Curiosity wins National Air and Space Museum Trophy

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Pictured in the back row are, from left to right: Tom Rivellini, Johnson Space Centerís Gavin Mendeck, Steve Lee, Miguel San Martin, Tomas Martin-Mur, Adam Steltzner, Ben Thoma, Howard Eisen and Ravi Prakash. In the front row, from left to right, are: Car
The team in charge of successfully landing NASAís Mars rover Curiosity, managed by NASAís Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., received the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museumís highest group honor at a dinner in Washington, D.C. on April 24. The 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement honors outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology.

The Mars Science Laboratory Project built and operates the rover Curiosity, which has been investigating past and current environments in Gale Crater on the Red Planet since its dramatic sky-crane landing in August 2012. The rover has 10 science instruments to investigate whether an area within Gale Crater ever has offered an environment favorable for microbial life.

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the project for NASAís Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.

More information about the award and images of the team receiving the award are available at:


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