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PSI, Four Scientists Honored by JAXA Hayabusa2 Mission

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PSI Hayabusa2 Honor Award winners, from left, Eric Palmer, Deborah Domingue, Mark Sykes, Faith Vilas and Lucille Le Corre.


PSI and four of its senior scientists received honor awards from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the Japanese national air and space agency, to commemorate the amazing success of the Hayabusa2 mission’s round-trip exploration of the asteroid Ryugu. 

JAXA’s award citation said, “The Hayabusa2 spacecraft completed a 2,195-day round-trip through space, explored the asteroid Ryugu, and successfully collected samples. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your dedication and enthusiasm that made this venture possible.” 

Receiving the individual honor awards were Deborah Domingue, Lucille Le Corre, Eric Palmer and Faith Vilas. Mark Sykes accepted PSI’s award.

Sept. 11, 2022
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