• Crystal Helmet
  • Leonov Medallions
  • ASE Awardees
  • Distinguished Members
  • Best Congress Presentation
Crystal Helmet

At each Congress, the Association of Space Explorers presents its Planetary Award, the Crystal Helmet, to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and understanding of the theme subject of that year's Congress. In 1990, Dutch astronaut and ASE member Wubbo Ockels asked the Royal Leerdam company, makers, designers, sculptors and etchers of Dutch crystal, to create the Planetary Award for ASE based on the original ASE logo design by founding ASE member and artist Alexei Leonov.

The award consists of a solid crystal sphere set in a thin rectangular standing crystal block.  The front of the sphere is etched to depict a space helmet with a translucent visor.  The back of the sphere is etched with blue ocean and seas adjacent to a translucent European continent. As viewed from the front, the visor appears to reflect the lands and seas on the back, which appear in reverse orientation as they would in an astronaut's faceplate.  The sphere also symbolically represents the eyeball of an astronaut looking back at the Earth, which is projected in reverse on the retina.  The reflection of the Earth underscores the role of astronauts serving as a mirrors for humanity.

 

 

Leonov Medallion

The Leonov Medallion is a solid bronze casting designed, carved and poured by cosmonaut Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov, Major General, twice Hero of the Soviet Union, and first human to walk in space. The metal used in the medallion was originally reclaimed from a large memorial plaque to Leonid Brezhnev that at one time decorated the Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Russia.

The Leonov Medallion is awarded on behalf of the Association of Space Explorers to honor notables who have contributed greatly to the Association and its aims; it was first awarded at the VI Congress in 1990. The Medallions are also awarded to Congress hosts and ASE members who have provided exemplary service to the Association.

 

 

 

Congress
Year
Crystal Helmet
Leonov Medallion
I
1985
Jacques Cousteau
Not awarded
II
1986
Oleg Gazenko, Gerard O'Neill
Not awarded
III
1987
Thomas Paine
Not awarded
IV
1988
Boris Raushenbach
Not awarded
V
1989
Yash Pal
Not awarded
VI
1990
H.C. van den Hulst
Wubbo Ockels
VII
1991
Hans Dietrich Genscher
Sigmund Jaehn, Ernst Messerschmid
VIII
1992
Isaac Asimov
John-David Bartoe, Jon McBride
IX
1993
Hermann Bondi
Franz Viehbock
X
1994
Yuri Gagarin (posthumous)
Thor Heyerdahl, Yuri Koptev, John Fabian, Vladimir Kovolyonok
XI
1995
Stanislaw Lem
Lech Walensa, Pope John Paul II, Miroslaw Hermaszewski
XII
1996
Nicolas Mattescu Matte
Steve MacLean
XIII
1997
José María Figueres
Rodrigo Gamez, Guy de Teramond, Franklin Chang-Díaz
XIV
1998
Edith Cresson
Dirk Frimout, Kajsa Dahlstrom
XV
1999
Virgiliu Constantinescu
Emil Constantinescu, Dumitru Prumariu
XVI
2000
The Prince of Asturias
Michael Lopez-Alegria, Pedro Duque
XVII
2001
Nursultan Nazarbayev
Sultan Sultangazin, Toktar Aubakirov
XVIII
2003
Lorna Onizuka
Jiro Kondo, Tadao Ulmesao, Mamoru Mohri
XIX
2005
Apollo-Soyuz Flight Crew
Gennadi Strekalov, Charlie Walker
XX
2007
Kenneth Pounds
Colin McInnes, Alex Blackwood, Jake Garn, Sergei Avdeev
XXI
2008
William E. Boeing, Jr.
Kathy Fletcher, Greg Nickels, Bonnie Dunbar
XXII
2009
Boris Valnicek
Slavek Hrzal, Vladimir Remek
XXIII
2010
Tun Mahatir Mohammad
Mazlan Othman, Chris Hadfield, Sheikh Muszaphar
XXIV
2011
Boris Chertok
Anatoli Grigoriev
XXV
2012
Charles Elachi
George W. Abbey, HRH Sultan bin Salman
XXVI 2013 Heinz Riesenhuber Rupert Gerzer, Reinhold Ewald
XXVII 2014 Wang Yongzhi Yang Liwei
XXVIII 2015 Sven Grahn Christer Fuglesang

ASE Distinguished Members

The ASE Distinguished Member (DM) recognizes ASE members who through their longstanding personal and professional efforts have significantly contributed to the mission, goals and objectives of the Association of Space Explorers. Nominees are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by the international executive committee. Two is the maximum number of awards presented each year. The first DM was awarded at the XXII Planetary Congress in 2009. Distinguished Members are presented with a sterling silver and 14 ct gold ASE lapel pin, custom designed and produced only for the conferees.

Conferees Congress Year
Alexei Leonov, Rusty Schweickart XXII 2009
John Fabian XXIII 2010
Owen Garriott, Georgi Grechko XXV 2012
Charlie Walker XXVI 2013
Sultan bin Salman al-Saud XXVII 2014
Karol Bobko, Victor Savinykh XXVIII 2015

Best Technical Presentation

In 2010, the ASE introduced a new award recognizing the best technical presentation at an ASE Planetary Congress. The ceramic EVA glove presented to awardees is designed and produced by ASE member Yuri Usachev.

Usachev Glove Awardees Congress Year
Soichi Noguchi XXIII 2010
Catherine Coleman XXIV 2011
Randolph Bresnik XXV 2012
Pamela Melroy XXVI 2013
Wang YaPing XXVII 2014
Mark Brown XXVIII 2015