On 18 July 2022, Prof. WU Ji was awarded the COSPAR International Cooperation Medal at the 44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly held in Athens, Greece.
The medal is awarded to a scientist who has made distinguished contributions to space science and whose work has contributed significantly to the promotion of international scientific cooperation. From 2018 the IAU has named a minor planet for each COSPAR award recipient.
Prof. WU Ji is the first Chinese recipient of the COSPAR International Cooperation Medal since the medal's establishment in 1984. The 10118 minor planet has been named WU Ji in his honor.
Fig. 1 The COSPAR Award Ceremony
Fig. 2 The International Cooperation Medal
Fig. 3 The Medal Certificate
The citation on the Certificate reads, "Professor WU Ji is a well-known space scientist and an active practitioner for international cooperation in space research. As an ardent advocator for international cooperation, he has been playing an active and pioneering role in promoting international cooperation in space science at all levels. He has played a key role in the Double Star Program (DSP), a China-ESA joint mission, Yinghuo-1 a cooperation mission onboard Phobos-Grunt, as well as providing flight opportunities on new series of Chinese science satellites, such as Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE), Shjian-10, Einstein Probe, etc. He is one of the initiators of the CAS-NAS Forum for New Leaders in Space Science, the CAS-ESA bilateral meeting and joint mission mechanism, and the International Space Science Institute in Beijing. He was the key organizer of the very successful COSPAR Scientific Assembly held in Beijing in 2006, and he continues to contribute greatly to international cooperation in space research, making him a worthy recipient of COSPAR's International Cooperation Medal in 2022."
(Supplied by Office of International Cooperation)