Alien actress Sigourney Weaver headlines Space Symposium

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Weaver: An expert at defeating aliens.
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  • Weaver: An expert at defeating aliens.

The actress who, as Ellen Ripley in the Alien movie, famously told one of the space monsters, "Get away from her, you bitch," will be the featured speaker at the Space Technology Hall of Fame® dinner on April 11 during the 29th National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor.

We're not sure what qualifies Sigourney Weaver to speak to a bunch of techno-space experts, but she's slated to help honor extraordinary technologies originally developed for space that now improve life on Earth. The 2013 recipients will be named early next year.

Maybe Weaver could demonstrate that robotic suit she steps into to have the final clash with the Alien monster. Oh wait, that's a Hollywood development, not a NASA invention.

She's not the only one who's spoken at the Space Symposium based on fictional space abilities. Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series, is a past speaker.

From a press release issued today by the symposium's sponsor, the Springs-based Space Foundation:

About Weaver
Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actor Sigourney Weaver has created a host of memorable characters, both dramatic and comic, in films ranging from Ripley in Alien to Dian Fossey in Gorillas in Mist. Born and educated in New York City, Weaver graduated from Stanford University and received a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama.

Weaver made her motion picture debut in Ridley Scott's blockbuster Alien. She later reprised the role of Warrant Officer Ripley in James Cameron's Aliens, which earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best actress. She brought Ripley back to life in David Fincher's Aliens 3, which she also co-produced, and Alien Resurrection for director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Weaver received a Tony Award nomination for her starring role in Hurlyburly on Broadway, directed by Mike Nichols. For her television work, Weaver received Emmy, Screen Actors' Guild and Golden Globe nominations for outstanding performance by a female for her role as Mary Griffith in Lifetime's Prayers for Bobby, which was also Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. She also appeared in the PBS mini-series The Best of Families.

Space Technology Hall of Fame® Celebrates 25 Years
Since 1988, the Space Technology Hall of Fame® has honored those who transform technology originally developed for space exploration into products and services that help improve the quality of life here on Earth. Dozens of technologies and hundreds of individuals and organizations have since been recognized.

Visit www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org for more details.

About the Space Symposium
The Space Symposium will be held April 8 -11 and offers presentations and panels covering all aspects of space, plus special events and presentation of several prestigious space-related awards. Returning for 2013 will be the New Generation Space Leaders programs for young, up-and-coming space professionals, age 35 and younger.

The Space Symposium is offered in conjunction with Cyber 1.3, which examines the evolution of cyberspace. Separate registration is required for Cyber 1.3 and secure online registration for both is available online at www.NationalSpaceSymposium.org. For 2013, active military and government attendees will receive discounted 2010 rates, and industry attendees can save money by registering before Jan. 11.

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