National Space Club of Florida Annual Debus Dinner

April 22, 2017

The Debus Award was created by the National Space Club Florida Committee (NSCFL) to recognize significant achievements and contributions made in Florida to American aerospace efforts. It is named for the Kennedy Space Center’s first Director, Dr Kurt H. Debus.

The award was conceived and first bestowed in 1990 as an adjunct to the Robert J. Goddard award given each year by the National Space Club and Foundation in Washington, D.C. to an individual who stood out in the aerospace field on a national level. The Debus Award focuses on efforts in Florida and honors individuals associated with launch vehicles, spacecraft operations, ground support services, range activities, space education or spaceport research and development.

Each honoree is presented with a small copy of the Debus Award Trophy, a stainless steel kinetic sculpture dubbed “Ribbon of Space” by its contemporary artist creator Elijah David Herschler. His work can be seen at the Kennedy Space Center, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Mercedes Benz World Headquarters in Stuttgart and New York, and numerous private collections in the United States and Europe. Some of his pieces also can be seen in the background of Mr. Spock’s home on Vulcan in the 1984 movie “Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock.”


Kennedy Space Center, FL