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DR. ROBERT ZUBRIN TO RECEIVE NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY'S ROBERT A. HEINLEIN MEMORIAL AWARD AT INTERNATIONAL SPACE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE, MAY 26, 2002

(Washington, D.C.) - The National Space Society is proud to announce that Robert Zubrin, NSS Director and President of the Mars Society, is the recipient of the 2002 Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award, presented every two years, will be given to Dr. Zubrin at the Society's 21th Annual International Space Development Conference, to be held this year in Denver, Colorado, May 23-27.  The recipient is selected by a vote of NSS members and NSS chapters and the award is given for "Lifetime achievement in promoting the goal of a free spacefaring civilization".  Past winners of the award have included Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Dr. Wernher von Braun, Gene Roddenberry, Dr. Robert H. Goddard, and Buzz Aldrin.

Robert Zubrin holds Masters degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering.  He is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 100 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, as well the books "The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must" (Simon and Schuster, 1996), "Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization" (Tarcher-Putnam, 1999) and "First Landing" (Ace Putnam, 2001).  He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.  Most recently, he founded the Mars Society; an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means.  Prior to his work in astronautics, Dr. Zubrin was employed in areas of thermonuclear fusion research, nuclear engineering, radiation protection, and as a high school science teacher.

The National Space Society, founded in 1974, is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC.  Its 23,000 members around the world actively promote a spacefaring civilization.  To learn more about NSS and its activities visit www.nss.org or call (202) 543-1900.

 


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