Press Release

Space Foundation Opens Nominations for Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame

By SpaceRef Editor
June 24, 2019
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The Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame was created by the Space Foundation in 2016 to inspire future space heroes and celebrate the astronauts, aerospace executives, government officials, scholars and other public and private sector leaders who have contributed most significantly to the success of Colorado’s space economy.


Nominations are now open for honorees to be admitted to the Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame in 2020. Anyone may submit a nomination for a Colorado space “hero” whose personal or professional contributions in space spanned a decade or more and lived in Colorado. Nominees may also be awarded posthumously.


The award is presented every two years to outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to the welfare or betterment of humankind through the exploration, development and utilization of space, or the use of space technology, information, themes or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity.


To Submit a Nomination
Submit a nomination in the form of a letter, not to exceed one page, by Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, addressed to: 

Kathy Vinson, Vice President – Operations
Space Foundation
4425 Arrowswest Drive
Colorado Springs, CO  80907


Or email your nomination letter to:


Nominations will be reviewed by a volunteer selection committee and honorees will be celebrated at a reception at the Governor’s Mansion in early 2020.


The Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame lives virtually on the Space Foundation website and will eventually have a permanent physical presence at the Space Foundation Discovery Center space museum and education center in Colorado Springs.


Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame Honorees


  • Norman R. Augustine
  • Col. James Benson Irwin, USAF (Ret.)
  • Merri J. Sanchez, Ph.D.


  • Alan Stern, Ph.D.
  • The Hon. Peter B. Teets
  • Gen. James V. Hartinger, USAF (Ret.) (posthumous award)
  • Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D.


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.