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Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner

The National Space Club sponsors the Goddard Memorial Dinner. The National Space Club, founded in 1957, is a non-profit organization composed of representatives of industry, government, educational institutions, and private individuals, which collectively seek to promote United States leadership in the fields of rocketry, astronautics, and related technologies. The objectives of the Club include the promotion of youth in these fields, and the exchange of current information on astronautics.

Awards are presented at the Dinner to a number of outstanding individuals for accomplishments in spaceflight, engineering, science, management and education. The premier award, the Goddard Trophy, is presented to the individual, group or program deemed to have made the most significant contribution to space activity in the previous year.

The Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner is the major event of the Washington space calendar, first celebrated in 1958. Held each year in late March or early April, near the anniversary of the first successful flight by Dr. Goddard of a liquid-fueled rocket, it brings together nearly 2,000 members of the government, industry and educational space community.

57th Annual Goddard Memorial Dinner Awardees

The following awards were presented during the 57th Annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, March 7, 2014

The Kepler Team received the Club’s preeminent award, the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy. Kepler has revolutionized exoplanet science and stellar astrophysics by expanding the galactic census of exoplanet candidates and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in the galaxy. This honor is afforded Kepler in recognition of their significant contribution to U.S. leadership in the field of rocketry and astronautics.

Emily Briere, Student, Duke University, is the winner of a national search and competition and will be the recipient of the Goddard Memorial Dinner Keynote Scholarship and will serve as the keynote speaker at the Goddard Memorial Dinner.

Dr. Craig Ferguson, Research Associate, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, SUNY Albany, received the NOAA - David Johnson Award for addressingone of the most important and vexing scientific issues facing operational weather and climate models, namely determining whether the models correctly represent land-atmospheric coupling states.

Brian Grigsby, Science Teacher, Shasta High School, Redding, California, was the recipient of the Space Educator Award for his work in inspiring, educating and developing the next generation of students in space science.

William Harwood, Space Reporter, CBS News and the late Walter Cronkite, former Anchorman, CBS Evening News, was recognized with the Press Award for their dedication and enthusiasm for space news.

David Korth and the Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Console Team, NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, received the Eagle Manned Mission Award for their ability to recognize hazards, analyze a situation, and recommend appropriate actions while under the immense pressure of a human spaceflight emergency.

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Little, Director of Operations, 45th Launch Support Squadron, 45th Launch Group, Air Force Space Command, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, received the General Bernard Schriever Award for successfully leading his squadron as they integrated and launched six Department of Defense satellites, provided Air Force support to three successful Falcon 9 launches and piloted the groundbreaking Global Positioning System III pathfinder satellite.

Michael Lotto, Student, University of Colorado, Boulder, received the Goddard Memorial Scholarship in support ofhis continued study in Bioastronautics aimed at the development of future Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) suits and hardware to support future human work in space and exploration of the planets.

Moira Miller, Student, Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Virginia, was the recipient of the Olin E. Teague Memorial Scholarship, for her accomplishment as an intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she prepared a presentation for the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference 2014.

Dr. Adam Steltzner, Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, received the Astronautics Engineer Award for his outstanding leadership in the design and development of the Mars Science Lab’s Entry, Descent and Landing system that successfully landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars on August 5, 2012.

The X-51A WaveRider Team received the Nelson P. Jackson Aerospace Award, recognizing the barrier-breaking unmanned X-51A WaveRider autonomous flight demonstrator that is leading the way to hypersonic flight.

Dr. Darrell Zimbelman, Director, Electro-Optical System Program Office, Department of Defense/Air Force Civilian, received the Dr. Joseph V. Charyk Award for distinguishing himself as the Program Manager responsible for delivering two multibillion-dollar major system acquisitions and lead his team to overcome nearly insurmountable challenges in the reactivation of the Director of National Intelligence’s top priority intelligence program after a two-year hiatus.

Below are photos from the 2014 Goddard Memorial Dinner:

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Individuals and organizations interested in attending the 58th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Washington Hilton, may find more information on our website For specific questions please contact NSC at or by calling 202-547-0060.

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