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NASA’s LCROSS Wins Breakthrough Award

The plume created by the LCROSS impact on the moon on Oct. 9, 2009.(Credit: NASA)


NASA’s Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, mission has won Popular Mechanics magazine’s 2010 Breakthrough Award for innovation in science and technology.

The sixth annual Breakthrough Awards recognize innovators and products poised to change the world in fields such as technology, medicine, aviation and environmental engineering. Honorees will be celebrated during a ceremony tonight at Hearst Tower in New York City.


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  • October 5, 2010