Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed astronaut wings to four selected designates for India's first manned space mission – Gaganyaan

India’s ambitious human spaceflight program, Gaganyaan, is making great progress toward its historic launch. In October 2023, ISRO completed the critical Test Vehicle Development Flight (TV-D1), marking a significant milestone.  

The Gaganyaan mission seeks to launch three Indian astronauts into a 400-kilometre low Earth orbit for three days. This mission will demonstrate India’s rising prowess in space exploration and mark a critical step toward self-reliance in human spaceflight capabilities 

ISRO revealed intentions to construct the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) in-house after international collaborations fell through. This crucial system is necessary for human survival during space missions because it provides a breathing atmosphere, regulates temperature and humidity, and removes waste materials.

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Four Bhartiya Astronauts Presented by ISRO

As of today, February 27, 2024, ISRO hasn’t officially revealed the identities of the astronauts who will be part of the Gaganyaan mission. The selection process typically involves rigorous medical examinations, psychological evaluations, and intensive training to prepare the astronauts for the physical and mental demands of space travel. Bharat is proud of Group Captain Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap and Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla.

With successful test flights and ongoing development, the Gaganyaan mission is on track for a potential launch in 2025. This historic event will not only be a significant achievement for India but will also inspire future generations to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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