Isro Bags Space Pioneer Award for Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission
It said the National Space Society (NSS) of USA presented the award in recognition of Isro’s efforts in accomplishing a Mars mission in its very first attempt.
Scripting space history, India on September 24, 2014 successfully placed its low-cost Mars spacecraft in orbit around the red planet in its very first attempt, breaking into an elite club of three US, Russia and Europe who have successfully undertaken missions to Mars or its orbit.
The Isro spacecraft was launched on its nine-month-long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013 and had escaped the earth’s gravitational field on December 1.
In 2009, NSS, an independent non-profit educational membership organisation, dedicated to the creation of a space faring civilisation, presented similar award to Isro in recognition of the great accomplishment they have made in the success of the Lunar Probe, Chandrayaan-1.
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, the well-known space and astronomical artist, Isro said.
The space research organisation also said Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is under ‘solar conjunction’ at Mars, which will extend till July 1.
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.
As a result of this event which happens once in 2.2 years for Mars, communication signals from the spacecraft are severely disrupted by the Sun’s corona (outer atmosphere), it said.