Credit: AAS

Credit: AAS

Very exciting day for me!

Just notified that I have been selected to receive the American Astronautical Society’s “Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History” in the category of journalism.

Myself and three others — QuestThe History of Spaceflight (publishing); David Hardy (artist) and Mark Wade (web) — are the first recipients of this award, established last year after the death of Fred Ordway.

Space historian and futurist, Fred Ordway. Credit: CG Publishing/National Space Society

Space historian and futurist, Fred Ordway.
Credit: CG Publishing/National Space Society

Space scientist and well-known author of visionary books on spaceflight, Ordway was in charge of space systems information at the Marshall Space Flight Center from 1960 to 1963 and before that performed a similar function for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency.

For many years, Ordway was a professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Graduate Studies and Research.
However, his greatest contribution has been to the popularization of space travel through dozens of books that he authored or coauthored.

Ordway was also technical consultant to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey and owned a large collection of original paintings depicting astronautical themes.

The Ordway Award is very special to me on a personal basis.

During my near 30-year stint in Washington, D.C., Fred Ordway was a close friend and mentor over the decades. He was a top-notch historian and a futurist rolled into one.

One Response to “Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History”

  • Michael Ciancone says:

    Congratulations, Leonard! You are a very deserving recipient. I hope you will be able to attend the award presentation in October at the Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium.

    Mike

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