MASSIVE: India Planning To Have Own Space Station, Announces ISRO Detailing Extension Of Gaganyaan Mission. Details Here

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During a joint Centre-ISRO press conference on June 13, Thursday, ISRO chief K Sivan said that India is planning to have own space station.

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During a joint Centre-ISRO press conference on June 13, Thursday, ISRO chief K Sivan said that India is planning to have own space station. This will be India's own space station, different from that of the international space station, ISRO chief K Sivan said Thursday.

Alongside the 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, K Sivan also said that India is planning to have its own space station. The ambitious project will be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission by the ISRO.

"We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme after the launch of (the) human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station," Sivan told reporters during the joint press conference of Centre-ISRO.

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In the same press conference, MoS for PMO and Department of Space Dr Jitendra Singh news briefing said:

"On the eve of India's 75th anniversary in the year 2022, India will send its first manned mission t 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."

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.

What is a space station?

As per NASA, the International Space Station is a large spacecraft that orbits around Earth and is a home where astronauts live. The space station is also a science lab. The space station is made of many pieces. The pieces are put together in space by astronauts. The space station's orbit is approximately 250 miles above Earth. 

Why is the Space Station important?
The space station is a home in orbit. People have lived in space every day since the year 2000. The space station's labs are where crew members do research. This research could not be done on Earth. Scientists study what happens to people when they live in space.  The space station is one of the first steps. 

As of January 2018, 230 individuals from 18 countries have visited the International Space Station. Top participating countries include the United States (145 people) and Russia (46 people). The International Space Station includes contributions from 15 nations. NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia) and the European Space Agency are the major partners of the space station who contribute most of the funding; the other partners are the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

India's step is an attempt to include itself in this big league.


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