HONORING SPACE ACHIEVEMENTThe Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation was founded by the Space Center Rotary Club of Houston, Texas in 1985 to organize and coordinate an annual event to recognize outstanding achievements in space and create greater public awareness of the benefits of space exploration. Each year since 1987, the Foundation has presented the National Space Trophy to an outstanding American who has made major contributions to our nation's space program at a gala event on the last Friday of April in Houston, Texas.
Kay Bailey Hutchison received the National Space Trophy (NST) on April 26, 2013 at the Houston Hyatt Regency.
THE NATIONAL SPACE TROPHYThe National Space Trophy is presented annually to an outstanding American who has made major contributions to our nation's space program. Nominations are voted upon by the RNASA Foundation's Board of Advisors that includes a who's who list of individuals intimately involved with the space program, including NASA center directors; presidents of aerospace corporations; military, news media, academic, and political leaders; and previous Trophy winners. In addition to the National Space Trophy, the recipient is honored with a professional portrait (displayed afterwards at Space Center Houston) and an Omega watch at a black-tie gala held annually in Houston on the last Friday of April.
Communicator and Stellar AwardsIn addition to the National Space Trophy, nominations for a Space Communicator Award and for Stellar Awards are also solicited each year. The Space Communicator Award is presented when accomplishments warrant to a professional communicator who has made an important contribution to the public's understanding of and appreciation for the accomplishments of the American space program. Stellar Awards are given annually in four categories to recognize the "unsung heroes" of the same program as teams and as individuals at all stages of their careers. The winners are selected based on which accomplishments hold the greatest promise for furthering future activities in space.
SPONSORSRNASA is supported by sales of banquet Tables and congratulatory advertisements in the souvenir Program Book. Proceeds remaining after each year's event are donated to an organization involved in aerospace education. RNASA is grateful for the participation of NASA, the Department of Defense, academic organizations, and the generous support it has received from corporate Sponsors. This support assures the continued recognition of outstanding achievements by United States' citizens in the area of space exploration.