Russia will train four Indian astronauts for manned Gaganyaan mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief, K Sivan, announced on Wednesday a four member team who would commence training for the ambitious manned mission ‘Gaganyaan’ from the third week of January in Russia.

ISRO chief added that the work for Chandrayaan-3 and Gaganyaan was going on simultaneously.

Sivan also congratulated the Chennai based techie who recently located the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 that hard-landed and maintained that it was the space agency’s policy not to release picture of the crashed module.

“We know where it crashed and where it is located,” Mr Sivan said. To a question on what went wrong with Vikram lander, he said it was due to velocity reduction failure.

“The velocity reduction failure was due to internal reasons,” he said.

Chandrayaan-2 mission was India’s first attempt to land on the lunar surface. ISRO had planned the landing on the South Pole of the lunar surface. However, the lander Vikram hard-landed and lost communication.

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