ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission has been awarded the 2015 Space Pioneer Award by the National Space Society(NSS). This award,in the Science and Engineering category ,will be presented to an ISRO representative during the National Space Society’s 2015 International Space Development Conference to be held in Toronto. NSS an American international nonprofit educational and scientific organization specializing in space advocacy.
About ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission:
The mission was launched on Nov 5, 2013 and went into Mars orbit on Sept 24, 2014. This mission has achieved two significant mission firsts. (1) An Indian spacecraft has gone into orbit around Mars on the very first try (on Sept 24, 2014). No other country has ever done this. (2) The spacecraft is in an elliptical orbit with a high apoapsis, and has a high resolution camera which is taking full-disk color imagery of Mars. Very few full disk images have ever been taken in the past, mostly on approach to the planet, as most imaging is done looking straight down in mapping mode. These images will aid planetary scientists. The Mars Orbiter programme team located in Bangalore, India, is headed by Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai.