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Founded  1983
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CEO  Shelli Brunswick (Oct 2016–)
Similar  National Space Society, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Space Frontier Foundation, The Planetary Society, The Aerospace Corporation
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Space Foundation is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that advocates for all sectors of the global space industry through space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events. It was founded in 1983. Its mission is "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity."

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Space foundation overview


Locations

Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Space Foundation's World Headquarters houses Space Foundation team offices, the Ackerman Conference Center and the Space Foundation Discovery Center, which comprises the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere, the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation also has an office in Washington, D.C., and representatives in Texas and Florida.

Education

The Space Foundation delivers PreK-20 student programs in laboratory, classroom and after-school settings. Programs include STEM, social studies, history, the arts and literature and are available to individual classes, school districts, public and private school, colleges and universities offering education curriculum and homeschool organizations.

Programs include:

  • Classes for students of all ages, including Sphere courses featuring Science On a Sphere, AGI Space Missions Simulator courses, Mars Yard Robotics courses and STARS in-class and after-school programs
  • Educator professional development programs, including Space Across the Curriculum courses, pre-service teacher courses and the nationally recognized Teacher Liaison program
  • School, youth group and community programs, including Audience with an Astronaut, career awareness and workforce development programs, tours of space exhibits and the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest
  • Resources, including downloadable lesson plans, Space Across the Curriculum scholarships, a NASA Educator Resources Center, the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, online tools and programs and The Space Report
  • Discovery Center

    The Space Foundation Discovery Center is a space, science and technology attraction housed in the Space Foundation World Headquarters.

    Space Symposium

    The Space Foundation annually hosts the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. at The Broadmoor Hotel. The Space Symposium features presentations and panels that provide insight into space developments and the latest on critical industry issues. The exhibit center showcases cutting-edge space technology and has programs for young space professionals, the cyber community and educators and students. Several awards are presented each year at the Space Symposium recognizing achievements in various space arenas.

    General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

    The General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Space Foundation. It is presented annually at a special luncheon held during the Space Symposium. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to the welfare or betterment of humankind through the exploration, development and use of space, or the use of space technology, information, themes or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity. Nominations are solicited throughout the space industry worldwide, with the Space Foundation's Board of Directors selecting the honoree. Recipients of the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award include:

    Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

    The Space Foundation, in conjunction with the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) annually presents the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award to recognize outstanding contributions to creative and innovative use of technology in education by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel. Winners of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award include:

    Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award

    The Space Foundation annually presents the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award in memory of the late Douglas S. Morrow, renowned Academy Award winning writer and producer, space advocate and former Space Foundation Board Member, to an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to the public awareness and understanding of space programs. Winners of the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award include:

    Space Achievement Award

    The Space Foundation's Space Achievement Award recognizes individuals or organizations for space achievement, breakthrough space technology or program or product success representing critical milestones in the evolution of space exploration and development. Winners of the Space Achievement Award include:

    John L. Jack, Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration

    The John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration recognizes extraordinary accomplishment by a company, space agency or corsortium of organizations in the realm of space exploration and disccovery. The award honors the memory of astronaut John L. 'Jack' Swigert, Jr., one of the inspirations for creating the Space Foundation. Winners of the John L. Jack Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration include:

    Space Technology Hall of Fame

    The Space Technology Hall of Fame was created in 1988 by the Space Foundation with cooperation from NASA and is administered by the Space Foundation. The foundation annually honors groups and individuals that, according to the organization, "transform technology originally developed for space exploration into products that help improve the quality of life here on Earth".

    Since 1988, it has been inducting dozens of technologies and honoring hundreds of organizations and individuals that transform technology originally developed for space exploration into products that help improve the quality of life on Earth. Induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame affords space technology innovators deserved recognition. It also serves to increase public awareness of the benefits of space technology and encourage further innovation.

    Space Certification

    The Space Foundation builds awareness of the benefits of space through the Space Certification program, which demonstrates how space technologies improve life on Earth and makes space more interesting and accessible to everyone. Products and services that display the Space Certification seal are guaranteed to have stemmed from or been dramatically improved by technologies originally developed for space exploration or to have significant impact in teaching people about the value of space utilization. Using the official Space Certification seal provides a marketing edge for partners, demonstrates how space technologies improve life on Earth and makes space more accessible to everyone.

    Categories:

  • Certified Technology Products or related services directly result from space technology or space program development. Examples include Eagle Eyes Eyewear, Outlast Phase Change Materials and GPS.
  • Certified Educational Products are used in educational environments to stimulate interest in and knowledge about space. Education is critical to the mission of the Space Foundation and supporting these products further inspires new generations. Examples include the SPACE.COM website and Rocky Mountain PBS.
  • Certified imagination products increase interest in and excitement about space. Examples include The Space Store, NORAD Tracks Santa and the Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado.

    References

    Space Foundation Wikipedia


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