Press Release

Nomination Period Opens for 2020 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

By SpaceRef Editor
June 27, 2019
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The Space Foundation is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the 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 Oct. 1, 2019, and the award will be presented at a special luncheon in April 2020, during the Space Foundation’s 36th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

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


Recent recipients have included:

2019    Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.).

2018    Christopher Columbus “Chris” Kraft, Jr.

2017    Piers J. Sellers, OBE, Ph.D.

2016    VADM Richard H. Truly, USN (Ret.)

2015    Jean-Jacques Dordain

2014    A. Thomas Young



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 vision of the Space Foundation is: …to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. Nominees must exemplify the Space Foundation vision 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 vision


To Submit a Nomination

Submit a nomination in the form of a letter, not to exceed two pages, by Oct. 1, 2019, addressed to: 


Kathleen Vinson, Vice President – Operations

Space Foundation

4425 Arrowswest Drive

Colorado Springs, CO  80907


Upon ratification by the Space Foundation Board of Directors, the honoree will be notified immediately in writing. Questions may be directed to


About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and 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 Certification™ 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, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

SpaceRef staff editor.