India and NASA Home In on Mars

17:20 minutes

This week, India launched Mangalyaan, its first robotic mission to orbit Mars and probe its atmosphere. Only Russia, Europe, and the U.S. have successfully orbited the planet. Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor in national security affairs, and planetary scientist Bruce Jakosky discuss the Indian space program, as well as NASA’s upcoming mission to the Martian atmosphere.

Segment Guests

Joan Johnson-Freese

Joan Johnson-Freese is a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Bruce Jakosky

Bruce Jakosky is principal investigator of the MAVEN Mission and a planetary science professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Boulder, Colorado.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is Science Friday’s associate producer. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.