Following the results of the 3rd meeting of the Supreme Space Council (SSC) held on 4 Scorpius, 0003 (September 13, 2019), Igor Ashurbeyli issued a Decree granting Dr Mark Belakovsky (Russia), Dr Michael Gillon (Belgium), and Dr Robert Thirsk (Canada) Asgardia’s National Award, the Gold Medal 'For achievements in space exploration'
The award ceremony will take place at the Asgardia Science and Investment Congress in Darmstadt, Germany.
Prior to this announcement, On Scorpius 1, 003 (Sep. 10, 2019), the SSC held a conference-call meeting attended by Asgardia’s Head of Nation and SSC Chairman Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, Head of the Asgardian Government Ana Mercedes Diaz, Chairman of Parliament and SSC Member Lembit Öpik, Supreme Justice and SSC Member Yun Zhao, Science Minister Floris Wuyts, Minister of Information and Communication Lena De Winne, and the Executive Secretary at the meeting Dmitry Gulko.
Science Minister Floris Wuyts proposed candidates for receiving Asgardia’s National Award for SSC to consider, and Lena De Winne endorsed them, speaking of their work. Upon discussion and anonymous vote by SSC members, three scientists — Dr Mark Belakovsky (Russia), Dr Michael Gillon (Belgium) and Dr Robert Thirsk (Canada) were selected to become the first official nominees.
These candidates were introduced to the Head of Nation for his approval
The Gold Medal of Asgardia was endorsed unanimously by the SSC members on April 15, 2019, during a meeting in Cologne, Germany. It is intended to those whose work is crucial for space research and exploration, and the education of a space-faring humanity.
Decree №37 On awarding National Award of Asgardia