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Curiosity Wins National Air and Space Museum Trophy
The entry, descent and landing team of Mars Science Laboratory project

The entry, descent and landing team of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory project received the 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on April 24. Pictured here in the back row are, from left to right: Tom Rivellini, Johnson Space Center’s 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: Carl Guernsey, Keith Comeaux, Langley Research Center’s Jody Davis, Ann Devereaux, Allen Chen and Fuk Li. Image credit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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The team in charge of successfully landing NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., received the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s 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 NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.

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


For more about the mission, visit:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ and http://www.nasa.gov/msl

You can follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at:

http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity and http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity
Jia-Rui Cook/Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory