"Not only does he possess all the right professional qualifications, but his long-term accomplishments in furthering the exploration of our solar system are truly remarkable, unique and deserving of this recognition,"
"This lifetime achievement award is an extraordinary honor," Stone said.
The award was presented in
Stone served as JPL director from 1991 to 2001, during which time a number of new missions were launched, all while Voyager 1 and 2 soared beyond planets and headed toward the boundary of the solar system.
"It's especially rewarding that the Voyager missions continue," Stone said.
His JPL leadership also coincided with the
After stepping down as JPL director, Stone continued his leadership role with Voyager. In 2012, Voyager 1 made history as the first probe to cross into interstellar space, leaving the "bubble" around our solar system's sun and planets known as the heliosphere.
When the probe launched in 1977, "none of us knew how big the bubble was, nor did we know how long spacecraft could last," Stone said.
The Voyager spacecraft were built and continue to be operated by
For more information about Voyager, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/voyager and http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov
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