Mangalyaan, which means "Mars craft" in Hindi, took off from the island of Shriharikota, off India's eastern coast, 10 months ago. The 3,000lb (1,350kg) device first headed for an elliptical orbit around Earth, after which a series of manoeuvres and short burns of its rocket engines sent it on towards Mars.
India defeated US, Russia, Europe, the other countries which had already placed their satellite on Mars orbit. While big Asian giants -- China, Japan failed to join them, India joined the elite club of Martian explorers with United States, European Space Agency and former Soviet Union.
Here are the comparative costs of travel to the red planet in recent years:
|Name of Mission||Country||Launch Date||Arrival in Mars orbit||Cost of mission|
|NASA's Maven||USA||Nov 18, 2013||Sept 21, 2014||$671million|
|Mars Express Orbitor||Europe||June 2003||December 2003||$386 million|
|Nozomi||Japan||July 1998||Mission failed, Dec 2003||$189 million|
|Phobos-Grunt With Chinese satellite||Russia||Nov 2011||Mission failed||$117 million|
|Mangalyaan||India||Nov 5, 2013||Sept 24, 2014||$74 million|