Washington DC: The world's foremost space exploration agency, the NASA from America, and the Indian space agency ISRO are today engaged in an intense dialogue to explore the last frontier of space together. In a first for Indian television, the chief of NASA, General Charles Bolden gave an extended exclusive interview to NDTV's Pallava Bagla at the agency's headquarters in Washington DC and explained how it was supporting India's upcoming maiden mission to Mars.
NDTV: You have an Indian mission to go up to Mars later this year called Mangalyaan or the Mars orbiting mission. You have the Maven mission from NASA which is also going up. Both are atmospheric study missions. Is it exciting to have two countries independently going to Mars?
General Charles Bolden: It's always exciting to have as many countries as possible participating in exploration efforts, particularly Mars. We were with Curiosity. We were able to carry along five other nations with us. If you look at the structure here, for example, this is made by the Spanish astrobiology centre, and it's a weather station. It has anemometer. It measures ground and air temperatures on Mars. The radiation experiment there is contributed by the Russians. We have British experiments. It is exciting to have the United States and India join together and now getting ready to do more studies on Mars's atmosphere with MAVEN (Mars Atmospheric and Volatile Evolution) that we're launching later in November looking at the upper atmosphere of Mars, a place that we don't know a lot about. Your mission is going to be looking at Martian atmosphere. We're providing support through communications, data and other types of...
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