AS India prepares to launch its first ever rocket to Mars by November, it has requested the support of the Fijian Government.
A team of scientists from India's Space Research Station (ISRO) accompanied by India's high commissioner to Fiji Vinod Kumar paid a courtesy call to Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at his office in Suva last week.
Mr Kumar requested the support of Ratu Inoke for the Mangalyaan mission.
An Information Ministry statement issued last week said Ratu Inoke welcomed the initiative from the Indian Government and provided his support for the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).
The team of scientists aims to develop the technologies required in designing, planning, managing and operating of an interplanetary mission.
The scientists and engineers will monitor the rocket from Fiji and two different points in the Pacific Ocean following its launch in India sometimes in the beginning of November.
The team also visited President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau last week and briefed him on the mission.