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France, India Charting New Orbit to Jointly Explore Mars, Venus

With Mangalyaan already an orbiter, putting a lander on Mars would be an interesting prospect and France is ready to work with India on it, says the chief of French Space Agency. In an interview, Jean-Yves Le Gall hopes that Indian and French flags could fly to Mars and Venus. Here are the excerpts of an interview: Q) What is the agreement that has been signed between India and France on the upcoming mission to Mars? A) It is related to exploring Mars. We know the ambitions of India to explore the Red Planet. We are very very impressed with what India is doing with Mangalyaan, which is currently orbiting Mars. In France, we have very skilled scientists for both Mars and Venus. Since there is already a project to explore Mars in India, we implemented an agreement to co-operate in the future on this project. Q) So can one say, India & France will jointly go to Mars whenever ...

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