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National Air and Space Museum Trophy

The National Air and Space Museum Trophy was established in 1985. The trophy presented to the winners is a miniature version of "The Web of Space," a sculpture by artist John Safer.

The National Air and Space Museum presents this trophy annually to recognize both past and present achievements involving the management or execution of a scientific or technological project, a distinguished career of service in air and space technology, or a significant contribution in chronicling the history of air and space technology.

The trophy was created for the National Air and Space Museum by John Safer of Washington, D.C., a well-known sculptor and banker. John Safer retired as chief executive officer of D.C. National Bank.


Recipients for Lifetime AchievementsEdit

Recipients for Current AchievementEdit

  • 2013. Mars Science Laboratory Entry, Descent and Landing team, led by Adam Steltzner
  • 2012 The Cassini-Huygens Flight Team
  • 2011 Michael Suffredini and the International Space Station Program Office
  • 2010 Flight crew of US Airways Flight 1549: Chesley B. Sullenberger III, Jeffrey B. Skiles, Sheila Dail, Donna Dent and Doreen Welsh
  • 2009 (no award)**
  • 2008 Stardust Comet Sample Return Mission Team
  • 2007 NASA STS-121 shuttle mission team
  • 2006 Mars Exploration Rover Team
  • 2005 Burt Rutan, Paul Allen, and the SpaceShipOne Team
  • 2004 USAF/Lockheed Martin Milstar Team
  • 2003 (no award)*
  • 2002 Predator Development Team
  • 2001 NEAR Mission Team
  • 2000 The Chandra X-Ray Observatory Team
  • 1999 The Breitling Orbiter 3 Team
  • 1998 The Mars Pathfinder Team
  • 1997 Dr. Shannon W. Lucid
  • 1996 The Boeing 777 Civilian Airliner Development Team
  • 1995 The X-31 International Test Team
  • 1994 Patty Wagstaff
  • 1993 Dr. Compton J. Tucker
  • 1992 The Magellan Project Team
  • 1991 John C. Mather and the Cosmic Background Explorer Team
  • 1990 The Pegasus Launch Vehicle Team
  • 1989 The Voyager Spacecraft Team
  • 1988 Paul MacCready
  • 1987 Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager
  • 1986 John W. Young
  • 1985 Astronauts Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D. and Capt. Bruce McCandless, USN

* In observance of the many centennial of flight celebrations in 2003, the museum did not award Trophies for that year. ** In 2009, there was no award for Current Achievement and two Lifetime Achievement Trophies were awarded.

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