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Space Foundation Seeks Nominations for Space Technology Hall of Fame.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ --

The Space Foundation has announced that they are accepting nominations for the 2002 Space Technology Hall of Fame. Since 1988, the Hall of Fame program has recognized and encouraged innovators, as well as increased public awareness on the many benefits of space. Nominations are being sought for technologies that were originally developed for the space program and are now used commercially. The submission deadline is November 16, 2001.

Information submitted for each nomination is reviewed for completeness, then screened and assessed by technical experts. Hall of Fame judges rank candidate technologies according to the following selection criteria: economic benefit, public/private/partnership investment, public awareness factor, societal benefit factor, application diversity, and longevity. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, visit the Space Foundation's web site at www.spacefoundation.org, or call 800-691-4000.

Inducted technologies are honored annually at a special reception and dinner during the National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation's premier U.S. space policy forum.

The 18th National Space Symposium is scheduled for April 8-11, 2002 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Inducted Space technologies during 2001 include Data Matrix Symbology, a two-dimensional symbol marking system developed for the Space Shuttle program by NASA and the Symbology Research Center, capable of storing as much as 100 times more information than a one-dimensional linear barcode. QWIP, developed by Lucent Bell Labs, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Omnicorder Technologies and QWIP Technologies, is the first operational long-wavelength infrared portable camera. This technology, which has flown in space, enables NASA to enhance earth observation capability. VISAR, which dramatically improves images such as crime scene videos, was developed by the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Intergraph, Barco and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The Space Foundation is one of the world's leading space organizations, supporting industry leaders, space professionals, and educators in their efforts to promote all facets of space. In addition to the National Space Symposium, the Foundation also hosts the International Space Symposium, "Where Space Means Business(TM)." This year's International Space Symposium will be held at the Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, DC on October 29 - 31, 2001.

For more information about the Foundation and its activities visit www.spacefoundation.org or call toll-free 1-800-691-4000.

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