ISS Wins Collier
This year's Collier Trophy has been awarded to the international team behind the International Space Station. The National Aeronautic Association announced the award on Wednesday. The association says it selected the station "for the design, development, and assembly of the of the world's largest spacecraft, an orbiting laboratory that promises new discoveries for mankind and sets new standards for international cooperation in space." NASA Administrator Charles Golden said the award "is a testament to the dedication and hard work of thousands of people around the world."
The space station is a joint project of NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency. It has been continuously inhabited for almost 10 years and plans are to keep it occupied for another decade. "There's a new era ahead of potential groundbreaking scientific research aboard the station," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate. The award will be officially presented May 13.