Indian Astronaut: Indian astronaut set to reach space station this year: US envoy | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: An Indian astronaut is likely to reach the International Space Station (ISS) on an American mission this year, US ambassador to India Eric Garcetti said on Monday. The US diplomat also said the joint Indo-US satellite NISAR, considered to be the world’s most expensive satellite, will also be launched by year-end.
Garcetti said the Indian govt has also suggested the name of the astronaut who will fly to the ISS.He, however, did not reveal the name, telling a news channel that the “Indian government has indicated who that astronaut is. I’ll let them, you know, announce that at the proper time”. Nasa administrator Bill Nelson, during his visit to India last year, had also indicated about the US helping train and send an Indian astronaut to the ISS by the end of 2024. “The selection of the astronaut will be done bu Isro. Nasa won’t be a part of it. Details of the mission are being worked out by Isro,” Nelson had said.
Since its first modules launched at the end of 1998, ISS has been orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 400 km. Five space agencies of the US, Russia, European countries, Canada and Japan have collaborated on the development and operations of the ISS, and astronauts from 18 countries have gone to the space station till now. It will be a big opportunity for an Indian astronaut to visit the ISS as the space station is going to be retired by 2030, when Nasa plans to crash it into the ocean.
In a video post, Garcetti, who completed his one year as the US ambassador to India, said, “From the seabed to the stars, the US-India relationship is reaching new heights, including all the way to space where this past year we made huge strides in NISAR (NASA-ISRO SAR mission), the first satellite that Nasa and Isro are making together. It will blast off later this year so that you know, babies like Teigen (giving an example) will enjoy a future… and will be happy one day when we put him in space.”
India and the US have been working on the development of the world’s most expensive earth imaging satellite NISAR since 2014.
The total cost of the satellite project is $1.5 billion, which comes to around Rs 12,500 crore in Indian currency. NISAR will use its advanced radar imaging technology to map the elevation and movement of Earth’s land masses and ice sheets four to six times a month, at a resolution of 5-10 metres. The main aim of the satellite is to observe the most complex natural processes of the planet, including ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapse, as well as earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides.

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