ISRO scientists presented Prime Minister Narendra Modi the first images of the Martian surface taken by Mangalyaan, a statement said. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists met the prime minister and presented the images, it said. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

India created history by becoming the first country whose spacecraft entered into Mars‘ orbit in its debut attempt. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) traversed over 650 million km through deep space for over nine months to successfully reach the planet’s orbit. The US, Europe and Russia had failed in their first attempts. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who keenly witnessed the event, exhorted that the successful Mars mission “must become a base for challenging the next frontier”. The success “will go down as landmark in history”, said a visible delighted Modi.

The prime minister said that the MOM was built “indigenously, in a pan-Indian effort” and added that India is the only country to “. “Of the 51 missions, attempted across the world so far, a mere 21 had succeeded. But we have prevailed,” he said.

Image courtesy:ISRO  official page