Press Release

National Space Club Announces Dr. Robert Ballard Will Be Key Note Speaker at Goddard Memorial Dinner

By SpaceRef Editor
March 10, 2011
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Washington, DC – The National Space Club (NSC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Ballard will be the keynote speaker at the 54th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner which is being held on April 1, 2011 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.

Dr. Robert Ballard is best known for his historic discovery of the RMS Titanic lost in its watery grave more than 12,000 beneath the cold water of the North Atlantic. During his long career, he has conducted more than 100 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology.

He was given the Explorer’s Club’s and the National Geographic Society’s most prestigious awards; the Explorer’s Medal and the Hubbard Medal as well as the Lindbergh Award. Most recently the President of the United States presented him with the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal in the Oval Office of the White House.

In addition to Dr. Ballard’s presentation the Space Club will be presenting their annual awards to the following recipients:

Simon Ramo, Ph.D., Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy
Colonel Ernesto V. Benavides, Dr. Joseph V. Charyk Award
Lidia Cucurull, Ph.D., NOAA – David Johnson Award
Leonard David, Press Award
Kenneth R. Fiscus, Space Educator Award
Jeffrey M. Hanley, Astronautics Engineer Award
LTC Patrick J. Mullin, General Bernard Schriever Award
Svetlana Shkolyar, Goddard Memorial Scholarship
Lili Sun, Olin E. Teague Memorial Scholarship
Rita Willcoxon, Eagle Manned Mission Award

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Program, under the direction of Dave Hamilton and Paul Rusnock, Nelson P. Jackson Aerospace Award

Individuals and organizations interested in attending the 54th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner on Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Washington Hilton, may find more information on our website For specific questions please contact NSC at or by calling 202-547-0060.

SpaceRef staff editor.