This week, the Space Transportation Association (STA) honored Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Rich Coleman, President of STA, presented the award. Additional keynote speakers included Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (TX-21) and Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chairman Steve Palazzo (R-MS).
"I'm pleased to be here today to honor Chairman Hall with the Space Transportation Association Lifetime Achievement Award," said Chairman Smith. "Much of what we hope to accomplish this Congress will be based on the hard work and principles that Ralph Hall has embodied over many years. It has been a privilege to serve with Ralph in the Texas Delegation and on the Science Committee since I was first elected...We thank him for his service to the Science, Space, and Technology Committee and to our country."
"While I accept this 'Lifetime Achievement Award' with great appreciation, I believe there is still much work to be done to ensure that the future of America's space program flourishes," said Hall. "A robust space program is critical to America's international leadership. Not only do we gain valuable knowledge and understanding about the world we live in, but the technological advances resulting from space research and development have contributed to America's innovation and competitiveness. As Chairman Emeritus of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I will continue my efforts to ensure our Nation's space program remains strong."