National Air and Space Museum 2015 Annual Report

Awards

Awards and Honors Received by Museum Staff

2015 Current Achievement Trophy Award Winner, NASA's Kepler Mission Team
Gen. J.R. "Jack" Dailey, director of the Museum, presents the 2015 Current Achievement Trophy Award to NASA's Kepler Mission Team.
  • The National Air and Space Museum won a 2015 American Alliance of Museum’s MUSE Award in the category of Online Presence for the temporary exhibition, Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity.
  • CEPS geologists John Grant and Sharon Wilson Purdy received a NASA Group Achievement Award for the Mars Science Laboratory Prime Mission Science and Operations Team.
  • John Grant also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the College of Earth and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.
  • Chief of Museum Learning Tim Grove's book, First Flight Around the World, received a gold medal rating by the Parents' Choice organization. The book was also one of five finalists in the Young Adult Library Services Association Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.
  • CEPS Geophysicist and Department Chair Bruce Campbell is one of a team of scientists who received a NASA Group Achievement Award for "Excellence in developing and executing the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Comet Siding Spring Observing Campaign."
  • CEPS senior scientist Tom Watters and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science team received a NASA Group Achievement Award for the LRO achievements during the Extended Science Mission.
  • The "Tools" exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum received the Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibitions at the recent Society for the History of Technology conference. Paul Ceruzzi, Roger Connor, David DeVorkin, Hunter Hollins, Andrew Johnston, Cathy Lewis, Valerie Neal, Allan Needell, and Alex Spencer were consultants and contributed content for the exhibition.

Awards Given by the National Air and Space Museum
The 2015 National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Stamatios “Tom” M. Krimigis, who is recognized as an innovative leader in space-program development and has made fundamental contributions to space science and exploration.

In the category of Current Achievement, the Trophy was awarded to NASA's Kepler Mission Team. The Kepler spacecraft has revolutionized humanity’s view of Earth’s place in the universe by discovering that planets are common throughout the Milky Way galaxy.

Established in 1985, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology and their history.

The National Air and Space Museum Trophy presentation event was made possible through the support of The Hillside Foundation, BAE Systems Inc., RTI International Metals Inc., Atlas Air Worldwide, The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, L-3 and Pratt & Whitney.