India on Wednesday created space history by successfully placing its low-cost Mars spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet in its very first attempt, catapulting the country into an elite club of three nations.
On this historical day, the entire political class came up with praises for ISRO after it successfully placed its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft in the Red Planet’s orbit on the very first attempt.
“Hearty congratulations & best wishes to ISRO Team on Mangalyaan’s success; nation proud of this historic achievement,” the President Pranab Mukherjee tweeted.
Noting the “landmark occasion” for India, Vice President Hamid Ansari said that he joins “the entire country in saluting them (scientists) on their success”.
“I am confident that our scientists will continue to scale greater heights and win more laurels for the country in the field of space exploration,” Ansari said.
An elated Prime Minister Narendra Modi described as “historic” India’s “spectacular” success in reaching Mars in the maiden attempt, saying the country has dared to reach out into the unknown and achieved the near impossible.
In his speech announcing the success of Mars Orbiter Mission, Modi said, “Today MOM has met Mangal (Mars). Today Mangal has got MOM. The time this mission was short named as MOM, I was sure that MOM won’t disappoint us.”
“India has successfully reached Mars, congratulations to all of you, congratulations to countrymen,” said Modi, as India made space history having become the first to succeed in the mission to Mars in the very first shot.
“Our scientists have achieved this in the first attempt. This is first time in the world. History has been created today. We have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved near impossible….”
“I congratulate all ISRO scientists as well as all my fellow Indians on this historic occasion,” said the Prime Minister.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during whose tenure the Mission was started and funds were allocated, also congratulated the scientists and country men. He said, “We are humbled by privilege of being the Government that has piloted Mangalyaan Project”.
In her message commending the ISRO scientists, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that the achievement would be a source for inspiration “for generations to come”.
“India earns its admirable position in the world as one of the pioneering space exploring nations with Mangalyaan. It is a milestone in the journey that we as a nation envisaged after Independence,” said Gandhi.
NASA, which has just launched its own MAVEN mission to the Red Planet, also congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the feat.
“#MAVEN team congratulates @ISRO for its #Mars arrival! @MarsOrbiter joins the missions studying the Red Planet,” NASA tweeted.
“Thank you MAVEN team!,” ISRO tweeted its acknowledgement of the message from the US space agency.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan lauded ISRO for its efforts and said it was a proud moment for India as it has become the first Asian nation to enter the Mars Orbit.
“Jai Hind. India is first Asian nation to enter Mars orbit, that too in first attempt. What more joy can our scientists @isro give. Respect,” Chouhan tweeted.
“Today was key to India’s dream of being the first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit. I Wish @isro all the best for next stage of mission,” he added.