Riding High on Mars Mission Success, ISRO Gets Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2014

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which has made it to headlines in September with its Mars Orbit Mission Mangalyaan successfully entering the Mars orbit, ranking India along with the US, Russia and Europe, will be conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014.

The jury headed by vice President Hamid Ansari has chosen ISRO for the award on Wednesday for its peace mission into space exploration.

“The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is awarded to the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) in recognition of its path-breaking achievement, culminating in the Mars orbiter mission, its significant contribution in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space,” said a statement.

The jury said ISRO has shown how Indian scientists and talents can perform at the international level, utlising more advanced and highly technical know-how, the statement said. “It has shown how true self-reliance is, often working in adverse circumstances when it was denied adequate access to the latest research and development elsewhere,” the statement mentioned.

Established in 1969, ISRO future plans include launching an unmanned missions to Mars and Near-Earth Objects. ISRO has planned 58 missions during 2012–17, and about 33 satellites missions in next two years and 25 launch vehicles missions thereafter, costing Rs. 200 billion (US$3 billion).

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