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A Nobel Peace Prize for the International Space Station?

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A January 22, 2014 story in ITAR-TASS raised the idea of giving the International Space Station the Nobel Peace Prize. While the story suggests that the proposal won’t fly with the Nobel Committee, it would seem to have merit. The ISS represents a gigantic, peaceful project to further the cause of space exploration involving a number of nations, including two former Cold War enemies, the United States and Russia.

The one objection that was raised against giving the ISS the peace prize is that things have never been giving the honor. However organizations often have been given the Nobel Peace Prize. The last two were given to groups, the 2013 prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the 2012 prize to the European Union. Thus if the Nobel Committee chose to honor the International Space Station as an example of a project that furthers world peace, it would give the peace prize to the participating national space agencies, NASA, the Russian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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