The Hush Post: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a manned space mission by 2022. India will send the Indian flag on board Gaganyaaan by 2022.
“I am happy to announce that by 2022, the 75th Independence year, we are planning a manned space mission,” PM Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort. “We will put an Indian in space by 2022 or earlier,” he said.
Modi congratulated Indian scientists for excelling in their research and said that they are at the forefront of innovation.
“Our scientists have made us proud. They launched over 100 satellites… They successfully completed the Mars mission.”
ISRO successfully launched 104 satellites on 15 February 2017, of which three were Indian while the rest were foreign commercial satellites.
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, India’s first interplanetary mission was launched on November 5, 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It has been orbiting Mars since September 24, 2014.
India’s first lunar probe Chandrayan-1 was launched by the ISRO in October 2008, and operated until August 2009. The country’s second lunar probe Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to be launched by January 2019 and will attempt a soft landing of a rover near the moon’s South Pole.