Gaganyaan 4 Astronaut Names Revealed: PM Modi’s Vision for India’s Space Exploration

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on Tuesday. The Prime Minister held a meeting with Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre’s Chief S. Somanath. Modi reviewed the inauguration of three space infrastructure projects worth around Rs. 1800 crore and the country’s first manned space mission, Gaganyaan.

The Prime Minister announced the names of the opportunity travelers for the Gaganyaan mission and handed them opportunity traveler wings. The group of opportunity travelers for the Gaganyaan mission includes Group Captain Prashant Balakrishnan Nair, Ajith Krishna, Angad Pratap, and Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla.

Today, recognition of historic achievements in water, land, sky, and opportunity is being celebrated.

The Prime Minister said – “I wish that every individual stands tall and extends greetings to our opportunity-seekers. In the developmental journey of every nation, there are moments that not only resonate with the present but also define the future for generations to come. Today, India witnesses such a moment, where our current generation is incredibly fortunate to receive recognition in water, land, sky, and opportunity.”

4 individuals will be entrusted with the aspirations of 140 crore Indians.

The Prime Minister remarked – “A short while ago, the country was introduced to 4 Gagannayak travelers for the first time. These are not just 4 names or 4 individuals; they represent the aspirations of 140 crore Indians. It has been 40 years since any Indian has ventured into space, but this time, the time is ours, the countdown is ours, and the rocket is also ours.”

By 2035, India will have its space station, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. He remarked that last year, India became the first country to unfurl the tricolor at Chandrana’s South Pole. Today, the Shiv-Shakti point is introducing the world to India’s capabilities. The Prime Minister stated that by 2035, India will have its own space station. With the help of this space station, India will be able to conduct experiments in unknown territories of space. This era of Amritkal will see Indian astronauts land on the moon using their rockets.

India’s Gaganyaan will elevate our space sector to new heights, the PM remarked. He expressed his joy in learning that the majority of the tools used in Gaganyaan are being made in India. It’s a remarkable coincidence that just as India is striving to become the world’s third-largest economy, its Gaganyaan program is also propelling our space sector to new heights.

Prime Minister Modi will also meet with Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They will meet for two days. On Tuesday evening, at 5:15 PM, he will arrive in Tamil Nadu, where he will attend the “Creating the Future – Digital Mobility for Automotive MSME Entrepreneurs” event in Madurai.

On February 28, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate projects worth over 17,300 crores in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. He will arrive in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal at 4:30 PM, where he will inaugurate projects worth more than 4900 crores.

Among these projects, the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota will see the inauguration of the PSLV Integration Service, the Semi-Cryogenic Integrated Engine Complex at Mahendragiri under ISRO Propulsion Complex, Stage Test Facility, and the inclusion of the Trisonic Wind Tunnel at VSSC.

In Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister will dedicate India’s first indigenous green hydrogen fuel cell and Inland Water Vessel. This green boat is manufactured under the “Make in India” initiative. Additionally, he will dedicate 75 lighthouses as tourist facilities across 10 states/union territories.

In Maharashtra, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate railway, road, and irrigation projects worth Rs. 4900 crores on Wednesday. They will release the second and third installments, approximately Rs. 3800 crores, under the Namami Gange project.

Additionally, they will distribute a total corpus of Rs. 825 crores to 5.5 lakh women self-help groups across the state. Alongside this, the distribution of one crore Ayushman cards will begin across the state. PM Modi will launch the Modi Housing Scheme for OBC beneficiaries in the state, starting with the distribution of Rs. 375 crores as the first installment to benefit 2.5 lakh individuals. The scheme aims to construct 10 lakh houses.

Apart from these initiatives, the 16th installment of the PM-KISAN fund will be transferred. Following this, the total amount disbursed to over 11 crore farmer families will surpass Rs. 3 lakh crore.

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