ISRO Mars Mission Team won the prestigious space pioneer award!

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.”

Technology Should Reach the Poor! Says PM

On Saturday, Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi said that the Science helped our country to shape into modern India and even congratulated all the scientists for their dedication and pioneering work that they have contributed and that work placed the nation in the forefront globally.

Mr. Modi, at the 102nd session of the Indian Science Congress, said while addressing the people, “ Science has helped shape modern India.. It was the pioneering projects undertaken by our scientists that build outstanding institutions with modest resources.. That helped place India at the forefront of the world in many areas.”

While addressing he said that the nation’s progress is inter-linked with the human development and to the science & technology. He even said that, if slightly mishandled, then it could also increase inequality and damage the environment.

They both are connected, and it can remove national barriers, unify the world and even gets peace to the world. As the Science and Technology would get nations, wether poor or rich together and face the global challenges.

He even congratulated the ISRO, Indian Space Research Organization for its achievement of placing the Mangalyan in the Mars orbit on its First attempt. “Whenever the world shut its doors on us, our scientists responded with zeal of a national mission”. Prime Minister said.

He also said that the Science and Technology should reach everyone in our country. Rich or poor, should have the access to Technology. He said that, the arms of Science and Technology and even Innovation should reach the poorest, the remotest and to the vulnerable persons.

The Indian Science Congress which is at the University of Mumbai would see deliberation and even the presentations of papers by scientists and Nobel laureates from around the world.

Since, after 45 years, the Science Congress has returned to Mumbai and so this would showcasing Mumbai as the science hub and also the financial capital of India.


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