Indian spacecraft reaches Mars for less than it cost to make ‘Gravity’

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India is celebrating a major milestone today, after becoming the first country to reach the orbit of Mars on its very first attempt. After launching in November 2013, an Indian spacecraft called Mangalyaan finally reached the red planet’s orbit early Wednesday morning, marking what Prime Minister Narendra Modi described as a “near impossible” feat. The successful mission makes India the first Asian country to reach Mars’ orbit, beating neighboring rival China, whose 2012 attempt ended in failure. The country’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was also financed for just $74 million — less than it cost to make the movie Gravity, as Modi and others have pointed out.

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