“These are all accomplishments that will go down as landmarks in history,” said a visibly happy Modi.
“With today’s spectacular success, Isro joins an elite group, of only three other agencies worldwide to have successfully reached red planet,” he added amidst applause.
Modi, wearing a red coloured jacket, said that the “odds, were stacked against us”.
“Of the 51 missions, attempted across the world so far, a mere 21 had succeeded. But we have prevailed,” he said.
The prime minister said: “Travelling an incredible distance, of over 650 million Km, we have gone beyond boundaries, of human enterprise and imagination.”