Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) received a confirmation on Wednesday; September 24 that its new space satellite, Mangalyaan, has successfully entered into the orbit of Mars. The success makes ISRO secure a position into a list of top space agencies of the world. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA) and Soviet space program have already made successful attempts to launch their satellites into the Red planet and now India has also placed its satellite, Mangalyan, into Mars orbit, in its maiden attempt.
That is not the only reason that India’s Mars Orbiter Mission(MOM) has completed successfully but the country has many other reasons to rejoice.
Mangalyaan may not be not the first to reach Mars. However, it made history for being a very low budget mission. Mangalyaan costs only $74 million, whereas on the flip side NASA’s Maven craft, which incidentally arrived on Mars orbit just a few days before of Mangalyaan, costs $671 million, that’s about 9 times more than the budget of MOM. The cost of this mission was even less than that of a recent space-thriller Hollywood movie “Gravity”. The achievement was made more special by the fact that Mangalyaan is the first spacecraft that entered the Martian orbit in its maiden attempt.
An enrapt Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, was on hand at the ISRO’s headquarters in Bangalore to celebrate the occasion. Modi declared earlier that morning, the program’s success as a “shining symbol of what India is capable of as a nation.” Modi went on to say in a television interview that though the conditions were against India’s success in space; the nation’s scientists did an excellent work and today not only the whole country but the world is proud of them. School children were asked to come to school by 6:45 AM so that the whole class could watch the historic event together on state television.