ISRO’s Mars Orbiter programme team has won the prestigious 2015 Space Pioneer Award in the science and engineering category by the National Space Society for reaching Mars in very first attempt that too at a very low cost. India’s Mangalyaan mission was reportedly ten times cheaper than NASA’s Mars mission that drilled nearly 675 million from the pocket.
“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 statement said. The conference will run from May 20-24.
Mission Mangalyaan was started on November 5, 2013 and the probe successfully entered into Mars orbit on September 24, 2014. In a statement, the officials said that Mangalyaan team achieved a very rare feat by reaching Mars in its first attempt, becoming the first nation to do so. Also, the probe has the elliptical orbit with a high apoapsis and boasts a high-resolution camera to take full-disk imagery of Mars. Scientists have very few full-disks images of Mars as very few mission in the past were equipped with a high-resolution camera.
These high-resolution images will help scientists in understanding the planet’s composition better and will also aid in other planetary researches.
The NSS is an independent non-profit educational membership organisation dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilisation.
The Mars Orbiter mission was headed by Mylswamy Annadurai. Probe started its journey from Bangalore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present to see the spacecraft leaving Earth’s surface. With this award comes pride and glory to the nation that has just started to spread its arms to touch the untouched spheres of the universe.