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Leif Erikson Lunar Prize ISRO has been awarded the Leif Erikson Lunar Prize by the Husavik Museum for its achievements in advancing lunar exploration and contributing to understanding celestial mysteries through the successful Chandrayaan-3 mission. About
The accolade recognizes ISRO’s indomitable spirit and technological prowess in achieving the first-ever soft landing near the Moon’s South Pole on August 23, 2023.
The Leif Erikson Lunar Prize is an annual award presented by the Exploration Museum in Husavik, Iceland. It is dedicated to the history of human exploration, from the early explorers to the exploration of space. It is named after the Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson who is considered the first European to land in North America.
Indian Space Research Organisation (founded 1969; HQ: Bengaluru): ISRO, previously the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) (1962-1969). Later, on August 15, 1969, ISRO superseded INCOSPAR and was subsequently brought under the Dept of Space in 1972.
UNESCO’s 2023 Prix Versailles: Bengaluru Airport Terminal 2 (T2) of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru has been honoured as one of the world’s most beautiful airports and received a special prize for interiors at UNESCO’s 2023 Prix Versailles.
The award recognizes T2’s blend of functionality and aesthetic appeal, offering passengers a memorable experience through curated art and decor.
T2 has also received the prestigious IGBC platinum certification for its sustainable design, making it the world’s largest terminal pre-certified with a platinum LEED rating by the US Green Building Council. LEED certification symbolizes sustainability achievement globally.
UNESCO’s 2023 Prix Versailles has been granted annually by UNESCO since 2015. It consists of architecture awards that showcase the finest contemporary achievements worldwide and take into consideration projects’ ecological, social, and cultural impacts.