India triumphs in maiden Mars mission

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Posted: Sep 23, 2014 10:51 PM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian space agency's low-cost mission to Mars successfully entered the red planet's orbit on Wednesday, crowning India as the first country to execute such a project in its maiden attempt.

The success of the Mars Orbiter Mission, lauded for its low price tag of $74 million, will boost India's five-decade-old space programme that newly-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to expand with better infrastructure and technology.

(Reporting by Aditya Kalra; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)