APOLLO CELEBRATION AWARDS
RECOGNIZING EXCEPTIONAL TALENT
The Apollo Celebration Awards were inaugurated and presented at the 2017 Apollo 11 Gala. Apollo Celebration gala guests are the first to hear who has won each year. The 2017 glass awards were produced and sponsored by the Soneva Resorts’ Glass Art Studio.
2017 AWARD WINNERS
BUZZ ALDRIN SPACE INNOVATION AWARD
Jeff Bezos, founder of amazon.com and spaceflight company Blue Origin. His company has been developing reusable rockets and will soon take tourists on sub-orbital flights. Presented by Buzz Aldrin.
BUZZ ALDRIN SPACE PIONEERING AWARD
Mae Jemison, engineer, physician and the first African-American woman to travel to space in 1992. Presented by Buzz Aldrin’s Mission Control Director Christina Korp.
BUZZ ALDRIN SPACE EDUCATION AWARD
Jim Christensen, Director of Education at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Presented by BASF President, Andrew Aldrin.
“This is a wonderful and meaningful honor for me, who as a five year old boy watched the Apollo program that inspired me so much. What’s holding us back from making the next step is that space travel is too expensive because we throw the rockets away—we need to build reusable rockets—it’s what Blue Origin is dedicated to.” —Jeff Bezos