IAF World Space Award

The IAF World Space Award is presented for an outstanding contribution or contributions in space science, space technology, space medicine, space law or space management of exceptional impact to the world’s progress in astronautics.

2023 Call for Nominations - OPEN

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for its 2023 IAF World Space Award, the Federation’s most prestigious award, that recognizes a most eminent person (Category A) and/or team (Category B) who has made an exceptional impact to the progress of the world space activities through their outstanding contribution in space science, space technology, space medicine, space law, or space management.

Award Recipients

Tianwen-1 Spacecraft Development Team

2022 Award Recipient

Read more about the Tianwen-1 Spacecraft Development Team here

Hayabusa2 Team

2021 Award Recipient

Read more about the Hayabusa2 Team here

The Chang’e 4 Mission Leaders

2020 Award Recipients

Weiren WU

Designer-in-Chief, China’s Lunar Exploration Program

China

Dengyun YU

Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Committee, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

China

Zezhou SUN

Designer-in-Chief of probe system, Chang’e-4 Program

China

Apollo 11 Crew

Apollo 11 Crew

2019 Award Recipients

Mr. Charles F. Bolden

Mr. Charles F. Bolden

2017 Award Recipient

Dr. Yuri Koptev

Dr. Yuri Koptev

2016 Award Recipient

Dr. Edward C. Stone

Dr. Edward C. Stone

first recipient of the IAF World Space Award (2013)

2019 IAF World Space Award: Award Ceremony and Highlight Lecture

2017 IAF World Space Award: Award Ceremony and Highlight Lecture

2013 IAF World Space Award: Award Ceremony and Highlight Lecture

For further information about this programme, please contact the IAF Secretariat at: