MOM mission puts India on top
India became only the fourth nation to execute a successful mission to Mars, a success made even sweeter by the fact that it was the first ever county to succeed in its maiden attempt. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out that the mission cost (just $74 million) much less than that of Hollywood space film Gravity. Mangalyaan has been described as a technological feat that will allow India to flex its ‘interplanetary muscles’. On September 24, Indian space scientists once again made India proud. Mangalyaan is among the 25 ‘Best Inventions of 2014’ listed by Time magazine that are ‘making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun’.