India to send manned mission to space by 2022: Modi

Published: August 15, 2018
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

NEW DELHI: India will send a manned mission into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday in a speech to the nation.
“India will send into space–a man or a woman–by 2022, before that if possible,” Modi said in a marathon address at the Red Fort in New Delhi for the country’s Independence Day.

The astronaut would be “carrying the national flag,” Modi said.
The conservative prime minister said that India would be only the fourth country–after Russia, the United States and China–to launch its own manned space mission.

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Stepping up its rivalry with China, India has invested heavily in its space programme in the past decade.

It is aiming to send an unmanned mission to the moon in January 2019, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced last week.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter will aim to put a craft with a rover onto the moon’s surface to collect data. Design changes to the craft forced the space body to push the launch back from this year.

Chandrayaan-1, launched in 2008, orbited the moon and sent a probe to the surface which made a controlled crash landing.

India also launched an orbiter to Mars in 2013 which is still operational and in 2017 launched a record 104 satellites in one blast-off.

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  • shake chilli
    Aug 15, 2018 - 1:04PM

    Kashmir firstRecommend

  • Nav
    Aug 15, 2018 - 3:00PM

    It took India and ISRO, 53 years to launch a man into space. If it achieves that it may be able to launch man into moon by 2045. If ISRO delays now, man to moon will be delayed further.Recommend

    Aug 15, 2018 - 5:04PM

    Modi has better invested toilets for poor Indians. At least more than a third Indian citizens do not access for safe drinking water. Recommend

  • Proud indian
    Aug 16, 2018 - 4:18AM

    We indians will eat grass but we will send man to spaceRecommend

  • Raj
    Aug 16, 2018 - 9:44AM

    @IBN E ASHFAQUE: – Your point is well taken. But actually, this is already happening. But one project should not wait for the other. Simulatenous improvement and development should be made. That is what Modi is focussing on. IT is good.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 19, 2018 - 2:48AM

    Hmm, Pakistan sending first manned mission to sun in five years!
    Will be landing at night when it is cooler!Recommend

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