The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has called for 'Announcement of Opportunities' on Mars Orbiter Mission-2. In the wake of NASA's Perseverance landing successfully on Mars, India also plans on putting its Mars plans in action. India has previously achieved a successful Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan).

This was India's first attempt at exploring and reaching another planet. India prides itself on the fact that the Mars mission was the cheapest in comparison with foreign missions. It cost India Rs 450 crore for the launch vehicle, ground segment and spacecraft. It has sent two terabytes worth of pictures in the last six years. 

As per the announcement, "It is now planned to have the next orbiter mission around Mars for a future launch opportunity."

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However, before the Mars Orbiter Mission-2, there are three other projects in the pipeline. ISRO had decided to explore Earth's twin planet, Venus. 

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted ISRO's project lineup. They will most likely be focusing on Chandrayaan-3 and Gaganyaan. Chandrayaan-3 had to be launched last year and is ISRO's attempt at landing on the moon again after Chandrayaan-2's unsuccessful hard landing. 

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ISRO is also looking forward to joint Mars explorations with France. The India France Joint Vision for Space Cooperation's announcement said "CNES and ISRO, with the support of Laboratoire de meteorologic dynamique (LMD, CNRS), will jointly work on the modelling of Mars and Venus atmospheres."

By 2022, ISRO also aims to send three humans to space through  Gaganyaan, their human space mission.