French President’s India visit results in signing of 16 important MoUs between two nations
The recent visit of French President Francois Hollande to India has led to the signing of 16 significant Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between both the nations, including wide range of sectors, such as urban transport, urban development, water and waste treatment and solar energy.
However, the most important development to emerge from the mutual talks among all is the collaboration to launch India's next Red Planet mission.
France seems to have got impressed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s landmark launch of the low-cost Mars orbiter Mangalyaan, thus has decided to join India in launching its upcoming Mars mission, which will roll out in 2018.
While speaking to NDTV, Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the French Space Agency CNES, “India's Mangalyaan is very impressive, a good example of Make in India and of low-cost space exploration”.
While talking about what’s next after the MOM (Mars Orbiter Mission), Le Gall added that after India's Mars orbiter, the next step will be a lander. Le Gall said that a lander on Martian isn’t easy, but will be interesting to commence.
In case the joint venture between India and France becomes successful, then it will be just the second rover on Mars’ surface. So far, the US' Curiosity Rover is the only successful Mars landing.
The Deccan Herald reported that a combined statement issued regarding the summit meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande, stated that both leaders have welcomed the partnership announcement through the participation of the CNES in the ISRO’s future space and planetary exploration missions.
India had scripted space history in 2014 when it successfully put its low-cost Red Planet spacecraft in orbit surrounding the Mars in its first attempt and broke into an elite club of three countries. Nearly a year after its launch, the space probe made an entry into Mars orbit on 24 September, making its home around the planet.
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