New Delhi: The country that was set to set a world record for landing a spacecraft on Mars cost the US$6.33 billion to accomplish the feat, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in a press release.
The $6,333 million was the equivalent of about US$8,400 per square kilometer, or about $1,836 per square meter.
The launch took place at 8:37 a.m. local time (16:37 GMT) on Tuesday.
It was the first flight to the Red Planet by an Indian spacecraft and the first such mission since it launched the first probe to Mars in 2006.
India had said that the probe had been orbiting Mars for seven months, from May 16 to July 31.
India’s first spacecraft, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-3 (PSLV-C37), was launched in February.
India’s first unmanned mission to Mars, the Chandrayaan-1 probe, was launched on August 3.
The mission had a goal of landing on Mars in 2020.
India launched the Chandraysaan-2 probe in January and launched the Mars orbiter, Chandrayan-3, on February 10.
India also plans to land a probe on Mars by 2025.
The probe landed safely on the planet’s surface on June 5, 2020, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).NASA is in the final stages of deciding which of its six spacecraft will fly to Mars and which will spend a few years in the Red Sea.
It is expected to award a mission to the next round of missions in 2022.