The Planetary Society is planning a celebration in New York City on Friday, October 19, to honor 2 space prize winners. Tickets are available at the link above.
One prize winner is Michael Malin of Malin Space Science Systems, the company that made many of the cameras on the Mars missions (and is working on other missions like Juno and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter). They also investigated many of the images. The prize is the "Thomas O. Paine Award for the Advancement of Human Exploration of Mars".
The other prize winner is Paula Aspell, executive producer of NOVA. She won the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science.
Speakers include Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Other noted Planetary Society leaders will also be there.