To my mind, there was no other greater moment, no other occasion during the entire year when we felt good about being Indian, than when the Mangalyaan was successfully launched. The true 'Make in India' phenomenon if ever there was one.
Just when we thought that Chandrayaan was our crowning glory as far as space programs are concerned, the team at ISRO have pleasantly surprised us with the 'MOM' of all Indian space programs. What next? Suryayaan?!
Consider what has been achieved by about 500 scientists who worked tirelessly to make this mission a success:
- India had never before ventured towards Mars
- Only four other missions to Mars had been successfully carried out before - all by western countries
- The cost for putting together the mission was actually less than making the Hollywood film, Gravity, or, as Prime Minister Modi put it, cost less than an auto ride.