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India’s space enthusiasts say the $73 million Mars mission will be a step toward understanding the natural world, inspiring children to go into research science and advancing science and technology in ways that help common people cope with a changing environment. Learning more about alien weather systems, for example, might reveal more about our own.
"To visit another planet is a fantastic thing, the biggest thing," said space scientist Yash Pal, a former chairman of the country’s University Grants Commission who was not involved in developing the Mars mission. "If you can afford airplanes and war machines you can certainly spend something to fulfill the dreams of young people."
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