FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Crew Honored at 22nd International Space Development
SAN JOSE, California (May 30, 2003) -- In
tribute for their achievements and sacrifice in building a road map
to the stars for all of mankind, the crew of the space shuttle
Columbia were honored as recipients of the National Space Society's
Space Pioneer Award at the 22nd annual International Space
Development Conference, held at the Hyatt San Jose over the
Memorial Day weekend.
Accepting the six-inch diameter pewter globe of the Moon on behalf
of the crew from NSS president Kirby Ikin was Barry McCool, father
of Columbia shuttle pilot William "Willy" McCool. A former Navy
commander and instructor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas,
Mr. McCool, along with his wife Audrey are also long-time members
of the National Space Society.
While thousands of Americans fought traffic lines, airline ticket
counters and barbeque grills signaling the start of summer
vacation, the Silicon Valley in sunny Northern California was the
gathering place for a group of uniquely visionary people with
creative ideas for solving some of mankind's most pressing problems
-- a group that sees the surprising answers not here on Earth, but
The 22nd annual ISDC played host to some of the world's leading
scientists, entrepreneurs, teachers, astronauts and experts on
space development. Visiting conference experts and attendees
showcased innovative "space-based" solutions to pressing energy,
environmental, economic, transportation and technology concerns
facing humanity everywhere. The annual gathering of space advocates
was open to the public and sponsored by the National Space Society.
This year's conference highlights, among others,
- Dr. Pascal Lee (NASA) discussed the NASA Haughton
- Dr. Jill Tarter (SETI Institute) providing an
update on the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
- Dr. David Criswell (Texas Space Grant Consortium)
explored the potential of Lunar Solar Power to meet terrestrial
- Dr. Peter Diamandis (X Prize Foundation) briefed
ISDC attendees on contenders for the "X Prize" contest for
launching private citizens into space.
- Dr. Robert Zubrin (Mars Society) summarized
learning experiences on how to explore Mars on Earth in Arctic and
- Loretta Hidalgo (Yuri's Night, Space Generation)
encouraged audience members on new ways of getting people
interested in space
- Marianne Dyson (former Mission Control shuttle
flight controller, children's book author and current NSS Director)
discussed "Why Space Exploration is Important for Our Kids" and
February's Columbia space shuttle tragedy, as well as held a book
signing for her latest release, "Home on the Moon," published by
the National Geographic Society.
- Larry Evans (Space Camp California) will unveil
plans to revive the dormant U.S. Space Camp California, now being
relocated from San Jose to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, and slated
to reopen later this year.
In addition to the Space Pioneer Award
presented at the annual NSS Awards Banquet, the Orange County Space
Society, led by chapter president Larry Evans, received the NSS
"Chapter of the Year" award from NSS Vice President Jim Plaxco for
their outstanding public outreach and educational efforts with the
Marianne Dyson accepted the "Explorer" and "Service to the Society"
awards on behalf of the Clear Lake Area Chapter of NSS. The DC-L5
Chapter received the "Publicity & Media" award for their
nine-part cable access program, while the NSS Chapter of North
Texas snared the "Education" award. Norman Wille accepted a
"Service to the Society" award on behalf of the NYC Chapter of NSS,
while Randall Severy accepted an award for the Lunar Reclamation
Society of Milwaukee, WI.
The National Space Society (NSS) is the world’s largest and
oldest pro-space grassroots advocacy organization. With more than
20,000 members and dozens of chapters around the globe, NSS is
committed to bringing about a truly spacefaring civilization.
Founded in the 1970s by a group of visionaries who felt that space
policy was too important to be left to the normal political
process, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent grassroots
voice on space issues. NSS advocates an ambitious agenda promoting
the exploration, development, and eventual settlement of
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