The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was presented with the Space Pioneer award for the year 2015 in the Science and Engineering category during the 34th Annual International Space Development Conference held at Toronto in Canada during 20 May- 24 May 2015.
The information was published on the ISRO's website on 8 June 2015. The award was presented by National Space Society (NSS) of USA in recognition of ISRO’s efforts in accomplishing Mars Orbiter Mission in its very first attempt.
Highlights of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)
• The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched on 5 November 2013 and was designed with five scientific payloads within a record time of 18 months.
• The spacecraft and its payloads performed as designed during the 300 days journey, traversing about 666 million kilometre in interplanetary space before entering the Mars Orbit on 24 September 2014.
• The spacecraft is in an elliptical orbit and the high resolution camera onboard MOM is configured to take full-disk colour imagery of Mars at apoareion and close-ups at periareion.
• Presently, the spacecraft is under solar conjunction at Mars, which means the spacecraft, which is orbiting Mars, is behind the sun as viewed from the Earth.
The Space Pioneer Award consists of a silvery pewter Moon globe cast by the Baker Art Foundry in Placerville, California, from a sculpture originally created by Don Davis, space and astronomical artist.
National Space Society (NSS) is an independent non-profit educational membership organisation dedicated to the creation of a space faring civilisation.
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When: 8 June 2015