India's Mars mission: In numbers

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India's Mars mission: In numbers
Bangalore, Sept 24: India on Wednesday became the first country to have succeeded in its maiden mission to Mars when its Mars Orbiter Mission successfully entered the orbit of the Red Planet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after the feat that India achieved the near-impossible. He also hailed the mission by saying that MOMs never disappoint.

Here are some of the numbers related to the mission:

USD 74 million: The expenses behind India's Mars programme. The Indian prime minister said making of Hollywood film Gravity cost more than India's Mars mission. In comparison, NASA's Mavan mission costs USD 671 million.

Rs 7 a kilometre: The journey to Mars cost India this much, less than that of an auto-rickshaw ride in the country.

324 days: The MOM took 324 days to complete the Mars mission (it was launched on November 5, 2013). It took NASA 308 days to enter the Red Orbit's orbit.

400 million miles: The distance travelled by Mangalyaan before it entered Mars's orbit.

51 Mars missions: That many number of Mars missions have been undertaken so far. Only the United States, erstwhile USSR/now Russia and Europe have successfully placed their satellites around the Martian orbit.

18,092 tweets: Number of tweets that were posted within an hour of the Mangalyaan's launch.

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