Today, with the resources on Earth being under tremendous pressure, mankind’s unending drive for exploration has been ignited once again. Now more than ever, we are looking for a better life, possibly on our neighbouring solar systems and galaxies.

Mars Mission India (MMI) is an initiative by UK Centre for Astrobiology (UKCA) and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre that aims to explore the habitability potential of the Red Planet. The main objective of the project is to promote Astrobiology as a subject of widespread interest in India and engage Indian engineers and other youth in the MINAR projects initiated by the UKCA. UKCA is an international partner with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

Under the project, Kalam Centre will design and develop the overall Space Science curriculum for schools and colleges with a special focus on Astrobiology in collaboration with experts from UKCA and a pool of mentors selected specifically for the purpose. The UKCA-KC Mars Mission India has recently joined hands with the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) for rolling out the Massive Online Open Courses on Astrobiology and Extraterrestrial Life. With this, MMI is associated with more than 750 institutions of Engineering, Architecture, Design and Pharmacy with over 400,000 students.

Another aspect of the program is to encourage students enrolled in various courses to take up research and project works under the Mars Innovation Prototyping Contest and explore the scope of Food, Clothing, Buildings, Laws and other aspects of habitability on Mars. This campaign will be useful in encouraging curiosity, creativity and learning among students of various disciplines with an angle of extraterrestrial application, while also adding to the knowledge base while we are still on planet Earth. Few participants from India will participate in the MINAR and other such projects every year.

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