New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday exhorted that the successful Mars mission "must become a base for challenging the next frontier".

"This too must become but a base for challenging the next frontier," a tweet by the Prime Minister's Office said after the spacecraft Orbiter was successfully inserted into the Martian orbit Wednesday.

"Let today’s success drive us with even greater vigour and conviction. Let’s set ourselves even more challenging goals," the tweet cited the prime minister as saying.