As announced months ago, ISRO received the Space Pioneer Award from the US National Space Agency at a conference held in Canada during May 20 to 24, said ISRO in a statement.
The award under the Science and Engineering category was given to Indian Space Research Organization at the 34th Annual International Space Development Conference.
The Space Pioneer award came ISRO way after similar recognition by the Times magazine, which had ranked the Mars Mission Mangalyaan among the top 10 scientific achievements of the year 2014. Even Indian government has given the space agency the prestigious Indira Gandhi peace prize.
Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) shot to fame as it was the first and maiden deep space launch by India that liffted off on 5 November 2013 from Sriharikota and reached the Mars orbit on 24 September 2014, astonishing the world players including China which could not achieve the laurels despite its attempts to reach Mars.
In recognition of this, the Space Pioneer Award, instituted in 1988, was given in recognition of the new accomplishment in the field of space science. recognises new accomplishments in space research and exploration and it is given in 13 categories every year — Corporate, Entrepreneur, Compelling Art, Education, Government Service both Legislative and Non-Legislative, Mass Media, Public Awareness, Scientist/Engineer, Service to the Space Community, Space Development, Special Merit, and Wide Media.
However, not every category is given an award but only three Space Pioneer awards are presented from among these categories. The award consists of a cast globe of the Moon.