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 was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.