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First UMSF Awards, Starting March 1st
djellison
post Feb 22 2010, 07:55 PM
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Something that we've been bouncing between the admins for a while, is a means to thank and celebrate the work and creativity of science teams, engineering teams or outreachers who try to share their exploratory spirit. To that end, we are about to award the first 6 UMSF awards, to mark the 6 years of UMSF. From this year onwards, we intend to issue two awards per year, but after 6 years we've got some catching up to do so we've awarded 6 different teams or individuals in this inaugural round.

The actual awards are already in the mail out to their various recipients either directly (on pain of death if they reveal their award before we do!) , or with the help of agents of subterfuge who are holding them until the day of the actual award to keep it a surprise (you know who you are, and thankyou!)

A special thanks, as ever, to Astro0 for his typically awesome work with Photoshop to produce not only the graphics for the awards, but also for the certificates that accompany them.

The first six will be announced from March 1st to March 6th! Please don't try and play a guessing game in the mean time, you may end up causing accidental offence or disappointment.

We'll be taking nominations for the 2010 awards from UMSF members, but NOT YET... because you don't know who's won a 2009 award yet!

The first six awards will be announced at www.umsfawards.com or you can be exceptionally 21st century and keep track via @umsfawards
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post Feb 23 2010, 03:31 PM
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I can't wait to receive mine !
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post Feb 23 2010, 05:41 PM
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I'm patient. I can wait for the lifetime achievement award. laugh.gif
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post Feb 24 2010, 03:53 AM
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Will the awards also be posted here?


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post Feb 25 2010, 09:42 AM
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Wow man they look awesome... smile.gif


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post Feb 25 2010, 10:13 AM
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Wow, they're shaped like Steins! That's a nice touch!
Yeah it's nerdy but funnily enough that's what I thought when I saw them...


So all the winner announcements will be staggered over 6 days?
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post Feb 25 2010, 11:07 AM
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Yup - Monday thru to Saturday. I'm hoping that recipients will have hands-on their awards before they're announced, but that might not be the case for everyone. Fortunately the first one is a hand delivery in a few days time. I'll post here when te announcements occur, but the details will be on the awards site.
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post Mar 1 2010, 12:03 PM
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The first award has been announced. There was only one choice :

http://www.umsfawards.com/?p=34

Steve Squyres, Jim Bell & the MER Science team, for establishing the new standard for rapid release of raw imagery from spacecraft exploring the solar system with MER and Pancam.
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post Mar 1 2010, 05:33 PM
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Congratulations to Steve Squyres, Jim Bell and MER Science Team!
From a "viewer" who has benefitted greatly from this award winning idea!
Cheers!


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post Mar 1 2010, 05:55 PM
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I'll add my congrats, too! I didn't doubt they'd get one or the other anyway...
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post Mar 1 2010, 06:49 PM
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So well-deserved that it must count as a no-brainer. Congratulations to the MER team!
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post Mar 1 2010, 07:02 PM
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bah! what have those guys done to deserve this award, this was all fixed I tell you... rolleyes.gif
seriously...would we be around here if it weren't for them? I doubt it.
Great initiative Doug and crew!


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post Mar 1 2010, 09:05 PM
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Cool idea! I'm sure that the recipients will be deeply honored; this is recognition by the public, not from fellow professionals, and that's a qualitative difference.


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post Mar 2 2010, 06:01 AM
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QUOTE (ustrax @ Mar 1 2010, 11:02 AM) *
this was all fixed I tell you...
seriously...would we be around here if it weren't for them? I doubt it. Great initiative Doug and crew!


I do seem to remember another little forum called http://mer.rlproject.com/ biggrin.gif
It's right in the name!

Seriously, MER wrote the book on how to write the book on outreach. A perfect storm of a principled principle investigator, available technology, orbiter relay and in incredible hard work and dedication of so many involved with the mission. Thank you for setting the bar so high for future missions to match!


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post Mar 2 2010, 09:46 AM
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Squyres' statements over the years have taken on the gravitas of "One small step..."

Besides soaking up the glory of a successful launch or landing, SS has the additional challenge of knowing that each unmanned mission will one day come to an end. His descriptions have helped a lot of enthusiasts, myself included, cope with that part of a mission.
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