The National Air and Space Museum presents a trophy each year recognizing both past and present achivements involving the management or execution of a scientific or technological project, a distinguished career or service in air and space technology, or a significant contribution in chronicling the history of air and space technology. This year’s Current Achievement trophy award goes to NASA’s New Horizons Mission Team. As the Museum’s citation notes, in part:
The New Horizons Mission Team, led by Principal Investigator Alan Stern, has accomplished the first direct investigation of Kuiper Belt objects in the outer solar system. The scientific return from the Pluto-Charon system has already been spectacular: the wide diversity of terrains and the young ages of some of them is causing scientists to re-think how planets form and evolve. New Horizons imaged water-ice mountains as high as the Rockies, giant sheets of exotic ices that exhibit glacier-like flow, and chasms deeper and wider than the Grand Canyon. The mission is yielding fundamental insights into the origins and evolution of the solar system.
Read more about New Horizons HERE, and about the team HERE.
Pictured: Glen Fountain, Mission Director (center left) and Alan Stern, PI (center right) are holding the trophy in front of the Wright Brothers plane, National Air and Space Museum. MIT Alum Fran Bagenal is directly behind Glen Fountain.
Peering into Pluto's Past: EAPS Prof. Richard Binzel and other New Horizons scientists publish the first comprehensive set of papers describing results from last summer's Pluto system flyby, share latest results at LPSC 2016.
The New Horizons Mission to Pluto, of which Binzel is a Science Team Co-Investigator, has been honored with multiple team awards including: Science Magazine: People’s Choice Award: #1 Story of 2015, Science Magazine: Top Ten Breakthroughs of the Year 2015, Discovery Magazine: Top Science Story 2015, Science News Magazine: Top Science Story 2015, National Air and Space Museum: Goddard Trophy 2016, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: Space Ops Award 2016, Space Foundation: Jack L. Sweigert Exploration Award 2016, and the National Space Society: Space Pioneer Award 2016