India has done it! The Mars Mission gets its reward! ISRO’s Mars Mission team has won the prestigious Space Pioneer Award, 2015. In the category of Science and Engineering, recognizing the achievement by the team in the very first attempt!
The Space Pioneer Award was given by the National Space Society, which would be presented to the ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Programme Team during the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference, 2015 which is to be held in Toronto in May from 02 to 24.
The Mars Orbiter Mission was launched on November 5, 2013 and it was in the Mars orbit on September 24, 2014.
The National Space Society, in an official statement said that the mission archived two important missions. First being the, Indian spacecraft has gone into the orbit around Mars on the very first attempt on 24th of September. India succeeded it in the first attempt, which no country has ever done.
The second is the spacecraft is in elliptical orbit with a high apoapsis, which is the point which is orbiting objects is farthest away from the body in the orbit. It also has the high resolution camera which is taking full disk color imagery of Mars.
The Indian Mission to Mars cost around $74 million, which is the cheapest space mission ever, it is even less that a Hollywood film as said by Mr. Modi. US and Russia were the first to the Mission Mars, but neither of them did it in the first attempt.
ISRO’s Mangalyaan mission earned a tag of being one among the best inventions of 2014 by the Indian Magazine. It described as a technology that would allow India to flex its “Interplanetary muscles.”