Alamogordo Daily News - The International Space Hall of Fame and the New Mexico Museum of Space History officials said Friday that members of the original Delta Clipper Experimental team will be enshrined at the space hall Aug. 17. The DC-X team will be the first group ever inducted into the ISHF. Every member of the DC-X team, hall officials said, displayed qualities required to be an inductee: imagination, achievement, the dedication to further advance man's knowledge of the universe, and his ability to explore and develop space for the benefit of all mankind.
Many obstacles confronted the DC-X team as they worked toward making the dream of aircraft-like safety for affordable space travel a reality. From underfunding to a seemingly impossible turn-around time, the team, inspired by famed astronaut and space visionary Pete Conrad, faced each obstacle with renewed determination.
The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the DC-X First Flight Plus 20 anniversary and Spaceplane Conference on August 16-18 at Spaceport America and NMMSH. The induction ceremony will take place at the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo's Tays Special Events Center. The team will join a prestigious group of 154 other inductees that include the likes of Neil Armstrong, Gene Kranz, Edwin Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Nicolaus Copernicus, Valentina Tereshkova, Wernher von Braun, and many other space pioneers and visionaries. Read more