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Chandrayaan-3 Team Bags Prestigious US Award for Space Exploration: “Inspiration”

IndiaChandrayaan-3 Team Bags Prestigious US Award for Space Exploration: "Inspiration"

The team from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) responsible for the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s success was honoured with the “2024 John L. ‘Jack’ Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration” on Monday, news agency ANI reported, citing a press release by the Space Foundation.

 PM Modi on August 26 declared that the landing site of Chandrayaan 3's moon lander would be named Shiv Shakti.(ISRO Twitter)
PM Modi on August 26 declared that the landing site of Chandrayaan 3’s moon lander would be named Shiv Shakti.(ISRO Twitter)

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 mission team has been honoured with a prestigious award from the United States.

The award is the John L. “Jack” Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration, presented by the Space Foundation. The Space Foundation is a non-profit organisation that promotes collaboration and information sharing within the space sector.

The award recognises ISRO’s team for their historic Chandrayaan-3 mission, which successfully landed a spacecraft on the lunar south pole on 23rd August 2023.

This achievement signifies India’s emergence as a major space power. By becoming the first nation to land on the Moon’s south pole, ISRO has made history in the world of space exploration.

Space Foundation CEO Heather Pringle lauded ISRO’s leadership and commended the technical and engineering prowess of the Chandrayaan-3 mission. She stated that the award not only celebrates this scientific success but also elevates India’s standing on the global stage.

The John L. “Jack” Swigert Jr. Award is named after Jack Swigert Jr., a pivotal figure in space exploration history. Other recent recipients of the award include NASA, the University of Arizona’s OSIRIS-REx team, the teams behind NASA JPL’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter and InSight-Mars Cube One missions, and NASA’s Dawn and Cassini missions.

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