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India plans a trip to Mars
India is all set to pay a visit to the Red Planet—Mars. All eyes are set on the mission to mars that got a boost under ISRO’s 11th plan including a flight to Mars. Planets and satellites are soon going to become the next hottest destinations.
A FLIGHT to mars is the latest buzzword. India is all set to pay a visit to the Red Planet as part of ISRO’s 11th plan that came to light on Friday. Mars seems to have become a favorite after moon for countries like the US, Russia and the European Space Agency. Russia has already started its preparations in full swing for a trip to Mars.
According to sources, India is likely to carry out scientific activities on Mars. The Indian Mars Mission is likely to focus on studying the Martian atmosphere and the weather. The project will also focus on searching for water.
Japan and China are also expected to plan a trip to mars. Indian space scientists feel that at this point we cannot afford to stay behind. However, a lot of analysis needs to be done before finalizing the trip to Mars.  
Mars is one planet which has attracted scientists and researchers since a long time. People have even held debates on the possibility of life on Mars. The timeline for the six to eight month flight to Mars is yet to be worked. It has been estimated that if the centre gives its support, the project will take off by 2015. The GSLV (Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) is already operational and the total estimated cost of the project is Rs 386 crore.
A trip to Mars has triggered various ideas in the minds of the people. Some feel that it will be a great expedition while others day that the money could be used to tackle more important issues like poverty in India.
Manju Mehta, a science teacher says, “The mission to Mars is a great venture. If it works out, it will be an enormous achievement for India. Mars is one of the most sought after planet and a scientific journey will enhance the economic value of India.”
Ketki Rao, banker, says, “When I told my kids that scientists were planning a visit to Mars, they were very excited. They said that we would get to know if there was life on the other planet and that if aliens really existed.”
A trip to Mars will answer several questions regarding the atmosphere, the Ionosphere and presence of water.
Priyanka Mehra, entrepreneur says, “As a kid I always wondered if Mars had life on it? I thought that the planet had a reddish atmosphere with lots of dust and aliens who dressed in thermal silver clothes. The trip will answer a number of my questions and I am sure it will be an interesting affair.”
Meenakshi Dutt, a schoolteacher, says, “The trip to Mars will benefit the scientific department but it will also incur a huge cost. There are more important problems in our country that need to be tacked for example poverty, environment degradation and terrorism. The government never has enough money to support those who die from hunger each year, but there are ample resources in its treasury to finance a trip to Mars.”
Rohan Gupta, businessman says, “Wow. A trip to Mars! Is there any tourist destination there? How will the common man benefit from the expedition to Mars? You never know, our scientists might borrow some of the Martians’ advanced technologies.”
A trip to Mars might be an enchanting one but one can only depend on time to decide when it will be flagged. A well directed effort like this might add a feather in the cap of India’s space ventures and bring it at par with other so-called scientifically advanced countries.
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