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New Delhi, Sep 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday exhorted that the successful Mars mission “must become a base for challenging the next frontier”. Also Read - Modi to Address UNGA Today | Sustainable Development, Climate Change Among Issues PM to Touch on During Session

“This too must become but a base for challenging the next frontier,” a tweet by the Prime Minister’s Office said after the spacecraft Orbiter was successfully inserted into the Martian orbit on Wednesday. “Let today’s success drive us with even greater vigour and conviction. Let’s set ourselves even more challenging goals,” the tweet cited the prime minister as saying. Also Read - PM Modi Asks BJP Workers to Educate Farmers on 'Intricacies of New Farm Reforms' & 'Save Them From Rumours'

India on Wednesday made history by becoming the first country in the world to enter the Martian orbit in its maiden attempt. “The spacecraft (Orbiter) was successfully inserted into the Martian orbit at 515 km away from the red planet’s surface and 215 million km away from the earth in radio distance,” a senior space official told IANS at the mission’s control centre.

The Mars orbit insertion began in the early hours at 4.17 a.m. when the spacecraft switched over to the medium gain antenna for emitting and receiving radio signals. After rotating the Orbiter in the direction of Mars at 6.57 a.m., the main engine was ignited at 7.17 a.m. to enable the spacecraft enter the Martian orbit.

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The above image has been taken from Wikipedia (Mars Orbiter Mission – India – Artist Concept)