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New Delhi, Sep 24 :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday exhorted that the successful Mars mission “must become a base for challenging the next frontier”. “This too must become but a base for challenging the next frontier,” a tweet by the Prime Minister’s Office said after the spacecraft Orbiter was successfully inserted into the Martian orbit Wednesday. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, in New Delhi on May 27, 2014.

“Let today’s success drive us with even greater vigour and conviction. Let’s set ourselves even more challenging goals,” the tweet cited the prime minister as saying.

Historic

The success of India’s successful mission to Mars “will go down as landmark in history”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday after Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) entered the orbit of the red planet.

“These are all accomplishments that will go down as landmarks in history,” said a visibly happy Modi.

The prime minister said that the MOM was built “indigenously, in a pan-Indian effort, stretching from Bangalore to Bhubhaneshwar, and Faridabad to Rajkot”.

He said: “India is the only country, to have succeeded in its very first attempt.”

“With today’s spectacular success, ISRO joins an elite group, of only three other agencies worldwide to have successfully reached red planet,” he added amidst applause.

Modi, wearing a red coloured jacket, said that the “odds, were stacked against us”.

“Of the 51 missions, attempted across the world so far, a mere 21 had succeeded. But we have prevailed,” he said.

The prime minister said: “Travelling an incredible distance, of over 650 million or 65 crore kms,we have gone beyond boundaries, of human enterprise and imagination.”

(IANS)