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Prashanth Balakrishnan Nair Leads Gaganyaan Crew: A Proud Moment for Kerala

Historic Mission with Palakkad Native at Helm: Prime Minister Assesses Preparations

Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils Gaganyaan space mission crew members from India at a function at VSSC. As anticipated, Malayali has been chosen to lead the four-member team. Prashant Balakrishnan, Nair, will be the Group captain. He is a native of Nenmara, Palakkad, Kerala, and will lead the team.

Today, the selection committee revealed the names of the four test pilots chosen for the prestigious mission. Three of them will conduct the historic spaceflight planned for 2025. Gaganyaan aims to achieve a 3-day orbital spaceflight 400 km above Earth before returning. The selection of a Malayali to lead the crew fills Kerala with pride and hope.

Extensive Training and Preparation

The astronauts trained extensively in Russia for a year and a half. They also taught at the Human Space Flight Center under the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Bengaluru. Active voice: The selection committee chose fighter pilots for their ability to handle complex challenges, selecting all four for the mission back in 2020.

Ahead of Gaganyaan, ISRO will launch an uncrewed test flight called GX in June 2024. It will carry a robot named Vyomamitra to space for three days at 400 km altitude before returning it. The mission experience will pave the way for crewed Gaganyaan flights after the G1 and G2 test missions.

India’s Space Program Advancements

Gaganyaan aims to demonstrate India’s capability to transport humans to space and return them to Earth safely. Nair and his team have a historic mission in front of them. The announcement of India’s first Gaganyaan crew is a milestone moment. Leading the team is Prashant Nair, a native of Kerala. His selection shows the state’s contributions to the space program.

The four astronauts had a great deal of training in India and Russia, taking up space travel’s difficulties. 2024, they plan to launch their maiden test flight without a crew. These efforts are directed towards the crewed Gaganyaan expedition scheduled for 2025. Should India succeed, it will become one of the select few countries with the ability to send people into space. For this purpose, the nation has made significant investments in its space program. Nair and his fellow astronauts now bear the weight of India’s hopes. They will face the ultimate test of bravery and expertise.

Kerala can take pride in that one of its own has been chosen to lead this crew into the history books. Nair’s selection highlights the state’s legacy in education and technology. All of India eagerly awaits the day its astronauts head to the stars.

Rohit Sharma

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