PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Project is being awarded with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s top honor – the trophy for current achievement.
The project, which is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, is responsible for the creation and operation of the Curiosity rover.READ MORE: Parents Keep Students Home To Protest Newsom's State-Wide Vaccine Mandate For All Schoolchildren
For the past seven months, Curiosity has been probing Mars’ gale crater to determine whether it has ever offered an environment capable of sustaining microbial life.READ MORE: LA Firefighters Respond to Fire at Marijuana Grow Operation In Canoga Park
The trophies for current and lifetime achievement are the museum’s most prestigious honors.MORE NEWS: Southern California Reacts To Death Of Colin Powell
NASA will receive the award at an awards gala in Washington, D.C., next month.