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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2000
AND THE WINNER IS.......GALILEO
NASA's blockbuster Galileo mission will receive what some
might call the space world's equivalent of an Academy Award® on
Fri., March 31 -- the prestigious Nelson P. Jackson Aerospace
Award for outstanding contributions to planetary exploration.
The Galileo spacecraft has played a starring role in
teaching scientists and the public about Jupiter, its moons and
its magnetic environment. The spacecraft was launched in 1989
and arrived at Jupiter in 1995 to begin what was originally
designed as a two-year mission. That mission was followed by a
two-year sequel, which ended on January 31 of this year, and the
long-lived spacecraft has begun yet another sequel, called the
Galileo Millennium Mission.
The award from the National Space Club will be presented at
the annual Goddard Memorial Dinner on Friday in Washington, D.C.
at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The Galileo team is being
honored, with representation by Dr. Guenter Riegler, director of
the Research Program Management Division at NASA Headquarters,
Washington, D.C., and Galileo Project Manager Jim Erickson of
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
"I'm really thrilled that the members of the Galileo team
are being recognized by their peers," Erickson said.
Recipients of the Jackson Award are selected annually by the
National Space Club for their contributions to the astronautics,
aircraft and missile industries. The award is a memorial to the
late Nelson P. "Pete" Jackson, one of the founders and past
presidents of the organization.
Additional information on the Galileo mission is available
at http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov .
JPL manages the Galileo mission for NASA's Office of Space
Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the California
Institute of Technology, Pasadena.