National Space Trophy
Each year the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation presents its most prestigious award, the National Space Trophy (NST), to an outstanding American who has made major contributions to our nation's space program.
About the TrophyJust as the crystal of the National Space Trophy captures the light within, so do the actions of humans exploring space capture and inspire others to strive for great achievements. Made entirely of lead crystal, the seven-foot, 500-pound, conical column rises like a graceful rocket above a base that is reminiscent of exhaust clouds or the frozen moons of some distant world. A thin white line spirals around the column, etching our pathway to the stars, drawing our attention to the bubble of air in the tip of the cone - a bubble as fragile and beautiful as human life, shining with the bright light of hope and dreams for the future.
The National Space Trophy is a seven-foot, 500-pound lead crystal sculpture designed by Steuben Glass of New York. It is on permanent display at Space Center Houston along with the original portrait of the most recent trophy recipient. The original trophy cost $35,000. It was first presented in 1987.
The RNASA Foundation solicits nominations from civilian and military aerospace professionals and members of the public with knowledge of and interest in the American space program. The nominee must meet three criteria:
- Be a citizen of the United States of America,
- Have made significant contributions to the U.S. Space Program (civilian or military), and
- The nominee's contributions must be in the fields of engineering, science, program or project management, piloting, management, administration, or a field directly benefiting U.S. space efforts, manned or unmanned.
All nominations are reviewed and the winner selected by a vote of the Board of Advisors of the RNASA Foundation. The Board of Advisors consists of over sixty prominent members of the aerospace industry and U.S. government agencies.
Nominations are solicited in the fall of each year with the winner announced by the end of January the following year. The banquet is held in Houston, Texas on the last Friday of April. During the time of nominations period (generally October-November), a NST Nomination Form will be posted on this page and must be filled out by the deadline to be considered by the Board of Advisors. Direct any questions to RNASA Chairman Rodolfo González.
Nominations for Other Awards
National Space Trophy Winners
2016 Dr. Charles Elachi
2001 Tommy Holloway