Former astronaut Bill Anders, founder of the Heritage Museum of Flight in Burlington, was recently honored with the National Air and Space Museum’s Michael Collins Trophy for Lifetime Achievement. The museum reports that the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum awards its Michael Collins Trophy annually “for lifetime and current achievements in aerospace science and technology.”
2023 recipients are Bill Anders for Lifetime Achievement and the James Webb Space Telescope Team for Current Achievement. They will receive their awards at a ceremony March 23 at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.
Since 1985 the award has recognized outstanding achievement in the fields of aerospace science and technology and their history. Trophy winners receive a miniature version of “The Web of Space,” a sculpture by artist John Safer. The award (previously known as the National Air and Space Museum Trophy) was renamed in 2020 to recognize Collins’ contributions to aerospace and his service to the museum as director from 1971-1978, a critical time in its evolution.
“The 2023 Collins Trophy recipients have helped humans understand their place on this Earth,” said Chris Browne, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the museum. “Bill Anders not only dedicated his life to aerospace but also took the iconic Earthrise photograph that changed our understanding of this planet forever. The James
Webb Telescope has likewise given us new perspectives on the universe. We’re so pleased to present this prestigious award to two most deserving recipients.”
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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