The Innovators Week & Gala celebrates and awards the new class of Astronaut Scholars, the Innovators of Tomorrow. Additionally, the Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence is presented to an Astronaut Scholar Alumni who exemplifies personal character, professional achievement and impact in their field. These criteria embody Neil Armstrong’s core values and those of his colleagues, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and International Space Station astronauts.
Christina Koch, Astronaut Scholar Alum and 2020 Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence Recipient virtually accepts this honor.
COVID Procedures for Innovators Week & Gala (as of August 4, 2021)
* We understand the guidelines are continually being updated, the
current CDC guidelines will be enforced during Innovators Week &
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation will be following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local health and safety organizations, to ensure the utmost safety for all of our guests. ASF staff will continue to wear face masks out of an abundance of caution.
ASF will be taking the following precautions for events during Innovators Week & Gala:
• Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference: Seating will be set theatre style and socially distant. Masks are strongly recommended for all guests regardless of vaccination.
• Innovators Pre-Gala Reception: High top tables will be set socially distant. Masks are strongly recommended for all guests regardless of vaccination, while not seated, eating or drinking.
• Innovators Gala: Gala tables will hold a max of 6 guests, and tables will be socially
distant at 8' between tables. Guest count for table can be increased if requested, or
if an Astronaut Scholar Family & Friends table is purchased. Masks are strongly
recommended for all guests regardless of vaccination, while not seated, eating or
The Hilton Orlando staff will continue to wear face masks out of an abundance of caution. Hilton has partnered with Reckitt, the makers of Lysol®, to help deliver an even cleaner stay for their guests with the creation of the Hilton CleanStay program. For more details about the Hilton CleanStay program, please visit the Hilton website (link).
Health Acknowledgement (as of August 4, 2021)
Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Florida. Visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/ for information. By entering the event you are confirming that you and all persons in your party: are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.gov, including: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea; have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine; are not under any self-quarantine orders. Guests who cannot confirm all of the above criteria may not attend.
By attending Innovators Gala Weekend you acknowledge that you understand and will abide by the above health-and-safety requirements.
For More Information
Please contact the ASF Events Team with any questions regarding the health and safety procedures for Innovators Week & Gala by email at email@example.com.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
August 13, 2021
2-5:30 PM: Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference
August 14, 2021
9 AM-1 PM: Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference
6 PM: Innovators Gala
Attire: Black Tie Optional (suits, long or short evening dresses)
Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819
6001 Destination Parkway
Orlando, FL, 32819