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Russia Trains Indian Astronauts for India’s First Manned Space Mission

March 3, 2024 (EIRNS)—The cooperation between Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been going on for years and has never stopped. In December 2019, four Indian test pilots were chosen for training for India’s first orbital mission. They began training at Russia’s Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center in February 2020. Their time training in Russia was extended because of the Covid outbreak.

They also spent two years at the Indian Institute of Science, but no one was told about their mission and they kept pretty much to themselves.

The mission, Gaganyaan, was first announced by Prime Minister Modi on February 27 this year. The mission is now scheduled to launch sometime in 2025.