Friday, August 8, 2014 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
The Space Camp® Hall of Fame was established to honor the outstanding members of the Space Camp family, including graduates and former employees who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers and friends of the Center who have made considerable contributions of personal time, effort or resources to further the goals of the Space Camp programs. Since 1982, Space Camp has graduated more than 600,000 trainees and Hall of Fame members demonstrate exceptional character and exemplary personal and professional achievements. Members of the Space Camp Hall of Fame exhibit leadership among the globe-spanning Space Camp alumni community, providing guidance and encouragement for alumni to continue to support the Space Camp program and its mission.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center hosts the annual Space Camp Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony to celebrate and honor new nominees each year. The 2014 celebration is from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014. Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance.
This year’s inductees are:
- Kaya Tuncer (1937-2012)
Kaya Tuncer is the founder of Space Camp Turkey which opened in June 2000. Turkish-American entrepreneur and mega-builder, Tuncer is also the founder and chairman of ESBAS, the company responsible for developing and operating the Aegean Free Zone, Turkey's leading industrial park. Located in Izmir on 550 acres, the Aegean Free Zone started operating in 1990 and currently employs more than 20,000 people. Tuncer also founded the Global Friendship through Space Education Foundation, which has awarded more than 6,138 Space Camp Turkey program scholarships since 2002 to students from 30 different countries.
- Samantha Cristoforetti
Captain in the Italian Air Force and currently an astronaut with the European Space Agency, Samantha Cristoforetti is a 1995 alumna of Space Camp in Huntsville. Samantha is currently completing her training on International Space Station (ISS) systems, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, robotics and spacewalks. She is assigned to the ISS Expedition 42/43 crew currently scheduled to launch in December, 2014, to the ISS for a six-month mission. Samantha has logged more than 500 hours flying six types of military aircraft: SF-260, T-37, T-38, MB-339A, MB-339CD and AM-X.
- Michelle Ham
Former NASA Johnson Space Center employee, Michelle Lucas Ham, is a 1991 and 1994 alumna of Space Camp in Huntsville. While at NASA, Michelle was assigned primarily to the International Space Station program as a flight control Operations Planner and Astronaut Instructor. Michelle is the Founder/President of Higher Orbits, an organization focused on inspiring students through space curriculum in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects.
- Astronaut Charlie Precourt, Vice President and General Manager, Space Launch Systems at ATK
- Invited Patrick Scheuermann, Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
- Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas
- Astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson
- Astronaut Ken Ham
- Five Tuskegee Airmen
Join us after the event for an exclusive screening of I Want to be an Astronaut documentary at 9 p.m., followed by a panel discussion.
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