Coimbatore, Nov 18: Rotary Clubs of Coimbatore and Government College of Technology (GCT) honoured M Annadurai, Project Director of Chandrayaan-1 by conferring on him the 'Poorna Chandra' award on Monday, Nov 17. The award was for "successfully manoeuvring Chandrayaan-1 into the lunar orbit for expanding the scientific knowledge about the moon, upgrading India's technological capability and providing challenging opportunities for planetary research for the younger generation, which will be the forerunner to India's first manned mission to the moon".
Receiving the award from M. Alagiriswamy, President, Rotary Coimbatore West, Mr. Annadurai said he was accepting it not for what he had achieved, but for what he was going to achieve. "Chandrayaan-1 is just the beginning. There will be more steps. I accept this felicitation on behalf of my fellow scientists and all those who have stood behind me in this achievement".