Rosetta/Philae outreach team win Sir Arthur Clarke Award

The Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Achievement – Education and Outreach, 2015

The Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Achievement – Education and Outreach, 2015

We are delighted to let you know that the team working on outreach for ESA’s Rosetta mission has been awarded the UK’s Sir Arthur Clarke Award 2015 in the category of “Space Achievement – Education and Outreach.”

The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards have been presented annually in the UK since 2005 to recognise and reward notable or outstanding achievements in, or contributions to, all space activities.

This year’s awards were announced to an audience of 600 delegates and guests at the UK Space Conference Gala Dinner and Awards in St George’s Hall, Liverpool on Tuesday 14 July 2015 by Rob Douglas, Chairman of the Board of the UK Space Agency, and presented by Dr Helen Sharman, the UK’s first cosmonaut. The Awards are sponsored by the UK Space Agency in collaboration with the British Interplanetary Society and Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

ESA’s Professor Mark McCaughrean, senior science advisor in the Directorate of Science & Robotic Exploration, was in Liverpool to give an invited dinner presentation on Rosetta and collected the award on behalf of everyone who has contributed to the mission’s outreach and education.

Mark said: “It’s an enormous honour to have picked up this award on behalf of the many talented people who help bring the amazing story of Rosetta and Philae into schools and to the wider public around the world. In addition to the communications and education teams at ESA, this includes all of our partner space agencies, the Rosetta and Philae scientists and their institutes, and the many creative individuals and companies who put together art, graphics, film, documentaries, music, and poetry to engage and inspire.”

The award committee’s citation read:

“The Rosetta/Philae Outreach Team turned a great scientific achievement into a really great popular science outreach achievement. They had the most engaged audience for a space event for a very long time, having created an extremely wide range of publicity material, from the amazing top-level science fiction/science fact introductory film ‘Ambition’, the detailed press kits, and the entertaining ‘Once upon a time’ cartoon videos, covering each campaign milestone. They produced brochures, models, and posters and put out a continuous stream of blog posts, tweets, hang-outs, and a series of ‘Comet Hunter’ videos on Euronews to keep everyone up-to-date with the mission status, the ever-changing state of Comet 67P/C-G, and the scientific results. They also made brilliant teaching/educational resources available, including a dedicated website, the primary and secondary lessons, and the fantastic Paxi alien educator.”

For background on the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards and winners of the other categories in this year’s awards, see the press release on the British Interplanetary Society website.



  • anjin says:

    Well deserved ! Congrats!

  • Stu says:

    Absolutely fantastic news, delighted for all of you! Your videos, websites, animations and competitions were a masterclass in getting the public first interested in, then engaged with, then passionate about a space mission. I showed the animations at many Outreach events I ran or participated in, and (most!) people loved tgem, they really thought they brought the mission to life. It’s really only through your efforts, working in partnership with the NAVCAM team, that the ROSETTA mission is still “alive” in the eyes of the public and the media.
    So, congratulations again on this well-deserved award – we’ll all be looking forward to seeing what you come up with as 67P approaches perihelion are *really* begins to wake up!

  • Bill Harris says:

    Congratulations to all of you.


  • Margarita says:

    A very well-deserved award. CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Many congratulations Emily, Karen, and the rest of the Rosetta outreach team! It’s a very well deserved award!

  • Robin Sherman says:

    Congratulations and Thank You!

  • masanori says:

    Congratulations to all involved in Rosetta/Philae outreach activity!! Well deserved, really!

    Seriously, I really want to know of any people who is doing something that can compete with Rosetta/Philae outreach team. The point, I think, is that this team has looked like trying hard to reach the world (“Hello, world!” might be symolising it), instead of staying/getting national. Look how even today space activity tend to get national or inward. Of course, taxpayers’s understanding is wanted, but is that the only option to do that?? That’s perhaps the very lesson you/we should learn from the result of Rosetta/Philae outreach activity. I suspect this team has shown to people how to behave “in space”, kInd of. I always believe that people who try to go out into space need kInd of wider view than those staying on the ground, as there should never be borders outside of Earth.

    Let’s keep on doing this!!

  • Gertrud says:

    eine wunderbare Nachricht. Herzlichen Glückwunsch an alle Ausgezeichneten. Vor einiger Zeit konnte ich persönlich die eindrucksvollen Berichten von Dr. Paolo Ferri bei der ESOC, Darmstadt erleben. Die Mission begeistert viele Menschen.

    Auch Ihnen Emily Danke für die erklärenden Berichte.
    Herzlich Grüße Gertrud

  • Kamal says:

    Wonderful, and well deserved! A suggestion: along with (which is useful as archived material) you should start building a revised view of what we now know about 67p, which could get updated over the next year.

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