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Prime Minister Unveils Gaganyaan Astronauts: “Will Take 140 Crore Indians To Space”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted India’s growing global influence, particularly in its space program, as he announced the names of the four astronauts selected for the Gaganyaan human space flight mission. The astronaut-designates, including Group Captain Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap, and Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla, received their astronaut wings during the event at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

Emphasizing India’s progress in space exploration, the Prime Minister expressed pride in the selected astronauts who underwent rigorous training in both technical knowledge and physical fitness for the Gaganyaan mission. He conveyed that these four individuals represent the aspirations of 140 crore Indians and would contribute to the nation’s prominence in space exploration.

With the Gaganyaan mission aiming to launch a three-member crew into a Low Earth Orbit for a three-day mission, Modi highlighted the historic significance of this endeavor. Comparing it to the mission of Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma in 1984, the Prime Minister noted that this time, India has control over the timing, countdown, and rocket.

Modi emphasized the transformative impact of India’s space sector on the global stage, particularly as the country is poised to become the world’s third-largest economy. He recognized the pivotal role played by women scientists in India’s space technology sector, stating that their contribution is indispensable for missions like Chandrayaan and Gaganyaan.

The Prime Minister underscored that India’s success in space exploration not only nurtures scientific curiosity among the youth but also positions the country as a dynamic global player in the 21st century, showcasing significant advancements across various sectors.

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