The 2010 Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy was awarded this year to the flight crew of US Airways Flight 1549 and to Christopher C. Kraft Jr., NASA’s first flight director for human spaceflight. The US Airways crew received the Trophy for Current Achievement and Kraft received it for Lifetime Achievement. They were presented with their awards on April 28, 2010.
Established in 1985, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields and history of aerospace science and technology. This year, for the first time, the museum hosted an online conference with the 2010 Trophy winners, which allowed the general public, teachers and students to interact with the award recipients and Smithsonian experts. Participants were able to submit questions in advance via e-mail or in real time during the program. The conference recordings are available online for anytime viewing.