France will aid India in the next gen Mangalyaan 2 mission, suggest reports. Indian space agency ISRO and French space agency CNES together will develop the Mars probe to search traces of water and extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet.
French President Francois Hollande was invited to India as the Cheif Guest on the Indian Republic Day. He stayed in the country for couple of days and meanwhile he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sign 16 MOUs. CNES and ISRO partnership was among those 16 agreements made between two countries.
ISRO was already planning to send the second probe to the Mars after the success of the iconic Mangalyaan-1 mission. Now, CNES will lend a helping hand and technology from the both the countries will be used in an effective manner to send another spacecraft on the Red Planet before 2020.
If everything goes according to the plan then India will become the second nation just after the US to send more than one probe on the Mars.
Mangalyaan-2 will search for traces of water and ice hidden beneath the land. It will examine soil samples to unravel the history of the Red Planet. Scientists know that the Mars had water once and it had the necessary ingredients to support life and the MOM-2 can tell scientists what made Mars a deserted place as it looks today. It will help in predicting the future of our Earth and methods to follow for preventing any unwanted changes.
While talking of Mangalyaan-1, it was launched on November 5, 2013, and the probe reached its destination after a journey of nine months on 24 September, 2014. It has sent some stunning images of the red planet till date and some of them are listed on the official website of the ISRO.
With the MOM, India became the first nation to send a probe to Mars in its maiden attempt. Also, ISRO is the fourth space agency to achieve such a feat just after European, American and Russian space agencies. India also won the Space Pioneer Award 2015 for the Mangalyaan mission.