India’s Mars mission cost less than Hollywood film Gravity: Modi

He said he had seen photos of rocket cones being transported on bicycles, saying he was surprised at such sights.

By: PTI | Sriharikota | Updated: June 30, 2014 8:52 pm
Even today our programme stands out as most cost effective. There is this story of our Mars mission costing less than Hollywood movie Gravity, Modi said Even today our programme stands out as most cost effective. There is this story of our Mars mission costing less than Hollywood movie Gravity, Modi said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised the cost-effective nature of Indian space programme, saying the country’s Mars mission had reportedly cost less than the big budget Hollywood science fiction “Gravity”.

In his address after witnessing the successful launch of the PSLV C23 rocket that injected five foreign satellites into intended orbit from here, he also traced the humble beginnings of the country’s space history while pointing out the rapid strides it has made today.

He said he had seen photos of rocket cones being transported on bicycles, saying he was surprised at such sights.

“All the credit to goes to you scientists. Even today our programme stands out as most cost effective. There is this story of our Mars mission costing less than Hollywood movie Gravity. I have heard that Mars mission’s expense is lesser than Gravity. Our scientists have shown the world a new paradigm of engineering and the power of imagination,” he said.

Mangalyaan, India’s interplanetary project was launched in November 2013 at an estimated cost of USD 72 million while the superhit English movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was reportedly made at an estimated USD 100 mn.

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    bibek bhuyan
    Sep 24, 2014 at 4:45 am
    the divastation like that in JK flood recently or UK cloud burst or say tsunami...where 100s and 1000s of crores were lost, only an advanced space technology like this can help to predict and take necessary precautions. in near future, may be such missions can help getting cheap and abundant fuel. in case of this so called unnecessary expenses, it is to minded that the total cost is less than that famous hollywood movie GRAVITY to make..if we do not wxplore advanced technology, we will be in caves, not out of that. today we have nuclear power, otherwise..we would have been another Afganistan, whom US levelled it to ground...thats why we need it
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    Dev Dutt
    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:33 am
    I had never seen such a starong counterlogic...Bravo.
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    theEnlightened
    Jul 16, 2014 at 5:56 pm
    uming you are from U.S. here are similar questions to you:1. Why is U.S. increasing the its defense budget when poverty levels have gone up by more than 8% since 2008 in U.S.?2. When gun shooting deaths have gone up by 200% since 2008, why U.S. is still making more guns?3. When the Obesity problem is an alarming 40%, why there are so many high fat products on store shelves in U.S.?I can go on...If you attempt to answer the above questions by relating the problem to another cause / solution , then you should think the same way for your question about India's space program.
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    Jerome
    Jun 30, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    "standing on the shoulders of giants"
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    byteme007
    Jul 1, 2014 at 11:13 am
    I have a question "India; why are you sending rockets to MarsFor national Pride?Great if that is it; but that money would have been better spent to feed your own people; how many are going to starve to death now? You can also include the billions you spent on nuclear weapons also..
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