The Space Foundation announced today it will present the 2020 John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration to the teams that jointly worked on the first mission to directly study the deep interior of Mars. On April 2, during the closing dinner of the 36th Space Symposium, the award will be presented to the NASA JPL InSight-Mars Cube One joint project flight teams.


The mission provides a comprehensive understanding of how rocky planets formed and evolved, including their tectonic activity. Data from the mission will enhance continued exploration of our solar system.

The Space Foundation’s 36th Space Symposium will be held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 30 – April 2. Every spring, this international space conference is attended by thousands of the world’s top space leaders, representing all sectors of the global space community. For information and registration, visit

About the Award

The John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration was created in memory of NASA astronaut Jack Swigert, a Colorado native who served on the Apollo 13 lunar mission. In 1982, Swigert was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, but died of cancer before taking the oath of office. The Space Foundation, founded in 1983 in part to honor Swigert’s memory, created the Swigert Award in 2004 in tribute to his legacy of space exploration.


About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community.It is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual 
Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office, as well as field representatives in Houston and on the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both websites — and — and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


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Space Foundation contact:
Carol Hively, Director — Public Relations & Team Communications