Isro's Mars mission successful, India makes history
India created history on Wednesday, becoming the first country to successfully get a spacecraft into the Martian orbit on its maiden attempt.
Indian Space Research Organization’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft started orbiting the red planet at 7.47am, but it was only 12 minutes later — because of a time delay in radio signals travelling the 680 million km — that scientists at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bangalore, could erupt in joy as Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood a happy witness.
“Our scientists have achieved this at a cost which is lesser than some Hollywood movies,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second time since Mangalyaan’s journey. While addressing Isro scientists in Bangalore after the mission’s success, PM Modi beamed at the cost-effective nature of the programe.