India’s Mars Orbiter Team Wins Space Pioneer Award

India's Mars Orbiter team wins US awardIndia’s Mars Orbiter programme team has won the 2015 Space Pioneer Award in the science and engineering category from the US based National Space Society (NSS).

This award will be presented to an ISRO representative during the National Space Society’s 2015 International Space Development Conference, the 34th ISDC, to be held in Toronto, Canada.

The conference will take place between 20th May – 24th May.

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) or lovingly called ‘Mangalyaan’ was launched on 5th November 2013 and went into Mars orbit 24th September 2014.

According to the National Space Society (NSS), the India’s Mars mission achieved two significant mission-

1. Mangalyaan that has gone into orbit around Mars on the very first try and that no other country has ever done this.

2. The Indian spacecraft is in an elliptical orbit with a high apoapsis, and has a high resolution camera which is taking full-disk colour imagery of Mars.

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