On Monday, India s space agency announced the successful launch of a prototype of its reusable space shuttle, marking the first time the south Asian nation has gone beyond the stratosphere.

The relatively low-cost shuttle could pave the way toward far more inexpensive space travel, but India notes that it s still a ways away from a perfected, final version of the spacecraft.

But comparisons aside, this is no small accomplishment for the country — indeed, the proof of concept for the RLV-TD shows that traveling beyond Earth doesn t have to cost an arm and a leg.

He added, The dynamism and dedication with which our scientists and ISRO have worked over the years is exceptional and very inspiring.

Of course, India is not alone in its mission to make space travel affordable.

So don t get too attached to Earth, friends — we may soon be on our way to a new home altogether.

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