Features Friday, October 03, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| September 24, 2014| 7.320 pm IST India is at its proudest today. What could make it even more proud? There is also an additional element of pride that it actually, physically sent a satellite to orbit Mars at one third the cost that it took some Hollywood companies to make movies- about space, aliens and the rest. Remember Prime Minister Modi saying, "The Hollywood movie Gravity cost more than our Mars mission - this is a great achievement?" That's not all. For instance, Mangalyaan cost about $ 70 million, Avatar cost the producers $237 million. We could have done three Mangalyaan missions using that money and who knows, by then ISRO would have found ways to make space missions even more cheap. Avatar- 2009. Budget- $ 237 million Pic courtesy: Avatar Facebook Page Armageddon- 1998. Budget- $ 140 million Apollo 13- 1995. Budget- $ 52 million (okay, we give it to this one) Pic courtesy- Apollo 13 Facebook page  Gravity- 2013. Budget- $ 100 million Picture courtesy- Gravity Facebook page Sunshine-2007. Budget- $ 40 million Picture courtesy- Sunshine Facebook page Mission To Mars- 2000. Budget- $ 100 million

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