Tthe surface of Mars is seen from a height of 7,300 km in the first image taken by the ISRO Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft. (AFP/ISRO)
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India's spacecraft has beamed back its first photos of Mars, showing its crater-marked surface, as the country glowed with pride Thursday after winning Asia's race to the Red Planet.India became the first Asian country to reach Mars Wednesday when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft entered the orbit after a 10-month journey on a shoestring budget.At just $74 million, India's mission cost is less than the estimated $100 million budget of the sci-fi blockbuster "Gravity".India now joins an elite club of the United States, Russia and Europe who can boast of reaching Mars.
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