National Air and Space Museum Trophy for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
The leader of the entry, descent and landing team of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project, Adam Steltzner of JPL (left), accepts the 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum from museum director Gen. J. R. "Jack" Dailey on April 24, 2013. They are standing in front of the plane used by the Wright Brothers in 1903 to make the first successful flight of a powered heavier-than-air flying machine.
The Trophy for Current Achievement honors outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology. Mars Science Laboratory, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., successfully landed the rover Curiosity on Mars in August 2012.
Image credit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum