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Phoenix wins exploration award
Phoenix wins exploration award

The Pheonix lander will received the John "Jack" Swigert Jr. Award.

The Mars Phoenix lander team has been named to receive the Space Foundation’s 2009 John "Jack" Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration.

The Phoenix team, which includes members from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona, will receive the award in March at the National Space Symposium in Colorado for the design, development, launch, landing and operation of the Mars lander.

The award honors Apollo 13 astronaut Swigert and is presented annually to the person or organization that has made the most significant accomplishments in advancing space exploration.

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