Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday directed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to land an Indian on the moon by 2040.
He also set ambitious goals for India’s space program, including setting up an indigenous space station by 2035 and working towards interplanetary missions.
Modi made these announcements during a review meeting of the Gaganyaan mission, India’s first manned mission to space, which is scheduled for 2025.
He said that India should now aim for new and ambitious goals in space exploration, and that ISRO is capable of achieving them.
“India has made significant progress in the space sector in recent years,” Modi said. “We are now among the leading spacefaring nations in the world. It is time for us to set even more ambitious goals for ourselves.”
Modi’s announcement comes at a time when India is facing increasing competition in the space sector from countries such as China and the United States.
Both countries have ambitious space programs, and they are vying for dominance in the sector.
India’s landing a man on the moon by 2040 would be a major achievement for the country. It would make India the fourth country to achieve this feat, after the United States, the Soviet Union, and China.
The Indian space program has made significant strides in recent years. In 2014, India became the first Asian country to reach Mars.
In 2022, India launched the Chandrayaan-3 mission, which is scheduled to land on the moon’s south pole in 2023.
India’s space program is relatively low-cost compared to the space programs of other countries. This gives India an advantage in the global space race.
Modi’s announcement is likely to boost India’s space program and inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers.
It is also a sign of India’s growing ambitions in the space sector.