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Breaking News: PM Unveils India’s Stellar Team-Meet the Gaganyaan Astronauts, the Fantastic 4

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced the names of the selected astronauts for the historic Gaganyaan Mission. These individuals—Prashanth Nair, Angad Prathap, Ajit Krishnan, and Shubhanshu Shukla—are now undergoing rigorous training as the pioneers who will embark on India’s first human spaceflight mission. The Gaganyaan Mission is the nation’s first foray into human space exploration, and it represents a key milestone for ISRO as substantial preparations take place across different ISRO centres in anticipation of this momentous endeavour.

Gaganyaan Advancements: ISRO Nears Launch in 2024

The Gaganyaan project is a futuristic endeavour that aims to demonstrate India’s capabilities in human spaceflight. The mission plan calls for a three-day orbital flight that will take crew members to an altitude of 400 kilometres before safely returning to Earth via a landing in Indian sea waters. As evidence of the programme’s progress. ISRO has successfully completed the acceptance tests for the flight engine earmarked for the first unmanned Gaganyaan (G1) mission. The top stage of the human-rated LVM3 vehicle will be powered by this key engine. Boasting an astounding thrust capability of 19 to 22 tonnes and a specific impulse of 442.5 seconds. ISRO aims to launch the G1 mission in the second quarter of 2024. Representing a huge step forward in India’s space exploration story.

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India demonstrated its technical strength in 2023, reaching significant milestones. The successful soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 in the Moon’s South Pole was a great accomplishment. Simultaneously, the launch of Aditya-L1, India’s first solar mission, adding another feather to the country’s space research crown.

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Building on its past triumphs, India sets lofty aspirations for the future. The Gaganyaan Mission is scheduled to launch in 2024-2025, with the goal of sending Indian astronauts into space. Looking ahead, India plans to create a ‘Bharatiya Antariksha Station’ by 2035. Placing itself as a prominent actor in space research. As a matter of fact, the country also aims to send the first Indian astronaut to the Moon by 2040. Presenting a complete strategy for its thriving space programme.

Author- Anshika Sharma

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