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At the global science film festival this weekend, we had the chance to meet the director and writer Jagan Shakti of the movie Mission Mangol. This movie tells the story of scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation recruited to send a probe around Mars. The Mars Orbiter Mission, at first thought impossible, is a real challenge due to the tight budget, tensions among the crew and the pressure to realize a genuine technological breakthrough. In November 2013 India launches its first interplanetary spacecraft, making India the fourth country in the world to launch a spacecraft into the Mars orbital. The group of scientists in the film consists mainly of female scientists. Shakti is particularly interested in highlighting the role of women in science, with his sister being a scientist herself.
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