Congratulating the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists on the successful launch of the Mars orbiter, U.R.Rao, a former ISRO head, said the country can afford the spend.
India spends around Rs.5,000 cr on Diwali purchases, Mars Mission is affordable
"India spends around Rs.5,000 crore on Diwali purchases and Rs.450 crore to reach Mars is affordable," he said.
Congratulating ISRO scientists, Rao said "it (Tuesday) is a great day for ISRO and Department of Space".
He said the long journey has started.