India is Celebrating the successful launch of its unmanned spacecraft the Chandrayaan 2. And it's not just the scientists that are celebrating people back home just love the mission. And I'm absolutely excited about it too. If the mission succeeds India will become the fourth country to have had a successful landing on the moon. So far it has only been the US Russia and China that have had successful lunar landings. Questions of pride are at stake for India as this launch is tied up with its perception in the world. Today is a historical day for space and science and technology in India. People around the country are cheering signs that India is now ready to compete internationally when it comes to space. For decades Indian rocket launches meant bringing low cost satellites into the space for foreign countries. From time to time India also sent up some scientific research missions. The Indian moon mission was already approved by 2008 and by 2009 the designs were also there. So what took it so long. It's been a decade after all. Actually the Indian moon mission was supposed to take place in collaboration with Russia. The Russian space agency was supposed to design and make the lander but it never did. It kept delaying from 2013 to 2015 and finally ISRO, that is the Indian Space and Research Organization, decided to make everything on its own. And that's the reason that it's a matter of prestige for the Indian scientists that everything absolutely everything right from the scratch was made by them. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi the budget for space missions has almost doubled. He wants to ensure that India becomes a space power. He has even invested in anti satellite weapons. And in this trip to the moon. And by 2022 he's promising another milestone, the first manned mission to the moon which will be called the Gaganyaan. With India poised to become the fifth largest economy in the world Prime Minister Narendra Modi is eager to show the world that India has expertise in security and technology. But there's criticism of the launch as well. And most of it focuses on the question of money. And that is despite this launch being considered very cheap when it comes to space exploration. The Chandrayaan 2 is estimated to have cost 140 million dollars. In comparison the United States had spent today's equivalent of 100 billion dollars on its 15 Apollo missions in the 1960s and the 1970s. Even as India spends on its space missions, millions of people remain in poverty in the country and that is why critics ask that the sums that are being used in its research and in the hope of elevating its prestige could rather be spent down here on earth instead. At any rate, all eyes are sure to be on the sky for the Indian moon landing in September. Is the mission worth it? What it what do you think, do tell us in the comments section.