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ISRO Mars Orbiter Mission Team won the 2015 Space Pioneer Award

Jan 13, 2015 16:24 IST

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Team of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 12 January 2015 won the 2015 Space Pioneer Award in the Science and Engineering category.

The award will be presented to an ISRO representative during the National Space Society's 2015 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) that is scheduled to be held in Toronto, Canada from 20 May 2015 to 24 May 2015.

The Mars Orbiter Mission team is located in Bangalore and is headed by Mylswamy Annadurai.

Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)
India’s Mars Orbiter Mission was launched on 5 November 2013 and it reached the Mars orbit on 24 September 2014. The Indian spacecraft has gone into orbit around Mars on the very first attempt and no other country has been able to do this till now.

Moreover, very few full disk images of Mars have ever been taken in the past, mostly by approaching the planet as most imaging is done looking straight down in mapping mode.

But, with the placing of Indian spacecraft in an elliptical orbit with a high apoapsis, it has become possible to take full-disk colour imagery of Mars with the high resolution camera available on the spacecraft. These images will aid planetary scientists.

About the Space Pioneer Award
• The Space Pioneer Award was instituted in 1988 to recognize those individuals and teams whose accomplishments have helped to open the space frontier. The award is divided into thirteen categories.
• The 13 Space Pioneer Award categories include Corporate, Entrepreneur, Compelling Art, Education, Government Service (Non-legislative), Government Service (Legislative), Mass Media, Public Awareness, Scientist/Engineer, Service to the Space Community, Space Development, Special Merit, Wide Media.
• Every year, only three number of Space Pioneer awards are presented so not every category is awarded each year. The Space Pioneer awards consist of a cast globe of the Moon.

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