space must span a decade or more, and he or she must have lived or worked in Colorado to a significant extent. Nominees may be awarded posthumously.

Nomination information is available at, or contact [email protected]. Nominations will be reviewed by a volunteer selection committee.

A gala in Denver, held during World Space Week on October 5, 2017, will publicly celebrate the honorees to be inducted into the Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame for 2017. See ticket information and sponsorship availability at

The Space Foundation inducted a prestigious group of honorees at the inaugural gala event held in Denver in October 2016. The first honorees were General James V. Hartinger, USAF (Ret.), Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D., Alan Stern, Ph.D., and The Honorable Peter B. Teets. Read more about these Colorado space heroes on the Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame website.

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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Space Foundation contact:   
Carol Hively, Director - Public Relations & Team Communications
[email protected]



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