India over the moon after Mars satellite success

India over the moon after Mars satellite success

“India has successfully reached Mars,” a proud Narendra Modi, prime minister, told cheering scientists at the mission control centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) in Bangalore.

“History has been created today,” he said, sporting a red waistcoat for the occasion and speaking partly in English to reach an international audience. “We have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near impossible. I congratulate all Isro scientists as well as all my fellow Indians on this historic occasion.”

When Mangalyaan was launched, some Indian critics said the money would be better spent on healthcare and education in one of the world’s poorest countries, while others argued that Isro should invest in improving its rockets to allow India to compete more effectively in the business of launching earth satellites.

But the success of the mission so far has silenced most of the naysayers and stoked national pride. “Mangalyaan starts Mars orbit, India succeeds where China, Japan fail” said one early headline on the Firstpost news website.

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