Tom Duxbury accepting the 2007 Stellar Award from astronaut James Reilly, II.
2007 Stellar Award Winner
Each year the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation
solicits nominations from NASA, the
military and industry leaders in human and unmanned spaceflight programs
for individual and team achievements to be recognized with Stellar
Awards. Nominees are evaluated based on which accomplishments hold the
greatest promise for furthering future activities in space, and the
winners in each of four categories are announced at the banquet.
The 2007 Stellar Evaluators were former National Space Trophy winners
Dr. Aaron Cohen, Dr. Chris Kraft, Jr., and Dr. Glynn Lunney.
The 2007 Stellar Awards were presented by Astronauts James Reilly, II and Joan Higginbotham.
Six Stellar Awards were
presented in the Team category in 2007.
Stardust Flight and Recovery Team of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory -
Exceptional achievement during its historic seven-year planetary space
flight to bring to Earth samples of primordial material from a cometary
nucleus, unchanged since the birth of our solar system 4.6 billion years
ago, enabling study of the origin and evolution of our solar system and
life on Earth. The award was accepted by Thomas C. Duxbury on behalf of
Closeup of the 2007 Stellar Award