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Space Operations & Support Award

Established in 1991, the Space Operations & Support Award is presented for outstanding efforts in overcoming space operations problems and assuring success, and recognizes those teams or individuals whose exceptional contributions were critical to an anomaly recovery, crew rescue, or space failure. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) generally at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE). Nomination Deadline: 1 February
  • Full Name: Robert L Nelson
  • AIAA Citation: For exemplary performance in recovering the NEAR spacecraft, conducting an unplanned Eros flyby, and successfully placing the spacecraft back on course for rendezvous with Eros