The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is prepping up to launch India’s first-ever manned space mission Gaganyaan by 2022 and the space organisation claims to send out three Indian astronauts into the space, marking stellar achievement in the history of Indian space research.

Delivering the Independence Day speech, PM Narendra Modi had announced that Indian space agency ISRO will launch India’s first manned space flight “Gaganyaan” by 2022. In a major update, ISRO Chief K Sivan announced that Gaganyaan will be ready for launching by 2022 and will send three Indian crew members before India’s 75th Independence Day. The ISRO the Gaganyaan in the lower orbit of the earth, around 300-400 kilometres from the earth surface and all three astronauts aboard will travel into the space shuttle for about a week.

To ensure full safety of the astronauts, ISRO will they will test a couple of unmanned space flight prior to the launch of Gaganyaan. After the successful testing of the unmanned space flights, they will send the  astronauts to the space to perform micro-gravity and some other scientific operations. Besides being India’s first manned mission, Gaganyaan will cost quite low as compared to the other countries’ budget for such missions as less than rupees 10,000 crores will be allocated for this great mission, making it super cost-effective.

The big question however is, “who gets the chance to travel the space?”. ISRO chief claims that “the crew members of Gaganyaan will be jointly selected by the IAF and the ISRO. Their spacesuits are ready. After the selection of the crew members, they will get the training for nearly two to three years in Bengaluru”. Furthermore, the ISRO-IAF team will consult the first ever Indian to travel space, Rakesh Sharma, who traveled space way back in 1984 before selecting the astronauts. After intensive training, they will be launched from Shriharikota and reach to space within 16 minutes, perform space operations, and return by splashing down in the Arabian Sea, which will take nearly 36 minutes.

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