Na­tion’s gi­ant leap for wom­ankind

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The coun­try is plan­ning to send its first manned mis­sion to space in De­cem­ber 2021, which will in­clude at least one woman, In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ISRO) chief K Si­van said on Fri­day. The manned mis­sion would . be pre­ceded by two un­manned mis­sions.

“We are plan­ning to have the first un­manned mis­sion in De­cem­ber 2020 and sec­ond for July 2021. Once we com­plete this, the manned mis­sion will hap­pen in De­cem­ber 2021. The en­tire team is geared up to achieve this tar­get,” Si­van said.

“Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said be­fore Au­gust 15, 2022, Ga­ganyaan should hap­pen, but we are say­ing De­cem­ber 2021,” Si­van said, adding that 32 space mis­sions would be launched in 2020, of which 14 would be launch ve­hi­cle mis­sions.

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