ISRO Selects 4 IAF Pilots For Manned Space Mission

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Four top pilots of the Indian Air Force have been selected for India's maiden manned mission Gaganyaan around the earth's orbit by 2022. 

Disclosing this, ISRO chief K. Sivan said on Wednesday that "We have selected 4 IAF pilots for our first manned space mission in 2021-22. Three of them will go into space to orbit around the earth for a week and conduct experiments in micro-gravity and bio-science”. 

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The pilots’ identities have not been revealed.

The pilots will undergo training in Russia later this month.

(In a famous conversation on April 2, 1984, when the first Indian in space, Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma was asked by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi how India looked from space, he replied, “Saare Jahan Se Achcha”).

"The four pilots have undergone medical tests at the Indian Aviation Medicine of the IAF in Bengaluru and in Russia at the space agency, which will train them in all aspects of a manned mission in outer space," said Sivan.

 

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