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Gaganyaan Mission: PM Modi Reveals Astronauts Names, Propels India’s Global Space Presence

In a historic move for the nation's space exploration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces the four astronauts selected for India's Gaganyaan human space flight project.

Gaganyaan Mission

Gaganyaan Mission: In addition to revealing the identities of four astronauts involved in India’s human space flight mission Gaganyaan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated today that the country is expanding its space in the global order.

Astronaut Wings Ceremony

At a ceremony held today at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, the Prime Minister awarded astronaut wings to the four people who were chosen for the space mission. Group Captain Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap, and Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla are the four astronaut-designates chosen for the Gaganyaan mission.

Low Earth Orbit Mission

The three-person crew will be sent into Low Earth Orbit and returned to Earth after three days as part of the human space flight project. The astronauts selected for the expedition have received technical and physical fitness training to guarantee their well-being throughout the journey.

“The country has come to know about the four Gaganyaan passengers. These are not just four names or four people. These are four powers who will take the aspirations of 140 crore Indians to space,” the Prime Minister said. “Forty years later, an Indian is going to space. But this time, the time, the countdown and the rocket belong to us,” he added.

Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma’s Legacy

Formerly, as part of a Soviet expedition, Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (retired) visited space in 1984. The Prime Minister claimed that the Gaganyaan mission will propel our space industry to new heights at a time when India’s economy is predicted to grow to become the third largest in the world.

He also mentioned the significant contribution that female scientists have made to the field of space technology. “India’s Nari Shakti is playing pivotal role in the space sector. Be it Chandrayaan or Gaganyaan, no such mission can be imagined without women scientists,” he said.

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