India on Tuesday embarked on its maiden Mars odyssey with ISRO successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).
Soon after the successful lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre,accolades and congratulatory wishes started pouring in from political leaders and others,lauding the ISRO and its scientists.
Here is a look at who said what on ISRO’s successful launch of Mars Mission:
Sonia Gandhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi lauded scientists for the successful launch of Mars Orbiter Mission,saying every Indian is proud of this “outstanding scientific feat”. “Gandhi has lauded the Indian space scientists for their successful launch of the historic Mangalyaan (Mars craft) Mission. Every Indian is proud of this outstanding scientific feat by our great scientists,” an AICC release said.
“The probe will help the human race better understand the relation (between the two planets),” he said. “When we had success in Chandrayan mission,I had gone there (ISRO) to thank the scientists and technicians. Today,I am not able to go there but I congratulate them all those involved in the successful launching of the Mars Mission”.
ISRO Chief: I am extremely happy to announce that the PSLV C25 placed Mars Orbiter Mission precisely in elliptical orbit about 44 minutes after lift off, said ISRO Chief K Radhakrishnan while congratulating his colleagues for their efforts.
Mission Director: Mission director P Kunhikrishnan said from the launch site: “Capturing and igniting the young minds of India and across the globe will be the major return from this mission.”
Abdul Kalam: Former President and renowned scientist A P J Abdul Kalam also complimented ISRO and said the Mars orbiter of India “is in a great mission of a 400 million km journey which has commenced today successfully”.
“I wish ISRO to succeed many more challenges during the Mars orbital mission with its technological strength to achieve the desired mission objectives,” he said.
V Narayanasamy: Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy hailed the successful launch saying it was a historic moment for the country. “India is the fourth country in the world to take up the mars expedition and our scientists deserve congratulations for it,” he said.
Manish Tewari: Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari also congratulated the scientists as he tweeted: “Congratulate scientists who brought Mars Mission to fruition underscores distinction.”
Naveen Patnaik: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also lauded ISRO scientists as he said: “I congratulate the ISRO team for the successful launch of Mars Mission. It’s a path-breaking initiative which will strengthen India’s foothold in space research.”
Kiran Kumar Reddy: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy hailed the successful launch and said: “The blast off was perfect. It’s a great achievement. ISRO scientists deserve all kudos for the precision-like successful launch.” “My hearty congratulations to the entire ISRO team. It’s a historic day for the country,” he added.
Omar Abdullah: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wished for the success of India’s maiden Mars Mission and said the knowledge we gain from the mission would benefit the space programme.
“Mars is a new frontier for our scientific community. It is obviously a major challenge,” he said.
Many also took to micro-blogging site Twitter to hail the successful launch,Here are some Twitter reactions:
She also tweeted
Congratulations to all ISRO scientists for the fantastic Mars Mission. Bravo! YOU put Bharat ahead in the Cosmos too! We are proud of you!— Dr Pravin Togadia (@DrPravinTogadia) November 5,2013
(With PTI inputs)