Cassini Garners Top Honor From Air and Space Museum


Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has received the top group honor from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum – the Trophy for Current Achievement. Representatives for Cassini will receive the trophy on March 21 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.

“Here we are some 15 years since Cassini launched and it’s amazing how well the spacecraft has operated,” said Charles Elachi, director of JPL. “Thanks to the superb work of both the development team and the operations team, Cassini has been able to show us the beauty and diversity of the Saturn system and, beyond that, to study what is really a miniature solar system in its own right.”

The trophies for current and lifetime achievement are the National Air and Space Museum’s most prestigious awards. They recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science, technology and their history.

Full Story: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-071

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