Indians woke up on Wednesday morning to the news that the country's Mangalyaan mission had successfully locked into orbit around Mars. Scientists in the Indian Space Research Organisation control room in Bangalore broke into cheers as orbiter’s engines completed the 24 minutes of burn time it needed to manoeuvre the spacecraft into its place around the red planet.

Shortly afterwards, @MarsOribter, the official Twitter account for ISRO’s Mars Orbiter, was set up. In four hours, it gained about 40,000 followers. NASA’s Curiosity Rover tweeted a welcome to India’s Mars Orbiter and the Mars Orbiter promptly replied.

Social media, especially Twitter, erupted with jokes on the cost of the mission and Arnab Goswami's Newshour show.