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India Unveils Crew for Historic Gaganyaan Space Mission

India makes strides in space exploration, introducing four-member crew for Gaganyaan mission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi awards astronauts “astronaut wings” during ceremony at Thiruvananthapuram space center.

India unveiled its first crewed space mission, Gaganyaan, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarding “astronaut wings” to four air force officers. The mission aims to send a habitable space capsule into orbit, marking a significant milestone in India’s space endeavors.

The crew members, Prashanth Balakrishnan Nair, Ajit Krishnan, Angad Pratap, and Shubhanshu Shukla, received recognition after undergoing rigorous training. While their roles in the mission weren’t specified, the announcement marks a momentous achievement for India in space exploration.

Gaganyaan, with an estimated cost of $1.1 billion, represents India’s ambition to join the ranks of the United States, Russia, and China in crewed space missions. The mission involves launching a space capsule into orbit and returning it safely to Earth, demonstrating India’s technological prowess in space exploration.

Prime Minister Modi hailed Gaganyaan as a historic achievement, echoing the nation’s pride in its space program. With this endeavor, India takes a significant step towards becoming a prominent player in the global space community.

The Gaganyaan mission symbolizes India’s commitment to advancing space exploration and pushing the boundaries of scientific innovation. As the countdown begins, the world eagerly anticipates India’s journey into the cosmos, marking a new chapter in the nation’s space odyssey.

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