Two years back, India’s low-cost Mangalyaan spacecraft entered orbit around the Red Planet representing a milestone in the country’s space program. With this achievement, India joined a club of deep space explorers such as the United States, Russia and Europe, all of which have reached Mars.
According to David Alexander, Director of the US-based Rice Space Institute, the capability and knowledge demonstrated by India with the success of Mars mission is astonishing and the knowledge gained from the operations of the mission will be invaluable, both in the training of flight operations and mission control staff, as well as in future launches.
In addition, Mangalyaan has also found a special place on the new Rs. 2,000 currency note introduced by the government after its demonetisation move.