India became the first nation to succeed in its first attempt to send a spacecraft to Mars when its probe Mars Orbiter Mission, known as Mangalyaan in Hindi, executed its 24-minute engine burn successfully, entering into the Mars orbit. The MOM was launched from India's Satish Dhawan Space Center in November 2013.
The news sparked congratulations from around the world. On receiving the confirmation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared, "History has been created today. We have dared to reach out into the unknown, and have achieved the near impossible." MOM's success will give a boost to India's status as a technological power.