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Gaganyaan Unveiled: PM Modi’s Exclusive Revelation of the Space Travelers Charting India’s Cosmic Odyssey

Cover Image 5 Sixteen NineGaganyaan Mission Unveiled: India’s Leap into Interstellar Exploration

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) set the stage for an unprecedented milestone in 2018 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India’s first human space mission, Gaganyaan. Since then, the identities of potential space travelers have been shrouded in secrecy. However, a recent report by The Times of India has unveiled the names of astronauts selected for this historic mission.

Unveiling the Astronauts

According to the report, the chosen astronauts undergoing training at the space traveler training facility in Bangalore include Prashant Nayar, Angad Pratap, Ajit Krishna, and Chauhan (full name not disclosed). These individuals either hold the rank of Wing Commander or Group Captain.

Training in Bangalore

All four astronauts are currently undergoing rigorous training at the Bangalore-based space traveler training facility. On Tuesday, February 27, they will be at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, where PM Modi will introduce them to the world.

Selection Process

The report mentions that to become space travelers, several test pilots cleared the first level of selection in September 2019 in Bangalore. The selection process was conducted by the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) under the Indian Air Force.

After multiple rounds of selection, IAM and ISRO shortlisted the final four candidates.

Journey to Russia

In the early months of 2020, ISRO sent the selected astronauts to Russia for initial training, a process delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but completed in 2021.

Successful Testing of Cryogenic Engine

In a significant update on February 21, ISRO declared that the CE-20 cryogenic engine, crucial for Gaganyaan’s launch vehicle’s cryogenic stage, has successfully completed its final tests. This engine provides power to the Liquid Propulsion Module (LVM) during the cryogenic phase of the launch.

ISRO further confirmed the successful completion of all ground tests for the CE-20 engine dedicated to the Gaganyaan mission.

The Gaganyaan mission marks a pivotal moment in India’s space exploration journey, bringing together technology, human expertise, and determination. As the selected astronauts undergo training and essential components pass rigorous testing, the anticipation for the historic launch grows.