SOHO Team Receives Prestigious Award
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Caption: Left: The surface image was taken with the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) at 304 Å. Emission in this spectral line shows the upper chromosphere at a temperature of about 60,000 degrees K. The hottest areas appear almost white and are called active regions. Often sunspots are found beneath these brighter areas. The cutaway reveals some of the structure and dynamics of the solar interior as derived from the MDI instrument. The SOHO spacecraft is hovering in space about 1.5 million km from the Earth but still 148 million km from the Sun.
Right: On SOHO's 8th Launch Anniversary (2 December 2003), the award plaque was presented to the team by GSFC Director Al Diaz during an informal ceremony at the Experimenters Operations Facility (EOF).
The SOHO team has been presented with the prestigious Laurels for Team Achievement Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). The award recognizes both the outstanding achievements in designing, building and operating the mission, as well as the science it has performed. It is a tribute to all the engineers and scientists that have contributed to one of the most successful space missions in history.
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) presents the Laurels for Team Achievement Award in recognition of extraordinary performance and achievement by teams of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of astronautics. This honour has been awarded only twice before: to the Russian Mir Space Station Team and to the US Space Shuttle Team. Now the SOHO team joins this select group.
The citation of the award for the SOHO team reads: To the team of scientists, engineers, and managers for the development and operation of a world class mission leading to substantial advancements in understanding the Sun and the solar-terrestrial relationship.
Congratulations to everyone that have contributed to the mission throughout all these years!