JPL has been awarded the Jack Swigert Award for Space Exploration by the Space Foundation. The award is in memory of Apollo 13 astronaut Swigert and will be presented April 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the Opening Ceremony of the 22nd National Space Symposium.
"What we look for is an organization individual that has done the most significant activity in exploration of the solar system," said Elliot Pulham, president and CEO of The Space Foundation.
The foundation did not choose one particular mission but decided to honor JPL for all of their missions this year.
"From Deep Impact to Mars Exploration and Stardust, any one of those mission would be amazing," Pulham said. "But the portfolio is absolutely breathtaking."