Mars Orbiter Mission : Does developing country like India afford such space missions ?
“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

― William Jennings Bryan
Like every other indian, for me mom was a prestigious and awaited event that took place today. But once this mission is done, we rack our brains to think whether it was worth the investment. i think yes it is. We are aiming to be a developed nation and not be stagnant as a developing nation. we need progress on every fronts and this particular progress is appreciable and surely not questionable

he $75 million spent on the Mars mission – one commentator compared it with the budget of four big Bollywood movies – is a relatively trifling amount compared with the other four countries’ missions which cost billions of dollars. (Meanwhile, critics have deemed such an expense unwarranted in a country dogged by poverty.)
India is becoming known for low-cost innovation in diverse fields such as healthcare and education. The Mars mission is being cited as an example of the ingenuity that produces technology at stupendously low prices. The price tag on Mangalyaan has stirred the global space community.

In a conversation with Forbes, Kopillil Radhakrishnan, chairman of ISRO, explained how the agency made Mangalyaan the world’s least-expensive Mars endeavour. Excerpts:
1. “I don’t like the phrase ‘frugal engineering’. ISRO’s general philosophy is cost effectiveness. The Russians look for robustness and the Americans go after optimization. Our aim at ISRO was how do we get to Mars on a budget.”
2. “We adopted a modular approach. Take the launch vehicle, for instance. We acquired the technology for the Vikas engine in the 1970s by working with the French. There was no money transaction. We have since produced 120 such engines with Indian materials and fully fabricated here. For every successive launch, we have taken the base of

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