India celebrates spacecraft to Mars

India's celebrating successfully firing a spacecraft into orbit around Mars.

They're the only country ever to reach the red planet on their first attempt. It shows other countries such as the US and China what they are capable of.

The spacecraft took ten months to get there and costs $75 million dollars - so it was one of the cheapest space missions ever.

Staff at Mission Control in Bangalore cheered and clapped after firing the Mangalyaan probe's main engine to slow it down to land.

The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi congratulated the scientists telling them ''the success of India's space programme was a shining example of what the nation was capable of. ''

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