Mission Mars: India’s Quest for the Red Planet


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Mission Mars: India’s Quest for the Red Planet

  • Significant amount of public interest on the subject which showcases demonstration of the scientific achievements
  • After successful Moon mission, India’s Mars mission has both scientific and geopolitical connotations
  • Missions to same destination are expected from few other state too during the same time
The objective of the book is to find an answer to the rationale behind the human quest for the Mars exploration. As a comprehensive assessment for this query is undertaken, it is realized that the basic question ‘Why Mars?’ seeks various responses from technological, economic and geopolitical to strategic perspectives. The book is essentially targeted to understand India’s desire to reach Mars. In the process, it also undertakes some implicit questioning of Mars programmes of various other states essentially to facilitate the setting up of the context for an assessment.

The book is divided into two parts:
Part I: This covers both science and politics associated with Mars missions in global scenario and discusses the salient features of various Mars Missions undertaken by various countries.
Part II: This provides details in regards to India’s Mars Mission.

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


  1. Dear Editor
    I am a graduate student of Institute of Air and Space Law, Mcgill University. I am interested to review the book ‘Mission Mars: India’s Quest for the Red Planet’. Can you please give me further details regarding this?

  2. Dear Upasana,
    Apologies for the slow response–I was in North American and just now travelled back to the UK.
    It would be great for you to review the book. Could you please email me on [email protected], and send me your mailing address? I will then have the publisher send the book directly to you.
    Thanks again for getting in touch,


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