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Moroccan scientist Kamal Oudrhiri wins prestigious award for Nasa mission

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A mission of the American Space Agency (NASA) led by the Moroccan Kamal Oudrhiri was awarded a prestigious prize in the cutting-edge field of space science and technology.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has thus awarded its most coveted prize in the field of space sciences to the “Cold Atom Lab” mission led by the Moroccan scientist. The Cold Atom Lab team received the 2020 AIAA Space Science Award for “developing and delivering the highly innovative Cold Atom Laboratory to the International Space Agency as well as for its fundamental scientific achievements,” Oudghiri said.

Project and Mission Leader Kamal Oudrhiri congratulated all those who helped design, build, and successfully operate this very first quantum physics laboratory in space. “The Cold Atom Lab project depends on the work of an entire team and the commitment to excellence of all those involved in this high-tech lab with the goal of fostering great science that expands our understanding of the earth and the universe around us,” he added.

تهانينا الحارة للعالم المغربي كمال ودغيري على فوزه بجائزة 2020 لعلوم الفضاء من المعهد الأمريكي للملاحة الجوية والفضائية….

Posted by US Embassy Morocco on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Cold Atom Lab has been operating from its perch on the International Space Station since July 2018. It cools atoms to near absolute zero, minus 459 degrees Fahrenheit, colder than any other known location in the natural universe. “The experiments carried out at these extreme temperatures help us understand how our world works at the smallest scale “, specifies the Moroccan scientist.

The new distinction comes in addition to several awards, including the prestigious Medal for Outstanding Service, in recognition of the sustained performance and multiple contributions of this scientist to NASA projects and programs.