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The News Minute| September 24, 2014| 8.00 am IST India has entered into a new league in space history with the success of  Mangalyaan mission. As viewers across the country watched with bated breath, the success of this mission will come as a huge relief to India for all the right reasons; most important of all that it will be the first country to achieve success at first attempt. A comparatively cheap Mars mission, this #Mangalyaan mission is 9 times cheaper than NASA’s Maven mission. India has become the first Asian country to be successful at this which also makes ISRO the fourth space agency to be successful in a mission to Mars. "We have gone beyond human enterprise. India has successfully entered Mars", Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced. Also go through: ISRO's history in pictures The success of this mission can give India that boost that it has been looking for – cheaper costs to send satellites into space which will give stiff competition to other countries.  India's tryst with Mars began early Wednesday when its inter-planetary spacecraft entered the Martian orbit in a maiden attempt to study the red planet's atmosphere and search for life-sustaining elements. Fingers crossed - at #MarsOrbiter Mission Control. pic.twitter.com/wJW6TgDhwS — ISRO (@isro) September 24, 2014 By around 7.10 am, the forward rotation began. Then the Mars Orbiter Mission went behind shadow of Mars, losing communication for a while, all on track. The burn start of the liquid engine was confirmed and scientists at ISRO burst into claps. Relieved!  In a few minutes, the burn ended and communications were established back with teh ground station. Nerve racking few minutes later, ISRO confirmed that telemetry started again, this means the communication began with ground station. Excitement was building up at the Mars Mission control centre in the space agency's telemetry, tracking and command network (Istrac) in this tech hub for the historic event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also witnessed the historic moments. The operation began at 4.17 a.m. with the spacecraft (Orbiter) switching over to the medium gain antenna for receiving and emitting radio signals.  India has successfully reached Mars, a proud Prime Minister announced. He congratulated all scientists at ISRO and added that Mars has finally got its MOM. Through your brilliance, and hard work, you have made it a habit, of achieving the impossible: PM to @isro scientists — PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 24, 2014 The PM signed off with a quote from Rabindranath Tagore. NASA's MAVEN also reached out to ISRO and congratulated them. The #MAVEN team congratulates @ISRO for its #Mars arrival! @MarsOrbiter joins the missions studying the Red Planet. pic.twitter.com/8E37nqtcmL — NASA's MAVEN Mission (@MAVEN2Mars) September 24, 2014
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