Talking to media on Wednesday ISRO (Indian Space Reserach Organization) chief K Sivan informed that the work on Chandrayaan-3 is going on in full swing. He also provided an update about the ambitious Gangayaan mission.
Sivan informed that the training of astronauts for the Gangayaan mission would start by the end of this month. He said, “4 astronauts have been short-listed and they will go to Russia for training by this month-end”. The agency head highlighted the indigenousness of the mission.
” In 1984, Rakesh Sharma flew in a Russian module, but this time the Indian astronauts will fly in an Indian module from India. We all know that scientific discoveries, economic development, education, tech development & inspiring youth are coming goals for all nations. Human space flight provides a perfect platform to meet all these objectives”, he said.
Describing the importance of Gaganyaan Mission the ISRO chief said that it is not just about sending humans to space but is an opportunity to build a framework for long term national and international collaborations & cooperation. Gaganyaan is India’s ambitious mission focused on sending astronauts to space for a minimum of seven days by 2022.
Talking on Chandrayaan-3 he said that the lunar mission would have a configuration similar to his predecessor Chandrayaan-2. The Chandrayaan-3 would be equipped with the lander and a rover, and will land on the same location where the Vikram-lander for the previous mission crashed he informed.
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The government has approved the Chandrayaan-3 and ISRO is aiming at a launch in 2021 just before the Gaganyaan mission.
Inputs from DNA