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NASA Earns Top Honor in Space for Fast Company’s Most Innovative List

Image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope from Oct. 8, 2022, shows the debris from the surface after the asteroid was impacted by NASA’s DART spacecraft on Sept. 26.
This imagery from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope from Oct. 8, 2022, shows the debris blasted from the surface of Dimorphos 285 hours after the asteroid was intentionally impacted by NASA’s DART spacecraft on Sept. 26.
Credits: NASA/ESA/STScI/Hubble

Adding to a growing list of agency recognitions for its accomplishments in exploration for the benefit of all, NASA ranked number one in the space category on Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies for 2023, as well as number 17 overall. 

The list highlights organizations and businesses transforming industries and shaping society.

“We are incredibly proud of our team, and this recognition is a testament of NASA’s commitment to inspiring the world through innovation,” said Kelly Elliott, acting chief human capital officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Over the last year, the agency has been at the forefront of amazing discoveries in our world and beyond. From exploring the unknown in air and space to improving life on Earth through climate, medical, and aviation technologies, NASA has taken on some of humanity’s most complex challenges. Soon, we will face our biggest endeavor yet: sending astronauts back to the Moon and eventually to Mars. We look forward to continuing to innovate, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and tapping into our world’s endless potential.”

Among NASA’s most recent innovations: a successful Artemis I mission – the first integrated test of the agency’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, sharing new discoveries and better imagery from the cosmos through the James Webb Space Telescope; moving an asteroid in humanity’s first ever planetary defense demonstration; maintaining a continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station for more than 22 years, testing new technologies like LOFTID (Low-Earth Orbital Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator) for future exploration of Mars, and much more.

This award is the latest achievement for the agency, which has received multiples awards in the past year for its Webb telescope discoveries. NASA also has maintained its ranking as the best place to work in federal government for a decade.

The complete list of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies is available online.

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