Mis­sion Mars

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Two In­dian univer­sity stu­dents are part of the global team that won a $10,000 in­ter­na­tional contest to de­sign a mis­sion to Mars. It has been or­ga­nized by the US-based In­spi­ra­tion Mars Foun­da­tion. Kshi­tij Mall from Nag­pur and Ker­ala-born Ash­wati Das are stu­dents of Pur­due Univer­sity in

the U.S., which has pro­duced many as­tro­nauts, in­clud­ing Neil Arm­strong, the first man to walk on the moon.

Some 32 teams from across the world took part in the contest to de­sign a manned round trip mis­sion to Mars. Their pro­pos­als were eval­u­ated by a high-level panel of judges con­sist­ing of cur­rent and for­mer NASA of­fi­cials. The non- profit or­ga­ni­za­tion In­spi­ra­tion Mars Foun­da­tion founded by the world's first space tourist Den­nis Tito aims to launch a manned mis­sion to fly by Mars by 2021.

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