Martian award

The annual John C. Lindsay Memorial Award has been presented to Paul Mahaffy, an expert on the chemistry of Mars in 2014. The award is the highest honor given by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland for space science. The surface of Mars is inhospitable to life as we know it, but there is evidence that it once had a biocompatible climate that may well have supported life billions of years ago. Mahaffy worked on the instrumentation used by NASA's Curiosity rover to probe for chemical evidence of ancient life on Mars. He is also Principal Investigator on the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer on NASA's MAVEN Mars orbiter mission that recently arrived at Mars and Principal Investigator on the Neutral Mass Spectrometer on NASA's LADEE mission that recently completed a successful mission in lunar orbit exploring the tenuous lunar atmosphere (exosphere).