Mars mission: Key facts on costs of travel to Red Planet

Written by Express news service | Updated: Sep 26 2014, 12:59pm hrs
Mission to MarsIndia's Mars Orbiter Mission has been achieved on a budget of $74 mn, nearly a 10th of the amount the NASA spent on sending Maven spacecraft to Mars.
Getting a spaceship successfully into orbit around Mars is no easy task. More than half the world's previous attempts - 23 out of 41 missions - have failed. India's low-cost mission to Mars successfully entered the red planet's orbit on Wednesday, crowning a 'near impossible' push to become the only country to complete the trip on its maiden attempt.

The Mars Orbiter Mission was achieved on a budget of $74 million, nearly a tenth of the amount the US space agency NASA spent on sending the Maven spacecraft to Mars.

In fact, Mangalyaans journey to Mars has cost India Rs 7 per kilometre. An auto ride in Delhi costs Rs 8 per kilometre, after the first two kilometres.

Here's the costs of travel to the red planet in recent years:


COST: $671 mn

Launch Date: Nov 18,2013

Arrival in Mars orbit: Sept 21,2014

* European Space Agencys Mars Express Orbiter

COST: $386 mn

Launch Date: June 2003

Arrival in Mars orbit: Dec 2003

* Japan Aerospace Exploration Agencys Nozomi

COST: $189 mn

Launch Date: July 1998

Failed to enter Mars orbit on Dec 9, 2003

* Russian Federal Space Agencys Phobos-Grunt with Chinese satellite

COST: $117 mn

Launch Date: Nov 8, 2011

Failed to leave earth orbit

* Indian Space Research Organistaion's Mangalyaan

COST: $74 mn

Launch Date: Nov 5, 2013

* Arrival in Mars orbit Sept 24, 2014