Movie on Indian Mars MIssion by School Students
- Created on 06 February 2014
- Published on 06 February 2014
Movie on Indian Mars MIssion
Directed by School Students of 6th and 9th Standard
"Is not this an interesting way to learn science ?"
Everyschool should replicate this
A group of students from KR Mangalam World School, Gurgaon have directed a movie on India's first Mars mission. The curiosity and the amount of hype around the Mangalyaan mission made them to direct a movie to demystify the information for everyone.
This is a 14-minute video directed by Kirat Singh (8th Std) and Aashima Dhingra (9th Std). Around 15 students are part of this movie acting in various characters like news reporter, scientist and general public. The movie revolves around the technological importance of the mission, life possiblity on Mars, human settlement on Mars and the trade-off for spending crores of rupees on the mission. These students should be appaluded for the amount of effort put by them. They have done an excellent job to understand various scientific and technological facts before embarking on this initiative. This shows the extra mile that students could go to with their curiosity.
To add more, this movie got screened at National Science Film Festival, held at Bangalore last week. It had a fantastic response from the crowd.
We believe that these kind of activities inspire the students to learn science with fun. Hats-off to the school managment for encouraging and supporting thes kids.
Hope, many other schools in India do replicate this activity and come out with the innovative ways to involve students with basic science and mathamatics.
Here is the complete movie,
Here is the complete script of the movie. Hope, the audience find this interesting and come out with new creative ways to learn scientific facts.
K.R.Mangalam World School
South City-I, Gurgaon
TOPIC- MISSION MARS
REPORTER: A very good evening. You are watching “Mission Mars” live on KRM news channel with me, Shannon Dixit and trust us we have got a lot in store for you today. So welcome to Mars, a whole new way of thinking about how and how soon human is going to explore the planet next door in person. We have with us a great scientist, Mr Suresh Dutta, a combination of audacity AND brilliance who thinks out of the box and does not take a ‘no’ for an answer and hence creating history. We would like to welcome him and his team. It’s great to have you here.
SURESH: Thank you very much. I and my team are very excited to share with the world what we had been waiting for since a very long time.
REPOTER: Indeed. The world is waiting too. So, before moving further let’s take on a look at the most important news of the day –
India seems to have successfully launched its first mission to mars which makes India the first Asian country and the fourth country in the world to have a successful mission to the red planet if in fact the probe does reach the planet. And it’s going to be a while because the goal has to reach mars but the journey will take 300 days. The distance that this orbital has to travel is 680 million kms.
A huge success for the nation which would surely bring the eyes of other countries on India!
SURESH: Sure it will. India has always been a super power. It has once successfully launched its satellite on Moon and we are hoping that this mission of ours would not disappoint us.
REPORTER: 30 years back when I interviewed you on the same subject- MARS, you seemed to be quite convinced and credulous and confident about your mission to Mars which you had been planning for so many years. So what is your take on it now, 30 years hence?
SURESH: I am still very confident about the entire subject matter and we have progressed a lot as is quite evident from the fact that we have already launched a mission to Mars. It took some time but as it is said “good things take a while”.
REPORTER: We are certainly very proud of this development and we hope it proves to be a success. But let’s ask your team, what do you think, after 300 days as you said, will the mission get there?
Scientist 2: That’s the biggest question. India has been a space power for a long time. Its space programs, since the 60z, are focused on encouraging developments like remote sensing to help agriculture and communication and things like that. This mission to mars is chiefly a technology demo which will help inspire the next generation of Indian technologists and engineers. It will be a triumph if we get there and find out if life is possible there or not.
REPORTERS: What precautionary measures have been taken for a safe landing to the red planet?
Scientist3: Well our men have been well trained for years and we have taken measures we could for their survival and safe landing.
REPORTER: And how have you and your men planned to find out if life exists there?
Scientist 4: We have the most important METHANE CENSOR on the board which is associated with potential life if there were microbes producing it. But the problem is that there is far more sensitive censor on the curiosity rover that America has there right now and it seems to have already ruled out methane accepting that it has a very low concentration. So it is hard to imagine how our additions to the picture will help survival on Mars.
REPORTER: So there is a big question of national pride too in the whole business?
Scientist4: Yes of course, in the end this ends being a mission that is not just so much about science but about national prestige too.
REPORTER: So, India’s mission to mars might be a wise move. 80 million dollars they are spending on the mission and the criticism from some high profile British politicians is-
“If the Indians can afford to send the high tech missions into space, they can afford to look after their own.”
Because of course 300 million pounds of British extra money is helping India.
Scientist2: Yes of course. India has its own criticisms. But it better to look at it more clearly and more widely. It’s not just about pointless missions into space like any other mission. It is about India stamping its measure of ambition on the world and giving its people something to cheer about. Emerging countries need this ambition to tackle important technical exquisites that they may have. They do need expertise. They want to post a sign that they have the intensity to go after the technical ability. So it’s a good thing.
REPORTER: So how are you planning to cover up the expenses?
Scientist 2: Well we intend to fund the mission by creating a 'reality TV' series about the mission, documenting everything like touch-down on Mars and their daily lives once on the planet. Sponsors and media agencies would pay to broadcast the Mars mission.
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