Mayor Michael D. Antonovich recognized JPL’s Deep Space Network Team for its role in the New Horizon Mission to Pluto and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of JPL’s first mission to Mars.
For over 50 years, NASA’s Deep Space Network Team has provided space explorers with the network support necessary to process images from space craft such as those taken of Pluto from the New Horizon Spacecraft. Today, the Deep Space Network Team supports a fleet of over 30 U.S. and international spacecraft. Without their support, NASA’s voyages to Mercury, Venus, Mars and Pluto and to asteroids and comets would have not been possible.
Today, Mayor Antonovich also recognized JPL for its 50 years of exploration of Mars. JPL launched its first mission to Mars in 1965 with the Mariner 4 Spacecraft, becoming the first spacecraft to capture images of another planet. Since then, JPL has been the world leaders in Mars exploration and exploration of our solar system, including the highly successful twin Mars exploration rovers known as Spirit and Opportunity.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was joined by members of JPL’s Mars exploration team, Fuk Li, Roger Gibbs, Richard Zurek, John L. Callas, Bevin K. Duckett, Bebarati Chattopadhyay, and Amanda C. Steffy.