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: Man Taken Into Custody Following Hours-Long Standoff At Montebello Apartment Complex
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: Several Detained After Off-Duty Deputy's Vehicle Struck By Pellet Gun In Canyon Country
The trophies for current and lifetime achievement are the museum’s most prestigious honors.MORE NEWS: Judge: LAPD Must Restrict Use Of Less Lethal Projectile Launchers
NASA will receive the award at an awards gala in Washington, D.C., next month.