NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been awarded the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce's 25th annual Crown City Award in recognition of JPL's involvement with the local community and contributions to Pasadena's prestige.

The award recognizes the international interest JPL attracted in 1986 during the Voyager 2 spacecraft flyby of the planet Uranus, and the activities of the International Halley Watch during the comet's passage of Earth last year.

In addition, the award notes the high level of JPL's involvement with the local community through such outlets as the United Way, American Red Cross, the Adopt-A- School program, and the Laboratory's Teacher Resource Center, which provides curricula and teaching tools for science and math educators.

The award was presented at the Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner on June 4 at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel.

The Crown City Award was given to JPL once before in 1972 in honor of the Laboratory's achievements surrounding the Mariner 9 mission to Mars.

JPL is operated by Caltech for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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