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Gaganyaan Crew : Meet India’s Crew For Its First Manned Space Mission

India’s Gaganyaan mission is planned for 2025. This mission aims to send three astronauts to an orbit of 400 km in space and bring them back after three days. This will be India’s first human space flight ever. The four crew members for this mission have been shortlisted after a tough selection process. 

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The shortlisted crew members, who have been chosen from the Indian Air Force, are Group Captain Prashanth Balakrishnan Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap, and Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla. They have undergone intense training for 13 months in Russia and are now preparing for the mission in India. 

This human space mission is the first of its kind for India and will cost around Rs.90.23 billion. The Indian Space Research Organisation is carrying out a number of tests to prepare for the mission. If it succeeds in its mis- sion, India will become the fourth country to send a human into space after the Soviet Union, the US, and China.

Word Check :  Gaganyaan is a Hindi word which means a ‘sky craft’.

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Checkout India’s Spacecraft That Will Take Humans To Space

The ISRO released pictures of the Gaganyaan spacecraft, which will take humans to space in 2025. The Gaganyaan project plans to take a crew of 2-3 members to a circular orbit of 400 km around the Earth for a one to three days mission and bring them back safely to the Earth.

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The space agency also successfully launched its unmanned test flight for its first human spaceflight mission – ‘Gaganyaan’ – in the second attempt on October 21. The test was conducted to check whether the crew could safely escape the rocket in case it malfunctioned. Since the first test was successful, ISRO will send a humanoid – a robot that resembles a human – in an unmanned Gaganyaan spacecraft in 2024.

Did You Know?

If this mission succeeds, India will become only the fourth country to send a human into space after the Soviet Union, the US, and China.

Rakesh Sharma was the first Indian astronaut who went to space in 1984, where he spent 21 days and 40 minutes on a Russian spacecraft.

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