The Centre on Thursday made a huge announcement that India will send its first manned space mission in 2022 in the year when the country marks its 75th year of Independence.
MoS for PMO Dr Jitendra Singh during a joint Centre-ISRO news briefing said:
"On the eve of India's 75th anniversary in the year 2022, India will send its first manned mission to the moon. It could happen before 2022 also. It is clearly a Make in India mission, from nut to bolt. The mission will have two or three people. The selection process is being done by a team of scientists headed by the ISRO Chairman and finalisation will happen in the next six months and training period extends from 1.5 to 2 years. A special cell has been created called Gaganyaan National Advisory Council to plan the preparation of the mission. The cost of the mission is Rs 10,000 crore."
The Minister later went on to speak about India's achievement in space. Watch the video above for the full news briefing.
On Wednesday, the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Kailasavadivoo Sivan gave details about the Chandrayaan-2 mission.
"Now, we are entering into Chandrayaan-2 mission. ISRO has decided the time of Chandrayaan-2 take off will be July 15, 2019, at 2:51 am".
Throwing light on the different components of the mission, he informed that the mission will be carried out by the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV MK III) rocket, which is designed to launch satellites into geostationary orbit. He said:
"The mission contains 3 components:
Rover: It is a robotic article having a mass of 27 kg and size of 21 metres.
Lander: This is a mass of 1.4 tonnes and a length of 3.5 metre
Orbitor: Mass of 2.4 tonnes and length 2.5 metres"