PM Modi, who is known to be a space buff, tweeted, "Our government is committed to give further impetus to our Space Programme." As Gujarat Chief Minister, he had visited the state's remote sensing centre a record 50 times. Sources close to him say he is keen on ways of harnessing space technology in agriculture and other fields.
The launch has cemented the success of India in launching satellites for the West, Earlier India used to buy pictures from other countries like France. India's maiden mission to mars is on the board as per scientists. Meanwhile, the Mangalyaan is expected to reach the red planet on September 24.