Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 72nd Independence Day speech at Red Fort on Wednesday expressed his desire to unfurl tricolor in space by 2022.
During his speech PM Modi praised scientists for their excellence and innovation in research.
He said when India celebrates 75th year of Independence in 2022, “and if possible even before, an Indian son or daughter” will undertake a manned space mission on board ‘Gaganyaan’ “carrying the national flag”.
PM wishes that an Indian astronaut, be it a man or woman will undertake it’s first ever Manned Space Mission by 2022 on board ‘Gaganyaan’.
Chandrayaan-1 was India’s first lunar probe. It was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation in October 2008 and operated until August 2009.
Mangalyaan is another Indian space project.
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, is a space probe orbiting Mars since September 24, 2014.