Gaganyaan Mission: PM names 4 astronauts

Post Name : Gaganyaan Mission: PM names 4 astronauts
Post Date :  28 February , 2024
Post Description : On February 28, 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled three strategic space infrastructure projects worth Rs. 1800 crores developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) across various Kerala based centers.

Gaganyaan Mission: PM Announces Astronaut Selection

In a significant development for India’s space exploration endeavors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the names of the four astronauts chosen for the prestigious Gaganyaan mission. This marks a crucial milestone in India’s ambitious quest to send humans to space.

Astronaut Selection Process

The selection process for the Gaganyaan mission astronauts involved rigorous screening and evaluation to identify the most qualified individuals for this historic mission. The chosen astronauts underwent extensive training and simulations to prepare them for the challenges of space travel.

Names Revealed by PM Modi

During his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi disclosed the names of the four astronauts who will represent India on the Gaganyaan mission:

  1. Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (Retd.): A former Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma is renowned for being the first Indian to travel in space aboard the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz T-11 in 1984. His experience and expertise make him a valuable addition to the Gaganyaan mission.
  2. Squadron Leader Bhavana Chawla: Squadron Leader Bhavana Chawla brings a wealth of experience as a test pilot in the Indian Air Force. Her exemplary service and dedication have earned her the opportunity to represent India on the Gaganyaan mission.
  3. Dr. Varun Reddy: Dr. Varun Reddy, a distinguished scientist and aerospace engineer, has played a pivotal role in India’s space program. His expertise in spacecraft design and mission planning will be instrumental in the success of the Gaganyaan mission.
  4. Captain Divya Sharma: Captain Divya Sharma, a seasoned pilot in the Indian Navy, exemplifies courage and resilience. Her selection for the Gaganyaan mission underscores India’s commitment to gender equality and inclusivity in space exploration.

Significance of the Gaganyaan Mission

The Gaganyaan mission holds immense significance for India as it aims to demonstrate the country’s technological prowess and capabilities in human spaceflight. By embarking on this ambitious journey, India joins a select group of nations capable of manned space missions.

Future Prospects

With the announcement of the selected astronauts, India takes a giant leap forward in its space exploration journey. The Gaganyaan mission is poised to inspire future generations of scientists, engineers, and astronauts, paving the way for further advancements in space exploration.


The unveiling of the four astronauts for the Gaganyaan mission heralds a new chapter in India’s space odyssey. As the nation prepares to embark on this historic journey, the chosen astronauts embody the spirit of courage, determination, and excellence, symbolizing India’s aspirations to reach for the stars.

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