India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised the successful launch of the Indian-made PSLV C23 rocket and called it cheaper than the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney movie ‘Gravity’.
As The Indian Express reports, the launch carried five satellites from France, Germany, Canada and Singapore.
“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,” Modi said.
Mangalyaan, India’s interplanetary project was launched in November 2013. The total cost of the project is about $78 million. In contrast, the budget of the Oscar-winning 2013 sci-fi thriller ‘Gravity’ was about US$100m.
According to The Hindustan Times, the rocket’s lift off proceeded without fault. The PSLV-C23 then placed all five satellites into their intended orbits, one after the other between 17 and 19 minutes after liftoff.