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Deadline 2 December 2024


Awarded since 2011, the Sacknoff Prize is designed to encourage original research by university students in the field of space history.
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit their original manuscript for consideration!

The Winner Receives

– A $750 cash prize
– Publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly
– A free one-year subscription to Quest: The History of Spaceflight
– An invitation to present at the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) by its Aerospace Special Interest Group (Albatross)

Submission Information


Submissions must be postmarked by 2 December 2024.


Students must be enrolled at an educational institution (undergraduate or graduate) at the time of submittal and working toward a degree. Papers already published or scheduled for publication in another journal will NOT be accepted.

Submission Instructions

The manuscript (in Word or PDF format) and a cover letter should be sent to: scott [at] spacehistory101.com
The cover letter should contain the student’s mailing address, email address, school, program, advisor, and stage in studies.

Criteria for Submission

Original manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (including notes) and must be typed and in English.
Submissions should emphasize in-depth research, with adequate citations of the sources utilized.
Originality of ideas is important. Diagrams, graphs, images, or photographs may be included and should include appropriate captions and credits.
Although works must be historical in character, they can draw on other disciplines–such as cultural studies, literature, communications, economics, engineering, and science.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:

– Historical aspects of space companies and their leaders,
– Regulation of the space business,
– Financial and economic aspects of the space industry,
– The social effects of spaceflight,
– Space technology development,
– The space environment, and
– Space system design, engineering, and safety.

Prize Committee

Includes the editor of Quest and members of the Society for the History of Technology Aerospace Committee (SHOT/Albatross)


The winner will receive: a $750 cash prize; publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly; a one-year subscription to Quest; and an invitation to present at the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) by its Aerospace Special Interest Group (Albatross). 
Honorable Mention prizes of $350 and publication in Quest may be awarded. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but the prize must be shared among co-authors

Yes. Previous winners and honorable mentions have called Australia, Canada, and Japan home.

Yes; students may enter past course work provided it has not been published elsewhere. You are also welcome (and encouraged) to review and update the work, incorporating any feedback, before submitting it for consideration.

Previous Winners

2023: Luca Thanei, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, “The Solar Power Satellite and NASA’s Changing Perception of Near-Earth Space, 1976-1982.”

2023 Honorable Mention:

– Peyton Edelbrock, Purdue University, “Cooling the Cold War: Eugene Cernan’s Cosmonaut Friendships That Broke Barriers.”

2022: Tudor Mihaescu, University of Bucharest, Romania, “The Culture of Cosmonautics in a Communist Society: Visual Depictions of American Astronauts and Apollo Flights in Romanian Philately.”

2021: Samuel Goldberg, University of King’s College, Nova Scotia, Canada, “Falling with Style: Zero-Gravity in Early Spaceflight Thought.” 

2021 Honorable Mention:

– Caitlin Fendley, Purdue University, “First Contact: Apollo 11 Astronauts as Field Workers and Test Subjects.”

2020: Shannon Brown, Queens University, Canada, “Enacting NASA North: The Uses of Science Policy and the Creation of the Canadian Space Agency”

2020 Honorable Mentions:

– Subodhana Wijeyeratne, Harvard University, “A Quest for Equality: Technology and Global Links in Japan’s Space Program, 1960s-2003”

– William Gurstelle, University of Minnesota, “Bea’s Diner: Beatrice Finkelstein and the Early US Manned Space Program”

2017: Haris Durrani, Columbia Law School, “Our Window on the World: Life in the Orbital Heterotopia of the International Space Station”

2016: Tracee Haupt, University of Maryland, “The NASA Art Program: Technology, Art, and Conflicting Visions of Progress, 1962-1973”

2015: Kerrie Dougherty, University of New South Wales, Australia, “Spaceport Woomera: The Anglo-Australian Vision of Woomera Rocket Range as Spaceport”

2014: Eric Fenrich, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Detente and Dissent: Apollo-Soyuz, Ruth Bates Harris, and NASA’s Rhetoric of Cooperation”

2013: Jordan Bimm, York University, “Rethinking the Overview Effect”

2012: Amy Paige Kaminski, “Explorers We? The Making, Unmaking, and Public Involvement Legacy of NASA’s Space Flight Participant Program

2011: Megan Ansdell, George Washington University, Space Policy Institute, “Language Protocols in International Human Spaceflight”– A historical survey of language protocols and issues on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Shuttle-Mir, and International Space Station

About Scott Sacknoff

Scott Sacknoff has been involved in the space community for the past two decades as an engineer, analyst, financier, and entrepreneur specializing in the commercialization and business of space. Mr. Sacknoff is best known as the author of the State of the Space Industry market analyses produced from 1996 through 2005, the North American Space Directory (produced from 1993 to 2006), and from his efforts leading the International Space Business Council. He won a Ben Franklin award for his book Space Careers (co-authored with Leonard David) and was nominated for an AAS Emme award as editor of In Their Own Words, a collection of interviews with astronauts and other key space figures. Currently, Mr. Sacknoff manages the SPADE Defense Index (www.spadeindex.com), an investment benchmark for the defense, homeland security, and government space sectors, volunteers as publisher of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly, and in 2019 helped launched The Space 3.0 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable grant-making foundation.

About Quest: The History of Spaceflight

Published quarterly since 1992, Quest exists to capture the stories and behind-the scenes insight of the people, projects, politics, and programs that made the journey into space possible — whether civil, military, commercial, or international. More information on Quest can be found here

Rights and Legal

By submitting an article, the author assigns rights of the material provided to the publisher of Quest, including but not limited to, its use in an upcoming issue of Quest and the right to reprint in future publications both print and/or electronic.

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