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Chandrayaan-3 Mission Team Selected to Receive 2024 John L. ’Jack’ Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Jan. 31, 2024 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering information, education and collaboration for the global space ecosystem, today announced that it has selected the Chandrayaan-3 Mission Team as the recipient of the 2024 John L. “Jack” Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration. The award will be presented on Monday, April 8, during the opening ceremony of Space Foundation’s Space Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

As the first nation to land on the Moon’s South Pole, Chandrayaan-3, a mission developed by the Indian Space Research Organization, extends humanity’s space exploration aspirations to new and fertile areas for understanding and cooperation. Furthermore, the technical and engineering achievements demonstrated by this mission show the world the unquestioned leadership and ingenuity of the people of India in the global space ecosystem.

“India’s leadership in space is an inspiration to the world,” said Space Foundation CEO Heather Pringle. “The pioneering work of the entire Chandrayaan-3 team has again raised the bar for space exploration, and their remarkable lunar landing is a model to us all. Congratulations and we can’t wait to see what you do next!”

The John L. “Jack” Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration recognizes extraordinary accomplishments by a company, space agency, or consortium of organizations in the realm of space exploration and discovery. The award honors the memory of astronaut John L. “Jack” Swigert Jr., one of the inspirations for the creation of Space Foundation. A Colorado native, Swigert served with retired U.S. Navy Captain James A. Lovell Jr. and Fred Haise on the legendary Apollo 13 lunar mission, which was aborted after the perilous rupture of an oxygen tank while in route to the Moon. People around the world watched as NASA overcame tremendous odds and returned the crew safely to Earth. In that spirit of accomplishment, the Jack Swigert Award is presented annually at Space Symposium by Space Foundation.

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